This week, we discuss one of the biggest pieces of movie news in recent months: the Sony hack and the decision to cancel the Christmas release of The Interview. Plus, Cameron and Rhea discuss the 2013 martial arts drama The Grandmaster and wonder if Pirates of the Caribbean 5 could be the breath of fresh air the series needs. Show notes
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This important video was directed by Tom Scharpling on behalf of our friend, Mr. John Hodgman. It concerns the lifestyle of a DERANGED MILLIONAIRE. Featured in this video are Vernon Reid of Living Colour, Brooke Shields, ?uestlove and OTHER MAJOR CELEBRITIES.
Chris Hardwick is all over your television. Last weekend was the premiere of his show The Nerdist on BBC America. His guests were a geeky dream team of Jonah Ray, Matt Mira, Mike Phirman, Craig Ferguson and even Doctor Who’s Matt Smith! If you missed it, you can grab the first episode from itunes. And starting October 16, Hardwick will be hosting a new show for AMC called Talking Dead. It will be a live show that airs immediately after episodes of The Walking Dead. Hardwick will recap the most recent Walking Dead episode while talking to fans, actors and producers.
I’m excited to check out the first episode of The Dead Authors Podcast. It features time-traveling writer H.G. Wells (portrayed by alum Paul F. Tompkins) as he welcomes long-lost literary heroes to his show at L.A.’s Upright Citizen’s Brigade Theater. Sounds smart and funny, right? Not sold yet? How about this: the first episode features Andy Richter as Emily Dickinson. Boom. Can’t miss.
Ira Glass will be touring Australia in January with a show called "Reinventing Radio: An Evening with Ira Glass." He will be performing in Sydney, Brisbane, Perth, Adelaide and Melbourne. You can find the dates and ticket information here. Unrelated: there are some rather delightful stories circulating about Ira's recent performance in The Drunk Show at the Eugene Mirman Comedy Festival. Here he is talking about the experience with Marc Maron.
Twenty-five years ago, Art Spiegelman created his Pulitzer Prize-winning book Maus. In this documentary-style book trailer, Spiegelman talks about the creation of this classic and we get to preview the soon-to-be-released MetaMaus which explores the materials that he used to write Maus and answers some of the most commonly asked questions about the author's creative process. Metamaus will be sold with a companion DVD that contains a digitized reference copy of The Complete Maus featuring audio interviews with Spiegelman's father, historical documents, and generous excerpts from the author's notebooks and sketches.
The Sklar Brothers were on Conan this week to promote their new album "Hendersons and Daughters". Their time included some lovely analysis of Google searches and the problems that may result when you start hoarding episodes of Hoarders.
Another example of using comedy for good today: Lucasfilms has collaborated with Stand Up to Cancer to make this Star Wars themed video tribute featuring Aziz Ansari, Zach Galifianakis, Ed Helms, Ken Jeong, Seth Rogen, Andy Samberg, and Emma Stone acting out lines from (the best movies of) the Star Wars series. Stand Up to Cancer funds a variety of innovative and collaborative research projects that are working towards a cure.