Friday, April 25, 2014

IT'S THE ONE YOU WON'T FORGET:  Dallas' NPR affiliate catches up with the guy who played the harmonica line that turned into the backbone of the massive Ke$ha/Pitbull hit Timber
STEP 1: OFFER UNLIMITED PRODUCT FOR ONE PRICE, STEP 2: ?????, STEP 3: PROFIT:    Yes, someone's trying Netflix for coffee.
ANOTHER OPENIN', ANOTHER SHOW:With the theater season now at an end, we had a request for a little explanation of theatre awards.  I (as an amateur) will chime in, and I'm sure y'all will correct me if I get anything wrong.  (Sadly, we don't have Vox-style cards set up, so you'll have to cope.)

So, what are all these awards?  There are oodles of theatrical awards.  Some awards are for Off-Broadway only (Obie, Lucille Lortel), some are for a combination of Off-Broadway and Broadway (Drama League, Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle), and the Tonys are for Broadway only.  Complicating matters, different ones have different categories and eligibility rulings.  So, for instance, After Midnight is a "revue" for purposes of the Drama League awards, and a "musical" for purposes of the Tonys.  Some of the awards have a special category for "solo performance," which would typically be a "Best Leading Actor/Actress" award for other awards.

DANG! Vox has an explainer up to tell you what we've been saying for yearsthe way airlines make us board makes no sense, and they should listen to the dude from Fermilab.

Now where's our eight-figure startup money?
BOBBY KNIGHT RANGER: That was some damn satisfying television last night.

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

GAME'S THE SAME; JUST GOT MORE FIERCE:  Remember when we were playing with the widget to determine if Amazon Prime was right for you? Because this is going to be a tipping point for many others. Beginning May 21, Amazon Prime members will have unlimited streaming access to (and I'm just going to cut and paste here):
  • All seasons of revered classics such as The Sopranos, The Wire, Deadwood, Rome and Six Feet Under, and of recent favorites such as Eastbound & Down, Enlightened and Flight of the Conchords
  • Epic miniseries, including Angels in America, Band of Brothers, John Adams, The Pacific and Parade’s End
  • Select seasons of current series such as Boardwalk Empire, Treme and True Blood
  • Hit original movies like Game Change, Too Big To Fail and You Don’t Know 
  • Pedigreed documentaries including the Autopsy and Iceman series, Ghosts of Abu Ghraib and When the Levees Broke
  • Hilarious original comedy specials from Lewis Black, Ellen DeGeneres, Louis CK and Bill Maher

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

PAGING CARL FREDRICKSEN:  Remember that time Cleveland released 1.5 million helium balloons all at once?
SOME THINGS ARE BEST SERVED IN SMALL DOSES:  Has Billy Eichner flipped the curve from kinda adorable to I've kinda seen enough at this point for you, too?

Monday, April 21, 2014

EGOT WATCH:  Somehow, I'd missed that Amy Sherman-Palladino and Daniel Palladino are listed as producers on Violet, which gives them a very good shot at a Tony nomination this year.  No wins, but Amy had an Emmy nomination for writing for Roseanne and Daniel had an Emmy nomination for producing Family Guy
FROM THE ALOTT5MA OCCASIONAL GENEROSITY DESK: A guest post from commenter Sue, with many interesting items below the fold.
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The Playwrights Horizons Online Auction is back! As you may know, I work for Playwrights Horizons, an Off Broadway theater dedicated to American writers and new work. (Our 2013 world premiere production of The Flick by Annie Baker just took home the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for Drama!) Each year, to raise funds to support productions of new plays and musicals (such as the world premieres of Clybourne Park, Grey Gardens, I Am My Own Wife and many more), we hold an Online Auction. Most of the items take place in NYC, but there are also set visits and tapings in L.A., theater packages in Chicago and Seattle, and amazing trips to locations around the world.

Best of all, there are dozens of items in the world of pop culture, theater, and sports that I think will interest the gang here, including:
WHATCHU GONNA DO WHEN THE ANGEL OF DEATH COMES FOR YOU:  538 crunches the numbers and concludes that yes, pro wrestlers who appeared in 1990's Wrestlemania VI are far more likely to have died young than the average athlete.

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Neil Patrick Harris had a profane message for a besotted fan who disrupted his Broadway show “Hedwig and the Angry Inch.” 
Mid-performance, a female fan yelled out, “I love you, Neil!” Harris — who plays a transgender East German punk — yelled back, without missing a beat, in character, “I’m doing something up here, ­motherf–ker!” 
The Post’s Barbara Hoffman ­reports it was met with rapturous applause.