Adams does Conan, Wahlberg/Bale/Russell on Charlie Rose

Posted by · 1:57 pm · December 16th, 2010

I had lunch yesterday with “The Fighter” star Amy Adams and hope to have that interview up some time over the holiday.  When we said goodbye, she was off to the Warner Bros. lot for an interview taping with Conan O’Brien.  I wasn’t able to watch last night but I wanted to track it down […]

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‘Conan’ comes into his own

Posted by · 9:25 pm · November 8th, 2010

Conan O’Brien’s foray into basic cable (airing on TBS) settled on an applicable show title two months ago. Because “Conan” is just that, the host, personality — and perhaps for the first time ever — person (rather than caricature) unfiltered and freely spirited. On tonight’s premiere episode — following a humorous pre-taped open featuring an […]

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Gearing up for ‘Conan’

Posted by · 2:37 pm · November 3rd, 2010

I saw this in front of a movie this weekend.  Nice touch tossing the glasses to the turf: “Show Zero,” which has been making the rounds, after the jump.  “Conan” premieres on TBS Monday, November 8.

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1/26 Oscarweb Round-up

Posted by · 10:28 am · January 26th, 2010

• Donna Freydkin talks to man of the hour, Christoph Waltz. [USA Today] • Is 27 years without an Oscar too many to deny Meryl Streep in 2010? [Rope of Silicon] • We’re happy to be among the top 50 “best blogs for moviemakers.” [MovieMaker Magazine]

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Gervais does Conan

Posted by · 4:07 pm · January 14th, 2010

I haven’t offered any comment on the Conan/Leno/NBC situation because, well, I’m not privy to the particulars.  There’s always more nuance than the usual scapegoating that gets perpetuated by, say, geek media outlets who couldn’t have less of a clue.  I’m a Conan fan before I’m a Leno fan (I’ll be in the audience at […]

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‘Avatar’ on late night

Posted by · 9:38 am · January 7th, 2010

Sigourney Weaver stopped by The Ed Sullivan Theater last night to talk “Avatar” with David Letterman.  My jaw dropped when she explains that the Weta guys spend 47 hours of manpower per each 1/24th of a second in translating the data received from the motion-capture sensors.  Wow. Check out the clip below, and after the […]

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Conan cracks his noggin

Posted by · 8:00 am · September 29th, 2009

Cool of NBC to offer this up:

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INTERVIEW: 20 questions with Denis Leary

Posted by · 11:32 am · July 3rd, 2009

We rarely cover television with any real focus around these parts, but as you’ve probably gathered from my sporadic posts on the matter, I’m really digging the new season of “Rescue Me.”  So it was a little difficult to pass up an opportunity to sit down with the film’s star and co-creator Denis Leary recently. […]

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Conan addresses the Super Mario thing

Posted by · 3:55 pm · June 6th, 2009

Thursday we told you about the intriguing similarities between Conan O’Brien’s new “Tonight Show” backdrop and the art of the Super Mario Bros. video games.  I honestly didn’t expect O’Brien to address the matter but sure enough, one day later during the opening monologue, we got this: Of course, he doesn’t offer an outright confirmation […]

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Is Conan’s new backdrop Mario-inspired?

Posted by · 2:28 pm · June 4th, 2009

Lots of “Tonight Show” talk this week.  I would apologize but, at the same time, come on, it’s transition week.  Plenty to discuss. The guys over at Serious Lunch (via Joe Quesada’s Twitter page and Gizmodo) have either stumbled onto a coincidence or an awesome ode to the Mushroom Kingdom.  If you’ve been watching the […]

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Obama stumps for O’Brien

Posted by · 8:43 am · June 3rd, 2009

Last night’s show, by the way — a HUGE step up from the opening night jitters. 100% from start to finish. That’s what I’m talking about.

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O’Brien’s first shot at ‘The Tonight Show’ — How’d he do?

Posted by · 10:05 am · June 2nd, 2009

In his first shot at hosting “The Tonight Show,” I think it’s safe to say Conan O’Brien has tamed things down from his “Late Night” antics of old. Tapping comedian Will Ferrell and musical guest Pearl Jam as introductory guests might be seen as indication of a “hipper” or younger direction, but came off as […]

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11 memories of Conan as he moves on up

Posted by · 9:12 am · June 1st, 2009

You may have noticed our coverage of the late night transition from “Tonight Show” legend (what else can you call him now?) Jay Leno to former “Late Night” host Conan O’Brien last week.  It was a bittersweet moment.  I’ll miss the Leno days if only for reminiscence, but it is unquestionably the next generation’s turn. […]

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Jay Leno’s closes a chapter on ‘The Tonight Show’

Posted by · 4:08 pm · May 29th, 2009

I’ve been pretty hard on Jay Leno over the years. In the late night wars, he’s had neither the comedic inventiveness nor (certainly) the journalistic capacity to become must-watch TV like David Letterman and, to a lesser extent, Conan O’Brien. Even the sober Tom Snyder proved a more intriguing watch for me when he was […]

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Conan bids farewell to ‘Late Night’

Posted by · 1:19 pm · February 21st, 2009

I told myself all week to make sure I caught Conan O’Brien’s last show on Late Night yesterday, and, no big surprise, I totally forgot.  I told myself it was probably just as well since for many, many years the show fell out of favor with me.  I was a huge fan in the Andy […]

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Citizen Dave

Posted by · 7:01 am · February 6th, 2009

We don’t get into television much around these parts.  I don’t have the heart, really, what with “24” sucking the life out of me, “Heroes” spiraling out of control and “Friday Night Lights” and “Entourage” gone for the moment.  “Lost” helps soothe the irritation, but we certainly don’t talk late night very much. But for […]

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