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HBO has finally announced the season premiere dates for Veep, Silicon Valley & everyone’s favorite reason to be mad a TV show, Game of Thrones, and now we know the day the internet will go up in flames. Every time something happens that fans don’t like on GOT you’d think Georgie boy and the show runners burned everyone’s houses down. I get it in a way. I love getting irrationally mad. It’s better than being mad at something important, like having no money or your house burning down. But after like 30 seconds I’m over it and back to watching something else. Take the LOST finale. People LOST their shit (get it) over the way the show ended. Was it perfect? No. Was it good? No. Could you, me or anyone make anything even remotely close to that show? No. So you take the good with the bad, and hope the writers and creators win the next one. The big story for GOT is the fate of Jon Snow. While he’s been seen on set all winter long, I think it’s a clever ploy by HBO, as was this picture. GOT is a fantasy show with white walkers and paralyzed kids who can see the past and the future. Just because a guy who might be dead is seen on set doesn’t mean he’s coming back to the show the way we want him to. My bet is on Jon Snow appearing this year in flashbacks, and that we won’t find out his fate until next season, or possibly this season’s finale. Until then, let the rage fester.
After almost a 20 month hiatus, Louis C.K. is back on my TV screen. That’s a good thing. ‘Louie’, the comedy, drama, whatever it is you want to call it, returned for season four last night. Like most popular shows, ‘Louie’ is dissected by just about every major website that reviews television shows and pop culture. Grantland. HitFix. Time. Variety. Entertainment Weekly. Name a website and they’ll probably have a ‘Louie’ review up the afternoon before and after the episode airs. There’s a reason for this: ‘Louie’ is breaking ground for a comedy series the same way ‘The Sopranos’ broke ground for a drama back in 1999. There is no other show like ‘Louie’ anywhere on TV. A large reason for that is because there is no other character on TV like Louie, and no other creative mind like C.K. helming a show. C.K. writes, directs, edits, acts and does the music for his show. There may not be an “I” in team, but there is certainly one in ‘Louie’. If your one of those people judging C.K. solely on his stand up act, and you’ve never seen his show, your safe in assuming he is first and foremost a comedian, and you wouldn’t be wrong. He makes people laugh, both on stage and now on the small screen. His stand up act is a big part of his series, as most episodes open with him on stage, laying bare his demented soul so a room full of people so can earn a chuckle. But the show is so much more. It’s awkward, weird, hysterical, gut wrenching, almost all at the same time. C.K. is a master at zeroing in on a societal issue, no matter how small, and showing how stupid it is. During ‘Back’, the first of back to back episodes to begin Season 4 last night, there is a scene with Louie and fellow comedian Todd Barry in a coffee shop. The two of them are drinking coffee, and Louie is explaining how he’s not particulary excited about picking up his kids from school. The back and forth between the two comedians would have been a funny enough scene, but C.K. doesn’t stop there. While the two comedians are conversing, everyone else in the coffee shop is transfixed on their phones. No interpersonal communication, no communication at all. During the conversation, a kid is so preoccupied with his phone that he keeps bumping into Louie in his seat while he’s trying to walk past him. No eye contact, no conversation: it’s as if everything outside of that phone exists in an entirely different universe. This scene in particular is funny, because like most parts of ‘Louie’, they are based on reality. It’s not out of the ordinary to go anywhere nowadays where 99% of the people you see are on their phones. When watching that scene, I couldn’t help but go back to the season 2 episode “Country Drive”. During a drive out to the country to visit a relative, Louie’s daughter complains that she’s bored. Louie’s response, like most aspects of the show, is perfect:
I’m bored’ is a useless thing to say. I mean, you live in a great, big, vast world that you’ve seen none percent of. Even the inside of your own mind is endless; it goes on forever, inwardly, do you understand? The fact that you’re alive is amazing, so you don’t get to say ‘I’m bored.”
I can’t help but think that quote is a summation of the character of Louie and C.K. himself: a guy just making his way through the world, happy to be here but miserable at the humanity he see’s around him, so he relies on his imagination and comedy to keep him going. ‘Louie’ will only be here for six more weeks, as FX has decided to air two episodes every week for a total of episodes. Relish it while it’s here, because we may never see something like it again.
Q&A from Tye Sheridan and Nick Cage after their movie ‘Joe’
Reason Number One Million Why George Clooney is the Best: He Lets Bill Murray Crash at His Place Whenever He’s in Los Angeles
Source – There was a lot to talk to George Clooney about at Friday’s press day for his new film, “The Monuments Men”: His reaction to that cold diss from Tina Fey and Amy Poehler at the Golden Globes; that on-set prank he pulled on Matt Damon where Clooney had wardrobe continually and very narrowly tighten Damon’s waistline; and of course the film itself, a highly anticipated adventure about the hunt for art stolen by the Nazis during World War II.
During Yahoo Movies’ chat with Clooney, though, in addition to discussing possible comeuppance by Damon, he inadvertently let one little fun factoid slip: That Bill Murray crashes at Clooney’s house when in Los Angeles.
Jesus Christ how cool can one guy be? Also, I’ve never been more jealous of Bill Murray in my life. I always knew the guy was a superstar, but now that he gets to stay at Clooney’s house!? I’ve never wanted to be a 63 year old man so badly. Game. Set. Clooney.