<i>American Idol:</i> Michael Sarver Ain’t Too Proud to Give Interviews

The man had one of the most dangerous jobs in America, and he wanted to be on American Idol? What does he have, a death wish? Former oil rigger Michael Sarver got voted off last week after singing "Ain't Too Proud to Beg," and while he won't be returning to the drilling platform any time soon, he did take some time to do a conference call with inquiring journalists who wanted to talk about Simon Cowell's damning comment the night before his elimination. Plus: Michael's basketball diaries, starring Anoop-dog.

Whedon Need No Stinkin’ Dollhouse Interview!

by Zach Oat March 20, 2009 4:30 pm
Whedon Need No Stinkin’ <i>Dollhouse</i> Interview!

The March 20th episode of Dollhouse is the fabled sixth episode, the one in which everything supposedly changes and the series really kicks into high gear. Angel has already told us her impressions of it, but now we have a lot of questions about the rest of the season -- luckily, show creator Joss Whedon was standing by to take our conference call, and play defense on a bunch of questions about sex, dolls and Dollhouse Season 4.

Tim Roth: The Lie to Me Interview

by Zach Oat January 21, 2009 12:22 pm
Tim Roth: The <i>Lie to Me</i> Interview

Ever since he came across the pond from England, Tim Roth has had a long and varied career in Hollywood, from his early days as a Quentin Tarantino favorite to his Oscar nomination for Rob Roy to his high-profile transformation in last summer's The Incredible Hulk. While he has done the occasional TV project, a desire to stay in one place for a while was part of his decision to tackle the role of Dr. Cal Lightman, a deception consultant who can read people's faces like they were books. Backed up by a team of human lie detectors, Roth will be solving crimes every week on the new Fox show Lie to Me (Wed. 9pm), and we jumped at the opportunity to ask the man formerly known as Mr. Orange about the science of lying and why there are so many Brits on our televisions nowadays.

Shining Through: Rodney Ascher Checks Us In To Room 237

by Ethan Alter October 9, 2012 6:15 am
<i>Shining</i> Through: Rodney Ascher Checks Us In To <i>Room 237</i>

After we first saw Rodney Ascher's documentary Room 237 during its world premiere at Sundance back in January, two thoughts ran through our heads: 1) This movie is terrific; and 2) There's no way anyone else will be able to see it, right? A thoughtful, innovative and hugely entertaining dissertation about Stanley Kubrick's The Shining, narrated by a quintet of individuals with very particular (and peculiar) theories about this horror classic, Room 237 is made up entirely of clips from the original movie, which posed a variety of potential copyright and licensing issues. Fortunately, since its Sundance debut, Ascher has toured the world with his film, showing it a variety of prestigious festivals (including Cannes and Toronto) and even scored a distribution deal with IFC Films, which will release it in theaters in March of next year. Before then, Room 237 can still be seen at a few festivals, including the New York Film Festival this week and Chicago's film festival the week after. While in town for the movie's NYFF premiere, Ascher spoke with us about his own love for The Shining, why he considers himself a walking, talking Rotten Tomatoes and what Stephen King might make of Room 237.

Today's TWoP News: Tuesday, June 12, 2012

by Kaitlin Reilly June 12, 2012 2:17 pm
Today's TWoP News: Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Fans of Chuck: Your favorite blond secret agent will be playing detective alongside the gang at Miami Metro Homicide.

The Muppets: How Bret McKenzie Went From Conchords to Kermit

by Ethan Alter November 21, 2011 6:00 am
<i>The Muppets</i>: How Bret McKenzie Went From <i>Conchords</i> to Kermit

As one-half of the New Zealand folk duo Flight of the Conchords, Bret McKenzie has toured the world with his onstage partner Jemaine Clement, serenading audiences with such hilarious tunes as "Bowie", "Foux du Fafa" and "Robots." Now he's helping another crop of characters get their musical comedy groove on: those lovable, indefatigable Muppets. McKenzie served as music supervisor on their highly anticipated comeback vehicle, The Muppets, a job that required him to oversee productions of all of the movie's original songs, including two that he wrote himself. McKenzie spoke with TWoP by phone from L.A. about growing up as part of the Muppet generation, plans for a Conchords reunion and how he learned that Muppet chickens don't sing.

<i>Community</i> Q&A: Joel McHale and John Goodman on Season 3, Jeff’s Dad and Hating Meta-Humor

The fact that Community has gotten a third season at all is baffling. Yeah, it's an amazing series, a multi-Tubey winner and one of our favorite comedies in recent history, but the ratings have been so miniscule, we've been shocked for two years running that TPTB continue to let it bloom. More shocked then us is the Joel McHale himself, who -- along with new cast member John Goodman, who plays Vice Dean Laybourne, dean of the highly regarded Air Conditioning Repair Annex at Greendale -- took a media call to tell us about the hopes vs. realities of life at Greendale Community. Below are the highlights.

<i>Altar</i> Boy: Jaleel White on his New Web Series, and the Long Shadow of Urkel

Jaleel White wants six minutes of your time. That's all it takes to watch a single episode of his new Web series, Road to the Altar, in which he plays half of an interracial couple who are slowly descending into madness while trying to plan their wedding, all under the watchful eye of a reality TV camera crew. To millions of Americans, White will always be remembered for playing "Steve Urkel" on Family Matters, but in this show he's more like Stefan, Steve's smooth-talking alter ego, as he tries to coax his fiancee Rochelle off a series of emotional cliffs and keep the wedding on track over the course of ten short Webisodes. We talked to him about the rigors of shooting a Web series, Urkel's legacy and the advice he got from Laurence Fishburne.

<i>Law & Order</i>: Vincent D’Onofrio and Kathryn Erbe Talk <i>Criminal Intent</i>

While Law & Order: SVU and L&O: Original Recipe have been getting on my nerves lately by veering into ridiculous territory, Criminal Intent has always had one foot in the bizarre, thanks to the constant hulking presence of part-genius, part-madman Det. Robert Goren. In last season's finale, Goren's world crumbled around him, so I'm looking forward to seeing him pull himself together in the new season, especially now that he'll be trading nights with Jeff Goldblum. ("Chris Noth... out!") Vincent D'Onofrio and Kathryn Erbe, who plays Goren's partner Eames, held a conference call to promote the new eighth season, and we got some quirky details out of them.

Human Resources: Toby and Holly Talk Season 5 of The Office

by Zach Oat September 11, 2008 12:28 pm
Human Resources: Toby and Holly Talk Season 5 of <i>The Office</i>

For years, HR sad sack Toby has been a thorn in the side of The Office manger Michael Scott, not allowing him to have fun because the "fun" is usually mildly sexist, or racist, or both. Well, the Season 4 finale saw Dunder-Mifflin bid a fond (on Michael's part, anyway) farewell to Toby as he left for Costa Rica, and a lukewarm welcome to his beautiful and goofy replacement, Holly. In anticipation of the September 25th premiere of the new season, writer/producer Paul Lieberstein ("Toby") and Academy Award nominee Amy Ryan ("Holly") held a conference call where reporters got to ask them all of the questions we were dying to know about Season 5. The best parts are of the call are below, so enjoy! (That's what she said!)



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