Jack Black and Richard Linklater on their unlikely partnership on 2003’s feel-good hit, School of Rock
Scott Rudin needed to persuade both star Jack Black and director Richard Linklater that Linklater was the right choice to direct 2003’s film, School of Rock. As these new interviews for an American Masters documentary on Linklater prove 14 years later. “At first we were like, that doesn&... [Read More]
Elaine May Will Direct the PBS ‘American Masters’ Documentary on Mike Nichols
Get ready to revisit the work of comedy duo Nichols and May early next year. According to Entertainment Weekly, PBS announced today that the season 30 premiere of its documentary series American Masters will focus on the life and work of Mike Nichols, and the documentary has a director attached who ... [Read More]
Margaret Cho on her mother’s Korean accent, father’s lack of one, and their acceptance of her
Margaret Cho famously has impersonated her mother in her stand-up routines. In this outtake from the new PBS documentary, American Masters: The Women's List, premiering nationwide 9 p.m. Friday, Cho describes why it has been important to voice her mother accurately, as well as how her Korean father ... [Read More]
Watch “Mel Brooks: Make a Noise,” the PBS American Masters documentary
In case you missed it, here it is online. From the PBS American Masters description: "Mel Brooks: Make a Noise journeys through Brooks’ early years in the creative beginnings of live television — with Sid Caesar on Your Show of Shows — to the film ge... [Read More]
History of the Comedian, Part II: Mel Brooks revisits his career and joins the online conversation
Is the world ready for Mel Brooks to join the Twitter conversation? Ready or not, here comes @MelBrooks later today in an event coordinated for Comedy Central's first-ever online #ComedyFest -- that starts today and continues through May 3, 2013 -- w... [Read More]
TV Review: "Johnny Carson: King of Late Night" Tonight on PBS | Vulture
I still miss Johnny Carson. The older I get, the stranger it feels to say that. It's hard to describe to anyone under 30 how significant he was. He bid farewell as host of The Tonight Show twenty years ago next week, a date that serves as a hook for an American Masters special titled Johnny Carson: King of Late Night (PBS, May 14, 9 p.m. Eastern/8 Central). [Read More]
Johnny Carson’s Mother Never Laughed at His Jokes (video)
American Masters Johnny Carson: King of Late Night, which airs on PBS Monday May 14, explores this and other aspects of Carson's life and career, and you'll get a sense of his mother's unsmiling influence in this advanced clip. [Read More]
American Masters Johnny Carson: King of Late Night premieres May 14th on PBS
American Masters Johnny Carson: King of Late Night premieres nationally Monday, May 14 at 9 pm (ET/PT) on PBS (check local listings). This year is the 50th anniversary of Johnny Carson taking over The Tonight Show from Jack Paar and the 20th anniversary of Carson's retirement.In this new documentary, two-time Emmy-winning filmmaker Peter Jones explores the TV giant's life and career via unprecedented access to Carson's personal and professional archives, including all existing episodes of T... [Read More]