Cameron Crowe is here at press tour to discuss his film "Pearl Jam Twenty," which debuts on PBS' "American Masters" on October 21. I got to see the film last night, and while we're embargoed from discussing it in detail until September, I can say that I thought it was fantastic, and reminded me of how much I loved Pearl Jam back when I was in college in the early-mid '90s heyday. So I'm going to live-blog the panel.
Earlier this week, I started rolling out the video interviews I did with the "Fringe" cast at Comic-Con, starting with Joshua Jackson. A few logistical delays have pushed the remaining interviews back to the weekend, but it's time to resume the batch with two members of the show's supporting cast: Jasika Nicole and Blair Brown.
As with nearly everyone in the cast, we got to talking about how both the shows and their characters evolved over time, especially since Astrid and Nina were so far in the background in the show's early days. Work is work, but how does someone like Nicole keep herself interested when she's mainly being asked to hand lab equipment to Walter and offer the occasional bit of exposition?
We also talked about Nicole getting perhaps the biggest alt-universe challenge out of anyone in the cast with the autistic alt-Astrid, and the personal connection she has to that character, and Brown in turn offered some theories on who - or what - alt-Nina might be.
As with most of these Comic-Con video interviews, it's quick, but I hope you enjoy.
A quick review of tonight's "Torchwood: Miracle Day" coming up just as soon as I compare our situation to a passage from "Middlemarch"...
Like Sideshow Bob Terwilliger, Kelsey Grammer never set out to be a clown, but he became so famous as one that it became hard for him to be taken seriously.
"I didn't start out as a comic actor," the "Cheers" and "Frasier" star explained at a press conference for his new Starz drama "Boss" (premiere date TBD), in which he plays the scheming mayor of Chicago. "I started out as a classical theater actor playing tragedies. This particular role probably couldn't have taken place right after 'Frasier' - probably would have been too big a jolt."
Early in the session to promote the upcoming Encore documentary "Method to the Madness of Jerry Lewis," Lewis declared, "I'm the happiest old man you saw in your whole life."
He then proceeded to spend the next half hour doing a spectacular impression of a much grumpier one.
A review of last night's "Louie" coming up just as soon as I hang my jersey from the rafters...
I'll have another "Fringe" Comic-Con video interview up a little later today, but let's change course with a treat from one of this blog's favorite shows, "Parks and Recreation."
The fourth season doesn't debut until September 22, and they're only in the process of filming the premiere right now. But if you want to get back into a Pawnee frame of mind, what better way than to enjoy the five minutes of awesome otherwise known as "The Best of Jean-Ralphio," featuring Ben Schwartz douchin' it up as Tom Haverford's best/worst friend?
I live-blogged the "Doctor Who" panel at Comic-Con, so why not go for a two-fer with today's press tour session? I suspect the critics will ask different questions from the fans - though most of us are arguably both - and if nothing else, we'll have showrunner Steven Moffat on the stage (along with Matt Smith, Karen Gillan and producers Piers Wenger and Beth Willis), who may be able to say more than staff writer Toby Whithouse could in San Diego.
Since the debut of "Mad Men,"(*) AMC's appearances at press tour have been unequivocal lovefests. Even when the channel has put on a show that hasn't quite worked creatively ("The Prisoner" remake) or failed commercially ("Rubicon"), there's been a sense that at least AMC was trying, and the twin debuts of "Mad Men" and "Breaking Bad" earned them a lot of rope.
(*) Production on season 5 begins on August 8, and Jon Hamm is directing the season premiere. We still don't have a more specific premiere date beyond early 2012.
Thursday morning at the summer 2011 tour, however, featured not one but two thorny subjects to discuss, and the first really obvious tension between the critics and AMC in this era.
Now that all my "Chuck"Â video interviews from Comic-Con have been edited and posted, it's time to move on to the batch IÂ did with the cast of "Fringe." As with the "Chuck"Â interviews, these are all quick hits(*) - and in some cases especially tricky, since no one in the cast can obviously say much about how the show will work now that Peter has been erased from existence.