Each week, a lot goes on in the world of pop culture. Most of it you don’t care about, but most websites want to tell you about it anyway. Not us. Here, in just over a thousand words, is really the stuff you absolutely need to know. This leaves you more time to…I dunno, sleep or something. I hear that’s an interesting hobby. Enjoy.
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Comic Relief: in the UK, it’s a party like you wouldn’t believe, culminating in Red Nose Day every two years and finds an entire country having a good time and doing good for other.
In the United States, you’d be hard pressed to remember the last time it aired on television. Or at least the last time it aired and anyone paid attention.
Still, there has been some funny stuff on Comic Relief, and that’s what Shout Factory is celebrating with the recent release of Comic Relief: The Greatestâ€¦ and the Latest. You get uncensored footage, behind the scenes stuff, interviews and more, across two discs.
Comedians on the DVD include Billy Crystal, Whoopi Goldberg, Robin Williams, Lewis Black, Dane Cook, John Candy, Jennifer Coolidge, George Carlin, Mike Epps, Jim Carrey, Susie Essman, Dave Chappelle, D.L. Hughley, Stephen Colbert, Jimmy Kimmel, Eugene Levy, Richard Lewis, George Lopez, Jon Lovitz, Bill Maher, Howie Mandel, Dennis Miller, Dudley Moore, Catherine O’Hara, Jeremy Piven, Harold Ramis, Carl Reiner, Chris Rock, Ray Romano, Rita Rudner, Bob Saget, Garry Shandling, Martin Short, Sarah Silverman, Jon Stewart, Fred Willard and Steven Wright.
Written by Tina Fey, et al.
Directed by Beth McCarthy-Miller
Starring Bill Murray, Billy Crystal, Tom Hanks, Tim Meadows, Christopher Walken, etc.
- The Today Show Looks Back at SNL
- Media coverage from Access Hollywood
- Tim Russert Talks With Lorne Michaels
Released by: Lions Gate Home Entertainment.
Anamorphic: N/A; appears in its original 1.33:1 format.
My Advice: Find a better SNL resource.
From out on the comedy edge to comedic institution, Saturday Night Live has survived twenty-five years through cast changes, controversy, and at times not being very funny. For their silver anniversary, NBC gave the show a full night, star-studded tribute. Along with the obligatory clips from past shows, several former cast members, like Bill Murray and Billy Crystal, break out some old characters to entertain the audience. We also see some very nice tributes to cast members no longer with us: Jim Belushi, Gilda Radner, Chris Farley, and Phil Hartman. And it wouldn’t be Saturday Night Live without music, so we see performances by the Eurhythmics, Elvis Costello with the Beastie Boys, and the Rev. Al Green.
Written by: Dan Gerson & Andrew Stanton
Directed by: Pete Docter, with David Silverman & Lee Unkrich
Starring: John Goodman, Billy Crystal, Steve Buscemi, James Coburn, Mary Gibbs
- Running audio commentary with director Docter, co-director Unkrich, executive producer John Lasseter & executive producer/writer Stanton
- “Sneak Peeks” for Finding Nemo, the Beauty & the Beast DVD, the Lilo and Stitch DVD, Inspector Gadget 2 and Treasure Planet
- Mike’s New Car: new animated short with audio commentary by Docter & Gould
- For the Birds: animated short with audio commentary by director Ralph Eggleston
- Put That Thing Back Where It Came From or So Help Me: The Monsters, Inc. Company Play and Program
- Pixar production tour
- Monstropolis and Setting the Scene featurettes
- Color Scripts & Master Lighting galleries
- Location flyarounds
- Monstropolis art gallery
- Guide to In-Jokes
- Cast of Characters & What Makes a Great Monster? featurettes
- Character Designs gallery
- Story is King and Monsters Are Real featurettes
- Original Treatment
- Story Pitch session: “Back to Work (early version)”
- Banished Concepts
- Original Sulley Intro
- Storyboard to Film Comparison
- Animation Process featurette
- Early Test Footage with audio commentary by Supervising
- Technical Director Thomas Porter, Simulation/FX Sequence Supervisor Steve May and Sequence Supervisor Michael Fong
- Opening Title Animation featurette
- “Hard Parts” featurette regarding technological innovations
- Shots Department featurette
- Production Demo
- “If I Didn’t Have You” music video and featurette
- Sound Design and foley featurette
- Binaural Recording explanation and demonstrations
- Footage from the movie’s premiere
- Toys featurette
- Poster gallery
- Trailers & TV spots
- International Inserts
- Multi-Language Clip Reel
- Monster TV Treats: interstitial bits from Monday Night Football, the holidays, etc.
- Exclusive animation created for the Japanese kids’ show, Ponkickies 21
- Peek-a-Boo: Boo’s Door Game
- Disney Storytime: “Welcome to Monstropolis”
- On the Job With Mike and Sulley animated short
- Monsters, Inc. TV commercial, New Employee Orientation Video, and Employee Handbook
- History of Monster World
- Collectible Monsters, Inc. Scarer Cards, with commentary by Needleman and Smitty
Released by: Disney/Pixar
My Advice: Own it.