The National‘s Mistaken for Strangers turned out to be less of a traditional rockumentary than a fascinating portrait of two brothers who couldn’t be less alike. Now, Zach Galifianakis has his heart set on turning the story of brothers Matt and Tom Berninger into an intense, emotionally harrowing theatrical production, as chronicled in this excellent new Funny or Die clip.
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Galifianakis — burnt out by his turn in the off-Broadway production of Shrek and in search of a role with more depth — stars as National frontman Matt Berninger’s younger brother Tom. In the clip, Tom was hired as a roadie, but brought along a camera on his own accord to document an experience that turned out to be way less boozy and wild than he expected. As for the role of the comparatively staid Matt Berninger, Galifianakis tapped none other than his Bored to Death co-star, Ted Danson.
The clip finds both Galifianakis and Danson channeling their rawest, realest emotions in their attempt to recreate this tale of brotherly strife and redemption. They do, however, get some help from the real Berninger bros, who walk the actors through the film’s climactic scene where Matt climbs through the audience and Tom guides his microphone cable. Still, it looks like Galifianakis and Danson’s performances will be fueled by their own brewing tension, which culminates in the latter knocking over a portable wardrobe and storming off in a huff, saying, “I’ll talk to you tomorrow.” To which Galifianakis aptly responds, “Ok. Cheers.”
The real Mistaken for Strangers is now available to watch on iTunes and via the film’s website, and comes complete with over 55 minutes of bonus features.
As for Galifianakis, the comedian has been quite busy this year: Not only is he working on a new pilot for FX with Louis C.K., but he recently choreographed Kevin Drew and Feist in the video for “You in Your Were,” and even got to interview President Barack Obama on a special episode of Between Two Ferns back in March.
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Earlier this month, Kentucky State Senator Brandon Smith (R-Hazard) argued that climate change on Earth is impossible because Mars is warming up and “we all agree” that Mars and Earth have “exactly the same temperature.” Except “we” don’t. Because the planets don’t. And did we mention this Senator has vested financial interest in preventing EPA carbon emissions regulations? Shouldn’t we demand more from lawmakers besides the pseudoscience and falsities spewed without transparency?
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Her previous calls for Republicans to impeach President Obama failed, so now Sarah Palin is invoking God to advance her extremist cause.
During a speech at the Western Conservative Summit, Palin continued to open her mouth against the wishes of most Americans and repeated her demand that Obama be impeached. But this time, Palin put a new spin on it by claiming that God agrees with her.
Folks, he is radically changing the balance of power. It’s setting a wicked dangerous precedent. With his pen and his phone, hes abrogating his presidential authority. Making himself a ruler, not a President.
This president’s forgotten man is we the people, and we the people know that our best days are still ahead because we know that God shed his grace. He’s given us our freedom to do what’s right. God doesn’t drive parked cars. I think he expects us to get up and take action in order to defend these freedoms that are God given. I think it’s an affront to God to let this go on because he gave us these freedoms. We’re not going to let someone, a person, a party take them from us. We’re not going to dethrone God and substitute him with someone who wants to play God.
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While Star Trek fans might like to pretend the ongoing feud between George Takei and William Shatner doesn’t exist — I do the same thing with my favorite bands, don’t worry — the bickering’s been heavily documented over the years. Last night on Real Time, Bill Maher asked about the seemingly never-ending beef and Takei finally revealed why he can’t stand being around good ole Captain Kirk.
“He is Canadian. And Canadians have a certain image of being even-tempered and friendly and all that,” Takei said of Shatner. “Well, he is a person who is that way … with himself. He is very self-centered.”
He said that the men are both professionals and so they are able to get the work done. “But, it’s with a lot of difficulty,” he conceded.
Maher mixed his Star franchises by saying, “It’s not like you’re going to drive the ship into a Death Star just to spite him.”
“The temptation is there,” Takei said.
The conversation then switched gears to the topic of gay rights. According to Takei, nearly the entire cast and crew of Star Trek during the late ’60s knew that he was gay. Well, not everyone exactly. “It went right over his head,” he laughed, implying his oblivious sparring partner Shatner.
Sucks to be Canadian and clueless, huh? It’s okay, though. We still love you, Captain. And, yes, you too, the ever-fragrant Hikaru Sulu. Watch the full interview below.
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Iron Sheik’s Hollywood Roast Cherie Steinberg As a child, I was terrified by many things: The old man in Poltergeist II , the clown in It , Large Marge’s transforming face , the singing career of Bruce Willis…and, of course, the Iron Sheik. Don’t laugh. During my formative years, I was a huge wrestling fan. I watched WWF every Saturday morning, cheered good guys like Hulk Hogan and Koko B. Ware, and damned the existence of bad guys like Andre the Giant and Rick “the Model” Martel.
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Thomas Frank is convinced that Barack Obama single-handedly prevented America from becoming the lefty paradise it was on course for after the financial meltdown of 2008: The Obama team, as the president once announced to a delegation of investment bankers, was “the only thing between you and the pitchforks,” and in retrospect these words seem not only to have been a correct assessment of the situation at the moment but a credo for his entire term in office . For my money, they should be carved in stone over the entrance to his monument: Barack Obama.
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