BORN TO FUN
Rock icon Bruce Springsteen and late-night talk host Jimmy Fallon joined forces for a sharp parody on the “Bridgegate” scandal involving New Jersey governor Chris Christie. On last night’s Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, the host and Jersey-born rock legend donned headbands and denim vests to perform a Born to Run parody titled Governor Christie’s Traffic Jam. The Republican governor has been recently accused of orchestrating massive traffic problems in Fort Lee, N.J., as part of political retribution against the city’s Democratic mayor. The Fallon-Springsteen version includes the lyrics, “You got Wall Street masters stuck cheek to cheek with blue collar truckers and man I really gotta take a leak but I can’t. I’m stuck in Governor Chris Christie’s Fort Lee New Jersey traffic jam.”
Source: Rolling Stone
Comic talents Louis C.K. and Zach Galifianakis will team up to create a new sitcom for the FX network. Best known for his roles in big-screen comedies such as Due Date and The Hangover franchise, Galifianakis will star in the show that will be co-written and executive-produced by C.K. The still-untitled comedy is one of 12 pilots currently in the works for FX, which has also green-lighted the Charlie Kaufman comedy How & Why, The Comedian starring Billy Crystal and a new show from Weeds’ creator Stephen Falk.
Source: AV Club
Cirque du Soleil will attempt to expand its empire into Broadway. The Montreal-based entertainment company has created a new division called Cirque du Soleil Theatrical, which is being headed up by Las Vegas impresario Scott Zeiger. A Cirque spokesperson said the division will create new productions that will showcase the company’s signature style and aesthetic, but will also provide a “very different experience” for audiences. The spokesperson also said the new productions will be designed for Broadway, London’s West End and road shows travelling to Broadway-sized venues.
Source: Los Angeles Times
Billy Bob Thornton believes television is the only stage for actors in search of sophisticated storytelling. The Sling Blade and Bad Santa star made the comments while promoting his role in the upcoming FX series based on the Oscar-winning film Fargo. “The movie world has changed drastically, particularly in the last five or six years,” said Thornton at the TV Critics tour in Los Angeles. “If you want to be an actor, get on a really good series in television, because there’s where it’s at.” Fargo debuts in April on FX in Canada and the United States.
Source: The Guardian
COCKTAILS AND POPCORN
If you’re going to see a movie at the Broadway Theatre in Saskatoon, book a designated driver. The movie house is taking advantage of the changes to liquor rules made by the Saskatchewan Liquor and Gaming board last year by opening their bar during movie screenings. Starting Friday, late shows at the Broadway will offer customers the opportunity to buy drinks made with gin and vodka, along with wine and beer. The theatre is the first in the province to sell alcohol at the movies and executive director Kirby Wirchenko says the change is not financially motivated. “If you buy a $5 Pepsi from me, I make better money than I do on a $6 beer,” Wirchenko said. “However, if as a customer you really want that to be a part of your night, I don’t want to stop you.”
The charges just keep adding up for Justin Bieber’s pal Lil Za. The 20-year-old rapper (real name: Xavier Dominique Smith) was arrested Tuesday morning on suspicion of felony drug possession in Los Angeles after police searched Bieber’s Calabasas home in search of evidence relating to an ongoing vandalism investigation. While in custody, Za allegedly vandalized a pay phone in the jail facility, resulting in additional charges of felony vandalism. Za previously made headlines last February for being behind the wheel of Bieber’s Ferrari when LAPD pulled the car over for having windows that were too tinted.
Source: Los Angeles Times