Music Monday: Mumford & Sons’ ‘Hopeless Wanderer’ Video Starring Ed Helms, Jason Bateman, Will Forte and Jason Sudeikis

Posted in Music on August 5th, 2013 by Nick

mumford-and-sons-babelI’m not gonna lie – Mumford & Sons aren’t my favorite and I’ve been known to toss some grief their way from time to time (the whole new-found Americana/Folk frenzy they brought to the mainstream is pretty much Snoozeville, USA). Having said that, their new video for Babel‘s “Hopeless Wanderer” is a dripping ice cream cone on a hot summer day. Covered in your favorite candy ice cream topper. Or something like that.

Jason Sudeikis, Jason Bateman, Ed Helms and Will Forte appear as the band Mumford, and they pluck, sing and play along with the song as if they were throwin’ their own dang hootenanny. Their over-exaggerated facial expressions and mock-playing is probably the best mock-music performance since Spinal Tap. Except those guys really play. And really sing. OK, so maybe it’s nothing like that whatsoever.

It’s also refreshing that the real Mumford & Sons are completely willing to satirize themselves in their own video – super cool brownie points, sirs.

The following video is definitely a recipe for viral status.

Pro tip: Keep your eyes glued on Helms.


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See the Trailer for That Bluth Show That’s Coming Out Soon

Posted in Trailer Park, TV on May 14th, 2013 by Nick

arrested-development-600x369On May 26, Netflix will air a fourth season of one of the most beloved-yet-cancelled TV sitcoms to ever grace your living room television. The show is so underrated and unknown that I bet none of you know about it. It stars that guy from Teen Wolf 2, (you know, the teen wolf who’s not Michael J. Fox). It also stars the dude Amy Poehler ditched, and that nerdy kid who was in that movie where he played two versions of himself, except one version of himself was just like, him with a mustache. (In fact, he played a nerdy character so well, that he basically played it in like 10 more movies after that movie.) Oh, and Ellen’s wife is in it too.

I bet you couldn’t even Google this show because so few people know about it that Google wouldn’t even be able to decipher the search from your context clues. If it was the 80′s right now, I bet it wouldn’t even be out on VHS. Well let me share this nugget of information with you, gentle readers. The show is called Arrested Development. And Jason Bateman was the second teen wolf.

Arrested Development is a show about a dysfunctional family. There are hardly any shows like it! The Bluths were formally wealthy, but their dad broke a bunch of laws and got thrown in jail. Now they’re poor and super-entitled and eldest son Michael has to deal with all their bullshit. And boy are they zany!

I don’t want you to be too hard on yourself that you haven’t heard of it, though. It’s not like Arrested Development has been getting non-stop media coverage for the last seven years or anything. I mean, it’s not like all of its actors starred in countless other projects and then showed up to Conan or Leno or whatever, and the host would be all: “So, Arrested Development, huh!? People love it, huh?!” Clearly nobody on the Internet gives a flying squirrel about it because it’s one of the most forgettable shows you could ever possibly watch.

What I’m getting at is: There has never been a less hyped season of television in the history of the Internet. Or in the history of television, for that matter. If someone told me I was wrong, and claimed that AD was in fact more talked about than Kim and Kanye’s unborn fetus, I’d exclaim: “Get out of my town, hermano!” I’d bet all my bananas that I was right.

Netflix released the very first trailer of unseen footage from the upcoming season. It features the cast members I mentioned above. There are also a few others, too, like Archer‘s Mom and that weirdo guy from Veep.

You should try watching Arrested Development sometime! Netflix has Seasons 1-3 up now and 4 will be here before you know it!

Here’s that trailer for you to enjoy.


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It’s a New Weekly Series, You Guys! Meet: ‘Happening Sh*t’

Posted in Happening Sh*t on April 12th, 2013 by Nick

What’s shaking, gobstoppers? Today, TLW is introducing a brand new weekly series, and if you are already apt in reading the English language, you already know that it’s entitled: “Happening Sh*t.”

Each Friday, TLW will be posting some pretty rockin’ stuffs for your viewing or reading pleasure. These items of note will most likely be: A) comprised of things I am far too lazy to officially review, B) so super awesome that they must be on your radar, or C) unreleased or upcoming pop culture nuggets that you’ll need in your life before your impending doom.

Sooooo, yeah.

Also, this series will really fulfill my wanton desire to infuse “happening shit” into my regular lexicon.

This week’s shiz includes an upcoming new Comedy Central show, Neill Blomkamp’s follow-up to his superamazingholymindfuck treat District 9, and an upcoming dramedy with a killer ensemble. Without further adieu, gentle readers, here is some Happening Sh*t:


Comedy Central is debuting a new show called Inside Amy Schumer, starring none other than the former Last Comic Standing funnygal (but you probably know her from the Charlie Sheen and Roseanne Barr roasts, and maybe her co-host gig on A Different Spin with Mark Hoppus, which was actually much better than it sounds)A mix of skits, her stand-up, and man on the street interviews, Schumer’s show will likely cover the same turf her Comedy Central special did: sex, relationships, and her own personal, endearing tales of douchebaggery. It’s worth noting that Tig Notaro is on her writing staff (and if you haven’t heard Notaro’s Live set yet, you have sorely missed out in life). Enough squawkin’ – head over to AV Club and check out the trailer for Inside Amy Schumer. Then, check it out April 30th on Comedy Central.


Four years after blowing everyone’s minds with District 9, Neill Blomkamp returns with Elysium, a Sci-Fi film about Earth’s inhabitants striving to get to the advanced secondary space place called Elysium to steal some medical supplies after their own planet is nearly destroyed. Matt Damon shows up and is the world’s answer to peace on Earth…or Peace in the Universe or whatever. Expect biting social commentary about the state of our world and immigration laws and junk. Also expect some out of this world (HAAAA) action sequences that star Jason Bourne and Jodie Foster (!). Here’s to hoping that Elysium capitalizes on what Blomkamp started with District 9 (and that we don’t get totally Richard Kelly-ed on this one). The movie hits theaters August 9, but for now, Paste has the trailer up here.


Casting news for Shawn Levy’s This is Where I Leave You continues to roll out…and continues to be exciting. Joining Tina Fey and Jason Bateman are Corey Stoll (House of Cards) and Adam Driver (Girls); the four portray siblings reuniting back at their childhood home at the request of their now-deceased father. The story is a film adaptation of the book of the same name by Jonathan Tropper. Connie Britton, Ben Schwartz and Timothy Olyphant round out this already impressive ensemble. I’m already sold. (EW)

Now that’s some happening shit, riiight!?

Damn. I already played it out.

Hit me up on Facebook or Twitter and share some Happening Shit of your own. If your entry is chosen, you and a friend will get…nothing. You’ll get nothing.

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Now On Blu-ray: ‘Hit & Run’

Posted in Movies on February 20th, 2013 by Nick

Hit and Run Trio Poster (1)Despite a semi-quiet release and meager 48% fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes, I must admit: last year’s Hit & Run was highly entertaining. Dax Shepard (yeah, yeah…I know) deserves some cred for wearing the hat of writer, co-director and star, and alongside his fellow cast members, baby mama Kristen Bell, Bradley Cooper and Tom Arnold, the movie flows well and has plenty of laughs along the way.

Shepard plays Charlie Bronson, a former getaway driver now in the witness protection program after testifying against some of his partners-in-crime. When his girlfriend Annie gets an interview for an opportunity in L.A., Charlie decides to drive her there despite what his supervising U.S. Marshall (Arnold) has to say. Thanks to the douchebaggery of Annie’s ex-boyfriend Gil, Alexander Dmitri (Cooper), one the guys Charlie put away, is soon hot on their trail. Then the funny happens.

The movie has a great mix of comedy and action with a dash of drama thrown in as well. The chase scenes are surprisingly decent and the set-up and flow make you feel attached enough to the characters by film’s end. The cast is really the shining light here. Cooper, dreadlocked and gangster’ed up, is hilarious as the white wannabe Alex, and Arnold plays a perfect bumbling watchdog. And when is Kristen Bell not absolutely delightful? The answer is never.

The guest stars and cameos are aplenty – Kristin Chenoweth, Ryan Hansen, Joy Bryant (Parenthood shoutout!), David Koechner, Jason Bateman and Sean Hayes all pop in and out throughout all the chasing, and it’s enjoyable to see all of the likable, familiar faces. The film didn’t need them, but hey, bonus.

Considering that Shepard got his start out with Ashton Kutcher on Punk’d, liking the former prankster has been a tough pill for me to swallow (not even mentioning the list of stinkers he has on his resume). But hey, props are due. Shepard can definitely handle drama, as evidenced week after week on NBC’s Parenthood. His stint in the incredible familial drama has really transformed him into an actor as opposed to just a here-and-there support guy. Having said that, with Hit & Run under his belt it seems he’s got some life in him after all. If you like any of these actors, are a Parenthood fan, or dig the general premise, Hit & Run will satisfy and be worthy of a Netflix or Red Box rental.

Did I mention Kristen Bell is in it? No brainer, people.

Grade: B 

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‘Arrested Development’ Legos: I wish I made this

Posted in TV on August 18th, 2011 by Nick

Check THIS out:










Don’t know who the hell spent the time to make this, but I DO know that they’re awesome. Look at little Blue Tobias! And Gob’s Segway! And the orange-donning George hiding around the corner! Man. This truly encompasses the blissful beauty of the Internets.

Check out a slideshow, including some close-up shots here. Bask in excellence.

Thanks to Ryan K. for the link!

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'Arrested Development' movie may happen sooner rather than later

Posted in Check It Out!, TV on November 24th, 2008 by Nick


this. must. happen.

Sources say it’s looking good…

Hollywood Reporter states that Mitch Hurwitz and Ron Howard have both struck deals for the long awaited ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT MOVIE.

With Arnet, Bateman, Cera ,etc all publically supporting the idea of a feature film, I think it’s safe to say that the ball is now officially rolling.

I think I just blue myself.

UPDATE: Paste quotes Ron Howard stating: “I think it’s looking very promising,” he said. “We’re still just lacking that one thing we need: a script.” He also confirmed that Mitchell Hurwitz, who created the Emmy-winning series, would direct the movie.

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