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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Jodie Foster’s…Rather Confusing, Slightly Awkward, Yet Still Brilliant Golden Globes Speech

Posted in Dog and Pony Show, TV on January 14th, 2013 by Nick

Last night’s fairly stellar Golden Globes ceremony, hosted by SNL vets Tina Fey and Amy Poehler, was filled with Tarantino creepiness, smoking hot stars (those Homeland ladies!), and jabs on James Cameran, Ricky Gervais and James Franco. Girls and Lena Dunham had a moment winning Best Actress and Best Comedy or Musical, Les Misérables won shit, Homeland won shit too, and Ben Affleck gave a huge middle finger to his ol’ pal Oscar (well, he didn’t…but his victory sure did). This is all fine and great, but Jodie Foster! And that speech! 

In case you missed it, it’s a must:

Foster was accepting the award for the Cecil B. DeMille Lifetime Achievement-type Award Thingie for her excellence in film over the course of her 47 years in the business. And man did she have stuff to say.

I applaud her, I do. Granted, she came off as a bit manic and rambling, but you could also pin that on her passion. She clearly felt a need for expression and she knew she was going to have the stage, so there you have it. It’s a shame that people dock her for her association with Mel Gibson, but if your closest friend and ally had a bad year or two, most likely you wouldn’t abandon them. Or maybe you would, you asshole. Loyalty. I dig.

I respect her stance on privacy, too, and on Hollywood and the media’s perverse affair. Our whole TMZ/Perez Hilton-led, gossip fueled society is bullshit, and didn’t Fiona Apple tell us that years ago? Looks like we still haven’t learned. Is Foster gay? Probably. But who the hell are we to speculate on something that has absolutely nothing to do with her work?

Jodie Foster is a living legend and her speech was legendary. Plain and simple.

I’m gonna duck out of this blog before I start Foster-rambling myself, but RESPECT, Jod’. I sure hope this isn’t your swan song.

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