Replacing a beloved talk show host of 22 years can’t be simple, though one way of making the transition a tad bit easier is to ensure that those across the desk are interesting. Today, Colbert announced his first week of A-list guests. The first night will see Colbert interview George Clooney and GOP presidential hopeful Jeb Bush. The rest of the week will feature appearances by Tesla motors CEO Elon Musk, Scarlett Johansson, Kendrick Lamar, Uber CEO Travis Kalanick, Amy Schumer and Stephen King, among others. There are also strong rumors that Pavement will reunite on the show during the first week.
Quentin Tarantino shared his general opinions about television withNew York Magazine, and it won’t come as a surprise that those opinions were…strong. One show he loved was The Newsroom — he loved itso much that he watched each new episode three times the week after it aired, “Just so [he] could listen to the dialogue one more time.” The Newsroom was, in many critics’ opinions, at best bad TV and at worst a sort of self-aggrandizing soapbox for Aaron Sorkin. But the director of The Hateful Eight was having none of it. “Who the fuck reads TV reviews? Jesus fucking Christ,” said Tarantino. In the interview, Taratino also revealed that he tried to get the rights to the bond film Casino Royal, saying he would’ve “subverted” Bond and making it a black-and-white period film.
The Kurt Cobain documentary Montage of Heck led many to revisit their old Nirvana records. In all the drama and publicity and the narrative of tragedy that ultimately surrounded Cobain’s life, it can be easy to forget that his music, and that of other Seattle bands of the time, was really, really, good. Four musicians from separate bands that formed the cornerstone of the early ’90s “Seattle sound” got together last night and played a free show of Stooges covers on Seattle’s Pike Place Market roof. Mark Arm (Mudhoney), Duff McKagan (Guns N’ Roses), Mike McCready (Pearl Jam) and Barrett Martin (Screaming Trees), made up Raw Power, and you can enjoy the performance thanks to a cell phone videographer.
Fresh on the heels of saying that he didn’t think his film Crash was the worthy Oscar winner, Show Me A Hero director Paul Haggis has taken aim at the media for not questioning Tom Cruise about his involvement with Scientology. “I don’t know how journalists can continue to call themselves journalists if they aren’t brave enough to ask a question,” said Haggis, “I mean, how big does the elephant in the room have to be before you ask about it?” Haggis was previously a member of the church, and took part in the Alex Gibney exposé documentary Going Clear.