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Spinal Tap planning 2014 comeback

July 22nd, 2013 8:40pm EDT
Spinal Tap
Comedy rock act Spinal Tap are planning a comeback in 2014.

Co-founder Christopher Guest, who performs as guitarist Nigel Tufnel, has revealed he and bandmates David St. Hubbins and Derek Smalls are "in the midst of talking about something for next year" in a new article in Britain's The Guardian.

Guest admits he still can't believe the group he formed with pals Harry Shearer and Michael McKean three decades ago for the mockumentary This is... Spinal Tap has become a cult act around the globe, performing at the greatest venues, including the Pyramid Stage at the Glastonbury festival in En...

'Family Tree' Preview: Christopher Guest Takes His Comedy Formula To HBO

May 11th, 2013 11:03am EDT
Family Tree
Long before The Office, Parks and Recreation, and Modern Family turned the mockumentary into a sitcom staple, Christopher Guest cornered the genre on the silver screen. With comedy classics like Best in Show, Waiting for Guffman, This is Spinal Tap, and A Mighty Wind under his belt, it’s no surprise that Guest decided to bring his brand of entertainment to television.

With Family Tree, Guest and co-writer/creator Jim Piddock have taken his classic formula and squeezed it down to a thirty-minute episode format for HBO, turning it into a clever semi-improvised comedy following that single-ca...

Turn Friday Up to 11: Tomorrow Is Nigel Tufnel Day!

November 10th, 2011 12:53pm EST
Among many, just saying the phrase "This one goes to 11" brings a knowing nod and a smile. The famous scene in 1984's cult classic "This Is Spinal Tap" where British prog rocker Nigel Tufnel (Christopher Guest) tells documentarian Marty DiBergi that he's had his amps modified to go "one louder" than 10 is used as shorthand to describe absurd behavior by empty-headed musicians.

Now it's a holiday.

According to The Huffington Post, former musician Michael Fennelly has created a 20,000+ member-strong movement on Facebook to declare tomorrow (11/11/11) to be Nigel Tufnel Day.

Another membe...

Ricky Gervais Gets 'Spinal Tap' Guitar For His 50th Birthday

June 29th, 2011 12:29pm EDT
Ricky Gervais
Ricky Gervais received an extra-special gift to mark his 50th birthday - a guitar used in classic comedy This Is Spinal Tap.

The British funnyman is close pals with Christopher Guest, who played musician Nigel Tufnel in the 1984 mockumentary about a rock band, and they headed out for a meal to celebrate Gervais reaching the milestone on Saturday.

And when Guest and his wife Jamie Lee Curtis handed over a pile of gifts for The Office creator, he was stunned to unwrap a Fender guitar used by Guest in the spoof movie.

In a blog post detailing how he spent his big day, Gervais writes, "Wo...

Ed O'Neill Says Jane Lynch Should Not Have Won An Emmy

December 7th, 2010 8:57am EST
Ed O
Actor Ed O'Neill insists Glee star Jane Lynch doesn't deserve the Emmy Award she won in August - because she plays a "one-note character" as cheerleading coach Sue Sylvester.

Lynch was delighted after picking up the Outstanding Supporting Actress trophy for her turn as acid-tongued Sylvester in the hit musical TV series.

However, former Married With Children star O'Neill insists the win was undeserved, as the role doesn't show off Lynch's full range of talents.

He tells, "I love Jane, honestly I do. I'm dying to star in one of Christopher Guest's movies alongside her, but ...

'Valentine's Day' & Other Movies With Star-Studded Casts

February 12th, 2010 2:50pm EST
Ah, Valentine's Day weekend, the perfect time for Hollywood to embrace the mainstream audience by giving them cheesy and wonderful romantic comedies to prepare for the big day of love. This year the aptly named "Valentine's Day" is perfectly timed to get big notice, but one of the first things that impresses viewers is seeing the celebrity cast involved. It seems like almost every major actor is involved with this project, including Julia Roberts, Jamie Foxx, Ashton Kutcher, Bradley Cooper, Jessica Alba, Anne Hathaway, Jennifer Garner, Patrick Dempsey, and on and on with at least ten other ...

Faux Documentaries Entertain Film & TV Audiences

August 5th, 2009 11:52am EDT
Documentary films, the traditional kind that the average person simply ignores, have long since given way to the popular faux documentary. These films, unlike their parent genre, have been and continue to be wildly successful. In fact, they are now so tightly woven into our culture that we truly forget what they are.

Christopher Guest's films Best in Show, For Your Consideration, and A Mighty Wind were all based on a fake, typically unseen camera crew following a group during or to an event. Sacha Baron Cohen also took this approach, with an obviously irreverent tone, with Da Ali G S...

Exclusive: John Michael Higgins Talks 'The Ugly Truth,' 'Best In Show,' 'Arrested Development' And His David Letterman Experience

July 22nd, 2009 5:09pm EDT
John Michael Higgins
It's possible you don't recognize the name John Michael Higgins -- as he even points out in this interview -- but everyone has seen him in something. John Michael Higgins joins us to discuss his two upcoming films -- "The Ugly Truth" and "Couples Retreat" -- plus speculate on the return of his "Arrested Development" character, Wayne Jarvis, in a possible feature film. He also takes a look back at his roles in "Best in Show" and "A Mighty Wind" and poignantly discusses what was not the happiest time in his life: Portraying the most powerful man in late night television, David Letterman, in H...

This Week's Movie Buzz: See It, Rent It, Or Skip It?

May 18th, 2009 9:25am EDT
Terminator Salvation
The first three weeks of the summer movie season started out a bit slow, but from here the momentum really starts to build. There's a spike in the number of movies premiering with six coming out this week, two of which are sequels. One of those sequels is a movie I've been anticipating since I heard it was in development. Hint: it involves giant robots, and it's not "Transformers 2."

Opening in cinemas this week are "Terminator Salvation," "Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian," "Dance Flick," "Easy Virtue," "The Girlfriend Experience," and "The Boys: The Sherman Brothers...

'American Idol' Recap: The Race Is Closer Than You Think

May 14th, 2009 8:45am EDT
American Idol
It was a night filled with celebrities and one mildly surprising exit. "American Idol" just keeps getting better, and glitzier, as the drama and guest star quotient ratchets up alongside the increase in performance quality.

Yes, it seems "American Idol" has turned into a cavalcade of stars. What started as an amateur singing competition has quickly become the place for all the famous people to play and plug.

We started with the cast of "Night at the Museum 2: Battle of the Smithsonian" plugging their new movie even before the credits. Funny how the show's desk being donated to ...

Spinal Tap 'Back From The Dead' With New Album June 16

May 4th, 2009 10:27am EDT
Spinal Tap
This year marks the 25th anniversary of the cult classic film 'This is Spinal Tap and now England's Loudest Heavy Metal Band, Spinal Tap, is celebrating with the release of their first new album in almost two decades, Back From The Dead (The Label Industry Records/Artist2Market/INgrooves), due out Tuesday, June 16. Spinal Tap's last album was 1992's Break Like The Wind.

On Back From the Dead, Tap members David St. Hubbins, Nigel Tufnel and Derek Smalls unearth their long-self-suppressed studio versions of the classic songs from the movie This is Spinal Tap, as well as six new addition...

Spinal Tap Confirm Reunion

February 3rd, 2009 11:52am EST
Spinal Tap
Spoof heavy metal band Spinal Tap have confirmed they are to record their first album in nearly 20 years.

The faux British rockers found fame in 1984 comedy documentary This Is Spinal Tap and went on to release two records and hit the road for tours. Their last album, Break Like The Wind, hit shops in 1992 and the group subsequently reunited for a one-off performance in 2007, playing at London's Wembley Stadium as part of the Live Earth event. And now the American comedy trio - Michael McKean, Christopher Guest and Harry Shearer - are set to resurrect their characters once again.


Interview: Sprague Grayden Talks of New '24' Role And More

November 18th, 2008 10:12am EST
Sprague Grayden
Sprague Grayden is a pleasure to talk to about almost anything and everything, which it seems we did. She talked to us about her new role on Fox's "24" as well as previous shows like "Jericho," "Sons of Anarchy" and "Six Feet Under." We also discussed her love of sci-fi and Pez.

We should get this out of the way, since it is probably the first question everyone asks. Your first name is your mom's maiden name, correct? It's very cool.

Yes. Thanks!

So if you have a child, will you maybe name him/her Grayden?

Grayden is a pretty cool first name for a child but I'm going to ...

'Ghostbusters' Tops Funny Films Poll

August 28th, 2008 9:53am EDT
Office Space
Ghostbusters has topped a new online poll of the "Funniest Films of the Past 25 Years." The comedy beat out National Lampoon's Vacation and Beverly Hills Cop to land atop the new survey.

But funnyman Christopher Guest is the most consistent player on the list; three of his films - This Is Spinal Tap, Waiting For Guffman and Best In Show make the top 20, while Ben Stiller and Vince Vaughn make the top 25 twice each - Stiller for There's Something About Mary and new film Tropic Thunder, and Vaughn for Wedding Crashers and Old School.

The top 10 are:

1. Ghostbusters

The 'That Guy' Encyclopedia, Letters L Through Z

May 29th, 2008 10:45am EDT
Danny Trejo
Throughout cinematic history, there has been a plethora of actors that, for some reason or another, never become a household name. So here is a cheat sheet of sorts, a brief encyclopedia on "That Guy." Part Two: Letters L-Z. If you missed the first installment, you can check it out here.

Stubborn General or Muslim, Harry Lennix

Lennix played Lock, the unbelieving general in Matrix Reloaded and Revolutions. He appeared in short bursts in TV shows such as Diagnosis Murder and ER before a longer stay on Commander in Chief. He played a Moor in Titus and a Muslim in 24. He is currently s...

Three Best & Worst TV Shows Turned Into Big-Screen Films

May 28th, 2008 8:38am EDT
The Dukes of Hazzard
With so many long-running series coming to an end lately, it hasn't taken long for message boards and fansites to buzz with ideas for big-screen reunions. There are a ton of television shows already green lit and in various stages of development (The A-Team, Dallas, and I Dream of Jeannie to name a few). It doesn't seem too farfetched to assume even more producers are awaiting the opening numbers from this Friday's release of Sex and the City: The Movie before they offer a firm stance one way or the other.

If it's a hit, even four years after the show went off the air, the wheels will...

Turning Twenty: A Look Back At 1988's 'Beetlejuice'

March 31st, 2008 4:06pm EDT
Half "Bloody Mary" and half decomposing sleezeball, Beetlejuice is the titular anti-hero that helped put Tim Burton into the who's who of Hollywood. Now at its 20th anniversary, let's take a look back at a sparkling example of dark comedy that stands as a precursor to Burton's magical films.

The Movie

Reading the cast list will illicit at least one "oh yeah, he/she was in this" reaction. The ensemble would also make a 1990s romantic comedy cast director salivate: Michael Keaton, Alec Baldwin, Geena Davis, Winona Ryder, Catherine O'Hara, an appearance by the late Robert Goulet, and...

There May Be Cracks, But The Comedy Glass Ceiling Still Exists For Women

March 14th, 2008 3:00pm EDT
Parker Posey
In this town (Los Angeles) and this industry (entertainment), there are a handful of strong, intelligent, funny women who - once they finally broke onto the radar - have worked consistently in equally strong, intelligent, funny roles.

After reading this month's "Who Says Women Aren't Funny" issue of Vanity Fair, it is impossible not to notice just how many beyond the current "it" girls of comedy were left off that list (which included funnygirls such as Tina Fey, Sarah Silverman and Amy Poehler). This is an attempt to rectify that and garner them the recognition they so rightly dese...

2007 TV Year In Review: The Worst

December 29th, 2007 12:00pm EST
Compounded by the writers strike, TV suffered this year. Shows that should have been pulled weren't, and not one new series became a breakout hit.

The Worst:

"Sportscenter" - What was once one of the funniest and hippest half-hours on television has now become the most exhausting hour (and sometimes 90-minutes) you'll spend in front of the tube. Somewhere along the line, somebody at ESPN got the idea that viewers cared more about watching the anchors and analysts than they did about seeing highlights and scores.

This has led to the self-aggrandizing spectacle currently be...

'The Dead Girl' Takes Grand Prize At Deauville

September 10th, 2007 2:36pm EDT
Toni Collette
Director Karen Moncrieff's independent thriller The Dead Girl has scooped the top prize at the Deauville American Film Festival in France.

The movie - which stars Toni Collette - beat 10 other competitors, including Factory Girl by George Ickenlooper, Waitress by Adrienne Shelly, and Christopher Guest's For Your Consideration, to win the Grand Prize at the Normandy film event.

Other stars honoured at the festival for their career achievements include George Clooney and Michael Douglas.

(This news article provided by World Entertainment News Network)
READ MORE's 'Hilarious Movie T-Shirts'

July 18th, 2007 9:00pm EDT
Animal House
Sometimes a movie's wittiest dialog is on its characters' T-shirts. Check out's feature on those classic catchphrases that began on the cotton crewnecks of countless crazy characters!

Here are our favorites...

Number 7: Nigel Tufnel's (Christopher Guest) glowing green skeleton rib-cage t-shirt in This Is Spinal Tap. You don't have to overthink this whole "rock star" thing. Forget your foil-covered zucchini or your leather straps-just slap on a shirt like this that screams, "Tonight I´m gonna rock you tonight."

Number 3: Booger's (Curtis Armstrong) classic 'Gimme Head 'Ti...

Ricky Gervais Asked To Join Spinal Tap At 'Live Earth'

May 11th, 2007 1:10pm EDT
Ricky Gervais
Spoof rock supergroup Spinal Tap want British comedian Ricky Gervais to join them on stage when they perform at this summer's Live Earth concert. The band, created for 1984 rockumentary This Is Spinal Tap, are booked to appear at the Wembley extravaganza, which aims to raise awareness of climate change.

Director Rob Reiner and the stars of the fictitious band, Christopher Guest, Michael McKean and Harry Shearer want Gervais to join them. Gervais befriended Guest after shooting to fame with his own spoof documentary, The Office, and he subsequently made a guest appearance in Guest's 20...

Spinal Tap Reunite For Live Earth

April 25th, 2007 10:32am EDT
Spinal Tap
Spoof rockers Spinal Tap are to reunite for a special performance at the London leg of this year's Live Earth concert series, joining the likes of Madonna, Red Hot Chili Peppers and Genesis at Wembley Stadium in July. The fictitious heavy metal group - played by actors Michael McKean, Christopher Guest and Harry Shearer - will resurrect their roles as David St Hubbins, Nigel Tufnel and Derek Smalls respectively for the 7 July gig, where they will also screen a 10-minute comedy sketch to the 90,000-strong crowd.

A source says, "The sketch they've filmed is hilarious. It shows them driv...

Celebrity Birthdays, February 5

February 5th, 2007 3:00am EST
Laura Linney
Happy Birthday to "Peter Pan" star Jeremy Sumpter (1989), Manchester United footballer Christiano Ronaldo (1985), country singer Sara Evans (1971), singer Bobby Brown (1969), baseball player Roberto Alomar (1968), Guns 'N Roses/Velvet Revolver bassist Duff McKagen (1964), actress Laura Linney (1964), actress Jennifer Jason Leigh (1962), Elton John's drummer Nigel Olsson (1949), actress Barbara Hershey (1948), actor/director/writer Christopher Guest (1948), British actress/former model Charlotte Rampling (1946), Blood, Sweat & Tears founder Al Kooper (1944), action film director Michael Mann...

Christopher Guest Doesn't Watch Awards Shows

February 2nd, 2007 9:30pm EST
Christopher Guest
Director Christopher Guest is refusing to take any part in the upcoming awards season, because he fears industry accolades "change people".

The 58-year-old examines the hype and hysteria of the Oscars race in new comedy For Your Consideration, but he shuns the red carpet in reality for fear it will change his career outlook for the worse.

He tells Empire magazine, "I don't watch award shows. The whole thing is strange to me. All that need for attention. There's this famous picture of Faye Dunaway the morning after she won her Oscar, just looking... it's a really harrowing photogra...

Celebrity Birthdays, February 5

February 5th, 2006 3:00am EST
Laura Linney
Happy Birthday to "Peter Pan" star Jeremy Sumpter (1989), Manchester United footballer Christiano Ronaldo (1985), country singer Sara Evans (1971), singer Bobby Brown (1969), baseball player Roberto Alomar (1968), Guns 'N Roses/Velvet Revolver bassist Duff McKagen (1964), actress Laura Linney (1964), actress Jennifer Jason Leigh (1962), Elton John's drummer Nigel Olsson (1949), actress Barbara Hershey (1948), actor/director/writer Christopher Guest (1948), British actress/former model Charlotte Rampling (1946), Blood, Sweat & Tears founder Al Kooper (1944), action film director Michael Mann...

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