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SDCC 2016: CW Superheroes Stephen Amell, Melissa Benoist & Grant Gustin On ‘Conan’
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CONAN SDCC 2016 Melissa Benoist, Conan O'Brien, Grant Gustin, Stephen Amell

As he has done in the past Conan O’Brien temporarily moved his show Conan down to San Diego for the famed San Diego Comic Con going on right now. Last year, Conan had shows dedicated to many of the superhero films of 2016, including Batman v Superman, X-Men: Apocalypse, and so on.

On Thursday night’s show from SDCC, before bringing his guests out, Conan visited Ironhead Studios, responsible for making the costumes of some of the most famous modern superheroes, including those in Batman v Superman. Conan gets to try on a Hawkman helmet, and fantasize about Wonder Woman Gal Gadot while standing with her headless body replica. He gets creative, placing casts of Ian McKellen and Matt Damon’s heads on the Wonder Woman statue. Conan then volunteers to have his own superhero suit made, meaning the self deprecating comedian had to first pose and be subjected to a full body scan. He then debuts the new Conan supersuit, a buffed out blue bodysuit featuring a C-belt and bright orange hair helmet… it’s fantastic.

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Weird Al Performs “Yoda” With 13-Year-Old Autistic Girl At Night Of Too Many Stars (Video)
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Weird Al performs "Yoda" With 13-Year-Old autistic girl Jodi DiPiazza At Night of Too Many Stars

Weird Al Yankovic has been my favorite musical performer since I was in single digits. He was my first concert at age 13. And he’s managed to stay relevant, and record over a dozen albums in the past 35 years. He also happens to be one of the classiest people in show business.

At Comedy Central’s Night of Too Many Stars: America Comes Together for Autism Programs live charity telethon on Sunday night, a 13-year-old autistic girl, Jodi DiPiazza, performed with the parody artist to his hit song “Yoda” (a parody of The Kinks hit “Lola”).

Watch the performance in the video here below.

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Oscars 2015: Weird Al Gets “Whiplashed” (Video)
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Weird Al Gets Whiplashed

Take my favorite musician/recording artist ever and add in my favorite movie of 2014 and you have a recipe for greatness. “Weird Al” Yankovic has teamed up with Oscar contender for Best Picture, Whiplash, to promote his upcoming world tour “Mandatory.” Whiplash is the story of a drum prodigy tested by his abusive jazz conductor college professor played by Oscar nominee J.K. Simmons. In Weird Al Gets Whiplashed, a video produced by College Humor, Weird Al stands in for Miles Teller’s character Andrew, while his patented accordion replaces the drums. The performer is excited for his upcoming world tour and is trying to get “perfect” with the help of Simmons’ Fletcher. While Simmons’s scenes from the film remain perfectly intact, this hilarious 4-plus minutes video has Weird Al voicing to Simmons what most viewers of the film wanted to yell at the screen.

You can check out Weird Al Gets Whiplashed as well as some of Weird Al’s other new videos here below.

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Blu-ray Review: UHF 25th Anniversary Edition
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UHF Blu-ray review

UHF
Blu-ray
Director: Jay Levey
Screenwriter: Jay Levey, “Weird Al” Yankovic
Cast: “Weird Al” Yankovic, Kevin McCarthy, Michael Richards, David Bowe, Victoria Jackson
Shout! Factory
Rated PG-13 | 97 Minutes
Release Date: November 11, 2014

In UHF, “Weird Al” Yankovic stars as George Newman, a daydreamer with a hyperactive imagination who becomes the manager of Channel 62, A UHF (Ultra High Frequency) TV station on the verge of bankruptcy.

Before long, George’s eclectic programming – including shows like Stanley Spadowski’s Clubhouse, Wheel of Fish, and Raul’s Wild Kingdom – is saving the station. Channel 62’s sudden increase in popularity gains the attention of the nefarious R.J. Fletcher (Kevin McCarthy, Invasion of the Body Snatchers), owner of the rival VHF network station, Channel 8.

Furious that George’s rinky-dink UHF station is beating him in ratings, Fletcher sets out to buy Channel 62 and permanently cancel George’s programming. Absurdity ensues as George and his friends attempt to raise money to out-buy Fletcher through a telethon.

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Weird Al Takes On ‘Game Of Thrones’ Theme Song At The Emmys (Video)
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Weird Al Yankovic Emmy Awards 2014 Game Of Thrones theme song with Andy Samberg

Weird Al Yankovic performed at tonight’s Emmy Awards where he took on several popular television theme songs, one of which was Game Of Thrones. The parody master created lyrics for the popular HBO series, adding in parts about poison wine, paying attention to the introductory maps, and the need for author George R.R. Martin — whose A Song Of Ice and Fire novels are the basis for the TV show — to type faster.

SNL‘s Andy Samberg joined Yankovic on stage dressed as King Joffrey, but he eventually made his way into the audience where Martin was seated, handing him an old-fashioned typewriter as Yankovic and his background singers implored the writer to type faster.

Watch the video here below!

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Don Pardo, Legendary Broadcaster and Original Announcer For ‘Saturday Night Live,’ Dies At 96
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Don Pardo

Don Pardo, venerable voice over and television show announcer, who spanned a career over 70 years, mainly with NBC, and best remembered as the original announcer of Saturday Night Live, has died at the age of 96.

No other announcer had the kind of urgency and instantly recognizable lilt and lift in his vocal patterns quite like Don Pardo did. In many ways, with his snappy prose, clipped cadence, and swooping baritone, Pardo exemplified the stereotype of an announcer and the public’s perception of one, in the best possible way.

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The Digital Wire Blu-ray/DVD Release News: Sharks, Hobbits, Doctors, Cowboys, Weird Al
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Welcome back to another edition of The Digital Wire. For this week’s roundup of the coolest upcoming Blu-ray and DVD release news we’ve got gunslingers, dragons, unusual weather phenomenon, telephone boxes that can travel through time and across the universe, and a rogue television station run by a weird guy named Al. All that plus Jenny Slate in one of the year’s most beloved comedies.

Below you’ll find info on several future home video releases complete with technical specs, release dates, and links to pre-order at Amazon. We would greatly appreciate it if you use those links to order because a small percentage of each order helps keep this website running at max power.

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Shout! Factory To Release ‘UHF,’ ‘Escape From New York,’ ‘Mad Max,’ and More On Blu-ray
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Weird Al Yankovic

A week ago I wrote a retrospective article on the 25th anniversary of “Weird Al” Yankovic‘s supremely silly cult classic UHF and ended it with these words:

The movie may one day see a release on Blu-ray and now that Yankovic’s career is hotter than ever thanks to the success of his latest album Mandatory Fun it wouldn’t be inconceivable for a company like Shout! Factory to distribute an HD edition.

I automatically assumed at the time that Shout! would pick up the license to release UHF on Blu-ray because it’s an MGM title and they typically distribute that studio’s lesser-loved catalog entries. Plus this year would be the most appropriate time for a UHF Blu because the movie celebrates its silver anniversary in 2014 and anniversaries always look good on a Blu-ray/DVD cover. But I had no idea that when Shout! announced its upcoming home video release slate over the weekend at the San Diego Comic-Con they would be including a new 25th anniversary edition of UHF among some of their better-known titles.

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Weird Al Yankovic’s “Mandatory Fun” Hits Number 1; First Comedy Record To Do So In Over 50 Years
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Weird Al Yankovic

Weird Al Yankovic, the gold standard of American comedic musical parody, has finally, for the first time in his now almost 40-year career (!), hit Number 1 on the Billboard chart. Mandatory Fun, Yankovic’s 14th album which was released on July 15, 2014 and went to number one last week, now has the distinction of being the first comedy record to hit that plateau since Allan Sherman’s My Son, the Nut, which included “Hello Muddah, Hello Faddah,” the classic ode by way of waxing funnily about life at a kid’s Summer Camp. (That song, which was released as single, went to number one back in 1963 — you can have a listen to the track below.)

Mandatory Fun sports clever parodies of some of today’s biggest hits, like Pharrell’s “Happy” (“Tacky”) and Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines” (“Word Crimes”) — you can watch these new Weird Al videos here below.

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We Got It All On ‘UHF’: “Weird Al” Yankovic’s Crazed Cult Classic Comedy Turns 25
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UHF

In the early 1980’s “Weird Al” Yankovic sold millions of albums and on occasion infuriated a famous musician or two with his quotable (and often superior) parodies of the most popular songs of the day. He made countless appearances on hit late night talk shows and MTV, and as his fan base grew Yankovic’s music began to make its way onto the rare movie soundtrack (the title track from his 1985 release Dare to Be Stupid received a prominent placement in the following year’s Transformers: The Movie).

Short of writing his autobiography and inventing the Internet years before anyone else, the only obstacle preventing Yankovic from becoming the King of All Media (eat it Stern) was his very own big screen comedy motion picture.

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