Archive for June, 2011
The latest installment in my ongoing effort to cover the creators of ACT-I-VATE continues this week with my interview of writer Chris Miskiewicz regarding Everywhere. Everywhere is an anthology series with a unique foundation that is discussed in our opening question. My thanks to Miskiewicz for the interview.
Tim O’Shea: In a few words, could you tell our readers the premise of The Everywhere Anthology?
Chris Miskiewicz: You wake up to find that millions of a single species have appeared EVERYWHERE around the world at the same time. It’s basically The Twilight Zone meets an Animal Disaster B-Movie Feature where each episode features a different animal disaster drawn by a different artist.
O’Shea: What motivated you to initially develop Everywhere, and how did it land at ACT-I-VATE?
Miskiewicz: The Everywhere Anthology came from a drunken conversation with artist Andrew Wendel who co-created the concept with me.
My one main thought, several days after Peter Falk’s death is rooted in his Wings of Desire role. I would like to think he really is an angel now.
There’s a couple of pals of mine who I have pestered for a good long while to get a blog or a twitter account, and damn if it did not happen. The blog is called ContainsEggs (an inspired and yet odd branding of a blog) and it is drowning in witty and wacky as hell content.
Bottom line, anytime you write a headline with soap opera veteran Deidre Hall as the punchline, you have hooked me.
Another interesting fact? The writers of that blog rarely use exclamation points. Rarely, but I did not say never.
So Keith Olbermann’s Countdown on Current TV launched this week. And to mark the occassion, he’s making the rounds at different late night shows. Earlier this week, he showed up on Dave Letterman and did a fun Top 10.
Earlier this month I received an email from musician Eli Lhymn of Helen Stellar (a band I covered back in October 2010). In the email, her wrote: “Since Helen Stellar’s hiatus last year, I’ve finally had the time and opportunity to work on my own music. I teamed up with Stephen Biebel . . . he’s an amazing songwriter and producer in Brooklyn. We’ve worked together before, and we couldn’t be more excited to bring this new band to you guys – 2 Hearts and Chemicals.” After giving a listen to Paradise Lost, I decided to interview Eli and Stephen regarding the project.
Tim O’Shea: What led to you two’s decision to pursue making music in your new project 2 Hearts and Chemicals?
Stephen: For me, the origin of our collaboration began before 2 Hearts. Eli had been making instrumental tracks and posting them to Myspace, and he was looking for a vocalist. I thought there was a lot of potential in the music for some great melodies, so I asked him if he would mind me singing some parts. That actually became our first collaborative project- Chemicolour. We made some nice songs together, including one titled 2 Hearts and Chemicals, which then became the name for this new body of work.
Eli: Stephen and I just work really well together. I don’t think I’ve ever heard anything from him that I didn’t like. I really wanted to work with someone who I had a history with. I did not want to start another craigslist band.
Ironbound describes itself as “Seth Kramer, Daniel A. Miller, and Jeremy Newberger are Ironbound Films. Headquartered in an old inn on the Hudson River opposite West Point, Ironbound crafts video for theaters, television, museums, and the web.”
Here’s a preview:
The blog, Nothing But the Doc, noted that the project “will feature interviews with Sally Jesse Raphael, Chris Elliott, Al Sharpton and Pat Buchanan”. Some sites say it will be ready in 2011, others say 2012. Either way, given how much Downey fascinated me many years ago, I would be curious to hear the perspective from his former friends and associates.
Anytime I get to see Bonnie Hunt discuss the craft of comedy, it’s treasured wisdom, but on a recent night the Academy of American Television hosted a night of conversation (Ladies Who Make Us Laugh) with Hunt as well as Carol Leifer, Caroline Rhea, Elayne Boosler, Lily Tomlin, Margaret Cho, and Mary Lynn Rajskub.
Here are some of the official details:
“Directed by James Bobin (Da Ali Gi Show, The Flight of the Conchords) from a script by Jason Segel and Nicholas Stoller, The Muppets stars Segel, Amy Adams, Chris Cooper and a host of others, including Rashida Jones, Zach Galifianakis, Jack Black, Ed Helms, Neil Patrick Harris, Katy Perry and Donald Glover. It opens on Nov. 23.”
I cannot believe I did not think to track down the Archive of American Television’s interviews with Paul Shaffer.
I could listen to Shaffer talk about Letterman all day.
To hear Kevin Clash’s natural voice, it’s amazing he’s Elmo. When I hear Frank Oz’s natural voice, I always hear Fozzie the Bear. Not so much with Clash. Here, thanks to the Archive of American Television, he talks about the development of the character.