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The Choob’s 12 Days Of Christmas: Aimee Mann’s Christmas Carol


On the fifth day of Christmas, The Cathode Ray Choob sent to you…
Aimee Mann’s lesson about the true meaning of Christmas.

Last year and the year before, singer-songwriter Aimee Mann made a couple of star-studded short comedy films that were screened during her Christmas gigs each year.

In 2008, she gave us her version of A Christmas Carol, with Mann playing the Scrooge role and her husband Michael Penn as Marley.

It also features some big-name actor friends including Michael Cera (Superbad, Juno, Arrested Development), John Krasinski (from the US version of The Office) and John C Reilly (Magnolia, Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story, Step Brothers).

Particular highlights are part 3, with Cera, and part 4, with John C Reilly.

After the John Krasinski segment, he joined her on stage for a duet. Not sure if this was a one-off at the LA gig or if this happened throughout the tour, but here’s the video:

And here is the is the 2007 Christmas film, in which Aimee tries to convince various celebrities to appear at her gig.

Guest stars in this one include Will Ferrell, Ben Stiller, John Krasinski (again) and Weird Al Yankovic:

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High-Flying Fox Orders Seven New Pilots


Fox network chiefs have given the green light to seven new pilots – four comedies and three dramas.

The orders are on top of the previously ordered drama Eva Adams and comedy Boldly Going Nowhere.

First up among the new comedies is The Station, which is about a covert CIA office in South America, where agents are trying to install a new dictator. The show is executive-produced by Ben Stiller, who may also direct the pilot.

Next we have Walorsky, about an ex-cop who now patrols a shopping mall in Buffalo, New York, and finds himself paired with a new rookie partner.

Sons of Tucson revolves around a hustler who is hired by three young brothers to act as their father.

The last of the four comedies is  Two Dollar Beer, a which is about how a blue-collar Detroit couple and their family and friends adapt to a world that is changing around them.

The first of the drama pilots is Human Target, a new take on a DC/Vertigo Comics title.

Terminator: Salvation director McG is an executive producer of the show, which is about Christopher Chance, a master of disguise who takes on a different identities, standing in for people whose lives are in jeopardy, putting himself in the firing line.

Next, we have an as-yet untitled reincarnation project about investigators who try to resolve their clients’ current problems by exploring their previous lives.

And finally, Maggie Hill is a medical drama about a female brain surgeon who suffers from schizophrenia. Among the executive producers is 24’s Brian Grazer.

Of the two existing Fox pilot orders, Eva Adams is a US remake of an Argentinian telenovela called Lalola, about a womaniser who is trensformed into a woman to experience life as a member of the opposite sex. In charge of the project is Kevin Falls, a former West Wing writer and executive producer, whose more recent TV projects, Journeyman, Shark and Lyon’s Den, have all failed to get beyond their first seasons.

And Boldly Going Nowhere is a comedy from the creators and stars of It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia about the day-to-day life of a Spaceship captain. A pilot was shot last October but the show is being reworked.

EDIT: More pilot news HERE and HERE.

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