You've probably seen the cute Budweiser commercial with the golden retriever puppy and the Clydesdale. After all, it's been seen more than 25 million times on YouTube.
But that's not the only ad that Budweiser is scheduled to run during the game on Sunday. A second one is designed to tug at your heartstrings even more, and most likely will leave you feeling a big lump in your throat.
Called "A Hero's Welcome," the commercial shows the town of Winter Park staging a homecoming celebration for Lt. Charles Nadd, who is returning from a deployment. With the song Coming Home gently playing in the background as he realizes what is happening, the commerical builds to an ending that just about anyone in the world can embrace.
Below, watch the video of the making of the commercial. It's just as emotional, as VFW members talk about what a homecoming means to them.
Saving puppies, tackling Bigfoot: All in a day's work for wonderboy Tim Tebow in his Super Bowl ad
Officially giving a significant contingent of women, Gator fans and related hunk aficionados absolutely zero reason to watch Sunday's Super Bowl now, Entertainment Weekly has released Tim "Wonderboy" Tebow's #NoContract T-Mobile ads scheduled to air during the Big Game. (Are there no surprises anymore, boys and girls?) As a Syracuse U. alum, I care very little about your local UF hero. And yet, I have to admit the dude has charazzzma, as David Lee Roth once put it. Here's one of the TV spots; follow the EW link for the other. Full Story
Jonathan Banks as Mike in 'Breaking Bad'.
We got word this week that Breaking Bad spinoff Better Call Saul has added a series regular to its roster, and it’s none other than Jonathan Banks’ fixer Mike Ehrmantraut. The show, a one-hour drama slated to debut on AMC in November, will focus on Bob Odenkirk’s criminal lawyer Saul Goodman before he became Walter White’s go-to guy.
We could all use more Mike in our lives. But who else should pay a visit to the show? Bad stars Aaron Paul and Bryan Cranston have both expressed interest in being part of it, though there’s no way either sign on to be part of the regular cast. So after lowering our expectations just a notch, we considered characters who should join Better Call Saul on a semi-permanent basis:
Gustavo Fring (Giancarlo Esposito): Now that Mike is coming back, it seems like a no-brainer that his boss Gustavo Fring should return as well. It’s unlikely actor Giancarlo Esposito — currently on NBC’s Revolution — would commit fully to this, but we’d love at least a hint at what life was like for Gus' empire before Walt. …Full Story
We are already on record gushing over new American Idol judge Harry Connick Jr., both for his music theory expertise and oh-so-funny banter at the desk. But lately all anyone on Twitter can seem to notice is the dude's orange neck and hands. Our own Stephanie Hayes last night tweeted, "We're all thinking it. Why is Harry Connick Jr. kind of orange on #americanidol? Like a baby who ate too many carrots, right?"
Last night he had fun with it but blamed the fake tan he had to aquire to film Dolphin Tale 2. "if you like me orange, it's cause i was filming @dolphintale 2," he tweeted. "can't wait to start filming avatar 2!!! #blue #idol"
He had lots of fun with it on his Twitter feed. Read on:
I grew out my beard to cover up my @dolphintale 2 fake tan. did it work??? #no #idol
damn. now i'm regretting drinking all that bronzer. #idol
thanks to lemon pledge for polishing my jacket. #idol
An admirer sent him a tweet "you are beautiful the way you are. Don't need no stinking self tanner, lol.” To which Harry responed, "it didn't stink. smelled like dolphin!!!" …Full Story
Looks like the Full House dudes are fully embracing their (probably short-lived) resurgence into pop culture. It all started with the Oikos yogurt Super Bowl commercials starring erstwhile Full House "dads" Bob Saget, Dave Coulier and John Stamos. Then yesterday the trio appeared together on Good Morning America and proved they remember very little about the '90s show (except Coulier, who has apparently spent the past 20 years watching it on a loop).
We figured another appearance by the guys would be overkill. We were wrong.
Last night they showed up to do a Full House parody on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, and it's predictably awesome. (Disclaimer: Full House was pretty crucial to my childhood, so I'm drowning in positive nostalgia over here. Your feelings about the middle-aged men might differ.) …Full Story
Melissa McCarthy and Kenan Thompson warm up for 'Saturday Night Live' this weekend
Last week we crowed about Jonah Hill's promo gags for his stint on Saturday Night Live. They were pretty darn good, especially with the great Taran Killam by his side. (By the way, Killam in 12 Years a Slave? Still messing with my head.) Still, we gotta say: THIS weekend's host, Melissa McCarthy, is even funnier in her SNL promos, paired with the dopily deadpan Kenan Thompson. Check 'em out below. Also, if you haven't seen McCarthy in The Heat yet, rent that pronto; every one of her line readings is a beaut. Even my mother, Mary Daly, loved the R-rated caper: "That Megan McCartney is so funny!" Yes she is, Mom. Yes she is. Full Story
Milioti as the Mother.
For a while during the first few seasons of How I Met Your Mother, which aired its 200th episode Monday, it was easy to forget that the show was a network sitcom that had to crank out 20+ episodes per season. Its unique structure and willingness to play with the form made it one of the most enjoyable shows of its kind.
After a while, of course, it began to feel the strain of what it was. How I Met Your Mother has been on the air now for a whopping nine years, so it’s not surprising that the show hasn’t been able to keep up the novelty and energy that define its terrific early seasons. At times over the past few years, it’s felt like one giant sitcom cliche. (The coupling of Barney and Robin is perhaps the biggest example of this; it goes against everything both characters stood for early on in an attempt to arrive at a classically happy ending for the core quintet.) …Full Story
There's supposedly some football that will be going on Sunday in between expensive mini films trying to sell us cars, beer, M&Ms and David Beckham's abs. Thanks to the interwebs we already have several hints about what's to come. There will undoubtedly be some surprises but here are some of our favorite teases and early commercial releases to get us ready for the Super Bowl:
Don Cheadle's ad for Bud Light looks promising. A short snippet shows him chatting with a llama saying, "Donnie Llama, I just got that," before stepping onto an elevator. Considering this is a beer ad, could it be referring to the Urban Dictionary's entry that "the Church of The Donnie Llama is based upon free beer and free love?" We think so.
We really love Sarah McLachlan for making fun of herself in an Audi ad, introducing us to a supremely ugly dog hybrid: the Doberhuahua.
This Jaguar ad brings huge star power to a car commercial. It's the British automaker's first Super Bowl ad and it stars British actors Ben Kingsley, Tom Hiddleston and Mark Strong as a trio of British villains. But wait, there's more: The spot was directed by Tom Hooper, who won the Oscar for Best Director for The King's Speech in 2011.
Pete Seeger had a short-lived, but totally charming, TV show called 'Rainbow Quest'
Just finished writing my "appreciation" of hammer-tough folk singer Pete Seeger, in which I tried to stuff the highest of fight-the-power highlights from his 94 melodic years, which ended on Monday. I included gush from longtime friend, mentor and fellow Rock Hall of Famer Bruce Springsteen, who called Seeger, among other things, "your granddad if your granddad can kick your a--." What I DIDN'T mention, however, was Seeger's brief, quirkily delightful foray into television. The Atlantic has a great write-up on Rainbow Quest, the singer's clunky-charming variety special that "was filmed in black and white, in a New Jersey studio with no audience, and broadcast over a Spanish-language UHF station." Read the story and watch the below video. At the very least, you'll witness Seeger's easy-going infectious ways, an approachability that made him icon. Full Story
The first time is not necessarily enjoyable as viewers of HGTV's Property Virgins know. If you want the world to see your pain, the show is casting in the Tampa Bay/ St. Petersburg area right now. Host Egypt Sherrod announced on her Instagram feed:
We're looking for people who are buying their first home between March and November of 2014. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information about appearing on the show. Good luck and I hope to meet you soon. xxoo Egypt
As our colleague Drew Harwell has reported, Florida is now being flooded by real estate agents hoping to capitalize on Florida's housing recovery, so there should be a fair amount of clients to choose from.
Property Virgins takes viewers inside the world of house hunting through the eyes of first-time buyers. it's a combination of the roller-coaster journey to practical take-home advice. Says HGTV: "Host Egypt Sherrod helps new buyers see the difference between their hopes of acquiring the out-of-reach dream home and the hard reality of what it takes to find the right property."Full Story
Leo and Jonah
This weekend, Leonardo DiCaprio showed up during buddy Jonah Hill's Saturday Night Live monologue and did a hilarious bit that culminated in the two recreating an iconic Titanic moment. Yeah, it was pretty incredible. And good on Hill for not only being a two-time Oscar nominee but also being good enough pals with the notoriously serious Leo that he'd show up on SNL without having ever hosted the show himself.
Hill, a three-time host, presided over a fine show, but we couldn't stop thinking how great it would be to see Leo himself dive into the silliness at Studio 8H. The fact that he's never hosted SNL isn't necessarily surprising, though it does seem like a travesty, considering how game he is in that cameo and how funny he can be (more on that below). Pick up the phone, Lorne Michaels, Leo needs to return to the SNL stage. Here's why:
In case you missed it, check out Leo's untapped SNL potential here:
Angelina as Maleficent looks good; Lana Del Rey singing 'Once Upon a Dream' sounds even better.
"Creeping Beauty," anyone? We won’t know until May 30 whether Disney’s Maleficent (starring the dramatically cheekboned Angelina Jolie as the titular witch) is any good. But Lana Del Rey’s cover of Princess Aurora anthem Once Upon a Dream, heard in the TV ad that premiered during Sunday's Grammys, is flat-out mesmerizing, and creepy, and gorgeously eerie -- just like the prodigiously gifted singer-songwriter herself. The offbeat Del Rey, best known for smash Summertime Sadness, is expected to release a new album later this year. For now, here's a snippet of her unlikely, but excellent, collabo with the Mouse House. Full Story
Well, this might already be our favorite show of 2015.
STARZ announced today that it's greenlighting a new drama called Flesh and Bone, about a young ballet dancer with a troubled past who joins a prestigious ballet company in New York. The best part? It's from Breaking Bad writer and producer Moira Walley-Beckett, who will also write and executive produce the series.
We're thrilled to see someone from the Breaking Bad family back at work, and we especially love the idea of Walley-Beckett (who's actually a former ballet dancer) running her own show. She joined Bad, which wrapped its five-season run in September 2013, in its second season and as an executive producer helped shaped its later seasons. She's also responsible for writing some of the show's very best episodes, including season 3's Fly, season 4's penultimate episode End Times, season 5's first-half finale Gliding Over All and season 5's Ozymandias, one of the show's most riveting and devastating hours. …Full Story
No hard feelings. Barbara Walters, left, has invited Rosie O'Donnell to revisit her old stomping grounds on The View Feb. 7.
DVR alrert! Rosie O'Donnell is coming back to The View, at least for a day. For some people she's akin to nails on a blackboard but she is ratings gold. Even if you don't like her, it's fun to watch the interplay. But don't discount that she also has a very solid base of fans who find her a refreshingly honest talker on daytime shows, calling BS on the obvious but also an astute observer of popular culture.
The show announced Monday that O'Donnell will be a guest on the daytime gabfest on Feb. 7 (that's the same day she had been booked at the Tampa Improv for a one-night appearance, but that's now canceled). Her tenure as a panalist was notably stormy, most notably her epic fight with Elisabeth Hasselbeck on May 23, 2007. The live, unedited fight started over the War in Iraq, but quickly escalated into other things. It felt like issues had been stewing behind the scenes for months and it was ugly and awkward, and we couldn't look away. Watch here:
O'Donnell said after leaving that she had experienced something like post-traumatic stress disorder, and show creator Barbara Walters said she resented the way O'Donnell dumped on the show. …Full Story
Pharrell, Pharrell's Hat and Daft Punk all did really well at Sunday's Grammys
The smartest thing the Grammy Awards ever did was to stop insisting on that whole, you know, “awards” thing. Oh, the Recording Academy handed out a few shiny trophies inside L.A.’s Staples Center Sunday, including album of the year (Random Access Memories) and record of the year (Get Lucky) to mute French robot electronicists Daft Punk.
But mainly, the almost four-hour show was a watchable, tweetable, snarkable concert of strange bedfellows and mash-up moments, including a “marriage” of 33 couples during Macklemore & Ryan Lewis’ equality-rules hip-hop tune Same Love. In typical Grammys overkill, Queen Latifah officiated and Madonna crashed the nuptials. And we all totally sobbed! Don’t lie!
Herewith, other highlights (plus Pharrell’s hat) from “music’s biggest night”:
EVEN CYBORGS DIG ‘FLASHDANCE’ Show opener Beyonce’s wet-hair, dirty-chair take on Drunk in Love was bleeps-aplenty hubba-hubba. But even better was the after-shot of appreciative Daft Punk politely nodding their robot heads. Love them.
AT LEAST I GOT ONE RIGHT Slam-dunk of the night: In the show’s very first away, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis won best new artist. (And poor Lewis STILL didn’t get to say anything.) …Full Story