Rogers. Nijinsky. Baryshnikov. Graham. Legends of Terpsichore. And now Rick Perry. The former governor of Texas and two-time GOP presidential primary loser is joining the cast of Dancing With the Stars, because well, what else was he going to do?
Bray Wyatt remembers the first time he saw the fireflies. That’s when the WWE superstar walks into the arena, and the lights drop, the audience whips out their phones, and they don’t video or take a photo. They turn on the flashlight app, and the whole room turns into a thousand glowing fireflies.
So SXSW has just made its major announcement about huge changes for badgeholders, and what exactly those badges will get them into. Now they've put out the first roundup of speakers, with massive names from science, politics, technology, TV, music, and sports.
It’s easy to make jokes about SXSW – the lanyards, the tech scene enthusiasts, even the whiteness (as comedian Moshe Kasher puts it, “diverse kinds of white people”). The six performers for SXSW Comedy With Natasha Leggero never missed an opportunity to capitalize on the ridiculousness of Austin’s culture while they performed in the middle of it.
If White House communications director Toby Ziegler was an instrument, what instrument would he be? Richard Schiff paused for a moment at The West Wing reunion at the ATX Television Festival. “An oboe.” Only when the rest of the orchestra goes quiet can you hear its importance.
If anyone’s surprised that Denis Leary is getting a retrospective at this week’s ATX Television Festival, it’s probably Denis Leary. He said, “Unless there’s a funny story to be told, or something to be used as a writer or an actor, I don’t normally dwell on the past. Do you know what I mean? I’m like a shark, I just keep swimming forward.”
Stuart Shapiro doesn't seem the kind of guy that turned TV on its ear. Tall, graying, soft-spoken, he looks more like the IT innovator that he's become than the man that brought underground culture to cable TV. But that's exactly what he did for nearly a decade with USA Network's Night Flight.