FleshEatingZipper says: "It’s hard to believe it’s been almost two years since that drama between Jay Leno and Conan O’Brien went down over the Tonight Show. NBC eventually bought O’Brien out to the tune of nearly $45 million and prohibited him from being funny on TV for six months. So what did he and his production and writing staffs do in the meantime? Hatch a 45-date musical/comedy tour aptly named ‘The Legally Prohibited from Being Funny on Television Tour’. So while Conan and his crew went radio silent, they shot a documentary about the whole thing."
LRA writes: After many months of trying to find it we have now successfully seen Shaolin and guess what? It was totally worth it. Other than our poor attempts at pronouncing all the character's names correctly (which we mostly fail at), both Brian and myself came away from the Chinese epic fairly impressed by its superb production design, fantastic acting and thrilling fight sequences. To balance out all these positive thoughts though I conclude my trilogy of pain with a pretty lengthy discussion on the third film in the Twilight Saga, Eclipse. Also up for grabs is my Netflix Instant Stream Movie of the Week for anyone looking for something a little different. Featured music is from the "Shaolin" motion picture soundtrack.
Sean of The Daily Rotation wrote, "
Yet again, Conan O’Brien takes comedy to a place its rarely been before. After his highly publicized ordeal with NBC, who handed the reigns of The Tonight Show over to him after the announcement five years previously. It was generally understood, and planned, so that at this time Jay Leno could retire and go back to his car collection. However, not wanting to lose, up to that point, the most popular Tonight Show host, they had a brilliant idea: Invent a new show, and put Jay on that. It aired before the local news, and then after the news, came the new, revamped Tonight Show starring Conan O’Brien, who started the show in epic fashion, running from New York to Los Angeles to start his new show. This represented a new area for Conan, who had a strong, loyal following at the 12:35 am Late Night Show spot, The Tonight Show being his ultimate goal during the entire course of his career."
The long, strange story of Conan O’Brien‘s exit from NBC and the national comedy/music revue tour that followed gets its final chapter — or coda, really — in the form of the documentary Conan O’Brien Can’t Stop. The film premiered at SXSW and landed distribution that will see the film hitting VOD and AT&T’s U-verse platforms before a small theatrical opening. (In other words, watch it on VOD when you get the chance, because it might not play your town.) The film was praised for offering a relatively unvarnished look at the behind the scenes production of Conan’s tour, and for showing people the less-flattering aspects of his mental state at the time. You’ll get a glimpse of that in the new trailer for the film.