Wednesday August 7, 2013

From Zap2it: The story of Arnel Pineda's rise from nightclub singer in the Philippines to the frontman of Journey is fairly well-known -- he's been with the band for about five years now.

But it's a really good story, which is why PBS' Independent Lens series has picked up a documentary about Pineda's Journey experience.  Don't Stop Believin': Everyman's Journey played at several film festivals last year and is set to make its TV debut Sept. 30.

At the TCA summer press tour yesterday, Pineda and Journey's Neal Schon, Jonathan Cain and Ross Valory recounted how Schon found Pineda by searching YouTube, apprehensions the band had about hiring Pineda and some less-than-welcoming fan responses. 

Netflix has unveiled a full trailer for Derek,  its upcoming 30 minute comedy-drama starring Ricky Gervais as a naive retirement home caretaker.  You can check it out here.

I haven't mentioned Orange Is The New Black for a few days, so here's an interview with Pablo Schreiber (Liev's brother) who plays George Mendez.  His mustache on the show is fake, FYI.

EW sat down with Amy Schumer to discuss season 1 of Inside Amy Schumer  amongst other things.

Remember the show Project Greenlight ?  It was the HBO show championed by Matt Damon and Ben Afflleck that gave aspiring filmmakers a chance to compete to have their movie brought to the big screen.  Season 1 winner Pete Jones is still plodding along as a writer/director.  He actually wrote the screenplay for the movie Hall Pass  with Owen Wilson and Jason Sudeikis, however, that was the first work as a writer (or director) that he's seen since 2004.  IMDB says that he's represented by one of the big 3-letter agencies and he has a film "in development" called Jack On The Rocks.  

Evidently, I wasn't the only one watching Princesses: Long Island  on Bravo, thankfully.

I'm all in on Brother vs. Brother  on HGTV.  Interesting twist to a home renovation show competition.  They did a good job casting some interesting characters.  Three episodes in and I'm in for the long haul. 

I feel like I would be friends with Tig Notaro if we ever met.  Check her out on the Nerdist  podcast.

Jason Priestly is writing a memoir that is expected to dish on what went on behind the scenes of Beverly Hills, 90210 .

US Weekly reports that Paula Deen turned down an offer to appear on Dancing With The Stars .  How and why that show is still on the air is baffling.  The talent level has gone down exponentially and it's become taboo to appear on it if you consider yourself even a D-list celebrity.