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Thursday, July 31, 2008
Tommy's bound to be talking about the Cheech & Chong: Light Up America comedy tour which was announced yesterday.
Wednesday, July 30, 2008
Live Nation will be producing the tour.
Photos from today's press conference, including pix of Cheech and Chong with marijuana plants (plastic plants) will be posted here in a couple days.
The Live Nation produced tour will kick off on September 12th at the Tower Theatre in Philadelphia. Other highlights include Los Angeles, Washington DC, Detroit, Atlanta, Miami, Minneapolis, Houston, Dallas, Phoenix, Austin, Seattle, Boston, San Diego and Denver to name a few. Chong's wife and comedy partner, Shelby Chong, will open all dates on the tour.
With nine albums released from 1972 through 1985, the duo was nominated for four Grammy Awards, winning the Grammy Award for Best Comedy Album with their third album, Los Cochinos, released in 1973. Big Bambu, their second album, was the biggest selling comedy record of all time in 1972 and remained so for many years. Their stunningly successful comedy streak transitioned to film in 1978 with their first movie, "Up In Smoke," the highest grossing comedy of 1978, topping $100 million at the box office. Cheech and Chong co-wrote and starred in a total of eight feature films together, all directed by Chong. The comedy duo was initially discovered at the Troubadour in Los Angeles.
Cheech & Chong Live 2008 Tour Dates
September 12 Tower Theatre Upper Darby, PA
September 13 Warner Theatre Washington, DC
September 19 Murat Center Indianapolis, IN
September 20 Fillmore State Detroit, MI
September 26 Tabernacle Atlanta, GA
September 27 Fillmore Jackie Gleason Miami, FL
October 24 Westbury Theatre Westbury, NY
October 25 Orpheum Theatre Minneapolis, MN
October 31 Verizon Wireless Houston, TX
November 1 Majestic Theatre Dallas, TX
November 7 Chevrolet Theatre Wallingford, CT
November 8 Rosemont Theatre Rosemont, IL
November 14 Dodge Theatre Phoenix, AZ
November 15 Austin Music Hall Austin, TX
November 21 Memorial Auditorium Sacramento, CA
November 22 Berkeley Community Theatre Berkley, CA
November 28 Copley Symphony Hall San Diego, CA
November 29 Paramount Theatre Seattle, WA
November 30 San Jose PAC San Jose, CA
December 6 Gibson Amphitheater Los Angeles, CA
December 12 Orpheum Theatre Boston, MA
December 13 Borgata Music Box Atlantic City, NJ
December 19 Silver Legacy Casino Reno, NV
December 20 Paramount Theatre Denver, CO
Monday, July 28, 2008
Thursday, July 24, 2008
The film is directed by William Dear from a screenplay by W. William Winokur, and is produced by David Salzberg, Christian Tureaud, Mark Koch, Daniel de Liege, Winokur and Michael Gallant. The film stars Clifton Collins, Jr. (CAPOTE, "Thief"), Cheech Marin (CARS, BORN IN EAST L.A.) and Academy Award(R) winner Louis Gossett Jr. (DADDY'S LITTLE GIRLS, AN OFFICER AND A GENTLEMAN). The film's original score is by Academy Award(R) winner Bill Conti (ROCKY, THE RIGHT STUFF).
Wednesday, July 23, 2008
Monday, July 21, 2008
PBS' MAKE 'EM LAUGH: THE FUNNY BUSINESS OF AMERICA, is a new historical documentary series chronicling more than a century of American comedy, produced by Thirteen/WNET New York and Ghost Light Films. In the tradition of BROADWAY: THE AMERICAN MUSICAL – winner of the 2005 Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Nonfiction Series – MAKE 'EM LAUGH melds comedy performances with biographical portraits and 20th-century history in probing what has kept America rolling in the aisles – and why.
We will provide more information as it becomes available.
This book is the third book in the series. Last year, Cheech released Cheech the School Bus Driver and earlier this month, Cheech released Captain Cheech.
They are available for sale on Amazon.com and at bookstores nationwide.
We will provide more information as it becomes available.
Wednesday, July 16, 2008
From the Film:
Cast: Kevin Costner, Paula Patton, Madeline Carroll, Kelsey Grammer, Dennis Hopper, Nathan Lane, George Lopez, Mare Winningham, Lawrence O'Donnell, Arianna Huffington, Mary Hart
Reese Witherspoon, Quentin Tarantino, Dane Cook, Tim Allen, Cheech Marin, Jimmy-Jean Louis ("Heroes"), Mike Binder ("The Upside of Anger"), Alan Thicke, Angus T. Jones ("Two and a Half Men"), Robin Thicke (pop/R&B singer), Emrhys Cooper ("Mamma Mia!")
To celebrate the WORLD PREMIERE of Touchstone Pictures’ SWING VOTE, a comical look at the journey of one father and daughter who discover that everyone has the power to change the world.
El Capitan Theatre
6838 Hollywood Blvd.
Thursday, July 24, 2008
ABOUT THE MOVIE:
SWING VOTE follows the story of Bud Johnson (KEVIN COSTNER), an apathetic, beer-slinging, lovable loser, who is coasting through a life that has passed him by. The one bright spot is his precocious, over-achieving 12-year-old daughter Molly. She takes care of both of them, until one mischievous moment on Election Day, when she accidentally sets off a chain of events which culminates in the election coming down to one vote…her dad’s.
Directed by Joshua Michael Stern, produced by Costner and Jim Wilson and written by Jason Richman and Stern, SWING VOTE also stars PAULA PATTON, KELSEY GRAMMER, DENNIS HOPPER, NATHAN LANE, STANLEY TUCCI, GEORGE LOPEZ, WILLIE NELSON, JUDGE REINHOLD, MARE WINNINGHAM, RICHARD PETTY, and introduces MADELINE CARROLL.
Opens in theaters August 1, 2008.
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Friday, July 11, 2008
This is from Tommy's LiveVideo channel.
Wednesday, July 09, 2008
When asked about Cheech and Chong, Cheech said, "I've made peace with it."
"Maybe I've tried to distance myself, by creating a separate image of myself in the intervening years. But I've never, ever put down Cheech & Chong. I loved being Cheech of Cheech & Chong; are you kidding? Who wouldn't? It was the happiest of times.
As a matter of fact, Tommy and I are getting together and doing something quick, because time's awasting here. Cheech & Chong is all over the world. It spoke to a whole generation. And something that is that iconic, you want to pay tribute to it. It's a big part of me, and that was some of the best things I ever did."
Cheech also said that he taught Ed Asner how to roll a joint, but Ed wasn't one of his best students.
Update: IGN had a chance to interview Cheech. Cheech said that he and Chong have recently, "been writing and seeing what we can remember." When asked if he'll be in Robert Rodriguez' proposed film, Machete (based on the fake Grindhouse trailer), he said "I would love for him to do that! I'm just waiting for him to call me. Call me Robert! Let's do it, man!"
Tuesday, July 08, 2008
Cheech said that he got the gig on Lost because he had previously worked with Lost executive producer, Carlton Cuse, on Nash Bridges. He couldn't refuse working in Hawaii. Cheech says he will probably also be appearing in the next season of Lost.
Sunday, July 06, 2008
Saturday, July 05, 2008
Thursday, July 03, 2008
Musician, Heather Haze, got to appear in the commercials.
Here's how it happened...
"Well, here’s my story. There I was, playing my sax on Hollywood Boulevard, when suddenly a woman wearing an audio set rushes over to me and hands me a twenty, saying, “Hey, would you mind not playing for about twenty minutes? We’re filming over here.” I looked at her a second, laughing inside, and said, “Sure!” So I pocketed the twenty, picked up my stuff and wandered over to see what the hubbub was about. There was Cheech and Chong, playing the blues, next to cardboard cut-out of Obama. I just watched for a bit, amused, when suddenly the guy next to me gets excited, “Hey, it sounded like you were in the same key…why don’t you jump in the shot and play?” I chuckled and said, “Nah, I couldn’t do that.” Then he said, “No no, it’s okay, I’m with the crew. Get in there!” So next thing I know, there I am, jamming with Cheech, Chong, and Obama.
Heh. You never know what’s gonna happen in Hollywood, baby. ;)"
Wednesday, July 02, 2008
They answered lots of questions from fans.
Tommy revealed that he and Cheech recorded three really funny Obama commercials which will be on youtube soon. It involves a cardboard cutout of Obama and graffiti.
He also revealed that he and Cheech will be doing 30+ comedy dates beginning in September. The preparation and stand-up gigs will be filmed for a feature release from the Weinstein Company.
There will be additional films after this stand-up film.