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On 2chan i don't find anything related to TV industry, where is it? :bow:
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Vatican wrote:
I'm not that familiar with Terry Gilliam's work so I can't really comment but as you say, he does tend to make strong opinions.


He's the guy who did all the crazy little animations for the Monty Python series (also co-directed the Monty Python Holy Grail film with Terry Jones). Commercially I think his most famous film might be 12 Monkeys (starring Bruce Willis, Brad Pitt etc.). He's done a lot of other films but I think recognition is on a smaller scale.

His most recent commercial release, The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus , starred Heath Ledger (who played The Joker in The Dark Knight) who tragically died during filming. Without the star headliner, the film lost financing. But actors Johnny Depp, Jude Law, and Colin Farrell stepped up to carry on his role (with the story being re-written to incorporate different personas in the fictional reality of the film).

But yeah his stuff is very surreal and hit & miss in parts, but I respect the creativity. :D

I remember Matsumoto on a recent episode of Wide na Show mentioning the stuff that had been written about them recently and then Higashino or one of the guests at that time questioned why Hamada seem to get off scot-free. Matsumoto joked that he 'has the protection of the company' :D . In all seriousness though, most negative Downtown articles nowadays do seem to target Matsumoto. For example, this piece was written (http://woman.infoseek.co.jp/news/entertainment/cyzo_20140303_514451) talking about Wide na Show's timeslot change to the same as Bakusho Mondai's Sunday Japon. The article then went on to say that this was a battle between Downtown and Bakusho Mondai to see who would come out on top, despite Hamada not having anything to do with the program. A pretty strange way of piling the pressure on him and pretty unfair to be honest but then again, Japanese media isn't held in high regard even by their own people.


I guess Hamada is just more low-key and keeps to himself for the most part. He doesn't seem to put himself out there to the public as much or come out in voicing as strong opinions compared to Matsumoto. I think Matsumoto has an impressive ability to disregard what people think of him, so he'll put everything out in the open regardless of backlash. Like commenting harshly on someone as big as Miyazaki, he must know there'll be people gritting their teeth but he'll say it anyway. On the 2ch comments, a few did say "I agree with him" funnily enough though.

Hamada's had stories about him feeling frustrated by public attention at times, like the story of his family on holiday from one of the batsus, so perhaps he doesn't want to draw undue attention to himself. But yeah, Hamada does seem to get dragged in sometimes just out of association. Like when Lincoln did that Twitter challenge and despite not being part of it someone made a fake Hamada account, it was taken down after it was revealed Hamada had no intention of joining Twitter. Hamada's wife is active on Twitter and blogs frequently but you don't see Hamada get involved with it all much.
http://news.ameba.jp/20140318-207/

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EejeWYa ... bozq7qVAww

Was listening to Victor of King of the Morons on his Gimmeabreakman channel. I hope Downtown isn't really planning to disbanding.
autopolyploid wrote:
http://news.ameba.jp/20140318-207/

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EejeWYa ... bozq7qVAww

Was listening to Victor of King of the Morons on his Gimmeabreakman channel. I hope Downtown isn't really planning to disbanding.


It would be sad to know Downtown would disband in a future :(
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Kawaii~
autopolyploid wrote:
http://news.ameba.jp/20140318-207/

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EejeWYa ... bozq7qVAww

Was listening to Victor of King of the Morons on his Gimmeabreakman channel. I hope Downtown isn't really planning to disbanding.


I think you're jumping the gun a bit. Like the guys said above in the video, these are rumours and Downtown has not announced anything official. But this discussion has arisen because Matsumoto stated in the article you posted that there would come a time where he and Hamada would separate. Hamada too has said on Gobu Gobu earlier in the year that he would like to semi-retire because he felt he had done everything he wanted to do in the entertainment world. Although I think Downtown will continue to work together for 2-3 years at least, after that will be up to them to see whether they want to continue on.
I think they would break up as a combi if/when gaki no tsukai ends...
solari wrote:
I think they would break up as a combi if/when gaki no tsukai ends...


This will probably be the case. Although they still have Downtown DX which they've done for a long time as well, Gaki is their flagship program. If Downtown disbands, then Gaki will probably end. I think they might end up doing one-off reunion stuff (like No Laughing projects) for Gaki like Ucchan Nanchan does for Iromonea; although they haven't officially disbanded, they're never together on a regular weekly show nowadays.
I dunno... I think ending Gaki just because they dont call themselves Downtown anymore would be like if Lincoln had ended for the same reason, by that I mean Gaki doesn't seem to rely on Matsumoto and Hamada being a manzai duo anymore. It started out being entirely focused on Downtown's manzai but it's slowly morphed over the years. Even people in Japan shorten it to "Gaki no Tsukai". I'm not saying Gaki doesn't currently rely on Matsumoto and Hamada, it does, just not necessarily their beginnings as a manzai combi. So I guess it would depend on if they retired from TV comedy entirely (as Hamada hinted). But I think even if they didn't call themselves "Downtown" anymore they'd still be hilarious together on Gaki as they have been currently.

Though it was an interview in 2013 for his R100 film, the interviewer did delve into his entire history as a comedian and Matsumoto said:
When I entered this industry, to be honest I thought I would have retired by now [age 50]. But here I am still doing it, and I have no intention of retiring. I wonder how long I can keep it up …

Do you think the timing of your retirement will be something you choose yourself?

I wonder. Even if I wanted to keep working, but I couldn’t get any jobs, then for all intents and purposes I would have retired. But it’s hard to say. I guess my personality is such that if people want me continue, I will.

http://www.japantimes.co.jp/life/2013/1 ... yrges6s-Sq

Of course Hamada is different and seems less inclined. I guess we'll just have to wait and see.
(But you know it feels like we've been predicting the end of Gaki or the batsus for the past 5 years and I haven't even been on the forum that long haha).
Vatican wrote:
autopolyploid wrote:
http://news.ameba.jp/20140318-207/

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EejeWYa ... bozq7qVAww

Was listening to Victor of King of the Morons on his Gimmeabreakman channel. I hope Downtown isn't really planning to disbanding.


I think you're jumping the gun a bit. Like the guys said above in the video, these are rumours and Downtown has not announced anything official. But this discussion has arisen because Matsumoto stated in the article you posted that there would come a time where he and Hamada would separate. Hamada too has said on Gobu Gobu earlier in the year that he would like to semi-retire because he felt he had done everything he wanted to do in the entertainment world. Although I think Downtown will continue to work together for 2-3 years at least, after that will be up to them to see whether they want to continue on.


Honestly, I wasn't jumping the gun. Rather, I was passing some info I heard. Thanks for the clarification.
Looks like a Gottsu ee Kanji special is set to be aired on Fuji TV this Friday night to celebrate the release of some DVDs.

http://tv.yahoo.co.jp/program/?sid=165960

Don't know whether it will be a clip show or some reenacting of skits but just wanted to let you guys know. Notice the timeslot is Friday 26:05 to 28:05. Basically it means early Saturday morning 2:05 to 4:05 Japan time for you guys who really wanna stay up and watch it (someone correct me if I'm wrong, hope I'm not :sweat: )
A reminder about the final Waratte Iitomo episode to be aired next Monday. They have invited all past regulars of the program to return, so Downtown and Cocorico (I think they were regulars at one point) should be attending this.

http://headlines.yahoo.co.jp/hl?a=20140324-00000003-dal-ent

31日に32年間の歴史に幕を下ろすフジテレビ系「笑っていいとも!」(月~金曜、正午)の通常放送後に行う生特番「笑っていいとも! グランドフィナーレ 感謝の超特大号」(31日、後8・00)に女優・吉永小百合(69)が出演することが23日、分かった。「いいとも」初出演の吉永と司会のタモリ(68)の共演は約32年ぶり。また、タレント・明石家さんま(58)、ダウンタウンら歴代レギュラー陣も大集結する。

 1984年から95年までレギュラーだった明石家さんまら歴代レギュラー陣は、大同窓会を繰り広げる。お笑いコンビ・ダウンタウン(89~93年)、ウッチャンナンチャン(89~94年)、ナインティナイン(95~97年)らがレギュラー時代を振り返りながらトークするが、3時間の生放送内に終わるのかは予測不能な状態。さらに、今年1月14日放送の8000回で不定期レギュラーとなった、とんねるずや現レギュラー陣による惜別スピーチも行われる。
Vatican wrote:
Looks like a Gottsu ee Kanji special is set to be aired on Fuji TV this Friday night to celebrate the release of some DVDs.

http://tv.yahoo.co.jp/program/?sid=165960

Don't know whether it will be a clip show or some reenacting of skits but just wanted to let you guys know. Notice the timeslot is Friday 26:05 to 28:05. Basically it means early Saturday morning 2:05 to 4:05 Japan time for you guys who really wanna stay up and watch it (someone correct me if I'm wrong, hope I'm not :sweat: )


26:05 it's 2:05 AM while 28:05 would be 4:05 AM. It's a shame I'm at school by the time Fuji TV airs the Gottsu Special :(
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Kawaii~
Vatican wrote:
A reminder about the final Waratte Iitomo episode to be aired next Monday. They have invited all past regulars of the program to return, so Downtown and Cocorico (I think they were regulars at one point) should be attending this.


Wonder if Housei will be anywhere in it too. Don't know if he appeared a lot in this but it seems he does have one claim to fame with it (albeit, as typical for him, through some misfortune :lol: ).


Here is the gist I got from reading some Japanese blog posts about the incident and from Housei talking about it on another show.
He was invited to talk about the publication of his first book and during the live recording a member of the audience suddenly called out to the show host "Tamori-san!"
Housei was like "huh?" (he hadn't quite heard what they'd called out)
They ignored him and shouted to the host "Is "Iitomo" really ending?" (this was back in 2005)
Housei stood up and was like "Hold on! You've given me a shock!" (or something), the audience laughed and he tried to process what they'd said "Is... Iitomo ending?"
The guy repeated himself. Bearing in mind this was all live, Housei got really nervous and started biting his finger. :lol:
Tamori calmly replied "No, I haven't heard about that".
Housei feeling confused, sat down and was like "What about me?" or something (audience laugh).
The guy spoke up again saying "Really?"
Housei replied "Yes?"
Then they carried on talking to Tamori about if Iitomo was really not ending. Tamori repeated that they were mistaken or something. Housei, feeling like a third wheel sat looking uneasy then tried to break the atmosphere with a comedic exaggerated "Well this is awkward" laugh.
Tamori pretended to not know why he was doing that and so Housei started to plead his case, to which Tamori either rejected or put him down with joky insults it seems as Housei started to faceplant on the desk.
Then suddenly the jingle for the commercial break starting began playing and Housei was like "Ehhhh?? What is this...?" :rofl:
When the program came back after the commercial the camera was focused on a teddy bear sitting in the audience where the guy who called out had been sitting (read someplace it was a gag reference to something).
Housei completely lost it then with laughter and implored to Tamori about the ridiculousness of it, Tamori acted the straight-man pretending like nothing happened. :rofl:
Housei was completely thrown off guard and seemed to find it difficult to refocus before his time was up. Poor guy really didn't know what to say after that.
Later in the episode another comedian repeated what the guy in audience said (I think) and they jokily tried to replace him with the same bear. :lol:
In case you guys didn't see it on the mini-chat, Itao Itsuji tweeted out a few days ago that he was recording something at the NTV studios. Below is a picture of what presumably is a Gaki script, so expect an Itao episode in the future.

https://twitter.com/itao_itsuji/status/446181638397898752/photo/1
soudou wrote:
Vatican wrote:
A reminder about the final Waratte Iitomo episode to be aired next Monday. They have invited all past regulars of the program to return, so Downtown and Cocorico (I think they were regulars at one point) should be attending this.


Wonder if Housei will be anywhere in it too. Don't know if he appeared a lot in this but it seems he does have one claim to fame with it (albeit, as typical for him, through some misfortune :lol: ).


Here is the gist I got from reading some Japanese blog posts about the incident and from Housei talking about it on another show.
He was invited to talk about the publication of his first book and during the live recording a member of the audience suddenly called out to the show host "Tamori-san!"
Housei was like "huh?" (he hadn't quite heard what they'd called out)
They ignored him and shouted to the host "Is "Iitomo" really ending?" (this was back in 2005)
Housei stood up and was like "Hold on! You've given me a shock!" (or something), the audience laughed and he tried to process what they'd said "Is... Iitomo ending?"
The guy repeated himself. Bearing in mind this was all live, Housei got really nervous and started biting his finger. :lol:
Tamori calmly replied "No, I haven't heard about that".
Housei feeling confused, sat down and was like "What about me?" or something (audience laugh).
The guy spoke up again saying "Really?"
Housei replied "Yes?"
Then they carried on talking to Tamori about if Iitomo was really not ending. Tamori repeated that they were mistaken or something. Housei, feeling like a third wheel sat looking uneasy then tried to break the atmosphere with a comedic exaggerated "Well this is awkward" laugh.
Tamori pretended to not know why he was doing that and so Housei started to plead his case, to which Tamori either rejected or put him down with joky insults it seems as Housei started to faceplant on the desk.
Then suddenly the jingle for the commercial break starting began playing and Housei was like "Ehhhh?? What is this...?" :rofl:
When the program came back after the commercial the camera was focused on a teddy bear sitting in the audience where the guy who called out had been sitting (read someplace it was a gag reference to something).
Housei completely lost it then with laughter and implored to Tamori about the ridiculousness of it, Tamori acted the straight-man pretending like nothing happened. :rofl:
Housei was completely thrown off guard and seemed to find it difficult to refocus before his time was up. Poor guy really didn't know what to say after that.
Later in the episode another comedian repeated what the guy in audience said (I think) and they jokily tried to replace him with the same bear. :lol:


He'll might get a run in any memorable moments segment that they might run with that incident you mentioned. He wasn't a regular at any point of the show so I don't think he'll be invited to come along in person.
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