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For all its celebration of personal liberty and countercultural fabulousness, Broadway is actually a fairly God-positive place. Producers are not, after all, in the business of alienating potential audiences with gratuitous sacrilege. The nuns in Sister Act are sassy, not schismatic; Tevye’s a hondler, not an apostate. Even The Book of Mormon, for all its nose-thumbing, ends up endorsing the irrational power of faith in the same way it endorses the irrational power of musicals. So it comes as quite a surprise that David Javerbaum’s An Act of God, which promotes itself as a lighthearted new comedy, is actually one of the most vehement takedowns of the deity ever to reach Broadway. Perhaps the tipoff is that it’s playing at Studio 54, where, as the title character recalls, Liza Minnelli once sniffed Mick Jagger off Elizabeth Taylor.I say “title character,” but Javerbaum’s premise is that God, »
- Jesse Green
If you had to distill the 1960s British Invasion to its key and core seminal rock and roll bands—the ones that really lasted, the ones that endured and joined the all-time-great pantheon—you pretty much land on The Beatles, The Rolling Stones and The Who (there’s lots of sub-bands that get footnote mentions like The Animals, Herman’s Hermits and The Zombies the latter of which are super excellent, but that’s another story). But one rock band left outside that triumvirate who are arguably just as good, and perhaps even have a more consistent body of work for their formative years is The Kinks. Formed by brothers Ray and Dave Davies, brilliant pop song writers notorious for their acrimonious relationship while rhythm section Mick Avory and Pete Quaife looked on in dismay, The Kinks have several seminal pop records to their name, The Kinks Are the Village »
- Edward Davis
One of the unlikeliest “comebacks” in recent history was that of Alejandro Jodorowsky, who at age eighty-five last year had two new movies in cinemas: One a documentary in which he was the subject, the other his first feature as writer-director in nearly fifteen years. Frank Pavich’s Jodorowsky's Dune drew on voluminous archival materials to chronicle the Chilean-French surrealist’s failed (yet still influential) attempt to make a mid-1970s film of Frank Herbert’s science-fiction epic, which would have utilized such disparate talents as Salvador Dalí, Pink Floyd, H.R. Giger, Mick Jagger and Orson Welles. The filmmaker’s own The Dance of Reality was an autobiographical phantasmagoria that cast several of his family members. It showed his distinctively outrageous, poetical imagination as vigorous as ever. But a look back at 1989's Santa Sangre... >> - Dennis Harvey »
The Rolling Stones played one of the smallest venues since their 2003 Four Flicks concert series, with a show at the Fonda Theatre in Los Angeles. It was a tune up for this summer’s Zip Code Tour that will be anything but small, hitting only stadiums in 15 cities. There was plenty of room at last night's show for celebrities like Jack Nicholson, One Direction’s Harry Styles, Leonard Cohen, Bruce Willis, Patricia Arquette, Eric Idle, Don Was and Joe Pesci. ...Read More »
Bruce Willis and Jack Nicholson scored the hottest ticket in Hollywood Wednesday night -- seats at the Rolling Stones' show in a small theater -- something normal Stones fans struggled to do. Actually, struggled is an understatement -- but yeah, Bruce, Jack, Andy Garcia, Harry Styles, Scooter Braun, and Joe Pesci were among the huge stars inside the Fonda Theater to see Mick Jagger, Keith Richards and the boys warm up for their Zip Code stadium tour. »
- TMZ Staff
Jamie Foxx is a man of many talents! We already know the "Django Unchained" star has an amazing set of pipes, but it turns out, he is quite the celebrity impersonator too. The 47-year-old actor stopped by "The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon" on Tuesday to play the host's ever popular "Wheel Of Musical Impressions" game -- and he shocked the audience with his skills! First, the multi-talented star did a rendition of "The Lion King's" "Hakuna Matata" as Mick Jagger, but it was his second impression that took the cake. After Fallon performed "I Love You, You Love Me" as Barry Gibb from the BeeGees, the "Gold Digger" crooner tackled the "Toys R Us" jingle as John Legend! We have to admit his impression of the "All Of Me" singer is spot on -- we wonder what Legend thinks?! As if that wasn't enough, Jamie completely stole the »
- tooFab Staff
The late-night talk show's game has Fallon and his guest hitting a button to get a random pairing of a famous singer with a jingle, TV show theme or children's song. Foxx started off the game by singing The Lion King's "Hakuna Matata" in the style of Mick Jagger, strutting across the stage and perfectly imitating the Rolling Stones' singer's flamboyant swagger. »
Jamie Foxx has some mad singing skills! And moves like Jagger. The 47-year-old actor showcased several impressions of top music artists on NBC's The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon on Tuesday, channeling the likes of Jennifer Hudson, John Legend and Mick Jagger while playing "Wheel of Musical Impressions" with host Jimmy Fallon. First, he did his best impersonation of the Rolling Stones frontman singing "Hakuna Matata" from The Lion King. He then turned on the romance with a smooth, rather nonchalant impression of Legend singing...the Toys"R"Us jingle. Now, the question is, will Legend reciprocate? But it was Foxx's rendition of Hudson belting out a »
Jamie Foxx channeled other famous entertainers while playing “Wheel of Musical Impressions” with Jimmy Fallon on Tuesday’s “Tonight Show.” Foxx started things off strong with a spot-on impression of Mick Jagger singing “Hakuna Matata.” Fallon came right back and did Barry Gibb singing the Barney song “I Love You, You Love Me.” Foxx was up next, this time doing John Legend singing the Toys R Us jingle. “He don’t never get excited!” Foxx said of Legend. See photos: 10 Fiercest 'Lip Sync Battle' Performances: From Dwayne Johnson to Anne Hathaway Fallon’s next impression was easily his best, »
- Joe Otterson
Jamie Foxx is a man of many talents, especially when it comes to impersonating singers. On Tuesday, the actor competed against Jimmy Fallon while playing Wheel of Impressions on The Tonight Show. It's safe to say Jamie gave Jimmy a run for his money, delivering memorable takes on Mick Jagger, Jennifer Hudson, and John Legend. Judge Jamie's performances for yourself when you watch the video above, and then decide whether he topped Christina Aguilera's new impressions video. »
Decades before deep-pocketed rock and pop stars embraced the Gulfstream V, there was the Starship, a former United Airlines Boeing 720 refurbished in the early 1970s by teen heartthrob Bobby Sherman and his manager, Ward Sylvester, as an airborne pleasure dome. The plane plied the skies in the service of, among others, Led Zeppelin, The Rolling Stones, Deep Purple, The Allman Brothers, The Bee Gees, Elton John, Peter Frampton and Alice Cooper. One of the great artifacts of the coke-flecked, halter-topped, 'lude-dropping rock 'n' roll gestalt of the '70s — and probable inspiration for Austin Powers'
- Michael Walker
The Billboard Music Awards will kicked off Sunday night, with Ludacris returning to co-host along with Chrissy Teigen.
Taylor Swift, who debuted her highly anticipated “Bad Blood” musicvideo during the broadcast, won several top prizes, including best artist, best female artist top Billboard 200 artist. Sam Smith also made out well, scoring top male artist and best new artist.
The 2015 Billboard Music Awards aired live from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on ABC. See a complete winners list below.
Taylor Swift (Winner)
Top Female Artist
Taylor Swift (Winner)
Top Radio Song
Nico & Vinz, “Am I Wrong”
Sam Smith, “Stay With Me”
Pharrell Williams, “Happy
Top Male Artist
Sam Smith (Winner)
Top Dance/Electronic Artist
- Variety Staff
The Rolling Stones are taking part in their first ever Twitter Q&A session. The 'Satisfaction' hitmakers will take to the social media site at 6pm on Monday 18th May to personally respond to questions from users through a series of messages and videos. The band's members, Sir Mick Jagger, Ronnie Wood and Keith Richards, will each respond to the questions using their own Twitter handles with another special announcement planned to surprise fans on the night. According to NME, the band - who are set to embark on a North American tour over the summer - have also said they are going to keep fans up to date on Twitter about their upcoming LP 'Sticky Fingers'. Meanwhile, the group's Us tour will be their first since their saxophone player Bobby Keys passed away in December, aged 70. However, Sir Mick, 71, has made it clear he has no plans to retire just yet. »
The 62-year-old music manager is predicting big things for the pop heartthrob and believes he will go on to be the biggest solo success from 1D.
Speaking to the Mirror Online website, Walsh said: “Harry’s a star. He will be a global star and I think he’s going to do movies. He’s got the ambition, the talent and the drive. He knows how to work the room and he’s nice to everybody.
“I’ve heard nothing but good things about Harry. Niall (Horan) will do well, but Harry is the star.”
Although Zayn is having the first go at becoming a solo success, »
- The Hollywood News
Ricky Gervais has secured the funding to make a movie based on 'The Office'. The 53-year-old star - who co-wrote and directed the original TV series, in which he starred as David Brent - has confirmed that the documentary-style film will be titled 'Life on the Road' and claimed it will end up like ''[Martin] Scorsese shooting The Rolling Stones''. He said: ''I'm so excited that the world will see what David Brent is up to now and where his future lies. ''This film delves much more into his private life than The Office ever did, and we really get to peel back the layers of this extraordinary, ordinary man.'' Since the first incarnation of 'The Office', which ran from 2001 until 2003, there have been numerous overseas spin-offs, including a hit Us version on NBC. Meanwhile, Gervais has reprised the role of David Brent for comedy appearances, »
Brent still believes he can make in the music industry, and claims that the film will end up like "Scorsese shooting The Rolling Stones".
Announcing the project's funding, Gervais said: "I'm so excited that the world will see what David Brent is up to now and where his future lies.
"This film delves much more into his private life than The Office ever did, and we really get to peel back the layers of this extraordinary, ordinary man."
Gervais has previously said that Life on the Road is "almost a musical".
Every week, members of the Vulture staff highlight the best new music of 2015. We do not discriminate; as long as the song is worthy of your ears and attention, you will find it here. Read our picks below, share yours in the comments, and subscribe to the Vulture 2015 Playlist for a comprehensive guide to the year's best new tunes.A$AP Rocky, “Everyday” (feat. Rod Stewart, Miguel, Mark Ronson) A$AP Rocky has a great ear for talent. This Rod Stewart guy is going to be huge. But seriously, the trend of rappers reintroducing old British rockers is hysterical in theory yet has yielded some of the best songs of the year. Still waiting on a Big Sean/Mick Jagger collab, though. —Marcus Jones (@MarcusJonesNY) The Bird and the Bee, "Will You Dance?” Funny or Die does music videos. Who knew? I’ve been a fan of the Bird and »
- Vulture Editors
Activision may be gearing up for a grand reveal at E3 next month, but that doesn’t mean the studio can’t grant backstage passes to budding Guitar Hero Live fans in order to tease some details ahead of time.
Part and parcel of the series’ lucrative success a generation ago was the songs featured on the set list, and developer FreeStyleGames – creative minds behind 2009’s spinoff DJ Hero – is ensuring that Live‘s soundtrack is just as memorable, with the likes of Ed Sheeran, Fall Out Boy and Rage Against The Machine toplining the game’s early set list.
That said, the music scene isn’t what it was a decade ago when the franchise first debuted, and Guitar Hero Live will reflect the new tones and tastes of 2015, all the while retaining some old school classics for good measure.
Speaking to specialist magazine Rolling Stone, the title’s »
- Michael Briers
Joss Stone has announced she is releasing a new album. The 28-year-old singer's seventh studio album 'Water For Your Soul' is ready to go and Joss has claimed it is a departure from the sound of her last LP 'The Soul Sessions Vol.2', and will have more of a reggae vibe, having worked with Damian Marley in Sir Mick Jagger's super-group 'Superheavy'. Joss said: ''(The new album) is really a combination of all the things I like. I've always loved reggae and Damian gave me the confidence to go through that door.'' The first single to be taken from the album is 'The Answer', which was co-written with Dennis Bovell, who the 'Super Duper Love' hitmaker described as ''a great person to work with''. Speaking about the reggae musician's qualities and influence on the record, Joss said: ''He's like a reggae encyclopaedia. And he can really sing. »
The festival program unveiled today includes 33 world premieres (including 22 shorts) and 135 Australian premieres (with 18 shorts) among 251 titles from 68 countries.
Among the other premieres will be Daina Reid.s The Secret River, Ruby Entertainment's. ABC-tv miniseries starring Oliver Jackson Cohen and Sarah Snook, and three Oz docs, Marc Eberle.s The Cambodian Space Project . Not Easy Rock .n. Roll, Steve Thomas. Freedom Stories and Lisa Nicol.s Wide Open Sky.
Festival director Nashen Moodley boasted. this year.s event will be far larger than 2014's when 183 films from 47 countries were screened, including 15 world premieres. The expansion is possible in part due to the addition of two new screening venues in Newtown and Liverpool.
As previously announced, Brendan Cowell »
- Don Groves
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