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There are men and then there are myths. Jerry Lee Lewis is the latter. The rock pioneer first set the charts ablaze in 1957 with twin dynamos “Great Balls of Fire” and “Whole Lotta Shakin’ Going On,” and 60 years on he’s still pounding the keys before packed houses across the country. With the death of Chuck Berry in March—and Little Richard and Fats Domino largely retired—Lewis is the last of the great rock ‘n’ rollers still conjuring the sounds of long nights in long gone Delta juke joints. His colleagues at the seminal Memphis label Sun Records, including Elvis Presley, »
- Jordan Runtagh
Sinéad O’Connor achieved pop culture immortality with a soulful cover of “Nothing Compares 2 U” that built on the pain and vulnerability of Prince’s original, but the tears shed in the iconic video weren’t just for show. The ethereal voice and wounded eyes masked a past marred by child abuse, incarcerations, and tragedy, and those inner demons followed her through the gilded door of fame and haunt her to this day.
They ultimately led her to a New Jersey Travelodge, where she lived a solitary existence away from family in her native Ireland, whom she claims couldn’t cope with her mental illnesses. »
- Jordan Runtagh
Well, last Sunday my pal John Ostrander did a lovely and quite informative column around his inability to come up with a topic. And tomorrow, my pal Denny O’Neil has an equally interesting column addressing the same basic issue. So, damn, I’d look pretty lame if I pulled the same stunt today, wouldn’t I?
Yeah, I know. I should be used to that.
So, instead of impressing you with my astonishing ability to wax on for 591 words about how there’s an echo chamber between my ears – it’s August; there’s supposed to be an echo chamber between my ears… or, at least, the Attica! chant – I’m going to write up a couple of paragraphs about a comic book show I’ll be doing in 15 days. Stream of consciousness, to paraphrase Kris Kristofferson, means you have nothing left to lose.
Danny Fingeroth, who’s name »
- Mike Gold
Sony has released the first trailer for the upcoming animated adventure The Star. The film tells the story of the first Christmas from the perspective of animals and features a voice cast that includes Steven Yeun, Gina Rodriguez, Oprah Winfrey, Kristen Chenowith, Tracy Morgan, Tyler Perry, Kelly Clarkson, Keegan-Michael Key, Ving Rhames, Anthony Anderson, Zachary Levi, Kris Kristofferson, Christopher Plummer, Gabriel Iglesias,and Aidy Bryant; watch it below…
In Sony Pictures Animation’s The Star, a small but brave donkey named Bo yearns for a life beyond his daily grind at the village mill. One day he finds the courage to break free, and finally goes on the adventure of his dreams. On his journey, he teams up with Ruth, a loveable sheep who has lost her flock and Dave, a dove with lofty aspirations. Along with three wisecracking camels and some eccentric stable animals, Bo and his new friends »
- Amie Cranswick
Bradley Cooper and Irina Shayk went on vacation to Tahiti last week, and they brought along a crew of celebs. Related: Bradley Cooper Played Glastonbury With Kris Kristofferson The new parents were joined on their trip by Allison Williams and her husband Ricky Van Veen, Anderson Cooper and his partner Benjamin Maisani, fashioner designer Diane von […] »
- Corey Atad
As Hollywood has more or less given up on conventional westerns as mass-audience magnets, diehard fans of the genre have come to rely on a steady stream — or, at the very least, a consistent trickle — of small-budget, independently produced oaters to satisfy their appetite for old-fashioned sagebrush sagas. “Hickok,” the latest example of its unabashedly retrograde subgenre (the shoot-’em-up variety), contains a few elements — earthy language, fleeting nudity — that might trouble those purists who still pine for westerns of a more innocent era. But less censorious aficionados likely will be willing to look past the rough edges and enjoy the simple pleasures provided by a respectfully sincere retelling of a familiar legend.
At the center of this particular story is James Butler Hickok, a.k.a. Wild Bill Hickok, the Old West icon who inspired numerous legends — and, later, countless movies and TV dramas — with his exploits as a lawman, gambler »
- Joe Leydon
Luke Hemsworth is finally getting to play the cowboy.
The 36-year-old actor stars in his first leading role in a feature film as the titular character in Hickok. It's a career milestone for the older brother of Chris and Liam Hemsworth, but it seems the allure of the project had less to do with a transition to leading man, and more with childhood dreams left unfulfilled by his character on HBO’s Westworld.
"I never get to play the cowboy with guns in Westworld!" Hemsworth jokingly complains to Et. On the sci-fi drama, the actor plays security guard Ashley Stubbs, who gets to wield a gun but not like the guests living out their Wild West dreams in the park do. "So [Hickok] was a good chance for me to live the boyhood dream of gunslinging."
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Luke Hemsworth was initially hoping to escape his criminal past in his new Western, ‘Hickok.’ But it turns out that his anti-hero’s combat skills can actually help make his new adopted town a family-friendly place again. The former outlaw has been offered the chance to fight back against the increasing amount of violence that’s recently […]
- Karen Benardello
Two generations of A Star Is Born collided at Glastonbury Friday when, according to Billboard, Bradley Cooper appeared on stage to shoot scenes before a set from Kris Kristofferson. Cooper—who is also directing the remake starring Lady Gaga—is playing a role equivalent to the one that Kristofferson took on in the 1976 version of the story. (If only James Mason and Frederic March could have been around to see this.)
Cooper appeared to jammed out pretty hard—as you can see from the photo above—but NME notes that the audience could not hear what he was playing. So patrons got a silent show before Cooper introduced Kristofferson himself, saying, per Billboard, “You guys were awesome, that was great—it’s my sheer pleasure to introduce Kris Kristofferson.” The 81-year-old’s performance eventually featured a cameo from Johnny Depp—who has already used Glastonbury as an opportunity to »
- Esther Zuckerman
How do you upstage Brad Pitt...offstage? Easy, just as Bradley Cooper. The actor masterfully photobombed Pitt as he took a selfie with a fan, musician Chris Simmons, at the 2017 Glastonbury Festival in England Friday. "When you get your photo with Brad Pitt photobombed by Bradley Cooper!" Simmons wrote on Instagram, alongside the pic. British rock band Royal Blood also posted on Instagram a photo with Pitt, joking that he was a fan who had won a meet-and-greet contest. Cooper also surprised fans at Glastonbury when he crashed Kris Kristofferson's set to film a scene for his movie A Star Is Born, his directorial debut, starring Lady »
Amongst the estimated 175,000 campers and concert-goers at the Glastonbury Festival this year was one special celebrity guest: Oscar winner Brad Pitt.
The 53-year-old actor, who was recently fired from his job as weatherman on Comedy Central’s The Jim Jefferies Show, swung by the five-day performing arts festival in England — snapping pictures with some of the performing musicians.
He even watched on from the side of the stage, NME reported, as Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn delivered a rousing speech on Saturday that tackled unity, racism, education, child poverty and social inequality.
Musician Chris Simmons shared a selfie of he and »
- Dave Quinn
23 June 2017 5:19 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »
Cooper is directing and starring in the movie alongside Lady Gaga. On Friday, he appeared onstage ahead of Kris Kristofferson's set and performed for the crowd and cameras, albeit with his guitar volume turned off to the audience, as NME reports. Cooper and Gaga filmed similar scenes at Coachella in April.
Before leaving the stage, Cooper thanked the audience: "You guys were awesome, that was great — it's my sheer pleasure to introduce Kris Kristofferson."
- Colin Stutz, Billboard
After surprising concert-goers at Coachella, Bradley Cooper made another appearance at a music festival, joining Kris Kristofferson on stage at Glastonbury 2017. The “Hangover” star was seen by the stage before the famed country singer’s set, before taking the stage himself, guitar in hand, to roaring applause from the crowd. Related: Bradley Cooper Talks ‘Guardians Of […] »
- Corey Atad
Bob Dylan turns 76 today and we’re ranking Dylan’s 10 best film performances, dating back half a century to 1967. The key word is “performances,” which encompass acting work, concert films, and documentaries. It’s often hard to know when Dylan is acting and when he’s being himself (whoever that is), but whenever the iconic singer-songwriter appears on film, one thing’s for certain: you’re watching a performance.
Bob Dylan’s ‘Don’t Look Back’ Gets Deluxe Treatment With New Blu-ray Set
For this reason, we’re lumping everything together, ranking the films based on the depth and richness of performance. It was hard not to include the televised 1965 press conference in San Francisco, which sees Dylan effortlessly (and hilariously) shoot down reporters’ attempts to have him label himself, but we limited this list to feature-length films. Don’t look for Todd Haynes’ “I’m Not There” or any »
- Graham Winfrey
Cinedigm to release Cannes sales title in North America in July.
In Abilene, Hickok is offered the position of Sheriff by the town’s mayor, in hopes that his unparalleled shooting skills will tame the wildest cow-town in the West.
While delivering his own brand of frontier justice, the infamous hard-drinking gunfighter’s reputation as the fastest draw in the »
The first trailer has arrived online for the upcoming western Hickok. Directed by Timothy Woodward Jr., the film stars Luke Hemsworth as American folk hero “Wild Bill” Hickok alongside Trace Adkins, Kris Kristofferson, Cameron Richardson, and Bruce Dern; check it out below after the official synopsis…
Infamous gunslinger and outlaw “Wild Bill” Hickok (Luke Hemsworth) attempts to escape his past by settling in the small town of Abilene, Kansas. The mayor (Kris Kristofferson), captivated by Wild Bill’s unparalleled gun skills, offers him a job as the town marshal. Attempts to protect the town are soon challenged when a band of outlaws threaten Wild Bill and the laws he administered. Among the outlaws are powerful saloon owner Phil Poe (Trace Adkins), whose relationship with Bill’s ex-lover (Cameron Richardson) stirs tension. Poe puts a bounty on Wild Bill’s head but with the help of lawman Hardin aka Little Arkansas, »
- Amie Cranswick
Last month, Warner Bros. released the first photo of Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga in the studio's remake of A Star Is Born, just as production got under way. Today we have word that the cast is starting to come together while production continues, with comedian Dave Chappelle joining the team. This marks the actor's first movie role since appearing in director Spike Lee's Chi-Raq in 2015.
The Hollywood Reporter reveals that Dave Chappelle will play a character named Noodles, the best friend of country star Jackson Maine (Bradley Cooper), whom he met while they were both playing in blues clubs. The story follows Jackson Maine, whose career is in decline, when he meets a young singer named Ally (Lady Gaga), whom he strikes up a love affair with. When Jackson starts bringing Ally into the spotlight, her career skyrockets, surpassing Jackson's fame as he tries to deal with his own fading glory. »
Cooper is also directing, which marks his feature film helming debut. He is producing through his 22 & Green production company, along with Jon Peters, Bill Gerber, Todd Phillips and Lynette Howell Taylor; with Basil Iwanyk and Ravi Mehta serving as executive producers.
The movie, based on William Wellman’s 1937 film starring Janet Gaynor and Fredric March, centers on a fading country music star who helps an aspiring singer as his own career spirals downward. James Mason and Judy Garland starred in a 1954 version, and Barbra Streisand and Kris Kristofferson toplined the 1976 pic.
In the remake, Cooper plays Jackson Maine, a country music star on the brink of decline when he discovers a talented unknown named Ally. »
- Dave McNary
But could the 71-year-old country icon still hit the high notes on this mountain range of a song?
Carlile, 35, wasn’t sure, so in her handwritten request, she suggested Parton could drop the song a key.
It was, Carlile tells People, “about the stupidest thing I think I’ve ever put down in writing.”
Parton enthusiastically accepted the invitation to record. After all, the album Cover Stories »
- Nancy Kruh
"We gunna have to do something about that young marshall of yours..." Cinedigm has released the first official trailer for a new western called Hickok, also known as Abilene (which is the name of the town in Kansas that this takes place in). The film stars Luke Hemsworth (the other brother of Liam and Chris) as a legendary lawman and gunslinger known as "Wild Bill" Hickok who moves to Abilene and is given the task of taming the wildest cow-town in the west. Also starring Trace Adkins, Kris Kristofferson, Cameron Richardson, Kaiwi Lyman-Mersereau, Hunter Fischer, Robert Catrini, and Bruce Dern. This actually seems like a gritty western straight out of the 90s, without much to offer other than big gunfights. Here's the first official trailer for Timothy Woodward Jr.'s Hickok, direct from YouTube: Infamous gunslinger and outlaw "Wild Bill" Hickok (Luke Hemsworth) attempts to escape his past by settling »
- Alex Billington
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