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It's back and better than ever -- the makers of Pee-Wee's Playhouse capped their Saturday morning show with a Christmas Special to end all Christmas Specials. All the show's regular characters, special treats and creative extravagances are enhanced with a tall stack of celebrity guests, performers and walk-ons -- it's a 1988 time capsule. Pee-Wee's Playhouse Christmas Special Blu-ray Shout! Factory 1988 / Color / 1:33 flat / 49 min. / Christmas at Pee-Wee's Playhouse / Street Date October 6, 2015 / 19.97 Starring Paul Reubens, Annette Funicello, Frankie Avalon, Grace Jones, k.d. lang, Dinah Shore, Little Richard, Cher, Del Rubio Triplets, Zsa Zsa Gabor, Whoopi Goldberg, Oprah Winfrey, Joan Rivers, Charo, Laurence Fishburne, Kevin Carlson, Ric Heitzman, Suzanne Kent, William Marshall, George Mcgrath, S. Epatha Merkerson, Alison Mork, John Paragon, Lynne Marie Stewart, Vic Trevino. Cinematography David Lewis Film Editor Billy Fox Original Music Van Dyke Parks Written by John Paragon, Paul Reubens Produced by Steve Binder Directed by Wayne Orr, »
- Glenn Erickson
Cinelinx honors one of the longest running movie franchises in history by ranking all the primary Bond films from worst to best.
Our month of James Bond comes to an end. For our grand finale, we're ranking all of the Eon Productions/MGM Studios films. That's 24 films in total, starting with 1961's Dr. No and ending with the latest, 2015's Spectre. During this time, the franchise has seen a lot of sucess, but also has had its fair share of miscues and issues with legal rights. Six actors have played James Bond himself, each with a unique take on the character that has, in turn, led to different styles of films. James Bond is originally based on the character created by British novelest Ian Flemming. Although many of the films borrow their titles from Flemming's novels, they tend to borrow few aspects from their respetive novels/short stories and have unique plots. »
- email@example.com (G.S. Perno)
It’s been a banner fall for music memoirs: Carrie Brownstein, Patti Smith, Chrissie Hynde, Grace Jones, John Fogerty, Jewel, Sara Bareilles, and Elvis Costello have already released books, while there’s still a soul-baring Tom Petty biography due out imminently. The broad appeal of these memoirs is obvious: Artists are inherently fascinating already because of their music — and because us plebeians are nosy, we want to know everything about their personal lives. However, the prurient need to dig into salacious gossip, band drama, and drug-and-sex-fueled debauchery isn’t relegated exclusively to those who’ve never experienced the rock-and-roll lifestyle. If anything, other musicians are the best judges of what makes a great music memoir or biography, since they can actually call bullshit. In fact, we figured they’d be the perfect group to help us curate a list of excellent music memoirs for your Kindle queue or nightstand stack. »
- Annie Zaleski
Rock stars have been writing autobiographies for years — Ian Hunter published his classic, Diary of a Rock n Roll Star, way back in 1974, at Mott the Hoople's height — but ever since 2010, when Keith Richards's Life turned into an unexpected blockbuster and Patti Smith's Just Kids took home the National Book Award, a steady stream of pop memoirs has turned into a deluge practically every season. This fall saw the release of a weighty homage to influence from Elvis Costello, a precise volume from Sleater-Kinney's Carrie Brownstein, a meditative sequel to Smith's award-winner, and tell-alls from John Fogerty, Chrissie Hynde, and Grace Jones. Apart from Smith, who chronicles her life more recently, each of these authors offers some version of an origin story alongside bold, headline-grabbing tales (Hynde and Jones lead the pack there) and anecdotes that, while not as shocking, should be of interest to fans. We »
- Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Is it a gait, cut of the jib, garb or charismatic charm? Sift through your musical wardrobes for songs that mention qualities of magnetism, prestige or allure
“I’m just trying to change the world, one sequin at a time,” announces Lady Gaga, planning, no doubt, to wear only 5,000 shimmering sequins in her next creation. But now word has got out, in the glamorous world of music, fashion and culture, what this week’s topic is, the Readers Recommend cocktail bar is suddenly flooded with celebrities eager to have their say. Blimey. I’d better order more champagne. And rather nervously, I’ve just touched the gloved hand of Grace Jones, who tells me, darling, how “I simply love those classic figures fro the 30s and 40s … Bette Davis, Joan Crawford, Humphrey Bogart, Rita Hayworth. They had such glamour and style.” Whatever you say Grace, I agree. You’re not »
- Peter Kimpton
A View To Kill
Directed by John Glen
As soon as Roger Moore took over the role of James Bond, the franchise quickly devolved into a state of ridiculousness that rendered the entire series beyond parody. A View To a Kill, Moore’s final film as Ian Fleming’s influential character, could easily be seen as a franchise grasping for relevancy with the younger generation of its day. It tries to tone down the kitsch elements whilst still retaining a core sense of the Bond series for the millions of returning viewers not yet bored by the increasing stupidity of the onscreen antics. Younger audiences were to be greeted with a plot about microchips, because the younger generation have a burgeoning obsession with technology, as well as a supporting turn from offbeat pop sensation Grace Jones and a Duran Duran theme »
- Alistair Ryder
Following James Bond’s out of this world experience in the financially successful (665 million, adjusted for inflation) if artistically vapid Moonraker, the series’ sole producer, Albert Broccoli, thought it best to venture in a different direction, one that would feel slightly more grounded, all the while still playing on the strengths of his star: cool wit, affable mannerism and charm. A new director in John Glenn was now on board, who would go on to direct every single entry from the 80s, including Timothy Dalton’s two adventures. A new production designer in Peter Lamont was also now in charge of sets. Both had worked their way up in the ‘Bond family business’ so to speak, and, along with the leftover story elements from the far grittier Ian Fleming novels, the 007 films of the early 80s would take on a different tone and feel from the voodoo, space travel and »
- Edgar Chaput
The 36-year-old singer from Leeds - who was the first out of the competition, along with Alien Uncovered, in a double elimination - revealed to Digital Spy: "Nobody got it [the song], it just wasn't enough, it wasn't right - and now the people are gutted.
"There's some people who are like, 'I'm not watching The X Factor anymore'. People were switching on for the first time because I was there, bringing something different to what they'd had before."
On her supportive fan base, she continued: "What I think people liked about me - it's just me, I think people like the way I control the stage and do my thing.
"The people are gutted and really, really sad for me, »
The actor recalls how Béatrice Dalle set her on a mission to channel French arthouse cool
The 80s were such a great time for movies, and I don’t think that gets celebrated enough. Before the blockbusters took over, people would go to see cult movies in foreign languages that would take over the world on word of mouth. Betty Blue was a film I absolutely adored as an 18-year-old. A girlfriend took me to see it at a cinema on Piccadilly Circus, which sadly isn’t there any more but which used to show all sorts of fringe arthouse movies. I went in not knowing what to expect and came out totally stunned. I was sobbing. Ugly crying! I immediately chopped my hair into a bob and would walk around London in a black Azzedine Alaïa dress and go to the Café de Paris, dancing to La Vie en Rose »
- Liz Hoggard
Ricky Church continues his countdown to Spectre with a review of A View to a Kill…
Roger Moore’s time as James Bond 007 comes to a close in his final film, A View to a Kill. Moore’s era had its ups and downs and is most remembered for its camp value and Moore’s lighter performance as the secret agent. A View to a Kill exemplifies Moore’s Bond and is a bit of an odd movie; it’s not really good, yet it’s not that bad either, kind of hovering around ‘its so bad its good’ territory. The film does not hold back on the campiness in some areas thanks to the help of Christopher Walken.
Bond is sent undercover to investigate Max Zorin, a highly intelligent industrialist involved in the manufacture of microchips, who he suspects is selling their microchips to the Soviets. Zorin, however, plans on destroying Silicon Valley, »
- Ricky Church
Premiering its first two episodes at the 2015 Berlin Film Festival, the eight episode Cold War television mini-series “Deutschland 83” went on to become the first German series to be broadcast on American television in its native language. A Sundance TV original series (co-produced by Rtl Television), it stands as one of the more notable moments in television from 2015, an example of a growing international industry with increased cross-over potential. Created by husband and wife duo Anna Winger, an American novelist, and Joerg Winger, a German television producer, the series reflects not only period tensions but is constructed in a familiar format that’s earned it comparisons to the acclaimed Us series “The Americans.” Imbued with a delectable early 80s soundtrack, East meets West with vintage flair, an antidote to the curiously hampered mechanics of Steven Spielberg’s recent theatrical release, Bridge of Spies, which documents the birth of the infamous »
- Nicholas Bell
A new trailer has arrived online for Bjorn Tagemose’s rock ‘n’ roll dark fairytale Gutterdämmerung, which is described as “the loudest silent movie on Earth” and features a huge cast of musicians including Iggy Pop, Henry Rollins, Grace Jones, Jesse Hughes, Lemmy, Tom Araya, Mark Lanegan, Volbeat, Joshua Homme, Justice, Nina Hagen and Slash.
The forthcoming loud and dark fairytale Gutterdämmerung is a new rock ‘n’ roll / film / gig concept from the mind of Belgian-Swedish visual artist Bjorn Tagemose. Gutterdämmerung is part rock show part immersive cinema experience featuring some of the biggest rock names on the planet including Grace Jones, Iggy Pop, Henry Rollins, Eagles Of Death Metal’s Jesse Hughes, Motörhead’s Lemmy, Tom Araya, Mark Lanegan, Volbeat, Queens of the Stone Age’s Joshua Homme, Justice, Nina Hagen and Slash.
Much in the tradition of classic movies of 1920’s Hollywood, the film is mostly silent but »
- Gary Collinson
Billed as "the loudest silent movie on earth" and featuring an all-star rock and roll cast, filmmaker Björn Tagemose's Gutterdämmerung already sounded like it would be a wild ride when it was announced in July. With the recent release of the film's first trailer, the film/concert hybrid shows that it may be even crazier than first described.
Jessica Chastain would like to play a Bond villain, and the more we think about it, the more we want her to play a Bond villain too.
"One of my goals is to play a villain in a Bond film," Chastain told W Magazine.
"People ask me if I want to be a Bond girl, and I say, 'No, I want to be the villain'. I'm waiting for that call!"
She's previously alluded to her Bond bad guy desires back in 2013, when she told The Playlist: "Enough of the graceful characters, I want to get my hands dirty."
22 best and worst Bond theme songs ranked: Do you agree?
Ah, Mr Bond! We've been... inspecting you. Yes, ahead of Spectre's release on October 26, Digital Spy has attempted the impossible: ranking all 23 films of the 007 franchise. From 1962's Dr No all the way to 2012's Skyfall, we've graded which films were 00-heaven - and which were, well, something of an oddjob.
Ok, we've ignored unofficial outing Never Say Never Again and that weird original Casino Royale with Woody Allen. Plus the radio version of Moonraker, starring Blockbusters' Bob Holness. But otherwise, read on for your definitive guide through a minefield of gadgets, girls and shaken martinis, starting with the abject worst. Violently disagree? Be sure to let us know...
23. Die Another Day (2002)
Grace Jones, high priestess of spilling tea, hasn't been mincing words on the press tour for her new memoir, I'll Never Write My Memoirs. She's already offered her judgment on Lady Gaga and other pop stars, calling them "middle of the road" copycats, and has criticized Kanye West for using Amber Rose to rip off her famous photos taken by Jean-Paul Goude. And it seems Jones is not done giving Gaga a piece of her mind. In another interview on SiriusXM, Jones recalls the first time she met Gaga in the flesh: "Gaga came to me, and I just could not find a soul. I come from Church — maybe that has something to do with it. I like to get to the soul of a person. I just didn’t feel a soul." Though Jones adds that Gaga "might have been freaked out with meeting me," their interactions never got »
- Dee Lockett
Feud alert?! Grace Jones is seemingly not the biggest fan of Lady Gaga. The 67-year-old supermodel and songstress revealed during a recent interview with Bevy Smith on SiriusXM’s Bevelations that when she met Lady Gaga, she didn’t connect with her. “Gaga came to me, and I just could not find a soul,” Jones told Smith. “I come from church — maybe that has something to do with it. I like to get to the soul of a person. I just didn’t feel a soul.” Jones, however, made it [...] »
'80s icon Grace Jones might be a senior citizen, but she's still pushing book sales like she's 25 -- Buy my book, see my boobs! The ex-model and singer flashed fans and photogs who showed up at her NYC book signing Thursday -- walking the walk after she smack talked Miley Cyrus, Nicki Minaj, Rihanna and several other celebs. 67-year-old Grace thinks the new generation doesn't "challenge the status quo" enough. Hear that ladies? Get yer protest ya-yas out! »
- TMZ Staff
Lena explains why men allegedly don't like them - HuffPost Celebrity Freida Pinto reunites with her ex Dev Patel - Us Weekly Jessica Simpson flaunts her sexy stems in a minidress - Et Henry Cavill makes a handsome appearance in London - Lainey Gossip Find out why Grace Jones is angry at Kanye West - Dlisted Serena Williams supports Drake at his restaurant opening - Just Jared Kendall Jenner goes for a coffee run in a sports bra - Hollywood Tuna Will Hayden Christensen reprise his role as Darth Vader? - Pink Is the New Blog Is Rob Kardashian dating Karrueche Tran? - The Superficial »
- Monica Sisavat
In the lead-up to her first memoir, Pretenders frontwoman Chrissie Hynde has caught some flak for her comments about rape, which she's since stood by. Now, speaking to ABC News, she clarifies that anything she has to say about sexual assault speaks only to her experiences: "I told my story the way I saw it, and I'm not here to advise anyone, validate myself, or justify anything. I say I regret a lot of things I did ... Suddenly I'm defending rape." She adds that she wasn't suggesting that women who dress "provocatively" are asking for rape, but rather that they're asking to be asked, "Why do you dress provocatively?" So that clears that up. And, like Grace Jones, she has some finger-wagging for today's female pop stars, specifically about how they present themselves in their music videos: "To me it's pornographic, yeah, when you're in your underwear and you're bumping »
- Dee Lockett
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