19 items from 2010
'I've had a bad hair life, but I work with what I've got'
When I look in the mirror after I wake up, it's always a shock to see that I'm a 64-year-old man. In some ways, I still feel that I'm a kid causing trouble and having fun.
What you notice at 64 are the things you don't like. I've had a bad hair life, but I work with what I've got. I wear it short. Nothing looks worse than a "dork knob". That's when you're bald on the top with a little tiny ponytail. It's the worst possible look.
I've never had cosmetic surgery. Even when it works and you don't look like a freak, you look like somebody else. That's worse, in a way. You look like a younger version of someone that your friends don't know. I do use Crème de Le Mer. I think, "God this is expensive… »
I don't hate the Beatles in the least bit, but for a long time I did take an unpopular position against them, mostly just as a knee jerk reaction against the mainstream. All the cheap merchandise, the overexposure, the boppy fans who just listen to what is fed to them over the radio and don't make much effort to educate themselves about music... it can really start to weigh on a guy. Sometimes you have to lash out and loudly declare that the "Beatles suck, this record is overplayed suck," at your girlfriend's birthday party when she puts on "Sgt. Pepper's," her favorite album, and just stand there drinking bourbon straight from the bottle while her horrified girlfriends look on.
Yeah, nobody likes that guy. But sometimes, you have to shake people up, open their eyes for their own good. With the Beatles on iTunes now we can only expect »
- Brandon Kim
What is the ultimate John Waters anecdote? A master of irony, a man renowned for his outrageous, scandalous wit, most conversations with the film-maker, artist and raconteur turn up stories of dark bars in Baltimore, cult criminals and obscure dangerous movie stars. My favourite story, though, concerns a chicken.
The animal featured in Waters's 1972 classic, Pink Flamingos. Branded by Variety as "surely the most vile, stupid, repulsive film ever made", it's remembered by most for the scene in which Divine eats dog faeces. But that was not even the film's most controversial shot. No, there was also a sex scene in which a chicken is both molested and killed on camera. Let Waters take up the story: "The son is fucking Cookie. The chicken's in the middle. »
- Jim Shelley
In 1987, the iconic filmmaker John Waters was sent by Playboy magazine to interview his all-time hero – Little Richard. It was a surreal, almost religious experience for John who had been a lifelong fan of the godfather of rock'n'roll. So why did it almost end in a fistfight?
Little Richard scared my grandmother in 1957. I was 11 years old, on the way to her house for dinner with my parents, and had just shoplifted a record in the five-and-dime. Mom and Dad hadn't even noticed. Easy pickings – the 45rpm of "Lucille" on the Specialty label. My favourite tune. I felt happily defiant in the back seat of the car with the sharp edge of the single jabbing my stomach beneath the sweater. Once inside Mama's (as we called Stella Whitaker, my mother's mother), I made a beeline to her out-of-date hi-fi and let it roll. "Lu-cille! You won't do your sister's will! »
The remaining eight acts took on the works of the Fab Four. Did it turn into a hard day's night?
Good evening, music lovers everywhere. We hope you've got a nice evening of Scrabble planned because you aren't going to want to stick around for this. No but seriously, welcome to the Saturday night nail-biter that is Beatles week on X Factor.
Many thanks to m'colleague Stuart Heritage for the immensely overblown build-up. (Don't cry, he'll be back next week. He's harder to shift than Katie Waissel.) I'm here in his live-blogging bunker for the next two nights, bringing you every twitch of Dannii's facial nerve and every "bitch please" look Cheryl Cole gives Louis Walsh. I notice Stu's got a lot of Wagner posters on the walls here. And someone's written Wagner 4 Stu in a dark red substance that I'm sure must be paint. I'm sure there's some innocent explanation. »
- Julia Raeside
On Monday night's "Dancing with the Stars," the celebs and their pro partners were doubly challenged -- first performing a prepared routine, then later doing an "instant dance." For the instant dance, the couples knew the dance style ahead of time but were informed of the accompanying music less than an hour before their performances! Kyle Massey and Lacey Schwimmer were up first, earning a 27 for their Viennese Waltz. The judges were universally thrilled with the performance. Judge Carrie Ann Inaba commented, "It's like you were dancing on clouds. It's like watching a fairy tale come to life." Judge Len Goodman said Kyle had evolved into a "gorgeous orchid" while Bruno complimented, "I think I can speak for everybody -- we are all totally charmed by you. You've become this sort of sophisticated, refined young man." Jennifer Grey and Derek Hough were up next with their quickstep, which earned rave »
8pm, Channel 4
The Observer's food critic Jay Rayner, chef Ravinder Bhogal and The Sex Education Show's Anna Richardson continue on their mission to make us question where our food comes from and the wider impact of what we choose to put in our mouths. There are investigations into imported dairy, the ethics of the fish industry, the salt content of soups and a look at the science of food decay. It's all smartly done, and without the finger-wagging that can sometimes happen in such shows.
This Us comedy-drama series reunites us with Richard Castle. If you went only on his suit, you'd have him down as an estate agent. In fact, he's a successful writer of detective mysteries, who bases his books on periods spent "embedded" with the NYPD, »
- Rebecca Nicholson, John Robinson, Jonathan Wright, Julia Raeside, Will Hodgkinson
Live and unreleased Jimi Hendrix songs will be heard for the first time, it has been announced. A boxset titled West Coast Seattle Boy - The Jimi Hendrix Anthology will be available on November 15. Live tracks, demos and alternative takes of Hendrix tracks are spread across four CDs, with one disc dedicated to cover versions of songs by the likes of Little Richard and The Isley (more) »
- By Greg Ptolomey
On top of getting full lists of "Just Dance 2" tracks and "Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock" songs this week, we've also received a complete soundtrack listing for a game you may not have been looking forward to for its tunes — "Mafia 2." 2K Games released the rundown ahead of a live one-hour playthrough they're hosting today at 2Pm Pst via Ustream.
Bing Crosby, Dean Martin, Louis Prima and Little Richard all appear on the game's soundtrack, which has been posted on the "Mafia 2" website. If "GTA Godfather" has always been something you thought you might like to play with some bona fide Ratpack music in the background, you should find the entries here to your liking:
• Gatemouth Moore - "Did You Ever Love A Woman"
• Al Hibbler - "After the Lights Go Down Low"
• Al Hibbler - "Count Every Star"
• The Ames Brothers - "My Bonnie Lassie"
• The Andrews Sisters - »
- Brian Warmoth
Predators Directed by: Nimrod Antal Written by: Alex Litvak and Michael Finch Starring: Adrien Brody, Topher Grace, Alice Braga, Walton Goggins, Oleg Taktarov, Laurence Fishburne, Danny Trejo, Louis Ozawa Changchien, Mahershalalhashbaz Ali Predators is a movie that hates surprises. It teases the viewer with mysteries and potential twists only to explain them away minutes later, ensuring that both the characters onscreen and the audience know exactly what's coming next. Consider the opening scenes, perhaps the most original element of the film. The first shot is of an unconscious Adrien Brody in freefall. He comes to, panics, and then his automated parachute opens just before he crashes into the trees. One by one he encounters the other humans, fresh from their own drop from the sky. When they find a broken corpse smashed on the jungle floor, he helpfully surmises, "Looks like his parachute didn't open." You think? Much of Predators »
It's no secret that we hold Neil Patrick Harris in the highest esteem here. He's both an inspiration and pretty much the template for how to live openly in Hollywood and still have the kind of career most actors would kill for.
It basically comes down to class, talent, and having a sense of humor - about the business, the baggage that goes along with it, and especially about yourself. Nph is remarkably self-aware, which is extraordinary considering he's spent most of his life surrounded by a facade.
Today he's celebrating his 37th birthday, and we'd like to celebrate by mentioning a few things that have endeared him to us. 37 things (in no particular order) ... plus one to grow on.
1. Unlike a lot of child stars, Nph fully embraces his early claim to fame ... sometimes brilliantly.
2. No words needed...
3. Even while navigating new-fangled technology, his humor remains wonderfully intact.
4. One »
You are cordially invited to the wedding of Bo and Nora. SOAPnet announces that "One Life to Live.s" long time couple Bo (Robert S. Woods) and Nora (Hillary B. Smith) are finally getting re-married the week of June 1 - the day that would have marked their 15th anniversary if they stayed married. From SOAPnet: It.s the wedding day that everyone has been waiting for and after fighting to find their way back to each other, this couple that was meant to be is going to have to overcome a few more obstacles before they get to their .I dos.. On June 1, 1995, Little Richard married Bo Buchanan and the love of his life Nora Gannon. The couple, »
- April MacIntyre
By Sean Lee
Rihanna's latest attempt at summer song domination is "Rock Star 101," and she's got the obligatory Travis Barker cameo to prove it. As you may have noticed, she's hardly the first hip-hop/R&B artist to have this brilliant crossover idea. Recent years have given us Juelz Santana's "Rock Star," Shop Boyz' "Party Like A Rock Star" (all the girls with "tramp stamps," stand up!), N.E.R.D.'s "Rock Star" (the standard bearer of faux-rock excellence), Young Jeezy's "Rockstar," R. Kelly and Ludacris' "Rockstar" (which added Kid Rock for extra cred), Chamillionaire's "Rock Star," Eminem's "We Made You (Rockstar)" and Pink's "Rockstar" (she'll always be urban to those of us who remember her first album).
In addition, Gucci Mane's big hit "Wasted" may as well be called "Rock Star," as it famously kicks in with the lyric "Rock star lifestyle/ Might don't make it. »
- Kyle Anderson
Charlie Williams is a dynamic young dancer who’s making his Broadway debut in Memphis, the new multi-Tony-nominated musical by Joe Dipietro and David Bryan, and he sure knows how to put his best feet forward. Thanks to his fancy footwork, the Astaire Awards nominated him as part of the best male dance ensemble on the Great White Way.
What’s more, Williams boasts the picture-perfect looks of an Abercrombie & Fitch model, and has been named “Broadway Hottie of the Month” by Gaylifenyc.org. The 5-foot-9 charmer, who is refreshingly open and out as a bisexual man, also was crowned ''Mr. Broadway'' at ''The Broadway Beauty Pageant.'' Plus, he will be getting more exposure as the pinup poster boy for "Broadway Bares' Xx: Strip-opoly,'' Broadway Cares' annual burlesque show of sexy dancers on June 20 at the Roseland Ballroom.
Back at Memphis, Williams, 22, is the only cast member who »
- Wayman Wong
As a passionate lover of films and a life long resident of Walthamstow in East London, I wanted to bring to your attention and gather some more support to an incredible battle that has gone on for around seven years to save our local cinema that was sold to the controversial Universal Church of The Kingdom of God (Uckg), an international religious organisation, which plans to convert the venue into a place of worship. The battle has been led by the McGuffin Film and Television Society that have battled so long and so hard for years to save the wonderful cinema.
Walthamstow Emd Cinema isn’t your regular cinema. It is so full of amazing history, It was Walthamstow’s first dedicated full time cinema in 1907 and was a haunt for a young Alfred Hitchcock who lived nearby. The Beatles, Jerry Lee Lewis, The Rolling Stones, The Kinks, Little Richard, »
- Gary Phillips
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Q: So the trailer for Sex and the City 2 is out, and it reveals what Liza Minnelli had already confirmed: she sings at Anthony and Stanford’s gay wedding. But what about the other part of the rumor, that Barbra Streisand also sings? Is she in the movie or not? – Elliott, Carmel, CA
A: It’s been denied, but truthfully? I'd bet money that she is.
What’s my hunch based on?
First, there were the rumors before filming that the producers were in “secret talks” with her. Then there were the rumors, immediately shot down, that she and Liza Minnelli »
- Brent Hartinger
The Story: "Red Rocket 7" by Mike Allred (W/A) - Image Comics/Dark Horse Comics
What It's About: Cloned versions of an alien fugitive disperse and witness the evolution of rock and roll, only to become supporting characters in the history of American pop culture. The mini-series by "Madman" creator Mike Allred tackles elements of cultural discord, Americana, personal angst and teenage rebellion that all came together to lift up everyone from Little Richard and The Beatles to David Bowie and the Dandy Warhols.
One alien man's struggle divides in the story of seven duplicates in a unique perspective on the the timeline of rock.
Why It Works: "Red Rocket 7" grabs universal themes like the adolescent quest for identity and the search for self-determination and frames them with collage of characters ripped from vintage Rolling Stone covers. In much the same way that "Almost Famous" and "Forrest Gump" attempted to »
- Brian Warmoth
In each episode of the Emmy-winning Saturday morning CBS series "Pee-wee's Playhouse" (1986–91), there was a "secret word of the day." When someone uttered it, everyone else would scream. If there's a secret word for the show's star, Paul Reubens, right now, it would be "comeback."The actor has spent the past year prepping his brand-new stage show, "The Pee-wee Herman Show," running through Feb. 7 at Club Nokia in downtown Los Angeles. The ambitious production features 11 actors and 20 puppets—a first for Reubens, who on his series relied on the magic of editing to bring puppets like Pterri, Chairry, Conky, Globey, and Magic Screen to life. Reubens says the tension and anxiety of creating the live show are palpable, and he has one question on his mind: Are the puppets going to perform?"This show is in many ways like the series, except we never did that live," says Reubens. "A »
I’ll get right to the point: The Vast Fields of Ordinary by Nick Burd (Dial Books, $16.99) is the best gay teen novel I’ve read in ages, maybe ever.
It’s the story of 18-year-old Dade Hamilton’s last summer before college, the break-up of his ill-fated affair with a closeted "Sexican," and a new romance with a mysterious misfit.
Yes, it’s another novel about disaffected youth and the dysfunctional suburban wastelands in which they reside, but the fact is, these novels exist because disaffected youth and dysfunctional suburban wastelands really exist. And this is just about the best portrayal of both that I can remember.
Better still, the novel avoids the pitfalls that I think trap most writers, especially first novelists: it’s evocative, but without being a structure-less mess. And while the main character is real and flawed, he’s also — horror of horrors in some literary circles, »
- Brent Hartinger
19 items from 2010
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