11 items from 2016
Tina "Trina" Fey united with Maya "Myra" Rudolph on Tuesday's Maya & Marty to talk about their love for Seventies-era variety show music medleys. The former SNL castmates climbed atop tall (arguably too tall) stools, where they shared childhood memories and sang period-centric material into skinny (arguably too skinny) microphones.
"It really has always been a dream of mine to have a variety show where I can perform with my friends," Rudolph reminisced. "I remember when I was little, my brother and I would act out Sonny & Cher – until we found out they were married, »
I Love You Both screens this Sunday in St. Louis as part of QFest, which uses the art of contemporary gay cinema to spotlight the lives of Lgbtq people and to celebrate queer culture. The event will excite, entertain, and enlighten audiences of all identities. The screenings of I Love You Both are at 5:30pm and 8:00pm Sunday April 24th. Director/writer/co-star Doug Archibald and writer/co-star Kristin Archibald will be in attendance at both screenings.
In I Love You Both, the charming first feature from St. Louis native Doug Archibald, twins Krystal and Donny (real-life siblings Kristin and Doug Archibald) are codependent, still living together in their late 20s in a converted one-bedroom house. When they both meet and start dating the same guy, however, the twins confront the fact that they can no longer live the same life — a choice needs to be made. With »
- Tom Stockman
Goodness; things got a little touchy-feely on Thursday’s episode of “The View.” Panelist Raven-Symoné fully expressed her puppy love for Donny Osmond — a guest on the episode — during Thursday’s opening segment, fondly recalling her previous work experience with the entertainer. “You know, I love me some Donny Osmond,” Raven-Symoné, rocking a fire-orange coiffure to match her passions, enthused, “We did a movie together and music together, and I just felt some kind of connection with this man. I love him.” The declaration of love was but a mere bit of verbal foreplay, however. Also Read: 'The View »
- Tim Kenneally
David Gest, famed music producer and ex-husband of Liza Minnelli died Monday, the Associated Press reports. He was 62. Gest passed away at the Four Seasons hotel in London, his friend Imad Handi confirmed, according to the BBC. "It is with great sadness that I can confirm that David Gest has died today," Handi said in the statement. "David was truly larger than life. He was not just a huge talent and a dear friend, but a showbiz icon." Handi added: "I know he will be missed by millions of fans around the world, and particularly in Britain, who came to »
- Char Adams, @CiCiAdams_
“Put it into the couch, not your marriage.”
‘The Racket’ is loud, angry, and fucking hilarious. It begins with Richie taking his anger out not on his and Devon’s relationship but, at his glacially calm therapist’s suggestion, on the couch. With a tennis racket. His subsequent golden-boy claim that he’s worked out his shit is just one of the many rackets in an episode which ends with our hero seeking not catharsis but an alibi, from his estranged father no less, for Buck’s murder. Everyone’s cheating and chiseling everyone out of everything, and nobody’s in on the joke. ‘The Racket’ feels like throat-clearing from Vinyl‘s emerging voice, at once frustrated and playful, riotous and contemplative.
Lester walking into Richie’s office to burn the reel Richie put together from his old material is a good scene on its own. The man who lost »
- Gretchen Felker-Martin
This review contains spoilers.
1.4 The Racket
Somewhat infamously, after first seeing This Is Spinal Tap, Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler declared that he couldn’t see the humour in it. It wasn’t that the jokes were particularly subtle (though some of them were), it was more that the film was so accurate and naturally familiar to the singer of a million-selling rock band. At least Steve admitted it. He’s unlikely to have been the only one to let the Tufnell, St. Hubbins and Smalls go whooshing over his head. Stories of bands with their own Spinal Tap legends are legion and testament to one of the most enduring dynamics in rock ‘n’ roll: its sheer absurd ridiculousness. The Racket, an episode that bears a title with a dual meaning, »
What does Jennifer Garner have in common with Lisa Simpson? That would be their love of playing the saxophone. Garner, 43, showcased her sax skills in a video posted on Vanity Fair Thursday, playing "Mary Had a Little Lamb." Adorably, she was nearly unable to finish after she started laughing. Garner had played saxophone in her school's marching band. She demonstrated her talent by playing country singer Hank Cochran's 1963 hit "Make the World Go Away" on the Donny & Marie show in 2000, when she played Romy opposite Jennifer Love Hewitt on the drama series Time of Your Life. The actress, who graces the cover of Vanity »
NBC’s “Cruel Intentions” pilot has cast the role played by Reese Witherspoon in the original movie, and Disney Channel has renewed series “Best Friends Whenever” and “Bunk’d.” Also in today’s TV news roundup: much more pilot casting, and the first trailer for season eight of Bravo’s “Real Housewives of New York City.”
Kate Levering (“Drop Dead Diva”) has been cast in NBC’s “Cruel Intentions” pilot. Levering will play Annette Hargrove, the character played by Reese Witherspoon in the film. The pilot, which is bringing back Sarah Michele Gellar to reprise her role, picks up 15 years after the movie, with Kathryn Merteuil (Gellar) fighting for control of Valmont International as well as the soul of Bash Casey (Taylor John Smith), the son of Annette and the late Sebastian Valmont (who was played by Ryan Phillippe in the film).
Vanessa Williams has signed to play »
- Jacob Bryant
My favourite rock ’n’ roll conspiracy theory runs as follows. Punk rock, with its cheap Diy ethic, mistrust (and deliberate avoidance) of wealth and dismissal of the decadent excess of earlier rock bands was a deliberately nefarious creation of major music labels that had grown fearful of the growing power of artists and who found a clever way of redressing the balance so that they, the anonymous suits, remained in charge. A Sid Viscious, so the theory goes, would be far more biddable and less likely to demand a larger slice of the cake than a Neil Young or a Roger Waters.
Whether by deliberate policy or not, it’s certainly true that some of the business elements of the music industry were changing. »
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There’s a degree of déjà vu going into Vinyl, HBO’s latest crack at grown-up entertainment, this time focused on the drugged-up, hazy age of the early-’70s record industry in New York City. The network, not one to sit idly by and lazily jump on a trend bandwagon, has a pantheon of such forward-thinking, original programming that something like Vinyl feels solely disappointing upon first blush for the simple fact that – unlike its trendsetting, far-out characters – it’s somewhat content to be mainstream.
Vinyl has its roots in the classic anti-hero television serial, middle-finger opening monologue and all, but for once such an ode to a story full of “lost brain cells, self-aggrandizement, and maybe a little bullshit,” as Richie Finestra (Bobby Cannavale) himself puts it, feels appropriately crude, thanks to the grungy 70’s backdrop. It’s a show that has »
- Mitchel Broussard
There is no other filmmaker on Earth who divides opinion quite like Michael Bay. Some audiences adore his slick, overblown style of filmmaking whilst others think he is the devil incarnate, here to destroy the language of cinema itself. There is little to no middle ground between these two opinions, and there’s plenty of evidence to support both.
He’s been frequently criticised for using female characters as little more than eye candy, for his lax attitude to character development or story and his reliance on explosions and special effects. However, even Bay’s harshest critics have to admit the man has an unmistakable cinematic style and – whether they like it or not – his work has been hugely influential on a whole generation of filmmakers. After all, there’s a reason his films have earned over $5 billion worldwide.
Not a bad legacy for a guy who started »
- Padraig Cotter
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