19 items from 2014
With Gone Girl wowing critics and audiences last weekend, David Fincher is once again at the center of the movie universe. But long before he was the auteur behind Zodiac, Se7en, and The Social Network, he was a hotly in-demand music video director toiling in supermodel slo-mos and glossy glamour shots for some of the world’s biggest musical acts. Let’s take a look back, from bad to brilliant.28. "Say You Will," Foreigner (1987)Close-ups, shifting shadows, black-and-white film stock, and glamorous women … "Say You Will" features the quartet of trademarks that would define Fincher's '80s aesthetic. (And Lou Gramm.) It also makes virtually no sense. Does anyone know what is going on here? 27. "Holding On," Steve Winwood (1988)Here, Fincher places the viewer in the perspective of a Weegee-like photographer who weaves his way through a shadowy city. He would intercut color and black-and-white photography the following year »
- Kristy Puchko
I’m searching for a song tonight, I’m changing all the stations… Just in time for an all new TVLine Mixtape!
What follows is a collection of tunes showcased recently on your favorite shows, complete with artist and album information in case you want to add them to your permanent collection.
Spoilers abound, and we chose songs we liked – but we always want to hear your thoughts and suggestions.
So peruse our playlist, then hit the comments with your favorite TV jams. And remember: You can always submit questions or suggestions about TV music on Twitter @NiveaSerrao.
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Carly Simon won the best New Artist Grammy in 1971, and over the next couple of decades gave us some the greatest songs for the soundtrack of our lives.
Today is her 69th birthday, so let’s take a look back at her career and rank her greatest songs. These 20 slices of life are a good place to start your Essential Carly Collection.
20. Give Me All Night
Album: Coming Around Again
Chart Peak: #61
Carly’s 1987 comeback Coming Around Again was one of the greatest albums of the 80′s, and revitalized her career. The second single “Give Me All Night” found her in great form, confident and strong.
19. The Right Thing To Do
Album: No Secrets
Chart Peak: #17
The follow-up to “You’re So Vain,” she wrote it for new love James Taylor: “It was actually one of my absolutely undisputed songs about James, written three months into our relationship. »
There’s a bumper crop of albums coming this summer and fall, based on several new releases announced over the past 24 hours. Here’s a round-up of what’s coming soon listed chronologically: Jason Mraz, “Yes,” July 15 The singer/songwriter has a knack for releasing songs that take up residency at radio and do not move, such as “I’m Yours” and “I Won’t Give Up.” The new album, his first since 2012, features Mraz teaming with Raining Jane for an acoustic, intimate set covering such topics as love, faith, healing, environmental stewardship. A tour kicks off in August. First single, "Love Someone," is out now. "Yes" track listing: 1. Rise 2. Love Someone 3. Hello, You Beautiful Thing 4. Long Drive 5. Everywhere 6. Best Friend 7. Quiet 8. Out Of My Hands 9. It’s So Hard To Say Goodbye To Yesterday 10. 3 Things 11. You Can Rely On Me 12. Back To The Earth 13. A World With You 14. Shine Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, »
- Melinda Newman
The networks are busy rolling out their fall previews this week, and that means a selection of new gay characters to root for. That is, if you can spot them. The most high profile gay characters on Fox are set to be in Mulaney and Backstrom.
In Mulaney, John Mulaney has a promising stand-up career, a group of friends, and a new insane boss in Martin Short, whose show he’s writing for. His next door neighbor is played by Elliott Gould, and is supposed to be the seen-it-all type who helps ground Mulaney and help him through life. I’m all about having an elder gay on television, they so seldom get any representation. And Mulaney looks like it will be no exception to that trend, because in the trailer, Gould says nothing and is only glimpsed for a split second donning his scarf for a dramatic exit. So »
- Ed Kennedy
Mean Girls was released ten years ago today, which is a thing that should make us all feel very, very old. And sure, I could get into my DeLorean Gif and fly back to that week in pop-music history, but I’ve already done hard time in 2004 for an earlier installment of my Somewhere in Time column, and I just don’t have a second thing to say about Usher’s “Yeah!” Instead, let’s head back to July 2, 1986, and check out what Billboard’s Top 40 songs were the week a couple of scrappy young dreamers named Dina and Michael Lohan welcomed a daughter named Lindsay into the world. Hey, anybody know what happened to those three guys?40. Steve Winwood, “Higher Love” There are so, so many middle-aged white guys on this chart. That’s who we supported, us record-buying teenagers of the ’80s, because we had no other choice. »
- Dave Holmes
Given that "Mad Men" is one of the most precisely written and shot shows on TV, it's not surprising there are many ways to look at Sunday's 7th-season premiere, "Time Zones." Some are more productive than others, but over the course of two viewings and several days thinking it over, I've come to think that one of the most fruitful is by focusing on the musical montages that don't quite bookend the episode. Not only do they lay out the episode's concerns without the encumbrance of dialogue, but I also think they provide solid clues about where the shoe is headed in its final season. It takes Don Draper six minutes to show up onscreen in "Time Zones," which was written by series creator Matther and directed by Scott Hornbacher, and he's not quite ready for his closeup. The first thing we see as the Spencer Davis Group's "I'm »
- Sam Adams
Review Frances Roberts 14 Apr 2014 - 16:55
Mad Men returns for its seventh season an episode that deliberately dissipates the momentum of last year's finale…
This review contains spoilers.
7.1 Time Zones
What does revolution change? Depressingly little, if Time Zones is anything to go by.
1968’s political disquiet simmered underneath Mad Men’s sixth run, erupting at key history book moments to spill into its characters’ lives. It culminated in a finale that severed Don Draper from his job, his wife, and from the fictions he’d woven around himself. “This is where I grew up”, he’d told his children outside that dilapidated bordello, having confessed the same to Hershey mid-pitch. After a season of witnessing tumult and protest on the world stage, Dick Whitman had his own personal revolution. Everything was going to change.
And then, it didn’t.
Time Zones dissipated the momentum built in the season six finale. »
Mad Men, Season 7: Episode 1 – “Time Zones”
Written by Matthew Weiner
Directed by Scott Hornbacher
Airs Sunday nights at 10 on AMC
As the United States swears in its new president, Richard Nixon, the country finds itself in a transition period, caught between the two worlds of its past and uncertain future. “Time Zones” splits is central characters up in a similar way that exposes just how noticeable the precipices are that they stand on. Don Draper isn’t just living an existence that has him dividing time between his New York life and the Californian one he shares with his wife, Megan. He’s also in a rough limbo, biding his time until Sterling Cooper & Partners calls him back to the office. Roger Sterling is even more lost at sea. Our re-introduction to the man–completely naked in a room full of post-coital men and women–poses plenty of questions »
- Sean Colletti
I don't think there's enough sunshine in all of California to brighten up the dark state of affairs everyone is in as Mad Men begins the first half of its last lap. Where does one begin in this cold January of 1969? Peggy crumpled on the floor in sobs of her great-big-investment Upper West Side apartment? Roger passed out naked on the floor of his filthy, garbage-littered hotel-room-cum-counterculture-commune? Ken – still sporting an eye patch from his little shotgun mishap with the Chevy execs – completely overwhelmed and overworked? A happy, suntanned Pete – seriously, »
"Mad Men" is back for the start of its seventh season — which is or isn't the final season depending on whether you value contractual language (which says it is) over scheduling (which will give us seven episodes this spring and seven more next year) — and I have a review of the premiere coming up just as soon as I'm seated next to a man in a hairpiece eating a banana... "Why are you making it so hard? Open the door and walk in." -Lou Avery We return to the world of "Mad Men" a scant two months after our last glimpse, late in January of 1969. It's by far the shortest time gap between seasons, but almost as much has changed in those two months than in the 11 months between the heist of Sterling Cooper and our first look at Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce. It seems only appropriate given the period. »
- Alan Sepinwall
Reviewing a “Mad Men” season premiere often feels like the parable about blind men describing an elephant. Based on exposure to just a small part of the beast, it’s easy to draw an incomplete and inaccurate picture. That said, the start to the bifurcated final season feels more indifferently paced than most – and thanks to the gradual push further into the 1960s, perhaps too groovy and scattered for its own good. Series creator Matthew Weiner never rushes his storytelling, but resetting the table ought to be more tantalizing in terms of what lies ahead.
Spoiler considerations prevent divulging too much about the plot, other than the well-telegraphed elements that the signature ad agency has set up a branch in Los Angeles, which figures prominently in this thread; and that Don Draper (Jon Hamm) is still digging through the emotional baggage from the heavy drinking and extramarital affair that dominated last season. »
- Brian Lowry
The first night of battle rounds on The Voice exposed one thing about the Season 6 coaches. They are quickly looking to be strategic and showed it with their steals. Blake Shelton went after an old-school soul singer with a trademark high kick, Biff Gore, a father of six, who lost his battle to soulful T.J. Wilkins on Team Usher. Shakira picked up a Joe Cocker-esque blues man, Patrick Thomson, who fell in a tight contest against Kat Perkins from Team Adam. And after Usher landed himself a baby-faced metal rocker in Stevie Jo, Adam Levine stole heartthrob Jake Barker. »
- Andrea Billups
First up in Team Usher were Biff Gore and Tj Wilkins. The R&B singers battled with The Temptations’ classic “Ain’t Too Proud To Beg,” and Usher instructs them to try to sing their hearts out to beg for Shakira’s attention. Both men went into the ring with their A game, dancing and delivering well-rounded entertainment. In the end, Usher decided to keep Tj on his team, leaving Biff free to steal or free to go home. Lucky for him, Blake pushed his button, using his first steal of »
On Monday (March 17), Season 6 of "The Voice" left the blind auditions behind and moved into the battle rounds, with coaches Adam Levine, Blake Shelton, Usher and Shakira -- alongside mentors Aloe Blacc, The Band Perry, Jill Scott and Miranda Lambert, respectively -- pairing up two of their team's artists for the next hurdle: Two artists enter the stage, one artist leaves. Unless, of course, the infamous steal comes into play. So who advanced, who went home and who was lucky enough to be stolen? Let's get to it.
First Battle: Biff Gore. vs T.J. Wilkins (Team Usher)
Song: "Ain't Too Proud To Beg" (The Temptations)
Usher's paired these two up on a classic R&B record, seemingly looking to slim his team down to just one powerful soul dude. During rehearsals, Usher went back to his Season 4 coaching tactics, pushing the two artists into uncomfortable areas by demanding »
The blind auditions may be over for season 6 of NBC’s The Voice but as fans of the show know, the competition is just getting started. This Monday, contestants will compete in the first night of this season’s battle rounds, and we’ve got an exclusive sneak peek at which contestants will be going head-to-head and what songs they’ll be singing.
Read on to find out which contestants you can expect to see battling it out this coming Monday, March 17 at 8 p.m. Et on The Voice:
Pairing: Kat Perkins vs. Patrick Thomson
Song: “Whenever »
- Pamela Gocobachi
Rome – Lionsgate has inked a long-term output deal with Italy’s Leone Film Group, the company originally founded by spaghetti western master Sergio Leone that is rapidly becoming a major Italo distributor, one year after its output deal with DreamWorks.
The multifaceted deal covers feature films from the Lionsgate and Summit labels. Italy was one of the last remaining major territories not previously covered by an output arrangement for Lionsgate’s distribution structure. The deal, finalized at the Berlin film festival last month, includes Lionsgate’s exploration of worldwide promotional opportunities on a case-by-case basis with Leone’s Pacmedia promotional group.
Now headed by Leone’s children, Andrea and Raffaella, Leone Films effectively acts as the Hollywood agent for pubcaster Rai’s 01 Distribuzione.
The group was floated late last year on the Milan stock market with a positive Ipo geared toward becoming a bigger distributor of high-profile product.
“We have »
- Nick Vivarelli
Feature Carley Tauchert 13 Feb 2014 - 07:00
Now that it's finally coming to DVD, Carley continues her classic kids' TV look back with The Wonder Years...
“Things never turn out exactly the way you planned. I know they didn't with me. Still, like my father used to say, 'Traffic's traffic, you go where life takes you' and growing up happens in a heartbeat… And the thing is, after all these years I still look back in wonder.”
1988 saw the first Bush (George H. W to be precise) take power in America, three of the top ten movies of the year were laugh out loud comedies (Coming to America, Twins and The Naked Gun) and Roger Rabbit was being framed by a pretty scary Judge Doom.
Right at the beginning of the year ABC piloted a new series that would not only capture the hearts of the American viewing public »
The Grammys! They’re this coming Sunday and I almost forgot! To celebrate, here are all 55 winners of the Record of the Year Grammy ranked for your consideration. Now beat it.
55. “Don’t Worry Be Happy,” Bobby McFerrin
Finger-snapping never sounded so un-snappy.
54. “Rosanna,” Toto
53. “Sunny Came Home,” Shawn Colvin
You know, a Grammy windfall was bound to happen to one of those exactly 1998 female singer-songwriters (Meredith Brooks, Natalie Imbruglia, Paula Cole, etc.), and Shawn Colvin was the big winner. “Sunny Came Home” is contemplative, but Grammy-worthy?
52. “Change the World,” Eric Clapton
Sort of annoying when a legendary artist wins for his most palatable and forgettable material. “Change the World” is merely radio-friendly, not an artistic breakthrough.
51. “We are the World, »
- Louis Virtel
19 items from 2014
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