19 items from 2014
In the compelling, richly acted Lullaby, painter and sculptor Andrew Levitas writes and directs a debut film about a father’s impending death that manages to take the weight of the moment seriously and not as a simple plot tool for heightened drama. Based loosely off the events surrounding his own father’s death, Levitas takes advantage of a superb ensemble to offer a film that, while sometimes conventional and overlong, has the intimacy and intelligence of a stellar stage play. In fact, given how every other scene is in the dad’s hospital room, how the story takes place over an 18-hour period and how there are suspiciously few hospital staff around, it very well could have been staged.
Levitas’ father passed away more than a decade ago, which brought the artist time to reflect about the circumstances of his life and his father’s disease. Although he shares »
- Jordan Adler
Kim Kardashian and Kanye West's reception was one swanky affair.The two got married on Saturday at Fort Belvedere in Florence, Italy -- and celebrated with one wild after party following the gorgeous ceremony.Photos: See How This Wedding Compares to One w/ Kris Humphries!Guests were seated at a 224-foot marble table, with their names engraved in gold at their seats. The giant table offered stunning views of the Florence skyline as guests reportedly feasted on chicken, steak, salmon, tortellini and a ton of champagne. We're told the food was even dusted in gold flakes -- how fancy, right?And John Legend, who attended the celebration with wife Chrissy Teigen, performed his hit "All of Me" for the crowd -- reportedly telling Kim "Kanye was was inspired by you, knew he was in love with you, knew you were the one."Photos: See More from the Gorgeous Rehearsal »
- tooFab Staff
When Yeezus marries Keezus, you don't just play "The Electric Slide." Sources tell E! News that not only did Kanye West and Kim Kardashian put together a playlist full of jams to play at their wedding reception, but 'Ye even got on the mic to sing and rap along. But the most important song—the song they danced to during their first dance—was: "At Last," by Etta James. A classic. Some other selections from the playlist. Click play and it's like you're in Florence too: "These Arms of Mine," by Otis Redding (which was turned into a mashup with "At Last") "Superstitious," by Stevie Wonder "Rack City," »
Kimye are just like Us in one respect, at least: Like so many other brides and grooms this year, Kim Kardashian and Kanye West danced to 2014's wedding anthem, John Legend's "All of Me." The big difference? John Legend was there himself to serenade the couple inside their wedding reception at Forte di Belvedere in Florence, Italy, May 24, a source confirms to Us Weekly. The very first dance, however, was a wild, Kanye-style mashup of Etta James' "At Last" and Otis Redding's "These Arms of Mine" [...] »
On Part 2 of Modern Family’s season finale (airing May 21 at 9 p.m. Et ABC), Mitchell (Jesse Tyler Ferguson) and Cam (Eric Stonestreet) should finally make it down the aisle. “The second episode continues on with that thread of pure chaos just trying to get this wedding to go off ,” Ferguson tells EW. “But what I’m really proud of that you’re going to see is the real emotion. The writers were really great with handling that moment of the actual wedding. They let Mitchell and Cam exchange vows. I’m sure they’ll cut around a lot of »
- Mandi Bierly
New Orleans (AP) — Christina Aguilera gave her fans a little bit of jazz, a little bit of blues, and a lot of soul during her debut performance Friday at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival. The very pregnant performer shimmied and danced her way through a litany of hits including "Lady Marmalade," the Labelle song she helped remake into a hit years ago; "Dirrty," ''Candyman," ''Ain't No Other Man," ''Beautiful," ''What a Girl Wants," and her final song of the night, "Fighter." Morgan Griffith of Dallas said she came to Jazz Fest so she could hear Aguilera's voice live. "I've seen her at the Super Bowl and in her movies, like 'Burlesque,' and she's just an amazing performer. "She doesn't just sing. It's everything on cue: the dancers, the setup ... just everything." "She has such a strong voice," added Griffith's friend, Courtney Vrij, also of Dallas. Aguilera »
Even those who are not well-versed with the American cinema of the 1970s have probably heard of writer/director John Cassavetes. He is considered the godfather of independent film in America, a figure who influenced low-budget filmmaking more than any other person not named Robert Redford. His films, which include Seconds and A Woman Under the Influence, are raw, revealing, semi-improvised explorations of marital life, sex, music, romance, suburban ennui, infidelity, aging and death.
However, the apple falls very far from the tree. John’s son, director Nick Cassavetes, is known for making sap, his filmography full of emotionally-charged titles like The Notebook, John Q and My Sister’s Keeper. However, with his latest film, the female revenge comedy The Other Woman, Nick transplants some of the plot elements from his father’s films – notably, Faces, about a man’s infidelity with a much younger woman – into a dumb, pathetic mess of slapstick miscues. »
- Jordan Adler
The track is a cover of the 1966 song recorded by Etta James and Sugar Pie DeSanto.
The collaboration was revealed by Clarkson earlier this year.
The new version of "In the basement" will feature in McBride's forthcoming album "Everlasting". The record will include 12 covers of soul and R&B songs, reports aceshowbiz.com.
McBride has also performed a duet with Gavin DeGraw for the album.
- Leon David
The 2014 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony is next month, and there's been some controversy swirling over just what kind of genres and artists should be eligible for the honor. Most recently, Kiss frontman Gene Simmons - whose band is being inducted this year - spoke out about the topic in an interview with Radio.com and caused a stir when he said that he doesn't believe pop or hip-hop artists should be considered. Simmons called out the Hall of Fame committee, saying, "A few people decide what's in and what's not. You've got Grandmaster Flash in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame? Run-d.M.C. in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame? You're killing me! That doesn't mean those aren't good artists. But they don't play guitar. They sample, and they talk, not even sing!" He went on to cite the late Donna Summer, who »
- Brittney Stephens
Director Greg Camalier seems to think there is something in the water, the source being the supposed ‘singing’ Tennessee River which runs through the musical enigma that is Muscle Shoals, Alabama. His first feature meditates on the rippling water, the green overgrowth and the surrounding cotton fields as a sort of visual counterpart to the legendary list of hit songs that, to the world at large during the ‘60s, seemed to spring from some kind of southern ether as if the stuff of native folklore. Though occasionally hokey and perpetually shaky in structure, Muscle Shoals soundly, but episodically documents the platinum recording history of the rinky-dink rural town, it’s tragic, hard-headed forefather Rick Hall, and the contentious relationships between his own Fame Studios, big time producer Jerry Wexler and the eventual start up Muscle Shoals Sound Studio just across town.
As is only appropriate for a musically focused film such as this, »
- Jordan M. Smith
In this exclusive clip, Fator offers his advice to America’s Got Talent hopefuls: “Always do the best thing you have first.”
Fator knows a thing or two about giving a good audition. In 2007, Fator walked onto the Agt stage and wowed judges with his performance, singing Etta James’ “At Last” with his sidekick Winston. That impression, Fator told Uinterview, is his personal favorite.
[Press Release] Los Angeles, Feb. 19, 2014 -- On March 25, hot on the heels of their Grammy nomination, force-of-nature blues-rock vocalist Beth Hart and guitar hero Joe Bonamassa will deliver Beth Hart & Joe Bonamassa – Live In Amsterdam (2Dvd/Blu-ray/2Cd) – the very first live experience from one of music's most powerful female voices and one of the world's greatest guitar players. Against the backdrop of the beautiful, historic Koninklijk Theater Carre in Amsterdam, the performance wows with scorching soul covers from the duo's 2011 debut album Don't Explain and 2013 follow-up Seesaw, originally made famous by artists such as Aretha Franklin, Etta James, Billie Holiday, Tom Waits, Ray Charles, Donnie Hathaway, Lucinda Williams, Bill Withers, Delaney & Bonnie, Buddy Miles, »
- Pietro Filipponi
When Fator won America’s Got Talent, he saw his star power rise, but also felt pressure to produce material quickly. This time around, Fator feels like he’s putting out his own work – and he couldn’t be more proud of the results.
“This thing was many many years in the making. The first DVD, I was pressured into making and I didn’t feel like I was quite ready,” Fator told Uinterview exclusively. “I was pressured into doing a lot of the material, and the new DVD is all me 100%. I wrote it from beginning to end. I approved everything. Worked on it for »
Terry Fator, the ventriloquist extraordinaire and season 2 winner of America’s Got Talent, is even more excited than usual these days — this time about the release of his new DVD. "This thing was many, many years in the making and the first DVD, I was pressured to making I didn'.t feel like I was quite ready," Fator told Uinterview exclusively answering fan questions collected in Uinterview's Facebook app. “It’s got tons of great impressions, tons of great comedy, and I’ve never been more proud of anything in my entire life.”
Fator gained notoriety for the first time after wowing the audience with his puppet Winston's tuneful performance Etta James’ classic "At Last" on Agt. "All of a sudden that puppet opens its mouth and I gotta say all of the expectations were very low because they didn’t expect much from ventriloquists," he told Uinterview. "That really »
Back to the Future: 28 reasons why we love the '80s classic
Great Scott! We were beginning to think the 30th anniversary of Back to the Future would pass by without much fuss and then this happened. Yes, in 2015 (also the future year in Bttf 2) Marty McFly and Doc Brown will storm onto the West End stage in their DeLorean for a musical based on Robert Zemeckis's and Bob Gale's cherished '80s classic.
There will undoubtedly be brand new songs in the mix, but it would be criminal to omit some of the classic songs that soundtracked Marty's trip back to 1955. Here are 8 tracks we want to hear in Back to the Future: The Musical...
'The Power of Love' - Huey Lewis and the News
The final tickets to Hollywood were handed out on Thursday's American Idol, and the last singer to book a seat on the plane reminded Harry Connick Jr. of … Barbara Mandrell? Referring to the popular '70s and '80s country singer and TV star, Connick told Tessa Kate, a 25-year-old from Branson, Mo., that she had the same timeless "vibe." Kate sang "Folsom Prison Blues" by Johnny Cash and although Jennifer Lopez said the guitar-playing performer "almost went into chipmunk territory" with her high-pitched notes, Keith Urban said, "You've got your own lane." Air Force band specialist Paula Hunt, 20, certainly had her own lane. »
- Wade Rouse
Quaid Edwards, 21, was the first to find himself in front of the judges. He and Keith had a bit of a history – his mother opened for Keith way back when with her country band Jolene and the Wanted. Quaid got some negative feedback for his excessive use of runs, and he promised to work on it. “Well, you’ve got raw talent, and that’s part of the journey,” Keith said, and the other judges agreed giving him three yeses. But the best part of the audition was Quaid’s exit from the audition room. He was immediately pounced upon by his giant entourage, all wearing matching “Q Crew” t-shirts, and Ryan Seacrest had to dive to get out of the way. »
There have been a lot of awful auditions over the past 13 seasons of American Idol, but there was one so bad Wednesday night that it might even top William Hung's infamous performance. And it was from "contestant" Harry Connick Jr. When Jennifer Lopez left the room, Connick decided to audition for Keith Urban, and launched into an off-key version of the "Star Spangled Banner." "They're not laughing at you, they're laughing near you," Urban told him. "It's a no from me." Though Connick didn't receive a golden ticket, 40 singers did, showing why Detroit is Hitsville U.S.A. "You »
- Wade Rouse
What was your favorite audition from the second night of ‘Idol?’ Were you surprised by Tristen Langley’s backstory? See our top five picks, then drop a comment with yours!
American Idol continued its 13th season Jan. 16, bringing us the second night of auditions from around the country. And while the judges – Jennifer Lopez, Keith Urban and Harry Connick Jr. – remained their typical charming selves, the contestants were full of surprises! Certainly, the biggest surprise of the night was that we are officially on our second generation of American Idols! That’s right, the son of a former AI runner-up, Tristen Langley, performed in front of the judges! (We’ll give you a hint — his parent was from Kelly Clarkson‘s season.) See below if he made it to Hollywood and to see our five favorite performances of the night!
‘American Idol’: Our Top 5 Auditions From Jan. 16
1. Megan Miller, »
- Hollywood Life Staff
19 items from 2014
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