14 items from 2014
For any Chappelle’s Show fan, the name Charlie Murphy requires some kind of trigger warning, as it immediately calls up the “Charlie Murphy’s True Hollywood Stories” sketch that brought “I’m Rick James, bitch!” into the world. But there’s a lot more to the writer-actor-comedian than reminiscences of youthful debauchery as a member of younger brother Eddie’s entourage. In addition to his busy touring schedule, Murphy has made memorable voice-acting appearances on The Boondocks and Black Dynamite, and is now one of the stars of Black Jesus. The live-action Adult Swim series co-created by Aaron McGruder is unsurprisingly controversial, as it depicts what might happen were the Son of God to return to present-day Compton and build a community garden where he and his disciples can be comfortably “smokin’, drinkin’, and chillin’.” Murphy plays Vic, a local landlord whose difficulty in accepting that the weed-happy guy »
- Ivan Cohen
Two thousand fourteen is only half over, yet the year in culture has already been dominated by people who are dead. I don’t mean people like Elvis and Shakespeare, whose work endures long after their passing; I mean people like Michael Jackson, who, five years in the grave, performed at the Billboard Music Awards in May. And Rick James, who’s been dead for a decade and who has a new memoir this year. And the great Philip Seymour Hoffman, who died in February and has a new movie out.These three aren’t alone among posthumous performers with a stranglehold on pop culture. The brilliant New York actor Christopher Evan Welch was introduced to a whole new audience in HBO’s Silicon Valley in April, several months after he had passed away. The journalist Michael Hastings, killed in a car accident last year, is now the author of a posthumous novel, »
- Adam Sternbergh
Earlier this week, Rick James posthumously published his memoir Glow, co-written with David Ritz. The book jumps around a lot, which James himself chalks up to his years of drug abuse, but an engrossing portrait of his life and career emerges in scattershot about his time coming up in a world in which black musicians could finally break through on the pop charts. Vulture flipped through chapters about his sex addiction, his chemical dependencies, and brushes with the law to collect 12 great info-nuggets about the man who brought the world “Superfreak.”1. He enlisted in the Navy but quickly fled from training camp.James joined up in the hopes of avoiding the drug-addled paths of those he grew up with in Buffalo, New York, but as soon as naval officers shaved his Afro, he knew it wasn't for him. He left the country, seeking shelter in Toronto and changing his name »
- Brennan Carley
Sarah Jessica Parker is returning to series TV with a crime thriller pilot based on the non-fiction book Busted: A Tale Of Corruption and Betrayal in the City of Brotherly Love
Gary Oldman Sorry for Defending Anti-Semitism But Not Homophobia
Forget everything you’ve heard about Bryan Singer‘s Hollywood parties
Sam Smith’s In The Lonely Hour Shatters Record With Highest UK Male Debut Sales In History
Anderson is no expert on vaginas.
Here’s the new teaser for Mockingjay, with president Snow and Peeta
Craig Bowen And Jake Miller Become Indiana’s First Gay Couple To Marry. Congrats!
#equality #love pic.twitter.com/k6UJofk1qB
— Jake Miller (@_JRMiller) June 25, 2014
And here’s The Weekly ShoutOUT™. Each week we’re going to focus on one out athlete/performer and feature a daily pic and career timeline. »
There are few people on earth with more famous friends than longtime Hollywood manager Shep Gordon. Although, few people on earth even know who Shep is. For those unfamiliar with the name, he was the iconoclastic manager to some of the bigger stars in show business, from Alice Cooper to Emeril Lagasse. Those two men owe much of their celebrity status to this brilliant manager; fortunately, true to his admiration of karma, Shep is now getting a favour in return and is the star of his own documentary.
Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon is not just a supremely entertaining glimpse at the high life of Hollywood, but also a sympathetic look at a man who achieved much in his life, partied with the most illustrious friends at the most lavish parties, but had a gaping hole inside. Shep’s journey is a Hollywood story as classic as the stars he served, »
- Jordan Adler
A documentary about a talent manager may not sound like the most enticing subject for a film, but the talent on display in the new trailer for the upcoming "Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon" will no doubt get audiences to notice. Marking the directing debut of Mike Myers (yes, that Mike Myers), "Supermensch" details the life of Gordon, whose career began when he arrived L.A., and ran into Janis Joplin, who introduced him to Jimi Hendrix, who told Shep that he should manage Alice Cooper. While Cooper's live shows were gory and over-the-top, Gordon also came up with the idea for the smoothed-voiced Teddy Pendergrass to put on "Women Only" concerts. The trailer paints Gordon as deeply spiritual, extremely giggly and, above all, a nice guy. Interspersed between testimonials from Michael Douglas, Sylvester Stallone, and Myers himself, you'll catch glimpses of just about everyone in the entertainment business over the last forty years, »
- Dave Lewis
For a generation of kids, Saturday morning at 11am was appointment-television time. You put away your cereal bowl and switched from cartoons or pro-wrestling to a channel a little further down the dial. After a minute or two, you'd finally see that signature animated train — a funky, pulsing engine grooving down inner-city elevated tracks (and later, around the world), puffing out rainbow-colored smoke. Then a high-pitched voice screamed out the words you'd waited all week to hear: "It's the Sooooouuullll Traaaaaiiiiiinnnn!"
12 Mind-Blowing 'Soul Train' Performances
From 1971 to 1993, dapper »
Dancing With The Stars Recap
First up this week was NeNe Leakes, who found out before she took the stage that she’s safe for another week. With Tony Dovolani, the Real Houswives of Atlanta star danced a Salsa to Nelly’s “Hot in Herre.” Though the routine once again exposed Leakes' struggle to nail down technique, her personality made the performance passable. Scores: 8+9+8+8=33
Candace Cameron Bure and Mark Ballas, who were in danger of elimination, took on a cha-cha to Icona Pop’s “I Love It.” Bure appeared to get a handle on the necessary hip action for the dance in rehearsal. However, as the judges pointed out, in her performance, the former Full House star’s confidence came and went. »
[BRIGHTCOVE_PTV "3493653793001"] Get ready to par-tay! Monday night's Dancing with the Stars showcased party anthems, with guest judge Redfoo from Lmfao helping to weed out the ho-hum from the fun. James Maslow and Peta Murgatroyd entered as the charmed couple after getting a perfect score on Disney week, while Candace Cameron Bure and Mark Ballas were just holding on and Drew Carey and Cheryl Burke hoped that audience scores would prop them up for another week. Except, that didn't happen. In the end, Carey's stage presence couldn't save him, and he and Burke were eliminated from the competition. A long-time fan of the show, »
- Michele Corriston and Michele Stueven
Pretty Woman is coming to the Broadway stage.
Meet Brandon Ambrosino, Homophobes’ Favorite Gay Writer And Vox’s Newest Hire. Yes, we’re well aware of this guy. Really, Ezra Klein?
How the National Organization for Marriage Was Banished to the Basement at Cpac 2014
Anti-Gay Barilla Doesn’t Mind Profiting Off Gay-Friendly City
Pastor Says Frozen is a Satanic Attempt To Make Kids Gay. Yeah … and?
Kevin Bacon explains the 80′s to Millennials.
Here’s a behind-the-scenes look at the Neil Patrick Harris photoshoot for Out
Macklemore has a message: Its Time That Us Men Started Respecting To The Basin That Our Queens Sit On! »
On February 11, 2004, the fourth episode of the second season of Chappelle's Show aired. The series had built a great deal of buzz with its 12-episode first season and had some classic sketches over the second season's first three episodes — including "The Racial Draft" and "The Niggar Family" — but nothing compared to what happened that night: The Rick James installment of "Charlie Murphy's True Hollywood Stories" debuted. Besides being an incredible, hilarious sketch that is able to tell a complete story with both pathos and dense punch line concentration, it instantly became a phenomenon. Very early in the days of social media — Facebook was weeks old — people shared the sketch any way they could, whether it was through MySpace, Aim away messages, or just shouting "I'm Rick James, bitch" so often that people had to go home and see what they were talking about. For »
- Jesse David Fox
The Super Bowl is usually the highest-rated single television broadcast of the year, so the post time slot is probably the most coveted in TV because of the massive lead-in audience (upwards of 100 million viewers). But if the program that airs right afterwards typically draws big ratings, why don’t networks take advantage of this and premiere the pilot of a new series? Wouldn’t this be the best way to promote a show you think will be a huge hit? It would seem like a no-brainer, but in fact, that strategy isn’t always bulletproof. More often than not, a pilot for a new series won’t bring in the same high ratings as a special episode of an established series. Once the Big Game is over, most viewers will go ahead and switch the channel. Unless your a fan of the winning team, and care to sit through the post-game wrap up, »
Former child star Melissa Gilbert was a guest on "Watch What Happens Live" Wednesday (Jan. 22), and host Andy Cohen wanted to go a little deeper into some things she wrote about in her 2010 book, "Prairie Tale," where the "Little House on the Prairie" star speaks quite candidly about growing up in Hollywood in the 1970s and '80s.
Cohen: Did Rob Lowe (her one-time fiance) ask you to take anything out of the book?
Gilbert: "He asked me to take out the word 'pretty' when I referred to him. That was it. ... 'Just could you do one thing? Could you take out the word 'pretty'? I hate it when people call me pretty.'"
Cohen: On a scale of 1-10, how big an a-hole is Scott Baio?
If you think getting up in front of a crowded bar to sing is difficult, then you probably wouldn’t do well as a contestant on truTV’s Killer Karaoke.
The ridiculously hilarious and slightly demented competition show returns Feb. 20 for a new season with new host Mark McGrath. Contestants attempt to sing karaoke hits without missing a word while facing some extreme and bizarre challenges.
This year, Killer Karaoke is upping the ante with a fresh new format: Each episode’s competition will begin with six contestants singing an opening number, after which they will be ranked based on a scoring system. »
- Jake Perlman
14 items from 2014
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