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American Playboy: The Hugh Hefner Story, the new 10-part docuseries on Amazon Prime, asks us to imagine its subject as the Don Draper of gentlemen's magazines. From humble origins, Hefner ascends the hierarchy of mid-century media, aided by a potent alchemy of ambition and chiseled instinct. He is – for the most part – amoral, though not without specific convictions. Stirred by Alfred Kinsey's seismic 1948 report, Sexual Behavior in the Human Male, he determined in his junior year of college that sexual taboos were not merely hypocritical, but fundamentally damaging. American popular »
You knew from the get-go that Loretta Lynn wasn’t too keen on her landmark 85th birthday.
“Don’t sing ‘Happy birthday,’ ” the country legend commanded her audience after her first four songs at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium on Friday. “This ain’t my birthday…. You know I ain’t but 26!”
Lynn paused, perhaps to reassess reality. “Aw,” she declared, “I could work any 26-year-old girl under the table any time.”
The capacity crowd roared, of course. They’d been invited to this indomitable icon’s birthday concert and were determined to throw her a party whether she wanted one or not. »
- Nancy Kruh
The NHL star took to Twitter Friday to give his wife of six years a special shout out on her 34th birthday.
“Happy birthday @carrieunderwood !!” he wrote in the post. “Izzy and I are so blessed to have you in our lives! You’re the best!”
Happy birthday @carrieunderwood !! Izzy and I are so blessed to have you in our lives! You're the best!
— Mike Fisher (@mikefisher1212) March 10, 2017
Underwood and Fisher, 36, tied the knot in 2010, and share 2-year-old son Isaiah Michael. »
- Brianne Tracy
Sturgill Simpson won best country album at the 59th annual Grammy Award for A Sailor’s Guide to Earth. The award was given out before the televised ceremony aired on CBS.
Simpson first broke out in 2014 with his trippy, psych-country Metamodern Sounds in Country Music. Thematically, his attention was equally widespread: The set ruminated on the origins of the universe, the meaning of life, and how to best endure the gloom and doom of the here and now. Last year, with his stunning third LP — his first on a major label and the first he produced on his own — the 37-year-old narrowed his gaze. »
- Madison Vain
Looking over the 2017 Grammy nominees, you'll see names like Adele, Beyoncé, Rihanna, Sia, and Ariana Grande. Then, there's Sturgill Simpson. While he's well-known in the country genre, he's not a household name - yet. Not only is he going up against Adele, Beyoncé, Justin Bieber, and Drake for album of the year (in addition to country album of the year), he's the musical guest on Saturday Night Live this weekend. That said, it's time to get to know the singer! While Kentucky-born Simpson formed his first band, Sunday Valley, in 2004, he gained critical attention with his solo album, High Top Mountain, released in 2013. His second album, 2014's Metamodern Sounds in Country Music, did even better, peaking at No. 11 on Billboard's Top Country Albums list. A Sailor's Guide to Earth, the album that earned Simpson his Grammy nomination, was released in April and has been climbing the charts. One of »
- Maggie Pehanick
Directors influence each other with their work. Sometimes that influence is overt — “La La Land” clearly evokes “Singin’ in the Rain” and “Umbrellas of Cherbourg” — but other times it is more unexpected, hinging on storytelling choices or structure.
Variety asked this year’s directing nominees to help us trace the DNA of their movies, and all were happy to oblige.
In Villeneuve’s alien-invasion tale, humans eventually discover that the aliens “want to help you help us.”
“2001: A Space Odyssey” 1968: “Definitely ‘2001’,” Villeneuve says, of Stanley Kubrick’s sci-fi classic in which Earthlings, searching for signs of intelligent life, are nearly outwitted by artificial intelligence.
“The Day the Earth Stood Still” 1951: Aliens caution »
- Marshall Fine
As if country fans need any more reasons to visit Nashville, here are four new ones: Exhibits honoring Jason Aldean, Loretta Lynn, Shania Twain, and power couple Faith Hill and Tim McGraw will all open this year at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum.
In celebration of its 50th year, the museum decided to dispense with spacing out the suspense and announced its entire 2017 exhibit roster this week. In addition, a fifth exhibit, “American Currents,” will showcase the musical highlights of 2016.
The exhibit for Aldean, the reigning Acm Entertainer of the Year, will open May 26, just in time »
7 items from 2017
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