17 items from 2013
VH1 Storytellers with Johnny Cash. At 11:57, Willie breaks a string playing the intro to “Crazy.” Johnny hands him his guitar, and Willie tests it out. “First time that guitar’s been played,” Cash cracks.
- Mandi Bierly
The only new wide releases this past weekend were rated R but on May 1, Cinemark Theaters will show a PG classic: The Graduate. Yep, the "Mrs. Robinson, are you trying to seduce me?" flick received the rating that parents today read as “okay for 8-year-olds.” Of course PG-13 didn’t exist in 1967, but today’s sex comedies almost universally receive an R. It seems hard to believe, but movies are more responsible these days. To realize this, simply rewatch a movie from your childhood. When the 1982 Kenny Rogers PG-rated “family film” Six Pack aired on TCM, my fond memories led me to share it with my tween, only to realize those kids could teach sailors some new words. In 1984 Footloose also received a PG, in which cool kids smoke cigarettes...
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He was the "greatest singer of all time," according to Brad Paisley, and on Friday, legendary singer George Jones's passing had the country community remembering him fondly. Tim McGraw, Blake Shelton and others took to Twitter to share their love and respect of the singer, who died at age 81 Friday. Jones was scheduled to start his farewell tour this May, culminating with a final concert this November in Nashville, Tenn. Tickets were already sold out for the show which was to include Garth Brooks, Dierks Bentley, Kenny Rogers, Kid Rock and Cyndi Lauper. See how the country music community »
Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars
Alison Ellwood, who is best known for producing and editing several Alex Gibney documentaries over the last decade, takes on a relatively undemanding task for her first solo feature directing effort (she co-directed Magic Trip with Gibney), molding a standard fare portrait of the popular Californian rock outfit that will nevertheless be an entertaining curio for fans and newbies alike.
It has to be said that several critics at my screening – myself included – immediately began to debate following its conclusion whether the “Part One” addendum of the film’s title was a facetious adornment or a serious advertisement for more to come, given that the majority of the Eagles’ story appears to have been told in this neat, briskly-moving 2-hour documentary. As it turns out, Part Two is in fact on the way, but will largely chart the band’s influence and success post-breakup.
Though Ellwood »
- Shaun Munro
London, Apr 12: American singer Kenny Rogers has said that he is "very excited" to learn that he has been selected to be inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in Nashville.
"I think it's so cool," the BBC quoted him as saying in a personal message posted on video sharing site YouTube.
The 74-year-old performer said that he is glad that it happened before he died.
The new inductees will bring the membership of the Hall of Fame, founded in 1961, to 121. (Ani) »
- Leon David
Evil Dead seems primed for a A Nightmare on Elm Street (2010)-like run. Indeed, horror remakes have always performed fairly well, over 30 of them have opened to double digits. The budget is an estimated $14 million, so my predicted $32.5 million debut would be excellent news for Sony Pictures Entertainment. The absolute low for Evil Dead is something in the teens, but the ceiling is a hefty $40 million haul. It doesn't have huge names, it doesn't have a well-established director, but it does have a built-in audience. Good luck to all those films trying to knock it off this weekend, they're going to need it. Vying for the silver medal will be Jurrasic Park 3D. I'll be the first to admit that I don't get why people buy tickets to 3D conversions, but it's easy to see that they do, especially if the film is built upon fun and nostalgia. One sober note? »
- Laremy Legel
It's another huge year for the Glastonbury Festival in the U.K. After taking 2012 off so it didn't compete with the Summer Olympics, Glastonbury is back with a loaded lineup. With over 200 bands on 11 stages, the three-day festival, running June 28-30, has something for just about everyone.
As usual, festival organizers have lined up huge names to headline the main stage each night. On Friday, Arctic Monkeys will close out the night. The next day The Rolling Stones will take the stage. Finally, Sunday night, Mumford & Sons will end the festival.
The Rolling Stones will be making their Glastonbury Festival debut, as they celebrate their 50th anniversary as a band. The Stones have played a small number of concerts marking the milestone, since last summer. In a statement on their official website, guitarist Keith Richards says, "We all had such a ball last year, and the energy between the band is so good. »
His son, Alan, told The Associated Press that Stoker died at his home in Brentwood, Tenn., after a lengthy illness. Stoker, who was born in Gleason, Tenn., got his start playing the piano on Wsm radio and its signature show, the Grand Ole Opry.
Alan Stoker said his father was just 15 when he started playing professionally. He joined the Jordanaires as a piano player, but then became tenor vocalist. The group was already well known for their gospel singing when Presley recruited them to perform on his recording of "Hound Dog," in 1956.
The Jordanaires originated in Missouri and came to Nashville, where they backed Red Foley on a segment of the Opry called the "Prince Albert Show," according to John Rumble, senior historian at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. »
There've been complaints that last night's American Idol, themed around the hits and performances of past Idol winners, was old-fashioned and schmaltzy. Hey, morons: That's why I watchAmerican Idol. I want ancient, Wayne Newton-y performances from Mormon teenagers in pain. I want the new Rosemary Clooney to woo me in a collared denim dress that her great-grandmother weaved. I want singers who pick songs by Kenny Rogers or Alannah Myles to feel "naughty." Bring me the home-schooled!
I loved last night's episode, even when truly awful songs like Ruben Studdard's "Flying Without Wings" threatened to curbstomp us with hopelessness. For me, ranking the top 10 was a cinch -- though apparently I disagree with most of you about how interesting Angela Miller is. Guys, her emotions range from "happy" to "happy, but quiet sometimes." Come on.
One last note before I write another 200 words about Lazaro Arbos that amount to "Good try, »
George Jones. final concert is set for Friday, November 22, 2013 at Nashville.s Bridgestone Arena. Confirmed are Garth Brooks, Kid Rock, Shelby Lynne, The Oak Ridge Boys and Sam Moore - the latest acts announced for the event. The celebrity packed lineup also includes Dierks Bentley, Charlie Daniels, Jamey Johnson, Montgomery Gentry, Lorrie Morgan, Kenny Rogers, Randy Travis, Tanya Tucker, Josh Turner and Gene Watson. More stars are expected to be announced as performers gear up to pay tribute to one of the world.s most accomplished recording artists. .Being joined by so many incredible singers while doing what I love will be truly heartwarming,. says George Jones. .It.s shaping up to be more than I expected or could »
- April MacIntyre
Maybe it’s because I saw Barry Manilow on Broadway last night (highly recommended), but my Valentine’s Day morning commute was all about the love songs. Now, I don’t normally feel guilt over anything I genuinely enjoy — even if I should — but only on Valentine’s Day would I let myself string these hits together:
Barry Manilow’s “Weekend in New England”: He sounded exactly the same last night, as did the crowd’s collective “Ah” after the first notes. The key change gives me chills.
Air Supply’s “Chances”:
- Mandi Bierly
Last week I reviewed The Wicked, a nasty little bit of throwback-style horror from the pen of James Newman. Whenever a book grabs me like The Wicked did – shakes me up and reminds me of why I spend so much time reading this crazy genre – I like to talk to the writer, get inside his or her head and find out what led them to make the choices they made in writing it. Luckily for me, Newman was more than willing to answer a few of my questions.
In the afterword to your novel The Wicked, you talk about the influence of the horror of the 1980s. Which novels and writers of that era influence you in general and The Wicked in particular?
Oh, man. How much time do you have?
Here's my Top Ten: The House Next Door by Anne Rivers-Siddons (that one was the first "adult" horror novel I ever read, »
- Blu Gilliand
In the new issue of Entertainment Weekly on stands Friday, we speak to the women behind the shows we love, and that includes The Vampire Diaries’ exec producer Julie Plec, who weaves an epic tale of vampire romance — and loneliness — with twists that make us gasp, swoon, and sob. Here, Plec, 40, shares how she went from TV fan to showrunner, where she gets her inspiration, who is her secret weapon, what she and Kevin Williamson were doing when they “met and fell in love,” and when they decided how Tvd would ultimately end.
Entertainment Weekly: When you first moved to La, »
- Mandi Bierly
We wondered in Briefs how long it would take San Francisco 49er's cornerback Chris Culliver to issue a non-apology, and it was mere hours. Honestly, it's not a bad apology, until his media relations rep adds "Chris is very apologetic for any harm caused to anyone. His intent was not that at all. He is one who celebrates the differences of others. All of this was just a big mistake. It was interpreted wrong." Meanwhile, the 49er's have issued a statement condemning the remarks and saying they've spoken with Culliver.
Meanwhile, 49ers like Delaine Walker and Brian Jennings expressed support for former teammate Kwame Harris, who was arrested following an altercation with his ex-boyfriend, and they have no issue with him being gay. "That's him. If that's what he's into, that's what he's into. I can't judge a person for how he feels. Things happen. He was a great player. »
Seven is to extend its packaged Saturday edition of The Morning Show, which features the best of the weekday programs.
The first edition of the edited two-hour show will air this weekend.
The Morning Show airs at 10am on week days and Saturdays, going up against Mornings on Nine.
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- Marcus Casey
It's the duet nobody thought would happen and surely nobody wants. X Factor judge and Pussycat Doll Nicole Scherzinger reckons she has been making sweet, sweet music with partner Lewis Hamilton, reports the Daily Star. Hamilton, who probably excels in the musical range known as "Formula 1 car idling", has been working on a few tracks in his spare time. "We're gonna harmonise, become as one," says Scherzinger. Dolly Parton and Kenny Rogers eat your heart out.
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Following a successful inaugural edition of the Fantasia International Film Festival’s Industry Rendez-Vous, the festival has announced a second edition of the Rendez-Vous and its Frontières International Co-Production Market, to be held from July 25 to 28, 2013. Frontières is the only co-production market to "connect North America with Europe and Australasia, in an environment focused specifically on genre film production." The Rendez-Vous also includes the Fantasia Film Market, which made its official debut in 2012 to support the sales efforts of titles that were part of the festival’s programming. The first edition of the Fantasia Industry Rendez-Vous attracted over 250 subscriptions from members of the international film industry, bring it to full capacity. Its Frontières Co-Production Market included 14 projects in its Frontières line-up and 10 in its Off-Frontières line-up, hailing from Quebec and Canada, the »
- Peter Knegt
17 items from 2013
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