9 items from 2017
The AppleThe musical possesses a unique form of power rarely afforded to other Hollywood genres. In the words of film scholar Rick Altman, “The musical invites us to forget familiar notions of plot, psychological motivation, and causal relationships.” In contrast to other commercial genres, the musical is almost one-of-a-kind in its ability to arrest time and space, to suspend disbelief, to defy our lived understanding of human relationships and even the very conventions of filmgoing. In what other mainstream genre can fictional characters get away with looking into the camera lens so often? Dramatic logic is replaced in the Hollywood musical by spectacle and raw emotional appeal, with singing as the defining device for such purely cinematic priorities.But what happens to the musical when singing is taken out of it? This was the conundrum of the short-lived disco musical, a sub-genre that ended as soon as it began.Popular »
Baz Luhrmann’s epic coming of age musical drama comes to an emotionally thrilling and satisfying conclusion in The Get Down Part 2. This stylized account of the rise of rap and hip hop in 1970’s Bronx, New York picks up one year following the events of Part One, which introduced us to an enormous cast of unique characters including young high school lovers Ezekiel ‘Books’ Figuero (Justice Smith) and Mylene Cruz (Herizen F. Guardiola).
By the end of that initial six episode arc, Books and his friends had formed the Get Down Brothers and were ready to take over the Bronx with their new style of music. Meanwhile, Mylene Cruz and the Soul Madonnas’ had their first hit single and seemed on their way to conquering the gospel music charts. Ezekiel and Mylene’s love story is a major driving force of the narrative but The Get Down is so »
- Joseph Hernandez
Bruce Sudano is getting political.
On Friday, the singer-songwriter — and Donna Summer‘s widower — announced his first new album in two years, which includes lead single “It Ain’t Cool,” available for instant download upon pre-order of his upcoming LP 21st Century World on iTunes.
“Politicians serving the wrong master / Greed is gonna bring capitalism down / Brought to the brink of the ever-after / By imposters to the throne who got no throne / It’s a selfish society / Where the almighty dollar buys the rules / That ain’t the way that it was conceived,” Sudano, 68, sings on the tracks.
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- Jeff Nelson
For someone who has spent years in the military, Bryan Mills still has a lot to learn about being a team player.
That's one clear takeaway from his first missions as a member of Christina's super-secret, covert-ops team on Taken Season 1 Episode 2.
It's pretty obvious from the beginning that Bryan was still haunted by his sister Cali's death, and that's going to get in the way of effectively doing his job.
Hell, he would have beaten a man to death during a training mission if others hadn't stepped in.
Dave: He's not a real terrorist. He's Delta Force playing a terrorist.
Bryan: I got the hostage. Easy. I got this.
Delta Force Guy: There's something wrong with you, in the head.
Christina: Let's just say he's still a work in progress.
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Christina rightfully sidelined him for that stunt. »
- Dale McGarrigle
Need to catch up? Check out our previous Riverdale recap here.
This week on Riverdale, we finally met Betty’s institutionalized sister Polly — who dropped a huge bombshell in the ongoing Jason Blossom investigation.
Betty invites Jughead over for breakfast, where her mom Alice snidely blames him for Betty’s “Jason Blossom obsession.” But when Alice steps out, Betty sneaks a look at her mom’s checkbook and finds a check made out to The Sisters of Quiet Mercy. It’s the “home for troubled youth” run by nuns where they stashed Polly, so she and Jughead head there to investigate. »
We’re only on night two of The Voice’s Blind Auditions, and already, we’ve I’ve learned so much: You guys love Lauren Duski a lot, you love Michael Slezak even more (then again, he is not only a god but an impossible act to follow), and it’s unwise to play any drinking game that involves doing a shot every time Blake Shelton and Gwen Stefani’s relationship is referenced and/or the couple canoodles.
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Night two of the Blind Auditions had season 12 coaches Adam Levine, Gwen Stefani, Blake Shelton and Alicia Keys getting serious about their turn strategies. Keys said she’s looking to support young artists, while Stefani and Levine are both looking for singers with strong artistry from a range of genres. Shelton is looking to hold down the strong country sound that has led his team to the finals so often.
- Kayla Kumari Upadhyaya
Madonna has not responded to Donald Trump calling her "disgusting" for saying she thought about blowing up the White House, but she has the option of making the next move by recording what could become the rallying cry against the prez. Sources tell TMZ legendary songwriter Bruce Roberts, who wrote "Enough is Enough" for Barbra Streisand and Donna Summer, is reaching out to Madonna to record a track he will lay over the song. The »
- TMZ Staff
The Italian producer and British R&B singer will drop their “Good For Me” music video Friday, and People has an exclusive first look at the clip.
“When I first met Karen Harding in the studio, I was so impressed with her energy, her larger than life personality, her spirit,” Moroder said of the rising star, 25. “She was the perfect artist to work with in the studio, and brings the song to life in the video.”
For the video, cameras followed Moroder, 76, at I Feel Love, »
- Jeff Nelson
9 items from 2017
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