8 items from 2016
It's bad enough to be a werewolf, hunted by the light of the full moon. But to be a foreign werewolf? That's beyond cruel. An American Werewolf in London squirms with comic unease from the get-go, and almost immediately from its release 35 years ago — August 21st, 1981 — the bipolar horror-comedy has been celebrated on two impressively different fronts: as a landmark in startling makeup effects that legitimized the gross-out, and as a riotous piece of fish-out-of-water college humor. Calling the film a sick joke is perfectly apt. It's a sweaty, shuddery experience, »
Don’t start playing ’70s pop ballads and progressive rock around Denis Leary — it might just start a fight. Leary, the tough-guy comic who serves as creator and showrunner of FX’s dark comedy “Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll,” can’t abide music he thinks is namby-pamby. “I play Cat Stevens in my trailer and he wants to snap my neck,” co-star Elizabeth Gillies, a pop singer in her own right, told reporters Tuesday at the Television Critics Association TV press tour in Beverly Hills. Also Read: 'Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll' Review: Denis Leary and FX Get the Band »
- Scott Collins
The 2016 Global Citizen Festival is shaping up to be the most star-studded yet. Tuesday morning, Global Citizen - the nonprofit that aims to eradicate poverty by 2030 - announced the A-list talent that is set to take the stage in Central Park on Sept. 24. Rihanna, Kendrick Lamar, Selena Gomez, Metallica and the Diplo-founded Edm act Major Lazer will headline the annual New York City concert. "I couldn't be more honored to participate in the Global Citizen Festival as it continues to help solve important issues around the world," Gomez, 24, said. "I am particularly proud to be involved this year as the focus is on education. »
- Jeff Nelson, @nelson_jeff
With summer camp season in full swing, One Way Static Records has picked the perfect time to announce their vinyl and cassette soundtrack of 1981's The Burning:
Press Release: One Way Static Records is excited to bring you their latest release: Rick Wakeman’S iconic motion picture soundtrack for the 1981 slasher-classic The Burning. Available on both vinyl & cassette.
The Burning is loosely based on the NY urban legend of Cropsey, a tale that became popular at summer camps in the 1960s and '70s. In the film, a summer camp caretaker who was horribly disfigured from a prank gone wrong is released from the hospital with severe deformities and seeks revenge on those he holds responsible, starting with the kids at a nearby summer camp.
Made at the height of the low-budget slasher-film craze fueled by the success of Halloween and Friday the 13th in the early 1980s, the »
- Derek Anderson
Nickelodeon has set a premiere date for its new animated comedy “The Loud House,” which will debut Monday, May 2, at 5 p.m., Variety has learned exclusively.
The series, which centers around 10 sisters and one brother, is inspired by creator Chris Savino’s life growing up in family of 10 kids.
The 26-episode series follows 11-year-old Lincoln Loud and his 10 sisters (Lori, Leni, Luna, Luan, Lynn, Lucy, Lola, Lana, Lisa, and Lily) as he gives an inside look at what it takes to survive the chaos of a huge family. With his best bud Clyde, Lincoln always comes up with a plan to stay one step ahead of the chaos, but whether or not it works is where the adventures begin. Viewers can get a first look at full-length episodes from the series during previews on April 1 and April 15 on Nick.com, the Nick App, and Nick On Demand.
The concept is »
- Laura Prudom
We need to talk.
No, I’m not moving to Canada if Screamy McOrangeFace wins the presidency — I can’t live in a world where I have to wait three or four days to watch my programs, and let’s not forget the importance of doing our civic duty in the midterm elections in 2018.
But my fellow residents of the U.S., you didn’t just drop the ball with this week’s American Idol, you took an anvil, slammed it through the roof and all the way down into the basement.
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Way back in June 2014, just a few months after production started on Star Wars: The Force Awakens, we got one of the first reports directly from the set from a somewhat surprising source: filmmaker Kevin Smith. The filmmaker recounted his set visit during one of his many podcasts, and while he didn't divulge too many specific details, he did reveal that the Millennium Falcon would return. Now that Star Wars: The Force Awakens is a massive hit, LucasFilm is starting the pull the curtain back from this secretive production even more, with StarWars.com revealing a list of the "additional voices" used in the film, one of which was Kevin Smith.
The scene where Kevin Smith's voice is used is during the First Order attack on Maz Kanata's (Lupita Nyong'o) castle. The filmmaker/actor voices a Stormtrooper, who, when reacting to incoming Resistance fighters, says "We have incoming at 28.6! Move! »
As Star Wars: The Force Awakens closes in on the $2 billion global box-office mark just over a month after its release, some interesting tidbits have been released regarding the identities behind the array of uncredited voice cameos in the film.
StarWars.com has released an official list of the names behind the various voice cameos spread throughout the film. While the reveals were not Earth-shattering, they actually did manage to clear up a misconception regarding one intriguing enigma in the Resistance pilot, Ello Asty. There had been suggestions that a voice cameo from Kevin Smith was hidden in The Force Awakens, and speculation pointed to him being behind the character’s (all-too-brief) lines. However, it seems that it was really repertory Star Wars voice talent, »
8 items from 2016
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