14 items from 2014
A trip to Sydney’s classmate’s house on Thursday — you know, to make her apologize for being a tiny terror — led to the conversation no fan of the show, or fan of true love for that matter, ever wanted to hear: “We need to tell them we’re not getting back together.”
In the end, though, Julia couldn’t bring herself to say those words — or anything close to those words — to their kids. Instead, she told Sydney that the future is uncertain, »
The story follows five young rappers from Compton, who channeled their harsh upbringing into their revolutionary music, as they pioneered the "gangsta rap" genre and became one of the most important rap groups in music history. Jason Mitchell is playing Eazy-e, O'Shea Jackson Jr. is portraying Ice Cube (his real life father), and Corey Antonio Hawkins is set to portray Dr. Dre, with Aldis Hodge and Neil Brown Jr. rounding out the main cast as M.C. Ren and DJ Yella.
Paul Giamatti is playing the group's manager Jerry Heller, who co-founded the Ruthless Records label with Eazy-e and oversaw their rise to stardom. However, when the band broke up after Ice Cube and Dr. Dre left, Jerry Heller was blamed »
After a slew of casting catastrophes and controversies, Straight Outta Compton has landed a celebrated actor in Paul Giamatti. And with this casting coup, the Nwa biopic has secured its biggest movie star. THR says Paul Giamatti has joined Straight Outta Compton. He has signed on to play Nwa manager Jerry Heller. You can see a side-to-side comparison of the pair above. Giamatti will now appear opposite a cast of unknowns, who will play DJ Yella, Dr. Dre, Eazy-e, Ice Cube and Mc Ren. It's rumored Dr. Dre and Ice Cube will make appearances as themselves in the film's resolution. Though not as well known as the Nwa crew, Jerry Heller was an established and respected taste maker in music when he took a risk on the pioneering rap group. He'd previously repped or worked with acts like Journey, Elo, Reo Speedwagon, Pink Floyd, and Elton John. With Eazy-e, Heller »
Giamatti will play Jerry Heller, manager of the pioneering West Coast rap group of the mid-1980s. Heller was already a major figure in the music scene who represented acts ranging form Journey to Elo to Reo Speedwagon.
He co-founded the label Ruthless Records with Eazy-e and both signed and managed N.W.A. and oversaw their rise. When the band broke up, Heller was pegged as the cause of the group's disbandment.
Source: THR »
- Garth Franklin
Paul Giamatti is not necessarily the first person you might imagine joining the cast of Straight Outta Compton, the story of influential rappers N.W.A. But director F. Gary Gray needs someone to play Jerry Heller, and Giamatti fits the bill.Heller was the co-founder of Ruthless records and a music impresario who had already established his credentials on the music scene before working with the rappers. He’d represented the likes of Elo, Journey and Reo Speedwagon while also helping Elton John break into America. But his career went in a very different direction when Eazy-e approached him to found the record company that helped launched N.W.A. upon the world.O’Shea Jackson Jr. (son of original N.W.A. member and one of the film’s producers, Ice Cube) is playing Ice, with Jason Mitchell as Eazy-e and Corey Hawkins as Dr. Dre. The story tracks the original members’ lives as »
Paul Giamatti has closed a deal to star in Straight Outta Compton, The Hollywood Reporter has learned exclusively. The actor will play Jerry Heller, manager of the pioneering rap group N.W.A. F. Gary Gray is directing the Universal biopic about the West Coast rappers, with original members Ice Cube and Dr. Dre as well as Matt Alvarez and Tomica Woods-Wright producing. Will Packer and Scott Bernstein are exec producing. Heller was already a major figure in the music scene before working with N.W.A. He represented acts ranging form Journey to Elo to Reo Speedwagon and
- Borys Kit, Aaron Couch
Last week we showed you the teaser for Ryan Gosling’s directorial debut, Lost River, and it was a little, um, puzzling? But it definitely looked intriguing. A couple days later the movie premiered at the Cannes Film Festival, and no one likes it, basically. It has been the subject of some fantastically mean tweets and reviews. Some of the kinder reviews liken it to a student film or a practice run. Apart from calling the movie “unthinkingly offensive,” the main criticism seems to be that Gosling doesn’t have much of a voice yet, so the film feels like an inferior knockoff of other directors’ work.
One of those directors is, of course, Nicolas Winding Refn, Gosling’s bromantic partner and two time collaborator. Vulture caught up with the director at the festival and asked him what he thought of Gosling’s movie.
"I think it's a beautiful, beautiful, »
- Mily Dunbar
The Goldbergs started out its first season loud — and by loud, we mean the characters spent basically the entire pilot yelling. But the ’80s-set show ended its season on a quieter note with less yelling and more tenderness (plus great use of Bon Jovi’s “Livin’ on a Prayer”).
When The Goldbergs first premiered back in September, it seemed like it could just be a show serving as a vehicle for ’80s references — the pilot is crowded with mentions of Jazzercise, Brooke Shields, and Reo Speedwagon — and not much else. In that first episode, we saw the potential these characters »
- Ariana Bacle
Mariah Carey recently revealed that her latest album’s title is Me. I Am Mariah… The Elusive Chanteuse. Just rolls off the tongue, doesn’t it?
Carey isn’t the first to name her album something totally weird and certainly, won’t be the last, so we gathered together some other memorably odd album titles — including one that Carey may or may not have used as inspiration, to put it nicely. Check out the list below:
Limp Bizkit: Chocolate Starfish and the Hot Dog Flavored Water
Ew. As if you needed another reason other than that they’re Limp Bizkit »
- Ariana Bacle
Milwaukee’s Summerfest has announced its 2014 lineup, which includes some of the biggest names in pop and rock. Lady Gaga, Bruno Mars, Outkast, Dave Matthews Band, Brad Paisley, Motley Crue, Zac Brown Band, Fall Out Boy and Paramore will all headline. Check out the complete lineup and watch the festival’s promo video below. Summerfest takes a slightly different approach to the typical festival — running a total of eleven days, June 25-29 and July 1-6, and splitting its headliners into separate shows. Low-cost, general admission tickets can be purchased for one day, three days or the entire festival, while tickets to the headliners’ shows at Marcus Amphitheater are sold individually. Tickets are now available at the festival’s website. Here’s the entire Summerfest 2014 lineup: Bruno Mars Lady Gaga Brad Paisley Outkast Dave Matthews Band Zac Brown Band Darius Rucker Motley Crue Fall Out Boy Paramore Gary Clark Jr. New Order »
- Whitney Phaneuf
She may only be 15, but Bindi Irwin already has a few enemies."Crocodile Hunter" Steve Irwin's oldest child, his widow Terri and son Robert were all on "Good Morning America" on Thursday, where they announced a new partnership with SeaWorld.And not everyone is thrilled about the news."The Irwin family has been exploiting animals for years, so it comes as no surprise that Bindi has agreed to become SeaWorld's latest shill," People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals tells toofab. "But plastering her face on SeaWorld's website won't cover up the fact that orcas, dolphins, and other animals are suffering in SeaWorld's tiny tanks after being ripped from their families." "What millions have realized -- through PETA's massive campaign and the hit documentary Blackfish -- is that SeaWorld is no place for anyone who truly cares about animals," the statement continues. "Bindi's talk-show appearances are just a flimsy »
- tooFab Staff
The Grammys! They’re this coming Sunday and I almost forgot! To celebrate, here are all 55 winners of the Record of the Year Grammy ranked for your consideration. Now beat it.
55. “Don’t Worry Be Happy,” Bobby McFerrin
Finger-snapping never sounded so un-snappy.
54. “Rosanna,” Toto
53. “Sunny Came Home,” Shawn Colvin
You know, a Grammy windfall was bound to happen to one of those exactly 1998 female singer-songwriters (Meredith Brooks, Natalie Imbruglia, Paula Cole, etc.), and Shawn Colvin was the big winner. “Sunny Came Home” is contemplative, but Grammy-worthy?
52. “Change the World,” Eric Clapton
Sort of annoying when a legendary artist wins for his most palatable and forgettable material. “Change the World” is merely radio-friendly, not an artistic breakthrough.
51. “We are the World, »
- Louis Virtel
Reo Speedwagon drummer Bryan Hitt admits there are “two sides to every story” in the “Blackfish” debate at which SeaWorld is at the center of, but he’s got one major issue with the aquatic theme park: “I don’t, personally, like having big animals captive in small places.” The classic rock band was one of numerous headliners to cancel performances at SeaWorld after watching Gabriela Cowperthwaite’s BAFTA-nominated documentary exploring the effects captivity has an killer whales. Willie Nelson, Cheap Trick, Heart and Barenaked Ladies also bailed in response to the film. Hitt explained his band’s decision to TMZ, »
- Greg Gilman
Reo Speedwagon's protest of SeaWorld isn't just business ... it's personal too, because he now realizes his son was lucky to survive a close encounter with the park's most famous Orca.Reo's drummer, Bryan Hitt says back in the day he took his 6-month old son to the San Antonio SeaWorld ... and sat him right on top of Shamu.But after seeing the "Blackfish" documentary, Bryan says ... "I would never put my kid on a »
- TMZ Staff
14 items from 2014
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