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Indie rock crew and Immaculate Noise favorite Sleigh Bells have a band name that could jingle, but they'd rather issue a "Reign of Terror" for the holidays. The New York duo are prepared to release their sophomore set, on the heels of their excellent 2010 debut "Treats," on Feb. 14 through Mom + Pop (who we've mentioned this week as being totally on fire). "Terror" has a terrific teaser in advance, posted below. I feel like I'm about to go to a football game now. It was produced by band guitarist Derek Miller and co-written by Miller and singer/wild-woman Alexis Krauss, »
TBS has secured a bevy of high-profile guest stars to appear in The Wedding Band, the cabler’s upcoming comedy series that stars Brian Austin Green (Beverly Hills 90120) and Harold Perrineau (Lost) as two of four guys who escape their crazy lives by performing in a band. Some of the high-profile guest stars for the series that bows next summer include Wendi McLendon-Covey (Bridesmaids), Kurtwood Smith (That ‘70s Show), Donald Faison (Scrubs), Ashley Williams (How I Met Your Mother) and Molly Sims (Las Vegas).
- Lynette Rice
TNT apparently knows drama and TBS loves stuff that's very funny, and now the two networks have just unveiled their development slate as they continue to illustrate those claims by way of their original programming. First up, with series renewals, TNT seems to be the only network out of the two announcing returning series with Rizzoli & Isles, The Closer, Men of a Certain Age, Leverage, HarthoRNe, Memphis Beat and Southland all returning for another season. Frankly, the only show that's caught my interest out of these series is Men of a Certain Age, and I'm glad to have it around for another season. As for new series that have been ordered, TBS has greenlit a one-hour comedy called The Wedding Band starring Brian Austin Green (Beverly Hills, 90210, Desperate Housewives), Harold Perrineau (Lost, Oz), Peter Cambor (NCIS: Los Angeles, Notes from the Underbelly), Derek Miller (Secret Girlfriend) and Melora Hardin (The Office »
- Ethan Anderton
TNT and TBS, which staged their Upfront presentation today in New York, are making bold moves to bolster their remarkably strong foundations in original programming. The networks are developing extensive new lineups of scripted and unscripted series and making a new push into half-hour comedy in partnership with some of the top talents in the industry, from award-winning actors to acclaimed producers, writers and best-selling authors.
This year marks the beginning of production of the final season of the blockbuster hit The Closer, starring Emmy winner Kyra Sedgwick. TNT confirmed today that it has ordered a 10-episode season of Major Crimes, a series set in the Los Angeles Police Department that promises to become television's next great crime drama. The seventh and final season of The Closer will include 15 episodes in 2011 and six in summer 2012, leading into the launch of Major Crimes, starring Mary McDonnell (Battlestar Galactica). McDonnell has been »
By Jett Wells
New York — A typical Sleigh Bells show pretty much matriculates into a sweaty body-slamming, grunting contest. But hordes of college girls decked themselves out in black spandex leggings and wayfarers anyway, before cramming into Webster Hall Wednesday night. Alexis Krauss and Derek Miller, who are still toddlers musically coming off their first album Treats a year ago, held the stage like they owned it with their cranked bass notes and heavy metal treble.
They stomped, punched and whipped the crowd into a frenzy, but there were still lingering appetites at the end of the set, which lasted less than an hour. It makes sense to have veteran act Css co-headline for this very reason; Sleigh Bells have the chops to light up the crowd, but their song arsenal isn't deep enough to truly headline a venue like Webster Hall all by themselves.
The band got comfortable playing »
- MTV News
Exclusive: I hear TBS is close to giving a series order to hourlong pilot The Wedding Band starring Brian Austin Green, Peter Cambor and Harold Perrineau. I also hear that the network's other two one-hour pilots, Ron Shelton's Hound Dogs and the Dean Devlin-produced Brain Trust, are not going forward. Along with the broadcast networks, TNT and TBS are also prepping for their upfront presentation next week. TBS is expected to officially unveil The Wedding Band at the Turner presentation Wednesday. The Wedding Band, from writers and executive producers Josh Lobis and Darin Moiselle (South Park), FremantleMedia and Mike Tollin's Tollin Prods., follows a group of guys performing in a wedding band, anchored by two lifelong best friends -- perennial bachelor Tommy (Brian Austin Green) and Eddie (Peter Cambor), a married father of two. Co-starring in the pilot are Lost alum Perrineau, Kathryn Fiore, Jenny Wade and Derek Miller. »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
This Canadian PSA for skin cancer awareness sends a powerful message about what it means to be an adult, reflecting on the past and realizing there’s so much you needed to say before it was too late. It features a cast of survivors openly addressing themselves when they were 16, and it’s pretty inspirational. And while it’s 5 minutes long, but kind of hard to tear yourself away from, thanks especially to the very hot guy who is a part of it. Take a look: This campaign is sort of like the reverse “It Gets Better” campaign for cancer awareness. Like, “Hey kids! Enjoy your lives while you still have it, because eventually you will succumb to the single disease taking away more lives than anything else.” It’s a powerful PSA certainly, and has made me especially paranoid about moles on the soles of my feet. Though let »
- Michelle Collins
By Rya Backer
A lot can happen in a year. In 2010, Alexis Krauss and her bandmate Derek Miller (otherwise known as Sleigh Bells) attended Austin's South By Southwest music festival as one of the most hyped bands, even though they had only been together for a few months. They earned high praise for their electric live shows (of which there were many) and left with the highest honor one may earn from a stint at SXSW: Even more buzz.
Sleigh Bells are returning to Austin this year, this time with an LP (2010's excellent Treats), a handful of tours and — perhaps most importantly — some mtvU Woodie nominations under their belt. In addition to their chances of collecting an award for Breaking Woodie, Krauss and Miller will make their television debut at Wednesday night' (March 16) Woodies broadcast, as they'll be performing "Riot Rhythm" at the show.
We followed Ms. Krauss last week to Jezebel and Toff, »
- MTV News
HollywoodNews.com: Beyonce is apparently working on a follow-up to ‘I Am … Sasha Fierce’ and a few people might be involved.
The singer has reportedly been hitting the studio in New York to get working on something new, states Just Jared. Beyonce has reportedly been meeting with her producer Diplo, his partner Switch and Sleigh Bells‘ songwriter and guitarist Derek Miller.
Diplo revealed Beyonce’s album news on his blog: “Me and Switch was in [the] studio in NYC tryin’ to make tracks with Derek and Beyonce last week after we played her team [Sleigh Bells'] album … Dunno if we gonna manage to finish, but [it] was good times.”
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- Molly Sullivan
Two more actors have joined forthcoming TBS pilot The Wedding Band. Brian Austin Green, Harold Perrineau, Peter Cambor and Derek Miller were all previously confirmed to star in the project. Deadline now reports that Kathryn Fiore and Jenny Wade have joined the cast as a pair of love interests for the show's central characters. Glory Daze star Fiore will play the wife of Eddie (Cambor) while Wade, known for (more) »
- By Morgan Jeffery
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