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On October 19th, VH1 will present “Lhh: Out in Hip Hop” at 11Pm Et/Pt, an hour-long roundtable discussion celebrating being out in the hip hop community and posing the question: Is hip hop homophobic? Moderated by ABC News’ T.J. Holmes, the open dialogue will include a studio audience that has been touched by the Miles and Milan story line on VH1’s “Love & Hip Hop: Hollywood." They will be joined by artists and cultural experts speaking candidly on homophobia within the hip hop industry. The panelists include a diverse lineup of talent from various backgrounds and experiences, including television and radio personalities, hip hop artists, film producers, writers, activists and religious leaders within American pop-culture and the Lgbt community. Panelists include: - (Moderator) T.J. Holmes- is a journalist and national television personality. He is currently an ABC News Correspondent.- Big Freedia- is considered the “Queen of Bounce, »
- Tambay A. Obenson
Director Ralph Bakshi is launching his new animated film, “Last Days of Coney Island,” on Oct. 29 — his 77th birthday — with an exclusive release on Vimeo on Demand, Variety has learned exclusively.
The national release of “Last Days of Coney Island” follows a Kickstarter campaign that raised more than $174,000 from 1,290 backers.
Bakshi created, directed and mostly animated the 22-minute movie, described as a mafia horror pic set in the 1960s in Coney Island with political overtones both realistic and outrageous, and a violent collage of characters, all striving to get somewhere.
Bakshi’s career includes directing the animated films “Fritz The Cat,” “Heavy Traffic,” “Coonskin,” “Wizards,” “The Lord of the Rings,” “American Pop” and “Fire and Ice,” and the TV series “Mighty Mouse: The New Adventures.” “Fritz the Cat” was the first animated film to be accepted at the Cannes Film Festival.
“Last Days of Coney Island” is produced by Edward Bakshi. »
- Dave McNary
However to read an excessive welcome into the American Dream through this one series, seems not only premature but foolhardy. Quantico works because it's the role of an athletic agile half-Indian American government recruit. And Priyanka Chopra plays the role with gusto, making us forget the embarrassing fiasco of her attempts to compete with Lady Gaga in the American pop scene.
A Bollywood filmmaker who has worked with Priyanka Chopra warns, "We've seen other flash-in-the-pan successes in the West. Barring Irrfan Khan, no Indian actor has a career in American cinema. If Priyanka plans to move between two continents, she must be warned that even A R Rahman left Bollywood confused by his long absences."
At the moment Priyanka has only two Bollywood »
- Subhash K. Jha
Sorry that it’s been a while, dear readers. A combination of computer trouble and being busy with other things has kept me away for the last couple weeks. But the column is finally back, and this week’s Trailer Trashin’ takes a look at the upcoming horror-comedy Krampus.
Premise: When his dysfunctional family clashes over the holidays, young Max (Emjay Anthony) is disillusioned and turns his back on Christmas. Little does he know that this lack of festive spirit has unleashed the wrath of Krampus, a demonic force of ancient evil intent on punishing non-believers. All hell breaks loose as beloved holiday icons take on a monstrous life of their own, laying siege to the fractured family’s home and forcing them to fight for each other if they hope to survive.
My take: Krampus is a horned, humanoid creature from German-speaking Alpine folklore that punishes naughty children during the Christmas season, »
- Timothy Monforton
Produced by ABC Studios, Stockholm-Copenhagen Productions, 26 Keys Productions
Aired on ABC for 1 season (8 episodes, 6 unaired) from September 23, 2010 – September 30, 2010
Daniella Alonso as Brenda Serrano “The Brain”
Mehcad Brooks as Rolly Marks “The Jock”
Kelli Garner as Dawn Barbuso “The Punk”
Jaime King as Jacqueline Vachs “The Beauty Queen”
Keir O’Donnell as Kenneth Finley “The Nerd”
Sebastian Sozi as the Falcon “The Rock Star”
Anne Son as Caroline Chung “The Wallflower”
The show is essentially a fake docudrama TV series that purportedly began in the year 2000, wherein the documentary crew followed a group of nine graduating students from a high school in Austin, Texas and interviewed them about their current lives, interests, career goals, and aspirations after they graduate. »
- Jean Pierre Diez
Mindy Lahiri beat the odds and came back into our lives for a fourth season (thanks, Hulu), and with her, arrived two new Lahiris to love: her parents. Okay, Mindy and Danny Castellano's lovechild is the addition everyone’s anticipating this year on The Mindy Project, but from a very personal place, I must celebrate the elders. Mindy's parents, Tarun and Sonu Lahiri (played by Ajay Mehta and Sakina Jaffrey, respectively), we learn, are funny and successful, the progenitors of Mindy's sillier sensibilities. Together, Tarun and Sonu are also pioneers of a sort: They're among American pop-culture’s few positive keepers of arranged marriages, in the company of more tragic couplings, from Game of Thrones' Khal Drogo and Daenerys Targaryen to The Americans' Philip and Elizabeth Jennings. Make no mistake: This is big. Any American child of an arranged marriage discovers early on not to bring up said fact »
- Mallika Rao
The Vamps are making a comeback. The British band have today confirmed they are to release their brand new single 'Wake Up' this October and will follow it up with their second LP of the same name on November 27. The 'Can We Dance' hitmakers sophomore record will include 18 songs and an exclusive free DVD from The Vamps recent sold out, headline shows at The O2 in London with Union J and American pop rockers The Tide. As well as the highly anticipated new material the lads - Bradley Simpson, James McVey, Connor Ball and Tristan Evans - will head out on fan rally shows in autumn, followed by arena dates in Asia, UK and South America, with more dates to be announced soon in Europe and the USA. The Vamps will return to UK arenas on 'The Wake Up UK Tour' which will see huge Led side screens and a »
In recent years there has been a real boom in documentaries surrounding popular culture. Films such as Electric Boogaloo, Video Nasties, The Search for Weng Weng and Adjust Your Tracking have captured the zeitgeist of fans across the globe, and in turn inspired more people to create their own documentaries about pop culture subjects that matter to them…
But not all these documentaries see the same success. Having been on something of a documentary kick lately, I thought I’d break down the ten of the best little-known, or better yet little-discussed, pop-culture documentaries from the many, many examples I have been watching. So here they are and, for once, they’re in order:
There’s a good reason this film is at the top of my list. This is the documentary that kicked off my exploration of pop culture documentaries (eventually ending up at compliling this list) and, »
- Phil Wheat
Teil Margaret Runnels Gergel, who is the daughter of the late WWE Hall of Famer Dusty Rhodes, has mentioned on Twitter recently that she wants her father to be remembered at the Emmy Awards.
During every Emmy ceremony, there’s a video tribute played to the men and women that passed away in the last year that worked in the television industry.
Here’s a summary of several tweets that Teil wrote on her Twitter account @TeilMargaret:
“Every year there is drama over @TheEmmys memorial spot but Dusty Rhodes was a pioneer in ppv tv and one of cables first stars. #fact My father deserves to be a part of that tribute. Say what you will about wrestling but he spent decades entertaining people on television. So often wrestling or sports entertainment is overlooked by Hollywood despite the millions of tv viewers it brings in weekly. Wrestling is »
- John Canton
Jim Henson’s puppet creation The Muppets have been a staple in North American pop culture for a number of decades, even enjoying a recent resurgence in popularity following the release of two movies and an upcoming primetime tv show to go with a healthy internet presence. While numerous characters are identifiable to the public, proving the appeal of the characters has gone beyond their creator, perhaps the most famous among the crowd is Kermit the Frog, the unofficial leader of the group.
Kermit’s appeal stretches beyond simply The Muppets, as established recently when the character was invited to conduct a Ted talk in Mississippi. The home state of creator Jim Henson, Kermit gave a lecture titled “The creative act of listening to a talking frog”. The lecture can now be seen in its entirety below. Kermit will return to television on ABC’s The Muppets on September 22nd. »
- Deepayan Sengupta
If Lego can do it, then why not Pez? Envision Media Arts has teamed up with Pez Candy Inc. for an exclusive agreement that will result in an animated movie based on the spring-loaded candy containers with the flip-top heads. Cameron Fay, who helped script the 2012 The Three Stooges movie, is being tasked with writing the feature. Though, no plot details have been revealed at this time.
Lee Nelson and David Buelow are producing Pez for Ema. Gregg Rossen, Brian Sawyer and Jonathan Hung are responsible for bringing the project to the studio. They will executive produce alongside Ema's David Tish. No director has been attached at this time. And it isn't clear who will voice the characters, who may be, like The Lego Movie, based on several existing properties. Over the years, Pez has released toys for Disney, Star Wars, The Simpsons and more. They also have several »
Eminem stopped by radio show Sway In the Morning for an interview this past week, on his road to promoting his work and curation of the "Southpaw" soundtrack, and to lay down some freestyle. “I see the b*tch in you Caitlyn / I keep the pistol tucked like Bruce Jenner’s d*ck / No disrespect, though / Not at all / No pun intended / That took a lot of balls,” he rapped on-beat. Eminem is no stranger to shock, as it's part of his original brand. As he's added celebrities to his sites, has earned a particular bit of publicity mileage from lyrics depicting violence against women, the use of Lgbt slurs, and calling women "men" and vice versa ("Tell Lady Gaga she can quit her job at the post office / she’s still a male lady”) in his music. Taking a dig at one of the best-known trans women in American pop culture, »
- Katie Hasty
I remember when Legendary Pictures threw a panel in a smaller room in the San Diego Convention Center, giving away copies of "Mass Effect 2" to anyone who showed up to hear them talk about their plans for movies like "Seventh Son," "The Great Wall," and an adaptation of "Mass Effect." They've come a long way. At that point, they were partnered with Warner Bros., and they were looking to define who they were are a company. Oh, sure, they were major financial and creative players on any number of big films already, like Nolan's first two Batman films, Snyder's "300" and "Watchmen," "The Hangover," "Inception," and my beloved "Where The Wild Things Are." But talking to Thomas Tull, talking to Jon Jashni, it was clear that what they craved were films that were theirs from start to finish, movies that they felt undisputedly reflected their sensibilities. It was strange seeing them »
- Drew McWeeny
Rush Limbaugh is condemning Bill Cosby as another “sexual disgrace” in light of the damning deposition released Monday, claiming that liberal media has portrayed him as a hero. In the newly-unsealed documents, the 77-year-old comedian admitted that he obtained Quaaludes to give to young women he intended to have sex with. On his radio program “The Rush Limbaugh Show” on Tuesday, Limbaugh drew comparisons between Cosby and a number of other controversial figures he believes got a free pass with the media. “Over here, Michael Sam. Over here, Caitlyn Jenner. Over here, Bill Cosby. Over here, Bill Clinton. Over here, »
- Kathy Zerbib
Zeb Larson reviews We Stand on Guard #1…
Saga writer Brian K. Vaughan teams with artistic legend and Matrix storyboard artist Steve Skroce for an action-packed military thriller that will have everyone talking. 100 years from now, a heroic band of Canadian civilians must defend their homeland from invasion…by the United States of America! The hyper-detailed combat between badass freedom fighters and giant f***ing robots begins with a spectacular 40-page First Issue for the regular price of just $2.99!
This was a fun first fun issue, but I can’t tell how seriously Brian K. Vaughan wants us to take this book. The premise is basically a war between Canada and the United States, the idea of which should make most people giggle a little bit. So much of the book features America bashing by Canadians and one-upmanship about which Canadians were actually really important in American pop culture it feels like a comedy book. »
- Zeb Larson
Danny says we gotta goGotta go to IdahoBut we can't go surfin''Cause it's 20 belowThose words open The Ramones' song Danny Says, from their woefully under appreciated Phil Spector produced 1980 album, End of the Century. That was what I knew of Danny Fields before seeing Brendan Toller's illuminating documentary Danny Says. The film traces Fields' roots back to his childhood in Queens, and follows his almost unbelievable journey alongside American pop culture in the late '60s and '70s as he shepherds one incredible movement after another into the limelight during a time in American history that would change everything. You name it, Danny was there, and he was crucial.Brendan Toller's film is more than just a bunch of talking heads pontificating on the importance...
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[Press Release] Brooklyn, NY (June 17, 2015) Whether you were Team Tamagotchi or Team Furby, there is no denying the 90s were a remarkable period for American pop culture. To celebrate the decade that marked the beginning of the internet age, the rise of the bucket hat and the height of Tgif, there is 90sFest ‒a one-day, one-of-a-kind festival that will kick off on Saturday, September 12, 2015 at 50 Kent in Brooklyn. From 1pm until 10pm attendees will be immersed in the best of music, fashion, entertainment, food and beverages of the 90s hosted by Pauly Shore. Leuven Media and Prime Social Group in partnership with Founders Entertainment, the team behind Governors Ball, will produce the inaugural 90sFest featuring a musical line-up straight out of MTV (when they actually played »
- Pietro Filipponi
With Burying the Ex (opening theatrically and on VOD June 19), one of the greatest directors of the past forty years returns to the style that made him famous while also striking out in immensely entertaining new directions. Joe Dante’s first film, the Roger Corman-financed Hollywood Boulevard (co-directed with Allan Arkush), established him as a singular satirical voice; like many of the films that would follow (The Howling, Gremlins and Gremlins 2, Matinee, etc.), it was both a celebration of and a sly commentary on American pop culture, with a delirious wit and energy masking an underlying seriousness. Over the […] »
- Jim Hemphill
It is an American pop culture tradition that dates back to the 1950s – the TV horror movie host. Producer/actor, Bo Keister, is taking it to the digital age with Hillbilly Horror Show, a new twist on the old concept. Plus we circle back to AMC’s Halt And Catch Fire to talk to Kerry Bische (Donna) about where the new season finds her character.
- Mike Raub
I confess that my first reaction to this news was caught on film and you can now see it in photo form attached to this story. Here's the thing: I am on record as saying that I consider Dwayne Johnson a bit of a natural resource. I don't think the movies he makes are always worthy of his charisma and his genuine talent, but i think he's more than proven himself capable. I am hopeful when he announces a project that it'll be something that is as good as he is. I am also on record as saying that it's exhausting to get worked up about every single remake or sequel or reboot or whatever at this point. The industry has so clearly embraced that as an omnipresent business plan that it is wasted energy. It takes a lot to shake that loose from me now, but maybe this one »
- Drew McWeeny
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