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Taking a trick from Beyonce’s playbook, U2 dropped its 13th studio album, “Songs of Innocence,” today without warning. The Irish band made the announcement at Apple’s event in Cupertino, Calif. The aptly named “Songs of Innocence,” produced by Danger Mouse, with additional production by Ryan Tedder, Paul Epworth, Flood, and Declan Gaffney, is a song cycle that draws on the band members’ past— a time when they first met and everything was possible. It pays tribute to their influences (The Ramones, The Clash, The Beach Boys), first loves, growing up in the shadow of Ira violence, and the fallout of tough economic times. Bono’s vocals sound fresh and invigorated and the production sparkles. It’s a lovely album that is sentimental without ever losing its edge. Below is a first-listen review: my take on each song by only listening to it once as I play the album straight through. »
- Melinda Newman
Fury (David Ayer)
[via the BFI]
The programme for the 58th BFI London Film Festival launched today, with Festival Director Clare Stewart presenting this year’s rich and diverse selection of films and events. The lineup includes highly anticipated fall titles including David Ayer’s Fury, Bennett Miller’s Foxcatcher, the Sundance smash Whiplash, Jean-Luc Godard’s Goodbye to Language 3D, The Imitation Game starring Benedict Cumberbatch, Mike Leigh’s Mr. Turner, Jason Reitman’s Men, Women and Children and Jean-Marc Vallee’s Wild.
As Britain’s leading film event and one of the world’s oldest film festivals, it introduces the finest new British and international films to an expanding London and UK-wide audience, offering a compelling combination of red carpet glamour, engaged audiences and vibrant exchange. The Festival provides an essential profiling opportunity for films seeking global success at the start of the Awards season, promotes the careers of British and »
The father of a black 18-year-old shot to death by a white police officer in Ferguson, Missouri, pleaded Sunday for a "day of silence" as he lays his son to rest Monday. "Tomorrow all I want is peace," Michael Brown Sr. told hundreds of people in St. Louis's largest city park during brief remarks at a festival that promotes peace over violence. "That's all I ask." The more than two weeks since Michael Brown's death have been marked by nightly protests, some violent and chaotic, although tensions have eased in recent days. Brown Sr. told the crowd that he and »
- Associated Press
The father of a black 18-year-old shot to death by a white police officer in Ferguson pleaded Sunday for a "day of silence" as he lays his son to rest Monday. "Tomorrow all I want is peace," Michael Brown Sr. told hundreds of people in St. Louis's largest city park during brief remarks at a festival that promotes peace over violence. "That's all I ask." The more than two weeks since Michael Brown's death have been marked by nightly protests, some violent and chaotic, although tensions have eased in recent days. Brown Sr. told the crowd that he and his »
- Associated Press
Damn, it’s 1963 all over again in Missouri.
The police are using tear gas and billy clubs to control a group of peaceful protestors. All that’s missing is German Shepards and fire hoses but hey, rubber bullets more than make up for that.
I often wonder seriously, once so seriously, someone asked me to “Please stay here,” if I should take a gun and just end me before Lapd does.
The ‘here’ she was referring to was Earth.
Bet that fucked you up.
A bit over a year ago, in a restaurant two drunken white people thought they could use me as a punching bag.
They attacked me.
They hit me.
They were two, I was one.
I defended myself, they punked out.
I was the one arrested.
There is videotape evidence of my innocence.
I took a plea deal on the criminal charge.
W H Y?
Why would »
- Michael Davis
If history is any indicator, Emmy voters like a little, well, history in their Outstanding TV Movie winners.
The last four champs in the category — 2010’s Temple Grandin, 2009’s Grey Gardens and 2008’s Recount and 2007’s Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee — all had their roots in real-life characters and situations.
Related Emmy Poll 2014: What Should Win Best Miniseries?
Heck, even in the last three years — when the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences merged Movies and Miniseries into one overarching division — two of the three victors (2012’s Game Change and 2013’s Behind the Candelabra) followed that trend.
Ja from Mnpp here. At this point it feels more than a little cliche to call Alfred Hitchcock your favorite film-maker. Tomorrow is his 115th birthday and it feels like we've spent at least double that amount of time writing about and reacting to how great, twisted, funny, pervy and technically masterful he was. Hitch is often the gateway drug, the little puff of movie marijuana that leads true cineastes on to the hard stuff.
I'll always come back to my first taste. It was the sweetest, the purest, and it still sends that shiver down my spine. I remember the first time I realized that movies, Movies, these are the thing I love, laying on my cousin's floor watching a camera sweep across across a boxy Manhattan backyard filled with windows into another world, stories in shorthand of life on top of life, all at once. It was everything. »
Quick, say something nice about Rising Star! And no, “it’s no longer clogging up my DVR with its tuneless discharge” does not count as “nice.”
Maybe I ought to go first? Ummm…
Ok, ABC’s reality singing competition is putting my math skills to good use. (That hinky “percentage of people who vote yes” + “7% for each judge” metric does occasionally tickle the brain.)
Also, host Josh Groban almost completely faded into the backdrop this week — thereby reducing the chances that this »
A&E networks is airing a series of PSA spots championing diversity, including sexual diversity. Guess which A&E stars are missing from the series?
TVLine reports that the Teen Beach Movie sequel is officially going forward. They also have a list of which cast members have signed up for a second round.
Saturday Night Live is down three more cast members. Newcomers John Milhiser and Noel Wells won’t be returning. Meanwhile, Nasim Pedrad has officially quit the show for her upcoming Fox sitcom Mullaney.
Here is one of those one-season SNLcast members who were in no memorable comedy roles afterward
I think she quit acting to go into politics.
- Lyle Masaki
The BBC has updated guidelines for its news division, clarifying that news programs should prioritize factual accuracy over impartiality in science reporting.
Variety credits John Oliver for reinvigorating the satirical news program with long segments that pack in the facts– while still being entertaining enough to get shared all over the internet.
Harmony Gold, the company that brought Robotech to TV, is hoping to revive the series. They plan on turning to Kickstarter to make a pilot for Robotech Academy and hope it can be made into a series from that.
New York magazine declares Orphan Black‘s Helena as the series’ most interesting innovation. She’s a monster who eventually charms the audience while maintaining her horrific qualities. That’s not uncommon among male monsters, but female monsters tend to have their deeds rationalized or they turn out to be motivated by their victimhood. Helena is far more complicated. »
- Lyle Masaki
Devon Aoki will be appearing on Arrow next season as blade-wielding heroine Katana. Interestingly, she’ll appear in the flashbacks (which will take place in Hong Kong), at least at first. I’m just keeping my fingers crossed Arrow does a better job of adapting Katana than it did with Brother Blood. Still, it’s yet another case of Arrow announcing a character I can’t wait to see on TV, something I’m waiting for Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. to do.
TVLine reports that Jamie Bamber has signed up for a multi-episode arc on Rizzoli & Isles. The Battlestar Galatica hunk will first appear in the summer finale.
The sci-fi pinup picture that will endure for being so perfectly hot.
- Lyle Masaki
Gerry Goffin Dies
Goffin’s death was confirmed by his wife Michelle Goffin to People.
Goffin and King worked together to create a number of classic hits in the late 50s and early 60s, including “Will You Love Me Tomorrow,” “Up on the Roof,” “One Fine Day” and “The Loco-Motion.” After the pair split in 1968, Goffin continued writing hits like “Savin’ All My Love for You” for Whitney Houston, “Miss You Like Crazy” by Natalie Cole and “It’s Not the Spotlight,” which was recorded by Rod Stewart.
In 1975, Goffin was nominated for an »
Gerry Goffin, who wrote the lyrics for “A Natural Woman,” “Up on the Roof” and many of the hit pop songs sung by his then-wife Carole King, died Thursday at his home in Los Angeles. He was 75. King's “Will You Love Me Tomorrow,” “Halfway to Paradise” and “The Loco-Motion” were among the 59 top 40 hits written by Goffin, who married the singer in 1959, when he was 20 and she was 17. Goffin's current wife, Michelle, confirmed his death to the Associated Press. Goffin also wrote hits for other musicians including the Everly Brothers (“”Crying in the Rain”), Bobby »
- Todd Cunningham
Gerry Goffin, who co-wrote such pop classics as “Will You Love Me Tomorrow,” “The Loco-Motion,” “Take Good Care of My Baby,” “One Fine Day,” “Up on The Roof,” “(You Make Me Feel) Like A Natural Woman” and many more with ex-wife Carole King, died today at 75. “Gerry Goffin was my first love. He had a profound impact on my life and the rest of the world,” King said in a statement. “Gerry was a good man and a dynamic force, whose words and creative influence will resonate for generations to come. His legacy to me is our two daughters, four grandchildren, and our songs that have His name will forever be remembered as one of the greatest songwriters of all time and his songs, which are among the best ever written, will live on forever, touching generations of the future just as much as they have touched the generations of the past. »
- Melinda Newman
He put the Bomp (In the Bomp Bomp Bomp) and found solace in the urban frenzy “Up On The Roof”: Gerry Goffin, who wrote the lyrics for some of the biggest pop music hits of the 1960s with his first wife, composer (and later singer-songrwriter) Carole King, died this morning of natural causes at his home in L.A., according to his wife, Michele Goffin. He was 75. Goffin and King, who married in 1959 when he was 20 and she was 17, had their first major hit with “Will You Love Me Tomorrow.” Their other hits included “The Loco-Motion”, “Take Good Care Of […] »
Martin Sheen has joined the cast of Grace and Frankie, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The upcoming Netflix comedy is about two rivals (Lily Tomlin and Jane Fonda) whose marriages end when their husbands reveal they’re in love with each other. Sheen will play the husband of Fonda’s character.
Deadspin obtained all the complaints made to the FCC about Michael Sam kissing his boyfriend after being drafted to the Rams on Espn. (Never mind that the FCC doesn’t regulate cable channels like Espn.)
This year’s Big Brother twist could reboot the game — providing that it lives up to the hype. Each week will have two Heads of Household, along with four nominees for eviction and HoH won’t be guaranteed safety. Those changes sound like they can destroy worn-out strategies like backdooring. (I will miss the times an angry alpha-jock houseguest demands to know if he’s being backdoored. »
- Lyle Masaki
6 Reasons Not To Miss Heathers The Musical
Cartoon Network is rebooting The Powerpuff Girls with an all-new series.
Ban on Gay Conversion Therapy Clears N.Y. State Assembly
Congrats to Jack Johansson, who has been named Mr. Gay Europe
Via Towleroad comes this sweet marriage proposal.
Levi’s has introduced a Pride Collection for June in select stores
Here’s the latest trailer for Broadway Bares, which takes place this Sunday.
And here’s The Weekly ShoutOUT™. Each week we’re going to focus on one out athlete/performer and feature a daily pic and career timeline. We’ll be showcasing the big names, but also the lesser-known gay celebs who deserve more recognition. This week we give a Birthday week ShoutOUT™ to … Joe McElderry.
Newly 23-year-old Joe first auditioned »
Trish Bendix isn’t happy with how Faking It ended its first season. Bendix writes in The Hollywood Reporter that the ending destroys Faking It‘s credibility in handling lesbian characters. (Spoilers await you at the link.)
Just hours before debuting the fifth season, ABC Family ordered two more seasons of Pretty Little Liars. That will keep the campy horror soap on the air until 2016. With seven seasons, I believe that should make it ABC Family’s longest-running series.
I’m still hoping it turns out they really are getting texts from Hillary.
Does the timing of the Game of Thrones finale hint at a major spoiler from the books? (Again, it’s a major spoiler, so click at your own risk.)
Why does a premium channel like HBO put up so much of one of its shows, Last Week Tonight, for free on the web? Hitfix‘s Alan »
- Lyle Masaki
Something has been missing from our lives these last three months. Fortunately, ABC Family operates with the opposite logic of the AMC model (eight episodes, wait an entire year) and has brought Pretty Little Liars back tonight after a very short hiatus. Tomorrow, we will pick up with our patented, super-scientific Pretty Little Power Rankings. But first we had a few questions that only the ruler of the Pll universe could answer. Why does anyone even like Ali, a pathological liar who is more devoted to her curling iron than she is to her friends? Is there a plan to solve all these mysteries, or are the writers just making it up as they go along? And is it fall or winter or what? Marlene King, creator and showrunner (and screenwriter of the coming-of-age classic Now and Then), tried her best to answer.When did you realize that the show »
- Jessica Goldstein
Carole King herself hit the Radio City Music Hall stage to perform "I Feel the Earth Move" with Jessie Mueller and the cast of Beautiful: The Carole King Musical at the Tony Awards on Sunday. The iconic singer-songwriter introduced a performance of "Will You Love Me Tomorrow" by Mueller and Beautiful co-star Jake Epstein before hitting the stage with Mueller for a rousing rendition of "I Feel the Earth Move." Live Blog: Tony Awards 2014 Written by Douglas McGrath and directed by Marc Bruni, Beautiful depicts the emergence in the 1960s of King and Gerry Goffin as a legendary
- THR Staff
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