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19 items from 2015


Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert Split

20 July 2015 10:26 AM, PDT | Popsugar.com | See recent Popsugar news »

Country stars Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert split after four years of marriage, according to Us Weekly. In a statement, their representatives said, "This is not the future we envisioned. And it is with heavy hearts that we move forward separately. We are real people, with real lives, with real families, friends and colleagues. Therefore, we kindly ask for privacy and compassion concerning this very personal matter." The couple started dating in 2006, and in an episode of Behind the Music, Blake said he first fell for Miranda when they performed together during Cmt's 100 Greatest Duets concert in 2005. They tied the knot in 2011, sharing more than a few sweet moments over the years. »

- Laura-Marie-Meyers

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Cluttered Winehouse doc, ‘Amy,’ focuses on explanations instead of artistry

10 July 2015 1:00 AM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Amy

Directed by Asif Kapadia

UK, 2015

It’s rare to find an artist so thoroughly capable of translating their inner turmoil into something so ferocious and beautiful. Amy Winehouse was one such musical artist. Simply, she was a conduit for the human condition. The new documentary, Amy, attempts to use archival footage, interviews, and performance highlights to better understand the woman behind the lyrics. Unfortunately, director Asif Kapadia’s kitchen-sink approach isn’t suited for such a complicated subject. In the end, what should have been a celebration of Winehouse’s unique talent becomes a cliché-ridden obsession to explain her downfall.

By the time she died of alcohol poisoning in 2011, 27 year-old Amy Winehouse had become a walking punchline. Her emaciated appearance (due to a longstanding eating disorder) and drug-addled antics made it easy to dismiss her amazing accomplishments. But beyond the Grammy Awards and the sensational concert meltdowns, there was a truly gifted artist. »

- J.R. Kinnard

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Katherine Pope Exits Chernin Entertainment to Launch TV Division at Studio 8

23 June 2015 6:11 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Katherine Pope is departing Chernin Entertainment to launch a television division at Jeff Robinov’s Studio 8, Variety has confirmed.

As head of the company’s new TV department, Pope will work closely with Robinov as she builds and oversees Studio 8’s television business from the ground up.

The former Chernin television prez oversaw all development and production for the 20th Century Fox-based company, where she worked on Fox’s “New Girl.”

Previously, she spent a decade at NBC and NBC Universal Television Studios where she held the posts of network Evp and studio president, and developed series including “The Office,” “30 Rock,” “Friday Night Lights,” “Heroes,” “Chuck,” “Psych,” “Battlestar Galactica” and “American Dreams.” She started her entertainment career in network news and CBS and ABC News, producing documentaries. She also was a writer and producer on “Behind the Music.”

The Sony Pictures Entertainment-based Studio 8 was funded in »

- Elizabeth Wagmeister

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Best of Late Night TV: Conan's Clueless Gamer Team Edition, Worst First Textual Experience

16 June 2015 12:02 AM, PDT | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

If you're like us and value your sleep, you probably nodded off into your Ambien dreamland before the party started on post-prime time TV. Don't worry; we've got you covered. Here's the best of what happened last night on late night.

Conan O'Brien was back with another round of Clueless Gamer -- but wait! It was the first-ever team multi-player edition of Clueless Gamer. "That's history, kids." Team Coco took on Team Silicon Valley, featuring Thomas Middleditch, Tj Miller, & Zach Woods of the HBO show "Silicon Valley," and they played "Halo 5: Guardians." Prepare for 9 minutes of hilarity. "I don't see anybody! I'm like my father at night looking for Fig Newtons. I'm just wandering around." Poor Conan.

This will make you Lol too. Aziz Ansari was on "The Tonight Show" to promote his book, "Modern Romance: An Investigation," and he and Jimmy Fallon chatted about embarrassing first text messages between guys and girls. »

- Gina Carbone

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Entertainment One TV Promotes Tara Long as Unscripted Division Grows (Exclusive)

1 June 2015 1:33 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

As Entertainment One expands its unscripted TV operations, Tara Long has been upped to exec VP of U.S. alternative programming.

Long’s promotion comes as the division has prospered with series across five cable networks and a slew of projects in development for next season.

During its upfront, Bet announced its fourth show with eOne, “About the Business,” which follows a group of friends in the elite world of urban Hollywood. EOne also has “Nellyville,” currently in its freshman season, “It’s A Manns World,” going into its second round later this season, and “The Sheards,” which has also been renewed.  Long is as an exec producer on all four shows.

Long, previously senior VP of alternative programming, launched eOne’s alternative division in 2012, and has been with the company for five years. During her tenure, seven projects have gone straight to series. The list includes Science Channel’s upcoming gameshow “Race to Escape, »

- Elizabeth Wagmeister

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Eurovision Song Contest 2015 – as it happened

23 May 2015 3:57 PM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Would UK entry Electro Velvet fare better than our last duo Jemini, who got nul points in 2003? How did special guest Australia get on? Stuart Heritage was there for every last Eurovision second

11.57pm BST

And now we are done. Sincerest congratulations to Sweden, and commiserations to all the other contestants, uniformly doomed as they are to become embedded YouTube clips in endless ‘What the hell was all that about’ Eurovision precursor articles a decade from now.

Now, while we go through our own individual post-Eurovision decompression routines – I don’t know about you, but mine involves putting my head into a metal bin and shouting ‘Why?’ over and over again until I tumble into the comforting arms of unconsciousness – it’s time for me to thank you. Whoever you are, wherever you come from, I appreciate you hanging out with me this evening. If you want to follow me on Twitter, »

- Stuart Heritage

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Cannes Film Review: Amy Winehouse Documentary ‘Amy’

16 May 2015 4:07 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

“Self-destructive” is the label commonly attached by armchair pop psychologists to tragic figures like Amy Winehouse, the nervy, unruly and viciously talented British jazz-soul singer who died in 2011, aged just 27, from the cumulative effects of substance abuse. That term only tells half the story, however, in Asif Kapadia’s factually exhaustive, emotionally exhausting documentary “Amy,” which calmly identifies multiple collaborators — some with intentions better than others — in Winehouse’s demise. Hardly innovative in form, but boasting the same depth of feeling and breadth of archival material that made Kapadia’s “Senna” so rewarding, this lengthy but immersive portrait will hit hard with viewers who regard Winehouse among the great lost voices not just of a generation, but of an entire musical genre. Enduring local fascination ensures soaring returns when “Amy” arrives in Blighty this summer; across the pond, A24 should find success in a lower key.

The positioning of “Amy »

- Guy Lodge

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Watch 4-Part 'Behind the Music'-esque 'Empire' Prequel & Get the Inside Track on the History of the Camelot of Rap

17 April 2015 12:39 PM, PDT | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

Fans of the hit Fox soap opear should appreciate this "Behind the Music"-esque series likely created to keep you engaged while you wait for the second season next year. I suspect the marketing team has lots of other post-season engagement ideas, and that this YouTube series is just the beginning of what's to come between now and January 2015 (likely) when the show returns. Although this could also serve as a 4-part summary of the first season for those who have yet to watch it, and are plan to later (maybe via binge-watching).  Title "The Inside Track: The Rise of Empire," go behind the drama you watched on TV every week, and get the "inside track" on how things really went down - going all the way back to the late 1970’s when Cookie and Lucious first fell in love, following the Philadelphia family through the ups and downs of their rise to power. »

- Tambay A. Obenson

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Watch 4-Part 'Behind the Music'-esque 'Empire' Prequel & Get the Inside Track on the History of the Camelot of Rap

17 April 2015 12:39 PM, PDT | ShadowAndAct | See recent ShadowAndAct news »

Fans of the hit Fox soap opear should appreciate this "Behind the Music"-esque series likely created to keep you engaged while you wait for the second season next year. I suspect the marketing team has lots of other post-season engagement ideas, and that this YouTube series is just the beginning of what's to come between now and January 2015 (likely) when the show returns. Although this could also serve as a 4-part summary of the first season for those who have yet to watch it, and are plan to later (maybe via binge-watching).  Title "The Inside Track: The Rise of Empire," go behind the drama you watched on TV every week, and get the "inside track" on »

- Tambay A. Obenson

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It's Not So Bad: Madonna's cover of 'American Pie'

14 April 2015 2:42 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

It's Not So Bad is a new feature on HitFix where a brave, stupid writer defends an unpopular pop culture subject. Every Madonna fan -- or every Madonna fan worth knowing -- has a bone or two to pick with the woman herself, and that's the way it should be. One of Madonna's primary functions as a pop culture phenomenon is agitator, and I was sufficiently agitated with her Britney lip-lock (because Britney is no Madonna heir, as we've now long understood), her "Hard Candy" album (because Timbaland and Justin Timberlake were her most uninspired choices as collaborators), and the leaden self-seriousness of her Mdna tour (because leaden self-seriousness is not very danceable). Otherwise I'm on board with her impish immortality and obvious potential as a standup comic. I'll always love Madonna. She's like if Marlene Dietrich were an American Gladiator. Thanks to her explosive kiss with Drake at Coachella this weekend, »

- Louis Virtel

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Brian Wilson's Fascinating Story Fuels The Winning Beach Boys Pic Love & Mercy

17 March 2015 12:41 PM, PDT | cinemablend.com | See recent Cinema Blend news »

It.s a cliché for biopics about musicians to follow the same sort of Behind The Music narrative structure . tracing the pattern of initial hardship, followed by rise to success, followed by superstardom, followed by self-destruction, followed by redemption . but that structure is far too simple to portray the life of The Beach Boys. Brian Wilson. The real legend of the singer/songwriter/composer is actually almost too incredible to believe, as it.s a tale of serious mental illness, intense abuse, and, of course, deep and passionate musical genius. And it.s a story that comes together in brilliant and emotional fashion in the new movie Love & Mercy, which had its United States premiere this week at SXSW. Unfolding as a dual narrative, the Bill Pohlad-directed movie follows Brian Wilson through two of the most significant time periods in his life. In the 1960s, Wilson is played by »

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Lady Antebellum: Why We'll Never Be Bandzillas

2 March 2015 2:45 PM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

From the moment they formed Lady Antebellum in 2006, bandmates Dave Haywood, Charles Kelley and Hillary Scott vowed there was one thing they would never be: Bandzillas. "There was just this moment of, you know what? We've all watched these bands on Behind the Music. We know how this goes, and we’re not going to do that," recalls Haywood, 32. "Unless we love this, let’s do something else. But we love it and each other, and it's been a great ride since then." At a recent Country Radio Seminar panel discussion in Nashville, the trio shared the lessons they've learned »

- Nancy Kruh

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Lady Antebellum: Why We'll Never Be Bandzillas

2 March 2015 2:45 PM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

From the moment they formed Lady Antebellum in 2006, bandmates Dave Haywood, Charles Kelley and Hillary Scott vowed there was one thing they would never be: Bandzillas. "There was just this moment of, you know what? We've all watched these bands on Behind the Music. We know how this goes, and we’re not going to do that," recalls Haywood, 32. "Unless we love this, let’s do something else. But we love it and each other, and it's been a great ride since then." At a recent Country Radio Seminar panel discussion in Nashville, the trio shared the lessons they've learned »

- Nancy Kruh

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VH1 Goes ‘Behind The Tweet’ In Ridiculous Mockumentary Web Series

12 February 2015 3:43 PM, PST | Tubefilter.com | See recent Tubefilter News news »

Twitter, as it turns out, is not just a place where quipsters replace movie titles with goats. It's also home to some shocking revelations. This is what we learn from Behind the Tweet, a ridiculous new VH1 web series that provides the stories behind celebrity tweets.

As its title suggests, Behind the Tweet is based off Behind the Music, which offers an in-depth look at the careers of famous musicians. Behind the Music's formula has sustained itself for more than 200 episodes, and as Behind the Tweet shows, it works for satire, too.

In each Behind the Tweet minisode, celebrities, commentators, and a deep-voiced narrator deliver overly serious remarks about silly tweets. The result is a wacky web series that provides a fair number of laughs. Want to know how a Key and Peele sketch launched some charged race relations on Twitter? Behind the Tweet has the (mock) answer.

Behind »

- Sam Gutelle

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The 'Saturday Night Live' story told through its sketches

12 February 2015 6:05 AM, PST | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

On the eve of its 40th anniversary special (though the anniversary itself isn't until October), what is left to say about "Saturday Night Live"? There have been multiple books written about the show, several documentaries, countless essays — riding the never-ending roller-coaster between "Saturday Night Dead" and "Saturday Night Lives Again!" — best-ofs, worst-ofs, and every other kind of list you can think of. I don't know that anything I write over the next few pages will provide new insight into one of the most influential comedy shows ever made, but I wondered if you could tell the story of the show — through good times and bad, through revolutions and evolutions and retrenchments — by looking at its sketches. I wound up picking 21 in all: some among the show's most famous, some obscure but important. These aren't meant as a definitive breakdown of the best "SNL" ever had to offer, but as a »

- Alan Sepinwall

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Behind the Tweet: Brooklyn Decker Shocks Chrissy Teigen, Bikini Fans, and the Twitterverse

11 February 2015 8:15 AM, PST | VH1.com | See recent VH1.com news »

One of our favorite hobbies is obsessing over celebrity Twitter accounts, but sometimes 140 characters isn’t enough. So for those times when we’re left begging for more, we bring you our new web series called Behind The Tweet. Inspired by VH1’s iconic series, Behind the Music, Behind the Tweet gives celebrities the chance to reveal every juicy detail about their funniest, sexiest, and most controversial tweets. In the premiere, Brooklyn Decker shocks the Twitterverse with a confession one wouldn’t expect from a Sports Illustrated Swimsuit model.

Comedy Central stars Key & Peele reveal an experience that could change the way America thinks about President Obama.

Check out more episodes with Michelle WilliamsDominic MonaghanJack Antonoff, and Hannibal Buress.

 

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- Lauren Santiago

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Parenthood Series Finale Cry-Cap: Teary Eyes, Full Hearts

29 January 2015 8:29 PM, PST | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

If you’re just joining this recap, you may have very recently finished watching the final episode of Parenthood — the very, very last one ever. You probably need a minute to recover. Take that minute. Wipe away the ludicrously large tears still streaming down those cheeks. Breathe.Okay. Now let’s talk. Oh, wait, we’re still crying. It really is hard to stop, isn’t it? Most fans probably came to this episode pretty, shall we say, lubed up in advance. Most of us were well prepared to spend an hour wailing over the loss of our Bravermans while tossing Kleenexes haphazardly around the room just like Meg Ryan in When Harry Met Sally. We probably would have bawled like wee babes if the entire episode had turned out to be an hour-long installment of Behind the Music: The Ashes of Rome Story. Fortunately for humanity, that is not what happened. »

- Jen Chaney

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Pop Takes Aim at 1980s and ’90s Nostalgia, Pop Culture-Hungry Viewers

9 January 2015 2:34 PM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

The relaunch of TV Guide Network as Pop next week is an effort to tap into the ever-rising tide of pop culture fandemonium that drives so much conversation on social media.

Brad Schwartz, prexy of entertainment and media for Pop, told reporters at the Television Critics Assn. press tour on Friday that the cabler will function as a haven for the super-fan. Pop, set to bow Jan. 14, is launching with the tagline “We’re fans too.”

The focus is on viewers in their late 30s-early 40s who have nostalgia for 1980s and ’90s TV and pop culture.

“We’re building this for what we call the ‘modern grownup,’ ” Schwartz said.

There’s also an effort to capture the different facets of fandom today, from live events to the hyper-connectedness provided by social-media platforms.

“Being a fan today is an entirely different experience” than in decades past, Schwartz noted.

The relaunch »

- Elizabeth Wagmeister

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A Short History of Pop-Up Video

8 January 2015 2:20 PM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Thirty years ago this week, Video Hits One began offering the too-old-for-mtv crowd a sensible alternative. That channel would eventually grow into the entity we know today as VH1, and with that name, it would nail that pop culture nostalgia sweet spot with series like Behind the Music, VH1 Storytellers and more. But above all the VH1 hits, it was Pop-Up Video that captured the hearts and minds of a certain kind of media-addled, know-it-all geek. The series first exploded in 1994, and our culture of nostalgia and trivia obsession has only grown stronger in the Internet age. With a hat »

- Drew Mackie, @drewgmackie

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