20 items from 2014
Since its debut in 1989, across 552 episodes and 25 seasons, The Simpsons has become one of the most revered and beloved TV programmes of all time. It’s a true cultural phenomenon that’s influenced not just animation, but all areas of TV comedy and sitcom. For so many of us, its quotes and catchphrases have permeated our everyday vernacular, from single words like “crisitunity” and “embiggen” to phrases “you don’t win friends with salad” and “everything’s coming up Milhouse.”
Personal opinions may vary, but for me the show’s peak years were from season 4 through to 10. They’re consistently funny, all killer and no filler runs with barely a dud episode to be found between 1992-1998. Past this point the standard becomes a little more mixed, and recent seasons have been distinctly average at best. The »
Everyone has been concerned about finding out who'll end up playing Doctor Strange in Marvel's planned adaptation, that the following nugget from San Diego Comic Con seems to have gone unnoticed. During the “Behind the Music: Crime, Death and Resurrection” panel -- which also included Jeff Russo (Fargo), James Levine (American Horror Story), Daniel Licht (Dexter), Brian Reitzell (Hannibal), and Steve Jablonsky (Transformers franchise) -- Scott Derrickson's Sinister/Deliver us From Evil composer Chris Young stated that he looked forward to working with the director on his next project. Perhaps not aware of the level of secrecy Marvel like to maintain when it comes to their movies, he elaborated when pushed: “Am I gong to do Doctor Strange? Oh, I better had. All I know is, I spoke to [Scott Derrickson] and did a little pitch on the phone and he kind of laughed. He didn’t say, ‘and by the way, »
Taylor Swift may not be a movie star (yet), but her talents are already known worldwide.
Since blowing up in 2008, Swift has been hard to miss, known as much for her acclaimed music as for her rather public relationships. With numerous Grammys and multi-platinum albums already under her belt, she's turning her attention to the big screen. This week, the renowned musician can be seen in the film adaptation of "The Giver," starring Jeff Bridges, Brenton Thwaites, and Meryl Streep.
From her early success as a poet to her first acting role, here are 27 things you probably don't know about Taylor Swift.
1. Taylor Alison Swift was born December 13, 1989 in Reading, Pennsylvania to Andrea Finlay and Scott Swift.
2. She was born on a Christmas tree farm.
3. Her mother worked as a mutual fund marketing executive before becoming a homemaker, while her father is a financial adviser.
4. Swift has one sibling, Austin, »
- Jonny Black
Known as a city that works, Chicago's reputation for being “organized” was on full display at Lollapalooza this weekend. I'm not just talking about “organized” in the way that at my first bar stop, someone offered to introduce me to their friend who was on “Mob Wives Chicago.” (“Her dad was an assassin.”) I passed. The reputation for making the trains run on time translated to how festival producer C3 runs the stages. Friday night's headliner Eminem, arrived early for duty, taking the stage two minutes earlier than his announced 8:30 time with a “Behind the Music” style documentary preceding his. »
- Mikey Glazer
While Sherlock star Benedict Cumberbatch was busy dodging Doctor Strange rumors during the Dreamworks panel, composer Christopher Young let a few tidbits slip on the upcoming superhero film in the middle of "Behind the Music: Crime, Death and Resurrection." The panel consisted of six film and television composers - Jeff Russo (Fargo), James Levine (American Horror Story), Daniel Licht (Dexter), Brian Reitzell (Hannibal), Steve Jablonsky (Transformers franchise), and Young (Deliver Us From Evil) - discussing their work on various projects. During the conversation, the frequent Scott Derrickson collaborator commented on his possible involvement in the director's 'Marvellous' next project. "Behind the Music: Crime, Death and Resurrection," moderated by Salem's Shane West, was an entertaining look into the world of scoring film and TV (and video games, which is apparently the most secretive of all mediums), but the highlight was when Young hinted that he might be continuing »
Celebrating "Crime, Death, and Resurrection," the Behind the Music panel at Comic Con paid tribute to the work of composers in enhancing genre TV and film. The panel opened with a highly-applauded reel of the composers' work: Jeff Russo for Fargo, James Levine for American Horror Story, Daniel Licht for Dexter, Steve Jablonsky for Transformers: Age of Extinction, Brian Reitzell for Hannibal, and Christopher Young for Deliver Us From Evil. Actor Shane West (Salem, Nikita) moderated. During the Q&A the composers discussed the challenges of writing music for the horror genre, the synthesis of developing continuing working relationships with the same directors or creators, and teased upcoming projects. Additionally, Young talked about pitching himself to compose the score for Marvel’s Doctor Strange. Young was initially not forthcoming when asked about what he'd be doing next until a fan pointed out that his longtime collaborator, director Scott Derrickson (who »
- Anna Kaufman
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
Sdcc 2014 kicks off soon, and we've already told you what's planned for Preview Night. Here's a quick recap along with the horror highlights of Day 1. On tap are "Hannibal," "Penny Dreadful," "Under the Dome," "Teen Wolf," The Walking Dead comics, WWE Studios, and Lots more.
Per usual, what we're posting is just the tip of the iceberg with panels running all day and evening. Check out our picks below, and be sure to visit the official San Diego Comic-Con 2014 website for the full lineup.
Preview Night: Wednesday, July 23, 2014
6:00 Pm - Special Sneak Peek Pilot Screenings
Constantine: Based upon the characters from DC Comics and executive produced by Daniel Cerone (Dexter) and David S. Goyer (Man of Steel, The Dark Knight films), Constantine reflects the lore of the fan-favorite comic, combining noirish storytelling with the evolving mythology of John Constantine (Matt Ryan), a morally challenged character who doesn’t »
- Debi Moore
Linda Perry is nothing if not passionate. She is best known as the front woman for 4 Non Blondes, as well as writer and/or producer of some of the most popular songs of the last 20 years, including Pink’s “Get the Party Started,” Christina Aguilera’s “Beautiful” and Faith Hill’s “Cry.” Now fans will get to see her in action on her new VH1 series, “The Linda Perry Project,” which debuts July 16. In the 10-week summer series, she coaches several acts she has handpicked on how to write songs, how to record, how to perform, and how to navigate this tricky industry. She is doggedly honest and forthright. She will select one of the artists to sign to her own label. We recently talked to Perry at her studio in Los Angeles, where the show takes place. She had very strong opinions about how her show will different from other singing competitions, »
- Melinda Newman
What a lady, what a night! This week, Peter Travers highlights Jersey Boys, the inevitable big screen adaptation of the hit Broadway musical about Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons. While the show has been a triumph for nearly a decade, bringing the hip-shaking, finger-snapping heat of the early Sixties to the stage, the film's director — Clint Eastwood, of all people — goes in a completely different direction, and the results, according to Travers, aren't so hot.
Check Out 'Jersey Boys' and More More Movies to Catch This Summer
For those »
Directed by Clint Eastwood
You know something has gone horribly wrong when the best scene in your movie is a production number featured in the closing credits. Sadly, no one noticed that the rest of Jersey Boys was bereft of any dramatic conflict, interesting characters or compelling themes. Clint Eastwood brings an intriguing visual style, but the clunky script and overwrought family drama render this collection of timeless classics about as nuanced as white noise.
Even if Frankie Valli’s voice makes you cringe, there’s no escaping the impact his band, The Four Seasons, had on popular music in the 1960’s. Having sold an estimated 100 million records over the last 6 decades, it was inevitable that Hollywood would tell their story one day. It was a chance for older audiences to relive the songs of their youth and, perhaps, share them with their own kids. »
- J.R. Kinnard
Q: “What are the grounds for divorce in this state? “
No – it’s not the Richard Gere/ Susan Sarandon film from 2004. That was a remake of the same-named 1996 Japanese film. Both of those films had grammatically correct titles ending in question marks but this is The Hi-Pointe’s Classic Film Series so of course it’s the 1937 Shall We Dance starring the great team of Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers.
In Shall We Dance Fred Astaire played Peter Peters, an American ballet dancer who’s known as Petrov. He wants to blend classical ballet with modern jazz, and when he sees the picture of tap dancer Linda Keene (Ginger Rogers of course), he immediately falls in love with her. Before they know it, they’re married. Or at least the press thinks so. Shall We Dance was the seventh of the ten Astaire-Rogers movie. This confection has the »
- Tom Stockman
Summer is here! Here’s the lowdown on when you can expect your favorite shows to return (or your soon-to-be favorite shows to premiere) this year. Schedule your DVR accordingly with our handy calendar below:
New Undateable (NBC)
New Crossbones (NBC)
Mystery Millionaire (WeTV)
New Sing Your Face Off (ABC)
Bet On Your Baby (ABC)
New Halt and Catch Fire (AMC)
New Return to Amish (TLC)
New Last Seen Alive (Investigation Discovery)
Food Network Star (Food Network)
Mountain Men (History)
New Ladies of London (Bravo)
New Copycat »
- Marc Snetiker
The statues are out and the curtains have closed on the 2014 Billboard Music Awards. Justin Timberlake was named Top Artist on Sunday, and Lorde took home statues for Top Rock Song and best newcomer at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. Also read: Lorde, Imagine Dragons Lead Billboard Award Nominations With 12 Each; Justin Timberlake, Katy Perry Not Far Behind The music awards show, which was televised on ABC, was hosted by Ludacris. It included performances by Imagine Dragons, Luke Bryan, Miley Cyrus, Ricky Martin and Robin Thicke, among others. Here are the winners from the televised categories: Top Artist: Miley Cyrus »
- Tony Maglio
VH1′s programming is about to get a lot more diverse: the network announced it has ordered an 8-episode docuseries tentatively titled TransAmerica.
Produced by Tyra Banks (America’s Next Top Model) and Gay Rosenthal (Behind The Music, Little People, Big World), TransAmerica will feature a transgender ensemble cast including model and advocate Carmen Carrera. According to a press release, “the series will follow these women as they navigate dating, family and professional ambitions on their own terms in a city known for being equally modern and traditional.”
The series will premiere in either late 2014 or early 2015.
“TransAmerica is a »
- Andrea Towers
The show will follow a group of transgender Chicago women as they deal with dating, family and professional ambitions while living in the Windy City.
The group includes an aspiring supermodel, Carmen Carrera; Giselle, a recent college grad prepping for sexual reassignment surgery; Christian Dior cosmetics beauty consultant Natalia; party girl Sidney; and Victory, who hopes to become a doctor.
“It would be easy to focus on the transgender aspect, but this series is about so much more,” Susan Levison, exec VP of VH1 programming, said in a statement. “This is a show about a group of compelling, gorgeous young friends who are on a unique journey while staying true to their authentic selves. We believe that message resonates.”
Banks, who created and exec produced the hit reality series “America’s Next Top Model, »
- Andrea Seikaly
VH1 has ordered the eight-episode hourlong docuseries TransAmerica (working title) from Tyra Banks (America’s Next Top Model) and Gay Rosenthal (Behind The Music) for a late-2014 or early-2015 premiere. The series chronicles a group of Chicago women who are united by the shared experience of being transgender and follows them as they navigate dating, family and professional ambitions. The cast includes: Carmen Carrera, who was recently signed to Elite Model Management and is on the path to becoming a supermodel and recognized as a leading advocate in the transgender community as constantly balances her career goals with her personal life; Giselle, a recent college graduate who is focused on continuing her education as she prepares for her upcoming sexual reassignment surgery; Natalia, a beauty consultant for Christian Dior cosmetics who is faced with the challenge of trying to reconnect with some of her family and gaining their support; Sidney, »
- THE DEADLINE TEAM
VH1 is shedding its clothes this summer. The cable music network will premiere its new reality series Dating Naked, where a man and a woman date two different naked suitors on a remote exotic location, July 17 at 9 p.m. Et.
According to the network description: “The series will play with the idea of what it really means to be naked in the search for love. There’s no clothing, no jewelry, no phones and no conventions of society. Just you.”
Joining Dating Naked on Thursday nights this summer is previously announced series #CandidlyNicole, based on Nicole Richie’s AOL online series of the same name, »
- Stephanie Robbins
The Man Behind The Music
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David Arnold, multiple nominee and winner of Grammy, Ivor Novello, Bmi, Saturn, World Soundtrack and BAFTA awards and one of the UK's leading Film and TV composers and songwriters is to make his London concert debut on July 6th at the Royal Festival Hall as part of the Songbook Series at London’s Festival Hall which also includes concerts with Tim Rice, Tony Hatch and Burt Bacharach.
David Arnold – A Life In Song – will take the audience on a journey, with new and reworked performances of his best-known work. Following the inaugural Song Book series concert last year with Don Black, »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Cinema Retro)
Ricky Martin is Livin’ la Vida Soltero at as of the holidays. According to a report by El Nuevo Día (confirmed by Martin’s publicist) the singer amicably ended his relationship with long-time partner, Puerto Rican financier Carlos González Abella.
Martin came out in 2010 after the birth of his twin sons Matteo and Valentino. He didn’t reveal the name of his partner until 2011 during a Behind the Music interview with VH1.
“My boyfriend is very smart, very compassionate. But most importantly, he loves my children. It is very beautiful. Super cool. I’m very happy.”
Martin was born in Puerto Rico but he obtained Spanish citizenship two years ago. He recently told Agencia Efe that he hoped to get married in Spain. Looks like that might be on hold.
The post Ricky Martin Single Again appeared first on thebacklot.com. »
- Aaron Landry
20 items from 2014
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