14 items from 2014
Bet announced its nominees for the 2014 Soul Train Awards Monday, and singer Chris Brown led the pack with seven mentions. Hosted this year by Wendy Williams, the 2014 show will take place at the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas on Nov. 7. Falling just short of the entertainer were “Happy” singer Pharrell Williams and “Flawless” performer Beyonce, each of whom netted six nominations. In addition to being nominated for Best R&B/Soul Male Artist, Brown's collaboration with Lil’ Wayne and Tyga — “Loyal” – is up for four different accolades including Best Collaboration, a category that sees him nominated twice. Also read: Chris Brown's Advice. »
- Travis Reilly
Fyi folks... premiering November 30, at 8pm Et/Pt on Centric and Bet, the awards show returns with a new host... ## “Last year Wendy Williams did an amazing job hosting our red carpet show, so this year, we’re excited to have the queen of daytime talk host Soul Train Awards 2014, as we celebrate some of the most-promising new artists as well as the industry’s greatest legends,” said Paxton Baker, General Manager and Executive Vice President, Centric. “We’re back at the Orleans Arena, one of the nicest production spaces in town, where we’ll be hosting a weekend full of timeless entertainment and we’re inviting fans all over the country to join us for the most soulful »
- Tambay A. Obenson
“SNL” accused of ripping off its Tina Turner sketch A teacher for the L.A.-based comedy troupe that boasts so many “Saturday Night Live” alums and two of its members claim the Tina Turner tribute band sketch featured this past weekend was a direct ripoff. And to prove it, they’ve uploaded their video to YouTube. Meanwhile, an “SNL” source tells The Wrap that the sketch wasn’t ripped off: “It's a common idea, Tina Turner is such an iconic figure. The similarities represent parallel thinking, it's an example of great minds thinking alike.” Don’t be pessimistic about “Twin Peaks” returning! The knee-jerk reaction to today’s news is to point out how terrible “Twin Peaks” became. But as James Poniewozik says, it’s okay to be excited: "I have no idea, of course, what the new Twin Peaks will be like. It will be good, or it will be bad. »
- Norman Weiss
Wendy Williams will host the 2014 Soul Train Awards, the talk show host announced to her audience on Monday. Singer Dionne Warwick and Tony Cornelius, the son of “Soul Train” creator Don Cornelius, stopped by the “Wendy Williams Show” to help deliver the news. Also read: Don Cornelius, ‘Soul Train’ Host, Dead of Gunshot Wound “My father always thought highly of you. He always thought you were aggressive, and you could make it happen,” Cornelius said during the segment (above). “And now you've become this media personality.” The Soul Train Awards will be held at the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas on Nov. »
- Greg Gilman
We’ve got questions, and you’ve (maybe) got answers! With another week of TV gone by, we’re lobbing queries left and right about shows including The Unauthorized Saved By the Bell Story, Graceland, Finding Carter and So You Think You Can Dance!
1 | Falling Skies fans, can we talk about how fake-tastic this docking scene looked? Including how the Beamer gently attached itself while clocking about 400mph?
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2 | Was the word “beau” as ubiquitous in the late ’50s/early ’60s as Masters of Sex would have us believe? »
Has it actually been ten years already since we have been engaged in the realm of films dating back to 2004? A decade is certainly a long period of time to build our appreciation for cinema up until this critical point in 2014. In looking back at 2004, one can recall fondly some of the more desirable releases to come out at that time. For instance, the superb Million Dollar Baby was the Academy Award-winning film for 2004. Even the comedies that were released that year gave movie audiences cause to rejoice with such ditties as the sleeper indie hit Napoleon Dynamite and well as mainstream laughers in Mean Girls and Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgandy.
Unfortunately for every gem there is a dud and then some. And 2004 had its share to say the least. So how about getting nostalgic and recalling some of the notable misses that were heaped on misled moviegoers »
- Frank Ochieng
For a generation of kids, Saturday morning at 11am was appointment-television time. You put away your cereal bowl and switched from cartoons or pro-wrestling to a channel a little further down the dial. After a minute or two, you'd finally see that signature animated train — a funky, pulsing engine grooving down inner-city elevated tracks (and later, around the world), puffing out rainbow-colored smoke. Then a high-pitched voice screamed out the words you'd waited all week to hear: "It's the Sooooouuullll Traaaaaiiiiiinnnn!"
12 Mind-Blowing 'Soul Train' Performances
From 1971 to 1993, dapper »
In 2012, it was announced that there was renewed interest in exploiting the Soul Train franchise - likely thanks in some part, at the time, to Don Cornelius' death (February 1, 2012). The news then was that Soul Train Holdings was working with Wme to find ways to exploit and grow the brand, which would include a film, a stage musical And a TV show. "Certainly we want to proceed in a way that will highlight the contribution of Don to the creation of the brand and its subsequent impact on American culture," said Kenard Gibbs, CEO of Soul Train Holdings. However, there were some rights issues that they'd have to deal with, notably the music used in each »
New York -- Ready to dance the Soul Train line again? Following in the footsteps of last season's popular box office draw, Motown: The Musical, producer Matthew Weaver has acquired first-class theatrical rights to the long-running television variety show launched by Don Cornelius in 1970. Weaver is in talks to assemble a creative team to develop the property as a musical for Broadway. During its 35-year lifespan in national syndication, which ended in 2006, the show introduced multiple generations of Americans to new music styles and dance moves each week, from R&B, soul, funk, pop and disco through hip
- David Rooney
Fans of Michael Jackson have been mourning his death ever since the news broke in 2009. With death, it was natural to assume that fans of Jackson’s would never hear any more music from him again. But, we’re in the age where death doesn’t really matter when it comes to a famous person, so lo and behold, we’ve got ourselves a new Michael Jackson album! The production, called “Xscape,” features unreleased tracks made by Jackson during his “Invincible” days, according to DirectLyrics.com (via Soul Train). The cover art had been released a few weeks ago, but what people have really been waiting on, the first released track from the album, [ Read More ]
It seems like an eternity since the last episode of “Saturday Night Live” aired, but it’s back tonight, with the most beloved member of one of television’s biggest shows as host. Jim Parsons is a semi-unlikely television star, but there are few who don’t know who Sheldon Cooper is at this point, and a large chunk of that goes to Parson’s portrayal of that character. In lesser hands, Sheldon would not be one of the true genuine breakout characters in recent TV history. Tonight, Parsons gets to potentially stretch his wings, in addition to almost undoubtedly delivering “The Big Bang Theory”-related humor as well. Along for the ride is musical act Beck for this, the first show in the post-Seth Meyers Era. Usually, I liveblog the proceedings, but due to personal reasons, I’m opting for the less taxing task of recapping it after the fact. »
- Ryan McGee
'Saturday Night Live' Recap
For the cold open on Saturday, SNL treated viewers to Kate McKinnon reprising her take on Ellen DeGeneres. Much like when McKinnon debuted her impersonation, the jokes focused on the talk show host’s dancing and talking about herself – as “I’m Ellen,” once again served as a catchphrase.
Breaking from tradition again, SNL brought out the host prior to his or her opening monologue. In the cold open, Parsons played Olympic figure skater-turned-Olympic host Johnny Weir, rocking leather pants and a fabulous pompadour.
I’m Not That Guy
Parsons’ opening monologue tackled the major concern that many had with the actor taking up hosting duties – the perception that he’s Sheldon Cooper. »
Brian McKnight claims his accountant was so fraudulent, so deceptive ... the money man stooped to secretly getting a United States congressman to help cover up his misdeeds.McKnight has filed a lawsuit against Vernon Brown and Company, claiming Brown ruined his life by not paying Any of Brian's taxes for close to a decade ... resulting not only in more than a million bucks in back taxes, but more than $500K in penalties and interest.Here's »
- TMZ Staff
After the sad death of James Avery this week, it’s time to celebrate his greatest character, and why he was the greatest parent that we never had.
Many actors may lament the fact that their entire career is all but defined by just one of their characters, but in the case of Avery’s Philip Banks, it is rather a testament to how universally loved and admired the Fresh Prince of Bel-Air’s father (and uncle) truly was. Whether he was bustin’ a move to ‘Spill the Wine’, hurling popular 90′s disc jockeys across his front lawn or breaking out ‘Lucille’ in the local pool hall, Uncle Phil entertained and inspired a generation, becoming a household name all over the world, and remaining just as popular and revered eighteen years after the show ended.
So join us for a stroll down memory lane, as we pinpoint exactly why the »
- Gary Hughes
14 items from 2014
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