9 items from 2013
It was announced earlier this week that AMC is spinning-off its most popular show, The Walking Dead. This new horror series, which comes from The Walking Dead executive producers Robert Kirkman, Gale Anne Hurd and David Alpert, will follow a different set of never-before-seen survivors while still being set within this same zombie infested universe. And because it's an American series, we don't think it's going to take place outside the U.S. Pretty exciting news, right? Well, the announcement itself was met with a resounding...Sigh of indifference.
Why, you might ask, did so few fans care so little about the expanding of this great series? That's easy. It's because we've been inundated with zombies over the course of the past few years. From World War Z, to Marvel Zombies, to an episode of It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, and even with Bath Salts on the streets, the walking dead are literally everywhere. »
Dig out your double denim, B*Witched return to our TV screens tonight in The Big Reunion: On Tour.
We saw an awful lot of lows in the first series of Big Reunion. Were there ever any happy moments for pop bands in the '90s?
"The work does consume you and you kind of live in a kind of bubble in a pop band. It can be difficult mentally after a certain amount of time. Add that to the fact we were very young and more often than not, when you get into a pop group like that you are very young, and that can cause problems. It's quite a surreal environment to be in.
"It does have its lows, but there's definitely highs as well. I think with the documentary, »
Frankly, I'm not certain what Q-Tip's temper tantrum was all about, because there's really nothing in this that I'd say is damning, or paints him or his crew in a negative light. They (A Tribe Called Quest - Q-tip, Phife Dawg, Ali Shaheed Muhammad and Jarobi) were, for all intents and purposes, a family. And families are in conflict from time to time. It's the natural order of things. Peaks and valleys, I-Ching, ying and yang; there'll be good times and there'll be not-so good times. And with maturity comes some sense of solace. You face, head-on, whatever differences divide you, squash them and move on. C'est la vie. Unless, as some suggested, it was all a publicity stunt by Tip, »
- Malcolm Woodard
He's the best man and a proud son. Harry Styles had a very important gig - walking the bride down the aisle - at his mother's wedding this weekend in the town of Congleton in Cheshire, England. Anne Cox, dressed in a white floor-length gown with a lace top, married longtime partner Robin Twist, who helped raise the One Direction singer, at Pecks restaurant on Saturday, according to a local report. Styles, 19, wore a black suit with a white shirt, a skinny black tie and a white rose on his lapel to match the bouquet his mother carried at the ceremony, »
- Aaron Parsley
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ITV2's The Big Reunion stripped back the sequins and perma-smiles of seven bands languishing on pop's scrapheap. Its ratings success meant a one-off live show snowballed into a sold-out jaunt around the country's arenas, thrusting the curious convoy back into a world of synchronised dance moves and dubious fashion choices.
But from the moment the older, still eager, faces of former Smash Hits cover stars flash up on the O2's giant screens, its apparent that, this time round, it's all about TV. The format is pure X Factor, with constant clips from the first series and roaming cameras capturing action for the upcoming second. The outfits, songs and running order are all familiar from The Big Reunion's final episode, in which the acts performed at the Hammersmith Apollo.
The small screen action, however, gives the on-stage, »
- Betty Clarke
New York, April 22 (Ians/Efe) American salsa star Marc Anthony will launch April 26 "Vivir Mi Vida", the first promotional cut from his new disc, which goes on sale next July, his publicist said.
The day before the single goes on the market, the artist will appear at the Billboard Latin Music Awards gala, where he will perform his new number, an adaptation of the song "C'est La Vie" by Cheb Khaled.
"Vivir Mi Vida" will be available on iTunes immediately after the world debut of the single at the Billboard awards, his publicist Blanca Lasalle said in a communique Saturday.
This is the first disc of tropical music that the New Yorker, winner of two Grammys and three Latin Grammys, has made in almost 10 years, since. »
- Smith Cox
Kid Rock made waves by supporting Mitt Romney in the 2012 presidential election, but that doesn't mean he always toes the party line. In an new interview with Rolling Stone, the rocker says one point in particular had him foaming at the mouth.
As previously reported, Kid Rock is planning a tour and trying to keep ticket prices at $20. He hasn't been completely successful, however, because of ticketing fees and states that have outlawed paperless ticketing. Guess who is to blame:
"That's one of the times I'm f--king embarrassed to be a Republican," Rock said. "It's f--king Republican lawmakers passing those laws, you dumbasses. They already did it in New York and they're trying to do it in Michigan. I've even called some of those guys to try and stop it."
But the musician's rage wasn't only directed at Republican legislators. "They're taking a f--king five-dollar service charge," he said of concert retailer Ticketmaster. »
- The Huffington Post
Here's a lush, breezy short film that shows what happens when every single aspect of life receives "the French touch." That means "eau de toilette" and croissants in the morning, quirky threesomes in the afternoon and art films at night. As someone who lives in Paris, I was amused by how many cliches about the French are still relatively true, even when pushed to this extreme. The only thing I'd respectfully disagree with is the part where the lead character goes to the gym. French women generally prefer cigarettes and small portions to maintain their figure, and there are barely any gyms in Paris. Still, it all sounds romantic, right? Well, It is... to a point. But, as C'est La Vie slowly reveals, even the...
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A parody video joining two of Martin Freeman's finest roles has been released online. The Office: An Unexpected Journey superimposes characters from Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant's classic sitcom The Office onto faces from the first Hobbit movie from Peter Jackson. Freeman is seen as Tim Canterbury talking about his boring job in the guise of Bilbo Baggins, while David Brent has been transformed into Gandalf the Grey. "People say I'm the best boss, they go, 'Oh you get the best out of us', and I go 'C'est la vie'," Brent says while wearing Gandalf's wizard hat and beard. Meanwhile, Mackenzie Crook appears as Gareth Keenan's new form of Gollum, and there's (more) »
- By Tom Eames
9 items from 2013
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