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Andy and Lana Wachowski have finalized the cast for their Netflix series Sense8, adding Lost's Naveen Andrews and Daryl Hannah to round out the roster. They'll be joining a cosmopolitan cast of characters that includes "a closeted Mexican telenovela hunk, an Icelandic party girl, a German safe-cracker, a Korean businesswoman, an African bus driver and a transgender American blogger." As for the plot, co-showrunner J. Michael Straczynski (formerly of Babylon 5) told Deadline that the series centers on eight characters who are telepathically connected. "They can not only see and talk to each other as though they were in the same place, they have access to each other’s deepest secrets," said Straczynski. "Not only must they figure out what happened and why and what it means for the future of humanity, they must do so while being hunted by an organization out to capture, kill or vivisect them. »
- E. Alex Jung
The Top 8 performed on the live performance episode of The Voice, but it was coach Adam Levine who stole the spotlight with his newly bleached blonde hair – Carson Daly introduced Adam as “Adam Levine and the hairdo.”
Top 8 Perform Live
First up was Sisaundra Lewis from Team Blake. Sisaundra decided to show off her pipes with “River Deep, Mountain High” by Tina Turner. The performance was special for Sisaundra because her mother, at 76-years-old, is attending one of her performances for the very first time. As expected, Sisaundra blows it away, singing every note as if it were her last.
Sisaundra is amazing, hands down, but she can also be a bit too much. It will be interesting to see how she does as more contestants face elimination. Sisaundra is so touched »
If you loved the celebrity interviews on "Oprah," rejoice -- "Oprah's Master Class” returns to Own on Sun. May 11 at 10:00 p.m. with a raft of celebrities who want to talk about themselves. How often does that happen? In making the announcement at Own’s recent Upfront presentation, Oprah Winfrey said, “I wanted to create a series where we would be able to offer some of the most iconic artists of our time a chance to share what they know for sure… this Mother’s Day we launch a brand new season and I actually think it’s the best one yet.” Don't believe her? This preview clip actually looks pretty interesting, people. Here's a rundown of who's coming: Justin Timberlake (May 11) - The brand new season kicks off with one of this generation’s most celebrated entertainers, multiple Grammy and Emmy award-winning actor and musician, Justin Timberlake. »
- Liane Bonin Starr
“We Are The World” is a legitimately awful song, and unfortunately for official charities, there’s a list of songs as long as Geldof’s contacts list that were released to “help” their cause.
While a cynic might question whether an artist’s inclusion in a charity is because they genuinely care or they have an ulterior motif: namely, to boost their profiles. Even the most positive of optimists would put a good spin on some these records though, many of which have – thankfully – been lost in the mists of time. Better not make too much of a big deal about that however, or Bono will be recruiting a line-up of “Artists Against Forgotten Charity Records.”
Since Sir Bob’s dream of an all-star line-up to record “Do They Know It’s Christmas?” (or, to elaborate, a line-up that would sell more copies than a Boomtown Rats recording), artists »
- Dan Bull
The Grammys! They’re this coming Sunday and I almost forgot! To celebrate, here are all 55 winners of the Record of the Year Grammy ranked for your consideration. Now beat it.
55. “Don’t Worry Be Happy,” Bobby McFerrin
Finger-snapping never sounded so un-snappy.
54. “Rosanna,” Toto
53. “Sunny Came Home,” Shawn Colvin
You know, a Grammy windfall was bound to happen to one of those exactly 1998 female singer-songwriters (Meredith Brooks, Natalie Imbruglia, Paula Cole, etc.), and Shawn Colvin was the big winner. “Sunny Came Home” is contemplative, but Grammy-worthy?
52. “Change the World,” Eric Clapton
Sort of annoying when a legendary artist wins for his most palatable and forgettable material. “Change the World” is merely radio-friendly, not an artistic breakthrough.
51. “We are the World, »
- Louis Virtel
Though we may look different, and though our methods of communication are worlds apart, us humans are all around not unlike the animals that we eat, hunt and make pets out of. In fact, some of our features and body parts are very similar to the ones found on our animal friends, which is why overweight people are often referred to as pigs, while those with less meat on their bones may be criticized for having 'chicken legs.' I can only assume these sorts of insults served as the inspiration for Chinese artist Liu Xue's 'We Are The World' sculptures, though perhaps I'm totally off base in typing that.
Regardless, Xue's highly unusual hybrid creatures walk the line between horrifying and oddly beautiful, the upper body of a man joined with the lower body of a dog in one, and the wings of a chicken tearing out »
- John Squires
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