18 items from 2016
Happy New Year! It's been a tumultuous year for me and for many of us of a certain age. I lost a brother. The world lost a slew of pop culture -- Carrie Fisher, Alan Richman, Craig Sager, John Glenn -- and music icons -- Bowie, Prince, Leonard Cohen, George Michael, et al. One comfort for me was music and my rediscovery of vinyl. The warm, comforting sound of analog became my daily meditative fix. Quite literarily. Seeking out vinyl "nuggets" became a quest to help me deal with my own pain and depression. Chasing down albums that I owned thirty years, abadonded at the advent of those shiny new things called compact discs. Restorative analog power reigned o'er me. One of my chief caveats: I would not purchase anything on vinyl that I already owned on compact disc. Well, that rule didn't last long as I found comfort in »
- Dusty Wright
Could there be a more perfect moment than this? Sitting in the garden behind the Hotel Nacional, looking at the Cuban flag so proudly waving over the Straits of Florida and the Gulf of Mexico. The same site where the defense was built during the Cuban Missile Crisis, this moment of time marks a particularly precarious balance between peaceful coexistence and military aggression as we contemplate the recent death of Castro and election of Trump, wondering how it will play out in 2017.Hotel Nacional, Headquarters of Festival de Cine Nuevo Iberoamericano, Havana, Cuba
Cuba, ten days after the death of Fidel Castro, head of state for 52 years,may be a bit more subdued, but life here goes on, even with the influx of American tourists (other tourists have always been here); there is a sense of harmony. And in spite of the scarcity of luxuries for its people, the people »
- Sydney Levine
Louisa Mellor Dec 12, 2016
We’ve taken a pen to the UK Christmas TV and radio schedules and circled the shows we’re looking forward to. Add yours below!
Amid the cosy repeats, big movies and inescapable cranberry-stuffed cookery shows on TV this month are a few original gems. Reece Shearsmith and Steve Pemberton’s Inside No. 9 festive special The Devil Of Christmas (Tuesday the 27th of December, 10pm, BBC Two) is top of our must-watch list. Hot on its heels is Yonderland’s family friendly Yonder Yuletide (Saturday the 24th of December, 6.30pm, Sky One). Another for families on Sky is the Christmas Day Jasper Fforde adaptation The Last Dragonslayer, while Channel 4 has the non-festive-but-essential-for-fans-of smart-sci-fi Humans series two finale (Sunday the 18th of December, 9pm).
(Updated: December 7 at 4:33 p.m. Et with a statement from the sued party.) A music rights company representing songs performed by John Lennon, Justin Bieber, Shakira, Drake, and Kenny Chesney, among many others, has filed a lawsuit against the Radio Music License Committee (Rmlc) over licensing fees, TheWrap has learned. Global Music Rights — a new alternative to long-standing music-rights outfits Ascap and Bmi — argues that it has not received nearly enough in compensation for songs performed by its artists on traditional terrestrial radio. Rmlc stations constitute 90 percent of the country’s terrestrial radio revenue, the complaint says, and reach. »
- Tony Maglio
Et has the lowdown on what some of your favorite celebs have been up to recently that you might have missed.
On Tuesday, Justin Bieber and his friends attended Usain Bolt's I Am Bolt premiere after-party at Tape night club in London, where Justin was performing the final two concerts of the European leg of his Purpose Tour. On the way into Tape, he wore a suit and an ink stain patterned shirt. When exiting, Justin was wrapped up for the ice-cold London weather in a beanie hat and parker coat.
Watch: Justin Bieber Drops Mic, Walks Off Stage After Fans Boo Him in Manchester
The same day, actress Ashley Benson joined PayPal on #GivingTuesday to encourage online donations to thousands of worthy causes while at home in Los Angeles.
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Later, in Miami Beach, iconic champagne house Perrier-Jouët celebrated the Opening Night of L'Eden by Perrier-Jouët in partnership »
Mumbai — India’s Supreme Court has decided to turn the clock back. On Wednesday it ruled that all cinemas must play the national anthem before every commercial film screening.
The anthem must be accompanied by images of the Indian flag and cinema audiences must rise and remain standing for its duration. Cinema exits must remain closed while the anthem is playing as people walking in and out constitutes disrespect, the court said.
The Supreme Court bench comprising justices Dipak Misra and Amitava Roy said: “The time has come when people must respect the national anthem which is part of constitutional patriotism. People must feel that it is their country. It is because of the country that they are enjoying freedom and liberty.”
Cinemas in newly independent India used to play the anthem after screenings from the late 1940s. But the practice ceased in the 1960s. The song “Jana Gana Mana »
- Naman Ramachandran
Garth Brooks is headed to The Voice!
The 54-year-old country legend will serve as a key adviser for the Top 12 artists in an episode airing on Monday, Nov. 14, at 8 p.m. Et/Pt on NBC. Brooks is the latest to join what has already proven to be a star-studded season, with Tim McGraw and Faith Hill serving as key advisers last month and, before that, Bette Midler, Joan Jett, Sammy Hagar and Charlie Puth appearing as team mentors.
The Voice goes live for the first time this season on Monday, Nov. 7, in an unprecedented move. For the first time ever, voters at home will weigh in on the Top 20 performances in real time, advancing two artists during the two-hour telecast. Then, throughout the show, coaches Miley Cyrus, Blake Shelton, Alicia Keys and Adam Levine will make the immediate decision to save »
Putting together a genre film festival of any type takes time, commitment (or committed), a reliable team, a diverse lineup, luck plus so much more. The western part of North America is rich with talent, history and film festivals that break the mold and continue to redefine the experience for everyone that becomes part of the events. From such cities in California like Los Angeles, Sacramento and San Diego to Edmonton, Alberta Canada to Seattle, Washington, we sat down with five diverse film festival programmers to ask questions that not only connect these festivals but explore their development, growth and survival. These five key organizers and programmers bring different perspectives, experience, selective eye as well as personality to this discussion as we covered a wide variety of topics gaining insight into what makes this annual celebration of film, fans and filmmakers a must to attend!
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- Jay Kay
From the deadly dreamscapes of Freddy Krueger, to the graveyard where Jason Voorhees was resurrected, to one of the most perilous proms put to celluloid, the special guests for Crypticon Minnesota 2016 come from all avenues of horror genre history, and they will congregate this weekend in the Land of 10,000 Lakes for the 11th annual "Nightmare Before Halloween."
Crypticon Minneapolis may not begin until Friday, but festivities for the event will take place tonight at the Theatres at Mall of America with a special screening of A Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy’s Revenge, featuring star Mark Patton on hand for an audience Q&A.
The event will then officially kick off on Friday, October 14th and run through Sunday, October 16th at the Crown Plaza Aire Hotel in Bloomington, Mn. Special guests include Thom Mathews, William Katt, Mark Patton, Kim Myers, Verne Troyer, Tuesday Knight, Jill Schoelen, Suzanne Snyder, »
- Derek Anderson
Alex Westthorp Sep 19, 2016
Read our look-back at UK kids' fantasy dramas 1980 - 1984 here.
By 1985 British TV's children's drama had really hit its stride, achieving "a balanced diet of programmes" as Edward Barnes, the head of the BBC children's department observed. The late 80s, arguably, saw a new golden age for spooky and magical kids drama. Excellent production values, improved significantly by well-honed special effects work using Quantel, Paintbox and Harry, and moreover some interesting casting - often of very talented newcomers - produced some of the most memorable dramas of the era.
The second half of the decade saw the BBC riding high on the back of the success of their state-of-the-art adaptation of John Masefield's Box Of Delights. Meanwhile, anthology series Dramarama was going from strength to strength on ITV. »
It's one thing to set a TV series in the 1980s; it's a whole other thing, however, to make it feel like it was actually shot during the Reagan-and-Rubik's-Cube era. Matt and Ross Duffer's new Netflix series Stranger Things is full of nostalgic nods to the decade and its pop-cultural products, but it's also uncommonly rigorous about getting the details just right — whether it's the many pitch-perfect music cues, the hat-tipping nods and homages to Eighties movies, or simply nailing the cringeworthy fashion statements of the day (those Mom jeans! »
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has invited prominent conservatives to the company’s headquarters in Menlo Park, California for a meeting on Wednesday to discuss reports that his company’s Trending Topics section reflects deliberate liberal biases. Radio host Glenn Beck, Fox News’ Dana Perino, Arthur Brooks of the American Enterprise Institute, CNN commentator Se Cupp and former Mitt Romney staffer Zac Moffatt are among the conservatives who were invited to discuss the issue. “I’m going in with an open mind and an eagerness to learn more,” Cupp told CNN. “Conservatives and Silicon Valley actually come down on the same »
- Brian Flood
Adam Arkin will guest star in an upcoming episode of NBC’s “The Carmichael Show,” plus, TV Land sets premiere dates for two of its returning comedies, “Empire” will soon have its own line of dolls, and more. . .
Adam Arkin will guest star on “The Carmichael Show” as Grant North, Maxine’s (Amber Stevens West) reserved, high-achieving father. In the upcoming episode, Grant will be in town for Maxine’s graduation.
In addition to a recent guest appearance on the Season 2 finale of “How to Get Away With Murder,” the Emmy-nominated actor has held notable roles on “Sons of Anarchy,” “Law & Order,” “The West Wing” and “Frasier.” Also a director, his credits include episodes of ” Sons of Anarchy,” “The Blacklist,” “The Americans” and “Grey’s Anatomy.”
- Alyssa Sage
CBS has strengthened its hold on first place for the season by winning the primetime demo derby race for a third straight frame last week behind “The Big Bang Theory,” the “Academy of Country Music Awards” and improved numbers for “Supergirl” as it welcomed CW character “The Flash.”
The Eye won in adults 18-49, 25-54 as well as total viewers in a week despite strong numbers for the season finale of AMC’s monster hit “The Walking Dead” and a robust return following a nearly fourth-month break for Fox’s “Empire.”
With a little over seven weeks to go in the seasonal race, CBS led NBC through Sunday by more than a full tenth (2.41 to 2.26). It appeared a few weeks ago that NBC could perhaps catch and surpass the leader, but that’s looking less likely now. The gap will certainly close down the stretch, and there’s a decent »
- Rick Kissell
A few thoughts on tonight's The People v. O.J. Simpson coming up just as soon as my stylist turns me into Rick James... How appropriate that we get to wrap up International Women's Day with "Marcia, Marcia, Marcia," The People v. O.J.'s sympathetic mash note to doomed O.J. prosecutor Marcia Clark. It's not straight-up hagiography, as it points out various mistakes Clark made during this period — continuing to dismiss Darden's concerns about letting Mark Fuhrman testify, taking a big stand in court about needing to get home to her kids and then asking her husband to watch them that night (a move that she had to know would blow up in her face, given the contentiousness of the divorce and her new hugely public identity) — but it also illustrates the many challenges she had to face throughout the trial that none of her male counterparts did. Radio »
- Alan Sepinwall
At the end of last night's Republican presidential debate, Dr. Ben Carson was granted one last opportunity to appeal to voters before the Super Tuesday primaries inevitably force him to suspend his undead campaign. The retired neurosurgeon, whose personal charisma could generously be likened to that of a hung-over Dmv agent, was determined not to throw away his shot. He raised both of his arms in front of him, turned his palms to the country, and unleashed his signature drawl:
"Several years ago, a movie was made about these hands. »
During last year, we noted how music director Himesh Reshammiya truly loves to nurture and support new singing talent. This was also evident as he continued to participate as a judge in two reality shows last year: ‘India’s RAWStar’ and ‘The Voice – India’. As Himesh had replaced the original judge YoYo Honey Singh half way through India’s RAWstar, he developed a bond with the top three final singers of the show – Akasa Singh, Darshan Raval and winner Rituraj Mohanty. Akasa Singh has already performed with Himesh on a mini international tour to Fiji and New Zealand last year, and she recently made her singing debut with him on the peppy track ‘Tu Kheench Meri Photo’ for the romantic film ‘Sanam Teri Kasam’. Darshan Raval has also sung for Himesh on the albums Prem Ratan Dhan Payo (in the song ‘Jab Tum Chaho’) and also in the same duet »
- Jem Raj
Joe Alaskey, the voice behind notable cartoon characters including Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck, died of cancer on Wednesday. He was 63.
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- Ellen Brait
18 items from 2016
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