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Juliette Harrisson Mar 24, 2017
Remember this lot popping up in Quantum Leap? They're our pick of the best guest performances in the time travel show...
Once again, we’re celebrating great guest performances in one of our favourite shows. We’re defining a guest appearance as an actor who plays a particular character no more than twice over the run of the show. There’s a bit more competition for the list for this show than most – since Quantum Leap only had two regular cast members and nearly every other actor on the show appeared only once!
Al the Bartender is far from the only mysterious, enigmatic, highly knowledgeable bartender in science fiction and fantasy (Nelson the barman in Life On Mars springs to mind, for one). However, he is a key »
The series was set up last May by Sony TV with the U.K.’s Channel 4. The 10-episode drama will feature adaptations of works by the revered science fiction author, who penned the story that inspired 1982’s “Blade Runner.”
Dee Rees, writer-director of HBO’s “Bessie” and this year’s Sundance favorite “Mudbound,” has been recruited to write one of the episodes. Other scribes on board include Tony Grisoni (“Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas”), Jack Thorne (“Harry Potter and the Cursed Child”) Matthew Graham (“Life on Mars”), David Farr (“The Night Manager”) and Travis Beacham (“Pacific Rim”). Moore and fellow executive producer Michael Dinner (“Justified”) are also set to write.
“Electric Dreams” hails from Cranston’s Sony-based Moon Shot Entertainment banner. The »
- Cynthia Littleton
It’s hard to believe it’s been a year since David Bowie‘s death. It hurts for many reasons, but if there’s any solace to glean from the loss, it’s that Bowie has been properly mourned. Not just among civilians — you’d be hard-pressed to find an artist who didn’t turn in a Bowie cover at some point. Here are some of our favorites from the past year, ranging from deep cuts to the obvious ones.
Seu Jorge, “Space Oddity”
Okay, okay, this one’s kind of a cheat. Seu Jorge’s lovely samba-flavored covers of »
It’s been almost a year to the day since we lost David Bowie, but the rock icon and beloved creative force is still foremost in the minds of those who knew and loved him best. As Billboard reports, on Sunday evening, some of those people — including fans, friends and even former bandmates — gathered together to celebrate what would have been Bowie’s seventieth birthday for a three-hour charity concert at London’s Brixton Academy. It was an appropriately rocking and raucous event.
The show was hosted by actor (and close Bowie pal) Gary Oldman, who took the stage not only to emcee the event, but to rock out to a few of Bowie’s classics, including “Sorrow” and “The Man Who Sold the World.”
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Oldman was joined by other luminaries and performers, »
- Kate Erbland
David Bowie may have left us, but his music has not — and, in a most pleasant surprise, some of his final recordings have been assembled in a new form. Today’s “No Plan” Ep, which was released to coincide with what would have been the dearly departed musician/actor/space oddity’s 70th birthday, contains four songs that were originally part of the soundtrack to Bowie’s Broadway musical “Lazarus”: “Lazarus,” “No Plan,” “Killing a Little Time” and “When I Met You.” Watch the new video for the title track below.
Read More: David Bowie Music Video Director Says Bowie Only Discovered He Was Dying During Last 3 Months
Taking place on a rainy night, the video features a series of TV windows in a display window that display the song’s lyrics:
“Here, there’s no music here
I’m lost in streams of sound
Here, am I nowhere now? »
- Michael Nordine
David Bowie’s final album “Blackstar” may not have been the singer-songwriter’s so-called death record. Jonah Renck, the director of the music video for Bowie’s single “Lazurus,” told the Guardian that the concept of the video was conceived before Bowie knew his cancer was terminal, and that it was his idea — not Bowie’s — to have the singer lie in a hospital bed for the video.
“I immediately said ‘the song is called Lazarus, you should be in the bed’,” Renck told the Guardian. “To me it had to do with the biblical aspect of it … it had nothing to do with him being ill.”
The shooting of the video took place around the time Bowie received his final diagnosis, roughly three months before his death last January.
Later this month, »
- Graham Winfrey
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