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TV producers and film-makers are trading in the glamorous world of music for the sweaty basements of standup
‘This was the most important era in standup comedy; this is when it all changed,” says Michael Aguilar, executive producer of Sky Atlantic’s high-profile new Us import, I’m Dying Up Here. “This is when comedy went from setup-punchline jokes to storytelling, to therapy, to creating characters.” The era was the early 1970s, and the standup scene was Los Angeles, where the careers of many soon-to-be comedy superstars, including Richard Pryor, Steve Martin, David Letterman and Robin Williams, were just being launched. “In 1973, when Johnny Carson moved The Tonight Show from New York to La, that became the scene,” continues Aguilar. “It moved from the east coast to the west coast, and these guys were suddenly the kings of the Sunset Strip.”
Related: I'm Dying Up Here review – 70s standup drama »
- Jane Mulkerrins
Kendall Jenner is selling her house of horrors ... TMZ has learned. Our sources say Kendall has a buyer on the line for the home that was burglarized earlier this year. It's also the house where a crazed fan followed her up her driveway. So, after arrests, restraining orders and grief, we've learned Kendall's WeHo home is now in escrow. We don't know what the buyer is paying, but we're guessing if Kendall got anywhere near the $6.5 mil she paid, »
- TMZ Staff
At the very top of a hill, nestled in among perfectly manicured trees and rising above the billboards and neon signs of the Sunset Strip lies a castle with a very storied history. The Chateau Marmont has graced the skyline of Los Angeles since the early 1920's, when it was built as the city's first earthquake-proof apartment building. Not more than 10 years later the hotel as we know it was founded. The building was destined for star-crossed glamour; it was modeled after a Chateau in the Loire Valley that is believed to be Leonardo Da Vinci's final resting place. Almost as soon as it opened, celebrities began flocking to its hallowed halls. To wander the Chateau's grounds is to step into an alternate »
Ahead of its release this October, a trailer has arrived online for writer-director Ash Avildsen’s rock & roll horror-thriller American Satan, which stars Malcolm McDowell (A Clockwork Orange), BooBoo Stewart (X-Men: Days of Future Past), Mark Boone Jr. (Sons of Anarchy), Andy Biersack (Black Veiled Brides), John Bradley (Game Of Thrones) and Denise Richards (Starship Troopers).
Set in the land of dreams, American Satan tells the story of a young rock band, half from England half from the Us, who move to the Sunset Strip to chase their music dreams. Living in a van, their passion and talent exceed their means to survive when an enigmatic stranger (Malcolm McDowell) preys on the emotional turmoil lead singer Johnny Faust (Andy Biersack) finds himself in turmoil after learning of his mother’s (Denise Richards) illness. Manipulating this time of weakness for the band, he offers them a deal that will set them on a path of fame, »
- Gary Collinson
Chris Perez, the widower of the late Selena Quintanilla, has never been afraid to share their memories as a couple. The musician released a book titled To Selena, With Love in 2012 and this past April, he post their marriage license on Instagram in celebration of what would have been their 25th wedding anniversary. Now, he’s sharing a funny moment he had with the Tejano singer in which he woke her from a deep sleep to listen to his favorite band’s new single:
“Just heard this song again tonight from one of my favorite bands #Extreme…and I had a memory… »
- Thatiana Diaz
How's this for embarrassing -- 2 NFL players racked up a $10,000 bill at a Hollywood nightclub ... only to have their credit cards Declined, this according to a new lawsuit obtained by TMZ Sports. Player #1 is Detroit Lions defensive tackle A'Shawn Robinson -- a 2nd round pick in the 2016 NFL Draft who signed a 4-year $5.2 million contract. Player #2 is Tampa Bay Bucs lineman Caleb Benenoch -- a 5th round pick in the 2016 NFL Draft who signed a 4-year $2.59 million contract. »
- TMZ Staff
If the histories of Jimmy Iovine and Dr. Dre warrant four hours of prime HBO real estate in “The Defiant Ones,” then certainly Michael Alago, the flamboyant New York punk habitue who signed Metallica to Elektra and White Zombie to Geffen during his stints as an A&R executive, deserves his 77 minutes of recognition.
In the spirit of similar documentaries on behind-the-scenes heroes such as Rodney Bingenheimer (“The Mayor of Sunset Strip”) and Danny Fields (“Danny Says”), “Who the F**k Is That Guy?” recounts the remarkable journey of Alago, a Puerto Rican kid who grew up on Brooklyn’s New Utrecht Avenue with his bedroom facing an elevated subway track. That undoubtedly influenced his passion for post-punk hardcore rock. “I love the noise,” he says at one point in the movie. “I love the sweat. I love when I go to concerts and it’s 99% guys.”
The documentary was directed by punk-rock veteran Drew Stone, who »
- Roy Trakin
Tony Sokol Jul 14, 2017
Cast your all-seeing eye on the upcoming metal musick movie American Satan.
The Illuminati, where would pop music be without it? Ever since legendary blues sacrifice Robert Johnson sold his soul to the devil for better chops on those Crossroads, rock and roll has had a hellhound on its tale. The Beatles may have been taller than pretty much anything, or they may have been invented at the Tavistock Institute for wayward lyricists, but Jay Z, Madonna, Rihanna and former Christian singer Katy Perry tease the same in-jokes to this day. The new American Satan trailer is here to set the record straight, and the humble narrator of A Clockwork Orange is hungry for new talent.
American Satan stars Malcolm McDowell (Caligula, Time After Time, Cat People, O Lucky Man!), BooBoo Stewart (X-Men: Days of Future Past), Mark Boone Jr. (Sons of Anarchy), Andy Biersack (Black Veiled »
Zak Bagans and the Ghost Adventures Crew experience one of the most powerful moments in the show’s history on this week’s episode — when they connect with the spirit of a dead celebrity at famous La nightclub The Viper Room. The team also have a witness — a woman who has worked at the venue for years — Verify that the person who they communicate with is who they think it is. The investigation is the first time a paranormal team have ever been allowed to investigate the long-running venue on West Hollywood’s Sunset Strip, which used to be owned by...read more »
- Julian Cheatle
They knew they would have to go up against a violent cult to reunite with their son, but the family had no idea how soon they would become the prey in Jackals, a new movie from Scream Factory Films. Ahead of its September 1st release, Jackals is teased in a trailer that channels the visceral violence and isolated horror of Bryan Bertino's The Strangers and Jack Ketchum's Off Season.
Press Release: In a potent blend of the horror, thriller and home-invasion genres, an estranged family attempts to save their son from a murderous cult in the terrifying psychological thriller Jackals. Opening in select theaters and On Demand September 1st, 2017 from Scream Factory Films, Jackals is a shocking and suspenseful saga from director Kevin Greutert (Saw 3D, Visions) and producer Tommy Alastra (Sunset Strip).
- Derek Anderson
A life lived very large — although his plus-size physicality would be the source of perpetual insecurity and eventual health woes — Allan Carr was both the quintessential Hollywood showman and an exception to most of its rules. His attraction to glamour and glitz was old-school, yet the camp edge he brought to it as a “flamboyantly” out gay man was often a bit much for staid industry mind-sets. His hits (big-screen “Grease,” the stage “La Cage aux Folles”) were record breakers, though some might argue his flops were even more unforgettable — one, the notorious 1989 Academy Awards ceremony he produced, stirring such intense backlash it abruptly ended his career.
Garishly colorful, packed with stars, legendary parties, and a wide streak of pathos, it’s a singular life story entertainingly recounted in “The Fabulous Allan Carr.” This latest documentary by Jeffery Schwarz isn’t as warts-and-all dishy an approach to that saga as the 2010 print tome “Party Animals,” by »
- Dennis Harvey
Hunted by the gun totting personification of William Munny, Jesse Custer and company remain ‘Unforgiven’. Layering film homages five foot deep like a cholesterol packed cinematic sandwich, Preacher is at once self-referential and subtly sardonic. Moments of heart breaking pathos elicit genuine emotion amongst the moments of random bloodletting and Vegas lounge act overtones. This trio of ragtag fugitives from heavenly retribution are slapdash, improvisational, deeply drawn and peppered with human flaws. Meaning that in spite of extreme circumstances, their noticeable narcotics knowledge and stylish approach to dispatching would-be assailants you like them a lot.
Ritual suicide and Sinatra would never seem obvious choices to mould a mood around, but for the reintroduction of fallen angel Furore it works perfectly. Tom Brooke plays the role with such dour faced commitment that his lost puppy persona carries away any bad taste. Couple »
- Amie Cranswick
June 30 would be the 100th birthday of Lena Horne, who had it all: looks, charm, and a singing voice that was noted for its “expressiveness and dramatic intensity,” as Variety once wrote. Hollywood needed her, but she didn’t need Hollywood. The racial barriers were too strong. When MGM signed her in 1942, she was already a successful singer; the studio starred her in two all-black musicals, “Cabin in the Sky” and “Stormy Weather” (which became one of her signature songs). After that, MGM gave her solos in musicals like “Ziegfeld Follies” and “Till the Clouds Roll By.” Her songs were extraneous to the plot; that way, her sequences could be cut for movie theaters that refused to screen films with blacks in prominent roles. Horne continued to have a successful career in nightclubs, records, Broadway and TV well into the 1990s, and she fought for civil rights and equality until her death in 2010, at age 92.
Horne was »
- Tim Gray
Sure, we're used to seeing the glam abodes that reality series like Real Housewives of Beverly Hills and Shahs of Sunsets film in—but what if you could actually call one of them your home? Bravo fans will recognize the three-bedroom, three-bathroom overlooking the Sunset Strip as the spot where, on Season 5 of Rhobh, Brandi Glanville had co-star Kyle Richards over during to sample her Unfiltered Blonde wine label prior to its launch. This was, of course, prior to their subsequent blowout at Eileen Davidson's poker night. Shahs of Sunset star Mike Shouhed has spent significantly more time at the pad, which features a dramatic spiral staircase, features high ceilings, hardwood floors, a sunny outdoor »
Lynn Castle Rose Colored Corner Light (Light In The Attic)
Coming across visually as a prototype Nancy Sinatra about to enter The Valley Of The Dolls, Lynn Castle in the 1960s was an entrancing and beguiling entity. Her debut album finally appears a few years shy of her turning eighty, and it is a tremendous affair, an index of splendid and unrealized possibilities, as stark as it is haunting.
Vocally she sounds like a female Leonard Cohen who's been listening to too much Nina Simone, whose smoke-laced croak she frequently echoes. Her look though uber-girlie doesn't match her sound, and simply serves to enhance the appeal of her beauty and big, big hair. Think Warhol's Candy Darling doing an arch Barbie doll look and you are nearly there. Add Jackie O shades and you have quite simply arrived. Her sole single 'The Lady Barber' is a wonderful piece of »
- robert cochrane
Take a drive on the Sunset strip this week and you’re sure to be bombarded by a kaleidoscopic array of “for your consideration” billboards calling like sirens to TV Academy voters. Pick up your car from valets at the Four Seasons and you’ll be greeted with a note to bear Netflix’s “The Crown” in mind. If you were out and about a few weeks ago, you may have even seen the characters of Hulu’s “The Handmaid’s Tale” wandering around the streets of Beverly Hills.
We’re in the thick of Emmy campaign season, so much of this is to be expected. Nevertheless, everyone in Tinseltown seems to be in agreement: It’s gotten out of control.
“Campaigning has never been as voracious as it has been this year,” Richard Licata, a longtime TV communications executive and veteran of the Emmy circuit who last year launched his own company to service the industry »
- Kristopher Tapley
Milo Ventimiglia isn’t looking for validation. Not anymore.
“The older I’ve gotten, the less I’ve been interested in [chasing] the grand success of a young man, where you think you’re going to take over the world, you’re going to win awards, you’re going to be the biggest movie star,” Ventimiglia tells Et one balmy April afternoon on a secluded hotel balcony overlooking the Sunset Strip. “Those things fade into ‘I’m a working actor,’ and that is one of the most satisfying things in an industry that has no guarantees.”
Each moment he puts himself in front of the camera, he says, is one he won’t get back. So it had better count. “If I don't put my whole heart into it because I'm thinking about successes or what the next job is, I'm undercutting why I'm even there,” Ventimiglia says of a dramatic shift in perspective for the veteran actor, who »
Driving east along the legendary Sunset Strip in West Hollywood, California, past bars like The Viper Room and Whisky a Go Go, where Guns N' Roses and Mötley Crüe played in the '70s, but before the Chateau Marmont, the famed hotel where Lindsay Lohan was reportedly briefly banned in 2012, you will pass a 10-story tall billboard of Billy Eichner wrapped in microphone wire with a bemused expression on his face. The text next to the photo reads: "You nominated Donald Trump for an Emmy but you won't nominate Billy On The Street? Be on the right side of history."
"I actually wrote the joke that's on that billboard," Eichner tells Et. "I'm glad the network thought it was funny and let me do it. And then on top of that, whoever owns that ad space where that humongous billboard is, they have to approve the contents of the billboard, too. We weren't »
Kendall Jenner learned the hard way that you should always listen to mom ... she's looking for a new home after some super scary encounters with criminals. We've learned Kendall wants out of the neighborhood after an alleged stalker followed her right up her driveway. She was also robbed blind by someone who got into her bedroom and took $200k in jewelry. Kendall is clearly doing well for herself. She bought her current home a year ago, »
- TMZ Staff
The women were clad in red dresses and white caps inspired by the novel turned TV series, and they walked around West Hollywood, explored the lampposts outside of Lacma and waited on benches together in pairs for buses.
All told, Monday was the third day the handmaids walked the streets of L.A., with stops along the famed Sunset Strip, Hollywood Forever Cemetery and The Hollywood Reporter's offices, among others. There »
- Lorena O'Neil
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