TOMMY KEENE, a veteran singer-songwriter of the new wave and power-pop eras best known for his 1984 alternative-radio hit “Places That Are Gone,” died Wednesday, according to a post on his website. He was 59. The Washington Post also has a nice obit, noting that he "melded the gentle melodies of early Beatles records with the hard-driving guitar rock of the Who." Matthew Sweet, Ted Leo, and Peter Holsapple were among those paying tribute.
WILCO is advance streaming the bonus disc from the deluxe Being There.
NEIL YOUNG & THE PROMISE OF THE REAL is advance streaming The Visitor.
CHRIS STAPLETON is advance streaming From a Room: Vol. 2.
IKE & TINA TURNER: "River Deep, Mountain High," live and de-Spectorized
NME announces its albums and tracks of the year.
PRINCE: Dig if you will these previously unseen pictures.
R.E.M.'s Mike Mills talks about "Man on the Moon" as it turns 25.
JARVIS COCKER will narrate an exhibition on the legacy of Abba.
WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: Coco dominated the holiday chart with 49MM, and 71MM over the five-day frame; not quite Moana numbers but fine given that this one doesn't have either the Rock or Lin-Manuel Miranda. Justice League placed with 40.7MM (59.5MM over five days), on a 57 percent drop that is starting to look like a worst-case scenario for the studio (see below), Wonder showed with 22.3MM (32.2MM) as the surprise hit (69.4MM against a reproeted 20MM budget) takes a very leggy 19 percent drop. Thor: Ragnarok took the fourth slot with 16.8MM (24.2MM) on a leggy 23 percent drop as the Asgardians close in on 800MM worldwide. Daddy's Home 2 rounded out the Top Five with 13.3MM (18.7MM) on a mere 8 percent drop; this still has an outside chance of cracking 100MM, but the original made it to 150MM. Below the fold, Murder on the Orient Express was verrry close to edging into the Top Five on a verrry leggy 6 percent drop. BTW, no wide releases next weekend, traditionally one of the worst weekends of the year.
JUSTICE LEAGUE may lose money; not as much as some bombs, but it may be the worst corporate disaster in Hollywood.
UMA THURMAN taunted Harvey Weinstein (and others) via Instagram.
WHO WE DON'T TALK ABOUT When We Talk About Weinstein.
JENNIFER LAWRENCE & DARREN ARONOFSKY have called it quits after about a year.
PRINCE HARRY & MEGHAN MARKLE engagement rumors are rampant.
EMMA WATSON and boyfriend William “Mack” Knight have split after dating for nearly two years.
JUDE LAW has been cast as the male lead opposite Brie Larson in Marvel's Captain Marvel.
JURASSIC WORLD director Colin Trevorrow tweeted some sequel footage.
TOM BAKER briefly returns to Doctor Who.
EDGAR WRIGHT (Shaun of the Dead, Baby Driver) shares the soundtrack of his life.
FROGFISH are concentrated lumps of oddity waddling around the ocean floor, flipping their lures and gulping up prey.
FIONA THE HIPPO is profiled by The New York Times.
GETTING A DOG may prevent heart attacks.
WILD TURKEYS besiege a Bay Area neighborhood.