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Sunday Suddenly Got Really Busy   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Monday, August 06, 2018 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl

Karl

NEVERTHELESS, I HAVE SOME THINGS:

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: Mission: Impossible - Fallout repeats atop the chart with 35MM on a mere 43 percent drop, less of a drop than Rogue Nation in its second frame.It's on track to be the franchise's biggest domestic grosser.  Christopher Robin placed with 25MM, which means it needs to be a little leggy to make bank against a reported 75MM budget; in the dog days, it could happen. The Spy Who Dumped Me shows with12.4MM against a 40MM budget and likely disappoints in its big screen run.  Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again! takes the fourth slot with 9MMon a 40 percent drop; it's currently outrunning the original, but the size of the drops suggests it will wind up short of the first one. The Equalizer 2 rounds out the Top Five with another 8.8MM on a 37 percent drop; it may match the original's 101.5MM domestic.

ANGELINA JOLIE denies splitting with her lawyer as the legal battle with Brad Pitt "enters a new phase."

PATRICK STEWART will reprise his Next Generation role as Jean-Luc Picard more than two decades after the syndicated favorite wrapped its run.

DEMI LOVATO wants to focus on sobriety and almost certainly rehab

HAYDEN PANETIERRE & WAYNE KLITCHKO  have chosen to end their engagement and break up.

ELLE FANNING & MAX MINGHELLA: Dating rumors.

THE FACTS OF LIFE: A reboot is in the works with help from Leonardo DiCaprio and Jessica Biel.Meanwhile, Charlotte Rae, who endeared herself to a generation of TV fans as the affable Mrs. Garrett on the long-running NBC sitcom, died Sunday at her home in Los Angeles. She was 92.

THE FIRST ATOMIC BOMB WAS DROPPED ON HIROSHIMA on this date in 1945. The act that ushered in the nuclear age, but also helped end World War II, still stokes controversy. Three men involved in the attack o­n Hiroshima share their memories with the BBC. Film showing the effects of the attack was classified for decades, as were the complete (unredacted) "Magic" military intercepts, which tend to show Japan was not about to surrender. Those interested in a relatively neutral view of the events leading to the bombing could do worse than 1995's Hiroshima, a joint Canadian-Japanese production for Showtime.  Hard to find tho.

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John Hughes, Liz Cooper, The War and Treaty, Jason Eady, Dog & Raccoon   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Friday, August 03, 2018 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl

Karl

THE WEEKEND STARTS HERE:

...with JOHN HUGHES! The sportos, motorheads, geeks, sluts, buds, wasteoids, dweebies and dickheads, they all adore him. They think he's a righteous dude. The writer/director behind Sixteen Candles, The Breakfast Club, Pretty in Pink, Ferris Bueller's Day Off, Weird Science, National Lampoon's Vacation movies, Home Alone, Planes, Trains & Automobiles and many more died Aug 6, 2009.  Hughes masterfully married music to movies, so I pay video tribute to him today, starting (of course) with "Don't You Forget About Me" by Simple Minds from The Breakfast Club (the drumming o­n this song is impeccable), and Karla DeVito's "We Are Not Alone," along with the Ramones playing "Blitzkrieg Bop" (from National Lampoon's Vacation), David Bowie's "Young Americans" and The Vapors o­ne-hit wonder, "Turning Japanese" and Billy Idol's "Rebel Yell" (all from Sixteen Candles, which opens to a clip of veteran WLS DJs Larry Lujack and Tommy Edwards), Van Halen's cover of "(Oh) Pretty Woman" and General Public's "Tenderness" (both from Weird Science), the Psychedelic Furs re-recorded title track from Pretty In Pink, which also featured Jon Cryer lip-synching to Otis Redding's "Try A Little Tenderness" (that last clip is a blistering live take from the 1967 Stax tour -- and excellent, btw), The Smiths' "Please, Please, Please Let Me Get What I Want" (a Hughes perennial; here, the Dream Academy cover from FBDO), and OMD's "If You Leave," plus two more from Ferris Bueller's Day Off, "Danke Schoen" and "Twist and Shout" (which was shot o­n Dearborn and Randolph Streets in Chicago, with International Polka Queen Vlasta atop the float, though Cameron and Sloane were in front of the Post Office down the street), plus Yello's unforgettable-no-matter-how-you-try "Oh, Yeah." Videos are scarce for Some Kind of Wonderful, but I found Flesh for Lulu's "I Go Crazy" and the March Violets' take on the Stones' "Miss Amanda Jones."

LIZ COOPER & THE STAMPEDE advance streams Window Flowers.

THE WAR AND TREATY advance streams Healing Tide.

JASON EADY advance streams I Travel On.

TOM MORELLO shares two songs from his upcoming solo project.

CREAM syncs "I Feel Free" at the Beat Club.

STRAWBERRY FIELDS will re-open as a tourist attraction for Beatles fans.

THE TRAGICALLY HIP: Why were they so beloved in the Great White North?

JAY-Z IS THE ROLLING STONES: A Dad Rock-To-Dad Rap Conversion Guide.

THE NUMBER ONES looks at the Beach Boys' "Help Me, Rhonda" and the beginning of Brian Wilson's full-time studio-auteur era.

NOW SHOWING: This weekend's wide releases include Disney's Christopher Robin, which is currently scoring 56 percent on the ol Tomatometer; The Darkest Minds, which is currently scorning 15 percent; The Spy Who Dumped Me, scoring 40 percent; and Death of a Nation, which was not advance screened for critics.

JAMES GUNN is unlikely to be rehired by Disney.

CHARLIE SHEEN  is having a "dire financial crisis," and has "less than 10 million to his name."

MEGHAN MARKLE: Being kept at a distance from the press?

REBECCA FERGUSON, hot off Mission: Impossible Fallout,is being set for a plum role in the Men in Black spinoff.

DOG & RACOON, sleeping together... mass hysteria!

A FLORIDA MAN who took an alligator into a store on a beer run is arrested.

THREE PEOPLE were taken to the hospital Monday night after a single car rollover accident caused by a spider

A RARE BLUE CRAB was caught in Virginia.

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Courtney Barnett, Amanda Shires, Del McCoury, Cat   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Thursday, August 02, 2018 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl

Karl

PAPER LACE: "The Night Chicago Died." Live

COURTNEY BARNETT stops by The Current for a chat and mini-set.

AMANDA SHIRES stops by World Cafe to talk and play. 

DEL McCOURY: A bluegrass great plays a Tiny Desk Concert.

CORDOVAS bring the cosmic country on "Talk To Me."

 

NEKO CASE shares an insanely nsfw video for  "Curse Of The I-5 Corridor."

SEYMOUR STEIN: The Sire Records maven is profiled at The Guardian.

OPENING LINES: Got a favorite?

MUDHONEY's debut single, “Touch Me I’m Sick,” turns 30.

THE NUMBER ONES: looks at the Beatles' pop masterpiece "Ticket To Ride."

 

CHARLIZE THERON, NICOLE KIDMAN & MARGOT ROBBie will appear in the untitled movie about the women of Fox News.

THE TERMINATOR reboot has a first look photo and it's testing my Mackenzie Davis fandom.

DAVID HASSELHOFF married model Hayley Roberts in Italy.

JENNIFER ANISTON is profiled by InStyle because it's August and you need that evergreen content to cover vacation time.

KATIE HOLMES & JAMIE FOXX decide to promote their romance after five years, for some reason.

JOHNNY DEPP claims Amber Heard punched him in the face for being late to her party.

ALF is in the early stages of a reboot.

 

CAT RESCUED FROM TREE Attacks.

RAW CENTIPEDES: Don't eat them. The More You Know. Swoosh.

OBESE TOURISTS cripple donkeys on a Greek island.

STOLEN LEMUR found in a hotel with a note.

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Horse Feathers, Fantastic Negrito, Cornelia Murr, Spiritualized, Pitbull   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Wednesday, August 01, 2018 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl

Karl

NICK GILDER: "Hot Child In the City." So very problematic now.

HORSE FEATHERS plays a mini-set at KEXP.

FANTASTIC NEGRITO plays the Newport Folk Fest.

CORNELIA MURR covers Nina Simone, Patsy Cline, and more for a Lagniappe Session.

SPIRITUALIZED shares "Here It Comes (The Road) Let's Go."

ANNA CALVI shares "Hunter," the title track from her upcoming album.

SHANNEN MOSER shares "Arizona (I Wanna Be Your Man)."

 

METRIC is "Dressed to Suppress" in a new video.

PAUL McCARTNEY likely misremembers co-writing "In My Life," according to a new study.

STEPPENWOLF: The Making of "Born to Be Wild."

NICO's story is much bigger than the Velvet Underground. Susanna Nicchiarelli is here to tell it.

THE NUMBER ONES enters the Herman's Hermits era with a look at "Mrs. Brown, You've Got A Lovely Daughter."

 

VENOM shres a second trailer that leaves me wondering.

TOM CRUISE: Avatar of American greatness? Also, Judd Apatow claims Seth Rogen explained internet pr0n to Cruise.

ALAN ALDA has Parkinson's disease.

JENNIFER LOPEZ denies engagement rumors.

MILA KUNIS talks about  her husband Ashton Kutcher's previous marriage to Demi Moore.

MARC MARON may join Joaquin Phoenix's Joker flick.

,ILLIE BOBBY BROWN & JACOB SARTORIUS are dunzo.

24 may be getting a prequel series.

THE 100 BEST TV EPISODES OF THE CENTURY, according to The Ringer, with some very hot takes and odd snubs.

 

THE BEST WAY to make this pitbull feel better.

CATS & DOGS, rescued from a hot car in Manhattan.

SCIENTISTS have discovered a rare dolphin-whale hybrid off the coast of Kauai, Hawaii.

A GRIEVING ORCA carries her dead calf for three days.

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Lucius, Flasher, Free Cake, Sky Ferreira, Phosphorescent, Interpol, Kangaroos   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Tuesday, July 31, 2018 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl

Karl

JAN & DEAN:  I figured I'd slip in "Surf City" for the dog days of Summer.  Toss in an off-the-TV clip of "Dead Man's Curve" from their comeback and you have Twofer Tuesday, not to mention an argument between Barry & Dick.  FYI, technically, neither Barry nor Dick is right, though Dick is closer to the truth.

LUCIUS plays the Newport Folk Fest.

FLASHER plays a Tiny Desk Concert.

FREE CAKE FOR EVERY CREATURE streams The Bluest Star.

SKY FERREIRA covers 'Til Tuesday's "Voices Carry."

PHOSPORESCENT shares "New Birth In New England" ahead of C'est La Vie.

INTERPOL shares "Number 10."

 

AMOS LEE shares a video for "No More Darkness, No More Light."

THE 200 GREATEST SONGS by 21st Century Women+, according to NPR.

NAME AND SHAME: Six bands who hate their own name.

NETWORK 77: The Tube series with all-star indie rock cast.

THE NUMBER ONES looks at Wayne Fontana & The Mindbenders' extremely fun rocker "The Game Of Love."

 

GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY: The cast issued a statement of support for director James Gunn a little more than a week after Disney fired him from the upcoming third installment of the series. But they stopped short of expressly asking that the studio rehire Gunn.

NETFLIX is standing by Master of None and Aziz Ansari despite a sexual-misconduct allegation against him earlier this year.

LES MOONVES will remain as CEO of CBS Corporation while accusations of sexual misconduct against the Hollywood kingpin are investigated by outside counsel.

MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE - FALLOUT director Christopher McQuarrie talks to Uproxx about themovie, the franchise, scoial media and more.

JOHN CENA & NIKKI BELLA  are officially dunzo.

ROBERT PATTINSON & SUKI WATERHOUSE were spotted getting cozy in London this weekend.

PETER DINKLAGE is attached to produce and star in Rumplestiltskin.

 

MOBS OF KANGAROOS have been raiding patches of grass in the Australian capital Canberra, driven to the city's sports fields, back yards and roadsides by food scarcity.

A TRIO OF THIEVES stole a shark from the San Antonio Aquarium over the weekend by stuffing it into a stroller. It has been found alive, and police have a confession.

A POLAR BEAR was shot after injuring a cruise ship guard, raising questions about wildlife tourism.

DONKEY HERDS are dwindling as hungry Venezuelans slaughter them for food.

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