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Melinda Dillon RIP.   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Monday, February 06, 2023 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


DUSTY SPRINGFIELD covers "People Get Ready."

NEW RELEASES: Paste will point you to Robert Forster, The Men, and more.

BILL'S INDIE BASEMENT has The WAEVE, The Go! Team, the Brian Jonestown Massacre, and more.

THE DAMNED returns with "The Invisible Man."

TROPICAL F*** STORM did a 17-minute cover of Jimi Hendrix's "1983 (A Merman I Should Turn To Be)."

THE GRAMMYS wen to these folks. Congrats to Wet Leg and more. Nirvana, the Supremes, and more got lifetime achievement awards.

GARY GLITTER has been freed from prison after serving half his 16-year jail term for attempted rape, four counts of indecent assault and one of having sex with a girl under 13.

RICHARD HAWLEY, hanging out down at the pub.

TOURING VISAS may increase in price by 250 percent.

THE NUMBER ONES looks at Chamillionaire & Krayzie Bone)'s "Ridin'," a protest song so improbably catchy that it became a meme.


WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: There's a new champion at the cineplex: Knock at the Cabin tops the chart with 14.2MM80 for Brady, which has a discount ticket plan, placed with 12.5MM. Avatar 2 shows with 10.8MM on a 32 percent drop.

ARMIE HAMMER granted his first interview since a sex abuse scandal imploded his life, Hollywood career and marriage.

BEN AFFLECK & MATT DAMON, together again, with a big push from Amazon.

LEAVING NEVERLAND's director dumps on the planned Michael Jackson biopic.

GLADIATOR 2 gets a release date.

SETH ROGEN suspects Superbad was the last good high-school movie.

EUPHORIA's Chloe Cherry was cahrged with the alleged shoplifting of a 28-dollar blouse.

THE ENDLESS SEINFELD, almost entirely generated by algorithms, has been streamng since mid-December.And now has been suspended for at least 14 days.

MELINDA DILLON, who received supporting Oscar nominations for her turns in Close Encounters of the Third Kind and Absence of Malice and portrayed the doting mom in the holiday perennial A Christmas Story, died Jan. 9. She was 83. 


AWWW, YEAHHHH.... that's the spot.

HIDE & SEEK TIP: Don't get cocky.

MALE DROMEDARY CAMELS have an organ called a dulla in their throat.

A EURASIAN EAGLE OWL escaped the Central Park Zoo and is on the loose in NYC.

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How that music used to make me smile.   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Friday, February 03, 2023 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


THE DAY THE MUSIC DIED.  It's the anniversary of the passing of Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and J.P. "The Big Bopper" Richardson in a plane crash outside Clear Lake, IA, and it is still bringing people to the historic Surf Ballroom (now a National Historic Landmark), as well as the Riverside Ballroom, where the Winter Dance Party made its penultimate stop. So it's worth linking to an MPR audio feature on the Winter Dance Party and a Weekend Edition piece on Buddy Holly's old classmates.. We'll start with some video of Buddy Holly playing "That'll Be the Day," and "Peggy Sue."  There's even less video of Valens, outside this lipsync of "Ooh, My Head!", but there's rare live audio of "La Bamba" and "Donna" on the Tube. And no survey would be complete without the Bopper's signature song, "Chantilly Lace."  The tragedy has echoed through the years in movies like The Buddy Holly Story and La Bamba.  The latter featured Los Lobos, who would make "La Bamba" a hit again almost 30 years later, with Marshall Crenshaw as Holly, who can be seen here covering "Crying, Waiting Hoping", introduced by Wolfman Jack.

BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN: Video from the tour kick-off in Tampa.

DEATH CAB FOR CUTIE visit World Cafe.

BONNY LIGHT HORSEMAN shares “Once On Another Day.” 

BARTEES STRANGE, on believing in yourself, building a team you can trust, and the joy of walking a different path.

OZZY OSBOURNE: NME looks back on his history of on-the-road madness, mayhem and tragedy.

YO LA TENGO: Ira Kaplan, on the changing music scene and refusing to rely on others to convey your vision.

THE FALL: Mark E. Smith's family rebukes a band comprised of former members.


GROUNDHOG DAY!  Andie MacDowell, producer Trevor Albert and more tell The Hollywood Reporter about Harold Ramis' beloved film.

PAUL RUDD, promoting a real book by the fictional Scott Lang.

SWAMP THING: James Mangold may direct the focal point in the first chapter of DC Studios’ slate.


JESSICA SIMPSON, on the married movie star who tried to seduce her.

ALISON BRIE, on why she loves streaking.

JAMES CAMERON finally admits that Jack might have survived Titanic.


HE JUST WANTED to be one of the team.

CATS & DOGS, living together.

12 SQUIRREL MONKEYS have been stolen from a zoo in Louisiana, officials say. Brad Pitt unavailable for comment.

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Well, what if there is no tomorrow? There wasn't one today!   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Thursday, February 02, 2023 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


I got flowers...in the Spring...

First D.J.: "Rise and shine, campers and don't forget your booties 'cause it's cooooold out there today."

Second D.J.: "It's cold out there every day. What is this, Miami Beach?"

First D.J.: "Not hardly. So the big question o­n everybody's lips..."

Second D.J.: "O­n their chapped lips..."

First D.J.: "...their chapped lips is, 'Does Phil feel lucky?' Punxsatawney Phil! That's right, woodchuck chuckers, it's...


Saturday, Punxsutawney Phil ---  the Seer of Seers, Sage of Sages, Prognosticator of Prognosticators, and Weather Prophet Extraordinary will predict whether we will have six more weeks of winter.  According to the Punxsutawney Groundhog Club, Phil has seen his shadow 103 times, and hasn't seen it (predicting an early spring) only 18 times.  Phil's track record is hotly disputed. In general, Groundhogs Do Not Make Good Meteorologists. Nevertheless, thousands will await the sunrise and the groundhog at Gobbler's Knob in the tiny Pennsylvania hamlet that has become known as the "Weather Capital of the World," due in no small part to the movie that makes every day Groundhog Day.

This is o­ne time where the Internet really fails to capture the true excitement of a movie about a large squirrel predicting the weather. However, you can see the trailer as a refresher (while BuzzFeed compiles trivia).

In 2005, Roger Ebert revisited Groundhog Day, declaring that the film "finds its note and purpose so precisely that its genius may not be immediately noticeable. It unfolds so inevitably, is so entertaining, so apparently effortless, that you have to stand back and slap yourself before you see how good it really is."

At the other end of the political spectrum, Jonah Goldberg's equally effusive movie meditation grabbed the cover of National Review: "When I set out to write this article, I thought it'd be fun to do a quirky homage to an offbeat flick, o­ne I think is brilliant as both comedy and moral philosophy. But while doing what I intended to be cursory research -- how much reporting do you need for a review of a twelve-year-old movie that plays constantly o­n cable? -- I discovered that I wasn't alone in my interest. In the years since its release the film has been taken up by Jews, Catholics, Evangelicals, Hindus, Buddhists, Wiccans, and followers of the oppressed Chinese Falun Gong movement."

Indeed, a 2004 article mentioned by Ebert (but not linked) from London's Independent observes that the Harold Ramis comedy has been hailed by some religious leaders as the most spiritual film of all time. More examples can be found at the NYT and the Christian Science Monitor.

As Phil Connors ultimately observed: "When Chekhov saw the long winter, he saw a winter bleak and dark and bereft of hope. Yet we know that winter is just another step in the cycle of life. But standing here among the people of Punxsutawney and basking in the warmth of their hearths and hearts, I couldn't imagine a better fate than a long and lustrous winter."

ACCORDINGLY, we conclude:

...with Sonny & Cher o­n Hullabaloo and famously o­n Letterman years later, plus UB40 with Chrissie Hynde, not to mention The Cynics (from the Bonograph tribute CD), and David Bowie & Marianne Faithfull.

LADY WRAY plays a Tiny Desk Concert.

DUCKS LTD covers The Feelies' "Invitation."

TV STAR shares a psych-folk "Room." 

THE TALLEST MAN ON EARTH shares "Every Little Heart."

THE ROCK & ROLL HALL OF FAME nominees are announced. BILLY JOEL lobbied for WARREN ZEVON.

ISLAND RECORDS' Richard Williams, on how he and Brian Eno recorded Television's demos.

OZZY OSBOURNE retires from touring for health reasons.

THE NUMBER ONES looks at Rihanna's first chart-topper, the Soft Cell-sampling "SOS."


KING OF THE HILL is rebooting at Hulu.

GISELE BUNDCHEN is set to break her silence on her divorce from Tom Brady in a Vanity Fair cover story.

EVA GREEN says that it’s been “humiliating” to have her private WhatsApp messages “exposed” in court.

BRITNEY SPEARS accuses ALYSSA MILANO of bullying her.

FRASIER: The sequel will return to Boston, with two episodes directed by James Burrows.

DAVID HARBOUR & LILY ALLEN show off their townhome.

THE TERMINAL LIST gets a second season on Amazon.

ALICIA SILVERSTONE will be Clueless in a Superbowl ad.


IF I'M WALKING, You're Walking.

THE MISSING TAMARIN MONKEYS have returned to the Dallas Zoo.

SEX AND NO SLEEP may be killing endangered quolls.

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One down, eleven to go.   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Wednesday, February 01, 2023 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


LEONARD COHEN plays "So Long, Marianne," circa 1979.

TOOL gets over two hours of discussion and analysis on Political Beats with guest Noam Blum.

SMASHING PUMPKINS is streaming the second act of their new 33-song rock opera.

KING TUFF shares "Rock River."  And I am here for it.

JEFF TWEEDY covers Television's "Venus" in honor of Tom Verlaine.

NICK CAVE, on where his rage went.

THE CARDIGANS, on the explosion of "Lovefool."


THE WAEVE: Leaving Britpop Lost At Sea.


THE DCU: James Gunn and Peter Safran announce their new slate of movies, including two Batmen.

BATGIRL "was not releaseable," yet Safran wants to be in business with its directors.

DAVE BAUTISTA is out on Bane, but would be in on Lex Luthor. Or a rom-com.

ALEC BALDWIN and armorer Hannah Gutierrez-Reed are formally charged with involuntary manslaughter in connection with the fatal "Rust" shooting.

ASHTON KUTCHER is making his return to Hollywood.

RUPERT GRINT, on leaving Hogwarts, tonsils, and kidney stones.

COLIN FARRELL: The Essential Performances.

ANDREA RISEBOROUGH's Oscar nomination won't be revoked. And Ben Dreyfuss (Richard's son) bluntly explains the real kerfuffle.


A COW, imitating a showjumping horse.

GEESE, On Frozen Pond.


BRUNO THE CAT was so affectionate that he needed to find a new home.

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Cindy Williams and Lisa Loring RIP.   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Tuesday, January 31, 2023 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


R.E.M., playing "Radio Free Europe" and "So. Central Rain (I'm Sorry)" for their network TV debut ... and Twofer Tuesday.

SOFT MACHINE, Live at Jazz Bilzen.

PATTI SMITH remembers Tom Verlaine.

TELEVISION: How Tom Verlaine kept us guessing.

RICK RUBIN salutes Paul McCartney.

CBGB: A Virtual Reality Tour of the iconic club.

THE NUMBER ONES looks at Daniel Powter's only hit, the maddening lite-rock earworm "Bad Day."


CINDY WILLIAMS, who played Shirley Feeney in the popular TV sitcom “Laverne & Shirley,” as well as roles in George Lucas’ 1973 coming-of-age film “American Graffiti” and Francis Ford Coppola’s “The Conversation,” has died. She was 75.

LISA LORING, the original Wednesday Addams, died Saturday of a stroke.  She was 64.

THE LAST OF US boosts Linda Ronstadt.

ADAM LEVINE & BEHATI PRINSLOO welcome their third child.

LISA MARIE PRESLEY was on an extreme weight loss regimen in the months leading up to her death.

DAVE BAUTISTA won't be playing Bane in the DCU reboot.

MARILYN MANSON allegedly groomed and sexually assaulted an underage girl multiple times in the 1990s, according to a new lawsuit, the first to focus on sex crimes that allegedly took place in the beginning of Manson’s career.

R KELLY is no longer facing local charges in Cook County, Illinois, based on his decades of sentences for federal crimes.

JAAFAR JACKSON, son of Jermaine Jackson, will play Michael Jackson in the biopic directed by Training Day’s Antoine Fuqua.

MURDER MYSTERY 2 has a trailer online.


TWO TAMARIN MONKEYS went missing from the Dallas Zoo.

I HAVE NO IDEA what this is.


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