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The media mostly took the long holiday weekend off, but Things.   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Monday, July 08, 2019 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: Spider-Man: Far From Home swings high above the chart with 185MM, a record 6-day Independence Day launch and Sony's best opening oversix days, which started with a record Tuesday opening record of 39.2MM. The three-day weekend total was 93.6MM.  It crushed Homecoming's 117MM debut, though that film opened after the Fourth in 2017. It also grossed another 395MM in international markets, almost 50 percent higher ythan Homecoming. And with no wannabe blockbusters coming Friday, odds look good for a big follow-up frame. Toy Story 4 placed with 34.3MMon a 43 percent drop and broke the 300MM mark domestic. Yesterday shows with 10.8MM on a fairly leggy 37 percent dro; it's probably close to breaking even worldwide. Annabelle Comes Home takes the fourth slot with 9.8MM on a 52 percent drop; that's not uncommon for a horror flick, but it tends to confirm this will be the first in The Conjuring Universe to disappoint expectations. The Aladdin reboot rounds out the Top Five with another 7.6MM on a 25 percent drop as it crosses the 900MM mark worldwide.

THE ROLLING STONES covered "Mercy Mercy" for the first time since their legendary 1969 concert in Hyde Park.

THE WHO: Townshend and Daltrey debuted “Hero Ground Zero” at Wembley. And Eddie Vedder joined them for “The Punk And The Godfather."

THE BIRD & THE BEE bring BECK on for a jazzy take on Van Halen’s "Hot for Teacher."

JOHNNY MARR invited a fan onstage to play guitar on The Smiths' "This Charming Man"... and he nailed it.

STEVIE WONDER is battling a serious but manageable health issue as he continues to perform and make music.

JOAO GILBERTO, one of the principal architects of bossa nova, has died at 88.

MULAN: Another Disney live-action remake drops a teaser trailer.

KEVIN SPACEY: The former Massachusetts busboy who accused the actor of sexual assault has abruptly dropped his lawsuit, his lawyer said Friday.

JEFFREY EPSTEIN, billionaire pedophile, was arrested for allegedly sex trafficking dozens of minors in New York and Florida between 2002 and 2005, and will appear in court in New Yorktoday, according to the Daily Beast.

RUSSELL CROWE came close to playing Aragorn in the Lord of the Rings trilogy — but he was put off by one phone call with director Peter Jackson.

THE TOP 12 SEINFELD EPISODES, according to Uproxx.

CAMERON BOYCE, known for his roles in the Disney Channel franchise "Descendants" and the TV show "Jessie," has died. He was just 20 years old.

A TIGER charged bikers in India.

FLORIDA GATORS were caught eating their second corpse in a week.

NEW YORK: It's the largest seizure of illegal reptiles in state history, including six gila monsters.

A COW and a DOG: The latter seems a little uncomfortable, tbh.

...More tomorrow, barring the unforeseen.

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Raconteurs, Pure Bathing Culture, Mega Bog, Belle & Sebastian, Beagle   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Tuesday, July 02, 2019 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


GARY WRIGHT will always be known as the "Dreamweaver," but add "Love is Alive" (with More Cowbell) and you have Twofer Tuesday.

THE RACONTEURS visit Morning Becomes Eclectic.

PURE BATHING CULTURE plays a Stereogum Session.

MEGA BOG covers Yukihiro Takahashi, Lady June and Kate Bush for a Lagniappe Session.

BELLE & SEBASTIAN return with "Sister Buddha."

TY SEGALL shares "Radio."


COURTNEY BARNETT joined WILCO for "Handshake Drugs" at the Solid Sound festival.

SLEATER-KINNEY: Janet Weiss leaves the band on the eve of a tour for their new LP.

A NEIL DIAMOND musical is headed for Broadway, according to the chair.

MITSKI is profiled by The New Yorker.

THE NUMBER ONES looks at The Eagles' country-rock ballad "Best Of My Love," their first-ever No. 1 hit.


AVENGERS: ENDGAME will not beat Avatar for now (though I wouldn't rule out another re-release nearer the end of the year).

SANDMAN: Neil Gaiman's beloved Vertigo comic is coming to Netflix.

AZIZ ANSARI is making a return to Netflix with a surprise special.

UTTERLY GOOPED:  Inside Gwyneth Paltrow's wacky wellness weekender.

THE LITTLE MERMAID:  Melissa McCarthy Jacob Tremblay, and Awkwafina are in talks to go under the sea for Disney's live-action remake of its animated classic.

OVERALL BOX OFFICE is down almost 10 percent at mid-year.

THE TALENT AGENCIES & THE WRITERS' GUILD are suing each other for alleged antitust violations.


THE GREAT ESCAPE (1963), as performed by a beagle.

WHEN YOU PICK UP YOUR DOG from the vet and he gives you that look, you know you're in trouble.

SPIDER-BEAR: A bear makes an impressively athletic leap from the deck of a British Columbia home to a tree before shimmying its way down.

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Busy pre-holiday weekend, but I have a few Things.   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Monday, July 01, 2019 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: Toy Story 4 tops the chart with 58MM on a 52 percent drop from its debut; its domesic haul, boosted by strong weekday numbers, stands at 237MM, ahead of Toy Story 3's 226.8MMin its second frame. The long holdiday weekend should be good to Pixar.  Annabelle Comes Home places with 20.3MM, the lowest opening of The Conjuring universe; it will still profit against a reported 27MM budget, but look for this franchise to either slow its realeases or cut back on its budgets. Yesterday shows with 17MM against a 26MM budget; despite meh reviews, this could be Danny Boyle's most successful film after Slumdog Millionaire.  The Aladdin reboot breaks the 300MM mark domestically, grossing another 9.3MM in the fourth slot on a 29 percent drop.  The Secret Life of Pets 2 rounds out the Top Five with another 7MM on a 31 percent drop; it's vastly underperforming the original, but is still likely to profit.

TAYLOR SWIFT's catalog has been sold and she's none too happy about it.

SOPHIE TURNER & JOE JONAS had a second wedding ceremony in France.

ZOE KRAVITZ and Karl Glusman also had a second marriage ceremony in France; this one was at Lenny's pad in Paris.

TINA TURNER talked to CBS Sunday Morning about her voice, finding serenity and losing a son.

GAME OF THRONES' George R.R. martin is concerned about toxic fandom.

LORI LAUGHLIN is reportedly second-guessing a decision to turn down a plea deal in the college admissions scandal despite her belief that this is all a “huge misunderstanding.”

Should be back tomorrow with the regular portion, barring the unforeseen.

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Power Pop (Slight Return), Thom Yorke, BOCC, Metric, Skate Cats   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Friday, June 28, 2019 - 08:00 AM
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... with POWER POP (REDUX)! For whatever reason, I have considered Summer the ideal season for gems like Badfinger's "No Matter What" (which Pate covered on occasion) and "Baby Blue", and even Todd Rundgren's "I Saw the Light" and Cheap Trick's "I Want You to Want Me."  Ditto for more obscure tracks like The Rubinoos "I Wanna Be Your Boyfriend" (see also their vintage cover of "Please Please Me"), Off Broadway's "Stay In Time" and "Full Moon Turn My Head Around," and Pezband's "Baby It's Cold Outside" and "Close Your Eyes."

THOM YORKE is streaming ANIMA.

BETTER OBLIVION COMMUNITY CENTER: Phoebe Bridgers & Conor Oberst visit KEXP.


LIAM GALLAGHER shares a new song, "The River."

THE SOFT CAVALRY shares “Never Be Without You.”

THE ISLEY BROTHERS: "Shout." Shindig. Friday. A little bit louder now.

THE BEST ALBUMS and SONGS of 2019, according to the NPR Music staff.

BOB MOULD, on coming out late in life: ‘Why didn't I do this a little sooner?’

RANCID, ranked by Brooklyn Vegan.

THE NUMBER ONES looks at Linda Rondstadt's country-rock version fo the 1963 oldie "You're No Good."

NOW SHOWING:This weekend's wide realeases are Annabelle Comes Home, which is currently scoring 67 percent on the ol' Tomatometer; and Yesterday, which is scoring 63 percent. Avengers: Endgame boosts screens and adds an end credits scene in hopes of dethroning Avatar as the all-time domestic champ.

IDRIS ELBA is the cover story at Vanity Fair.

AMANDA BYNES may have graduated from  fashion school, she continues to seek treatment at a facility for her mental health struggles.

PAUL RUDD joins the Ghostbusters reboot.

SPIDER-MAN: Premiere Night at the Roxbury.

ONE DAY AT A TIME, canceled by Netflix, will get a fourth season at something called Pop TV before it airs on CBS (the network that aired the original version of the show).

ZOMBIE TIDAL WAVE: The Sharknado team is getting back together.

MAX WRIGHT, best known for playing patriarch Willie Tanner on the sitcom Alf, died Wednesday. He was 75.

CATS, skateboarding into a parking garage, presumably for some ramp action.

DUKE THE DOG is tubbing for the weekend.

SAY HELLO to my little friend...

A UTAH WOMAN was charged with letting her cat lounge on the front lawn.

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Betty Who, Ben Dickey, Faye Webster, Scooby Snack Theft   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Thursday, June 27, 2019 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


THE BLACK HOLLIES with the grainy, garagey "Tell Me What You Want".

BETTY WHO plays a Tiny Desk Concert.

BEN DICKEY visits World Cafe.

FAYE WEBSTER visits The Current.

NORTH MISSISSIPPI ALLSTARS & MAVIS STAPLES share The Staple Singers’ classic “What You Gonna Do?"

REDD KROSS shares "What's a Boy to Do?"

THE DRUMS share "Try."


KING GIZZARD & THE LIZARD WIZARD share the thrashy "Organ Farmer."

TOM WAITS on His Dream Dinner Party, His Legacy, and More.

SHEARWATER's Jonathan Meiberg talks to Goatpalace. (Thx, Frank Yang.)

THE BEST of 2019, according to renowned Chicago (via NJ & NY) music critics Greg Kot and Jim Derogatis.

THE NUMBER ONES looks at the Ohio Players' nasty funk workout "Fire."


EMMA STONE slipped and fell, spinning off big rumors.

BRITNEY SPEARS' conservatorship is suing the "Free Britney" movement's leader.

KATY PERRY & ORLANDO BLOOM are full speed ahead on wedding plans.

TOM HIDDLESTON on Life Before and After Loki.

TOM HOLLAND talks about being cut from Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse.

DANNY BOYLE on Yesterday, Bond 25, and The Beatles.

KEVIN SMITH responds to his critics, perhaps surprisingly.

BILLY DRAGO, who often played the charming but evil villain role and appeared in Brian De Palma’s The Untouchables and Clint Eastwood’s Pale Rider, died Monday in Los Angeles of complications from a stroke. He was 73.


SCOOBY SNACK snatch and grab.

TARANTULAS can swim.

ZOMBIE CICADAS: A fungus that is infecting cicadas, causing them to lose their minds, and their limbs.

THE ARIZONA BARK SCORPION carries her young on her back for the first few weeks of life. Like a schoolbus with pincers.

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