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Easing into the post-holiday   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Tuesday, May 28, 2019 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: The live action remake of Aladdin tops the chart with a four-day estimate of 112MM, which likely has the House of Mouse sighing in relief given the underperformance of Dumbo, the skeptical internet reaction to the trailers, and the mediocre reviews. That said, it's maybe 10MM more than Solo did in this frame last year, and its total may not overwhelm the animated original domestically (tho it may have legs until Toy Story 4 arrives).  John Wick: Chapter 3 placed with 31MM on a mere 45 percent drop; it becomes the first of the franchise to cross 100MM domestic.  Avengers: Endgame shows with 22.3MM on an impressive 26 percent drop, crossing the 800MM mark domestically (the fourth film to ever do so). Pokemon: Detective Pikachu grabs the fourth slot with 17.3MM on a 31 percent drop; it seems likely to recoup it's 150MM budget here, while making twice as much in foreign markets.  Brightburn rounds out th Top Fivewith 9.5MM against a 6MM budget; it will make money, but I wonder if there's a sense that "Superman as a horror movie" should have played bigger.

HARVEY WEINSTEIN, women who accused him of sexual misconduct, his former film studio’s board members and the New York attorney general’s office have reached a tentative 44MM million deal to resolve lawsuits and compensate alleged victims of the Hollywood producer.

GEOFFREY RUSH has been awarded 1.9MM after winning a MeToo defamation case against Australia’s Nationwide News over a story published in the company’s Daily Telegraph.

MOBY apologized for claiming in his recently published memoir that he dated Natalie Portman.

OLIVIA JADE GIANNULLI was well aware of her mom, Lori Loughlin, and dad Mossimo Giannulli's actions ahead of them being named and charged in the headline-making, nationwide college admissions scandal.

JOHNNY DEPP claims AMBER HEARD sliced his finger with a vodka bottle.

HARRISON FORD is Indiana Jones, no one else is.

...should be back to full speed tomorrow, barring the unforeseen.

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Bill Callahan, Ian Noe, Lee "Scratch" Perry, Memorial Day   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Friday, May 24, 2019 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl




...with THE SWEET!  The bubble-glam rockers are probably best known for the trifecta of "Little Willy," "Ballroom Blitz" and "Fox on the Run," though they also charted with the harder-edged "Action" and the more ballad-y "Love is Like Oxygen."  All of those clips also feature the band's rather unique fashion sense, but you have to see the clip for "Wig Wam Bam" -- complete with headdress -- to see the band at its most ridiculous.  BONUS: "All That Glitters" is a BBC documentary originally broadcast in February 1974 charting a day in the life of The Sweet.

BILL CALLAHAN shares the first six songs from Shepherd In A Sheepskin Vest.

IAN NOE advance streams Between the County.

LEE "SCRATCH" PERRY advance streams Rainford.

FLOR de TOLOACHE advance streams Indestructible.

KISHI BASHI advance streams Omoiyari.

SONIC YOUTH shares a live version of "Bull in the Heather."

T. REX: "20th Century Boy." Aow!

PRIMAL SCREAM's Bobby Gillespie loves irritating people.

THE TOP 10 AMERICANA & COUNTRY ALBUMS of 2019 (So Far), according to Paste.

THE TWILIGHT SAD, on It Won/ t Be Like This All the Time.

THE NUMBER ONES looks at Gordon Lightfoot's great curdled-romantic-obsession song "Sundown."

NOW SHOWING: This weekend's wide releases include the live-action Aladdin, which is currently scoring 60 percent on the ol' Tomatometer; Brightburn, which is currently scoring 59 percent; and Booksmart, scoring 99 percent.

TERMINATOR: DARK FATE has a trailer online.

KENDALL JENNER  and NBA star Ben Simmons have split.

REBECCA GAYHEART relects on killing a nine-year-old boy.

THR ACTRESSES' ROUNDTABLE: Emilia Clarke, Michelle Williams, Patricia Arquette, Christine Baranski, Danai Gurira and Niecy Nash talk industry battles, the power struggles, and the drive to succeed

WRITERS vs AGENTS: Talks have reopened.

DAVID MILCH'S THIRD ACT: Despite what dementia has stolen from the cerebral creator of Deadwood, it has given his work a new sense of urgency.

MEMORIAL DAY has become -- in the minds of some -- a day devoted to uncovering their swimming pools and barbeques. So take a moment (preferably at 3 p.m. local time) to remember what it's really about.You can read about "The Meaning of Memorial Day" with selections from American authors and statesmen, including Herman Melville, Ernie Pyle, Louisa May Alcott, Frederick Douglass, and Dwight D. Eisenhower. Joyce Johnson and the "Arlington Ladies" who attend every funeral in Arlington National Cemetery, to ensure no soldier is buried alone, take more than a moment.  Re-read "A Death in the Family," as powerful as it was when Christopher Hitchens wrote it in 2007.  Revisit William Wyler's footage of the last mission of the Memphis Belle, or check the Tube for Alfred Hitchcock's footage of the liberation of the Belsen concentration camp.  The Wikipedia entry for Memorial Day notes a race track connection unrelated to the Indy 500.  It's a good day -- as good as we are likely to get -- for Sgt. Barry Sadler's No. 1 smash, "Ballad of the Green Berets."  or the movie adaptation of Gen. George S. Patton's "Speech to the Third Army."  As "Greyhawk" once wrote at the Mudville Gazette, "This is Memorial Day weekend. Enjoy it. Celebrate it - the people who died to give you that right would appreciate it. But they didn't die peaceably in their beds, these dogs who fell protecting sheep from wolves."

NEW FRIENDS: Two endangered clouded leopard cubs were introduced to each other, becoming fast friends as they tumbled around their enclosure.

MEET THE CANDIDATES For Pet Mayor of Edgewater, IL — 4 Dogs, 1 Cat And A Dapper Goat.

MOOSEY did his best.

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Richard Thompson, Covey, Cage The Elephant, Doggo   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Thursday, May 23, 2019 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


JAY & THE AMERICANS "Come a Little Bit Closer" onThursday.

RICHARD THOMPSON streams the score for a new WWII documentary, Erik Nelson's The Cold Blue.

COVEY streams Some Cats Live, Some Cats Die.

CAGE THE ELEPHANT visits World Cafe.

DUNGEN and PEAKING LIGHTS share tracks from a surf documentary.


GIRLPOOL shares a video for "Minute In Your Mind."

ARETHA FRANKLIN: Two handwritten wills were discovered in the late legend's cabinet and couch cushions. Yes, really.

THE NATIONAL Carin Besser talks to The Creative Independent about co-writing songs with her husband, Matt Berninger.

NAT TURNER BEBELLION's album -- lost for 50 years -- was recently unearthed.

THE NUMBER ONES looks at Bo Donaldson And The Heywoods' war story of molten cheese, "Billy, Don't Be A Hero."


STAR WARS: THE RISE OF SKYWALKER gets an "ultimate preview" from Vanity Fair more than six months before its release, if you wondered whether the House of Mouse is scared that The Last Jedi mucked up the entire franchise.

GAME OF THRONES: HBO programming president Casey Bloys talks to Deadline about the polarizing finale, the status of prospective prequels, and why it’s likely not even Arya Stark can make a spinoff happen right now.

NATALIE PORTMAN denies having dated Moby,:"[M]y recollection is a much older man being creepy with me when I just had graduated high school.”

ZOE KRAVITZ  and Karl Glusman are secretly spouses. Also, Aaron Taylor-Johnson and Kenneth Branagh join the cast.

ONCE UPON A TIME IN HOLLYWOOD: The early reviews are quite good.

CHRISTOPHER NOLAN's next movie has a tile and genre.

MARIANNE & LEONARD; WORDS OF LOVE has a trailer online.


A GOOD BOY makes the putt.

RATS Are Taking Over New York City.

A GREAT WHITE SHARK heads to the Hamptons just in time for Memorial Day.

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Bettr Oblivion Community Center, Weyes Blood, Aurora, Dolphin   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Wednesday, May 22, 2019 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


FREE: "All Right Now." Wouldn't be Summer without it.

BETTER OBLIVION COMMUNITY CENTER: Phoebe Bridgers and Conor Oberst visit WFUV Live.

WEYES BLOOD visits The Current.



THE BLACK KEYS share a video for "Go."

TAME IMPALA: How Kevin Parker, an anxiety-ridden child of divorce, embraced his inner stadium rocker and built one of the biggest young bands around.

JENNY LEWIS talks to Wine Spectator about releasing wines for her albums, drinking wine at the deli, why she loves the Loire, and which wines qualify as "indie," "punk" or "funky" (and whether that's a good thing or not).

THE MOUNTAIN GOATS: John Darnielle talks to Clash about the band's dark return.

THE NUMBER ONES looks at Paul McCartney & Wings' multi-part opus "Band On The Run."


ONCE UPON A TIME IN HOLLYWOOD: Quentin Tarantino's ninth film has a trailer online. Meanwhile, QT, Brad Pitt and Leonardo DiCaprio talk to Esquire.

TOY STORY 4 has a final trailer showing a full look at Keanu Reeves' Duke Caboom.

STRANGER THINGS: The Season 3 teaser is a masterpiece of product placement.

GAME OF THRONES: Sophie Turner has the behind-the-scenes photo.

JOHNNY DEPP accuses AMBER HEARD of "painting" her bruises and attacking him during their volatile marriage.

OLIVIA JADE GIANNNULLI wants to return to USC amid the college admissions scandal.

SETH ROGEN is the GQ cover story.

GHOSTBUSTERS: Dan Ackroyd wrote a prequel.

CANNES says its striding toward equality; some women see backwards steps.


A WILD DOLPHIN swam up to divers to ask for help.

ADVANCED GERMAN ENGINEERING gives us a new and improved sprinkler system.

A RHINO... and a cat.

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The Head and the Heart, Julia Jacklin, Ensemble Signal, French Bulldog   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Tuesday, May 21, 2019 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


BANANARAMA: "Cruel Summer" and their cover of the Shocking Blue's "Venus" makes for a timely Twofer Tuesday.

THE HEAD AND THE HEART visits Morning Becomes Eclectic.

JULIA JACKLIN visits The Current.

ENSEMBLE SIGNAL plays new music from Radiohead's Johnny Greenwood in a Tiny Desk Concert.

JULIEN BAKER covers Bleachers' “Everybody Lost Somebody.”


JULIANA HATFIELD shares a video for "Broken Doll."

RANDY NEWMAN gets almost two and one-half hourse of discussion and analysis on the latest Political Beats podcast, with guest Matt Murray, Editor-in-Chief of the WSJ.

THE NATIONAL'S TOP 40, ranked by Stephen Hyden.

BLACK MIDI is profiled by Pitchfork.

THE NUMBER ONES looks at Ray Stevens's horrifically awful novelty song "The Streak."



GAME OF THRONES: The finale was watched by a channel-record 19.3 million viewers live, but the real nugget may be that Season 8 averaged 44.2 million viewers per episode in gross audience. ALSO: Emilia Clarke taks to Entertainment Weekly and The New Yorker.

HIS DARK MATERIALS has a teaser trailer online.

JOHN WICK will return in 2021.

WHITNEY HOUSTON is getting a hologram tour and a new album.

TRUE LIES: McG wants to develop the Schwarzenegger flick as a series for the Mouse+ steaming service.

STAR WARS: GALAXY'S EDGE isn't open yet, but Disneyland president Josh D’Amaro posted a photo of the fictional outpost of Batuu.


GOALS: Be as good at anything as "Cookie" the French bulldog is at soccer.

AN ALLIGATOR, found chillin' on a gator raft inside a Miami-Dade pool.

A BABY SLOTH was surprisingly born at the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

MAN-EATING TIGERS could hunt down more humans due to climate change.

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