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Work and Surprises Bring Me Here   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Thursday, May 31, 2018 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


THE FIVE STAIRSTEPS:  “O-o-h Child." Time for a dance-off?

DR DOG visited World Cafe for a chat and mini-set.

NATALIE PRESS played a Stereogum session.

JENNIFER CASTLE covers Bob Marley & the Wailers' "Stand Alone" and Brooke Benton's "I Got What I Wanted in a Lagniappe Session.

JASON ISBELL covered Townes Van Zandt's "Pancho and Lefty."

RYAN ADAMS  has shared the new song “105.5 The Colorado Sound.”


FATHER JOHN MISTY shares a video for "Please Don't Die."

THE MELVINS join CHEAP TRICK on "Surrender."

NEKO CASE Is Still Fighting.

THE NUMBER ONES ooks at a 12-year-old Stevie Wonder's classic live rave-up "Fingertips (Pt. II)."


KIM KARDASHIAN met PRES TRUMP to discuss prison reform, because 2018.

ROSEANNE RERUNS were pulled from several networks.

ANNE HATHAWAY is profiled by Glamour.

BRIGITTE NIELSEN revealed she was expecting her fifth child at 54.

STAR WARS would be better off if it stopped obsessing over its past?


TWO LYNXES have an animated conversation.

A SNAKE knocks out Knoxville.

CAMEL MILK: Better than cockroach milk?

27 RABBITS were left at a Long Island train station.

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Got a Work Crush, But Also Things   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Wednesday, May 30, 2018 - 01:16 AM
Posted by: Karl



DAVID BOWIE: "Modern Love." from the Summer of 1983.

WEEZER finally met fan requests for a cover of Toto's "Africa."

THE NUMBER ONES looks at Jan And Dean's California anthem "Surf City."

JONATHAN FIRE*EATER frontman Stewart Lupton has died. He was 43.


ROSEANNE was canceled after series star and creator Roseanne Barr made a comment on Twitter Tuesday morning referring to former Obama aide Valerie Jarrett as looking like the offspring of the "Muslim Brotherhood & Planet of the Apes."

WHY IS SOLO considered a yuge disappointment?  Sonny Bunch does box office math.(And the franchise continues to underperform in China.)

MORGAN FREEMAN: Tyra Williams, one of the women who came forward against actor the actor is pushing back against CNN's explosive report that he had sexually harassed up to eight women. Chloe Melas talks to the NYT about her experience.

EMMA WATSON breaks up with Chord Overstreet.

DIANE KRUGER and NORMAN REEDUS are expecting their first child together.

PRINCE HARRY & MEGAN MARKLE plan to honeymoon in the Great White North.

ANTHONY HOPKINS has life advice for young actors (and everyone, really).

HAILEY BALDWIN claims the 2016 election split her family.

ZACK SNYDER says his next project is The Fountainhead.

JAMIE FOXX will lead the new Spawn reboot.

THE WALKING DEAD is losing Sheriff Rick?

PHIL HARTMAN was killed 20 years ago; here's the memorial speech Jan Hooks gave.



A SERVICE DOG gave birth to a litter in the Tampa airport.


DIRECT TV has a channel for dogs to watch.

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Easing into the post-holiday week...   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Tuesday, May 29, 2018 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl



WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: Solo: A Star Wars Story tops the chart with a four-day haul of 103MM... far below tracking projections of 130MM, and the lowest opening for this franchise in the Disney era (tho the best opening for director Ron Howard).  Although it has the next couple of weekends to itself, this is in no way good news for the House of Mouse, esp. with only 65MM in foreign grosses.  The fact that Howard was brought in to reshoot as much as 85 percent of this movie inflated the production budget to a reported 250-300MM.  Add in the marketing and ancillary costs and there's a non-zero chance Solo winds up somewhere in a breakeven range.  Disney's not making these to break even, even if it sells toys or fills out theme parks.  Whether it's market saturation, or this one being shunned as punishment for The Last Jedi, I doubt Disney will want to rest on the staus quo.    Deadpool 2 places with 55MM on a 56 percent drop; that's a bit steep for a second frame on a holiday weekend, but with almost 500MM worldwide against a 110M budget, the studio should probably be content against its competition.  Avengers: Infinity War shows with another 21.2MM in its fifth frame.  Book Club takes the fourth slot with 12.5MM on a leggy 8 percent drop.  Life of the Party rounds out the Top Five with 7MM on a 9 percent drop and continues to look like Melissa McCarthy's lowest-grossing star vehicle to date.

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Memorial Day 2018   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Monday, May 28, 2018 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


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."

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The Sweet, Neko Case, Natalie Prass, Liz Vice, Weezer, Eagle vs Fox   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Friday, May 25, 2018 - 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.

NEKO CASE advance streams Hell-On.

NATALIE PRASS advance streams The Future and the Past.

LIZ VICE advance streams Save Me.

WEEZER covers Toto's "Rosanna."

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

RYLEY WALKER talks to Aquarium Drunkard about how Chicago influenced the new album, honing a poetic voice, and why saying “stupid” things online can be a folk-rock boon.

STEPHEN MALKMUS muses at a Lakers game.

THE NUMBER ONES looks at the Essex's "Easier Said Than Done," a song written and performed by active-duty Marines.

GLENN SNODDY, inventor of the fuzz pedal, has died at 96.

SOLO: A STAR WARS STORY is this weekend's solo wide release (swidt), currently scoring 72 percent on the ol' Tomatometer (tho only 64 percent among "top critics"). It is probably a better Star Wars movie than The Last Jedi, but probably not as good a one -- or as good a heist movie -- as Rogue One.  As backstories go, it's better executed than Anakin Skywalker's in the prequels, but it nevertheless illustrates the banger of backstories.  Most of the time, what we imagine of how a character became the icon we know will seem better in our imagination than the imagination of someone else (fairly or not). For what it is, it's sprightly and entertaining.  Alden Ehrenreich is credible enough as young Han, which may sound like faint praise... but who is going to match Harrison Ford circa 1977?  The rest of the cast is also quite good, probably better than the dialog reads on the page.  The plot manages to be twisty enough too, considering that anyone familiar with the franchise knows about certain events in Han's life already.  Overall, it's a fun but safe standalone that moves without being moving.

MORGAN FREEMAN is accused by multiple women of a pattern of inappropriate behavior by the actor on set, while promoting his movies, and at his production company.

JASON BATEMAN apologizes after appearing to defend Arrested Development co-star Jeffrey Tambor.

HARVEY WEINSTEIN is set to turn himself in to face charges related to alleged sexual misconduct in connection to a probe by the Manhattan DA's office and NYPD.

EMILIA CLARKE is profiled by Vanity Fair.

BOBA FETT: James Mangold is writing and will direct a Star Wars stand-alone movie centered on the feared bounty hunter and fan-favorite character.

IDRIS ELBA, will star in, direct, and produce music for Netflix's take on The Hunchback of Notre Dame.

JULIA LOUIS-DREYFUS will receive the 21st annual Mark Twain Prize for American Humor on October 21, 2018.


DISENCHANTMENT: First images from Matt Groening's Netflix series.

A BALD EAGLE AND A RED FOX battle it out while soaring 20 feet in the air.

THESE DOGS are obsessed with water

COW CUDDLING: The new wellness trend.

COCKROACH MILK: The new health obsession.

(We're doomed.)

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