THE NATIONAL covers The Ramones' "The KKK Took My Baby Away" at Forest Hills. (nsfw ending)
THE MOUNTAIN GOATS stream Marsh Witch Visions.
PARAMORE played a Tiny Desk Concert.
STRANGE RANGER advance streams Daymoon.
ST VINCENT debuted new songs in L.A.
JASON ALDEAN opened SNL with Tom Petty's "I Won't Back Down."
R.E.M. have shared an unreleased demo for "Devil Rides Backwards."
TALKING HEADS: And you may ask yourself...well, how did I get here?
THE LOVIN' SPOONFUL's Jerry Yester was arrested on kiddie pron charges.
NELLY was arrested on rape charges over the weekend.
THE BREEDERS talk to The Guardian about kicking drugs, Kurt Cobain and life after the Pixies.
THE ROCK & ROLL HALL OF FAME 2018 nominees are announced. Some good ones, too.
WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: Blade Runner 2049 topped the chart with 31.5MM, but that's waaay less than the 40-45MM consensus projection against a 150MM production budget. Front-loasded with pent-up demand from the original's cult audience (who watched on pricey IMAX screens), it fizzled over the course of the weekend.Many film-goers, particularly Millennials simply didn't know enough about the first one -- and the marketing didn't tell them -- to get them to invest almost three hours in the experience.as a result, it opened even behind Alien: Covenant (despite being a much better film; see below). The Mountain Between Us placed with 10.1MM against a 35MM budget, and that's probably OK, given that Kate Winslet and Idris Elba will sell tickets overseas. It showed with 9.7MM, crossing the 300MM domestically (and approaching it overseas). My Little Pony debutedin the fourth slot with 8.8MM wich again is probably alright given the potential home video market. Kingsman: The Golden Circle rounded out the Top Five with 8.1MM as it struggles toward recouping its production budget here (it may be saved by foreigngro sses).
BLADE RUNNER 2049 manages to be both bigger and smaller than the original, which has become a cult classic over the years. In my book, Blade Runner's reputation grew moreon the strength of its world-building and the questions it asked about what it means to be human than the actual story. The sequel expands on the world of th original while staying true to it, with much help from master cinematographer Roger Deakins. But philosophical angle is largely missing when it's not being spoon-fed to the audience.That said, the plot here is both true to the noir genre from which the original comes and ultimately more concerned with a more personal tale.
HARVEY WEINSTEIN was fired by the studio he co-founded bearing his name after the dam broke on decades of sex harassment allegations. A third of the Weinstein Company board resigned. They had no idea what all those settlement payments were for, apparently. Weinstein also lost attorney Lisa Bloom and advisor Lanny Davis. A TV reporter claimed Weinstein trapped her in the hallway of a restaurant that was closed to the public and masturbated in front of her until he ejaculated. A British actress came forward with her own account about Weinstein's alleged inappropriate behavior. Nathan Lane says he was physically attacked. Sharon Waxman claims the New York Times gutted a story on Weinstein in 2004, with help from a couple of A-list stars.
JUSTICE LEAGUE has a new trailer online.
PACIFIC RIM: UPRISING has a trailer online.
A FAST & FURIOUS SPINOFF gets a release date.
RALPHIE MAY, whose stand-up comedy career took off after he finished second on "Last Comic Standing" in 2003, died Friday of cardiac arrest. He was 45.
A RESCUED PONY hugs the man who saved his life.
A SUSPICIOUS PACKAGE left at the front entrance to the Los Angeles Zoo on Saturday turned out to be a box containing a live, adult opossum, authorities said.
A MOOSE takes a moonlight ramble across a Calgary transit station.
GIANT HOUSE SPIDERS invade Cape Breton.