It remains a rich, vibrant record – one of the shocking things about Prince is the way his Eighties music doesn’t sound dated, despite the fact that he was using the same technology that now makes so many albums from that period sound trapped. But that’s only part of the story. The Sign O’ the Times movie captures performances of 11 songs from the record, and throws in a brief yet revelatory rendition of “Little Red Corvette” for good measure. There are a few acted set pieces, but it mostly plays as a straight concert film, tracking Prince and his band as they steam through the set. … [Read more...] about ‘Sign O’ the Times’: In Praise of Prince’s Great ‘Lost’ Concert Film
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In October 2014, Dan and Eugene Levy, along with distributor ITV Studios, were at Mipcom in Cannes, pitching to buyers their new show Schitt’s Creek, which already had been commissioned by Canada’s CBC. A number of networks passed, but TVGN, then soon to be rebranded as Pop, took a chance on the comedy from first-time showrunner Dan Levy, to be its first original — and ultimately signature — series. “It’s a dream cast, it’s hysterically funny, and it’s sure to pop,” Schwartz said of Schitt’s Creek at the time of the pickup six years ago. … [Read more...] about ‘Schitt’s Creek’s Triumph & Pop’s Emmy Breakthrough Come Amid Major Changes At the ViacomCBS Network
A QUARTER OF A CENTURY LATER, I am sitting in the private, palm-coddled garden of the Marbella Club, where the whitewashed walls are acrawl with colorful flowers and the fat Mediterranean sun is just cresting over the sloping, red-tiled roof of the indoor restaurant. Connery has lived in Marbella, an inordinately gorgeous resort situated on Spain’s Costa del Sol — midway between the teeming tourist middens of Torremolinos to the east and Algeciras, gateway to Morocco, a quick seventy kilometers to the south — for the last 20 years. He has a beachfront villa nearby, abutting the glittering Puerto Barnis — a rambling Andalusian affair he acquired for what one is tempted to assume was a song at the time. The villa is not without distinction — a mosaic by Jean Cocteau is embedded in one wall — but there is no swimming pool, and one would hardly describe the place as a pleasure dome. It is, however, home to Connery — at least on those rare occasions … [Read more...] about Great Scot: Nobody Pushes Sean Connery Around
So how did it end up as Mads in the end?Finally, every time they said, “We’re gonna cast Hugh Grant,” I would say, “OK, let’s make an offer,” knowing full well that Hugh Grant had just passed on $750,000 an episode for Two and a Half Men, and that was three times their licensing fee. I was like, “It’s just not realistic. He’s not going do it.” I was like, “Make an offer, and then I’ll bring you back to Mads.” And so we did we did that dance at least a half a dozen times, where the network would say, “We want Paul Bettany.” And I was like, “Great, make an offer.” “We want John Cusack.” “Great, make an offer.” And everyone always passed, as I knew they would. And then I brought up Mads Mikkelsen again. And finally, after, you know, six or seven rounds of going with actors that were never going to do this role, I threw myself on the mercy of Jen Salke’s desk, … [Read more...] about Inside the Past and Possible Future of ‘Hannibal,’ Now on Netflix
The Rob Gronkowski party trains rolls on ... there were hot chicks (a lot of them), bottles of champagne, a Lombardi Trophy shaped cake ... and TMZ Sports has the EPIC party video. … [Read more...] about Rob Gronkowski — Smashes Football Cake On Bro’s Head … At Epic Vegas Party!!