Fraggle Rock is back after 35 years — and, of course, Dave Grohl is involved. On Friday, as Fraggle Rock: Back to the Rock premiered on Apple TV +, Foo Fighters released “Fraggle Rock Rock,” a song inspired by the Jim Henson show’s original theme song. With its electric guitar intro, head bob-inducing melody, and mid-song harmonies reminiscent of the show’s original theme song… Foo Fighters kinda popped off. “We’re gonna rock our way to freedom/Gonna run right back and see ’em/ Gonna flip, flop, skippity hop/Back to Fraggle Rock,” Grohl sings in the earworm’s chorus. Apple TV+ dropped the show’s first teaser in November and gave fans of the beloved Eighties show a first look at the return of original characters Gobo, Red, Boober, Mokey, Wembley, and Uncle Travelling Matt. The 13-episode series premiered on Friday and follows the 2020 movie reboot Fraggle Rock: Rock On! . The show will follow its puppet protagonists “on hilarious, epic adventures about the magic that … [Read more...] about Dave Grohl Pens New ‘Fraggle Rock’ Theme Song Because Why Not?
EXCLUSIVE: The Professional Fighters League , MMA’s fast-growing new entrant and the first to run a regular scheduled season like other sports do, has extended a deal with ESPN starting with its 2022 kickoff event April 20. The entire 2022 PFL playoffs and majority of regular season events will air live on ESPN, already home to the UFC , and simulcast on ESPN+ with additional event coverage broadcast on ESPN2. ESPN platforms will carry pre and post-event coverage and exclusive PFL content along the lines of last year’s four-part series on Olympic gold medalist Claressa Shields’ PFL debut and quest to become an MMA world champion. They will also push into pay-per-view. The agreement runs through 2023 with an option to extend, PFL CEO Peter Murray told Deadline. Under the previous deal, more events aired on ESPN2 than ESPN proper and not all were simulcast on ESPN+. PFL events will also run on ESPN Deportes and on TSN, ESPN’s Canadian stand-in. “After two … [Read more...] about MMA’s Professional Fighters League Extends ESPN Deal Starting With New Season
TMZ Composite Kevin Ferguson Jr . -- MMA fighter and son of the legendary street fighter turned pro Kimbo Slice -- is stepping into the ring ... but he isn't takin' on a fellow pro fighter, he's boxing former Bachelorette contestant "Iggy" Rodriguez . Yes, for real! 29-year-old Ferguson -- aka "Baby Slice" -- is transitioning from the Bellator cage to the squared circle ... where he'll duke it out with Rodriguez at a Celebrity Boxing event in March. Of course, 5'11", 155 lb. Kevin Jr. -- 3-3 as a pro -- has fighting in his pedigree, and it shows. His dad, Kimbo, is the most famous street fighter of all-time. The 6'2", 235-pound fighter transitioned from backyard brawling to professional fighting ... where he had a record of 5-2-1. As for his opponent? Iggy's claim to fame didn't come from punching guys. Rather, Rodriguez was fighting for love when he made his debut on the 13th season of "The Bachelorette." In fact, the 35-year-old … [Read more...] about Kimbo Slice’s MMA Fighter Son To Box Former Bachelorette Contestant
Christina Aguilera and Ozuna channel Adam and Eve’s wild side in the visual for her new single “Santo,” out Thursday. The single — and its dark Garden of Eden-esque music video — serves as the third release for Aguilera’s all-Spanish EP La Fuerza, which arrives Friday. The Nuno Gomes-directed video was shot in Las Vegas.” “Santo, sálvame/Que tú me tienes perreando/Ven prueba, muérdeme/Que yo te digo hasta cuando,” she sings in the chorus. (In English: “Saint, come save me/’cause you have me twerking/Come try me, bite me/I’ll tell you when to stop.”) Sharing the EP cover art on Instagram, Aguilera wrote that the six-track record is just “the first chapter” of her three-part musical project. The release of new music comes more than a month after she performed a gothic rendition of “ Genie in a Bottle ” at the People’s Choice Awards and won the Music Icon award. “My artistry has always been for the fighters in this world, for those who face adversity, for those wanting to … [Read more...] about Christina Aguilera and Ozuna Don’t Need Saving in ‘Santo’ Video
Christina Aguilera delivered a powerful performance of career-spanning hits, including a rock rendition of her debut single “Genie in a Bottle,” at the 2021 People’s Choice Awards. The Grammy Award-winning singer also performed snippets of hits from her 2002 album Stripped including “Dirrty,” “Beautiful,” “Fighter” and “Can’t Hold Us Down,” as well as her most recent single “Somos Nada” from her forthcoming Spanish-language LP. Following her set, Aguilera received the first-ever Music Icon award from her “Pa Mis Muchachas” collaborator Becky G . During her acceptance speech, the Grammy Award-winning singer said, “I have always strived for my music to communicate messages of empowerment, whether it’s speaking my own truths or giving voice to those unable to do so on their own. My artistry has always been for the fighters in this world, for those who face adversity, for those wanting to evoke change, my music is for you.” According to Aguilera , her first … [Read more...] about Watch Christina Aguilera Perform ‘Genie in a Bottle’ Gothic Version at People’s Choice Awards
Editors note: Deadline’s Read the Screenplay series debuts and celebrates the scripts of films that will be factors in this year’s movie awards race. Cyrano filmmaker Joe Wright had long mused about tackling a fresh screen interpretation of Edmond Rostand’s classic century-plus-old play Cyrano de Bergerac , the tale of the admired but solider who, inwardly deeply insecure about his prominent snout, expressed his hidden feelings for his love Roxanne by putting his words in the mouth of her handsome suitor Christian. He was enraptured by the 1990 film version starring Gerard Depardieu. “I saw it when I was an anxiety-riddled adolescent and the story, about feeling unworthy of love, had a profound effect on me,” says Wright. “But I couldn’t see making a new version because I could never see past ‘the nose.’ ” It wasn’t until Wright learned of theatrical writer-director Erica Schmidt ’s innovative musical production of the Cyrano story, which found an … [Read more...] about ‘Cyrano’: Read The Screenplay From Erica Schmidt That Gave Joe Wright A New Way In To Classic Tale
It can't get bigger than this! Suriya Sivakumar's Jai Bhim and Mohanlal's Marakkar Arabikadalinte Simham have been qualified for the nominations at the Oscars 2022. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences on January 20 (Thursday) issued a list of 276 films that are eligible for the 94 th Oscars. Among the listed films, Suriya's real-life inspired courtroom drama Jai Bhim and Mohanlal's period war film Marakkar Arabikadalinte Simham are India's official entry at the Academy this year. The films have been shortlisted for the Best Feature Film category. Notably, Jai Bhim and Marakkar will be competing with other acclaimed films including In The Earth, In The Heights, India Sweets And Spices, Jockey, Eternals, Godzilla Vs Kong, Black Widow, The Matrix Resurrections, Mayday, Naked Singularity and Boogie . The official voting for nominations will commence on January 27 and conclude on February 1. The final nomination list will be released on February … [Read more...] about Oscars 2022: Suriya’s Jai Bhim And Mohanlal’s Marakkar Arabikadalinte Simham Earn Eligibility!
TMZSports.com Dana White isn't sweating the contract drama with UFC heavyweight champ Francis Ngannou ... telling TMZ Sports he's been dealing with similar issues for the last 2 decades! We talked to the UFC honcho before 35-year-old Ngannou faces interim heavyweight champ Ciryl Gane at UFC 270 on Saturday ... a fight which The Predator says could be his last with the fight promotion. Why? Ngannou wants more cash. We asked Dana where his organization stood with respect to Francis' future. "I've been in contract drama for 20 years with people. It's part of the business. I honestly don't know where we'll end up after Saturday," White says, adding, "We'll see how the fight goes, we'll see what happens and I'm sure we'll figure it out one way or another." Getty And, White says personally, everything is cool with him and his champion fighter. "Francis and I have had our moments over the last several years. I bumped into him at … [Read more...] about Dana White Says He’s Not Sweating Francis Ngannou Contract Drama
On the morning of Sept. 27, 2021, Josh Hargis opened a private video-chat link for what the United States Olympic & Paralympic Committee billed as an open dialogue about its newly implemented mandate. Everyone on Team USA would need to be vaccinated against Covid-19 by Nov. 1, unless they could obtain a medical exemption — or a religious one. The executive order to jump the scientific starting gun on the 2022 Winter Games was a harrowing decision, senior Olympic officials acknowledge, not least because they knew the anti-vaxxer crowd — emboldened by an emerging class of brazenly unvaccinated superstar athletes — would come at them with fake news. “From the start of the pandemic, we have made science-based, data-driven decisions,” the USOPC’s CEO wrote in a memo to all American athletes, which was attached to an invitation for the meeting and obtained by Rolling Stone . “There is strong support for this requirement from our community.” Among two-dozen or so … [Read more...] about ‘Get Vaccinated or Else’: The Anti-Vaxxers of the Winter Games Fought the Olympic Mandate. Did the Mandate Win?
Carl Kurlander , who went from being director Joel Schumacher’s assistant to writing St. Elmo’s fire with him, wrote a look back on that film for Deadline as well as a tribute when the director passed away., Kurlander today shares memories about Louie Anderson , the comic and actor who died last Friday in Las Vegas at age 68. Kurlander co-authored The F Word: How to Survive Your Family with Louie Anderson and was a consultant on his The Louie Show on CBS. His other credits include St Elmo’s Fire, he has been a senior lecturer at the U of Pittsburgh and producer of Chasing Covid and other titles. Here he discusses the empathy Anderson showed to most everyone around him, and many career breaks he provided, actions informed by the slights and hardships he faced in his own life. Louie Anderson is being mourned by millions. He’s a widely beloved figure. Some knew him from his stand-up; Comedy Central named him one of the 100 greatest of all time. Others from his Emmy winning … [Read more...] about My Life With Louie Anderson: Guest Column From Longtime Friend Carl Kurlander