A recent tribute concert dubbed The Bizarre World of Frank Zappa in Huntington, New York had all the markings of a concert by the rock iconoclast from nerdy fans geeking out about the night’s guitar players before the show to doo-wop intro music but with one marked problem: Frank Zappa died in 1993. The mustachioed musician at the center of it all, playing alongside erstwhile members of Zappa’s band, wasn’t a real person at all. It was a hologram. To be fair, the apparition truly looked like an otherworldly version of Frank as it played guitar, adjusted its shirt, and wiggled its mustache. It sounded like him, too, since the audio came from an uncirculated 1974 live recording. It was enough of a spectacle that the packed house gave it a standing ovation. “At first, I felt a little sad,” a fan, Annelie Indilla, said after the show. “I got a little choked up for a second, because he’s not around anymore, but I just really liked it. It’s … [Read more...] about Live After Death: Inside Music’s Booming New Hologram Touring Industry
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The International Feature Film Oscar shortlist is due out on Monday, with an expanded 10 titles up from the traditional nine. Preliminary voting closed in the category on Wednesday with the first seven films determined (although still held under wraps) and the Executive Committee will meet Monday morning to decide on the three so-called “saves.” As ever, this is a year with a rich crop of films from talent outside the United States. In total, there are 91 movies vying for a mention. Filmmakers have trotted the globe to festivals and Q&A screenings while presumed favorite Bong Joon-Ho even made a recent stop on The Tonight Show. Along with the Korean director’s Parasite, there are a host of other possibilities for the shortlist, and below we take a look at a cross-section of titles that could turn up on the roster on Monday. Related Story Peter Bart: Oscars Voters Binge, And Mail Carriers Groan, As Streamers Add Heft To Awards Load Here’s our … [Read more...] about Oscars: Examining The Expanded International Feature Film Shortlist Possibilities
Jen’s daughter is nine years old, with shoulder-length brown hair and darting, fearful eyes. She’s anxious and withdrawn, and her mother says she doesn’t get asked to go on play dates very often. When she speaks to people she doesn’t know, she keeps a careful distance, like she’s trying to decide whether or not to pet a tarantula at a zoo exhibit. But then Jen’s daughter becomes Emily the deer. She has a pink head with zebra stripes, white tufts of fur, and giant, ink-black antlers. In an instant, she goes from withdrawn to animated and gregarious. “She’ll put her head on and go play and join the other kids,” Jen tells me, as we watch her daughter chatting gaily with other sundry woodland creatures. Emily and Jen have just attended a meet-and-greet for furries who are influencers on TikTok, the hugely popular lip-syncing app used primarily by teens. The pair have driven about an hour from their home in the Chicago suburbs to attend … [Read more...] about Why Are So Many Gen Z Kids Becoming Furries?
Play video content Exclusive TMZSports.com Sorry, Boston ... Roger Clemens is predicting a MONSTER career for Gerrit Cole with the New York Yankees, telling TMZ Sports, "It's gonna be great, man." Cole just inked the fattest contract EVER for a pitcher ... signing a 9-year, $324 MILLION deal to play in pinstripes. When we got Clemens out in NYC ... he told us he has ZERO doubts the 29-year-old is going to live up to that lofty deal -- saying the ace is just that good. "We're going to miss him in Houston," Clemens says. Of course, the Rocket knows a thing or two about succeeding in NY ... the dude is a Yanks LEGEND -- and he tells us Cole's got the right makeup to succeed at Yankees stadium. "He absolutely does," Clemens says. As for off the mound ... Roger is just as high on Cole there -- telling us, "He's a better person than he is a pitcher. That's how good a kid he is." Music to Brian Cashman's ears!! … [Read more...] about Roger Clemens Predicting Monster Yankees Career For Gerrit Cole
THR is on the scene at the hottest bashes with awards season's biggest stars Golden Globes parties began well before Sunday's awards and continued through Sunday night. The Hollywood Reporter was on the scene at the biggest bashes and documented all of the happenings leading up the Globes, as well as the exclusive celebrations following Sunday's show. See more Golden Globes' Most Memorable Moments Sunday, Jan. 11 The Weinstein Co. and Netflix party, Robinsons-May Lot: 12:09 a.m. Robin Wright nuzzles into Ben Foster's shoulder and he kisses her on the cheek. 11:58 p.m. Rosamund Pike tells a friend, "We have a car, don't worry," as she heads toward the exit but then stops to chat with an actor who looks like Tom Felton. See more Golden Globes 2015: The Red-Carpet Arrivals 11:39 p.m. Ben Foster leads Robin Wright through the party, hand in hand. It's thinning out as most of the celebs have moved on and other revelers are left sipping Moët and eating Fat Burgers and … [Read more...] about Golden Globes Party Diary: Inside the Glitziest Awards Show Events