December 6, 2013 |
No "Angels Sing" in this holiday melodrama stripped of any religious significance suggested by its title, but Willie Nelson, Kris Kristofferson and Lyle Lovett do. Disappointingly, star Harry Connick Jr. does only a little, for he's the Grinch in this Yuletide tale about Michael, a loving husband and father who can't stand Christmas. Early scenes suggest his distaste stems from the commercialization of the season, but the reality is he's still grieving a tragedy that struck on Noel when he was a boy. In the market for a new home, Michael finds that Christmas comes early when an old coot named Nick (Nelson, skinnier and hipper than his patron saint is usually portrayed)
December 5, 2013 |
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa -- Some came in what they were wearing when they heard that Nelson Mandela had died -- their pajamas. Some draped themselves in South African flags. Others brought candles, flowers and pictures of him. Hundreds of people gathered outside his house in the early morning Friday, in a gathering striking for the absence of weeping and tears. It was more of a spontaneous celebration of the man's life and the gifts he left South Africa. A few vuvuzelas -- the South African trumpet normally found at football matches and celebrations -- blasted into the night.
November 26, 2013 |
Taylor Swift and Prince William gave a demonstration in friendly Anglo-American relations on Tuesday. The 23-year-old pop star attended the Winter White Gala at London's Kensington Palace wearing an ethereal Jenny Packham gown. The winter wonderland-themed event was hosted by the Centrepoint charity to benefit at-risk homeless youth. Wiliam, the Duke of Cambridge, has been working with Centrepoint since 2005. "I'm absolutely excited," Swift said of performing at the gala ( via the Daily Mail)
November 25, 2013 |
On Saturday, Miley Cyrus turned 21. And on Sunday, she performed her hit "Wrecking Ball" accompanied by a flying, lip-synching space kitten. Forget the literal nature of the official "Wrecking Ball" video , in which Cyrus rides a wrecking ball naked and breaks things. (Get it? She's on a wrecking ball and she's singing about being like a wrecking ball? And hearts are broken? Like a wrecking ball breaks things? It resonates.) For the American Music Awards on Sunday, the newly booze-legal Cyrus decked herself out in a kitty-conscious, two-piece, almost-an-outfit and invoked the essence of the Internet -- cats -- behind her in a presentation that was anything but literal.
November 25, 2013 |
Don't feel ashamed. By the time you're reading this, you've no doubt heard that Miley Cyrus performed "Wrecking Ball" in front of a projected image of a giant kitten at Sunday night's American Music Awards. You're hear to watch it, perhaps for the first time, perhaps for the 10th. Why? Because said kitten was made to appear as if it was lip-synching to Miley's heartache ballad, and it was weird. So weird, in fact, that my colleague Mikael Wood described it as " willfully amateurish ," complaining that it "blunted" the impact of the song.
November 21, 2013 |
Rick Neuheisel was head coach at Colorado, Washington and UCLA, so the former Bruins quarterback knows his way around the Pac-12 Conference. He also plays the guitar, and the Pac-12 Networks analyst is in the habit of penning and performing college-football related songs. Neuheisel's latest composition is a tribute to USC interim Coach Ed Orgeron, who has guided the Trojans to five wins in six games. Last Saturday, the Trojans upset Stanford at the Coliseum. "A tribute to what has taken place there," Neuheisel said during the Pac-12 Networks Football Podcast.
November 21, 2013 |
The Coen brothers' new film, "Inside Llewyn Davis," covers one drain-circling week in the life of a marginally successful folk singer in 1961 New York City, inspired in part by the memoir of folk personality Dave Van Ronk. But to be clear, Llewyn Davis is not Bob Dylan. He's not Van Ronk. He's not even Oscar Isaac. "The description at the audition was, 'He is not Dylan. He is not the poet. He is a workman, a blue-collar guy from the boroughs.' So I latched on to that idea, the workman, and what that meant," says Isaac.
November 18, 2013 |
ABC announced on Monday that it has ordered 10 episodes of Israel's hit reality series "Rising Star. " The show -- a singing competition -- has been a phenomenon in Israel, pulling in almost half of all TV audiences in the country when it airs, according to its producer, Keshet Broadcasting. Still, it seems a risky time to launch a new televised singing competition in America. Fox's "American Idol," once a juggernaut that spawned a wash of imitators, is struggling. Earlier this year its ratings dipped to a 10-year low. "The X Factor" is also suffering from sagging ratings, and there are rumors that it might get the ax. This despite the fact that its creator, "Idol" alum Simon Cowell, recently signed a deal to keep the show on the air through 2016 in the U.K. PHOTOS: Celebrities by The Times Only NBC's "The Voice" is performing well, with ratings steadily climbing.
November 12, 2013 |
Actress Katey Sagal can be heard crooning regularly on the soundtrack of the FX drama "Sons of Anarchy," but the acting has really been a long detour from her first love, singing. And to remind people of that, she's releasing her first album in nine years, titled "Covered. " Back in her pre-"Married ... With Children" days, Sagal had a budding singing career, performing as a backup performer with Tanya Tucker and Bob Dylan, according to Billboard. She released her first album, "Moon Over Brooklyn," in 1976.
November 6, 2013 |
Here's the thing about having a long, busy acting career: one moment a performer finds himself at the extreme margin of agony, trudging the stage with Cordelia in his arms, and the next he's having a moment of blood, sweat and glory in Rocky Balboa's corner. Dakin Matthews, one of Southern California's most admired stage actors - including a 2010 turn as King Lear with the Antaeus Company, the North Hollywood classical ensemble he co-founded in 1991 - is headed to Broadway as Mickey, the crusty trainer played by Burgess Meredith in the first three "Rocky" movies, in "Rocky the Musical.