April 7, 2014 |
Ed Sheeran might be past his frizzy-haired Brit-folk phase. A year after the young guitar-picker teamed with Elton John for a rather warbly performance of "The A Team" at the 2013 Grammy Awards, Sheeran released a new song Monday, one that trades the cozy acoustic vibe of the earlier tune for a high-gloss pop-funk sound shaped in part by Pharrell Williams. "Sing" is the lead single from an album Sheeran is expected to release this summer, the anticipated follow-up to his hit major-label debut, "+," which came out in the U.K. in 2011 before arriving in U.S. stores the next year.
April 6, 2014 |
If you thought the Louis CK episode of “SNL” was weird and dark, you ain't seen nothing until you've watched the Anna Kendrick episode. Just kidding. this weekend's show, with Pharrell Williams as musical guest, was as harmonious, lighthearted and girly as one would expect from the “Pitch Perfect” actress, serving as a spring palate cleaner between CK's episode and next week's, which will feature Seth Rogen as host and undoubtedly some pot humor and James Franco references. Not only was last night's episode musical, it was downright Disneyfied, with Kendrick performing a parody of “Belle” from “Beauty and the Beast" during her monologue, enchanting everyone at the show (except for Lorne Michaels)
April 3, 2014 |
"10 Rules for Sleeping Around" is a dreadful sex farce with barely an authentic emotion, credible character or plausible plot point in its midst. This retrograde jumble from writer-director Leslie Greif is said to be inspired by the 1969 Ray Cooney-John Chapman play "Move Over, Mrs. Markham. " In updating that oft-performed door-slammer for the sexting era, Greif strains for raunchy hipness but ultimately can't mask the story's dated core. His portrayal of gay men alone is enough to brand this movie a relic.
March 31, 2014 |
Pharrell Williams will be joining the coaching lineup of NBC's "The Voice" when that reality singing competition show returns in the fall. NBC made the announcement Monday, though the rest of the show's seventh season coaching lineup won't be announced until a later date. Also not announced is whether Williams' large hat will be joining the show as well, or if it's holding out for a separate deal. Williams isn't new to "The Voice" lineup -- he previously appeared as a mentor for Usher's team in the show's fourth season.
March 31, 2014 |
It was all going so well until the brother-in-law got involved. Kings goalie Jonathan Quick was picking up right where he left off the other day, looking sharp, poised and on his game, even if all of his teammates weren't quite along for the ride Monday at Staples Center. Then Minnesota forward Matt Moulson, who is Quick's brother-in-law and a former teammate, got opportunistic and sparked a third-period rally by the Wild as Minnesota beat the Kings, 3-2, scoring twice in a span of 1 minute 2 seconds.
March 30, 2014 |
Pharrell Williams and Vivi Nevo sporting the same Vivienne Westwood Mountain hat. Socialite Joy Venturini Bianchi in a wonderfully wild Tom Ford zebra gown with a bristly mane. And designer Jeremy Scott playing the haute Chippendale dancer in a Moschino tuxedo, worn shirtless with a skinny patent leather necktie. The art, music and film crowds brought their fashion A-games for the Museum of Contemporary Art's 35th anniversary gala at the Geffen Contemporary at MOCA in downtown L.A. on Saturday night.
March 17, 2014 |
Former Lakers forward Shawne Williams on Monday was named NBA Development League performer of the week. Playing for the Lakers' D-League affiliate, Williams is the third D-Fender to win the honor this season, joining Manny Harris, who also played with the Lakers this season, and Terrence Williams. At 25-15, the D-Fenders are in first place in the West Division, having a better season than the 22-44 Lakers. OFFICIAL: Shawne Williams has been named @nbadleague Performer of the Week, he averaged 26.3 pts, 7.3 reb & 2.7 blk pic.twitter.com/qXW3fP8PV9 - L.A. D-Fenders (@DFenders)
March 17, 2014 |
Kate Middleton and Prince William have their hands full enough with their son Prince George, delaying any plans the royals might have for another royal baby, they revealed Monday during St. Patrick's Day festivities in England. The duke and duchess of Cambridge, 31 and 32, respectively, appeared at their first joint royal engagement of the year at Mons Barracks in Aldershot to visit the 1st Batallion Irish guards during a St. Patrick's Day parade. There, Catherine presented the officers and guardsmen with traditional sprigs of shamrocks.
March 14, 2014 |
In Greg Pierce's "Slowgirl" at the Geffen Playhouse, 17-year-old Becky (Rae Gray) comes to visit her Uncle Sterling (William Petersen), who left the U.S. years earlier for Costa Rica. She's freaked out by his primitive jungle lifestyle, which is charmingly evoked by Richard Woodbury's sound design and the tropical leaves that hang above Takeshi Kata's delicate, bare-bones set, configured tennis-court style with the audience on either side (an approach that heightens naturalism but also impedes sightlines)