July 10, 2016 |
Freekbass was jogging on a treadmill at the gym when Shirley Bassey's "Diamonds Are Forever" looped through his Pandora radio station. As that velvet melody pumped in his ears, the funk bassist from Cincinnati thought about how much he'd like to perform some of the iconic hits from James Bond films. And then he thought, why not? As he hopped off the machine 20 minutes later, he dialed Jennifer Hartswick, a trumpet player with a voice that booms like her instrument. Hartswick, who has played in Trey Anastasio's band, watched all the Bond films as a child because her older brother thought they were cool.
May 20, 2016 |
WHAT DO PORN stars have in common with mixed martial arts fighters? According to porn star/producer James Deen , the answer is STDs. TheWrap.com reports that Deen, who has been accused of refusing to wear condoms during filming, is battling with California state regulators for unfairly targeting the world of XXX. He has filed a complaint against Bellator MMA (a subsidiary of Sumner Redstone 's Viacom) to prove his point. According to the complaint, Bellator doesn't comply with the state's blood-borne pathogen exposure policies either.
November 19, 2015 |
Bronn, Benjen, Beric . . . Do you find the names of characters in Game of Thrones a bit difficult to pronounce? Do you have trouble remembering them? I mean, who is Daario as opposed to Dagmer , Davos , or Dareon ? How about Edd , Eddard , and Gared ? Most of us would be loath to admit we're not hip to the intricacies of HBO's adaptation of the R.R. Martin epic. Not President Obama . He's not afraid to admit he has trouble with those outlandish monikers.
November 10, 2015 |
IT TOOK the combination of James Bond and Charlie Brown to save the box office after a disastrous few weekends of flops. Both "Spectre" and "The Peanuts Movie" reinvigorated moviegoers who turned out in droves to check out the new fare. "Spectre" took an easy first-place spot with an estimated $73 million, according to Rentrak estimates yesterday, to become the second-biggest Bond opening of all time. The 24th film in the 53-year-old series stars Daniel Craig as 007 and cost a reported $250 million to produce.
November 7, 2015 |
What would happen if a James Bond movie didn't end in a countdown-to-doom conflagration? If squads of Uzi-spraying henchmen didn't go gunning for the famous 007? If the megalomaniacal villain bent on world domination, world destruction, or at the very least world discomfort, shelved his superweapon and sought out a therapist instead? What if Bond and the glamorous Euro muse he's simultaneously protecting and putting in utmost jeopardy booked themselves into a sleepy Airbnb in the countryside and snuggled up with a few good books and a Scrabble board?
November 6, 2015 |
T HE ECONOMIST magazine conducted research recently on James Bond films, with shocking results. Turns out Pierce Brosnan's Bond, widely regarded by purists as the dandy of 007s - the pretty one - killed more people and bedded more women per movie than any rival James. More than craggy Daniel Craig, who surpasses Brosnan in just one key category - downing martinis. I guess finishing second to Brosnan at the gun range and in the sack will drive a double-0 to drink. Which raises a question: When he's not performing the essential functions of boinking and killing, exactly what is franchisee Craig doing during his interminably long movies?
November 5, 2015 |
"The Peanus Movie," set for release on Friday, has one big thing going for it. The voice cast is composed almost entirely of child actors. "It was all child actors instead of adult celebrities, except for Snoopy and Woodstock," A.J. Tecce , who voices Pig-Pen, told Tattle Comics Guy Jerome Maida . "Since [ Bill Melendez ] passed away and he had voiced those characters in every other production, they are going to use archival sounds from his previous stuff. " Tecce said of the traditionally silent Pig-Pen, "We're really anxious to hear his voice and he uses a lot of sound effects, too. " Tecce said that there is a reason that someone who looks like a human dust storm resonates with kids.
October 10, 2015 |
Selena speaks lupus While we were busy nattering about her love life (to Justin Bieber or not to Justin Bieber ? that was the question), young acting and singing sensation Selena Gomez was undergoing chemotherapy. Gomez, 23, who made a big splash in Barney & Friends as a child actor, tells Billboard she took a break from work last year not to get over Biebs, but for health reasons. "I was diagnosed with lupus, and I've been through chemotherapy. That's what my break was really about," Gomez says.
July 5, 2015 |
In the new-Latin alternative-music continuum, Mexican actress/singer Ximena Sariñana is a regal figure, both pop and esoteric, a vocalist and composer whose strange, elegant, and occasionally raucous songs sound like St. Vincent singing John Barry's themes for 1960s James Bond flicks along the shores of Brazil. The tropical sway, the grandeur of epic, arching chords, the angular riffing of fuzztone guitars and synths - magnificent. That's the vibe Sariñana and her opening act, Dominican singer-songwriter Alex Ferreira (whose band backed Sariñana)
April 8, 2015 |
Amber hearts Johnny OK, so we don't know whether any of this is true or not, but reports are making us blush about this here Amber Heard and that dude she just married, Johnny Depp. He's way over there filming the 1,197th Pirates of the Caribbean thing, and she's way over there, filming The Danish Girl . OK, they just got married, they're far away, so whatcha do? Between scenes, you scurry to your trailer and get to sexting your new mate! Sext, sext, sext, until the phone (or the recipient)