July 24, 2015 |
Root joins 'Roots' A+E Networks announced yesterday that Questlove will be the music director for the new four-night, eight-hour reboot of Alex Haley 's "Roots. " Phillip Noyce ("Patriot Games," "Salt") and Thomas Carter ("Coach Carter," "Gifted Hands: The Ben Carson Story") are set to direct nights one and three, respectively. Directors for nights two and four are to be announced. Dr. Seuss 'Pet' project finally gets release THE BIGGEST publishing story of the year may be the discovered Harper Lee manuscript for Go Set a Watchman , but also going on sale this week is a discovered novel by another beloved author.
February 10, 2015 |
Beck Hansen's album Morning Phase , a becalmed collection from the changeling California songwriter, was surprise winner for album of the year at the 57th annual Grammy awards at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on Sunday. The show was otherwise dominated by 22-year-old British crooner Sam Smith, who won best new artist as well as song and record of the year, and pop vocal performance. "This is the best night of my life," said Smith, in picking up his crowning record of the year trophy for "Stay With Me (Darkchild Version)
September 5, 2014 |
A GINGER-HAIRED, scruffy and increasingly tattooed "misfit" from Britain, Ed Sheeran plays guitar, beatboxes and, occasionally, fiddles. He also writes and winsomely sings hip-hop-inflected folk confessionals that enthrall young'uns - and their parents, too. And while clearly connected to the keep-it-real troubadour continuum that stretches, as he said, from "Bob Dylan and Van Morrison to Damien Rice and Jason Mraz," there's never been a phenomenon quite...
August 22, 2014 |
B ILLY CRYSTAL will pay tribute to his longtime friend Robin Williams at Monday night's Emmy Awards. Crystal will honor Williams as part of the traditional "in memoriam" segment for industry members who died during the past year, Emmy executive producer Don Mischer said in a statement yesterday. Mischer said that the memorial segment during the ceremony will include a performance from singer-songwriter Sara Bareilles . At last year's Emmys, Williams honored his friend and mentor Jonathan Winters during the tribute segment.
December 16, 2013 |
The biggest-selling albums of 2013 were by Justin Timberlake, country star Luke Bryan, and rappers Jay-Z, Drake, and Eminem. Timberlake topped the list with more than 2.3 million copies sold of the first part of his two-part The 20/20 Experience , according to Nielsen SoundScan. But when looking back on the year in music in 2013, will you immediately think of any of those dudes? Not likely. More likely, the mind will fix on Miley Cyrus' icky encounter with Robin Thicke at the MTV Video Music Awards, or the former Disney girl swinging naked on her "Wrecking Ball" video.
August 28, 2013 |
REGULAR TATTLE readers know that we like an off-color joke as much as the next person, especially if the next person is the late Buddy Hackett , but there's a difference between devising clever euphemisms and standing by an open window waving your exposed junk at passers-by. That's kind of what Miley Cyrus was doing at the MTV Video Music Awards on Sunday night. The dancers at Delilah's were blushing. No longer about music, the VMAs' sole purpose seems to be to push the envelope and celebrate crude behavior, and Miley delivered better than a UPS driver at Christmas.
August 22, 2013 |
TIME IS MOVING so quickly these days, we're getting to the point where we're trying to experience things before they happen - the most obvious example being athletes who celebrate victories before they actually . . . win. But there are also trailers that give away the whole movie so you don't need to see it and news stories that predict the future. In this item we'll discuss the notion of a "surprise" appearance. A surprise used to be something you weren't expecting - that scream at a 50th-anniversary party where you prayed the aged honorees wouldn't die of shock right on the spot.
August 16, 2013
THESE HAVE been fallow, bitter times for those who chronicle the comings and goings of the glitterati. After all, The Most Important Woman in the World, Kim Kardashian , has been in self-imposed exile since she presented baby daddy Kanye West with a daughter they named North West . (This kid will never lack direction in her life!) Yesterday, mommy, daddy and baby were spotted at an El Lay medical center. Presumably, they were there so North could have a checkup. As for what North looks like, no news yet. Borrowing a classic move from Michael Jackson , TMIWIW covered her spawn with a blanket.
September 12, 2012 |
Philly R&B musician Damon Hamilton is a bit amazed how he's finally getting lots of attention after creating a YouTube spoof of South Korean pop sensation Psy and his viral "Gangnam Style" video. In less than two months, the Asian rapper, real name Park Jae-Sang, has skyrocketed to No. 1 on Billboard's Social 50, a measure of international Internet buzz, propelled by a catchy single, a music video featuring his funny "invisible horse" dancing, appearances everywhere from Ellen (where he taught X Factor judge Britney Spears the dance)
August 26, 2011 |
NEW YORK - Lil Wayne is hoping his performance on the MTV Video Music Awards will be so good, fans will rush out and get his new album: He's making it digitally available at midnight after Sunday's show. The rapper said he's the first artist to release an album this way after an awards show. Lil Wayne is up for two VMA awards. "Tha Carter IV" will be available on iTunes, Amazon.com and other digital outlets. The physical album will hit stores Aug. 29.