May 15, 2016
* THE SIMPSONS. 8 p.m. Sunday, Fox29. Animated shows take months to make, so this one's latest gimmick - having a "live" Homer answer fan questions in the episode's final three minutes - is a first. Have a question? Call 888-726-6660 during the broadcast. * EUROVISION SONG CONTEST GRAND FINAL. 3 p.m. Saturday, Logo. The world's largest non-sporting live TV event comes to American screens, commercial-free. Will also stream at www.logo.tv at 3 p.m. Saturday. * UNITED SHADES OF AMERICA.
April 17, 2016 |
Way back in 1975, Waylon Jennings posed the question that still frames the debate of what it means to be a country music rebel. Sneering at "rhinestone suits and new shiny cars" and "the same old tune, fiddle and guitar" that he saw and heard as signs of commercial indulgence and artistic stasis, the outlaw icon asked: "Are you sure Hank done it this way?" Hank, of course, would be Hank Williams, the Hillbilly Shakespeare who is the subject of Marc Abraham's widely panned, Tom Hiddleston-starring new movie, I Saw The Light . Hank Sr.'s pithy, honky-tonk oeuvre is the bedrock that modern country music was built on. For the twangphobic who might profess to, in the words of a Robbie Fulks song, like "Any Kind of Music But Country," he's sort of like Kurt Cobain in a cowboy hat: a hard-living tragic genius dead before he got out of his 20s who's remained a touchstone of incorruptible authenticity ever since.
March 13, 2016 |
Michael Jackson's Journey from Motown to "Off the Wall. " The title of Spike Lee's MJ doc doesn't trip off the tongue, but with the help of talking heads - including Quincy Jones, Questlove, Kobe Bryant, and, yes, David Byrne - and a trove of fabulous performance footage, it digs most satisfyingly into the former child star's pre-Thriller coming-of-age period. On DVD and Showtime On Demand. Mary Lattimore. First, Philadelphia's own indie-rock harpist hosts a DJ night with the inspired name "Hey Stupid, I Quit.
February 3, 2016
By Steve Lewis The similarities will seize you by the throat. In Shakespeare's Othello , we are presented with a warrior of impeccable grace, courage, and character who murders his wife. Nearly 400 years later, we would bear televised witness to an athlete-warrior of publicly impeccable grace, courage, and character who (everyone but the jury agrees) murders his wife. Othello, a Moorish general in the Venetian army, was married to a beautiful, fair-skinned woman considerably younger than he was. In time, he grew violently jealous, a powerful weakness of character for one who had earned such a noble and strong reputation.
January 15, 2016 |
DAVE SIMPSON kind of liked the idea that he was 70 feet tall. Take a look at the mural outside Hahnemann University Hospital and you will find Dave Simpson, in plaid shirt and blue jeans, looming over the other folks depicted in the painting. All are disabled, and all contributed to their communities in different ways. Dave was blind and never saw the mural, but his twin brother, Daniel, who is also blind, said Dave loved the idea that he was so tall. And, of course, he loved the fact that handicapped people were being recognized for overcoming their disabilities to reach out to others.
September 22, 2015 |
When Sturgill Simpson played Ardmore Music Hall last summer, the Kentucky country upstart disparaged major labels and the vapidity of Nashville's mainstream country music machine. He did neither Friday while commanding the TLA stage for his second headlining gig there this year. This made sense - a whole lot has changed since summer of 2014. Back then, Simpson was an unknown touring smaller venues to support his self-released second album, Metamodern Sounds in Country Music . It achieved crossover success and praise from culture websites that rarely take the genre seriously: Slate called Simpson "the Radiohead of country music," and indie music blog Stereogum named the album one of 2014's best.
May 16, 2015 |
Shearer's 'Simpsons' shocker Doh! Harry Shearer , who voices some of our fave characters on The Simpsons - Ned Flanders, Principal Skinner, Kent Brockman, and Mr. Burns among them - has left Fox's animated masterpiece. It sounds like a bad breakup: The news comes via a terse announcement from exec producer James L. Brooks ' lawyer. (His lawyer?!). For his part, Shearer tweets, "I wanted what we've always had: the freedom to do other work. " Some critics say it's time the show, which has been renewed through the 28th season, should be put down.
May 15, 2015 |
Now, this is a cast! The O.J. Simpson story is coming (again) to a TV near you. But we're not talking about a new TV movie. Oh, no. Ryan Murphy , the guru behind Nip/Tuck , Glee , and American Horror Story , is making an entire series about Simpson's trial for the 1994 murder of his onetime soul mate, Nicole Brown . Simpson was acquitted. Called American Crime Story: The People v. O.J. Simpson , the FX drama will star Cuba Gooding Jr. as Simpson, Jordana Brewster as Brown, Courtney B. Vance as legal maestro Johnnie Cochran , John Travolta as that other legal maestro, Robert Shapiro, and Hellboy beauty Selma Blair as Kris Jenner . Huh?
August 18, 2014 |
The reports come in - more than a dozen a week - in frantic phone calls or teary-eyed trips to the police station: My son is missing. My granddaughter never came home . He ran away again. Sgt. Janell Simpson spends every day at work investigating missing persons cases in Camden as head of the department's unit. She knocks on doors, passes out fliers, chases juveniles who don't want to be found, and, in extreme circumstances, crosses state lines to bring home abducted children.
June 6, 2014 |
T HE FLYERS LOGO just got Simpsonized. Mark Avery-Kenny, a designer at AK47 Studios, didn't let the fact that ratings for the animated TV series "The Simpsons" are at an all-time low deter him from incorporating characters from the show into some of the more recognizable logos from the NHL. And he did it just in time for the Stanley Cup finals, featuring the Los Angeles Kings against the New York Rangers. The Kings logo shows Fat Tony wearing a crown and holding a cigar. The Rangers logo depicts a smiling Lisa.