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Lena Dunham's show "Girls" took home gobs of Golden Globes Awards last night, but today is Santigold's "Girls" triumph.
As previously reported, the songwriter contributed the song "Girls" to the "Girls" TV show soundtrack. And it's fun. It evidently is fun to other girls as well. The video companion features women and girls of all ages lip-syncing to the track, bouncing and bounding in their natural habitats. No exposed booties or eye-popping costumery; no glamorous lens tricks or luxury cars or slathered-on makeup. We're so used to artifice, it's refreshing to just see females having a good time to a song after their own heart.
The Directors Guild of America (DGA) has offered up its list of nominees for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Documentary Filmmaking, and it's a nice slice of vindication for a pair of Oscar snubees.
Beyonce wants us to know that she’s “a human being. I cry. I get scared. I get nervous, just like anyone else.”
In the trailer for her new HBO documentary, “Life Is But A Dream,” her voice over hints at how difficult it is to be Beyonce and that her struggles to balance a commercial life with her artistic vision: “I always battle with how much do I reveal about myself...how do I stay current. How do I stay soulful,” she asks.
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For the first time in 35 years, Black Sabbath led by Ozzy Osbourne is releasing an album of new originals. Ozzy, Tony Iommi and Geezer Butler combined with Rage Against the Machine drummer Brad Wilk and superstar producer Rick Rubin for "13," due in June.
It was announced in late 2011 that Sabbath was reuniting for some festival dates, along with the promise that a new set was happening. But then original drummer Bill Ward quit over a contract dispute, claiming he was being short-changed, and Tony Iommi continued hard into his struggle against lymphoma.
The true test of the ongoing commercial appeal of "Star Wars" will not come with the release of Episodes VII, VIII, and IX. The true test will come when they finally leave the story of the Skywalker family behind and begin telling stories that are set in the universe that George Lucas created, but that explore new corners and new characters.
That test may be coming sooner than anticipated, and I am eager to see how it plays out. Zack Snyder is developing a stand-alone film that uses Kurosawa's "Seven Samurai" as a foundation, according to a report this morning on Vulture, and that seems like a perfectly logical development. After all, "Star Wars" has Kurosawa in its DNA in a major way. The first film in 1977 was directly inspired by elements from "The Hidden Fortress," and when Lucas began casting the movie, they made overtures to Toshiro Mifune to play Obi-Wan Kenobi.
The last 100 hours or so in Hollywood has been intriguing, to say the least. The Oscar nominations on Thursday sent a series of shockwaves throughout the industry and were marvelously reflective of a tightly contended, stellar year of filmmaking. And of course, two names have been on everyone's lips since the Thursday morning bombshell: Ben Affleck and Kathryn Bigelow.
First and foremost, I don't think it's an "embarrassment" that they were left off the list of Best Director nominees. That word has been thrown around a lot this weekend but I think it's a facile direction to go. Let's be honest. Steven Spielberg, Ang Lee, Michael Haneke, Benh Zeitlin and, though I don't like the film, David O. Russell (it is, after all, a genre rarely recognized, certainly for direction) is a strong, fascinating slate of nominees. And it would appear the two who scooted Affleck and Bigelow out of the mix were Haneke and Zeitlin. So let's look at that.
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Time for the last Firewall & Iceberg Podcast for a few weeks in all likelihood, since Dan is going straight from press tour to Sundance, while I've already come from press tour back to my home and family. So we had a lot to cover in this one (which was recorded on Thursday), including what were the most recent days of the tour to that point, but also a lot of new shows debuting over the next couple of weeks, from "The Carrie Diaries" all the way through to "The Following." The lineup:
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Carrie Bradshaw walks down a Manhattan sidewalk in slow-motion. It's a gorgeous day, her curls bounce with each high-heeled stride, and she is mistress of all she surveys.
A familiar scene, no? Only this is the 15-year-old Carrie in the mid-'80s, not the thirtysomething one in the late '90s; the glorious moment is ruined not by the splash of a bus hitting a puddle, but by the realization that it was all a daydream; and the show isn't HBO's "Sex and the City," but the CW's "The Carrie Diaries."
Same character, different network. Same city, but no sex yet.
The cover to the Yeah Yeah Yeahs' forthcoming new album "Mosquito" looks like "Paranorman" mixed with a Garbage Pail Kids reboot. The effort was produced and engineered by LCD Soundsystem's James Murphy, TV On The Radio's Dave Sitek and Nick Launay (YYYs, Arcade Fire, Nick Cave). The song teaser they posted sounds like the Black Angels. Karen O said that fans will hear "roots reggae and minimalist psychedelia influences" in the effort.
Well, this should be interesting.
The New York band confirmed the arrival of a new album this spring today. "Mosquito" flies onto shelves on April 16 via Interscope, with an abomination of cover art so brutal, I kinda love it.
In a press release, frontwoman Karen O (who now dons a blonde coif) describes the set as one would tell a drunk patron at a bar: “We took a more playful, lo-fi approach to songwriting. Much of the music was demoed in our little basement studio in Manhattan with drum machines, a sh*tty sample keyboard and tons of delay - which we called the soup… I think this record has more moodier and tripped-out songs than you've ever heard from us. This is a feel good, food for the soul, chicken soup for the ears Yeah Yeah Yeahs record - which doesn't mean easy listening - it means kind of raw, kind of chaotic, kind of dreamy... Very us.”
The group tore open a glimpse into the recording process with a blurry video performance of an untitled song. The audio isn't top notch. It sounds psych-paranoid. Murphy produced one track for "Mosquito," and it will feature Dr. Octogon, aka Kool Keith.
Yeah Yeah Yeahs -- rounded out by Nick Zinner and Brian Chase -- performed a couple of new tracks during a show in Pomona, Calif., over the weekend, and you can hear those below, too.
As one of the two new "Housewives" cast additions, Kenya has not disappointed in bringing the crazy. Porsha, on the other hand, has served no purpose whatsoever and, I think, will soon be disappearing from the show. In this episode, all we see of Porsha is Kordell bringing her breakfast in bed and promising he has powerful, twin-making sperm (yawn) and another moment in which Porsha proves yet again she's only slightly smarter than a bag of lawn clippings. Kenya, on the other hand, is a sassy drama machine. In fact, without her in this episode, I fear we'd have nothing else to do but watch NeNe drive around Los Angeles and whine about her early call times. I'd rather watch "The New Normal" than watch that, but not by much.