‘The Voice’ Thanks “The Kids” And Fans After Third Emmy Win In A Row
The kids are alright, according to The Voice producer Audrey Morrissey, who acknowledged them in her acceptance speech for the NBC show’s victory in the Reality Competition Series category at the 69th annual Primetime Emmy Awards.
The show, which had eight Emmy nominations this year and 38 over its lifetime, has won the category each of the past three years.
The Voice uses a semi-rotating cast of music stars critiquing and mentoring rising young singers. Blake Shelton and… Read
U2, Ed Sheeran & Mike Birbiglia Cancel St. Louis Gigs; Bono Asks “Is This 1968?”
U2’s Bono, responding to the cancellation of his band’s concert in St. Louis tonight, says he’s “deeply saddened” by events in the city. Quoting Martin Luther King Jr. – “Human progress never rolls in on the wheels of inevitability” – Bono asks in an Instagram message, “…is this 1968 or 2017?” (See it below).
Musician Ed Sheeran and comic Mike Birbiglia also have postponed weekend gigs in St. Louis.
The U2 concert, originally scheduled for tonight at the city’s Dome at… Read
Lili Fini Zanuck On Documenting Icon’s Highs & Lows In ‘Eric Clapton: A Life In 12 Bars’ – Toronto Studio
Lili Fini Zanuck hasn't made a feature since 1991’s Rush, a '70s-set thriller in which Jennifer Jason Leigh and Jason Patric play undercover cops getting in over their heads in the Texas drug scene. That film features original music by British blues veteran Eric Clapton, whose call to Zanuck kickstarted the Toronto Film Festival entry Eric Clapton: A Life In 12 Bars. A candid look at the musician's public and private life, it covers his early days with '60s legends The… Read
Trevor Noah, Hasan Minhaj & Conan O’Brien Sign on For 11th ‘Heroes’ Concert
The 11th edition of Stand Up for Heroes – an annual fall concert benefiting injured servicemen, women and their families – is set for November 7 at the Theater at Madison Square Garden. The event, which also launches the New York Comedy Festival, will include performances by Hasan Minhaj, John Mulaney, Trevor Noah, Conan O'Brien, John Oliver and Jon Stewart, with more to join the lineup. The really big show is presented by the Bob Woodruff Foundation and the Comedy… Read
Sony Pictures Classics Scores ‘Maria By Callas: In Her Own Words’ – Toronto
Sony Pictures Classics has taken all rights in North America, Australia and New Zealand to the Maria Callas documentary Maria By Callas: In Her Own Words. Helmed by first-timer Tom Volf, the film features never before seen or heard footage and performances of the great Greek-American opera singer.
The film, which Volf spent five years working on, is co-produced by Emma Lepers of Petit Dragon and Gaël Leiblang and Emmanuel Chain of Elephant Doc. Paris-based MK2 has… Read
‘Gaga: Five Foot Two’ Director Chris Moukarbel On The “Superhero Character” That Is Lady Gaga — Toronto Studio
A documentary filmmaker known for works including Banksy Does New York, director Chris Moukarbel is very familiar with the portrait of an artist as a form.
Skilled at honing—and fascinated by—the “story behind the story”—Moukarbel was ultimately the perfect fit to helm Gaga: Five Foot Two, a TIFF-premering documentary that takes viewers into the life of Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta, and her performative alter ego, Lady Gaga.
Speaking with Live Nation execs about… Read
Troy Gentry Of Country Act Montgomery Gentry Killed In Helicopter Crash
Troy Gentry, half of the veteran country music duo Montgomery Gentry, died today in a helicopter crash at the Flying W Airport & Resort in Bedford, NJ. He was 50. The crash happened at about 1 PM; the band had been scheduled to play a concert there later tonight. The show is canceled.
Local paper The Courier-Post reports that a Schweitzer 269 helicopter crashed in a wooded area near the end of the airport’s Runway 1. It also said another person on the aircraft was killed… Read
‘Eric Clapton: Life In 12 Bars’ Trailer: Showtime’s Slowhand Docu Bows At Toronto This Week
Superlatives fly in the new feature-length documentary about Eric Clapton. “When it came to blues, there was nobody like him.” “He was completely revolutionary.” And then there’s B.B. King’s take: “White America never paid attention to blues. Thanks to Eric, a lot of doors were opened.”
Here is the first trailer for Eric Clapton: Life in 12 Bars, a documentary that premieres this week at Toronto then airs February 10 on Showtime. The flattery is piled high for Slowhand… Read
Deadhead Alert: ‘Red Roses, Green Gold’ Will Jam Off-Broadway’s Minetta Lane
Red Roses, Green Gold, a new musical featuring songs by Jerry Garcia and Robert Hunter, has booked Greenwich Village’s Minetta Lane Theatre for a run set to begin October 11 and open October 29. Directed and choreographed by Rachel Klein, with a book by Michael Norman Mann, Red Roses, Green Gold will feature additional songs by Phil Lesh, Mickey Hart, Bob Weir, and Greg Anton, with musical supervision and arrangements by Jeff Chimenti, Deadfolks all.
The show is being… Read
‘Bohemian Rhapsody’: Lucy Boynton Joins Queen Pic As Mary Austin
Lucy Boynton is ready to rock the Queen biopic. The Gypsy alumna will play Mary Austin, the lifelong companion of Freddie Mercury (Rami Malek) in Bohemian Rhapsody for Fox, New Regency and GK Films.
Londoner Austin was the singer’s muse from Queen’s early years and into the band’s massive success. She and Mercury lived together for years and later split up on good terms. He wrote a number of songs about her including “Love of My Life” from A Night at the Opera, the 1975… Read
‘Grace Jones’ Trailer: Pic Opens Toronto Docs Section
Life in Grace Jones’ world is “a lonely place, but a fascinating lonely place,” the nightclubbing icon tells us in this exclusive new international trailer for Grace Jones: Bloodlight and Bami, the WestEnd Films documentary making its world premiere as the opening film in the Toronto Film Festival’s Docs section.
Directed by Sophie Fiennes, Grace Jones features the singer of “Slave to the Rhythm” and “Pull Up to the Bumper” in performance as well as in her private and… Read
Steely Dan’s Walter Becker Leaves Legacy On Film & TV From ‘FM’ To ‘The Simpsons’
From the title song of 1978’s FM to an uncredited appearance of “Babylon Sisters” in last year’s The Simpsons‘ annual “Treehouse of Horror” Halloween episode, the Steely Dan music used in films and TV can stand as its own as a legacy to the late, great guitarist, bassist, co-writer and band co-founder Walter Becker, who died today at 67.
His death was announced on his personal website with a simple “Walter Becker feb. 20 1950 – sept. 3 2017” accompanying a two-shot photo… Read