‘The Four’ Fox Reality Competition Sets Sean Combs, DJ Khaled, Meghan Trainor & Charlie Walk As Stars, Gets Premiere Date
After a lengthy search and deal-making process, Fox has locked in the four-person panel of experts for its new singing competition reality series The Four: Battle for Stardom. Sean "Diddy" Combs, producer DJ Khaled, singer-songwriter Meghan Trainor and record label exec Charlie Walk have sign on to headline the series, which will premiere on January 4 and air Thursdays at 8 PM.
As expected, The Four will beat to air ABC’s reboot of former Fox mega hit American Idol, which… Read
‘The Greatest Showman’ Songwriters Benj Pasek & Justin Paul On The Revitalization Of The Original Hollywood Musical
Upon cursory examination of the films taken on by Broadway songwriters Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, a theme emerges. Oscar winners last year for La La Land, whose P.T. Barnum pic The Greatest Showman bows later this year, the pair are suckers for larger-than-life stories of show business trials and triumphs, who have played an integral role in reviving the original Hollywood musical. While the films are both enamored with the glow of showbiz, The Greatest Showman is also a… Read
Adam McKay Reteams With Composer Nicholas Britell On Two Projects
EXCLUSIVE: Adam McKay is re-teaming with his The Big Short composer Nicholas Britell on two projects. Britell will next score the untitled film McKay wrote and is directing about former U.S. Vice President Dick Cheney, which stars Christian Bale, Amy Adams and Steve Carell. The film, chronicling Cheney’s rise to becoming the most powerful Veep in history, is currently shooting in Los Angeles for Annapurna and is slated for release in fall 2018. McKay and his Gary Sanchez… Read
CBS Completes Network Ten Deal; Hugh Bonneville Waltzes To PBS New Year’s Special; Alibaba Exec Shuffle – Global Briefs
CBS has completed its purchase of Australian broadcaster Network Ten, acquiring the main free-to-air channel as well as digital spin-offs One and Eleven and streaming service Tenplay. This comes after an ownership saga that lasted months, which saw a bidding war between CBS and News Corp executive co-chairman Lachlan Murdoch and WIN owner Bruce Gordon. The deal will likely lead to Network Ten launching more original content as well as more multi-platform opportunities for… Read
Oscars: Can Chris Cornell Make A Posthumous Impact On Best Song Race With ‘The Promise’?
EXCLUSIVE: Posthumous Oscars are rare, but Chris Cornell, who died in May at age 52, stands a chance of winning one, or at least being nominated, for his moving theme song from The Promise. The film is an epic-like love story from director Terry George that is set during the Armenian genocide and the last days of the Ottoman Empire. It opened in the spring through Open Road Films but is hoping to be remembered at least in this category on behalf of Cornell. Watch a video… Read
‘Wonderstruck’ Composer Carter Burwell On The Challenge Of Crafting Wall-To-Wall Score & Music For The Deaf
One of the most prolific of Hollywood composers, prolific Oscar nominee Carter Burwell has three scores in contention this season. The films are Simon Curtis’ Winnie-the-Pooh drama Goodbye Christopher Robin, Martin McDonagh’s fiery Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, and Todd Haynes’ Wonderstruck, each with a very distinct sound. In these scores, Burwell is able to mine the depths of human emotion and experience, conjuring up whimsy and tragedy, a Western anthem… Read
Tracee Ellis Ross To Host The 2017 American Music Awards On ABC
It will be a family affair for Tracee Ellis Ross at the 2017 American Music Awards. The Black-ish star has been tapped to host the largest fan-voted trophy show during which her mother, Diana Ross, will receive the AMA’s Lifetime Achievement Award. ABC will air the ceremony live from LA’s Microsoft Theater this Sunday, November 19.
"I am thrilled to host this special night which honors some of the greatest musical talents in our industry," said Ross. "And I'm especially… Read
‘U2 At The BBC’ Special Set; BAFTA To Honor Jacqueline Wilson – Global Briefs
Bono and the boys are headed into the studio for a one-off music entertainment show, U2 At The BBC. The hour-long special is set to air on BBC One in December, hosted by Cat Deeley, and recorded at Abbey Road Studios. BBC Studios is producing. Bono, The Edge, Larry Mullen and Adam Clayton will perform some of their biggest hits, alongside new tracks from forthcoming album, "Songs Of Experience," and will be interviewed about their lives. Behind-the-scenes footage will… Read
‘The Greatest Showman’ Trailer: Hugh Jackman’s Singing & Dancing Ringmaster
Twentieth Century Fox’s big holiday offering, The Greatest Showman, has unwrapped its second trailer — this time shining a spotlight on star Hugh Jackman’s legendary singing and dancing prowess. The P.T. Barnum-inspired musical and showbiz origins story is directed by Michael Gracey and features original songs by La La Land's Oscar winning lyricists Benj Pasek and Justin Paul. See a fresh look above.
Jackman plays Barnum, a visionary who rose from nothing to create a… Read
‘Long Strange Trip’ Director: Childhood Trauma Drove Grateful Dead’s Jerry Garcia
The music documentary has become a bedrock of the nonfiction form, producing some of its most memorable films: 1967’s Dont Look Back, about Bob Dylan, 1970's Gimme Shelter about the Rolling Stones, and in just the past few years a couple of Oscar winners—20 Feet from Stardom, and Amy, Asif Kapadia's documentary on the late Amy Winehouse.
This year, no fewer than 14 music-themed documentaries have qualified for Oscar consideration, including ones on Lady Gaga, Whitney… Read
‘Breathe’ Composer Nitin Sawhney On The Pitfall Of Musical Sentimentality & Two Andy Serkis Collaborations
Working on longtime friend Andy Serkis’ The Jungle Book long before Breathe came to be, composer Nitin Sawhney ended up seeing that true-life drama hit theaters first. Based on the true story of producer Jonathan Cavendish’s parents, Robin and Diana, the film sees Robin (Andrew Garfield) struck down by polio in his late twenties, leaving him and his wife (Claire Foy) to manage his condition for the rest of his life.
Registering the trauma of such an abrupt illness, Breathe… Read
Review: John Pizzarelli & Jessica Molaskey At The Café Carlyle
I probably don’t have to tell you that the husband and wife duo of John Pizzarelli and Jessica Molaskey are the gold standard of cabaret performers, classing up even joints not in need of classing, like the swanky Café Carlyle. More than talent, of which they share an unseemly amount, and their sheer musical exuberance, is their taste, ineffably present both in performance and on the recordings they produce individually and in tandem.
“The Little Things You Do Together,”… Read