Friday, October 21, 2016

It’s Showtime for Madonna

Guess I was onto something when I chose MadonnaRebel Heart as the Song of 2015, huh.

The Queen of Pop is among the hit-writing artists nominated to the 2017 Songwriters Hall of Fame, alongside an old collaborator, Babyface, Jay Z, Max Martin (Britney Spears’ go-to guy), Bryan Adams, George Michael, and Kool & the Gang, among others.

M FTW, though! Especially since she was previously nominated in 2013

So sit down, Lady GaGa. (There we were, doing so well for a bit, she and I....)

For someone so intent on standing apart from Madonna – btw, you know the Queen does write her own songs, alone or with collaborators (always has, always will), that is, of course, when she doesn’t quote-unquote take one from another artist, like Björk (who co-wrote “Bedtime Story with two other talents), y’ know, just like just about everyone under the sun does – Mother Monster sure was happy to step on her elder a few days ago, to build herself up...and on the week her new record was due, no less.


But back to Madonna.

Her latest tour doc, Madonna: Rebel Heart Tour will premiere on Showtime on Dec. 9 – on the same night M will be honored as the Woman of the Year at the 11th annual Billboard Women in Music event in New York City.

Check out the trailer for the televised tour now.

All together now: Long live the Queen of Pop!

Classic and Back

Cher is back (again), bitches!

And she’s putting on some shows to prove it.

So be sure to check and keep on checkin’ for tickets to her Classic Cher” shows in Las Vegas and Washington, D.C., next winter. The fun kicks off on Feb. 7, at the Park Theater at the Monte Carlo in Vegas.

Welcome back, woman!


Update: Look – the assault has commenced.

Look at Her Amazingness singing a classic with an oh-so-modern twist with James Cordern on his show last night.

Posh Does Target

And there you were, thinking you’d never find Victoria Beckham dead in a Target.

But there she goes, and for spring, no less.

The Spice Girl-turned-big-time-and-slayin-the-game-fashion designer announced this week that her expanding empire will hit the retailer with a limited-edition collection of classic womenswear that also will introduce her first line of clothes for children (you probably can especially thank Harper Beckham for that one).

More than 200 pieces ranging in sizes from XS to 3X and in prices from $6 to $70 will become available in stores and online on April 9, with a few pieces selling internationally only on the designer’s website.

Now...while I am firmly Posh Spice 4ever, to this I say: Cool beans!


Thursday, October 20, 2016

You Know His Name

Taking a cue from the powers that be behind Jason Bourne – who named their eagerly anticipated summer-2016 fourthquel after the beloved character we the audience dutifully have been following for close to two decades – here comes...Logan.

Got that right: The boy with claws is going out in style and claiming his given name in the upcoming Wolverine threequel, the first trailer for which arrived today.

The Wolverine’s James Mangold is back in the director’s chair, calling the shots and delivering what looks like – from the subdued preview of it all – as a total thematic and stylistic departure for the Hugh Jackman-led franchise and, indeed, the Xverse as a whole.

It is as if sensible auteurship has taken hold of the mutants at last. (Could this last?)

Based on an arc from Jackman’s career-defining character’s Old Man Logan comic-book story, Logan appears to promise a sort of taking of stock for the guy, with the action set in a barren world in which an older Wolverine finds himself pretty much alone thanks to his healing powers (his face has begun to catch up to his years thanks, perhaps, to what happened to him in his 2013 sequel?).

Patrick Stewart’s Professor X is still around, although barely: Mutants have all but vanished or gotten vanished, and the former leader of the X-Men turns to his old ally for help in protecting a mysterious young girl (newcomer Sienna Novikov) not all that dissimilar from from the gruff mutant.


Wanna know what that’s about? Then mark your calendars for March 3, which is exactly when Logan – co-starring Boyd Holbrook (Netflix’s Narcos) and Elizabeth Rodriguez (AMC’s Fear the Walking DeadNetflix’s Orange Is the New Black) – is scheduled to begin bustin’ some blocks.


Guernsey Gal

The Guernsey Literary Society and Potato Peel Pie Society will rise, but not with Rosamund Pike or Rebecca Ferguson or Kate Winslet as its lead.

No, no. The pleasure will be all Lily James.

The Cinderella star has landed the coveted part of British writer who travels to the remote island of Guernsey after World War II to learn about how a book club helped those living there cope with the embattled times. It only took four years to get to this casting point, but here we are, kids.

Bubbles for everyone!

Director Mike Newell (Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire) is attached to helm (Kenneth Branagh once held the gig), working off of a script written by Don Roos (Marley & Me, The Opposite of Sex) and Tom Bezucha (The Family Stone) based on the historical novel by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barros.


Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Stronger with J. Lo

She’s with –H.

Save the date, Miami: Jennifer Lopez is going to perform in town for you on behalf of Hillary Clinton on Oct. 29.

The multi-hyphenate is part of a fun-sounding Love Trumps Hate campaign concert series, which also includes Katy Perry and Jon Bon Jovi, among others.

Bon Jovi will put on a show for the next president of the United States in Pittsburgh on Oct. 27 and in Tampa on Nov. 5, while Perry also will take to the stage on Nov. 5, but in Philadelphia.

The National will perform on Nov. 2, in Cincinnati.

Now...about that J. Lo show in the Magic #jelly!


Losers and Proud and On the Way Back for More

Cute and fun-looking.

Perfectly calibrated in tone.

And still very Guardians of the Galaxy.

I’m talking, of course, about the first teaser for next summer’s Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 starring Chris Pratt, Zoë Saldana, David Bautista, Elizabeth Debicki (AMC’s The Night Manager), Kurt Russell, and Sylvester Stallone, among others.

Check it out:

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 – directed by returning helmer James Gunn and featuring once again Michael Rooker, Karen Gillan, and the voices of Bradley Cooper and Vin Diesel (Baby Groot Alert!) – is due out on May 5.

Brother, You in Danger!

Wow. My mind is kinda blown right now.

When I first found out that, for her first big leading-lady movie turn, Allison Williams from HBO’s Girls had signed on to star in Get Out, a horror thriller that also will serve as the feature-film directorial debut of Jordan Peele (Keanu, Comedy Central’s Key & Peele), I – like a doof – presumed we were all set to enter decidedly B-movie territory...that the project would have some silly, easily forgettable laughs and a few cheap thrills.

Boy, was I wrong.

The first trailer for the Jason Blum-produced Get Out is out, and, lemme tell ya, writer-director Peele has dreamt up something truly beyond-scary.

Get Out will follow an interracial couple, played by Sicario’s Daniel Kaluuya (pictured here) and Williams, that travels to her parents’ (Bradley Whitford and Catherine Keener) suburban estate in White Americatown, where they – he, in particular – begin to uncover a so, so sinister, racially charged conspiracy involving calmly, measured speech patterns, hypnosis, and casually told sstories about gone-missing black people.

It’s all oh-so-paranoid in the bestest of B ways and very cerebral and kinda provocative – and I cannot wait to find out how it all ends when Get Out gets into theaters next Feb. 24.


Tuesday, October 18, 2016

The Man Behind the Wonder

Well. Wonder Woman is finally having her moment.

Must be the Hillary in the 2016 air.

Aside from the upcoming summer-2017 blockbuster superhero tentpole starring Gal Gadot we’re getting, Hollywood is getting ready to treat us to more Wonder Woman. Specifically speaking, to the story behind the character – that of her creator and the women who inspired her awesomeness – via an indie titled Professor Marston & The Wonder Women written and helmed by D.E.B.S.’s Angela Robinson that Jill Soloway (Amazon’s Transparent) is executive producing.

The Girl on the Train’s Luke Evans will portray 1950s Harvard psychologist Dr. William Moulton Marston in the project. He was the inventor of the lie detector and the secretive creator of Wonder Woman, whom he modeled after his wife Elizabeth and their young lover Olive Byrne.

ChristineRebecca Hall and Fifty Shades Darker’s Bella Heathcote have been tapped for the roles of Elizabeth and Olive, respectively.

Given the nature of the trio’s relationship, you know there was a constant power struggle there – one that clearly made for a fascinating and fascinatingly surprisingly feminist creation.


Monday, October 17, 2016

Ladies with Secrets

They’re finally coming up next.

I’m talking about Academy Award winners Reese Witherspoon and Nicole Kidman and Golden Globe nominee Shailene Woodley, the three actresses HBO trusted to tell Big Little Lies for them.

The seven-episode project, of you probably already an adaptation of the Liane Moriarty comic novel that David E. Kelley worked on for Jean-Marc Vallée (Wild) to direct. It’s a limited – duh – series that also counts Alexander Skarsgård, Laura Dern, Adam Scott, and Zoë Kravitz among its leading ladies’ co-stars (Witherspoon and Nicole Kidman also produced the project), and here is first look at the gorgeously shot proposition:

Big Little Lies is scheduled to premiere next year. A set date is TBC.

Friday, October 14, 2016

WoMan of the Year!

Bow, bitches.

Seven-time Grammy winner Madonna is the Woman of the Year, according to Billboard, which will honor the still-reigning-and-kicking-ass Queen of Pop during the 11th annual Billboard Women in Music event set for Dec. 9 in New York City. Lifetime will air a special of the ceremony three days later, on Dec. 12 – and you know that my digital recording device is already set!

M was singled out in 2016 for her general awesomeness, natch, as well as for holding her record as the highest-grossing female touring artist of all time.

Also listed among the many, many reasons why she was chosen for this incredible award? Her “dedication to philanthropic causesin Malawi and beyond and, more significantly, her well-chronicled history of widespread longtime activism for causes that mean a lot to countless people and fans from all around the world.

This could not be happening to a more worthy or deserving woman in 2016.

Long live the Queen!


He’s the Puck

Look who has found a cool gig thanks to Shakespeare!

Dominc Monaghan (BBC America’s Wild Things with Dominic MonaghanTV’s Lost) has landed a key role on this in-the-works modern-day psychological-thriller anthology take on The Bard’s comedic Midsummer Night’s Dream, appropriately titled A Midsummer’s Nightmare, that Lifetime is prepping.

The actor will play Mike Puck, the (benevolent) owner of the Dreamland Retreat, who welcomes four young lovers wanting to venture into the woods to pursue their romantic desires – and do some ayahuasca or som’in (how much you wanna bet!). The drama of it all will come when the group encounters terrifying forces lurking within their dream landscape – forces that target them using young’uns own fantasies and darkest secrets against them.

Spooky stuff.

Hope this hits for the guy. It’s been a looong minute since I last saw him act, and Lifetime sure is up to some interesting, viewer-grabbing s---. So here’s to hoping.


Read the South

Reese Witherspoon’s Draper James lifestyle website/brand is going old school.

See, the Oscar winner is writing a book about all things Southern chic, which, of course, will be sold on Draper James.

Officially, the untitled tome will be a “Southern influence lifestyle book,” a memoir-esque offering filled with personal essays about the people and places that have impacted Witherspoon throughout her life.

Well alright.


Thursday, October 13, 2016

Mera’s Here to Stay

If you thought a little getting divorced from Johnny Depp was gonna keep Amber Heard down or, worse, out of the Hollywood game, think again.

The actress is on it, and she’s on it harder than ever.

And Tinseltowns still with her.

Next up for Heard is the big-time role of Mera in the upcoming Justice League. You know, the DC Comicsverse’s answer to The Avengers.

In the Zack Snyder-directed blockbuster, the Danish Girl standout will be the wife love interest of Jason Momoa’s Aquaman.

So you know girlfriend is going to be featured prominently.