A talented Scottish singer-songwriter, Shirley Manson found fame as the badass frontwoman for the 1990s alternative band, Garbage, blending a disaffected glamour with a coolly elegant intelligence. Co...
Rocker/actress Shirley Manson has appeared in the first-ever online version of cult kids' show Pancake Mountain. The Garbage singer fronted the premiere episode of the programme, which began as a local cable access show in Washington, D.C., when it debuted online on Monday (16Jun14).
New episodes will air weekly on YouTube.com for the next 10 weeks, and feature appearances by the Jesus Lizard's David Yow and the Distillers' Brody Dalle.
Manson's episode featured the Stupid Girl singer offering up lessons on German food, music, language and culture.
Former The Distillers frontwoman Brody Dalle has turned her new solo album into a star-studded affair by recruiting Shirley Manson and The Strokes' Nick Valensi to join her in the studio. Her husband Josh Homme's Queens of the Stone Age bandmate Michael Shuman also appears on Diploid Love, as does AWOLNATION's drummer Hayden Scott. Garbage star Manson appears alongside Dalle on the album's first single Meet The Foetus.
Cameron (Summer Glau) looks pretty good after her season-finale explosion, with just a cut on her face. She picks herself back up and drags her way to rescue Sarah (Lena Headey) and John (Thomas Dekker) from some gun-toting intruders. The intruders pick up the hard drive our heroes worked so hard to steal last year, and of course the scuffle leads to the whole house burning down. That’s just collateral damage in the Terminator world.
Uh-oh, it looks like Cameron’s reprogrammed herself to terminate John. That’s not good. Luckily that house fire blows her away, so Sarah and John can escape. Meanwhile, Cromartie (Garret Dillahunt) lets Agent Ellison (Richard T. Jones) go after he’d terminated the whole SWAT team at the motel pool. That’s odd. Cromartie leaves the body of George Laslo, the identity he stole, to take the fall for the motel shootout.
On the run, Sarah gets distracted and crashes the car, leaving the duo to limp away from an also limping Cameron. Charley Dixon (Dean Winters), Sarah’s former paramedic beau, leaves the scene of the motel and follows a call to the Connor house fire. He finds the two burned bodies of the intruders, and an incognito Derek Reese (Brian Austin Green), who fills him--and us--in on the exposition of the Turk chess computer from last season. It’s the program that provides the initial basis of Skynet’s artificial intelligence. Got that?
Now we meet Catherine Weaver (Garbage singer Shirley Manson), who’s making a deal to buy the Turk. That’ll pay off later. Elsewhere, Cameron cleans up with baby wipes and staples her face back together. (Gotta love Terminator first aid!) She finds Charley and Derek following leads on Sarah and John, so they are in double pursuit. Her limping stagger kind of looks like Arnold going in slow motion in the movies. It’s intense.
Sarah and John find a church in which they can nurse their wounds and hide out. John realizes how powerful the now-evil Cameron is, with all her knowledge of the Connors. Out of anger, John jams a knife into the table; anyone who obsessed over T2 should appreciate that. They come up with a nifty plan to shock Cameron when she comes looking for them. They try to carve out her CPU chip (remember the director’s cut of T2!) but run out of time, so she wakes up even more pissed. John and Sarah try to flee by stolen van, but Cameron overturns their vehicle!
The chase continues like an epic Terminator chase. All attempts to stop Cameron fail, so the heroes flee, despite increasing injuries. There are even more loving homages to lines from the films for fans. Sarah ultimately helps incapacitate Cameron, giving John the chance to shut down Cameron. Cameron protests, even begs and pleads with human-like fear, insisting she’s fixed herself and she’s good again. As a last resort, she professes love! John pauses, but pulls the chip.
John still has some questions about Cameron, feeling that she must be different if his future self sent her back. He almost incinerates her but reinserts her chip to find out for sure if her new emotions were real or fake. He gives her a gun to test her. Her POV does show an order to terminate, but she overrides it and wins back John’s trust. The stakes of this drama are amazingly high. I mean, if you’re believing in a world of Terminators, the idea of the most important human putting his life in an assassin robot’s hands is staggering. And clearly, this is a defining moment for John. He is not the same after it.
Sarah and Cameron talk religion, and Cameron tells her never to let John bring her back if she goes bad again. Sarah offers the best apology she’s able to as John reveals he’s cut his hair, just in case you didn’t get that this is a new John.
Throughout this, Ellison gets a few scenes. He answers all his superior’s debriefing questions with “I don’t know.” He confronts Cromartie again, insisting he’ll never help him find the Connors, but Cromartie seems to have a plan.
With her Turk, Weaver announces a new division for her company. An employee complains about her new decision in the men’s room, and she rises out of the urinal as a liquid metal T-1000 to kill him.
This could really be the best episode in what is already my favorite series on TV. The pilot was amazing for showing Terminator action, redefining the timeline legitimately, and just bringing back Sarah. Dungeons and Dragons was awesome for future war stuff, but man, this Cameron chase, character decisions and introducing the ultimate movie villain step it up to the next level. So yeah, there’s a T-1000 running a computer company. Cameron could flip her good/evil switch at any time. John’s dissing his mom (who, don’t forget, is the title of the show), and Ellison is about to become a free agent. Wow!
Garbage frontwoman Shirley Manson has reportedly landed a role on TV series Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles.
The Scottish singer has been given a regular role on the sci-fi show and will join the original lineup for the second season, which is due to air this fall, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
The casting is Manson's first acting break and she will reportedly complete her stint on the show while the rock band is on hiatus pending work on a possible fifth studio album.
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David Lynch's Mulholland Drive was voted the best picture of 2001 by the New York Film Critics Circle. Robert Altman was named best director for his 1930s period piece Gosford Park, while Helen Mirren took the best supporting actress nod for her performance in the film. Sissy Spacek and Tom Wilkinson were voted best actress and actor for their stunning work in Todd Field's In the Bedroom and Steve Buscemi won best supporting actor kudos for Ghost World. Rounding out the picks, the Chinese In the Mood for Love was chosen as best foreign-language film and Richard Linklater's Waking Life took top honors in the animation category.
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Supermodel Cindy Crawford is going to try her hand at acting once again. She'll be starring in the romantic drama The Simian Line with William Hurt, Lynn Redgrave, Eric Stoltz and Harry Connick Jr. Crawford's last movie, 1995's Fair Game, bombed at the box office.
The Wall Street Journal reports that NBC will be the first network to run advertisements for hard liquor in 50 years. In a deal with UK's Diageo, whose brands include Smirnoff vodka, Tanqueray gin and Johnnie Walker whiskies, NBC will run the ads during primetime hours (9 p.m. to 11 p.m.), as well as during late-night television. The first commercial for Smirnoff will run this weekend during Saturday Night Live.
The six-million dollar man, Steve Austin, is coming back--to the big screen. The 1972 Martin Caidin novel Cyborg, on which the hit '70s TV series The Six Million Dollar Man was based, is being developed as a feature by Dimension Films and Universal Pictures. Kevin Smith is being rumored to direct.
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The never-shy Elton John will promote lipstick for cosmetic company MAC, in an effort to raise money for AIDS. He'll be joining Mary J. Blige and Shirley Manson, lead singer of the band Garbage, in the ad campaign.
Chevy Chase and Saturday Night Live creator Lorne Michaels will be developing a new NBC series targeted for the 2002 fall season. A twist on the popular 1960s series My Three Sons, Chase will play a modern-day Fred MacMurray who is a single dad to three teenage daughters.
The Walt Disney Co. has paid $902,778 to settle claims that a subcontractor of Disney, who made beaded tiaras and wands for Disney, were paying their workers less than a quarter of the mandated minimum wage. A spokeswoman for the studio said they were unaware that labor laws were being violated.
Eagles guitarist and solo artist Joe Walsh will receive an honorary doctorate in music from Kent State University during a commencement ceremony on Saturday. Walsh has stated that he regrets having not graduated.
A talented Scottish singer-songwriter, Shirley Manson found fame as the badass frontwoman for the 1990s alternative band, Garbage, blending a disaffected glamour with a coolly elegant intelligence. Coming up through the Edinburgh clubs, Manson caught the eye of musicians Butch Vig, Duke Erikson and Steve Marker. Coming together as Garbage, the polished, powerful foursome struck gold with albums like 1994's Garbage, 1998's Version 2.0,, 2001's beautifulgarbage and 2005's Bleed Like Me as well as hits like "Only Happy When it Rains," "Stupid Girl," "#1 Crush," "I Think I'm Paranoid," "Special" and "Push It." Tapped to provide the soaring theme to the James Bond flick "The World is Not Enough" (1999), Garbage blew up big, with the effortlessly alluring Manson becoming a Calvin Klein model and a global superstar before the band called it quits in 2007. After pulling the plug on her solo album when she clashed with label execs, Manson joined the cast of "Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles" (Fox, 2008-09) and continued to dabble in the music industry before Garbage reunited for 2012's self-released Not Your Kind of People. Gloriously unflappable and unwavering when it came to her artistic vision, Shirley Manson became and remained a rock icon with an enormously powerful legacy.
Born Aug. 26, 1966 in Edinburgh, Scotland, Shirley Ann Manson endured a troubled youth. After a relatively happy childhood in which she immersed herself in music, drama lessons and performances, Manson found adolescence incredibly traumatic. Cutting a striking figure with green eyes, dark red hair and chalk-white skin, the young girl became the subject of merciless bullying, which was exacerbated by her increasing depression and self-esteem issues. Pushed to the brink, Manson began seeking an outlet in self-cutting and other self-destructive behaviors. She regained a sense of equilibrium when she fell in with a crowd of fellow outsiders who accepted her flaws with affection and bolstered her sense of independence and self-worth with such typical teenage rebellious activities as experimenting with drugs and minor scrapes with the law.
Embracing her identity as a beautiful misfit, Manson held a series of day jobs to fund her growing reputation as an Edinburgh club kid who dabbled in modeling. Continuing to emulate her musical heroes, including Siouxsie Sioux, Patti Smith, Debbie Harry and David Bowie, Manson was drawn to the world of performing. Hovering at the periphery of the local music scene, Manson's ethereal charisma came in handy when she began styling performers before becoming a backup singer. Recognizing Manson's enormous potential, local musician Martin Metcalfe tapped her to join his band, Goodbye Mr. Mackenzie. Although the two briefly dated, they remained on good terms after the relationship ended and Manson increasingly assumed responsibility within the band as a singer-songwriter and keyboardist. Breaking out of the Edinburgh scene, Goodbye Mr. Mackenzie was signed to Capitol Records and earned a top 40 hit, "The Rattler."
Although their success proved short-lived, Goodbye Mr. Mackenzie was picked up by a smaller label, Radioactive, and pared down to Manson as a solo act supported by the band members. Reformed as the Angelfish, Manson was the frontwoman and driving musical force for the new lineup, and they achieved minor stardom on the college radio circuit with the song "Suffocate Me." Although the "Suffocate Me" music video was played only once on MTV, Manson's star quality impressed legendary mega record producers Butch Vig - best known for producing Nirvana's Nevermind - Duke Erikson and Steve Marker, who had formed their own band, Garbage. They arranged an audition for Manson in London, ironically on the very day Vig's friend Kurt Cobain killed himself. Although at first the four strong personalities clashed, it eventually became obvious that they were going to be a potent music combo.
With impeccable musicianship, a glossy grunge glamour, and Mason's silky delivery of her own biting lyrics, Garbage's 1994 self-titled debut became a smash hit, going multiplatinum and spawning the dark, driving singles "Only Happy When it Rains" and the twice-Grammy-nominated "Stupid Girl." While other alternative acts at the time indulged in musical hysterics to make their bones, Garbage's polished, intelligent performances proved an elegant counterpoint, with the cooler-than-cool Manson serving as the perfect musical talent, sex symbol and style icon. After placing the gorgeously twisted "#1 Crush" on the "William Shakespeare's Romeo + Juliet" (1996) soundtrack, the band continued to have its finger on the pulse of the music scene. To put it simply, Manson, as singer and songwriter, was the essential element to Garbage conquering the world, and she took an even larger hand in shaping the band's follow-up, 1998's Version 2.0.
Representing the commercial and critical zenith of Garbage, Version 2.0 spun off the era-defining hits "I Think I'm Paranoid," "Special," "When I Grow Up" and "Push It," with the latter track thrillingly interpolating elements of the Beach Boys song "Don't Worry Baby" that impressed Brian Wilson so much he held on to the demo. Representing an impressive musical and style evolution for the band, the album earned Garbage four Grammy nominations and elevated their profile even further. Branching out into film, Garbage placed the songs "Medication" on the soundtrack of Robert Rodriguez and Kevin Williamson's "The Faculty" (1998) and "When I Grow Up" on the soundtrack of the Adam Sandler smash "Big Daddy" (1999). Most importantly, the group performed the epic theme song for the James Bond film "The World Is Not Enough" (1999).
Manson in particular benefited from the band's meteoric rise, earning a modeling contract with Calvin Klein. They seemed poised to ascend even higher with the release of 2001's beautifulgarbage, which took its name from lyrics written by Courtney Love for her band Hole's hit "Celebrity Skin." Surprisingly, the album stalled out commercially, and the band's promotion for it was curtailed when Manson had to undergo surgery on her vocal cords. They regained ground with 2005's Bleed Like Me and its hit "Why Do You Love Me" but after releasing their greatest hits package, 2007's Absolute Garbage, they decided to step away. Although Manson had announced she was working on a solo album, she clashed with the record label over the direction of the music and was dropped from their roster.
Although she toyed with the idea of leaving the industry completely, Manson continued to quietly write and record music as well as perform onstage and in the studio in support of various acts, including Queens of the Stone Age, Gavin Rossdale, and The Bird and the Bee. She flirted with the idea of becoming a full-time actress, joining the cast of "Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles" (Fox, 2008-09) as Catherine Weaver, an undercover rogue cyborg whose loyalties were as mysterious as she was powerful. She came full circle when she spoke at Blondie's induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and blogged frequently in support of female artists and of the importance of women supporting other women professionally, artistically and personally. Many of the musical acts who came after Garbage described what an enormous influence Manson had had on them, so it came as welcome news when the band announced they had quietly reformed, releasing their fifth album, 2012's Not Your Kind of People, on their own label, STUNVOLUME. It became a moderate success around the world on the back of singles like "Blood for Poppies," ushering in a new chapter of the band and Manson's professional future.