We list TV directors working today who are long overdue to take the big screen leap and create the next studio tent-pole, from Michelle MacLaren (Breaking Bad, The Walking Dead, Game of Thrones) to Guy Norman Bee (Arrow, Southland, Supernatural). To read the article, check it out at Studio System News!
Lady Gaga just released a new track earlier this week, and Do What You Want served as a reminder of one indisputable fact: R. Kelly knows how to make a hit record. Even the Gaga haters had to admit that the song is one of her best in a long time, and we think Kelly’s feature vocals have much to do with that. In addition to being a dope single for Lady Gaga's ARTPOP album, Do What You Want is great excuse to relive some of R. Kelly’s other unforgettable collaborations.
"Down Low," Featuring Ronald Isley And Ernie Isley
R. Kelly + Ron Isley (AKA Mr. Biggs) = musical gold. These two together always bring the jams and Down Low is still – almost 20 years later – the jam.
"Fiesta," Featuring Jay Z And Boo & Gotti
Before Blue Ivy and Beyoncé, before he worked with performance artist Marina Abramović, and back when his name was still hyphenated, Jay Z used to wear bucket hats and dance with video girls. This was one of many songs that proved R. Kelly was actually, really, a rapper who just so happened to sing.
"Feelin’ On Yo Booty," Video Featuring Lil’ Kim
Ahhh, classic R. Kelly! And even though Lil’ Kim is not actually on the song, all of our jaws totally dropped when she popped up in the music video. But don’t call her R. Kelly’s video girl – the Queen Bee totally owned the whole feelin’ on yo booty movement with this very special guest appearance.
Kelly Price’s "Friend Of Mine," Featuring R. Kelly & Ronald Isley
First of all, we need Kelly Price to come back. Second of all, we need Kelly Price, R. Kelly, and Ronald Isley to make another track together. ASAP.
"Cassidy’s Hotel," Featuring R. Kelly
The Pied Piper teamed up with a super-young (super-cute) Cassidy back in 2003, and Hotel went on to become a huge first single for Cass. A lot’s changed since then, but R. Kelly is still taking every artist he works with to the next level (even Gaga), and still churning out those hits.
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Some bands are just perpetually uncool to like. We've all been caught singing a song by a band/artist that we really shouldn't be a fan of, only to brush it off as just a "guilty pleasure." But is it so wrong to not feel guilty about it? Here are some bands that are considered to be uncool by many, but are actually kinda awesome.
ABBA A Swedish export more popular than IKEA or Volvo, ABBA was always the band no one wanted to admit they liked. The Swedish band wasn’t just glitz, glamour, and disco, but was actually a solid pop act that took their musical talents seriously. Besides, ironically or not, who can resist singing along to “Dancing Queen”?
Hall & OatesIt wasn't cool to like Hall & Oates for a long time, and it's not even certain if it's safe to admit they're kinda cool now. Their blue-eyed soul and rock and R&B fusion made them stand out among their contemporaries, and the duo ended up facing the wrath of music snobs and critics (redundant?) alike. A dive into their discography, however, and you'll find a breadth of talent and slick production.
Electric Light Orchestra Yes, their name is borderline lame. Yes, there’s that whole spaceship thing. But ELO is awesome. Often dubbed the band the Beatles would’ve been if they’d stayed together, ELO is chock full of some of the most creative minds in the rock genre. Whether you’re rocking out or tripping out, ELO is a must in any music collection.
Boston Boston gets lumped into the generic “classic rock” genre, but the band stands out as a little bit more than that. The first band to make engineering cool, Boston’s breezy melodies masked some crazy intricate production (mostly done in the basement of leader Tom Scholz's home, which makes it even more impressive) and musical wizardry. Case in point: the epic “Foreplay/Long Time.”
Bee Gees Honestly, now – who here isn’t at least a closet Bee Gees lover? Though the image mostly associated with them involves gold suits with man-cleavage v-necks, chest hair, John Travolta, and chipmunk voices, the Bee Gees were a legitimately talented band of bros. The trio was at its best when songwriting and producing, and strutting their stuff in dilapidated buildings.
Bee Gees legend Barry Gibb has taken a trip down memory lane by paying a visit to his old school in Manchester, England. The singer visited Oswald Road Primary School on Monday (30Sep13) and was greeted by enthusiastic staff and children as he toured the grounds and classrooms.
In honour of their guest, pupils put on a disco-dancing display and sang along to some of the Bee Gees' most famous songs.
Gibb was asked by one student whether he ate in the school cafeteria or brought food from home, and he told the youngster, "I used to have sugar sandwiches or bread and butter with sugar, or bread and butter with tomato ketchup and that's what we used to bring to school."
The star also paid a visit to his childhood home, where he first learned how to sing with his late brothers Robin and Maurice Gibb.
The Stayin' Alive hitmaker, who is in the midst of a solo tour, made the visit after performing a concert in the city on Sunday (29Sep13).
Country star Blake Shelton has vowed never to head into a tattoo parlour after a drinking session ever again after a botched skin art session. The Honey Bee hitmaker admits he's a little embarrassed by the design he has on his left forearm because it looks nothing like the deer tracks they are supposed to be.
He tells U.S. breakfast show Today, "It's supposed to have been deer tracks, but there's a chance that when I had that on there, I had been drinking somewhere in the vicinity of that time and I had to draw the guy what I thought a deer track looked like, so he actually just gave me the tattoo that I drew for him, but it sucks."
Photographer Harry Goodwin, who snapped stars including The Beatles, Jimi Hendrix and Michael Jackson during their visits to the BBC, has died. The Brit was resident photographer at the TV corporation's hit music show Top of the Pops from 1964 to 1973, when he captured images of some of the world's biggest rock stars.
He died at the age of 89 on Monday (23Sep13) after a short illness.
His agent Stuart Littlewood said several stars contacted Goodwin in his final days, including Sir Paul McCartney and Bee Gees star Barry Gibb.
The Charlatans frontman Tim Burgess took to Twitter.com to pay tribute to Goodwin, writing, "Sad to hear of the death of Harry Goodwin - a true unsung hero of music photography."
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When you think of baseball uniforms, you think of classic ones like the Yankees pinstripes, the Red Sox's unique lettering and the Dodgers classic blue stripes. Then there have been some uniforms so horrifying that fans should have sued Major League Baseball for scarring their retinas. Here's five of the worst offenders.
1. Chicago White Sox (1976)
Of course Bill Veeck, the same baseball owner who sent up a midget, Eddie Gaedel, to the plate, had his team wear shorts. Yes, it was quite ugly They also wore uniforms with open collars - if there was a Fashion Clause in the baseball rulebooks, the White Sox teams that wore these would be banished from the Hall of Fame like Shoeless Joe Jackson.
2. Houston Astros ('80s)
There were a number of garish Astros uniforms, but the ones from the early '80s took the cake. They looked like a mutant rainbow mixed with mud. Not even Nolan Ryan, one of the most badass pitchers in baseball history, could carry the look off.
3. San Diego Padres ('84)
A mix of brown and gold uniforms. They were a gaudy mess and even Rich Gossage -- one of the most intimidating relievers at the time, with a fierce stare and fu manchu mustache -- looked like a taco.
4. Miami Marlins (2012)
The former Florida Marlins re-named themselves the Miami Marlins, opened a state-of-the-art stadium, replete with fish tanks and a garish home run celebration machine in center field. Teams usually have a variety of uniforms for home and road games, the better to goose merchandise sales. This one, with the orange uniforms, were so bright that they were visible from the planet Jupiter. Jose Reyes (above in main article photo) must have been secretly delighted to be traded to Toronto after the season ended.
5. Pittsburgh Pirates (late 70's)
Black and yellow look good on Bumblebees. Add the painter cap with glold stripes on it and some gold stars. Poor Hall-of-Famer Willie Stargell. He looked like a fat bee on the field. At least he made a good paycheck and won a championship, so that probably assuaged his pride some.
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British rocker Bez is nursing a painful groin injury after he was stung on the privates by a swarm of bees. The Happy Mondays percussionist is building a new career as an apiarist but he learned an agonising lesson in the art of beekeeping after tending a hive with his trouser zip undone.
The star, real name Mark Berry, tells NME magazine, "I got stung where you would never want to get stung - quite a few hits as well. It hurt - a lot."
Bez announced earlier this year (13) he has joined a campaign to boost Britain's bee population and urged fans to help by sowing seeds in their garden to encourage the flying insects to nest.
Actor James Spader is set to play the villain in The Avengers sequel. The three-time Emmy winner will suit up as the title character in new movie Avengers: Age of Ultron, and director Joss Whedon insists his new bad guy will be diabolical.
The filmmaker and writer tells Entertainment Weekly magazine, "As a character I love (Ultron), because he's so p**sed off. I knew right away what I wanted to do with him.
"He's always trying to destroy the Avengers, godd**n it, he's got a bee in his bonnet. He's not a happy guy, which means he's an interesting guy. He's got pain. And the way that manifests is not going to be standard robot stuff."
Avengers: Age of Ultron will arrive in theatres in May 2015.
The cast and crew of hit TV medical drama Grey'S Anatomy have been given a cruise gift as a 200th episode bonus. Show creator Shonda Rhimes and her co-producer Mark Gordon have gifted almost 300 stars, assistants and crewmembers who work on the series a Royal Caribbean getaway to their chosen destination - anywhere in the world.
Rhimes tells The Hollywood Reporter, "(Show star) Chandra Wilson has had a bee in her bonnet about a cruise for years.
"People always talk about the showrunners, but these are the people who make the show what it is. They've given me 10 years of incredibleness."