True Detective creator Nic Pizzolato spent his Memorial Day weekend bequeathing listeners of the To the Best of Our Knowledge radio program with new information about the upcoming second season of his celebrated HBO series. While we still have no word on who'll star in the sophomore round of philosophically dense, delightfully grim hours of criminal investigation (Brad Pitt is up in the air and Jessica Chastain broke our hearts with a resounding "no"), we are now privy to some interesting details about the characters, setting, and plot. And it all sounds a little bit... familiar.
Courtesy of Uproxx, we have Pizzolato's quotes about the next story he plans to tell: "Right now, we’re working with three leads. It takes place in California. Not Los Angeles, but some of the lesser known venues of California and we’re going to try to capture a certain psychosphere ambience of the place, much like we did with season one ..." Tacking this onto the last batch of info we heard about True Detective (via EW), things get somewhat eerie: "The basic idea: Hard women, bad men, and the secret occult history of the U.S. transportation system."
Taken independently, each one of these elements sounds none too suspicious. But when you slap 'em all together, you can't help but wonder if Pizzolato is upping the ante on his devotion to source material since Season 1's adherence to the Robert W. Chambers short story "The King in Yellow." This time around, it doesn't seem like True Detective is looking to literature to guide its story, but to another show. A show we all know, all love. A show that still exists. In our minds, our hearts. All around us. Everywhere we look.
That's right. True Detective Season 2 sounds exactly like Full House.
Think about it:
It's bumping up to three leads...
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Takes place in California, but not Los Angeles...
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And focusing on the secret occult history of the U.S. transportation system (you know, like a bridge)...
As Pizzolato puts it, the season is about bad men...
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And hard women...
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And will really delve into the psychosphere ambiance...
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That's right. So don't worry if the milkman, the paperboy, evening TV, and all the other tenets of predictability seem to have faded away. Because time is a flat circle.
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Soul man Lionel Richie still has fond memories of shooting the iconic Usa For Africa We Are The World video in 1985, insisting he could write a book about the all-star get together. Richie co-wrote the charity anthem with Michael Jackson as a response to Band Aid's Do They Know It's Christmas? and he still chuckles about some of the anecdotes from the video shoot.
He tells Entertainment Weekly, "We were sitting there and we're doing Bob Dylan's part, and Bob turns to me and Michael and says, 'How do you want me to sing it?', and we all looked at each other like, 'What?' He said, 'How do you want me to sing it?'
"And Stevie (Wonder) said, 'There's a choice we're making...' in Bob's voice, and Bob says, 'Oh, OK, I got it!' Are you kidding me? Stevie had to show Bob!
"Or Stevie showing Ray (Charles) where the bathroom was. That was funny. It's like, 'I'll show you where it is, Ray. Follow me!' And Stevie took Ray by the hand and took him down the hall. And I kept thinking, 'What did we just see?'"
But, joking aside, the song and the video had a massive impact in Africa, where Richie has become a tribal king many times over.
He adds, "I am a member of every tribe in Africa... It's overwhelming, to the point where Nelson Mandela told me, 'You are now a member of every family and every tribe in Africa'. And he was right. I go there and I just must tell you, it's a welcome home. It's not like I'm a visitor. I'm home."
Kasabian rockers Tom Meighan and Serge Pizzorno have blasted plans to take a hologram of Michael Jackson on the road, insisting the project is "disgusting". Holographic technology was used to resurrect the image of the late King of Pop at the 2014 Billboard Music Awards earlier this month (May14), and stunned fans watched as the Thriller hitmaker appeared to perform new track Slave to the Rhythm.
It has since been suggested the pop star's digital doppelganger could be taken on tour, but Jackson devotees Meighan and Pizzorno have branded the plans "ridiculous".
Meighan tells Britain's Daily Star newspaper, "You've gotta be mental, mate. It's ridiculous."
Pizzorno adds, "It's disgusting. They could bring John Lennon back next week. He's dead."
Michael Jackson's longtime manager once planned to have the King of Pop "kidnapped" and admitted to a rehab facility in a desperate bid to save the superstar from his drug demons. Ron Weisner, who guided the singer's career at the height of his fame with hit albums Off the Wall and Thriller, has opened up about his attempts to help his famous client in his new memoir, Listen Out Loud.
In the book, Weisner reveals Jackson's friends and family became deeply concerned about his painkiller dependency after he suffered serious burns to his scalp during an infamous Pepsi commercial accident in 1983, when the King of Pop's hair caught on fire while filming.
He claims their efforts had little affect on the star and it prompted him to come up with a more drastic plan of action, which he outlined to sister La Toya Jackson.
In excerpts obtained by the New York Post, he recalls advising her, "I'd snatch him. I'd get some people to grab him, take him to some rehab facility in the middle of nowhere."
It was only in 2006, when the King of Pop had taken up residency in Bahrain, that Weisner was given the go-ahead to execute the plan.
He writes, "That's exactly what this was, a kidnapping (on) the other side of the world..."
However, La Toya pulled the plug on the mission and Weisner admits it was "probably for the best", adding, "There was little question that (the law) would view this as a kidnapping rather than an attempt to help a colleague."
Weisner, who ended his partnership with Jackson in the late 2000s, also recalls his final meeting with the pop icon, days before he died in June, 2009.
Describing his haggard look, Weisner writes, "He hadn't looked really healthy for a good long while, but this was a whole other level. I thought... 'He looks like a goddamn prisoner of war...' He had that look in his eyes... a look of resignation, a look that said, 'It's over,' and it broke my heart."
The executors of Michael Jackson's estate were so impressed by a teen fan's uncanny impersonation of the late superstar, they invited him to attend a performance of Cirque du Soleil's King of Pop-themed show in Las Vegas. Brett Nichols, 17, recently made headlines when a video of him dancing to Jackson's hit Billie Jean at his high school talent show in Turlock, California went viral.
After it was posted on YouTube.com, views went from around 7,000 to 170,000 in just one day, and as of Thursday (22May14), it had garnered over six million hits.
Among the viewers of the video were the executors of Jackson's estate, and they tell TMZ.com that they sent Nichols two albums as well as an invitation for the teen and his family to attend a performance of Michael Jackson ONE, the stage show based on Jackson's hit songs.
Nichols, who has spent 10 years perfecting his moves, tells local station News 10 that Jackson's legacy has helped boost the video to viral status, explaining, "I guess people still miss him, it's been five years (since his death). The younger generation appreciates the work, and not only does someone care, but someone cared to put in the time."
Michael Jackson has made pop chart history in America from beyond the grave by becoming the only solo artist to score top 10 hits in five successive decades. The King of Pop's Love Never Felt So Good duet with Justin Timberlake rockets into the Billboard Hot 100 top 10 at number nine, giving Jackson an unmatched feat.
The new hit is the late superstar's 29th top 10 - he scored his first in November, 1971, when Got to Be There landed at number nine on the countdown. In total, he has spent a record-breaking 42 weeks in the Hot 100 top 10.
His latest chart feat comes just days after Jackson appeared in hologram form for a show-stopping spectacle at the Billboard Music Awards in Las Vegas on Sunday (18May14).
Meanwhile, John Legend's All of Me lands a third week at number one, while Australian rapper Iggy Azalea's Fancy moves up a spot to two and Ariana Grande's Problem, which features Azalea, returns to the top three.
Pharrell Williams' former chart-topper Happy and DJ Snake and Lil Jon's Turn Down for What round out the new top five.
The Black Keys have beaten Michael Jackson to the top of the U.S. albums chart to pick up their first number one. The duo's Turn Blue sold just 7,000 more copies than the King of Pop's posthumous Xscape to rocket to the top of the Billboard 200 on Wednesday (21May14) - but the first-week sales were down 60,000 from the group's 2011 release El Camino, which debuted at two.
Meanwhile, Jackson's Xscape is the late pop legend's 10th top 10 album.
Last week's number one, the Now That's What I Call Music 50 compilation, falls to three on the new countdown, while the Frozen soundtrack slides to four and Rascal Flatts score their ninth top 10 album by debuting Rewind at five.
And it's a good week for Dolly Parton - her Blue Smoke enters the chart at number six, becoming her highest charting solo album ever.
Michael Jackson's longtime producing partner Quincy Jones has criticised the decision to release a new album of the late star's previously unheard material, slamming it as a purely money-making venture.
Jones, who produced Jackson's huge hit records Off the Wall, Thriller, and Bad, was not involved in the making of the posthumous album Xscape, which topped the U.K. charts on Sunday (18May14) five years after the singer's death. He has now criticised the executors of Jackson's estate for allowing the album to be made, insisting the decision came down to money rather than artistry.
Jones tells Cbc.ca, "Xscape... They're trying to make money and I understand it. But it's about the money. The estate, the lawyers you know - it's about money." When asked whether it bothers him that this material has been released, Jones replies, "Yes, yep," before adding, "But it's not my business any more. It's not our business."
Michael Jackson's brother Jackie is adamant the King of Pop would have supported the hologram show at the Billboard Music Awards on Sunday night (18May14). The star-studded crowd at the prizegiving in Las Vegas was wowed when virtual technology was used to make it appear as if the Thriller hitmaker, who died in 2009, was performing onstage.
The stunt, titled the Michael Jackson Xperience, included a hologram of the legendary superstar singing Slave to the Rhythm, a track from the newly released posthumous album, Xscape. After witnessing the spectacle, Jackie Jackson is convinced his brother would have been thrilled by the stunt.
He tells People.com, "I've been hearing about the hologram, and people were talking about it, but to see it with my own eyes was incredible, amazing. "When he got up and started walking around - oh, my God... When he started dancing, unbelievable. It took me back. If Michael were here he would say thumbs up!"
The performance almost didn't go ahead - businessman Alki David, who claims to control the rights to the hologram technology, filed suit against Jackson's estate executors and Billboard Music Awards producers in a bid to stop the stunt. However, a Las Vegas judge dismissed the complaint on Friday (16May14).
Michael Jackson returned from beyond the grave to wow fans at the 2014 Billboard Music Awards on Sunday (18May14) by performing onstage in hologram form, five years after his death. Producers of the Las Vegas prizegiving used virtual technology to make it appear as if the King of Pop had been brought back to life to sing and dance his way through new track Slave to the Rhythm.
Dressed in a white and gold jacket and red pants, he began the eerie appearance seated in a throne before joining a string of dancers to show off his fancy footwork, including his signature moonwalk, by strutting across the stage at the MGM Grand Garden Arena as he appeared to belt out the tune. The stunt, titled the Michael Jackson Xperience, left the audience in awe and earned a standing ovation from everyone in attendance.
Stars also took to their Twitter.com accounts to share their feelings about the performance, with newlywed Kelly Rowland writing, "We miss you Michael!", while actress Jamie-Lynn Sigler tweeted, "I have chills watching michael Jackson performance. Makes u (sic) realize there will never be a performer like him", and rapper Nicki Minaj commented, "Dat (sic) was mike?"
The virtual performance almost didn't happen after Jackson estate executors and Billboard Music Awards producers were slapped with legal action in an effort to put a stop to the show. Businessman Alki David, who claims to control the rights to the hologram technology, filed suit in Nevada on Thursday (16May14), insisting the Billboard gig would likely violate his patent, but his motion was dismissed on Friday (17May14) due to a lack of evidence, allowing the show to go on.
The Michael Jackson Xperience, organised to celebrate the release of his new posthumous album Xscape, beared similarities to the resurrection of Tupac Shakur at the 2012 Coachella music festival in California, where the dead rapper appeared onstage alongside Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg in hologram form. The Thriller hitmaker died in 2009.