The Walkmen's Walter Martin is set to release a children's album. The rocker's We're All Young Together will debut in May (14), and will feature a collaboration with The National's Matt Berninger on the song We Like The Zoo ('Cause We're Animals Too).
Martin says, "(That's) my tribute to the lost art of the novelty song. Songs like Poison Ivy and Yakety Yak - all those (Jerry) Leiber and (Mike) Stoller masterpieces are a big part of my life.
"I didn't want to put my name on an album that didn't have room for that kind of song."
Martin also worked with the Yeah Yeah Yeahs frontwoman Karen O on a track called Sing To Me.
"I figured there's 300 people in the audience all tweeting the same thing, so I figured it's all right." Former R.E.M. star Mike Mills didn't think he'd be the one breaking the news of David Letterman's retirement from The Late Show on Thursday (03Apr14). Mills was a guest at a taping of the programme when the host made his big announcement and tweeted the news to his followers.
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Mission BriefingWhew that was a doozy! Episodes upon episodes of languorous table-setting has finally led to this: definitively, the most engaging episode of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. yet. The show's recent shift into high gear is probably thanks to the upcoming Marvel flick Captain America: The Winter Soldier, which promises to have game changing consequences for the S.H.I.E.L.D. organization.
The newly-minted cyborg Deathlok (formerly Mike Peterson) begins attacking S.H.I.E.L.D. agents in classified locations, which means one thing: S.H.I.E.L.D. is getting close and the Clairvoyant is getting nervous. The agency has narrowed the Clairvoyant's possible identity to 13 gifted individuals, but as is always the case, things aren't quite what they seem.
The AgentsAll of the usual subjects are geared up for this mission, plus a big cast of supporting agents, including Agents Victoria Hand, John Garrett, Blake Felix, Jasper Sitwell, and Antoine Triplett. This is the most agent-heavy episode of the series yet.
Mission FalloutS.H.I.E.L.D. decides to have a big pow wow on the bus to discuss the best ways to finally close in on the could-be psychic. Skye gets promoted to a full-fledged S.H.I.E.L.D. agent thanks to her skills and her ability to get shot, and is able to narrow down the most likely Clairvoyant subjects down to three.The agents decide to split up into groups of two, in order to go after each subject, with Skye running backup via laptop. The duo of May and Blake draw the proverbial short straw, and get attacked by a upgraded Deathlok, who's now sporting a fancy new gauntlet equipped with missiles. Blake is nearly killed, and May is momentarily incapacitated by one of Deathlok's rockets. S.H.I.E.L.D. wrestles up a tactical team to go after Deathlok and suspect Thomas Nash after it's discovered that Blake was able to implant a tracker into Deathlok. The team tracks down the signal to Florida, and move in on Nash. After dodging Deathlok, Coulson and Garrett locate Nash, who proclaims himself to be the Clairvoyant. Nash states that a unknown force is coming after Coulson and Skye, and that Skye will die giving the force something they want. Ward shoots Nash and kills him after being pushed to far, and is apprehended by S.H.I.E.L.D.
After the mission, Coulson has doubts that Nash was really the Clairvoyant. Coulson and Skye puzzle out that The Clairvoyant's knowledge of S.H.I.E.L.D.'s movements and intel must make him higher up in the S.H.I.E.L.D. organization. Coulson confronts Ward, thinking he's working for the Clairvoyant. Meanwhile, Fitz discovers the encrypted line that May used to communicate with her handler at the end of the last episode. May discovers Fitz snooping around and gives chase. Coulson finds May, and the two engage in a classic Mexican standoff with Skye pulling her own gun on May. Coulson demands the identity of the real Clairvoyant before the jet is rerouted via Victoria Hand, who commands her agents to kill everyone on board when it touches down. Could Hand is the Clairvoyant? I guess we'll have to wait and see.
The Most Valuable Agent AwardWe're giving agent Felix Blake the honor this week for getting stomped on by Deathlok and having the sense of mind to implant Deathlok with a tracker. Good going Blake.
Mission Highlights and Other Observations- We really enjoyed the banter between Coulson and Garrett this episode. It really gave the characters a sense of shared history.- Simmons and Triplett continue to throw googly eyes at each other, but their attraction feels rather forced.- We’re not totally convinced that Victoria Hand is the real mastermind behind the Clairvoyant. There’s still a handful of episodes for S.H.I.E.L.D. to throw acurve ball or two our way, and it will be interesting to see where everyone’s allegiances lay once the dust settles. - Judging by the snippet of Captain America: The Winter Solder shown at the end of the episode, we're guessing the events of the film will play a large part in the next episode. You might want to try to catch the film before next Tuesday in order to be all caught up. It's nice that we’re finally seeing some more connective tissue between the television show and the films.
Sometimes the stars align and a movie is just chock full of hot guys. The movie poster looks like a page from Tiger Beat, Bop!, or People’s Sexiest Man Alive issue. Whether they are good, bad, or mediocre these movies ensure they’ll have an audience. Producers are smart in realizing that rabid fans of each of the sexy stars are bound to show up. That collective force can lead to success or at least an uptick in ticket sales.
These films become a time capsule of heartthrobs at their most hunky. Who doesn’t know The Outsiders legendary cast of Tom Cruise, Rob Lowe, Patrick Swayze and Matt Dillon? Who didn’t run to see Magic Mike for Channing Tatum, Matthew McConaughey, Joe Manganiello, Matt Bomer, Alex Pettyfer, or Adam Rodriguez? Whether they are your favorite movies, secret guilty pleasures or are hidden in your Netflix queue here are films with the hottest, hunkiest casts.
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Actor Channing Tatum has made a teenage cancer sufferer's dreams come true after sending her a personalised video and blowing her a virtual kiss. Kansas resident Alisa Finley has been diagnosed with a stage four brain tumour and among her bucket list requests was a kiss from the Magic Mike star.
Tatum heard about the request online and decided to film a brief video message, which has been posted on a Facebook.com page dedicated to the 18 year old's fight.
The footage includes a clip of the Hollywood hunk and his wife, actress Jenna Dewan Tatum, singing along to Pharrell Williams' hit Happy on the red carpet at the Oscars earlier this month (Mar14).
In the video, Tatum says, "Hey Alisa, what's going on? It's Chan... Hi... Just wanted to send you a little vid and say what's up. Hope you're doing good today (sic)...
"We made a little ditty, a little song for you... Just know that you're loved and that we're giving you a big ol' kiss from over here."
He ends the video by blowing a kiss to the camera.
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Ugh... Mondays, am I right? Every week kicks off with that trademark despair so expertly articulated in Mike Judge's Office Space: you've got a case of the Mondays. Luckily, Netflix has you covered, with plenty of pick-me-up comedies to make the worst day of the week a bit more jolly. To start off our Netflix Hand-Picked Flix recommendations, we suggest ParaNorman.
Norman (Kodi Smit-McPhee) is an average, horror movie-obsessed kid... except for the fact that he has a unusual talent: he can communicate with the dead. Although he's been able to befriend the ghosts that haunt his town, Blithe Hollow, his power mostly causes him trouble, and results in him being bullied by Alvin (Christopher Mintz-Plasse) and disappointing his father (Jeff Garlin). However, on the 300th anniversary of the exceution of the town's witch, Norman's ability means that he is the only person who can stop the dead from rising from their graves and save the town from the witch's return. With his best friend Neil (Tucker Albrizzi) along for the ride, Norman must use the thing that makes him so different in order to protect the people he loves.
At its heart, ParaNorman is a story about learning to accept people for their difference and not letting fear take over your life, told in a way that is smart, tense and unbelievably funny. Thanks to the incredibly animated stop-motion, watching Norman and the people of Blithe Hollow come together is just as compelling as the intense, exciting action sequences, which feature effects that are just as impressive as a big-budget blockbuster. Smit-McPhee is endlessly charming as Norman, and Albrizzi plays earnest in the most hilarious, heart-warming way, but the cast of ParaNorman is so good that it's equally worth watching just for John Goodman's small role as Norman's crazy Uncle Prederghast. Both action-packed and goofy, it's the perfect feel-good movie to cheer you up and help you amke it though the week. And who know, it might even make dealing with your weird co-workers a little bit easier.
You can stream ParaNorman instantly on Netflix, and make sure to check back tomorrow for our recommendations for the perfect Bluesday Tuesday movie.
Actor Channing Tatum is reportedly in talks to make his directorial debut with a movie adaptation of Jo Nesbo's novel The Son. The book will be released in Norway on Thursday (20Mar14) and in the U.S. in May (14) and the Magic Mike star and his producing partner Reid Carolin are hoping to make the story their next project, according to Deadline.com.
Warner Bros. movie executives are also hoping Tatum will star in the movie, which centres on a man who is sent to prison after he takes the blame for crimes committed by others.
This isn't the first novel by the Norwegian author that is set to be adapted for the big screen - Martin Scorsese is attached to develop a film based on The Snowman and Leonardo DiCaprio will star in Blood On Snow, which Nesbo wrote under the pseudonym Tom Johansson.
Glee's much anticipated 100th episode saw the return of Heather Morris and Dianna Agron, as well as guest stars Kristin Chenoweth and Gwyneth Paltrow. And Chace Crawford was also there, because why not? It was a fairly solid episode, with a lot of emotions and just the right amount of the ridiculousness we've come to expect. Here are the 100 craziest things that happened in the episode.
1. This episode begins with self-satisfied voiceovers from Mercedes and Rachel, which seems about right.
2. They then fight over "The Rachel Chair," which is apparently a thing.
3. Mercedes makes a reference to segregation because she didn't get the "Rachel Chair," and it seems kind of inappropriate, contextually.
4. Dianna Agron tries to look like she's okay with being back on Glee.
5. Glee, mocking Mr. Schuester's rapping does not make the fact that it happened okay.
6. And you should probably make fun of his dancing and general smugness, too.
7. The super folksy April Rhodes (Chenoweth) is back.
8. April taught the Terrible Tina to smuggle meat up her dress. What?
9. Awesome, Glee. April's island doesn't have any pesky destitute locals in it.
10. She also makes a joke about Unique being a virgin, and it is not even close to funny.
11. Someone finally acknowledges that The Warblers are superior to the New Directions.
12. Glee is so used to autotuning everything that Kristin Chenoweth's voice sounds like a robot's. Guys, she can sing.
13. "Raise Your Glass" involves humping, fake drinking, fake (?) drunkenness, lots of other things that should not fly at McKinley High.
14. April slaps Mr. Schue's butt, and no one seems to have a problem with it.
15. Puck says his nickname at school was The Saw. Is this a thing?
16. Chace Crawford's character is named Biff McIntosh.
17. He is apparently the owner of all McIntosh apples.
18. And he calls his mother "mother."
19. Brittany works at MIT now.
20. She also misses scissoring Santana. Risky, Glee.
21. Santana keeps trying to make "The Unholy Trinity" a thing.
22. Despite lots of sexy poses behind tinted glass, "Toxic" is pretty low energy.
23. Chace A.K.A. Biff calls the performance energetic, so he really wasn't paying attention.
24. Even the worst boyfriend in the world would probably watch his girlfriend perform a sexy three-way dance number in front of him. Come on, Biff.
25. Then again, Quinn's curly bang situation distracts from her lingerie.
26. Santana twerks, and that also seems inappropriate.
27. There are way too many characters on this show right now.
28. The fact that Quinn and Santana recently hooked up is not mentioned even one bit.
29. Fondue for Two, the best part of Glee, is back.
30. Brittany's cats make out.
31. Fondue for Two has become a lot more hard-hitting, and it works.
32. Mercedes and Rachel are having a diva-off.
33. Breadstix still appears to serve nothing but breadsticks.
34. "Mike Chang, Asian dancer."
35. Did anyone else forget about Quinn's Ryan Seacrest tattoo?
36. Sue does not make fun of Kristen Chenoweth's aggressive folksiness, which seems like a real missed opportunity.
37. Why does everyone think diva-offs are a real thing? I'm looking at you, Mr. Schue.
38. And poor Kurt gets pulled into the diva-off.
39. This episode is really into interior monologues.
40. Performing "Defying Gravity" (and Chenoweth's guest appearance) is pretty timely, considering Adele Dazeem.
41. Blaine appears, like, once on screen. Not cool.
42. He does, however, look very cute and proud of Kurt.
43. Kristin says "Defying Gravity" should be on Broadway. Ha. Ha. Broadway humor.
44. Mr. Schue says the glee club are all winners in such a simpering, unfortunate way that they are basically all losers for associating with him.
45. Brittany organizes a human chess game.
46. Because nerds love chess, guys.
47. Kiki, the alternative to Siri that Brittany found in a dumpster, is back.
48. Suddenly, McKinley has a giant chess board.
49. "The one thing this country needs more of is teen marriage."
50. Santana holds a dance intervention to "Valerie" to get Brittany to stop making the huge career mistake of working at MIT (?).
51. It succeeds.
52. Heather Morris is still so good at dancing.
53. She can really work a pony-tail.
54. Everyone seems bent on convincing the newly brilliant Brittany that she needs to cover more songs to be happy.
55. In order to perform an acoustic guitar number, Puck decides everyone needs to move to the auditorium, which seems unnecessary.
56. Quinn has to hold her hand to her heart to show that she is experiencing emotion.
57. Everyone laughs a lot after singing "Keep Holding On" and jauntily walks away from Quinn, who is crying.
58. "I'm in love with Biff" is a sentence that is said seriously.
59. Kristin Chenoweth has a really big role in this episode. Maybe (hopefully) they are phasing out Marley.
60. Mr. Schuester says "no more drama," as though he isn't drawn to high school drama like a moth to a flame.
61. Would Mr. Schue die if the glee club ended? It seems possible. What would he do with all his time? Teach?
62. Kitty's expression shows that she is resigned to her fate as mini-Quinn.
63. Santana says, "Can it, troll!" to Rachel, and it is amazing.
64. It's okay, Rachel, we all forget Ryder's name too.
65. Rachel is in a diva-off with everyone.
66. If Rachel is so sick of high school drama, maybe she shouldn't have moved in with her high school frenemies.
67. Rachel equates her rivarly with Mercedes to that of Beyonce and Barbra? What?
68. Glee finally acknowledges the show's extravagant costumes and sets.
69. Bernie Madoff is part of a plot device. Topical.
70. Will Schuester is really disappointed by the flightlessness of April's super flighty character.
71. People in this Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle mac and cheese commercial dance better than some of Glee's performers.
72. Why is Quinn's Seacrest tattoo such a big deal? What about the pregnancy? The near death while texting and driving?
73. Chace A.K.A. Biff has no redeeming qualities.
74. Quinn violently pinches the bridge of Chace Crawford's nose.
75. On Mercedes and Rachel, all Jake has to say is that "one's black and one's Jewish," which is a hilarious "joke" on this "progressive" show.
76. Gwyneth Paltrow as Holly Holiday glides into the scene, because Kristin Chenoweth buttered the floor.
77. There's a Facebook page for guests of the glee club, which is hilarious.
78. Holly Holiday impersonates William Henry Harrison.
79. She also expresses how dumb it is that Glee is redoing old songs. Thank you.
80. So she performs Pharrell's "Happy."
81. She duets with Blaine, because they needed to include him somehow.
82. Puck has apparently loved Quinn all along.
83. Apparently, MIT squelches femininity and fun.
84. It's pretty easy to forget about Demi Lovato in this episode.
85. Marching music plays when Puck walks, because he is in the military.
86. Quinn and Puck twirl in slow motion.
87. Santana uses the charming expression "gives two poops."
88. Mike Chang remarks on the passage of time and fading of memories, because he is a character who needs lines.
89. Mr. Schue cries.
90. Everyone cries.
91. Holly Holiday says, "Go the way of the dodo," which is definitely something Gwyneth brought to the table.
92. Gwyneth Paltrow and Kristin Chenoweth are plotting, which is really scary.
93. Stop trying to make "Gleek" happen, Glee marketing department. It isn't going to happen.
94. Sue barely says anything biting in this whole episode.
95. Tina also doesn't say anything terrible, or anything at all really, so that's good.
96. There is basically no Klain at all, which is pretty unforgivable.
97. Looks like they'll be singing "Don't Stop Believing" next episode. Shocker.
98. Lilies are the lesbian of flowers, says Brittany.
99. Kurt is nostalgic and it's the cutest.
100. Mr. Schue says glee club is over. Cue the existential crisis.
"Why is that guy in a freight elevator?""Why are all these kids running around that maze?""What the hell is going on?"
These are just some of the questions circling our heads after watching the first trailer for The Maze Runner, the latest YA book series to get the big screen treatment. The preview gave us a whole mess of questions to consider. Just when we thought we were tired of the YA novel film craze, The Maze Runner has recaptured our attention.
There's no denying that a certain genre fatigue is starting to set in. A general malaise of been-there-done-that is creeping in, and it's hard to look at the latest trailers for Divergent and not feel a faint sense of déjà vu. It's another young teen trapped in an oppressive society who just happens to be special enough, or have the gall to stand up against her oppressors. And while that simple plot overview could be applied to The Maze Runner with a fair amount of stretching, the film still feels different than what we've been served recently. The whole plot rests on mystery, and the premise laid down in the trailer is seriously intriguing.
Equipped with only his name and no knowledge of his past, Thomas (Dylan O'Brien) is brought to the Glade, a grassy area walled in by an intricate maze with unkown dangers lurking in its passages. Thomas is greeted by dozens of other boys who similarly have no clue who they are and why they've been sent here. They have spent the last two years trying to escape the enclosure through the surrounding maze. Soon after Thomas arrives, a girl arrives with a mysterious note, and things start to change.
What we are given in the trailer is a whole lot of questions and precious few answers about what's really going on here. Judging from the trailer, the kids in The Maze Runner face a fate worse than Katniss or Tris. Thomas and the other boys in the Glade have been stripped them of their memories and identities, and thrown into a space where they've had to cobble together a society based on whatever is around. At least in The Hunger Games, Katniss understood the forces opressing her, even as they were stomping their boots on her neck. But these young men are stuck with the terror of mystery.
Within The Hunger Games, there are clear set rules to surviving; you just need to win the games, and as scant as those odds are, there is at least a glimmer of light at the end of the tunnel. But with The Maze Runner, the kids don't know what's at the end of the maze. Is it salvation? Is it death? Is it peace, or does the whole thing just round right back into the Glade? The whole thing could just be a big joke with the cruellest punchline. That's what makes the Maze Runner a refreshing twist on the worn down trappings of recent YA films. The answers aren't clear or simple. We just hope that when we finally do get those answers, they're as satisfying as the questions themselves.
Actor Joe Manganiello is set to unveil his directorial debut with a documentary about male strippers, inspired by his turn in Magic Mike. The True Blood star came close to baring it all in the hit 2012 film as an exotic dancer, and now he's turning the camera on real-life strippers in a film called Le Bare.
While he was doing research for his role as Big Dick Richie in Magic Mike, he turned to an old pal who used to work at one of the most popular male strip clubs, Le Bare Dallas, in Texas.
Manganiello recalls, "One of my old friends was a male stripper there in the '90s, and was the originator of the fireman routine there, that he helped me with for Magic Mike.
"I knew he was a male stripper before the movie, but I never wanted to ask, like I just didn't want to know. I never prodded him for questioning. I just kinda let that one slide and wanted to forget that my buddy was a male stripper."
He continues, "But when I got the role and took him out to lunch, the stories he told me were so outrageous and hilarious. Then most of the people (audience) that came out of Magic Mike said, 'We loved it, but we wanted to see more of the guys!' So I thought, 'Okay, I'm gonna go film the real guys.'"
Manganiello, who also produced the film along with his brother Nick, brought Le Bare to the Slamdance Festival in Park City, Utah earlier this year (14), where studio bosses at Main Street Films bought the distribution rights.
Le Bare is set to hit theatres in the U.S. on 27 June (14).