Courtney Love is in the early stages of turning her late husband Kurt Cobain's life story into a Broadway musical. In a new NME magazine article to mark the 20th anniversary of the Nirvana star's death later this month (Apr14), the rocker has revealed she and her daughter, Frances Bean Cobain, have agreed to develop the project if they get the right people involved.
She says, "After being swarmed by tons of Nirvana fan mail and social media posts pushing for a musical to become a reality, both Frances and I have thought long and hard and agreed that if we can reach up to the highest shelf and select a team of the greatest and most respected writers, producers and directors, then a Broadway musical is very likely to happen."
But the musical won't come together in a hurry.
Love adds, "There would have to be a story, and a great story, one that hasn't been told before. I would devote countless hours with an A-team to create a project that reflects Kurt in the most respectful but honest way possible, so that his story, his music and his legacy can be resurrected on stage for not only the world to see, but more importantly for our daughter to see.
"I know her father's spirit will be on that stage, and sitting in that theatre with her will be the most emotional experience of our lives."
Cobain was found dead at his home in Seattle, Washington on 8 April, 1994.
Lydia hit the stage on March 21 at Highline Ballroom bringing their Illuminate Tour to New York City. Originally from Gilbert, Arizona, this indie rock band consists of members Leighton Antelman, Matt Keller, and Justin Camacho. Back in 2008, Lydia released their album Illuminate, and it soon became a fan favorite. Since this tour is completely dedicated to this album, they played every single song off of it, along with a few more recent singles.
The only way I can describe their music is that it gets you amped up in the most relaxing way possible. That sounds so odd, and almost impossible, but go listen and you’ll totally understand what I mean. Their sound is hard to come by which makes them that more enjoyable. Unfortunately, they are coming to the end of their month and a half long tour, but if you’re in the south, you still have a chance! They’re playing their last show on April 5 in Austin, Texas, so hurry up and see these boys live!
Pregnant country music star Jessie James is set to relocate to New York this summer (14) after her American footballer husband Eric Decker signed a five-year deal with the New York Jets. The singer, who is due to give birth to the couple's first child in the next few days, is making plans to move from rural Colorado, where Decker played for the Denver Broncos, to the Big Apple.
The wide receiver became a free agent this week (begs10Mar14) and was one of the first big names to secure a new contract for the upcoming 2014-2015 football season.
The news of his deal, worth $36.25 million (£22.66 million), was made official late on Wednesday (12Mar14) and his expectant wife took to Twitter.com to express her excitement.
After receiving congratulatory messages from her New York-based fans, she tweeted, "Thank you all so much for the warm welcome. So excited for the next chapter and to call NY home! So proud of my hubby and his decision!"
She added, "Now hurry up and get on a plane @EricDecker87 so u (sic) can see your baby girl born!! What a day!!!"
The couple, which also has its own reality TV show Eric & Jessie, wed in Colorado last summer (Jun13).
The band The Maine, originally from Tempe, Arizona, has been active within the music scene since 2007. Formed by members John O’Callaghan, Jared Monaco, Kennedy Brock, Garrett Nickelson, and Patrick Kirch, The Maine performed an acoustic set for an intimate, sold-out crowd at The Studio at Webster Hall on February 27 for their An Acoustic Evening with The Maine tour.
Performing songs from their previous albums, the boys made this show more personal than previous tours. Talking to fans in the crowd, they got on topics ranging from playing "Hot Cross Buns" on the recorder in school (they literally started singing it in the middle of their song "Take Me Dancing"), to their mutual love for That’s So Raven. We even got to enjoy a pretty entertaining story about O'Callaghan's high school years. We’ll keep it PG and just say it involved a sink and a certain bowel movement.
This past December, The Maine released Imaginary Numbers, their first acoustic EP. Written and produced by the band, this album set a different and fresh tone for The Maine. Comparing this tour to the first time I saw them perform live in 2008, the maturity of their music and confidence on stage made me not want the night to end (so cliché, right?). If you haven’t seen The Maine in concert yet, you’re in luck. The boys are touring nonstop until August and making stops in the UK, Brazil and then back to the states this June. Hurry up and buy your tickets for the show closest to you, before they sell out (because they will). You can also download Imaginary Numbers, as well as previous albums, on iTunes today.
Folk rocker City And Colour has withdrawn as a performer at the 2014 Juno Awards after failing to land a single nomination for the Canadian prizegiving. The singer, real name Dallas Green, was overlooked for his work on his latest album, The Hurry and The Harm, when the shortlist for Canada's version of the Grammys was announced last week (ends07Feb14), and now he has decided to scrap plans to hit the stage at the Winnipeg ceremony.
In a statement, he writes, "I have had the pleasure of performing on the JUNO Awards many times and have been honoured by the recognition I've received over the years...
"Given that I have not been nominated this year, I would much rather see a new nominee be afforded the opportunity to perform."
City and Colour had been booked to appear alongside the likes of Tegan and Sara and Robin Thicke at the awards show, which is due to take place on 30 March (14).
Rockers Arcade Fire lead the way with six nominations, including Single of the Year (Reflektor), Album of the Year (Reflector) and Group of the Year, while Michael Buble, Serena Ryder, Celine Dion and Drake are among the other other top nominees.
Shameless just has some kind of unspoken law against upwards motion, doesn't it? The higher you get (no pun intended), the farther you have to fall.
Ian makes his long awaited first appearance in this week's "There's The Rub." We first hear tell of him when Lip gets a rather rude awakening (he's reading Bleak House in the john when two soldiers kick in the door), and long story short, he learns Ian's on the run after attempting to steal a helicopter. Hoping to get to him before the U.S. Government does, he makes it his mission to find him. With Debbie at his side (it's nice to see these two characters interact – their relationship is surprisingly sweet), he manages to track Ian down: he's working as a bartender at a bar tellingly named White Swallow. He's certainly … different. He's had a makeover (synthetically red hair, eyeshadow, and a sequined tank), and he is uncharacteristically hyperactive. Sharp Debbie notices his changed attitude: "Why is he acting like that?" she asks as a bouncer ushers her and Lip (both underage) out of the nightclub. Looks like he's finally decided to partake in his father's vices, eh? Lip and Debbie seem understandably shaken by their brother's abrupt shift in lifestyle, but unfortunately, Ian's not the only one letting responsibility take the backseat:
Fiona, too, falls folly to drugs (though not in the way you might think). She and Mike are officially done (Robbie finally spilled the beans out of spite). Fiona fears she's out of a job (she did sleep with her boss-boyfriend's brother, after all), but Mike's better than that – he just transfers her to a different department. Her explanation to him is heartbreaking: she tells him she thinks she messed things up between them to prove to herself that she didn't deserve him – and that in the end, she proved herself right. At least she gets the satisfaction of vindication: she hocks a loogey in Robbie's face, and gets in a few swings with a baseball bat. But during the last visit, he accidentally leaves behind a packet of cocaine, and "aye, there's the rub." Fiona decides to break it out with her little birthday party with Kev and V – all in good fun, until little Liam gets into it and seriously ODs. The paramedics rush him off on a gurney, and when Fiona utters the words, "He got into some of my coke," we know it's Game Over: she's pacing the halls of the hospital when they cuff her and frog march her to the squad car.
Emmy Rossum mentioned in a (slightly spoiler-y) interview with Entertainment Weekly that this season, Fiona would be finding out just how much she's like Frank. And I have to say, her little coke-fueled birthday party was very reminiscent of Frank and Monica's parenting style; even down to the way she insists to a stone-faced Lip that she was watching Liam, and that she thought he was in the living room (you know, just one room over from the cocaine). He's not forgiving her anytime soon, and maybe he's right not to. It's hard to see Fiona, who's often the show's most sympathetic character, take Frank's spot at the bottom of the totem pole of adult responsibility.
And Lip takes this shift in balance hard: as the Gallagher clan + Kev and V rush out after Fiona, he stands frozen in the hallway. In the last episode, he complained about her high expectations for him, and this week he feels the pressure even more: with Ian on the run from the government and Fiona heading to the clink, he might just be the only level-headed Gallagher left (sparing Debbie, of course). Will it fall on Lip to hold the Gallaghers together?
* I'm liking Sheila's new boyfriend Running Tree (who uses the dating site ChristianMingle, because it's "a good way to meet nice white girls"). And I also love how Sheila is simultaneously cringeworthy and sweet; the most considerate racist ever.
* Kev and V team up with Mickey Milkovich and open up a "Rub 'n Tug" in Stan's old apartment above the bar. That can't be good, can it?
* There was also a nice bit of tension between Carl and Frank -- even though Carl has been more loyal than imaginable to Frank (breaking his leg, stealing him drugs, etc), Frank's putting all his eggs in new child Sammi's basket.
Ian Gallagher (Cameron Monaghan), you are missed on Shameless. The family believes that he's fine. And he probably is. But the truth is that he's an underage boy who has been missing for quite some time. How has nobody filed a missing persons report?
If the Gallagher family doesn't care enough to actually miss him, Mickey (Noel Fisher) does. You remember him, right? Mickey Milkovich is a scum-of-the-earth type guy who has a hard time revealing any feelings. He's a mess, Ian, you just don't know it.
Right now, Shameless is a show in transition. All of its characters have never been so far apart. Fiona has never done better (she has health insurance) and Lip is at college. Where the hell is Ian? The family needs him, even though they haven't said so often enough. The dwindling household needs more stability. Most of the time, Fiona isn't there to handle the three young ones at home. Ian and Lip were Fiona's backup. Now, neither of them are there.
The most unlikely relationship is Ian and Mickey. We knew Ian really cared for the bruising lowlife. With Ian gone, Mickey is lost. Hopeless. Heartbroken. Forget Mickey's faux marriage to the foreign chick, the "couple" — neither Ian nor Mickey will ever admit it — belongs together. Ian took off to join the service, we know that won't transition smoothly. Not that Ian wouldn't be good at it, but come on, this is Shameless, nothing ever goes according to plan. Besides, Mickey needs his boy back. Otherwise he'll punch out more mirrors. Come home, Ian. Friends and family are waiting for you.
Jamie Foxx will be forever grateful to Robert Downey Jr., after the Iron Man star showed up to his daughter's fifth birthday party as a surprise guest. The Django Unchained star asked his The Soloist co-star to show up at his kid's bash after he overheard her telling friends she knew Downey's Iron Man alter-ego Tony Stark because he was close to her dad.
Foxx tells U.S. TV host Katie Couric, "We had an Iron Man-themed party and... it was just a shot in the dark. I text Robert Downey, Jr. and I'm like, 'Hey, listen man, my daughter is turning five, and (is having) the Iron Man theme (at her party).'
"He shows up just before the party, brings like a whole big thing of Iron Man toys and passed it out to all the kids and then I was, like, trying to rush it because I thought he was in a hurry and he was like, 'Dude, here's the deal, I'm here, don't worry about it...' So he hung out and, to this day, I'm indebted to that dude."
Ah, if only the commercials were it. Two minutes or so of slick, cleverly-edited entertainment and – switch! – onto the next ‘show.’ Trouble is, even given our ever-shrinking collective attention span, television producers still have to fill at least 20 more minutes or so with actual storytelling, let alone the double that for an hour broadcast, and on a repeated, weekly basis. When it comes to the horror and sci-fi genres, it seems few other areas of the small screen have ever led to as much misdirection and, oh - let’s be honest – outright disappointment in terms of promising something really good (and far too many times, failing to deliver). With Fox’s new Sleepy Hollow now off and galloping to its eventual fate as only the viewers will determine, Hollywood.com takes a look back over the years to similar fare that looked completely cool in the commercials, only to be anything but come actual air-time.
The Lone Gunmen (FOX, 2001)
A spinoff of The X-Files, The Lone Gunmen followed a group of geeky conspiracy theorists that, inexplicably, deviated from its alien-origins to offer physical comedy and more down-to-Earth plot lines. It lasted but 13 shows.
Manimal (NBC, 1983)
The ultimate example of great-looking promo turning into a flop at airtime, especially when the quasi-superhero with an ability to turn into any animal chooses a hawk or black panther in almost every one of its eight episodes.
Kingdom Hospital (ABC, 2004)
Not even Stephen King, some star power and elongating the planned mini-series to a full show could save this effort. Poor ratings led to its cancellation after only one year.
American Gothic (CBS, 1995)
Yes, even someone as sure-handed as Sam Raimi can misfire, particularly in this Gary Cole, creepy-sheriff vehicle that went bye-bye in a hurry. Produced by former teen idol Shaun Cassidy.
The Secret Circle (CW, 2011)
Take the writer from The Vampire Diaries; substitute witches for vampires and insert a bland cast without any discernible charisma. Voila! The Secret Circle. Twenty-two episodes later, the secret was out – it sucked.
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Being a television fan is a particular kind of struggle. When your favorite show gets canceled, most times, there's no closure or proper ending. Plot threads are left dangling, stories go unfinished, and character arcs go uncompleted. It's like you're in the middle of a book, and all of a sudden, all copies of that book immediatly burst into flames. leaving you to mull over the ashes. While it might feel helpless at times, using your Twitter account may just save your favorite shows from an untimely death.
Twitter and Nielsen released their first rankings for their joint TV ranking list based on the amount of Twitter chatter gleaned by a television show. Unsurprisingly, the rankings look nothing like the official Nielsen rankings.
1. AMC, Breaking Bad, 9.28 million2. NBC, The Voice (Monday), 3.84 million3. ABC, Jimmy Kimmel Live (Thursday), 3.40 million4. ABC, Dancing with the Stars, 3.20 million5. ESPN, SEC Storied, 2.93 million6. ABC, Grey's Anatomy, 2.84 million7. NBC, The Voice (Tuesday), 2.77 million8. Fox, Glee, 2.73 million9. CBS, How I Met Your Mother, 2.55 million10. Fox, The X Factor, 2.09 million
The list shows a huge disparity between what Nielsen says people are watching, and what people are talking about on social media. Breaking Bad was the undisputed king of twitter last week, amassing 9.28 million conversations on Twitter. This is interesting because the finale didn't even break the top 20 shows on the official Nielsen ratings. In fact, the only shows to appear on both lists are Dancing With The Stars and The Voice.
Different shows lend themselves to social media conversations more than others. An event like the final episode of Breaking Bad would naturally light the Twittersphere on fire while an episode of NCIS would only have a tiny Twitter presence, even though the latest NCIS had twice the number of viewers as the Breaking Bad finale. Obviously, it would be a terrible idea to base TV viewership numbers solely on Twitter conversations, but the new ratings do give us an idea about the kind of buzz a show gets, and what kind of shows send people flocking to their Twitter accounts to read or create their own reactions.
Moreover, the Twitter ranking would finally give a voice to the millions of television watchers who are not counted in the Nielsen ratings. While Nielsen only takes a very tiny sample of television viewers and applies that to the larger television viewing audience, the new Twitter rankings would allow people to show their love for a TV show in a measurable way that the networks can actually view and appreciate. This is certainly an interesting development for critics of the Nielsen model of counting television viewership. So if your favorite show is in ratings trouble, hashtag like your life depended on it. It just might give it a second chance at life.
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