After Ryan Murphy's The Normal Heart gobsmacked critics and audiences alike with its unflinching look at the affect of AIDS on the gay community, HBO has picked up yet another period piece detailing the struggles of gays in New York.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, HBO has picked up the script for Open City, a period piece that profiles New York in the late 60's. The drama, from writer David Kajganich and director Adam Shankman, will reportedly follow a diverse set of characters from all corners of Manhattan, as they navigate a city going through a cultural metamorphosis. The project will also examine the gay community's unlikely partnership with New York's mafia with the opening of a West Village night club.
Ever since the critical success of AMC's Mad Men, the television landscape has been littered with period dramas claiming to "explore" a place and time in the past, but all those imitators stumbled when they found that they had nothing of substance to really say about their given era. While Mad Men was having a deep discussion about the cultural mores of the sixties, all of those other pretenders (The Playboy Club, Magic City, Pan AM... the list goes on) were just playing dress up. Open City, on the other hand, looks to have some very important things to say about the time period and the city it depicts, and this project may fill a very big hole once Mad Men wraps up its seventh season.
With the success of projects like Looking and The Normal Heart, HBO is quietly becoming the destination for gay-themed television. There was a time where TV would sideline gay characters, only featuring them as broad stereotypes, but HBO has begun crafting interesting, and unpatronizing glimpses at the characters and stories that have been sorely missing from our television sets.
Rocker Chrissie Hynde shuns her own fans when they approach her in public by making out she merely looks like The Pretenders star. The Brass in Pocket hitmaker admits she can't stand interacting with followers of the band when they recognise her in the street, so she fobs them off with a fib.
Hynde tells Mojo magazine, "I just say, 'I get that all the time'. Then I go, 'I wish I had her money though.'"
"The day I met Noel Gallagher, I was still embarrassed about that song. I said, 'Sorry about I'll Stand By You', and he goes, 'I wish I'd f**kin' wrote it.' And I thought, 'Wow'. That's what it's all about. Everyone wants a classic song." The Pretenders star Chrissie Hynde learned to be proud of her famous power ballad after chatting to the former Oasis star.
Rocker Chrissie Hynde is delighted her daughter is using her parents' fame to publicise her anti-fracking campaign. Natalie Hynde, daughter of The Pretenders frontwoman and The Kinks star Ray Davies, was given a 12-month conditional discharge and ordered to pay court costs over a high-profile protest last year (13).
She had glued her hands to those of her partner Simon Medhurst at the entrance of a proposed gas drilling site in Sussex, England to prevent contractors entering the area, and the Brass in Pocket hitmaker has told of her pride at her daughter's determination.
The rocker tells Mojo magazine, "Well, I'm delighted that she's getting through and people are becoming aware of it. I really reined in my celebrity when I had kids. So the fact that she's been able to come out and use it... She was on the fracking site and someone said, 'Man, if only we had a celebrity out here to help us.' And Natalie walked over and she goes, 'Actually, my parents are.' And they went, 'F**k! Go!' And they pushed her to go talk to the press.
"I was so happy that she didn't have to hide who her parents were to be herself in the world."
The Pretenders star Chrissie Hynde will release her first solo album in June (14). Stockholm was recorded in the Swedish capital with Peter, Bjorn & John star Bjorn Yttling, who produced, co-wrote and performed on the album.
Singer Morrissey has left fans in the U.S. baffled after his best-selling memoir was released Stateside minus the details of his relationship with a male photographer. The former The Smiths star published his hotly-anticipated autobiography in the U.K. in October (13), and the book hit headlines over a section in which the rocker confirms long-running rumours he had a relationship with snapper Jake Walters in the mid-1990s.
The tome, titled Autobiography, details several anecdotes involving Walters, and Morrissey writes movingly of their two years together, but in the U.S. release, which was published on Tuesday (03Dec13), many details in the original book are missing or edited down.
A photograph of Walters as a boy has also been removed, and his name has been cut out of a story detailing a night out with The Pretenders star Chrissie Hynde.
A spokesman for the book's publishers had not responded to a request for comment as WENN went to press.
Veteran rocker Chrissie Hynde is auctioning off the Q Award trophy she won last month (Oct13) to raise money for an orangutan charity. The Pretenders frontwoman was crowned Classic Songwriter at the prizegiving in London in October (13), and now she has put her trophy up for sale on eBay.co.uk to aid organisers at The Sumatran Orangutan Society (SOS).
In a message posted on the auction website, Hynde writes, "As a patron of SOS, I am proud to support their crucial work to protect orangutans, majestic animals on the brink of extinction. The amazing rainforests of Sumatra are the only place in the world where orangutans, tigers, elephants and rhinos are found together, and it is so important to do all we can to save their precious home. Get behind SOS and help save the ultimate Jungle VIPs."
In the listing the animal lover adds, "The award is a polished brass Q on a black acrylic polished base, with the following words engraved on the name plate: Q Awards 2013 Classic Songwriter Chrissie Hynde. Bid for your chance to own a unique piece of music history!"
The trophy has a starting price of $375 (£250) and the auction ends on 1 December (13).
The auction is part of a number of sales organised by the charity - other items up for grabs include dinner with Lost star Dominic Monaghan in Los Angeles and tickets to Russell Brand's comedy concerts.
Getty/Andy SheppardHaving recently topped the U.K. charts and entered the U.S. Top 10 with their debut album Days Are Gone, Los Angeles siblings Haim certainly appear to have justified the hype that was showered upon their sun-soaked soft-rock sound at the beginning of the year. But in case you've been living under a rock over the past twelve months, here's a quick everything you need to know guide to Este, Danielle and Alaina.They've Always Kept It in the FamilyProof that the trio have always kept it in the family, the girls began their music career in a band named Rockinhaim with their father Mordechai on drums and their mother Donna on guitar.They Were Once Valli GirlsDanielle & Este also cut their teeth as part of The Valli Girls, an all girl-group inspired by the likes of Blondie and The Pretenders who appeared on the soundtracks to both The Sisterhood Of The Travelling Pants and the 2005 Nickelodeon Kids Choice Awards.Julian Casablancas was Their Unofficial MentorAfter inviting Danielle to perform percussion and guitar on his solo tour, The Strokes frontman Julian Casablancas then became the band's unofficial mentor, advising them to take a break from playing live and instead concentrate on their songwriting.Este is a Musical ProdigyRenowned for her incredible bass-face performances, Este is also something of a musical prodigy having completed her five-year degree in Ethnomusicology at UCLA in just two years.They Won the BBC's Sound of 2013Pipping the likes of AlunaGeorge, Angel Haze and Laura Mvula to the post, Haim were crowned the winners of the BBC's prestigious industry poll earlier this year to join such illustrious company as Adele, Florence + The Machine and Ellie Goulding.They Like CollaboratingAs well as hooking up with Jessie Ware on their own record, various members have also popped up on tracks this year by Major Lazer ("You're No Good"), Kid Cudi ("Red Eye") and Portugal. The Man ("Purple Yellow Red & Blue")Este Almost Died at GlastonburyDiabetic Este claimed that she feared she was going to die in front of a live audience after she was forced to abandon their first set at this year's Glastonbury when her blood sugar levels ran dangerously low.David Cameron is a FanDavid Cameron tweeted how he was looking forward to listening to their album after the trio dedicated a performance of "The Wire" to the Prime Minister when they both appeared on the BBC's The Andrew Marr Show.
The Charlatans frontman Tim Burgess formed a rock supergroup with members of New Order, Mumford & Sons, The Vaccines and The Pretenders on Friday (18Oct13) to pay tribute to his late bandmate Jon Brookes. The gig at London's Royal Albert Hall boasted performances by Liam Gallagher, Manic Street Preachers' James Dean Bradfield, and the surviving members of The Charlatans, but it was an early set by Tim & Friends which got fans chatting excitedly as Burgess recruited New Order's Stephen Morris and Gillian Gilbert, Winston Marshall from Mumford & Sons, Freddie Cowan and Arni Arnason of The Vaccines and James Walbourn from The Pretenders to join him onstage for a special jam session.
Explaining how the supergroup line-up came together, Burgess told the audience, "I asked The Vaccines, but the singer was on holiday. I asked New Order, but the singer was on holiday. That wasn't going to stop us, so I said I'd sing."
The band covered New Order's Love Vigilantes and The Vaccines' Melody Calling, before wrapping up with Joy Division tune Love Will Tear Us Apart.
Burgess later returned to the spotlight to play with The Charlatans, and they had a special guest stepping in for Brookes - former The Verve drummer Pete Salisbury.
Speaking before the gig, bassist Martin Blunt told NME.com, "There was a tour when Jon was ill and wasn't going to be able to play. We asked who he wanted to replace him, and his first choice was Pete Salisbury."
Brookes, a founding member of the band, was diagnosed with a brain tumour in 2010 and although he initially recovered enough to rejoin the band, he relapsed and died of brain cancer in August (13), aged 44.
A disc-jockey is called in by the government to assume the identity of his late, suave twin brother, who was a federal agent. He fights crime with the assistance of his dead brother's aristocratic fiancee. Broadcast as part of the "CBS Summer Playhouse."