Aloe Blacc performs at Stubbs BBQ for the DefJam 30th Anniversary show during SXSW on Tuesday.
Aloe Blacc may sound like a throwback, but R&B's Next Big Thing is the very model of modern success. At first, he was just a voice, crooning the hook on Swedish DJ Avicii's worldwide No. 1 Wake Me Up, party-starting on Ellen DeGeneres' gone-viral Super Bowl ad.
Retro-minded peer Bruno Mars infiltrated our brains in much the same way — penning and producing hits, singing hooks for Travie McCoy and B.O.B., working radio, TV and social media, making us like him before we even knew who he was. As far as business plans go, it's a hot one to emulate.
Born Egbert Nathaniel Dawkins III, which is actually more memorable than his stage handle, Blacc is extremely ambitious on just-released LP Lift Your Spirit — too ambitious at times, trying on so many masks you wonder who this guy is. But much like Mars, the Panamanian-American displays moments of such starshine, especially with his sepia-toned R&B vocal, it's hard not to love him.
You can read our full album review here. Then you can catch Mr. Blacc on TV March 21 for a reunion with Ellen on her gabfest. Plus a spot on Live With Kelly & Michael March 25. He's a good one, kids.
Calm down, these two are safe. Probably.
Okay, let's get this out of the way right up front: Whaaaaaaaahuuuhh?!
Scandal, please don't kill two of your most interesting characters.
ABC had been hyping the last 30 seconds of last night's episode since last week, so we knew something was going to go down. But it's a credit to this show that it still managed to be shocking.
And also infuriating! By the time the screen went dark at 10:59 p.m., Jake had just killed two random ladies and pointed his gun at James and David. Now, this is distressing on a number of levels. First, David and James' recent buddy cop vibe was adorable and fun to watch. Second, we do not want to lose actors Joshua Malina and especially Dan Bucatinsky, whose scenes with Jeff Perry's Cyrus are among the best on the show. (Also? Bucatinsky won an Emmy for his role on Scandal. Yeah. That happened.) …Full Story
FX just announced that its best show is returning in a few months: Louie season 4 starts May 5!
After a whopping 19-month hiatus, comedian Louis C.K.'s half-hour show debuts its fourth season Monday, May 5, at 10 p.m. The show will then air two back-to-back episodes every Monday for seven weeks through June 16. (The timing of the season means it could be eligible for this year's Emmy awards.) We also hear that FX ordered 13 episodes, but Louis delivered a bonus 14th episode, which is an amazingly Louis thing to do.
Frankly, we can't believe the show is already back; when C.K. announced in 2012 after season 3 ended that the show wouldn't be returning until 2014, it felt like an eternity. Pause for deep, Louie-esque reflection on life and the passage of time.
If you haven't seen the show, well, you need to remedy that. It's one of the most original, thought-provoking things happening in any medium right now. And look, you can actually catch up on the entire series on Netflix! What are you waiting for?Full Story
Feedsters Michelle Stark & Sean Daly celebrate both themselves and new ABC pilot 'Selfie."
Sure, you can say it's a bit obnoxious running not one, but two pics of myself on the Feed today. After all, this hallowed space is reserved for famous TV people; not narcissistic critics in blinding orange pullovers. AND YET! My beloved Feed colleague Michelle Stark and I were basically forced to go the #selfie route here in gently mocking celebration of, well, Selfie, a new ABC pilot. The My Fair Lady-meets-Facebook setup seems a bit thin for an ongoing sitcom: A modern marketing and rebranding expert (the great John Cho of Harold & Kumar fame) helps a social-media-obssessed 20-something (Karen Gillan, from Doctor Who and this summer's Guardians of the Galaxy) turn her life around after she becomes a gone-viral laughingstock. Suburgatory creator Emily Kapnek is the brain behind this one. I dunno. I'm not confident. But per usual, I am thankful for the selfie opportunity.Full Story
Tony-winning Broadway superstar Audra McDonald showed up on the Tonight Show last night to sing Yahoo! Answers (as in, actual answers to random questions from people on the Internet) with Jimmy Fallon, confirming that we could watch McDonald sing literally anything.
Bonus points to the 'lounge singers' atmosphere of the whole skit. "You got all the answers, don't you?" "Yeah, yeah, that's my kind of thing." Oh, just watch it already:
If you, like me, can't get enough of this, they also did one in 2013.Full Story
Behold, our gloriously creepy new swag: a spellbook from upcoming WGN America series 'Salem.'
We're suckers for swag here at the Feed, thus we're oohing and ahhing appropriately for this ornate-looking (read: expensive, we're impressed) spellbook for Salem, WGN America's first original scripted drama. (WGN America is a cable "superstation" feed of Chicago's WGN-TV.) Developed by noted Star Trek writer-producer Brannon Braga, the show -- about 17th-century witch trials in the spooky Massachusetts town -- debuts April 20th at 10 p.m. We'll have a full review of Salem sometime around then. For now, you can enjoy the sexy-scary trailer below, while we ponder to which (witch) local haunted house we should donate our new goodie.
Titus Welliver in 'Bosch'
Amazon Studios, the company that develops original content for the streaming entertainment arm of Amazon.com, has ordered four of its original pilots to series, Variety reports. They chose two drama series and two comedy series out of 10 pilots made available on the site last month for viewers to watch and vote for. Shows that got enough support would become series.
The two drama pilots are Bosch, based on Michael Connelly's novels about Los Angeles Police Department homicide investigator Hieronymus "Harry" Bosch, starring Titus Welliver (Deadwood, The Good Wife) as the title character. (Connelly, a bestselling author, has lived in Tampa for about a decade.) And The After, written and created by The X-Files creator Chris Carter, which follows eight strangers who have to help each other survive in a violent world.
Then there are two comedies: Mozart in the Jungle, based on a memoir by Blair Tindall set in the world of classical music, and Transparent, a family dramedy that also happens to be one of the best episodes of anything we've seen all year. …Full Story
This photo is everything we love about 'Orange is the New Black.'
Is there any show I'm looking forward to in 2014 more than the return of Orange is the New Black?
Nope! (Sorry, Mad Men.)
So I'm practically giddy over these photos People just released, which show a few images from the upcoming second season of the Netflix series, including the aftermath of Piper's fight with Pennsatucky, newcomer Lorraine Toussaint as inmate Yvonne "Vee" Parker and something called a mock job fair.
The Netflix original show about life in a women's prison returns June 6. In the meantime, read the People story and see all of the photos here. Full Story
AMC released today another peak into the new (and final!) season of Mad Men, which starts a month from tomorrow on Sunday, April 13. Last week, we got a teeny, tiny teaser trailer to hold us over; this week we get something a bit flashier.
The three photos above are in line with the trailer, which shows Don Draper (Jon Hamm) descending down a flight of stairs out of an airplane. These images all have to do with someone (presumably Don, Roger and Peggy) going somewhere on a plane. We could go down a giant rabbit hole analyzing just what these photos mean, but we do have to get some work done today.
For now, we'll say that they all seem to represent an idea we had during our first viewing of the trailer: Don's going to California, which plays a big part in season 7. (Just check out those sunny skies surrounding Don's plane in the trailer, or out the window in the Don-Peggy image!)
Other quick thoughts:
If you're looking for ways to catch up on the rest of the show before the final season begins, AMC has this helpful link. See you back here April 13, Mad fans!Full Story
Walt Jr. loves his breakfast and his Tampa film festivals.
The Gasparilla International Film Festival announced its visiting stars Tuesday, and the guest list includes one of Breaking Bad’s few innocents.
R.J. Mitte, who played meth kingpin Walter White’s clueless son on the popular television series, will accept one of three Rising Star awards presented at the festival, slated for March 19-23. Mitte stars in House of Last Things, a psychothriller making its North American premiere in competition at Gasparilla.
Joining Mitte in the Rising Star ranks will be Anna Anissimova, co-star of the opening night feature There’s Always Woodstock, and Martha MacIsaac (Superbad), attending with her short film Seasick Sailor.
Anissimova will be accompanied opening night by her co-star Jason Ritter (TV’s Parenthood and Gravity Falls). C.S. Lee, who played an eagerly oversexed forensics expert on Dexter, will accompany the Florida premiere of his movie The Red Robin.
Other notables include previous Rising Star award winners Blake Berris (House of Last Things) and Ryan O’Nan, co-star of the closing night feature Chu and Blossom, filmed around Tampa Bay. …Full Story
Juan Pablo and Nikki, the not-so-happy (but realistic!) couple
I won't pretend to be the world's biggest Bachelor fan, but I do know something about love. (Haha! I couldn't even keep a straight face writing that!)
I tuned into Monday's Final Quest for the Rose, or whatever it's called, and found it to be totally compelling television. In a live postgame wrapup, show host Chris Harrison — whom I happen to respect, even though he needs to push an otherwise ridiculous brand — was forcing this year's stud-for-sale Juan Pablo Galavis to say "I love you" to winner (or something) Nikki Ferrell.
Juan Pabz — who had the brutal task of making out with scads of really attractive people for months until he ran out of time — refused to say the magic words. People were horrified! But you know what? J-Pabz was ABSOLUTELY RIGHT and TOTALLY REALISTIC.
He didn't love Nikki, not even close, thus debunking the fantasy element of a franchise selling the notion that fairytales can happen on reality TV. JP is a jerk; he's also right. …Full Story
Although I'm a former creepy member of the Ashley Tisdale Fan Club, I'm not entirely sure that bringing back the cast of Disney Channel's progenitive High School Musical franchise for a fourth go-round is the best/sanest/is-this-really-happening idea. First of all, isn't the actress who played East High's class prez something like 47 now? (Just joshing, Monique Coleman, wherever you are.) Also, haven't most of the admittedly talented cast gone out of their way to shed their Mouse House image, including Vanessa Hudgens who did VERY BAD THINGS in Spring Breakers? …Full Story
Even when he was guzzling NyQuil in a hobo cave, Bob didn't quite look like Bob at the opening of Sunday's The Walking Dead. I didn't even recognize him during the flashback preface. And yet, the only major difference between Then Bob and Now Bob (suddenly one of my fave characters -- if only because he won't let a little thing like the zombie apocalypse get in the way of his seduction techniques) was his HAIR. He had a mid-'80s baby 'fro going early; now, apparently after a visit to the prison SuperCuts, he's rocking a tight Denzel 'do. Bob has never looked better, which is convenient now that he's also turned into a hunky charmer smooching Sasha, Tyreese's sister. Full Story
After that preface -- and perhaps because these connecting episodes are all tease and scant payoff, dividing restless Dead Nation into "this rocks!" vs. "this blows!" camps -- I kept obssessing about everyone's hair. (I'm also fascinated by TEETH, especially Maggie, who is obviously more concerned about scrounging Crest Whitestrips than canned goods.) When people rip on The Walking Dead, it often has to do with the intrusion of fantasy into reality -- where are they finding all this specific ammo? why is the lawn in some yards still manicured? -- which is always a flimsy argument since the whole comic-book premise is preposterous. It's a tough tightrope to walk -- you need some anchoring in truth, but you also have to make a monster movie. …
Celeb-scientist Neil deGrasse Tyson fills Carl Sagan’s role in a fancy-pants exploration of the Big Bang and the scientific mysteries of the universe in Sunday's premiere of Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey at 9 p.m. on Fox and Monday on the National Geographic Channel (and 10 other Fox platforms for an unprecedented roll-out) But don't think this is some drab bit of homework.
Produced by Family Guy's Seth MacFarlane, who is a science geek on the side, it will have a mix of real images and high-tech special effects with contributions from Matrix and Spider-Man 2 cinematographer Bill Pope, Star Trek series producer Brannon Braga and The Avengers composer Alan Silvestri.
But behind all that wiz-bang entertainment is a subversive aim to make a mass audience more science-literate. At a time when huge sections of the public debate climate change or evolution, Cosmos holds no punches when it comes to challenging the denial that has brought science into the political arena. …Full Story
American Horror Story staple (and co-star Emma Roberts' fiance) Evan Peters leads an early list of celebs who will be signing autographs at Tampa Bay Comic Con in August. Peters is a great get for the nerd-beloved event, as AHS: Coven just finished up with the sexy-scary franchise's best finale ratings ever. He'll be joined at the Tampa Convention Center by such others actors as Caity Lotz from Mad Men and Arrow, and Chloe Bennet from Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and Nashville. There will also be myriad comic-book artists and writers on hand to be worshipped, as well as a plethora of dudes with homemade swords. More than 20,000 people swarmed our increasingly gonzo Comic Con last year when Game of Thrones stars Maisie Williams and Jason Momoa whipped up the geek masses in August. This year's Comic Con dates are Fri-Sun Aug. 1-3, and more guests are expected to be announced. For more information, GO HERE. Full Story