No R.E.M., no Neil Young and now no Aerosmith. Pretty soon, Donald Trump is going to have to start writing his own campaign music, because no artist wants to seem to let him use theirs.
Aerosmith singer Steven Tyler is the latest artist to cry foul over Trump using one of their songs at campaign rallies across America, issuing a cease-and-desist letter requesting that he stop playing Dream On because it “gives the false impression that he is connected with or endorses Mr. Trump’s presidential bid.”
This follows similar threats involving Young’s Rockin’ in the Free World and R.E.M.’s It’s the End of the World As We Know It (And I Feel Fine). He may be leading most polls for the Republican presidential candidacy, but these artists are NOT enjoying his endorsement.
“Personally, I think the Orange Clown will do anything for attention. I hate giving it to him,” R.E.M.’s Mike Mills tweeted. Added bandmate Michael Stipe, to the Daily Beast: “Go f--- yourselves, the lot of you — you sad, attention-grabbing, power-hungry little men. Do not use our music or my voice for your moronic charade of a campaign.” …Full Story
Taylor Swift could be ready to fill the next 'Blank Space' in her love life after pictures of DJ boyfriend Calvin Harris leaving a massage parlor surfaced online.
Don't reduce your small talk to just the weather.
Taylor Swift could have another blank space to fill after rumors surfaced about her calling it quits with hunky DJ boyfriend Calvin Harris. And it wasn't a happy ending, at least for Tay. She apparently gave the producer the boot after finding out he went to a Thai massage parlor that — according to Yelp — gives the "best happy endings" in Hollywood. The Feels So Close artist apparently spent two hours in the parlor. Calvin Harris defended himself on Twitter, saying "It's not going to be a 'happy ending' for everyone I sue for defamation of character …" But what's a multimillion dollar producer doing in a $40/hour joint on Sunset, anyway? We're anticipating a full album to follow and perhaps it's only fitting that the 1989 U.S. tour ends Oct. 31 in Tampa, which has had its share of questionable massage parlors. In the meantime, keep these T-Swift puns in your back pocket for good water cooler banter at work: …Full Story
Jesse Plemons and Kirsten Dunst play Ed and Peggy Blomquist, a polite couple with more than just meat in their freezer.
FX invited us over for Fargo's second season premiere tonight, and we promise we won't light the souffle on fire next time. Showrunner Noah Hawley delivered a fantastic first episode that sets a warm tone, with a bite of darkness. Okay, a whole mouthful. But before we get to the details, a disclaimer:
Your recapper is very familiar with Minnesota. I was raised in Iowa, and my mother grew up in Edgerton, Minn., a town 20 miles north of Luverne, where part of Fargo takes place. That makes me well-versed in good old Midwestern nice. (Even though it sometimes doesn't seem like it. My dad is from New Jersey so I'm a weird mix of pleasant and loud.) Because I don't remember Luverne that well (we only drove through it to get to the big city of Sioux Falls, S.D.), I texted my mom to ask what's there to do in Luverne. And just to give you a sense of that politeness, her response was: "Nothing! lol" …Full Story
Deanna reels from the lost of her husband while Rick makes plans to save the entire community.
Thank goodness nothing happened to Eugene's hair.
The postapocalyptic world is spinning out of control with a horde of zombies thousands-strong just miles away from Alexandria. Eugene's slick Billy Ray Cyrus mullet is the constant we need.
The Walking Dead's Season 6 premiere was strangely satisfying. It started right where we left off — the bloody aftermath of the deaths of Reg and Pete. Through black and white flashbacks and full color present day shots, we witnessed the immediate consequences of their deaths and where it brought the people of Alexandria — facing their largest, deadliest threat yet.
It's not cannibals again. Nor is it a one-eyed, rifle-wielding maniac with a penchant for human aquariums.
Nope, just a massive herd of walkers corralled in a quarry by semitrailer trucks left by those long gone. The more walkers, the more noise. The more noise, the more walkers. It's a vicious, stinky cycle.
Lennie James as Morgan Jones and Andrew Lincoln as Rick Grimes.
We are a mere two days away from the return of Rick Grimes and his trusty group of zombie slayers. Too many months have we waited for Rick's gritty speeches and the sickly squish of a knife in a walker skull.
Die-hard fans have tried to quench our thirsts for the world of The Walking Dead by exploring the new spinoff Fear the Walking Dead. We furiously played AMC's new Dead-themed games and saved our pennies to buy katanas and crossbows. We memorized Carol's cookie speech and traveled hours to meet the stars of the show at a special convention. (just me?)
Only two more days until we get hunky Daryl and scary Carol back.
Season 5 was packed with pivotal scenes and new characters. The first episode saw the crew (minus Tyreese, baby Judith and Carol) trapped in a train car in Terminus awaiting the chopping block. In a moment of sheer bad-assery, Carol rescues all of them by blowing up Terminus.
We also saw where Beth ended up -- Grady Memorial, with a troupe of sadistic police officers. One of the more tear-jerker moments of the season comes when Daryl carries a lifeless Beth out of the hospital. At least we got Noah out of the situation. …Full Story
Ted Danson plays Sheriff Hank Larsson and St. Petersburg's Patrick Wilson plays Detective Lou Solverson in FX's second season of "Fargo."
Okay, then. Let's not dilly-dally and get straight to the point. You betcha, FX's second season of Fargo is a real winner, all right.
Inspired by Joel and Ethan Coen's hilariously dark and Oscar-winning movie, FX's limited series about small-town crime turned out to be a successful bloody riot. The first season earned 15 Emmy nominations, winning three of them, including outstanding miniseries. Its second season, airing Monday night at 10 p.m., has a lot to live up to, especially after HBO's limited crime series True Detective followed an acclaimed first season with a rocky second one that drowned in a sea of hate tweets and bad reviews.
But where season two of True Detective failed, Fargo's second helping succeeds. Showrunner Noah Hawley beautifully layers a trio of plots that mixes pleasant and mundane everyday life with heinous acts and dark humor. And even though the cast is also cluttered with many recognizable faces, the characters easily link together as the story quickly develops. …Full Story
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Tom Cruise attends the premiere of "Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation" in Times Square in New York in July. A magazine is reporting the actor wants to move to Florida to be near the Church of Scientology headquarters in Clearwater.
Tom Cruise may be looking for a Florida home that’s closer to Church of Scientology headquarters in downtown Clearwater.
At least that is what Us Weekly is reporting.
The magazine quotes an unnamed source (of course) as saying the Mission Impossible actor hates living in Los Angeles and is “relocating to Florida.”
Us Weekly says Cruise, 53, has listed his Beverly Hills, Calif., mansion for $59 million and is looking forward to being closer to the church headquarters in Clearwater.
Cruise has made many trips to the Tampa Bay area over the years. Just this past April, he was at Amalie Arena in Tampa for a women's NCAA Final Four basketball game. Cruise and fellow Scientologists John Travolta and Kelly Preston were in Clearwater in November 2013 for the dedication of the church’s Flag Building, where Scientology's much-anticipated "Super Power" program is offered.
Travolta and Preston own a ranch in Ocala, and Travolta has been a frequent visitor to Clearwater over the years, often flying a personal airplane there to attend functions at church headquarters. …Full Story
Svetlana Alexievich leaves a news conference in Minsk, Belarus, on Oct. 8 after winning the Nobel Prize for literature.
Russian writer Svetlana Alexievich is the recipient of the 2015 Nobel Prize for literature, for a body of work that the Swedish Academy described as “a monument to suffering and courage in our time.” She is the first journalist to receive the award and the first nonfiction writer to be named in about half a century.
Alexievich, 67, is best known for her deeply researched books based on hundreds of interviews, such as War’s Unwomanly Face, about Russian women who served as soldiers in World War II. Published in 1985, it was censored in the Soviet Union under Mikhail Gorbachev but sold millions of copies.
Her book best known in the United States is Voices From Chernobyl: The Oral History of a Nuclear Disaster, which won the National Book Critics Circle award for nonfiction in 2005. It is based on interviews with more than 500 survivors of the 1986 catastrophe, which killed Alexievich’s sister and blinded her mother.
In the announcement on Thursday, the permanent secretary of the Swedish Academy, Sara Danius, called Alexievich “an extraordinary writer. . . . She’s actually devised a new genre, a new kind of literary genre. …
People editorial director Jess Cagle
People Magazine, the nation’s source for the latest on Taylor Swift’s love life, is getting political.
Wednesday the magazine published a letter from editorial director Jess Cagle on gun violence in the wake of last week’s mass shooting at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Oregon. In the letter, Cagle urges readers to take action by calling, emailing or tweeting their elected officials. The magazine included the phone number, Twitter handle and email addresses of all 535 members of Congress.
With a weekly reach 48.2 million adults each week, People has the largest audience of any other American magazine. Regardless of your views on gun control, it’s a big move from a major media player.
If you’re interesting in contacting your elected official, here’s who represents Florida and the bay area in Congress:
Sen. Bill Nelson
Sen. Marco Rubio
House of Representatives
Rep. Richard Nugent
Rep. Gus M. Bilirakis
Phone: 202-225-5755 …Full Story
Billy Joe Royal, 73, died in his sleep Tuesday in North Carolina
You always remember your first time. I was eight years old when it happened, during one of those summers that movies teach us children never forget.
My first brush with celebrity.
What did you think I meant?
Anyway, it was 1965 at a record store in Anniston, Ala. where Billy Joe Royal autographed a 45 RPM record of his biggest hit, Down in the Boondocks. Two-minutes and 32 seconds of romantic pop anguish, a boy in love with a girl from the right side of the tracks, whose daddy is his boss man. One fine day he'll find a way to move from his old shack. Hold his head up like a king and never look back.
Check out Royal's lipsynch version - as all TV shows did in those days - here.
Fifty years later the song sticks more than the memory of Royal scribbling his name on the 45's label. The record is somewhere at home, in a stack of other vinyl memories. Now seems like a good time to dig it out.
Billy Joe Royal died in his sleep Tuesday at age 73, at his North Carolina home.
A clean-cut Wes Bentley plays Detective John Lowe, who's murder investigation leads him to the Hotel Cortez -- room 64 to be exact.
It's difficult for me to decide which scene in American Horror Story: Hotel's premiere disturbed me the most.
With every season of AHS, I yearn for that pivotal scene that pushes the boundaries of cable TV censorship. If I'm rendered speechless and think "what the heck did I just watch?" after, then Ryan Murphy and his team have succeeded.
Hotel's season premiere had about three of those scenes.
Mesmerizing and wonderful
The first time we see Lady Gaga as the Countess, she and current beau Donovan (Matt Bomer) are getting ready for a date night. Donovan soaks in the bath while the Countess smears on blood red lipstick and snorts a thick line of cocaine. You know, normal couple things.
At a romantic drive-in movie theater screening of Nosferatu (how ironic), the two lure an unsuspecting couple back to their lair/hotel room with a few seductive glances. Who knew organizing a foursome was that easy? Mid-romp, Countess and Donovan exchange knowing looks then slice the couple's throats open with their glittery, blade-tipped claws. They each lap up blood like it's a water fountain of Hawaiian Punch before sharing a cigarette in the blood-soaked sheets. …Full Story
Cookie Lyon (Taraji P. Henson) looks about as enthused as anyone should be to be having dinner with Lucious.
Outstanding performances aside, this episode exacerbated a problem with this season of Empire that everyone should be worried about by now. There have been no surprises.
Lee Daniels has built his castle on well-defined characters, baring their souls and motivations so clearly that their responses to each narrative point have become as predictable as sitcom setups.
Take this episode for instance, prison was a setback for Lucious, but his release on bail only solidified his idea that he was untouchable. Nothing that has happened to him in the course of the show has been able to humble him. He was given a death sentence with the ALS diagnosis, betrayed by Bunky, betrayed by Anika, abandoned by his ride or die Cookie, challenged by his favorite child Hakeem, embarassed by Jamal's public coming out, betrayed by Vernon and arrested for murder. …Full Story
We know how you feel, Richard Dreyfuss, after your 'Jaws' tribute is again postponed
Well, this is not a boat accident. Actually, it's recovery from recent back surgery that is postponing Richard Dreyfuss' appearance at Capitol Theatre for a second time.
The Academy Award winner is now scheduled to appear Jan. 9, 2016, which means the 40th anniversary tribute to Jaws that Dreyfuss was booked to celebrate will be pushing 41.
The program including a screening of Steven Spielberg's seminal summer blockbuster and a Q&A with Dreyfuss (moderated by yours truly) was originally slated for Sept. 10. That date was pushed to Nov. 7 when Dreyfuss' plans to undergo surgery were announced. A news release announced the most recent delay "with great regret."
Tickets purchased for either previously scheduled event will be honored at the Jan. 16 show. Tickets are available ($75, $55 and $39.50) at the Ruth Eckerd Hall box office, online at www.AtTheCap.com and by calling (727) 791-7400. A limited number of VIP tickets ($175) are available, including premium seating, a reception and a photo op with Dreyfuss.Full Story
Don't let this photo fool you. The Vampire Diaries is not all sexy vampires in black V-neck T-shirts. But it doesn't hurt.
Before you nix the show altogether because of the word "vampire," just give me a chance to convince you otherwise. I mean, that's what this series is all about, right? And I have no shame whatsoever to be a 28-year-old woman in love with a show called The Vampire Diaries.
Ugh, that name really sucks, doesn't it? Pun definitely intended. Piggy-backing off the insanely popular Twilight books turned into movies, CW execs found another vampire book series for fans hungry for more broody bloodsuckers. And yes, on the surface, TVD is much like Twilight. Incredibly good-looking teenagers, love triangles and supernatural beings. …Full Story
Everyone and everything bows down to Lady Gaga's the Countess.
Expectations for a hotel stay are simple: clean rooms, free wifi, all-you-can-eat breakfast buffet. Don't count on any of these amenities in Ryan Murphy's next installment of American Horror Story: Hotel.
Hotel has a "Hotel California" feel with nods to Stanley Kubrick's The Shining and Dante's Inferno. And with a 10 commandments-inspired serial killer on the loose, a touch of Seven.
This season revolves around the beautiful, art-deco-style Hotel Cortez and its tortured inhabitants. Everything and everyone bows down to AHS newcomer Lady Gaga's character, the Countess. The many at her beckon call include her lover, Donovan (Matt Bomer), his mother/front desk clerk, Iris (Kathy Bates), token druggie, Sally (Sarah Paulson) and the elegant cross-dress, Liz Taylor (Denis O'Hare). …Full Story