Looking at this season’s awards contenders, it is clear quite a few female actors have had the same idea: portray a pop star, one who is about to be chewed up by the music industry. Preferably in a movie whose title sounds like a Nirvana song. Take Vox Lux, which sees Natalie Portman chasing a second Oscar as a jaded pop chameleon. Burdened by scandal, past trauma, celebrity and extreme eye makeup, but buoyed by some electro-pop stompers (courtesy of Sia), she is an emblematic 21st-century woman on the edge and off the rails. Portman gives it her all. You could say the same for Elisabeth Moss, who trades Handmaid for bandmate in Her Smell. She plays Becky Something, the talented, difficult leader of a 90s grunge band who is on the verge of meltdown (substance abuse, family baggage, the usual suspects). Director Alex Ross Perry describes it as “a five-act tragedy about girl punk bands”. Screen International describes it as “Sporadically brilliant, occasionally … [Read more...] about A star is born: has the beardy bloke music biopic had its day?
Craig's has become THE place to be seen among Hollywood's A-list in Los Angeles. Since opening the refined eatery in 2011, owner Craig Susser has seen the likes of the entire Kardashian-Jenner Clan, Brad Pitt, George Clooney, Lady Gaga, Jennifer Lawrence, Ben Affleck, Kit Harington, Sandra Bullock, Cindy Crawford, Johnny Depp, Charlize Theron, Tom Hanks, and Leonardo DiCaprio walk through his door. But during the official launch of his namesake vegan ice cream at Veggie Grill on Wednesday, Susser revealed the one famous person who caused him to be 'star-struck'... Rolling Stone's lead singer Mick Jagger. Star-struck: Craig Susser, owner of celeb hot spot Craig's in Los Angeles, revealed the one time he was star-struck at the launch of his namesake vegan ice cream on Wednesday 'I turned around and bumped into this tiny guy and was thinking "oh my god... that's Mick Jagger,"' the consummate host explained. While making sure the cavalcade of today's biggest and brightest who … [Read more...] about Kardashian’s favorite hotspot Craig’s launches vegan ice cream line as owner reveals the ONE time he was star-struck
‘Having something to say is one thing; having a way to make people listen is a whole other bag.” This is what an awestruck Jackson Maine (Bradley Cooper) tells fledgling singer-songwriter Ally, played by Lady Gaga, in the newest and shiniest remake of A Star Is Born. Premiering last month at Venice film festival to rave reviews – and early Oscars buzz for both Cooper and Gaga – it is, as Variety’s Owen Gleiberman put it, “a transcendent Hollywood movie”. As far as pop music is concerned, the messenger matters. Like the traditional Hollywood musical, pop star movies follow the familiar arc of an artist finding their voice – and, best of all, feature real pop stars. As a pop music superfan who struggles with musicals and the tiresome way they crowbar narrative into song and dance numbers, I’m obsessed with this movie subgenre. They’re fascinating as vehicles for stardom – and revealing about the kind of icons the pop stars … [Read more...] about When pop stars play pop stars…
The music industry loves a goldrush – to sign grunge bands in the wake of Nirvana; to sign American garage-rock bands in the wake of the Strokes; to sign scratchy British indie bands in the wake of the Libertines. It's a process that's been repeated throughout pop history. But, even a year ago, few would have predicted the call from the label bosses would be: "Bring me the next Tinchy Stryder!" Grime, for so much of this decade the ugly duckling of British music – derided for being inaccessible, for being aggressive, for being neither hip-hop nor dance, let alone pop – provided no fewer than five No1 singles in 2009 – split between Dizzee Rascal, Tinchy Stryder and Chipmunk. And now, like so many other genres for whom its connection with the streets that spawned it was everything, it finds itself torn: between pirate radio and T4, between pushing an underground sound and going commercial, between staying "road" and hanging out with Calvin Harris. … [Read more...] about 2009: The year grime began to pay
The full Democratic National Convention program has yet to be revealed, but a handful of celebrities have already revealed they will be speaking on behalf of Hillary Clinton next week. Lena Dunham, America Ferrera, Eva Longoria, Demi Lovato and Chloe Grace Moretz are lining up to support the first ever female candidate on a major party presidential ticket. The star power comes on the heels of many poking fun at Donald Trump's RNC program, filled with the likes of a 1980s sitcom actor, former soap stars and reality television cast members. Scroll down for video Chloe Grace Moretz posted a picture of herself with Hillary Clinton to reveal she would be speaking at the Democratic National Convention next week. 'Going to be such a beautiful historic day,' she wrote in the caption Moretz asked fans to watch and see why she supported the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee America Ferrera posted a picture of herself and Lena Dunham, holding up a … [Read more...] about The stars align for Hillary: Lena Dunham, America Ferrera, Eva Longoria, Demi Lovato and Chloe Grace Moretz all reveal they will speak for Clinton at the DNC next week