When the Brit version of The Office started to blow up in the middle oughts, it didn’t take long for the show’s newly famous star Ricky Gervais to be “outed” as a former New Romantic, well, ponce – with photos and videos of his early 80’s duo Seona Dancing surfacing, showing the comedian in full flamboyant makeup. (For the record, they had a couple of great songs, especially “More to Lose” .) Now comes the news that Ben Stiller, prior to a spectacularly successful three-decade acting career that shows no signs of slowing down, was a bit of a punk. Indeed, his provocatively named band Capital Punishment released an album in 1982, unfortunately titled Roadkill (surely, they could have done better than that) – which is now being reissued in remastered form by Captured Tracks .
Anyone who was ready to write off U2 – especially after that dreadful Apple fiasco in 2014 – likely had to admit that their latest, Songs of Experience , is actually a pretty good album. And, well, it went straight to #1, the eighth time they’ve topped the Billboard charts. Of course, if Bono, Edge, Adam and Larry were ever consistently great at something, it was delivering a bit of musical/philosophical joy into our lives when we need it most
Sandra Oh’s turn on Killing Eve has made history, as she’s become the first Asian ever nominated for a Best Actress Emmy Award. On BBC series she portrays Eve Polastri, a frustrated spy working for MI5. Oh has been previously nominated 5 times for best Supporting Actress for her role as Cristina Yang on Grey’s Anatomy. She told Vanity Fair that when she first read the script for the show, she had thought the team were asking her to audition for the receptionist role.
If we had to predict a cultural trend for the summer of 2018, “Desperate Dance” would likely be thy name. And as our nefarious current administration strips away LGBTQ and women’s rights, imposes further burdens on the poor, and brings us ever closer to the Apocalypse, surely only music could bring our salvation.
The Emmy nominations were announced this morning, and their selections leave us to make some very difficult choices as to who should win. But choose we must, and here’s who we think will emerge victorious come this September 17, when the ceremony, hosted by SNL’s Michael Che and Colin Jost, will take place. Best Drama Series This is perhaps the tightest competition of the year, as 2017’s ceremony left Game of Thrones out of the running and paved the way for newcomer Handmaid’s Tale to easily walk away with the trophy.
The 2018 Emmy nominations were announced this morning, in a livestream hosted by Handmaid’s Tale’s Samira Wiley and New Amsterdam’s Ryan Eggold. The main categories have now all been announced: for the first time in 18 years, HBO lost out on the most nominations for a network, with 108 in total to Netflix’s 112. Game of Thrones leads with 22 nominations, followed by 21 each for Westworld and Saturday Night Live. Notable names off this year’s list: Jeffrey Tambor’s role on Transparent, after he was booted from the show, and Julia Louis-Dreyfus in Veep, after filming was put on hiatus while she underwent treatment for cancer
Since Prez 45 seems to have declared war on Canada, we’ve been seeking cultural détente wherever we can find it. And when it comes to music, Montreal is a always good place to start. To wit, the impossibly cool electro trio Paupière (Julia Daigle, Eliane Préfontaine and Pierre-Luc Begin), who arrived on the scene in 2016 with the exciting debut EP Jeunes instants
Although RuPaul Charles has been a cultural staple since breaking out in the New York club scene of the ’80s, he’s finally received his due in recent years. Indeed, the 10th season of his competitive drag reality series, RuPaul’s Drag Race, recently finished with record ratings. He’s also writing, producing, and starring in an upcoming Netflix series, AJ and the Queen , and JJ Abrams is developing a Hulu series based on his life.
If you haven’t been watching Hulu’s The Handmaid’s Tale (now in Season 2), you’re missing out on one of the great shows of of our times.
Beyoncé recently turned heads during her performance at Coachella with some eye-popping threads by Balmain creative director Olivier Rousteing. She and her dancers sported sequined hoodies that served total collegiate glamour. They paid tribute to marching band uniforms and the Greek lifestyle of historically black colleges and universities.