See a note at the end about program content. The official word: VH1 Classic celebrates the 40th anniversary of the longest-running sketch comedy show in history by bringing fans 40 years of “SNL” in one place: “The SNL Rewind: 2015 – 1975 Mega-Marathon” beginning Wednesday, January 28th and wrapping on Sunday, February 15th.
Fans can relive the best moments (or binge on all the ones you missed) of “SNL” history with 19 days of back-to-back SNL episodes in this 433-hour “SNL” marathon -- the longest ever mounted for a single series on television ever.*
The marathon showcases 40 seasons of Not Ready For Primetime Players many of whom are now known around the world: Chevy Chase, Eddie Murphy, Billy Crystal, Dana Carvey, Mike Myers, Will Ferrell, Adam Sandler, Kristen Wiig, Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, Jimmy Fallon, and Seth Meyers. VH1 Classic will deliver the best moments -- which will leave fans demanding “even more cowbell.”
VH1 will also join the party with a marathon of retrospective specials by decade for at least 10 hours on Sunday, February 15th, ending at 8pm.To read more or comment...
Saw this on Sunday. Very good, although not near the top of my Oscar list. The official word: – The compelling and critically acclaimed drama WHIPLASH arrives
on Blu-ray™, DVDand Digital HD Feb. 24 from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. Inspired by writer/directorDamien Chazelle, this Sony Pictures Classics film follows the journey of a young jazzmusician with a passion for drumming and dreams of greatness.
Andrew Neiman,played by rising star Miles Teller (That Awkward Moment),
is a determined19-year-old student. His rigid music teacher, Terence Fletcher, played byJ.K. Simmons (Golden Globe®winner and Oscar®nominee for his role), sees Andrew’s raw talent, but will accept nothing less than perfection. Nominated for five Academy Awards®(Best Picture, Best Supporting Actor, Adapted Screenplay, Editing, Sound Mixing), WHIPLASHalso stars Paul Reiser (Life After Beth) as Andrew’s father and Melissa Benoist (“Glee”) as Andrew’s love interest, Nicole.
Winner of both the Audience and Grand Jury Prizes at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival, WHIPLASH was first screened at the festival as a short film a year earlier to excellent reaction. Chazelle returneda year later with a full-length version, which captured the top prizes in Park City and continued on as a festival favorite throughout the year.Film critics took to the film immediately, as evidenced by a 95 percentrating on Rotten Tomatoes.
Variety’s Peter Debruge wrote that “[WHIPLASH] demolishes the clichés of the musical-prodigy genre, investing the traditionally polite stages and rehearsal studios of a topnotch conservatory with all the psychological intensity of a battlefield or sports arena.”In addition, Rolling Stone called the film “electrifying,” and Peter Traversproclaimed that WHIPLASHis “A spellbinder. Miles Teller and J.K. Simmons will blow you away.”To read more or comment...
The official word: The U.S. Justice Department was already investigating the Cleveland Police when one of the division’s officers gunned down a 12-year-old playing with a pellet gun last November. In his first national interview since that tragedy, Cleveland Police Chief Calvin Williams disagrees with parts of the Justice Department’s report and defends his troubled force, saying the majority are good, but there are bad officers he is working hard to rid from the division. Bill Whitaker reports from Cleveland, where he accompanies the city’s law enforcement officers on routine patrol and as they engage in community outreach for a story on the hot-button issue of policing in America. He also conducts the first sit-down interview with the family of a mentally ill woman killed in an altercation with Cleveland police officers. His story will be broadcast Sunday, Jan. 25 (7:00-8:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.
“Of course there are [bad guys among the Cleveland Police], and it’s my job to make sure we weed out the bad people from this division, and that we nurture and grow and support the good officers that are out there,” says Williams. Watch an excerpt.
He also aims to keep potentially unsafe policemen off the force. The rookie officer who shot 12-year-old Tamir Rice had been deemed emotionally unfit by another police department. “Those are things that are under investigation,” Williams tells Whitaker. “We know some of the things that happened in that process and we’re… changing the way some of that is done.”
In the Rice incident that made national headlines, the boy was shot dead within a few seconds of the arrival of the police cruiser. “A 12-year-old boy lost his life. Period,” says Williams. “And what makes it even more difficult for me, not just as a person who lives in the city but as a chief, is that that happened at the hands of a police officer.”To read more or comment...
The official word: Lionsgate’s (NYSE: LGF) global juggernaut The Hunger Games franchise continues to set the world on fire with The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 arriving on Digital HD February 17 and on Blu-ray Combo Pack (plus DVD and Digital HD), DVD (plus Digital) and On Demand Friday, March 6, the Company announced today.
Mockingjay – Part 1 became the highest-grossing domestic release of 2014 when it reached nearly $333.2 million at the domestic box office yesterday. The last two installments of The Hunger Games franchise (Catching Fire and Mockingjay – Part 1) have become the highest-grossing releases at the domestic box office each of the past two years, the first time in decades that a studio has scored back-to-back #1 films of the year and the first time ever for back-to-back sequels. Mockingjay – Part 1, which opens in China on February 8, has already grossed more than $700 million worldwide, bringing global box office for the franchise to over $2.2 billion.
“The number one theatrical release of 2014 is poised to become one of the biggest home entertainment events of 2015,” said Lionsgate Home Entertainment President Ron Schwartz and Lionsgate President of Worldwide Television & Digital Distribution Jim Packer. “With the film’s home entertainment rollout beginning on Digital HD next month and continuing on Blu-ray, DVD and on demand in March, we’re continuing to expand the portfolio of choices we offer to enrich the experience of our consumers.”To read more or comment...
Make your own "wiggle" joke. The official word: World-renowned choreographer, performer, singer and songwriter Paula Abdul and global superstar, singer/songwriter/dancer Jason Derulo will join Nigel Lythgoe at the judges’ table, alongside returning host Cat Deeley, for the 12th season of SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE. The upcoming season will feature a new twist in the competition: stage dancers vs. street dancers.
“With the new and exciting format comes a new and exciting panel of judges,” said executive producer and judge Lythgoe. “I’m delighted that Paula Abdul and Jason Derulo will be joining me at the judges’ table this season on SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE. Paula is an incredible artist and she brings the perfect combination of expertise and heart to the panel. Jason’s insight, humor and creativity will add a new perspective to the panel that we haven’t had before.”
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On this date in 1973, the Supreme Court announced its decision in Roe v. Wade. Women's lives changed for the better. This is not to say that the decision to have or not have an abortion is an easy one. For many, it is agonizing. But the court decision meant that women could make that decision in private, without the intrusion of meddling lawmakers or the fear of legal action.
While a lot of so-called conservatives oppose abortion, Barry Goldwater -- the godfather of modern American conservatism -- was pro-choice. He once said whether to have an abortion is "a decision that's up to the pregnant woman, not up to the pope or some do-gooders or the religious right. It's not a conservative issue at all." Yet on this day, protesters and politicians will again try to take the decision away, causing unending pain in the processTo read more or comment...
The official word: On February 10, 2012, Sir Paul McCartney was honored as the 2012 MusiCares® Person of the Year. At a gala event in Los Angeles, Paul and a cast of superstar guests performed some of the quintessential songs from his renowned and celebrated career. On March 24, 2015, Shout! Factory will release A MusiCares Tribute to Paul McCartney, a collection of these never-before-seen performances on DVD and Blu-ray. Fans can pre-order their copy by visiting ShoutFactory.com or Amazon.com.
The 15 exclusive performances featured on A MusiCares Tribute to Paul McCartney include exceptional solo performances by McCartney of “Magical Mystery Tour,” “Junior’s Farm,” and “My Valentine,” a riveting medley of “Golden Slumbers,” “Carry That Weight,” and “The End” by McCartney (with Dave Grohl and Joe Walsh joining the performance of “The End”), and incredible performances by a slate of all-star artists including Alicia Keys, Coldplay, Norah Jones, Neil Young with Crazy Horse, Alison Krauss & Union Station featuring Jerry Douglas, James Taylor, Diana Krall, Duane Eddy, Sergio Mendes, and The Beatles “Love” cast.
Proceeds from the sale of A MusiCares Tribute to Paul McCartney will provide essential support for MusiCares, which ensures that music people have a place to turn in times of financial, medical and personal need.
... and I am offering you a link to Monday's premiere here. Tonight, by the way, the show will be talking about Bill Cosby.To read more or comment...