Another song to throw into the summer mix is "Feeling Electric" from Parade of Lights. The anthemic electro-pop track is a soaring piece of ear candy that deserves to be played everywhere this holiday weekend.
Today the Internet is getting an extra dose of comedy, thanks to the exclusive Vimeo premiere of Break a Hip, a new online series that has some impressive Emmy-winning pedigree behind it.
BaH stars TV veteran Christina Pickles as an elderly English actress living in L.A. and newcomer Britt Hennemuth as the struggling young man who unwittingly becomes her assistant. Naturally, some bizarre and complicated antics follow.
The story is loosely based on series creator Cameron Watson’s personal experience as a young actor in Hollywood. According to Watson, “I was hired by an older English actress who lived by herself. Her husband was dead, all of her friends were dead, she had no one. She was a lovely, complicated woman. And she was alone and frightened. And that often came out as mean. I loved her deeply and she taught me a lot. We developed a very strong dependency on each other and the absurdity of our adventures together are what inspired the script.”
Gay marriage is legal nationwide (Woo hoo!), and Ben & Jerry's has just the flavor to capture the sweet taste of the historic moment.
The Vermont-based ice cream shop renamed its staple "Chocolate-Chip Cookie Dough" carton "I Dough, I Dough" in a chocolatey celebration of the U.S. Supreme Court's historic decision to legalize same-sex marriage nationwide on Friday. (Maybe we can now just call it, y'know MARRIAGE?)
The pint will be available throughout the summer at participating Ben & Jerry's shops or online through the Human Rights Campaign's website, where proceeds will benefit the equal-rights group.
As we near the end of June, many pop music pundits have yet to decide on an official Song of Summer for this year. And while I have plenty of suggestions up my sleeve (Seriously, have you not checked out Tinie Tempah and Jess Glynne's fantastic "Not Letting Go"?), I'd like to direct your attention to a song that has continued to mesmerize me during this steamy season: "Body Talk" by British songstress Foxes.
The 80s-flavored, mid-tempo jam just got a music video, and it is a colorfully gritty piece that suits the song well. See why some of us can't resist this slice of pop perfection:
For those of you eagerly awaiting the return of Miss Jackson, now's your chance to soak up the mid-tempo groove of her debut single, "No Sleeep," from her highly anticipated untitled album coming out this fall.
What can we say about it? It's classic Janet, courtesy of her longtime collaborators, Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis. We're feeling the silky, rhythmic jam, especially when her vocals kick in at the 2:27 mark, reminding us of the sexiness that was 1993's "That's The Way Love Goes."
Bonnie McKee's newest single, "Bombastic," gets the gloriously over-the-top 80s aerobics-video treatment (right down to the glitchy-VHS look), and we're loving every David Richardson-directed frame of it.
The third time's the charm, er chill, in the latest entry of the Insidious franchise.
After a disappointing second chapter of writer-director Leigh Whannell's supernatural saga, fans may be reluctant to take another spooky journey through The Further, this time with a new cast of characters and a new sinister demon. But fortunately, this one's a prequel, a story about a luckless teen (Stefanie Scott) who tries to contact her dead mother, only to end up stirring a few evil spirits that wreak havoc on her life. (Silly girl.)
Dermot Mulroney shines a light.
But the film is just as much about her as it is about the franchise's plucky heroine, Elise Rainier (the fun-to-watch Lin Shaye). Insidious: Chapter 3 is her origin story, a glimpse into the medium's past and her first encounter with the nerdy ghost-hunting duo, Tucker and Specs (Angus Sampson and Whannell - seriously, someone get them their own series).
Whereas Chapter 2 floundered with its unnecessary continuation of the Lambert family saga, Chapter 3 starts out feeling fresh, wasting no time setting up its tense, atmospheric world. And it never lets go from there. This third entry packs a punch with its extremely eerie set-ups and unapologetic jump-scares. (The minimal use of any music or score definitely helps here.)
If you ask me, exploring Elise's personal history is what this franchise needed. While some horror series run the risk of neutering themselves by delving too deep into a villain's backstory, this one flourishes by giving us more of a character we love to root for. And we certainly do, especially during a climactic showdown with a familiar-looking, cross-dressing specter.
Will the chapters stop coming after this satisfying installment? Probably not. But it's nice to see a horror franchise that is quickly learning its lessons before it, like its characters, dives deeper into more darkness.
Outfest, L.A.'s hugely popular LGBT film festival, has announced its star-studded line-up for the 2015 festivities, which kicks off July 9. And we're still trying to pick our jaws up from the floor.
Kristen Wiig, Jason Sudeikis, Clint Eastwood, Kelsey Grammar, Sarah Silverman, Molly Shannon, Aubrey Plaza, Melissa Leo, and Ryan Phillippe are just a few of the names featured in this year's selection of films that range from LOL-worthy comedies to poignant dramas to provocative documentaries.
The annual film festival will also feature two sneak peeks of fall TV shows including Bill Hader and Fred Armisen’s "Sandy Passage," a Grey Gardens parody episode of IFC’s upcoming comedy series Documentary Now! and the new TLC reality show I Am Jazz, spotlighting the day-to-day life of transgender teen and Clean & Clear model Jazz Jennings.
Nick Jonas will also join DirecTV’s Kingdom creator Byron Balasco for a special appearance and in-depth discussion on Jonas’s massive following as well as a sneak peek of his role as a gay MMA fighter on season 2 of the critically-acclaimed drama.
What's also got us excited for the festivities is the recently restored edition of 54: The Director's Cut, the cinematic slice of glitz from 1998 about the infamous NYC nightclub that captured the zeitgeist of the late 70s -- this time with 40 minutes of never-before-seen footage. A special screening of the film will be held at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery on
As previously announced, the 2015 Outfest Los Angeles LGBT Film Festival will open with Tig on Thursday, July 9. The festival closes on Sunday, July 19, with François Ozon’s The New Girlfriend. The gala screenings include Nasty Baby (U.S. Dramatic Centerpiece), The Summer of Sangaile (International Centerpiece), Eisenstein in Guanajuato (International Centerpiece), Best of Enemies (Documentary Centerpiece), and Out to Win (Documentary Centerpiece).
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