Jarvis Cocker covers four Scott Walker songs at BBC Proms tribute show: Stream

BBC’s Proms tribute to Scott Walker took place at the Royal Albert Hall in London this evening. The 75-minute event saw artists such as Jarvis Cocker, John Grant, and Susanne Sundfør take on a number of originals from across Walker’s catalog while backed by a live orchestra. Of particular note, Cocker covered four tracks in “Boy Child,” “Plastic Palace People,” “The War is Over (Sleepers),” and “Little Things (That Keep Us Together)”, as Pitchfork details.

Ahead of the tribute concert, the Pulp frontman recently welcomed Walker to his BBC Radio 6 program, Sunday Service, for an exclusive interview. In addition to discussing his early years as a session musician and his relationship with idol David Bowie, Walker offered Cocker a piece of advice with regards to covering his music onstage at Proms. “Try to approach it in a new way,” Walker said simply.

Hear Cocker’s renditions for yourself by replaying the entire tribute show here.

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Nathan For You finally returning for fourth season this fall

After nearly two years off the air, Comedy Central series Nathan For You is finally returning for its fourth season. The docu-reality show, led by jokester extraordinaire Nathan Fielder, has set a premiere date of September 28th.

Along with a season full of fresh episodes, a one-hour bonus special titled Nathan For You: A Celebration will air a week early on September 21st. The program will reportedly follow Fielder as he reconnects with the show’s past guest stars. For fans who want to get a jump-start on all things Nathan For You, Fielder has a handful of “sneak peek” shows lined up in Vancouver, Seattle, and Portland during the first week of September.

Nathan For You debuted on Comedy Central back in February 2013 to critical acclaim. Each episode sees him using “his business degree and life experiences to help real small businesses turn a profit. But because of his unorthodox approach, Nathan’s genuine efforts to do good often draw real people into an experience far beyond what they signed up for.”

The show’s third season finale aired in December 2015. In the time since then, Fielder has launched a new web series, opened a Summit Ice pop-up to help promote Holocaust education, and performed alongside Mac DeMarco at both FYF Fest 2016 and on Conan just last month.

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Revisit a few choice Nathan For You scenes:

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Ron Howard narrates Star Wars in Arrested Rebellion: Watch

Last month, Ron Howard was installed as the new director of Disney’s Han Solo anthology film in place of Phil Lord and Christopher Miller, who left the project due to “creative differences.” At the time, it was deemed as a prudent move giving Howard the opportunity to utilize his experience working on big-budget productions. Nerdist, however, thinks Howard would be a better fit as the film’s narrator, and they’ve made a video to prove their point.

(Read: We’ve Got a Bad Feeling About Star Wars)

Nerdist has entitled the mashup Arrested Rebellion, and it splices clips from Howard’s narration of Arrested Development with scenes from the original Star Wars trilogy. The spoof’s opening credits take inspiration from the beloved comedy by dubbing Hans Solo as “the Smuggler,” Chewbacca as “his best friend,” Leia as “his girlfriend,” Luke Skywalker as “her brother,” and Darth Vader as “the father-in-law.” From there, Howard serves as the audience’s guide and occasional sarcastic commentator.

It’s actually a useful primer for those who aren’t familiar with the first trilogy of Star Wars films, and a follow-up to save people from the prequels would certainly be welcome. Watch the full video above.

The currently untitled Han Solo movie is scheduled to hit theaters on May 25th, 2018. When Howard stepped in, there were reportedly three and a half weeks of shooting left and a planned five weeks of reshoots, so the film has a long way before it’s ready to go. Hopefully, it will still make the deadline.

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Oh Christ, James Cameron thinks we need a new Terminator trilogy

James Cameron, the acclaimed Oscar-winning filmmaker behind the biggest blockbusters of all time and who has since decided to dedicate a quarter of his life to the Avatar franchise, has some big ideas for the Terminator franchise.

If you recall, the rights to the series fall into his lap in 2019, and he’s already teased of a reboot with Deadpool director Tim Miller. Today, while speaking with News Australia, he expanded on those plans and it’s … interesting.

“I am in discussions with [producer] David Ellison,” he explained. Ellison currently owns the rights, mind you. “…he and I are talking about what we can do. Right now, we are leaning toward doing a three-film arc and reinventing it.”

(Read: Is T2 better than The Terminator?)

Okay, let’s be fair: If there’s anyone to trust when it comes to sequels, it’s Cameron, who arguably has the greatest track record in that area, thanks to his iconic work behind 1986’s Aliens and 1991’s Terminator 2: Judgment Day.

However, one has to wonder if there’s anything even left in the cybernetic tank. Neither of the three sequels have come close to capturing the heights he set with the first two; in fact, they’ve only gotten progressively awful.

To further complicate matters, Cameron actually endorsed 2015’s Terminator: Genisys, which may have been the most miserable sequel of the bunch. A fact that he wisely addressed in the same interview:

“I think it’s fairly widely known that I don’t have a lot of respect for the films that were made later,” Cameron admitted. “I was supportive at the time in each case for Arnold’s sake because he is a close friend. He has been a mate of mine since 33 years ago so I was always supportive and never too negative. But they didn’t work for me for various reasons.”

(Read: The Terminator at 30: Why Kyle Reese Is the Most Interesting Action Hero)

Again, it’s Cameron, who birthed the series, so the prospect of him writing some compelling — or, at the very least, a margin above anything that came after T2 — is fairly high. Still, wouldn’t you rather see him make a new film?

If not, perhaps this will toast your bread: Next month, the 3D re-release of T2 will land in theaters. Cameron supervised the process and you can hear his thoughts on the project with the trailer below.

In the meantime, we’ll keep waiting to see what Cameron rolls out next — Avatar or TerminatorAvatar or Terminator? — and try to remember that there is no fate but what we make.

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Broad City to bleep out “Trump” in upcoming season

Right now, it’s hard to have a real conversation without politics sneaking in as a topic, and Broad City creators Ilana Glazer and Abbi Jacobson can empathize. Thankfully, the comedians plan to do viewers a small favor during season 4 of their show by using “Trump” as an expletive.

“We got to a point where, in real life, we’re talking about the current administration, talking about Trump, and it sounds so gross like every day saying it so many times and we just didn’t want to share air time,” Glazer explained during the TCA summer press tour on Tuesday. “He’s got enough. It’s just a different kind of joke.”

As the season 4 trailer shows, the duo is hardly planning to shy away from making political statements, but at least viewers won’t have to hear the US president’s name while tuning in. Check it out below.

 

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Dope director Rick Famuyiwa to adapt martial arts graphic novel Son of Shaolin

Talk about a brilliant twist of fate: Dope filmmaker Rick Famuyiwa has found an exciting new project in the wake of departing The Flash for Warner Bros. He’s going to adapt the martial arts graphic novel Son of Shaolin for Columbia Pictures.

Written by Jay Longino and illustrated by Caanan White, the kung fu epic is set in Harlem, New York and follows an aspiring street artist named Kyrie, who learns he’s the last living descendent of ancient Shaolin elders. Lacking direction, he turns to the paternalistic Master Fong and learns martial arts to fight a relentless killer who’s wiped out his bloodline.

(Read: Dope‘s Rick Famuyiwa explains how he found the right voice for a trio of unlikely drug dealers)

It’s a little out there, admittedly, but sounds like ripe material for Famuyiwa. After all, he managed to find a believable balance of surrealism and reality for Dope, so there’s little doubt he’ll bring that same stylish approach to this story.

He’ll be in good company, too. Dwayne Johnson is producing the feature film, alongside Dany Garcia and Hiram Garcia via Seven Bucks Entertainment, and one has to believe The Rock will be much easier to work with than the minds behind the DCU.

All in all, great news for Famuyiwa. Quite a rebound.

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R. Kelly Hires Bill Cosby’s Former Attorney Monique Pressley To Defend ‘Sex Cult’ Allegations

After being accused in an alleged sex cult, singer R. Kelly has hired attorney, Monique Pressley according to sources revealed exclusively to DailyMail.

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Pressley, a DC-based trial attorney stepped down from Cosby’s legal team of a sexual assault case in August 2016. As the lead attorney of Pressley Firm PLLC, she specializes in civl litigation, crisis management and communications.

Another attorney for R Kelly, Linda Mensch released the following statement after allegations of R. Kelly running a sex cult surfaced:

The statement read: “Mr. Robert Kelly is both alarmed and disturbed at the recent revelations attributed to him. Mr Kelly unequivocally denies such allegations and will work diligently and forcibly to pursue his accusers and clear his name.”

After a report surfaced from Buzzfeed of the alleged sex cult, 21-year-old Jocelyn Savage came forward, denying claims that she was being held by the singer against her will. Despite responses from her gradmother Shirley Savage—who believes that her granddaughter is completely being held against her will, she denies any claims, reporting in a video: “I am happy where I’m at and the people that I’m around.”

Monique Pressley has not responded to any requests from Daily Mail.

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David Letterman gives rare, hilarious interview on Norm Macdonald’s podcast: Watch

In addition to being one of the funniest men alive, Norm Macdonald also hosts one of the funniest podcasts in Norm Macdonald Live. Episodes are released fairly haphazardly, usually when Macdonald has something he needs to promote, and today we were gifted with a new one featuring a true get in Dave Letterman.

Macdonald and Letterman are old friends, with the former having appeared on Late Night/Late Show countless times throughout his career, so the conversation is as smooth, conversational, and hilarious as you’d expect from two of the funniest people alive. Over an hour, the pair ping-pong between topics that span Letterman’s early career, his heart surgery, their experience with psychiatrists, and whether or not he “laid on top of” Mary Tyler Moore.

One particularly memorable (and hilarious) exchange centers around Letterman’s first hosting gig, which was for a game show called Wordbusters.

Letterman: The show that I audition for the host for was Wordbusters. and one of the guests was Jo Anne Worley. We had committed to doing two pilots of the same show. so, as we’re getting ready to go out and do the show, she leans over and says to me, “Now that you’re hosting a game show you’ll never be anything else.” This is just before we’re ready to walk out and start Wordbusters.

Macdonald: Was that okay with you then?

Letterman: Oh, yeah, I was fine with that, Norm.

Watch the whole interview below.

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Charlize Theron’s Top 10 Performances

Top Performances is a recurring feature in which we definitively handpick the very best performances from an iconic actor or actress. 

This week, Atomic Blonde storms into theaters to continue the reinvention of Charlize Theron as one of the more formidable action stars of the present era. It’s likely that Mad Max: Fury Road will see the Oscar winner cast in a broader swath of roles, but it’s just the latest phase for a star who’s been delivering a diverse array of performances for years.

From the steely resolve of her acclaimed turn in North Country to the knowing high camp of her work in the recent Snow White films to the daffy comic chops displayed in Arrested Development (“Mr. F!”), Theron has established herself as a chameleon of high caliber, able to deal in self-effacing irony and grave, stirring drama with presence and grace.

As she continues to distinguish herself as one of the substantial actresses of this current generation, we thought it time to commemorate some of her best work, from great performances in great movies to standout performances that elevated lesser work by her presence. From the wasteland to the Minnesota suburbs to hell itself, here are our 10 favorite performances to date.

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Pheonix announce North American fall tour dates

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As our own Philip Cosores said of Phoenix while reviewing their show at the Hollywood Bowl last month, this “current incarnation might be the band’s best self.” The French outfit’s latest album, Ti Amo, may not be built on radio-ready hits, but it’s given the band plenty of ammo for incredible live shows. Fans in North America will get another chance to catch the band in concert this fall, as they’ve just announced a new run of tour dates.

(Read: The 25 Most Anticipated Tours of Summer 2017)

After running around Asian and European festivals to close out summer, Phoenix will return to the US with a show on October 10th in Columbus, Ohio. They’ll then hit up Detroit and Montreal before a three-date East Coast jaunt and a pair of Mexican festivals. Check out their complete itinerary below.

Phoenix 2017 Tour Dates:
08/11-12 – Bali, ID @ Sunny Side Up Festival
08/11-13 – Jakarta, ID @ We The Fest
08/15 – Manila, PH @ Araneta Coliseum
08/19 – Tokyo, JP @ Summer Sonic Festival
08/20 – Osaka, JP @ Summer Sonic Festival
09/02 – Dublin, IE @ Electric Picnic
09/29 – Paris, FR @ AccorHotels Area
09/30 – London, UK @ Alexandra Palace
10/10 – Columbus, OH @ Express Live!
10/11 – Detroit, MI @ Fillmore Detroit
10/13 – Montreal, QC @ Metropolis
10/15 – New Haven, CT @ College Street Music Hall
10/16 – Washington, DC @ Anthem
10/18 – Providence, RI @ Lupo’s Heartbreak Hotel
10/20 – Guadalajara, MX @ Coordenada Festival
10/21 – Monterrey, MX @ Live Out Festival
11/09 – Lima, PE @ Explanada Parque De La Exposición
11/11 – Santiago, CL @ Fauna Primavera
11/15 – Sao Paulo, BR @ Popload Festival
11/17 – Bogota, CO @ Soma
11/19 – Mexico City, MX @ Corona Capital

Below, watch Phoenix’s video for “J-Boy”:

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