'A Wild Hare' is Born
Bugs Bunny, the cartoon rabbit who is the star of Warner Bros.‘s Loony Tunes cartoon series, turns 75 years old today. The beloved animated bunny made his debut on July 27, 1940 with the release of a cartoon titled A Wild Hare … and the world has never been the same since. His catchphrase, What’s Up, Doc?, has become a staple of pop culture and his impact on the world is absolutely immeasurable. And today, I have a confession. Considering how open I am about my love for all things Disney, it may come as a bit of a surprise to learn that it is Bugs Bunny — not Mickey Mouse — who is my all-time favorite cartoon character. As a child, I spent countless hours falling in love with Bugs Bunny and his animated friends from watching countless re-runs of the Loony Tunes cartoons on TV (Mickey Mouse and the Disney characters were occasional movie loves of mine, Bugs Bunny was an almost daily television love affair). It is remarkable but not at all surprising that Bugs Bunny would not only endure 75 years of “existence” but that he would thrive as one of the most important creations in modern history. More »
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From the series premiere of 'I Am Cait'
Last night I was traveling back to New York from Boston and missed the premiere of I Am Cait, but I’m looking forward to watching soon. During Caitlyn Jenner‘s Diane Sawyer interview she talked a bit about how important Kanye West was in terms of her getting support from the people in her family, especially Kim. As a Kanye fan it makes me really happy to see him publicly supporting her transition and encouraging her boldness—clearly, he identifies with her attitude, which he describes as “Fuck everybody—this is who I am.” Check out the video clip from last night’s premiere for more.
Just a few days ago we got to see live video of Kelly Clarkson performing Bye, Bye, Bye by *NSync live in concert. Today, we are blessed with a new video of Kelly performing her rendition of Taylor Swift‘s hit single Blank Space. Now that Kelly is on tour, these kinds of cover song performances will be the norm so it’s going to be a fun summer. Her cover of Bye, Bye, Bye was pretty perfect but I am truly living for her take on Blank Space. I guess the only thing I don’t love is that the way Kelly sings the song, it actually sounds like she is singing “got a long list of ex-lovers” instead of the way Taylor sings “got a long list of Starbucks lovers“. Ah well, can’t win ‘em all ;) Enjoy the video, Kelly is amazing.
Back in April and May, Kanye West delivered a pair of inspired performances of his new single All Day at Coachella and at a NBA Finals basketball game, which will be featured on his upcoming new album SWISH. This weekend, West debuted the official music video for All Day along with a short film titled I Feel Like That, which was directed by Steve McQueen. The screening took place in front of an intimate group of people and has yet to be formally released online. BUT, thanks to one industrious fan, we can watch the All Day / I Feel Like That video in the embed above. Kanye described himself to the assembled audience of 120 people as a “bad celebrity, but a pretty good artist” … which I leave to YOU as the final judge. Check out All Day / I Feel Like That above and see what you think.
BUT KEY & PEELE WAS MY SHIIIIIIIIIIIITTTTTTT!
If you can make it through any of the Key & Peele Liam Neesons sketches without laughing, you are clearly a robot sent to take over our planet, and you must be destroyed. If you don’t see the genius behind Obama Meet & Greet, we cannot be friends. The same is true for Negrotown, Gay Wedding Advice and that one epic, feminist bit Mother Majesty, and countless others. I friggen love this show and this is almost as bad as when Chappelle’s Show disappeared into the abyss. Key & Peele is DUNZO, but it won’t be the last we hear from this dynamic duo. Click inside for more!
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30 Glorious Minutes of B-Roll
B-Roll footage from the set of Madonna‘s 1990 music video for Vogue has made its way to the Internets, giving us an entirely charming and completely unexpected behind the scenes look at the creation of this iconic music video. As you can see above, this video clocks in at just under 30 minutes and it gives us a really amazing look the work that went into filming the video. The alt angles, the scenes in between takes, that smile … this video gives fans a look at a side of Madonna that we don’t usually have access to. I’ve watched this video twice the whole way through already and I’ll probably watch it a few more times. Madonna was already a superstar before she filmed the music video for Vogue … but this behind the scenes b-roll shows us the birth of an icon. Please enjoy.
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The Final Season
On October 24, Starz will premiere the third and final season of their mostly excellent historical fiction drama Da Vinci’s Demons. As I write this post about the release of the show’s season 3 trailer, I’m realizing that I have never written about Da Vinci’s Demons here on the blog before. I’ve been watching the show since it’s debut in 2013 and have enjoyed it along the way. I guess Demons is one of those shows you watch, enjoy but just never get around to talking about with your friends unless someone else brings it up in conversation. The show tells the fictionalized life story of Leonardo Da Vinci who, through his almost metaphysical creativity, gets wrapped up in a quest that takes him around the world in search of the truth about his past … infusing historical facts about the famed inventor that we know within this fictionalized story. The show caught my attention when its release was originally promoted back in ’13 and managed to keep my attention for two seasons. This first look at season 3, I must admit, doesn’t grab me like the previous seasons have but I trust that the forthcoming episodes will be entertaining. Starz has announced that this third season of Da Vinci’s Demons will be the last so we fans of the show have this final season to look forward to before Da Vinci‘s story is complete. Long before Outlander put Starz on the TV drama map, Da Vinci’s Demons paved the way for the growth of quality programming that the network offers now. If you haven’t been watching the show, there is plenty of time to binge watch and get caught up before the final season premieres on October 24. Watch the final season with me, won’t you?
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Fox has released a new teaser video for the forthcoming reboot of The X-Files, due out early next year, and as you can see above, this new teaser features Fox Mulder (David Duchovny) and Dana Scully (Gillian Anderson) actually interacting … speaking with one another. Are you ready?, Mulder asks Scully. OMG. These teaser videos are less than 20 seconds long and they mostly use the same footage but the small bits of new footage is everything! Check out the video above and get MORE excited for the return of The X-Files.
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Since Janet Jackson released her new single No Sleeep back in June, she was honored at The BET Awards with the Ultimate Icon Award and she announced in July a second leg of concert dates for her Unbreakable World Tour. Today, at last, Janet releases the music video for her single No Sleeep. The video is laid back and chill, just like the song, and I think it complements the vibe of the track very well. I’m hoping that the release of this video will mark the end of the No Sleeep promo and push her toward the release of single #2 from her upcoming new album — hopefully a huge dance track. But, in the meantime, let’s get No Sleeep.
Yesterday we got to hear the sick Dave Audé remix of Demi Lovato‘s new smash summer single Cool For The Summer, which will be featured on a remix EP out on August 7. Today we get to see the just-released music video for Cool For The Summer and, people, it’s so great. Demi rounded up some girlfriends, went for a drive around LA on a night completely without traffic and sings the only song that I am obsessed with right now. Check out the video above and see how much fun it can be to spend the summer with Ms. Demi Lovato :)