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June 2018

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‘Adrift’ Movie Review (SPOILERS AHEAD)

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Courtesy of STXfilms; Motion Picture Artwork © 2017 STX Financing, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

Some have suggested that Adrift emotionally manipulates its audience by keeping Richard Sharp (Sam Claflin) alive via hallucination when in the true story, Sharp sadly died during Hurricane Raymond, leaving Tami Oldham (Shailene Woodley) to navigate a terribly damaged 44-foot yacht for 41 days . . . alone.  As someone who has personally experienced profound grief, I can unequivocally defend this creative choice. First, Tami is said to have relied on the voices in her head to keep her alive, and one of those voices was Richard’s. Again, I reiterate that after having experienced personal grief, I relate to the idea that it’s possible to be propelled by the spirit of someone who has passed, as if they are still present. Had they let the audience in on the secret, the audience would not have felt Richard’s presence in the same way as Tami.

The story of the real Tami and Richard began in September 1983, when they took a 4000-mile sailing job from Hazana to San Diego, where they encountered 40-foot waves and 140 mph winds via the largest storm in the Pacific. With a non-functional electronic navigation system and a radio device that could no longer indicate the boat’s emergency position, Tami used a sextant to change course and accurately navigate to Hawaii. A sextant is a tool that employs celestial navigation, and it was introduced in the 19th century. Had she missed Hawaii due to any navigation error, she’d be dead.

Shailene Woodley delivered one of the best performances of her career. I saw The Fault in Our Stars, and she has grown tremendously since that film. This is a highly physical role, and Woodley is incredibly believable. Knowing it’s a true story certainly helped, but she kept the audience engaged from beginning to end, showing the array of emotions, including panic, defeat, and determination. Each new challenge (food rations, a broken sail, etc. . .) created an edge-of-your-seat intensity that’s up there with Cast Away.

Monday

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May 2018

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‘Book Club’ Review: The Fierce Foursome Delivers

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Mandatory Credit: Photo by Chelsea Lauren/Variety/REX/Shutterstock (9664281ao)
Mary Steenburgen, Jane Fonda, Candice Bergen and Diane Keaton
‘Book Club’ film premiere, Arrivals, Los Angeles, USA – 06 May 2018

Sometimes all you need to adequately judge a film is to sit inside a theater, and listen to the room fill with laughter. Such was the case with Book Club, directed by first-time director Bill Holderman, and written by Holderman and Erin Simms. The film stars Diane Keaton, Jane Fonda, Candace Bergen, and Mary Steenburgen. Given that all four women have been nominated for Oscars, with three winning, it is certainly no surprise that they would be a box office draw. It is a surprise however, that Hollywood would recognize them as such, given the industry’s blind quest for youth. With the success of Grace and Frankie on Netflix, and its age-spanning audience, it’s ever-the-more clear that there is a market for this type of comedy.

Keaton plays Diane, a recent widow with two overprotective daughters that are angling for their mother to move into their basement. Steenburgen plays Carol, a chef and loving wife to Bruce (Craig T. Nelson), who is emotionally struggling with his recent retirement. Jane Fonda plays Vivian, a power woman who is rekindling an old flame (Don Johnson). Candace Bergen plays Sharon, a divorcee who has discovered the world of online dating. The fierce foursome come together for their book club, and this time around they’ve chosen 50 Shades of Grey for their read. Though the trailer for this film would lead you to believe that their chosen book is merely a gimmick to bait the audience, it’s actually lovable background noise to a much more enjoyable plot-line. This is a fun story about friendship, and it proves that reinvention doesn’t discriminate based on age. These four women are famous for a reason, and given the right material, they will remind you of their prowess. Plus, you cannot go wrong with a lighthearted rom-com that delivers the laughs.

 

 

Sunday

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May 2018

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David Letterman Shines a Spotlight on Madison Ryann Ward

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Photo courtesy of @madisonryannward

If you watched David Letterman’s interview with Jay-Z for My Next Guest Needs No Introduction with David Letterman, then you would have noticed a very beautiful and talented singer by the name of Madison Ryann Ward, who stole the show during a segment with mega-producer Rick Rubin. So just how did Ward cross paths with one of the most elusive and celebrated producers in the business? According to an interview with Billboard, Ward got her start with a series of uploaded covers on YouTube, which were noticed by Zac Brown Band, who invited her on tour upon her move to Nashville. Later, one of Ward’s managers arranged a meeting with Rubin, and the rest is history. When Letterman arrived to shoot the episode, he was also met by Lukas Nelson and the Promise of the Real, who are currently on tour with Neil Young. It’s of note that I personally interviewed Lukas Nelson. That’s only of note in an effort to brag, because Willie Nelson’s spawn is just as talented as you hope he would be. You can see their beautiful duet in the second video below. Though the vocals were not originally written as a duet, Nelson came up with the idea when he heard Ward singing backup vocals off to the side. The result is a masterpiece. Watch below.

Friday

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May 2018

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Tabloid Gossip: Your Week of News

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Hugh Grant got married. Us Magazine

Alicia Silverstone is getting divorced. Radar Online

Tiffany Haddish has an angry ex-husband. TMZ

Kit Harrington and Rose Leslie set a wedding date. E! Online

Nikki Bella was not excited to try no wedding dresses. Mail Online

Ariana Grande is dating Pete Davidson. Dlisted

Kendrick Lamar is at odds with Spotify. Vibe

Are Tristan Thomas and Khloe Kardashian on the outs? OK! Magazine

Ryan Reynolds reunited with his father because of Blake Lively. Page Six

Liam Gallagher met his daughter for the first time. BBC

Stacy Keibler is pregnant with her second child. Just Jared

The Angelina Jolie/Brad Pitt custody battle rages on. The Stir

Thursday

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May 2018

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Music Spotlight: Sam Lewis

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It’s hard to believe I have not heard of Sam Lewis, especially since he’s connected to The Wood Brothers (an all-time favorite band of mine). Oliver Wood of The Wood Brothers acted as producer on his second album, ‘Waiting on You,’ which he released in April, 2015. It featured Kenny Vaughan, in addition to Darrell Scott, Gabe Dixon, the McCrary Sisters, and Willie Nelson’s legendary harmonica player, Mickey Raphael. And if that’s not enough, he opened for Chris Stapleton during Stapleton’s tour for his Grammy-Willing ‘Traveler’ album. Three years have since passed, and he’s returned with ‘Loversity,’ which landed him on Rolling Stone’s “10 Artists to Watch” list. Listen below.

Monday

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May 2018

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John Cena Wants Nikki Bella Back – Good Luck

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John Cena’s public plea to win back Nikki Bella continues, and this time around he seems to be getting it right. Instead of offensive inspirational posts about pushing through the hard times, he’s made it clear he’s in pain. If you’re wondering why I deem inspo posts offensive, it’s because one would like to imagine their former fiance is experiencing equal pain, instead of simply adding you to their ex-files as another character building learning experience. And if you’re also wondering why Bella left Cena in the first place, all you have to do is watch his interview tour while promoting ‘Blockers,’ which often involved lengthy monologues about how much work his relationship was, as if he was doing Bella a favor by begrudgingly walking down the aisle. Bella obviously decided that she’d rather not drag him down the plank to his demise, and instead called things off. Good luck, Cena.

Wednesday

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May 2018

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Gallant Releases New Video, “Doesn’t Matter” — Watch Now

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On the heels of his upcoming headline tour, Gallant has released his new video for “Doesn’t Matter,” and the result is spectacular. You might remember Gallant from his duet with Seal, where the two vocal titans sang “Weight in Gold” in one of the most stunning performances I’ve seen in some time. The song first dropped on Beats 1’s first “World Exclusive,” via tastemaker Zane Lowe.

Christopher Gallant is a Columbia native who graduated from NYU, and his debut studio album, ‘Ology,’ was released worldwide in 2016. That followed his self-released 2014 EP, ‘Zebra.’ His popular ‘In The Room‘ series is also not to be missed.

See his new video below and scroll down for tour dates.

TOUR DATES

10/18 – Atlanta – Variety Playhouse
10/19 – Nashville – The Cowan
10/22 – Washington – 9:30 Club
10/23 – New York – Terminal 5
10/27 – Philadelphia – Union Transfer
10/28 – Boston – Royale
10/30 – Toronto – Danforth Music Hall
10/31 – Montreal – Corona Theatre
11/2 – Detroit – El Club
11/3 – Chicago – Concord Music Hall
11/4 – Minneapolis – First Avenue
11/7 – Seattle – Neptune
11/8 – Vancouver – Vogue Theatre
11/9 – Portland – Roseland Theater
11/12 – Oakland – Fox Theater
11/13 – Santa Ana – Observatory OC
11/15 – Los Angeles – Wiltern
11/17 – San Diego – Observatory North Park–

Wednesday

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May 2018

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Jada Pinkett Smith Sits Down With Will Smith’s Ex-Wife for Red Table Talk

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Jada Pinkett Smith and Will Smith were always ahead of the curve when it came to co-parenting. In fact, Bruce Willis once credited Will Smith for Willis’ acceptance of Ashton Kutcher (Demi Moore’s then husband), saying, “[Will] gave me the best advice. [He said] you’ve got to let the kids know it’s okay for everyone to be together. And it’s worked . . . . I’m honestly great friends with Ashton. We just hit it off and I think he has a great sense of humor.”

Jada just upped the game with the debut episode of her Facebook talk show Red Table Talk, where she sat down with Will Smith’s ex-wife, Sheree Fletcher, with whom she co-parents Will’s son Trey. The two recounted some heated growing pains during the initial stages of their relationship, and they were brutally honest about their mistakes. Kudos to these women for displaying a very honest model for others to follow.

Saturday

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May 2018

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Tabloid Gossip — Your Weekly News Reel

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Khloe Kardashian and Tristan Thompson are out to lunch. E! Online

Kourney Kardashian had her very hot boyfriend on display for some PDA. People

Colton Haynes is having relationship drama. Too Fab

Jordin Sparks welcomed her first child. Ok Magazine

Ronnie Ortiz-Magro shared the first photos of his baby girl. MTV

John Cena let the best thing in his life slip away . . . but he’s posting inspo  anyway. Us Magazine

Jada and Will started dating before Will’s official divorce. theGrio

Nancy O’Dell is divorced? Back off, Trump! Radar Online

DJ Khalid is very bad in bed . .  . and he thinks that’s something to brag about. Page Six

Kanye West can’t stop stepping in it. NPR

The Kardashian machine just sandbagged Blac Chyna with savage press leaks. The Shade Room

Kevin Hart’s extortionist was a personal friend. TMZ

Paris Hilton has had a lot stolen from her. Dlisted

 

Thursday

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May 2018

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Snow Patrol debuts New Record at the Fonda – ‘Wildness’ Drops May 25

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It’s been seven years since Snow Patrol released a new album, and on May 25, the Gary Lightbody led Northern Irish rock band will release ‘Wildness,’ and since one song is better than the next, I predict it will resonate with their loyal fan base. Lightbody took the stage of The Fonda alongside Nathan Connolly (guitar, backing vocals), Paul Wilson (bass guitar, backing vocals), Jonny Quinn (drums), and Johnny McDaid (piano, guitar, backing vocals) to play to a packed house. You might know Johnny McDaid as one of the powerful co-writing forces behind Ed Sheeran, P!nk, Robbie Williams, and more. McDaid is also the man who hilariously gave Lightbody an assist on stage that night, when Lightbody struggled to remember some lyrics, making for an enjoyable human connection with his fans.

I was personally introduced to Snow Patrol via ‘Grey’s Anatomy,’ when the second single from their fourth studio album, “Chasing Cars,” became a massive success. The band would either be incredibly happy or incredibly annoyed to hear that, but I predict the latter. “Chasing Cars” spent 85 weeks on the UK charts, and though Lightbody feared that “the song could become bigger than the band” it’s clear from the devoted crowd that that is far from the truth.

For a band that “spent ten years making records that 6,000 people bought,” according to Lightbody, it’s no secret why they take nothing for granted, and even when Lightbody boasted their new album being “f***ing great,” it was more a funny acknowledgment of a factual truth then a rock star’s masturbatory boast.

Listen to two songs off the new record below.