Warning: Strange things may happen on your screen tonight when Stephen Colbert tries to read these lips. As you can see in the photos below, the space enthusiast/host of The Colbert Report will fight quirk with quirk, interviewing The Flaming Lips frontman Wayne Coyne while the two lie on their backs inside a space capsule at Manhattan’s Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum. READ FULL STORY »
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Jane’s Addiction frontman Perry Farrell is looking to bring a new kind of music performance series to primetime.
The Lollapalooza founder is shopping a project to broadcast networks that takes the TV music show out of the hands of amateur singers and gives it back to the pros. The series would simply feature spectacular live performances by popular artists — no judges, no eliminations. READ FULL STORY »
Folk legend Bob Dylan and Cinemax’s hard-charging series Strike Back may not seem like a natural pair — but as a new music video proves, these two could actually be a match made in testosterone-soaked heaven. The clip showcases footage of Strike Back‘s upcoming second season and features Dylan’s “Early Roman Kings,” a bluesy tune that will appear on the singer-songwriter’s forthcoming album Tempest. The song is a surprisingly good fit for footage of the action holy trinity: explosions, combat, and pretty ladies holding guns.
But don’t take our word for it; see the video for yourself below. And if it’s got you hankering for more new Dylan, don’t fret: The artist’s song “Scarlet Town” will debut with Strike Back as well, playing over the end credits of the series’ Aug. 17 season premiere.
Where was this honesty during Idol‘s last season?
In a recent interview with Rolling Stone, former American Idol judge Steven Tyler admitted that life at AI wasn’t always sunshine and Coca-Cola. “It was something to do while the storm blew by, to be honest,” he told the magazine, explaining that he joined the judging panel primarily because of spats with his Aerosmith bandmates. And once on the show, Tyler found that Fox’s reality juggernaut was “not [his] cup of tea.”
Though the rock star said he enjoyed working with fellow ex-judge Jennifer Lopez and taking home a fat paycheck — reportedly $10 million per season — Tyler wasn’t keen on criticizing the series’ fresh-faced contestants. “The show’s about kids and what you do to nurture their talent. They wanted me to take the piss out of the kids and I don’t have that in me,” he told Rolling Stone. “That’s not what I’m about.”
NBC’s The Voice is adding a high-powered rocker to the mix. NBC said Thursday that Green Day vocalist and guitarist Billie Joe Armstrong has joined the talent contest as a mentor to Christina Aguilera’s team this coming season.
In a statement, Armstrong said he and his family are fans of the show. The Voice has won over viewers because “it’s not molding artists, it’s just giving them a little bit of guidance and direction without giving them a complete makeover,” he said. Besides, Armstrong says, working with Aguilera is “a lot of fun.” He started taping Wednesday on The Voice, which has been in production for season 3 since June. READ FULL STORY »
We’ve been hearing Carly Rae Jepsen sing “This is crazy / But here’s my number” seemingly everywhere for months, but now we finally have some digits for her – well, a zip code at least. The “Call Me Maybe” singer will make an appearance on the season 5 premiere of The CW’s 90210. CBS Television Studios, which produces the show, announced the news today.
Jepsen will perform a song from her upcoming album and will play herself as the headliner for Adrianna’s Las Vegas show.
“We fell in love with ['Call Me Maybe'] when we first heard it and used it in last season’s finale before it was a national sensation,” 90210 executive producers Patti Carr and Lara Olsen said in a statement. “We think she’s an exciting artist and are thrilled to be able to have her music on the show again, this time in a live performance in our season premiere.”
The episode will air Monday, Oct. 8.
Mick Jagger is hosting SNL‘s season finale this weekend — but he won’t be joined by bandmate Keith Richards. Richards recently told Rolling Stone magazine that Jagger will be “on his own” this Saturday. “I spoke to Mick and he said it’s something that he said yes to many months ago, so he’s just doing it [alone],” Richards said.
Though Richards’ rep has not yet responded to EW’s request for comment, this is sad news. If Richards did appear at Studio 8H, the Stones would be performing live together for the first time in nearly five years.
Still, Stones fans may have something to celebrate come May 19. Since Jagger’s hosting gig coincides with the band’s 50th anniversary, it’s possible that the strutting frontman will take this opportunity to announce an upcoming Stones anniversary tour. And who knows… SNL and Richards can both be unpredictable. Would it surprise anyone if he showed up after all?
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Mick Jagger has been tapped to host the May 19 season finale of Saturday Night Live. It will be his first time hosting the show, but his third time serving as musical guest. Let’s hope for a Jimmy Fallon cameo. (Who doesn’t want to see a revival of “Mick and Mick”?)
Jagger’s appearance coincides with the 50th anniversary of The Rolling Stones, which was founded in 1962.
The band plans to commemorate its huge milestone with the release of a career-spanning documentary directed by The Kid Stays in the Picture‘s Brett Morgen this fall. The Stones have also reached out to fans on its website asking for them to share “any interesting photos, videos or audio” they’ve snagged over the years.
Seven seasons into judging America’s Best Dance Crew, JC Chasez (pictured on the left with series creator Randy Jackson) likes to “go into it fresh every week.” It’s easier said than done with dozens of dance crews floating around in the former NSYNC member’s head at any given time. Tonight’s performances of Drake songs will likely go a long way toward a little mental spring cleaning, though. After routines to Britney, Madonna, and Flo Rida tracks, “Drake is a great change-up,” said Chasez. “The Flo Rida music is very high-paced and energetic, and you’re dealing with two female icons who do dance music. Drake’s tempo is totally different musically. That’s what I’m looking forward to. It’s going to be really, really interesting to see how these crews adjust.”
Below, Chasez talks about the latest crop of ABDC competitors, teases upcoming superstars, names some of his favorite routines in the show’s history, dishes on The Voice and the current boy band resurgence, and addresses rumors of an NSYNC reunion. READ FULL STORY »
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If hip-hop artist Nicki Minaj doesn’t have her dates mixed up, she’ll be performing on American Idol next Thursday. “American Idol performance on 3/29!!!!!!!” the singer tweeted to her followers on Wednesday afternoon. Representatives for the hit show declined to comment on the report.
The last time we saw Minaj, she performed a controversial, and somewhat baffling exorcism-themed version of her song “Roman Holiday” at last month’s Grammy Awards. Minaj is currently promoting her latest record, Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded in Japan. “I’m in the future,” Minaj tweeted early this morning, “Its 230pm in Japan on Thursday. Headed to sound check for my show.”
Hopefully, Minaj won’t be too jet-lagged when she takes the Idol stage next Thursday.
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Here’s to hoping they let her yell “Live from New York, it’s Saturday Night!” During Jonah Hill’s episode this weekend, SNL announced that Modern Family star Sofia Vergara will be hosting on April 7. It’s the first time the bombshell actress will take the stage at Studio 8H, though Vergara is hardly a stranger to going for laughs. In addition to her Emmy-nominated work on Modern Family, Vergara has appeared in Funny or Die and Jimmy Kimmel Live sketches. (There was also her work in The Smurfs, but that’s probably in everyone’s best interest that we forget about that.)
But Vergara won’t be the only one making her SNL debut that evening. ‘Tween-friendly boy band One Direction, whose album Up All Night is released tomorrow, will put an end to this season’s overwhelmingly rock ‘n’ roll musical guest slate. So, consider yourself warned: Between the possible Gloria-like yelling and the inevitable shrieks that tend to follow boy bands anywhere they go, the April 7 episode of SNL might get loud.
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Big Time Rush sings the Beatles 'A Hard Day's Night' in Nickelodeon's 'Big Time Movie' -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO
Back in November, we told you that Nickelodeon-crafted boy band would be covering four Beatles classics in their first TV movie, Big Time Movie, which they shot in Vancouver last fall. Now, we’re delivering you a little bit of that Big Time Rush-on-Beatles realness. Behold: A clip from the movie — which airs this Saturday, March 10, at 8 p.m. on Nickelodeon — is below. The best part: The clip features the boys singing “A Hard Day’s Night.”
Big Time Movie finds the foursome — Kendall Schmidt, 20; Logan Henderson, 22; James Maslow, 21; and Carlos Pena, 22– landing in London to kick off their world tour just as they get caught up in a James Bond-style mission to save the world. Their bags are switched at the airport and the boys are stuck with a device that could end civilization, if it got into the wrong hands. The movie — just like the series — is full of action and even includes a special agent named Penny Lane, in a nod to the Beatles. “We’re calling this A Hard Day’s Night meets Austin Powers,” Marjorie Cohn, Nickelodeon’s president of original programming, told EW while the movie was filming last fall. “We’re doing cool and comedy and making it into a Big Time Rush caper.”
Big Time Rush will also sing the Beatles “Revolution,” “We Can Work It Out,” and “Help!” in the movie. But for now, enjoy a scene featuring their version of “A Hard Day’s Night” here:
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