Beckham kids show they have Dad's ball skills
Look Out, Dad.
David Beckham's three sons enjoyed a kickaround at the Paris St Germain training ground this weekend. 10 year-old Romeo tackled Swedish star Zlatan Ibrahimovic, while 14 year-old Brooklyn dribbled past Brazilian star Thiago Silva.
The French quartet is back with their first album in four years. The band discusses their journey from childhood friends jamming in Versailles to playing packed arenas.
In 1844, German poet Heinrich Heine penned several feuilletons—similar to the “Talk of the Town” section of The New Yorker—that touched on contemporary art, literature, and music. Reviewing that year’s musical season from Paris, he coined the term Lisztomania to describe the insane fits of hysterics directed toward Hungarian pianist Franz Liszt during his performances.
Laurent Brancowitz, Thomas Mars, Christian Mazzalai and Deck D'arcy of the band Phoenix perform on stage during a private concert for SiriusXM listeners at the Music Hall Of Williamsburg on April 5, 2013 in New York City. (Neilson Barnard/Getty)
Prior to the release of their fourth studio album, Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix, the French rock quartet Phoenix had remained an underground band, despite being around for nine years. Their lead singer, Thomas Mars, helped produce the soundtracks to all of his wife Sofia Coppola’s films, and the song “Too Young,” from their first album, United, was memorably featured in Lost in Translation. But, like so many of their fellow countrymen, they hadn’t “broken” the States. And their previous effort, It’s Never Been Like That, sold just 92,000 copies in the U.S.
All 14 of its online-only shows were just posted, and you decide which become a series. From a ‘Zombieland’ reboot to a musical about interns, a ranking of the best and the worst.
Every year the television networks roll out massive slates of new television shows, and, reliably, there are at least a dozen of them that audiences watch and wonder, “Who let this on air?” Now, the answer will be: you.
We’re waist-deep in the strange new waters of online original programming now, and, as such, Amazon is changing things up with the launch of its first slate of original series. Late last week the Web juggernaut posted all 14 of the the “TV” pilots it ordered and asked the public to view, rate, and review them all. Of the eight comedy and four children’s pilots posted, those with the most views and best viewer feedback will be ordered to a whole series. In other words, only the most popular ones—those you like—will move forward.
When it comes to vicious one-liners, nobody does it better than Downton Abbey’s Dowager Countess. Or could Lady Olenna, of Game of Thrones, take her down in a battle of bon mots?
Season 3 of HBO’s NSFW smash drama Game of Thrones has brought in a slew of new faces to enrich its latest season. But one particular newbie, Lady Olenna Tyrell (née Redwyne) of Highgarden, who appears as King Joffrey’s bride-to-be’s grandmother (played to perfection by Dame Diana Rigg) has us scratching our heads: Haven’t we seen this character before? The white-haired woman with a wicked wit—who rarely holds her tongue—shares an uncanny resemblance to another one of television’s great grandmothers: Downton Abbey’s eternally disapproving Dowager Countess Violet Crawley.
Olenna Tyrell on HBO's 'Game of Thrones' and Violet Crawley on Masterpiece's 'Downton Abbey'. (HBO; Carnival Film & Television Limited 2011 for MASTERPIECE)
The pair appear to be cut from the same cloth: Both are wealthy, powerful, opinionated, and viciously sharp women who deliver scathing one-liners that leave you both in awe of their cleverness and instantly goaded. Below, The Daily Beast pits these two deliciously dour dowagers against each other in a battle of one-liners. Can you tell these characters’ most withering quotes apart?
Rob Black’s films were so graphic that he ended up in jail. Now he’s out and spilling industry secrets on a podcast that has his ex-colleagues in a tizzy. He gives a rare interview to Richard Abowitz.
About a decade ago Rob Zicari (stage name Rob Black) was porn’s bad boy. His company, Extreme Associates, produced violent pornography so graphic that many in the adult industry shunned him.
Rob Black and Lizzie Borden at an adult-film awards show in 2006. (Luke Ford/lukeisback.com/Wikimedia Commons)
In fact, few were surprised when he and his wife, Janet Romano, who directed under the name Lizzy Borden, were indicted by federal authorities for distribution of obscene materials. In 2009, after six years of legal maneuvering during which Black publicly complained about the lack of financial support from the adult industry, he and his wife each pleaded guilty and were sentenced to one year and one day in prison.
Venerable singer and drummer Levon Helm never wanted a biography, but a new film gives him a brilliant one. Jamie Malanowski on the legacy of an inscrutable rock-and-roll legend.
“I don’t want a biography,’’ Levon Helm told Jacob Hatley in 2007 when the young director came to Helm’s Woodstock home and broached the idea of making a film about the venerable singer and drummer’s life. Helm had no interest in exploring the past, and neither, really, did Hatley, who felt less like investigating than sitting back, fly-style, and creating a portrait of a vibrant, ailing, cranky, authentic rock-and-roll lion in winter. As we see in the resultant film Ain’t in It For My Health, which opened in New York on April 19 (on the first anniversary of Helm’s death) and later throughout the country, Hatley got all that he hoped for, and more.
Levon Helm performing at the Lone Star Cafe in New York City on January 19,1982. (Ebet Roberts, via Getty )
Unexpected events drift in to fill Helm’s days and Hatley’s picture: the birth of Helm’s first grandchild, the opportunity to complete an unfinished Hank Williams song, a Grammy nomination for the first album he’d recorded in two decades, and a serious health scare. There is a wide array of privileged moments shown in this film: the sheer sweetness of Helm playing “In the Pines’’ for his tiny grandson, tension as Helm waits on a cold steel stool in a hospital examining room, a “who’da thunk it?” teaching moment when Helm holds forth on the venomous spurs on the legs of the duck-billed platypus, and the excruciating scene in which Helm twists in pain as a doctor inserts a tube into his nostril in order to examine his inflamed vocal chords. And there’s sheer awe whenever he sings, and that amazing voice, now banged-up and frayed, connects to the heart of an authentic America that lies buried somewhere under a million tons of junk culture.
In a new TV movie, the actress and singer shines in her performance as a woman suffering from PTSD. Allison Samuels on why Hudson's not getting her due.
In the new television movie Call Me Crazy, airing Saturday night on Lifetime television, Academy Award winner Jennifer Hudson gives a beautifully nuanced performance as a woman suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder shortly after returning from the war.
Jennifer Hudson as Maggie in Lifetime's 'Call Me Crazy'. (Michael Desmond/Lifetime)
The fresh-faced Hudson shines as Maggie, a female veteran struggling to find a way out of the emotional turmoil she’s facing after being attacked by a fellow officer while serving her country. As she tries to reconnect with her son and father after returning back to American soil, she must also battle to regain her mental stability as well.
It’s been one of the toughest weeks in recent memory. But these clips—from our interview with cutest cat ever Lil Bub to the new ‘Hunger Games’ trailer—might get you smiling again.
9. Lil Bub Visits the Newsroom
The feline Internet celebrity and star of the new film Lil Bub & Friendz stopped by The Daily Beast HQ on her way to save the world. Bub was accompanied by directors Juliette Eisner and Andy Capper and proud owner Mike Bridavsky, who showed off his enormous Lil Bub-as-Gandalf tattoo and described the “zen aura” that makes her “special.”
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