Post Malone and Mark Wahlberg brawl in Spenser Confidential trailer: Watch

Netflix has shared the official trailer for its new action-comedy Spenser Confidential, which boasts a star-studded cast of Mark Wahlberg, Marc Maron, Winston Duke, Alan Arkin, and… Post Malone. The video opens with a messy prison brawl between a character named Spenser (Wahlberg) and a rowdy crew headed up by Posty. As the trailer unfolds, we learn that Spenser, an ex-cop, is about to be released from jail and intends to leave Boston for good. His plans become derailed, however, when his old boxing coach and mentor (Arkin) convinces him to help train a newbie named Hawk (Duke). Things go further awry after two of Spenser’s former colleagues are killed and he tasks himself with bringing the murderers to justice. Murmurs of the Peter Berg-directed flick and its impressive cast started back in 2018. Inspired by Ace Atkins’ book, Robert B. Parker’s Wonderland, the film debuts on Netflix beginning March 6th. (Read: The 50 Most Anticipated Movies of 2020) Though Post Malone’s cameo in the trailer is brief, it still marks one of the first cinematic roles for the rapper. He isn’t dipping out of the music world, though; Posty is actually on tour right now in support of Hollywood’s […]

Amazon Studios cancels The Dark Tower series

Amazon Studios has officially passed on The Dark Tower pilot. The studio was in the process of transforming Stephen King’s book series into a TV show. Allegedly they canceled the pilot after challenges with translating the material, reports Deadline. According to sources, Amazon is shopping two original scripts and picked up the pilot on that basis. Well aware of the infamous struggle to adapt The Dark Tower, Amazon declined doing a straight-to-series production to instead opt for a pilot. In the end, Amazon executives “felt like the pilot was not on the level of other large-scope elevated genre series the streamer has in production/pre-production like Wheel of Time and The Lord of the Rings,” notes Deadline. Showrunner and executive producer Glen Mazzara hoped to retell the book series in a faithful way, separating the TV series from the 2017 film entirely — in part because the movie was a flop. Last June, Michael Rooker was seen filming on set for the TV series. Sam Strike was supposedly Roland Deschain, Jasper Pääkkönen was The Man in Black, Jerome Flynn was Steven Deschain, Joana Ribeiro was Susan Delgado, and Ana Padrão was Cordelia Delgado, though the cast was never formally announced. (Read: 50 Most […]

Polaris announce reunion tour and deluxe reissue of The Adventures of Pete & Pete soundtrack

Polaris are reuniting for another tour, and you won’t have to wait until October. Even better, they’ve announced a new deluxe vinyl reissue of their diamond soundtrack album to Nickelodeon’s The Adventures of Pete and Pete. Start smiling strange. The tour kicks off May 14th in Rhode Island and continues until August 8th in Iowa. Mark Mulcahy (Muggy), David McCaffrey (Jersey), and Scott Boutier (Harris) will perform a selection of Polaris and Miracle Legion songs, in addition to some surprises. (Read: Whatever Happened to the Cast of Pete and Pete?) As for the reissue, fans can anticipate a “deluxe vinyl package” that includes a CD of original demos dating between 1992-95, liner notes from Pete & Pete co-creator Will McRobb, and a complete album lyric sheet. A release date is forthcoming. Consult the full tour itinerary below, and get tickets here. In the meantime, you can revisit their Live at Lincoln Hall double album shortly after. The album was recorded amidst their debut “Waiting for October Tour” in 2014 at a Chicago stop this site co-produced. Ah, the memories. Polaris 2020 Tour Dates:05/14 – Pawtucket, RI @ The Met05/15 – Holyoke, MA @ Gateway City Arts05/16 – Hamden, CT @ […]

Dave Grohl on Rush drummer Neil Peart: “The world lost a true giant in the history of rock & roll”

The tragic passing of Rush drummer Neil Peart has been met with heartfelt reactions from many musicians. One of his biggest fans is Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl, who penned a profound tribute to the legendary stickman. Grohl, of course, rose to fame as a drummer with Nirvana, and Peart had always been one of his biggest inspirations. In fact, Grohl and Foo Fighters drummer Taylor Hawkins had the honor of inducting Rush into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame back in 2013. Heck, the Foos even dressed up as Rush to perform alongside the actual band at the ceremony. Peart passed away on Tuesday (January 7th) after a secret three-year battle with brain cancer, although the news wasn’t made public until Friday. Upon learning of Peart’s death, Grohl shared the following on Foo Fighters’ social pages: “Today, the world lost a true giant in the history of rock & roll. An inspiration to millions with an unmistakable sound who spawned generations of musicians (like myself) to pick up two sticks and chase a dream. A kind, thoughtful, brilliant man who ruled our radios and turntables not only with his drumming, but also his beautiful words. I still vividly […]

ABC is bringing back Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? and Supermarket Sweep

ABC has announced plans to revive two iconic TV game shows: Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? and Supermarket Sweep. Based off the British success, the original US version of Millionaire premiered in 1999. It stayed on the air a full 17 seasons and featured a variety of hosts, including Regis Philbin. Now, in celebration of the iconic game show’s 20th anniversary, ABC is bringing back the program for a limited eight-episode run, per The Hollywood Reporter. The network’s late-night star, Jimmy Kimmel, has been tapped to host. This 2020 Millionaire revival will look a little different compared to seasons past. Instead of random contestants, the new version will be celebrity-focused, with stars playing to raise money for charities. Other updates include an interactive app that’ll allow home viewers to play alongside celebrities, and the chance to compete for the same amount of money as the stars. (Read: The Top 25 TV Shows of 2019) In a press statement, Kimmel joked, “Regis came to me in a dream, asked me to do this and promised my own line of neckties if I did. I had little choice but to say yes.” It won’t be Kimmel’s first time on the show though, as […]

Rian Johnson working on Knives Out sequel

Rian Johnson appears ready for another sharp sleuthing story, as he’s working on a sequel to Knives Out. With an A-list ensemble cast, off-kilter humor, and cleverly delivered socio-political commentary, the writer-director’s whodunit was one of the best films of last year. It also racked in a strong $247.5 million on a $40 million budget, alongside a Golden Globe nom for Best Motion Picture, Comedy or Musical. The idea of the follow-up surely would have Lionsgate ready to spin the grinding wheel again, and Johnson says he’s ready to unsheathe another crime mystery. (Read: Conversations with Consequence: Knives Out’s Rian Johnson and Michael Shannon) Speaking to The Hollywood Reporter at a pre-Globes party on Saturday, Johnson said he’s already developing a sequel focused on Southern detective Benoit Blanc. Producer Ram Bergman added that Daniel Craig, who earned a Golden Globe nod for the role, is down to reprise the character. “Daniel had so much fun doing it, and he wants to do more,” said Berman. Johnson wants to draw the blade on Knives Out 2 quickly, with hopes to get it in front of cameras before the end of the year — but he’ll have to deliver a script first. In the meantime, […]

Spike Jonze to release Beastie Boys photo book

Spike Jonze’s decades-long collaboration with Beastie Boys has spawned numerous music videos, classic album covers, a memoir, and even a stage show. Now, fans will get a behind-the-scenes look at the making of all that art with an upcoming photo book entitled simply Beastie Boys. Marking Jonze’s first-ever book of photography, the hardcover is due out March 17th via Rizzoli. The 256-page tome contains over two hundred of the Academy Award-winning director’s personal photos shot during his time spent with the hip-hop trio. Everything from their first collaborations in the early ’90s — like the iconic “Sabotage” video — to the cover of 1999’s The Sound of Silence greatest hits album is recontextualized via “the candid, the unexpected, the behind-the-scenes, and the real” images. (Read: How Beastie Boys, Weezer, and Spike Jonze Reinvented the Music Video) Beastie Boys members Adam “Ad-Rock” Horovitz and Mike “Mike D” Diamond contributed new text to the book, while Jonze penned the afterword. Check out the cover art below, followed by the official summary. You can pre-order your copy here. The first book of photography to be published by the Academy Award-winning film director and photographer Spike Jonze. Will appeal to every fan of Beastie Boys […]

The xx confirm they’re working on new music

The xx are officially working on new music, and it may be here sooner than later. The material will mark their first since releasing I See You way back in 2017. The British indie outfit broke the exciting news on Instagram on Tuesday, shortly before calendars flipped to the new year. “Looking forward to 2020!” the three-piece posted. “We’ve all been working on new music, can’t wait to share it with you! Hope you have the best new year!” Upon its arrival, I See You was supported with multiple tours and even a mini documentary. The full-length boasted the single “I Dare You”, which Consequence of Sound named one of the best of 2017. The xx’s last show for that album cycle was at the 2018 Panorama Festival in New York. (Read: Radical Space: How The xx Inspired a Decade of Minimalism) In the time since I See You, Jamie xx has made his return to the stage, appearing at Intersect Festival in Las Vegas earlier this fall. The producer also recently placed on a number of our Decades lists, including Top Albums for his stellar solo debut In Colour.  Below, revisit “I Dare You” and that mini doc. [embedded content] [embedded content] Consequence […]

Cats estimated to lose up to $100 million

It’s no secret Cats hasn’t gotten off to a good start, but it appears it’s projected to have an equally rough finish. According to Deadline, the Universal/Amblin/Working Title film is estimated to lose at least $71 million dollars after costs– that is if Cats can hit at least $100 million at the box office worldwide. Its box office loss could be even higher — up to $100 million, some rival executives predict — if revenues fall below that worldwide mark. Cats had a production budget of $90 million plus an additional estimated $115 million global P&A costs. That doesn’t count estimated home entertainment costs and global P&A, which could touch down around $226 million. With a star-studded cast including Taylor Swift, Judi Dench, Ian McKellen, Idris Elba, Jennifer Hudson, James Corden, audiences and critics had fairly high hopes for Tom Hooper’s adaptation of Andrew Lloyd Weber’s beloved feline-centric musical. But doubts began to surface after the first trailer arrived, then solidified with the second. Then came the critics’ negative reviews, followed by Universal’s attempt to get a new version of the film into theaters. By the time opening weekend was done, the movie had only made $6.5 million, falling far behind other holiday blockbusters like […]

R.I.P. Lee Mendelson, producer of Peanuts TV specials dies at 86

Lee Mendelson, who produced over 50 Peanuts TV specials including A Charlie Brown Christmas, has died after a long battle with lung cancer. He was 86. Mendelson died at home on Christmas Day, his family told the Palo Alto Daily Post. Son Jason Mendelson commented, “It wasn’t great for us, but to have him pass on Christmas really ties into his history and legacy.” Born March 24th, 1933, Lee Mendelson broke into show business with A Man Named Mays, a 1963 television documentary about baseball great Willie Mays. A few weeks later, as Mendelson told Stanford Magazine, he was reading the Peanuts comic strip and was struck by inspiration. He thought to himself, “you’ve just done the world’s greatest baseball player, now you should do the world’s worst baseball player, Charlie Brown.” What began as a documentary about creator Charles Schultz eventually morphed into 1966’s A Charlie Brown Christmas. Mendelson hired animator Bill Melendez to bring the comic strip to life, and brought in composer Vince Guaraldi to create the now iconic Peanuts score. Mendelson pitched in musically as well, penning the lyrics to “Christmastime is Here”. A Charlie Brown Christmas earned Mendelson his first of 12 Emmy wins. Over the course of his career […]