Paul Feig: ‘Male humour always devolves into homophobia and name-calling’

The director adores working with women but did the all-female Ghostbusters furore change that? Not a bit, he says Paul Feig has a tendency to make films that are difficult to talk about until you have seen them. The trailers for The Heat and A S Last Christmas Daenerys Targaryen is an excellent comic actor. Isnt it crazy? Feig says. A huge Game of Thrones fan, he summoned her for a meeting. I was expecting her to be very Daenerys, you know, proper: How do you do? She comes in, and shes just funny, goofy and effervescent. I equate her in this movie to when Meg Ryan was in When Harry Met Sally. The whole country just goes: were in …

Ellen DeGeneres: should we judge her by the company she keeps? | Rebecca Nicholson

Mixing with George W Bush doesnt exactly enhance her liberal credentials Ellen DeGeneres is nice, isnt she? She dances funny. Shes got lovely twinkly eyes and shes made it OK for grans everywhere to love lesbians, if theyre like Ellen and are nice and do dancing. Last week, the comedian and talkshow host used a segment of her show to perform a four-minute monologue on the importance of being friends with people whose views do not always resemble our own, especially when it comes to awkward topics such as war crimes. She was moved to sermonise on this topic after being criticised on Twitter. While watching the Dallas Cowboys, in 2004 called for a constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriage, …

US guitar firm Fender illegally restricted discounts, says CMA

UK watchdog says minimum sale price made it difficult to find good deals online The UKs competition watchdog has accused the US guitar maker Fender of fixing prices illegally by restricting online discounts on its guitars. From 2013 to 2018, Fender Musical Instruments Europe impeded competitive online pricing by imposing a minimum sale price on vendors, the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) such as Eric Clapton, U2s The Edge and Taylor Swift, and its basic Squier range is popular with beginners. The CMA has been investigating Fender since April 2018 and has already fined the company 25,000 for concealing notebooks at its European headquarters in East Grinstead. The watchdog Sign up to the daily Business Today email or follow Guardian …

Get ready to see more looping videos on Spotify, as Canvas launches into beta

Spotify is opening up its Canvas feature to more artists, the company announced this morning, which means you’ll see a lot more of those looping videos on the app starting soon. The feature has been in limited testing before today with select artists. When available, you don’t just see the album artwork behind the player controls — you see a moving, visual experience that plays in a short loop. So far, Canvas has had mixed reviews from Spotify users. Some find the looping imagery distracting, while others simply prefer seeing the album art. Some people seem to like the feature. But others only like it with certain content and artists. The challenge is in designing a video loop that works …

FKA twigs: An incredible woman always in the shadow of a man? I can relate

After a breakup with Robert Pattinson and emergency surgery, the queen of art pop has written her most personal album yet and come out fighting twigs lives in a real house, in the real world, though this seems hard to believe. She appears so alien, in her music and her performances, in the way she presents herself, that youd be forgiven for believing that she lived in a cryo chamber alongside bejewelled hip-hop robots, or a martial arts monastery surrounded by an enchanted thicket of thorns. Twigs art is not of the stripped-back, real me, acoustics-and-grubby-jeans variety. She arrived on the scene in 2012, whispering like the xx, romancing like Kate Bush, yet not actually quite like anyone else. A …

Plcido Domingo withdraws from Met Opera performances after sexual harassment claims

Opera singer drops role in Macbeth and agrees no longer to perform with New York company The Metropolitan Opera announced on Tuesday that Original Article : HERE ; The Ultimate Survival Food: The Lost Ways

Cream drummer Ginger Baker critically ill in hospital

Family of Baker, who has also performed with Fela Kuti and Public Image Ltd, ask fans to keep him in your prayers Ginger Baker, the jazz and blues drummer who co-founded the rock band Cream, has been reported critically ill. Fela Kuti. He has since spent time in cosmic rock band Public Image Ltd, and in groups with jazz musicians including Charlie Haden and Bill Frisell. A documentary about his life, Original Article : HERE ; The Ultimate Survival Food: The Lost Ways

Louis Tomlinson on loss and love: The dark side Ive been through gives me strength

The One Direction singer has had to battle a series of personal tragedies while launching his solo career. And its his fans and friends who have kept him going After Louis Tomlinsons recent show in Madrid, some fans got the chance to meet him. One girl wanted to talk to him about his song Watch the video for Kill My Mind Tomlinsons personal tragedies also meant his solo career has had a bit of a stop-start quality, but now it looks as if there is focus and momentum. He released his single One Direction, the band the show put together in its 2010 series. For six years they sold tens of millions of records, broke America and each made a …

Aaron Carter Sides With Backstreet Boy Nick Carters Rape Accusers

The ongoing feud between former child star Aaron Carter and boybander brother Nick Carter came to a head on Tuesday when news broke that Nick had filed a restraining order against his younger brother, as accused Nick of rape in 2017. On Tuesday, the younger Carter responded to the news of the restraining order on Twitter, statement citing his brothers violent and erratic behavior as the reason behind his decision. After careful consideration, my sister Angel and I regret that we were required to seek a restraining order against our brother Aaron today, the Backstreet Boys singer wrote. In light of Aarons increasingly alarming behavior and his recent confession that he harbors thoughts and intentions of killing my pregnant wife …

Pop’s need for speed: ‘You have to drop new stuff constantly’

Pop stars are under pressure to produce a continuous stream of new music, with many releasing two albums a year. Whats behind the explosive pace? The music industry in 2019, says Foals frontman Yannis Philippakis, could be compared to a Pez dispenser. He is not talking about big heads rather, the seemingly endless, instantly gratifying stream of new songs that drop each week, like tiny pieces of Pez candy. It certainly feels as if theres more music out there, he says. By virtue of that, a record just feels older quicker; it doesnt have its place in the sun for long, because theres new canopy growth. Everyones trying to get a bit of sunshine. Philippakis is among a growing number …

Rapper Riff Raff Accused of Having Sex With High Schooler

Once a celebrated Vine stara kind of human meme, as two others have accused him of rape. But Regalbutos videos brought the issue to the surface once again. I mainly posted my one video just to get things off my chest but it blew up overnight, Regalbuto told The Daily Beast. When you hear other girls saying the same story, its sad but its also relieving, because its good to feel that youre not alone in a situation like this, she added. In a statement, Riff Raffs lawyer said he categorically denies these baseless allegations of a sexual relationship with a 17-year-old. The artist, whose real name is Horst Simco, has previously denied all other allegations of sexual misconduct. Regalbuto …

How Kobalt is simplifying the killer complexities of the music industry

Backed by over $200 million in VC funding, Kobalt is changing the way the music industry does business and putting more money into musicians’ pockets in the process. In Part I of this series, I walked through the company’s founding story and its overall structure. There are two core theses that Kobalt bet on: 1) that the shift to digital music could transform the way royalties are tracked and paid, and 2) that music streaming will empower a growing middle class of DIY musicians who find success across countless niches.

Spotify expands its new Premium Duo plan to Latin America

Spotify’s newest paid subscription, the Premium Duo plan designed for two people, first launched this spring as a pilot test in Ireland, Colombia, Chile, Denmark and Poland. Today, Spotify says the plan is being more broadly rolled out to 14 more Latin American markets. The new markets include: Argentina, Bolivia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru and Uruguay. The Duo plan is meant mainly for couples, though it could apply to roommates or any other two people who share the same home address. In terms of pricing, it’s a step up from a single Premium subscription but more affordable than a Family Plan, as it’s limited to just two accounts. However, the …

The Wu-Tang Clan Deserve a Better Show Than This Hot Mess

It would make sense for Wu-Tang: An American Saga to emphasize, in its narrative and on its soundtrack, famed Staten Island crew as a pastiche of every gangster and drug-dealing clich imaginable, Hulus eight-part series (premiering Sept. 4) is both ill-conceived and consistently dull. Created and written by Alex Tse and RZA (who executive-produces Wu-Tang Clan: Of Mics and Men to say half as much. Set in the late 80s and early 90s, Wu-Tang: An American Sagas nominal center of attention is Bobby Diggs (Moonlights RZA, the founding member of the Wu-Tang Clan, who brought together a diverse array of local rappers

You can now share music from Spotify to Facebook Stories

Spotify this morning announced a new way for you to share music with friends (or fans, if you’re an artist) — by way of a new Facebook Stories integration that includes 15-second song previews. Viewers can also optionally tap on the “Play on Spotify” button in the Story to be redirected to the Spotify app to hear more. The feature is designed largely with artists and their teams in mind, as it gives them another way to promote their new music across Facebook’s social network. Musicians and their managers often today use the Spotify app’s sharing feature to post their content across social media, including to Instagram, Twitter, WhatsApp, and elsewhere. Last year, Spotify introduced a way to share music …