David Bowie

25 Things You Didn’t Know About MTV’s First Broadcast

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The MTV of today is packed with more reality television than music videos. But the groundbreaking network used to air music videos, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and promised that we’d “never look at music the same way again.” And we haven’t, after the channel’s maiden broadcast back in 1981. Today is the 34th anniversary of that first year on air. Here are some fun facts about the very first music videos played on MTV and the network itself that reveal the channel’s widespread cultural influence.
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Michael C. Hall Cast as Thomas Newton in Bowie’s ‘Man Who Fell to Earth’ Off Broadway Adaptation

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As many know, Dexter and Six Feet Under‘s Michael C. Hall is also a renowned musical theater actor, who most recently appeared in the Broadway production of Hedwig in the Angry Inch, and in the past was praised for his portrayal of the emcee in Cabaret. It’s now been announced that he’ll continue his career of uncharacteristically nuanced identity-themed musicals in the off-Broadway adaptation of Walter Tevis’ novel, The Man Who Fell to Earth, titled Lazarus.
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Big Boo Does Bowie: Links You Need to See

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As we gear up for Orange Is the New Black‘s third, alleged “sexiest season yet” (according to new cast member Ruby Rose), material anticipating the upcoming mass-binge has been in abundance. First, Lea Delaria, who plays Big Boo (and also played New York’s real-life subway hero back in November) has an album coming out, and she’s shared the arrestingly stylish cover. Said cover happens to contain an album that’s a jazz reworking of David Bowie songs, and it’s called House of David: delaria + bowie = jazz. Meanwhile, Matt McGorry, one of the stars of the thus-far most lackluster continued plot lines on the show (who also plays Asher in How to Get Away With Murder), is doing something a little more fetching on Twitter: he’s devoted a great deal of his account recently to learning about and posting about feminism. Jezebel interviewed him on “the task of publicly exploring what it means to be an intersectional feminist.”
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How ‘Love & Mercy’ Tells Brian Wilson’s Story and Breaks the Music Biopic Mold

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Tomorrow, director Bill Pohlad’s Brian Wilson biopic Love & Mercy hits theaters — though it seems a bit reductive to classify it as yet another music legend biopic, as the film takes such great pains to eschew the conventions of those movies and tell Wilson’s story in a unique, unexpected way. I was so taken with the film after seeing it at SXSW that I asked Flavorwire’s music editor/fellow biopic exhaustion victim Jillian Mapes to accompany me for a second viewing, and to share her thoughts on where Love & Mercy falls amid the quietly exciting reinvention of movies about the people who make music.
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Sony Emails: Benedict Cumberbatch Wanted to Play David Bowie in Stalled Freddie Mercury Biopic

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The Freddie Mercury biopic has been stuck in development hell for nearly a decade. Until yesterday, the most recent update Queen fans had to go on was the news that Sacha Baron Cohen had not signed on to write, produce, direct, and star in the film; manager Jim Beach had simply said so at the Artist and Manager Awards on March 26 as what Brian May called a “small joke.” Now that Wikileaks has made last year’s leaked Sony emails publicly available, however, there’s some new information on a certain hopeful costar — and Amy Pascal’s blind adoration for “Under Pressure.”
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The Weirdest Vintage ‘SNL’ Musical Performances

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Contemporary Saturday Night Live doesn’t always have its finger on the pulse the way it should. It’s done a few things wrong, like the ongoing race debacle that creators tried to make right with the recent hiring of more diverse cast members. SNL also isn’t nearly as edgy as it used to be, during the days of Eddie Murphy and John Belushi. But Studio 8H has, at least, always featured a wide variety of musical guests — some stranger than others. Dangerous Minds dug up a video of hardcore band Fear playing the SNL stage in 1981. Inspired by Lee Ving and company’s wild performance, we rounded up some other weird vintage musical …Read More