T Bone Burnett

‘Nashville’ Is Finally Getting Country Music Right — But a Location Change Threatens to Kill Its Authenticity

Late last week, as fan favorites like Community and Trophy Wife were getting the axe, a series in the midst of change was renewed for a third season. ABC’s Nashville has remained on the bubble between cancellation and renewal for much of its second season, as its melding of the country music business and network television continues to extend beyond just plotlines. The show has transcended commentary on country music to become both a microcosm and a mirror of that world. But in order to continue building its TV viewership among country listeners, the show must continue to shoot in Nashville — a choice that’s up for debate at the moment. The authenticity that makes the show succeed depends on it. … Read More

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Video of the Day: ‘The Big Lebowski’ Cast Reunion

“Over the line!” “Obviously you’re not a golfer.” “That rug really tied the room together.” “I am the walrus.” “Nobody fucks with the Jesus.” “Don’t be fatuous, Jeffrey.” Really, we could go on all day here. As card-carrying Little Lebowski Urban Achievers, we managed to get in to The Big Lebowski cast reunion and screening last night at Manhattan’s Hammerstein Ballroom. Also present? Jeff Bridges, John Goodman, Julianne Moore, Steve Buscemi, John Turturro, and the film’s music director, T Bone Burnett. The event was part of this year’s annual Lebowski Fest, as well as a celebration for the film’s brand-new Blu-Ray edition. For all you super-fans who didn’t have the chance to down some Caucasians with the Dude last night, here’s a video recap and some of our favorite moments. … Read More

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The Morning's Top 5 Pop Culture Stories

1. Vulture reports that super star composers T Bone Burnett and Danny Elfman will join forces to score Gary Ross’s highly-anticipated film adaptation of The Hunger Games. They say that you can expect the soundtrack to be “sophisticated, cerebral, soulful, and rebellious,” which would normally elicit an eye roll from us, but considering… Read More

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Rate-a-Trailer: Crazy Heart

Viewers of the Crazy Heart trailer can’t help but compare it to The Wrestler. It features the same archetypal down-on-his-luck protagonist, an aging country singer named Bad Blade (Jeff Bridges). Maggie Gyllenhaal plays a reporter who helps the drunken codger get his life back together. Robert Duvall and Colin Farrell… Read More

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