Rufus Wainwright still remembers what a weirdo he was when he surfaced in the early 1990s. Back when he left Montreal to “peddle his wares” in New York City, as he put it Friday night, he wasn’t an obvious pop star gunning for radio hits. Not quite “nihilistic or straight enough” in his estimation.
But Los Angeles embraced him, particularly its fellow oddballs such as the musician and composer Van Dyke Parks, music executive Lenny Waronker and producer Jon Brion. In 1998, a few months shy of turning 25, Wainwright released his self-titled debut on DreamWorks Records, proving his early champions right: Wainwright was a visionary artist out of sync with his peers.
And he still is. Celebrating the 20th anniversary of his auspicious start, Wainwright reminded the audience of that when he kicked off his new “All These Poses” tour at the Orpheum Theatre in downtown L.A. on Friday.
Actor Charlie Sheen pleaded on social media for help finding his parents Friday night among the 200,000 people fleeing the devastating Woolsey fire. Hours later, Martin and Janet Sheen were found safe on a Malibu beach by a local news crew.
“I cannot get ahold of my parents,” Charlie Sheen tweeted as the Woolsey fire raged from Thousand Oaks to Malibu, packing Pacific Coast Highway and surrounding areas with panicked evacuees. “If anyone has eyes on them, please let me know that they are safe and sound in the middle of this horrific scenario.”
i cannot get ahold of my parents, Martin and Janet Sheen.
they are in the group, at the staging ground near Zuma Beach.
if anyone has eyes on them, please let me know that they are safe and sound in the middle of this horrific scenario.
Rihanna is strengthening her resolve against President Trump and now has the backing of performing rights company Broadcast Music Inc., which has notified the Trump campaign that it should discontinue use of her music at events.
BMI has removed the Barbadian songstress’ work from a blanket license agreement used for campaigns. In this case, the so-called “political entities license” was an agreement with Donald J. Trump for President Inc., giving the campaign license to play her work.
After seven years as a couple, Kathy Griffin and boyfriend Randy Bick are done — this news brought to you by Griffin herself.
Apparently, she didn’t want anyone else getting to it first.
“God help me, but I’m gonna be one of those people who announces a break up,” the comic tweeted Thursday. “After 7 years, Randy and I have decided to part ways. It's not acrimonious and I will always adore him.”
Mowgli adjusting to life in the jungle appears to parallel Netflix’s attempts to adjust to life in movie theaters.
The streaming giant on Wednesday unveiled a new trailer for Andy Serkis’ reboot of Rudyard Kipling’s “The Jungle Book,” just as it announced that the latest live-action/CG retelling will be released in limited theaters on Nov. 29 ahead of its streaming debut on Dec. 7.
“Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle,” Serkis’ directorial debut, has already seen a number of production delays since it was announced in 2012. Finally, in July, Netflix acquired the rights to the film from Warner Bros. in a deal that marked the platform’s biggest acquisition of a finished film to date.
Voters in the Songwriters Hall of Fame will have a chance to get their freak on next month, with Missy Elliott scoring an opportunity to join the 2019 class.
The organization announced its complete slate of nominees on Thursday, featuring a bevy of big names, including Mariah Carey, John Prine, Chrissie Hynde and Vince Gill.
Elliott, who has written and produced songs for Whitney Houston, Aaliyah and Beyoncé, is the first female rapper to be nominated for the Songwriters Hall of Fame. If inducted, she will become just the third rapper — after Jay-Z and Jermaine Dupri — in the hall.