“Shallow” Is Part Of A Dying Breed Of Academy Award Winning Love Songs

“You’ll know before the dance is through that you’re in love with her and she’s in love with you.” That lyric is from the very first Best Song Oscar winner, “The Continental,” from the 1934 Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers musical, “The Gay Divorcee.” It’s a celebration of the power of dance to ignite the flames of desire. Now “Shallow,” a more clear-eyed view on matters of the heart (“Ain’t it hard keeping it so hardcore?”) from “A Star Is Born” is part of that Academy Award tradition. But the fact is, such honored love songs are becoming a rarity. It used to be that romantic tunes Read More

Grammys 2019 Nominees: This Is The Complete List Of Nominees

The 2019 Grammy nominees have been unveiled, and as always, there are plenty of surprises in the Big 4 categories and more than a few tight races that should prove almost impossible to call. On Friday’s (Dec. 7) CBS This Morning, 2018 best new artist winner Alessia Cara, Apple Music host Zane Lowe, Janelle Monae and Shawn Mendes announced select categories, with the full list being revealed shortly thereafter on Grammy.com. The announcement was pushed back from Dec. 5 due to President George H.W. Bush’s funeral. The two most-nominated people at the 61st annual Grammy Awards are both hip-hop. Kendrick Lamar leads with eight noms, and Drake Read More

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A Few Interesting Facts You Probably Don’t Know About The Super Bowl

The Super Bowl is arguably the most exciting event for football fans across the country. The Super Bowl has been around since 1967. It’s the second biggest eating day of the year for Americans. Some tickets to the Super Bowl can cost nearly $100,000. Every February, talk of the Super Bowl is pretty much inescapable. And the 2019 Super Bowl is no exception. Everywhere you turn, football fans are discussing who will win, who will perform, and which ads will have everyone talking the next day. So, what else is there to learn about the big game if it’s all anyone can talk about? There are actually Read More

How the CIA Helped Shape the Creative Writing Scene in America

In May of 1967,” writes Patrick Iber at The Awl, “a former CIA officer named Tom Braden published a confession in the Saturday Evening Post under the headline, ‘I’m glad the CIA is ‘immoral.’” With the hard-boiled tone one might expect from a spy, but the candor one may not, Braden revealed the Agency’s funding and support of all kinds of individuals and activities, including, perhaps most controversially, in the arts. Against objections that so many artists and writers were socialists, Braden writes, “in much of Europe in the 1950’s [socialists] were about the only people who gave a damn about fighting Communism.” Whatever truth there is to Read More

‘Star Trek: TNG’ Home For Sale In Malibu, Part Of ‘The Survivors’ Episode

If you are a Trekker with a spare $5.695 million, you could acquire a cool Star Trek:The Next Generation souvenir. A Malibu, CA home that was the centerpiece of a SNG season three episode called The Survivors is on the market. In the episode, a rescue party from the USS Enterprise answer a distress call coming from a seemingly deserted planet. There, they discover an elderly couple who appear to have survived a world- devastating disaster. Later in the episode, the truth behind their survival comes out. The Malibu house and its grounds were depicted as surrounded by devastation through the magic of television in the episode. The actual Read More

Deliverance Actor Still A Mountain Man Over 45 Years Later

It’s been over 45 years since Deliverance made movie theaters squeal. The actor who played a notorious hillbilly villain is still a naturally entertaining character in Appalachia. In the hills of Haywood County, North Carolina, you’ll find a gate with a sign that warns “trespassers will be shot and survivors will be shot again.” Behind the gate is the home of a real rapid-fire character by the name of Herbert “Cowboy” Coward. Now in his 80s, a white beard is a steady source of entertainment. Cowboy constantly cracks jokes while shuffling around his property with a six-year-old pet squirrel named “Angel” on his shoulder. “I love my Read More

Burt Reynolds’ Car Collection Headed to Auction in Las Vegas

Fans of Burt Reynolds have the chance to own a piece of movie history with the late actor’s incredible car collection heading to the famed Barrett-Jackson auction in Las Vegas later this month. The actor, who died earlier this month at the age of 82, left behind some iconic film memorabilia in the form of replicas of the cars he drove during some of his most famous films. While the studios kept the originals — or they did not make it out in one piece after shooting — the actor told Barrett-Jackson Auction’s website, prior to his death, that he had the vehicles commissioned because he “always Read More

‘Empire Strikes Back’ Poster Sells at Auction for $26,400

The poster features Han Solo and Princess Leia in an embrace similar to one from a ‘Gone With the Wind’ poster. A rare draft poster for the Star Wars sequel The Empire Strikes Back has sold at auction for $26,400. Heritage Auctions says a long-time pop culture collector who wished to remain anonymous made the winning bid Sunday in the Dallas auction. The poster features Han Solo and Princess Leia in an embrace similar to one from a Gone With the Wind poster featuring Rhett Butler carrying Scarlett O’Hara while surrounded by flames. Grey Smith, Heritage’s director of vintage posters, says the draft poster for the 1980 Read More

Brady Bunch Home For Sale, Doesn’t Look Like You Thought

The home featured in the opening and closing scenes of “The Brady Bunch” is for sale for $1.885 million. Records show George and Violet McCallister bought the two-bedroom, three-bathroom split-level home in the Studio City neighborhood of Los Angeles in 1973 for $61,000. Real estate agent Ernie Carswell tells the Los Angeles Times the house has been updated and upgraded, but the interior layout does not resemble what was featured on the show, which ran from 1969 to 1974. Interior scenes were shot in a studio. Carswell says a rock-wall fireplace, wood-paneled walls and floral wallpaper are vintage touches of what homes looked like in the 1970s. The agent Read More

How Drones Are Revolutionizing the Way Film and Television Is Made

Around the time Leonardo Da Vinci was painting the Mona Lisa, he was also writing his Codex on the Flight of Birds, a roughly 35,000-word exploration of the ways in which man might take to the air. His illustrations included diagrams positing pre-Newtonian theories of physics, a rudimentary plan for a flying machine and many, many sketches of birds in flight. The Mona Lisa, with her secretive smile, is a universe of intimacy captured on a relatively small panel of wood. But the landscape behind his captivating subject shows the world as you would see it from atop a tall hill—or from the vantage point you would Read More