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July 31, 2015
Sad news from the world of wrestling -- WWE star "Rowdy" Roddy Piper died in his sleep on Thursday night from cardiac arrest. From ESPN:
"Roddy Piper was one of the most entertaining, controversial and bombastic performers ever in WWE, beloved by millions of fans around the world," said WWE chairman and CEO Vince McMahon. "I extend my deepest condolences to his family."In addition to pro wrestling, Piper also acted, most notably in John Carpenter's great 1988 darkly comic, highly subversive thriller They Live. You can watch Piper's "I came here to chew bubblegum" and famously epic fight scene with Keith David below.
Roddy Piper was added to the WWE Hall of Fame in 2005. John Shearer/WireImage for BWR Public Relations
Piper, born Roderick Toombs, joined WWE in 1984. He teamed with Paul Orndorff on March 31, 1985, to take on Hulk Hogan and Mr. T at Madison Square Garden in Wrestlemania's first main event.
Inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2005, Piper was well-known for his microphone skills and often hosted the Piper's Pit segment during WWE shows. He is the second Hall of Famer to die this summer following the June death of Dusty Rhodes.
Roddy, you will be missed. Rest in peace.
Legendary photographer Mick Rock has shot just about everyone who's anyone in his 40+ year career. Iconic pictures of stars like Bowie, Lou Reed, Queen, Iggy Pop, and Blondie have earned him the title, "The Man Who Shot the Seventies". Times and technology have changed, but Mick is still at it, and now he has a TV show too.
To quote Ovation:
Today, Mick is as in-demand as ever; photographing legends-in-the-making like Snoop Dog, Daft Punk, The Killers, Cee Lo Green, and the Black Keys, among many others, but this summer, he'll come out from behind the camera to host his own show: On the Record with Mick Rock.The series premieres on the Ovation Network on Sunday, August 2 at 8 PM (EST). in the first episode, Mick visits Josh Groban in Los Angeles. Details about each episode are listed below along with a few clips from the show where Mick talks about Bowie, the Beatles, Snoop Dogg and more. Check em out...
Featuring guest stars Josh Groban, Kings of Leon, The Flaming Lips and Patti LaBelle, On The Record With Mick Rock goes into each of the artists' hometowns to check out the sights and sounds that inspire them. A unique spin on the musician profile series, the show's stripped-down style and Mick's unapologetic rapport with his guests produces candid conversations and musical performances not usually seen on television.
July 9, 2015
"GOODY GOT IT!"
Rough Trade Brooklyn's transformation into an old Sam Goody record store yesterday got us feeling nostalgic for the chain which got its start in NYC when Sam Goody himself opened a shop on 9th Avenue in Manhattan. So naturally, we took to YouTube where we were not disappointed. Watch some classic Sam Goody commercials and other fun stuff below...
July 8, 2015
almost as good as 'Daleks On Ice'...
New York Comic Con will be back in October and so will New York Super Week, the concurrent pop culture festival that encompasses almost every type of entertainment related to nerdom - concerts, comedy shows, lectures, podcast tapings, and food events too. It runs October 5 - 11 at various venues around the city.
While the fest is still adding events to the schedule, there are already great shows abound. There's a special superhero vs. super villain edition of bimonthly debate show Uptown Showdown which will happen October 8 at Symphony Space (tickets). Past performers have included everyone from Michael Ian Black to Ilana Glazer, so be prepared for some can't-miss debate action.
There are some pretty interesting discussions during the festival as well, such as "Sheroes: An Exhibition of Women Comic Book Artists- Panel Discussion & Artist Reception" at La Casa Azul Bookstore on October 6, and a live taping of Nerdist's Sex Nerd Sandra podcast on October 10 at Union Hall (tickets). Another intriguing event is the "Inside the Writer's Room" workshop at Hard Rock Cafe on October 10 (tickets), featuring writers from shows like Parenthood and The Vampire Diaries, as well as television executives for Sony, HBO, Cinemax, and more.
There are a few music-related events happening. On October 7 at Barclays Center will be the "Doctor Who Symphonic Spectacular" which features "well over 100 musicians, singers, and monsters live on stage, all under the talented conducting baton of Ben Foster." They'll be playing the music from the long-running BBC science fiction series, and the event is hosted by Michelle Gomez who plays Missy, the current incarnation of the Doctor's nemesis, The Master. And yes there will be Daleks. Hopefully a chorus line of them. There's a 3 PM and a 7 PM performance and tickets are on sale.
Then on October 9 at Hard Rock Cafe it's a DJ set from Kristian Narin, aka Hodor from Game of Thones (Game of Thrones). He DJ'd during NY Comic Con last year, too. Tickets are on sale. Having been a well-known house DJ well before being cast on Game of Thrones, Nairn just released his first single, titled "Up" and you can stream that below if you want.
There's lots more NY Super Week action, so check out all announced events.
In related news, the biggest con of them all, The San Diego Comic Con starts on Thursday (7/9).
by Bill Pearis
outside Rough Trade on N. 9th today...
The new HBO drama created by Martin Scoresese, Terrence Winter and Mick Jagger, set in the world of the 1970s NYC music industry, is in production and filming in Williamsburg. Today they were filming outside of Rough Trade, where they transformed the store into a mid-'70s Sam Goody. The block of N. 9th St between Wythe and Kent also had half a dozen vintage cars, some old phone booths and a newstand, and there were dozens of extras in Me Decade polyester fashion (surely they were hot in today's near-'90s and very humid weather).
While the show is still untitled, filming signs stapled to street poles simply read "Rock And Roll." I didn't see any famous folk, but the show stars Olivia Wilde, Bobby Cannavale, Ray Romano, Juno Temple, Ken Marino, and more, and also features Saint Rich's Christian Peslak as the New York Dolls' David Johansen and Connor Hanwick (formerly of The Drums) plays Lou Reed. A premiere date has not been set. A few more pictures from the shoot are below.
UPDATE: The show now has a title, VINYL, and will premiere sometime in 2016.
It wasn't that long ago that Rough Trade was turned into Empire Records.
July 2, 2015
Funny guy Scott Rogowski wraps up the current season of his live talk show, Running Late with Scott Rogowski, tonight (7/2) at Le Poisson Rouge. He's put together a pretty killer lineup of guests for his season finale, too: Jon Hamm and H. Jon Benjamin (both of whom are in Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp) will be there, as will Tom Papa and actor Craig Bierko. Tickets are still available.
Jon Hamm, who also lends his voice to upcoming Despicable Me sequel Minions, stopped by The Daily Show on Wednesday (6/30) to chat with departing host Jon Stewart, and you can watch that segment below.
After teasing us with a faux promotional video about Camp Firewood, we now have our first good taste of Netflix's prequel miniseries Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp. The three-minute trailer manages to pack in a good amount of jokes in between listing the who's who of comedy cast, that seems to include everyone you could imagine being in this thing apart from Nick Offerman. Watch the trailer below.
Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp will be streamable on Netflix starting July 31.
June 29, 2015
June 26, 2015
Morrissey is currently in NYC, in good health and spirits, and stopped by The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon last night (6/25) to play "Kiss Me A Lot" from last year's World Peace is None of Your Business. You can watch that below.
All tour dates are listed, along with the Tonight Show video, below...
June 25, 2015
If you've ever wondered what the fourth wall of Jerry Seinfeld's Seinfeld apartment looked like, we now have your answer: floor-to-ceiling glass windows that look out onto 10th Avenue and the Highline. (Also his apartment is street-level. And in Chelsea.) Well at least that's the case with the nearly perfect recreation of the Seinfeld apartment that you can visit at Chelsea's Milk Studios (451 West 14th Street). The "nearly" comes from replacing
Jerry's classic Mac with a PC desktop (UPDATE: they've fixed this egregious error), but nearly every other detail is there. It's to celebrate Hulu getting streaming rights to all nine Seinfeld seasons, and the exhibit also includes some of the diner, props (the Maestro's wand) and more. It's free to visit and will be open now through Sunday (6/28) from 10 AM - 7 PM. But expect lines to be longer than at the Soup Nazi.
You can also take a virtual tour right now. If you go, don't try and burst in like Kramer. Some guy tried that already and broke the set on the exhibit's first day. (Or if you must try it, take off your backpack first.) Video of that (via Vulture) below...