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Locarno StepIn: 5 Takeaways on Envisaging a Healthier Workplace in the Film Industry
The Locarno Film Festival’s annual StepIN think tank dedicated to pressing issues faced by the independent film community saw a select group of mostly European industry executives thrash out some of the root causes that can make the film industry a toxic environment to work in and discuss ideas for positive practices that can hopefully […]
Variety.com | 07-Aug-2021 13:12

Charlotte Colbert and Rupert Everett on Exploring ‘How Trauma Blurs the Boundaries of Time’ in Locarno Horror Feature ‘She Will’
Charlotte Colbert has often explored physical and psychological trauma in her artwork. It’s perhaps little surprise, then, that her feature debut “She Will” centers Veronica (Alice Krige), a former child star who has just had a double mastectomy and who is repressing mental wounds under a caustic British exterior. Described as a psychological horror title, […]
Variety.com | 07-Aug-2021 11:38

Oscars Predictions: Best Director – Will There Be a Shortage of Women Directors in the Running?
Variety's Awards Circuit is home to the official predictions for the upcoming Oscars and Emmys ceremonies from film awards editor Clayton Davis. Following history, buzz, news, reviews and sources, the Oscar and Emmy predictions are updated regularly with the current year's list of contenders in all categories. Variety's Awards Circuit Prediction schedule consists of four […]
Variety.com | 07-Aug-2021 09:02

Disney Plus Hotstar Reveals First Trailer for Moghul Era Epic Series ‘The Empire’ (EXCLUSIVE)
Leading Indian streamer Disney Plus Hotstar has revealed the first trailer for its magnum opus series “The Empire.” The eight-episode series is based on Alex Rutherford’s bestselling “Empire of the Moghuls” novels, a racy, fictionalized version of the history of the Moghul empire, which dominated South Asia from 1526 to 1720. Season 1 is based […]
Variety.com | 07-Aug-2021 07:30

How ‘The Green Knight’ Makeup Team Transformed Actor Ralph Ineson
The eponymous mythical entity in David Lowery’s Arthurian reinterpretation “The Green Knight” was as tactile on set as it appears on screen. Imposing and oaken, this embodiment of the unknown (death and nature) is played by actor Ralph Ineson (“The Witch”) with masterful prosthetics from seasoned makeup effects artist Barrie Gower (“Game of Thrones”) and […]
Variety.com | 07-Aug-2021 04:01

‘Stillwater’ Director Tom McCarthy on Casting Matt Damon Against Type and Amanda Knox Criticism
In his new film “Stillwater,” co-writer/director Tom McCarthy wanted to present the image of an American hero – and then turn it on its head. The film, now in theaters, stars Matt Damon as Bill Baker, a roughneck from the titular town in Oklahoma who travels to Marseille, France to visit his imprisoned daughter Allison […]
Variety.com | 07-Aug-2021 02:41

Behind ‘Grown-ish’s’ Black Lives Matter Storyline, Inspired by Ahmaud Arbery and George Floyd
SPOILER ALERT: Do not read if you have not yet watched “A Boy is a Gun,” the fifth episode of “Grown-ish.” Since its 2018 debut, Freeform’s “Grown-ish” has paid special attention to social issues presented through the lens of today’s college students. With the fifth and sixth episode of its fourth season, the Yara Shahidi starrer […]
Variety.com | 07-Aug-2021 02:00

Dixie D’Amelio Insists Her Family Doesn’t Want to Be the Next Kardashians
Dixie D’Amelio says her social media famous family is not aspiring to be the Kardashians 2.0. “Some people may want to say we’re trying to be like them, but that’s not it at all.” she says. Even so, the D’Amelios will take the plunge into the world of reality television next month with the premiere […]
variety.com | 07-Aug-2021 01:20

Herbert Schlosser, NBC Executive Who Oversaw ‘Laugh-In’ and ‘SNL,’ Dies at 95
Herbert Schlosser, the NBC executive who championed the groundbreaking sketch show “Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In” and oversaw the launch of “Saturday Night Live,” died Friday in Manhattan. He was 95. “We are deeply saddened by the passing of Herb Schlosser,” NBC said in a statement. “His ingenuity, creativity and integrity as president and CEO of […]
variety.com | 07-Aug-2021 01:20

Shut Up, Dude: This Week’s Best And Worst Comments

Guns N’ Roses are back, baby! SO??Y you don’t like their new single. Maybe you will like this better…


stereogum.com | 07-Aug-2021 01:20

‘Ultimate Slip ‘N’ Slide’ Not Moving Forward at NBC After Giardia Outbreak
“Ultimate Slip ‘N’ Slide” is officially being flushed from the NBC schedule. The reality competition series paused production back in June following an outbreak of giardia onset. It will not resume production and therefore will not debut on Aug. 8 after the Tokyo Olympics finale as originally planed. Instead, ” “Family Game Fight” will air […]
variety.com | 07-Aug-2021 01:19

WME Signs Toronto Raptors President Masai Ujiri in All Areas
WME Sports has signed Masai Ujiri, vice chairman and and president of the Toronto Raptors Basketball Club and alternate NBA governor, in all areas. The agency will focus on expanding Ujiri’s business across content, brand partnerships, books, speaking and social impact. WME most recently served as an advisor during his contract negotiations and will support […]
variety.com | 07-Aug-2021 00:53

‘Panic’ Canceled After One Season at Amazon
“Panic” has been canceled after one season at Amazon, Variety has confirmed. The YA drama debuted on Amazon back in May. The one-hour series was based on the novel of the same name by Lauren Oliver. It takes place in a small Texas town, where every summer the graduating seniors compete in a series of challenges, […]
variety.com | 07-Aug-2021 00:07

Disney Lawyer Daniel Petrocelli Calls ‘Black Widow’ Lawsuit an ‘Orchestrated PR Campaign’
The temperature in the legal battle between Disney and Scarlett Johansson over her compensation for “Black Widow” has not cooled in the week since Johansson’s lawsuit was filed in Los Angeles Superior Court. Longtime Disney attorney Daniel Petrocelli told Variety that the demands in Johansson’s litigation are far out of the bounds of the actor’s […]
variety.com | 07-Aug-2021 00:04

Foo Fighters Troll Westboro Baptist Church Protesters With a Drive-By Bee Gees Cover
Instead of fighting hate with more hate, Dave Grohl and the Foo Fighters prefer to retaliate with disco. On Thursday, as the Westboro Baptist Church picketed outside the band’s show in Bonner Springs, Kansas, the Foo Fighters — dressed in all white as their ’70s alter-egos, the Dee Gees — drove by in a flatbed […]
variety.com | 06-Aug-2021 23:53

Ashley Benson, Shiloh Fernandez Starring in Noir Thriller ‘Private Property’ (EXCLUSIVE)
Ashley Benson, Shiloh Fernandez, Logan Miller, Frank Whaley and Jay Pharoah are starring in “Private Property,” a remake of the 1960 noir film of the same title. The movie recently wrapped production in Los Angeles and was written, produced, and directed by Chadd Harbold. The original film, written and directed by “Outer Limits” creator Leslie […]
variety.com | 06-Aug-2021 23:29

Fort Romeau – “Control”

British-born, Berlin-based electronic producer Michael Greene, better known as Fort Romeau, released the very good old-school ’90s rave rager “FWD NRG” a few months ago. He’s coming back with another single, “Control” b/w “10,000 Leaves,” later this month, and you can listen to its pulsing A-side below.


stereogum.com | 06-Aug-2021 23:15

Anika Pyle – “I Felt Your Shape” (Microphones Cover)

Anika Pyle, the Philly singer-songwriter of Chumped and Katie Ellen fame, recently released her solo debut album Wild River. She also contributed to Jeff Rosenstock’s SKA DREAM. Today she’s back with a cover of an indie-pop classic.


stereogum.com | 06-Aug-2021 23:06

Live Nation Will Allow Artists To Require Vaccination Or Negative COVID Test For US Concerts

Lollapalooza, which took place last week, required proof of vaccination or a negative COVID test to enter. Starting next month, New York City will require proof of vaccination for all indoor concerts. And now Variety reports that Live Nation has announced new best practices in a companywide email, mandating that all US employees be vaccinated by October and allowing artists playing Live Nation shows in the US to require vaccination or a negative COVID test for all attendees.


stereogum.com | 06-Aug-2021 23:04

‘Reservation Dogs’ Cast and Crew Celebrate Show’s Indigenous Representation at Los Angeles Premiere
“Reservation Dogs,” FX’s new comedy about Indigenous teens in rural Oklahoma co-created by Taika Waititi and Sterlin Harjo, is breaking ground for Native American representation in Hollywood. With a team almost entirely made up of Native creatives, what’s the show’s most innovative storytelling element? According to them, it’s the simple fact that “Reservation Dogs” has […]
variety.com | 06-Aug-2021 23:04

Unto Others – “Downtown”

The Portland goth-rock/heavy metal band formerly known as Idle Hands, one of the best new bands of 2019, were forced to change their name to Unto Others last year due to a trademark dispute. They released their first single under the new name, “When Will Gods Work Be Done,” earlier this summer. Today, they’re announcing a whole new album, Strength, their first for Roadrunner Records, produced and mixed by Arthur Rizk. And they’re sharing its lead single “Downtown” with a music video directed by Brock Grossl. As the band’s vocalist/guitarist Gabriel Franco explains:


stereogum.com | 06-Aug-2021 22:26

The 5 Best Songs Of The Week

Every week the Stereogum staff chooses the five best new songs of the week (the eligibility period begins and ends Thursdays right before midnight). This week’s countdown is below, and you can listen to a playlist of all our 5 Best Songs on Spotify.


stereogum.com | 06-Aug-2021 22:17

YouTube Comedian’s ‘Alfredo Rivera’ Frontier Flight Attendant Spoof Video Goes Viral
The extremely bad behavior of one Frontier Airlines passenger — who had to be restrained by being duct-taped to his seat — served as viral comedy gold for YouTube creator and comedian The Real Spark. The Real Spark, whose name is James Bates according to his Instagram, recorded a mock news interview pretending to be […]
variety.com | 06-Aug-2021 21:54

al Riggs Rebrands As Alex, Fair Warning With Kate Bush & Hidden Cameras Covers

Back in April, the melancholy, understated Durham singer-songwriter al Riggs released a rewarding new album called I Got A Big Electric Fan To Keep Me Cool While I Sleep. Today they’re back with something different. On Bandcamp, Riggs has revealed One Hundred Cigarettes vol. 1, a covers collection “meant to transition to a new name and a new project.”


stereogum.com | 06-Aug-2021 21:48

Palmistry – “fk a deal”

Electronic artist Palmistry, known for collaborating with artists like Charli XCX and the late SOPHIE, has announced a new album, Wyrdo, to follow last year’s Post Eternity. A new single called “fk a deal” is out today, following the title track’s arrival earlier this year. This new one is an edgy club anthem; Benjy Keating’s vocals are despondent, almost in an emo-rap kind of way, and the beat is monotonous but brings enough movement to the song.


stereogum.com | 06-Aug-2021 21:33

Watch Foo Fighters Troll Westboro Baptist Church Protestors With A Bee Gees Cover

Every time Foo Fighters play a show in Kansas, the Westboro Baptist Church shows up to picket with hateful signs. And every time they do, Foo Fighters ride up in a pickup truck to troll the right-wing bigots.


stereogum.com | 06-Aug-2021 21:17

Boulder rapper Jack Moe shares debut album Happy Jack
Stream the album below.
thefader.com | 06-Aug-2021 19:59

Mister Goblin – “Left Before Your Set”

Earlier this year, Mister Goblin, the project of former Two Inch Astronaut member Sam Goblin, released Four People In An Elevator And One Of Them Is The Devil. It was an indie rock gem with memorable tracks like the building “Hook In The Eye” or the emotional “Six Flags America” featuring Sadie Dupuis.


stereogum.com | 06-Aug-2021 19:53

Jeff Tweedy Shares Demo Of New Song “In A Sad Kinda Way,” Written For His Wife, On Their 26th Anniversary

Jeff Tweedy and Susie Miller got married 26 years ago today. Happy anniversary! To celebrate, the Wilco frontman has shared a previously unreleased demo of a new song, written for his wife, via his newly launched newsletter Starship Casual. It’s called “In A Sad Kinda Way,” and it reminds me of Sam Beam’s early Iron & Wine recordings or Nick Drake gone lo-fi. Here’s what Tweedy wrote to go along with it, beneath an old photo of he and his spouse together:


stereogum.com | 06-Aug-2021 19:31

Christian Lee Hutson Covers Shania Twain, The La’s, & Fugazi With Help From Julia Jacklin, Fenne Lily, & Great Grandpa’s Al Menne

For the past year, LA singer-songwriter and Phoebe Bridgers associate Christian Lee Hutson has been releasing a series of cover EPs called The Version Suicides, reinterpreting songs from Blink-182, Kid Cudi, Taylor Swift, ABBA, the Cure, Bruce Springsteen, and Tim Robinson’ I Think You Should Leave in his signature folk-pop style. Today, Hutson is dropping The Version Suicides, Vol. 3, which features covers of Shania Twain’s “You’re Still The One” with Julia Jacklin, the La’s “There She Goes” with Fenne Lily, and Fugazi’s “I’m So Tired” with Great Grandpa’s Al Menne. Stream it below.


stereogum.com | 06-Aug-2021 18:49

10 songs you need in your life this week
Tracks we love right now, in no particular order.
thefader.com | 06-Aug-2021 18:23

Strand Of Oaks – “Jimi & Stan”

Last month, Tim Showalter announced a new Strand Of Oaks album called In Heaven. At the time, he also shared lead single “Galacticana” — a stunner that topped our list of favorite songs that week. Today, he’s back with another.


stereogum.com | 06-Aug-2021 18:13

In Search Of… Turns 20

Before Tyler, The Creator told Black kids “they can be who they are,” there was Pharrell Williams. Aptly nicknamed “Skateboard P,” the Virginia-bred multi-hyphenate unapologetically represented alt-Black kids who stanned skate culture, trucker hats, and hardcore punk. At a time when he exerted profound influence over mainstream music, Williams started progressive hip-hop trio N.E.R.D. with childhood friends Chad Hugo and Shae Haley, infusing rap-rock with fresh energy just as the nu-metal scene was starting to curdle. On their debut album In Search Of…, which turns 20 today, the group positioned themselves as forward-thinking hip-hop anomalies of the early 2000s.


stereogum.com | 06-Aug-2021 17:30

Stream Abstract Mindstate’s Kanye West-Produced Album Dreams Still Inspire

Abstract Mindstate, the late-’90s/early-’00s conscious rap duo from Chicago, released exactly only one album before calling it quits in 2005. Thirteen years later, in 2018, Kanye West got in touch with E.P. Da Hellcat and Olskool Ice-Gre and convinced them to reunite for a new album. That album is Dreams Still Inspire, out today, produced in full by Kanye himself and the first release on his new YZY SND label. In addition to Kanye, who guests on “The Brenda Song,” the album features appearances from Jonquia Rose, Luka Sabbat, Tony Williams, and Deon Cole. Stream it while you’re waiting for Donda below.


stereogum.com | 06-Aug-2021 16:46

The 6 projects you should stream right now
New music from Tinashe, glaive, Abstract Mindstate, and more.
thefader.com | 06-Aug-2021 16:40

Aimee Mann – “Suicide Is Murder”

Aimee Mann has been making music for a long time, and her work is always in the air. Last year, for instance, Big Red Machine covered her classic bittersweet Magnolia jam “Wise Up,” and the same song recently showed up on the season premiere of Ted Lasso. Mann also covered Leonard Cohen’s “Avalanche” last year, and her cover served as the theme music for the HBO show I’ll Be Gone In The Dark. And today, Mann has announced her new album Queens Of The Summer Hotel, her follow-up to 2017’s excellent Mental Illness. She’s got a new song for us, too.


stereogum.com | 06-Aug-2021 16:36

Stream Nas’ New Album King’s Disease II Feat. Ms Lauryn Hill, Eminem, EPMD

Last year, Queens rap legend Nas linked up with producer Hit-Boy and released the album King’s Disease. I wasn’t a big fan, but plenty of people were; King’s Disease won Nas his first-ever Best Rap Album Grammy. Today, Nas has followed King’s Disease with King’s Disease II, the new album that he only announced last week. Once again, Hit-Boy produced every track. So Nas has become the one guy from those Wyoming sessions who announced that he’d release an album today and then actually did it.


stereogum.com | 06-Aug-2021 16:28

Couch Slut – “Full Disclosure” (Fugazi Cover)

Silence Is A Dangerous Sound is a behemoth new Fugazi tribute album featuring a breathtaking lineup of artists across two discs. It’s out in October digitally and in a limited 2xCD run, with all proceeds benefitting Tribe Animal Sanctuary in Scotland. Given that it’s been 20 years since Fugazi’s last album, this kind of monument to one of punk’s greatest, most influential bands feels quite timely.


stereogum.com | 06-Aug-2021 16:25

Chvrches & John Carpenter Remix Each Other On New Single

The great director John Carpenter probably thought he was all done with churches after he wrapped filming on John Carpenter’s Vampires in 2001. Maybe he was! He was not, however, done with Chvrches. The Scottish synthpop trio is preparing to release the new album Screen Violence, and they reached out to one of the all-time masters of screen violence for a remix.


stereogum.com | 06-Aug-2021 15:50

Watch The Throne Turns 10

Nobody needed Watch The Throne. That includes the people who made it, who perhaps needed it least of all. In 2011, both Kanye West and Jay-Z were doing just fine. After his would-be dramatic return from retirement Kingdom Come had fallen flat, Jay rebounded with American Gangster, the album inspired by Ridley Scott’s movie that also proved Jay could still be fun when he dug into his core topics. And then there was The Blueprint III — another artistic low point in Jay’s catalog, but also the album that yielded “Empire State Of Mind,” his only #1 hit as a lead artist. In the decade that followed, Jay’s musical output would remain uneven, but he’d be doing quite alright becoming a wealthier and wealthier mogul.


stereogum.com | 06-Aug-2021 15:50

Touché Amoré – “Hard To Explain” (The Strokes Cover)

The Strokes’ debut album Is This It reaches its 20th anniversary this year, and Touché Amoré are apparently among those celebrating. The Jeremy Bolm-led LA post-hardcore living legends have — quite unexpectedly — released a cover of Is This It‘s lead single “Hard To Explain.”


stereogum.com | 06-Aug-2021 15:29

Triple B Records’ Sam Yarmuth Talks About Putting Together The Monstrous New Compilation America’s Hardcore Volume 5

Sam Yarmuth founded the Boston hardcore label Triple B Records in 2007. Three years later, he released the first compilation in his America’s Hardcore series. On that album, Yarmuth included new songs from a group of bands who, at the time, represented a cross-section of the hardcore universe, including Power Trip, Title Fight, Rotting Out, the Rival Mob, Backtrack, and Foundation. Since then, as Triple B has grown into the most vital hardcore label in existence, Yarmuth has continued to release a new America’s Hardcore compilation every few years. His latest, the fifth volume in the series, is the biggest yet.


stereogum.com | 06-Aug-2021 15:17

Guns N’ Roses – “ABSU?D”

Guns N’ Roses, once a traveling circus of depravity and chaos, have become a dependable stadium-rock touring institution in recent years. In the time since Slash and Duff McKagan rejoined Guns N’ Roses in 2016, the band has hinted at the idea that they might release new music, even though they could keep playing their old hits in stadiums. Today, GN’R released their first new song in the 13 years since their Chinese Democracy album came out. The new song is called “ABSU?D,” and the title is pretty on-point.


stereogum.com | 06-Aug-2021 15:03

The Number Ones: Richard Marx’s “Right Here Waiting”

In The Number Ones, I’m reviewing every single #1 single in the history of the Billboard Hot 100, starting with the chart’s beginning, in 1958, and working my way up into the present.


stereogum.com | 06-Aug-2021 14:35

Rico Nasty breaks free on new song “Buss”
Check out the Baltimore rapper’s latest effort.
thefader.com | 06-Aug-2021 13:37

Jorja Smith shares new song “All Of This”
The U.K. artist returns following recent EP Be Right Back .
thefader.com | 06-Aug-2021 12:36

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