Well, here’s Ryan Gosling dancing to C&C Music Factory in a Mormon talent show in 1991. Also, he sings “When A Man Loves A Woman.”
There was going to be an HBO series from the creator of Designing Women about Dallas real estate starring Lily Tomlin. There are six complete episodes that never aired. I MUST SEE THIS. (Via this excellent Vulture article about HBO’s many stillborn shows.)
Adele’s “Someone Like You” was co-written by the guy from Semisonic.
Not sure how I missed that until now.
(The presence of that guy, Ryan Tedder, and Rick Rubin on that record doesn’t do a whole lot of favors for the “Adele is so authentic / sui generis” argument you still hear occasionally, but whatever, not the kind of thing I get worked up about anymore.)
(And of course I had to look at the Wikipedia page for 21 when “Rumor Has It” came on at Crate & Barrel, because of course it would, and I got the idea in my head that Cathy Dennis wrote it. IF ONLY. Also, yes, I’ve been at Crate & Barrel a lot lately, I am kind of being a total yuppie the last couple months, I don’t want to talk about it.)
Oh this is just too good. Can SNL please just suck it up, channel their inner 90s, and give us a low-budget Stefon movie already?
OK, so you are thinking “Hahaha obviously the answer is NONE” in regards to this headline, and I was too, but then I made the mistake of clicking on the YouTube embed of “I Think I’m In Love With You” at the end of the article and then some really embarassing dancing-in-my-computer-chair happened, and then I realized I had devoted five entire minutes to thinking about the concept of new music from Jessica Simpson, so I guess you win, Popdust.
It was also very smart writing to couch her musical options in the terms of “Which of her peers should she directly rip off,” because man, did she EVER rip off Mariah Carey with “I Think I’m In Love With You” (prominent 80s sample, frolic at an amusement park, gaspy harmonies) and hot damn if it didn’t work like a charm. Fire up the photocopiers, Jessica!
So yeah, I’m extra-glad I saw her last week now.
Also: this is amazing.
Also also amazing: That they clearly sold the announcement rights to their child to the MTV VMA’s. That is how you play the GAME.
I’ve Got To Date Anybody I Can!
So in unrelated news, I just reopened my OKCupid account.
OK, so this show was barely on my radar, but it sounds like such a potential high-speed trainwreck that I will DEFINITELY be watching the first few episodes. As long as I don’t get stuck in the Glee trap, where I love the premise and hate virtually every detail of the execution, but I just keep watching anyway in the vain hope that, just once, they will do something I will enjoy without a “Yeah, but…” attached.
Guys, the good news is, they really are making Jurassic Park 4 now. The bad news is, they didn’t buy my script treatment. I know. I’m sorry, too. We all know how much the world needed to see my version of this movie.
Red-band trailer for Drive. Shit, this looks like a blast. Ryan Gosling pulpy-ass LA crime thriller with insane car chases? Sign me up. Utterly ridiculous cast, too: Carey Mulligan, Bryan Cranston, Christina Hendricks, Albert Brooks…
Twice in one headline, guys? Really? REALLY?
EDITED TO ADD, Five minutes later: Yep, they’ve already changed it. Awesome.
Typically hyperbolic PJ review, but the headline is, Richard X has finally produced an entire pop album for someone, rather than just a track here or a track there, and it’s Will Young (the gay male Kelly Clarkson of Britain). The first single, “Jealousy,” is a stomper-grower, if that makes any sense. It doesn’t blow me away but I kinda want to listen to it over and over anyway? This is gonna bear looking into when it comes out / leaks.
EDITED TO ADD: Tom is correct in pointing out that this, of course, would be Richard X’s first entire album for someone who is not himself (RICHARD X PRESENTS HIS X-FACTOR VOLUME 1 is a seminal album for me in my love affair with pop and if you’ve never heard it then you really, really need to do something about that aspect of your life). A single-artist album is still different from a compilation, so I stand by my previous description.