In the newest installment of their Blank on Blank series, in which “lost” interviews with celebrated artists are animated and set to music, PBS has chosen a 1968 chat between Nina Simone and renowned jazz singer and radio host Lilian Terry.
What Happened, Miss Simone?, which premieres on Netflix this Friday, is a masterpiece. Directed by Oscar-nominated documentarian Liz Garbus, whose storytelling skills are uniquely sensitive to the complicated tales of women and men grappling with fame and internal demons, it presents Nina Simone unlike we’ve ever seen…
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What a time to release a documentary about Nina Simone, righteous exemplar/defender of black woman genius and, as her daughter says in this trailer, “an anomaly... brilliant... loved.” What a title it has, too: What Happened, Miss Simone?
While it makes its Cannes debut, Nina is receiving backlash on twitter for its casting choices, while the director just filed a lawsuit against the film's producers.
Last night I returned from a marathon of a trip (that included 18 hours total in the Sheremetyevo airport in Moscow) and woke up to sun and birds chirping. Naturally, the question begs: is this shit here to stay yet?
Aretha Franklin, that classy, classy lady, is apparently tangentially involved, sorta, in who will play her in her much-anticipated upcoming biopic: "I just try to come up with the names I feel are going to best present this, who are the people that will best present my biopic and what I have in mind."
The National Enquirer, bastion of all legitimate-and-definitely-not-made-up-by-peoples'-greed-and-imagination news, reports that Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie's slinky, uber-sexual union is being torn asunder by, of all things, Tivo. Brad's allegedly pissed at Angelina for secretly recording episodes of her ex Jonny…
Zoe Saldana has started filming scenes for Nina, the movie that's an unauthorized look at the life of legendary jazz singer Nina Simone, and a paparazzi photo of Saldana on the way to the set reveals that she's been making some physical changes in order to play the part. There's dark makeup on her jaw, and she appears…
"Magical," "unforgettable" and "fantasy" are just a few of the gushing adjectives used by Jessica Biel and Justin Timberlake to describe their hella expensive Italian wedding (soup), even though not everyone was as happy (N*Sync was excluded from the 100-person guest list; they are "are pretty upset about it").…
Conservative activists in Russia are so mad about Madonna expressing her support for gay rights at a St. Petersburg concert, they're suing her for $10.5 million. If convicted, punishment is eaten by bear.
Officials at a Texas high school have their panties in a twist about nude pictures of women in the background of a German textbook. They will either ban the book or put a sticker over the naughty bits. • More banning! This time across the globe in India, some Hindu groups want to ban the Mike Meyers/ Jessica Alba film