Alan Ball is known for making TV magic. He’s the man behind some of the most cult-followed shows like Six Feet Under and True Blood. For his newest venture, he’s creating the town of Banshee were corruption and crime are the shows top billing. Critics are already posing the question, will this be Ball’s new True Blood?
The show stars the sexy Anthony Starr who becomes Banshee’s new sheriff. In an interesting twist, Lucas Hood was one of the world’s most notorious thieves. Now, he’s stacking himself up against Kai Proctor played by Ulrich Thomsen who literally runs the town through his twisted criminal activities. But, as we learn in the show’s trailer, Hood has come to Banshee for an ulterior motive.
The show also stars Trieste Kelly Dunn and Ivana Milicevic. But, one character I am really looking forward to is Job played by Hoon Lee. This action packed, physical role sees Lee as a cross-dressing femme fatale. Cinemax says “he’s got a sharp tongue and a quick wit—kind of like Banshee’s answer to Lafayette from True Blood. Job starts the series in dark, heavy make-up and draping dresses, but as events force him on the road he struggles with changing his look to blend in with his surroundings.” This skill will help keep Lucas out of harms way. I. Can’t. Wait!
It took me a minute but I’ve totally hopped on the Azealia Banks bandwagon. While her initial single, 212 was pretty in your face, it definitely put this female rapper on the map and made everyone take notice. With the succes of her EP, 1991, it’s only natural that Banks is gearing up to release a full-length album for 2013. Azealia took her Twitter yesterday to share a new track titled BBD and to talk about her new album.
Broke With Expensive Taste is currently set for release on February 12 of this year and as Azealia tweeted to her followers will feature the first single, Miss Amor. But, instead of giving fans a sneak peek of that track, she instead handed out a different track titled BBD which stands for Bad Bitches Doin’. While the song doesn’t have the same instrumental production that 1991 thrives upon, Banks’ rap game is on point.
Being a little bit of a musical theatre vet, I love/hate when great stage musicals become movies. Back in the early days at MGM, the studio was really able to capture the essence of song and dance on film with their stellar old Hollywood stars and insane triple threat training to make those movies not only magical but classic as well. In my opinion, the only cross-over musical movie to capture that same essence was Chicago and even then, it missed a few key ingredients that make the stage version so much better. The latest film to take the leap of faith in this genre is the epic, Les Miserables which I have yet to see. But, after reading what a former Idol contestant had to say, I may wait until it’s out to rent.
One of the above former Idols took to their Twitter to discuss their taste for a major of the actors who were cast in the film. They tweeted, “Les Mis: Visually impressive w great Emotional performances… But the score suffered massively with great actors PRETENDING to be singers.” OUCH! But, did they speak the truth? Without A-List actors involved, it’s hard to sell such a massive film. Could they have survived at the box office by just hiring Broadway stars or really talented, not famous singers?
Fans of The Wanted, rejoice! The boys seem to have some big plans for 2013 to make it one of their biggest years ever. Like 2012 wasn’t big enough with their hit single Glad You Came topping the charts in the US making them a household name and having star maker Scooter Braun jump on their bandwagon, they have some huge dreams to fulfill in the next year including two brand new albums.
For those fans like myself who already knew of the band in their UK hay-day, their US debut disc featured tracks from their two previous albums with two new bangers, Chasing The Sun and Satellite. The first album which their expecting to release this spring will feature their single I Found You. So why two albums you ask?
Band mate Tom Parker explains that originally, they had hoped to have an album out this Christmas but the group felt it wasn’t quite ready. And, with all the material they have written in the past year, they have enough music for two albums. I have to be honest, I’m not complaining. I am always up for more music from these blokes. In a recent interview in prep for Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve, the boys discuss the albums, 2013 resolutions and discuss their biggest successes of 2012.
This December, I fell in love with a music duo that has been makin’ me Swoon ever since I listened to their latest EP. Timeflies is a genre-bending talent originally hailing from New York and New Jersey but fully got their start in Boston. In fall 2011, the duo released their first album, The Scotch Tape and out of nowhere, flew to #8 on the overall iTunes chart and peaked at #2 on iTunes pop chart. Vanity Fair even named the duo “musical masterminds”.
Timeflies consists of Rob ‘Rez’ Resnick and Cal Shapiro. Rez majored in music and philosophy in school and got an early start in music production while DJing and playing in various bands. He connected with Cal, a singer and free styler rapper. The rest is musical history with an album, a mixtape and EP under their belts, there’s no telling where these boys are gonna end up in this coming year.
Two weeks ago, I downloaded their EP One Night and I haven’t been able to stop listening to it. I thought I would include my favorite stand-out tracks below for you to check out. If you like what you hear, download the EP on iTunes.
I have always been a big JoJo fan, ever since I heard Leave (Get Out) in middle school. What I love is that as I grew up, so did she and so did her music. After her record label failed to release her new music, JoJo took matters into her own hands and decided to release a new mixtape. Agape came out last week and I’ve already listened to it more times than I can count.
Agape contains two tracks we’ve already heard (We Get By and Andre) but features some brand new material that really shows off JoJo’s undeniable vocal chops and maturity. JoJo talked with Idolator about Agape and what it means to her.
“Agape means unconditional love without pretense, regardless of circumstance. I just really felt very much that’s what I wanted to embody with this. The recording process and assembling it, and just getting it all in perspective, was very much a process of love and of me growing, feeling very centered, taking care of myself and expressing myself.”
She also mentions that she wanted to create a consistent atmosphere where her fans could just get lost in the music. Having listened to this mixtape from top to bottom, I can attest that it is definitely easy to do so with this material. Lyrically, JoJo keeps it as real as ever and that genuine truth makes you connect with her more than ever.
If you’re an avid reader of the site, you might’ve noticed there was a shortage of articles Sunday. Reason being was, we were all busy having our Christmas staff party. Given everyone’s busy schedules this time of year, it’s almost next to impossible to find a date that works for everyone. Surprisingly, all but three of us were able to make it yesterday. That’s a pretty amazing feat considering our busy lives and Alex, Kevin and Topher not currently living in the same city as the most of us. Check out the pic above. The only people missing from the pic are Nic (his BF’s sis was in town), Stephen (was there earlier but had to leave for another engagement) and Alex (LA) and Kevin (Toronto).
It was great to have so many of us together to laugh, catch up and reminisce about the early days of the site. Not to sound super cheesy, but there’s this amazing energy among all of us when we’re all in the same room. With our recent accomplishments, it was nice to sit back and relax for one night and pat each other on the back.
In between all the laughs and drinks, we decided to have a gingerbread contest. We split up into two different teams determined by names out of the hat. Team 1 (my team) won the right to pick either the house or the train. We opted for the train. Each team was given only 30 minutes to build, decorate, and come up with a theme for their creation. Now, we need your help to decide which team pulled it off better. Cast your votes so we can declare a winner and give one team bragging rights over the other.
THANKS again to all of you for making Homorazzi.com such a success in a short period of time. We have the best readers on the internet for sure.
Hey fellow homos. How’s everyone’s Christmas shopping getting along? Thankfully, Patrick and I completed a big chunk of our list yesterday afternoon. Getting out of the house to do a few holiday tasks definitely helped get me in the Christmas spirit, something I feel like I have been lacking in this year. If you are like me and need a little holiday pep, I’ve decided to compile a list of some of my favorite Christmas tracks to add to your playlist. Here we go. (Please note, this article is being written very tongue in cheek.) Enjoy!
This song is a must-have on your holiday homo playlist. It’s sure to be a crowd pleaser at any party and will make your spirits gay and bright! It doesn’t hurt that George Michael who’s on our team is the mastermind behind this Christmas tune that we all know and love. See more of my holiday favorites below.