Lady Gaga to honor Bowie
Iconic rock provocateur David Bowie will be feted by another artist known for pushing the boundaries of genre, gender and beyond: Lady Gaga.
The pop star will pay tribute to Bowie at the Grammys, the Recording Academy announced Tuesday.
Gaga was already set for a performance on the Feb. 15 telecast, announcing that her Haus of Gaga creative team had teamed up with tech giant Intel for a special performance that would “showcase technology through creativity at the highest level.”
After Bowie’s death in January, Ken Ehrlich, the producer of the Grammys, began discussing a tribute with Gaga and her manager, according to an interview with the New York Times on Tuesday.
Chic’s Nile Rodgers, who produced Bowie’s hit 1983 album “Let’s Dance,” will serve as music director for the performance. “We had already booked Lady Gaga on this year’s show, but when David passed – almost in a single moment – we knew we had to change direction,” Ehrlich said.
– Los Angeles Times
Cranston plays a winner
Best actor hopeful Bryan Cranston is one of the few actors who’s been nominated for playing an Oscar winner. In the movie “Trumbo,” he stars as screenwriter Dalton Trumbo, who was among the Hollywood Ten, a group of individuals in the film industry who were cited for contempt of Congress and blacklisted after refusing to answer questions about their alleged ties to the Communist Party.
Trumbo was first nominated for his screenplay for “Kitty Foyle” (1940), which won Ginger Rogers a best actress Oscar. Although Trumbo technically penned the Oscar-winning screenplay for “Roman Holiday” (1953), the screen credit and award were given to Ian McLellan Hunter. The award was presented posthumously to Trumbo’s widow in 1993.
Mirren blasts drunk drivers
Helen Mirren stars in a Super Bowl ad for Budweiser lambasting drunk drivers – released Tuesday morning. This one is – to say the least – unusual: She decries drunk drivers as “shortsighted utterly useless oxygen-wasting form of pollution … a selfish coward. If your brain was donated to science, science would return it.”
Meanwhile, Drake stars in an ad for T-Mobile – an amusing one in which he’s annoyed by suits and which also carries the tag: “Other wireless carriers ruin everything.”
The T-Mobile commercial is of course yet an other parody of his song “Hotline Bling” (The Donald Trump-hosted “SNL” had at it as well). The video, released last October, remains one of the major destinations on YouTube: 432 million views as of this morning.