Freddie Mercury and David Bowie Inspire ‘British Bake Off’ Cakes

Freddie Mercury and David Bowie were among those whose likenesses were replicated as cakes on last night’s episode of The Great British Bake Off.

The series broadcasts on the U.K.’s Channel 4 and has a devoted U.S. following on Netflix. The 11th season kicked off by asking 12 contestants to make a 3-D cake depicting the face of their heroes during the Showstopper Challenge, where the amateur bakers get to display their artistic sides.

Laura Adlington, a digital manager, made a lemon-and-elderflower version of Mercury in his yellow leather jacket from Queen’s famous 1986 Wembley show. Marc Elliott, a bronze resin sculptor, depicted Bowie from the cover of Aladdin Sane in chocolate and vanilla.

Neither contestant was named the Star Baker but they weren’t eliminated either, although Elliott was named by judges as one of their least-favorite bakers of the week.

The series tweeted photos mocking the cakes. “Freddie Mercury’s head exploded … but the Dough Must Go On!” it said about Elliott’s creation; Adlington’s Bowie was “more Gobbling King than Goblin King,” the show noted, referencing the star’s role in Labyrinth.

Two other musicians were represented on the show: Contestant Linda Rayfield made a lemon-and-orange Bob Marley cake that barely escaped elimination, while Dave Friday baked a strawberry, mint and dark chocolate concoction called Three Flavours of Tom DeLonge, named after the former Blink-182 member.

DeLonge posted a picture of the cake to Instagram, adding, “When I was younger, and needed the money, I did a few hundred adult films. This looks EXACTLY like me at the time. EXACTLY.”

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Watch David Byrne’s ‘American Utopia’ Movie Trailer

David Byrne has released a trailer for the movie version of American Utopia, which will premiere on HBO on Oct. 17.

Based on his acclaimed Broadway show of the same name, the upcoming film was directed by Spike Lee and features a 12-piece performance troupe where the focus remains on the music and performers at all times.

You can watch the trailer below.

“What if we eliminate everything from the stage except the stuff we care about the most?” Byrne asks in the clip. “Without cables or wires, what would be left? Well, it would be us, and you. And that’s what this show is. … As people, we’re a work in progress. Who we are extends beyond ourselves through the connections between all of us.”

Lee said in a statement: “It is my honor and privilege that my art brother, Mr. David Byrne, asked me to join him in concert, to invite me into his magnificent world of American Utopia.”

“Spike and I have crossed paths many times over the years,” Byrne added. “Obviously I’m a huge fan, and now finally here was an opportunity for us to work together. I am absolutely thrilled with the result.”

The movie was recorded during American Utopia‘s run at Broadway’s Hudson Theatre. Byrne is joined onstage by 11 musicians, singers and dancers, “inviting audiences into a joyous dreamworld where human connection, self-evolution and social justice are paramount,” producers note.

Following its premiere, the film will be available on HBO Max.

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New Stevie Nicks Concert Film Headed to Theaters

Stevie Nicks has announced a new concert film set to screen in movie theaters for two nights only in October.

Filmed in 2017 during Nicks’ 24 Karat Gold Tour, 24 Karat Gold The Concert sees the iconic singer delivering beloved hits and rare gems from throughout her storied career as both a solo artist and member of Fleetwood Mac. The film’s set list includes classic songs like “Rhiannon,” “Stop Draggin’ My Heart Around,” “Edge of Seventeen,” “Stand Back” and “Landslide.”

The singer also provides rare insight to her music throughout the movie, discussing the inspiration behind many of her legendary songs. “The 24 Karat Gold Tour was my all-time favorite tour,” Nicks proclaimed in a press release. “I not only got to sing my songs, but I was able to tell their stories for the first time. I love having the opportunity to share this concert with my fans.”

You can watch the trailer for 24 Karat Gold The Concert below.

The film will be released theatrically worldwide for two nights only on Oct. 21 and 25, screening at select movie theaters, drive-ins and exhibition spaces. Tickets go on sale Sept. 23 at The website also provides the most up-to-date information regarding participating theaters.

In addition to the movie, a companion live double album will be released Oct. 30. The two-CD version will be available exclusively at Target stores, while the digital version will be released on most major streaming platforms the same day. It will also be available on vinyl, with a limited-edition “Crystal-Clear” version sold exclusively at Barnes & Noble.

In anticipation of the album, Nicks released a new live version of the Fleetwood Mac favorite “Gypsy,” which is available for streaming now.

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Little Richard Song Chosen as New ‘Monday Night Football’ Theme

When ESPN’s Monday Night Football returns for the new season next week, the show will open with a revamped version of Little Richard’s classic song “Rip It Up.”

The classic cut replaces Hank Williams, Jr.‘s “All My Rowdy Friends Are Here on Monday Night,” which has served as the program’s theme for a total of 24 years of the show’s 50-year history.

Rolling Stone noted that a reference to Monday night would probably replace the original reference to Saturday night in “Rip It Up.” While Little Richard’s original 1956 vocal performance will be used in the new theme, Butcher Brown have re-recorded the backing track.

Band leader Tennishu said that working with the rock ’n’ roll pioneer’s voice was “almost a dream come true, because that’s basically what we spend our time doing.”

Listen to Little Richard’s ‘Rip It Up’

Williams’ song, originally titled “All My Rowdy Friends Are Coming Round Tonight,” was released in 1984; he recorded an alternate version for Monday Night Football in 1989. That track remained as the theme until 2011; it then returned in 2017.

Rolling Stone suggested that show producers felt the song was no longer relevant, since coronavirus lockdown provisions prevent the kind of gatherings celebrated in the song’s lyrics.

Little Richard died in May at age 87. He played his final concert in 2014, a year after announcing his retirement.

“I am done, in a sense, because I don’t feel like doing anything right now,” he explained in 2013. “I think my legacy should be that when I started in show business there wasn’t no such thing as rock ‘n’ roll. When I started with ‘Tutti Frutti,’ that’s when rock really started rocking.”

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James Bond ‘No Time to Die’: New Trailer, Poster and Release Date

A new trailer for No Time to Die gives fans an extended look at the highly anticipated James Bond film.

You can watch the new trailer and see the film’s new poster below.

In addition to showcasing a variety of action sequences and a jet that transforms into a submarine, the clip offers more hints about the plot of 007’s 25th officially sanctioned big-screen adventure.

No Time to Die marks the fifth and final Bond movie to star Craig as the legendary spy. The actor has pointed to the intense physical demands as his reason for stepping away from the role. A torn labrum, ruptured calf muscles, two lost teeth, ACL damage and an ankle injury that required surgery are among the long list of injuries Craig sustained during his tenure as Bond.

Joining the star in his final stint as 007 is Rami Malek, the actor who won an Academy Award for his portrayal of Freddie Mercury in the movie Bohemian Rhapsody. Malek plays Safin, the film’s antagonist, described as “a mysterious villain armed with dangerous new technology.” Lea Seydoux, Lashana Lynch, Ben Whishaw, Naomie Harris, Christoph Waltz and Ralph Fiennes round out the ensemble cast.

The film also boasts star power behind the scenes. No Time to Die was directed by Cary Joji Fukunaga, best known for his work on the HBO series True Detective. Phoebe Waller-Bridge, creator and star of the hit series Fleabag, was among No Time to Die’s screenwriters.

The movie’s release has been delayed multiple times due to the coronavirus pandemic. A publicity tour in China had been planned for April 2020 but was canceled following the COVID-19 outbreak in Wuhan. The U.S. opening was originally scheduled for April 10 but was pushed back due to the ongoing pandemic. After initially rescheduling for the Wednesday before Thanksgiving, Nov. 25, No Time to Die is now confirmed for a Nov. 20 release.

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The James Bond Movie That Inspired ‘Tenet’ Director

If the new spy movie Tenet appears to bear some similarities to the James Bond series, that’s no mistake. Its director, Christopher Nolan, has long been known to be a 007 fan.

He recently credited the 10th Bond movie, The Spy Who Loved Me, as a groundbreaking moment in his life, and said that he’s spent a great deal of his career trying to capture the spirit of the Roger Moore classic.

Released in 1977, the blockbuster saw 007 embroiled in the case of missing nuclear submarines and forced to share his investigation with a Soviet agent as they fight against criminal tycoon Karl Stromberg and his henchman Jaws.

The movie turned the franchise’s fortunes around after several 007 films failed to hit the mark. At that time, Nolan was around seven years old; his own career wouldn’t begin until his debut feature Following – a crime thriller – was released in 1998.

Watch the ‘Tenet’ Trailer

“The first James Bond film I remember going to the cinema to see was The Spy Who Loved Me with Roger Moore,” Nolan said (via GamesRadar).

“That still is a great favorite of mine. … What I remember, and what I’ve tried to retain from that experience, is the feeling of possibility that you could jump through that screen and go anywhere in the world and see the most amazing things. It had such scale and such possibilities, really. It was pure escapism and had an excellent sort of fantasy component to it, as well – you know, with the car that turns into a submarine, and all that stuff.”

Nolan added that he’s “spent a lot of my career trying to get back to that feeling and trying to give that experience to audiences – to take you back to that sense of wonderment about the possibilities of what movies can do and where they can take you.”

The director noted that, like the Bond movies, being on location and delivering a sense of scale underlined the plot of Tenet, which opens in the U.S. this weekend. “That works twofold: It’s both escapism, and it’s both really allowing the audience to go to the cinema and have them be taken to places that they would never be able to go to in their ordinary lives – places that are extremely glamorous or extremely dangerous.”

Watch ‘The Spy Who Loved Me’ Trailer

He added that it “also informs the narrative, and it informs the stakes of the narrative, because what we’re dealing with Tenet, as in a classic, espionage film, is a threat to the entire world. And I think by showing more of the world, and more of the people of the world, in the film, you’re constantly reminded as an audience member of the scale of the threat. It’s not a localized threat. It’s something that threatens all of us around the world.”

Tenet is on course to be a major success following its recent U.K. opening, and the 25th Bond movie, No Time To Die, seems set to go the same way when it’s released in November.

At one point. Nolan was connected with directing Daniel Craig in his last outing as 007 but said that, as with his rumored association with previous Bond films, it wasn’t true.

“I’ve spoken to the producers Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson over the years,” he explained in 2017. “I deeply love the character, and I’m always excited to see what they do with it. Maybe one day that would work out. You’d have to be needed, if you know what I mean. It has to need reinvention, it has to need you. And they’re getting along very well [without me].”

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Woodstock ’99 Documentary Coming to Netflix

Netflix has commissioned a new documentary series about the disastrous Woodstock ’99 festival, industry outlets have reported.

The four-day event was supposed to be an anniversary celebration for the original festival 30 years earlier. However, it’s best remembered for rioting, looting, sexual assaults and poor infrastructure, after organizers apparently cut corners in a desperate attempt to turn a profit.

“There were just waves of hatred bouncing around the place,” one reporter said at the time. “It was clear we had to get out of there.”

The worst moment came during the Red Hot Chill Peppers’ set after a peace organization handed out candles to be lit during “Under the Bridge.” The candles were instead used to set fire to almost anything that would burn, including a fence designed to prevent people without tickets from entering. In the aftermath, a total of 44 arrests were made and 10,000 people needed medical treatment.

Watch a Report on Woodstock ’99 

Deadline announced that a new documentary series has started production via Raw and BBH Entertainment, known for Fear City: New York vs. The Mafia and the Depeche Mode movie Spirits in the Forest, respectively.

“According to sources, the series will delve deep into the culture that created Woodstock ’99 and tell the real story behind how ‘three days of peace, love and music’ went down in flames,” Deadline noted. “Featuring unseen archive footage and intimate testimony from people behind the scenes, on the stages and in the crowds, the series aims at telling the untold story of a landmark musical moment that shaped the cultural landscape for a generation.”

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Ron Wood Documentary to Get ‘Virtual Cinema’ Release

A documentary about Rolling Stones guitarist Ron Wood will be available to U.S. and Canadian viewers as a “virtual cinema” release. Somebody Up There Likes Me will start streaming on Sept. 18.

Details and tickets are now available at the film’s website. Viewers have seven days to watch the movie, which must be completed within 72 hours from the moment the viewing began. The $11 ticket price also includes a Q&A with Wood and director Mike Figgis.

The documentary traces Wood’s history from his days with the Jeff Beck Group and Faces through his current work with the Stones. Keith Richards, Mick Jagger and Rod Stewart share insight. Wood’s artwork and personal life, including his struggles with substance abuse, are also covered.

You can watch the trailer below.

“[Wood] would say something, and then I would gently offer the possibility for going further into that thought,” director Figgis explained. “Other questions, where I tried to steer away from the cliche and therefore open up the possibility of a more productive response to, he took and he ran with. At a certain point I was thinking whilst he was talking, This is amazingly strong, quite dark material. And I did wonder if he would later say he would rather we didn’t use some of it. There was a period when we started to share the cut when I think he was surprised himself and he paused for thought.”

“When my mate Mike Figgis approached me to make this documentary film, I was baffled where to start and where to finish,” Wood said. “Oh, well, how about from being born into the Wood dynasty to where I am right now? That should do it. … ‘Leave ‘em wanting more,’ as the man said. So look out, people, there’s a lot more stories to be told.”

Somebody Up There Likes Me was shown at the BFI London Film Festival last October in advance of its U.K. theatrical release a month later. It was also named as a selection at this year’s Tribeca Film Festival in New York, but that was postponed in May due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The DVD and Blu-ray versions of Somebody Up There Likes Me, as well as a deluxe companion book, will be released on Oct. 9.

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Watch ‘Weird Al’ Yankovic Play Ted Nugent in ‘Reno 911!’

“Weird Al” Yankovic can be seen playing Ted Nugent in the latest episode of the rebooted Reno 911! comedy show.

In the sketch, titled “T-Shirt Gun,” Yankovic and the cast combine weapons, politics and a smashed guitar, with the threat of a dangerous payoff to the proceedings at a political rally.

Yankovic announced in April that he’d taken part in the reboot. “Finally, some good news in the world,” he said about Reno 911!‘s return. The show ended its initial run in 2009. The new season features original cast members and creators Thomas Lennon, Robert Ben Garant and Kerri Kenney-Silver.

Reno 911! holds a special place in our hearts, and it will be a delight to get the original cast back together for ‘reboot goofin,'” Lennon said when new streaming service Quibi announced the spoof cop show’s return. “Quibi’s short format seems custom-made for our show.”

You can watch the clip below.

In a recent Facebook post, Nugent offered his support for Donald Trump while referencing a Ronald Reagan quote. “America is the last best place, only best place really, the lone city on a hill, a beacon for others existing on crumbs in hellholes and turdworld countries who yearn for what we have: freedom,” he said.

“Freedom means that you, not anyone else, is in charge of your life — the mistakes and the successes, the failures and the rewards. Freedom is having the ability to rise to the highest limits of your potential and then some without the shackles of the government beast trying desperately to enslave you at every opportunity. Until you realize these fundamental truths, you are tap dancing in the minefield of a bloated and crushing power-abusing punk-ass government. Want more freedom? Demand less government.”

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