The 6 most forgettable Super Bowl halftime shows

By Roy Trakin

LOS ANGELES ( – After the power, presence and flash of Prince, Beyonce, Bruce Springsteen, U2 and Lady Gaga’s Super Bowl halftime performances — not to mention the controversy of this weekend’s Maroon 5-Travis Scott spot — it’s hard to believe that the big game’s intermission show used to consist of college marching bands along with performers like the lily-white singing/dancing troupe Up with People and the late, great Carol Channing.

In retrospect, it’s surprising that it took 26 Super Bowls for people to realize the marketing potential a 12-minute show with an audience that is now estimated to be 100 million people — the single biggest audience for any musical performance on Earth. As the Stones, McCartney, Gaga and others have learned, it might be the best possible way to promote an upcoming tour.

The turning point came on Jan. 31, 1993, with Super Bowl XXVII, when Michael Jackson stood silently at center-stage for what seemed like an eternity before launching into an almost definitely lip-synched medley of “Why You Wanna Trip on Me,” “Jam,” “Billie Jean,” “Black or White” and, with a choir of 3,500 L.A. school kids singing along to “Heal the World.” It was a long way from 1967, when the first Super Bowl, still inelegantly called the AFL-NFL World Championship Game, was played at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum before a crowd of 61,946 — far less than the 75,144 capacity — with a top ticket price of $12. The halftime entertainment consisted of New Orleans horn player Al Hirt and the marching bands from University of Arizona and Grambling State University.

And while the Halftime Show has certainly come a long way, there have been plenty of forgotten and/or forgettable performances. Here are six that we almost guarantee you won’t remember.

1988: “Something Grand” featuring the …read more

Source:: The Mercury News – Entertainment


‘Black Panther’ director Ryan Coogler takes TV viewers on a tour of his beloved Oakland

There’s a heartwarming, Oakland-based moment in the debut episode of the TV series “Elvis Goes There.” Director Ryan Coogler is conversing with retired boxing champ Andre Ward and film critic/radio personality Elvis Mitchell inside King’s Boxing Gym on 35th Avenue when an adorable little girl — all decked out in “Black Panther” gear — sheepishly approaches.

She wants to show off her amazing costume to Coogler, the mastermind behind the blockbuster superhero saga, and tell him that it’s her favorite movie.

Coogler’s face breaks into a wide smile. He is blown away. It’s yet another example of how the film, with its mostly black cast, shook up the status quo in Hollywood and inspired African-Americans everywhere.

It’s also one of many slices of Oakland life that the Epix docu-series captures as it follows Coogler around the city where he was born and informs his films. In “Elvis Goes There” (10 p.m. Monday, Feb. 4, Epix), Mitchell travels the world with various filmmakers to their places of inspiration, exploring how each location shaped their work and identity. In coming weeks, he’ll present ride-alongs with Paul Feig, Sofia Coppola, and Guillermo del Toro.

But it all starts with Coogler in the Grand Lake Theater, where he spent much of his youth gazing in wonder up at the big screen. He tells Mitchell that his was “a movie-watching family.”

“My mom was a real cinephile,” he says. “She couldn’t go to sleep without popping something in the VHS.”

Over the hour-long installment, Mitchell examines how Coogler has made his mark in Hollywood with three very different films — “Fruitvale Station,” “Creed” and “Black Panther” — and how he has successfully managed to blend social commentary with entertainment.

Along the way, Coogler accompanies Mitchell to various Oakland locales, including his elementary school (Glenview at Santa Fe), the neighborhood where he shot …read more

Source:: The Mercury News – Entertainment


Bryan Cranston to star in Showtime legal series


Bryan Cranston, who won acclaim — and a boatload of Emmys — for his performance on “Breaking Bad,” is coming back to series television.

Showtime announced Thursday at the TV critics press tour that Cranston has signed on to star and executive produce the new limited series “Your Honor.”

Per Showtime, the series is a legal thriller that rips through all strata of New Orleans society. Cranston will star as a respected judge whose son is involved in a hit-and-run that leads to a high-stakes game of lies, deceit and impossible choices.

The 10-episode limited series will be executive produced by Emmy nominees Robert and Michelle King (“The Good Fight,” “The Good Wife”). “Your Honor” will go into production later this year in New Orleans.

“Peter, Michelle and Robert have crafted an original thriller with gut-wrenching suspense, raw emotion and moral complexity,”Showtime president Gary Levine said. “And we are simply ecstatic that Bryan Cranston, one of the planet’s finest actors, shares our enthusiasm and has agreed to play the lead. …”

In other Showtime news:

— The network has green-lit an eight-episode sequel to “The L Word,” scheduled to premiere by the end of 2019. Original stars Jennifer Beals, Katherine Moennig and Leisha Hailey will reprise their roles, alongside a new generation of self-possessed LGBTQIA characters experiencing love, heartbreak, sex, setbacks and success in L.A.

— Emmy Rossum may be departing, but Showtime has ordered a 10th season of “Shameless.” The comedy series is the network’s most-watched show.

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Source:: The Mercury News – Entertainment


Cardi B says she’s ‘working things out’ with Offset — after earlier denying a reconciliation


Cardi B was maybe attempting to settle a flurry of back-and-forth reports about the status of her relationship with her estranged husband Offset by coyly announcing outside a Queens, New York courtroom Thursday: “We’re working things out baby.”

Cardi, 26, was in court Thursday to deal with charges that she ordered an attack on two strip club bartenders — one whom she allegedly believed had an affair with Offset, according to an NBC reporter. That’s when she was asked by reporters to respond to a TMZ story that broke earlier in the morning, which said she and the Migos rapper had reconciled.

@iamcardib walking out of #Queens court today. Says “we’re working things out” when asked about #offset @OffsetYRN #cardib #nbc4ny Kinda bummed I didn’t hear an “Okurr!”

— Rana Novini (@Rana4NY) January 31, 2019

TMZ reported that the couple were back together under one roof, with Cardi and their baby daughter Kulture moving back into the Atlanta home the family shared before the “Money” rapper announced their divorce in December.

TMZ said “this is the first time she’s been back there to stay” since December. TMZ added that Cardi agreed to take Offset, 27, back because he has demonstrated he’s serious about being faithful by changing his phone number and by agreeing to a “no groupies” rule.

That means Offset won’t be allowed to have any female fans near him during his Super Bowl appearances in Atlanta this weekend, TMZ added.

However, Cardi herself raised doubts about a reconciliation earlier Thursday — before her courtroom appearance. In response to the TMZ report, she posted — then deleted — a tweet, denying that she and Offset were back together. She also denied she and Kulture had moved back into the Atlanta home.

“TMZ why ya …read more

Source:: The Mercury News – Entertainment


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