The 9th Annual Roots Picnic Lineup Announced!

(PCM) Broad City’s Ilana Glazer and Abbi Jacobson announced the lineup for the 9th Annual Roots Picnic yesterday and it boasts a host of up-and-comers and some breakout artists from the past year.

Taking place on Saturday, June 4th in Philadelphia at the Festival Pier, the 9th Annual Roots Picnic is being headlined by Future, who had a stellar year in 2015 with the release of his mixtape with Drake, What a Time To Be Alive, Leon Bridges, and Usher, who will be backed by the Roots.

This year’s lineup, like all of the lineups before it, contains a mix of rap, hip hop, R&B, soul, and electronic.

Anderson .Paak & the Free Nationals, Blood Orange, Kehlani, Kaytranada, Swizz Beats, Jidenna, Ibeyi, DMX, Metro Boomin, Migos, Lil Dicky, Willowsmith, Lolawolf, Everyday People feat. DJ mOma, Paris Monster, Rich Medina, Tish Hyman, Lil Uzi Vert, and Gogo Morrow will be all be playing the 9th Annual Roots Picnic alongside the Roots.

Presale tickets are currently on sale with general tickets going on sale Friday, February 5th at 12:00 pm EST.

For more info, check out RootsPicnic.com.

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Patrick Stewart is Ruthless in the New Red Band Trailer for ‘Green Room’

GreenRoom_Poster_long(PCM) What started out as an ordinary gig for the punk band in director Jeremy Saulnier’s horror-thriller Green Room soon dissolves into complete madness and brutal violence in the newly released Red Band (18+) trailer.

Did we mention that the trailer also contains a ruthless and sadistic Patrick Stewart? Watch for yourself below.

Down on their luck punk rockers, The Ain’t Rights, are finishing up a long and unsuccessful tour and are about to call it quits when they get an unexpected booking at an isolated, run-down club deep in the backwoods of Oregon.

What merely seems to be a third-rate gig escalates into something much more sinister when they witness an act of violence backstage that they weren’t meant to see.

Now trapped backstage, they must face off against the club’s depraved owner, Darcy Banker (Stewart), a man who will do anything to protect the secrets of his nefarious enterprise.

But while Darcy and his henchmen think the band will be easy to get rid of, The Ain’t Rights prove themselves much more cunning and capable than anyone expected, turning the tables on their unsuspecting captors and setting the stage for the ultimate life-or-death showdown.

Intense, emotional, and ingeniously twisted, Green Room is genre filmmaking at its best and most original. Saulnier continues to build his reputation as one of the most exciting and distinctive directors working today, with a movie that’s completely different from his previous, highly acclaimed Blue Ruin, but which is just as risk-taking and even more full of twists.

The entire cast deliver first-rate performances, but Patrick Stewart gives a transformative and brilliantly devious turn as Darcy—elegant yet lethal, droll yet terrifying, Stewart makes the film simply unforgettable. (A24)

The film has received high praises from critics after its premiere at the Cannes Film Festival in May of 2015 and the Sundance Film Festival on January  22 and is currently sporting a high critics’ rating of 92% on Rotten Tomatoes.

Leslie Felperin of The Hollywood Reporter gave Green Room a favorable review, writing: “As action, it’s niftily executed, the suspense neatly built, and the shocks expectedly surprising.”

Scott Weinburg also enjoyed Green Room, writing in his review for Nerdist: “A meticulously morbid and deviously entertaining piece of low-budget/high-quality action filmmaking.”

Green Room, starring Anton Yelchin (Star Trek, Fright Night), Imogen Poots (Need for Speed, 28 Weeks Later), Alia Shawkat (Arrested Development, Whip It), Macon Blair (Blue Ruin), Joe Cole (Peaky Blinders), Callum Turner, and Patrick Stewart (X-Men, Star Trek: The Next Generation), opens in select theaters April 1 before expanding to a wide open on April 15.

Watch the new Red Band trailer below!

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Rihanna Dropped Her Highly-Anticipated Album Today

(PCM) Rihanna dropped her highly anticipated eighth studio album, Anti, exclusively on TiDAL Thursday morning, surprising fans who’ve been eagerly awaiting the album’s release since 2014.

In a bold move, the 13-track album was made available for free download for a limited amount of time through the Jay Z owned streaming service. Some believe that Anti‘s surprise drop and free download is a PR move to make up for yesterday’s accidental track list leak on TiDAL, but no one is complaining.

The previously released singles “Bitch Better Have My Money”, “FourFiveSeconds”, and “American Oxygen” surprisingly do not make an appearance on Anti, only “Higher”, which Rihanna released a snippet of back in March of 2015, made it onto the album.

Rihanna announced the album’s release and free download code on Twitter Wednesday night, telling her fans and 55.4 million followers that it was her gift to them.

 

“Gift to my navy!!! #ANTI Download with code: ANTI,” she wrote in the tweet, also thanking Samsung mobile, who just signed a $25 million contract with the singer to sponsor the release of Anti and the Anti world tour, for their sponsorship.

After being showered with love and adulation from her pleasantly surprised fans, Rihanna sent out another tweet, thanking her loyal followers for all the love, tweeting: “You guys legit made me the happiest girl in the world!! I’m so grateful that you appreciate the album! It’s the most rewarding feeling.”

Later in the day on Thursday, Rihanna sent out another tweet celebrating Anti‘s over 1 million downloads in the first 15 hours of being live.

The Anti world tour kicks off in San Diego, California on February 26 before wrapping up in Zurich, Switzerland on August 12.

Anti track list:

  1. “Consideration” (feat. SZA)
  2. “James Joint”
  3. “Kiss It Better”
  4. “Work” (feat. Drake)
  5. “Desperado”
  6. “Woo”
  7. “Needed Me”
  8. “Yeah, I Said It”
  9. “Same Ol’ Mistakes”
  10. “Never Ending”
  11. “Love on the Brain”
  12. “Higher”
  13. “Close to You”

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Seth Rogen, Rose Bryne, and Zac Efron Team Up in the First Trailer for Neighbors 2

Neighbors2_Poster(PCM) Almost two years after their epic falling-out, Seth Rogen, Rose Bryne, and Zac Efron are back to their scheming ways, this time teaming up against a new sorority on campus, in the first trailer for Universal Pictures’ Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising.

Returning stars Seth Rogen, Zac Efron and Rose Byrne are joined by Chloë Grace Moretz for Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising, the follow-up to 2014’s most popular original comedy.  Nicholas Stoller again directs in a film that follows what happens when the will of parenthood goes against the bonds of sisterhood.

Now that Mac (Rogen) and Kelly Radner (Byrne) have a second baby on the way, they are ready to make the final move into adulthood: the suburbs. But just as they thought they’d reclaimed the neighborhood and were safe to sell, they learn that the new occupants next door are a sorority even more out of control than Teddy (Efron) and his brothers ever dreamed of being.

Tired of their school’s sexist, restrictive system, the unorthodox ladies of Kappa Nu have decided to start a house where they can do whatever the hell they want. When Shelby (Moretz) and her sisters, Beth (Kiersey Clemons) and Nora (Beanie Feldstein), find the perfect place just off campus, they won’t let the fact that it’s located on a quiet street stand in their way of parties as epic as the guys throw.

Forced to turn to the one ex-neighbor with the skills to bring down the new Greeks next door, the Radners—alongside best friends Jimmy (Ike Barinholtz) and Paula (Carla Gallo)—bring in charismatic Teddy as their secret weapon. If he can infiltrate the sorority and charm his way through it, the thirtysomethings will shutter the Kappas’ home. But if they think that their neighbors are going down without a fight, they have severely underestimated the power of youthful ingenuity and straight-up crazy.

Watch the first trailer for Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising below and visit neighbors-movie.com for more info!

Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising opens in theaters nationwide May 20, 2016.

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Adele’s Video for ‘Hello’ is the Fastest to Hit 1 Billion Views on Vevo

(PCM) 2016 is off to a great start for English hitmaker Adele.

The singer-songwriter’s video for her break-up anthem of 2015, “Hello,” just earned the record for the fastest video to be viewed 1 billion times on Vevo, 88 days after the video’s release.

Vevo announced the news via Twitter on Monday (Jan. 18) shortly before Adele’s label, XL Recordings, also tweeted out the impressive stat.

Released on October 22, 2015, the video for “Hello” gained over 27.7 million views in just 24 hours, breaking the record for most views in a day previously set by the 20.1 million views Taylor Swift’s “Bad Blood” video gained.

Within a week of its release, the video for “Hello” had over 100 million views on YouTube. Reports were coming out that “Hello” was being watched on YouTube at an average rate of 1 million times per hour.

“Hello” is off of Adele’s third album, 25, which spent 7 consecutive weeks in the No.1 spot on the Billboard 200. “Hello” was No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for 10 weeks since its first appearance on the November 14th chart.

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RIP Alan Rickman 1946-2016

Photo by Marie-Lan Nguyen(PCM) 2016 is off to a rough start. First, the world loses visionary and musician David Bowie, and now, just four days later, we’re dealing with the loss of actor-director Alan Rickman.

Rickman’s family announced the actor’s passing this morning, January 14th, saying the 69-year-old had lost his battle with cancer.

Though he is best known for his role as the dark and brooding Severus Snape in the Harry Potter film series, Rickman had a long and accomplished career in film, tv, and on stage in Britain and in the U.S.

Starting his classical training in acting at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts in 1972, Alan Rickman began his acting career on stage with British repertory and experimental theatre groups before working with the Royal Shakespeare Company. Rickman soon entered the world of TV, starring as Tybalt in a 1978 TV movie adaptation of Romeo & Juliet, before starring in the BBC’s TV mini-series, The Barchester Chronicles, as Obadiah Sope.

After starring in another TV movie and appearing on a few TV series, Alan Rickman got his first big break starring as the villainous Hans Gruber alongside Bruce Willis in 1988’s Die Hard, earning him the 46th spot on AFI’s 100 Years…100 Heroes & Villains before gaining more recognition in the U.S. for his role as the evil Sheriff George of Nottingham in 1991’s Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves.

Not one to be typecast as the villain in every film, Rickman branched out and played a wide variety of roles throughout his career, starring as the sensitive and lovelorn Colonel Brandon in Sense and Sensibility, the voice of God and angel Metatron in Kevin Smith’s Dogma, the pedantic Alexander Dane in the hilarious Galaxy Quest, the unfaithful character of Harry in Love Actually, the miserable robot Marvin in The Hitch Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, and the irresponsible innovator behind one of New York’s most iconic clubs, Hilly Crystal in CBGB.

Rickman earned over 15 awards and 29 nominations throughout his 38 years in the business, including a Golden Globe, Primetime Emmy, and Screen Actors Guild Award for his portrayal of Rasputin in the 1996 TV movie. The accomplished actor also has two directing credits to his name: 1997’s The Winter Guest and 2014’s A Little Chaos.

Rickman’s last film appearance will be in Disney’s Alice Through the Looking Glass as the voice of the Blue Caterpillar, opening May 27, 2016.

Fellow actors and celebrities have been mourning the loss of Alan Rickman on social media, sharing in the collective sadness touching so many right now.

Our condolences go out to the Rickman family. RIP Alan Rickman, 1946-2016.

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