Veteran TV director Jeremy Podeswa has helmed some of Game of Thrones’ moodiest, most striking moments over the past two seasons: Jon Snow’s resurrection, Sansa’s Winterfell wedding to Ramsay, and Melisandre’s jaw-dropping reveal of her true age, among others. For Season 7, he was tasked with both Sunday’s premiere and the finale — and the show’s biggest, most divisive musician cameo yet. Pop singer Ed Sheeran appears midway through “Dragonstone” as a nameless Lannister soldier, serenading his comrades at a campfire with a little ditty about Tyrion Lannister and his secret, now dead ex-love, Shae. Arya Stark (played by real-life Sheeran superfan Maisie Williams, who inspired showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss to cast him as a surprise) stumbles across Sheeran as he sings “Hands of Gold” and stops to chat with the group over roasted squirrel and blackberry wine. The scene was meant as one of the show’s … [Read more...] about ‘Game of Thrones’ Director Defends Ed Sheeran’s Polarizing Cameo: ‘He Deserved to Be There’
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Foy Vance has kept a busy schedule this year. From Muscle Shoals, a collection of Americana songs recorded in the titular capital of Alabama’s soul-music scene, arrived in June, followed in September by To Memphis. Although both albums were tracked in the American South, the songwriter remains a busy road warrior across much of the globe, playing gigs in England — where his record label, the Ed Sheeran-run Gingerbread Man Records, is based — one minute before heading elsewhere — say, his native Bangor, Ireland, or perhaps AmericanaFest in Nashville — the next. In today’s conversation with podcast host Chris Shiflett, Vance expresses the desire to slow down his touring, dig deep into his songwriting efforts and spend more time at home with family. Below, we’ve collected some highlights from the newest episode of Walking the Floor, followed by the episode in full. Vance is a hot-chicken expert. From Muscle Shoals and To Memphis were originally … [Read more...] about Foy Vance Talks Recording for Ed Sheeran, Growing Up in Ireland on ‘Walking the Floor’ Podcast
EXCLUSIVE Chris Cornell was messed up during his Detroit concert ... hours before he committed suicide -- this according to a longtime confidant who was present and working the event. Ted Keedick, who worked with Chris for the last decade as his house engineer and tour manager, tells TMZ, "Chris was out of character from note 1 of the show. I've never heard or seen him that way before, at least if we did not cancel a show." Keedick says Chris seemed "high" and "f***ed up," but not depressed. In fact, Keedick says during sound check Chris was in good spirits. It's consistent with what Chris' widow says of her phone conversations with Chris before and after the show. Vicky Cornell says Chris told her he had taken "an extra Ativan or two" and she was so alarmed she called hotel security to check on him. Chris' own security guy discovered the singer had hanged himself in his bathroom. Keedick says Chris was off during the entire show, saying, "I'd never heard his voice that way … [Read more...] about Chris Cornell Was ‘High’ and ‘F***ed Up’ During Last Performance
Saturday’s Global Citizen Festival, held for more than 60,000 people on a sunny day in Central Park, gathered a mind-boggling roster of musicians, activists, world leaders, actors, CEOs, innovators and celebrity babies (Suri Cruise!) to spread the message “ours is not a generation of bystanders,” as Mark Zuckerberg put it in a video. The event was creative directed by Coldplay’s Chris Martin and he’s signed on for the job for the next 15 years. The day began with his band, opening with “Every Teardrop is a Waterfall” and “Viva La Vida,” Martin’s onstage enthusiasm and charm infectious enough to dissipate some of the less-than-charitable vibes brought on by long entry lines. (“It’s the Secret Service, not NYPD,” defended more than one New York cop, as serious-looking security rifled through bags, confirming rumors that both Vice President Joe Biden and First Lady Michelle Obama were in … [Read more...] about Beyoncé, Pearl Jam, Michelle Obama Thrill at Global Citizen Festival
In his Game of Thrones debut, veteran TV director Matt Shakman left us all in awe. “The Spoils of War,” an episode packed with Stark reunions, romantic tension between Jon Snow and his unwitting aunt Daenerys Targaryen, and Brienne and Arya’s exhilarating swordplay, also boasts the most jaw-dropping battle the HBO epic has ever staged. It’s the first time we see the Mother of Dragons’ rage unleashed in Westeros, with the full force of a ruthless Dothraki horde and a dragon the size of a 747 exacting her revenge on the Lannisters. Jaime and Bronn mount a doomed defense as scores of young men and a crucial bounty of food burn to ash in a battle Shakman approached as its own mini-epic, a fantasy-Western complete with a three-act structure. Filmed on location in Spain, the battle came to life with the help of innovative camera technology, impressive stunt coordination, an army of props masters, visual effects, and an emotionally resonant … [Read more...] about ‘Game of Thrones’ Director on Daenerys and Jon Snow’s Sexual Tension and That Crazy Dragon Battle
The moment the Global Citizen Festival opened to concertgoers on September 26, fans decked out in Beyoncé T-shirts raced toward the front of the stage. They had waited in line outside of Central Park in New York City for hours, and they'd have to wait several more before it was Beyoncé's turn to perform. They likely didn't mind sitting through sets by Coldplay (with Ariana Grande), Ed Sheeran, Tori Kelly and Common (with Sting), but they seemed to lose interest during presentations on the 17 "global goals" recently announced by the United Nations, for which concert organizers hoped bring attention. The camera phones came out when Leonardo DiCaprio, Vice President Joe Biden and event hosts Stephen Colbert and Hugh Jackman took the stage. But other times, concertgoers seemed more interested in the red and white beach balls dancing across their fingertips than applauding every time a company representative or head of state announced donations. Even Salma Hayek Pinault couldn't … [Read more...] about Can a Beyoncé Concert Change the World?