The annual musical circus known as the Grammy Awards will air on Sunday, featuring performances from Lorde, Katy Perry, Kacey Musgraves and Robin Thicke. Power couple Beyonce and Jay Z are also reportedly planning to perform together.
As is typical for the Grammys,
It's quite a week for those who enjoy rugged armchair escapism of the historical epic variety. First came the three nights of Discovery's enjoyable gold-rush melodrama Klondike (repeated in its entirety on Saturday, starting at 9:30 am/8:30c), during which Jack London (played by Johnny Simmons) is heard rhapsodizing, "What you're looking at here is a walking, talking novel," as he surveys the squalor and violent desperation teeming throughout Dawson City, the miniseries' Yukon frontier setting.
Songwriter Lou Reed died Sunday at age 71, Rolling Stone reports. His cause of death was not released, but Reed underwent a life-saving liver transplant earlier this year.
Question: When does the new season of Rock Star start? I have been looking everywhere!
Answer: Well, apparently you didn't look at our Summer TV Preview issue of TV Guide. Tsk-tsk. Look for the second season to premiere on CBS July 7. This time, with Rock Star: Supernova, the search is on for a lead singer for the newly formed Supernova, which consists of Motley Crue's Tommy Lee, Metallica's Jason Newsted and Guns N' Roses' Gilby Clarke. Let the headbanging begin ...
Elvis Presley, 10 Days that Unexpectedly Changed America
What does Elvis Presley's 1956 appearance on the Ed Sullivan Show have in common with the 1901 assassination of William McKinley? And the onset of the Pequot War of 1637, for that matter? They are three of the 10 Days that Unexpectedly Changed America, as revisited in a History Channel series airing for five consecutive days starting Sunday at 9 pm/ET. (A detailed schedule appears at the bottom of this page.) To gain insight into this trip down memory lane, TVGuide.com spoke to acclaimed director Joe Berlinger (Metallica: Some Kind of Monster, Paradise Lost: The Child Murders at Robin Hood Hills), a coexecutive producer on the project who also helmed one of its installments.
Question: I was watching VH1's Metal Mania and they showed Metallica's video "One (Short Version)," which includes short clips from what looked like a 1950s movie about a boy who grows up to become a science experiment for the military. He remembers enough Morse code to ask for help when he can't communicate. It looks like a really interesting movie, and I'd love to see it.
Answer: The movie from which Metallica took the clips that appear in the bleak "One" is Johnny Got His Gun (1971), directed by Dalton Trumbo and based on his own 1939 antiwar novel of the same title. It revolves around a young American soldier (Timothy Bottoms) who, on the last day of World War I, loses all his limbs and is left blin
Everyone makes mistakes, even rock stars. Still, having your worst faux pas recorded in a feature-film documentary has gotta be tough. In last week's Insider, you read about Metallica's interpersonal dramas, which play out in Some Kind of Monster (currently in theaters). For drummer Lars Ulrich, there was something even more painful to relive than watching himself undergo group therapy with the band.
"There is a part in there where the drummer gets involved with a company called Napster," Ulrich says, ruefully shaking his head. "That makes me cringe a lot. That is about the hardest thing to watch. I took a lot of hits, and it was a very difficult time in my life. So it is very difficult to re-experience that."
He's referring, of course, to Metallica's 2000 lawsuit against the popular Internet file-sharing company. The band disagreed vehemently with Napster's policy on free music downloading
For more than 20 years, Metallica's rocked hard and lived hard, while remaining at the forefront of heavy-metal music. Their current documentary, Some Kind of Monster, chronicles the band's recent near-demise following the not-so-amicable departure of bassist Jason Newsted. It also shows a softer side of the rock giants. Fans peek in on their group-therapy sessions and see lead singer James Hetfield's life post-rehab. This doesn't mean they'll be all nicey nice now, though, does it?
"We've been emotional our whole career," says Hetfield. "I think we feel more creative than ever, and the anger is there. It is always going to be there.
"Music is a great therapy," the 40-year-old continues. "It has been a great communicator for me and I know that there has always been therapeutic value in writing lyrics since day one."
While it's simmering pleasantly below the surface, there's still a lingering power struggle between the fron