Musical episodes are a wonderful break from the norm during some of our favorite shows that run seasons long. Often a fun way to get out of a storyline bogged down by drama and intrigue, a way that often forces characters to reveal secrets, confront inner demons, or express themselves in ways they otherwise couldn’t. Sometimes it’s just for giggles because you have a talented cast that’s itching to show off their vocal chops. Either way, musical episodes tend to be fan favorites that make it on playlists of many-a-nerd for years after the show has ended. And here’s 5 favorites from tv’s best musical episodes.
Ask any real fan of science fiction, of Bradbury and Asimov and Heinlein, to list their favorite underrated films of the last ten years and, if they are worth their salt, the indie darling Moon starring the inimitable Sam Rockwell will land somewhere in their top five. Written and directed by Duncan Jones, son of legendary rocker David Bowie, Moon is one of those unique movies that slips under the radar for being too odd and personal to appeal to a large audience but has a fiercely loyal fanbase that will continue to duct tape their friends to a sofa and force them to watch, a la A Clockwork Orange. Jones followed it with the equally underappreciated Source Code and then went full blockbuster status with Warcraft which failed to impress critics and audiences outside of China. However, hope sprang anew in the hearts of all sci-fi junkies when it was announced that Jones was returning to his indie roots with a spiritual sequel to Moon, simply titled Mute.
Today a synopsis and first look photos were released. (more…)
There’s been a long standing rumor that David Bowie once auditioned for a role Peter Jackson‘s Lord Of The Rings Trilogy. Which role changes with each telling, but now Dominic Monaghan, who played the hobbit Merry, has added his story to the mix. While it does confirm that Bowie auditioned, it still leaves up in the air which role he was up for. (more…)
Its hard to believe that Labyrinth, the Jim Henson directed fantasy movie that introduced me to recently passed David Bowie, turns 30 this year, and to mark the occasion, Tri-Star Pictures and The Jim Henson Company has decided to reboot the franchise. And despite the coming uproar over the idea, the project has announced that the movie will be penned by non other than one of 2014’s biggest surprise hits, Guardians of the Galaxy.
Last week, the world lost a music legend that can never be replaced. For some, there will be no greater musician than David Bowie. There is absolutely no denying the musical genius behind Ziggy Stardust. Bowie was more than just a haunting voice and a pretty face, however. The man was also an all around entertainer and anytime he happened to show up in a film, his acting chops were on full display and even at his worst, Bowie stole every single scene he ever laid down on celluloid. Of the films in which he lent his presence, there is none more cherished and beloved than the 1986 Jim Henson classic, Labyrinth. Well, Screen Junkies will be Screen Junkies and this week, they have decided to give this beautiful film the Honest Trailer treatment. Don’t worry, fans of the film (so, really, everyone) will likely be very okay with the final product. Really. (more…)
In an age where thousands of films are produced per year, it is sometimes difficult to imagine the many that barely scratch the surface of popular culture. Plenty of others have their moment in the spotlight and then disappear. Only the rare few can truly stand the test of time. David Bowie’s Labyrinth is one of those special few. But what makes the 1986 cult classic so well-loved that not only one generation, but now three, call it a favorite? Why is this film so different from the Hollywood standard? It’s not just nostalgia for a time before CGI, and it’s not just because a legend passed and so many want to remember him. It’s so much more than that. (more…)
Music and Rock lost a legend when David Bowie passed away earlier today at the age of 69. But even more so, Science Fiction lost a great influence. When news of Bowie’s passing reached James Gunn, he took to social media to share some news about how he and Kevin Feige were actually working on getting the Starman to make a cameo in the next installment of Guardians Of The Galaxy. Sadly, audiences will never see it, but at least they’ll learn about it and what could have been.
Pop star, rock star, artist, actor, icon. David Bowie has passed away two days after his 69th birthday, following an 18 month fight with cancer. The world’s entire social media output currently reads as a global epitaph for the great man, and rightly so. It was only a few days ago that Bowie released his now final album, Blackstar, and his long-time producer Tony Visconti has explained on his Facebook page that it was always intended as Bowie’s swansong and as a final gift to his fans. And now it really is. (more…)
Just when you thought it was safe to let your baby brother take a nap, news has come out that the Goblin King will be back on the big screen! That’s right, Labyrinth is getting a sequel from the only people in the world that could do it justice, the Jim Henson Company. Variety buried this golden sequel nugget at the bottom of an announcement concerning Billy Crystal‘s involvement in another Henson project, Which Witch. (more…)
Bret McKenzie took home an Oscar the first time he tussled with puppets, working as the music supervisor on 2011’s The Muppets. Naturally, he signed up for seconds, serving in the same capacity for the upcoming Muppets Most Wanted, but apparently, the Flight of Conchords co-frontman wants to continue thumbing through Jim Henson’s back-catalog for inspiration… sorta.
In a new interview with Collider, McKenzie talked up another project that he is working on with James Bobin (the director of both Muppet revival movies and also 11 Flight of Conchords episodes), one that McKenzie compared to Labyrinth, Henson’s David Bowie starring dark fantasy.
“I’m in the middle of a script for a kind of—it hasn’t got a name yet but it’s a fairy tale comedy musical, sort of akin to Labyrinth or something like that. I’m developing and that script’s halfway through. James Bobin’s helping me. I’m the official writer but we’re developing it. I want to make a comedy musical with singing dragons and monsters and stuff. [It’s] live-action, so it would be a mixture of The Muppets and The Princess Bride.”
Obviously, this is still in the formative stages, but those comparables and McKenzie’s work with the Conchords makes this one to watch, even if it isn’t the Labyrinth-era David Bowie filled space party that we all desperately want and need.