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Movie: Mr. SOUL!
From 1968 to 1973, the first all-Black public-television variety show SOUL!, guided by sharp gay producer and host Ellis Haizlip, offered an uncompromising celebration of Black literature, poetry, music, and politics. This documentary about Haizlip and his show includes clips of live performances from The Last Poets, Al Green, Earth Wind and Fire, literary figures like Nikki Giovanni and James Baldwin, politics, dance and more. The series was among the first to provide expanded images of African Americans on television, shifting the gaze from inner-city poverty and violence to the vibrancy of the Black Arts Movement. On HBO. [more inside]
Movie: Billy Elliot
The life of 11-year-old Billy Elliot (Jamie Bell), a coal miner's son in Northern England, is forever changed one day when he stumbles upon a ballet class during his weekly boxing lesson. Before long, he finds himself in dance, demonstrating the kind of raw talent seldom seen by the class' exacting instructor, Mrs. Wilkinson. With a tart tongue and a never-ending stream of cigarettes in her hand, Mrs. Wilkinson's zest for teaching is revived when she sees Billy's potential. [more inside]
Movie: Black Swan
Nina (Natalie Portman) is a ballerina whose passion for the dance rules every facet of her life. When the company's artistic director decides to replace his prima ballerina for their opening production of "Swan Lake," Nina is his first choice. She has competition in newcomer Lily (Mila Kunis) however. While Nina is perfect for the role of the White Swan, Lily personifies the Black Swan. As rivalry between the two dancers transforms into a twisted friendship, Nina's dark side begins to emerge. [more inside]
The Big Leap: I want you back Season 1, Ep 1
From IMDB: A [dramedy about a] group of diverse underdogs from all different walks of life who compete to be part of a competition reality series that is putting on a modern, hip remake of "Swan Lake." [more inside]
Taskmaster: Series 4 Season 4, Ep 0
Greg Davies is the Taskmaster. "Little" Alex Horne is the Taskmaster's assistant. Contestants are Hugh Dennis, Joe Lycett, Lolly Adefope, Mel Giedroyc and Noel Fielding. THAT'S RIGHT IT'S A BAKE-OFF SHOWDOWN. Also, the seasons are longer now: behold, 8 glorious episodes! Episodes are available in the USA on the Taskmaster YouTube channel (whole season playlist), and in the UK on the Channel 4 website. [more inside]
Movie: David Byrne's American Utopia
Spike Lee documents the former Talking Heads frontman's brilliant, timely 2019 Broadway show, based on his recent album and tour of the same name. Old songs, new songs, beautiful movement, suits, and bare feet. Even a cover of Janelle Monáe's “Hell You Talmbout.” Probably the panacea you need right now. Currently found on HBOMax. Preview. [more inside]
Movie: Strasbourg 1518: Our first pandemic era film?
Strasbourg 1518. Inspired by a powerful involuntary mania which took hold of citizens in the city of Strasbourg just over 500 years ago, this film is a collaboration in isolation with some of the greatest dancers working today. Isolation. Today. I think you get the inspiration. New Jonathan Glazer. [more inside]
Young dancers gather in a remote and empty school building to rehearse on a cold and wintry night. The all-night celebration soon turns into a hallucinatory nightmare when they learn that their sangria is laced with LSD. [more inside]
Doom Patrol: Paw Patrol Season 1, Ep 5
With the Apocalypse in full swing, the Doom Patrol must work with an unlikely ally to stop the end of the world. [more inside]
Deadly Class: Snake Pit Season 1, Ep 3
Marcus navigates a prank war between the Rats and Legacies, as everyone prepares for the big dance.
Room 104: Voyeurs Season 1, Ep 6
Written and directed by contemporary dancer Dayna Hanson, this episode is an intimate fever dream that softly explores the things we leave behind. [more inside]
Legion: Chapter 9 Season 2, Ep 1
The Season Two premiere reunites David with his friends from Summerland, who have joined their former enemies at Division 3 in order to pursue their mutual enemy: Amahl Farouk, aka the Shadow King. Though David has been missing for a year, he remembers the last events from Season One as if they happened yesterday. Let the mutant dance-off begin! [more inside]
Movie: La La Land
A jazz pianist (Ryan Gosling) and an aspiring actress (Emma Stone) in Los Angeles meet, with lots of dancing, singing, and bright colors. Directed and written by Damien Chazelle. Co-starring: the city of Los Angeles. Now playing in a few cities; a wider release coming Friday December 16th. [more inside]
Dance Academy: Free Falling Season 1, Ep 16
Kat throws herself a birthday party, Abigail stirs up trouble.
Dance Academy: My Life en Pointe First Watch Season 1, Ep 15
A German exchange student, Petra, arrives and now Abigail has one more thing to feel legitimately insecure about. Tension between Tara and Christian continues. Kat's Attitude begins to feel like a Problem, even to her.
Dance Academy: Turning Pointes First Watch Season 1, Ep 14
Abigail's not allowed back to class until she gets psychologically and emotionally healthy, which should mean she's ready when she turns about 45. Miss Raine starts bludgeoning Tara a week early. Kat remains a party girl. Sam tries to coax Abigail away from the dark side. Christian rather maturely puts up with the antics of everyone around him, as he is wont to do.
Dance Academy: Family Season 1, Ep 13
It's recital week and everyone's families are visiting. Or conspicuously absent. [more inside]
Dance Academy: Pressure First Watch Season 1, Ep 12
It's exam week and everybody is on their last nerve.
Dance Academy: One Perfect Day Season 1, Ep 11
It's all about control. [more inside]
Dance Academy: Through the Looking Glass First Watch Season 1, Ep 10
Abigail destroys Tara's possessions, then makes up for it by shoplifting. Christian's friend shows up looking for a place to crash, and we find out how Christian got in trouble with the law.
Dance Academy: Heartbeat First Watch Season 1, Ep 9
Kat's hip hop talents and strong opinions bear good fruit.
Dance Academy: Growing Pains First Watch Season 1, Ep 8
The perils of going through adolescence in a high pressure atmosphere with constant scrutiny and zero privacy.
Dance Academy: Crush Test Dummies First Watch Season 1, Ep 7
The students struggle with the two toughest challenges of teenage life: dealing with crushes, and learning hip hop.
Dance Academy: Perfection First Watch Season 1, Ep 6
The one where everyone behaves less than perfectly.
Dance Academy: Real Men Don't Dance Season 1, Ep 5
Yes they do.
Dance Academy: Minefield First Watch Season 1, Ep 4
The boy-girl pairs are assigned confidence tests to prepare them for pas de deux.
Dance Academy: Behind Barres First Watch Season 1, Ep 3
Christian has to go to either ballet school or jail. It's six of one and half a dozen of the other.
Dance Academy: Week Zero First Watch Season 1, Ep 2
What it says on the tin. It's 0th week and the new intake of students move into the dorm.
Dance Academy: Learning to Fly First Watch Season 1, Ep 1
Tara, the audience avatar, joins Australia's top ballet academy. [more inside]
Podcast: The Allusionist: 19. Architecting About Dance
"Talking about music is like dancing about architecture" is a problematic statement: not just because nobody can agree on who came up with it, but because dancing about architecture doesn't seem particularly far-fetched. Talking about dance, however – that’s really difficult. How do you put a wordless form of communication into words? Audio describer Alice Sanders and choreographer Steven Hoggett take the issue for a twirl. [more inside]
Steven Universe: We Need to Talk Season 2, Ep 12
Greg tells Steven and Connie how he learned about Gem fusion.
Steven Universe: The Return/Jail Break Season 1, Ep 48
Peridot comes to Earth in an action-packed two-part episode of Steven Universe.
Steven Universe: Alone Together Season 1, Ep 37
Steven fuses with a surprising partner.
Twin Peaks: Miss Rewatch Season 2, Ep 21
The Major escapes Earle's clutches, possibly at the cost of his sanity. The final puzzle box is opened, revealing a key. Cooper and Andy manage to crack the secret of the cave painting. Ritual fertility dances are performed, and the queen is crowned. [more inside]
So You Think You Can Dance: Finale Season 11, Ep 15
The top 20 dancers all return and the winner is chosen, as the finalists and the judging panel of Mary Murphy, Nigel Lythgoe, Debbie Allen, Jenna Dewan-Tatum, Adam Shankman, and Tara Lipinski pick their favorite dances of the season. Guest performances from Enriquez Iglesias, winner of SYTYCD Australia Michael Dameski, Wanted Ashiqz, and Les Twins. [more inside]
So You Think You Can Dance: Top 4 Perform Season 11, Ep 14
The Top 4 Perform with the All-Stars, with judges Nigel Lythgoe and Mary Murphy, and guest judge Jesse Tyler Ferguson. [more inside]
So You Think You Can Dance: Top 6 Perform Season 11, Ep 13
The Top 6 perform with the All-Stars, with judges Nigel Lythgoe and Mary Murphy, and guest judge Christina Applegate. [more inside]
So You Think You Can Dance: Top 8 Perform Season 11, Ep 12
The Top 8 perform with the All-Stars, with judges Nigel Lythgoe and Mary Murphy, and guest judge Jenna Dewan-Tatum. Guest performance by dance crew Control Freakz. [more inside]
So You Think You Can Dance: Top 10 Perform Season 11, Ep 11
The Top 10 perform with the All-Stars, with judges Nigel Lythgoe and Mary Murphy, and guest judge Tara Lipinski. Guest performance by Christina Perri, with Kathryn and Chehon dancing. [more inside]
So You Think You Can Dance: Top 14 Perform Season 11, Ep 10
The Top 14 perform, with judges Nigel Lythgoe, Mary Murphy, and guest judge Christina Applegate. Guest performance by dance crew Academy of Villains. [more inside]
So You Think You Can Dance: Top 18 Performance Season 11, Ep 8
The Top 18 dancers perform, along with a performance from A Great Big World. Judging panel for this week is Mary Murphy, Nigel Lythgoe, and Misty Copeland. [more inside]