The unlikely rise of Lee O'Denat, the founder of Worldstar Hip Hop. Also, we reopen a cold case. [more inside]
Morris (Markees Christmas) is a 13-year-old African-American who moves to Heidelberg with his dad (Craig Robinson), who coaches professional soccer. The film explores Morris's romantic and coming-of-age misadventures. [Trailer #1 | full soundtrack listing] [more inside]
Review: ‘The Get Down’ Is ‘West Side Story’ With Rappers and Disco Queens “The Get Down,” Mr. Luhrmann’s 12-episode series for Netflix (six episodes will be available on Friday 8/12), is being promoted as “a comprehensive look at the art form’s true origins” and an authentic evocation of late-’70s New York, that caldron of burning buildings, bankruptcy, cocaine and revolutionary forms of popular music. [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 is an Aussie teen drama about students at a ballet school. I expected to hate it, but it's really rather good: well characterized, limits cheese to portions the size of a matchbox, a decent amount of real dancing per episode. Who's with me?
The group NWA emerges from the streets of Compton, California in the mid-1980s and revolutionizes pop culture with their music and tales about life in the hood.
Life changes for Malcolm, a geek who's surviving life in a tough neighborhood, after a chance invitation to an underground party leads him and his friends into a Los Angeles adventure.
Podcast: FACT MIXES - FACT Magazine: Music News, New Music.: FACT mix 496: Prefuse 73, or "Themes for a 2005 SAAB (9/3 Wagon)"
A one-of-a-kind hip-hop producer steps up. Although Guillermo Scott Herren has released music under a plethora of different names in his time – including early work as Delarosa & Asora, the drone-informed group Risil, his folk-influenced Savath y Savalas project and the exceptionally titled Diamond Watch Wrists and Piano Overlord – he’s best known for his groundbreaking records as Prefuse 73. [more inside]
In November 2014, Ghostface Killah of the Wu-Tang Clan released his 11th album, called 36 Seasons. [more inside]
A comedian tries to make it as a serious actor when his reality-TV star fiancée talks him into broadcasting their wedding on her TV show.