‘Laurel Canyon’ Docuseries Explores A “Magical Place” Where Musicians Thrived

Directed by Alison Ellwood (History of the Eagles), Laurel Canyon is a docuseries that centers on the community of artists who lived in the Los Angeles area throughout the 1960s and early 1970s.

The project features all new interviews with Jackson Browne, Don Henley, Michelle Phillips, Graham Nash, Linda Ronstadt, and The Byrds’ Roger McGuinn.

We sat down with The Byrds member Chris Hillman (The Desert Rose Band) as he reminisced about his time in Laurel Canyon (he describes it as a “magical place”). He also talked to us about collaborating with Tom Petty on his 2017 album Bidin’ My Time and his love for country rock. Laurel Canyon features a slew of music from that era, and The Byrds track “Turn!, Turn!, Turn!” plays a prominent role in the documentary.

Laurel Canyon, executive produced by Frank Marshall, debuts tonight on EPIX at 9 pm et/pt and concludes Sunday, June 7th at 9 pm et/pt.

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Filmmaker Amy Goldstein Infuses ‘Kate Nash: Underestimate The Girl’ With Inspired DIY Approach

Kate Nash (Credit: Carolina Faruolo)

Kate Nash: Underestimate The Girl is a clear eyed and ultimately inspiring documentary on how pop star Kate Nash persevered through her share of obstacles to make it out on the other side. A successful artist at the age of 18, the North London raised youth would ultimately move to California and expand her music horizons.

Infusing her music with a more punk rock sound and not playing by the proverbial rules ultimately turns Nash into an outsider, and director Amy Goldstein documents Nash’s struggles through a several year period. Nash became a MySpace sensation back in 2008 and won Best British Female Artist at the 2008 Brit Awards.

With the MySpace era is gone and the landscape of music shifting to streaming, Nash uses a DIY approach to getting her art to the masses.  “What is happening in America to artists is just awful,” said Goldstein. “That we could have it with the immediacy of it enfolding on camera and you don’t want it to happen to her and she works super hard and is very imaginative. She’s now talking a lot about how artists needs to unionize and I think she will lead a movement so that musicians can be treated better. Without being preachy, we just told the story and you get it. You really go through it with her and you get all the fun of being a rock and roll musician. She keeps her sense of humor no matter what’s happening which is really awesome.”

The great news is that Nash ultimately landed a role as a cast member on GLOW, but seeing the slow and steady climb up that hill makes Kate Nash: Underestimate The Girl a compelling and insightful watch. Click on the media bar to hear Goldstein talk about her own DIY methods in shooting Kate Nash: Underestimate The Girl:

Kate Nash: Underestimate The Girl is now available via Alamo On Demand  through June 4.

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‘Ghostbusters’ Gave Sigourney Weaver Her Most Prized Possession

While the Alien movies might have made Sigourney Weaver a bankable Hollywood star — and made her a role model as one of the first female ass-kicking action stars — she still felt like there was something missing from her career. She had a funny feeling she knew that it was… something funny. And then came Ghostbusters. Weaver had an amazing time making the Bill Murray/Dan Aykroyd/Harold Ramis comedy and its sequel back in the ’80s, so much fun that she’ll be seen in the next-generation follow-up Ghostbusters: Afterlife when it’s released next year. Weaver told us she’ll always be grateful to the Ghostbusters team that took a chance on her comedic talents. (Click on the media bar below to hear Sigourney Weaver)

The original Ghostbusters movies are available for streaming purchase or rental on most digital platforms, and also available on DVD and Blu-Ray.

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Funny, Steve Carell Wasn’t Trying To Be Funny

SPACE FORCE (L TO R) STEVE CARELL as GENERAL MARK R. NAIRD in episode 101 of SPACE FORCE Cr. Courtesy of Netflix © 2020

Some of us who got to know Steve Carell on The Office couldn’t help but trace the lineage of his character — Michael Scott felt like a direct descendant of Leslie Nielsen’s Dr. Rumack in Airplane! or any of the band members in This Is Spinal Tap: a character playing it straight and unaware that he was the joke. The fact that Carell made the role work is more a testament to his dramatic abilities than his comedic chops, because if he’d played the role strictly for laughs, The Office would have been a very different series. So, maybe not so surprisingly, Carell filled us in on a little secret: He thought he’d wind up succeeding as a dramatic actor, not a funny guy. (Click on the media bar below to hear Steve Carell)

Carell’s new comedy series, Space Force, is streaming now on Netflix.

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Steve Harvey Loves When The Stars Get Stupid On ‘Family Feud’

CELEBRITY FAMILY FEUD – ABC’s Celebrity Family Feud” stars Steve Harvey. (ABC/Byron Cohen)

Admit it — while you enjoyed watching the game itself, you were also watching Family Feud for the inevitable train wrecks, those “I can’t believe they just said something that stupid!” moments. It’s OK, that’s part of the show’s charm. Now that the show is back as Celebrity Family Feud, host Steve Harvey says the stakes have been raised, because now it’s somebody famous causing those train wrecks. (Click on the media bar below to hear Steve Harvey)

Celebrity Family Feud airs Sundays at 8/7c on ABC.

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‘Central Park’ Brings Out The Unexpected In Kristen Bell & Daveed Diggs

Central Park is an interesting little hybrid of a show, an animated comedy that’s not afraid to break into song on a regular basis. Kristen Bell and Daveed Diggs both get to showcase their vocal talents on the show, and they told us they’re doing things they very likely couldn’t do if it was their real faces on-camera. (Click on the media bar below to hear Kristen Bell & Daveed Diggs)

Central Park is streaming now on Apple TV+.

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