Hello! Hope your weekend was as exciting as the World Cup matches between Germany and Ghana, and the USA and Portugal. Pure entertainment right there.
* 22-year-old British singer Sam Smith is truly on his way to conquering the US, on the back of his album release, In the Lonely Hour, and a Top 10 charting single on the Billboard 100. But if you still need convincing, listen to this gorgeous cover he did of Whitney Houston’s How Will I Know for SiriusXM.
* The Young and The Restless (still not yet The Old and The Tired *badam bam*) won 6 awards overall, including best drama series, at the Daytime Emmy Awards. Ellen DeGeneres won outstanding entertainment talk show, while Steve Harvey won outstanding informative talk show and also game show host. The “other” Emmys take place in August.
* Late Friday afternoon, the news came out that Rian Johnson, director of sci-fi movies like Brick and Looper (starring his main man Joseph Gordon-Levitt) will be directing the next new Star Wars movie, following on from JJ Abrams who’s currently filming Episode 7. It’s a great move because it means the producers are entrusting an up-and-coming talent like Johnson, who has shown a little bit of what he can do, to now go all the way and truly impress with a bigger name title. Johnson used a clip from the movie The Right Stuff to express his feelings on the news.
* Monty Python fans will have a one-stop spot to share all their memorabilia (digitally, that is) when the fan-club for the troupe launches, at the same time that the reunion run kicks off, next Tuesday. The Monty Python SPAM Club sounds like it could be the place to find out answers to long-held questions. Or, in true Python-style, not. Wacky, yes, but totally in keeping with the comedians sensibilities, as one of England’s biggest entertainment events of the year prepares to take to the stage for 10 last live shows.
* And in this weekend’s box office wars, Think Like a Man Too ruled – with Jersey Boys and How To Train Your Dragon 2 following behind, and the way it looks right now, 3 sequels are at the top of the current box office.