The Rundown

Entertainment Express: Nadine Gordimer, Tommy Ramone, Beyonce, Doctor Who, Christopher Walken, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

Shakira ended the World Cup – over for another 4 years – with her child-friendly closing performance, and Germany remain victors until then. Back to regular scheduled programming then. Or rather irregular, as some very sad news starts us off this week…

* South Africa’s Nobel Laureate and prized author Nadine Gordimer has died. The news came Monday that she passed away in her sleep at the age of 90 on Sunday. The country has many authors who played their roles in fighting Apartheid with their pens, and helped create a voice for South Africa’s literary scene but hers was a formidable and steadfast voice that was unlike any other.

* It’s been a sad weekend for Ramones fans too. The last surviving member of influential New York punk rockers, Tommy Ramone – born Erdélyi Tamás – died on Saturday. He was 65, and in the end, cancer killed him, as it did his fellow bandmates Joey and Johnny. Here’s to a man who went from manager to drummer, and kept the spirit of the group going long after it had disbanded.

* She’s ruling Billboard’s mid-year poll, and Beyonce is also ruling the stage, with Mr Carter as they perform their On The Run tour around the US. I caught the show in New Jersey, but it will also be airing on HBO in September.

* Life returns. And so too, does Doctor Who. For British fans, adverts during the World Cup meant the chance to see the first visuals of Peter Capaldi as the latest incarnation of the ever-rejuvenating doctor. The show returns in August, and it looks like it’s going to be, as they say, a cracker.

* Christopher Walken will play Captain Hook in a Peter Pan TV special – NBC’s follow-up to The Sound of Music. The announcement came during the Television Critics Association’s summer press tour, and it means the Oscar-winning actor will be teaming up once again with the producers of Hairspray (and the Oscar-telecast too) Craig Zadan and Neil Meron. I hope there are some Walken dance moves planned for the production.

* It was a great weekend for great movies – Dawn of the Planet of the Apes had a fantastic opening, while Boyhood, Richard Linklater’s sterling 12-years-in-the-making movie did well at the speciality box office.


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