Monday, August 14, 2017

American Idol auditions to take place in Charleston next Fri. Aug. 25

From Kelly to Justin to YOU

Posted by Mary Scott Hardaway on Mon, Aug 14, 2017 at 3:34 PM

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Was it really 15 years ago that Kelly Clarkson sang "A Moment Like This" on the American Idol stage during its premiere season? Was it really 12 years ago when adorable then-22 year old Carrie Underwood wore bell-bottom bleached jeans and sang Bonnie Rait in her audition, citing Martina McBride as her fave singer and showing Simon and Randy how she could cluck just like a chicken? Nostalgia, hitting all the high notes.

While the 2018 season of American Idol will lack the British-accent laced burns — "You will never have a career in singing, seriously never" — of Simon Cowell (apparently he's turned down an offer to be on the panel), it will still have that allure of potential instant fame. Potential being the operative word, but hey, if you miss, you'll land among the stars — anyone remember big-name past winners Taylor Hicks, Cris Allen, and David Cook?

On Fri. Aug. 25, get up in the wee hours of the morning and head to the Charleston Area Convention Center to see if you've got the harmony, the quirky background story, or the insane outfit that will get you those precious 15 minutes. Visit for all the audition deets.

Event Details American Idol Charleston Auditions
@ Charleston Area Convention Center
5001 Coliseum Drive
North Charleston
Charleston, South Carolina
When: Fri., Aug. 25, 7 a.m.

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Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Stephen King's Charleston-filmed Mr. Mercedes adaptation premieres Wednesday on Audience

Creepy clowns included, of course

Posted by Sam Spence on Wed, Aug 9, 2017 at 1:19 PM

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Having wrapped filming in Charleston over the summer, the TV adaptation of Stephen King's Mr. Mercedes will premiere at 8pm Wednesday night on AT&T's Audience network (ch. 239 for DirecTV customers.)

The Mr. Mercedes premiere marks the second debut in as many weeks for an adaptation of one of King's latest serialized thrillers; Dark Tower was the top box office flick in theaters over the weekend. From the latest trailer, Mr. Mercedes looks like a mashup of a techno-thriller like Mr. Robot (aptly named, I guess) and a rogue cop drama. The official description describes it thus: "Two years after retiring, former homicide detective Bill Hodges is still haunted by his last case. When the demented culprit begins to torment Hodges, he embarks on a crusade to bring the killer to justice."

King said his initial inspiration for the show came while sitting in an S.C. motel watching an Ohio TV news story about crazed driver who plowed through a group of people. The full trailer (below) for Mr. Mercedes features this storyline with a signature Stephen King embellishment, a creepy clown. Mr. Mercedes stars Harry Treadaway (Penny Dreadful), Brendan Gleeson (Braveheart), Mary Louise Parker (Weeds), and Jharrel Jerome (Moonlight). The show was adapted for TV by King and David E. Kelley (Big Little Lies) and Jack Bender (Lost) served as executive producer.

The 10-episode season airs on Audience, a AT&T/DirecTV-exclusive channel, and will wrap up in mid-October.

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Relive Bill Murray's tearful viewing of 'Groundhog Day' the musical on Broadway

Tuggin' at our heartstrings, Bill

Posted by Connelly Hardaway on Wed, Aug 9, 2017 at 12:24 PM

In case you didn't know, Groundhog Day is a musical. The Broadway show has received critical acclaim, with Vogue calling it "funny, heartfelt, and uplifting," and the New York Times chiming in with the description, "bright whirling of a show." Delightful.

But while Groundhog Day the musical premiered last year, it wasn't until last night that Bill Murray — the star of the original film, of course — saw the production. And according to the NYT, it made him cry.

NYT culture writer Sopan Deb live tweeted the whole thing, initially teasing the world with his first tweet:
The big reveal:
Apparently, intermission was fun for Murray:
And the grand finale? Well, according to Deb, Murray cried his eyes out:
Murray stayed pretty emotional post-show, too, telling Deb that Harold Ramis, Groundhog Day's director, would have been "flabbergasted by the musical," and giving the cast an "amazing speech."

At the end of the day, Deb wanted to relive the whole night. We're right there with him.
Here's hoping the show tours and makes a stop in Charleston so we can have a Murray Groundhog Day moment of our own.

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Charleston shot Marlon Wayans' film 'Naked' premieres on Netflix this Friday

Please send nudes

Posted by Connelly Hardaway on Wed, Aug 9, 2017 at 11:32 AM

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You probably see camera crews all over Charleston. Like all the time. From Jessica Biel's Sinner to Stephen King's Mr. Mercedes to Danny McBride's Vice Principals — you get the idea — TV crews love filming in our city. And this Friday you can check out one of the latest projects to use Charleston as its backdrop, Marlon Wayans' Naked. The show premieres this Fri. Aug. 11. on Netflix.

The premise of Naked is that Rob (played by Wayans) is on his way to the chapel to marry the love of his life when alas he winds up naked in an elevator, stuck in a time loop. You know, the classic rom-com trope. Groundhog Day (the film is, in fact, a take on the Swedish comedy, Naken, which is based partly on the Bill Murray classic) meets ... The Blue Lagoon?

Naked filmed in Charleston last October; In November P&C detailed some of those familiar spots, which include Upper King's The Daily, North Charleston's Riverfront Park, Broad Street, and the Mills House. Meeting Street's Second Presbyterian Church also serves as the site of the film's wedding.

If deja vu in your own life gives you a headache, then deja vu in this movie may very well drive you insane. But hey, maybe that's just us. Check out the trailer below to decide for yourself.

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Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Music Hall and Virginia's On King kick off dinner and film series with The Notebook

Extra cheese, please

Posted by Mary Scott Hardaway on Tue, Aug 8, 2017 at 1:09 PM

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Nothing screams "Southern charm" like two uber attractive young Canadian actors crying and screaming and swimming whilst fully clothed in a period romance set amidst Spanish moss and shots of Boone Hall plantation. I mean, if I were an alien and I needed an introduction to the American South, this would be it.

Seriously, though, as much as we may hate to admit it, we kind of love The Notebook. No, not for its cinematic excellence or saccharine, sweeping generalizations. We love it because if you've seen it once, hell, even if you're one of the 10 people on earth who hasn't seen it, you know the storyline: poor boy falls in love with rich girl and their journey to love isn't easy, but it's worth it, or something. It's wonderfully predictable, safe, and Gosling and McAdams ain't too bad to look at either.

The Charleston Music Hall understands this deep, confusing, shameful love affair we have with the 2004 movie based on, dare we utter the words, a Nicholas Sparks novel, so on Thurs., Sept. 7, head to Virginia's on King for a super Southern prix fixe meal at either 5:30 or 6:30 p.m., then walk on over to the Music Hall for The Notebook screening at 7 p.m.

Movie tickets are eight bucks, and dinner and a movie tickets are $43. Add wine pairings to the mix and you're looking at $68. Sure, you could skip out on the three-course meal, but there's no better way to ease your way into watching a Sparks-inspired flick than digging into some good ole fashioned nanner pudding.

Tickets are on sale now. 
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Event Details The Notebook Film Screening: A Night in the South
@ Charleston Music Hall
37 John St.
Charleston, South Carolina
When: Thu., Sept. 7, 7:30 p.m.
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