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Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga is exactly the film we need right now

Let’s get one thing straight – Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga is not a satire, and representing it as such is not only a misunderstanding of the film’s intention, but of the spirit of Eurovision in general.

It would be easy to assume that a comedy about Eurovision starring Will Ferrell would be a mockery in the vein of Talladega Nights or Blades of Glory, however, it’s clear that the filmmakers behind Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga genuinely love the event and what it represents. Read More

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Netflix’s unfunny Eurovision Song Contest movie is sanitized trash


For years I didn’t understand the appeal of the Eurovision Song Contest. In some ways I still don’t understand why the better part of 200 million people tune in to watch mostly horrendous music – seriously, whose idea was Scooch? – outlandish costumes and voting from tedious national presenters.

That said, I get it more now. In its daftness, Eurovision is completely self-aware, and the least pretentious of Europeans luxuriate in it every year as they indulge in a little harmless national pride. Everyone involved is in on the joke, and they carry on having the same unadulterated fun regardless, purely for its own sake, and because it’s an event with a deeply positive vibe. And that’s precisely why spending two hours weakly attempting to mock it is a curious choice in Netflix’s newest movie. Read More

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Tom Petty’s family demands that Trump back down from using a hit song

The punches from the Trump Tulsa rally just keep coming in. This time, it’s from the family of the late Tom Petty demanding that the president back down from using Petty’s song “I Won’t Back Down.”

Those at the rally would’ve heard the song’s intended message of defiance playing to a less than packed arena. The Tom Petty estate responded with a cease and desist letter followed by a statement on Twitter signed by Petty’s daughters and widows Adria, Annakim, Dana, and Jane.  Read More

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Beyoncé’s releases new song, website for Black creators on Juneteenth

Beyoncé lined up twin surprises for Juneteenth: a song release, and a website bearing a similar name aimed at boosting Black-owned businesses.

The song, “Black Parade,” popped up on an assortment of music streaming services on Friday, with an extended version available exclusively via Tidal. She announced the song’s release in an Instagram post.

“Happy Juneteenth Weekend! I hope we continue to share joy and celebrate each other, even in the midst of struggle. Please continue to remember our beauty, strength and power,” the post reads. “‘Black Parade’ celebrates you, your voice and your joy and will benefit Black-owned small businesses.” Read More