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‘Temporary Kings’ Review: Alluringly Reserved

At long last, Ethan Iverson is no longer leading a double life. For most of this century he has had conflicting musical identities. For one, he was a member of the Bad Plus, one of the most popular groups in jazz; the rambunctious group was sometimes promoted as a power piano trio and often did its best to act as if subtlety were an enemy. For another, he created ambitious and abstract works for intimate ensembles, and he blogged enthusiastically about jazz, often highlighting underappreciated elements of the genre’s history. Late last year, the Bad Plus announced that Mr. Iverson would be leaving. Since playing his final gig with the trio on New Year’s Eve (pianist Orrin Evans has succeeded him), he has increased his individual recording and gigging as well as his blogging, and he has begun writing about music for the New Yorker. He has gone from one of jazz’s leading popularizers to one of its leading geeks.

“Temporary Kings” (ECM), a duet session with the outstanding saxophonist Mark Turner, is Mr. Iverson’s first release since his departure from the Bad Plus, and it reflects the gulf between his independent activities and the sound of his erstwhile band. The music is austere and elegant and belongs to the growing field of chamber jazz. The sounds draw you with their reserve; the spaces between the notes often have as much impact as the notes themselves. Some of the recording is reminiscent of the subdued complexities of the Lennie Tristano/Warne Marsh “Cool School” approach to jazz, developed in the ’50s.

The nine performances on the 54-minute recording—six composed by Mr. Iverson, two by Mr. Turner, plus a cover of Marsh’s “Dixie’s Dilemma”—seem to divide into three segments. The first third of the recording, which features three Iverson works, is contemplative. The Cool School influence is apparent in the restraint and gentle abstractions, but there’s a litheness to the players’ interactions. Each musician responds to the other and tugs the music in striking directions.

The second third is less opaque. The pace picks up and the tone lightens for “Dixie’s Dilemma,” which echoes the Jerome Kern/Oscar Hammerstein II standard “All the Things You Are.” Mr. Iverson performs solo on his “Yesterday’s Bouquet,” a wistful ballad. “Unclaimed Freight” borders on playful.

The recording’s final three pieces are clear and precise, with both ruminative and straight-ahead aspects. Mr. Turner’s composition “Myron’s World” flows gracefully, his saxophone lines augmented by Mr. Iverson’s impressionistic piano. The pianist’s “Third Familiar” is haunting, and the recording comes full circle at the conclusion with Mr. Turner’s “Seven Points,” a slow, tender meditation.

Mr. Turner, who is 52 years old, and Mr. Iverson, who is 45, met in the early ’90s when they were frequent participants in jam sessions in New York. They are half of the Billy Hart Quartet, which has released three widely acclaimed recordings, and they write for each other. Mr. Iverson’s “Turner’s Chamber of Unlikely Delights” appears on this album. Mr. Turner’s “Iverson’s Odyssey” appears on the first release by the Billy Hart Quartet. Their rapport highlights the new recording.

Mr. Turner is a cerebral saxophonist and an excellent duet partner; he also appears on the stunning “Faroe” (Sunnyside), an August release with Danish guitarist Mikkel Ploug. In the press release for “Temporary Kings,” Mr. Iverson says that Mr. Turner’s playing makes him listen harder, which is an apt comment about what both men do for their audience. The duo will tour the Midwest and Northeast Sept. 13-20, including an appearance at the Jazz Standard in New York on Sept. 18. They will tour the West Coast in October.

Mr. Johnson writes about jazz for the Journal.

JWoww Shares Update On Son After Emotional Jersey Shore Family Vacation Episode

Jersey Shore Family Vacation Season 2 may put a lot of the spotlight on Jen Harley and Ronnie drama, but they’re not the only people on the show dealing with difficult situations. Jenni “JWoww” Farley revealed in the Season 2 premiere she was going through a struggle of her own as her 2-year-old son Greyson wasn’t hitting his milestones for speech, and was nonverbal. Farley recently uploaded a video and brought interested parties up to date on Greyson’s status, and the outpouring of support she received from viewers, noting:

JWoww’s update came via her official YouTube channel, which showed Greyson attending early intervention with JWoww and his 4-year old sister Meilani Alexandra helping him along. The Jersey Shore Family Vacation star didn’t go too deep into Greyson’s current progress, although indicated that she intends on giving more updates as he continues to develop and progress through therapy. This could be due to the fact that Jenni Farley saw the outpouring of support and the number of people reaching out with similar stories, so she may not want this to be the last time anyone gets an update on her son’s progress.

Developmental update videos were something Jenni Farley had been doing in the early stages of Greyson’s development, but she admitted she shied away from them when he started missing milestones. Once Farley opened up about his issues on Jersey Shore Family Vacation and saw the reaction it got, she realized she had an opportunity to open up a network of support and continue the conversation about an issue that’s more common than some may realize. Farley wants to give others an outlet to share their stories, as well as a community to lean on as she helps Greyson through his development as well. She said:

JWoww’s tease of the video on social had some of her Jersey Shore Family Vacation co-stars hopping into the comments, with well wishes coming from Snooki, Deena, and The Situation’s fiance Lauren Pesce. Fans also reached out to Farley once again, with many sharing stories of their own experiences with speech-delay. Angelina Pivarnick and Jen Harley were absent from the well-wishing, although with Harley’s account currently private (probably due to fans reacting to her onscreen behavior) and Pivarnick’s on-and-off relationship with Farley, the lack of response is understandable.

Jersey Shore Family Vacation airs on MTV Thursdays at 8:00 p.m. ET. Keep track of all that’s happening on cable television this fall season with our fall premiere guide.

You Can Pay To Have Yourself Photoshopped Into Porn Scenes Now

And the future, indeed, is now. Or, at least, sometime in the near future. Because Naughty America’s ongoing technology invention appears to still be in the works, and not readily available. Although if they are promoting it, we should probably know more details about the product (should it be of interest, of course), in the not-too-distant future. Soon, the time will come (in more ways than one…) when viewers will get the chance to see themselves photoshopped onto porn actors, and live out the experience of watching porn as they never experienced it before. Is it a brave new adventure, or is it the sign that the doom days are soon upon us? We can’t answer that question. All we know is, for some, watching porn will likely never be the same again, and they’re going to get an experience that’s very interactive.

Jason Blum Would Love To Bring Back Scream And I Know What You Did Last Summer

It is no coincidence that the horror renaissance has coincided with the rise of Blumhouse Productions. Jason Blum’s production company has put out some of the most successful and acclaimed horror movies in recent years, conferring a certain level of cachet to any horror film bearing the Blumhouse Productions name. This fall, Blumhouse gets in the franchise revival game with Halloween, but that iconic series isn’t the only one ripe for a proper return. Jason Blum would also love to take on those two most ’90s of horror properties, Scream and I Know What You Did Last Summer, as he explained:

To those hoping that a Blumhouse Scream or I Know What You Did Last Summer revival were in the offing, this will come as a bit of a disappointment. On the bright side, it doesn’t seem like it is a lack of desire or enthusiasm for those properties that is preventing Jason Blum and Co. from taking them on. As it often is, business matters stand in the way of something we might like to see. As Jason Blum told Forbes, Blumhouse doesn’t have the rights to those properties to be able to make new movies, even if he might want to. Apparently the rights issues are complicated as well, which makes it sound like he’s looked into it. So unless the rights are sorted out, at the moment it seems that Blumhouse cannot legally bring back Scream and I Know What You Did Last Summer.

If nothing else, Jason Blum seems keen on the idea of bringing back these two meta-horror properties, and perhaps he will get the chance to do so at some point. In this age of reboots, where nostalgia and brand recognition are highly valuable and there is money being left on the table now, it seems only a matter of time before these properties, which are only a little over 20 years old, get brought back for more bloodletting. In fact, a few years back, Sony was reported to be shining the hook for a reboot of I Know What You Did Last Summer, to be written and produced by Oculus and Gerald’s Game writer-director Mike Flanagan. Obviously that never came to fruition.

Although there are some business realities preventing Blumhouse from taking on these two horror properties at the moment, it would be the place for them to make their comeback. Halloween is not out yet, but the early reviews out of the Toronto International Film Festival are largely positive, indicating that David Gordon Green’s film is the best in the series since the 1978 original. So given what looks to be a success, hopes would be high for Blumhouse to be able to replicate that with Scream and I Know What You Did Last Summer.

Blumhouse’s Halloween slashes into theaters on October 19. For all of 2018’s biggest movies still to come, check out our release schedule, and if you like scary movies, stay tuned to CinemaBlend.

Watch Julia Roberts Climb Into An Audience To Hug A Super Fan

50-year-old actress Julia Roberts is a cinematic icon who rose to fame on the brink of the ’90s with her breakout roles in Mystic Pizza and Pretty Woman. After a decade of rising success, Roberts earned herself an Oscar for Best Actress in 2000’s Erin Brockovich. The actress has continued to dazzle with a range of roles in rom-coms, action flicks and intense dramas. While at the Toronto International Film Festival, Roberts was in attendance for the premiere of her upcoming film Ben is Back and her first leading role in a television show with Homecoming. While taking audience questions for Homecoming, Roberts had a sweet encounter with a huge fan of hers, that had her leaving the stage to meet him. Take a look.

As shown in the video from TIFF, Julia Roberts instantly got excited at the sight of fan Kenny Santana’s t-shirt, as he stood up to ask her a question amongst the panel of Homecoming stars. Santana was rocking a shirt with the phrase “We are Family” on it, which Roberts shares and posted on her Instagram a few weeks prior. The shirt comes from Be Love Apparel and benefits the organization, Together Rising, which is working to reunite families who have been separated at the U.S.-Mexico border due to the immigrant crisis set off by the Trump administration. At the sight of a shirt symbolizing the “We are Family” campaign that Roberts is personally passionate about, she said to the fan, “what a good human you are!”

The lovely moment also had the super fan telling Julia Roberts that he had been waiting for this moment for 28 years, meaning he has likely been a fan of hers since the very beginning when Pretty Woman made its way to audiences. On the top of that, he flew all the way from Indonesia to see Roberts, making the actress asking him to come on stage and then coming to him to give him a hug. Roberts brought him on stage to take a picture with him, interrupting the flow of the Q&A as Homecoming director and Mr. Robot creator, writer and director Sam Esmail, attempted to get another question in while she made her round to Santana. Of course, the audience was too enamored with the cute moment to move on.

Homecoming is a psychological thriller that follows Julia Roberts as caseworker Heidi Bergman as she works at a facility that treats soldiers returning from war, also starring Bobby Cannavale, Stephen James and Sissy Spacek, to premiere on Amazon Prime on November 2. One month later, Roberts will play mother to troubled son struggling with addiction, played by Lucas Hedges who surprisingly comes back home in Ben is Back which comes to theaters on December 7.

New Study Reveals Iron Man Is Always The Avenger With The Most Lines

The Marvel Cinematic Universe started with Iron Man, and 10 years later, he still gets all the glory. Somebody recently did an analysis of the four Marvel “team-up” movies, The Avengers, Avengers: Age of Ultron, Captain America: Civil War, and Avengers: Infinity War, and found that, in all four cases the Avenger that has the most lines is Iron Man himself, Robert Downey Jr.’s Tony Stark.

It’s perhaps not too shocking that Iron Man has more lines than anybody else in The Avengers. Iron Man was by far the most popular character and Captain America, as important as he is, had only been introduced in the previous Marvel movie, making him the new kid on the block under the circumstances. Robert Downey Jr.‘s portrayal was incredibly popular, he was the one Avenger who already had two movies under his belt when the team-up occurred, so it’s no shock he had the spotlight.

Over time, however, the other Avengers certainly began to come into their own though, and so you’d think that maybe by the time of Avengers: Age of Ultron things might have evened out. Instead, the difference between the number of lines for Iron Man and Captain America stays about the same. And let’s not even talk about the rest of the team. They all have a lot fewer lines than the big two. Hawkeye faires better in Ultron thanks to the introduction of his family, but he’s the only one who sees significant improvement from the first movie to the second.

What’s the most shocking about this data compiled on Reddit, however, is that even in a movie called Captain America: Civil War, Iron Man has more lines than Cap. It’s a lot closer than the previous two Avengers movies, but still, Iron Man comes out on top in a movie named for Captain America. Who exactly is Chris Evans agent?

And then, of course, there’s Avengers: Infinity War. There are a lot of characters to balance there so it’s no shock that most characters don’t have as many lines in total as they have in the other films, though Thor ends up with more lines than any previous outing. Still, who has far and away more lines than any of the other Avengers. That’s right, good old Iron Man.

And we can probably guess how things will go when we get to Avengers 4. All of the core Avengers are still alive, so each of them will have plenty of lines, but with this expected to be Robert Downey Jr.’s final performance as Iron Man, you can bet that Marvel Studios is going to want to get their money’s worth out of the actor.

Felicity Is Getting Pink Hair And More In New Arrow Season 7 Images

Are you feeling a little blue waiting for Arrow to return? Well, prepare to feel a little pink. OK maybe very pink thanks to Felicity’s colorful new hairdo. There will definitely be no shortage of change for Felicity when Season 7 begins and she has apparently decided not to hold back on making a few more. With her husband in prison, Felicity has decided to rock a whole new look. See it for yourself below!

While her new hair color is one of the more initially apparent changes, Felicity has made to her visage, in the picture above she is also showing off some piercings. There is one near her eye and one on her nose. It is not the first time Arrow viewers have seen the genius sporting a look very similar to this. In the fifth episode of Season 3, the show revealed Felicity’s “origin story” and her penchant for dressing like a goth at the time revealed Felicity does like to change her look from time to time.

The second picture released by The CW shows Felicity and Oliver talking through prison glass, an image that showcases the reality and impact of Oliver’s incarceration. While Felicity reacts to seeing her bruised and battered husband, the couple reaches out to touch the glass that separates them. Although we knew that Oliver would be undergoing a brutal stay in prison, Felicity’s condition is not exactly what we expected. See the picture for yourself below:

Yes, Felicity appears to have sustained some sort of head wound. The left-facing portion of her forehead has blood and a bruise on it. With Felicity on the outside of the prison walls, the origin of her injury is not initially as easy to pinpoint as Oliver’s. Of course, it may not be that difficult to figure out. It is yet another angle to Season 7 worth theorizing about. In the third and final picture released, another highly-anticipated reunion takes place. See for yourself below:

Diggle looks solemn as he visits Oliver in prison in the final photo available to show from the upcoming season of Arrow. The duo has been through some rough times together, and this latest hurdle is certainly up there. The still appears to be from the scene shown in the Comic-Con promo between Oliver and Diggle. And while you cannot directly see Oliver’s face in the pic, you can see his bruised reflection in the glass.

Giuliana Rancic’s New Plan: Let Celebrities Talk About—Gasp—*Themselves*

If it’s hard to believe that three full years have passed since Giuliana Rancic stepped down from her co-anchor spot on E! News, that’s because her face has still been everywhere. A consistent red carpet fixture for the better part of two decades, she was fully present for a smattering of viral moments that dominated this year’s awards shows and her Instagram has remained plenty active. Plus, she’s been out promoting other projects, including her eponymously-named Prosecco and a “judgement free” parenting app with her husband, Bill, called Pear.

So, in a way, it seems almost like she hit pause on E! News more so than walking away. But make no mistake: On September 4, Rancic returned to her reign on the nightly show, alongside co-host Jason Kennedy. And she’s got a plan for how to dig back in, at a time when Hollywood is still going through a major reckoning.

“Certainly, in the past year or so, [we’re] having more important conversations, more meaningful conversations, on the red carpet,” Rancic tells Glamour. It’s a marked change from when she began as a correspondent on the network, back in the early aughts. “There was a long period of time in the beginning, really until recently, where viewers wanted to hear about the light things: the beauty, the fashion, the projects. We would do a little bit of everything.”

“I think we’ve gotten away from keeping the focus on the people we’re talking to.”

But, in her view, what’s really changed now—more so than talking about equal pay and inclusion riders on the step and repeat—is the fact that celebrity reporters have gotten away from talking to celebrities about, well, the celebrities themselves. Whereas once the conversation was largely focused on the show, the project, or elements of their personal lives, so much of the dialogue now rests in cultural commentary, which isn’t, innately, a bad thing. But while some are more than happy to take up the role of advocate or social critic, others aren’t quite as cut out for it. Or just don’t care to do it.

And so, Rancic has a philosophy that, right now, sounds at once intuitive and a little bit rogue: “Letting someone just talk about what they want to talk about, and not making them feel like ‘Oh my gosh, I’m going to get asked to talk about something that has nothing to do with me,” she explains. “I want celebrities to feel like, when we do an interview, that it’s about them. I think we’ve gotten away from keeping the focus on the people we’re talking to.”

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If you think this sounds simplistic, it is. You don’t have to tell Rancic, either; she’s aware of that fact. But she also thinks the time has come for us to get back to the basics. It’s a theory she cooked up while she was a consumer, instead of a creator, of celebrity news over the past few years, based on a recurring observation: “It’s like a lot of other voices [are] jumping into conversations that don’t really have anything to do with them, and they’re not necessarily voluntarily doing that.”

It’s also among the reasons she decided to come back to making the news. “That’s honestly one of the things I’ve been thinking about a lot,” she adds, “how to have more direct, honest conversations with people, about things that apply to them. I think if we do a lot of that, it’s a nice way to start getting back on track.”

Ranic isn’t the only person whose wondered whether or not we’re asking too much of red-carpet conversations that, at the end of the day, are about entertainment: Award shows and interviews don’t have to become our thunderdome for hashing out systemic issues. But it’s also not that Rancic thinks we should stick to fluff—not by a long shot. At the end of the day, like a lot of things, it’s all about balance.

“The way you handle these interviews has a lot to do with who you are as a person.”

“You can be serious, and also have fun, and a minute later say something that moves someone. That’s how I am in my life,” she says. “You just have to be able to read the moment. I think a lot of people—even the people who are using the [red carpet] platform for so much good, and putting up these meaningful messages—know that there needs to be that balance.”

In summary, and maybe to say the least: “It’s a really interesting time,” Rancic says with a laugh. “Everyone’s got to be more prepared on the red carpet, but honestly, my key is to be in the moment,” she says. “It really comes down to: The way you handle these interviews has a lot to do with who you are as a person.”

Elizabeth Kiefer is a New York–based writer and regular contributor.

Why Disco is Back in Fashion—Again

DISCO’S STILL NOT dead—at least not in fashion. While the days of dancing ’til dawn at Studio 54 are barely a memory, designers have gravitated to the era’s glittering exuberance to tap the escapism it represents. This fall, sequins, sparkle and the languid, ’70s silhouettes proffered by Halston are back in the spotlight. From high-shine minis at Saint Laurent to oversize paillettes at Paco Rabanne and unstrict draping at Carolina Herrera, brands are taking cues from nightlife’s most hedonistic age.

“In difficult times, fashion is always outrageous,” wrote surrealist designer Elsa Schiaparelli in her memoir. Had she lived to see disco’s apex, which came just after her 1973 passing, she’d surely agree that its sartorial opulence proved her thesis. Disco can be seen as a reactionary fantasy born out of crisis, specifically the aftermath of the Vietnam War and Watergate scandal. It makes sense, then, that in today’s turbulent sociopolitical climate, designers are embracing the period’s megawatt glam.

“It’s an escape tactic,” said London designer Michael Halpern, who’s been turning heads with sequin-drenched collections since debuting his line last year. “Putting on a sparkly frock or a shiny pair of trousers eases the pain a little bit.” Mr. Halpern’s more extravagant wares, like full-sequin dresses and jumpsuits, which range from $2,100 to over $4,000, are his best-sellers. Those searching for a more accessible indulgence can pick up a piece from his spangled Topshop mini-collection, set to hit in November.

Brandon Maxwell has looked to disco and its heroines, including Bianca Jagger, since launching his line in 2015. “That whole time was about going out and forgetting your troubles,” he said. “It was about dressing up and glamour and losing yourself. And god, don’t we need that right now?”

Indeed, but women also crave modernity, and there’s a fine line between disco-tinged elegance and garish costume. To keep things current, Mr. Maxwell mixes casual pieces—a cropped sweater, for example—with glitzy elements like sequin trousers. Mr. Halpern suggests that the new disco flair needn’t be relegated to nighttime. “I’m not asking someone to wear a sequin jumpsuit to work at 8:30 a.m., but I don’t see why you can’t wear a sequin T-shirt under a cool suit.”

Though Susi Kenna, the Art Basel art fair’s 34-year-old digital and social media manager, likes “a little drama” when she goes out at night in New York, she dismisses the notion that the trend has daytime practicality. After dark, she said, it gives her a chance to play out a fantasy, but “I would never wear something like that to work or brunch.”

Mr. Maxwell countered that parties can become brunches: “I would imagine that, after going to Studio 54, women wore their clothes until the sun came up,” he said, musing that they’d perhaps hit the diner in their disco duds. “That’s just as glamorous—probably even more so.”

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CMT’s Artists of the Year Special Will Honor Only Women for the First Time Ever

The CMT Artists of the Year special only honored male performers in 2017, which, unsurprisingly, caused some backlash online. It looks like the network heard people’s complaints, though, because this year’s honorees are exclusively women. Yes, for the first time since its inception eight years ago, the CMT Artists of the Year ceremony will tribute the current queens of country music—and only the queens.

Carrie Underwood, Miranda Lambert, Kelsea Ballerini, Maren Morris, Little Big Town’s Karen Fairchild and Kimberly Schlapman, and Lady Antebellum’s Hillary Scott are the seven women CMT will honor during the show—and each are more than deserving of the praise. Morris took the country and pop music world by storm this year with her crossover hit “The Middle,” featuring Zedd; Lambert spent the first half of the year killing it on tour; and Underwood publicly emerged stronger than ever with her song “Cry Pretty” after enduring a facial injury. (Her album of the same name drops this Friday, September 14.) Little Big Town also found success on tour this year, and Lady Antebellum is still riding the success of their 2017 album Heart Break. Ballerini, meanwhile, was just tapped to be a fifth coach on NBC’s hit competition series The Voice.

“In this monumental year for women, dedicating one of the biggest nights in the genre to applaud female country artists not only solidifies our commitment, but we hope will spark a much-needed change in the industry,” CMT senior VP Leslie Fram said in a statement.

All the women receiving honors this year are returnees, except Morris, who released her first album in June 2016.

The CMT Artists of the Year Awards will air live from Nashville on October 17 at 8 P.M. ET. Mark your calendars accordingly.

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