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Track Review: Destiny’s Child, “Nuclear”

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Track Review: Destiny’s Child, “Nuclear”

“You had your half, and I had mine/And now there’s no such thing as you and me.” So sing the sirens on “Nuclear,” Destiny’s Child’s first new single in what may as well be 10 lifetimes on pop culture’s accelerated timetable. Leave it to these girls to make a declaration of union sound like a prenuptial negotiation. Even before Beyoncé set sail on Diana Ross’s career path, what made Destiny’s Child such a compelling girl group was never how well they meshed together (otherwise The Writing’s on the Wall would have been written out of the canon), but rather how chivalrously they ignored the fact that there was, in fact, no parity at all among them.

Of course, it’s a lot easier to say that now that Beyoncé runs the world and has enough a sense of noblesse oblige to recast her aspirations within post-feminism, a tag I don’t use lightly but have no other alternative given that the forthcoming compilation “Nuclear” is intended to help launch opens with “Cater 2 U,” still the group’s most nauseatingly insincere moment. But even in their salad days, the harmony between B, Michelle Williams, and Kelly Rowland always seemed to come through sleight of hand, with conspicuous consumerism serving as the distraction that allowed them to pull platinum-selling sisterhood like a rabbit from a hat. It now makes sense that their brand of lyrical courtship more strongly focused on who wasn’t paying the bills, bills, bills than on who could make them weak in the knees; their internal obsession with maintaining a patina of equality couldn’t help but spill over into the fantasies they were selling.

Produced by Pharrell Williams, “Nuclear” builds from that ubiquitous drum loop from Lyn Collins’s “Think (About It),” most famously used in Rob Base & DJ E-Z Rock’s “It Takes Two.” The monogamous implication is as obvious as the ledger-book subtext is seductively folded deep within the song’s creamy layers of vocal harmonizing. On the page, the “two” in the line “when the two become one on the quantum level” may as well mean Beyoncé and Not Beyoncé. And yet, these girls have rarely sounded quite as relaxed as they do leaning long and hard on the last syllables of words, nor have they been as willing to luxuriate in dynamics well south of fortissimo. Trading lines with the sort of gratitude one expects from such a high-profile reunion, Beyoncé, Kelly, and Michelle manage to convey more love for each other than any of the subjects the rest of the album’s track list ever received.

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Watch: The Long-Awaited Deadwood Movie Gets Teaser Trailer and Premiere Date

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At long last, we’re finally going to see more of Deadwood. Very soon after the HBO series’s cancellation in 2006, creator David Milch announced that he agreed to produce a pair of two-hour films to tie up the loose ends left after the third season. It’s been a long road since, and after many false starts over the years, production on one standalone film started in fall 2018. And today we have a glorious teaser for the film, which releases on HBO on May 31. Below is the official description of the film:

The Deadwood film follows the indelible characters of the series, who are reunited after ten years to celebrate South Dakota’s statehood. Former rivalries are reignited, alliances are tested and old wounds are reopened, as all are left to navigate the inevitable changes that modernity and time have wrought.

And below is the teaser trailer:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tAcftIUE6MQ

Deadwood: The Movie airs on HBO on May 31.

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Watch: Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time in Hollywood Gets Teaser Trailer

When it rains, it pours.

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When it rains, it pours. Four days after Quentin Tarantino once more laid into John Ford in a piece written for his Beverly Cinema website that saw the filmmaker referring to Ford’s She Wore a Yellow Ribbon as Tie a Yellow Ribbon, and two days after Columbia Pictures released poster art for QT’s ninth feature that wasn’t exactly of the highest order, the studio has released a teaser for Once Upon a Time in Hollywood. The film was announced early last year, with Tarantino describing it as “a story that takes place in Los Angeles in 1969, at the height of hippy Hollywood.”

Set on the eve of the Manson family murders, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood tells the story of TV actor Rick Dalton (Leonardo DiCaprio) and his stunt double, Cliff Booth (Brad Pitt), as they try to get involved in the film industry. The film also stars Margot Robbie (as Sharon Tate), Al Pacino, the late Luke Perry, Damian Lewis, Dakota Fanning, Emile Hirsch, Timothy Olyphant, Kurt Russell, and Bruce Dern in a part originally intended for the late Burt Reynolds.

See the teaser below:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Scf8nIJCvs4

Columbia Pictures will release Once Upon a Time in Hollywood on July 26.

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Watch the Stranger Things 3 Trailer, and to the Tune of Mötley Crüe and the Who

A wise woman once said that there’s no such thing as a coincidence.

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A wise woman once said that there’s no such thing as a coincidence. On Friday, Jeff Tremaine’s The Dirt, a biopic about Mötley Crüe’s rise to fame, drops on Netflix. Today, the streaming service has released the trailer for the third season of Stranger Things. The clip opens with the strains of Mötley Crüe’s “Home Sweet Home,” all the better to underline that the peace and quiet that returned to the fictional rural town of Hawkins, Indiana at the end of the show’s second season is just waiting to be upset again.

Little is known about the plot of the new season, and the trailer keeps things pretty vague, though the Duffer Brothers have suggested that the storyline will take place a year after the events of the last season—duh, we know when “Home Sweet Home” came out—and focus on the main characters’ puberty pangs. That said, according to Reddit sleuths who’ve obsessed over such details as the nuances of the new season’s poster art, it looks like Max and company are going to have to contend with demon rats no doubt released from the Upside Down.

See below for the new season’s trailer:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YEG3bmU_WaI

Stranger Things 3 premieres globally on July 4.

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