Each week KSR’s Funkhouser collects the best of pop culture. The Entertation Index collects the best of the week for your consumption.
Abrams, J.J. — The Star Wars director and television auteur has decided to branch out into the footlights of Broadway as he’s set to bring London’s West End hit The Play That Goes Wrong to the Great White Way. Presumably this outing will be a bigger hit than Abrams’ last stage play, which was an adaptation of Lost that lasted 95 hours and at the end made everyone get up and walk across the street to a church.
Link: Abrams to Make Broadway Producing Debut on “The Play That Goes Wrong”
Danza, Tony — Like me, many of you were probably wondering what Tony Danza thought of last week’s election. Turns out that, as he tells the New York Daily News, there “needs to be some kind of healing.” Danza then went on to explain that there’s a time for love and a time for living, that we take the chance and face the wind, that there’s an open road and a road that’s hidden and that there’s a brand new life around the bend.
Link: Tony Danza Talks Donald Trump, the American Motto and How the Election Has Divided the US.
Dynasty, Duck — Long-running A&E reality show Duck Dynasty has announced that its upcoming 11th season will be its last, ending a long and successful run for Louisiana’s Robertson family. Presumably the reason for the series’ end is that in 2017 colorful stars Phil and Si Robertson are slated to become a Supreme Court Justice and Secretary of State, respectively.
Link: “Duck Dynasty Calls it a Wrap, Says Current Season Is Its Last”
Ill, Licensed to — Tuesday marked the thirty-year anniversary of the seminal Beastie Boys debut Licensed to Ill, which became the first rap album to reach the Billboard Top 200 and launched the trio on a path which would land them in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. Let’s celebrate with a little Paul Revere, shall we?
Link: Paul Revere — Licensed to Ill
Kepler — Located nearly 5,000 light years from planet earth, scientists at Germany’s Max Planck Institute for Solar System Research published this week in the magazine Science Advances that the star Kepler is, to their knowledge, the roundest object ever discovered in the universe. This discovery bumps Kim Kardashian’s butt, which was previously thought to hold the title. BAM! Big butt joke! Classy stuff.
Link: Scientists Discover Roundest Thing Ever Spotted in the Universe
Music Festival, Stagecoach — California’s hugely popular Lollapalooza-for-Country-Music festival Stagecoach has announced its stacked 2017 lineup, which will next year feature Dierks Bentley, Shania Twain, Willie Nelson, Kenny Chesney and more superstars. Also on the schedule is Kiefer Sutherland, not so much for his recent country album as just in case a vial of deadly chemicals are released on a visiting Bulgarian delegate in the audience during Travis Tritt’s performance on Stage C.
Link: Shania Twain, Dierks Bentley to Headline Stagecoach 2017
Sandman, Enter — In case you missed it, Metallica visited Late Night with Jimmy Fallon earlier this week and recorded a specialized version of “Enter Sandman” with the roots. Top notch stuff.
Link: Jimmy Fallon, Metallica & The Roots Sing Enter Sandman