When Marvel comics first created Venom in the 1980s, the liquid-like alien was a kind of living suit for Spider-Man, taking over Peter Parker while he slept to violently fight crime. When the superhero managed to escape Venom’s control, it bonded with Eddie Brock, a disgraced journalist that blamed Spider-Man for destroying his career. Combining
When a studio decides to build hype for a film, sending posters and trailers to all corners of the known universe, it’s generally for two reasons. One is that they’re worried a big investment is going to flop and, rather than abandon it completely, they try to intrigue people pre-release and recover as much money
Reviewed by: Kristin Russo, Rainy Day Critic It’s a rainy day, perfect for a day at the movies. One of the benefits of going to see a movie intended for young people on a school day is that there is virtually no one there. No one asking Mom for the iPad, no one kicking the
(Editors Note: WhatsUp RI begins expanded arts, entertainment and lifestyle coverage this week. Check back daily for fresh content, new contributors and weekend events listings.) A Simple Favor: The trailers for director Paul Feig’s newest comedy-thriller, A Simple Favor, present a film that is fairly easy to understand. Backed by smooth French vocals, Anna Kendrick’s
Van Morrison wowed a legion of longtime fans at the Blue Hills Bank Pavilion on Tuesday. Beautiful weather, and the majestic outdoor amphitheater overlooking scenic Boston Harbor provided the ideal atmosphere for the venerable singer-songwriter’s talent to be showcased. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Songwriters Hall of Fame inductee hails from Northern
The 21st annual Rhythm and Roots Festival rocked Charlestown over Labor Day weekend. The three day festival featured a range of rhythm and roots artists with sounds ranging from bluegrass to funk … and a lot in between. WhatsUpRI Music Writer Ken Abrams was there all weekend and took a few pictures of the artists.
The inaugural Rhode Island Blues Festival arrived this past weekend with several stand-out performances. The music ended prematurely due to torrential rain on Saturday but was back in force Sunday with a full line up of local and national blues musicians. Two artists originally scheduled for Saturday, Jack Broadbent and Marcia Ball, even agreed to
A new book on the history of the Newport Folk Festival is a treasure trove for music fans. Former Providence Journal reporter Rick Massimo has written the first complete account of the legendary festival, describing its many successes and occasional blunders. Massimo interviewed many of the major organizers the festival, as well as musicians, attendees, and