The new AMC reality series '4th and Loud' chronicles
By Rob Moynihan in TV Guide
hey've rocked and rolled all night, and partied every day, but now KISS members Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley are going long hoping to score a touchdown. In 2013, the classic rockers purchased (with their manager Doc McGhee and AFL vet owner Brett Bouchy) an Arena Football League team in Los Angeles and rebranded it LA KISS. Now Simmons sounds off on his new AMC reality series, 4th and Loud, which chronicles the strugges of a sports franchise start-up.
Why was buying this team the right decision for the band at this point in your career?
How do you infuse the KISS brand into the games?
Has that made for better television?
Yet after one season, the team is underperforming with a 3-15 record.
Is it true you made an offer to Tim Tebow?
Did you ever imagine that the band would get to this level? Was it always the goal?
4th and Loud airs on Tuesdays at 9/8c on AMC.
A new documentary tells the strange saga of '70s major league pitcher Dock Ellis.
by Chris Nashawaty in Entertainment Weekly
No No: A Dockumentary
n June 12, 1970, a fiery, flamboyant pitcher for the Pittsburgh Pirates named Dock Ellis hurled a no-hitter. The no-hitter is a once-in-a-blue-moon event in baseball -- an unlikely convergence of guile, precision, and dumb luck. But what made Ellis' feat even more amazing? He was zonked on LSD at the time. In No No: A Dockumentary, Ellis and his former teammates unspool the stranger-than-fiction story of that night in San Diego: how he was so out of his gourd that he didn't even know he was starting that day. How the catcher, Jerry May, had to wrap magnetic tape around his fingers so that Ellis could decipher his signals. How he thought he'd scored a touchdown after one deft play in the field (yes, you read that right). "I was as high as a Georgia pine," Ellis says in an archival interview (he died in 2008). Even years later, he still didn't seem entirely convinced that it happened.
Ellis was a born raconteur who seemed to both regret and revel in his colorful past as a high-functioning addict and soul-power hepcat. But for better -- and worse -- No No strives for more than immortalizing his drug-fueled day of infamy. First-time director Jeffrey Radice uses the LSD anecdote as the hook for an awkward attempt to rehabilitate Ellis' image, elevating him from space cadet to civil rights martyr -- a junkie Jackie Robinson -- as Ellis advocates for black ballplayers, free agency, and a more compassionate support system of drug counseling.
Some of these arguments are convincing, others less so -- especially after Ellis' ex-wives recount the abuse they suffered when their husband was loaded. The fact is, Dock Ellis was...complicated. Probably a lot more so than No No makes him out to be. In the end, maybe the most black-and-white thing in his life was the string of zeros he put up on the scoreboard, high as a Georgia pine, 44 years ago. (Also on iTunes and VOD) B
A BASEBALL CARTOON ON ACID
Long before the new doc about Dock Ellis, an animated YouTube clip about the pitcher's story became a viral sensation. One year after his 2008 death, his legend got a boost thanks to Brooklyn-based filmmaker Christopher Isenberg and artist James Blagden. The two took a public-radio interview with Ellis, then added Blagden's psychedelic imagery to accompany the pitcher's own words, creating an animated short called Dock Ellis & the LSD No-No. "He's telling an amazing story that's sort of funny and dangerous and kind of hard to believe," says Blagden. "For me, it's some sort of expressionist painting where your imagination is filling in the gaps." As of 2014, the video has been viewed more than 3.5 million times. - Jeff LaBrecque
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