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Film companies continue to push for new ways to reach out to audiences as they figure out when it's okay to start hyping a film. Summer 2013 movies are already starting to stake their claims and premiere imagery and set visit glimpses and posters. 20th Century Fox has a pretty big stake in "The Wolverine" working, and one of the first big moments for them came last week when Empire magazine revealed some of what James Mangold told them for their upcoming story. We wrote about that piece, which included a new image of Wolverine with his bone claws extended, last week, and it seemed like one more promising detail in what is shaping up as a very promising entry in the long-running "X-Men" franchise.
Today, James Mangold and Hugh Jackman spoke directly to fans around the world who tuned in for a live online chat that YouTube streamed from Sydney. It sounds like more and more journalists are arriving in Sydney today for further press events in the days ahead, and according to Mangold and Jackman, they're only a few weeks away from wrapping the film. I'm guessing there's got to be a trailer soon at this rate. They've described the film, and now it's time to let people know what it's going to look like in motion, what that world is that they're talking about. When Mangold references both "The Bicentennial Man" and "The Outlaw Josey Wales" as thematic touchstones, it's probably safe to assume this isn't just going to be another standard-issue superhero movie.
While official Academy screenings are already under way for the long roll-call of foreign-language Oscar submissions, I've slowly been wading my own way through the pile. Having now seen in the region of 25 contenders, around two-thirds of the list remains – I'll never get to them all, but I'm still feeling more well-briefed than usual. Meanwhile, the more I see, the more impressed I am by the standard of this year's competition; the threat of “The Intouchables” notwithstanding, Academy voters will really have to go out of their way to make a dud choice.
Today's double-shot of contenders for discussion haven't been been paired for any reason beyond the fact that I saw them back-to-back at the London Film Festival last weekend. Certainly, at first glance, Mexico's serenely threatening high-school drama “After Lucia” and The Netherlands' gentle slip of a family film “Kauwboy” don't have much more than that in common. On closer inspection, however, some clear dramatic and thematic links belie the gaping tonal and formal differences between them.
Kelly Clarkson and Vince Gill take a trip back to the early ‘80s with “Don’t Rush,” a duet featured on the “American Idol” champ’s “Greatest Hits- Chapter One” set coming Nov. 19.
With its soft rock, adult contemporary production and Gill’s tasteful guitar lines, the song sounds like it could be on the charts right beside Kenny Rogers and Dolly Parton’s “Islands in the Stream” or Air Supply’s “All Out Of Love.” There’s even a pause before the key change at the end. It's as different as "Don't You Wanna Stay," her duet with Jason Aldean, could be.
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It’s ‘til death do us part” and beyond for The Band Perry on new single, “Better Dig Two.”
The sibling trio, who struck both pop and country pay dirt last year with “If I Die Young,” released the first single from their sophomore set today, even though the album won’t come out until next Spring.
Produced by Rick Rubin, the track is a dark ballad about a woman, who took a vow to never divorce her husband, so if he goes before her, the gravedigger better “dig two” because she’s following soon after. Listen to it here. We'll embed it as soon as Rolling Stone's exclusive runs out.
“Let the stone say, ‘Here lies a girl whose only crutch was loving a man a little too much’,” Kimberly Perry sings in one of her most-understated, yet best vocals. She never blatantly threatens to kill him, but it’s clear that if his ring should start to slip off, there’s going to be trouble, especially if she sees him "with someone else." As she hauntingly sings at the end, “I told you on the day we wed, I was going to love you ‘til I was dead.”
The song’s spare production, bolstered by a meaty banjo intro, serves it well and makes it even more spooky, just in time for Halloween. The tune builds in intensity (and instrumentation) as Perry's vocal grows more and more impassioned. It feels like something out of a western. It's a shame it's too late for Kevin Costner's "Hatfield & McCoys."
The trio, who just wrapped up a tour with Brad Paisley, will debut the song on the CMA Music Awards this Thursday on ABC.
Man, they both need to let it go. Lady Gaga and Calvin Harris are in a He said/She said Twitter fight after Harris told morning show "BBC Breakfast" that he passed on working with her... in 2008.
Well, as you can imagine, this did not go over too well with Momma Monster. The Scottish DJ says the request came from her label and it was before she was very big. And he passed because he didn’t like the songs, which were none of "the big songs," and was too busy.
Earlier today, Lady Gaga took to Twitter, where she makes all her pronouncements these days, to call Harris a liar, and to accuse him of dropping her name to help promote his own project, “18 Months,” which comes out tomorrow (if you ask us, between working with Rihanna, Florence Welch, Ellie Goulding and Ne-Yo, he doesn’t really need her help to get the word out).
“Never even emailed you @calvinharris I guess it’s hard to believe I write + produce my music. cuz I’m a woman I don’t know about EDM right?,” she tweeted. We’re not really sure why she brings gender into this and, also, some of her co-producers, like RedOne, might be a little surprised to hear she doesn’t need them.
Anyway, Harris didn’t back down and responded, via tweet, according to entertainmentwise, that her label had emailed him about working with her. He then mentioned that he's a fan and he apologized if he offended her. His tweet has since been taken down.
They may not be working together any time soon, but Lady Gaga is working with Tony Bennett again. After the two fell in love with each other while recording “The Lady Is A Tramp” for his 2011 “Duets” album, they now plan to make an entire jazz album together, according to Billboard.
Bennett says that Lady Gaga’s father, Daddy Gaga (actually, his real name is Joseph Germanotta) contacted him recently to suggest doing a complete album of jazz tunes, though he’s mum on revealing any of the titles. They will work together with arranger/orchestrator Marion Evans.
“It’s going to really reaffirm that [Gaga’s] one of the best jazz singers that anyone’s ever heard,” Bennett says.
No word on when the two plan to go into the studio: Bennett’s new album, “Viva Duets,” bowed at No. 3 on the Billboard 200 recently, and Gaga is finishing “ARTPOP,” which will come out in 2013.
UPDATE: Rest easy, all is now well between Lady Gaga and Calvin Harris. Following his semi-apology yesterday, she followed suit and tweeted: "@Calvin Harris thanks for the apology & explaining. My apologies too. Congratulations on your album. Wish you well. Cheers." And then she went to her label and yelled at whomever had asked him to work with her...
Most people will likely be distracted by the Eastern seaboard being washed away this evening, but for those not watching the Weather Channel (and who still have power), the good news is that the TV schedule just keeps rolling along. Tonight "All on the Line with Joe Zee" (Sundance Channel, Mon. Oct. 29 10:00 p.m.) will wrap up another season, this time with Zee guiding designer Nicole Richie to QVC greatness. It seems struggling designers couldn't have a better mentor than Zee, whose other job is Creative Director for Elle magazine. Here are a few tips on enjoying life (or, if you're a designer, for improving your business) that I gleaned from an interview with Zee during a recent trip to Los Angeles. You're welcome.
The first leg of Carrie Underwood’s “Blown Away” tour doesn’t end for another two weeks, but she has already announced a 2013 leg.
Today, Underwood unleashed another 40 dates on her website, starting Feb. 13 in Colorado Springs, Colo. Hunter Hayes will continue as opener. Tickets go on sale Nov. 2; $1 from each ticket sold will go to the Red Cross on the next leg, as it has on the first leg.
Underwood is on break from touring this week to prepare for hosting the CMA Awards, which will air on ABC on Nov. 1.
The new 2013 tour dates are below:
2-13 Colorado Springs, CO -- Colorado Springs World Arena
2-14 Broomfield, CO -- 1STBANK Center
2-17 Boise, ID -- Taco Bell Arena
2-19 Billings, MT -- MetraPark
2-21 Spokane, WA -- Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena
2-22 Yakima, WA -- Yakima Sundome
2-25 Oakland, CA -- Oracle Arena
2-26 Stockton, CA -- Stockton Arena
3-2 Las Vegas, NV -- Mandalay Bay Events Center
3-3 Ontario, CA -- Citizens Business Bank Arena
3-5 Fresno, CA -- Save Mart Center
3-8 Rio Rancho, NM -- Santa Ana Star Center
3-21 Richmond, VA -- Richmond Coliseum
3-23 Roanoke, VA -- Roanoke Civic Center
3-25 Hershey, PA -- Giant Center
3-26 Buffalo, NY -- First Niagara Center
3-28 Hamilton, ON -- Copps Coliseum
3-30 Kingston, ON -- K-Rock Centre
4-2 St. John, NB -- Harbour Station
4-9 Portland, ME -- Cumberland County Civic Center
4-11 Youngstown, OH-- Covelli Centre
4-13 Lansing, MI -- Breslin Student Events Center
4-14 Ft. Wayne, IN -- Allen County Memorial Coliseum
4-16 Greenville, SC -- BiLo Center
4-17 Columbia, SC -- Colonial Life Arena
4-19 Augusta, GA -- James Brown Arena
4-20 Jacksonville, FL -- Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena
4-23 Houston, TX -- Toyota Center
4-25 San Antonio, TX -- Freeman Coliseum
4-27 Cedar Park, TX -- Cedar Park Center
4-29 Lafayette, LA -- Cajundome
5-2 Bloomington, IL -- U.S. Cellular Coliseum
5-3 Milwaukee, WI -- BMO Harris Bradley Center
5-5 Toledo, OH -- Huntington Center
5-8 Charleston, WV -- Charleston Civic Center
5-10 Rockford, IL -- BMO Harris Bank Center
5-12 Omaha, NE -- CenturyLink Center
5-13 Sioux City, IA -- Tyson Events Center
5-15 Winnipeg, MB -- MTS Centre
5-18 Edmonton, AB -- Rexall Place
I recently learned that I was the only person living in my house, out of six of us, who had seen "The Princess Bride."
I found this revelation to be completely inconceivable.
The only reason it came up was because I was sent the 25th anniversary edition of the film on Blu-ray to prepare for a conversation with Cary Elwes. It's not like I needed the reminder of the film, since it's been one of those movies I've seen dozens of times since release, and each time, I am struck anew by just what a miracle it is. It doesn't really feel like any other movie, and while I've spoken to both screenwriter William Goldman (who adapted it from his tremendous novel) and director Rob Reiner about it in the past, I'll take any opportunity to chat about it with people who worked on it.
When I spoke to Elwes, it was by phone, and he was in an airport sitting under what sounded like the loudest speaker in human history, with a long garbled announcement blaring every three or four minutes. He seemed chagrined by the situation, but absolutely unflappable in how pleased he was to be talking about "The Princess Bride." The sheer hideousness of the situation only made Elwes seem more likable.
"Up All Night" returned for its second season with what seemed like a massive facelift. A sitcom that had once split its time between Christina Applegate's life at work with Maya Rudolph and at home with Will Arnett and their baby instead refocused on the home life, canceling the show-within-the-show (and getting rid of the other characters who worked there), having Applegate replace Arnett as the stay-at-home parent, and introducing Luka Jones' as Applegate's brother and Arnett's partner in a new contracting business.
Compared to what the show is about to do, all those changes amount to little more than getting a little collagen injected into the lips. The real overhaul is just beginning, and it will leave "Up All Night" unrecognizable by the end.
Hurricanes, earthquakes, tsunamis, Notre Dame actually GOOD again -- oh the horror! The weekend produced its fair share of nightmares (well, the end of baseball season was a godsend) and Halloween isn't even here yet. But Oscar season feels like it's at a bit of a standstill, settled into a holding pattern. I hesitate to call it the eye of the storm, but after that first wave of fall festival entries, and with plenty still ahead, it kind of feels like that. So let's just do a bit of tidying to get an idea of where we are.
"Argo" continues to be a box office hit and the Best Picture frontrunner while "Cloud Atlas" has faltered. AFI Fest is going to bring "Hitchcock" into the fold at the end of the week with "Lincoln" closing it out a week later. "Zero Dark Thirty," "Les Misérables," "Django Unchained," "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey" and "Promised Land" (though it's been seen) are all on deck for press reveals next month.