The 38th annual Saturn Awards, recognizing achievement in genre filmmaking, were held this evening. "Rise of the Planet of the Apes," "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2, " "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" and "Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol" won across the organization's three Best Film categories. "Super 8" also picked up a pair of statues, including Best Director. Check out the full set of winners below and look back on all the action of the film awards season at The Circuit.
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Time for the unconventional challenge! And possibly some drama. And some crying. But that's only if we believe the promo from last week, though I don't think all of that cray-cray will be coming at us right away. Still, I'd welcome some tears and hysteria, only because the unconventional challenge is so often miserable. We've gotten some miraculous outfits out of this one (I recall a pretty stunning plastic cup dress a while back), but mostly it's just torture -- for the designers as well as us. But let the week of stiff, weird, unwearable designs begin!
A review of tonight's "Louie" coming up just as soon as I pine for North Dakota...
We're only two weeks into the "Big Brother" season, but thanks to the pre-game elimination of Jodi, Willie's borderline insanity and Kara's run-of-the-mill ousting, we're already three players down. If 21st Century William Katt Frank is able to complete his Head of Household reign by booting either Danielle or JoJo, we're going to have four players out in two weeks.
Does anybody else sense a "shocking" twist coming? Perhaps the shocking twist that we've all foreseen since the premiere?
There’s no shortage of guys in Pink’s world. Finding quality ones can be a bit problematic though. In the video for “Blow Me (One Last Kiss),” she goes through a few bad boys before finding the right one.
The Dave Meyers-directed clip opens like a French movie from the ‘50s. Shot entirely in black and white, except for the red wine and an exploding heart at the end, the clip takes an arthouse approach to a song that is anything but arty. It’s an interesting contrast.
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Heartless Bastards have a funny name when you consider how damn happy their childish "Only For You" music video is.
The track and the visuals are perfect comfort for those stuck in cubicle hell and conference calls. Why don't you just grab a bottle of wine and jump in a pool with all your clothes on?
Furthermore, it's confirmation that those who have bred curly-haired children are blessed for a lifetime: you're staring down an eternity of candy commercials and music videos where joy is aim.
It was shot in Dripping Springs, Texas and was helmed by Brad Beesley (Flaming Lips' "Fearless Freaks") and Louisiana Kreutz.
"Only For You" is off of Heartless Bastards' "Arrow," out via Partisan earlier this year.
It looks like the Austin City Limits festival could follow Coachella’s lead and expand into two weekends as early as next year.
According to a report in the Austin American Statesman, ACL producer C3 is talking to the city of Austin about the expansion and is holding dates — Oct. 4-6 and Oct. 11-13— for the 2013 edition that allow for the expansion. There’s report does not address whether ACL would attempt to have the same acts for both weekend, as Coachella did this year in its first year over two weekends, or will have different artists, in the style of the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival.
This year’s ACL festival will be held at Zilker Park Oct. 12-14 and includes headliners Red Hot Chili Peppers, Jack White and The Black Keys among its 130 acts.
C3, which produces Lollapalooza with Perry Farrell and William Morris Endeavor, has also announced the dates for the 2013 edition of Lollapalooza--before the 2012 festival even takes off. Lollapalooza 2013 will take place Aug. 2-4 at Chicago’s Grant Park.
As you know, Coachella has already announced it 2013 dates: April 12-14 and April 19-21.
It’s all about C3 today because it looks like the other major festival the company produces, Metallica’s Orion Festival, will return for a second year next year after its inaugural run in June. In a conference call for Outside Lands, which Metallica is headlining, drummer Lars Ulrich said that plans are already starting for Orion 2013. “We had a great experience in New Jersey and as we look to 2013, we’re definitely looking to keep it in New Jersey or to keep it on the East Coast,” according to Spin.
I talked to Ulrich about Orion right before the event took place for an article about the proliferation of artist-run festivals. Read the piece here.
When the Emmy nominations were handed down last Thursday, it started me thinking about the Grammy Awards. The year-long eligibility period doesn’t end for another two months—until Sept. 30— but there are a number of fine titles already out that are serious contenders for album of the year.
Looking ahead, here are the top 10 albums released so far that could be in the running. I’m not including any sets coming out between now and the cut-off, but September is already stacked with some major names, including Bob Dylan, Pink, Mumford & Sons, Ne-Yo, Green Day, and Dave Matthews Band, who clearly could be contenders.
These are in alphabetical order by artist instead of by any kind of rank and are my educated guess based on Grammy watching, not necessarily my wish list. In recent years, the album of the year contenders have by and large dovetailed with the year’s top pop sellers and we’ve seen a move towards nominating titles by younger pop acts (The artists whose works were nominated for Grammy album of the year this year were all 25 and under other than the Foo Fighters). However, there’s still the likely nod to a veteran act whom the voters feel may not have previously gotten his or her due or for whom they hold great fondness. Additionally, there are occasional left field choices that no one can predict.
Fiona Apple, “The Idler Wheel...”: Apple’s first set in several years was greeted in many quarters with devoted fanboy and fangirl praise and then it seems to have fallen out the larger collective mind fairly quickly. However, she has the kind of tortured artistry that Grammy voters like to reward.
Dr. John, “Locked Down”: A critical rave, the album nicely blends a heritage artist like Dr. John with a current hitmaker/tastemaker, the Black Keys’ Dan Auerbach, who pulls a delightful deftness out of Dr. John a.k.a. Mac Rebennack. Auerbach’s presence helped expose Dr. John to an audience whose parents may not have even been born when he scored his one and only Top 10 hit, “Right Place Wrong Time” in 1973.
Norah Jones, “Little Broken Hearts”: Like a number of artists singled out in this list, Jones took some adventurous turns with “Hearts,” pairing with Danger Mouse for a stunningly dark album full of gorgeous sonic and lyrical explorations.
Frank Ocean, “Channel Orange”: Released to universally strong reviews, “Channel Orange” is an exceptionally intimate, interesting R&B album that appeals to a wide audience. Plus, Ocean’s story is a compelling one that complements, instead of overshadows, the music. If he can keep momentum going, he’s the closest thing to a sure bet for a nomination.
Bonnie Raitt, “Slipstream”: Grammy favorite Raitt’s first album in seven years showcases her seemingly effortless guitar work as well as her always touching, raspy vocals. Every year, the Grammys look to honor veteran artist and she could fall into that slot, although even suggesting that she’s in any way a token nominee denigrates her great work on “Slipstream.”
Lionel Richie, “Tuskegee”: It’s the feel-good story of the year. Richie is beloved and the album is the top-selling release of 2012 after One Direction’s “Up All Night.” Richie has a tremendous cross-section of Grammy voters that he could draw upon her: R&B and pop contingencies, the country crowd, and veterans. Then again, the album could fall through all the cracks. What will be really interesting is to see if “Tuskegee” gets a best country album nod.
Rihanna, “Talk That Talk”: The Grammys showed Ri-Ri love this year for “Loud” by providing the artist her first album-of-the-year nomination. “Talk” isn’t as strong as “Loud” and it’s hard to imagine an album-of-the-year winner with a song like “Birthday Cake” on it, but the strength of “We Found Love” and “Where Have You Been” could propel it.
Bruce Springsteen, “Wrecking Ball”: As he did with “The Rising," The Boss taps into these troubled times and crafts an album full of what we need to hear, even if we don’t want to. Plus, the strength of a number of cuts, including “Rocky Ground,” “Jack of All Trades,” and “We Take Care of Our Own” are undeniable, even if the album as a whole is not consistently great.
Usher, “Looking 4 Myself”: Seven studio albums in, Usher released a tour de force that displayed a new maturity, without sacrificing his famous playful or sexy sides. He fearlessly incorporated other styles in a way that never felt forced or contrived, but instead seemed to be a natural evolution.
Jack White, “Blunderbuss”: Even if you’re not a huge fan of the music, his sincere, loving embrace of so many American music forms through his various projects makes it impossible not to be a fan of the person. Luckily, with his first solo project, White crafted an intriguing album that recalls an earlier, analog era filled with surprising pockets of sound around each corner.
Best New Artist
I'll go into this more fully in a future posting, but the best new artist category has some clear frontrunners this year. Here are my best guesses for who will get a nod.
Carly Rae Jepsen
*UPDATE: BIllboard's Keith Caulfield just questioned how I could leave One Direction off this list. I can't. I don't think they'll win, but they absolutely should be one of the finalists for best new artist and I should have included them.
Who did I leave out? Which artist and albums are you rooting for?
Things are looking, if not rosy, at least stable at ABC's daytime sudser "General Hospital" as the show enters it's 50th year. It's a nice change, according to star Anthony Geary (Luke Spencer). "I think we were all pretty emotional to get 24 [Emmy] nominations when we were so shaky a year ago… We've been living on death row."
Do you ever just look at the stars and, like, confess your dreams? Do you see Brandon Flowers there, or is he the manifestation confession?
The Killers have unleashed their music video for single "Runaways," a combo of the abstract and performance video that leave vapor trails of fist-pumping, tear-streaming rock sonically akin to Asia's "Heat of the Moment." The band opts for brilliant pops of color with a lot of black background as frontman Flowers recounts his seemingly doomed romance. It also looks like the performance screen for "Rock Band," without the actual game. Everybody looks good, refreshed.
They should be. It's been four years since the band's last "Day & Age," and with the new album "Battle Born" due on Sept. 18, it will have been almost exactly two years since Flowers dropped his solo debut "Flamingo."
"Runaways" bowed on the Hot 100 this week after its first week of radio and sales, at No. 78.