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<p>Justin Bieber</p>

Justin Bieber

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Justin Bieber sets tour dates for 'Believe' arena tour; Carly Rae Jepsen opening

Teen star believes sales will be so strong, he's booked multiple dates in some cities

Three months after the release of June 19’s “Believe,” Justin Bieber will hit the roads with a headlining arena tour.  The first leg will open Sept. 29 at the Jobing.com Arena (Ok, that’s a case of naming rights gone really wrong) in Glendale, Ariz. before winding down in Miami at the American Airlines Arena on Jan. 26. 2013.

Bieber is pulling a Madonna (or a Prince, depending upon your reference point) as fans will be able to pre-order “Believe” with purchase of concert tickets. An American Express pre-sale starts tomorrow. General on-sales start June 2. (Beliebers already know about the fan club presale that is going on right now!)

The tour, presented by AEG Live, features Carly Rae Jepsen as the opener.

Sep 29             Glendale, AZ               Jobing.com Arena                 
Sep 30             Las Vegas, NV            MGM Grand                          
 
Oct 2               Los Angeles, CA         STAPLES Center                  
Oct 3               Los Angeles, CA         STAPLES Center                  
Oct 5               Fresno, CA                  Save Mart Center                  
Oct 6               Oakland, CA               The Oracle Arena                  
Oct 8               Portland, OR               Rose Garden                         
Oct 9               Tacoma, WA               Tacoma Dome                       
Oct 12             Calgary, AB                Scotiabank Saddledome       
Oct 15             Edmonton, AB            Rexall Place                           
Oct 16             Saskatoon, SK            Credit Union Centre               
Oct 18             Winnipeg, MB             MTS Centre                           
Oct 20             Minneapolis, MN         Target Center                         
Oct 21             Milwaukee WI             BMO Harris Bradley Center  
Oct 23             Rosemont, IL              Allstate Arena                        
Oct 24             Rosemont, IL              Allstate Arena             
Oct 26             Kansas City, MO        Sprint Center                          
Oct 27             St. Louis, MO              Scottrade Center                   
Oct 29             Dallas, TX                   American Airlines Center       
Oct 30             Houston, TX                Toyota Center                        

Nov 1              Memphis, TN              FedExForum                          
Nov 2              Louisville, KY              KFC Yum! Center                  
Nov 4              Philadelphia, PA          Wells Fargo Center                
Nov 5              Washington DC           Verizon Center                       
Nov 9              East Rutherford, NJ    IZOD Center                          
Nov 10                        Boston, MA                 TD GARDEN                         
Nov 12                        Brooklyn, NY              Barclays Center                     
Nov 20                        Pittsburgh, PA             CONSOL Energy Center      
Nov 21                        Auburn Hills, MI          The Palace of Auburn Hills    
Nov 23                        Kanata, ON                 Scotiabank Place                   
Nov 26                        Montreal, QC              Bell Centre                             
Nov 28                        New York, NY             Madison Square Garden       
 
Dec 1              Toronto, ON                Rogers Centre                       

Jan 5               Salt Lake City, UT      EnergySolutions Arena          
Jan 7               Denver, CO                Pepsi Center                          
Jan 9               Tulsa, OK                    BOK Center                           
Jan 10             N. Little Rock, AR       Verizon Arena                        
Jan 12             San Antonio, TX          AT&T Center                          
Jan 15             New Orleans, LA        New Orleans Arena               
Jan 16             Birmingham, AL          BJCC Arena                          
Jan 18             Nashville, TN              Bridgestone Arena                 
Jan 19             Greensboro, NC         Greensboro Coliseum 
Jan 22             Charlotte, NC              Time Warner Cable Arena    
Jan 23             Atlanta, GA                 Philips Arena                                   
Jan 25             Orlando, FL                 Amway Center                      
Jan 26             Miami, FL                    American Airlines Arena        ?
 

 

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<p>Kristen Stewart lets her guard down and delivers one of her best performances so far in the Walter Salles adaptation of 'On The Road'</p>

Kristen Stewart lets her guard down and delivers one of her best performances so far in the Walter Salles adaptation of 'On The Road'

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Review: 'On The Road' makes great use of Kristen Stewart, Garrett Hedlund, and Sam Riley

Long-rumored Kerouac adaptation mostly gets it right

CANNES - Many filmmakers have attempted to adapt Jack Kerouac's seminal novel "On The Road" over the years, but Walter Salles is the guy who finally wrestled it up onto the screen.  It is a largely successful attempt to bring the book to life, and it follows the same sort of episodic rhythm that Salles utilized so well in "The Motorcycle Diaries."  While I would not call it a towering accomplishment, it is far more successful than I would have expected knowing the source material.

It would be interesting to take all of the films that exist that deal with the Beat Generation and the various characters who defined the era and look at how these people have been interpreted though various artistic filters.  After all, "On The Road" was Kerouac's biography, but through a very thin filter of fiction.  He renamed people, turning himself into Sal Paradise, the novel's narrator, while he turned the charming and charismatic Neal Cassady into the iconic Dean Moriarty.  Cronenberg's adaptation of "Naked Lunch" used a similar device, taking the unfilmable William Burroughs novel and turning it into a film that is as much about the writing of the book as the book itself.  We've seen films like "Howl" and "The Sheltering Sky" tackle the era and the figures who wrote those remarkable works, and there are, of course, plenty of documentaries that also tackle the era, giving these people a chance to make a case for their own place in cultural history.  The result is that we've got a pretty dense tapestry of material to choose from now if we want to try to understand what it was like to both create these works and to live in an era where they were fresh and causing major cultural shifts.

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<p>Some knowing eyes from &quot;The Great Gatsby.&quot;</p>

Some knowing eyes from "The Great Gatsby."

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Baz Luhrmann delivers an opulent preview for 'The Great Gatsby'

Gallery: The most luxuriously opulent images from trailer

It's rare that an end of the year awards contender debuts its first full trailer in May, but Warner Bros. appears to have something special in mind with "The Great Gatsby."

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<p>Amber Riley and Lea Michele of &quot;Glee&quot;</p>

Amber Riley and Lea Michele of "Glee"

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Recap: 'Glee' Finale - 'Goodbye'

A surprising (and surprisingly strong) end to an uneven season suggests interesting possibilities next season
Having an ensemble can be an asset for a television program. Ostensibly, the more onscreen talent you have, the more diverse a set of stories you can tell. On “Glee,” perhaps less would have been more as a general rule. The show hasn’t narrowed its scope of storytelling over the years, but rather expanded it to the point where everything has become diffuse. It’s hard to focus on any one particular aspect of the show when it keeps shining flashlights into the corner of your peripheral vision. “Goodbye” was probably one of the best episodes of this uneven third season because it turned “Glee” into what it’s always truly been: the story of Rachel Berry. One can argue the relative merits of that focus. But having that focus tonight really did make a difference.
 
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<p>Chris Price's &quot;Homesick&quot;</p>

Chris Price's "Homesick"

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Song Of The Day: Chris Price's 'That's Your Boyfriend'

So what have you done with your iPhone lately?

Chris Price's iPhone is essential -- not essential in the "I'd be lost if I broke my iPhone" sort of way, but the songwriter's latest creative output was wholly reliant on it.

L.A.-based Price recorded his entire solo debut "Homesick" on his phone, using the app Little Code Shop's 4Track Audio Recorder. Additionally, Price's friend Kyle Safieh shot a video for each of the album's 12 tracks on iPhone as well, with single "That's Your Boyfriend" chronicling the pop-rock singer and his string section's infiltration of the Greek Theatre by jumping some fences along the way.

Indeed, it's little wonder that the single "That's Your Boyfriend" is today's (May 22) iTunes Single of the Week: it shows off the capabilities of the device and the wide range of technique used in a mere four tracks.

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<p>Leonardo DiCaprio in&nbsp;&quot;The&nbsp;Great Gatsby&quot;</p>

Leonardo DiCaprio in "The Great Gatsby"

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Leonardo DiCaprio teams with Baz Luhrmann again in the lush trailer for 'The Great Gatsby'

Yep, that's a Baz Luhrmann movie

I have a feeling the freshly debuted trailer for Baz Luhrmann's "The Great Gatsby" is going to draw a line in the sand. On one side, those a bit stricken by the apparent tone and visual direction the "Moulin Rouge!" director has taken the F. Scott Fitzgerald story. On the other, those who feel the material is getting a unique and vivid spin that could be good for it.

Or maybe there'll be in-betweeners. Because now that I think about it, I'm kind of on both sides of things. Maybe if you liked what Luhrmann did to Shakespeare in "Romeo + Juliet" (I did), you'll be on board for this. Maybe it's not so reductive. But I'm intrigued.

And this is the note the director plays. I actually thought he might play a different one this time, but nope, this is definitely a Baz Luhrmann joint. The (melo)drama is high. The people are pretty. The set and costume designs from his wife, Catherine Martin, are eye-popping. This will be a feast for the eyes.

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<p>Phillip Phillips and Jessica Sanchez of &quot;American Idol&quot;</p>

Phillip Phillips and Jessica Sanchez of "American Idol"

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Recap: 'American Idol' Season 11 Finale - Performances

Phillip Phillips and Jessica Sanchez go head-to-head for America's votes

It's "American Idol" Finale week!

After five months of auditions and performances and eliminations, we've come down an entirely logical finale: It's a showdown between the season's Best White Guy With a Guitar and the season's Most Talented Teenage Girl.

If you've been following "Idol" voting for a while, this is the matchup most likely to produce drama and this season does, indeed, seem to be up for grabs. 

My instinct is that although we may assume Phil-Phil is the favorite, for demographic reasons, he's more than capable of turning in a lackluster finale night performance, while Jessica is more than capable of dominating a head-to-head sing-off.

Click through for tonight's songs...

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<p>Brad Pitt is not to be trifled with.&nbsp; Seriously.</p>

Brad Pitt is not to be trifled with.  Seriously.

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Review: 'Killing Them Softly' uses Brad Pitt as a blunt instrument

His second film with Andrew Dominik is dark, cynical, and fairly great

CANNES - Andrew Dominik's last film, "The Assassination Of Jesse James By The Coward Robert Ford" was, to put it kindly, divisive.  You can count me on the side of the folks who thought it was a gorgeous, poetic look at an American West that may not have ever truly existed, and the legends that stood astride it in its sunset years.  The score alone would qualify it as a fairly major work of film art for me, and when I revisited the film about four days before flying out for this year's festival, I found myself smitten all over again.

With "Killing Me Softly," Dominik appears to have zagged when everyone expected a zig, and this lean, mean, cynical little crime film, adapted from a novel by George V. Higgins, is a stylish delight, but perhaps not what many viewers will expect.  Brad Pitt is obviously the biggest name in the film, and his work as Jackie Cogan is great.  But he doesn't appear in the film nearly as much as some of his lesser-known co-stars like Scoot McNairy and Ben Mendelsohn, who both rip it up playing low-level criminal dummies who are enticed into a job by The Squirrel, played by Vince Curatola.  If you're a "Sopranos" fan, you'd know Curatola immediately as Johnny "Sack," and it's interesting seeing him show up in a key role in the same film as James Gandolfini, who contributes a lovely supporting turn as a washed-up hitman who's too busy whoring and drinking to actually pull a trigger.

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<p>Hugh Laurie of &quot;House&quot;</p>

Hugh Laurie of "House"

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Listen: Firewall & Iceberg Podcast No. 130

Dan and Alan talk 'Community,' 'House,' 'Mad Men' and 'Men at Work'

The

Happy Tuesday, Boys & Girls.
 
Time for a fairly lengthy installment of The Firewall & Iceberg podcast, which includes a dismissive review of TBS' "Men at Work," plus thoughts on the "Community," "Grey's Anatomy," "Scandal" and "House" finales. We also talked "Mad Men" and, because a few people wanted to hear it, we talked "Avengers."
 
And we also announced the Firewall & Iceberg Summer Re-Watch show for 2012!
 
Since we spoiled a lot of things in a lot of sections, pay close attention to the times if you don't want things spoiled...
 
This week's breakdown:
Tessa's Mom Candidates (00:01:30 - 00:05:00)
"Men at Work" (00:05:00 - 00:10:45)
"Community" finale/Dan Harmon (00:10:45 - 00:28:00)
"Grey's Anatomy"/"Scandal" finales (00:28:10 - 00:45:45)
"House" finale (00:45:45 - 00:58:45)
Listener Mail - "Breaking Bad" premiere (00:59:00 - 01:03:45)
"Mad Men" (01:03:50 - 01:20:00)
"Avengers" (01:20:10 - 01:36:00)
Our Summer Re-Watch Announcement (01:36:10 - 01:39:25)
 

As always, you can subscribe to The Firewall & Iceberg Podcast over at the iTunes Store, where you can also rate us and comment on us. [Or you can always follow our RSS Feed.] 

And as always, feel free to e-mail us questions for the podcast.

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Firewall & Iceberg Podcast, episode 129: 'Community,' 'House,' 'Avengers' & more

Firewall & Iceberg Podcast, episode 129: 'Community,' 'House,' 'Avengers' & more

Dan and Alan also review TBS' 'Men at Work' and announce their summer rewatch

The

A very busy, very long Firewall & Iceberg Podcast this week deals with finales, firings, a forgettable new TBS sitcom, a metaphorical Marvel Team-Up between Don Draper and Joan Harris, a more literal Marvel team-up between the members of The Avengers, and the announcement of this week's summer re-watch. 

The line-up: 

Tessa's Mom Candidates (00:01:30 - 00:05:00)
"Men at Work" (00:05:00 - 00:10:45)
"Community" finale/Dan Harmon (00:10:45 - 00:28:00)
"Grey's Anatomy"/"Scandal" finales (00:28:10 - 00:45:45)
"House" finale (00:45:45 - 00:58:45)
Listener Mail - "Breaking Bad" premiere (00:59:00 - 01:03:45)
"Mad Men" (01:03:50 - 01:20:00)
"Avengers" (01:20:10 - 01:36:00)
Our Summer Re-Watch Announcement (01:36:10 - 01:39:25)
 
As we discuss towards the end of the show, there may or may not be a podcast next week, due to Dan's travel schedule, but there will definitely not be a podcast on Monday, due to the Memorial Day holiday.

As always, you can subscribe to The Firewall & Iceberg Podcast over at the iTunes Store, where you can also rate us and comment on us. Or you can always follow our RSS Feed, download the MP3 file or stream it on Dan's blog.

 
And as always, feel free to e-mail us questions for the podcast.
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<p>Michael Jackson</p>

Michael Jackson

Michael Jackson's 'Bad' celebrates its 25th anniversary in a very good way

A 3-CD set with plenty of goodies arrives in September

Who’s bad? Michael Jackson, that’s who.  To commemorate the 25th anniversary of the King of Pop’s mega-million-selling 1987 set, “Bad,” Eplc/Legacy will release a 3-CD box set on Sept. 18.

The collection will include the remastered original album, a CD of unreleased demos recorded around the same time, and the audio from Jackson’s July 16, 1988 performance at London’s Wembley Stadium, according to Billboard.

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Album Review: 'American Idol' Kris Allen's 'Thank You Camellia'

Album Review: 'American Idol' Kris Allen's 'Thank You Camellia'

Does his sophomore set show growth?

Though it’s totally coincidental, Kris Allen has picked the perfect time to release his second album, “Thank You Camellia.”

A lot has changed at radio since the “American Idol” season 8 winner released his debut in 2009. Back then, his soft- rock, The Fray-type gentle pop ramblings were out of favor with what was happening at Top 40 (although he managed to have a very nice-sized AC hit with “Live Like We’re Dying.”)  This time, we are in a full-blown pop revival, so it should help him, especially on the album’s opening tune, the peppy “Better With You, “ which sounds like it could be straight off of One Direction’s current album, “Up All Night.” "Thank You Camellia" comes out today.

Allen’s music is non-challenging and perfectly pleasant and, depending upon what you want from your music, that’s either just fine or the worst indictment anyone could write. But regardless of how you feel, there’s no denying that he is one artist who does not seem to be trying to be anything other than who he is: A straight-down-the-middle pop singer, who has a love and knack for a simple melody. There's a loping sincerity to everything he touches and an extreme likeability.

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