Recent documentary “No Room For Rock Stars” makes and twists evidence that, during Warped Tour, everybody and nobody during the fest are rock stars.
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It makes sense that the Wachowskis are looking forward to their next film now, because they're in the final stages of working on "Cloud Atlas," the movie they made with Tom Tykwer.
I'm dying to see "Cloud Atlas," if only because the book seems so wildly impossible to turn into a film. I love that. I love when artists take on a challenge that big, especially when the conventional thinking would be to do something safe and commercially friendly. After all, the two "Matrix" sequels tarnished the reputation of the series to such a degree that it went from becoming the most promising franchise of the 2000s to being a punchline. And while I love "Speed Racer," it is treated as a punching bag at this point. Even with Tom Hanks and Halle Berry and Hugh Grant and Susan Sarandon aboard, this is anything but a safe bet.
Regina Spektor's cover of "Ne me quitte pas" is awfully upbeat, but the singer-songwriter's weekend felt more like her harrowing new single "All the Rowboats" sounds.
The singer-songwriter went on a brief rant addressing the fact that bits and bobs of her new album "What We Saw From the Cheap Seats" -- like demos and art -- have been leaking. On her Facebook page, she questioned motive: "So sad to have art/photos/videos/music keep leaking online unfinished and at the wrong time... The strange thing is that if it's getting stolen and put out by someone who likes me and my music- why would they want to put me through this?" she wrote. "[A]nd if it's someone who doesn't like me- why would they waste all that precious time on me... it's confusing/feels sh*tty/takes much of the fun out (there's too much fun to take all of it out, though) Feels strange just waiting for things i'm working on to get stolen one by one."
It's a losing battle many artists have fought for years, a small war that only acts like Madonna and Watch the Throne (Jay-Z and Kanye West) have the control and resources to prevent. It's also an inevitable part of the promotional process and album cycle that announces new albums three months out, release a single or song at that time and then have that awful waiting period super-fans must endure during that time, especially if a tour starts only a month out from that.
It's still no excuse. Spektor has the backing of Sire/Warner, but her profile is still small enough that every blow counts.
Having already reviewed the "Mad Men" season premiere and interviewed Matt Weiner and John Slattery about different aspects of the premiere, I had time for one more "Mad Men"-related conversation today, with the show's newest regular cast member — and one of last night's most prominent — Jessica Paré. I spoke with Paré about how Megan went from a minor character (described in the casting notes, simply, as "brunette") to her current status, how Megan feels about Don (and vice versa), and, of course, both "Zou Bisou Bisou" and the apartment cleaning scene (embedded below), all coming up just as soon as I bring things down to a sotto voce...
After Steven Tyler has wrapped up his season two “American Idol” judging duties, look for him to return to his day job: Aerosmith will start its first U.S. tour in two years on June 16 at Minneapolis’s Target Center.
There’s no word yet on if the new album, which the band has been working on for ages now, will be ready by then. Aerosmith’s last studio album was 2004’s “Honkin’ On Bobo.”
He's a man on fire. Go dance with him.
At frontman Alexander Ebert's urging, do a little hippie dance to Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros new single "Man on Fire," the first recorded track available from the group's forthcoming new album "Here."
This easy spiritual number moves between gospel and a country shuffle, spreading the message of safety and comfort with the occasional help of a didgeridoo. Like some of the band's best songs, "Man on Fire" succeeds with simplicity and earnestness, a single mind from the Magnetic Zeros seemingly numberless mass.
With all due respect to the general public (which, if I'm being honest, is a variable amount) I don't tend to pay much attention to awards voted for entirely by them: such awards happen on a weekly basis, and they're called the box office charts.
Still, that's not to say Joe Public can't occasionally surprise us, and at least one result at last night's Jameson Empire Awards -- the last, and booziest, stop on the 2011 kudos calendar, voted for by the readers of the mainstream-oriented film magazine Empire -- reflects rather well on the British masses.
They may not have shown up in great numbers to see "Tyrannosaur" in theaters last autumn, but word of Olivia Colman's tremendous performance has clearly spread enough to nab the humble Brit a Best Actress win over the likes of Meryl Streep and Rooney Mara. When even the multiplex crowd has joined critics in feting Colman -- who also took the British Independent Film Award, London Critics' Circle Award and Evening Standard Film Award -- that BAFTA snub looks ever more boneheaded.
By calling his new album, “Tuskegee,” after his hometown, instead of the much-more accurate, “Nashville,” Lionel Richie is determined to let fans that he grew up listening to country music.
For those who think it’s a stretch for the popmeister to re-record some of his biggest hits with such country stars as Jason Aldean, Darius Rucker, Shania Twain, Tim McGraw and Kenny Chesney, remember that Richie has a legacy at country radio: Conway Twitty recorded “Three Times A Lady,” Alabama performed “Deep River Woman” with him, and, of course, Kenny Rogers took “Lady” to the top of not only the country charts, but Billboard’s Hot 100 and Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks. (Read my interview with Richie here).
When Woody Harrelson signed on to play Steve Schmidt and Haymitch Abernathy in “Game Change” and “The Hunger Games” respectively, he likely wasn’t thinking that the roles are actually strange mirrors of one another (although, who’s to say what Harrelson is thinking really?). Aside from the obvious similarities - both films are adaptations of books and they each have the word “game” in the title - there are some equally clear distinctions.
Steve Schmidt is, of course, the campaign strategist who functioned as the senior adviser on the 2008 John McCain Presidential bid. Haymitch Abernathy is a fictional character who resides within the world of author Suzanne Collins's novel “The Hunger Games,” an imagined dystopic future where North America has been reduced to a conglomerate of 12 “districts” which are presided over by a dangerously self-indulgent “Capitol.”
After I watched the "Mad Men" premiere (which I reviewed here), I did a couple of interviews about the events of it that I agreed to run the morning after it aired. One was with creator Matthew Weiner, and this one is with Roger Sterling himself, John Slattery. Slattery and I spoke about Roger's position in the agency, his reaction to a familiar character's return to the office, and, in non-spoiler territory, about his experience directing his third episode this season (he and I discussed his directorial debut last season), and how Jon Hamm did when he followed in Slattery's footsteps and got behind the camera, all coming up just as soon as I buy myself a very beautiful picture of something to look at...
"Mad Men" creator Matthew Weiner is famously tight-lipped about what's happening on the show before it airs, but he was willing to talk to me about the events of the season 5 premiere (which I reviewed here), provided I posted the interview the morning after it aired. So here's Weiner discussing why the season is set when it's set, why not every character appeared in the premiere, and more, all coming up just as soon as we all go water skiing together...