Last night we were treated to a double-episode debut of "Here Comes Honey Boo Boo" on TLC. And, as expected, plenty of people panned the show before it even aired, railing against it as a sign of the coming apocalypse or a new low bar set in television. But now that at least some of you have seen the show, what did you think?
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When we look back at the career of Will Ferrell eventually, it will be important to discuss the work he does with Adam McKay as a distinct chapter of his filmography.
Sure, Jay Roach directed "The Campaign," and it's certainly got his fingerprints all over it, but there is also something new at play here that we haven't seen from Roach before, and there's no mistaking the gleeful insanity that's at play in the way things escalate within scenes and over the course of the movie. That is one of the signatures of the films that Ferrell and McKay make together, this examination of the way total idiots will dig in on a situation and make things worse and worse simply by force of personality. "Anchorman," "Talladega Nights," "The Other Guys," "Step Brothers"… even the short film "The Landlord"… all play off the comedy inherent to the escalation between two equally ludicrous parties.
Metallica, The Flaming Lips, Def Leppard’s Joe Elliott, Steve Vai and Iron Maiden are among the artists who will pay tribute to Deep Purple founding member Jon Lord on a covers album of the seminal rock group’s “Machine Head.”
Lord died last month of a pulmonary embolism. “Re-Machined: A Tribute to Machine Head” will also feature Carlos Santana, Chickenfoot, Guns N ‘Roses’ Matt Sorum and Duff MacKagan, and Steve Vai, according to NME. No word yet on when the album will be released.
Tracklisting for "Re-Machined"
Carlos Santana – 'Smoke On The Water'?
Chickenfoot – 'Highway Star'?
Glenn Hughes, Chad Smith and Luis Maldonado –'Maybe I'm A Leo'?
Black Label Society – 'Pictures Of Home'?
Kings of Chaos (Joe Elliott, Steve Stevens, Duff McKagan, Matt Sorum, Arlan Schierbaum) – 'Never Before'
The Flaming Lips – 'Smoke On The Water'?Jimmy Barnes, Joe Bonamassa –
'Lazy'?Iron Maiden - 'Space Truckin''
Metallica – 'When A Blind Man Cries'?
Glenn Hughes, Steve Vai, Chad Smith, Lachlan Doley – 'Highway Star'
Paramount Pictures is celebrating their 100th Anniversary this year. It's a remarkable achievement for any company, but unfortunately the legendary studio hasn't had a lot to celebrate. After coming off arguably the most financially successful year in the studio's history, 2012 may turn out to be one of the worst. Their biggest "hits" to date have been a re-release of "Titanic" in 3D and Sacha Baron Cohen's "The Dictator" (the later barely getting into the black). The company distributed DreamWorks Animation's hit "Madgascar 3" and got a financial percentage of the mammoth "Avengers" grosses thanks to a deal with Walt Disney Studios, but to say it's been quiet on the Melrose lot is something of an understatement (we won't even go into the big delays for "G.I. Joe: Retaliation" and "World War Z"). That's all about to change, however.
deadmau5 has had no problem making headlines this year. On top of leading sold-out fests and headlining tours all year, he's made public beef with Madonna over her "molly" reference, trolled Skrillex at the Grammys and posted a very controversial web article essentially titled "We All Hit Play." The latter was his insight and experience of what it is to "play" a live show, and how mixing for an audience has been reduced to a minimum, that the art of "spinning" doesn't exist for marquee acts like him in the contexts outside of the club.
And of course, there's still the novelty of that mouse head, which deadmau5 dons as he's behind the decks.
What 2012 is amounting to is deadmau5's most publicity-heavy year, so as he prepares to release his new album in short order, all eyes may be on that sales tally to see if hype and heckling amount to "any press is good press." It doesn't hurt that this year has been hyped as the biggest year yet for EDM, as artists like Skrillex and David Guetta enter more fully into the national conversation about pop music.
It starts with the album's title: "> album title goes here <" will be out on Sept. 25 via Ultra. And who knows if the label fought him on the cheeky name. Perhaps, considering the "singles" nature of so many electronica albums, he really couldn't have been bothered to come up with one.
Regardless the tracklist has is own creative bout with capitals, and with deliciously tempting tracklist titles like "Fn Pig" and "Failbait," plus and out-and-out co-credit with producer Wolfgang Gartner on "Channel 42." deadmau5 has already released the official song "Professional Griefers" featuring My Chemical Romance's Gerard Way; other guests include Imogen Heap, Chris James and Cypress Hill.
The music video to "Professional Griefers" will be out this month. Many rough mixes and instrumentals to the songs below are previewed on deadmau5's Soundcloud page.
deadmau5's last "studio" set -- "4x4=12" -- made it to No. 47 on the Billboard 200 and to No. 2 on Electronic Albums.
Here is the tracklist to "> album title goes here <":
deadmau5 & Wolfgang Gartner - Channel 42
The Veldt (featuring Chris James)
Professional Griefers (featuring Gerard Way)
There might be coffee
Take care of the proper paperwork
Failbait (featuring Cypress Hill)
Telemiscommunications (featuring Imogen Heap)
Ryan Lochte won us over (or just grossed us out) with his "Peeing in Pools" Funny or Die segment, and he's now followed it up with a performance opposite "Star Trek: The Next Generation" star Sir Patrick Stewart and Simon Pegg of 2009's "Star Trek" reboot. Stewart plays a Dickens-esque ticket scalper and, well, hilarity sort of ensues. While Lochte surely scored gold with his "Peeing in Pools" segment, this one isn't so crystal clear.
Logo has announced 'RuPaul's Drag Race' will be getting a make-over, returning as "RuPaul's All Stars Drag Race" on Mon. Oct 22 at 9:00 p.m. ET. Not only will the premiere be "Rupersized" (featuring 10 bonus minutes), fan favorites from the original series (Pandora Boxx, Tammie Brown, Nina Flowers, Jujubee, Mimi Imfurst, Manila Luzon, Alexis Mateo, Chad Michaels, Raven, Latrice Royale, Shannel and Yara Sofia Vie) will be competing for a spot in the Drag Race Hall of Fame and a shot at the grand prize of $100,000.
I posted my review of NBC's "Go On" this morning. Now it's your turn. What did everybody else think of Matthew Perry's latest comeback vehicle? Better or worse than "Mr. Sunshine" (Yay)? Did you also see the similarities to the "Community" pilot — and, if so, did that bother you in any way? Do you think the show has the ability to make grief into the subject for a sitcom? Did you laugh at anything outside of March Sadness? And will you be watching again when the next episode airs on September 11?
Have at it.
Well, Frank is on the block yet again. There's no way he can survive another week, can he? It seems the majority of the house wants Frank out, Danielle is firm in her convictions and as Danielle tearily assures Wil, he is far too beloved to be at risk for going home. But if we know anything about "Big Brother," it's that the Chenbot has to tell us each week there's a shocking twist or a shocking surprise or something shocking so that we'll tune in -- and this week was actually, well, a little shocking. Color me shocked.
Hollywood is obsessed with franchise building, often disregarding logic and narrative coherence in an effort to keep squeezing cash out of a property long after any natural storytelling momentum has disappeared.
The longer the series wears on, the less the "Bourne" films have anything to do with Robert Ludlum's original novel. That's fine, of course. The filmmakers are under no obligation to do straight adaptations, and at this point, it feels like they've created something that stands alone, inspired by Ludlum's ideas but only loosely connected to the world he built. At this point, Tony and Dan Gilroy are the primary architects of this series, and while the overall action aesthetic of the series has influenced most of the mainstream action movies being made these days, what they're doing narratively is sort of unique, and worth closer examination.
Matt Damon's performance as Jason Bourne was a major part of the appeal of the first three films in the series, and he made even the most implausible parts of the films feel possible. Losing a movie star for a sequel can be disastrous, but thankfully, Gilroy's laid enough groundwork over the course of the series that the switch they make this time to Aaron Cross (Jeremy Renner) as the new focus of the film feels quite natural. Cross is part of a parallel program to the one that created Bourne, and he's a generation or two down the line. Unlike Bourne, Cross is well aware of what he is and how he was created and why, and at the start of the film, he's out in the field, training in the most rugged terrain possible. This film overlaps with "The Bourne Ultimatum" in terms of chronology, and it is because of Jason Bourne's actions that the people in charge of Aaron Cross and the other members of his program decide that they have no choice but to burn everything to the ground and leave no evidence.
It will be Kevin, Kim, and Kanye at MTV’s Video Music Awards on Sept. 6.
Comedian Kevin Hart, who delivered a monologue on last year’s awards show will get full hosting duties this year, and if the little video MTV released on its website today is any indication, he’s courting the controversy with plenty of KKK jokes, which, quite frankly, are never funny... or, at least, these aren't.
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