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Fully recovered from vocal surgery John Mayer will hit the road for his first tour in two years on April 9.
The 18-city tour precedes the release of Mayer’s fifth album, “Born and Raised,” which will come out shortly thereafter. Mayer teased the first single from the album, “Shadow Days,” last week and it sounds like he’s taken a fairly stripped down turn under the guidance of producer Don Was.
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Even though Lady Antebellum’s “Own The Night” still has a lot of life left in it, but the trio is already looking ahead to the next album.
"We probably have at least a dozen songs already, whether they're outside songs or ones we've written," the group's Hillary Scott tells Billboard.com. "Songwriting is such therapy and such a release for us, and it's a way for us to kind of not get caught up in the madness of our schedules. We really do write a lot. Whether we're at home or on the road, we'll find time to write."
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She adds that even though the group is writing, there’s still much more to be mined from the Grammy-winning “Own The Night.” The third single, “Dancin’ Away With My Heart” is at radio and there could be three more singles. Plus, Scott says that the band felt that they “kind of rushed” “Own The Night.” “So we’re going to just settle in and write and write and write. We may try to go in [to the studio] at some point this year just to try some things, but honestly, it’s hard to tell.”
The trio, which also included Charles Kelley and David Haywood, is in the middle of its first arena headlining tour. The U.S. leg ends June 30, then the band heads to Europe.
Madonna’s “Girl Gone Wild” should be called “Girl Gone Mild.”
The song from Madge’s forthcoming “MDNA” is a straight-ahead electro-pop club track that is generic and bland. There’s nothing about it that signifies the presence of one of the biggest artists on the planet. It’s like Britney Spears-lite.
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Dan and I are a little punchy at the start of this Firewall & Iceberg Podcast, thanks to lots of time last night spent watching and writing about the Academy Awards. We talk about Billy Crystal a bit, then move on to reviews of NBC's parallel worlds cop drama "Awake," ABC's Texas soap opera "GCB," Ovation's TV-movie "We'll Take Manhattan," and letters about the sorry state of NBC (a podcast perennial!), the current season of "Top Chef" and the strategy behind mid-season premieres.
Having had a few hours to quite literally sleep on last night's Academy Awards after blearily turning in at 5.30 in the morning, I've woken up with a post-Oscar feeling that is unfamiliar to me, or at least has been for several years: sincere, sober, slightly stricken disappointment.
That is, I admit, a selfish and somewhat irrational response to an evening in which one of the most singularly delightful films of the year -- and comfortably my favorite of the nominees -- won Best Picture; in which, for the first time in far too long, the routinely dismaying Best Foreign Language Film award somehow found its way to a work of genuine consequence and artistry; in which "Academy Award winner Bret McKenzie" became a legit combination of words for future use and enjoyment; in which, after two straight years of getting it mortifyingly wrong, the Academy managed to stage a swift, entertaining if not especially imaginative show.
Danny De Vito is a hardcore fan of home video, and has been for at least 20 years, so it's good to hear he's preparing Blu-ray special editions of his films "Hoffa" and "War Of The Roses" right now.
I met DeVito for the first time when I was working at Dave's Video in the early '90s. There were three customers at that store who bought everything that came out, and I'm not exaggerating. Danny DeVito, Ivan Reitman, and Steven Spielberg were voracious fans of laserdisc, and they all had the same standing order with the store. Whatever we ordered, we were to order them copies for purchase as well. I can't even imagine what DeVito's laserdisc collection must have looked like, but I know he took it seriously.
When it came to transferring his own films, he went above and beyond. Both "Hoffa" and "War Of The Roses" got the deluxe treatment from Fox at the time, and when we sat down to talk about his work in the new film "The Lorax," I couldn't resist asking him about Blu-ray, and he told me that he's getting ready to bring those films out again, with new features added just to take advantage of Blu-ray.
There are days where I think the Internet is one great big snark machine designed to take everything and transform it into this non-stop barrage of one-liners and attitude and irritating self-satisfaction, and I'm sure I'm as much a part of that as anyone, and then there are days where the Internet coughs up something so human and wonderful that it wipes away any complaint I might have.
I didn't see this until yesterday, but it's actually been bouncing around since Friday, and I think author Harry Turtledove might have just won me as a fan permanently.
By now, we've become used to the idea of Make-A-Wish and the way they reach out to help people diagnosed with terminal illnesses. I've seen some pretty remarkable acts of giving since I moved to LA from people who were deeply moved by their encounters with the kids they came in contact with, and I think if you're in a position to help someone whose life is about to be cut brutally short, there's an obligation to try and do it.
It’s not usually appropriate for journalists to speak of how their personal experiences affect their views on particular events. But my experience watching the 2012 Academy Awards affects my analysis of it to such an extent that it would be dishonest for me to pretend anything otherwise.
Meryl Streep has been my favorite actress of all time for as long as I’ve had a “favorite actress of al time.” And as much as I loved Viola Davis’s performance in “The Help,” Streep remained my favorite of this year’s Best Actress nominees. Her victory and her speech made me extraordinarily happy last night.
She divided her “thank yous” between her husband, her makeup artist, and her Hollywood family. Notice that second class as a category unto itself. Roy Helland and Meryl Streep have worked together for almost four decades. His win for “The Iron Lady” is oh-so-deserved and I’ll give Streep the utmost in kudos for recognizing the work of the men and women below the line. Recognizing the importance of such work is what we’ve tried to do here at Tech Support.
Nicki Minaj left the Vatican out of her NBA All-Star Game in Orlando Sunday night.
She performed new single “Starships” in a fun, high energy performance that included scantily-clad men and was interrupted by the introduction of some of the players before Minaj returned to perform “Super Bass.” “Starships” is already off to an incredible start at radio, debuting on the Billboard Hot 100 at No. 9.
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Thanks to everyone for joining our Oscar pool at Picktainment for the third-straight season. This year, our victors were (drumroll please)...
First Prize goes to BYRON A. MARTIN, who got 20 out of 24 categories (including picking the Meryl Streep upset) and managed to come dangerously close to the show's run-time in our tie-breaker.
Second Prize goes to ROBERTO PAULA who got the exact same categories right (both winners missed Best Cinematography, Best Film Editing, Best Visual Effects and Best Documentary Feature) and also picked Streep, but came up short in the tie-breaker.
And Third Prize goes to CHRIS SWAN, who, like me, nailed down 19 out of 24 but had the right combination of points to claim that spot all to himself. He missed Best Cinematography, Best Film Editing, Best Visual Effects, Best Documentary Feature and Best Documentary Short.
But you guys have to reach out if you want your spoils so drop me a line with your preferred address and we'll mail out your prizes, a lovely combo of soundtracks and DVDs, ASAP!
So, the Oscars happened.
There were two legitimate surprises at last night's finale to the 2011-2012 film awards season. "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" became just the 15th (I believe) film to win Best Film Editing without receiving a Best Picture nomination. The last was :The Bourne Ultimatum" in 2007, then "Black Hawk Down" in 2001. And the last film to win ONLY Best Film Editing was "Bullitt" in 1968. And Meryl Streep finally nabbed that third Oscar her fans and supporters have demanded for her with increasing intensity over the last few years.
Someone on Twitter said they thought Streep's win over Viola Davis will not age well. I don't know what we'll think of it in the future, but I do know Streep and Davis are friends who would hate to know there are discussions and column inches being dedicated to this competition.