We are right on the cusp of the season finale of "The Real Housewives of Atlanta," and thus some important story lines are getting wrapped up. Or unraveled, take your pick. This week, the matter of the Kenya vs. Phaedra workout video war heats up, although a quick look at Amazon suggests exactly who might have won this skirmish, at least in terms of sales. Hey, on this show, dollahs make them hollah. Wait, that's Honey Boo Boo. But hey, same idea.
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I'm starting to get the feeling that the people who are going to like "World War Z" the most are the people that are already familiar with "World War Z" because they read the book and loved it.
Personally, I'm not sure what to make of these trailers. It's odd that they refuse to say the word "zombie" anywhere, especially since not every audience is going to get the title's meaning right away. It's also odd that we have yet to see a long sustained shot of what a zombie actually looks like in the film.
Instead, we're looking at lots and lots of CGI figures swarming like ants, and a buttload of Brad Pitt reaction shots. I'm not even sure if Pitt's character has the same job in this version of the story as he does in the book, because this feels more like the war against these things is in full-swing. In the book, you get an oral history from a number of different perspectives, but it feels like the world of the novel is starting to heal itself. Here, we're obviously still at the start of everything, and it's more of a "find a cure" ticking clock with Pitt's character right at the heart of it.
A review of tonight's "The Walking Dead" coming up just as soon as I crank up some Motorhead...
A quick review of tonight's "Shameless" coming up just as soon as I discover the cure to comas...
1. Justin Timberlake: There are 800,000 reasons why he’s No. 1 this week. That’s how big “The 20/20 Experience” is going to be.
2. Rolling Stones: They link with AEG for an estimated $80 million guarantee for 18 North American shows. If that doesn’t buy them satisfaction, nothing will.
3. Paul McCartney: At 70, he’s preparing to hit the long and winding road again with his “Out There!” tour, going to cities he’s never played before.
4. Beyonce: She’s even got Rush Limbaugh stirred up over her latest tune, “Bow Down,” even if he clearly has no clue what the song’s about.
5. Rihanna: Her “Rihanna 777” “documentary” about her seven concerts in seven days in seven countries will air on Fox May 6. Maybe the special will accomplish something she never could: start on time.
6. Lil Wayne: After suffering seizures and giving his fans quite the health scare last week, Weezy is out of the hospital and seems to be faring well and was last seen cruising the aisles of Rite Aid buying cough syrup.
7. Lollapalooza: The Chicago Tribute leaks that Mumford & Sons and Phoenix will be among the headliners at this year’s fest.
8. David Bowie: He has to settle for No. 2 in the U.S., but takes “The Next Day” his first album in 10 years, to No. 1 in 12 countries without a single interview or television appearance. Make of that what you will...
9. SFX: Robert Sillerman’s company continues to snap up EDM-focused companies, this time purchasing 75% of Dutch company ID&T. First up will be the U.S. version of the Tomorrowland Festival. “And now is the time on “Sprockets” where we dance.”
10. Michelle Shocked: There are millions of people who had never heard of the folk singer until this week when she made anti-gay remarks from a San Francisco stage and millions more who wish now they never had.
I'm not seeing "Olympus Has Fallen" until its UK press screening next week, but any blockbuster headlined by Angela Bassett and Melissa Leo as a butt-kicking action duo out to save America from all attackers has my immediate attention. What's that, you say? It's actually Gerard Butler in the lead? Well, darn. Anyway, Antoine Fuqua's latest has received predictably chilly reviews in most quarters, though I see it has its share of intelligent (though perhaps ironic) defenders in the Twitterverse.
Meanwhile, if you don't fancy seeing 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue under siege this weekend, you'll have another opportunity this summer in the markedly similar-looking "White House Down." Still, if any of you have ventured out for this round of jingoistic explosions, give us your thoughts in the comments -- and feel free to vote in the poll below.
I've kept narrowly missing "The Croods" -- the latest family adventure from DreamWorks Animation had its world premiere at the Berlinale the morning after I left, while we also never quite managed to meet up at the Miami fest. The design of the whole project, I have to say, has never really drawn me in, and the reviews don't have me rushing to the multiplex. (I'm also a little wary of the studio's output right now, having recently caught up with "Rise of the Guardians" on a flight, and... yikes. Good job, Academy.)
Still, Drew found the film reasonably fetching in his B+ review, and the early box office figures suggest plenty of viewers are being diverted by the prehistoric romp this weekend. Are you among them? Give us your thoughts in the comments, and feel free to vote in the poll below.
After a dozen years together, My Chemical Romance has disbanded. The New Jersey-based group released a collective statement on its website on Friday night. The statement in full is below.
Have you heard of the 800 lb. gorilla? Next week, Justin Timberlake will be the 800,000 lb. gorilla as it looks like “The 20/20 Experience” will sell up to 800,000 copies, making it the fifth biggest debut of the decade.
Sales projections for “20/20” keep increasing. At the beginning of the week, it appeared that his first album in seven years would sell at least 500,000; then the number soared to 750,000 and with two days left until the chart close, it’s at 800,000, according to Hits Daily Double.
At that rate, the title will handily sell more than the rest of the nine titles in Billboard 200 top 10 combined. In fact, no one else looks to even top 50,000 copies.
In addition to Timberlake, the other debuts will be Kacey Musgraves’ excellent “Same Trailer, Different Park” (read our interview with the up-and-comer here) at No. 4, with sales of around 40,000, and an expanded edition of the soundtrack to “Les Miserables” at No. 7.
Otherwise, it looks like Bruno Mars’ “Unorthodox Jukebox” will be at No. 2, Luke Bryan’s “Spring Break...Here To Party” at No. 3 and this week’s No. 1, Bon Jovi’s “What About Now” at No. 5.
Pink’s “The Truth About Love” climbs several notches to No. 6 on the strength of her well-received concert tour and her new single with fun.s’ Nate Ruess, “///. Rihanna’s “Unapologetic” is at No. 8, Mumford & Sons’ “Babel” at No. 9, and Imagine Dragons’ “Night Visions” at No. 10, according to Hits Daily Double.
David Bowie’s “The Next Day” which bowed at No. 2 this week, likely drops to No. 11 with sales of 21,000-24,000.
In case you’re wondering, the top two biggest debuts of the decade so far belong to Taylor Swift, followed by Lady Gaga and Lil Wayne.
When translating a hit stage production to the screen, it seems only right to retain at least some of the talent that made it a success in the first place – and not merely as a good-luck token. That’s a logic that frequently escapes Hollywood, as any number of Broadway ensembles replaced wholesale by bigger names can tell you.
When it came to Tony Briggs’s popular 2005 production “The Sapphires,” however, two cast members remained on board when the Australian musical comedy was translated to the big screen, though neither one in quite the same capacity. But while actress Deborah Mailman simply switched to a different role, Wayne Blair’s reassignment was rather more dramatic: he was selected to direct the film as his debut feature. In contrast to yesterday’s interviewee Chris O’Dowd, who read the script and hopped on board one month before shooting, Blair and Mailman each brought seven years of physical and emotional investment to this heartwarming, fact-based story of a female Aborginal soul quartet chasing the big time against the turmoil of the Vietnam war.