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Interview: Keane is 'lucky' in a 'Strangeland'
Keane’s recent music video for new track “Disconnected” is a love-letter to horror films, a quick-and-dirty narrative that may compel the viewer to turn all the lights on. The track itself? Nice and lovely. “Well, the song is a bit about being disconnected from somebody,” said Keane drummer and co-founder Richard Hughes with a laugh. “We’re not feeling all that bad.” British pop-rock band Keane are optimists, and it shows in their discography. On their brand new album “Strangeland,” out today, the sunny piano melodies have continued support from a bright mix, and an injection of lyrics and atmospheres »
Illumination and Universal Adapting 'Clifford the Big Red Dog' (Exclusive)
Illumination Entertainment, the company behind the recent family hit Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax, and Universal are teaming up to bring Clifford the Big Red Dog to the big screen. Matt Lopez has been set to write the script for the project, which will be a live-action/animated hybrid. Chris Meledandri will produce for Illumination Entertainment with Deborah Forte producing for Scholastic Media. Clifford follows the adventures of a 25-foot-tall red dog and his owner, a child named Emily Elizabeth. The girl picked up the dog when he was a puppy and the runt of the litter, but her
- Borys Kit
Sara Watkins CD Review: Fiddling While 'Sun Midnight Sun' Burns Brilliantly
If Levon Helm's passing put you in an Americana mood, but you’re not sure younger generations have as much to bring to roots-based music as their elders, proceed directly to the superb sophomore effort by Sara Watkins. Not that “Sun Midnight Sun” will only be a balm to suffering Band fans; it might be the finest album of the year so far in any genre. Who knew the breakup of Nickel Creek would turn out to be such a boon? The separation of that young bluegrass-pop trio has led to an »
- Chris Willman
Joe Jonas, Pauly D Join Fox Dating Show
Which eligible bachelors has Fox lined up for The Choice, its dating game spoof of The Voice where celebrities sit in red chairs that rotate around when they think they've heard from the woman of their (temporary) dreams? According to EW, Joe Jonas, Pauly D, Tyson Beckford, Dean Cain, and Taylor Hicks are among the famous men recruited for swivel duty. No doubt Taylor Swift is also twirling around in her chair right now, but out of simple schaden freude. »
- Kyle Buchanan
B.o.B., O.A.R. Team Up for Olympics Song 'Champions' (Video)
It’s official: We can now start the countdown to the 2012 Summer Olympics. B.o.B. and O.A.R. unleashed a freshly-minted collaboration on Tuesday, the empowering anthem titled “Champions,” in support of this year’s London games. The track is being released as part of Duracell’s “Rely On Copper To Go For The Gold” initiative, which gives Olympic fans the chance to support their nation’s athletes by posting encouraging videos, photos and text messages on Facebook and Twitter. Story: Duran Duran to Perform for England at Olympic Games Opening Concert “I think the song is very synonymous
- Sophie A. Schillaci
'The Voice's' Tony Lucca on Christina Aguilera Criticism: 'I Saw It Coming'
What were the chances of coach Christina Aguilera putting a moratorium on her feud with fellow ex-Mouseketeer Tony Lucca for finals week on The Voice? Slim to none, if you ask the competitor. “I want to say I saw it coming,” Lucca tells The Hollywood Reporter of Aguilera’s comments, calling his performance of Jay-z's "99 Problems" “derogatory to women.” “She knew what I was singing. I think she was anticipating me actually dropping the ‘B’ bomb -- which was in the cards and last minute, was not in the cards. And so, I think she was trying
- Jethro Nededog
News Nuggets: NBC likely to renew its Thursday comedies for shortened seasons
NBC is set to renew its Thursday comedies: "It looks like NBC‘s 30 Rock will be back for a likely abbreviated seventh and final season. I hear the Emmy-winning comedy has closed deals with its key high-level writers to return for what is expected to be a final season of 13-14 episodes ... As for NBC’s other bubble comedies, newbie 'Whitney' does not appear likely to return. Fellow freshman 'Up All Night' has been looking better ... Meanwhile, veterans 'Community' and 'Parks and Recreation' both are in the running, with Parks’ renewal considered likely. I hear that, like '30 Rock,' all returning NBC comedy series are likely to get short orders. That would save some coin and allow NBC to pick up more new comedies." Deadline The Television Academy launches a "For Your Consideration" screening website. From the press release: "The site, developed and run by the Television Academy in conjunction with o. »
Yahoo Creates Committee to Investigate the Credentials of Its Own CEO
Yahoo said Tuesday it has formed a special committee to figure out how the educational credentials of its chief executive and one of its directors were inflated on the company's website and in regulatory filings. Patti Hart, the director who headed the search committee that eventually endorsed the recent hiring of CEO Scott Thompson, will reportedly not seek re-election as a result of the scandal. Thompson, meanwhile, penned a letter on Monday to employees where he takes "full responsibility" for the distraction and pledges his cooperation with the investigation. The controversy erupted last week when hedge fund Third Point,
- Paul Bond
U.K. production of 'Frankenstein,' with Benedict Cumberbatch and Jonny Lee Miller, to screen in U.S. theaters
It’s alive! On screen! Again! Fathom Events announced today that on June 6 and 7, it will rebroadcast into select movie theaters the 2011 filmed U.K. stage production of Frankenstein, starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Jonny Lee Miller, written by Nick Dear, and directed by Danny Boyle.
When the production played last spring at the Royal National Theatre in London, it won wide acclaim for Cumberbatch and Miller, who alternated playing Dr. Frankenstein and his Creature. (They shared an Olivier Award for Best Actor.)
The National Theatre already broadcast the play into U.S. movie theaters on two separate nights last March. »
- Adam B. Vary
Universal in Talks for 'Kick-Ass 2'
Kick-Ass 2 is close to being a reality. Universal is in talks with Matthew Vaughn to make and distribute Kick-Ass 2, the sequel to the 2010 cult hit movie based on the Mark Millar-John Romita Jr. comic-book miniseries. Photos: 10 Top Summer Superheroes Movies of All Time: Battle of Box Office Brawn Vaughn directed, produced and self-financed the action movie, which was distributed by Lionsgate and grossed $96 million worldwide on a budget of $30 million. He is only producing the sequel, but has handpicked Jeff Wadlow, who helmed 2008’s Never Back Down, to direct.
- Borys Kit
'Kick-Ass 2' may have a home at Universal and a new director
I'm really surprised that Matthew Vaughn's willing to let someone else play with his toys. After all, "Kick-Ass" wasn't just some studio gig he got hired for that was going to happen with or without his involvement. He chose to make the film outside the studio system because he knew it wasn't going to be easy to convince people to let him do certain things like cast a real 12 year old to play Hit Girl or keep the extreme attitude of the thing. As Mark Millar's been publishing "Kick-Ass 2" over the last year or so, the question has been »
- Drew McWeeny
Kick-Ass 2 Is Actually Happening
Kick-Ass comic creator Mark Millar is known for big boasts that don't always pan out, so when he said that a big-screen sequel to Kick-Ass would film this summer, grains of salt were liberally taken. But now, Deadline reports that Universal is in talks to make Kick-Ass 2, and discussions are underway with stars like Aaron Johnson and Chloë Moretz to return. Jeff Wadlow (Never Back Down) will write and direct. »
- Kyle Buchanan
Jimmy Fallon's new album stars Justin Timberlake, Dave Matthews and more
It was only a matter of time: Jimmy Fallon will release a new album full of the parodies he and such guests as Justin Timberlake, Dave Matthews, and Bruce Springsteen have made famous on NBC's “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon.” Out June 12, “Blow Your Pants Off” features no stand-up routines, just Fallon's own impressions on such tunes as “Tebowie” and “Bob Dylan Sings ‘Charles in Charge’,” as well as viral hits like his and Timberlake’s “History of Rap,” and “Balls In Your Mouth” featuring Pearl Jam’s Eddie Vedder, according to Rolling Stone. Fallon’s only previous album was 2002’s “The Bathroom »
Susan Sarandon, Eva Amurri Martino to Share the Screen in 'Mother's Day'
Art may soon imitate life for actresses Susan Sarandon and Eva Amurri Martino: the duo is set to appear in Mother’s Day, a drama about the relationships between mothers and daughters. Although their specific roles have yet to be announced, Sarandon and her daughter Martino were both cast in British writer-director Paul Duddridge’s film, which follows twelve pairs of mothers and daughters over the course of a Mother’s Day. Martino previously played Sarandon’s daughter in the 2002 film The Banger Sisters, and played a younger version of her character, Helen Prejean, in Dead Man Walking. Since appearing on the hit
- Todd Gilchrist
Surprise: Disney is developing 'Avengers 2'
Well, what do you know? It turns out that when a movie earns over $200 in its first weekend, the studio starts to think about a sequel. Disney's mega-massive-epic "The Avengers" scraped up $207 million at the domestic box office this weekend (add that to another $500 million or so from overseas), and also made audiences and critics swoon. In the least shocking news you'll hear all day (year?), the studio has publicly announced plans to continue the story in a sequel. The news comes as a foregone conclusion, but Disney CEO Robert Iger officially confirmed the plan during a »
- Dave Lewis
Rihanna to Perform on 'American Idol' Finale
Rihanna is returning to "American Idol." The "Rude Boy" singer will perform on the two-hour 'Idol" season finale on May 23. The songbird will perform her recent hit "Where Have You Been." Also read: New "Battleship" Clip: Rihanna, Guns and Giant Mechanical Space-Beasts (Video) Rihanna (full name: Robyn Rihanna Fenty) has appeared twice before on the show. In April 2010, she performed her song "Rockstar 101," and returned the following April to belt out her song "California King Bed." As season 11 winds to a close, other guest performers are also being brought aboard. »
- Tim Kenneally
'Vampire Diaries' Star Nina Dobrev, Kellan Lutz to Join 'Kid Cannabis'
Kellan Lutz of Twilight fame and The Vampire Diaries star Nina Dobrev are in negotiations to join Project X breakout Jonathan Daniel Brown in Kid Cannabis. John Stockwell is directing the movie, which is based on a 2005 Rolling Stone article telling the true tale of suburban teens from Idaho who built a multimillion-dollar marijuana empire. Brown is playing a depressed 18-year-old who assembles his friends to smuggle drugs across the Canadian border. Lutz will play the teen’s older best friend, who loves the thrill in the beginning but soon finds himself over his head. Dobrev, who
- Borys Kit
We Grade Every Episode of New Girl
New Girl's season finale airs tonight, which has prompted us to look back and reflect on the dawn of Jess Day. Was it really only eight short months ago that Zooey Deschanel's theme song earwormed its way into our lives? What did we do before Schmidt? In going back over the show's first season, a few things became clear: (1) The show has gotten much much better — and it started out pretty strong, so that's saying something, (2) the more the show focuses on the ensemble as a whole rather than just Jess's Etsy-made peccadilloes, the better everyone is, and (3) the show has used a lot of sitcom go-tos over the course of its first 23 episodes.So we came up with a system. We've graded each episode on three scales of 1 to 10. For "Adorkability," 1 is good and 10 is a cake pop playing a ukulele »
- Margaret Lyons,Amanda Dobbins
Today in obvious news: 'Avengers' sequel officially in the works
Shocking exactly no one, Disney CEO Bob Iger announced today during a conference call with shareholders that a sequel to The Avengers is officially in development. The film will follow the 2013 releases for Iron Man 3 and Thor 2, and the expected 2014 release of Captain America 2.
No other news about the sequel was given, but that won’t stop fans from wild speculation about the possible storyline, especially given a post-credit scene that (Spoiler Alert) appeared to indicate who the sequel’s villain will be. As for whether director Joss Whedon would return, the filmmaker has noted that he »
- Adam B. Vary
New York City Sees $60 Billion in TV and Film Production Over the Last Decade
The original home of show business, New York City is making a comeback. Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced on Tuesday that the film and television industry has spent $60 billion on production in the five boroughs over the past decade, according to analysis conducted by the Boston Consulting Group. That included $7.1 billion in direct spending in 2011, marking an increase in $2 billion annually since 2002. There are 130,000 people employed by the TV and film industries in the city. "This report confirms what I’ve been seeing on sets and soundstages around the city – the film and
- Jordan Zakarin
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