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The Sight & Sound poll of filmmakers and critics picking the greatest films of all time is 10 years old. Many in the cinephile community are anxious to see the results of the latest questionaire, which will be revealed some time in August (I think). A few critics have revealed their own lists but that's just a drop in the bucket of what we'll get when the big collective is revealed.
Chicago Sun-Times critic Roger Ebert is one such critic. And I was a little surprised to see that Terrence Malick's "The Tree of Life," which was a formidable force on the awards circuit last year, managed to find itself among previous mainstays of the his list, which include "Aguirre, the Wrath of God," "Apocalypse Now," "Citizen Kane" and "2001: A Space Odyssey" (four films that could register on my own list, which is why I've always liked Ebert's choices quite a bit).
Last week's "Community" parody of "Law & Order" captured not only the most obvious tropes of the classic NBC drama — the split between cops and lawyers, the banter between the detectives, the key witness who drops out at the last minute, etc. — but smaller things that were just as recognizable to any hardcore "Law & Order" fan.
It's a double theme night on "American Idol."
Apparently Wednesday will find the season's Top 5 singing British pop songs and Songs from the '60s.
And yes, I'm also disappointed that the theme is British Pop and not Brit Pop, because I wanted to hear some Pulp, Blur and Oasis tonight. Instead, we get two themes that might as well be the same theme.
Let's see how it goes...
Kanye West, Pusha T, Big Sean and Jadakiss all showed up for a G.O.O.D. Music's remix of Chicago rapper Chief Keef's "I Don't Like," but not everybody likes it.
The 16-year-old's track has additional verses and a new melody line over the beat, which the song's original producer Young Chop takes issue with.
"I’m mad as f*ck, for the simple fact that they did not ask me to change up sh*t in my beat. How the f*ck did they add another melody over the instrumental?" he told radio host DJ Moon Dog this week. "These motherf*ckers is playing me and I don’t give two f*cks, I will sue the shit out of Kanye West… I made a f*cking sound, so you supposed to stay with my f*cking sound. The beat is fucking hard by itself. That shit don’t sound the same, it don’t got the same feel."
So he'd agree with Yeezy's line, ""They steal your whole sound, that's a soundbite"?
Gotye’s “Somebody That I Used To Know” featuring Kimbra logs its third week at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100, as it gains in radio play and sells more than 400,000 digital downloads for the week ending April 29.
In doing so, the tune becomes the first to tally three weeks of digital sales surpassing 400,000, according to Billboard.
“We Are Young” by fun. featuring Janelle Monae stays at No. 2, while Maroon 5’s “Payphone” featuring Wiz Khalifa holds at No. 3.
Teen-oriented acts round out the top 5: The Wanted’s “Glad You Came” climbs up one spot to No. 4, while Carly Rae Jepsen scores her first top 5 hit with “Call Me Maybe.” Both acts are affiliated with Justin Bieber’s manager Scooter Braun, who seems to have the golden touch right now...as Bieber’s “Boyfriend” also stays in the Top 10, although it slips down three spots to No. 7.
Flo Rida’s “Wild Ones” featuring Sia stays at No. 6, Nicki Minaj’s “Starships” rises one to No. 8; One Direction’s “What Makes You Beautiful trades places with Minaj to fall to No. 9. Kelly Clarkson’s “Stronger” stays at No. 10.
Alright art house moviegoers, breathe easy. You've made it through those annual few months between the Academy Awards and the summer season which is traditionally the dumping ground of bad indies. With summer just around the corner you're about to enjoy a major uptick in quality flicks thanks to the usually reliable Sundance Film Festival product machine.
Alanis Morissette will release her first album in four years, “Havoc And Bright Lights” on Aug. 28. First single, “Guardian,” goes to radio on May 11 and will be on sale at iTunes on May 15.
It’s been a while since Morissette’s radio heyday and she’s married and had a baby since her last set, 2008’s “Flavors of Entanglement,” so it will be interesting to hear what’s on her mind. That album peaked at No. 8 on the Billboard 200.
Morissette worked with Guy Sigsworth on the set, who has also produced such artists as Madonna and Britney Spears.
"This record, as always, is a snapshot of what I currently obsess about, care about, and what strikes me at 4 in the morning in my most introspective moments," Morissette said in a statement. "It is my emotional, psychological, social and philosophical commentary through song.I can't wait to share it with this fun and funny planet, and to tour, and can't wait to have the lively, engaging and challenging conversations that these songs may invite.”"
The album will come out on Collective Sounds, a label helmed by her management company that is distributed by SONY RED. It is her first album since she parted with Maverick/Warner Bros.
Morissette’s 1995 debut, “Jagged Little Pill,” remains one of the top selling debuts in the SoundScan era.
“HAVOC” TRACK LISTING:
2) Woman Down
3) 'Til You
10) Win and Win?
12) Edge of Evolution
While making its new album, “Living Things,” Linkin Park’s Mike Shinoda says, “it almost felt like a drug trip.”
Shinoda played six new songs from the set, out June 26, for Hitfix and a handful of other bloggers in a North Hollywood studio a few days ago. He further prefaced the listening session by adding, “We realized we’d run away from the things we started with.” But instead of returning to the sound of its first album, 2000’s “Hybrid Theory,” Linkin Park, along with producer Rick Rubin (who co-produced with Shinoda), sought to bring out the best of the band’s rock and rap mix and pour in new sounds to create something else.
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Zeus have their own studio, III Eagle, and like any good showmen, the Canadian group like to show off their toys.
The quartet have recorded a "Live from III Eagle" version of every song from their newest album "Busting Visions," and today HitFix gets to unveil "Hello, Tender Love" from those sessions.
The rock act has been garnering comparisons to T Rex and The Who, but here they wring out a swaying bluesy ode like a heart-hurt Link Wray or contemporaries the Black Keys. Three-quarters of the band can sing, and sing they do, though here Mike O'Brien (who looks suspiciously like Gary Oldman) counters his own lead guitar with this striking melody.
"Busting Visions" was out at the end of March. You can sample it here.
The director: John Hillcoat (Australian, 50 years old)
The talent: You want names? You got 'em. Hillcoat's latest brings together a handful of the industry's brightest young things, including Tom Hardy, Shia LaBeouf, Mia Wasikowska and newly minted Oscar nominee Jessica Chastain. Burnishing the lineup a bit are older hands like Guy Pearce (who worked with Hillcoat on "The Proposition") and Gary Oldman, also fresh off his first tip of the hat from the Academy. Meanwhile, between Pearce and Wasikowska, plus fellow Aussies Noah Taylor and Jason Clarke in support, Hollywood immigrant Hillcoat remains committed to keeping his home flag flying.
Also making a very Australian affair of this all-American bootlegging tale is the fact that the screenplay is by rock icon Nick Cave -- his first since penning Hillcoat's 2005 breakout feature "The Proposition." Naturally, as has been the case with all Hillcoat's work, Cave (alongside regular collaborator Warren Ellis) is also responsible for the original score.