The last time Josh Brolin hosted “Saturday Night Live” was October 18, 2008. Sarah Palin was still a candidate for Vice President. That night’s musical act, Adele, was still a barely known commodity. Suffice it to say, a lot has happened in the interim. If memory serves, Brolin acquitted himself well as a host, falling firmly between the genius of Jon Hamm and the “whatever the hell that was” of Michael Phelps. While Brolin’s career hasn’t exactly flourished in those interim years, he’s poised for a potential comeback with this summer’s sequel “Men In Black III.” Will that mean a potential parody with Jay Pharaoh? If that gives Pharaoh something to do other that appear wordlessly in the final sketch of the night, I’m all for it. Joining the festivities tonight is Gotye, who will probably play “Somebody That I Used To Know” in both of his allotted slots tonight. And honestly, who would object?
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1) One Direction: The British boy band is so hot that they are taking the unprecedented step of putting their 2013 concert tickets on sale more than a year in advance.
2) Britney Spears: She reportedly accepts a $15 million deal to be a judge on Simon Cowell’s “The X Factor.” Looks like we have a new Material Girl.
3) Madonna: Speaking of, Madge, who topped last week's list, falls hard as sales for “MDNA” drop 88% in its first week, the highest decline ever. The good news is that years from now, people will only remember that the album came in at No. 1, not the cliff dive. #SuperBowldoesnotcoverallpromotionalneeds
4) Axl Rose: In perhaps the politest letter he’s ever written, the Guns N’ Roses singer asks to not be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. And to please take him off the call list forever and ever.
5) Green Day: Pop punk band will release three albums in 2012. Haven’t they heard that we live in a singles world now?
6) Coachella: The desert festival kicked off Friday night in its expanded version spread out over two weeks. Come rain or come shine.
7) Spotify: As the streaming service continues to gain traction in the U.S., co-founder Daniel Ek says 2012 revenue will exceed $889 million. That’s almost four times the 2011 revenue. We’ll see if it can move into the black as it lost $59 million last year. Maybe Instagram’s founders will buy the company. We’ve heard they came into some cash.
8) “American Idol”: Its luster may be fading slightly, but it’s not done yet: or at least not by a long shot over at iTunes where “American Idol Top 7 Season 11” hit No. 1 on Friday.
9) Justin Bieber: First single “Boyfriend” set record this week, now the Bieb breaks news that he and Taylor Swift have collaborated on a song for his forthcoming album, “Believe.” Just don’t date her, Justin, or you’ll be on her next album and it won’t be a duet.
10) Courtney Love: Eager to keep her name in the news, Love hits a new low as she accuses Dave Grohl of hitting on her teenage daughter, Frances Cobain. Someone is off her meds and we suspect, sadly, this will not be the last time Frances has to apologize for her mama.
On April 20 director Kevin Macdonald’s "Marley," a documentary about the legendary musician Bob Marley, will be the first U.S. release ever to be made available for streaming on Facebook on the same day as its theatrical release. Facebook’s users will be able to instantly watch the film streaming from the Bob Marley Facebook page.
In addition to the innovative distribution launch, a portion of the proceeds from the film’s Facebook sales will benefit the charity organization Save the Children. "We are proud to have the ‘Marley’ documentary support Save the Children,” said executive producer Ziggy Marley via press release. “Helping underprivileged children is something that our father would do every day, so it is very appropriate for ‘Marley’ the film to be partnering with a charity whose main focus is helping children. Bob would be very happy."
Welcome back to Cinejabber, your weekly open space to kick around whatever film-related thoughts you have on your mind. Who knows, some of them may even concern films that have nothing to do with Joss Whedon.
What, if anything, are you planning on seeing this weekend? Beyond "The Cabin in the Woods" -- on which I seem to be in the minority, finding it reasonably clever but not particularly revelatory -- the options aren't all that tempting. I haven't seen the Farrellys' take on "The Three Stooges," but in spite of better-than-expected reviews, can't muster up much enthusiasm for the idea. Over on my side of the Atlantic, meanwhile, the crowds are packing into "Battleship," which, as my Variety review explained, is pretty much exactly what you think it is -- for better and worse.
Van Halen is taking you on the road with them in the new video for “She’s The Woman.” The clip, like the Springsteen clip we wrote up earlier today, is basically live, but takes footage culled from several shows instead of just one and switches randomly from black and white to color.
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You've got a lot of options for what to watch and how, and we want to help you plan your weekend with a new column where we'll highlight three things you can see in theaters, three things you'll find streaming, and three titles new to home video. Appropriately enough, we call this The Weekend Watch.
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Talk about a logjam. It almost seems unfair that after finally working out the bankruptcy issues that MGM faced and making it to theaters without the threatened 3D post-conversion, "Cabin In The Woods" now has to face at least nine other releases, some limited, some everywhere. And that doesn't even take into account the 800 or so screens that are getting "The Raid: Redemption" this weekend for the first time. We ran a review for "The Three Stooges" here, and Geoff Berkshire, who just joined us on Team HitFix, reviewed "Lockout" as well. But here are three films worth some conversation this weekend:
I am not particularly excited about Quentin Tarantino's "Django Unchained," but I haven't been particularly excited about one of his films in a while. Sorry if that's sacrilege for you but I've been happy enough being pleasantly surprised by this or that and just don't have it in me to get all goose-bumpy over the prospect of a new QT joint.
That said, my fingers are crossed for this one because, as you all know, I have an affinity for the genre in which Tarantino is working here and I very much want this to succeed so we can have more explorations of it. I'm really intrigued that Leonardo DiCaprio took on the project, and of course I'll be very interested to see what Christoph Waltz has for us after a few dubious post-"Inglorious Basterds" tries. Jamie Foxx, well, I'm not as taken by that and wish Will Smith had seen the light and taken the role, since it's what his career sorely needs at this juncture.