Latest Blog Posts

Watch: tUnE-yArDs raise a mighty kid army in new 'My Country' video

Watch: tUnE-yArDs raise a mighty kid army in new 'My Country' video

Merrill Garbus-led project will soon play California's Coachella Festival

Growing up can be a tough thing to do, so why do it?

tUnE-yArDs (typng that never gets old) -- the brainchild of frontwoman/multi-instrumentalist Merrill Garbus -- have released the video for "My Country," the latest single from the 2011 release "w h o k i l l " (4AD Records).

The video features a group of fierce-looking, warpaint-wearing tots who Garbus leads in a frenzied cacophony of dance, music-making and lip-synching. She's obviously having a blast re-living that seemingly carefree chapter of existence (besides her height, she fits right in to the mob). She also lends them a heart before they go off into the big, bright world. The visuals are fitting for the songs' child-like, sing-songy vocals, but there's always something sonically sinister about most tUnE-yArDs songs. Maybe it's the saxophone. 

Watch the video here:


 
tUnE-yArDs is currently on tour, and will play the upcoming Coachella Festival.


What do you think of the video?

 

Read Full Post
<p>Daniel Craig at a press conference earlier this year for &quot;Skyfall.&quot;</p>

Daniel Craig at a press conference earlier this year for "Skyfall."

Credit: AP Photo

‘Skyfall’ Set Visit Sneak: Daniel Craig thinks four-year break helped

Get ready for a James Bond media blitz

LONDON –  In case you hadn’t heard, James Bond has been making his way around the world.  Shanghai. Scotland, central London and, soon, Istanbul, Turkey.  Today, however, the world’s greatest secret agent is filming his latest thriller on the appropriately named 007 Stage at Pinewood Studios in the UK.  Yes, after an almost four-year absence, Bond is back in business with November’s “Skyfall.”

Read Full Post
<p>Q-Tip in 2011</p>

Q-Tip in 2011

Credit: AP Photo

Q-Tip signs with Kanye West's G.O.O.D. Music label

A Tribe Called Quest founding member releasing new album in 2013

Right as kanye-west" class="autolink">Kanye West has signaled new music from his G.O.O.D. Music label, Q-Tip has been added to that Def Jam imprint's roster.

The hip-hop artist plans to drop his next album, tentatively titled "The Last Zulu," in 2013. A source told me that Q-Tip and Kanye West are working in New York on new music this week.

Tip has been working on wildly different projects since his last solo album, 2009's "Kamaal/The Abstract," an experience that undoubtedly left a bad taste in his mouth: his former label Arista had shelved that album until it leaked in the softest of soft releases, under his own label name with its distribution from RED.

Q-Tip obviously would want some stability out of his label home, and he may just have that with G.O.O.D., a label that's on the upswing. It also returns him into the fold of Universal Republic/Island Def Jam head Barry Weiss, who was at Jive when Q-Tip's former group A Tribe Called Quest released music there in the '90s.

"I am thrilled to be working with Q-Tip once again,” said Weiss in a statement. "He is a respected voice in the music community as shown by his acclaimed solo albums and countless contributions to the work of other artists. His creativity continues to surpass all boundaries of hip-hop, R&B, pop, and jazz."

Q-Tip's "creativity" has known few bounds in the last three years, as he's produced and written for artists like Rico Love, Marsha Ambrosius, Kendrick Lamar, Fiona Apple and Esperanza Spalding. He was also on tap for West's "My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy," a collaboration that likely helped seal the deal in bringing Tip into the company.

This way, G.O.O.D. Music may continue to grow out as a collective, instead of a label of several disparate solo acts. It seems Q-Tip will be able to work easily with other Def Jam artists in other capacities, regardless of genre.

One of those capacities that ISN'T likely is returning to work in A Tribe Called Quest. The group was highlighted in Michael Rappaport's outstanding 2011 documentary "Beats, Rhymes and Life: The Travels of A Tribe Called Quest," which also happened to reiterate why the group broke up to begin with (and, frankly, should have stayed that way, without one-off reunions along the way).

Meanwhile, G.O.O.D. Music released the first single from its eponymous collaboration album: "Mercy" features Big Sean, Pusha T, 2 Chainz and West himself. No word when the next song will arrive, or when the compilation will be released. Perhaps Q-Tip will be showing up on the album?

Read Full Post
<p>Zooey Deschanel and Dermot Mulroney in &quot;New Girl.&quot;</p>

Zooey Deschanel and Dermot Mulroney in "New Girl."

Credit: FOX

'New Girl' - 'Normal': I wanna dip my balls in it!

Russell spends a night at the loft, while Winston starts a new job

A review of last night's "New Girl" — which was renewed for a second season earlier this week — coming up just as soon as I remember to use one of the baller metals in my design...

Read Full Post
<p>Jennifer Lawrence and Josh Hutcherson will presumably return for 'Catching Fire,' which now needs to find a director and fast</p>

Jennifer Lawrence and Josh Hutcherson will presumably return for 'Catching Fire,' which now needs to find a director and fast

Credit: Lionsgate

Can 'Hunger Games' survive as Gary Ross officially jumps from sequel?

What does this mean for the newly-minted franchise?

Last week, I drove to Santa Monica to sit for interviews that may or may not be used on the DVD/Blu-ray release of "The Hunger Games," and part of the interview dealt with the contributions that Gary Ross made to the film.

One of the things that people overlook when talking about Ross leaving the film is that he didn't just direct it.  Billy Ray was the first screenwriter on the film, and then Suzanne Collins sat down with Ross and the two of them did the final passes together.  Ross has his fingerprints all over that first film, and in addition to helping decide what sort of choices they had to make in adapting it from page to screen, he also put together the cast.  As much as anyone, he's got to be credited with helping Jennifer Lawrence define her interpretation of Katniss Everdeen, which seems to be the one thing even the film's strongest detractors agree works in this first film.

Now there's the official word that Gary Ross is off of "Catching Fire," and so the first topic of conversation becomes "Who do you hire to direct it?"  More than that, though, I think there's an important question here for filmmakers who might get into the franchise business with Lionsgate/Summit in the future.  Based on the way they've handled business on the "Twilight" series and the decision they've made to move forward without Ross on this series, why would anyone ever expect to direct more than one film in a  successful franchise for them again?

Read Full Post
<p>James Van Der Beek of &quot;The B----- in Apartment 23&quot;</p>
<div id="myEventWatcherDiv" style="display:none;">&nbsp;</div>

James Van Der Beek of "The B----- in Apartment 23"

Credit: ABC

HitFix Interview: James Van Der Beek talks 'Don't Trust the B---- in Apartment 23'

How good an actor is Fake James Van Der Beek?
It's the part he was born to play.
 
In ABC's new comedy "Don't Trust the B---- in Apartment 23," James Van Der Beek plays the best friend to Krysten Ritter's title character (she's the "bee," not the apartment). Van Der Beek's character is a actor and lothario, whose acting credits include "Dawson's Creek" and "Varsity Blues."
 
In many ways, Van Der Beek's character is a lot like the 35-year-old actor, right down to the overlapping resume and the not-entirely-common name of "James Van Der Beek."
 
There are, of course, plenty of differences.
 
Real James Van Der Beek is a family man with two kids, while Fake James Van Der Beek likes to capitalize on his fame, and Dawson flannel, for a slew of one-night stands.
 
Real James Van Der Beek has stretched his acting range with definitively not-Dawson roles in films like "The Rules of Attraction" and on TV on "Criminal Minds," but he has never been in a Guy Ritchie. Fake James Van Der Beek has been in a Guy Ritchie movie, but you'll have to wait a couple episodes to see clips.
 
I got on the phone this week to chat with Real James Van Der Beek about Fake James Van Der Beek and his new ABC comedy, which premieres on Wednesday (April 11) night. 
 
Click through for the full interview...
 
Read Full Post
<p>Red Hot Chili Peppers</p>

Red Hot Chili Peppers

Credit: AP Photo/Chris Pizzello

Black Keys, Black Sabbath and Red Hot Chili Peppers headline Lollapalooza 2012

Jack White, The Shins join more than 120 acts on the Chicago fest bill

It will be a colorful Lollapalooza this August as headliners include Red Hot Chili Peppers, Black Sabbath, the Black Keys and Jack White.

The line-up for the Aug. 3-5 festival, held at Chicago’s Grant Park, broke on the Lollapalooza website at midnight Central time.

The Black Keys are also headlining this year's Coachella, which will be held April 13-15 and April 20-22. Similarly,  RHCP are headlining both Lollapalooza and June's Bonnaroo. They last headlined Lollapalooza in 2006. The Black Keys played Lollapalooza in 2010, but this is their first go-round as a headliner.

[More after the jump...]

Read Full Post
<p>That little girl sure does look like she's floating, but she couldn't be... could she?</p>

That little girl sure does look like she's floating, but she couldn't be... could she?

Credit: Quirk Books

Source Material: 'Miss Peregrine' feels like perfect home for Tim Burton

Jane Goldman seems like a really smart choice to adapt this one

With the way Hollywood churns through material these days, we thought it was worth taking a look at the various sources they're pulling from and discussing what they might make from these books, games, TV shows, or whatever else they use.  For today's column, we're looking forward to 2013, when Tim Burton may be directing Jane Goldman's adaptation of "Miss Peregrine's Home For Peculiar Children."

PREMISE

This book by Ransom Riggs falls under the preposterously broad umbrella of "young adult fiction," but trying to shoehorn this into the same genre as "Twilight" or "The Hunger Games" seems ridiculous.  This book was built around some real photos that Riggs collected over the years, a narrative that built upon these images, and which plays as a sort of melancholy fantasy about a young man who is launched into a creepy investigation upon the death of his beloved and eccentric grandfather.

When Jacob goes to the Welsh island where his grandfather once lived, trying to figure out how much of what he was told by the old man was invention and how much was true, he comes across the remains of an old house that apparently was an orphanage of sorts before a bomb destroyed it in WWII.

Read Full Post
<p>Neal McDonough as Quarles in &quot;Justified.&quot;</p>

Neal McDonough as Quarles in "Justified."

Credit: FX

Interview: 'Justified' showrunner Graham Yost post-mortems season 3

On the many villains and memorable moments of a wild third season

"Justified" just concluded its third season, and in addition to reviewing the finale, I interviewed showrunner Graham Yost about the many villains who paraded through Harlan this season, what he felt worked, what didn't, and what some of his initial thoughts are about season 4, all coming up just as soon as I have a taste for pig tongue...

Read Full Post
<p>Timothy Olyphant as Raylan Givens in &quot;Justified.&quot;</p>

Timothy Olyphant as Raylan Givens in "Justified."

Credit: FX

Season finale review: 'Justified' - 'Slaughterhouse'

Raylan's enemies and allies come together for a bloody final showdown

"Justified" just wrapped up its third season. I interviewed showrunner Graham Yost about the season, and I have a review of the finale coming up just as soon as I like the use of "cahoots"...

Read Full Post
Pip on The Voice

Pip Andrew and Carson Daly on 'The Voice'

Credit: Lewis Jacobs/NBC

'The Voice' results recap: Eliminations - week two

Team Adam and Team Cee-Lo say goodbye to two singers apiece, but who was saved?

The results are in for the first round of eliminations from Team Adam and Team Cee-Lo.

Will Jamar sail right through? Will this be the end of the road for Pip and his bow ties? Will fan non-favorite Erin walk like an Egyptian right off the show? How will Christina stab Tony Lucca in the back tonight?

Carson promises a big show and a great performance by Jessie J! So let's get to it...

Read Full Post
<p>Matthew Bomer of &quot;Glee&quot;</p>
<div id="myEventWatcherDiv" style="display:none;">&nbsp;</div>

Matthew Bomer of "Glee"

Credit: FOX

Recap: 'Glee' - 'Big Brother'

A strong guest appearance by Matthew Bomer hides the show's usual problems
We’re back, “Glee” fans, for eight consecutive episodes to round out this third season. And with a fourth season confirmed this week, we don’t have to spend the next two months wondering if the show will be pushing towards its final Nationals or not. Instead, we can focus all of our attention on what we always do: trying to make sense of the here and now. And Lord knows that takes up enough mental energy in and of itself. “Big Brother” was pretty run-of-the-mill “Glee,” with only Matthew Bomer’s pretty fantastic guest appearance lifting this up as anything particularly memorable.
 
Read Full Post
BLOGS BY NAME