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As if the teenaged me wasn't excited enough for that Promise Ring reunion, now the teenaged me is back-flipping (hey, I was young) for the confirmed reunion of At The Drive-In, who have also promised a new set.
"ATTENTION! To whom it may concern: AT THE DRIVE-IN will be breaking their 11 year silence. THIS STATION IS .... NOW... OPERATIONAL," the rock band wrote on their seldom-used Twitter yesterday (Jan. 9), only hours ahead of the lineup announcement for the Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival. At The Drive-In -- along with Sweden's Refused -- were among the biggest surprise additions, considering the reformation.
UPDATE: Apologies for my egregious mistakes on today's post. The band is no longer with Fearless records, and its band page has been updated to this website. They have touted their forthcoming stint with the video, below. The station is now... operational.
Bixler-Zavala's and Omar Rodriguez-Lopez' other active band, The Mars Volta, intend to release new material this year, too, perhaps as soon as March. But you don't see them on the marquee for Coachella....
Bixler-Zavala and Rodriguez-Lopez are shared by Mars Volta and At The Drive-In, so obviously recording and touring priorities are in need of sorting-out. However, it's a question of if and what new material will be released from ATDI. Mars Volta's last album was "Octahedron" (2009) and I'm curious if there will be any similarities. Coachella is a good crowning jewel in a touring schedule: if ADTI is to premiere new material their new material is likely to be previewed during that time.
I'm impatient. Now that I know I can have it, I want it now. Last I saw Mars Volta in 2009, Bixler-Zavala's voice still astounds. I'm ready to have 2000's "Relationship of Command" blasted in my face in 2012, and if that last mark informs the new, then I'm happy to have that blasted, too.
Welcome back to Film Nerd 2.0.
As we move forward with this column, one thing is important to remember. In the end, these are my kids. Not a social experiment. Not a reflection of me. Not an accessory for the column. But actual kids who only get one actual shot at childhood, and whose emotional lives are my responsibility. I consider the sharing of movies to be one of the primary things that we share as social creatures, and that's not a small thing. Movies travel across culture and geography and time to communicate essential truths and absurdities and experience and invention and hopes and fears. They are invaluable, and as media becomes more and more portable and flexible in the daily lives of people, including my kids as they get older, why not be careful about the road map you provide these people?
Many of my DVDs have been removed from their cases and placed in 300-disc books, and one of Toshi's favorite things to do is page through those books and look at the various images and titles and ask questions about them. I try to answer his questions honestly but there are a lot of films he asks about that I can't even summarize to him without it raising questions I can't answer yet. He is aware that I write about the movies we watch together, and after the reaction to his Muppets interview at the school he attends, I think he understands that it is not something everyone does, and that it's special.
After leading with four nominations from the Vancouver Film Critics Circle, Michel Hazanavicius's "The Artist" has won Best Picture and Best Screenplay from the group. Meanwhile, David Cronenberg's "A Dangerous Method" got some love in Canadian spotlight categories. Check out the full list of winners below.
Van Halen is officially back. We now have an album release date of Feb 7 for "A Different Kind Of Truth," a confirmed tour and our first video for new single, “Tattoo.” Shot in an empty club (until the end at least), the clip for “Tattoo” succeeds if the point is to show that David Lee Roth, Eddie Van Halen and Alex Van Halen (and Eddie's son, Wolfgang, on bass) are still all upright, but if the purpose was to get this fan excited to buy tickets, mission not accomplished.
A few other thoughts:
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The Alliance of Women Film Journalists has revealed its list of winners in 30 (!) categories after announcing a slate of nominees recently. The big winner in the traditional categories was "The Artist," which won Best PIcture and Best Director. Check out the full list of winners below.
Piggybacking off of their newly announced headlining stint at the Coachella Valley Music & Arts festival, Radiohead have announced three additional dates on their North American tour.
Coachella expanded to two weekends, with identical performers, with the British band plating on April 14 and 21. They also added three other West Coast stops, in Seattle; Santa Barbara, Calif.; and San Jose, Calif. The group has also confirmed that all previously announced tour dates have sold out.
Seattle and San Jose tickets are up on Jan. 14 while Santa Barbara's onsale is Jan. 21. See the band's website for all details.
Below are Radiohead's North American tour dates, with new dates in bold:
02/27/12 - Miami, FL - American Airlines Arena (SOLD OUT)
02/29/12 - Tampa, FL - St. Pete Times (SOLD OUT)
03/01/12 - Atlanta, GA - Philips Areba (SOLD OUT)
03/03/12 - Houston, TX - Toyota Center (SOLD OUT)
03/05/12 - Dallas, TX - American Airlines Center (SOLD OUT)
03/07/12 - Austin, TX - Frank Erwin Center (SOLD OUT)
03/09/12 - St. Louis, MO - Scottrade Center (SOLD OUT)
03/11/12 - Kansas City, MO - Sprint Center (SOLD OUT)
03/13/12 - Broomfield, CO - 1stBank Center (SOLD OUT)
03/15/12 - Glendale, AZ - Jobing.com Arena (SOLD OUT)
04/09/12 - Seattle, WA - Key Arena
04/11/12 - San Jose, CA - HP Pavillion
04/12/12 - Santa Barbera, CA - Santa Barbera Bowl
04/14/12 - Indio, CA - Coachella Music Festival
04/21/12 - Indio, CA - Coachella Music Festival
Will ABC have anything controversial or exciting to talk about at Tuesday (January 10) morning's Television Critics Association press tour panel?
Only one way to find out...
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Okay, so you've probably got the message by now that we love "Margaret" around these here parts. So any word from the film's embattled writer-director Kenneth Lonergan is something we're going to seize upon, even if it's a fairly brief Q&A with Variety's Christy Grosz, recorded in the presence of his lawyer. Sadly, the film's continuing legal problems mean he can't cut loose on his desired edit (or indeed the one that we've seen), but he offers some nice insights on the writing process and what the eponymous Gerard Manley Hopkins poem means to him. Finally, he describes the #TeamMargaret phenomenon as "astonishing and wonderful." Right back atcha, sir. [Variety]
NEW YORK - There’s something oddly perfect about meeting “Win Win” writer/director Tom McCarthy in a small café in Chinatown with Gershwin's “Rhapsody in Blue” playing in the background. (Though that would feel slightly less charming when transcribing the interview weeks later.)
Firstly, it is the last sort of place one would imagine either McCarthy’s writing partner, Joe Tiboni, or their central protagonist, Mike Flaherty (Paul Giamatti), to turn up. In fact, McCarthy recalls that Tiboni’s daily, cyclical routine consists of his self-described “triangle of death” from home to Dunkin’ Donuts to work and back again.
Secondly, it's difficult to not enjoy the novelty of speaking to the filmmaker about his restrained, deceptively simple suburban life offering with Gershwin’s exultant, experimental ode to urban chaos as a backdrop.