Latest Blog Posts

<p>Codeine</p>

Codeine

Codeine reuniting for tour, All Tomorrow's Parties, album reissues

ATP to feature Slayer performing 'Reign in Blood,' Mogwai, Guided By Voices

I'm still a little hot and bothered by the news of All Tomorrow's Parties London initial lineup for 2012: Slayer performing "Reign in Blood" in its entirety, the frequently afflicted Mogwai, Sleep (!!), the Melvins, newly reunited Guided By Voices and Yuck. (Fine, fine, and Mudhoney too. Whatever.)

But included in that May 25-27 weekend will be a reunion of slow-core pioneers Codeine. That crew has put themselves back together for what might be a whole tour, in fact, with plans to released their three excellent Sub Pop records. "Frigid Stars" (1990), 1992's "Barely Real" EP and 1994's "The White Birch" are getting double-album makeovers, similar to those that enhanced Jesus and Mary Chain's six album reduxes. They're due in Spring 2012.

Read Full Post
<p>Cee Lo</p>

Cee Lo

Listen: Cee Lo combines with Weezer's Rivers Cuomo for 'Anyway'

Previously unreleased single to be included in 'Lady Killer' re-release

It's about that time: Cee Lo Green is re-releasing his album "Lady Killer" and has combined with Weezer's Rivers Cuomo for a little extra material.

"Anyway" is the new single from the "F*ck You" singer, and the track was penned by Cuomo, Immaculate Noise featured artist Wallpaper and songwriter Ross Golan.

And it grabs hold of what everybody already knew: girls love guys with money! And, boy, do b**ches love shoes! 'miright?

Sigh.

It's a catchy track, regardless, and seems to directly counter the short-sight chick that broke Cee Lo, erm I mean Bruno Mars', heart in "F*ck You" and it's friendly G-rated cousin "Forget You." It looks to be a good contender for one of his performance tracks as he takes the stage float during the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.

Read Full Post
<p>Bruce Willis has a very good reason for doing this in 'Looper'</p>

Bruce Willis has a very good reason for doing this in 'Looper'

Credit: Tri-Star Pictures

Preview: Bruce Willis and Joseph Gordon-Levitt dazzle in unfinished SF film 'Looper'

Emily Blunt is also awesome in heartbroken brain-bending time travel story

This is not a review.

After all, for this to be a review, I would have had to have seen "Looper," which isn't set for release until about a year from now, and how would I have done that?

Let's say I was a time traveler, though, and let's say I did use my awesome power to simply see a film a little bit early.  That sounds like a totally rational use of the technology, right?  After all, this is the new movie by the writer/director of "Brick" and "The Brothers Bloom," and it stars "Inception" and "Dark Knight Rises" star Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Bruce Motherfudging Willis, and Emily Blunt, and it's been described as a science-fiction film.  What part of that doesn't sound like something I'd want to see?

At this point, of course, "Looper" is still fairly unfinished, so trying to review it as a finished film right now would be an exercise in futility.  Let me offer up thoughts on a test screening of the movie that took place in Burbank Tuesday night, while trying to be delicate about spoilers while still somewhat specific in my reaction.

Read Full Post
<p>Bob Seger</p>

Bob Seger

Credit: AP Photo

Bob Seger talks Tom Waits, Tom Cruise, Leonard Cohen, and Civil Wars

Rock and Roll Hall of Famer on his new greatest hits set and tour

Bob Seger laughs often and for good reason. At 66, the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer’s legacy is secure and so any career move now is a victory lap. Seger, who still tours sporadically, is on the  second leg of his tremendously successfully 2011 arena outing. On Nov. 21, Capitol will release Bob Seger and the Silver Bullet Band’s “Ultimate Hits: Rock and Roll Never Forgets,” a 2-CD collection of his greatest tunes, as well as a few new tracks, including a cover of Tom Waits’ “Downtown Train.” Additionally, Seger is working on a new studio album, his first since 2006’s “Face the Promise.”

Seger's music has been around my whole life, and while I enjoyed many of his hits in real time, it wasn't until the last five or so years that I really started to appreciate his music and the solidness of it, and how well it has worn. Seger was always about straight-up rock and roll, so listening back to his songs through the years, there's no awkward new-wave or disco stage. OK, there is "Shakedown," but for the most part, it's an enduring, quality slab of rock that's build on big Midwestern shoulders. It's gritty and comforting at the same time.

Hitfix talked to Seger during a conference call with a handful of reporters on Tuesday. He was friendly and chatty during the hour-long call, answering anything we wanted to ask. Below are the highlights (or should we call them “Silver Bullet" points) from the interview.

His new studio album: Earlier this year, he told Rolling Stone that he was working on a new album that would probably consist of six new tunes and six older songs, but the good news is that he’s feeling in a writing mood. “I’m going to start writing [again] when this tour is over. The first of the year, until the end of March. I think it’s going to be all new songs. I have other plans for the old songs.” A potential tune on the forthcoming album is a new song, “Hannah,” which features Sheryl Crow and his long-time buddy Kid Rock.  He discussed two other new songs: “Ride Out,”  which “covers so many subjects... pinched into a small area. Line to line it goes to a different subject. It’s pretty bizarre and I really like it” and “Wonderland,” which is about the multiverse. “It’s my way of getting a little science in there... I’m a big science fan.”

What he enjoys most about touring now:
His greatest satisfaction comes from being surrounded by his longtime friends. “I really enjoy being with the people I play with. That’s a big part of it. I love my crew, the band, we just move through the country like an army”...It’s a celebration every time we go out there. There aren’t any bad nights any more.” As you may have noticed, he tends to only tour in the fall and winter. Incredulous as it may seem, that is dictated by the schedule of  his drummer, Don Brewer.  “I can only get my drummer in the winter, he plays with Grand Funk all summer.” 

His favorite song to play live:
“‘Hollywood Nights.’ I think Don Brewer would agree with me. It’s just a train. He plays it great and we really look forward to that every night.”

[More after the jump...]

Read Full Post
<p>The&nbsp;Muppets are ready for their close-up, Academy.</p>

The Muppets are ready for their close-up, Academy.

Credit: Walt Disney Pictures

Why the Academy needs to drown this controversy in a healthy dose of 'The Muppets'

Screenwriter Nick Stoller weighs in with his thoughts on the notion

So I put the question out to you, both here and on Twitter: Who should host the Oscars now that Eddie Murphy has bowed out?

The replies include the usual wish-list picks (Neil Patrick Harris, Ricky Gervais, Tina Fey) to preferred returning emcees (Hugh Jackman, Steve Martin, Jon Stewart) to interesting original picks (Albert Brooks, Amy Poehler, Craig Ferguson). And while those are all nice and make sense for various reasons, I think the best option is staring us right in the face.

I have to come clean. I was not aware of the online campaign to get The Muppets to host the Oscars (which obviously lost steam once Eddie Murphy was tapped) until this morning. You can read all about it @MuppetOscars and at Facebook. And here's the thing: BRILLIANT.

Read Full Post
Dr. Drew Pinsky
Credit: VH1

Why Dr. Drew needs an intervention for 'Dr. Drew's Lifechangers'

Checking for breast implants? Ridiculous guests? What happened?

I've always been a loyal supporter of Dr. Drew Pinsky. Even when I had qualms about his methods (the seemingly endless talking head interviews every time LiLo melted down, for example), I felt his heart was in the right place. He wanted to help people. I may have watched "Celebrity Rehab" for all the wrong reasons, but I never doubted that Dr. Drew recruited his roster of D-list has-beens in the hopes that someone knee deep in a bag of heroin might look up at their TV and think, hey, rehab doesn't look so bad (although if they were hoping for the same level of craft services, they were probably sorely disappointed). Over the years I've listened to Dr. Drew wearily talk people through their chaotic relationship woes on Loveline, certain that he meant well even when he was clearly rolling his eyes. But now, I'm thinking the guy who wrote the book on narcissism (literally: it's called "The Mirror Effect: How Celebrity Narcissism Is Seducing America") has crossed over to the dark side. 

Read Full Post
<p>Eddie Murphy at the New York premiere of Brett&nbsp;Ratner's &quot;Tower Heist&quot;</p>

Eddie Murphy at the New York premiere of Brett Ratner's "Tower Heist"

Credit: AP Photo/Peter Kramer

Oscars host Eddie Murphy follows Brett Ratner out the door

'Tower Heist' star bows out after controversy forced his creative partner's hand

Well. This is a mess.

I honestly hadn't expected Eddie Murphy to take his leave as Oscarcast host following the Brett Ratner dust-up, mainly because I imagined the Academy would have made sure he was still on board so as not to have two big stories to deal with. But it seems Murphy has indeed followed Ratner out the door after Ratner's controversial media appearances put him in a position with the Academy that left no choice but resignation.

"First and foremost I want to say that I completely understand and support each party's decision with regard to a change of producers for this year's Academy Awards ceremony," Murphy said via AMPAS press release. "I was truly looking forward to being a part of the show that our production team and writers were just starting to develop, but I'm sure that the new production team and host will do an equally great job."

Read Full Post
<p>Morgan&nbsp;Freeman previously won a Golden Globe for Best Actor for his performance in &quot;Driving Miss Daisy.&quot;</p>

Morgan Freeman previously won a Golden Globe for Best Actor for his performance in "Driving Miss Daisy."

Credit: AP Photo/Chris Pizzello

Morgan Freeman to receive HFPA's Cecil B. DeMille Award

The 'Dark Knight Rises' star gets the lifetime achievement treatment

The Hollywood Foreign Press Association has tapped actor Morgan Freeman as the recipient of this year's Cecil B. DeMille Award, the organization's lifetime achievement prize. Recent honorees have included Robert De Niro, Martin Scorsese and Steven Spielberg and Warren Beatty.

Actress Amy Adams and filmmaker Pedro Almodóvar were on hand at a press conference this morning to make the announcement. No, they have no connection to Freeman. But you know the HFPA and their celebrity fixation.

Freeman has been nominated for a Golden Globe five times, for the same five performances that netted him Oscar attention, in fact: "Street Smart" in 1987, "Driving Miss Daisy" in 1989 (he won the Globe but lost the Oscar to Daniel Day-Lewis in "My Left Foot"), "The Shawshank Redemption" in 1994, "Million Dollar Baby" in 2004 (he lost the Globe to Clive Owen in "Closer" but won the Oscar) and "Invictus" in 2009.

Read Full Post
<p>The poster for Cameron&nbsp;Crowe's &quot;We Bought a Zoo&quot;</p>

The poster for Cameron Crowe's "We Bought a Zoo"

Credit: 20th Century Fox

Cameron Crowe's 'We Bought a Zoo' gets a nifty new poster

Will the film register this season?

With all the talk about the great "unknowns" this season, with "Young Adult" and "J. Edgar" having dropped over the last week and "War Horse," "Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close" and "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" still to come, Cameron Crowe's "We Bought a Zoo" has kind of fallen through the cracks of expectation. I haven't heard much about it and most seemed to disavow it after that saccharine-loaded trailer, but I'm actually looking forward to it with fingers crossed.

Details of the Jónsi-led soundtrack were recently revealed and I noted in a Best Original Song finger-to-the-wind post that the track "Gathering Stories" will be in the mix for that category. But what else could register for the film? Is Matt Damon lurking as a Best Actor possibility? Is the adapted screenplay up to snuff? I just don't know.

Read Full Post
<p>Stan Lee receiving his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in&nbsp;January.</p>

Stan Lee receiving his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in January.

Credit: AP Photo/Chris Pizzello

Stan Lee lands another film honor

The PGA will give him its Vanguard Award this year

It's a good year for Stan Lee. "Thor" and "Captain America: The First Avenger" have laid the groundwork for "The Avengers" next year. He got a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in January. The Visual Effects Society has tapped him for a lifetime achievement honor, and the awards just keep coming.

Today the Producers Guild of America (PGA) announced that the comic book legend will receive its Vanguard Award this year. The prize recognizes achievements in new media and technology. Previous recipients include George Lucas, John Lasster and YouTube founders Chad Hurley, Steve Chen and Will Wright.

“I am extremely appreciative that the Producers Guild has chosen me for this distinguished award,” Lee says in the press release. “I am eager to continue to expand comic book storytelling into the digital space and am honored to be awarded alongside such amazing visionaries.”

Read Full Post
<p>Oprah&nbsp;Winfrey:&nbsp;&quot;I don't think there's room for criticism in the do-good department.&quot;</p>

Oprah Winfrey: "I don't think there's room for criticism in the do-good department."

Credit: AP Photo/Paul Beaty

Oscarweb Round-up: Oprah's honor

Also: Gurus pick lead actor, animated feature and Searchlight debuts 'Shame' site

With the Governors Awards right around the corner, this year's recipients have been making the press rounds. When they were announced earlier this year, Oprah Winfrey's planned Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award fete was criticized by many who felt like she was known more for her TV work than her film work and therefore it was a stretch to extend her an honor that has gone to the likes of Elizabeth Taylor, Paul Newman and Jerry Lewis over the years. Well, Winfrey says she gets it, and that she was surprised herself, but she also defends herself: "I don't think there's room for criticism in the do-good department." Let's get down to brass tacks. Do I win a car or what? [Associated Press]

Read Full Post
<p>The Braverman women (Erika Christensen, Mae Whitman and Lauren Graham)&nbsp;attend a &quot;Parenthood&quot;&nbsp;party.</p>

The Braverman women (Erika Christensen, Mae Whitman and Lauren Graham) attend a "Parenthood" party.

Credit: NBC

'Parenthood' - 'In-Between': Don't you want somebody to love?

Kristina's jealous of Adam's hot receptionist, and Amber makes Seth an ultimatum

A review of last night's "Parenthood" coming up just as soon as I bore you with a story about Jefferson Airplane...

Read Full Post
BLOGS BY NAME