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<p>Maxwell</p>

Maxwell

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Maxwell takes 'Blacksummers' Night' into fall

R&B singer sets more dates, moves up to arenas

 

Maxwell, whose "Blacksummers' Night"  debuted at No. 1 in July, will kick off a fall tour on Sept. 25 and he's stepping it up.

This time, Maxwell is playing the arenas after performing in much smaller theaters for the recently-completely summer leg. Appearing on the bill are Common and Chrisette Michele.

Here's where you can see Maxwell:

Fri Sept 25 Toronto Air Canada Centre
Sat Sept 26 Detroit Joe Louis Arena (w/o Common)
Mon Sept 28 New York Madison Square Garden
Wed Sept 30 Richmond Richmond Coliseum
Fri Oct 2 Washington DC Verizon Center
Sat Oct 3 Philadelphia Wachovia Spectrum (w/o Common)
Mon Oct 5 Atlanta Phillips Arena
Tue Oct 6 Charlotte Time Warner Cable Arena
Thu Oct 8 Chicago United Center
Fri Oct 9 St. Louis Scottrade Center
Mon Oct 12 Dallas TBA
Tue Oct 13 Houston Toyota Center
Fri Oct 16 Los Angeles Hollywood Bowl
Sat Oct 17 San Francisco TBA

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<p>Steven Tyler</p>

Steven Tyler

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Aerosmith cancels tonight's date after Tyler breaks shoulder

Forthcoming dates in question

 

We just checked in with Aerosmith's representative to get an update on the band's Steven Tyler, who fell off a catwalk during the band's Aug. 5 show in Sturgis, S.D. There was no official update on his condition, but the band has cancelled tonight's concert in Winnipeg, which would indicate that Tyler is still on the mend. No word on forthcoming dates.

His wife, Billie, has been updating Tyler's condition on Twitter.  She tweeted that he broke his shoulder and has stitches in his head and back, according to MTV.

Billie Tyler says the band and Tyler are back in their Boston hometown.

As we noted earlier, this has been a particularly tough tour for Aerosmith healthwise. At some point, three of the five members-Tom Hamilton, Brad Whitford and Tyler-- have missed dates due to surgery or injury.  The band is touring with ZZ Top.

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<p>Jay Chou, seen here in 'Curse Of The Golden Flower,' is set to play Kato in the upcoming revamp of 'The Green Hornet'</p>

Jay Chou, seen here in 'Curse Of The Golden Flower,' is set to play Kato in the upcoming revamp of 'The Green Hornet'

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Jay Chou set as Kato for Michel Gondry's 'The Green Hornet'

Taiwanese superstar suits up as Seth Rogen's new sidekick

Back in February, there were rumors circulating that Jay Chou was potentially going to play Bruce Lee for Wong Kar Wai in a biopic called "The Grand Master."  I don't remember any resolution to that buzz, but I'm guessing it did not come to pass, since Chou was just announced this morning as Michel Gondry's pick to step into the role of Kato, the sidekick to Seth Rogen's character in "The Green Hornet," due out next year.

Chou was very good in Zhang Yimou's "The Curse Of The Golden Flower" a few years back, and even though "Initial D" is sort of empty calories/"Fast & The Furious" nonsense, Chou had a teen pin-up movie star charisma in it that was apparent.  According to the press release that went out about the film, it was putting Chou side-by-side with Rogen that finally convinced Gondry, which is as it should be.  That seems to me to be the ultimate test... we have to like them as a pair, and not just as individual actors.

I'm glad to see the film continue to move towards production, which is slated for the fall, and I'm growing more curious every day about just what Gondry plans to bring to the film visually.  I like that I have no investment whatsoever in the character or the iconography.  I don't care what they do to it, how they bend or change it, or if they're remotely faithful.  That's nice, since it means that I'll just react to the final film, and not my own personal fanboy baggage.

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<p>Saorise Ronan as Susie Salmon in "The Lovely Bones"</p>

Saorise Ronan as Susie Salmon in "The Lovely Bones"

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Oscar Contender: Peter Jackson's 'The Lovely Bones'

Is it just a great thriller or something more?

As a rule, I don't read scripts.  So much happens between the page and the screen that you can be terribly misguided by a screenplay alone.  Unfortunately, a few years ago my curiosity got the better of me and I took the time to read Fran Walsh, Philippa Boyens and Peter Jackson's adaptation of Alice Sebold's novel "The Lovely Bones."  

Having never read the original source material my interest was tapped by the logline in numerous reports about the project, anecdotes about how good the book was and, lastly, curiosity on where Jackson would go after the -- at this point -- underrated "King Kong." What I found was a powerful and imaginative work that was filled with rich characters and an emotional ending that, in all honestly, truly moved me.  So, I put the script down and marked this film as one to watch.  And in the meantime, what an interesting life "The Lovely Bones" has had.

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<p>Chima's rising in the "Big Brother" house.</p>

Chima's rising in the "Big Brother" house.

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"Big Brother" - Could Chima take control of the house?

And who's the latest to get eliminated?

 

Before we get rolling, Julie Chen assures us it’s a whole new game, which kind of strikes me as total promotional crap, because no matter how anyone moves around the deck chairs on this hell-bent Titanic, it’s still the same old nasty, scheming, conniving game played by soulless greedheads it always is. And that’s why we love it so. Game on!
 
It’s day 33 inside the Big Brother house, and Lydia is apparently going off the deep end because she’s wearing a black bar over her eyes, which is kind of cool except I think it’s supposed to symbolize her dark state of mind, so glad no one can take weapons into the house. I think.
 
Michele tells us via the diary cam that she couldn’t use her power of veto lest that keep Ronnie from getting his one way ticket out of the house, and I couldn’t agree with her more. Jordan, of course, is just thrilled that Michele stood her ground with the POV, as she points out it will only take 4 votes to get Ronnie out, and she’s pretty sure Jeff, Kevin, Michele and her will do it. Ronnie, being a sore loser and a roaring hypocrite, says Michele’s unwillingness to save his sorry ass with the POV just shows she has no loyalty to anyone except herself, while I would argue that it shows she’s not a total sucker and sees him to be the scumbag he is, but potato, potahto.

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<p>Top 4 contestants (L-R): Kayla Radomski, Brandon Bryant, Jeanine Mason and Evan Kasprzak.</p>

Top 4 contestants (L-R): Kayla Radomski, Brandon Bryant, Jeanine Mason and Evan Kasprzak.

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"So You Think You Can Dance" - Season Finale - And the winner is...?

Is the new champion Brandon, Jeanine, Evan or long-time favorite Kayla?

Wow, it’s the season finale. I feel like we’ve been through something together, you and I. There’s been some crying (cancer dance), some mourning (Not Janette, no!), some highs (last night’s sexy Brandon/Jeanine paso doable), some lows (every non-hip-hop routine Phillip fumbled through). I feel like, at this point, I deserve a ring, a dress and a big-ass party with catering. Just saying.
 
Kicking things off, we have a really, really big group dance. The final twenty are back for this one, and I feel a little guilty, because some of these people? No clue who the hell they are. If you told me they were randomly yanked from the audience, I’d believe you. And I can only blame a little of that on the crappy camera work and the bad Cirque du Soleil make-up and costumes. But glad to see the producers got full use of that gigantic picture frame from earlier in the season, because you know that would cost an arm and a leg at Aaron Brothers. 

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<p>Judd Nelson, Emilio Estevez, Ally Sheedy, Molly Ringwald and Anthony Michael Hall. The cast of "The Breakfast Club."</p>

Judd Nelson, Emilio Estevez, Ally Sheedy, Molly Ringwald and Anthony Michael Hall. The cast of "The Breakfast Club."

An appreciation: John Hughes' musical choices were some kind of wonderful

A director who had his pulse on what teens were really listening to

For anyone who was a teenager in the '80s, there was that inevitable moment when you felt like John Hughes was the only one who understood you.

My colleague Drew McWeeny has already posted a moving appreciation to Hughes, who died unexpectedly today of a heart attack at 59. I want to talk about Hughes' usage of music.  He was one of the first directors who used music in his movies that the teenage characters-and not just their parents-- would have actually listened to. 

Let's face it: coming-of-age angst never sounded as good as it did in a Hughes movie. (I'm only looking at the movies he directed, not those he wrote).  Who can forget Simple Minds' "Don't You (Forget About Me)" from "The Breakfast Club." Keith Forsey and Steve Schiff wrote it specifically for the movie and rarely had a song so fittingly captured the alienation and yearning inherent in being a teenager.

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<p>Carol (voiced by James Gandolfini) and Max (played by Max Records), on their way to see something very special in Spike Jonze's 'Where The Wild Things Are'</p>

Carol (voiced by James Gandolfini) and Max (played by Max Records), on their way to see something very special in Spike Jonze's 'Where The Wild Things Are'

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Spike Jonze premieres final trailer for 'Where The Wild Things Are'

And all over the world, hearts break

At this point, I'm just ready for "Where The Wild Things Are" to come out, cause a flurry of conversation, make whatever cultural mark it's going to make, then end up on my shelf on BluRay where I can watch it any time I want.  I have been carrying around all these complicated feelings about this movie since Christmas of 2007, when I saw it a very rough version, and as finished footage has started to show up, I hear people reacting to it, and I'm relieved to know I'm not crazy.

I think this longer trailer absolutely conveys what it is they're hoping to accomplish with this film, and I'd say if you don't like this trailer, you're not going to warm to the movie instead.  It's very much a film about a little boy coming face to face with all the big giant scary feelings and ideas we all have inside us and having to learn how to handle all of those emotions and fears and weaknesses.  It takes the deceptively simple Maurice Sendak book and turns it into a commentary on the process by which we move from wild, uncontrolled childhood to something more focused, the first steps towards adulthood.

In fact, looking at Twitter reactions (since all I can do on that accursed website now is look, for some reason) and Facebook posts and comments sections as other people post it, and being in the room in San Diego when the new footage premiered in Hall H, what amazes me is how this seems to be a film that punches right past nostalgia, right past reason, and somehow seems to be causing enormous emotional reactions even based on these short peeks at the material.  I thought it was a really emotional movie in rough form, but I didn't anticipate how the film seems to tear people's hearts out from the moment the monsters start moving and talking.  It's fascinating.  Obviously, Max Records, the young star of the movie, is a big part of the equation as well.

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<p>Red Hot Chili Peppers frontman Anthony Kiedis</p>

Red Hot Chili Peppers frontman Anthony Kiedis

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Red Hot Chili Peppers Reignite in October after two-year hiatus

'You can't force people to play when they don't want to play.'

 

After a two-year hiatus, the Red Hot Chili Peppers are set to regroup in  October, drummer Chad Smith says.

Smith has been busy with his side project, Chad Smith's' Bombastic Meatbats, and as a member of Chickenfoot, but soon, it will be Chili time and Smith is ready. The group's hiatus was initially slated for one year, but it expanded into two.

"Everybody was like, '' Y'know, I really like having this time off, not being a Chili Pepper and doing other things," he tells Billboard. "It'll be two years in September, so now we're ready. You can't force people to play when they don't want to play or aren't ready to play or whatever -- not in our band, anyway."

Smith adds he had no idea when the next RHCP album will surface or who will produce it, although he wouldn't rule out Rick Rubin, who has produced the last five CDs.  "[He] always ends up being the guy...But we haven't discussed it."

The group's last album, "Stadium Arcadium," has been certified double platinum by the RIAA.

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<p>John Hughes</p>

John Hughes

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John Hughes dies, and my adolescence goes with him

Creator of 'Breakfast Club,' '16 Candles,' 'Vacation,' and more left a huge mark on film comedy

Before I ever saw a single film he was involved in, I was already a fan of John Hughes and his comic writing.

My first exposure to him was through his work for National Lampoon, where he was part of that magazine's best era.  In August of 2008, Zoetrope magazine republished the original short story that Hughes wrote that became the source material for "National Lampoon's Vacation," and the new introduction that Hughes wrote now looks to be his last word on his own Hollywood career that we'll see in public, made all the more noteworthy because of how rarely Hughes spoke about himself:

"... Despite my finishing the story in time for the FedEx pick-up, it was ultimately bumped from the vacation issue to an annual edition comprised of pieces that didn't make their intended issues. Unbeknownst to me, Warner Brothers purchased the story upon publication in September. I was in Chicago, and my only experience of any reaction to "Vacation '58" occurred on a flight home from New York, when I heard two businessmen laughing out loud and discovered they were reading my story. As a salaried editor, I had no ownership. The publisher, Matty Simmons, generously invited me to write the screenplay despite my never having even seen one.

This was all happening during Hollywood's post-Shampoo era of gold chains, red Ferraris, and big sideburns. As a print humorist-envisioning myself as Chicago's Booth Tarkington Jr.-I willfully knew nothing of show business, except that it was a rich target for satire. P. J. introduced me to the eminent literary attorney Morton Janklow, who advised me to go to Los Angeles and get an agent. When I arrived at the incipient powerhouse Creative Artists Agency in my poplin suit and rep tie, I was mistaken for an IRS agent. Despite my contrastive definition of hip, I passed the audition and got the Agent and the requisite accessory, the Lawyer. After securing a copy of a screenplay to use as a format model, I returned to Chicago to write a script and inexorably alter my life for WGA scale."

Yet even as he waxed nostalgic about his own beginnings in the business, there's some mythmaking and some revisionism going on.  Didn't he write for "Delta House," the "Animal House" spin-off TV show?  And wouldn't that predate "Vacation"?  How did he do that if he'd never seen a screenplay?  These contradictions and half-truths are hallmarks of the incredible lengths Hughes would go to in order to protect his privacy, writing under a pseudonym at times, rewriting his own personal history, and just plain disappearing when he felt like it.  For the last twenty years, I would argue that he has been an artistic non-entity.  His last film as a writer/director was "Curly Sue," for god's sake.

And yet...

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<p>Kevin Reilly</p>

Kevin Reilly

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TCA Live-Blogging: FOX Executive Session

Peter Rice and Kevin Reilly discuss Paula Abdul, Paula Abdul, Paula Abdul and more

9:45 a.m. I was on the fence about live-blogging this FOX executive session, but with Twitter down, I sortta had my hand forced. Thus, in lieu of tweets, I'll be doing roughly the same thing here in blog form. The news and snarking begins after the break...

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<p>Ridley Scott has had an obvious fascination with sci-fi dystopia for his entire career, and to iconic effect</p>

Ridley Scott has had an obvious fascination with sci-fi dystopia for his entire career, and to iconic effect

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Ridley Scott picks up a writer and Leonardo Di Caprio for 'Brave New World'

Could this be the sci-fi epic he's been itching to make?

As long as I've been writing about movies online, Ridley Scott has had the itch to make a big dystopian science-fiction movie again.  For a while, he was developing a script called "Metropolis" that wasn't a remake of the Fritz Lang film.  It was more of an original SF thing based around a future city.  When "The Matrix" came out, "Metropolis" dropped dead because enough of the ideas in the films were similar that Scott's project became redundant.

Obviously, he just last week stated that he is serious about making an "Alien" prequel.  I can't imagine he's going to want to do two big sci-fi films close together... although "Blade Runner" wasn't that long after "Alien," and "Kingdom of Heaven" and "Nottingham" practically overlap, historically speaking.

Now this week, he's announcing that he is working with Leonardo Di Caprio at Universal to bring Aldous Huxley's "Brave New World" to the screen.  This is another one of those projects that Ridley Scott has been circling for a while.  It makes sense that they just hired Farhad Safinia to write the adaptation of the classic work of sci-fi and speculation.  Safinia wrote "Apocalypto," which was so removed from our experience that it might as well be science-fiction.  It's also the ultimate guy-on-the-run movie.  Although "Brave New World" isn't an action film, it is about one man who finds himself persecuted by the system because his thinking gets out of line.  There's a lot more to it, but that pretty much sums it up.

"Alien."  "Blade Runner."  Very bleak world views in those.  But for this new film, Scott's going to have to take everything he's learned and turned it up.  He's proven himself many times over...

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