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<p>Shinedown</p>

Shinedown

Shinedown brings its musical light to headlining tour

'Second Chance' band schedules fall outing

 

Shinedown, who is having quite the run at radio with "Second Chance," kicks off a tour on Sept. 10 at Baltimore's Powerplant Live. The tour ends Oct. 24 at Charlotte, N.C.'s Uptown Theater. The outing begins after the band concludes its run on the Stimulate This! tour with Staind, Halestorm and Chevelle.

The Jacksonville, Fla.-based band is experiencing the biggest success of its career: "Second Change" has been No. 1 on Billboard's Hot AC chart for eight weeks.  It also hit the summit on both the Active Rock and Mainstream charts.

New single, title track "The Sound of Madness" also hit No. 1 on the active rock chart. In other words, go see them in concert and expect to hear some very familiar songs.

Tour dates for Shinedown's headlining tour, with support from Adelitas Way, are below:

SEPTEMBER

10    Baltimore, MD          Powerplant Live

11     Richmond, VA           The National

12    Huntington, WV                Xfest 2009 @ Harris Riverfront Park

14    Madison, WI                    The Orpheum

15    Walker, MN                     Northern Lights Casino

18    Boise, ID                  Knitting Factory

19    Reno, NV                  Grand Sierra Ballroom

21    Medford, OR                    Medford Armory

 

 

22    Seattle, WA                     The Showbox SoDo

24    Blackfoot, ID                   El Rey Events Center

25    Magna, UT                       The Great Salt Air

26    St. George, UT         Dixie Center

28    Las Vegas, NV           House of Blues

29    Modesto, CA                     Center Plaza

30    San Diego, CA           House of Blues

 

OCTOBER

3      San Francisco, CA             Grand Ballroom

4      Pomona, CA                      Fairplex

5      Tempe, AZ                       Marquee

7      San Antonio, TX               Sunset Station

9      Houston, TX                     Verizon Wireless Theater

10    Tulsa, OK                 Tulsa State Fair

11     Dallas, TX                Palladium Ballroom

13    Corpus Christi, TX            Concrete St. Apm

14    Little Rock, AR         The Metroplex

16    Pensacola, FL            Pensacola Civic Center

17    New Orleans, LA               UNO Lakefront Arena

19    Augusta, GA                     James Brown Arena

20    Myrtle Beach, FL              House of Blues

21    Orlando, FL                      House of Blues

23    Nashville, TN            Municipal Auditorium

24    Charlotte, NC           Uptown Amphitheater

 

 

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<p>Green Day</p>

Green Day

Pink, Green Day slated for MTV VMAs

Who else will take the stage Sept. 13 ?

 

It will be a colorful MTV Video Music Awards: both Pink and Green Day are slated to take the stage for the Sept. 13 awards.

The 2009 MTV Video Music Awards return to New York (after last year's Los Angeles stint) and Radio City Music Hall. Also performing are Taylor Swift and Muse. Slated to present are Katy Perry, Ne-Yo and Chace Crawford. British comedian/actor Russell Brand will return to host.

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<p>Michael Stuhlbarg is the lead in the new film from Joel and Ethan Coen, 'A Serious Man,' playing a persecuted university professor seeking metaphysical answers</p>

Michael Stuhlbarg is the lead in the new film from Joel and Ethan Coen, 'A Serious Man,' playing a persecuted university professor seeking metaphysical answers

Credit: Focus Features

The Coens give us a first look at 'A Serious Man'

Trailer dazzles and teases, but what's it about?

It's daring of the Coen Brothers to make a movie starring absolutely no one the general audience recognizes.  To a large extent, they get to make the movies they make because movie stars think it's awesome to work with the Coen Brothers.  And they're right, of course.  It is awesome to work with the Coen Brothers.  Because they are, sorry to be redundant but I have to be because it's true, awesome.

If you haven't seen the trailer for "A Serious Man" yet, go check it out at Apple, where they've got the HD version and an exclusive premiere.  Don't check it out on someone else's imbed, especially if they're earning ad revenue.  That's shady.  Apple's the one place that is officially supposed to have the trailer today, and I'm sure we'll be able to embed it later.

"Please... I need help."

[more after the jump]

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<p>Is Steven Spielberg going to take a ride with Donald Hamilton's iconic super-spy?&nbsp; And if so, can he avoid the mistakes of earlier attempts?</p>

Is Steven Spielberg going to take a ride with Donald Hamilton's iconic super-spy?  And if so, can he avoid the mistakes of earlier attempts?

Credit: Sony Pictures/NY Magazine

Steven Spielberg spies 'Matt Helm' with his little eye

Could the Beard be looking at another new franchise?

Man, it's been a while, hasn't it?  Spielberg hasn't released a movie since "Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull," so over a year now.  That's an unusual gap in production pace from one of the hardest working men in show business.  The Spielberg machine is typically loaded so he can go from big film to small film, commercial machine to personal doodle.  He's had several false starts in the last year and a half.  "Chicago 7."  "Lincoln."  Vague announcements made in interviews, and then later recants as elements didn't quite come together.

I don't know how serious he is about Paramount's "Matt Helm."  Serious enough for Variety to write about it, I suppose.  But I'm curious to see what Paul Attanasio, presumably working from earlier drafts by Derek Haas and Michael Brandt, has come up with.  Does Spielberg want his own Bourne series?  If so, will he use "Death of a Citizen" as his guide to kickstart a franchise?  It's an origin story, and the citizen who dies is Matt Helm, retired WWII military assassin.  He tries to build a normal life for himself, but when his daughter is kidnapped and held in an attempt to press him back into service, he snaps and kills every one he has to in order to bring her home.  His ferocity drives his family away, leaving him alone, driven back into the employ of Mac, the guy who serves as his handler for the first 14 books in the series.  He's not a spy, per se, but more the guy the government uses to kill spies.  Or civilians.  Or anyone they deem worthy of being killed.

Helm is a badass.  A thug.  A man's man.  It's a tough, hard-edged series of books.  In each one, Helm is a weapon, pointed at something and then fired, detonated, unleashed.

[more after the jump]

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<p>Joan Rivers</p>

Joan Rivers

Credit: NBC

Press Tour Notes: Joan Rivers trashes Leno, 'Spartacus' redefines Kirk Douglas

Also, Howard Zinn teaches us history and DJ AM discusses the plane crash

 

Wednesday (July 29) marked Day Two of what I'm already beginning to call the Twitter Television Critics Association Press Tour. Yes, I've been tweeting for the past three or four years, but these are the first two days that I've ever felt that the depth of available stories was sufficiently thin that they could be dispatched in a handful of 140 character quotes, comments and news bytes.

If you're following my Twitter feed -- and you sure should be... @HitFixDaniel -- you learned that Starz' "Spartacus: Blood and Sand" will premiere on Jan. 22, that Kevin Bacon is narrating NatGeo's "Human Family Tree," that Michael Eisner is hocking a Nickelodeon animated show and that Jeff Dunham bombed disastrously. All of those things were 140 characters of exciting and newsworthiness, but probably not more.

The big quote that most of my colleagues turned into stories was Joan Rivers' observation on the state of the late night TV wars.

"I think it’s brilliant that they put Leno at 10:00 now because Americans get bored more easily and go to sleep earlier, and that will -- that’s all I have to say about that," Rivers said. "When was the last time you said, 'Did you hear what Leno said last night? Ahh.' Never. So it’s nice for the Midwest because the crops will be greener."

It's a great quote. Don't get me wrong. But since when is Joan Rivers being catty worth more than one sentence? 

Click through for a few of the day's other standout quotes, both funny and serious, including Lucy Lawless talking about merkins, DJ AM talking about his plane crash and some more wisdom from Rivers...

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<p>Brandon of 'So You Think You Can Dance'</p>

Brandon of 'So You Think You Can Dance'

Credit: FOX

Recap: 'So You Think You Can Dance' - Top 6 Performances

In individual and couple performances, Brandon and Kayla shine

Boy, this season is blowing by fast, isn't it? We're down to the final six, which means this show is going to be more stuffed full of starchy filler than a vegan Thanksgiving turkey. But gotta get those two hours of top ratings!

Lil 'C is back on judges' panel, which can only be good because he never makes any sense and he actually makes Mary and her corny jokes look like a towering paragon of coherence. Mary admits that she was shocked to see Janette go, then urges the American public to stop being a-holes and vote for the best dancer of the season, not favorite performances. Nigel agrees that people are voting for great routines, then says it's up to the dancers to emerge as stars to win it.

Then, it's time for the dancin'.

[Recap of Wednesday's (July 29) "So You Think You Can Dance" after the break...]

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<p>Ashley Tisdale</p>

Ashley Tisdale

What's Ashley Tisdale's 'Guilty Pleasure?'

Interview: 'High School Musical' star is all grown up on new CD


Ashley Tisdale is on a mission. While she's proud of her work in the three editions of  "High School Musical," she's 24 and more than ready to show that she's a woman, not a girl perpetually trapped  in a Disney dance number.  

On "Guilty Pleasure," which came out July 28, Tisdale wants to show fans "where I am in my life right now. It's a little bit edgier, a little bit more mature" than 2007's "Headstrong."  "Everybody really knows me as Sharpay from 'High School Musical,' but it's a different side of Ashley that you haven't really seen before."

I recently talked to Tisdale for AOL's Sessions about the new album, her new movie "Aliens in the Attic" and life post-"HSM."  First single "It's Alright, It's OK," is about getting cheated on, but she hopes her fans get the message of strength in the song. "I really like breakup songs...I think that you'll always feel like it's the end of the world when something like that is happening...I just feel that there's a very strong message in the song and that I'm a strong person and that's something that I really want to share with my fans: stick up for yourself and don't let somebody walk all over you.  It's not the end of the world."

After being famous for much of her life, she's gotten used to the paparazzi following her around, but admits, "It's weird because you have people outside your door at your house that just want to follow you around and take pictures of you going to get coffee and doing random things that I don't find interesting, but they do.  So it's weird, but I think that being in this business you're going to know eventually that that might happen.  Nobody prepares you for it...I try to just ignore it."

Even though she and her "HSM" co-stars declined to take part in "HSM4," they remain close. "Zac [Efron] was just over at my house last night.  Vanessa [Hudgens] doing a movie right now in Montreal, but we talk all the time.  I just saw Monique [Coleman] recently, we twitter each other. They're my family.  I love them."

And by the way. As far as Tisdale's guilty pleasure? The only ones she'd cop to during the interview were designer bags and coffee.

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<p>Bono of U2</p>

Bono of U2

Credit: AP Photo

U2, Tom Hanks, Springsteen help to celebrate Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame's 25th

RARHOF (ha!) is moving the party to New York's Madison Square Garden


The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is throwing itself a 25th birthday party and the guest list includes U2, Metallica, Bruce Springsteen and Stevie Wonder.

The Hall may be in Cleveland, but the party, Oct. 29-30, will take place at New York's hallowed Madison Square Garden. The shows will tell the story of rock and roll with participating artists playing their own songs as well as tunes that have influenced them. We wonder if the artists will be allowed to play songs by non-inducted performers/songwriters? So far, all of the announced acts are members of the Rock Hall.

The creative team curating the show includes Tom Hanks, who is a very knowledgeable music fan, Rock Hall chairman and Rolling Stone founder Jann Wenner, and former Rolling Stone writer/director Cameron Crowe.

Additionally, a deluxe nine (!!!) DVD boxed-set highlighting 25 years of induction ceremonies will come out, as will a coffee table book.

Here's the line up:

Oct. 29
Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band
Simon & Garfunkel
Crosby, Stills, Nash & Friends
Paul Simon
Stevie Wonder

Oct. 30

Eric Clapton
Aretha Franklin
Metallica
U2

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<p>Quentin Tarantino's assembled one of his most eclectic ensemble casts for 'Inglourious Basterds,' his latest film</p>

Quentin Tarantino's assembled one of his most eclectic ensemble casts for 'Inglourious Basterds,' his latest film

Credit: The Weinstein Company/Universal

The Motion/Captured Review: 'Inglourious Basterds' is a triumph

Quentin Tarantino returns to form with one of his finest films yet

It's funny... I frequently attend festivals, and I publish my reviews from those festivals, and I ask you to trust me that my reaction to those films aren't colored by where or how I see them.  And yet, here I am at the end of July, and after seeing "Thirst," "Anti-Christ," and now "Inglourious Basterds", I'm going to have to dismiss outright all of the buzz from this year's Cannes festival, because it seems to me that those early responses have next to nothing to do with my own reaction to those films.

In particular, Quentin Tarantino's newest film really took it in the face this year.  I'm guessing part of it was simply the urge that seems to exist in many people to take Quentin down, no matter what.  Ever since he was "annointed" with "Pulp Fiction," every single film he's released has been an opportunity for people to declare that he is no longer relevant, or that his voice has been dulled, or that it's just the same old thing again and again.  I politely disagree on a nearly molecular level.  I think there are very few filmmakers with a voice as innate as Quentin's, and I am perfectly happy to sit through an "inconsequential" movie as fun as "Death Proof" or an "homage mix tape" as ridiculously entertaining as "Kill Bill."  Personally, my favorite of his films is "Jackie Brown," and I think I can pinpoint why that is.  It's a movie about people, and not a movie about other movies.  Do I mind that he's a shameless magpie?  Absolutely not.  You can find my "Kill Bill" or "Grindhouse" reviews over at Ain't It Cool, and I still feel the same way about both films, but "Jackie" hits me on a deeper level.  I adore those people, and I could spend time with them, even away from that particular situation.  I just plain enjoy every element of that movie, every performance, every shot, every exchange of dialogue.

[more after the jump]

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<p>Adam Richman of 'Man v. Food'</p>

Adam Richman of 'Man v. Food'

Credit: Travel Channel

Press Tour Notes: 'Man v. Food' apparently doesn't glorify obesity

Adam Richman says his Travel Channel food isn't about over-eating, even if it is.

Nothing kicks off a 10-day saga of catered food and drink and more food -- the semi-annual Television Critics Association press tour, I mean -- like a panel dedicated to a Travel Channel show celebrating the glories of gluttony.

Actually, Travel Channel's "Man v. Food" isn't really about the glories of gluttony at all. Or at least that's what host Adam Richman too great pains to explain to critics on Tuesday (July 28) morning, especially the critics treating him as the cause of America's ever-increasing fatness.

"Here is the one thing that I would like to make abundantly clear. At no point do I or the network or the show espouse overeating," Richman attempted to make abundantly clear. "This is not about that. These are about once-in-a-blue-moon indulgences because at no point will we ever espouse eating like I eat or eating what I eat like a lifestyle choice."

As fans of "Man v. Food" know, Richman travels the country, participating in ambitious challenges forcing him to eat a location's spiciest pasta or largest burrito or a four-pound hamburger successfully completed by only the most intrepid of diners. Sometimes he succeeds, but just as often he fails, with the kind of nobility that can only be achieved when your face is red, your belly engorged and your shirt covered with the detritus of hastily consumed meal. Even when he wins, what Richman does doesn't exactly look like the sort of thing that would be good for the human body. Yet, like the competitive eaters celebrated on Coney Island every 4th of July (an ignored by most of the populace for the rest of the year), Richman doesn't look like a man who eats for a living.

"I stay super vigilant about my health," he promises. And I don’t eat necessarily like I eat on the show in my day-to-day life. I think that it’s a system of checks and balances and I just really do try to stay extra vigilant not just with doctor visits, but also staying on top of supplements, making sure I do work out on a daily basis, making sure that I do monitor my health in a rigorous fashion. I think it would be foolhardy not to."

While not a competitive eater himself -- he's actually a graduate of the Yale School of Drama, it seems -- Richman received coaching from hot dog champ Joey Chestnut, a first season guest star.

"Joey Chesnut’s big thing is running. So what I actually do is I combine strength training with running the morning of," Richman says. "He is a big, big proponent of running in terms of both elevating his appetite and metabolism. Also, he stressed to me the importance of staying hydrated, which I guess is a good thing anyway."

But it isn't all about the eating, so much as the spectacle.

"The challenge is so much about the experience that I don’t usually like to get bogged down with the sort of minutiae of the physical stuff. For me it’s such an amazing event," he says. "It’s somewhere in between, like, an absolute party and the Roman Coliseum."

He adds, "To paraphrase John Cougar Mellencamp, 'Ain’t that America?' The thing is it’s not solely about the food. This is a travel show. It is – basically it’s exploration of a destination one bite at a time. So it’s using food as the point of departure — and a highly delicious point of departure, I might add — to sort of explore these cities. So I’ve recently just been to Springfield, Illinois. I’m going to Boise. I’m going to Little Rock. And the thing is they may not necessarily have the culinary profile of a New York, a San Francisco, a Philadelphia, a Chicago in terms of haute cuisine, but they do have their staples. And these foods are a point of pride to these people. And I feel that what I’m really trying to show is the food, yes, but the food is part of a larger experience."

 

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The other highlights of a fairly slow first day of press tour included a Fox Reality Channel promo for "Househusbands of Hollywood" that claimed that star Billy Ashley lost his chance at baseball stardom because of an injury (rather than a .233 lifetime after and difficulties hitting off-speed pitches), Joy Behar saying she wanted to interview Sarah Palin (but being willing to settle for her maid or her babysitter) and George Lopez explaining his recent difficulties with customs.

The day culminated in a relatively intimate cocktail party/dinner for AMC, where I talked to Matt Weiner and Christina Hendricks about "Mad Men" and Jim Caviezel about Comic-Con, the nature of stardom and "The Prisoner."

Up on Wednesday? Panels with Joan Rivers, Matt Damon & Marisa Tomei, Ice Cube and David Tennant.

Stay tuned.

 

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<p>Michele of 'Big Brother 11'</p>

Michele of 'Big Brother 11'

Credit: Sonja Flemming/CBS

Recap: 'Big Brother 11' Tuesday - PoV takes one houseguest off the block

In which Jordan tires of being a pawn, Casey becomes a banana and the PoV brings change

Well, Jordan and Michele are on the block, all part of Jessie's master plan to backdoor... someone. Sure, it's supposed to be Ronnie, but c'mon, when has this game ever gone the way you want it to?

[Full recap of Tuesday night's "Big Brother" after the break...]

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<p>This is a rough approximation of how I felt when I stepped onto Edgar's set today</p>

This is a rough approximation of how I felt when I stepped onto Edgar's set today

Credit: Oni Press

So where the heck is Drew?

And when will we see more Comic-Con coverage?

We're almost back to normal, folks.

I'm sitting in my hotel room in Toronto right now, and in six hours, I'll be taking a car to the airport so that I can catch my 8:30 AM flight back to Los Angeles, where I'll finally be able to sit down and jam through all of the work I've got backed up.

"Wait," you say, "what are you doing in Toronto?  I thought you were at Comic-Con."  Well, I was.  And I drove my family home from San Diego on Sunday, had just enough time to unpack, do some laundry, repack, and head to the airport so I could come here to visit the set of Edgar Wright's adaptation of "Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World."  We wrapped that up a few hours ago and then grabbed some dinner.  I still feel like I haven't really slept right since last Wednesday, so things are about as weird as they get right now.

Right now, I'm trying to finish my "Inglourious Basterds" review before I head to the airport.  Then tomorrow, I have to work my way through a whole stack of stuff, including reviews of "In The Loop," "Thirst," "The Goods," and "Funny People," as well as more Comic-Con reports on things like "Tron: Legacy," "Sherlock Holmes," the Disney animation panel, and interviews with Terry Gilliam and Hayao Miyazaki.

So, yeah... I plan to stay busy for a while.

[more after the jump]

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