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"Anger Management" casts Charlie Sheen's new female lead: Laura Bell Bundy
The "Hart of Dixie" and "HIMYM" alum replaces Selma Blair, playing a Dr. Jordan Denby, Charlie's new sex-study research partner.
Animal Collective have been out of the news in the past few months, as their last major band announcement was to axe a good number of their tour dates due to band member Avey Tare's "intense case of strep throat." The electronic noise-makers are readying to hit the road again soon, though, and have dropped a new music video to help promote the stint and their wildly variant new album "Centipede Hz."
"Monkey Riches" was one of the more likeable tracks from the 2012 set, in that it has this beautifully glitchy, extremely ornery climax that cascades double, with the bouncy balls of Avey's voice wedging itself between galling bass and technical loops that will leave your eyes, head and hand spinning (counter-clockwise). Y'know, like rope.
That's the only metaphor you can really attach to the magic-led fable that is the music video for "Monkey Riches." And old man -- lets call him Gichel Mondry -- tries to teach his young student his skills, mocking him while his young nurse watches on. Ultimately, 2/3 of the group ends up down a well, there's a rope monster, some psychedelia and an inspired color palate to remind you that you haven't slipped into the other batsh*t insane video we posted today.
Animal Collective's new tour dates are below.
Sept. 6 - Portland, OR @ MusicFest NW
Sept. 7 - Boise, ID @ Knitting Factory
Sept. 8 - Salt Lake City, UT @ Depot
Sept. 9 - Denver, CO @ Ogden Theatre
Sept. 11 - Minneapolis, MN @ First Avenue
Sept. 14 - Mexico City, MX @ Ceremonia Festival
Oct. 16 - Madison, WI @ Orpheum Theatre
Oct. 17 - Chicago, IL @ Riviera Theatre
Oct. 20 - San Francisco, CA @ Treasure Island Festival
Oct. 21 - Los Angeles, CA @ Wiltern
Oct. 22 - Phoenix, AZ @ Marquee
Oct. 24 - Kansas City, MO @ Midland Theater
Oct. 25 - St. Louis, MO @ The Pageant
Oct. 26 - Asheville, NC @ Mountain Oasis Electronic Music Summit
Oct. 27 - Philadelphia, PA @ Union Transfer
Oct. 28 - Philadelphia, PA @ Union Transfer
Dec. 1 - Washington, D.C. @ 930 Club
Dec. 2 - Portland, ME @ The State Theatre
Dec. 4 - Royal Oak, MI @ Royal Oak Music Hall
Dec. 5 - Covington, KY @ Madison Theater
Dec. 6 - Cleveland, OH @ House of Blues
Dec. 8 - Nashville, TN @ Marathon Music Works
I can't wait for you see "The Punk Singer," I really can't. That film's subject -- the former Bikini Kill and Le Tigre frontwoman Kathleen Hanna -- has had a long journey, which includes a stint away from stage and studio due to illness from Lyme disease. The documentary serializes her career so well, and now everything's coming up stinking roses. The singer and performer is primed for a stunning comeback.
So now we're a month away from the album release from Hanna's new band The Julie Ruin (not to be confused with her former solo handle, simply Julie Ruin), and the rock 'n' roll group now has two songs to show off.
"Ha Ha Ha" arrived today via EW, and it warns of Armageddon. I think. I knocked over a box of nail polish and ran wildly through my rooms while listening to it, so I'm only assuming that was the theme.
UPDATE: Here you go:
The band also dropped "Oh Come On" just a couple of weeks ago, and it too has the appropriate amounts of screaming and sarcasm to get me through cleaning up all this nail polish. Hear it below.
It is early days as far as the hunt to find a new Batman is concerned, but what is rapidly becoming clear is that Warner Bros. has a very distinct approach in mind for who they would cast to step into the role of Bruce Wayne/Batman.
Understand this… anyone outside the studio who claims to know the full approach of this film is blowing smoke. This is very much a project that is in development, and thinking on the film has been very fluid up till this point. When Warner Bros. made their announcement at Comic-Con, confirming that the "Man Of Steel" sequel would feature Batman, they knew full well that they were throwing red meat to the fanboy press, a question that they can spend weeks and weeks chewing on while Warner sets to work behind the scenes.
For a preview of just how this will all play out, look at this weekend, when early wish list notes became a major story, with people determined to try to spin something concrete out of something that is very much not concrete yet. All Warner is doing at this point is opening the lines of communication, considering types and names and schedules. Borys Kit is doing some very solid reporting, and I like that he's careful to emphasize how early all of this is.
Shark Week opens to its biggest-ever audience, despite some outcry over the fake documentary
"Megalodon: The Monster Shark Lives" even beat the NFL's Hall of Fame game on NBC. PLUS: How many were fooled by "Megalodon"?
CNN calls GOP's threats over Hillary Clinton doc a "disservice to voters"
The news network responded to RNC chair Rance Priebus: "Instead of making premature decisions about a project that is in the very early stages of development and months from completion, we would encourage the members of the Republican National Committee to reserve judgment until they know more."
Denzel Washington to narrate PBS' "The March" on Washington documentary
The documentary marking the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.'s historic speech will air on Aug. 27.
How to save "The Killing": Stop making it about a killing
If the AMC drama does return for a 4th season, it needs to start thinking differently. PLUS: Mireille Enos on the season finale.
Aziz Ansari says he lost the password to his "Sergeant Brody" "Homeland" Twitter parody account
Ansari hasn't tweeted @sergeantbrody since he was outed as the mastermind of the parody account.
Patton Oswalt's "Parks and Rec" "Star Wars" filibuster gets animated, again
Here's a full-blown animation, three months after the original rant was animated by somebody else.
"Teen Beach Movie" is the 2nd-most watched TV movie in cable history
About 13.5 million watched the Disney Channel film in its first week, putting it in 2nd place behind "High School Musical 2."
Michelle Kwan joins Fox Sports
The Olympic figure skater will cover the 2014 Winter Games.
Oprah poses on her magazine cover with a 3.5-pound afro wig
The new issue of O is devoted to hair.
I was lucky enough to see Sam Kinison work several times. It's one thing to see someone's comedy special on TV or to listen to an album by them, and I certainly absorbed his work in whatever way it was available, but seeing a comic live, especially over several different nights with a wide variety of audiences is essential if you really want to understand who they are as an artist.
I'm not surprised by talk of a Kinison biopic. It seems inevitable at some point, just like the Bill Hicks movie I'm sure we'll also get from someone at some point. What I learned watching Kinison work the same material over many different nights is that he had learned how to handle a crowd from fire-and-brimstone fundamentalist preachers, and when he was onstage in front of a crowd, he was testifying. The screaming he did around his jokes was not just noise, but was punctuation. He was so caught up in whatever his subject that he couldn't stop himself from letting loose these guttural sounds. It's his version of speaking in tongues, being overcome by the power, and Kinison was a master at reading a room. He knew when something was working, he knew when something wasn't, and he was adroit at modifying his act on the fly to ride out the energy of the audience.
Democrats are now the butt of most late-night jokes, a reversal from last year
President Obama was the biggest political targeting during the first part of this year, inspiring 288 jokes. Anthony Weiner was No. 2, at 120 jokes.
Kanye West will tie Madonna with his 7th VMAs performance
He'll perform "BLKKK SKKKN HEAD" at this year's VMAs.
Whitney Houston's daughter may join "Celebrity Big Brother"
Bobbi Kristina is rumored to be part the UK reality show's lineup when it premieres later this month.
"The Killing's" Season 3 finale up from last year
About 1.5 million tuned in last night for the two-part finale.
IFC sending "Comedy Bang Bang" on tour
The two-week tour will also feature Paul F. Tompkins.
Mumford & Sons hire impersonators: Jason Bateman, Jason Sudeikis, Ed Helms, Will Forte
Watch the four impersonate the band for its "Hopeless Wanderer" music video.
POZNAN, Poland— Last night, I had the great good fortune to sit at a concert with three-time Oscar winning sound mixer David MacMillan at a concert here at the Transatlantyk Festival, a film and music festival put on by Oscar-winning composer Jan A.P. Kaczmarek. Kaczmarek grew up in Poland and adopted Poznan as his hometown after attending college here. MacMillan, who won his gold statues for “The Right Stuff,” “Speed” and “Apollo 13," is here teaching a master class. His other credits include "Twilight," "The 40-Year Old Virgin," "Indiana Jones & The Temple Of Doom," and "Hairspray." At 71, MacMillan has just retired. His last film, “Paranoia,” starring Harrison Ford and Liam Hemsworth, opens Aug. 16.
I sat down with the affable MacMillan today to recount some of his more memorable moments in a career filled with them. We only hit the tip of the iceberg.
MOST HARROWING SHOOT: “‘Natural Born Killers’ (1994) We shot for 18 days inside Interstate Prison [in Illinois]. Interstate has one of the last circular cellblocks. Cellblock B is the biggest single cellblock in the country with 1,500 on one side and 1,500 on the other. One of the scenes is an 8-minute walk-and-talk with the warden [played by] Tommy Lee Jones and Tom Sizemore. They go through the restaurant, the cafeteria, we’re using real prisoners as actors, and they then they walk into Cellblock B. Well, Cellblock B is so loud because all these guys have got radios and are yelling back and forth to each other and it’s all metal, so it’s very hard for radio mics to work within it. I said [to director Oliver Stone], ‘If you want to get a track here that you can use, you’re going to have to quiet the prisoners down.’ There’s three gangs in the prison system: the El Rukn, the black gang; there’s the Latin Kings, and there’s the White Aryan Nation. [El Rukn’s] Big Load is the head guy. He has a cell on the bottom floor with two empty cells on either side so nobody can [come] around the corner at him. He’s got bodyguards the size of mountains who watch out for him. He’s 6’5” and weighs about 370. He’s a big, big guy. We went up to Big Load and said ‘Can you make it quiet in here?’ And he said, ‘Yeah, not a problem. Get me a bottle of Black Label and it’s yours.’ He basically runs the prison. We had to go to the warden. He said, ‘Yeah, get him the bottle.’ We had set the shot up. [Big Load’s] body guards shout at the top of their lungs: ‘Big Load wants you to shut the f**k up’ and the level comes down. Then, ‘Turn off your f**king radios and TVs,’ and they all turned off. I had set up on a little dolly because I couldn’t carry the radio mic the whole way. I had to be real close because there was so much metal around, it sucks up all the radio waves in a way, so soon as we got it quiet, we dolly all the way back 300 yards. We got our shot in one take and he got his Black Label."
MOST INNOVATIVE SHOOT: “‘Falling Down’ (1993). There’s a scene where Michael [Douglas] is running through MacArthur Park and some guy is hitting on him for money. They were redoing the park and there’s jackhammers, which they couldn’t control, so it was pretty impossible to do it and it meant that some of that scene had to be looped. I suggested to Joel [Shumacher] that we do it in a studio where Mike can be running. We put him in a studio with headphones and a receiver and I have a boom and I’m booming him like we would a normal shot. I had him running and getting the same energy going and so it gave him energy and it opened up the dialogue to what it would be like if you were recording the actual scene instead of sitting in a room with headphones on and looking at a screen and sitting with the microphone three inches from his face that has to be EQ’d and never really sounds right anyway. The body language also helps the actors. There’s a tension that builds and just the motion itself. Michael was great. He loved the idea.”
MOST CRAMPED SHOOT (AND GOOD SANDRA BULLOCK INFO): “‘Speed’ (1994). What happens on that bus, there’s a real driver on the roof of the bus. We have a popemobile, basically, the whole front of the bus is glass and there’s three or four cameras on there. There’s no place for me to go. I’m not going on the roof of the bus because I can’t get to the actors if I have to change their radio mics. So the only place for me to go— I’m sitting in the middle exit door with a little four-channel mixer, hiding, and I’m mixing four radio mics on the actors as the bus is moving. There’s a scene where Joe Morton tries to come up and take the bus driver off the bus and the wheels are banging up against the side of the doors that I’m on and it’s hard to keep your focus. A lot of times I’ll take the microphones and put them right out in the open and make them look like part of a costume. With a SWAT team, that’s no problem with all. I was able to get good dialogue on the back of that bus with an open truck. Keanu [Reeves], I had to put it in the seam of his t-shirt and he was never really in the wind. With Sandra [Bullock], she has great skin. One thing about a good actor, they don’t sweat. They’re totally cool and know their lines. Even when it’s 90 degrees, they stay cool inside and you can put a mic on their skin and cover it with a softie, a felt thing so it doesn’t [record] clothing rustle and it will stay there. We have this stuff they use for burn victims, Tagaderm, and we put it on there and it will stay there all day long. She doesn’t sweat."
MOST DREADFUL MOVIE: “‘Leonard Part 6’ (1987), the one that Bill Cosby did. I felt really bad for Paul Weiland because it was his first feature film. He’s a really nice man, mainly a commercial director, that whole school of British directors with Ridley [Scott] and Tony [Scott] and Al[an] Parker and Adrian Lyne and it was his chance for his shot at Hollywood. It was an awful script and it turned out to be a terrible film. Mr. Cosby came out against it. He didn’t want anything to do with it. That was the end of David Puttnam and his reign at Coca Cola. He took a hike and went off and ran the British Film Society. But I had a great time on the film."
MOST DIFFICULT MOVIE SHOOT: “‘The Right Stuff’ (1983) was really difficult. [Producers] Bob Chartoff and Irwin Winkler had ordered a projection system and it wasn’t ready in time for the film [so] we were watching the dailies in the American Can Company on 3rd St. in San Francisco. It was this cement building with cement floors and cement ceiling. We put a screening room in and [it] had these old 1935 Acme projectors with 35 watt A500 speaker and it sounded terrible. I couldn’t believe how badly it sounded and I was getting kind of worried. I thought I was going to be fired. Caleb [Deschanel] came up to me, he was having problems as well. He was the cameraman. So he was angry. I was angry. So one day, Caleb and I got into it. We’ve been good friends ever since, but, mind you, he was sort of complaining about the sound... f course, we never did get a projection system. So they took all my stuff and ran it through a Finley Hill box and they decided by listening to it that all the stuff they thought was happening wasn’t. It sounded great and everything was fine. It was the concrete. I won an Oscar and Caleb didn’t (laughs)."
MOST LIFE ALTERING SHOOT: “'Black Widow’ (1987) because I met my wife."
Over the weekend, Jeff Nichols' "Mud" quietly overtook "The Place Beyond the Pines" at the box office to become the specialty release champ on the year so far. Fingers crossed that its success there and with 151 of 154 critics noted at Rotten Tomatoes (boy do these three look silly) helps it find room in the upcoming Oscar season.
The film -- along with "Pines," in fact -- is set for release on DVD/Blu-ray tomorrow, so if you haven't caught it yet, you'll have your chance. To whet the appetite, Lionsgate Home Entertainment has offered us a glimpse at the special features of the package with this brief take from Nichols and Reese Witherspoon discussing the actress's character in the film.
Sometimes, you'll dream of random artifacts from your day and your childhood, with every object and silly action feeling like it's all in good fun. But then you wake up feeling icky, like you forgot to do something important from the day before, or have many secrets you're bound to share.
In the music video for MGMT's new song "Your Life Is a Lie," those artifacts are of life and illusion. It is filled with symbolic and random ephemera including lizards, soccer balls, a dying man, bondage gear, a pyramid of eggs and your wife.
And like your dream, MGMT forgot to do something important, as in: they forgot to make a real song. The video is kind of great. The song may be from a forgotten episode of "Space Ghost."
"Your Life Is a Lie" is off of MGMT's next, self-titled album, out Sept. 17.