I have not seen Andrew Niccol's "The Host" yet, so I have no opinion to offer. It's languishing at a woeful 12% at Rotten Tomatoes so it's rather clear it's a dud. HitFix's Drew McWeeny crucified it in his review, noting that it is "one of the worst things [he's] seen in a while…a genre film that fails at every genre it attempts, and it fails at even the meager ideas it attempts to engage." Ouch.
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Not gonna bog down into a political debate on the gun thing here. The liberal-minded will bang its head against a brick wall and the conservative-minded will decry the gall of another sect knowing what's best and it'll just be grossly, pathetically predictable.
That said, Jim Carrey's recent "Cold Dead Hand" video at Funny or Die taking the piss out of the National Rifle Association and its late leader actor Charlton Heston was, well, hilarious. Carrey has been outspoken about magazine limits and an assault rifles ban ever since the debate caught fire again in the wake of the Newtown, Connecticut massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in December.
Justin Timberlake holds onto the No. 1 spot on the Billboard 200 next despite strong charges from Lil Wayne and Blake Shelton.
Timberlake’s “The 20/20 Experience,” which sold 968,000 copies in its opening frame this week, will likely sell up to 325,000 units before the charts close on Sunday, according to Hits Daily Double.
Then comes a parade of new titles: five in a row to be exact. Lil Wayne’s “I Am Not A Human Being II” will sell up to 210,000 copies to come in at No. 2, followed by Blake Shelton’s “Based on a True Story” at No. 3, with career-high opening numbers for “The Voice” coach of up to 190,000.
The numbers drop drastically for the next set of newbies as One Republic’s “Native” and Depeche Mode’s “Delta Machine” are both poised to sell between 55,000-60,000 copies as they vie for the No. 4 and No. 5 positions on the chart.
Alan Jackson’s “Precious Memories Vol. 2” will likely bow at No. 6 with sales of up to 50,000. Bruno Mars’ “Unorthodox Jukebox” holds its Top 10 ground at No. 7, then another debut, the Strokes’ “Comedown Machine” likely starts its chart run at No. 8.
Rounding out the Top 10 are Pink’s “The Truth About Love,” and Mumford & Sons’ “Babel,” both of which are projected to sell between 30,000-35,000.
The buddy cop movie will never die.
As long as people are pointing cameras at other people and creating fiction, someone will be working riffs on the notion of two dudes with guns who have to deal with one another to accomplish something. There have been thousands of these films so far, both from Hollywood and from indie filmmakers, and I feel like I've sat through every single one of them.
In most cases, it comes down to chemistry. If you get the right two guys, the formula works. When I was part of the Warner Archive Instant beta test, one of the first movies I watched was "Freebie and the Bean," because it's freakin' "Freebie and the Bean." Alan Arkin and James Caan appear ready to beat each other to death in almost every scene of that film, and it makes me cackle every single time I see it. Sometimes you'll see a variation on the equation like one of the people isn't a cop, but is instead a convict, a la "48 HRS." Or you'll get the suicidal crazy guy teamed up with the straight arrow, a la "Lethal Weapon."
Put your hood up over your head: we're heading down "Under the Earth" in a new Yeah Yeah Yeah's song.
This groovy trip has a cavernous synth and a bassline that will have the average YYYs fan in ready submersion and the occasional listener curious. After a demented firecracker like "Sacrilege" (and its accompanying, awesome video), this song is a little more eerie but simultaneously more accessible.
"Under the Earth" is off of "Mosquito," due on April 16. It's the rock act's fourth studio full-length, and its first since 2009's "It's Blitz!".
Listen to the song here. Be sure to spend some time with that photo, too.
Tyler, The Creator shows up as the Barbie doll you never bought but keeps showing up in your collection and semi-stalking all your other Barbies in "IFHY" featuring Pharrell. The assumption here is that song title stands for "I F*ckin' Hate You," the contrast to what the Odd Future rapper is explaining in this self-described "emo" rhyme. "I love you / I f*ckin' hate you" and there, folks is the crux.
The Barbie of his desires spends most of the video running from him, in part from fear, and he kicks in the door. *Note to you Barbies: it's not OK for your boyfriend to kick in the door.
It's a cool presentation of dissonant emotions, and the want of possession. Also, I continue to love how game Tyler is in all of his videos, willing to look any way he directs himself to look like plastic garbage for the sake of the song.
"IFHY" is bookended by another track, "Jamba," featuring Hodgy Beats. The two drive recklessly in a car. What is it with Tyler and his cars? (The rapper also released two tracks and video at once with his last clip, for "Domo 23" and vehicular "Bimmer.")
"IFHY" is off of Tyler, The Creator's new solo set "Wolf," out on April 2. But for the curious, you can hear the full album streaming right now. Check it out below.
"Wolf" is the follow-up to 2011's "Goblin" and it features guests like Pharrell, Erykah Badu, OFWGKTA's own Frank Ocean and others.
Back when the first "G.I. Joe" film came out, I wasn't nearly as pro-Channing Tatum as I am these days. "21 Jump Street" and "Magic Mike" made most of us see the light on that one: dude's hilarious. So I mainly went into a matinee of "G.I. Joe: Retaliation" today to see what he had to offer in the wake of that comedic success, but this was clearly The Rock's show. Oh sorry...Dwayne Johnson.
Eh, it was worth the diversion I guess. Jonathan Pryce was a bit, well, priceless at times. HitFix's Drew McWeeny found it fun enough, calling it "breathless in all the right ways." But it's a turn-your-brain-off exercise if there ever was one, whether director Jon Chu's fandom shines through or not. Though Adrianne Palicki ain't too bad on the eyes for 90 minutes. Let us know what you thought/think if you get around to seeing it, and feel free to vote in our poll below.
As "G.I. Joe: Retaliation" kicks off what looks to be a fairly successful weekend, I thought I'd bring you two final interviews I did for the movie last weekend.
First, we've got the pairing of D.J. Cotrona and Adrianne Palicki, who play Flint and Lady Jaye in the film. I'm not a first generation "G.I. Joe" fan. I didn't watch the cartoons or read the comics when I was a kid. I think I missed it all by a few years, and at the time it was huge, I was into things like Jim Jarmusch movies and live punk shows and bad behavior that drove my parents crazy. It's strange interviewing cast and crew who made this film who were younger than me, the perfect age to be "Joe" fans, and see that they've managed to take that childhood enthusiasm and translate it into this second attempt at pulling off the series on film.
Britney Spears will guest host KIIS-FM’s annual Wango Tango on May 11 with Ryan Seacrest. Will.i.am will also be on the bill so can a duet on “Scream & Shout” be far behind?
Also appearing will be Bruno Mars, Maroon 5, Demi Lovato, Flo Rida, Fall Out Boy, Afrojack, Icona Pop, Jason Derulo, Emeli Sande and Ariana Grande.
The event will be held at Carson, Calif.s Home Depot Center. Tickets go on sale April 5.
Unsurprisingly, considering the minimal theatrical exposure documentary shorts receive even relative to their live-action and animated counterparts, Best Documentary Short annually seems to be the award about which most Oscar watchers (and even some pundits) seem to be the least aware and/or informed. And the same is true within the Academy itself: among the 6000 voting AMPAS members, only a few hundred vote in this particular category.