Tuesday, April 27, 2010
The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus
Out of Africa: 25th Anniversary (Blu-ray/DVD Combo)
The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus
Out of Africa: 25th Anniversary (Blu-ray/DVD Combo)
Melissa Etheridge's Fearless Love
Hole's Nobody's Daughter
Mary Chapin Carpenter's The Age of Miracles
Peter Frampton's Thank You Mr Churchill
Bullet for My Valentine's Fever
For fans of Brian Posehn from The Sarah Silverman Program...
Brian Posehn's Fart & Wiener Jokes
In its 5h week out, How To Train Your Dragon came it at no. 1 taking in over $15 million. New release, The Back-Up Plan came in at no. 2 with over $12 million. Date Night, in its 3rd weekend in release came in at no. 3 with over $10 million. New release, The Losers, came in at no. 4 with just over $9 million. Not a huge weekend for movies for some reason.
If you were a fan of the HBO show OZ then this is for you. A lot of the cast from the show will reunite on May 2 in New York for readings of the Godfather IV at 59E59 Theaters. These are being presented as a benefit for Primary Stages and the Writers Guild of America. Oz cast members including Christopher Meloni, Lee Tergesen, Dean Winters, Mike Doyle, Terry Kinney, David Laundra, Kristin Rohde, Eamonn Walker, Catherine Wolfe, and Zeljko Ivanek are slated to be there.
literally, after the Thursday night show of the American Idiot Musical on Broadway. Green Day surprised the audience and came out to perform. The cast joined them onstage and it sounds like it was an amazing set. How cool are they?
they had this when I was in school. Have you heard about the new smartpen? It's a writing instrument combined with a digital audio recorder, such that, when you are taking notes and miss a word (which always happened to me) it can play back the word that you missed. In addition, the audio recording can be uploaded to a website accessed by other computers, converted into a pdf, and the list goes on. How amazing is that?
Lots of new tv pilots are in the works for next season and they are sounding good. Highlights include, (but are not limited to): Love Bites, from Cindy Chupack a writer from Sex and the City; new versions of Hawaii Five-0 and Rockford Files; Wright vs. Wrong a show starring Debra Messing; Next, semi-autobiographical show from Paul Reiser; J.J. Abrams' Undercovers; and David E. Kelley's legal drama Kindrids. Will you be watching any of these? For more shows in the works, click here.
What a game - game 5 of the first round of the playoffs- this afternoon! The Blackhawks had the lead 3 to 1 against the Nashville Predators. Then, they fell behind 4 to 3 and with only 13 seconds left in regulation, Patrick Kane scored a goal to tie it up. A few minutes into overtime, Marion Hossa scored the winning goal. Unbelievable. It does not get too much more wild. Any Blackhawks fan who left the game early must be seriously bumming.
TMZ is reporting that Bret Michaels has been rushed to hospital with a brain hemorrhage.
TMZ reporting on Bret Michaels
Phil Collins is offering a new song, "Too Many Fish in the Sea", for free download if you sign up at his official website. September 2010 he will release a new album entitled, "Going Back".
Official Phil Collins Website
Larry David's HBO series Curb Your Enthusiasm will be coming back for an 8th season set to air in 2011. Larry David just appeared on Seinfeld's show The Marriage Ref and was hilarious.
Sex and the City 2 comes out on May 27, however, tickets are already being sold and quite extensively. Elaborate nights out are being planned across the country, centered around viewing of the movie.
Can you believe it? Tonight is the night Green Day's American Idiot musical opened on Broadway. So exciting. For photos, and red carpet highlights of tonight's opening, click here.
Avatar ('Nuff Said)
Crazy Heart (Jeff Bridges and Maggie Gyllenhaal)
The Young Victoria (Emily Blunt)
The Lovely Bones (Mark Wahlberg, directed by Peter Jackson)
Minority Report on Blu-ray (Tom Cruise)
AC/DC's Iron Man 2 Soundtrack
Glee Cast's Glee: The Music, The Power of Madonna
Shelby Lynne's Tears, Lies, And Alibis
Willie Nelson's Country Music
Merle Haggard's I Am What I Am
The Apples in Stereo's Travellers in Space and Time
and last but not least (a personal favorite)...
Arcadia's So Red the Rose (2 CD/DVD) [Extra tracks][Special Edition]
-This was a Duran Duran side project with Simon Le Bon and Nick Rhodes which included the hit "Election Day"
Just saw Elton John in concert last week - great show!
You can buy the recording online at SimpfyLive:
Funeral For A Friend
Saturday Nights Alright For Fighting
Madman Across The Water
Goodbye Yellow Brick Road
I Guess That's Why They Call It The Blues
Take Me To The Pilot
Something About The Way You Look Tonight
Don't Let The Sun Go Down On Me
Sorry Seems To Be The Hardest Word
Candle In The Wind
You're Never Too Old (New Song from Upcoming Album with Leon Russell)
Burn Down The Mission
Benny And The Jets
The Bitch Is Back
I'm Still Standing
Circle Of Life
Vince Vaughn is at the Chicago Blackhawks playoff game tonight at Chicago's United Center. Many players from the Chicago White Sox are also in attendance including Gordon Beckham, Paul Konerko, John Danks, Jayson Nix, Jake Peavy and A.J. Pierzynski. Awesome all of the Chicago teams supporting each other.
Today's New York Times Arts section profiles some Gen X female pop culture faves: Demi Moore, Courtney Love, and Natalie Merchant. Fascinating reads. Moore had a movie, The Joneses, come out on Friday. Courtney Love is releasing a new album, Nobody's Daughter, on April 27. Natalie Merchant just released a new album this past Tuesday, setting music to poetry, in Leave Your Sleep. Cool stuff.
In its 4th week out, How to Train Your Dragon came in at no. 1 this weekend with over $20 million. New release Kick-Ass came in at a very close no. 2 with over $19 million. In its 2nd week out, Date Night did well, coming in at no. 3 with over $17 million. New release Death at a Funeral came in at no. 4 with over $17 million. For all the weekend totals, click here.
Today is Record Store Day celebrating independent record stores. It started in 2007 and there are many events and stores participating. To read more about it, check this out.
Tonight's host is Ryan Phillipe and musical guest is Ke$ha. Ryan Phillipe is starring with Will Forte this summer in the movie MacGruber which is the SNL bit based on he 80s show MacGyver with Richard Dean Anderson.
I went to the first playoffs game between the Blackhawks and the Nashville Predators last night. The crowd was awesome and the energy in the United Center was incredible - the Chicago Cubs were there to support as well - but unfortunately they did not come off with the expected win. This first round of the playoffs has seen lots of upsets in the first game as the Washington Capitals, New Jersey Devils and the Pittsburgh Penguins - expected to be victorious - all lost their first game as well. Should be a very interesting first round of the playoffs.
Monday night is the 90 minute season finale of Damages and it looks full of surprises. It's all going to come together and get torn apart in another epic season. Patty has been more vulnerable this season which has made it particularly fascinating. Ellen and Tom managing to control her is something to behold. The Tobin family manipulating each other - all driven by the money- never ceases to amaze. Have you been watching?
In an interesting twist, it is looking like Harvey and Bob Weinstein are taking back Miramax, the movie company they founded in 1979 and then sold in 1993. Some of their breakthrough films in the 1980s and 1990s included Clerks, Sex, Lies and Videotape, and The Crying Game. The company was also behind the hits Pulp Fiction and Shakespeare in Love.
Wang Chung is back on tour this summer and just released a free song on their website called "Abducted by the 80's" - check it out!
There is also a very funny video on the home page that references many "Wang Chung" shout-outs over the years in pop culture.
Wang Chung's Official Site
Pirate Radio (2009)
Apollo 13 (15th Anniversary Edition) [Blu-ray] (1995)
Dallas: The Complete Thirteenth Season
That there are companies that will come to your home and take the lice out of your child's hair? Talk about an innovative idea for business! Check this out.
Lilith Fair has released its full tour schedule for its 36 shows this summer. I still can't believe it's been 10 years since the last Lilith Fair. Are you going to go?
How cool is this? Chicago is known around the world for some incredible pizza and now there are tours to take you to some of the best Chicago pizza places for you to sample. For more info go to www.secondcitypizzatours.com.
It turns out, when the Monday numbers came in, it was Clash of the Titans that beat out Date Night for the number 1 spot this weekend. Check it out.
In a very close box office race, Date Night's estimates have the take at over $27 million, Clash of the Titans came in at no. 2 with just over $26 million, and How to Trai our Dragon came in at no. 3 wih just over $25 million. It doesn't get much closer than that. Check it out.
Dennis Rodman will be making an appearance at Crobar tonight in Chicago. Next Saturday is the last for Crobar which will be reopened later this spring as the Vibe.
Did you know that Dirty Dancing, set around the Catskills in New York, was actually filmed in Virginia at Mountain Lake Resort? They actually host several Dirty Dancing weekends throughout the year. Check this out.
I always loved that game show. Guessing words and categories with contestants paired with celebrities, the show became a huge hit in the 1970s with host Dick Clark. Did you ever see the Friends episode where Joey was a guest on the show? Hilarious but I digress. CBS is moving forward with a pilot of he show to replace As the World Turns which will be ending in September.
Adrian Grenier's (who plays Vince on Entourage) documentary film, Teenage Paparazzo, has been picked up by HBO. Very cool. The film was an official selection at Sundance. It's about a true story of a 14 year old paparazzo'a relationship with Grenier. The film also includes interviews with Paris Hilton, Matt Damon, Eva Longoria Parker, Alec Baldwin, Whoopi Goldberg, historians, bloggers and others. Sounds very interesting. Will you watch?
Out on DVD/Blu-ray -
Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans
Madonna's Sticky & Sweet Tour
The Lord of the Rings: The Motion Picture Trilogy [Blu-ray]
The Natural (Director's Cut) [Blu-ray] (Robert Redford)
David Bowie's self-titled debut deluxe reissue!
Jakob Dylan's Woman + Country
Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings' I Learned the Hard Way
Peter Wolf's Midnight Souvenirs (of J. Geils Band fame)
Last year, former Chicago Bull was inducted into the NBA Hall of Fame and this year former Chicago Bull Scottie Pippen, in his first year of eligibility, will be joining him in the Hall of Fame. Other inductees include, Karl Malone, Dennis Johnson, Gus Johnson, Jerry Buss, high school coach Bob Hurley Sr, the 1960 U.S. Olympic team and WNBA star Cynthia Cooper.
R.E.M. performed their very first concert together. How cool is that? I am sure they had no idea the legends they would become and influence they would have on music. Check it out.
Lucasfilm Animation has announced that an animated Star Wars is in the works, taking a comedic look at the characters. Seth Green and Matthew Seinrech of the animated series, Robot Chicken, will be working with Lucasfilm on developing the series. Star Wars fans - is this something that intrigues you?
is coming back for season 2 next year. Other NBC midseason unscripted pickups include Minute to Win It and Lisa Kudrow's Who Do You Think You Are? Do you watch any of these shows?
In its debut weekend, Clash of the Titans made over $60 million. Tyler Perry's Why Did I Get Married Too? came in at no. 2 with over $30 million. Other new release, The Last Song with Miley Cyrus, came in at no. 4 with $16 million over the weekend and over $25 million since it opened on Wednesday. For all the box office totals, click here.
S. Epatha Merkerson, who has been on Law & Order since the middle of the first season - the show is currently in its 20th season - will be leaving the show at the end of this season. It is unclear if the show will air new episodes for a 21st season.
Out on DVD -
Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel
Robin Williams' Weapons of Self Destruction
Out this week...
Raymond v. Raymond by Usher
Freight Train by Alan Jackson
New Amerykah Part Two: Return of the Ankh by Erykah Badu
All In Good Time by Barenaked Ladies
Somewhere Down the Road by Amy Grant
Telephone: The Remixes by Lady GaGa
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