Tuesday, July 31, 2007
Sunday, July 29, 2007
$15,000 Hampton's Concert Tickets
Spin Magazine assistant editor Kyle Anderson told ABCNEWS.com, "… I've never seen anything at this level of expense or decadence. It just seems kind of silly." Silly or not, the series is already "practically sold out," according to Nicole Kotovos, the public relations representative for Bulldog Entertainment, the event's organizer.
David and Victoria Beckham
David Beckham, was given a five-year contract to move from England, where he was a superstar player, to play for the Los Angeles Galaxy soccer team. The contract is believed to be worth up to $250 million.
David’s wife, Victoria “Posh Spice” has benefited from the move too by getting her own reality television show “Victoria Beckham: Coming to America.”
Alessandra Stanley of the Times writes in her review of the reality show, “While Mr. Beckham whips up his profile in the United States with television interviews, soccer-field appearances, endorsements and Galaxy jersey sales, Mrs. Beckham pumps up her end of their business partnership with her jeans label and line of designer sunglasses and perfume and, of course, the television special.
Will Leitch, writes in an OP-ED piece in the Times that critics feel that Beckham is, “… an over-the-hill player being shoved down our throats by a publicity machine.”
Simpson Movie Promo
Rohit Bhargave has the very impressive - The Complete Gallery of Simpsons Movie Marketing.
Reuters reports that North Korea's security agency not only shut down karaoke bars, but also the Internet cafes in the country that don't have state authorization saying that, "... they are a threat to society." Ironically, the bars, and cafes aren't frequented by ordinary citizens. They are mostly used by businessmen who have, "... quite a bit of money..."
The Times review of “Hairspray” mentions that Adam Shankman directed, and drawing from his long experience as a choreographer, choreographed “Hairspray”, which was adapted from the Broadway musical.
I’ve summarized a plot summary posted on IMDb by leoprez1030: "Tracy Turnblad (Nikki Blonsky), an overweight teenager with all the right moves, is obsessed with the Corny Collins Show. After one of the stars of the show leaves, Corny Collins (Jason Marsden) holds auditions to see who will be the next person on the show. With help from her friend Seaweed (Elijah Kelly), Tracy makes it on the show, angering the evil dance queen Amber Von Tussle (Brittany Snow) and her mother Velma (Michelle Pfieffer). Tracy then decides that it's not fair that the black kids can only dance on the show once a month, and with the help of, Motormouth Maybelle (Queen Latifah), Edna (John Travolta), and others, she's going to integrate the show...without denting her 'do!"
David Denby of the New Yorker says, “Hairspray is perfectly pleasant -- I smiled to myself all the way through it -- but it’s not as exhilarating as the show.” However, Scott Foundas of L.A. Weekly says that “Hairspray” is, “An odd hybrid that lacks both the rambunctious energy of a live performance and the expressionistic pull of a great movie musical.”
The movie got a 93% on the Critics Tomatometer, with an average rating of 8/10.
The Times has a full review with the trailer, and clips from the movie.
The Times reports that Michael Vick, and three others were charged with running a dog-fighting ring at his home in Virginia. The trail is set for November 26, which means that he may not play football this season. Per the N.F.L. commissioner, Vick isn’t even allowed on the practice field. If convicted, Vick could face up to six years in jail, and a $350,000 fine. The 18-page indicted accuses Vick of having 54 pits bulls, a “rape” stand, which was allegedly used to hold dogs in place for mating, and pit bull graves. The indictment further states that, “losing dogs were sometimes put to death by shooting, drowning, strangulation, hanging or electrocution.”
The Times goes on to report that Nike suspended Vick’s endorsement contract, Reebok, the maker of his N.F.L. jersey, said that his jersey will be pulled from shelves, his trading card will not be released, Nike will not release his Air Zoom Vick V shoe, and Upper Deck has removed all of Vick’s autographed memorabilia from it’s website.
Dan Wetzel of Yahoo! Sports interestingly observed from the crowd standing outside the federal courthouse were Vick faced federal charges that almost all of the people supporting Vick or holding signs pleading for "due process" were African American, and on the other side was an anti-Vick group that was overwhelmingly white.
Wednesday, July 25, 2007
Album Art for We Are the Fury's Venus
Jeremy Lubin, the lead singer for Ohio based We Are The Fury, said that a lot of the songs on Venus dealt with sex and love, and that the group wanted to incorporate that into the album art. He further stated that Venus, the Roman goddess of love, beauty, and fertility, summarized the artwork. The full interview is here.
According to an article on Wired, the importance of album art has being dying a slow death for decades, and with music moving online, album art has further decreased, literally this time, down to the size of a thumbnail. However, label designers are working to reverse the trend, by using new tools, “…to reinvent album art for the digital age…”
Buffy the Vampire Slayer Musical
Uncool Kids writes about the Buffy the Vampire Slayer Musical as an “interactive extravaganza” based on the “Once More With Feeling” musical episode from the sixth season of the show. The episode is shown on a giant screen with subtitles, which allows fans to sing along. Goodie bags are also given out at the show. The bags contains puppets, streamers, kazoos, and evil bunnies. The extravaganza started in Boston, is currently based in New York City, and is “performed” once a month at the IFC Center.
Here's a clip of the show, with an interview with the shows creator:
"The Bronx is Burning"
Here's the trailer for the mini-series:
Huffington Post has an interview with Death by Chick Lit’s author Lynn Harris. Lynn Harris is a contributor to Nerve.com, Salon, and Glamour. She is also the co-creator of BreakupGirl.net. Death by Chick Lit is Lynn Harris’ second novel. The book is a mystery and satire of the chick lit genre and its critics. If you’ve read Lynn Harris’ first book Mass Media, Lola is back as the protagonist in Death by Chick Lit. Kate Harding’s review of the book on Blogcritics writes that Death by Chick Lit frequently refers to events in Mass Media without giving a summary or review; however, she also praised the book by saying that, “Death by Chick Lit isn't just a mystery any more than it's just chick lit; it's a character-driven novel about ambition, relationships, friendships, and fame. The fact that Harris hung all that on a good, solid mystery is just gravy.” Read Huffington Post’s exclusive excerpt of Death by Chick Lit here.
According to the Times "Mad Men" is a new drama set in the golden age of Madison Avenue (1960s). Matthew Weiner, who was a producer and writer on “The Sopranos,” created the show. Here is the Times full review, and iTunes has a free video download of the making of the show. "Mad Men" is showing on AMC on Thursday nights at 10:00 Eastern.
Here's a "Mad Men" Preview
Tuesday, July 24, 2007
IMDb has the following plot summary posted by alfiehitchie, "Ex-New York reporter Charles Tatum (Kirk Douglas) lands a job on a Albuquerque newspaper in hopes that a sensational story will return him to the big time. When a man is trapped in an Indian cave, Tatum conspires with an unscrupulous sheriff to keep him there until the story can build to national proportions, which it does." The Criterion website has the full rundown on the DVD release including a description of the special features, which includes an audio commentary by film scholar Neil Sinyard.
Monday, July 23, 2007
Episode 47 Summary