Veteran heavy rocker Dave Lombardo has joined Casey Chaos' group Amen for an upcoming album and tour. The former Slayer drummer Dave Lombardo will join Chaos and Amen's latest line-up, featuring bassist John Fahnestock and guitarist Duke Decter, when the band tours Europe in August (14).
Meanwhile, the five-piece has started work on a new album.
Lombardo says, "I am very proud to have been asked to be part of this amazing production. My career in thrash was created from my love of the punk genre. There is an excitement in this particular style of music that's vital for me. It's aggressive, honest and needed."
The drummer parted company with Slayer last year (13) following a contract dispute with the other members of the group. He has since been replaced by Paul Bostaph, who was Slayer's drummer from 1992 until 2001.
Hit TV drama The Newsroom is to end after its upcoming third season. Aaron Sorkin's Emmy Award-winning series will begin production on its final season this spring (14), according to network bosses at HBO.
Announcing the news on Monday (13Jan14), HBO president of programming Michael Lombardo said, "The Newsroom is classic Aaron Sorkin - smart, riveting and thought-provoking. I'm sure this farewell season will be one to remember."
The show's stars Jeff Daniels, Emily Mortimer, Sam Waterston, John Gallagher, Jr., Alison Pill, Thomas Sadoski, Dev Patel and Olivia Munn will all be returning for the finals season.
After last night's epic episode of True Blood, we can't wait to sink our teeth into next week's episode to uncover Sookie's ill-fate. Well, not only do we have next Sunday to look forward too, we also have a whole new season of sexually-charged vampires to get our blood pumping for! Oh yes. All your favorite vampers will be back again next year – True Blood has officially been renewed for a seventh season.
This news is expected considering True Blood is HBO's top-rated series. Even though this is the first season without Alan Ball, who created True Blood and ran the show from the start, season six's premiere on June 26th still managed to reel in a whopping 4.5 million viewers.
According to E! Online, Michael Lombardo, president of HBO Programming cheered in a statement, "True Blood remains a signature show for HBO, and a true phenomenon with our viewers. " He went on to share, "Thanks to [executive producer] Brian Buckner and his talented team, the show continues to be a thrill ride like nothing else on TV."
Just like Andy Bellfleur and his V, we are truly addicted to True Blood, so we can't wait to be glamoured by Vampire Bill once more. We are totally stoked for another eventful season full of vampires, fairies, shifter, werewolves, witches, and whatever other crazed species happen to inhabit the wild town of Bon Temps, Louisiana!
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Carson Daly Renewed For 13th Season: We know. You probably need a second to process the news that Last Call With Carson Daly has been been on for 12 years and you managed to ignore it for all 12. But it's true. We're old, TRL has been off the air for forever, and Daly's 1:35AM talk show will be on for another year. [Deadline]
HBO Snags Ryan Murphy’s latest Show: Last week, Hollywood.com told you that Ryan Murphy was shopping around for a network to nab his newest racy drama, Open — and it looks like HBO was the highest bidder. Described as a modern, provocative exploration of human sexuality and relationships, Open has been given a pilot order at the premium cable network and Casting is expected to begin shortly for filming in the fall. HBO president Michael Lombardo says he is thrilled the network will take part in Murphy’s newest TV endeavor. “I think it is a perfect marriage of an idea and execution. This is an area we’ve been talking about doing something in for some time, and Ryan did it in a way that is enormously engaging,” Lombardo said. [Deadline]
Captain Jack, Meet Olivia Pope: Fans of the British cult hit Doctor Who — and, of course, Shonda Rimes' addicting procedural Scandal — were thrilled when Rimes sent out a tweet last night confirming that one of the former's most beloved stars, John Barrowman, would be appearing on her show. And by "fans of both Doctor Who and Scandal" we mean us, and we're maybe peeing our pants a little about Captain Jack and Olivia Pope being onscreen together. [Twitter]
Bruno Mars' 27 Sisters Got a Show: Four, 27... same deal. Either way, the pop star has four sisters and WE tv is making a show about them called The Lylas. The show will focus on the girls as they pursue musical careers and look pretty. [Hollywood Reporter]
The Vampire Diaries Casts a Big Bad: The Vampire Diaries' fourth season has been centered around the hunt for a dead guy named Silas, and now that said dead guy is no longer dead, he's just been body-hopping within the show's cast. But now, the CW hit has cast a face for the name in actor Scott Parks, who recently appeared on Homeland. [EW]
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When you're in high school it feels like the whole world is against you. In writer/director Stephen Chbosky's high school-set The Perks of Being a Wallflower the whole world may actually be against Charlie (Logan Lerman) whose freshman year of high school should be listed in the dictionary under "Murphy's Law." Plagued by memories of two significant deaths as well as general social anxiety Charlie takes a passive approach to ninth grade. A few days of general bullying later he falls into a friendship with two misfit seniors Patrick (Ezra Miller) and Sam (Emma Watson) who teach him how to live life without fear. Perks starts off with a disadvantage: introverts aren't terribly engaging but Chbosky surrounds Charlie with a vivid cast of characters who help him blossom and inject the coming-of-age tale with a necessary energy.
Set in a timeless version of the '90s Charlie's world is full of handwritten journals mixtapes and a just-tolerable amount of tweed. He writes letters to a nameless recipient as a way of venting a preventative measure to keep the teen from repeating a vague incident that previously left him hospitalized. The drab background of Pittsburgh fits perfectly with Charlie's blank existence. And when he finally comes to life as part of Patrick and Sam's off-beat clique so does the city. Like the archaic vinyl records Sam lusters over (The Smiths of course!) Chbosky visualizes Charlie's journey through the underbelly of suburban Pennsylvania with a raw emotion blooming lights and film grit at every turn. Michael Brook's score and an adeptly curated soundtrack accompanies the episodic affair which centers on Charlie's search for a song he hears during the most important moment of his life.
The charm that keeps The Perks of Being a Wallflower from collapsing under its own super seriousness come from Chbosky's perfectly cast ensemble. Lerman has a thankless job playing Charlie; often constrained to a half-smile and shy shrug Lerman is never allowed to grapple with Charlie's greatest fears and problems until (too) late in the film. Watson nails the spunky object-of-everyone's-affection but she's outshined by Mae Whitman as Mary Elizabeth another rebellious friend in the pack who takes a liking to Charlie. The real star turn is Miller riding high from We Need to Talk About Kevin and taking a complete 180 with Patrick a rambunctious wiseass who struggles to have an openly gay relationship with the football captain but covers his pain with humor. A scene of confrontation — at where else the cafeteria — is one of the best scenes of the year.
Chbosky adapted Perks of Being a Wallflower from his own book and the movie feels stifled by a looming structure. But it nails the emotional beats — there is no obvious path to surviving high school. It's messy shocking and occasionally beautiful. That about sums up Perks.
Last year director Garry Marshall hit upon a devilishly canny approach to the romantic comedy. A more polished refinement of Hal Needham’s experimental Cannonball Run method it called for assembling a gaggle of famous faces from across the demographic spectrum and pairing them with a shallow day-in-the-life narrative packed with gobs of gooey sentiment. A cynical strategy to be sure but one that paid handsome dividends: Valentine’s Day earned over $56 million in its opening weekend surpassing even the rosiest of forecasts. Buoyed by the success Marshall and his screenwriter Katherine Fugate hastily retreated to the bowels of Hades to apply their lucrative formula to another holiday historically steeped in romantic significance and New Year’s Eve was born.
Set in Manhattan on the last day of the year New Year’s Eve crams together a dozen or so canned scenarios into one bloated barely coherent mass of cliches. As before Marshall’s recruited an impressive ensemble of minions to do his unholy bidding including Oscar winners Hilary Swank Halle Berry and Robert De Niro the latter luxuriating in a role that didn’t require him to get out of bed. High School Musical’s Zac Efron is paired up with ‘80s icon Michelle Pfeiffer – giving teenage girls and their fathers something to bond over – while Glee’s Lea Michele meets cute with a pajama-clad Ashton Kutcher. There’s Katherine Heigl in a familiar jilted-fiance role Sarah Jessica Parker as a fretful single mom and Chris “Ludacris” Bridges as the most laid-back cop in New York. Sofia Vergara and Hector Elizondo mine for cheap laughs with thick accents – his fake and hers real – and Jessica Biel and Josh Duhamel deftly mix beauty with blandness. Fans of awful music will delight in the sounds of Jon Bon Jovi straining against type to play a relevant pop musician.
The task of interweaving the various storylines is too great for Marshall and New Year’s Eve bears the distinct scent and stain of an editing-room bloodbath with plot holes so gaping that not even the brightest of celebrity smiles can obscure them. But that’s not the point – it never was. You should know better than to expect logic from a film that portrays 24-year-old Efron and 46-year-old Parker as brother-and-sister without bothering to explain how such an apparent scientific miracle might have come to pass. Marshall wagers that by the time the ball drops and the film’s last melodramatic sequence has ended prior transgressions will be absolved and moviegoers will be content to bask in New Year's Eve's artificial glow. The gambit worked for Valentine's Day; this time he may not be so fortunate.