Slipknot frontman Corey Taylor insists the identity of the band's new drummer will remain a secret until fans get used to the group's musical development. The rockers unveiled the video for The Negative One earlier this week (beg04Aug14), the first taster of music from their forthcoming fifth album, the name of which is also to be kept secret.
Since the video surfaced, online speculation about who the man behind the drum kit might be has run wild, with Lamb Of God's Chris Adler one suggestion and Jay Weinberg, son of Bruce Springsteen's drummer Max, another proposed possibility.
However, Taylor says the band is determined to let the music do the talking and will not reveal details of the new drummer or album until they feel the time is right.
He tells The Pulse Of Radio, "We're keeping a lot of that under wraps out of fairness. We want the music to speak for itself. We don't want people making up their minds about something before they even know what the music is. Trust me - when the time is right we'll give you the answers you need. That's the way it is."
The mask-wearing metallers parted ways with former drummer Joey Jordison in December (13) for unknown reasons, though Jordison insists he did not quit the band and was blindsided when it was announced he was leaving.
Rapper Snoop Lion has found a surprising new source of revenue after successfully selling virtual stickers for $100 (£67) a piece. The Gin and Juice hitmaker, aka Snoop Dogg, is offering the digital stamps through his Snoopify mobile app, which allows users to stamp their pictures with themed stickers, and he added the sticker called 'Golden Jay' - a slang word for a marijuana spliff - to the online store last week (begs29Jul13).
Fifteen units have already been sold, and even the star's brand manager, Nick Adler, is surprised fans have snapped up the virtual item.
He says, "I was shocked. But hey, this is a new world."
At the end of January, Michelle Obama will make an appearance as a guest on The Tonight Show. First Lady Obama will pay a visit to Jay Leno to speak about her "Let's Move" campaign for promoting exercise and activity in childhood, nutrition and her person life as the first lady of the United States of America. President Barack Obama made his most recent appearance on the program back in October. The first lady's upcoming appearance is set to air on Tuesday, Jan. 31 at 11:35 p.m. ET/PT on NBC.
We all remember Christian Camargo from Dexter—he has played the (spoilers if you're way, way behind) hero's long-lost biological brother who turns to serial killing as an outlet for some of the emotional problems that seem to run in his family. As Brian Moser (otherwise known as Rudy Cooper and The Ice Truck Killer), Camargo didn't need much help escaping the consequences of his killings. But the actor's new character on The Good Wife thinks it wise to seek legal counsel for a similar problem. Camargo will guest star on the CBS drama as a filmmaker under investigation after a documentary he created on suicide is assumed to have caused a girl to kill herself. Camargo follows former on-screen lover/would-be-victim Jennifer Carpenter (Deborah Morgan on Dexter), who guested on The Good Wife last month. Camargo's episode is set to air sometime in March. The Good Wife airs Sunday nights at 9 p.m. ET/PT on CBS. -TVLine
The talented singer and vocalist Andrew Rannells has done a good deal of TV and film voice acting since the mid-'90s. But his most famous contribution to pop culture is actually in the form of a stage role: Rannells played one of the lead characters in the Broadway production of The Book of Mormon, the musical created by Trey Parker and Matt Stone. Now that he's gotten his face out there, Rannells has landed a starring role in a new NBC pilot written and produced by Glee's creator, Ryan Murphy, and writer, Allison Adler. The series, which had its synopsis publicized back in the fall, surrounds a gay couple and the woman they welcome into their family to become the surrogate mother to their child. -THR
On Law & Order: Criminal Intent, Courtney B. Vance played an attorney who practiced law in New York City. But now, he's branching out to Revenge, where he'll play an attorney who practices law on Long Island. Vance is joining the ABC drama with the role of Ben Barnett, the lawyer handling Victoria and Conrad Grayson's divorce. Barnett will be a no-nonsense, hard-boiled attorney who is all business. Vance will join the series sometime in March. Revenge returns to ABC on Wednesday, Feb. 8 at 10 p.m. ET/PT. -TVLine
At some point in the early years of the 21st century a bunch of Hollywood executives must have gotten together and decided that animated films should be made for all audiences. The goal was perhaps to make movies that are simultaneously accessible to the older and younger sets with colorful imagery that one expects from children’s films and two levels of humor: one that’s quite literal and harmless and another that’s somewhat subversive. The criteria has resulted in cross-generational hits like Wall-E and Madagascar and though it’s nice to be able to take my nephew to the movies and be as entertained by cartoon characters as he is I can’t help but wonder what happened to unabashedly innocent animated classics like A Goofy Movie and The Land Before Time?
Disney’s Winnie The Pooh is the answer to the Shrek’s and Hoodwinked!’s of the world: a short sweet simple and lighthearted tale of friendship that doesn’t need pop-culture references or snarky dialogue to put a smile on your face. Directors Stephen J. Anderson and Don Hall found some fresh ways to deliver adorable animation while keeping the carefree spirit of A.A. Milne’s source material in tact. Their story isn’t the most original; the first part of the film finds Pooh Piglet Tigger and Owl searching for Eeyore’s tail (a common plot point in the books and past Pooh films) and hits all the predictable notes but the second half mixes things up a bit as the crew searches for a missing Christopher Robin whom they believe has been kidnapped by a forest creature known as the “Backson” (it’s really just the result of the illiterate Owl or is it?).
The beauty of hand-drawn animation all but forgotten until recently is what makes Winnie the Pooh so incredibly magnetic. There’s an inexplicable crispness to the colors and characters that CG just can’t duplicate. It’s a more personal practice for the filmmakers and should provide a refreshing experience for audiences who have become jaded with the pristine presentation of computerized imagery. The film is bookended by brief live-action shots from inside Robin’s room an interesting dynamic that plays up the simplicity of youth ties it to these beloved characters and brings you right back to memories of your own childhood.
With a just-over-an-hour run time Winnie the Pooh is short enough to hold the attention of children but won’t bore the parents who will love the film mainly for nostalgic musings. Still it’s the young’uns who will most enjoy this breezy bright and enchanting film that proves old-school characters can appeal to new moviegoers.
Bobby Garfield (David Morse) returns to his small hometown to attend the funeral of his childhood friend and remembers the fateful summer in 1960 when his whole world changed. The story flashes back to when 11-year-old Bobby (Anton Yelchin) and his best friends Carol (Mika Boorem) and Sully-John (Will Rothhaar) capture the pure joy of youthfulness. When a mysterious stranger named Ted Brautigan (Anthony Hopkins) moves upstairs and starts to pay attention to Bobby the boy suddenly realizes what's truly missing from his life--the love of a parent. Bobby's mother Liz (Hope Davis) is embittered by the death of Bobby's father and shows little compassion for her son's growing needs. Ted fills a void with the boy opening his eyes to the world around him and helps Bobby come to terms with his real feelings for Carol--and his mother. But Ted also has some deep dark secrets of his own and Bobby tries hard to stop danger from reaching the old man.
The performances make the film especially in the genuine camaraderie of the kids. Yelchin Boorem and Rothhaar never deliver a false move with an easiness that makes us believe we are simply watching three 11-year-old children grow up together. Yelchin in particular is able to get right to the heart of this young boy who misses his father and clings to the only adult who will listen. And his scenes with Boorem simply break your heart. (Davis) does an admirable job playing a part none too sympathetic. She manages to show a woman whose been beaten down but who does truly love her son in her own way. Morse too is one of those character actors you can plug in any movie and get a performance worth noting. In Hearts you want to see more of him. Of course the film shines brightest when Hopkins is on the screen. It may not be an Oscar-caliber performance but the actor is unparalleled in bringing a character to life--showing the subtleties of an old man looking for some peace in his life.
If you are expecting the Stephen King novel you may be disappointed. Screenwriter William Goldman and director Scott Hicks (Shine) deftly extracted the King formula of telling a story through a child's eye and explaining how the relationships formed as a child shaped the adult later. Hicks did an amazing job with his young actors especially Yelchin and Boorem. But where the novel continued into a supernatural theme explaining Brautigan's fear of being captured by "low men in yellow coats" (a reference to King's The Dark Tower series) the movie downplayed the mystical elements instead giving real explanations for Brautigan's man-on-the-run. That was the one problem with Hearts--we needed more danger. Introducing men from another dimension may not have been the way to go but had there been more tension the film would have resonated more especially when Bobby risked his own safety to save Ted.