Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers keyboard player Benmont Tench is set to release his first-ever solo album. Tench's You Should Be So Lucky will debut on Tuesday (18Feb14) and will include collaborations with Petty, Ringo Starr and Ryan Adams. The album will include 10 original tracks and covers of Bob Dylan's Duquesne Whistle and blues standard Corrine, Corrina.
Two weeks ago, we experienced the quaint calendar coincidence of the 13th of the month falling on a Friday. It’s a shame that the films being released this week did not open on that ominous date. There would have been something terribly appropriate there, as we are about to get a onslaught of Jason at the multiplex.
Both Jason Segel of The Muppets and Jason Statham of The Expendables have films opening this Friday: The Five-Year Engagement and Safe, respectively. Over the last few years, these two like-named thespians have given us plenty of moments of gut-busting hilarity as well as bone-crunching action (again, respectively) and we thought we’d take look back at some of our favorite films from these two artists to see how they measure up.
Let the battle of the Jasons begin!
Dead Man on Campus
Back in high school, there were a few movies that managed to find themselves on constant rotation on my VCR; one of the constantly revisited was the 1998 comedy Dead Man on Campus. The movie stars Tom Everett Scott (An American Werewolf in Paris) and Mark-Paul Gosselaar (Saved by the Bell) as two college students who find the answer to their academic woes via a loophole in the school charter. All they have to do find a suicidal roommate and they are set. Unfortunately they have to first get rid of their current roommate, a psychotic, chronic self-abuser named Kyle. Kyle is essentially a towering, imposing, one-man rage factory…and he’s played by a young-in-the-biz Jason Segel. His utilization of the archaic analog version of Facebook makes for one of the film’s most memorable quotes.
Before Jason Statham became an action star in the states, he collaborated on a couple of outstanding crime comedies with England’s Guy Ritchie. While I love both Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels and Snatch, I think my favorite is the latter. In the film, which co-stars the likes of Benicio Del Toro and Brad Pitt, Statham plays a boxing promoter who gets into a heap of trouble with the local mob. While he doesn’t so much as throw a punch in the film, belying the action hero status he would later achieve, the film is a flashy, stylized crime opus in which Statham plays the collected center of a universe of quirky, often dangerous characters.
Can’t Hardly Wait
Few romantic comedies of the late 90s have lasted within our collective consciousness, whether with affinity or scorn, as has Can’t Hardly Wait. It may in fact be the premier high school farewell movie. Among the countless hot ticket actors of the time, including Jennifer Love Hewitt and Ethan Embry, you may be fortunate enough to spot Jason Segel in his very first film role. Just when the most popular girl in school has read the letter of devotion written to her by our lovesick hero, he’s nowhere to be found. She begins asking around the massive, out-of-control end-of-school party to see what info she can gather on this mysterious admirer. She runs into a pair of, shall we say, well-lit individuals who provide her with such pivotal clues as “he’s kinda tall” and “he wears tee-shirts…sometimes.” Segel plays the one enthusiastically eating the watermelon as the conversation devolves into a celebration of Velma from Scooby-Doo. His most prestigious film work? No. But it’s a great start to his career if you ask me.
Ok, so it seems that so far Statham has the edge. Luckily, I’m not only a fan of the best of the guy’s catalog. In 2001, Statham co-starred in a silly little Jet Li action vehicle called The One. Playing with some rather dubious parallel universe mythology, The One tells the story of a criminal traveling from “multiverse” to “multiverse” killing off the other versions of himself in order to become more powerful. Just picture The Highlander, only a bit dopier; there can be only The One, so to speak. Statham plays the multiverse law enforcement agent chasing Li’s evil parallel twin across dimensions. I love this movie for all the wrong reasons. The concept, and its ultimate execution, is supremely goofy, but the martial arts sequences are a lot of fun and Jason Statham’s atrocious haircut cannot be missed.
Now that the playing field is slightly more level, let’s dig into the film that I would hazard served as many of our formal introduction to Jason Segel: Knocked Up. Sure, there will be those of you who were lucky enough to catch Segel in Freaks and Geeks or Undeclared on TV, but it was his turn as one of Seth Rogen’s dim-witted but hilarious housemates in Judd Apatow’s Knocked Up that made him a familiar face with moviegoers. His misunderstanding of the expression “rear a child” is probably my favorite joke of the entire film. I also love how effortlessly he folds into the rest of the group, played by Martin Starr, Jay Baruchel, and Jonah Hill, making it easy to believe they’ve all been friends for years.
The ultimate winner? All of us.
S4E14: Most sitcom episodes drawing on whatever time of year we're in as a theme (Halloween! Christmas! Hannukah! St. Patty's Day! Arbor Day!) usually fall flat for me. That said, I'm not sure Parks and Recreation has ever missed a beat for me when they've tackled the holidays. So when I realized the show was dabbling in the most romantic of days, Valentine's Day...well, my heart was aflutter. I do love the show, after all. Thankfully, they didn't break my heart, tonight's episode "Operation Ann" delivering on the laughs.
"Ann's not totally hideous, why does she need our help?" - April
February 13. Gal-entine's Day. The day where all the lady's can share their stories and hug it out. This year, most everyone in Leslie's life has a significant other—including herself. But for the first time in recent memory, Ann is sing and, frankly, not dealing with it well.
In an effort to cheer up her BFF, Leslie tasks everyone in the office with finding an eligible bachelor to bring along to the Valentine's mixer, as a potential hook-up for Ann. The results are as disastrous as you might expect: April brings her goth friend Oren; Tom recommends himself; Jerry accidentally hires a male gigolo. Even Leslie's picks are lackluster—Jeff, for instance, had to admit his sister was more beautiful than Ann. But in true Knope spirit, there was no resting until a suitor could be found.
Although earlier this season I was dying to get to the actual Knope 2012 election, after three episodes of solid campaigning, I am happy to see Parks take a break in favor of a little character TLC. I think the show is at its best when it's peppering its scenes with non-regular Pawnee citizens, and all of Ann's potential dating options were hilarious. A goofy episode, sure, but a welcome change of pace.
"Did you try f***?" - Ron
There's no surprise that celebrating Valentine's Day with Leslie Knope is not your run-of-the-mill romantic celebration, and Ben gets a full serving of crazed holiday traditions when he's sent on a V-Day scavenger hunt. With the help of Andy and Ron, Ben cracks the code of a cryptex ("from The Da Vinci Code, the first movie we watched on Starz HD), which sends the trio down a rabbit hole of riddles, a race across every familiar location in town. From the gay bar The Bump to J.J.'s Diner to a Snowglobe museum (which included a sweet cameo from Adam Scott's Party Down co-star Martin Starr!), the gents sweep Pawnee to find the final clue leading Ben to his epic date. The real winner of the chase? Ron. Boy, does he love riddles. Like a lot.
This episode more than others is a fury of jokes, almost all of them killing. Whether Ron is suffocating from enjoyment, Andy's picking up sticks that look like deer or the writers are throwing us Party Down fans a nice inside curveball, the show is sharp and on fire. One of the funnier half hours of the new year.
"Millicent Gergrich has literally torn my heart from my body, and replaced it with a thick slab of sadness. I may never smile again." - Chris
In last week's episode "Bowling for Votes," we saw Chris have his heartbroken by Jerry's daughter Millicent, and now Valentine's Day is slowly destroying the generally-chipper man. To cope, Chris volunteers to DJ the Valentine's social (plus he doesn't think Tom's recommendation of a DJ who wants to get everyone "wet with sound" is appropriate), and spends a majority of the mixer moping and playing music from the end of a movie where a monk kills himself. Not that danceable. But as Leslie notices as the night tapers off, Chris mysteriously slips away...
"How is your night unfolding? In terms of the conversations you're having with men." - Leslie
Realizing she doesn't have much of a chance, Ann takes off the from the dance, followed intently by a suspicious Leslie. Is her best friend sneaking away for a date? And with who? Could it be Chris!?
Putting two and two together (albeit against the discouraging words of April, who finally appears to be looking out for Ann), Leslie takes off to meet Ben at the final location (Lil' Sebastian's grave, how romantic!), then tracks Ann at her romantic rendezvous. The goal is to catch Chris and Ann in the act, an inner-office relationship Leslie and Ben can rub in Chris' face, but what they do find is even more shocking. Ann...and Tom...on a date.... April catches up with the two Peeping Tom's to clue them in. April set them up it seems, as Tom was really the only guy making Ann smile—so why not?
The episode concludes with Ann and Tom making small talk ("Go back to my place and snuggle up like little bunnies?" "No."), but what we have here might be potential for a new arc, a ripe Tom/Ann romance ready to blossom. Does our favorite loud-mouth and Pawnee's resident nurse/Parks Dept part-timer have a future, or is this going to fizzle out like the rest of Ann and Tom's relationships?
I'm crossing my fingers that love's in the air.
The Forgetting Sarah Marshall star will ask the drummer a number of questions for the Town Hall With Ringo Starr show, to be aired live from Los Angeles on 30 January (12) for Sirius XM.
Brand, who is a "massive fan" of the veteran musician, says, "Now we can unravel the enigma of Ringo."
The show, on which Starr will perform a number of songs, airs a day before he releases his 17th studio album, Ringo 2012.
Bruce Springsteen, Coldplay and Tom Petty have all previously had their own 'Town Hall' specials.
So, let's just put this out there: this is a Martin Scorsese film. And it's about The Beatles. Scratch that; it's about the BEST Beatle. So if you don't want desperately to see this movie, then you're just being a contrarian for the sake of it. Sure, the below trailer for Scorsese's George Harrison: Living in the Material World seems to cover a lot of well-tread territory -- but it still looks fresh, gripping, and more important than anything, spirited. The film involves collaborative efforts from Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, Eric Idle, Terry Gilliam, Tom Petty... even Yoko Ono. It looks like a true testament to one of the truest public artists of the twentieth century, and incredibly engrossing.
Spice Girls star Melanie Chishom has confirmed she is expecting her first child.
The singer was rumored to be pregnant after photographers caught her wearing a loose-fitting dress to hide her growing bump.
And now the star, 34, has announced she and her partner of six years, Thomas Starr, are to become first time parents and are "very happy" with the news.
She writes on her official website MelanieC.net, "Well, I can now announce that Tom and I are expecting a baby and we are very happy. Thank you for all your kindness, good wishes and support (even if it was based on speculation)."
Chishom claims she plans to take time out from her solo career to focus of being a mum, but insists she will soon be back on stage performing.
She adds, "I will be taking it easy but am also excited to start writing for an album, I'll need some time off to be a mum but, before you know it, we'll be back."
She's the last of the Spice Girls to fall pregnant--Melanie Brown has two daughters, Posh Spice Victoria Beckham has three sons with soccer stud David Beckham and Geri Halliwell and Emma Bunton each have one child.
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Top Story: Liv Tyler's Newest Ring Is a Wedding Band
Liv Tyler, the daughter of Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler, has added a new rocker to her life. The Associated Press reports Tyler wed longtime boyfriend Royston Langdon, lead singer and bassist of the band Spacehog, in a private ceremony at a villa in the Caribbean on March 25. Tyler's publicist said Wednesday the couple is planning a small reception for family and friends next month in New York. It is the first marriage for Tyler, 25, and the British-born Langdon, 30. The actress, who has starred in Armageddon, Inventing the Abbotts and That Thing You Do!, plays elf Arwen in Peter Jackson's epic The Lord of the Rings trilogy.
"War" Singer Edwin Starr Dies
Motown legend Edwin Starr, whose 1970 No. 1 Grammy-winning hit "War" denounced war as good for "absolutely nothing," died of a heart attack at his home in central England, Reuters reports. He was 61. "I am absolutely saddened and shaken up by his death. He was performing right until the end," his manager, Lilian Kyle, said Wednesday. Starr himself served in the U.S. army for three years before embarking on a career in music.
Bruckheimer and WB Ink Multimillion-Dollar Deal
Producer Jerry Bruckheimer has signed a four-year deal that will keep him at Warner Bros. TV through May 2007, Variety reports. Financial details of the complicated pact were not immediately available, but industry insiders said the deal guaranteed Bruckheimer and Bruckheimer Television at least $10 million over four years and covers drama, comedy and reality programming. Bruckheimer, who has managed to translate his big-screen success to primetime, produces the hit CBS shows CSI: Miami and Without a Trace.
MTV Reunites with Tom Green
MTV, which releases a new series nearly every three weeks, has greenlighted two new projects as part of their lengthy development slate, The Hollywood Reporter reports. Beginning June 16,Tom Green will return to the network in a late-night talk show that will invite viewers into his personal life. The second series, which will premiere in August, will feature married performers who were big during MTV's boy-band phase. Nick Lachey of the group 98 Degrees and singer Jessica Simpson will open their home to MTV's cameras to document their first year of marriage.
Linkin Park Debuts at No. 1 on Billboard
Linkin Park's Meteora crashed into the Billboard 200 at No.1, selling 810,000 copies in the U.S. for the week ending March 30, according to Nielsen SoundScan data issued on Wednesday. Despite being released in conjunction with the start of her much-hyped Las Vegas production, Celine Dion's One Heart came is second with 432,000 copies sold. Meteora also beat out debuts from Brian McKnight, the Diplomats and the 12th edition of the Now That's What I Call Music! compilation series, Reuters reports.
Radiohead Tracks Leaked Online
Tracks from Radiohead's upcoming album Hail to the Thief, which comes out June 10, have been leaked on to the Internet. Guitarist Jonny Greenwood said the versions constitute "work we've not finished, being released in this sloppy way, 10 weeks before the real version is even available. It doesn't even exist as a record yet." A source told Billboard.com that album producer Nigel Godrich reviewed the files that are circulating and confirmed they may date from as far back as the first day of mixing. In the past two days, EMI has sent cease-and-desist orders to a number of individuals who were hosting the files on their personal Web pages.
"Potter" Prevails Over "Grotter"
Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling won a court battle Thursday to block the Dutch publication of a Russian novel about a girl wizard called Tanya Grotter, Reuters reports. Grotter author Dmitry Yemets, who has sold more than 500,000 books in Russia, said his book, The Magic Double Bass, was a parody of the Potter novels and trusted his readers could tell the difference between the two. But the court said in a written ruling that the Russian book was an unauthorized adaptation of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone and its publication in the Netherlands would infringe Rowling's copyright.
Role Call: Urban Joins "Pitch Black" Sequel, Cheadle Set for "Nixon"
Karl Urban, who plays Eomer in The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, has joined the cast of the Pitch Black sequel The Chronicles of Riddick, which stars Vin Diesel, Judi Dench and Colm Feore. The second installment, written and directed by David Twohy, finds Riddick, now a hunted man, in the middle of two opposing forces in a major crusade. The project begins June 9 in Vancouver ... Don Cheadle, meanwhile, is negotiating to star opposite Sean Penn in The Assassination of Richard Nixon for writer-director Niels Mueller. The film centers on the true story of a Philadelphia furniture salesman who hatches a plot to kill Richard Nixon.
Ewan McGregor may enjoy working in Hollywood, but he would never live there. McGregor said he loathes the Los Angeles studio system because it dehumanizes actors by putting them on A, B and C lists according to how much money they can make for a studio, he told Britain's The Mail on Sunday's You Magazine. Apparently unaware that studios see actors as being bankable commodities, the actor told the magazine: "We're not a bunch of letters to make you money--we're people." McGregor also denied rumors that he was romantically involved with his Moulin Rouge costar Nicole Kidman.
Comic Judy Gold gave birth Thursday to a 7-pound, 8-ounce boy, The Associated Press reports. Gold, who hosts HBO's At the Multiplex With Judy Gold, and baby Benjamin Dov Callahan-Gold are doing fine.
More than 500 friends and coworkers attended a memorial Monday to Jack Lemmon at the Paramount Studios theater, AP reports. In attendance were actors Kevin Spacey, Hank Azaria, Tom Hanks and comedy writer Larry Gelbart. Lemmon died June 27 of cancer at the age of 76.
The 15th annual Hispanic Heritage Awards will honor director-writer Gregory Nava, artist and educator Judith Baca, Pulitzer Prize-winning newspaper columnist Liz Balmaseda, tennis player Joe Fernandez and journalist talk-show host Cristina Saralegui, AP reports. The awards, to be held Aug. 25, will be broadcast Sept. 22 on NBC, with Gloria Estefan among the featured performers.
A federal judge in Los Angeles ruled that Barbie, the sexy plastic siren, could be used in some controversial artistic photographs, Reuters reports. Judge Ronald Lew ruled Monday that artist Tom Forsythe could use Barbie dolls in a series of limited edition photographs that depicts them in various sexually explicit poses. Forsythe said that his photos attempt to skewer the stereotyping of women and commodification of female bodies.
An anonymous collector bought a pizza-stained piece of paper signed by John Lennon, Paul McCartney and George Harrison for $24,000 at a Melbourne auction on Monday, AP reports. The paper was signed in during the Beatles 1964 Australian tour. Drummer Ringo Starr was not on the tour because of a bout with laryngitis.
The Red Hot Chili Peppers have canceled a concert in Tel Aviv because of sudden outbursts of suicide bombings in Israel. According to Reuters, some 20,000 tickets had already been sold for the concert, to be held at the end of August. Fans will be reimbursed for the tickets. Israeli tourism has dropped 50 percent since the bloodshed began, forcing the shut down of hotels and airlines to cut back on flights.
CNN is in talks with Rush Limbaugh about hosting a show, Variey reports. The network declined to comment on the talks but said it is always looking for a diversity of on-air voices. In the past, Limbaugh dubbed the network the "Clinton News Network". CNN is apparently attempting to woo big-name personalities in a bid to increase ratings and come across as less liberal to attract more conservative viewers. Limbaugh's TV show Rush Limbaugh, The Television Show failed to take off in 1992.
The new two-hour TV movie The Brady Bunch in Washington has papa Brady as president of the United States with wife Carol as vice president, Army Archerd reported in Variety. The movie apparently pokes fun at the White House, past and present. The film is executive produced by Sherwood Schwartz, with his son Lloyd producing and writing with Sherwood's daughter Hope Juber. Filming will take place in Toronto using a Canadian crew and actors.
Even though Rush Hour 2 has grossed an estimated $131.9 million at the domestic box office so far, industry insiders are wondering whether the movie could have made more had Regal Cinemas not passed on the movie. According to The Hollywood Reporter, New Line Cinemas and Regal Cinema were involved in a dispute over film rental negotiations. Regal initially refused to screen the film as long as New Line sought firm-term rental negotiations. Regal claims that New Line broke off negotiations at the 11th hour and insists that missing Rush Hour 2 would not harm the company financially. The Regal Cinema chain has 4,067 screens.
A new series of Absolutely Fabulous will debut on the BBC's fall TV schedule, the BBC News reports. The British comedy, which stars Jennifer Saunders, Joanna Lumley and Julia Sawalha, centers on a neurotic fashion publicist and her best friend, an outrageous fashion editor. The series also airs on the Comedy Central network.
Doh!: "Expression of frustration used when a person has done something stupid; popularized by Homer Simpson. Antedate: 1993."
It's official: Homer Simpson has made it into the Oxford English Dictionary.
The Simpsons' beer-guzzling patriarch's popular catch phrase, Doh!, was included in an updated version of the dictionary published on Thursday. The term joins "full monty" (to be naked) and "serial monogamy" (a 1990s relationship trend) as new entries in the respected publication.
But is Doh! going to fully make its way into modern Americans' lexicon? Will we be hearing the term on the nightly news anytime soon? Some respected television journalists gave Hollywood.com their thoughts on the matter.
"I don't think you'll ever hear Brokaw, Rather or Jennings (OK, maybe Rather) uttering the word Doh!," said Michael Starr of the New York Post. "But TV definitely influences how we think and talk--just look at how pervasive phrases like 'Is that your final answer?' 'You are the weakest link--goodbye!' and 'Ba-da bing!' are."
Stephen Battaglio, TV Editor at Inside.com, told Hollywood.com that Homer's hit phrase has already penetrated our collective vocabulary-used by young and old-and TV's constant bombardment of such terms lodges them into our everyday speech.
"I think Doh! has already made its way into the newsroom vernacular," he said. "It's a great word that says so much quickly and easily. Even if you haven't seen the show, it's hard not to understand what it means.
"The [Oxford English Dictionary] has added other phrases made popular by television shows like Seinfeld, so it isn't a surprise. Endless repeats of popular programs in syndication give these words a life of their own. It's not like people hear them once and they're gone."
Battaglio's viewpoint on TV's powerful effect on common speech is shared by journalist Tom Jicha, TV Editor for Florida's Sun-Sentinel newspaper. Said Jicha: "TV is not that big an influence on vocabulary, it is the biggest. Sometimes it takes awhile for the dictionaries to catch up." He added, "I have seen Homer's Doh! used many times in [journalistic] pieces."
According to the Oxford English Dictionary's monthly newsletter, the terms "trailer trash" (derogatory noun) and "wifebeater" (a sleeveless, white T-shirt) are currently under consideration for inclusion in the next edition. But we're sure Homer Simpson's lifestyle has nothing to do with either of them.... Doh!