Monthly Archives: July 2008

AT&T blue room

Palmetto State, one of the groups performing at this week’s Gospel on the River at Friday After 5, recently performed in Alaska with Wynonna Judd. I found out portions of the concert were streamed online at the AT&T blue room. The Web site features mainly music, but also has some sports downloads. I was exited to find several live performances by one of my favorite artists, Ben Harper and the Innocent Criminals. Check out the video for “Put It On Me,” which is one of my favorite songs of their album, Lifeline.

The AT&T blue room also has performances by Three 6 Mafia, Alanis Morissette, the Black Crowes and Sugarland among many others.

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Carlin’s final comedy album released today today

You know what I’ve been doing? Going through my address book and crossing out the dead people. It gives you a feeling of power, of superiority, to have outlasted another old friend. Comedian George Carlin made the statement on what turned out to be his final comedy album, CNN reports.

“It’s Bad For Ya” was released today. 

Carlin’s daughter and brother recently spread Carlin’s ashes at several of the comedian’s favorite spots, including night clubs he performed at, according to CNN. The comedian died of a heart attack on June 22.

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Paparazzi and children

Celebrity photographs have always been a hot commodity. Whether it’s getting a shot of the hot new celebrity couple or catching a star in an embarrassing situation, paparazzi have been making a lot of money off of celebrity photographs. If a picture taken of a celebrity in a compromising situation happens in a public spot, like in front of a night club, it’s fair game. I think, in most cases, celebrities know where they can go to avoid the paparazzi ambush. But celebrities and their young children should be off-limits, especially if they aren’t out in public. Halle Berry is upset that photos of her and her 4-month-old daughter hit the Internet and two magazines. Berry claims the photographs were taken from her backyard, according to CNN. In a statement to the Associated Press, Berry said: “I have long since come to terms with the fact that choosing a career as an actress has made me a public figure, but my baby has made no such choice, and unless and until she does, I will do everything I can … to keep her out of the public eye.”

Though many celebrities who have recently had children, including Jessica Alba, Jennifer Lopez, Mcconaughey and Jamie Lynn Spears, posed (and in many cases sold) pictures of the family to various magazines, Berry opted not to do that.  Photographs of Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie’s twins are expected to fetch millions of dollars, which the couple has previously said would be donated to charity.

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The Dark Knight continues to bring in box office dollars

For more than 10 years, Titanic has maintained its spot as the highest grossing domestic film of all time. The movie made $600,788,188. But The Dark Knight is closing in on that mark, the AP reports. The film has made more than $300 million in the first 10 days of its release.

Part of the film’s popularity could be due to the fact that Warner Brothers fought hard to keep The Dark Knight from hitting the Internet before its release. The Los Angeles TImes reported Monday Warner Brothers made an “unprecedented anti-piracy effort.” 

For Warner Bros., the mission was to keep “The Dark Knight” from seeing the light of day.
In an era of instantaneous digital copying and widely available high-speed Internet access, the premature and unauthorized release of a movie to the public — especially a coveted summer blockbuster — can spell disaster. If the movie’s a stinker, the word will travel at the speed of a mouse click, ruining chances of making back money. And if the movie’s popular, piracy can rob ticket sales and cut into revenue.
I’ve not seen the film yet, but everybody I’ve talked to said The Dark Knight was pretty phenominal. I’m normally not into the super hero or fantasy films (besides the Harry Potter franchise), but this is one film I might try to check out while it’s still in theaters. I just need to see Batman Begins first.

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My Morning Jacket

Louisville’s My Morning Jacket is being described by CNN as “America’s new rock and roll standouts.” The band discusses its latest album in this video posted on CNN’s Web site. They have several tour dates coming up, including an Aug. 16 show at Waterfront Park in Louisville.

My Morning Jacket was one of the dozens of bands who performed at Bonnaroo last month. Rolling Stone profiled the band after the performance.

For their 35th and final song at Bonnaroo, as a steady rain soaked Tennessee, My Morning Jacket eased into a cover of Mötley Crüe’s “Home Sweet Home.” It wasn’t the only special moment during the four-hour, career-defining set — which included most of the band’s new Evil Urges, killer covers of James Brown’s “Cold Sweat” and Erykah Badu’s “Tyrone,” and a guest spot from Metallica guitarist Kirk Hammett (“an up-and-comer,” said MMJ frontman Jim James), who shredded on the 2003 jam “One Big Holiday.” “It was a loving affair,” James said the next day, summing up the peaceful vibes floating around the festival. “And a magical night …”

It looks like the band might become an even bigger hit. I didn’t realize just how popular My Morning Jacket is until two summers ago when I attended a copy editing residency in Lincoln, Neb. A classmate who was born in Colorado and attended college in Minnesota is a fan of the band. It’s always cool to see a Kentucky band succeed.

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Step Brothers 


Two years after Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly made movie magic with “Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby,” the duo returns to the big screen with “Step Brothers.”

In “Step Brothers,” Ferrell is Brennan Huff, a 40-year-old virgin (probably) who still lives with his mom, Nancy (Mary Steenburgen). Reilly is Dale (“Call me Dragon”), the equally immature son of Dr. Robert Doback (Richard Jenkins). When Nancy and Robert get married, the new siblings make no effort to conceal their hostility, according to the review on CNN.com.

It’s tempting to see this as a not-so-subtle swipe at the dominant moviegoing demographic, the hormonally mixed-up teenage male, just as “Talladega Nights” took its pokes at NASCAR fans. But if Ferrell and company like to bite the hand that feeds them, the mockery is decidedly indulgent. Like Adam Sandler, Jerry Lewis and so many other comics before them, Ferrell’s childish antics tap an underlying innocence — even when he’s, well, desecrating Dale’s drum kit (I’ll leave it to you to see how), Tom Charity
wrote in the review.

My mom saw a sneak peek of the film in Louisville on Wednesday, and she said there was something in the film she had never before seen on the silver screen, and I wonder if this scene is what she is talking about. She refused to elaborate.

Reilly and Ferrell made a great team in “Talladega Nights,” so I can only hope that “Step Brothers” is as funny. And after all the drama surrounding “The Dark Knight” star Christian Bale this week, I’m sure there will be some people ready for a laugh.

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