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It's Chris Pratt's "World." We're just living in it.   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Tuesday, June 16, 2015 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl

Karl

SADLY, I'm taking anothe personal day related to family biz.  But frankly, there wasn't much in my usual news feeds that can't wait for Wednesday.  Meanhile, there is this..

JURASSIC WORLD had the biggest domestic and international opening in movie history, beating The Avengers here and the Harry Potterfinale internationally, once the actual box office reipts were tallied.  Should be good until at least Christmas, when Star Wars: The Force Awakens could topple the dinosaurs.

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Leon Bridges, Wolf Alice, Desaparecidos, Bully, Keelo + Koda   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Monday, June 15, 2015 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl

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MUMFORD & SONS, get by "With a Little Help From My Friends" at Bonnaroo, with MY MORNING JACKET, THE WAR ON DRUGS, DAWES and more.

LEON BRIDGES is advance streaming Coming Home.

WOLF ALICE is advance streaming My Love Is Cool.

DESAPARECIDOS is advance streaming Payola.

BULLY is advance streaming Feels Like.

OUGHT covers Cyndi Lauper and Sexy Kids for Aquarium Drunkard.

LaBELLE: "Lady Marmalade." I coulda used a little more cowbell.

FOO FIGHTERS frontman Dave Grohl is reported to have broken his leg after falling off stage midway through a gig, before finishing the show anyway.

VAN MORRISON was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II.

TAME IMPALA gets a lengthy profile from Grantland.

BEN FOLDS talks to The Guardian about his new Gershwin-influenced project.

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: Jurassic World utterly dominated the chart with 204MM, well over what many gurus predicted, even as those predictions jumped on Friday (I saw estimates of 100-130MM).  Against a 150MM production budget, the 511MM taken in worldwide in one weekend looks to be a money-gusher.  This is the second-biggest movie opening, second only to The Avengers.  It's also the biggest movie to open in June, ever.  Spy placed with 16MM, on a45 percent drop thta's not bad inlight of the dino rampage.  San Andreas showed with 11MM taking the brunt of the Jurassic juggernaut on a 57 percent drop.  Insidious: Chapter 3 dropped an even bigger 68 percent to take the fourth slot with 7.3MM -- but that's largely a function of the horror genre.  Pitch Perfect 2 rounded out the Top 5 with another 6MM.

JURASSIC WORLD: Look, I'm not going to slag a movie that has Chris Pratt motorcycling with raptors.  And I give Universal--a major theme park operator--credit for investing in a movie at its core pretty cynical about theme parks and their customers.  Moreover, the flick includes one of the most bizarre meta-product placements I can recall.  But Jurassic World can ultimately claim onlyto be bigger, not better, than the original. The original formula is back in place, with two kids left in the custody of a relative, here the work obsessed Aunt Claire (Bryce Dallas Howard). The twist is a subplot about the weaponization ofthe mutant dinosaurs, which Pratt's character has come to second-guess, while Vincent D'Onofrio (playing InGen as Blackwater) wants to proceed despite the apparent risks (itself a common movie trope).There's plenty of action and suspense, and Pratt's charm manages to make Howard somewhat appealing (Hollywood has been pushing her much longer than the avg Hollywood "It" Girl; it helps when your Dad is Ron Howard). The visual efefcts are, as you would imagine, spectacular, though I don't think the 3-D added nearly as much as I would have expected.  It was a fine popcorn movie, but it's not entire possible to capture the wonder of the original.  Indeed, the characters will tell you as much from the big screen.

CHRIS PRATT is locked up for more Jurassic movies.

BENEDICT CUMBERBATCH and his wife Sophie Turner have welcomed a baby boy.

JOHN STAMOS was arrested for allegedly driving under the influence.

TIM ROBBINS would appreciate the media not calling him after every prison break.

SPIDER-MAN: Sony Pictures and Marvel Studios cannot agree on who will play the webbed wonder.

CHINA confirmed the test of a supersonic nuclear delivery vehicle, a move described by the US as an "extreme manoeuvre" amid tension in the South China Sea. Also, deeply personal information submitted by U.S. intelligence and military personnel for security clearances — mental illnesses, drug and alcohol use, past arrests, bankruptcies and more — is in the hands of hackers linked to China.

RUSSIA & CHINA have allegedly decrypted the top-secret cache of files stolen by whistleblower Edward Snowden, according to a report from The Sunday Times.

IRAQ is nowhere near ready to reatke Mosul from ISIS.

KEELO & KODA, growing up together... mass hysteria!

A RACCOON stands on a GATOR in the Ocala National Forest. No sign of Groot.

THOUSANDS OF TUNA CRABS have invaded the beaches of San Diego Bay.

SEA HARES: Giant purple blobs are invading East Bay beaches and waterways.

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The Knack, My Morning Jacket, Metric, Yukon Blonde, C P Stelling, ATV Dog   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Friday, June 12, 2015 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl

Karl

THE WEEKEND STARTS HERE:

... with THE KNACK!  That's alright, I won't tell anyone they're a guilty pleasure of yours. Live at Carnegie Hall in 1979, your setlist includes: "The Hard Way," "She's So Selfish," "Rave Up," "Oh Tara," "Your Number Or Your Name," "Not Fade Away," "My Sharona," "Let me Out," "It's You," "Hold On Tight," "Heartbeat," "A Hard Day's Night," "Good Girls Don't," "Frustrated," "End Of The Game," and "C'Mon Everybody."

MY MORNING JACKET stopped by World Cafe for a chat and mini-set.

METRIC: Emily Haines and Jimmy Shaw stopped by The Current for a chat and mini-set.

YUKON BLONDE advance streams On Blonde.

CHRISTOPHER PAUL STELLING is advance streaming Labor Against Waste.

DIANE COFFEE: Shaun Fleming of Foxygen drops "Everyday" ahead of Everybody’s A Good Dog.

NEIL YOUNG and Promise of the Real drop "Wolf Moon" ahead of The Monsanto Years.

ROGER LION, a/k/a Joe Pernice and the Scud Mountain Boys, drop "A Dead Man's Song" ahead of an untitled (or self-titled?) LP.

THE FOETALS drop “Fine” ahead of Meet The Foetals.

LOWER DENS covers the Hall & Oates hit, "Maneater."

HOT CHIP covers Springsteen's "Dancing in the Dark."

MIKAL CRONIN, modern power popster, talks to Pitchfork about his forthcoming concept LP.

UNKNOWN MORTAL ORCHESTRA's  Ruban Nielson talked to The Guardian about how Multi-Love got him in big trouble at home.

MORRISSEY died...for nine minutes.

ORNETTE COLEMAN, the alto saxophonist and composer who was one of the most powerful and contentious innovators in the history of jazz, died on Thursday in Manhattan. He was 85.

JURASSIC WORLD is this weekend's sole wide release at the cineplax, currently scoring 70 percent on the ol' Tomatometer.

CHRISTOPHER LEE: The WWII Special Forces operator, heavy metal singer, and screen legend famous for roles in Hammer Horror films, The Man With The Golden Gun, and the Lord of the Rings and Star Wars franchises, died at age 93 after suffering heart and respiratory problems.  The Telegraph was all over it.

TOMORROWLAND could cost Disney 140MM.

CHRIS HEMSWORTH will play the receptionist in the female-driven Ghostbusters reboot.

CHIWETEL EJIOFOR will play the villainous Baron Mordo in Marvel's Doctor Strange.

RUPERT MURDOCH is preparing to step down as the CEO of 21st century Fox,handing the reins to son James. But Roger Ailes will still report to Rupert.

CHINA's massive hack of US employee databases announced last week was far deeper and potentially more problematic than publicly acknowledged, with hackers believed to be from China moving through government databases undetected for more than a year.

HOW THE ISLAMIC STATE Crippled Al Qaeda.

IRANIAN senior negotiator Seyed Abbas Araqchi insisted this week that any nuclear agreement reached with Western powers will only be temporary and not binding in the long term.

A DOG joyrides on an ATV.

ANUKO the HUSKY is not amused by stupid human tricks.

A GIANT TORTOISE prowls the streets of Tokyo.

A SHARK was killed in a traffic crash on an interstate in Florida.

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SPECTRE Promo   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Thursday, June 11, 2015 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl

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SPECTRE has a new promo online that aired during the NBA Finals.  Unfortunately, that's all I can manage today due to family biz.  Fortunately, yesterday was a slow day, with the possible exception of Kim Kardashian denying reports her second child will be a boy. I hope to be back friday with the usual.

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Jon Pratt, Tallest Man on Earth, Michael Shannon, Ben Browning, Bike Dog   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Wednesday, June 10, 2015 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl

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JON PRATT: Pate's frontman dropped "Silvertone" on his website, mixing Westerberg with The Who, Tommy James...and Pate.

THE TALLEST MAN ON EARTH played a mini-set on CBS This Morning.

MICHAEL SHANNON: The acclaimed actor joined a band of mostly Chicago-area musicians for a mini-set including songs by The Smiths and the Velvet Underground.

BEN BROWNING (Cut Copy) advance streams his full-length solo debut, Turns.  Still synthy, but classically melodic.

CITIZEN advance streams the gnarly Everybody Is Going to Heaven.

GARDENS & VILLA drops "Fixations," ahead of Music For Dogs.

PHILLY BOY ROY, a/k/a indie drummer Jon Wurster, covers Styx's "Renegade" and eats pizza from Lou Malnati's.

YO LA TENGO: Ira Kaplan talks to Newsweek about Stuff Like That There, which is a sequel of sorts to Fakebook.

VAN MORRISON talks to The Guardian about his childhood, his parents’ love of music, about hearing the blues in Belfast, and about his dream of becoming … a vet.

MARK KOZELEK emailed The Guardian, then called the interviewer a "b^tch" onstage.

THE SEX PISTOLS will now be helping to oil the wheels of the capitalist machine as the band’s name and artwork are to feature on a range of credit cards.

AMBER HEARD: Mrs. Johnny Depp shows her true colors in ELLE's July issue.

CHARLIE SHEEN was taken by ambulance to a local hospital after eating bad clams.

CHRIS PRATT clarified his remark that his prior weight made him impotent.

MILEY CYRUS phones Paper from the middle of the jungle.

CHRIS BROWN reportedly got burned by friends who told him Karrueche Tran was dying to get back together with him — which led to the nightclub blowup that made Chris look like an obsessed ex-BF.

VINCENT BUGLIOSI, the former Los Angeles deputy district attorney who prosecuted the Manson family, passed away Monday night at a Los Angeles hospital following a battle with cancer. He was 80.

VINCENT MUSETTO, author of classic New York Post headlines, has passed away at 74.

THE ISLAMIC STATE: What if they won? Meanwhile, American intelligence agencies have extracted valuable information about the Islamic State’s leadership structure, financial operations and security measures by analyzing materials seized during a Delta Force commando raid last month that killed a leader of the terrorist group in eastern Syria, according to United States officials. Also, ISIS’s victory in Ramadi may mean containment is the best the US can do now.

IRAN is spending billions of dollars a year to prop up the Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad, according to the U.N.'s envoy to Syria and other outside experts. These estimates are far higher than what the Obama administration, busy negotiating a nuclear deal with the Tehran government, has implied Iran spends on its policy to destabilize the Middle East.

BARRY THE DOG loves his bicycle; he loves to ride his bike.

FIGO, a service dog, jumped between her owner and an oncoming bus.

"WORM BALLS" baffle Texas park rangers.

A BABY KOALA clung to its mother during life-saving surgery.

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