Polanski’s `Carnage’ to Open New York Film Fest

From left, Jodie Foster, John C. Reilly, Christoph Waltz and Kate Winslet in  Sony

Roman Polanski’s “Carnage” will open this year’s New York Film Festival.

The film is adapted from Yasmina Reza’s 2009 Tony Award-winning play, “God of Carnage.” Shot inParisearlier this year, it stars Jodie Foster, Kate Winslet, Christoph Waltz and John C. Reilly.

The play is about a degenerating evening between two couples meeting after their kids were involved in a playground fight. Like the Broadway production, the film is set inBrooklyn. The original play was in French and set inParis.

Richard Pena, selection committee chairman and program director, calls the film “a new pinnacle” for the director.

“Carnage” will first premiere at the Venice Film Festival in September. Sony Pictures Classic will release “Carnage” later this year.

The 49th annual festival runs Sept. 30 through Oct. 16.

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Online: http://www.filmlinc.com

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

Lady Gaga Jump the Shark? Some Points to Consider

I consider Lady Gaga a musical genius – to the point where I’m jealous I’m not wildly talented with songwriting.

But then there’s the fashion aspect.

Why am I mentioning this? Because something significant happened this week when I watched a rerun of Fashion Police on E!

At one during the show, the panelists, Joan Rivers, Kelly Osborne, Guiliana Rancic and George Kotsiopoulos discussed Lady Gaga’s latest over-the-top outfit.

 

George then basically proclaimed she’s just using fashion for fashion’s sake. That there’s really nothing else going on besides that.

At that moment I had this actual thought ‘she’s jumped the shark.’

He continued on to say her new album ‘Born this Way’ is not all that great – so don’t be showing off thinking you’re best thing since sliced bread.

I then realized that, despite her relevance in today’s pop culture world, that maybe, yes, he’s right. She just wears crazy clothing now. And that’s it.

I do not own her new album (I do own ‘The Fame’), so I cannot say either way if her music is good or not this time around, but I can say her clothing seems to be the only relevant thing she ‘owns.’

Think about it. If her music did not sell, we’d still give her attention, all because of what she wears.

I could be totally wrong on this. And as cliché as it sounds, only time will tell, but when he made that statement, it just seemed to ring true with me.

What do you think?

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INXS in ‘Throes’ of Discussing Next Album

INXS guitarist Tim Farriss would really like to “collapse into a heap” back in Australia after the group wraps the North American leg of its Original Sin Tour in mid-August. But rest may be short-lived since, he says, the group is “in the throes of discussing” its next album — and first set of new material since “Switch” in 2005. 

“We’re looking forward to writing and putting out some new material,” the oldest of INXS’ three Farriss brothers tells Billboard.com. “Everyone’s got a billion songs up their sleeve. My brother Andrew has two arm’s lengths ready to go. Once I get home after this North American tour, I’m going to present some songs. It’s definitely beginning.”

Andrew Farriss, INXS’ chief songwriter with the late frontman Michael Hutchence, previously said that he “took a break from writing for a little while” but more recently started “to get a very strong sort of re-passion again for that idea.” This can be partly attributed to working on the “Original Sin” all-star tribute album, on which the group recorded “reimaginations” of some of its hits with guests such as Train’s Pat Monahan, Rob Thomas, John Mayer, Tricky and others. 

“Sometimes I’ll write sections of songs that are half complete or ideas that are half there or a quarter there… so there’s always something around that we can build from,” Andrew Farriss explains. “And the other guys in the band over the years have built some quite strong songwriting skill sets among themselves, so whatever comes in the future will likely be from them as well as myself.” 

The Farriss brothers full expect that J.D. Fortune, the Canadian singer who now fronts the band by dint of winning the 2005 TV reality show “Rock Star: INXS” and is back on the road with the group after a brief separation in 2010, will be on board for the new album as well.

“He’s changed a lot,” Tim Farriss says of Fortune, who sang on “Switch” and on the “Original Sin” version of “The Stairs.” “When he first joined the ranks I think he was sort of lost in space. I don’t think he quite realized what he was signing up for, and he took on all of the sort of things we used to do back in the ’80s and went sort of haywire. I think know he understands he’s part of a family and really appreciates that and wants to still be part of the family. He’s thriving and he’s trying his hardest to be part of that, and he’s doing a great job. He’s singing better then I’ve ever heard him sing, and singing songs he said he couldn’t before. It’s really kind of thrilling.” 

INXS wraps up the North American leg of The Original Sin Tour on Aug. 14 in Atlanta.

Billboard.com

Adele, Chris Brown, Lil Wayne to Perform at VMAs

Chris Brown and Lil Wayne are returning to the MTV Video Music Awards stage, while Adele will make her first appearance.

The trio are the first performers announced for the Aug. 28 ceremony inLos Angeles. The announcement was made Thursday.

Brown’s once tarnished star is shining bright this year, and MTV has taken note. Amy Doyle, MTV’s executive vice president of music and talent, says the network chose Brown because he’s “having a moment with multiple hits” and had one of the more memorable performances in the show’s history in 2007.

Doyle predicts Adele will elicit chills and perhaps a few tears. The British torch singer, nominated for seven VMAs, has the year’s best-selling album so far with “21.”

Lil Wayne’s performance is in conjunction with the release of his much anticipated “Tha Carter IV.”

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Online: http://www.mtv.com

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

Winehouse’s Death Lands Her Back on Charts

 

Death has landed Amy Winehouse back on the charts.

The British singer’s “Back to Black” album will re-enter the Billboard album chart at No. 9, with 37,000 albums sold in theUnited Statesin the past week. Those figures come from Nielsen SoundScan data released late Tuesday. Her debut album “Frank” sold 7,000 copies. All but a fraction of those sales were digital downloads.

“Back to Black” hadn’t sold that many copies in three years.

There were also 111,000 digital tracks of Winehouse’s music sold over the past week — a 2,000% increase. The most downloaded Winehouse song? Her most famous one, “Rehab.”

Winehouse died of unknown causes at herLondonhome on Saturday. She was 27, and had struggled with drug and alcohol addiction for years.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

McQueen’s Will Shows Love for Dogs, Charities

Alexander McQueen

The late fashion designer Alexander McQueen has left his fortune to charities, his household staff, family and his dogs.

The newly published will shows the designer, who committed suicide last year, left roughly 16 million pounds ($26 million), including 50,000 pounds for care of his household pets.

The document released Tuesday shows McQueen also left 250,000 pounds each to his five siblings and 50,000 pounds each to his two housekeepers.

He left 100,000 pounds each to four charities, including two that help sick animals.

The designer left the bulk of his estate to his Sarabande charity with the suggestion that some money be used for scholarships at London’s Central St. Martin’s College of Art and Design. He was one of the school’s many famous graduates.

McQueen killed himself after battling depression, stress and the grief of his mother’s death.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

Burning Man Sells Out for First Time in its History

For the first time in its 25 years, Burning Man Festival has sold out in advance. The annual art event and temporary community in the Black Rock Desert of Nevada posted a notice on its website this morning that there will be no more tickets sold for Burning Man 2011, either online or at the front gate.

Burning Man will take place Aug. 29 through Sept. 5.

This year’s community of free-thinking, self-reliant artists and others, will be limited to 51,515, a total set by the Bureau of Land Management based on last year’s population, according to Burning Man spokesperson Andie Grace.

“Our permit requires us to be in line with last year’s population,” Grace said, “so ticket sales had to be stopped to manage the numbers for 2011.”

Potential visitors to Burning Man “must know that there will be no gate sales at the event,” Grace said, adding that Burning Man is trying as much as possible “to discourage those without tickets from heading to the desert.” They will be turned away if they arrive without tickets, Grace said, and that’s not something the festival organizers want to have to do.

There is a blog post under “latest news” at http://www.burningman.com/ with complete information, including the lowdown on buying or selling third-party tickets.

Read more: http://blogs.sacbee.com/ticket/archives/2011/07/burning-man-fes.html#ixzz1TALeQVKs