Archive for December 13, 2012

During tonight’s 12-12-12 Concert for Sandy Relief at New York City’s Madison Square Garden, some amazing, you-had-to-be-there pairings took place on the venue’s historic stage. Case in point: Roger Waters of Pink Floyd fame performing ‘Comfortably Numb’ with Pearl Jam singer Eddie Vedder.

Vedder lent his vibrato to the song’s choruses, adding his signature style to the Floyd classic. It was a haunting performance, one that will stay with viewers for days. Vedder and Waters did not interact much, but they didn’t need to. Their voices did all the work, and their chemistry as two legendary rock artists meshed perfectly. Better still, it was for a good cause.

Vedder sang the song like he wrote it, his emotive voice adding another layer of power and heft to the song’s already weighty lyrics. (

Pink Floyd’s Roger Waters talks about how Eddie Vedder came to join him onstage for “Comfortably Numb.”


The 12-12-12 concert might have been seen and heard all over the world, and the devastation might have hit New York and New Jersey hard, but Wednesday night’s concert in Madison Square Garden to raise money in aid of the victims of hurricane Sandy was Brit night. More specifically, it was Old Brit night. With a lineup of the Rolling Stones, the Who, Eric Clapton, Paul McCartney, Roger Waters and Chris Martin, all of whom came in to help the cause, the event was a reminder of the good old days of the special relationship between England and theUnited States.

The show opened with dramatic pictures of the hurricane’s winds, rain and waves attacking and drastically altering the landscape around New York City. It’s hard to remember it was only six weeks ago; the spectacle of it already seemed unreal.

It made sense that the opening act was New Jersey’s greatest star, Bruce Springsteen, who began with Land of Hope and Dreams as the camera panned forward over the mainly white, mainly middle-aged, affluent crowd on the stadium floor. Everyone was standing, but there was a general lack of focus as the concert began. Many audience members seemed to be chatting to each other rather than watching the stage.

“You probably can’t tell at home but they’ve definitely turned the speakers up to 11 tonight,” tweeted Springsteen as he performed.

He was right, we couldn’t tell. There were audio bugs throughout Springsteen’s half-hour set and when Bon Jovi came on stage to join him he was carrying a microphone that didn’t work and he could hardly be heard on Born to Run.

The Brits took over when Roger Waters strolled on stage for The Wall. Waters only performed Pink Floyd numbers, and the absence of his former partner Dave Gilmour was noted during guitar solos on Money and Comfortably Numb. But Pearl Jam’s Eddie Vedder filled the gap beautifully as he sang the main vocal part on the song.

This was always going to be a long show. The longer it ran, the more money it could raise. And with a download of the event available for presale on iTunes heavily promoted throughout the event (another revenue stream) the organizers were maximizing on every opportunity to raise dollars.

So it was a shame when halfway through the website crashed and the phone lines were so overwhelmed they couldn’t connect. Who knows how many dollars waiting to be pledged didn’t get through.

Waters was followed by Eric Clapton, and it was at this point that remarks about the age of performers began to flood the internet.

“Have to respect the passion Bruce brings to the stage!” said one. “Especially for being in his 60s. Sweet vest too.”

“Eric Clapton: the only 67-year-old who can rock the hipster glasses just as much as he rocks his guitar.”

Of course when the Stones came on to play a brisk two songs: You Got Me Rockin and Jumping Jack Flash (Opening line – “I was born in a crossfire hurricane”) Mick immediately joined in on the joke.

“This has to be the largest collection of old British musicians ever at Madison Square Garden,” he said.

“And if it rains in London you’ve got to come and help us out.”

The first AND ONLY woman to perform as a headliner – Alicia Keys – didn’t come on stage till almost three hours into the concert. She played for about 15 minutes, before things returned to normal with the advent of the Who’s Roger Daltrey and Pete Townshend (or Keith Moon as Brian Williams called him).

It’s a good thing neither Pete Townshend nor Roger Daltrey died before they got old, or else they would not have been able to rock Madison Square Garden tonight (Dec. 12). The Who put on a master class while rocking for a good cause, raising money for the Robin Hood Relief Fund to help victims of Hurricane Sandy.

Opening with ‘Who Are You,’ the Who then gave the crowd a dose of their current ‘Quadrophenia + More‘ tour with ‘Bell Boy,’ a lesser known track from their classic 1973 album. The band paid tribute to the late Keith Moon by including a video projection of him singing his rare vocal part on that song.

From there came ‘Pinball Wizard,’ with Townshend’s familiar opening power chords still thrilling after 43 years and showing no signs of age. They finished off a mini-set from ‘Tommy’ with the rock opera’s finale, ‘Listening to You.’

Two other classics followed, ‘Baba O’Riley’ and the showstopper, ‘Love Reign O’er Me,’ with Daltrey giving his most powerful vocal of the night and Townshend delivering a solo that summed up everything that makes him such a brilliant guitarist. They ended their set, surprisingly, not with one of their hits, but with ‘Tea and Theatre,’ the lovely acoustic closer of the ‘Wine & Glass’ mini-opera found on their 2006 album, ‘Endless Wire.’

If there was an issue one could have, it was that during their set, Daltrey’s began shedding layers of clothing to the point where his shirt was open. While the 68-year old remains in great shape for any age, some people were starting to miss the black turtleneck worn by Jon Bon Jovi earlier in the evening.

There followed the evening’s highlight for some and lowlight for others, as Daltrey bared his tan, very buff, hairless chest and kept it exposed as he sang. For a very long time.

The Who led into Kanye West dressed in a leather kilt who led to Long Island’s Billy Joel performing his iconic New York State of Mind as well as a bunch of his other greatest hits.

Then the Brits returned in the person of Chris Martin who sang an unplugged version of Viva La Vida before bringing Michael Stipe of R.E.M “out of retirement” to sing a low-key and moving Losing My Religion.

It was left to Sir. Paul. McCartney. (as Quentin Tarantino introduced him) to close the show. By the time he came onstage in extremely high-waisted jeans, we were on day two and it was well after midnight on 12-13-12.

“Thank you for STAYING,” said McCartney gratefully.

He sang Helter Skelter then Let Me Roll It followed by a song from his Wings portfolio before finally, at 12.50am, two hours and 35 minutes after the last one left, another woman came onstage. Diana Krall – an amazing talent. Not that you’d have known. Krall didn’t even get to sing. She briefly accompanied Macca on the piano for My Valentine before silently disappearing into the wings to be noisily replaced onstage by Nirvana.

Before I end I should mention that there was a healthy representation of comic talent punctuating the night. From Billy Crystal to Adam Sandler to Chris Rock to the cast of Saturday Night Live, they were there. But again, no female comedians took the stage. (Where were you, New York residents Tina Fey and Lena Dunham?) And the comedy was underwhelming and unfunny.

McCartney brought the house to its tearful feet with Live and Let Die as the tired audience looked around for their coats and bags. Around the world, other audiences got ready for bed or for work. A solitary firework exploded and rescue workers, police and firemen came on stage for their bows. Alicia Keys returned and surrounded by the real stars of hurricane Sandy sang Empire State of Mind.

It was the perfect finish.

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Emma Keller from & dave lifton from

photo by: Larry Busacca, Getty Images

In case you missed it. Here’s the historical evening that just happened tonight.

“He’s very persuasive,” Stipe says of Martin’s persistence to get him onstage for R.E.M.’s classic “Losing My Religion


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Musical Memories With Mick Fleetwood from Fleetwood Mac

Musical Memories With Lars Ulrich from Metallica

Musical Memories With Josh Homme from Queen of the Stone Age

Musical Memories With Butch Vig from Garbage and producer of “Nevermind” album

Musical Memories With Rick Rubin

Musical Memories With Trent Reznor

Musical Memories With Weezer

Musical Memories With Corey Taylor

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The Critics’ Choice Awards are bestowed annually by the Broadcast Film Critics Association to honor the finest in cinematic achievement. Nominees are selected by written ballots in a week-long voting period, and are announced in December. The winners are revealed at the annual Critics’ Choice Awards ceremony in January. The awards are currently broadcast live on the VH1 television network. The 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2009 Awards were at the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium, the 2010 event—renamed The Critics’ Choice Movie Awards—was held at the refurbished historic Hollywood Palladium on January 15, 2010. Special awards are given out at the discretion of the BFCA Board of Directors.

The Broadcast Film Critics Association prides itself on its ability to anticipate Academy Award nominations: between 1997 and 2004, the Critics’ Choice nominations predicted all but two of 35 Academy Award nominations for Best Picture. By comparison, the Golden Globe Awards were three times more likely to differ during the same period.[citation needed] However, the fact that the BFCA—which typically nominates nine or ten films for Best Film—chooses more than the five nominations of the Academy Awards and Golden Globes may account for some of this greater predictive power. The nominations for the 2013 awards will be announced on December 11, 2012.

The Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA) has announced the nominees for the 18th annual Critics’ Choice Movie Awards. The winners will be announced live at the Critics’ Choice Movie Awards ceremony on Thursday, January 10, 2013 from the Barker Hangar in Santa Monica, Calif. The show will broadcast live on The CW Network at 8:00 PM ET/PT.

Lincoln led the way, receiving a record 13 nominations, including Best Picture, while Les Misérables was next with 11, followed by Silver Linings Playbook with 10.

Here is a complete list of our nominees:

Beasts of the Southern Wild
Django Unchained
Les Miserables
Life of Pi
The Master
Moonrise Kingdom
Silver Linings Playbook
Zero Dark Thirty

Bradley Cooper – Silver Linings Playbook
Daniel Day-Lewis – Lincoln
John Hawkes – The Sessions
Hugh Jackman – Les Miserables
Joaquin Phoenix – The Master
Denzel Washington – Flight

Jessica Chastain – Zero Dark Thirty
Marion Cotillard – Rust and Bone
Jennifer Lawrence – Silver Linings Playbook
Emmanuelle Riva – Amour
Quvenzhane Wallis – Beasts of the Southern Wild
Naomi Watts – The Impossible

Alan Arkin – Argo
Javier Bardem – Skyfall
Robert De Niro – Silver Linings Playbook
Philip Seymour Hoffman – The Master
Tommy Lee Jones – Lincoln
Matthew McConaughey – Magic Mike

Amy Adams – The Master
Judi Dench – Skyfall
Ann Dowd – Compliance
Sally Field – Lincoln
Anne Hathaway – Les Miserables
Helen Hunt – The Sessions

Elle Fanning – Ginger & Rosa
Kara Hayward – Moonrise Kingdom
Tom Holland – The Impossible
Logan Lerman – The Perks of Being a Wallflower
Suraj Sharma – Life of Pi
Quvenzhane Wallis – Beasts of the Southern Wild

The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
Les Miserables
Moonrise Kingdom
Silver Linings Playbook

Ben Affleck – Argo
Kathryn Bigelow – Zero Dark Thirty
Tom Hooper – Les Miserables
Ang Lee – Life of Pi
David O. Russell – Silver Linings Playbook
Steven Spielberg – Lincoln

Quentin Tarantino – Django Unchained
John Gatins – Flight
Rian Johnson – Looper
Paul Thomas Anderson – The Master
Wes Anderson & Roman Coppola – Moonrise Kingdom
Mark Boal – Zero Dark Thirty

Chris Terrio – Argo
Tony Kushner – Lincoln
David O. Russell – Silver Linings Playbook
David Magee – Life of Pi
Stephen Chbosky – The Perks of Being a Wallflower

Life of Pi – Claudio Miranda
Lincoln – Janusz Kaminski
Les Miserables – Danny Cohen
The Master – Mihai Malaimare Jr.
Skyfall – Roger Deakins

Anna Karenina – Sarah Greenwood/Production Designer, Katie Spencer/Set Decorator
The Hobbit – Dan Hennah/Production Designer, Ra Vincent & Simon Bright/Set Decorators
Les Miserables – Eve Stewart/Production Designer, Anna Lynch-Robinson/Set Decorator
Life of Pi – David Gropman/Production Designer, Anna Pinnock/Set Decorator
Lincoln – Rick Carter/Production Designer, Jim Erickson/Set Decorator

Argo – William Goldenberg
Les Miserables – Melanie Ann Oliver, Chris Dickens
Life of Pi – Tim Squyres
Lincoln – Michael Kahn
Zero Dark Thirty – William Goldenberg, Dylan Tichenor

Anna Karenina – Jacqueline Durran
Cloud Atlas – Kym Barrett, Pierre-Yves Gayraud
The Hobbit – Bob Buck, Ann Maskrey, Richard Taylor
Les Miserables – Paco Delgado
Lincoln – Joanna Johnston

Cloud Atlas
The Hobbit
Les Miserables

The Avengers
Cloud Atlas
The Dark Knight Rises
The Hobbit
Life of Pi

Madagascar 3
Rise of the Guardians
Wreck-It Ralph

The Avengers
The Dark Knight Rises

Christian Bale – The Dark Knight Rises
Daniel Craig – Skyfall
Robert Downey Jr. – The Avengers
Joseph Gordon-Levitt – Looper
Jake Gyllenhaal – End of Watch

Emily Blunt – Looper
Gina Carano – Haywire
Judi Dench – Skyfall
Anne Hathaway – The Dark Knight Rises
Jennifer Lawrence – The Hunger Games

Silver Linings Playbook
This Is 40
21 Jump Street

Jack Black – Bernie
Bradley Cooper – Silver Linings Playbook
Paul Rudd – This Is 40
Channing Tatum – 21 Jump Street
Mark Wahlberg – Ted

Mila Kunis – Ted
Jennifer Lawrence – Silver Linings Playbook
Shirley MacLaine – Bernie
Leslie Mann – This Is 40
Rebel Wilson – Pitch Perfect

Cabin in the Woods

The Intouchables
A Royal Affair
Rust and Bone

The Imposter
Queen of Versailles
Searching for Sugar Man
The Central Park Five
West of Memphis

“For You” – performed by Keith Urban/written by Monty Powell & Keith Urban – Actor of Valor
“Skyfall” – performed by Adele/written by Adele Adkins & Paul Epworth – Skyfall
“Still Alive” – performed by Paul Williams/written by Paul Williams – Paul Williams Still Alive
“Suddenly” – performed by Hugh Jackman/written by Claude-Michel Schonberg & Alain Boublil & Herbert Kretzmer – Les Miserables
“Learn Me Right” – performed by Birdy with Mumford & Sons/written by Mumford & Sons – Brave

Argo – Alexandre Desplat
Life of Pi – Mychael Danna
Lincoln – John Williams
The Master – Jonny Greenwood
Moonrise Kingdom – Alexandre Desplat



Fucked Up finally got around to making a video for ‘Inside a Frame’ off last year’s ‘David Comes to Life’ album, and it sure was worth the wait. Who knew the frenetic punk stylings of Canada’s hardest Polaris Music Prize-winning hardcore outfit would go so well with the choreographed beauty of a hardcore teen dance troupe? F—ed Up did, that’s who.

Singer Damian Abraham rages on top of the semi-melodic backing music while Destruction Crew or Special Sauce or whatever they are called work out their routine — and the pairing makes you think F—ed Up should soundtrack an episode on the next season of ‘America’s Got Talent’ or something. Although obviously they wouldn’t be allowed to even say their name on the air, so never mind. Hey, it was an amusing thought. (

Remembering the late Ravi Shankar, who introduced Indian music to western audiences.. with a little help from a friend.. George Harrison.

The Temptations – My Girl (1965)

Ravi Shankar and former Capitol Records president Alan Livingston will be honored by the Grammy Awards, it was announced today.

Ravi Shankar is among those to be given lifetime achievement honors. Also being honored are Glenn Gould, Charlie Haden, Lightnin’ Hopkins, Carole King, Patti Page and the Temptations.

View slideshow: Ravi Shankar

Shankar died Monday at 92 in Long Beach. Billboard magazine said the news of Shankar’s award was made shortly after his death was announced.

The Recording Academy, in a statement about the award, said, “As one of the world’s most renowned sitar players, three-time Grammy winner Ravi Shankar is a true ambassador for international music. As a performer, composer, teacher and writer, he is considered a pioneer in bringing Indian music to the West. With a performance career spanning more than 80 years, he has influenced a variety of musicians, including the Beatles, John Coltrane, Philip Glass and his daughters, Norah Jones and Anoushka Shankar. A humanitarian and philanthropist, in 1971 Shankar, along with George Harrison, organized the Concert for Bangladesh, which paved the way for many other fundraising charity concerts.”

Also being honored with a Trustee Award is Alan Livingston, former president of Capitol Records who helped sign the Beatles to the label. Also being honored for Trustees Award are Marilyn and Alan Bergman, Leonard and Phil Chess. Ikutaro Kakehashi and Dave Smith, plus Royer Labs will receive Technical Grammy Awards.
(articles courtesy of: The Examiner)


Apparently is gonna be Nolanesque. Just like “Skyfall”

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SAG Awards have been one of the major awards events in Hollywood since 1995. Nominations for the awards come from 4200 randomly selected members of the union, with the full membership (120,000 as of 2007) available to vote for the winners. The awards have been televised for the past several years on TNT, but now also airs on TBS.

The inaugural SAG Awards aired live on February 25, 1995 from Stage 12, Universal Studios. The second SAG awards aired live from the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium, while subsequent awards have been held at the Shrine Exposition Center.  Bob Hope was given the first award.

Steven Spielberg‘s “Lincoln,” the musical epic Les Miserables and the romantic comedy “Silver Linings Playbook” dominated the 2013 Screen Actors Guild Award nominations with four nominations apiece. Also honored with ensemble nominations were the casts from “Argo” and “The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel.”
The 19th Screen Actors Guild Awards presentation is to be carried live on TNT and TBS on Jan. 27 from the Shrine Auditorium & Exposition Center in Los Angeles. As previously announced, Dick Van Dyke is set to receive the guild’s lifetime achievement award.

SAG Awards 2013: The Complete Nominees


Outstanding Performance By A Male Actor In A Leading Role

Outstanding Performance By A Female Actor In A Leading Role

Outstanding Performance By A Male Actor In A Supporting Role

Outstanding Performance By A Female Actor In A Supporting Role

VIDEO: Highlights from the Envelope Screening Series

Outstanding Performance By A Cast In A Motion Picture

Argo (Warner Bros. Pictures)

The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (FOX Searchlight)

Les Misérables (Universal Pictures)

Lincoln (Touchstone Pictures)

  • Daniel Day-lewis / Abraham Lincoln
  • Sally Field / Mary Todd Lincoln
  • Joseph Gordon-levitt / Robert Todd Lincoln
  • Hal Holbrook / Preston Blair
  • Tommy Lee Jones / Thaddeus Stevens
  • James Spader / W.N. Bilbo
  • David Strathairn / William Seward

Silver Linings Playbook (The Weinstein Company)

  • Bradley Cooper / Pat
  • Robert De Niro / Pat, Sr.
  • Anupam Kher / Dr. Cliff Patel
  • Jennifer Lawrence / Tiffany
  • Chris Tucker / Danny
  • Jacki Weaver / Dolores

STORY: SAG award nominations: Cable dramas and network sitcoms dominate


Outstanding Performance By A Male Actor In A Television Movie Or Miniseries

Outstanding Performance By A Female Actor In A Television Movie Or Miniseries

Outstanding Performance By A Male Actor In A Drama Series

Outstanding Performance By A Female Actor In A Drama Series

Outstanding Performance By A Male Actor In A Comedy Series

Outstanding Performance By A Female Actor In A Comedy Series

Outstanding Performance By An Ensemble In A Drama Series

Boardwalk Empire (HBO)

  • Steve Buscemi / Enoch “Nucky” Thompson
  • Chris Caldovino / Tonino Sandrelli
  • Bobby Cannavale / Gyp Rosetti
  • Meg Chambers Steedle / Billie Kent
  • Charlie Cox / Owen Sleater
  • Jack Huston / Richard Harrow
  • Patrick Kennedy / Dr. Douglas Mason
  • Anthony Laciura / Eddie Kessler
  • Kelly Macdonald / Margaret Thompson
  • Gretchen Mol / Gillian Darmody
  • Vincent Piazza / Lucky Luciano
  • Paul Sparks / Mickey Doyle
  • Michael Stuhlbarg / Arnold Rothstein
  • Shea Whigham / Elias “Eli” Thompson
  • Anatol Yusef / Meyer Lansky

Breaking Bad (AMC)

Downton Abbey (PBS)

  • Hugh Bonneville / Robert, Earl Of Grantham
  • Zoe Boyle / Lavinia Swire
  • Laura Carmichael / Lady Edith Crawley
  • Jim Carter / Mr. Carson
  • Brendan Coyle / John Bates
  • Michelle Dockery / Lady Mary Crawley
  • Jessica Brown Findlay / Lady Sybil Crawley
  • Siobhan Finneran / O’brien
  • Joanne Froggatt / Anna
  • Iain Glen / Sir Richard Carlisle
  • Thomas Howes / William
  • Rob James-collier / Thomas
  • Allen Leech / Tom Branson
  • Phyllis Logan / Mrs. Hughes
  • Elizabeth Mcgovern / Cora, Countess Of Grantham
  • Sophie Mcshera / Daisy
  • Lesley Nicol / Mrs. Patmore
  • Amy Nuttall / EThel
  • David Robb / Dr. Clarkson
  • Maggie Smith / Violet, Dowager Countess Of Grantham
  • Dan Stevens / MatThew Crawley
  • Penelope Wilton / Isobel Crawley / Gomez

Homeland (Showtime)

Mad Men (AMC)

PHOTOS: 2013 SAG Award nominees

Outstanding Performance By An Ensemble In A Comedy Series

30 Rock (NBC)

The Big Bang Theory (CBS)

Glee (FOX)

Modern Family (ABC)

Nurse Jackie (Showtime)

  • Mackenzie Aladjem / Fiona Peyton
  • Eve Best / Dr. Ellie O’hara
  • Bobby Cannavale / Dr. Mike Cruz
  • Jake Cannavale / Charlie Cruz
  • Peter Facinelli / Dr. Fitch Cooper
  • Edie Falco / Jackie Peyton
  • Dominic Fumusa / Kevin Peyton
  • Arjun Gupta / Sam
  • Lenny Jacobson / Lenny
  • Ruby Jerins / Grace Peyton
  • Paul Schulze / Eddie Walzer
  • Anna Deavere Smith / Gloria Akalitus
  • Stephen Wallem / Thor Lundgren
  • Merritt Wever / Zoey Barkow

The Office (NBC)


Outstanding Action Performance By A Stunt Ensemble In A Motion Picture

Outstanding Action Performance By A Stunt Ensemble In A Television Series

  • Boardwalk Empire (HBO)
  • Breaking Bad (AMC)
  • Game Of Thrones (HBO)
  • Sons Of Anarchy (FX)
  • The Walking Dead (AMC)

Life Achievement Award

Screen Actors Guild 49th Annual Life Achievement Award

  • Dick Van Dyke

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