Archive for February 14, 2013

Watch Justin Timberlake's David Fincher-Directed "Suit & Tie" Video
Justin Timberlake has released the entirely black-and-white video for his comeback single “Suit & Tie” featuring Jay-Z, as reported by Stephanie Sharp for

With recent rumors of a collaborative summer tour with Hova and a similarly-styled Grammy Awards performance, Timberlake channels his inner Sinatra and somewhat returns to his boy-band dance days in the new music video. The video was directed by David Fincher, who directed Timberlake before in The Social Network.

His first album since 2006, Justin Timberlake will release The 20/20 Experience on March 19.

Watch the official video for “Suit & Tie” below.


Matt Bellamy (Photo: AFP)

Matt Bellamy (Photo: AFP)

After spending the past few weeks in Los Angeles in order to take part in variousGRAMMY Awards activities, Muse will return to London to headline the 2013 Brit Awards in support of War Child’s 20th anniversary. The benefit concert will take place at the historic theater, O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire.

With the concert having sold out in less than three minutes, this is the only way to watch Muse’s performance. The webcast can be seen live via War Child’s YouTube channel, Monday, February 18 at 4 pm EST / 1 pm PST.

War Child is a group of 27 individuals working in an old false teeth factory in north London with the single goal of aiding children of war-torn areas. The non-profit organization provides medical care and safe havens, rebuilds schools and helps children get their voices heard.

Bands that have previously played the War Child concert include ColdplayThe KillersBlur and Kasabian.

Read more here: Muse To Stream War Child Concert Live From London « The World Famous KROQ – Alt Rock Music News, Photos, Videos, Concerts.

Watch the band make the concert announcement as they knock a ball back and forth on their personally branded ping pong table.

– Jay Tilles, CBS Local



(photo courtesy of Lincoln Motors)

(photo courtesy of Lincoln Motors)

Shortly before yesterday’s GRAMMY hoopla kicked off, Lincoln (yes, the car company) released a video of Beck covering David Bowie’s “Sound and Vision”with a 167-piece orchestra.

Shot in a stunning 360-degree style, the nine-minute performance footage was directed by Chris Milk, who’s worked with U2, Kanye West and more. Watch below.

The 167 members of Beck’s backing band include soul revival act the Dap-Kings, members of the USC marching band, multiple choirs, a Peruvian charango group, choirs, a gamelan ensemble, nine guitarists, a saw player and many, many more, all conducted by Beck’s father, David Campbell.

Read more here: Beck Covers David Bowie’s ‘Sound and Vision’ With 167-Piece Orchestra « WXRT.

Bowie’s “Sound and Vision” was released in 1977 as the lead single from his album Low.

– Jillian Mapes,




Bieber-faced kid celebrates punk past and present

Bad Religion’s Brett Gurewitz told Chris Martins from about the legendary Los Angeles punk band’s new album True North, the 50-year-old guitarist explains that, “When we write, if we’re successful with a song then we’re connecting with other humans … For the most part, people outgrow punk rock so we’re connecting with younger people.” Indeed, in the just-out music video for the LP’s titular track, a young punk with a Bieber-fresh face finds himself moved to action by the older band. What could be a languid day spent inside of his memorabilia-bedecked room soon becomes a fierce air-drumming sesh before he slips on the Coolest Shoes on Earth (Chucks, duh) and heads out for untold adventures. In listening to “True North” on his vinyl copy of True North he discovers true north. So … does that count as an episode of northern exposure? If ya missed ’em before, make sure you take a spin through “Dept. of False Hope” and Bad Religion’s Late Night With Jimmy Fallon performance of “Past Is Dead.”  Click link below to watch video.


Tom Odell releases ‘Hold Me’ on April 1. The track serves as the lead single from his debut album Long Way Down, which follows on April 15. Watch the official music video below:

Well, for those not looking to be stuck alone at home watching a marathon of Sleepless in Seattle on TNT, here’s Mark Rozeman’s list for you taken from It compiles the films perfectly designed for those disillusioned or made bitter by love’s hurtful sting.

13. The Break-Up (2006)
At the time of its release, The Break-Up appeared to draw more attention for the burgeoning relationship between co-stars Vince Vaughn and Jennifer Anniston than for its actual quality. Certainly, the trailer did little to assure moviegoers that the film would be anything but a goofy romp in which Vaughn’s and Anniston’s characters pull increasingly wacky pranks on each other in order to seize control of their impressive Chicago condo.

12. Ruby Sparks (2012)
In his review for the much-maligned Cameron Crowe project ElizabethtownAV Club writer Nathan Rabin coined the now ubiquitous phrase “Manic Pixie Dream Girl.” Writing about the film’s female lead (played by Kirsten Dunst), Rabin highlighted the archetype of the lively, quirky girl who becomes a shot in the arm to her dour and/or depressed male lead. Written by and co-starring Zoe Kazan, Ruby Sparks seems to have been created specifically as a reaction to this type of character.

11. In the Realm of the Senses (1976) 
Read the true story that this Criterion-approved Japanese-French film based its plotline on and you’ll have an idea why it would make for the worst kind of Valentine’s Day viewing. Directed by the late Nagisa Oshima, the film revolves around the perverse relationship between a hotel maid and the employer who molests her. This tryst leads to an intense, long-term sexual affair where the two indulge in every kind of experimentation you can imagine.

10. The War of the Roses (1989)
Never has the phrase “love is a battlefield” been taken more literally than in Danny Devito’s sophomore directorial outing. An acerbic black comedy based on a 1981 novel of the same name, The War of the Roses stars Michael Douglas and Kathleen Turner as a well-to-do couple whose crumbling marriage becomes a launching pad for a vicious, no-holds-barred war for control of their home and possessions.

9. Bad Timing (1980)
It’s a story of obsession and domination. Slammed by many at the time of its release, one official from the film’s U.K. distribution company famously dubbed it “a sick film made by sick people for sick people.” Nevertheless, it’s reputation has grown in recent years, culminating in a Criterion Collection release. Still, this toxic romance remains a brutal, disconcerting narrative to sit through. You’ll certainly not be able to shake certain images of Art Garfunkel after it’s all over.

8. (500) Days of Summer (2009) 
“This is a story of boy meets girl. But you should known in advance, this is not a love story,” intones the voiceover at the start of this bittersweet romantic comedy. True to those words, what unfolds is not quite the light, sunshine-y narrative indicated by the film’s vibrant color spectrum. Subverting notions of the typical rom-com, Summer acknowledges the all-too-true notion that sometimes, without definite rhythm or reason, a relationship can just not work out—no matter how badly you want it to.

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7. Sleepwalk with Me (2012)
Mike Birbiglia’s directorial debut is a Portrait of the Comedian as an Awkward Stand Up. Throughout the film, we witness Birbiglia’s dramatic surrogate, Matt Pandamiglio, slowly transition from telling stiff, half-baked jokes to weaving insightful and humorous anecdotes based on his life and relationships.

6. Closer (2004)
Directed by the legendary Mike Nichols, this adaptation of Patrick Marber’s award-winning play of the same name is a scathing, cynical sneer at modern-day relationships, starring a quartet of some of the most hateful, insensitive characters ever put to film. Needless to say infidelities, broken trust and shattered promises abound. Natalie Portman earned her first Oscar nomination as perhaps the most innocent and naïve of the four (who just happens to be a stripper). Clive Owen, however, shines as the crass, boorish dentist prone to proclaiming whatever pops into his sick mind (he’s also probably the most honest one in the group). A venomous Valentine if there ever was one, Closer remains one of the worst first-date movies ever made.

5. Husbands & Wives (1992)
As with several entries on this list, Woody Allen’s 1992 domestic drama was overshadowed by behind-the-scenes drama. Prior to the film’s release, Allen’s relationship with longtime partner (and co-star) Mia Farrow went up in smoke after it was revealed that he’d been engaging in a sexual affair with her 19-year-old adopted daughter. With this news still fresh in the tabloids, the narrative, which displays marital discord in all its ugly glory, inevitably invited real-life parallels. Allen’s use of handheld, documentary-like camerawork only serves to highlight the bleakness and harsh reality of the situation. While films such as Annie Hall and Manhattan will always stand as major career apexes in Allen’s career, Husbands & Wivesserves as an underrated masterpiece in his lengthy filmography.

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4. Brief Encounter (1945)
For most, the name David Lean evokes images of sprawling, three-plus hour epic masterpieces such asLawrence of Arabia or The Bridge Over River Kwai. Yet perhaps one of the British’s director’s most powerful outings is a small-scale movie about a doomed relationship that barely clocks in under 90 minutes. Celia Johnson stars as a bored British housewife who finds herself drawn to a married doctor that she meets at a train station. Over the course of several weeks, the two soon realize their relationship and attraction to each other is far from innocuous. Based on a one-act play by Noël Coward, Brief Encounterpaints a dreary look at traditional British marriages and examines the depressing concept of knowing that the one you truly love might have been yours under different circumstances.

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3. Scenes from a Marriage (1973)
No one does angst-ridden relationship dramas quite like Sweden’s Ingmar Bergman. This one is no exception. Made on a shoestring budget and featuring Bergman’s trademark penchant for claustrophobic close-ups and long, soul-baring monologues, the original Swedish TV miniseries ran almost five hours in length. Released as a three-hour cut in U.S. cinemas, the film still proved to be a gut-wrenching examination of a failed marriage. Funny enough, the film becomes notorious in its home country when, in the wake of its release, there was a rapid spike in Scandinavian divorce rates.

2. Blue Valentine (2011)
Blue Valentine is actually two movies. In one, Dean (Ryan Gosling) and Cindy (Michelle Williams) are two lost souls who find solace in each other’s company. Cindy has emotional baggage stemming from familial trauma whereas Dean is the charming free spirit ready to make the pain go away. When Cindy finds herself pregnant, Dean becomes her emotional support and the two eventually decide to marry. This tale of young love is juxtaposed sharply against the future versions of Dean and Cindy—aged, tired and weary beings who are mere shells of their former exuberant selves. The child, which originally drove them together, now appears to be the last remaining link in their deteriorating relationship. Though one can easily find signs of impending disaster in the early scenes, it does not make watching the slow but inevitable collapse of their marriage any less traumatizing.

1. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004)
Yes, yes, between landing a high spot on Paste’s Top 50 Films of the Decade list as well as one onThe 50 Movies on Netflix Instant list, it seems like there should be some kind of penalty box reserved for Eternal Sunshine. To that I say — can’t fault a masterpiece for being too good.

Unlike other entries in the list, Eternal Sunshine begins with the signature couple already broken up and heart broken. Desperate to rid himself of the memories of the break-up (and, by extension, the pain), Joel enlists a company that specializes in wiping away such memories. Of course, in the middle of the procedure, Joel realizes that some memories are worth holding onto, regardless of the hurt. Though much of the film has Joel and Clementine yearning for each other in their own ways, it’s the story’s conclusion that potential turns this cerebral romantic dramedy into a cosmic tragedy.

While we, as viewers, want more than anything for the oddball coupling of Jim Carrey’s reserved Joel and Kate Winslet’s vivacious Clementine to work itself out, the fact remains that we’ve seen that the two are woefully incompatible in the long run. Thus, though the end leaves the couple with the optimistic hope that they can turn their situation around, the film’s final shoot appears to tell a different story. As credits roll, we see Joel and Clementine frolicking around in the snow. Then the images is repeated again. And again. And again. While director Michel Gondry has stated that he had no grand intention, the repetition of the shot carries an unmistakable implication: Joel and Clementine are trapped in a Sisyphean cycle wherein they break up, wipe their minds then repeat the same process over and over again. Writer Charlie Kaufman’s original draft, which shows an elder Joel and Clementine meeting each other “for the first time” once again, leads some credence to the argument. Whatever the real story, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind has safely secured itself as a modern day classic, even if it’s not the cheeriest movie for a romantic movie-night. Read more here:


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