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Beverly Hills, CA – Academy Award® winners Jennifer Hudson, Catherine Zeta-Jones and Russell Crowe join this year’s Oscar® nominees Hugh Jackman and Anne Hathaway along with Amanda Seyfried, Eddie Redmayne, Aaron Tveit, Samantha Barks, and Helena Bonham Carter in a celebration honoring movie musicals of the last decade, show producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron announced today.

“We are pleased to have been able to amass so much talent to create the celebration of musicals of the last decade that we envisioned,” said Craig Zadan and Neil Meron.  “We are thrilled that so many talented actors have agreed to bring our vision to life.”

Earlier this month, the producers announced a planned tribute recognizing the resurgence of musicals over the past decade with performances highlighting “Chicago,” “Dreamgirls” and “Les Misérables.”

Hudson, Zeta-Jones, Jackman, Hathaway, Crowe, Seyfried, Redmayne, Barks, Tveit and Bonham Carter join a stellar list of previously announced performers including Adele, Dame Shirley Bassey, Norah Jones and Barbra Streisand and presenters including Jennifer Aniston, Michael Douglas, Jamie Foxx, Paul Rudd, Salma Hayek Pinault, Melissa McCarthy, Liam Neeson, John Travolta, Ben Affleck, Jessica Chastain, Jennifer Lawrence, Halle Berry, Sandra Bullock, Nicole Kidman, Reese Witherspoon, Mark Wahlberg, Ted and “Marvel’s The Avengers” cast members Robert Downey Jr., Samuel L. Jackson, Chris Evans, Jeremy Renner and Mark Ruffalo; returning 2011 Oscar winners Jean Dujardin, Christopher Plummer, Octavia Spencer and Meryl Streep; “Chicago” cast members Richard Gere, Queen Latifah, Renée Zellweger and Zeta-Jones; and special guests Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Daniel Radcliffe, Channing Tatum and Charlize Theron.

Oscars for outstanding film achievements of 2012 will be presented on Oscar® Sunday, February 24, at the Dolby Theatre™ at Hollywood & Highland Center®, and will be hosted by Seth MacFarlane live on the ABC Television Network.  The Oscar presentation also will be televised live in more than 225 countries worldwide. For more information go to Oscar.com or download the official Oscars app.

source: oscars.org

Singer reveals new role and urges teenagers to experience music on vinyl, saying that the internet is ‘no replacement for face-to-face interaction with a human being’

Jack White at the Grammy awards in February

‘Let’s wake each other up’ … Jack White at the Grammy awards in February. Photograph: PictureGroup / Rex Features

Jack White has been named the official ambassador of international Record Store Day on 20 April. The Third Man owner and White Stripes founder called on music fans to “wake each other up” and “experience something in the real world”.

White announced his role on the Record Store Day website, saying he would be “proud to help in any way I can to invigorate whoever will listen with the idea that there is beauty and romance in the act of visiting a record shop and getting turned on to something new that could change the way they look at the world, other people, art, and ultimately, themselves.”

As the founder of Third Man Records, White has played a prominent role in the resurgence of vinyl and the mainstreaming of record collecting. Artists ranging from Tom Jones to the Insane Clown Posse have issued limited-edition 7-inch records on Third Man, and hundreds of subscribers pay to receive every recording the label releases. While White’s company has yet to announce its plans for Record Store Day 2013, other confirmed releases include singles by PiL and David Bowie, and a vinyl reissue of the Flaming Lips‘ 1997 experiment Zaireeka.

More than 80 British shops participated in the 2012 Record Store Day, selling more than 450 special releases. It was “the biggest day ever for indie stores,” Spencer Hickman, of Rough Trade East, told Billboard. “My store was up 47%.” Previous Record Store Day ambassadors have included Iggy Pop and Ozzy OsbourneLet’s wake each other up.

Read more here: http://bit.ly/WQ43wX

David Joseph, chairman of Brit Awards 2013, says singer’s speech should never have been cut and hints of planned surprise during his last ceremony at helm

Adele at Brit awards 2012

Adele gave the finger to organisers at the 2012 Brit awards ceremony when her album-of-the-year acceptance speech was cut short. Photograph: Yui Mok/PA

When Adele gave her spine-tingling performance of her ballad Someone Like You at the Brits in 2011 a small miracle happened – the boisterous music industry for once fell silent, and listened. Last year, the singer again provided the most talked about moment of the evening by giving a frustrated one-fingered gesture to presenter James Corden after he cut off her acceptance speech for best album to make way for the final performers, Blur.

But at the Brits on Wednesday, the singer, who has dominated the UK and US charts since 2011 despite releasing only the single Skyfall last year, may finally get her moment to thank her fans.

Joseph, who is standing down as chairman after this year’s Brits, promised to go out with a bang. The show, broadcast live on ITV, will feature performances from stadium rockers Muse, Mumford & Sons, who have been nominated for three awards, Justin Timberlake, and Emeli Sandé, who leads the nominations and is up for four awards.

One Direction – who had two of the bestselling albums in the US last year – are nominated for best British group, and will perform One Way Or Another on the night. Robbie Williams, Ben Howard and Taylor Swift will also feature. “I would like to bow out saying we have made a bit of a difference,” said Joseph. “I want it to be great for the artists this year.”

During his three-year tenure, Joseph has overseen some of the biggest changes in Brits’ history: the venue changed to the O2, artists were included in the voting academy, a greater emphasis was given to album of the year, and the Brits statue was designed by well-known artists, this year featuring Damien Hirst‘s trademark spots.

“It think we’ve achieved everything we set out to do, we started off saying it was a bit chaotic and we wanted to make it more about music than about a TV show,” he said. “I think we did manage to make it more like the Grammys, with more gravitas.”

He denied suggestions the awards were too safe. “If people are looking for explosive controversy, we still don’t know what’s going to happen on the night. I’m not encouraging stage invasions, but they are magical moments that happen; no one has control over that.

“The lineup goes from pop to discovery to indie. It’s not dull; it’s a brilliant showcase for music.” The Brits remain important as a showcase for a certain moment in music, he said. “Shop windows and curation are massively needed when there is so much media fragmentation. Plus fans, viewers and, most importantly, artists love awards.”

This year’s Brits will also celebrate a year that saw four of the five best-selling albums in the US come from British artists, and will feature an international success award for the first time. “It’s amazing what is happening with British music overseas. We are thrilled about it, four of the top five is exceptional. It shows good taste,” he said. “When as an industry you realise you have four of the five top-selling acts in America, the only thing you want to do next is have five of the five.”

The UK recorded music industry, one of the first to be hit by the digital revolution and piracy, was turning a corner, but still had some way to go, said Joseph. The record trade association, BPI, revealed that last year digital album sales rose 14.8% to 30.5m, although CD album sales declined 19.5% year on year to 69.4m. Combined sales fell by 11.2% to 100.5m in 2012. “A few years ago we knew were going to go through a rough patch, mainly to do with piracy and the way people were discovering music,” said Joseph. “We have taken massive leaps in the last few years, going from nearly zero to 1 million people paying for subscription music services in the past three years.” Read more about Brit Awards 2013 here: Read more here: http://bit.ly/WQ0dUD

 

Image For Biffy Clyro - Opposites

The sharp post-hardcore-tinged tones of Scotland’s Biffy Clyro have been slowly eroding as the band’s popularity has soared. Opposites embraces a more accessible stadium-rock style compared to 2009‘s Only Revolutions, yet spreads Biffy a little too thinly over more than an hour’s worth of material, allowing only spurts of ambitious song-writing from frontman Simon Neil.

Opposites is at its strongest when it separates its uplifting phrases from its more melancholic ones. These two disparate vibes are too closely interlinked on ‘Different People’ and ‘The Thaw’, making for uneasy changes in tone. Once they are separated though, the band come into their anthemic element on ‘Sounds Like Balloons’, and create a haunting synth-backed lament on ‘Skylight’. Read more here: http://bit.ly/154CuDu

 

Mike Pont / Getty Images

Mike Pont / Getty Images

Morrissey fans are a glutton for abuse. The singer’s tours have been famously plagued with cancellations. His latest string of canceled concerts began with Morrissey’s desire to be by his ailing mother’s side. The next set of shows went up in smoke due to a bleeding ulcer, not surprising for a man that caries the weight of the world on his shoulders.

On Saturday, Morrissey posted a detailed apology to fan site True To You explaining his thoughts behind the latest string of canceled shows saying “the patient must be patient.”

As for the remaining shows in San Diego and Los Angeles, L.A’s 20,000 seat Staples Center will go meatless on March 1. McDonalds and other vendors offering “flesh as food” will be closed day of show. Morrissey commented, “I don’t look upon it as a victory for me but a victory for the animals.” To hit home the message, a portion of the ticket proceeds will benefit PETA.

Read more here: http://bit.ly/WVNNfv

Staples Center was recently name the most vegetarian–friendly NBA venue in the U.S. by PETA.

Morrissey surprised fans by walking off the stage during his 2009Coachella set, siting that he could “smell burning flesh.” Goldenvoice, the festival’s organizer offered to go 100% vegetarian the following year if Morrissey would unite with The Smiths. He said no.

Morrissey’s remaining dates:

February 27 – San Diego, CA @ Balboa Theatre
March 1 – Los Angeles, CA @ Staples Center

– Jay Tilles, CBS Local

 

Peter Jackson’s film snagged nine noms, while “Life of Pi” and “Skyfall” received eight and seven respectively.

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
The “Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey”

Warner Bros./New Line’s The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey topped the Saturn Award nominations, nabbing nine of the precious slots for recognition given out by the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films.

Fox’s Life of Pi and Sony/MGM’s Skyfall were also leading contenders, with eight and seven respectively.

On the TV side, Fox TV‘s Fringe led the nominations with six, elbowing out Showtime’s Dexter, which nabbed five. Also receiving Saturn love were AMC’s Breaking Bad, TNT’sFalling SkiesLeverage, NBC’s Revolution and AMC’s The Walking Dead.

The Saturns give props to so-called “genre” movies, which encompass sci-fi, fantasy, comic book adaptations and horror films. In the Hollywood of yore, the movies were given second class status, but now the geekified pop culture of the 21st century are the films that often receive the most lavish of attention.

But interestingly, this year saw the Saturns stretch the definition of genre to encompass prestige films of not only just Pi, but also awards season favorites such as Argo and Les Miserables.

“From the grand adventure of Les Miserables to the visionary fantasy of Life of Pi and the magical realism of Beasts of the Southern Wild, this year’s films transcended the notion of genre filmmaking and brought us extraordinary visions of exaggerated or enhanced reality, making this one of the most intriguing list of Saturn Awards nominees in a long time,” said Academy president Robert Holguin.

The nominations for best science fiction films included Marvel’s The Avengers, Fox’s Chronicle, Warners’ Cloud Altas, Lionsgate’s The Hunger Games, Sony’s Looper and Fox’s Prometheus.

The best fantasy category included Sony’s The Amazing Spider-ManThe HobbitPiSnow White and the Huntsman, and category-stretching Ruby Sparks, from Fox Searchlight, and Universal’s Ted.

Read more nominees here: http://bit.ly/VHikiA

The Saturns are awarded in 20 film categories, nine TV categories and four in home entertainment.

 


Wheewww! We cannot believe that just happened… Thanks so much to Weird Al and the whole BLAM! crew for an amazing (and super weird) celebration.

And now another new Bonnaroovian friend, Daniel Tosh, is here to run you through all the excitement of the 2013 Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival lineup.

So our sights are set on June 13-16, 2013 in Manchester, TN. That’s four days and 700 acres of art, top-notch comedy, vendors, and, of course, more than 125 of your favorite musicians.

Tickets for this year’s festival go on sale this Saturday, February 23 at Noon EST onBonnaroo.com. Purchase tickets in full, or opt for one of our special payment plans, available for both General Admission or VIP tickets.

 

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