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The Pirate Bay: Kicked Out Of Norway, Welcomed In North Korea?
Just yesterday, former b-baller and reality TV juggernaut Dennis Rodman arrived stateside after a widely publicized hangout with North Korean leaders Kim Jong Un, saying, “I love him. The guy is awesome. He was so honest.” Apparently, Kim’s generosity extends to torrenting sites as well.As of this morning, notorious file-sharing site The Pirate Bay has been offered virtual asylum in North Korea after being kicked out of Norway, according to the site’s most recent blog post.

Having lost its hosting from the Swedish Pirate Party last week, The Pirate Bay jumped to pirate parties in Norway and Catalonia. That brief relationship ended this morning, when the Norwegian Pirate Party ousted the file sharing site as well, with party leader Geir Asalid claiming that party doesn’t have the economic muscle necessary to fight for the right to torrent. Read more here: http://bit.ly/13B9YLD

After some very brief downtime, the site popped back up, though at the same address and with no indication of the new hosting location until a traceroute for the site was tracked back to an ISP located in the Potong-gang District of Pyongyang, North Korea. Following a handful of initial reports, The Pirate Bay posted its blog post acknowledging the switchover.

Is The Pirate Bay Messing With Us?

It’s not always easy to believe what The Pirate Bay says. If this turns out to be a joke, it wouldn’t the first time The Pirate Bay has pulled such a hoax about its virtual whereabouts. In 2007, the site pulled an April Fool’s Day joke revolving around this exact situation, writing at the time, “We would like to thank Kim Jong-Il for the opportunity and we would like all of our users to review their current feelings towards this great nation!”

This time around, a number of colluding circumstances make this announcement sound considerably more legitimate. Not only has The Pirate Bay switched out its homepage image (seen above), but the ISP is in fact being traced to North Korea only hours after the Norwegian Pirate Party’s announcement was released. It it is a hoax, this would certainly be an elaborate one.

Those within the torrent news network also seem to believe the situation – to a degree. “A Pirate Bay insider informs TorrentFreak that they had been working for a while to get connectivity in North Korea,” reports TorrentFreak. “We’ve been in talks with them for about two weeks, since they opened access for foreigners to use 3G in the country…TPB has been invited just like Eric Schmidt and Dennis Rodman. We’ve declined up until now,” the source went on to say.

For those not inclined to travel to the site’s blog, you can read an excerpt from The Pirate Bay below:

This is truly an ironic situation. We have been fighting for a free world, and our opponents are mostly huge corporations from the United States of America, a place where freedom and freedom of speech is said to be held high. At the same time, companies from that country is chasing [sic] a competitor from other countries, bribing police and lawmakers, threatening political parties and physically hunting people from our crew. And to our help comes a government famous in our part of the world for locking people up for their thoughts and forbidding access to information.

Nine Oscar speeches that changed the world

You’re never going to win an Oscar. But whether you’re conscious of it or not, you’ve probably already given an Oscar speech.

They may be the most secretly influential forms of American rhetoric. The rhythms and tropes of wealthy filmmakers accepting career-peak trophies echo in every weepy retirement speech, every smug valedictorian address, every comic icebreaker the CEO uses to kick off his PowerPoint presentation. Movie stars show us how to kiss, how to dress. Of course we learn public discourse from them,  too. Read more here: http://wapo.st/XLTATs

Here are 9 speeches that changed the world by Amy Argetsinger from washingtonpost.com

Actress Sally Field accepts her Academy Award for best actress in the film "Places in the Heart" at the Oscar ceremonies in Los Angeles March 26, 1985. (AP)

Actress Sally Field accepts her Academy Award for best actress in the film “Places in the Heart” at the Oscar ceremonies in Los Angeles March 26, 1985. (AP)

“You know what you want to say, you want to be grounded, be yourself, be totally honest about how you’re feeling,” says Roger Ross Williams, recalling his 2010 Oscar moment. Not ringing a bell? More on him later, as we recall nine landmark Oscar speeches and their legacies.

Greer Garson: Her acceptance of the 1942 Best Actress prize (for “Mrs. Miniver”) is legendary as the longest in show history — an estimated seven minutes — but it also set the pace for gassy self-regard. The British star pontificated on the meaning of awards, her journey to the U.S., the marvelous support Hollywood was getting from the troops.Legacies: Time limits. Self-mythologizing stars (Halle Berry: “this moment is so much bigger than me”; Hilary Swank: “just a little girl from a trailer park with a dream”). RNC speeches that barely mention the nominee. The worst banquets you’ve ever attended.

Ed Begley: The veteran character actor, winning the 1962 Best Supporting Actor for “Sweet Bird of Youth,” thanked his producer, his director…“but most of all, and this is from the heart, my agent, George Morris.” The room was shocked. This was a first! “Really and truly!” the actor protested, explaining that Morris worked overtime to get him the role.Legacies: Thanking your agent, your publicist, your hairdresser. Taking your bifocals and a folded list onstage with you. (“Titanic” producer Jon Landau name-checked 55 people.) Four-page author acknowledgements. Watch the speech.

Marlon Brando: The eccentric “Godfather” star skipped the 1972 ceremony and sent “Sacheen Littlefeather” (actress-activist Marie Cruz) to refuse his Best Actor prize — in protest, she said, of “the treatment of American Indians” by Hollywood and the government. A political statement? Whatever. It was really the birth of Punk’d culture.Legacies: Five-second delays. Howard Stern fans crank-calling live news broadcasts. Sacha Baron-Cohen’s career. Kanye West interrupting Taylor Swift.

Louise Fletcher: The Best Actress winner for “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” (1975) kept it short, gracious and barely memorable — until she completed her speech in sign language to thank her deaf parents “for teaching me to have a dream. You are seeing my dream come true.” Nothing like a good awards-show cry. Legacies: Cambodian refu­gee Haing S. Ngor’s win (“this is unbelievable, but so is my entire life”). Timothy Hutton’s shout-out to his late dad Jim Hutton. Ving Rhames regifting his Golden Globe to his hero Jack Lemmon. The very best rehearsal-dinner toasts.

Vanessa Redgrave: What was more shocking: When the Palestine advocate and Best Supporting Actress of 1977 (“Julia”) thanked the academy for standing up to “Zionist hoodlums” who opposed her? Or the hisses from the audience and subsequent scolding from presenter Paddy Chayefsky? Legacies: Susan Sarandon, Tim Robbins and Richard Gere getting in trouble for mouthing off about politics at the podium. Michael Moore calling out the president (“we are against this war, Mr. Bush!”) and getting booed. Rep. Joe Wilson’s State of the Union heckle (“you lie!”). Cable news warfare in general.

Meryl Streep: Everyone knew she would win Best Supporting Actress for 1979’s “Kramer Vs. Kramer,”  but she politely acted surprised: “Holy mackerel!” Cute, unconvincing and soon the new standard. Legacies: All of Kate Winslet’s faux-shocked acceptance speeches. Kooky, self-deprecating opening lines. (Admiral James Stockdale, vice-presidential debate of 1992: “Who am I? Why am I here?”) Later and better Streep speeches, eventually honed to a fine art.

Sally Field: What she actually said, accepting the 1984 Best Actress prize: “And I can’t deny the fact that you like me. Right now, you like me!” What it meant: A subtle reference to a line from her 1979 movie “Norma Rae.” What it turned into: The single most quoted, imitated, joked-about moment from the Oscars, ever. Legacies: Director James Cameron’s “Titanic” acceptance (“I’m king of the world!”). Meme culture. The pressure to make a funny joke on Twitter about what just happened on TV.

Jack Palance: Exulting in his 1991 Best Supporting Actor trophy (“City Slickers”), the 73-year-old dropped to the floor and did three one-armed push-ups. Legacies: Roberto Benigni climbing over the seats to accept his Best Actor prize. Adrian Brody soul-kissing Halle Berry to accept his. Obnoxious end-zone dances.

Roger Ross WilliamsRemember? He’s the 2009 Best Documentary Short director whose carefully planned speech was cut short when estranged producer Elinor Burkett rushed the stage. “Everyone was talking about it the next day,” he marvels. Legacies: A “Larry King” guest spot, a “Simpsons” parody, a “Letterman” skit, a coveted Sundance spot for “God Loves Uganda,” his new full-length documentary. Williams laughs about it now: “That attention helped my career in a big way.”

 

TechCrunch reports that Orange has acquired the remaining 51 percent stake of Dailymotion for $168 million. Two years ago, Orange acquired 49 percent of Dailymotion for $78 million. Dailymotion is a video sharing service with over 2.5 billion video views per month and more than 100 million unique visitors. An Orange spokesperson in a statement said, “Since January 2013, Orange has increased its stake in Dailymotion to 100% (following an initial acquisition of 49% in April 2011). It is not our ambition or our role to remain a 100% stakeholder of Dailymotion and we are currently working to find the right partners. Obviously we cannot comment on this until a deal has been reached but it is clear that to accelerate the development of the company, Dailymotion needs to find a solid strategic partner, probably American, that is capable of opening the doors to the US market.”  Read more here: http://tcrn.ch/12ZajHO

 

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Last night, Alabama Shakes played “Saturday Night Live” for the first time. The rootsy rockers performed their breakout hit “Hold On” and “Always Alright,” which was written for the “Silver Linings Playbook” soundtrack. And even though host Christoph Waltz messed up their name in his monologue (“Alabama Shake is here!”) the band made the most of their big late-night moment. Check out videos of the performances below.

Alabama Shakes on ‘SNL’: Watch ‘Hold On’ and ‘Always Alright’ (VIDEO) – Spinner.


 

 

THE WHO AND ELVIS COSTELLO TO PLAY BENEFIT CONCERT IN NEW YORK ON FEBRUARY 28

THE WHO ANNOUNCE FINAL U.S. SHOW: WHO CARES BENEFIT FOR TEEN CANCER AMERICA AND

MEMORIAL SLOAN-KETTERING CANCER CENTER

 

LEGENDARY BAND TO BE JOINED BY ACCLAIMED SINGER/SONGWRITER ELVIS COSTELLO & THE IMPOSTERS

FOR THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 28 CONCERT AT THEATER AT MADISON SQUARE GARDEN

Legendary rockers THE WHO and Elvis Costello & The Imposters will perform an intimate concert Thursday, February 28 atNew York City’s The Theater at Madison Square Garden to benefit Teen Cancer America and Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center. Teen Cancer America is igniting a movement around changing the way teens and young adults with cancer are treated and supported from the point of diagnosis.  Funds raised from the February 28 benefit concert will go towards helping hospitals develop units designed to give the very best chance of a positive outcome both physically and emotionally. In addition to state-of-the-art facilities to keep patients occupied during long stays in hospital, the units will strive to provide an environment where they can meet others in a similar situation, helping to support their transition between teen and adulthood. This represents the first-ever New York-area fundraiser THE WHO have performed for Teen Cancer AmericaRoger Daltreyand Pete Townshend are the driving force behind Teen Cancer America.  After more than a decade of working withTeenage Cancer Trust in the UK, they bring their passion for making a difference in the lives of teens and young adults with cancer to the United States.  This special show marks THE WHO’s final 2013 U.S. show (where they’ll perform their greatest hits). For details on THE WHO’s current “Quadrophenia & More” tour, go to  www.aeglive.com. Tickets and VIP packages for the February 28 fundraiser go on sale Saturday, February 2 at http://www.ticketmaster.com/event/1D004995B30D7942?did=tca201. Ticketmaster is happy to be a participant donor forTHE WHO’s February 28 show benefiting Teen Cancer America at  The Theater at Madison Square Garden. They are waiving convenience fees for fans purchasing VIP packages.

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Ra Ra Riot - "Beta Love" video

David Dean Burkhart, a fan of Ra Ra Riot, recently made his own video for “Beta Love,” the dance-poppy title track from the band’s new album, by editing together footage from a local 1980s Bay Area UHF show calledDance Party. The band liked his work enough to make it the official video, and I’m not surprised. Those fuzzy images work as a monument to the timeless spectacle of giddy teenage awkwardness. Watch it below.

Beta Love is their latest EP. Ra Ra Riot is going to perform with Yeah Yeah Yeahs in Jakarta, Indonesia tomorrow, February, 1, 2013 at Dimensions Love Garage event.

source: stereogum.com

The singer is ‘undergoing tests,’ with a pair of tour dates postponed

Morrissey has been hospitalized in Royal Oak, Michigan.

According to a rep for the singer, he was admitted to the William Beaumont hospital, “where he is undergoing tests for a suspected bladder infection.”

The former Smiths frontman canceled a date in Flint, Mich., on Jan. 24 and has postponed two additional shows. Several of his recent dates, including the night in Flint, had been rescheduled from last year when Morrissey interrupted his October tour to spend time with his hospitalized mother.

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

–written by  for billboard.com

“You never know. I might be an American soon.”

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From Kevin & Bean
With their complex songwriting, progressive guitar chords, and explosive electronic orchestration paired with otherworldly lyrics,Muse has climbed to the higher echelon of rock stardom.

So, despite Muse’s British upbringing, they are familiar with the beauty of Southern California and Bellamy even raises his family with Kate Hudson here part-time. He said that his daily tour routine for the next few days will be his children acting as alarm clocks.

“In LA, I just get woken up by the kids first thing in the morning,” laughed Bellamy, joking that he tells his kids he needs a break “until lunch at least” because he “didn’t finish partying until like 3am last night.”

Is there potential that Muse might officially become American citizens? Well, Bellamy confessed that they might play a Jimi “Hendrix-y” cover of the “Star-Spangled Banner” at the Staples Center like they did they did at their San Diego show.

“Just instrumental… I feel like you have to be an American to sing it,” explained Bellamy. “But you never know. I might be an American soon. So, you never know… I might be able to sing it.”

Read more about the article here: http://bit.ly/SN1rQM

It sounds like Muse may be here to stay.

 

 

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President Barack Obama’s second inaugural ushered in some of music’s biggest names, and while cold temperatures typically turn these events into pea coat parades, this year featured both gorgeous formal and casual attire on stars like Beyonce, Jay-Z, Kelly Clarkson and Katy Perry.
Beyonce, Kelly Clarkson Add Soaring Voices to Obama’s Inauguration

The inauguration of the United States president is a celebrated event indeed, even if it’s effectively tjhe follow-up to what was a landmark occasion four years ago. But if there’s anyone who can bring the (white) house down, it’s one of America’s most beloved singing ladies, the first American Idol, a songwriting legend and a showstopping choir.

The Marines are backing away from an eye-opening claim that Beyonce “did not actually sing” the national anthem at President Barack Obama’s inauguration on Monday.

The jig is up. It took less than 24 hours for news to break that Beyoncé‘s striking live performance of “The Star-Spangled Banner” at the inaugural ceremonies for President Barack Obama on Monday might have merely a lip-synced run-through of a track she recorded earlier.

The news is a shocker, considering the R&B queen is no stranger to big stages and annihilating them in real time. It’s important to note that she did sing the National Anthem at the 2004 Superbowl live (at least, wethink she did).

It’s a big deal. In a musical feats of strength contest, the National Anthem is arguably one of the heaviest weights to lift. Artists ranging from the likes of Christina Aguilera to Steven Tyler to Roseanne Barr can vouch for that. It’s understandable that any artist who doesn’t think they could do it justice pre-record their performance. Read more here http://bit.ly/VYOGU0

10 Worst National Anthem Performances Ever

Still, it’s the anthem. A song about the strength of its country should always be sung live to prove that very point over and over again — especially on a stage that is reinstating the nation’s leader. Not to mention that the leader is a man she’s supported since he decided to make his first term run.

 

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Lovelace is a 2013 American biographical film about Linda Boreman, better known as Linda Lovelace. It covers the part of her life when she was “20 to 32”. Directed by Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman, written by Andy Bellin and starring Amanda SeyfriedPeter SarsgaardSharon StoneAdam Brody and Juno Temple. It will premiere on January 22, 2013 at the Sundance Film Festival.

image taken from blogs.indiwire.com

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