For the first time since 2009s Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix, Phoenix has released a new song from the upcoming album, Bankrupt!. Listen to the new Phoenix song Entertainment below.
The track premiered on Zane Lowes show on BBC Radio 1 and includes a homemade lyric video. The French alternative pop/rock bands 5th studio album will be out on April 23 in the US via Loyaute/Glassnote. Phoenix has already announced dates at the New Orleans Jazz Fest, Primavera Sound Festival and Coachella, with no Colorado dates on the radar.
Entertainment features an eastern-sounding synth hook, along with much of the chorus hooks that were prominant on Wolfgang.
Here is the track lineup for the upcoming album:
02 The Real Thing
03 SOS in Bel Air
04 Trying to Be Cool
06 Drakkar Noir
10 Oblique City
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USC Marshall will host a group of esteemed entertainment industry professionals as part of their 2013 E2: Evolution of Entertainment Conference, a day-long forum taking place on February 22. Hosted by the Marshall Business in Entertainment Association, this years conference theme will be Disruptors in Media and Entertainment.
BEA organizers said they decided on this theme because of the enormous effect that new media and technology is currently having on the industrys ecosystem.
The conference will aim to highlight the juxtaposition between traditional media perspectives and emerging media trends and its effect on all sectors of entertainment.
Featured presenters at the conference will include leaders from Warner Bros., Hulu, Smoosh, Beachmint, and Sony Pictures.
Though the conference is organized by Marshall students, it is open to all USC students and the general public. Its expected that students from UCLA, Pepperdine and other universities and colleges will be in attendance as well.
The annual conference was started in 2008 with the purpose of creating an environment to engage with media and entertainment professionals about the most relevant issues facing the media/entertainment industry.
USC is very strong in entertainment and media, but we dont always connect across schools. This event provides a forum for USC students and industry professionals to come together and share ideas, said Ricky Tydus, second year MBA student and vice president of the BEA.
According to E2 organizer Megan Horner, the event is expected to draw approximately 300 participants, double the number in attendance last year.
The conference is being sponsored by Warner Bros., The Institute for Communication Technology Management and Digital LA.
Student tickets are on sale for $40 and professional tickets for $85. Tickets can be purchased online here.
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Phoenix are back and ready to entertain. Today, BBC Radio One host Zane Lowe premiered the French rockers new track, Entertainment, the first offering from their forthcoming album, Bankrupt! Entertainment is stuffed with massive, sparkling synths that are aching to be unleashed in an arena. The song is the first new music from Phoenix since 2009s Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix.
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Phoenix will hit the road on March 28th in Vancouver for a short tour, wrapping up on April 10th in Las Vegas. Theyll also perform at Coachella in April.Bankrupt! will be out on April 23rd, and Phoenix released its track listing last week.
MOBILE, Alabama A three-block area of Dauphin Street from
Franklin to Cedar streets will likely be omitted from a final map of a proposed
entertainment district the City Council will vote on Feb. 26, Councilman Fred
Richardson said today.
You have a couple of clubs down that way who are begging to
be in there, but I dont think that is going to happen, Richardson said. The
people living there are saying No.
Richardson, who chairs the public safety committee, said the
city will continue to analyze what other cities with entertainment districts
have done from a policing stand point before finalizing the ordinance. The
committee will meet at 1:30 pm Tuesday to further discuss the proposal.
It will be the second committee meeting on the two proposed
districts, which allows open container drinking of alcohol on city streets and
sidewalks within district boundaries.
Were going to have to shape up what were going to vote on, Richardson
said about tomorrows meeting. At some point, the council is going to have to
come together and reach a consensus.
He said the meeting, while open to the public, will likely
not be a public forum. He said last weeks meeting gave the public ample time
Orthodontist Darren Rodabough and his wife, Erin, really enjoy the theater.
They took their children to the Fox Theatre for "The Lion King." The doctor and his partner took their whole office there to see "Wicked." Erin Rodabough directs annual productions of Shakespeare plays with a cast of children in their Dardenne Prairie neighborhood.
But when it comes to "The Book of Mormon," the Rodaboughs are taking a pass.
Rodabough said he has certainly heard of the musical, which opens Tuesday at the Fox Theatre. "How could you not hear of it?," he asked. "It's won every possible award, and it's done very well at the box office. Apparently people think it is very funny.
"But this is crass. I think most people who know Mormons know that's not how we choose to live our lives."
Other Mormons who live in the St. Louis area share Rodabough's assessment.
They are careful about the media choices they make. They don't like coarse language or vulgar gestures -- both in abundant supply in this Tony-winning musical from "South Park" creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone.
The show pokes fun at Mormon history and at its own main characters -- naive Mormon missionaries who are way out of their depth in an impoverished, disease-ridden, oppressed Ugandan village.
Parker and Stone have said their aim is not to offend Mormons, but simply to entertain. And for all its ribbing of the faith, the play has been heralded by critics as a contemplation -- and ultimately a warmhearted one -- of the earnest beliefs we all hang on to in the face of reason.
But depictions of faith and Mormonism aren't the reasons Mormons here cite when they explain why they don't want to see the show.
It's the vulgarity.
The musical slammed onto Broadway in 2011 with a crudeness rarely seen in major productions. In one number, the villagers sing in graphic detail of the profane acts they'd like to take against God. In another scene, a missionary visits a doctor to have a Book of Mormon removed from his posterior. There are even jokes about raping babies.
"I just don't like that type of thing," said Dave Finnegan, a toy executive who lives in Weldon Spring. "A friend of mine who is not a Mormon told me about it. He said it was typical Parker-Stone humor." Finnegan says his three teenage children -- who are closer in age to the typical "South Park" fan than he is -- haven't expressed any interest in the show either.
Rosalynde Welch, a writer who lives in Ladue, is an exception: a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints who does plan to attend. But that's because she thinks that, as someone who writes a lot about Mormonism, she should be aware of its representations in popular culture. She is not happy about going, though.
Pointing out that some Mormon scholars have called the show "a funhouse mirror" of their faith, which reflects some elements but distorts them drastically, Welch said that scholarly critiques have paid special attention to a number called "Spooky Mormon Hell Dream." Unlike some Christians, Mormons do not believe in a fiery hell for sinners.
But ordinary Mormons do not need plot particulars to avoid the musical. According to the last of the Mormons' 13 articles of faith, members of the church should seek out anything that is lovely, ennobling or elevating, Welch explained. "Many Mormons restrict their (entertainment) choices on that basis," she said.
That's how Deborah Coffey, of St. Charles, approaches the play. A part-time marketing coordinator with nine children and 13 grandchildren, she says that she and her family "love theater, musicals and symphonies. And if people poke fun at my religion, I can laugh along.
"But when it's in bad taste, that is different. ... I guess some people will enjoy it because it's their style of humor. But people will have to realize that (the musical) cannot possibly be the Mormon message."
Indeed, some Mormons feel that the disparity is so obvious that the show might be helpful if it encourages people to take a look at "real" Mormons.
That's the official stance, too.
When "The Book of Mormon" debuted, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints released a mild, brief statement: "The production may attempt to entertain audiences for an evening, but the Book of Mormon as a volume of Scripture will change people's lives forever by bringing them closer to Christ."
The church has since taken further steps. In Playbills that are distributed at the Fox and theaters around the country, patrons will find a stylish, understated, three-page advertisement for the church.
Each page depicts the smiling face of a Mormon in close-up, with a one-line message. The last page says, "The book is always better." The ads encourages theatergoers to read it for themselves.
"Patrons of the musical aren't likely to leave the theater with a better understanding of the Book of Mormon," explained spokesman Eric Hawkins, a senior manager in the church's public relations department in Salt Lake City. "Our message in the Playbill invites the audience to seek a more complete perspective on the book, its Christ-centered message and its place in Mormon belief."
This kind of savvy, civil-tongued response resonates during the present "Mormon moment," said Sherry Baker, a professor of communications at Brigham Young University, the Mormon school in Provo, Utah. She is a Mormon herself.
"I can't speak for the church, but this is a very authentic message, one that captures the church's response to criticism or mockery" she said. "We believe in freedom of speech. We aren't going to boycott or protest. This is the way we respond."
Baker thinks that this "Mormon moment," which she describes as "a confluence in pop culture and public discourse," is made up of many elements. They include the Republican nomination of Mitt Romney, who is a Mormon; news stories about fundamentalist breakaway sects that practice polygamy; and the popularly regarded TV series about a sect like that, "Big Love."
Her BYU students, who tend to be in the same age group as Stone and Parker's biggest fans, are aware of all those things, Baker said. But she says she's not aware of any particular interest among them regarding "The Book of Mormon."
"They are aware of the Mormon episode on 'South Park,' of 'Big Love,' of Lawrence O'Donnell (who has made unflattering remarks about Mormon history on his MSNBC show) and of comedians," Baker said. "Our students are very well-connected.
"But I haven't heard a lot of talk about this show. I don't know if my students would see it if they had the chance. They object to vulgarity."
So does homemaker Katie Rees, a Mormon who lives in Chesterfield. "The ad (in Playbill) may point people in the right direction," she said. "From what I have heard online and on TV, the show is raunchy and inappropriate. That doesn't bring anyone closer to God.
"But if people go to the show and get a laugh out of it, maybe that will spark an interest in a life-changing book. It changed mine."
Tuesday: Desert Film Society presents ?Shun Li and the Poet,? 9:15 am, Camelot Theatres, 2300 E. Baristo Road, Palm Springs. $15. (760) 770-0507 or www.deserfilmsociety.com
Tuesday: Terry Barber, countertenor formerly with Chanticleer, 7:30 pm, Palm Springs High School auditorium, 2248 E. Ramon Road, Palm Springs. (760)-770-0774
Tuesday-Feb. 24: Riverside County Fair National Date Festival, with games, food vendors, 10 am-10 pm weekdays; 10 am-midnight weekend. Aaron Lewis 7:30 pm Saturday; Super Fiesta, with touring mariachi bands, 3 pm Sunday. Riverside County Fair National Date Festival Fairgrounds, 82503 Highway 111, Indio. $6-$25. (760) 863-8247
Tuesday-March 9: The Fabulous Palm Springs Follies, featuring the music and dance of the ?40s, ?50s, ?60s and ?70s with Lou Christie. Various show schedule. Ticket prices start from $29. Historic Plaza Theatre, 128 S. Palm Canyon Drive, Palm Springs. (760) 327-0225 or psfollies.com
Wednesday: A conversation with Edgar Allan Poe Award-winning author Jess Walter, 6:30 pm, UCR Palm Desert, 75080 Frank Sinatra Drive, Palm Desert. Free. (760) 834-0800
Wednesday: Melvyn?s guest speaker series, featuring Olympic basketball star Ann Meyers Drysdale. 6 pm, Melvyn?s Restaurant Lounge, 200 W. Ramon Rd., Palm Springs. $65. (760) 325-2323
Wednesday: Chris Terrio, Oscar-nominated screenwriter of ?Argo,? in a QA following the 7 pm screening of the Ben Affleck film, Cinemas Palme d?Or, 72-840 Highway 111, Palm Desert. (760) 779-0730
Wednesday: ?60s French Jazz with Adele Jacques, 8 pm, Purple Room @ Club Trinidad, 1900 E. Palm Canyon Drive, Palm Springs. $50, including tapas and desserts. modernismweek.com
Wednesday: Kenny Loggins, 8 pm, McCallum Theatre, 73000 Fred Waring, Palm Desert. $59-$99. (760) 340-2787
Thursday: Stepping Out for College of the Desert fundraiser, with Bebe Neuwirth and Brian Stokes Mitchell. 8 pm, McCallum Theatre. $55-$125. (760) 340-2787
Phoenix has officially returned to the airwaves by releasing Entertainment, the first single from the bands forthcoming new album, Bankrupt!
The French quartet premiered the new song on BBC Radio 1 today (February 18), issuing a lyric video to go with it.
Bankrupt! will be the bands fifth studio full-length (the first since their 2009 US breakthrough record, Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix), and is scheduled for release on April 23.
Related: Phoenix bought Michael Jackson's "Thriller" recording console to mix new album
Phoenix is one of the headliners of this years Coachella music festival. The band has also plotted a handful of West Coast concert dates around two-weekend desert festival, making stops in Seattle, Portland, Las Vegas and more.
-Scott T. Sterling, CBS Local
Today in show business news:Killing Lincolnwas a big success, pilot season has some hot actors, andThe X Factorloses another employee.
Bill OReilly, the shouter from Chaminade, is already the king of cable news talky/yelly, but last night he had another major television success: in scripted fare. The National Geographic channel adaptation of his book Killing Lincoln, a scripted movie, premiered to some 3.4 million viewers, a ratings record for the network. NatGeo recently had a hit with SEAL Team Six: The Raid on Osama bin Laden, but that was a documentary. This Lincoln thing was fictionalized with actors and everything. Sure the actors were Billy Campbell as Lincoln and Don Johnsons son as John Wilkes Boot, but still. It counts. It was narrated by Tom Hanks for heavens sake! That means something. NatGeo is already looking to work with OReilly again on Killing Kennedy, which should be another boon for the network. And then... I dont know. Killing McKinley? Killing Garfield? Wounding Reagan? How soon until OReilly is developing his own original stories? Like the story of a hardworking Catholic school boy who just gets it, just gets it, and then stands up to all the people who dont get it. That could be great. Cant wait to see what exciting projects this TV phenom comes up with. I mean, he really does just get it. [Entertainment Weekly]
Rainn Wilson and John Stamos are lookin hot this pilot season. I mean, hot in terms of people wanting them to be on their shows. Wilson, whose Dwight Schrute spinoff never went anywhere I guess, might be signing on to NBCs terribly named Donor Party, about a guy who donated sperm and then realizes he has lots of kids all over the place. NBC wants Wilson to sign on so badly that theyve apparently guaranteed the show six episodes, a pretty rare move these days. Stamos is said to be mulling four projects, but seems most bullish on the NBC drama I Am Victor, which has been described as House as a divorce attorney. So... that could be a good role for Stamos, or it could be yet another blah blah lawyer show. Also on this list of pilot season hotties is genuine hottie Corey Stoll. Hes not attached to anything in particular, but people want him, hes sought after. Which is good! Hes a great actor whos just coming off good things on House of Cards and he should get work. Though, hopefully not in anything about a hotshot lawyer. Weve had enough of those. Sorry, Stamos. But we have. [Deadline]
A sad day for the fan of The X Factor. The one person who regularly watches and enjoys that show, I think her name is Debbie and she lives in Kansas City somewhere, will be sad to hear that Khloe Kardashian will not be returning as host. So that means Britney Spears and LA Reid are out as judges, and now theyre short a host. Everything must go over there, huh? Total clearance. Remember when Simon Cowell was all nattering on about how X Factor was going to be bigger than American Idol? Guess he was wrong. In some ways, maybe he should never have left Idol. Not that he was really contributing much to their ratings by the end, but its still watched more than raggedy X Factor. Anyway, now whos going to co-host? Ladies and gentlemen, meaning just Debbie in Overland Park, please welcome your hosts, Mario Lopez and a paper plate with a face drawn on it taped to an old mop handle! Its getting pretty ugly over there. Poor Debbie. [Vulture]
Very funny funnyman Thomas Lennon will be playing Sean Hayess difficult boss in Hayess new sitcom pilot. The show, untitled at the moment, is about Hayes trying to raise his 14-year-old daughter, whos just moved in with him, and dealing with the annoyances of work, including the aforementioned boss. Its a multicamera show, for NBC. Which... Thomas. Really? I know money is nice and all, but you wrote Night at the Museum. Arent you rich? And, sure, Sean Hayes can be very good, but this show does not sound like a good vehicle for him. It sounds like every third show smooshed into every fourth. Wacky family problems meet wacky work problems! In multicamera! On NBC! Maybe Lennon knows something we dont know, in which case good luck to him, but right now this is a less than thrilling prospect. But, of course, you never know. It may seem shocking, but weve been wrong about TV pilots before. [Deadline]
Here is a first promo for Hannibal, NBCs version of the Thomas Harris serial killer story. This is a prequel to everything weve seen so far that has Will Graham (Hugh Dancy) enlisting Dr. Hannibal Lecter (Mads Mikkelsen) to help him solve crimes, not knowing that hes a cannibal serial killer himself. So its a procedural, involving Hannibal Lecter. Make of that what you will. Nothing wrong with Hugh Dancy, we know that at least.
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Following is a summary of current entertainment news briefs.
Japan maestro Ozawa to make comeback in August
TOKYO (Reuters) - Seiji Ozawa, Japans most famous conductor, is set to make a comeback in August at a music festival after taking more than a year off to recover from a spell of bad health that included bouts of pneumonia. The former Vienna State Opera music director, 77, who before that was conductor of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, was diagnosed with esophageal cancer in January 2010 and completed treatment later that year.
Tony Sheridan, early Beatles supporter, dies aged 72: media
BERLIN (Reuters) - Singer-songwriter Tony Sheridan, an early supporter of the Beatles, has died in Hamburg aged 72 following a long illness, German media reported. Sheridan used the Beatles, then known as the Silver Beatles, as his back-up band when they played in seedy nightclubs in Hamburgs red light district in the 1960s well before numerous No. 1 hits made the British band famous.
Naked men turn out to see...Naked Men
VIENNA (Reuters) - The exhibit in Viennas Leopold Museum is entitled Naked Men, so a group of nudists and naturalists took the curators at their word and showed up to see it on Monday in the buff. It is good to be free, I am seeing this exhibition for the second time now and it is perfect to see Naked Men as a naked man, said one of the visitors who called himself Max and who on his previous visit wore his clothes.
History alive and kicking at 2013 Oscars
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - History is alive and kicking at this years Oscars in an unusually rich year for movies that plumb the distant and recent American past and have resonated with both audiences and voters. Four of the nine Best Picture nominees at Sundays Academy Awards ceremony - Iran hostage drama Argo, Osama bin Laden thriller Zero Dark Thirty, slavery revenge fantasy Django Unchained and US presidential drama Lincoln - are the most discussed films of the awards season, with their very different takes on historical events.
Amour directors take on death could have a Hollywood ending
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Austrian director Michael Haneke will arrive at the Academy Awards ceremony with his stark drama Amour vying for a surprising five Oscars including Best Picture, despite its distinctly non-Hollywood ending. The French-language film that tackles death and aging is up against Best Picture favorites Lincoln and Argo on February 24, as well as competing for Best Director, Best Foreign Language Film and Best Original Screenplay and Best Actress.
Tom Ford unveils clothing line in London catwalk debut
LONDON (Reuters) - American designer Tom Ford unveiled his womenswear line to the world on Monday in a lavish London Fashion Week debut that will help seal the citys credentials as a major international fashion hub. Industry bloggers and buyers have flocked to London this season drawn by the big names on show, including Burberry, Erdem, Vivienne Westwood and Ford, who blended Inuit patterns, fur and pop-art designs in his cross-culture collection.
At 80, Yoko Ono sees a world full of new activism
BERLIN (Reuters) - Half a life-time ago, artist Yoko Ono lay in an Amsterdam hotel bed with husband John Lennon, staging a week-long bed-in for peace and feeling they were very alone in their activism. Today, Ono, whose own energy for campaigning has never tired, sees a world full of activists, maintaining her energy and faith in humanity.
Lichtenstein show in UK goes beyond cartoon classics
LONDON (Reuters) - For Roy Lichtenstein, it was better that the public was over-familiar with his work than not familiar at all, a point never lost on the American artist best known for his giant cartoon strip adaptations. A major retrospective of the artist at Londons Tate Modern puts famous images like Whaam! and Drowning Girl center stage, but also seeks to explain how Lichtenstein got there and where he went next.
With its lackluster battery life, Surface with Windows 8 Pro isnt necessarily the ideal choice for movies and other entertainment solutions. But Surface Pro has one big advantage over Surface RT in this category: It can run desktop applications like iTunes, Spotify and Rhapsody, opening it up to a far wider range of music, photo, and video apps.
I rented a few movies on Xbox Video before my trip to Cancun, but I rented those on Surface RT and, with just a couple of days left in the trip, I havent bothered to watch them yet. (I also had some trouble renting them, which I probably should have written about in Going Pro: Trouble in Paradise. Long story short, a reboot solved that issue.)
What I did have on Surface Pro, however, was the final four episodes of America Horror Story season 2, which I really did want to finish. I had purchased the episodes on iTunes, which as you know wont work on Windows RT, so I downloaded them to the Surface Pro and figured I could get through a few of them on the flight to Mexico.
No such luck. There was a crackling sound in the headphones that I initially took to be a dying batteryI use Bose noise canceling headphones that require a single AAA batterybut replacing that didnt fix the issues. So I ended up watching a few Rifftrax movies (Birdemic Live and When a Stranger Calls Back, if youre curious) I had purchased online instead, using the desktop VLC Media Player I prefer. That worked just fine, with no crackling, and the performance of the full-screen playback was excellent. The two movies combined are only 3:20 or so, so battery life wasnt an issue.
Curious about the iTunes issues, I tried the show again from the hotel room, this time while on power. (As you may recall, my Surface Pro power supply gave up the ghost and Ive been using a Surface RT power supply instead). No crackling this time, but the video and audio kept getting out of syncyou can most easily notice this when characters speak and their onscreen mouth movements dont match up with whats saidcausing me to fiddle with restarting iTunes repeatedly.
After a while, I changed the power management scheme to High Performance, which shouldnt be necessary, and sure enough it didnt do a thing: For whatever reason, iTunes couldnt play back the TV show video without getting out of sync. Whats odd is that I do this on my normal Ultrabook all the time, and looking at its specs in System control panel, I was surprised to discover that the Ultrabook has the exact same 1.7 GHz Intel Core i5-3317U processor as does the Surface Pro. The only meaningful differences between the two systems are the RAM8 GB on the Ultrabook vs. 4 GB on Surface Proand the screen resolution: 1600 x 900 on the Ultrabook vs. 1920 x 1080 for Surface Pro. But since the HD iTunes movies are only 1280 x 720 (-ish, theyre actually 1280 x 718 for some reason), Id be surprised if that were the issue.
That said, I cant explain it.
Beyond this one curious and unexpected issue, Surface Pro of course opens up the world of PC-compatible entertainment apps. And in my case, at least, that makes a big difference. Yes, Surface RT has Netflix, but it doesnt have Amazon Prime Video, and since the offline player is a Windows application and not a Metro app, theres no way to access that content (yet) on Surface RT while on the go. Likewise, you can of course use Amazon Cloud Player from either system, but only Surface Pro is compatible with the MP3 Downloader and MP3 Uploader utilities that Amazon provides for iTunes and Windows Media Player interaction.
Only Surface Pro supports native clients for Pandora, Spotify and Rhapsody as well, though each has nice web interfaces (that dont work offline; Pandora doesnt work offline regardless).
And photo editing (and camera acquisition)? Dont even get me started on how woefully inadequate the Metro-style Photos and Camera apps are. Windows Photo Gallerya beautiful, full-featured desktop applicationworks just wonderfully with Surface Pro. As do such applications as Google Picasa and Flickr Uploadr (which appears to have been last updated when Windows Vista was still new, or what I call the Carter administration).
If theres a better example of where Surface Pros combination of full compatibility and lackluster battery life is problematic, Im not aware of it. And because solving the latter problem would let many use Surface Pro as theyre only device on the go, it makes the situation all the more poignant. As usual, Surface Pro is this close to being ideal.
Ill keep trying, of course. Ive got an HD copy of Skyfall to watch on the way home.