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Zachary Levi's Nerd HQ is a popular thing at San Diego Comic-Con. It's not affiliated with Con, it just pops up in San Diego at the same time, an off-site venue where the same people who are on stage in Hall H and signing autographs in the atrium show up and do Q&As, and they have charity auctions and at night there are (guest listed) parties where the famous nerd people drink and dance. I hear it's fun and cool, and while it's the same faces you can see in the convention center it's a more intimate location. You're not six thousand people deep, as you are in Hall H.
This year Nerd HQ is turning to crowdfunding for reasons. It's not clear from the IndieGogo page why Nerd HQ can't find sponsorship - many of the guests they have are in San Diego promoting movies with enormous marketing budgets, and every studio and company is looking for partners - but they're turning to the fans. That's kind of cool. And they're asking the fans to donate...
ONE MILLION DOLLARS.
No, this isn't an Austin Powers gag. It's the budget required to throw Nerd HQ - rental, lighting, all that stuff. That seems pricey to me, but I don't really know much about the cost of putting on an event. Maybe that's totally reasonable. And surely that million dollar goal includes money that goes to charity, right? Because Nerd HQ is thrown partially to support Operation Smile, a group that fixes cleft palates, so when you donate to Nerd HQ some portion of your donation must go to kids. Right?
We want to make it very clear that the money you are contributing for Nerd HQ is not going to charity. The funds raised here will pay for the production of Nerd HQ in San Diego this July.
That's fourth paragraph on the fundraising page. At least they let you know. And surely if they're spending a million dollars on this event, they plan to raise an insane amount of money for cleft palates, right?
In 2013, Nerd HQ raised $215,000 for the charity.
Hmm. That's only a quarter of what they're raising for production.
OK, but at least when I donate money I get access to Nerd HQ. I get to cut the long lines and be in the room when Tom Hiddleston or Nathan Fillion appear to discuss their careers and make jokes, right?
Actually, no. There is no level of donation that gets you into Nerd HQ. Or any of the parties that have made the venue so popular with the talent. There's no donation level that gets you... anything. Every donation level is the same, where you get placed on their email spam list and also receive their gratitude. Remember that when you've given one thousand dollars and stand in line for three hours only to get shut out of the panel you wanted to see.
Something seems broken here. Asking people for money to put on an event they may not even be able to participate in? How is there no level that gives you an all-access badge? How does throwing a million dollar party to raise a quarter of a million dollars for charity make sense? I'm not begrudging people the good times they have at Nerd HQ, and more power to everyone who felt included and part of a fun event. But this seems like a huge misuse of crowdfunding to me, the kind of situation that sours people on the very concept. Zach Levi wants to throw a party and for you to pay for it... and maybe you can get in, if you wait around long enough in line.
I understand it's tough to throw an event at Comic-Con, and that it gets pricey. Yes, Tom Hiddleston is there to promote something, but the studios are cautious about pissing off SDCC by supporting off-site events. But this is the biggest off-site event, and it seems like bad planning that Nerd HQ wasn't able to get SOME funding for their venue. And if the cost of throwing a multi-day event is too big... maybe they should scale it back. Not ask the fans to foot the bill and get zilch in return.
If you want to help Operation Smile, click here to donate. This WILL be a donation to charity, not a party.
UPDATED: A statement attributed to Warner Bros. (and criticized) by Care2 was taken from a news article, not from a studio response.
Peter Pan is getting a reboot, but not without a bit of a fight. A new petition, protesting against Warner Bros.' announcement of Rooney Mara as Tiger Lily, has collected over four thousand signatures, after launching on Tuesday.
The Care2 petition notes that the character of the J. M. Barrie story is a Native American princess, stating: "The casting choice is particularly shameful for a children's movie. Telling children their role models must all be white is unacceptable."
The petition also reads, "Yet it stars Mara and two white guys -- Hugh Jackman and Garrett Hedlund. Not so multi-racial after all, Warner Bros. Tell Warner Bros. to stop casting white actors to play characters originally written as people of color!" The activists point to an "unapologetic" statement from the studio. However, the "statement" appears to be taken from a news article, and was not issued by the studio.
The Hollywood Reporter previously reported that 12 Years a Slave Oscar winner Lupita Nyong'o was being considered for the part of Tiger Lily in the reboot.
Pan -- which will tell the tale of a young orphan boy from London who is spirited away to the magical Neverland -- also stars Jackman as Blackbeard, Hedlund as Hook, and Levi Miller as Peter Pan. Joe Wright is directing from a script by Jason Fuchs, and Sarah Schechter, Greg Berlanti and Paul Webster are producing. Courtenay Valenti is overseeing for the studio.
Pan is slated for release on July 17, 2015.
is this better, mods?
NBC has added three more shows to its growing roster of renewals for the 2014-15 TV season.
Chicago Fire, its offshoot Chicago P.D. and the supernatural drama Grimm will all be back with new seasons, the network announced on Wednesday evening.
Also within NBC’s announcement, Parks and Recreation Season 7 was listed among the previously announced renewals — though, technically, network boss Bob Greenblatt informally greenlit the beloved comedy back at the January TCA press tour.
You can take the actor out of the serial killer, but it's not necessarily as easy the other way around.
Six months after "Dexter" ended its eight-season Showtime run, title star Michael C. Hall is involved in other projects -- including his participation as one of the celebrity "correspondents" in Showtime's global-warming documentary miniseries "Years of Living Dangerously," premiering Sunday, April 13 -- but he admits traces of Dexter and his "Dark Passenger" remain.
"It's been a bit busier than I had anticipated," Hall tells Zap2it of his career lately. "I went and shot a movie right after the show ended ('Cold in July,' slated for a May opening after being shown at this year's Sundance Film Festival), then within a few days, I was off to Bangladesh [for 'Years of Living Dangerously']. Then I had a couple of weeks off before the play I'm now doing, so I've been busy. And that's been good.
"I certainly appreciate, not just consciously but even subconsciously, how playing a part for that long develops certain muscles that aren't necessarily going to serve you in a new context," Hall adds of his tenure as Dexter that earned him Golden Globe, Screen Actors Guild and Television Critics Association Awards. "I'm still aware of the residue of that experience being in me, but I feel it trickling away."
It isn't that way for many "Dexter" devotees, though, since Hall still finds them coming up to him "all the time" to talk about the show.
"They'll ask me about the ending," he confirms, "and tell me why they found it troubling or unsatisfying, or on the other hand, they want to distinguish themselves by saying they liked the ending. I think it would be really foolish or naive to think a stranger is coming up to me because they want to talk about the weather ... though after 'Years of Living Dangerously,' maybe they will."
Now starring on Broadway opposite Toni Collette, Marisa Tomei and "August: Osage County" writer Tracy Letts in "The Realistic Joneses," Hall reflects that the theater is "really where I come from. The work I've done on television has been great, but it's prevented me from really doing much on stage.
"I'm interested in doing new things, but I don't want to disregard the relationship I have with Showtime."
The 'Best Song Ever' star updated fans on Twitter revealing he has been penning some tracks alongside McFly stars Danny Jones, Tom Fletcher and Dougie Poynter. "Just wrote another cool song with Danny, Dougie and Tom! What a laugh that was!" Niall tweeted last night (18th March).
One Direction have all been working hard on new songs for their next album, the follow-up to 2013's 'Midnight Memories', with Liam Payne and Louis Tomlinson also writing together.
One Direction are set to kick off their 'Where We Are' stadium tour this spring and Harry Styles tweeted fans about his excitement earlier this week.
New Aparri (Orange) - Sarah (Brawns), Tasha (Brains), Spencer (Brains), Kass (Brains), Morgan (Beauty), Jeremiah (Beauty), Alexis (Beauty)
New Solana (Purple) - LJ (Beauty), Jefra (Beauty), Tony (Brawn), Lindsey (Brawn), Trish (Brawn), Woo (Brawn), Cliff (Brawn)
The Solana tribe lost immunity and was sent to Tribal Council.
Cliff was voted out 4-3 over LJ.
Please use the LJ spoiler tags if you are going to discuss any spoilers. People have requested that we please keep comment threads marked with spoilers so those who want to actively avoid spoilers can participate in discussion as well~
Keyshia Cole is back with a banger. The R&B diva takes off her earrings and gets ratchet on “Rick James,” the first single off her upcoming sixth album. Fed up with her man and his cheating ways, she decides to send him packing.
“Why does it matter now? / Who can do you better? / Feet up on your couch / Yeah, bitch, I’m Rick James / Slap a bitch like Rick James,” sings Keyshia over the heavy-hitting beat.
Her album is due later this year featuring 15 tracks including “Next Time,” “Believer,” and the Future-assisted “Love Letter.”
smh. this ghetto heaux glorifying domestic violence....
Soundtrack becomes first album in 2014 to sell 1 million copies
Good news: according to new record-industry figures, streaming revenues in 2013 were more than $1.4 billion. Bad news: streaming revenue doesn't seem to be making up for lost download and CD sales. Track sales are down 11 percent for the year, according to Billboard, and albums are down 15 percent. Where's Adele when you need her?
: The Frozen soundtrack returns to Number One this week, becoming the first 2014 album to sell 1 million copies, but the big story is the week itself. Frozen's weekly sales total was a mere 99,000, and the rest of the chart sales are so pathetic that a digital-only Luke Bryan EP (not even a full album), Spring Break 6 . . . Like We Ain't Ever hit Number Two with just 74,000. I was hopeful about last week's Number One — Rick Ross' Mastermind — but its sales dropped 73 percent, hitting a minuscule 49,000 copies and landing at Number Three. Even Pharrell Williams seems to be slipping from his Academy Awards-fueled peak, as Girl drops 60 percent in sales, with just 45,000, from Number Two to Number Five.
'HAPPY' STREAMING NUMBERS; EVERYTHING ELSE IS SAD: Speaking of Pharrell, while his single "Happy" dropped 26 percent in digital sales, with 364,000 this week, it holds at Number One on Billboard's Digital Songs chart, and has streamed more than 79 million times via Spotify. This gives me an excuse to discuss the Recording Industry Association of America's new music-streaming numbers: In 2013, streaming accounted for 21 percent of labels' overall revenues, an increase from 15 percent the previous year and 9 percent the year before that. So is it celebration time? I don't think so. The RIAA's other numbers clearly show overall industry revenues have dropped considerably over the last five years and have been flat since 2010.
WHAT HAS DRAKE, NICKI AND WAYNE AND CAN'T BREAK 50,000 SALES?: I can't tell yet whether Rise of an Empire, the star-studded, but flat, hip-hop compilation by Lil Wayne's Young Money label, is a potentially slow-building smash or a flop. Its sales debut was nothing special — 31,000 copies, enough for Number Seven, but far from the 142,000 first-week sales of 2009's We Are Young Money. But it did far better on iTunes, hitting Number Five on the Top Albums list, after Bryan, Frozen, Ross and Pharrell. Most of the songs are familiar, like Drake's "Trophies" and Nicki Minaj's "Lookin Ass," and megastars such as Wayne and Tyga show up all over the place. It's possible some single will catch on and rescue the album's sales, but I don't hear it.
Ryan Tedder is not only the frontman for OneRepublic -- he's a prolific songwriter and producer who has made more than $2.5 million penning hits for and with the likes of Beyonce and Adele as well as for his own band. When he sat down to chat with Billboard for his recent cover story, Tedder also revealed the stories of what went into creating some of the biggest songs he's written and co-written. Here, Tedder shares the songwriting stories of "Halo" (Beyoncé), "Rumour Has It" (Adele,) OneRepublic ("Apologize,""Counting Stars"), "Burn" (Ellie Goulding), and "Bleeding Love" (Leona Lewis).
TEDDER: "I was playing a pickup game right before a show in Michigan and I tore my Achilles heel. It was the most intense pain I ever experienced in my life. I passed out. So I ended up going home for two weeks. My wife forbade me from writing or doing any work whatsoever. Evan Bogart and I were superclose friends. He was having his explosion as a songwriter, and I texted him and said, 'My wife's gone for three hours, will you come over? Let's write one song.' Beyoncé had contacted me because of a song on our first album called 'Come Home.' So he came over and I said, 'Dude, Beyoncé wants me to do a song. Let's do a song in three hours.' I had this idea for a patch of this weird choir of angels thing, started playing it and within three hours we had 'Halo.'"
TEDDER: "I was a solo artist in the early 2000s, and I had started referring to myself as 'Republic.' I didn't have a live drummer, so I programmed a beat and then played piano over it. They say necessity is the mother of invention, so it was necessary that I keep tempo. And the necessary became the finality of that song, and it became the invention of this weird mix of Britpop-influenced melodies and song with hip-hop underpinnings. The first verse I thought was so good, but it took me six months to finish the second."
"Burn," Ellie Goulding
TEDDER: "I wrote it on a tour bus in Chicago, me and Brent [Kutzle, of OneRepublic]. I was so ecstatic about the song that our show was probably delayed five minutes because I couldn't stop listening to it. Ellie cut the vocal, killed it, she didn't mess around. And then it sat for a year. [Interscope] came back to me and I told my manager, 'I can't even look at it and I will give up publishing to do it.' We had a list of two or three producers -- the name [Greg] Kurstin came up. I don't think I let them finish the sentence because I had just spent time with him on the Beyonce camp. And I said, 'Absolutely Greg Kurstin! I know that he is the guy.' I sent him a list of comments, he gave it a second pass, and it was done."
"Rumour Has It," Adele
TEDDER: This was written on the first day, sang on the second and she knocked it out in one pass. And much like everything else on '21,' she walked in with a very clear idea of what she wanted to say and write about, so the writing was superfast. The music I came up with was initially inspired by a Radiohead song I loved that had a dirty blues feel to it."
"Counting Stars," OneRepublic
TEDDER: "I finished it in Greece in Santorini, but I started it in New York. If I think I have something that I love that feels huge, that feels like it's inevitable -- which isn't all the time -- I will intentionally get it to where I know, 'This is nuclear, I know this is gonna connect, but I want to finish this in a place that's special, that inspires me.' We've been trying to go to Santorini for three years and I thought, 'This is the perfect place to finish this song.'"
"Bleeding Love," Leona Lewis
TEDDER: "I co-wrote it with Jesse McCartney; he was on some Prince tip. Jesse had just had a huge hit -- 'Beautiful Soul' -- and I was going in with him and I felt like I didn't have it. I went back in my room, said, 'I'm gonna be an hour late to the session, what if we just did something simple?' I sat in my apartment in West L.A. and said, 'What would Prince do?' So I sang over an organ patch and had the entire verse and chorus of the song. We finished the song, verse and choruses that day. His label heard it, and from the top down said, 'It's not a hit.' So we went through three different keys to get it right for Leona Lewis. She killed it, and the rest is history."
Mods, could you add the music - producers tag that was supposed to get added last tag suggestion post? I can't seem to see it in the tags.
OP: Mark your calendars, ONTD peeps in the US. Bong Joon-Ho's critically-acclaimed sci-fi dystopian epic, "Snowpiercer", will finally arrive on American theaters this June 27 in its original uncut version after a months-long battle with The Weinstein Company concerning the editing of certain parts in the film. Despite getting a slow rollout via limited-release and VOD before TWC decides to push a wide release for the film, "Snowpiercer" is already gaining much traction from critics who have seen the film and audiences will be curious to try it out considering it stars Marvel Studios stud (and ONTD Boyfriend™) Chris Evans in the lead role. To whet your appetites for "Snowpiercer", a bunch of new clips have surfaced online (albeit with Italian dubs) after the film was recently released in Italy.
The first video above shows the character of Mason (played by ONTD Girlfriend™, Tilda Swinton), guiding Chris Evans and his Tail Section cohorts (including Octavia Spencer, Ko Ah-Sung, and Song Kang-Ho) through the Greenhouse and Aquarium sections of the Snowpiercer before inviting them to eat some sushi at the adjacent bar. Mason goes on to comment that her Tail Section captors are quite lucky to have been served sushi considering it is only served twice a year--in January and July. Two more new and exclusive preview clips of "Snowpiercer" can be found after the cut.
Curtis (Chris Evans) leads Edgar (Jamie Bell) and his ragtag band of Tail Section rebels to face off against the masked army of soldiers deployed by the Snowpiercer's maniacal prime minister, Mason (Tilda Swinton).
Curtis (Chris Evans) duels with one of Mason's loyal minions, Franco the Elder (Vlad Ivanov), in a gunfight.
Lionsgate and Roadside Attractions have acquired all U.S. and Canadian rights to “Dear White People,” which premiered at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival.
Written and directed by Simien, “Dear White People” follows the stories of four black students at Winchester University, where a riot breaks out over a popular ‘African American’ themed party thrown by a white fraternity.
The comedy, Co-starring Tyler James Williams (“Everybody Hates Chris”) and Tessa Thompson (“Veronica Mars”), won the special jury award for breakthrough talent at Sundance.
“Justin Simien is a funny, fresh and current voice with his finger on the Millennials’ pulse,” said Roadside’s co-president Howard Cohen.
Deal was negotiated by Marc Danon and Jean Chi on behalf of Lionsgate and Roadside Attractions, and by WME Global and attorney Irwin M. Rappaport.
Though Kate Winslet and Leonardo DiCaprio's onscreen romances have always ended in tragedy, the two actors have nothing but love for one another off the set. (Seriously, who wasn't a blubbering mess at the end of Revolutionary Road?)
The British actress had only kind words about DiCaprio during an interview with Winslet at the Divergent premiere this week. When a reporter asked if she preferred Theo James' Four from the Divergent series over DiCaprio's Jack character in Titanic, the Oscar winner quickly made her decision, saying that there was absolutely no competition between the leading men.
"Leo is my love of my life," she told PopSugar. "How could you possibly ask me that question?"
"If I said Theo over Leo, he would never stay the night at his house ever again. Ever," she continued. "No, he can't have that."
Sorry, Ned Rocknroll. You really can't deny the OTP.
Unless you've been living under a rock that doesn't have a great grasp of pop culture, you've probably heard of Broad City, the fantastic webseries-TV hit that is wrapping up its first season on Comedy Central this year. The stars of the show, Ilana Glazer and Abbi Jacobson, are veterans of the New York comedy scene
and truly incorporate the city as a "character" without resorting to the same hackneyed New York stereotypes. In one episode, for instance, Abbi's date abandons her out of a very real fear of the disgusting Penn Station.
If you want to experience Broad City in person, you're in luck -- the cast is playing shows all over NYC in the next few months! First, cast member Phoebe Robinson is performing in a benefit for comedian Liza Dye, who was recently injured when she fell onto subway tracks. The show is at Littlefield on March 27 and also features Ali Wong (@midnight), Jermaine Fowler (Guy Code), Murderfist, Michelle Wolf (Late Night with Seth Meyers), Sue Smith (Best Week Ever), Aparna Nancherla (Conan), & hosts Charla Lauriston and Justin Perez. Tickets are on sale now.
In addition, Abbi and Ilana are performing at UCB Chelsea on April 2 for their monthly "Broad City Live" show. Tickets are sold out, but try to get in off the stand-by line -- it's worth it! Finally, Abbi and Ilana are touring nationally to support their new show. Although the tour was initially postponed so they could write the second season of Broad City, it's been rescheduled for the fall, and they're playing The Bell House on December 13. The show is also unfortunately sold out, but if you're really itching to see the duo, catch them at another date on their month-long tour. Find all tour dates below..
Broad City - 2014 Tour Dates
The Trocadero Theater
Wednesday, 8 PM
Lincoln Hall Chicago
Wednesday, 10:30 PM
Lincoln Hall Chicago
Friday, 8 PM
Triple Rock Social Club
Friday, 10:30 PM
Triple Rock Social Club
The Kessler Theatre
Friday, 8 PM
Friday, 10:30 PM
Monday, 07:00 PM
Monday, 10:00 PM
San Francisco, CA
Great American Music Hall
West Hollywood, CA
Saturday, 07:30 PM
The Bell House
Watch this show!!
Adriana Lima brightens up the room in pink as she arrives at the 2014 Brazil Foundation Gala held at the Perez Art Museum Miami on Saturday (March 15) in Miami, Fla.
The 32-year-old supermodel stepped out to help generate and invest resources in civil society organizations that are developing and transforming social realities in Brazil.
Photo: Dusdin Condren
Adam Granduciel just circled back to his Philadelphia home after a two-mile walk, which is fitting. The singer-guitarist's past decade can be charted in terms of minor journeys and major arcs. During that time, he's gained increasing acclaim as the face, voice and primary songwriter of ethereal indie-rockers the War on Drugs.
The band's latest, Lost in the Dream (Secretly Canadian), out March 18th, finds Granduciel's ever-solidifying lineup (featuring bassist David Hartley and multi-instrumentalist Robbie Bennett) tugging looser on the fabric of heartland rock teased out on 2008's Wagonwheel Blues and 2011's Slave Ambient. Granduciel's vocals, with their Dylan-esque elocution and Lindsey Buckingham-worthy yen, have grown more robust with lyrical heft.
"I wanted to write songs people could connect with on another level," he tells Rolling Stone, still short of breath from his long trek. "Instead of just the sonic landscape stuff of earlier albums, I wanted them to hear songs that they heard a part of themselves in or felt was a natural progression."
While standout epic "Red Eyes" demonstrates the group's steadfast grip on Tom Petty's restless rhythms, "Ocean Between the Waves" surprisingly brings to mind U.K. roots-rock innovators Dire Straits, and a bit of Avalon-era Roxy Music can be heard in the New Romantic bass and piano of "Disappearing."
"I didn't want to do things like I used to," continues Granduciel, "which was work on stuff a lot in the studio, then take it back to my house and put a bunch of half-baked ideas on it. I wanted it to always sound like it was getting better and better."
Granduciel's pursuit of the perfect sound (though asserting he's merely "searching for that thing where the song really excites me") began as a 13-year-old in his hometown of Dover, Massachusetts. "The first time I played electric guitar was a life-defining moment," he recalls. "I was like, 'This is the coolest fucking thing I've ever done in my life.' I was hooked."
Granduicel never took a lesson, nor played in any bands. But by junior high, he'd logged endless hours jamming in friends' basements and had already undertaken interest in the recording process. His adolescence was mostly spent discovering influences including Nick Drake and getting "really into playing guitar and learning new chords and new tunings." At 22, the lifelong East Coaster and his 8-track recorder sojourned to Oakland, California, in search of inspiration. Granduciel didn’t meet his musical soulmates out west, but he did secure nighttime server shifts at a bistro, freeing up his days to hone the finer points of composing and mechanical tinkering.
"California was when I started obsessing over stuff," he acknowledges. "[I was] working at the restaurant and spending 95 percent of my time working on recordings in my bedroom and then going to work all night thinking about what I was working on that morning. That's when I was sowing the seed."
In 2003, Granduciel headed back east to Philadelphia, and after meeting kindred spirit Kurt Vile, that germ of ambition evolved into both Vile's outfit the Violators and the War on Drugs. Shortly after WOD's 2008 debut, Wagonwheel Blues, Vile amicably departed to focus on solo endeavors. (They remain good friends, and Granduciel still tours with the Violators when he can.) The three-year gaps between subsequent LPs spoke mostly to the unexpected stress of compartmentalizing life as a full-time musician.
"It didn’t feel at any point that I could sit back like, 'Oh, this is great,'" Granduciel says. "I don't know if it was that all of a sudden, for the first time in 20 years of having jobs, that I had all this free time and no schedule, or if this was the real deal. But while making the record, it was the first time in my life I felt without any direction and without a real sense of peace as to what I was doing."
Where the dubious luxury of time paid dividends was in mixing Dream. This was the first album where Granduciel could tinker without splitting his attention between the studio and waiting tables. And that’s why, in his view, it represents his most complete set of songs to date.
"I was waiting for the magic in each song to reveal itself," he says. "It was cool to work on all the songs together, because decisions I could make for one song would inform another. [I was] working on the whole piece instead of, 'Let's just check this song off.'"
But as with all journeys, Lost had to identify its destination. "There were certain songs where even the next day, I would hear something I'd wish we could tweak," he admits. "But I’d be like, 'I don't wanna mess with the magic we had at midnight last night.'" Plus, Granduciel knows there's plenty of mileage left on his career, even if it means scaling back.
"I’d really love to make a record like [Neil Young's] Tonight’s the Night," he muses. "Find a sweet old house, put [in] some pinballs and pool tables, party all day, and then at night, record from 11 to 4. It should be fun to do this."