Archive | April, 2014

Lady Gaga Announces Album Release Date And A Bunch of Other Stuff

30 Apr

Lady Gaga announced on her Facebook page Friday a whole bunch of release dates tied to her upcoming CD, ARTPOP.

In a statement that reads more like the essays I used to peer edit in college, Gaga said the album will officially hit stores on Nov. 11, with pre-orders beginning Sept. 1. The release will also include some type of Jay-Z-esque App, described only as a “musical and visual engineering system that combines music, art, fashion and technology.”

First up, though, will be a single, released August 19.

Here’s more from the release:

ARTPOP musically mirrors Gaga’s creative process as she passes through the medium of each artist she collaborates with, scoring a blueprint on her journey. The result, a ‘rage’ of electronic passion and fury, defining each artistic process from beginning to end, ARTPOP could mean anything.

Great.

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Ryan’s Realty Byte: Chelsea Handler’s Ex Love Nest Hits Market For $3.95 Million

30 Apr

Moving on from a guy can be hard, but moving on from a guy and moving out of a beachside penthouse… now that’s a recipe for real estate revenge.

Back in 2008, funny gal Chelsea Handler and her-then boyfriend, former E! Networks CEO Ted Harbert, bought a swanky 3,319 square-foot pad in Marina del Rey, Calif. for $3.7 million. But like all good things, they must come to an end. So after they broke it off in 2010, the late night queen also bid farewell to her high-rise home, which is now up for sale for a cool $3.95 million.

With a 400 square-foot wrap around terrace, full wet bar (which the Are You There, Vodka? It’s Me, Chelsea author must have thoroughly enjoyed), 3 bedrooms, 3.5 baths, and over-the-top amenities (not to mention a 100-gallon fish tank), the place is an adult-friendly party pad.

But if boasting panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean and private balconies don’t make the price tag worth it, the A-list abode also comes equipped with on touch fog-out glass showers, a touch screen controller for all lights, blinds AND TVS, iPod adaptors in every room, and a custom built kitchen.

And if the outspoken, fun-loving Chelsea Lately host wanted to enjoy a little bit more out of pretty posh digs, she could use the Azzurra High Rise’s amenities which cover everything from concierge, rooftop sky-lounge, 2 spas, pool, and fitness center.

Now back to that sweet revenge. When you move on from something so chic, how do you let your ex know you’ve seriously moved on? By moving up, of course. Just after the break-up she splashed out $5.9 million on a Bel Air mansion. The completely renovated 28,009 square-foot estate comes with 6 bedrooms, 7 baths, huge living room, 2 family rooms, gourmet kitchen, and gym. Oh, and a 50-foot pool and everyone needs an outside kitchen and panic room (just in case any exes make those unannounced visits.) Not to mention she now conveniently lives thisclose to her BFF Jennifer Aniston.

Watch Million Dollar Listing New York’s Ryan Serhant dish on Chelsea’s ex love nest in the Realty Byte video above.

It’s Not Too Late To Show Us Your & ! Enter For A Chance To Win $2,000.

29 Apr

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‘The Duchess Diary:’ Royal Baby Names And The Pride Of Great Britain

29 Apr

We are besides ourselves – beside ourselves, I tell you – waiting for Baby Cambridge to pop into the world.

Meanwhile, Andy Murray made Great Britain burst with pride (a hard feat, getting the Brits to show emotion) by winning his first Wimbledon title, and “Union Jack Man” Terry Hutt grabbed a prime seat outside St. Mary’s Hospital this week.

What say you on royal baby names, friends? I’m thinking Alexandra for a girl, and George for a boy.

It’s a great time to be a complete and utter Anglophile.

TV Review: The Bridge 1.1, “Pilot”

28 Apr

the bridge pilot

Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars

The pilot episode of The Bridge indicates it’s a series which speaks softly and carries a very big stick. Despite being a crime drama about two seemingly mismatched detectives joining forces to capture a serial killer – two of the most tired TV tropes in existence – you hardly notice because of two general strengths: careful attention to detail and being deeply rooted in horrific realism. This does not look like a show which sets out to reinvent the wheel, just produce a very efficient and overall solid wheel.

The Bridge is a remake of a Scandinavian crime drama of the same name which premiered in September of 2011. The FX series follows a joint investigation by American and Mexican authorities (led by Inglorious Basterds’ Diane Kruger and Academy Award winner Demian Bichir, respectively) into a series of murders which begins with two halves of two bodies – the top half a conservative American judge and the lower half belonging to one of the thousands of dead girls of Juarez – found on The Bridge of the Americas across the Mexico-Texas border. The original Dane-Swedish series is so well-received that not only is FX remaking the show in America, but a Franco-British co-production has been announced as The Tunnel to be broadcast on Sky Atlantic in the UK and Canal+ in France.

Apparently the co-production company Shine America wanted the series to take place on the Ambassador Bridge connecting Detroit and Windsor, Ontario, in order to mirror the original series’ winter setting, but thankfully head writers and executive producers Meredith Stiehm and Elwood Reid were persuasive enough to set the series in El Paso, Texas and Ciudad Jaurez, Chihuahua. This setting, and the masterful world-building which makes it as much a character as either of the show’s leads, both of whom are fantastically effective, is crucial to the series’ intrigue. Though I contend this is a high quality episode on every level (writing, acting, directing, production, editing, pacing, tone), the politics of the region is what elevates it to potentially daring television.

Since the early ’90s there have been probably about two thousand or so abductions of young women in Ciudad Juarez, pretty much all of which have gone unsolved. I use such vague terms only because as Amnesty International puts it, “Inadequate official data on the crimes committed in Chihuahua, particularly accurate figures on the exact number of murders and abductions of girls and women, has led to disputes around the issues that obscure the quest for justice.” Yeah, the problem is so out of control that proper records aren’t even kept on these women. They are known unceremoniously as the dead girls of Juarez and their tragedy is a morbidly fascinating confluence of backward cultural attitudes, an intensely corrupt justice system, powerful drug cartels, and economic despair. To learn more about the corrosive epidemic check out Casa Amiga or Ni Una Mas (or just watch this At The Drive-In video), but for the purposes of this review suffice to say the gravity of that situation, while in no way compensating for the other aspects of the show thus far, absolutely lends to the show the level of stakes most dramas simply can’t replicate.

But to tackle the episode more directly, I loved how immediately the initial crime is portrayed and then seen to draw in its key players. Moving with deft momentum the episode (which was a full hour for the pilot as opposed to the standard 43-ish minutes) managed to provide solid characterization to both leads’ characters as well as those of their supporting cast. In particular, Kruger’s Detective Sonya Cross, who is part of a new categorization of television protagonists whom experience some degree of autism (including The Big Bang Theory’s Sheldon Cooper, Community’s Abed Nadir, and the late Alphas’ Gary Bell), convincingly conveys the isolation and painful uncertainty of functioning among individuals most of whom never consider the ramifications of anyone having such debilitating difficulties in terms of the social cues and norms which we all take for granted, let alone a police detective. Typically I cringe at such portrayals of the magical autistic, but done well, as I believe may be the case here, these performances can honor those they emulate.

In addition to Cross, Detective Marco Ruiz, and Cross’ supervisor Lieutenant Hank Wade (The Silence of the Lambs’ and Monk’s Ted Levine), we’re introduced to a horse trainer and his wife, the Millwrights, and an as yet nameless man who appears to be a coyote, or human trafficker. I’m curious to see precisely how this man’s interactions with the women of Juarez fit in with the plans of the mastermind orchestrating not only the dead women found on the bridge, but the fake carbombing of Matthew Lillard’s jaded journalist, Daniel Frye. Also curious is what Mr. Millwright’s secret basement contains which will drag Mrs. Millwright into the investigation.

I recognize how stilted and trite a show about odd couple detectives tracking a serial killer around a chief on the verge of retirement whose pilot includes a ticking time bomb sounds. But despite all these apparent cliches, The Bridge contains just as many admirably brazen elements and appears to be nothing less than the only series tackling not only issues of immigration, a topic controversial enough it’s unseen anywhere but 24 hour news networks, but those of the corruption and corrosive nature of Mexico’s infrastructure, a subject which deserves wider American attention for many reasons, chief among them being the fact that the concerns of our neighbors reflect our own. The Bridge is clearly capable of more than just riding the “ripped from the headlines” nature of their setting’s humanitarian concerns, and is a truly competent series which knows how to skillfully utilize its elements to successfully achieve its goals, such as Ruiz’s recent vasectomy and subsequent limp and good-natured ribbing from a coworker symbolizing a man who has moved beyond the archaic notions of machismo which many agree contribute to the hundreds of deaths per year of young Mexican women in Juarez, or the tears welling up in Cross’ eyes when she hears of Wade’s impending retirement and his reassuring shoulder bumps to comfort Cross in lieu of more conventional means of physical comfort. The Bridge may be playing on well tread ground, but if the pilot is any indication it’s merely a solid foundation upon which the series will construct a masterful narrative, one which I eagerly await to experience.

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10 Upcoming Movie Sequels Delayed So Long We Stopped Caring

28 Apr

Independence Day

“Strike while the iron is hot” is the famous phrase often attributed to sequels to successful movies; it’s best to get the next one out of the gate while the gravy train is still running, rather than wait too long and risk having lost your audience.

While, of course, there has to be a line drawn where an expedient delivery would cripple the film’s quality – I’m looking at the impending Fast and the Furious 7, which aims to shoot this summer for release next year – the general idea is to balance the need to carve out a strong story with the need to get the product out into the market in a timely fashion.

These 10 movie sequels, it seems, have dragged their feet for such a long time that our enthusiasm has been drained about them almost completely; we began to believe they were never happening, and now that we see them moving into the production and release stages, it’s hard to muster up our enthusiasm once again…

10. Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 (4 years)

Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2

Previous Release: Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, released September 2009.

The Sequel: Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, due for release September 2013, 4 years after the release of the original. This might not seem like a massively long time, but given how fast animated sequels can be to produce – given that the character models already exist and can simply be thrown into a new environment – it’s surprising that a Cloudy sequel didn’t come to fruition a year or even two years ago. Though I have every expectation that Cloudy 2 will be another fun 3D food experience, hasn’t our collective enthusiasm for the concept drained a little?

The film didn’t exactly do gangbusters at the box office, so that may go a way to explain why it took 4 years to get the sequel up and running, that and the departure of directors Chris Miller and Phil Lord, who instead opted to work on The Lego Movie and 22 Jump Street.

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FIFA 14 UK Cover Art Revealed Next Monday

27 Apr

FIFA14MESSI

Electronic Arts will reveal who will be joining Lionel Messi on the cover of the UK edition of FIFA 14 next Monday.

The company have already revealed the global box art, featuring the Barcelona superstar, who will be flanked by additional players specific to each region.

Last year, the UK cover featured Messi along with Arsenal midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Manchester City goalkeeper Joe Hart.

And EA have teased who the latest UK cover stars may be with a short trailer, which you can watch below.

FIFA 14 promises to be the most groundbreaking iteration in the series so far. Featuring a new physics engine known as the “Ignite Engine”, the popular football title promises improved graphical and gameplay changes with more realistic player movement and shooting.

According to EA, FIFA 14 is the “most authentic football game in history,” with stadiums that “come alive” and help influence matches.

Manchester United striker Javier Hernandez will join Messi on the North American versions of FIFA 14, which launches on September 24th.

Fans in Europe can get their hands on a copy three days later, on September 27th.

FIFA 14 will launch on Android, iOS, Nintendo 3DS, PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, PlayStation Portable, PlayStation Vita, Wii, Microsoft Windows, Xbox 360 and the Xbox One.

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