Monday, September 29, 2008

No Cameron Left Behind

Turns out Kirk Cameron's latest religious-themed, critcally-panned drama, Fireproof, made a ton of money this weekend, beating out Spike Lee's Miracle at St. Anna, among others. The film, about the marital problems of a firefighter, debuted in fourth place - pretty impressive for a picture made for $500,000, opening on under 1,000 screens.

Sherwood Baptist Church, which also developed the equally successful Facing the Giants, promoted the pic among megachurches, in much the same way that Walden Media has done for family fare including Narnia, and which Mel Gibson pioneered with the Passion.

After Passion made enough money for Jesus to go nuts at the Temple, Hollywood became instantly enamored of those wacky evangelicals, to sometimes mixed results. But after Fireproof's boffo box office, it seems pretty likely we'll see a whole lot more studios interested in working with churches to employ similar promotional tactics. Regardless, Kirk Cameron will forever be Mike Seaver to me.

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Thursday, September 25, 2008

Muppet Renaissance!

If the New York Times says there is one, it must be true. Yay!

In case you're wondering, yes, that is a Kanye puppet above - no relation to the Muppets...although Yeezy is working on a "Hip Hop meets the Muppets"-style variety show (seriously).

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Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Friday, September 19, 2008

Jazz, Poetry, and Drugs: The Movie

Like all good teenage, hipster wannabes, my favorite book in high school was On the Road. I remember hearing about a possible film adaptation then (I think Joel "Batman and Robin" Schumacher was attached at that point) and thinking, "No way, man! How could film, like, capture the nuance of Beat in its written form?"

I basically still think the same thing, which seems to the general consensus: the meandering, prose-laden tome is probably unfilmable. If anybody's up to the task, though, it just might be Motorcycle Diaries director Walter Salles, who the Screening Room confirms is actually planning on adapting it as his next project. Thoughts?

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Thursday, September 18, 2008

Shakin', not stirred (that's a pun)

Jack White and Alicia Keys's "Another Way to Die," the theme to November's challengingly titled Bond entry, Quantum of Solace (sequel to the awesome franchise reboot Casino Royale)has leaked

It sounds pretty much the way you would expect a cross between the two to sound, and yet, it's still surprising - very rockin' and contemporary for 007. I dig

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Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Ghost children rejoice

While the Smashing Pumpkins (version 2.0) are releasing their new song, "G.L.O.W." via the latest Guitar Hero game, the forthcoming documentary, If All Goes Wrong, will chronicle the band's reunion, says Pitchfork.

Wrong will follow Corgan & Co. on their Zeitgeist tour, including interviews and performances - as well as a special feature, the (appropriately) weirdly titled, "Voices of the Ghost Children," on the subject of Pumpkins fans.

If All Goes Wrong arrives on DVD November 11.

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Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Worth watching, if you haven't yet

Scary - both in terms of my idol, Tina Fey's dead-on impression, and general, truthful content.

While Fey and Amy Poehler's Baby Mama just hit DVD, Poehler's real life pregnancy is ending her SNL run after a few more episodes ("It's gonna be really hard - Boyz II Men hard - to say goodbye to yesterday," she says), but what a way to go out. At least we'll have 30 Rock in the meantime.

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Friday, September 12, 2008

Righteously bad?

You may have noticed that ads for the new Pacino-DeNiro vehicle, Righteous Kill, opening today, have a lot to say regarding its stars (and rightly so), but essentially nothing on what the movie's actually about - always suspicious.

To basically no one's surprise, sadly, it turns out there's a good reason: the film garnered a lackluster 22% at the movie review-averaging Rotten Tomatoes - and a pathetic 16% among the site's "top critics." Ah, well. Guess I'll go watch Heat...

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Thursday, September 11, 2008

Happy Bloggiversary

Today, On Tape turns one year old...and what a wild ride it's been. Or whatever.

And a year ago this week, the first On Tape review was titled, "Kanye gets weirder...and we like it." Well, dude has gotten weirder still, as evidenced by his new single, "Love Lockdown" - available to stream on his blog - in which he employs that auto-tune thing he's so nuts about lately.

The trippy, simple song - it sort of sounds like Kanye's take on the Neptunes - will, apparently, be featured on his new album, apparently titled 808's and Heartbreak (what's up with the unnecessary apostrophe, Ye?) and arriving December 16. Apparent single cover art above. (Also, he was arrested this morning for roughing up a paparazzi, but I don't care about that.)

Thanks for reading On Tape!

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Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Slightly different from his Woody Allen movie

Newly minted Oscar winner Javier Bardem will be in Washington tomorrow for a screening of his new documentary, Invisibles. The film, produced by Bardem and directed by Wim Wenders (Wings of Desire) and Isabel Coixet (Paris, Je T'aime), among others, chronicles underreported crises, including sexual violence in the Congo.

Prior to the screening, Bardem will take part in a panel discussion with members of the Enough Project, who will unveil their new campaign, "RAISE Hope for Congo: Protect and Empower Congo's Women."

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Monday, September 8, 2008

DVD to include songs about adultery

Speaking of Mr. Bazan, the former Pedro the Lion frontman is releasing a documentary this fall, to tide fans over until his new LP, Black Cloud, arrives in the spring.

David Bazan: Alone at the Mic hits shelves on October 14, and features interviews and performances, like this one:

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Friday, September 5, 2008

Indie super-wedding!

Paste covered folkie poster girl Rosie Thomas's recent wedding, which included a marching band, the bride and groom being pulled via tractor flatbed, and a veritable indie supergroup of a golf cart: Sam "Iron & Wine" Beam, Damien Jurado, Denison Witmer, and David Bazan (dude apparently can't be troubled to change out of a black t-shirt and jeans, even for a wedding).

In other words, this post isn't newsworthy...but it's kinda fun.

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Thursday, September 4, 2008

Congrats! You're among the handful of relevant, contemporary punk bands

More news (finally) on Dillinger Four's long-in-the-works fourth's got an official release date and everything. C I V I L W A R arrives October 14th - album artwork above - just in time for their tour with Fat Wreck Chords labelmates NOFX. Oi! Oi!

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Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Polls confirm senator is, in fact, buggin' out

Want to hear what Lindsay Lohan or Diddy think about John McCain and Sarah Palin? ...No?

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Tuesday, September 2, 2008

RIP, "In a world..." trailer guy

Voiceover king Don LaFontaine died yesterday at 68. Trailers will never be the same...

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