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Exclusive: Common shares acting criticism from Chris Rock, his appreciation for Vince Staples & plans for a 2014 album
Exclusive: Common shares acting criticism from Chris Rock, his appreciation for Vince Staples & plans for a 2014 album
about 12 hours ago
Warner Bros distributed feature Gravity starring George Clooney and Sandra Bullock has topped the Australian box office on its opening weekend. The film, set in space, has been critically well received and opened to takings of $3,546,776...
Warner Bros distributed feature Gravity starring George Clooney and Sandra Bullock has topped the Australian box office on its opening weekend. The film, set in space, has been critically well received and opened to takings of $3,546,776 across 469 screens. In second place was comedy Grown Ups 2. Distributed by Sony, this was the third weekend for the film which stars Adam Sandler, Kevin James, Chris Rock and Salma Hayek. It took $2,288,947 across 285 screens on what was a long weekend in New South Wales, Queensland, the ACT and South Australia. This was the first weekend since the start of September that two films made for adult audiences have managed to fill out the top end of the box office chart with school holiday favourites Turbo, Smurfs 2 and Planes the biggest winners on recent weekends. It was the second weekend at the box office for Australian film Tim Winton’s The Turning. It saw the number of screens increase by just one to 17. It made $165,532 this weekend, a drop from the $215,000 it made the previous weekend. Rush – starring Chris Hemsworth and Daniel Bruhl as racing drivers James Hunt and Niki Lauder – was sixth in the box office with a weekend opening of $1.2m. THE BOX OFFICE TOP 20 Title (Distributor) Weekend B/O Screens Total B/O Gravity (Wb) $3,546,776 469 $3,548,216 Grown Ups 2 (Sony) $2,288,947 285 $7,479,603 Turbo (Fox) $2,216,179 312 $10,260,447 The Smurfs 2 (Sony) $1,751,233 315 $11,254,878 Planes (Disney) $1,437,400 432 $5,805,223 Rush (Eone /hopscotch) $1,211,040 223 $1,277,457 Percy Jackson: The Sea Of Monsters (Fox) $1,109,289 288 $6,028,623 Runner Runner (Fox) $664,346 231 $2,573,584 Blue Jasmine (Eone /hopscotch) $454,182 115 $4,514,873 White House Down (Sony) $299,088 149 $6,894,169 One Direction: This Is Us (Sony) $295,909 208 $2,610,715 Now You See Me (Eone /hopscotch) $206,047 58 $16,917,537 2 Guns (Sony) $191,349 152 $206,891 Tim Winton (Madman) $165,532 17 $623,924 Thanks For Sharing (Paramount) $146,095 54 $182,331 Riddick (Roadshow) $119,732 104 $3,366,855 Stories We Tell (Palace) $83,980 17 $333,238 Besharam (Mindblowing Films) $77,941 17 $92,587 Young Detective Dee: Rise Of The Sea Dragon (Chinalion Film) $68,274 8 $68,274 The Best Offer (Paramount) $62,738 56 $1,763,198 Data courtesy of the MPDAA. The post Gravity tops Aussie box office on opening weekend appeared first on mUmBRELLA
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Acura NSX Jerry Seinfeld’s legendary show was “about nothing,” but his Acura ads have a very specific purpose: raising the automaker’s profile and better defining the premium Honda (NYSE:HMC) brand. Critical of t...
Acura NSX Jerry Seinfeld’s legendary show was “about nothing,” but his Acura ads have a very specific purpose: raising the automaker’s profile and better defining the premium Honda (NYSE:HMC) brand. Critical of the desert-driving commercials that are lost on most auto consumers, Seinfeld has become inspired and hopes to change auto ads while helping the sponsor of his car-themed web series. In a piece by Bloomberg, Seinfeld described modern automobile commercials as “a total turnoff to the consumer,” adding the “fear-based” images of desert sands and renegade drivers had little connection to the audience watching. Acura executives believe a lack of engagement with their audience is the reason behind mediocre sales, prompting Honda to increase ad spend significantly, starting with Super Bowl commercials. The famous Seinfeld spot celebrated the Acura NSX concept car, a reason for people to get excited about the brand. Seinfeld told Bloomberg the idea was to get people to engage with him first and then associate that feeling with the car. According to Acura sales figures, the strategy has worked so far for the automaker in 2013. Acura sales are up a modest 4.4 percent in 2013 after dipping for several years, but competitors from German brands and Toyota’s (NYSE:TM) popular Lexus line have been faring much better. Honda executves plant to change that through advertising and other unique types of corporate sponsorship, and Seinfeld has a much-viewed web series that helped the Japanese automaker fulfill both objectives at once. “Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee” is the web series that consists of exactly what the title says. Seinfeld picks up David Letterman, Chris Rock, Larry David, and others in vintage cars — regardless of brand — that Seinfeld believes are a match for the episode’s guest. Mike Accavitti,  Honda’s top marketing chief, said the viewership is rising significantly since the beginning of the Acura sponsorship. “Viewership is up 40 percent from year one to year two,” Accavitti told Bloomberg. Whether that’s a product of the show’s gaining popularity or the Acura promotion is unclear. A typical webisode follows Seinfeld engaging Chris Rock over coffee after cruising up to the shop in a stunning 1969 Lamborghini. “Is this thing gonna take off [and fly]?” Rock asks of the Lamborghini. In the episode, Rock and Seinfeld banter about cars, people, and any topic that pops into their heads. Appropriately, it isn’t about anything specific. Yet every episode starts with a classic Acura ad, and each one celebrates car culture in general, two of Acura’s goals. Accavitti said the inlcusion of classic cars not from the Honda portofolio was part of the package and indicative of the strategy of associating the automaker with fun car moments. More of the same is ahead from Acura and Seinfeld. The comedian appears bent on reinventing the auto ad, and Acura hopes it can give their brand a significant boost. Don’t Miss: 7 Automobiles That Show Big Rides Are Here to Stay. Read the original article from Wall St. Cheat Sheet
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Bill Callahan at the Allen Room in 2012 (more by Dominick Mastrangelo) Browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows. Here are some highlights... Goblin, Secret Chiefs 3 @ Music Hall of Williamsburg It's a show ...
Bill Callahan at the Allen Room in 2012 (more by Dominick Mastrangelo) Browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows. Here are some highlights... Goblin, Secret Chiefs 3 @ Music Hall of Williamsburg It's a show that almost no one thought they'd ever see on North American shores: Italian prog rockers Goblin, whose soundtrack from Dario Argento's Suspiria is a undisputed classic. Tonight and Monday's show at Webster Hall are both sold out, natch. The New Yorker Festival The annual compendium of erudite discussions and other fun stuff concludes tonight. Among the offerings: Paul Simon with Paul Muldoon; and a talk called "Television and Politics" with comedian W. Kamau Bell, Veep and In the Thick of It creator Armando Iannucci, The Good Wife's Robert & Michelle King, and Grey's Anatomy's Shonda Rhimes with Emily Nussbaum. Tickets to most events are sold out, but there are always a few standbys available before the show. Old Monk, Lurve, Bad Look, Jerkagram @ Arlene's Grocery Mathy indie rockers Old Monk headline this Bandshell-presented show. Free. Surfer Blood, Team Spirit, Andy Boay @ Bowery Ballroom Florida band Surfer Blood continue to crank out their Weezer-esque pop and tonight play their second of two NYC shows. Tonstartssbandht, Jerry Paper, Florida, Sunflower Bean @ 285 Kent Avenue Andy Boay (of Tonstartssbandht) has been on tour with Surfer Blood, having just played NYC at MHOW last night, and will play with them again tonight at Bowery Ballroom. Afterwards, Andy teams up with his brother/bandmate Edwin for a full Tonstartssbandht set at 285 Kent. Vulture Shit, Haunted Horses, Advaeta, Echo Comets @ Cake Shop Three solid local post-punk/punk bands Vulture Shit, Advaeta, and Echo Comets, join Seattle's Haunted Horses for a show at Cake Shop tonight. Mannequin Pussy, Lust Cats of the Gutter, Future Punx, Kissing Is A Crime @ Death By Audio Wild and raucous Mannequin Pussy are celebrating the release of their new EP tonight (which you can stream below). If you're heading that way, don't miss Fergus & Geronimo spinoff Future Punx who channel '80s new wave like Oingo Boingo, Wall of Voodoo and Flock of Seagulls. Don't miss Matt Molnar's (Friends, Soft Black, Pagan Rituals) post-punk project Kissing Is A Crime either. Higgins Waterproof Black Magic Band, Chris Corsano, Daniel Carter, Demian Richardson, David Moss, Little Shalimar @ Union Pool This is the first date of HWBMB's (side project of TV on the Radio's Tunde Adebimpe) October residency at Union Pool which will happen every Sunday this month. Bill Callahan, Lonnie Holley @ Webster Hall Singing/songwriting great Bill Callahan (once known as Smog) keeps churning out great albums, and this year's Dream River is no exception. He's been on tour with outsider artist Lonnie Holley (who recently toured with Deerhunter), and tonigtht the two musicians come to NYC. Born Gold, Headaches, Michael Parallax & Moonlasso @ The Ho_se Spastic Canadian dance-pop project Born Gold returns with a new album, I Am an Exit, this week and celebrates with a release show in Brooklyn tonight. Check out the video for the album's single "Hunger" below. Coltrane House benefit @ En Japanese Brasserie This benefit brunch, hosted by Carlos Santana and featuring a live performance by Ravi Coltrane Quartet, benefits the restoration of John and Alice Coltrane's house in Dix Hills, LI. Hannibal Buress @ Knitting Factory Big league comedy talent (Chris Rock, Louis CK, etc) show up regularly (and unannounced) for Hannibal's very popular free comedy show at Knitting Factory's front bar. Get there early. For all of tonight's shows, and tomorrow's, check out our full NYC show calendar. For laughs, check out the NYC Comedy calendar too. ------------- --- Follow @BrooklynVegan on Twitter. Follow @bvChicago for just Chicago stuff. Also follow @bvAustin for just Austin stuff. Be our friend on Facebook too, and BV Austin's frien
3 days ago
Yesterday, I felt as if I was standing in the middle of the Olympic stadium with crowds standing, cheering, and tossing roses down towards my feet. I waved back, a proud smile reaching from ear to ear. Okay, so I might have been complete...
Yesterday, I felt as if I was standing in the middle of the Olympic stadium with crowds standing, cheering, and tossing roses down towards my feet. I waved back, a proud smile reaching from ear to ear. Okay, so I might have been completely alone yesterday morning. And there was no one around to congratulate me. But I did have a smile that went from one side of my face to the other. I ran a personal record distance… 14-miles. I know that might be chump milage to some. However, for me, the farthest distance these feet had traveled during a run had been 13.1 miles. The weather the was perfect (60-degrees!), I felt great, and… I just felt like running. When I got to my half way point I realized I was right at 7 miles. Instead of thinking “oh crap, now what?” I got really excited! I still felt great and I knew I could make it back in one piece. Which I did and even had negative splits the final 5 miles! Which brings me to: How To Run Further Than You’ve Ever Run Before Here’s what helped me get past my 13.1 mile mental block (yes, I always thought that was all I could do). 1. Out & Back Style. I used to hate the idea of running to a certain spot, then suddenly turning around to head back to where I started. Mentally, I preferred running loops. If I needed to run 6 miles, I would plan a 6 mile route that would have me doing one big circle. Lately though I’ve come to the realization that I was wrong. Out and back runs are where it’s at for setting new distance records! Set a goal marker for the turn around spot and run to it. Once there, it’s not like you can just throw your hands up and call it a day. You have to to back to where you started! My half way mark… now to get back over the bridge. 2. Zone Out. I know some people hate running with ear phones, and that’s fine. Sometimes, I love running sans technology, but not when I’m trying to accomplish something new. Books on tape work really well, and so do podcast. You’re able to sit back, enjoy the scenery of the run, and listen to a good story along the way. Personally, I’ve been listening to Aisha Tyler’s Girl On Guy Podcast during long runs. Each one can last any where from 1-2 hours, making them the perfect length of time. Last week I enjoyed Chris Rock being on the show, and pretty much laughed out loud several times. This week was Jack Osborne, surprisingly I really like Jack all grown up! 3. Small Changes. Work your mileage up slowly. If you haven’t run 4 miles before then don’t attempt 8. Be smart and you’ll end up enjoying the experience a lot more. Since I am training for a half marathon, I tend up increase my long run distance by 1-2 miles each week. Slow and steady ends up not only free of injuries but ends of still liking to run at the end. Don’t burn yourself out. 4. Cutting Back On Alcohol. On Friday I mentioned that I was cutting back on my weekend cocktails. Not that I ever go overboard, but a glass before dinner, one during, and a post dinner cocktail all adds up. I was amazed at how great I felt on Saturday morning and how much energy I had… could it be that the wine has been holding me back? Likely. 5. Pre-Run Fuel. Some people don’t eat before a run. For speed workouts and short runs, I’m in that club. But for long runs, I wake up about an hour before I head out the door just to get some fuel in my belly. Yesterday was a new snack: paleo muffin with peanut butter. The muffin kinda sucked, but it was filled with healthy carbs and protein to help provide energy. 6. Tell Someone. The best way to get your goal distance in is to simply tell someone what you’re aiming for. That way, if you get back to your starting location but are still a quarter mile short, you’ll have the drive to finish it. You don’t want to tell that person that you stopped 1/4 mile short, right? Plus they can give you a well deserved high five! As soon as I finished my run, I texted my friend Jeanette. I knew she would give me the “great jo
10 days ago
Review by PJ Hruschak In less than five hours I killed more than a dozen cops, got a half dozen lap dances, was kicked out of a strip club, got laid, turned into a handsome black man, stole countless vehicles, shot a shark, barely o...
Review by PJ Hruschak In less than five hours I killed more than a dozen cops, got a half dozen lap dances, was kicked out of a strip club, got laid, turned into a handsome black man, stole countless vehicles, shot a shark, barely outrdrove the cops and died more than twenty times. I also heard the F-bomb more times than an all-night Casino watchathon and the N-word more times than a '70s Richard Pryor arguing with a '90s Chris Rock, squinted at tiny instructional text until my eyes (nearly) bled and tossed my controller more times than a little league team tosses balls during pre-season practice. Such is the way of the first five hours of Grand Theft Auto V (GTAV), the $60 heroin Rockstar Games sprinkled all over consoles just before the new generation hits shelves. Read more »
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Bud Selig’s career slash line is .000/.000/.000. He has zero plate appearances and zero batters faced. Bud Selig used to own the Milwaukee Brewers and has served as baseball’s commissioner for what seems like 200 years. Bud ...
Bud Selig’s career slash line is .000/.000/.000. He has zero plate appearances and zero batters faced. Bud Selig used to own the Milwaukee Brewers and has served as baseball’s commissioner for what seems like 200 years. Bud Selig made a lot of rich men much richer. As those men get richer, the players — the top 1% of players, anyway — got much richer too. Lots of people around baseball are very rich. I might paraphrase Chris Rock here: the players are rich but the owners are wealthy. Bu Selig’s lasting legacy will be one of wealth and prosperity. Not without some bumps in the road. Bud Selig piloted the good ship baseball to the best of his ability, ignoring or smashing down the bumps depending on their ability to prevent the wealthy people increasing their wealth. I’m not class warrior – that’s the commissioner’s job. Keep the wealth flowing. Bud Selig did it well. That’s his mandate. Every decision made under Selig’s stewardship was informed by its ability to increase wealth. Baseball is not alone in this pursuit. It feels like every action in our world is made in the interest of increasing the stock price. In ensuring a nice return for investors. This article-thing is no different, in its way. Expanded playoffs, TV deals, steroids, All Star games, unbalanced schedules. Bud Selig put his name on these evolutions in baseball to make rich people richer. That’s it. Angry as it makes fans and writers, this is in scope in which Bud Selig’s job performance and lasting legacy must be judged. The relative health of the game comes second to the relative health of the stakeholders’s bottom line. The labor peace, the increased international presence, whatever other positives you can draw from Selig’s tenure come back to the same mission statement. It’s a business and it’s his job. The flowery good of the game romance isn’t even a distant second. It is for this reason I don’t really care if Bud Selig stays or goes. For more than 20 years, his was the face of a much larger decision-making machinery. Too much blame and too much credit lands at his feet in equal amounts. But he isn’t a baseball player. He wasn’t a baseball player. He won’t be a baseball player. So his coming and going doesn’t do much for me. I mean, it does mean something to me. Not even I am so naive to believe his edicts from on high don’t trickle down and change the way teams and players approach the game. From front offices making aggressive moves in pursuit of the second wild card to players and their contract conditions dictating all aspects of team building. But these are still factors in the business of baseball, not the game of baseball. I’m not smart enough of patient enough to spend much time worrying about the business of baseball. Whatever precious little understand I gained of the business side of the game is more a work hazard than legitimate personal interest. When Bud finally steps away, some other man in a suit will take over and his goal and reason for being will be identical to Bud’s. Maybe he won’t be so schlubby or nebbish but his mandate the same. Somebody will write a book about Selig and history will smile on the wealth he helped transfer and the state of the game upon his exit (remarkably healthy.) But nothing will really change. Nor should it. But you can’t make me care about it. This ironically detached post is the best you’ll get, Bud. Enjoy retirement. Thanks for not driving baseball into bankruptcy, I guess.
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G. Queiroz, N. SerraPereira, B. The 3 "C"s clear the fog and make discussion and decisions more focused. They serve as a framework for discussion of changes you can make cooperatively or as a nonconfrontational way of discussing what may...
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G. Queiroz, N. SerraPereira, B. The 3 "C"s clear the fog and make discussion and decisions more focused. They serve as a framework for discussion of changes you can make cooperatively or as a nonconfrontational way of discussing what may...
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15 days ago
Buys'n'GiftsThis week, two Doctor Who books came to my mailbox: The 2nd Doctor Sourcebook for Cubicle 7's Doctor Who RPG and About Time 7, Mad Norwegian's tackling of Series 1 and 2 of the new series. I also got In the Loop (see below) a...
Buys'n'GiftsThis week, two Doctor Who books came to my mailbox: The 2nd Doctor Sourcebook for Cubicle 7's Doctor Who RPG and About Time 7, Mad Norwegian's tackling of Series 1 and 2 of the new series. I also got In the Loop (see below) and Parks and Recreation Season 5 on DVD. ANNNNND a co-worker went to Morocca this summer after asking if I wanted anything. I said a fez, of course, and she got them for the whole team. Now I have headwear for my 50th Anniversary Doctor Who party next November 23rd!"Accomplishments"DVDs: I already gave Star Trek Into Darkness a long review yesterday, and the DVD I got has absolutely no features so... enjoy that review one more time. What? I need to vamp while the picture on the right clears off the scroll? Hm... Let me look at the DVD case here... Ok, here's a thing. I actually own the "bilingual" copy, so most of the packaging is in both official Canadian languages. Of course "Star Trek vers les ténèbres" is only half in French. Sad, really. When I was a kid, Star Trek in French was called "La patrouille du cosmos", literally "The Cosmos Patrol". They'd dropped that by Next Gen I think. I'm wondering too if it's kosher to translate critical quotes instead of finding new quotes by French critics. I mean, if Rolling Stone's Paul Travers thought it was "Crazy good", he didn't mean "Diablement bon" which means "Devilishly good". Nuance. We done now? Good, ok. NEXT!Well the next film on the list is one I've briefly reviewed before when I saw it in theaters: Abraham Lincoln - Vampire Hunter. Still awesome, though I will admit that the movie sometimes takes shortcuts to get from one place to another in Lincoln's life, and I find myself missing scenes that might've deepened the various relationships. Throw me a bone, cool-ass movie about an American president fighting the undead! It's a DVD, Director's Cut this thing to something approaching an epic-level two hours! This DVD includes a very good and honest commentary track by writer (of both the novel and the screenplay) Seth Grahame-Smith of Pride & Prejudice & Zombies fame, and if you don't usually have the patience for commentaries, a 15-minute making of will take you threw many of the important beats with cast and crew.I watched them out of order! Julie Delpy's 2 Days in New York was a fun and well-observed comedy that brought her French family (including her real-life hilarious father) to NYC to plague her character's boyfriend, played by Chris Rock. 2 Days in Paris was the first of the sequence, taking place 5 years before when Marion went back home with her then-boyfriend, a neurotic New Yorker played by Adam Goldman. First of all, I can see how Delpy would have wanted to do a follow-up that focused on Marion's crazy family. 2 Days in Paris uses them, but leaves you wanting a lot more. The focus is instead on Goldman freaking out as his girlfriend's history comes back to kiss cheeks and make inappropriate comments (to a repressed American anyway). As with the other film, it's especially funny to someone who speaks both French and English like me, because you understand both sides of conversations without the filter of subtitles. Oh look, the DVD packaging has DIFFERENT pull quotes for each language! Take note, Star Trek. The DVD also has a long, fun conversation (in French) with Julie Delpy.Another comedy about clashing cultures is In the Loop, which takes Peter Capaldi's foul-mouthed Malcolm Tucker character from The Thick of It and has him deal with screw-ups in foreign affairs for a change, when a mid-level minister makes a diplomatic faux-pas about a possible war in the Middle East which some elements in the U.S. government are supporting. As a part of the Thick of It universe, it's a bit odd because it uses a lot of the actors from that show in different roles, and yet is undeniably part of the same world. Opening that world up to similar departmental shenanigans in the U.S. adds new and equally funny characters on the American side (inclu
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