Hollywood Foreign Press Association sues Dick Clark Prods. over Golden Globes
Variety reports that the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA) has filed a lawsuit against Dick Clark Prods., seeking control over the Golden Globes telecast.
In the suit, which was filed in Los Angeles on Wednesday, the HFPA claims that Dick Clark Prods. ìhas taken great liberties with its accounting for revenue generated by the Golden Globes Awards shows,î and that it has attempted to ìproduce, create, or exploit digital rights, ancillary shows, sponsorships, and promotional campaignsî without the authority to do so.
The HFPA filed the lawsuit after Dick Clark Prods. allegedly signed an agreement with NBC on Oct. 29 to air the awards ceremony through 2018 without consulting the HFPA.


Will he be allowed to swear?!?

Denis Leary to join “Spider-Man” reboot
LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) ñ Denis Leary is innegotiations to play the father of Emma Stone in Columbia’s new “Spider-Man” movie.
Stone is playing the love interest of Peter Parker/Spider-Man (Andrew Garfield) and Leary will play police captain George Stacy, her father who frequently came into contact with the web-slinging superhero.
In Marvel Comics lore, Stacy perished in an accident during a battle between Spider-Man and Doctor Octopus, an event that led Gwen Stacy to hate the hero.
Studio Columbia Pictures and director Marc Webb are keeping the script under lock and key so it’s uncertain how faithful to the core story Leary’s version of the character will be.
Leary hasn’t appeared in a theatrical movie since 2002’s “The Secret Lives of Dentists,” although he has been starring in the acclaimed drama “Rescue Me” since 2004. He appeared in HBO’s “Recount” and has continued to voice the character of Diego the sabertooth in the “Ice Age” movies.

Apple Stuff

To the surprise of absolutely no one!!

The Beatles storm iTunes charts
LOS ANGELES – The Beatles soared up the iTunes record charts on Tuesday, with five of their classic albums entering the U.S. Top 20 less than 24 hours after the band’s catalog was released for the first time on the world’s No.1 digital retailer.
“Abbey Road” was leading the pack on Tuesday evening, with “The White Album” and “Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” also proving the most popular Beatles album downloads on Apple’s iTunes store. The special digital “Beatles Box Set”, priced at $149 was also climbing up Top 20 along with the “Blue Album” of greatest hits.
On the U.S. iTunes singles charts, “Here Comes the Sun”, “Let it Be” and “Blackbird” were among six Beatles singles moving steadily up the top 100 downloads, according to real-time data on the iTunes website.
Detailed figures on the numbers of U.S. downloads will be available next week from chart tracker Nielsen Soundscan.
Apple’s iTunes store on Tuesday released 13 of the albums made famous more than 40 years ago by the Fab Four, ending years of fruitless negotiations between Apple founder Steve Jobs, the Beatles management company Apple Corps, and record label EMI.
Paul McCartney said he it was “fantastic to see the songs we originally released on vinyl receive as much love in the digital world as they did the first time around.”
Drummer Ringo Starr said he was “particularly glad to no longer be asked when the Beatles are coming to iTunes” and John Lennon’s widow Yoko Ono said it was an appropriate move in what would have been Lennon’s 70th birthday year.
In London, the Official Charts Company said it was certain that “their music will make a big impact” on the official UK singles charts, starting on Sunday when weekly sales and download figures are released.
According to Apple Corps, the band had sold more than 600 million records, tapes and CDs of its 1960s songs before Tuesday’s iTunes releases.


It is an amazing release!! Absolutely amazing!!!

Review: Bruce Springsteen’s ‘The Promise: The Darkness on the Edge of Town Story’
You’d better be some kind of genius to ask the world to admire your spiral notebooks. Bruce Springsteen, who’s spent a quarter-century-plus absorbing the love of people who feel his music changed their lives, can afford to be that presumptuous. “The Promise: The Darkness on the Edge of Town Story” is a boxed set disguised as a scrapbook, its packaging full of scribbled lyrics and tentative track listings and notes revealing ó celebrating ó the painful process of making a masterpiece.
The masterwork in question was the album that, Springsteen writes in the set’s liner notes, granted him an adult voice. “More than rich, more than famous, more than happy, I wanted to be great,” the 61-year-old admits, chuckling at the twentysomething egotist he was then, in Thom Zimny’s fine film about the making of his 1978 album “Darkness on the Edge of Town.”
This archival set goes to exhaustive lengths to prove that Springsteen accomplished his goal, though “Darkness” was neither breakthrough (that was 1975’s “Born to Run”) nor blockbuster (1984’s “Born in the U.S.A.,” icon jeans-clad derriere and all).
In three DVDs (the making-of film and two live sets, one vintage and one contemporary), a double album of rejected material, and the remastered original album, “The Promise” set illustrates how Springsteen used the circumstances surrounding “Darkness” to hone in on his Monument Valley, to reference his cinematic influence John Ford: a setting, both sonic and lyrical, that could hold the stories he needed to tell.
An ex-manager’s lawsuit and the pressure to follow up the hit “Born to Run” put restrictions on the creative process; a monster writing streak, and the dedication of his E Street Band and longtime producer Jon Landau, broke it open. “What we had were our relationships and the music Bruce was writing,” says the drummer Max Weinberg. This detailed, ruminative look back is not just an attempt to nab the shrinking music-buying public with a commemorative plaque; it’s more like self-analysis, a long-standing creative team’s attempt to understand the process it’s come to take for granted.
“Darkness on the Edge of Town” is a highly focused classic that set Springsteen on a new path. In Zimny’s film and the set’s liner notes, Springsteen states and restates that this album revealed his major theme: the pursuit of happiness not just in youth, but within the more complicated realm of adulthood. Sharing what went into that process of revelation is a gift this collection gives Springsteen’s fans; maybe it was one he wanted to give himself too.
Springsteen and his mates absorbed much as they explored this territory, which, to them, felt new. (Others had been there: Marvin Gaye, for example.) They learned from punk and Hank Williams, tried new production methods, recording styles and drum sounds. Equally important, and somewhat hidden within the narrative this boxed set presents, is what they left behind.
The two-volume rarities album “The Promise,” available both in the boxed set and as a separate release, celebrates the sound from which Springsteen turned away. That sound was bewitched by radio-oriented pop ó by the voice of Ronnie Spector and the seductive gestures of dandyish rock pioneers such as Elvis Presley and Roy Orbison. On “Born to Run,” Springsteen and the E Street Band found a way to meld that brashly commercial sensibility with the grandiosity of classic rock.
As a set, the previously unreleased material feels experimental, not in tone but in spirit. Some songs, like the brooding hymn “Come on (Let’s Go Tonight)”, are the seeds of others on “Darkness.” Others could stand on any Springsteen album, relating familiar tales of freedom or peril on the highway, or love in dark tenement corridors, within arrangements that lack the sharpness of the “Darkness” material but often have more warmth.
Springsteen devotees will know some of this material from bootlegs and live renditions, but to revisit it as a set ó pristinely remixed by Bob Clearmountain ó is to realize that Springsteen, just as much as Bob Dylan, is a great lover and thief of American pop history. These songs journey from Spanish Harlem to the punk den of CBGB, invoke murder ballads and doo wop corner serenades, and using these sources, allow Springsteen to build his own world ó a sonic environment that, when streamlined on “Darkness,” would seem to belong only to him.
With “Darkness,” Springsteen set out for somewhere beyond that space ó beyond the porch where the radio plays. He moved toward darker areas where men gather to do business or hurt each other, or set forth on journeys that they might never complete.
And he abandoned romance.
What he turned from was specific: the flirtatious, dreamy, deeply feminine spirit of the pop music he loved. Working to make what his producer Landau then called “the highest thing in rock” ó a concept-driven album ó Springsteen found his mojo by going to a masculine extreme.
“It’s a bit tragic,” says the E Street Band guitarist Steven Van Zandt in the film. “He would have been one of the great pop songwriters of all time.” “The Promise” album, with gems like the Crystals’ homage “Ain’t Good Enough for You” and the lilting ballad “Candy’s Boy” (a far cry from “Darkness’ ” aggressively lustful revision “Candy’s Room”) showcases the danceability, catchiness and even sentimentality Springsteen had to rein in to create “Darkness.”
In Zimny’s film, Springsteen’s wife and band mate, Patti Scialfa, zeroes in on what this shift meant. “When you look at ‘Darkness,’ the person’s not really attached to anybody else on that record,” she says. “There are no love songs on that record.”
On the surface, Scialfa’s words seem wrong. What about songs like the sweaty vow “Prove It All Night”? Or “Racing in the Street,” with its tender mention of “the wrinkles round my baby’s eyes”? Or “Candy’s Room,” the sexiest Springsteen song next to “I’m on Fire”?
But Zimny’s film and the sound of “The Promise” outtakes support Scialfa’s insight. Not one female appears in the old footage from the Jersey farmhouse where the Boss and the band recorded those 70 songs. Van Zandt recalls that no one involved had a girlfriend that mattered; Springsteen says he had “no life,” and cajoled his collaborators into a similar monk-like state.
The sound this band of brothers worked toward turned away from the feminine within Springsteen’s earlier work. The warm embrace of Clarence Clemons’ saxophone became a sparer element punctuating the music’s movements like sniper shots. Giving what love songs he did write to other (female) artists, Springsteen filled “Darkness” with elegies and work songs, stuff that reminded him of punk and country. He clearly preferred Hank Williams to Loretta Lynn.
Then there are the lyrics, so crucial to Springsteen. Only one woman, the hardened Candy, has a name on “Darkness.” These songs express an isolation that can’t be remedied by pop’s love potions.
Two years later Springsteen would open himself back up to other sounds and subjects. “The River” album puts seductions like “Crush on You” next to starker meditations like “Wreck on the Highway.” He’d never completely return to that imaginary space of “Darkness.” But for a time, like the hero whose character he inhabited, Springsteen made a sacrifice. The man he imagined had to stand alone. That meant leaving your woman behind.


Censorship is alive and well!!

PBS cuts Sarah Palin jokes from Tina Fey special
On Nov. 9, Tina Fey was awarded the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor during a made-for-TV ceremony at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. But when PBS broadcast the event the following Sunday, part of Fey’s acceptance speech was missing — specifically, the part where Fey made fun of her favorite “Saturday Night Live” target, Sarah Palin. The following remarks were cut from the broadcast:
“And, you know, politics aside, the success of Sarah Palin and women like her is good for all women ó except, of course, those who will end up, you know, like, paying for their own rape kit íní stuff. But for everybody else, itís a win-win. Unless youíre a gay woman who wants to marry your partner of 20 years ó whatever. But for most women, the success of conservative women is good for all of us. Unless you believe in evolution. You know what? Actually, I take it back. The whole thingís a disaster.”
Earlier in the night, Fey credited Palin for helping her win the prize. “I would be a liar and an idiot if I didn’t thank Sarah Palin for helping get me here tonight,” she said. “My partial resemblance and her crazy voice are the two luckiest things that have ever happened to me.” Those comments made their way into the broadcast, but many of Fey’s Palin jokes did not.
PBS claims the decision was made not for political reasons, but purely due to time constraints. ìWe had zero problems with anything she said,” executive producer Peter Kaminsky told the Washington Post. “We snipped from everyone.î

Apple Stuff

But I already have them all!!!

The Beatles catalog comes to Apple’s iTunes
Legendary music group The Beatles finally arrived on iTunes Tuesday, with tracks from all of the band’s albums available for purchase individually or as complete iTunes LPs.
The tracks went on sale just after 9:30 a.m. Eastern, before Apple’s planned announcement of 10 a.m. All of the band’s classic albums are now available for download, including “Abbey Road,” “Revolver” and “Rubber Soul.”
Full albums run $12.99 for an iTunes LP, and individual tracks are available for $1.29 each. The entire Beatles box set can also be purchased for $149.
Media outlets first reported on Monday that Apple would announce the debut of the entire catalog of The Beatles on iTunes Tuesday. Apple had teased an “exciting announcement” for 10 a.m. Eastern, 7 a.m. Pacific.
The arrival of The Beatles on iTunes was a long and difficult road, completed more than 7 years after the iTunes Store first began selling music. Apple and the Beatles’ parent company, Apple Corp, were engaged in a trademark dispute for years, before it was finally settled in 2007.


I wanna be in it!!!

Muppet movie loading up on cameos
Disneyís new Muppets movie will be bursting at the seams with high-profile cameos.
Alan Arkin, Jack Black, Billy Crystal, Zach Galifianakis and Jean-Claude Van Damme are being recruited to make guest appearances in the new feature, currently shooting around Los Angeles under the direction of James Bobin.
The biggest hurdle facing the studio, as well as producers David Hoberman and Todd Lieberman, is not getting actors to say yes to appear in the movie, itís figuring out scheduling.
The story sees Jason Segel, who wrote the script with Nicholas Stoller, as the human lead who helps those wacky Muppets reunite to put on a show in order to save a movie studio.
Amy Adams, Chris Cooper and Rashida Jones are among the human actors in key roles.
Arkin is a tour guide while Black will play a kidnap victim. Galifianakis plays a hobo. Details for others were not divulged.
It was reported that Jane Lynch would be appearing in the Muppets movie, but the Glee star denied being attached to the film.


No matter who is nominated, “Toy Story 3” is going to win!!

Only 3 Animated Movies to Get Oscar Nominations
Itís official: there will be no more than three nominees in the Oscar Animated Feature category.
The Academy released the list of qualifying films on Monday, and 15 movies were submitted and deemed eligible. A field of between eight and 15 submissions means three films can be nominated, provided they receive high enough scores.
Last year, for only the second time in the nine-year history of the category, five films were nominated out of a field of 20.
ìToy Story 3î and ìHow to Train Your Dragonî are considered prohibitive frontrunners for the first two slots, with the third spot up for grabs from a group that includes the major-studio productions ìMegamind,î ìTangled,î ìDespicable Meî and ìLegends of the Guardians: The Owls of Gaíhoole,î and dark-horse indies like ìIdiots and Angels,î ìSummer Warsî and ìMy Dog Tulip.î
A spokesperson for Warner Bros. said that the company had planned to submit the animation/live-action hybrid ìYogi Bearî to the Academy, but it is not on the AMPAS list and may have been judged ineligible by a committee from the Short Films and Feature Animation branch.
Voters who agree to see at least 80 percent of the qualifying films, which in this case means 12 movies, will select the final nominees.
The qualifying films:
ìAlpha and Omegaî

ìCats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galoreî

ìDespicable Meî

ìThe Dreams of Jinshaî

ìHow to Train Your Dragonî

ìIdiots and Angelsî

ìThe Illusionistî

ìLegend of the Guardians: The Owls of GaíHooleî
ìMy Dog Tulipî

ìShrek Forever Afterî
ìSummer Warsî

ìTinker Bell and the Great Fairy Rescueî

ìToy Story 3î

Apple Stuff

I am more excited about the release of the Bruce Springsteen set “The Promise” on Tuesday!!!!

Apple promises ‘exciting’ iTunes update Tuesday
CUPERTINO, Calif. ñ Apple Inc. replaced its regular home page Monday with a note promising an “exciting” iTunes announcement.
“Tomorrow is just another day. That you’ll never forget,” the gadget maker posted online. The webpage instructs people to check back at 7 a.m. PST Tuesday to learn more.
Apple would not give any further details about the nature of the announcement, but The Wall Street Journal reported that Apple has finally snagged the rights to sell Beatles albums on iTunes. Relying on unnamed sources, the report also said there was a chance Apple could change its plans at the last minute.
Representatives from the Beatles’ label, EMI, and Apple Corps Ltd., which manages the band’s affairs, did not respond to messages from The Associated Press seeking comment.
EMI has acted as the distributor for the Beatles since the early 1960s, but Apple Corps has so far declined to allow the Fab Four’s music on any Internet music services, including iTunes. The situation was exacerbated by a long-running trademark dispute between Apple Inc. and Apple Corps that was finally resolved in early 2007 when the companies agreed on joint use of the apple logo and name, a deal many saw as paving the way for an agreement for online access to the songs of the group, which broke up 40 years ago.
Rumors of the Beatles’ online debut have cropped up tied to past Apple events. In 2009, Apple scheduled a music-themed event on the same day a digitally remastered collection of the Beatles’ oeuvre was due out on CD. However, the event came and went without an announcement.
Apple is also thought to be working on some sort of music streaming service tied to Apple’s acquisition of startup in 2009. Lala let people pay a small fee to stream music over the Internet instead of buying tracks for download. Some analysts believe Apple will eventually offer iPhone and other gadget users Web access to their iTunes libraries. Apple would need to have new deals in place with music labels first, and it’s unclear that such agreements have been forged.


I still can’t decide if I want to go or not!!

Steven Page getting pre-tour jitters
On the eve of his first cross-Canada tour in support of his latest solo album, Page One, onetime Barenaked Ladies frontman Steven Page admitted to feeling his nerves.
“I’m a little on edge,” Page, 40, told QMI Agency in Toronto before a dress rehearsal for friends and family prior to his first cross-Canada solo tour of theatres that begins Tuesday night in Regina.
“I haven’t done this in a long time. It’s been three and a half years since I’ve been on a tour bus.”
Unless you’ve been living under a rock you’ll know that Page, one of the co-founders of the Toronto pop-rock group in 1989, split from Barenaked Ladies last year following a tumultuous period that included getting busted for cocaine and divorcing his wife.
Still, Page previously toured Ontario for three weeks earlier this year with the Art of Time Ensemble, with whom he recorded the covers album, A Singer Must Die, so it’s not like he hasn’t tested the waters since making headlines.
“I don’t know why I’m nervous,” he said, chowing down in a Little Italy restaurant. “It usually happens that one day at the beginning of a project I get a little bit wound up and then I’m fine. I know once I’m on the bus and I’m on the bunk, I’ll start to let go.”
This time Page is touring in support of his first studio album of original material since splitting from the Ladies, which came out in mid-October. The first song on the record is tellingly called A New Shore.
“I don’t want to write diary entries but at the same time you want to write songs that are emotionally honest and when I made this record I thought, ‘Do I want to go out on the road for two years and sing depressing songs about how s–ty things were?'” said Page. “There’s a couple that are there but in general it’s like, ‘Where am I now?’ And ‘What have I learned from it?’ And, ‘What do I want?’ And I would rather sing about that. I don’t want to go out on the road or work and feel like it’s sucking my soul out. It’s got to be fufilling.”
The Barenaked Ladies’ new album, All In Good Time, had a first single called You Run Away, which dealt with Page’s departure and he wasn’t entirely comfortable hearing it.
“I’d be at the store and it’d be on the radio blasting, it’s like, ‘Wow, that’s a little finger-pointy isn’t it?'” said Page. “The thing about anger in songs, especially in BNL songs we’ve done, any ones that we did that were kind of finger-pointy, they always bothered me. I didn’t want to go there. I think I talked to Kevin (BNL keyboardist Hearn) a little bit about it. I think it made him a little bit uncomfortable as well.”
When asked if he could have conceived of starting his music career over again after several decades in the business, Page said it was not out of the realm of possibilities.
“You can’t take anything for granted and I never did,” said Page, who divides his time between Toronto and Syracuse, N.Y., where he bought a place with his American girlfriend Christine Benedicto (a former BNL fan he met online) and her two kids.
“I was always the guy in the (Ladies), that even though I might have been the front person, we’d be going into a gig and I’d be the guy stopped and asked for I.D. I don’t know what the deal was but I was always like, ‘No respect.’ I was like the Rodney Dangerfield (of the group).
“There’s a certain level of starting all over again and that’s both exciting and daunting. There’s no guarantee I’m going to be able to make a living as a musician. I’ve never had a job beyond this. I don’t want to get a job. I want to make music.”
Page has already lived through mid-life crisis
Steven Page turned 40 this year, but let’s face it, he’s already had his mid-life crisis.
A separation (and later divorce) in 2007, a drug bust in 2008 and splitting from one of Canada’s best known bands in 2009 — in this case, the Barenaked Ladies — which he co-founded 20 years ago, just about covers it, right?
“I wasn’t thinking about 40 at all,” said Page. “I kind of felt like I was born 40 in a way. I think after I turned 40, I went, ‘Oh, my God. I’ve got a new record. I’m kind of making a new start. And I’m 40.’ If I was 30, I might have an easier go of it. But do I have to pretend I’m 30 now in order to get played on the radio? I used to get very defensive about a so-called ‘mid-life crisis.’ And I think, ‘No, ’cause it’s not me. I’m not a cliche. But yeah, I think you get to a point in your life and you go, ‘Am I on the path that I wanted to be on?'”
Needless to say, Page says it’s been humbling all the way around.
“I’ve learned to give myself permission to fail which I never did before,” said Page, an admitted perfectionist. “The lesson you learn is how to train yourself to roll with the punches.”
Page can’t see rejoining Ladies
Both Steven Page and his former band, the Barenaked Ladies, are currently touring and performing the group’s beloved songs at the same time.
“The songs kind of belong to both of us so it makes sense to me but I don’t know how common it is with other bands when they split,” said Page, who just released his first post-BNL album of original material, Page One, in mid-October.
“As far as the emotional ownership I think we both feel like they’re our songs.” Page, who deferred having a Toronto date in November after Barenaked Ladies scheuled a Nov. 26 show at Massey Hall, said he would have preferred the group continue on without him under a new name but said he’s trying not to take it too personally.
“It’s hard sometimes to think, it’d be easy to say, ‘Well, that’s Barenaked Ladies. It doesn’t matter if he’s there or not,'” he said.
Page, who hopes to have a large club show in Toronto in January or February, actually said there’s been more communication with his Ladies bandmates given the passage of time since their 2009 split.
“I saw (band-co-founder) Ed (Robertson) and (drummer) Tyler (Stewart) at the Bell Gala a little while ago and it was a little bit weird but I thought, ‘Like why make it strange?’ Just remind them that I’m the guy that they were best friends with for 20 years. And it was good. It was nice. It was nice to be able to connect that way. But, I think as Ed was saying to me, like ‘Does it really matter? Are we past that? Do we need to have a relationship really?’
“But because they were guys that I was so close to for so long, I don’t want them to be angry at me or hate me or misunderstand me. I think the other way around too. I can’t imagine myself ever rejoining the band but if there’s stuff to do together, sure, I’d be fine with that. I think we both just want to wait until we re-establish ourselves.”