Anne Hathaway and James Franco to host Oscars

The Oscars have lined up two in-demand actors to take on hosting duties for the next telecast. Anne Hathaway and James Franco have been confirmed as co-hosts for the upcoming 2011 broadcast of the Oscars, set to take place February 27th at Kodak Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center.

The official word came from producers Bruce Cohen and Don Mischer in a statement providing the reasons why the hosts were chosen;

“James Franco and Anne Hathaway personify the next generation of Hollywood icons— fresh, exciting and multi-talented. We hope to create an Oscar broadcast that will both showcase their incredible talents and entertain the world on February 27. We are completely thrilled that James and Anne will be joining forces with our brilliant creative team to do just that”.

Strangely enough, Franco could possibly be up for an Academy Award that very evening. Insider word is buzzing about Franco’s performance in Danny Boyle’s 127 Hours and has tipped him for a possible ‘Best Actor’ nomination.

“And the Oscar goes to … ME!”

The choice of co-hosts is certainly one that leaves a lot of questions (they couldn’t go classic? Billy Crystal? Steve Martin?), but not surprisingly, the choice of Hathaway and Franco are not the weirdest the Oscars have ever picked. have an interesting story about some of the most ridiculous hosts of Academy Awards history, including Paul “Crocodile Dundee” Hogan, Donald Duck, years where there were no hosts, and one year where they decided to have six! (1959).


Jimmy Eat World announce 2011 Australian/NZ tour

Fresh from the release of their latest album Invented, Arizona rockers Jimmy Eat World have announced a 2011 tour of Australia and New Zealand set for next April.

The tour kicks off April 5th in Perth and will make its way through Adelaide, Sydney, Brisbane before wrapping up their Australian run in Melbourne on the 11th. The band will play a solitary date in New Zealand on the 13th in Auckland. Full tour dates below. General public tickets go on sale December 9th.

Tour dates:
04/05 – Perth, WA @ Metro City
04/06 – Adelaide, SA @ Governor Hindmarsh
04/08 – Sydney, NSW @ Enmore Theatre
04/09 – Brisbane, QLD @ The Tivoli
04/11 – Melbourne, VIC @ Palace Theatre
04/13 – Auckland, NZ @ Powerstation


The Sword debut “Lawless Lands” video

Texas metal band The Sword continue their intergalactic conquest with the video for the track “Lawless Lands”. The space themed video is the latest from their new album Warp Rider, released this past August. Check out the video above.

The band recently announced the rescheduling of their United States tour after having to cancel the previous routing due to band member changes. The new dates kicked off yesterday and continue on through until mid December.

The Sword will then venture down to Australia next year as part of the Soundwave Festival.


30 Seconds to Mars finally release “Hurricane” video

The much hullabalooed video for Jared Leto’s 30 Seconds to Mars’ track “Hurricane” has finally made its way online. The video was apparently “banned” but has now been given its appropriate edits to deem it viewable. It’s restricted to American viewers only … but perhaps that’s a blessing?

“Hurricane” is from the band’s deluxe reissue of their This Is War album.

Check it out below:


Patrick Stump debuts new song

Former Fall Out Boy front man Patrick Stump has debuted a new track, “Spotlight”, from his upcoming solo album. Unsure as to the direction of the song, Stump recorded two different versions of the song and is asking fans to choose which one will end up on the final cut of the album.

You can hear a version of the track above while the alternate version can be heard here. Fans can go and vote on which song they prefer on Stump’s official website.


Tumbledown do Daytrotter

MxPx side project Tumbledown recently visited the Daytrotter studios to lay down some live renditions of their songs. You can check out their performances of tracks “Butcher of San Antone”, “State Line” and “Son of a Gun” right here.

Tumbledown is the country/western rock project of MxPx vocalist Mike Herrera. They recently released their new album, Empty Bottle, via End Sounds.

You can also download the entire session, for free (in exchange for an email address) via this link.


Leslie Nielsen: 1926 – 2010

Longtime actor Leslie Nielsen has passed away at the age of 84 due to complications from pneumonia. The actor died in Ft. Lauderdale on Sunday at a hospital near his home.

Best known for his comedic turn in lauded comedies Airplane! and The Naked Gun series, Nielsen began his career in more dramatic roles before turning his talents to comedy. His early career was noted for his starring appearances in the 1956 science fiction film Forbidden Planet and a string of MGM films like Ranson! (1956) and Hot Summer Night (1957).

His comedic stock rocketed into the stratosphere with his supporting turn in the successful 1980 film Airplane! before landing his recognized role as Frank Drebin in the television series Police Squad. The show was abruptly cancelled in 1982 but six years later, Nielsen returned to the character for the feature length film The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad. The comedy spawned two sequels and cemented Nielsen’s ability as a comedic leading man.

His later years were recognized for the spoofs he did, like the sometimes funny Spy Hard, the not so funny Scary Movie 3,4 and Dracula: Dead and Loving It.

My first encounter with Leslie Nielsen was, like a lot of people of my generation, with The Naked Gun. I was 7  and living in Indonesia when the film was released and my father rented it on laser-disc(!) not long after. I had no grasp of world politics, I didn’t know who Muammar Gaddafi, The Ayatollah or Yasser Arafat were (but for some reason, I knew who Mikhail Gorbachev was) or their significance to the world. I had not seen Airplane! yet and I didn’t know what a spoof was, but from those opening minutes of the film, I knew this comedy, and those involved, were something special.

Here is that short clip, the opening sequence of The Naked Gun:

You will be missed Leslie Nielsen, thanks for showing a kid growing up in Indonesia (and countless others around the world) what it meant to be funny.


Mark Ruffalo is a terrorist?

Probably not, but the Pennsylvania Office of Homeland Security has placed The Avengers star on their terror alert watchlist. According to the San Fransisco Chronicle, the actor was added to the list because of his active participation in the spreading of awareness about the award-winning documentary Gasland.

The documentary, directed by Josh Fox, is about the drilling technique known as “hydraulic fracturing” and the impact of this particular gas drilling within the United States.

Ruffalo recently spoke to GQ magazine about this situation, dismissing claims that he could be any sort of danger to homeland security. He think’s its “pretty fuckin’ funny” but we’re guessing his next TSA screening will probably take place in one of those little rooms.

The actor starred in this year’s The Kids Are All Right (with Annette Benning and Julianne Moore) and the Steve Carrell comedy Date Night. He is currently shooting the Joss Whedon-directed graphic novel adaptation, The Avengers, due in cinemas May 2012.


Against Me! leave Sire/Warner

Against Me! have left major label Sire/Warner after a 5-year working relationship. In a blog post, front man Tom Gabel has expressed his gratitude to all those at Sire and has sent out an apology to all the fans effected by their recent rash of tour date cancellations;

“The last thing that we ever want to do, especially when the dates have us going to some of our favorite places in the world, but this past October a culmination of circumstances were engulfing us and we had to take some time off from touring to go home and sort things out. On a related note, after almost a five year relationship we are leaving Sire/Warner. We have nothing but gratitude towards all the people we worked with at the label and feel very fortunate to have had the opportunity to make the records we made while with the label.”

Gabel continues to say that the band have scheduled a few radio station festivals in December before heading out on tour in January with Cheap Girls and Fences. The band have also recruited Jay Weinberg (Max’s kid) to handle drum duties. Weinberg was recently booted from Madball after differences between Weinberg’s lifestyle and that of Freddie Cricien surfaced.

Against Me! released the terrific White Crosses earlier this year.

Album Reviews, Music

Review: The Ataris – All Souls Day / The Graveyard Of the Atlantic 7″

Kris Roe was never one to shy away from wistful songwriting. The man who seems to have the eternal blues continues to wear his heart proudly on his sleeve, and on The Ataris’ first taste of new material since their less than successful tread down indie rock way, takes it all back to where End Is Forever and So Long, Astoria promised all those years ago.

“All Souls Day” appeared on the 2009 Warped Tour compilation and it felt that a new full length was shortly on the way. But nearly two years removed, and we’ve only got a slightly reworked version of this track. It’s as caustic as Roe has ever been (spitting out lines like “Erase our lives take back those vows / I guess it’s not that easy now / I’ll tear that fucking chapel to the ground”), but musically it sounds a little like “Not Capable of Love”.

The b-side of this 7” is the real gem of the mix and is a great indicator of the new album’s potential. We first heard an acoustic rendition of the album’s title track not too long ago, and now, the full band version gives us the best Gin Blossoms song The Ataris ever wrote. Its mid tempo guitar riffs and bittersweet couplets are the perfect accompaniment for what seems like the single longest road trip in pop punk/rock history.

Roe is still searching for that perfect moment, but “The Graveyard of the Atlantic” is the closest he’s ever been. (Paper + Plastick)


AUDIO STREAM: The Ataris – “The Graveyard of the Atlantic”
The Ataris – “The Graveyard of the Atlantic”