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Some big names will be playing this year’s event, including Jay-Z, Gorillaz, Pavement, Muse, Phoenix, Thom Yorke, and LCD Soundsystem.
Paul McCartney finished his somewhat unofficial “Good Evening” concert tours a couple of months ago, but his fans have spent that time speculating about what songs he would perform for his next concert tour. Last night, the rumors were put to a rest as the first night of the “Up and Coming” tour went underway at Phoenix, Arizona’s Jobing arena.
Thirty-six songs were performed, ranging from the Beatles’1963 hit “All My Loving” to last year’s Emmy nominated “(I Want To) Come Home”. Though most of set list was identical to that of the previous tour, some of his newer solo tunes, like “Only Mama Knows” and ”Flaming Pie” got cut along with some Beatles classics, like “Drive My Car” and “I Saw Her Standing There”. Those songs were replaced by well-loved Wings gems like “Nineteen Hundred and Eighty Five” and “Venus and Mars/Rockshow”.
The Academy Awards used to be one of the biggest annual events on television, but up until last year, its TV ratings kept going down. Though some people are clearly heavily into the whole thing by throwing “Oscar parties” and betting on who will win what, most people won’t even bother to watch the whole show. Some people argued that this was because the movies that America cared about weren’t usually nominated. This year’s show, with its ten best picture nominees, will either prove or refute that theory.
In years past, however, a major portion of the audience just tuned in to see what everyone was wearing. The Oscars were more than just the source to see the most famous people in Hollywood celebrating the best movies of the past year; it was also a major pop culture event. It was big news in 1973, when Marlon Brando refused his “Best Actor in a Leading Role” award and chose Sacheen Littlefeather to make a speech in his place. In 1985, Sally Field drew laughs because she said, “You like me! Right now, you like me!” during her “Best Actress” acceptance speech, and in 1998, everyone talked about how Roberto Benigni climbed up on the seats on his way to accept the “Best Foreign Language Film” award. However, in today’s 24-hour news cycle, instant YouTube world, nobody misses anything big. There are multiple entertainment news shows on air that will tell you about everything that happened and many websites, PopMatters included, that will list who won what.
That’s why I won’t be watching the Oscars, even though most of the broadcast networks have bought into the hype, with only CBS offering anything new. They’ll be showing an episode of The Amazing Race based around the sites in Germany where the Beatles got their start. If you’re lucky enough to have cable, there’s a few former Oscar winning movies on, including The Dark Knight on Cinemax, Goodfellas on AMC, and Saving Private Ryan on TNT. Alternately, you could have a DVD marathon of your favorite movies and avoid all of the commercials while you’re at it. After all, you’re not missing anything.
Kathryn Bigelo is the first female director to win best film and best director at the British Academy of Film and Television Arts awards. Her superb film The Hurt Locker scored six awards out of eight nominations, shutting Avatar out of the big awards. Avatar won the biggies at the Golden Globes, but the Brits seemed to prefer the more serious fare on offer in the Iraq Qar themed film. We certainly concur with the BAFTA choices as seen in our Best Films of 2009 feature.
In this clip Bigelo reflects on her historic win…
The film also snagged best screenplay and Mark Boal talks here about that win…
And yes, Jeff Bridges was great in Crazy Heart and is standing now as the Oscar favorite for Best Actor. However, the BAFTAs got it right, awarding Colin Firth with the title for his role in the heartbreaking A Single Man, based on the Christopher Isherwood novel. Here Firth discusses his win and his role in the film…
Dinosaur Jr. will be playing a special free show at the Troubadour in Los Angeles this upcoming Tuesday (23 February) as part of a T-Mobile event. The doors open at 8.00pm with the show starting at 9.00pm. It’s a first come, first serve deal, so you’ll need to line up early to get in. PopMatters will be there covering the event, so watch for photos and a review shortly thereafter.
Just to reiterate the salient points here…
- Dinosaur Jr.
- 23 February @ Troubadour in LA
- Doors 8pm/show 9pm