On October 16, the new Epica album ‘Design Your Universe’ will be released and the first single ‘Unleashed’ can be expected at the beginning of October. But first things first: Travelling around the world and meeting other cultures; those are in short the major sources of inspiration for singer, songwriter, composer and guitarist Mark Jansen, both as a person and a musician. The latest proof of his unlimited interest in the world around him is the album The Phantom Agony, the colourful debut Continue reading →
Alien robots have transformed into box-office superstars with $200 million in domestic ticket sales in just five days.”Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen” took in $112 million in the sequel’s first weekend and $201.2 million since opening Wednesday, according to Sunday estimates from Paramount, which is distributing the DreamWorks movie.It was well on the way to becoming the year’s top-grossing movie. That was a few million dollars higher than other studios were expecting for the movie, and the figures could change a bit when final numbers are released Monday.Still, it was a colossal start for the “Transformers” sequel, whose opening five days amounted to nearly two-thirds of the $319 million domestic total the franchise’s first movie did over its entire run in 2007. Now playing in almost every other country except India, the movie added $185.8 million overseas, for a worldwide total of $387 million. That’s well over half the $708 million global total for the first “Transformers.” That first movie began with a $70.5 million weekend. Based on how well the sequel has done, “Revenge of the Fallen” could join the handful of movies that have topped the $400 million mark domestically. “I’d say given the momentum it has, it’s got a real shot,” said Rob Moore, vice chairman at Paramount. For the first five days, the “Transformers” sequel was second only to last summer’s “The Dark Knight” with $203.8 million. This was the biggest opening weekend of this year, surpassing the $85.1 million debut of “X-Men Origins: Wolverine” in early May. The sequel began with $60.6 million on its opening day Wednesday. That also was second only to “The Dark Knight,” which had the biggest box-office day ever with $67.2 million on opening day. With $14.4 million at 169 IMAX theaters, “Transformers” set a record for a five-day opening in the giant-screen format, nearly doubling the previous best of $7.3 million set by “Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix.” “Transformers” overcame harsh reviews from critics, who called it a visual-effects extravaganza without much story or human heart. Director Michael Bay has a history of bad reviews and big box office with “Armageddon” and “Pearl Harbor.” “Michael Bay knows how to build the perfect summer box-office beast,” said Paul Dergarabedian, box-office analyst for Hollywood.com. “He squarely aimed right at the demographic, right at what summer movie-goers want, and he put it on the screen. And audiences can’t seem to get enough of it.” The sequel broadened the franchise’s fan base. Females accounted for just 40 percent of the audience for the first “Transformers” but 46 percent for the sequel, Moore said. Much of that was due to the on-screen romance for the characters played by Shia LaBeouf and Megan Fox, who were relative unknowns when the first movie came out. With a $13 million weekend, Disney and Pixar Animation’s “Up” became the year’s top-grossing film domestically at $250.2 million. It surpassed Paramount’s “Star Trek,” which did $3.6 million over the weekend to hit a $246.2 million total.The reign of “Up” at the top of the year’s box-office chart will be short-lived, though. The “Transformers” sequel should shoot past it in a matter of days. The Warner Bros. melodrama “My Sister’s Keeper,” with Cameron Diaz and Abigail Breslin, had a so-so debut, coming in at No. 5 with $12 million. Breslin plays a daughter conceived as a donor for her older sister, who has leukemia. Summit Entertainment’s Iraq War drama “The Hurt Locker” had a strong start in limited release, taking in $144,000 in four theaters for an average of $36,000 a cinema. That compares to an average of $26,453 in 4,234 theaters for “Transformers.” Starring Jeremy Renner and Anthony Mackie as members of a U.S. bomb squad in Baghdad, “The Hurt Locker” has a chance to become the first real commercial success among recent war-on-terror movies, which audiences generally have avoided. “The Hurt Locker” has earned stellar reviews since debuting at film festivals last year. It rolls out to more theaters on July 10. Estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at U.S. and Canadian theaters, according to Hollywood.com. Final figures will be released Monday.
1. “Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen,” $112 million.
2. “The Proposal,” $18.5 million.
3. “The Hangover,” $17.2 million.
4. “Up,” $13 million.
5. “My Sister’s Keeper,” $12 million.
6. “Year One,” $5.8 million.
7. “The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3,” $5.4 million.
8. “Star Trek,” $3.6 million.
9. “Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian,” $3.5 million.
10. “Away We Go,” $1.7 million.
Revenge of the Fallen
Michael Bay returns to helm the sequel to the highly successful big-screen adaptation of the Transformers toy line for DreamWorks and Paramount Pictures. Much of the original cast returns for the second installment, including Shia LaBeouf, Megan Fox, Josh Duhamel, Tyrese Gibson, and John Turturro, with Rainn Wilson joining in the fun as a college professor.
Actors Character - Born
Shia LaBeouf Sam Witwicky – Jun 11, 1986 in Los Angeles, CA
Megan Fox Mikaela Banes – May 16, 1986 in Tennessee
Josh Duhamel Sergeant Lennox – Nov 14, 1972 in Minot, ND
Tyrese Gibson USAF Tech Sergeant Epps – Dec 30, 1978 in Watts, Los Angeles, CA
Kevin Dunn Ron Witwicky
Julie White Judy Witwicky
Ramon Rodríguez Leo
Isabel Lucas Alice
John Turturro Agent Simmons – Feb 28, 1957 in Brooklyn, New York City, NY
John Benjamin Hickey NSA Advisor Theodore Galloway
Rainn Wilson Jan 26, 1966 in Seattle, WA
DAYS DIFFERENCE will be joining All Time Low on a short U.S. tour starting July 9th in Richmond, VA. The pop rock quartet recently signed with Universal Motown who fell for the band’s infectious material which has listeners comparing them to the likes of The Fray and Something Corporate. Originally formed in 2004, Days Difference spent several years honing their propulsive pop sound by opening for artists such as Paramore, Lifehouse, Third Eye Blind, Jack’s Mannequin, and Yellowcard when those artists came through Virginia Beach. In 2007, they released an independent album, Numbers, then embarked on a nationwide tour, in which everything that could have gone wrong did: a tire on their trailer fell off, a show was canceled when the promoter got hit by a car, Jonathan got a concussion playing soccer, Micah broke his collarbone playing football, they received a $500 parking ticket, and to top it all off, the owner of the club where the band were to play one of their final dates died on the day of the show. “I never really believed the whole ‘earn your keep’ thing, but we’ve really paid our dues,” Jeremy says. The tour may have been grueling, but “it taught us a lot,” Jeremy says. “We really grew as a band and as friends. We had some tough times, but we never doubted ourselves.” You can hear that confidence and camaraderie in the songs on their debut album, an all-killer, no filler set that brims with fresh-faced enthusiasm and the wide-ranging talent of this young group of musicians. To help bring out their best, the band’s team enlisted the talents of several veteran co-writers and producers, including Wayne Wilkins (Beyoncé, Natasha Bedingfield), Andrew Frampton (Natasha Bedingfield, Kylie Minogue), Stefanie Ridel Fair (Fergie, Pussycat Dolls), Michael Smidi Smith (Pussycat Dolls, Tupac), and Tim Myers, former bassist for OneRepublic. Myers and Jeremy co-wrote four key tracks: the irresistible first single “Radio Song,” the touching ballad “Imperfections,” and the radio-ready “Falling Into You” and “Magnetized.”
The band just released “Radio Song,” their first single since being signed which they’ll be filming a video for later this week.
Days Difference will be released in fall 2009 on Universal Motown Records.
Tour dates w/ All Time Low and We The Kings
7/09 – Richmond, VA @ The National
7/10 – Philadelphia, PA @ Electric Factory
7/11 – Towson, MD @ Towson Center
7/12 – Poughkeepsie, NY @ The Chance
7/13 – Wantagh, NY @ The Bay Stage (Jones Beach)
7/15 – Toronto, ON @ Kool Haus
7/16 – Cleveland, OH @ House of Blues
7/17 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Riverplex Ampitheater
7/18 – Allentown, PA @ Crocodile Rock Café
Paramore is preparing to release its third album, “brand new eyes” on Sept. 29 via Fueled By Ramen. The Nashville group – who sounds nothing like Nasheville — tapped superstar producer Rob Cavallo (Green Day, Kid Rock, My Chemical Romance) to man the decks. The set’s first single “Ignorance” will be released to radio at the beginning of next month and will go up for sale on iTunes, Amazon and all other digital stores on July 7. Pre-sales for the record also goes up on July 7 via the band’s website. “brand new eyes” will be released as a normal CD as well as a doozy of a deluxe version, limited to 15,000, which “includes the album on CD, a 40-page hardcover journal with Paramore frontwoman Hayley Williams’ handwritten lyrics and notes on the album, a color vinyl 7″ single with four acoustic songs, a DVD featuring an exclusive making-of documentary (with interviews, behind-the-scenes footage, the ‘Ignorance’ music video and making-the-video footage, plus rare band vignettes from www.paramore.net), a 16-page full-color booklet, an exclusive Paramore poster, five limited edition collectible Paramore photos printed on hardstock paper, and a numbered certificate of authenticity” according to a release from Atlantic. Whoosh. “brand new eyes” is the follow-up to Paramore’s breakthrough set “RIOT!,” released in 2007. The group gained even more exposure as its track “Decode” was included on the soundtrack to “Twilight.” However, as the band told Billboard, fans shouldn’t expect any Paramore songs on the “New Moon” soundtrack. “We don’t want to be, like, the vampire house band,” drummer Zac Farro explains. “It was really fun to be a part of that, and great exposure, but I think ‘Twilight’ was it for us. We don’t want to seem like we’re trying to get in every single movie they put out.” The band has been previewing new material as it has been opening for No Doubt on the road, now through the beginning of August. They are also scheduled to air an “MTV Unplugged” special in September.
Here is the tracklist to “brand new eyes”:
3. Playing God
4. Brick By Boring Brick
5. Turn It Off
6. The Only Exception
7. Feeling Sorry
8. Looking Up
9. Where The Lines Overlap
10. Misguided Ghosts
11. All I Wanted
Here are Paramore’s/No Doubt’s tour dates:
27 Wantagh, NY Nikon At Jones Beach Theater
29 Cleveland, OH Blossom Music Center
30 London, ON John Labatt Centre
2 Milwaukee, WI Summerfest – Marcus Amphitheater
3 Detroit, MI Palace Of Auburn Hills
5 St. Paul, MN Xcel Energy Center
6 Kansas City, MO Starlight Theatre
8 St. Louis, MO Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
10 Indianapolis, IN Verizon Wireless Music Center
11 Chicago, IL First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre
13 Winnipeg, MB MTS Centre
15 Calgary, AB Pengrowth Saddledome
16 Edmonton, AB Rexall Place
18 Vancouver, BC General Motors Place
19 Seattle, WA White River Amphitheatre
21 Concord, CA Sleep Train Pavilion
22 Universal City, CA Gibson Amphitheatre
24 Sacramento, CA Sleep Train Amphitheatre
25 Mountain View, CA Shoreline Amphitheatre
27 Universal City, CA Gibson Amphitheatre
28 Universal City, CA Gibson Amphitheatre
31 Irvine, CA Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
1 Irvine, CA Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
2 Irvine, CA Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
7 Tokyo, JPN Summer Sonic 2009
8 Osaka, JPN Summer Sonic 2009
It doesn’t matter that golf’s most bad-to-the-bone major championship has a leaderboard that looks like it was hijacked from the old Broome County Open. It doesn’t matter that every time the turnstile clicks here, water falls out of the sky. And it doesn’t matter that the only thing fans know about any of the players in contention is their first initial and last name. They did not care. As the USGA clearly states in its rules, the U.S. Open is an open championship. Meaning that, provided you have the right handicap and can qualify, anyone — rich or poor, amateur or Continue reading →
As Tiger Woods tries to win his 15th major, Phil Mickelson has the support of New Yorkers, who have seemingly adopted him. The fact that Lefty has said this will probably be his last golf for some time due to his wife’s breast cancer will make the crowds overwhelming pull for him. Who will win? Here’s the US Open Golf Championship TV schedule. The U.S. Open Championship will be played at the Black Course at Bethpage State in Farmingdale, N.Y. Tiger Woods, won last year’s U.S. Open in an 18-hole playoff against Rocco Mediate. In terms of the US Open TV schedule, ESPN and NBC share coverage of the first two rounds on Thursday and Friday. On the weekend, NBC takes over full-time.
2009 U.S. Open Championship TV Schedule:
Thursday, June 18:
10 AM – 3 AM — ESPN: U.S. Open Championship, First Round
3 PM – 5 PM — NBC: U.S. Open Championship, First Round
5 PM – 7pm — ESPN: U.S. Open Championship, First Round (Part 2)
Friday, June 19:
10 AM – 3 AM — ESPN: U.S. Open Championship, Second Round
3 PM – 5 PM — NBC: U.S. Open Championship, Second Round
5 PM – 7pm — ESPN: U.S. Open Championship, Second Round (Part 2)
Saturday, June 20:
2 PM – 8 PM — U.S. Open Championship, Third Round, NBC
Sunday, June 21:
1:30 PM – 7:30 PM — U.S. Open Championship, Final Round, NBC
All times are EDT
LOS ANGELES – The Dave Matthews Band [ tickets ] has added a pair of new shows to its current tour slate behind the band’s hot-selling new album, “Big Whiskey and the GrooGrux King.” The Sept. 9 and 10 shows at Los Angeles’ Greek Theatre come immediately after the band’s three-night stand at the Gorge Amphitheater in George, WA. The group, which continues the trek tomorrow night (6/19) near Pittsburgh, will head overseas for a European tour leg later this month. Tickets for the two LA shows go on sale to the general public starting Friday (6/ 19). Details for the group’s US tour dates are included below, and international dates are posted at DMB’s website. Last weekend, the band drew more than 50,000 fans to Saratoga Springs, NY, for a pair of outdoor concerts. State-park police made 34 arrests and issued 58 appearance tickets to concertgoers over the weekend, according to local authorities. “Big Whiskey and the GrooGrux King,” which hit stores earlier this month, marks the band’s first studio set since the death of saxophonist LeRoi Moore last summer. Guitarist Tim Reynolds returned to the studio with the band for the record–his first recording with DMB since 1998′s “Before These Crowded Streets.” The set debuted at No. 1 on The Billboard 200 in early June, moving about 424,000 copies during its first week on store shelves to make the album the third-highest selling debut of the year, behind Eminem’s “Relapse” (608,000 copies) and U2′s “No Line on the Horizon” (484,000 copies), according to Nielsen SoundScan retail figures as reported by Billboard. Produced by Rob Cavallo (Green Day, My Chemical Romance), “Big Whiskey” is the follow-up to 2005′s “Stand Up,” the fourth consecutive Dave Matthews Band effort to enter the US album chart at No. 1. In addition to DMB members Dave Matthews (vocals, guitar), Carter Beauford (drums), Stefan Lessard (bass) and Boyd Tinsley (violin), the group will be joined on the road by Reynolds, trumpeter Rashawn Ross and saxophonist Jeff Coffin.