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"GREAT CORONA AND LIME"
8.22.08 - HARD ROCK CAFE UNIVERSAL CITYWALK - UNIVERSAL CITY, CA

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THE GERMS ARE INDUCTED INTO THE ROCK WALK
Hollywood, California, 8.20.08
photo by: Mike Skiff

Seminal LA punk band, The Germs, are inducted into the RockWalk with a handprint ceremony.  The Germs surviving members Lorna Doom, Pat Smear and Don Bolles, were joined by cast members of “What We Do Is Secret,” the story of the band.  Bijou Philips plays Lorna Doom, Noah Segan plays Don Bolles, and Shane West of “E.R.” plays the band’s tragic founder, the late queer punker, Darby Crash.

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the ting tings

MSING SING WHIT THE TING TINGS @ EL REY
8.07.08
by: MEMO MENOS

the ting tingsI didn’t really know what to expect heading to the El Rey Theater in Los Angeles for the debut of the English indie-pop duo, THE TING TINGS.  I had heard the chart hits, quirky, snappy ditties that didn’t really stay with me.  “THAT’S NOT MY NAME” and “SHUT UP AND LET ME GO” are catchy, jumpy tunes, but the band seemed like another youth-fueled hormone release like the JONAS BROTHERS or HANNAH whoever.  Not for me.


It seemed entirely congruent that the band was leaving the next day for a tour through Japan, a country whose music and fans seems perfectly suited for this duo.  the ting tings

But when JULES DE MARTINO took up perch behind the drums, in his red Varnets, and a few minutes later, when KATIE WHITE emerged, it was clear this was not some pop hiccup.  They started with a haunting “ WE WALK”. With JULES pounding out an infectious beat on the drums.  KATIE came on with an energy and an angst that was mesmerizing.  “Good to meet you LA” and she was off-all business, and a lot of physical posturing, as she twisted out the captivating soundtrack to the relentless beat stream coming from her sole band mate.

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The TING TINGS at once reincarnated MISSING PERSONS, of “WALKING IN LA”, “WORDS”, “DESTINATION UNKNOWN” fame, with KATIE doing a striking rendition of TERRI BOZZIO.  Even the voice sounded the same.  She doesn’t so much sing, as she yelps, wails and screams in a melodic rhythm, except when her and JULES do harmony, which they do often, and do quite well.

At other times, it was like watching a young DEBBIE HARRY, who KATIE credits on myspace as one of her influences, along with THE TALKING HEADS, BJORK and JONI MITCHELL.  This is no simple duo.


The name comes from a friend of KATIE, with whom she was working in a boutique in Manchester.  In Mandarin it means “band stand.”  But KATIE adds “It can also refer to the sound of innovation or an open mind.  Like the ‘ting’ you hear when you get an idea.”the ting tings

They got a huge boost when Apple featured “SHUT UP AND LET ME GO” in a national ad campaign for IPOD.  And the two have been the hottest thing over the last year in the U.K.

The TING TINGS create a complex, layered sound, with KATIE alternating from drum machine to guitar to bass drum to cowbell.  JULES manages all things percussive, along with a rigged set of effects boxes, creating a sound like there are 5 players on the stage. And it sounds good!
The audience was thrilled to see the couple, and sang along to every song.  KATIE spun around the stage for “THAT’S NOT MY NAME”.  She walloped a bass drum on “SHUT UP AND LET ME GO.”  And she had the entire crowd screaming the verses for ‘GREAT DJ”-“Imagine all the girls, ah ah ah ah ah ah ah ah ah, and the boys, ah ah ah ah ah ah ah ah ah and the screams eeh eeh eeh eeh eeh eeh eeh, and the drums, the drums, the drums, the drums.”

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The two closed with WE STARTED NOTHING, a lamenting song about the rigors of oh, perhaps starting a rock band.  “I started nothing, I wish I didn’t”.  KATIE sings falsetto, giving the tune a SCISSOR SISTERS sound.  Later the two channel a BRYAN FERRY riff from “PSYCHO KILLERS”, ah ah ah ah    ah ah ah ah ah ah.  You had to be there.

The bottom line is that the TING TINGS from England have started a rock and roll band, like MISSING PERSONS or BLONDIE or THE SCISSOR SISTERS or even ROXY MUSIC to whom they seemed to pay homage on this night.

The TING TINGS are definitely a rock band, with a captivating seductress at the helm. They are so much more than the saccharine pop that comes across over the airwaves.  They are hard driving, melodic, full of energy and a lot more fun than I ever expected.

Listen to the sound of innovation.  It’s the Ting Tings.



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Madonna's brother, Christopher Ciccone, signs his tell-all
book about his life with his diva sister at Book Soup in West Hollywood
7.31.08
photos by: Mike Skiff

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Mariah Carey

MARIAH CAREY AT HOLLYWOOD & HIGHLAND
8.01.08
by:
Tony Be
Surrounded by thousands of screaming fans, Mariah Carey helped launch the second annual Samsung AT&T Summer Krush Thursday night with a five-song set at the Hollywood & Highland Center in Los Angeles.
Portions of Carey’s brief concert appearance, which featured a guest appearance by rapper Young Jeezy for the song “Side Effects,” were broadcast last night on ABC’s “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” Other songs performed by the pop diva included a medley of “I’ll Be Lovin’ U Long Time”/”Touch My Body,” “I’m That Chick,” “Shake It Off” and “We Belong Together" as well of a rendition from Michael Jackson "Off The Wall.”

click on the link below for more info on Samsung, AT&T, or the Summer Krush Tour:

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BATMAN
LONG, DARK KNIGHT
5.25.08
by: memo menos


DARK KNIGHT is an amazing film, a powerful, re-energized BATMAN for about 90 minutes.  Then it devolves into a silly, no one dies, everyone comes back to life, twist and turn marathon that kills the whole deal.

The script moves fast, with little time wasted in brining the audience along on a fast and furious ride through Chicago turned Gotham.  The action is furious and violent, continuing with the darker, less comic book feel.  And it’s all good, except the film doesn’t know when to leave enough alone.

Characters die off, then re-emerge to save the day one too many times, ten too many times.  It’s as if director Christopher Nolan was having too much fun with the plot twists and the epic battles.  They get out of hand and make an involving, powerful drama, nothing more than a joke. 

NOLAN is credited with re-invigorating the franchise, that got silly along the way to $1 billion in revenue.  BATMAN BEGINS was a change of direction from the goofy, cartoonish scripts and cast of characters of BATMAN (1989) BATMAN RETURNS (1992) and BATMAN FOREVER (1995), to a more sinister, dramatic form.  But even BATMAN BEGINS didn’t know when to leave well enough alone.  It also ran too long.

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DARK KNIGHT marks the return of CHRISTIAN BALE as BRUCE WAYNE, and he does another fine job.  His BATMAN voice is attention getting, his style as BRUCE WAYNE is flawless and the getups are surreal. 

There is a fine supporting cast.  It seems nearly everyone is in this film.  MICHAEL CAINE plays a superb ALFRED.  MORGAN FREEMAN is along as a sort of “Q” keeping BATMAN equipped with the latest gadgets and weapons.  MAGGIE GYLLENHAAL is RACHEL, an assistant district attorney and love interest for BRUCE WAYNE and AARON ECKHART who logs a lot of screen time as HARVEY DENT, perhaps the next BATMAN, and in the end as TWOFACE. 

GARY OLDMAN returns as Lieutenant JIM GORDAN.  As always, he is fantastic.

But the film will always be about HEATH LEDGER and his spooky performance as THE JOKER.  Who could imagine someone could inhabit that role and erase the image of JACK NICHOLSON?  But LEDGER does that in the first few seconds on screen, and then runs away with the part.  He is evil, and funny at the same time, not unlike what NICHOLSON did with the part.  But this is not NICHOLSON.  It is a JOKER we have never seen before, and you want to see much more.  It’s a tragedy that unfolds on the screen as you watch an amazing performance from a truly gifted and obviously troubled actor.

There is buzz about an Oscar nomination, for good reason.  But at the premiere in New York, Sir MICHAEL CAINE, who knows a thing or tow about the process having been nominated 6 times and having won 2, told USA TODAY, “When you see this movie, you’ll see one of the best performances not from him, but ever.  I’d hate to be up for an Oscar this year in the supporting category.  If someone beats him, I want to see who.”

He’s absolutely right.  HEATH LEDGER is the real DARK KNIGHT.  He steals this film from the moment he appears.  Perhaps that is why the film meanders on for way too long.  Whatever damage it does to the story, it does give us one long last look, a disturbing look, at an actor on top of his game, before the final fall.

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revlon walk
5.25.08
by: memo menos

Saturday May 10th – Mother’s Day weekend – the Entertainment Industry Foundation celebrated 15 years in the fight against women’s cancers with more than 50,000 men, women and children, including thousands of survivors united by the power of a common dream – to cure women’s cancers.

It was a day of celebration in the fight against women’s cancers hosted by Carrie Ann Inaba and Tom Selleck along with Revlon Brand Ambassadors Halle Berry and Beau Garrett. Special guests Melissa Manchester debued her new song "Power of Ribbons" and Jesse McCartney performed his hit song "Beautiful Soul" and his new single "Leavin'".

The Go-Go's rocked the Coliseum at the post celebration concert with hit after hit as participants streamed across the finish line. Volunteers greeted runners and walkers with medallions, and survivors wearing hot pink hats were presented with roses donated by Toyota.

This year we hope... to raise more than $3 million for the fight against women’s cancers. Over the past 14 years, we have distributed nearly $50 million between our Los Angeles and New York events. Through the dedicated efforts of our participants and volunteers, we believe we can achieve this goal.

Mark your calendar for our 16th Annual Entertainment Industry Foundation Revlon Run/Walk For Women to be held Saturday, May 9th, 2009. Thank you for your continued support in the fight against women’s cancers. We look forward to seeing you next year.

For more information,
call (310) 322-3344.

http://www.revlonrunwalk.com

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Then I she found me
4.25.08
by:Gil Kaan

Helen HuntWritten, directed, and produced by, as well as, starring; Helen Hunt could have used an objective eye to make a smoother little film.
After sitting through the 100-minute indie, you are left wondering what exactly was the point of this drama (dramedy?).
“Then She Found Me” centers around a love triangle of Hunt –a grammar school teacher/newlywed; Matthew Broderick –her momma’s boy husband who walks out on her; and Colin Firth –an abandoned husband raising two small kids. 
While the chemistry sizzles between Hunt and Firth, the attraction between Hunt and Broderick makes you shake your head in wonder.  Why is there even a question of which man Hunt should pick as the deck is so stacked against the totally weird, unsympathetic, pathetic character of Broderick.
The other ‘main’ plot line involves gay icon Bette Midler as a popular talk show host who wants to re-unite with the daughter –Hunt—she abandoned three days after her birth (or was it one year after her birth?) Midler is fun, not quite delicious, in the movie, actually underplaying her usual manic fabulousness. However, when she’s washing Hunt’s hair while Hunt’s in the bathtub, you don’t know whether she’s washing and caressing or tangling up and pulling Hunt’s hair.
That about sums up the rest of the movie.  You just don’t know –what to think about the choices the characters make; or how to interpret their either obvious or way too subtle reactions; or whether Broderick has a problem with premature ejaculation. 
Hunt has never looked so real and old on screen.  You see every line and worry on her face. Wish we could have instead seen the point she was trying to make with her film.
Interesting to us, that the only gay characters in the whole film set in Manhattan are the ‘guests’ on Midler’s Jerry Springer-esque talk show.  Makes you wanna go ‘Hmmm’!

 

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