Dogbites News - February 28, 2009
Green Day reportedly are planning to kick off a massive world tour of arenas in July to support their next album, 21st Century Breakdown (due in May).
U2 have scheduled their first-ever live performance on a U.S. morning television show -- a March 6 appearance on ABC's Good Morning America. In other U2 news, the band will be Letterman's musical guest each night from March 2 to 6. It's the first time a musical guest has been given a solid week on the CBS show. The band last appeared on the "Late Show" in October 2001.
For the first time Tracy Morgan Will Host SNL On March 14 I'm Brian Fellows
Picture: "Slumdog Millionaire"
Actor: Sean Penn, "Milk"
Actress: Kate Winslet, "The Reader"
Director: Danny Boyle, "Slumdog Millionaire"
Supporting Actress: Penélope Cruz, "Vicky Cristina Barcelona"
Supporting Actor: Heath Ledger, "The Dark Knight"
Crowd lining street under the marquee of
the Pantages Theater at the
31st Academy Awards in 1959 (source)
According to Scottsdale court records, Charles Barkley pleaded guilty to two misdemeanor charges related to the same drunken driving arrest. Barkley, who works as a TV analyst, is set to serve five days in jail on March 21. The Hall of Famer must pay more than $2,000 in fines and attend an alcohol treatment program. Under Arizona law, he'll also be forced to install an ignition interlock device on his vehicles.
An April 21 release date has been announced for the debut album from Tinted Windows, the new supergroup featuring ex-Smashing Pumpkins guitarist James Iha and members of Fountains of Wayne, "MMMBop"-ers Hanson and power-pop legends Cheap Trick. In other news, Windows will be the musical guests on the April 20 episode of CBS' Late Show With David Letterman.
The Beastie Boys are wrapping up work on their next album, which they are tentatively calling Tadlock's Glasses. "We're tweaking some mixes and we're going to master it in the next couple of weeks," reveals rapper Adam Yauch. "There are a lot of songs on the record and there are a lot of short songs and they kind of all run into each other." The follow-up to 2007's The Mix-Up is expected out sometime this year.
Former Guns N' Roses drummer Steven Adler will appear in the action-comedy film Dahmer vs. Gacy, which is expected to hit screens this year. The flick focuses on a fictional battle between the infamous serial killers Jeffrey Dahmer and John Wayne Gacy. Adler reportedly will play a character that Dahmer picks up at a bar and later murders by using a drill on his head.
"Spider-Man, Turn Off the Dark" will open on Broadway on February 18, 2010 with music and lyrics written by U2's Bono and The Edge. The show is inspired by more than 40 years of Marvel Spider-Man comic books, but spins a new take on the tale of Peter Parker, who finds himself endowed with astonishing powers after he is bitten by a genetically altered spider. The show, which will begin preview performances on January 16, 2010, will be directed by Tony Award-winner Julie Taymor, best known for Disney's successful "The Lion King" on Broadway. Bono and The Edge will make their Broadway debut by creating new music and lyrics for the "Spider-Man, Turn Off the Dark." Casting for the show is yet to be announced.
Brandon Jacobs didn't have to carry the "franchise player" tag very long. The Giants' running back shed the unwanted tag Wednesday when he signed a brand new four-year, $25 million contract, according to one of his representatives, Andrew Kessler. The deal includes $13 million in guarantees and will pay him $15 million over the first two seasons.
On Sale this morning at 10AM
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At a time when bankers are being pilloried on Capitol Hill as heartless and greedy, Leonard Abess Jr. stands apart. After selling his bank for a fortune last fall, he quietly handed out $60 million in bonuses from his own pocket - and not just to top executives. In all, 471 employees and retirees, including tellers, clerks and secretaries, were rewarded, receiving an average of about $127,000 each. For his generosity and humility, Abess was singled out for praise by President Barack Obama in his congressional address Tuesday. Abess attended as Obama's guest.
Acclaimed writer-director John Sayles has signed on to pen the upcoming HBO series based on the life of Red Hot Chili Peppers singer Anthony Kiedis. Tentatively titled Scar Tissue, the show focuses on Kiedis' years growing up in Los Angeles in the 1970s with his drug-dealing dad.
On Wednesday, Warner Bros. said it was delaying the release of Guy Ritchie's Robert Downey Jr.-Jude Law topliner "Sherlock Holmes" from Nov. 13 to Dec. 25.
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