Daily Archives: April 12, 2012

One Direction Announce 2013 Summer Tour ©

British boy band set North American dates a year in advance

One Direction performs in Los Angeles. Christopher Polk/KCA2012/Getty Images for KCA

One Direction performs in Los Angeles.
Christopher Polk/KCA2012/Getty Images for KCA


British boy band One Direction have announced a summer tour of the United States, Billboard reports. The catch is – it’s not for this summer, but for the next. The group’s itinerary is so packed through this year that they will only have time for one American gig – a sold-out headlining show at Madison Square Garden in Manhattan – before having time to mount a full-on North American tour.

The tour will hit 25 cities in the United States and Canada between June and August of next year, but tickets for the shows will go on sale on Saturday, April 21st. The gigs will almost certainly sell out, but One Direction runs the risk of losing the enthusiasm of their young fans, who may be more excited about something else over a year after the release of their first album.

The dates for One Direction’s 2013 tour are as follows:

6/13 Ft. Lauderdale, FL BankAtlantic Center
6/14 Miami, FL American Airlines Arena
6/18 Columbus, OH Nationwide Arena
6/19 Nashville, TN Bridgestone Arena
6/21 Atlanta, GA Philips Arena
6/22 Raleigh, NC PNC Arena
6/23 Washington, DC Verizon Center
6/26 Mansfield, MA Comcast Center
6/28 Wantagh, NY Nikon at Jones Beach Theater
7/4 Montreal, PQ Bell Centre
7/6 Hershey, PA Hersheypark Stadium
7/8 Pittsburgh, PA Consol Energy Center
7/9 Toronto, Ontario Air Canada Centre
7/12 Detroit, MI The Palace of Auburn Hills
7/13 Chicago, IL First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre
7/18 Minneapolis, MN Target Center
7/19 Kansas City, MO Sprint Center
7/24 Denver, CO Pepsi Center
7/25 Salt Lake City, UT Maverick Center
7/27 Vancouver, BC Rogers Arena
7/28 Seattle, WA Key Arena
7/31 Oakland, CA Oracle Arena
8/2 Las Vegas, NV Mandalay Bay Events Center
8/6 San Diego, CA Cricket Wireless Amphitheatre
8/7 Los Angeles, CA Staples Center



RollingStone™ Readers’ Poll: The Best Jack White Songs of All Time ©

Picks include ‘Ball and Biscuit,’ ‘Seven Nation Army,’ ‘Hotel Yorba’ and more

Ian Gavan/Getty Images

Ian Gavan/Getty Images

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10. ‘The Hardest Button to Button’

This single from Elephant is one of White’s most dynamic numbers, alternating between a tense instrumental section held down by Meg White’s steady, minimal beat and a series of increasingly unhinged verses.

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Axl Rose Will Not Attend Guns N’ Roses’ Rock and Roll Hall Induction Ceremony ©

Singer: ‘I strongly request that I not be inducted in absentia’

Axl Rose of Guns N' Roses performs at the Hollywood Palladium. Jason Merritt/Getty Images

Axl Rose of Guns N' Roses performs at the Hollywood Palladium.
Jason Merritt/Getty Images


It’s official: Axl Rose will be not be attending this year’s Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony. “I respectfully decline my induction as a member of Guns N’ Roses to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame,” Rose wrote in a long letter obtained by the L.A. Times. “I strongly request that I not be inducted in absentia and please know that no one is authorized nor may anyone be permitted to accept any induction for me or speak on my behalf. Neither former members, label representatives nor the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame should imply whether directly, indirectly or by omission that I am included in any purported induction of ‘Guns N’ Roses.'”

The announcement follows months of speculation regarding what, exactly, would happen at the April 14th ceremony in Cleveland. Axl Rose and Slash haven’t shared a stage since 1993 and bad blood between the former bandmates has persisted for years. “He hates my guts,” Slash told Rolling Stone earlier this month. “It’s over a lot of different stuff; I don’t even know. There’s just no communication between us.”

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|| Movie Review || The Cabin in the Woods

||The Cabin in the Woods||
Chris Hemsworth, Kristen Connolly, Fran Kranz
Directed by Drew Goddard

APRIL 12, 2012

If it’s true that you always kill the thing you love, then horror honchos Joss Whedon and Drew Goddard have taken an ax to slasher cinema in The Cabin in the Woods and chopped it up for kindling. With love, mind you, and a potently playful sense of mischief. Cabin is a deliciously devious scare dance that keeps changing the steps until you lose your shit and fall helplessly into its demonic traps. Screenwriters Whedon (Buffy the Vampire Slayer) and Goddard (Cloverfield), in his feature-directing debut, are fright-obsessed. They’re also pissed seeing terror morph into torture porn that drowns the human element in buckets of blood.

Don’t get me wrong. The Cabin in the Woods is far from a “say no to gore” sermon. It’s fiendishly funny. Can you laugh and shriek at the same time? Yeah, baby. Scream proved that back in 1996. But Cabin goes deeper than a self-reflexive game of name-checking gorefests from Evil Dead to Halloween. Every cliché Cabin pitches is likely to come back and bite you in the ass. Take the setup: Five college kids climb into an RV and head for the last cabin on the left near a Friday the 13th-ish lake where fantasies of rocking sex and drugs turn into the biggest nightmare this side of Elm Street. At first, the characters seem cardboard-thin: Chris Hemsworth (Thor) as Curt the jock, Anna Hutchison as Jules the slut, Kristen Connolly as Dana (her virginal opposite), Jesse Williams as Holden the nerd and Fran Kranz as Marty the stoner. Then they go in the basement, where monstrous challenges await them.

Say what? You heard me. Whedon and Goddard tip us off early that something is up by introducing Sitterson (Richard Jenkins) and Hadley (Bradley Whitford), techies who seem to be running a rogue surveillance op. Forgive my vagueness. But spoilers are a bitch. You unlock this cabin door with the key of imagination, and the next stop is a newfangled Twilight Zone. Just fly with it, especially since Jenkins and Whitford are the go-to dudes for a blissed-out blend of mirth and malice.

Props to the cast for going beyond the call of bloodbath duty. Connolly is a standout, bringing emotional nuance to her role even as the filmmakers bombard her with everything from zombies to a killer unicorn. And Kranz, now on Broadway in Death of a Salesman, is comic dynamite as the pothead. You haven’t lived until you see him use a bong as a weapon of mass destruction.

Cabin keeps springing scary surprises. And it’s wicked, twisted fun until the violence starts nagging at you. The gods and monsters of the movie never question their appetite for gutting pretty young things. But you’ll question yours for sure before the film’s shocking end. Ironically, Cabin was made in 2009 but got stuck in studio limbo when MGM declared bankruptcy. Now Lionsgate has let the beast out. Punishment is its own reward, especially at the box office. But Whedon and Goddard are hunting bigger game. By turning splatter formula on its empty head, Cabin shows you can unleash a fire-breathing horror film without leaving your brain or your heart on the killing floor.

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Don’t blow title now! Giggs issues rallying cry after United’s shock defeat at Wigan ©

Manchester United‘s shock defeat at Wigan has prompted Ryan Giggs to issue a rallying cry to his Old Trafford team-mates, urging them to not blow their big chance of a 20th top-flight title.

United were left stunned by Shaun Maloney’s 50th minute winner at the DW Stadium which – allied with City’s 4-0 drubbing of West Bromwich – has pushed the door ajar on the Barclays Premier League race once again.

Roberto Mancini claims his team – who now trail the leaders by just five points – have blown their chances, but Giggs is warning his fellow United stars they must build another unbeaten run, starting with the weekend clash against Aston Villa.

Unbelievable: United believe they were victims of some poor decisions

Unbelievable: United believe they were victims of some poor decisions

‘We didn’t perform,’ he told MUTV. ‘For a start, our normal passing game wasn’t as fluent and we kept giving the ball away.

‘Obviously, you’ve got to give credit to Wigan – they put us under a lot of pressure, especially early on and credit to them as well.

‘They worked hard but that’s something we come up against quite a bit (being closed down) so it’s not an excuse not to be able to handle that.

‘We just didn’t keep the ball like Manchester United usually do. I think we only had one or two shots on goal and that’s also disappointing so we have to look at the game and work on it and get ready for Sunday.’

United front: Maloney bagged the winner for ecstatic Wigan (below)

United front: Maloney bagged the winner for ecstatic Wigan (below)

It was United’s first defeat since January, ended an eight-match winning streak and failed to beat Wigan for the first time in 15 meetings.

And with Manchester City winning, their lead at the top of the Premier League was cut to five points with five games remaining.

‘A couple of months ago City were something like five to one on and we were well behind them in terms of goal difference and points,” said Ferguson.

Red alert: The United boss was not happy about his team's performance

Red alert: The United boss was not happy about his team's performance

‘We have to take some credit that we have got ourselves back into the race.

‘But Wigan were the better team. They are very underrated and we were completely dominated in the first half. We were second to every ball and only had one shot at goal.

It was one of these off nights you get. We have been on a great run and it has put us in a position where we can win the league, so we have to get over the disappointment of tonight.’


Man City WON’T sell Balotelli, insists agent ©

By MirrorFootball

Mario Balotelli has settled his differences with Roberto Mancini and could stay at Manchester City for another two years, according to his agent.

The controversial striker has been a distraction at the club ever since he arrived from Inter Milan in 2010 and Mancini appeared to finally lose his patience on Sunday when Balotelli was sent off in a 1-0 defeat at Arsenal.

The City boss said after the game he would “probably” sell the 21-year-old, and former club Inter, plus rival side AC Milan were linked with the player.

Exclusive: AC Milan and Inter set for £20m battle to take troubled Balotelli back to Italy

But today his agent Mino Raiola insisted the striker had patched things up with Mancini and would not be going anywhere – though he admits it did look bad at one point.

“I am in Manchester but not for any transfer business. I have talked with Mario and Mancini, there was a moment of tension but now the situation is calmer,” Raiola told Sky Italia TV.

“Mario has understood his errors, he is special in every way, sometimes he makes mistakes without meaning to. There is enormous pressure from the fans on Mario but Manchester City do not intend to sell him.

“He must grow here then in one or two years, we’ll see.

“He must stay here, it is not true he is unhappy. When he leaves England he will do it as a winner.”

Balotelli is under contract with City until June, 2015.

The Madness of Mario: Top 10 bonkers Balotelli moments


Liverpool chairman gives Dalglish vote of confidence ©

By MirrorFootball

Liverpool chairman Tom Werner has said that manager Kenny Dalglish and MD Ian Ayre will not be following Damien Comolli out of Anfield.

Asked whether the Director of Football’s departure would have any impact upon Dalglish’s position as manager, Werner told the club’s official site:

“Absolutely not. We’ve got great confidence in Kenny.

“We feel the team is going to make strides in the future and he enjoys our full support.”

Werner was equally supportive of Ian Ayre.

“We believe the senior management is very strong, Ian Ayre is an outstanding managing director. His charge is to raise revenue so that we can put the resources into strengthening our football club.

“We’ve got great confidence in the other people in football operations, and so the answer is there will be no future changes of significance.”

Werner also confirmed that Camolli’s departure won’t affect summer recruitment.

“We’ve had a strategy that we have agreed on. There was some disconnect on the implementation of that. That strategy is a strong one and it will continue.

“We need to build a strong system under the first team. We’re hard at work identifying transfer targets and we will be better next year.”

Read David Maddock’s inside track on what Comolli’s departure really means for Kenny Dalglish and check out the signings that sunk the Frenchman .


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