The FIX — 4/30/14

  • On International Jazz Day, say happy birthday to actresses Dianna Agron (28) and Kirsten Dunst (32), as well as actor Johnny Galecki (39.)
     
  • In music news:  Linkin Park have revealed some of the guest stars on their upcoming sixth studio album, Hunting Party, which is due out June 16, including Rage Against the Machine's Tom Morello and System of a Down's Darion Malakian.  Also, Billy Corgan of the Smashing Pumpkins confirmed the band's first album of two that are due out next year is nearly complete, and Saliva has a new music video out for "Rise Up," which you can see on our Facebook page.
     
  • Tweet of the Day goes to Mindy Kaling (@mindykaling):  "I am now declaring my intent to buy the Clippers. The uniforms will be the same but bedazzled.@blakegriffin32."  #Clippers was, naturally, trending this morning, along with #StarWars — more on that next.
     
  • In the Screening Room:  You've surely heard by now, but the band is back together for Star Wars: Episode VII.  Original stars Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, and Harrison Ford (as well as Kenny Baker, Peter Mayhew, and Anthony Daniels) will join several fresh faces in JJ Abrams' new take on the series, and filming begins soon.  Elsewhere, The Simpsons will apparently kill off a "major" character in its season premiere this fall, but who?  Show-runners aren't saying, other than to admit they told the voice actor it would not be their last work on the show.  Hmm…
     
  • In the Gaming Guide:  Could you score a booster pack full of Gods in the pre-release for Magic: the Gathering's Journey Into Nyx?  Details are HERE.  Also, a big-time PS4 update is dropping today that includes improved video sharing and an HDCP-free option, among other items.  Details on that one are HERE.
     
  • Finally, it's Because Of Course:  three Oregon women are in jail as of Monday for twerking and exposing themselves at City Hall while appearing to pay a warrant out on just one of them; a runaway Budweiser blimp appears to have burst somewhere over Canada, and Starbucks employees are taking creepy "Oprah selfies…" because of course.
     

You'll find the rest at facebook.com/thefix993!  'Til Thursday…
–HH

(Partial news credit to 411mania.com)

The FIX — 4/29/14

  • It's International Dance Day!  Bust a move while wishing happy birthday to actress Uma Thurman (44) and comedian Jerry Seinfeld (60.)
     
  • In music news:  As you may have heard, Judas Priest have confirmed their 17th studio album, Redeemer of Souls, is coming on July 14th with a classic Priest sound we haven't heard since 2008.  Elsehwere, Jack White and the Arctic Monkeys will be among the headliners at X-Fest over Labor Day weekend in Calgary later this year.  Cage the Elephant has also been announced for the Canadian festival.
     
  • For Buzzfeed's full list of 17 Things Guys Secretly Love, click HERE.  I'll say that while I don't care much about appletinis or facial masks, I do think Sara Bareilles is one of the most talented musicians working today.
     
  • In the Screening Room:  DC is finally putting some gas in the tank, announcing that Zack Snyder will direct Justice League for them and WB after Batman vs. Superman.  We all knew it was coming…now, the question is whether or not it can actively compete with Marvel and The Avengers.  Elsewhere, after ten years at The Late Late Show, Craig Ferguson has announced he'll be leaving CBS at the end of 2014.  Before you say it, no, it has nothing to do with being "passed over" for Letterman's job — Feguson himself sais his decision was made before Dave even announced his retirement.  Possible replacement rumor:  Neil Patrick Harris.  Nice.
     
  • In the Gaming Guide:  EA Sports has confirmed that Madden NFL '15 will be coming to both Xbox and Playstation consoles on August 26th; they're also working with ESPN for a voting rig to determine this year's cover athlete.  Elsewhere, the "Grounded" DLC pack — the last of its kind for The Last of Us — has officially been dated for May 5th.
     
  • Finally, it's Because Of Course:  The release of new Hello Kitty McDonald's toys has Singapore so worried about safety that they're posting guards at the doors of each restaurant.  Also, a guy named Jack Daniel is running for office in Lynchburg, Tennessee…where they make Jack Daniel's whiskey.  No relation.  Last, but not least, NCAA champion and proud Canadian Jim Nielsen now holds the world record for the fastest "beer mile" at four minutes and 57 seconds…because of course.
     

Everything else is at facebook.com/thefix993!  'Til Wednesday…
–HH

(Partial news credit to 411mania.com)

The FIX — 4/28/14

  • On International Astronomy Day, say happy birthday to actress Jessica Alba (33) and Jay Leno (64!)
     
  • Wanna see the full list of common US baby names that are outright banned elsewhere in the world?  Click HERE!
     
  • In music news:  Marilyn Manson's track, "Cupid Carries a Gun," will be the theme for the upcoming WGN America dramatic series Salem.  It's off of Manson's impending new album, and he says he lent it to the producers for the theme because the show, "looks at the witch trials without being cliche."  Also, in new releases this week, you'll find Blur and Gorillaz frontman Damon Albarn's debut solo album Everyday Robots, violinist and Youtube star Lindsey Stirling's second album Shatter Me (featuring, among others, Lzzy Hale of Halestorm), and the first Pixies album since 1991, Indie City.
     
  • Twitter was buzzing this morning over #MadMen as the series' final season continues, as well as #GameofThrones and #TotalDivas, WWE's "reality" show over on the E! Network.
     
  • Today's Viral Video comes from Minute Physics, showing you how to see without your glasses.  Click HERE to check it out!
     
  • In the Screening Room:  The Other Woman debuted at #1 at the box office this weekend with a $24 million take, toppling Captain America: The Winter Soldier for the first time in almost a month and sending it to second.  Brick Mansions debuted down at #5, while The Quiet Ones showed up at #7.  Also, director and co-writer of the original Friday the 13th film, Sean Cunningham, is looking to bring the series to TV with Jason re-imagined as a killer through the ages, but no network/casting/date details have been announced yet; and the final Hobbit film has been re-subtitled — instead of There and Back Again, it'll now be known as The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies.  Because of reasons.
     
  • In the Gaming Guide:  There's a patch and update coming to Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes this Thursday, making the two console-exclusive missions now available for both platforms.  The game's out now on both last-and-current-gen Xbox and Playstation consoles.  Also, remember that urban legend about all of those E.T. Atari cartridges being buried in a New Mexico landfill?  Yeah, this weekend, that was confirmed…because someone dug them up.
     
  • Finally, it's Because Of Course:  Instagram "star" Dan Blizerian threw a 19-year-old model/porn star from the roof of his house into his pool…but he (she?) missed the pool, and she'll be missing the Hustler photoshoot she had scheduled because of it.  Elsewhere, a London man stole an electric bike from an e-bike shop owner and returned it 20 minutes later via taxi because he couldn't figure out how to charge it; and finally, teens are BEEZIN'!  Supposedly, kids are using Burt's Bees lip balm on their eyelids to get a contact high from the peppermint oil.  I'll believe it when I see it.  And if they are…stop, you idiots.

Find the rest at facebook.com/thefix993!  'Til Tuesday…
–HH

(Partial news credit to 411mania.com)

The FIX — 4/25/14

  • Say happy birthday today to actors Jason Lee (44) and Al Pacino (74!)  Hoo-ah!
     
  • In music news:  former Slipknot bassist Paul Gray's widow Brenna testified in court yesterday that she believes Dr. Daniel Baldi was responsible for Paul's death, citing that he continued to prescribe Xanax to Paul while knowing he harbored a substance abuse problem.  Elsewhere, Record Store Day is a success this year, as indy stores reported an 11.2% increase in sales as compared to last year's event; and finally, Metallica is deep into the process of working on a new album, as you may have heard yesterday.
     
  • Tweet of the Day goes to Seth MacFarlane (@SethMacFarlane) for this teaser:  "Somethin' cool is coming Monday, and it has to do with #AMillionWays."  He's referencing his new movie, A Million Ways to Die in the West, of course.  Trending this AM primarily was Comedy Central's @midnight Hashtag Wars game, #LameOfficeHolidays.
     
  • In the Screening Room:  Ray Fisher has officially been confirmed as being cast as Cyborg for Batman vs. Superman, which tells me that DC isn't sure if they're making that or a Justice League movie, given Wonder Woman's confirmation and the rumors of everyone from Flash to Green Lantern being in this.  Also, three flicks out this weekend to get your attention:  The Quiet Ones for the horror fans, The Other Woman for comedy/chick flicks, and Brick Mansions for action jacksons.
     
  • In the Gaming Guide:  Click HERE to get the details on the Steam sales for Magic: The Gathering 2014 — Duels of the Planeswalkers.  Also, if you're playing Star Wars: The Old Republic, be aware that the Galactic Strongholds expansion that was due out late June has been pushed to August to add more features.
     
  • Finally, in Because Of Course:  A Missouri man was busted for having his 13-year-old son be his designated driver and proceeded to tell cops after being pulled over, "Well, I guess that makes me a bad father."   Also, a drunken Tennessee man broke into the Lorraine Hotel in Memphis for a nap…in one of the historically-preserved rooms tied to Rev. Martin Luther King's assassination.  Finally, total chode Lance Armstrong still thinks of himself as the winner of his revoked Tour de France titles since, "everyone was doing it then."  Because of course he does.
     

Find the rest at facebook.com/thefix993, and have a great weekend!  'Til Monday…
–HH

(Partial news credit to 411mania.com)

The FIX — 4/24/14

  • National Pig in a Blanket Day means it should be Tuesday…shouldn't it, Supernatural fans?


     

  • In music news, the impending Led Zeppelin reissues of their first nine albums will also now include previously unreleased tracks on a companion album.  The reissues are coming June 3rd, so prepare yourselves…also, former Kinks guitarist and vocalist Dave Davies has offered support for AC/DC guitarist Malcolm Young, as he tells Rolling Stone via Facebook, "I have no idea exactly what physical state Malcolm Young is in, but the public sending out negative vibes about the whole thing is not going to help at all."  Davies himself suffered a stroke nearly a decade ago.
     
  • Tweet of the Day goes to comedian Julius Sharpe (@juliussharpe) for this gem:  "Restaurants are always trying to "tempt" you with dessert. Dude, I'm an adult. I can have like six Snickers bars when I get home if I want."  No doubt.  Trending this morning was #WeAllBleedBlue and #Kane, two sides of the same hockey coin (puck?) after last night's Blues/Blackhawks game, as well as #GoldenGods (Revolver's awards show.)
     
  • First-ever FIX retraction:  The U.S. Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau's approval powdered booze ("Palcohol") last week was just a mistake. The approval apparently pertained only to the labels for the product's seven different flavors, not the products themselves, but the producers are hopeful it'll get there soon.
     
  • In the Screening Room:  actress Meg Ryan has joined the cast of How I Met Your Mother spinoff How I Met Your Dad to play the Bob Saget role of the older Sally, narrating Greta Gerwig's actions from the future.  Of course, this is just a pilot order for now, and after the dismal series finale of the original, we'll see if it gains traction.  Also, the finale Saturday Night Live episodes of the current season have been announced:  May 3rd, it's Andrew Garfield hosting (for The Amazing Spider-Man 2, no doubt) with musical guest Coldplay; May 10th will be Charlize Theron and The Black Keys (just three days before the release of Turn Blue, their new album); and the finale on May 17th will bring back Andy Samberg with St. Vincent on the music front.
     
  • In the Gaming Guide:  Bungie has released a character class-detailing video for Destiny, which releases September 9th for current and last-gen consoles that aren't under Nintendo's wing; you can see that video on our Facebook page.  Elsewhere, someone's making a Kick-Ass 2 video game…now, for some reason, after the movie released to theaters last August and home video in December.  It's a beat-'em-up.  It looks okay.  No one will buy this.
     
  • Finally, it's Because Of Course:  a Kansas man facing first-degree murder charges is worried that the jury will unfairly judge him based on his tattoos…one of which, in huge letters on his neck, read, "MURDER."  Gee, I can't imagine why he's concerned…also, the NYPD's "#myNYPD" publicity stunt, intended to bring in pictures of New York residents being helped by the police, has backfired big time, resulting in tons of police brutality photos being sent to the department.  Finally, Robert DeNiro may be a great actor and even director, but his Vine skills aren't so hot — his first six-second video was taken by accident and features him confused about what's happening.  Because of course.

 

Everything else, you'll find at facebook.com/thefix993!  'Til Friday…
–HH

(Partial news credit to 411mania.com)