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News Roundup: Meg White, The Charlatans, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Glastonbury, and more

Also Beastie Boys, Michael Moore, Ewan McGregor, Doctor Who, and They Might Be Giants

May 26, 2009 Bookmark and Share


Our News Roundup briefly reports on various entertainment news stories that are circulating the web:

The famed Glastonbury Festival in England has announced its 2009 lineup, which boasts Neil Young, Blur, Bruce Springsteen, Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, Bat For Lashes, and an ungodly lot more. You can view the lineup on Glastonbury's site now.

Beastie Boys announced the name of their new album, due out sometime in early fall: Hot Sauce Committee. The name was revealed last night on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon during an interview. 

When They Might Be Giants caught wind of a Seattle Little League team that had taken on the band's name, they extended the offer of sponsorship to new teams everywhere. They are offering free "No!" shirts to the teams. Guitarist John Flansburgh explained in a press release, "If a pizza parlor or a super market can sponsor a team, why can't a rock band? We've posted a free shirt offer on our web site, and as new teams form we're going to post their group photo alongside the Seattle team. We only have t-shirts to offer right now, but if we can get hats too, we're up for that." You can learn more about it on the band's website.

In Nashville, Tennessee, Meg White of The White Stripes was married over the weekend to her Jackson Smith as part of a double ceremony that took place in Jack White's backyard. Smith is the son of the late MC5 frontman Fred "Sonic" Smith and singer Patti Smith. The union was announced via the White Stripes official website

Gonzales (who has worked with the likes of Feist and Jamie Lidell) has officially broken the Guinness World Record for longest concert by an individual, according to a news item on Pitchfork. Twenty-seven hours and three minutes is what it took. Video here.

U.K. band The Charlatans has announced a U.S. fall tour to coincide with the U.S. CD release of the band's tenth studio album, You Cross My Path, in September. The album was released as a free download last year. Here are the dates:

Sept 17 - The Casbah - San Diego, CA

Sept 18 - Henry Fonda Theatre - Los Angeles, CA

Sept 20 - Double Door - Chicago, IL

Sept 21 - Magic Stick - Detroit, MI

Sept 22 - London Music Hall - London, ON

Sept 23 - The Mod Club Theatre - Toronto, ON

Sept 24 - Les Saints - Montreal, QUE

Sept 25 - Paradise Rock Club - Boston, MA

Sept 26 - Music Hall Of Williamsburg - Brooklyn, NY

Sept 27 - Theatre Of Living Arts - Philadelphia, PA

Sept 29 - Bowery Ballroom - New York, NY

Sept 30 - Maxwell's - Hoboken, NJ

Oct 2 - Ottobar - Baltimore, MD

Oct 3 - Black Cat - Washington, DC

Oct 4 - The Orange Peel - Asheville, NC

Oct 5 - The Loft - Atlanta, GA

Oct 6 - One Eyed Jacks - New Orleans, LA

Oct 7 - The Parish - Austin. TX

Oct 8 - Granada Theater - Dallas, TX

Oct 12 - The Detroit Bar - Costa Mesa, CA

Oct 13 - Glasshouse - Pomona, CA

Oct 14 - Bimbo's 365 Club - San Francisco, CA

You can check out their European dates on their official website

On the silver screen, Oscar-winning Slumdog Millionaire director Danny Boyle will be working with author Irvine Welsh on a follow-up to their 1996 film Trainspotting, according to a bit of news found on IMDB. The film would be based on Welsh's novel Porno, which checks in with the Trainspotting characters years later. Ewan McGregor, who played one of the major characters in the first film, has shot down the prospect of reprising this role in a recent interview with Moviefone, citing issues with both the novel and possible disrespect toward the first film. "I didn't think the book was very good," said McGregor in the Moviefone interview. "The novel of Trainspotting was quite fantastic, it was beautiful, quite moving and disturbing writing, and then I find that the sequel...the book that Irvine Welsh wrote was called Porno, and...it didn't move me as much....He'd written a good sequel to the film as opposed to a sequel to his book." McGregor also added: "And, also, I think just the idea of getting the cast together again 10 to 15 years later isn't good enough, you need more than that. I wouldn't want to damage Trainspotting's reputation, because it was an amazing film and a very important film of its time, a very important film for me and...a very important film for British cinema. I wouldn't want to leave people remembering a poor sequel rather than leaving its reputation where it sits at the moment, which is kind of a phenomenal film."

Michael Moore's documnetary film on the global economic meltdown will be released in the U.S on October 2, 2009. Overture Films and Paramount Vantage sent out this news with more information on the film's content.

The Hollywood Reporter has revealed that another Buffy the Vampire Slayer movie is potentially in the works—but without writer/creator Joss Whedon or any real connection to the beloved TV series. The TV series was based on a 1992 movie of the same name which was also written by Joss Whedon. The original film's director, Fran Rubel Kuzui and her husband, Kaz Kuzui, actually have the rights to Buffy and are attempting a reboot. This will not go over well with the devoted fans of the TV series, who are already protesting the idea on various websites and blogs, preferring that Whedon and the show's original cast be involved in any new movie.

Doctor Who fans lamenting the fact that current star David Tennant will be leaving the show early next year will be happy to find out that Tennant will be making two bonus appearances as The Doctor, not including the final Tennant episodes that have already been announced. According to a press release from the BBC, Tennant will be guest starring as The Doctor in an episode of the Doctor Who spin-off The Sarah Jane Adventures during its third season, which begins airing in the U.K. in September. "And it's not just a cameo from David – this is a full-on appearance for The Doctor as he and Sarah Jane face their biggest threat ever," said excutive producer Russel T. Davies. And according to the Doctor Who fan site/news site Outpost Gallifrey, Tennant will also provide the voice of The Doctor in a new animated story entitled Dreamland that will span seven six-minute long episodes to be aired in the U.K. Tennant is the 10th actor to play The Doctor and next year he will be passing over the reigns to Matt Smith.



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