Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 2012 inductees include Beastie Boys, Guns N’ Roses, Red Hot Chili Peppers

18 Dec

By Chris Engelhardt

The Red Hot Chili Peppers. Credit:Red Hot Chili Peppers Facebook Page-Photo by Clara Balzary

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame announced its 2012 inductees, which include the Beastie Boys, Guns N’ Roses, and the Red Hot Chili Peppers.

Other inductees announced on Dec. 7 include late blues legend Freddie King, Laura Nyro, folk rocker Donovan, and the Faces/Small Faces.

Among this year’s snubs are the Cure, Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, Donna Summer, Rufus with Chaka Khan, Heart and Eric B and Rakim.

The induction ceremony is set for April 14 in Cleveland, Ohio.

Quiksilver Pro N.Y. not returning to Long Beach in 2012

18 Dec

By Chris Engelhardt

The Quiksilver Pro New York listing board in September in Long Beach. Credit: Chris Engelhardt

The Quiksilver Pro N.Y.—one of the most historic surfing competitions ever held on the East Coast—will not return to Long Beach next year.

On Dec. 16, Quiksilver and the Association of Surfing Professionals announced that the Quik Pro N.Y. is not returning to the East Coast as part of the 2012 ASP World Title Series.

“The 2011 Quiksilver Pro New York event was a huge success for the surfers and fans with great conditions and incredible support from New Yorkers,” said Rob Colby, president of Quiksilver Americas. “Quiksilver is still very much committed to the ASP and the professional surfing tour in 2012 with the Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast (Australia) and the Quiksilver Pro France.”

Back in November, the ASP International released its 2012 World Tour schedule, which included the Quiksilver Pro New York as one of 11 stops on the tour slated for September 2012. The tour commences in Australia on Feb. 25.

“It is unfortunate that we announce the cancellation of the 2012 Quiksilver Pro New York,” ASP International media spokesman Dave Prodan said in a statement. “The 2011 installment was a fantastic event with excellent waves, tremendous local support and some of the best surfing we enjoyed all season. That said, we understand the factors leading to Quiksilver’s withdrawal of the New York event from the 2012 schedule. We appreciate Quiksilver’s continued support of the world’s best surfers with the Australian and European elite level events in 2012.”

Robert Downey Jr. on ‘Iron Man 3’ script: ‘The best I’ve read in five years’

11 Dec

By Chris Engelhardt

Robert Downey Jr. as Iron Man. Credit: Iron Man Facebook Page

During an interview with Extra, Robert Downey Jr., amid discussions of his latest film, “Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows,” “The Avengers,” which is opening next May, and other projects, spoke about “Iron Man 3,” and how impressed he was with the film’s script.

“‘[Iron Man] 3’ is probably the best script I’ve read in five years, which is so funny,” he said. “I mean, things have come so full circle that, like, a genre superhero movie can actually be the most artistic bit of writing I read. . . .the third Iron Man to me is an opportunity to go back to the kind of storytelling and character exploration that made the first one good.”

“Iron Man 3” was written by Drew Pearce and director Shane Black, who also directed “Kiss Kiss Bang Bang,” which starred Downey Jr. “Iron Man 3” is set to shoot next year.

 

Bradley Cooper: ‘The Hangover Part III’ is in the works

11 Dec

By Chris Engelhardt

The gang is all set to return for “The Hangover Part III.” Credit: The Hangover Facebook Page

Actor Bradley Cooper has said that “The Hangover Part III” is in the works, and filming could possibly start next September.

During an appearance on England’s “Graham Norton Show” to promote the DVD release of “The Hangover Part II,” Cooper confirmed the project is a work in progress. MTV reported the news on Dec. 6.

“I hope we’re going to start shooting in September,” Cooper told Norton. “I know [Director] Todd Phillips is working on the script.”

Cooper also said that things “might be different” for the newest installment, specifically the structure and locale of the movie.

“We adhered to the formula in the second one, for those of you who’ve seen it,” he said, “and the third one, which would close the whole sort of trilogy, which now it would be a trilogy . . . . I think it will take place in Los Angeles and maybe not adhere to the structure. It might be different.”

What’s your take on “The Hangover Part III”? Overkill? Long overdue? Comment!

Michael Bay set to direct fourth ‘Transformers’ film

10 Dec

By Chris Engelhardt

Director Michael Bay. Credit: Facebook

Michael Bay is in final negotiations to direct a new “Transformers” film, according to New York Magazine.

Sources familiar with the situation told the magazine this week that details for the project are being kept under wraps, but that the movie is not a prequel and “will delve deeper into the Transformers canon to mine older characters and lore.”

What do you think? Should there be another “Transformers” movie? Share your thoughts and comment below!

Red Hot Chili Peppers release ‘Monarchy of Roses’ music video

5 Dec

By Chris Engelhardt

 

The Red Hot Chili Peppers released the official music video for their latest single “Monarchy of Roses” last week. The video was directed by Marc Klasfeld and inspired by the work of Raymond Pettibon.

“Monarchy of Roses” is the second single off of the Chili’s latest album, “I’m With You,” which marked the debut of new guitarist Josh Klinghoffer, who joined the band after the departure of John Frusciante.

Marques Colston, Drew Brees, and how I came to love the New Orleans Saints

3 Dec

By Jared Kuczenski

Credit: Associated Press photo by Bill Kostroun

On Monday night, the New Orleans Saints hosted the New York Giants in what ended up being one of the most impressive Saints’ performances of the 2011 season: a 49-24 rout of Big Blue.  But on a night which saw quarterback Drew Brees throw for 363 yards and four touchdowns, and saw tight-end Jimmy Graham move within striking distance of his first 1,000-yard campaign, what became perfectly clear to me was something much more important: the Saints undying respect for each other, their opponents and the game of football in general.

For the good majority of the NFL faithful, the New Orleans Saints are exactly the kind of team they want to see.  They’re an explosive, high-octane offense led by arguably the best quarterback in the league and manned by a corps of receivers that could very well be the most skilled group to ever take the field at one time.  Their head coach is innovative and crafty, their run game features a trifecta of speed, power and agility, and their kicker, well, he’s making it look easy at the not-so-young age of 42.

For this writer, though, all the skill and athleticism, and all the talent in the world, means nothing if you don’t have the character to go along with it.  And in a department where most other teams fail miserably – making a mockery of other players, coaches and the league in the process – New Orleans continues to shine brightly, sporting a “win together with dignity, lose together with grace” attitude that has won the hearts of many throughout Louisiana.

Kick back to watch a Saints’ game and it will quickly become clear that you won’t find Brees or coach Sean Payton harshly riding a teammate after a mistake – actions that on Monday night stood in sharp contrast to the temper tantrums thrown by Giants’ head coach Tom Coughlin, and the less-than-supportive body language constantly exhibited by quarterback Eli Manning.  You also won’t find their star playmakers like Marques Colston and Jimmy Graham – despite playing with passion and fierce intensity – celebrating excessively after regularly dominating cornerbacks and safeties.  In fact, sign onto YouTube and you won’t be able to find a single video which contains “Colston” and “celebration” in the description.  Do the same with the names of 100 other players with far fewer credentials, and your search is sure to yield a number of obnoxious results.

What it all boils down to is that for the New Orleans Saints, it’s all about supportiveness, positivity, passion and poise, and their displays of these throughout each and every game – both the good and the bad – echo their reverence for everything the game of football encompasses.

As the 2011 regular-season reaches its home stretch, Louisiana’s pride is already well on its way toward its third consecutive playoff berth.   And if they continue to put up numbers in the incredible fashion that they have been, they’re going to set quite a few records before all is said and done.  But, while other players and coaches on other teams are getting slapped with fines for throwing punches and offensive displays of arrogance, the New Orleans Saints, despite all of their achievements, rise above with unremitting elegance.

And that, for me – as a football fan – makes watching their success so much more enjoyable.

Jared Kuczenski works for the recreation department in the town of Kent, New York.  He received his bachelor’s degree in kinesiology and is passionate about physical activity and sport.  He can be reached by e-mail at jkuczenski@yahoo.com