Marc Hogan

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  • Green Day's Billie Joe Armstrong

    Watch Billie Joe Armstrong Try Not to Crack Himself Up in 'This Is 40' Deleted Scene

    Between rehab and un-Green-Day-like album sales, Billie Joe Armstrong has had a rough year, and we sincerely wish him the best. At least he got a good chuckle, or close to one, in a new deleted scene from Judd Apatow flick This Is 40, where the Green Day frontman can be seen straining not to burst out laughing. Armstrong plays a more pretentious and absurd version of himself, with an unhealthy interest in both Norwegian death metal and indie godheads Belle and Sebastian. He's in a discussion with the movie's star Paul Rudd, who plays a record executive. Telling you a whole lot else would spoil it, but it's an amusing minute-and-a-half or so, for sure.

  • Turk, Lil Wayne, and Juvenile

    Lil Wayne and Juvenile Join Turk for Hot Boys Near-Reunion on 'Zip It' Remix

    Hot Boys reunions are hard to come by, on account of the New Orleans hip-hop group members' rotating prison sentences. Lil Wayne collaborated separately with former Hot Boy bandmates Juvenile and B.G. while Turk, their fellow Hot Boy, was doing his time. With B.G. back behind bars and Turk finally free, Lil Weezy has jumped on "Zip It," a foreboding gothic lurcher that emerged earlier this month from Turk's upcoming Blame It on Da System mixtape. Now, as Nah Right points out, Juvenile adds a raspy reminisence about growing up in the Crescent City to a newly surfaced remix. An anatomy-obsessed Wayne is in his recent lazy, aimless mode — fans would do better to check out his fantastic recent interview with sports radio talk host Jim Rome — but as threatening, adrenaline-boosting gangsta rap goes, you could do worse in this slow release week.

  • Rilo Kiley

    Rilo Kiley Spark False Reunion Rumors Teasing New Archival Release

    Give the former members of Rilo Kiley credit for social media savvy. Yesterday the California indie rockers, who confirmed last year they'd officially broken up after not releasing an album since 2007's Under the Blacklight, posted the following cryptic message on Facebook: "Record is almost finished, and artwork is nearly done. Going to need your help! More to come." Understandably, the post led some to ask whether Rilo Kiley had returned, but SPIN can confirm that's not the case.A spokeswoman for Rilo Kiley says the record in question is "not new material." Former Rilo Kiley singers Jenny Lewis and Blake Sennett have both previously mentioned a potential B-sides compilation, which is more likely what the post is talking about.

  • The Beatles' 'Yellow Subarmine' and Robert Zemeckis

    Robert Zemeckis No Longer Wants to Remake the Beatles' 'Yellow Submarine'

    Robert Zemeckis' once-planned 3-D remake of the Beatles Yellow Submarine film has officially sunk. The Back to Future and Forrest Gump director confirmed the project's demise in a purchase-only interview with Total Film. "That would have been a great one, to bring the Beatles back to life," Zemeckis said. "But it's probably better not to be remade — you're always behind the eight-ball when you do a remake."Disney had already pulled the plug on the project, as the Hollywood Reporter's Heat Vision blog reported in early 2011, citing unnamed sources. Though Zemeckis would still have been able to shop the project to other studios, his latest comments indicate he's focusing on other projects.

  • The Year In Taylor Swift

    The Year In Taylor Swift

    For Taylor Swift, the past 12 months have been the moment when the always crossover-hungry country singer finally and unabashedly embraced pop. She also issued what should be her ultimate statement on angry post-breakup songs, so she never, ever has to record one again (we hope — if only for her own sake!).

  • HMV

    Labels Have Helped Prop Up HMV to the Tune of $65 Million

    Final sales numbers for 2012 won't be in until next month, but at least one music retailer has been having a tough go of it recently. British music and DVD chain HMV, which earlier in December warned of "material uncertainty" about its future, has turned to its suppliers for financial support, reports the Daily Telegraph, which didn't cite its sources. Led by Universal Music, record labels and movie studios have reportedly boosted HMV with about £40 million ($65 million).HMV and its suppliers have unusually close ties, according to the Telegraph. For instance, dating back to a 1998 corporate spinoff, Vivendi-owned Universal Music reportedly faces potential rental liabilities of up to £150 million ($242 million) on about 40 HMV stores.

  • miley cyrus, jack white, jolene

    Is Miley Cyrus' 'Jolene' Cover Better Than Jack White's?

    Adele and Gotye proved the pop charts are safe for songs far removed from the past few years' hedonistic dance-pop, but it's been a long wait for someone else to follow their lead successfully. For a second it looked like Ke$ha might conclusively break the mold, what with her talk about "cock pop" and her über-earnest Bob Dylan cover, but then Warrior mostly regressed to the predictable, blankly celebratory post-Taio Cruz mean. Taylor Swift eagerly capitulated to prevailing EDM-pop trends, with perhaps surprisingly superlative results. That leaves Miley Cyrus: a new hope for breaking out of the pop-cultural rut responsible for LFMAO and Flo Rida?It's not that big of a stretch. Like Ke$ha, Cyrus recorded a richly stripped-down Dylan cover this year. Also like Ke$ha, she doesn't need old-fashioned rock snobs' approval anyway: Hits such as Dr.

  • Low

    Low Preview Jeff Tweedy-Produced LP With Rumbler 'Plastic Cup'

    Low's classic sound, long ago reductively but indelibly tagged as "slowcore," ain't broke. Wilco frontman Jeff Tweedy, who follows an impressive list of predecessors into the producer's chair on Low's latest album, The Invisible Way (due out March 19 on Sub Pop), has decided appropriately, then, not to fix it too much.Sure, 2011's C'mon might've ventured ever so slightly into more pop-friendly surfaces courtesy of co-producer Matt Beckley, whose CV included Ke$ha and Katy Perry.

  • Martial arts academy in a still from 'Samsara'

    Adam Yauch's Movie Company Still Devoted to Late Beastie Boy's Legacy

    Adam Yauch died in May at age 47, but the film distribution company he co-founded, Oscilloscope Laboratories, still proudly carries his stamp. Rolling Stone has taken a look at Oscillope's recent projects, such as surreal New Orleans documentary Tchoupitoulas and Buddhist-themed, world-spanning documentary Samsara, which reflect Yauch's multifarious passions. Among the films on Oscilloscope's U.S. release slate for 2013 are It's a Disaster, a dark comedy starring David Cross and America Ferrara, along with Reality, this year's Grand Prix winner at Cannes.Bill Ross, who directed Tchoupitoulas with his brother Turner, told Rolling Stone that Yauch patterned his company after a beloved indie music label.

  • Robert Plant, Jimmy Page, and John Paul Jones of the band Led Zeppelin

    See Foo Fighters, Lenny Kravitz, and Heart Make Led Zeppelin Cry at Kennedy Center Honors

    It's been a long time since Led Zeppelin's tribute at the Kennedy Center Honors awards show. On December 2, Foo Fighters, Kid Rock, Lenny Kravitz, and Heart's Ann and Nancy Wilson joined by late drummer John Bonham's son Jason Bonham saluted the band with performances in Washington, D.C. The other musician being honored was Buddy Guy, whose tributes came from Gary Clark Jr., Tracy Chapman, Bonnie Raitt, Jeff Beck, and others. President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama were in attendance.The 90-minute awards show, which also recognized ballerina Natalia Makarova, actor Dustin Hoffman, and late-night TV host David Letterman, finally aired last night on CBS. The network has posted scant official footage from the broadcast, so first below you'll find a few unofficial YouTube clips while they last, followed by the non-performance footage straight from CBS.

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