February 27, 2009
Younger audiences, perhaps used to the adoptive personas of online realities, seem less bothered by questions of authenticity than previous generations. So it should be no surprise that the opening of Jonas Brothers: The 3D Concert Experience, ostensibly a concert documentary, features a sequence of the band being chased by fans that seems "real" only in the same sense as an episode of The Hills. Directed by Bruce Hendricks, who also fashioned the recent Miley Cyrus 3-D concert movie, the film is awkwardly stitched together from candy-gloss arena concert footage and somewhat-grimier-looking backstage/limo/hotel room moments.
July 20, 2008
Just a few months ago, Baltimore and the rest of America were caught up in the craze over tween queen Hannah Montana. At the sold-out 1st Mariner Arena, some parents showed up at ticket windows begging, pleading and even weeping to get their family in to see the wholesome pop star. That blockbuster tour was followed with a 3-D movie version that raked in more than $35 million and was the top movie in the country despite a limited release. But today, the fascination over Hannah Montana, the real-life Miley Ray Cyrus, has noticeably cooled.
February 14, 2008
Just announced Heart of the City Tour -- starring Mary J. Blige and Jay-Z, 1st Mariner Arena on March 26. Tour makes a stop at Verizon Center in Washington on April 6. Tickets for both go on sale at 10 a.m. tomorrow. 410-547-7328 or ticketmaster.com. Radiohead -- Nissan Pavilion on May 11. Tickets go on sale Saturday at 10 a.m. 410-547-7328 or ticketmaster.com. Tony Bennett -- Meyerhoff Symphony Hall on March 22. Also, comedian George Carlin is there March 29. 410-547-7328 or ticketmaster.
August 7, 2008
For 16-year-old Chelsea Bradford, standing outside the 1st Mariner Arena last night, wearing a pair of sunglasses on which she had painted the words "Jonas Brothers," the question couldn't have been easier. Asked "What's so great about the Jonas Brothers?" she paused for about one-thousandth of a second before answering, with a look that suggested the answer should have been painfully obvious, "They're hot." There was a lot of that going around in Baltimore last night, as a few thousand teenage girls massed at the arena to welcome Disney's newest singing sensations to Charm City.
June 16, 2009
DVD The Seventh Seal **** (4 stars) Starring Max Von Sydow. Directed by Ingmar Bergman. Released by the Criterion Collection. $29.95. More than 50 years have passed since Swedish director Ingmar Bergman came up with the idea of a knight playing chess with Death, with the knight's life hanging in the balance. Even those who have never seen 1957's The Seventh Seal have heard about the infamous chess match, especially after it was spoofed in Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey (where the game was updated to Twister, electric football and a few others)
September 24, 2008
Why should the Orioles hold on to Brian Roberts? I can give you at least 50 reasons. The second baseman has a club-record 51 doubles, two behind the Boston Red Sox's Dustin Pedroia's major league-leading total. This season, he has already set the single-season major league record for doubles by a switch hitter, breaking his record of 50, set in 2004. It's nothing new. Roberts has had opponents seeing double for the past five seasons, in four of which he had 40-plus two-baggers. Since 2004, he is the only player in the majors to have two 50-double seasons.