20 entertainment tuesDAY, April 5, 2011
Song Of The Day Taylor Swift, Miranda Lambert top ACM Awards
LAS VEGAS: the young women of country ruled the before thanking fans and joking, “i don’t know who got paid
Academy of Country Music Awards on sunday night with tay- what. No, i’m kidding, kidding. it’s all very fair.”
lor swift winning the prestigious entertainer of the year award sugarland won vocal duo of the year for the second time.
and the night’s top nominee, Miranda lambert, taking home a the Band perry claimed the best new artist award mo-
leading four trophies. ments after singing their hit If I Die Young. it was the trio of
swift covered her mouth with her hands, did a little dance two brothers and one sister’s second win after taking home top
and hugged Brad paisley and lambert on the way to the stage new vocal duo or group before the awards. they were compet-
after winning the fan-voted award, the only major ACM award ing with eric Church for top new artist.
determined by popular vote; peers and industry insiders deter- “We believe that country music is the people’s music,”
mine the other awards. Kimberly perry said. “And it is our greatest desire to be their
“this is the first time that i’ve ever won this and i’m just band.”
losing my mind,” said the 21-year-old, whose album Speak Zac Brown Band, up for five awards, took home vocal
Now sold 1 million copies in its first week alone when it was event of the year with Alan Jackson for their collaboration on
released last fall. “the fact that this is from the fans makes it As She’s Walking Away.
so special.” paisley kicked off the ACMs with a little help from friends:
lambert, 27, was also up for entertainer of the year. While three members of the iconic group Alabama joined paisley on
she lost that award, she was the night’s big winner. lambert’s his new song Old Alabama, bringing the crowd at the MGM
The House That Built Me, written by Allen shamblin and Grand to its feet sunday night. it was one of several big collab-
tom Douglas, won song, single record and video of the year; orations during the show. steven tyler and Carrie underwood
lambert shared in all of those wins. it mirrors a difficult time rocked out to Undo It then segued to the Aerosmith classic
in lambert’s life, but those times are over and the song has Walk This Way.
helped lambert’s star rise to new heights. she also won her to James taylor, who Brown calls his greatest influence, joined
her second straight ACM for top female vocalist. the singer’s band on a medley of Colder Weather and Sweet
Fahad AlSabah lady Antebellum continued its scorching run behind its Baby Jane, and rihanna, sporting a flaming reddish-orange
breakthrough album Need You Now, finishing the night with pixie haircut, performed her song California King Bed with
three trophies. the trio of Hillary scott, Charles Kelley and sugarland’s Jennifer Nettles.
Artist: iamamiwhoami Dave Haywood, who won five Grammys earlier this year, won “she is a wonderful performer,” Nettles told reporters lat-
Album: To Whom It May Concern - EP album of the year as artist and producer, and also won top vo- er. “Obviously, country music is hip and it’s cool and it’s fresh,
Genre: Alternative cal group for the second straight year. and i think her being here tonight is even more testimony to
In short: iamamiwhoami is unlike anything you’ve heard, lambert and lady A, who are the best of friends, celebrat- that.”
seen, or read. the series of 10-second videos first appeared ed on stage after lambert, winner of last year’s album of the swift has helped that cool factor beyond measure. the
on Youtube in December of 2009, and continued throughout year award for Revolution, announced the album winner. singer just crossed the threshold of 20 million albums sold and
2010 sporadically. there are riddles, and references to differ- “thank you, Miranda lambert, for winning this last year is in the midst of a worldwide tour that’s taken her to Asia and
ent myths found in all videos that hint at the artist’s identity and not being in the category this year,” lady A’s Charles Kel- europe so far. she has a huge social media presence and all
or origins. the last video was uploaded over four months ago, ley quipped. those fans helped her beat other entertainer nominees lam- Musician Taylor Swift poses with her award for Entertainer
and there still hasn’t been an official confirmation of any- Brad paisley claimed his fifth straight top male vocalist of bert, paisley, Keith urban, Jason Aldean and two-time winner of the Year in the press room at the 46th Annual Academy
thing related to the artists identity. the only official material the year award, a win he said felt as good as his first. toby Keith. Of Country Music Awards held at the MGM Grand Garden
linked to iamamiwhoami is the release of songs used in the “this is way too many for me,” paisley told the audience “thanks for not forgetting about me,” she said. -Ap Arena on April 3, 2011 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (AFP)
videos on itunes. it’s a wonderful experience, and one that
definitely takes the crown when it comes to viral media.
To listen to the song visit www.alwatandaily.com
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Sheen gets cheers, not
LOS ANGELES: Barely a few minutes into HBO’s epic
boos in second stop on tour
The Buzz Game of Thrones series, which premieres April 17, it’s clear
that the hype was right and the wait was worth it. CHICAGO: this time, Charlie sheen’s stage show
J-Lo tops Based on the bestselling fantasy book series A Song of
Ice and Fire by George r.r. Martin -- often referred to as
began and ended with a standing ovation.
sheen changed up the format for his 20-city road
UK singles, Adele retains album crown ‘the American tolkien’ -- this sprawling, interwoven tale of show after bombing in Detroit, using a master of cer-
feuding families, swords, sex, carnage, beasts, frayed loyal- emonies who asked the former Two and a Half Men star
Jennifer lopez’s new entry On The Floor knocked Adele off ties, deception, intrigue and the pursuit of power will clearly questions during sunday night’s performance in Chica-
the top of the uK singles chart on sunday but the young Brit- appeal to Lord of the Rings fans. go. sheen ditched the rapper, the long monologue and
ish soul singer is still dominating -- and breaking records with Game of Thrones has all the elements that also lure the videos that were part of the Detroit show that had
-- album sales. the Official Charts Company said Adele’s 21 viewers to shows like The Sopranos, et al. that it’s a fantasy people leaving in droves saturday night.
and 19 albums clung to the No. 1 and No. 2 spots in the long- series shouldn’t scare anyone away, because -- like Lord of the changes seem to have helped. Audience mem-
player chart, seeing off new entries from X Factor contes- the Rings -- there’s a real allure to costume-dramas that pair bers said the second performance on sheen’s My Violent
tant Mary Byrne, indie band radiohead and us diva Britney
spears. Adele, whose rendition of ballad Someone Like You dense mythology with all of the crowd-pleasing elements of Torpedo of Truth/Defeat is not an Option tour wasn’t
at the 2011 Brit awards in February won over a new army war, honor, pride, lust, power and even humor. Thrones has stellar, but it at least had some amusing moments. And
of fans, has been at the peak of the album charts for 10 weeks all of those in spades and supports them with exceptional the crowd at the 3,600-seat Chicago theatre stayed for
-- a run of success not seen since Dire strait’s Brothers In storytelling, strong writing, superb acting and some stunning the entire performance and continued to cheer sheen
Arms in 1986. Her second album 21 -- the year’s best-selling visual effects. throughout.
lp -- racked up more than 250,000 sales this week, enjoying Writers and executive producers David Benioff and D.B. Mackenzie Barth, 19, said the sold-out show was
a 65 percent boost in the run-up to Mothering sunday. Some- Weiss will certainly have their hands full dealing with die- “weird,” but that “at least no one was booing,” referring
one LikeYou has also become 2011’s top selling single. J-lo’s hard fans on what they got right, but they have the backing to the reaction sheen received in Detroit, where audi-
single, featuring rapper pitbull, is her third No. 1 hit, selling of Martin, who worked closely with the duo, and that should ence members chanted “refund” and headed for the ex-
more than 130,000 copies this week. -reuters count for a lot. perhaps more important to those people who its even before the show abruptly ended.
haven’t read the books or heard much about this series, Be- those attending the Chicago performance acknowl-
Arnie is back, nioff and Weiss kick things off immediately -- with action,
blood-shed and eeriness. Director tim Van patten creates a
edged they had low expectations going in after hearing
the brutal reviews of the inaugural performance, which
now as animated crime-fighter beautiful, haunting, visual template of vast expanses (North- had started with thunderous applause.
ern ireland, Malta), white snow and dark shadows while also “We figured we’d try it out and see what happens,
Arnold schwarzenegger says his new tV venture features a allowing the visual effects to pack a wallop. and if it’s bad, we’ll leave,” said Katie iglehart, 23, of
“superheroic guy” who gets things done - without the con- that kind of start to the 10-part series was essential be- Chicago, who was attending the show with a friend.
straints of laws that thwart his action. in an interview with cause Game of Thrones is a complicated story with numer- But the talk show-style format kept sheen from me-
the Associated press, the Hollywood hunk-turned-California The new HBO series Game of Thrones premieres on the
ous characters and a dense, interwoven back-story. though 17th of April. (Reuters) andering and gave him the chance to make some of the
governor says The Governator is an animated tV show that’s
a funny, action-packed, crime-fighting fantasy. think Bruce it demands attention, Thrones never once bogs down. it’s snarky comments that have made him an internet star
Wayne - the civilian tycoon behind the Batman mask - but the kind of drama where, when the first episode ends, you it’s actually not as confusing as it may sound. And there since his falling out with CBs and the producers of Two
involving a former governor who assembles a team of whiz wish the nine others were immediately available. And that are more than a few unexpected surprises and even humor- and a Half Men. sheen, 45, smoked cigarettes as he talk-
kids to fight both crime and natural disasters. the 63-year- validates HBO’s notion that television is the perfect medium ous detours. ed about his marriages, his career and his life with the
old schwarzenegger, three months out of the governor’s of- for a fantasy series done right. Getting Martin’s Thrones, the A great series should challenge viewers to pay attention, women he calls his “goddesses” - a former porn star and
fice, spoke to the Ap before presenting details of the cheekily gold-standard, could end up landing HBO its next franchise. to connect dots and anticipate connections. thrones man- an actress who live with him - as he answered question
titled venture at the MiptV television business conference at Thrones is set in the fictional land of Westeros, where ages a superior complexity without ever making one think from an interviewer who did not identify himself.
the French riviera resort of Cannes. -Ap various clans -- or houses -- have lived and fought for gen- that you’ve lost the connection to the story. it’s paced with Asked how many times he had been married, sheen
erations in different realms, until the targaryens invaded and precision and the carefully crafted assemblage of characters retorted, “seven-thousand. that’s why i’m broke.”
Il Divo opera/pop united the seven Kingdoms under the iron throne. Now,
years later, there’s a battle for the throne.
unspools at such a rate that keeps up while keeping tabs on
their ever changing moods.
Asked why he’s “paid for sex” in the past, sheen
responded, “Because i had millions to blow. i ran out of
group to receive Classic BRIT right from the start, Thrones starts telling as many as What that means, essentially, is that there’s a tight grip on things to buy.”
four stories, involving the House stark, run by lord ed- the storytelling and a real understanding of who each person Overall, he seemed to have a better rapport with the
international opera/pop singers il Divo will receive the inau- dard stark; House Baratheon, run by King robert Barath- is -- traits that make the complexity easier to bear. Chicago crowd. As the show began, some began chant-
gural “Artist of the Decade” prize at the Classic Brit Awards eon (the wonderful Mark Addy), House lannister, which is it’s difficult to single out the most accomplished parts of ing “Detroit sucks.” early on, sheen urged the audience
in london on May 12. Britain’s recorded music industry as- linked to House Baratheon because Queen Cersei Baratheon Thrones. the ambition is immense, the fantasy world excep- in an obscenity-laced statement “not to become (exple-
sociation the Bpi added on Monday that the group, compris- (lena Headey) was born a lannister; and the exiled House tionally well-conceived, the writing and acting elevating the tive) Detroit tonight. let’s show Detroit how it’s (exple-
ing four singers from France, the united states, spain and targaryen, where prince Viserys targaryen iii (Harry lloyd) entire series beyond contemporaries like The Borgias and tive) done.” later, when the interviewer asked sheen
switzerland, will perform a new song at the awards show at
wants to reclaim the iron throne and all seven Kingdoms Camelot, and the visual appeal continues to surprise with when he had started “winning,” the actor responded,
the royal Albert Hall. il Divo, signed to television personal-
ity and music producer simon Cowell’s syco label, has sold of Westeros. to do that, he’ll need an army, which is why he each episode. “the winning started in (expletive) Chicago.”
more than 25 million albums since its debut hit the shelves in wants his sister, princess Daenerys (emilia Clarke) to marry What we have here is the successful pairing of an ac- ellen Olson, who was wearing a black t-shirt with
2004, according to its official website. “Ancora,” the group’s Khal Drogo (Jason Momoa), who leads a tribe of vicious war- claimed collection of fantasy books with a television series sheen’s catchphrase “Winning!” in white across the
second album, debuted at No. 1 in the key us market, be- rior horsemen. that illuminates and expands what’s on the page. -reuters front, said she enjoyed the performance.
coming the only classical crossover album ever to do so on “i think he interacted with the audience a lot, which
the Billboard top 200 ranking. “When we joined il Divo none made it more funny,” said Olson, 55, of elmwood park.
of us had done anything like this before,” said band member sheen has made headlines in recent years as much
Al Fayed defends
David Miller. “We were excited to break from our traditional for his drug use, failed marriages, custody disputes and
roots and create something new ... performing and recording run-ins with the police, as for his acting. Martin sheen
are what we love, but receiving this award is a great honor.” has compared his son’s struggle with addiction to a can-
the Classic Brit Awards were established in 2000 to recog-
Michael Jackson statue
cer patient’s struggle for survival. -Ap
nize all forms of classical music from traditional to crossover.
The King’s Speech resounds in Germany LONDON: Fulham Chairman Mohamed Al Fayed has told fans
they can “go to hell” if they don’t like the statue of Michael Jackson
The King’s Speech has become a surprise smash in Germany, he has erected at the club’s Craven Cottage stadium.
where it has been the No 1 film at the box office for weeks. Al Fayed, who was a close friend of the “King of pop”, caused
tom Hooper’s Oscar-winning film centers on the battle of controversy after announcing he wanted to place the tribute to Jack-
Colin Firth’s King George Vi to overcome a debilitating stam- son outside the west london ground. the statue was commissioned
mer as Britain faces the imminent prospect of war with the following Jackson’s death in June 2009 and was due to be erected at
third reich. the film also examines the abdication of edward Harrods before Al Fayed sold the Knightsbridge store.
Viii, a well-known Nazi sympathizer who was seen as such a
security risk that he was sent to the Bahamas with new wife it shows Jackson -- who visited Craven Cottage as a guest of Al
Wallis simpson for the duration of the conflict. However, Fayed before his death -- in one of his signature poses and stands on
peter Heinzemann, managing director of the film’s German the banks of the river thames.
distributor senator Film Verleih, said Germans were more statues at football grounds are generally reserved for legendary
interested in the story of personal triumph at the heart of figures who played or managed the club.
The King’s Speech than its historical content. He also cited However, Al Fayed, who unveiled the statue in a flamboyant cer-
the film’s Oscars success - it took four Academy Awards last emony before sunday’s game against Blackpool, has denied claims
month - as a defining factor in the drama’s lure for cinema- that the memorial is bizarre and lashed out at fans who had spoken
goers. Hooper’s film has so far taken $17.3m (£10.7m), to out against it.
add to a spectacular total of $374m worldwide, a remarkable “Why is it bizarre? Football fans love it,” Al Fayed said.
figure for an independent British film with a budget of just “if some stupid fans don’t understand and appreciate such a gift
$15m. in terms of British films, only 2008’s Abba-themed they can go to hell.
Mamma Mia! has made more money in recent years. The “i don’t want them to be fans. if they don’t understand and don’t
King’s Speech is about to surpass the $374m taken by Danny believe in things i believe in they can go to Chelsea, they can go to
Fulham’s Chairman Mohamed Al Fayed unveils a
Boyle’s Slumdog Millionaire, the last uK film to win big at Charlie Sheen waves to fans as he leaves the Chicago
the Oscars. statue of his friend Michael Jackson before their anywhere else.
Theatre, Sunday, April 3, 2011, in Chicago. (AP)
English Premier League football match at Craven “people will queue to come and visit it from all over the uK and
Cottage, London, England, on April 3, 2011. (AFP) it is something that i and everybody else should be proud of.” -AFp