Inside Pulse » jonas brothers http://insidepulse.com A pop culture mega-site with Movies, TV, Music, Sports, Comics, Video Games coverage for diehards, including news, reviews, live event coverage, audio podcasts, exclusive interviews and commentary. Wed, 22 Oct 2014 04:05:51 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.0 A pop culture mega-site with Movies, TV, Music, Sports, Comics, Video Games coverage for diehards, including news, reviews, live event coverage, audio podcasts, exclusive interviews and commentary. Inside Pulse no A pop culture mega-site with Movies, TV, Music, Sports, Comics, Video Games coverage for diehards, including news, reviews, live event coverage, audio podcasts, exclusive interviews and commentary. Inside Pulse » jonas brothers http://insidepulse.com/wp-content/plugins/powerpress/rss_default.jpg http://insidepulse.com Jonas Brothers Together Again http://insidepulse.com/2012/08/17/jonas-brothers-together-again/ http://insidepulse.com/2012/08/17/jonas-brothers-together-again/#comments Sat, 18 Aug 2012 02:37:37 +0000 http://insidepulse.com/?p=309235 The Jonas Brothers have been on a break since 2010, but are now ready to start performing together again. The band will be playing one show at Radio City Music Hall in New York on October 1st. “We know it’s time to come back and do another album . . . It’s time, we need to be back on the road together,” said Kevin Jonas. “We’ve been making some really good music that we feel like we’re ready to play and we just can’t wait to see the fans.” Although the band says they are eager to play more shows, none have been scheduled yet.

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DVD Review: Big Time Rush (Season One, Volume Two) http://insidepulse.com/2011/06/21/dvd-review-big-time-rush-season-one-volume-two/ http://insidepulse.com/2011/06/21/dvd-review-big-time-rush-season-one-volume-two/#comments Tue, 21 Jun 2011 12:00:26 +0000 http://insidepulse.com/?p=250654 In the four decades since The Monkees, TV networks have gone out of their way to constantly create comedies about bands that would appeal to kids. They dream of being able to sell tons of records while making syndication dollars off the series. There have been plenty of successes including The Wiggles, The Partridge Family and Josie and the Pussycats (amongst others).

In the last decade Disney has been a machine pumping out singing sitcoms including Hannah Montana and The Jonas Brothers. Big Time Rush was Nickelodeon’s break thru into the realm. This foursome of ex-hockey players from Minnesota have benched the Jonas Brothers from the walls of many tween girls. The second volume of the first season of Big Time Rush gives us the next six episodes and their concert film. Are they ready for stardom?

“Big Time Blogger” forces the boys to hang out with a Perez Hilton-like character. The point of the time is to prove they’re real people in order to pimp their upcoming album. Their producer Gustavo Rocque (Stephen Kramer Glickman) isn’t taking any chances. He hires a team to prep the boys into giving the right answers. It’s Star 80 moment. So much of the world of showbiz is cold calculations to maximize exposure. It’s all about selling your latest project and yourself for upcoming projects. The blogger guy has a laptop computer attached to him so he can blog live. It’s a world of instant hype. “Big Time Terror” makes Gustavo move in with his group since his mansion needs repairs. He’s not the only guest at the Palm Woods. An evil spirit has arrived. This leads to plenty of comedy moments from David Anthony Higgins as the Palm Woods manager. Viewers might remember him from Malcolm in the Middle, but to me he’ll always be remembered as Captain Lucky from The Higgins Boys and Gruber on The Comedy Channel. “Big Time Dance” invites them to plan a party and act as the headlines. Can they work both sides of the stage? “Big Time Sparks” ignites a visit from former American Idol winner Jordin Sparks. Things don’t got swimmingly when she gets knocked down a well. She doesn’t look too bad for a woman chucked down a well. Even that far down, she’s still not near Taylor Hick’s latest gig.

“Big Time Fever” launches James Maslow, Logan Henderson and Carlos Pena Jr. into the Hollywood lifestyle. They’re no longer satisfied being the sweet guys that haven’t changed. It’s up to Kendall Schmidt to snap his pals back into the Minnesota nice attitude. “Big Time Video” brings us closer to the record release party. They promise their pals at Palm Woods parts in their video so they can get showbiz breaks and not have to head back to their hometowns in tears. Gustavo has a major issue in losing control of casting. The highlight is Higgins doing his sexy car washing. The big time season finale is “Big Time Concert.” The major date is approaching when Big Time Rush can finally take their place in the record bins like Rush, the Canadian power trio and Mahogany Rush, the other Canadian power trio. They’re lined up with a huge concert to get the buzz going. And then the worst thing happens. The label wants to dump them and send them back to Minnesota. Is the dream over? Was it over for Clay Aiken when he lost American Idol? The boys and Gustavo scheme to regain their impending stardom. The “TV movie” is only 47 minutes long. Don’t microwave too much popcorn.

What makes this show interesting to me isn’t the band or their music. It’s Gustavo and Higgins getting to steal moments form the boys. They are the adult supporting characters that keep this series from turning into teen mush. Gustavo thinks big as the music impresario. He’s blissfully over the top which makes him normal in the world of music managers. He works his facial hair just right. Higgins enjoys his moments of stomping out the kiddie fun around his apartment building. They keep this from being torture when the tween grabs the remote. Big Time Rush: Season One, Volume Two keeps them on the fast track to success.

The video is 1.33:1 full frame. For some reason the show is letterboxed, but not anamorphic. Everything looks fine in the transfers. The audio is Dolby Digital Stereo. The mix is good for the jokes and the musical numbers. The episodes are Closed Captioned.


Behind the Scenes (4:25) are short promos. “Throwing Cam” is a camera being tossed. “Ride to the Mansion” is their van going to a location. “Stairs” has them fake a basement. “Lorenzo Lamas” works the sunglasses and hair in the doctor role. Should these kids be exposed to Lamas?

House of Anubis (11:51) is the pilot of the latest Nick series. Egyptian weirdness at an English boarding school.


Big Time Rush: Season One, Volume Two lets the quartet from Minnesota get to the dream of getting their first album pressed. It’s a tough road in their speedy career. The show’s true treat is not the music, but the work of Stephen Kramer Glickman and David Anthony Higgins. Those two are worth enduring the screaming girls.


Paramount Home Entertainment presents Big Time Rush: Season One, Volume Two. Starring: Stephen Kramer Glickman and David Anthony Higgins. DVD Contents: 7 episodes on 2 DVDs. Released on DVD: June 21, 2011. Available at Amazon.com.
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More Reasons Why Being Deaf Sucks/Rocks: Why I Hate Jodeci http://insidepulse.com/2010/01/29/more-reasons-why-being-deaf-sucksrocks-%e2%80%93-why-i-hate-jodeci/ http://insidepulse.com/2010/01/29/more-reasons-why-being-deaf-sucksrocks-%e2%80%93-why-i-hate-jodeci/#comments Sat, 30 Jan 2010 02:34:47 +0000 http://machinegunfunk.com/?p=76368 I know, I know… I promised you guys that I’d give you my best of 2009 and I contend that I’ll still give it you in the relative future. I’d even meant to offer it up this week, but then just this afternoon I felt really strongly about something.

But what’s funny is that now, twelve hours later, I don’t feel quite as strongly. I got sucker-punched by reality. It was the sort of hit that causes you to reevaluate things and really take stock. Unfortunately it’s got nothing to do with music, so I won’t dwell on it here.

Instead, I want to attack the current musical climate, yet again.

See, one of the things that I brought back with me from my trip back home to Tucson was Hitsville USA: The Motown Singles Collection 1972-1992. It’s a pretty dope boxed set that features my favorite band name of all time: Dynamic Superiors.

How awesome is that name? I bet they put on a hell of a show.

Anyway, back to the thing that struck me. While listening to the four-disc set (which has been in my player for about a week) I noticed how Rick James’ offering seemed to be the anomaly; his risqué references really stand out among the songs. Which isn’t to say that his songs are any less classic, they’re just a bit rough around the edges compared to the other stuff.

But that made me realize how far the paradigm has shifted in the past few decades. Rick James Motown stuff would seem tame compared to what’s getting played on the radio today. What the music scene has lost are songs that a whole family can enjoy.

I have a friend who’s got two daughters and occasionally I’m in the car with them as a whole. It’s equal parts hysterical and depressing watching him scan the radio for songs that aren’t meant for adult ears. Generally it’s funny, mostly because I’m child-free. But listening to young Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder and even Boys, Another Bad Creation and Shanice really reminded me of how much more pure things were just over fifteen years ago.

I mean the Boys were asking a girl to “dial my heart” and Shanice was singing about a smile. ABC maybe were making moves beyond their years, but really, the date consisted of cereal and video games. And these songs were hits. Could you imagine a hit song as innocent as that in this day and age?

If I had to blame anyone, I’d blame Jodeci. They were the first to fully merge the rough edges of hip-hop with the smoothness of R&B, and things have never been the same since. They almost singlehandedly ruined modern R&B.

But I also blame Disney. Just like “the sitcom a family can enjoy” has been killed and replaced by network sitcoms and Disney/Nick sitcoms, the musical subgenre of child singers has been whole fully co-opted by the House of Mouse. The Jonas Brothers are basically just the Boys in a better package. And you couldn’t have (another) Another Bad Creation without having Mickey’s four-fingered glove prints all over them.

And this isn’t a call for censorship; I’m all for freedom of speech. I’m a huge Prince fan and you don’t get more risqué than him.

My beef is that most of the R&B/pop artists in the past fifteen years have focused their energies on being clever and pushing the envelope rather than being good. And to me, that’s a shame.
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Jonas: Rockin' The House – Volume 1 – DVD Review http://insidepulse.com/2010/01/07/jonas-rockin-the-house-volume-1-dvd-review/ http://insidepulse.com/2010/01/07/jonas-rockin-the-house-volume-1-dvd-review/#comments Fri, 08 Jan 2010 04:35:44 +0000 http://movies.insidepulse.com/?p=183337 Jonas is not as annoying as some can be, but that still doesn't make it the greatest comedy series ever]]> Jonas_Vol_1_DVD

Young stars created by the money-churning machine known as the Disney Channel better be well versed in singing, acting, and dancing or learn quickly if they want to last in the Mickey Mouse House. Miley Cyrus, Emily Osment, Mitchell Musso, Demi Lovato, Selena Gomez, Zac Efron, Vanessa Hudgens and Ashley Tisdale, (amongst others) have all passed the test. It is surprising, however, that Cole and Dylan Sprouse haven’t produced their own musical album yet, but they were known well before working for Disney (see Adam Sandler’s Big Daddy).

Perhaps the biggest stars among the Disney crowd are The Jonas Brothers. Young girls love these three brothers about as much as they love Taylor Swift, just in different ways. The latest way the Jonas Brothers have to prove their worth is their own television series called Jonas. The creativity likely doesn’t get much better from there.

The series Jonas doesn’t try very hard to differentiate between what is real and what is fiction. Nick, Kevin, and Joe Jonas pretty much play themselves, or at least share the first names of the main characters on the show. Their last names are Lucas. Oh, and they are part of a musical group called Jonas. Like all international rock stars, the Lucas siblings attend a private school because their parents want them to have a somewhat normal childhood. Most of the other kids in school are used to their celebrity status.

That is except Macy Misa (Nicole Anderson) who is not only the president of the Jonas fan club, but can’t barely speak to them when they cross paths. Stella (Chelsea Staub) is Macy’s best friend, and has known the brothers all of her life. She is not only their fashion advisor, but is Joe’s best friend as well. In addition, their Father (John Ducey) is their manager and is always looking for the newest Jonas product for the boys to endorse, while their eight-year-old brother Frankie (Frankie Jonas) is always trying to find some way to be part of the band and get some attention of his own. Through all of this the brothers routinely perform local gigs for small crowds consisting of family and friends. At times, they even start to sing one of their songs in the middle of the story.

Any way you look at it, Jonas is not an original idea for a television series. It only starts with the fact that this show nearly duplicates the premise of Hannah Montana. But if you are over the age of 40, you probably more fondly remember shows such as The Monkees and The Partridge Family. If you are closer to the age of 30, you might remember Disney’s old Kids Incorporated show. All of those shows appear to be inspiration for Jonas. Each episode of the series focuses on a single topic, and then lots of jokes and some songs get tossed out to fill time. Some of the dialogue is clever, but most of the series is just campy fun for the target demographic.

The main problem with Jonas is that the Jonas Brothers can’t really act. Even the supporting cast isn’t as strong as in Hannah Montana. The series also makes the brothers look cool at almost all times. If the goal of this series it to provide a look behind-the-scenes of the lives of the Jonas Brothers, Jonas has failed.

Everything on this series feels staged as a result of their exposure through media outlets, et al. On the positive side, the production values have advanced and this series is shot more like the best comedies today like The Office. The camera antics are often overdone and can become quite distracting at times.

Jonas can be considered this generation’s Monkees or Kids Incorporated, etc. It’s too bad the Jonas Brothers don’t have the acting skills to match their music skills. Overall, this series just feels like a cheap way to make more money from the Jonas Brothers. While Miley Cyrus became a music superstar because of her Hannah Montana series, the Jonas Brothers really are just taking a step backwards by doing a show like this.

Episodes:

Episode 1 – Groovy Movies
After a ridiculous attempt at cooking results in the Lonases’ melting their family’s home movies they decide to reenact those memories and film them as a gift for their mom.

Episode 2 – Wrong Song
Nick falls hard for a girl at school named Penny (Bridgit Mendler). He writes her an original song, only to find her performing it in concert and dedicating it to another dude. Doesn’t she know he has diabetes? That’s just cold.

Episode 3 – Pizza Girl
The brothers are all crushing on the local pizza delivery girl (Schena Marie), an uncommonly attractive lady for her trade who is apparently open to a wide range of ages for potential boyfriends. This episode is sometimes referred to as “Slice of Life”.

Episode 4 – Band’s Best Friend
The Lonases’ boyhood friend (Nate Hartley) returns for a visit, alarming the now-famous brothers with his lameness. He doesn’t even wear tight jeans, vests, and skinny ties to class — what a loser.

Episode 5 – Chasing the Dream
Kevin is put in an awkward position when he agrees to let a fan record guest vocals on the next JONAS track before realizing that she can’t sing. If only it were possible to sell a lot of records despite subpar singing voices.

The video is given in fullscreen color with an aspect ratio of 1.33:1. The transfer is great and on par with other Disney Channel sitcoms released on DVD today. No major problems at all.

The audio included is available in either English Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround soun or English 2.0 Stereo sound. There are subtitles available in English and Spanish as well. The dialogue and music come out loud and clear. No major problems here either.

Unaired Bonus Episodes
These are two episodes that haven’t been shown on TV yet and they are called “Beauty and the Beast” and “Cold Shoulder.” In “Beauty and the Beast,” the band is asked to judge a beauty contest, a role that becomes more challenging when their good friend, Stella (Chelsea Staub), enters the competition. In “Cold Shoulder,” the president of JONAS’ Scandinavian fan club just happens to be in town, but when she and Kevin start dating it seems like he’s an even bigger fan of hers. Definitely must-watch for fans of the show.

“You Just Been Jo Bro’d!”: Suprising Chelsea Staub Featurette
This runs 11 minutes and it’s a rip-off of the MTV show, Punk’d. The Jonas Brothers prank their co-star Chelsea Staub basically. Probably will be funny for those that love this show.

“Learn How to Take Your Favorite Movies on the Go” Featurette
Have no fear, you still get Cody and Dylan Sprouse (Suite Life‘s Zach & Cody) telling you what a Blu-ray DVD is, if you don’t already know, but I no longer count that as an extra. This is a new 1 minute featurette I am sure Disney will include on all their new DVDs this point further (see also Wizards on Deck With Hannah Montana DVD Review). It explains what a Disney Digital Copy is.

Jonas doesn’t really explore any new territory, but it’s not as annoying as some of Disney latest shows can be. So if you get stuck watching this show, you likely won’t go insane. So buy if you are a fan, if not stay away. That simple.


Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment presents Jonas – Volume 1. Created by Michael Curtis and Roger S.H. Schulman. Starring Kevin Jonas, Joe Jonas, Nick Jonas, Chelsea Staub, Nicole Anderson, and John Ducey. Running time: 113 minutes. Rated: NOT RATED. Released on DVD: September 22, 2009.
Available at Amazon.com
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Jonas Brother Ties The Knot, Trades In Promise Ring? http://insidepulse.com/2009/12/21/jonas-brother-ties-the-knot-trades-in-promise-ring/ http://insidepulse.com/2009/12/21/jonas-brother-ties-the-knot-trades-in-promise-ring/#comments Mon, 21 Dec 2009 23:01:35 +0000 http://celebrities.insidepulse.com/?p=18 Kevin-Jonas-Engaged-Marriage-pic

Kevin Jonas, the 22 year old member of the Jonas Brothers, has married his long-time girlfriend Danielle Deleasa

The wedding was a private affair for about 400 guests on Long Island.

The newlyweds told People magazine, who have the exclusive picture deal of the wedding: “We’re so happy that we’re finally married and we were able to share the special moment with family, friends and loved ones.”


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Jonas Brothers: The 3D Concert Experience – Blu-ray Review http://insidepulse.com/2009/06/30/jonas-brothers-the-3d-concert-experience-blu-ray-review/ http://insidepulse.com/2009/06/30/jonas-brothers-the-3d-concert-experience-blu-ray-review/#comments Tue, 30 Jun 2009 14:56:32 +0000 http://thedvdlounge.com/?p=86812 Jonas Brothers: The 3D Concert Experience. This is more like a subpar version of last year's Hannah Montana & Miley Cyrus: The Best of Both Worlds. Just insert the Jonas Brothers and away you go.]]> jonas_brothers_concert_br_dvd

The Disney “machine” just keeps rolling along. After the surprise success of the original High School Musical, Disney has been all about targeting the tween and teen audience with their programming, music, merchandise, etc. After High School, songstress/fictional TV character Hannah Montana became popular. Now with a little help from Hannah/Miley, the Jonas Brothers are the next big music and television sensation for Disney. Disney would love for you to believe that they are this generation’s Beatles. They made a guest appearance in last year’s Hannah Montana & Miley Cyrus: The Best of Both Worlds concert film. So you knew it was only a matter of time before the Jonas Brothers got their own 3D Concert Experience.

If you didn’t know, the Jonas Brothers consist three real-life brothers: 21-year-old Kevin, 19-year-old Joe, and 16-year-old Nick. Joe is the lead singer, and imitates Mick Jager on stage a lot. He is the one that makes the girls swoon the most. Nick is the youngest, but most talented Jonas as he plays various instruments and sings as well. Girls love him as well, but that’s mainly because he is the “shy one”. Meanwhile, Kevin is just along for the ride as he plays lead guitar and sings backup. They have a squeaky clean image as their father is an evangelical pastor and the whole family is extremely religious. All three wear purity rings and have vowed celibacy until marriage. So basically they are the perfect band for Disney to market to their target audience these days.

The footage used in Jonas Brothers: The 3D Concert Experience comes from Anaheim and New York City during the Jonas Brothers’ summer 2008 “Burnin’ Up Tour”. This concert presents over a dozen Jonas Brothers numbers along with two guest performances, Taylor Swift and Demi Lovato. The film actually begins like the Beatles’ Hard Day’s Night concert film. The brothers are shown struggling to get out of bed, attempting to go through their itinerary, and are finally mobbed by dozens of hysterical fangirls. In between all the songs that are played, there is various “behind-the-scene” documentary footage thrown in for good measure. Among the vignettes are the Jonas Brothers buying the first copies of their own A Little Bit Longer album in Times Square, a group of Jonas impostors roaming the streets, and the thousands of girls waiting to see a glimpse of the real musicians. There is also a music video, filmed in Central Park, thrown into the middle of this film for the song “Love is On Its Way.”

The songs in this film include the Jonas Brothers songs: “That’s Just the Way We Roll,” “Hold On,” “BB Good,” “Goodnight and Goodbye,” “Video Girl,” “Gotta Find You,” “A Little Bit Longer,” “Play My Music,” “Hello Beautiful,” “Still in Love with You,” “Pushin’ Me Away,” “Can’t Have You, (cut from the theatrical version of the film)” “Love is on Its Way, (cut from the theatrical version of the film as well)” “S.O.S.,” “Burnin’ Up,” and “Tonight”. In the middle of that The Jonas Brothers’ co-star in Camp Rock, Demi Lovato, comes out to perform her song “This Is Me”. Towards the end, country and pop superstar, Taylor Swift, performs her song “Shouldn’ve Said No”. Much like the Jonas Brothers in the Hannah Montana concert film, Demi Lovato seems to be getting the big push from Disney to be the next music superstar. Swift is already a MEGA music superstar, but she used to date Joe Jonas, so that’s reason enough to have her on this concert film. It also should be noted that the Jonas Brothers’ bodyguard, “Big Rob” Feggans, is also always present to watch over the brothers. He even raps on “Burnin’ Up”.

Unlike Miley’s music, though, The Jonas Brothers’ music is purely “bubblegum” pop stuff. There is a little bit of rock infused to make things seem edgy, but these guys are no rockers. The majority of their songs deal with teen romance or teen angst. These brothers do have talent, but you really couldn’t tell from the songs given here. Some are catchy and they are all listenable, but one song seems to just run into the next. There is nothing here that memorable, and nothing to separate it from all the other songs on the pop scene today.

You really have to be of a certain age to enjoy Jonas Brothers: The 3D Concert Experience. This is more like a subpar version of last year’s Hannah Montana & Miley Cyrus: The Best of Both Worlds. Just insert the Jonas Brothers and away you go. The Jonas Brothers are likable enough, but the “behind-the-scenes” footage doesn’t really give much insight into the real lives of these brothers. The Jonas Brothers certainly don’t have the mass appeal that the Beatles had, and even what Miley Cyrus somewhat has now. So the bottom line is this: if you are in that key 6-18 female demographic, you will probably be entertained by this concert film. But as far as concert films go, this one is near the bottom of them all. Stay away if you are over the age of 25. Although, it’s quite a sight at the end, seeing the Jonas Brothers shoot gallons of white “party” foam onto their girl fans from hoses on stage.

There are two total different video presentations for this concert film. There is the standard high-definition version, where the video is presented in 1080p/AVC MPEG-4 at the 1.85:1 anamorphic widescreen color ratio, which is enhanced for 16:9 TVs of course. The transfer is fantastic with no major problems at all. The colors are vibrant and there is great detail everywhere with the exception of some of the backstage stuff.

The other version of this film is in the traditional “anaglyph” red/blue process. Four pairs of your standard paper/plastic 3-D glasses are provided. However, only the usual “forced” 3-D camera tricks are used here, which means guitar picks, drumsticks, fingers, guitars, microphones, mic stands, etc. get thrown into your face at times during the performances. Overall, it does get a little tiring on the eyes but at least it does enough things good to justify it being added to the Blu-ray.

The audio included is available in either English 7.1 DTS-HD Master Audio sound or Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1 surround sound. There are subtitles available in English, French, Spanish as well. This film sounds outstanding. But it’s really sound, since they pretty much used the same video and audio setup they used for Hannah Montana & Miley Cyrus: The Best of Both Worlds. No problems here either, though.

Blu-Ray Exclusives

The option to view this concert film in 3-D is the only extra that is added to the Blu-ray version. That is if you don’t count the extended commercial for Blu-ray from the stars of “The Suite Life on Deck”. I don’t count that as an extra, since you can find it on other recent Disney Blu-ray DVD releases, and probably will continue to see it more and more. The 3D version of the film is really nothing but the usual 3D gimmicks, so take that as it is.

Found on Standard Edition As Well…

“Up Close & Personal” Featurette
This runs 15 minutes and it’s your standard “behind-the-scenes” featurette on the creation of the “Burnin’ Up Tour.” The backstage glimpses are not just from these particular performances, but from other concerts part of the “Burnin’ Up Tour.” We see rehearsals, fan interactions, and even a last-minute mishap. Nothing too insightful, but fans will certainly love more “behind-the-scenes” footage.

Bonus Songs
Two songs that are not in the main feature are included here. They are “Love Bug” and “Shelf”. They probably got cut from the main feature, because the didn’t “look” as good as others. But they go right along with the other songs in the film, so fan should be sure to check these out.

This is the best version of this film without a doubt. The 3D version is probably not worth the extra cost for most people, since you get nothing really new in that department, as far a 3D tricks go. But the regular high-definition version of this film is the best audio and video you can get. Despite it being pretty much a copy of Hannah Montana & Miley Cyrus: The Best of Both Worlds, Miley’s concert film is a lot better than the Jonas Brothers.

Jonas Brothers: The 3D Concert Experience is not recommended viewing for anyone except the tween and early teen market. This is really only all or nothing. If you are a fan, you will buy this film. You can probably get by with just getting the standard Deluxe edition DVD.


Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment presents Jonas Brothers: Concert Experience. Directed by Bruce Hendricks. Starring Kevin Jonas, Joe Jonas, Nick Jonas, Demi Lovato, Taylor Swift, and “Big Rob” Feggans. Running time: 88 minutes. Rated G. Released on DVD: June 30, 2009. Available at Amazon.com
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Jonas Brothers: The 3D Concert Experience – Review http://insidepulse.com/2009/02/28/jonas-brothers-the-3d-concert-experience-review/ http://insidepulse.com/2009/02/28/jonas-brothers-the-3d-concert-experience-review/#comments Sat, 28 Feb 2009 16:51:19 +0000 http://popcornjunkies.com/?p=76390 It’s a family thing]]> It’s a family thing

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Director: Bruce Hendricks
Notable Cast: Joe Jonas, Nick Jonas, Kevin Jonas, ‘Big Rob’ Feggans, Demi Lovato, Taylor Swift

If I were to have a conversation with a group of twelve-year-old girls about the Jonas Brothers, I would be outmatched. For one, there’s the whole age disparity thing. And second, if I tried to disguise my ignorance on the subject of bubble-gum pop, they would see through my ruse and assail me with a vocal, text-messaging staccato. “OMG, YGTBKM.” Translation: “Oh my God, you’ve got to be kidding me.”

It’s true. I don’t know any of their songs. I still don’t, even after watching Jonas Brothers: The 3D Concert Experience. But at least now I know that Joe is the cute one.

Nick is the runt of litter, Kevin is the elder, and Joe is the heartthrob. Some girls may say that they prefer Nick or Kevin, but deep down they want Joe. They all want Joe. Together, the three have been staples on the Disney Channel ever since they made a small cameo on an episode of Hannah Montana. That was 2007. In 2009, as a collective group, they have three hit albums and have contributed to many other Disney-related albums and soundtracks. Like the teen idols before them, the Jonas Brothers have that perfect boys-next-door, nice-guy image that makes them most appealing to females between the ages of seven and seventy. Young girls would like nothing more than to make them theirs. Grandmas would waste no time in grabbing their cheeks and giving them a good squeeze.

While I am in no way of a fan of Team Jonas, there’s no mistaking their talent. This is a boy band that plays all their own instruments and writes all their own songs. They hang out with other pop-tart idols like Miley Cyrus and Demi Lovato, and mega country star Taylor Swift. This concert film, from director Bruce Hendricks (who also did last year’s Hannah Montana/Miley Cyrus: Best of Both Worlds Concert Tour film), is a condensed concert that was taped at Madison Square Garden last fall.

Like the Hannah Montana concert the party atmosphere is unmistakable. From the opening credits – with Team Jonas being chased by a swarm of female fans through the streets of New York – to the thousands of different-colored glowsticks illuminating MSG, everything just pops. Oh sure, Mick Jagger has that slinky snake dance of his, but the Jonas Brothers bust out backflips and cartwheels. So they sing, play instruments and do gymnastics. Sorry, Mick, you’ve just been served.

The crowd is deafening with fans clapping, tears streaming down their awestruck faces. Director Hendricks takes a break in between songs to give us a backstage glimpse of Team Jonas. Promotional appearances – at the Virgin Megastore, Good Morning America, radio interviews at Z100 – is a cause of concern for the security detail and the NYPD. Adorning fans flocking to Times Square like it’s New Year’s Eve. It’s insanity. But there are other moments, like ‘Big Rob’ Feggans, the band’s driver/primary security, waking them up at 4:31 in the morning that are calming reminders. Before all the yells and screams, we see the band away from the guitars and microphones, goofing off and having fun.

With the band at the height of its popularity the time is right for Jonas Brothers: The 3D Concert Experience. The three-dimensional effects, albeit with a few noticeable CGI enhancements, are well done – with glowsticks and digital cameras just outside our grasps. A film like this, you don’t have to idolize Nick, Joe and Kevin. But for those who are, this is a confectionery treat of the greatest kind.


FINAL RATING (ON A SCALE OF 1-5 BUCKETS):



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CHRIS BROWN FREE ON BAIL AFTER DOMESTIC VIOLENCE INCIDENT, GRAMMY NEWS http://insidepulse.com/2009/02/09/chris-brown-free-on-bail-after-domestic-violence-incident-grammy-news/ http://insidepulse.com/2009/02/09/chris-brown-free-on-bail-after-domestic-violence-incident-grammy-news/#comments Mon, 09 Feb 2009 15:58:04 +0000 http://machinegunfunk.com/?p=75072 Chris Brown was arrested on domestic violence felony battery charges, all signs would point to it being girlfriend Rihanna, and an inside source with the LAPD has allegedly told the Los Angeles Times that this is indeed the case. ...]]> Although police have not officially confirmed the identity of woman who was involved in an altercation after which singer Bobby Chris Brown was arrested on domestic violence felony battery charges, all signs would point to it being girlfriend Rihanna, and an inside source with the LAPD has allegedly told the Los Angeles Times that this is indeed the case.

According to police and witnesses, Brown and the unidentified woman were involved in a “heated argument” inside of Brown’s car while he was driving in L.A. early Sunday morning. Brown reportedly stopped the car, at which time “[he] and the woman got out and the argument escalated. The woman suffered visible injuries and [later] identified Brown as her attacker.” Police arrived on the scene after receiving a 911 call, at which time they found the woman still at the scene, though Brown had left by that point. No word on what type of injuries the woman sustained, though I wouldn’t be surprised if Chris Brown’s giant teeth were somehow involved.

He turned himself in at a local police station on Sunday evening. Where he was officially booked for making “criminal threats.” He posted the $50,000 bail and was released shortly thereafter. Hoo boy, there goes that Doublemint endorsement…

Even before the Los Angeles Times got their supposed inside scoop, there was wide spectulation that the victim of the attack had been Rihanna, as she and Brown had attended Clive Davis’ pre-Grammy party on Saturday night in Beverly Hills, just hours before the incident. Suspicions further grew after police refused to confirm the identity of the victim, and when both Brown and Rihanna cancelled their scheduled appearances at the Grammys on Sunday night.

Either way, Chris Brown is a piece of shit if he did in fact attack this woman, Rihanna or not. If the victim is Rihanna, I can only hope that she uses every reasonable bone in her body to dump this scumbag and never look back. If she does, my respect for her will grow immensely. Because the last we need is yet another one of these.

IN OTHER GRAMMY NEWS

The unlikely pairing of Robert Plant and Alison Krauss won five awards for their collaboration album Raising Sand, including Album of the Year and Record of the Year, pwning Lil Wayne in the former.

But Weezy did manage to score four awards in the rap subcategory, which is elementary, seeing how every critic has been dangling on his nuts for the past two years. “American Boy” rightfully won Rap/Sung Collaboration award, and “Sexual Eruption” was too tongue-in-cheek to take anything, but American Gangster is a much better album than The Carter III, and if Mathan is to be believed, so is Nas‘ album.

Jennifer Hudson won an award for Best R&B Album, giving an emotional speech honoring her family members who had been murdered last year, among others, again proving that winning American Idol really means nothing. In a related story, Taylor Hicks considered committing suicide but stopped after realizing that no one would have noticed.

Judas Priest lost to The Mars Volta and Metallica in the Best Hard Rock Performance and Best Metal Performance categories, respectively, while Daft Punk beat out a bunch of other crap (including Madonna and Moby) in both the Best Dance Recording and Best Electronic/Dance Album categories.

Coldplay (“Viva la Vida”) beat out Estelle and Kanye West (the aforementioned “American Boy”) for the Song of the Year songwriting award, along with a bunch of other pedestrian stuff, including “Chasing Pavements” by Adele, who did, however, win for Best New Artist and Best Female Vocal Pop Performance for “Pavements”.

Radiohead won the Best Alternative Music Album award for In Rainbows, while Coldplay won Best Rock Album and Ne-Yo took two of the top R&B awards.

Not to be outdone by Jennifer Hudson, American Idol winner Carrie Underwood won Best Female Country Vocal Performance, as she is still MY American Idol.

Juanes won the Best Latin Pop Album, for La Vida… Es un Ratico, while Jaguares took the Best Latin Rock Album, and Los Pikadientes de Caborca were robbed in the Best Regional Mexican Album category.

They Might Be Giants picked up an award for their children’s album, Here Come the 123s, while George Carlin picked up a posthumous nod for Best Comedy Album (It’s Bad for Ya).

Rick Rubin won his 382nd Grammy, for Producer of Year, beating out will.i.am, Danger Mouse, Nigel Godrich and some other guy who’s responsible for a bunch of crap music.

For a more complete list, go here. I didn’t watch any of the performances since I didn’t see the show since I had to work, otherwise I would have posted a recap, but here are a few notes from other sites:

U2 opened the show. Al Green, Justin Timberlake, Boyz II Men and Keith Urban did a big ol’ performance of “Let’s Stay Together”, where Al schooled them all.

Kid Rock performed that damn Warren Zevon/Lynyrd Skynyrd rip-off song. If you like that song, and happen to be one of the people who like to play it in the jukebox at bars, I will stab you.

Miley Cyrus performed with Taylor Swift, managing to go an entire three minutes without making an ass of herself.

The Jonas Brothers performed “Superstition” with Stevie Wonder, while Katy Perry‘s performance was mediocre but she looked quite worthy of the dilsnick.

Hova, Kanye and M.I.A. performed “Swagga Like Us” with two other choads. This was Kanye’s second performance, as he had also performed “American Girl” with Estelle, giving him two spearates chances to show off his throwback Lionel Richie mullet.

Dave Grohl performed a slew of Beatles hits with Paul McCartney, while Radiohead shared the stage for their first-ever Grammy performance with the University of Southern California marching band.

Neil Diamond made an appearance, performing “Sweet Caroline”. I dthoroughly enjoy that song, but again, if you are one of those people who likes to pick it from bar jukeboxes, you and all of your frat buddies are getting separate kicks in the balls.

(Wikipedia.org, MTV.com, WENN.com, EW.com)
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The Partridge Family's Last Concert Plays In February http://insidepulse.com/2008/11/27/the-partridge-familys-last-concert-plays-in-february/ http://insidepulse.com/2008/11/27/the-partridge-familys-last-concert-plays-in-february/#comments Thu, 27 Nov 2008 14:53:53 +0000 http://thedvdlounge.com/?p=79501 The final tour of the Partridge Family is just around the bend. Before Hannah Montana and the Jonas Brothers, the teenage girls of America went nuts for Keith Partridge. Your mom might still have her old copies of Tiger Beat with Keith on the cover. Keith and his siblings along with their mom rocked every showroom in America. Plus they got into insane adventures that mostly involved girls wanting to hook up with Keith. The fine folks at Sony Pictures Home Entertainment sent over this press release:

The Classic ‘70s TV Rock N’ Roll Family
Final Season Available on DVD February 3


THE PARTRIDGE FAMILY:
THE COMPLETE FOURTH SEASON

Starring Shirley Jones, David Cassidy, Susan Dey
and Danny Bonaduce

All 22 Episodes in a Three-Disc Boxed Set

Culver City, Calif. (November 24, 2008) – The grooviest rock n’ roll family ever takes their final bow when Sony Pictures Home Entertainment debuts The Partridge Family: The Complete Fourth Season on DVD February 3. Top guest stars this season include Gordon Jump (TV’s WKRP in Cincinnati), Cheryl Ladd (TV’s Charlie’s Angels), Emmy® Award winner Pat Harrington, Jr. (One Day at a Time), and Jackie Coogan (The Adams Family). The three-disc set contains all 22 episodes from the fourth season and will be available for $29.95 SRP.

SYNOPSIS
This season the family tries unsuccessfully to conserve energy; Laurie (Dey) poses as Keith’s (Cassidy) date to make other girls jealous but the plan backfires; Danny (Bonaduce) wants to impress a girl by telling her rabbi father that the Partridges are Jewish and the whole family is invited to dinner; and Shirley (Jones) tries to hire a maid, but it’s all in the family when her mother shows up to apply for the job.

The Partridge Family, which burst onto the television scene in September 1970, centers on a fatherless family of six who form a rock band and tour the country in their psychedelic-painted bus. The band’s members include mom Shirley (Shirley Jones) and her five kids: oldest son Keith (teen idol David Cassidy), keyboardist Laurie (Susan Dey), bassist and get-rich-quick schemer Danny (Danny Bonaduce), and the two youngest Partridges, Chris (Brian Forster) and Tracy (Suzanne Crough). The family’s frequently exasperated manager Reuben Kincaid (David Madden) rounds out the cast.

The Partridge Family‘s success crossed over to the pop charts when several Partridge Family songs became genuine hits, including the theme “C’mon, Get Happy,” which debuted during the second season, and the number one hit “I Think I Love You.” The Partridge Family ran for four seasons on ABC and was nominated for five Golden Globe® Awards, including one for Best Musical/Comedy.

DVD Special Features Include:
• Full Screen Presentations
• Audio: English
• Bonus Previews
• Closed Captioned

The Partridge Family: The Complete Fourth Season Episodes Include:

Hate Thy Neighbor
None But the Onely
Beethoven, Brahms and Partridge
The Strike-Out King
Reuben Kincaid Lives
Double Trouble
The Last of Howard
The Diplomat
Heartbreak Keith
A Day of Honesty
Al in the Family

Maid in San Pueblo
Art For Mom’s Sake
Two For the Show
Danny Drops Out
Queen For a Minute
Danny Converts
Miss Partridge, Teacher
Keith and Lauriebelle
Morning Becomes Electric
Pin It on Danny
…—… (S.O.S.)
BROADCAST YEAR: 1973-1974 (ABC)

The Partridge Family: The Complete Fourth Season has a run time of approximately 528 minutes and is not rated. .

All this groovy family music fun will be Available at Amazon.

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A Moment's All I Ask – 9.12.08 http://insidepulse.com/2008/09/11/a-moments-all-i-ask-91208/ http://insidepulse.com/2008/09/11/a-moments-all-i-ask-91208/#comments Fri, 12 Sep 2008 02:33:27 +0000 http://machinegunfunk.com/?p=74376 The top story of the VMAs this year was Britney Spears, and only for the right reasons this time. She is back in her healthy form, looking balanced and happy, and I’m honestly thrilled that she’s back. She swept the awards after not winning in the past and I hope this is a sign of good things to come.

Another performer that really shined was the extremely talented Christina Aguilera, who continues to experiment with her look and her sound, post-baby, and was off-the-charts hot in her Catwoman-like outfit. Not to mention that I’m excited about her new single, “Keeps Gettin’ Better”.

P!nk performed her rocking new song, “So What” (one of my favorites this year), which is making a big impact on all the charts right now. The performance was well done and taps into P!nk’s performance style perfectly. Her new album will go number one next month.

Since I wasn’t able to see the show live, I DVR’d it, which gave me the luxury of completely fast-forwarding through Russell Brand’s antics and The Jonas Brothers. I subscribe to the Chelsea Handler method in regards to The Jonas Brothers.

Not enough Katy Perry tonight, and I’m still pissed that her “I Kissed A Girl” video was so lame. It was a badly-produced video—how can you have a video about kissing a girl and liking it, and not even pushing that?

I heart the Pussycat Dolls, as I’ve heard that they are some of the most down-to-earth big stars out there today. I’m more interested in Paramore thanks to their performance, and I love Kid Rock for keeping it real.

There was pretty much no shock value to this show unless you count Britney not being controversial this year and small Russell Brand vs. Jordin Sparks/Jonas Brothers hubbub.

YouTube Video of The Week:
The special group performance for Stand Up Against Cancer featuring Beyoncé, Mary J. Blige, Rihanna, Fergie, Sheryl Crow, Melissa Etheridge, Natasha Bedingfield, Miley Cyrus, Leona Lewis, Carrie Underwood, Keyshia Cole, LeAnn Rimes, Ashanti, Ciara and Mariah Carey.

Thank you for reading; make your moment your breakthrough.
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