April 29. 2013

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The Monkees announce summer tour dates

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Earlier today, The Monkees announced they will be heading out on the road for a 24-date tour called "A Midsummer's Night With the Monkees." Featuring the surviving members Michael Nesmith, Micky Dolenz, and Peter Tork, the tour kicks off in Port Chester, NY, and wraps in Portland, OR.

Each tour date will present the Monkees' music in chronological order. Video and photos will help tell the band's story from its inception to present day, including big songs like "I'm a Believer" and later hits like "Pleasant Valley Sunday." The band decided to do another tour following the success of their reunion tour in late 2012. Full tour dates are behind the jump. Click here for tickets.

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Songs written for the soundtrack of a movie often become huge hits. I'm thinking about blockbusters like Elton John's "The Circle of Life" from The Lion King, Celine Dion's "My Heart Will Go On" from Titanic, and "Don't You (Forget About Me)," written for The Breakfast Club. All of these are songs that, although written for a movie, developed a reputation outside of their respective films.

What about the other way around, songs that were popular long before appearing in a movie, but gained a second life as a crucial part of the film? It doesn't always happen, as directors and composers like to use original music, but sometimes it does and make the movie that much better. Here are six classic songs that you cannot help but associate with the popular film they were in:

Chuck Berry - "Johnny B. Goode", Back to the Future

George just kissed Elaine, Marty's family is restored from non-existence, and Biff is out cold (for the moment). Time to go home, right? Not before one more song, of course, celebrating the achievement. Marty's rendition of the classic Chuck Berry hit (or was he playing the original version?) is what I think of whenever I hear "Johnny B. Goode."

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The following is a guest article by Aaron Walker.

Soccer

With Manchester United taking its 20th Premier League trophy with four games left to play in the season, soccer fans are already looking to the next season for their team to steal the glory. But before that comes months of player trials, trading speculation, and the updates on rigorous training for their team in off-season. Fortunately, the time goes fast. That’s because during the 3 months of off season, luckily for us United States citizens, we're able to see some of the world’s most prolific soccer teams come to play on our own home turf. Here are some of the big games going on this summer.

Real Madrid vs. LA Galaxy

While this is still a tentative match with no conclusive date, soccer bloggers and online publishers are all buzzing with gossip that one of the world's biggest soccer brands, Real Madrid, will be coming to Los Angeles on August 1st, to play the home team. As part of the International Champions Cup, an annual soccer tournament to mix some of the biggest teams from across the world, Real Madrid will hope to finish on top of their group, allowing them to play the final in Miami on August 11th. Surely with Real Madrid having one of the largest sports fan base to span across the world, this will be a popular event. So make sure you reserve your tickets fast!

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Broadway tickets

If you ever thought "Rocky" wouldn’t work as a theatrical musical, apparently you were… wrong? The stage adaptation, developed by Sylvester Stallone, who wrote and starred in the original film, had its world premiere in Hamburg, Germany, back in November 2012. It received positive reviews, particularly for its staged boxing sequences and "gritty realism". Now Rocky is slated to move to the Great White Way in February 2014 at the Winter Garden Theater.

Zachary Quinto, who some might know from his acting role on NBC's "Heroes" or his revival of Spock in the "Star Trek" film franchise, will also head to Broadway. Quinto will star in Tennessee Williams' play The Glass Menagerie, which will open Sept. 26, 2013. Although Quinto was recently recognized for his off-Broadway performance in Angels in America, this will be his Broadway debut.

Meanwhile, last week rumors began to swirl that Anne Hathaway ("Les Miserables"; "The Dark Knight Rises") would be making her Broadway debut in a revival of Cabaret. Hathaway's rep quickly shut down those rumors, and now many are saying Emma Stone ("Easy A"; "The Amazing Spider-Man") will fulfill that role instead. Nothing is confirmed, but whoever is selected will star opposite Alan Cumming, who is currently doing a one-man performance of Macbeth at Ethel Barrymore Theatre.

So who are you most excited about seeing? Emma Stone? Spock? Or Rocky?

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