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You win some, you lose some. In changing its drastic Xbox One DRM policies today, Microsoft will actually be cutting some of the cooler features announced from the console. Everything's got a price, folks.
Briefly: Hey, LA, if you haven’t seen the very entertaining film The Kings of Summer, from director Jordan Vogt-Roberts, tonight might be the best night to catch it. At 7:40 this evening, at the Landmark Los Angeles at 10850 West Pico Blvd, Doug Benson will be hosting a special edition of the ‘Doug Loves Movies’ podcast, with the director and cast in attendance.
The Kings of Summer features Nick Robinson, Gabriel Basso, and Moises Arias as three kids who take off into the woods to build their own house over the course of a summer. Nick Offerman, Megan Mullally, and Alison Brie play family members, and along with comedians such as Kumail Nanjiani, Mary Lynn Rajskub, and Hannibal Buress provide some of the film’s comedic highlights.
Jordan Vogt-Roberts will be at the show tonight, as will Robinson, Basso, and Arias. Other attendees are being set up as well, and some of that comedic supporting cast can be expected to show up. Get tickets here.
The name Solomon Northup may not ring a bell for most people, but Steve McQueen and his star-studded cast could help change that this winter with Twelve Years a Slave.
Chiwetel Ejiofor stars as Northup, a free man who was tricked and sold into slavery as an adult. He spent a dozen years working on plantations before eventually finding his way to freedom once more. Benedict Cumberbatch, Michael Fassbender, Sarah Paulson, Quvenzhané Wallis, Dwight Henry, Paul Giamatti, Michael K. Williams, Alfre Woodard, and newcomer Lupita Nyong’o are also among the cast. See the first official stills from the movie after the jump.
Some of Northup’s experiences during his time in slavery were worse than others. Though he forged an “extraordinary friendship” with his first owner, Baptist preacher William Ford (Cumberbatch), he unfortunately spent far more time under a nasty planter named Edwin Epps (Fassbender) and his wife (Paulson). Nyong’o also appears in the images below as Solomon’s friend and fellow slave Patsey, who has a “volatile” relationship with Epps.
McQueen explained his interest in Northup’s tale to USA Today. “It was the Anne Frank story of America of that time,” he said. ”It’s the situation and the detail of Solomon’s recollection of those events that ingrained itself in my brain, and the humanity of everyone involved.”
While Northup’s tale is undoubtedly a dramatic one, it was important to McQueen and Ejiofor that they keep their portrayal grounded. “His story is not something that’s been mythologized or idealized. It’s raw and it’s right there and it’s a real connection,” said the actor. McQueen added, “You can look at this film and be of any ethnic grouping and identify with Solomon. He has been taken away into circumstances that are horrific and not pleasant. All he wants is to get back to his family.”
Fox Searchlight, which picked up Twelve Years a Slave in March, demonstrated its confidence in the film by giving it a plum year-end slot: December 27. It’ll be up against several other awards season hopefuls like Grace of Monaco and Ben Stiller’s The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (on the 25th).
This could be the biggest backtrack in gaming history: Microsoft will reverse course on their DRM policies for Xbox One, dropping their 24-hour Internet check-in requirement and all restrictions on used games.
It's Peter Molyneux...reviewing iPhone fart apps with Game Informer? I cant help but admire how calmly Molyneux speaks here—you'd think he's describing wine, not farts.
Arctic Monkeys debuted their new song “Do I Wanna Know?” during a recent run of U.S. tour dates. Now, they’ve released the studio version, along with an accompanying set of visuals. It’s also available to purchase through iTunes.
Trent Reznor has recruited David Lynch to direct the video for Nine Inch Nails’ comeback single, “Came Back Haunted”, as Pitchfork reports. Reznor tweeted a photo of himself and Lynch together, accompanied by the caption “tr;dl” (that’d be “Trent Reznor; David Lynch”, a play on Internet short code “too long; didn’t read”).
The two previously collaborated on Lynch’s 1997 film, Lost Highway. Reznor recounted meeting Lynch for the first time in a 1997 interview with Rolling Stone. It’s a must-read:
He was looking for somebody to provide some of the sound for Lost Highway, and a friend suggested he give me a call. I hadn’t seen the film, but I’m a huge David Lynch fan – we used to hold up Nine Inch Nails shows just so we could watch the latest Twin Peaks. So we set up a weekend for him to come to my place in New Orleans. At first it was like the most high-pressure situation ever. It was literally one minute, “Hi, I’m David Lynch,” and he’s cooler than I even imagined he would be. Three minutes later, he’s saying: “Well, let’s go in the studio and get started.” Then he’d describe a scene and say, “Here’s what I want. Now, there’s a police car chasing Fred down the highway, and I want you to picture this: There’s a box, OK? And in this box there’s snakes coming out; snakes whizzing past your face. So, what I want is the sound of in out of the box – but it’s got to be like impending doom. And he hadn’t brought any footage with him. He says, “OK, OK, go ahead. Give me that sound.”
He wasn’t doing it to intimidate me. At the same time, I had to tell him, “David, I’m not a film-effects guy, I don’t have ad clients, and I’m not used to being in this environment. I don’t work that way, so respect that and understand that I just need a few moments to be alone, so that I know that when I suck, no one is knowing I’m sucking, and then I’ll give you the good stuff.” I’m thinking, “Boy, he must think I really suck now.” But by the end it went cool. And then he turned over all the music that was in the film and asked me to make a CD out of it. So I’ve done my best to make the CD a fair representation of the film, because this isn’t Mortal Kombat, you know. This is David’s movie. To the person who hates pop music who buys this David Lynch soundtrack, they will get what they want out of it. At the same time, I want it to have some degree of accessibility for the 13-,14-year-old kid who buys it because I have a new song on it; or for the Smashing Pumpkins fan who buys it for that. Anyway, I think the whole thing flows, and that’s my main contribution to that project.
Take a listen to “Came Back Haunted” below. It’s the first single off Nine Inch Nails’ new album, Hesitation Marks, due out September 3rd via Columbia Records.
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James Murphy remains busy. When not designing an actual soundsystem or aiding Arcade Fire with their new studio album, the former LCD Soundsystem frontman is writing music for a new Broadway production.
But wait, it gets even better. As Vulture reports, said Brodway production, an adaption of Harold Pinter’s 1978 play Betrayal, stars Mr. James Bond himself, Daniel Craig. Maybe, if things go well, Murphy can write the new James Bond theme song. Please?
The production, also staring Rachel Weisz (Oz the Great and Powerful, The Bourne Legacy), is set to premiere in October.
It took 43 years, but Black Sabbath have earned their first-ever No. 1 album. 13, the band’s thirteenth album and first with Ozzy Osbourne since 1978′s Never Say Die!, tops the Billboard 200 Album Charts after moving 155,000 copies in its opening week of release, reports Billboard.
Prior to 13, Black Sabbath’s highest-charting album had been 1971′s Masters of Reality, which peaked at No. 8. Osbourne’s last album with Sabbath, 1998′s Reunion, debuted at N0. 11 after selling 62,000 copies in its opening week.
Remember a couple of weeks ago when Metallica surprised everyone as Dehaan at Orion Music + More and performed their 1983 debut, Kill ‘Em All, in full on what might have been the smallest stage they’ve rocked on since 1983? It’s okay, we lose a lot of our short-term memory from too much sodium, but truth be told, that all happened. Need proof? The entire performance is now available to stream, thanks to some rockin’ fans with killer biceps. (Seriously, how else do you hold a camera steady for close to an hour?) In celebration, throw your stapler, kick that salad into the garbage, and get your Hump Day Metal on below.
ICYMI, we covered Orion to great effect, including a full writeup; interviews with Baroness, Bassnectar, FLAG, FOALS, Gogol Bordello, and Silversun Pickups; and a short documentary, the latter of which you can watch below.
Photo by Nick Freed
In the States, Thanksgiving is practically synonymous with turkey. Any mention of the holiday automatically conjures images of a big, juicy, oven-roasted bird, and vice versa. Even vegetarians aren’t immune to the association — plenty of them nod to tradition with products like Tofurkey.
But as pleasant as it is for us humans to gorge ourselves on tryptophan-laced poultry, you can’t blame turkeys for wishing they could remove themselves from the menu. In Relativity’s Free Birds, two of them finally get the chance to do just that. Reggie (Owen Wilson) and Jake (Woody Harrelson) find a time machine to take them back to the very first Thanksgiving, where they attempt to save their kind once and for all. Hit the jump to watch the first trailer.
Apple has the video in HD.
The concept of time-traveling birds is a pretty weird one, but it seems to work really well here. It helps that Harrelson and Wilson seem to have great chemistry, probably since they’re super tight in real life. But of all the jokes in the trailer, the one that amused me most was the weird “heh heh heh” laugh from the science lab drones. I don’t know why, but I found the sound deeply hilarious.
Directed by Jimmy Hayward and also starring Amy Poehler, Dan Fogler, Lesley Nicol, George Takei, Colm Meaney, Keith David, Eddie “Piolin” Sotelo, and Dwight Howard, Free Birds opens just in time for Thanksgiving on November 1.
In this hilarious, adventurous buddy comedy for audiences of all ages, directed by Jimmy Hayward (Horton Hears a Who!), two turkeys from opposite sides of the tracks must put aside their differences and team up to travel back in time to change the course of history – and get turkey off the Thanksgiving menu for good.
Oneohtrix Point Never’s Daniel Lopatin will follow up 2011′s groundbreaking Replica with his Warp Records debut, R Plus Seven. Due out October 1st, the album is being billed as “a major departure from his previous work,” and one that dials down the experimentalism for a bigger concept “full of overlapping, abstract musical through-lines, puzzle-like pieces that, taken together, might allow you to glimpse an overarching tableau.”
There’s no music to fiddle about with just yet, but scroll below to see the tracklist, album artwork, and a block of dates Lopatin has scheduled.
In related news, Lopatin serves as executive soundtrack producer and music supervisor to Sofia Coppola’s latest film, The Bling Ring, out in select theaters now.
R Plus Seven Tracklist:
01. Boring Angel
03. He She
04. Inside World
07. Problem Areas
09. Still Life
10. Chrome Country
Oneohtrix Point Never 2013 Tour Dates:
09/14 – Mexico City, MX @ Festival Ceremonia
09/17 – Brooklyn, NY @ Our Lady of Lebanon Maronite Cathedral *
09/22 – Kraków, PL @ Sacrum Profanum
09/27 – Paris, FR @ Le Trabendo
09/28 – NL @ Today’s Art Festival (The Hague)
10/01 – Glasgow, UK @ Centre for Contemporary Arts
10/03 – London, UK @ Islington Assembly Hall
10/04 – Berlin, DE @ Berghain #
10/05 – Kortrijk, BE @ De Kreun
11/16 – Minneapolis, MN @ Walker Art Center $
11/22 – East Sussex, UK @ ATP Weekender
* = w/ Julianna Barwick
# = w/ Stellar Om Source + Lorenzo Senni
$ = w/ Tim Hecker
It's been a while since we've heard news about The War Z, the controversial online zombie game that was kind of a mess in just about every possible way.
Briefly: Even a casual observer knows that women direct far fewer big Hollywood films than men. So it’s interesting to see that the developing adaptation of Fifty Shades of Grey — an extended S&M-lite sexual fantasy that has been decried as “mommy porn” as it tops sales charts — will be directed by Sam Taylor-Johnson. She has made only one major feature, Nowhere Boy, from 2009.
We don’t yet know much about plans that Focus is pulling together for the film, but if the movie is even vaguely as successful as the novel series, it’ll be huge.
Kelly Marcel scripted, and Michael De Luca is producing. Does this directorial choice at all imply that the director’s husband, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, will play the wealthy and sexually dominant male lead of the film? We don’t know at this point — there is no confirmed casting as yet.
Updated: well, just after we posted the first info, Jeff Sneider of The Wrap offered up the following:
UPDATE: FELICITY JONES in mix for ANASTASIA! Aaron Taylor-Johnson won't pursue role of CHRISTIAN! Aronofsky passed a month ago #NotebookDump
— Jeff Sneider (@TheInSneider) June 19, 2013
When literature student Anastasia Steele goes to interview young entrepreneur Christian Grey, she encounters a man who is beautiful, brilliant, and intimidating. The unworldly, innocent Ana is startled to realize she wants this man and, despite his enigmatic reserve, finds she is desperate to get close to him. Unable to resist Ana’s quiet beauty, wit, and independent spirit, Grey admits he wants her, too—but on his own terms. Shocked yet thrilled by Grey’s singular erotic tastes, Ana hesitates. For all the trappings of success—his multinational businesses, his vast wealth, his loving family—Grey is a man tormented by demons and consumed by the need to control. When the couple embarks on a daring, passionately physical affair, Ana discovers Christian Grey’s secrets and explores her own dark desires.
We’re introduced to the track via its bizarre new music video — directed by legendary visual artist Steve “ESPO” Powers — where the Metal Face’d costume we all know and love is replaced by something much different, yet still psychologically teasing. Watch below and get to know this new persona, including his taste in books.
Star Slinger, a UK producer who’s reworked the likes of Kendrick Lamar, Little Dragon and Hundred Waters in just the last year alone, has unleashed yet another new pumpin’ remix. Now, don’t get me wrong, Miguel’s “Adorn” needs no tweaking — believe me, it still gets me flustered — but here, Star Slinger takes the strutting, romantic sex jam and injects it with a different kind of heat. With an amped -up house pace and some heavy-hitting, well-placed thumps, the track’s sex appeal is stretched and electro-energized, making it no longer just a late-night bedroom romp, but something fit for a sizzling dance floor, too.
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Chris Brown isn’t backing down from neighbors peeved over a mural in front of his Hollywood Hills home, according to reports.
Hey, Sony. Hi. Jason here. I've got an idea that will make you guys millions.
There’s a bit of new footage in this trailer for Edgar Wright‘s The World’s End, but the focus is in the tacked-on bit at the beginning. That’s where it is made explicitly clear that the folks who made this film also made Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz. Now, most of you already know that — indeed, most of you know it well enough to have picked out half a dozen nods to those two films in the film’s first teaser trailer.
For those of you who don’t need to be reminded of the film’s pedigree and the shared past of Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, and their director, there’s still something to be said for having another look at the trailer that shows off just what five friends will face when they embark upon an epic pub crawl in their hometown.
The World’s End opens in the UK on July 19 and in the US on August 23.
Director Edgar Wright and actors Simon Pegg and Nick Frost reunite for a third film following the successes “Shaun of the Dead” (2004) and “Hot Fuzz” (2007). In “The World’s End,” 20 years after attempting an epic pub crawl, five childhood friends reunite when one of them becomes hellbent on trying the drinking marathon again. They are convinced to stage an encore by Gary King (Simon Pegg), a 40-year-old man trapped at the cigarette end of his teens, who drags his reluctant pals to their hometown and once again attempts to reach the fabled pub – The World’s End. As they attempt to reconcile the past and present, they realize the real struggle is for the future, not just theirs but humankind’s. Reaching The World’s End is the least of their worries.