May 2008

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The first teaser for Kevin Smith’s Zack and Miri Make a Porno hit the web late last night. It features stars Seth Rogan and Elizabeth Banks ad libbing their way through porn auditions. Smith says it’s just a teaser, not a trailer, because none of the footage actually appears in the movie, but it does give you a feel for the movie’s tone.

Teaser Trailer for Zack and Miri Make a Porno

Zack and Miri hit theaters October 31st.

The Monroeville Zombies jersey from Zack and Miri Make a Porno

As a bonus, you can now order the sweet Monroeville Zombies hockey jersey from the film (pictured above). For those of you who aren’t big George Romero fans, the joke is that Dawn of the Dead was filmed in the Monroeville (PA) mall, and Zack and Miri also filmed there.

Al Pacino and Robert DeNiro are cops.  Cops who have seen a lot.  Cops who may or may not play by the rules.  Suddenly bad guys start ending up dead.  They need to figure out who’s killing them.  Is it some sort of righteous vigilante?  Or a cop with a score to settle?  September 12th we’ll find out.  That’s when Righteous Kill comes out.  Here’s the second trailer for the film.

I was already interested after the first trailer.  But this one raised the bar.  Who can resist two of the world’s greatest actors in a crime drama?

Sunday Music Spotlight alum José González is known for his covers. He has a way of taking someone else’s song and making it distinctively his own. His cover of Massive Attack’s “Teardrop” (which some of you may know as the theme song for House is a perfect example. It retains enough of the original to be recognizable, but González puts his own spartan stamp on it.

Another good example is this cover of Kylie Minogue’s “Hand on Your Heart”. He manages to take a syrupy pop song and make it heartfelt and genuine.

On a slightly different note, José has just announced his upcoming tour schedule. If he’s coming anywhere near you don’t hesitate to go see him.

Tour Dates:
June 2008
13 – Bonnaroo Music Festival – Manchester, TN
14 – Headliners – Louisville, KY
15 – 9:30 Club – Washington, DC
16 – The Stone Pony – Asbury Park, NJ
17 – Iron Horse – Northampton, MA
18 – Museum of Fine Arts – Boston, MA
20 – Teatro Estudio Cavaret – Guadalajara, Mexico
21 – Lunario – Mexico City, Mexico
23 – Stone Church – Newmarket, NH
24 – Higher Ground – Burlington, VT
25 – 400 Annniversary Festival (Le Grande Scene) – Quebec City, QC (Canada)
26 – St. Matthew’s Church – Halifax, NS (Canada)
28 – Sled Island Festival (Canada Olympic Plaza) – Calgary, AB (Canada)
30 – The Broadway Theatre – Saskatoon, SK (Canada)

July 2008
02 – The Park Theatre – Winnipeg, MB (Canada)
03 – Ottawa Bluesfest – Ottawa, ON (Canada)

September 2008
27 – Austin City Limits – Austin, TX

There’s a new red band trailer out for the summer comedy Step Brothers, starring Will Ferrell as two stunted adults who suddenly become step brothers. Despite Ferrell and Reilly, and the fact that it’s directed by Adam McKay, who did Anchorman and Talladega Nights, I was luke warm on this after the first trailer. But this one definitely made me laugh. Of course at heart I’m still 12, so collapsing bunk beds will always make me laugh…Just rememeber, “This house is a prison. On planet Bullshit. In the galaxy of This Sucks Camel Dick.” Awesome.

Step Brothers hits theaters July 25th.

Director and Actor Sydney Pollack
Film director, producer, and actor Sydney Pollack died Monday at age 73. He directed Hollywood classics such as Tootsie, Out of Africa, and Three Days of the Condor, and acted dozens of films, including Michael Clayton and The Firm. NY Times has a full obituary.

Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull

I had no idea what to expect going into Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. I had seen the trailers and a couple of production photos, but I had avoided all of the early reviews. Typically I don’t mind know a lot going into a movie, but Indy is such an iconic character and a deep part of my childhood that I wanted to be surprised. So, after a 19 year layoff can Indy still deliver adrenaline and one-liners with equal skill? Will Spielberg and Lucas find a good way to restart the franchise? And will the adult version of me be as swept away as the kid was by the first three movies?
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Levon Helm, best known as drummer for The Band

Mark Lavon Helm, aka Levon Helm, best known as the drummer/singer for The Band, is celebrating his 68th birthday. So join me in wishing him a Happy Birthday!
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The Black Hollies
The saying goes that you don’t know where you’re going until you know where you came from. Musically speaking The Black Hollies know exactly where their sound comes from. It’s deeply rooted in the 60’s, in bands like The Animals, The Yardbirds, and The Who. It’s rooted there, but like a much like those bands were rooted in Delta Blues and managed to put their own mark on it, The Black Hollies start with their influences and build, creating something that is at once familiar and new.
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For those about to pretend to rock, we salute you! As someone who’s been hopelessly addicted to Guitar Hero II, Guitar Hero III, and Rock Band I’ve been anxiously awaiting information on the upcoming fourth installment of the Guitar Hero franchise. Activision has finally given us the full skinny.

The official title is Guitar Hero: World Tour and it’s due out October 27th. From the feature list it looks like they’ve taken everything from Rock Band and improved on it, plus added some stuff. Kick ass!

Watch the preview, then we’ll discuss:

More video, pictures, and a full feature list after the jump.
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Weezer has a new album coming out June 3rd, but the first video is already out. It’s for the song “Pork and Beans”, and it features many stars of YouTube, along with other fads from teh internets. It’s kicks a wee bit o’ ass:

via BoingBoing

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