Newly Signed Kreayshawn Shares Free Track and Fall Tour Dates

 

In case you’ve been living under a rock thousands of miles away from the Hype-heavy blogoshphere, you might have missed the fact that white female rappers are kind of awesome right now. Especially the ones who have some genuinely decent rhyming skills. Controversial though they may be, they’ve gone viral. None more successfully, more lucratively, or more quickly than the Cali-based twenty-one year old Natassia Zolot, a.k.a. Kreayshawn. So what’s all the Hype about? Read on to find out …

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Noah and The Whale Share New Video and RAC Remix

 

English indie-folk crusaders Noah and The Whale are following music videos for   “L.I.F.E.G.O.E.S.O.N.” and “Tonight’s The Kind Of Night,” with the new video for “Life Is Life,” the third single from their recent album Last Night On Earth (March 2011, Mercury Records). The band teamed up with American photographer Autumn de Wilde to direct “Life Is Life” with dazzling affect. Come watch the video and cop a free download of the RAC remix of “Tonight’s The Kind Of Night”  after the jump …

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Joakim Shares New Video for “Forever Young” Single

 

Parisian producer Joakim is gearing up to release his highly anticipated new album Nothing Gold this fall on his own Tigersushi Records. The album sees a host of collaborations with Tigersushi’s roster of artists, including Discodeine, who have worked their sought-after magic on and re-shaped the first single “Forever Young” in a coveted remix you can lay your greedy little hands on right here right now. Click for more …

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Stream and Purchase Paul Dempsey’s US Solo Debut ‘Everything Is True’

 

Critically acclaimed Australian singer-songwriter Paul Dempsey (of alt-rock band Something For Kate fame) released his US solo debut Everything Is True (Missing Piece Records) yesterday. The album, which has already received loud praise from Rolling Stone Australia (4 out of 5 stars) and saw itself smartly named iTunes Australia’s Album of the Year (2009), is currently streaming in it’s entirety at AOL Spinner free for one full week. To top off his generosity, Dempsey is also making a track off the album available for download. Read on for upcoming US tour dates and more …

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THE WARRIOR’S WAY, A BUTT KICKER ON DVD

 

Much like the spaghetti westerns of old The Warrior’s Way becomes a duel to the death with the sword as the weapon of choice.  I missed this one at the movie theater but on DVD the excitement and suspense gets so good I didn’t pause the film for a potty break.  The cast, direction and choreography tops most samurai melodramas and really kicks butt.

 

The film tells the story of Yang (Jang Dong-gun) a swordsman who has been brought up by the finest martial arts teacher.  With his clan’s enemies knocking on his door, Yang kills all but one.  Fleeing to America with the child of one of his enemies and looking to hide out with an old friend, Yang ends up in a run down amusement town that has lost it’s will due to a dried up Gold Rush and frontier marauders.  He takes over his deceased friends laundry business and starts a new life.  When the Colonel (Danny Huston), leader of the marauders, decides to make a visit to the town Yang teams up with Ron (Geoffrey Rush) and a bunch of clowns to defend the people.

 

The movie reminded me of films like A Fist Full of Dollars, A Few Dollars More, and The Good, The Bad and The Ugly only with the magic of modern day computer graphics, green screen and special effects.  The music and costumes here are brilliant adding to the realism of the enjoyable western.

 

This little gem has a lot of violent action, but deep down inside the story I found heart and a will to survive.  The fine acting by the whole cast makes The Warrior’s Way work with direction by Sngmoo Lee who introduces his characters as each scene develops until I was rooting for the good fighting the bad and ugly.

 

Kate Bosworth gives a strong performance as the young woman who was almost raped by the Colonel and then has takes her revenge.  In a well-choreographed fight with the Colonel, Bosworth show skills beyond anything I have seen from her in the past. She’s important to the film and great fun to watch.  But the film acting kudos go to both Rush and Jang Dong-gun for some amazing work. You will see what I mean when the two have their backs to the wall and an army of 100 bearing down on them.

 

The Warrior’s Way also has a few good bonus features including 13 exciting deleted scenes and a short behind the scenes montage.  I reviewed the DVD format, but the film is also out on Blu-ray.  It is rated R for strong bloody violence so please be careful with the disc after you’ve viewed it especially if you have youngsters in your home.

 

FINAL ANALYSIS:  ‘A’ for Awesome (A)

 

[TV RECAP] The Five BEST and WORST Things About True Blood EP 4.01

 

Sunday, June 26th saw the premiere of the fourth season of our favorite bloody addiction, True Blood on HBO. In fact, if you have access to the cable network’s new enhanced viewing site HBO GO (not everyone does) then you got to see a two hour double episode premiere. However, since that’s not the case for everyone, we’re only going to cover what we saw during that first hour in our Recap and Review. Man was it worth seven month itch. Read on for more …

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SEASON OF THE WITCH, THRILLER ON DVD

 

An action adventure with a good story, Season of The Witch makes for some great Entertainment and it’s now on DVD.  I actually liked the film better on DVD than when it ran in theaters because I was able to stop and rewind during some very intense scenes.  If you like a good suspense/horror film then Season of the Witch set in the time of the Crusades should be at the top of your list.

 

The movie opens with some awesome scenes of the Great Crusades with battles lead by warriors Behmen (Nicholas Cage) and Felson (Ron Perlman) who fight for Christian freedom.  But as the war goes on and the two find themselves slaughtering innocent women and children they decide to desert their battalion.  Months later they pass through a city where they have executed several witches blamed for a plague and are arrested for desertion.  In the meantime one witch has returned from the dead and monks at a far off monastery must read a special passage over her in order to destroy her being. In return for their freedom Behmen and Felson accept the job of taking her to the monastery.

 

Dominic Sena (Swordfish, Gone in 60 Seconds) does a super job of directing Season of the Witch.  He makes his characters real and exciting, creates an action packed suspense thriller and intermixes some awesome special effects.  I liked the way he develops the character of the witch (played by Claire Foy) making her innocent, then cunning, then monstrous.

 

The movie features some exceptional performances by Cage and Perlman as the two heroes who have to put their lives on the line to save the plague worn world.  I like Cage and even though he has had a few clunkers, this is surly not one of them.  His fine ability to make his character fierce in battle, sympathetic to the witch, then strong in the face of horror shows admirably here.  In support Perlman puts on an amazing show as Behman’s sidekick fighting with a vengeance while protecting his friend.

 

The film has some very good special bonus features including 7 deleted scenes (that should have been left in the film), Becoming the Demon (excellent for filmmakers and film buffs who want a partial lesson on CGI) On a Crusade (shows clips from the beginning sequence) and an Alternate Ending (I actually liked both endings).

 

Season of the Witch is rated PG-13 for thematic elements, violence and disturbing content so you may want to watch the film first before allowing immature children to join you.

 

FINAL ANALYSIS: This one goes right into my library for future viewing. (B)


Vote For Your Dirty Habit In the Lollapalooza Remix Throwdown

 

Sex Cult Records’ “House and Bass” beat masters Your Dirty Habit have entered their remix of “Fortune Days” by The Glitch Mob for the Semifinal Round of Lollapalooza’s annual Remix Throwdown.

They’re asking for your vote and as an extra special incentive, are offering fans a free download of the remix in exchange.

Come on inside, give her a listen and click to vote. Read on for more info …

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GISELLE IN 3D BALLET CINEMA

 

GISELLE IN 3D BALLET CINEMA EVENT PREMIERES

WORLD’S FIRST 3-D BALLET FROM

THE MARIINSKY THEATRE THIS JULY

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NCM Fathom and More2Screen Present Stunning Event in RealDTM 3D

at More than 160 Select Movie Theaters Nationwide on July 12

 

Centennial, Colo. – June 20, 2011 – Continuing its mission to offer groundbreaking in-theater events of all types, NCM Fathom presents GISELLE IN 3D, the world’s first 3-D ballet to be shown with RealD™ 3D technology on Tuesday, July 12 at Noon followed by a second performance at 7:30 p.m. (both times local). Pre-recorded at the historic Mariinsky Theatre in St. Petersburg, Russia, GISELLE IN 3D captures the beauty and movement of a world-class performance in a new and multi-dimensional way, offering cinema audiences a ‘best seat in the house’ experience from anywhere in their local theater.

Tickets for GISELLE IN 3D are available at participating theater box offices and online at www.FathomEvents.com. For a complete list of theater locations and prices, visit the NCM Fathom website (theaters and participants are subject to change).

Presented by London-based distributor More2Screen and NCM Fathom, GISELLE IN 3D was filmed by the UK company Can Communicate, one of the world’s leading producers of stereoscopic 3-D content. The ballet will appear in more than 160 select movie theaters across the country via the new digital cinema projection systems.

“We are delighted to be working with NCM Fathom to distribute Giselle in 3-D across the States – a partnership which will drive the next stage of the ballet’s hugely successful global roll-out,” said Christine Costello, More2Screen managing director.

Giselle is the story of a simple village girl who falls deeply in love with a dashing prince disguised as a peasant. The idyllic pastoral scene is shattered by an act of betrayal and the ensuing heartbreak. In the ballet’s second act, Giselle haunts the stage with her host of vengeful spirits, but ultimately the strength of her love transcends even death and bestows forgiveness upon her repentant lover. The ballet stars Natalia Osipova as Giselle with Leonid Sarafanov as Count Albert.

“Fathom brings another ‘first’ to movie theaters with the world’s first ballet in 3-D,” said Dan Diamond, vice president of NCM Fathom. “This is truly a must-see event and audiences across the U.S. will be mesmerized by the view from their front row seat at the famed St. Petersburg’s Mariinsky Theatre during this performance of the classic Giselle.”

 

Ever since its founding in 1860, the legendary Mariinsky Theatre of St. Petersburg, Russia has been at the forefront of artistic and musical development which continues today with Giselle in 3D, the first-ever worldwide release of a ballet in 3-D. For more than 20 years the Mariinsky Theatre has been led by Maestro Valery Gergiev who has transformed the Mariinsky into a global theatre presenting international tours in dozens of countries each year. He has also made technology and media a critically important part of the Mariinsky with the launch of its Mariinsky Label and various other initiatives including this groundbreaking 3-D project. The US release of Giselle in 3D coincides with the Mariinsky Ballet’s residency at the Metropolitan Opera House during the Lincoln Center Festival. The company performs three programs multiple times beginning on July 11.

 

Giselle in 3D will be showing JULY 12 at the following South Florida theaters at 12:00pm (Noon) & 7:30pm:

Regal South Beach

AMC Sunset Place

Cinemark Paradise

 


Torchwood: Miracle Day: Everything you hoped for


Coming to the Starz network on July 8th, episode 1 of Torchwood Miracle Day is the British import that’s creating quite a buzz. The series premiers with an unsettling scene involving the scheduled execution of Bill Pullman’s Oswald Danes, an unsavory deviant who certainly deserves death by needle. When he is freakishly spared his fate, we’re left to consider the possibility that the death cocktail entering his veins was somehow botched as confused med techs rush about (of course, anyone who has seen the trailers will know better).

The anticipation builds as to whose life will be spared next. And we’re not disappointed as we abruptly segue into the near death of CIA agent Rex Matheson (ER’s Mekhi Phifer), who is impaled by a metal pipe in a horrific truck accident.  As hospital wards overflow with patients who refuse to die, and reports from around the world spread the news, we’re forced to accept the undeniable, yet highly implausible premise: no one on Earth is dying.

And so it goes, day after day, until it sinks in to even the most ardent disbelievers–death, has taken a vacation.  Then on the sixth day—well, things change somewhat (no spoilers here). For individuals and their loved one’s, it’s a heaven-sent miracle, but taken on a global scale, you’re looking at a time bomb of accelerated overpopulation–and therein lies Torchwood’s major premise: how does the planet and humanity deal with that?

Keeping things interesting and the viewer slightly off balance is the fact that action takes place on both sides of the Atlantic. In Whales, Eve Myles (Gwen Cooper) with husband, Rhys (Kai Owen), and their baby mix humor and action in a sort of Undercover Blues style that delights and entertains. Who else but Eve can fire a pistol while holding a giggling baby?

Stateside, Alexa Havins’ Esther Drummond is the C.I.A. freshman who longs for field duty and gets more than she bargained for when she dodges a hail of bullets and is exploded out of a high rise with C.I.A. agent Rex Matheson. Together they try to piece together a global conspiracy borne out of the Torchwood project (created by an old, secret British institute). Seems the files on Torchwood disappear whenever someone tries to access them, and anyone who dares to look into Torchwood is K.I.A.

As for Captain Jack Harkness (John Barrowman), let’s just say there’s an interesting surprise waiting for viewers at the end of the episode, something that takes the story in an unexpected direction.

Arlene Tur’s Dr. Vera Juarez is the Washington D.C. surgeon, who finds herself advising government think tanks on how to deal with the world’s sudden exploding population. It’s a geometric growth that threatens the viability of the human race in just four months.

Pullman’s talent is fully exploited as the publicity-seeking murderer who has cheated death. Buoyed by power publicist Ambrose  (Jlly Kitzinger), he personifies the darkest side of death’s holiday as he addresses an anti-death-penalty crowd and threatens to sue the Governor unless he is set free.

Torchwood’s creator and lead writer, Russell T Davies did an excellent job of mixing exposition and intrigue, spiced with just the right amount of humor. And the bigger budget has certainly helped Torchwood, with the extra cash going for stunning location shoots, breathtaking helicopter stunts and Rambo-style pyrotechnics.

The Village Voice Announce 4Knots Indoor Lounge During Festival

 

The Village Voice just announced the addition of the 4Knots Indoor Lounge during the 4Knots Music Festival on Saturday, July 16. The lounge, located at 210 Front Street, will be open from 2pm until 12am with free admission, 21+ only.  DJ Sets will take place all day from: Yeasayer, Dan Deacon, Finger on the Pulse, PUNCHES, Brahms, and others TBD.  Drink specials from Sailor Jerry and Bud Light will be available along with a PopChips photo booth, and much more. Read on …

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TODAY Brooklyn’s Fort Greene Festival Ft. Mos Def

 

Hip-Hop artist/poet/actor Mos Def will be headlining Brooklyn’s Fort Greene Festival for the second year running today. Hosted by fellow Brooklyn native Rosie Perez, Mos Def joins Sophia Urista, Res, and Paper Doll among other artists in Forte Green Park, where last year it saw 15,000 people turn up to enjoy several amazing (and free) performances. Today promises to be another jam-packed party in the park as the summer festival series keeps on rolling. Read on for details …

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WATCH Company of Thieves Video for Single ‘Death of Communication’

 

Company of Thieves have just unveiled the video for their single “Death of Communication” from their recently released album Running From A Gamble (Wind-up Records, May 2011). With myriad costume changes among glitter, balloons and cosmic imagery, Company of Thieves’ vocalist Genevieve Schatz belts out her frustration rather prettily. We love female singers with quirky dance moves and chords so powerful that they blow your eyelids back. Read on and watch the video …

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The Irrepressibles Set for US Release of Debut Mirror Mirror

 

London-based chamber pop band The Irrepressibles are finally ready to unleash their critically acclaimed debut album Mirror Mirror on us Yanks. Fans in their homeland across the pond have had an entire year since January 2010’s UK release of the album to enjoy the visionary sound of creative director/composer/lead vocalist Jamie McDermott’s ten-piece performance orchestra. Now it’s our turn, and as a taste of what’s to come we’ve got a sweet mp3 download of the track “Forget the Past” all ready for your clicking finger. Clickety click …

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