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by Bill Gibron

25 Aug 2009

“Our 2009 slate was greenlit in a very different economic climate and as a result we must remain flexible and willing to recalibrate and adapt to a changing environment.  This is a situation facing every single studio as we all work through the financial pressures associated with the broader downturn. Like every business, we must make difficult choices to maximize our overall success and to best manage Paramount’s business in a way that serves Viacom and its shareholders, while providing the film with every possible chance to succeed both creatively and financially.

Martin Scorsese is not just one of the world’s most significant filmmakers, but also a personal friend. Following a highly successful 2009, we have every confidence that Shutter Island is a great anchor to lead off our 2010 slate and the shift in date is the best decision for the film, the studio and ultimately Viacom.”
– Brad Grey, Paramount Pictures Chairman and Chief Executive Officer

That’s the studio’s position folks, and they are sticking to it. Just as trailers were playing all around the country, Scorsese and DiCaprio’s latest getting the “coming in October” buzz, Paramount, pleading poverty, is moving their Fall tentpole film, Shutter Island to February 2010. As artistic portents of cinematic evil go, that’s pretty got-damn bad. Last year, The Soloist was also poised to be a major awards season player. Suddenly, Universal balked and moved the melodramatic mess to April. While some still found merit in the maudlin, manipulative drama, it was clear that few in the PR department believed in its Oscar potential.

by Allison Taich

25 Aug 2009

Them Crooked Vultures have sparked mystery and intrigue amongst music fans and critics alike. The line-up consists of John Paul Jones (Led Zeppelin), Dave Grohl (Foo Fighters), Josh Homme (Queens of the Stone Age), and Alain Johannes (Queens of the Stone Age). First hinted at in 2005 to Mojo , Them Crooked Vultures officially surfaced this month in front of fortunate fans in Chicago and Amsterdam. Details regarding upcoming shows, appearances, sound, and album release have been scarce. While a handful of fans have experienced the rock phenomenon in the flesh, the rest of us must patiently follow the clues and await the public debut.

by PopMatters Staff

25 Aug 2009

Anti-Pop Consortium
Fluorescent Black
(Big Dada)
13 October 2009

In addition to a free MP3 of “Capricorn One”, Anti-Pop Consortium has just released a five-minute mix teaser for their upcoming October album.

Anti-Pop Consortium
teaser mix of Fluorescent Black [MP3]
     

“Capricorn One” [MP3]
     

SONG LIST
01 Lay Me Down    
02 New Jack Exterminator  
03 Reflections  
04 Shine  
05 C Thru U  
06 Volcano  
07 Timpani  
08 Solution  
09 Get Lite  
10 NY to Tokyo  
11 SuperUnfrontable  
12 Born Electric  
13 Apparently  
14 End Game  
15 Capricorn One   
16 Dragonov  
17 Fluorescent Black

by Brian Parks

25 Aug 2009

Me and Orson Welles
Director: Richard Linklater
Cast: Zac Efron, Claire Danes
Opening: 25 November

Let’s get this out of the way right off the bat—Zac Efron is not, I repeat not playing Orson Welles in the upcoming film by Richard Linklater (Before Sunrise, School of Rock). Let’s pause for a moment so that we may collectively let out an enormous sigh of relief before continuing on to the task at hand.

Ready? The good news is apart from that, Me and Orson Welles looks to be an engaging and entertaining view of Welles’ Mercury Theater and its 1937 staging of Julius Caesar. Despite having recieved excellent reviews since its first screening at the 2008 Toronto Film Festival, the film has had trouble finding a distributor here in the United States. The fault for this, however, would seem to lie more in the limited appeal of its subject matter (with nary a crime-fighting guinea pig or wisecracking robot to be found!) rather than in its level of quality. We’ll find out for ourselves on November 25th when it is scheduled for release.

by Ashley Cooper

25 Aug 2009

Nikki Lynette, a fresh faced hip-hop ingenue, has become something of a fixture on the independent Chicago hip-hop scene in recent years. Whether modeling along with her backup singers, singing a commercial jingle, writing lyrics for rap artists or interviewing people such as reggae master Sean Paul, she has her hands in all aspects of the entertainment medium. Her songs can be found on sites like MySpace, as well as through her own website.

Her sounds are reminiscent of the artists that she calls her musical inspirations: OutKast, Lauryn Hill, Prince and Queen. As a result, much of her music is energetic, lively and designed to make your hips move to the beat and has a signature all its own. She breathes life and fun into her music, which can best be called hip-hop punk.

She is a Chicago native and will be performing one last time at the Cubby Bear on August 27th before she relocates to New York City to record a full length studio album.

Cubby Bear is located at 1059 W. Addison Street in Chicago. Doors open at 9:30pm and there is no cover. You must be 21 and up for entry.

Here is a sample of what you will hear at the show, which SHOULD NOT be missed.

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