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by Bill Gibron

11 May 2009

Think about it for a moment. You love a certain franchise (say the Star Wars series) in a way that is indicative of your overall geek mantle. You hear a rumor that Fox, fed up with the failing returns on its limited creative investment, has decided to “reboot” the material, to give it a fresh life with a different director (one mostly known for his TV hits), updated special effects (good!) and most concerning, a substantially younger, CW-oriented cast. The reasons for apprehension start creeping in immediately, especially when you learn that only one of the original actors will return for what is best described as an “extended cameo.” Such was the situation when Paramount, displeased with the way Star Trek was being remembered by a slowly dissolving demographic, asked Lost legend J. J. Abrams to give the adventures of the Starship Enterprise a 22nd Century sheen. And now, $78 million later, it seems both the studio and the salvage effort were wildly successful.

While it’s not Dark Knight money (though many print reports love to tout some obscure Batman record this Trek beat), it’s definitely Christopher Nolan level acclaim. With only 11 Rotten Tomatoes critics playing contrarian, the film stands as one of 2009’s best reviewed. And with audiences both pro and con taking to the movies many delights, there appears to be enough legs to expand on the update’s future potential. Still, as with any major triumph, victory stands to benefit more than one group in the creative process. Sure, there will be sequels, big paydays coming down the line for everyone involved. And when heads have cleared and production models clarified, a new TV outing is definitely in the cards. Of course, all of this could change the minute the movie stiffs, or falls short of its coffer clogging potential.

by PopMatters Staff

11 May 2009

Green Day’s new album releases this Friday and WE7 is offering a streaming widget to check out the new tunes now.

by Rachel Kipp

11 May 2009

Memo to Isaac Mizrahi: I know Tim Gunn. Tim Gunn is a friend of mine. And you sir, are no Tim Gunn.

And therein lies key failing of The Fashion Show, Bravo’s attempt to recover from Project Runway’s flight to Lifetime. Anyone who’s seen the real deal will recognize the show and all of its moving parts as a limp imitation.

Instead of the glorious Gunn and snarky Heidi Klum, we’re stuck with the middling Mizrahi and former Destiny’s Child second banana Kelly Rowland. As Bravo reality hosts go, the stiff Rowland is deep in Katie Lee Joel territory.

by Sarah Zupko

11 May 2009

New Orleans jazz trumpeter Kermit Ruffins will be appearing in a new HBO series Tremé that was just greenlit by the network. The pilot was written by The Wire creator David Simon and co-creator Eric Overmyer, so we’re hoping for great things from this show that will follow the characters through post-Hurricane Katrina life in the Big Easy. Ruffins has also kept busy with a new album, Livin’ a Tremé Life that came out last month and the incessant live gigs he plays. Here are two tracks from the new album, “Treme Mardi Gras” and Ruffin’s version of Allen Toussaint’s “Holy Cow”.

Kermit Ruffins
“Treme Mardi Gras” [MP3]

“Holy Cow” [MP3]

by Thomas Hauner

11 May 2009

The show must go on. So the old adage goes at least, but that was before electronic music and before bands became completely dependent on alternating current and all the gizmos, computers, and samplers that it brings to life. An electronic-based band should hardly have amnesty from such showbiz dogma. And yet the Junior Boys pulled out all the scapegoats at Webster Hall when Matt Didemus’ sampler cut out. Singer Jeremy Greenspan had the unfortunate task of conveying all the bad news to the crowd, though. They chastised the sampler’s manufacturer, AKAI, stressed the frustration of having such problems in New York City rather than Kentucky, and shot out that, “I bet this never happens to Fleet Foxes.”

//Mixed media

The Sound and the Warmth: An Interview with Cardiknox

// Sound Affects

"New York's Cardiknox are taking more steps in their goal of world domination. With their debut record Portrait out, the band are dreaming big, wanting to transcend the indie pop scene.

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