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by Matt Mazur

22 Jul 2010


First Film: Bush Christmas (Henri Safan) and BMX Bandits, both 1983

Must-see: Eyes Wide Shut (Stanley Kubrick, 1999); The Others (Alejandro Amenabar, 2001); Dogville (Lars von Trier, 2004)

Star Turn: To Die For (Gus Van sant, 1995), in which she played a weather girl hell bent on becoming famous.

Underrated: Noah Baumbach’s generally underrated 2007 film Margot at the Wedding is Kidman’s finest performance to date, playing a brittle, brutal best-selling author who believe she is the actual center of the universe, opposite Jennifer Jason Leigh as her titular sister. Fearless work.

Upcoming, Current and/or Recent: Next year, she will star in HBO’s Hemmingway & Gellhorn for Phillip Kaufman and down the road she will play a trans man in Lasse Halstrom’s drama The Danish Girl,  but this year she will topline John Cameron Mitchell’s adaptation of the Broadway smash Rabbit Hole. Most recently she was found singing to Daniel Day Lewis in the all-star Nine.

by PopMatters Staff

22 Jul 2010


POPMATTERS SPONSOR: The new Michael Cera vehicle Scott Pilgrim opens 13 August, but is making a big push a bit early at this week’s Comic-Con. There’s a whole bunch of events planned (all the info after the jump), including live music from Gorgeous Got a Gun, who won the recent contest through Sonicbids, “Indie Rock vs. the World: Battle of the Bands”. There are also ample opportunities to meet the cast and crew of the film at Comic-Con and all the info on that will be available via this Twitter.

by William Carl Ferleman

22 Jul 2010


Hole’s Courtney Love has found fashion; she recently authorized a new fashion blog. Titled “What Courtney Wore Today”, the blog includes myriad pictures, cartoons, and brief write-ups by unknown persons, Love’s associates presumably. Representative entry: “Note the perfectly aligned Illamasqua rouges! Lashings of blushes! How fab…. is there really an age where one grows too old to use rouge? We doubt it…Also, couture knickers (we know what they cost so they had better be) by Agent Provacatuer!” 

Love’s fashion blog is most fascinating, dare I say insightful, because it prominently displays the amount of work that is necessary to make or, again, fashion a particular type of image. There may be an immediate contradiction with Love on this topic, though. For the last decade or so, Love has seemingly been inspired by a lack of fashion or artifice; the inclination to be nude or grossly anti-fashion has thus dominated her. A striptease-like routine has been part of her formula for some time.

by Steve Horowitz

22 Jul 2010


Iowa denizen Joe Price sings and plays old-time, rough-hewn, country blues with a nasty metal slide that makes his gee-tar ring. His guitar playing wife Vicki joins in and sings in a complementary fashion. The duo’s new CD Rain or Shine features lots of downright nasty licks and gut-thumping rhythms. They may not be doing anything that hasn’t been done before, but these musicians bring forth the blues in all its rural beauty. These six songs offer solid proof.


by Russ Slater

22 Jul 2010


El Guincho released Alegranza in 2007, garnering many comparisons to Panda Bear’s Person Pitch, also released that year. Now he returns with an EP of South American covers, titled Piratas de Sudamerica. The dense, lo-fi production remains as with previous efforts but his foray into covers now means a more-defined sense of structure on songs originally recorded by Miguel Matamoros and Felix B. Caignet, among others.

The record was recorded by El Guincho (real name: Pablo Díaz-Reixa) in his Barcelona apartment, paying deep homage to the salsa cuts he had grown up listening to with his dad. Piratas de Sudamerica is the first of a series of EPs which will be released on limited edition 12” vinyl concurrently with his main albums. This first EP can currently be listened to in full on Soundcloud.

El Guincho’s second album Pop Negro will be released in the Autumn.

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