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by PopMatters Staff

29 Jul 2010


POPMATTERS SPONSOR—Platinum and gold-disc Tennessee rockers Paramore blast summer crowds with their alt rock, emo, pop punk sound on their headline Honda Civic Tour throughout the U.S. this summer. Get on your bike/hop in your car/race for the bus/catch a train or a plane or a boat—do what it takes to see the band, along with talented Tegan & Sara, hardcore rockers Newfound Glory, and the sweet songs of Kadawatha—perfect for summer. Before you go, enter the Honda Civic Tour Drive Away with Paramore Sweepstakes. (Tour schedule is posted below the jump).

While you’re securing your ride to this must-see summer concert, check out your chance to win a new ride—a sweet Paramore-customized Civic Si Coupe, or a snazzy MASI Speciale Fixed LTD Drop Bicycle, complete with Paramore’s logo and band autographs (feast your eyes on these prizes, here). You might also win the chance to meet-up with Paramore in California, nab an autographed Fender© Telecaster, make off with an autographed Flip Mino HDTM Video camera by Paramore, or snag Paramour Backpack with signed tour program and CD and more. Enter the contest here.

Got those Honda Civic Tour 2010 concert tickets in hand? Got a few minutes to spare while waiting on your ride? Follow the tour, the bands, and the giveaways on Paramore’s Facebook page.

by Matt Mazur

28 Jul 2010


First Film:

[Bening]The Great Outdoors (Howard Deutsch, 1988)

[Moore] Tales from the Dark Side: The Movie (John Harrison, 1990)

Must-see:

[Bening] Bugsy (Barry Levinson, 1991); American Beauty (Sam Mendes, 1999); Being Julia (Istvan Stabo, 2004)

[Moore] Paul Thomas Anderson’s Boogie Nights and Magnolia (1999); The Hours (Stephen Daldry, 2002); Savage Grace, (Tom Kalin, 2008)

Star Turn:

[Bening] The Grifters (Stephen Frears, 1990)

[Moore] Far From Heaven (Todd Haynes, 2002)

Underrated:

[Bening] In this year’s Mother and Child (Rodrigo Garcia), Bening gave her most mature, expressive performance as a woman who gave her baby up for adoption at age 14, yet there was very little in the way of praise for either her or the film, which deserves a second look.

[Moore] In Jane Anderson’s The Prize Winner of Defiance Ohio (2005), many critics complained about Moore playing another mid-century housewife type and completely missed a low-key, heart-felt little performance full of passion and intelligence, followed closely by her haunted,  elegant turn as Yelena in Louis Malle’s Vanya on 42nd Street.

Upcoming, Current and/or Recent: It’s no surprise that we’ve arrived at this conclusion, with Bening and Moore at the head of the class. The two greats play lesbian moms in Lisa Cholodenko’s excellent new movie The Kids Are All Right, each hitting new career highs in a story about why we stay with the ones we love. It is impossible to imagine anyone else in their roles. The film is playing in limited release and is the number one film I recommend for the summer season because of the two strong, talented women who top-line.

by Jer Fairall

28 Jul 2010


Released to much acclaim in Canada last year, and recently nominated alongside such indie luminaries as Broken Social Scene, Caribou and Owen Pallett for the country’s prestigious Polaris Music Prize (with the winner of the $20,000 prize to be announced on September 20), singer-songwriter Dan Mangan’s second album Nice Nice Very Nice is finally getting a wider release via Arts & Crafts on August 24. “Road Regrets” is typical of Mangan’s brand of hard melodic folk-rock and further proof that the increasing attention coming his way lately is most well deserved.

by Michael Underwood

28 Jul 2010


Co-founder of Krump, Lil C makes his debut in the series as one of the Lettermakers, who craft the letters of invitation for the LXD to bolster their numbers to combat the Uprising. Krump and martial arts are well-combined in this number, which is reminiscent of the training sequences from The Matrix, though with more dance and less gravity defying.

by Matt Mazur

27 Jul 2010


First Film: The French actresses’ first international breakthrough success was in Claude Gorgetta’s 1977 The Lacemaker, but she had been working steadily since 1971

Must-see: A trio of amazing work with Claude Chabrol: The Story of Women (1998); Madame Bovary (1991); and La ceremonie (1995)

Star Turn: Huppert’s complex, depraved Erika Kohut in The Piano Teacher for Michael Haneke was unanimously voted Best Actress at Cannes in 2001.

Underrated: Violette, another Chabrol film, this time from 1978, which tied Huppert for the Best Actress prize at Cannes with Jill Clayburgh’s iconic turn in An Unmarried Woman (Paul Mazursky)

Upcoming, Current and/or Recent: Huppert just appeared, of all places, on Law and Order: Special Victims Unit opposite Mariska Hargitay, Christopher Meloni and Sharon Stone. Think about that. Her next film is White Material for French auteur Claire Denis (Beau Travail)

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