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by Stephen Rowland

11 Jan 2011


Paul Thomas Anderson’s follow-up to his brilliant There Will Be Blood was to be an original tale of a fictional religious organization entitled The Master, starring Anderson mainstay Philip Seymour Hoffman (who has been featured in four of his five films). Hoffman said, back in September 2010, “I don’t have any new information [about The Master]. I really mean that, I’m not being obtuse. I don’t quite know what that is at the moment, but hopefully I will and hopefully I’ll be part of something soon. It would be great to work with him again.”

The current status of said film is “postponed indefinitely”.

However, a new rumor has surfaced that Anderson is adapting Thomas Pynchon’s novel Inherent Vice, to star Robert Downey, Jr. as a pot-smoking private eye. This information came out in early December 2010, and nothing has been confirmed.

Thus, Anderson is keeping his fans in the dark; yet, when he’s done that in the past, the resulting films have always been extraordinary.

by Eric Allen Been

11 Jan 2011


Kanye West and Jay-Z premiered “H.A.M.”, the first single off their forthcoming joint album Watch the Thrones, around midnight today on Facebook. The full LP is expected to drop on March 01, 2011.

by Arnold Pan

10 Jan 2011


PJ Harvey
Let England Shake
(Vagrant/Island)
Releasing: 15 February

It’s pretty much a major cultural event every time PJ Harvey releases a new album. One good reason for that is that you never know quite what to expect from her, since the inimitable Harvey seems to reinvent herself with each album even as she stays true to her unshakable and unique musical vision. Two leaked tracks from Polly Jean’s upcoming album Let England Shake—“The Last Living Rose” and “Written on the Forehead”—seem to find her in a more contemplative mood, though the music seems as stirring as ever.

SONG LIST
01 Let England Shake
02 The Last Living Rose
03 The Glorious Land
04 The Words That Maketh Murder
05 All and Everyone
06 On Battleship Hill
07 England
08 In the Dark Places
09 Bitter Branches
10 Hanging in the Wire
11 Written on the Forehead
12 The Colour of the Earth

by G. Christopher Williams

7 Jan 2011


Despite claiming that “lists are silly,” Kill Screen magazine has brought together a number of video game critics (including former PopMatters blogger L.B. Jeffries) to score the best “Big Games” and “Small Games” (read: indie titles) of 2010.

Describing their methodology as an effort to avoid a “boring consensus candidate,” the list aims to provide “a measure of truth, passion, and controversy.”

All in all, there’s some pretty good games on both lists, which you can find at Kill Screen’s online home:

Kill Screen magazine

by Eric Allen Been

7 Jan 2011


Last month, LCD Soundsystem’s James Murphy chatted with critics Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot on their rock and roll radio show Sound Opinions. During the near hour-long conversation, the frontman/producer dished about, among other things, being a middle-aged artist in the music business, his love for the guitar work on the B-52’s “Rock Lobster” and the positive effects of gentrification on New York City. He also does an amusing impersonation of the guys from Daft Punk. The fantastic interview is essential viewing for fans of Murphy and his band.

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Searching for Wholesome Online Fun: LDS Gamers

// Moving Pixels

"While being skeptical about the Church ever officially endorsing video games, LDS gamers remains hopeful about the future, knowing that Mormon society is slowly growing to appreciate gaming.

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