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by Jonathan Simrin

24 May 2010


It had a good run, but Heroes is finally bowing out of prime time. The series certainly had some great moments and characters, but sadly, those highlights might ultimately be overshadowed by the incredible devotion and patience Heroes demanded from its viewers, as it weathered convoluted story lines and sloppy writing. Still, the series deserves a good deal of credit for bringing superheroes to a 21st century television audience. Now, not to slight the artistic merits of Wizards of Waverly Place, but there is still room for creative improvement when it comes to this genre.

ABC has stepped up to the plate, with No Ordinary Family, one of its new series being launched this fall. After a vacation helicopter accident (Beware of that phosphorescence!), Michael Chiklis and Julie Benz notice their entire family has developed superhuman abilities. The trailer does not give much of an indicator regarding the show’s feel or tone, but it’s good to see two fine television actors like Chiklis and Benz working together.

by Henry Guyer

24 May 2010



Ever wondered how a television really operates? Well, so has Björk (during Christmas some time in the ‘90s). Let her guide you through this informative yet fantastical educational video as she takes apart her TV set and explain why it is more like a megalopolis in there and why Icelandic poets are all liars.

by PopMatters Staff

24 May 2010


!!!
Strange Weather, Isn It?
(Warp)
Releasing: 24 August

Brooklyn dance-poppers return this summer with a new album and the band is currently streaming the first track over on their site.

SONG LIST
01 AM/FM
02 The Most Certain Sure
03 Wannagain Wannagain
04 Jamie, My Intentions Are Bass
05 Steady as the Sidewalk Cracks
06 Hollow
07 Jump Back
08 Even Judas Gave Jesus a Kiss
09 The Hammer

by Oliver Ho

24 May 2010



Bruce Lee’s daughter Shannon reads and offers context for some excerpts from her father’s 1967-71 daytimers. There are meetings with Serling Silliphant (The Towering Inferno, Circle of Iron) and Blake Edwards (!), lessons for James Coburn, and and entry marked “Steve called” (possibly McQueen). His workouts included a five-minute mile and doing 800 punches with each arm.

by Arnold Pan

24 May 2010


Versus
On the Ones and Threes
(Merge)
Releasing: 3 August

2010 seems to be the year that indie groups left in the bargain bins of the 1990s are coming back with a vengeance. Add one-time underground faves Versus to the list of resurgent bands making another go of it after a long hiatus, returning from a decade of dormancy with a stint on the TeenBeat 26th anniversary tour and a new album, On the Ones and Threes, due this August on Merge. From the sound of the recently leaked track “Invincible Hero”, the Pixies-ish NYC trio seems to have recharged its batteries, coming off just as forceful and insistently melodic as it was in its mid-1990s heyday.

SONG LIST
01 Invincible Hero

02 Nu Skin

03 Into Blue

04 Gone to Earth

05 Cicada

06 Erstwhile

07 Pink Valhalla

08 Saturday Saints

09 Scientists

10 The Ones and Threes

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Hitchcock's 'Suspicion', 'I Confess' and 'The Wrong Man' Return in Blu-ray

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"These three films on DVD from Warner Archives showcase different facets of Alfred Hitchcock's brilliance.

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