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by Stephen Rowland

11 Jan 2011

The wildly eclectic Bavarian, my personal favorite of all film directors, Werner Herzog will be releasing a new documentary in 2011. It is called Caves of Forgotten Dreams and has already wowed audiences at the Toronto International Film Festival, screened before a nonchalant Herzog had even seen the finished product.

And yes, it’s in 3D.

The film concerns the recently discovered Chauvet cave system in Southern France, which has never been filmed before, and was decorated with cave drawings 35,000 years ago—the oldest known to man.

IFC has picked the film up for theatrical distribution in the United States, and it will also be airing on the History Channels. I’ll keep you informed of the release dates once I’m privy to them!

by Eric Allen Been

11 Jan 2011

Hip-hop instrumentalist RJD2 kicked off 2011 by dropping The Glow Remixes EP, a three-track digital release that can be downloaded for free at the website for his label, RJ’s Electrical Connections.

The EP features various takes on the track “Glow” (from his 2010 album Colossus), along with the original video for the song. Chicago DJ duo Flosstradamus kick off the release, morphing the track into a dancefloor-ready romp. Next in line is fan-selected remix contest winner Paolo Palazzo and capping off the EP id a mid-temp club remix by UK producer Candy Panther.

The tracklisting for the EP and RJD2 upcoming tour dates are listed below.

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
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.

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

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