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by Jonathan Simrin

16 Apr 2010


With stars like Josh Brolin, Megan Fox, and John Malkovich as the hero, love interest, and villain, respectfully, Jonah Hex would seem to be well on its way to summer blockbuster glory. Sadly, much like the ruthless American West traversed by Hex himself, all is not well for the film, which is set for a June 18 premiere. According to New York Magazine’s Vulture blog, the mega-budget, supernatural Western has yet to release a trailer for the film. Although Warner Bros. plans to unveil the movie’s trailer with the upcoming A Nightmare on Elm Street, which arrives in theaters April 30, Jonah Hex has endured a series of production setbacks and troublesome publicity.

Originally, Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor (Crank) were set to direct Jonah Hex, but dropped out in November 2008. It didn’t help that Brolin described the script as “awful”, in an interview posted on the MTV Movie Blog. Warner Bros. also brought in Francis Lawrence (I Am Legend) to serve as a consultant during the film’s reshoots.

These omens do not bode well for Jonah Hex. Movie fans, especially those loyal to the comic book genre, are now more than ever able to closely follow a film’s production, courtesy of the world wide web. Yet despite the setbacks, maybe the tired saying that there’s no such thing as bad publicity holds true. Artistic masterpiece or not, with Jonah Hex co-starring Megan Fox and featuring some (hopefully) good action sequences, the film should at least break even.

by Sarah Zupko

16 Apr 2010


Not one to get left behind in the late ‘70s/early ‘80s nostalgia rush, Britain’s ska heroes the Specials are back touring and played their first U.S. live appearance in some three decades on Jimmy Fallon’s show this week.

by John Lindstedt

16 Apr 2010


Future TBS late night host Conan O’Brien began his “Legally Prohibited” tour this week, and here’s your first look: O’Brien doing a ridiculously cockneyed Thom Yorke impression while singing Radiohead’s signature hit, “Creep”. This was just the sound check, so the show must be amazing. If you have tickets for a future date, however, you may want to avoid videos of the tour so it won’t spoil any of the surprises you paid at least 40 dollars for. This one should be okay though because, again, it’s just the sound check. But what a sound check!

by PopMatters Staff

15 Apr 2010


Joe Copplestone earlier this week tagged the über poppy Marina & the Diamonds’ debut, The Family Jewels, as “a positively bipolar album, full of self-confident highs and blatant cockiness followed by self-effacing lows, but Marina seems to celebrate each extreme with the same affected deadpan”. Sounds like the tour oughtta be fun, eh? Marina just unleashed this special tour video.

by PopMatters Staff

15 Apr 2010


To celebrate the release of AK 100 and the 100th anniversary of Akira Kurosawa’s birth, Image Entertainment has provided PopMatters with these exclusive Kurosawa stills from films never before released on home video, including The Men Who Tread on the Tiger’s Tail (1945), The Most Beautiful (1944), Sanshiro Sugata (1943), and Sanshiro Sugata, Part II (1944).

Product details from Image: The creator of such timeless masterpieces as Rashomon, Ikiru, Seven Samurai, Yojimbo, and High and Low, Akira Kurosawa is one of the most influential and beloved filmmakers who ever lived — and for many the greatest artist the medium has known. Now, on the occasion of the centenary of his birth, the Criterion Collection is proud to present this deluxe set celebrating his astonishing career. Featuring 25 of the films he made over the course of his 50 years in movies — from samurai epics to postwar noirs to Shakespeare adaptations — AK 100 is the most complete set of his works ever released in this country, and includes four rare films that have never been available for home video.

Images after the jump…

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Violin Virtuoso L. Subramaniam Mesmerizes in Rare New York Performance (Photos)

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"Co-presented by the World Music Institute, the 92Y hosted a rare and mesmerizing performance from India's violin virtuoso L. Subramaniam.

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