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by John Lindstedt

2 Feb 2010

Following the mixed results of Ghost Town and The Invention of Lying, Ricky Gervais once again returns to the big screen with the upcoming Cemetery Junction. Those who were fans of Gervais’ work on The Office and Extras but have been indifferent to his film work have reason to rejoice: Gervais wrote and directed Cemetery Junction with longtime collaborator Stephen Merchant, with whom he created the former projects.

The film is a coming of age story about two 20-somethings working as clerks for an insurance company in 1970s Reading, Berkshire. Seeing as Gervais also grew up in Reading in the 1970s, one would guess the film has autobiographical undertones. Originally titled The Man From the Pru after a colloquial term for Prudential insurance agents, the film was rechristened after the company became displeased with their portrayal.

Gervais describes Cemetery Junction as a cross between The Office and Mad Men, so it’s safe to say it’ll be pretty damn good.

by Jessy Krupa

1 Feb 2010

While the show proclaimed itself, “ladies’ night”, more noticeable was the theme of robots, metallic fabrics, and the future. The Black Eyed Peas performed “Imma Be” and “I’ve Got a Feeling” with dancers dressed as speakers, Beyonce’s dancers resembled Robocop. Even the head of the recording academy referred to the future in his annual overwrought speech to the public.

by Matt Moeller

31 Jan 2010

In my earlier post I highlighted what seemed to be a free online shooter that turned out to be less than a full game. Little did I know that there was such a game out there already that has been around since last year. If you weren’t already aware, video game developer DICE (in conjunction with EA Games) is out there with Battlefield Heroes, which is a cartoony version of their main franchise. Battlefield Heroes is played on your browser and you will not spend a dollar unless you end up falling for the silly things you can buy with real money in the BF Store. 

Why not cash in on the current sexy mythical monster craze that is going on at the moment and incorporate a new night-time Vampires Vs. Werewolves mode to three of the maps in the game.  Well, that is just what they did and it lasts for the next month, Check out the trailer below and play the game yourself at

by PopMatters Staff

29 Jan 2010

FaltyDL topped our Best Electronic Music list of 2009 with the Planet Mu release Love Is a Liability and London’s the xx topped our best debuts list for the year. So, what a delicious pairing this is, FaltyDL remixing the xx’s “Islands”, one of the finest tunes on their initial public offering.

The xx
“Islands (Falty DL Remix)” [MP3]

by Matt Moeller

29 Jan 2010

I don’t know about you but the thought of a console quality first person shooter that is free to the public and played on any browser sounds too good to be true. Check out the trailer for new game by Zero Point Software for a game that boast just that. 

Turns out the trailer is just for the training portion of the game which is called Bullseye. It may be a little misleading as the only free part is this first portion as far as I can tell. Also, the game does not seem to have a solid release date yet and advertises the option to pre-order the game. I tried it and it went pretty smooth, all I had to do was download and install a plug-in called the Unity Web Player for my browser. Go to to try the game.

//Mixed media

Con Brio: The Best New Live Band in America?

// Notes from the Road

"There’s a preciousness to McCarter and the rest of the mostly young band. You want to freeze the moment, to make sure they are taking it all in too. Because it’s going to change.

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