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by Ian Mathers

3 Jun 2011


Parks and Recreation‘s Nick Offerman plays Ron Swanson, maybe the manliest man on American television, so it’s no shock that he’s a fan of facial hair. Budweiser asked Offerman to help out with their Grow One, Save a Million Facebook campaign. Along with Craig Pregracke (the founder of nonprofit organization Living Lands & Waters), Offerman is enlisting guys to pledge to not shave from now until June 5th (World Environment Day, apparently). It turns out that not shaving saves an average of five gallons of water a day, and if you get enough guys growing beards, that adds up ...

To help recruit more beards, Offerman sat down with PopMatters to talk about saving water, the power of facial hair to close mall food courts, and making tables for Gandalf.

by Michelle Welch

3 Jun 2011


Apart from a pint-sized but pivotal role as Barty Crouch Jr. in 2005’s Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire and some voice work for How to Train Your Dragon, the upcoming remake of the 1985 vampire romp Fright Night marks Scottish actor David Tennant’s first major foray into Hollywood. For his portrayal of the tormented Time Lord with the fantastic hair, Tennant earned heaps of critical praise and a legion of adoring British and Anglophile fans. But it’s reasonable to presume that still much of America remains unsubscribed to BBC America programming, and thus has no bleeding idea who Tennant is. Such would probably be the explanation provided by the Fright Night marketing department if questioned about the near-absence of Tennant from the recently released trailer. Blink and you’ll miss him in just one shot. Are they just saving the goods for later?

Scripted by Buffy the Vampire Slayer writer’s room alum Marti Noxon, and with evident departures from the original, Fright Night pits nice-guy teenager Charlie (Anton Yelchin) against new next-door-neighbor Colin Farrell (aka Jerry the Vampire) after Charlie connects his neighbor to a series of missing persons reports. Tennant later enters the fray as Peter Vincent (a role originated by Roddy McDowall), playing a leather-and-eyeliner Vegas magician modeled after Criss Angel whom Charlie seeks vampire-staking help from after Jerry sets his sights on Charlie’s mother (Toni Collette) and girlfriend (Imogen Poots).

by Timothy Gabriele

2 Jun 2011


I’ve been hearing a bit of a backlash over Ford & Lopatin’s yet-unreleased Channel Pressure. While I don’t have a copy yet myself, I am nevertheless quite impressed by lead singles “Emergency Room” and “World of Regret”. This video may not convert the weary, particularly those who were expecting Scritti Polliti only to be greeted by Dan Deacon. Musicially, I’d still contend that the future-tech of Max Tundra is the closest kin (with a slightly better attention span), but the visual analogue of “World of Regret” features an ultra-retro world of early computer animations. In fact, this clip rather aptly describes the evolution of the digital age; a fascinating, vast, multivalent, and exotic world begins showering down tasty delights from the heavens. The treats soon turn to a glut that eventually consumes and buries the two men (Tigercity’s Joel Ford and Oneohtrix Point Never’s Daniel Lopatin, formerly known as GAMES) until their minds are completely detached from their bodies, assumingly assimilated completely into cyberspace.

by PopMatters Staff

2 Jun 2011


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by Timothy Gabriele

1 Jun 2011


Released on the seminal Trax Records in 1986, Marshall Jefferson’s pivotal “Move Your Body” single was a smash success and helped put Chicago’s dance music scene, already thriving locally for years, on the map. “Move Your Body” may also be responsible for popularizing the term “House Music”. Although the tag was in use within the scene, Jefferson’s song made the term available for any one who did not personally attend a set by Frankie Knuckles, Chip E, or Larry Heard. Anybody who has had even passing exposure to house in techno will recognize the tune (it’s been sampled and referenced myriad times), but few have heard it in all of its rapturous glory. Here’s your chance.

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'Doctor Who': Casting a Woman as the Doctor Offers Fresh Perspectives and a New Kind of Role Model

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"The BBC's announcement of Jodie Whittaker as the first female Doctor has sections of fandom up in arms. Why all the fuss?

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