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by Jonathan Simrin

19 Apr 2010


This weekend, How to Train Your Dragon continued to dominate the box office, further proving that 3D animation is a force to be reckoned with in theaters. Yet, while we twiddle our thumbs, waiting for G-Force 2the next animated saga of guinea pigs with guns (G-Force grossed nearly $300 million worldwide), take comfort in this new trailer for the animated short film, The Mouse That Soared.

Directed by Kyle Bell, whose previous work notably includes Raisins Sold Out: The California Raisins II and Dance! Workout with Barbie, the film tells the story of a famous Vaudeville-era flying circus mouse, as he reflects on his humble beginnings. Just look those little baby mouse eyes! If the short trailer is any indication, this film will be just as enjoyable as the beloved Pixar shorts. The Mouse That Soared has been working the festival circuit since this past November and will soon be featured at the Newport Beach and San Francisco International Film Festivals.

by Jessy Krupa

18 Apr 2010


Back in my teen years, I would spend hours watching various talk shows in order to see my favorite boybands perform their new songs and talk about themselves. My all time favorite was the Backstreet Boys. I grew up with their posters on my bedroom walls, their self-titled album was the first CD I ever bought, and I became enraged when snobbish music critics bashed them. So this past Wednesday, I had an enjoyable flashback of those days when the Backstreet Boys appeared on The Bonnie Hunt Show. The group was in fine form, cheerfully telling stories about their families and experiences on the road and performing the catchy single “Bigger”. Furthermore, Hunt is a great host. Unlike some of her daytime rivals, she seems genuinely interested and knows when the focus should be on her and when it should be on her guests. Let’s hope this kind of light yet endearing entertainment continues.

by Arnold Pan

16 Apr 2010


This Saturday, April 17, is Record Store Day, which is self-explanatory enough. To lure consumers away from iTunes and into stores to buy CDs and maybe even vinyl, indie retailers—provided you can still find one where you live—are offering loads of interesting one-offs and reissues, along with in-store performances by some heavyweight acts. The list of bands participating is pretty impressive, from Against Me! at Plan 9 Music in Richmond, VA, Drive-By Truckers at Harvest Records in Asheville, NC, and Yo La Tengo at Rhino Records in Claremont, CA. The official Record Store Day website has more information on special offers and live performances. And if it doesn’t seem too counterintuitive to you, you can hear a couple of exclusive Record Store Day tracks from Beach House streaming online, courtesy of Sub Pop.

  Beach House - The Arrangement by subpop

  Beach House - Zebra (UK Radio Edit) by subpop

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.

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