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Monday, Aug 31, 2009
Gamer, a film scheduled for release on September 4th, positions itself to take over the box office by promising what viewers want: blood, video games, tormented characters and dirty language. Gerard Butler stars.

Gerard Butler stars in Gamer, a film set in a not-so-distant future where a reclusive billionaire named Ken Castle has created a new form of entertainment, a game called Slayers. In it, players are allowed to act out any of their deep and dark fantasies, via the bodies of prison inmates, all in front of a live worldwide audience. Butler portrays Kable, the superstar and hero of the game, which is described as a first person shooter style that is so intense, knuckles turn white. Kable, controlled by an Simon, an adolescent celebrity known for his gaming skills, has to survive long enough to attain his freedom, as well as the freedom of his imprisoned family members. In doing so, he will have to destroy the technology which keeps him bound to the game and bring Castle and his technology to an end before it corrupts all of humanity.


Michael C. Hall co-stars as Castle, and also features Kyra Sedgwick, John Leguizamo and Amber Valletta.



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Saturday, Aug 29, 2009

Because not enough of the world’s music has Timbaland’s stamp on it, he teamed up with Rockstar Games to create a music mixer based on this Flash toy. The result is Beaterator, and it’s coming out for the PSP on September 29th, replete with beats, loops, and a veritable smorgasbord of sounds meticulously crafted by the hit machine himself.


Between this, the utilitarian KORG DS-10, and the inimitable Electroplankton, developers are carving out an interesting niche for music production on handheld video game consoles. Check out this video to see Timbaland in action, Beaterator in hand.


   


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Saturday, Aug 29, 2009
by PopMatters Staff

A Sunny Day in Glasgow
Ashes Grammar
(Mis Ojos Discos)
Releasing: 15 September (US)


A Sunny Day in Glasgow actually hail from Philadelphia and not across the pond. The shoegazey group formed their own label to release their latest album, dropping in mid-September. We’ve got two sample tracks as well as a video detailing the making of the album.


SONG LIST
01 Magna for Annie, Josh, & Robin
02 Secrets at the Prom
03 Slaughter killing carnage (The Meaning of Words)
04 Failure
05 Curse Words
06 Close Chorus
07 Shy
08 Lights
09 Passionate Introverts (Dinosaurs)
10 West Philly Vocoder
11 Evil, with Evil, Against Evil
12 The White Witch
13 Nitetime Rainbows
14 Canalfish
15 Loudly
16 Blood White
17 Ashes Grammar
18 Ashes Maths

19 Miss My Friends
20 Starting at a Disadvantage
21 Life’s Great
22 Headphone Space


A Sunny Day in Glasgow
“Ashes Grammar / Ashes Maths” [MP3]
     


“Failure” [MP3]
     



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Thursday, Aug 27, 2009
Revolution number nine (September), number nine (9th), number nine (2009)

After breaking up nearly 40 years ago, the Beatles are still one of the strongest forces in popular music. On 9 September 2009, the Beatles will once again woo fans and critics alike, with the much anticipated releases of The Beatles: Rock Band, and more importantly the digitally remastered catalog.


The complete remastered series includes:


Please Please Me
With the Beatles
A Hard Day’s Night
Beatles for Sale
Help!
Rubber Soul
Revolver
Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band
Magical Mystery Tour
The Beatles (The White Album)
Abbey Road
Let It Be
Past Masters
Yellow Submarine



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Thursday, Aug 27, 2009
by PopMatters Staff

Pearl Jam
Backspacer
(self-released (US) / Universal (international))
Releasing: 20 September


Eddie Vedder and co. go label-less in the US for their upcoming ninth album and head into a more pop direction and back into the arms of producer Brendan O’Brien, who hasn’t produced a Pearl Jam album since 1998’s Yield.


SONG LIST
01 Gonna See My Friend
02 Got Some
03 The Fixer
04 Johnny Guitar
05 Just Breathe
06 Amongst the Waves
07 Unthought Known
08 Supersonic
09 Speed of Sound
10 Force of Nature
11 The End



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