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by Sachyn Mital

20 Jul 2010 pulls one over on the dedicated karaoke crowd at the Gas Lite by placing singer Jewel under disguise to sing a few of her songs as reluctant businesswoman Karen.

by Steve Horowitz

19 Jul 2010

The promo trailer for Gary Shteyngart’s new novel Super Sad True Love Story features an interesting cast that includes actor James Franco as well as literary notables Edmund White, Mary Gaitskill, Jeffrey Eugenides, and Jay McInerney. The Russian Jewish immigrant has the famous guest stars humorously point out Shteyngart’s failings and general ignorance. What it has to do with the book is never clear, but hey, he comes off a as a fun guy who just wants to win readers through his associations with others. This makes more sense than a book blurb these days, and is more fun to watch.

by Matt Mazur

19 Jul 2010

First Film: The Untouchables (Brian De Palma, 1987) as Elliot Ness’ wife Catherine

Must-see: High Art (Lisa Cholodenko, 1998); Pieces of April (Peter Hedges, 2003); Dogville (Lars von Trier, 2004)

Star Turn: The Station Agent (Thomas McCarthy, 2003)

Underrated: The Dying Gaul (Craig Lucas, 2006)

Upcoming, Current and/or Recent: Clarkson, the consummate supporting actress of our time, has recently stolen scenes in the films of Woody Allen (2008’s Vicky Cristina Barcelona and 2009’s Whatever Works) and Martin Scorsese on this year’s Shutter Island. Clarkson will next be seen in in IFC’s Cairo Time, in a romantic, leading lady turn.

by PopMatters Staff

19 Jul 2010

Surfing the Void
Releasing: 23 August (UK)

British psych rockers offer up their latest album this August in the UK while the US release date remains up in the air. There are already two videos to sample the new music though. Videos and stream after the jump.

01 Echoes
02 Same Space
03 Surfing the Void
04 Valley of the Calm Trees
05 Venusia
06 Extra Astronomical
07 Twin Flames
08 Flashover
09 Future Memories
10 Cypher Speed

by Lara Killian

19 Jul 2010

The Old Spice marketing team has made a big splash this past week with their savvy Twitter campaign and personalized videos responding to the most interesting tweets. Hats off to their real-time efforts. Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. Check out this parody of the original Old Spice video/commercial, produced by the Harold B. Lee Library at Brigham Young University and featuring an impressive stand in for the ridiculously good looking Old Spice man. Time to visit the library.

//Mixed media

Because Blood Is Drama: Considering Carnage in Video Games and Other Media

// Moving Pixels

"It's easy to dismiss blood and violence as salacious without considering why it is there, what its context is, and what it might communicate.

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