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by PopMatters Staff

1 Apr 2010


Mos Def makes a “super” appearance on the hip children’s TV show Yo Gabba Gabba. Somehow this just doesn’t feel like that much of a stretch.

by Shaun Huston

1 Apr 2010


Akira Kurosawa, who directed 30 films in 50 years, is widely regarded as one of the most important and influential filmmakers in film history. Any student of film worth their salt knows the minutia of Kurosawa’s obsessions and the timeless grandeur of his symphonic productions. In addition to being a vital element to the film canon, Kurosawa’s films have been fundamental to the development and expansion of The Criterion Collection, as well. The Seven Samurai (1954) is the second title in the Collection, followed by other critically important works such as Yojimbo (1961) and Sanjuro (1962).

In honor of the brilliant director’s 100th birthday, Criterion recently released this prized limited edition boxset, AK 100: 25 Films of Akira Kurosawa. The set includes world renowned and previously released works, such as those noted above, and films previously unavailable in the US and new to the collection: Sanshiro Sugata, The Most Beautiful, Sanshiro Sugata pt II and They Who Tread on the Tiger’s Tail.

by Crispin Kott

31 Mar 2010


According to UK tabloid The Sun, Lady GaGa is in the running to compose and perform the next James Bond theme. The as yet-unnamed film is due to hit theaters in 2011.

Whether the garish songstress makes the final cut remains to be seen, but if so, she’ll join an elite roster of past performers including Paul McCartney, Duran Duran, Chris Cornell, Carly Simon, Tina Turner, Tom Jones and Lady GaGa’s personal heroine, Madonna.

Fans of the film series have long squabbled over which songs were the best and worst, with the Jack White/Alicia Keys duet “Another Way to Die” from the most recent Bond flick Quantum of Solace as divisive as any since Dr. No hit theaters in 1962. Given Lady GaGa’s notoriety, it’s not unreasonable to anticipate the next theme might spark even more debate.

Also tipped in the Sun article are schmaltzy crooner Michael Bublé and Amy Winehouse, who reportedly snorted her way out of the running for the last film.

Below is a handful of past Bond tunes from YouTube, as well as My Bloody Valentine’s cover of Louis Armstrong’s “We Have All the Time in the World”, from On Her Majesty’s Secret Service. You be the judge on whether they were up to snuff, and whether Lady GaGa is ideally suited to follow in their footsteps.

 

by John Lindstedt

31 Mar 2010


Glee returns to the airwaves 13 April and Fox released this latest promo that showcases star Lea Michelle’s take on Madonna’s “Like a Prayer”. While Glee has plenty to offer to those who aren’t into musical theater, it’s hard to blame those who knock the show right off the bat. You may want to give it a shot, even if it’s not your thing. It’s a cheeky high school satire in the vein of Election, it just happens to heavily feature its cast singing pop songs a cappella. It’s understandable, however, if outsiders can’t help but Fox’s continued insistence that the show is a “phenomenon” a bit grating.

by Peta Jinnath Andersen

31 Mar 2010


Apple’s latest gadget, the iPad, is set to hit shelves next week. There’s been a lot of talk about how the shiny new tech will affect the book world. Here’s mega-publisher Penguin’s take on the matter. Will Penguin’s iPad books still be books? Or is Penguin leaving books behind?

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