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by PopMatters Staff

23 Jun 2010

Chalk this up to people who have far too much time on their hands. AP interviews rabid fans of the Twilight franchise who are literally camping out in Los Angeles days in advance of the premiere to be the first ones to see the new film The Twilight Saga: Eclipse opening 24 June at the Los Angeles Film Festival. The film opens in wide release 30 June, but these die-hards want to be ahead of the masses on this one. That extra six-day wait would just be too much for art of this caliber, I guess.

by Alex Suskind

22 Jun 2010

Since 1970, the Glastonbury Festival for Contemporary Performing Arts in England has been a staple for music festivals all over the world. It began 40 years ago (although this isn’t the 40th time the festival has taken place. There have been several years where Glastonbury did not happen), when Marc Bolan, Keith Christmas, Stackridge, Al Stewart and Quintessence played for 1,500 music fans on a farm in Pilton, UK. Back then, the price for admission was £1 including free milk from the farm.

A lot has changed in the past four decades. Glastonbury is now regularly attended by more than 100,000 people each year and tickets run well over £200. This year’s event is being headlined by Gorillaz, Muse and Stevie Wonder.

In honor of the 2010 Glastonbury Festival, which takes place from 24th June - 27th June, we take a look at back at some of the most memorable performances in the festival’s history after the jump…

by Maria Schurr

22 Jun 2010

Toy Story 3 proved itself to be both a critical and box office smash this past weekend, breaking records as Pixar Studios’ highest-grossing opening weekend and earning a 98% on Rotten Tomatoes.

Yet, there are bound to be contrarians among us, those longing for a bit of grit beneath that Pixar sheen. Thankfully, someone with a keen sense of humor and exemplary syncing up skills has answered our prayers with a trailer that crosses Toy Story with The Greatest Television Show Of All Time, The Wire.

We can only hope that Jon Lasseter’s people will be making negotiations with David Chase’s people before the week is out.

by Alex Suskind

22 Jun 2010

For almost five decades, Herbie Hancock has provided listeners with a wide variety of traditional and experimental jazz records. With 46 studio albums, 12 Grammy Awards (including the award for Best Album for 2008’s River: The Joni Letters) and one Oscar under his belt, there is very little the iconic pianist and composer has left to accomplish.

Therefore, it is always interesting to see what route Hancock plans on taking with each project. Since his 1962 debut, Takin’ Off, he has written and recorded everything from jazz standards to electronic and hip-hop based instrumentals.

For his newest record, The Imagine Project, Hancock decided to go a route similar to that of his last two albums. For 2005’s Possibilities, he recruited John Mayer, Carlos Santana, Paul Simon and Trey Anastasio, among others, to cover a range of popular R&B and rock hits. In 2008, he invited singers like Leonard Cohen, Tina Turner and Norah Jones to cover songs by singer-songwriter Joni Mitchell on River: The Joni Letters.

On 22 June, Hancock’s Imagine sees him collaborating with more contemporary artists, including John Legend, Pink and Dave Matthews. On the record’s opening track, a cover of John Lennon’s Imagine, Pink, India.Arie, Jeff Beck and Seal join Hancock for a jazzed up version of the 1971 tune. Matthews shows up later to help out on another Lennon-penned tune, 1966’s “Tomorrow Never Knows”, off the Beatles’ Revolver.

The album is currently streaming on NPR.

by Alistair Dickinson

21 Jun 2010

Kazuo Ishiguro’s devastating novel Never Let Me Go is making its way to the big screen. The film adaptation stars the dead-on cast of Carey Mulligan and Keira Knightley, and comes with a script by The Beach/28 Days Later/Sunshine scribe Alex Garland. Check out the trailer for this warped coming-of-age tale below and—if you’ve read the book—try and decide how spoilery the “sometime after your third donation…” line might be to the uninitiated.

//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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