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by Alistair Dickinson

19 May 2010


Idris Elba, the man known to most as The Wire’s Stringer Bell, wants to promote a new alter-ego. This time he’s “King Driis”, a multi-accented singer and rapper who has a new song and music video, “Hold On”, to share with the world. The British-born, half-Sierra-Leonean and half-Ghanaian Elba forces us to sit through a barely-decipherable, Mos Def (or a Mos Def look-alike) starring skit before we get to his new tune. It may well be worth it, however, thanks to producer 9th Wonder’s delirious dancehall beat, a laid-back, bouncy number which provides the perfect backdrop for “Driis’s” questionable range of patois.

by Dean Blumberg

19 May 2010


After reading all Charlaine Harris’ Sookie Stackhouse novels to date and devouring the first two seasons of HBO’s True Blood, you may be left wondering, “What’s next?” Thankfully IDW Publishing, the comic book publisher specializing in licensed properties like Angel, Transformers, G.I. Joe and The A-Team, is bringing True Blood to the graphic medium in a six issue mini-series starting this summer.

The comic is a new partnership between IDW and HBO and appears to be more reflective of the television series than the novels with character art influenced by the show’s actors. The IDW website hints at a more adult-oriented audience, saying, “The first six-issue True Blood comic series offers the same erotically-charged romance, wry humor and intriguing mystery and suspense the show has become known for.”

The comic has very close ties to the HBO series as the plot was developed by Oscar-winning show creator Alan Ball (American Beauty, Six Feet Under) and will be written by series writers Elisabeth Finch and Kate Barnow in conjunction with co-writers David Tischman and Mariah Huehner. David Messina (Angel: The Curse, Star Trek: Countdown) is responsible for art duties and his personal blog, Spider Behind the Mirror, offers fans lots of preview illustrations. Additionally, IDW recently posted a sneak peek of issue #1 on the True Blood Facebook page.

True Blood #1 arrives in July.

by Dean Blumberg

18 May 2010


A cultural phenomenon of the ’00s, Lost is quickly wrapping up. What better way to commemorate the conclusion of one of television’s most-loved series than to own a part of it! A few days ago EW blogger Annie Barrett posted a blurb about nearly 100 items currently previewed for this summer’s Lost auction.

Dharma-brand food stuffs, Charlie’s acoustic guitar, the photo of Desmond and Penny, Jin’s wedding ring, Locke’s wheelchair, Virgin Mary statues (sans heroin!). It’s all here! All of the items are posted on the Profiles in History website which indicates only that Lost: The Auction is happening in Los Angeles this summer.

Even though I will probably never be able to afford the Swan Station Apple-II computer (which would be a great conversation piece for my living room!), it’s fun to scan through the previews and be reminded of the context in which they all appear on the show. Each item is accompanied by a brief entry that indicates which episodes the item appeared in and its relationship to major plot threads and characters.

No word on the exact date of the auction, but Profiles in History allows fans to subscribe to an email list for further updates.

by Jonathan Simrin

18 May 2010


This role for Arnett isn’t too much of a stretch from his days at the Bluth model home. He’s still a wealthy doofus whose comedic skills make up for his lack of morals. Keri Russell also stars as one of Arnett’s ex-girlfriends and devotes her life to more humanitarian efforts. If the trailer is any indication, Running Wilde is taking a decidedly romantic approach (cue The Cure music), but here’s to hoping the cast is up to the task.

by Bill Clifford

17 May 2010


For anyone who may have missed it, Late Night with Jimmy Fallon hosted a week-long promotion last week of the re-release of one of classic rock’s most renowned recordings, The Rolling Stones’ Exile on Main Street. The promotion also coincided with the premiere of Stones in Exile, a DVD documentary of the making of the double record masterpiece. The reissue comes in three editions: the classic 18-track CD; a deluxe CD package that includes 10 unearthed tracks – including four that didn’t make the original recording and haven’t been heard until now; and a super-deluxe package that includes a vinyl copy, a CD and the 30-minute documentary as well as a 50-page photo book. Friday night’s show included the premiere of the 30-minute documentary.

Lest that history be lost on the youth, Fallon invited guest musicians on the show to cover songs from Exile on Main Street, four of whom are young enough to have been children when the original recording was released. Below are the videos from long time Stones friend and contributor Taj Mahal, performing “Shine a Light”, Green Day playing “Rip This Joint”, Keith Urban’s take on “Tumbling Dice”,  Sheryl Crow with “All Down the Line”, and Phish offering up “Loving Cup”. Guests in some of the performances include Fallon’s house band, the Roots, as well as Rolling Stone touring musicians Chuck Leavell.

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