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by Matt Mazur

22 Jul 2010


First Film: Bush Christmas (Henri Safan) and BMX Bandits, both 1983

Must-see: Eyes Wide Shut (Stanley Kubrick, 1999); The Others (Alejandro Amenabar, 2001); Dogville (Lars von Trier, 2004)

Star Turn: To Die For (Gus Van sant, 1995), in which she played a weather girl hell bent on becoming famous.

Underrated: Noah Baumbach’s generally underrated 2007 film Margot at the Wedding is Kidman’s finest performance to date, playing a brittle, brutal best-selling author who believe she is the actual center of the universe, opposite Jennifer Jason Leigh as her titular sister. Fearless work.

Upcoming, Current and/or Recent: Next year, she will star in HBO’s Hemmingway & Gellhorn for Phillip Kaufman and down the road she will play a trans man in Lasse Halstrom’s drama The Danish Girl,  but this year she will topline John Cameron Mitchell’s adaptation of the Broadway smash Rabbit Hole. Most recently she was found singing to Daniel Day Lewis in the all-star Nine.

by PopMatters Staff

22 Jul 2010


POPMATTERS SPONSOR: The new Michael Cera vehicle Scott Pilgrim opens 13 August, but is making a big push a bit early at this week’s Comic-Con. There’s a whole bunch of events planned (all the info after the jump), including live music from Gorgeous Got a Gun, who won the recent contest through Sonicbids, “Indie Rock vs. the World: Battle of the Bands”. There are also ample opportunities to meet the cast and crew of the film at Comic-Con and all the info on that will be available via this Twitter.

by Steve Horowitz

22 Jul 2010


Iowa denizen Joe Price sings and plays old-time, rough-hewn, country blues with a nasty metal slide that makes his gee-tar ring. His guitar playing wife Vicki joins in and sings in a complementary fashion. The duo’s new CD Rain or Shine features lots of downright nasty licks and gut-thumping rhythms. They may not be doing anything that hasn’t been done before, but these musicians bring forth the blues in all its rural beauty. These six songs offer solid proof.


by Jessy Krupa

22 Jul 2010


Anyone familiar with last year’s breakout success Owl City knows the story of how it came to be. Insomniac factory worker Adam Young retreated to his parents’ basement to record catchy synth-pop tunes and happened to share his music with others through the internet. When Universal Republic records saw the attention his creations were getting, they quickly signed him, under the name of “Owl City”, to an album deal.

This is where a lot of “instant star” stories end, but it turns out that was only the beginning. His single, “Fireflies” became an unlikely No.1 hit and his Ocean Eyes album sold so well, it warranted a bonus “deluxe edition” release.

Now the original basement recordings that he first experimented with have been released under the name of Sky Sailing. An Airplane Carried Me to Bed was released as a digital-only download album this week, but Adam Young is giving listeners a free MP3 download of one of the album’s tracks, “Tennis Elbow”. For a limited time, those who sign up for his official e-mail newsletter will receive the link. 

“Tennis Elbow” is similar to Owl City’s light, airy electronic melodies, but it also incorporates acoustic guitar. Some of the lyrics are similar to those of “The Bird & The Worm”, but this has a more subdued, dreamy quality to it. However, the same lyrical imagery and quirky wordplay that Owl City fans are used to is here. As proof of this, most of the YouTube videos devoted to the song feature the lyrics in some form.

by J.M. Suarez

21 Jul 2010


Pearl Jam premiered two videos yesteday: “Unthought Known” live from Berlin and “Amongst the Waves”. 

“Unthought Known” is directed by Wes C. Addle, a pseudonym used by Eddie Vedder, and features the band performing for a huge audience of enthusiastic fans in Berlin. As always, the band knows how to put on a show and their energy translates easily to the crowd.

Pearl Jam has always exhibited an affinity for the ocean with Vedder as an avid surfer and numerous songs on the subject (“Oceans”, “Big Wave”) and “Amongst the Waves” is only the most recent song to highlight this. The third single from Backspacer, the video for “Amongst the Waves” contains some beautifully shot footage of the ocean interspersed with performance clips. The band is surely making a strong statement in favor of ocean conservation, particularly in the wake of the BP oil disaster.  From the Pearl Jam website: “For every sale of the video on iTunes store in the US, Pearl Jam will donate proceeds to Conservation International”.

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