New Trailer: 2012

Slated for release in mid-November, “2012,” written and directed by Roland Emmerich (Independance Day, The Patriot, The Day After Tomorrow), is a sprawling epic of devastation that assumes the apocalyptic events predicted by the Myan calander have come true.  Starring John Cusack and Thandie Newton, 2012 looks to be a fall blockbuster movie that will have many people on the edge of their seats. Since the trailer has been released, it already has over 2.5 million hits on Youtube. Let us know if this teaser trailer catches your interest.

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Playground Talk, April 14-April 21

It must have been too nice outside this weekend for anyone to go to the movies. “17 Again”, the comedy with Zac Efron, only made 24.1 million dollars but still made the top spot. “State of Play” made about $10 million less than that.

The Black Eyed Peas beat Lady GaGa on the billboard charts this week. Their single “Boom Boom Pow” has only been out for five weeks, but is already making an impression as a dance hit, as the group’s music normally does. The song is also the most downloaded on iTunes.

This week you have a review of Robert Downey, Jr’s new film “The Soloist” and more new music to look forward to so come back daily and get your entertainment news fix!

Movie Review: “Doubt”

So I know this movie has been on DVD for a while, however I just finally got around to watching “Doubt.” Not only is the was the film critically acclaimed, but also nominated for five Oscars, including Meryl Street for best actress and Amy Adams for best supporting actress. The movie is set in 1964 around a traditional Catholic church and school, St. Nicholas, in the Bronx. Philip Seymour Hoffman plays Father Flynn, the popular priest known for being friendly with children, especially an eighth-grade African American boy named Donald Miller. Meryl Streep, the principal of St. Nicholas Catholic school and Amy Adams, a teacher at the school notice an odd relationship between the priest and Donald. The two nuns have such intense suspicions that drastic action finally takes place within the church.

            Overall, I thought this movie was both attention grabbing and fascinating to the point of disgust. I highly recommend renting the movie and I will probably end up watching it again myself. Check out the trailer if you haven’t seen it, and if you have, let us know what you thought about it.


Artist Of The Week: Grouch & Eligh

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So, I stumbled across this group perusing through the  music section in Myspace and I instantly fell in love. This hip-hop duo, out of Oakland, CA is the real thing. I have not heard undergound rap being so lyrical since I first heard Immortal Technique. This duo mixes their poetic floetry with experimental beats. The beats are a combination of Jazz, Blues and straight up old school hip hop. It is hard to combine fluid hip hop with poetic lyrics and you rarely hear MC caliber and talent like that anymore anways, but it is clearly not a problem for these two. If you like Common, N.E.R.D or Blackstar you will definitly dig these guys. Their album, Say G&E, drops April 21 and I think everyone should go out and purchase a copy. For more on Grouch and Eligh hit up their myspace page www.myspace.com/thegrouchandeligh or hit up their website at www.legendarymusicnet. Trust me on this one folks, check them out! Let us know what you think.

Upcoming Movie: Public Enemies

Public Enemies is the story of Federal government’s attempted take down of notorious 1930’s gangsters John Dillinger, Baby Face Nelson and Pretty Boy Floyd. Written and Directed by Michael Mann (Last of the Mohicans, Heat, and Collateral), this movie has been called the Scarface of the 21st century by some viewers.  The movie  stars Johnny Depp as John Dillinger,  Christian Bale as FBI agent Melvin Purvis and Marion Cotillard as Dillinger’s love interest. I am excited about this movie, as I enjoy gangster films and have enjoyed many of Depp and Bale’s past performances. I think the trailer looks pretty good as well.

Take a look and let us know what you think.

New Concert Review: The Dead, Charlottesville

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I went to see The Dead this past Wednesday at the John Paul Jones Arena in Charlottesville, VA. When we got there all of the parking lots were completely full, typical of the deadhead lot scene. This is my favorite part of coming to these types of shows because I felt like I was at a festival again because everywhere you looked there were vendors set up selling tapestries, shirts, jewelry etc and girls with flowers in their hair dancing around (me and my roomated included). Not to mention the ever present drum circles and jam sessions that were going on at various places around each lot. The “lot scene” gave me a good inclination of how good the concert would be, and at that time it was looking promising. The only thing that could have dampered the mood was the constant rain, but that obviosuly didn’t deter anybody from having a good time. 

It was nice to walk around and hear all the original deadheads talking about their encounters with Jerry and the amazing shows they saw when they were traveling across the country back in the 70’s following the band. This is what I like the most about these type of concerts. No matter where you are from or who you are everybody is willing and open to share their experiences, past and present. By the time the concert is over you have made more friends then on a Saturday night at a college party.  

The Dead came out at about 8:00 to an uproar of cheers from the crowd. They started off with New Speedway Boogie, which happens to be my roomate’s and my favorite song (yes, there is a story behind it). The rest of the set included Bertha, Playin In The Band, St. Stephen, Mississippi Half-Step and others. Although the show was a good time, it did not feel like The Grateful Dead to me. I know not having Jerry there was a huge factor, but the playing styles were different as well. I am used to the hippy, jammy type Grateful Dead, but during this show Phil seemed to be trying out some new progressive, rock style and it just wasn’t for me. Although I wasn’t as happy as I thought I would be with the show, it was still amazing to see not only the remaining members of my favorite band, but living legends and musical geniuses. I know they tried to recreate the “dead experience” as best as they could and I give props to Warren Haynes for trying to fill a void that was simply impossible, but all in all Jerry was definitly there in spirit looking down with a guitar in his hand and a smile on his face. Peace and love.

New Preview: “Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince”

Warner Bros. just released the official full length trailer for “Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince”. I am really excited for this one. It is one of the best books of the series, and it looks like it could be the best movie. It has great character developments and awesome special effects.

Check it out on Hulu.