Feel Old Now: Beastie Boys’ “Paul’s Boutique” Released 25 Years Ago Today

Paul's Boutique On July 25th, 1989 American hip hop group Beastie Boys & Capitol Records released their second studio album ‘Paul’s Boutique’. Featuring production by the Dust Brothers, the recording sessions for the album took place in Matt Dike’s apartment and the Record Plant in Los Angeles from 1988 to 1989, after which the recordings underwent mixing at the Record Plant in Los Angeles. Subsequent remixes were done at the Manhattan-based Record Plant Studios. The album is noted for being almost completely composed of samples, excluding the group’s vocal output.

Paul’s Boutique was initially considered a commercial failure by the executives at Capitol Records, as its sales did not match that of the group’s previous record, Licensed to Ill, and the label eventually decided to stop promoting the album. The album’s popularity continued to grow, however, and it has since been touted as a breakthrough achievement for the Beastie Boys. Highly varied lyrically and sonically, Paul’s Boutique secured the Beastie Boys’ place as critical favorites in the hip-hop genre. The album’s rankings near the top of many publications’ “best albums” lists in disparate genres has given Paul’s Boutique critical recognition as a landmark album in hip hop. On January 27, 1999, Paul’s Boutique was certified double platinum in sales by the Recording Industry Association of America. In 2003, the album was ranked number 156 on Rolling Stone magazine’s list of the 500 greatest albums of all time. The album was re-released in a 20th anniversary package remastered in 24-bit audio and featuring a commentary track on January 27, 2009. Paul’s Boutique on Amazon | Paul’s Boutique on iTunes Continue reading

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Has Marvel Solved Their Movie Conundrum?

New Thor

This has been a big week for Marvel announcements, first, the team took to ‘The View’ to announce that a new Asgardian will be taking the mantle of ‘Thor: God of Thunder’, and this time it will be a woman. They then revealed that Falcon will now don the stars and stripes now that Steve Rogers has aged to an appropriate 90 year old man. Many pundits and experts in the field of comics have been debating these recent changes and upheavals in the Marvel Universe this week, theories range from Marvel attempting to balance gender and race issues within the MU, to simple publicity-stunt type event to boost sales. I have a theory that goes a little deeper, and much wider into the Marvel Universe. I think these changes were made to solve the very real-world issues of the Marvel Movie Universe, and the actors who play the characters we know and love.

The idea of different actors playing the same character is not unheard of, Superman, Batman, Spider-Man and The Hulk have all had many different actors, and different takes on the storylines. However Marvel has worked incredibly hard to create their shared-universe concept, and simply replacing characters seems like a massive leap to take, considering the millions of dollars this films need for production and promotion.

Captain America, Thor, Iron Man and the entire squad of Marvel characters have been around since the golden age of comics, however Marvel’s cinematic shared universe has only truly been around since ‘Iron Man’ and ‘The Incredible Hulk’ in 2008. With the exception of Mark Ruffalo replacing Ed Norton, the actors have been playing these same characters going on almost 8 years now, and there looks to be no slowing down of Marvel’s slate of films, but that does not necessarily mean that these actors will be willing, or able, to play the part.

Captain America Falcon

Chris Evans has wasted little time in announcing that after his contract is over with Marvel that he will be done playing Captain America, indeed he has hinted that he will be quitting acting altogether. This leaves a massive hole at the center of their cinematic universe, do they simply replace Chris Evans and move on? I think Marvel has come up with a different tactic; change the storyline of the character in the comics, and the movie can easily follow through…thus Anthony Mackie, who played Sam Wilson/The Falcon in ‘Captain America: The Winter Soldier’ can easily slip into Chris Evans’ tights and claim the mantle of Captain America.

The same can be said of Chris Hemsworth’s Thor character, while Hemsworth has not hinted at any type of departure from Marvel, his initial contract is due to expire eventually, and the grind of working on huge action films and keeping his body in godly-like shape will eventually wear on him…so why not replace Thor himself with another character completely? Additionally there is the added expense of keeping big name actors in long term contracts, Marvel has been notoriously ‘cheap’ when it comes to paying their actors, but stars like Hemsworth and Robert Downey Jr. have become essential pieces to the Marvel shared universe concept, and can easily demand hefty salary increases if they are asked to stay on…something Marvel may be reluctant to do.

Superior Iron Man

Given this thought process, and the recent news that a new ‘Superior Iron Man’ has been announced, with a new suit, new city and new attitude…could it be possible that a new character will be stepping inside the suit? Leaving the door open for Robert Downey Jr. to leave (or be pushed?)

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Marvel Plans Movie Releases Until End of the Decade

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Marvel has taken the unusual step of planning 6 as-yet unnamed movies well ahead of schedule, in fact, all the way until Summer of 2019. The ones we know are ‘The Avengers: Age of Ultron’ hitting May 1 2015, ‘Ant-Man’ July 17 2015, ‘Captain America 3′ May 6 2016 and ‘Doctor Strange’ July 8, 2016. New dates announced today include May 5, July 27 & Nov. 3 2017, July 6, Nov. 2 2018 and May 3 2019.

Disney/Marvel are expected to announce at least some of the titles pegged for those dates at Comic-Con, for now we can only speculate. We know a third ‘Thor’ film is likely, as well as another ‘Avengers’, should next months ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ prove a hit then expect a sequel from that film…the other three remain a mystery…Black Panther? Black Widow/Hawkeye teamup? It remains to be seen!

The full Marvel release schedule so far:

2015:
May 1: The Avengers: Age of Ultron
July 17: Ant-Man

2016:
May 6: Captain America 3
July 8: Doctor Strange

2017:
May 5: Untitled
July 27: Untitled
Nov. 3: Untitled

2018:
July 6: Untitled
Nov. 2: Untitled

2019:
May 3: Untitled

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New Movies – July 18 2014

Sex Tape

Sex Tape

When Jay (Jason Segel) and Annie (Cameron Diaz) first got together, their romantic connection was intense – but ten years and two kids later, the flame of their love needs a spark. To kick things up a notch, they decide – why not? – to make a video of themselves trying out every position in The Joy of Sex in one marathon three-hour session. It seems like a great idea – until they discover that their most private video is no longer private. With their reputations on the line, they know they’re just one click away from being laid bare to the world… but as their race to reclaim their video leads to a night they’ll never forget, they’ll find that their video will expose even more than they bargained for.

Director: Jake Kasdan
Cast: Cameron Diaz, Jason Segel, Rob Corddry, Ellie Kemper, Rob Lowe

Get tickets for ‘Sex Tape’ on Fandango.com

Other Releases

  • Planes: Fire And Rescue
  • The Purge: Anarchy
  • Alive Inside
  • A Five Star Life
  • I Origins
  • Mood Indigo: First Kiss
  • Persecuted
  • There’s No Place Like Utopia
  • Video Games: The Movie
  • Wish I Was Here

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New Books – Week of July 15

The Book of Life: A Novel by Deborah Harkness

The Book of Life: A Novel by Deborah Harkness

After traveling through time in Shadow of Night, the second book in Deborah Harkness’s enchanting series, historian and witch Diana Bishop and vampire scientist Matthew Clairmont return to the present to face new crises and old enemies. At Matthew’s ancestral home at Sept-Tours, they reunite with the cast of characters from A Discovery of Witches—with one significant exception. But the real threat to their future has yet to be revealed, and when it is, the search for Ashmole 782 and its missing pages takes on even more urgency. In the trilogy’s final volume, Harkness deepens her themes of power and passion, family and caring, past deeds and their present consequences. In ancestral homes and university laboratories, using ancient knowledge and modern science, from the hills of the Auvergne to the palaces of Venice and beyond, the couple at last learn what the witches discovered so many centuries ago.

The Heist by Daniel Silva

The Heist by Daniel Silva

Gabriel Allon, art restorer and occasional spy, searches for a stolen masterpiece by Caravaggio in #1 New York Times bestselling author Daniel Silva’s latest action-packed tale of high stakes international intrigue.

Sometimes the best way to find a stolen masterpiece is to steal another one . . .

Master novelist Daniel Silva has thrilled readers with sixteen thoughtful and gripping spy novels featuring a diverse cast of compelling characters and ingenious plots that have taken them around the globe and back—from the United States to Europe, Russia to the Middle East. His brilliant creation, Gabriel Allon—art restorer, assassin, spy—has joined the pantheon of great fictional secret agents, including George Smiley, Jack Ryan, Jason Bourne, and Simon Templar.

Following the success of his smash hit The English Girl, Daniel Silva returns with another powerhouse of a novel that showcases his outstanding skill and brilliant imagination, and is sure to be a must read for both his multitudes of fans and growing legions of converts.

All New Books – July 15, 2014

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New Comic Book Releases – July 16 2014

Here is a definitive list of new comics and graphic novels out this week from the fine folks at Things from Another World.

8908100th Anniversary Special #1 X-Men

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8908100th Anniversary Special #1 X-Men Variant Cover Edition

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890824 #4

Now that you've seen Jack Bauer's return to television in LIVE ANOTHER DAY, read the story that sent the heroic agent spiraling into his darkest days as an international fugitive. In Odessa, Ukraine, Jack has found himself stuck between the CIA and a Russian mobster from his past. How will he get out of this one?
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890824 #4 (Subscription Photo Variant)

A variant photo cover featuring Jack Bauer!
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Set the DVR: ABC Fall Premiere Dates!

abc-current-logo1 The Alphabet Net has released its Fall 2014 television schedule, among the new shows are:

Forever (Tuesdays at 10PM) – A 200-year-old man works in the New York City Morgue trying to find a key to unlock the curse of his immortality.

Black-ish (Wednesdays at 9:30PM) – A family man struggles to gain a sense of cultural identity while raising his kids in a predominantly white, upper-middle-class neighborhood.

How to Get Away With Murder (Thursdays at 10PM) – A sexy, suspense-driven legal thriller about a group of ambitious law students and their brilliant, mysterious criminal defense professor. They become entangled in a murder plot and will shake the entire university and change the course of their lives.

Selfie (Tuesdays at 8PM) – After being the subject of an embarrassing viral video, a self-involved 20-something enlists the help of a marketing expert to revamp her image in the real world.

Manhattan Love Story (Tuesdays at 8:30PM) – The unfiltered internal monologues of a young man and a young woman are exposed as they begin a new relationship together.

Cristela (Fridays at 8:30PM) – In her sixth year of law school, Cristela is finally on the brink of landing her first big (unpaid) internship at a prestigious law firm. The only problem is that her pursuit of success is more ambitious than her traditional Mexican-American family thinks is appropriate. She’s stuck straddling the old culture she’s trying to modernize at home with her working-class family and the modern world she’s trying to embrace in her professional career. Breakout comedian Cristela Alonzo stars in this hilarious comedy about laughing your way down the path to the new American dream.

ABC FALL PREMIERE DATES

Monday, September 15

8:00-10:00 p.m. “Dancing With the Stars”

Monday, September, 22

10:00-11:00 p.m. “Forever” (Special Sneak Preview)

Tuesday, September 23

9:00-10:00 p.m. “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.”
10:00-11:00 p.m. “Forever” (Regular Time Period Premiere)

Wednesday, September 24

8:00-8:30 p.m. “The Middle”
8:30-9:00 p.m. “The Goldbergs”
9:00-9:30 p.m. “Modern Family”
9:30-10:00 p.m. “Black-ish”
10:00-11:00 p.m. “Nashville”

Thursday, September 25

8:00-9:00 p.m. “Grey’s Anatomy”
9:00-10:00 p.m. “Scandal”
10:00-11:00 p.m. “How to Get Away With Murder”

Friday, September 26

8:00-10:00 p.m. “Shark Tank”
10:00-11:00 p.m. “20/20”

Sunday, September 28

8:00-9:00 p.m. “Once Upon a Time”
9:00-10:00 p.m. “Resurrection”
10:00-11:00 p.m. “Revenge”

Monday, September 29

10:00-11:00 p.m. “Castle”

Tuesday, September 30

8:00-8:30 p.m. “Selfie”
8:30-9:00 p.m. “Manhattan Love Story”

Friday, October 3

8:00-9:00 p.m. “Last Man Standing”
9:00-10:00 p.m. “Shark Tank” (Regular Time Period Premiere)

Sunday, October 5

7:00-8:00 p.m. “America’s Funniest Home Videos”

Friday, October 10

8:30-9:00 p.m. “Cristela”

Alphabetical

20/20 Friday, September 26 10:00-11:00 p.m.
America’s Funniest Home Videos Sunday, October 5 7:00-8:00 p.m.
Black-ish Wednesday, September 24 9:30-10:00 p.m.
Castle Monday, September 29 10:00-11:00 p.m.
Cristela Friday, October 10 8:30-9:00 p.m.
Dancing With the Stars Monday, September 15 8:00-10:00 p.m.
Forever Tuesday, September 23 10:00-11:00 p.m.
Goldbergs,The Wednesday, September 24 8:30-9:00 p.m.
Grey’s Anatomy Thursday, September 25 8:00-9:00 p.m.
How to Get Away With Murder Thursday, September 25 10:00-11:00 p.m.
Last Man Standing Friday, October 3 8:00-9:00 p.m.
Manhattan Love Story Tuesday, September 30 8:30-9:00 p.m.
Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Tuesday, September 23 9:00-10:00 p.m.
Middle,The Wednesday, September 24 8:00-8:30 p.m.
Modern Family Wednesday, September 24 9:00-9:30 p.m.
Nashville Wednesday, September 24 10:00-11:00 p.m.
Once Upon a Time Sunday, September 28 8:00-9:00 p.m.
Resurrection Sunday, September 28 9:00-10:00 p.m.
Revenge Sunday, September 28 10:00-11:00 p.m.
Scandal Thursday, September 25 9:00-10:00 p.m.
Selfie Tuesday, September 30 8:00-8:30 p.m.
Shark Tank Friday, October 3 9:00-10:00 p.m.

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New DVD Releases – July 15

Rio 2

Rio 2

The entire cast of the animated smash RIO returns in RIO 2, and they are joined by a new flock of top actors and musical talents. Rich with grandeur, character, color and music, RIO 2 finds Jewel (Anne Hathaway), Blu (Jesse Eisenberg) and their three kids leaving their domesticated life in that magical city for a journey to the Amazon. They encounter a menagerie of characters who are born to be wild, voiced by Oscar nominee Andy Garcia, Oscar/Emmy/Tony-winner Rita Moreno, Grammy winner Bruno Mars, and Tony winner Kristin Chenoweth. Rio 2 on Amazon | Rio 2 on iTunes

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Cosplay Galleries: Anime-zing!, MetroCon, Finncon & London Film Comic Con!

Take a look at a series of Cosplay Galleries from various conventions that occurred over the weekend!

Anime-zing!

MetroCon

Finncon

London Film Comic Con!

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Full “Doctor Who” Series 8 Trailer!

From The BBC New Doctor, New Monsters and Old Enemies…The new series of Doctor Who begins Saturday, 23 August. http://www.bbc.co.uk/doctorwho

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