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‘Hercules,’ ‘Lucy’ and ‘A Most Wanted Man’ Lead Our Film Review Roundup

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Our Film Review Roundup is designed to help those itching to take in a flick make informed decisions, and this week’s edition is no different. Get the scoop on these new films via our reviews below before you hit the theatre, then stop by our Recently Reviewed section for more on the latest film releases. Read on and have a cinematic weekend.

Brett Ratner’s take on the classic Roman mythological tale of the demigod Hercules finds Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson taking on the titular role. It’s a fresh and surprising take on a classic tale but does this update hit the nail on the head, or totally miss its mark? See what our reviewer thought of the Rock’s heroic role at the link above.

Scarlett Johansson seems to be on a bit of sci-fi kick lately. Her latest endeavour, Lucy, explores what would happen if humans could function at their brain’s full potential, but while the concept is intriguing enough, Scar-Jo’s highly anticipated blockbuster turns out to be an overhyped flop. Click above to find out why our reviewer is calling this film “sophomoric” and “half-baked.”

Cinephiles and thespians alike will want to read our review of A Master Builder, directed by Jonathan Demme. Adapted for the silver screen from a Henrik Ibsen play, it blends theatrical elements into a cinematic medium. Our review has all the details on this dense new film.

Finally, our critic analyzes the film’s superior cinematography, the origins of the storyline and Phillip Seymour Hoffman’s final performance in his review of A Most Wanted Man. Read it in the link above.

Looking for more? Head over to our Recently Reviewed section for the latest reviews of film, music and more.

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Townsquare Media Group Launches IPO, Shares Fall…

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Townsquare Media Group went public on July 24th. The media and marketing services company is listed on the NYSE as “TSQ”.

Townsquare owns and operates 312 radio stations, hundreds of events, and a variety of websites, including Taste of Country, PopCrush, and Diffuser.fm. They also represent Hype Machine, Just Jared, Pretty Much Amazing, and more.

Shares were initially priced at $ 11, below the previously estimated range of $ 14 – $ 16. As of July 25th 1:16 PM EST, shares are trading at $ 10.25. Trading has gone as low as $ 10.08.

 

Nina Ulloa covers breaking news, tech, and more. Follow her on Twitter: @nine_u

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Gospel Queen Naomi Shelton Gets Ready for Her ‘Cold World’

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Gospel Queen Naomi Shelton Gets Ready for Her

In a situation that imposes limits on many and benefits no one, there has long been a impassable wall placed between secular and gospel music, as if there’s a time, place and audience for both, but never shall they meet. Of course, this modern peculiarity is at odds with the personal histories of many rhythm and blues singers, those who nurtured their creative talents under church roofs. Naomi Shelton’s experience suggests that either those old barriers are becoming more permeable, or maybe there’s just a universal appeal to what she and the Gospel Queens are doing. “We haven’t had…Read More

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Metallica Launch Vinyl Reissue Campaign via Their Own Blackened Recordings

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Metallica Launch Vinyl Reissue Campaign via Their Own Blackened Recordings

Back in 2012, heavy music gods Metallica regained control of their entire back catalogue and launched their own label called Blackened Recordings. Now, they’re using this imprint to launch a massive vinyl reissue campaign. As Modern Vinyl points out, the campaign consists of a total of 11 vinyl releases. Albums getting single-LP pressings are Kill ‘Em All (1983), Ride the Lightning (1984) and Master of Puppets (1986). Double-LP pressings, meanwhile, will be given to …And Justice for All (1988), Metallica (1991), Load (1996),…Read More

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Lewis’ Sophomore Effort ‘Romantic Times’ Gets Reissue via Light in the Attic

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Enigmatic Canadian performer Lewis has been a source of obsession all year thanks to a recent reissue of his stellar 1983 LP L’Amour. Earlier this week, his sophomore effort Romantic Times hit eBay. If you’re worried that you’re going to be outbid (protip: you are), fret not, as Light in the Attic has now announced a reissue of the second LP. The eight-track effort is available digitally as of today (July 24), with the CD set to arrive on August 26 and a vinyl version coming on November 18. The Romantic Times reissue was remastered from a sealed vinyl copy of…Read More

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Vessel Announces New LP for Tri Angle, Shares “Red Sex”

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Vessel Announces New LP for Tri Angle, Shares "Red Sex"

Two years after Vessel (a.k.a. Sebastian Gainsborough) delivered his Exclaim!-approved debut Order of Noise, the Brisbane-based electronic artist has announced his return. The UK soundscaper’s sophomore set Punish, Honey comes September 16 through Tri Angle Records. Though not abandoning the groundwork laid in his earlier material, a press release explains that Gainsborough’s goal for Punish, Honey was to steer away from “archetypal electronic sounds” and towards a more organic experience. To accomplish this, Vessel utilized atypical instrumentation, including sheet…Read More

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C2SV Music and Tech Conference Returns to Silicon Valley…

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C2SV (Creative Convergence Silicon Valley) Music and Tech Conference will be returning to Downtown San Jose from September 10th – 14th.

C2SV began in 2012 and is modeled after conferences like SXSW and NXNE. It was founded as a way for Silicon Valley to celebrate their tech and music scenes.

The conference is young and relatively small, but has pulled in some big names in the past. Last year, Steve Wozniak, John McAfee, Robert Scoble (Rackspace), and Nolan Bushnell (founder of Atari and Chuck E. Cheese) spoke at the conference.  This year’s speakers haven’t been announced yet, but there will be an emphasis on women in tech.

C2SV features a VC pitch competition for startups. Young startups can submit their pitch online.  The ten best submissions will present their pitch to venture capitalists at the conference

The music festival portion of C2SV 2014 will feature The Breeders, Kelley Stoltz, The Neptunas, and Gateway Drugs. An electronic music stage and club performances will also be announced.

 

Nina Ulloa covers breaking news, tech, and more. Follow her on Twitter: @nine_u

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Dralms to Deliver “Crushed Pleats” 7-inch on Boompa/Fat Possum

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Dralms to Deliver "Crushed Pleats" 7-inch on Boompa/Fat Possum

Dralms, the atmospheric Vancouver indie pop project steered by Christopher Smith, are currently putting work into a debut full-length, but ahead of time, the band will deliver physical copies of their 2013 digital single “Crushed Pleats.” The record arrives on 7-inch vinyl September 2 in Canada via Boompa, in the U.S. through Fat Possum and overseas from Full Time Hobby. As previously reported, Dralms finds Smith teaming up with longtime collaborators Shaunn Watt (Siskiyou, Failing), Will Kendrick (Failing) and Peter Caruthers (Siskiyou). While the other musicians had previously backed up…Read More

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Bishop Nehru and DOOM’s ‘NehruvianDOOM’ Gets Fitted with Fall Release Date

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According to on-the-rise rapper Bishop Nehru, we’re not too far off from the release of his NehruvianDOOM collaboration with metal-faced hip-hop icon DOOM will finally drop this fall. Though details on the joint effort are still mostly up in the air, the New York teen tweeted out an official release date of September 23. As previously reported, the album will arrive through Lex Projects. A tracklisting has yet to be revealed, but the partnership previously premiered a video for the record’s “Darkness (HBU).” Finding the youngster flowing atop one of DOOM’s old SpecialRead More

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The Wilderness of Manitoba Unveil ‘Between Colours’ LP

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The Wilderness of Manitoba Unveil

Toronto atmospheric folkies the Wilderness of Manitoba have already previewed some of their new material on tour earlier this year, and now they’ve formally announced their next album. Between Colours will be out on September 16 on Pheromone Recordings. The album was laid down at Revolution Recording in Toronto with producer Joe Dunphy (Skydiggers, By Divine Right, Elliott Brood). Guests include Rush guitarist Alex Lifeson (who plays a guitar solo) and Rheostatics member Michael Phillip Wojewoda (who contributes theremin), plus a handful of drummers. The album is split into…Read More

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