Most recent entries for August 2010

Last night's Emmys broadcast wasn't particularly award-winning, but one undeniable highlight was the opening gambit, anchored by host Jimmy Fallon. In a nod to a certain wildly successful singing show, Fallon gathered up some cast members of Glee and a few others for a truly inspiring rendition of Bruce Springsteen's '70s hit Born to Run.
The big story occupying the Canadian media today is the terror plot in Ottawa. The RCMP have charged three Ontario men for their alleged participation. One of the three suspects is 28-year-old Khurram Sher, of London. You may not recognize the name, but if you were watching Canadian Idol in 2008, you would have witnessed this young man's musical talents.

In honour of the 40th anniversary of the Beatles' final studio album, Let It Be, Rolling Stone magazine recently released a Collectors Edition issue, listing the top 100 Beatles songs of all time. To whet readers' appetites for the special issue, Rolling Stone has posted a list of the Top 10 Beatles Songs online today.

Created by Gnarls Barkley crooner Cee-Lo Green, and bearing a title we aren't even allowed to print in full in this blog, here's the insanely catchy new contender for single of the summer.

On the heels of his wildly successful "Legally Prohibited From Being Funny on Television Tour," funny man Conan O'Brien is giving fans another reason to rejoice -- the carrot-topped comedian is releasing a jokey 7" single entitled "And They Call Me Mad?"

New Sufjan Stevens EP

Here's a nice treat for music fans: Sufjan Stevens, the twee genius best known for his critically lauded 2005 album Illinois, unfurled a new EP earlier today, and it's being streamed for free on Sufjan's Bandcamp site.

Remember Joaquin Phoenix? Or, more specifically, remember his anti-social publicity campaign to promote an apparently burgeoning hip-hop career? It was a poorly kept secret that Casey Affleck was shooting a mockumentary about Phoenix's rap foray, and today, we have an actual film trailer to scrutinize.

American auteur Darren Aronofsky returns to theatres this year with Black Swan. The film stars Natalie Portman and Mila Kunis as a pair of ballerinas competing for the leading role in a New York production of Swan Lake. The trailer has just been released, and the film looks like ghoulish fun.

Someone named Shamantis has created a rather unusual remix of Justin Bieber's chirpy tune U Smile. Shamantis slowed the song down, and not just a little - it's 800 times slower than the original. The results are pretty spectacular.

There's talk today that Ricky Gervais, co-creator of The Office and all-around hilarious bloke, is consulting on a new Chinese version of the iconic comedy. That would make it the eighth adaptation of the original BBC series. We decided to take a tour of the increasingly multi-cultural takes on this original British concept. The similarities are striking; the differences, uproarious.

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