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The Anarchy of Influence: On 'Fight Club,' 'Mr. Robot,' and 'The Leftovers' (Video)

The Anarchy of Influence: On 'Fight Club,' 'Mr. Robot,' and 'The Leftovers' (Video)
The first few notes are hard to place, but the song soon has the effect of a flashback. In the penultimate episode of "Mr. Robot" (USA), anti-corporate hacker Elliot Alderson (Rami Malek) brings disgruntled executive Tyrell Wellick (Martin Wallström) to the derelict arcade where the season's climactic cyber attack takes shape. It's the piano on the soundtrack, though, tapping out Maxence Cyrin's languid, almost elegiac rendition of the Pixies' "Where Is My Mind?," that marks the scene as one of the year's best, casting its lot with another portrait of resistance to deranged values—David Fincher's "Fight Club" (1999). "What did you hope to accomplish?" Wellick asks, finally. "I don't know," Elliot replies, the camera closing in on his face as the song approaches its resolution. "I wanted to save the world." Read More: "'Olive Kitteridge,' The Leftovers,' and the Uses of Disenchantment" It may simply be that.
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The Anarchy of Influence: On 'Fight Club,' 'Mr. Robot,' and 'The Leftovers' (Video)

The Anarchy of Influence: On 'Fight Club,' 'Mr. Robot,' and 'The Leftovers' (Video)
The first few notes are hard to place, but the song soon has the effect of a flashback. In the penultimate episode of "Mr. Robot" (USA), anti-corporate hacker Elliot Alderson (Rami Malek) brings disgruntled executive Tyrell Wellick (Martin Wallström) to the derelict arcade where the season's climactic cyber attack takes shape. It's the piano on the soundtrack, though, tapping out Maxence Cyrin's languid, almost elegiac rendition of the Pixies' "Where Is My Mind?," that marks the scene as one of the year's best, casting its lot with another portrait of resistance to deranged values—David Fincher's "Fight Club" (1999). "What did you hope to accomplish?" Wellick asks, finally. "I don't know," Elliot replies, the camera closing in on his face as the song approaches its resolution. "I wanted to save the world." Read More: "'Olive Kitteridge,' The Leftovers,' and the Uses of Disenchantment" It may simply be that.
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Review: 'The Leftovers' is still TV's best drama as season 2 begins

  • Hitfix
Review: 'The Leftovers' is still TV's best drama as season 2 begins
In an upcoming episode of "The Leftovers," a book publisher considers a manuscript one of the HBO drama's main characters has written about the violent, unsettling events viewers saw last season. "There's some heartbreaking stuff in here," the publisher acknowledges, but he feels the writing is too dry, even as it recounts stories of death, loss, heartache, and all the complications of living in a world where, a few years earlier, two percent of the world's population vanished into thin air under circumstances that have baffled modern science and organized religion. "If you want them to connect with it," he tells his prospective author, "you have to tell them how it felt." Telling its audience how things feel is not a problem that "The Leftovers" itself suffers from in the slightest. In its first year, the show, adapted from Tom Perrotta's novel by Perrotta and "Lost" co-creator Damon Lindelof,
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Why Mr. Robot is the summer’s most (and least) original new series

  • SoundOnSight
In the opening minutes of the pilot for USA’s Mr. Robot, superhacker Elliot Alderson (Rami Malek) meets with the shifty proprietor of a chain of coffeeshops. Over the course of their conversation, Elliot reveals the flaws in his cybersecurity—flaws that enabled Elliot to uncover this fellow’s immense cache of child pornography. The topic shifts: Who is Elliot? What does he want? Money? Before long, though, Elliot heads out and the cops storm in to mete out justice. That, it would seem, will be the blueprint for Mr. Robot: the story of yet another maladjusted genius with One Weird Trick for solving crimes while disregarding the rules, man. He’ll track down hidden bad guys, overcoming his obvious social awkwardness and seemingly timid nature, and expose them to the world with the help of cutting-edge, buzzword-heavy technological innovation. After all, this is USA, the home of Burn Notice,
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Watch: Full Indie Rock Doc 'loudQUIETloud: A Film About The Pixies'

  • The Playlist
Hey music fans, here’s a holiday treat for you. The Pixies formed in 1986 and split up just seven years later, parting on rocky terms. Eleven years later (in 2004), they reunited, and they’ve been touring and producing music since. In the years between, though, their music influenced some of the most iconic bands to emerge in the '90s, including Nirvana, Weezer, and countless others. In 2006, documentarians Matthew Galkin and Steven Cantor got behind the camera to explore the band’s reunion and get to the bottom of their split more than a decade earlier. The film, “loudQuietloud: A Film About the Pixies,” is now viewable in its entirety on YouTube courtesy of Noisey’s new Found Tapes show, which features rare, bizarre, and entertaining videos. The 85-minute documentary opens with concert footage of the band playing “Where Is My Mind” (arguably one of their most recognizable songs, popularized
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Soundtracking: Horns

  • Cineplex
Daniel Radcliffe stars in Horns, a nightmarish tale adapted from Joe Hill’s book of same name. One of the immediate changes to the film from page to screen has a deep impact on the story, and it is the transition of Radcliffe’s character – Ig Perrish – from being a student to a professional DJ.

As a result the soundtrack deeply mirrors both Ig’s past and his actions within the film.

One of the very first scenes, in fact, is scored by David Bowie’s iconic track, “Heroes”. Ig picks the LP out of a wall full of record spines, drops the needle and is immediately transported back to the life he enjoyed with his since-murdered girlfriend, Merrin (Juno Temple).

The rest of the musical cues for the first half of the film are familiar, if not slightly clichéd choices. “Heroes” is 36 years old and one of Bowie’s best loved tracks,
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Looking back at David Fincher's Fight Club

  • Den of Geek
With Gone Girl out now, and Fight Club about to turn 15, we take a look back at David Fincher's controversial and bravura cult film...

What the hell is Fight Club anyway? A horror film about a Jekyll-and-Hyde office worker who becomes a terrorist? A drama about late 20th century masculinity in crisis? A warped romance about a man trying to change himself into someone as interesting as the woman he loves? A thriller about a decadent generation goading itself into extremism?

Executives at 20th Century Fox certainly struggled with Fight Club. Unsure how to market a film in which young men beat one another to a pulp and stole bags of fat from the bins of liposuction clinics, the studio placed ads for it during World Wrestling Federation matches. Meanwhile, Fight Club's posters, dreamed up by an expensive design firm, featured a pink bar of soap with the
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Comic-Con 2014 Film Panel Schedule: ‘Star Wars,’ ‘X-Men’ and More

Comic-Con 2014 Film Panel Schedule: ‘Star Wars,’ ‘X-Men’ and More
San Diego Comic-Con originally branded itself by aptly showing primarily comicbooks. Now, in its 45th year, the convention has become an entertainment haven, showcasing producers, stars, writers and hundreds of personalities to promote pop culture from July 23-27. View our tentative schedule of Comic-Con’s film panels and events below, with further updates as they are announced. Variety will be in attendance at Sdcc as well, bringing the news, interviews and important panel information to the web.

Variety’s constantly updating TV schedule for Sdcc can be found here.

July 24

The Legacy and Return of Battlestar Galactica” (10:30 a.m., Room 6Bcf) Original series actors Richard Hatch, Jamie Bamber and Luciana Carro, as well as the show’s science consultant Dr. Kevin Grazier and auction producer Alec Peters, host a discussion on the upcoming movie. Surprise guests and theatrical trailers are planned.

“Godzilla and The Master of Monsters” (11:00 a.
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The best albums of 2013: how our writers voted

  • The Guardian - Film News
How did we come up with our chart? By tallying the votes of our pop writers – and here's what they plumped for

Tim Jonze

Albums

John Wizards – John Wizards

Disclosure – Settle

Paramore – Paramore

Hebronix – Unreal

Kanye West – Yeezus

Christopher Owens – Lysandre

Julia Holter – Loud City Song

Daft Punk – Random Access Memories

Sky Ferreira – Night Time, My Time

British Sea PowerFrom The Sea To The Land Beyond

Tracks

Julia Holter – Hello Stranger

Miguel and Mariah Carey – #Beautiful

Drake – Hold On, We're Going Home

Sky Ferreira – You're Not the One

Justin Timberlake – Suit and Tie

Jeffrey Lewis – Wwprd

Paramore – Still Into You

Disclosure feat. AlunaGeorge – White Noise

The 1975 – Chocolate

Stylo G – Soundbwoy

Tom Hughes

Albums

15-60-75 The Numbers Band – Jimmy Bell's Still in Town

Meat Wave – Meat Wave

The Drones – I See Seaweed 4

White Fence – Live in San Francisco

Ooga Boogas – Ooga Boogas

Superchunk – I Hate Music

Bits of
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5 Shocking Revelations About U2's 'Spider-Man' Musical

5 Shocking Revelations About U2's 'Spider-Man' Musical
In 2005, playwright Glen Berger was hired by director Julie Taymor to co-write the script for Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark. What followed were six crazed, tumultuous, accident-ridden years before the show, with music by Bono and the Edge, finally premiered on Broadway.

Watch U2 Play 'Sunday Bloody Sunday' in 1983

In Song of Spider-Man: The Inside Story of the Most Controversial Musical in Broadway History, Berger cuts through the tangled web of the troubled show's history and personalities. "I didn't want to relive it, but at the end of the day,
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Strippers and ‘Captain Save-a-Hoes’ Enjoy ‘Afternoon Delight’

Strippers and ‘Captain Save-a-Hoes’ Enjoy ‘Afternoon Delight’
Sundance darling “Afternoon Delight,” comedian Jill Soloway’s directorial debut, screened at ArcLight Cinemas in Los Angeles Aug. 19, and though attendees were well-dressed, the talk was all about talking off clothes.

Kathryn Hahn stars as a middle-aged women who befriends a young stripper and sex worker (Juno Temple) and does her best to save her.

“They call those guys who come in and try to get them off the pole ‘Captain Save-a-Hoe,’” said Soloway, who wrote the script as well as directed. “I got that from strippers!”

Soloway said she talked to “lots of strippers and lots of sex workers,” some of whom were at the screening and after-party, to get the script just right. And she did a bit of hands-on research of her own.

“I’ve gotten few lap dances, but the first time I ever got one in private, while the dancer was stripping for me, I was thinking,
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Comic-Con 2013: Sunday Schedule Includes Supernatural, Doctor Who, Under the Dome

  • DailyDead
The full Sunday, July 21st schedule for Comic-Con has been officially announced. While there’s not too many horror panels on Sunday, we have details on Supernatural and Under the Dome. Also, sci-fi fans won’t want to miss the Doctor Who 50th Anniversary panel:

Supernatural Special Video Presentation and Q&A: “Series stars Jared Padalecki (Friday the 13th [2009]), Jensen Ackles (My Bloody Valentine 3D), Misha Collins (Ringer), and Mark A. Sheppard (Battlestar Galactica), along with executive producer Jeremy Carver (U.S. version of Being Human) return to Hall H to answer questions from the audience about what’s in store for the ninth season of this exciting series. Fans will also be treated to an exclusive video presentation featuring series highlights, as well as a portion of the special features from the upcoming Supernatural: The Complete Eighth Season DVD and Blu-ray release, in stores September 10. The ninth season
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San Diego Comic-Con 2013: Day Four (July 21st) Light on Horror but Includes Supernatural, Under the Dome, The Skin Trade, and a Few Others

  • Dread Central
Two weeks from now Sdcc 2013 will be winding down, so are there enough horror offerings to entice attendees back to the show for Day 4 (July 21)? With "Supernatural" kicking things off bright and early, we say, "Yes!"

Also on the schedule for Sunday (traditionally the family-themed day of the event) are "Under the Dome," an update on the adaptation of George R.R. Martin's werewolf/Pi/serial killer mashup novella The Skin Trade, a chance to build your own monster, surviving in a post-apocalyptic world, a Neil Gaiman Spotlight panel, a look at what's coming from Diamond Select Toys, a how-to on creating suspenseful, exciting, anxiety-inducing stories, and per usual, a screening of "Buffy the Musical: Once More with Feeling" to close things out.

Since the horror offerings are so light, we've expanded our Day 4 highlights list to cover such topics as the future of sci-fi novels, the 50th anniversary of "Doctor Who,
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Wamg Talks To Graham Parker – This Is 40

Graham Parker isn’t quite ready to give up his rock and roll to act, but in Judd Apatow’s This Is 40, he put his acting chops to the test as a rock and roll legend with less than stellar album sales.

This past week Mr. Parker and I discussed his role in the film, the reunion of The Rumour, and getting up at the crack of dawn to be on set. Check out our discussion below.

From the director of Knocked Up and The 40-Year-Old Virgin comes an unfiltered, comedic look inside the life of an American family. After years of marriage, Pete (Paul Rudd) and Debbie (Leslie Mann) are approaching a milestone meltdown. As they try to balance romance, careers, parents and children in their own hilarious ways, they must also figure out how to enjoy the rest of their lives. Featuring Melissa McCarthy, Jason Segel, Megan Fox,
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An Austin Drive-In and The Most Perverted Canoeing Trip in Texas

Austin has a drive-in movie theater? Really? No way! Actually it makes total sense, since Austin is a city that really loves movies and really loves cars [and pickup trucks and SUVs]. Besides, it seems to never rain here, so the weather is perfect for outdoor movie screenings. Way back in 2010, native Austinite Josh Frank (author of “In Heaven Everything is Fine: The Unsolved Life of Peter Ivers and the Lost History of New Wave Theatre” and “Fool the World: The Oral History of a Band Called Pixies”) took a cue from San Francisco’s mobile drive-in MobMov.org — he constructed a modestly sized outdoor screen, acquired some car-speaker posts from defunct drive-ins via eBay, and restored a vintage runabout to use as a concession stand. Frank’s Mini Urban Drive-in, The Blue Starlite, has existed in varying capacities and locations for the last two years. When he found out a few months ago that his lease at 1001 E 6th Street would
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Clip joint: Imaginary friends

Who needs real friends when you've got a vivid imagination? Help us identify cinema's most memorable made-up mates

This week's Clip Joint is by Norman Walton from Warwickshire.

Think you can do better than Norman? If you've got an idea for a future Clip joint, send a message to adam.boult@guardian.co.uk

It's always good to have friends you can count on. However it's even better if you make them up. Whether it's to help you regain control in your life, cope with stress or just offer a well-rounded argument on why the local pimp/drug dealer should be put down like a dog, imaginary friends can be handy.

However, as they are conjured up from the recesses of (often) troubled minds, they do not need to adhere to the rules of the real world and the boundaries of what they can do are only restricted by the limits of their protagonist's imaginations.
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Hogwarts Revisited – Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part II

  • HeyUGuys
Bloody Hell, as Ron Weasley might have said. Ten years, eight movies, four directors and a worldwide box-office gross of over six billion dollars and look where it’s taken us: full circle.

We already have a Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part II review, and a ruddy good one at that, but having spent the last week (never mind the last decade) watching The Boy Who Lived defeat mountain trolls, destroy Horcruxes and snog the face off of Ginny Weasley I couldn’t pack up and depart Hogwarts just yet. So, without further ado, now the conclusion…

I never wanted any of you to die for me.

Do I even need a spoiler alert? With three Horcruxes down (the diary, the ring and the locket) and just four to go, Harry Potter (Daniel Radcliffe) must pick up where he left off if he is to defeat Lord Voldermort
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We're all living in the future as seen by Philip K Dick

The sci-fi writer's influence stretches far beyond the multiple realities of this week's big movies Source Code and Sucker Punch

Look around you, and tell me we're not now all the children of Philip K Dick. A man who's been dead almost three decades has a grip on our culture so tight that you can detect his eerie premonitory influence almost everywhere you look.

Only a fortnight ago we saw the release of The Adjustment Bureau, from a Dick story, in which fate is finely calibrated and ruthlessly policed by shadowy men in noir-ish fedoras, and reality is as unstable as fantasy. This week's two big movies in the UK, Source Code and Sucker Punch, have no direct link to Dick but drink from the well of his influence. Source Code is about a soldier who can be projected into the mind of any man with eight minutes left to live,
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Pavement, The Rolling Stones And My Chemical Romance Headline Our Fantasy Coachella Lineup

  • MTV Newsroom
It's the dead of winter, but that doesn't mean we can't fantasize ourselves into the summer festival season. Details are beginning to emerge about a number of events, but the one that unofficially kicks off the season — the annual Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival — has sets its 2010 dates. The eleventh iteration of the festival will take place on April 16, 17 and 18, and layway tickets are already available (with a three-day festival pass going for $269, which doesn't include the cost of camping).

While Coachella always puts together a stellar lineup that bridges old, new, mainstream and super-weird, there still aren't any acts yet announced as part of the 2010 lineup. $269 (plus travel costs) is a lot to shell out for a lineup that remains mysterious, which is why we've done some educated guessing on who might top the bill this year. Keep in mind that we have no inside sources or tips
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The people who ruined the decade

Part 4: From Michael Cera to Frank Black

Michael Cera Deluding awkward indie boys into thinking they'd get the girl since 2003

Before Michael Cera starred in mega-hits Juno and Superbad, the typical star of a Us teen movie was more likely to be the wonderfully horrible Steve Stifler from American Pie. Since Cera broke out from Arrested Development, lead teen males are now the types who wear newish Sonic Youth T-shirts, stare at their tennis shoes while muttering about Zooey Deschanel and pack as much charm as a destitute leprechaun. At first, Cera's emergence was a huge victory for the geek: 15-year-old Decemberists fans finally had a hero just like them! But then he went and made Year Zero, Nick And Norah's Infinite Playlist and Paper Heart and we went back to our working on our poetry.

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Justinus Kerner Shrivelled old
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