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Usher is in the middle of a promotional run for his upcoming film, Hands of Stone, but he’s still finding time to get stuff done on the music side of things, too. The R&B star has revealed that his eighth full-length record, Hard II Love, will be released on September 16th through RCA Records.
Hard II Love was originally known to fans as Flawed for a while, but Usher spoke back in June to note that the title wasn’t final. The fifteen track album is now available for pre-order on digital outlets and includes instant downloads of the four songs released thus far: “Missin U,” “No Limit,” “Crash,” and “Champions.”
- Joe DeAndrea
Welcome to another “Preview Reel” column, where we look at the week’s upcoming wide release movies. The dog days of August are officially upon us and things really slow down at the cineplexes. Suicide Squad continues to dominate the box office, but three newcomers (all with an R-rating) look to take its crown. There’s the new horror flick, Don’t Breathe, from the director of 2013’s The Evil Dead, another Robert De Niro boxing movie, Hands of Stone, and the latest Jason Statham action vehicle, Mechanic: Resurrection.
What we are excited about:
Besides The Conjuring 2, there has not been a worthy R-rated horror movie in theaters in quite some time. Director Fede Alvarez delivered the goods with his remake of The Evil Dead back in 2013 and showed audiences he is not afraid to go to some dark and violent places to get some scares. »
- Scott Davis
Although his latest studio effort Skin was released just a few months ago, future bass forerunner Flume has already figured out the direction his next album will take. In a recent chat with In The Mix, the Australian producer talked openly about his plans regarding his future full length release, expressing his intent to explore a more sample heavy sound.
Now that I’ve put Skin out, I’m like… awesome! I’ve done my big, grandiose, clean record, with lots of big sawtooth sounds. Now I’m kind of bored of it, and I want to do lots of more sample-based stuff, like actual world sounds. So, like, maybe a vocal that’s been recorded and make it into a chord.
- Connor Jones
With less than one week to go until network execs have to make final decisions for the 2016-2017 television season, buzz on which pilots will be getting greenlit is becoming more clear. Since Variety‘s last pilot buzz report, a few projects have been deemed dead, while others continue to heat up.
Of course, anything can change before upfronts, which kick off May 16 in New York City, but here’s the latest on the broadcast pilots.
Already Ordered: “Designated Survivor”
Top of the Crop: “Presence,” “The Second Fattest Housewife in Westport”
ABC is looking to pick up around four new dramas and either five or six new comedies, sources say. While the network is hot on many of their pilots, »
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
The Sinema Podcast delves further into the IMDb Bottom 100 movies of all-time…
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In this episode they discuss and digress on the topic of Usher’s 2005 masterpiece In The Mix. Expect talk of Craig David, calcium deficiency, Lady Sovereign & magician interpreters but mostly we talk about the oeuvre of the man, the Flickering Myth, the legend: Usher.
“A successful DJ manages to rescue a powerful mobster one night. In order to repay him, the mobster gives him the task of protecting his daughter.”
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- Luke Owen
Canadian filmmaker and actor Paul Gross is no stranger to tacking tales of war. In 2008 he released "Passchendaele," his epic take on the titular battle, and now, eight years later, he's back with "Hyena Road," a new feature that takes on the contemporary, complicated war in Afghanistan. Read More: 'Demolition,' 'Spotlight,' And 'Hyena War' In The Mix To Open Tiff Starring Rossif Sutherland, Christine Horne, Nabil Elouahabi, Niamatullah Arghandabi, Allan Hawco, Clarke Johnson, and Gross himself, the drama follows Canadian troops in Afghanistan who weather Taliban attacks while struggling to complete construction on a crucial highway link. Here's the official synopsis: Three men, three different paths, caught in conflict but brought together to save lives: a highly skilled sniper who can’t think of his targets as human; an intelligence officer who has never killed while on duty; and a legendary Afghan warrior who left war behind but gets. »
- Edward Davis
In naming Spotlight one of the best ensembles of 2016, we said, “Tom McCarthy’s procedural moves with the precision of a fine timepiece. Rarely does one find a film where all is tune, from the pacing, writing, direction and acting. Highlighting the heroic work of the Boston Globe’s Spotlight team, the group is headed by Robby Robinson (Michael Keaton) who risks life long friendships to get the story right. His team includes Mike Rezendes (played by a compulsive Mark Ruffalo), Sacha Pfeiffer (Rachel McAdams) and Matt Caroll (Brian d’Arcy James). Encouraged by a Boston outsider, editor Marty Baron (Live Schreiber), the team undertakes a long-term investigation of abuses in the Catholic Church. In the mix are the lawyers on both sides, played by Stanley Tucci and Billy Crudup. Rightfully overshadowing that other journalism docudrama, James Vanderbilt’s incompetent Truth, the difference here amongst many things is perhaps access: »
- Jordan Raup
7 items from 2016
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