New Cat Power Track

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Gorilla vs Bear has got it. From Gorilla vs Bear

Here’s the first single from Cat Power’s upcoming (mostly) covers record, Jukebox. We had the pleasure of hearing this song — a Cat Power original making its first appearance on the Jukebox LP — live (twice, I think) during Chan and crew’s 2+ hour marathon set here in Dallas back in August, and it was definitely one of the highlights of the night (both times). The studio version is a little more stripped down than most of the material on the new record, and Chan’s voice is definitely the star here. Thanks to our friend Adam for the tip.

Brooklyn Vegan has more Cat Power live tracks here.

Strikers From "The Office" Roast The Networks

New Sufjan Tracks From The BQE

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Hypeful has two new live track’s from Sufjan’s The BQE here. From Asthmatic Kitty

The BQE, [is] a 30-minute symphonic and cinematic exploration of New York City’s infamous Brooklyn-Queens Expressway. A controversial roadway since its inception in the 1930s, the BQE tears through 11.7 miles of Brooklyn and Queens, severing neighborhoods, pillaging industrial yards, and contouring waterways with the brute force of modern urban planning.

[hat tip The Vulture]

Williamsburg Has A Beer Garden: Radegast Hall & Biergarten

And they have wursts and a retractable canopy. Has anyone been yet? More info and the website are here.
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Toddler with 8 limbs branded reincarnation of Vishnu

This is too bizarre to not share. More pics and the story are here. [Thanks Nick]
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Two From "I'm Not There" Soundtrack

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We’ve been looking forward to Todd Hayne’s upcoming Dylan film, “I’m Not There.” Seeing David Cross as Alan Ginsburg will be worth the price of admission. Luckily, Aquarium Drunkard has two MP3 downloads from the soundtrack to hold us over. You can grab Jim James and Calexico covering “Goin’ to Acapulco” and Mark Lanegan covering “Man in the Long Black Coat” here.

Thor Vs. Beelzebub

This will cure Monday blues. [Thanks Rumproast]

The November 2007 Movie Preview

by Dave Thomas
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Sarah Michelle Gellar in Southland Tales
It’s November, which means it’s time once again for the studios and their indie divisions to start pulling out the heavy hitters, family films and occasional horror counterprogramming.
November 2
AMERICAN GANGSTER
WHAT’S THE PITCH?
Denzel vs. Crowe
WILL IT SUCK?
Early buzz is excellent to the tune of #120 in the IMDB Top 250, pre-release. You’d expect no less from Steve Zaillian writing, Ridley Scott directing and the leads I’ve already mentioned. And those of you who thought you saw Common in the trailer, you did.
HOW WELL WILL IT DO?
Opening in fairly thick competition, but this will be hard to beat. $65mil.
WILL ANYBODY REMEMBER IT AT OSCAR TIME??
Who won’t get a nod from this movie?
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MARTIAN CHILD
WHAT’S THE PITCH?
Kiddie K-Pax
WILL IT SUCK?
Variety describes it as “sententiously moralizing.” I’m not 100% sure what that means, but it doesn’t sound good. They like the leads, though: John Cusack and newcomer Bobby Coleman as the Martian tyke. From the director of Max, which was, well, okay.
Incidentally, in the book on which this is based Cusack’s character is a gay, single father. In this version, he’s a hetero widower. Hmm…
HOW WELL WILL IT DO?
Feel good dramedy is gonna come more from Dan in Real Life‘s second frame than this. $22mil.
WILL ANYBODY REMEMBER IT AT OSCAR TIME??
Cusack has a better shot with his other hetero widower role.
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BEE MOVIE
WHAT’S THE PITCH?
Antz with wings. And Jerry Seinfeld.
WILL IT SUCK?
All the hallmarks are there for a good Seinfeld ep, from the setting to the writers. Co-director did Prince of Egypt, which was, well, okay. Haven’t seen anything from it yet that actually looks funny, though. I get the feeling I’d rather watch Seinfeld do stand-up for 90 minutes.
HOW WELL WILL IT DO?
Basically has the demo to itself, with just the slightest leeching from Fred Claus the following week. $120mil.
WILL ANYBODY REMEMBER IT AT OSCAR TIME??
Depending upon how reviews pan out, it’s easy game for Best Animated.
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DARFUR NOW
WHAT’S THE PITCH?
Doc about six activists (including Don Cheadle) who try to make a difference in the Sudan.
WILL IT SUCK?
Early buzz is good. It’ll be interesting to see if people can get past their prejudices against celebrities touting causes to get into the film (Clooney’s up in here, too).
HOW WELL WILL IT DO?
If Leo can’t sell global warming, I don’t know if Cheadle can market Darfur. $1mil.

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