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Oderus Urungus Makes Record-breaking Fifth Appearance On Fox News’ “Red Eye”

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ANNIVERSARY ALBUM LUST IN SPACE IN STORES THIS TUESDAY AUGUST 18TH

This just in from Slave Pit Headquarters! The world’s first and only “Intergalactic Correspondent”, the ever-affable Oderus Urungus, made his fifth and most memorable appearance on Fox News “Red Eye”, hosted by Greg Gutfeld. The appearance went so well in fact that “Red Eye” has given Oderus the opportunity to have more airtime by being a member of the panel for an entire show.

Mr. Urungus had the following to say about this recent development:

“After weeks of scrutiny, the fools…I mean the people at Fox News have decided to give me more airtime. This marks yet another step in the transformation of Oderus from lead singer to leading man-thing. I won’t stop until my career eclipses that of Carrot-top, who will be forced to eat his own genitals in a desperate attempt at publicity. The humans need programs like “The GWAR Show”, or “GWAR TV” or even “Everybody Loves Oderus”. Considering we are GWAR, we are the perfect choice to play ourselves!”

Check out video footage of Oderus’ fifth appearance HERE.

Lust in Space hits stores this Tuesday August 18th and in celebration of their 25th anniversary, GWAR has decided to do something that they have never done before. GWAR is offering autographed copies of their new album for pre-order at www.metalblade.com/gwar/index.html.

Metal Blade Records has created a GWAR widget which you can also find at www.metalblade.com/gwar/index.html. The widget includes an MP3 of the new track “Let Us Slay”, band photos, information about the album, and will soon have upcoming GWAR tour dates. Fans can also add the widget to their blogs and networking pages and it will update automatically with new tour dates, music, videos and more.

http://www.gwar.net/
http://www.myspace.com/gwarofficial

The Soloist

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Director: Joe Wright
Cast: Jamie Foxx, Robert Downey Jr.
Runtime: 116 minutes
CARA Rating: PG-13 for thematic elements, some drug use and language

“…the simple act of being someone’s friend can change his brain chemistry, improve his functioning in the world.”
-Steve Lopez (Robert Downey, Jr.)

 

Steve Lopez is a writer looking for a story. Like most inspiration, he’ll find it where he expects it least.

The Soloist is the true story of Los Angeles Times reporter Steve Lopez and Nathaniel Ayers, a homeless man who Lopez discovers playing a broken violin of the streets of LA. The story takes on a twist as Lopez discovers that Ayers’ seemingly delusional stories of his studies at Julliard are true. Ayers, it turns out, dragged himself out of a poor neighborhood in Cleveland on the strength of his talent with the cello and made it to the prestigious halls of Julliard before suffering the onset of paranoid schizophrenia. Unable to cope with the stress, his illness and life in general, Ayers withdrew from society and his family but couldn’t walk away from his love of Beethoven – a love that he carries with him onto the streets and shares with the world in the only way he can.

Jamie Foxx masterfully handles a demanding role in Nathaniel Ayers. The role is sympathetic on its own, but his ability to hint at the darkness within Ayers’ psychosis is what really brings the movie to life. Robert Downey Jr. plays up the self-serving side of Lopez without making the character heartless, but often seems to be at odds with himself – perhaps more a fault of the script than the portrayal. The supporting characters, though, most notably Lopez’s ex-wife Mary (Catherine Keener), tend to be window dressing at their best and distracting at their worst and the movie has a tendency to get off-track with trivial side stories, making the whole seem long. This lack of restraint is the film’s biggest flaw. Too much attention is paid to the trivialities of Lopez’s job and personal life in a story that is supposed to be about his subject, Nathaniel.

The one thing that The Soloist does extremely well is maintain its soul and its compassion without becoming patronizing. Life on the streets is rarely about happy endings and there’s still no magic pill for the mentally ill. The Soloist is, at its core, the story of reaching out to help someone who doesn’t understand or even believe that they need help and seems ill-equipped to accept what aid can be given. At times the film can really make the viewer that we really are all alone, even in a crowd; it is a movie that appeals to the soloist spirit in all of us.

-Late

The Soloist

Rating by Larry McCloskey: 3.5 stars
***1/2

Williams Street Records Newest Album From Best-selling Animated Death Metal Band, Metalocalypse

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Available Starting September 8th, Two Versions of CD and Vinyl Featuring Music Created by Brendon Small and From the Hit Adult Swim Animated Series

Williams Street Records announced today details on the most highly-anticipated death metal album release of the year — and it’s for none other than the animated band from Adult Swim’s Metalocalypse. On September 8th, the world’s most brutal animated band will once again reign supreme with the all-new release of
Dethklok: The Dethalbum II. Featuring the band from the hit Adult Swim’s series, the album features 12 full-length tracks detailing Dethklok’s exploits in murder, mayhem and all things brutal. Written by series co-creator Brendon Small and recorded alongside legendary drummer Gene Hoglan, Dethklok: The Dethalbum II will be released as both a standard edition and a two-disc deluxe edition on CD and digital download beginning September 8th. Additionally, a limited edition vinyl of the album will be released in to local record shops on September 29.

The track listing for Dethklok’s The Dethalbum II is as follows:

1. Bloodlines
2. The Gears
3. Burn the Earth
4. Laser Canon Deth Sentence
5. Black Fire Upon Us
6. Deth Support
7. The Cyborg Slayers
8. I Tamper with the Evidence at the Murder Site of Odin
9. Murmaider II: The Water God
10. Comet Song
11. Symmetry
12. Volcano

*The Deluxe edition will include a bonus DVD with 52 minutes of never-before-released music videos featured in the 2008 Dethklok tour.

Dethklok: The Dethalbum II is a follow up to Dethklok’s The Dethalbum, which shattered sales records when it was released to retail in October 2007. With more than 34,000 copies in its first week, the album became the highest charting death metal album ever before going on to sell more than 300,000 copies to date.

Co-created by Tommy Blacha and Small, the Metalocalypse television series follows the on and off-stage adventures of the world’s most brutal band as they create a wave of mayhem, death and destruction wherever they go. Since debuting on Adult Swim in 2006, the series has become one of the network’s highest-rated original series and the second season was watched by more than five million 18-34 year-old viewers, according to Nielsen Media Research. The new season of Metalocalypse will debut on Adult Swim this fall.

Adult Swim (AdultSwim.com), launched in 2001, is Turner Broadcasting System, Inc.’s network offering original and acquired animated comedy and action series for young adults. Airing overnights six days a week for a total of 45 hours weekly, Adult Swim shares channel space with Cartoon Network, home to the best in original, classic and acquired programming for children and families, and is seen in 97 million U.S. homes.

Turner Broadcasting System, Inc., a Time Warner company, creates and programs branded news, entertainment, animation and young adult media environments on television and other platforms for consumers around the world.

Chimaira’s “Destroy And Dominate” Music Video To Make Headbangers Ball Premiere This Weekend

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“Destroy and Dominate,” the first video from CHIMAIRA’s latest album, The Infection, will make its television debut this weekend on MTV2’s Headbangers Ball. The show will air July 11 between 2AM-3AM on MTV2. The video was directed by longtime CHIMAIRA videographer Todd Bell and filmed at the band’s own Cleveland practice space, Chimaira HQ! For more, visit http://headbangersblog.com.

Also, tomorrow, July 10, is the last day of CHIMAIRA’s “Destroy the Video” contest. Fans are encouraged to download the video stem files from http://www.chimaira.com/destroythevideo and edit their own version of “Destroy and Dominate”. The new versions can be uploaded to CHIMAIRA’s YouTube, and the band will hand-pick their favorite three videos. The grand-prize winner will receive the limited edition box set version of The Infection plus tickets to the band’s upcoming US tour! The second- and third-prize winners will receive tickets and/or CHIMAIRA merch. Be sure to get your entry in before the deadline!

Slumdog Millionaire

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Slumdog Millionaire DVD cover

It’s an escape. Isn’t it?
-Latika (Freida Pinto)

A modern-day Dickens tale, Slumdog Millionaire is the rags-to-riches tale of Jamal Malik (Dev Patel) and his star-crossed love, Latika (Freida Pinto). A young, uneducated “slumdog” from Mumbai, Jamal is a contestant on the Indian “Who Wants to be a Millionaire?” and has made it all the way to the final question, convincing the cynical host Prem (Anil Kapoor) that he must be cheating. Jamal is taken into custody and interrogated, saying only that “I knew the answers”. The story unfolds as a series of flashbacks as Jamal recounts how his life brought him to know the answers to the questions one-by-one.

Through a series of flashbacks we see Jamal and his older brother, Salim, as they struggle to survive the streets of the slum they were born into. Along the way, Jamal finds love while Salim finds his comfort at the end of a gun barrel – each finding largely the life that they make for themselves. Along the way, they meet another orphan on the streets, Latika, who joins them as their third musketeer. Some small joys and lot more pain follow, but the three always seem to somehow wind up back together one way or another despite the best efforts of fate and, at times, themselves. Strangely, despite the brutality of the world around our characters, the overall arc gets sappy. While the overwhelming theme of the movie is hope triumphing over adversity, the common theme through these panoramic glimpses of their lives is that we are all shaped by our life experiences and, more importantly, even the most innocuous moments can give us exactly what we need later in life.

Director Danny Boyle’s fingerprint is all over this film. The visual style and, at times, pacing are reminiscent of Trainspotting, but, like The Beach it has a tendency to get bogged down in its quest to be epic. The love story between Jamal and Latika seems contrived in the face of the larger story. Someone coming from nothing, without all of the education and other advantages that so many take for granted, making it out of the slums and doing it “the right way” is a strong enough story without him getting onto the game show because he knew that Latika would be watching so that they could once again be reunited. Salim’s story, as well, seems to come together a little too easily. Other minor points detract from the film: the constant shifting between English and subtitled Hindi is odd and the subtitles themselves aren’t particularly well done at times.

While not the technical masterpiece that it has been hailed as, Slumdog Millionaire is a pinnacle of escapism. For those who gladly suspend disbelief in search of a modern-day fairy tale, this is it – the other issues are easily enough overlooked by those of us who, in this day and age, want – or need – to see the slumdog who became a millionaire.

-Late

Slumdog Millionaire

Rating by Larry McCloskey: 3.0 stars
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