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Michael Jackson's 'Thriller' video to be released in 3D

This is something Michael Jackson fans can really be thrilled about.

After settling a dispute with the late singer’s estate, director John Landis is finally bringing the iconic 14-minute 1983 music video “Thriller” to 3D. No official details have been released yet, but Landis, who directed the phenomenon for a reported $500,000 budget, told the New York Daily News that the project began as an idea Jackson originally had as a segment for his “This Is It” tour.

“It is going to reappear in a highly polished and three-dimensional way that is very exciting on the big screen,” Landis said. In addition to the new look, the video is also expected to be released on Blu-ray for the first time and may even span into the video game market.

Thriller premiered on MTV in December of 1983 and was the first music video inducted into the National Film Registry by the Library Of Congress in 2009. This won’t, however, be the first time the music video will be seen in movie theaters. Though it failed to receive a nomination in the short category, Thriller played a brief theatrical run in 1983 before Disney’s Fantasia in order to qualify for an Academy Award. Don’t feel too bad though, the album Thriller went on to be the best-selling album of all time and won Jackson seven Grammys including one for Best Music Video, Longform for the accompanying documentary The Making of Michael Jackson’s Thriller.

 

How one musician makes music from the sounds of YouTube

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There are millions of people on the Internet making music by themselves. They focus cameras on their hands as they dance across fretboards, set them further back as they sit behind a drum kit with earbuds in place, stare into their lens as they sing soulfully, with no music playing along.

Ophir Kutiel has spent several months of his life looking for their videos on YouTube. Kutiel is an Israeli musician who found viral internet fame in 2009 when, in a fit of inspiration, he turned off his phone and locked himself in his apartment for two straight months, working on a project he called ThruYOU. Under his stage name, Kutiman, Kutiel released a seven-video YouTube playlist consisting of music he made from unrelated YouTube videos he edited together to make complete songs.

Five years and several million hits later, Kutiman is at it again. On Wednesday morning, the artist released his long gestating follow-up to ThruYOU, and introduced it to the world in a way that’s familiar to those who know his work: through the voices of dozens of people he found on YouTube.

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'Doctor Zhivago' comes to Broadway spring 2015

The Russian romance of Doctor Zhivago is officially coming to Broadway with performances beginning in spring 2015. The Des McAnuff-directed production of the musical, which is based on Boris Pasternak’s novel, will occupy the Broadway Theatre with previews beginning March 27, 2015. It will open April 21, 2015.  READ FULL STORY

Firsts & Worsts: Annaleigh Ashford on 'Sex,' superstition, and Cyndi Lauper

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Fresh off a fantastic turn on Showtime’s Masters of Sex, Annaleigh Ashford has settled back into a familiar home on Broadway, where the stage veteran is slaying audiences as horrible dancer (but excellent candymaker) Essie in the hit revival of You Can’t Take It With You.

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Minus some missteps, 'Shadow of Mordor' is one of the year's best games

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Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor is great. It’s easily one of the year’s most impressive releases, establishing a new status quo for similar action titles moving forward. It’s not a perfect game, but it’s a tremendous first step for what is hopefully a new franchise that will elevate its competitors and bring new and old fans to J.R.R. Tolkien’s world.

Last week, Aaron Morales and I discussed our thoughts on a large portion of the game and it’s incredible Nemesis system. Having now completed the game’s story and played through a majority of the additional content, however, there’s still plenty left to contemplate about Talion and Celebrimbor’s journey.

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Ben Affleck teases Jon Stewart about copying 'Argo'

On Tuesday, Ben Affleck went on The Daily Show to promote Gone Girl—and traded playful barbs with Stewart over the host’s directorial debut, the movie Rosewater. READ FULL STORY

This week's cover: 'Sons of Anarchy' takes its final ride

Sons of Anarchy fans still reeling from the Sept. 30 episode (read our recap) may want to take a beta blocker before reading this week’s cover story, which goes on the set and behind the scenes as the cast and the creator, Kurt Sutter, prepare for an epic ending.

The seventh and final season of FX’s highest-rated show finds Jax Teller (Charlie Hunnam) leading his motorcycle club, SAMCRO, on a mission to avenge the death of his wife Tara (Maggie Siff). What Jax doesn’t know is that his scheming mother, Gemma (Katey Sagal), is the real killer. In a preseason poll on EW.com, 81 percent of readers assumed that Gemma has to die for her crimes—and that was before her cover-up of Tara’s murder by carving fork ignited a street war with a devastating body count. “I kind of agree with them,” Sagal admits. “That seems like a correct assumption. I mean, it’s pretty heinous where she is now. Even though she didn’t mean it.”

Fans also assume Jax will eventually learn the truth. But what will he do? “Anyone else in the world, 100 percent guaranteed he’s gonna murder them in slow and brutal fashion, but it’s his mother, you know. It’s gonna be complicated,” says Hunnam. “I don’t envy Kurt in trying to figure out the right way to approach that.” Sutter already knows how the story will unfold—not that he’s willing to spoil it. “The question is, does Jax ever get the whole truth? Is he supposed to get the whole truth? If he only gets part of the truth, what does that mean? We’ll play with all that stuff,” he says cagily. “I think once he gets information, as much of it as he gets, we’ll see it play out in a different emotional way.” READ FULL STORY

'Sons of Anarchy' star Theo Rossi names another show that made him cry

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Theo Rossi will admit he was competitive playing Scene It? with his friends when they first moved from New York to LA, so it’s no surprise that he’s an entertainment junkie. To prove it, the man who plays Juice on FX’s Sons of Anarchy sat down to take one of our Pop Culture Personality Tests.

Watch the video and read the transcript the below—then feel guilty for thinking Juice must die this season. READ FULL STORY

That 'Tetris' movie you always wanted is finally happening

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Tetris, in many respects, is a perfect video game. You can learn to play in minutes, it is wildly addictive, and it has one of the greatest jingles to ever jingle. Everyone knows Tetris, as they should. Tetris is great. So of course Tetris is going to be turned into a movie and forever ruined.

According to The Wall Street Journal, which somehow managed to report the news with a straight face, the movie is being produced by Threshold Entertainment, a company you may know if you’re a big fan of Mortal Kombat and Mortal Kombat: Annhilation. According to Threshold CEO Larry Kasanoff, the planned Tetris movie has a story in place (the one thing the Tetris game doesn’t have) but no cast, crew, or director (all things a Tetris movie needs to have). But it’s okay, because the Tetris brand is the most important thing, and Threshold, with the Tetris Company’s help, has that in spades.

“Brands are the new stars of Hollywood,” said Kasanoff, probably with soul-crushing sincerity. He goes on to call Tetris (the movie) a “very big, epic sci-fi movie,” which is a very strange thing to say about a puzzle game gussied up in Russian iconography.

With language like that, it’s easy to be cynical about the Tetris movie’s fortunes. But maybe it’ll defeat the odds  with passion, talent, and a little luck, a good Tetris movie might just….fall in place.

New Banksy artwork appears in English seaside town

Finding an authentic Banksy is like discovering a… well, an authentic Banksy. The elusive artist’s work has been subject to many imitations, but a legitimate piece from Banksy appeared over the weekend in the English seaside town of Folkestone.

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