Destiny is probably the most important videogame I am never going to play. Bungie’s new massively multiplayer space shooting adventure game resulted in the most successful franchise launch of all time, although every official number released by the videogame industry in the last few years has a “juke the stats” uncertainty. My colleagues wrote everything you need to know about Destiny; suffice it to say that, if you always hoped they would remake Halo with more decorative robo-ninja capes, then Destiny is the game for you, weirdo. READ FULL STORY
The Public Theater’s thrilling production of the David Byrne/Fatboy Slim disco musical Here Lies Love—and its remarkable concept album featuring everyone from Florence Welch to Steve Earle to Cyndi Lauper—didn’t seem like they could get any more boogie-down. But the immersive disco musical about the rise and fall of Philippines power couple Imelda and Ferdinand Marcos (which earned an ‘A’ grade in its initial review by senior writer Kyle Anderson last year) is now issuing a remix album featuring these artists and more —including Tori Amos, Sia, and St. Vincent.
All proceeds from the album—which also includes the original cast recording—go directly to Gawad Kalinga, an organization dedicated to typhoon relief and ending poverty in the Philippines for 5 million families by 2024.
Co-creator Byrne had this to say about the album: “These songs were made to be remixed. The show versions of the Here Lies Love songs touch on various dance club genres, but are necessarily truncated—to keep the narrative and energy moving along non-stop. [Remixers] Matt Stine and Justin Levine deconstructed the recorded music and scrambled it all kinds of ways to make an immersive audio world that merges seamlessly with the music of the show. This mixtape is what you hear when you enter the club environment where the show takes place. There’s humor and exuberance, and to my ears it all works perfectly. The best workout tape ever.”
Going strong since its 2013 debut Off Broadway at the Public Theater, Here Lies Love will open this month in London for a West End run with a Sydney, Australia production slated for 2015.
Hear three exclusive tracks below to try to recreate the ever-moving, panoramic club experience for yourself (and nobody will be there to step on your toes, either). For more information on ordering the album (out Sept. 30), visit the show’s official site.
On Thursday, Sept. 18, Scottish citizens partook in an historic and pivotal vote that would determine the future of the United Kingdom. This they knew, and so did the rest of the world. However, unbeknownst to most of them, they were also deciding the future of a comic book superhero.
As reported by Comic Book Resources, on Wednesday U.K. comics publisher Eco Comics unveiled an “All-new, all-Scottish” superhero named Scotsman. (Not making this up.) Unlike Captain America—who actually wears something closer to the Puerto Rican flag as his costume—Scotsman’s sartorial choices proudly reflect the iconography of the Scottish flag. They also less proudly reflect the country’s most widely known contribution to the global wardrobe, the kilt. Scotsman doesn’t really have a kilt—it’s more of a patterned shirttail. Instead, he has pants, which is kind of a shame.
But what makes Scotsman truly notable is Eco’s plans for stories involving him—how some of them will play out hinged on the decision reached by the vote for Scottish independence. See, the publisher has another character, named Englishman (still not making this up) and the vote’s outcome would determine Scotsman’s relationship with his English counterpart.
Now that the Scottish people have decided to remain a part of the United Kingdom, it seems that the two will be staunch friends. Which is a shame, because Scotsman v. Englishman: Dawn of the Ayes is a movie I’d see.
Peter Berg, the writer/director/actor/producer behind both the film and television versions of Friday Night Lights, has pulled his own son away from the game that he helped so many fall in love with. And the reason why may resonate with Jason Street fans.
In an essay for Time Magazine, Berg wrote about the dangers with head and neck injuries in football, saying: “Head and neck injuries are what parents thinking about letting their children play tackle football should be thinking about, talking about, and demanding answers about, from any coach presenting himself as a worthy custodian for their child’s introduction to tackle football.”
During his appearance on The Tonight Show last night, Billy Crystal emotionally told Fallon about eulogizing his friend Robin Williams at the Emmys. That prompted a sad—but, naturally, hilarious—remembrance of Williams from both Crystal and Fallon. READ FULL STORY
If you’re the sensitive type, you probably don’t want to invite William H. Macy to your wedding.
When Macy called up EW to talk about his directing debut, the music-heavy Rudderless, he shared that he’s had quite a bit of musical experience of his own. In fact, he and wife Felicity Huffman went through a phase where they would write inappropriate songs to perform at their friends’ weddings. “We would just roast them,” he says, “Mercilessly roast them.”
“He’s a brilliant songwriter,” musician Ben Kweller, who has a supporting role in Rudderless, tells EW. “No one really knows this.” READ FULL STORY
Disney Infinity 2.0 made me feel eight years old. And I mean that in the best way possible.
There’s a certain magic to playing with toys when you’re young. Action figures spring to life in your imagination, and pieces of furniture transform into the sites of epic battles. A hallway can become a racetrack, a chair a mountaintop, and all it takes is a couple plastic figures to create a spark of inspiration.
Infinity 2.0 lets players create whatever they can imagine, and the spark this time around is bringing together the Mouse House’s vast catalogue of franchises and some of the most famous superheroes in the world, Marvel’s Avengers. By creating a cohesive art style and setting players loose in the game’s Toy Box mode, Infinity 2.0 is a brilliant package for kids looking for a creative outlook—and it can satisfy an older crowd, too.
On Wednesday, Amazon revealed a number of new tablets and eReaders aimed at every corner of the market. Starting with its $80 revamped Kindle and going all the way up to the $379 Fire HDX 8.9, there’s something for everyone. And hopefully, everyone gets on board—before Apple announces its revamped iPads.
Industry buzz holds that Apple is keeping its tradition of holding an October event for showing off updated iPads, as well as the latest OS X release, Yosemite. Amazon’s newly announced devices are scheduled to ship in October.
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Broadway’s circus-inspired musical Pippin has found its new prince… all the way in Los Angeles.
Josh Kaufman, the angel-voiced soul singer who dominated and won the sixth season of NBC’s The Voice, has been tapped to make his Broadway debut in the title role of the smash Broadway revival of Pippin. He’ll play the young eighth-century prince, who grows tired of life in the kingdom and leaves the comforts of home to find purpose.
Starting Nov. 4, Kaufman will take over the reins from Kyle Dean Massey, who exits the show Nov. 2. Kaufman will stick with the production through Jan. 4, 2015.
The Tony-winning revival opened at Broadway’s Music Box Theatre on April 25, 2013, and went on to win four Tony Awards including Best Revival. The show launched its U.S. national tour earlier in September.
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