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Best Music from Last Week (All Genres)

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My favorite albums of 2013 so far

Thundercat – Apocalypse

Bad Rabbits – American Love

Daft Punk – Random Access Memories

Jay Z – MCHG

J Cole – Born Sinner

Kanye West – Yeezus

Talib Kweli – Prisoner of Conscious

Justin Timberlake – 20/20
Experience

Tech N9Ne – Something Else

A$AP Rocky – Long.Live.A$AP

Wale – The Gifted

Mac Miller – Watching Movies with the Sound Off

Ghostface Killah – 12 Reasons to Die

Ace Hood – Trials & Trebulations.

“Dark Knight Rises” worth the wait — despite unfortunate tragedy

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The Dark Knight Rises opened to an impressive $160.9 million, earning the title of #1 opener for a 2D film. The last installment of the Batman trilogy helmed by Christopher Nolan is also the third-biggest debut in domestic box office history.

The film’s box office stats don’t quite reach the record set by The Avengers back in May (the Marvel tentpole took $207 million in its domestic debut). But The Dark Knight Rises sits just behind Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 (another Warner Bros. opening at $169.2) and box office analysts believe that overwhelmingly positive reviews could put Nolan’s pic back on top of the charts in the weeks ahead.

The Dark Knight Rises just barely edged out its predecessor, The Dark Knight, which sits comfortably at number four with its $158.4 million take back in 2008. Fans and critics look forward to seeing Nolan cross the billion-dollar mark once again (The Dark Knight grossed just over a billion dollars worldwide).

In the wake of Friday’s theater shooting in Aurora, Colo., Warner Bros. opted to hold off on reporting the film’s opening grosses; other studios followed suit. And while the shooting did take its toll, The Dark Knight Rises was less impacted by the tragedy than analysts might have expected. Even conservative predictions before the shooting had the film aimed at 3-day weekend totals in the neighborhood of $170-180 million. Considering the magnitude of the incident at that fateful midnight showing, Hollywood is relieved to see that Batman prevailed.

Box office observers say that despite its connection with the shooting, The Dark Knight Rises’ theater traffic was not as affected as movies on the family side. Ice Age: Continental Drift saw a drop in its second week that was bigger than usual, falling 56% from its opening weekend to a $20.4 million cume.

Christopher Nolan’s next reboot coming Summer 2013

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One of the most anticipated movies of the year has finally hit theaters. Despite what has happened in certain parts of the world at The Dark Knight Rises premiers, the fact remains that the movie will be seen by thousands upon thousands of people this weekend, which means it’s the perfect movie to debut next summer’s big superhero film in the form of a teaser trailer. The Dark Knight Rises does not disappoint in that regard either.

Next year the long-anticipated Superman reboot Man of Steel is set to hit the big screen. The movie does not try to pick up where the original Christopher Reeve films left off as the ill-fated Superman Returns did. This one attempts to do with the Man of Steel what Christopher Nolan did with Batman, and completely reboot the series. It retells the origins of the man who would become Clark Kent/Superman.

The trailer is, at first, unclear as to what movie it is. You see the DC Comics logo, but the images are hazy and indistinct. You see a shaggy young man on what appears to be a fishing boat, the hitchhiking beside the road. Then it seems to flashback to when that young man was a child, standing amidst clothing hanging on a line. There’s a brief shot of the young boy with a red towel tied around his neck, looking up. Then the voice-over starts and it takes the listener/viewer a moment to realize, “hey, that’s Russell Crowe.” The voice beseeches the young man to have faith in humanity and the says that he will eventually lead them to greatness.

Just as the realization sinks in, “Hey, I know! This is the Man of Steel trailer!” the scene suddenly shifts to clouds and the sky. The music stops and there is only the wind. Then, from the bottom of the screen, a man rockets into the sky, wearing the trademark blue costume and flowing red cape. Up and up and up he goes, the sky seeming to bend as he rises, and then he rises into the deep blue sky, two contrails left in his wake.

The screen goes dark and, finally, the words MAN OF STEEL appear.

The movie is directed by the man who brought Watchmen and 300 to the big screen, Zac Snyder. Interestingly, the movie is produced by Christopher Nolan. Already there are rumors that this Superman is grittier than any other Superman presented before, in other words, given the Dark Knight treatment.

The movie stars Henry Cavill as Superman and Amy Adams as Lois Lane. Russell Crowe plays Superman’s father, Jor-El. It also stars Michael Shannon as the villain, who is rumored to be General Zod.

Man of Steel is set to be released summer of 2013.