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New Releases Out This Week: December 6

In: Charge It, Movies, Music, Tyrell

How goes your Christmas shopping? If you’re like me, you haven’t even started. Honestly, I’ve always been more of a last minute type of shopper. For those of you who are a little bit more on the ball than I, here are this week’s new releases. There are a few great movies and some great music hitting the shelves this week that are the perfect stocking stuffers; especially this week’s feature release.

Amy Winehouse’s highly anticipated posthumous release Lioness: Hidden Treasures is finally here in it’s entirety; a collection of previously unreleased tracks, alternate versions of existing classics, as well as a couple of brand new Amy compositions.

Following her tragic passing, some of the producers and musicians who worked closely with Amy Winehouse, among them Mark Ronson and Salaam Remi, spent time listening over the many recordings that Amy had made, before, during, and after the release of Frank and Back To Black. It was said by all who worked with Amy that she never sang or played a song the same way twice. It quickly became apparent to Salaam and Mark that they had a collection of songs that deserved to be heard, a collection of songs that were a fitting treatment to Amy the artist and, as importantly, Amy the friend.

Check out more new releases including music from the cast of Glee, smooth tunes from Robin Thicke and some hilarious movie watching courtesy of The Hangover Part 2. All of them featured down below.

Check out more new releases after the jump.

No garlic, crosses or any other device can kick Breaking Dawn out of the top spot on the box office. Even after three weeks in theaters, the movie is going strong and showing no signs of slowing down at all. Don’t underestimate the power of teenage angst. In a close second were The Muppets which Patrick and I saw last weekend. If you haven’t gone to check out this movie yet, I highly suggest it. It will bring back all those old memories of the Muppets you loved as a kid. I also suggest going with someone under the age of 10. It’ll bring a whole new perspective to the film.

In third place was the critically acclaimed Hugo. This film is probably the most talked about film right now. Yet, after two weeks in the box office, it’s still not bringing in any sort of staggering box office results. Close behind is the family friendly Arthur Christmas. History proves that when a family movie opens in theaters, it tends to rule the box office. However, none of them can beat the power of the vampires. Check out all the weekend box office results below.

Check out all the weekend totals after the jump.

Watch This Hilarious Short Film: “Gay Baby”

In: Movies, Tyrell, Videos

It’s definitely a scenario I’m sure many dads face when they learn that their son is gay… what about my major league ball player? I’m sure my father felt the same way when he learned I was gay back in 2004 after I graduated. Sure, I was always a dancer and singer and not the most athletic, (I left that up to my brother) but it was still an adjustment for him and at times, still is. This short film Gay Baby explores that topic. Read the quick synopsis below.

What if you found out your unborn son is GAY? An expectant couple learns their unborn son is gay. Can a young gay store clerk change the father’s reaction from disappointment to excitement?

The 9 minute short features the acting styles of Larry Sullivan, Beth Shea and Tye Olson and was written and directed by Kevin Kelly. The expectant couple heads to a gay baby store to pick up a few things for their new boy. The toys the couple come across are absolutely hilarious and so stereotypical of the gay community that you cannot help but laugh. In the end, the film teaches you not to judge a gay by it’s appearance. Check out the short film below.

Watch “Gay Baby” after the jump.

As promised here are the 2012 Film Independent Spirit Award nominations. For 27 years, the annual event has celebrated artist-driven films made with an economy of means by filmmakers who embody independence and originality. The Spirit Awards recognizes the achievements of American independent filmmakers and promotes the finest independent films of the year to a wider audience. Last year, Natalie Portman, James Franco and John Hawkes were all nominees and all three scored Oscar nods with Portman winning the Best Actress Oscar. Who among this year’s Spirit nominees will follow in her footsteps?

Leading the pack with five nominations each for this year’s awards are “The Artist” ( Jean Dujardin, Bérénice Bejo) and “Take Shelter” (Michael Shannon, Jessica Chastain). The former has already notched up a win with the New York Film Critics Circle and is definitely making it known they are a strong contender for this year’s Oscars. For a silent film, it sure is making a loud bang. Close behind with four nods each are: “Beginners” (Ewan McGregor, Christopher Plummer); “The Descendants” (George Clooney, Shailene Woodley); “Drive” (Ryan Gosling, Carey Mulligan, Bryan Cranston); and “Martha Marcy May Marlene” (Elizabeth Olsen, John Hawkes).

Several high-profile names made the cut in the lead acting categories including Ryan Gosling and Michelle Williams who were shortlisted for their much-buzzed about performances in “Drive” and “My Week With Marilyn” respectively. With Meryl Streep earning a New York Film Critics win and Williams’ a frontrunner at the Spirit Awards, are these two about to engage in a heated-battle for Oscar glory at this year’s Academy Awards? I hope not, since I love both actresses so. I wouldn’t know whom to support. Definitely a Sophie’s Choice dilemma.

Notably absent from the list were a few snubs. Though “The Descendants” scored Best Picture and Best Supporting Female noms, George Clooney failed to earn a nomination. Same thing could be said for Joseph Gordon-Levitt. He was snubbed as well even though his movie scored film, screenplay and acting nominations. A couple of other snubs include Glenn Close for her portrayal of a man in “Albert Nodds” and Woody Allen’s latest film “Midnight in Paris“. Check out who made the cut instead of the aforementioned snubs below.

check out all the nominations after the jump

It’s that time of year again. No, not Christmas silly. But when film critics and organizations start honoring the best in cinema for the past year. Let the road to the 2012 Oscars officially start. Today, both the New York Film Critics and Independent Spirit Awards revealed who won them over this year. Stay tuned for the Spirit Award nominations in another post later in the day. This one is all about the New York Film Critics Circle.

Either I’m getting older and more refined with my movie viewing habits or the NY critics are going more mainstream, because I’ve actually seen a few of their choices and liked them. In addition, for the ones that haven’t been released yet in theatres, I already have my name down for the movie screenings. Whatever the reason, I’m on board with a few of their selections.

Scoring top honors is the black-and-white film “The Artist”. This film is definitely generating a huge buzz with it’s homage to silent films from Hollywood’s golden era. Wowing the critics with their acting abilities were Brad Pitt and Meryl Streep.

Pitt won the top male lead nod for his roles in “Moneyball” and “The Tree of Life”. I have to say, I definitely don’t disagree with that choice especially in the latter film. Streep earns her millionth accolade for her bang-on portrayal of Margaret Thatcher in “The Iron Lady”. Could Meryl finally be heading down the road to that elusive third Oscar statue? Check out the other winners below.

check out all the winners after the jump

Here Come The Men In Black…

In: Movies, Tyrell

“Here come the Men In Black, Galaxy Defenders…” The last time we saw the Men In Black, it was 2002. Can you believe it? Starring Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones, the movie pair tells the story of Agent Kay (Jones) and Agent Jay (Smith) who are a part of a government agency to help keep aliens in line in New York City. When humans see any alien activity, they erase their memory of the event.

Both men are back for round three including director Barry Sonnefeld. The plot for this new installment is quite vague but we have learned that it will have a “retro” feel. The story line is said to take place in 1969 as Agent Jay travels back in time and meets a Young Agent Kay which may involve more about the moon landing. Even Andy Warhol is involved with Bill Mader filling his shoes.

Over the Thanksgiving Long Weekend, two movie posters appeared amongst many at the theaters drumming up some excitement for the new film not set to be released until May 25 next summer. The posters depict Agent Jay and Agent Kay through tiny MIB logos. From afar, it looks like one of those old Magic Eye puzzles. Take a look below.

Check out the first movie posters after the jump.

CinemaNow: Now Available in Canada

In: Dan, Movies

With all of Tyrell’s articles lately around Netflix and their floundering customer base, due to unhappiness with the price increases, I thought it would be the perfect time to introduce a new digital movie and TV show option in the market. CinemaNow recently launched in Canada, and their service offerings look identical to iTunes, but aren’t simply limited to the Apple family of products.

The other night Alasdair and I were thinking about renting a movie, but there I couldn’t tell you where to go to rent a movie downtown anymore, with both Rogers Video and Blockbuster closing their doors over the last few months. We decided to check out CinemaNow through our Blu-ray player’s Smart TV Hub and see what was available. We were stoked to see the number of movies available, including new releases that just came out this past week. We decided to rent Super 8, but we were also given the option to purchase the digital version of the movie outright. The pricing was actually pretty good, with the 48-hour rental only costing us $4.99, or if we had decided to purchase it the movie would have cost us $19.99. Pretty standard compared to the costs of buying an actual Blu-ray disc.

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New Releases Out This Week: November 29

In: Charge It, Movies, Music, Tyrell

For this week’s featured new release, I decided to tackle four female singers or acts that have made their mark in music forever. And, it just so happens that they are all releasing CD/DVD combos of previous tours on this week. These gals are Adele, Beyoncé, Dixie Chicks and Kylie Minogue. Here are the specs on all of their discs.

  • Adele: Live At The Royal Albert Hall was recorded on September 22 at the height of what has been an amazing year for Adele. This DVD features the full 90 minute concert performance, plus special behind the scenes footage shot throughout the day leading up to the concert.
  • Beyoncé: 4, Live At Roseland features the R&B singer dazzling with numbers from some of her previous albums and Destiny Child hits before tackling some of the best tracks from her new album, “4”. The disc also features some behind-the-scenes footage.
  • Dixie Chicks: Storytellers was the grand finale in the whirlwind that surrounded the release of the band’s 5x Grammy Award winning album Taking the Long Way. Fans are treated to personal anecdotes and inspiration around some of the band’s biggest hits.
  • Kyle Minogue: Aphrodite, Les Folies is two hours of classic Kylie, capturing the energy, grandeur and extravagance of the massively acclaimed Aphrodite: Les Folies tour, filmed at Kylie’s triumphant O2 Arena show in London. The show was one of Kylie’s most extravagant and filmed on high tech cameras to give home viewers the best experience, like you were there.

Check out more new releases coming out this week below!

Check out more new releases after the jump.

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