DAMAGE Jimmy Eat World (Sony) The twentysomething (as in that’s how long Jimmy Eat World have been around) musings of “Jimmy” Adkins offer a sometimes refreshing and reflective window on the trouble with relationships. As he recently told Rolling Stone magazine: “I’m 37 and the world around me is a lot different than when I was writing break-up songs in my 20s
COMEDOWN MACHINE The Strokes (Sony) Considering Julian Casablancas and friends pretty much invited the world into their too-cool-for-school indie house party a decade and a half ago, for the past three albums they’ve been giving a damned good impression of a band who didn’t really want to enjoy the resulting glorious chaos. And even here in their fifth outing, there’s a feeling of a band happy to be on the guest-list (as they would have it in the incredibly catchy Partners in Crime) rather than hosting the VIP suite
BYE BYE MANCHESTER Melanie Pain (Border) With her second album, Melanie Pain has well and truly left behind the “one of various singers” tag she had with French band Nouvelle Vague.
HOLY FIRE Foals (Warner) Like Talking Heads busting out a collection of Duran Duran covers and injecting that alt-cool shimmy to the Le Bon grand-pop swagger, My Number (the standout hit from these Oxford-born English indie kids’ third full-lengther) is a joyous invocation to the goddess of breakups. But these Foals, who could have been forgiven for cantering along their glitchy, artsy track off the back of such critical acclaim, are in full gallop throughout the album with a huge, loud and artful collection which begs to be listened to over and over
Jonathan Lipnicki was adorable as Renee Zellweger’s know-it-all son in Tom Cruise’s 1996 smash Jerry Maguire — but those days are long gone.
The economic recession may be ending but the independent film industry’s shakeout continues to roll, as we were recently reminded by Disney’s October decision to gut its Miramax division, cutting staff by more than 70%. It won’t be the last to fall under the knife, industry insiders predict, pointing to Universal’s Focus Features as the next likely victim.
Five hundred days of summer — plus one day of marriage.
"Twilight" fans weren’t the only ones surprised by the news that Bryce Dallas Howard was replacing Rachelle Lefevre on the third film "Eclipse." “I was stunned,” says Lefevre in a statement. “I was fully committed to the ‘Twilight’ saga.” Lefevre, who played villain Victoria in the first Summit Entertainment-produced film and its upcoming sequel “New Moon,” said she turned down “several other film opportunities” and accepted only roles with short shooting schedules to make time for “Eclipse.” “I am hurt deeply by Summit’s surprising decision to move on without me,” she says
It’s been 10 years since Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson and Rupert Grint first hopped on the Hogwarts Express, and the three have done little else since. Now that the ride will soon come to an end, the cast is trying to fathom a life without the Harry Potter films — an understandable difficulty, considering that they’ve grown up along with their characters. The other item showing its age is the storyline of the sixth installment, “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince.” Part humor and part horror with a healthy dose of hormones, “Half-Blood Prince” is clearly more attuned for an audience who, like the cast, are no longer in grade school
Ben Stiller had no problem handling Christian Bale and an army of robots this Memorial Day weekend.