Randy Newman’s Dark Matter Due August 4, 2017; First Album of New Material Since 2008

Dark Matter, Randy Newman’s first album of new material in nine years, will be released on Nonesuch Records on August 4, 2017, with the vinyl to follow on August 18. The record is the follow-up to 2008’s acclaimed Harps and Angels, which the Guardian praised for its “sumptuous melodies, devastating pathos and thorny, irony-laden character songs,” calling it, “the work of a true master of popular song.”

Dark Matter was recorded in Los Angeles and produced by long-time Newman collaborators Mitchell Froom, Lenny Waronker, and David Boucher. The album’s nine songs include the 2016 digitally released “Putin,” plus songs about the Kennedy brothers, Sonny Boy Williamson, science vs. religion, love and loss, and more.

Dark Matter is available to pre-order now at iTunes and the Nonesuch Store, where the album track “Putin” may be downloaded immediately. You can watch the video for “Putin” below. Pre-orders from Nonesuch also come with an exclusive print, a limited number of which will be signed by Newman.

Track Listing

1. The Great Debate
2. Brothers
3. Putin
4. Lost Without You
5. Sonny Boy
6. It’s a Jungle out There (V2)
7. She Chose Me
8. On the Beach
9. Wandering Boy

Newman, who is known for writing from the perspective of various narrators, many of whom are unreliable, tried something new on Dark Matter: “If there is anything consistent about the songs, there is often more than one voice, in the big ones, and it’s different for me, a difficult thing to bring off, to make it comprehensible,” he says. “I think it works. They cover more ground than most songs do and portray a number of different characters. Audiences are smart. They’ll understand the songs. I hope they like them as well.

“I’m proud of the record,” Newman continues. “I think it’s entertaining—I hope it’s entertaining—and that’s eighty percent of what I try to do. Also, I’m doing something different than I’ve ever done before. It’s a step forward for me. And considering how long I’ve been doing this, I’m kinda proud of that.”

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DC Comics To Release Doomsday Clock In November

Let the countdown begin, because Geoff Johns’ story about ‘The Button’ is coming full circle this November with Doomsday Clock.

The standalone DC-published miniseries written by Chief Creative Officer Johns, with artist Gary Frank, will continue the narrative that began last year with his Rebirth Special #1, and more recently unfolded in a four-part arc in Batman #21, and concludes this Wednesday with The Flash #22.

As the timer begins ticking down for Doomsday Clock this November, HERE are 12 things about the comic book.

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Fold Out Stationery Box

A handsome wood personal productivity center for your desk. Wood box folds out into a handy desk organizer set. Order HERE for $20.

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Dan Brown’s New Novel, Origin, To Be Published On September 26, 2017

Dan Brown, author of the #1 international blockbusters Inferno and The Da Vinci Code, has written his latest Robert Langdon thriller titled Origin. Doubleday will release the novel on September 26, 2017 and it will also be available as an ebook and an audiobook from Penguin Random House Audio.

In keeping with his trademark style, Brown interweaves codes, science, religion, history, art and architecture into this new novel. Origin thrusts Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon into the dangerous intersection of humankind’s two most enduring questions, and the earth-shaking discovery that will answer them.

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Sphero Announces Ultimate Lightning McQueen

Disney Pixar’s Ultimate Lightning McQueen is the top of the line racer that’s packed with personality. With animated eyes, an animatronic mouth, and emotive suspension, experience Lightning like never before.

Being a Piston Cup Champion, Ultimate Lightning McQueen was born to race. Connect to the app, hit the gas, and see Lightning respond to your commands with his personality on display, thanks to emotive actions and speech. Watch him lean into hairpin turns and drift like a pro.

Use the app to sharpen your pit crew skills in Pit Stop Panic. When you’re not training, kick back and relax by watching Disney Pixar’s “Cars” with Lightning while he reacts to the movie.

Product Features

– Driving – Emotive suspension allows Lightning to move like a champion.
– Drifting – Drift and do donuts Lightning-style with authentic movement.
– Reactive Touch – Master Lightning’s latest moves with a simple tap.
– Acting Studio – Create animations for Lightning to perform.
– Pit Stop Panic – Race the clock changing tires, fueling up, and getting racers back on the track in this mini game.

Order HERE for $299.99.

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Vanity Fair Presents Star Wars: The Last Jedi On Set Exclusive

Following the Vanity Fair cover images from yesterday, the magazine has released more of Annie Leibovitz’s Star Wars: The Last Jedi photos and a look behind the scenes of the highly-anticipated film!

The photos reveal citizens of the city Canto Bight, Benicio Del Toro’s DJ, and Laura Dern’s Vice Admiral Amilyn Holdo.

With exclusive access to writer-director Rian Johnson, plus interviews with Mark Hamill, Daisy Ridley, and others, V.F. presents the ultimate sneak peek at The Last Jedi—and Carrie Fisher’s lasting legacy. Read the full article HERE.

The Last Jedi opens in regular and IMAX theaters on December 15, 2017.

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Watch The Final Valerian And The City of a Thousand Planets Trailer

EuropaCorp and STXfilms have debuted the final trailer for Luc Besson’s Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets.

Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets stars Dane DeHaan and Cara Delevingne as the title characters, special operatives for the government of the human territories and charged with maintaining order throughout the universe. Valerian has more in mind than a professional relationship with his partner, blatantly chasing after her with propositions of romance. But his extensive history with women, and her traditional values, drive Laureline to continuously rebuff him.

Under directive from their Commander (Clive Owen), Valerian and Laureline embark on a mission to the breathtaking intergalactic city of Alpha, an ever-expanding metropolis comprised of thousands of different species from all four corners of the universe. Alpha’s seventeen million inhabitants have converged over time- uniting their talents, technology and resources for the betterment of all. Unfortunately, not everyone on Alpha shares in these same objectives; in fact, unseen forces are at work, placing our race in great danger.

Written and directed by Luc Besson and produced by Virginie Besson-Silla, Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets also stars Rihanna, Ethan Hawke, John Goodman, Herbie Hancock and Kris Wu.

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Watch The New Spider-Man: Homecoming Trailers

Marvel Studios has revealed two versions of a brand-new Spider-Man: Homecoming trailer! You can watch the domestic version and the new international trailer.

A young Peter Parker / Spider-Man (Tom Holland), who made his sensational debut in Captain America: Civil War, begins to navigate his newfound identity as the web-slinging super hero in Spider-Man: Homecoming. Thrilled by his experience with the Avengers, Peter returns home, where he lives with his Aunt May (Marisa Tomei), under the watchful eye of his new mentor Tony Stark (Robert Downey, Jr.). Peter tries to fall back into his normal daily routine – distracted by thoughts of proving himself to be more than just your friendly neighborhood Spider-Man – but when the Vulture (Michael Keaton) emerges as a new villain, everything that Peter holds most important will be threatened.

Spider-Man: Homecoming also stars Zendaya, Jon Favreau, Donald Glover and Tyne Daly.

Directed by Jon Watts, Spider-Man: Homecoming was written by Jonathan Goldstein & John Francis Daley, Jon Watts & Christopher Ford, and Chris McKenna & Erik Sommers. The film is produced by Kevin Feige and Amy Pascal, and executive produced by Louis D’Esposito, Victoria Alonso, Patricia Whitcher, Jeremy Latcham, and Stan Lee.

Spider-Man: Homecoming will swing into theaters on July 7, 2017.

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Spin Master Presents Escape Room The Game

Can you keep your cool under pressure? Escape Room The Game from Spin Master brings the thrill and mystery of an escape room to your home. Work together to solve puzzles and find hidden clues to escape before time runs out! The Chrono Decoder counts down from 60 minutes and creates a real escape room atmosphere. Play 1 of 4 different escape room adventures with varying levels of difficulty: Prison Break, Virus, Nuclear Countdown, and Temple of the Aztec. You win or lose together with Escape Room The Game.

Features:

– Bring home the fun and excitement of an escape room to play with friends and family at home!
– You have 60 minutes to enter the correct keys on the Chrono Decoder to escape: it will count down remaining time, and emit intense sounds to let you know you’re almost out of time.
– Features 4 thrilling escape rooms: Prison Break, Virus, Nuclear Countdown, and Temple of the Aztec.
– Escape Room The Game is for 3-5 players ages 16 and up, and requires 3 AA batteries (not included).

Escape Room the Game is available on Amazon and additional expansion packs, Murder Mystery and Welcome To Funland, can be purchased separately.

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Hasbro Opens Ticket Sales For First-Ever HASCON Family Event

Today Hasbro, Inc., a global play and entertainment company, officially opened ticket sales for the first-ever HASCON FANmily event, which will take place in Providence at the Rhode Island Convention Center and Dunkin’ Donuts Center from September 8-10, 2017. Hasbro fans and families from around the globe can purchase single day tickets or three-day tickets for the convention, with VIP packages available for super-fans and the most enthusiastic collectors.

Today Hasbro also revealed the first round of talent appearances, panels and brand experiences set to take place during HASCON 2017.

Appearances and meet & greets will be available with some of the biggest names from Hasbro, including Dude Perfect, Lorenzo Di Bonaventura (Producer of all the Transformers films, as well as G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra and G.I. Joe: Retaliation); Stan Lee (Marvel Comics Legend); Peter Cullen and Frank Welker (original Transformers voice talent); Andrea Libman and Cathy Weseluck (voice talent of My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic and My Little Pony: The Movie), “Chewbacca Mom”, Candace Payne and more.

This unique event will bring Hasbro’s most iconic brands to life like never before, including Transformers, My Little Pony, Nerf, Magic: The Garthering, Play-Doh, Monopoly and G.I. Joe, and exceptional partner brands such as Beyblade, Dreamworks Trolls and Sesame Street. Fans will get a peek behind the Hasbro curtain during the three days filled with exciting first-look previews and panels from Hasbro’s biggest television and movie series.

Attendees will be immersed in hands-on, interactive experiences with oversized games such as Pie Face and Toilet Trouble from HASBRO Gaming, photo opportunities with Sesame Street and Trolls costumed characters, epic Beyblade battles, a Play-Doh creation zone and the My Little Pony magical world of Equestria. FANmilies will be able to take photos with props from Hasbro’s movies and step into a custom-built NERF battle arena, maybe even with the guys from Dude Perfect.  HASCON will also host Magic: The Gathering gameplay featuring an exclusive preview of the upcoming Iconic Masters card set.  Youth fans, ages 3-15, have the opportunity to audition for Hasbro commercials and voice talent on our animated series. Fans also can purchase exclusive Hasbro toys and merchandise including new Transformers products.

In addition, there will be activities inspired by several iconic Disney properties, including Disney Princess, Frozen, Elena of Avalor, Moana and Descendants 2, as well as Star Wars and Marvel’s Avengers, Spider-Man and Guardians of the Galaxy. From movie props and costumes on display, to hands-on fun through art tutorials and more, these areas will be can’t-miss destinations during the show.

“Hasbro constantly strives for new ways to bring our storytelling to life and offer fans greater access to our brands, and HASCON is designed to bring attendees closer to Hasbro’s biggest properties than ever before,” said John Frascotti, President of Hasbro. “We are assembling the ultimate fan celebration, with three days of marquee talent, interactive activities, immersive experiences, game events, panel discussions, VIP events and much more.  We’re set to deliver an unforgettable experience for fans and families alike.”

HASCON tickets are on-sale now. Single day tickets are available for $30 for youth (ages 3-15) and $60 for adults (ages 16+). Three-Day tickets range from $75 for youth (ages 3-15) to $165 for adults (ages 16+). VIP packages are also available for super-fans and the most enthusiastic collectors starting at $200 for youth (ages 3 – 15) and $600 for adults (ages 16+), plus taxes. To purchase tickets and stay up to date on all the latest information on HASCON 2017, please visit http://hascon.hasbro.com

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