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In TV news, AMC released the full trailer for The Walking Dead that everyone at Comic-Con got to see. Directed by Frank Darabont (The Shawshank Redemption and The Green Mile), this TV series promises to be a slower, more intimate look at post-apocalyptic survival than your typical scream-and-splatter zombie movie. Later that same day, CBS asked AMC if it planned to hoard all the good television forever, and maybe if they had some critically acclaimed drama exploring the emptiness of the American dream that they weren’t using, perhaps CBS could borrow it. AMC laughed and kicked over their sand castle.
The music industry has apparently discovered this Internet thing! Neil Young’s newest album, Le Noise, will not only be released on CD and iTunes, but also as an iPhone app. “”It gives you an interactive album cover,” Young said of the program. “Forgive my use of the word ‘album.’ I am old school. When you buy the songs/movies from I-tunes they show up in your APP.” Someone please tell me what that means. I’m being serious here.
But if there’s one music mogul who it’s impossible to misunderstand, it’s Kanye West, who’s announced that he’ll be releasing a new song online every weekend from now until Christmas. His new series of releases, called “G.O.O.D. Friday,” already feature a remix of his latest song “Power,” and may soon include his remix of Justin Bieber’s “Runaway Love” featuring Raekwon. Kanye will be posting these songs to his Twitter feed. If you’re not already following Kanye West on Twitter, then you probably don’t have Twitter. Everyone on Twitter follows him. I’m not exaggerating; I think he has all of Twitter as a follower. If you sign up for Twitter today, it probably adds him to your feed automatically.
Movies opening this week: Roman Empire adventure flick Centurion, critically acclaimed but doomed for obscurity; horror mock-documentary The Last Exorcism, which blends two good movies into one tolerable smoothie; and Takers, the movie that finally teams up Matt Dillon, Chris Brown and “T.I.”. No word if someone gives Chris Brown a fat lip.
Will 2011 feature Kanye West and Neil Young as criminals who take hostages in a bank robbery, only to find zombies in the basement?* Or is there something else we failed to address? Sound off in the comments, for this is your … Open Thread.
* Actually, that sounds kind of cool. Kanye as a street hustler, Young as the aging cowboy who mentors him. Bank robbery gone wrong; cops surround the building; hostages corralled in the basement. One of them starts foaming blood from the mouth and bites the woman next to him. It’s a bank full of zombies and a street full of cops. Who’s gonna crack first? Kanye West, Neil Young, Karl Urban, David Morse and Gabrielle Union in: Overnight. This film has not yet been rated.