Sep 10, 2009 TV Web Exclusive

The people at the CW network must think they've hit the jackpot, or at least hold the winning lottery ticket. Cashing in on teen girls' current vampire craze (Twilight etc.), The Vampire Diaries would seem to have the markings of a hit for the fall season. Based on a series of young-adult novels from the '90s, the show has all the ingredients that would seem to add up to a teen sensations: high school cliques, sibling rivalry, adolescent angst, drugs, family trauma, and of course, the aforementioned undead. Add in that it's written by Scream scribe and Dawson's Creek mastermind Kevin Williamson, and you've got what would seem like a sure thing. More

Sep 09, 2009 Video Games Web Exclusive

The best music-based video game has met the best band ever. The Beatles: Rock Band is here and will put a smile on your face in these tough times. The game's release coincides with the release of the band's remastered catalogue and charts the rise of the Fab Four from their early shows at The Cavern Club through their live swan song on the rooftop of Apple Corps headquarters. You'll have the opportunity to play along to 45 of the band's songs in the Ed Sullivan Theater, Shea Stadium, Budokan, and Abbey Road Studios. More

Sep 09, 2009 Music Issue #27 Summer 2009 - Jarvis Cocker

Don't let the cumbersome album title or the pictographic clown-butterfly intermezzos fool you. Danish trio Mew is surely grandiose, but still a few concept albums shy of bat-shit crazy. In fact, No More Stories is fairly tame in comparison to 2005's labyrinthine and gloomy song suite, And the Glass Handed Kites. Where Kites stockpiled instrumentation, No More Stories cuts the fat and makes do with the group's new orientation (bassist Johan Wohlert left the band to concentrate on fatherhood). More

Batgirl (Issue 1)

DC

Written by Bryan Q. Miller, Penciled by Lee Garbett, Inked by Trevor Scott, Cover by Phil Noto

Sep 09, 2009 Comic Books Web Exclusive

Much of the anticipation in the buildup to Batgirl #1 centered on speculation about the identity of the new Batgirl. The first issue wastes no time in the reveal; Batgirl removes her mask on page 8 after a bust-up with some illegal street racers to show that she is Stephanie Brown. More

Sep 09, 2009 TV Web Exclusive

Once you get past Glee’s uneven pilot, the real heart of the show starts to reveal itself with its next two episodes. What saved the hiccupping start were the musical interludes that were so jaw-dropping the rest of the story took a backseat. More

Crank 2: High Voltage DVD

Studio: Lionsgate

Sep 08, 2009 DVDs Web Exclusive

Fuck you Chelios! More

Sep 08, 2009 Music Web Exclusive

Reverie Sound Revue’s eponymous full-length has been a long time coming. Formed in 2002, the Canadian quintet released a self-titled EP in 2003 to critical acclaim… and then, for all practical purposes, vanished. Now they’re back, with indie cred to spare. More

Sep 08, 2009 TV Web Exclusive

The new Melrose Place falls somewhere between the yawn-fest the original started out as, and the backstab-fest it turned into after the network realized being pretty wasn't enough to propel a show. More

Tasty Bullet

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Story by Jonathan Vankin and Arnold Pander, art by Arnold Pander

Sep 04, 2009 Comic Books Web Exclusive

The title of Tasty Bullet refers to a product, an addictive energy drink in a bullet-shaped can, for which the protagonist is a pitch girl/stuntwoman. It would probably make a great movie. Hot girls, short skirts, dangerous love, corrupt corporations, and action aplenty. But I'm not sure it makes for a great comic. More