Adam

Studio: Fox Searchlight
Written and directed by Max Mayer; Starring: Hugh Dancy, Rose Byrne and Peter Gallagher

Jul 29, 2009 Cinema Web Exclusive

Hugh Dancy stars as the title character, a young man hampered socially and career-wise by Asperger's and the recent death of his father. Enter Rose Byrne as Beth, the beautiful, serious, and sensitive young woman who moves into Adam's building.  He's obsessed with astronomy, she's a budding children's book author (aren't they all?). More

Jul 29, 2009 Live Web Exclusive

And so it began. After months of build up the San Diego Comic-Con was finally here. Here's a rundown of what we saw on day one of Comic-Con: the Entertainment Weekly: Wonder Women: Female Power Icons in Pop Culture panel, panels on the TV shows Burn Notice and Psych, and the world premiere of the Green Lantern: First Flight direct-to-DVD animated movie. More

Jul 28, 2009 Music Web Exclusive

After addressing the '60s on Under the Covers Vol. 1, Matthew Sweet and Susanna Hoffs direct their musical tribute to the '70s on Vol. 2. Like Vol. 1, this album features able renditions of classic tracks from Grateful Dead ("Sugar Magnolia"), John Lennon ("Gimme Some Truth"), Big Star ("Back of a Car"), Rod Stewart ("Maggie May"), Todd Rundgren ("Hello It's Me" and "Couldn't I Just Tell You"), and a slew of others. More

Jul 28, 2009 Live

John K. Samson is not a tall man. Of course, I suspect he’d be first one to tell you this. Leadman of The Weakerthans, he’s made a career out of singing songs about social outcasts and the geeks who love them. Embodying a strangely compelling reverse-Napoleon complex, he presents himself as a man completely secure in his…er…shortcomings. Taking The Weakerthans’ particular brand of honey-coated melancholy to the streets, this makes for the sort of show that only the cliché “warm and fuzzy” can properly describe. More

Jul 27, 2009 Music Web Exclusive

Stop the World begins with a harbinger of the destruction to come: the slow pop and hiss of a turntable. This reminder of vinyl's fragility quickly erupts into what the London noise rock duo once described to me as "an apocalypse of love harps." More

Jul 27, 2009 Books Web Exclusive

Was Superman a Spy? is a novelty book based on a weekly blog/column called "Comic Book Urban Legends Revealed" that appears over at Comic Book Resources every Friday morning. More

Madame Xanadu Vol. 1: Disenchanted

DC/Veritgo

Written by Matt Wagner; Art by Amy Reeder Hadley and Richard Friend; Cover by Amy Reeder Hadley

Jul 27, 2009 Comic Books Web Exclusive

Madame Xanadu Vol. 1: Disenchanted collects the inaugural ten-issue run of Vertigo's latest monthly series. Writer Matt Wagner (TRINITY, Grendel, Mage), artist Richard Friend (#3-10) and the meteoric Fool's Gold creator/illustrator Amy Reeder Hadley (#1-2) helm the mesmeric and captivating trade. More

Jul 26, 2009 Music Web Exclusive

If this summer didn't already have a glut of anthems to soundtrack your next sunburn, Slumberland Records have some indie pop heroes to introduce to you. Summer Cats stick their feet in the door before the fall turns on their winsome debut, Songs For Tuesdays. The Melbourne quintet’s aesthetic is a teen angst-addled conflation of Stereolab’s thrust and The Smiths’ melancholia. Throwing in references to several C86 groups helps too. More

Jul 24, 2009 Music Web Exclusive

Musical mastermind Patrick Watson—a recipient of Canada’s Polaris Prize in 2007—has returned in 2009 to offer up Wooden Arms. A dreamy collection of lush and inspired arrangements, Wooden Arms recalls Andrew Bird’s warm, delicate vocal range and intricate instrumentation. More