Christopher Nolan’s long-awaited follow-up to The Dark Knight finally hits theaters Friday riding a wave of unprecedented buzz. Leonardo DiCaprio plays dream expert Cobb, a man who steals dreams for a living. Not much more has been revealed about the film other than it co-stars Ellen Page, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Ken Watanabe, and Michael Caine -- and looks incredible. If you saw The Dark Knight in IMAX, you know that Inception will be worth seeking out in that format as well.
The early reviews for Inception are among the best for any film this year.
///Y/ by M.I.A. (Tue.)
Electro-hop artist M.I.A. returns Tuesday with her third album ///Y/ on the heels of a recent New York Times character assassination piece (apparently, giving birth in a hospital rather than a ditch precludes one from being authentic about third-world issues). While her previous album shot her into the pop stratosphere with The Clash-sampling “Paper Planes,” two leaked singles from the new disc -- the dance-friendly “XXXO” and the punky “Born Free” -- show an artist trying to negotiate her revolutionary ideals with the pop universe.
The Sorcerer's Apprentice (Wed.)
As with Pirates of the Caribbean and The Haunted Mansion, Disney is trying yet again to capitalize on a curious corner of its vast empire. This time, it’s Wednesday release The Sorcerer’s Apprentice, a very loose, live-action adaptation of the finale of animated classic Fantasia (which in turn was based on a Goethe poem), starring Nicolas Cage as a master sorcerer in modern New York City. Jay Baruchel (Undeclared, She’s Out of My League) co-stars with Alfred Molina and a bunch of CGI.
Play games, get downloads, and watch clips at the official website.
Talking to Girls About Duran Duran by Rob Sheffield (Thur.)
Omnipresent music scribe and VH1 talking head Rob Sheffield (Rolling Stone, Spin, Blender) follows up his first book Love Is a Mix Tape: Life and Loss, One Song at a Time with the more upbeat (in title at least) Talking to Girls About Duran Duran: One Young Man’s Quest for True Love and a Cooler Haircut. Expect more hopelessly romantic musings on music, love, and hairspray while growing up in the ’80s in this Thursday book release.
Pitchfork Music Festival (Fri. - Sun.)
Ultra-opinionated music site Pitchfork celebrates its fifth annual music festival in Chicago’s Union Park this weekend with yet another killer lineup that includes the newly reunited Pavement, Modest Mouse, Robyn, LCD Soundsystem, Panda Bear, Why?, Sleigh Bells and Sir Lucious Left Foot himself, Big Boi. The mostly sold-out all-weekend festival -- which will also include a comedy stage for the first time -- will release a few tickets for Friday only this Thursday.
Dark Night of the Soul by Danger Mouse & Sparklehorse (Tue.)
Over a year after it was first announced comes the official CD release of the Danger Mouse, Sparklehorse, and David Lynch collaboration Dark Night of the Soul 73. Get your gloom on Tuesday with this collection of lovely if generally downbeat songs that feature guest appearances by Super Furry Animals’ Gruff Rhys, The Shins’ James Mercer, The Strokes’ Julian Casablancas, The Flaming Lips’ Wayne Coyne, Iggy Pop, Frank Black, and more. A limited edition includes Lynch photographs inspired by the songs (he sings on the album, too).
Closing the book on last week
|Most Popular Title on Metacritic.com|
|Inception 100||Week ending 7/10/2010|
|Weekend Box Office Champion (Estimated, U.S. only; source: Boxofficemojo.com)|
|Despicable Me 72||$60.1 million; 1st week at #1|
|#1 Album on Billboard 200 (Source: Billboard.com/Nielsen SoundScan)|
|Eminem: Recovery 63||2nd week at #1|
|Top-Rated Primetime Broadcast Show (Source: Nielsen)|
|America's Got Talent [Wed.] (NBC)||12.9 million viewers; week of 6/28-7/4|