Six Picks for the Week of January 31-February 6

Danny Boyle-directed Frankenstein on stage in London (Sat.)

ImageIt sounds scary good

Hot off of his latest film, 127 Hours, which earned six Academy Award nominations, Danny Boyle is already moving on to his next project: a stage production based on Mary Shelley’s seminal science-fiction masterpiece Frankenstein. The Nick Dear-penned and Boyle-directed play opens Saturday night in London at the National Theatre, and features actors Benedict Cumberbatch (Sherlock) and Jonny Lee Miller (Trainspotting) alternating the roles of the Creature and Victor Frankenstein. Former Boyle collaborators and electronic music gods Underworld (Sunshine) are providing a “soundscore” for the show -- yet one more reason to hastily plan a trip to London.

For more information, go to the National Theatre website.

Seefeel by Seefeel (Tue.)

ImageReturn of the drone

Early ’90s electronic outfit Seefeel return Tuesday with their first full-length album in 15 years. A follow-up to last year’s Faults EP, Seefeel reunites former members Mark Clifford and Sarah Peacock with new members Shigeru Ishihara (aka DJ Scotch Egg) and ex-Boredoms drummer Iida Kazuhisa taking the place of former members Daren Seymour and Justin Fletcher. Fans and new listeners alike can expect the shoegaze-meets-electronica aural assault that the Warp Records veterans are known for.

Take a listen at the band’s Warp records page or their MySpace page.

Post-Super Bowl episode of Glee (Sun.)

Image Just thrilling

When Glee adds football into its subplots, thumbs typically move toward the fast-forward button, but since Fox is airing Super Bowl XLV this Sunday (where Glee’s Lea Michele is singing “America the Beautiful”), they’re following the sure-to-be-epic matchup between Green Bay and Pittsburgh with a special episode of their recent Golden Globe Award-winning show (at approximately 10:30p ET / 7:30p PT). By far the series’ most expensive episode to date (reportedly in the $3-5 million range), the episode takes on Michael Jackson’s classic “Thriller,” which is mashed up with Yeah Yeah Yeah’s “Heads Will Roll”, Destiny Child’s “Bills, Bills, Bills”, The Zombies’ “She’s Not There” and Lady Antebellum’s “Need You Now.”

Get more spooky details at the show's website.

Series premiere of Eagleheart (Thu.)

ImageElliott gets another life

Get a Life and Cabin Boy star Chris Elliott finally returns to television in the new series from Conan O’Brien’s production company Conaco. Eagleheart, premiering Thursday night at midnight on Adult Swim, stars Elliott as tough-as-nails Marshal Chris Monsanto. The series looks like a cross between MacGruber and O’Brien favorite Walker: Texas Ranger. Hopefully, it will be a much better than either of those. Unfortunately, the previews don’t inspire much confidence.

See what Conan likes at the Adult Swim show page.

The Roommate (Fri.)

ImageShe should have lived alone

Opening Friday is this thinly veiled remake of the 1992 thriller Single White Female, which featured big-screen stars Bridget Fonda and Jennifer Jason Leigh as two roommates, one of whom is off of her meds. The Roommate stars small-screen doppelgangers Leighton Meester (Gossip Girl) and the sexiest woman alive, Minka Kelly (Friday Night Lights), as college roommates. Meester’s character is the batshit crazy one. The thriller also stars Nina Dobrev (The Vampire Diaries), Cam Gigandet (Twilight), and Billy Zane!

Check your meds at the official website.

George Michael's Faith reissued and expanded (Tue.)

ImageGotta have it?

Sure, George Michael has had a hard time with his private life in the past few years, but in 1987 you couldn’t escape his domination of pop music, both on MTV and on the radio. His stellar solo debut Faith (after an already impressive run in Wham!) contained several hits, including “Father Figure,” “Faith,” “I Want Your Sex,” “Kissing a Fool,” and more. The album has been remastered and is being reissued Tuesday in a variety of different formats and includes include bonus tracks, remixes, a DVD of music videos, and a vintage interview with talk show host Jonathan Ross. Well, I guess it would be nice...

For more details, go to the official community page.

Closing the book on last week

Weekend Box Office Champion (Estimated, U.S. only; source: Boxofficemojo.com)
The Rite 38 $15.0 million; 1st week at #1
#1 Album on Billboard 200 (Source: Billboard.com/Nielsen SoundScan)
The Decemberists: The King is Dead 78 1st week at #1
Top-Rated Primetime Broadcast Show (Source: Nielsen)
AFC Championship Game (CBS) 54.9 million viewers; week of 1/17-1/23

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Comments (2)

  • Jeremy F  

    glee tackling YYYs? the world has ended.

  • Alex  

    Cripes you're not wrong about making a special trip to London for Frankenstein. Boyle, Cumberbatch and Underworld. Awesome, better than spiderman.

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