Six Picks for the Week of June 6-12

Super 8 Read Reviews
In theaters Friday

Genre giant J.J. Abrams returns with his director’s hat on this Friday for what is only his third feature film. From what we can glean from the mysterious trailers, Super 8, also written by Abrams (Armageddon, Forever Young), is another science fiction tale, like his 2009 take on Star Trek. This time, a train with (most likely) extraterrestrial cargo crashes near an Ohio suburb. A group of teens (which includes Elle Fanning) and a local deputy (played by Friday Night Lights’ Coach Taylor, Kyle Chandler) must deal with the discovery. Steven Spielberg’s early alien-themed flicks (Close Encounters of the Third Kind, E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial) served as strong inspiration, and Spielberg himself produced the film.

Phone home at the official website.

E3 2011
Annual videogame exposition runs Tuesday-Thursday in Los Angeles

The 2011 edition of the Electronic Entertainment Expo hits the Los Angeles Convention Center on Tuesday for a three-day run-through of the products that will dominate the videogame world for the next year. Among the biggest announcements expected are Nintendo’s rumored new home console, code-named Project Café, which may be their first HD system and may or may not be motion controlled like the Wii system it replaces. Sony, meanwhile, is expected to showcase its powerful new handheld successor for the PSP -- dubbed the “NGP" for now, but which ultimately might be called the Vita -- that will feature front and rear touch screens, front and rear facing cameras, and new versions of popular franchises Uncharted, Wipeout, and Hot Shots Golf. It's not all about new hardware, though; many gamers are hoping that the third episode of Half-Life 2 will be announced at E3 and that Star Wars: The Old Republic will finally get a release date. We personally want to get our hands on Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception and Batman: Arkham City.

Get your game on at the official E3 website, or keep up with the latest E3 coverage at GameSpot.

inFAMOUS 2 Read Reviews
New PS3 game in stores Tuesday

Arriving Tuesday right in the middle of E3 is the much anticipated sequel to 2009’s excellent inFAMOUS. Already receiving strong reviews, inFAMOUS 2, from developers Sucker Punch, picks up after the end of the last game, with protagonist Cole MacGrath battling the Beast in Empire City. Events quickly move to the New Orleans-like New Marais, where Cole will encounter the shady Militia and the mutated Corrupted masses. You can choose to have the electro-charged Cole (with his sweet new Amp melee weapon) be a super-hero or a super-villain, depending and what actions you take. The game also includes a level creator, letting fans devise their own gameplay scenarios.

It’s like thunder and lightning at the official website.

Nerd Do Well: A Small Boy's Journey to Becoming a Big Kid by Simon Pegg
New book in stores Thursday

Spaced, Shaun of the Dead, and Hot Fuzz co-creator and star Simon Pegg has crossed over from the UK into American fare like Paul and the Mission Impossible and Star Trek franchises. His new memoir, Nerd Do Well: A Small Boy’s Journey to Becoming a Big Kid, released Thursday, traces his science-fiction-obsessed youth and includes stories about performing early stand-up, being friends with co-star Nick Frost, attending Comic-Con, and meeting and working with the likes of Peter Jackson, Kevin Smith, and Quentin Tarantino.

Skip to the end at the official website.

The Trip Read Reviews
In limited release beginning Friday

After first airing on the BBC in November of last year, the six-episode series The Trip has been cut down into a feature-length release that’s hitting a handful of American theaters on Friday. Directed by Michael Winterbottom, the comedy stars Steven Coogan and Rob Brydon as fictionalized versions of themselves (much like in Winterbottom’s 2006 Tristram Shandy: A Cock and Bull Story) as they embark on a restaurant tour in Northern England. The two competitive actors continually bicker and cut each other down and break down their comedic processes in increasingly clever and funny ways.

Take a hilarious trip to the official website.

2011 Bonnaroo Music Festival
10th annual festival runs Thursday-Sunday in Manchester, Tennessee

The Bonnaroo Music Festival celebrates its 10th anniversary with yet another packed and diverse lineup of music, movies, and comedy. Starting Thursday in Manchester, Tennessee, the four-day fest kicks off with sets from The Walkmen, Sleigh Bells, Childish Gambino, and a mashup screening of The Wizard of Oz with Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon. Friday features My Morning Jacket, Primus, Arcade Fire and late sets from Big Boi and Lil’ Wayne. Saturday features Buffalo Springfield, Eminem, and an advance screening of 30 Minutes or Less with an Aziz Ansari Q&A. The festival closes Sunday with Robert Plant & Band of Joy, The Strokes, and Robyn. Stay hydrated!

Get Bonnaroo buzzed at the official website.

Closing the book on last week

#1 Movie Weekend Box Office Champion (Estimated, U.S. only; source:
X-Men: First Class 65 $56.0 million; 1st week at #1
#1 Album #1 Album on Billboard 200 (Source: SoundScan)
Lady Gaga: Born This Way 71 1st week at #1
Top-Rated TV Show Top-Rated Primetime Broadcast Show (Source: Nielsen)
American Idol [Wed] (Fox) 29.3 million viewers; week of 5/23-5/29

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Comments (4)

  • sam  

    Just saw Super8, give it a solid C, definitely a Spielberg classic, def not a J J brainchild

  • JD  

    Can't wait for Super 8. So excitedddd

  • Randy  

    Half-Life 2: Episode Three won't be announced at E3. Valve has made it very clear that they aren't going to be presenting anything at the show this year.

  • Mitch Tough  

    The trailer for The Trip looks hilarious! Coogan's impressions of Michael Cain make me lose it every time...

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