Six Picks for the Week of May 30 - June 5

X-Men: First Class Read Reviews
In theaters Friday

After sort-of rebooting the X-Men movie franchise with the financially successful but cinematically disappointing X-Men Origins: Wolverine, 20th Century Fox goes back even further with an origin story about how the X-Men formed in the first place. Opening Friday, X-Men: First Class stars James McAvoy as a young Professor X and Michael Fassbender as a young Magneto, two mutants who gather up fellow gifted youngsters (Beast, Mystique, Banshee, Havok) and become X-Men. The new film (helmed by Kick-Ass director Matthew Vaughn) takes place in the early ’60s and has the X-Men dealing with the Cuban Missile Crisis as well as the villainous Hellfire Club and their nefarious leader Sebastian Shaw, played by Kevin Bacon, who also played another baddie in this year’s Super.

Stay classy at the official website.

Codes and Keys by Death Cab for Cutie Read Reviews
New album in stores Tuesday

Death Cab for Cutie hit the scene once again with their seventh full-length album. Codes and Keys, released Tuesday, is already the band’s third full-length for Atlantic Records and will be co-released by Seattle’s Barsuk Records. The new album is said to diversify the band’s sound, featuring increased studio tinkering and decreased use of guitar. Death Cab is supporting the album with a currently airing episode of VH1’s Storytellers and will be touring all summer across the United States and Europe.

Hitch a ride at their official website or stream the entire album at NPR until its Tuesday release.

Submarine Read Reviews
In limited release beginning Friday

Oddball funnyman Richard Ayoade is already a legend in the British comedy world, where he has made his mark in three great series: Garth Marenghi’s Darkplace, The Mighty Boosh, and The IT Crowd. Now, he makes his feature directorial debut with the coming-of-age dramedy Submarine. Opening Friday in the U.S. in limited release, the film appears to be a mix of Rushmore and Harold and Maude with its iconoclastic young male protagonist stylishly looking for love and identity. The film also features original music from Arctic Monkey’s frontman Alex Turner.

Get warped at the movie's official website.

2011 MTV Movie Awards
Live broadcast Sunday at 9p ET (delayed on West Coast)

Two decades? It’s hard to believe that the MTV Movie Awards are now 20 years old. Regardless, this year’s edition of the show is being hosted by Saturday Night Live cast member and upcoming Horrible Bosses co-star Jason Sudeikis. The annual show, known for atypical categories such as “Best Kiss” and “Best Fight,” adds to those “Best Scared-as-Shit Performance” and “Best Jaw Dropping Moment” and will most likely be the only awards show to nominate The Roommate for anything outside of the Razzies. Emma Stone (The Help), Cameron Diaz (Bad Teacher), and Shia LaBeouf (Transformers: Dark of the Moon) are among the presenters, and Lupe Fiasco, Trey Songz, and Foo Fighters will perform. The broadcast will be followed by the premiere of MTVs non-comedic and very Twilight-esque series reboot of Teen Wolf.

Vote for your favorite nominees at the official website.

Circuital by My Morning Jacket Read Reviews
New album in stores Tuesday

My Morning Jacket is back after what seems like a too-long three-year hiatus, even if frontman Jim James has stepped out on his own with his Yim Yames George Harrison tribute EP and his participation with the Monsters of Folk supergroup. Following up 2008’s Evil Urges, Tuesday’s Circuital is the Kentucky band’s sixth full-length and consists of 10 new songs, including the over-7-minute-long killer title cut. If a new album isn’t enough for you, you can also check out the band live on their YouTube channel in the latest Unstaged event from American Express. Todd Haynes (Mildred Pierce) will direct the band’s live online concert at the Palace Theater in Louisville, which will feature special guests Erykah Badu and Rachel Dratch. Watch it online Tuesday at 9 pm ET.

Get Circuital at the official website.

Beginners Read Reviews
In limited release beginning Friday

A great week for movies rolls on with the new feature film from graphic designer/music video director Mike Mills (Air, Blonde Redhead). Beginners, opening Friday, is the follow up to Mills’ 2005 feature debut, Thumbsucker, and is about a man (Ewan McGregor), his dog, and what happens when his elderly father (Christopher Plummer) reveals that not only does he have cancer but is also gay. Throw in a charming romance between McGregor’s character and Inglourious Basterds’ Mélanie Laurent and you’ve got a can’t-miss movie.

Begin by visiting the official website.

Closing the book on last week

#1 Movie Weekend Box Office Champion (Estimated, U.S. only; source:
The Hangover Part II 44 $86.5 million; 1st week at #1
#1 Album #1 Album on Billboard 200 (Source: SoundScan)
Adele: 21 76 9th week at #1 (5th consecutive)
Top-Rated TV Show Top-Rated Primetime Broadcast Show (Source: Nielsen)
American Idol [Wed] (Fox) 23.6 million viewers; week of 5/16-5/22

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Comments (3)

  • DW  

    Heard the MTV AWARDS will be feature a first look at footage from the latest TWILIGHT installment.

  • Listen to this  

    Circuital IS good. VERY, VERY good.

  • M.H.  

    Adele beat Gaga? DAMN

    X-Men could be good, Circuital could be could, the Movie Awards could be worth a watch

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