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Indie games are a pretty common sight these days, but not all of them get the recognition they deserve. Unhack is a browser based game that mixes elements from many generes we see today to create something that all audiences can enjoy. With its unique graphical presentation and gripping storyline, Unhack has been proving to be a success.
Sitting down to chat with hip-hop artist Jonathan Valdivieso, aka Cue Roc, I was impressed with the dedication and respect he had for his art. Cue Roc is a proficient rapper in three languages, English, Spanish and Spanglish. From his most recent album, True Jefe, to his latest release, I Got This, produced by E.REX, the Queens native, has been focusing on his goal. '"I want to remain true to the essence and roots of hip-hop," he said, "expressing eclectic sounds and real life emotions and experiences with lyrics - all with lightning speed."
Don't Stop Believin' - Everyman's Journey is a rock and roll documentary by Ramona Diaz (Imelda). Diaz and her crew spent four years traveling with the legendary band Journey, as they initiated their new front man, Arnel Pineda.
One of the absolute best live bands currently working, Reverend Peyton's Big Damn Band, is currently gearing up for a new tour. Dubbed the Big Damn Blues Revolution Tour, you'd be making a big damn mistake if you miss it. Not only will the tour feature some of the most outstanding roots blues music being made today, you'll be missing one hell of a show.
In a world where pretentious morons and overall idiots dictate popular culture, Toby Young tells it how it is. For better or worse. His honest and self-depreciating memoir, How To Lose Friends and Alienate People chronicles the failures of his writing career for Vanity Fair as well as his attempts to infiltrate New York high society. Despite the success of the memoir, Toby Young was subsequently fired as the screenwriter for the film adaptation starring Simon Pegg as Young, as well as Jeff Bridges as Vanity Fair editor-in-chief Graydon Carter.
After a decade long hiatus from recording music, 10,000 Maniacs are back. And if last year's EP, Triangles, is any indication, the band hasn't lost a step since the time when their classic albums In My Tribe and Our Time in Eden helped to fuel the alternative revolution of the late 1980s and early 90s. Armed with a new, old, new again vocalist (Mary Ramsey, a fixture in the band since 1993), the band is poised to release a new album entitled Music from the Motion Picture.
This has been a big year for Joseph Gordon Levitt. Coming off the hit of 50/50 last year, he has appeared in Premium Rush, The Dark Knight Rises, and the upcoming Lincoln. But most recently he has been seen in Looper. The film features an all-star cast, including Bruce Willis and Emily Blunt, along with a newcomer to American soil: Summer Qing.
Karly Noelle Abreu is an award-winning writer of short fiction, having contributed to the IPPY winning anthologies, "Listen to Me" and "Nothing Held Back." She is perhaps best known as the author of the Clocktown series, and has published two collections of these stories to date. Her latest, Porcelain: Stories from Clocktown was listed among Ebook Friendly's "Best of Indie" for 2010. Our own resident fiction writer, Matt Overstreet, got a chance to speak with Karly on Clocktown, the future of the series, and her inspirations as a writer.
Tarsem Singh is known for his visually fantastic films, from The Cell to the modern fairy tale, The Fall. So I would not expect anything less than breathtaking from his Greek mythology movie, Immortals. I, and several other reporters, got the chance to sit down with Tarsem, along with the main cast and two of the producers, to discuss this epic film.
Having worked in the art department for two short films, I’ve come to a new appreciation of what the production designer does. Their job is more than just making the film look pretty, in fact sometimes they are trying to make it look dark and scary. What the production designer does is serve the script visually, by teaming up with both the director and cinematographer to create a look for the film that exhibits qualities of the story in a way dialogue and acting just can’t.