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Lionsgate Announces Plans For 5 ‘Twilight’ Mini-Movies

Just when you thought it was safe to stop making jokes about Twilight, Lionsgate has found a way to milk their $3.5 billion dollar franchise a tiny bit more.

Today, the studio that made Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson household names announced plans to partner with Twilight series author Stephenie Meyer to select five aspiring female filmmakers to direct a series of shorts based on characters from the Twilight universe. The mini-movies will debut on Facebook next year.

The film series, which is being called The Storytellers – New Voices of the Twilight Saga, will be supported by Women in Film, a non-profit organization which, among other things, works to correct the shortage of female directors in Hollywood. The multi-step campaign will culminate in the selection of five female filmmakers. They’ll be chosen and mentored by a panel of advisors including Meyer; actresses Kristen Stewart, Kate Winslet, Octavia Spencer, and Julie Bowen; directors Jennifer Lee and Catherine Hardwicke; and Women in Film president Cathy Schulman.

“The female voice is something that has become more and more important to me as I’ve worked in the film industry,” said Meyer in a statement. Read more »

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Jimmy Hu$tle Shares “The Price Is Going Up”

Ohio native Jimmy Hu$tle may have abandoned the midwest for sunny California, but he’s proving with his latest single that he still has a Cleveland attitude.

“The Price Is Going Up” found its way online earlier today, October 1. The song is the latest in a string of digital singles promoting Hustle’s forthcoming #Dumbhustle mixtape (due out October 31). The video is performance heavy, but it’s shot and edited in a such a way that it never becomes boring. You can view the visuals below. Read more »

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Third ‘Interstellar’ Trailer Will Leave Your Jaw On The Floor

Hello, Christopher Nolan. What’s that? You have a new movie? Here is all of our money. Take it.

The third (and hopefully final) trailer for Christopher Nolan’s upcoming film Interstellar has been released online. The clip debuted on the movie’s official website alongside a reveal that included the news that 35mm, 70mm, and 70mm IMAX prints of the film would open in select cities on November 5. You can find that list of theaters and locations, here.

In the latest trailer, audiences watch as Matthew McConaughey is forced to choose between saving the world and possibly never seeing his children again. He chooses to help mankind, and in doing so embarks on the greatest journey of all time. He travels deep into space, further than anyone has ever dared to travel, in hopes he can find a new home for the human race before its too late. Check it out: Read more »

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The World Is A Beautiful Place Put Up Spoken Word EP ‘Between Bodies’ Early

Here you go. Don’t forget that we told you that you would hate it.”

With that, The World Is A Beautiful Place & I Am No Longer AfraidTo Die ‘s Between Bodies EP, “a collaboration with spoken word artist and poet Chris Zizzamia,” went live. Judging by the comments, a number of people agreed, and even more felt like playing along with the kind-of-but-not-really joke. This is the band that just sold 200 forks.

The eight-track album – an ambitious choice that sounds more like a 27-minute piece with eight “movements,” if you will – is being officially released on October 7 by Black Lake Records and guitarist Derrick Shanholtzer-Dvorak’s own Broken World Media. A leak has convinced the collective to post the EP early for your listening pleasure, or displeasure. Read more »

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Jason Sudeikis, Bill Hader, And More Join ‘Angry Birds’ Movie

Way to go, internet. You’ve tempted fate by devoting hundreds of thousands of hours to a single smartphone game, and now we are all going to pay the price.

Angry Birds, known throughout most of the digital world as arguably the most popular app franchise of all time, has revealed a number of a major stars who will be lending their voices to the feathered creatures’ first feature film. Jason Sudeikis, Bill Hader and Maya Rudolph will lead the cast, with additional parts being filled by Peter Dinklage (Game Of Thrones, Knights Of Badassdom), Josh Gad, Danny McBride (Eastbound & Down), current SNL cast member Kate McKinnon, Keegan-Michael Key (Key & Peele), Jillian Bell (Workaholics), Tony Hale (Arrested Development, Veep), and Latin musician Romeo Santos, as well as stand-up comedians Hannibal Buress and Cristela Alonzo. More names may be added, but that list alone is enough to guarantee a few million dollars in revenue.

Not every role is known at this point, but we can confirm that Sudeikis will get top billing as the voice of Red. Additionally, Gad will be ‘Chuck,’ McBride will be the explosive Bomb, Hader will be a pig, Rudolph will be ‘Matilda,’ and Dinklage will voice ‘the Mighty Eagle.’ Read more »

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Owen Is Releasing An Album Of ‘Other People’s Songs’ – Listen To The First One

There’s a big batch of emo/Kinsella/American Football news from Brooklyn Vegan, with at least one bit of information for any fan of those things. The emo revival isn’t real anymore. Or, more accurately, it isn’t really a revival anymore. Emo is just here, popular and newsworthy.

Owen, one of Mike Kinsella‘s many projects (see also: the reunited American Football, the reactivated Owls, Their/They’re/There), will be releasing a covers album. The album will be released by Polyvinyl, naturally, and is titled Other People’s Songs — again, naturally. He’ll be covering a number of great songs from seminal bands from the ’90s, ’00s, and today, including Depeche Mode, Lungfish, The Promise Ring, and Against Me! Listen to the first cover, a take on The Smoking Pipes’ “Under The Blanket,” below via Stereogum. Read more »

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Chelsea Handler Teases ‘Uganda Be Kidding Me’ Netflix Special

Comedian Chelsea Handler famously left her popular late night show on E! earlier this year in order to enter into a new agreement with Netflix. That deal, which reportedly will give Handler her own original series sometime late next year, included the rights to at least one of Handler’s upcoming stand-up specials.

Today, Netflix released a teaser for Handler’s latest special, Uganda Be Kidding Me. The name is taken from the title of a book Handler released in March of this year, which also served as the name of her most recent US tour. The show, as you can probably guess, finds Handler detailing her recent trip to Africa, as well as her signature brand of unabashed honesty about life in general. You can view a clip from the special below.

Uganda Be Kidding Me premieres on Netflix October 10. Comment and let us know if you plan to watch Handler’s latest special. Read more »

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Say “Hello” To Near Mint Records

James Cassar and Corey Purvis may not be household names, but if you are a fan of vinyl and have spent any money supporting the alternative/punk scene in recent years you have no doubt encountered their work. James writes for Modern Vinyl. Corey designs merchandise. Together, they represent the co-owners of the newly launched Near Mint Records.

Launching today, Near Mint Records is a new indie label with big aspirations. Their first release is a limited edition cassette reissue of The Obsessives’ Manners EP. The first pressing is limited to 75 copies, and is available in pre-order exclusive Barney purple (limited to 25 copies) and blue tint (limited to 50 copies). Every physical copy comes with an immediate digital download in various high-quality audio formats. All orders will begin shipping on or around October 15. You can stream the record, in full, below.

We have not covered The Obsessives on UTG in the past, but we trust James and Corey’s taste in music. Click here to support Near Mint and contribute to the future of independent music. Read more »

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UTG’s 31 Days Of Halloween: ‘From Beyond’

Of all the holidays celebrated worldwide, no single day is more loved by the UTG staff than Halloween. With the arrival of the year’s best month, the time has finally come to begin rolling out a plethora of features and special announcements we have prepared in celebration of our favorite day, including the one you’re about to read.

Now in its third year, 31 Days Of Halloween is a recurring feature that will run throughout the month of October. The hope and goal of this column is to supply every UTG reader with a daily horror (or Halloween-themed) movie recommendation that is guaranteed to amplify your All Hallows’ Eve festivities. We’ll be watching every film the day it’s featured, and we hope you’ll follow along at home.

[Warning: the material within is likely NSFW]

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Day 1: From Beyond (1986)

In 1986, just a year after his highly popular Re-Animator, director Stuart Gordon churned out yet another amusingly disturbing H.P. Lovecraft adaptation in From Beyond. Starring Re-Animator leads Jeffrey Combs and Barbara Crampton, the film also featured the always awesome Ken Foree (Dawn of the Dead, The Devil’s Rejects) and Ted Sorel (Network). From Beyond wouldn’t see quite the commercial and critical success as its predecessor, but it remains to this day as one of the goriest and most deranged cult favorite horror films of all time. Read more »

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AC/DC’s Malcolm Young Is Suffering From Dementia

A few months ago AC/DC announced they would be releasing their seventeenth studio album this year. This will be, however, their first album without founding member Malcolm Young. In a new statement made to People, Young’s family confirmed what has been speculated over the last week or so. The reason Young had to retire from the band is because he is suffering from dementia. You can read the quote to People below.

“Malcolm is suffering from dementia and the family thanks you for respecting their privacy.”

This is sad news to hear, both for fans of the band and Young’s family. Having a loved one with something like dementia is difficult to bear. We wish the best for him and his family.

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LYRIC VIDEO: Fear And Wonder – “The Poison”

The Animal Inside is Fear And Wonder‘s upcoming EP, which is set to hit stores later this month. The band recently revealed a brand new single off that EP, titled “The Poison.” You can check out the lyric video for that new song by taking a look below the jump.

Like what you hear? Be sure to pre-order yourself a copy through the band’s Bandcamp page. When you pre-order the album you will receive an instant download of “The Poison.” Read more »

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Silent Planet Premiere Lead Single From ‘The Night God Slept’

Silent Planet recently announced that they have signed to Solid State Records and will be releasing a new full-length album through them later this year. Earlier today the group premiered the lead single off the album, which is titled “XX (City Grave).” You can listen to the song by taking a look beneath the break.

If “XX (City Grave)” is any indication of what the rest of the album will sound like, then we can expect one hell of an album. We look forward to hearing some more singles off it in the near future.

If you like what you hear, be sure to secure yourself a pre-order of The Night God Slept from the label’s Merchline store. It will officially hit stores November 10. Read more »