Friday, June 12, 2009

TGIF: Mario and More

TGIF is a new weekly feature on Comics-and-More! Every Friday, you can expect to see five things from the entertainment industry that I'm excited about right now.
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1. New Super Mario Bros. Wii - Recently announced at the E3 conference, a new Super Mario Brothers game will be released later this year on Nintendo's Wii console (supposedly in the Fall). The game will have classic 2-D sidescroll play (like the original three Super Mario Brothers games), but will contain new powers and can play up to four players at a time (Mario, Luigi, Blue Toad and Yellow Toad). A classic, reinvigorated. Something like this was all I needed as an excuse to pick up the system (even though I'll probably end up getting a Playstation 3 as well for the next Final Fantasy). You can watch the trailer for the game here.
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2. Friday the 13th on DVD - The 2009 remake of the horror franchise could have been better, but it was still better than any other Friday the 13th movie that came before it. Jason once again hacks up teens in and around Camp Crystal Lake (with plenty of extras) this Tuesday.
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3. The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane - Katherine Howe's debut novel is the latest pick in Barnes & Noble's Recommend program. The book, of which I'm currently reading, is kind of like The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova. It's about the Salem Witch Trials, and bounces back and forth between the present day and the 17th Century (via interludes) as a young Harvard History student works on her dissertation. It's in the world of academia and is really well-written and intelligent, surrounding the fun idea of what if the accused were actually witches? Great atmosphere, rich with mystery and discovery, and written by the descendant of real accused witches.
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4. Shutter Island Theatrical Trailer - Martin Scorsese's latest film looks like it will be quite the thriller, set in a rural insane asylum with dreamlike imagery and full of conspiracy. Shutter Island stars Leonardo DiCaprio, Ben Kingsley and Michelle Williams. Watch the trailer on Apple's site here.
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5. Relator by Pete Yorn and Scarlett Johansson - Scarlett Johansonn's last CD of Tom Waits remakes may have gotten bashed, but her voice alongside crooner Pete Yorn makes for quite a new sound. The two will collaborate on the album Break Up, out on September 8th. this is the first single.

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