The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies: The first trailer for the conclusion of the trilogy strikes a somber tone as it warns of war and destruction on the horizon.

But first catch up on the first two chapters: The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

Mad Max: Fury Road: This Comic-Con First Look doesn’t show much of the story of the movie but it certainly shows it will be dusty and violent.

Before you see the prequel, watch the originals: Mad Max, Mad Max: Beyond Thunderdome

Fifty Shades of Grey: The best-selling book finally comes to the big screen with fetishes intact.

These other movies will push the boundaries as well: Secretary, 9 ½ Weeks

Hot Tub Time Machine 2: Three of the four friends from the first movie are back but they find that their actions in the past have lead to some unintended consequences.

Don’t miss the original: Hot Tub Time Machine

Tusk: Justin Long’s traveling amateur journalist is trapped by a mysterious old man who has some weird ideas about humans, animals and where they should intersect.

Kevin Smith stretches beyond Clerks in these movies: Red State, Cop Out

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay: Katniss and the others prepare for war against the government in this first actual teaser for the latest installment of The Hunger Games series.

Catch Katniss’ exploits to date: The Hunger Games, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

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Listen to these new releases on Music Unlimited this week.

  • Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers get back to their scrappy rock roots with the garage rock influenced Hypnotic Eye, the follow-up to 2010’s Mojo.
  • Shabazz Palaces, the duo of rapper Palaceer Lazarro and multi-instrumentalist Tendai “Fly Guy ‘Dai” Maraire, come back with more spaced out hip-hop on Lese Majesty.
  • Jenny Lewis, the former child star and Rilo Kiley singer, comes of age on her latest, The Voyager.

Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers / Hypnotic Eye
Shabazz Palaces / Lese Majesty
Jenny Lewis / The Voyager
Eric Clapton / Eric Clapton & Friends – The Breeze (An Appreciation of JJ Cale)
Fela Kuti / Finding Fela – Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
Sir Michael Rocks / Banco
Bobby Patterson / I Got More Soul!
Sara Jackson-Holman / River Queen
Adelitas Way / Stuck (Deluxe)
Mogwai / Come on Die Young (Deluxe Edition)
Iggy Pop / Lust for Life (Live)
Anberlin / Lowborn
G.R.L. / G.R.L.
Hooray For Earth / RACY
James Blackshaw / Fantômas : Le Faux Magistrat

 

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We have some exciting new films to add to your summer watch list. See Batman face a squad of villains in Batman: Assault on Arkham, experience stunning visuals in Noah and much more. See our full New Release Recap below.

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Batman: Assault on Arkham (Plus Bonus Features): A team of villains is assembled by mysterious power-broker for an even more mysterious mission inside Arkham Asylum. Can they succeed? Heck, can they even survive? And what will Batman have to say about them operating inside his city? Find out when you watch this original animated feature set in the world of the popular Batman: Arkham games.

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Noah: When God tells Noah a flood is coming that will wipe out humanity it sets the stage for an epic story of loyalty, faith and love. Featuring a cast of Academy Award winners and directed by one of film’s most visually original talents. Don’t miss this epic tale.

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4 Minute Mile: Follow Drew, an inner-city teenager who seeks solace from the pressures around him by escaping into track practice. But Drew and the coach who sees the potential he has will  face tremendous challenges, including dealing with their own demons.

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Suits | Season 4: In this critically-acclaimed sleek and snappy lawyer drama series, Manhattan’s top corporate lawyer, Harvey Specter (Gabriel Macht), searches for a new associate and makes an unconventional hire: the brilliant but unmotivated college dropout, Mike Ross (Patrick J. Adams). Combining the legal acumen of a law school graduate and the street smarts of a hustler, Mike quickly learns the ropes of the justice system and forms an unlikely bond with Harvey.

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Nebraska: From the Academy Award winning director of hit films such as Sideways and The Descendants comes this stunning road trip drama, which also happens to be our 99-cent rental of the week. A father (Bruce Dern) drags his adult son (Will Forte) along on a road trip to recover a million dollar magazine sweepstakes.

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The Soft White Sixties, a band on the brink of great things (and self-proclaimed purveyors of Working Class Soul), performed an intimate acoustic set in the Music Unlimited LIVE Lounge at San Francisco’s LIVE 105 radio station last week. We were there to get some photos and bring back the setlist, which was made up of songs form the quartet’s debut album, Get Right. Two important items of note: It was produced by Jim Greer, who had a hand in Foster the People’s hugely successful Torches; and it’s streaming right now on Music Unlimited. So you can go hear what all the buzz is about while scrolling through our gallery. Do it.

The Soft White Sixties LIVE Lounge Setlist:
City Lights
Lemon Squeezer
You Are Gold

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If you love video game stories, then don’t miss this exclusive behind-the-scenes look at the artistry of creating one of last year’s most acclaimed games. In order to create some of the most amazing games, you need a good mixture of skills and backgrounds in order to have these games come alive—talented acting, sharp writing and compelling music are all essential elements that go into the creation of these breathtaking titles.

On Monday, July 28 at 7 PM PT, in celebration of the launch of the PS4™ version of The Last of Us, Naughty Dog brings last year’s Game of the Year to the theatrical stage in Los Angeles for a special one-night-only performance. Hosted by Spike TV’s Geoff Keighley, One Night Live showcases the artistry behind this acclaimed game with a performance of the game’s score as well as a live reading of select scenes from some of the main actors. Actors attending the event include Troy Baker, Ashley Johnson, Merle Dandridge, Hana Hayes and more. The Academy Award-winning composer Gustavo Santaolalla will perform selections from his score.

Although tickets to attend the show in-person are sold out, you can still catch all the action in the comfort of your own home by tuning in to Twitch, the PlayStation™ YouTube channel, or PlayStation Network™ Live Event Viewer.

To get ready for The Last of Us: One Night Live event on Live Events Viewer app, download for free here:

  1. Log on to the PlayStation™ Store on your PlayStation®3 system.
  2. Scroll down to the Apps section and find Live Events Viewer for download.
  3. Once the Live Events Viewer is downloaded, find it on the XMB under TV/Video Services.
  4. Log on with your PlayStation Network™ or Sony Entertainment Network username and password. Then, enjoy watching The Last of Us: One Night Live on Monday, July 28 at 7 PM PT. The viewing will be available for US residents and Canada only.

Join us with our PlayStation™ friends to get a closer look into The Last of Us: One Night Live, and all of the creativity behind the making of this incredible video game.

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Acoustic Blues: The Roots of Jack White, Zeppelin and the Stones

With just six strings and roughly 20 frets, the acoustic guitar has been able to conjure up limitless possibilities. The earliest blues musicians found that the guitar was the ultimate tool for expressing anguish, fear and love. Country blues, rural blues, folk blues . . . these are just some of the names for this music that drew from ragtime and gospel and turned hopelessness into something more lasting and transcendental. Discover the music that has made lifelong fans out of Jack White, Robert Plant, Keith Richards, Bob Dylan and more.

Metal Gear Solid: Friday Night Gamers

“Anger is an acid that can do more harm to the vessel in which it is stored than to anything on which it is poured.” It’s that time of the week again: Time for a weekend full of gaming and this week we’re bringing you the perfect new playlist to listen to whilst playing MGS. Solid Snake, good luck to you!

Jazz New Releases, July 2014

Living legends Sonny Rollins and Bobby Hutcherson have come out with heralded new albums that have the vitality of such new lions as Joshua Redman, Danilo Perez and Marc Ribot. Melanie De Biasio and Jose James illustrate a new way forward for vocalists. Theo Crocker is a gifted teen with a long future in front of him while reissues from Stan Getz, Miles Davis and the Blue Note label show why classic jazz always stays in fashion.

1984 Rewind

The upper reaches of the 1984 US and UK pop charts made room for decade-defining superstars like Prince, Madonna, Duran Duran, Phil Collins and veteran performers like Tina Turner, Paul McCartney, and Chaka Khan. Plus, new wave, rap, R&B, and digital innovators like Art of Noise and Frankie Goes To Hollywood rubbed padded shoulders with back-to-analog indie agitators such as The Smiths and Echo and The Bunnymen.

Johnny Winter: Remembering The Blues Legend

12 bar blues legend Johnny Winter rocked the world for 46 years. His incredible career began with a mesmerising show at Woodstock, and 18 albums later his solos are officially carved into the history of music as well as the hearts and minds of all blues lovers. Let’s celebrate the life and work of a genius, a free spirit with slide guitars: John Dawson Winter III.

Southern Rock

Gregg Allman of the Allman Brothers once opined that the term “Southern Rock” was as redundant as the term “Rock Rock”. His thought being that rock ‘n’ roll is synonymous with the music of the South. Fair enough, but as an editorial voice, we’ll get specific and call Southern Rock a blues-driven sound that rose up out of the rootsier aspect of the ‘60s and really grew to prominence in the ‘70s with Lynyrd Skynyrd and the Allman Brothers. It’s never truly fallen from fashion as its heartland-loving vibes have basically become reborn in the sound of contemporary country.

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The birds of Rio 2 didn’t have enough flying power to survive the flood brought on by the Biblical tale, and this week’s most purchased movie, Noah. Last week’s champ 300: Rise of an Empire dropped a couple spots but still finds itself in the top three.

Looking for a little love and laughter this weekend? The Other Woman, featuring the ever-popular Cameron Diaz, popped up on the list and is poised to move up. The same goes for Liam Neeson’s in air thriller Non-Stop.

Check out the full ranking below and be sure to watch one, two or all of them this weekend on the PlayStation Store.

  1. Noah
  2. Rio 2
  3. 300: Rise of an Empire
  4. Bad Words
  5. Snowpiercer
  6. The Lego Movie
  7. The Raid 2
  8. The Other Woman
  9. Non-Stop
  10. Lone Survivor

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The immortal Louis Armstrong was not only jazz’s breakthrough virtuoso soloist, he also helped establish the sound, style and mood of American popular music — influencing everything from the development of swing and R&B to country. Featured in our MU Icon playlist are his biggest hits, most famous “birth of jazz” tunes and a number of his stellar duets and collaborations with such friends as Ella Fitzgerald, Bing Crosby, Duke Ellington, Billie Holiday and Oscar Peterson.

Listen Now: Louis Armstrong – MU Icon

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The PlayStation Store update is packed with pre-orders available on PS4, PS3 and PS Vita–and many of them are offered at a huge discount! Experience the 1960s spy culture in CounterSpy (PS4, PS3 and PS Vita), travel through a colorful world in Hohokum (PS4, PS3) and much more. See the full PlayStation Store update below.

Borrowing elements from the 1950s and 1960s Cold War and spy culture themes, CounterSpy is a side-scroller that will definitely keep you on your toes. You’ll join a rogue spy agency, assisting them in their efforts to keep the world’s superpowers at bay, all while maintaining world peace. Plus, you’ll receive a 20-percent discount up until the launch date if you’re a PlayStation Plus member.

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If you own Sound Shapes, get full access to the Hohokum Sound and Art Pack when you pre-order Hohokum (PS4, PS3). Travel to a colorful world and uncover the surprises of new characters and exciting environments in this delightful playground. Get ready to wander and get lost as you roam at your own pace.

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PlayStation Plus members get a 20-percent discount on Rogue Legacy (PS4, PS3) if they order before it launches. While roaming through this procedurally generated castle you’ll discover that each run is different. You’ll die–a lot–but your children will avenge you and with each passing, your lineage grows and becomes stronger.

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The Swapper (PS4, PS3) is an award-winning puzzle game that takes place in an isolated sci-fi world set in the furthest reaches of space. An experimental device allows you to clone yourself, which will aid you in your quest to overcome the challenges of this new environment.

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Also available on the PlayStation Store are Oddworld: New ‘n’ Tasty (PS4), Tour De France – Season 2014 (PS4) and Might & Magic: Duel of Champions Forgotten Wars (PS3).

Atelier Rorona Plus: The Alchemist of Arland (PS3) focuses on the adventures of Rorolina Frixell, the star character of the Arland trilogy, who is assigned to complete a series of alchemy tasks over a three year period in order to avoid banishment and to keep her alchemy workshop afloat.

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See the full list on the PlayStation store here.

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Laggies: Keira Knightly plays a woman having issues with moving into adulthood who befriends – and moves in with – a high schooler played by Chloe Grace Moretz.

The characters in these movies just refuse to grow up: Failure to Launch, Jeff Who Lives At Home

The One I Love: Mark Duplass and Elizabeth Moss play a struggling couple who embark on some form of relationship therapy that looks like it might get a little weird.

Get some couples counseling with these movies: Couples Retreat, Date Night

Annabelle: A prequel to The Conjuring, this movie is about what the creepy doll from that movie was up to before those events.

Get some scares tonight by watching The Conjuring.

The Imitation Game: Benedict Cumberbatch plays Alan Turing, the man who leads the effort to break the Nazi codes during World War II.

Break the code with these great movies: Sneakers, The Da Vinci Code

Predestination: Ethan Hawke plays a time-traveling cop who recruits a new agent whose powers may prove key to solving a massive mystery.

Time jump to solve crimes in these movies: Timecop, Source Code

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