TheHungerGamesCatchingFireFacebookNo other tributes, or films, were able to stop novel turned blockbuster The Hunger Games: Catching Fire from achieving #VUTop10 greatness for the second week in a row. Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues even sent in its top rated news crew, featuring Ron Burgundy (Will Ferrell), Brian, Champ and Brick (Steve Carell) accompanied by his trusty trident.

Spring is here and if the sun is setting on your college years you need to start thinking about the transition to the real world. Get solid career advice from Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson as they learn the ways of Google in The Internship. Or, actually, don’t.

Check out the full #VUTop10 below and be sure to tell us what you plan to watch this weekend in the comments section:

    1. Escape Plan
    2. American Hustle
    3. Frozen
    4. 12 Years a Slave
    5. The Internship
    6. Gravity
    7. Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues (Unrated/Extended Version)
    8. Thor: The Dark World
    9. Homefront
    10. The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (plus Bonus Features)

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TemptationsIt was 50 years ago today that The Temptations released their debut album, Meet the Temptations. It was the start of a career that would provide some of the most incredible pop music ever laid down on wax. To celebrate, we’ve gathered a decade-spanning list of rule-breaking hits in The Temptations: MU Icons Playlist, now on Music Unlimited mobile & web.

“The Way You Do the Things You Do” has the mark of songwriter Smokey Robinson all over it, but the group’s own harmonies make the song swing effortlessly. The Smokey/ Temptations connection would also bring us “My Girl”, giving David Ruffin his first shot at lead vocals and (along with that guitar line from The Funk Brothers’ Robert White) providing one of the most recognizable pop songs in history.

In 1966, Norman Whitfield came aboard as a producer and the band began to carve out something more hard-hitting and funkier. First evidence was “Ain’t Too Proud To Beg”, the finger-snapping classic with David Ruffin again killing it on those strained vocals. With Whitfield, the band began releasing track after track of hugely inventive chart-toppers, songs which showed an appreciation for both the nascent counterculture movement and the deep sounds of inner city funk. “Cloud Nine”, “Ball of Confusion” , “I Can’t Get Next To You” were all daring, immediate and positively mind-blowing.

As the vibe of popular music mellowed, so did the Temps, perfectly exemplified by the Eddie Kendricks-sung “Just My Imagination” setting the template for ‘70s love jams to come. As sweet and beautiful as that song was, they could still amaze with the about-face long-form brilliance of 1972’s “Papa Was A Rolling Stone”. Here was 12 minutes of stunning, dark cinematic soul, armed with a wah-wah pedal and some frankly pretty bleak lyrics. It might just be their crowning achievement.

And they didn’t stop there. The Temptations have weathered disco, ‘80s soul-pop, ‘90s New Jack and hip-hop – racking up hits and touring for the faithful.

But if you’re of the mindset that The Temptations are just an oldies act, dive deeper and discover the haunting soul and celestial harmonies that lie at the center of Motown’s finest group in our playlist.

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Now on the PlayStation store, brush up on your soccer skills with EA Sports 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil (PS3), dive into a brutal mission in inFamous Second Son (PS4) and see jaw-dropping  visuals in the enhanced Final Fantasy X/X2 HD Remaster on PS3 and PS Vita. Which of these new releases will you experience first?

Now available for pre-order on the PS4, get the Limited Edition inFamous Second Son and plunge into a locked-down Seattle where superhumans are hunted by the Department of Unified Protection. Join Delsin Rowe as he discovers how to use his superhuman powers to fight against the oppressors and save Seattle. As an added bonus, by completing these missions you’ll unlock an exclusive in-game jacket designed in honor of Cole MacGrath!

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311Last Tuesday, (on 311 day) alternative rock stalwarts 311 released their 11th studio album (another happy coincidence) Stereolithic, their first in three years and the first on their brand new label, 311 Records. This is the first time the band has been independent in over two decades, giving them the freedom to reward devoted fans they’ve picked up along the way with cool exclusives including an autographed guitar and custom drum sticks via PledgeMusic. They’ve always been hyper-devoted to their followers, including an annual 311 cruise, so it makes sense that they would feel empowered enough with such a rich history to branch out on their own.

The band gave us a list of some of their favorite rock songs, including the first single from the new album, “Five of Everything.”  Listen to the whole thing here.

311 Artist Playlist

  1. 311 – “Five of Everything”
  2. The Clash – “White Man in Hammersmith Palais”
  3. Bad Brains – “I Against I”
  4. Red Hot Chili Peppers – “Knock Me Down”
  5. Beastie Boys – “What’cha Want”
  6. Fishbone – “Sunless Saturday”
  7. Jane’s Addiction – “Mountain Song”
  8. Pennywise – “Time to Burn”
  9. Queens of the Stone Age – “The Lost Art of Keeping A Secret”
  10. Deftones – “Change (In the House of Flies)”
  11. Incubus – “Privilege”
  12. Rage Against the Machine – “Bulls on Parade”
  13. Tool – “Forty Six And 2”
  14. Foo Fighters – “Everlong”
  15. System of a Down – “Toxicity”
  16. Fugazi – “Waiting Room”
  17. NOFX – “Linoleum”
  18. Nirvana – “In Bloom”
  19. Pearl Jam – “Corduroy”
  20. Smashing Pumpkins – “Cherub Rock”
  21. Soundgarden – “Blow up the Outside World”

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The Peanuts: This is just a sneak peak but it has us excited for what should be a great new adventure with Charlie Brown, Snoopy and the rest of the gang.

 Gather the whole family for these animated delights: Despicable Me, The Smurfs

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NewReleases318Check out what’s new on the Music Unlimited service this week! Read the highlights and browse new albums below.

Highlights:

  • A long-awaited follow up to alternative hitmakers Foster the People’s debut album, featuring the single, “Coming of Age.”
  • The debut full-length album from the crowned prince of this generations surge of EDM, Skrillex.
  • YG’s debut album on Def Jam, which includes appearances by Drake, Kendrick Lamar, Jeezy & more.
  • The official soundtrack to the upcoming Muppets Most Wanted featuring the muppets themselves as well as the film’s stars, Lady Gaga, Josh Groban & more.

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We’re really excited for this week’s New Release Recap! Why, do you ask? Well, some of our favorite recent titles are now available on the Video Unlimited service – the Oscar-nominated The Wolf of Wall Street, the crowd-funded Veronica Mars film and our 99 cent rental of the week, Fast and Furious 6!

The Wolf of Wall Street: Leonardo DiCaprio steals our hearts – though he couldn’t snag an Oscar, unfortunately – in this outrageously comedic drama directed by the famous Martin Scorsese.

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Debuting  in 2004, Veronica Mars racked up a huge fan base who tuned in weekly for new adventures from a budding amateur detective who wouldn’t take “No” for an answer and who was determined to uncover the truth behind every curtain. Starring Kristen Bell in the title role, Veronica faced one mystery after another in her hometown of Neptune until the show was canceled in 2007.

Luckily, Marshmallows didn’t take no for an answer! Last year they put together a Kickstarter campaign to fund a Veronica Mars film from creator Rob Thomas and starring the show’s original cast. Thanks to these dedicated fans, you can now watch the movie and original series on the Video Unlimited service!

To prep for the movie, it’s time to look back at the show that we all fell in love with – especially the intricate mysteries and in-depth character developments. In Neptune, California, the determined and intelligent Veronica Mars (Kristen Bell) balances two contrasting lives; she splits her time between being a private investigator and high school – and later  college – student. How does she get it all done?

Meanwhile, in the Veronica Mars movie, our heroine’s sleuthing days are behind her and she’s interviewing for law firm jobs. However, she can’t leave her past behind. She’s drawn back to Neptune to help her ex-boyfriend Logan after he’s accused of murder. But will her past catch up to her and impact the life she’s trying to begin in New York?

Get up to speed on both the movie and the series on the Video Unlimited service!

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Straight from the world of Marvel Comics comes this week’s Video Unlimited Staff Pick: Avengers Confidential: Black Widow & Punisher. Iron Man and Thor team up with The Punisher and Black Widow to save the Earth from destruction.

At the orders of Director Nick Fury, The Punisher and Black Widow embark on a mission to stop the global terrorist organization Leviathan, who is attempting to sell top-secret S.H.I.E.L.D. technology to the highest bidder. Be warned: Dramatic music and epic battles ahead!

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Finally, what you’ve been waiting for all week: New game releases on the PlayStation Store! Now available are TowerFall: Ascension (PS4) and Dark Souls II (PS3)Available for pre-order are Metal Gear Solid: Ground Zeroes and MLB 14 The Show on PS3. See the full update below!

Right now on the PlayStation store TowerFall: Ascension is available now on PS4. This archery combat game features intense multiplayer battles and even a dynamic solo Quest mode. Gather four friends and get ready to loot some treasure, snatch arrows out of the air and battle your foes. Remember, this game is best played in intense versus matches, so keep your friends close and your enemies closer…

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