This week on the PlayStation store it’s a pre-order frenzy!
The highly anticipated third installment in the BioShock series, BioShock Infinite, is now available for pre-order on the PlayStation 3. Play as a disgraced former agent of the Pinkerton National Detective Agency who is hired by mysterious individuals and tasked to infiltrate the air-city of Columbia and rescue a young woman.
New to PSN and PlayStation Vita this week is MUD FIM Motocross World Championship. It’s the only game that features the MX1 and MX2 Championships and includes all of the championship teams and world-renown motocross riders from the 2011 Monster Energy FIM Motocross of Nations.
This week, we launched the Tegan & Sara Artist Picks Channel on the Music Unlimited service, featuring songs chosen by the Canadian sisters and including tracks off their new album, Heartthrob. One of the biggest reasons for their rise to success is their live prowess, playing everything from acoustic to full band to cover songs. Today, we round-up videos from the duo, including a performance of their hit single “Closer” on Jimmy Kimmel Live and a Cyndi Lauper cover (which they included in their Artist Picks Channel).
Yesterday, man-of-many-hats Johnny Marr released his first official solo album The Messenger after years of contributing guitar, production and songwriting duties to bands like Modest Mouse, The Cribs and more. As a founding member of BritPop legends The Smiths, many artists cite his style as an influence, but what does Johnny Marr like to listen to? We asked and he gave us a list of his favorite songs, including David Bowie, Brian Eno and more. Check it out below and add what you like to your playlists!
Tegan & Sara’s explosively addictive new album Heartthrobmay be their lucky 7th. While they have been indie darlings for many years, the single “Closer,” has the qualities of a major pop hit alongside a worldwide tour and stops at major festivals including Coachella.
Today, we’re kicking off our new Tegan & Sara Artist Picks Channel, with influential tracks chosen by the ladies ranging from Bruce Springsteen to New Kids on the Block to Nirvana. We’ve also sprinkled in top tracks from Heartthrob, including “Closer,” “Goodbye, Goodbye,” “I Was a Fool” and more. Find it now in the premium channels section of the Music Unlimited service.
Canadian twin sisters Tegan and Sara Quinn began playing music together in 1995, both picking up a guitar and sharing songwriting duties. They released a number of albums in the early 2000’s with moderate success, but hit the tipping point with So Jealousin 2004. The song “Walking with a Ghost,” gained serious traction, especially after The White Stripes covered the track and named an EP after it in 2005.
The girls have a pretty big rockstar fan club, including Chris Walla from Death Cab for Cutie and Matt Sharp from Weezer, who both took on production duties for following albums. They have also been heavy on the tour scene, including stints with Ryan Adams, The Killers, City & Colour and hitting Lilith Fair, Lollapalooza, SXSW & Austin City Limits. They also appeared as guest vocalists for Against Me! & Alakaline Trio and collaborated with David Guetta on “Every Chance We Run,” for Nothing But the Beat 2.0.
We’ll be talking more about Tegan & Sara throughout the week, but for now, crank up their favorite songs in the artist picks channel and fall in love with Heartthrob.
Johnny Marr – The Messenger Johnny Marr has been a man of many hats for quite some time, pioneering BritPop guitar trends as a founding member of The Smiths, one of the most influential alternative rock bands of their time. As the band dissolved, Marr re-built, joining alongside bands like The Pretenders, The The, Modest Mouse and The Cribs, as well as session guitar and co-writing duties on various albums. While Marr’s distinct style has played a role in all of his creations, he has finally released this long overdue set of songs that are all his own. Despite the somber tone some people take when thinking of The Smiths, Marr’s solo tracks are upbeat, lively and rocking, a nice reflection of everywhere he’s been.
If You Like: The Smiths, The Cribs, Modest Mouse Recommended Track: “Upstarts”
Emmylou Harris & Rodney Crowell – Old Yellow Moon Emmylou Harris has been a subject of influence throughout her career, racking up a whopping 27 albums. Not all of these were solo, however, as Harris has been long sought-after as a collaborative and duet partner for artists like Bob Dylan, Dolly Parton, John Denver and Neil Young. This time, she partners with lesser commercially-known but equally prolific country artist Rodney Crowell (who is married to Roseanne Cash.) Having worked with artists across multiple genres, these two create a sound of eclectic variation, pulling in their experiences while harnessing a very Nashville sound, including a cover of Tim McGraw’s “Open Season of My Heart.”
If You Like: Willie Nelson, Roseanne Cash, John Denver Recommended Track: “Black Caffeine”
Ivan & Alyosha – All the Times We Had
In the midst of a dusty, twangy, alt-country resurgence by way of the sleeper hit, “Ho Hey” by The Lumineers, Ivan & Alyosha are poised to follow in the steps of their successful labelmates with an even fuller, harmonized sound. The Seattle-based group has been beating the pavement for years independently, releasing a handful of EP’s before compiling this debut LP. The album features popular songs from those earlier releases, including “Fathers Be Kind,” and “Easy to Love,” as well as stand-out tracks like “Running For Cover” and “The Fold.” Their soaring choruses and multi-layered rock sensibilities have the same charm of their predecessors and a lengthy tour including stops at SXSW guarantees there will be much chatter about them in the months to come.
If You Like: The Lumineers, The Avett Brothers, Blind Pilot Recommended Track: “The Fold”
Jimi Hendrix – People, Hell & Angels Luke Bryan – Spring Break Here To Party How to Destroy Angels – Welcome Oblivion Rhye – Woman Youth Lagoon – Wondrous Bughouse Kate Nash – Girl Talk The Replacements – Songs For Slim Various Artists – Dim Mak Greatest Hits of 2012, Vol. 3 The Lovely Bad Things – The Late Great Whatever They Might Be Giants – Nanobots Cloud Cult – Love Marcus Canty – This is Marcus Canty EP Cold Specks – When The City Lights Dim Son Volt – Honky Tonk Brooke Waggoner – Originator Chris Medina – Letters To Juliet
Did Oscar Sunday get you excited for more cinematic excellence? The Video Unlimited service has tons of hot new movies releasing today!
The Twilight Saga continues with The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2 available to rent and own at midnight on Friday. Be one of the first to watch the fifth and final chapter of The Twilight Saga, where the birth of Bella and Edward’s child ignites forces that threaten to destroy them all. The Cullens must enlist the help of distant friends and former enemies, including Jacob’s wolf pack, as tensions build toward all-out war in the thrilling conclusion to the epic phenomenon.
Next we make our way to a film that received multiple Academy Award nominations, Paul Thomas Anderson’s The Master releases today to own in stunning HD or to rent at a low price of $3.99. Watch the star-studded cast of Phillip Seymour Hoffman, Amy Adams and Joaquin Phoenix bring to life the story of drifter Freddie Quell, a WW-II veteran who crosses paths with a mysterious movement led by The Master (Hoffman) and his wife (Adams).
Dreamworks Animation’s newest adventure, Rise of the Guardians, debuts to own before its DVD and Blu-ray release. This film captured the imagination of audiences worldwide with a fun-filled and magical story about the legendary Guardians – Jack Frost, the Easter Bunny, Santa Claus, the Tooth Fairy and Sandman – joining together for the first time. Filled with non-stop action and laughs, it’s a dazzling family picture that was hailed as “an instant classic. You will believe.” (Nancy Jay, Daybreak USA)
Our Indie favorite of the week is the spell-binding, heart racing Holy Motors available to rent for $3.99. Starring Eva Mendes, Denis Lavant and Kylie Minogue, this melding of monster movie, film noir, romantic drama, musical, crime thriller and anime proves to be a mirthful, mind-bending masterwork of a ravishing fever dream of becoming, unraveling and starting all over again.
In TV, Psych | Season 7 returns this Friday as stars James Roday as Shawn Spencer, a police consultant, and Dulé Hill, Shawn’s best friend and reluctant accomplice, solve crimes with powers of observation so acute that the police think Shawn is psychic.
There are also lots of movies available to be rented this week, including Red Dawn. Visit the video store on your Sony Entertainment Network compatible devices, or simply visit the Sony Entertainment Network web store, to see all the hot new releases in movies and TV.
It was a star-studded, Seth MacFarlane-filled evening at last night’s 85th Annual Academy Awards.
As always, there were a few surprise winners. Christoph Waltz shocked the audience by winning his second Oscar for Best Supporting Actor as Dr. King Schultz in Django Unchained, besting favored nominees Robert DeNiro in Silver Linings Playbook and Tommy Lee Jones in Lincoln. 22-year old Jennifer Lawrence was so overwhelmed to receive her first Oscar that she tripped coming up to the podium to accept her award for Best Leading Actress for playing a troubled widow in Silver Linings Playbook. In a stacked field, Ang Lee took home Oscar gold for his direction in the iconic The Life of Pi.
This year’s awards also included some amazing musical performances. Similar to the 007 Collection currently available on the Video Unlimited service, the Academy Awards took time to honor 50 years of James Bond including a special tribute and montage of some of the best Bond moments in history. Singer Shirley Bassey performed her iconic theme song for Goldfinger and Adele performed the newest Bond anthem “Skyfall” later in the evening.
Inspired by the recent musical sensation Les Misérables, last night’s Academy Awards paid tribute to hit musical films. Catherine Zeta Jones performed “All that Jazz” from the Oscar winning film Chicago, one of a few shout-outs this decade-old film received, followed by Jennifer Hudson’s performance of “And I Am Telling You I’m Not Going” from Dreamgirls. The segment closed with the entire cast of Les Misérables, including Anne Hathaway, Hugh Jackman and Russell Crowe, performing the song “One Day More,” one of the most moving numbers from the film.
In the end, the prize of the night – Best Picture – went to Argo, the story of a CIA mission to rescue diplomats in Iran. The award was accepted by Producers Grant Heslov, George Clooney, and a tearful Ben Affleck who last received an Academy Award as the writer and creator of the movie, Good Will Hunting.
The full list of winners is below. And you can find many of the 2013 nominees on the Video Unlimited service here.
Best Picture: “Argo” Actor: Daniel Day-Lewis, “Lincoln” Actress: Jennifer Lawrence, “Silver Linings Playbook” Supporting Actor: Christoph Waltz, “Django Unchained” Supporting Actress: Anne Hathaway, “Les Misérables” Animated Feature: “Brave” Cinematography: Claudio Miranda, “Life of Pi” Costume Design: Jacqueline Durran, “Anna Karenina” Director: Ang Lee, “Life of Pi” Documentary Feature: “Searching for Sugar Man” Documentary Short: “Inocente” Film Editing: William Goldenberg, “Argo” Foreign Language Film: “Amour,” Austria Makeup and Hairstyling: “Les Misérables” Original Score: Mychael Danna, “Life of Pi” Original Song: “Skyfall” from “Skyfall,” music and lyric by Adele Adkins and Paul Epworth Production Design: “Lincoln” Animated Short: “Paperman” Live Action Short: “Curfew” Sound Editing: “Skyfall” & “Zero Dark Thirty” Sound Mixing: “Les Misérables” Visual Effects: “Life of Pi” Adapted Screenplay: “Argo,” Chris Terrio Original Screenplay: “Django Unchained,” Quentin Tarantino
There’s an artist for just about every taste performing this week on late night TV. Catch comedy rock duo Tenacious D on Conan, country star Jason Aldean on Fallon, breakout hip hop artist Kendrick Lamar on Letterman, and Macklemore & Ryan Lewis on SNL. You can also see Morrissey on Kimmel, performing live after having to reschedule several of his shows and appearances due to health issues.
This Sunday night the stars will gather to celebrate the best and brightest in the film industry for the 85th Annual Academy Awards. Dresses will be closely analyzed, speeches will be cut short by music and artists will be recognized for excellence in film at one of the most prominent motion picture award ceremonies in the world.
To get you ready for Sunday night’s broadcast we’re focusing this week on the top performing Oscar-nominated movies of the last 10 years currently available on the Video Unlimited service. Here’s the countdown:
Do you have a fever for more Oscar nominated films? Check out our Oscar Favorites Sale on the Video Unlimited service to view previously nominated and award winning movies. Find something great to watch as you get your scorecard and appetizers ready.