Dead Man Down: Noomi Rapace stars as a woman out for revenge against the man who once hurt her. She enlists the help of a criminal played by Colin Farrell, but he seems to have ulterior motives. The trailer presents the film as a no-nonsense, nuts and bolts thriller, not surprising considering that the movie was directed by Niels Arden Oplev, who founded Rapace’s career in the original version of The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo.

Unfinished Song: Terence Stamp (Zod himself) plays a grumpy old man who is dragged into a choir for older folks who eventually comes to discover a new side of himself. There’s nothing more heartwarmingly hilarious than watching old people singing “Let’s Talk About Sex”.

Evil Dead: This red-band trailer shows the movie doesn’t skimp on the gore. It also shows an emphasis on actress Jane Levy, who plays one of the victims of the evil unleashed by the opening of a book that really should not have been opened.

Big Sur: Based on the book by Jack Kerouac, this tells the fictionalized story of the writer’s life immediately following the success of On the Road (which has also recently been adapted for the big-screen) as he dealt with success, alcoholism and more. The trailer has an interesting washed-out look that matches the emotional tone of the movie.

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Rumors about the 2013 Coachella line-up have been circling since, well, the week after Coachella 2012. With the festival posting a few cryptic photos and tension high, it’s speculated that the line-up could be announced as early as this week in advance of the double-weekend fest happening in April in southern California.

For today’s video-round up, we gather live performance footage of our predictions (fueled by other’s predictions as well) for the 2013 line-up and cross our fingers for what is already one of the most talked about music events of the year (and it’s only January.)

The Rolling Stones – “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction” [Live in Ireland]

Lil Wayne –  “John” [Live at Summer Jam 2011]


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Featured New Releases

Dropkick Murphys – SIGNED and SEALED in BLOOD

It’s lucky number 8’s for Dropkick Murphys, as their eighth studio album hits on the 8th of January, one of the first major releases of 2013. The punk rock stalwarts are a definitive brand in the genre and after 2010’s concept album, Going Out in Style, fans are given the classic Dropkick sound with this latest effort. “The Boys Are Back,” with their brand of Celtic-inspired punk about getting into trouble with booze, girls, parties and even a belated Christmas song about a dysfunctional family gathering. A New Year calls for some light-hearted optimism and this album is all about fun.

If You Like: Flogging Molly, Rancid, Social Distortion
Recommended Track: “The Season’s Upon Us”


Hollywood Undead – Notes from the Underground

After breaking through in the height of the MySpace Music craze, Hollywood Undead has been steadily enjoying multi-plantinum success throughout the years, in spite of losing their singer, Aron “Deuce” Erlichman and replacing him with Daniel “Danny” Murillo (who dropped out of American Idol for the gig) and a few other changes. Always treading the line between rock, rap & metal, this album leans more melodic, even with the rap verses. Catch them on tour starting tonight in Los Angeles and rounding out the month in Toronto.


If You Like:  P.O.D., Linkin Park, Limp Bizkit
Recommended Track: “We Are”


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There is a lot to enjoy this week on the Video Unlimited service and inside the PlayStation®Store.

First, from the writer of Training Day comes End of Watch, a riveting cop drama starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Michael Peña who must deal with the violent backlash after exposing members of a drug cartel.

Then, the animated monster movie Hotel Transylvania is available starting today in standard 2D or stunning, eye-popping 3D. Witness as Dracula, who operates a resort for monsters away from the human world, goes into overprotective mode when a boy stumbles upon the resort and falls in love with the count’s teenaged daughter. Both movies are available roughly two to three weeks before arriving on DVD/Blu-ray discs, so don’t wait and own your digital copy today.

Other notable new movie releases include Dredd, Frankenweenie (2012), and Death Race 3: Inferno, with House At The End Of The Street and Hit and Run (2012) newly available to rent.

In the TV section, get amped for Justified as it returns for its fourth season tonight on FX with the 1st episode available to own the day after it airs on the Video Unlimited service. This means you can own the episode beginning tomorrow, January 9th. And spoiler alert! The first episode has Raylan running down a vicious fugitive then finding evidence his family is at the center of a legendary unsolved mystery…

We have all this and more on the Video Unlimited service. Leave your thoughts in the comments below and let us know what you plan to watch this week.

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Tuesday is a big night for classic alternative acts this week, with Gwen Stefani and No Doubt on Kimmel, and notorious recluse Morrissey making an appearance on Letterman. Later in the week, enjoy performances by the ever-popular Brad Paisley on Kimmel, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy on Leno, and Fun. on Late Night with Carson Daly.

Check out the week’s live performance schedule below and listen to their tracks on the Music Unlimited service:

The Late Show with David Letterman: Conor Maynard, Morrissey, Ray Wylie Hubbard, Jon Spencer Blues Explosion

The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Miguel, The Whigs, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy

Conan: Gary Clark, Jr, Imagine Dragons

Late Night with Jimmy Fallon: Sky Ferreira, Bat for Lashes, John Cale

Late Night with Carson Daly: Estelle, Desaparecidos, Fun., Fidlar, Kimbra

Jimmy Kimmel Live: No Doubt, Brad Paisley

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Try doing a web search for the best movies of 2012, and you’ll often get a half decent list of dreadful indie films of two people staring at one another for two hours. So rather than coming up with our own list, we’ve compiled the top ten most watched movies on the Video Unlimited service based on 2012’s actual sales data:

  1. The Hunger Games: In a world where every year, the evil Capitol of the nation of Panem forces each of its twelve districts to send a teenage boy and girl to compete in the Hunger Games, Katniss Everdeen voluntarily takes her younger sister’s place. Both newcomers and fans of the books loved the big screen adaptation.
  2. Real Steel: Set in the near future, Hugh Jackman plays a struggling promoter in a world where robot boxing is a top sport. While he finds a champion in an underdog training robot, he also reconnects with his 11-year-old son.
  3. American Reunion (Unrated): Jim, Michelle, Stifler and the entire American Pie gang have come home as adults for their high-school reunion. (Movie is currently unavailable on the Video Unlimited service)
  4. Chronicle: While attending a party, three high school friends gain superpowers after making an incredible discovery underground. Every high schooler’s dream, right? Wrong. Soon, they find their lives spinning out of control and their bond tested as they embrace their darker sides.
  5. The Sitter (Unrated): One of two Jonah Hill appearances on the list. In The Sitter, he plays a college student on suspension that is coaxed into babysitting the kids next door. He definitely gets more than he bargains for.
  6. Battleship: Sinking this battleship isn’t so easy. Watch Rihanna and Brooklyn Decker as a fleet of ships is forced to do battle with an armada of unknown origins in order to discover and thwart their destructive plans.
  7. Underworld: Awakening: Kate Beckinsale reprises her role as the vampire warrioress Selene as human forces discover the existence of the Vampire and Lycan clans and pledge a war to eradicate both species. Dark and visually stylish, the plot is well-tread X-Men “humans vs. mutants” territory as applied to a new and interesting context.
  8. Immortals: Theseus, a mortal man chosen by Zeus to lead the fight against the ruthless King Hyperion (Mickey Rourke), is on a rampage across Greece to obtain a weapon that can destroy humanity. Carnage ensues.
  9. The Avengers: One of the most talked about, mega-action flicks of 2012 featuring Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury who assembles the unlikely team The Avengers to help save the Earth from Loki and his army of evildoers. With an all-star cast and Joss Whedon at the helm, this is a must-see.
  10. 21 Jump Street (2012): Surprisingly fresh and hilarious, 21 Jump Street beats out the rest and takes the spot at number one. Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum play a pair of underachieving cops that are sent back to a local high school to blend in and bring down a synthetic drug ring. Look out for a particularly enjoyable cameo from original series star Johnny Depp!

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For better or worse, a brand new year provides opportunity for a fresh start. Millions of people make resolutions each year to better their lives, be it adding an exercise schedule or quitting vices. Today’s Top 10 explores some of the most popular resolutions, with songs to inspire you to hang in there and keep them. Happy 2013!

  1. Get Into Shape:
    J. Cole – “Work Out
  2. Organize Your Home:
    Outkast – “So Fresh, So Clean
  3. Save/Earn More Money:
    Kendrick Lamar – “Money Trees
  4. Travel to New Places:
    Tom Cochrane – “Life is a Highway
  5. Get More Rest:
    Allen Stone – “Sleep
  6. Start a Family:
    MGMT – “Kids
  7. Quit Drinking Coffee/Soda:
    Bob Dylan – “One More Cup of Coffee
  8. Quit Smoking:
    Stephen Marley – “No Cigarette Smoking (In My Room)
  9. Meet Your New Significant Other:
    Rihanna ft. Calvin Harris – “We Found Love
  10. Volunteer in Your Community:
    Rise Against – “Help is on the Way

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The excitement for Dave Grohl’s latest endeavor and directorial debut, Sound City, has reached a fever pitch. The ambassador of all things cool, Grohl has called upon a few of his famous friends to profile the infamous Sound City Studios in Los Angeles. Legendary producers like Butch Vig and Rick Rubin sat at the helm and classic albums like Nirvana’s Nevermind, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers’ Damn the Torpedoes and many more were recorded over the course of the studio’s 40+ year history.

The film will debut later this month at the Sundance Film Festival and Grohl announced this week that the “Sound City Players,” a collaboration of Sound City artists, will perform. No word yet on a confirmed line-up, but with the galaxy of stars he pulled together for the film, it’s safe to say that it will be a spectacle of epic proportions that only the crowned prince of rock-and-roll couch pull off.

For today’s #ThrowbackThursday, we list the artists we hope will be part of this supergroup and the essential albums they recorded at Sound City.

Neil Young
Album: After the Gold Rush (1970)
Song: “Don’t Let it Bring You Down”

Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers
Album: Damn the Torpedoes (1979)
Song: “Even the Losers”

Album: Nevermind (1991)
Song: “Drain You”

Rage Against the Machine
Album: Rage Against the Machine (1992)
Song: “Killing in the Name”

Album: Pinkerton (1996)
Song: “The Good Life”

A Perfect Circle
Album: Mer de Noms (2000)
Song: “Judith”

Nine Inch Nails
Album: With Teeth (2005)
Song: “The Hand that Feeds”

Queens of the Stone Age
Album: Lullabies to Paradise (2005)
Song: Little Sister

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We’re starting the new year right with some great updates to the PlayStation Store and more Holiday Essential deals! PS Vita users can pick up Chronovolt, Jetpack Joyride and an augmented reality Holiday bundle.

Enjoy an action adventure in time with Chronovolt. Pilot the Chronosphere through wonderful worlds to stop the evil Dr. Scabious and his Minions from controlling the end of the Universe. Use powerful time controls to stop and rewind time, open time gates and blast enemies into the past.

Or join Barry Steakfries in Jetpack Joyride as he breaks into a secret laboratory to commandeer experimental jetpacks from the clutches of science evildoers.

Be sure to check out the full list of updates in the PlayStation Store here and let us know what you will be downloading to ring in the New Year.

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We’ve officially kicked off a brand new year, following a whirlwind holiday season with sporadic starts-and-stops of productivity, or none at all. No matter if you’ve been checked out since Christmas or toiled away through the remainder of 2012, we sometimes need motivation to get the work weeks going.

Pour yourself a big cup of coffee and check out videos that will inspire you to get back to the grind or help you lament. Click the titles to add them to your library on the Music Unlimited service!

Wiz Khalifa – “Work Hard, Play Hard”


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