It’s time to grab your boomstick and find your thumbed-through copy of the Necronomicon Ex-Mortis. That’s right, we’re talking all things Evil Dead today. While the new, terrifying version is in theaters, you can go back to that small cabin in the woods just across the Tennessee border and revisit the classic films that inspired the fourth installment of this franchise on the Video Unlimited service.

Director Sam Raimi opened up a whole new world of tongue-in-cheek horror when he and friend Bruce Campbell filmed the original Evil Dead, released in 1981. With dark humor, a knowing wink at the audience and innovative camera work the film became a cult classic that gained instant popularity.

Ash returned with more haunted adventures through the woods in Evil Dead 2. The horrific sequel featured Ash with a conveniently affixed chainsaw constructed to take down numerous monsters in his quest for survival.

Finally, Army of Darkness proved to be the comedic darling of the trilogy. The instantly quotable story takes Ash back to 1300 A.D., where he’s hailed as a hero who must save the kingdom from the deadites. Hail to the king, baby!

Don’t miss a single moment of this uniquely horrific franchise this weekend on the Video Unlimited service!

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After last week’s Lil Wayne domination, the Top 10 songs played on the Music Unlimited service seemed to have evened off, with many of the usual suspects making their way back up and Macklemore holding strong at the top. However, amidst a heavy list of hip-hop, Imagine Dragons are carrying the torch for rock with their runaway 2nd single, “Radioactive.” Tyler, The Creator peaks at #6 played artist after the release of Wolf and the Artist Rewind: Lil Wayne retrospective seems to be on par to stick in the Top 10 for a while to come.

Check out the rest of the charts and listen to your favorites on the Music Unlimited service.

Week Ending 4/8/13 [US]

Top 10 Songs

  1. Macklemore“Thrift Shop (feat. Wanz)”
  2. Drake“Started From the Bottom”
  3. Lil Wayne feat. Drake and Future“Love Me”
  4. A$AP Rocky feat. Drake, 2 Chainz & Kendrick Lamar“ F**kin’ Problems”
  5. Kendrick Lamar “Swimming Pools (Drank)”
  6. Chief Keef “Love Sosa”
  7. Lil Wayne feat Detail “No Worries”
  8. Juicy J feat. Lil Wayne and 2 Chainz“Bandz A Make Her Dance”
  9. 2 Chainz“I’m Different”
  10. Imagine Dragons“Radioactive”

Top 10 Artists

  1. Lil Wayne
  2. Eminem
  3. Wiz Khalifa
  4. Bruno Mars
  5. Drake
  6. Tyler, The Creator
  7. T.I.
  8. Macklemore
  9. Justin Timberlake
  10. Rihanna

Top 10 Channels

  1. Favorites
  2. Rap Top 100
  3. Local Top 100
  4. Hot Songs
  5. Global Top 100
  6. R&B Top 100
  7. Pop Top 100
  8. Country
  9. Artist Rewind: Lil Wayne
  10. Rock & Metal Top 100

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In a blink of an eye Jamie Foxx moseyed into town, took down a few non-law abiding fellas and helped Django Unchained ride off with the top spot on the Video Unlimited service this week. Also sitting comfortably in the top three is This is 40 (Unrated) and the Middle-earth boys from The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey.

What will you watch this weekend on the Video Unlimited service? Tell us by commenting below. Here’s your Top 10:

  1. Life of Pi
  2. Parental Guidance
  3. Wreck-It Ralph
  4. Red Dawn
  5. Killing Them Softly
  6. Zero Dark Thirty
  7. Lincoln
  8. The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
  9. This is 40 (Unrated)
  10. Django Unchained

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Since its formation in 1999, Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival has been one of the most influential beacons of the music industry, rounding up massive headliners, mid-level superstars and up-and-coming artists in one place. This year, artists like Jake Bugg, The Neighbourhood, Allen Stone, Little Green Cars and more compete for notoriety against the festival’s headliners like Phoenix, Vampire Weekend and The Stone Roses. Performances at these kinds of events can set the tone for the touring future of any artist and be an excellent resume booster. You can hear all of these artists and decide for yourself in our Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival Channel now.

Today’s #ThrowbackThursday rounds up some combos to give perspective on who has headlined over the years vs. who’s been an underdog. This includes Black Eyed Peas, billed near the very bottom in 2003, The Black Keys, who opened up eight years before going on to headline the fest in 2012 and last year’s biggest story, Gotye, who quickly outgrew his assigned tent after the massive success of “Somebody That I Use to Know.” Check the list and listen to the artists on the Music Unlimited service.

1999
Headliner: Rage Against the Machine
Underdog: Modest Mouse

2001
Headliner: Jane’s Addiction
Underdog: Z-Trip

2002
Headliner: Oasis
Underdog: The Vines

2003
Headliner: Beastie Boys
Underdog: Black Eyed Peas

2004
Headliner: The Cure
Underdog: The Black Keys
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We’ve got a fever…and the only prescription is more Spring Fever Sale. This week kicks off our annual Spring Fever Sale, where for four successive weeks, this franchise heavy collection will celebrate 1 featured game, 1 major sale and 1 major movie franchise releasing on Tuesday mornings.

This week we’re putting Total Recall (2012) in the spotlight. The action-packed sci-fi adventure stars Colin Farrell in the remake of the contemporary classic in a future world where artificial memories are available for a price. Check back each week for more deals as Spring Fever continues through April!


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New to the PlayStation Store this week are some great tactical shooters, a few hardcore fighting luchadors and more.

Guacamelee! is now available for Cross-Buy on the PlayStation Network and PlayStation Vita. The PlayStation.Blog sums it up best:

Guacamelee! is an action platformer where YOU take the role of a luchador to combat the evil Carlos Calaca and his hordes of undead minions to rescue the kidnapped El Presidente’s Daughter (the most beautiful girl in the entire world). Also includes chickens.”

Guacamelee for PS3 and PS Vita

Also new to PSN this week for PS3 is the critically acclaimed turn-based tactical role-playing strategy game XCOM: Enemy Unknown. Control an elite multinational paramilitary organization called XCOM, tasked with defending the Earth during an alien invasion. Command troops in the field during a series of tactical missions, direct the R&D of new tech from recovered alien technology, capture prisoners, manage the XCOM base of operations, and more.

XCOM: Enemy Unknown on PS3

Also new this week for PS3: Anarchy Reigns, John Daly’s ProStroke Golf and Tom Clancy’s H.A.W.X.

PlayStation is washing away the winter blues with the Spring Fever Sale (US Only) going on now. Pick up some great indies and franchise titles all month for a discounted price.

This week you can pick up Guacamelee! and save up to 50% (65% for PS Plus members) on a handful of Borderlands games and add-ons!

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Elysium: Matt Damon needs to get to Elysium, the futuristic privileged space station where poverty, disease and violence don’t exist.

For more sci-fi check out some of these futuristic films: Total Recall, Dredd, Looper

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Sony Entertainment Network is counting down the days until the Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival, which kicks off this weekend in Indio, CA. Our premium channel dedicated to the fest has been in constant rotation as we gear up for the surprises that await. (Tupac hologram, anyone?) The surprise of set times is now over, as the official schedule was released last night. There are over 100 bands and only so many hours in the day, so several overlap with each other, forcing fans to make some tough decisions.

Today’s Video Round-Up collects some of the bigger conflicts and you can decide, based on these live videos, who you’d rather see.

Friday

Tegan & Sara

 
Vs.
Earl Sweatshirt

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From the Video Unlimited service and the PlayStation Store this week, gritty gangsters and crooked cops have jam-packed our lively New Releases recap.

Gosling and Stone steam up the silver screen in director Ruben Fleischer’s homage to film noir, Gangster Squad. Mob king Micky Cohen (Sean Penn) runs the show in 1940’s Los Angeles until a crew of LAPD officers wage war on his crumbling criminal operation. Be the first to see Emma Stone, Josh Brolin, Ryan Gosling, Nick Nolte, Michael Peña and more in this action-packed flick before its DVD and Blu-ray release. Plus, own it today and get behind-the-scenes bonus features!

From one-big city to the next, Broken City focuses on former NYPD officer, private detective Billy Taggart (Mark Wahlberg), who is hired to follow the wife (Catherine Zeta-Jones) of hard-nosed New York City Mayor Hostetler (Russell Crowe). With his freedom at stake, watch Billy risk it all in this gripping crime thriller where everyone has a motive but no one can be trusted. Plus, catch it now before DVD and Blu-ray!


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Tune-in to the latest new releases and singles from the Music Unlimited service.

Featured New Releases:

TygaHotel California

At just 18, Tyga burst on the scene as the latest Young Money prodigy. After moving from Decaydance Records to fully Young Money, his previous dance music roots made a progression to more straightforward rap. Fans got a taste of his direction in his Well Done 3 mixtape, but the songs for Hotel California were written in a quick and uniform matter, making it a stand-alone piece. The album features blockbuster guest appearances, including Lil Wayne, Rick Ross, Chris Brown, 2 Chains, Wiz Khalifa and more.

If You Like: Drake, Timbaland, Wiz Khalifa
Recommended Track: “Molly”

Brad PaisleyWheelhouse

Fans usually don’t have to wait long for new music from Brad Paisley, who has been churning out hits in mostly two-year ticks since 1999. He is a constant presence in the country music scene, one of the more recognizable faces (and big white hats) of the genre. The guitar remains the hero in his tracks, but Paisley tackles some heavier lyrical issues, sending him out of the Wheelhouse he’s named this record to be. While he has some familiar voices on guest vocals like Dierks Bentley and Hunter Hayes, he also welcomes LL Cool J and Matt Kearney for a different twist on a familiar artist.

If You Like: Alan Jackson, Dierks Bentley, Gary Allan
Recommended Track: “Beat this Summer”

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