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  • Movie Review: '12 Years a Slave'

    George Lang | Published: Wed, Nov 6, 2013

    Director Steve McQueen’s “12 Years a Slave” achieves its brutal brilliance because it will not give viewers an easy out, a chance to avert their eyes from one man’s suffering at the hands of a nation’s greatest moral failure. This story comes from a first-person account of the horrors of human trafficking and subjugation.

  • Blu-ray Review: "Mad Men: Season Six"

    George Lang | Updated: Wed, Nov 6, 2013

    Casual “Mad Men” viewers do exist, and they are the first to be put off by creator Matthew Weiner’s boldest experiments like “The Crash,” the eighth episode in the sixth and penultimate season of this series about 1960s advertising and the fungible concept of identity.

  • Album Review: Eminem, "The Marshall Mathers LP 2"

    George Lang | Published: Wed, Nov 6, 2013

    That boarded-up Detroit house at 19946 Dresden on the cover of Eminem’s “The Marshall Mathers LP2” says a lot about what lurks inside. Other than Em deploying his gift for high-velocity elocution, a skill that remains one of the great wonders of modern hip-hop, this is a property in decline.

  • Tulsa-born Alfre Woodard talks "12 Years a Slave'

    George Lang | Published: Tue, Nov 5, 2013

    When Alfre Woodard got the call saying that “12 Years a Slave” director Steve McQueen wanted her for a pivotal role, she immediately accepted, but the film’s producers wanted the Tulsa-born actress to read John Ridley’s script before she gave her final word.

  • Video of the Day: King Ad-Rock and Mike D join Yoko Ono in "Bad Dancer"

    George Lang | Updated: Tue, Nov 5, 2013

    No one is likely to correct Ono on this point, as in, “Oh, come now, Ms. Ono, you’re a perfectly good dancer, blurgle blurgle.” No, her minimal dance floor acumen is self-evident. But what is notable about “Bad Dancer” is its surprising surplus of good fun.

  • Broken Bells posts new single, "Holding on for Life" -- album due in January

    George Lang | Updated: Mon, Nov 4, 2013

    Broken Bells, the side project featuring James Mercer of The Shins and uberproducer Danger Mouse — a side project that is looking more and more like a main gig these days, posted the first single today from its upcoming album, After the Disco.

  • Norman Music Festival wants you to become a member

    George Lang | Published: Mon, Nov 4, 2013

    The Norman Music Alliance, organizers of the Norman Music Festival, announced today that sustaining memberships will be available for music lovers and supporters of the annual event, and it comes with fabulous prizes. Starting today you can go  here and become a member.

  • Video of the Day: Chvrches, "Lies"

    George Lang | Published: Mon, Nov 4, 2013

    The Glasgow electro band Chvrches chose its spelling based on the ease with which fans could effectively Google their name. I thought they were just being Roman. Yes, the Internet rules all — except, of course, the Odd Future side project known as The Internet, which shows no signs of worry about SEO.

  • Music Review: Arcade Fire, "Reflektor" (Merge)

    George Lang | Published: Fri, Nov 1, 2013

    Pop music history is filled with streamlined narratives, and in order to fathom what will happen once Arcade Fire’s “Reflektor” is seen in the rear view, look no further than its closest artistic precedent, U2′s “Achtung Baby.” Now 22 years old, that album is considered a watershed moment for U2, but upon its release in November 1991, not everyone was on board for the band’s burned down and rebuilt sensibility.

  • Harrison Ford is 'Game' for Work

    George Lang | Updated: Fri, Nov 1, 2013

    More than 36 years ago, Harrison Ford became part of a science-fiction classic when he stepped behind the controls of the Millennium Falcon as Han Solo in “Star Wars.” With his new role as Col. Hyrum Graff in “Ender’s Game,” Ford said the acting challenges have not changed, even though the shift from plastic models to computer graphics changed everything around him.

  • Movie Review: "Ender's Game"

    George Lang | Published: Fri, Nov 1, 2013

    Considering its difficult road from page to screen, writer-director Gavin Hood’s adaptation of Orson Scott Card’s “Ender’s Game” delivers an exciting, coherent story about teenagers on the front lines of a galactic battle. This is a smartly rendered story that does justice to Card’s 1985 young adult novel, and both the young actors led by Asa Butterfield and the veterans top-listed by Harrison Ford are in fighting form.

  • Blu-ray Review: ‘Pacific Rim' (Blu-ray)

    George Lang | Published: Fri, Nov 1, 2013

    Guillermo Del Toro’s “Pacific Rim” is the thinking person’s “Transformers,” not because of its depth but for the basic level of coherence that Del Toro and co-screenwriter Travis Beacham bring to the story. It proves beyond any doubt that giant robot films are not inherently stupid — it’s all about how they are built.

  • Power Up: FAA gives the go-ahead for electronics use during takeoff and landing

    George Lang | Published: Thu, Oct 31, 2013

    Our lives changed, but the rules of electronic use on airlines stayed the same. At least they did until Thursday, when the Federal Aviation Administration expanded the use of portable electronic devices. Frequent flyers are all familiar with the annoying ritual that held sway over domestic air travel up to this point.

  • Flaming Lips Twitter account hacked -- breakup a hoax, says manager

    George Lang | Published: Thu, Oct 24, 2013

    Thursday afternoon’s Twitter post announcing the breakup of the Flaming Lips was the result of the band’s account being hacked. The band has not broken up. Scott Booker, the Oklahoma City band’s longtime manager, told The Oklahoman that no one from the Flaming Lips organization, including lead singer Wayne Coyne or Warner Bros.