Hear new Neko Case single, help some animals

nekocase2In a nifty marketing move, Neko Case is donating $5 to Best Friends Animal Society every time somebody posts her latest single on his or her blog over the next two weeks.

Now I don’t particularly care about animals, but I will jump at the chance to focus some attention on Neko Case. I’ve been eagerly looking forward to new music from her since her wonderful 2006 album Fox Confessor Brings the Flood. She has one of the very best voices in popular music today and the songwriting chops to match.

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New Coens!

It was a little more than a year ago that I wrote this post.

No Country For Old Men, of course, turned out to be a stunning success and my favorite film of 2007.

Now here we are again, and the trailer of Burn After Reading, the Coens’ next film, has been released. Looks like they’ve turned 180 degrees from No Country, penning a screwball thriller about a pair of dim bulbs (Brad Pitt and Frances McDormand, both hilarious in this trailer) who come across a former CIA agent’s files and try to blackmail him. John Malkovich plays the CIA agent. And then there’s George Clooney and Tilda Swinton (themselves doing a 180 degree flip from Michael Clayton), though I’m not sure how exactly they fit in.

Incredible cast (which also includes the guy who played Juno’s father) and a welcome return to outsized humor by the masters. Nice to see them writing their own script, too, after several adaptations.

Probably won’t be out until Fall. You can watch the trailer after the jump.
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Wild…


This is very cool.

It’s the first image from Spike Jonze’s adaptation of Where the Wild Things Are. An awfully short book to make a feature film of, granted, but if anybody can pull it off, it’s Jonze. Catherine Keener plays the Mom.