There was no shortage of pop-culture news this past week, even despite its shortened status due to the holiday weekend. Unfortunately, the week kicked off on a sad note, as it was announced on Monday that actor Michael Clarke Duncan died at age 54 due to complications surrounding a heart attack he suffered in July.
In movie news, two highly anticipated upcoming films whose existence were in question came to be confirmed, as it was reported that both a Party Down film is going to happen, and that Richard Linklater has wrapped production on Before Midnight, the second sequel to his 1995 hit Before Sunrise. In movie adaptation news, a trailer has surfaced an updated and more mature take on Hansel and Gretel, and the third Hobbit film announced a summer 2014 release, the first of Peter Jackson’s six films based on J.R.R. Tolkien’s novels to not receive a winter premiere.
Two music legends were in the headlines this week, as Bob Dylan made his new album Tempest available to stream over the Internet, and recordings from Ringo Starr’s original band were uncovered and are being made available after over 50 years of being hidden from public ears.
Several songs and albums premiered this week, offering listeners a wide variety of new music to select from. Kanye West first offered a small sample of his new song “Clique,” only to release the full track soon thereafter. NPR had an exclusive stream of David Byrne and St. Vincent’s new album Love This Giant, and Band of Horses released a new song titled “Slow Cruel Hands of Time.”
Numerous fall television developments were announced this week, including exciting additions to several shows hoping to return to popularity. In the upcoming season premiere of Community, the cast members will engage in a Hunger Games parody that promises to entertain. Henry Winkler confirmed he will be reprising his role on the new season of Arrested Development, and FX comedies It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia and The League announced their October premiere date. And in new television developments, Conan O’Brien announced the creation of his new online interview web series, and Cee Lo Green is having a show developed for NBC based around his life.
In other news, videos surfaced of the Foo Fighters performing at the Democratic National Convention and Best Coast appeared this week on Conan.
Finally, we managed to put together some great lists for your consideration, including comedians in dramatic roles, September television series we are excited for and the always wonderful, yet terribly creepy Christopher Walken.