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Martin Scorsese to helm George Washington biopic which will undoubtedly star Leonardo DiCaprio
Apr 28, 2016 2:20pm | Cosequence Of Sound

Martin Scorsese has an absurd number of projects in the hopper, including an untitled Mike Tyson biopic, an untitled Leonard Bernstein project, an untitled Ramones project, a Grateful Dead documentary, a remake of Macbeth, a Frank Sinatra biopic, an Evel Knievel biopic, an adaptation of The Devil in the White City, and an original crime drama called The Irishman.

But when presented with the opportunity to helm a biopic about President George Washington, the Academy Award-winning director couldn’t pass it up. Especially with Leonardo Dicaprio set for the lead role. Ok, that last part is unconfirmed, but let’s be honest, it’s probably going to happen.

The Tracking Board reports Scorsese is in talks to helm The General, which is being described as a “Unforgiven-like” biopic centered around Washington’s role as a General in the Revolutionary War.

The script was written by Adam Cooper and Bill Collage, who penned Allegiant and the forthcoming Assassin’s Creed. Daren Aronofsky was previously attached to the project.

A prequel to The Omen is in the works
Apr 28, 2016 2:03pm | Cosequence Of Sound

In 1976, The Omen introduced audiences around the world to Damien, a big-cheeked little boy who just happened to be the Antichrist. The Richard Donner-directed film, which starred Gregory Peck, eventually went on to become one of the most successful at the box office that year and a classic in the horror cannon.

Now, some four decades later, a prequel is said to be in the works. According to The Hollywood Reporter, filmmaker Antonio Campos, who recently helmed the riveting Sundance biopic Christine, is in talks to direct for 20th Century Fox. David Goyer (The Dark Knight trilogy, Man of Steel) and Kevin Turen (The Birth of a Nation) are on board as producers. Ben Jacoby, writer for the 2016 thriller Bleed, is said to have penned the script.

The original Omen went on to spawn two sequels, Damien: Omen II in 1978 and Omen III: The Final Conflict in 1981. A remake of the film came out in 2006.

Revisit the trailer for the 1976 version of The Omen:

River to River Festival 2016 lineup & schedule
Apr 28, 2016 2:00pm | Brooklyn Vegan

The 15th annual River to River Festival returns in 2016, presenting a bunch of free events across lower Manhattan and Governor's Island from June 16-26. The events this year encompass music, dance, theater and visual art.

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Watch: Tomorrows Tulips Walk Away
Apr 28, 2016 1:58pm | CMJ

Just scrounged through your purse only to discover… you’re out of Xanax?! Calm down, take a breath, and let this new Tomorrows Tulips video sooth you. And don’t worry. As opposed to much of the garage-psych Burger Records might throw at you, the misty drums, tempered guitar warble, and edge of REM sleep vocals will […]

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The Monkees She Makes Me Laugh (Written By Rivers Cuomo)
Apr 28, 2016 1:55pm | StereoGum
The Monkees - She Makes Me LaughEarlier this year, we learned that '60s pop relics the Monkees were making a new album and that they were working with songwriters like Noel Gallagher, Death Cab For Cutie's Ben Gibbard, and XTC's Andy Partridge. The first single has just made its way to the internet, and it comes from the pen of … More »

Is CMJ happening this year?
Apr 28, 2016 1:42pm | Brooklyn Vegan

Nobody seems to know if the CMJ Music Marathon is happening this year.

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Into It. Over It. share 'Standards' UK bonus track "Twenty/Twenty"
Apr 28, 2016 1:40pm | Brooklyn Vegan

Into It. Over It. released their excellent third album Standards in the US on Triple Crown last month. It's one of the best rock records I've heard this year, and you should check it out if you haven't already. It gets its UK/Euro release this week (4/29), and that release comes with the exclusive bonus track "Twenty/Twenty." This one rocks a little harder than most of the record, but it's no less intricate...

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Islands No Milk, No Sugar Video
Apr 28, 2016 1:36pm | StereoGum
Islands - Islands have shared a video for "No Milk, No Sugar," a track off the more electronic-minded of the two albums they're releasing next month, Taste and Should I Remain Here, At Sea?. The video was directed by frontman Nick Thorburn and produced by Jash, the entertainment network founded by Sarah Silverman, Michael … More »

10 rap and R&B tracks you need to hear this month: Rae Sremmurd, Mila J and more
Apr 28, 2016 1:31pm | Fact Magazine

Welcome back to Southern Hospitality’s monthly column.

Based in London and Los Angeles, Rob Pursey and Davey Boy Smith are onto new hip-hop and R&B faster than pretty much anyone else around, showcasing it through their club nights Players Ball, Rated R and Hip Hop Karaoke, their regular mixes and radio show, and their record label, which has released music by Danny Brown & Darq E Freaker, Lunice & Young L and more.

Unlike a lot of rap critics (and of course, SH would never refer to themselves as critics), theyre also about as unsnobbish as its possible to get, and are always trying to make things happen theyve been behind some of the most interesting rapper-producer hook-ups of recent years. Every month, they round up 10 hip-hop and R&B tracks that have got them in raptures. Between this column and FACT’s bi-weekly rap round-up, we should have all bases covered.

Don’t forget to check the crew’s essential monthly radio show, which is fast becoming one of the world’s most essential rap radio shows.

Dae Dae
‘Wat U Mean’

It’s been kicking around for about six months now, but like all the best slow-and-steady ATL club smash success stories, ‘Wat U Mean’ from 300 Ent signee Dae Dae has finally taken hold, culminating this week in th...

The trailer for Southside With You recounts the Obamas first date watch
Apr 28, 2016 1:20pm | Cosequence Of Sound

Southside With You is a new film from director Richard Tanne which recounts President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama’s very first date in the summer of 1989. The film premiered at Sundance to rave reviews, including from our own Michael Roffman, who called it, “charming and prescient.”

“Tanne borrows from Richard Linklaters notebook and applies his Before magic, eschewing any of the expected prestige in lieu of surprising naturalism,” wrote Roffman. “Walking with Barack and Michelle, you tend to forget who they are at times, which is quite a powerful feat on behalf of the filmmaker.”

Parker Sawyers stars as the future president of the United States, while Tika Sumpter portrays Mrs. Obama.

The official synopsis:

“Inspired by Barack and Michelle Obamas first date, Southside With You recounts the eventful summer day in 1989 when a young law firm associate named Barack Obama (Parker Sawyers) tried to woo lawyer Michelle Robinson (Tika Sumpter) during a daylong date that took them from the Art Institute of Chicago to a screening of Spike Lees Do the Right Thing to the site of their first kiss outside of an ice cream parlor.”

The Monkees share Rivers Cuomo-penned "She Makes Me Laugh"
Apr 28, 2016 12:55pm | Brooklyn Vegan

As mentioned, The Monkees are releasing Good Times!, their first new album in 20 years, on May 27 with songs written by Rivers Cuomo, Ben Gibbard, Andy Partridge, Noel Gallagher, and more. The RIvers Cuomo-penned "She Makes Me Laugh" is now here with a comic book-themed lyric video, and it's not bad!

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Watch the trailer for our new documentary Must There Be a Superman?
Apr 28, 2016 12:55pm | Cosequence Of Sound

He’s one of the most iconic characters in American fiction, a symbol of truth and justice in an unjust world. He’s faster than a speeding bullet, more powerful than a locomotive. But is Superman past his prime? In a new documentary from Consequence of Sound and RIO!B Productions, Sami Jarroush examines the first (and his favorite) superhero and whether or not he’s truly relevant in the modern landscape.

Featuring interviews with titans of the comic industry like artist Neal Adams and writer Mark Waid, as well as Randall Lotowycz (author of DC Comics Superheroes and Villains Fandex), Glen Weldon (author of Superman: The Unauthorized Biography/The Caped Crusade), Dr. B.J. Oropeza (The Gospel According To Superheroes), Cap Blackard (The Nerdy Show), and CoS own Ben Kaye, Must There Be a Superman will premiere tomorrow, April 29th right here on Consequence of Sound.

Tim Heidecker releasing LP of "somewhat earnest" pop, touring, playing free Other Music in-store
Apr 28, 2016 12:54pm | Brooklyn Vegan

Tim Heidecker, of Tim & Eric, is releasing In Glendale, an album of what he's calling "somewhat earnest" pop songs, which will be out May 6. The first single is "Work from Home," which is the sort of piano-driven pop we got a lot in the '70s (Todd Rundgren, Harry Nilsson)...

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Anna Meredith Something Helpful Video
Apr 28, 2016 12:53pm | StereoGum
Anna MeredithScottish composer and indie pop singer-songwriter Anna Wise makes joyful, bubbly jaunts that are as delicate as they are infectious. She recently released her latest full-length offering, Varmints, and it's simply a delight. Her voice floats wispily over bell tings, xylophone, and bright, airy synths on one of the standout tracks, "Something Helpful." Today, … More »

Week In Pop Q&A: Alessia Cara Is Here, There, And Everywhere
Apr 28, 2016 12:52pm | StereoGum
LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 17: Recording artist Alessia Cara performs onstage VH1's 5th Annual Streamy Awards at the Hollywood Palladium on Thursday, September 17, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Mark Davis/Getty Images for Dick Clark Productions)Alessia Cara calls me back just as soon as she wraps up with Michelle Obama. The 19-year-old Def J...
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