New Music Spotlight: Katy Perry – Teenage Dream

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This weeks pick is the fantastic Katy Perry’s new album Teenage Dream  

img3"I can’t run from where I came from, nobody can," says Katy Perry. When it came time to make her exhilarating second album "Teenage Dream," Katy found herself increasingly drawn back home to Santa Barbara, Calif. Back to where they knew her before she became a superstar. Before she kissed a girl and liked it. And, certainly, before she sold 5 million copies of her Capitol Records blockbuster, "One of the Boys." "I love the vibe that Santa Barbara gives off and I wanted to really tap into the purity of my childhood and that feeling," says the two-time Grammy nominated singer. "It was really fun to get away and walk into the studio with no make-up on."

"Teenage Dream," will move you, both emotionally and physically. "When I was touring, I wanted people to dance more," Katy says. "So I wrote an album that made people move, yet didn’t sacrifice the story substance that I had on the last record." The album, whose producers include Max Martin, Tricky Stewart, Stargate, Dr. Luke and Greg Wells, is a glorious evolution from "One of The Boys," It showcases an artist who dares us to join her as she experiences every facet of life.

"I’m giving everyone the full spectrum on this record," Katy says. "You’re getting the sugary sweet, but you’re also getting the `Oh my goodness, she had to sit down for a minute and let some things off her chest’." Fun first single, "California Gurls," declared by Entertainment Weekly as "unforgettable," is the undeniable summer anthem of 2010. Featuring Snoop Dogg, "Gurls" is a sizzling salute to sun-kissed days spent in Daisy Dukes and a bikini top. Other album highlights include the heartbreakingly wistful "The One that Got Away," the naughty, playful strut of "Peacock," the uplifting "Firework," the pulsing, stinging "Circle the Drain," and the spiritual quest of "Who Am I Living For."

And then, of course, there’s the passionate, thumping title track. "I called the album `Teenage Dream’ because I feel like I will always want to be that pin-up poster," Katy says. "I definitely want to be in everybody’s dreams at all times until I get to Liz Taylor’s age when I’m not in your dreams anymore, and I’m just a diva!"

It’s irreverent statements like this that have branded Katy a true American original. She’s the extremely talented girl next door with slyly captivating charm. After Katy topped Maxim’s Hot 100 this Spring, Maxim editor-in-chief Joe Levy mused of her appeal: "It’s that feeling you get when you suddenly realize that the smartest, funniest, coolest girl you know also happens to the best looking and a pretty good skateboarder, too. All of sudden, your crush goes supernova, and this is Katy’s supernova moment."

She’s the face most likely to adorn the bedroom walls of young girls who adore Katy not only for her musical brio, but for her playful yet sophisticated fashion sense (Who else could wear a blinking dress that lights up to the Metropolitan Museum Costume Institute’s Gala?) "I don’t ever really want to come off as trashy," she says. `But I want people to know I’m definitely having fun."

Of that, there’s no doubt. Seldom has an artist catapulted onto the world scene and captured not only people’s ears, but their hearts as well. Since the 2008 release of "One of the Boys," Katy has taken a jet-fueled rocket pack to the top, wowing fans with her often whimsical, irresistible pop songs. Katy topped charts in more than 25 countries with cultural phenomenon "I Kissed a Girl," "Hot N Cold," "Thinking Of You" and "Waking Up in Vegas," and has sold more than 22 million digital tracks and mobile products worldwide. Katy erases any barrier between pop star and audience by writing all her own material. "You’re getting a pure connection to the artist," Katy says. "You’re not getting some idea of what that artist should be, you’re getting a direct voice."

img3Nowhere is Katy’s voice and vision clearer than in concert. She is a relentless road warrior, albeit one who comes complete with gigantic, blow up plastic strawberries to toss into the audience. As a newcomer, she stormed the Warped Tour stage for 47 dates in 2008, immediately winning over hardened rock fans with her ceaselessly energetic live show. Since then, she has steadily built audiences across the planet by touching down in more than two dozen countries and filling increasingly larger venues each time she returned to a city. 2009’s headlining "One of the Boys" tour was a phenomenal success, selling out around the world.

She’s also a popular television draw, appearing on countless talk shows, presenting and performing on the Grammys living out her lifelong dream of being lowered from the ceiling in a 600 lb. banana, serving as a guest judge on "American Idol," a celebrity contestant on "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?" for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and hosting MTV’s Europe Music Awards twice. More often than not she’s adding to her trophy case at each stop, winning Best New Act at the Europe Music Awards, Best Pop Video at the MTV Japan Awards and International Female Solo Artist at the Brit Awards.

As much as her life seems to play itself out in the press–she’s appeared on the cover of more than 15 magazines–she reminds us the real Katy is in every note and every word of her music. "If you ever want an answer about how I felt about something or what I was going through or what I believe or my convictions or my love," she says, "You just have to listen to the lyrics." We can’t wait to hear every word she has to say.

Get Teenage Dream now.

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DVD Releases for August 24th

This Weeks Pick on DVD

The Back Up Plan

Order the back up plan on DVD

image Actors: Jennifer Lopez, Alex O’Loughlin, Michaela Watkins, Eric Christian Olsen, Noureen DeWulf
Directors: Alan Poul
Format: AC-3, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, DVD, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only.)
Number of discs: 1
Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
Studio: Sony
DVD Release Date: August 24, 2010
Run Time: 106 minutes

The Back-Up Plan

Special Features

Belly Laughs: Making The Back-Up Plan
Deleted Scenes Review: Jennifer Lopez and Aussie heartthrob Alex O’Loughlin are pitch-perfect foils in the romantic comedy The Back-up Plan–a film that’s as light as the foam on a root-beer float, but which manages to be both romantic and very funny. Lopez, after a long absence from the big screen, is a pleasure to watch–an accomplished (and underrated) comedian who can spar and spark with the best of her peers, and better than most. Lopez’s chemistry with the dreamy O’Loughlin will engage viewers completely. Lopez plays Zoe, a smart woman whose dating life has been dismal–and who finally decides to become a single mom so she can achieve at least the motherhood she’s always desired. As fate would have it, she meets Mr. Perfect (or Mr. Close To It), O’Loughlin’s Stan, on the very day she visits the fertility clinic and becomes pregnant with twins. The early stages of their courtship involve Zoe’s increasingly desperate measures to conceal her growing belly. By the time she confesses her condition, Stan is smitten–but with hormones on both sides roiling, and reality about to set in as the birth approaches, both Zoe and Stan get cold feet. If the plot of The Back-up Plan is a bit predictable, the flinty performances of both Lopez and O’Loughlin keep the viewer utterly engaged. Supporting actors Eric Christian Olsen, as Zoe’s best guy pal, and the lovely and hilarious Michaela Watkins (The New Adventures of Old Christine) turn in terrific performances, too, and cameos by veterans including Albert Klein (as Zoe’s hyperenthusiastic doctor), Tom Bosley, and Linda Lavin round out the excellent acting ensemble. The Back-up Plan also features an engaging soundtrack with a danceable tune by Lopez, "What Is Love?" and memorable songs by Colbie Caillat, India.Arie, and more. The Back-up Plan shows that love may not always go according to plan–OK, it never does–but it’s worth the ride, however the heart ultimately gets there. —A.T. Hurley

August 24 Releases
$5 a Day (Drama) Order
A Step into the Darkness (Drama) Order
Abandoned (Drama, Mystery, Thriller) Order
Ajami (Drama) Order
An American Journey: In Robert Frank’s Footsteps (Documentary) Order
The Back-up Plan (Comedy, Romance) Order
The Bad Mother’s Handbook (Comedy, Drama, TV) Order
Ben 10 Alien Force: Volume 8 (Animation) Order
Beverly Hills 90210: The second Season (Drama, TV) Order
City Island (Comedy, Drama) Order
Dark Arc (Comedy, Drama) Order
Dorian Gray (Drama, Horror, Thriller) Order
Flight of the Conchords: The Complete Collection (Comedy, TV) Order
Four Stories of St. Julian (Crime, Thriller) Order
Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood – Part Two (Animation, Comedy, Horror, Mystery, Sci-Fi, TV) Order
George A. Romero’s Survival of the Dead (Horror, Suspense) Order
George A. Romero’s Survival of the Dead (2-Disc Ultimate Undead Edition) (Horror, Suspense) Order
Ghost Hunters International: Season 1, Part 2 (Documentary, TV) Order
Gossip Girl: The Complete Third Season (Comedy, Drama, Romance, TV) Order
The Great Rift: Africa’s Greatest Story (Documentary) Order
The Least Among You (Drama) Order
Lost: The Complete Collection (Adventure, Drama, Fantasy, Mystery, Thriller, TV) Order
Lost: The Complete Sixth and Final Season (Adventure, Drama, Fantasy, Mystery, Thriller, TV) Order
Machine Gun McCain (Crime, Drama) Order
NCIS: The Seventh Season (Action, Crime, Drama, Mystery, TV) Order
The Simpsons: The Complete Thirteenth Season (Animation, Comedy, TV) Order
The Simpsons: The Complete Thirteenth Season (Embossed Box) (Animation, Comedy, TV) Order
The Square (Drama, Thriller) Order
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Turtles Forever (Action, Adventure, Animation) Order
Three Silent Classics by Josef von Sternberg (Criterion Collection) (Various) Order
Tom and Jerry Meet Sherlock Holmes (Animation, Comedy, Family) Order

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This Week on DVD

DVD Pick: Date Night

Tina Fey and Steve Carell are two of the most charming performers in entertainment today. Their goofy attractiveness makes them a perfect couple in Date Night: an unremarkable husband and wife from New Jersey, they get mistaken for crooks in Manhattan, sending them on a wild night replete with snooty wait staff, crooked cops, glitter-specked strippers, a shirtless superspy (Mark Wahlberg, as buff as ever), and a preposterous car chase. The movie makes no effort to be remotely plausible and the last third really goes off the rails, and it would probably be better served by less familiar faces in minor roles (bit parts are played by Mark Ruffalo, Kristen Wiig, Common, James Franco, Mila Kunis, William Fichtner, and Ray Liotta). It’s disappointing that the dialogue doesn’t crackle the way it does on 30 Rock or The Office. But Fey and Carell carry the movie along through sheer nerdy pluck. Rarely does a couple in a movie seem genuinely devoted to each other, not out of wild passion, but for all the things that a real marriage is built on: patience, shared humor, a willingness to deal with day-to-day annoyances, and simple affection. Fey and Carell seem like a couple you’d actually enjoy going out to dinner with. In today’s world, that’s more romantic than sunsets and bouquets of roses.

This Week on DVD

August 10
Crumb (Criterion Collection) (Documentary) Order

Date Night (Comedy) Order

Death at a Funeral (Comedy) Order

Graphic Sexual Horror (Special Edition) (Documentary) Order

Helen (Drama) Order

The Joneses (Comedy, Drama) Order

Just Say Love (Drama, Romance) Order

Louie Bluie (Criterion Collection) (Documentary, Music) Order

Manuela & Manual (Comedy) Order

Max Headroom: The Complete Series (Comedy, Sci-Fi, TV) Order

Multiple Sarcasms (Drama) Order

My Name is Khan (Drama, Romance) Order

Numb3rs: The Sixth Season (Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller, TV) Order

Say Goodnight (Comedy) Order

Titan Maximum: Season One (Animation) Order

Trauma: Season 1 (Drama, TV) Order

Under the Mountain (Horror) Order

Note: Cross posted from EntertainmentNutz.


DVD Spotlight: Clash of the Titans

image "Release the Kraken!" Ah, it could only be Clash of the Titans, the 2010 remake that retains the instruction to unleash the great beastie from the sea. The 1981 original boasted Ray Harryhausen’s legendary stop-motion technique of animating various mythological creatures–it was his final feature project–and given the cornball approach of the movie in general, that was the main draw. The remake supplies new state-of-the-art special effects (released in 3-D) and a nicely muscular sense of momentum.

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