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Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Vince Vaughn stocks up, and so can you!

Posted By on Tue, Mar 3, 2015 at 12:02 PM

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In design circles, we all know it and we all hate it. Stock art. Those very cheesy photos of people in suits giving each other high fives. Granted that happens here at Inlander HQ on an hourly basis.

Vince Vaughn and co-stars of the upcoming movie Unfinished Business posed for hilarious stock photos, all which are free to use. So feel free to make those awesome motivational posters.

Here you go: 

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TUESDAY TASTE: Brandi Carlile, Purity Ring and Steve Carell's impressive nose

Posted By on Tue, Mar 3, 2015 at 11:03 AM


Big news arrived in the music world in recent days with the announcement that the day for new releases will move from Tuesday to Friday — in other words, for most people, payday! How it will affect sales remains to be seen, but in the meantime, Tuesday remains big for new music and DVD releases until this summer, and we're here to guide you to the best of the bunch. 

MUSIC
Washington's own Brandi Carlile continues to release top-notch folk-rock with her new album, The Firewatcher's Daughter, a harmony-laden set of 12 songs released on the indie ATO label. Here's a taste: 
Canadian electro-pop duo Purity Ring returns from a jaunt home to Edmonton to record their sophomore set Another Eternity with a strong follow-up to their debut Shrines. Here's a new tune called "bodyache:"

MOVIES & TV
The major release of the day is The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1, which is basically the first half of the last chapter of the four-film project. If you're a fan, you've probably already seen it — it made more than $336 million. If you're not, consider checking this out instead: 

Foxcatcher might have a similar name to Mockingjay, but it's a much quieter film, and showcases Steve Carell like you've never seen him, both literally and in the acting sense. If you can get past the dramatic prosthetic schnozz and get into the true story of an odd, wealthy wrestling coach, you'll be rewarded, as Carell was with a Best Actor nomination at this year's Oscars. Mark Ruffalo was similarly honored for Best Supporting Actor. Here's a look: 

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Friday, February 27, 2015

Local filmmaker's "50 Shades of Gandalf the Grey" video goes viral

Posted By on Fri, Feb 27, 2015 at 5:34 PM

It only took 48 hours to blow up.

Spokane filmmaker Adam Harum, a co-creator of the locally-produced sci-fi web series Transolar Galactica, wasn't expecting his parody remake of the 50 Shades of Grey trailer — in which he splices Lord of the Rings wizard hero Gandalf the Grey (Ian McKellen) in place of the overhyped BDSM film's male lead character Christian Grey (Jamie Dornan) — to gain much traction. But since he posted the video on a few blogs and Reddit two days ago, it's gathered up an impressive (as of this posting) 80,500 144,800 views on YouTube.

Several thousand of those more recent clicks are in part thanks to a pick-up by the Onion's (not fake) entertainment news site, the A.V. Club.

The parody took three hours for Harum, an audio engineer for local studio ILF Media, to produce and while he didn't think it would "go viral," he decided to try an online social experiment, posting it on various sites, then sitting back to see if it would take off.

"I try the same channels to get my work out there, and I used the same pattern I've always done with my content of where, what time and what sites," he explains. "This is one of those things that is easily digestible and quick and fast, and people could easily click and share," unlike some of the professional video work Harum says he's shared through similar channels.

"It's been interesting to see the process," he says. "Most people don't get to see how this type of online content works, and the way Google and YouTube allow you to track data."

And for those wondering, Harum says he indeed saw 50 Shades of Grey in theaters. 

"It was hilarious. One of the greater comedies that's recently come out."


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Tuesday, February 24, 2015

TUESDAY TASTE: Screaming Females, Oscar winners among week's new releases

Posted By and on Tue, Feb 24, 2015 at 12:04 PM


Welcome to our weekly look at the new DVDs and album releases, in which we try to steer you toward the awesome and away from the awful. Let's do it. 

MUSIC
There's a lot to love for classic-rock and hard-rock fans this week. First and foremost is the reissue of Led Zeppelin's Physical Graffiti, a stone-cold classic brought to new life under the knife of Jimmy Page. Also arriving this week are new sets from Kid Rock, a live album from Rob Zombie, and some Southern swamp-blues from JJ Grey.

Here, though, are some new releases that rise to the top of the pile:  

Screaming Females are a New Jersey-based punk trio who have been around for about a decade, but still seem like fresh faces on the scene. Their new album, Rose Mountain, is their fourth, and marks another leap forward into more melodic songwriting. Here's a taste: 
Torche is metal with plenty of hooks, including some killer vocal harmonizing few of their peers would dare to try. Their new release, Restarter, is their fourth full-length, and its easily as aggressive and heavy as their previous releases: 


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Tuesday, February 17, 2015

TUESDAY TASTE: Ebert's Life, amazing animation and a multitude of new music

Posted By on Tue, Feb 17, 2015 at 11:02 AM


Every week the entertainment biz does its best to separate you from your money, and at Tuesday Taste we help you decide how best to spend your hard-earned cash, sifting through the week's new releases. 

MUSIC 
Among the mainstream releases this week, Imagine Dragons will probably dominate the sales chart with their bombastic brand of rock. Reggae fans will want to check out a new Bob Marley live set recorded in Boston in 1978. Here are a few releases worth a listen if those don't do it for you: 

A PLACE TO BURY STRANGERS, Transfixation. The New York noise-rockers try to capture the blend of shoegaze, psychedelia and hardcore that makes their live shows some of the most thrilling in modern rock on their fourth full-length. Here's a taste: 

JULIANA HATFIELD THREE, Whatever, My Love. A criminally underappreciated part of the '90s alt-rock explosion, the Juliana Hatfield Three released one album in 1993 and finally are releasing a follow-up 22 years later. Poppy, punky and highly entertaining is the rule with these guys. Here's a new tune, "Wood":   

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Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Scenes from SpIFF's opening gala

Posted By on Tue, Feb 10, 2015 at 12:04 PM


The Spokane International Film Festival is off and running, and screenings continue through this weekend. Be sure to check out our complete coverage of SpIFF while you decide what films to see. 

Inlander intern Courtney Brewer took her camera to the Opening Gala at the Bing Crosby Theater, which included screenings of regional productions Dryland and Queens of the Roleo, as well as appearances by both films' directors and casts. Author Jess Walter moderated the Q&A sessions, and film fans mingled at the Bing's Ovation Lounge and checked out the SpIFF Posterize artwork. 

Here are some shots from the scene: 
The casts and directors answer questions after the screenings of Dryland and Queens of the Roleo.  From left: Josh Knodel, Matt Miller, Richard Wilhelm and Sue Arbuthnot of Dryland, host Jess Walters, Queens' Dave Jones and Roy Bartlett. - COURTNEY BREWER
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  • The casts and directors answer questions after the screenings of Dryland and Queens of the Roleo. From left: Josh Knodel, Matt Miller, Richard Wilhelm and Sue Arbuthnot of Dryland, host Jess Walters, Queens' Dave Jones and Roy Bartlett.
Guests mosey through the movie posters on display. - COURTNEY BREWER
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TUESDAY TASTE: Gyllenhaal creeps out, Father John Misty exposes himself in week's new releases

Posted By on Tue, Feb 10, 2015 at 11:01 AM


If it's Tuesday, it's time for us to sift through the week's new music and DVD releases to help you spend your hard-earned dollars on the best entertainment possible. Let's do it. 

MUSIC
You know what's really weird? Both Ricky Martin and Sisqo have new albums coming out today. Would any of us considered it a remote possibility that the voices behind "Livin' La Vida Loca" and "Thong Song" would be putting out new music in 2015? But I digress. There's actually some good music out there for your perusal: 

Father John Misty, I Love You, Honeybear. One of the more eagerly awaited new releases of the spring arrives from the former Fleet Foxes drummer Joshua Tillman (aka J. Tillman, aka Father John Misty), and all indications are it's a winning follow-up to his revelatory Fear Fun album. A sample of him playing the title track live, right here: 
JD McPherson, Let the Good Times Roll. The Oklahoma-based singer/songwriter is a new force to be reckoned with in roots-music circles, delivering some potent retro-rock and rockabilly. Here's a nice feature NPR did on him, and here's a taste of him playing live: 
Fat Mike, Home Steet Home: Original Songs from the Shit Musical. You'll be forgiven for finding it hard to believe that the man behind NOFX and Me First and the Gimme Gimmes penned a full-blown piece of musical theater, but that's the case with Fat Mike's Home Street Home, a story of some homeless gutter punks that is opening on stage in San Francisco later this month. The soundtrack is out this week and features folks from Alkaline Trio, No Use for a Name, Lagwagon and others; here's a taste:  

MOVIES & TV
Clearly, all of us living in the Inland Northwest will be running to the store or firing up our favorite online outlet to buy the first season of Z Nation, Spokane's claim to fame in the zombie game. Some of us Inlander staffers might even see what happened after the arrival and quick dismissal of the zombie baby in the pilot. 

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Tuesday, February 3, 2015

TUESDAY TASTE: Seriously funny satire, classic psych-pop and new Murder by Death among new releases

Posted By on Tue, Feb 3, 2015 at 11:15 AM


Every week the industrial entertainment complex unleashes new releases designed to suck up your entertainment dollar. We're here to help you decide the best ways to spend your hard-earned dollars. We call it Tuesday Taste, and it's on. 

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Bob Dylan this week releases his album of classics, Shadows in the Night, and you can read a great interview with him right here. Here are a few other new releases well worth a listen: 

Murder by Death, Big Dark Love. The Indiana band deals in rootsy sounds and gloomy themes for the most part, but on this album they explore some new sonic territory. Here's a taste of the new music: 
Two Gallants, We Are Undone. The duo of Adam Stephes and Tyson Vogal have been playing together since hooking up in the Bay Area as pre-teens. Now in their mid-30s and five albums deep into their career, Two Gallants still make some great, stirring music together. 
The Church, Further/Deeper. This criminally underappreciated Aussie band has been together for 35 years, and they still deliver dreamy psych-pop at a ridiculously high level. They start their tour supporting the new album in Seattle at the end of the month. Here's one of the new songs: 

MOVIES & TV


The big mainstream release this week is John Wick, in which Keanu Reeves goes to extreme lengths to get revenge on the guys who killed his dog. As a former beagle owner myself, I can empathize. Or you can check in to Ouija, a movie that tries to make a children's toy scary, or the latest Nicholas Sparks bit of sentimental glop, The Best of Me

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Tuesday, January 27, 2015

TUESDAY TASTE: Rootsy tunes and artistic flicks highlight the week's new releases

Posted By on Tue, Jan 27, 2015 at 11:05 AM


Each week we sift through all manner of awful and mundane new music and home video releases to give you the lowdown on what's worth your time and money. We call it Tuesday Taste, and it's Tuesday, so let's do this: 

MUSIC
After last week's blast of riches, this week seems a bit weak by comparison when it comes to new music releases. But there are definitely a few worth checking out, particularly for fans of tunes with a dash of twang: 

The Lone Bellow has a sound that seems forged in the Deep South, but the trio actually hooked up in Brooklyn, and their songs blend a rootsy vibe with excellent vocal interplay. Then Came the Morning is the follow-up to the band's stellar self-titled debut. Here's the title track: 

The Dodos are heading to Spokane in March, meaning there's plenty of time to get to know the Bay Area's indie-rock duo's guitar/drum sound and wicked way with a song. Now 10 years into their life as a band, their new release Individ is a strong set recalling their best past work. Hear a bit right here: 
Punch Brothers are one of the most creative acoustic groups around, and led by mandolin madman Chris Thile, the group delves into classical, folk, bluegrass and rock in their music. As a live act, they're hard to beat, but their recordings are pretty special, too. Their latest is called The Phosphorescent Blues. Here's a taste: 
MOVIES & TV
The big mainstream DVD releases this week are Fury, the Brad Pitt war flick that got decent reviews, but suffered by being a bit plodding, and by having Shia Lebeouf in the cast. The Judge garnered Robert Duvall an Oscar nomination despite generally bad reviews. And while I love Duvall and Robert Downey, Jr., the 141-minute running time was too daunting for me to take on. Maybe you're different, or just have a lot of time on your hands. 

If that's the case, let me recommend a couple of lesser-seen flicks: 

The Book of Life got a wide release and did okay at the box office. But given how much money most mainstream animated fare earns, it almost seems like a bomb. That's a shame, because the story is pretty strong, delving into Mexican myths and legends, and the animation is excellent in this Day of the Dead-inspired flick. If you're the type of person who can easily get lost in the visuals of a film, give it a shot. Here's a look: 
Art and Craft is a documentary about a master art forger named Mark Landis, who wasn't interested in getting rich so much as wanting to look like a kind philanthropist as he gives away what people think are masterpieces. The movie delves into Landis' life, particularly what happens when an art expert exposes his ruse. Here's a look: 


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Tuesday, January 20, 2015

How to dress up for the Royal Tenenbaums Wednesday at the Bing

Posted By on Tue, Jan 20, 2015 at 5:06 PM


For our next installment of the Suds and Cinema series, we are hosting a screening of the 2001 instant Wes Anderson classic The Royal Tenenbaums.

We're opening doors for beer at 6:30 pm and then starting the movie at 7:30 pm.

Iron Goat Brewing will be on hand with their beloved locally made beer for $4 a pint and also giving out some Iron Goat gear to folks who take the initiative to dress up in character. 

After the screening, stick around for a special after party at the Bing Crosby Theater's new Ovations Lounge, which will feature the first night its top floor will be open. And yes, there will be drink specials. And music from a DJ.

We think you should come and if you want to win a prize, you should wear a costume depicting any character in the movie. You could be one of the hotel bellhops (what's with Wes Anderson and bellhops?), the doctor who's always in Anderson's movies in some minor role, the Egyptian guys selling Eli Cash some drugs. It doesn't matter. You could even be Dudley! The more creative the better.

More likely, though, you're going to go with one of the Tennenbaums and here are some pointers.

Fur coat + cigarette (unlit, duh) + hair clip = Margot Tenenbaum. Bonus: One of those dresses that looks like a polo shirt.
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Track suit (any brand, red preferably) = Chas Tenenbaum, or one of his boys. Bonus: a dog.
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Cowboy hat + any shirt or jacket with vaguely Western fringes = Eli Cash. Bonus: face paint
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Sweatband + sunglasses + sportcoat = Richie Tennebaum. Bonus: tennis racket, beard or a live falcon
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Pinstripe suit + mustache = Royal Tenenbaum.  Bonus: a cheeseburger
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Bowtie + checkered shirt = Henry Sherman Bonus: Danny Glover mask
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Power suit + pencil in your hair = Etheline Tenenbaum  Bonus: archeological equipment
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