Fall for slew of new shows, movies, albums
There are two ways to look at this time of year.
On the one hand, the days are getting shorter, the nights cooler and plants and select animals are prepping to hibernate.
On the other hand, movie studios, music labels and TV networks are gearing up for a blitz.
From mid-September to early December, you can expect a slew of new movies, TV shows and albums. In some cases, these are releases or season premieres people waited for months to see or hear.
Here is a sampling of what is coming in the weeks and months ahead.
ON THE BIG SCREEN
Some of the most anticipated films of 2012 will come out this fall. Set aside some cash to catch these films on the big screen.
■ “Skyfall” (Nov. 9). It has been four years since Daniel Craig last appeared as James Bond in a feature film, so Bond fans are ready. This year also happens to be the 50th anniversary of “Dr. No,” which was Sean Connery’s first outing as 007.
■ “Lincoln” (Nov. 16). It’s a big year for President Abraham Lincoln. First he was portrayed as a vampire hunter in a summer film. Now, he will be portrayed by two-time, Academy-Award winning actor Daniel Day-Lewis with the guidance of director Steven Spielberg in this biographical movie. Wonder which movie Lincoln himself would have seen.
■ “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2” (Nov. 16). The story’s finally over for Edward, Bella and Jacob, but enough about one of the most successful vampire series of all time. Nearly all attention on this movie, despite being the finale, will focus on actors Robert Pattinson (Edward) and Kristen Stewart (Bella) and their off-screen romance gone bad. Earlier this year, Stewart cheated on Pattinson with a married director she worked with in a different film. This is the first film they have had to promote since their split.
■ “Life of Pi” (Nov. 21). This film is not a blockbuster nor does not feature household names. Nonetheless, anyone who read the book may have this movie on his or her radar. It’s a fantasy adventure and a survival story about an Indian boy shipwrecked in the Pacific Ocean with numerous animals, including a Bengal tiger.
■ “Les Miserables” (Dec. 14). The opportunity to listen to respected actors and actresses sing through one of the world’s most iconic musicals is a relatively unique opportunity. Hugh Jackman is leading man Jean Valjean. Russell Crowe, Anne Hathaway and Amanda Seyfried also play leading roles in this adaptation of the stage musical based on Victor Hugo’s novel.
And, drum roll, please…
■ “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” (Dec. 14). Peter Jackson, director of the insanely popular and visually stunning “Lord of the Rings” movies, returns to tell the story of Bilbo Baggins’ journey to reclaim treasure stolen by the dragon Smaug. The movie features characters from the aforementioned trilogy and introduces new ones in this fantastical journey into the “wild,” known in real life as New Zealand.
In addition to new theatrical releases, fans can look forward to purchasing for the first time on Blu-ray:
■ “Indiana Jones: The Complete Adventures” with all four Indiana Jones movies. (Sept. 18).
■ “Bond 50: The Complete 22-Film Collection (with Limited Edition Hardcover Book)” (Sept. 25).
■ “E.T. The Extra Terrestrial Anniversary Edition” (Oct. 9).
Locally, Community Cinema approaches the start of its 2012–13 season. Community Cinema offers free screenings of films from the Emmy Award-winning PBS series “Independent Lens.”
The series will begin with “Half the Sky: Turning Oppression Into Opportunity For Women Worldwide” at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 19, in Colorado Mesa University’s Academic Classroom Building (ACB Building), Room 111. A wine and cheese reception will begin at 6:30 p.m. ACB is located near the intersection of Elm Avenue and Cannell Avenue.
Free parking is available after 6 p.m. in the gravel lot near the ACB Building.
The series runs through June, so look for further information about the films in upcoming editions of Out & About.
ON THE BEAT
The next few weeks are like a tsunami of new album releases in a variety of genres.
Don’t believe me? Read the Out & About music column from Aug. 31 by Rock Cesario at GJSentinel.com and David Goe’s column on page 4 of this issue.
Among the highlights:
■ Bob Dylan’s new album “Tempest” is out Tuesday, Sept. 11. Dylan, 71, is celebrating his 50th year as a recording artist and one of the most influential songwriters in history. Dylan is out touring this fall in North America with former Dire Straits lead guitarist Mark Knopfler. The closest these men come to the Grand Valley are these two shows: Oct. 29 and Oct. 30 at the 1stBank Center in Broomfield. Pre-sale tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. Monday, Sept. 10, with the rest of the seats opening up to the general public on Friday, Sept. 14.
“Tempest” is Dylan’s 35th studio album and includes 10 new Dylan songs.
■ As one of the go-to college bands of the 1990s and early 2000s, Dave Matthews Band has a new album “Away From the World” out Tuesday, Sept. 11, just in time to entertain a whole new generation of college students. This is the group’s eighth studio album and is produced by the same man who produced the band’s first three albums.
■ The Avett Brothers are rooted in traditional folk and bluegrass, featuring the banjo on some of its songs. The new album “The Carpenter” is out Tuesday, Sept. 11, and features 12 new tracks. It’s the band’s first studio album since 2009.
■ Las Vegas alternative band The Killers return with “Battle Born” on Sept. 18. It’s the group’s fourth studio album.
■ One of the most anticipated albums of the year is Mumford & Sons release of “Babel” on Sept. 25. This is only the second studio album from the London-based folk band with a definite bluegrass kick. Its debut album, “Sigh No More,” was so well received in 2010 that it garnered international attention and two Grammy nominations.
■ Alternative, punk rock band Green Day is back with “¡Uno!” on Sept. 25. It’s been nearly three years since it released a studio album.
■ Led by dominant personality and fashionista Gwen Stefani, the band No Doubt is back with “Push and Shove” on Sept. 25. It’s been more than a decade since the band released a studio album of original music.
Closer to home in music news, a local music showcase is in the works for Nov. 2–3 put on by The Daily Sentinel and Mesa Theater and Lounge. Keep an eye out for details coming soon on this event. It’s going to be big.
And on a sad note, live music venue Tenacious Brothers Pub will close its doors after a final show on Sept. 22.
ON THE TUBE
Although networks and cable stations occasionally roll out new shows in the winter and summer, no time is bigger for season premieres of new and returning shows than now.
With the addition of several new shows this season comes the news that some favorite series are in their final run.
NBC’s “The Office” and “30 Rock” are in their final seasons, according to numerous entertainment websites, including tvguide.com.
“30 Rock” returns for a shortened season Oct. 4, while “The Office” returns with new episodes Sept. 20.
“Parks and Recreation” also returns Sept. 20.
What NBC has enjoyed with its comedic strength on Thursdays for the past several years, FOX wants to claim on Tuesday nights.
Both “New Girl” and “Raising Hope” are back for new seasons on Sept. 25, and Oct. 2, respectively, as part of the Tuesday night lineup that will feature new shows “The Mindy Project” and “Ben and Kate.”
Other new shows getting attention are:
■ “The New Normal,” which premieres Tuesday, Sept. 11, already has been banned by KSL-TV, the NBC affiliate in Salt Lake City, because of potentially objectionable content for prime time. “The New Normal” is about a successful, gay California couple who want a baby.
■ “Revolution” is a new NBC show that premieres Sept. 17, from executive producer J.J. Abrams, who co-created the hit and critically-acclaimed show “Lost.” The drama is set in a post-apocalyptic future.
Popular shows back for another season are:
■ “The Voice” — premieres Monday, Sept. 10, on NBC.
■ “Glee” — premieres Thursday, Sept. 13, on Fox.
■ “Modern Family” — premieres Sept. 26, on ABC.