The Priority Report: June 11 to 17

By Jeannine Stanley

jeannine@nobomagazine.com

Diving into the second week of June and all it’s glory, NoBo brings you this week’s Priority Report.  Now that the sun is out, we’ve concentrated this week on some great new reads for you to take outdoors, for both you and the kids (school vacation is coming!) some new tunes to crank on the way to the beach, some amazing shows ending and beginning, and a few great blockbusters so you can take refuge in a cool theater on a hot day.  So sit back, relax, and let NoBo Magazine guide you to the best in this week’s entertainment!

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The Dark Knight tickets now available for presale

In theaters on July 20

Presale tickets go on sale for The Dark Knight Rises on Monday, June 11.  Buy your tickets now and save yourself the long lines of what is arguably the hottest movie this summer. The third and final installment in the Christopher Nolan directed series; this Batman brings us 8 film years, four years in reality for moviegoers, into the future of The Dark Knight.  Bruce Wayne has gone underground after taking the rap for Harvey Dent’s crimes so that Gotham City can have a proper villain to blame.  He comes back to the surface to find two new criminals, cat burglar Selina Kyle (Anne Hathaway’s Catwoman) and a more menacing villain, a mysterious bane, played by Tom Hardy from Inception.  In fact, several of the cast from that puzzle of a movie make an appearance in The Dark Knight Rises, including Joseph Gordon-Levitt as a cop, Marion Cotillard as a possible love interest, and of course writer Christopher Nolan, also the writer of Inception.  If its predecessors in the franchise are any indication, this film is sure to be dark, twisted, and a fitting finale for a series. Simply put, it should be a perfect summer night out at the theaters.

That’s My Boy

In theaters on June 15

Who doesn’t love Adam Sandler?  Billy Madison is arguably the best and greatest highlight of his work but he’s still at it. To be honest, his deeper, funny with a heart movies tend to be more well written and better received, but every summer needs a ridiculous movie to head to simply because it’s too damn hot outside.  Sandler plays Donny, a man-child who hooks up and knocks up his teacher and continues to make horrendous choices, and Andy Samberg plays the product of that union, amusingly named Han Solo.  After 18 years of being raised by his mother while Donny continues his one-way trip to loserville,  Desperate for money to keep the IRS off his back  Donny seeks out Han Solo (now Todd) who is now a successful businessman who is soon getting married.  And then, as in every Sandler movie, hilarity ensues.    This movie was, much like most of Sandler’s movies lately, partly filmed in the NoBo region (Lynn and Everett, and also Cape Cod and Brockton and Stoughton) so check it out if you need a break from the heat and you want to see your favorite towns on the big screen!

Rock of Ages

In theaters on June 15

A waitress (Julianne Hough) and a busboy (Diego Boneta) work in the Bourbon Room in Los Angeles, and fall in love during the 1980’s with the world’s most entertaining background.  This movie is based on the Broadway musical of the same name, and has a host of funny 80’s cameos including Tom Cruise as the lead singer of a hair band, as well as Russell Brand, Paul Giamatti, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Mary J. Blige, Alex Baldwin.  With a tagline like “Nothin like a good time”, this is sure to be a great June pick!

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Dallas

Premieres Wed. June 13 at 9PM on TNT

A continuation of the 1970’s first nighttime soap, this version finds the same Ewings and the same rivalries, but with another generation into the mix.  For fans of the original, it will be cool to see Patrick Duffy and company 30 years later, as well as some new blood (Jesse Metcalf, Jordana Brewster, Josh Henderson, among others).  TNT has brought us some great programing lately, and hopefully Dallas proves to be just as good.

True Blood

Premiered Sun. June 10 with season 5 continuing throughout the summer

Oh Sookie Stackhouse.  Every supernatural creature crawling about the tiny weird town of Bon Temps, Louisiana, has attacked you.  You’ve discovered you’re a fairy and you have two very smoking hot, dangerous and badass vampires vying for your affection, and the entire vampire world somehow hangs in the balance of your flimsy sundresses.  This series has seen the evolution of Sookie from a quiet, virginal country bumpkin/orphan to an ass kicking outsmarting every-woman who any villain in town seems to have eyes for.  She’s seen loved ones perish at the hands of these baddies and cant help but wonder why she seems to be the source of all evil when she is in fact, so good.  This season finds her best friend Tara seemingly dead (although I don’t put it past the writers to somehow resurrect her) and the vampire world in upheaval with the discovery of super-villain Russell Edgington being unearthed.  Christopher Maloni (Detective “Unstabler” from the Law and Order: Special Victims Unit franchise) makes his debut as a yet-to-be-determined head vampire this season, as well as what will sure be dozens of twists and surprises.  What will happen in our sleepy supernatural town?  Tune in Sunday to find out!

Conan

Live from Chicago: Monday, June 11 through Thursday, June 14 at 11pm on TBS

One of the best shows on television, Conan has been on the West Coast since his departure from NBC last year.  Splitting the difference down the middle and taking a trip to Chicago seems like just the thing to shake things up!  Andy Samberg, Adam Sandler, 30 Rock’s Jack McBrayer and a host of others help Conan showcase the Windy City and it’s finest comedy moments!

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Blow Your Pants Off by Jimmy Fallon

Available for purchase Tues. June 12

The Late Night talk show host has released his second comedy album with original and parody songs, with the likes of BFF Justin Timberlake, Dave Matthews (“Walk of Shame”), Bruce Springsteen, Eddie Vedder (“Balls In Your Mouth”), Brian Williams (“Slow Jam the News”) and Bob Dylan (“Charles in Charge Theme”).  Taking prominent figures in American culture and making them do ridiculous things is sort of Fallon’s M.O., and this is definitely funny!

Looking 4 Myself by Usher

Available for purchase Tues. June 12

If the first two singles “Climax” and “Scream” are any indication, Usher’s latest should be a wild party of music.  And it is, this is his seventh (!) studio album, and he’s grown.  His beats are refined and smooth in some songs (Climax is a building slow jam that brings his voice so high it doesn’t even sound like Usher) and down and dirty in others (Scream was produced by Max Martin, of Britney Spears Baby…one more time fame).  This album is a great party soundtrack for summer, whether it be slow jams, fast dance parties, or just your regular old BBQ, Usher delivers.

1991 by Azaelia Banks

Available for purchase Tues. June 12

Described by some as “Nicki Minaj meets Santigold”, Ms. Banks is releasing an EP featuring just 4 songs: “1991”, “Van Vogue”, “212” and “Liquorice”.  At just 21 years old (hence the title), she has taken the rap world by storm, amassing millions of YouTube followers and getting them all ready for her next mix tape, “Fantastic”, which is coming in July.  She’s also no stranger to controversy, dropping her manager after just two months and battling via social media several in the rap universe, including Nicki Minaj, T.I., Kreayshawn among others.  So what do you think?  Hype versus Talent?  Check out this EP and find out what the fuss is about

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America You Sexy Bitch: A Love Letter to Freedom by Meghan McCain and Michael Ian Black

Available Tuesday, June 12 in print and e-book

It sounds like the beginning of a bad joke: A young republican female blogger with a famous dad, and a 40-something democrat atheist comedian dad get in an RV.  What happens next?  Musings on America, our similarities and differences and the things about politics that push us apart.  McCain and Ian Black tour the country in an RV from California to Connecticut and every place in between, and bring us unbiased opinions from every state, as well as the things that make us so different are ultimately what bring us closer together.  A great read!

Invisible Monsters Remix by Chuck Palahniuk

Available Tuesday, June 12 in print and e-book

Chuck Palahniuk’s books are not for the faint of heart.  They are often very violent, graphic, and tend to profile the people in society that most of us try to stay away from.  However, he’s one of the best writers of our generation, and his books are constantly on the best-seller list.  Invisible Monsters, arguably one of his best, was written back in 1999 and became an instant cult classic, the story of a beauty queen (whose name we don’t learn until the end of the story) who is wronged and seeks revenge on the world, complete with her sidekick, a giant drag queen.  To tell you any more of this story would give too much away, but the twists and turns will keep you reading right until the very end, until the proverbial rug is pulled out from under you.  Fans of the original will find this is the remix, added scenes and chapters.  Either way, you need this book if you’re a fan of the bizarre, gross and weird, or if you just like incredible storytelling.  Get it Tuesday!

Not Taco Bell Material by Adam Corolla

Available Tuesday, June 12 in print and e-book

Corolla, who shot to fame as the quirky co-creator of the MTV’s Loveline with Dr. Drew and Comedy Central’s The Man Show, is America’s shlubby man-boy next door.  Constantly amusing yet not caustic on his weekly podcast and with his hat in the ring for everything from Dancing With the Stars to Celebrity Apprentice, Corolla has his finger on the pulse of America.  Not Taco Bell Material is his second book, the first one, In Fifty Years We’ll All Be Chicks was a New York Times Best-Seller.  These are Corolla stories, of his working-class youth to the hypocrisy that is Hollywood, and he tells them with unflinching honesty and ridiculous humor.  This book should be a great read, in the vein of last summer’s great beach read, Bossypants.  Settle on your beach chair and let Adam Corolla’s underdog rambles keep you laughing.

Dragons Love Tacos by Adam Rubin and Daniel Salmieri

Available Tuesday, June 12 in print and e-book

Keeping in the vein of stories named after Mexican delicacies, Dragons Love Tacos is on the other end of the spectrum.  Rubin and Salmieri are the authors of the “Those Darn Squirrel” stories, funny, upbeat and quirky kids books in the same vein as “If You Give a Moose a Muffin” we find out that Dragons love all kinds of tacos, but beware of giving them spicy salsa, who knows what could happen!

Don’t Let The Pigeon Drive The Bus: The “Big Book” Edition by Mo Willems

Available Tuesday, June 12 in print and ebook

Oh that clever pigeon!  Always trying to steal hotdogs, getting puppies, and staying up late, this time he has just gone to far.   Can a pigeon drive a bus, or better yet, can he convince YOU, silly reader, to  let him?  Mo Willems is a genius, pure and simple, from the Pigeon to the Piggy and Elephant series and Knufflebunny, this man has an unbelievable knack for getting inside kids heads and figuring out how to make them really laugh while teaching them about rules, the world around them, and what adults do that seems, well stupid.   Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus is obviously not a new title, but this version (a teachers favorite and a great end-of-the-year gift!) is big enough to read to the whole class, or perhaps a whole backyard full of kids when the pool and video games gets old this summer.

The Red House by Mark Haddon

Available Tuesday, June 12 in print and e-book

Told with a point of view that bounces between eight characters, Haddon tells the story of a family thrown together on an impromptu vacation in England, where they each are recovering from a change: a new marriage, a midlife crisis, stepchildren, and several other changes that throw all of our characters for a loop.   The reader gets intermingled with these characters so quickly, that we root for them, feel disappointment when they fail, and inevitably feel a loss when they don’t connect with each other the way the reader does with each of them.

Haddon is the author of The Curious Case of the Dog in the Nighttime, a blockbuster of a book written in 1994 from the perspective of a teen with an Autism Spectrum diagnosis whose trying to solve the murder of a dog.   If The Red House is anything like …Dog, this book will be amazing.

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