The Pop Blitz

Happy Monday Popsters, it’s time once again to take a look at all the news that’s fit to POP for this week!

I hope the weekend was all you wanted and needed it to be, mine was, as usual, waaaay too short!

I’m heading off to Hollywood again later this week for a fast, furious and fun extended weekend and I’m sure I’ll have lots to report next Monday so be sure to check back next week for all the poptastic dirt and details.

And without further yada, yada, yada, let’s get this party started!

• The Muppet Teens

College Humor recently asked the question; what were the Muppets really like during their teen years?

I have to admit, if this were a reality show I’d never miss an episode, this is so much better than that awful movie last year. If there’s a sequel I’m thinking they need to let the guys that put this one together reboot the whole thing, (I know, I know, but still, I can dream can’t I?)

It should go without saying but, as a warning, this is definitely NSFW, check it out!

• Here Comes Killer Joe!

I‘ve been a big fan of actor/playwright Tracy Letts, (Bug, Man from Nebraska, August of Osage County) for quite a few years now and I’m really looking forward to seeing the big screen version of one of his most famous plays, Killer Joe, now in limited release.

Letts recently spoke to Playbill.com about the process of taking his play from stage to screen and it’s definitely worth a read when you have some time.

If this is the first you’re hearing about this one you’ll want to check out the trailer, this sure looks like some twisted, weird-ass fun!

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• The Inch is Back!

Actor/ Director/ Writer John Cameron Mitchell has announced he’ll be giving audiences and early look at his sequel to Hedwig and the Angry Inch at this year’s Afterglow Festival in Provincetown this September.

On Sept. 16 Mitchell will join Hedwig collaborator Stephen Trask for a work-in-progress reading of a sequel to the iconic, cult Off-Broadway musical about a transgender rocker, which premiered in 1998 at the Jane Street Theatre and made it’s way to the big screen in 2001.

The new sequel is reportedly the next chapter in Hedwig’s story. “We spend so much of our early lives trying to figure out who we really are,” Mitchell said of the show’s themes. “And we spend the rest of our lives preparing ourselves to let it go.”

For more info on the afterglow fest check out their website!

Hedwig is easily one of my all time favorite rock musicals and I’m psyched to hear more about this sequel!

Here’s a brief scene from the film adaptation for your listening and viewing pleasure!

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• The New Music PopCast for August 2012 is Here!

We’ve got a lot of great new music for you in this week’s PopCast featuring Citizen Cope, Aimee Mann, Gold Motel and a whole lot more, just click the spinning disc and tune in, turn it up and POP out!

• The Pop Buzz

Many of the survivors of the Aurora Colorado Dark Knight Rises Massacre have said when the lunatic first began to fire his guns they thought it was “part of the show” and I immediately thought of this article that ran in the L.A. Times a week before the tragedy. Something tells me this company is going to have some trouble moving forward, what a difference one night can make.

You’ve got until September 21st to enter the Prairie Home Companion Duets Contest, I’d suggest you start warming up those vocal chords A.S.A.P Popsters, you can go here for all the details and the official entry form.

♦ Love it or hate it, there’s one thing you have to admit when it comes to the Opening Ceremonies of the 2012 Olympics, that soundtrack ROCKED! If you’re curious to know the full set list the Telegraph has ’em all for you!

♥ Bob’s Fluffy Little Clouds

Before we wrap it up today I wanted to leave you with a smile that will hopefully carry you through the rest of your week. As you know, I’m a sucker for this kind of stuff, LOVE this, you will too, enjoy!

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• Have a great week Popsters, I’ll be thinking of you while I’m checking out the stars, sand and surf in L.A., see you next week, until then, as always, Cheers!- Scott

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