1. New Moon OST
The Twilight franchise is finally showing some teeth, thanks to a dose of indie blood. The soundtrack features big names like Death Cab For Cutie and Thom Yorke, and more obscure ones such as Lykke Li. It’s all brooding, heartbreak stuff and may well bring many vampire-resistant young ones to the New Moon pack. Standout tracks: A White Demon Love Song (The Killers) and Slow Life (Grizzly Bear).
2. The Men Who Stare At Goats
Yes, George Clooney is one of the guys who can kill goats by just staring at them. In the tradition of Dr. Strangelove, the film is a send-up of all things war and military — in this case, the absurdity arises from a secret army op where psychic soldiers are trained to become “Warrior Monks.” Also starring Jeff Bridges, Ewan McGregor and Kevin Spacey.
3. A History of Ghosts: Peter H. Aykroyd with Angela Narth
Now we know where Ghostbusters came from. Comedian Dan Aykroyd’s dad digs deep into his family history to come up with tales of séances, mediums and ghost hunters, stories that had been an inspiration for the ’80s blockbuster. A perfect read for the Halloween weekend.
4. Balloon Boy Kit
This Halloween you can be Falcon Heene. Following the six-year-old boy’s fake disappearance in a makeshift hot-air balloon, a Saskatoon company is selling the Balloon Boy Halloween Kit for just $19.99. The kit includes a 38-inch Mylar balloon, a laser-cut gondola and an instruction sheet. Customers provide their own helium, string and a cardboard box.
If you are a foodie, then this site is a must visit. Since Monday, Epicurious.com has started collecting hundreds of recipes from the world’s top chefs and cookbook authors. The sneak-peek at upcoming cookbooks will also allow consumers to test-drive recipes before investing in the whole volume.
6. Monty Python: Almost The Truth
The Fab Six of comedy get a documentary they deserve. Also airing as a six-part special on IFC, the film is a warts and all look at what made the always hilarious collective of John Cleese, Graham Chapman, Eric Idle, Michael Palin, Terry Jones and Terry Gilliam tick. Dozens of celebrity fans such as Jimmy Fallon, Eddie Izzard and Stephen Merchant join in to pay their respects.
7. DJ Hero
Do you get scratch fever every time you see a turntable? Then this one’s for you. As the name suggests, the game’s based on the Guitar Hero premise — follow the on-screen red-blue-and-green cues and hit the right buttons to keep the beat going.
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