Metro music editor Pat Healy on what your 2011 should sound like:
Sharon Van Etten
Experiencing Sharon Van Etten’s fall release, “Epic,” is an evolution from subliminal to sublime. It’s the type of album that you put on once, and it might not move you right away, but you find yourself reaching for it again because, “Hey, that wasn’t bad.” And then the next thing you know, you’re obsessed with her spooky arrangements, confident melodies and wise words. And that cycle is exactly what will happen to music-lovers everywhere this year.
What have you done for us lately, Seattle? It’s now been almost 20 years since grunge exploded, so you can’t rest on those laurels anymore. What’s that? You have a hip-hop outfit called Champagne Champagne? And you say they merge the positive rap of the Native Tongues Posse (A Tribe Called Quest, De La Soul etc.) with stoner soundscapes and funny rhymes? Well, we’ll take it. Thank you.
Sure, the members of MEN are capable of doing great things to promote transsexual awareness, but with their new album, “Talk About Body,” out in a few weeks, they’re capable of doing great things to prompt your butt to get on the dance floor. The album is full of the type of dance-pop that is at once rocking, melodic, sinister, fun and capable of making Lady Gaga extremely jealous.
Film editor Heidi Patalano checked in with Movies.com film critic Dave White to find out which film performances are worth seeing:
Where you’ve seen her: “Somewhere,” “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button”
Where you’ll see her next: “Super 8,” “We Bought a Zoo”
Why she’s a rising star: “Elle Fanning, through the first, single-digit years of her life, was in these kind of prestige films, like ‘Babel’ and indie dramas by cool up and coming directors,” says White. “She has that same quality as her sister [Dakota] that’s ‘I’m way older than you think I am.’”
Where you’ve seen her: “True Grit”
Where you’ll see her next: Maybe at the Oscars?
Why she’s a rising star: “She’s getting all kinds of talk for Oscar nominations,” says White. “She holds her own against Jeff Bridges. She commands that screen-time.”
Where you’ve seen her: “Kick-Ass” “Let Me In”
Where you’ll see her next: “Hugo Cabret,” “The Fields”
Why she’s a rising star: “You have an army of child actors out there and the unusual, striking ones stand out,” White muses. “‘Kick-Ass’ and ‘Let Me In’ were adult films that were way beyond what a kid would normally be a part of.”
Where you’ve seen him: “TRON: Legacy” “Country Strong”
Where you’ll see him next: “On the Road”
Why he’s a rising star: “That dude is going to be Brad Pitt. There’s almost nothing stopping him.” White asserts. “[In ‘Country Strong’] he plays a young earnest singer/songwriter and he moves and acts just like Brad Pitt in ‘Thelma and Louise’ — the cowboy hat doesn’t hurt.”
What you’ve seen him in: “The Social Network” “Never Let Me Go”
What you’ll see him in next: The “Spiderman” reboot
Why he’s a rising star: “He got a lot of attention for ‘The Social Network,’” says White. “He’s got some Oscar nomination talk.”
What you’ve seen her in: Victoria’s Secret fashion shows
What you’ll see her in next: “Transformers: Dark of the Moon”
Why she’s a rising star: “She is going to be making the pages of Maxim and other magazines,” White says. “You may not remember her name, but you’re going to go, ‘Oh that Victoria’s Secret girl.’ We’ll see if she’s worth the marquee room.”
What you’ve seen her in: “Winter’s Bone”
What you’ll see her in next: “X-Men: First Class,” “The Beaver”
Why she’s a rising star: “She commanded every moment of [‘Winter’s Bone’]” says White. “She’s a serious girl, there’s no doubt that she’s got a career ahead of her in serious-minded stuff if she wants it.”
Metro television critic Amber Ray on who to watch out for on your television this year:
Where you’ve seen her: She recently portrayed twins Kathy and JoDean Marquart on “Big Love.”
Why 2011 will be her year: Enos is mesmerizing as the lead homicide detective in the murder investigation of a teenage girl in the new AMC crime thriller “The Killing,” based on a hit Danish TV drama.
“She’s a deeply intelligent, deeply private woman,” Enos says of her character, Sarah Linden. “She has an uncanny intuition about this kind of work, which is what keeps her in it and also makes happiness hard to choose in her life.”
“The Killing” premieres April 3 at 10 p.m. on AMC
Where you’ve seen her: On the BBC TV drama “Doctors.”
Why 2011 will be her year: Clarke plays the pivotal role of exiled princess Daenerys Targaryen in HBO’s adaptation of George R. R. Martin’s epic fantasy novel, “A Game of Thrones.” Fanboys are already swooning over the beauty, who calls the role “a blessing.”
“You can class me as a rookie,” she admits. “As the audition process went on, the gravity of it kind of hit home a little bit more, like how huge this character really was.”
“Game of Thrones” premieres April 17 on HBO
Where you’ve seen him: He played Declan Coyne on “Degrassi: The Next Generation.”
Why 2011 will be his year: Liboiron has a starring role in Steven Spielberg’s big-budget sci-fi series “Terra Nova.” The action-drama follows the Shannons, a family who travels 85 million years back in time to try to save humanity from an apocalyptic future. “It’s like the whole experience of it was a dream almost, and you didn’t really have any control over it, but things kept on happening,” he says.
“Terra Nova” premieres May 23 and May 24, at 9 p.m. on Fox