U2 Releases Entire Album on iTunes For Free

U2 gave their fans a great surprise today – they released their thirteenth album, Songs of Innocence, on iTunes for free.

Interscope Records made a press release stating that the new album, which was gifted to fans ahead of the October 14 release date, is the band’s “most personal work to date” and that it was inspired by the band’s earliest influences in music, which includes anything from 70s rock to 80s electronica.

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In an interview with Rolling Stone, Bono said that the band wanted to make a very personal album.

“Let’s try to figure out why we wanted to be in a band, the relationships around the band, our friendships, our lovers, our family. The whole album is first journeys—first journeys geographically, spiritually, sexually. And that’s hard. But we went there,” says the frontman.

Some of the songs included on the album are “Song for Someone”, “Volcano”, and “The Miracle”. This is the fordt album U2 has released in five years.

Listen to one of the new songs, entitled “California (There Is No End to Love)” here:

Roberto Orci Says Third Instalment in the “Star Trek” Franchise Will Stay True to Original Series

Looks like Captain Kirk is headed into deep space in the next Star Trek movie! Director Roberto Orci has confirmed that the reboot will be “staying true to it’s roots as it heads into deep space” (via Variety).

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Orci said during a podcast for Geoff Boucher’s Humans From Earth, “In this movie, they are closer than they are to the original series characters that you have ever seen. They have set off on their five-year mission. So their adventure is going to be in deep space.”

This is great news for fans of the old series who are also fans of the of the reboot. It means that we’ll be seeing the USS Enterprise outside of the SanFran cityscape.

“In [‘Into Darkness’] they set out finally where the original series started. The first two films – especially the 2009 [‘Star Trek’] – was an origin story. It was about them coming together. So they weren’t the characters they were in the original series. They were growing into them and that continues on in the second movie.”

Star Trek 3 will be Orci’s directorial debut, although he will be writing on this movie in addition to his writing credits on the previous Star Trek films, The Amazing Spider-Man 2, and the first two Transformers movies.

The film is expected to be released in 2016.

Movies – First trailer for ‘Dracula Untold’ Starring Luke Evans Shows a New Side of The Classic Story

The first full-length trailer of Dracula Untold has officially been released! Looking into classic villain backstories seems to be a common theme in new films coming out recently and Dracula Untold is no exception.

The film follows Vlad Tepes (Luke Evans) as he is trying to find a way to protect those he loves from his enemies. In the trailer, we see that he is a brave warrior, but he feels that he is not protecting his family enough. He goes searching for an answer and gains dark powers from a mysterious man (played by Charles Dance). However, he seems to lose control over his power and things may not go as planned:

Dracula Untold was directed by Gary Shore and also stars Sarah Gadon, Dominic Cooper, Charlie Cox, and Samantha Barks. Will you be seeing this when it is released on October 17, 2014?

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BBC Announces “Doctor Who” Season 8 Premiere Date; Releases New Teaser Trailer

Looks like the Doctor and Clara will be back on your TV starting August 23Doctor Who returns this summer with Peter Capaldi taking over for Matt Smith as the Doctor, and Jenna Coleman returning to play Clara. Samuel Anderson has also been added to the cast as Danny Pink, a school teacher alongside Clara at Coal Hill School.

The new teaser trailer hints that the first, feature-length episode, entitled “Deep Breath”, is not all sunshine and roses (“Rose”s?) for the Doctor and Clara. The teaser opens with the Doctor silhouetted against the inside of the TARDIS with fire all around, and then… well, it’s easier to just show you.

Here’s an awesome graphic courtesy of the Doctor Who Facebook page!

Doctor Who s8Are you excited to see Coleman and Capaldi work their magic when the show returns on August 23?

TrulyLuminary’s Top Ten Summer Jams

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With summer approaching quickly, we thought we’d make a list of our Top Ten songs of the summer!

10. “Summer” by Calvin Harris

The aptly-titled track from the Scottish DJ brings a great beat to dance to and gives off a “summer party” vibe. Check out the video:

9. “Hideaway” by Kiesza

This song is another electronic song, but the Canadian-born singer-songwriter has a unique voice, not to mention the kick ass video.

8. “Boom Clap” by Charli XCX

This song is from the soundtrack of what is likely going to be the YA movie of the summer, The Fault in Our Stars! The song is super catchy, and will get stuck in your head!

7. “Ain’t It Fun” by Paramore

This song by the Franklin, Tennessee based alternative band is a new sound from them. They incorporated a gospel choir in this song. To truly understand the song, you’ve got to watch the video!

6. “Best Day of My Life” by American Authors

This song has a more alternative/indie sound to it, but definitely gives off a distinctly summer feeling! You’ve likely heard it on the radio recently!

5. “UH-OH” by Jeremy Fisher featuring Serena Ryder

Jeremy Fisher recently released an album, titled “The Lemon Squeeze”, and this is the first single the Canadian had released. Serena Ryder brings an element to the song that put it on the list!

4. “Sing” by Ed Sheeran

Honestly, it’s Ed Sheeran. Anything he does is good.

3. “She Looks So Perfect” by 5 Seconds of Summer

Australian-based 5 Seconds of Summer definitely have a summer hit on their hands with one! This song is a perfect mix of punk and pop! If you haven’t given them a chance, you definitely should!

2. “Jealous” by Chromeo

If this song doesn’t hit #1 on the charts, we’ll be surprised! This song is amazingly catchy; with it’s great, dance-inspiring instrumentals and easy to remember lyrics, this song is sure to be a summer hit!

1.”Really Don’t Care” by Demi Lovato featuring Cher Lloyd

This song made the top of our list because, frankly, it’s energetic as hell, and every girl can relate to the lyrics!

Did we miss anything? Do you agree with our choices?

“Ant-Man” Directorial Contenders Meet With Marvel Studios

Marvel is definitely not slacking on their promise to find a new director for the film so that the July 17, 2015 release date is not pushed back.

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The studio met with a group of potential directors, which includes Adam McKay (Anchorman), Rawson Marshall Thurber (We’re the Millers), and Ruben Fleischer (Zombieland, Gangster Squad), to look into filling the gap left by Edgar Wright earlier this week. Wright, a favourite in the Marvel community, left the project due to creative differences with the studio.

Ant-Man fans, who do you hope gets the job? Is there someone that you think Marvel should consider?

Casting News: Three New Villains Cast in Disney’s “Descendants”

Disney recently cast Broadway superstar Kristin Chenoweth as Maleficent in their upcoming TV movie Descendants, and has just added three more actors to the roster.

Jafar will be played by comedian Maz Jobrani, whose son Jay is played by X-Men alum Booboo Stewart; Kathy Najimy has been cast as The Evil Queen with Sofia Carson playing daughter Evie; and, lastly, Cruella De Vil will be portrayed by Wendy Raquel Robinson. Cruella has a son named Carlos, who will be played by Cameron Boyce.

The film, directed by High School Musical‘s Kenny Ortega, is expected to air on Disney Channel in 2015. Here’s the original press release that gives a detailed explanation of what we can expect from the film:

“In a present day idyllic kingdom, the benevolent teenaged son of the King and Queen (Beast and Belle from Disney’s iconic Beauty and the Beast) is poised to take the throne. His first proclamation: offer a chance at redemption to the trouble-making offspring of Cruella De Vil, Maleficent, the Evil Queen and Jafar who have been imprisoned on a forbidden island with all the other villains, sidekicks, evil step-mothers and step-sisters. These villainous descendants (Carlos, Mal, Evvie and Jay, respectively) are allowed into the kingdom to attend prep school alongside the offspring of iconic Disney heroes including Fairy Godmother, Sleeping Beauty, Rapunzel and Mulan. However, the evil teens face a dilemma. Should they follow in their nefarious parents’ footsteps and help all the villains regain power or embrace their innate goodness and save the kingdom?

Kenny Ortega, the Emmy Award-winning director and choreographer of Disney’s record-setting High School Musical TV movies and feature film, returns to Disney Channel to direct Descendants.

The script was written by Josann McGibbon and Sara Parriott (creators and Emmy Award and WGA Award nominees for their writing on The Starter Wife, also writers of Runaway Bride and on Desperate Housewives). The production design will be by Mark Hofeling (Teen Beach Movie, High School Musical). The wardrobe design will be by Kara Saun (Project Runway, America’s Best Dance Crew).

Casting is underway for Disney’s Descendants, a contemporary live-action adventure-comedy that taps into Disney’s heritage characters—notably its most evil villains–to introduce their progeny, a modern day generation of teenagers who ultimately question the evil that’s always been in their hearts. Disney’s Descendants is scheduled to begin production next spring for a 2015 premiere on Disney Channel. The casting directors are Natalie Hart and Jason La Padura, C.S.A. (High School Musical TV movies and film, Camp Rock).

Gary Marsh, president and chief creative officer, Disney Channels Worldwide, said, “We mined Disney’s treasure trove of stories and developed a new, comedic approach to the fabled characters everyone knows and loves. The result is a modern and unexpected re-interpretation of classic heritage characters utilizing contemporary, relatable settings and themes.”

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Are you excited to see what these actors will bring to the iconic roles?