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Chris Schulz is an entertainment feature writer for the New Zealand Herald.

'Sad' fans complain about Muse's new dubstep song (+10 links)

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A trailer for Muse's new album features Skrillex-type dubstep and has made fans "sad". It's included in a wrap of the 10 best things you'll see on the web today.

Fans aren't impressed with Muse's new dubstep direction. Photo / Dean Purcell
Fans aren't impressed with Muse's new dubstep direction. Photo / Dean Purcell

1. Muse have done a KoRn and gone dubstep. At least, that's what a trailer for the much-heralded British progressive rock act's new album The 2nd Law appears to suggest. With enough robotic squelches to make Skrillex jealous, the band's fans have reacted badly to the song. Sample comment: "I like the orchestral part, but the dubstep drop made me sad." The 2nd Law is due out in September. (NME)

2. Ever wondered what happened to Terminator 2 star Edward Furlong? His fall from grace into B-movie oblivion seems complete with this trailer for Arachnoquake, a made-for-TV movie in which the worst CGI'd spiders ever take over New Orleans.(Entertainment Weekly)

3. If a TV presenter describes the Queen's Jubilee celebrations as "an orgy of excitement" they're just asking for trouble. And Piers Morgan found it when Jon Stewart tore him a new one over his ridiculously OTT coverage. Check out his monologue here. (Crave Online)

4. Speaking of monologues, did anyone else think Russell Brand's shouty opening spiel at the MTV Movie Awards was, erm, just awful? It's too soon for Katy Perry jokes, mate. At least we got new Batman footage I guess. (Gossip Cop, Huffington Post)

5. Looking forward to seeing Prometheus? Then check out this fan-made trailer using just paper that Prometheus writer Damon Lindelof liked so much he even tweeted about it. (Hollywood Reporter)

6. Foul-mouthed rapper Danny Brown's Grown Up is my favourite song so far in 2012, a delicious slice of playful summer hip-hop that demands repeat plays. The video features a cute gangsta kid rapping Brown's lyrics, and it's perfect so grab some chocolate milk and check it out. (YouTube)

7. Speaking of new music vids, check out the black-and-white clip for Kanye West's Mercy (good god Kanye's wearing a dress) and the always ridiculous Die Antwoord, who have unveiled their latest, Baby's on Fire. (Pitchfork, Stereogum)

8. Ready for some scares? Then check out the trailer for House at the End of the Street, starring The Hunger Games' Jennifer Lawrence. Boo. (Apple)

9. Words fail me over this one: It's Barack Obama speeches spliced together to create the tune of Call Me Maybe, with just a hint of AutoTune. This is crazy. (YouTube)

10. Have you checked out The Wire: The Musical? What about Ben Stiller's dating show pisstake Burning Love? You should really be reading the Herald's entertainment section more often, then.

- Herald online


Chris Schulz

Chris Schulz is an entertainment feature writer for the New Zealand Herald.

A subscription to RTR Countdown magazine as a teenager kick started Chris’ inspiration to become an entertainment reporter. After finishing a grad-dip at journalism school, he discovered the magazine no longer existed. So he instead begged for a reviewing job at Rip It Up, then took over a local news website’s entertainment section in 2004 when no one else wanted to do it. It’s as much a surprise to him as it is to those around him that he’s been doing entertainment reporting ever since, utilising his diehard love of popular culture (specifically music, TV, movies and games). His career highlights including interviewing heroes like Billy Corgan and Trent Reznor, discussing the best sheep-docking techniques with Courtney Love, and breaking his nose during a Shihad concert. The last thing left on his entertainment reporting bucket list is to ride a rollercoaster with Dave Grohl, something he’s hoping to achieve in the next 12 months.

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