Unlike most of Hollywood’s big, sizzling blockbusters, the forthcoming film Gangster Squad actually has a true story attached to it. This true crime tale from Paul Lieberman chronicles L.A.’s secret anti-mob police unit that operated back in the 40s as New York gangsters migrated west. Even though it doesn’t have Emma Stone nude, the book might just be better than the movie.
Basketball fans have recently taken up a debate over whether the ’92 Olympic Dream Team would beat the ’12 Olympic squad that just took Gold. Global marketing mastermind Jay-Z aka Hova aka Jigga Man stepped in with a plan to settle this dream team debate. A new video game. He exec-produced NBA 2K13, a forthcoming all-star hoop game for XBox, PS3, etc. Should be baller. Release date: Oct. 2.
If you’re a stoner, you should probably write this down: Harold & Kumar: Ultimate Collector’s Edition is coming out on Blu-ray in November. The set includes all three Harold & Kumar films packaged inside a collectible tin box with a White Castle scented air freshener, White Castle scented coasters, and other memorabilia. Available November 13.
80s boxing star Ray “Boom Boom” Mancini was the real-life Rocky. In 1982 he became the lightweight champion & in his first title defense bout he knocked out the Korean Duk Koo Kim but Kim never regained consciousness. A few months later Kim’s grieving mother took her own life. It was a fight that changed Mancini’s championship life & this is the story of where he came from & where he ended up.
As a founder and legendary axeman of rock supergroup The Who, Pete Townshend was one of rock-n-roll’s biggest & baddest. But his place in rock history was poisoned by his arrest on child pornography charges. He was later acquitted but the damage was done. In his new memoir, Townshend talks about life from his own childhood through rock’s greatest epoch & all the way up ’til today.
This new 5-disc box set from Trojan Records is a complete crash course in Jamaican music. From early ska to Bob Marley’s rebel music to modern day dancehall and everything in between, this set connects it all. It also includes a 50-page booklet featuring detailed commentary on the history of Jamaica and its musical heritage, plus rare photos and memorabilia.
Two well-meaning brothers with a business plan to do some good in Africa—by bringing light to remote regions of Ghana and thereby uplifting the local economy, had no idea what they were in for on their comical, entrepreneurial vision quest to the dark continent.
Sure, kids love origami, but be honest, you’re the one with the Boba Fett fetish. This origami kit includes 36 Star Wars paper-folding projects with illustrated artwork taken right from the movies.
If you appreciate architecture but your knowledge goes only as far as that horrible hipster pop group Architecture In Helsinki, this new Phaidon release will provide a valuable overview of 750 of the finest examples of global architecture built from 1900-1999.