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The New Avatar [UPDATED]

UPDATE 2:

UGO (via ComicBookMovie) has some more tittilating info on the upcoming Avatar: The Last Airbender spinoff, The Legend Of Korra. They confirm that it will be a mini-series, tighter than the original, with less filler episodes. Check out the rest from the creators here. One of the best and worst pieces of information is that the cabbage guy won’t appear, but “his legacy will be present in some form.” Take that Shyamalan!

UPDATE:

The Wall Street Journal has an interview with Avatar: The Last Airbender creators Bryan Konietzko and Michael DiMartino on their upcoming spin-off, The Legend of Korra. It comes complete with the concept art above of Korra looking over Republic City, the more mature tone of the new series, and a slight diss of Shyamalan’s The Last Airbender. Read the full thing here.

PREVIOUSLY:

While fans of Avatar: The Last Airbender have been varying degrees of dissappointed with M. Night Shyamalan’s The Last Airbender, there’s hope for the future of the franchise. Nickelodeon has just greenlit The Legend Of Korra from the same creative team as Avatar. This story takes place in the Avatar world 70 years after the conclusion of the first show. It follows a female Avatar named Korra as she masters airbending under the tutelage of Aang’s son in the new airbending city. You can read the full rundown at SuperHeroHype.

I think this is an incredible idea and I am excited that I’m just hearing about it and it comes out next year. It’s always nice to be surprised by new, good shows. I can’t wait to see the world again, especially after the events of the series. And as opposed to traditional hackey cameos in spin-off shows, this allows us to see all of the characters we love in a completely different stage of their life, and see the world and mythology we know through a new set of eyes.

The Races Of The Last Airbender

M. Night Shyamalan in his own words on The Last Airbender race controversy

The above is a fascinating interview Indie Movies Online did with M. Night Shyamalan on the race controversy surrounding The Last Airbender. I’m a huge fan of Avatar and was a little peeved at first about the casting of several white actors for the main roles. The more I’ve thought about it and read Shyamalan’s thoughts on it, the better of felt. And this interview really drives the point home. Aside from the fact that many of the main characters (and the director himself) are Asian, there’s the fact that the cartoon and all anime series aren’t explicitly Asian. In fact, many are oddly Caucasian in their looks and given Japan’s fetishism with America, that’s not surprising. The strongest point in the interview comes when Shyamalan breaks down the races of the four nations. For any Avatar: The Last Airbender fan, I highly recommend reading this.

April Fool’s: Panda Bear and Jay-Z Duet!

Dudes. Ok. So. Noah Lennox, aka Panda Bear from indie overlords Animal Collective, has been lending his vocals to a lot of performers lately. There’s been Taken By Trees, Atlas Sound, and most recently Pantha du Prince. Well, now you can official add Jay-Z to that list. The reverb-washed crooner was approached after a Brooklyn concert by the once reigning king of hip hop about collaborating. Lennox told the CrookedSine blog: “I’ve always loved hip hop and early 90s dance and R&B. The group [Animal Collective] has been incorporating elements of that for awhile into our sets and recorded material. I’ve especially been shifting that direction for my upcoming album. I’m a huge Jay-Z fan, and when he approached me after the show, saying he wanted to work together, I was floored.” You can read the rest of the interview here. As for me, I’m eagerly awaiting how many hipster heads will explode due to this news.

Interview – ELEVEN AND THE FALCONS

OMC you guys! You’ll never believe it but I tots just had that babe 6 from the awesome hot new rock ‘n’ roll band Eleven and the Falcons in the The Present Is Now offices talkin’ bout her band, their new EP, Psychic Toothpaste/Ocean Ghost 7″, and that Pauly Shore movie Jury Duty. And I captured it all in the form of this interview. How bizarre.

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First of all, what “Real Fact” would you put under a Snapple cap?

That Narwhals can crawl on land for about 50 yards. Sea unicorn is the new land unicorn.

I guess regular unicorns are going to have to breed with pegasuses now if they hope to stake their independence. How’s the band, by the way?

Why it’s swell, thanks for asking! We’re excited to hear some feedback on the EP. I think if anything, we’ve accomplished a fair representation of the recent events in our lives. I’m optimistic toward our future sound. We have our live instruments back from their vacation in a Florida storage space, and the magical powers of our newest bandmate, Mayor Prankster.

Speaking of by the way, remember that Red Hot Chili Pepper’s album, By The Way? What were your thoughts upon first hearing that?

Shit. “Can’t Stop” listening?

Totally. One of the songs on your new EP, “Mobelius Celeraus Truncata,” is only 19 seconds long. Are you guys usually so self-indulgent?

Uh, yes. Fuck you guys.

Such a sweet girl. Besides yourself, who else is in the band? And why the fuck did they leave you to do this interview alone?!

It was just me, 6, and 5 for the EP days, but recently Mayor Prankster has come aboard. I suppose the Mayor doesn’t have enough history to answer these grueling questions, and 5 is busy conducting some interview. So much for band loyalty.

Man, those guys sound like a bunch of ladyboys. I’ve heard from a very reliable source that this is the first interview your band has done. Does that make you feel pathetic or elitist?

Oh so pathetically elitist!

Hey Light

Your band, which will henceforth be referred to as Dolphin Kiss, has a very unique sound. Possibly the most unique sound of any band to release their debut EP this month. What sorts of instruments and recording equipment do you use to account for this?

Thank you for that, I love dolphin kisses. As I mentioned before, we did not have access to our guitars, good keyboards, percussion, etc. for most of the songs on the EP – the exception being “Abbatoir” which we recorded before we moved to New York. Therefore, most of the sounds were created by this little keyboard 5 bought me for Christmas. Other noises we would record and then sample or loop in Garageband with some crazy filters or something. We just experimented with effects until it produced something wacky or close to the actual timbre of the instrument. I guess our goal was to create something that would tickle your senses and make you think “what was that sound that reminded me of icicles??” It would be difficult to perform live with the EP versions of the songs, but we’re going to attempt to transform some songs like “Belles of London”.

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Hahaha. Now there’s that famous wit I’ve heard so much about. Let me flip the script for a moment, and ask you how often do you floss, collectively as a band?

Never, we’re British.

Too true. When did Dolphin Kiss first start making music?

Well, we started collaborating around 4 1/2 years ago. We didn’t really become Eleven and the Falcons until circa 2007.

Did you ever consider wearing costumes? You know, dress up as the number 11.

…Sounds pretty gay.

Definitely.

Psychic Toothpaste/Ocean Ghost 7"

The cover art for your EP is pretty crazy, right?

For your viewing pleasure! 5 had the idea of creating a Sgt. Pepper’s-like collage out of a bunch of magazine clippings. It was just as fun to make as it is to stare at.

Yeah. Sometimes I don’t eat or drink for days on end because I’m so transfixed by it. How did you guys land a deal with KillerPOP Records, one of the giants of the music industry?

Just lucky I guess, or being good friends with the creators. It’s quite the honor to be up there with Johnnie Angel.

Yeah, that dude shreds. Finally, all of your fans are dying to know, what’s gonna happen to the Oceanic 6 now that they’re all back on the island?

Oh it’s gonna blow your brains out the back of your skulls! …Turns out, it was all a dream. Dream dream dream dream dreeeeeeeaaaaam. All I have to do is dream.

Can’t get enough?! Check out the band all over the net, starting here.

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