50 Shades of Grey Movie Cast, Star Trek Into Darkness, and the Top Culture Stories This Week

Another incredible week at PolicyMic, and contrary to popular belief the presidential debate was not the only thing that went down. Check out the top Culture stories, reviews, and interviews of the week. 

Top Feature Stories in Culture:

Ai Weiwei Exhibition: Most Powerful Artists in the World Banned from Attending Own US Show (Lena Kheir) – "“According to What?” is the first survey of Ai’s work to open in North America. The exhibition is a combination of old as well as new work. Some of the more controversial pieces on display are made of real Chinese artifacts that were painted over or deconstructed. Ai’s work demonstrates his irreverence for history."

 

Adele, Laura Marling, and the Relevance of Love Song in the Age of Hipsterism (Anna Storm) – "Marling, and Brel and Garland and Adele, are all fully shucked and raw peas in a pod for the way in which they let their vulnerabilities show for our listening pleasure – and for the way in which they let their vulnerabilities show as a means of exacting revenge against those who’ve driven them to lyricize. Because the torch-singing tradition that continues to endure 70 years after Garland first put chin to palm in front of a picture of Clark Gable, is, essentially, a form of emotional hari kari."

New “Red Dawn” Film Thinks All Asians Are One Thing: Our Enemy (Laura Hankin) – "Worried that a movie motivated by fear of the Russians would seem strange and anachronistic, the producers of this remake initially decided to make the invaders Chinese. Turns out that Chinese audiences, which often account for a large percentage of an action film’s international box office, didn’t love seeing their country portrayed as horribly evil and yet weirdly ineffectual when faced with a bunch of photogenic teenagers. So, because apparently all Asians look the same to the movie’s producers, the Chinese bad guys were changed to North Koreans in post-production through some digital magic and a whole lot of strategic dubbing."

October Playlist: 12 Songs to Stave Off the Post Summer Musical Malaise (Alex Kapelman) – "The music industry might be dying, but smart bands have innovated to get their music out there. That's exactly what MS MR did for the release of Candy Bar Creep Show. Each track on the record — paired with music videos that definitely reflect the title of the EP — was debuted on Tumblr over the period of four weeks. Did it work? According to Wired, they scored over 9,000 reblogs."

 

Reviews of the Week:

Movies
“Taken 2”: Liam Neeson is an Idiot for Bringing His Daughter to Istanbul (Daniel Tanure) – "Taken 2, as the name subtly implies, is the second installment in the Taken series, which hit theaters this weekend. The series is all about an ex-CIA guy (Liam Neeson), who gets involved in several kidnappey situations involving his family and has to Jason Bourne his way out of them."

TV
Homeland Season 2: Carrie Mathison, Sleeping With the Terrorist (Morgan Davies) – "At its most fundamental level, Homeland has never been a show about terrorism, or patriotism, or religion, or mental illness: it is, at its core, concerned with the fissure between the private and the public self, and all the attendant complications that arise when that fissure widens to a degree that makes life precarious."

Books
Why I Love Harry Potter and J.K. Rowling, But Hate “The Casual Vacancy” (Rebecca Hanover) – "I figured six days would be plenty of time to read and write a review of a 512-page book — a Rowling book — but I didn’t count on it being so relentlessly depressing. J.K.’s latest tome is grim (really grim), and it lacks that one piece of the puzzle — the special sauce, if you will — that made Harry Potter so irresistible: hope."

Video Games
Resident Evil 6: Why This Might be the Beginning of the End for the Franchise(Abdul Siddiqui) – "I remember playing Resident Evil 3 and genuinely feeling a sense of claustrophobia in its dark alleys. That, my friends, is true fear. InResident Evil 4, there were environments I legitimately did not want to stay in for too long because they were too well designed. That, fellow gamers, is true fear. In other words, the previous stalwarts of the franchise were everything Resident Evil 6 is not; this, my friends, is not true fear."


Interview of the Week:
Underground Hip Hop is Alive and Well with Jon Murdock (Dan Bristow) – " While canned "hip hop" productions have kept rapping about money, girls and car rims since 1999, some choose to make actual music.”


People Around the Web are Talking About:

The New Star Trek Movie: Star Trek Into Darkness is hitting theaters in 2013 and all the details have been kept surprisingly mum. Trekkies are storming the web with guesses as to who will star and what to expect. 



Ben Affleck's Oscar Buzz: Ben Affleck's newest directorial project Argo is getting massively hyped in the countdown to its release. The political thriller, which centers around a hostage crisis, hits theaters on Friday. Check out the trailer and tell me what you think: 



Pussy Riot Hearing: The punk rock band arrested for political protest will have their hearing on Wednesday Oct. 10. The situation has prompted global criticism of Russia's suppression of free speech. 

Adele's James Bond Theme Song: Does it rock? Does it suck? You decide: 


New York Comic Con: You thought Comic Con was over? Think again. From Oct. 11-14 the pop culture convention Comic Con will take New York City. 

Teen Dramas: Tween fans rejoice as this week seems to be the designated week of teen TV drama premieres. Fans can tune in for premieres of Gossip Girl, 90210, Beauty and the Beast or Vampire Diaries. It's ok, you don't have to tell anyone you watched. 


50 Shades of ... : Try as I may to escape this 50 Shades of Grey pandemonium it seems to get bigger and bigger with each passing day. Now, the phenomenon only interesting to women, but this week the men of the world got excited by the prospect of Emma Watson starring in the role ... truth be told, she won't. It's all rumor. But it's still pretty fun to watch dudes get pumped about 50 Shades.