This week in popular culture: Harry Potter, Pylon and Jason Bourne

Cursed“Harry Potter and the Cursed Child – Parts One & Two: The Official Script Book of the Original West End Production” by J.K Rowling, Jack Thorne and John Tiffany (Scholastic). Between this and the upcoming film “Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them,” 2016 is shaping up to be a good year for Harry Potter fans. Based on a story by Rowling, Thorne and Tiffany, “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child” is a play that will have its world premiere in London’s West End on July 30, written by Thorne and directed by Tiffany. (The casting choices caused some controversy among idiots when a black actress, Noma Dumezweni, was tapped to play Hermione. Rowling noted that she never actually stated Hermione’s race in the books and that was pretty much that.)

On July 31, the script goes on sale in hardcover from Scholastic and in ebook form from Pottermore.com. Set 19 years after “Harrry Potter and the Deathly Hallows,” “Cursed Child” concerns Potter, who now works for the Ministry of Magic, and his younger son Albus Severus Potter. I kind of love the idea that after the “chosen one” storyline that animated the original seven Harry Potter books, he didn’t become head of Hogwarts or some sort of wizarding royalty. He’s just another overworked guy with a bunch of kids and a past that won’t ever completely leave him alone — just like the rest of us. BookPeople is having a midnight sale and release party for “Cursed Child” starting at 10 p.m. July 30.

LP cover v2Pylon, “Live” (Chunklet Industries). A 20-song live album from the other brilliant post-punk band that hailed from Athens, Ga. (July 25)

Descendents, “Hypercaffium Spazzinate” (Epitaph). First album in 12 years from this L.A. hardcore/pop-punk band. (July 29)

Death Grips, “Bottomless Pit” (Harvest).  I always loved the fact that this experimental hip-hop crew shared a label with Pink Floyd and Wire.

“Jason Bourne.” Cue DMX’s “What’s My Name?” Matt Damon is back as Bourne, and the excellent Paul Greengrass is back as director. Cue fist pump. (July 29)

Speaking of popular culture, check out Rolling Stone’s Comic Con summary.

Here is my favorite part: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is writing a comic book about Mycroft Holmes.

This is a thing that is happening.  You can’t tell me this isn’t the greatest country ever.

 


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