After spending seven years away from music, Timberlake is clearly out to make up for lost time, releasing the second installment of his “20/20 Experience.” Luxuriant production, smoothly sensuous singing, and needlessly extended track lengths are surely in the cards.
“Event 2” – Deltron 3030
Del the Funky Homosapien and Dan the Automator’s wildly diverse collaborators range from Damon Albarn to Joseph Gordon-Levitt for this long-awaited sequel.
“Closer to the Truth” – Cher
The only artist to chart a No. 1 hit in each of the past six decades, Cher’s latest is tailor-made for the dance floor, peppered with her signature emotionally charged ballads.
Nicolas Cage pillowcases
Somewhere along the way, durable, moody thesp Nicolas Cage became a meme, and where memes go, go pillowcases in several flavors of Cage including “Ghost Rider” and “Season of the Witch.”
Take the Black Stout – Brewery Ommegang
Available in large bottles and mini-kegs perfect for viewing parties, Ommegang’s second “Game of Thrones” brew is as deep, dark and complex as the show.
“Moments That Made the Movies” – David Thomson (Thames & Hudson)
Thomson’s “Biographical Dictionary of Film” is an essential reference tool, but his new tome is equally engrossing for its hundreds of vintage stills and essays on classics from “White Heat” to “Blue Velvet.”
“Wilson” – A. Scott Berg (Putnam)
Readers can imagine Leonardo DiCaprio as the 28th president as Warner Bros. acquired this deep dive for his production company. The experienced biographer covers Wilson’s dramatic World War I tenure in an accessible and revealing style.
“The Wes Anderson Collection” – Matt Zoller Seitz (Abrams)
A book-length conversation with the unconventional auteur is paired with previously unpublished photos, artwork and ephemera from all his pics, from “Rushmore” to “The Royal Tenenbaums” and “Moonrise Kingdom.”
“South Park: The Stick of Truth” (Ubisoft)
Trey Parker and Matt Stone’s first console game based on the snarky animated series — after seeing its original publisher THQ go bankrupt — will be released by Ubisoft in December, and features hippies and underpants gnomes as villains.
“Scribblenauts Unmasked: A DC Comics Adventure” (Warner Bros. Interactive, 5th Cell)
WB has injected its popular Scribblenauts puzzle-solving franchise with DC’s lineup of iconic superheroes and villains, with Batman and Superman stylized to fit into the bubbleheaded world of the games.
Jarvis: A Second Screen Experience (Marvel Entertainment)
Live your whole life as if you were “Iron Man’s” Tony Stark with this virtual assistant app that creates customized alarms, checks the weather and unlocks hidden files on the “Iron Man 3” Blu-ray.