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Variety’s Picks: It’s Not Porn, The Weeknd, NHL 14, MixBit, More

Variety selects the videos (below), games, apps, books, music and more (photo gallery, above) you should know about each week.

It’s Not Porn

Alberto Belli, who gained attention with his pre-Oscar video “For Your Consideration,” hits another home run with this look at actors who are excited to be cast in scenes that sound similar to “Girls” and “True Blood” — until they see how people react:

Cyanide & Happiness — Missing Daughter

The animated shows based on the popular 9-year-old Web comic tripled their Kickstarter goal, amassing views in the millions for these absurdist, minimalist toons that often breach boundaries of taste. The latest is an irreverent morsel about a family coming to terms with their long-missing daughter:

Holy Grail, a Modern Trailer

Complete with slick titles and bombastic battle music, this reimagining by French videogame journalist Stephane Bouley of the trailer for the Monty Python cult comedy was blessed by Pythoner Eric Idle himself — and effectively shows how formulaic modern trailers have become:

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Elvis Costello and the Roots – “Wise Up Ghost”

The Weeknd – “Kiss Land”

Body/Head – “Coming Apart”

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“Wild Tales: A Rock & Roll Life” Graham Nash (Crown Archetype)

“Tribute: Vincent Price” CW Cooke

“Jim Henson: The Biography” Brian Jay Jones (Ballantine)

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