Variety’s Picks: Scary ‘Carrie’ Shop Coffee Stunt, Ellen Page Vidgame, ‘Varvatos’ Book, Paul McCartney, More

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

Telekinetic Coffee Shop Surprise

Sure, it’s just a thinly veiled promo for the upcoming “Carrie” movie, but New York-based viral marketer Thinkmodo’s clever supernatural prank quickly went massively viral, currently with over 40 million views. The video goes behind the scenes to show coffee shop customers being punked by strange phenomena:

Syrian Rebels Shoot Down Dumbo

Not content just to adorn urban walls, the street artist has come under fire, so to speak, for his new video inspired by real-life footage of Syrian rocket attacks. Critics say the piece, which ends with the rebels shooting down an animated Dumbo, oversimplifies a sensitive political situation:

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“Muscle Shoals” Soundtrack

“New” – Paul McCartney

“My Name Is My Name” – Pusha T


“John Varvatos: Rock in Fashion” John Varvatos, Holly George-Warren (Harper Design)

“Guillermo del Toro Cabinet of Curiosities” Guillermo del Toro, Marc Scott Zicree (Harper Design)

“The Godfather Family Album” Steve Schapiro, Paul Duncan (Taschen)


“Need for Speed: Rivals” (Electronic Arts; Ghost Games)

“Beyond: Two Souls” (Sony Computer Entertainment; Quantic Dream)


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