Out this week
* Brightside by The Lumineers: Fourth album by the American indie folk band; follows 2019’s III; includes the singles ‘Big Shot’ and ‘A.M. Radio’.
* Fix Yourself, Not the World by The Wombats: The British rock band’s fifth album, the follow-up to Beautiful People Will Ruin Your Life (2018); includes the songs ‘Method to the Madness’, ‘If You Ever Leave, I’m Coming with You’, ‘Ready for the High’, and ‘Everything I Love Is Going to Die’.
* Scream (starring Melissa Barrera, Mason Gooding, Jenna Ortega, Jack Quaid, Marley Shelton, Courteney Cox, David Arquette, Neve Campbell) – slasher thriller, fifth instalment in the series; a new killer dons the Ghostface mask and starts targeting a group of teenagers.
* Hotel Transylvania: Transformania (with the voices of Andy Samberg, Selena Gomez, Kathryn Hahn, Jim Gaffigan, Steve Buscemi, Brian Hull) – animation, fourth and final instalment of the franchise; a haywire invention transforms Drac (Hull) and his monster pals into humans while Johnny (Samberg) becomes a monster.
* The 355 (starring Jessica Chastain, Lupita Nyong’o, Penélope Cruz, Diane Kruger, Fan Bingbing) – action thriller; a group of international spies must work together to stop a terrorist organization from starting World War III.
David Eric Grohl
* Born on 14th January 1969 in Warren, Ohio, U.S.
* Has an elder sister, Lisa.
* Parents divorced when he was 7.
* Dropped out of high school in his junior year at the age of 17 to become the drummer of Scream. Toured extensively with the band till they disbanded in 1990.
* Subsequently joined Nirvana in 1990. The group earned global acclaim, before disbanding after the suicide of frontman Kurt Cobain in 1994.
* Formed Foo Fighters in 1994 as a one-man project, eventually assembling a band to record and tour under the name. The outfit has released ten albums and earned numerous accolades, including 12 Grammy Awards.
* Has been married twice: to Jennifer Leigh Youngblood (1994 – 1997; divorced) and Jordyn Blum (2003 – present; they have 3 daughters together).
Also born today: Grant Gustin, Jason Bateman, LL Cool J, Emily Watson, Steven Soderbergh, T Bone Burnett, Faye Dunaway
Spider-Man: No Way Home
Starring: Tom Holland, Benedict Cumberbatch, Zendaya, Jacob Batalon, Marisa Tomei, Jon Favreau
Directed by: Jon Watts
* Action; Peter Parker (Holland) asks Dr. Stephen Strange (Cumberbatch) to use magic to make his Spider-Man identity a secret again, but the spell goes wrong, allowing villains from alternate realities to enter his universe.
* Is the 27th film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
* Was developed after negotiations between Sony and Marvel Studios.
* Had a budget of $200 million; has made around $1.4 billion at the box office, making it the highest grossing film released in 2021.
* Has received positive reviews, with critics praising the acting, humour, and emotional impact, and finding the film entertaining and satisfying.
* Score composed by Michael Giacchino.
* A sequel is in development.