Gilmore Wars, ‘Don Verdean’ and a Metal Cyndi Lauper Cover: Links You Need To See


The return of Gilmore Girls is imminent. Yesterday, TVLine revealed that the revival’s unorthodox episodic format of four 90-minute episodes would coincide with the changing seasons throughout the year. And recently, Consequence of Sound uploaded an “exclusive first look” (we’ll spare you the pain of getting too excited — it’s not real) of the highly anticipated reboot that will likely get a nod of approval from George Lucas.

In case you were too busy (re-)watching and/or poking fun at Drake’s “Hotline Bling” to notice, there are a slew of other recently released music videos that are worth a view and listen. First up, HÆLOS has completed their moody and semi-NSFW video-“triptych” for their three singles, “Earth Not Above,” “Pray,” and “Dust.” Jack Ladder and the Dreamlanders have released “To Keep & to be Kept,” a Nick Cave-esque tune featuring Sharon Van Etten. Finally, Danish indie pop artist MØ has released “Kamikaze,” her third collaboration with producer Diplo (having previously collaborated on “XXX 88” and 2015’s inescapable “Lean On”)

Jared and Jerusha Hess, the husband-and-wife duo behind the 2004 cult classic Napoleon Dynamite and 2006’s Nacho Libre, are back with another (nominally titled) film, Don Verdean, whose trailer you can watch over at /Film. (Don Verdean was actually supposed to be the Hess’ second film of 2015; their first, Masterminds — a heist comedy starring Zach Galifianakis, Owen Wilson, Kristen Wiig, and Jason Sudeikis — was supposed to be released earlier this month, but the studio pulled its October 9 release date.) In the new film, Sam Rockwell stars as Don Verdean, a biblical archeologist caught in the middle of two rival congregations (the leaders of which are played by Danny McBride and Will Forte) vying for the same holy grail of religious artifacts. The film, which debuted at Sundance, is set to be released on December 11.

Heavy metal band GWAR isn’t usually mentioned in the same sentence as pop singer Cyndi Lauper, but that degree of separation has shrunk with the former’s most recent participation in A.V. Club’s “Undercover Covers” series (where an artist or band chooses from a list of previously-selected songs—more often than not, a song dissimilar to their genre—and performs it live at A.V. Club’s office). GWAR is a frequent participant in the series (which is now in its sixth season), having previously covered Kansas’ “Carry On Wayward Son” and Pet Shop Boys’ “West End Girls.” This time around, they snarl through a cover of Lauper’s 1984 hit about masturbation, “She Bop”; listen to the original before hearing GWAR’s guttural rendition.