Mike Bruno

Randy Blythe of Lamb of God talks Sex Pistols and Will Smith movies, then sings some Pet Shop Boys

While making the rounds in support of As the Palaces Burn – the documentary, in theaters now, chronicling Lamb of God frontman Randy Blythe’s legal ordeal and trial in the Czech Republic last year – Blythe and director Don Argott took a minute to sit down for a Pop Culture Personality Test. Unsurprising: Blythe loves the Sex Pistols and doesn’t see the point to writing love songs.

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DA BEARS OF 1985 Author Rich Cohen gives an honorable account of the Chicago Bears' decorated 1985 season

Led by QB Jim McMahon, NFL legend Walter Payton, coach ”Iron Mike” Ditka, and defensive coordinator Buddy Ryan, the 1985 Chicago Bears are still the heroes of many a Windy City native. Much has been said about Chicago’s Super Bowl Shufflin’ Crew in the 27 (championshipless) years since, but Cohen pieces together a solid oral history, in Monsters, talking to all the major players of that starry season. He starts out by paying homage to local legends like George ”Papa Bear” Halas, Sid Luckman, and Gale Sayers.

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Metallica describe their high-concept movie (and talk timetable for new music)

The four distinguished gentlemen of Metallica dropped by’s digital Comic-Con studio yesterday to talk about their upcoming movie Metallica Through the Never, a feature film that blends narrative and concert footage. They also said when they expect to be headed back to the studio to work on a new record. Watch the interview below.

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Jeff Hanneman is gone, but Slayer is forever

Jeff Hanneman

Image Credit: Christie Goodwin/Getty Images

When I was 10 years old, Slayer scared the hell out of me. It wasn’t the punishing music or the satanic themes. I worshipped at the altar of Metallica, Megadeth, Exodus, Celtic Frost, Mercyful Fate and their like in the mid-1980s. Speed, Satan, violence, aggression – that’s what kept me going during my “awkward years.” Yet I was intimidated by Slayer.

It was because of the fans.

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A tour through the weird-sick-genius of 'Spring Breakers' director Harmony Korine

Spring Breakers  is not a shy movie by any means, but it is a radical departure for director Harmony Korine. In fact, movies like Gummo, Trash Humpers, and Julien Donkey Boy are so gonzo-bizarro that Springbreakers arguably ranks among the most shocking wide-release departures for a director that we’ve ever seen.

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Alicia Keys tackles the Super Bowl National Anthem

Faced with what has easily become the most controversial song of at least the past two weeks, Alicia Keys followed up Jennifer Hudson’s powerhouse rendition of “America the Beautiful” with a mellow, jazzy “Star Spangled Banner” that got the crowd roaring and Baltimore Ravens Ray Lewis frothing before the hyped Super Bowl audience.

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