1. Black Eyed Peas member will.i.am dropped his new album Songs About Girls last week. Meanwhile, jazz genius Herbie Hancock released River: The Joni Letters – a collection of Joni Mitchell gems featuring guest vocalists that include Mitchell herself, Norah Jones, Corinne Bailey Rae and Tina Turner. It’s nice to know the music gods have decided to counter the first solo effort by the man behind “My Humps” with an album featuring plenty of women whose “lady lumps” aren’t the only thing they have going for them.
2. “The Darjeeling Limited,” the latest offering from the irreverent and inimitable Wes Anderson, opened on Sept. 29. Meanwhile, iTunes is offering a free download of the Anderson mini-movie “Hotel Chevalier,” which serves as a stand-alone short as well as a prequel to “Darjeeling.” It also features a naked Natalie Portman, which makes it Artsweek’s hands-down pick for the best free flesh-featuring pic ever.
3. Buster Keaton was born on this day in 1895. The creative genius was the consummate comic, acting, producing, writing and directing his own films and even doing his own stunts to boot. Rent “The General” today, and celebrate the man who gives everyone from Arbuckle and Chaplin to Carell and Carrey a serious run for their movie-making money.
4. “Entourage: Season 3, Part 2” was released on DVD on Oct. 2. Relive the boys’ best moments, and play the “Entourage” drinking game – take a shot every time Ari loses his cool and you’ll be good and gone in no time.
5. Raise your martini to Miss Moneypenny, otherwise known as Lois Maxwell. The 80-year-old actress died of cancer on Sept. 29 in Australia.
6. In “Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix,” the boy wizard and his friends take on everyone from the Ministry of Magic to the infamous Death Eaters and even Voldemort himself. Potterheads can catch the film at I.V. Theater on Oct. 5, courtesy of Magic Lantern Films. More information is available at www.myspace.com/magiclantern.