USA on the go
Did you miss the "Suits" season premiere on Tuesday? Now you can catch up on the train ride to work.
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Cable subscribers who also own an iPhone or iPad can watch "Suits," "Graceland" and other USA Network shows with the new USA NOW mobile app. New episodes will be available the day after they air on television.
To access full episodes, you'll need to give USA NOW some account information from your cable provider -- but the app does have content available to everyone, including star interviews and behind-the-scenes clips.
'DuckTales' (woo-ooo!) returns in August
The most anticipated game of the year for NES nostalgics finally has a release date.
"DuckTales: Remastered," a revamped version of Capcom's 8-bit classic based on the Disney animated series, will be available for download Aug. 13 on PlayStation 3, Wii U and PC. (My fellow Xbox 360 owners will have to wait until Sept. 11.) The game retails for $14.99.
"DuckTales" puts you in control of Scrooge McDuck as he bounces his way through Transylvania, the Himalayas and even the moon to find treasure. Originally released in 1989 for the Nintendo Entertainment System, "DuckTales" won a legion of fans (myself included) with its simple, fun gameplay and some of the catchiest music in chiptune history.
As reported earlier this year by Kotaku, "DuckTales Remastered" will even feature the TV show's voice actors -- including 94-year-old Alan Young as Uncle Scrooge -- in new cutscenes.
Hopefully, we'll be able to get that theme song out of our heads by this time next year. (Woo-ooo!)
An early Lee triumph
One of the great (and often forgotten) movies of the '90s makes its Blu-ray debut Tuesday courtesy of the Criterion Collection.
"The Ice Storm," director Ang Lee's tale of suburban angst in the '70s, comes home with a newly restored high-definition transfer supervised by Lee himself, who also provides audio commentary with producer/screenwriter James Schamus.
The 1997 film's cast is stunning: Kevin Kline. Joan Allen. Sigourney Weaver. Tobey Maguire. Christina Ricci. Elijah Wood. Alison Janney.
The plot, courtesy of Rick Moody's 1994 novel, touches on sexual experimentation, infidelity, absent parents and tragic loss. (Hmm. I wonder why this movie didn't go over so well when I took a young lady to see it in high school.)
It's certainly not a pick-me-upper, but "The Ice Storm" delivers a cold, challenging antidote to this summer's bombastic blockbusters -- and shows that Ang Lee, a University of Illinois graduate, was a masterful filmmaker years before he made higher-profile films like "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon," "Brokeback Mountain" and "Life of Pi."
• Sean Stangland is a Daily Herald copy editor, a tireless consumer of pop culture and a hopeless nerd. He writes about television and digital entertainment every Friday.