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The Five Spot: What To Put in Your Brain This Week

The Five Spot: What To Put in Your Brain This Week:

It’s going to be a little bit hard to get away from dinosaurs eating people this week, but we’ve got some other suggestions, including snarky intercontinental pop, imprisoned VJs, X-Men overload, and… well, okay, a few dinosaurs eating people. Just a few. Made of Legos.

FFS, *FFS*
The collaboration between the Scottish dance-rock quartet Franz Ferdinand and the American chamber-pop duo Sparks (who are a good 30 years their senior) turns out to be a bizarrely fun idea — both bands are goofier and more versatile than they get credit for. Bonus points for including an epic suite called “Collaborations Don’t Work.” (June 9)


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GIANT-SIZE X-MEN 40TH ANNIVERSARY
Len Wein and Dave Cockrum’s 1975 Giant-Size X-Men #1 introduced the most famous version of the mutant superhero team: Cyclops, Wolverine, Storm, Colossus, Nightcrawler and Thunderbird (with Sunfire and Banshee along for good measure). This hardcover edition appends more than a dozen later comics that expanded on that original 36-page story, as well as a lengthy section of preliminary sketches, homages and historical documents. (June 9)


LEGO JURASSIC WORLD
How brilliant is it that the official tie-in game for the biggest movie of this month is skipping uncanny-valley “realism” and going straight to Lego, on basically every platform this side of the Atari 2600? Each of the four Jurassic films will be represented by a set of levels; apparently, you can also customize your own flesh-eating dinos. (June 12)


ME AND EARL AND THE DYING GIRL
Alfonso Gomez-Rejon’s black comedy about leukemia and amateur filmmakers is apparently not at all the terminal-illness rom-dram one might expect. It won both the Grand Jury Prize and the Audience Award at this year’s Sundance festival, and the cast includes Nick Offerman of Parks and Recreation and Thomas Mann of Project X. (June 12)


ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK
The third season of Netflix’s women-in-the-slammer comedy-drama brings back Laura Prepon as Alex Vause — whose ex Piper Chapman has gotten her tossed back into Litchfield Prison. New cast members include Mary Steenburgen and Australian MTV VJ Ruby Rose. Binge-schedulers, note that all 14 episodes are dropping at once. (June 12)


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