Daft Punk have launched a line of Christmas-themed merch, selling their own baubles, snow globes and festive candles online.

The French dance duo have frequently added to their online shop in the past few months, recently selling copies of their portrait from The Weeknd’s video for ‘Starboy’.

Now the band are selling gold and white Christmas baubles designed in the style of their iconic helmets, snow globes with their helmets inside and an “artisan” candles. (via NME)

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Coldplay have confirmed that the band will release a new EP in 2017. The four-piece took to Twitter to make the announcement. They wrote: “Hello everyone. We’re working on some new songs for next year. It’s called the ‘Kaleidoscope’ EP.”

They gave no further details of any tracklisting or song titles. The band released their album ‘A Head Full Of Dreams’ in December 2015, reaching Number One in the UK and selling over four million copies so far. Earlier this year, frontman Chris Martin hinted at a future EP release. “We’re comfortable with being who we are at the moment,” he said. “I think when we let go of the idea we had to try and win everyone over I think that was really liberating.”

Martin continued: “I’d be surprised if there was another conventional Coldplay album. I just feel like we’re right where we’re supposed to be right now. I meant what I said to you a couple of years ago I feel like this is a closing chapter of something. I stand by that I’m afraid.” (via NME)

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Bon Iver have confirmed details of their third studio album, “22, A Million”. The record will be released on September 30 via Jagjaguwar. The album was recorded at April Base Studios in Fall Creek, Wisconsin and in London and Lisbon. Rumours of the album started circulating after a mysterious mural appeared in New York, featuring similar artwork to that recently posted on the band’s social media accounts. The album’s artwork is by New York-based artist Eric Timothy Carlson. (via NME)

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It’s been five years since French duo Gaspard Augé and Xavier de Rosnay, aka Justice, released a studio album, 2011’s ‘Audio, Video, Disco’. It’s also 10 years since they emerged with bona fide banger ‘We Are Your Friends’. And over that time, they’ve given themselves a lot to live up to.

The first hints of new material from the pair came earlier this year when they were pictured signing a new record deal with Because Music. Then, at this year’s Sonar Festival in Barcelona, an unknown track was played to open Busy P’s b2b DJ set with Ed Banger signees Para One and Boston Bun. Internet detectives Shazamed the track when the set was posted online a month later, only to discover that it was credited to Justice.

Now, the producers have officially revealed ‘Safe And Sound’. It’s classic Justice, with elastic funk basslines, drama, tension and angelic choir voices, too. But where in the past some of their music has been dark and foreboding, there’s a lightness to this song. It’s as if they’ve ripped down the blackout curtains, thrown open the windows and started worshipping the sun. The fact that it sounds so summery is what prompted the pair to share the track so soon. “It’s too much like summer not to share it,” Xavier told BBC Radio 1 DJ Annie Mac. “We thought it would be a shame not to give it to the world.”

You can expect more new treats heading your way from Paris soon, too. During that same interview, they also officially confirmed they’ve been working on a new album that they’re now “putting the final touches to”. (via NME)

Drive’s Nicolas Winding Refn has suggested he turned down the opportunity to direct recent Bond film Spectre because he didn’t want to compromise artistically.

The Danish director is now working on a spy film called The Avenging Silence with longtime Bond screenwriters Neal Purvis and Robert Wade. When asked by The Telegraph if this is essentially his version of a 007 movie, Refn replied: “Yeah. Yeah. Well, I don’t know yet.”

Though he did not reveal specific details of his meetings with the Bond camp about Spectre, which was eventually directed by Sam Mendes, Refn added: “I just know this way I can do whatever I want, and that outweighs any money anyone can give me.”

Meanwhile, the director has also revealed he is planning to work with Drive and Only God Forgives star Ryan Gosling again. However, when pressed by Metro for further details, he replied: “I can’t tell you that.”

Refn’s latest film The Neon Demon, which stars Elle Fanning, Christina Hendricks and Keanu Reeves, opens in UK cinemas this Friday (July 8). (via NME)

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HBO crime drama True Detective is unlikely to return for a third season, according to a new report.

After a critically acclaimed first season, staring Woody Harrelson and Matthew McConaughey, the series received less favourable reviews for its second season prompting speculation about its future.

In a profile of HBO’s new programming head Casey Bloys, The Hollywood Reporter reports that the show’s fate might have already been decided.

According to HBO sources, the show’s creator Nic Pizzolatto will move on to an altogether new project instead. Last year, Pizzolatto inked a two-year deal with the television network. He has previously said that he couldn’t imagine making more than three seasons of the show.

True Detective Season 2 featured Colin Farrell, Rachel McAdams, Vince Vaughn, and Taylor Kitsch. Responding to its poor reception, HBO’s former head of programming Michael Lombardo acknowledged that the season had failed to live up to expectations.

Speaking to The Frame, he said: “Our biggest failures — and I don’t know if I would consider True Detective 2 — but when we tell somebody to hit an air date as opposed to allowing the writing to find its own natural resting place, when it’s ready, when it’s baked — we’ve failed.” (via NME)

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The long-awaited Trainspotting sequel will start shooting in May, Ewan McGregor has confirmed. Jonny Lee Miller, Ewen Bremner and Robert Carlyle are all joining McGregor in the sequel, which is once again being directed by Danny Boyle from a script by John Hodge.

Author Irvine Welsh recently revealed that the sequel will see his much-loved characters Renton, Begbie, Sick Boy and Spud find a “very innovative” way to get involved in vice – a term generally used to refer to prostitution, pornography or drugs. “We haven’t started yet, we start shooting at the end of May,” McGregor told Collider when asked for an update on Trainspotting 2. “The script only arrived very recently, which was really, really, really good,” McGregor added. “I think, if that had not happened, none of us would be into it. I think we’re all sort of somewhat protective of what Trainspotting means to people, and what it means to us.””None of us want to make a poor sequel to it,” the actor continued. “So had we not been presented with the most extraordinary script, which we were, I think we wouldn’t be making the sequel. But because we were, we are.”

The sequel will be based on Welsh’s 2002 novel Porno but will not be exactly the same, the author has explained. “We’ve had to evolve past that, because the actors would have been ten years older when Porno came out, and now they’re 20 years older. It has to take into account that reality,” the author said recently. Boyle admitted last year that the prospect of making Trainspotting 2 is “worrying” because, as director, he will get “absolutely crucified” if it is a bad film. (via NME)rexfeatures_1661889a-e1449278924296