Stream POWER TRIP’s Live In Seattle 05.28.18 HERE.
Texas metal quintet POWER TRIP surprises fans this week with a new release, issuing a crushing new live album. Live In Seattle 05.28.18 was issued overnight through Dark Operative and is now streaming in its entirety on all digital platforms.
Live In Seattle 05.28.18 was recorded at Neumos while POWER TRIP was on their extensive tour with Sheer Mag, Red Death, and Fury. It has since been mixed and mastered by the band’s front of house engineer, Zachary Rippy of Sound Signal Audio. Through their searing crossover delivery, POWER TRIP unloads some of the choice cuts from their discography including “Executioner’s Tax (Swing of the Axe),” “Conditioned To Death,” “Firing Squad,” “Manifest Decimation,” and more, with eleven pummeling tracks packed into an energetic forty-three-minute set.
POWER TRIP offers this release as a way of saying thank you to all supporters, friends, and allies over the years.
To support the band directly and take some of the sting out of numerous tours and live appearances being cancelled amidst the COVID-19 worldwide epidemic, digital purchases of the set are available via POWER TRIP‘s official Bandcamp page HERE.
The set can be streamed now across all free and premium digital services. Find a comprehensive list of all the most popular music services for quick links HERE.
Live In Seattle 05.28.18 Track Listing:
1. Drown (Intro)
2. Divine Apprehension
3. Suffer No Fool
4. Soul Sacrifice
5. Executioner’s Tax (Swing Of The Axe)
7. Heretic’s Fork
8. Conditioned To Death
9. Firing Squad
10. Manifest Decimation
Stand by for additional updates and news on POWER TRIP to post shortly.
D.J. MacHale is a writer, director, executive producer and creator of several popular television series, including Nickelodeon’s “Are You Afraid of the Dark?”. As an author, his ten-volume book series: Pendragon: Journal of an Adventure Through Time and Space became a New York Times #1 bestseller.
Other notable television writing credits include the ABC Afterschool Specials, the pilot for the long-running PBS/CBS series Ghostwriter; and the HBO series Encyclopedia Brown, Boy Detective for which he received a CableAce nomination for writing.
Media Mikes had a chance to chat with D.J. about “Are You Afraid of the Dark?”, “Ghostwriter” and “Pendragon” via Zoom and the video is posted below! Please enjoy and leave comments below of your favorite episodes of “Are You Afraid of the Dark?”.
Directed by: Todd Haynes Starring: Mark Ruffalo, Anne Hathaway and Tim Robbins Distributed by: Universal Home Video Running time: 126
Film: 4 out of 5 stars A/V: 3 out of 5 stars Extras: 1 out of 5 stars
1975. A group of youngsters out on a Saturday night. They take their trucks and their beer to the local swimming hole and jump in. A pretty standard night for the teenagers in West Virginia (or anywhere else for that matter). They are surprised when they are rousted out of the water by strange men with hoses in boats.
1998. After being informed he is moving up in the law firm he works for, Attorney Rob Billot (Ruffalo) is informed that he has a visitor. The man, a farmer named Wilbur Tennant (Bill Camp) has come to ask for help regarding the horrific deaths of cows on his farm. At first Rob hesitates to speak with Wilbur but, when he learns that the man is friends with his grandmother in West Virginia, he agrees to listen. What he hears -and later witnesses – will change his life forever.
At first I thought this film would play out as a male-led version of “Erin Brockovich.” I was wrong. While I enjoyed that Julia Roberts flick, it didn’t pack the heart that “Dark Waters” does. I think a lot of this comes from the fact that Mark Ruffalo is not only a talented actor but he has been, and is, very vocal about the world’s environment. I imagine him hearing the pitch for this film and just saying “yes.” Intentional or not, Ruffalo’s personal passions inhabit his character, and you feel that passion.
Ruffalo is joined by a strong cast of supporting actors, including Hathaway, Robbins (in only his third film in five years), Victor Garber, Mare Winningham and a grizzly Bill Pullman. The script, based on a New York Times magazine article, is strong but not preachy. The direction is strong and Mr. Haynes keeps the film flowing smoothly over it’s two-plus hour length.
Oddly, this is the 2nd time Mark Ruffalo has taken on DuPont. He ended up on the wrong end of a gun in “Foxcatcher” so maybe this film was his way of getting even!
(Los Angeles, CA, March 9, 2020) — As part of Record Store Day 2020, Varèse Sarabande Records will release five amazing soundtrack LPs: Hackers and Army of Darkness will be available as double LPs and Mortal Kombat and The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance get the picture disc treatment, (Age of Resistance in two different variants), on April 18, 2020, at thousands of independent record stores. A list of participating stores can be found at recordstoreday.com and for more info about these special LPs visit VareseSarabande.com.
HACKERS – Various Artists (Double LP)
On vinyl for the first time, the definitive soundtrack to the film Hackers is being released in conjunction with the 25th anniversary of the film. The double LP features never-before-released tracks including “Hackers Suite” performed by composer Simon Boswell, as well as two pieces by Guy Pratt, “One Combination” and “Grand Central Station” featuring David Gilmour.
“This was such a fun thing to do, had to quickly knock it up at home and then David swung by and did his inimitable thing in one take.” – Guy Pratt
Additionally, tracks that were not on the original soundtrack release in 1995, including “Protection” by Massive Attack, and “Open Up” by Leftfield, are part of this special album edition. The commemorative package includes two black vinyl LPs in a gatefold, new notes from director Iain Softley, and unreleased photos of the cast.
“Halcyon and On and On” Performed by Orbital
“Hackers Suite” Performed by Simon Boswell
“Open Up” Performed by Leftfield
“Cowgirl” Performed by Underworld
“Voodoo People” Performed by Prodigy
“Connected” Performed by Stereo MC’s
“Original Bedroom Rockers” Performed by Kruder & Dorfmeister
“One Love” Performed by The Prodigy
“Good Grief” Performed by Urban Dance Squad
“Protection” Performed by Massive Attack
“One Combination” Performed by Guy Pratt
“Grand Central Station” Performed by Guy Pratt, featuring David Gilmour
“Heaven Knows” Performed by Squeeze
ARMY OF DARKNESS – Joe LoDuca (Double LP)
This double LP soundtrack for Sam Raimi’s 1990’s classic Army of Darkness film (a continuation of Raimi’s Evil Dead series, which also starred Bruce Campbell as Ash) features the original cover graphics with new notes and images, and a newly remastered score by composer Joe LoDuca. Years later, LoDuca continued to score Evil Dead projects through the Starz series, Ash vs The Evil Dead. The latter series ran from 2015 – 2018. Army of Darkness is musically distinct, however, in having a secondary contributing composer: Danny Elfman’s (Batman, Pee-wee’s Big Adventure, The Simpsons) killer theme “March of the Dead.”
“Building The Deathcoaster”
“Give Me Some Sugar / Bone’Anza”
“Ash In Chains”
“The Forest Of The Dead / Graveyard”
“God Save Us”
“March Of The Dead” Theme Composed by Danny Elfman
“Whites Of Their Skulls”
MORTAL KOMBAT – George S. Clinton (Picture Disc)
Originally released on CD only in 1995 and currently unavailable in any physical format, this score to the first film ever developed for the massive gaming franchise will get the LP treatment in conjunction with the film’s 25th anniversary. Side A of this two-sided picture disc features the iconic Mortal Kombat logo, while Side B features Goro, a fan favorite from the game and film who is generally considered by gamers to be one of the most memorable and difficult bosses in gaming culture. In fact, the four-armed fighter did not lose a battle for 500 years before a first-ever loss to Mortal Kombat hero, Johnny Cage. The music was composed by George S. Clinton with a heavy assist from the guitarist, Buckethead (Guns N’ Roses, Primus), who appears on 10 of the 26 tracks.
“Taste Of Things To Come”
“Liu Vs. Sub-Zero”
“It Has Begun”
“The Garden” featuring Buckethead
“Goro Vs. Art” featuring Buckethead
“Liu Vs. Katana”
“Liu’s Dream” featuring Buckethead
“Liu Vs. Reptile” featuring Buckethead
“Johnny Vs. Scorpion” featuring Buckethead
“Hand And Shadow” featuring Buckethead
“Scorpion And Sub-Zero” featuring Buckethead
“On The Beach”
“Johnny Cage” featuring Buckethead
“Goro Chase” featuring Buckethead
“Flawless Victory” featuring Buckethead
THE DARK CRYSTAL: AGE OF RESISTANCE, The Aureyal & The Crystal Chamber – Daniel Pemberton, Samuel Sim (Picture Discs)
Two truly special picture disc editions featuring imagery unavailable anywhere else! The Aureyal, a symbol representing the unity of the seven Gelfling Clans, presents itself in the visions of various important Gelfling characters and is formally identified as “the sigil of great power” by skekGra the Heretic. The Aureyal picture disc is complemented on the other side with the cover art from the Volume 1 CD and digital release. The Crystal Chamber disc depicts the floor of the Dark Crystal’s chamber; a circle of 18 arcane symbols, one for each of the urSkeks that came to Thra during the first Great Conjunction. The Crystal Chamber picture disc is complemented on the other side with the cover art from the Volume 2 CD and digital release. Consumers should note that the track selections on the two picture discs are completely different. Although available for individual purchase, they are thematically a set.
The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance is a 10-episode prequel to the groundbreaking 1982 fan-favorite The Dark Crystal, and stars Taron Egerton, Star Wars’ Mark Hamill, Harry Potter’s Helena Bonham-Carter, Tomb Raider star Alicia Vikander and Outlander’s Caitriona Balfe. The show’s composer Daniel Pemberton reveals, “I wanted the music to be as magical as Thra itself – organic, imperfect, strange, mystical, otherworldly and wonderful. I wanted to create new sounds that felt like they came from the world itself, as well as using thematic largescale orchestral elements to bring an emotion to the journey of the characters.”
The Aureyal Picture Disc
“Dzenpo!” – Daniel Pemberton
“Remember Your Oath” – Samuel Sim
“Puppet Show” – Samuel Sim, Daniel Pemberton
“Song Of Thra” – Daniel Pemberton
“The Skeksis Arrive” – Samuel Sim
“Outcast” – Daniel Pemberton
“Outside Podling Wayhouse” – Daniel Pemberton
“An Old Story” – Daniel Pemberton
“The Three Brothers Rise” – Daniel Pemberton
“Attack Of The Arathim” – Samuel Sim, Daniel Pemberton
“Our Sister Is Gone” – Samuel Sim
“The Dark Crystal: End Credits” – Daniel Pemberton
“The Dark Crystal: The Age Of Hope” – Daniel Pemberton
The Crystal Chamber Picture Disc
“The Dark Crystal: Age Of Resistance” – Daniel Pemberton
“Another World, Another Time” – Daniel Pemberton
“Story Of The Dark Crystal” – Daniel Pemberton
“Rian + Mira Dreamfast” – Daniel Pemberton
“Aughra Awakes” – Daniel Pemberton
“The Crystal Chamber” – Daniel Pemberton
“Essence Draining” – Daniel Pemberton
“What Lies At The Dream’s End” – Daniel Pemberton
“Together We Fight” – Daniel Pemberton
“The Blue Flames Part 1” – Daniel Pemberton
“Deet In The Woods” – Samuel Sim
“Speak For The Dead” – Daniel Pemberton
“Brea And The Library” – Samuel Sim
“Her Light Faded” – Daniel Pemberton
ABOUT VARÈSE SARABANDE RECORDS
Founded in 1978, Varèse Sarabande is the most prolific producer of film music in the world, releasing the highest quality soundtracks from the world’s greatest composers. From current box office hits and top television series to the classics of Hollywood’s Golden Age, Varèse Sarabande’s catalog includes albums from practically every composer in every era, covering all of film history; from Bernard Herrmann, Alex North and Jerry Goldsmith to Alexandre Desplat, Michael Giacchino and Brian Tyler. Varèse Sarabande is a part of Concord.
COMING MAY 5, 2020 TO DIGITAL; ARRIVING MAY 19, 2020 ON 4K Ultra HD™ BLU-RAY combo pack, & BLU-RAY™ COMBO PACK
CA (March 4, 2019) – The World’s Greatest Super Heroes square off
once-and-for-all against the despotic Darkseid – with the fate of all humanity
hanging in the balance – in Justice League Dark: Apokolips War, the next entry
in the popular series of DC UniverseMovies. Produced by Warner Bros.
Animation and DC, the feature-length animated film will be released by Warner
Bros. Home Entertainment on Digital starting May 5, 2020, and on 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack and Blu-ray Combo Pack on May 19, 2020.
Justice League Dark: Apokolips War will be
accompanied by the all-new DC Showcase animated short, Adam Strange. The
thrilling tale, which offers insight into the space adventurer’s fascinating
backstory, features Charlie Weber (How To
Get Away with Murder) as the voice of title character.
Dark: Apokolips War will be available on 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack (USA $39.99 SRP;
Canada $44.98 SRP) and Blu-ray Combo Pack (USA $24.98 SRP; Canada $29.98 SRP) as well as on Digital. The 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack features
an Ultra HD Blu-ray disc in 4K with HDR, a Blu-ray disc featuring the film in
hi-definition, and a digital version of the movie. The Blu-ray Combo Pack features a
Blu-ray disc with the film in hi-definition, a DVD with the film in standard
definition, and a digital version of the movie.
Culminating a six-year animated
journey that began with the release of Justice League War in 2014, Justice
League Dark: Apokolips War
finds Earth decimated after intergalactic tyrant Darkseid has devastated the
Justice League in a poorly executed war by the DC Super Heroes. Now the
remaining bastions of good – the Justice League, Teen Titans, Suicide Squad and
assorted others – must regroup, strategize and take the war to Darkseid in
order to save the planet and its surviving inhabitants. This is truly the war
to end all wars, and only the victor will live to enjoy the spoils.
Justice League Dark: Apokolips War features the largest Super Hero cast in the history of DC
Universe Movies with dozens of actors/characters spotlighted in a grand
ensemble of talent reprising their roles from this six-year story continuum. Matt
Ryan (Legends of Tomorrow, Constantine), Jerry O’Connell (Carter, Bravo’s Play by Play,Stand by Me) and Taissa Farmiga (The Nun, The Mule,American
Horror Story) anchor the cast as Constantine,
Superman and Raven, respectively – the triumvirate determined to assemble the
forces necessary to lead humanity’s final attack. Alongside that trio are the long-running
core of Justice League voices — Jason O’Mara (The Man in the High Castle, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.) as Batman, Rosario Dawson (Briar Patch,Daredevil, Sin City) as Wonder Woman, Shemar Moore (S.W.A.T., Criminal Minds) as Cyborg and Christopher
Gorham (Covert Affairs, Insatiable, Ugly
Betty) as The Flash – as well as JL-adjacents Rebecca Romijn (X-Men, The Librarians) and Rainn Wilson
(The Office, The Meg) as the voices
of Lois Lane and Lex Luthor, respectively.
Tony Todd (Candyman) is the voice of the film’s key villain, Darkseid. The
cast also boasts appearances by Camilla Luddington (Grey’s Anatomy)
as Zatanna, Ray Chase (Justice League Dark, Final Fantasy XV videogame) as Jason Blood/Etrigan, Roger R. Cross
(24, The Strain, Arrow) as John
Stewart & Swamp Thing, Liam McIntyre (Spartacus:
War of the Damned, The Flash) as Captain Boomerang, Hynden Walch (Teen Titans Go! Vs. Teen Titans) as
Harley Quinn, Stuart Allan (Batman vs. Robin, Batman: Bad Blood) as Robin/Damian, Sachie
Alessio (Batman: Hush) as Lady Shiva, and John DiMaggio (Futurama, Batman:
Under the Red Hood) as King Shark.
Matt Peters (LEGO DC: Batman – Family Matters) and Christina Sotta (Young Justice) helm Justice League
Dark: Apokolips War from a script by Ernie Altbacker (Batman: Hush, Justice
League Dark) and Mairghread Scott (Wonder Woman: Bloodlines), who is
also credited with creating the story. Amy McKenna (The Death of Superman) is producer, and Jim Krieg (Batman: Gotham by Gaslight) is
co-producer. Executive Producers are Sam Register and James Tucker (Reign of the Supermen, Justice League Dark).
Dark: Apokolips War is an epic story of supernatural
proportions. A blockbuster, battle royale of a film filled with intense action
and heartfelt emotions, serving up spotlight moments for our cast of unique
characters,” said Mary Ellen Thomas, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Senior
Vice President, Originals, Animation and Family Marketing. “This incredible
thrill-ride takes us to the edge of the DC universe and sets the stage for an
exciting new chapter.”
League Dark: Apokolips War Special
4K Ultra HD
Blu-ray Combo Pack, Blu-ray Combo Pack and Digital
DC Showcase: Adam
Strange(Animated Short) – On an asteroid mining colony,
mysterious drifter Adam Strange is dismissed as an interplanetary derelict. But when the miners open a
fissure into the home of a horde of deadly
alien insects, his true identity is exposed. He is space adventurer Adam
Strange, whose heroic backstory is played out in flashbacks as he struggles to save the very people
who have scorned him for so long. Charlie Weber provides the voice of
Adam Strange, alongside with Roger R. Cross, Kimberly Brooks, Ray Chase and
Fred Tatasciore. Adam Strange is
produced and directed by Butch Lukic (Batman
Unlimited franchise), who also conceived the original story – which is
written by J.M. DeMatteis (Constantine:
City of Demons).
God/Evil Classic(New Featurette) – This documentary explores the machinations of one of
fiction¹s greatest Super Villains as we learn more about what fuels Darkseid¹s
drive to becoming a galactic Atilla the Hun and the importance of Deities in
our classic and modern fiction.
Commentary – Observations and
behind-the-scenes insight from Executive Producer James Tucker, Directors Matt
Peters and Christina Sotta, and Screenwriter Ernie Altbacker.
Look Back: Justice
League Dark (Featurette) – John Constantine leads a group of misfit characters
that use magic to vanquish their opponents. This is the dark version of the
Justice League taking on the malevolent forces that go beyond our plane of
Look Back: Batman
and Harley Quinn (Featurette) – Take a peek at the animated feature film, Batman
and Harley Quinn, featuring the creators and talented voice cast.
From the DC Vault: Justice League
Action, “Zombie King”
From the DC Vault: Justice League Action,
“Abate and Switch”
From the DC Comics Vault: Teen Titans,
A Sneak Peek at the next DC Universe Movie, Superman: Man of Tomorrow– An advanced look at the next animated film in the popular
DC UniverseMovies collection.
Justice League Dark:
Apokolips War will also be
available on Movies Anywhere. Using the free Movies Anywhere app and
website, consumers can access all their eligible movies by connecting their
Movies Anywhere account with their participating digital retailer accounts.
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On May 5, 2020, Justice League Dark:
Apokolips War will be available to own in high
definition and standard definition from select digital retailers including
Amazon, the Apple TV app, FandangoNOW, PlayStation, Vudu, Xbox and others. On May
19, 2020, Justice League Dark: Apokolips War will be made available digitally on Video On Demand
services from cable and satellite providers, and on select gaming consoles.
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Blu-ray Languages: English, Spanish, French
Blu-ray Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
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English, Spanish, French
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Running Time: 90 minutes
Rated R for bloody violence,
language and some sexual references.
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Bros. Home Entertainment (WBHE) brings together Warner Bros. Entertainment’s
home video, digital distribution and interactive entertainment businesses in
order to maximize current and next-generation distribution scenarios. An
industry leader since its inception, WBHE oversees the global distribution of
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form of electronic sell-through and video-on-demand via cable, satellite,
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DC is one of the largest English-language publishers
of comics and graphic novels in the world and home to some of the most iconic
and recognizable characters ever created. As a creative unit of WarnerMedia, DC
is charged with strategically integrating its stories and characters across
film, television, consumer products, home entertainment, interactive games and
the DC Universe subscription streaming service. For more information
Warner Bros. Animation (WBA) is one of the
leading producers of animation in the entertainment industry, producing and
developing projects for multiple platforms, both domestically and
internationally. WBA’s current series include Animaniacs for
Hulu, Green Eggs and Ham for Netflix, Aquaman: King of
Atlantis, Gremlins: Secrets of the Mogwai, Jellystone, Little
Ellen and Looney Tunes Cartoons for HBO Max, Harley
Quinn and Young Justice: Outsiders for DC
UNIVERSE, DC Super Hero Girls, Teen Titans Go!, ThunderCats Roar and Unikitty! for
Cartoon Network, Bunnicula, Dorothy and the Wizard of Oz, New Looney
Tunes, Scooby-Doo! and Guess Who?, The Tom and Jerry Show, Wacky Races and Yabba-Dabba
Dinosaurs! for Boomerang. WBA’s full-length theatrical film, Teen
Titans GO! to the Movies, was released in summer 2018. As home to the
iconic animated characters from the DC, Hanna-Barbera, MGM and Looney Tunes
libraries, WBA also produces highly successful animated films — including the
DC Universe Movies — for DVD, Blu-ray® and digital media. One
of the most-honored animation studios in history, WBA has won six Academy
Awards®, 35 Emmy® Awards, the George Foster Peabody Award, a BAFTA Children’s
Award, an Environmental Media Award, a Parents’ Choice Award, the HUMANITAS
Prize, two Prism Awards and 20 Annie Awards (honoring excellence in animation).
Media Mikes has teamed up with their friends at 20th Century Fox to give (35) fans in Kansas City the chance to be among the first to see the latest X-men adventure, “Dark Phoenix.”
The film will be shown on Tuesday, June 5th at the AMC Barrywoods Theatre in Kansas City. It will begin at 7:00 pm
All you have to do is click HERE. The first (35) readers to do so will receive a pass for (2) to attend the screening. This is a first come/first serve giveaway. Once all passes have been claimed, the giveaway has ended. GOOD LUCK!
“How Did We Get So Dark”
Our score: 2 out of 5 stars
The UK Duo Royal Blood are back with their sophomore release via Warner Bros. Records titled “How Did We Get So Dark”. As the follow up to the bands successful 2010 release “Royal Blood”, the new album features 10 fresh tracks which were produce by the band along with Tom Dalgety and Jolyon Thomas.
Having caught Royal Blood when they opened for the Foo Fighters on their “Sonic Highways” tour I was instantly amazed at the sizeable sound these two guys were able produce. Needless to say I was instantly hooked. The band’s latest offering “How Did We Get So Dark” is a bit of a departure from the group’s self-titled release as I found it lacking the punch and grittiness of its predecessor. Tracks like “How Did We Get So Dark” and “Hole On Your Heart” feature much more robust instrumentation and production which I felt took away from the group’s signature bass, drums sound scape. Thankfully tracks such as “Where Are You Now” and “Hook, Line & Sinker” brought back some of the sound that originally appealed to me.
Though not an outright bad album “How Did We Get So Dark” is not what I consider a good album either. I applaud the band for stretching their legs while trying to expand on the limited possibilities of a two member group however, I think they may have strayed a touch too far from the signature sound that put them on the map making their latest offering one I just couldn’t get in to.
1.) How Did We Get So Dark
2.) Lights Out
3.) I Only Lie When I Love
4.) She’s Creeping
5.) Look Like You Know
6.) Where Are You Now
7.) Don’t Tell
8.) Hook, Line & Sinker
9.) Hole In Your Heart
Actors: Matt Ryan, Camilla Luddington, Jason O’Mara, JB Blanc, Ray Chase
Directors: Jay Oliva
Number of discs: 2
Studio: Warner Brothers
DVD Release Date: February 7, 2017
Run Time: 76 minutes
Film: 3 out of 5 stars
Blu-ray: 3.5 out of 5 stars
Extras: 3 out of 5 stars
“Justice League Dark” is the 27th DC Universe Animated Original movie believe it or not. They have been cranking them out recently. Honestly, it took me third sittings to complete this film. It really didn’t interest me much in the first half as it got the story ready and then I felt like it was rushed in the second half. It is rated R, which definitely gives it the edge it needed but it wasn’t what I was really hoping for from “Justice League Dark”. At least it brought back Matt Ryan, who plays Constantine in the story lived recent TV series to voice the character.
Official Premise: When innocent civilians begin committing unthinkable crimes across Metropolis, Gotham City and beyond, Batman must call upon mystical counterparts to eradicate this demonic threat to the planet. Enter Justice League Dark, reluctantly led by the Hellblazer himself, John Constantine. Like Batman, Constantine is a cunning, often cynical loner who is the best at his chosen profession – but quickly realizes the sinister forces plaguing the planet will require help from other supernatural alliances. Forming a new “league” with sorceress Zatanna, otherworldly Deadman, and Jason Blood and his powerful alter ego Etrigan the Demon, this team of Dark Arts specialists must unravel the mystery of Earth’s supernatural plague and contend with the rising, powerful villainous forces behind the siege – before it’s too late for all of mankind.
Other than Matt Ryan reprising his role, the rest of the voice cast is impressive as well. Jason O’Mara (“Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D”) voices Batman again, Camilla Luddington (“Grey’s Anatomy”) voices Zatanna, Nicholas Turturro (“NYPD Blue”) as Deadman, Ray Chase (“Final Fantasy XV”) as Jason Blood/Etrigan, Roger R. Cross (“24”, “Arrow”) as John Stewart/Swamp Thing, Jeremy Davies (“Justified”) as Ritchie Simpson, Rosario Dawson (“Daredevil” TV series) as Wonder Woman, Jerry O’Connell (“Stand By Me”) as Superman, Enrico Colantoni (“Flashpoint”) as Felix Faust, and Alfred Molina (“Spider-Man 2”) as Destiny. So no shortly are talent here!
The deluxe edition combo pack includes a Blu-ray + DVD + Digital HD copy in addition it also comes with a pretty kick ass Constantine collectible figure. The special features are solid as usual for a DC Original Movie. There is a cool “Sneak Peek at Teen Titans: The Judas Contract”, the nextDC Universe Original Movie. “The Story of Swamp Thing” gives a look at the fan favorite character. “Did You Know?: Constantine origin, Color of Magic, Black Orchid, and Deadman Casting” goes behind-the-scenes with cast/crew. There is the 2016 NY Comic Con Panel included as well as two bonus episodes “From the DC Vault”: Batman: The Brave and the Bold, “Dawn of the Dead Man!”Batman: The Brave and the Bold, “Trials of the Demon!”.
Icons of cult cinema, Terrance Zdunich (Repo! The Genetic Opera) and Saar Hendelman (The Devil’s Carnival franchise) pull the trigger on a new, twisted musical world, American Murder Song. Combining stop motion animation and moving daguerreotype portraits, American Murder Song features a rogues gallery of original murder ballads set in early nineteenth century America. The genre-defying duo invite you to Follow The Mark, if’n you’re brave. For tunes and updates: http:///www.AmericanMurderSong.com.
Randall Blythe is probably best known for his work as lead singer of the band Lamb of God. In 2012 while on tour in support of their latest album “Resolution” Blythe was arrested upon entry into the Czech Republic as part of an investigation related to the death a fan at one of the bands shows 2 years prior. “Dark Days: A Memoir” is the first book release by Randy which details this ordeal from the days leading up to the arrest and the roller coaster ride which ensued during the preceding months. Media Mikes had the pleasure of talking with Randy recently about the book, what it was like reliving those experiences and also about the bands upcoming album and summer tour run.
Adam Lawton: What was it like going back through your journals and reliving those experiences during the writing of the book?
Randy Blythe: I think people were looking for me to have some sort of cathartic experience during the writing of this book and it just wasn’t. For the most part it was an unpleasant experience. It wasn’t fun while I was going through it and it wasn’t fun writing it. I think the story has value and there are some things in there that might help some people actually. I think this story needed to be told before my memories faded too much. I was thankful for the journals I had. It was weird to look back at them and read about this low point in my life. This wasn’t the first time I had looked back at journals where things weren’t going well but when I looked back at this specific journal and the fact that I was writing it while in a Czech prison was really heavy. There are some funny parts in the book but for the most part it was not a lot of fun going back. I learned a lot about the writing process through this whole thing but again it wasn’t very enjoyable.
AL: Did you have to do a lot of self editing when you were making your way through the chapters?
RB: I all heard was that we have to amputate things. (Laughs) That was more at the very end. Prior to that I was able to just write and write. When I write I am very clean and careful so there is not a lot of re-writing that has to be done. Aside from some grammatical era’s which the copy editors handled there wasn’t a lot of restructuring. When I first started I had this sort of romantic view of a writer/editor relationship as I had read stories about writers that I liked that had these intense relationships with their editors where they fought back and forth about what was going in the book. That’s what I was expecting but instead I got a lot of encouragement which is what I needed. I guess I wanted my hand held a little bit through the process but, I didn’t get that. (Laughs)
AL: Was there ever any worry about bringing further attention to these events and their relationship to the band?
RB: I had to examine that and certainly think about it for awhile. I don’t think there can be much more attention drawn to the situation that what has already happened. Anytime an article or something comes out whether its something it’s something as simple as going to Disney Land the events from the Czech Republic are going to be mentioned. No matter if it’s applicable or not it gets mentioned. There’s just so much misinformation out there about this that I figured if it’s going to be talked about I might as well set the record straight. If this brings the story to new people then at least they will know the real story. It won’t be something they found on the internet which needed to be put through Google translator or something like that. They get the straight dope from me. I wrote the book in a way that people from outside the metal scene will understand. I wanted people not from that world to read this as well. There is enough universal treatment and value related to personal accountability that no matter where you are in life you can relate to a degree.
AL: When this is all done do you feel you will be able to close the book on maybe just a small piece of that experience?
RB: Yes. I know I am going to be still continually asked about this but once press and everything is done for the book and it gets brought up later on I can just refer people to the 500 page book I wrote about it. That’s it. Just a very short answer as the book has everything people need to know about what happened.
AL: The first two songs from the band’s new album “512” and “Overlord” are quite different from one another can you tell us about that and if there was anything different in the creative process this time around for you guys?
RB: “Overlord” is actually the first song the guys have done where I can sing over the top of it. It isn’t a bid deal or something that was done consciously. One day Willie was playing some blues licks and I started humming along and that’s really all that happened. It just was very natural and organic. As far as how things were done with this album it was all the same. We have been doing this for 21 years now so we aren’t reinventing the wheel or anything like that. We have been doing this a long time and it is what it is. We just try and grow as musicians with each new album.
AL: The band kicks off a summer tour run in a few weeks can you tell us about that and any other plans you guys might have for 2015?
RB: We will be out on the road with Slipknot for 8 weeks. After that we have about a month off before heading over to South America for 3 shows. After that we head to Europe for about 5 weeks with Children of Bodom and then we will be in the UK with Megadeth.
AL: After what happened in the Czech Republic does traveling to these other countries every worry you at all?
RB: No. From time to time when I’m walking down the jet way I do get a little nervous. (Laughs) I have been around the world twice and it wasn’t ever like I was in hiding for two years or something like that. I was right back on the road immediately after everything was over.
Be sure to check out our review of “Dark Days: A Memoir” in the review section of the site.
“Dark Days: A Memoir”
Author: D. Randall Blythe
Hardcover: 496 pages
Publisher: Da Capo Press
Our Score: 4 out of 5 stars
Lamb of God vocalist D. Randall Blythe finally tells the world his story around the arrest, incarceration, trial and acquittal for the charge of manslaughter in the Czech Republic over the tragic and accidental death of a concertgoer. Riveting, bold and brutally honest “Dark Days: A Memoir” isn’t your everyday rock and roll memoir.
Having followed the story from when it first broke that Lamb of God singer Randy Blythe was arrested in the Czech Republic on charges of suspected manslaughter related to a death following the bands concert 2 years prior, this book was a no brainer for me to check out. This is not your typical tell all memoir filled with debotcherous tales from the road. Instead you get the inside story from the man who lived these terrifying events. Blythe recounts his experiences in such a way that you almost feel the emotion coming from the words on the pages.
From the days leading up to his unexpected arrest to the accounts of dealing with the arduous process of understand the Czech legal system all the while trying to recount the events of what was thought to be just another day on tour from 2 years ago. Spliced in between chapters related to the events in Czech Republic Blythe talks about his struggles with alcoholism and his recent rehabilitation and how his rough past growing up as an outcast teen in Richmond, VA shaped who he is today and how he handled himself throughout this horrific ordeal.
“Dark Days” is not just for fans of Lamb of God or heavy metal. The book is a must for anyone interested in a unique story of injustice and the long arduous journey one man took to clear his name by returning to a foreign country to stand trial against the charges set forth by a country that clearly wanted to make an example of this individual.
“Dark Before Dawn Tour”
Breaking Benjamin, Starset
Date: Tuesday, July 14th 2015
Venue: Tag’s Summer Stage, Big Flats, NY
Our Score: 3.5 out of 5 stars
Breaking Benjamin kicked off their summer tour run in support of their most recent album “Dark Before Dawn” at Tag’s Summer Stage in Big Flats, NY on July 14th. Despite torrential down pours which prompted flash flood warnings mixed with heavy periods of thunder and lightning the show seemed to go off without a hitch.
Razor & Tie recording artist Starset would open the night hitting the stage performing their unique blend of techno infused rock. Clad in spacey lighted costume the members of the band laid a solid foundation for vocalist Dustin Bates who split his time behind the microphone and a giant touch screen control panel that seemed to be straight out of an “Iron Man” film. The group performed a variety of songs of their debut album “Transmission” including the hit single “My Demons” prior to the conclusion of the set. After a rather lengthy set change and still under foreboding skies the members of Breaking Benjamin would hit the stage to instant applause as they performed the song “So Cold”.
Throughout the bands 22 song set the band took time to show their appreciation for the crowds support throughout the numerous bouts of bad weather leading up to the bands performance. The nights set list was a combination of both new and old material with a handful of covers including Queen’s “Who Wants to Live Forever” and Tool’s “Aenima” to name just a few. The addition of the covers made me questions the bands decision as with 5 albums worth of material to choose from why not give the fans a little more of your own material as opposed to someone else’s. Either way all the hits were still there including the group’s 2002 break out hit “Polyamorous” which certainly was one of the songs garnering the night’s biggest applause.
With this being the bands first night of the tour I was a bit skeptical as you never know what to expect as things are generally still being worked out 2 to 3 shows into a tour however the band sounded great and right out of the gate seemed to be firing on all cylinders. Breaking Benjamin did not let bad weather hinder their performance and the sizeable crowd was very gracious. The tour runs through August so if you haven’t gotten tickets yet for the show closest to your area what are you waiting for?
Breaking Benjamin Set List:
1.) So Cold
2.) Angels Fall
4.) Break My Fall
5.) Who Wants to Live Forever (Queen Cover)
6.) Unknown Soldier
7.) Sooner or Later
8.) Blow Me Away
11.) AEnema (Tool Cover)
14.) Give Me a Sign
15.) Shallow Bay
16.) Imperial March/ Schism/ Smells Like Teen Spirit/ Walk
18.) Evil Angel
19.) Until the End
20.) I Will Not Bow
21.) Lights Out
22.) Dance with the Devil
24.) The Diary of Jane
Parker Sawyers is co-starring in the upcoming film “Monsters: Dark Continent”, which is a follow-up to the 2010 film “Monsters”. Parker also appeared this year in the film “Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit”. Media Mikes had a chance to chat about “Monsters: Dark Continent” with him and what we can expect.
Mike Gencarelli: How did you get involved with “Monsters: Dark Continent”? Parker Sawyers: I’ve been acting for nearly three years now and try to hit every meeting I am lucky enough to get. I see it as practice. So, “Monsters: Dark Continent” was another meeting to me. Interestingly, I had a short film to shoot 15 minutes after my meeting time and I was so worried about missing the call time, I don’t really remember what I said or did in the room. Whatever it was worked, thankfully.
MG: Were you familiar with the original film prior? PS: In preparation for the meeting for Monsters: Dark Continent, I watched the original film, Gareth Edwards’ “Monsters”. I was pleasantly surprised as I watched the two central characters develop a relationship amidst such dire conditions. To me, the original film was about humanity and how even in the face of extreme adversity or in their case an alien invasion we would still find love, fight for one another, and even bicker. Perhaps we’re not much more than that.
MG: Give us some background on your character Shaun Williams? PS: Shaun is a kid from Detroit. I see him as a multi-talented, cool kid who never got “that break”. He is a sportsman, clever and chilled. Though I now live in London, I’m originally from Indianapolis, Indiana, just a few hours away from Detroit. To play a guy from the Midwest with heaps of heart and a laid back attitude was exciting and refreshing. I think the Midwesterners who watch the film will relate to Shaun and his friends; the hustle, the hunger, the decency, the loyalty.
MG: Tell us about where the film was shot and what was the most challenging aspect? PS: We shot the film in Amman, Jordan and Detroit, Michigan. The people in Amman are some of the most hospitable and warmest people I’ve ever met. It was my second time being there, the first time was to film “Zero Dark Thirty”. I’m itching to return for a vacation. As for a challenge, I’d say the amount of work that needed to be completed by the end of each day, to stay on schedule. But, we worked hard and Tom Green, the director, never made any of us feel rushed. But, of course, we can read a call sheet and we knew we had a limited amount of time. Ultimately, we made it work. Detroit was cool. Talk about smiling through adversity, the people were wonderfully American and hardworking.
MG: How was it going from low-budget indie to big budget action, “Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit”? PS: All jobs are the same to me. Whether it’s working with an Oscar winning director or an up and coming talent like Tom Green, I put forth the same amount of effort. I must say though, the Monsters cast was and still is like a family. We stay in touch, attend each other’s birthdays, and cheerlead whenever possible. I’d never had that experience before.
MG: What else do you have on the cards for 2014? PS: I’m off to Bulgaria in March to film James McTiegue’s spy thriller, “Survivor”. It’s an amazing script and I’m fortunate to be part of the project. Other than that, it’s pilot season, so non-stop meetings as far as the eye can see!