What happens when the creative director of an ad agency wonders what Beth’s side of the story was from KISS’ 1976 ballad “Beth” was? The end result is a 4:30 short film, also titled Beth, that was the brainchild of Bob Winter of Crispin Porter + Bogusky. In the hysterical, and completely not based on fact film, Criss keeps repeating lines from the song while Beth, a suburban housewife, asks when he’ll be home for dinner. If you’re familiar with the song, then it’s good for a laugh, but we wouldn’t be surprised if Gene and Paul have already filed a lawsuit.
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Imagine this 50 feet tall
Metallica’s 3D concert film, Metallica Through the Never has gotten a release date, and if you were expecting to be able to see it this Summer, you might be a little disappointed. However, it’s going to be even bigger than it was before. On Friday, September 27th, the film will make its debut on every single screen at every IMAX theater in North America. This is the first time IMAX has had all of their theaters, over 300, showing the same release. If you’re not near an IMAX theater, you’re going to have to wait an additional week, as it won’t be released in regular 3D until October 4. Drummer Lars Ulrich commented in a press release:
“IMAX! It doesn’t get bigger or cooler than that!” said Lars Ulrich who formed Metallica in 1981 together with James Hetfield. “For four guys in a rock band of average height, to get a chance to unleash their 3D film on IMAX screens the size of buildings across the country is a mind-blowing thought. ‘Hey look, Mom, I’m 50 feet tall (finally!)’ There is no better way to experience film and when you throw in the spectacle of music and sound this should amount to an unprecedented, unique and truly next level experience.”
Average height? Lars is only 5′ 6″. which we’d think was slightly below average for a man. Regardless, now Metallica Through the Never has an actual release date, and it’ll certainly be interesting to see if the narrative will be able to hold the film together. To read the full press release, click here.
When we first heard about Lords of Salem, the new film from Rob Zombie, last year we were pretty psyched. A few trailers showed that the film looked amazing visually, and Zombie isn’t one to skimp on disturbing imagery. Then it was announced that the film wasn’t coming out around Halloween, like we’d thought, but was pushed back to this past Friday (April 19th). Maybe they should have released it around Halloween, though, as its first week in release found it only making about $622,000, coming in as this week’ 16th most-watched film. Granted, it was in limited release, only playing in 340 theaters, which is about 1/10th of the screens a typical blockbuster opens in. But the $1,800 per screen average, and reports from people that went to see it in nearly-empty theaters isn’t encouraging.
That being said, it’s not like anyone’s going broke on this. Zombie told Howard Stern last week that he made the movie for under $2.5 million and boxofficemojo lists the movie as being made for $1.5 million. Anchor Bay paid $2 million for distribution rights, plus marketing, so we’re looking at maybe $5 million. If and when it expands into more theaters, it’ll likely at least recoup that in a few weeks. And even if it does tank, it’s not like it’s losing anyone too much money any way. Not to mention the fact that Rob is getting to promote his album, Venemous Rat Regeneration Vendor, which comes out tomorrow, in all the press he’s doing, so even if he loses, he wins.
Thomas Mignone made a name for himself directing music videos for System Of A Down, Sepultura and more. Now, the director is working on a film based on the gritty life of Latina adult film actress Vanessa Del Rio. And scoring the film will be none other than Max Cavalara of Soulfly. However, it’s the acting role that Glenn Danzig has been cast in that’ll likely interest you more.
Danzig is set to play a violent thug in the film, which takes place in New York City’s Times Square circa late 1970s. Granted, this isn’t the former Misfits singer’s first foray into acting. In addition to a small role in The Prophecy II (and a voice-over cameo in an Aqua Teen Hunger Force episode), Danzig had actually been in talks to play Wolverine in the X-Men films (a role that would end up going to Hugh Jackman). Here’s just hoping that any fighting scenes Danzig films as a violent thug don’t end like this.
Mignone is currently trying to raise funds for the film via Indiegogo. One of the perks being offered is an autographed shooting script signed by Danzig and the director (as seen above). Only 66 copies are being offered, but it’ll cost you $100. Check out video of Max Cavalera explaining his involvement with the film in the video below. Read more »
Ain’t It Cool News has unveiled a teaser trailer for Rob Zombie’s forthcoming The Lords of Salem. The clip features the following: Sheri Moon Zombie, dreadlocks, a shot of a hallway, a door and the quite possibly symbolic use of the color red. There’s not much in the 35-second clip, but it is moody, and does set a tone. Much like the classic trailer for another moody, psychological film that doesn’t reveal much about what the movie is about. You can see the trailer for that film after the jump.
The Lords of Salem will be out on April 19. You can see longer trailers here and here. Read more »
Last year, there was a campaign to nominate Lemmy for President via Facebook. Given history, we know that he didn’t go on to become the ruler of the United States, and it didn’t help that the page only got 289 likes. However, in Tromaville, life is different, and in the upcoming movie Return to Nuke ‘Em High, President Lemmy is the commander in chief. That would make sense, given all the NSFW nudity, decapitations, blood and guts that are present in the trailer for the sequel to the 1986 movie Class Of Nuke ‘em High. It’d also explain the presence of Ron Jeremy.
Troma Entertainment’s low-budget expliotation films have been being churned out since 1974, with the studio hitting its stride in the mid-80s with The Toxic Avenger and the original Nuke ‘Em High. Return to Nuke ‘em High will be Troma’s first film since 2006′s awesomely-titled Poultygeist: Night of the Chicken Dead. It was directed by company co-founder Lloyd Kaufman. Check out the trailer after the jump. Read more »
While we’ve known that Mastodon visited a studio to contribute music for Monsters University, the recently-unveiled UK trailer for the film features a different heavy band, with Mötley Crüe’s “Kickstart My Heart” playing prominently in it. I guess there’s a rib-tickling part in the movie where Sulley and Mike overdose on some monster heroin and need to be revived by a shot of pure adrenaline. The sequel to Monsters Inc. will be out in July.
Earlier this week, Maynard James Keenan broke our hearts when he stated that a new album from Tool wasn’t coming out this year. Now comes drummer Danny Carey giving us a glimpse of hope that new music could see the light of day in 2013.
During an interview with New Zealand radio station The Rock FM, Carey claims that Tool haven’t ruled out a 2013 release for the long-awaited new album. He also says that bassist Justin Chancellor has been a major driving force behind the new material. Granted, that doesn’t exactly mean that Keenan has contributed anything yet to said new album. Still, it’s nice to hear that Carey is at least more optimistic than his singer about the release of Tool’s new album.
However, that’s not the only juicy tidbit the drummer revealed during the interview. Carey also let it slip that he did a session with Jason Bonham and “twelve really great drummers” for the score of the new Superman film, Man Of Steel. It’s unclear how involved said drummers actually are with the film’s score, being composed by Hans Zimmer. Still, the fact that we’ll likely get to hear Carey’s drumming in the new Superman flick sounds pretty amazing. And let’s not forget how cool it was to hear Tool in a trailer for another superhero film.
Listen to Carey’s entire interview over at The Rock FM now.
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It seemed like a bit of an odd move that Rob Zombie’s next movie, The Lords of Salem, didn’t open around Halloween last year, especially since there was a trailer for the film out before then. But a new trailer has just been released for the film, due out on April 19. While the first trailer was a little more heavy on atmospherics and creepy imagery, this new one delves a bit more into the plot. Sinister neighbors, a hallway that looks like something out of The Shining, and Sheri Moon Zombie doing her best Brian Fair imitation give a different look at the film than the first trailer did.. It looks pretty compelling. And the downright creepy movie poster featuring Rob’s wife has us looking forward to checking out the movie once it’s out. Check out the trailer after the jump. Read more »
It’s not a spoiler by now to say that Sound City, which premiered yesterday in theaters and is available on demand today, climaxes with a jam session featuring Paul McCartney, director Dave Grohl’s musical idol, and the surviving members of Nirvana. And anyone that’s seen the trailer for the film, about the rise and fall of Los Angeles’ Sound City Studios, knows that Dave Grohl purchased the studio’s custom Neve 8028 Console to install in his own studio. In fact, the console, one of only five made, is pretty much the star of the film. But as much as the film is about a run-down studio that Jimmy Iovine once said should be “fucking bombed,” it’s also about changing technologies, the state of the music industry through four decades, and the power and spirit of rock and roll.
There was nothing fancy about Sound City Studios. It flooded often, would often smell like yeast from a nearby Budweiser plant, and from the testimony given, always seemed like it was on the verge of closing. Yet from 1969 to 2011, was responsible for a strong of gold and platinum albums from the likes of Neil Young, Dio, Metallica, Slipknot, Tool, Ratt and Rage Against the Machine, to name but a few. There were three albums recorded that “saved” the studio, one of which was Nirvana’s Nevermind, with the owner stating that whenever an album recorded there topped the charts, the phone would ring off the hook.
The multiple interviews in the film parallel several decades of popular music. From Neil Young and Tom Petty to Rick Springfield and Ratt’s Stephen Pearcy to Corey Taylor and Josh Homme, everyone has insight to share about Sound City, particularly about how great the sound was in the main room, which was formerly where Vox manufactured their amps. Yet there are also personal stories intertwined. Mick Fleetwood talks about hearing an album that was recorded there by Buckingham Nicks, which led to the duo joining Fleetwood Mac. Rick Springfield married a receptionist at the studio. And producer Nick Raskulinecz tears up when talking about the studio’s demise.
The film is also about the changing landscape of music. As the late ’80s and early ’90s brought on the rise of sampling, Pro Tools, auto tune and the rise of laptop production, it obviously had an effect on the Sound City’s bottom line. Especially since the studio remained proud of being analog, with the Neve console serving as a monument to the power of non-digital production. Yet technology isn’t completely viewed as an enemy. Grohl says that Trent Reznor uses technology as an instrument, not as a crutch.
While a documentary just on the studio would have been compelling enough, its when Grohl brings in musicians from the studio’s past to play and record songs at his studio (which hilariously features a large portrait of Grohl) that everything comes full circle. It shows that all the talk about music can’t be backed up if you’re not a good musician, so it’s no surprise that the segment is titled “Reel to Real.” Hearing and seeing Stevie Nicks, Pat Smear, Joshua Homme, and others jamming and recording shows their passion for collaboration and live music, and for the first time in my life, I’m looking forward to hearing a Rick Springfield song. And there’s no greater moment in the film than seeing the joy on Grohl’s face as he records a song with the reason he got into music on the board that he feels is responsible for his career. In short, if you like or have ever liked rock, or any of the artists mentioned in this article, this movie is a must-see. It’s available online to stream today, but deserves to be seen in a movie theater, where you can best appreciate the sound. Check to see if it’s playing in your town here. And in case you’re somehow still not convinced, watch the film’s trailer after the jump. Read more »