After a less than stellar reception at the box office, Metallica has announced the release date of their 3D concert film, Metallica Through the Never. And while it’s only made back $7.8 million of its $18 million production budget so far, it looks like they’re going to be making their budget back – one piece of the stage at a time. The film will be released on January 28, 2014 on DVD, Blu-ray, 3D Blu-ray, digitally and via Video On Demand. And there will be a range of extras. All of the physical releases will be released in standard 2-disc packages and special expanded versions.
The limited edition Metclub-only version of the film is where they’ll really make their money back. While it doesn’t say how much it will cost, the 1,000-run version will include a 3-disc Blu-ray version, a ‘Metallica Through the Never’ bandanna, a lithograph movie poster autographed by all four members of the band, and a piece of ”Doris,” the statue of lady justice, that was in the film, along with a letter of authenticity.
Since there are only 1,000 of those being made, it’s not like they’re going to make an overwhelming amount, but they’re slowly making their money back. Considering that the soundtrack to the film has sold more than 60,000 copies already, and that a lot of Metallica completists will pick up the DVD/Blu-Ray when it comes out, it’ll likely continue to make money after it’s release. Not to mention, the film basically calls attention to the band’s back catalog. The band’s self-titled album sold another 2,000 copies this week.
In other Metallica news, the band announced that they’ll be teaming up once again with the San Francisco Giants for another ‘Metallica Night.’ Here’s what the band had to say via their website: Read more »
The film version of Mötley Crüe’s excellent 2001 autobiography The Dirt has been in the works almost since the book was published. After years of rumors and false starts, the film finally has its director, Jeff Tremaine. The director is fresh off a #1 movie, as his most recent film, Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa, debuted atop the box office last week. In fact, Tremaine has directed all four Jackass movies, with the most recent one the closest he’s come to filming a movie that has a plot. That doesn’t mean he’s not familiar with the source material, however.
“I’ve been offered a lot of scripts but Dirt is something I pursued with everything I had,” he tells Deadline. I’ve wanted to make this going back to 2001, when we were just planning the first Jackass movie and I found out that David Gale at MTV Films had just optioned the book. First of all, I had no idea how to make Jackass into a movie, but I said to him, let me direct that movie, too. He said, yeah, of course! He was being sarcastic, because he had the same level of confidence in me as a director as I did at that time. Luckily for me, the movie never got made, and when this project became available, I put everything I had into chasing it and convincing everyone that I am the right guy for it. I really feel I am.”
He also said the book connected with him on many levels:
“I connected with that book on so many levels. From a band of brothers that gets ripped apart and then pulls back together, or being part of a group that is expected to behave badly, and what happens to you when that becomes your expectation. What happens when everybody encourages you and gives you money to be the worst behaved you can be? You can do no wrong, and the worse you do, the more you’re celebrated. It is a story that is somehow familiar to me.”
Tremaine says that while the movie is going to have some comedy elements to it, “it’s pretty dark,” which will be important. While some portions of the book are unfilmable, it’s important that the tone of the film is right. The band was able to get the rights to the film back from Paramount, as well as the rights to all of their songs and publishing. Whether or not it will be Crüe singing or actors singing Vince Neil’s parts depends on the casting. It should be worth noting that at one point, Jackass star Johnny Knoxville was in the running to play Nikki Sixx in the film. The Dirt is set to begin filming early next year.
Earlier this month is was revealed that Dethklok would return in The Doomstar Requiem, a one hour special on Adult Swim. As with the four preceding seasons, new Metalocalypse means new music from mastermind Brendon Small. The first new track “Blazing Star” from the soundtrack premiered on Loudwire, and it’s totally not dildos. It definitely sounds like Dethklok, but there are a few new touches that haven’t been heard before, namely clean vocals and a fifty piece orchestra. You can listen to it here.
The clean vocals are supposedly performed by Pickles, which makes sense considering he was the frontman for Snakes N’ Barrels. As for the orchestral movements, they were composed by Small and Bear McCreary (The Walking Dead, Battlestar Galactica). If this is any indication as to how the rest of the Klok Opera will sound, then it looks like the special will be filled with lots of zazz. Metalocalypse: The Doomstar Requiem A Klok Opera will premiere on Adult Swim on October 27th and the soundtrack will be released October 29th.
Don Argott was in the right place at the right time. The documentarian, who filmed Pentagram’s film Last Days Here, was making a documentary about Lamb of God and their international fans. Of course, the story took a dramatic turn last year when frontman Randy Blythe was arrested on charges of manslaughter upon entering Prague. And while metal fans followed the trial, resulting around the death of a fan that stage dove at a 2010 concert, in real time via social media and websites like this one, the news and possible outcome was significant enough for some mainstream media to pay attention. Blythe’s trial, and subsequent acquittal, will serve as the centerpiece of As the Palaces Burn, which will premiere on November 20th at Amsterdam’s International Documentary Film Festival and receive a theatrical and home video release next year.
Even without the tragic death of Daniel Nosek, As the Palaces Burn would have been an interesting film. “It’s crazy,” Blythe says. “I get paid to fly around the world and scream.” The trailer shows several international fans talking about the band. Slash also pops up to say something or other. And while it might seem slightly exploitative to center a film around a fan’s death, the band’s genuine remorse and sadness over one of their fans’ death, not to mention the potential ramifications of how the trial could have played out make it a must-see for any fans of music.
This one took us kind of by surprise. While season five of Adult Swim’s Metalocalypse: Dethklok still hasn’t been announced, on October 27th, the network will air METALOCALYPSE: the DOOMSTAR REQUIEM A KLOK OPERA, a one-hour special. And they’ll be pulling out the big guns for this one. Not only will Brendon Small be rejoined by Brian Beller, Mike Keneally and Gene Hoglan, but the soundtrack, which is coming on October 29, will be a musical featuring a fifty-piece orchestra. And the special will feature the voice talents of Jack Black, Mark Hamill, Malcolm McDowell, and Cannibal Corpse’s George “Corpsegrinder” Fisher.
the DOOMSTAR REQUIEM picks up right where season 4 of the show left off. With Toki Wartooth having been abducted, it’s up to the rest of Dethklok to put aside their egos and try to find him. The special will air on Sunday, October 27th at midnight.
“This is not like anything we’ve ever done,” creator Brendon Small says. “This is a full blown musical- metal combined with symphonic passages, classic musical theatre, high stakes drama, emotional moments, and yes totally ridiculous comedy. I drew from all of my influences to make this the most unique project I could dream of. This is easily the best thing we’ve ever done with the show and the music. I can’t wait for you to hear it.”
The score was composed along with composer Bear McCreary (The Walking Dead, Battlestar Galactica), and aside from the score, there will be a new Dethklok song, “Blazing Star.” This is going to be pretty epic. Check out a trailer below. Read more »
We had the chance to see an advance screening of Metallica’s 3D IMAX film, Through The Never. Now that we’re a week away from its official theatrical release, Metallica is giving fans an additional taste with a live clip of them performing “Master Of Puppets.” We’ve already heard audio of the performance, and this video feature performance clips and additional film portions taken directly from the film. Check it out for yourself above.
Last night, a special advance screening of Metallica’s much hyped 3D IMAX film Through The Never was held in New York City. Along with us, the theater was packed at least a hundred others and included an intro from That Metal Show’s Eddie Trunk and Jim Florentine (who revealed that they’re trying to bring the show back from L.A. to N.Y.). The crowd had seen plenty of sneak peeks of the part concert/part narrative film online. But finally we finally had an answer to whether Metallica could pull off an IMAX movie.
Without a doubt, the highlight of the entire film was Metallica’s performance itself. Metallica has always been praised for its powerful stage show, filled with loads of pyro and jumbo screens, and the band truly upped the ante for the big screen. The gigantic center stage had all of Metallica’s “greatest bits,” everything from Doris the Lady Justice from … And Justice To All to the stage collapsing bit seen in 1997’s Cunning Stunts concert video. Yet as great of a sight as it was to see those bits, it was seeing the band’s natural chemistry onstage that stole the show. Unlike most concert films, you felt as if you were truly witnessing the show from the band’s point of view rather than the audience’s. This gave the viewers the opportunity to witness every mannerism, every strut, every interaction, and even every mistake up close and personal, a sight normally unavailable at most shows. Read more »
We’re now less than two weeks away from the release of Metallica Through the Never, a 3D film that will be opening next Friday (27) in IMAX theaters in North America. In fact,, at every IMAX screen in North America.
The band and management have been giving several glimpses into the making of the film, which cost $80 million to make. In this clip, it shows the making of a gigantic stage prop that brings the Ride the Lightning album cover to life. It’s pretty amazing to watch peoples’ dreams become reality, making one of the film’s largest set pieces come to life.
What to make of Ghost B.C – The Olde One – Papaganda, the first episode of a documentary about Ghost that premiered earlier today on Noisey? On the one hand, it’s a pretty entertaining and beautifully shot documentary about the Swedish sextet. On the other, you’re not going to find out all that much about the band that you didn’t know before. Papa Emeritus II is shown without his makeup (which you can also see in the “Year Zero” video), but it’s obviously a mask that looks like a cross between John Waters and the old man in the Six Flags commercials. He’s then shown putting the Papa makeup on the mask and mentioning that there will be a Papa Emeritus III. Either way, it’s great live footage (courtesy of Lemmy co-director Greg Olliver), and listening to a Nameless Ghoul talk about the band in a non-satanic/non-campy manner should help bring more people over to the dark side. We’re kinda psyched for Part II.
Film website Comingsoon.net has posted two making-of clips of the forthcoming Metallica film Metallica Through the Never. There’s nearly 15 minutes of discussion and tidbits about how the film came to be. For example, co-manager Peter Mensch says that Metallica repeatedly turned him down initially. There’s also some pretty awesome footage of the stage being built and assembled. You find out more about the movie, which the film’s producer calls “not a concert movie, [but] a concert narrative movie in which a concert takes place.”
Since A Perfect Circle’s box set, A Perfect Circle: Stone and Echo, sold out of it’s 2,500 copy physical run, the band is releasing the audio and video content digitally. You can hear their 20-track live album, Stone and Echo, on consequenceofsound.net before it’s out digitally on November 26th.