Posts Tagged ‘Disney’

Fox-Disney-700x300One of the biggest megadeals was pulled off three days ago after much speculation that the Walt Disney Company was inquiring about purchasing some assets from Rupert Murdoch and his company Fox. Disney paid them 52.4 billion which means that the company that owns Star Wars, Marvel, ESPN, ABC, will now acquire 21ST Century Fox which includes 20TH Century Fox, 20TH Century Fox Television, any Fox owned cable networks (FX and National Geographic), as well as Fox’s 30 percent share in HULU. While the deal may seem insane, it is a huge power move for Disney who is essentially number one in films, but it powers them up with the number three company in film in Fox. Now if you need me to spell out what the company now owns, let me do that for you then. The company now owns the Alien franchise, Predator, The Fantastic Four, X-Men, Deadpool, Avatar, Ice Age, the Planet Of The Apes reboots, The Simpsons, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, How I Met Your Mother, FuturamaFirefly, and The X-Files. That is just the tip of the iceberg that the company now owns as they get ready to develop their own streaming service for the public.

thumb-1920-618647Now what I am most excited about when it comes to this deal are the possibilities as far as the MCU is concerned. They have already promised that Deadpool 2 would remain rated R, but just imagine what they can do moving forward with Phase 4 of the MCU. We know that Spider-Man 2 and Guardians Of The Galaxy 3 will be Phase four films, but there is not that much else that we do know and what a better time to add the X-Men and the Fantastic Four to the mix. Just think of all the characters that they will have access to moving forward and what kind of story lines that they’ll be able to explore as well. We have seen through three phases that the big boss villain at the end of it has been Thanos we get to fully meet him in 2018’s Avengers: Infinity War, but who is going to be that big boss villain moving forward after that? If you ask me, the next possible villain for it all could be the one and only true eater of worlds in Galactus. We could also stars introducing villains like Kang The Conqueror, Namor, and even some X-Men villains like Mister Sinister, Apocalypse (or at least do him justice), and Omega Red to name a few. As you can tell I am pretty excited for that aspect of the merger and the fact that all of the Xenomorphs are now Disney Princesses too. It remains to be seen what they will do with all this property and what the current films coming out will mean for Marvel (New Mutants and Dark Phoenix). Stay tuned and we will try to keep you updated!

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sixth-annual-monster-entertainment-awardsIt’s that time of the year, it’s award season which can only mean one thing and that the Sixth Annual Monster Entertainment Awards is here. We have the usual categories for you guys like Bad Ass Movie Of The Year, Album Of The Year, Horror Film Of The Year, but we also have some new ones for you guys this year. We have new categories like Netflix Show Of The Year, Metal Music Video Of The Year, Rock Music Video Of The Year, Metal Single Of The Year, and Rock Single Of The Year to name a few. This year is definitely going to be better than ever and once again we are also teaming up with Mr. X’s Punchout Blog where they have Male and Female Wrestler Of The Year as well as some new ones like Match Of The Year and many more. The beautiful part of these awards is that you the fans get to pick who you want to win each category as always and that is what is beautiful cause your voice will be heard and it won’t be hacked by Russians cause Archer is on the case. What we have for you right here is the movie side of the awards so check out all the categories, vote wisely, and you have until January 29TH to do so.

For today’s Trailers Part Quatro (number four in Portuguese), we are going to look at some movie trailers of upcoming films. I’ll tell you exactly what I think as to whether I think it’s worth my time, but you never know it could be worth yours. Trailers can be misleading like the one to The Witch, but sometimes they are accurate. Let’s check out some trailers:

Hairmetal Shotgun Zombie Massacre– That is not a typo my friends, that is the name of the film. I love b-movie/low budget horror films that mix in my favorite genre of music and let me tell you I am super excited for this one. It says it’s the bastard child of Evil Dead and Heavy Metal Parking Lot and it looks good from the soundtrack to the film itself. The film even features cameos from heavy metal titans like Slayer’s Tom Araya, Lamb Of God’s Randy Blythe, and Morbid Angel’s David Vincent. Check it out for yourself below and check out their Facebook page here:

Sadako Vs Kayako– Are you a fan of The Ring or The Grudge franchises? Then I may have the movie for you right now. Did you ever wonder what it would be like if the ghosts from both films fought each other? The teaser trailer that is out there doesn’t show you much other than what the two ghosts do, but this should be interesting. In theaters June 2016

10 Cloverfield Lane– The first trailer didn’t really tell us much about the film other than the fact that they are in a bomb shelter and John Goodman does not want them to leave. In the second trailer, we find out that she (Mary Elizabeth Winstead) was in a car accident and he supposedly saved her from a chemical disaster of some sort. She starts to question why they are there and it could be that Goodman is the monster. J.J. Abrams (Star Wars: The Force Awakens) is attached to this film which means my butt will be in a seat seeing this. In theaters March 10, 2016

Pete’s Dragon– On the lighter side of things, we have the new Disney film Pete’s Dragon which is about a boy who claims he was never alone in the woods for the six years he spent out there alone. The film also stars Bryce Dallas Howard and Robert Redford. To be honest, probably not a film I will go to the theaters to watch even though it looks good.

Alice Through The Looking Glass– I have never seen the first film and it was because of the fact that I hated the way Johnny Depp looked and was convinced Tim Burton was ruining classics. Now I may have to give that film a shot just so I know what is going on in this one because it looks visually stunning to say the least. In theaters this summer.

One of the things I wish Disney and Marvel would do in the future would be to make a Howard The Duck film because I love the character. The film that was released in 1986 with Lea Thompson (who actually sang on the tracks), Tim Robbins, and Jeffrey Jones gets a lot of crap for being “Cheesy”, but this is one of my favorite movies from my childhood. Yes it has it cheesy moments, but that is what was fun about it. Anyways for today’s Soundtrack Saturday songs, I chose the title track that was written by Thomas Dolby and George Clinton and performed by Dolby’s Cube. Dolby’s Cube was basically a group of musicians that Thomas Dolby would perform with and Lea Thompson performs the vocals on the track with Joe Walsh performing the guitars. The song is catchy and features all the elements of what made the 80’s so great with keyboards, synthesizers, and catchy power chords. Check it out below and rock out with Howard The Duck!!!

John-WickLast year, Keanu Reeves was featured in a film that absolutely suited him well in John Wick which was a film about an ex-hitman who goes for revenge after some Russian mobsters killed his dog and stole his car. The film only grossed about 40 million in the US, but it made 130 million worldwide. It was the growing popularity of the film once it was released on VHS that prompted the studio to OK a sequel to the film and now we have some news for you on whose coming back and whose coming aboard for the first time. Obviously, Keanu Reeves returns to reprise his role as John Wick, but he is joined by returning cast members John Leguizamo who plays chop shop owner Aurelio,  Lance Reddick (White House Down) as Charon, the concierge from the Continental Hotel, Tom Sadowski (Wild) as Jimmy, Ian McShane (Death Race) as Continental Hotel Owner Winston, and Bridget Moynahan as John’s late wife who we presume will be for flashbacks. The new cast members that were announced for the film are Ruby Rose (Resident Evil: The Final Chapter), Riccardo Scamarcio (Burnt), and Peter Stormare (22 Jump Street). We hear that rapper/actor extraordinaire Common will be in the film to play the major villain. There is no word on a release date, but as soon as I hear something I will let all of you know.

170px-Robin_Williams_2008In other news, I was not aware of the fact that the late Robin Williams had recorded tons of audio recordings as Genie when he filmed the original Aladdin which could have meant that Disney could make a sequel even after his death. Unfortunately, you will have to hold your horses on any chance of that happening according to a stipulation in the late actors will. Apparently, there is a stipulation in his will that prevents Disney from using anything that has to do with Robin Williams for at least 25 years. That is sad news indeed for anyone who was a fan of the brilliant performance Robin made as Genie. It looks like it won’t be until 2040 until Robin Williams will be in a film again as Genie and that is even if Disney still goes forward with that.

Mariah-CareyIn some more animated news, The LEGO Batman Movie is happening which is super exciting considering how awesome The LEGO Movie was. Will Arnett was one of the highlights of the film when he played Batman and we know that he is coming back to play the caped crusader in the film, but there is some strange news in my opinion. Mariah Carey is apparently in negotiations to play none other than Commissioner Gordon. I know that she has done some voice work before as well as acting, but as Commissioner Gordon? I am not sure quite how I feel about that, but it will be interesting to see nonetheless. The Flash director and Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter writer Seth Grahame-Smith wrote the script for The LEGO Batman Movie which is going to be directed by Chris McKay who was the animation supervisor for The LEGO Movie. The film will be released into theaters on May 26, 2017.

atomic outlawsI’m combining the Rock And Metal post with Film News because why create two separate articles when you can do it once and get it over with. The first piece of news of the day is that Stacey Blades formerly of 80’s rock group LA Guns has started another band in the Las Vegas area. The band is called Atomic Radio and they are a classic rock cover band that according to their Facebook page, “The band plays a raucous set of classic rock spanning from the mid 7-’s to early 80’s performing hits and guilty pleasures from such artists as Aerosmith, Whitesnake, Scorpions, Cheap Trick, Foreigner, The Cars, Def Leppard, and more! Their stage persona and look, mixed with a great choice of radio hits and big album tracks, sets them apart from your typical classic rock cover bands.” The band also features former Candlebox bassist Adam Kury, Johnny Rude (Drums), Jeff C. Outlaw (Guitars/Keyboards), and Michael O’Mara (Vocals). If you want more information on the band, check out their Facebook page here. You can also check out the song Flame on Reverb nation here.

ghostbustersSony Pictures and director Paul Feig have announced the all female cast of the new Ghostbusters film that they planned to make. While they are still under negotiations, they plane to hire Kristen Wiig (Bridesmaids), Melissa McCarthy (The Heat), Kate McKinnon (SNL/Life Partners), and Leslie Jones (SNL/House Arrest) which obviously shows you that it’s an SNL heavy cast.  Ivan Reitman is producing an apparently according to some on the internet, Bill Murray is not attached to the project at this time and he may never be. Obviously while they work out the contract negotiations, many will wonder what roles each person will take in the film, but I can imagine Melissa McCarthy playing the Bill Murray character of Dr. Peter Venkman more than any other person named above. So, stay tuned here for more information as it becomes available to us.

In other reboot news and one that I cannot understand for the life of me, but Indiana Jones is going to get the reboot treatment after Disney purchased the rights to the franchise. Apparently, there is a rumor that Guardians Of The Galaxy and the new Jurassic Park star Chris Parks is being rumored to play Indiana Jones in the reboot. While we are not sure if the rumor is true, Deadline is reporting that they are eyeing him for the role and why not? I enjoyed Chris Parks in Guardians Of The Galaxy and The Lego Movie because they were all original ideas. I don’t understand why studios feel the need to reboot films that still stand the test of time. Are you telling me that there are no original ideas left in the world and it’s not like Disney needs it with all the planned films in the MCU (Marvel Cinematic Universe). I guess we’ll have to wait to find out more on this.

Finnish Love Metal giants Him announced that they are parting ways with longtime drummer Gas Lipstick after being in the band for 16 long years. Gas has admitted to the media that his heart wasn’t 100% in the band anymore, but the man had to overcome a lot just to get back in. He suffered nerve damage in his hands and arms that took a year of rehab before he could lay down drum tracks for Tears On Tape. It would also see him climb back on the road with the band before stopping at the end of 2014. He released a statement via Facebook and we have it for you here:

himFINAL WORDS
With a heavy heart I’m announcing my departure from HIM, a magnificent band that I’ve been part of for the past 16 magical years. It has been a journey that I will remember for the rest of my life. There is no drama, bad blood or any negativity involved in my departure.
I simply feel that it’s time for me to move on as a musician.
I have noticed during the final stages of our last tour that my heart was not in it 100% anymore.
I’ve always been a guy who played every note straight from my heart and I feel the music very strongly while I perform. 
If my heart feels that it’s time to let it go, then I have to listen because otherwise it wouldn’t be right towards myself, the rest of the band or you wonderful fans. 
It would end up being a forced effort and I can’t perform or create like that.
Another thing that I’ve recently started to miss is songwriting. I’ve always been a songwriter. I didn’t feel the need to write after I joined the band in 1999 and noticed that Ville is a tremendous songwriter. In my mind he has never brought a single half assed song to the practice room. Every song was top notch and I felt that I didn’t have the need to stir the mix. All of his songs were amazing as he presented them. But last fall I’ve started to feel that I’m missing writing again and that I would like to pursue my own musical interests. I started to miss the feeling of being in a band, where I could be one of the songwriters again.
Three years ago, I had a very heavy year with my arm problems and it took a toll on me. 
It took me 9 stressful months to get back into playing shape, but after recording the “Tears On Tape” record and performing 100 + live shows following the release of that record, I can safely say that I’m back 100% physically and mentally. Those 9 stressful months were one of the toughest periods I have ever experienced throughout my career and adding everything mentioned above, I feel that I need a change in life. I need a fresh start.
I have nothing but great words to say about my brothers: Ville, Mige, Burton, and Linde, our touring crew Viltsu, Antti, Manne, Sean, Brad and our management Seppo, Taina and Vuokko. I wish them nothing but a great success in the future! They are all amazing people and it has been a pleasure working with them all of these years. 
I’d like to as well thank all the record company people, promoters, past crew members, producers and engineers that I’ve had the privilege to get to know and work with. You rock BIG TIME!
And for the last but not the least important I’d like to thank all of you fabulous fans. Thank you for your never ending support and love. HIM has the best fans in the world! 
Without you, nothing would’ve been possible.
I hope that our paths will cross again eventually and you can count on that I’m going to keep you posted about my future endeavours in the crazy world of Musicland. Stay tuned!
Cheers, Gas Lipstick.

Him responded to the post as they linked off of it saying, “And now for something completely different: Drummer Gas Lipstick has left HIM after 16 years, saying “It’s time for me to move on as a musician”. Shell-shocked yet determined, HIM are currently investigating different ways to imitate the sound of drums with machines.”

Airbourne-630x420On some really exciting news, Australian Rockers Airbourne are no longer with Roadrunner Records for whom they released their first three albums through and the band has now signed to Spinefarm Records. The band also announced that they were working on their fourth album with a little inspiration from some Kentucky Bourbon and Cola. Check out the photo on their Facebook page here. The band spoke about signing to Spinefarm saying, “We’re pumped up to have signed on the dotted line to the world’s toughest and truest hard rock label, Spinefarm. We have worked with some of the guys on this team in the past, and we’re extremely confident about having each other’s back in the trenches for many hard rockin’ years to come. We’re chompin’ at the bit to get ROCKIN’ and KICKIN’ ARSE in 2015 and beyond.” I’m super exicted for this piece of news as I am a huge fan of Airbourne.

Future User is a weird band that I am having trouble explaining what their sound is, but it’s a combination of electronic sounds with rock, but I don’t think that matters much. I say that because the band has made a name for themselves by disguising their identities and taking shots at issues in America through their music videos. The band took a shot at Waterboarding with special guest John McEnroe in the video for Clockwork, Farming Horrors in Medication Nation, and now they are taking a shot at athletes who have been caught for doping like Lance Armstrong in the video for Mountain Lion through their masked character SWIM. The band did however reveal their identities and the band is made up of former Rage Against The Machine bassist Tom Commerford and guitarist Jordan Tarlow. Tim described the video and inspirations saying, “At the end of the day, the message that we’re trying to get across with this journey that this guy who we call ‘S.W.I.M.’ who is sort of our superhero that we have, that ties everything together. He’s on a journey. It’s entertaining, hopefully, and at the end of the video the real message comes to light. And that is, don’t be distracted by doping in sports and don’t think that doping in sports is actually important enough for presidents to talk about. It’s really not. What’s really important is something like heroin. We’re over there in Afghanistan funding drug lords to grow poppies and now heroin is on the rise here in America on the highest level ever killing people here, incarcerating people here. To me, that’s a real issue.” Everyone remembers Tim for the stunt he pulled at the MTV music video awards some years back, but if you want to check out the video for the song, click here.

napalm deathWho says that love doesn’t happen at metal concerts? Well, a man recently proposed to his girlfriend at a Napalm Death concert on January 27TH when the band was performing at Grand Central in Miami, Florida. Rumor has it that he proposed in between the songs Scum and You Suffer, but Barney Greenway eventually looked at the man and called him out on stage. The man turned to the crowd and said, “I’ll keep this short and sweet. A couple of years ago, this really amazing girl and I made it official here at a Napalm Death show.” He of course would then turn his attention to his girlfriend as he said, “It’s been the happiest I’ve ever been, we’ve moved in together and I dearly love you. Considering we’re at a Napalm Death show, I figured this would be the right time to bring this up, to embarrass you a little bit considering this is our version of a romantic evening together. Now I’m going to ask you, Alexa, will you marry me?” Barney would grab the mic after some congratulations were said and he offered his opinion on it saying, “Well, how do you follow that? Well, the official line is to say that the traditional institute of marriage is a f—ing sham, after all, but good luck to them all the same. As long as you’re doing it for yourselves, that’s all that f—ing matters in my mind.” This gives me hope when something like this can happen at a metal show and all I have to say is good luck to them. To check out the video of it, just click here.

Geezer-Butler-630x420Apparently, the other day while in Death Valley, California Geezer Butler was arrested for misdemeanor assault charges, with public intoxication and vandalism after a fight broke out at The Corkscrew Saloon. Here is what the arrest record reads as, “Shortly after midnight on January 27th Sheriff’s Dispatch received a call regarding a verbal and physical altercation that took place at the Corkscrew Saloon located at the Furnace Creek Ranch property in Death Valley National Park. After the Inyo County Sheriff’s Deputy arrived on scene and interviewed witnesses it was determined that there had been an argument that escalated into a physical confrontation – resulting in an individual being struck, and a broken window. Terence Michael Butler a 65-year old man from Beverly Hills, CA was arrested for misdemeanor assault, public intoxication and vandalism. Butler was booked into the Inyo County Jail and released after detox and citation.” Butler would eventually take to his Twitter page to post a picture of himself and a man that we can’t really make out who it is with a bike saying, “After that little distraction.” It has been noted that Geezer will soon join up with the fellas in Black Sabbath to record what is “going” to be their last album and tour very soon.