"Tower just had everything"
Earlier this year, the documentary film All Things Must Pass — about the rise and fall of the legendary Tower Records — made its debut at SxSW in Austin, TX. In October, the film will open nationally in theaters, allowing music fans everywhere the opportunity to see this wonderful film. Now, I haven’t seen the movie (yet) but based on the clips of footage that I’ve seen, coupled with the rave reviews from those who have seen the movie, I just know that this documentary will likely become one of my favorite movies of the year. I can’t even begin to explain how important Tower Records has been to my life. As a music fan, it was a home away from home where I knew not only I would find pretty much everything that I wanted and needed (from LPs, to CDs, to singles — both import and domestic — to magazines, t-shirts, concert tickets, every and anything music related) but I would be among other likeminded music fans and friends. The rise of digital music led to the death of stores like Tower Records, which is sad but understandable. Nothing will ever take the place of having a Tower Records close by to retreat to whenever you want to get away from everything and just immerse yourself in music heaven. When I visited Tokyo, Japan a couple of years ago, I was so elated to see that Tower Records still thrives in that wonderful city. It was so nice to be in the store again and it’s a great feeling knowing that it still exists … somewhere out there. All Things Must Pass looks to be a must-see movie for any music fan and definitely a movie that Tower Records fans have to check out. The film opens in theaters on October 15. Check out the trailer above and see if it look like something you’ll want to make time for when the movie is released this fall.
Whatcha got there, Finn?
Yesterday we got our first look at some of the awesome toys that will be released for sale in conjunction with the forthcoming release of the anticipated Star Wars sequel film The Force Awakens in December. Today we get to see a short clip of new footage from the film which was debuted on the official Star Wars Instagram profile earlier today. Instagram now allows photos and videos to be shared both vertically and horizontally (rather than just merely squarely) and they used this new footage from Star Wars: The Force Awakens to announce this new functionality. The clip embedded below features mostly scenes from the movie that we’ve seen before but there are a couple of new scenes so … what are you waiting for? Have a look. More »
Captain America vs. Iron Man
Last weekend we learned that filming production of the forthcoming superhero sequel film Captain America: Civil War had wrapped when photos from the film’s wrap party made their way online. Today we learn a bit more about the Civil War storyline as it will be featured in next year’s film. In the comic book story, the legion of Marvel Comics superheroes were divided into two opposing camps with Captain America leading a group of heroes on one side and Iron Man leading the other group of heroes on the other side (the factions are divided over a move by the US government to force superheroes to register with the government or face punishment). Obviously, the story in the movie version won’t be as grand but today we learn which heroes will fall on which side of the factions. New concept art from Civil War has surfaced that show us who will be on Team Captain America and who will be on Team Iron Man. Click below to see the assembled superhero teams. More »
To be unveiled on Force Friday
On Friday September 4, Star Wars and Hasbro plan to unveil to the world the toys that will be sold in conjunction with the forthcoming release of the new Star Wars sequel film The Force Awakens. Dubbed Force Friday, the toys featured in the gallery presented here (and more) will be unveiled in a global unboxing that will take place on You Tube all day long. Star Wars toys are among the most beloved and most collectible toys in the world, so it makes sense that Disney would want to capitalize on the release of a new collection of Star Wars toys. Click through the gallery to see some of the offerings that will be made available for sale soon and click below to learn more about how these toys will be unveiled on Force Friday. More »
A new promo image for final installment of The Hunger Games film franchise, Mockingjay – Part 2, has been revealed today thanks to the help of the film’s loyal fanbase. A microsite for Mockingjay – Part 2 was launched and fans were tasked with tapping the hidden image so that the promo photo could be revealed. In just one hour, fans from around the world successfully tapped all parts of the image, unlocking the promo photo below. The image, titled Fallen Snow, features a triumphant Katniss Everdeen (played by Jennifer Lawrence) standing atop a toppled statue of President Snow (played by Donald Sutherland). Katniss‘s District 13 allies stand with her in the full-size image, which you can see below. More »
'The Hateful Eight' is a timely film, but he didn't plan it that way
In about five months you won’t be able to find me because I’ll be racing to the theatres, about as swiftly as I did for Django Unchained, to bear witness to Quentin Tarantino‘s latest, The Hateful Eight. Tarantino recently spoke to Vulture about the production and I was happy to see that he’s willing to draw connections between the white supremacy prevalent during the post-Civil Rights era his film is set in, and the white supremacy that still plagues this country today. Click inside for more.
They were joined by Sebastian Stan, Chadwick Boseman and others
A couple of weeks ago, we saw photos of actor Chadwick Boseman in character as Black Panther on the set of the forthcoming superhero sequel film Captain America: Civil War. Today we learn that principal filming has wrapped on the production of Civil War as evidenced by a wrap party that was held in Leipzig, Germany this weekend attended by some of the film’s stars. As you can see below, actors Chris Evans (Captain America), Anthony Mackie (Falcon), Sebastian Stan (The Winter Soldier) and Chadwick Boseman (Black Panther) partied with some of the members of the film crew — and apparently Scarlett Johansson (Black Widow), even tho she isn’t featured in any of the photos. Click below to get a look at how much fun the cast and crew of Civil War had as they celebrated together the end of filming of their new movie. More »
So the best
With the release of The Avengers: Age of Ultron on DVD/Blu-Ray comes a bunch of bonus material including a hilarious gag reel, which has been shared online for our viewing pleasure. Because the video embedded here appears to be unauthorized, it’s very likely that it will not remain online for long … so enjoy it while you can. The full clip of Avengers f*ck-ups can be enjoyed over and over to one’s heart’s content on the official video release of this movie and if the embed above is any indication, this video release is a must-own for Avengers fans. I think my fave parts of this gag reel are the kissing scenes … and Dr. Selvig‘s scenes. The whole thing is funny as hell, so enjoy.
They better call it, 'Straight Outta Compton 2-pac'
The N.W.A. biopic Straight Outta Compton has proved to be such a box office hit (on track to enjoy a second week in the #1 position at the box office this weekend) that we learn today that plans are in the early stages for a sequel film to come somewhere down the line. Compton briefly features cameo appearances by actors who play Snoop Dogg and Tupac and it is being reported today that the proposed sequel film will focus on those two men and their relation to Death Row Records (which was founded by Dr. Dre and Suge Knight). Normally, I would bristle at news of a hastily conceived sequel film that stems from an already excellent biopic film but considering how well Straight Outta Compton turned out, I am actually looking forward to the same treatment being given to the true life stories of Snoop Dogg and Tupac Shakur. More »
Mrs. Theroux is Funny That Way
After she got secretly married to Justin Theroux earlier this month, actress Jennifer Aniston jetted off to Bora Bora for a quick honeymoon before she returned home to LA to get back to work. Last night, Jen made her first public appearance since her wedding a couple of weeks ago at the LA premiere of her new film She’s Funny That Way. Jennifer attended the event without her new hubby but proudly wearing her new wedding ring. As you can see below, Jen opted for a simple wedding band circled with diamonds. Have a look below at Mrs. Theroux‘s new wedding bling and see how married life is treating her these days. More »