Varèse Sarabande Records To Release LP of The Iron Giant Original Soundtrack (Deluxe Edition)

Varese-Sarabande-Records-The-Iron-Giant-Original-SoundtrackVarèse Sarabande Records is set to release the LP of The Iron Giant (Deluxe Edition) Original Motion Picture Score with music by Michael Kamen. Varèse Sarabande has previously released Kamen’s The Iron Giant score as a 49-minute program single LP. The album will release August 5.

Creating The Iron Giant’s beautiful, sympathetic score was Michael Kamen, one of his last major scores and his first animated film, miles away from the action blockbusters for which he had become known.

This Deluxe Edition adds an additional 13 minutes of alternates, outtakes and rare demos—including a piano-and-guitar attempt at an unrealized song, “Souls Don’t Die,” based on Kamen’s theme, performed by Kamen and Eric Clapton. Tim Greiving’s new liner notes feature new interview material with director Brad Bird, music editor Christopher Brooks and orchestrator Blake Neely, going deep into Kamen’s working process and their adoration for the gifted, late composer.

A modern classic, The Iron Giant, directed by Brad Bird (The Incredibles, Mission: Impossible—Ghost Protocol) tells the story of a young boy who befriends a giant alien robot during the Sputnik era of the Cold War. Based on the 1968 book The Iron Man by poet Ted Hughes, the film is a marvel of heartfelt storytelling, with timeless themes of friendship, caring and self-determination.
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Marvel Comics Enters Phase II Of Star Wars: High Republic

Marvel Comics Enters Phase II Of Star Wars High RepublicEarlier today at Star Wars Celebration Anaheim, fans got a good look at what’s to come in Phase II of Star Wars: The High Republic.

The highly-acclaimed publishing initiative will begin an all-new era of interconnected stories told across novels, children’s books, and of course, comics! Marvel Comics’ Star Wars: The High Republic sagas is set to return this fall with a new ongoing Star Wars: The High Republic comic series and a new limited series titled Star Wars: The High Republic – Thee Blade.

Launching in October, Star Wars: The High Republic #1 will see writer Cavan Scott and artist Ario Anindito reunite after their mega successful run on volume 1.

Set 150 years before Phase 1, Phase II of Star Wars: The High Republic will center around Jedha, a planet rich in its connection to the Force and the focus of every major faith in the galaxy. The new flagship comic series will introduce Jedi Vildar Mac, who arrives as Jedha’s fragile peace begins to crumble and a nameless terror arrives.
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Oceans Calling Festival Unveils Inaugural Lineup

Oceans Calling Festival Unveils Inaugural LineupThe inaugural Oceans Calling Festival has unveiled the 2022 lineup, which bring powerhouse headliners Dave Matthews & Tim Reynolds (Friday), The Lumineers (Saturday), and Alanis Morissette (Sunday) to the southern end of the iconic Ocean City, Maryland Boardwalk at Ocean City Inlet Beach on September 30-October 2. The festival will be featuring three stages and performances from over 30 bands, including Cage The Elephant, Cyndi Lauper, and multiple sets from co-founders and local heroes O.A.R in a historic setting. Entire lineup and by-day breakout has been released on the festival website https://www.oceanscallingfestival.com/lineup. 3-Day and 1-Day GA, GA+, VIP and Platinum Tickets is set to go on sale Wednesday, May 25 at 12pm ET at www.oceanscallingfestival.com/tickets, with Layaway Plans starting at $20 down.

Oceans Calling will also bring a culinary experience hosted by world-renowned chefs Andrew Zimmern, Robert Irvine and Amanda Freitag with a stage dedicated to cooking demos that celebrate the eastern shore. In addition, The Jolly Roger at the Pier amusement park, located inside the festival grounds, will be fully operational during the festival for a unique experience unlike any other festival of its kind.

“We are thrilled to host Oceans Calling Festival in Ocean City, Maryland and celebrate all our incredible city has to offer,” commented Mayor Rick Meehan. “Thank you to C3 Presents and Maryland’s own O.A.R. for bringing an event of this magnitude to the Ocean City Boardwalk. We look forward to seeing everyone!”

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Jeremy Renner To Star In A David Armstrong Feature

Jeremy Renner To Star In A David Armstrong FeatureJeremy Renner is set to star in an untitled David Armstrong feature for 101 Studios and Expanded Media/LBI Entertainment.

Expanded Media/LBI Entertainment and 101 Studios announced today that two-time Academy Award nominee Jeremy Renner will star as Pulitzer Prize winning investigative journalist David Armstrong who – through a riveting and perilous journey – uncovered the secrets of how the Sackler family and Purdue Pharma fueled a national nightmare.

Over a four-year investigation, Armstrong discovered evidence that, in order to maximize their profits, members of the Sackler family knew of and supported Purdue’s concealment of the strength and addiction risks of the drug OxyContin. Since the release of OxyContin, more than two hundred thousand Americans have died from prescription painkiller related overdoses.

The film will be written and directed by the award-winning, husband-wife filmmakers Aron Gaudet and Gita Pullapilly (Beneath The Harvest Sky, Queenpins).
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“Heartstopper” Renewed For Season 2 and 3 On Netflix

Heartstopper Renewed For Season 2 and 3 On Netflix“Heartstopper” fans have plenty to celebrate today. Charlie and Nick of the Netflix’s queer teen hit series, is set to return for a second and third season. Netflix confirmed the news on Friday that that the series has beeen renewed for two more seasons.

Produced by See-Saw Films, the live-action adaptation of Alice Oseman’s Heartstopper graphic novel began airing only recently on April 22, 2022.

The writer and creator of both the show and the webcomic/graphic novel, Alice Oseman, revealed the renewal via the Netflix blog, drawing the stories’ lead characters along with a message that said

“Two more seasons,” the writer and creator of both the show and the webcomic/graphic novel, Alice Oseman reveals on the Netflix blog. “We were overjoyed with the global reaction to Heartstopper and can’t wait to continue the story with two more seasons,” Oseman added.

“Heartstopper” features the developing friendship between an openly gay teen Charlie Spring (Joe Locke) and popular school rugby player Nick Nelson (Kit Connor) which the former has affection for while attending an all-boys grammar school.

The series is an instant global hit for Netflix, reaching the top 10 in more than 50 countries, and currently holds 100% rating on review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes.

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New Alien Comic Series With Xenomorphs To Launch In August

New Alien Comic Series With XenomorphsWriter Phillip Kennedy Johnson is set to continue his bold contributions to the world of ALIEN in an all-new comic series.

Featuring the incredible and terrifying artwork of rising star Julius Ohta, ALIEN #1 will kick off a new saga that will serve as a perfect entrypoint into the legendary horror/science-fiction franchise for newcomers and a must-read for longtime fans.

Packed with thrilling revelations and fresh insights into the ALIEN mythos, this new chapter promises to further explore the hard-hitting themes Johnson presented in the title’s first era as a new cast of characters must go deep into Xenomorph territory for a chance to combat human extinction. A small colony of synths have settled in secret on a backwater moon. When a company of United System soldiers come to them for help retrieving biotechnology on a hostile planet that could be the key to saving humanity, the synths must decide whether the prospect of peace between man and machine is worth the risk of betrayal.

“Writing season one of Marvel’s Alien was a horror fanboy’s dream come true,” Johnson said. “We got to tell exactly the story we wanted to tell, bringing horrific new species of Xenomorph to life while also exploring the themes of family and corporate distrust that are such a crucial part of the films. And as much as I loved our season one, we’re outdoing it in every way in the new series.”

“Julius Ohta is exceeding all expectations as series artist. Every background, every facial expression and emotion, and of course, all the environmental creepiness and full-on body horror is lovingly rendered by Julius, who is at the absolute TOP of his game right now. I can’t say enough great things about him. Fans are going to be truly spoiled. Stay tuned for one of the best, most beautiful Alien comics ever made.” For more info, visit marvel.com

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Ron’s Gone Wrong Studio Locksmith Animation Pacts With DNEG Animation For “That Christmas

Rons Gone Wrong Studio Locksmith Animation That ChristmasLocksmith Animation, the leading CG animation studio based in London, has awarded the digital production of its second movie That Christmas to DNEG Animation.

The film is based on the successful series of children’s books by filmmaker Richard Curtis (Four Weddings and a Funeral, Love Actually, Yesterday) and marks the feature film directorial debut of renowned character animation and story artist veteran Simon Otto (How to Train Your Dragon trilogy).

Locksmith and DNEG Animation enjoyed a successful outing on Locksmith’s first film Ron’s Gone Wrong. The film garnered multiple Annie Award nominations and was voted “Best Feature” at the 2022 British Animation Awards.
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My Chemical Romance, Fall Out Boy, Future, Jack White To Headline Music Midtown 2022

Music Midtown 2022My Chemical Romance, Fall Out Boy, Future, and Jack White will headline the 2022 edition of Music Midtown, along with unforgettable performances from Phoebe Bridgers, Mitski, Phoenix, Turnstile, Louis The Child, A Day To Remember, 2 Chainz, Quinn XCII, Conan Gray, Denzel Curry and many more. Over 30 artists, four stages and two full days of incredible genre-expansive music, will take place September 17-18 at Piedmont Park in downtown Atlanta, GA. 2-Day Tickets go on sale Friday, May 20 at 10am ET via www.musicmidtown.com, with Layaway Plans starting at $19 down.

“Over twenty-five years strong, Music Midtown remains a monumental music festival that brings a diverse lineup of the biggest names in music year-after-year, while giving back to the city that I proudly call home. We could not have a better location than Piedmont Park and we look forward to an incredible weekend with you,” said Live Nation Atlanta President, Peter Conlon.

In addition to the world-class lineup, fans will enjoy some of Atlanta’s favorite local bites with options for all including gluten-free to vegan delicacies along with interactive experiences, a Ferris Wheel overlooking the beautiful park and amazing site lines of the Midtown skyline.
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Varèse Sarabande To Release New Edition Of Firestarter (1984) Soundtrack By Trangerine Dream

firestarter soundtrackVarèse Sarabande revisits the glory days of 1980s sci-fi “synthwave” with a new edition of Tangerine Dream’s classic electronic score for Firestarter (1984). This is in conjunction with the new Firestarter (2022) film, released May 13. This 11-track program—released on LP by MCA Records in1984 and on CD by Varèse Sarabande in 1990—has been newly remastered for this reissue.

The new LP and CD packages also contain previously unused film stills and new liner notes by Randall D. Larson explaining how the band did not score to picture but created “wild” cues to be used by the film’s music editors. The re-issues is available on VareseSarabande.com and Intl.VareseSarabande.com. Both the CD and LP are available now for pre-order and will release July 22.

Firestarter, based on a 1980 book by Stephen King and directed by Mark L. Lester, starred eight-year-old Drew Barrymore as Charly, a girl with pyrokinetic powers owing to her parents’ participation in a secret study of hallucinogenic drugs. When the agency behind the experiments comes for Charly to weaponize her powers, led by an assassin played by George C. Scott, she goes on the run with her father.

Firestarter came amidst the 1980s film-scoring heyday of German synth band Tangerine Dream, in their well-known lineup of Edgar Froese, Christopher Franke and Johannes Schmoelling. The band’s pulsating textures and ambient soundscape reinvented film scoring in films as varied as Thief, Risky Business, The Keep, Legend (U.S. version), Three O’Clock High, Near Dark and Miracle Mile, and have cast a long shadow on future styles.

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Amazon’s “Emergency” Sets Release In Theaters and Prime Video

Amazons Emergency Sets Release In Theaters and Prime VideoDirector Carey Williams’ “Emergency” has sset its release in theaters on May 20th, and on Prime Video on May 27th.

Starring RJ Cyler, Donald Elise Watkins, Sebastian Chacon, Sabrina Carpenter, Maddie Nichols, Madison Thompson, Diego Abraham, the film will open in Los Angeles, New York, and nationwide.

The feature-length adaptation of Williams and Dávila’s 2018 short film of the same name, the film premiered at the 2022 Sundance Film Festival.

It has also received positive reviews from critics, with the general consensus on Rotten Tomatoes describing the film as “taking the form of a classic college comedy while adding some socially relevant function, Emergency is as smart and disturbing as it is hilarious.”

Here’s the film’s official synopsis:
Kunle (Donald Elise Watkins) and his best friend, Sean (RJ Cyler), are both seniors in college about to embark on an epic night of Spring Break parties. Sean has the whole night planned out, including every party they will hit on their “legendary tour.” Kunle is down, yet mostly concerned with finishing up his mold experiment in his lab, as his acceptance to Princeton is hinging on the results. They return to their apartment to pre-game, yet find that their roommate, Carlos (Sebastian Chacon), left the door open. As they enter with trepidation, Sean and Kunle discover a drunk, semi-conscious White female they don’t know on the floor and an oblivious Carlos, who didn’t hear her come in over the videogame blaring in his ears. Kunle wants to call the cops but Sean vehemently opposes the idea concerned how it will look when the cops show up (two Black men, one Latino man and a passed out White woman).

Together, Carlos, Sean and Kunle load the girl – who they nickname Goldilocks, but whose real name is Emma (Maddie Nichols) – into Sean’s van, with the intention of taking her somewhere safe rather than calling the police. Meanwhile, Emma’s sister, Maddy (Sabrina Carpenter), has realized that Emma left the party they were at, and begins to search for her in a drunk panic using Emma’s phone’s location. What ensues is a chaotic, hilarious, and tension- filled chase all over town as our trio grapples with their differences while attempting to bring Emma to safety.

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