Archive for November, 2009

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POWERMAN 5000: New Video, ‘SUPER VILLIAN’ Posted

November 28, 2009

POWERMAN 5000





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‘THE WOLFMAN’ Update: New Posters Dropped

November 28, 2009

BENICIO DEL TORO Stars IN 'THE WOLFMAN'


Source: IMDB, TheWolfmanMovie.com, EmpireOnline.com, ShockTillYouDrop.com

Check out the trailers and more at the Official movie website HERE.

Plot synopsis: Upon his return to his ancestral homeland, an American man (Del Toro) is bitten, and subsequently cursed by, a werewolf.

Set for release on February 10th, 2010 and directed by Joe Johnston, ‘THE WOLFMAN’ stars; Benicio Del Toro, Anthony Hopkins, Hugo Weaving, and Emily Blunt.

'THE WOLFMAN' Movie Poster

'THE WOLFMAN' Movie Poster

'THE WOLFMAN' Movie Poster



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‘JONAH HEX’ Update: First Official Pic Posted

November 28, 2009

JOSH BROLIN


Source: Collider.com, Omelete.com

Official plot synopsis: Jonah Hex (Josh Brolin) is a scarred drifter and bounty hunter of last resort, a tough and stoic gunslinger who can track down anyone…and anything. Having survived death, Jonah’s violent history is steeped in myth and legend, and has left him with one foot in the natural world and one on the “other side.” His only human connection is with Leila (Megan Fox), whose life in a brothel has left her with scars of her own. But Jonah’s past is about to catch up with him when the U.S. military makes him an offer he can’t refuse: in exchange for his freedom from the warrants on his head, he must track down and stop the dangerous terrorist Quentin Turnbull (John Malkovich). But Turnbull, who is gathering an army and preparing to unleash Hell, is also Jonah’s oldest enemy and will stop at nothing until Jonah is dead. Based on the legendary graphic novel, “Jonah Hex” is an epic adventure thriller about one man’s personal quest for redemption against the vast canvas of the battle between good and evil.

JOSH BROLIN Stars IN 'JONAH HEX'



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THRALL WORLD EXCLUSIVE: “REMEMBERING KRISTOV” Part 2: “Kristov – 1, Cancer – 0″

November 24, 2009

MARAZENE circa 04.21.06 from l to r: Kristov, Stiph, Thrall, Gash, Skum - backstage after A Pearl Room performance with American Head Charge. This picture was taken only weeks before Kris would be diagnosed with cancer.



In thinking about my times with Kristov over the course of the last 8 years this is what comes to mind. I thank you for understanding a random missed detail during a time of mourning.

I wrote this for myself. To make sure I would not forget. But I also wrote it for Kris. To make sure noone else would forget what he meant to me and to the band MARAZENE.

I miss my friend.

I found out Kris had cancer on May, 17th of 2006 at a HIM concert at Congress Theater. Nikk had slowed down to take a phone call while we were walking up to the entrance of the venue and I would later find out it was Kris who was relaying to us the awful news. It was extremely serious. He required immediate surgery. He would need further treatment with follow up chemotherapy.

This was also the same night our video for the song ‘XecuTe’ was making it’s Chicagoland area debut on JBTV. The ‘XecuTe’ video had been a major project for me not only as a band member but as my first significant producer credit. For the band, the video was our big introduction to fans who were outside the Chicago area that we had met online through various social networking sites. It was a teaser for the eventual touring we would do in ’06 and ’07. The celebration fell a little flat and the whole evening seemed a bit out of place.

Needless to say, cancer was a difficult thing to wrap the brain around. I had no real personal experience with the disease. Kris was far too young to have developed such a bitch of a diagnosis. I would find out later on that Kris had suffered from mild symptoms of his condition as far back as the 2002 tour with BILE that he was a part of. So he basically started fighting the disease properly well into the onset. It would prove to be a very difficult thing to manage with the cancer having that much of a headstart.

What I do remember about all of this very clearly is that one minute I’m up to my eyeballs in deadlines for album mixes, album artwork, CD tour dates, phone calls, emails, follow up phone calls, lining up press for the album – all very typical for an independent band – and then *KA-BOOM* Kris all of a sudden gets dragged off (literally) for major surgery that he has to do without a second thought or choice just to survive. Head-spinning doesn’t begin to describe the situation. It was a split second requirement for Kris and we (the band) had all of ten fukking days to figure out wtf we were going to do about our ‘MachiNation’ CD show which was scheduled for May 27th at Kinetic Playground in Chicago.

The first time I actually visited Kris in the hospital after the surgery was a very stressful time. I distinctly remember the feeling while we were on the way that I was just going to freak out. I think I hid that well but inside the thoughts were a chaotic jumble. You have to consider that over the years of playing shows with him and rehearsing and hanging out that Kris was a given. He was a rock to me. He always had my back and I didn’t even have to think about it. Even through hard times there was respect. So I knew I would have to brace myself for whatever came my way that night. I know I had a beer on the way to the hospital just to calm my nerves. I had a beer in the hospital room with me tucked away in my coat. At the least I needed something to take the edge off and something to do with my hands. It was a very sad moment watching my friend struggle in a weakened state I never thought possible. There was no logic to it whatsoever. Here was a key change I had no note to cover.

Cancelling the CD shows seemed the obvious thing to do – but nothing was ever really that obvious in those days. It would have destroyed the momentum we had built up for our album and I don’t see how the math would have added up to us taking part on the National tours in ’07. We definitely would not have been prepared for them. Odds are we would never have left Chicago and we would have always been remembered as the band that could have been. Our detractors would have loved that.

For the most part, Kris and the band received a tremendous outpouring of support from our friends in the Chicagoland area but there were a couple of notable local nitpickers and naysayers that had been doing their best to derail the bands overall progress that we had been making by stirring up the pot about “leaving Kris behind” and all sorts of nonsense. But these people never had the bands best interests in mind. These were just a few people voicing an invalid opinion about a band and a collaboration that they never really fully understood. Kris, Nikk, and myself were determined to make a musical statement the likes of which the city of Chicago would always remember.

There had to be another way and Kris and I spoke about the pros and cons of cancelling or postponing this event or that event at one of my hospital visits. Our focus was always on building for the future but that didn’t mean we weren’t keen to the possibility of obstacles along the way.

What we eventually decided to do was to turn our CD show in to a sort of tribute to Kris’s struggle and with Kris’s blessing we agreed to play the out of town shows with a sub drummer. Kris believed in our album. And he was determined to fight like hell to rejoin us as soon as he could to help push it. So with the bands complete understanding and unified from the get-go we set our sites like we wrote our music – with a bigger picture in mind.

Marazene always planned for the future – and Kris was always a part of that plan.

On the night of our CD show I suggested that our videographer for the evening tape well wishes for Kris who was still recovering. Our MC for the evening made sure to dedicate the evening to Kris and there were many many toasts in the name our struggling friend that night. He wasn’t present but Kris was certainly on everyones minds.

Kris underwent an intense chemotherapy regimen in Spring 2006 following his surgery and determined fukk that he was, still managed to join us on the road for most of our shows. Despite all the hardships involving logistics I knew I wanted him there rather than have somebody else. And contrary to what many people think (including myself in the beginning) the doctors favored his staying involved with the band when it came to shows. They thought it was good to keep Kris active and involved. To keep things positive, etc.

Toward the end of 2006 I was able to land some really cool shows for MARAZENE with OTEP in Minneapolis, MN, and MUSHROOMHEAD in Flint, MI, and Chicago’s House of Blues through some of my connections. It was an especially optimistic time for the band which would end up leading to our first National tour with Mushroomhead the following year in March of 2007. I was able to confirm a tour with Deadstar Assembly about a week later for April of 2007. With the band at full strength and ready to promote the ‘MachiNation’ album it was nothing but shows, shows and more shows.

It was every bands dream to be able to tour in support of the music they created. And by not putting the brakes on in 2006 Kris, Nikk, and myself were able to capitalize on the momentum and do even cooler things in 2007. This completely invalidated the whole “leaving Kris behind” nonsense and consequently confounded both our local critics and our local competitors who – for the most part – have yet to acknowledge Kris’s struggle and the bands achievements that were borne in the shadow of incredibly negative odds and faced completely on our own.

Kris’s chemo regimen wrapped up long before we did the National tours but the after effects were still present. We wore the battle scars of a nasty fight for survival (his hair [dreadlocks] had fallen out) but it didn’t matter to him. I don’t know if I would’ve made the same decision to leave the house while still recuperating from an illness such as his and I think that gives you a good idea of how Kris – through thick and thin – managed to live his life to the limit no matter what was thrown at him. It’s what I admired about him. The never-say-die, middle-finger-in-the-air-mentality. It’s one thing to rock out with your cock out. It’s quite another thing altogether to undergo rigorous surgery, chemotherapy, and travel to do shows to rock out with your cock out. I’d be willing to bet that most people (myself included) wouldn’t leave the house until they were 100%.

Kris won the first battle with cancer. And he was able to join us on our tour dates and two National tours because of it. That’s quite an accomplishment and a victory for Kris and the band he helped found, however you want to look at it, by any measure of success.

to be continued…

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KISS: “SONIC BOOM OVER EUROPE: FROM THE BEGINNING TO THE BOOM” Tour Dates, Teaser Video Posted

November 23, 2009

KISS


Source: KissOnline.com

Remaining KISS ‘Alive 35′ 2009′ North American tour dates:

Nov. 24 – Anaheim, CA – Honda Center
Nov. 25 – Los Angeles, CA – Staples Center
Nov. 27 – San Diego, CA – Sports Arena
Nov. 28 – Las Vegas, NV – [To Be Determined]
Dec. 01 – Glendale, AZ – Jobing.Com Arena
Dec. 02 – El Paso, TX – Utep
Dec. 04 – Austin, TX – Frank Erwin Center
Dec. 05 – Houston, TX – Toyota Center
Dec. 06 – Dallas, TX – American Airlines Center

KISS “Sonic Boom Over Europe: From The Beginning To The Boom” 2010 tour dates:

May 07 – Dublin, Ireland @ O2 Arena
May 09 – Glasgow, UK @ SECC
May 10 – Manchester, UK @ Manchester Arena
May 11 – Birmingham, UK @ LG Arena
May 13 – London, UK @ Wembley Arena
May 16 – Zurich, Switzerland @ Hallenstadion
May 17 – Geneva, Switzerland @ Geneva Arena
May 18 – Milan, Italy @ Mediolanum Forum
May 20 – Vienna, Austria @ Stadhalle
May 21 – Ostrava, Czech Republic @ CEZ Arena
May 23 – Prague, Czech Republic @ O2 Arena
May 26 – Berlin, Germany @ O2 World
May 27 – Leipzig, Germany @ Leipzig Arena
May 29 – Bratislava, Slovakia @ Bratislava Stadium
May 31 – Hamburg, Germany @ Colorline Arena
Jun. 01 – Oberhausen, Germany @ Koenig Pilsner Arena
Jun. 08 – Trondheim, Norway @ Lerkandal Open Site
Jun. 10 – Tampere, Finland @ Sauna Rock
Jun. 12 – Stockholm, Sweden @ Stockholm Stadium
Jun. 13 – Malmo, Sweden @ Malmo Stadium
Jun. 14 – Oslo, Norway @ Valhall
Jun. 16 – Aalborg, Denmark @ Gigantium
Jun. 18 – Arnhem, Holland @ Gelredome
Jun. 20 – Clisson, France @ Hellfest
Jun. 22 – Madrid, Spain @ Palacio de los Deportes
Jun. 25 – Vitoria, Spain @ Azkena Rock Festival
Jun. 27 – Dessel, Belgium @ Graspop Metal Meeting


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HIM: Release Date, New Album Artwork, Updated Track Listing For ‘SCREAMWORKS: LOVE IN THEORY AND PRACTICE’ Posted

November 22, 2009

HIM


Source: Heartagram.com

New Album title: ‘SCREAMWORKS: LOVE IN THEORY AND PRACTICE’
U.S. Release Date: February 9th, 2010

HIM: 'SCREAMWORKS: 'LOVE IN THEORY IN PRACTICE' Album Cover

Track listing:

01. In Venere Veritas
02. Scared To Death
03. Heartkiller
04. Dying Song
05. Disarm Me (With Your Loneliness)
06. Love, The Hardest Way
07. Katherine Wheel
08. In The Arms Of Rain
09. Ode To Solitude
10. Shatter Me With Hope
11. Acoustic Funeral (For Love In Limbo)
12. Like St. Valentine
13. The Foreboding Sense Of Impending Happiness

Read a track by track review HERE.

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4 Reasons THRALL WORLD Is Thankful This Year

November 22, 2009

And now - A Moment of Silence


Source: Megan-Fox.net

Our list was actually a bit longer and substantive… but alas – we could only think of one (or two) things once these popped up on our radar. Since THRALL WORLD Peace still seems a bit elusive for the time being we thought it was ok to temporarily distract ourselves…

MEGAN FOX


MEGAN FOX


MEGAN FOX


MEGAN FOX



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The Future Of Tattoos: LED Skin Displays

November 22, 2009

LED Skin Displays: One Possible Application For Tattoos In The Near Future


Source: Wired.com, HuffingtonPost.com

Researchers from the [University of Pennsylvania] are developing silicon-and-silk implantable devices which sit under the skin like a tattoo. Already implanted into mice, these tattoos could carry LEDs, turning your skin into a screen.

The silk substrate onto which the chips are mounted eventually dissolves away inside the body, leaving just the electronics behind. The silicon chips are around the length of a small grain of rice — about 1 millimeter, and just 250 nanometers thick. The sheet of silk will keep them in place, molding to the shape of the skin when saline solution is added.

Read more and watch a video on all kinds of possibilities for the application HERE and HERE.

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UNDERWORLD 4 “Not A Prequel” – ‘THE SHIELD’ Writer Working On Script

November 22, 2009

A 4th UNDERWORLD Movie Is Getting The Greenlight After The Strong Performance Of 'UNDERWORLD: RISE OF THE LYCANS'


Source: HeatVisionBlog.com

“The Shield” writer John Hlavin has been hired to pen the fourth installment in Screen Gems/Lakeshore’s “Underworld” franchise.

Len Wiseman, who directed the first two films in the vampire-vs.-werewolf saga, is producing with Gary Lucchesi, Tom Rosenberg and Richard Wright of Lakeshore.

Hlavin said the plot is under wraps, “but I can tell you it’s not a prequel.”

Read more HERE.

So far no director attached nor word on whether Kate Beckinsale (Underworld 1 & 2) or Rhona Mitra (Underworld 3) will return.

THE SHIELD was THRALL WORLD‘s best television experience EVER (narrowly edging out BABYLON 5) and the writing was MINT.

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ALICE IN CHAINS North American Headlining Tour Announced, “YOUR DECISION” Teaser Video Posted

November 19, 2009

ALICE IN CHAINS 2009


Source: AliceInChains.com

New teaser for upcoming video for “YOUR DECISION” – due December 1st.

Remaining ALICE IN CHAINS Euro tour dates:

Nov. 20 – Antwerp, Belgium – Trix Zaal
Nov. 21 – Weisbaden, Germany – Schlachthof
Nov. 24 – Prague, Czech Republic – Lucerna
Nov. 25 – Warsaw, Poland – Stodola
Nov. 27 – Budapest, Hungary – Petofi Csarnok
Nov. 29 – Vienna, Austria – Gasometer
Nov. 30 – Munich, Germany – Thearterfabrick
Dec. 02 – Milan, Italy – Alcatraz
Dec. 03 – Fribourg, Switzerland – Fri-son
Dec. 04 – Paris, France – Bataclan

ALICE IN CHAINS North American headlining tour dates:

Feb. 02 – Vancouver, BC – Orpheum Theatre
Feb. 04 – Seattle, WA – Paramount Theatre
Feb. 06 – Salem, OR – Salem Armory
Feb. 11 – Oakland, CA – Fox Theatre
Feb. 17 – Phoenix, AZ – Dodge Theatre
Feb. 19 – Denver, CO – Fillmore
Feb. 21 – Kansas City, MO – Midland
Feb. 22 – St. Louis, MO – Pageant
Feb. 23 – Louisville, KY – Louisville Palace
Feb. 25 – Atlanta, GA – Tabernacle
Feb. 27 – Myrtle Beach, SC – House of Blues
Mar. 01 – Nashville, TN – Municipal Auditorium
Mar. 02 – Charlotte, NC – Fillmore
Mar. 03 – Washington, DC – DAR Constitution Hall
Mar. 05 – Richmond, VA – The National
Mar. 06 – Mashantucket, CT – Foxwoods
Mar. 08 – New York, NY – Terminal 5
Mar. 12 – Atlantic, City, NJ – Borgata
Mar. 13 – Philadelphia, PA – Tower Theatre
Mar. 14 – Boston, MA – Orpheum
Mar. 16 – Montreal, QC – Metropolis
Mar. 17 – Toronto, ONT – Sound Academy
Mar. 19 – Detroit, MI – Fillmore State Theatre
Mar. 20 – Chicago, IL – Aragon Ballroom
Mar. 21 – St. Paul, MN – Roy Wilkens Auditorium

Ticket info HERE.

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