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My Chemical Romance Post Cryptic Video

my chemical romanceA few years ago, My Chemical Romance shocked fans when they announced that they would be headed in different musical directions. Since then, we’ve seen plenty of solo works, musical projects, etc.

Today, the band released a cryptic video showing a white flag with a black cross waving in the wind to the soft piano notes we all know so well.

Sending shockwaves, fans have been speculating what the video, which you can see below, actually means. Many believe that the only thing that “makes sense” is the Black Parade 10 year reunion tour.

Check out the video below and let us know what you think!

 

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Vacation Q&A w/ Peter Marullo of Protagonist

protagonist.jpgA long-standing band is something to be praised and adored in today’s ever-changing world. With members scattered across the country, all dealing with life itself, South Florida’s melodic punk band Protagonist is still around with something to say…and plenty of fun to be had.

The band recently released their new record, Jean Jackets In June (who isn’t obsessed with the alliteration of the title?), and embarked on the Florida Vacation tour with fellow punk stalwarts New Found Glory.

Planet Stereo caught up with Peter Marullo (vox) to chat about the tour, how the band keeps it all together, and the new record.

 

Planet Stereo: How is the tour going?

Peter Marullo: Really well, thanks! It’s the last night of the tour for us tonight!

PS: Are you guys not going on the [Parahoy!] cruise as well?

PM: No, no cruising for us!

PS: Are you sad about that or happy because you get to home and relax now?

PM: I mean, I’ve never been on a cruise, so I’d be totally down to go on a cruise with Paramore and New Found Glory! But yeah, I’m definitely looking forward to a little relaxation and downtime…Well, that’s kind of a lie, because I wish I had, like, thirty more shows to go. This tour has been unreal.

PS: I imagine! I love that it was all Florida as well, because so many tours skip Florida.

PM: Yeah! As soon as it came up, and as soon as we were asked, we were like, “Oh, well, where’s the tour going to take place?” And when they said all Florida dates, we were like, “What?! That’s awesome!”

PS: A moment of happiness, because you realize you get to be in the sunshine!

PM: Yeah, and it’s a bit of a different situation for us, because, you know, we’re “based” out of Florida, out of Boca Ratone. We’ve always been a Florida band, but logistically, our personal lives, jobs, and careers, have taken us all over the United States. So being able to come back to the home state, the home turf, and basically all the major cities in the state, with New Found Glory, it’s been, literally, unreal.

PS: I’m also going to take a guess and say you’ve not had a dull moment, not even once with New Found Glory. We all know Brian [Forst] hasn’t! I hear he’s been quite the punk Rennaissance man.

PM: No! [T]hey really are a great group to be around, for sure. And Brian is wearing multiple hats on this tour. […] [laughs] He’s managing, he’s guitar-teching, he’s driving, and he’s playing in Protagonist.

PS: Oh my gosh…I hope he gets a massive cup of coffee as a reward.

PM: Well, he’s going on the cruise, so hopefully he’ll get some relaxation and downtime [laughs].

PS: Hopefully! Well, has there been a favorite day of the tour for you?

PM:  I mean, it’s funny, because, the first one in Pensacola…We’ve never previously had a great show in Pensacola, but the first night of the tour, from the first strum of the guitar, every night is a favorite night. I would say the stand out, though, last night, we played the Culture Room in Fort Lauderdale, our home turf area, and, you know, same drill, it just went off. You know?

PS: A little bit of hometown pride going?

PM: Yeah! And, you know, we don’t get to play our hometown area that much. We haven’t played Palm Beach county in quite some time. The last two times we played down here was Propaganda in Lake Worth, which, is cool and has a great crowd and stuff, but it’s not really our home crowd.

PS: Yeah, and there’s nothing cooler than coming back to your hometown, performing, and being like, “Look! I made it!” And just going for it in front of everybody.

PM: Yeah, we had a great time!

PS: Good! I also heard that you teamed up with Smart Punk to release the new EP. What made you guys transition to them to release [the record]?

We previously released The Chronicles and States on Paper and Plastic, and then had gotten together with Less Than Jake, and got to play their Wake and Bake Festival, which is their yearly thing they put on in Gainesville, like their tribute to their hometown. We would do different kind of east coast tours, and stuff like that. In early 2014, we had a batch of songs, and we knew it was time to record and put something out, because it had been a few years. Ultimately, we decided to go into their studio with Pete Steinkopf from The Bouncing Souls, and so we headed into his studio, and after a week in there, we had five new songs. So we sent them out for a friend, Jamie Woolford, who used to sing in the band The Stereo, which is a Fueled By Ramen band. He runs a great studio out west, so we headed out to Arizona, and he mixed it down, it sounded great. We kind of sat on it for a while, and tried to figure out what the smartest thing to do with it was. With everybody everywhere, we kind of operate unconventionally and wanted to make sure that it was put out in a strategic way. Our buddy Jordan, who plays in the band Teenagers, he works for AJT Orlando, and a couple of guys there had recently acquired the “Smart” brand name, and decided to relaunch it as a label. We kind of just had a conversation one day, and just figured, “Yeah, let’s give this a shot.” The 10”, the vinyl, just came out in time for this tour.

PS: Oh, that’s awesome! I bet you guys have been selling a lot of the vinyl, because that’s become really popular again.

PM: Yeah, yeah, and Smart Punk did a really good job with it. We have a screen-printed Florida Vacation Tour variant, and been getting a lot of good response from it. It’s weird, you said vinyl has become popular again, and we had a guy at the show last night, and he was buying merch for his two-year-old son. Sort of, investing in it for the future, so that when he’s like thirteen or fourteen, he would have a pretty cool collection of punk shirts and merchandise going.

PS: That is so smart! I have never thought of that, but that it so clever!

PM: Yeah, like me and Jordan, who has joined us to do merch at the shows, were chatting and we were like, “That is so awesome. By the time his kid is like, fifteen years old, he’s going to have a crazy record collection, a crazy wardrobe…,” and it could be dated by then, but it will be cool.

PS: Oh, yeah, I mean, you think of the kids now who are going out and going online to buy AC/DC, Wolfmother, etc. shirts, and it’s like, “You weren’t even alive!” It will be even cooler now, like, “Oh, well my dad actually collected these for me.”

PM: [laughs] Yeah! It’s pretty cool.

PS: I also have to high-five you through the phone for the alliteration in the EP’s title. It’s just amazing.

PM: Thank you!

PS: The nerd in me was very excited.

PM: What comes to mind to you when you see those words?

PS: When I see the words Jean Jackets In June, I think of my own denim jacket that I wear all the time in the summer, because it goes with everything. I also think of the opening sequence of Pretty In Pink, when they take you through the high school, and there’s two teenagers walking through the door, holding hands, and they’re wearing jean jackets.

PM: You know, I haven’t thought of that scene in a while, and I was going to go and see the movie when they re-released it on Valentine’s Day, in the theaters, but I know exactly what you’re talking about! And the relation to the image.

PS: The film buff in me immediately thought of it, and just kept thinking, “Damn, that is so cool,” but also made me wonder, is there a story behind the title?

PM: Um…it just kind of…That’s a layered question, to some extent. Me and my brother have kind of had the concept of that song around for a few years. Like, we’ve always wanted to do a song called “Jean Jackets In June,” and we haven’t. I don’t know if you’re familiar with the song, but it has this opening rift that goes like…[*provides soundeffect to showcase opening rift*] and that’s all we had was the title and the opening rift.

And literally, like three weeks before we went into the studio with Pete to record it, my brother sent me the first demo of the song. I was sitting in the airport, flying back from a wedding–I live in Massachusetts, and was flying back from Fort Lauderdale–and I put the demo on, the first time hearing the song, and a big chunk of lyrics just came to me. I was like, “Alright, this is exactly what this song is supposed to be.”

 

 

PS: When I heard the song, I honestly just thought it was perfect for my summer playlist.

PM: Awesome! And I guess the concept, which I like to leave open for people’s interpretation, has a few possibilities, but there’s this overall theme of being able to attach an emotion to a physical, tangible item. And that item represents a memory, like this person wearing that jean jacket, and it suddenly brings back all these thoughts. Maybe not even from their life, but from a past life, or a distant memory.

PS: So [Jean Jackets In June] really plays on the feeling of being away from home. I believe the press release said the “dissociation of location,” which is really the best way to describe it. As a musician, do you struggle being on the road a lot?

PM: You know, I think it might actually feel more opposite, like yearning to be on the road more. In an unconventional way, we’ve been in this band for a long time, and within the five of us, there is a deep core unit. [W]e all live in different places, and have careers and jobs, and, like, life going on, and our own personal stuff. But we all try and get together a good amount of time throughout the year, and whether that’s recording or playing a batch of shows, or, in this case, playing on a tour with New Found Glory, we all make it work. I think part of the press release references “Hide Away,” which is the second track off of the record.

It’s basically about that disassociation of location, as we’ve grown older, as we’ve moved out of our home state, and sort of things at headquarters, at homebase, sort of disintergrate, znd whether that’s a familial breakdown […], friendships and relationships that you used to have, it’s sort of the yearning for that home, and we sort of explore that theme on our record States. There’s sort of that theme going on. Like, there’s a lyric on that record, “I’m pleading for a home to return to,” about being between two locations and trying to figure out which is home, or what is home.

PS: You referenced the length of time that you guys have been a band, and considering you have been on the scene for so long, and seen so many of the changes, how have you guys adjusted to that?

PM: I want to say sort of via the war of adapting, so I think Protagonist specifically has done a good job in adapting to [social media]. Take last night, for instance, we actually Live Stream-ed the show on Facebook, which is a new feature, and we streamed the entire set. At one point, we had, like, 600-700 people watching at one time. I think we’ve figured out a good way to find a balance between both [eras of promotion]. Like, I was just at a record store next to the venue, and brought copies of Jean Jackets In June, and sold them to the record store for consignment, and we brought a bunch of posters to hang around the cities we’re playing. So we’ll go around hanging up posters, visiting record stores, making sure the EP is directly in record stores we’re hitting up. I think because we were a band before the social media and technology side took over, we’ve been able to do a really good balancing act of both.

PS: Well, it’s funny because I spoke to Will Pugh (Cartel) about the exact same thing, and he said it’s the weird thing of being between eras, and trying to find the footing. Have you found it difficult to find the balance, or was it a straight dive?

PM: That’s a tough question…I like the physical side of things, I like handing out fliers, being able to sell the record to someone, or, after a show, have a kid come up to where we’re selling merch and buy our record, and they get to leave with this physical document or representation of what they just saw on stage. But I also like being able to send out a Spotify link to a family member or to a friend that lives across the country. A lot of the [social media] makes it easier, like, the fact that you can go online and search, ‘Protagonist Jean Jackets In June,’ and it’s going to pull up a Youtube track, or a Spotify link, Apple Music, iTunes, Pandora, it could bring up this interview, and then a kid may be in Wisconsin, who’s never seen us, that’s getting into punk, has heard of us, and will be able to sit and understand some of the stuff and the subtext of what’s going on within the band and on the record. It’s hard to pick a side, I think, and diving in headfirst into both areas is the smart thing to do.

PS: Because you have been together so long, and are now based in different states, how do you manage to keep everything functioning as a group?

PM: I guess the latter side, technology. Being able to hit a button and have someone who is 1500-2000 miles away in front of me, and able to have a conversation. Stuff like GarageBand, a lot of the Cloud sharing stuff, I mean, I can record a vocal for a demo sent to me, and then send it out to the members of the band. It’s definitely hard, but it’s not as hard as people think it is. It’s not as hard as buying plane tickets, and trying to figure out everybody’s schedules. A lot of the other stuff is sort of easy…or maybe it’s becoming easy!

PS: I was going to say, I’m sure it’s a lot easier with demos now that you don’t have to wait for things to be sent via Snail Mail.

PM: [laughs] Yeah, which is pretty wild, but even on this tour, it’s the last night, so I’m grabbing a couple of copies of the record for people that I haven’t seen in a while, people that were involved in the recording, producing, etc. I still get a big thrill out of going to the post office and sending off records and t-shirts.

PS: Everyone likes to get mail!

PM: Yeah! Everyone loves a good mail day!

PS: I have one last question for you, before you go and get ready for the final performance. I have to put a little asterisk on this one, so I don’t get sued! [laughs] This is in no way a threat on your life, anything/anyone you love or hold near and dear, it is simply a philosophical question.

PM: [laughs]

PS: I can feel your nerves through the phone [laughs].

PM: I’m open! [laughs]

PS: If you knew this was your last conversation with another human being, your last chance to say what you needed to, what would you choose as your final words, and why?

PM: One word or a statement?

PS: A statement. No pressure.

PM: Hmm…I’ve got to think about this for a second…last conversation with a human being…hmmm…Like, I know I’m going to die?

PS: Yeah, like a cartoon anvil is about to smash you on the head, and these are your final words to Earth.

PM: Um…I think I would say something along the lines of, maybe it sounds cheesy, but like, “Treat other people how you would like to be treated. You only get back what you give, so really make everything you do and every ounce of energy that you put into what you love, make it count.”

PS: That’s very good. You honestly can never fail with this, as long as you don’t answer “YOLO.” [laughs]

PM: [laughs] Oh no.

PS: You laugh, but I’ve had that answer before.

PM: Oh Jesus.

PS: I was tempted to hang up on this person [laughs]. Joking…

PM: [laughs] That’s funny.

PS: The best was “Not in the face.”

PM: Intense. [laughs] It sounds very Goodfellas, you know, so like his mother can give him an open casket funeral.

PS: That’s what I always think! Like, okay, Joe Pesci.

PM: [laughs] Yeah!

PS: [laughs] Alright Pete, well, I’m going to let you go, but thank you so much for doing the interview! Good luck tonight, I’m sure it will be amazing!

PM: Thank you for taking your time to do the interview!

 

For more on Protagonist, click HERE.

To purchase Jean Jackets In June, click HERE.

 

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Grammys 2016 – Winners List

2016 grammys.pngThe 2016 Grammys are off to a great start, and Planet Stereo’s here to let you know who wins what. Check out the list of winners announced below:

Album Of The Year

  • Alabama Shakes – Sound & Colour
  • Kendrick Lamar – To Pimp A Butterfly
  • Chris Stapleton – Traveller
  • Taylor Swift – 1989
  • The Weeknd – Beauty Behind The Madness

Record Of The Year

  • D’Angelo & The Vanguard “Really Love”
  • Mark Ronson Feat. Bruno Mars – “Uptown Funk”
  • Ed Sheeran – “Thinking Out Loud”
  • Taylor Swift – “Blank Space”
  • The Weeknd – “Can’t Feel My Face”

Song Of The Year

  • Kendrick Lamar – “Alright”
  • Taylor Swift – “Blank Space”
  • Little Big Town – “Girl Crush”
  • Wiz Khalifa Feat. Charlie Puth – “See You Again”
  • Ed Sheeran and Amy Wadge – “Thinking Out Loud”

Best Music Video

  • A$AP Rocky – “L$D” (Dir. Dexter Navy)
  • The Dead Weather – “I Feel Love (Every Million Miles)” (Dir. Cooper Roberts & Ian Schwartz)
  • Kendrick Lamar – “Alright” (Dir. The Little Homies & Colin Tilley)
  • Taylor Swift & Kendrick Lamar – “Bad Blood” (Dir. Joseph Kahn)
  • Pharrell Williams – “Freedom” (Dir. Paul Hunter)

Best New Artist

  • Courtney Barnett
  • James Bay
  • Sam Hunt
  • Tori Kelly
  • Meghan Trainor

 

Best Pop Vocal Album: Taylor Swift – 1989

Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album: Tony Bennett & Bill Charlap – The Silver Lining: The Songs of Jerome Kern

Best Rock Album: Muse – Drones

Best Alternative Music Album: Alabama Shakes – Sound & Color

Best R&B Album : D’Angelo & The Vanguard – Black Messiah

Best Rap Album: Kendrick Lamar – To Pimp a Butterfly

Best Country Album: Chris Stapleton – Traveller

Best Dance/Electronica Album: Skrillex And Diplo – Skrillex And Diplo Present Jack Ü

Best Musical Theater Album: Hamilton

Best Historical Album: The Basement Tapes Complete: The Bootleg Series Vol. 11

Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical: Shawn Everett, Bob Ludwig – Alabama Shakes’ Sound & Color

Best Surround Sound Album: James Gutherie, Joel Plante – Roger Waters’ Amused To Death

Best Contemporary Instrumental Album: Snarky Puppy and Metropole Orkest – Sylva

Best New Age Album: Paul Avgerinos – Grace

Best Jazz Vocal Album: Cecile McLorin Salvent – For One To Love

Best Jazz Instrumental Album: John Scofield – Past Present

Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album: Maria Schneider Orchestra – The Thompson Fields

Best Latin Jazz Album: Eliane Elias – Made In Brazil

Best Reggae Album: Morgan Heritage – Strictly Roots

Best World Music Album: Angelique Kidjo – Sings 

Best Children’s Album: Tim Kubart – Home
Best Spoken Word Album: Jimmy Carter – A Full Life: Reflections at Ninety
Best Comedy Album: Louis CK – Live At Madison Square Garden

Best Latin Pop Album: Ricky Martin – A Quien Quiera Escuchar (Deluxe Edition)

Best Regional Mexican Music Album: Los Tigres Del Norte – Realidades (Deluxe Edition)

Best Tropical Latin Album: Ruben Blades with Roberto Delgado & OrchestraSon De Panamá

Best Americana Album: Jason Isbell – Something More Than Free

Best Bluegrass Album: The SteelDrivers – The Muscle Shoals Recordings 

Best Blues Album: Buddy Guy – Born To Play Guitar
Best Regional Roots Music Album: Jon Cleary – Go Go Juice

Best Classical Solo Vocal Album: Joyce DiDonato, Antonio Pappano, Joyce & Tony – Live From Wigmore Hall

Best Contemporary Classical Composition: Stephen Paulus, “Paulus: Prayers & Remembrances”

Best Classical Solo Vocal Album: Joyce DiDonato, Antonio Pappano, Joyce & Tony – Live From Wigmore Hall 

 

Best Rock Song: Alabama Shakes – “Don’t Wanna Fight”

Best Dance Recording: Justin Bieber & Jack U – “Where Are U Now”

Best Rap Song: Kendrick Lamar – “Alright”

Best R&B Song: D’Angelo and The Vanguard – “Really Love”

Best Country Song: Little Big Town – “Girl Crush”

Best American Roots Song: Jason Isbell – “24 Frames”

 

Best Metal Performance: Ghost – “Cirice”

Best Rock Performance: Alabama Shakes – “Don’t Wanna Fight”

Best Pop Solo Performance: Ed Sheeran – “Thinking Out Loud”

Best Pop Duo/Group Performance: Mark Ronson ft. Bruno Mars – “Uptown Funk”

Best R&B Performance: The Weeknd – “Earned It”

Best Traditional R&B Performance: Lalah Hathaway – “Little Ghetto Boy”

Best Rap Performance: Kenrick Lamar – “Alright”

Best Rap/Sung Collaboration: Kendrick Lamar ft. Bilal, Anna Wise, and Thundercat – “These Walls”

Best Country Solo Performance: Chris Stapleton – Traveller

Best Country Duo/Group Performance: Little Big Town – “Girl Crush”

Best American Roots Performance: Mavis Staples – “See That My Grave Is Kept Clean”

Best Choral Performance: Charles Bruffy, Phoenix Chorale, Kansas City Chorale – “Rachmaninoff: All Night Vigil”

Best Chamber Music/Small Ensemble Performance: Eight Blackbird – “Filament”

Best Rock Performance: Alabama Shakes – “Don’t Wanna Fight”

 

Producer Of The Year, Non-Classical: Jeff Bhasker

 

Best Music Film: Amy

Best Song Written For Visual Media: Common & John Legend – “Glory”

Best Compilation Soundtrack For Visual Media: Glen Campbell: I’ll Be Me

Best Score Soundtrack For Visual Media: Antonio Sanchez – Birdman

 

Best Boxed Or Special Limited Edition Package: Various Artists – The Rise & Fall Of Paramount Records, Volume Two (1928-32)

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Green Day’s Billie Joe Armstrong Calls Out Connecticut High School For Banning ‘American Idiot’ Musical

GreenDayBack in 2010, Green Day shocked everyone with a Broadway production of the band’s hit seventh album, American Idiot. The show has since become one of the most beloved modern shows, unsurprisingly.

A Connecticut high school was slated to put on a production of the musical in early May, but the decision has since changed, and the school will not be performing the show.

Enfield’s drama club, the Lamplighters, began advertising auditions for the American Idiot production. However, their faculty director soon sent out a a general announcement to the school, which stated that the troupe will not put on the musical due to “a small number of extremely vocal people.”

In the statement, director Nate Ferreira stated, “Due to the mature content of the original production, I have been working with the publisher to modify the script, to ensure that it would be appropriate for a high school group to perform.

“This project was very successful, and we feel that the modified script and production notes maintain the integrity of the show, while removing profanity and the more adult scenarios in the original Broadway production. The publisher is even starting the process of turning our edited version of the script into their official ‘School Edition’ of the play, to allow other high schools to easily perform this play in the future.”

The compromise sounds awesome, but then the real bombshell is dropped:

“Unfortunately, a very small number of extremely vocal people have complained about our choice of production. This led to Mr. Longey [principal Andrew Longey] and I meeting on Friday to discuss a change in our choice of production. To be clear, Mr. Longey did not force us to change – he and I took a long and careful look at all aspects of the show, and all arguments on either side,” continues Ferreira. “At this late stage it is very difficult to switch to a different play, but I do feel that it is best for us to set aside American Idiot for the time being.”

Green Day frontman Billie Joe Armstrong called out Enfield High School on his Instagram. The post, which can be found HERE, reads:

“Dear Enfield high school board,  #enfieldhighschoolmusical #highschoolidiot #enfieldidiot It has come to my attention that you cancelled your high school theater production of American Idiot. I realize the content of the Broadway production of AI is not quite “suitable” for a younger audience. However there is a high school rendition of the production and I believe that’s the one Enfield was planning to perform, which is suitable for most people. It would be a shame if these high schoolers were shut down over some of the content that may be challenging for some of the audience. but the bigger issue is censorship. This production tackles issues in a post 9/11 world and I believe the kids should be heard and most of all, be creative in telling a story about our history. I hope you reconsider and allow them to create an amazing night of theater! as they say on Broadway … “the show must go on!” rage and love Billie Joe Armstrong ps. I love that your school is called “Raiders”

The school district’s superintendent, Jeffrey Schumann, spoke to NBC Connecticut, and stated that the American Idiot production was “dividing our kids.”

In direct response to Armstrong’s message, Schumann says, “This is not a censorship issue. This is a participation issue. We chose to change our production so we can get maximum participation.”

In an almost ironic twist, the drama club will now reportedly perform Little Shop Of Horrors instead.

 

 

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Marilyn Manson Lands Role As Barber-Surgeon On TV

marilyn mansonMarilyn Manson is already a gothic icon, and he just became an even more perfect poster-child for the subculture. Manson has been selected for a guest starring told on WGN’s series, Salem, which he already has a hand in. Manson co-composed the witch-trial drama’s opening theme, “Cupid Carries A Gun.”

On the TV show, Manson will portray barber/surgeon Thomas Dinley. This is not the first time the star has crossed over into the acting world, having been featured on CSI, The Vampire Diaries, The Matrix, and more.

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Disney Announces Delay For Star Wars Episode VIII

star warsMoments ago, Disney dropped a bombshell of an announcement: they’re pushing the release of Star Wars: Episode VIII back. The film was originally given a date of May 26th, 2017. It has now been pushed back to December 15th.

This leaves many people wondering if this is a merchandising gimmick, which it most likely is. Star Wars: The Force Awakens had a lot of success, and a lot of merchandise being sold around Christmastime.

Star Wars isn’t the only film with a shifted release date; Pirates of The Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales to, near-enough Star Wars’ date, May 26th, 2017, from its previously scheduled July 7th, 2017.

What do you think? Do you think the new release date is a good idea?

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Watch The New “Suicide Squad” Trailer

suicide squad.jpgJust moments ago, Warner Bros., courtesy of The CW and Kevin Smith as part of their Dawn of The Justice League special, has released a brand new Suicide Squad trailer.

The first trailer was chill-inducing, and this new one is sure to leave you dumbfounded.

You can view the full trailer below. Let us know what you think in the comments below!

 

 

 

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‘Friends’ Reunion Is Happening…Kind Of.

friends reunion.jpgFriends is one of the most beloved TV shows of all time, and everyone has been pining for a spinoff of some description, a reunion, etc.

Fans have been satisfied with a few collaborations done in the past by the stars shows, but are still chewing at the bit for more. Well, NBC’s network entertainment chief Bob Greenblatt has answered the prayers of fans…kind of.

Greenblatt confirmed that they are currently working on a primitive special to commemorate TV director James Burrows, which will be set to his 1000th episode behind the camera.

Announced for the special, Jennifer Aniston, Courtney Cox, Lisa Kudrow, Matt LeBlanc, Matthew Perry, and David Schwimmer will be appearing.

“I shouldn’t go into detail,” said Greenblatt during NBC’s appearance at the Television Critics Association. “I’m hoping that all six of them will be there in the same room at the same time. I don’t know, logistically, if we can pull that off.”

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Quentin Tarantino Praises ‘The Hateful Eight’ Composer Ennio Morricone

the hateful eightQuentin Tarantino’s latest film, The Hateful Eight, has acquired plenty of buzz, as has the score for the film, crafted by legendary maestro Ennio Morricone, who just won the Golden Globe for “Best Original Score.”

In an official clip for the movie, Tarantino refers to Morricone as his favorite composer, suggesting that he was more excited to see the soundtrack performed than he was for the film’s actual premiere–impressive endorsement coming from the director! You can check out the clip below and read more about The Hateful Eight soundtrack, as well as buy a copy of your own—including that $136 Collectors Edition—at thehatefuleightsoundtrack.com.

 

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Sending Off The Goblin King: a Tribute to David Bowie

David BowieThere are some people you think will just live forever.

They are the timeless, larger-than-life characters, who have enough personality for multiple lifetimes.

This morning, my mom was the one who broke the news to me. “David Bowie’s dead,” she told me, and I sat up in my bed.

“Bowie??” She nodded, and I froze, my groggy mind struggling to understand. “Bowie? The Goblin King?”

She nodded again. “He passed away yesterday. They announced it this morning.”

I just blinked at her. My mind wasn’t grasping the concept that this wonderful artist was gone. In fact, I actually blurted out, “But he can’t die. His album just came out.”

When I was running this morning, it hit me that I’ve never lived in a world without David Bowie being around as a living legend. In fact, I can never remember a time where I didn’t know who David Bowie was.

I remember being a little girl and seeing him on TV, and, even then, being completely fascinated by him.

He’s one of the primary reasons I’ve wanted to be a filmmaker since I was seven years old.

I had watched Labyrinth and its Behind-The-Scenes features (on the VHS, mind you, so it came on automatically every time) for the thousandth time, and I was enchanted.

I had recently seen the Lord Of The Rings Two Towers behind-the-scenes for the first time, and between that and Labyrinth, I was mystified by the wonders of putting a film together.

But it was Bowie that truly brought it all to life for me.

There was something about this multi-talented artist that just had me floored, and made me want to be given space to test my own creativity.

When I had the chance, I started actively searching for his music, just to listen to songs other than the anthemic hit singles that had dominated the radio (“Changes,” “Heroes,” “Pressure,” etc.) or the tracks from Labyrinth that I had already memorized.

I found “Rebel Rebel” and “Starman,” and “I’m Afraid of Americans” became an anthem of sorts for me in high school. His discography is so expansive, and truly an event to journey through.

To hear about David Bowie’s death hit me in a similar vein that hearing about Robin Williams’ death did: it’s unimaginable, shocking, and feels very much like an old friend has passed.

I think, much like with Robin Williams, Bowie was such an integrated part of our popular culture, and so embedded into our lives, that it feels as though we all knew him on a personal level.

These were some of the thoughts that rolled around in my head throughout the morning.

But the overarching theme is that there will be no one like Bowie to grace this earth ever again. There will be no one who will enchant us in the same way, with his stunningly bold characters, wonderful storytelling ability, and pure talent.

Farewell to the Goblin King. Rest in peace David Bowie.

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