Saturday, May 18, 2019

Prom Night Original Motion Picture Soundtrack Audio CD Review


I must confess that I never have seen Prom Night and had no idea how immensely popular it was in Canada until I read the four page liner notes within the insert of the audio cd jewel case for Perseverance Records release of the Prom Night: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack. Written by Gergely Hubai along with a post script by the soundtrack’s Co-Producer Silvio Barretta, I discovered that Prom Night spawned a franchise in Canada with four films and the soundtrack has been highly sought after ever since the film premiered in 1980. While there was an unauthorized Japanese import and had been pirated over the decades, this new CD is the first time an authorized CD has ever been released and while one might think I would be at a disadvantage because I have no visual frame of reference to associate with the music, I would state that I feel like I can be truly objective precisely because I have no memory attached to the film save for vague memories of seeing TV spots and newspaper clippings when the film was first released in the United States. I was too young to get into a theater playing an R-rated movie by myself when was released in the States, even in a post 1970s New York City that largely no longer exists due to changes made to improve the “quality” of life in Time Square.

Like many films released in the late 1970s following Saturday Night Fever, the filmmakers had the daunting task of creating a horror film that would also serve as an accurate time capsule of the disco scene that would have dominated popular music played in a high school prom of the era. So as detailed in the liner notes, composers Paul Zaza and Carl Zittrer had to create infectious tunes that emulated the patterns, orchestrations, production techniques, mixing and vocal arrangements to create a popular disco music environment that would at times reference plot points in the film as well as create a symphonic dance music style that could juxtapose certain scenes in dark ironic and comedic ways because there simply was not enough in the budget to license the popular music of the day. So basically they winged it and although I must state again that I have never seen the actual film, just from listening to the songs on the album, I think they nailed it. Album Producer Silvio Barretta states as much when he tried to buy a soundtrack recording that could be played by the DJ at his own Senior Prom and has lamented not being able to find it for nearly forty years. So with true dedication, Mr. Barretta and the Soundtrack’s other Producer Robin Esterhammer have created along with Composers Paul Zaza and Carl Zittrer what amounts to a professional labor of love made by working industry artists who are also fans for the fans who have requested this official soundtrack CD for decades.

The album is divided into four distinct portions. At first glance when one sees all the track listings complete with their subheadings and running length on the back of the packaging, I thought this was a Two-Disc Set and was surprised to see that all 34 tracks fitted onto a single audio CD. However after adding up the running time for each section, it comes out to approximately sixty six minutes, which leaves plenty of room on the CD to create a high fidelity release that truly impressed me with an inclusive surround sound complemented by strong bass track that benefits both the traditional score as well as the disco songs found therein. The album is split up into four sections featuring the score used in the film, the score not used in the film, the songs used in the film and the songs not used in the film. Collectively this marks the first time an official and complete soundtrack has been released and I have to state that the score felt very much like music one might associate with an Alfred Hitchcock film or early Brian DePalma cinema. In the music not used in the film there was one track that felt out of place because it seemed a little too soap opera like, but this is just my opinion, I definitely recommend fans to sample it for themselves. All of the disco songs are so authentic that at times I really thought they were covers of existing classics from the era, particularly Dancing In The Moonlight. 

I love the photography and artwork used within the insert and in the packaging, especially the cover art. This truly is in my opinion a labor of love that I think all soundtrack collector’s should listen to and every Prom Night fan should buy. It made me want to screen the film too. Prom Night: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack is available now on audio CD at retailers on and offline courtesy of Perseverance Records and you can find out more by clicking or cutting and pasting the url to your web browser, which is www.perseveranceRecords.com.

(C) Copyright 2019 By Mark A. Rivera
All Rights Reserved.

  

Friday, May 17, 2019

TNT PROGRAMMING ALERT Week of June 2, 2019

TNT PROGRAMMING ALERT
Week of June 2, 2019

Animal Kingdom 
“Angela”

Tuesday, June 4, at 9 p.m. (ET/PT)

J (Finn Cole) reconsiders his relationship with Smurf (Ellen Barkin) after he gets bad news about Morgan’s death. Frankie (Dichen Lachman) lures Craig (Ben Robson) with the promise of another big score. The arrival of an old family friend surprises Pope (Shawn Hatosy); and Deran (Jake Weary) questions if Adrian (Spencer Treat Clark) is really ready to accept him for who he is.

Directed by John Wells
Written by Daniele Nathanson
Based on the Australian motion picture Animal Kingdom written by David Michôd
Developed for television by Jonathan Lisco

Premiere Props Memorabilia Auction on Saturday, June 1 - items from major Hollywood franchises!

PREMIERE PROPS TO AUCTION OFF PROPS 500 PIECES OF MEMORABILIA FROM FILM AND TELEVISION INCLUDING ITEMS FROM BACK TO THE FUTURE, DEADPOOL, IRON MAN, JURASSIC PARK, SPIDER-MAN, SUPERMAN, TERMINATOR, THE CHAPERONE, THE LITTLE RASCALS, THE UPSIDE AND THROW MOMMA FROM THE TRAIN, PLUS WARDROBE FROM CHER, BRAD PITT, BARBRA STREISAND AND WHITNEY HOUSTON

 

SATURDAY, JUNE 1 IN LOS ANGELES

 

Premiere Props announced they will be auctioning off over 500 pieces of memorabilia from classic and newly released films and television shows on Saturday, June 1 at the Premiere Props headquarters in El Segundo, CA.  There will be a preview from 9-11am PT with the live auction beginning at 11am PT.

 

The auction includes costumes and props from the Back to the Future, Deadpool, Iron Man, Jurassic Park, Spider-Man and Terminator franchises, the classic television series The Little Rascals, as well as numerous items The Upside, plus wardrobe from Cher, Brad Pitt, Barbra Streisand and Whitney Houston.

 

Items include:


Back to the Future

  • Dr. Emmet Brown's (Christopher Lloyd) Mr. Fusion home energy reactor from Back to the Future and Back to the Future Part II.
  • Biff Tannen's (Thomas F. Wilson) black and red Pitt Bull Hover board from Back to the Future Part II. 

Deadpool

  • Wade/Deadpool’s (Ryan Reynolds) red mask and face mold

Jurassic World

  • Test “blue” Raptor head

Ironman

  • Tony Stark’s (Robert Downey Jr.) cowboy hat from Iron Man 3

Man of Steel

  • Clark Kent (Henry Cavill) test costume and cape

Road to Morocco

  • Jeff Peters’ (Bing Crosby) costume

Spider-Man: Homecoming

  • Peter Parker’s (Andrew Garfield) signature shirt and hoodie

Terminator 3:  Rise of the Machines (T3)

  • Full sized Terminatrix 

The Little Rascals

  • The original Little Rascals Scotty Beckett’s 1935 pinstriped Baseball Uniform.  Only one in existence includes “Our Gang” patch on jersey, baseball cap, and complete with uniform pants. Original black and white screen shots accompany the uniform. 

The Upside

  • Yvonne’s (Nicole Kidman) puffy coat, black cardigan, red blouse, tank top, pointed toe boots and beret hat
  • Philip’s (Bryan Cranston) orange sweater, drawstring pajamas and slippers
  • Dell’s (Kevin Hart) Port Authority with Tremont Mobility inscribed blue jeans

Throw Momma from the Train

  • Bowling pin statue of Momma (Anne Ramsey) from fantasy sequence with Owen (Danny DeVito) and Larry (Billy Crystal)

Wardrobe

  • Whitney Houston – personally owned leopard print blouse and matching top
  • Brad Pitt – personally owned tuxedo
  • Barbra Streisand – personally owned red and brown velvet floor dress that she wore to the 2001 Emmys

 

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Wednesday, May 15, 2019

WarnerMedia Orders a Second Season of Post-Apocalyptic Sci-Fi Series Snowpiercer Prior to Premiere

WarnerMedia Orders a Second Season of Post-Apocalyptic Sci-Fi Series Snowpiercer 
Prior to Premiere
First Season of Highly Anticipated Series to Debut on TBS in Spring of 2020
 
Oscar® winner Jennifer Connelly and Tony Award® winner Daveed Diggs star in the futuristic thriller produced by Tomorrow Studios 

May 15, 2019 – WarnerMedia has ordered a second season of its post-apocalyptic sci-fi series Snowpiercer prior to its series premiere. Based on the acclaimed film of the same name, the highly anticipated futuristic thriller will debut next year on TBS. Known for its culture-defining comedies, TBS will be adding dramas to its programming lineup starting with Snowpiercer, starring Oscar® winner Jennifer Connelly (A Beautiful Mind) and Tony Award® winner Daveed Diggs (Hamilton, Black-ish), in Spring of 2020.
 
Snowpiercer is the perfect show to kick-off TBS’ entry into dramas with intricate storytelling, stunning visuals and first-class acting,” said Brett Weitz, general manager for TBS and TNT. “We believe in the longevity of this series and that audiences will be amazed by the fantastical world that brings to life such relevant social, political and environmental issues.”
 
Set more than seven years after the world has become a frozen wasteland, Snowpiercer centers on the remnants of humanity, who inhabit a gigantic, perpetually-moving train that circles the globe. Class warfare, social injustice and the politics of survival play out in this riveting television adaptation. Writing on season two will begin this June with Graeme Manson (Orphan Black) returning as executive producer and showrunner.  
 
In addition to Connelly and Diggs, season one of Snowpiercer stars Emmy® nominee Alison Wright (The Americans)Mickey Sumner (Frances Ha, Battle of the Sexes)Susan Park (Ghostbusters)Iddo Goldberg (Peaky Blinders, The Zookeeper's Wife)Katie McGuinness (Dirty Filthy Love), Tony Award® winner and Grammy® nominee Lena Hall (Hedwig and the Angry Inch)Annalise Basso (Bedtime Stories)Sam Otto (Jellyfish), Roberto Urbina (Narcos)Sheila Vand (Argo) and Jaylin Fletcher (Saturday Church). Rowan Blanchard (Girl Meets World) has been elevated to series regular for season two.  
 
Snowpiercer is produced by Tomorrow Studios (a joint venture between Marty Adelstein and ITV Studios), along with CJ Entertainment, who produced the original film. The series is executive produced by TomorrowStudios' Marty Adelstein (Cowboy Bebop, Hanna, Prison Break) and Becky Clements (Good BehaviorAquariusLast Man Standing); showrunner Graeme Manson (Orphan Black), who wrote the first episode; director James Hawes (The AlienistBlack Mirror); Matthew O’Connor (Continuum, Tin Man); Scott Derrickson (SinisterDoctor Strange), and the original film's producers Bong Joon Ho, Miky Lee, Tae-sung Jeong, Park Chan-wook, Lee Tae-hun and Dooho Choi.

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Paramount Pictures Proudly Celebrates the 25thAnniversary of the Beloved Academy Award®-Winning Classic*

Paramount Pictures Proudly Celebrates the 25thAnniversary of the Beloved Academy Award®-Winning Classic*

 

FORREST GUMP

 

Relive Robert Zemeckis’ Lauded Film at a Special Anniversary Screening on the National Mall in Washington D.C., in a Newly Remastered Blu-ray, and in Select Theaters 

 

HOLLYWOOD, Calif. – In 1994 moviegoers met a man named Forrest Gump whose story was both a deeply personal and affecting odyssey and a universal meditation on our times.  Hailed as “magical” (Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times) and filled with “startling grace” (Peter Travers, Rolling Stone), FORREST GUMP became not only a global blockbuster, but a true cultural touchstone. 

25 years later, FORREST GUMPremains a treasured cinematic classic that is beloved and quoted the world over.  Tom Hanks gives an astonishing performance as Forrest, an everyman whose simple innocence comes to embody a generation.  Alongside his mamma (Sally Field), his best friend Bubba (Mykelti Williamson), his commanding officer Lieutenant Dan (Gary Sinise), and his favorite girl Jenny (Robin Wright), Forrest has a ringside seat for the most memorable events of the second half of the 20th century.

                Directed by Robert Zemeckis and written for the screen by Eric Roth (based on the novel by Winston Groom),FORREST GUMP won six Academy Awards® including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor (Tom Hanks), Best Writing, Best Film Editing and Best Visual Effects.

 

NATIONAL MALL SCREENING

                To celebrate the film’s 25thanniversary, Paramount will host a special outdoor screening leading into Memorial Day weekend on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. on Friday, May 24, at 8:00 p.m.  The free screening will take place between 10th and 12th Streets with spots on the lawn available on a first-come, first-served basis. 

 

NEW TWO-DISC BLU-RAY

A newly remastered version of FORREST GUMP is now available in a two-disc Blu-ray.  The set includes access to a Digital copy of the film as well as over three hours of previously released bonus content detailing the creative efforts that went into making the enduring classic:

Disc 1

·         Commentary by Robert Zemeckis, Steve Starkey and Rick Carter

·         Commentary by Wendy Finerman

·         Musical Signposts to History

o   Introduction by Ben Fong-Torres

Disc 2

·         Greenbow Diary

·         The Art of the Screenplay Adaptation

·         Getting Past Impossible—Forrest Gump and the Visual Effects Revolution

·         Little Forrest

·         An Evening with Forrest Gump

·         The Magic of Makeup

·         Through the Ears of Forrest Gump—Sound Design

·         Building the World of Gump—Production Design

·         Seeing is Believing—The Visual Effects of Forrest Gump

·         Screen Tests

·         Trailers

 

SELECT THEATRICAL SCREENINGS

In addition, on June 23rd and 25th,FORREST GUMP will return to the big screen in more than 600 cinemas nationwide for two screenings each day as Fathom Events and Paramount present the film.  For information and tickets, visitwww.FathomEvents.com

 

Friday, May 10, 2019

TNT PROGRAMMING ALERT Week of May 26, 2019

TNT PROGRAMMING ALERT
Week of May 26, 2019

Animal Kingdom 
“Janine”

Season Four Premiere – Tuesday, May 28 – 9:00p.m. ET/PT

In the season four premiere, the Codys pull off a risky robbery that results in a big realization for Craig (Ben Robson). The relationship between Smurf (Ellen Barkin) and Pope (Shawn Hatosy) remains rocky even as Pope tries out a new outlet for his anger. Deran (Jake Weary) involves Adrian (Spencer Treat Clark) in the family business despite warnings from Craig, as J (Finn Cole) tests the waters of his new identity outside the Cody empire. A new criminal crew is introduced with a surprising connection to the Codys.

Bones 
Marathon 

Friday, May 31 – Starting at 1:00p.m. ET/PT

In celebration of Emily Deschanel joining Animal Kingdom, TNT is airing a Bones marathon on Friday, May 31, featuring Emily’s favorite episodes, including an episode directed by her father Caleb Deschanel, one starring her sister Zooey Deschanel, the 100th episode, the 200th episode, and an episode with Betty White guest starring.

1:00p.m. ET/PT – “The Glowing Bones in the Old Stone House” – Glowing bones 
discovered in an old stone house turn out to be the remains of a celebrity chef who died under mysterious circumstances. (Directed by Emily’s father Caleb Deschanel)
 
2:00p.m. ET/PT – “Double Trouble in the Panhandle” – Booth and Brennan must infiltrate a traveling circus to investigate the death of conjoined-twin jugglers; and they do so working undercover as a knife-throwing act.
 
3:00p.m. ET/PT – “The Goop in the Girl” – Booth and Brennan investigate a man in a Santa Claus costume who tries to rob a bank, but was blown up in the process. (Emily’s sister Zooey Deschanel guest stars)
 
4:00p.m. ET/PT – The Parts in the Sum of the Whole” – After reading a draft of Sweets' new book, and realizing it contains inaccuracies, Brennan and Booth set the record straight by recounting how they first met. (This is the 100th Episode)
 
5:00p.m. ET/PT – “The Doctor in the Photo” – When the body of a surgeon is found in a tough neighborhood with multiple skull fractures, Brennan is disturbed by how much she has in common with the victim.
 
6:00p.m. ET/PT – “200th in the 10th” – The show's 200th episode is an homage to Alfred Hitchcock's films that takes place in 1950's Hollywood, where LAPD detective Brennan teams up with jewel thief Booth when the latter is framed for the murder of a wealthy socialite. (This is the 200th Episode)  
 
7:00p.m. ET/PT – The Carpals in the Coy-Wolves” – A real-estate agent's remains are discovered in a forest and show signs of being partially devoured by coyote-wolf hybrids, so Brennan solicits help from an older forensic anthropologist, who amazes the staff with her decades of experience. (Betty White guest stars)