16 items from 2015
Read More: Exclusive: Clip From Fantastic Fest Winner 'The History of Future Folk' Music Box Films has acquired North American distribution rights to Andrew Horn's "Twisted F*cking Sister." The rock documentary premiered at the 2014 International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (Idfa) and screened at the Goteborg Film Festival earlier this year. 'We Are Twisted F*cking Sister' gives an insider's perspective on the iconic 1980's heavy metal band and recounts the tumultuous ten years before they reached global superstardom. Twisted Sister's manager, their biggest fans and the group itself reveal how "the band that killed disco" came from nothing in never-before-seen interviews. "Andrew Horn has delivered a quintessential rock documentary," said Ed Arentz, Music Box Films' managing partner. "It's a film that obviously speaks to Twisted's legion of fans, but will allow a whole new audience to experience the seventies NYC »
- Elle Leonsis
An August theatrical release is planned for the Twisted Sister rock doc, which recounts the band’s early days before they became one of the biggest acts of the 1980s. Horn talked with the Sisters themselves, their managers and fans about the 10 years the band spent toiling away before their brand of metal and theatrics — propelled by videos on the still-young MTV — made them an “overnight” success.
Doc premiered at Idfa Amsterdam and unspooled at the Goteborg Film Festival in Sweden earlier this year.
The band recently announced a 2016 40th anniversary and farewell tour.
Music Box Films’ Amazon Prime pact will see its upcoming releases available exclusively »
- Carole Horst
Music Box Films announced Tuesday the acquisition of “We Are Twisted F—ing Sister,” the rock documentary by filmmaker Andrew Horn that recounts the band’s earliest days, before they would become one of the biggest heavy metal bands of the 1980s. When Twisted Sister got their big break in 1983, its aggressive sound helped sell millions of records. Meanwhile, the band’s over-the-top live shows drew sellout crowds and its music videos defined early MTV. But “the band that killed disco” was no overnight success. The documentary is the never-before-told story of the 10 grueling years leading up to the band’s breakout success, »
- Joe Otterson
The most shocking part of this story: that no one remade "The Howling" before this. Upstart production company Emaji Entertainment has announced that they're "rebooting" Joe Dante's 1981 werewolf classic "as the first in a series of films based upon well known film properties," which is exactly what we need more of. The original film starred the incomparable Dee Wallace as a TV news anchorwoman who is sent to a retreat after a near-fatal encounter with a serial killer and begins to suspect that the residents there may not be what they seem. Spoiler alert: they're hairier than they first appear. The film is notable for being released at a high point for werewolf movies, as John Landis's "An American Werewolf in London" was put out the same year. Both featured groundbreaking transformation sequences -- a 21-year-old Rob Bottin was responsible for the grisly third-act transformation in "The Howling, »
- Chris Eggertsen
Emaji Entertainment is stepping into the world of werewolves with a reboot of Joe Dante's The Howling and embarking into the realm of the wickedly weird with a reimagining of 1998's StrangeLand, which starred Dee Snider (who also penned the screenplay) as Captain Howdy. The StrangeLand reboot is tentatively titled StrangeLand: Disciple, and Snider looks to be involved with the project.
Press Release -- "Irvine, CA, April 14, 2015 -- Emaji, Inc. (Otc Pink: Emji) announced today that its entertainment division, Emaji Entertainment, has acquired the rights to reboot “The Howling”, the 1981 horror classic that to date has seen eight films released that have been based in part of the three novels written by Gary Brander. This is the first film production for the recently formed Emaji Entertainment, which is a division of Emaji, Inc. Emaji Entertainment plans to produce “The Howling” as the first in a series of films »
- Derek Anderson
Two popular horror flicks are getting the reboot treatment from Emaji Entertainment, which has announced its intentions to reboot both The Howling and the long awaited follow-up to Dee Snider’s StrangeLand. From the Press Releases: Emaji, Inc., announced today that… Continue Reading →
- Steve Barton
Emaji, Inc. (Emji) announced today that its entertainment division, Emaji Entertainment, has acquired the rights to reboot Dee Snider's Strangeland, the 1998 horror film written by and starring , the frontman of heavy metal giant Twisted Sister. 's portrayal of Carlton Hendricks aka Captain Howdy in the original film created a character that has become a cult horror legend. Emaji Entertainment will accompany the singer-songwriter, screenwriter, radio personality and actor back into the dark underground world of ritualistic body modification where victims are lured via an ever pervasive world of social media.
The 1998 soundtrack included an incredible array of bands - System of a Down, Sevendust, Soulfly, Slipknot, Kid Rock, Coal Chamber, Twisted Sister, Megadeth, Marilyn Manson and Pantera - handpicked by . Here's what had to say in a statement.
"Music was intrinsic to me in the first one. We really tried to create the ultimate heavy soundtrack. Music will be important »
Dee Snider just unleashed a bitter rant about Twisted Sister drummer A.J. Pero's death -- saying his heart attack was totally avoidable, but Pero did nothing to save himself or protect his family. Dee came on TMZ Live to talk about the band's upcoming farewell tour, but ended up venting about Pero. Dee told us he's in the anger stage of grieving because ... he says Pero knew he had a history of heart disease in his family, »
- TMZ Staff
Twisted Sister not gonna take it anymore -- after one last tour the hair metal heroes will unplug their amps in 2016 ... TMZ has learned. A rep for the band tells us Dee Snider and the boys made the decision last month to call it quits -- just one week before drummer A.J. Pero died from a heart attack. The band's 2016 tour will be called "Forty and F**k It" -- but before that we're told they'll be honoring A. »
- TMZ Staff
The drummer for Twisted Sister, A.J. Pero, has died. He was 55. Pero passed away Friday of an apparent heart attack, the Associated Press reports. The band confirmed the death on their Facebook page: "The members of Twisted Sister are profoundly saddened to announce the untimely passing of our brother, A.J. Pero," they wrote. "The band, crew and most importantly the family of A.J. Pero thank you for your thoughts and prayers at this time." Pero was on tour with Adrenaline Mob when his body was discovered on the tour bus Friday morning by the other band members, who were unable to resuscitate him, »
- Sheila Cosgrove Baylis, @sheilabot
A.J. Pero, the drummer for legendary heavy metal band Twisted Sister, died on Friday. He was 55. A.J. Pero Dies Pero was traveling with Adrenaline Mob when he was found unresponsive on their tour bus Friday morning in Poughkeepsie, New York, reported TMZ. The band dialed 911 and the musician was rushed to a nearby […]
- Chelsea Regan
Twisted Sister has lost a dear brother. A.J. Pero died today after apparently suffering a heart attack, according to the band. He was 55. The drummer had been on tour with heavy metal group Adrenaline Mob, which he would play with in between Twisted Sister gigs. He was found unresponsive by fellow Adrenaline Mob members this morning on their tour bus. "The members of Twisted Sister are profoundly saddened to announce the untimely passing of our brother, Aj Pero," the band said in a statement on its Facebook page. "The band, crew and most importantly the family of Aj Pero thank you for your thoughts and prayers at this time." "My friend, my brother, my band mate passed »
A.J. Pero -- drummer for the legendary rock band Twisted Sister -- died Friday morning after he was found unresponsive on a tour bus in Poughkeepsie, New York. He was 55. Jay Jay French, a fellow member of Twisted Sister, tells TMZ ... Pero was touring with the band Adrenaline Mob when he was found on the bus, but would not wake up. The band called 911 and paramedics rushed him to a nearby hospital ... but he didn't make it. »
- TMZ Staff
Too soon. Twisted Sister drummer A.J. Pero has died at the age of 55. "The members of Twisted Sister are profoundly saddened to announce the untimely passing of our brother, Aj Pero," the band members said in a statement via Facebook on Friday, March 20. "The band, crew and most importantly the family of Aj Pero thank you for your thoughts and prayers at this time." According to the Associated Press, Pero was found unresponsive while touring with the band Adrenaline Mob. He was reportedly taken to a [...] »
Tonight’s one-hour telecast — which featured Season 14’s Top 12 guys performing for only eight available slots next Wednesday — was paced so frenetically it made Usain Bolt look like a three-legged tortoise.
Actually, it might’ve been better had Auntie Trish (Aka exec producer Trish Kinane — read my juicy Q&A with her here) simply cut the fat from the telecast — and no, I’m not referring to 15-year-old Daniel Seavey, »
The auditions are over. Hollywood Week is over. Finally we get to start voting on "American Idol," or at least you get to start voting if you happen to vote on "American Idol." And for me, that means a transition to a live-blog, even if the shows currently aren't Actually live, since there's no way the "Idol" production is prepared to do 12 performances in an hour-long live show. But anyway... Follow along and comment below. Commenting has been slow so far, but perhaps now it's time for people to being to have real preferences? 8:01 p.m. Et. Ah. We're in Detroit for this round. That's fun. And you can tell when this was shot based on Ryan Seacrest's beard compared to where it was on Oscars night. Or... Not. Singer: Adam Ezigalian Song: "I Wanna Rock" My Take: Wow. This episode is way too tightly cut. With almost no preamble, »
- Daniel Fienberg
16 items from 2015
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