5 items from 2013
When the reigning king of Westeros steps down – or, more likely, is forcibly removed – it will also be the swan song for Jack Gleeson, the actor who plays King Joffery Baratheon on HBO's Game of Thrones. Gleeson told the Irish Independent that he plans to retire from acting when his turn on the show wraps up, saying he prefers a simple life over the glitz of Hollywood.
"It was always a recreation beforehand, but when I started doing Game of Thrones, perhaps the reality was made too real for me, »
Ranking right up there alongside places like Sun Studios, Graceland and Hitsville, USA, as some of the music world's holiest and most legendary places, is Muscle Shoals. It might not be as well known as those others, but the studio played an important, influential and crucial part in shaping the American soul and rock 'n roll musical landscape, and now the story is getting a much deserved, big screen telling. Directed by Greg Camalier, "Muscle Shoals" zeroes on two key factors that made the studio the hitmaking machine it became: Rick Hall and The Swampers. The former was a producer extraordinaire, while the latter was the studio backing band that equally stood tall next to more famous folks like The Funk Brothers, Booker T. & The M.G.s, The Wrecking Crew, and Mfsb, providing the sound and flavor that powered hits by Aretha Franklin, The Staple Singers, Percy Sledge, Wilson Pickett, »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Music Composed and Produced by: Bear McCreary
Release Date: May 28, 2013
Format: Digital Download
Number of Discs: n/a (26 tracks, approx. 1.5 hours)
Label: Sparks & Shadows
Sparks & Shadows, a new boutique record label founded by composer Bear McCreary, announces the release of the Da Vinci’s Demons Original Television Soundtrack. The album, containing 26 tracks, over 90 minutes of original music from the first season of the hit Starz Original series produced with Adjacent Productions, will be available through all digital providers on May 28th. A 2-cd collector’s edition will be released later this year.
McCreary’s sweeping orchestral score was meticulously researched to accurately represent the time period, without being bound to it. His score combines full orchestra, Renaissance instrumentation, choir and ethnic soloists with the renowned Calder Quartet and surging contemporary synthesis.
“For Da Vinci’s Demons, I looked to the real-life Leonardo for inspiration. He famously wrote backwards and forwards, »
- Erin Willard
They had big voices, "as big as Aretha Franklin's," an admirer confesses. But they gave up their dreams, learned to "sacrifice individuality," to step into the background as Ike and Mick, Bette and Bruce, Paul Simon and Ray Charles and legions of others took the spotlight while these lesser lights swayed in time to the music and sang backup, a mere "Twenty Feet from Stardom."
"And the colored girls go '"Doo do doo do doo do do doo ..."
Filmmaker Morgan Neville ("Johnny Cash's America") rounds up a couple of generations of singers -- mostly, but not entirely black -- and gives them their moment in the sun in this revealing study of egos in check, contributions to music history largely unacknowledged. »
Boom! Studios will release Fanboys vs Zombies #11 later this week, but we have the first five pages for you to read right now.
Series Overview: “One is a decrepit mob of gurgling, ravenous fiends…and the other is a zombie outbreak. When there is no more room in Hell, the undead shall take over Comic-Con! A crew of feuding best friends find themselves trapped inside America’s largest comic convention transformed into a seething cauldron of zombies. Is a horde of starving brain-eaters any match against reflexes battle-hardened by video games, nerves tested by horror flicks, and courage crystallized by comic books? Find out as an unlikely band of nerds use their genre savvy to survive in Fanboys vs. Zombies!”
Fanboys vs Zombies #11: “What happens in Vegas, slays in Vegas… (Yup, that pun just happened.) The Wrecking Crew soldiers through the Strip in search of the mysterious government compound housing the contagion’s cure. »
- Jonathan James
5 items from 2013
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