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Axs TV Sets Music Memorabilia-Themed Show ‘Rock My Collection’ for August (Exclusive)

Axs TV Sets Music Memorabilia-Themed Show ‘Rock My Collection’ for August (Exclusive)
Music memorabilia collectors finally have a TV show to justify their obsession, or at least reassure them they’re hardly alone in their mania. Axs TV will premiere “Rock My Collection,” a new series co-hosted by Ahmet Zappa and appraiser Stephen Braitman, on August 15 at 8 p.m. Et/5 Pt.

Zappa and Braitman will be joined by guest showing off their most prized artifacts, which include everything from a zombie costume from Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” video to Tom Petty’s scooter to love letters written by Axl Rose to an exceptionally rare Charley Patton record.

Celebrity guests as well as collector civilians will appear on the series, with Alice Cooper, Todd Rundgren, Linda Perry, Gavin Rossdale, Nancy Wilson and Korn guitarist James “Munkey” Shaffer set to share some of their own collectible stories and sign items on the air that will be put up for bidding.

Other items featured, along with their owners,
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Captain Beefheart’s Oddball Masterpiece ‘Trout Mask Replica’ Finally Comes to Streaming

Captain Beefheart’s Oddball Masterpiece ‘Trout Mask Replica’ Finally Comes to Streaming
One of Ahmet Zappa’s favorite memories of Captain Beefheart is the time he called the Zappa household to relate a particularly memorable dream.

“The fucking greatest [call] that ever happened to me was when he called and said, ‘Hell-ooooo, is your mo-other there?'” Zappa tells Rolling Stone, imitating Don Van Vliet’s signature warble. “‘Because I had a dream I wanted to tell her about.'”

Gail Zappa wasn’t home, but Ahmet couldn’t fight his curiosity; he asked the Magic Band leader what he’d dreamed of.
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Frank Zappa’s Son Ahmet Talks Legacy, Labels, and His Father’s Inventions

Frank Zappa’s Son Ahmet Talks Legacy, Labels, and His Father’s Inventions
Frank Zappa, who died in 1993, is one of the least understood artists of the 20th Century, which is ironic because he was also the most prolific. Introduced to the world as a bicycle-playing artiste concrète sitting naked on a toilet, he was a harmonic genius who experimented with sonic assault weapons and visual subversions. Frank Zappa was the Nikola Tesla of music. Alex Winter’s documentary Zappa, which is now available to watch in the UK and Ireland on Altitude.film, clarifies many of the contradictions by highlighting Zappa’s primary focus. The Mothers of Invention bandleader was a composer.

As such, Frank was also a cultural ambassador, a hero of free expression, a hysterical satirist, and a guitar virtuoso. He was celebrated in the Czech Republic after the Velvet Revolution, and castigated by parental control mongers in America. But even Frank knew his rep enough to drop an album
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Alex Winter’s ‘Zappa’ scores theatrical deal for Europe

Alex Winter’s ‘Zappa’ scores theatrical deal for Europe
Frank Zappa documentary to receive a theatrical release in 2021.

Piece of Magic Entertainment has acquired European distribution rights to Alex Winter’s music documentary Zappa from Great Point Media.

The film about the life of late maverick musician Frank Zappa will receive a theatrical release across Europe from March 2021, excluding the UK, Ireland, German-speaking territories and Poland, where deals have yet to be closed.

The documentary includes access to the Zappa family and archival footage, exploring the private life of the musician who died in 1993, and includes appearances by his widow Gail Zappa and several musical collaborators.

Winter is best
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Ahmet Zappa’s Monsterfoot Productions To Develop Projects Based On Weird-Ohs Monster Hot Rod Model Kits

Ahmet Zappa’s Monsterfoot Productions To Develop Projects Based On Weird-Ohs Monster Hot Rod Model Kits
Remember the classic Weird-Ohs monster hot rod model kits from the ’60s? Well, they are coming back thanks to Ahmet Zappa. His company Monsterfoot Productions have acquired the rights to develop and create new shows and media based on Weird-Ohs.

Weird-Ohs is the brainchild of William “Bill” Campbell, who in the early ‘60s set out to design a wild cast of monsters in hot rods along the lines of Ed “Big Daddy” Roth’s designs. The Hawk Model Company released the first line of Weird-Ohs based on Campbell’s designs in 1963 spawning a hit model toy line with licenses extending from board games, masks, trading cards, records, puzzles, lunch boxes and action figures to a short-lived animated series which aired on Fox Family in 2000.

Toronto-based toy and entertainment licensing agency Mlgpc brokered the deal between Zappa and current owner of Weird-Ohs, J. Lloyd International.

“This is a dream come true for me,
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‘Zappa’ delivers a more rounded portrait of the iconic rock musician

‘Zappa’ delivers a more rounded portrait of the iconic rock musician
Alex Winter is best known for his role as Bill in the “Bill & Ted” movies opposite Keanu Reeves as Ted. The pair reprised these roles earlier this year in the hit comedy “Bill & Ted Face the Music.” Winter is also a documentary filmmaker and is an Oscar contender this year with “Zappa.” This documentary feature chronicles the career of rock musician Frank Zappa. It’s produced by Zappa’s son, Ahmet Zappa, distributed by Magnolia Pictures and premiers in theaters and on-demand on Friday, November 27th.

The film examines Zappa’s life through the use of archival footage and unrestricted access to the Zappa family trust, as well as interviews with those closest to him. It starts by looking at Zappa’s initial interest in film editing and then his burgeoning interest in modern classical music coming into focus with his discovery of the works of Edgard Varèse.

We
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Zappa Documentary Trailer: Director Alex Winter Dissects a Musical Genius

Zappa Documentary Trailer: Director Alex Winter Dissects a Musical Genius
Magnolia Pictures has released the trailer for Alex Winter's Zappa. The documentary attempts to dissect the genius of iconic musician Frank Zappa with stories from some of his closest collaborators. Winter just starred in the critically acclaimed Bill & Ted Face the Music, which proved to be a much bigger hit than many expected during this uncertain time for the entertainment industry. Now, he is behind the camera.

With unfettered access to the Zappa family trust and all archival footage, Zappa explores the private life behind the mammoth musical career that never shied away from the political turbulence of its time. Alex Winter's assembly features appearances by Frank Zappa's widow Gail Zappa and several of Frank's musical collaborators including Mike Keneally, Ian Underwood, Steve Vai, Pamela Des Barres, Bunk Gardner, David Harrington, Scott Thunes, Ruth Underwood, Ray White, and others. This was a labor of love for Winter, who spent years on the documentary.
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‘Zappa’: See New Trailer for ‘Definitive’ Doc About Unclassifiable Artist

‘Zappa’: See New Trailer for ‘Definitive’ Doc About Unclassifiable Artist
Ahead of the November 27th release of Zappa — a documentary about the unclassifiable rocker, composer and guitar god Frank ZappaRolling Stone is premiering the latest trailer for director Alex Winter’s long-in-the-works film.

The documentary — the first made with the approval and cooperation of the Zappa estate — features tons of never-before-seen home movies, interviews and live footage excavated from Zappa’s enormous vault.

“We were loud, we were coarse, and we were strange,” Zappa says in voiceover of the initial reaction to his music.

Zappa charts the late icon
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Katie Daryl’s ‘Top Ten Revealed’ on Axs TV to Resume in October With 12 New Episodes (Exclusive)

Katie Daryl’s ‘Top Ten Revealed’ on Axs TV to Resume in October With 12 New Episodes (Exclusive)
Axs TV’s “Top Ten Revealed” will resume its third season with 12 new music-themed episodes in October, TheWrap has learned exclusively.

Hosted by Katie Daryl, the first new episode premieres Oct. 4 at 8 p.m. Et/5 p.m. Pt. The first half of Season 3 aired between April 19 to Aug. 9.

Each episode of “Top Ten Revealed” explores a new theme, featuring a rotating roster of icons and experts from across the entertainment industry will share their thoughts on groundbreaking artists, albums and songs that have left their mark on music.

Also Read: Frank Tanki Named General Manager of Axs TV and HDNet Movies

The Oct. 4 episode will explore “Destination Songs” like The Clash’s “London Calling,” the Beastie Boys’ “No Sleep Till Brooklyn” and Kiss’ “Detroit Rock City.”

Other episodes include “Canadian Recording Artists” on Oct. 11; “90s One-Hit Wonders” on Oct. 18; “Top Ten Devilish Songs” on Oct. 25; “Iconic Political Songs” on Nov.
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Frank Zappa Documentary From Alex Winter Acquired by Magnolia

Frank Zappa Documentary From Alex Winter Acquired by Magnolia
Magnolia Pictures has acquired the North American rights to “Zappa,” a documentary about the art-rock master Frank Zappa directed by “Bill & Ted Face the Music” star Alex Winter, the distributor announced Thursday.

“Zappa” looks at the life of the innovative artist and musician through access to the Zappa family trust and other archival footage, and Magnolia will release the documentary in theaters and on-demand Nov. 27.

Winter sits down with many of Zappa’s musical collaborators such as Mike Keneally, Ian Underwood, Steve Vai, Pamela Des Barres, Bunk Gardner, David Harrington, Scott Thunes, Ruth Underwood, Ray White and others. And the documentary also includes appearances by Zappa’s widow Gail.

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“Alex Winter has created an amazing documentary,” Magnolia President Eamonn Bowles said in a statement. “‘Zappa’ is an incredibly nuanced and compelling look at the visionary iconoclast
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‘Zappa’: Magnolia Pictures Serving Up Frank Zappa Documentary For Thanksgiving

‘Zappa’: Magnolia Pictures Serving Up Frank Zappa Documentary For Thanksgiving
Exclusive: It won’t be absolutely free, but a new Frank Zappa movie is coming to North America. Magnolia Pictures has acquired rights to Zappa, a documentary directed by Bill & Ted’s Alex Winter that will hit theaters and VOD on Thanksgiving weekend.

Billed as an intimate and expansive look into the innovative life of the iconic — and iconoclastic — musician and artist, the pic was made with unfettered access to the Zappa family trust and all archival footage. It explores the private life behind the musical career that never shied away from the political turbulence of its time.

Zappa features appearances by the musician’s widow Gail Zappa and several of his musical collaborators including Mike Keneally, Ian Underwood, Steve Vai, Pamela Des Barres, Bunk Gardner, David Harrington, Scott Thunes, Ruth Underwood, Ray White and others.

“Alex Winter has created an amazing documentary,” said Magnolia President Eamonn Bowles. “Zappa is
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Frank Zappa’s 1970 Mothers Lineup Celebrated With New Box Set

Frank Zappa’s 1970 Mothers Lineup Celebrated With New Box Set
Unheard recordings from Frank Zappa’s short-lived but beloved 1970 lineup of the Mothers feature in the upcoming box set The Mothers 1970, a four-disc set featuring 70 unreleased studio and live tracks out of the legendary guitarist’s Vault.

The Zappa Trust announced the June 26th-bound release with the newly unearthed “Portuguese Fenders,” a searing live instrumental boasting a fiery Zappa solo; the track was discovered among other live performances Zappa recorded himself on his personal tape recorder.

The release celebrates the 50th anniversary of that Mothers (formerly “of Invention”) iteration, which
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Verve Hires Producer Devon Schiff As TV Agent

Exclusive: Devon Schiff is returning to the agency world, joining Verve as a television agent. She will start at the Los Angeles-based firm in January.

Verve is one of handful of lit agencies allowed to represent writers after signing a franchise agreement with the WGA in May.

Schiff comes to Verve from Monsterfoot Productions, where she had served as producing partner to Ahmet Zappa. During her tenure, the company had a deals with Disney, ABC and CBS and produced such films as the Peter Hedges-directed The Odd Life Of Timothy Green.

Schiff began her career at Wma followed by stints at 3 Arts and Endeavor. She then spent several years as an executive at Intermedia, where she worked on films including Adaptation and Terminator 3. She then segued to production, working as an executive at Panther Films, which had a first-look deal at Disney, producing films such as Dan In Real Life.
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‘Zappa in New York’ to Be Reissued With Unreleased Performances

‘Zappa in New York’ to Be Reissued With Unreleased Performances
Frank Zappa’s seminal live double album Zappa in New York will celebrate its 40th anniversary with an extensive reissue that includes over three hours of previously unreleased performances. The five-disc set will arrive March 29th via Zappa Records and Universal Music.

The original set was recorded during Zappa’s four-night run at the Palladium in New York between Christmas and New Year’s 1976. Zappa in New York compiled the best performances from that run, while additional overdubs were added later in the studio. While the album was supposed to
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Anna And The Apocalypse Novel Now Available Ahead of the Movie’s Theatrical Release

Ever since Daily Dead Managing Editor Heather Wixson gave it a five-star review, we've been excited for Daily Dead readers to unwrap the holiday horrors of the zombie Christmas musical Anna and the Apocalypse, and while we'll have to wait until late November and early December for the film to deck the halls of cinemas in the Us, you can now read the book version of the movie, just in time for Halloween!

Press Release: – Anna and the Apocalypse, Orion Pictures’ feature film musical winning over audiences at film festivals worldwide with its humor, horror and musical dance numbers, is heading to select theaters November 30 with a national rollout to follow. Ahead of the film’s theatrical release, Anna and the Apocalypse is set to arrive in bookstores as an all-new horror comedy novel from co-authors Katherine Turner and Barry Waldo.

Anna and the Apocalypse promises an extended look at
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Anna and the Apocalypse Book Dives Deeper Into the Zombie Christmas Invasion

Anna and the Apocalypse Book Dives Deeper Into the Zombie Christmas Invasion
Anna and the Apocalypse made its World Premiere one year ago at Fantastic Fest 2017. Now the movie is getting a national Us theatrical release this holiday season, and an all-new story inspired by the film is headed to bookstores on October 23. The Anna and the Apocalypse novel gives readers an extended look and insight into Anna and her friends lives with new storylines that take place before and during the holiday zombie apocalypse.

Anna and the Apocalypse, Orion Pictures' feature film musical winning over audiences at film festivals worldwide with its humor, horror and musical dance numbers, is heading to select theaters November 30 with a national rollout to follow. Ahead of the film's theatrical release, Anna and the Apocalypse is set to arrive in bookstores as an all-new horror comedy novel from co-authors Katherine Turner and Barry Waldo.

Anna and the Apocalypse promises an extended look at Anna and
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Frank Zappa Bio: In His Son Ahmet Zappa’s Words [Video Exclusive]

Ahmet Zappa on Growing up with Frank Zappa by Uinterview Frank Zappa was an independent American musician and filmmaker. He was known for his experimental non-conformist use of orchestral arrangements, jazz and rock. Frank Zappa Bio: Early Life Frank Zappa was born in Baltimore, Maryland, to an Italian-American household on December 21, 1940. His father, Francis […]

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2017 – A new Resurgence in Horror

Horror seems to be making a comeback with a new wave of films now receiving both critical acclaim, as well as financial success at the box office. Just by attaching the names of writer/director James Wan or Production Company Blumhouse, seems to have enough momentum to make it a box office hit. So with the public now paying to get scared again, here are the top five horror films worth looking out for in 2017.

Death House (Release Date: Tbc)

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With jump scare film franchises like The Conjuring (2013-2016) and Insidious (2010 -2018) dominating at the box office, it will take something special to change the trend, but that is something Death House is looking to initiate.

Based on an original concept by Gunnar Hansen to bring the icons of horror together the cast reflects his vision perfectly; and for any icons not featured in the original, 5 sequels are already planned for the franchise.
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Ahmet Zappa On ‘Eat That Question’ & His Father, Musician Frank Zappa [Video Exclusive]

Ahmet Zappa, musician Frank Zappa’s youngest son, recently made documentary Eat That Question about his late father with his mother Gail Zappa. Ahmet Zappa On Frank Zappa Eat That Question started as a project that Gail took on with director Thorston Schutte, who wanted to make an unconventional documentary about Frank Zappa. Instead of making […]

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Inside Selma Blair's Life in the Spotlight: From Up-and-Coming Starlet to Doting Mom to Mid-Air Meltdown

Inside Selma Blair's Life in the Spotlight: From Up-and-Coming Starlet to Doting Mom to Mid-Air Meltdown
During more than two decades in the spotlight, Selma Blair has seen her share of ups and downs. On Monday, the actress was removed from an international flight as it landed in Los Angeles following her return from Cancun, Mexico, after taking what appeared to be "a combination of prescription medication with alcohol," a source told People. This latest incident is just one of many triumphs and setbacks Blair, 43, has experienced both in her multifaceted career and her complicated personal life. Finding StardomBlair's on-screen credits go back to 1995, but her career really started to take off thanks to a breakthrough role in 1998's Cruel Intentions.
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