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Thursday, April 16, 2015

Star Wars #7 Casting Update!!--Updated April 16, 2015--NEW!! Teaser Trailer!! YAHOO!!

April 16, 2015
Teaser Trailer #2 is Here!!

I have watched this a number of times 
The ending made me cheer out loud!!

November 14, 2014

Sorry but I am more excited about this than any film at this moment --my excitement for this film I have not felt this excited since "Return of the Jedi" came out in 1983-that says a lot.
This teaser trailer was just released today!!

The Star Wars team is thrilled to announce the cast of Star Wars: Episode VII.

Actors John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson, and Max von Sydow will join the original stars of the saga, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew, and Kenny Baker in the new film.

Director J.J. Abrams says, "We are so excited to finally share the cast of Star Wars: Episode VII. It is both thrilling and surreal to watch the beloved original cast and these brilliant new performers come together to bring this world to life, once again. We start shooting in a couple of weeks, and everyone is doing their best to make the fans proud."

Star Wars: Episode VII is being directed by J.J. Abrams from a screenplay by Lawrence Kasdan and Abrams. Kathleen Kennedy, J.J. Abrams, and Bryan Burk are producing, and John Williams returns as the composer. The movie opens worldwide on December 18, 2015.

Below is the Official Press Release!

With pre-production in full-swing, a confirmed release date of December 18, 2015, has been set for Lucasfilm’s highly anticipated Star Wars: Episode VII.
“We’re very excited to share the official 2015 release date for Star Wars: Episode VII, where it will not only anchor the popular holiday filmgoing season but also ensure our extraordinary filmmaking team has the time needed to deliver a sensational picture,” said Alan Horn, chairman of The Walt Disney Studios.
Star Wars: Episode VII will be directed by J.J. Abrams (Super 8, Mission: Impossible III, Star Trek) and is being scripted by Abrams and Lawrence Kasdan (Raiders of the Lost Ark, The Empire Strikes Back, Return of the Jedi). Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy, J.J. Abrams, and Bryan Burk are producing, with Tommy Harper (Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol, Jack Ryan, Star Trek Into Darkness) and Jason McGatlin (Tintin,War of the Worlds) serving as executive producers. John Williams is returning to score Star Wars: Episode VII.
Shooting is scheduled to begin spring 2014 at Pinewood Studios.

The conversation really got heated when die hard Star Wars fans were told that J.J Abrams was chosen to be the director for the new Star Wars film. Why the issue? well for those that do not know he was at the helm as director of the 2009 Star Trek(reboot)and did an amazing job now this May Star Trek Into Darkness is set to be released.
I think this is a great idea as he really struck a chord with Star Trek fans when he did the first film I have  not problem with him doing this Star Wars film, however....
I do have a problem with more of these films coming out as there is no other series of films(The Original films 1977, 1980 & 1983)for me those 3 films spoke to me like no film has been able to since I know I am not alone in that. The 3 later films I have in my possession, however they do not even come close to the classic storytelling of the first three.
Now the big news that is circulating is that Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher & Harrison Ford have signed up for the film, should we believe this? Here is a(real or not?)quote from George Lucas:

"We had already signed Mark and Carrie and Harrison—or we were pretty much in final stages of negotiation," Lucas said. "So I called them to say, 'Look, this is what's going on.'" He pauses. "Maybe I'm not supposed to say that. I think they want to announce that with some big whoop-de-do, but we were negotiating with them." Then he adds: "I won't say whether the negotiations were successful or not."
So for me to carry on with this story of pure speculation at this point is meaningless until I get some substantial proof I will not comment any further on this matter I just  wanted to put my two cents in on this.

Here is some interesting artwork that is coming out for this:

Of course on this first poster this was bound to happen with Disney now owning all the rights to the Star Wars Universe.

The original poster for Little Miss Sunshine below:

Oscar-winner Michael Arndt has been brought on board to write the script that along with J.J. Abrams directing are the only two things confirmed so far.

Micheal Arndt won his Academy Award for scripting Little Miss Sunshine; some four years later, he picked up an additional Oscar nod for his Toy Story 3 screenplay.

I have also heard rumors that John Williams(composer)would like to score the new film, but that is unconfirmed at this time, with the internet everything travels at light speed and everyone wants to be the first to report on unconfirmed deals etc.

Whatever happens I know at least that the music will be scored by an orchestra as all the previous 6 films were scored by Mr Williams , so that one is a no-brainer.

Here is an image that I will leave you with to think about whether Han Solo should come back.

Han & Chewbacca are what made the original films so great for me, but now they are all classic films each in their own right but for me it is the 
           STAR WARS(1977)

The 1997 re-editing of the film looses some of the magic of the gritty dusty film it is too clean in the re-done shots.

I will always love these films no matter what I have the original 3 films on VHS and maybe I should pull it from the dusty shelf and put those in again.

Thank you for reading this
Anthony Nadeau

CD Review: Kyshera-Circle(Available Now)-Konic Records

Founded in 2005

Alternative Rock / Konic

Band Members

James Kennedy > Vocals / Guitar
Matt Warr > Bass
Glyn Bateman > Drums

Cardiff, South Wales, UK

Record Label
Konic Records

From Cardiff, South Wales, Kyshera released their 1st album in 2010 and have been a consistent force on the alternative Rock scene ever since. 
Financed exclusively through Crowd Funding & released in March 2015, 'Circle' is an ultra strong collection of melodic alternative Hard Rock songs, chock full of heavy riffs, hooks & audience singalongs, adding yet another level of frenzy to their already notorious live shows. Lyrically also, 'Circle' sees Kyshera move away from the overtly topical subjects of their previous 2 albums, to instead explore more personal themes such as life, death, love, loss & vice, expressed through a character based story which is woven throughout the songs. Media reception of the album was unanimously positive, with PowerPlay Magazine deeming the album Kyshera's 'Masterstroke'. 

Kyshera are a band who have fully embraced the modern era and are heavily involved in their social networks & engaging directly with their fans. The band will now continue to tour as far & wide as possible and who knows what's next!? One thing is certain though, Kyshera will continue to be a band who are innovative, exciting & like nothing else out there.

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This is yet another band that really deserves credit after all they have been through with the release of their last album I and others know the story , too long and detailed to get into here and this is a new growth for them, musically they have grown this is even a better album than their last , vocally and musically.

They have impressed me as a group and as young men their determination to not give up and keep pushing on , they could show some others how to be a band that never gives up no matter what. This release had a few setbacks and they even made a video to explain all that to their fans and supporters , check it out below -gives you an idea of who they are and how thankful they truly are.

They are sincere as can be I feel they really have done this short video that also has their supporters names on the screen as the video plays as well. Not many do this sort of thing.

Here is the first video released for the album,

This is a very strong album I wish them the best with this release this is a mix of ballads, love songs, pop songs also some good rock songs as well. Good blend of music all around.

"Break This" "Coma" 'Inertia" I personally feel are the stronger songs on the album, Coma may be repetitive but the strength of the song is fantastic. 
"Gone" is a strong ballad. Video for it is below.
They have done a great job of getting the videos out for this release all the more reason I am sharing them , give you the reader a chance to hear some of their music. 

This is easily some of the more commercial music that I have reviewed in some time, But this is good music and from artists that are passionate about the music first and foremost. I know their early battles and James Kennedy and I have been in contact over the years about it all.
I hope you check them out , their videos etc and their spaces on the internet as well.

Thank you for reading this
Anthony Nadeau

Monday, April 13, 2015

Little Shop of Movies Review: The Babadook(Available April 14, 2015)

The lack of originality in horror has me doubting anything that has come out in the genre in sometime. There are some that sneak in through the back door or the attic , heck even through a children's book.
Amelia and her son live alone as her husband and Samuel's father was killed in a car accident on route to the hospital when Samuel was born. He has nightmares about monsters so each night before she takes him around his bedroom to search under the bed, closet etc to show him there are no monsters present.
She let's Samuel pick a book to read before bed he picks Mister Babadook, this is one creepy book folks.
This of course does not help Samuel at all-things start to happen around the house-let me tell you there where parts of this movie where I was not breathing, this is some intense stuff here and the build up is the brilliant part of it all. This film is so character driven I loved it so much for that bravo to the filmmakers mostly to the writer/director Jennifer Kent definitely one to keep an eye on in the future, brilliant.
I truly always have wished that horror got more of the respect that it does -there is something different than watching any other genre of film, sure I get it -it's not for everyone but I enjoy a good scare more than a good cry, or an action film which I also enjoy but the good ones are also rare these days.Getting back to respect aspect the young actor who played Samuel(Noah Wiseman)if he was in a drama film he would have been nominated for his work, but because it is horror it does not(for some strange reason)get the same amount of respect.It bothers me, says to those that make horror -you don't count.I will continue to stay strongly devoted to my horror films and the creators and the actors and all those that work all those long hours to bring us this fantastic work.
Everything in this film from it's early beginning right up to the end I was captivated, engrossed like I have not been with any film in a very long time. This is classic storytelling at it's best I cannot recommend this film enough easily one of my top 5 of the year not sure how far up the #'s it will be , it's still early to tell.

Essie Davis(Amelia) gives one of the most shocking and 100% thrilling performance in her role. She is so convincing as a woman who has a difficult son and works at a nursing home that is not satisfying to her at all. Because Samuel is a difficult child he is in trouble at school , with her sister , keeps her awake because of his fear of monsters and the possibility of losing her as well.
What makes this film work so well is the relationship between mother and son , the strength in the actors and the writing really brings it home big time, this film will stand the test of time because of the strong story and characters.
They don't make scares much like this one, a TRUE GEM of a horror film.

Thank you for reading this
Anthony Nadeau

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

CD Review: Freaks Like Me- Philosophies For The Modern Ant(Available Now) Pavement Entertainment

Started on October 11, 2010
Whatever you wanna call it!
Band Members
Guitar/Vox - Jon O Connor / 
Bass Guitar - Dave Eve / 
Drums/Perc - Steve Kilroy

Boston, MA

Record Label
Pavement Ent / Sony Red

Short Description
FREAKS LIKE ME DEBUT E.P "Philosophies For The Modern Ant" Available Worldwide April 7th 2015 through Pavement/Sony

Long Description
Freaks Like Me, an original band from the members of the world’s No.1 Nirvana tribute, Nervana. Jon O Connor, Steve Kilroy & Dave Eve have been entertaining fans all over the world since Nervana burst onto the scene in late 2009. Playing sold out shows, including their main event slot to 60,000 at Mathew Street Liverpool, these guys quickly gained notoriety for their amazing spot on performances. Receiving rave reviews globally!
As much as the guys really love doing the Nervana tours, they wanted to do more, offer something new. Make a bigger impact...Bring back the sound that has captured the imagination of young & old since the late 80's. Call it Grunge, call it punk, Call it whatever you want...THIS IS FREAKS LIKE ME!
Now the boys are ready to hit the road to promote their new E.P release "Philosophies for the modern ant", with a growing army of fans worldwide...The "Freaks" are about to take over!

Not one that ever got into the whole craze that was Nirvana -I do appreciate their contribution to the music world but I was more into sounds from Alice in Chains & Soundgarden personally.

This is a great tribute band whether they are still playing as one or not now they have captured the sound of Nirvana as best can be , this is something to behold really -this is quite the sound of Nirvana almost  being brought from the dead, do Nirvana fans agree?

This is more than just a tribute but reviving a sound that never really left as the band they are mimicking are revered as legend now, just for their unique sound....also for capturing an audience that will stand the test of time.

Thank you for reading this
Anthony Nadeau