EXTRAORDINARY: STAN LEE

Attention, True Believers! On Tuesday, August 22nd, celebrate a living legend with EXTRAORDINARY STAN LEE! Streamed live from The Saban Theatre, this One Night Only event will be a star-studded tribute to Stan “The Man” Lee and his incredible influence on pop culture.

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George Romero “Between Night and Dawn” Limited Edition 6-Disc Box Set [Blu-ray + DVD] Coming October 24th from Arrow Video

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There’s Always Vanilla, Season of the Witch, and The Crazies, made between
Night of the Living Dead and Dawn of the Dead, showcase the extraordinary versatility
and dynamism of this irreplaceable American auteur… Three films from the late,
legendary horror director, George A. Romero, showing that although he might
have defined zombie cinema, it didn’t define him.

 
Featuring:
Lynn Lowry (Shivers, Cat People)
Richard Liberty (The Mean Season, Day of the Dead)
Will MacMillan (The Enforcer, Used Cars)
Ann Muffly (Knightriders, Creepshow)
Raymond Laine (The Booby Hatch, Sudden Death)
Bill Hinzman (Night of the Living Dead, FleshEater)

 

Synopsis:

THERE’S ALWAYS VANILLA (1971)

 
Young drifter Chris and beautiful model Lynn embark upon a tumultuous relationship which seems doomed from the outset.
SEASON OF THE WITCH (1972)

 
Joan Mitchell is a bored housewife whose dissatisfaction with her humdrum life leads to an unhealthy interest in the occult.

THE CRAZIES (1973)
A small rural town finds itself in the grip of an infection which sends its hosts into a violent, homicidal frenzy.

We like it because:

 

When George A. Romero passed away in July, the film world didn’t just lose its beloved ‘King of Zombies’, but also a groundbreaking and fearless innovator who inspired not only generations of genre directors, but also experimental and guerilla filmmakers for whom he laid down the template.

The three films collected in this box set – two early Seventies ‘lost films’ and a classic plague panic thriller – show there’s more to the legendary director than simply gut-munching ghouls. The comedy romance There’s Always Vanilla, psychological thriller Season of the Witch, and infection horror The Crazies – all filmed in and around Pittsburgh – serve to display the broader thematic concerns and auteurist leanings of a skilled craftsman too often pigeonholed within the genre; that said, The Crazies is one of his strongest horror offerings, with memorable performances from Lynn Lowry and Richard Liberty.
Romero managed to inject his films with subtle social allegories, nuanced examinations of the human condition, and just the right amount of black humor, so that they were immediately recognized as his and his alone. The box set showcases the director feeling his way towards the mainstream and showing a formidable assurance in three very distinct genres.

This fantastic box set includes brand new restorations of the three films, a lavish 60-page booklet featuring new writing on this fascinating chapter of Romero’s career, a wealth of extras including interviews, featurettes and behind the scenes documentaries, reversible sleeves for all three films featuring original and newly-commissioned artwork, and a beautifully designed and striking slipcase featuring an iconic image of the man himself.

 

Limited Edition Contents:
– High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) and Standard DVD presentations
– English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
– Reversible sleeves for each film featuring original and newly-commissioned artwork by Gilles Vranckx
– Limited Edition 60-page booklet featuring new writing on the films

 

THERE’S ALWAYS VANILLA
– Brand new 2K restoration from the original negative
– Brand new audio commentary by Travis Crawford
– Brand new interviews with actors Judith Ridley and Richard Ricci, producer Russ Streiner and – sound recordist Gary Streiner
– Digging Up the Dead – The Lost Films of George A. Romero – archive interview with Romero looking at his early films There’s Always Vanilla and Season of the Witch Trailer
– Trailer

 

SEASON OF THE WITCH
– Brand new 4K restoration from original film elements
– Alternate extended cut
– Brand new audio commentary by Travis Crawford
– When Romero met Del Toro – celebrated filmmaker Guillermo Del Toro sits down with George Romero for this candid career-spanning conversation
– The Secret Life of Jack’s Wife – archive interview with actress Jan White
– Alternate Opening Titles
– Trailers

 

THE CRAZIES
– Brand new 4K restoration from original film elements
– Brand new audio commentary by Travis Crawford
– Romero Was Here – featurette revisiting The Crazies filming locations in Evans City, PA
– Never Before Seen BTS footage
– 2016 Q&A with Lynn Lowry from Abertoir Film Festival
– Alternate Opening Titles
– Trailers

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L.A. Guns – “Sticky Fingers” (Official Audio)

Please enjoy “Sticky Fingers”, a new song from L.A. GUNS. The track is taken from the band’s upcoming album, “The Missing Peace”, which will be released on October 13 via the Italian record label Frontiers Music Srl.

 

As the revival of the classic ’80s hard rock and heavy metal scene continues unabated here in the 21st century, one reunion has been at the top of the wishlists of many a fan for a long time: the songwriting combination of Tracii Guns and Philip Lewis under the L.A. GUNS banner. What once seemed like a distant memory with no hope of returning has now come around and fans are about to be rewarded for keeping their fingers crossed and their hopes up.

 

“The Missing Peace” track listing:

 

01. It’s All The Same To Me
02. Speed
03. A Drop Of Bleach
04. Sticky Fingers
05. Christine
06. Baby Gotta Fever
07. Kill It Or Die
08. Don’t Bring A Knife To A Gunfight
09. The Flood’s The Fault Of The Rain
10. The Devil Made Me Do It
11. The Missing Peace
12. Gave It All Away

 

 

“‘The Missing Peace’ is truly an album by definition,” said Guns. “It’s a collection of music that I have been working on for about twelve years with various styles of rock music. From blues to classical influences, these are all hard-hitting songs. I am very proud of all of the contributions to this album by other members and writers. L.A. GUNS fans are in for a treat.”

 

The last time Lewis and Guns joined forces was back in 2000 with legendary producer Andy Johns for the making of what would become “Waking The Dead”.

 

Speaking with Express & Star, Tracii said: “With Phil and I in particular, we have a certain chemistry that’s undeniable. And, you know, when you’re at your loneliest, you wanna go home, right? So, we both felt like it was time to go home and be comfortable with that undeniable relationship that we have musically. I mean, right away, the first time we got back together and played, you know, it’s so obvious, you can’t deny it. At some point in your life, you can’t deny what’s real.”

 

Regarding the sound of the new L.A. GUNS material, Tracii said: “Phil’s vocal style and his way of writing kind of offsets that balance of the heavy music, that’s something that’s possibly more mainstream or identifiable, so there’s a lot of, you know, kind of typical sleazy L.A. GUNS, high-energy riff rock. There’s a little bit of sloppy New Orleans, kind of sweaty, kind of bluesier stuff too. It’s a big record.”

 

L.A. GUNS’ present lineup is rounded out by Shane Fitzgibbon on drums and Johnny Martin on bass with Michael Grant on guitar as a touring member.

 

On the topic of the decision to use the L.A. GUNS moniker for the new album, Guns told LA Weekly: “When you put Phil and I together, that’s the sound of L.A. GUNS. There’s no way around that. As much as I love certain other [former] members of the band, it’s hard to say what their contribution to the overall sound of the band was — but Phil Lewis and Tracii Guns, the band’s gotta be L.A. GUNS. It can’t be anything else.”

 

Back in December, Phil announced that he was leaving the L.A. GUNS version that included drummer Steve Riley.

 

L.A. GUNS 2017 is:
Phil Lewis – Vocals
Tracii Guns – Guitars
Johnny Martin – Bass
Michael Grant – Guitar
Shane Fitzgibbon – Drums

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CHICAGO’s Hot Dog Fest the Thing to do this Weekend

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OLD TOWN — The Chicago History Museum leads a three-day celebration of the city’s signature food staple with the Chicago Hot Dog Fest starting Friday.

 

Through Sunday, the museum, 1601 N. Clark St., plays host to bands, speeches and, of course, the eating of hot dogs outside its back door at the corner of LaSalle Drive and Stockton Drive at the southern edge of Lincoln Park.

 

The museum’s own historian Peter Alter helps get things going with an address on “Dogs, Diamonds, Wieners and Losers: Baseball in Chicago” at 2 p.m. Friday, but the battle royale is Saturday, when Bob Schwartz, author of “Never Put Ketchup on a Hot Dog,” speaks on “The Vienna Beef Hot Dog Hall of Fame” at 1 p.m., immediately followed by Second City trouper Julie Marchiano declaring herself “In Defense of Ketchup,” at 2 p.m.

 

A full schedule of speakers and bands is online here: www.chicagohistory.org/2017hotdogfest

 

Among the vendors are Big Bob & Fritzy’s, Byron’s, Chicago’s Dog House and Edzo’s.

 

Food must be bought with Dog Dollars, with dogs priced at $4-$8. Buying in advance online gets 30 Dog Dollars for $25.

 

Hours are 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Sunday. Suggested donation is $5; families max out at $20.

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Cheap Trick’s “Long Time Coming” spends the EIGHTH week in a row at #1 on Mediabase Classic Rock charts!

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