Fans of Jennifer Lawrence can now get a copy of The Hunger Games: Mockingjay-Part 1 on Blu-Ray/DVD, but the Oscar-winner is also back on the big-screen in a new drama that reunites here with Silver Linings Playbook-costar Bradley Cooper (The Hangover, American Sniper), titled Serena. Directed by Susanne Bier (After The Wedding, Love Is All You Need) from screenwriter Christopher Kyle‘s adaptation of Ron Rash‘s novel, the story follows industrial-tycoon George Pemberton, who must choose between the future of his timber-empire and his marriage to the beautiful but cunning Serena. The film looks like it is really well done, and the acting appears on-par, but considering it’s a period-love drama (the story takes place in Great Depression-era North Carolina), it will most likely only appeal to a certain crowd. Nevertheless, if you’re a fan of either Lawrence or Cooper, go and check it out. You can see the trailer here on MADE.
The Seattle emcee will be releasing his latest record, Raw Sheep, this upcoming March 30th. The record will be produced by the familiar Ackryte and released through Cascade Records. This will be the third record released by Ackryte and J’Von, and there is no issue telling they have built solid chemistry on this record. With Ackryte’s heavy beats with deep basslines and snares, all coupled with J’Von’s ability to use real life stories in tongue tied linguistics – Raw Sheep, should be on everyones calendars.
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The Breakfast Club (from left to right): Judd Nelson (the criminal), Emilio Estevez (the athlete), Ally Sheedy (the basket-case), Molly Ringwald (the princess), and Anthony Michael Hall (the brain).
Writer/director John Hughes‘ 1980s classic The Breakfast Club will be celebrating its 30th anniversary this year. The movie will be released on Blu-Ray next week, but fans of the film will get to see a newly remastered cut at this year’s SXSW Film Festival at the Paramount Theatre in Austin, TX this March. The Breakfast Club was released in February 1985 and starred Emilio Estevez (Young Guns, The Mighty Ducks), Molly Ringwald (Sixteen Candles, Pretty in Pink), Judd Nelson (St. Elmo’s Fire, New Jack City), Anthony Michael Hall (National Lampoon’s Vacation, Weird Science), and Ally Sheedy (WarGames, Short Circuit) in the famous Saturday-detention story of “a brain, a beauty, a jock, a rebel, and a recluse” and how they found out they had a lot in common. Late actor Paul Gleason (All My Children, Die Hard) also starred in the movie as their high-strung teacher Richard (Dick) Vernon, with John Kapelos (Internal Affairs, Forever Knight) as janitor Carl. Since it’s release, The Breakfast Club has become an iconic symbol of the 1980s, reminiscent of the fashions, culture, and music of the time; the theme song “Don’t You (Forget About Me)” by Keith Forsey for Simple Minds was a Billboard Hot 100 #1 Single for 3 weeks in 1985. If you haven’t seen this one you should definitely check out the new Blu-Ray when it hits shelves next week; and if you’re attending SXSW this year, consider seeing the remastered cut on the big screen at the Paramount Theatre March 26-31st.
So smooth like melted butter is drizzled throughout the track. J’Von just recently released “autumn”, which features the likes of Blu and Ivan Ave. The three together, have the chemistry to create something lethal in the lab, Each emcee compliments the jazzy piano from start to finish, leaving us wanting more. Press play.
Location: 701 First Avenue, Minneapolis
When: Sunday, August 24th @ 9:30PM
BLU will be stopping by Minneapolis this Sunday on his “Bad Neighbor Tour”. He’ll be accompanied by MED, while the Southside’s own, Haphduzn, will take on opening duties. BLU’s last show in Minneapolis was….off beat to say the least, hopefully he’s coming back to set the record straight. The event is 18+ and tickets are on sale now for $15, click the link below and keep an eye out for more.
If you are a fan of the original Halloween series from writer/director John Carpenter, this should be some exciting news. The entire series, beginning with the original in 1978 that featured Jamie Lee Curtis and Donald Pleasence, and ending with the most recent reboot sequel from director Rob Zombie, will be available as part of a Blu-Ray box set this September. The set features all of the films in a re-mastered format and is composite of 15 discs that include bonus materials with never-before-seen interviews and documentary footage, as well as the infamous Producer’s Cut of Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers. Curse was the sixth film in the series and the last to star veteran actor Donald Pleasence in the role of Dr. Sam Loomis. Although Pleasence completed the film, many of his scenes ended up being replaced by last-minute re-shoots in the editing room, and much to the disappointment from the cast and crew, director Joe Chappelle’s final product was almost completely different from the original script that Pleasence agreed to make. The alternate (original) version of the film was never released to the public and has only been available over the years via online bootlegs and poor quality video streaming, even though many fans who have come across it consider it to be the superior version to its theatrical counterpart. But now, despite the near 20-year wait that fans have endured, the Producer’s Cut will finally be available in proper format. So fans, rejoice! You can expect to find the box set in stores September 23rd.
Location: 1572 N Milwaukee Avenue, Chicago
When: Friday, May 2nd @ 9PM
Blu & Exile will be rolling through Chicago this Friday. Brought to us by the good guys at Closed Sessions, CIMM Fest will feature live performances from Blu & Exile, Show You Suck and Alex Wiley as well as a few special guests. DJ RTC, DJ Rude One & DJ Manny Muscles will handle the spinning setting the tone for what should be a great night. Tickets are $15 in advance and $18 at the door, everyone get ready for that Summertime CHI.