Wednesday
Jun172015

THE DECLINE OF WESTERN CIVILIZATION w/ Penelope Spheeris!

On Saturday, June 27th, writer/director Penelope Spheeris (Wayne’s World, The Beverly Hillbillies, Black Sheep) will visit the Music Box Theatre for a special double feature of her groundbreaking rock documentaries, The Decline of Western Civilization Parts I & II. Ms. Spheeris will introduce the 9:45pm and midnight screenings, and participate in a Q&A following the 9:45 show!

The ultimate record of LA’s 80s punk subculture, The Decline of Western Civilization captured the essence of the scene, providing a front row seat to the mosh pits, violence, humor and anti-establishment view of the world, as well as unparalleled access to some of the most influential and innovative musicians and groups of all time, including X, Circle Jerks, Black Flag, Fear, and Germs. Largely unknown to the mainstream world at the time, many of the punk bands first seen here have become legendary. This time capsule of a singular moment in rock history is highly celebrated and has been in demand for decades by fans worldwide.

The Decline Of Western Civilization Part II: The Metal Years is a fast-paced look at the outrageous heavy metal scene of the late ‘80s. Set in Los Angeles, the film explores fascinating portraits of struggling musicians, fans and star-struck groupies. This raucous and uproarious chapter features Alice Cooper, Ozzy Osbourne, Poison, members of Aerosmith, KISS, Motorhead, and performances by Megadeth, Faster Pussycat, Lizzy Borden, London, Odin and Seduce.

The Music Box Theatre is located at 3733 North Southport Ave, Chicago IL 60613. For additional information, and to order your $12 tickets (good for one or both shows!), please visit the theatre’s website.

Can’t make it to the show? Fear not, fans! Shout! Factory will release the ultimate collector’s edition of Spheeris’ Decline of Western Civilization trilogy on DVD and Blu-ray the following Tuesday (June 30th). Featuring new 2k scans of each film, commentaries, and more, this set is sure to blow minds and speakers the world over!

Saturday
May302015

A24 Debuts THE END OF THE TOUR Trailer and Poster!

I'm calling it right now: James Ponsoldt's The End of the Tour is one of 2015's best films. The writer/director of The Spectacular Now (which made our Top 13 of 13 list) returns with an adaptation of David Lipsky's book, Although Of Course You End Up Becoming Yourself: A Road Trip with David Foster Wallace.

Look for a KtS review when the movie hits Chicago in early August. For now, check out the debut trailer and poster art, which A24 released last week!

For more information about The End of the Tour, check out A24's website.

Thursday
May212015

Chicago Helps PAC-MAN Level-Up for His 35th Birthday!

On May 22, 2015, PAC-MAN™ – one of the most iconic videogame characters in history – will celebrate his 35th birthday.  With the character coming to the big screen this summer in Sony Pictures’ Pixels, the studio is joining in to celebrate with a global birthday party of epic proportions.  In cities around the world and online, film talent will join with moviegoers and special guests to celebrate with birthday cakes, free play of the PAC-MAN arcade game, and special events localized to each city.

Pixels is set for release in theaters nationwide on July 24, 2015.  As kids in the 1980s, Sam Brenner (Adam Sandler), Will Cooper (Kevin James), Ludlow Lamonsoff (Josh Gad), and Eddie “The Fire Blaster” Plant (Peter Dinklage) saved the world thousands of times – at 25 cents a game in the video arcades.  Now, they’re going to have to do it for real.  In Pixels, when intergalactic aliens discover video feeds of classic arcade games and misinterpret them as a declaration of war, they attack the Earth, using the video games as the models for their assaults – and now-U.S. President Cooper must call on his old-school arcade friends to save the world from being destroyed by PAC-MAN, Donkey Kong, Galaga, Centipede, and Space Invaders.  Joining them is Lt. Col. Violet Van Patten (Michelle Monaghan), a specialist supplying the arcaders with unique weapons to fight the aliens.

Pixels is directed by Chris Columbus. The screenplay is by Tim Herlihy and Timothy Dowling with a screen story by Tim Herlihy, based on the short film by Patrick Jean. The film is produced by Adam Sandler, Chris Columbus, Mark Radcliffe, and Allen Covert.

Moviegoers around the world can join in PAC-MAN’s birthday fun at Facebook.com/PixelsMovie to watch and share the latest Pixels trailer and to receive updates on the launch of the Pixels Defense mobile game from BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment America Inc. that will feature PAC-MAN and other video game characters from the movie. 

In Tokyo – the city of PAC-MAN’s birth – audiences will join in the fun by attempting to break the GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS™ title for the Largest Human Image of PAC-MAN on May 21, 2015.  At the event at Tokyo Tower, actor Shingo Yanagisawa and popular comedian and social media sensation Naomi Watanabe will join hundreds of moviegoers to create the largest PAC-MAN ever created by human beings.

In Chicago, Professor Toru Iwatani, the creator of PAC-MAN, and BANDAI NAMCO ENTERTAINMENT INC. will be at Level 257™, a brand new dining and entertainment facility created by NAMCO USA INC. inspired by PAC-MAN.

A special 1980s-style event on Friday evening from 7pm-midnight will include gaming industry VIPs, free game play including a chance to play the fabled 255th and 256thlevels of PAC-MAN, PAC-MAN’s official 35th birthday cake, live performances of the 1982 hit song “PAC-MAN Fever” by the original artist, Jerry Buckner of Buckner & Garcia and a personal appearance by PAC-MAN himself!  The celebration continues the next day with celebrity discussion panels, photo opportunities, prizes and game play contests including opportunities to play against the legendary gamer Billy Mitchell, the first person to ever achieve a “perfect score” on PAC-MAN.

You can purchase tickets for the event here.

In partnership with Dave & Buster’s, all 75 locations across North America will celebrate the big man’s birthday by offering a free play on the over-sized, multi-player PAC-MAN BATTLE ROYALE arcade game to all guests with a Power Card. In addition, fans nationwide will have the chance to enter to win thousands of D&B Dollars to celebrate all summer long.

In the UK, PAC-MAN will celebrate his birthday with a special thrill – he’ll be launched into space.  PAC-MAN’s journey will be captured by a special GoPro camera unit and shared on his birthday.

And in Spain, four of that country’s biggest YouTube stars will face off on the game for the ultimate bragging rights.  As they engage their followers to look on, both online and in person, there could be as many as 21 million watching the videogame competition.

Finally, from Paris at the French Open, Serena Williams, who has a cameo role in Pixels, is planning a special greeting for her co-star.

Commenting on the announcement, Josh Greenstein, president, Worldwide Marketing and Distribution for Sony Pictures, said, “PAC-MAN is one of the most recognizable videogame characters in history, so we wanted to be there for him as he bites into the big 35.  Before he makes his big-screen appearance in Pixels, we’re celebrating with birthday parties all around the world.  We’re excited that PAC-MAN is a part of the movie and can’t wait to share his performance with the world this summer.”

Professor Toru Iwatani, the creator of PAC-MAN, added, “It is hard to believe that 35 years has passed since we created PAC-MAN. It has been very exciting to see the world accept him as their own. Like any creator, I wanted to make something lasting, but this has surpassed everything I hoped for. I also feel very proud that PAC-MAN is playing an important role in Pixels – the visual effects of the giant PAC-MAN in New York will be extraordinary, and something that you’ve never seen on film before.  My birthday wish is that PAC-MAN can continue to make people happy.”

About Sony Pictures Entertainment

 Sony Pictures Entertainment (SPE) is a subsidiary of Sony Entertainment Inc., a subsidiary of Tokyo-based Sony Corporation.  SPE’s global operations encompass motion picture production, acquisition and distribution; television production, acquisition and distribution; television networks; digital content creation and distribution; operation of studio facilities; and development of new entertainment products, services and technologies. For additional information, go to http://www.sonypictures.com.

Wednesday
Apr222015

Kickstarter Campaign: INNSMOUTH!

"This was to be my realm, too - I could not escape it. I would never die, but would live with those who had lived since before man ever walked the earth.”

--H.P. LovecraftThe Shadow Over Innsmouth

Hey, Everyone! I want to tell you about an unspeakably cool new Kickstarter campaign! Acclaimed horror photographer Joshua Hoffine and makeup-effects artist J. Anthony Kosar (SyFy's Face Off champion) have joined forces to commemorate H.P. Lovecraft's 125th birthday with Innsmouth, a photographic interpretation of The Shadow Over Innsmouth's climactic confrontation!

Yeah, we're talking grotesque gill-men closing in on a hapless-narrator-type, brought to life with creatures from Kosar's team of weirdness wizards and Hoffine's eye for the off-kilter. Best yet, the doomed hero of the piece will be portrayed by lovable, huggable genre icon, Doug Jones (Pan's Labyrinth, Hellboy, Arrow)! 

The collaboration will result in a stunning, frame-worthy photo-print (and a decade's worth of nightmares for young'uns everywhere!). Though production is well under way, the guys could really use your help to fully realize Innsmouth's dark vision--and they're offering an otherworldly treasure trove of perks for adventurous backers! From the postcard pictured above; to hand-crafted, limited-edition Kosart collectibles; to signed Innsmouth prints; to shot-used monster-head props; to a set visit and lunch with the whole gang--all this and more are yours for the investing!

Whether it's five dollars or five-thousand dollars, every contribution will shepherd Innsmouth closer into our dimension. Won't you join us, dear reader?

Can't get enough Doug Jones? Check out this 2010 KtS interview where the actor talks projects, process, and prosthetics!

Special thanks to project producer Chad Hawks for turning us on to the campaign. Chad played London's legendary serial killer in Hoffine's Jack the Ripper diptych a few years ago. Check out this blog for some of that shoot's behind-the-scenes magic--and perhaps insight into Innsmouth!

Sunday
Jan182015

Lionsgate Unveils New INSURGENT Sneak Peak!

The courageous Tris is ready to get in on the action in this year’s must-see film, THE DIVERGENT SERIES: INSURGENT. We now have an inside look at her major transformation in a BRAND NEW FEATURETTE.The story of Tris and Four continues as they race against time in order to protect the future of their world from the Erudite elite. Go behind-the-scenes now to get a deeper look at the new Amity, Factionless, and Candor settings, and explore some of the mind-bending visual effects for the first time. Now’s your chance to hear what your favorite stars and writer Veronica Roth have to say about the exciting scenes and amazing stunts in INSURGENT, including one-on-one time with stars Shailene Woodley, Theo James, Academy Award® Winner Octavia Spencer, Zoë Kravitz, Ansel Elgort, Mekhi Phifer, Naomi Watts, and Academy Award® Winner Kate Winslet.

Be sure to catch this action-packed sequel when it hits the silver screen nationwide in 2D, RealD, and Digital 3D on MARCH 20, 2015!