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Check Out Awesome New Poster Art For ‘The FP2: Beats of Rage’ By The Legendary Thomas Hodge

Check Out Awesome New Poster Art For ‘The FP2: Beats of Rage’ By The Legendary Thomas Hodge

Any follow-up to 2011’s beloved post-apocalyptic comedy The FP has huge Beat-Beat boots to fill. But if the just-revealed poster art is any indication, director Jason Trost is delivering everything we loved about the original in his sequel, Beats of Rage.

“We wanted everything about Beats of Rage to build on and do more of what people loved in The FP,” Trost said. “My hope is that, when they see this super badass poster by Tom Hodge, people will have a sense of how much fun the movie is, and the kind of wild ride they’re in for.”

Created by hand-drawn poster legend Thomas Hodge (The Dude Designs), the official poster for Beats of Rage features a gleaming, pitch-perfect title treatment inspired by the arcade game at the heart of the FP universe, where gangs settle turfwars with battles on “Beat Beat Revalation” dance decks. Flames explode behind it.

At the center of the action, surrounded by characters dressed in dystopian Americana, Beat-Beat champion JTRO (hero of the first film, played by the multi-tooled Trost) has returned. He’s ready for a fight. Looming threateningly over them all in a column of blue and purple light is the sole collector himself, AK-47.

Beats of Rage is a “ghetto-ass fantasy” set in an apocalyptic world locked in a booze drought. It continues the story of fan-favorite JTRO, a Beat-Beating champion from a legendary bloodline of beat-beaters.

Despite hanging up his boots following the events of The FP, JTRO must return to the blood sport of Beat-Beat Revelation one last time. JTRO and KCDC – his mystical hype man – will quest deep into The Wastes, a land decimated by the Beat Wars, to compete in the ancient Beat-Beat tournament, “Beats of Rage,” face AK-47 – and, hopefully, save the world.

Trost plans to debut the film at “a major U.S. genre festival” this October, with more information to be announced on Trost’s Facebook page soon.

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Nick Thune On His Career, Taking Risks and The Making of ‘Dave Made a Maze’

Nick Thune On His Career, Taking Risks and The Making of ‘Dave Made a Maze’

Nick Thune has spent the better part of a decade honing his craft a standup comic. His hard work and determination paid off in spades as he quickly established himself as one of the most unique creative voices within the world of comedy. His absurdist view, deadpan wit and unique style of storytelling have continued to captivated audiences around the globe. Most importantly, he’s not never been afraid to take risks. His latest film project, ‘Dave Made A Maze,’ is no exception to the rule. In the film, Thune plays the titular Dave, an artist who has yet to complete anything significant in his career. One day, Dave builds a fort in his living room out of pure frustration (and cardboard, among other things), only to wind up trapped by the fantastical pitfalls, booby traps, and critters of his own creation. Ignoring his warnings, Dave’s girlfriend Annie (Meera Rohit Kumbhani) leads a band of oddball explorers on a rescue mission. Once inside, they are trapped in an ever-changing supernatural world, threatened by booby traps and pursued by a bloodthirsty Minotaur. The quirky and wildly imaginative film recently won the Audience Award for Best Narrative at the Slamdance Film Festival and is destined to become a cult classic. Jason Price of Icon Vs. Icon recently caught up with Nick Thune to discuss his journey as an artist, the challenges he has faced along the way and the making of “Dave Made A Maze.”

I’ve followed your career since the beginning but let’s start further back. How did you get involved with the arts early on in life?

Well, it all started because I wasn’t good at sports when my neighbors were. I guess I had to find some other way to get attention! [laughs] That’s kind of how it all started! My dad grew up and was really good at playing the trombone. My grandmother was a piano teacher, so pretty early on I saw that as something important.

When did you start gravitating toward comedy?

I think my dad showed me “The Great Outdoors” or something pretty early on. It could have been one of the first things that I saw and that I remember. That really influenced me but once I saw “The Jerk” I was blown away in the sense that my dad, an adult, liked the silliness. I thought, “How fun to make something so dumb that you can make an adult laugh!” I think that’s why, at a young age, I started trying to make my parents laugh. I really enjoyed surprising people with something from out of nowhere.

What went into finding your creative voice as a comic?

I went to community college briefly and I had a class called DECA, which is kind of like a marketing class, I guess. We had to do a project and each student had a project throughout the year where they had to advertise to the group and get everyone involved. Mine was a homeless sandwich feed, which everyone in the class had to get involved with me. The teacher asked me the day beforehand to go up and update everyone on what was happening, what time to be there and all this stuff. I don’t know what came to mind or why I did it but I picked up my guitar and started writing this really stupid story about how peanut butter and jelly had changed my life in one night. The next day, the teacher introduced me and I walked up with my guitar. I started strumming and I’m sure she was really confused as to why I just wasn’t telling people, “Hey, tomorrow at 9 a.m.! Let’s meet!” I felt like I wanted these people to know why I was doing the sandwich feed and I really did love peanut butter. I made a real decision that we weren’t doing turkey sandwiches or ham sandwiches. There would be no mustard or condiments. It was just peanut butter and jelly! “It’s just peanut butter and jelly! That’s what we are giving these homeless people! And the reason because of this … ” I told this five-minute dramatic story about getting gum stuck in my hair on a bus. I remember the big laugh was, “I got home and my mom tried to use ice but it just made the gum harder. She had a pair of scissors and right as she was about to cut my hair out, my dad got home from work early, like he did every now and again. He grabbed the scissors out of my mom’s hand and threw them out the window. Side note: The window was closed.” [laughs] That was my first big laugh. I didn’t even mean to have that in there and I just came up with it on the spot. That was kind of a defining moment; when I saw people reacting but also listen, in the sense of, “What’s this guy doing right now?” In a way, it is a way of getting people’s attention and then surprising them. I think that is right where it started.

Comedy and entertainment aren’t easy fields to make a living. What are the keys to longevity and sustaining a career in this day and age?

God, I wish I knew! [laughs] I think it’s about taking risks. Standup is all I can control because it’s just me and I’m my own business, boss and the only employee. I can control that and no one can tell me how to do it. The audience, in a way, is a partner with me because if I’m not listening to the audience then I’m failing big time. I take risks and I try new things and hopefully they start to work or I learn how to do that better. Over the years, now that I’ve been doing it for not as a long as some people but longer than others, I might go do a show in Des Moines. Some girl comes up, who is about my age, and says that she has been following me since the beginning. When you see someone like that, who didn’t just hop in on the last album because it may have been a little different, it’s cool. She was pretty aware of everything I have ever done and that was kind of cool but, at the same time, I was like, “Wow! I’m glad she still likes it!” [laughs]

As a fan, one of the things I love is you take risks. Your latest film, “Dave Made A Maze,” is a great example. How did the project land on your radar?

I got an e-mail from David Wain, who has nothing to do with this movie. I’m sure you are familiar with him, I would assume. I had worked with him before and I really, really respect him and all the guys from that group who are behind “The State” and “Wet Hot American Summer.” He said, “Hey, listen. A guy that I worked with who edited this movie that I did is friends with this guy who wrote a script and they like you a lot. They want you to be in this movie. I think you’d like it.” I said, “Okay, I’ll take a look!” So, I see this e-mail with the script and I see that it’s being directed by a guy named Bill Watterston. I thought, “Jesus, man! I grew up reading Calvin and Hobbes, every time I pooped!” [laughs] That got my attention and I started reading it. I remember, as I was reading it, I was thinking, “Wow! This is so Bill Watterston, man! This is insane! I can’t believe he is going to direct a movie!” I call my agent and I say, “This guy sent me a script and I like it. I want to meet with him. At the very least, I’d love to meet Bill Watterston.” They said, “Okay, great!” As I’m driving to meet him in North Hollywood and I was on the freeway. I thought, “You know what? Maybe I should just double check one thing.” I call my agent and I say, “This is Bill Watterson from Calvin and Hobbes, right?” The assistant goes, “Yeah, yeah. That’s the guy.” I say, “Okay, cool. Well, why don’t you just double check with one other person … ” A couple minutes later, he came back and said, “No. It’s a different Bill Watterson.” [laughs] I was already getting off the exit and figured, “What the hell! I like the script. I will meet with these guys!” I basically pulled into some weird warehouse parking lot and inside this warehouse were 15 people working their asses on cardboard and drawings, trying to figure out how to make their passion project. When you see that people care, that should be your first inclination that this should be something you want to be a part of. I have been on so many things where people just don’t give a shit. It’s like, “Yeah, we’re making money here and that’s great.” On “Dave Makes A Maze,” I guarantee no one made any money! [laughs] Maybe there is money to be made in the future, who knows, but you don’t make it for that reason. It was also shooting about a mile from my house every day and we shot in the same warehouse for about a month, so it all kind of came together!

You mentioned the people behind the scenes pouring their heart and soul into the project. That is evident when you watch the film, which is really inspiring. What was it like experiencing the world built for “Dave Made A Maze” for the first time?

It was crazy how well done it was! When you hear cardboard, you don’t think of anything serious or artistic but when you hear about where these guys got their ideas and this cardboard college where someone got a doctorate in cardboard or something … There are a lot of different stories going around. Basically, you would pull up to the set and outside there would generally be Steve Sears, the writer, who came to the set to help cut cardboard every day! One of the main art guys would be out there as well. There are outside! There in an area they aren’t supposed to be! Then you walk in and they are building a set in there as well and putting the final touches on another set. There were basically three sets at all times being rotated in and out per day. Some days we would shoot in four different sets that they had built. It was incredible! When I tell people, “The Maze is the main character of this movie … ,” it really is! I’m definitely maybe the second or third! The Maze is the movie — Dave is not!” [laughs]

The Origami Swamp from “Dave Made A Maze.”

What is your process for fleshing out a character before stepping on set?

I wish that it was very intense but I have an acting coach who is my friend and I think I was maybe his second client, 12 years ago, when I did my first movie. Now, he’s big time. When I get a role like this, I take it into him and try to think about what part of me can I put into this guy and put the pedal to the metal with. Is it this part of me or this other part of me? Right now, I am pacing around this studio space I rent in Glassell Park in Los Angeles and I have 15 projects on a board here that I’m going to eventually finish one of them! [laughs] I can look at that and say, “That’s what I see in Dave.” He’s the guy who doesn’t have a boss or someone saying, “Do this today.” In that situation, you just have to figure it out and maybe one day you get a fire lit under your ass and start running full speed in one direction but another day you can’t get off the couch. I think what I saw in Dave, after reading the script a few times, was that this guy started something one day and just couldn’t stop. I’ve been there when it comes to stand-up and stuff.

I thought the cast of this film, yourself included, brought some real magic. What was it like working alongside this talented group?

It wasn’t a very comfortable set, you know. We had one room to change in and one room to sit in and wait! A lot of us were together in scenes but you’ve got to also realize that I’m not in the first 20 minutes of the movie but my voice is. Bill even said, “You can do this ADR, if you want.” I think they were worried about me being overworked or something. It’s kind of funny the communication between the agents and them because there is sometimes a wall. I might not even know there is a wall but they might be afraid to work me too much because my agents are going to yell at them or who knows what. He said, “You don’t have to be here on these days.” I said, “Are you kidding me? Of course I do!” They just mic’d me in my regular clothes and I was sitting off set screaming my lines at them! [laughs] We would go back and forth! Somebody told me a story once about Woody Harrelson. I don’t know if it’s true or not but I want to believe it’s true. Somebody was on a movie with him and they were outside smoking and waiting to be called in. “Hurry up and wait … ” is what people like to say is the actors mentality. The guy just casually said to Woody Harrelson, “I wonder when we’re going to get out of here?” Woody Harrelson said, “Where the fuck are you going? You’re making a movie!” My point is sometimes you are on a set where people are itching to leave but I don’t think any of the actors in “Dave Makes A Maze” were itching to leave. That makes you want to be in it even more! Meera [Rohit Kumbhani] was amazing and also so prepared and on point. Adam Busch as well. I remember, before my big monologue that the movie starts off with and then comes back, we were outside and he came up to me. He said, “How is it? You got it down?!” I was like, “Uh, yeah. I’ve got it down.” He said, “Okay, let me hear it.” I was like, “Well, I mean … no.” [laughs] He said, “Come on, I want to hear it.” I did it and he said, “Okay, we’ve got to work on this.” [laughs] He went and grabbed two scripts and for an hour out in the parking lot, as we waited to get into the set, he made me work my fucking ass off! I think it paid off, ya know?!

Dave and Annie in the Kubrick Corridor (Meera Rohit Kumbhani and Nick Thune).

I agree wholeheartedly! Was there was any room for improv on this project?

There was a lot of room for improv! Bill is a very open person. He would never come in and say specifically, “Don’t do that. Do this.” It was kind of funny because he was smiling most of the time and in his head thinking. You’d be standing there like, “Spit it out, man! What were you going to say?” [laughs] He would be like, “I like it. Let’s do it again.” You would just watch the guy think for a minute and think, “I thought he was going to say something.” It was those instances that made me realize, “Oh, whatever I did there wasn’t wrong.” I also didn’t want to give them the same thing twice. I mean, if he didn’t get it and he wanted it again, he would’ve said something. In the actor’s head, you just never know what people are thinking. It was those moments that allowed me to say, “OK, you know what? He trusts me and he didn’t tell me not to do something, so let me try something else.” It was never like I was going to take the scene in another direction. It was more like, “What’s another way to say that, that maybe comes out of me a little more comfortably?” Or, “Maybe I should pause on this or think.” It was that kind of stuff.

Every project presents challenges. What were the biggest challenges in bringing this film to life?

From my side, it was set up very nicely. I knew that I was working five days a week for a certain amount of time. [laughs] But, when I was in there, I could certainly see the challenges happening within the production, which are money, time, location and the question of, “Where are we going to get more cardboard?” It was all of those kinds of things. I would see that happening but, in a way, it’s not my responsibility to even think about that stuff and if I do then I’m not doing my job right. My job is just between “Action!” and “Cut.” Nothing else from that movie will last except for what happens between “Action” and “Cut.” That’s what everyone is going to see and my one job. If they say, “Action,” and I’m not ready, then that’s a worry! [laughs] I remember something from the first day and it’s so funny. The first day that James [Urbaniak] was on, he came in and someone introduced me to him. I had never met him before. He kinda walked over to me and goes, “Hey listen, I don’t know who I spoke to but I need to be out of here by 5 o’clock today.” He had a pre-existing show that he was performing on that the production had OK’d. He thought that I was a producer! [laughs] I was like, “Ya know, you might want to talk to John [Chuldenko] about that! [laughs] I’m Nick Thune. I’m Dave.” [laughs]

Nick Thune as Dave in “Dave Made A Maze.”

How have you evolved as an artist?

I think I have just learned to listen. As a standup, that can be pretty hard to do, especially when you are first starting out. I don’t mean listening to the audience at a standup show because if you are performing it’s hard not to. What I mean is listening to the people around me and not just jumping in and thinking I know what’s happening. I guess it’s humility. When you start out, you get a little success and you might get a little full of yourself and that’s a lot of people’s demise. I’ve found that partnering with people has been a great experience. I sold a TV show that I’m working on with one of my best friends. I just realized, “Hey, who knows me better than this guy, who also happens to be a writer. He has my best interests in mind. We love each other. We laugh at each other. Why aren’t we working together?” It’s not like I’m trying to go out and get Judd Apatow to produce or write my show. I don’t care. I mean, I love Judd and it would be great if he wanted to! [laughs] I learned over time that the people who are closest to me are going to help me the most and are the people I want to be around! If somebody big wants to hop on board, that’s great! It’s just trusting the people who you are your best friends and knowing that they want you to be your best!

What’s the best way fans can support your career and keep the momentum building?

Buy my product! [laughs] I don’t know, I mean, I guess it is just coming out to my shows or whatever. In the end, like I say to people, if you want to listen to my stand-up, it’s actually for free and it’s on platforms like Spotify and all these other things. If you like it, God, I hope you buy it because that’s all I have. That’s just me. That’s my product. This is my thing and I put thought into it. I’ve realized that I finally care about trying to sell my product on the road, like my vinyls or CDs. I even made a t-shirt and I thought, “How do I sell this t-shirt?” I’m not a salesmen, really. I said, “Why don’t I just get an older dude who’s not afraid to show his dick and have him wearing my t-shirt and have his penis just poking out. It would be a picture of that and that’s what I will use to sell the shirt!” [laughs] I found a guy on some crazy, weird website. He’s a nice guy named Jerry. I had him over at my office with my friend who’s a photographer. We are taking a picture of him kind of Terry Richardson style against a wall. He has shoes, socks and a t-shirt on and that’s it. I go, “I think we got the photo. Let’s try something different. Maybe tie your shoes … ” He gets down on one knee and he’s not even untying or tying his shoes. Basically, he’s sort of pretending to untie his shoe. I say, “Come on, Jerry! You’re better than that! Untie it and retie it, man!” [laughs] As he unties it and starts to tie it again, I go, “And now look to camera.” He looks up and my friend took, at that moment, one of my favorite pictures of all time. At that same moment, I thought, “What the fuck am I doing with my life!? [laughs] How did it come to here?” [laughs] I hadn’t even told my wife that I was doing it at that point. I was like, “This is going to seem so weird when she sees this. I’m paying a cameraman and I’m paying this guy. What am I doing with my time right now?” I said to my friend Scott as he was leaving, as he’s an artist that I really trust, “Man, I don’t know. I’m sorry I brought you into this. It’s kind of a weird thing.” He was like, “No, man. It really inspired me! I don’t know what the hell you are doing but I do know you are doing something and I like it!” That’s kinda my motto … not knowing what I’m doing but just trying!

Awesome! I want to thank you so much for your time today.

Yeah, man! Here’s a pulled quote for you, if you don’t mind, “Make me sound cool.”

Absolutely, go ahead.

No, no. I’m saying, “Make me sound cool.” That is the pulled quote. [laughs]

Oh, OK! Gotcha! [laughs]

[laughs] Thank you, Jason! See ya!

Catch Nick Thune in ‘Dave Made a Maze’ when it hits theaters and VOD on August 18th. Visit his official website, www.nickthune.com, for all the info on his latest projects and tour dates.

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UNSTOPPABLE: Kim Coates On Life, Career, “Officer Downe” and Giving Back!

UNSTOPPABLE: Kim Coates On Life, Career, “Officer Downe” and Giving Back!

Kim Coates - Photo by: Benjo Arwas Photography

Kim Coates – Photo by Benjo Arwas Photography

Kim Coates spent the past few decades honing his craft, building relationships within the industry he loves and calling the shots when it comes to his projects. As a result, he is one of the most transformative, mesmerizing and sought after actors in the game. His film career began in 1991, when he starred alongside the legendary Bruce Willis in “The Last Boy Scout.” Since then, the multi-faceted performer starred in more than 50 films, including Academy Award winners “Black Hawk Down” and “Pearl Harbor.” Of course, it wasn’t until he took on the iconic role of Tig Trager in FX’s critically acclaimed hit series “Sons of Anarchy” that he became a household name. The success of “Sons” and the notoriety he received from his work on the beloved series catapulted him to the next level of his already impressive career.

Without a doubt, Coates’ latest project is one of his most ambitious to date. Shortly after he wrapped work on “Sons of Anarchy,” he landed the titular role in “Officer Downe,” an adaptation of the ultra-violent “Man of Action/Image” graphic novel written by Joe Casey (who also penned the film’s screenplay) and illustrated by Chris Burnham. This larger-than-life film serves as the directorial debut of Slipknot co-founder Shawn Crahan. Coates stars as an LA super cop who is killed in the line of duty but is repeatedly resurrected and sent back onto the streets. Already fully armed with a cult-like following, “Officer Downe” is generating a spectacular early buzz in “Entertainment Weekly,” Bloody Disgusting, Dread Central and, of course, the mighty Icon Vs. Icon. However, it doesn’t stop there! Kim Coates has five other films slated for release later this year!

Jason Price of Icon Vs. Icon recently sat down with Kim Coates to discuss his journey as an actor, the challenges he faced along the way, his upcoming role in Shawn Crahan’s “Officer Downe” and the other impressive projects he has on tap for us in 2016!

You had an incredible run in the past few years and it opened up a lot of doors for future projects. Before we get to that, let’s go back to the start. What intrigued you about acting early on and made you pursue it as a career?

Great question because I had no idea what acting even was when I was young. I was never a child actor or anything else. I was a massive sports freak! I am Canadian and proud of it — Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, the home of Gordie Howe. I am a Red Wings fan and a big hockey fan. I knew I needed to go to college and I knew I wanted to teach. I wanted to be a history teacher. When the time came to go to college, I started flipping through this gorgeous catalog of college classes. I shuffled through and when I opened it up it was on “D.” I had an elective and I even knew what that word meant for crying out loud! I was perusing everything listed under “D” when I came to drama. I thought, “Hey! Let’s take an acting class! I can pass that for sure! How hard can that be?” So, I took that drama class. I call it drama now because now I think I am such a big actor! [laughs] I tell ya what, brother, it changed my life. The reading, the English, The Shakespeare, Ian Escko, Bernard Shaw, Tennessee Williams, gay people, straight people, people with flair, caring people and everything in between changed my whole life and brought me to where I am today. I have been a professional for over 30 years now. Longevity was always important because I knew I wouldn’t want to do anything else. I have worked really, really hard and it has all worked out. It has been a great life for sure!

That leads to my next question for you. In your opinion, what is the secret to that longevity you were seeking?

Honestly, for me it was so important to be good and to work hard. I am certainly not going to be one of those pretty boy or pretty girl actors who are the fraction of the 1% who are so frickin’ beautiful and actually talented and their dad runs Warner Brothers so they are a movie star right away. That was never in my cards. What was in my cards was, “How about you be the greatest actor you can be before you start doing movies.” That is exactly what I did! I did 24 plays at University, including Summer Stock and I signed right away with this big, beautiful agent in Toronto named Gary Goddard. He is gone now unfortunately but I signed with him in the mid-’80s. He said, “OK, we are getting into movies right now!” I said, “No we’re not! No we’re not. Stop. No. Theater! More theater!” I did it too, bro! I did community theater across Canada and I was the youngest MacBeth ever at Stradford. I was 26 years old. I went right from there and all these New York agents saw my work and said, “You’ve gotta come to New York right now!” I did and I replaced Aidan Quinn in “A Streetcar Named Desire.” I played Sammy Kowalski for six months on Broadway. Warner Brothers came calling and the rest is history! I have done 60 movies now. For me, the longevity came from having to be good. If you are good, you will always work. Not only did I always work but I was able to really go with my gut and not be afraid to fail and do the TV shows and movies that I wanted to do. I have really been proud of that.

As you should be! You put together a solid body of work! Was there anyone behind the scenes who served as a mentor and gave you the push you needed at a time when you needed it?

Absolutely! Tom Kerr. He discovered me at University when I was this redneck, sportsaholic guy who refused to wear tights in my drama class. I would always wear shorts and would never put tights on. I just wouldn’t have it! [laughs] I’m such an idiot! Anyway, Tom Kerr was my mentor, man. He got me. I did 11 plays at The Neptune Theater in Halifax, Nova Scotia when he was running that theater. He introduced me to the late John Nevall, who got me to Stratford right away, two seasons. I told you about that already. Tom Kerr is and always will be my mentor. The late Tony Scott was such a good pal of mine in my early, early film career with Bruce Willis in “The Last Boy Scout.” It is so sad that we have lost Tony but I have worked with Ridley as well on “Black Hawk Down,” so there have been some directors out there that have had a big impact on me as well. In Canada, it is directors, right? If you fall into a director that loves you and wants to use you over and over, which has happened to me a couple of times, it comes in handy. There is a guy by the name of Damien Lee up in Toronto who can’t do movies without me! I love that! I love being part of a family like that!

You are on a great roll right now but I am sure you have seen lean times as well.

You know, I have “Officer Downe” coming up, which is such a crazy, crazy movie and I can’t wait to talk to you about it but I also have seven others opening this year! It has just been a massive 14 months for me. “Sons of Anarchy” was a game changer for me in many, many ways. Before “Sons,” there weren’t too many lean times but there were times when I just didn’t want to work on certain things or take on things I didn’t really want to do. My wife and I budgeted and we did it. I always seemed to work along the way but “Sons” was a game changer, financially for sure. It was always like, “Oh, you’re that guy!” Or “Yeah, you were in this!” Well, now I am Kim Coates! Because of “Sons of Anarchy,” everyone knows who Kim Coates is now. I am recognizable now and I can’t go anywhere without someone taking a selfie. That is part of the deal now! To me, some of the best writing is on TV now. I would be foolish not to be open, and I am but not right now because “Sons” was seven years and it has been great to be back to movies, but I am open to so many things now. “Sons” was definitely a game changer in so many aspects for me.

Let’s talk about “Officer Downe.” I know a lot of people are excited about this film. How did you get involved and what excites you about the film?

Kim Coates stars in "Officer Downe'

Kim Coates stars in “Officer Downe’

It’s great! I have seen it and the world is about to see it! It was the first film, post-“Sons,” that I wanted to do. It was last February, over a year ago, when my people said, “Here it is.” I took a meeting! Clown, Shawn Crahan (Number 6 of Slipknot) directed it. He was in Berlin on a speakerphone. I read the script, saw the graphic novel and it was crazy! It’s crazy! I didn’t know how we were going to make a movie out of this because it’s nuts! I said to Shawn, “How are we going to do this and do it in 28 or 29 days?” He said, “Because we hope to have you as the lead!” When someone says that to you with another eight people sitting around this table, you know you are in a really good place! I worked my ass off on that film, as did all my guest stars. They are all amazing! Every single one of them! Luna Velez, Tyler Ross, Bruno Gunn, Reno Wilson and Meadow Wilson all hit it out of the park! The film is set in the future in Los Angeles. I am a cop, a good LA cop. We need to get that out there right now, he is a GOOD cop! He believes in the badge and has done nothing wrong. He dies, they put him on ice, 20 years go by and LA becomes the worst place to live in the world. It is run by bad guys and you can’t even imagine how bad these bad guys are! They figure out how to bring my character back to life. It is awesome because this guy, Officer Downe, was dead for 20 years. Is he Frankenstein? Is he Robocop? Is he a real guy? I had some perimeters and some deep, deep work within myself to figure out who he is and what is he really. Joe Casey wrote the script and Mark Neveldine shot this thing along with Gerardo Madrazo. They did such amazing things and let me do my thing. I did all my own stunts. I don’t know how I survived but I did! [laughs] I can’t wait for people to see it. It is a very spectacularly different, crazy, unrestricted comic book movie. That is all I can say!

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I know “Officer Downe” has a cult following. Did that bring added pressure to the role?

Well, it’s not quite like “Batman” though right? I know Action Imprint/Image Comics released it and Joe did such a great job with the comic and Chris Burnham’s artwork is phenomenal but I don’t think too many people had heard of it before. Ya know what, brother? My mustache is exactly the same! I am not as big as the guy in the comic because that would be impossible unless I was a WWE wrestler and I’m not! [laughs] I worked my ass off! I have a 16 pound gun called The Answer Man! It was pretty hard to pull back that trigger and shoot day in and day out but I had a lot of fun doing it! I don’t know what people are expecting but there hasn’t ever been another one before this! This is “Officer Downe #1,” so here we go! Come along for the ride! This movie is not for everybody but for who it is for, they are going to want to see it again and again and again! You watch!

We are familiar with Shawn Crahan’s work in the realm of video but “Officer Downe” is his feature film debut. What did he bring to the table for a project of this caliber?

Shawn Crahan and Kim Coates

Shawn Crahan and Kim Coates

He is such a talented guy. He is such a true artist and a pirate. He is just a pirate! He takes it all, he shares and he listens. He is not afraid to fail like me. He is a rockstar and his head works in drums. He is always thinking and his work behind the monitor is fabulous. He let me play and do my thing. We always talked every morning about the day and what we were going to shoot because it was madness! Like I said, everyone worked their ass off on this movie. Clown really listened to his DP, Mark Neveldine, Joe Casey and they shared a lot of stuff. We all got along and I can’t wait for people to see his work because he should be very proud of this film and I know he is!

The material is very well written but what did you bring to the character that wasn’t on the written page?

I don’t know. I will leave that for other people to decide. I know Joe Casey has done some interviews and he has said some pretty amazing things about me, which I say right back at him. I know we are biased because we have worked together but I’m an actor, man! That is all I can say! I love accents, gaining weight and losing weight, I will dye my hair or rip hair out! For this, I went around with a couple of cops obviously. I did my due diligence on getting into the research and sitting down with Joe. I had great people around me like Don Ritz, who is the costume designer, and we figured out the hat, glasses, all the props and how I would wear my short sleeves and what length they would be at. Hell, I am naked in this fuckin’ movie, man! I’m tellin’ you what! It’s on! It’s on! I am proud of the look. What I brought to it is what I do with every part and what I think every actor worth his salt would do. It was a privilege to be asked to this party because I have never done a part like this. Well, there are a lot of parts I haven’t done because I like them to be unique in their own way but this one is very special. I found myself in this futuristic, graphic novel, LA world where I am flying by the seat of my pants, hanging upside down for over an hour, getting punched in the stomach with a body bag! You have to see this movie, man! It’s insane — for all the right reasons!

One of the things I love about your performances is I never see Kim Coates the man but the characters you bring to life. You disappear and become the character.

Thank you, man! Thank you so much!

Kim Coates - Photo By Benjo Arwas Photography

Kim Coates – Photo By Benjo Arwas Photography

What can you tell us about the process of building the character of Officer Downe in your mind before shooting?

First of all, be it this project or any other, it is always about the script. It is always about the words and then collaborating, talking about ideas, accents, posture and the guy. As long as those conversations happen, and they have with all my work down the line, then I know where to start. When you start, you have to be unafraid to fail. That is it! Just don’t be afraid to fail and you will ultimately succeed. That’s my motto! For Officer Downe, what was so weird was he hardly talks. I mean, yeah, I have some scenes where I talk for sure and there are a couple of little monologues but I don’t do a lot of the talking because he has been dead for 20 years! So then it became about things like, “Well, does he have a twitch? What happens when he gets emotional? Does his eye twitch?” What I took from the comic book, which was so unbelievable, comes from when you look at Chris’s artwork. Whenever I am in fights with these bad guys, they are like gnats and they never go away. There are all different kinds of them out there! When I looked at the comic book, Downe’s face would change. He would show his teeth, get gnarly and have a snarl. I tried to do that in the fight scenes. Yet, when I wasn’t fighting, I was super internalized, super method, super quiet, like Frankenstein, like a real person trying to figure out what just happened. For me, it was so much fun because it was a different way of approaching things because it was based on a comic book character. It was so much fun!

In addition to “Officer Downe,” you mentioned having a bunch of other films on the way this year. Give us a rundown of those and what has you excited about them!

Absolutely! All of these projects started going in rapid fire! “Officer Downe” premieres June 3. It has already been sold out for awhile at the LA Film Festival. It’s a massive opening with a Friday night midnight screening! Get ready! The world will see it eventually and I can’t wait for people to see that! On July 29 comes “The Land.” It is a beautiful film that was at Sundance and got sold right away. It is directed by Steven Caple Jr., who is a USC graduate. This is his first feature film! Nas produced it and Erykah Badu plays my girlfriend in it. It stars Jorge Lendeborg, a great young actor who is going to be a movie star. I play his uncle, Uncle Steve.

The trailer for that just debuted and it looks like an awesome film.

Yeah, you saw that? Crazy good, right? That is going to be everywhere June 29. Then there is “Goon 2.” With the first “Goon,” I got nominated for my third Canadian Oscar and I am 0 for 3! Fuck off! Give me one, one of these days, you bastards! [laughs] I am playing the coach, Ronnie Hortense. We all came back, all the usual suspects. Jay Baruchel is directing this time because Michael Dowse couldn’t do it because he wasn’t available. Jay happily took the reins and did an amazing job. It was huge fun to do, “Goon 2.” That will be out of the Toronto Film Festival. I also did a big movie with Kevin James, a comedy where I play the president of Venezuela with a big porn mustache and a bad Spanish accent. I hate soccer. I love baseball! I miss my pet dolphin! It was so much fun to be with Kevin and was an absolute blast. It is called “The True Memoirs of an International Assassin” and it will be in Netflix movies later this fall. I did a beautiful film with Holly Hunter where I play the sweetest man alive! My mom is going to be so thrilled! She won’t believe it! [chuckles] I play Holly Hunter’s boyfriend and the film is called “Strange Weather.” It also stars Carrie Coon, who is an amazing actress, just as Holly was. It’s a three-hander, get ready for it. It will be out this fall. I also did a little kid’s movie called “The Adventure Club.” Again, I was looking for something different and I don’t get a lot of kid’s movies thrown my way. The script was amazing and I play Uncle Ozzie. On top of all that, I just finished a big western with Judd Nelson and Trace Adkins up in Vancouver. I was on a horse for a month and it was a lot of fun. Now, I am doing the press and getting ready for all my big openings, supporting my charities and talking to you! I have a lot of stuff happening this fall and maybe even this summer, so it is nonstop but it’s all good!

You make it sound so effortless, Kim, but the hard work you put in definitely shows. Looking back, how have you evolved along the way?

The people I have met and the people I have learned to hang to have been very important. When you act like I do, travel all over the world and do movies like I do, you meet so many people and at the end of the day, you are lucky if you have a handful you can call your brothers and buddies. Those are the guys you call all the time. I am lucky to have a handful of buddies and I can’t do this business without them being a sounding ear for me and me for them. That has been great. I have also evolved as a dad with my two girls. Seeing them grow up has been pretty amazing. My wife has stuck with me and that is a fuckin’ miracle! She is a saint! It has been a good life, brother! I love traveling around this world and meeting people that listen. I think I have evolved into a human being who listens a lot more now than I ever used to. I love sharing experiences. Everything is changing so fast now, so it is really nice to slow down, go to your favorite lake, put your feet up, crack open a beer and enjoy it before it’s gone.

Kim Coates - Photo By Benjo Arwas Photography

Kim Coates – Photo By Benjo Arwas Photography

Actors, both young and old, can look to you for inspiration. What advice would you give to them on the craft?

The younger ones know this or at least they should but they don’t need to run to Hollywood or New York right away. You can stay right where you are and do improv, theater, classes, shoot little movies on your iPhone, collaborate with your peers and use nepotism, all along the way, with anyone you may know. Don’t be in a rush to come to a big city like Los Angeles, New York or Toronto. It will eat you up. Stay in Seattle, Edmonton or Orlando for a minute, for an hour, a day a week or a year because you will eventually make it to wherever you are supposed to be. There are so many kids out there who just want to be a star and on TMZ. It’s all bullshit. It’s not going to happen. You need to become an artist first and through hard work, reading, improv and all the things you need to do to become an actor, then you might have a chance. By having a chance, you can really have an amazing life. We need more and more artists everyday in this world. That is what young actors need to do. As far as older actors go, I would never tell an older actor what to do because they are old like me! [laughs] They already know if you are still acting in amazing projects at our age, you have done something right along the way! That is pretty great and gratifying. It is always hard and it is never easy but I don’t want it to be easy. I really don’t! One small thing with “Sons of Anarchy,” when [Kurt] Sutter gave me that transgender, Walton Goggins/Venus thing with Tig at the end, I thanked him so much for that! That was so difficult in a way. It was so bizarre. What a trustworthy thing for Sutter to give it to Tig Trager, who is the only biker who could have pulled that off! I believe that! For me to be in that uncomfortable zone is exactly where I love to be. I don’t ever want to be comfortable when I act. That is the type of stuff I yearn for! People never forgot that, so that is what I am saying.

I know you lend your voice to a lot of great causes. What can we help shine a light on?

Ya know, I have five or six that mean the world to me. One Heart Source (www.oneheartsource.org) is one. My daughter Kyla is one of the big shots on that non-profit, which is an educational based non-profit out of Tanzania, South Africa and now Jamaica. They help impoverished children find strength through books and education to empower them to achieve a better life. They are doing some amazing work there! A few others are The Boot Campaign and Wounded Warriors. I have a few up in Canada as well, Big Brothers/Big Sisters, Creative Kids up in Saskatchewan and in Toronto there is Sick Kids Foundation. I go back two or three times a year and we raise millions of dollars for all of these incredible kids who are my heroes! It is a great thing to give back because my fans have given me so much and the world is a better place when we all give back! It’s an important thing to do!

Thank you for letting us help spread the word! We wish you continued you success!

Thanks, Jason! Great talking to you and take care, buddy!

‘Officer Downe’ will receive it’s world premiere on June 3 as part of the LA Film Festival. Follow the continuing adventures of Kim Coates on Twitter.

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BELIEVE: The Legendary Timmy Cappello On Life, Music and Becoming An Icon!

BELIEVE: The Legendary Timmy Cappello On Life, Music and Becoming An Icon!

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To the generation raised during the golden age of MTV, Tim Cappello is a legend. Best known from his role as the oiled up, chiseled bodied, pelvis thrusting, saxophone playing wonder who belts out an anthemic rendition of The Call’s “I Still Believe” in the 1987 film “The Lost Boys.” It was a performance so memorable it burned itself into the fabric of pop culture, garnered him legions of fans from around the globe and was parodied by Jon Hamm on Saturday Night Live. Although he is often imitated, he is a performer who can never be never duplicated! Tim Cappello is the genuine article. 

His story begins many years earlier, when his love of music began to led him down an amazing path. He began cutting his teeth as a professional musician in small clubs in his home state of New York and it wasn’t long before he picking up steam. Armed with a tremendous amount of talent, some well-connected friends and a sprinkling of luck, Cappello would soon find himself working alongside musical heavyweights such as Eric Carmen, Peter Gabriel and Carly Simon. He would even share the stage with the unstoppable musical force known as Tina Turner and is featured on her legendary tracks, “We Don’t Need Another Hero” and “One of the Living” from ‘Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome.’

It is often said the life of a professional musician is never an easy one and Cappello will be the first to tell you that truer words have never been spoken. He has seen share of struggles over the course of his career. However, legendary sax man continues to pour his heart and soul into every performance, large or small.  As an artist, he serves as an constant reminder to budding musicians everywhere that hard work, unrelenting drive and true passion for your craft can allow you to reach amazing new heights — as long as you still believe. The best part of it all? The story is far from over!

Jason Price of Icon Vs. Icon recently caught up with Timmy Cappello to discuss his rise through the musical ranks. Along the way, Cappello offers up some amazing tales from his epic journey and a look inside his experience of becoming an unsuspecting  pop culture icon. Most importantly, we get a glimpse of what the future might hold for him as an artist! 

Any time I talk to a musician, like yourself, I like to go back to your very early years. What are your first musical memories?

My father was a trumpet player and a conductor! He had a music school in the middle of White Plains, New York. All of us kids would go down to the music school after we got out of school. We would beat on the drums, bang on the piano and run amuck on all the instruments we could find. It was a great way to discover what you had a liking for or what you were drawn to! It was really wonderful! The other thing that impacted me, even more than the music school, and gave me a real love of music was that my mother loved to sing and play piano. She wasn’t a professional or anything but she truly loved it. When I was just a little boy, maybe 3 or 4 years old, she would take me down to the basement where the piano was located. She would give me a phone book and a couple of pastry brushes from the kitchen and let me pretend like I was playing the drums! It was all the stuff from The Great American Songbook. That really gave me a love of it. My father was really great about teaching us the proper way to hold your drumsticks or the best way to hold an instrument. My first two instruments were drums and cello. He was really great at teaching me the theory and was really patient. Those are the two things that really got me started!

As you start picking up the instruments, who were some of the artists you were drawn to early on?

It is kinda funny. There was so much going on in music back then. Everybody had their favorites. Everybody loved The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, The Kinks and all that stuff. I would have these weird tunes that I loved. I remember being 4 or 5 years old and loving a song called “Dick Tracy” [by The Chants]. It’s so funny because all the tunes that I loved, I was really embarrassed to love back then, you know, because it was comic book and all. I swear, man, this groove is still killing and so slamming! I was really drawn to that sound, like from the soundtrack of “Hairspray,” that really local, Baltimore mashed potato type stuff! I loved The Marvelettes with “Playboy” and “Please Mr. Postman.” There was something about that little loping, slow twist that I loved. I remember being so ashamed to love the song “My Boy Lollipop” by Little Millie Small. I never admitted it because everyone thought, as kids, it was the stupidest, poppiest song there was! Later, I realized it was the first Jamaican ska song to ever hit the U.S. chart. I knew there was something about that beat I loved! [laughs] I always loved a great, deep groove.

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At what point did you gravitate toward becoming a professional musician?

Right! Well, my father sort of struck a deal with me, being a music school owner. Like I said, he was a trumpet player but he also would have loved to have been a classical guy, a symphonic player. I made the mistake of saying that I thought a bass was a cello. I really loved the jazz sound and the walking bass when I was a little kid. I called it a cello and he just took that and ran with it! [laughs] He made me saw away at the cello which I really didn’t enjoy! My father died when I was quite young and he was quite a young man at the time. As soon as he died, I stopped playing the cello and went to the piano and studied jazz piano. When I got into jazz and all of those extended harmonies, I really fell in love with it! I played piano for awhile and I started playing soprano sax around the age of 14.

While we know you primarily as a sax man, it is cool to hear what lead you down that road.

I was never going to back down and not play. No matter what I had to do, I was never going to back down. I really never had a family, so I could starve and not have anyone depending on me. I guess it was that much of a priority. Years later, I kind of feel bad because not having a family, I have missed out on a lot. But you make that choice, right?

What was your first gig as a professional musician? How’d you get your start?

I was really, really fortunate to go to school with two brothers that were drummers. They were both incredibly talented and also really knew how to get gigs! There names are Jerry and Rick Marotta. I was up at the New England Conservatory of Music and I came down to study with a jazz guy named Lennie Tristano, who was my idol as a kid. He was a jazz piano player but he also taught many really great saxophone players. Lee Konitz and Warne Marsh are his two most famous pupils. I loved his style of music and I was disillusioned at the conservatory, so I called Lenny. I said, “I really don’t like it up here.” He said, “Yeah, man! Come on down and we will have a good time.” Coincidentally, my friends Jerry and Ricky Marotta lived in the same building. They said, “Come on down and stay with us and we will see what we can do. We will get some gigs.” So, my first gig was with a guy named Jim Dawson. He was a quiet, very mellow, ‘70s, kind of James Taylor type of guy, which was the music that I really loved. He has a beautiful voice! A guy was opening for us at a place called My Father’s Place out on Long Island. It was a comedian. At that point, I was mostly a piano player. He said, “Hey, would you come up and play a couple of things with me. We’ll just improvise some stuff and have people call out some things and you can play some music behind me.” I said, “Sure!” It turns out, that comedian was Billy Crystal!

No kidding? That is pretty wild!

Yeah! He was about 25 years old at the time and I was 19. I played with him for about five years. I was really just in the trenches in the clubs. Then, there was a guy in the 1970s who had a song called “All By Myself.” He was a guy named Eric Carmen. I was playing at every club I could think of and jamming to try to get a gig here or there. Eric’s manager came into a club where I was playing and he said, “Eric is putting together a band. Would you be interested in doing it?” That was my first real gig. Boy, did I think I was hot shit then! [laughs] Wow! I was making a couple hundred bucks a week and thought, “Wow! This is incredible! I have arrived!” [laughs] Little did I know! [laughs]

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There was a period of time early on where you struggled with addiction. Ultimately, you broke free of those. What can you tell us about that period?

This was the mid-70s and there was just so many drugs around. I really kind of thought the music business was a front for the drug business. I say that because you did a gig, they gave you your salary and then they came by with the coke, heroin, the pills and everything else. It just seemed like the old company store thing! [laughs] They’d give it to ya and take it right back! I was certainly stupid enough to go for that hook, line and sinker. It was pretty bad for a while. I took a lot of drugs during my early 20s. On my 25th birthday, I just quit everything! It was an epiphany of sorts and something that happened with my family that was very dramatic to me. It made me realize what I was doing not only to myself but to them. It cut me so deeply that it was not hard to quit. I gave up smoking at the same time and I think the smoking might have been more difficult than the heroin! [laughs] I was very resolved. Have you ever had one of those things where you thought you just couldn’t do it but something changes in your mind and you say, “Oh, yeah. This is a piece of cake?”

What are some great moments for you when you look back on everything you have done over the years?

There have been so many great moments! I will never ever forget it just being me and Billy Crystal in the car driving up to Niagara Falls. This man has a mind like an incredible lush garden. He is so funny. At the time, I was around a lot of comics because of him and they were all kind of mean and competitive. He was right up there with all of them, in terms of how funny and smart he is, but he was such a kind man. That is so rare in a comic. Driving all over the country, just me and him, was amazing. There was no band! Just us! Those car trips were amazing!

Timmy Cappello back in the day.

Timmy Cappello back in the day.

I did a tour with Eric Carmen but it got cut short. For some reason, I can’t remember why, he cut it short. I went from there to playing with a great rock/reggae, singer/songwriter named Garland Jeffreys. He is really great! If you have never heard of him, you should definitely check him out. He made an album called “Ghost Writer” that is really awesome! I played on one of his albums called “American Boy and Girl” with a friend of mine from college named Robert Athas. He went on to become Kane Roberts! Kane and I were good friends in college and both went to The New England Conservatory. Jerry Marotta got me the gig with Garland Jeffreys and then he started playing with Peter Gabriel. He took me under his wing and got me the gig with him too. I went right from Eric to Garland to Peter.

Being around Peter Gabriel, I quickly realized, he was one of the smartest guys. He too was a very gentle guy. Most singers and people running the band can be pretty tough. They are tough people! They know what they want and, most of the time, they aren’t too concerned about your feelings when they tell you what they want and why! [laughs] He was such a sweet and open person. He would always find these wild places to go to. It was funny. We were on tour and he said, “We are all going to this conference on security.” It was this whole thing in the ‘70s about the latest advances in security technology. Of course, his next album ends up being titled “Security.” [laughs] He always wore things on his sleeve like that and was always interested. That was really wonderful. Unfortunately, that was during the worst of my drug use, so I didn’t get as much out of it as I could have and should have. I regret that.

I then got to play with Carly Simon. As you may know, she had this horrible stage fright. When we started doing gigs, she knew I was someone who loved to run around and dance around. She really wanted a band of people who would do that because she had that horrible stage fright. She felt that with more activity going on and the more guys who wanted to be buffoons would be great! [laughs] Unfortunately, it didn’t last too long. The stage fright got the best of her and we really just had to close down the tour because of her horrible condition, which she later conquered at her famous concert at Grand Central Station. She proved she had overcome it! That was a really tough one. She used to ask us to hit her as hard as we could before she went on stage. She would ask me to stomp on her feet as hard as I could because the pain would take her out of her fear a little bit! I was wearing Doc Martins! It was wild but that is how determined she was to fight this thing! But you know, if your mind is set a certain way and your body is afraid, it is really hard. One time we were in Pittsburgh and it was when she had a real hard rock album called “Come Upstairs.” We are playing and we are really rocking out. They would announce her and she would come out. This time was different though! She came out facing backwards. She was really almost unable to walk. She was turning away and, at a point, I saw her bend over and she was starting to wretch. It made us all feel for her. On one hand, you feel so bad for her but, on the other hand, you have so much respect! Can you imagine being so scared for something that you are going to vomit but still put yourself in that position and do it anyway? You don’t need the money! She did end up completing the concert but it got a little crazy. At one point she said to the audience, “I am feeling a little uncomfortable up here. Maybe if some of you came up on stage with me I would feel a little more like it wasn’t me against you.” As soon as she said that, everybody rushed the stage! I grabbed my horn and ran for the wings! [laughs] I just barely made it! They knocked over all my keyboards and there were all these people on the stage sitting there, giving her back rubs and stuff while she was singing! Oh boy! That was tough! After it was done, she sent all of us long handwritten notes to say she was so sorry. She paid us for the whole tour and she recounted conversations we had had on the bus while on tour. I really have so much respect for her and I think she is so great!

You also played with another musical legend — Tina Turner. I imagine that was quite a learning experience for you as well!

You know what? There is nobody better in the history of any form of music! I was with her for 15 years and, no matter what the circumstances, she worked hard! This is somebody who wanted to work hard! She knew she was setting herself up. She isn’t some sort of fluffy person. She is someone who really came up in the chitlin circuit, knew how to work, knew what it took and was really going to do this! She was working hard and singing two 2 1/2 hour shows for 4 or 5 nights a week! In that 15 years, I never heard one fraction of one note that couldn’t have been used on a record! That is how incredible a gift she has and a testament to the depth of her musicality and concentration.

Tina Turner and Timmy Cappello

Tina Turner and Timmy Cappello

You mentioned it being a learning experience. Like I said, I went to conservatory, studied jazz, knew a lot about harmony and rhythm, how to write it out and was a trained musician. Trained musicians, we can get a little snotty sometimes! “You don’t know what this chord is? You don’t know that it is a raised 5th and a flat 9?” She didn’t know any of that. I have to admit, I learned a lot from her and the way she saw music. She would say something like, “Oh, don’t play that chord that sounds like running water.” Or, “That is too blue. Give me more green.” My first thought as a music snob was, “Oh come on! I have to figure out what green or water means? Take some time and learn what a chord is!” That was my big mistake! It took me a few years to realize that if I could realize what she was saying by learning to speak her language, she was always right! She was always right and in a way that taught me so much. Her musical instincts are absolutely impeccable. People like to say, “Oh yeah, she’s got the great legs. She’s got a great voice. She’s a great singer and dancer. She is a great personality.” They talk about the hair and everything else. Those are all true but the thing I have the most respect for is as a band leader and a record producer. Very rarely did she take a credit as a record producer but, I swear, she knew everything everybody was playing and she knew how to make it better! The thing I take away most from that experience was that music isn’t about how literate you are in it or how much of the language you have learned, it’s about the feeling. It is a language that conveys emotion and things that are deeper than emotion. The stuff like what note or chord it is, it is really secondary. I was so lucky to be around one of the major musical forces of the late 20th century! She truly is amazing!

You have seen and experienced so much as a musician. Looking back on your career what is the best lesson we can take away from the journey?

Ya know, I am not really sure. I mean, it’s not like you are sitting here talking to Al Green or someone with an incredible musical vision like Tina Turner, James Taylor or Joni Mitchell. I am really just a trenches guy. I have been very lucky, like I said, that the people I knew were able to drag me along with them and to be around a lot of great people. I was always just a guy waiting around for the phone to ring. You know what I mean? You’re a sideman or a person who is there to support other people. You still have to get your chops together so you don’t mess up and keep them together. You have to learn to play and sing in tune so you are able to support these people!

Timmy Cappello

Timmy Cappello

When I was a kid, one of my heroes was Captain Beefheart. To me, “Trout Mask Replica” was the ultimate in musical originality and bringing music forward. I keep saying this to my wife and she is really getting tired of hearing it but music should go forward. Maybe it is because I am an old guy now but I feel like music should progress. Progressive is sort of the way I think of myself, both politically and musically. If you look from Louis Armstrong to Lester Young to Charlie Parker to Joe Henderson, and I would put Lennie Tristano in there too, it moved. If you look at Little Richard to The Beatles to James Brown to Sly and The Family Stone to Steely Dan, it moves. The thing that makes me a little sad now is that it has stopped moving. Now, with the Internet, you really have to do a lot of searching to find great bands and music. These huge corporations now own all of the music that everyone really hears in the culture as a whole. They are so huge and they put all of this music through such a tight meat grinder that a crazy genius like Sly Stone or James Brown could never make it now. Quite frankly, I am a very positive person, I like to stay positive and there are lots of things that I like but if I hear one more guy warming Van Morrison up yet again with those same four chords and slightly growly voice, I am gonna vomit! Ya know what I mean? It is so important that things move. You are much younger than I am. You grew up using the Internet to search for music and you’ve told me you have trouble finding really great stuff because there is so much out there. Sometimes I think I am just becoming an old curmudgeon. Ya know, my father hated our music! Every generation does that! Ya know, I find myself wondering, “Where are all the crazy people?” If you don’t have a wild man like James Brown or someone like Captain Beefheart, you can’t have Tom Waits. If you don’t have these really progressive wild men and women, how is anything going to move anywhere? When I listen to the radio, I hear the Van Morrison rip-offs and the dance music divas. The big thing that seems to catch everyone’s attention is when they mix country music with dance music or throw a little of this with a little of that and that is what gets everybody excited. I don’t know. To me, that is my big question. How are we going to go forward?

Your original question on what lesson I have learned is almost a negative one. I was absolutely positive that music would just keep evolving and changing. I think around the Reagan era, we hit a speed bump that we have yet to get over. Obviously, I grew up in the ‘60s and there was just so much going on at the time. A lot of it I hated! [laughs] I mean, I am not a Grateful Dead fan and I wasn’t a fan of a lot of the groups that came out. When I heard a lot of them, I thought, “Oh my god! Just go home and practice a tiny bit!” But during that period, there were just so many new sounds. We had “Rock Around The Clock” and then 10 years later you had Sly and The Family Stone and funk! Things were just popping up like crazy!

I always really, really wanted to do something different but I never really achieved it. I had a band when I was in my mid to late 20s. It was around the time CBGB’s was big with new wave and punk. The band was called The Ken Dolls. I really wanted to do something different. I wanted to take the outer reaches of what I thought I could do and try to live there for awhile. We were really against the grain. We were very dense harmonically when everybody was super simple and when the CBGB’s scene was very aggressive. We were very overtly sexual in a very positive way as opposed to a dark S&M kind of way. No matter what, I can say I was the only band ever banned from CBGB’s for being too blue! Hilly Kristal was the owner of CBGB’s. We were getting Friday and Saturday nights and we were packing them in. Everybody loved it but he said, “I can’t hang with this. I don’t like this.” We would show movies and there was a little bit of nudity but, believe me, it wasn’t bad by anybody’s standards. It was Redd Foxx as opposed to some of the comics now that are so dirty. It was suggestive. At least I have something for my gravestone! [laughs]

You led quite a life before my generation discovered you in “The Lost Boys.” This character, who was on screen for a few moments, caught on with so many people. When did you discover this character became an icon? Did you realize you were having an influence on people?

Umm, like a year ago! [laughs] It’s funny. I did 10 years of touring, which is a tough life, before I got into Tina Turner’s band. I toured 15 years with her and did a couple of tours with Ringo Starr’s All-Starr Band. It is a hard life and one that you put everything into. If you don’t want to drink and take drugs, it takes so much discipline. It’s hard. So, I did 15 years with Tina and, at this point, it is such a footnote. When I go somewhere, no one ever says, “Oh, you are the guy from Tina Turner’s band!” Nope. It’s always “The Lost Boys.” [laughs] It is such a fluke because it took two hours out of my life to shoot that scene! You work so hard and the thing you get known for is so much smaller! I flew off to Santa Cruz in the afternoon, put on that outfit and went to the set. We did two takes and we were back having a party in Corey Haim’s room by like 10 o’clock! I am so happy for it though. I guess that is the thing, you do things with a good heart, hope for the best and then you get lucky. You sorta have to be preparing for it even though you don’t know you are preparing for it. For example, MTV in the ‘80s was a big deal to kids. Tina Turner had a lot of videos that I was in and that is how I got the role. People call me up with projects like “Miami Vice,” different TV shows or movies, just from doing her stuff. The roles were usually something like a psychotic killer, a drug dealer or something like that.

Timmy Cappello performs live for hundreds of adoring fans at Spooky Empire.

We Still Believe: Timmy Cappello performs live for hundreds of adoring fans at Spooky Empire.

It is really interesting because I hear a lot of people talking about the song I sing in that movie in positive terms. For a long while, people were really making fun of me for it. To many people it was liking it in the way you might like “Plan 9 From Outer Space.” People were liking it because it was wrong funny in just the right way. I agree with that! I really do! I always wanted things to be a little wrong. I was always trying to push it. I did a movie with Bob Dylan that is so bad that it literally killed the director! It was called “Hearts of Fire.” This is literally one of the worst movies of all time. There is a scene that actually shocked me. I was a drummer in the movie and I would get the most wrong outfits that I could possibly get and put them on. Another example is, when I played with Carly, she would say, “Whatever you can do! Take it out as much as you can!” I was in LA and I found this big fish head from like an old Esther WIlliams movie. I came out in this little leotard with the big fish head and I was blowing! It would make her happy! I came out in a diaper and baby bonnet another time, things that you really shouldn’t do. Finally, I just came out in a leather G-string and a dog collar and leash and made her pull me out on stage! We all had a good time with it until the reviews came in! [laughs] The manager called me up and said, “Hey. The reviews are in. Bring your pants! This shall not stand.” [laughs] The really wild thing was when people started going online and you could have a bulletin board, website or chatroom. People at that time could just say you were gay and that was the biggest insult you could hurl at somebody. What an incredible time we live in that now that is just gone! Thank the Lord! You can’t say that now! In certain ways we live in great times!

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You couldn’t be more right! What has you excited these days when it comes to playing live?

I really love this reggae/jazz band I play in called Island Head. That is a really, really fun thing for me! I grew up as a jazz player and I love to make music so much! It is a really excellent band! That has been really fun. You asked me if earlier I knew I was having an influence on people. No. Until Eben McGarr of Mad Monster Party called me nine months ago and said, “Would you like to do this thing? There are a lot of people who would like to meet you.” I had absolutely no idea! I kind of feel like I have a new lease on life in a certain way musically. Like I said, I am still a trenches guy! On the weekends, I got my tux on and go out and do gigs. It’s not easy to make a living as a saxophone player. The instrument is almost totally out of popular music. We just have to do whatever we can do from session work to playing weddings to playing company parties to playing clubs for not a lot of money. You do what you can! To have this really feels great! A few hours ago, I saw a video of a group called The Darkness. Do you know them?

Absolutely! The Darkness is an amazing group of musicians from the UK. Actually, I interviewed Dan Hawkins, the guitarist, earlier this year for their latest album, “The Last of Our Kind.” They are a great group of guys and amazing musicians.

Cool! I saw this video and someone asked them if they had any influences or people they would really like to play with that people wouldn’t guess and they started talking about me! [Check out The Darkness discussing Timmy Cappello here] They said they would really like to collaborate! I guess I am going to call these dudes! It feels like such a wonderful time to get out there and be with people. I am kind of a loner, so to get out and meet a bunch of people and talk with you is really so much fun for me! It is something I never thought would happen. Before that Saturday Night Live thing they did about me, I always felt like, “Oh, don’t ever tell anybody that is who you were because people will laugh and say you are just an inside joke.” Since doing this and meeting people that is not the case at all! I was just being kind of paranoid!

It is so cool to hear you are enjoying this time. It’s a whole new chapter in your story, man!

Yeah! I am getting out there and meeting people. In 2016, I am definitely going to put out my first solo record!

That is awesome! What can we expect?

I may have a couple of originals but, for the most part, it is going to be some of the songs that I just love to perform and will give my own twist to! It’s definitely going to happen over the next year. I am sort of in the stage of picking the players, picking the tunes and figuring out how I want to make it. I feel confident that it will definitely happen in the next year! It really is a wonderful time for me!

I am looking forward to hearing about how you put it all together! I am sure we will have a lot to talk about! Thanks for all of your time today, my friend! We will be spreading the word on all you have going on!

Yeah! Thank you so much, Jason. It has been a pleasure and I really appreciate it!

Editor’s Note: Shortly after our interview, Timmy Cappello was connected with The Darkness! With a little luck, we will be hearing some big things in the near future. In the meantime, accept no substitutes, be sure to connect with Timmy on social media via Facebook

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Blu-ray Review: Flashback to The 80s With ‘Killer Workout’ (A.K.A. Aerobicide)

Blu-ray Review: Flashback to The 80s With ‘Killer Workout’ (A.K.A. Aerobicide)

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‘Killer Workout’

This week, our reside horror geek and aficionado of edge, Jeremy Morrison, takes a look at a cult classic — KILLER WORKOUT (A.K.A. AEROBI-CIDE) 1986. First, let’s take a walk down memory lane with a quick synopsis:

Disclaimer: Killer Workout is presented using the best available elements provided by Slasher // Video. Not sourced from an HD Master; remastered from from PAL Beta SP and upconverted to BluRay and DVD specifications.

Going to the gym may be hazardous to your health. In fact, it could kill you.

Valerie, a model with a promising career, Valerie heads out to the local fitness club to use their sun-tanning bed. She needs to look her best for her Cosmopolitan magazine cover shoot. Alas, Valerie’s visit will end in tragedy when the machine malfunctions, burning her to death. Despite Valerie’s death being a public relations nightmare, things are back up and running at the club with the iron-fisted Rhonda (Marci Karr, Maniac Cop) in charge. But tragedy is lurking just around the corner when another club member is soon found stabbed to death. Enter Lieutenant Morgan (David James Campbell, Scarecrows), the cop on the case. Tasked with solving the crimes, he’s in for more than he expected as the body count rises. Who’s behind the grizzly slayings? What’s their motive? And, who will be the next victim?

Slasher // Video presents Killer Workout, directed by David A. Prior (Deadly Prey, The Deadliest Prey) and starring Ted Prior (Deadly Prey), Marcia Karr (Maniac Cop), David James Campbell (Scarecrows) and Fritz Matthews (The Deadliest Prey).

REVIEW: Well folks, good news and bad news… Killer Workout has made its way to bluray via Olive Films, however the transfer looks to be the equivalent of a VHSPS bootleg found at your local convention scene. Props to Olive though on putting a big disclaimer on how the transfer was actually remastered from a PAL Beta SP, converted up to bluray specs. While watching this lost slasher from the 80s, it is a bit jarring to see film quality jump from mediocre to dreadful in the middle of a shot, but I guess it is somewhat forgiven seeing as how they had to make the discs. At the end of the day I would assume only die-hard fans and completists of slashers relics from the era would actually shell out the cash to add this disc to their collections.

The film itself is a lot of fun if you can accept the flaws and move on. Taking advantage of the aerobics craze of the 80s, Killer Workout looks to cash in on some fun gore splashed across neon workout attire. At one point early on I asked myself what would The Toxic Avenger be without the worlds first hideously deformed super human hero from New Jersey, and the answer is: I think I was watching it. Released two years post Toxie, the set piece of Rhonda’s Work-Out is chock full of scantily clad men and women looking to get their sweat on while simultaneously avoiding (some more successfully than others) a crazed killer looking to use various gym equipment to dispose of the patrons.

The disc is given a few extras such as a photo gallery, original title sequence, and the trailer. In today’s age of bare bones releases, this disc feels as jam packed as it gets.

Overall, Killer Workout is a fun watch if you’re up for some cheesy dialogue, cool splatter, and boobs. Check it out through Olive Films and SLASHER // VIDEO.

Jeremy Morrison – Staff Writer
Co-creator/host of the Acid Pop Cult Podcast, film reviewer, screenwriter, Jeremy has more than eight years experience in television and film production. His childhood fascination with the naked breasts featured in the “Friday the 13th” franchise prepared him for absolutely nothing in life. J-Mo lives by one motto: #wecantallbezacksnyder
Twitter: @acidpopcult
IG: @almostgothim

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Blu-ray Review: Rediscovering Tim Kincaid’s Cult Classic ‘Breeders’ (1986)

Blu-ray Review: Rediscovering Tim Kincaid’s Cult Classic ‘Breeders’ (1986)

'Breeders'

‘Breeders’

“Fearing that their city is the target of a serial rapist, Manhattan Detective Dale Androtti (Lance Lewman, Riot On 42nd Street) finds an unlikely ally in Dr. Gamble Pace (Teresa Farley, Bad Girls Dormitory) when they are teamed up to investigate the brutal crimes. Their suspicions, unbelievable as they may seem, will lead them to a terrifying discovery that an alien life form is impregnating women to reproduce his species. The terrifying Breeders, written and directed by Tim Kincaid (Mutant Hunt) co-stars Frances Raines (Disconnected) and Natalie O’Connell (Bad Girls Dormitory).”

Where has “Breeders” been all my life? Filmed in 1986 back-to-back with “Mutant Hunt,” Tim Kincaid’s “Breeders” is a heavy hangin’ sci-fi horror gem that is sure to leave audiences reaching for their remotes to pause and rewind on more than a dozen occasions. More often than not when you pop in a “alien monster living under the city while preying on the cute, innocent virgin community,” you know, that ol’ tale, you expect to see some cheesy rubber suited monsters running amuck. But “Breeders” features some of the most well exectued practical effects this particular subgenre has to offer. A film that predates Species by almost a decade, Tim Kincaid’s effort is obviously, at least I hope, targeted toward the raincoat crowd that once populated 42nd Street, instead of hiding it’s skin-flick status amongst the would-be stars of yesterday.

Olive Films has done wonders with the 1080p transfer, and surprisingly the 2.0 mix leaves very little to be desired. The vibrant Manhattan set pieces scream pure 80s nostalgia. And the characters pop from the screen. Featuring only a trailer as a special feature, I can see some collectors wanting more from the release, but I honestly feel it suits the film perfectly. Had Olive thrown on a BTS or Retrospective, I would assume it would take something from the presentation. The less I know about the making of this movie, the better it plays.

Bottom line, “Breeders” is a very fun watch. A perfect flick to throw on with some friends after you’re about a six pack in.

You can purchase ‘Breeders directly from Olive Films at this location – Click Here. Be sure to follow them on Facebook and Twitter for info on all of their epic releases!

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THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW: 40th Anniversary Celebration To Be Highlighted By Re-Mastered Limited-Edition  Soundtrack

THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW: 40th Anniversary Celebration To Be Highlighted By Re-Mastered Limited-Edition Soundtrack

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40 years after movie audiences began singing along to such hits as “The Time Warp,” “Sweet Transvestite” and “Dammit Janet,” THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW fans can own a piece of history with the newly re-mastered ABSOLUTE TREASURES soundtrack. Due out July 31 on Ode Sounds & Visuals and distributed by The Orchard, the soundtrack will be available as a limited-edition red vinyl two-disc set, and CD and as a digital release, which includes a bonus track will be available on August 21.

The red vinyl was created to honor the film’s legacy and the devotion from fans to create something unique to celebrate this historic occasion.  “THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW has always had a mind of its own fueled by the insight and direction of its fans,” says producer, Lou Adler.

The influence of the cult classic, which has been entertaining movie audiences since its debut, now spans four generations.  “I recently heard a story about a man who went to see Rocky in the early 70’s,” says Adler.  “He later had a daughter who went to see Rocky in the 90’s, and she now has a son, who just turned 15, and is seeing Rocky in the 2000’s.  Proves that what I always said: ‘Rocky Horror is a family film.’  Because THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW is generally screened at midnight, age is a factor.  But as tweens become teens, they come to be the next generation of fans.  THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW is in a way a right of passage.”

The digital release of ABSOLUTE TREASURES will include the movie’s vocal version of “The Sword of Damocles.” According to soundtrack producer Richard Hartley, “There were two artists who recorded ‘The Sword of Damocles.’  Director, Jim Sharman and I were looking/listening for the ‘Glam’ rock sound of a Bowie and or a T. Rex.  We wanted a falsetto voice for Rocky, because after all he was just born.  The vocal performance in the film is that of an Australian singer.  It was recorded live on the set–I think on the 19th of December 1974. And that’s the version that’s in the film.  The one that has been included on soundtrack albums is the alternate take by one of the backing singers, which was used as something for the actor playing Rocky to mime to.”

**”The Sword of Damocles,” movie version, digital bonus track will be available on the ABSOLUTE TREASURES soundtrack at iTunes, Amazon and all digital stores, as well as available free of charge on The Rocky Horror Fan Club SoundCloud at https://soundcloud.com/rockyhorrorfanclub.

THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW–the longest distributed theatrical release in motion picture history–debuted as a London theatre production in June 1973.  The show came to America in 1974 with nine months of performances at Adler’s Roxy Theatre in Los Angeles.  On September 26, 1975, THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW held its U.S. premiere at the UA Westwood Theatre in Los Angeles.

THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW ABSOLUTE TREASURES track listing is as follows:

Science Fiction/Double Feature

Dammit Janet

Over At The Frankenstein Place

The Time Warp

Sweet Transvestite

The Sword of Damocles

I Can Make You A Man

Hot Patootie – Bless My Soul

I Can Make You A Man (Reprise)

Touch-A,Touch-A, Touch Me

Once In Awhile

Eddie

Planet Schmanet Janet

Planet Hot Dog

Rose Tint My World

A.  Floor Show

B.  Fanfare/Don’t Dream It

C.  Wild And Untamed Thing

I’m Going Home

Super Heroes

Science Fiction/Double Feature (Reprise)

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Scream Factory To Unleash The Terror of ‘Blacula’ and ‘Scream, Blacula, Scream’ This March

Scream Factory To Unleash The Terror of ‘Blacula’ and ‘Scream, Blacula, Scream’ This March

A true cult classic!

A true cult classic!

The eternally cool William Marshall puts a fresh spin on the age-old legend of the vampire, condemned to wander the Earth with an insatiable lust for blood in the riveting Blaxploitation classics Blacula and Scream, Blacula, Scream. Available on March 3rd, 2015 for the first time on Blu-ray, the double feature release also includes features a brand-new audio commentary track by author/film historian/filmmaker David F. Walker and a new  interview with actor Richard Lawson (Scream, Blacula, Scream). Fans can pre-order their copies by visiting ShoutFactory.com

Set in 1780, Blacula is the tale of African Prince Mamuwalde (Marshall), who pays a visit to Count Dracula in Transylvania, seeking his support in ending slave trade. Instead, the evil count curses his noble guest and transforms him into a vampire! Released from his coffin nearly two centuries later by a pair of luckless interior decorators, Mamuwalde emerges as “Blacula,” one strange dude strollin’ the streets of L.A. on a nightly quest for human blood!

Blacula lives! This scintillating sequel, Scream, Blacula, Scream, pits voodoo power against vampire fury! Willis Daniels (Richard Lawson), the son of a late high priestess, seeks revenge on the cultists who have chosen his foster sister Lisa (Pam Grier) as their new leader. Hoping to curse Lisa, Willis unwittingly resurrects Blacula’s earthly remains – and unleashes the Prince of Darkness and his freaked-out army of the undead!

Blacula and Scream, Blacula, Scream Special Features:

  • New audio commentary on Blacula with author/film historian/filmmaker David F. Walker (Reflections on Blaxploitation: Actors and Directors Speak)
  • New  interview with actor Richard Lawson (Scream, Blacula, Scream)
  • Theatrical Trailers

Shout! Factory will continue to present the on-going SCREAM FACTORY™ home entertainment series in 2015 with specific release dates, extras and key art.  Meanwhile, fans  are encouraged to visit the Scream Factory website (www.screamfactorydvd.com), follow them on Facebook (www.facebook.com/ScreamFactoryDVD) and Twitter (www.Twitter.com/@Scream_Factory) or to view exclusive video content on YouTube(http://www.youtube.com/user/ScreamFactoryTV/Home).

About Shout! Factory

Shout! Factory, LLC is a diversified multi-platform entertainment company devoted to producing, uncovering, preserving and revitalizing the very best of pop culture. Founders Richard Foos, Bob Emmer and Garson Foos have spent their entire careers sharing their music, television and film favorites with discerning consumers the world over. Shout! Factory’s DVD and Blu-Ray™ offerings serve up feature films, classic and contemporary TV series, animation, live music and comedy specials in lavish packages crammed with extras. Shout’s audio division boasts GRAMMY®-nominated box sets, new releases from storied artists, lovingly assembled album reissues and indispensable “best of” compilations. In addition, Shout! Factory maintains a vast digital distribution network which delivers video and audio content to all the leading digital service providers in North America.  Shout! Factory also owns and operates Timeless Media Group, Biograph Records, Majordomo Records, HighTone Records and Video Time Machine. These riches are the result of a creative acquisition mandate that has established the company as a hotbed of cultural preservation and commercial reinvention. Shout! Factory is based in Santa Monica, California. For more on Shout! Factory, visit www.shoutfactory.com

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‘Class of Nuke ‘Em High’ To Receive Limited Edition Vinyl Soundtrack Release

‘Class of Nuke ‘Em High’ To Receive Limited Edition Vinyl Soundtrack Release

'Class of Nuke 'Em High' Soundtrack

‘Class of Nuke ‘Em High’ Soundtrack

The Ship to Shore Phonograph Company announced today that the soundtrack to the Troma classic Class of Nuke ‘Em High will finally get an official release, something fans have been waiting for since 1986!  In conjunction with Troma, Ship To Shore have collated the glorious 80’s anthems that made the soundtrack such a highly demanded item, and will release it to the public – on gloriously thick 180g vinyl!

The LP is now available for pre-order at  shiptoshore.storenvy.com and will street on November 11, 2014.

Featuring artwork originally created for Skuzzles’ sold out Class of Nuke em High poster by Godmachine, the soundtrack will be limited to 1,000 copies. 700 copies will be on high quality 180 gram black vinyl, and 300 on special “Dewey’s Meltdown” splattered vinyl. Each song has been meticulously remastered for optimum stereophonic listening pleasure, so fans can now enjoy them the way they the artists intended them.

Track listing is as follows:

  1. Nuke ‘Em High – Ethan & the Coup
  2. Emotional Rufugee – David Behennah
  3. Rock ‘N’ Roll Paradise – Stormbringer
  4. Angel – GMT
  5. Much Too Much – The Smithereens
  6. Run For Your Life – Stratus (feat. Clive Burr of Iron Maiden)
  7. We Are One – Ethan & the Coup (exclusive bonus track, never before released!)
  8. Class of Nuke ‘Em High Part 2 Theme

Inside the sleeve you can expect liner notes from director Lloyd Kaufman and theme song composer Ethan Hurt, along with never-before-seen production stills and behind-the-scenes production photos from the movie.    And because the portable record player was never invented – at least successfully – each LP will also include an MP3 download of the full album, featuring exclusive track-by-track commentary by Troma President and Class of Nuke ‘Em High co-director Lloyd Kaufman! For an exclusive sampler of the album, visit:

The album can only be ordered directly from the Ship To Shore Media webstore (shiptoshore.storenvy.com), and due to its limited run it is expected to sell out fast!

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Scream factory To Release ‘Sleepaway Camp’ Collector’s Edition On May 27th!

Scream factory To Release ‘Sleepaway Camp’ Collector’s Edition On May 27th!

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‘Sleepaway Camp’

Welcome to Camp Arawak, where teenagers learn to experience the joys of nature, as well as each other.  But when these happy campers begin to die in a series of horrible “accidents”, they discover that someone – or something – has turned their summer of fun into a vacation to dismember.

Fans of celebrated cult film writer/producer/director Robert Hiltzik know well the shocking tale of cult slasher thriller SLEEPAWAY CAMP (1983).  Hailed by fans and critics alike as one of the all-time greatest twisted endings in horror film cinema, this film spawned a sleuth of popular SLEEPAWAY CAMP sequels.  On May 27, 2014, SCREAM FACTORY™ invites loyal fans and horror enthusiasts to relive the thrills and suspense of this all-time 80s cult slasher classic when SLEEPAWAY CAMP Collector’s Edition Blu-ray, packed with insightful bonus content and all-new interviews, arrives on home entertainment shelves in the U.S and Canada. This definitive collector’s edition also contains a collectible cover, featuring newly rendered retro-style artwork, a reversible cover wrap with original theatrical key art. A must-have for collectors to their entertainment library, SLEEPAWAY CAMP Collector’s Edition Blu-ray is priced to own at $29.93 SRP.

***Avid fans and collectors please take note: those who order SLEEPAWAY CAMP Collector’s Edition Blu-ray from ScreamfactoryDVD.com will receive the exclusive 18”x24” poster featuring the newly commissioned artwork!  These are only available while supplies last.***

Pre-order now at: SCREAM FACTORY or AMAZON

After a terrible boating accident killed her family, shy Angela Baker (Felissa Rose, Return To Sleepaway Camp) went to live with her eccentric Aunt Martha and her cousin Ricky.

This summer, Martha decides to send them both to Camp Arawak, a place to enjoy the great outdoors. Shortly after their arrival, a series of bizarre and violent “accidents” begin to claim the lives of various campers. Has a dark secret returned from the camp’s past…or will an unspeakable horror end the Summer season for all?

From its grisly makeup effects to the truly shocking, and unforgettable, climax, Sleepaway Camp is no ordinary slasher film…it’s a cult classic!

BONUS FEATURES:

  • New 2K scan of the original camera negative
  • New Commentary with actors Felissa Rose (“Angela”) and Jonathan Tiersten (“Ricky”)
  • New Commentary with writer/director Robert Hiltzik, moderated by SleepawayCampMovies.com webmaster Jeff Hayes
  • Original Audio Commentary with writer/director Robert Hiltzik and star Felissa Rose
  • At the Waterfront After the Social: The Legacy of Sleepaway Camp – new interviews with Robert Hiltzik, Felissa Rose, Jonathan Tiersten, Paul DeAngelo (“Ronnie”), Karen Fields (“Judy”), Desiree Gould (“Aunt Martha”), Frank Saladino (“Gene”) and make-up FX artist Ed French.
  • Judy – a short film by Jeff Hayes starring Karen Fields
  • Princess – A Music Video by Jonathan Tiersten
  • Camp Arawak Scrapbook – still gallery
  • Theatrical Trailer & TV Spots

 

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