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PACK UP THE CATS: Local H’s Scott Lucas Reflects On Making Their Iconic Album!

PACK UP THE CATS: Local H’s Scott Lucas Reflects On Making Their Iconic Album!

Local H’s Ryan Harding and Scott Lucas

Best known for their blistering live shows and unforgettable alternative rock radio hits, alt-rock, power-duo Local H is a band that continues to defy the odds. While rock ‘n’ roll superstardom has continued to elude the band over the past 3 decades, it hasn’t stopped them forging ahead. As a result, they have constructed a solid string of underrated independent rock albums. 2018 marks the 20th anniversary of their iconic concept album, “Pack Up The Cats.” The album, produced by Queen’s legendary producer Roy Thomas Baker, included timeless 1990s anthems “All-Right (Oh Yeah)” and “All The Kids Are Right,” which solidified Local H as a leader in the alternative music genre, ranking in at #20 on Spin’s list of the 20 best albums of 1998, #17 on Robert Christgau’s 1998 Dean’s List, and #2 on Chicago Tribune’s list of the best albums of 1998. To celebrate the musical milestone, the band will be bringing the album, performed in its entirety, to audiences across the nation. The tour is set to kick off on September 2nd in Uncasville, Connecticut and will wrap up on November 19th in Chicago, Illinois.

While the band is excited to revisit their classic material, their sights remain firmly set on the future. The band recently joined forces with director Felix Piñeiro and Academy Award nominated Michael Shannon for the release of the band’s latest music video for their single “Innocents.” Shannon, who is best known for his roles in “Revolutionary Road,” “The Shape of Water,” and HBO‘s “Boardwalk Empire,” shines in his performance of a boy-shop welder that falls down a Lynchian rabbit-hole during a wild night drinking at a local bar. This powerful new song serves as a reminder that this criminally underrated band still has plenty of fuel left in the tank. Icon Vs. Icon recently caught up with the driving force behind Local H, frontman Scott Lucas, to discuss the past, present and future of the band. In the interview, Lucas offers a look inside the longevity of the band, the making of “Pack Up The Cats,” and what the future holds for them.

What went into discovering your creative voice as both an artist and a band?

I don’t know. I think we just kind of toiled around for a few years to try to figure that out. We were really into the records that were coming out on Sub Pop, so that was a big thing for us. That made us turn everything up and get dirtier. Going to see other bands and playing with those bands really meant a lot and really shaped us in those earlier years. From our first show to our first record was a span of about 4 or 5 years. It was just fucking around and fumbling in the dark, you know. There was a lot of that, along with losing members and finally whiddling it down to two pieces. Once it became a two-piece, I think that’s when we really started to get somewhere.

What lessons did you learn early on in year career that might have impacted you as a band?

All of those bands that we loved were all very DIY. Being independent, even when we signed to a major label, was very important. It wasn’t about trusting the whole process. For me, I always had one foot out the door with that kind of thing! Taking their money and helping to build what we had with being on tour and stuff like that was something we knew was finite. We knew it wasn’t going to last. A lot of those bands gave us a mistrust of that thing, which I think was healthy. I don’t think enough people have that.

What do you consider the keys to longevity for a long-lasting career in the music business?

For me, it’s just one part stubbornness and the other part is doing things you actually believe in. I mean, if you’re going to do something and you’re going to fail at it, at least you believe in it. Eventually, someone will come around and see that it wasn’t a failure and what these people were doing meant something. How many bands have you seen come out and sell 2 records but 20 years later they are filling football fields? It’s that kind of thing. They are headlining festivals because they believed in what they were doing and people can see that. Maybe not right away but eventually people will see that.

What goes into keeping a band like Local H moving forward?

You have to find ways to make it interesting. We’re always asking ourselves, “What are we going to do this time? Why would it be different this time? Why would people come out and see this band?” We try to keep it interesting and that goes for the records too. You always have to challenge yourself and challenge the people who like your band.

Where do you find yourself looking for inspirations these days?

Inspiration can come from anywhere. Lately, I’m impressed with bands that have been around for a long time. I went to see Pearl Jam the other night and they were great! I thought that was pretty inspirational, just to watch that show and see how they do it and the fact that people love them. I watched it and thought, “This is great!” It was really something to see.

Local H is celebrating the 20th anniversary of the release of “Pack Up The Cats.” Take us back to that time period. What was your creative headspace like at that time?

It was pretty good. I had a lot of ideas for that record. We had a big budget and we were in with a great producer, Roy Thomas Baker, so there basically wasn’t anything that we couldn’t do. If you could think of it, those guys would find a way to help us make it. We were doing everything! I mean, there are sounds of tape ripping on that record, which was actual gaff tape. We did every single thing you could think of to try to make sounds. No matter what we came up with, they were up for it and we had the resources to make it happen. I think that was the reason we were on a major label — to make that record. I still really like it.

Even though you had a solid arsenal of tools at your disposal, I’m sure you still encountered your share of challenges.

We had most of the record pretty well mapped out before we walked into the studio. We had made a couple of demos that we had sent to the record company. We had sent them Side One and Side Two. Everything was all sort of put together and all the songs sort of blended into each other. That was all sort of mapped up. Once we were there we just worked on making sure it sounded great. That was the main challenge. I honestly thought that we would sound different. I thought Roy was going to make us sound like Queen or something like that! [laughs] I had no idea! I was like, “Oh my God, we’re going to sound completely different.” I remember being bummed the first couple days thinking, “Oh fuck, we just sound like us!” [laughs] Later, I was like, “That’s it. No one is ever going to make you sound like anybody but yourself.” Queen sounds like Queen because they were Queen. Roy Thomas Baker is not going to sprinkle magic Queen dust on you!

Do any memories from that period jump out at you?

It’s funny because somebody posted this video of us recording at the place (check out the video at this location) and I just watched it yesterday. It actually brought back a lot of memories. Roy has a studio in Lake Havasu, Arizona. I remember driving around in that town and every day going to his studio. It was built into the base of a mountain, so it was like going to work at the Batcave everyday! [laughs] It was cool! There was a bar that we would go to every night called The Desert Martini. A Desert Martini was just a big glass of beer and they would put an olive in it. [laughs[ That was cool too. I had demos of Queens of The Stone Age’s first record and I was listening to that a lot during that period. Every day driving back and forth to work I’d be listening to the demos I had gotten from Josh [Homme]. That was also on this video and I had totally forgotten about that!

What impact did the “Pack Up The Cats” album have on you, both short and long term?

In a lot of ways, it almost broke the band. I think everyone thought this record was going to be huge. Everybody at the label thought it was going to be huge. All of our friends thought the same thing. Everybody thought this. When it didn’t take off, I think it kinda tainted us for quite awhile but it was the record that we wanted to make. It was also the record that the label wanted us to make. Nobody pressured us to make anything different but it just wasn’t the time. Nu-metal, rap rock and all that kind of stuff was on the ascendency and what we were doing, this sort of Pink Floyd-ish/Cheap Trick-ish pop record, just wasn’t what people wanted, I don’t think. It was just the wrong time for it. Plus, all the labels were merging and it was a mess! But, again, this is the record we wanted to make so at least we failed on our own terms.

Local H continue to pour their heart and soul into the music they love.

How do you view the creative dynamic of the band at this point in time?

I think at this point we know what we’re doing and we’re really good at it. We are probably better at it now than ever before. I mean, we did this tour over the summer with Everclear and they were honestly some of the best shows we’ve ever played. We were just killing night after night. It’s a really good feeling to know you can still do it!

Local H just put out some new music in the form of a single titled “Innocents.” What can you tell us about the songwriting process of the band. Has that it changed through the years?

It’s always kind of the same. It usually starts with a riff or I will be walking around and I’ll get a melody in my head. From there, I just scroll through my phone and jot shit down. That’s a big change! I’m now using my phone to jot things down instead of bar napkins! [laughs] I’ll just scroll through the phone and see if there is any interesting lyrics that I’ve put into there over the course of the year. If there is and it fits with the melody, then I will insert that into the song and work from there to fill in the pieces.

“Innocents” is a great song. The video you released features the great Michael Shannon. How did that come about?

We’ve know the director, Felix Piñeiro, for a few years. We were trying to come up with an idea for the video. I had an idea and he had one that was very similar but my idea was basically me in it, just walking around in this bar. His idea was, “No. Fuck you. Get Michael Shannon.” [laughs] We were just hanging around and I texted Michael. I said, “Do you want to shoot a video with us?” He just shot back, “Why not?” That was basically it!

Well, you certainly can’t ask for more than that and it’s pretty awesome!

Yeah! [laughs] That’s about as good as it gets!

You’re about to hit the road for a tour celebrating the 20th anniversary of “Pack Up The Cats.” What can fans expect and what has you excited about it?

Playing the record again is really exciting! We’ve been working really hard on it and we’re starting to get super comfortable with it. Now, it’s just a matter of getting out there and playing it in front of people. Just trying to recreate as many sounds from the record as possible is what we’ve been working on and making the whole thing flow. It’s like once you start, that’s it! All the songs bleed into each other, so there is very little room to stop and take a breath! It’s really fun to do!

Where do you stand in regard to new music? Where are things headed both short and long term?

Well, we have this tour over the next three months, so once that’s done it will be Thanksgiving, Christmas and all that crap. I think after this tour, it’s time to start thinking about a new record and time to make a new record!

Amen to that! That’s awesome to hear! Looking back on your career, how do you feel you have most evolved as an artist?

I don’t know. Maybe it’s best described as baby steps. [laughs] It’s hard to track your evolution while you’re in it, unless you are David Bowie or are constantly trying to push yourself to be something completely different. We’re not that kind of band but when you look back and see the different things you’ve tried, you do see there have been changes, you’ve tried different things and you’ve evolved at this or that. That is satisfying but while you’re in it… I can’t see any change. We’re just trying not to suck and that’s pretty much all there is! I feel pretty good about where we are and I’m thankful for it. At this point, since our last record, we’ve toured a lot and built up a lot of good will. I think the biggest challenge we face with this next record is not blowing it and delivering something that rewards the interest that people have shown in us.

What’s the best lesson we can take from the story of Local H?

I don’t know if we’re a good model for anything! [laughs] I just think it’s important to believe in what you do, you know. There is a lot of reasons to get into music but the only real reason is that you love the music. That’s the only right reason. You can get into music for money, fame or any number of bullshit reasons but the only thing that matters, honestly, is that you love it. If you don’t I don’t see why anybody would want to be in it.

Thanks for your time today, Scott! I’m looking forward catching you on tour and can’t wait to see what the future holds for you.

Right on. Thanks a lot, Jason.

For all the latest news and tour dates, visit the band’s official site at www.localh.com. Connect with the band on social media via Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Catch Local H on the “Pack Up The Cats” tour this Fall:

September
2 – Mohegan Sun Wolf Den, Uncasville, CT*
5 – The Sinclair Music Hall, Cambridge, MA
6 – Rough Trade NYC, Brooklyn, NY
7 – Asbury Lane, Asbury Park, NJ
8 – Underground Arts, Philadelphia, PA
10 – Rock and Roll Hotel, Washington DC
11 – Grog Shop, Cleveland Heights, OH
13 – A and R Music Bar, Columbus, OH
14 – The Hi-Fi Indianapolis, Indianapolis, IN
15 – Majestic Theatre, Madison, WI
16 – Empty Bottle, Chicago, IL

October
4 – Firebird, Saint Louis, MO
5 – Headliners Music Hall, Louisville, KY
6 – Exit/In, Nashville, TN
7 – The Masquerade- Hell Stage, Atlanta, GA
9 – Barracuda, Austin, TX
10 – Club Dada, Dallas, TX
12 – Riot Room, Kansas City, MO
13 – Spicoli’s Grill, Waterloo, IA
14 – Sleeping Village, Chicago, IL

November
2 – Shank Hall, Milwaukee, WI
3 – Amsterdam Bar & Hall, Saint Paul, MN
6 – The Crocodile, Seattle, WA
7 – Doug Fir Lounge, Portland, OR
9 – Harlow’s, Sacramento, CA
10 – Starline Social Club, Oakland, CA
12 – Roxy Theatre, West Hollywood, CA
13 – Marty’s On Newport, Tustin, CA
15 – The Urban Lounge, Salt Lake City, UT
16 – Larimer Lounge, Omaha, NE
17 – The Waiting Room, Papillion, NE
18 – Lincoln Hall, Chicago, IL

* Does not feature Pack Up The Cats Set

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First Trailer For Bart Freundlich’s ‘Wolves’ Released, To Hit Theaters In March

First Trailer For Bart Freundlich’s ‘Wolves’ Released, To Hit Theaters In March

Check out a new trailer for IFC Films upcoming drama, WOLVES, which hits theaters and On Demand on March 3, 2017. Written and directed by Bart Freundlich (World Traveler, The Myth of Fingerprints), the film stars Taylor John Smith ( “Cruel Intentions,” “American Crime,” Insidious: Chapter 3), Michael Shannon (Nocturnal Animals, Loving), Carla Gugino (Stephen King’s Gerald’s Game, “Wayward Pines,” “Roadies”), Zazie Beetz (“Atlanta”)
Chris Bauer (“The Wire,” “True Blood”) and John Douglas Thompson (Michael Clayton, A Most Violent Year).

Synopsis: From the famous courts of West 4th Street, to the tenements over looking the bridges of the lower east side, Wolves paints an original, diverse, and emotional portrait of a boy becoming a man in New York City.
18-year-old, Anthony Keller is a high school basketball star. Now in his senior year he is being recruited by Cornell University, a dream come true. Called “Saint” by everyone at his school (St. Anthony’s), he does his best to live up to his name. He is captain of his team, a good student, has a long time girlfriend and some good friends. But the ease with which he moves through his life is a facade. At home, Anthony struggles with his troubled Father, Lee Keller, (Michael Shannon) and his gambling addiction. Anthony’s Mother, Jenny, (Carla Gugino) has made it her mission to keep the family afloat but has done so only with great emotional and financial sacrifice.

As Anthony approaches the end of his senior year and the city finals, he is faced with adversity from all sides, and the stakes are high. He must find his own definition of what it means to be a man, both on and off the court, and in doing so he is confronted with the decision of a lifetime.

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Review: Zach Snyder’s Iconic ‘Man of Steel’ Explodes Onto Blu-ray!

Review: Zach Snyder’s Iconic ‘Man of Steel’ Explodes Onto Blu-ray!

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Over the past decade, films based on superheroes have exploded in popularity with the help of highly innovative and creative directors like Zack Snyder. His latest adventure as a director finds him taking on one of, if not the most beloved franchise’s in comic book history. Not only did Snyder step up to the plate with “Man of Steel” but he hit the ball out of the park, dominating the box office in the summer with a massive box office haul of over $662 million worldwide. It is no secret that superhero films have taken a turn from an often cartoony approach to a more human approach in recent years, following the impact of Christopher Nolan’s ‘Dark Knight’ trilogy. “Man of Steel” follows a similar path featuring a story by Christopher Nolan and David S. Goyer. A powerful re-imagining of Superman’s origins coupled with the personal challenges he faces in his journey is without a doubt what captivated audiences when the film exploded into theaters.

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An Epic Adventure!

The “Man of Steel” movie is film that is steeped in both action and plot. The film masterfully walks the tight rope of balancing complex issues as well such as what it means to be human with heavy hitting action sequences. Instantly captivating, the flick introduces us to the dying world of Krypton where Jor-El (Russell Crowe) places his infant son Kal-El into a tiny spacecraft and sends him across the stars to our planet. Meanwhile, Krypton’s military leader General Zod (Michael Shannon) attempts a coup but is defeated, earning him and his followers a one way ticket to The Phantom Zone. It is important to mention, the first fifteen minutes of the film has more action than was featured in the entirety of the franchise’s last outing, “Superman Returns.” After this masterfully played sequence, we find Clark Kent on Earth as an adult. Through flashbacks, we a given glimpses into the past the shaped the man who would become the World’s Greatest Hero. Eventually, Zod and his cronies escape The Phantom Zone and arrive on Earth for a knock-down, drag-out fight with our hero. What results is best described as a “full-throttle action extravaganza.” As a fan of the franchise, this is what many fans have been waiting for decades! Michael Shannon’s Zod goes down as one of his most memorable performances to date and the prefect compliment to Henry Cavill’s Man of Steel. Other standout performances include the portrayals of Superman’s two fathers, played by Kevin Costner and Russell Crowe. Both actor’s bring powerful and convincing deliveries which help to shape of view of the title character. That isn’t to say that the woman in his life are less influential. Diane Lane plays the role of Martha Kent to perfection, while Amy Adams as an understated Lois Lane. Adams was a terrific choice and approach to the character, providing her character plenty of room for growth in the films to come.

“Man of Steel” is both visually and technically stunning. It is a pleasure to see the film in all of it’s high definition glory on Blu-ray. It is what all summer blockbuster’s should be — highly-enjoyable outings that serve up epic spectacle, solid storylines and over the top action! Check out the details below on the special features that accompany this awesome release.

BLU-RAY SPECIAL FEATURES:

“Man of Steel” Blu-ray 3D Combo Pack, Blu-ray Combo Pack and 3D Limited Collector’s Edition contain the following special features:

· Journey of Discovery: Creating “Man of Steel” – This immersive feature-length experience allows you to watch the movie with director Zack Snyder and stars Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Diane Lane and others as they share the incredible journey to re-imagine Superman.

· Strong Characters, Legendary Roles – Explore the legendary characters of the Superman mythology and how they have evolved in this new iteration of the Superman story.

· All-Out Action – Go inside the intense training regimen that sculpted Henry Cavill into the Man of Steel and Michael Shannon and Antje Traue into his Kyptonian nemeses. Includes interviews with cast and crew.

· Krypton Decoded – Dylan Sprayberry (Clark Kent, age 13) gives the lowdown on all the amazing Krypton tech, weapons and spaceships featured in “Man of Steel.”

· Planet Krypton – The world’s first exploration of Krypton and its lost society.

Man of Steel is available via Blu-ray 3D Combo Pack for $44.95, on Blu-ray Combo Pack for $35.99, on DVD 2-disc Special Edition for $28.98, and as a 3D Collector’s Edition for $59.99.

The Blu-ray 3D Combo Pack features the theatrical version of the film in 3D, Blu-ray, and DVD. The Blu-ray Combo Pack features the theatrical version of the film on DVD and Blu-ray, as well as the special features disc.

The DVD 2-disc Special Edition features the theatrical version, and the 3D Limited Collector’s Edition features the theatrical version of the film in 3D Blu-ray, Blu-ray and DVD. It also includes a limited release metal “S” glyph with lucite glass stand.

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‘Man Of Steel’ Bursts Onto Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD and HD Digital Download 11/12!

‘Man Of Steel’ Bursts Onto Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD and HD Digital Download 11/12!

An Epic Adventure!

An Epic Adventure!

The fate of mankind is in the hands of one man when “Man of Steel” arrives ontoBlu-ray 3D Combo Pack, Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD 2-disc Special Edition, 3D Limited Collector’s Edition and Digital Download on November 12 from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment. In “Man of Steel,” Clark Kent is forced to confront his extraterrestrial past and embrace his hidden powers when Earth is threatened with destruction.

From Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Pictures comes “Man of Steel,” starring Henry Cavill in the role of Clark Kent/Kal-El under the direction of Zack Snyder.

The film also stars four-time Oscar® nominee Amy Adams (“The Master,” 2012), Oscar® nominee Michael Shannon (“Revolutionary Road,” 2008), Academy Award® winner Kevin Costner (“Dances with Wolves,” 1990), Oscar® nominee Diane Lane (“Unfaithful,” 2002), Oscar® nominee Laurence Fishburne (“What’s Love Got to Do with It,” 1993), Antje Traue, Ayelet Zurer, Christopher Meloni, and Academy Award® winner Russell Crowe (“Gladiator,” 1992).

“Man of Steel” is produced by Charles Roven, Christopher Nolan, Emma Thomas and Deborah Snyder. The screenplay was written by David S. Goyer from a story by Goyer & Nolan, based upon Superman characters created by Jerry Siegel & Joe Shuster and published by DC Entertainment. Thomas Tull, Lloyd Phillips and Jon Peters served as executive producers.

Man of Steel” will be available on Blu-ray 3D Combo Pack for $44.95, on Blu-ray Combo Pack for $35.99, on DVD 2-disc Special Edition for $28.98, and as a 3D Limited Collector’s Edition for $59.99.  The Blu-ray 3D Combo Pack features the theatrical version of the film in 3D hi-definition, hi-definition and standard definition; the Blu-ray Combo Pack features the theatrical version of the film in hi-definition and standard definition; the DVD 2-disc Special Edition features the theatrical version in standard definition; and the 3D Limited Collector’s Edition features the theatrical version of the film in 3D hi-definition, hi-definition and standard definition, and also includes a limited release metal “S” glyph with lucite glass stand.  The Blu-ray 3D Combo Pack, Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD 2-disc Special Edition and 3D Limited Collector’s Edition include UltraViolet* which allows consumers to download and instantly stream the standard definition theatrical version of the film to a wide range of devices including computers and compatible tablets, smartphones, game consoles, Internet-connected TVs and Blu-ray players.

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BLU-RAY AND DVD ELEMENTS

“Man of Steel” Blu-ray 3D Combo Pack, Blu-ray Combo Pack and 3D Limited Collector’s Edition contain the following special features:

  • Journey of Discovery: Creating “Man of Steel” – This immersive feature-length experience allows you to watch the movie with director Zack Snyder and stars Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Diane Lane and others as they share the incredible journey to re-imagine Superman.
  • Strong Characters, Legendary Roles – Explore the legendary characters of the Superman mythology and how they have evolved in this new iteration of the Superman story.
  • All-Out Action – Go inside the intense training regimen that sculpted Henry Cavill into the Man of Steel and Michael Shannon and Antje Traue into his Kyptonian nemeses.  Includes interviews with cast and crew.
  • Krypton Decoded – Dylan Sprayberry (Clark Kent, age 13) gives the lowdown on all the amazing Krypton tech, weapons and spaceships featured in “Man of Steel.”
  • Planet Krypton – The world’s first exploration of Krypton and its lost society.

“Man of Steel” DVD 2-disc Special Edition contains the following special features:

  • Strong Characters, Legendary Roles
  • All-Out Action
  • Krypton Decoded

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Check Out Brand New Trailer For “Boardwalk Empire” Season Three!

Check Out Brand New Trailer For “Boardwalk Empire” Season Three!

A brand new trailer for the much anticipated third season of BOARDWALK EMPIRE has been unveiled. Check it out below! ‘Boardwalk Empire’ stars Steve Buscemi, Kelly MacDonald, Michael Shannon, Stephen Graham and is created and executive produced by Terence Winter (The Sopranos). Be sure to mark your calendar for Sunday, September 16th at 9pm.

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Get In The Know With A ‘Boardwalk Empire’ Season Two Character Infographic!

Get In The Know With A ‘Boardwalk Empire’ Season Two Character Infographic!

Season Two of the critically acclaimed series, ‘Boardwalk Empire,’ kicks off on Sunday, September 25th at 9 PM on HBO! To get you in the know, there is a brand new infographic for the series that sheds some light on all of the key players involved! Check it out below and weigh in with your thoughts on the first episode of the season tonight after it airs!

About ‘Boardwalk Empire’ Season 2: Atlantic City, 1921: Though his fortunes have soared in the wake of the enactment of Prohibition, Nucky Thompson is paying a steep price for wielding ultimate power in “the world?s playground.” Following the ?20 election, Nucky finds himself the target of an investigation for voter fraud and faces not only jail, but insurrection by some of those he considered his closest allies.

 

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Relativity Acquires Marc Forster’s ‘Machine Gun Preacher’

Relativity Acquires Marc Forster’s ‘Machine Gun Preacher’

Relativity Media announced today that it has acquired North American rights from Lionsgate to theatrically market and distribute Machine Gun Preacher. Directed and produced by DGA and Golden Globe®-nominee Marc Forster (Finding NeverlandMonster’s Ball) and written by Jason Keller (Relativity’sUntitled Snow White Project), the film stars Gerard Butler (300) in a tour de force performance and will release in Los Angeles and New York on September 23, 2011.  The film will expand markets in the weeks to follow.  Lionsgate will continue to oversee international distribution on the film, working in partnership with Relativity.

The film also showcases powerful performances by an ensemble cast, including Michelle Monaghan (Due Date), Kathy Baker (Cold Mountain), Oscar®-nominee Michael Shannon (Revolutionary Road), Madeline Carroll (The Spy Next Door) and breakout actor Souleymane Sy Savane (Goodbye Solo).

Machine Gun Preacher is based on the true story of Sam Childers, a former drug-dealing criminal who finds faith leading him on a path to East Africa.  Shocked by the mayhem in Sudan, Childers becomes a crusader for hundreds of refugee children. Inspired to create a safe haven for the multitudes fleeing enslavement by the brutal Lord’s Resistance Army, he restores peace to their lives and eventually his own.

Producing are Relativity’s Robbie Brenner, Safady Entertainment’s Gary Safady and Craig Chapman, and GG Filmz’s Deborah Giarratana.

“This is a powerful story, and we feel strongly that it is one audiences need to see. Forster once again proves that he is among the best directors of our time and Butler delivers a career-defining performance bolstered by a rock solid supporting cast,” says Relativity’s President of Worldwide Production, Tucker Tooley.

“The film is blessed to have two passionate partners in Relativity and Lionsgate. I’m excited to be working with both companies to bring the incredible story of Sam Childers to the world. I’m really proud of my cast, and all of their hard work in making this movie that means so much to all of us personally,” said Forster.

“We have a longstanding relationship with Marc, and given that together we felt it was best for the film to be released domestically this year, we are very happy that Relativity is able to handle it,” says Mike Paseornek, Lionsgate’s President of Motion Picture Production and Development.

Looking ahead, Relativity will release David Ellis’ Shark Night 3D on September 2, 2011 and then the highly-anticipated Immortals on November 11, 2011, starring Henry Cavill, Stephen Dorff, Isabel Lucas, Freida Pinto, Luke Evans and Kellan Lutz with John Hurt and Mickey Rourke. The studio is in production on its Untitled Snow White Project (in theatres March 16, 2012), starring Lily Collins as Snow White, Oscar®-winner Julia Roberts as the evil Queen, Armie Hammer as Prince Andrew Alcott, and Nathan Lane as the hapless and bungling servant to the Queen. Relativity’s expansive 2012 slate also includes Haywire (in theatres January 20, 2012), Act of Valor (in theatres February 17, 2012), Untitled Raven Project (in theatres March 9, 2012), Untitled Farrelly/Wessler Project(in theatres April 13, 2012), House at the End of the Street (in theatres April 20, 2012), Safe Haven (in theatres June 1, 2012) and Hunter Killer (in theatres December 21, 2012).

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Michael Shannon To Star As General Zod In Zack Snyder’s ‘Man of Steel’

Michael Shannon To Star As General Zod In Zack Snyder’s ‘Man of Steel’

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Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Pictures announced today that Michael Shannon will star in the role of General Zod in director Zack Snyder’s new Superman film, titled “Man of Steel.”

Snyder stated, “Zod is not only one of Superman’s most formidable enemies, but one of the most significant because he has insights into Superman that others don’t. Michael is a powerful actor who can project both the intelligence and the malice of the character, making him perfect for the role.”

As General Zod, Shannon will go toe-to-toe with Henry Cavill, who plays the new Clark Kent/Superman in the film. The main cast also includes Amy Adams as Lois Lane, and Diane Lane and Kevin Costner as Martha and Jonathan Kent.

Michael Shannon was honored with an Academy Award® nomination for Best Supporting Actor for his role in Sam Mendes’ “Revolutionary Road,” with Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet. Shannon was most recently seen in the award-winning HBO drama series “Boardwalk Empire,” from executive producer Martin Scorsese. He will next be seen in Sony Pictures Classics’, “Take Shelter,” from director/writer Jeff Nichols.

Charles Roven, Emma Thomas, Christopher Nolan and Deborah Snyder are the producers of the film. The screenplay is being written by David S. Goyer based on a story by Goyer and Nolan. Thomas Tull and Lloyd Phillips are serving as executive producers.

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Boardwalk Empire: Episode 3 ‘Broadway Limited’ Preview Clips!

Boardwalk Empire: Episode 3 ‘Broadway Limited’ Preview Clips!

HBO’s ‘Boardwalk Empire’ has been the talk of the town since it’s debut. As a matter of fact, it has already been renewed for a second season! To get you ready for the next exciting installment for this season, HBO has released a preview trailer and 2 preview clips! ‘Broadway Limited’ will air October 3 at 9pm EST on HBO. Check out the clips below.

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HBO’s ‘Boardwalk Empire’ To Debut On September 19th!

HBO’s ‘Boardwalk Empire’ To Debut On September 19th!

HBO is at it again! From Terence Winter, Emmy Award-winning writer of “The Sopranos” and Academy Award-winning director Martin Scorsese, BOARDWALK EMPIRE is set in Atlantic City at the dawn of Prohibition, when the sale of alcohol became illegal throughout the United States. One of the fall season’s most anticipated releases, BOARDWALK EMPIRE will begin its 12-episode season on HBO this Sunday, Sept. 19, at 9pm. Check out some clips below and weigh in with your thoughts!

On the beach in southern New Jersey sat Atlantic City, a spectacular resort known as “The World’s Playground,” a place where the rules didn’t apply. Massive hotels lined its famous Boardwalk, which featured nightclubs, amusement piers and entertainment that rivaled Broadway. For a few dollars, a working man could get away and live like a king – legally or illegally.

The undisputed ruler of Atlantic City was the town’s treasurer, Enoch “Nucky” Thompson (Steve Buscemi), a political fixer and backroom dealer who was equal parts politician and gangster and equally comfortable in either role. Because of its strategic location on the seaboard, the town was a hub of activity for rum-runners, minutes from Philadelphia, hours from New York City and less than a day’s drive from Chicago. And Nucky Thompson took full advantage.

Along with his brother Elias (Shea Whigham), the town’s sheriff, and a crew of ward bosses and local thugs, Nucky carved out a niche for himself as the man to see for any illegal alcohol. He was an equal-opportunity gangster, doing business with Arnold Rothstein (Michael Stuhlbarg), “Big Jim” Colosimo (Frank Crudele), “Lucky” Luciano (Vincent Piazza) and Al Capone (Stephen Graham).

As BOARDWALK EMPIRE begins, Jimmy Darmody (Michael Pitt), Nucky’s former protégé and driver, returns home from the Great War, eager to get ahead and reclaim his rightful place in Nucky’s organization. But when Jimmy feels things aren’t moving quickly enough, he takes matters into his own hands, forming a deadly alliance with associates of Nucky’s that sets the Feds, led by Agent Nelson Van Alden (Michael Shannon), on his mentor’s tail. Complicating matters further is Nucky’s burgeoning relationship with Margaret Schroeder (Kelly Macdonald) a woman in an abusive marriage whom he tries to help.

The show also stars Michael Kenneth Williams as Chalky White, leader of the city’s African-American community; Dabney Coleman as Commodore Louis Kaestner, Nucky’s mentor; Paz de la Huerta as Nucky’s girlfriend Lucy; Aleksa Palladino as Angela, Jimmy Darmody’s Bohemian girlfriend and mother of their three-year-old son; Paul Sparks as Mickey Doyle; Anthony Laciura as Eddie Kessler; and Gretchen Mol as Gillian, a local showgirl with whom Nucky shares a long and complicated history.

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