Friday, October 31, 2008

FLASHBACK FRIDAY

This week's flashback is a "second stringer". Not that there is anything wrong with this song by any means, but it IS Halloween; so my first choice WAS going to be "Nightmare on My Street" by D.J. Jazzy Jeff & the Fresh Prince...

Stupid Deezer doesn't have that song available to listen to....


This week's song was written by one of rock's greatest bands of all time, so please enjoy this week's song: "Princes of the Universe" by Queen.


Discover Queen!


"Princes of the Universe", was released in 1986 from the album A Kind of Magic.



*Interesting Note*
While written specifically for the movie "HIGHLANDER", the song was released first on Queen's album, then later on the soundtrack for HIGHLANDER.

**Interesting Note # 2**
While not a chart topping hit for the band, it went on to become a cult classic, (due to the association with HIGHLANDER)and became the HIGHLANDER: THE SERIES theme song.

Saturday, October 18, 2008

Movie News

Here are some interesting little movie tidbits that I happened to come across from various places on the internet...

1. DON CHEADLE TO PILOT WAR MACHINE



Marvel's gotten Don Cheadle to fill the iron boots of Jim Rhodes for the role of "Iron Man's" Rhodey, that is rumored to be much larger and feature many more gatling guns and rocket launchers than it did in the first installment of the Iron Avenger's big screen adventures. Terence Howard, who previously played Rhodey in the first "Iron Man", won't be reprising his role reportedly due to financial differences that arose in negotiations for the actor's return.

*Taken from Wizard.com*


2. GOING BACK TO "WALL STREET"



This week 20th Century Fox announced they are going ahead with a proposed sequel to 1987's "Wall Street," which won Michael Douglas an Oscar for the role of tycoon Gordon Gekko. Called "Money Never Sleeps," it is said to pick up with Gekko re-entering the financial world after prison and finding it to be even more cutthroat than how he left it. Douglas has expressed interest in returning to the character, but says he won't commit until he reads the script.

*Taken from Yahoo! Movies*


3. ELEMENTARY, MY DEAR WATSON!



Robert Downey Jr. has just begun work playing another brilliant and iconic hero, "Sherlock Holmes." Downey was photographed on location in London this week in costume. He looks decidedly different than previous portrayals of the famed detective, wearing a bowler hat, neckerchief and striped vest. The movie is based on the comic book by Lionel Wigram, rather than an original Arthur Conan Doyle story. Directed by Guy Ritchie, it also stars Jude Law as Dr. Watson, Rachel McAdams as Holmes' love interest, and Mark Strong as the villainous Blackwood.

*Taken from Yahoo! Movies*

4. SPIDEY'S SWINGING BACK INTO MOVIES!



Tobey Maguire will return as Peter Parker & Sam Raimi will return as well, though Raimi's exact connection to the production seems a bit more up in the air. "I'm really excited about Spider-Man, and I'm hoping to direct it," said Raimi. "I don't have a script yet, but production would start probably by March of 2010, I'm guessing. It sounds like a long time away, but we need a script first, and a lot of pre-production has to take place."

*Taken from Yahoo! Movies!*

Friday, October 17, 2008

FLASHBACK FRIDAY

a very popular Irish band, The Cranberries. The song is one of their first (of many) number ones. One of my favorite all time songs, here is "Dreams" by the Cranberries.


"Dreams" was released on March 1, 1993 on the Cranberries first major release album Everybody Else Is Doing It, So Why Can't We?



**Interesting Note**
The song "Dreams", was featured in:
the movie You've Got Mail,
the show "JAG",
in a trailer for the movie The Babysitter's Club,
briefly in the movie The Next Karate Kid,
and as background music to the next to last scene of the film Mission: Impossible.

FLASHBACK FRIDAY

I missed last weeks flashback. Apologies on that! I still have to find more time to update my blog (in general) regularly, not just my Flashback Fridays!
Moving on, this weeks Flashback is from the popular hip hop group The Beastie Boys. While there were many songs that I could have chosen from their albums, I decided on one of their earliest releases. Here it is, "(You've Got To)Fight For Your Right(To Party)" by the Beastie Boys.


Discover Beastie Boys!


"Fight For Your Right" was released in 1986, the first single released from the Beasties Boys debut solo album Licensed to Ill.


*Interesting Note*
"Fight For Your Right" was named one of The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's 500 Songs that Shaped Rock and Roll.

**Interesting Note #2**
Ironically, the song was intended as a parody of party and attitude songs, such as "Smokin' In the Boys Room" and "I Wanna Rock."; however, the irony was lost on most listeners.

***Interesting Note # 3 ***
Licensed to Ill was the first rap LP to top Billboard's Pop Albums chart.

****Interesting Note # 4 ****
On the album cover for Licensed to Ill, the tail of the plane has the legend '3MTA3' which spells 'EATME' when viewed in a mirror.

Monday, October 13, 2008

Artist of the Week: DREW STRUZAN

WOW! When I finally learned the artist's name that did some of my favorite movie posters (probably of all time), I went and researched him. Not only did I find out that he was a spectauclar artist (which I already knew from the posters I love), but I found out that he did some of the most famous (and not so famous) movie posters from the 70s to today. I just learned that he is retiring! He has been involved in creating some of the most iconic movie posters for some iconic movies. He was known as the "unofficial" movie artist for Jim Henson's Muppets. I tried to be fair, and show case some of his art, as well as some of his movie posters. Enjoy this week's artist, the "Movie Poster Maven", DREW STRUZAN....

STAR WARS (Special Edition Posters) combined together


ARTWORK

Han Solo


Albert Einstein


Abe Lincoln


A Gorilla


MOVIE POSTERS

This is one of the posters from the movie "Goonies"


This is one of many posters from "An American Tail"


This is the poorly done "Masters of the Universe"


This is from the "Police Academy" series. Drew stopped after the fourth one I believe....


This is from the "Star Wars" series of movies...Drew has done all the posters for all of the movies.


This is from the "Indiana Jones" series of movies...once again, Drew has done all of the posters for all of the movies.


This is from the "Back to the Future" series of movies...like before, he has done all of the posters for all of the movies.


This is from the "Harry Potter" series....I don't believe he has done all of the posters. I think he only did the first two, maybe three.


To see the complete list (and year) of Drew's posters, please go here.

To see Drew's work, visit Drew's website here.

Friday, October 3, 2008

Flashback Fridays

I decided to go really old shcool on this edition of Flashback Friday. I decided to go with one of the most popular bands of all time. Their prime was in the 60's, but they are still remembered to this day as being one of the greatest bands ever. With that I present this weeks song: "Twist and Shout" by the Beatles.


Discover The Beatles!


"Twist and Shout" was released on March 22, 1963 (U.K.) on the Beatle's first studio album Please Please Me.



The U.S. version was released on January 10, 1964 (U.S.) under the album name Introducing... the Beatles.



**Interesting Note**
"Twist and Shout" was actual a cover song that the Beatles recorded. It was originally written by Phil Medley and Bert Russell. It was originally recorded by the Topnotes, covered by The Isley Brothers, and then covered by The Beatles.

**Interesting Note # 2 **
Introducing ...The Beatles was the most counterfeited Beatles record of all.

**Interesting Note # 3 **
"Twist and Shout", while already a popular song, was made even more popular by the movie Ferris Bueller's Day Off.