Say Good Night to 2014, Good Morning to 2015!


We wanted to thank all the friends, followers, supporters and all of the companies who continuously have been visiting here...
 
I hope you all had a great year, we all have suffered some pain, some losses and sad times in the year... we have risen above so much of it. I hope the Holidays are good spent with family and friends, time spent well and happy. May 2015 be the year we all get ahead, find our purpose in our own personal lives and have a smile to share with each person that you may meet. So from me and all Howlin' Wolf family... Happy Holidays.
Jeremy [Howlin' Wolf]

Howlin' Wolf Records News: Ulli Lommel is in negotiations for shooting THE BOOGEYMAN TV-SERIES!

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Ulli Lommel is in negotiations for shooting THE BOOGEYMAN TV-SERIES starting to film in Los Angeles and Alberta, Canada in July 2015 with an initial 26 one-hour episodes. Budget for the series is an estimated $4 million per episode. Lommel owns the BOOGEYMAN FRANCHISE since 1980, when he wrote, produced and directed a cult sensation grossing over $35 million world-wide on a budget of only $300,000. In 2005, Sam Raimi executive produced the remake which became a No. 1 Box-Office hit with over $150 million in revenues.

As to the story of the TV-Series, Lommel goes back to the year 1861, when the spirit of THE BOOGEYMAN was born, after a lynch mob killed an innocent native American from the Apache tribe. The bible for the TV-Series was written by Colin McCracken, Ulli Lommel and David Bond. Frank Dragun, Omar Kaczmarczyk and David Bond are slated as producers with Peter Davis (HIGHLANDER) as Executive Producer.

Howlin' Wolf Records, who recently released the restored soundtrack of the 1980 cult classic,  has been retained to oversee the production of the music for the BOOGEYMAN TV-SERIES. A Multi-media blitz including merchandising of THE BOOGEYMAN creature, a video game and a graphic novel will accompany the series. --READ/SHARE/COMMENT!

Thank You!
Jeremy [Howlin' Wolf]

Perseverance Records: Ethel [2014] - Miriam Cutler


Ethel is a feature length documentary about the remarkable life of Ethel Kennedy, told by those who know Ethel best: her family. Directed by her Emmy-Award winning daughter, Rory Kennedy, the film features candid interviews with Ethel and seven of her children. The film is a personal portrait of Ethel’s political awakening, the life she shared with Robert F. Kennedy, and the years following his death when she raised their eleven children on her own. Intimate, funny, and deeply moving, Ethel offers a rare look inside a political dynasty strengthened by family bonds, a compassion for others, and a wisdom forged from both hardship and triumph.


Besides playing with the early incarnation of Oingo Boingo, Miriam has written music for a broad variety of subjects - from the aborted Terry Gilliam film, Don Quixote (Lost In La Mancha) to eating disorders (Thin) and the unorthodox relationship between Christopher Isherwood and Don Bacardi (Chris & Don: A Love Story), each a film where the music was as integral as the real life story we see on the screen. Miriam Cutler is an important film composer we feel needs to be heard. Once you hear the music from Ethel, you will see why we are so happy to be working with a talent such as Miriam. 

Perseverance Records | http://www.perseverancerecords.com

It's a story about being part of Camelot, without the keys to get in all the rooms. Score is a great sound with a perkiness that takes you from track to track, sharing the similar underlying theme. As we follow Miriam Cutler musical vision telling her story within Ethel's life, it's charming and brings a nice atmospheric flow.
Jeremy [Howlin' Wolf]

MovieScore Media: The Lost Empire [2014] - John Altman


MovieScore Media expands its acclaimed Discovery Collection with its fourteenth entry: the world premiere recording of The Lost Empire by John Altman, written for the 2001 Hallmark mini-series. The colorful adventure score may have been written for a television mini-series, but its rich sound, symphonic palette and great application of exotic instruments such as the erhu or Chinese flutes makes it more akin to a full-fledged feature film score. Fans of the genre will be delighted to hear echos of such composers as Maurice Jarre and Ron Goodwin in the adventurous score. From the first threat of "The Tiger" through wacky hijinks of "The Mini-Monkeys" to the Star Wars-inspired "Through the Indestructible Gates", each fantastic episode of The Lost Empire features a suitably bombastic accompaniment. These epic highlights are balanced by haunting lyrical moments that lend the story its heart ("The Devastated Village", “Goodbye to Goddess”). The soundtrack features 75 minutes of music from the two hours’ of score.

Composer John Altman has an incredibly versatile career in the British film and television scenes. Some may know him as the conductor of the 007 adventure GoldenEye ((where he wrote the score’s musical highlight, the tank chase), while others may know him as the historical music advisor/producer/arranger of the period music on James Cameron’s Titanic or the arranger of the musical numbers for Mark Herman’s Little Voice and Peter Chelsom's Shall We Dance. Despite his 100+ credits, Altman is woefully underrepresented on CD and we can only address this problem with one title at a time…
 


The Lost Empire (also known as The Monkey King) is based on the popular Chinese legend A Journey to the West. The 2001 television mini-series by director Peter MacDonald offers an exotic blend of Oriental mysticism with an Indiana Jones-like archeological adventures. The main hero is Sinologist researcher Nick Orton (Thomas Gibson) who is recruited by a Chinese goddess to save the world from the Demon Master Shu and the Five Traditional Masters. Aided by the Monkey King, the humanoid Pigsy and Friar Sand, the small but determined group of misfits must battle dragons, demons and the heavenly legal system in order to save Earth from being thrown to the Dark Ages.

MovieScore Media | http://moviescoremedia.com/

Sneaking one or two more great scores from "MovieScore Media" comes a treat from composer John Altman, something I just find epic. I throw that word "EPIC" around too much I think.. though that is how I would share my thoughts on this score. It starts out strong holding you to what to hear the next track and so on... it's along the line of any blockbuster film.
Jeremy [Howlin' Wolf]

Milan Records: SON OF A GUN - Jed Kurzel


When JR (Brenton Thwaites) is sent to prison for a minor crime, he becomes the apprentice to Brendan Lynch (Ewan McGregor), Australia's public enemy number one. However, when JR helps Brendan break out, they go on the run and form a complex co-dependent relationship that will be more dangerous than the heists they plan and the enemies tracking them down.


Jed Kurzel is best known as the front man and song writer for the award winning cinematic rock duo The Mess Hall, one of the Australia’s most original and dynamic beat combinations. Their 2006 album, Devil’s Elbow was awarded the prestigious 2007 Australian Music Prize. Having released four albums over the course of their career of constantly shifting styles, their most recent album For The Birds is a collection of songs that take a sharp turn into a musical terrain that combines voodoo, beatnik soul, funk and rock and roll.

Twisted in a good way! I have not seen the film, so not sure how it's placed amongst the action in the film... it has a great overall theme. A theme that bends to almost a silence until it grabs you when you least expect it, grabs you and throws you down.
Jeremy [Howlin' Wolf]

MovieScore Media: 1864 [2014] - Marco Beltrami


Oscar nominated composer Marco Beltrami’s score for the epic television series 1864 is being released on CD and digitally by prolific quality soundtrack label MovieScore Media. The year marked a dramatic turning point in the history of Denmark with the battle of Dybbøl; 150 years later the national tragedy is commemorated by an epic eight-hour long mini-series created by top Danish filmmaker Ole Bornedal. The most expensive Scandinavian production to date features extensive battle recreations (filmed in the Czech Republic) and a touching story about two brothers cast in the bloodiest battle of the country’s history. The Scandinavian  co-production receives its majestic musical support from frequent Bornedal collaborator Marco Beltrami, one of the busiest and most creative composers working in Hollywood today.

Following his groundbreaking score for Scream, Beltrami became the most reliable genre composer following the adventures of alien invaders (The Faculty), vampires (Blade II), ghosts (The Woman in Black) and zombies (World War Z). He is frequently trusted with scoring the most valuable Hollywood properties: he worked on the remakes of The Omen, The Thing and Carrie, but he also took over from Michael Kamen on the last two Die Hard movies. Beltrami’s regular filmmaking partners include Wes Craven (Scream 1-4, Dracula 2000), Guillermo del Toro (Mimic, Hellboy), James Mangold (3:10 to Yuma, The Wolverine) and Tommy Lee Jones (The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada, The Homesman).
 


"I feel a dark kindred spirit with Ole and his pictures inspire me deeply" explains the composer about his working relationship with the director (previous credits together include Deep Water, I Am Dina and Vikaren). The selection on this CD includes the best hour’s worth of material from over 220 minutes of music developed for the project. The program includes great moments of patriotism ('Off to Service', 'We Are Danes'), fierce cues for the battle ('The Hussars Are Coming'), mournful compositions for reflection on the senseless violence ('Tears') and of course peaceful, pastoral moments ('Lakeside') that show Denmark as the land of plentiful natural treasures we all wish to remember. The score features the performance of the Danish Radio Symphony Orchestra.

MovieScore Media | http://moviescoremedia.com/

Awesome score, I didn't know about this release until it hit my mailbox... I am a huge fan of Marco Beltrami's work. He never stops amazing me by his talent, here it's no different, as he steps back a century sharing the sounds of a battle we may never have known about.
Jeremy [Howlin' Wolf]

Lakeshore Records: AFTER THE FALL - Marc Streitenfeld

 
Lakeshore Records will release the AFTER THE FALL – Original Motion Picture Score digitally on December 23rd and on CD March 10, 2015. The album features the film’s original score by Marc Streitenfeld (THE GREY, KILLING THEM SOFTLY, PROMETHEUS).

“The process on this project was very unique. I would write a lot of the pieces freely, not to picture, but with just a character or an emotion in mind,” said Streitenfeld. “Since the director, Saar Klein is also a very accomplished editor, he often cut the picture to my compositions. While some of the composition influenced the edit other pieces were written to the cut. This way we archived an unusual symbiotic and natural exchange between picture and music.”


AFTER THE FALL is a film about desperate times calling for dangerous measures. When everyday family man Bill (Wes Bentley) loses his job, his peaceful life quickly spirals out of control. Terrified that he will lose everything he has achieved, he turns to a life of crime, descending into drastic and dangerous measures to stay ahead of the law. As he fights to provide for his family, Bill discovers that the only thing worse than getting caught is getting away with it.

Entertainment One Films (eOne Films) presents AFTER THE FALL currently in theaters. The AFTER THE FALL - Original Motion Picture Score will be available digitally on December 23rd and on CD March 10, 2015.


Just Announced!
Jeremy [Howlin' Wolf]

Wild Eye Releasing's Horror Anthology "Hi-8: Horror Independent 8"... Right Now!


Wild Eye Releasing has announced the December 16th DVD release of Hi-8: Horror Independent 8.  The eight-part anthology brings together some of the most recognizable names in home video horror of the past 30 years, capturing the creative essence of low budget, shot-on-video film-making.

Called "The Expendables of shot on video horror" by Horror Hound Magazine, the directors for Hi-8 are Tim Ritter (Killing Spree), Brad Sykes (Camp Blood), Marcus Koch (100 Tears), Ron Bonk (The Vicious Sweet), Donald Farmer (Demon Queen), Todd Sheets (Zombie Bloodbath), Chris Seaver (Mulva), and Tony Masiello (SOV: The True Independents), who have returned to 80s and 90s style, gore-laced storytelling. All eight segments feature only practical effects and all directors were forbidden to use any post-Internet technology, including HD cameras, green screen, CGI or found footage.   Like the V/H/S series, Hi-8 brings together independent genre filmmakers to spin tales of terror on tape.

It's a showing of what it used to be like when cameras were just cameras and phones just dialed... I say dial "M" for Marvelous, Messy and Mayhem... it's worth watching if you enjoy this style.
Jeremy [Howlin' Wolf]

Lionsgate: THE BRITTANY MURPHY STORY


Explore the conflict and complexities of celebrity when The Brittany Murphy Story arrives on DVD (plus Digital) December 30 from Lionsgate Home Entertainment. The tragic story takes on a new angle, focusing on the love between the starlet and her mother, Sharon, while taking a look at the journey from her breakout roles to her untimely death. Featuring Amanda Fuller (TV’s “Last Man Standing”) as the tortured starlet, The Brittany Murphy Story DVD.

The Brittany Murphy Story tells the story of the talented young actress who became a breakout star with the support and determination of her mother, Sharon, in the ‘80s and ’90s. With high-profile roles in Clueless, 8 Mile and Girl, Interrupted, Brittany achieved her Hollywood dream, but her desperation for approval and insecurity about her looks made her personal life a disaster. Though the men in Brittany’s life would come and go, her mother remained her grounding force. But that enduring maternal love wasn’t enough to save Brittany from the dangers of Hollywood. Four years later, as news reports swirl around the mystery of Brittany’s untimely death amid her father’s claims that she was poisoned; Sharon and Brittany are thrust into the limelight once more.

Sad to see such talent fall and fall so quick, it's a story... that becomes tragic.
Jeremy [Howlin' Wolf]

Nonesuch Records Releases Label Debut By Pianist Tigran Hamasyan, Mockroot, on Feb 3, 2015



Nonesuch Records releases the label debut from pianist Tigran Hamasyan, entitled Mockroot, on February 3rd. Mockroot features Hamasyan on piano, voice, keyboards, synths, and sound effects, Sam Minaie on electric bass, and Arthur Hnatek on drums and live electronics. The album comprises new tracks written by Hamasyan, as well as his arrangements of traditional Armenian songs, “Kars 1” and “Kars 2 (Wounds of the Centuries).” The album is available to pre-order now in the Nonesuch Store [Click Here], and you can watch a teaser [CLICK HERE]. Hamasyan is currently on tour in Europe with his trio. Additional international tour dates will be announced shortly. 


My first thoughts were great thoughts, it's a bit of music that made me move and sway. I am not a huge fan of piano first of, but here the artist Tigran Hamasyan moves beyond normal jazz-piano-scape adding a higher level of sound. I will be listening to this well into the 2015 and beyond, don't just take my word... go above and listen for yourself.
Jeremy [Howlin' Wolf]

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Hamasyan was born in Armenia in 1987, before relocating with his family to Los Angeles in 2003. He currently resides in Erevan, Armenia. He began playing piano at the age of three, and started performing in festivals and competitions when he was 11 years old, winning the Montreux Jazz Festival’s piano competition in 2003. He released his debut album, World Passion, at the age of 18 in 2006. That same year he won the prestigious Thelonious Monk International Jazz Piano Competition. Subsequent albums include New Era (2008), Red Hail (2009), and A Fable (2011), for which he was awarded a Victoires de la Musique (the equivalent of a Grammy Award in France). Most recently he won the Vilcek Prize for Creative Promise in Contemporary Music in 2013.

Interview with Composer... Boris Salchow


Great pleasure and I think the last interview for the year 2014 with Composer... Boris Salchow, please welcome him to the Wolf!
Jeremy [Howlin' Wolf]

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Howlin' Wolf: Tell us how you got involved with "Sunset Overdrive" and how do you go about preparing music for this style of game? 

Boris Salchow: Sunset Overdrive has been developed by Insomniac Games whom I have worked with on a number of games already - two of the Resistance titles, a Ratchet & Clank and last year's Fuse.

Writing the cinematic score for this one was probably the most diverse project I have ever worked on – spanning from punk-influenced scoring through medieval bard songs to 1940s Hollywood spoofs. That is why there was a lot more preparation and research involved than in other projects.
 

Howlin' Wolf: Do you prefer Film/Television or Game music, which gives you more creative control?

Boris Salchow: That really depends on each project's story and the vision of the director rather than the medium. I have had a lot of fun with games as well as TV or films.
 


Howlin' Wolf: Orchestra vs. Digital? Do you think that computer generated music is hurting the industries, since more companies are turning to it? As a composer can you tell the difference between the two, what are some of the signs you listen for?

Boris Salchow: Orchestral music is great – and I personally am a big fan of digital music in the sense of music that uses synthesized or electronically altered sounds.

The only thing I have measured amount of excitement for is faking real instruments. Like sampled orchestras etc. It works and it has gotten much better – but it will always be like  juice made from concentrate compared to a freshly squeezed one.
 

Howlin' Wolf: What is next on your schedule?

Boris Salchow: I am just finishing up an international ad campaign for the Smart car and I am working on a game as well as a very interesting music software project. So stay tuned!

Boris Salchow:

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Information: Boris Salchow has created cinematic music scores and unique soundscapes for some of the most prestigious brands in the world (ADIDAS, AUDI, LAMBORGHINI), award-winning documentaries (Germany From Above), Hollywood and international feature films (80 Minutes, Prom Night), drama television series (BALKO, Wolff’s Turf), and cinematic video games (FUSE, Resistance 2 and 3, Ratchet & Clank, Rainbow Six). ?Classically trained but just at home in the electronic music world, Salchow’s artistic range and versatility encompasses live orchestra, hybrid acoustic and electronic music, and immersive musical sound design.

Salchow began his scoring career writing commercials, promos and prime time television series for leading networks in Germany. Now based in Los Angeles, Salchow has composed for feature films such as the internationally-released action thriller 80 Minutes starring Gabriel Mann, additional music for Elsewhere starring Anna Kendrick, and additional music for the Sony/Screen Gems’ teenage horror mystery and #1 US box office hit Prom Night featuring Idris Elba.

Salchow also scored the feature film adaptation of the award-winning documentary series Germany From Above (Buena Vista International) recorded with a 70-piece orchestra and mixed at Babelsberg Studios in Berlin. This visually stunning film is comprised of breathtaking aerial shots of Germany. With only a few words from the narrator, the movie provided a unique opportunity to take the audience on an inspiring musical journey befitting the film’s grand scale. Germany From Above premiered with a special event at Germany’s largest movie theater, where Salchow’s 90-minute score was performed live along with the film.

Salchow recently swapped his baton and orchestra for Moog synthesizers and rare vintage audio processors to score Electronic Arts’ sci-fi video game FUSE. The score blends analog electronic elements, adrenaline infused drums and musical sound design to provide a foreboding and rousing sonic landscape for FUSE’s dark futuristic setting and intense action experience. Salchow’s previous scores for video games include Ubisoft’s Rainbow Six: Vegas 2, Sony’s Resistance 2, Ratchet & Clank: A Crack In Time, and Resistance 3. Recorded with A-list musicians at Abbey Road Studios in London, Salchow’s dark, emotional orchestral music for Resistance 3 was hailed as one of the top video game scores of 2011 by Classical MPR. 

Howlin' Wolf Records: THE DEAD 2 [2014] - Imran Ahmad


Howlin' Wolf Records proudly presents THE DEAD 2 by award-winning composer and music producer Imran Ahmad (THE DEAD). The zombie road-trip returns with this highly-anticipated sequel to THE DEAD! The Ford Brothers take the story to India for the sequel, THE DEAD 2, spanning the subcontinent from majestic historical Rajasthan to the sun-baked wastes of the Thar Desert. Returning for more scoring duties, composer Imran Ahmad evokes the thematic and signature sounds from the original film, whilst adding a fresh layer of dark, foreboding themes and textures to create an ethnic, evocative score that sizzles with danger licks and haunting motifs. This ominous music evokes all the classic trademarks of horror and drama, reinforced with wild, exotic instrumental textures that tantalize and thrill!


For a VERY limited time, orders placed on the Howlin' Wolf Records website will ship with an additional insert booklet autographed by composer Imran Ahmad. This offer is available while supplies last. [CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION]

Just Announced, one of the coolest labels I am proud to be a member of the team!
Jeremy [Howlin' Wolf]

Howlin' Wolf Records: COLLAPSE - Vincent Gillioz


Howlin' Wolf Records proudly presents COLLAPSE by award-winning composer Vincent Gillioz (LAST BREATH). COLLAPSE finds Chris Mulkey (CAPTAIN PHILLIPS, TWIN PEAKS) as everyman Robert Morgan in a modern fable of psychological horror, pushed to the edge in order to protect himself and his family from a zombie apocalypse. Composer Vincent Gillioz creates a suspenseful, emotion-laden score in his signature style of chamber-like instrumental colours layered and juxtaposed with touches of lyricism. The music charts an organic course which runs parallel to Chris Mulkey's unravelling universe, devolving from melody and consonant chords into friction and dissonance, a stark yet provocative study of contrasts to create a unique sonic atmosphere that fans of this genre will not want to miss!


For a VERY limited time, orders placed on the Howlin' Wolf Records website will ship with an additional insert booklet autographed by composer Vincent Gillioz. This offer is available while supplies last. [CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION]

Just Announced! Hey another great spooky score for you to enjoy, once again very proud to be a member of the WOLF PACK.
Jeremy [Howlin' Wolf]

Nicholas Brendon, Tiffany Shepis, and Amber Chaney star in "Attack Of The Morningside Monster" Coming to DVD on January 20th


Attack of the Morningside Monster is a feature length horror / thriller by Blue Dusk Productions starring Nicholas Brendon (Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Criminal Minds) and Tiffany Shepis (Sharknado 2, Exit to Hell). The film unfolds around a brutal murder in the otherwise-peaceful town of Morningside, NJ. As more bodies are discovered, Sheriff Tom Haulk and his deputy, Klara Austin, race against time on a desperate journey to catch the killer, pitting them against friends, enemies and even each other. 


Robert Pralgo (Fast & Furious 7, The Vampire Diaries), Catherine Taber (Star Wars: The Clone Wars, Just Like Heaven), and Amber Chaney (The Hunger Games, The Walking Dead) also star. Michael H. Harper produced the film along with Director Chris Ethridge and Screenwriter Jayson Palmer.

Attack of the Morningside Monster is currently available on cable and digital platforms in the Unites States and Canada. A Blu-ray / DVD release from Apprehensive Films will follow on January 20th, 2015.

Film Festival Accolades:
Winner, Fright Night Film Festival 2014, Best Dramatic Horror Film
Winner, Best Actor (Rob Pralgo), Crimson Screen Film Festival 2014
Official Selection, Days of the Dead LA 2014
Official Selection, Garden State Film Festival 2014


It will keep you guessing until the end and then you will see that's why they did it... it's an okay film that finds it's home amongst the horror film family. Faces you will know and love, many are just there to fill in the gaps... will you care. Yes, you will. I would watch it again, yes I think so.
Jeremy [Howlin' Wolf]

Pre-order at MVD: CLICK ME, CLICK HERE!
or at Amazon: AMAZON [CLICK HERE]

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Blue Dusk Productions is an Atlanta-based production company started by Chris Ethridge and Jayson Palmer, focused on developing high quality, low budget independent films. Attack of the Morningside Monster is the inaugural release from the company.

In The House Of Flies, a new thriller coming January 20th, features Henry Rollins as the voice of the killer!!


In the House of Flies tells the story of young lovers whose lives are inadvertently changed forever. An innocent couple suddenly find themselves abducted. By whom? For what purpose? Alone, isolated and locked in an undisclosed suburban basement, Heather and Steve find themselves pawns in a mad man's mind game. Starring Henry Rollins as the voice of the killer.

In the House of Flies was an official selection of the British Horror Film Festival and spent 3 weeks on the iTunes Top 50 when it was first released via digital formats. It also received tremendous praise from the press.

More Information: CLICK ME, CLICK ME!

Bonus Materials:
- 45 minute Behind The Scenes Documentary
- Spanish Premiere Archival Footage
- Deleted Scenes
- Trailers
- Director & Writers Commentary

Just Announced, check out the trailer... it's going to be a creeper!
Jeremy [Howlin' Wolf]

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DEVIL MAY CRY® SOUND BOX DIGITAL ALBUMS RELEASED BY SUMTHING ELSE MUSIC WORKS

 
Sumthing Else Music Works, through its licensing relationship with CAPCOM, is proud to announce the digital release of Devil May Cry® Sound Box, the original soundtracks collection for one of CAPCOM's most successful and critically acclaimed video game franchises. Featuring the original soundtracks from Devil May Cry®, Devil May Cry® 2, Devil May Cry® 3 and Devil May Cry® 4, Devil May Cry® Sound Box is now available digitally from Sumthing.com, iTunes, Amazon.com and other digital music sites.

Debuting in 2001, Devil May Cry immediately redefined the action genre. The title captured gamers' hearts through its stylish, over-the-top action and bad boy anti-hero Dante. Son to a human mother and a devil father named Sparda, the half-demon Dante uses his innate abilities and the powers of ancient demons to fight a one-man war against the forces of darkness and save humanity from damnation.

For more information on Devil May Cry visit www.capcom-unity.com.

Just Announced!
Jeremy [Howlin' Wolf]

Holiday Horror that is not for Everybody from Lionsgate Home Entertainment!


AFTER DARK ORIGINALS: SANATORIUM [DVD]: From After Dark Films comes the next installment of After Dark Originals, Sanatorium.  The chilling story about life after death and the evil force that remains, arrives on DVD (plus Digital), Digital HD and On Demand December 23 from Lionsgate Home Entertainment. Winner of the Audience Award at the New Hampshire Film Festival, Sanatorium will be available on DVD. 

On New Year’s Eve in 1955, Richard Howell, a patient at the Hillcrest Sanatorium, went on a bloody, child-killing rampage, before he hanged himself. Fifty-six years later, a team of ghost hunters — from the popular TV series “Ghost Trackers” — prepares to spend the night at the sanatorium. They hope to capture paranormal activity for the entertainment of their show’s fans. Instead, they unleash a horrifying force of evil…hell-bent on their destruction.


TUSK [BLU-RAY/DVD]: From writer/director Kevin Smith (Clerks, Dogma, Mallrats) comes this wickedly funny modern-day monster movie that will hold you in terror as it keeps you in stitches. The highly anticipated film Tusk arrives on Blu-ray™ (plus Digital HD) and DVD (plus Digital) December 30th from Lionsgate Home Entertainment. Starring Michael Parks (Kill Bill: Vol. 1, Kill Bill: Vol. 2, Django Unchained), Justin Long (Live Free or Die Hard, Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story), Haley Joel Osment (Amazon's "Alpha House," The Sixth Sense) and Genesis Rodriguez (Identity Thief, Hours), Tusk is being called "Kevin Smith's very best work" (Variety). Tusk premiered to the world at the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival as a part of the Midnight Madness program and was released theatrically by A24.

A podcaster (Long) looking for a juicy story is plunged into an unpredictable, unsettling and absurd nightmare after he travels to the backwoods of Canada to meet an eccentric recluse (Parks) with a lifetime of adventures-and a disturbing fondness for walruses.

The Tusk Blu-ray and DVD include deleted scenes, multiple "making of" featurettes, a career retrospective featurette with Kevin Smith, an audio commentary with Kevin Smith plus the original podcast that inspired the film. The Tusk Blu-ray and DVD will be available. 
 
Two that should scare the Scrooge right out of you, both are spooky and should make you leave the light on... for the rest of the year!
Jeremy [Howlin' Wolf]

Lionsgate: 7 Assassins [DVD]

Experience a story of loyalty, brotherhood and the rise of the underdog when 7 Assassins arrives on DVD (plus Digital) December 23 from Lionsgate Home Entertainment. The film will also be available early on Digital HD and On Demand December 9, two weeks prior to the DVD release. In this thrilling action tale, elite royal guards are called upon to find a stockpile of gold that goes missing in ancient China. When tyrannical forces fight the people, the people fight back, in pursuit of justice for their kingdom. 7 Assassins will be available on DVD for the suggested retail price of $26.98.

When a kingdom’s gold goes missing, a group of elite royal guards are tasked with recovering the riches – but they quickly realize that the missing gold is part of a larger rebel defiance, made up of a group of assassins who have banded together to rid the government of corruption.
 
I just did this style of film and then add some cool effects and some fighting!
Jeremy [Howlin' Wolf]

Lionsgate: THE SKELETON TWINS [BLU-RAY/DVD]


TV’s “Saturday Night Live” costars Kristen Wiig and Bill Hader “are magic together” (Spin) in the critically acclaimed comedy The Skeleton Twins, arriving on Blu-ray™ (plus Digital HD), DVD (plus Digital) and On Demand on December 16th. The movie will also be available on Digital HD starting December 2nd. The winner of Best Screenplay at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival and described by Rolling Stone as “hilarious and heart-crushingly real,” the film also stars Luke Wilson (Old School) and Ty Burrell (TV’s “Modern Family”), is written by Craig Johnson (True Adolescents) & Mark Heyman (Black Swan) and is directed by Craig Johnson. 

The Skeleton Twins follows Maggie (Wiig) and Milo (Hader), two estranged twins that are reunited after ten years of being apart.  With an irresistible mix of humor and heart and a stellar supporting cast, the film follows their unforgettable journey to reconnect, as they realize that the key to fixing their lives may just lie in repairing their relationship.

The Skeleton Twins Blu-ray™ and DVD special features include comedic outtakes, a gag reel, two audio commentaries, a “making of” featurette, deleted scenes with optional commentary and a supercut of Bill and Kristen’s awesome dance moves. The Skeleton Twins Blu-ray™ and DVD will be available.
 
Uhm... errr! It was funny/sad, I am not sure....
Jeremy [Howlin' Wolf]

SPARKS & SHADOWS ANNOUNCES A SPECIAL HOLIDAY GIFT – PRE-ORDER THE EVERLY ORIGINAL MOTION PICTURE SOUNDTRACK AND DOWNLOAD THE 5 HOLIDAY-THEMED TRACKS NOW!


Sparks & Shadows announces the release date for the EVERLY – Original Motion Picture Soundtrack on January 20, 2015. As a special holiday bonus, fans that pre-order the soundtrack on iTunes now will receive the five holiday-themed tracks right away!

Composer Bear McCreary (KNIGHTS OF BADASSDOM, TV’s THE WALKING DEAD) and the film’s director Joe Lynch have teamed together with vocalist Raya Yarbrough to release a special gift, a video of “Silent Night”, directed by Lynch, arranged by Bear McCreary.

“I first conceived of the story for EVERLY, as my ode to Asian cinema, holiday movies like DIE HARD, and entrails,” said Lynch. “Bear McCreary is one of the most eclectic composers working today and there was no-one else I wanted to tell this story with me musically, so much so I named the head Yakuza Boss ‘Taiko’ as an homage to one of Bear’s signature sounds.”

“Everly is a film in which Salma Hayek must stay alive in an apartment while confronting wave after wave of increasingly volatile and vicious Yakuza gangsters. It is pretty much as awesome as it sounds,” described BadassDigest. MovieFone described it as “a symphony of exploding heads and bullets.”

To score this ‘symphony,’ Lynch turned to frequent collaborator Bear McCreary. Lynch said, “Bear and Team McCreary (including his lovely muse Raya and badass brother Brendan, who worked on the holiday tracks) were the sonic glue that holds the madness together, and I don’t know what the film would be like without his work on it.”

Radius-TWC presents EVERLY, available on iTunes and On Demand January 23, 2015 and in theaters February 27, 2015. The EVERLY - Original Motion Picture Soundtrack will be available on January 20, 2015 and is available for pre-order at iTunes at: [CLICK HERE]. Pre-order the album and download the 5 holiday-themed tracks in advance of the album’s release. “Merry Christmas, ya filthy animals,” joked Lynch.

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Jeremy [Howlin' Wolf]



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MovieScore Media: Electricity [2014] - John Lunn


Downton Abbey composer John Lunn showcases a new musical side with his electrifying ambient score for Electricity, the latest film by director Bryn Higgins based on a novel by Ray Robinson. MovieScore Media releases the album in digital scores coinciding with the film’s UK premiere on December 12, 2014, distributed by Soda Pictures.

The film follows the life of Lily O’Connor (Agyness Deyn), a young girl who lives her regular life as the cashier of a seaside amusement park. When her mother passes away, Lily vows to track down her missing younger brother, but her investigation is complicated by the girl’s medical condition. Every so often, Lily is prone to epileptic fits that lead to dazzling visuals, mesmerizing sights, harrowing visuals and the occasional complete darkness…

In the last four years, the music of composer John Lunn have been playing an integral part in the success of Downton Abbey, one of the latest credits in the filmography of Britain’s most reliable television composer. With a career spanning 25 years, Lunn contributed his talents to such shows as the darkly humourous Hotel Babylon (2006-2009), Little Dorrit (2008) based on the novel of Charles Dickens or more recently, The White Queen (2013) which chronicles the life of three Queens pining for the throne in 15th century England. Lunn also took part on the New Water Music project, where eleven of Britain’s most renowned film composers created a new orchestral work based on Händel’s Water Music to commemorate the Diamond Jubilee Celebrations of Queen Elizabeth II.
 


"The music for Electricity has been one of my biggest challenges to date" claims the composer. Using only a handful of instruments, (a piano, an Oberheim 4-voice and a battery of analogue modular synth modules), Lunn attempts to convey Lily’s journey through life in a sympathetic, but not sentimental way. The score also features several inventive cues for Higgins’ revolutionary visual depiction of the epileptic fits in addition to the dark and moody underscoring of the mystery elements. Lunn’s music for Electricity is an ultimately uplifting achievement which should delight soundtrack fans who enjoy inventive ensemble scores where a lot can be said with only a few instruments.
 
Only complaint is this is a shorter score, but what we have is complete grand score from Lunn who I feel gives us an energetic piece that helps stand him away from his work on Downton Abbey work. Go ahead... you will like it!
Jeremy [Howlin' Wolf]

Varèse Sarabande: MR. TURNER [2014] - Gary Yershon


Varèse Sarabande Records will release MR. TURNER – Original Motion Picture Soundtrack digitally and on CD December 9, 2014. The soundtrack features the original score composed by Gary Yershon (HAPPY-GO-LUCKY, ANOTHER YEAR).

Holiday Time: NIGHT AT THE MUSEUM: SECRET OF THE TOMB - Alan Silvestri


Varèse Sarabande Records will release NIGHT AT THE MUSEUM: SECRET OF THE TOMB – Original Motion Picture Soundtrack digitally on December 15 and on CD January 6, 2015. The soundtrack features the original score composed by Alan Silvestri (NIGHT AT THE MUSEUM, NIGHT AT THE MUSEUM: BATTLE OF THE SMITHSONIAN, BACK TO THE FUTURE).

Holiday Time [Norwegian-Style]: The Christmas of Solan & Ludvig - Knut Avenstroup Haugen


MovieScore Media joins the holiday celebrations by releasing Knut Avenstroup Haugen’s score for the hit Norwegian animated film The Christmas of Solan & Ludvig. The film was by far the most popular theatrical feature in Norway last year with over 800,000 admittances, meaning every 6th Norwegian went to see the film in less than two months. MovieScore Media releases the score in digital stores following the recent DVD and Blu-ray release of the film in Norway. The film is awaiting international distribution through Trust Nordisk.

Based on the popular characters created by bestselling author Kjell Aukrust, the Christmas story takes place in Flåklypa where local residents are horrified by the prospect that they might have to celebrate without snow. Inventor Reodor Felgen is tasked with creating a snow machine, but his plans backfire as per usual… The Christmas of Solan & Ludvig is a sequel to the 1975 animation classic The Pinchcliffe Grand Prix - Norway’s first feature length stop-motion film was so popular that it sold more tickets than the population of the country! The soundtrack release coincides with the holiday-themed DVD premiere of the movie.

Joining the ride on the (not yet) snowy mountains is Norwegian composer Knut Avenstroup Haugen who is becoming one of the most in-demand composers of his native country. Haugen began his career as a composer for video games, his best-known scores are the various installments from the Age of Conan series, including the IMFCA Award-winning Hyborian Adventures or the Hollywood Music in Media Awards-winning Savage Coast of Turan. Haugen’s works have also been performed on grand occasions such as  the World Ski Championships or the 200th Anniversary Celebrations of the University of Oslo. More recently the composer’s score for his debut motion picture Fuck Up was nominated for an Amanda Award (handed out at Norwegian International Film Festival).
 


The story and characters of The Christmas of Solan & Ludvig are rooted in Norwegian tradition and convey a vivid yet caricatured image of the Norwegian countryside. The style of the score is timeless and based on strong melodies ranging from tongue-in-cheek easy listening tunes to stirring orchestral tracks - all infused with a healthy dose of Norwegian national romanticism and a helping of Christmas spirit. Alongside the orchestra, the boys choir and the big band, the score utilizes exotic instruments like musical saw, accordion and jaw harp to capture the homeliness of the village and the inhabitants’ quirkiness.
 
It's a happy score filled with a magic that invokes a Holiday sound, with a strong mystery hidden with it's notes. I have not heard of this film, but this doesn't stop me from enjoying it... as I will add it to my list of new great holiday releases from Knut Avenstroup Haugen... and label MovieScore Media...
 
Jeremy [Howlin' Wolf]

Lakeshore Records: BANK$TAS - Steve London


Lakeshore Records will release the BANK$TAS – Original Motion Picture Soundtrack digitally on December 23, 2014, and on CD March 10, 2015.  The album features original music by Steve London (THAT BEAUTIFUL SOMEWHERE, SHALLOW GROUND). 

A few more Releases from Lakeshore Records in 2014!

LAKESHORE RECORDS PRESENTS:

REGARDING SUSAN SONTAG
Original Soundtrack
The Album Features Music Composed By Laura Karpman and Nora Kroll-Rosenbaum
Coincides with Broadcast Of the Documentary on HBO December 8

REGARDING SUSAN SONTAG – Original Soundtrack digitally on December 23, 2014, and on CD March 10, 2015.  The film features original music written by spouses composers Laura Karpman and Nora Kroll-Rosenbaum.
“The director, Nancy Kates, loves music and wanted it to tell a large part of the story,” said Karpman.  “She encouraged us to be bold, intellectual, sexy, dissonant and melodic.”

Kroll-Rosenbaum added, “Nancy commissioned Lewis Klahr to create film collages and left those with little or no narration. Kates often referred to these pieces as ‘putting the film in a blender,’ and we had fun with that idea. She also developed a rich, visual tapestry that dissected time metaphors and typography, and this gave us tremendous space to spread our musical wings.”

REGARDING SUSAN SONTAG is an intimate and nuanced investigation into the life of one of the most influential and provocative thinkers of the 20th century. Passionate and gracefully outspoken throughout her career, Susan Sontag became one of the most important literary, political and feminist icons of her generation. The documentary explores Sontag’s life through evocative experimental images, archival materials, accounts from friends, family, colleagues, and lovers, as well as her own words, read by actress Patricia Clarkson. From her early infatuation with books and her first experience in a gay bar; from her marriage in adolescence to her last lover, REGARDING SUSAN SONTAG is a fascinating look at a towering cultural critic and writer whose works on photography, war, illness, and terrorism still resonate today. More than any other thinker of her day, Sontag was watched, viewed, photographed and stared at. She was gazed at, and she looked back, very carefully, particularly at language and metaphor and at photography and what she called “the ecology of images.” REGARDING SUSAN SONTAG gives viewers the chance to watch Sontag while she examines the world.

HBO presents REGARDING SUSAN SONTAG airing December 8, 2014.  The REGARDING SUSAN SONTAG – Original Soundtrack, will be available digitally on December 23, 2014, and on CD March 10, 2015 
 
SWITCH
ORIGINAL MOTION PICTURE SOUNDTRACK
Featuring Original Music By Brian Satterwhite

SWITCH – Original Motion Picture Soundtrack digitally on December 2nd and on CD February 10, 2015. The album features original music by Brian Satterwhite (SUSHI: THE GLOBAL CATCH, MAN ON A MISSION)

“SWITCH documents the pros and cons of energy sources around the world so the director was very adamant about having characteristics of each energy source (i.e. water, wind, solar, coal, nuclear, etc.) be reflected in the individual pieces of music that accompany those topics. Since all of these sources result in the creation of electricity, I wanted that to be the glue which binds them all together,” said Satterwhite.

SWITCH has been seen by nearly 4 million viewers worldwide, in theaters, university auditoriums, classrooms, on DVD and the web. More information can be found at http://www.switchenergyproject.com/ The SWITCH – Original Motion Picture Soundtrack will be available digitally on digitally on December 2nd and on CD February 10, 2015.

THE GREAT INVISIBLE
ORIGINAL MOTION PICTURE SOUNDTRACK
Featuring Original Music By David Wingo

(December 9, 2014– Los Angeles, CA) – Lakeshore Records will release THE GREAT INVISIBLE – Original Motion Picture Soundtrack digitally on December 16th and on CD early 2015. The album features original music by David Wingo (MUD, ALL THE REAL GIRLS).

“Margaret Brown has been one of my favorite documentarians for the last several years,” said Wingo. “After seeing ORDER OF MYTHS she definitely became one of the filmmakers that I most wanted to work with, so I was thrilled to have a chance to work with her on THE GREAT INVISIBLE.”

Documentarian Margaret Brown's new film depicts the response to the 2010 Deepwater Horizon explosion and resultant oil spill from multiple viewpoints. On April 20, 2010, communities throughout the Gulf Coast of the United States were devastated by the explosion of the Deepwater Horizon, a state-of-the-art, offshore oil-rig operated by BP in the Gulf of Mexico. The blast killed 11 of 126 rig crew-members and injured many more, setting off a fireball that was seen 35 miles away.

The Weinstein Company presents THE GREAT INVISIBLE currently available in select theaters and on VOD.  THE GREAT INVISIBLE – Original Motion Picture Soundtrack will be available digitally on December 16th and CD in early 2015.
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It's been a great year, here as I mentioned a few more grand release of a serious nature from a great label... thank you Lakeshore Records for another year. I cannot wait to see the releases for 2015, until then happy holidays to you guys and gals!
Jeremy [Howlin' Wolf]

WaterTower Music: The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies


The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies brings to an epic conclusion the adventures of Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman), Thorin Oakenshield (Richard Armitage) and the Company of Dwarves.  The Dwarves of Erebor have reclaimed the vast wealth of their homeland, but now must face the consequences of having unleashed the terrifying Dragon, Smaug, upon the defenseless men, women and children of Lake-town.

With the final film, you get a glorious end to the HOBBIT three film with a score by Howard Shore and sendoff song by Billy Boyd a last... GOOD-BYE.
Jeremy [Howlin' Wolf]

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The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies Original Motion Picture Soundtrack on WaterTower Music will be available on December 9, 2014, and is currently available at  iTunes and Amazon. The track listings for the 2 CD Standard edition and 2 CD Special Edition.

INTERVIEW WITH LUKE GOSS [ACTOR]