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An Interview with Black Sabbath: Master Class

It’s been a fantastic year for Geezer Butler, and considering he has been making music since the mid-’60s, that is saying something. Last year Black Sabbath, the pioneering British group that propelled the bassist and lyricist to fame, released their first new studio album in 35 years with original…

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Queued Up: ‘Escape Plan,’ ‘American Hustle,’ ’12 Years A Slave’ And Other New Releases

ESCAPE PLAN

The buildup: Sylvester Stallone plays Ray Breslin, a security expert who breaks out of prisons for a living. But when he is set up by someone in the CIA to be incarcerated in a secret facility permanently, he teams up with fellow inmate Emil Rottmayer (Arnold Schwarzenegger)…

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Interview with HIM: Melancholy Resurrection

Life can throw you some strong curveballs, and Finnish gloom rockers HIM were pitched a harsh, fast one when their drummer Gas Lipstick suffered from unexpected and unexplainable nerve problems that hindered his playing abilities and put the band on hold for nearly a year starting sometime in 2011.…

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Queued Up: ‘Rush,’ ‘Dallas Buyers Club,’ ‘Haunter’ and More New Releases

SPEED RACERS — Director Ron Howard dives into the world of Formula One racing with Rush, specifically the 1976 rivalry between British playboy James Hunt (Chris Hemsworth) and well-to-do German upstart Niki Lauda (Daniel Brühl). It’s a high-octane racing film that also gives a strong sense of the antagonistic…

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An Interview with Within Temptation: The Art Of Balance

As one of the forerunners of the modern symphonic metal movement, and also having been pegged with the gothic and dubious female-fronted subgenre tags, Within Temptation have achieved great success in Europe, cultivated a loyal following in America, and continue to try new things. Their last album, The Unforgiving,…

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Queued Up: ‘Throne Of Blood,’ ‘Closed Circuit,’ ‘The Butler’ and More

REIGN IN BLOOD — Akira Kurosawa’s classic 1957 film Throne Of Blood transplants Macbeth into feudal Japan, altering some elements to suit Japanese history and folklore. Kurosawa favorite Toshiro Mifune stars as samurai commander Washizu, who becomes Lord of the Spider’s Web Forest through a mixture of deceit and…

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Queued Up: ’83 U.S. Festival,’ ‘Fast And Furious 6′ and More

ROCK ‘N’ ROLL TIME MACHINE — The famous US Festival in 1983 took place in San Bernardino, California, and allegedly drew in nearly 700,000 people over four hot late spring days. The second of only two such events, it united the rising stars and chart-toppers of the time, from…

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Movie Buff’s Buyers Guide – Part 2

HERO COMPLEX

I have to admit that I’m starting to burn out on the superhero/superhuman action hero trend in Hollywood, but that being said, there have been some great films in that genre coming out.

Superior to its predecessor, The Wolverine finds Hugh Jackman comfortably returning to the role…

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Movie Buff’s Buyers Guide – Part I

TV TALES

 

DOME SWEET DOME CBS’ popular adaptation of the epic Stephen King novel Under The Dome instantly sucked me in, even despite its predictably TV-ish structure. A small town spontaneously encased by a clear dome that allows no way out or in has denizens and visitors…

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New York Comic-Con @ Jacob Javits Convention Center

MANHATTAN, NY—Bigger than ever, New York Comic-Con is pretty much one big geekgasm for those who love comic books, superheroes, cosplay and anything related. And according to NYCC organizer ReedPOP, this year it broke their attendance records by a good 12 percent, with 130,000 people invading the Jacob Javits…

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