|It doesn’t get more metal than this! The long-awaited return of Adult Swim’s favorite heavy metal adventure Metalocalypse arrives with an all-new, full-length animated movie. Written and directed by series co-creator Brendon Small, Metalocalypse: Army of the Doomstar brings the heaviest metal band ever created back together again for an action-packed journey. The movie will be available to purchase Digitally and on Blu-ray Disc August 22, 2023.
As a special highlight, fans can also look forward to the release of two full-length albums this year. Fans can now pre-save DETHKLOK’s highly anticipated Dethalbum IV which includes all new original DETHKLOK songs, and releases on August 22. The second album release, Metalocalypse: Army of the Doomstar (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) will include additional songs plus a totally original movie score and will be released August 25.
Both albums will be released through WaterTower Music, who today released “Aortic Desecration”, the first new music from Dethalbum IV, and DETHKLOK’s first new music in almost 10 years! Dethalbum IV will also be available on vinyl through Mondo, and vinyl preorders are now live.
|The film stars Small, Tommy Blacha, Victor Brandt (Metalocalypse), Stephen “Thundercat” Bruner (Grammy® Award-winning musician), King Diamond (KING DIAMOND; MERCYFUL FATE), Mark Hamill (Batman: The Animated Series; The Machine), Kirk Hammett (METALLICA), Jon Hamm (Confess, Fletch; Top Gun: Maverick), Scott Ian (ANTHRAX), Amy Lee (EVANESCENCE), Malcolm McDowell (A Clockwork Orange), Juliet Mills (Passions), Laraine Newman (Saturday Night Live), Raya Yarbrough (Metalocalypse: The Doomstar Requiem – a Klok Opera), and Livia Zita (2022 winner – Society of Voice Arts and Sciences Award).
From Adult Swim, Warner Bros. Discovery Home Entertainment and Titmouse, Metalocalypse: Army of the Doomstar was written and directed by Brendon Small (Metalocalypse). Executive producers are Small, Chris Prynoski (The Legend of Vox Machina), Shannon Prynoski (Fairfax), Antonio Canobbio (Arlo the Alligator Boy), and Ben Kalina (Big Mouth). Originally premiering on Adult Swim in 2006, Metalocalypse ran for four seasons with a standalone special Metalocalypse: The Doomstar Requiem. The series was created by Brendon Small and Tommy Blancha. Metalocalypse: Army of the Doomstar will be available on August 22, 2023 to purchase Digitally from Amazon Prime Video, AppleTV, Google Play, Vudu and more. Blu-Ray Disc will be available to purchase online and in-store at major retailers. Pre-order your copy now. Catch up ahead of the movie with Metalocalypse: The Complete Series. Release will be available to purchase Digitally and on DVD August 22, 2023 and includes all 62 episodes, Metalocalypse: The Doomstar Requiem and all the previously released bonus materials. SYNOPSIS:After the heroic rescue of Toki Wartooth, DETHKLOK frontman Nathan Explosion finds himself traumatized in a BRUTAL professional and romantic flat-spin all while he is tasked with fulfilling the prophecy and confronting the ultimate songwriting challenge: write the SONG OF SALVATION and save the planet. Can Nathan Explosion look beyond his brutally damaged ego to save his band, stop the Metalocalypse, and finally face the ultimate evil: Salacia?
SPECIAL FEATURES INCLUDE:Behind the Metal Curtain (Featurette) – Dive deep into the making of Metalocalypse: Army of the Doomstar with interviews with show co-creator Brendon Small and his team of writers, animators, and musicians as they share the inspirations behind turning the hit Adult Swim series into its first feature film.
Caesar’s Reign Comes To The Big Screen With New Trailer For Kingdom Of The Planet Of The Apes
Director Wes Ball breathes new life into the global, epic franchise set several generations in the future following Caesar’s reign, in which apes are the dominant species living harmoniously and humans have been reduced to living in the shadows. As a new tyrannical ape leader builds his empire, one young ape undertakes a harrowing journey that will cause him to question all that he has known about the past and to make choices that will define a future for apes and humans alike. “Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes” is directed by Wes Ball (the “Maze Runner” trilogy) and stars Owen Teague (“IT”), Freya Allan (“The Witcher”), Kevin Durand (“Locke & Key”), Peter Macon (“Shameless”), and William H. Macy (“Fargo”). The screenplay is by Josh Friedman (“War of the Worlds”) and Rick Jaffa & Amanda Silver (“Avatar: The Way of Water”) and Patrick Aison (“Prey”), based on characters created by Rick Jaffa & Amanda Silver, and the producers are Wes Ball, Joe Hartwick, Jr., p.g.a. (“The Maze Runner”), Rick Jaffa, p.g.a., Amanda Silver, p.g.a., Jason Reed, p.g.a. (“Mulan”), with Peter Chernin (the “Planet of the Apes” trilogy) and Jenno Topping (“Ford v. Ferrari”) serving as executive producers.
Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom
Aquaman’s nemesis Manta returns possessed by an ancient evil, with plans to take down both the human world and the Kingdom of Atlantis!
We launch right into a game of catch-up just as soon as the film begins, taking off at breathless speeds as Arthur Curry aka Aquaman, balances being married to Atlantean royalty Mera (Amber Heard) with their new baby inevitably Arthur Jr. and all that entails a life lived on the land, plus oh yeah, being the reluctant King of Atlantis and all the political stonewalling from the Royal Council, responsibility for the lives and safety of the aquatic denizens of Atlantis, and all the problems and headaches there. This is a hard act to juggle, and Arthur is eternally grateful to his adoptive father Tom (Temuera Morrison) for always being willing to help out watching his grandson, giving Aquaman sage advice when he’s struggling, forever quietly proud of his Polynesian ancestry and the family he made for himself here, where the land meets the sea under his lighthouse.
The flip side of this idyllic if tiring life is Aquaman’s old nemesis David Kane aka Black Manta (Yahya Abdul-Mateen II), armed with the genius of the entirely naïve Dr. Stephen Shin (Randall Park), a determined lieutenant called Stingray (Jani Zhao) and whatever old Atlantean tech he can get his hands on, is on the hunt for more Atlantean tech to fix his busted Manta suit. Because we’re still, on about getting revenge for Aquaman killing Kane’s father, in the previous movie. Kane does hunt down a lost artifact far more powerful than his blasted suit, the legendary but lost for good reason Black Trident.
See the thing about artifacts in superhero movies especially, is that the things used to belong to someone, and most likely that someone was powerful, likely magical, and inclined to either great good or horrific evil. Guess which one the Black Trident is?
Time passes and the whole planet is starting to be affected by the bad things – greenhouse gases, extreme weather, oceanic modifications, the culmination of all of that – and Arthur thinks his best option is to go break his brother Orm (Patrick Wilson) out of aquatic prison to help him fight off Kane and his plans for worldwide destruction! Everyone has to give their opinion on this rather crazed plan of action, especially Arthur’s mother Atlanna (Nicole Kidman), and Orm’s dad King Nereus (Dolph Lungren), though they do come willingly to aid when Arthur gets inevitably in the clutch.
Things are all coming to a head for a showdown between Kane and the forces of evil behind the real owner of the Black Trident, and Aquaman and all the forces of good, both land and sea, he can muster to fight with him!
It’s a good movie, fun and light-hearted and full of jokes at the leads’ expense, never taking things too terribly seriously despite the purported world-ending scenario. The CGI for the floating hair of the denizens of Atlantis is better done than in the previous film, though it still strikes me as highly improbable for aquatic humanoids to have long hair in anything other than braids. The version of the film I saw was in IMAX 3D and that was entirely unnecessary, the transition of 3D between scene shifts needed a bit of work. Jason Momoa steers the film with the cheerful recklessness and obstinacy of a surfer against a taller-than-you breaker, always on the verge of a smirk turned into a charming smile, breathlessly whisking the audience along on the adventures of Aquaman and pals. Rumor says this second installment of Aquaman will be the last film in what is known as the DCEU, the slate of DC superhero movies before James Gunn and Peter Safran reboot the whole thing in 2025, and if that’s the case, Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom is a perfectly fun movie to go out on.
What If Everything You Believed As A Kid Was Real?
What if everything you believed as a kid was real? From the imagination of John Krasinski, enter a world you have to believe to see. Watch the new teaser trailer for #IFMovie – Only in theatres May 2024.
Starring Ryan Reynolds, John Krasinski, Cailey Fleming, Fiona Shaw, Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Louis Gossett Jr., Emily Blunt, Matt Damon, Maya Rudolph, Jon Stewart, Bobby Moynihan, Sam Rockwell, Sebastian Maniscalco, Christopher Meloni, Richard Jenkins, Awkwafina, and Steve Carell. From writer and director John Krasinski, IF is about a girl who discovers that she can see everyone’s imaginary friends — and what she does with that superpower — as she embarks on a magical adventure to reconnect forgotten IFs with their kids. IF stars Ryan Reynolds, John Krasinski, Cailey Fleming, Fiona Shaw, and the voices of Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Louis Gossett Jr. and Steve Carell alongside many more as the wonderfully unique characters that reflect the incredible power of a child’s imagination.
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