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Tropfest Is Saturday in Prospect Park w/ Chairlift, Liev Schreiber and More!

Tropfest NY (06/22/13)
Tropfest

Tropfest, the world’s largest short film festival, will take place tomorrow (Saturday, June 22) in the Nethermead in Prospect Park. The Liev Schreiber hosted event is free, and will feature performances by PEOPLE GET READY, GHOST BEACH, BEAR IN HEAVEN, NEON INDIAN (DJ SET) and CHAIRLIFT.

Tropfest is returning to New York this summer! Making the exciting move to Brooklyn’s Prospect Park, the event will be hosted by acclaimed actor, producer, director and screenwriter Liev Schreiber on Saturday, June 22nd.

Tropfest New York will feature music, food, art installations and, of course, a lineup of great short films that will be screened and judged LIVE by an esteemed panel of industry and celebrity judges.

Tropfest New York is a FREE event but please register here if you plan to attend (max. 4 spaces per booking) so we can keep you updated with all the latest details and announcements.

The day kicks off at 3:00 pm in ‘The Nethermead’ at Prospect Park, with live music/DJs performing including Chairlift, Neon Indian (DJ set), Bear In Heaven, Ghost Beach and People Get Ready. Then, at 8pm, the Tropfest New York short film competition begins…

NOTE: SPACE IS ON A FIRST-COME, FIRST-SERVED BASIS. Registration is recommended, but not required for entry.

Join us for Tropfest New York in Prospect Park, Brooklyn on June 22, 2013!
And YOGA LOVERS! Don’t forget to join us for a pre-Tropfest FREE yoga class – all set to FILM SCORES of the last 50 years – at 1pm the same day.

View the official festival program here, full schedule of events after the jump.

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Win A Copy of “Freeloaders” on DVD

Freeloaders
Freeloaders

Are comedies your thing? Were Beerfest and Super Troopers two of your favorite movies? If you answered “yes” to both of those questions, then you’ll probably be pleased to hear that I’m giving away a copy of Freeloaders on DVD. For those of you who may be a little more unfamiliar with the film, here’s what it’s all about:

A group of slackers living for free in a rock star’s mansion suddenly find their lives on easy street threatened when the musician decides to sell his pad. To stop the sale the gang comes up with a series of ludicrous and hilarious schemes to insure the house never sells. From the producers of Beerfest and Super Troopers, another hysterically funny comedy starring Olivia Munn, Dave Foley, Jane Seymour, Nat Faxon, Denise Richards, Josh Lawson, Zoe Boyle, Clifton Collins Jr., Kevin Sussman, Warren Hutchinson, Brit Morgan and featuring music by Adam Duritz (Counting Crows).

If you’d like a chance to win a copy of Freeloaders on DVD, please fill out the contest entry form after the jump. Contest ends on Wednesday, May 15 at midnight ET. One entry per person, US residents only.

Trailer and contest entry form after the jump.

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Dave Grohl’s “Sound City” Doc Out Now, Sound City Players Playing Hammerstein

Sound City
Sound City

Sound City, Dave Grohl’s directorial debut premiered at the Sundance Film Festival this past January. The movie is in theatres and on demand now.

SOUND CITY, the film, was conceived by Grohl after purchasing the legendary custom-built Neve 8028 recording console from Sound City Studios last year. The board, built in 1972, is considered by many to be the crown jewel of analog recording equipment, having recorded such artists as Neil Young, Fleetwood Mac, Tom Petty, Johnny Cash, Guns and Roses, Metallica, NIN, Rage Against The Machine and countless other musical legends over the past 40 years.

In addition to making the film, Dave has corralled many of his the movie’s interview subjects for a limited set of shows in select US cities. So far they’ve played Park City and Los Angeles, and then on Friday, they announced their “one and only” NYC gig on Feb 13 at the Hammerstein Ballroom!

Dave Grohl and Extended Foo Fighters and Nirvana Family to be Joined by Stevie Nicks, John Fogerty, Rick Springfield, Lee Ving of Fear, Rick Nielsen of Cheap Trick, Brad Wilk of Rage Against The Machine and More For One Historic Night.

Tickets Go On Sale February 5 at 4PM EST at http://bit.ly/14v6M29

While this PR copy does not explicitly mention Sir Paul McCartney, you can read what you like into “extended Foo Fighters and Nirvana Family.” Also, Dave did mention in a recent interview with Marc Maron that “everyone” from the film would be playing a live gig at some point. Tickets for the show go on sale Monday, February 5 at 4PM EST.

The Sound City companion “Soundtrack” will be available on March 12 via Roswell/RCA.

SOUND CITY–REAL TO REEL is a brand new collection of all-new all-original songs, each one composed and recorded exclusively for the film within its own 24-hour session on that console after it was reinstalled in Grohl and his Foo Fighters’ own 606 Studios. The new tracks–featuring an amazing and idiosyncratic cast of collaborators including Paul McCartney, Grohl’s former Nirvana and current Foo Fighters bandmates, Stevie Nicks, Rick Springfield, Trent Reznor, Joshua Homme of Queens of the Stone Age, Rick Nielsen of Cheap Trick, Lee Ving of Fear, Corey Taylor of Slipknot, Brad Wilk and Tim Commerford of Rage Against The Machine and more–passionately exemplify SOUND CITY’s celebration of the human element of musicianship and recording in an increasingly digital world.

The film’s soundtrack, SOUND CITY-REAL TO REEL, will be released March 12 on Roswell/RCA and is currently available for pre-order at http://bit.ly/SoundCityiTunes, with all pre-orders instantly receiving first single “Cut Me Some Slack”-performed by Paul McCartney, Dave Grohl, Krist Novoselic, and Pat Smear.

Win “Beasts of The Southern Wild” Soundtrack on Vinyl

Beasts of the Southern Wild Original Score: Music From The Motion Picture
Beasts of the Southern Wild

Beasts of the Southern Wild, an independent film which is attracting some serious Oscar buzz these days, will be released on DVD and Blu-Ray on December 4 via Fox Searchlight. In conjunction with the movie’s home video release, the film’s original score will also be available for the first time on vinyl. Composed by Dan Romer and Benh Zeitlin, the score has received widespread critical praise.

Beasts of the Southern Wild has been a sensation on the 2012 independent film scene, winning the Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival and the Camera d’Or at Cannes, and finding box office success around the world. Critics and audiences have widely praised the film’s original storytelling, stunning score and cinematography, and potent visceral punch.

The score shapes the emotional arc of the film, in which six-year-old Hushpuppy (Quvenzhané Wallis) exists on the brink of orphanhood, in a forgotten but defiant bayou community cut off from the rest of the world by a sprawling levee. Buoyed by her childish optimism and extraordinary imagination, she believes that the natural order is in balance with the universe until a fierce storm changes her reality. Desperate to repair the structure of her world in order to save her ailing father, Wink (Dwight Henry), and sinking home, this tiny hero must learn to survive unstoppable catastrophes of epic proportions.

The Beasts of the Southern Wild soundtrack arose from a collaboration between the film’s director, Benh Zeitlin, and co-composer/engineer Dan Romer. According to Zeitlin, the two crafted it as “an anthem to express the ferocious, resilient, triumphant mentality necessary to hold out at the end of the world.” It was also important to them that the score reflect the point of view of its imaginative young heroine. Zeitlin says he and Romer intended to “put you in Hushpuppy’s head and experience the adventure through her eyes.”

If that description piqued your curiosity, perhaps you’d like to enter to win your very own copy of the Beasts of the Southern Wild Original Score on vinyl. Contest ends November 30 at midnight ET, US residents only, 1 entry per person.

Featurette on the music from BOTSW and contest entry form after the jump.

PS Beasts of the Southern Wild is also now available o Video On Demand (as of Nov 22).

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2012 Black Friday Deals in Music, Movies and More

Black Friday Deals Week

Some good looking items in Amazon’s Black Friday week video games sale, I wasn’t so impressed with music, movies or TV though.

Amazon Black Friday Music Deals
Amazon.com Black Friday Week Music Deals Calendar (Nov 19-23)

Amazon Black Friday Movie and TV Deals
Amazon.com Black Friday Week Movie and TV Deals Calendar (Nov 19-23)
Amazon.com Black Friday Week Video Game Deals Calendar (Nov 19-23)
Amazon.com Black Friday Week Lightning Deals

Best Music of 2012... So Far
Amazon.com Best Music of 2012… So Far (Not Black Friday)
Amazon.com Best Books of 2012: Top 100 (Not Black Friday)

Here are a bunch of other Black Friday sites that I like:
Bfads.net
Black Friday at FatWallet.com
Black Friday at SlickDeals.net
Black Friday at Gotta Deal
BlackFriday.fm
TGIBlackFriday
BlackFriday.info
TheBlackFriday.com
BlackFDay.com
2012 Black Friday Ads
Gizmodo’s Black Friday Feed

…and of course,

SlickDeals.net
Dealspl.us
BensBargains.net
XPBargains.com
FatWallet.com

iPad/iPhone Apps
I had hoped that last year would be the year of the Black Friday app, and it really wasn’t. This year, there are a few more apps to add to the list, but still no real stand outs IMHO. The new app from BFads.net is probably the most impressive new app out there, but it still seems to be not quite as easy to navigate as the full web site. Longstanding deals site, FatWallet, also has a Black Friday iPad App which you might want to test out. I haven’t tried this year’s version of the app, but I know was disappointed with the one they put out last year. Based on their iTunes store reviews, the TGIBlackFriday app and the Black Friday Shopping App both appear to be worth checking out. For those of rocking an Android device, you may want to check out the Black Friday App by Dealnews on the Google Play store. Last but not least, while not specifically designed for Black Friday, the free iSlick App and the Daily Shopper Apps are two of the most reliable deal apps out there right now.

This American Life Releases “The Invisible Made Visible” Today

Ira Glass and The Cast of The Invisible Made Visible
The Invisible Made Visible

Like Louis CK, Aziz Ansari, and Jim Gaffigan before them, the folks at This American Life are releasing a video of their live film, The Invisible Made Visible, as a DRM-free $5 download starting today (Nov 15). In addition to the download/stream option, fans can also purchase a DVD of the show for $16 at the show’s web store which includes a bonus Q&A feature. All proceeds go to directly to the show.

Radio you can watch – that’s the idea.

On November 15th, 2012, the public radio show This American Life will release a video of a two-hour episode entitled “The Invisible Made Visible.” Fans can download or stream the video for $5 at live.thisamericanlife.org, with proceeds going directly to the show. It will also be released on DVD, exclusively via the show’s web store.

“The Invisible Made Visible” was originally performed onstage and broadcast live into movie theaters in May, 2012, to over 70,000 people across the U.S., Canada and Australia. Now the rest of the show’s 1.8 million radio listeners and 750,000 podcast subscribers will have a chance to see it. The download is available worldwide.

Host Ira Glass personally curated the show. “The whole point,” he says “was to do stories that are far too visual to ever be on the radio.”

The result is a mix of animation, live dance from Monica Bill Barnes & Company, a short film by Mike Birbiglia starringFresh Air’s Terry Gross, a classic This American Life story (told by Glass) that’s primarily visual, about street photographer Vivian Meier, plus comic monologues by David Sedaris, Glynn Washington, and Ryan Knighton. ComedianTig Notaro tells a now-famous story about repeatedly running into 80’s pop star Taylor Dayne. Rock band OK Go provides music. It’s all performed in front of changing illustrated backgrounds.

Probably the most memorable moment in the episode comes during a story by longtime This American Life contributor David Rakoff. He talks about the abilities he’s lost during his fight with cancer, and then, gracefully, beautifully, does a solo dance onstage. It was the last story Rakoff ever wrote for the radio show. He died three months later, in August.

A unique component of the show is a custom mobile app (for iPhone and Android) developed with OK Go, that allows the audience to play along with the band on digital hand bells, following animated cues. For the streaming version of the show, a web version of the app will automatically appear on screen.

Watch a trailer from The Invisible Made Visible after the jump.

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The Rolling Stones Add Barclays Center Date, Amex Presale Starts Wednesday | New Stones HBO Documentary Premieres Thursday

Crossfire Hurricane on HBO (11/15/12)
Crossfire Hurricane

Tickets for the long rumored, (but just confirmed), Rolling Stones show at Barclays Center on December 8 go on Amex presale on Wednesday, November 14 at 10AM. General on sale for the Barclays Center show begins on Monday, November 19 at 10AM ET.

The new Rolling Stones documentary Crossifire Hurricane (directed by The Kid Stays In The Picture‘s Brett Morgen) debuts on HBO on November 15.

The Rolling Stones, rock ‘n’ roll icons who have defined creativity, daring and durability, are to be chronicled in a kaleidoscopic new film that will debut November 15 on HBO. CROSSFIRE HURRICANE provides a remarkable new perspective on the Stones’ unparalleled journey from blues-obsessed teenagers in the early ‘60s to the rock royalty they have become.

View a trailer Crossfire Hurricane for after the jump.

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Coldplay Playing Barclays Center, Co-Headlining with Jay-Z on NYE

Jay-Z and Coldplay at Barclays Center (12/31/12)
jay-z and coldplay

It’s no secret that Shawn Carter and Chris Martin are pals, so it shouldn’t come as much of a surprise that Jay-Z and Coldplay are teaming for a massive New Year’s Eve party at the house that Hova built. But wait, there’s more… Just a day before the UK superstars ring in the new year with Mr. Carter, they’ll be playing their own headlining gig at the Barclays Center on Dec 30 with Naturally 7. Tickets for Coldplay (and Jay-Z) at Barclays Center will go on general sale to the public on Saturday, Nov 17 at 10AM ET at livenation.com (prices will range from $49.50 – $499.50). Tickets go on citiprivatepass presale for the two Brooklyn shows beginning Tuesday, Nov 13, at 10AM ET.

In other related news, Coldplay’s new live album, Coldplay: Live 2012 will be released on CD, DVD and Blu-Ray on Nov 19. The new Coldplay concert film will also screen theatrically in select cinemas for one night only, on Tuesday, November 13. Click here for NYC showtimes.

Theatrical trailer for Coldplay: Live 2012 and all upcoming Coldplay tour dates after the jump.

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Win A Copy of The Beatles “Magical Mystery Tour” on DVD

Magical Mystery Tour on Remastered DVD – The Beatles
Magical Mystery Tour DVD
Win A Copy of The Beatles’ Magical Mystery Tour on Remastered DVD

Beatles fans rejoice. On October 9, Apple Films released a fully restored version of the long out-of-print classic fab four road movie, Magical Mystery Tour. The re-issued film comes in DVD and Blu-ray format and includes a remixed soundtrack (by Giles Martin and Sam Okell), newly filmed interviews, unseen footage, director’s commentary by Paul and a host of other special features.

The Beatles devised, wrote and directed their third film, Magical Mystery Tour, a dreamlike story of a coach day trip to the seaside. The film follows a loose narrative and showcased six new songs: Magical Mystery Tour, The Fool On The Hill, I Am The Walrus, Flying, Blue Jay Way, and Your Mother Should Know.

Apple Films have fully restored the long out-of-print, classic feature film and it’s now available worldwide on DVD and Blu-ray with a remixed soundtrack (5.1 and stereo) and special features. A special, boxed deluxe edition is also available.

All of the packages contain a host of special features, packed with unseen footage. There are newly-filmed interviews with Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, and other members of the film’s cast and crew, as well as a director’s audio commentary recorded by Paul.

If you’d like to own your very own copy of The Beatles Magical Mystery Tour, you can head on down to your favorite B&M store, online merchant or even iTunes. If you’re feeling lucky, you can also enter a win the DVD version of the film at www.bumpershine.com/magicalmystery. No purchase necessary. Contest ends on Oct 18 at 11:59 59 PM ET, 1 entry per person, US residents only.

Magical Mystery Tour trailer and DVD special features and technical specs after the jump.

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