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Tuesday, April 14, 2015


 Back Lot Music has released the soundtrack for THE MAN WITH THE IRON FISTS 2, Universal Pictures Home Entertainment's action-adventure film starring RZA.  The album features 23 new score cues by RZA & Howard Drossin as well as 4 songs featured in the film.  THE MAN WITH THE IRON FISTS 2 releases today – day and date with the soundtrack album – on Blu-Ray, DVD and Digital HD.
Drossin and RZA's acclaimed scores to The Man with the Iron Fists and its sequel are mash-ups from the start. They incorporate Hip-Hop, Stax and Asian instrumentation, with a 70's sensibility that pays homage to many of the scores from that era which they both admire, including old Kung Fu films and the Shaw Brothers' films.
Drossin has been scoring films since the late 1990's. He has collaborated with Terence Blanchard for over 10 years, orchestrating film scores like Inside Man25th HourRed Tails, Black or White and his Grammy-Award-Winning A Tale of God's Will. Drossin continued that collaboration on "Champion," an 'opera in jazz' commissioned by the St. Louis Opera.
RZA is a Grammy® award-winning music producer & recording artist, BAFTA nominated film composer, actor and director. He's one of the most prominent figures in hip-hop music and the creator/producer of the Wu-Tang Clan. He has an extremely distinguished body of work in music scoring for filmmakers such as Ridley Scott, Jim Jarmusch and Quentin Tarantino. He recently scored the Emmy nominated American adaptation of the Japanese anime "Afro Samurai", executive produced and starring Samuel L. Jackson. Most recently, RZA won a Grammy for producing songs for Kanye West's My Crazy Twisted Dark Fantasy and the Jay Z/ Kanye collaboration album Watch the Throne.
About the Film Thaddeus (RZA) is back in this explosive action adventure inspired by Kung Fu classics.  A reluctant villager joins forces with a mysterious outsider to fight off powerful evil forces, both earthly and otherworldly, in a 19th century Chinese mining town. When a stranger, Thaddeus, is found badly wounded near the village, miner Li Kung (Dustin Nguyen) and his wife Ah Ni (Eugenia Kang) offer him refuge. As he heals, he becomes entrenched in a conflict that pits the townsfolk against the evil Master Ho (Carl Ng), his nefarious Beetle Clan and the terrifying Lord Pi (Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa). With Thaddeus at his side, the mild-mannered Kung transforms into a deadly warrior in this martial arts epic.

Thursday, April 02, 2015


-- A new documentary on St. John Paul II and his relationship with North and South America will screen this month on PBS-affiliated stations and EWTN, the international Catholic network, helping to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the pope's death on April 2, 2005. The film was produced by the Knights of Columbus.
"John Paul II in America: Uniting a Continent" explores the indelible mark left on the Western Hemisphere by the papacy of John Paul II. It will be shown on PBS stations nationwide beginning on Good Friday, April 3, and will be available throughout a large portion of the U.S. later in the month on CatholicTV of Boston and EWTN.
St. John Paul presented an understanding of a "united American continent" under the patronage of Our Lady of Guadalupe, and his travels as pope from Argentina to Alaska — 22 journeys in all — generated massive crowds, helped form an entire generation of Catholics, and played a part in shaping history.
Viewers will be both intrigued and moved by the documentary's framework for understanding one of the giant figures of modern times within the context of the American continent.
Narrated by actor Andy Garcia, the film features rare archival footage and analyses from leading Catholic figures, including Cardinal Seán P. O'Malley of Boston, Knights of Columbus Supreme Knight Carl A. Anderson, John Paul II biographer George Weigel and former Vatican spokesman Joaquín Navarro-Valls.
"John Paul II brought a great renewal of confidence, excitement and joy to Christian life that was manifested in such events as the canonization of St. Juan Diego in Mexico City and the World Youth Days in Buenos Aires, Denver and Toronto," said Knights of Columbus Supreme Knight Carl Anderson. "He also issued a renewed call for human dignity, the gospel of life, respect for indigenous people, and a commitment to the poor throughout Latin America and North America."
Air dates for the documentary on PBS affiliates include:
  • Maine's PTV on Easter Sunday, April 5, at 5 p.m. and 11 p.m.
  • Vermont Public Television on Easter Sunday, April 5, at 4:30 p.m.
  • KOZJ-TV in Joplin, Mo., on Easter Sunday, April 5, at 2:30 p.m. and 10 p.m.
  • KEDT-TV in Corpus Christi, Texas, on Easter Sunday, April 5, at 3 p.m. and on Tuesday, April 14, at 11 p.m.
  • KOZK-TV in Springfield, Mo., on Easter Sunday, April 5, at 2:30 p.m. and 10 p.m.
  • KUSD-TV in South Dakota on Easter Sunday, April 5, at 10 p.m.
  • KRSC-TV (aka RSU-TV) in Tulsa, Okla., on Good Friday, April 3, Easter Sunday, April 5, at 11 p.m.; and on Wednesday, April 8, at 11 a.m.
  • WEFS-TV in Cocoa, Fla., on Easter Sunday, April 5, at 10 p.m.
  • Colorado's Rocky Mountain PBS and KTSC-TV in Colorado Springs/Pueblo on Easter Sunday, April 5, at 2 p.m.
  • WNGH-TV on Chattanooga, Tenn. on Wednesday, April 8, at 12:30 a.m.
  • Georgia's statewide public television on Wednesday, April 8, at 12:30 a.m.
  • KAKM-TV in Anchorage, KYUK-TV in Bethel and and Juneau's KTOO on Thursday, April 23, at 8 p.m. and on Friday, April 24, at 12 a.m.


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