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Has Armie Hammer been cast in ‘The Batman’ or another DC Comics movie?


Welcome to the latest edition of Twitter Detective! Twitter activity has proved to mean something in the world of DC Comics movies, so I thought it’d be worth taking a look at the latest development.

Both DC Films co-head Geoff Johns, and star of The Batman, Joe Manganiello, have started following actor Armie Hammer on Twitter this week. Hammer, 30, certainly has the look of a guy who belongs in a superhero movie. Could he have joined the cast of Ben Affleck’s Batman movie, which is expected to start shooting next spring?



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Ventana Sur: Film Factory Acquires World Sales Rights to Sundance 2017 Player ‘Woodpeckers’ (EXCLUSIVE)


Courtesy of Tabula Rasa Films

In most probably the sales agent deal of 2016 Ventana Sur, Vicente Canales’ Film Factory Ent. has picked up worldwide sales rights outside the Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico to Jose Maria Cabral’s Sundance 2017 World Cinema Dramatic competitor, the prison-set drama “Carpinteros” (“Woodpeckers”).

Written, directed and executive-produced by Cabral (“Jaque Mate,” “Detective Willy”) at Santo Domingo-based outfit Tabula Rasa Films, “Woodpeckers” sparked a bidding war among sales agents – involving four, three from Europe, according to buzz – after its Dec. 1 industry screening at Copia Cero, the new section of Buenos Aires’ Ventana Sur Latin American market.

A story about star-crossed love with a social underbelly, set in the Dominican Republic’s Najayo prison, the film tells how cons Julian and Yanelly develop a love relationship through sign language, despite being separated b 150 meters and dozens of guards, and being in jail, at the Republic’s Najayo men and women penitentiary facilities. Julian has to win her love. But another of his major challenges is to keep this love a secret.

Cabral, who went daily to the Najayo jail during the nine months he spent in developing the script, also used the film to explore social issues.

“I wanted to portray reality, that’s why many of the actors were actual prisoners and many of its officers actual prison officials who work in the penitentiary,” Cabral said.

He added: “If I have a scene where there is a breakfast ,we shot at the breakfast, I didn’t manipulate the breakfast, I didn’t create any big production design. The film is very much based on what the prison gave to me,” he added.

“I think main distributors can release this film theatrically in every part of the world. The market is trying to find these kinds of films. Something fresh, different, the kind of movie that can be released in all the independent circuits in Europe and other parts of the world,” Canales told Variety.

To finance “Woodpeckers,” Tabula Rasa Films benefited from the attractive tax driven investment incentives the Dominican Republic put in place in 2010, said producer Omar de la Cruz.

Dominican production has grown fast. Some titles break out to significant audiences at home. The first Dominican film to screen at Sundance, a hot and Ventana Sur and now Film Factory pick-up, “Woodpeckers” reps the beginning, it is hoped, of a new era fir the Dominican Republic’s film industry: That of international recognition.

John Hopewell and Jamie Lang contributed to this article



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‘Captain Fantastic’ Star Viggo Mortensen Recalls Early Acting Role in CBS Miniseries


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Viggo Mortensen’s choice of roles demonstrates his broad range, eclectic point of view, and love of complex characters. In David Cronenberg films alone, he has played a hardened Russian gangster in London (2007’s “Eastern Promises”), Sigmund Freud (2011’s “A Dangerous Method”), and a quiet family man thrust into an unusual situation (2005’s “A History of Violence”). But perhaps Mortensen’s most famous role is that of the reluctant king, Aragorn, in “The Lord of the Rings.”

Now, he’s getting the best reviews of his career in “Captain Fantastic,” as a father raising six children off the grid who realizes that holding on too tightly to principles doesn’t always work.

Mortensen got his first mention — his name is misspelled in the credits! — in Variety on April 6, 1984, in a review of the CBS miniseries “George Washington.”

You arrived at acting later than most, as an adult.

I was 22, 23, 24, living in New York, taking acting classes. It was just something I wanted to try. “George Washington” was one of the first things I auditioned for. I only had a couple of lines. I was a French officer. I had to be on a horse the next morning to shoot my scenes.

How did that feel, landing a role in a big network show?

I think at the time I liked the idea. I figured I’d do it until I was 30 and then get a grown-up job.

Most actors would be intimidated by the horse.

I grew up riding horses, so that was OK. Most actors lie about what they can do anyway: Can you skydive? Sure. Can you rock climb? Sure!

What was it like, being on a big shoot for the first time? 

I went from the train station to the park in Philadelphia where they were shooting. All the trailers were there. I went into makeup, and they kicked me out. They said Viggo had been here and tried on the wig and left. I went to wardrobe, and they said Viggo’s been here and got the costume. I said, “I’m Viggo!” There was an imposter. They found the other guy and got their stuff back.

How strange!

So I went back to the hotel. Pressed the button, and the door opened, and there was this guy with a crazy grin who said, “Hi….” I let the door shut and went to the front desk and said there’s a man — he’s stalking me. I had one more day on the set. The next morning I had to get up early. It’s like 4 or 5 in the morning, and in red lipstick on the door of my room was scrawled, “I know where you are.” That crazy man! That was scary. I’ve never seen that man again. I didn’t know him. I wondered, “Why me?”

What was your takeaway from your first acting job? 

Happy to be paid for a job, happy to have that experience. You’re on a set, and people are expecting you to hit your mark. You never get rid of the nerves, and you learn to make friends with the nerves. I like the collective aspect of it, the story-telling. You bring the best out of them, and they bring it out of you. Sometimes the business gets frustrating. But I am still seduced by the idea that if we all do everything right, lightning will strike. “Captain Fantastic” restores my faith in the business.

Why is that?

It’s still in theaters in New York. We have a really good distributor, but they don’t have a lot of money to force people to see the movie. Our movie is the opposite; people have seen it and recommended it to their friends. People have decided to see it.

You wear your own Jesse Jackson 1988 T-shirt in “Captain Fantastic.”

I actively campaigned for him. … I thought he was a really great voice at the time.



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WSOU Picks of the Week: Candiria, Destrage, Oni


Seton Hall University’s WSOU radio is the only all-metal, all-the-time station currently broadcasting in the US, and as been a force in metal for DECADES. It’s also streamable online from anywhere in the world! Each week, the staff of WSOU shares their picks for the heaviest of the heavy, as well as the station’s charts for that week, right here on MetalSucks. Enjoy:

Candiria – “The Whole World Will Burn” (Nick D.)

One of my personal album of the year candidates, the Brooklyn squad’s new album While They Were Sleeping crushes. Grooves that’ll make you want to move, heaviness that will make you want to punch someone, random jazz parts that will make you want to snap your fingers, and whatever else they feel like throwing into each song. The chorus on this track is beautiful as well. These guys are extremely versatile musicians. Listen to the whole album; it’s a concept record.

Destrage – “Don’t Stare At The Edge” (Mike C.)

Italy’s Destrage certainly have their own unique sound; I don’t really know how to categorize them, but that doesn’t matter, since their new album is fun and just plain catchy! A Means To No End is out now on Metal Blade. Check out “Don’t Stare At The Edge” below. If you dig it, the rest of album is definitely worth a listen or ten.

Oni – “Barn Burner” (Garren L.)

Although Oni don’t have much music to their name, they are without a doubt crafting a unique sound with their new song “Barn Burner.” The track is fast, unrelenting, and brutal in its sound, and one might not even realize there’s unique instrument that Oni are using: a xylosynth. I feel pretty safe in saying that there aren’t many metal bands that make use of a xylosnyth, and its use is quite subtle, yet distinct. Although Oni haven’t crafted a completely new sound for progressive, technical death metal, I do believe that they are poising themselves to do innovative things in the future. If you’re interested in Oni, then you should check them out on their tour with Children of Bodom, Abbath and Exmortus.



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Chicago King 810 Show Cancelled Due to Neighborhood Complaints Regarding “Excessive Use of Guns and Violent Imagery”


Update, 3:53 p.m.: As promised, Gunn has released a statement via video. Watch that statement here.

I really, really hate guns. Even standing near an armed police officer makes me nervous. I fired a gun once and I hated it and I can’t imagine I’ll ever do it again.

I also really, really hate King 810. I think their music is abysmal and their image is clownish and crass.

All of that being said… this is silly.

The band had a show scheduled for December 18 at Thalia Hall in Chicago. That show has now been cancelled. The reason? Read this e-mail from Thalia’s booker:

King 810 vocalist David Gunn will be making a statement regarding the cancellation later today. In the meantime, let’s talk amongst ourselves, shall we?

I know people think that MetalSucks has attempted to stifle freedom of speech. This is the same ridiculous argument the right constantly makes about the left whenever the left calls something the right said “offensive.” The right’s argument is, of course, completely contradictory: they think they should be allowed to say whatever they like, but the left shouldn’t be allowed to comment on those statements. In effect, it is actually the right, and not the left, that are against freedom of speech. The left’s position is really just, “Yeah, you can say whatever you want, but we can say whatever we want about what you said, too.” If you want to follow that logic, the right can, naturally, say whatever they want about what the left said about what the right said, and then the left can… well, you get it. No one at MetalSucks is trying to end freedom of speech. Tim “Ripper” Owens and Phil Labonte and Dave Mustaine can all say whatever the hell they like — they just can’t expect us not to call them assholes for saying it.

To that end, I’d argue that what’s happening here with King 810 is still not censorship in its most dastardly form. It’s a community’s prerogative to say, “Hey, we don’t want this here.” Much as MetalSucks would never argue that Varg Vikernes can’t assert that Jews have horns and tails, King 810 aren’t being told they can’t continue to have dudes on stage holding guns while they recite violent lyrics… they’re just being told they can’t do it at the Thalia.

Okay, now, ready for this story’s big twist surprise ending? If I had my druthers, the show would go on. Like I said, I think King 810’s whole macho-gangsta-thug thing is ri-goddamn-diculous. But it’s considerably less ridiculous than, say, advocating the registration of all Muslims living in the United States. Ultimately, it’s theater, and it’s no more dangerous than action movies or violent video games. Anyone who watches a King 810 show and decides to go buy a firearm and murder someone was definitely a stupid crackpot before they saw King 810; King 810 didn’t brainwash them or whatever. I don’t think shutting this show down actually accomplishes anything…

…other than to give a major publicity boost to King 810, that is. Much as sales of Body Count’s debut album increased when police protests led to the label’s removal of the song “Cop Killer” from the record, I suspect this news will only make new fans for King 810. Metal fans are nothing if not a testament to the power of reverse psychology. When shit gets labeled “dangerous,” that’s when we all come running.

We’ll update this post with Gunn’s statement when it’s released. In the meantime, I wonder how the Thalia would feel about King 810 performing with priests holding babies in place of men holding guns?



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This Week in Comics: Jingle bells, Batman smells


Christmas comes early to Gotham, as the fifth Wednesday in November brought us Batman Annual #1, a collection of five tales of good to very good quality. DC’s New Talent Showcase had a few let-downs, but overall, it was an encouraging look at some of the writers and artists DC has in the bullpen.

We also got the tenth and final issue of Bryan Hitch’s JLA, almost eighteen months after the series debut, and it was a massive disappointment. It just wasn’t the same without Hitch scripting and drawing it himself, and even his story felt rushed and poorly-vetted. Oh well, at least we aren’t waiting for it to wrap up anymore. What did you think of the finale? What else did you read this week?



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Pandora Shares Spike on Report It’s Open to SiriusXM Deal Talks



Shares of music-streaming provider Pandora shot up as much as 17% Friday, after CNBC reported the company was open to discussing a sale to satellite-radio service SiriusXM. more to come



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Shit That Comes Out Today: December 2, 2016


Hello MetalSucks reader! Welcome to Shit That Comes Out Today, your Satanic bible of this week’s heavy new releases. We list ‘em, we spotlight ‘em, we link you to their preview jams and full streams all for your jammage. Now crank this shit up!

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Cowards
Still EP (Throatruiner)
On a playlist with: Oathbreaker, Young And In The Way, Dendritic Arbor
Listen Still EP full stream (here)

It’s kinda nuts, but MetalSucks favorites Cowards had even more awesome material than the ten jams that populated their 2015 juggernaut Rise To Infamy. But nearly 22 months later, here’s Still — three new cuts, two Rise-era cover songs — from the guys we count on to decode life in post-Bataclan Paris. Their reminagining of “Every Breath You Take” (titled “You Belong To Me”) is profound, yet far from the EP’s best moment. Watch this band, they’re on the verge.

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Winterwaker (Hammerheart)
On a playlist with: Kjeld, Darkthrone, Absu
Listen “Winterwalker” (here)

If ever an audit was made of MetalSucks coverage, some nerdbag analyist would spot an irregularity: There’s a massive disparity between our “play count” of Kjeld’s awesome 2015 album Skym and the amount of mentions of its authors in our pages. Let’s start correcting that right now by pointing you to Tarnkappe, a project that shares a member with Kjeld. Crank it up!!!!

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stench-priceStench Price
Stench Price EP (Transcending Obscurity)
On a playlist with: Atheist’s Elements, Cynic, Cannabis Corpse
Listen Stench Price EP full stream (here)

Stench Price mastermind Peter Shallmin: “The primary idea [is] to mix raw death metal and grindcore with the relaxing warmth of bossa nova and lounge music … Being a long-time collector of unadapted Caribbean, Latin-American (mostly Brazilian) music, I’ve got a serious foundation in bossa nova and lounge. I desired to show a symbiosis of most intense fury and chilling atmosphere, which is inherent in bossa and lounge.” Sure, why the fuck not!

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enuff-znuffEnuff Z’nuff
Clowns Lounge collection (Frontiers)
On a playlist with: Aerosmith, Oasis, Mr. Big
Listen “She Makes It Harder” (here) “Rockabye Dreamland” (here) “Good Luv” (here) “Dog On A Bone” (here)

It wasn’t until 1999 that it felt good again to love Cheap Trick. Once America’s greatest power pop rockers, they had wilted in the wake of a mega-hit ballad — which succeeded despite (and to the detriment of) their down-to-earth vibe. Then came an awesome tour on which Rick Nielsen and crew performed each of their first four albums across multi-night stands in big markets. Since then and their theme for a hit sitcom, Cheap Trick is rightly a Mount Rushmore band in rock. Likewise, this fate awaits hook gods Enuff Z’nuff, but on a much smaller scale. Someday

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witchfinder-voidhangerWitchmaster / Voidhanger
Razing The Shrines Of Optimism (Third Eye Temple)
On a playlist with: Celtic Frost, Ravencult, Desaster
Listen “Burnout Hearts Exhibition” (NSFW) (here)

From STCOT author to STCOT reader, I offer a tip about new music discovery: If it’s on the video streaming service Vimeo that you encounter an advance song from some exciting new release — not on YouTube like usual — hold on to your lunch cuz the video is probably disturbing to the point of nausea.

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ash-borerAsh Borer
The Irrepassable Gate (Profound Lore)
On a playlist with: Predatory Light, Krypts, Auroch
Listen The Irrepassable Gate full stream (here)

When it comes to tiny niche record labels, I wonder about the numbers. Of course there’s no shortage of amateur and emerging bands — just scope a roster of the thousands of awkward regional metal fests — but what number of hours and dollars must be stretched to discover and develop artists with zero profile? In our modest corner of the music world, how many demo submissions and insider tips yield each year’s worth of albums for any of the awesome little labels? Does either party get paid even a five-digit sum for a massive amount of work? In other words, all these questions amount to one inquiry: How is Profound Lore Records so awesome?

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OTHER SHIT THAT COMES OUT TODAY

atropasArriver Emeritus (Scioto) listen
Atropas From Ashes EP (Wormholedeath) listen
Avenged Sevenfold The Best Of 2005-2013 (Warner Bros.) listen
Axis and Seraph The Light Axis and Seraph The Light EP (Good Fight) listen
Bethlehem Bethlehem (Prophecy) listen
Beyond Belief Rave The Abyss reissue (Hammerheart) listen
axis-and-seraph-the-nightCrest Of Darkness Welcome The Dead (My Kingdom) listen
Crucify Me Gently Circles listen
Crystal Lake True North (Artery) listen
Csigo Rite Of Sounds listen
Dario Mollo’s Crossbones Rock The Cradle (Frontiers) listen
Eternal Idol Unrevealed Secret (Frontiers) listen
Famishgod Roots Of Darkness (Xtreem) listen
csigoFeral From The Mortuary EP (Cyclone Empire) listen
Flidais Kazador listen listen
Fromhell March On Gravitation (Naturmacht) listen
Golden Rusk What Will Become Of Us? listen
GreyAblaze GreyAblaze (Ashen Dominion) listen
Hazzard’s Cure Smoke Iron Plunder (Lummox) listen
Hevidence Nobody’s Fault (Frontiers) listen
famishgodHollow Earth Dead Planet (Good Fight) listen
Infinite Earths Into The Void listen
Korean Fire Drill More Badass Than Half Ass listen
Kratornas Devoured By Damnation (Grathila) listen
Krullur … Failure To Comply EP (HPGD) listen
The Loom Of Time NihilReich (ATMF) listen
Malacoda Ritualis Aeterna EP listen
fromhellNaberus The Lost Reveries (Eclipse) listen
Nails / Full Of Hell split (Closed Casket Activities) listen
NiteRain Vendetta (LiveManagement) listen
No More Fear Malamente (Memorial) listen
Ranger Speed & Violence (Spinefarm) listen
Razor Sharp Death Blizzard You Will Burn listen
Revel In Flesh Emissary Of All Plagues (Cyclone Empire) listen
krullurScum Garden Of Shadows (1996) (Blood) listen
Spore Lord In The Beginning listen
Stone Ship The Eye (Feuer) listen
SYK I-Optikon (Housecore) listen
Trivium Ember To Inferno reissue (Cooking Vinyl) listen listen listen
Turbo Shokk Get Radical (Edgewood) listen
Violet Cold Magic Night (Tridroid) listen
Violent Magic Orchestra Catastrophic Anonymous (Throatruiner) listen
Worm Ouroboros What Graceless Dawn (Profound Lore) listen



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Break from the Bat #10: Warlords of Appalachia



Art by Robert SammelinArt by Robert Sammelin

Boom’s Warlords of Appalachia is a four-issue mini set in a broken future where the “Affiliated States of America” have rebelled, started a religious civil war, and were then beaten into submission by the union. Our hero is Kade Mercer, a Kentucky man whose attempt at a peaceful life is upset by the contentious relations between his neighbors and the National Guardsmen serving the nation’s interest in his state. Written by Phillip Kennedy Johnson, with illustrations by Jonas Scharf, colors by Doug Garbark, and letters by Jim Campbell, Warlords is an anxiety-inducing thriller well-worth your attention. And it’s only two issues in, so you should have no trouble catching up!

A timely tale

Whatever you think of the outcome of the recent presidential election, I’m sure you’ll agree that the United States seems more divided than it has in quite some time. Warlords has likely been in the works for a year or more (I’m not privy to the timetable for developing a miniseries), but its tale of two Americas is as relevant today as it ever could be.



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