Respect The Iron Sheik's Documentary

Whether you've followed his career in wrestling or if you are following this master of hilarity threatening people with the "camel clutch" on Twitter, there's still much more to uncover about WWF legend the Iron Sheik. So much in fact, that he needed an entire documentary to fit it all in. At this year's Canadian International Hot Docs film festival (that runs from April 24 to May 4) they will feature a full-length doc about the one and only Shekie himself, aptly titled "The Sheik."

See also: Stop Being a Jabroni and Respect the Iron Sheik!

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Top Five Timeless Horror Film Soundtracks

Categories: Film

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Ye who take delight in ghoulish things, gather 'round! There are many paths into the feared regions of the soul, and it is with pleasure that we shine a helpful torch so that you may find your way to them post-haste!

There are many types of horror stories (including those dealing with: ghosts, vampires, zombies, lunatics, etc.) and various manners of presenting those stories in film; movies can be conservative / straightforward, extreme, campy or surreal. But no matter the style of the film, many aspects of its production contribute to creating a solid effect on audience members. Moreover, the soundtrack of a horror film is just as important in establishing atmosphere as the lighting, the photography or the direction. And though experiencing a horror movie without the sound is to proverbially castrate it, simply listening to some of the best horror film soundtracks is enough to coax the listener into various states of agitation.

Now, for your sick pleasure, the Weekly is proud to present you with a cross-section of some of the greatest horror film soundtracks. Each selection demonstrates its brilliance by delivering willing listeners into a number of regions within the spectrum of darkness. Have fun, kids!

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Real to Reel Celebrates Jazz Music and Film

Categories: Film, jazz bands

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This weekend's Jazz: Real to Reel, taking place at Long Beach's Art Theatre, will celebrate jazz's influence in cinema and music through a variety of screenings, music and other activities. The event will also honor Johnny Mandel and Jack Sheldon with lifetime achievement "jazz beret" awards for their contributions to the fields of jazz and cinema.

"Mandel and Sheldon have each contributed more than 50 years of their lives to composing and performing jazz music on stage, recordings and in film," says 88.1 KKJZ's Helen Borgers, who is hosting the weekend's festivities. "Each has left an indelible mark on the history of the music."

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Why Former Descendents' Bass Player Isn't Rushing Out to See the Band's New Documentary

South Bay pop-punk group Descendents are, by far, the best band to ever exist. Perhaps that sounds like hyperbole, but consider this: When done properly, rock 'n' roll is nothing more than adolescent rage on wax and no one ever captured the frustration of being a teenager better than songs such as "Parents," "I'm Not a Loser," "I'm Not a Punk," "Suburban Home," "Hope," "I Don't Want to Grow Up," "Silly Girl," "Sour Grapes," "Get the Time," "Coolidge" and "Clean Sheets."

So, as you can tell, it's about time someone told the band's story, which is what a team of four people did. The result is Filmage: The Story of Descendents/ALL, a documentary detailing not only Descendents, but also ALL, the group formed by three-fourths of the final Descendents lineup.

Simply put, Filmage rules and you should see it. The film is being shown twice Sunday at the Art Theatre of Long Beach, but you can't go because there was a raffle for tickets and the raffle is over. Thankfully, Filmage editor/co-producer James Rayburn says the movie should be online and on DVD in the recent future.

One person interviewed for the film is original Descendents bass player Tony Lombardo, who plays on the group's first two full-lengths (Milo Goes to College and I Don't Want to Grow Up and the Fat EP). The 68-year-old -- who quit the band in 1985 -- has lived in Lakewood for nearly 30 years and retired from the United States Postal Service in 2005. Considering I am a bass player from the South Bay (and that Lombardo is my bass hero), I had to talk to him regarding Filmage. Here's a snippet of what he had to say about the film (which he has yet to see) and his time in the legendary punk group.

See also: 10 Punk Albums to Listen to Before You Die

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Top 10 Rappers Who've Played Bad Guys in the Movies

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Sometimes it's a real trip to see our favorite hip-hop stars on the big screen committing the kinds of illicit activities they normally just rap about. (Was it satisfying to see to DMX actually shut 'em down and open up shop in Belly?) And even though we've got emcees claiming to be natural born killers, that doesn't mean they're all natural born actors (perhaps Ice Cube is the exception). But every once in a while, these rhyme-sayers can put on a great bad guy performance that puts them up with acting gods, or devils in this list's case. Grab some popcorn and try not to get shot as we bring to you the Top 10 Rappers Who've Played Bad Guys in the Movies.

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The 15 Greatest Original Film Scores From the Past Decade

Categories: Film

By: Jaime-Paul Falcon
Established musicians composing film scores is nothing new. Some of the best scores of the last 50 some odd years have come from pop stars: Dylan's score for Pat Garrett & Billy the Kid, Danny Elfman's whole career and Queen's legendary Flash Gordon score. With the rise of various indie studios world-wide over the last decade, we're starting to see more and more opportunities for bands to experiment with their sound by doing a feature score. What follows are 15 of the best scores from the last decade.

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Rick Springfield Shares Sobering Revelations and Crazy Fan Stories

Categories: Film, Q&As, TV, music

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Rick Springfield has been around since most of us were pissing in our Pampers. Hell, some of our readers weren't even conceived when the Sydney-born star first hit the airwaves back in the early 70s. Yet even a with career spanning over 50 years and 17 albums, he has somehow maintained an aura of humility about him, mimicking the passion and ambition of a young artist fresh out of the gate. And the guy doesn't look like he's aged a day (WTF is up with that?). The Grammy winner/author/TV actor just finished recording his new album, Songs for the End of the World.

This month, you're about to get the inside track on everything Springfield when the original documentary An Affair of the Heart; Rick Springfield hits EPIX on May 15th. You'll find out that people's passion for him transcends gender, age, and international borders. This rock-out-loud film gives us all an inside look into his personal life, his highs and lows, as well as the lives of a handful of Springfield's super fans and the connections that have developed over the years all because of his music. Truth be told, it was hard not to be too giddy ourselves when we had the chance to talk to the man himself before the premiere about his upcoming projects, his love for the fans and his method of dealing with lusty ladies and their semi- tolerant hubbies.

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Milo Greene Made Their First Full-Length Film With Zero Movie Making Experience

Categories: Film, festivals
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Milo Greene

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Even after two years together and Lord knows how many interviews about the same tired topic, the members of Milo Greene still get asked about the phantom booking agent that inspired their band name. For the last time, there's nobody named Milo Greene in the goddamn band. Recently, one radio station went so far as to actually dig up a caller by the name of Milo Greene to talk to the band during an interview. Aside from being a hilarious surprise segment, member Robbie Arnett says it was remarkable how little the man and the band had in common.

"He went off about how he only listens to bluegrass and country and pretty much hates listening to everything else," says Arnett. "He turned out to be a real character so it was fun."

These days, the band--who is appearing this weekend at Doheny Days--have learned a thing or two about characters. Having finished their first-ever feature film, Moddison--a shimmering slice of cinematic narrative to accompany their long-awaited eponymous album--the band members learned how to make a film from the ground up with little-to-no experience other than countless hours watching movies in their tour van.

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Free Gallery Tour and Screening of The Garden at 'The Muck' Tomorrow Night

Categories: Film

If you weren't able to make it to the Muckenthaler Cultural Center in Fullerton for the opening reception of Don Normark: A Retrospective last month, another gallery tour event awaits you tomorrow night. Normark, as faithful readers will recall, is an acclaimed photographer whose work spans from snapping shots of the close knit neighborhoods of Chavez Ravine before eviction cleared the way to construct a stadium for the Doyers to the more recent South Central Farm saga.
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Free Screening of "Everyday Sunshine: The Story of Fishbone" in Huntington Beach

Categories: Film
John Scarpati
The story of Fishbone, the alternative band that formed out of Los Angeles in 1979, deserves to be told far and wide. The "disparate, all-black oddball crew" emerged to blend punk, ska, funk, soul and rock musical influences achieving its high water mark of commercial success during the late 80's and early 90's. Coming from South Central, five of the six original members were bused to school in the San Fernando Valley as youth helping, in part, to explain the formation of their quintessentially LA sound and evolving leftist, anti-racist politics.

By the time "Everyday Sunshine" off of their 1991 release The Reality of My Surroundings hit radio stations and MTV, all the diligence of their hard work was starting to pay off, but soon things would begin to fall apart. This came to a dramatic head when bassist Norwood Fisher faced kidnapping charges stemming from a failed intervention in 1993 to bring a troubled guitarist Kendall Jones back into the fold of the band. Through the following years of changing lineups and treading forth without major label support, Fishbone continues on to the present day.

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