When I was younger, Michael Bay was the coolest director around. I skipped my junior high school prom to go see The Rock. When I found out he was going to destroy Earth in 1998’s Armageddon, I was hyped up. So imagine how awesome my Tuesday becomes when today’s Screen Junkies Honest Trailer is in fact… Armageddon!
Today marks the 40th anniversary of American hard rock group Aerosmith‘s self-titled debut album Aerosmith. Although not a success when first released, Aerosmith later became a big hit, while the band has gone on to become a somewhat musical institution in the annals of rock, especially anchored by the success of the album’s rock and roll classic musical stalwart track “Dream On.”
After playing a gig at the famed Max’s Kansas City, the former New York City restaurant/hip nightclub which showcased a virtual who’s who of acts ranging from Lou Reed to Patti Smith and other early pre-punk bands, Aerosmith caught the ear of Columbia Records’ czar Clive Davis, who signed the band to a record deal. Originally hailing from Boston, and kind of a cross between The Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin, and even a little Yardbirds and old Alice Cooper Band and other hard rock acts of that skein, Aerosmith was anchored and propelled by two major factors: the rusting, rock-by-numbers attack of Joe Perry, who played his guitar with a sure-footed and self-assured smirking style, and the band’s front man, Steven Tyler, the engorged-lipped, uninhibited long-haired and charismatic singer, who while in current times has let his indulgences and bizarre career turns (American Idol judge) almost leaving him in extreme self-parody, is anything but here on the band’s first album, and a few albums that followed during the 1970s.
As part of Amazon’s monthly $5 MP3 Album Deals, Aerosmith’s 1975 breakthrough rocker Toys in the Attic is on sale for only $5. (You can also purchase Toys in the Attic on CD for just $6.88.)
Released in April 1975 by Columbia Records, Toys in the Attic was the Boston band’s third album, and it would soon go on to become the biggest-selling album of their four decade recording career, unless you count their eleven-times-platinum Greatest Hits compilation from 1980. The record spawned two hit singles that would become the band’s most iconic tunes – “Walk This Way,” written by lead singer Steven Tyler and lead guitarist Joe Perry and inspired by a viewing of Mel Brooks’ comedy classic Young Frankenstein, and their whiskey-smooth paean to young lovin’ and hell raisin’ “Sweet Emotion,” penned by Tyler with bassist Tom Hamilton. In a way Toys is the definitive Aerosmith album: each song is a classic rock radio perennial and a brilliant demonstration of the band at the peak of their blues-rock fusion powers.
A new trailer for Epic, an animated film that follows the secret lives of forest beings protecting their sacred land from a force that seeks to destroy it, has been released.
A teenage girl spending time at a relative’s house gets shrunken down to their size and joins the forces of the forest dwellers to help them save the forest world and her world as well. Sure it may sound like a revamped version of Ferngully, but Epic doesn’t look like anything the Blue Sky has done before. The studio also worked on the Ice Age franchise and RIO.
Blue Sky Studios may not have as many titles in their library as Pixar or DreamWorks Animation, but they do have some pretty respectable ones.
Take Ice Age, for instance. Though the film lacks great stories, it has become one of the most profitable film franchises for the studio. Then there’s Rio, also a very profitable film, and one that has earned a few awards along the way.
Now comes EPIC, a film that takes Ferngully, and turns into an epic adventure of all shapes and sizes. You can see the first trailer for the movie below.