Almog Pail cast to play “Faith Daniels” in “Stash”

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Terry has chosen Almog Pail to play the lead role of “Faith Daniels” in the segment “Stash.” Almog (pronounced like Vogue) originates from Israel, is a graduate of the Theatre Arts Department at Tel Aviv University and the international program at HB Studio, NYC. Terry says, “I was immediately struck by her stunning beauty and natural positive personality. She reminds me of a cross between the onscreen charisma of Julia Roberts (when she first electrified the screen), the acting ability of Laura Linney mixed with Debra Messing’s radiant red-haired good looks. The other thing about Almog is her incredible contagious smile. I feel confident the audience is going to love her as “Faith” and care about her outcome.”

Best of 2013

Best of 2013

BLU-RAY/DVD:

Best:  Crystal Lake Memories – The Complete History of Friday The 13th (Blu-ray)

Runner–up:  Halloween – 35th Anniversary Edition (Blu-ray)

Honorable Mention:  Evil Dead (Blu-ray)

MUSIC:

Best:  Marco Sfogli – Remarcoable

Runner–up:  Craig Padilla & Zero Ohms – When Earth is Far Away

Honorable Mention:    Benedictum – Obey
                                                  Evil Dead – Score by Rogue Baños
James LaBrie – Impermanent Resonance
                                                  Stryper – Second Coming

BOOKS:

Best:  The Friedkin Connection by William Friedkin

Runner–up:   On Location in Blairstown: The Making of Friday The 13th by David Grove

Honorable Mention:  Jamie Lee Curtis: Scream Queen by David Grove

Bang Your Head – The Rise and Fall of Heavy Metal

 

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Bang Your Head: The Raise and Fall of Heavy Metal

Written by David Konow

Three Rivers Press – 2002
ISBN 978-0609807323
480 Pages, $16.00

 

 

Written before his outstanding tome on horror films Reel Terror, author David Konow wrote another fantastic book that covers the world of heavy metal in its heyday.  Konow is one of the guys that can talk about the music form because he is passionate about it.

I’ve been a listener of heavy metal since its inception, so I know the music very well.  What struck me most about this paperback is the overall careless attitude the majority of the musicians held  about their success.  It’s almost if as all the rock stars from the 80s felt they were entitled to act like spoiled little brats; trashing hotel rooms and blowing money because they could.  Rampant drug/alcohol abuse, inhabited sex and generally acting like teenagers fighting amongst themselves.

The worse part of their immature actions was that many of the groups we came to love split up and we lost music that could have been.  If those folks would have been more mature and appreciated what they had, maybe this type of music would have carried on a bit longer and the fickle listeners would have not turned against them.  But in some ways it’s almost as they deserved to go down.

This volume has far too many good stories for me to relay them here.  I will say Konow talks about the greats like; Alice Cooper, Kiss, Van Halen, AC-DC and the New Wave of British Heavy Metal.  He especially focuses in on his home turf of the Los Angles scene with all the famous bar-clubs that broke bands like Ratt, Quiet Riot, Dokken and Poison. Konow origins thrash metal with Metallica, Slayer, Anthrax and Megadeth.  Then he moves onto Pantera, Guns & Roses and so many more.

Konow has interviewed not only the musicians, but record producers, band managers, record label executives, MTV hosts, groupies and fans to get a complete overview of this rocking story.

I found much of it funny, some of it dramatic, definitely nostalgic and quite a bit of it sad and in some ways tragic.

The coolest thing about this written work is that it will give you a chance to go back to a time where the type of music I love to listen to was more out in the open whether it be on radio, live, when MTV actually showed videos and when these bands were at their prime, making their best music.

Live it again by reading the rise and fall of heavy metal in Bang Your Head.

http://http://crownpublishing.com/imprint/three-rivers-press/

 

 

 

 

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