In case you are new to this galaxy, let me bring you up to speed. Since 2009 the Warner Archive Collection has been bringing a jaw-droppingly diverse assortment of titles from the studio’s impressive catalog to Blu-ray and DVD, manufactured on-demand. What this means is that thousands of film and TV tiles from Warner Bros. ranging from film noir favorites such as The Big Sleep to obscurities like The Completely Mental Misadventures of Ed Grimley (one of the best forgotten cartoons ever) are available on physical media. A lot of these are niche releases, meaning that without the Warner Archive they would evaporate into the mists of forgotten media.
I’ve been a fan of the work being done at the Warner Archive Collection since its inception, so you can imagine how thrilled I am to have the opportunity to put together a showcase of the label’s greatest sci-fi and genre titles for this week’s Den of Geek collaboration.
And what a show it will be!
Among the features included will be the following:
• A tribute to The Green Slime (and its rocking theme song), perhaps the best science fiction film you’ve never seen! Seriously, your brains aren’t prepared for this.
Jeff Rosenstock Made His Late-Night TV Debut Look Like ‘Chaos Hell’
On Monday night (September 28), punk icon Jeff Rosenstock made his late-night TV debut by roaring through “Scram!” on Late Night with Seth Meyers. Like his indefatigably sweaty live shows, it was an energetic affair. Backed by his masked-up band, Death Rosenstock, the kinetic front-person shouted, clapped, and perspired through the three-minute rager, with Black Lives Matter written on his face covering. Bassist John DeDomenici was green-screened in, giving the rendition presence a trippy and occasionally unsettling punch. There was even a lightly subliminal message to buy his new album, No Dream. To hear Rosenstock describe it, the three-minute remote performance perfectly fit the hellish year 2020 has been.
“We live in fucking chaos hell. I want to be honest about us living in chaos hell,” Rosenstock tells MTV News.
Rosenstock has spent the past five years steadily yet forcefully emerging from the punk underground to become the voice for an anxious, exhausted crowd determined to not let them win. His 2016 and 2018 albums — Worry. and POST-, respectively — became life-affirming salves for expressing fury and weariness in the Trump era, irresistibly hooky and blistered with rage; mere days after he surprise-released No Dream in May, the country (and then the world) exploded into mass demonstrations against police brutality, vigilante violence, and racial injustice.
“Scram!” soundtracks this year, even as it dates back to the POST- era, written about “leftist anarchist types basically fucking up Lindsey Graham’s lunch.” “When Lindsey Graham was out to eat, people would go and be like, ‘Fuck you, Lindsey Graham.’ Then I was like, that’s awesome! Because these people are ruining thousands and thousands of lives with their bigotry, with their racism, with their tricks into keeping the income gap as wide as possible [and] taking advantage of the working class,” Rosenstock says. “Then the other side is basically just like, ‘If you can’t have a polite conversation with us, then we are not going to listen to you.’ It’s just like, what the fuck? Fuck you, man.”
This year, Rosenstock raised thousands of dollars through Instagram-livestream performances benefitting The Bail Project, the First Nations Development Institute, and various other progressive activist organizations across the United States. With the live-music industry shut down, Death Rosenstock’s joyously deranged ceremonies had to be scaled down to cozier solo livestreams. Jeff yelled his voice hoarse and pounded acoustic guitars. The stave diving and communal moshing were replaced by jokes and emojis in a scrolling chat. “In all of them, the thing that resonated with me was just people goofing off in the chat and people who were happy to see their friends, or people who were happy to talk to their online friends in a way that doesn’t feel permanent, like a comment on a Facebook post or an Instagram post or a Tweet or something that somebody could get back at you for,” he says.
As live music continues to be experienced through screens, livestreams, and remote performances on Seth Meyers, Rosenstock talks to MTV News about that experience, releasing a set of more mellow material as 2020 Dump, and this chaos-hell year’s potential extraterrestrial silver lining.
MTV News: This Late Night performance is going to be a way for people that don’t know you to get to know you. What does it mean to get that distinction now at this point in your career?
Jeff Rosenstock: I don’t really know what any of it means, you know what I mean? It’s just exciting. It’s cool. I know that we’re on it because Seth is a fan, which is a cool thing. It makes me feel like we got to this spot on our own, not because — this is how I imagine it all works: Somebody gives Mr. NBC $50,000 and is like, “Hey, put my band, The Motorcycles, on there,” or something like that. I don’t really know how it works. It was a pleasant surprise that it wasn’t because of anything like that, but it’s because they were just like, “Oh, no. We like your band. We like your music.” That’s a cool thing.
MTV News: It gives you a chance to introduce yourself in a certain way. How much are you thinking about that when you choose to wear a mask, first of all, and know that it’s going to be a Black Lives Matter mask, and all those considerations?
Rosenstock: To me, that seemed like the bare minimum you could do, to show awareness of … how necessary it is to hold police accountable for continuously murdering Black people. I feel like that’s the very least I could do, if I’m there, is wear a mask that I wrote “Black Lives Matter” on. I was trying to be really considerate of making it have energy, in a certain way. Just to feel alive and truthful to the moment that we’re in. I feel like I’ve seen people do things that either felt stiff or felt really solemn and reverent to the times that we are living in. I just was hoping that ours felt a little bit more chaotic and energetic.
Our bass player had to be green-screened in for it. He was like, “Well, do I have to wear a mask? Because I’m not going to be around anybody.” Our keyboard player was like, “You think we fucking wore masks because we want to wear masks? We have to wear masks. You’ve got to wear a mask. Screw you!” I think that I just wanted to be honest to what we’re living in right now. We all got tested beforehand. We all treated it in a really, really safe way, as safe as we possibly could. Then I see performances where people seem to defiantly not be doing that. I’m just like, Jesus fucking Christ, you people.
MTV News: 2020 has really given people so much time, and you’ve recorded more music. You’ve done a ton of livestreams and raised money. Has staying busy made 2020 feel a bit more bearable for you?
Rosenstock: I feel happy every time that I get to play a livestream and just get to feel like I’m communicating with people who I would usually see throughout the year. I feel very, very, very, very, very fortunate to be in a position where I can help to raise money for good causes like that. But I don’t know — I think I feel like a lot of people feel, where I wish I was getting more done. I wish I was taking all those online courses or whatever and becoming a better mix engineer. Or I wish I was learning how to build things, since I finally am not living in an apartment. In theory, I could just get a saw and build shit. But it feels really difficult to get it done because there’s just five layers of, I don’t know, neon red-level threat distractions happening all the time. That makes it kind of hard to do it, you know? It makes me happy also when Craig of the Creek episodes air that I had worked on throughout all of this. I’ve always felt lucky to be able to channel negative energy into something that feels like, at the very least, it’s creative.
MTV News: It’s been about six months of you and other artists doing those livestreams in different capacities instead of playing regular shows. What’s that experience been like?
Rosenstock: I think just because of my personality, five minutes before a livestream, I’m like, oh shit, what songs am I going to play? Oh shit, I didn’t practice any of those songs. Oh shit, I didn’t warm up. Shit, I didn’t realize it was already 6:00. Shit, shit, shit. I haven’t adjusted to being able to do them better. I think of it as a good thing. It still feels like a similar nervous energy to the first time I did it, where it was just, oh, how’s this going to go? I think that’s something that we embrace a lot in our band, when we’re playing a show: that we don’t go into it expecting that it’s going to go well.
MTV News: It’s cool to hear the more mellow material you released as 2020 Dump songs as a counterpoint to No Dream. Were you nervous about sharing that stuff at all, knowing that they’re more like demos?
Rosenstock: I tried to not treat them as demos once I knew I was going to put them out because I don’t know what’s going to happen with these songs. I don’t know if, at the end of the day, this is going to feel like, well, this was the most real representation of the song, even though it was something that I recorded at home. I was just thinking a little more about Guided By Voices or old Mountain Goats tapes or Dear Nora, just stuff that. There was a mountain of material. It wasn’t all necessarily beautifully recorded in a studio, all planned out. The way the recordings are, that’s them as they’re being written.
Nervous to put them out? I guess so. But I’m nervous to put everything out. Two of the songs that are on there were songs I was thinking about for No Dream, but never really figured out. I knew No Dream was going to be a fast record. I couldn’t find the heart in them yet. I couldn’t find where they wanted to go. It didn’t make sense in context of that. Now it’s making sense. But then it’s also — I don’t know if it feels too gloomy, or something. I don’t know. I’m thinking way too much about all of it and I’m trying to not overthink it as much, which is, I think, the point of trying to put them out in this way.
MTV News: What’s something you’re feeling optimistic about right now?
Rosenstock: I wish I had a greater, quicker answer. But I think it’s pretty exciting that throughout 2020, because of all the shit that’s been going on, they’ve just been quietly dropping all this stuff that I knew already: verifying that UFOs are real and that there’s alien life and shit.
I think that a lot more people are understanding that we’ve had the wool pulled over our eyes by the ruling class. I don’t know if that is just the bubble that I exist in. I think that the other edge of that sword is that there’s also a lot more hateful people who are just like, “Yeah, man. I don’t give a fuck about anybody.” But I’m hoping that the things that we’re learning, if we make it through, we’re actually going to be able to take stock of everything and try and treat people better. I think that the enormous show of support for protecting Black and brown lives from police officers, all over the country, all over the world; who are literally being shot at with rubber bullets, literally being gassed, being kettled in, being beaten… I think that’s a very good thing, to see people stand up against all that force, at a time where it feels like everything is just devoid of any sort of hope.
Although, what if it’s bad alien stuff? That would be the only appropriate way for this year to end — that we found out all this alien shit and surprise, surprise: They hate us, because we’ve wasted our planet. Then they kill us, and then that’s that.
Tom Felton Shares Epic Throwback Photo of ‘Harry Potter’ Cast When They Were Kids
Feeling old yet? Tom Felton reminisced on his Harry Potter days by posting a throwback shot of the cast when they were younger.
Felton, 33, uploaded a photo to Instagram on Monday, September 28, of himself posing alongside a young Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson and Josh Herdman. The side of Rupert Grint’s head also made a cameo in the image.
The Rise of the Planet of the Apes star used a fan-created caption for the post, writing: “When your parents make you hang out with the neighbors kids.”
Felton credited Herdman, also 33, for the adorable photo. In Herdman’s own Instagram post, the actor who played Gregory Goyle cleverly captioned the moment: “The face you make when you have to take a group pic with the enemy #gryffindor #slytherinforlife.”
Before the most recent post, Felton shared a photo of himself “in between scenes” in 2001 with Herdman and Devon Murray.
Felton first appeared in the Harry Potter movie franchise in 2001, playing Radcliffe’s titular character’s nemesis Draco Malfoy. The Risen actor was 13 years old at the time of the debut film’s release.
In 2011, Felton admitted to initially auditioning to play Harry Potter or Ron Weasley (Grint). “I’m very grateful I am in the film at all, but even more grateful that I got the character of Draco,” he told MTV News at the time. “I think Rupert and Dan, there’s no question in my mind, there’s no one else in the world that A) could have played the character better, but B) could have handled the behind-the-scenes pressure those guys have dealt with over the last decade.”
Felton also described the cast’s bond despite his character being at odds with Harry, adding: “There was a great sense of kind of being on a team, and Daniel kind of flew that flag from day one. He was always the most excited, the most eager. He had the most fun on set. And through that, I think everyone just kind of latched on to him and sort of followed his lead.”
Inspired by author J.K. Rowling’s acclaimed books, the Harry Potter film series drummed up massive box office success across its eight films. After the final film was released in 2011, the cast have continued to stay in touch to this day.
Radcliffe, 31, recently revealed on the Today Show Australia how he’s kept up with his former costars over the years. “We’re not as close as we once were,” he admitted in June. “But technically, Rupert and Tom, I’ve texted them actually both quite a bit recently because of Rupert’s baby.”
The Miracle Workers star added, “I mean, that is, like, still wild to me that we are now at the stage where we are having kids, and I’m sure that is a fact that makes the rest of the world feel very old.”
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Ant Anstead Breaks Silence on Christina Anstead Split
Ant Anstead is finally speaking out on his divorce from wife Christina.
On Sunday, Anstead wrote on Instagram, “Anyone who really knows me knows that I don’t like to share private matters publicly. I have remained silent while holding on to hope. I never gave up on us. I pray Christina’s decision brings her happiness.”
Over a week ago, Christina announced they were calling it quits after two years of marriage. She wrote on Instagram, “Ant and I have made the difficult decision to separate. We are grateful for each other and as always, our children will remain our priority. We appreciate your support and ask for privacy for us and our family as we navigate the future.”
Since announcing their split, Christina is reintroducing herself. She wrote on Saturday, “I hate crowds, I love traveling, all things spiritual, the ocean and deep one on one conversations.”
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For those of you who don’t know me (or think you know me) let me reintroduce myself. I hate crowds, I love traveling, all things spiritual, the ocean and deep one on one conversations. I never thought about being on tv. I wanted to be a sports agent like Jerry Maguire. But I always loved looking at houses with my parents especially model homes and I always wanted to be my own boss… So in college when I was called (intuitively) to get my real estate license at a local community college I followed my intuition. I got started in real estate at 21 which led to selling houses which led to flipping houses which led to Tv. Now while I never wanted to be on tv, stepping out of my comfort zone and into the unknown has always been my thing. I live in a state of anxiousness and I’m so used to it that when it’s not there I tend to feel a void and hop into something that causes the feeling I’m used to. This can be good and bad. And it’s one of the things I’m working on breaking the pattern of. Sometimes anxiety and pursuit of new dreams leads me down amazing paths, other times it leaves me feeling lost and in a state of fight or flight / or crying in my closet. Tv changed my life and I am grateful for the life it’s provided, the experiences, the friends I’ve made along the way. Sometimes our calling is bigger than our plans. I never thought I would have one divorce let alone two. I never thought I would have 2 baby daddies – but sometimes life throws us curve balls. Instead of getting stuck in these “setbacks” I choose to look at these challenges as opportunities to grow. So while some may judge me and throw around rumors about me, most of you support me. And that says a lot about this world and where we are headed. I’m messy, I’m real and I’m working on healing. I’m surrounded by extremely powerful women who help me cope, build me up and push me to be better. If you’ve DM me or text me – I haven’t written back because I’m taking time to clear the “noise” and focus on myself and the kids. I appreciate the support and I hope my story inspires you to not be so hard on yourself for the decisions / choices you’ve made. We are all a work in progress. ✨♥️
While noting how “grateful” she is, Christina opened up about the stresses of fame. She revealed, “I live in a state of anxiousness and I’m so used to it that when it’s not there I tend to feel a void and hop into something that causes the feeling I’m used to. This can be good and bad. And it’s one of the things I’m working on breaking the pattern of. Sometimes anxiety and pursuit of new dreams leads me down amazing paths, other times it leaves me feeling lost and in a state of fight or flight / or crying in my closet.”
“Sometimes our calling is bigger than our plans. I never thought I would have one divorce let alone two,” she elaborated. “I never thought I would have 2 baby daddies – but sometimes life throws us curve balls. Instead of getting stuck in these ‘setbacks’ I choose to look at these challenges as opportunities to grow.”
A source recently shed light on Christina’s difficult year. They told E!, “Christina is very disappointed. Bringing home the new baby was extremely difficult and challenging. It’s been a very difficult year with a lot of hard times.”
The source went on, “She never thought she was going to get a divorce so soon. She tried to give it more of a chance but it became very clear that it wasn’t going to work.”
The star couple started dating in October 2017, and tied the knot in a surprise wedding in December 2018. They welcomed son Hudson in September 2019.
They have four children from previous relationships, including Christina’s daughter Taylor, 9, and son Brayden, 4, with ex-husband Tarek El Moussa, and Ant’s daughter Amelie, 16, and son Archie, 13, with ex-wife Louise.
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