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Marvel Announces “Star Wars” #50 Facsimile Edition

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The Press Release:
In celebration of Marvel’s 80th Anniversary, Marvel is releasing a special Facsimile edition of the 1977 STAR WARS #50! Coinciding directly with May’s upcoming STAR WARS #108 one-shot from Matthew Rosenberg and artists Giuseppe Camuncoli, Luke Ross, Kerry Gammill, Andrea Broccardo, this Facsimile features a full reprint of the issues’ classic story – ads and all! – from writer Archie Williams and artists Al Williamson, Tom Palmer and Walter Simonson!

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With new stories of original series characters such as Jaxxon, Amaiza, Domina Tagge, Valance the Hunter, and more, STAR WARS #108 acts as a direct sequel to Star Wars #50 – making this a truly epic 80th Anniversary celebration!
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Marvel Studios: “Avengers: Endgame” Official Trailer (Opening 4/26/2019)

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Good morning my friends, as you read this, the recently opened “Captain Marvel” film has achieved a worldwide box office take of $524 million dollars. As you know, the character is going to be a pivotal component in the next chapter which happens during “Avengers: Endgame” which makes me stoked to have found a brand-new trailer being revealed only minutes ago. Let’s take a look but put the coffee down before you watch. Trust me. After this you can enjoy the expansive cast, revealed premise and the Official Theatrical poster.

The Premise: Following the events of Avengers: Infinity War, with half of the universe killed in an event dubbed “The Decimation”, the universe lies in shambles and the remaining Avengers and their allies must reassemble to repair the damage caused by Thanos and bring harmony back to the universe. (c/o Wiki)
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Tonight: “American Gods” Season 2 Premiere On Starz (3/10/2019)

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It was only back in January that we shared the trailer for the second season of “American Gods” which airs on the Starz Network and if you missed that trailer please just click HERE to be up to date with the rest of us. This season begins tonight on the Starz network which is a premium channel from your cable provider and it will be episodic as opposed to something that you can sit and binge. Let’s take another look at the premise and casting along with the poster for the season.

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The Premise: When Shadow Moon is released from prison, he enters a world he does not understand and meets the mysterious Mr. Wednesday. Left adrift by the recent death of his wife, Shadow is hired as Mr. Wednesday’s assistant/bodyguard. He finds himself in a hidden world where magic is real, where the Old Gods fear irrelevance and the growing power of the New Gods, including Technology and Media. In a grand plan to combat the threat, Mr. Wednesday attempts to unite the Old Gods to defend their existence and rebuild the influence that they have lost, leaving Shadow struggling to accept this new world and his place in it.
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Tonight: “YOSHIKI Live at Carnegie Hall” on PBS (3/8/2019)

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The Press Release:
New York’s PBS television station WNET THIRTEEN will premiere a special one-hour version of “YOSHIKI – Live at Carnegie Hall” on Friday, March 8, at 9:00pm ET in the tri-state area, with encore showings March 11-18 and additional U.S. markets to be announced soon. Watch the trailer for the PBS concert special “YOSHIKI – Live at Carnegie Hall below.

“YOSHIKI – Live at Carnegie Hall” features rock star and composer YOSHIKI as pianist joined by the Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra, performing YOSHIKI’s compositions which have sold over 50 million records worldwide. Program highlights include YOSHIKI’s theme for the Golden Globes and his piano concerto composed for the Emperor of Japan’s 10th Anniversary, along with selections from Beethoven and Tchaikovsky.

Program information and broadcast schedule WNET THIRTEEN are HERE and HERE.

YOSHIKI recently performed his first U.S. guest appearance on Sarah Brightman’s HYMN U.S. tour at Radio City Music Hall in New York on (February 6) and he’ll join her on March 9 in San Francisco at the Masonic and on March 10 in Los Angeles at the Dolby Theatre. The digital single “Miracle (Sarah’s Version)”–composed by YOSHIKI, performed by Sarah Brightman and featuring YOSHIKI’s performance on piano–was released in 2018, reaching the Top 10 on iTunes Classical Charts in 15 countries.

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Yoshiki @ Carnegie Hall (2017) by Ken Pierce for PiercingMetal.com

Last month, The H Collective announced their partnership with YOSHIKI on the next installment in the xXx action film franchise, xXx 4 starring Vin Diesel. YOSHIKI will compose the theme song for the new film, spinoff TV series and collaborate on the film score. (Psst, hey you, yeah you, PiercingMetal shared that news in full on THIS LINK so check it out).

YOSHIKI’s film and television credits include composing music for Saw IV, Repo! The Genetic Opera, “The Golden Globe Awards,” and the hit anime series “Attack on Titan.” After receiving the Asian Icon Award from Classic Rock magazine (U.K.), YOSHIKI was chosen as the first Japanese man to appear on the cover of Vogue Japan. YOSHIKI is the leader of Japan’s most famous rock band, X JAPAN, who played Madison Square Garden and last year’s Coachella festival. X JAPAN’s first studio album in over 22 years will soon be released.

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PiercingMetal Thoughts: Here at the PiercingMetal Media Command HQ we just love all the wide variety of stuff that Yoshiki is involved in. We were even in attendance at one of the Carnegie Hall performances and found it to be absolutely stunning. It was so good that I cannot wait to own this on Blu-ray and watch the broadcast when it airs tonight. Make sure that you check your local listings and program your DVR or VHS Recorder if you still have one of those and it works because you don’t want to miss this. It was so darned good that I hope he decides to do something like this once again.

Official Websites:
Yoshiki: http://www.yoshiki.net
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Now Playing: “Captain Marvel” in Theaters Everywhere (3/8/2019)

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Today is the day my friends as its time for us to go higher, further and faster with the mighty Captain Marvel who makes her grand debut as a part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe for the very first time. The film is opening up today in theaters everywhere but first let’s revisit some of the posts that were done in support of the release. Last month, Marvel Comics unleashed a crop of one dollar comics, their “True Believers” line which all featured her and you might still be able to get most of them if you ask your local retailer about them. Make a checklist from the post found HERE. I also showcased some Promotional Posters and a Special Look Trailer so click those italicized words to see the posts. Below you will find the Official Theatrical Poster, premise and casting. I’ve spiced it up by adding some other posters as well before my closing thoughts.

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The Premise: Set in the mid-1990s, Captain Marvel follows Carol Danvers, a former U.S. Air Force fighter pilot, as she turns into one of the galaxy’s mightiest heroes and joins Starforce, an elite Kree military team, before returning home with new questions about her past and identity when the Earth is caught in the center of an intergalactic conflict between two alien worlds. (thanks Wiki).
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