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Yoshiki To Score ‘XXX 4’ Film in Multi-Film Partnership w The H Collective

Fans of the incredible talent that is Yoshiki will be psyched about this news from his camp. Read on.

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The Press Release:
The H Collective has partnered with prolific Japanese composer and musician Yoshiki on the next installment in the xXx franchise, xXx 4 starring Vin Diesel. The film will feature a theme song with music written by Yoshiki. xXx 4 is in pre-production with casting currently under way, and principal photography set to commence this year.

In addition, The H Collective has invested in its first animated feature, Spycies, an action spy comedy produced by Chinese entertainment giant iQiyi. Yoshiki will be working on the theme song and music for the feature which has been animated in France by Lux Populi Production. Spycies will be released in theatres across China on August 8th, 2019.

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Yoshiki @ Carnegie Hall (2017) by Ken Pierce for

Yoshiki is a composer, classically-trained pianist, rock drummer, and the leader of the world-famous rock group X Japan, who has sold 30 million singles and albums combined. 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 currently finalizing X Japan’s first new studio album in over 22 years.

“Yoshiki is a great friend of ours at THC and we are incredibly proud to be working with such a talent on two movies which are both global in scope,” said The H Collective CEO Nic Crawley. “Spycies brings together talent from the US, Japan, China and France.”

Yoshiki said, “I’m excited to be part of the new xXx film and Spycies; composing the new theme songs and collaborating on the film scores.”

Yoshiki is represented by WME.

ABOUT THE H COLLECTIVE: Launched in 2017, and with offices in Los Angeles, The H Collective is a global film finance, production, marketing and distribution company that is producing and financing a diversified slate of high-quality films with strong Franchise IP potential. The slate includes Brightburn starring Elizabeth Banks which Sony will release on May 24th and Christopher Cantwell’s thriller The Parts You Lose starring Aaron Paul. The H Collective acquired the rights to Aaron W. Sala’s horror thriller spec The Beast and will produce the fourth installment of the xXx franchise starring Vin Diesel. For further information, visit the link below.
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PiercingMetal Thoughts: Clearly Yoshiki is a busy, busy man as we’ve only recently noted how he will be appearing on select tour dates with Sarah Brightman (discussed HERE if you missed it). I’m interested in hearing the kind of music Yoshiki scores for these films and will admit that I am especially excited about the upcoming X Japan album. I hope they tour here again sometime soon because it was a spectacular show to be in attendance at. What do you fans of the man think of this news? Chime in down below.

Official Websites:
Yoshiki: http://www.yoshiki,net
H Collective:

Vice Films: “Lords Of Chaos” Official Trailer (2019)

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In 1998, authors Michael Moynihan and Didrik Søderlind composed a non-fiction book called “Lords Of Chaos: The Bloody Rise of the Satanic Metal Underground” and according to those who read it, the tome featured some truly shocking moments from Heavy Music history. The book was primarily about the band Mayhem and their formation and their continuing the build of the Black Metal genre. Now, a film about these times stands ready to be released and we the full Official Trailer to share with you if you dare brave to watch it.

Storyline: A teenager’s quest to launch Norwegian Black Metal in Oslo in the early 1990s results in a very violent outcome.
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Now Playing: “Glass” in Theaters Everywhere (1/18/2019)

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Though it’s been a few months since the last reference, I’ve posted about the film “Glass” a couple of times already in posts about the First Trailer and the Second Trailer which you can enjoy by clicking the hyperlinked text. Each of them feature some cool promotional posters so do take a moment to do that and to refresh yourself with the film that brings M Night Shyamalan’s trilogy to its close. “Glass” opens today in theaters everywhere so let’s review the main poster, premise and casting.

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Premise: Following the conclusion of Split, David Dunn pursues Kevin Wendell Crumb’s superhuman persona of The Beast in a series of escalating encounters while the shadowy presence of Elijah Price, going by “Mr. Glass”, emerges as an orchestrator who holds secrets critical to both men.

The Cast/Characters:
James McAvoy as Kevin Wendell Crumb/The Horde
Bruce Willis as David Dunn
Samuel L. Jackson as Elijah Price/Mr. Glass
Anya Taylor-Joy as Casey Cooke
Sarah Paulson as Dr. Ellie Staple
Spencer Treat Clark as Joseph Dunn
Charlayne Woodard as Mrs. Price
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Now Streaming: “The Punisher” on Netflix (1/18/2019)

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Greetings Fiends, how the heck are you this fine early morning? I’m here to remind you all that as of a short while ago, Marvel’s “The Punisher” is available to stream its second season in full. As I only recently posted the first Official Trailer (seen HERE), I am thinking that the series is still pretty fresh in your mind.

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Premise: In the first season, Frank Castle, known throughout New York City as “the Punisher” after exacting revenge on those responsible for the death of his family, uncovers a larger conspiracy beyond what was done to him and his family. The second season sees Castle, who has been living a quiet life on the road, drawn into the mystery surrounding the attempted murder of Amy Bendix, forcing him to decide if he should embrace his life as the Punisher. (c/o Wiki)
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BlackboxTV Presents: “Welcome To Daisyland” Official Trailer

There is a proven audience for Horror Anthology series based on the continually returning “American Horror Story” which just completed what felt like its 15th Season on FX. This new project holds some interest to me based on it being a new network to my media database and one that will feature music from that kickass Hard Rock band The Dead Daisies. Check out the trailer and press copy that I received not too long ago.

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The Press Release:
For those that claim rock music is a fading trend, Spitfire Music has teamed up with BlackBoxTV to develop a new horror anthology series “Welcome To Daisyland”. Spitfire Music have enlisted the Australian-American musical collective THE DEAD DAISIES to provide the soundtrack for the series, furthering their stance that rock music is alive and thriving. “Welcome To Daisyland” is scheduled to premiere this Valentine’s Day (February 14). Directed by award-winning film maker Tony E. Valenzuela (Silverwood, Harper’s Globe) and starring Pepi Sonuga (Ash Vs The Evil Dead), the first official trailer for the series is out now and can be seen here:

“In 2018, content is king,” states the band’s manager and series Executive Producer David Edwards (Rock Star INXS). “I’m tired of hearing the same Top 40 music in the background of every film and kept thinking, ‘This scene would be so much better with a heavy rock track’, so we made it happen.” On deciding to go with a horror series, Edwards added, “Horror and rock go hand in hand. Alice Cooper started combining the two back in the 70’s with his crazy theatricsand it’s a genre we love.”
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