Life Moves Pretty Fast: The John Hughes Mixtapes

Demon Music group, in conjunction with the Hughes family, are proud to present the first official compilation of music from the movies of legendary filmmaker John Hughes, curated by Hughes’ music supervisor Tarquin Gotch, covering the classic eighties period 1983 – 1989.

The 74 tracks on the deluxe 4CD boxset feature music from Pretty In Pink, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, National Lampoon’s Vacation, Sixteen Candles, Weird Science, Some Kind of Wonderful, Planes, Trains And Automobiles, She’s Having A Baby, The Great Outdoors and Uncle Buck.

The films of John Hughes are some of the most iconic of the 1980s, and they have created a lasting cultural impact still felt and referenced across TV, film and music.

As well as the characters and stories created in the films, what made John Hughes’ movies different from the rest was the symbiotic relationship between what was happening on screen and music. Whether Cameron Frye staring at the painting in Ferris Bueller’s Day Off set to The Dream Academy’s “Please, Please, Please Let Me Get What”, Duckie and Andie from Pretty In Pink at prom set to Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark’s “If You Leave”, or Neal and Del’s classic “Those aren’t pillows” scene from Planes, Trains and Automobiles set to Emmylou Harris’ “Back In Baby’s Arms”.

John and his team revolutionized the way music was used in movies, commissioning artists such as Kate Bush (‘This Woman’s Work’ for ‘She’s Having A Baby’) and OMD (‘If You Leave’ for ‘Pretty In Pink) to write new song and giving bands such as Simple Minds & The Psychedelic Furs their biggest hits.

Life Moves Pretty Fast – The John Hughes Mixtapes, is released as a limited edition 4CD 74-track deluxe CD set also includes a 14-track cassette and re-issue of the 7” single “Beat City” / “I’m Afraid” originally distributed to the John Hughes fan club mailing list upon the release of Ferris Bueller’s Day Off. It is also available as a limited-edition RED vinyl 6LP boxset, a 25-track black vinyl 2LP version and a standard 4CD 74-track set.

All formats feature imagery of the tapes that John played on set as well as compilations that he made and exclusive interviews and memories from Matthew Broderick, James Hughes, Tarquin Gotch, Ron Payne as well as track-by-track sleeve notes.

Track Liting:

CD1

1. Kajagoogoo – Kajagoogoo (Instrumental)
2. Simple Minds – Don’t You (Forget About Me)
3. Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark – If You Leave
4. Oingo Boingo – Weird Science
5. Furniture – Brilliant Mind
6. Dave Wakeling – She’s Having A Baby
7. The Flowerpot Men – Beat City
8. The Psychedelic Furs – Pretty In Pink
9. Flesh For Lulu – I Go Crazy
10. Dr. Calculus – Full of Love
11. Lick The Tins – Can’t Help Falling In Love
12. Steve Earle & The Dukes – Six Days On The Road (Album Version)
13. Kirsty MacColl – You Just Haven’t Earned It Yet Baby (Soundtrack Version)
14. Suzanne Vega & Joe Jackson – Left of Center
15. Pete Shelley – Do Anything (Soundtrack Version)
16. Carmel – It’s All In The Game
17. The Dream Academy – Power To Believe (Instrumental)
18. Kate Bush – This Woman’s Work
19. New Order – Elegia

CD2

1. The Beat – March of The Swivelheads (Rotating Heads – Dub Version)
2. Nick Heyward – When It Started To Begin
3. Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark – Tesla Girls
4. Big Audio Dynamite – BAD
5. Killing Joke – Eighties
6. The Specials – Little Bitch
7. Gene Loves Jezebel – Desire (Come and Get It) (US Club Mix)
8. Flesh For Lulu – Slide
9. Love And Rockets – Haunted When The Minutes Drag
10. Sigue Sigue Sputnik – Love Missile F1-11 (Ultraviolence Mix)
11. Lords of The New Church – Method To My Madness
12. The Jesus And Mary Chain – The Hardest Walk (Single Version)
13. Echo & The Bunnymen – Bring On The Dancing Horses
14. General Public – Tenderness
15. The Blue Room – I’m Afraid
16. Belouis Some – Round, Round
17. Thompson Twins – If You Were Here
18. The Dream Academy – Please, Please, Please Let Me Get What I Want (Instrumental) 3.07

CD3

1. Yello – Oh Yeah
2. Book Of Love – Modigliani (Lost In Your Eyes)
3. Otis Redding – Try A Little Tenderness
4. Patti Smith – Gloria: In Excelsis Deo
5. Westworld – Ba-Na-Na-Bam-Boo
6. Divinyls – Ring Me Up
7. Topper Headon – Drummin’ Man
8. Billy Idol – Catch My Fall
9. The Association – Cherish
10. Penguin Cafe Orchestra – Music For A Found Harmonium
11. Zapp – Radio People
12. The Blue Room – Cry Like This
13. Ray Charles – Mess Around
14. Joe Turner – Lipstick, Powder and Paint
15. Darlene Love – (Today I Met) The Boy I’m Gonna Marry
16. Marvin Gaye – How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You)
17. Perry Como With Mitchell Ayres And His Orchestra And The Ray Charles Singers – Juke Box Baby
18. The Chordettes – Mr. Sandman
19. Ray Anthony And His Orchestra – The Peter Gunn Theme

CD4

1. Lindsey Buckingham – Holiday Road
2. Emmylou Harris – Back in Baby’s Arms
3. Hugh Harris – Rhythm of Life
4. Spandau Ballet – True
5. Propaganda – Abuse – Here
6. The Dream Academy – The Edge of Forever
7. Yello – Lost Again (Album Version)
8. Bryan Ferry – Crazy Love
9. The Rave-Ups – Positively Lost Me
10. Los Lobos – Don’t Worry Baby
11. Steve Earle – Continental Trailways Blues (Album Version)
12. The Revillos – Rev Up!
13. Boston – More Than A Feeling
14. Balaam And The Angel – I’ll Show You Something Special
15. The Rave-Ups – Rave Up/Shut Up
16. Pop Will Eat Itself – Beaver Patrol
17. The Vapors – Turning Japanese
18. Silicon Teens – Red River Rock

Pre-order HERE. Life Moves Pretty Fast: The John Hughes Mixtapes will be released on November 11, 2022.

Kellogg’s Hocus Pocus 2 Cereal

Kellogg’s is releasing a special cereal in conjunction with the release of “Hocus Pocus 2” on Disney+.

The company said, “Oh, look, another glorious morning to enjoy Kellogg’s latest collaboration, this time bringing a spooky twist to breakfast ahead of the highly anticipated sequel Hocus Pocus 2 streaming only on Disney+ on September 30th. Hop on your broomsticks and grab your spoons because this fall, fans can celebrate the Sanderson Sisters at breakfast with new Kellogg’s Disney Hocus Pocus 2 cereal.”

“The delicious berry brew flavor of Kellogg’s Disney Hocus Pocus 2 cereal will enchant you. Each bite contains mixed berry flavors with purple, orange, and yellow star-shaped pieces topped with green and purple flecks reminiscent of the Sanderson Sisters’ robes.” 

“Disney’s Hocus Pocus has been a part of family Halloween traditions for years,” said Sadie Garcia, Director of Brand Marketing at Kellogg All Family Cereal. “Now, with Kellogg’s Disney Hocus Pocus 2 cereal, families can celebrate spooky season alongside the Sanderson Sisters as they return on Disney+ this fall.”

Kellogg’s Disney Hocus Pocus 2 cereal will be available at retailers nationwide for a limited time starting in August for a suggested retail price of $4.29 for a 7.7-ounce box and $5.29 for a 12-ounce box.

Kellogg’s also teased “something even more magical and exclusive,” coming to Walmart.com in October.

“Hocus Pocus 2” will premiere exclusively on Disney+ on September 30, 2022. In it, the Sanderson Sisters return to present-day Salem and take on the teenagers who dared to evoke them.

Entering Sandman: All You Need To Know About Neil Gaiman’s Classic

Today DC and Netflix are making all of our dreams come true. It’s been over thirty years since Neil Gaiman’s masterwork The Sandman was first called “the unadaptable comic”: a story too grand, too ambitious, too sprawling to ever be faithfully adapted to screen.

Neil Gaiman

Now, the impossible has finally been realized—the series is getting a Netflix adaptation and you’re realizing that it’s time to finally dive in.

Whether on screen or on the page, you’re ready to experience The Sandman for the very first time. And yet, for a book with such a reverent mythology all its own, we can understand how you might feel a bit intimidated, anxious that you may be missing some sort of clue or context which makes what you’re reading, or soon watching, all the richer.

So, here’s what you need to accept—you absolutely, definitely are. No reader captures every element of The Sandman on their first experience. You’d have to be the writer himself.

The Sandman is a book designed to be visited over and over again like a beloved friend, each new meeting enriched and informed by all you’ve learned and experienced since. But we’ll do our best to address some of the most pressing questions you might have here.

Who Is The Sandman?

The original Sandman was a gas mask-wearing crimefighter named Wesley Dodds, a founding member of the original Justice Society of America who first appeared in 1939. He wielded a gas gun which would compel his enemies to tell the truth and put them to sleep. This story isn’t about him.

The next Sandman, Garret Sanford, was created in the 1970s by Jack Kirby and Joe Simon as a superheroic guardian of the dreamworld, whose adventures typically involved two dream-creatures named Brute and Glob.

This Sandman was eventually relieved in his duty by Hector Hall, a former member of Infinity Inc. who had been the Silver Scarab before passing on to the dream world. This story isn’t about them, either.

Our “Sandman” is a being who rarely goes by that name. He is better known as Morpheus, ruler of the Dreaming, the shared subreality of all the dreams of all conscious beings who ever are or ever were. He has as many names as there are cultures with stories of dreams.

In a very real sense, he is the physical embodiment of the concept of dreaming itself. He is a conceptual being, almost like a deity, but who would never claim godhood. He is Dream of the Endless, one of seven siblings. And, despite not being human, he is a being with very human flaws who loves, and loses, and rages at that loss every time. We meet him at a time when he has been brought low and must move mountains to rise again. Morpheus must change, or he must die, and he will make his choice.

Who Are The Endless?

The Endless are the anthropomorphic embodiments of powerful natural forces they embody. They regard themselves as a family, referring to each other as siblings and they are known to be the children of the cosmic entities Night and Time.

From oldest to youngest they are: Destiny, Death, Dream, Destruction, Desire, Despair, and Delirium, who was previously known as Delight.

Johanna Constantine? What Happened To John Constantine?

Johanna Constantine, as she originally appeared in The Sandman, is an 18th century ancestor of the John Constantine you’re likely familiar with.

Jenna Coleman

One liberty that The Sandman Netflix series takes is double casting Jenna Coleman in the roles of both the past Constantine and the current one. It’s symmetrical. (Also, maybe a little bit of a cheeky nod to the multiple variations of the same character that she played on Doctor Who, another show which Gaiman has written for.)

What’s Up with that Raven?

Matthew, Dream’s talking raven (voiced in the Netflix series by Patton Oswalt), actually has a very rich and detailed backstory in the comics that predates The Sandman.

He was once Matt Cable, a government agent who would form a complicated relationship with both his assigned target, Swamp Thing, and their mutual romantic interest, Abigail Arcane. Complex circumstances led to Agent Cable’s death presenting him with the opportunity to remain in The Dreaming instead of crossing over, though not as he was. Matthew is the latest in a long line of ravens which have served Morpheus in the past. (You’ll meet another one in the very first episode of the Netflix series.)

But none of this is that important to the story. If you hear Matthew soliloquizing on the man he was, that’s who he used to be. And for more, you can always read Swamp Thing.

Is This Set in the DC Universe?

The Sandman series started before the foundation of the Vertigo comics imprint it would eventually help define. As a rule, Vertigo series didn’t do much interacting with the mainstream DC comics. But as a grandfathered-in Vertigo series, you’ll see certain concepts from the DC Universe make their way into Sandman’s narrative.

Take, for instance, John Dee, an enemy you’ll meet in this first season. He was originally Doctor Destiny, a foe to the Justice League of America in the Silver Age.

In the first volume of the comics, Morpheus encounters Etrigan, Martian Manhunter and Mister Miracle.

And while the story is still not about them, the Sandmen who preceded Dream had roles yet to play. There’s always just enough of the DC Universe in Sandman and its continued spinoffs to make clear that while there’s not very much interaction between the two, there are elements which keep them in touch.

As for the show, all we’ll say is that some of this is there, some of it may not be. But remember, the references are largely incidental and Sandman’s timelessness is rooted in how well it stands on its own.

What Year is It?

The first issue of The Sandman begins after a long absence by Morpheus from The Dreaming, in the year 1988. Unlike most DC titles, but similar to concurrent Vertigo titles at the time, time progressed more or less linearly from there, concluding as the series did in 1995. One of the major differences between the book and the Netflix series is that the absence lasts just a while longer, until our current year of 2022.

What’s The Best Way to Read This Thing?

Well, the good news is that you can read the first eight issues right now for free on DC Universe Infinite. All you have to do is register. That’ll take you halfway through the first season’s story, which encompasses Vol. 1 and Vol. 2 of the original series’ ten volumes.

But if you’re like us, then you won’t be able to stop there. The Sandman has been collected in a number of Omnibus and Absolute Editions, but in our opinion, those are best suited for collectors and book-lovers who want volumes to cherish after their first go-round. The best way to read The Sandman as a first-time reader is to simply read the numbered Volumes 1-10, which you can find in bookstores, comic shops, libraries and digital retailers. Don’t worry, they’ve been kept in print continually since they were first published and DC recently released 30th Anniversary editions for all of them.

There have also been quite a number of spinoffs and sequels since the original series, but you could read those however you like as long as you read these ten sequential volumes first.

I Found This Book Called The Sandman: Overture, Though. Shouldn’t I Read That First?

Absolutely not. In your book-shopping travels, you may encounter a book entitled The Sandman: Overture, a prequel to The Sandman released for the series’ 25th Anniversary. Do not read this first! You’ll want to at least experience these first ten volumes, and probably the “eleventh” volume Endless Nights as well, before going back to the beginning with Overture.

The Sandman, starring Tom Sturridge as Morpheus, debuts on Netflix August 5th.

For more dreams, fables and recollections, please visit the official Sandman TV page HERE.

PACT Outdoors Bathroom Kit

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Joaquin Phoenix And Lady Gaga To Star In Joker: Folie à Deux

In 2019, Todd Phillips’ Joker landed in theaters and proved to be an international sensation, becoming the highest grossing R-rated film worldwide and yielding Academy Awards for star Joaquin Phoenix and composer Hildur Guðnadóttir. A standalone origin story about the birth of Batman’s most iconic villain, the film managed to tap into the cultural zeitgeist, birthing memes, trends (has there ever been a more famous staircase?) and heated discussion.

And, it’s now confirmed, a sequel.

Joker: Folie à Deux was announced by a brief promo video shared initially by Phillips and Lady Gaga, who will star alongside Phoenix in the Phillips’ directed and co-written film.

The video features silhouettes of both stars alongside the familiar refrain of Irving Berlin’s “Cheek to Cheek,” a song that Gaga has covered with singer Tony Bennett. As for that title, folie à deux is a reference to a medical term regarding a mental health disorder that affects two people. Speculate on that as you will.

Along with the film’s announcement, the video also reveals its release date—October 4, 2024. That will put it roughly five years behind the original’s release, which also hit theaters in October. It’s a lot of time for Joker fans to wait…but unlike Arthur, at least they haven’t had to do it in a padded cell.

Frank Miller Presents To Release $1 Ashcan Comic Book On August 17

Frank Miller Presents, the new publishing imprint created and curated by the titular comic book legend, will publish its first title to specialty comic book stores served by Diamond Comic Distributors on Wednesday, August 17 in what Miller calls a “surprise drop.”

The original 32-page Ashcan Edition comic book features two stories – Frank Miller’s Ronin Book II by Miller, Philip Tan, and Daniel Henriques, and Ancient Enemies by FMP publisher Dan DiDio along with Danilo Beyruth and Alex Sinclair. The special comic will also feature sneak previews of other upcoming FMP titles. 

The FMP Ashcan Edition will have a suggested retail price of $1 to readers and collectors but will be sent to comic book retailers free of charge as an introduction to the new publisher.

The 10-page Ronin Book II story recaps Miller’s original Ronin series published by DC in 1983 prior to The Dark Knight Returns and catches up with Casey McKenna as she “travels across the ravaged landscape of America in search of the new Ronin.”

The 17-page Ancient Enemies story is a prequel to the upcoming series, which is about a “thousand-year-old galactic war before the primary combatants arrived on Earth and threatened all existence.”

FMP was announced in April and aspires to “invest in artists and the future of comics” by publishing both new original works by Miller – who also serves as its editor-in-chief – along with new and veteran comic book creators. The new imprint aims to publish two to four titles a year, created and curated into “a line of comics to capture Miller’s distinct visual style.”

In the original FMP announcement, Miller also promised a return to his iconic noir franchise in Sin City 1858 set in Sin City’s origins in the Wild West.

The Black Phone To Be Released On Blu-ray & DVD On August 16

Never talk to strangers. Academy Award nominee Ethan Hawke (Sinister, Boyhood, Training Day), in the most disturbing role of his career, stars in a new suspenseful thriller based on the short story by Joe Hill (“Locke & Key,” Horns) and from Blumhouse and director Scott Derrickson who brought you Sinister and Doctor Strange. Certified Fresh on Rotten Tomatoes with a score of 83%, The Black Phone is available to own with captivating extras on Digital August 12, 2022 and on Blu-ray and DVD August 16, 2022 from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment. Hailed as “a modern horror classic” (Daily Dead), The Black Phone comes with exclusive bonus content which includes deleted scenes, behind-the-scenes featurettes with the cast and crew, Derrickson’s short film Shadowprowler and a feature commentary by director, producer, co-writer Scott Derrickson.

From producer Jason Blum (The Invisible Man, Get Out, Split), written by Scott Derrickson and C. Robert Cargill (Sinister, Dr. Strange) with Derrickson directing, The Black Phone stars Ethan Hawke, Jeremy Davies (Saving Private Ryan, The House That Jack Built, Lost), James Ransone (It Chapter Two, Generation Kill), Mason Thames (For All Mankind, Walker) and Madeleine McGraw (Secrets of Sulpher Springs, A Christmas Wish).

Finney (Thames), a shy but clever 13-year-old boy, is abducted by a sadistic killer (Hawke) and trapped in a soundproof basement where screaming is of little use. When a disconnected phone on the wall begins to ring, Finney discovers that he can hear the voices of the killer’s previous victims. And they are dead set on making sure that what happened to them doesn’t happen to Finney. The film is produced by Derrickson & Cargill’s Crooked Highway and presented by Universal and Blumhouse.

Baz Luhrmann’s Elvis Arrives On Digital August 9 & On Blu-ray September 13

Experience an epic exploration of the life and music of Elvis Presley when “Elvis” arrives for Digital Ownership at home on August 9. The film is directed by Baz Luhrmann from a screenplay by Luhrmann & Sam Bromell and Luhrmann & Craig Pearce and Jeremy Doner, based on a story by Luhrmann & Craig Pearce and Jeremy Doner, and stars Austin Butler (“The Dead Don’t Die,” “Once Upon A Time… In Hollywood”) and Tom Hanks (“Saving Private Ryan,” “Forrest Gump”). The film will also be available on 4K UHD, Blu-ray and DVD beginning on September 13.

On August 9, “Elvis” will be available for early Digital Ownership at home for $24.99 and for 48-hour rental via PVOD for $19.99 SRP on participating digital platforms where you purchase movies.

On September 13, “Elvis” will be available on 4K, Blu-ray and DVD. “Elvis” will also continue to be available to own in high definition and standard definition from participating digital retailers.

“Elvis” will also be available on Movies Anywhere. Using the free Movies Anywhere app and website, consumers can access all their eligible movies by connecting their Movies Anywhere account with their participating digital retailer accounts.

A thoroughly cinematic drama, Elvis’s (Austin Butler) story is seen through the prism of his complicated relationship with his enigmatic manager, Colonel Tom Parker (Tom Hanks). As told by Parker, the film delves into the complex dynamic between the two spanning over 20 years, from Presley’s rise to fame to his unprecedented stardom, against the backdrop of the evolving cultural landscape and loss of innocence in America. Central to that journey is one of the significant and influential people in Elvis’s life, Priscilla Presley (Olivia DeJonge).

Introducing The REI Co-Op Special Edition Basecamp Camper

Airstream and REI have teamed up to deliver a fully-equipped Basecamp camper that is adventure-ready, inside and out!

Pulling from REI’s extensive catalog of outdoor gear, the camper features a composting toilet, recirculating water heater, and a UV-LED water filtration system. An optional upgrade adds 360 watts of solar power thanks to flexible Merlin solar panels and a 200Ah lithium battery. 

The interior retains the familiar Basecamp layout, but adds interior coverings made of recycled materials and an outdoor shower that doesn’t fill the septic tank. Every REI-edition Basecamp comes with a 25-piece REI kit stocked with camping essentials like chairs, packs, and more.

The REI Co-op Special Edition is focused on sustainable features and materials that inspire explorers to discover more ways to camp beyond the traditional definition.

Airstream lets you adventure in style and REI Co-op gears you up for active days and starry nights.

The 2023 REI Special Edition has a starting price of $52,900.

Taco Bell And Milk Bar Collaborate On The Strawberry Bell Truffle

Taco Bell’s iconic Crunchy Taco shell and New York-based dessert company Milk Bar’s famous truffles are fusing together to form the all-new Strawberry Bell Truffle. Bringing both brands together with familiar-yet-unexpected treats, the summer-friendly dessert aims to bring the best of both brands’ innovations to life. In a first-of-its-kind collaboration for the brands, the truffle will be testing at Taco Bell and Milk Bar outposts in two major markets.

The perfect slice of cake morphed into a convenient bite, the Strawberry Bell Truffle’s vanilla cake is studded with strawberry pieces and soaked in strawberry milk. The cake is then filled with a sweet corn fudge center. The outside is coated with a sweet and slightly salty strawberry and sweet corn cake coating, studded with tiny pieces of Taco Bell’s Crunchy Taco Shell. The unique coating adds an unexpected burst of flavor and satisfying texture for a one-of-a-kind eating experience.

The sweet and salty treat will be available in-stores as a two truffle package for $2.99 beginning August 3 until August 16, or until supplies last, at one Taco Bell restaurant in Orange County, CA (14042 Red Hill Ave., Tustin, CA 92780) and at two of Milk Bar’s flagship locations in the Nomad neighborhood of New York, NY (1196 Broadway at 29th Street, New York, NY 10001) and on Melrose in Los Angeles, CA (7150 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90046).

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