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Dallas Jackson – “The System”

Writer/Director Dallas Jackson’s High-Octane Action Thriller 

“The System” Starring Tyrese Gibson, Terrence Howard, 

Jeremy Piven & Lil Yachty Set for Nationwide Release in Select Theaters on Oct. 28; Digital and On-Demand on Nov. 4

With an enviable slate of film and television projects in various stages of release, production or development, rising Hollywood filmmaker Dallas Jackson has a name currently ringing out in the best way among entertainment industry power circles. Jackson’s new action thriller “The System” starring Tyrese Gibson, Terrence Howard, Jeremy Piven, and Lil Yachty is set for a nationwide theatrical release on October 28; He’s in development on “Creature House,” Jackson’s new horror feature film in collaboration with Kevin Grevioux, 50 Cent and G Unit productions which was recently announced by Deadline; and his 2020 action feature “Welcome to Sudden Death” starring Michael Jai White is still in heavy rotation on Netflix, where it ranked among the top 10 movies on the platform for weeks following its release. 

Jackson, a proud Howard University alumni (one of the nation’s leading HBCUs), is being honored with a Bison Honors Award at his alma mater’s Homecoming on Saturday, Oct. 22. A special screening of his newest film, “The System” will be shown during Homecoming week in Washington DC on Thursday, Oct. 20.

As President of production company DJ Classicz, Jackson creates content focusing on edgy, young adult driven film and television projects for international audiences. The multi-hyphenate writer/director/producer considers it his mission to entertain the world by creating content for multicultural audiences that embeds a redemptive message at its core or shines a light on societal issues. In The System, he takes on the corruption inside the privatized prison system, which many social justice advocates describe as ‘modern day slavery’ and disproportionately affects people of color.  

“I try to start off my movies with a bang so you’re ‘in’ from the beginning and can stay with it,” said Jackson. “What gets me up in the morning is the chance to impact the culture by increasing content, movies and tv projects that serve as enjoyable entertainment wrapped in a message. We can shine a light on topics that are important to us, but in a digestible format for audiences.”

Jackson served as Executive Producer, alongside iconic director John Singleton for 10 episodes of the limited series crime-drama “REBEL” on BET/Viacom Networks. His other credits include serving as writer and director on Blumhouse feature film “Thriller” starring Mykelti Williamson (Fences), and rapper-actor RZA, which made its world premiere at the 2018 Los Angeles Film Festival. He co-wrote “Straight Out of Heaven” with iconic director Singleton for WBTV, and served as screenwriter on the urban-family series “Uncle P” starring Lil’ Romeo Miller and Cheech Marin for Nickelodeon.
The Denver native, who was a latchkey kid riding the bus at age 10 to rent movies from his favorite genres, recalls the rich relationships that have informed, supported and fueled his career forward. They include Singleton, his esteemed mentor, and RZA, who he has collaborated with on several projects since he began in the business.  
“I got a master class by shadowing John Singleton and watching him work,” said Jackson. “He taught me how to pay attention to other directors on the show. I got a notebook and took copious notes – how to block a scene; how to tweak a script on-the-spot during a table read; how to identify a problem and quickly solve it during the production. John said, ‘know your story and know it better than anyone else. That way no one can tell you what to make and how to make it.’ He was a complete professor to me in giving me instructions. He believed in me enough to endorse me, which had a major impact on my career trajectory.”  

When asked about the power of aligning with executives and talent who hail from historically black colleges & universities, Jackson said, “What we can accomplish individually and collectively is insurmountable. We’re not all the same. At HBCUs, learning about the African diaspora, different parts of the world and the country gives you a confidence about ‘self’ that is powerful, as well as peers that you can call on for employment, to look out for our children and network connections. It’s allowed me to transport myself into Hollywood with these skill sets in my back pocket. We are a magnet for culture, which gives us a unique advantage and a ‘super power’.”

Up next is “Twenty Four Seven,” another collaboration with 50 Cent and his G Unit Productions for CBS Television on which Jackson serves as both screenwriter and an Executive Producer.

Based on the book by Derrick Parker and Matt Diehl, the story centers on Parker, who worked on some of the biggest criminal cases in rap history, from the shooting at Club New York to the first shooting of Tupac Shakur.

Regarding his brand, vision, journey and voice, Jackson said, “The grand vision is to entertain. I grew up on movies, knowing TV guides back and forth. I was a “nerdy” kid who rented 3 movies at a time. You’ll see there’s always a message in everything I do. Subtle or not, I wrap a lasting message inside the project. I’d like to leave the world a better place by my work, and encourage Black youth to never give up; show them that they can actualize their dreams.”

ABOUT “THE SYSTEM”

Retired marine Terry Savage (Tyrese Gibson) would do anything to save his daughter, including robbing drug houses to pay for her medical treatment. When Savage gets caught, he’s offered a chance at redemption by the local police commissioner to get his daughter the care she needs in exchange for infiltrating a private prison and exposing the corruption that’s headed by a sadistic warden Lucas Fisher (Jeremy Piven). 

On his first night there, Savage is attacked by one of the prison gangs but saved by another inmate, Bones (Terrence Howard). An OG of the prison, he decides to teach Savage some unique, martial arts skills. When the warden recruits Savage for The Dungeon, his vicious, underground fight ring hosted by a deranged inmate, Joker (Lil Yachty), Savage must fight for his life against ruthless and bloodthirsty inmates. With help from Bones, Savage must capture incriminating evidence while trying to stay alive and get back to his daughter. Filmmaker Dallas Jackson writes and directs this explosive, action-packed thriller, which takes on corruption in America’s prison-for-profit privatized correctional system. The System will be released by The Avenue in select theaters nationwide on October 28, and available via digital and on-demand on November 4. 

ABOUT WRITER/DIRECTOR DALLAS JACKSON

One to watch, filmmaker Dallas Jackson is holding court for entertainment buffs who enjoy action, horror and thriller films. The multi-hyphenate writer, director and producer is also a Howard University (HBCU) grad, proud father, family man and self-professed “geek” who considers it his mission to entertain the world by creating content that resonates with multicultural audiences. Also central to his ethos is embedding redemptive messages at the core of his projects and highlighting societal issues through entertainment. Jackson is president of DJ Classicz Productions, an independent production company he founded which generates edgy, young adult driven film and television projects for international audiences.

Dallas served as executive producer for 10 episodes of the limited series crime-drama “REBEL” on BET/Viacom Networks, where he worked alongside one of his industry heroes – the late, iconic director John Singleton. Dallas directed, produced and co-wrote the teen slasher film “THRILLER” for Blumhouse Pictures/Universal Pictures, which debuted on Netflix in April, 2019 and stars Mykelti Williamson, RZA, and Vanessa Bell Calloway. His 2020 action feature “WELCOME TO SUDDEN DEATH” starring Michael Jai White is also still in heavy rotation on Netflix, where it ranked among the “top 10” movies on the platform for weeks following its release. 

Jackson’s new high-octane action thriller “THE SYSTEM” starring Tyrese Gibson, Terrence Howard, Jeremy Piven, and Lil Yachty, explores corruption in America’s prison-for-profit privatized correctional system.

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Boston Manor Tour Dates

Boston Manor has announced they will be headlining their first North American Tour this year with support from Trash Boat and Higher Power. Tickets are on sale now HERE.

They have also released an acoustic rendition of their recent single “Algorithm.” It’s a delicately lush, piano-led iteration of the track which is a rumination of the burden to perpetuate “content” beyond art, that creators are laden with these days. Fans can listen to the new acoustic single HERE.

Boston Manor 2022 North American Tour Dates

April 4 – Toronto, ON – The Velvet Underground

April 6 – Boston, MA – Crystal Ballroom

April 7 – Boston, MA – Crystal Ballroom

April 8 – New York, NY – Gramercy Theater

April 9 – Philadelphia, PA – Foundry

April 10 – Baltimore, MA – Ottobar

April 12 – North Carolina – Blind Tiger

April 13 – Orlando, FL – Abbey

April 14 – Tampa, FL – Orpheum

April 15 – Atlanta, GA – Masquerade

April 16 – Nashville, TN – Mercy Lounge

April 18 – Dallas, TX – Dada

April 19 – Houston, TX – Warehouse Live

April 20 – Austin, TX – Come and Take It Live!

April 22 – Phoenix, AZ – Rebel

April 23 – Los Angeles, CA – Lodge Room Highland Park

April 24 – Orange County, CA – Chain Reaction

April 26 – Berkley, CA – Cornerstone

April 28 – Seattle, WA – El Corazon

April 29 – Vancouver, BC – Hollywood Theater

April 30 – Portland, OR – Hawthorne

May 2 – Salt Lake City, UT – Loading Dock

May 3 – Denver, CO – Marquis

May 4 – Lawrence, KS – The Bottleneck

May 6 – Chicago, IL – Bottom Lounge

May 7 – Detroit, MI – Magic Stick

May 8 – Cleveland, OH – Beachland

May 9 – Pittsburgh, PA – Thunderbird

Boston Manor relished their return to live music in 2021, delivering incendiary sets at the landmark Download Pilot, Reading & Leeds, and Slam Dunk Festivals. They also made it back out to North America as main support to Neck Deep with a setlist for both new and old fans alike.

Along with their headline North American 2022 tour, Boston Manor is also set to headline the UK in February at some of their biggest shows to date and this summer will see the band return to Download Festival, as well as playing Rock Am Ring, Graspop, and more.

The original version of “Algorithm” features on Boston Manor’s Desperate Times, Desperate Pleasures EP which was released in October 2021 via SharpTone Records. The EP is now available on 10″ vinyl, following its digital and cassette tape formats.

Desperate Times, Desperate Pleasures marks a concerted step into the future for Boston Manor. It’s the coining of a bold, bright new sound, building upon the bruising pop-punk of their earlier work and the big moves of their last album GLUE, to compose music that’s both heavier and more unabashedly accessible than that which preceded it. Hook-laden, coherent, blackly witty, and with a molten emotional core, it’s the opening of a new chapter, hinting at even greater brilliance to follow. This latest collection sees Boston Manor tapping into teen influences of the late 90s—The Cardigans, the Cranberries, later-era Depeche Mode. They recorded their new material at Stu Stu Studio in Brixton with Larry Hibbitt.

BANKS shares “Contaminated” video

BANKS shares the lyric video for the haunting track “Contaminated.” View it HERE.

The track is featured on BANKS’ third album, III, which debuted to widespread critical acclaim last month. Zane Lowe first debuted the song as a World First on Apple Music’s Beats 1. BANKS recorded “Contaminated” in Los Angeles, collaborating with producer BJ Burton (Bon Iver, Francis and the Lights). Rolling Stone called the track “infectious” while Billboard noted “‘Contaminated,’…a heavy synth-based melody juxtaposed by the songstress’ signature airy vocals to detail the draining and heartbreaking process of being with someone not healthy for you.”

“‘Contaminated’ is about being addicted to a toxic relationship. The more you give, the less of yourself you become,” says BANKS. BANKS further discusses III in feature articles running in TIME Magazine, Harper’s BAZAAR, Vanity Fair, V Magazine and elsewhere. III is her highest-charting album to date on Billboard’s Top Album Sales tally, debuting at No. 3. It came in at No. 1 on the Internet Albums tally, No. 2 on the Current Alternative Albums and Current Pop Albums charts and No. 9 on the Digital Albums chart. Songs from III have accumulated over 50 million streams alone. She’ll support the album with an extensive headline tour, which kicks off on September 3 at REBEL in Toronto.

The III Tour will include two sold-out shows at Brooklyn Steel (with a third night on sale now) and an October 1 concert at the Hollywood Palladium in Los Angeles. Tickets and VIP packages are on sale now. BANKS will also perform at such festivals as Music Midtown in Atlanta, Life is Beautiful in Las Vegas and Austin City Limits. See below for full list of North American/UK/EU dates.

   BANKS – THE III TOUR Dates here.

MADONNA LAUNCHES MDNA SKIN

(Photo credit: Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for MDNA SKIN)

MADONNA LAUNCHES MDNA SKIN IN THE US AT BARNEYS NEW YORK
  

Madonna yesterday hosted a meet and greet at Barneys New York to celebrate the US launch of MDNA SKIN, applying product to select VIP fans and taking photos with customers.

 

The line was co-developed by Madonna and MDNA SKIN’s Japanese parent company MTG. Dr. Paul Jarrod Frank, Madonna’s dermatologist of two years, is also on board as MDNA SKIN’s brand consultant. The hero product, The Chrome Clay Mask, is comprised of clay that comes from Montecatini, Italy, where MDNA Skin was granted permission to use the city’s thermal waters and fango clay. Every product in the range is formulated with M.T. PARCA, a proprietary ingredient derived from four natural springs in Montecatini. The restorative, mineral-rich water is the base for the line’s products including a Face Wash, Face Serum, Eye Serum, Eye Masks and Rose Mist. Looking ahead, a Finishing Cream will join the lineup in the US in November, followed by a Reinvention Cream and an Onyx Black Beauty Roller next year.