If you think you've heard about this one before, you're correct. Way back in 2004 - years before becoming "The Rock Father," I was working regularly in television and film, and pretty much dropped everything to focus on bringing one of my own visions to the big screen - a genre-bending crime/horror hybrid called DEATH WALKS THE STREETS (DWTS). The tagline was a big hook - "Vampires. Demons. Zombies. Werewolves. The Mob." - and what followed was a few years of absolute craziness that saw the in-development film and its two planned sequels (one was written) get coverage in major media, get nominated for a Spike Scream Award for "Most Anticipated Film" (a category sponsored by Hot Topic) and the ahead-of-their-time video "making-of" video podcasts get nominated for an Emmy, all while casting was tackled, set/costume/prop design was completed, and special FX tests were underway. Sadly, the project fell apart due to a massive storm of "circumstances beyond our control" for my co-writer and I, but the plus side is that a prequel comic book series took shape in the years that followed.
13 years into the DWTS journey, there's still new friends discovering the DWTS world for the very first time, and in the eight years since the first comic was published, new readers have been enjoying and experiencing our stories on a weekly basis. For Halloween, we're inviting YOU to experience DEATH WALKS THE STREETS through a FREE DOWNLOAD of DWTS #0 and DWTS #1 (the Halloween issue!) via Noisetrade Books!
As we roll toward Halloween, it just feels right to see some seasonal fare topping the box office. Thing is, the box office results for the weekend of October 22 could be considered frightening for studios and theater owners alike, as audiences weren't exactly out in droves. According to data provided by comScore, Tyler Perry's BOO 2! A Madea Halloween topped the weekend estimates, pulling in $21.6M, far ahead of Warner Bros. Geostorm with $13.3M. In its second weekend, Happy Death Day (Universal/Blumhouse) is in third with just $9.4M. As for Universal's The Snowman? Although they did hit media outlets like this one with some entertaining care packages this past week, The Snowman got decapitated with just $3.4M amid bad reviews and rumors that the whole script may not have even been shot (seriously).
Retro pop culture continues to be hot, and with that the folks at Funko are continuing their series of Pop! Vinyl figures that a crafted in pixel art. Presented in the style of the 8-Bit games of the 1980s, the next round of 8-Bit Pops are from the horror collection, with A Nightmare on Elm Street's Freddy Krueger, Friday the 13th's Jason Voorhees and a Xenomorph from Ridley Scott's Alien - all available for pre-order via my affiliates at Entertainment Earth.
Updated 10/23/17 - We're in day four of the #TwitterLocked situation, with more and more users coming forward with similar tales...
Original Story: It began on Friday, October 20th - hot on the heels of an announcement that Twitter had unveiled a new timeline for its efforts to combat online trolls, bots and stifle abuse on their platform. Unsuspecting users - potentially thousands of them - woke up to find their accounts locked out for "exhibiting automated behavior that violates the twitter rules." After resetting via a code on the app, they would immediately be locked out again, at which time twitter would make an automated phone call to provide another code. Once the account was unlocked, users reported losing some of their followers, but more concerning - they had lost the complete list of who they were following... a complete reset to zero. Most of the users affected did not appear to be breaking any rules, nor were they posting any offensive materials. Many of those who found their accounts locked were bloggers and members of the media. I know about this first-hand, as I was one of them.
Halloween ComicFest 2017 will take place on Saturday, October 28, and this year's event looks to be a great one! Following in the tradition of Free Comic Book Day (every May), local comic shops will open their doors to welcome guests with a new selection of 30 titles representing something for the whole family. Of the 30 titles overall, 18 are Full Size and 12 are Mini Comics. All will be available for free on Saturday, October 28th and the Mini Comics will be available for purchase in packs of 25 for $4.99 - perfect to give to trick-or-treaters on Halloween. To find a participating store near you, check out the locator on the official HCF site, and be sure to check out the full rundown of books below!
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Some bands work perfectly with Halloween, and some bands bring the Halloween to every day. With their madcap theatrics and splatteriffic live shows, GWAR is one such band, and just in-time for Halloween 2017 they've unleashed a new album - THE BLOOD OF GODS. Out now on Metal Blade Records, The Howard Stern Show just played host to the music video debut for "I'll Be Your Monster" (see it below), and it's got an uncharacteristic 1970s vibe to it - a little Alice Cooper, perhaps with a dash of Motorhead thrown in. See the new video below, and look for THE BLOOD OF GODS on your favorite streaming service or at retailers now. It's a perfect addition to an updated Halloween playlist!
It's almost time for Frank Castle to have revenge. On November 17, Marvel's The Punisher makes its long-awaited debut as a Netflix Original Series, the latest following Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, Iron Fist and The Defenders. Jon Bernthal stars as the title character, a heavily-armed former Marine-turned-vigilante known throughout New York City. On a mission to punish the criminals responsible for the murder of his family, Frank Castle will soon find himself involved in a military conspiracy far bigger than he could possibly imagine. Check out the new trailer below!
In the trailer for Star Wars: The Last Jedi, Poe Dameron mentions that The Resistance has "a spark that will light the fire that will burn The First Order down." But thematically, what if the players on the other side feel the same way? Back it up around 30 years, and you're in the timeline just following the events of 1983's Return of the Jedi, and that's right where EA's Star Wars: Battlefront II lies. To avenge the death of The Emperor, they follow his instructions to "ignite the inferno" - making reference to The Inferno Squad, in an effort to burn The Rebellion down. See the new single-player trailer for the game below, and look for it on November 14, 2017. Exclusive pre-order deals available via my affiliate, GameStop.
There's long been a strange relationship between Halloween and Christmas, perhaps the fact that two of the year's biggest holidays arrive at the end of a month, at the end of the year with just a month bridging the gap between the two. While Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas might be the most famous example, this year Mickey Mouse is getting in on the action with a new DVD collection, Mickey Mouse: Merry & Scary. Featuring the fantastic retro-styled Mickey Mouse cartoons from Disney Channel, families can get into the Halloween spirit as Mickey, Donald, and Goofy swap hair-raising Halloween stories. Then fast forward a couple months to Donald’s first Christmas festivities with friends! Check out a preview below...
Industrial rockers Neon Coven released their debut EP, Risen, earlier this year via New Ocean Media, and now they're back with a fresh take on the Depeche Mode classic,“Never Let Me Down Again”. It's a song that's certainly been covered by a few artists in the past, but Neon Coven have done well with it, and I dig it. Check it out below...
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When I first played Splatoon 2 at a Nintendo Switch launch event earlier this year, I immediately pegged it as a game that my girls were gonna love. I jumped-in to a test run of local multiplayer against a full field of players, the interesting aspect being that I was the one player in the mix who hadn't played the original Splatoon. On the surface, I thought it was a simple paintball game - a shooter in which kids could splatter their digital world and have a fine time doing it. Thing is, it's actually so much more, with a world of "Inkling" shapeshifters who move between humanoid and squid forms, swimming in ink to refill their weapons as they navigate a well-thought world with real missions. After receiving a copy of the game for review from our friends at Nintendo this summer, I've had a chance to play it myself, but I've also had the opportunity to see just how much the kids like it - but also how the digital world of Inkopolis has come to life in the real world via new toys from JAKKS Pacific.
Somewhat surprisingly, there hasn't been a lot of new Halloween music released this year, but of the few new releases to hit, one of the best comes from Lucy Kalantari & the Jazz Cats with a swingin' new tune called "My Mommy is a Mummy." Taken from the new EP, It's the Holidays!, this old-school jam is accented by appropriately-Egyptian hooks. Check it out below!
Production on the previously "Untitled Han Solo Movie" has officially wrapped, and as of today the film has a proper title - SOLO: A Star Wars Story. This had been one of the long-rumored titles practically since day one, but now director Ron Howard confirmed it via Twitter and a little help from a mighty Wookiee (is it Chewbacca?). Check out the video below!
I don't know that moving ABC's slightly retooled version of THE TOY BOX to Sunday nights has been a good decision. The first season premiere last spring captured the attention of some 4 million+ viewers, but the remaining episodes bottomed-out around 2.4M. Now, three episodes into a new season with new judges and an altered format (gone are the "mentors), The Toy Box is averaging right around 2 million viewers a week, which isn't much in the grand scheme of things. Still, there's another five weeks to go, and her at Rock Father HQ, our girls have really become invested in it - to the point of cheering things on, while blasting others. I'm biased, but The Rock Daughters™ should really be on the judging panel if the show gets picked up for Season Three (which has been in-development, but the ratings slide could nix that). Curious what new toys will be going in front of the judges this Sunday? Here's a preview!