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After decades of calling William Patrick Corgan "Billy" Corgan, it feels weird to type the man's full name. At the same time, I get it - much in the same way that I'm "James" and get weirded out when people call me "Jimmy" or "Jim," especially people I don't really know. Naming conventions aside, today we've got something unexpected from Corgan in the form of an acoustic performance of Miley Cyrus' "Wrecking Ball" from the Cover Room on The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon. As far as I know, this is only the second Cover Room performance, with Kesha dropping by for "House of the Rising Sun" over the summer - a performance that's pretty much been erased from the internet, with the video being pulled from YouTube. Check out "Wrecking Ball" below...

It's been a few years since we've seen a real-world Hot Wheels Chevy Camaro available at dealers, but now it's happening again - and better than ever before. Chevrolet and Hot Wheels have announced the 2018 Camaro Hot Wheels 50th Anniversary Edition, "celebrating 50 years of partnership, performance innovation and design." Announced ahead of SEMA 2017 in Las Vegas, the special package will be available for sale in the first quarter of 2018, while diecast versions of the vehicle will also be rolling out to retailers as well. Check out the specs below!

After making some waves with audiences this summer, Sony Pictures' THE EMOJI MOVIE has come home on Digital HD, Blu-ray and DVD. While I'll post some more detailed thoughts in a formal review of the in-home release next week, suffice to say that The Rock Daughters loved it (we even had a themed birthday party back in August), and the appeal is lasting - just like the Emojis that inspired the film. For families looking to put an Emoji spin on Halloween, now you can with FREE PRINTABLES including a collection of EMOJI MOVIE Pumpkin Carving Patterns! Gene, Hi-5, Jailbreak, Poop and Smiler are all here, ready to add a friendly glow to your favorite gourds!

Updated 10/30/2017: Disney Store TOYBOX Action Figures are a new line of toys that include characters from STAR WARS, MARVEL and PIXAR. Each figure features 14-points of articulation, with the launch coming on November 3. The figures will retail for $12.95 US/$15.95 CAN. More updates follow the original article below!

Earlier this morning, visitors to the ShopDisney website (an affiliate) started seeing an advertisement for something interesting on the "New" page. Disney Store's TOYBOX action figures are touted as making their debut in-store and online on Friday, November 3, 2017. "Get ready to interact with PIXAR, Star Wars and Marvel characters like never before," it says. With no formal announcement yet, what's particularly notable is that the two figures featured are of Rey and a First Order Stormtrooper from Star Wars: The Last Jedi... but that they're styled almost exactly like their video game counterparts where in the long-shuttered Disney Infinity. Here at our house, the figures from that game are still in-use, and just yesterday our youngest daughter was playing with the Star Wars ones. There's a huge appeal in those designs.

When it comes to "critical" opinion, I'm in the group that really enjoyed David Ayer's DC Comics adaptation, SUICIDE SQUAD. In addition to the film itself being enjoyable in an almost-music-video kinda way, I really dug the soundtrack. It didn't fit the mold of what a superhero film usually receives, much less one from a universe typically known for sweeping cinematic scores. The fourth single from that record was "Gangsta" by Kehlani, used as a representation of the relationship between Harley Quinn (Margot Robbie) and The Joker (Jared Leto). On this summer's PUNK GOES POP VOL. 7, New Years Day put their spin on the track, and now we've got an official video that finds Ash Costello channeling Harley, right down to an appearance of the classic suit straight out of Batman: The Animated Series. Check it out...

As the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles have evolved over the past few decades, they've had a habit of stepping into their own version of the "monster mash" on more than a few occasions. Mikey, Leo, Donnie and Raph have not only battled all manor of supernatural beast, but they've also become them at times. In a tale that finds a quartet of reptiles mutated into humanoid form, few things are off-limits as the story sometimes becomes multi-dimensional. Have they really become monsters, or are they simply wearing costumes? Depends on the time, but years ago Playmates Toys issued some crossover figures in which The Universal Monsters were mashed-up with the Turtles themselves. Now, that general spirit is back with TALES OF THE TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES: MONSTERS + MUTANTS, a recent four-episode arc of the hit Nickelodeon series (now in its final season), and with that comes some fantastic new action figures from the folks at Playmates!

Tuesday, October 24 2017 08:00

Preview: ABC's THE TOY BOX Season Two, Week Five

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We've cleared the halfway mark for the second season of ABC's slightly retooled version of THE TOY BOX and this coming Sunday we'll get a look at a fresh batch of toys from a new crop of hopeful toy inventors. This week we've got yet another toy that first hit my radar some years back - "My Doll Room," which was previously marketed as "American Doll Room." Geared toward 18" dolls, it'll be interesting to see how that fares when put in front of Mattel, makers of American Girl. Check out the full rundown on all seven toys competing this week...

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).

Saturday, October 21 2017 23:27

#31DaysOfHalloween: Funko Horror 8-Bit Pops!

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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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It's might not be Halloween yet, but as we all know, it's prime time to start shopping for new holiday decor. Now through Halloween, Entertainment Earth is offering Buy One, Get One 40% Off on all Kurt S. Adler Christmas decor. Want PAW Patrol Christmas lights? A Seinfeld Festivus Pole ornament? They've got those along with items from A Christmas Story, DC Comics, MARVEL, WWE, Sesame Street, Disney, Doctor Who, Game of Thrones, The Beatles, KISS, Star Wars, My Little Pony and many more. Choose mixed-media ornaments, nostalgic and unique novelty decorations, home décor standouts, and more. With sensational string lights, superb ornaments, and fan-approved stockings, there's plenty to select from. Don't wait to decorate with fun - shop now and save!

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!

Netflix Stream TeamIt'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!

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