Tuesday, September 26, 2017

13-Year Old Girl Guitarist from War-Torn Afghanistan Denied Visa to Meet Beach Boy Brian Wilson


"13-year-old guitarist from Kabul invited to meet The Beach Boys’ Brian Wilson in Costa Mesa, but she’s been denied a U.S. visa.

Her name is Mursal — Arabic for 'on a mission.'

And she is indeed on a mission — to meet Beach Boy Brian Wilson.

This 13-year-old girl from Kabul may wear a headscarf and a shy smile, but she can strum a guitar and carry a tune just the same. She and about 30 other street kids sang and recorded Wilson’s 'Love and Mercy,' accompanied by the musician’s pre-recorded voice, in a Kabul recording studio."

Read more at The Orange County Register.

13-Year Old Girl Guitarist from War-Torn Afghanistan Denied Visa to Meet Beach Boy Brian Wilson


"13-year-old guitarist from Kabul invited to meet The Beach Boys’ Brian Wilson in Costa Mesa, but she’s been denied a U.S. visa.

Her name is Mursal — Arabic for 'on a mission.'

And she is indeed on a mission — to meet Beach Boy Brian Wilson.

This 13-year-old girl from Kabul may wear a headscarf and a shy smile, but she can strum a guitar and carry a tune just the same. She and about 30 other street kids sang and recorded Wilson’s 'Love and Mercy,' accompanied by the musician’s pre-recorded voice, in a Kabul recording studio."

Read more at The Orange County Register.

Re-Visit Pre-Code Horror Tales with AC Comics' Crypt of Horror #35


Crypt of Horror #35 contains 23 of the most haunting pre-Code horror stories from obscure 1950’s publishers Standard, Fawcett, Story and others. They including hair-raisers “The Vengeance Vat,” “Satan’s Bullet,” “The Devil’s Prize,” “Deadly Diamond,” “Sinister Santa Claus,””The Ring of Horror,” “City of Fearful Night,” and more.

Carl Wessler, William Woolfolk, John Marvin, Irwin Shapiro, Margaret Isbell, and Harrison Hendrix are the writers of these terrifying tales. Artists include Bernard Baily, Mike Sekowsky, Bob Powell, John Celardo, Mo Marcus, Jimmy Thompson, Ray Osrin, Rocco Mastroserio, Sheldon Moldoff, Ed Moline, Edvard Moritz, Jack Sparling, John Giunta, Manny Stallman. The collection will hit stores on December 27th, 2017 and cost $29.95." - via Newsarama

For those who don't know, pre-Code means they were published before the Comics Code Authority (CCA) was set up in 1954 to regulate the contents of and censor comic books.

Re-Visit Pre-Code Horror Tales with AC Comics' Crypt of Horror #35


Crypt of Horror #35 contains 23 of the most haunting pre-Code horror stories from obscure 1950’s publishers Standard, Fawcett, Story and others. They including hair-raisers “The Vengeance Vat,” “Satan’s Bullet,” “The Devil’s Prize,” “Deadly Diamond,” “Sinister Santa Claus,””The Ring of Horror,” “City of Fearful Night,” and more.

Carl Wessler, William Woolfolk, John Marvin, Irwin Shapiro, Margaret Isbell, and Harrison Hendrix are the writers of these terrifying tales. Artists include Bernard Baily, Mike Sekowsky, Bob Powell, John Celardo, Mo Marcus, Jimmy Thompson, Ray Osrin, Rocco Mastroserio, Sheldon Moldoff, Ed Moline, Edvard Moritz, Jack Sparling, John Giunta, Manny Stallman. The collection will hit stores on December 27th, 2017 and cost $29.95." - via Newsarama

For those who don't know, pre-Code means they were published before the Comics Code Authority (CCA) was set up in 1954 to regulate the contents of and censor comic books.

Release Date for "It" Sequel Revealed


"Since its launch earlier this month, the film adaptation of Stephen King's book has shattered numerous records.

Pennywise the Dancing Clown is getting ready to terrorize audiences all over again.

New Line Cinema and Warner Bros. on Monday announced that a sequel to the horror blockbuster 'It' will hit theaters, including Imax locations, on Sept. 6, 2019."

Read more at The Hollywood Reporter.

You can read our review of "It" right here.

Release Date for "It" Sequel Revealed


"Since its launch earlier this month, the film adaptation of Stephen King's book has shattered numerous records.

Pennywise the Dancing Clown is getting ready to terrorize audiences all over again.

New Line Cinema and Warner Bros. on Monday announced that a sequel to the horror blockbuster 'It' will hit theaters, including Imax locations, on Sept. 6, 2019."

Read more at The Hollywood Reporter.

You can read our review of "It" right here.

Monday, September 25, 2017

Don't Miss KISS This Wednesday in Irving, TX! Pictures of KISS Rehearsing!


KISS is returning to the Dallas / Fort Worth, TX area this Wednesday night, September 27th, and they're ready to rock and roll all night. All new venue the Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory in Irving, TX will host the Hottest Band in the World as they bring their KISSWorld tour to the Metroplex. Tickets are still available for the show. as of right now.


Guitarist / vocalist Paul Stanley and lead guitarist Tommy Thayer, better know as the Starchild and Spaceman, both posted pictures of KISS rehearsing for their Texas shows this weekend at Stanley's house. The images showed Stanley, Thayer, and drummer Eric Singer (The Catman) jamming away in what appeared to be a game room. You can definitely see the trio of musicians were having a great time.


Some Twitter fans of Stanley and Thayer were wondering where bassist Gene Simmons, better known as the Demon, was during these rehearsals. Simmons was out on the road keeping himself fresh on KISS songs while performing solo shows and a hurricane benefit with former bandmate Ace Frehley. I have no doubt KISS's performance on Wednesday will be just as flawless and fun as they always are.


KISS hits the stage at 7:30PM this Wednesday night, September 27th at the Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory in Irving, TX. Tickets are still available for the show. You can get them right here.

Don't Miss KISS This Wednesday in Irving, TX! Pictures of KISS Rehearsing!


KISS is returning to the Dallas / Fort Worth, TX area this Wednesday night, September 27th, and they're ready to rock and roll all night. All new venue the Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory in Irving, TX will host the Hottest Band in the World as they bring their KISSWorld tour to the Metroplex. Tickets are still available for the show. as of right now.


Guitarist / vocalist Paul Stanley and lead guitarist Tommy Thayer, better know as the Starchild and Spaceman, both posted pictures of KISS rehearsing for their Texas shows this weekend at Stanley's house. The images showed Stanley, Thayer, and drummer Eric Singer (The Catman) jamming away in what appeared to be a game room. You can definitely see the trio of musicians were having a great time.


Some Twitter fans of Stanley and Thayer were wondering where bassist Gene Simmons, better known as the Demon, was during these rehearsals. Simmons was out on the road keeping himself fresh on KISS songs while performing solo shows and a hurricane benefit with former bandmate Ace Frehley. I have no doubt KISS's performance on Wednesday will be just as flawless and fun as they always are.


KISS hits the stage at 7:30PM this Wednesday night, September 27th at the Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory in Irving, TX. Tickets are still available for the show. You can get them right here.

Will Catwoman Accept Batman's Proposal? See a Preview


Batman gets Catwoman's answer to his proposal on October 4's Batman #32 on October 4, then Tom King and artists JoΓ«lle Jones and Jordie Bellaire begin a new story arc “A Dream of Me” in October 18's Batman #33.

Newsarama offers an early first look right here.

BATMAN #33
Written by TOM KING
Art and cover by JOELLE JONES
Variant cover by OLIVIER COIPEL
“A DREAM OF ME” part 1! Following his marriage proposal to Catwoman, Batman leaves Gotham City on a quest of renewal and redemption. As he travels and fights, he encounters members of his family—each disturbed by Batman’s journey, each ready to stand in his way, each ready to push back against Batman’s stubborn determination to evolve into something better than a superhero.
On sale OCTOBER 18 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T


Will Catwoman Accept Batman's Proposal? See a Preview


Batman gets Catwoman's answer to his proposal on October 4's Batman #32 on October 4, then Tom King and artists JoΓ«lle Jones and Jordie Bellaire begin a new story arc “A Dream of Me” in October 18's Batman #33.

Newsarama offers an early first look right here.

BATMAN #33
Written by TOM KING
Art and cover by JOELLE JONES
Variant cover by OLIVIER COIPEL
“A DREAM OF ME” part 1! Following his marriage proposal to Catwoman, Batman leaves Gotham City on a quest of renewal and redemption. As he travels and fights, he encounters members of his family—each disturbed by Batman’s journey, each ready to stand in his way, each ready to push back against Batman’s stubborn determination to evolve into something better than a superhero.
On sale OCTOBER 18 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T


My Two Sense: Check Out Some Easter Eggs and Homages to Past "Star Trek" Shows in New "Discovery"



"Star Trek: Discovery" has finally premiered and received relatively good reviews across the board. The show seems to be off to a great start. There's only one big hurtle CBS must overcome in order to keep the show going. They have to convince the 7 million viewers who watched the pilot episode to subscribe to digital platform CBS All Access to see the rest of the first season. From what I've seen on more than a few website message boards, it's going to be a tough obstacle to overcome.

Either way, there were several easter eggs and ties revealed in "Star Trek: Discovery" to the past television shows and movies. The Hollywood Reporter talked about some of them in an interesting article written by Chris E. Hayner that does contain some spoilers, if you haven't already watched the pilot. He talks aboput everything from phasers to uniforms and the type of wine a certain character drinks.

You can check the article out right here.

My Two Sense: Check Out Some Easter Eggs and Homages to Past "Star Trek" Shows in New "Discovery"



"Star Trek: Discovery" has finally premiered and received relatively good reviews across the board. The show seems to be off to a great start. There's only one big hurtle CBS must overcome in order to keep the show going. They have to convince the 7 million viewers who watched the pilot episode to subscribe to digital platform CBS All Access to see the rest of the first season. From what I've seen on more than a few website message boards, it's going to be a tough obstacle to overcome.

Either way, there were several easter eggs and ties revealed in "Star Trek: Discovery" to the past television shows and movies. The Hollywood Reporter talked about some of them in an interesting article written by Chris E. Hayner that does contain some spoilers, if you haven't already watched the pilot. He talks aboput everything from phasers to uniforms and the type of wine a certain character drinks.

You can check the article out right here.

Want to See the First Trailer for "Maze Runner: The Death Cure?"


Every maze has an end.

20th Century Fox has debuted the first trailer for "Maze Runner: The Death Cure," the final installment of the trilogy from director Wes Ball. All questions are answered as Thomas and the remaining Gladers lead their final charge to save their friends and defeat WCKD in their most grueling maze yet on January 26, 2018!

In the epic finale to the "Maze Runner" saga, Thomas leads his group of escaped Gladers on their final and most dangerous mission yet. To save their friends, they must break into the legendary Last City, a WCKD-controlled labyrinth that may turn out to be the deadliest maze of all. Anyone who makes it out alive will get answers to the questions the Gladers have been asking since they first arrived in the maze.


Want to See the First Trailer for "Maze Runner: The Death Cure?"


Every maze has an end.

20th Century Fox has debuted the first trailer for "Maze Runner: The Death Cure," the final installment of the trilogy from director Wes Ball. All questions are answered as Thomas and the remaining Gladers lead their final charge to save their friends and defeat WCKD in their most grueling maze yet on January 26, 2018!

In the epic finale to the "Maze Runner" saga, Thomas leads his group of escaped Gladers on their final and most dangerous mission yet. To save their friends, they must break into the legendary Last City, a WCKD-controlled labyrinth that may turn out to be the deadliest maze of all. Anyone who makes it out alive will get answers to the questions the Gladers have been asking since they first arrived in the maze.


Friday, September 22, 2017

My Two Sense: "Playback, The Brian Wilson Anthology" Now Available with Unreleased Songs


Who's ready to hear some unreleased tracks from The Beach Boys mastermind Brian Wilson? At 75 years old, the maestro is still creating music that makes your ears happy and sad all at the same time. Two songs were released recently as singles for the new collection, "Playback, The Brian Wilson Anthology," from Rhino Records and they both reflect somewhat different times in the musician's career with The Beach Boys.

The first single released, "Some Sweet Day," was written with Andy Paley in the 1990s and conjures up memories of the intricate orchestral arrangements from "Pet Sounds." However, it doesn't feel quite as melancholy or heartbreaking as the tunes found on that monumental classic.

"Run James Run" serves as another sample from the new 18-track career retrospective that, for some reason, reminds me of "Don't Hurt My Little Sister" off of The Beach Boys' 1965 album "Today." It's an uptempo track that, even though specifically written for "Playback," hearkens back to the hot rod and fun-in-the-sun aesthetics of the California group's golden days in the 1960s. I'm curious to know who played on the song.

Plain and simply, Brian Wilson's still got it!

You can check out a track listing and more information about "Playback, The Brian Wilson Anthology" at Rhino Records' website.

Both "Some Sweet Day" and "Run James Run" are available for streaming on Spotify and YouTube.

My Two Sense: "Playback, The Brian Wilson Anthology" Now Available with Unreleased Songs


Who's ready to hear some unreleased tracks from The Beach Boys mastermind Brian Wilson? At 75 years old, the maestro is still creating music that makes your ears happy and sad all at the same time. Two songs were released recently as singles for the new collection, "Playback, The Brian Wilson Anthology," from Rhino Records and they both reflect somewhat different times in the musician's career with The Beach Boys.

The first single released, "Some Sweet Day," was written with Andy Paley in the 1990s and conjures up memories of the intricate orchestral arrangements from "Pet Sounds." However, it doesn't feel quite as melancholy or heartbreaking as the tunes found on that monumental classic.

"Run James Run" serves as another sample from the new 18-track career retrospective that, for some reason, reminds me of "Don't Hurt My Little Sister" off of The Beach Boys' 1965 album "Today." It's an uptempo track that, even though specifically written for "Playback," hearkens back to the hot rod and fun-in-the-sun aesthetics of the California group's golden days in the 1960s. I'm curious to know who played on the song.

Plain and simply, Brian Wilson's still got it!

You can check out a track listing and more information about "Playback, The Brian Wilson Anthology" at Rhino Records' website.

Both "Some Sweet Day" and "Run James Run" are available for streaming on Spotify and YouTube.

VIDEO: "Doomsday Clock" Marries the "Watchmen" World with the DC Universe


This November, DC's superhero universe of Superman, Lex Luthor and the Justice League will come face to face with the characters from the classic comic book series Watchmen in the upcoming mini-series Doomsday Clock — and series writer (and president of DC Films) Geoff Johns stars in a new video explaining how the story came to be.

"Both of us (Geoff Johns and Artist Gray Frank) were, rightly so, nervous about it," Johns says of the 12-issue series.

You can read more about "Doomsday Clock" at The Hollywood Reporter.

VIDEO: "Doomsday Clock" Marries the "Watchmen" World with the DC Universe


This November, DC's superhero universe of Superman, Lex Luthor and the Justice League will come face to face with the characters from the classic comic book series Watchmen in the upcoming mini-series Doomsday Clock — and series writer (and president of DC Films) Geoff Johns stars in a new video explaining how the story came to be.

"Both of us (Geoff Johns and Artist Gray Frank) were, rightly so, nervous about it," Johns says of the 12-issue series.

You can read more about "Doomsday Clock" at The Hollywood Reporter.

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Irving, TX Becomes a District of KISSWorld on September 27th


The Pavilion at the Toyota Music Factory just officially announced their opening in Irving, TX and what better way to get things kicked off than to shout it loud to the Dallas / Fort Worth Metroplex that KISS is coming to town! The new venue will be hosting the iconic rock monsters as they unleash KISSWorld on September 27th. Tickets are on sale now and will definitely sell out since the place can only hold between 4,000 and 8,000 people. You can get more information after the jump.


An exclusive KISS Army Fan Club Pre-sale started on April 4th. If you are not a member of the KISS Army, you can join right now here and get access to the pre-sale.

General public tickets go on sale April 7th at 10am Central time right here. They cost between $45 to $225.

The show starts at 7:30PM rain or shine.


You don't want to miss KISS bringing their KISSWorld Tour to the Pavilion at the Toyota Music Factory on September 27th. I recently saw the band at one of their Freedom to Rock stops in Thackerville, OK and they were in excellent form. Their costumes were straight out of the Creatures of the Night days. The setlist was peppered with all their hit songs and some rare gems as well. I can't wait to see what they have in store for the American leg of this world tour they're kicking off in the UK.


Photos of KISS on their Freedom to Rock Tour taken by Everett Shirey at the Global Event Center at WinStar World Casino and Resort in Thackerville, OK on February 24th, 2017.


Irving, TX Becomes a District of KISSWorld on September 27th


The Pavilion at the Toyota Music Factory just officially announced their opening in Irving, TX and what better way to get things kicked off than to shout it loud to the Dallas / Fort Worth Metroplex that KISS is coming to town! The new venue will be hosting the iconic rock monsters as they unleash KISSWorld on September 27th. Tickets are on sale now and will definitely sell out since the place can only hold between 4,000 and 8,000 people. You can get more information after the jump.

Want to See a Preview of Batman #31?


"The War of Jokes & Riddles" heats up as Joker starts to consider his legacy in this preview of Batman #31.

BATMAN #31
Written by TOM KING
Art by MIKEL JANIN
Covers by MIKEL JANIN
Variant cover by TIM SALE
“THE WAR OF JOKES AND RIDDLES” part five! It’s tough to beat the two biggest puzzlemakers in the world at their own game, and Batman’s gambits have only pulled him deeper into the moral quagmire where the Riddler and The Joker do their dirty work. All of Gotham City hangs in the balance as Batman faces the ultimate conundrum: are brainteasers better than belly laughs?
On sale SEPTEMBER 20 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T

Check out the preview at Newsarama.

Want to See a Preview of Batman #31?


"The War of Jokes & Riddles" heats up as Joker starts to consider his legacy in this preview of Batman #31.

BATMAN #31
Written by TOM KING
Art by MIKEL JANIN
Covers by MIKEL JANIN
Variant cover by TIM SALE
“THE WAR OF JOKES AND RIDDLES” part five! It’s tough to beat the two biggest puzzlemakers in the world at their own game, and Batman’s gambits have only pulled him deeper into the moral quagmire where the Riddler and The Joker do their dirty work. All of Gotham City hangs in the balance as Batman faces the ultimate conundrum: are brainteasers better than belly laughs?
On sale SEPTEMBER 20 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T

Check out the preview at Newsarama.

A Guide to Who's Who in "Star Trek: Discovery"


The digital series "Star Trek: Discovery" introduces a slew of new (and reimagined) characters to an iconic universe.

Space is again the final frontier as "Star Trek" returns to the small screen for the first time since Enterprise ended its run in 2005.

The CBS All Access series will introduce the crew of a new starship — the USS Shenzhou (at least to start) — and their continuing adventures as they boldly go where few have gone before.

To be sure, Discovery is plotting a game-changing new course. In addition to running on a digital platform, Discovery marks the first time a "Star Trek" series has been led by a woman of color as well as someone who isn't captain of the ship with "The Walking Dead" grad Sonequa Martin-Green having that distinction in her role as First Officer Michael Burnham. What's more, Discovery picks up at a time of rising tensions between Starfleet and the Klingon race.

Unlike the J.J. Abrams feature films, Discovery takes place in the prime timeline of the original "Star Trek" series and is set 10 years before Capt. James T. Kirk (William Shatner) voyaged into the unknown. So while there will be familiar characters, the new incarnation will introduce a number of new faces into the "Star Trek" canon.

So before going warp speed with Discovery when it takes off Sept. 24 on CBS, The Hollywood Reporter rounds up a guide to the show's new Starfleet.

You can check out character breakdowns at The Hollywood Reporter.


A Guide to Who's Who in "Star Trek: Discovery"


The digital series "Star Trek: Discovery" introduces a slew of new (and reimagined) characters to an iconic universe.

Space is again the final frontier as "Star Trek" returns to the small screen for the first time since Enterprise ended its run in 2005.

The CBS All Access series will introduce the crew of a new starship — the USS Shenzhou (at least to start) — and their continuing adventures as they boldly go where few have gone before.

To be sure, Discovery is plotting a game-changing new course. In addition to running on a digital platform, Discovery marks the first time a "Star Trek" series has been led by a woman of color as well as someone who isn't captain of the ship with "The Walking Dead" grad Sonequa Martin-Green having that distinction in her role as First Officer Michael Burnham. What's more, Discovery picks up at a time of rising tensions between Starfleet and the Klingon race.

Unlike the J.J. Abrams feature films, Discovery takes place in the prime timeline of the original "Star Trek" series and is set 10 years before Capt. James T. Kirk (William Shatner) voyaged into the unknown. So while there will be familiar characters, the new incarnation will introduce a number of new faces into the "Star Trek" canon.

So before going warp speed with Discovery when it takes off Sept. 24 on CBS, The Hollywood Reporter rounds up a guide to the show's new Starfleet.

You can check out character breakdowns at The Hollywood Reporter.


My Two Sense: She'll Be Back! Linda Hamilton Returns to "Terminator" Universe


The real Sarah Connor is back and ready for war! The Hollywood Reporter broke the story, announcing, "Linda Hamilton Set to Return to 'Terminator' Franchise." Other actors have picked up the role from Hamilton, who last portrayed her in 1991's "Terminator 2: Judgement Day." Lena Headey took on the role for "Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles" television series. Emilia Clarke took on the baton in the ill-received reboot "Terminator: Genisys."

Hamilton's return to the character is the last element in what will certainly rejuvenate the "Terminator" franchise. James Cameron is returning as producer of the film. He hasn't been involved in any of the sequels or the TV show since "Terminator 2: Judgement Day." Arnold Schwarzenegger is coming back as the Terminator, which really comes as no surprise.

Cameron assures us that Hamilton isn't back to just make a quick appearance and disappear into the sunset.

"There are 50-year-old, 60-year-old guys out there killing bad guys, but there isn’t an example of that for women,” he stated.

However, Hamilton will be handing the baton off to a new generation to take over the battle against the Terminators and Skynet. The way it sounds to me, Cameron and Director Tim Miller ("Deadpool") will be doing a soft reboot in the vein of "Star Wars: The Force Awakens." The old guard setting up a new story for the new group of youngsters to take up the battle for humanity.

How can they bring Linda Hamilton back as Sarah Connor after so many reboots and actors taking over the role? What about storylines and continuity from the different films? It's pretty easy, considering that the whole franchise is based on time travel and alternate timelines. All writers have to do is have someone jump back to 1991 and start everything from there.

You can read more about Linda Hamilton's return right here.

My Two Sense: She'll Be Back! Linda Hamilton Returns to "Terminator" Universe


The real Sarah Connor is back and ready for war! The Hollywood Reporter broke the story, announcing, "Linda Hamilton Set to Return to 'Terminator' Franchise." Other actors have picked up the role from Hamilton, who last portrayed her in 1991's "Terminator 2: Judgement Day." Lena Headey took on the role for "Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles" television series. Emilia Clarke took on the baton in the ill-received reboot "Terminator: Genisys."

Hamilton's return to the character is the last element in what will certainly rejuvenate the "Terminator" franchise. James Cameron is returning as producer of the film. He hasn't been involved in any of the sequels or the TV show since "Terminator 2: Judgement Day." Arnold Schwarzenegger is coming back as the Terminator, which really comes as no surprise.

Cameron assures us that Hamilton isn't back to just make a quick appearance and disappear into the sunset.

"There are 50-year-old, 60-year-old guys out there killing bad guys, but there isn’t an example of that for women,” he stated.

However, Hamilton will be handing the baton off to a new generation to take over the battle against the Terminators and Skynet. The way it sounds to me, Cameron and Director Tim Miller ("Deadpool") will be doing a soft reboot in the vein of "Star Wars: The Force Awakens." The old guard setting up a new story for the new group of youngsters to take up the battle for humanity.

How can they bring Linda Hamilton back as Sarah Connor after so many reboots and actors taking over the role? What about storylines and continuity from the different films? It's pretty easy, considering that the whole franchise is based on time travel and alternate timelines. All writers have to do is have someone jump back to 1991 and start everything from there.

You can read more about Linda Hamilton's return right here.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

VIDEO: Gene Simmons and Ace Frehley Reunite Onstage for Benefit


It took 16 years, but KISS fans finally had their dreams come true when Ace Frehley and Gene Simmons reunited onstage for a TheChildrenMatter.ngo concert raising money for victims of Hurricane Harvey. The Demon and Space Ace picked up right where they left off in 2000, sharing vocal duties and having a great time taking turns in the spotlight for a crowd of thousands at CHS Field in Saint Paul, Minnesota. The only thing missing was their famous face-paint, which didn't affect the energy the two rock icons projected to the audience.


Simmons and Frehley performed three classic KISS tracks that spanned their career together. "Parasite" from their 1975 album "Hotter Than Hell" featured Gene bringing Ace on stage, where they both flowed right into the song like they'd never stopped playing together. "Cold Gin," which is a track off KISS's self-titled 1973 debut, was introduced by Gene as a song Ace wrote all by himself. He also noted Frehley penned "Parasite" as well. 1977's "Shock Me" from KISS's "Love Gun" record concluded Gene and Ace's electrifying reunion.


I have to say it was very exciting and emotional for lifelong fans of KISS to see Gene Simmons and Ace Frehley back onstage together after so many years. Both musicians are at the top of their game and look healthy and happy. There is no doubt a good time was being had by both the Demon and Space Ace, not to mention thousands of their fans who waited a long time to see this moment.


Videos were shot by Mike Brunn.

Check out official website for The Children Matter right here and see what they're all about!

VIDEO: Gene Simmons and Ace Frehley Reunite Onstage for Benefit


It took 16 years, but KISS fans finally had their dreams come true when Ace Frehley and Gene Simmons reunited onstage for a TheChildrenMatter.ngo concert raising money for victims of Hurricane Harvey. The Demon and Space Ace picked up right where they left off in 2000, sharing vocal duties and having a great time taking turns in the spotlight for a crowd of thousands at CHS Field in Saint Paul, Minnesota. The only thing missing was their famous face-paint, which didn't affect the energy the two rock icons projected to the audience.


Simmons and Frehley performed three classic KISS tracks that spanned their career together. "Parasite" from their 1975 album "Hotter Than Hell" featured Gene bringing Ace on stage, where they both flowed right into the song like they'd never stopped playing together. "Cold Gin," which is a track off KISS's self-titled 1973 debut, was introduced by Gene as a song Ace wrote all by himself. He also noted Frehley penned "Parasite" as well. 1977's "Shock Me" from KISS's "Love Gun" record concluded Gene and Ace's electrifying reunion.


I have to say it was very exciting and emotional for lifelong fans of KISS to see Gene Simmons and Ace Frehley back onstage together after so many years. Both musicians are at the top of their game and look healthy and happy. There is no doubt a good time was being had by both the Demon and Space Ace, not to mention thousands of their fans who waited a long time to see this moment.


Videos were shot by Mike Brunn.

Check out official website for The Children Matter right here and see what they're all about!

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Should We Take the Time to Visit "Mother!"?


If you've seen Darren Aronofsky's other work, you'll understand what I mean when I say "Mother!" is the most "Aronofsky" film he has done. I liked the Biblical analogies and didn't feel Aronofsky was pushing an anti-Christian or anti-environment message whatsoever. Let's be honest. Everything in this day and age can relate back to some sort of religious influence. Just like any good piece of cinema, there are many ways to interpret it.


A couple's (Jennifer Lawrence and Javier Bardem) relationship is tested when uninvited guests (Ed Harris and Michelle Pfeiffer) arrive at their home. Their tranquil existence is disrupted by these visitors in "Mother!"


Despite crap audience reception, "Mother!" is true filmmaking and creativity at it's finest. I thoroughly enjoyed watching it and loved the parallels and metaphors. It's definitely one of the best films of the year or at least in the top 10.


"Mother!" is rated R for strong disturbing violent content, some sexuality, nudity and language. I would say that there are many frightening and intense scenes of violence. Some of them depict sexual assault and cannibalism, while others are just plain gory. Nothing shown is meant to glorify or sensationalize these acts. They're meant to be seen as horrendous acts of a fallen world. However, the nudity was really unnecessary as usual.


"Mother!" came out in theaters on September 15th, 2017. It was directed by Darren Aronofsky. The cast includes Jennifer Lawrence, Javier Bardem, Ed Harris, Michelle Pfeiffer, Domhnall Gleeson, and Brian Gleeson. The running time is 122 minutes. (Review by Everett Shirey)

Rating: 🌟🌟🌟🌟


Should We Take the Time to Visit "Mother!"?


If you've seen Darren Aronofsky's other work, you'll understand what I mean when I say "Mother!" is the most "Aronofsky" film he has done. I liked the Biblical analogies and didn't feel Aronofsky was pushing an anti-Christian or anti-environment message whatsoever. Let's be honest. Everything in this day and age can relate back to some sort of religious influence. Just like any good piece of cinema, there are many ways to interpret it.


A couple's (Jennifer Lawrence and Javier Bardem) relationship is tested when uninvited guests (Ed Harris and Michelle Pfeiffer) arrive at their home. Their tranquil existence is disrupted by these visitors in "Mother!"


Despite crap audience reception, "Mother!" is true filmmaking and creativity at it's finest. I thoroughly enjoyed watching it and loved the parallels and metaphors. It's definitely one of the best films of the year or at least in the top 10.


"Mother!" is rated R for strong disturbing violent content, some sexuality, nudity and language. I would say that there are many frightening and intense scenes of violence. Some of them depict sexual assault and cannibalism, while others are just plain gory. Nothing shown is meant to glorify or sensationalize these acts. They're meant to be seen as horrendous acts of a fallen world. However, the nudity was really unnecessary as usual.


"Mother!" came out in theaters on September 15th, 2017. It was directed by Darren Aronofsky. The cast includes Jennifer Lawrence, Javier Bardem, Ed Harris, Michelle Pfeiffer, Domhnall Gleeson, and Brian Gleeson. The running time is 122 minutes. (Review by Everett Shirey)

Rating: 🌟🌟🌟🌟


Saturday, September 16, 2017

"Alien" Actor Harry Dean Stanton Dies at 91


"Harry Dean Stanton, the character actor with the world-weary face who carved out an exceptional career playing grizzled loners and colorful, offbeat characters has died. He was 91. Rarely a leading man, the Kentucky native was memorable in 'Paris, Texas,' 'Repo Man,' 'Alien' and 'Twin Peaks.'

Stanton, who also was memorable in 'Cool Hand Luke' (1967), 'Two-Lane Blacktop' (1971), John Carpenter’s 'Escape From New York' (1981) and John Hughes’ 'Pretty in Pink' (1986) — in fact, what wasn’t he memorable in? — died Friday afternoon of natural causes at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, his agent, John Kelly, told The Hollywood Reporter."

Read more about Stanton right here.