Saturday, April 30, 2016

James Durbin Rocks Autism!

James & His Band
On The Jumbotron 
Last night I attended a show at Universal City Walk for the organization: Autism Rocks.

My buddy James Durbin of American Idol was headlining it. James definitely rocks!!!

His latest single Smackdown really hits it out of the park. Hey, check out the photos I took of last night's show, it was awesome! 

It's Saturday, Rock Out With Your...
Rock Star!
James Durbin

Shooting James
Heidi Durbin


                                                      Everybody Loves James 


                                                    A True "American Idol"


                                            Me & James Before The Show


Keep On Rocking With James at: 

Autism Rocks at: 
http://www.autismrocksla.com/                                    


Friday, April 29, 2016

Film Buff Friday: Ray Harryhausen

I remember begging my Dad to take me to see "The Golden Voyage of Sinbad" and how excited I was to see "Clash of the Titans"
Ray Harryhausen was my spirit animal as a kid.

The remarkable career of the movie industry's most admired and influential special-effects auteur, the legendary Ray Harryhausen, is the subject of Gilles Penso's definitive documentary Ray Harryhausen: Special Effects Titan

Leaving no doubt as to Harryhausen's seminal influence on modern-day special effects, the documentary features enlightening and entertaining interviews with the man himself, Randy Cook, Peter Jackson, Nick Park, Phil Tippet, Terry Gilliam, Dennis Muren, John Landis, Guillermo del Toro, James Cameron, Steven Spielberg and many more. 

These filmmakers, who today push the boundaries of special effects movie-making, pay tribute to the father of Stop Motion animation and films such as 'The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms', 'It Came from Beneath the Sea', 'The 7th Voyage of Sinbad', 'Mysterious Island', 'Jason and the Argonauts' and 'The Golden Voyage of Sinbad' - the films that enthralled them as children and inspired them to become filmmakers in their own right.

Bonus Materials
Interviews with Edgar Wright, Simon Pegg, Peter Lord, Rick Baker
12 Interview outtakes with Joe Dante, John Lasseter, Nick Park and more!
A message to Ray
Deleted Scenes
On the set of Sinbad
Paris Cinematheque Q&A
London Gate Theater Q&A
Audio commentary with the filmmakers
Original Trailer
Ray Harryhausen Trailer Reel

Pre-order at the MVD SHOP or on Amazon  

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Go Cruising With Charles Esten & Clare Bowen Of "Nashville"


Clare Bowen aka Scarlett O'Connor
On "Nashville"

Attention all fans of the TV show "Nashville" of which I am one. Hop on a Country Cruise with Charles Esten and Clare Bowen. You heard me correctly, I did not stutter!


Charles Esten aka Deacon Claybourne
On "Nashville"
Fans of the ABC series Nashville will want to make sure they take part in the Country Cruising experience, set for January 14-19, 2017. Fans will be travelling aboard the Brilliance of the Seas®, a beautiful Radiance-class ship that combines sleek swiftness, panoramic vistas, and wide-open spaces. With acres of glass enclosing the nine-story central atrium, elevators facing the sea, and floor-to-ceiling windows throughout, cruisers will never be at a loss for an incredible view.

Country Cruising will set sail on January 14, 2017 from Tampa, and will stop in Key West before making its’ voyage to Cozumel, Mexico. The ship will arrive back in Tampa on January 19. Among the artists participating in the cruise include Nashville stars Charles Esten and Clare Bowen.  


Esten has won hearts around the world with his portrayal of the rugged “Deacon Claybourne” on the popular ABC series – now in its’ fourth season. That role showcases his dramatic side, but there is also a comedic slant to his talents, as well. Esten got his start on the British series Whose Line Is It Anyway? He also became a cast member of the show during its’ American run with Drew Carey, as well. Nashville has allowed Esten to showcase his musical talents, as well. He has performed on several tours of the show’s cast, and performs frequently on the venerable Grand Ole Opry. Two of Esten’s contributions to the show’s soundtracks have made the top-40 on the charts, including “No One Will Ever Love You,” a collaboration with co-star Connie Britton.

Australian-born Clare Bowen has appeared as the romantically troubled Scarlett O’Connor on Nashville since the show’s debut in 2012. Her prior television credits include The Cut and All Saints. Five of her songs from the series’ soundtrack have made their way into the top-40 on the Country charts, including the haunting “If I Didn’t Know Better” – generally regarded as one of the high musical points in the show’s history. Both Bowen and Esten are working on full albums of their own, slated for release later this year.

Country Cruising offers the Country Music fan an amazing experience – a five night cruise, with accommodations and all meals taken care of during the event, as well as autograph sessions, photo opportunities, daily musical performances, and songwriter workshops. For more information about tickets, visit www.CountryCruising.com.

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Margaret Cho Takes On The "American Myth"


Margaret Cho has never been one to shy away from taking on any subject matter in her stand-up shows. Her no holds barred attitude has crossed over into another aspect of her career as well, that being her music.

For those of you who may not be aware Margaret started exploring her hidden talent of expressing herself through song with her freshman CD Cho Dependent released in August of 2010.

Her sophomore effort American Myth drops this Friday, April 29th 2016. On it Margaret is as fearless as ever!

So, without further hyperbole, here to discuss Anna Nicole, Sexual Abuse, Sex Workers, Movie Titles For Your Butt Hole and last but not least, the American Myth is the one and only Margaret Cho!!!

MS: That meme you posted on Facebook the other day about movie titles for your butt hole got a lot of mileage.

MC: I laughed so hard over those! My favorite was "Three Men and a Baby!"

MS: A friends of mine saw that I participated in it and insisted that I post it to her page.

MC: Did you have a favorite?

MS: Other than mine? I thought mine was pretty good.

MC: Which one was yours?

MS: "Something Wicked This Way Comes."

MC: Oh, that's a genius one! That's really genius. I laughed so hard all day at the great responses! "The Color Purple" kept coming up a lot, that one is classic.
                                                                 Anna Nicole
                                    
MS: You have a video for the song about your late friend Anna Nicole Smith, titled "Anna Nicole" off your CD "American Myth."

MC: Yes.

MS: Expand on a statement you made about her: "some people are too good for this world."

MC: That's why my album is called "American Myth." It's the idea that certain people are too beautiful for this world. Whether that's Marilyn Monroe or James Dean. Anybody in the twenty-seven club like Kurt Cobain or Janis Joplin. But it also relates to something that's inside of yourself, sometimes innocent parts of ourselves die off because this world is too terrible and cruel to sustain it. There's different levels, thing like being too precious to survive, only the good die young kind of thing. It's not just people, it's elements of our own beings that can't live, it's too hard.

MS: There was an innocence and sweetness about Anna Nicole.

MC: Yes,and given the circumstances around her death, she had just lost her son. He died in her hospital room. She had just had a baby almost immediately after that, so she had grief and postpartum depression combined. It's a miracle she lived as long as she did through all that incredible suffering.

MS: This is your second CD. How was working on this different than the first?

MC: On this album it was the first time I had input on composing. There's a few songs that I composed entirely. There were some different artists helping me out, for the most part it is an album that I composed which is exciting.
                                                       I Want To Kill My Rapist


MS: I want to bring up the song "I Want To Kill My Rapist," which was the first video off of "American Myth." You tackling the subject of rape has brought a lot of mixed reaction to say the least. I remember you did make a joke at The Wiltern that made the audience groan. I can't remember it, do you remember what it was?

MC: The one about my uncle who raped me, is the one I think it was. When I said "but I don't want to see him again, because I don't want to fuck him again. Because that's what would happen because we never broke up." That one makes people so upset, but it's me trying to lighten the mood. (laughs) The thing is if we don't make it OK to talk about and joke about sexual abuse it's going to continue happening. Look at fucking Dennis Hastert Speaker of the House, he's allocating fund in order to buy the silence of these young men, who are now grown men, who still have to live with the suffering and the shame of it. Sexual abuse is something that has long been considered a woman's issue, but really it's a global one, for men as well it's something we need to deal with.

MS: Having been molested I tend to be sensitive to the subject. However I think it is important to have an open dialogue and be able to joke about it as well.

MC: It's hard as survivors. We're meant to stay silent about certain things. Breaking the silence and allowing survivors to speak will  help protect the innocents of this generation. Silence and shame are accomplices to a predator. It shouldn't happen like that, that's something that we can control.
Troubadour
Margaret Cho
Photo: Dusti Cunningham

MS: You also have a song titled "Come With Me" about sex workers on the album.

MC: It should be decriminalized it would make it easier for people to work in the sex worker industry to report crimes that are committed against them. People who work in the industry don't have the ability to prosecute because they are afraid of getting arrested themselves. We have to improve the way society thinks about sex work. The song came from when I was recording in El Paso and I saw a lot of young male prostitutes. I wanted to take one to an amusement park. Because they were the age of a son I would have, if I had children. That is totally a legitimate reason to hire a sex worker, you want to have that love experience of being a mother with a son. The video is set, it will be out sometime soon. It is really a way to have people acknowledge that sex workers are also somebody's children. It's not about rescuing them because they are doing something wrong, it's that they are also kids. 

MS: This country is way to uptight about sex. Yet, murderers and criminals become stars and make money. There is something off about that.

MC: I know, I know. 

MS: Isn't it the worst?

MC: It really is! 

Get Mythical With Margaret at:
http://margaretcho.com/
https://twitter.com/margaretcho
https://www.facebook.com/officialmargaretcho 

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Chaos Thy Name Is GG Allin


Hold on tight, it's going to be a bumpy read!

The critically acclaimed book goes digital... GG's letters, illustrations, prose, and
his own personal account of prison
  "If there's a bestseller list in Hell, be prepared to see this tome crawl its way to the top."
- Marc Campbell, DANGEROUS MINDS 

In 2013, Aggronautix published GG Allin "My Prison Walls", a limited edition hard cover collector's book wrapped in black saifu cloth and decorated / titled in red foil blood stamping. Each book was individually numbered and shrink-wrapped for protection and preservation. After the 2500 copies have been sold through, the book will not be re-printed. (According to Aggronautix there are still some available, but not many)

Now, "My Prison Walls" is available for Kindle (at the reasonable price - $5.99) opening the door for legions of fans to explore GG's prison era memoirs without the $60 SRP. The 208 page book contains letters, illustrations, prose, and GG's own personal accounts of his time spent in prison. 


The book begins with "30 Days In The Hole" from GG's journal, in his own handwriting, detailing his first days in lock up. This comprises the first 50 pages of the book and gives the reader a first-hand account of his mindset at the time. In addition, there are over 40 pieces of art and prose by Allin, plus correspondence with his family members, convicted serial killer John Wayne Gacy, Jeff Clayton of ANTiSEEN, and many others.

Monday, April 25, 2016

#Hashtag Monday...#Prince #MargaretCho #JamesDurbin #MichaelShinafelt

Me & Margaret Cho
@ The Wiltern
"It's just another manic Monday, I wish it was Sunday
'Cause that's my funday, 
My I don't have to runday" - The Bangles Written by Prince


Wow! What a week it has been all I can think of is Prince, Prince, Prince. I have always loved the Purple One for his art, humanity and balls.

The reality of the impact he had on my life really set in after a few days. Hearing my awesome spin instructor Michelle Siegel play his songs while I toiled away on the stationary bike brought me to how he really influenced my life and person.

This quote from the Internet nails my sentiments perfectly:

"Thinking about how we mourn artists we've never met. We don't cry because we knew them, we cry because they helped us know ourselves"
Me & James Durbin
@ Universal City Walk

I really had to put this out there as Prince meant a lot to me and is a big part of who I am. Things to come this week? Look for my chat Wednesday with Margaret Cho about her CD that drops this Friday, April 29th American Myth.
Also I am attending my buddy James Durbin's free concert at Universal City Walk this Friday coincidentally the 29th as well. So you know I will have some killer exclusive pics.
Have a terrific week!
Follow Me On Twitter:
https://twitter.com/MShinafelt

Sunday, April 24, 2016

"You Talkin' To Me?" Taxi Driver Turns 40

Taxi Driver Turns 40!
l-r Cybill Shepherd, Martin Scorsese, Robert De Niro, Jodie Foster and Harvey Keitel
"You talkin' to me? You talkin' to me? You talkin' to me? Then who the hell else are you talking... you talking to me? Well I'm the only one here. Who the fuck do you think you're talking to? Oh yeah? OK."

Not being a film critic I don't want to attempt to break down why Taxi Driver is the classic film it is. Suffice it to say it has endured because of it's excellence.

Being a film buff, I knew of it's reputation and was glad for home video technology which is how I was able to see it initially and have seen it many times since.

The quote above is the most known from it.

Directed by the legendary Martin Scorsese Taxi Driver recently celebrated it's 40th Anniversary at the Tribeca Film Festival where the famed filmmaker and his cast consisting of Jodie Foster, Robert De Niro, Cybill Shepherd and Harvey Keitel reunited and posed for the above photograph.

This image is everything and recalls a time in cinema history that was golden.

Have a Super Sunday peeps!

"You Talkin' To Me?" Taxi Driver on IMDB:
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0075314/?ref_=nv_sr_1  

Saturday, April 23, 2016

Devil Does Your Dog Bite? No,"Sick Puppies" Do


Are you familiar with the Brian De Palma film, "The Fury" - Thought I'd ask. 
Hell hath no fury like some Sick Puppies!!!

DrillDown/Caroline recording artists Sick Puppies are celebrating the release of their new single, “Stick To Your Guns” as it flies up the Active Rock charts across America. Major market stations playing the single include; Sirius XM Octane channel, WRIF/Detroit, WXBT/Tampa, WPUD/Arizona and WIIL/Chicago among numerous others.

 “Stick To Your Guns” is the lead track from the bands upcoming  4th studio album Fury which is set for release on May 20.  Fury  is the first new music from the band in over 2 years and is available for pre-order today. 

Click here to pre-order: http://smarturl.it/sickpuppiesfury   

In addition, the lyric video for “Stick To Your Guns” is out now.  Click here for the lyric video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=takYoBexOpY

HarLocked and loaded with a muscular riff and booming percussion, “Stick To Your Guns” comes at you with a literal bang. The vocals careen from hypnotic to heavy as an arena-size refrain takes hold. 


“You have to push regardless of what anyone tells you,” Bassist Emma Anzai says. “This was a big thing for us. You can pray, hope, or wish for something to happen, but at the end of the day, you have to “stick to your guns”, go out there, and believe. The song is meant to empower.”

Sick Puppies are set to hit the road on the HardDrive Live Tour beginning April 21 in San Antonio, TX.  The group is also scheduled to play numerous festival shows including Rockfest on April 29, Welcome to Rockville May 1, Carolina Rebellion on May 6 and Rock on The Range May 20 alongside Red Hot Chili Peppers, Megadeth and At The Drive In.
  
Tour Dates
APRIL21:  San Antonio, TX @ Siesta Fest *
22:  Houston, TX  @ Scout Bar
 #23:  Dallas, TX @ The Bomb Factory*
24:  Corpus Christi, TX @ House of Rock
 **26:  Birmingham, AL @ Workplay Theater
27:  Destin, FL @ Club LA
29:  Tampa, FL @ 98 Rockfest Amalie Arena*
30:  Orlando, FL @ The Social
MAY
01:  Jacksonville, FL @ Welcome To Rockville*
03:  Johnson City, TN @ Capone’s
04:  Chattanooga, TN @ Revelry Room
06:  Concord, NC @ Carolina Rebellion*
07:  Lancaster, PA @ The Chameleon Club ^
08:  Poughkeepsie, NY @ The Chance
09:  New York, NY @ The Gramercy Theatre
11:  Buffalo, NY @ Iron Works
12:  Flint, MI @ The Machine Shop
13:  Arlington Heights, IL @ Home Bar
14:  Fort Wayne, IN @ Piere’s Entertainment Center  ^
15:  Battle Creek, MI @ The Music Factory
 ^17:  Bloomington, IL @ The Castle Theater
18:  Nashville, TN @ Exit In
20:  Columbus, OH @ Rock On The Range*
21:  Maryland Heights, MO @ Pointest Hollywood Casino Amphitheater*
23:  El Paso, TX @ Speaking Rock Entertainment Center*

JUNE
3: Portland, OR @ Portland Rose Festival, 105.9 The Brew Presents Chevelle*
4: Seattle, WA @ Showbox SoDo*
12:  South Bend, IN @ The Bear’s Big Growl 5 St Joseph County 4H Fairgrounds*

Friday, April 22, 2016

When Doves Cry - R.I.P: Prince


Millions of people found out what it sounds like when doves cry with the passing of Prince Rogers Nelson, and justifiably so. The man was in a word: brilliant!

He was one of the key artists that shaped my world view, like he did so many others. The one overriding message he preached was - live.


Prince was all about living, love and passion. I especially took to him linking spirituality and sexuality. This is how he should be remembered. In his utopia there was no right or wrong, there simply was.


So rather than me continue, why not let his lyrics do the talking. Here are some excerpts of poetry from this amazing artist. Let's Go Crazy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


"We can fuck until the dawn, making love 'til cherry's gone
Erotic City can't you see, thoughts of pretty you and me" 


"Electric word life
It means forever and that's a mighty long time"

Lovesexy

"But I just a virgin And I'm on my way to be
Wed. But you're such a hunk. So full of spunk, 
I'll give you Head"


"I never meant to cause you any sorrow
I never meant to cause you any pain
I only wanted to one time to see you laughing
I only wanted to see you
Laughing in the purple rain" 



                                                 

"I was dreamin' when I wrote this
So sue me if I go 2 fast
But life is just a party, and parties weren't meant 2 last"


"Why do we scream at each other
This is what it sounds like
When doves cry"


"You don't have to be beautiful
To turn me on
I just need your body baby
From dusk till dawn
You don't need experience
To turn me out" 


"Oh yeah!
In France, a skinny man died of a big disease with a little name
By chance his girlfriend came across a needle and soon she did the same
At home there are seventeen-year-old boys and their idea of fun
Is being in a gang called 'The Disciples'
High on crack and totin' a machine gun"


"She wore a
Raspberry beret
The kind you find in a second hand store
Raspberry beret
And if it was warm she wouldn't wear much more
Raspberry beret
I think I love her"

                                                        Nothing Compares 2 U
                                                               Prince Cover: 
                                                          Sinead O'Connor

"It's been seven hours and fifteen days
Since you took your love away
I go out every night and sleep all day
Since you took your love away"


R.I.P. Sweet Prince

http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0002239/

Thursday, April 21, 2016

The Incredible Dolly Parton

She's Got Spirit, How About You?
Dolly Parton
Have you ever noticed that Dolly and the Little Engine that could are never in the same room???
Just saying...

Country music icon Dolly Parton, silver screen legend Sylvester Stallone, and popular comedian Jim Gaffigan are just a few of the creative forces behind the 21 feature films, TV/Cable programs, and books for adults and young people that will be honored at the 67th annual Christopher Awards, to be presented in New York City on May 19, 2016.

The Christopher Awards were created in 1949 to celebrate writers, producers, directors, authors and illustrators whose work “affirms the highest values of the human spirit.”

Tony Rossi, The Christophers’ Director of Communications, says, “The world around us can seem like a dark place in light of all the violence and hatred we hear about in the news. But the stories we honor with Christopher Awards remind us that we can shine a light that illuminates the darkness by choosing to practice faith, love, compassion, courage, teamwork, and determination.”

Dolly Parton, executive producer of the TV/Cable winner “Coat of Many Colors,” said, “I love the Christopher Award slogan,Better to light one candle than to curse the darkness.’ I personally believe that with all my heart. I think the movie, ‘Coat of Many Colors,’ a true story from my childhood, does throw a light on a lot of things like family, hope, love, kindness, understanding, and acceptance. It really spoke to the issue of bullying. I am very proud at how God works through me to shine a light, and to help heal a lot of hurt in a lot of people, and I am very proud of this award.”

“Dolly Parton’s Coat of Many Colors” (NBC) brings the legendary entertainer’s classic song to life in a story that addresses working through grief, bullying, and the riches beyond money that are found in a loving home.


Wednesday, April 20, 2016

"How Many F#@ks" It's Hump Day

Give A Suck, Not A F#@k!
Erika Jayne

While I know everyone beat me to posting the new Erika Jayne video, with whips & chains, yesterday. I felt however "Hump Day" was the perfect time to post a video for a song titled "How Many F#@ks."

Erika Jayne has been around for a spell in the music world, she is especially known among gay men ( she was named Queen of this year's White Party in Palm Springs after all.) Being on the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills has given her singing career a HUGE boost! Watching the show it is obvious as to why...

Who wouldn't want a loyal, smart, tough, sexy, sassy broad to call their own as a fierce friend?! 

Like she tells it: "Everyone needs a little Erika Jayne in their lives." 

Ya know what? I think she's on to something with that. Erika Jayne embodies the bad girl/boy in us all. The things we want to say and do, but don't act upon publicly she does.

Her latest song definitely strikes a raw nerve on something that we all want to parade around proclaiming loudly and in public, but for obvious reasons the sentiment is kept private.

I know I am feeling this catchy little number in 4,3,2...1!!!

                                                             How Many F#@ks


Give Zero F#@cks With Erika at:
http://erikajayne.com/           

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

George Clooney And His Mighty Mullet!

The Vegetables Of Doom!
Their Ketchup Brings All The Boys to the Yard...

Remember when George Clooney fought Killer Tomatoes with his mullet?!?! 

The killer tomatoes are back! But this time around, they're going to have to contend with late '80s George Clooney and his wicked mullet... Is it a fruit? Is it a vegetable? Nope, it's Return of the Killer Tomatoes!

Ten years on from the Great Tomato War, mankind lives in fear of another uprising by the waxy red menace. Meanwhile, Professor Gangreen - played with gusto by Joh
n Astin from TV's The Addams Family - sets out to pursue his own evil ends by creating a burgeoning army of tomato militia men (who, somewhat conveniently, look just like regular men).

George Clooney
Everything's Better With A Tomato!
Following on from the 1978 cult classic Attack of the Killer Tomatoes, Return of the Killer Tomatoes came armed with a healthy sense of its own ridiculousness and would expand upon a franchise that now comprises four films, two TV series and a video game. So what are you waiting for? Make Return of the Killer Tomatoes one of your five-a-day now!

SPECIAL EDITION CONTENTS
- High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentation
- Original Stereo audio (uncompressed PCM on the Blu-ray)
- Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
- Brand new audio commentary with writer-director John De Bello
- Brand new interview with star Anthony Starke
- Original Theatrical Trailer
- Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Matthew Griffin
- Fully-illustrated collector's booklet featuring new writing by critic James Oliver

Complete product details, hi res art, etc. can be found HERE.

Pre-order at the MVD SHOP or on Amazon