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Wednesday, August 26, 2015

This Saturday: The Third Annual TABLE ROCKS MUSIC FESTIVAL Featuring Candlebox, Puddle Of Mudd, Saliva & More

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This Saturday: The Third Annual TABLE ROCKS MUSIC FESTIVAL Featuring Candlebox, Puddle Of Mudd, Saliva & More

August 29, 2015 @ Lithia Motors Amphitheater – Central Point, OR

Introducing Heroes Meeting Heroes: Linking Our Nation’s Military Veterans with Unique Meet & Greet Opportunities

Fun for the Whole Family – Kids Under 12 Get in Free!

The third annual Table Rocks Music Festival, featuring headliners Candlebox with special guests Puddle of Mudd, Saliva, Adelitas Way, recently announced the addition of alt-electronic rock band Orgy to the line-up! Presented by K&K Promotions LLC with Vape Saliva, the Table Rocks Music Festival will take place in Central Point, OR on Saturday, August 29rd at the Lithia Motors Amphitheater (1 Penniger Road).

Table Rocks Music Festival tickets are just $25. Doors open at 2:00PM and the show begins at 2:30PM, and is open to all ages. Plus – kids under 12 years of age get in free! At these prices, you can bring the whole family for a day of summer fun and music. Local attendees can purchase their tickets now at ticket outlets Magicman, Badass Coffee Music Coop in Ashland, 42°, and at The Expo. You can also buy tickets online here:

Although there are no designated premium seats for Table Rocks Music Festival, please keep in mind that stage front seating is first come first serve. So make sure you don’t forget your blankets and lawn chairs because there’s plenty of green grass for everyone to kick back and enjoy the show (but please, be courteous and do not bring chairs that could inhibit others from seeing the show)!

This year, non-profit organization Heroes Meeting Heroes will be present at the festival, honoring our military’s veterans with celebrity meet and greets with our artists. Heroes Meeting Heroes originated with organization leader and veteran Chris Bowser, who after reaching out to artists himself to set up personal meet and greets, decided to branch out and open up the opportunities to more veterans. These meet and greets are great experiences for both veterans and the celebrities and/or musicians involved, allowing the veterans to meet their musical heroes while they musicians to meet theirs! The meet and greets give veterans a much needed break from the daily grind, which more often than not are made more difficult by issues like anxiety and PTSD. Heroes Meeting Heroes is a great experience for all. In addition, four special veterans will be presented with guitars signed by the performing artists on stage. For more information on Heroes Meeting Heroes, please visit

The Table Rocks Music Festival will be hosting special autograph signings with each performing artist throughout the day at the K and K Booth. See below for a full listing of bands taking part in signings and their respective times.

Saliva, 4:30pm - 5:00pm
Adelitas Way, 5:00pm - 5:30pm
Puddle of Mudd, 5:30pm - 6:00pm
Orgy, 6:30pm - 7:00pm
Candlebox, 7:30pm - 8:00pm

For more information on Table Rocks Music Festival, please visit

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Remembering Yvonne Craig -- TV's 60s Batgirl

Yvonne Craig was the very first live action incarnation of the iconic character of Batgirl. She joined the 60s Batman series for its third and final season.  Her presence on the series managed to breath some new life into the series for the brief time that she was on.  

Craig did all of her own stunts on the show, including the riding of the Batgirl cycle.  She kept her secret identity as Commissioner Gordon's daughter and librarian a secret from the Caped Crusaders.

Batgirl did a great PSA for the Federal Equal Pay Law back in 1973.

Yvonne Craig passed away at the age of 78 on Monday night.  She was at rest in her home, suffering from breast cancer that had metastasized to her liver.  


Monday, August 17, 2015

NBC Developing "Powerless" Dc Comics Based TV Series

 Deadline reports that NBC is developing a comedy in the style of the Office that focuses on normal office workers dealing with things like insurance claims taken out against superheros and villains of the Dc Universe.  Batmana and Superman won't be showing up on the series, but B, C and D listers may make appearances.   The series is being created by Ben Queen, who is previously known for writing Cars 2.  The tally for Dc television series is now Gotham (FOX), Arrow, Flash and Legends of Tomorrow (CW), Titans (TNT) and Supergirl (CBS).  NBC is the last network to cover, since ABC is owned by Disney...which owns Marvel.

Sunday, August 16, 2015

Happy Birthday to Julie Newmar -- The first Catwoman

Julie Newmar turns 82 today.  Newmar, our personal favorite Catwoman, played the role of the sultry villainess on the first two seasons of the 1966 Batman television series.  The role in the 66 film was filled in by Lee Meriwether (Newmar was already booked for other work at the time) and Eartha Kitt took over the duties in the final third season of the show. 

Happy Birthday to Julie Newmar the 1966 series Catwoman!

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Julie Newmar turns 82 today.  Newmar, our personal favorite Catwoman, played the role of the sultry villainess on the first two seasons of the 1966 Batman television series.  The role in the 66 film was filled in by Lee Meriwether (Newmar was already booked for other work at the time) and Eartha Kitt took over the duties in the final third season of the show. 


Disney Announces Star Wars: Rogue One & Releases Cast Pic

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Star Wars: Rogue One. Left to Right: Actors Riz Ahmed, Diego Luna, Felicity Jones, Jiang Wen and Donnie Yen.  Photo Credit: Jonathan Olley ©Lucasfilm 2016

The Walt Disney Studios announced yesterday Star Wars: Rogue One has begun principal photography and released this first image of the cast!  

Rogue One takes place before the events of Star Wars: A New Hope and will be a departure from the saga films but have elements that are familiar to the Star Wars universe,” says producer Kathleen Kennedy. “It goes into new territory, exploring the galactic struggle from a ground-war perspective while maintaining that essential Star Wars feel that fans have come to know. Gareth is such an innovative director and I’m so excited to be working with him and the extraordinary ensemble cast he’s selected for ‘Rogue One.’”

The film is slated for release on December 16, 2016!

Disney Reveals Captain America: Civil War Footage At D23 Expo!

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The Disney D23 Expo is full of reveals and Saturday brought us news from the Marvel Cinematic Universe.  There was a healthy amount of Captain America: Civil War movie footage shared with fans and press at the expo alike.

In the aftermath of Avengers 2 we get a world where the Avengers get involved in another incident, with plenty of collateral damage, and the government decides that its time to intervene in the activity of the world's superheroes.  The drastic efforts by 'the man' causes a split in the ranks of the Avengers and in fact in all superheroes.  Two sides emerge, one is anti-registration lead by Captain America and the other is pro-registration, helmed by Iron Man.    This epic crossover film, based on the popular 2006-07 comic book saga, is being brought to life by Markus and McFeely.  The duo are also responsible for the first two Captain America films, Thor 2 and the Agent Carter television series.

The footage from D23 featured appearances from Captain America's faction, including Black Widow, the Scarlet Witch and Falcon.  Iron Man and War Machine are on the same side again, along with Hawkeye, the Vision and others.   The trailer gives us an action packed peek at the Avenger on Avenger violence that we'll get in the film's climax.  No look at the new Spiderman yet, but we got to see a little Black Panther and a funny interaction at the end between Paul Rudd's Ant-Man and Captain America.  No Fantastic Four or X-Men characters?  Sadly no, the film rights for those characters still lie with 20th Century Fox.

Conspicuous by his absence in the trailer is the Jade Giant himself, the Incredible Hulk.  In fact, he isn't listed in the listing for the film either, so why would you dare make a film full of Avengers without the big green guy?   A story was going around earlier this year that speculated Marvel didn't have the rights to distribute a Hulk movie without Universal's approval.  That only applies to a standalone Hulk film, however.  The answer may lie in the appearance of a character from Hulk's past, General "Thunderbolt" Ross, reprised by William Hurt.  Ross is shown giving a speech to the world's superhero population in the D23 footage.  Comic book junkies will recognize that Hulks come in many colors--Green, Gray and even Red.  In 2008 a mysterious new Red version of the Hulk appeared and began killing people off.  It was revealed in Hulk #22 (2010) that Red Hulk was in fact General Ross!  Could it be that we'll get a Red Hulk appearance in Civil War?  

The comic book version of Civil War, which spannned through the pages of Captain America, The Punisher, Amazing Spider-Man and Fantastic Four, was met with mixed reaction when it was published almost a decade ago.  The scope and idea of the Superhuman Registration Act and the ramifications of all the Marvel Universe choosing one side or another and doing battle was epic to be sure, but some felt that the execution was rushed at times.  The possibility that this same syndrome will occur with one standalone feature film is highly possible, as the idea may leave comic book fans begging for more.   This might have been even better as a star-studded television mini-series.  Imagine the ratings boost that ABC would enjoy with that one.  Captain America: Civil War crashes into theaters, and our hearts, on May 6, 2016!

What do you think, will one movie be enough to fully flesh out the Marvel Civil War?

Toy Story 4 Plot Revealed -- A Woody and Bo Peep Love Story!

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Disney's D23 Expo is the biennial event that fans wait for with bated breath.   That is where Disney/Pixar reveals details, images and even video from many of their upcoming projects, which now includes Marvel and Star Wars.  On Friday the fourth D23 began and it started off with a bang!  We got the first teaser logo poster and further plot details for the highly anticipated next installment in the Toy Story franchise--Toy Story 4.

Chief creative officer of Pixar, Disney Animation and DisneyToon Studios--not to mention the original force behind bringing Toy Story to life, John Lasseter, spoke to the LA Times last November about the Pixar philosophy when it comes to sequels:

"A lot of people in the industry view us doing sequels as being for the business of it, but for us it's pure passion," said Lasseter, who directed the first two "Toy Story" films. "We only make sequels when we have a story that's as good as or better than the original.

"We don't just, because of the success of a film, automatically say we're going to do a sequel and then figure out what we're going to do."

John Lasseter 

During the same interview Lasseter confirmed that the general plot of Toy Story 4 would be a love story and was going to pick up right after the events of Toy Story 3, when the toys are passed on to a new child named Bonnie.  Now, thanks to press done for the D23 with CNBC's "Squawk on the Street", Lasseter confirms that Woody's love story will center around his relationship with Bo Peep.

"It's a love story with Woody and—and this is news—Bo Peep." 

Toy Story 3 featured a very brief cameo from the beloved Bo Peep character, but her character's absence was glaring in the hit sequel to the mammoth Pixar franchise.  Bo, who is voiced by Annie Potts, was featured as Woody's love interest in the first two films.   The fourth Toy Story film is set to be released on June 16, 2017.

Toy Story has the distinct honor of being one of the few film franchises that has successively made more money with each passing film.  Lasseter, who is responsible for the story and scripting of all three past Toy Story films and the directing of the first two, has brought a new life to Disney that gave animated films a new quality and depth that was desperately needed.    His leadership brought to life a new era for Disney with films like Frozen and Wreck-It Ralph and television specials like Prep and Landing and Toy Story of Terror.   Lasseter has also fleshed out the Tinkerbell universe through a series direct to DVD films that have become extremely popular with kids.   He hasn't directed any films since Cars 2 in 2011, but fans will be excited to know that he'll be breaking his director's chair out of storage for Toy Story 4!
The convention also featured logo poster reveals for other upcoming Disney/Pixar films like Finding Dory (2016), Cars 3 and The Incredibles II.

 Which upcoming Pixar movie are you most excited about? 

Friday, August 14, 2015

Thats Not a Tumah!...Its Kindergarten Cop 2 Set Pics!

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The rumors are true and the wait is are finally getting a Kindergarten Cop 2! The original film has stood the test of time as a cult fan favorite. In fact, Schwarzenegger's Kindergarten Cop was a huge box office success back in 1990, making over 91 million dollars in the United States alone, with a budget of a mere 15 million. The film launched Arnold into the family film genre that carried him through much of the 90s and probably helped him secure the role of Governor of California, thanks to his accessible and diverse public image.  Not to mention it gave viewing audiences everywhere the timeless gift of screaming "Its not a tumah" whenever anyone inquires about an out of place blemish.

The Kindergarten Cop sequel does not, however, feature everyone's favorite Austrian. The site Manly Movie leaked these set pics that feature the far more menacing and imposing Dolph Lundgren, who will star in the sequel instead of Arnold. He's not reprising Arnold's role as Detective John Kimble this go around. The film is banking on the name to try and revive the vague idea of a tough cop being put into a scenario with a bunch of children. There is even talk of a spinoff television show on Fox. 
Lundgren, a native of Switzerland, hasn't delved into family friendly film since his epic 1987 role as He-Man in the Masters of the Universelive action film. Star of brutal action shoot 'em up films like Red Scorpion and Showdown in Little Tokyo, Lundgren had fallen out of the public eye over the past few decades. He has fortunately enjoyed a new career renaissance thanks to the Expendables franchise, where he and Schwarzenegger are co-stars.

The new Kindergarten Cop puts another all-business police officer into a kindergarten class, this time to hunt down a flash drive that came up missing from the Federal Witness Protection Program. Lundgren's character will also have a partner in the sequel, an Indian named Sanjit. Dolph will have a love interest, played by the beautiful, but somewhat unknown, Darla Taylor. Taylor has been featured in episodes of Supernatural and The Tomorrow People. Also in search of the flashdrive? The rogues of the film...the Albanians. Further details on the plot and potential co-stars have yet to be announced. Arnold seems to enjoy delving back into his previous film franchises like Terminator and a rumored sequel to Twins that he's developing. so maybe we'll be treated to a cameo?

The filming of Kindergarten Cop 2 begins as we celebrate the 25 year anniversary of the original this coming December.  The directing is being helmed by Don Michael Paul, whose credits include Jarhead 2: Field of Fire and the upcoming Tremors 5, seems to be the man that Universal likes to bring in for direct-to-DVD sequels like this one. The script was banged out by David H. Steinberg, scribe of other sequels like American Pie 2 and American Pie Presents: The Book Of Love 
Universal is so confident about Kindergarten Cop 2 that it will be coming direct-to-DVD on a yet to be announced date in 2016.

What do you think fans--Should there be a Kindergarten Cop without Arnold? Will you see it?

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

If the new Deadpool trailer didn't make you laugh then we can't be friends!

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The title says it all folks.  Its the very same declaration that I made to my own personal friends list on Facebook.  I posted the new Deadpool trailer and issued up the challenge.  Low and behold, I haven't lost any friends yet.  I must have done a good job in selecting my online pals...that or they just ignore me. 

The trailer is definitely NSFW! 

You fall into three categories in life--fans of the Merc with a mouth--non-fans and those that haven't yet heard of him.  The latter is at least forgivable, because you can ammend your vast an insolant ignorance and then become a fan if someone takes a moment to bestow the glory of Deadpool upon thee.  The second option...unforgivable.

Ol' Wade Wilson made his first appearance in the pages of New Mutants #98 back in February of 1991.  I remember when it happened.  Wow, I must be a huge comic book geek to remember such a specific event, right?  Wrong!  Well, right, but thats not the point here!  This was still the era of X -- a time when all kids worth their salt were reading Marvel X-Men related comic books -- even the often crappy spin-offs like the New Mutants!  Deadpool was brought to life by comic legends Fabian Nicieza and Rob Liefeld and was an overnight hit with the fans.   The mixture of whimsy and violence appealed to readers and the breaking down of the proverbial "fourth wall" and communicating with the reading audience was unheard of at the time in mainstream comics.    If you come from the old school and you're a comic book geek, you probably have a special place in your mis-shaped nerdy little heart for the likes of Deadpool.   

Fast forward to 2015 and we get the first trailer for the upcoming Deadpool movie in an era of Marvel film domindance--and it embodies everything that we know and love about the Merc with a Mouth!   Fingers crossed that they don't screw this one up.   

 -Matt MacNabb is a pop culture historian and freelance writer

Wednesday, August 05, 2015

The Ghostbusters Lego Dimensions Fun Packs!

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The Lego Dimensions game is going to be the hottest game of the season!  These Ghostbusters packs will only add to the fun!   We're getting Slimer AND Stay Puft!  These are definitely going to be hard to find!