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Tuesday, September 08 2015 09:51

Sam Smith is an Agent of SPECTRE... He Has to Be

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Sam Smith must be working for Ernst Stavro Blofeld. There's no other way to explain him being named the voice behind the new JAMES BOND Theme, aside from him truly being an agent of evil. And don't get me wrong - I love evil, but I don't like whiny evil. This is just my way of rationalizing that one of my most disliked musical artists will now sing the opening words of SPECTRE, the latest installment of one of my favorite film series'.  While I'm sure the multiple GRAMMY-winning Mr. Smith is a fine lad, his music is an unexplainable annoyance for me, one I can only hope is made better by some miracle on September 25th when "Writing's On The Wall" is released for download. Perhaps the song will be excellent and all will be well, but for this listener, Smith's global hit, IN THE LONELY HOUR was unlistenable, whiny garbage.

When it comes to action movies - especially the ones I grew up on - certain actors always come to mind, and one of those cinematic badasses is STEVEN SEAGAL. Yes, many hours were spent by yours truly studying the performances of Seagal through VHS tapes rented from long-gone video stores back in the day, and while times have changed, he's still fighting on-screen, and his latest effort is ABSOLUTION - out this week on DVD from Lionsgate (get it here). To celebrate the release, Entertainment Marketing Group has partnered with THE ROCK FATHER Magazine and a few other action-packed websites to serve-up the Steven Seagal ABSOLUTION Sweepstakes - a giveaway in which one (1) Grand Prize Winner will score some Stamina X Workout Equipment and a copy of the film - and twenty (20!) runners-up will receive ABSOLUTION on DVD! To enter, follow the details in the widget below, or click here to visit the contest page directly!

#StreamTeamWhen it comes to the Netflix Original Series WET HOT AMERICAN SUMMER: FIRST DAY OF CAMP, the cast is just so huge, I can't help but wonder how come I'm not in this thing? Seriously (or not), the cast is immense, and if the 8-episode mini-series (which debuts July 31st on Netflix) is anything like it's just-released trailer, the laughs will be immense as well. The sequel to the 2001 cult film features Elizabeth Banks, Michael Ian Black, Bradley Cooper, Judah Friedlander, Janeane Garofalo, Joe Lo Truglio, Ken Marino, Christopher Meloni, Marguerite Moreau, Zak Orth, Amy Poehler, David Hyde Pierce, ANT-MAN himself - Paul Rudd (look for my interview with him coming soon), Molly Shannon, and Michael Showalter, along with new characters played by Jon Hamm, Kristen Wiig, John Slattery, and more. Check out the preview below, but be warned - this is solely For Grownups!

KUNG FURY just may be the greatest action movie of the 1980s to be made in 2015. Written by, Directed by, and Starring DAVID SANDBERG, the crowd-funded epic will have it's Global Premiere this Thursday, May 28, 2015, with Robert Rodriguez' El Rey Network handling the broadcast duties. Featuring KNIGHT RIDER's DAVID HASSELHOFF as Hoff 9000, and THE LONELY ISLAND's JORMA TACCONE as Kung Führer, this Thursday evening just got a whole lot crazier...

I get hit with so much music news here at Rock Father HQ that there's barely any way to cover it - much less a lot of it. That's why I'm going to make an effort to get my old "Random Rock" column happening on a more frequent basis again. The deal is simple - I'll start off with a stream or video to enjoy while reading, followed by a list of quick news items from around the music world (though likely with a "rock" focus). If you'd like to know more about a story, a link will be provided to do so.  Here we go...

What does $100K raised on Kickstarter get you? A lot of different things, I'm sure, but for Gabriel Diani and Etta Devine, $101,145 has funded the product of DIANI & DEVINE MEET THE APOCALYPSE, a new film starring a who's who of familiar faces from "some of their favorite stuff" (as noted in their crowdfunding pitch). The first teaser for the film has arrived, with pre-orders now up on their official site. Judging from this, it looks like MAD MAX with pretzels and a shopping cart. Check it out...

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