‘Stranger Things’ Tops The List Of Most Sought After Halloween Costumes

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(PCM) Fans are clamoring to get their hands on anything that would resemble a costume from the hit Netflix series “Stranger Things” for the Halloween season. The series tops the list of the most sought after character costumes with many fans searching the internet high and low for retro clothing items that will allow them to dress up as “Eleven” or “Barb”.

It is actually fairly easy to piece meal an “Eleven” costume together from various items on the internet, and of course don’t forget to include a box of delicious Eggo Waffles!  Top picks for a great “Eleven” costume include a pink Peter Pan collared dress paired up with a dark blue denim bomber jacket. The only other items needed would be a old blonde wig and a dirty pair of tennis shoes and voila! You have your perfect “Eleven” costume.

Many fans are also attempting to dress up as fan favorite “Barb” by purchasing a good pair of high-waisted mom jeans and an adorable pussy bow blouse in a color of your choosing. Add a pair of large thick framed glasses and you are all set!

Other popular costume choices for Halloween are of course Suicide Squad’s “Harley Quinn” and “The Joker” and political figures such as Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton. There has definitely been a rise of more super-hero based costume choices and less on the typical costumes such as princesses, witches, vampires and animals.

Do you have any unique costume ideas? What do you plan to wear this year?

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Exclusive Interview: Alice Cooper Wants To ‘Make America Sick Again’

alice-cooper1(PCM) The legendary Alice Cooper is without a doubt one of the hardest working men in music industry. He is constantly touring either with his solo band or with the Hollywood Vampires featuring Joe Perry and Johnny Depp and of course there is always new music brewing on the horizon.

I have no idea how this man even finds time to sleep these days between touring, writing, recording his radio show, and of course getting in some time to hit the golf course. I suppose the phrase no rest for the wicked could apply here, but not in this particular case because honestly there is not a wicked bone to be found within the “Godfather of Shock Rock”.

Seriously, one of the most honest and humble artists I have ever had the pleasure of speaking with which is why I’m thrilled to share our wonderful Q&A discussing everything from politics and satire to writing and recording the next Alice Cooper record, as well as, his upcoming performance at the Reading Eagle Theater at the Santander Arena in Reading, PA.

Q: The upcoming election is obviously at the forefront of everyone’s mind currently. Can you talk about how you are having a bit of fun with this while out on the road?

ALICE COOPER: If there ever was an election to have satire on it’s this one and it sure has comedians coming out of retirement. Both of them must keep shooting themselves in the foot. But, it’s funny because I’m not political at all, I am the least political guy ever on the planet and when I did the song “Elected” back in 1972 and every four years now it show back up and really connects with what’s going on.  This year it was so easy to satirize this one and when you come and see the show you’ll see Hillary and Trump on stage.  They’ll both be up there.

Q: Can you talk about the ways in which as song like “Elected” has come full circle?

AC: The song when we did it was almost a tribute to The Who, with power chords and all. We already had “School’s Out” and a bunch of big hits so we felt that this song really kind of lends itself to being a tribute Pete Townsend with the big, big power chords and all that and we never really expected it to do what it did like being the #2 song in England and such a big hit all over. So, it actually accidentally became a hit and now every four years it raises it’s head up because everybody connected up with the election. I’m really surprised that nobody’s ever really used it as an election or campaign song. They keep using things from Fleetwood Mac and bands like that, you would like somebody would rock n’ roll with a song like “Elected”.

Q: You would definitely think that. How would you feel?

AC: I wouldn’t mind that. I’m trying to take the high road on this one. Everyone is so worried that Trump is going to be President and then everybody’s so worried that Hillary’s going to be President, but I’m going to go with a different thing. I’m going to say whoever is the President may be the greatest President we ever had, that’s how I’m going to look at it and then let them prove me wrong.  If they’re going to blow it than let them blow it, but right now I’m going to take the positive route and say they may be the best President ever.

Q: I like that. I know that you have said in previous interviews that rock n’ roll and politics don’t always mix and I always think that music can be used as an escape for a lot of that, what are your thoughts? Can you agree with that?

AC: Really, what I don’t like personally is that it is kind of unfair to treat your fan base like cattle or sheep. Like for example, if you don’t vote for who I’m voting for you’re not my fan. First of all, why would you ever go to a rock star for advice on politics? Seriously, I would go to anybody but a rock star for political advice! I’d go to my dentist, my doctor, the guy that shines my shoes , the guy at the car wash, probably knows more than we do and most rock stars spend all their time writing music or partying or whatever, so why would you ever consider that person to be a political genius.

Q: That is definitely an excellent point.

AC: A rock star writes lyrics and immediately people think well, he knows more than I do. No, no he doesn’t!

Q: You have always been looked at as the ‘Godfather of Shock Rock’, however do you find that anything is rock is truly shocking anymore? Is there anything that stands out to you these days?

AC: I think it’s shocking how boring rock is right now! Rock n’ roll used to be outlaws, if you were a rock star, you were an outlaw and you were not part of the establishment. Now these young rock bands haven’t connected up with that and I would say 90% of the rock bands just want to fit in and I’m going ‘Why?’. The golden age of rock n’ roll you had Bowie, Alice, The Rolling Stones and people like that and the last thing we wanted to do was fit in. We wanted to be the outsiders, but now I look at young bands and I go ‘why do you all want to look alike?’ and it seems like any band can look like any kid, like any kid in the mall could be in a band.

Believe me, when the Alice Cooper Band walked into a room, you knew it was Alice Cooper Band.

Q: Definitely. There is certainly a generation appeal to your music because what certainly used to anger parents has flipped and parents are now introducing their kids to the music and you have fans of various ages coming out to shows.

AC: Oh, of course, our fan base is aged 14 to 70 and we still have a big fan base of kids aged 15 to 25 and are usually the first 50 rows and then the older generation are there because of not just nostalgia, but they love those songs and grew up with those songs and we were their band. It’s the first generation where a guy can take his son and his father to the show and they are all Alice Cooper fans. Classic rock appeals now I think to the 15 year old kid. Could you imagine to be a 15 year old kid and just discovering The Doors or just discovering Jeff Beck or Led Zeppelin or Jimi Hendrix, I think I would be like ‘Are you kidding …who are these guys?’ so, really the music that happened in the 60’s, 70’s or 80’s is very timeless.

Q: Absolutely! That’s why I think it is so amazing what you did with both Joe Perry and Johnny Depp with the Hollywood Vampires as a tribute to that era of music.

AC: Bringing it to a young public and they are sitting there going ‘Wow, did you guys write these songs?’ and it’s like ‘No, Jimi Hendrix wrote this, The Doors wrote this, T. Rex wrote this’ and if any of these songs came out today they would be just as powerful. Now, I look at music from the 90’s and 2000’s on up as almost being disposable. It’s almost too much techno … too much manufactured music.

Q: Are there any plans for the future with Hollywood Vampires

AC: Yeah. I think the Vampires have proved that you can do every song from the 60’s and 70’s and make an entire show of it and make it really exciting. First off, the band never went up there with any sort of indulgence or pride. The band went up there to rock that audience and we went up there to give em’ hell.

Q: My favorite scene in the film “Wayne’s World” is the backstage history lesson with you. I don’t know why I picture a backstage conversation with you and the rest of the band being very similar to that.

AC: It is kind of funny with the juxtaposition of everybody in this band with the long hair and the tattoos, running around backstage and then they are like Jeopardy and are really smart. The funny thing is, that the guys in my band actually are like that!  They look really, really tough, but they could sit there an play Trivial Pursuit with these guys and they are just educated about everything.

Q: Can you tease us with any news about work on a new album and the direction that may be headed?

AC: It’s in the writing stage and right now you never know what an album is going to be until it takes it’s own shape. You start out with an idea and I told them I wanted something that would be like “Killer” part two and I brought that up to the original guys in the original band and I brought it up with my band and other writers that I write with and we have a ton of music coming in. It’s really going to be the best 12 or 13 songs that are going to make the album. We pick the best songs regardless of who wrote them and that’s the way Ezrin and I have always worked. We don’t do filler. So, if the original band wrote three great songs, well, they will be on the album.

Q: We have seen so many changes within the music industry over the years. Which has had the biggest effect on the way you approach writing and recording, as well as promotion for an album.

AC: It’s a different world now only because in our day it was all about the Hollywood publicity stunt. You had album art, where you could actually see album artwork and Warner Bros just gave us the right to do whatever we wanted to do as far as the art went. We designed “School’s Out”, we designed “Billion Dollar Babies”, every single album they said you know this stuff better than we do, so it was really nice to have control over all of that and at the same time have control over the music, the image, everything. I think that is kind of what is missing now and there is not enough bands out there that are really concerned about the whole package. You know, you gotta have the whole package. You can’t just have one thing.

If you’ve got somebody writing your songs all the time, there’s something that’s not right about that. Bands should be writing their own songs.

Q: Absolutely! I think even when you mention things like the album artwork, I am one that truly misses the visual side of things so much because I think we get trapped in a singles market where everyone is just picking one and done. No one is paying attention to things like liner notes and album cover art where so much meaning used to be hidden waiting to reveal itself to the listener.

AC: You know the crazy thing is and this is really interesting. In the last year vinyl sales have jumped 85% and the reason is, at least I think, is the next generation is tired of buying air. You get on the internet and buy a single and you don’t get anything, whereas the younger kids now are buying record players and their buying records. They then sit there and look at the records and they own the record and they can read through who wrote what on the record, meaning who wrote what songs. I sign more records now than CD’s or anything else.  It’s amazing and it’s definitely really cool that the record world is making a comeback.

Q: I love the perfectly imperfect sound of vinyl and I just don’t think it can be matched any other way.

AC: Yeah, it’s great. There is just something organic about vinylwith buying a record, putting it on the turntable and putting the needle down and listening to it, whereas, there is something, I don’t know, almost clinical about putting music on your computer or hitting a button on your phone and hearing a record … it just doesn’t sound good.

Q: Can you talk about your upcoming touring plans. I know we have the show coming up this week at the Santander Arena in Reading, PA to look forward to!

AC: For me, I’ve been on this tour and I’ve been out with the Hollywood Vampires and at the same time writing for multiple bands, doing the radio show and it’s funny because I think I’m busier now, at 68 than I was at 28! But it’s great!  I’m probably healthier now. When I was 28, I was a mess downing a bottle of whiskey a day. Now at 68, I could run a race around Alice Cooper when I was 28.

Q: Alice, thank you so much for speaking with me today! We are very much looking forward to checking out the upcoming live show!

AC: I think you’re going to love the show! The show is really fun and I think that everybody that walks out of that show goes ‘Wow! I wasn’t expecting that!’

Alice Cooper will perform at the Reading Eagle Theater at the Santander Arena in Reading, PA on Thursday, September 29 at 8:00pm.

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Chubby Checker Talks 50 Years Of The Twist and the #TwistChallenge

chubbycheckertwistjpg(PCM) On Saturday, August 6, 1960, Dick Clark presented Chubby Checker and The Twist and the dance floor changed forever. In addition to revolutionizing the way that people would dance and spawning countless renditions of twisting, Chubby Checker’s The Twist still currently holds the title of being the number one song of all time.

The Twist changed the way we dance, and much of popular culture as we know it today!

September 21 celebrates National Twist Day. To further the celebration Chubby Checker has partnered up with Mascots For A Cure, a very special non-profit, to launch the #TwistChallenge.  The challenge will be in a similar vein to the ice bucket challenge and raise funds and awareness to twist away childhood cancer through challenges, videos, social and traditional media.

We are challenging everyone to do The Twist and post their images and video on their social media accounts using the hashtag #TwistChallenge and of course support the children and their families by donating to this wonderful cause to help bring an end to childhood cancer once and for all. The first Mascots helping us with the Twist Challenge include Jurdy (the Hero of Happy-ness), The Philly Phanatic, Wally from the Boston Red Sox, Clark from the Chicago Cubs, the Oriole Bird, Screech from the Nationals, Bernie Brewer, Pittsburgh’s Jolly Rodger, Poe from the Baltimore Ravens, Thunderbug from Tampa Bay, Hugo the Hornet, YoUDee, Rocky Bluewinkle, 76ers Franklin and MFAC’s own Sir Roland BraveHeart.

We had a chance to catch up with the legendary Chubby Checker to discuss the #TwistChallenge, over 50 years of twisting, his legacy and more.

When asked about how he became involved with Mascots For A Cure and the idea for the #TwistChallenge Chubby tells us “My publicist Shelly Field was contacted by Mascots For A Cure and they said they wanted to use The Twist and told her the idea for the #TwistChallenge. She said ‘Let’s talk to Chubby about it’ and I thought it was a great idea. It’s all about childhood cancer and children having cancer. That’s very serious stuff.”

“Years ago, back in 1965, I believe. Danny Thomas, who was alive then, and he had St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis. I did a charity tour for him and I was concerned and said ‘Danny, why are you doing this?’ and he says ‘Chubby, we have to leave something when we die and children being sick, especially with cancer, it disturbs me.’ He said ‘when I go on stage or go on TV and do whatever I do all I can think about is these children, these young children that have cancer. So, I’ve lent my life to that, so when I leave here it will be for them’.”

“Usually I’m not involved with charity that much, I give to charity all the time, but to get involved, this is very serious stuff. When you see a young child and I was in the hospital several years ago when I saw a kid and this guy, his kid had cancer, and I used to work at a chicken market on 9th St. and while I was working there for three or four years, this young boy every year or so, he would come with his father and he would have a bandage wrapped around his head because he had some brain tumors that were cancerous. They were able to raise 220 million dollars for ALS when they were throwing water on everybody with the #IceBucketChallenge and I hope we are just as successful with raising funds and awareness with the #TwistChallenge as well.”chubby01We were curious to know if Chubby ever expected The Twist to take off the way that it did spawning countless twist songs and multiple dance crazes all over the world. He revealed, “We never saw it coming. I remember I didn’t even want to do the song. We did the fourth cut and there was a lyric saying ‘Daddy’s sleeping and Mama ain’t around’ and Dave Apple who produced the song said ‘Chubby, there’s a flat note on ‘Daddy’s sleeping’  and I said ‘Dave, it’s almost time to graduate high school, my grades are terrible. I’m going to go home and try to catch up, Dave, they’ll never know.’ (laughs)  Little did I know!

Chubby told us about his newly remixed and remastered version of The Twist saying “We went in the studio and we took the songs we recorded in 1970, ’71, ’72 and ’73 and what we did was we went and remastered every bit of it. In other words, we took each track that we had, some of which were recorded in the 1960’s and on maybe only ten or twelve tracks and then ten years later we went in the studio and recorded it again and the reason I did that was because the original ones were not being released and we wanted to public to have the songs, so we went in and recorded them again.”

“This time we had 35 or 40 tracks. We didn’t know that in the future we could take Chubby’s voice and just take his voice and the other tracks that were from 1974 and put new musicians in the back and have a whole new song (laughs). We didn’t do that, but we just made it… better.  It sounds the same but it just sounds better. It records, plays and acts with all the new music and new technology that is out here.”

“We formatted The Twist to match the new equipment that you now here the music on the radio. It’s just better and it jumps out at you. It’s better than the other one, sounds the same… but better.”chubby04We asked Chubby to reminiscence a bit and take us through what it was like getting that call to perform on the show.  He reveals with a laugh, “We didn’t know. Bandstand was Bandstand and everybody loved it. At 3:30pm in the afternoon there was no one on the streets because they were watching Bandstand. I don’t think people realized that when Chubby Checker came on American Bandstand, that Bandstand changed that day. It was never going to be the same again because dancing changed on that show.”

“But to answer your question, when I was on American Bandstand what was it like, I was scared to death, I was nervous, I was in the number one spot in the world and I didn’t know at that time that I was going to magnify the number one show in the world into MTV and everything else. We didn’t know that, but we did that. I talk about it and I’m glad you have this and you can record it because long after I’m gone out of here, someone can play this and go back to the roots of what the dance floor became because of Chubby Checker started the fateful day on American Bandstand. Everybody was looking, everybody was there, the whole world was watching, and dancing was transformed that day.”

Chubby described his introduction to the world, and how Ernest Evans, the man, became Chubby Checker, The Legend. A legend who could refer to himself in the third person without skipping a beat. “The minute Chubby came on Bandstand, Dick Clark was already a big star, but when Chubby Checker came on Bandstand, and I want people to listen to this, as I have a few people out there who are negative Chubby Checkers, but Dick Clark was already a big star when Chubby Checker came on American Bandstand and I say this and I quote ‘When Chubby Checker came on American Bandstand, Dick Clark became a super monster star’  and Bandstand became something it never was before because dancing changed forever.”chubby03It wasn’t just the dance itself that made The Twist a hit… there was something else, and Chubby told me the secret… “I’m looking at the girl, the girl’s looking at me and we’re not touching, but we’re doing something. We’re exploring our sexuality while being fully dressed, what’s more hotter than that?”

We tell Chubby just how excited we are to participate in the #TwistChallenge and urge everyone to participate to support this wonderful cause. Chubby reminds us “Don’t be thinking about The Twist, you be thinking about those kids that have cancer. That’s what it’s all about. You think about those children out there that have cancer and their families and their futures. The futures of these children who have been touched by this dreadful, dreadful disease and pray for them. Ask God to put his hands upon these children and heal them.”

Chubby was a mix of warmth and confidence in our conversation. It’s been said that ‘it ain’t bragging if you can pull it off” and Chubby pulled it off. He changed the world in both music and popular culture. 50-odd years after reaching the number one spot on the Billboard Pop and Dance charts, the world is still twisting. The Twist has been the biggest “#1 Song” according to Billboard magazine for 55 years. He can stand tall, and dance with confidence, and he can brag if he wants to. He’s one of a very small number of people who made the world a more fun and better place.chubby02Chubby is also true road warrior and we were curious what some of his plans were for the future. He tells us, “We’re all over the place. We’re going to cruise in Australia and then we are moving around out to Las Vegas and we are going to be in Kansas and guess where we are going to be on the 16th of November? Dick Clark’s American Bandstand in Branson, Missouri. How about that? (laughs)

“I can never shake that man. He’ll be with me forever. His wife gave me the name Checker, she put Checker on the Chubby, so I’m going to be with this guy forever and ever and my birthday is on the 3rd of October and we’ll be in Bilouxi, Mississippi on the 1st of October and the 8th and 9th we’re going to be in California at some of the casinos there.”

“Galveston, Texas is on October 15th and we are even visiting Newbury, South Carolina, the closest I can get to where I was born and on the 25th of October we’re going to be in The Villages in Florida. We are moving around and everything is wonderful. I’ve got my band with me and we’ve got the bus, but you know something Kristyn, I’m a happy guy, everything’s cool. Remember to think about those kids, I love you sweetheart!”

Chubby Checker called me ‘sweetheart!’ :swoon::

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Ever Wonder Why Everyone Woman On TV Has The Same Hair? We’ve Got The Answer!

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(PCM) If you are a avid television fan like us than you have probably taken notice that nearly everyone woman that graces the screen appears to share the same hair cut. Seriously, take a look. It’s mind-blowing.

We figured that there had to be some sort of logical reasoning behind this hair phenomenon and lo and behold Racked.com has actually discovered the answer to this puzzling mystery.  It actually has more to do with continuity and production than it does with actual fashion. By the women all sharing the same loose and face-framing style with slight curl at the ends, it allows those behind-the scenes to spend less time worrying if hair is the correct length or a piece is out of place, as the style allows for free movement.

Check out the video explanation below:

Always learning new things everyday! At least we have finally moved away for hairstyles like the Jennifer, the Farrah and the Angelina.

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Everyone Is Talking About Corey Feldman’s Bizarre ‘Today Show’ Performance

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(PCM) It appears that actor Corey Feldman fancies himself a musician these days. Actually, he has been trying to break into the mainstream music realm for quite a few years with limited success. He managed to release a few albums over the years and play a one-off gig here and there, but that was about it, that is until now!

The internet is buzzing about Feldman’s recent appearance on “The Today Show” as his performance was just about as bizarre as you would expect it to be, so much so, that we doubt NBC will even be releasing any additional video clips. Feldman claims that he is currently collaborating with Snoop Dogg on a new track called “Go 4 It”, which is perhaps why he was asked to appear on “The Today Show” in the first place.

Feldman, looking like a mix between Lord Voldemort and Michael Jackson, choppily danced robotically around the stage flanked by his band of women dressed as angels whom he referenced as “Corey’s Angels” (clever … really!).  Judging by the reactions people are having via social media, it appears that Feldman many have to hit the drawing board once again in an attempt to launch his music career.

He appeared to be taking this dead seriously, while those that were able to catch the performance thought the entire thing was utterly hilarious!  Check out the YouTube clips that surfaced below:

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Director Peter Berg Wants To Do The Rundown 2 With The Rock Again

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Dwayne Johnson has been the talk of the town recently. It was announced by Forbes that The Rock was the highest paid actor in Hollywood in 2016. Now Director Peter Berg is speaking out about possibly wanting to do a sequel to one of The Rock’s earliest films The Rundown.

The Rundown was released in the early 2000s and starred The Rock alongside Sean William Scott, Rosario Dawson, and Christopher Walken. The film revolved around an unlikely pairing of (Johnson and Scott) who travel to the Brazilian rainforest in search of a rare statue. A ruthless warlord (Walken) and his mercenaries kidnap them and take the statue.

The movie was a success with fans and critics alike. Back then The Rock had some TV experience and a minor role in The Mummy Returns, and a starring role in The Scorpion King. With the success of The Rundown it proved that The Rock could be a leading man.

Now fast forward years later and director Peter Berg who directed The Rundown has expressed interest in doing a possible sequel to The Rundown. Berg who spoke at Toronto International Film Festival. Berg was out promoting his new movie Deepwater Horizon. Berg made various statements to various media outlets that his interest in making, The Rundown 2 if The Rock got a solid costar, and that solid costar’s name is Jonah Hill.

Hill who has dabbled in serious melodramas as of late seems, but Hill can hit it out of the park when it comes to comedy. Hill has an endless list of comedy hits to his name. Berg believes that the Rock and Hill would have great chemistry on screen. But we will have to wait quite some time for a sequel. The Rock’s schedule seems to be on full throttle with the shooting of Baywatch, Rampage, and his hit HBO series Ballers.

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