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Smashing Pumpkins, Jane’s Addiction & Guns N’ Roses Members Coming To Anaheim

The National Association of Music Merchants, as described on their site, is a ” not-for-profit association that promotes the pleasures and benefits of making music and strengthens the $17 billion global music products industry.” NAMM annually and famously holds a convention yearly in Anaheim, California, the largest trade-only event pertaining to music industry. As you might imagine, there’s usually a few stars attending. There’s hundreds of vendors and booths, but for AlternativeNation readers we found some names of interest attending their 2016 convention, January 21st-24th, 2016.

Billy Corgan of the Smashing Pumpkins will be there Thursday at the Reverend booths signing autographs celebrating the release of his new Reverend guitar model. Jim Fairchild of Modest Mouse will be showcasing his use of Red Panda pedals Thursday as well. The Audix Corporation will be hosting a Drummer Extravaganza and Stephen Perkins is part of a huge team of drummers at attendence for that booth. Juan Alderete of the Mars Volta will be a participant in several events, such as Red Panda pedal demonstrations, autograph signing, a EarthQuaker demonstration with his bass guitar, the latter two event occurring Friday. The EarthQuaker demonstration with Alderete will also occur Saturday.

Ron Saint Germain, who produced Sonic Youth’s Goo as well as several Bad Brains and 311 albums, will also be in attendance in a demonstration with Lynx Studio Technology, Inc. He has also worked with the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Tool, Soundgarden, U2, Killing Joke and yes, Jimi Hendrix. Richie Ramone, one of the only living Ramones, will be at the Los Cabos Drumsticks booth on Saturday. DJ Ashba and Nikki Sixx, of Guns n’ Roses and Motley Crue fame, will be at the Korg booth with the Sixx A.M. bandmate James Michael for autographs. For more information on exhibitions, see here.

Foo Fighters & Smashing Pumpkins Unite To Honor David Bowie: A Birthday Celebration

The passing of David Bowie, in the succession of the deaths of Scott Weiland and Lemmy, continue to devastate the hearts of millions if not billions of fans. These three figures, who in total have contributed thousands of songs to the human discography, are sorely missed not only on their creative output but they were massive figures bursting with integrity.

David Bowie, who stepped into the world of alternative rock to prop up and support acts who became some of alternative rock’s most popular acts, like Placebo, had an unprecedented influence on the genre’s development. His work in general, with albums like Hunky Dory, Ziggy Stardust and Diamond Dogs inspired figures like Cobain, Corgan and Farrell, but this all goes without saying. Bowie’s influence bleeds through culture in a blatant and now tragic way.

One thing not always brought up, however, is one of the greatest gatherings of popular musicians, I dare say, of all time. On January 9th, 1997 at Madison Square Garden in New York City, David Bowie hosted a concert for his fiftieth birthday with a surreal lineup. What’s very admirable about Bowie is that he often reached out to people directly influenced by him first, instead of the other way around.

As seen in our featured photo, you can make Bowie surrounded by figures such as Robert Smith of the Cure, Billy Corgan of the Smashing Pumpkins, Dave Grohl of Nirvana and the Foo Fighters (as well as Pat Smear), Brian Molko and Stefan Olsdal of Placebo and more. To celebrate his birthday, Bowie invited many of his friends and admirers.


The European alternative rock band Placebo opened for the show. They were touring for their self titled album and were discovered by Bowie and in the late ’90s and became his opening act for several months. He would sing on their sophomore album Without You I’m Nothing on the eponymous track. After opening with some songs from his then recently released album, Earthlings, like “Little Wonder,” he brought out his first guest: Frank Black of the Pixies. Together they performed “Scary Monsters (And Super Creeps) from the selfsame titled album. They also performed “Fashion” together, from the same album.

In 1997, the Foo Fighters were flying high on the scene after Nirvana’s demise. No doubt, Bowie was aware of Nirvana’s cover of his song “The Man Who Sold the World.” He even performed at this show with his backing band. One would wonder though, if Cobain had lived if he would have been invited to perform with him. However, the Foo Fighters were invited to play “Hallo Spaceboy,” a song from the 1995 Outside album, with Bowie. They offered a thunderous rendition of the song. Bowie (vocals as well as guitar) and Grohl afterwards would perform the electronic tinged “Seven Years in Tibet” together. “Under Pressure” in later years, would become a staple of the Foo Fighters’ live set.

Sonic Youth, the noise rock band which also had a tremendous air within alternative rock circles, were present to perform and celebrate with Bowie, playing his newest single “I’m Afraid of Americans,” which featured production stylings from Trent Reznor of Nine Inch Nails. Bowie, never afraid to move forward. Below is also included Nine Inch Nails with David Bowie re-orchestrating “Hurt” in 1995, later covered famously by Johnny Cash.

After these performances, David Bowie delivered his hits “Heroes” and “The Man Who Sold the World” with his backing band. Robert Smith from the Cure, emerged from the darkness of backstage to share two songs with Bowie: “The Last Thing You Should Do” and “Quicksand,” though he wanted to do “Young Americans.”

One of the most prominent figures from Bowie’s past, another one of rock’s figures who favored collaboration with admirers, his friend and creative partner Lou Reed joined him on stage for four songs. The two worked on Reed’s album “Transformer” together, which swept the world in storm. The songs they did together that night were “Queen Bitch”, a Lou Reed song “Dirty Blvd” and two songs from Lou Reed’s first major band, the Velvet Underground: “White Light/White Heat” and “Waiting for the Man.” Those latter two songs were frequently covered by Bowie in his past. “Waiting for the Man” was particularly marvelous, with alternating lead vocals from the two. This performance has been a favorite of mine for a long time. It’s nice to revisit and sad to see these figures leave this world.

In 1997, the following song would already have a sentimental and memorial connotation associated with it, Freddie Mercury having passed away a few years before. The duet is shared with his bassist at the time, American bassist Gail Ann Dorsey.

He closed his set with the Ziggy Stardust track, “Moonage Daydream” and seemingly ended the concert with band introductions. The backing band consisted of Reeves Gabrels on guitar, Mike Garson on keyboards (who also worked with the Pumpkins in later years), Zach Alford on drums and Gail Ann Dorsey on bass.

However, as with most great things there is an encore. After an aptly deserved “Happy Birthday!” from Dorsey, some more music emerged. For the encore, Billy Corgan of the Smashing Pumpkins, a huge Bowie fan, joined Bowie on stage for “The Jean Genie” and Mott the Hopple’s “All the Young Dudes,” written by Bowie in the early ’70s. In introducing Corgan, Bowie uttered his famous quote, “I don’t know where I’m going from here but I promise it won’t be boring.” The encore was ended with “Space Oddity” which would be covered by the Smashing Pumpkins during their Oceania tour.

Bowie’s death is as sudden as it is grave. I found out coming out of the Primus and Tool concert in San Diego on their latest tour. It hit me the next day and it hit me very hard and at once. While listening to “Teenage Wildlife,” I became incredibly upset and my eyes followed suit. I felt an embrace and goodbye. What I wrote on my band’s page is the only thing that I can really manage to say about his passing:

David Bowie has died and reborn for the last time, as he did hundreds of times during his lifetime. From the Thin White Duke to Ziggy Stardust to Blackstar – Bowie has always been reborn and died, we tend to forget. This time, it just hits us a bit harder because his consistently ever-changing body and essence has gone to its biggest rebirth, a union with the universe. As he ever was, Bowie exists in all of us. He exists in our courage and our engendered ability to face ourselves, to be ourselves no matter what people tell us. And people do change. His music encompasses a lot, but one thing that has always stood out to me is the spirit of bravery – encouraging people to experience the most of life to better themselves and to grow. To dance, to wander in space, to live as teenage wildlife, to be heroes and in the indefinite final acts and climaxes: to be reborn as Lazarus when Jesus gave life back to him in Lazarus’ miraculous resurrection, the utmost compassionate act we can accept to give ourselves as life continues to shape and challenge us. In embracing his deep lessons, Bowie will be continue to be reborn thousands and thousands of times more.

Rest in peace, Blackstar



Henry Rollins: “Morrissey Is No Longer On My Hitlist”

In an interview with the Guardian, legendary Black Flag ex-vocalist and inspirational speaker/comedian/poet, “The Abraham Lincoln of Punk Rock,” Henry Rollins engaged in an interview with the publication and discussed a multitude of issues including Monsanto, the US Congress, politics and oddly enough, Morrissey:

Guardian: On reflection, do you think it was harsh to say you wanted to make a house record out of the sound of Morrissey being burned to death?

Rollins: “Well, I like the guy. I think he’s very intelligent and has real good taste in music. It’s nothing I’d say on stage now because I think it’s poorly meant, but that’s why we humans are allowed subtly evolve here and there. There are definitely some people I wouldn’t mind seeing burned to death – I absolutely have a kill list. But not good old Morrissey. I think the world is a much better place with him in it.”

Indeed, the two have had a somewhat tumultuous relationship in their years in music, with Rollins historically being critical of him. Rollins eventually came to the conclusion, however, that Morrissey’s worldview is a lot more amicable with his worldview than he used to think. However, Rollins does still instate his hit list is far from over:

Guardian: Who is on the kill list?
Rollins: “Just people who need to get got. And there’s two for sure. There are different grades. There are a few people who could do with losing a hand. And I’d happily carry the petrol can, the cleaver, whatever it takes. As far as the kill list goes, though, there are two who’ve REALLY gotta go. Every day I don’t get them I consider a partial failure.”

Author’s note: italics reverted.

Video circa 1990 of Rollins on Rage criticizing Morrissey before playing the music video for “November Spawned a Monster.” It should be taken in mind that this video is aged and is very tongue-in-cheek. Take it with a grain of salt, but it’s funny to watch.

Henry Rollins just announced a world tour, just as Morrissey wrapped up his tour, ironically. Tour dates are below:




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Alte Feuerwache
Mannheim, Germany

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Frankfurt, Germany

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St George’s Hall
Bristol, UK

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Tyne Theatre
Newcastle, UK

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Bridgewater Hall
Manchester, UK

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London, UK

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Town Hall
Birmingham, UK

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Vicar Street
Dublin , Ireland

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Glasgow, UK

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Het Depot
Leuven , Belgium

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De Roma
Belgium, Antwerp

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Warsaw, Poland

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Sala Koncertowa Radia Wrocław
Wroclaw, Poland

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Kampnagel 26
Hamburg, Germany

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Cologne, Germany

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Amsterdam, Holland

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Theatre De Spil
Roeselare, Belgium

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Helsinki, Finland

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Göta Lejon
Stockholm, Sweden

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Club Moscow
Moscow, Russia

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Club Kosmonavt
St. Petersburg, Russia

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Kiev , Ukraine

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Havana Club
Tel Aviv, israel

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Liberty Hall
Lawrence, KS

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Thalia Hall
Chicago, IL

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Turner Hall Ballroom
Milwaukee, WI

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SOKA University
Orange County, CA

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Top Ten Star Wars Rip Offs And Cash Ins

Star Wars is a cultural touchstone which took the world by storm and kicked off a fanboy Armageddon the likes of which have not been matched, even said fanboys rivals… the Trekkie. Star Wars reached across the gulf of nerd and straight to find the heart of the culture of pop, for better or worse. No matter your age, whether you saw Star Wars back in 1977 or on TV in 1984 or on video in the 90’s, you saw it and gripped you. Sure, it’s not the most well written, acted or directed saga out there and the prequels were pretty much garbage straight through but the impact that Star Wars had is undeniable. The film changed the game in 1977 (a game already having been altered by Jaws 2 years prior). Cross-Marketing was never as important as it was now and just as Jaws had before it and Alien would after it… a wave of quick cash-ins flooded the market for years to come. Now, some use the term rip-off, but these are really more cash-ins for the most part. Riding a trend is easy, ripping off is something more. A few of the list below are pretty blatant in their note for note copying of the Star Wars formula but lets face it, Star Wars was not highly original to begin with so it’s a self perpetuating cycle. Of those that are not copies are those which are original pieces of work made in the style of Star Wars as a deliberate attempt to strike a similar cord with the massive audience of Star Wars fans. Here Anthony Carioscia and Josh Hadley bring you ten films that tried to be Star Wars.

Moonraker – (1979)

Anthony: This eleventh entry in the Bond franchise brought everyone’s favorite spy into space! When a space ship is mysteriously hi-jacked, Bond is sent to find out who is behind it. During this adventure he meets Holly Goodhead as well as his old enemy Jaws. The Roger Moore era of Bond was known for its cheesy installments and this one takes the cheesecake. While sandwiched between two better bonds (The Spy Who Loved Me and For Your Eyes Only), Moonraker is worth a look just to see Bond fighting with laser guns in space.

Star Odyssey – (1979)

Josh: Star Odyssey is an Italian entry into the post Star Wars boom and it might just be the most Italian thing ever. It’s like what Star Wars would be if you watched the movie in another language all the while thinking it was some kind of porno. You have mustaches on just about every male, skimpy clothing on most females, terrible editing, garbage can “droids” ,a pair of suicidal duck robots (I wish I were kidding), “androids” that are ostensibly fruity cannon fodder as well a villain straight out of an eight year old’s idea of what Darth Vader was all about.

Message from Space – (1978)

Anthony: In 1978 director Kinji Fukasaku and actor Sony Chiba brought us the critically acclaim history film Shogun’s Samurai. That same year the two made the Star Wars rip-off Message from Space.  After the planet Jillucia is nearly wiped out by the forces of an Empress known as Mother, a man called King Kaiba sends eight holy seeds each to be gathered by a chosen one to help save the galaxy. This Japanese classic is notable for having a empress type character( played by a man in drag) before Empire Strikes Back introduced us to Emperor Palpatine.  The film is a lot of fun to watch and recommended for those who love old school Japanese sci-fi.

Battlestar Galactica – (1978)

Josh: Movies were not the only medium which used Star Wars as an “influence”. In 1979 ABC Television made Battlestar Galactica as a 3 hour TV movie which led into the TV series. Battlestar was like H. G. Wells’ The Shape of Things to Come in that it was not taking elements from Lucas’ movie, but more so the style and tone… which was enough to make Fox and Lucas sue Universal (Battlestar’s production company). Fox and Lucas lost the case but won the battle as Galactica was not a ratings hit and was cancelled after one season. Using some of the FX crew from Star Wars gives Galactica a great look but the mundane stories and meandering production were definitely a problem.

H.G. Wells’ The Shape of Things to Come – (1979)

Josh: I am not even sure how to describe 1979’s H. G. Wells’ The Shape of Things to Come . It’s like a bad pre-Star Wars scifi hack job but with a post Star Wars sensibility. It’s hard to describe. There are cute droids, space battles, colorful costumes, bad acting… upon reflection though it’s closer to a Space 1999 rip off that was simply made at a time when everyone wanted “the next Star Wars“.

Starcrash – (1978)

Anthony: Out of all the Italian Star Wars knock offs, Starcrash  is the most well known. Stella Star and her sidekick Akton manage to pick up a castaway when running from authorities. They are then recruited by the Emperor to help destroy a super weapon by Count Zarth Arn as well as save the prince ( played by David Hasselholf). With nice colors and special effects, Starcrash is a beautiful film. Not a dull moment goes by in this flick as it is very enjoyable and action packed. A good place to start for ones trying to get into Italian rip-off films.

Star Trek: The Wrath of Khan – (1982)

Anthony: In 1979 due to the success of Star Wars, an attempt at bringing Star Trek to the big screen was made. This film was called Star Trek: The Motion Picture. The film’s end product was that of a flawed and boring film. In 1982 they tried again with The Wrath of Khan, this time making a space opera with space battles… you know, like Star Wars. This film is to Star Trek what The Empire Strikes Back is to Star War  as it remains the most iconic installment in its franchise.

Starchaser : The Legend of Orin – (1985)

Josh: It took until 1985 for Starchaser: The Legend of Orin to come about… (I guess they were waiting for the entire Star Wars trilogy to finish up before they ripped it off). A farm boy who has a destiny to stop an armored warlord with a laser sword alongside a rouge smuggler, a lost princess and a few droids… while using a vaguely described “force” and a ghost mentor. Nope, this was not like Star Wars AT ALL. This 3D animated film is not really that bad, if you can forgive its obvious “influences”.

Flash Gordon – (1980)

Anthony: Though based on source material that influenced Star Wars, there is no denying this film was made to cash in on Star Wars. A football player is skyjacked aboard a doctor’s space ship along with a beautiful woman. They travel to planet Mongo to unite its forces to stop the planets’s dictator Ming the Merciless. With it’s Adam West Batman inspired  campy tone, great sense of humor, over the top action and killer sound track by Queen, Flash Gordon is one of the best films of the 80’s. Any science fiction fan who hasn’t seen this film must! You won’t regret it.

Battle Beyond the Stars – (1980)

Josh: Battle Beyond The Stars is Roger Corman’s entry into the post Star Wars boom (post Empire really, it’s 1980 at this point). Corman had released Starcrash  a few years prior and didn’t want to repeat himself so instead of a straight up Star Wars knock, Battle is really more Star Wars influenced when in reality this is a blatant sci-fi version of The Magnificent Seven (more so than The Seven Samurai). John Sayles witty script, James Cameron’s amazing art design and models and a cast of fantastic actors all make Battle Beyond The Stars a far better film than it should be.

There are many more films which were influenced by Star Wars back in 1977 and the film continues to spread it’s effect on the film industry today. The ten we showcased here are only a sample all of the amazingly interesting movies which came and went in the wake of that war in the stars unleashed that summer of 77.

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Billy Corgan To Give Spiritual Talk In Illinois

Billy “WPC” Corgan seems again to venturing into the dialogue on spirituality. In the last few years, Corgan’s spirituality seems to take a bigger place in his life. Earlier in 2009, Corgan opened a website for some time entitled “Everything From Here to There” for the primary subject of “Mind-Body-Soul integration” and how “it can best manifest in our daily life.” Unfortunately, this website’s domain fell out of service sometime around 2012-2013. At the end of this article, I have included the opening letter from the website, found through an Internet archive and no longer available anywhere else.

Journalist Jennifer Weigel, a local Chicago celebrity and writer who has written on spirituality in several books and articles. December 15th, just in a number of days, she will host an event at the Wilmette Theater in Wilmette, Illinois as a part of her “Conversations with Weigel” series, in which she interviews a guest every month on the subject matters pertaining to spirituality. It will be the first kind of interview that Corgan has had in months, since the End Times tour came to an end during late summer. Tickets are $30 and available here.

As promised, here is the opening letter from “Everything From Here to There”, one of the website’s only surviving documents:

Hello, many blessings to you for visiting Everything From Here to There.

The purpose of this website is to discuss openly and without fear concepts of Mind-Body-Soul integration. If you are drawn to the Hidden Truths, drawn to God as something beyond limitation, and drawn to Love as the greatest force in the Universe, then you have come to the right place at the right time. This is a place of Love.

In discussing Mind-Body-Soul integration within the context of holistic Truth, many topics will be explored here that may be new to you. Like any good tree that one would hope to grow, we must set our roots deep into the ground so that what is real will prosper in the Light of Love.

This site is non-denominational, we promote no religion, and if we speak of any belief or faith system it won’t be at the expense of another. That is not to avoid the obvious. Most of the citizens of this planet put their faith in someone or something. This website respects every belief and every faith as an expression of God’s greater Will.

This is not a place of judgment, nor a place of making proof. We begin with the idea that there is a God. We begin with the undying belief that there is a unifying intelligence that manifests itself in Every-thing. Even if you don’t believe in God, exploring fully the idea of a God or Gods should pose no threat to you. The idea of a higher collective intelligence or consistent organizing principle should be worth contemplating no matter what you believe in (or don’t believe in). For who is God if not Us?

Mind-Body-Soul integration is the primary focus of this site, and how it can best manifest in our daily life. We will strive to celebrate the brilliant Spirit in each individual and work collectively to glorify that which is Holy in each and every one of us. To honor and recognize that support for another is also support for ourselves. To kindle the flame in every heart humbly as gratitude for our opportunity here to make a subtle yet important difference. It is that simple.

The date of origination for Everything From Here to There is 9.9.09, a perfect date to mark this beginning of a wonderful opportunity. We swing the garden gate open, and ALL are welcome Here.

William Patrick Corgan”









Red Hot Chili Peppers’ Flea & Shaq Are On A New TV Show

Flea, the Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist and songwriter, makes very sporadic and unexpected appearances in the world of film and television. His filmography is actually a little bigger than his discography – with appearances in the last two of the Back to the Future films, the voice of Donnie in the Wild Thornberrys, the Big Lebowski, Duckman and the Decline of Western Civilization Part III. Flea’s a real cool guy. When I met him a couple months ago, we had this brief exchange of glazed eyes I’ll never forget at Amoeba Records and it was one of the more memorable things that has happened to me all year.  I might have embarrassed myself a little, but there was no way I was going to handle meeting Flea in a calm manner. Sadly, it’s not me.

Now, when my friend Justin said “Flea has a show”, I thought he was referring to a Flea solo concert. He confessed it was a television show and I was certain he was pulling my leg. Well, he was half-right. Flea recently starred in a pilot for Amazon Video entitled “Highston”, a show which may get picked up by Amazon Prime as film and television (post-television?) shows see a shift towards instant streaming release only. The premise revolves around a 19-year old named Highston Liggetts who is a little lost and perceived to be delusional and mentally ill by his family, save for the family member who might actually have real issues, Uncle Bob. The nature of his dissociative disorder is his strong and vivid perceptions of celebrity imaginary friends, from Oprah to Bill Gates. In this pilot however, his friends are Flea and basketball legend Shaquille O’Neal. Truly, an unforgeable trio. If the show is picked up though, it will have rotating cast. I can only hope Flea will write the score for the show afterwards.

The Highston pilot was a very, very clever piece. Since Calvin & Hobbes, it seems some of the best stories in any form of media involve the dichotomous worlds between imaginary friends and those who can’t see them. Australian (and later American) television series Wilfred is another good example of this format. Highston is different from Calvin & Hobbes and Wilfred in the fact that no one outside of Highston, the eponymous title character, can see his friends or their involvement at all. In both Calvin & Hobbes and Wilfred, characters outside of Calvin and Ryan see Hobbes and Wilfred respectively as a stuffed toy tiger and non-anthropomorphic dog.

I won’t spoil the ending, but Highston’s family wants him to either make something of himself within a week or get admitted to a psychiatric hospital. The pilot provides a lot of blunt but not still pushy nor distracting social commentary, especially on the way society handles mental illness. “No one is happy”, says Highston’s father, Mr. Liggetts. “But Flea and Shaq say they’re happy,” replies Highston. “WELL, that’s because Flea and Shaq are the only happy people! Everybody knows that,” as Flea and Shaq mock the parents to no avail other than what Highston can hear. The show also features some nasty, kooky and funky original basslines from Flea as Shaq teaches Highston dance moves. Highston is a very polite and empathetic person, but no one, especially his family cares to listen to him outside of an agenda they filter everything through.

Nothing I can say is really going to capture the show’s inherent wit and thought provoking social commentary undertones. Regardless if you have Amazon Video and/or Prime, it is available to watch for free here. If you’re a Chili Peppers fan, a basketball nut or just looking to kick back and relax with some new piece of television that isn’t 100% mind rotting, I would definitely recommend the pilot of Highston. Thanks again, Flea.



Chris Cornell, Weezer, Cage the Elephant & Fall Out Boy To Perform At KROQ Almost Acoustic Christmas

Just announced, KROQ has revealed its lineup for Almost Acoustic Christmas. Ticket go on sale this Friday at 12pm. Proceeds will benefit local Los Angeles charities, including Para Los Niños and the Al Wooten Jr. Heritage Foundation. The lineup is below:

Night 1: AWOLNATION, Bastille, Cage The Elephant, Disclosure, Foals, Halsey, Silversun Pickups,The Struts, Twenty One Pilots, Weezer, and X Ambassadors.

Night 2: Andrew McMahon In The Wilderness, Chris Cornell, Cold War Kids, Elle King, Fall Out Boy,George Ezra, James Bay, Of Monsters And Men, Panic! At The Disco, The 1975, and The Neighbourhood.

Tickets, available here at Ticketmaster, are subject to the prices listed below. Tickets limited to 4 a household:

GA Floor: $135.00
Floor Risers: $150.00
Sec 100 Lower Bowl: $150.00
Sec 100 Center Lower Bowl: $135.00
Sec 100 Upper Bowl: $95.00
Sec 200 Upper Bowl: $75.00

Last year, several prominent bands we cover here at AlternativeNation played at Almost Acoustic Christmas 2014, like Queens of the Stone Age, the Smashing Pumpkins and System of a Down. Let’s see if this lineup can top last year’s performance!

Featured here in our article on the new Temple of the Dog performance footage that surfaced, Chris Cornell recently talked to AV Club about their song “Hunger Strike”:

Chris Cornell discussed Temple of the Dog’s “Hunger Strike” in a new AV Club article.

“I don’t really remember it. [Laughs.] I kind of remember the basics but singing on that album happened so quickly. The song itself, it really wasn’t much of a song. It was a verse with just a kind of repeating chorus. It was just where we needed one more song for the album, and I had that down, but I hadn’t played it for anybody yet because I didn’t feel it was a complete song. But I knew we had nine songs, and I thought 10 would be a nice, even round number. I just figured that this would be the 10th song that would wrap up the album, and it would just be what it was, verse for verse and then repeating chorus sort of like a coda for the album listening experience. In rehearsing it, and I think we only rehearsed for two days for that album, but I was singing both parts of the song. I sang the high verse part and then the low chorus part and then the high chorus part and so on.

Eddie and the rest of them were waiting for us to finish because they were about to have one of their first rehearsals as Pearl Jam, and he saw me sort of struggling with it, so he just walked up to the mic and started singing the low part, and I started singing the high part. I immediately got this idea that his voice sounded so rich in that low register that it would become more of a song if I sang the first verse, then the whole band kicks in, and then he sings that verse again, but in effect it becomes a different verse. It’s a different person. It’s a different voice and a different everything. And I think I had that idea right there on the spot; we did it that way, and suddenly it was a real song. I hate to use that term “real song” but to me it was like: Okay, in just a moment this has become an arrangement that changes everything.

I never thought about it as being singular or anything because there were a lot of really well written songs that lent themselves to the notion of a single, but once we played it for other people, that was the choice that was made. But my memory of us singing it together is I just went in and sang my part, he went in and sang his part, and it took probably 40 minutes, and that was it. That was back in the day where you had no record budget, and that album in particular was recorded and mixed in a total of 14 days, not in a row.”


Top 10 Japanese Horror Films That Aren’t About Ghost Or Kaiju

Japanese horror films or J-horror have always been a force to be reckoned with. The country has produced some of the scariest, weirdest and most extreme films the genre has known. In Western pop culture, people normally think of giant monsters (aka Kaiju) or ghost children when it comes to horror flicks from Japan, though the country has produced a diverse wealth of them spanning multiple subgenres. Here, in no order, are ten of the country’s best horror films that feature neither of those things.

Suicide Club (2002)

During the late 90’s to mid 2000’s Japan was making many controversial horror films, one of the most notable being Suicide Club. The film is about police investigating a wave of unconnected suicides and is most notorious for a scene where schools girls happily jump in front of a train. Despite having such a dark subject matter, the film has plenty of humor. Recommended for fans of films that are disturbing and funny at the same time.

Versus (2000)

Versus is a horror, comedy, martial arts, gunplay fusion directed by the now acclaimed Ryuhei Kitamura. Set in a place known as The Forrest of Resurrection, a gang of Yakuzas fights hordes of zombies while trying to stop their leader from opening a portal to hell. With good laughs, gore and fight choreography, the film has stuff to please just about any kind of geek. In 2004 an extended edition called Ultimate Versus was released. This is the best version to see.

Wicked City (1987)

In the 1980’s anime was known for being very violent and this horror anime is a prime example of that. Set near the dawn of the year 2000, a human agent named Taki and a female demon named Makie take on a group of demons called The Radicals. They must also protect a 200-year-old man named Giuesspi who is the only one who can bring peace to the human and demon worlds. The film mixes frightening visuals with high-octane action and explicit gore and nudity and never feels slow for a minute, but at the same time is able to tell a good story.

Kuroneko (1968)

During a civil war, two women are raped and murdered by samurai. After the war, many samurai start mysteriously dying. A young hero is then called in from the government who are convinced it’s the work of a demon. Though the film’s plot does involve ghosts, the film is not structured like a ghost movie and is different in style than what Japan’s horror scene would be known for.  The black and white look mixed with its feudal setting gives the film great atmosphere. The acting is also very good and you really feel for the characters, something that is lost in a lot of horror.

Tokyo: The Last Megalopolis (1988)

Yet another genre blender, this film mixes horror with science fiction and historical fantasy. The plot is about a demonic reincarnation of an old Japaneses emperor on a mission to destroy all of Toyko. The film was a major part of the occult crazes that swept Japan from the late 80’s-early 90’s. Though very slow at times, this film is full of atmosphere and a story that just draws you in and shocks you at when it wants to. The emperor from this film was the inspiration for M. Bison from the game series Street Fighter.

Onibaba (1964)

From Kaneto Shindo, director of Kuroneko, comes another feudal era horror film. Two women have a hobby that involves killing soldiers and stealing their belongings. The women then meet a mysterious man who wears a bizarre mask. Like Kuronekothe film’s setting and lack of color give it good atmosphere. The free-jazz and tribal score also help give the film a bit of a bizarre tone. If Akira Kurosawa made a horror film, it would be Onibaba.

Tetsuo:The Iron Man (1989)

Shinya Tsukamoto is known for directing some of Japan’s craziest films and Tetsuo is no exception. The film is about a businessman who accidentally kills a man who has a fetish for sticking scrap metal in his body. The businessman then starts sprouting metal appendages such as drills out of random parts of his body (not making this up). Shot in black and white and on a low budget this film feels like Eraserhead on crack.  The industrial score is also very good and fits the film perfectly. The film would get two sequels, Tetsuo II: The Body Hammer and Tetsuo: Bullet Man.

Vampire Hunter D (1985)

Based on the first of the Vampire Hunter D novels, this film is horror anime at it’s finest. In the year 12,090 AD, a young woman named Doris hires a half-vampire half human named D to protect her from a powerful vampire lord who has bitten her and wants to make her his new bride. Vampire Hunter D is mostly known as the film that inspired the game series Castlevania. Some of the similarities include Doris using a whip as her main weapon and D resembling recurring Castlevania character Alucard. In 2000, the film would receive a sequel titled Vampire Hunter D: Bloodlust, based on the third book in the series.

Ichi The Killer (2001) 

Considered to be one of the most disturbing films of all time. The film is directed by famed Japanese director Takashi Miike and is based off the manga of the same name. The film is about a Yakuza named Kakihara who gets turned on when he feels pain. While torturing a rival Yakuza, he learns of an assassin named Ichi who is a great martial artist who gets turned on when he inflicts pain (not making this up) . The film was banned in many countries due to its explicit violence. Though it is full of shock value, the film doesn’t fail in the story and character departments. The film has a prequel called 1-Ichi, which is done in the style of an anime.

Audition (1999)

Also from Takashi Miike, Audition is one of the most well-known and greatest J-horror films out there. A father who lost his wife looks for a new girlfriend. The method he uses is a false movie audition held by his friend, who is a filmmaker. Eventually, he finds the girl he wants. The two relate real well though, though the film hints that this girl is not right in the head, leading to an unforgettable climax. The film is known for its roller coaster-like story structure. Most of it is like a romantic drama with hints of horror; you know things are going to get bad, but you don’t know when. The film is very disturbing and creepy without the use of much onscreen gore.

Top 13 Non Romero Zombie Films

October is around again, the time of year where everyone binges on horror films. To celebrate his one year anniversary on the site, Anthony has decided to bring the horror lists back from the dead. While last year he talked about slashers, this time he goes into the zombie sub-genre… just none of these zombie films are directed by horror master George A Romero, pioneer of the genre renowned for his … of the Living Dead films.


Tombs of the Blind Dead (1971)

We start the list off with a serving from Spain. The film is about the Knights Templar coming back from the dead. They are blind due to having their eyes pecked out when they were hung on the gallows, but they are still pretty deadly. The film contains the great atmosphere and visuals that Spanish horror is known for and it helped kick start a boom of films from that country. The film would later get three sequels,none of which would connect story wise.

28 Days Later (2002)

Directed by acclaimed director Danny Boyle (Trainspotting,Slumdog Millionaire) this film is credited for bringing the zombie genre back from the dead! A man wakes up from a 28 day coma to a word over run by people infected by a rage virus. The film put a new spin on the genre by using a virus instead of the undead making these zombies faster and more violent. The score is also very well done something rare for scores done during this time period. The sequel 28 Weeks Later is also pretty good.

City of the Living Dead (1980)

Italian director Lucio Fulci was made many great films including some in the zombie sub genre. City of the Living Dead is one of those greats. The film is about a reporter and a psychic race to close the gates of hell after a clergyman’s suicide caused them to open. While these gates are open all kinds of strange and evil things happen as well as you know zombies! The film has good dark atmosphere as well as some really brutal deaths that you will not be able to unsee!

Deadgirl (2008)

From writer Trent Haaga, known for his Troma films Citizen Toxie and Terror Firmer, comes a different kind of film. The film is about two teens that skip school to go to an abandoned mental hospital where they find a tied girl who is of the undead. The boys do what any person would do if they saw a zombie girl… make her their sex slave (not making this up). Thing is those shackles won’t hold forever! The film is very disturbing and caused controversy when it came out though it was also praised for being smarter than most teen horrors.

Brain Dead (1992)

Known as Dead Alive in the states, this New Zealand horror-comedy is one of Peter Jackson’s earliest films. The film is about a man whose mother is bitten by a when visiting a zoo. The woman becomes a zombie and this slowly starts an outbreak. Considered the goriest film of all time at its releases, the film is a fusion of Monty Python humor and splatter gore. Anything can possibly happen in this film.

White Zombie (1932)

This early Bela Lugosi film is considered to be the very first zombie film. In this film a man goes to a witch doctor to try to find a lure the woman he loves away from her fiance. Instead the witch doctor turns her into a zombie and then turns the man into one soon. The finance of the woman then travels to Haiti to find his lost lover after he finds out she is in fact not dead. Instead of the living dead, this film is about people under the control of voodoo. The film would eventually get a sequel called Revolt of the Zombies.

Dellamorte Dellamore (1994)

Known as Cemetery Man in the states this Italian film is a very distinct one. This genre blender of horror, black comedy and romance tells the story of a young cemetery caretaker who battles undead all awhile looking for love. With great jokes, beautiful atmosphere and visuals and very Gothic feel, this flick is a must watch for all zombie lovers.

Shaun of the Dead (2004)

Speaking of horror, romance and comedy fusions, Shaun of the Dead is the debut film by acclaimed director Edgar Wright. Shaun is just a man with your typical family problems… he just tries fixing them while a zombie apocalypse is going on! Though this film is normally thought of as a straight comedy, plenty of horror elements still exist.

Zombi 2 (1979)

Though films tied to Romero’s dead series are excluded from this list, Zombi 2 gets a pass for being an unofficial sequel to Dawn of the Dead. Fucli’s first attempt at a zombie film, this film is very gory and has several iconic scenes including one where a zombie fights a shark.

Carnival of Souls (1962)

A woman named Mary is riding around in a car with some friends. The car falls of a bridge and all of them die except Mary. She then gets a job as an organist for a church. She then starts seeing weird and disturbing images including zombies that seem to be coming for her. Layered with atmosphere; Carnival of Souls influenced many and is still shown at festivals to this day.

Re-Animator (1985)

Adaptations of H.P Lovecraft’s stories tend to normally be bad, but Re-Animator is one of the few diamonds in that rough. Herbert West is a new student at a medical school who is trying to find a way to bring the dead back to life. It works but not in the way he’s planned! While really really gory, this film also has a good sense of humor and characters. The film would get two sequels, Bride of the Re-Animator and Beyond Re-Animator.

The Beyond (1981)

A woman inherits an old hotel and not too long after many bizarre and horrid events happen (including zombies of course). She later learns that this place was built on one of the seven layers of Hell. A horror masterpiece and Fulci’s best work by far, The Beyond is a must watch for anyone into horror. Mixing splatter gore with weird, artsy horror, this film unites both cinema snobs and exploitation lovers everywhere.

Return of the Living Dead (1985)

Directed by film legend Dan O’ Bannon, Return of the Living Dead is the most popular none Romero zombie film. In this horror comedy three men and a group of punks end up having to deal with a horde of the undead. These zombies crave brains instead of human flesh and can only be killed with fire or electricity. The soundtrack includes songs from punk classics such as The Cramps and The Damned. Loads of fun is to be had when watching time capsule of the 1980’s. The film would receive two theatrical sequels and two SYFY channel sequels.


Interview: “Godfather of Gore” HG Lewis Talks Upcoming film Bloodmania

Herschel Gordon Lewis is a man who has made films in many genres, but he is most known for creating the horror sub genre known as splatter, a style of horror known for tongue and cheek humor and lots of gore. Because of this he is commonly referred to as the “Godfather of Gore”. Some of his best splatter projects include the 1963 proto-slasher  Blood Feast1964’s redneck horror film 2,000 Maniacs and the bizarre and gruesome, The Wizard of Gore from 1970. Though hated by just about every film critic back when these films were made, Lewis is now considered a horror legend due to his influence on the genre.

Lewis has recently made a film titled Herschel Gordon Lewis’s Bloodmania a horror anthology film involving him and Canadian filmmakers Kevin Littlelight and Melanie Reinboldt. I recently had the chance to email interview the man on this upcoming films as well as his legacy.

On new film:
The full title is “Herschell Gordon Lewis’s BloodMania. It’s four unrelated episodes, shot in or near Calgary, Alberta, Canada. I wrote one and directed two. The other screenplays and directors are Canadian.

On filming process:

I’ve never worked with a more dedicated and more talented crew. Funny stories will have to wait. My only negative comment is that I could shoot two more features during the length of time editing has taken up

On becoming a cult icon:
I’m extraordinarily pleased. That’s especially true when I look back at the early days, when the entire motion picture industry regarded me as an outlaw.

On being called “The Godfather of Gore”:
I do agree. Blood Feast was, regardless of film making quality or the lack of it, the first “splatter film.” Looking for a theme the major film companies had avoided, I decided to experiment. I spent as little money as I could without abandoning blood and guts beyond anyone’s expectations. The “experts” laughed and ridiculed … until box office results shocked them into reality.

On personal favorite none splatter film:
She-Devils on Wheels… and The Uh-Oh Show, a semi-gore film which in my opinion has been painfully amateurish in its distribution.

On being an author:
My books all are related to marketing. The best-seller, now in its fourth edition, is titled “On the Art of Writing Copy.”

Advice to young filmmakers:
Don’t let your ego take command. Don’t cast any friends unless they’re professional actors. Constantly remind yourself that you’re entertaining people who don’t know you.

On film he would like to see turned into musical:
Two Thousand Maniacs. Put an investment group together and you can be the producer.


Josh Homme, Mark Lanegan & Iggy Pop Are In A New Silent Film

Gutterdämmerung seems to be a portmanteau of the English “gutter” and the German “götterdämmerung” (or just an Anglicization of the word), which means roughly means “a collapse (as of a society or regime) marked by catastrophic violence and disorder.” The word is a German translation of the Old Norse ” Ragnarök” a prophetic concept in Norse mythology which foretells a large and all-consuming battle between deities which would to extravagent chaos and disarray, as dramatized in Richard Wagner’s opera series, also entitled “Götterdämmerung.” Enough background.

Importantly, there is a spooky awesome independent film in the works from the Belgian-Swedish visual artist Bjorn Tagemose, entitled “Gutterdämmerung.” A tribute to 1920’s Hollywood (the era’s horror genre to be specific), the tagline is the “loudest silent movie on Earth.” This may not be a complete exaggeration. The film will be “silent”, if you exclude the dark, heavy soundtrack that will be accommodate the film at all points. Instead of the ragtime piano or organs prevalent in old-timey film, the website says the soundtrack is performed by  “a live rock band of rock express the emotions and action whilst special effects from the film explode to life all around the audience.” Though exact artistic details of the soundtrack have not been released, several figures from alternative rock, metal and punk are starring in the film – which may give some hints to what the soundtrack will sound like. So far, the film’s cast has been announced as Queens of the Stone Age’s frontman Josh Homme (listed as Joshua Homme), Motorhead’s Lemmy, solo artist and ex-Screaming Trees frontman Mark Lanegen, famed Black Flag singer and inspiration speaker/comedian combo Henry Rollins, Eagles of Death Metal frontman Jesse Hughes, Slayer’s Tom Araya, solo artist Grace Jones and the one and only Iggy Pop.

The website is hosting a contest for tickets and merchandise to guess the two remaining co-stars. The film is expected to be released sometime in 2016. The film’s Facebook page lists the project as a “concert tour”…perhaps all the collaborating musicians will go on tour together to promote the project? We’ll have to see.

Watch a promotional trailer for the film below:


Weird Hipster Cover Of Nirvana’s “Smells Like Teen Spirit” Featured In Horror Movie Trailer

Smells like teen death. The Gallows is the latest film hoping to be the next summer blockbuster this season. The horror film, which is produced by Blumhouse productions (Paranormal Activity, Insidious, Sinister) is about a boy named Charlie who is killed in a horrific accident during The Gallows, a school play that takes place in the fictional Beatrice High School in 1993. Fast forward to 2013, students at the school attempt to resurrect the failed play in an attempt to honor the anniversary of the tragedy – and that’s where things start to go horribly wrong in this new found footage horror flick.

You can watch the trailer below, which features a cover (albeit a weird hipster one) of Nirvana’s “Smells Like Teen Spirit” by Think Up Anger ft. Malia J below, along with the official video for that cover:

Top 10 Memorable Moments Of Star Wars Legends

With the rebranding of the expansive Star Wars Expanded Universe of comics, novels, and video games published since 1991 as non-canonical “legends”, LucasFilm has ushered in a new era of continuity that began with 2014’s A New Dawn by John Jackson Miller. That isn’t to say the past twenty four years of material has gone to waste; many compelling stories were told throughout multiple mediums, and continuity alone doesn’t make for a compelling story. While we look forward to new takes on the Star Wars universe from younger filmmakers and authors in the coming years, let’s take a look back at some of the most memorable storylines to emerge from the “Legendsverse”. All of these stories are, for the most part, incredibly accessible to casual fans.

HONORABLE MENTION: Kyle Katarn Goes To The Dark Side

Originally from: Jedi Knight: Mysteries of the Sith

Sure, the acting in the early installments of the Jedi Knight computer games were so hammy that they almost caused the extinction of pigs, but 1998’s Jedi Knight: Mysteries of the Sith really captured the classic Star Wars feel and merged it with the dark atmosphere laid out by Cam Kennedy and Tom Veitch in 1991’s Dark Empire comics (more on that later). Mysteries of the Sith shook up the Jedi Knight formula by taking control of the character Kyle Katarn away from the player, instead switching to his apprentice, the ever-popular Mara Jade, after his strange disappearance after the first three levels.

In something of a twist, the final level, taking place in the gothic Sith temple of Dromund Kaas, reveals that Kyle Katarn had, in fact, fallen under the influence of the planet’s dark energies, forcing Mara Jade to confront her master. In true Star Wars fashion, the only method of defeating Kyle Katarn is one of a pacifistic nature: refusing to fight Kyle and deactivating Mara’s purple lightsaber . In a sense, Mysteries of the Sith is the only Star Wars game to truly capture what it means to be a Jedi.

10. Dash Rendar Vs. IG-88

Originally from: Shadows of the Empire video game

To many of us who grew up in the 90’s, the video game Shadows of the Empire (released on the Nintendo 64 in 1996) is held more dear than the novel it was based. The game starred Dash Rendar, Luke’s dashing (see what I did?) bodyguard who took up the reins of “scruffy nerf herder” during Han Solo’s carbonite-induced absence. One of the more memorable (terrifying?) levels of the game saw Rendar tracking down the droid bounty hunter IG-88, seen briefly in The Empire Strikes Back, to the junkyards of Ord Mantell, hoping to learn Boba Fett’s whereabouts from the murderous droid. A tense boss fight in a metal smelting factory occurs, complete with psychologically tormenting warbling sounds from IG-88, whose spring-loaded feet allowed him to spontaneously jump in front of you at any given time. Even The Terminator couldn’t do that.

9. Boba Fett Vs. Jodo Kast

Originally from: Twin Engines of Destruction

Jodo Kast was a character created as a carbon copy of the more popular Boba Fett; he too was a bounty hunter clad in Mandalorian armor. Written as riding off the coattails of Fett’s success and posing as Fett, Kast was marked for death by Fett, and an action-packed showdown between the two mysterious bounty hunters erupts.

8. Enter The Yuuzhan Vong

Originally from: Vector Prime

One of the most controversial Star Wars novels ever published was R.A. Salvatore’s Vector Prime, which kickstarted a massive undertaking that can only be described as Star Wars’ equivalent to Game of Thrones: nobody was safe. Many characters from both the Expanded Universe and the film met their ends, and it’s not my place to spoil who here.

7. The Tragedy Of Ulic Qel-Droma

Originally from: Tales of the Jedi

The character of Ulic Qel-Droma, originally from Dark Horse’s Tales of the Jedi comic series, rivals that of Darth Vader’s: glory, fall, redemption, and death. Ulic’s story is collected in the second volume of the series; the first tells the story of the ancient remote Sith Empire and its accidental discovery by two starfaring siblings. The series represents the Expanded Universe at its most archetypal.

6. Cade Skywalker

Originally from: Legacy

Cade Skywalker and the crew of the Mynock may look like they just threw Brandon Lee out of a window in The Crow, but Cade is a Jedi at heart, and the classic series by John Ostrander, Legacy, tells the tale of Luke’s great great grandson, a Jedi apprentice who, displaced by the resurgent Sith Order, has become a drug-addicted pirate. It’s a far cry from the traditional Star Wars story, but Dark Horse always prided itself on taking risks in the Star Wars continuity.

5. Mace Windu Vs. An Entire Army

Originally from: Clone Wars

In one of the more over-the-top moments of the entire franchise, Chapter 13 of the classic Cartoon Network microseries, Clone Wars, has Mace Windu lose his lightsaber during a devastating battle on the planet Dantooine, first mentioned by Princess Leia as a decoy Rebel base in A New Hope. With his entire army slaughtered by a shockwave-generating “seismic tank”, Windu uses a combination of The Force and his bare hands to obliterate the opposing droid army and disable the tank. Sure, the whole ordeal is incredibly out-of-place in context with the film saga, but the episode is something of a homage to the childlike wonder and imagination of the franchise’s younger fans during the days before the prequels, envisioning the Jedi as being powerful warriors; indeed, the events of the episode are seen from the perspective of a child, who may or may not have exaggerated memories of the event.

4. General Solo Vs. Warlord Zsinj

Originally from: X-Wing: The Solo Command

The cat-and-mouse style conflict between everyone’s favorite rogue, Han Solo, and the portly, eccentric Imperial warlord, Zsinj, was the backdrop of the 1994 novel The Courtship of Princess Leia, separating Solo from the love of his life, Leia Organa, for several months, as he led the New Republic starship, the Mon Remonda, against Zsinj’s Super Star Destroyer, Iron Fist. The Zsinj campaign was greatly fleshed out in the late, great Aaron Allston’s X-Wing: Wraith Squadron novels, detailing the grueling and draining naval battles between Zsinj and Solo, culminating in a death-defying battle in an asteroid field, complete with exploding asteroids. Be sure to read the first four X-wing novels by Michael Stackpole first!

3. Reborn Emperor

Originally from: Dark Empire

Dark Horse Comics’ first Star Wars effort, Dark Empire, was highly controversial: not only did it revive the dead characters of Emperor Palpatine and Boba Fett in a post Return of the Jedi-storyline, it saw Luke Skywalker follow in his father’s footsteps and give into the dark side. Regardless of its mixed reception, Dark Empire is absolutely worth a read if you’re a fan of the films looking to dive into some Expanded Universe literature.

2. Revan & The Star Forge

Originally from: Knights of the Old Republic

The Star Wars galaxy exploded with content in 2003 with the release of Bioware’s Knights of the Old Republic. Hundreds of new characters, weapons, planets, and historical events were canonized in the Expanded Universe with an epic story set thousands of years before the events of A New Hope. Perhaps the most memorable moment of the game was the shocking plot twist that took place halfway through the storyline, essentially its own “I am your father” moment (which would have taken the place of number 2 instead of a broader “KOTOR” entry, but no need for me to spoil that here if you haven’t checked out the game). KOTOR is currently available for download on Steam and iOS.

1. Enter Admiral Thrawn

Originally from: Heir to the Empire

Timothy Zahn’s seminal Thrawn Trilogy, launched in 1991, was credited with revitalizing the Star Wars brand in the eyes of the public, paving the way for the revival of both the film saga and merchandising in the mid to late 90’s as well as kickstarting a vast “expanded universe” of material. The titular Thrawn was a worthy successor to Darth Vader, favoring brains over brawn and concocting battle plans that would make Carl Jung proud.

Roundtable: Did Sony Do Right By Cancelling ‘The Interview’ Amid Terrorist Threats?

Amid scandal involving a massive hack on their computers that leaked many terabytes of personal information regarding the company’s staff, upcoming pictures, and embarrassing email exchanges between high level employees, Sony Pictures yesterday dropped a bombshell: they will be pulling screenings of Seth Rogen and James Franco’s new picture, The Interview, from theaters across the country. This came in the wake of a new claim by the so-called “Guardians of Peace” hacker group that theaters showing the film would be targeted for terrorist attacks that would rival 9/11.

In response, I gathered site contributors Mike Mazzarone, Travis Weiss, Anthony Carioscia, Cameron Cloutier, and Gabe Brady, along with guest contributors Josh Hadley, host of Radiodrome and a friend of The Guy With The Glasses, and Charles Peralo, co-founder of Binge Pictures, for a roundtable debate to answer the following questions: was Sony’s decision to pull the film the proper course of action? Was Sony’s intention noble, or is there an underlying sick sort of marketing tactic in the matter?

Josh Hadley: There were two acts of cowardice perpetrated in this matter, one by literal terrorists and one by Sony Entertainment. The terrorism of hacking Sony, releasing the data and then threatening violence to those who would choose for themselves if they wanted to watch this film is despicable. Sony is hardly blameless in this matter though as them pulling the film from release due to these threats is equally of cowardly an act. I know, they are doing it to protect their consumers… or are they? 

Jesse Dunning: As much as I wanted to see the movie, I think it’s pretty understandable why the movie was pulled. Korea loves to run their mouth but this could of been a one off chance where there snapped and did something about it. You never know.

Doug McCausland: The Guardians of Peace aren’t officially sanctioned by NK, as far as we know.

Anthony Carioscia: Eh, it would probably be another dumb bro-comedy.

Jesse: Sometimes bro comedies are good though.

Charles Peralo: Well look, I was amazed hearing about this that the North Korean government could afford the Internet which it took to watch the trailer on YouTube.

Gabe Brady: I think Sony should have kept the movie out and allowed theaters to do what they wanted with it.

Anthony: Isn’t the internet not a thing in North Korea?


Charles: They are absolutely broke and of zero threat.

Mike Mazzarone: The White House was imploded in Independence Day… other films we have seen the death of Americans or of the political figures, like in Olympic Has Fallen and even in silly ones like Mars Attacks. We are allowed to release documentaries that slander the president’s name …however an empty threat by some pimply redditers shuts down the entire industry? Insane.

Kim Jong Un in “The Interview” (played by Randall Park)

Charles: Well, it was more just a joke on Kim being a savage man child who looks like he wants to be blown by Dennis Rodman.

Mike: Total knee-jerk reaction and as Anthony pointed out they aren’t, as we are aware right this second, have no involvement with North Korea.

Doug: Sony Pictures is a division of a Japanese company, who have a hard enough relationship with NK as it is. I heard that Kaz Hirai had to go in and tone down certain things, like Kim Jong Un’s planned death scene.

Charles: Honestly, all Sony did was make a stroke on Kim’s ego.

Mike: Without any sort of research done into this group or anything. Anon trolls people all the time.

Charles: Here’s what happens if North Korea sends in a bomb or whatever for the film at any part of the planet.

Doug: Kim eats it before takeoff?

Mike: It’s the neutering of America. 10-20 years ago we would of laughed at something like this and played it anyway.

Josh: In New Hollywood, they would have put it out and said ‘fuck you’ to the terrorists.

Anthony: 10-20 years ago, we wouldn’t have been hacked.

Charles: Well, I don’t think this is a generational thing.We have an embassy in South Korea and North Korea doesn’t have really any modern military tech. We would bring down Kim’s regime in about 20 minutes.

Anthony: I’m one hundred percent against censorship.

Kim Jong Il in Team America: World Police

Mike: Where were the threats and outrage over Team America? Where were the death threats over the White House blowing up in Independence Day or Olympus Has Fallen?

Gabe: But when we make movie insulting another country is a terrorist grade threat.

Charles: This isn’t having a comedy series where someone’s mom doesn’t have a job and it’s sexist. This is a weirdo in North Korea.

Doug:  The hacking is second nature, this is about bending to the whim of a veiled terrorist threat.

Josh: In a legal sense, they most likely would have been covered if something did happen (Warner Brothers was hardly responsible for Aurora Colorado) but in a much more cynical manner they decided to use this as a marketing move. Think about it, this is the best marketing the film could ever get, now more people want to see “The Interview” than ever before, they are talked about in all of the press and they are seen as ‘heroes’ for doing this which will surely result in a mass of DVD sales and tickets purchased when the film finally does come out to the masses.

Mike: It screams PR stunt almost because the fact that we caved without even looking into who sent something like this is amazing. This is the United States. The King capital of “oh my! This is offensive!”

Anthony: Freedom of speech is a very odd freedom indeed.

Gabe: I don’t think they’re just gonna drop it entirely.They’ll probably release it on DVD.

Mike: As if people buy DVDs anymore.

Gabe: I do.

Anthony: Maybe release it online only?

Doug: But then Kim Jong Un would threaten to destroy Best Buy. We lost Blockbuster and I don’t want to lose Best Buy.

Charles: Netflix kills Blockbuster and North Korea kills Best Buy. I like it.

Mike: If this was an order of Korea they would ask for the master footage to be destroyed.

Anthony: Blockbuster actually killed themselves.

Charles: Honestly, I’d be shocked if they don’t just leak this film. At this point, it’s not going to make money. Just due to weirdos thinking they will be bombed. Just leak it online and not care. Like nude photos of Jennifer Lawrence.

Mike: This doesn’t make any sense. This clearly isn’t a legitimate threat. If they were they would say do not release the film on any platform and to erase the master footage.

Doug: I give Sony a lot of credit, however. In spite of all of this, they choose to possibly preserve human life in the wake of a terrorist threat instead of releasing the film to make a few bucks.

Charles: They might just release this in six months.

Gabe: They only cancelled the film because so many theaters refused to show it.


Charles: True.

Mike: I think this wasn’t even a snowball and we let it become a massive igloo.

Anthony: Yeah, if theaters didn’t refuse, they probably would have done nothing.

Charles: Yet for Sony, this was just letting them be bullied.

Gabe: So, I still think they should have released it in theaters that chose to show it.

Josh: They may not have planned this but they will ride this as far as it can go. This is not the way you want to market a movie but any publicity is good right? I know people that had ZERO interest in this film prior that now want to see it with great desire. I know how cynical that is but it is also the harsh reality of Hollywood. I have worked in television and I can tell you that NOTHING which brings attention to the product is scoffed at… at least in private.

Mike: We didn’t ask any questions, we didn’t try to get the names of the people involved, no real work was involved. They just laid down.

Doug:  Mike, there’s plenty of investigation going on behind the scenes.

Charles:  If someone made death threats saying they will shoot up a theater that shows a new Adam Sandler movie, would they shut down for that? This threat is legitimate as that.

Anthony: At least they’re ending Adam Sandler’s career.

Charles: And the reasoning behind it makes more sense. We all agree he belongs in North Korea.

Josh: I think they are using this as an excuse to do something they wanted to do anyway, but now they come off like heroes.

Mike: This movie would probably be as offensive as Team America. Maybe less.

Charles: Curious. Did Kim actually ever see this? He might like it. Like Mark Zuckerberg.

Doug: I hear he’s a movie buff.

Anthony: Yeah, he owns thousands of films.

Doug: Which he inherited from Daddy.

Charles: Yet, did Kim ever get shown the film? Sony should send him a copy.

Anthony: Maybe he has a sense of humor.

Charles: Well, he clearly doesn’t show it. I hope if one Blu Ray is made, it goes to him.

Gabe: Honestly, if someone made a movie about how they’d kill me, I’d watch it!

Doug: So would everyone else you know.

Mike: I’d boycott and send death threats.

Anthony: It’s filming time!

Doug:  So, in short: was this a good decision by Sony, or not? One paragraph answer from everyone.

Charles: This move by Sony was idiotic. Instead of making this a chance to publicly say “Hey let’s stand up to the idiot threats of this man child who tells his people to eat bark in dry seasons, let’s fight.”. It was a dumb idea. My advice is they get Andrew Garfield to deliver him a blue ray copy in person.

Cameron Cloutier: Whoever green-lit The Interview has to be canned after this whole ordeal.

Anthony: Bad idea. Sony should have let the film stay in whatever theaters would show it. I highly doubt anything would happen.

Gabe: Honestly, I think Sony’s cancelling of The Interview was a good move, but at the same time, I think they still could’ve gotten away with releasing it in theaters that agreed to show it.

Mike: I think this was completely idiotic. The film’s premise alone is pretty childish but Seth and James’ films aren’t exactly for intellectuals. They knew some sort of backlash should come from this but I think it’s it was a horrible one to pull it from theaters. Watch Vantage Point, Olympus Has Fallen, White House Down and even corny films like Mars Attacks, you’ll see that death of political figures and even shown description of the White House is nothing new. No hacking or threats ever went on over those films. That, along with the lack any real research on who sent out that death threat to SONY and STILL rolling over is just amazing to me. Some 19 year old, pimply geek is probably bragging to this friends that he “brought down SONY”. This country is losing it’s edge. And that’s the problem. We are too sensitive. That’s why movies like this get pulled and movies like The Hobbit Part 5 or whatever gets released. We’re too scared to push any buttons and we have to stay in this perfect PC world.

Travis Weiss: Well basically, even though I am not like pro-censorship by any stretch of the imagination, I think making a movie about killing Kim Jong-Un to be something stupid.

Josh: Sony pulling “The Interview” is a black eye on both cinema and to the very ideal that outside forces can effect something as frivolous as film. Terrorists (there is no other word for them) had made Sony cave in and halt from release a film that was greatly anticipated… they also sent the message that if you threaten violence you can get what you want. If I threaten to kill any person that gives positive mention to Avengers: The Age Of Ultron will Disney pull that? Of course they would not nor should they. Just because you don’t like something does not mean others can not ingest it and decide for themselves their feelings on that something. The early reviews for “The Interview” are scathing and hardly positive which means the movie would have most likely faltered under it’s own weight anyway.

Doug:  I think that Sony is smart to pull The Interview for the time being. I don’t believe it should be shelved. They’re deep enough as it is right now and I understand if they don’t want to tread on a touchy subject like a terrorist threat when they’re the subject of all bad press they’re already in. They need to reassess and release it when the iron isn’t so hot, maybe after the investigation produces some results. Or, at the very least, release a movie starring James Franco and Seth Rogen about two stoner dudes breaking into Sony Headquarters to steal a copy of the fabled movie, “The Interview”.

Anthony: And be minimal on the dudebro humor.

Mike: But bro humor is great.

Doug: Yeah, bro. We all know this is a conspiracy by Marvel to get the rights to Spider-Man back anyway.


Interview: Keegan-Michael Key Talks Key & Peele, Horrible Bosses 2 & Epic Rap Battles of History

In this exclusive interview for Alternative Nation, I recently had the opportunity to interview Keegan-Michael Key. He can currently be seen on his Comedy Central show Key & Peele with Jordan Peele. We talk about that and his role in the new Horrible Bosses 2 movie, as well as Key & Peele appearing in the Epic Rap Battles of History web series.

A lot of people that come to the site might not know a lot about your background or about the show, can you talk about how you got into comedy?

Well, I got my bachelors degree at the university of Detroit and my masters degree in Classical and Formal theater at Penn State. I went back to Detroit to make an independent film and a bunch of the people that were making the independent film were all members of the Second City Comedy Troop, at the time there was a Second City Theater in Detroit and they asked me to go audition, which I did and that’s basically how I got into it. However, when I was a kid, I was the class clown and when I would do plays in school I would be typically be casted in the comedies, sometimes dramas but mostly comedies. I was mostly the “comedic character” in a drama anyway, so it’s safe to say that I’m a comedic guy.

So I’ve been doing it for some time, but I didn’t have any idea or plan for this to be my life’s work. However, they said “you should audition”, which I did, I got into the troop and then worked for the Second City Detroit for about four years and then I got transferred over to the Second City Chicago – which is the more famous one where John Balushi, Steve Carrell, Steve Colbert, Tina Fey and all of those guys came from. That’s how I “officially” got into comedy but I’ve been a comedy fan for most of my life.

What motivated you to try out for MAD TV?

I had no intention of trying out for MAD TV actually! I was in the Second City in Chicago and they were scouting me and I was told “would you like to come audition?” and I thought “Why would I? That would be a blast?” It wasn’t really that much of a shift in format because I was doing sketch comedy already, the only different being that this would be on television. To give you the simplest answer possible, I thought it would be fun! *laughs* I flew out to Hollywood, auditioned for the show, got cast and had five glorious years there. It was a blast.

You did a lot of celebrity impersonations on the show, which were really good. Is that something that you or the writers of MAD TV came up with? How did that collaboration come together?

What would typically happen is that the writers of the show would write a sketch with the celebrity in it. We would have a research team at the show, what they would do is get me a DVD of that celebrity so I could study their behavior and that’s how I learned to do most of the impressions. That’s kind of how I learned how to do the Snoop Dogg impression and others as well. In fact, the only impression I remember coming to MAD TV with was Bill Cosby and that was an impression that I already had under my belt. Of course I watched President Obama because I played him the first season and a half but it was a lot of really great work done by the research department. They were really terrific.

Is that where you met Jordan [Peele]?

I met Jordan in Chicago, one year before we both got on MAD TV actually. A mutual friend introduced us and it was actually a coincidence that he got MAD TV and then six months later I was cast on the show. Complete coincidence, but they we wrote tons and tons of scenes together and that’s how our relationship started.


Keegan-Michael Key & Jordan Peele

And now you have your own sketch comedy show on Comedy Central, which is finishing up its fourth season, what is it like transitioning from something like MAD TV to your own show?

It’s really terrific and the biggest reason why is because you are in charge. I remember, we finished a table read at MAD TV on any given day and as soon as you’re finished you would just go home and there are a bunch of people that would lock themselves in a room for a couple of hours and they decide which sketches are going to be on the show or not as well as who is or who isn’t going to be in the sketches. On Key and Peele, we make all of those decisions, we’re the ones that talk to the network, we’re the ones that get to say “we think the show should go in this sort of direction artistically” or “I don’t think the tone of this sketch worked here” so the big thing is having more control, more power in regards to what the final product is going to be.

There really isn’t anything like it and once you have that you’re spoiled. Once I work on other shows, I have t train myself to keep my mouth shut. It’s not my job to tell them that a certain thing is going the wrong way whereas on Key and Peele I’m involved with all of those aspects. I’m involved with every aspect of the program.

I interviewed Aaron Rodgers , the quarterback for the Green Bay Packers a couple of weeks ago and he said he’s a fan of the show. You also have other celebrities like President Obama who watch the show, what does it mean to you to have all of these famous people embrace Key and Peele like they’ve been?

It’s a really wonderful feeling. I actually met Aaron Rodgers, we had dinner together and that was awesome, it was really terrific to talk to him, especially as a huge NFL football fan. However, it’s hard to really answer the question. I think it’s a satisfying feeling, an exciting one but at the end of the day, all of that is secondary. The primary thing is that you work as hard as you can, you make the product that makes you happy, that you’re passionate about and people will either come to it or they won’t. If you write to try and make everyone happy you’ll end up with a watered down, washed up, general product but if you write a very specific product you’ll get more fans that will go “oh my gosh they are speaking directly to me.” In some cases, it’s different then sketch because we write a variety of different kinds of sketches so because we write a variety of different sketches, different sketches appeal to different people and that has worked to our advantage.

It is fulfilling to know because you need that variety, that very often we are firing on all cylenders with that variety, which makes me very happy. We are achieving goals that we set out to achieve. My seventy yea r old mother will like one sketch whereas my fifteen year old niece will like another sketch and that’s part of how sketch works so that makes us very happy.

I’m a big fan of the show and it really appeals to me because I like comedy a lot more so then any other genre. I saw the Family Matters sketch that you guys did, where do you come up with ideas like that?

A lot of those parody sketches that you watch, they are generated primarily by our writing staff and by Jordan. I’ll be completely honest with you, when Family Matters was on the air I was in college trying to have sex with girls and Jordan was eleven. So although the show was in his orbit, it was by no means his favorite show but that show was in psyche of everyone his age at the time. It’s interesting because we are eight years apart from one another but those shows did not hold as much weight to me as they did to him, only because of where we were in our lives at the time. The writers are more Jordan’s age then my age and so those sketches such as Family Matters were important to those guys because they were kids and in a way geared to them, Urkel was certainly geared to them.

Where the idea of those sketches came about was because we’re television writers and we have to put ourselves in the place of those television writers in the 1980s. I mean, Urkele was a phenomenon, a social phenomenon, a juggernaut and if you go online and look at old Family Matters synopses, it will blow your mind. Some of the shows that Jordan is describing in the sketch aren’t as crazy as some of the actually, real life Family Matters shows that aired.

Oh yeah, I’m around Jordan’s age and I lived through the Family Matters era.

Right, well, here’s an example, a perfect example of what we’re talking about. It’s so acutely directed towards you and I believe that, last year, the reason we got an Emmy nomination for best song in the variety category is because that Les Mes sketch we did last year, that sketch appeals to people in their 60s and 70s so they’re going to go “Well those two young men are pretty clever!” You know what I mean? We are really trying to appeal to a lot of people and that goes with the Family Matter sketch. Where that is a 8 on the important scale for me it’s a 10 and a half for Jordan and for people his age so it’s a really fun sketch.

Something else that I wanted to bring up, aside from being a part of your own show, you’re doing movies, you do a lot of stuff online as far as YouTube and I had a chance to check out the Epic Rap Battles of History, when are we going to see another one?

I don’t really know, we’ve been so busy recently that we’ve not talked to Peter or Lloyd about doing another one yet but I would love to do another one but time hasn’t permitted us to do so, that’s all. Once the show goes down and we start editing, we start to gain back a little more time and we can schedule things like that into our lives so I wish I had an answer for you on that one.

They’re just so good!

Yeah, the MLK/Gandhi one I think was really great and I think it turned out really well. I also super duper enjoyed the Michael Jordan/Muhammad Ali one but the Martin Luther King/Gandhi one was by far my favorite. It just made my heart feel good.


Key as Gandhi & Peele as MLK Jr. (Epic Rap Battles of History)

You’re in the new Horrible Bosses 2 movie that comes out later this month, so tell me a little bit about your character and about the movie.

It’s funny because I’m in the first scene in the movie, we actually shot it on the first day of shooting and the movie opens with the three guys working together on their own business now and they have their own product called the Shower Buddy and they are going to hawk the product on this morning show so the morning is kind of like a Michael Strahan/Kelly Ripa kind of show and it’s me and this amazing young lady, Kelly Stables, who is just so funny, she’s also in the trailer and just terrific. So, we shoot this morning show and these guys come on the morning show and that’s really all I want to say because I want you to have the delight of seeing what comes next.

I do know this though, I know when we were in post production and I had to go through ADR that the director told me that they had to add extra time on front of the scene that happens after our scene because in the test audiences people were laughing so hard they were missing important information that Charlie Day was saying in the next scene. That’s how hard people were laughing. They were hysterical and the scene was so much fun to shoot. Charlie and I are buddies and I’ve done a couple episodes of “It’s Always Sunny” this year and it’s so much fun. Charlie, Rob McElhenney and Glenn Howerton, those guys are executive producers and creators of their own show too, so we all know how it “works” but they were always gracious and gave me a lot of creative leeway when we taped this episode, it was just terrific.

Back on point, I think Jason Bateman, is like this amazing veteran and I think pound for pound the best comedic straight man out there right now. He does this thing that other straight men out there can’t do and I can’t put my finger on it, and of course [Jason] Sudakis I love him, he just blows my mind and he’s second city! He’s family and we’re both from the comedy mafia!


You’ve been doing movies, you have the TV show, what kind of schedule do you prefer?

To be honest, I don’t know if I “prefer” it but I’m just going to be honest and say that I’m used to the “old” schedule, which is kind of just sitting around, learning your lines, bringing something to a role, then going about your business and then being sort of a “hired gun” of sorts but I’ve now really been bitten by that bug where I’m the kind of person that can stop a shot after the director says “cut” and I’m the kind of person that’s allowed because it’s our show that’s allowed to say “you know, we really need to get a take where this happens because in the editing bay I would like to do X, Y and Z.” Whereas you are just acting and you don’t get to do that, so the funny thing is that I don’t prefer either one. They’re Fiji apples and Honeycrisp apples. I enjoy them both and they’re both delicious in their own way.

There are some days where I don’t want the trappings of responsibility, I want to show up, communicate with a fellow actor, go home and have dinner with my wife. Other days, I would like to grind out a scene, and Jordan and I have experienced this wonderful thing where a scene starts out in one place in the beginning of the day and we creatively change the scene throughout the day, and then it goes through a third metamorphose where it goes to the editing bay and that’s fantastic. It’s such an amazing experience to have that. Whereas with acting, not that I “prefer” it, but it’s different. It’s sort of like when this, when you are producing and acting you’re sort of like a player coach, it’s sort of like being an offensive coordinator, when you’re acting you are just being the wide receiver and they’re days where I just want to be the wide receiver and other days where I get to be the offensive coordinator. I would have to say that I enjoy them similarly.

Speaking of all the sports analogies, I have a sports question for you. Do you think the Detroit Red Wings are going to make it to the Stanley Cup this year?

I think that the Red Wings will go deep, and I can’t believe I’m going to say this but I think they are going to make the conference finals but I don’t think they are going to make it to the Stanley Cup. I think they are going to make it deep, deep into the playoffs this year. Datsuyk has to get healthy, I know he has a groin thing right now but I think once he starts getting back on the ice the team will start clicking again.

I love a lot of those guys, I love [Pavel] Datsuyk, I love [Justin] Abdelkader but I miss the guys that were there when I was younger because it was like we were the Yankees of hockey but I think they’ll make a deep run in the playoffs this year. I have a lot of high hopes for my Lions and my Red Wings.

Lastly, I know you have Horrible Bosses coming out this year, Key and Peele is wrapping for its fourth season, what other projects do you have coming up that we need to know about?

Ok let’s see what I can talk about here! *laughs* so it looks like March or April, Jordan and I will be shooting a movie called Keanu, which Jordan wrote with one of our writers, it’s going to be the first official Key and Peele movie and we’re going to be doing that with New Line Cinema and Warner Bros. We’re going to begin shooting on that in either March or April of 2015. Then, my guess is, there will be new episodes of Key & Peele in 2015 and they stuff we are wrapping on now will air in the new year.

In May of 2015 I will in both Pitch Perfect 2, which will be a mid-May release as well as this big, upcoming Disney film that I’m really excited about called Tomorrowland. George Clooney will be in that. Both of those you can check in out in May of 2015. Also, I just shot a really fun scene for the new installment of the Vacation universe. You know, the Vacation movies? Well Ed Helms is doing that and will be playing a grown-up Rusty and he’s taking his kids to Wally World and along the way he – oh I can’t tell you the surprises! However, I just got back a couple of weeks ago from Georgia and finished shooting on Vacation. I think it’s going to be a late 2015 release.

There is also going to providing a voice in the upcoming sequel to Hotel Transylvania and if people have Netflix there is a really great, funny animated show on there called Bojack Horseman. It’s a really funny show, the lead voice actor is Will Arnett. Amy Sedaris and Alison Brie are both involved but I play a recurring character on that show and the new season should be out pretty soon. It’s really interesting funny and weird, it’s about the industry and really terrific.

Make sure to check out Key & Peele Wednesday Nights at 10:30/9:30c on Comedy Central and look for Horrible Bosses 2 in theaters November 26th.

Interview conducted by Mike Nagel

Interview: The Walking Dead’s Josh McDermitt Talks Dr. Porter Having The Cure

The Walking Dead has had a phenomenal run on AMC, and as it beats out many of the rest, it continues to prove why it’s one of the kings of cable. In this exclusive interview for’s TV & Film section, reporter Anthony Falco sat down with Josh McDermitt, to discuss his part as Dr. Eugene Porter in The Walking Dead, his time on Mad Men and Last Comic Standing as well as other topics.

You got your first big break when you competed on the fourth season of Last Comic Standing and got all the way to the semi finals. How was it competing on that show? Where you a comic before hand or was it more on a whim?

Yeah I had done stand up for 2 years at that point I finally did the show, and it was something I honestly didn’t want to do.  I wasn’t really trying for that sort of environment, being a stand up comic, but I had a lot of friends doing it and also people I sort of respected and looked up to telling me that “You’re an idiot” for not auditioning. I auditioned for it and made it pretty far and got right up to right before they choose to the winner. It felt good to do the show without being stuck doing the show next time.

Then they asked me to do it the next year anyway to do it again and I said no, and they asked me the next year, and I said “Okay I’ll do it again”. I didn’t get as far the second year, in fact I had Fred Willard, who I look up to tell me “I wasn’t ready to do the show.” Well I already did the show! What are you talking about?! But it was good to be part of the show though without having to do the “whole show”.

Do you still do stand up from time to time?

I go up from time to time, but I’m not touring anymore. That’s the one thing that people ask me is “Hey when is your next show?” Honestly I don’t even know, I mean I did for 12 years and when I tour I go on the road and that was fun, but not every road gig was that. There is a lot of garbage you have to put up with and I knew I wanted to be in LA acting so I started to make the moves to make sure I was here in Los Angeles instead of being somewhere else so I could go to auditions. It was kind of calculated in that sense, but I the goal was never to give up on stand up. It kind of just worked out that way recently that I haven’t really been doing it that much. I will get back to that at some point, I know that for a fact.

You’ve had small parts here and there in a few other shows and even a TV Movie. Then you were also in a TV Land show called Retired at 35 which lasted for about 2 seasons. How was it in your first real taste of a longer lasting acting role?

That was amazing, I tend to look at that as my first real job. I mean I’ve done commercials before that  and I’ve shot little things here and there, but then I go and do this and it’s like a group of people to come together and shoot something as a opposed to just doing something for a network. So this was the first legitimate job where I felt I had validation from the industry and I am forever grateful to TV land for taking a chance on someone they didn’t know. I was up against David Faustino, the kid who played Bud Bundy on Married with Children, he’s up for this role and he’s recognizable, he’s going to bring people’s attention to the show. So they fact that they even took a chance on me was amazing, I am forever grateful to Larry over there at TV Land, because they didn’t have to pick me.

And it was fun, I got to work with these legends of comedy. I got to work with Jessica Walter who everyone knows from Archer and Arrested Development, and George Segal. Comedy legends! It was the best, it was like I was getting paid to go to acting class and then on that show, to make it come full circle, Fred Willard was a guest star on our show. It’s sad though, I was too chicken to go up to him and say to him “Man I just don’t think I’m ready for this show, what do you think?”

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 Photo credit to Isaac Sterling

More recently you were also in a few episodes of Mad Men. How was it working for that show? Was there a major difference compared to the sitcom style you were use to a few years before and what you are use to know with The Walking Dead?

It was different in terms in that it was a great place to work. From what I’ve heard all the AMC shows are great to work on. Just amazing sets to work on. I had just come off of the walking dead, where we just wrapped up season 4 and on the next week, I’m shooting Mad Men. So I really got to see the difference in the two. I’m not saying Mad Men was bad or anything, but it was different. It was actually kind of cool to see how different was. It was pretty cool to see how laid back everyone was, we are just sitting in an office or conference room, instead of being out in the woods. It’s much more chill and laid back compared to working on Walking Dead. Walking Dead is just way more intense. We are having to ward off mosquitoes and not step on snakes.

It’s just different man, it’s just different! It’s such a fun experience and everyone over there is super cool, like we are all part of the AMC family and there are no egos or anything, it’s really great!

So now you are part of The Walking Dead main cast as Dr. Eugene Porter. Were you a fan of the Walking Dead TV show before you joined up with the cast? What about the comics, have you read those at all?

Yeah I was a huge fan of the show, it was my favorite show in fact. Many actors dreams is to work on a show that you are a fan of, or to be in a movie that was adapted from a book you read as a kid. It’s awesome to be part of that. I didn’t know it was a comic book when I started watching it. I knew was adapted from a comic, but I still didn’t really read it until I jumped in to shooting the show. The whole world that Robert Kirkman has created is just amazing, it’s pretty insane, this picture he’s painted of this apocalypse is so real and awesome I just love it.

I kind of skimmed through the comics to issue 53 where Eugene is introduced. I skimmed as quickly as I could, but tried not to gloss over big plot points or anything like that. It’s cool because they give difference deaths to different people. For instance we just say Bob get killed by the cannibals, but in the comics that was Dales death, but this point Dale is already dead on the show so they gave it to Bob. Hershal getting beheaded was how Tyreese died in the comics. It’s fun to kinda see the difference and quickly you realize you can’t go really go off the comics as a road map, because they will do things differently, they will introduce things that aren’t even in the comics. I mean, Daryl isn’t even in the comics, yet he’s one of everybody’s favorite characters on the show.

It just shows that it’s two different universes operating seemingly as one. As soon as I started reading the comic, especially when I got to Eugene I had to kind of put them down. Instantly there were so many different things we were doing with this character that I didn’t want to sneak into what I thought they were doing with him in the comics. I can only go off of the script.

Dr. Eugene sure has an interesting personally, and your work as him is can be quite entertaining. Originally the casting call had the character as “Wayne Kesey”. Was there a lot of secrecy of not letting people know it was Eugene at first, considering on the role he plays in the comics?

Yeah absolutely, I think they do that with every character really that they release a breakdown for, whether the character is a pivotal comic character or not, they are just really secretive about it. Even after you get the job you are really secretive about it. We as actors are careful what we let out, but even more so the producers talking more so to the cast, they are just as secretive is not more to us. But yeah, they had a different name and didn’t say much about what the character was gonna do, they just kind of talked about what the character is like “Is extremely intelligence, always the smartest guy in the room”, it’s never mentioned that he had a mullet or anything that would show who this character really was. It wasn’t I had a conversation with Scott Wilson during the audition process that he kind of reveals that it is Eugene, at that point I already got the Eugene storyline in the comics so I knew the character at that point and I was like “Oh, awesome.” It was really cool, it felt like it was more of a collaborative effort as opposed to handing me his character already fleshed out.

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Eugene has this bit of arrogance behind him, even at one point he goes out of his way to tell Abraham that he is smarter than him just to convince him to follow Glenn and Tara. However his actions don’t always show it. Now that he’s met with even more of the group, do you feel he has this arrogance over guys like Rick, or Daryl?

I don’t think arrogance is the right word, even though it’s a word I use a lot myself. Yeah all the arrogance is in more even moments. I think people view Daryl as a tracker or kind of this redneck guy at first and not until later you start to realize that this is a really smart guy, you know? He’s extremely intelligent. Or characters like Michonne who are extremely smart people. However Eugene is still smarter than all of you. He’s just smarter than them and Eugene knows this so whatever that is you want to call it arrogant, fine. Obviously though, his lines are very arrogant. I think we’ll get to see Eugene’s brain on display a little more as the season progresses and that will be great.

Now Dr. Eugene is on the road, heading to Washington D.C. Looks like the map they left behind makes it so Rick and the rest of his group will be joining up with you guys again later. All these people guarding Eugene to get him to Washington, how does that make Eugene feel to be this one savior for mankind? He keeps himself guarded doesn’t he?

Well he said it in the first episode, “Even if I told you everything about the cure, the cure is still going to die with me.” So he’s worried about how he going to be protected, so he’s telling these people a little bit without telling them everything. He’s definitely guarded that way as well, and I also thinking he comes off as guarded a little bit, but really he’s a bit socially awkward, he doesn’t know how to handle himself around people sometimes. You can’t just have a normal conversation about the weather with him, he is going to end up talking about cumulus clouds, which is going to go over the head of most people he talks to. Yeah he’s guarded in some aspects, but yeah he just comes off a bit more socially awkward.

You’ve wrapped up production on season 5 by now, I’m assuming?

The show is still in production for another couple weeks. I can’t tell you if I’m filming or not, but I can say it’s filming for at least a couple more weeks.

So in your opinion, do you think Dr. Eugene Porter really has the secret to the cure?

I do. I really do. As Josh McDermitt, I do believe he has the cure. We need some hope, we need some hope in this world man.

First Poster For Ex Machina Released, Starring Star Wars Episode VII Actors

The man behind the new cult classic Dredd and the classic zombie thriller 28 Days Later is set to make his directorial debut; Alex Garland writes and directs Ex Machina, a sci-fi thriller due in theaters early next year. The film stars Oscar Isaac and Domnhall Gleeson, stars of 2015’s highly anticipated Star Wars Episode VII.

Synopsis: Caleb Smith (Domhnall Gleeson), a programmer at an internet-search giant, wins a competition to spend a week at the private mountain estate of the company’s brilliant and reclusive CEO, Nathan Bateman (Oscar Isaac). Upon his arrival, Caleb learns that Nathan has chosen him to be the human component in a Turing Test—charging him with evaluating the capabilities, and ultimately the consciousness, of Nathan’s latest experiment in artificial intelligence. That experiment is Ava (Alicia Vikander), a breathtaking A.I. whose emotional intelligence proves more sophisticated, seductive––and more deceptive––than the two men could have imagined. 

Ex Machina stars Oscar Isaac, Domhnall Gleeson, and Alicia Vikander and hits the UK on January 23.

Doom II: A Look Back At Grunge & Metal Songs Used On The Soundtrack

Co-written by Doug McCausland and Austin Eddington

Perhaps nothing stood out more in the last decade of the 20th century than its music and video games. Many genres of both were born in those ten years: gangsta rap and grunge, real time strategy (RTS), and the first person shooter (FPS), among others. No game is historically as synonymous with the FPS title than id Software’s Doom series.

Doom was a major step in the evolution of video games, putting the player in the boots of a lone space marine mowing down demons with chainsaws and shotguns in a realistic manner. The player, for the first time in a major release, viewed the action through the protagonist’s eyes. The id Software team is credited with the creation of the FPS when they released Wolfenstein 3D in 1992, but it wouldn’t be until the next year that the genre would be pushed into the mainstream with the release of Doom.

One of the most popular features in Doom 1 and 2 was its hefty soundtrack, featuring digitized and slightly altered versions of popular hard rock and metal songs including, but not limited to, tracks bearing great resemblance to songs by Stone Temple Pilots, Pantera, and Alice in Chains. The tracks for the games were provided by composer Bobby Prince, who, prior to being a part of the id Software development team, worked as a lawyer. His experience in the field would come in handy, for when given a stack of heavy metal records to use as inspiration for the soundtrack for the game, Prince knew how much of the music he would borrow without facing legal action.

Doom 2 recently celebrated its 20th birthday on September 30th. In commemoration of this milestone, let’s take a look back at some of the coolest instances of our favorite songs of the era being converted into MIDI for the second title of the “ultraviolent” video game series, plus a few other familiar songs from the franchise’s extensive back catalog…

Stone Temple Pilots – Sex Type Thing (Into Sandy’s City)

A slower take on the melody of STP’s classic “Sex Type Thing”, “Into Sandy’s City” was originally a more blatant copy of the song it was based on, and you can hear this version here. That version of the song was released alongside many other tracks in the “Unused Doom Music Collection”, which also includes a “Dead and Bloated” rip.

Alice In Chains – Them Bones (Bye Bye American Pie)/Angry Chair (Adrian’s Asleep)

The final products are more obviously inspired by its original song than the “Sex Type Thing” homage, but is that really a bad thing? In addition to “Angry Chair” and “Them Bones”, a decent amount of Alice In Chains-inspired songs went unused and were released as part of the Unused Doom Music anthology. You can check out the following tunes: “We Die Young“, “Man in the Box“, “Rain When I Die“, “Junkhead“, and “Godsmack“. Seemingly not available on YouTube are scrapped versions of “Dirt” and “Rooster”.

Pantera – This Love (Waiting For Romero To Play)

A looped version of “This Love”‘s psychedelic intro, you can also check out a scrapped MIDI version of Pantera’s “Walk” here. The first game also utilized “Mouth For War” and “Regular People“.

Megadeth – Hangar 18 (Running From Evil)

A pretty close take on the second track from Megadeth’s 1990 magnum opus, Rust In Peace.

Slayer – South of Heaven (Shawn’s Got The Shotgun)/Skeletons of Society (Message For The Archville)

Also check out scrapped versions of “Raining Blood and “Silent Scream“, as well as the first game’s version of “Behind The Crooked Cross“.

Black Sabbath – After All (The Demon’s Dead)

“After All (The Dead)” is the second track on Black Sabbath’s 1992 album, Dehumanizer.

Edge of Sanity – The Spectral Sorrows (Endgame Theme)

Most assume the song that plays at the end of Doom 2 is based on “The Spectral Sorrows, a song from the Swedish death metal group Edge of Sanity.

Unused Soundgarden Songs – Rusty Cage, Outshined, Slaves & Bulldozers

These three MIDI tracks inspired by classic Soundgarden tunes went unused in either Doom 1 or 2, but their faithfulness to the originals is astounding.

Top 10 Slasher Flicks From The 80’s (That Don’t Star Freddy, Michael, And Jason)

Halloween is right around the corner, and now’s the time of year to be loading up on your favorite horror films. However, you might be trying to discover new ones as well. New contributor Anthony Carioscia is our resident horror film expert, and he’s here to share some of his personal favorite slasher movies from the 80’s. The twist here is that these movies don’t star any of the usual villains like Michael Myers, Jason Voorhees, Leatherface, Pinhead, and Freddy Krueger.

10. My Bloody Valentine (1981)

First up on the list is this gem from Canada. The film is about a Valentine’s Day party that gets interrupted when a crazy guy in a mining mask decides to go around killing teens. Due to its over the top gore, this film had nine minutes removed. An awful looking remake was released in 2009.

9. Alone in the Dark (1982)

No, this has nothing to do with that horrible Uwe Boll film. This film is acclaimed by horror fans for being more intelligent than most other slashers. Instead of one guy killing a group of people in a small setting, this film features a bunch of insane asylum escapees killing people in a town during a black out. The film’s director, Jack Sholder, also directed other horror classics like Nightmare On Elm Street 2 and The Hidden. This was the first ever film to be made by New Line Cinema.

8. Maniac Cop (1988)

A unique fusion of slasher horror and cop action, Tom Akins plays the role of a killer in a cop suit while the legendary Bruce Campell plays the good cop who must stop him.  The film has two sequels, with only one of them being worth watching.

7. Pieces (1982)

Pieces is a Puerto Rican film made by an Italian company, directed by a Spaniard (Juan Piquer Simón), and shot in Boston. The film is more along the lines of “so bad, its good”. The film’s nonsensical plot, bad but memorable dialogue, and cartoonish gore all make it worth the watch. If you enjoy this one, also check out Pod People and Slugs by the same director.

6. The Outing (1987)

The most obscure film on this list, The Outing is actually the shortened version of a film called The Lamp. This version of the film is the only version available in America and is still very hard to find. The plot involves a group of teens being killed by a genie! Like Pieces, this film has over-the-top kills and bad acting, only this film is meant to be funny and is seen by some as a satire of slashers.

5. Stagefright (1987)

From Italy comes this fusion of the slasher genre and the giallo genre (Italian horror mystery fusions). Director Michele Soavi used to be acclaimed director Dario Argento’s co-director, and you can tell as Stagefright‘s imagery and score are amazing. Plus, you get to see a guy wearing an owl mask run around killing thespians!

4. The Burning (1981)

One of the many slashers to be set at a camp.  The film is notable for involving a lot of now famous people: Jason Alexander (Seinfeld) in a supporting role, produced by Harvey Weinstein (now owner of the Weinstein Company), and being studio Miramax’s first film. The film is a loose adaptation of the upstate New York legend “Cropsey”, and has great/explicit gore thanks to special effects legend Tom Savini (Dawn of the Dead).

3. Maniac (1980)

This second helping from William Lustig (ironically director of Maniac Cop) is one of the most brutal slashers of the 80’s. The film is about a killer who scalps woman and nails their scalps to mannequins. The movie was controversial due to its high level of violence and gore. The film is infamous for a scene where Tom Savini (who also did the special effects) gets his head blown off with a shotgun. In 2012, the film received a remake starring Elijah Wood.

2. Sleepaway Camp (1983)

Yet another slasher set at a camp, Sleepaway Camp involves the usual plot of campers being methodically killed by a slasher figure. The film is full of gay overtones and contains themes such as pedophilia and transvestism that add to the film’s bizarre atmosphere. Also, if you don’t know it already, don’t let anyone tell you the ending. The film has several sequels, the only good one being its direct sequel.

1. Silent Night, Deadly Night (1984)

Last but not least comes a film that’s perfect for both Halloween and Christmas. The film is about a man who goes on a killing spree dressed in a Santa Claus suit. Due to this concept, and the fact that it was released near Christmas, it was highly controversial and still appears on some most controversial films of all time lists. What makes this slasher so great is the fact that its shown from the killer’s perspective, using his back-story as the main plot of the film. The film has four sequels and a remake….avoid all of them.

Honorable mentions: House on Sorority Row, Slaughter High, April Fools Day, Chopping Mall.

Interview: Handsome Jack Voice Actor Talks Borderlands Pre-Sequel, Tales From The Borderlands, And Dragonball Z

With Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel arriving soon, reporter Anthony Falco sat down with Dameon Clarke, the voice of the psychotic and charismatic Handsome Jack, star of the upcoming game and the main villain of Borderlands 2. Read on to find out what he has to say about his involvement in the Borderlands franchise: past, present, and future.

When did you decide to become an actor? Was this a lifelong dream or did you kind of stumble on it as you grew older?

I started when I was about twelve. My sister’s boyfriend at the time, Dale Wilson, got me into acting at the time. I was a pretty loudmouth kid with a lot of energy so it seemed like the natural thing to do. It put me into a profession where I could run around and get paid for it on camera professionally. It was a good outlet for my energy, I guess. I was always doing impressions at theater and school, things like that. So, there you have it… onto the silver screen I went.

You’ve been in many television programs, both live action and animated. Do you prefer acting or voice acting? 

It’s all different animals, theater and filming TV. They’re all so completely different that I like to think they are like apples to oranges on that front. Different days I feel like doing different things. If I’m super lazy and I don’t feel like doing anything, I like doing voice over stuff. Just roll out of bed and right into the studio, put zero effort into my appearance and walk in there. Yeah, they all have different stuff to offer. I know it sounds like a bad answer but, it’s true. I dig it.


You’ve had anime roles, including Dragon Ball Z as Cell… I’ve been hearing your voice longer than I’ve realized!

It’s funny. I was in a bike accident a couple weeks ago, banged my face up a bit, and the thirty seven year old doctor that was stitching me up is a huge Dragon Ball Z fan, so it was really bizarre because he’s not even young. So he’s stitching me up and geeking out at the same time, and I was like, “Alright, worry about my face right now and then we’ll talk about Dragon Ball Z and that stuff. Just fix this gash on my forehead!”

Is there a different etiquette when it comes to doing Japanese anime type voice over compared to American voice over?

There’s no difference, man. It’s all done here in the United States as far as the dubbing is concerned; it’s all American companies. It’s a good question, though. Sometimes, I’ll work with people from overseas that will come and oversee things to make sure that people aren’t screwing it up too bad… but yeah, for the most part it’s pretty standard, the way people operate [in America].

I’ve never gone to Japan and worked on anything. I wonder what it’s like to pull up to be another “ball of wax”, as they say. That would be kind of fun. I mean, I’ve never gone overseas to work on my roles. I know a friend who went to France, Italy, and Germany, they are much more demanding than I am. They worked on stuff and they really enjoyed the experience and that’s a whole another way of working so, yeah. I’ve been here in the States, man.

You’ve done theater, you’ve done anime, and now you are Handsome Jack!

Yeah, Handsome Jack! I did not see that one coming.

Are video game auditions any different from other voice acting ones? 

Nope. Pretty much every time you are in front of a microphone and people are judging you, that’s pretty much it. Same kind of deal you know, everything from commercials, to cartoons, to anime and video games, it’s all kind of the same vibe and feel as far as putting yourself out there and trying to get the gig.

Do you play video games?

I do. I didn’t always play. The first Grand Theft Auto came out, and it was very difficult for me not to play that game, let’s just put it that way. It was so great and so addictive that I said, “I can’t play video games because I can’t stop playing them once I start!” So, I didn’t play video games for the longest time even though I was working on them! I was like, “Yeah, yeah, whatever.”

People would be talking about what was new all the while the technology was getting better, obviously, and the gameplay was getting bigger. The online gaming started becoming much more of a thing, and so it wasn’t probably a couple of years ago that I said, “Alright. You know what? I’m doing enough of this stuff that I need to sort of get back into it, and we’ll call it ‘research.’” You know what I mean?

I like the spookier kind of stuff, like Dead Space and Silent Hill, stuff like that. Far Cry 3 was an introduction to me and Dead Space 3 was right around the time when I got back into it and I was like “Holy shit. This is awesome!” The problem that I had with putting down the controller is still there. I have to really exercise a lot of self-control to not stay up all night and play these games, except they are freaking awesome… but it is part of my job so I have to do it. And that’s what I tell myself.

So the big question is: Have you played Borderlands?

Yeah, I sure did. But it’s funny though, I didn’t play it until a little while after it came out, like a good five months. I wasn’t gaming at the time and I played it, and I loved it! I don’t know what they are going to do with the new platform, the new systems, and the next generation with that franchise, I don’t know where that’s going to wind up… you know what I mean? What are they going to do? And how is it going to be different?


Yeah, the new game you just worked on, the Pre-Sequel, isn’t even going to be on the new generations yet, it’s only on the old ones.

Exactly! So yeah, I’m sure they are furiously working on that. I’m sure they got all kinds of crazy stuff, but for me it’s like: “What’s it going to be?” I don’t know.

Yeah, I can only imagine what they got to do to try to accommodate for the new systems and what they can change.

Right? They have such a specific style. Are they going to change that? Is it going to look different? Is it going to play different? I don’t know.

So do you have a favorite line from Handsome Jack at all? Do you remember much of your lines at all?

Oh, they’re all awesome! Every single one of them. [laughs] Oh God, that’s such a stupid answer! It’s not really the lines that I have, it’s the stuff that they write. I’ll improvise some stuff here and there, and I’ll get to really know by the end of the day what works what doesn’t. It’s kind of collaborative, but I credit all of them for that stuff. There was this side mission about this woman, Helena Pierce. I was so super mean to her it was “intenso meano” and I was crying laughing when I was playing it, just insulting the hell out of her.

Her character’s face was deformed, and I was just being super ruthless and I couldn’t help but laugh because it was so twisted the way it was written, and I was like “Uugh, that’s great!” But there were a lot of lines. Chris Rager did a lot of lines. You know those guys, you shoot their helmets off and then they start freaking out and running around and killing everybody for you? What were those guys called?

I think they are the Goliaths.

Goliaths! Thank you, that’s exactly what it is. The mini Goliath and the regular Goliaths; those are my favorite characters in the game because you can piss them off and just fucking have them kill everybody for you. Chris Rager was hilarious. He had some very funny stuff in there; he’s a big improv guy, he was just nutting round and doing some crazy stuff. Lines like “Time for die!” He’s in a lot and when he comes on you know it’s him… like, it’s awesome!

Yeah, I really do like the goliaths and the Helena Pierce one is really funny. That’s at the very beginning of the game. And then there’s another one that I remember specifically, at least details of it, of Handsome Jack talking about destroying New Haven and some guy coming at him with a spoon.

Yeah, so obviously all of it was scripted but I think that one was when we first started working on it. That was some of the stuff we were doing the first day or two. We were told to “pepper in what you want to pepper in.” That was where we found the style of Handsome Jack, when we were doing the scooping his eyes out bit and whatnot and it was like, “Okay, we got the feel for this guy now, let’s do the rest of this game.”

Handsome Jack is just plain psychotic, but the way you deliver his lines is hilarious.

Thank you.


Is it hard to embody that kind of craziness?

You do have this line of balance between being too over the top and being stupid and still menacing and believable. You need to believe that this character is capable of doing all of these horrible things that he’s talking about at the same time. You’re entertained, but at the same time you’re unnerved, so we wanted to make sure the thought is that I would be still be capable of doing these things. So there’s definitely a fine line.

Did you have any idea the company had further plans for your character after completing Borderlands 2?

Nah, I thought that was it. See ya later, it’s been fun. And then there was Tiny Tina DLC thing that we did, I was Handsome Sorcerer or some shit. It was a great job at that. I thought that was great and then I got a call saying that we are going to do the Pre-Sequel. But I really didn’t know what my involvement in that was either, and it turns out its pretty extensive.

I keep hearing a lot of great things about it, especially since it depicts Handsome Jack’s rise to power as the tyrant he becomes.

Right. It’s his back story and other characters’ we come to know and love’s backstories. They are younger and more naive or whatever, they’re different, they’re more hungry and eager like we all were when we were younger. It’s cool. You can see where all those characters came from and why they are as messed up as they are.

I’ve heard a lot about the Pre-Sequel lately, but I know that there is also the Tales from the Borderlands Game that is supposed to come from Telltale at some point. Is there anything you can tell us about that?

I don’t know anything dude. It’s funny because I did this show up in San Francisco with Greg Miller.



Correctamundo. And via Twitter, Gearbox and Telltale got wind of it and I had like a chaperon go with me, lovely person. It was just a matter of, “don’t screw anything up”. She said she was there to clarify what could go in and what couldn’t as far as the interviews went, but the funny thing is that I don’t know anything about any of the Telltale stuff so I can’t screw it up. We haven’t recorded anything for it yet; I mean, the only thing I’ve done is a trailer for it that was for the Spike Awards but that’s it. Who knows man, your guess is as good as mine, but it’s going to be awesome!

They say that the game is supposed to take place after Borderlands 2.

Yeah. You’re wondering to yourself, “Well, how is it that you are going be involved in it?” I’m telling you: I don’t know.

I know in the trailer they have the line that you say which is spoken by an A.I. or something.

That would make sense, right?  They did show that he’s dead so that would be a natural assumption, but they have informed me that there is going to be a lot more stuff coming up for Handsome Jack and that he’s a big part of it. I just don’t know what the heck that is or what we are doing, but we shall see!


Do you have any other exciting future projects you can talk about that is not Borderlands related?

Embarrassingly nothing! Just, nothing going on, man! I’ve been working on this show called Graceland, we just finished season three a little while ago. It’s an F.B.I. procedural kind of thing. I play a guy that’s in charge of the F.B.I. Kind of come in, give people shit when they are screwing up, and leave. There’s a lot of opening doors, entering rooms, yelling at people, and then leaving those rooms. Other than that, just hustling. I’m either wearing a suit or holding a gun, that tends to be my career in a nutshell!

Edited by Doug McCausland