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Punk Rock Extravaganza, ‘Dr. Demento Covered In Punk,’ To Be Unleashed On January 12, 2018!

Punk Rock Extravaganza, ‘Dr. Demento Covered In Punk,’ To Be Unleashed On January 12, 2018!

Demented Punk today announced its inaugural release, DR. DEMENTO COVERED IN PUNK, a special two-hour demented punk extravaganza featuring an eclectic mix of artists from the world of classic and contemporary punk/indie/alt-rock, along with special guest stars from film, TV and more.  This audio oddity is a modern-day homage to radio icon Dr. Demento, a world-renowned institution who has championed novelty music and its creators since the 1970s, will be released on January 12, 2018 by both physical and digital retailers.

“I’ve been a fan of Dr. Demento nearly my entire life,” said album producer and participant, John Cafiero. “The Doc’s show has introduced audiences to counter culture and an eclectic talent pool of humor-infused music for nearly five decades; creating a musical movement that echoes the spirit of punk with its own unique voice.  There are no airs, and everyone’s welcome. If you didn’t fit in- you fit in.”

Dr. Demento Covered In Punk features over thirty different, never before released, all-new ‘punk’ cover versions of ‘mad music and crazy comedy’ songs famously heard on the airwaves of the legendary “Dr Demento Show”- intermixed with ‘wild card’ tracks showcasing some incredible, newly ‘demented’ versions of punk-rock classics!  Joined by everyone from the Misfits, Joan Jett, Fred Schneider of the B52s, to “Weird Al” Yankovic, the late Adam “Batman” West (in one of his final performances), and Captain Kirk himself, William Shatner-(to name just a few).  The Doctor is in…and he’s ‘Covered in Punk’!!  A full track listing can be found below.

“I produced the album and curated the artist roster as if it was a musical art exhibition, or directing a feature film, and packaged it in the form of a traditional radio show hosted by Dr. D. himself.  For some this might be an introduction to the lost art of the traditional radio format, and for others, a welcome return,” adds Cafiero.  “The artists here range from classic to contemporary, from icons and legends, to fresh voices from the underground-but I don’t think any of them are doing what you might expect of them here! It’s really a celebration of the bizarre, and I can’t wait to unleash it on to the world.”

“When John Cafiero first proposed this project several years ago I was a little puzzled at first, but when he began naming the artists and songs he’d lined up for the project I was totally sold,” said Dr. Demento.  “What started out as a single CD soon grew into a double (and a triple for vinyl), and I hope you enjoy it as much as I’ve enjoyed helping John put this together.”

Dr. Demento Covered In Punk includes an in-depth booklet with equally entertaining liner notes and personal quotes from the participating artists, a foreword by album producer and Demented Punk founder John Cafiero (Misfits, Ramones, Osaka Popstar), an afterword by Dr. Demento, as well as factoids, photos and an array of dynamic paintings and illustrations created exclusively for the project by a team of visual artists spanning the world of comic books, classic punk rock album covers, Topps trading card series, Mad Magazine and more.  The cover artwork for the album was created by iconic illustrator Drew Friedman whose work has appeared in countless publications from Entertainment Weekly and Time Magazine to Rolling Stone and the New Republic and just about everything in between.

Dr. Demento Covered In Punk will be released in the following configurations:

  1. A 3LP colored vinyl triple-gatefold package with 20-page booklet.

LP1:  Solid ‘Gunk’ Green

LP2:  Solid ‘Punk’ Pink

LP3:  Solid ‘Demented’ Yellow


  1. A 2CD Set with 48-page booklet


  1. A limited edition 3LP triple gatefold package with variant vinyl splatter and 20-page booklet.

LP1:  ‘Gunk’ Green & Black Splatter on Clear Vinyl

LP2:  ‘Punk’ Pink & Black Splatter on Clear Vinyl

LP3:  ‘Demented’ Yellow & Black Splatter on Clear Vinyl

This online exclusive is limited to 500 copies worldwide and can be ordered HERE.


  1. A Digital Download with 42-Page digital booklet.

Fans who preorder the physical album HERE or the digital version at iTunes will receive their first taste of “demented punk” via an instant grat track by legendary actor William Shatner covering punk classic “Garbageman” by The Cramps.   Preview the track and original artwork for the song by Stephen Blickenstaf below. Blickenstaff was the artist for The Cramps infamous album Bad music for bad people which featured the original version of the song.

Wind up your radio dementites and dementoids-the doctor is in!



1.) Dr. Demento Opening Theme (Pico & Sepulveda)

Artist: Osaka Popstar’s Demented Punk Orchestra with the Roto Rooter Goodtime Christmas Band


2.) Demento Segment I

Artist: Dr. Demento and Osaka Popstar


3.) Fish Heads

Artist: Osaka Popstar


4.) Demento Segment II

Artist: Dr. Demento and Barnes & Barnes


5.) Garbageman

Artist: William Shatner


6.) Shaving Cream (Punk Lyrics)

Artist: “Uncle Floyd” Vivino & Oogie


7.) Demento Segment III

Artist: Dr. Demento


8.) Fluffy

Artist: Fred Schneider


9.) Demento Segment IV

Artist: Dr. Demento & Gloria Balsam


10.) Dead Puppies

Artist: James Kochalka Superstar


11.) Demento Segment V 0

Artist: Dr. Demento


12.) Surfin’ Bird

Artist: Nobunny


13.) Rat Fink

Artist: Balzac


14.) Demento Segment VI

Artist: Dr. Demento


15.) I Like

Artist: Colleen Green


16.) Demento Segment VII

Artist: Dr. Demento


17.) Creature With The Atom Brain

Artist: Quintron & Miss Pussycat


18.) I Love Beans

Artist: The Meatmen


19.) It’s A Gas

Artist: Los Straitjackets


20.) Demento Segment VIII

Artist: Dr. Demento


21.) Brak Takeover

Artist: Brak & Dr. Demento


22.) Institutionalized

Artist: Brak


23.) Demento Segment IX

Artist: Brak, Dr. Demento & Oglethorpe


24.) Eat It

Artist: Shonen Knife


25.) Batman Theme

Artist: The Hamburglars


26.) The Thing

Artist: Adam West


27.) Adam West ID

Artist: Adam West


28.) Science Fiction/Double Feature

Artist: Joan Jett & The Blackhearts


29.) Demento Segment X

Artist: Dr. Demento


30.) Gloria Balsam Closing ID

Artist: Gloria Balsam



1.) Dr. Demento Covered In Punk Theme

Artist: Osaka Popstar


2.) Demento Segment XI

Artist: Dr. Demento


3.) National Brotherhood Week

Artist: The Vandals


4.) Demento Segment XII

Artist: Dr. Demento & Tom Lehrer


5.) Mah Na Mah Na

Artist: The Kipper Kids


6.) Demento Segment XIII

Artist: Dr. Demento


7.) Those Two Dreadful Children

Artist: Rasputina


8.) Suicide Is Painless (Theme from M*A*S*H)

Artist: JuiceheaD


9.) Demento Segment XIV

Artist: Dr. Demento & Moon Unit Zappa


10.) Disco Boy

Artist: Missing Persons


11.) Telephone Man

Artist: Quintron & Miss Pussycat


12.) Demento Segment XV

Artist: Dr. Demento


13.) Punk Rock Girl

Artist: Philly Boy Roy


14.) Lydia, The Tattooed Lady

Artist: The Dead Milkmen


15.) Demento Segment XVI

Artist: Dr. Demento


16.) Me And My Vibrator

Artist: Caroline & The Treats


17.) Monster

Artist: Nobunny


18.) Demento Segment XVII

Artist: Dr. Demento & MC Pee Pants


19.) My Guitar Wants To Kill Your Mama

Artist: The Meatmen


20.) Demento Segment XVIII

Artist: Dr. Demento & Bobby “Boris” Pickett


21.) Monster Mash

Artist: The Kids of Widney High


22.) Elvira Mistress of the Dark (Intro)

Artist: Elvira Mistress of the Dark


23.) The Cockroach That Ate Cincinnati

Artist: The Misfits


24.) Demento Segment XIX

Artist: Dr. Demento


25.) Pico & Sepulveda

Artist: Osaka Popstar


26.) Demento Segment XX

Artist: Dr. Demento & “Weird Al” Yankovic


27.) Beat On The Brat

Artist: “Weird Al” Yankovic


28.) Shaving Cream (Reprise, Traditional Lyrics)

Artist: “Uncle Floyd” Vivino & Oogie


29.) Demento Segment XXI

Artist: Dr. Demento and Uncle Floyd & Oogie


30.) Dr. Demento Show Outro

Artist: Dr. Demento with “Uncle Floyd” Vivino


31.) Cheerio, Cherry Lips, Cheerio

Artist: “Uncle Floyd” Vivino


32.) Dr. Demento Covered In Punk Theme (Reprise)

Artist: Osaka Popstar


33.) Dr. Demento Theme (Reprise) (Pico & Sepulveda)

Artist: Osaka Popstar’s Demented Punk Orchestra with the Roto Rooter Goodtime Christmas Band


34.) Brak Closing Message

Artist: Brak







About Dr. Demento

The Dr. Demento Show has been celebrating ‘mad music and crazy comedy’ on the airwaves playing everything from Spike Jones to Frank Zappa for nearly five decades. Responsible for introducing the world to its #1 most requested song of all time, “Fish Heads”, and launching the career of the most successful artist in the entire history of funny music-“Weird Al” Yankovic; the world-famous Doctor’s influence on pop culture has earned him induction into the National Radio Hall of Fame, a documentary feature film on his life and career currently in production, and even an appearance on The Simpsons.

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New Trailer For ‘Voltron Legendary Defender’ Season 2 Released!

New Trailer For ‘Voltron Legendary Defender’ Season 2 Released!

The universe’s greatest protector will rise again and pick up where last seasons cliff hanger left off with DreamWorks Voltron Legendary Defender Season 2! In celebration of this fan-favorite sequel coming to Netflix on Friday, January 20th, DreamWorks Animation Television and Netflix have released the trailer everyone’s been waiting for!

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Season 2 of DreamWorks’ ‘Voltron Legendary Defender’ Premieres January 20, 2017

Season 2 of DreamWorks’ ‘Voltron Legendary Defender’ Premieres January 20, 2017


Following the first season cliffhanger, Season 2 of DreamWorks Voltron Legendary Defender sees the paladins scattered throughout the universe in wake of a tough battle with Zarkon, Haggar and the Galra Empire. The team will face new challenges as they bring mighty Voltron back together and plot to take down Zarkon once and for all when Season 2 premieres on Netflix January 20, 2017.

At New York Comic Con, fans were treated to a sneak peek of Season 2 when the cast and crew screened a full episode and answered fan questions on  the Main Stage at Javits Center. Voice actors Jeremy Shada (Lance) and Bex Taylor-Klaus  (Pidge)  joined executive producer Joaquim Dos Santos, co-executive producer Lauren Montgomery and story editor Tim Hedrick to tease what’s in store for Team Voltron.

The cast and crew shared details about the upcoming season to the energetic and packed house including guest voice talent such as Weird Al, Pidge might be a hoarder and Hunk and Lance crash land on an underwater planet in the episode “The Depths”.

Fans also learned more about the Voltron Playmates Toys (revealed earlier today) coming to a store near you in January 2017 as well as the Voltron Collective.

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Just For Laughs Festival Announces Artist Lineup For It’s 33rd Edition!

Just For Laughs Festival Announces Artist Lineup For It’s 33rd Edition!


The 33rd edition of the Just For Laughs Festival, presented by Videotron in association with Loto-Québec, is back and bigger than ever! With more names and shows still to come, this year?s festival will be adding 35% more tickets to our inventory and additional venues, including the Bell Centre, which will host JFL?s largest individual indoor show ever. Just For Laughs is excited to bring a myriad range of superstars, who have a combined Twitter following of 60 million, into Montreal for the busiest, buzziest summer ever!


One of Canada?s greatest exports, Mike Myers, comes home to make his Just For Laughs Festival debut on July 24 at Maison Symphonique with An Evening with Mike Myers. This ?in conversation? will showcase his memorable career, from his humble Canadian comedic roots, to his turn as one of the most successful SNL alums in its 40-year history, to becoming one of comedy?s biggest and most memorable movie stars.


Comedy god and Just For Laughs ticket-selling record holder, Dave Chappelle is back in Montreal for six performances and we couldn?t be more excited. His shows sold out within minutes when he returned to Just For Laughs in 2013 after 13 years, so act fast!  F*ck yo? couch, and don?t miss another chance to see a living legend.


The rock star of the comedy world is performing what is on track to be the biggest individual indoor show in the Festival?s history on July 24. The show is poised to sell out the Bell Centre, and has already surpassed 10,000 tickets sold. Kevin Hart?s career has exploded since his first appearance at the Just For Laughs Festival in 2001 as part of the New Faces series. He has blossomed into bona fide comedy royalty.


Neil Patrick Harris, who has hosted 10 televised awards shows in the past few years, is truly the king of hosts. Neil has some tricks up his sleeve as he headlines our unparalleled festival-closing Galas. Feel like a member of the Hollywood/Broadway elite as the host of The Oscars, The Emmys and The Tonys plays ringleader to a score of special guests for a variety show that is going to razzle, dazzle and surprise in a way that only he can!

Heir to The Daily ShowTrevor Noah hosts a Gala July 23 on the Place des Arts stage. This is your chance to see comedy?s hottest new host.

Emmy, Golden Globe and SAG award winner Jane Lynch, of Glee and The 40-Year-Old Virgin fame, is hosting a Gala that is sure to wow at Place des Arts on July 22.

These are just the tip of the iceberg ? we?ll be announcing even more Galas leading up to the festival!


He?s white and nerdy; he?s the winner of the 2015 Grammy for ?Best Comedy Album,? and now ?Weird Al? Yankovic in taking a break from his ?The Mandatory Tour? to perform a FREE outdoor English show on July 21.


The Just For Laughs Awards Show is back, on July 24 at 4:30 pm in the Grand Salon Opera at the Hyatt Regency Montreal honouring some of the world?s most impactful comedy stars! Past winners include Andy Samberg, Seth Rogen and Louis C.K. This year?s winners are:

Lifetime Achievement Award: We are incredibly honoured to present this award to one of our national treasures, Mike Myers, in recognition of his unbelievable success and continued accomplishments in the comedy world. SCHWING!!!

Generation Award: Just For Laughs is proud to present its first-ever GENERATION AWARD to Dave Chappelle. A modern icon, Chappelle has performed some of the most ground-breaking and influential stand-up shows of his era, and has influenced a whole new generation of comedy. #HellofaComedian

Comedy Person of the Year: #ComedicRockstar Kevin Hart has taken over Hollywood, and Netflix, with roles in Get Hard, Wedding Ringer, Think Like a Man Too, Grudge Match and About Last Night, as well as producing and starring credits in BET?s satirical comedy show The Real Husbands of Hollywood. This year also sees Kevin embarking on what is on track to be the biggest comedy tour ever! #EasyChoice

Stand-up Comedian of the Year: In the past year alone, Patton Oswalt released a Grammy-nominated comedy album, Tragedy plus Comedy Equals Time, joined the cast of Veep, and had a seven episode arc on ABC?s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. The white knight of Twitter, defender of all things good and comedy, Oswalt has been charming viewers on both big and small screens for the past 20 years.

Comedy Writer of the Year: Creator and showrunner of one of television?s smartest shows, Oscar winner Armando Iannucci wins this award for his brilliant (and four-time Emmy award?winning) work on Veep. 

Breakout Comedy Star of the Year: Ellie Kemper?s been on the scene for a while with roles in The Office and Bridesmaids, but her performance as the most likeable kidnapping victim ever on The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt has pushed her into the spotlight, and into our hearts.


Just For Laughs Stand-up Comedian of the Year in 2014, Bill Burr is back for two solo performances this year, on July 22 and 23 at Olympia Theatre.

This year has already seen Patton Oswalt get a Grammy nomination and an arc on TV?s smartest show, Veep, and now festivalgoers can see this staple of great TV and movies performing his first love, stand-up, on July 23.

On the heels of his successful Showtime comedy special ?Aren?t You Embarrassed?? Just For Laughs Festival favourite Sebastian Maniscalco returns to Le Gesù with an 11-show run starting July 20. Aren?t you embarrassed about how excited you are?

Le Gesù will also host world renowned musician and comedian Reggie Watts for two midnight shows on July 24 and 25.

Three-time Grammy Award nominee and Emmy Award winner Margaret Cho returns to Montreal for one night only at Olympia Theatre on July 24. On July 25, festival favourite and the funniest Scot around, Danny Bhoy, performs a solo show at Maison Symphonique.

Comedy?s very own host with most, Chris Hardwick, takes time off his shows @Midnight and The Talking Dead and his podcast The Nerdist, to perform a solo show on July 25 at Olympia Theatre.

Maison Theatre plays host to Saturday Night Live alum Rob Schneider on July 24 and 25, if you?re thinking about attending, you can do it!

Another Just For Laughs fave, Omid Djalili, returns to Maison Theatre July 24 and 25 to regale audiences with his experience as a Persian entertainer in the West.

Hot off the Justin Bieber roast, frequent Chelsea Lately panelist Natasha Leggero will perform at L?Astral. Fingers crossed she?s gentler with the crowd there than she was with the Biebs!

L?Astral hosts UK superstar Sarah Millican on July 24 for one night of dry British humour, and You Made it Weird host Pete Holmes is in the house for a solo show on July 25.


Talk of the Fest is the place to be from July 22 through 25, offering the hottest names in comedy at the lowest prices.

Star of the critically acclaimed Silicon ValleyT.J. Miller is back for the second year in a row to host Talk of the Fest on July 22.

On July 23, star of his own Netflix special Incorrigible and NBC?s Undateable, comedy bad boy Chris D?Elia, most recently seen roasting his biggest fan, Justin Bieber, reminds Club Soda audiences why they love him with his hilarious physicality and observational comedy. Saturday Night Live?s only millennial, Pete Davidson, is following up his scathing roast of Justin Bieber by hosting Talk of the Fest on July 24. He has an HBO special directed by Spike Lee, a Seth Rogen movie under his belt, an NBC pilot in development, and this year Jerrod Carmichael is adding Talk of the Fest host to his ever-growing résumé. Don?t miss your chance to be able to say: ?I saw him when? at Club Soda on July 25.


ComedyPRO, the unique global gathering of the biggest players in the comedy world, takes Just For Laughs by storm for the eighth year in a row, from July 22 to 25. This year, some really cool stars and comedians will join Jason Reitman (Thank You For SmokingJunoUp in the Air) for Live Read, Directed by Jason Reitman, presented by the Telefilm Canada Feature Comedy Exchange in the 5e Salle at Place des Arts. The value is unbeatable.

Just For Laughs ComedyPRO also welcomes Andy Kindler back to deliver his annual State of the Industry Address. Notoriously biting, Andy Kindler?s speech is many insiders? favourite part of the Festival. Just For Laughs ComedyPRO includes the Podcast Series, which lets fans sit in on a live taping of their favourite comedy podcasts including: Your Mom?s House Podcast, I Seem Fun, The Diary of Jen Kirkman Podcast, The Duncan Trussell Family Hour, You Made It Weird With Pete Holmes, Pep Talks with the Bitter Buddha, The Dana Gould Hour, The Comedian’s Comedian Podcast with Stuart Goldsmith, If I Were You Show (by Jake and Amir)Hound Tall with Moshe Kasher, and The Artie Quitter Podcast.

Included in ComedyPRO are keynotes, panels, networking cocktails, podcasts, the Just For Laughs Awards, and the All-Star Midnight Party.  For diehard comedy fans, there is no better place to be. For real. Seriously.

Just For Laughs ComedyPRO runs from July 22 – 25, 2015 at the Hyatt Regency Montreal. 


The Off-JFL series is a budgeters dream: the tickets start at only $20 and the venues are the cool kind, with cheap beer. We have tons of great performers including:

Wyatt Cenac (The Daily Show), Hasan Minhaj (The Daily Show), Colin Jost (Saturday Night Live), Janeane Garofalo (Reality Bites), Ari Shaffir (Comedy Central?s This Is Not Happening), Harland Williams (Half Baked), Tom Segura (Your Mom?s House podcast), Jen Kirkman (Chelsea Lately),Duncan Trussell (The Joe Rogan Experience), Chris Gethard (Broad City), Eric André (Man Seeking Woman), Andy Kindler (Everybody Loves Raymond), Brian Posehn (The Sarah Silverman Program), Rhys Darby (Flight of the Conchords) Eddie Pepitone (Last Comic Standing), Jake and Amir (CollegeHumor), Sabrina Jalees (The Nightly Show), Kurt Braunohler (Drunk History)Moshe Kasher (John Oliver’s New York Stand-Up Show), Joel Creasey (It?s a Date) and Kyle Kinane (Drunk History).

And in case you miss them on Date Night, Tom Papa, Brent Morin and Orny Adams are performing solo shows.

Off-JFL also presents a ton of new concept, multi-comic shows including The Goddamn Comedy Jam with Josh Adam Meyers, and Ari Shaffir is back again hosting his festival favourite This Is Not Happening storytelling show at Café Cléopâtre. Curating a multi-comic show and a closing night party, Instagram favorite @fuckjerry will partner with Off-JFL from July 22 to July 25 as the first-ever festival Instagrambassador.

The ever popular Midnight Surprise, presented by Comedy Dynamics, is back for a ten-show run from July 16 to 25, and as the show?s name suggests, the lineup will floor you!


Alonzo Bodden hosts The Ethnic Show from July 8 to 19 at Club Sodawhere comics of all ethnicities, including Gina Yashere, Ahmed Ahmed,Frank Spadone, Ronny Chieng, Dan Naturman and Montreal?s own Rachid Badouri, will leave the audience in stitches.

The Nasty Show, hosted for the first time by ?the Celine Dion of dick jokes,? Mike Ward, will be nastier than ever from July 16-18 and 23-25 at Metropolis, with special guests Gilbert Gottfried, Jimmy Carr, Mike Wilmot and Tiffany Haddish. We?re also announcing a new guest: Artie Lange!

Curb Your Enthusiasm?s J.B. Smoove is reconnecting with his Def Jam roots to host Uptown Comics at Olympia Theatre July 25, featuring Ian Edwards and Rod Man.

Brit(ish), with special guest Russell Howard, returns with the best of the Commonwealth?s comedians and for three shows hosted by Omid Djalili at L?Astral, July 21-23.

The Marriage Ref host Tom Papa joins forces with The Undateable?s Brent Morin, Teen Wolf?s Orny Adams and Debra DiGiovanni for Date Night at Metropolis July 21 and 22.

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“Weird Al” Yankovic – ‘UHF: 25th Anniversary Edition’ and ‘The Compleat Al’ To Hit Blu-ray This November!

“Weird Al” Yankovic – ‘UHF: 25th Anniversary Edition’ and ‘The Compleat Al’ To Hit Blu-ray This November!

For nearly four decades, Grammy Award-winning musician and satirist “Weird Al” Yankovic has been entertaining audiences worldwide with his parodies of songs by the biggest stars in the musical universe, as well as his appearances on television and in film.  On November 11, 2014, Shout! Factory will release two quintessential Weird Al titles: the cult favorite UHF: 25th Anniversary Edition as a collectible Blu-ray loaded with bonus features, and the mockumentary The Compleat Al on DVD.

Weird Al’s latest album, Mandatory Fun, was released on July 15 and debuted at #1 Billboard, the first time in over 50 years that a comedy album has topped the charts.

'UHF' - A Comedy Classic

‘UHF’ – A Comedy Classic


A lot of TV stations have forgotten what “quality” means.  But not Channel 62.  They NEVER knew what it meant.

In the cult classic UHF, “Weird Al” Yankovic is George Newman, a daydreamer who becomes the manager of a small TV station that’s losing money as quickly as it’s losing viewers.  Before long he’s programming shows like “Stanley Spadowski’s Clubhouse,” “Wheel Of Fish” and “Raul’s Wild Kingdom.”  But can Channel 62’s new popularity save it from sinister forces?  To find out… don’t touch that dial!

Starring “Weird Al” Yankovic, Michael Richards (Seinfeld), Kevin McCarthy (Invasion of the Body Snatchers), Fran Drescher (The Nanny), Gedde Watanabe (Sixteen Candles), Victoria Jackson (Saturday Night Live) and more!

UHF: 25th Anniversary Edition Bonus Features:

–          2014 San Diego Comic-Con Panel

–          Audio Commentary

–          Deleted Scenes

–          Behind-the-Scenes Footage

–          Music Video

–          Production Stills

–          Easter Eggs

–          Promotional Materials

–          Reversible Cover Art


'The Compleat Al'

‘The Compleat Al’

The Compleat Al

The Compleat Al is the amazing, hilarious and not entirely true story of “Weird Al” Yankovic, the Grammy® award-winning master of musical parody and rock and roll comedy.  The mockumentary takes you behind the scenes, beginning with his childhood years, his high school and college days, and up through his early-career rise to stardom.  This concocted chronicle also contains classic moments from AL-TV and footage from his trip to Japan, and a somewhat embellished version of how he received permission from Michael Jackson for “Eat It.”

And to top it off, The Compleat Al contains eight “Weird Al” video classics: “Ricky,” “I Love Rocky Road,” the award-winning “Eat It,” “I Lost on Jeopardy,” “This Is the Life,” “Like a Surgeon,” “One More Minute” and “Dare to Be Stupid.”


About Shout! Factory: Shout! Factory, LLC is a diversified multi-platform media company devoted to producing, uncovering, preserving and revitalizing the very best of pop culture. Founders Richard Foos, Bob Emmer and Garson Foos have spent their entire careers sharing their music, television and film favorites with discerning consumers the world over. Shout! Factory’s DVD and Blu-ray™ offerings serve up feature films, classic and contemporary TV series, animation, live music and comedy specials in lavish packages crammed with extras.  Shout’s audio division boasts GRAMMY®-nominated box sets, Broadway cast albums, new releases from storied artists, lovingly assembled album reissues and indispensable “best of” compilations. In addition, Shout! Factory maintains a vast digital distribution network which delivers video and audio content to all the leading digital service providers in North America. Shout! Factory also owns and operates Timeless Media Group, Biograph Records, Majordomo Records, HighTone Records and Video Time Machine. These riches are the result of a creative acquisition mandate that has established the company as a hotbed of cultural preservation and commercial reinvention. Shout! Factory is based in Santa Monica, California. For more on Shout! Factory, visit shoutfactory.com



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MANDATORY FUN: “Weird Al” Yankovic’s Debut Video For “Tacky”

MANDATORY FUN: “Weird Al” Yankovic’s Debut Video For “Tacky”

"Weird Al" Yankovic

“Weird Al” Yankovic

“Weird Al” Yankovic, Jack Black, Eric Stonestreet, Kristen Schaal, Margaret Cho and Aisha Tyler in a music video together? Yes, please! Nerdist is thrilled to exclusively premiere the music video for “Tacky,” the first track from “Weird Al” Yankovic’s new album, Mandatory Fun, releasing tomorrow, Tuesday, July 15 on RCA Records

Filmed in the famed, historic Palace Theatre in Downtown LA, the music video for “Tacky” finds Weird Al back in his element, taking one of the biggest songs on the Billboard charts and transforming it into a hilarious, incredibly catchy parody as only Weird Al can do.

“Al has ALWAYS been one of my idols,” said Chris Hardwick, Founder and CEO, Nerdist Industries. “If you had told teenage me that I would one day not only be friends with him but also get to produce a video for him, my young brain wouldn’t have been able to process it. I have watched “Tacky” dozens of times and I can’t stop singing it. I LOVE YOU AL.”

Directed by the legendary parodist himself and produced by Nerdist’s Chris Hardwick, Seth Laderman, and Johnny Wickham, “Tacky” is the first of Mandatory Fun’s #8videos8days campaign, during which the beloved musician will release 8 brand-new music videos for 8 songs from his new album.

“Weird Al has consistently released some of the best comedic music in the industry, and we look forward to collaborating with him again in the very near future,” said SVP of Content and Operations Seth Laderman.

So, go ahead and check out the video. If you don’t, you’re being pretty tacky.

Mandatory Fun is the 14th studio album by “Weird Al” Yankovic and is comprehensive compendium of parodies of some of the biggest hits of the year. So, what is being “Tacky” all about? You’ll just have to watch the video to see. Mandatory Fun is available for pre-order now at iTunes (http://smarturl.it/MandatoryFun) and Amazon (http://smarturl.it/MandatoryFunAMZ).

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Weird Al Yankovic To Bring About ‘Alpocalypse’ On June 21st

Weird Al Yankovic To Bring About ‘Alpocalypse’ On June 21st

Weird Al Yankovic

Grammy Award-winning artistWeird Al” Yankovic is set to release his 13th studio album Alpocalypse (Jive Records) on June 21st. It is his first full studio release since the 2006 Grammy nominated album Straight Outta Lynwood that spawned the platinum hit single “White & Nerdy.”

Alpocalypse will be available in both standard and deluxe formats and will include the much talked about Lady Gaga parody,“Perform This Way,that generated two million Youtube hits within two days and at its fever pitch was the #5 trending Twitter topic in the world. The deluxe set will have a bonus DVD containing 10 music videos.

The highly anticipated “Perform This Way” video is currently being shot in LA with Al once again taking the helm as director.

“Weird Al” recently announced Spring/Summer tour dates that kick off May 19th at the State Theatre in New Brunswick, NJ.

May 2011
19 – New Brunswick, NJ – The State Theatre
20 – Glenside, PA – Keswick Theatre
21 – Englewood, NJ – Bergen Performing Arts Center
22 – Pittsburgh, PA Stage AE – Outdoor Stage
24 – Verona, NY – Turning Stone Resort Casino
26 – Marion, OH – Marion Palace Theatre
27 – Mt. Pleasant, MI – Soaring Eagle Casino
28 – Waukegan, IL – The Genesee Theatre
29 – Cincinnati, OH – PNC Pavilion at Riverbend Music
31 – St. Charles, IL – The Arcada Theatre

June 2011
1 – Effingham, IL – Effingham Perf. Arts Center
2 – Milwaukee, WI – Potawatomi Casino
3 – St. Charles, MO – The Family Arena
5 – Springfield, IL – Prairie Capital Convention Center
10 – Chandler, AZ – Wild Horse Pass Hotel & Casino
11 – Tucson, AZ – Fox Tucson Theatre
12 – Riverside, CA – Fox Perf. Arts Center
15 – Del Mar, CA – San Diego County Fair
16 – Santa Ynez, CA – Chumash Casino

“Weird Al” Yankovic has reigned for three decades as the best-selling comedy artist in history, with over 12 million albums sold.  He has won 3 Grammy Awards with 12 career nominations.  With the recent release of his children’s book When I Grow Up (HarperCollins), Weird Al adds “New York Times best-selling author” to his list of accomplishments.




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‘Lost Boys: The Thirst’ To Stake It’s Way Home On October 12th!

‘Lost Boys: The Thirst’ To Stake It’s Way Home On October 12th!

More exciting news for fans of The Lost Boys franchise! Warner Home Video has announced DVD ($27.95) and Blu-ray ($35.99) releases of Lost Boys: The Thirst on October 12th, 2010.

Be sure to check out Icon Vs. Icon’s recent interview with Corey Feldman where he discusses his band, The Truth Movement and his role in The Lost Boys: The Thirst at this location >

Lost Boys: The Thirst stars Corey Feldman, Jamison Newlander, Tanit Phoenix, Sean Cameron Michael, Matthew Dylan Roberts, Joe Vaz, Seb Castang, Matthew Kalil and is directed by Dario Piana.

DVD release will include a featurette hosted by Charisma Carpenter titled ‘The Art of Seduction: Vampire Lore’.

The Blu-ray release will also include these features:

  • “What is the Thirst?”
  • “How to Kill a Vampire with Edgar Frog”
  • “The Return of the Frog Brothers Hosted by Corey Feldman”
  • A digital copy of the film.

Official Synopsis: As the lost boys and girls of San Cazador prepare to party under the Blood Moon, an alpha vampire conspires to turn these unsuspecting ravers into an army of undead. The only thing that stands between him and the annihilation of the entire human race is the infamous vampire fighting Frog Brothers. Armed with double-barrel holy water balloon launchers and multi-arrow crossbows, Edgar (Corey Feldman) and Alan Frog (Jamison Newlander) join forces to kick some blood-sucker butt in this latest high-energy, action packed adventure in the Lost Boys franchise.

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Official Synopsis For ‘The Lost Boys: The Thirst’

Official Synopsis For ‘The Lost Boys: The Thirst’

Edgar Frog In Simpler Times

It has been a little while since we have heard anything official in regards to the third installment of The Lost Boys franchise but today, Warner Bros. has released the official synopsis for The Lost Boys: The Thirst. Check it out below along with the trailer for the highly anticipated flick.

The Lost Boys: The Thirst is slated to hit DVD this fall. The film stars orey Feldman, Jamison Newlander, Tanit Phoenix, Sean Cameron Michael, Matthew Dylan Roberts, Joe Vaz, Seb Castang, Matthew Kalil and is directed by Dario Piana.

Official Synopsis: As the lost boys and girls of San Cazador prepare to party under the Blood Moon, an alpha vampire conspires to turn these unsuspecting ravers into an army of undead. The only thing that stands between him and the annihilation of the entire human race is the infamous vampire fighting Frog Brothers. Armed with double-barrel holy water balloon launchers and multi-arrow crossbows, Edgar (Corey Feldman) and Alan Frog (Jamison Newlander) join forces to kick some blood-sucker butt in this latest high-energy, action packed adventure in the Lost Boys franchise.

Be sure to check out Icon Vs. Icon’s recent interview with Corey Feldman where he discusses his band, The Truth Movement and his role in The Lost Boys: The Thirst at this location >

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Corey Feldman Discusses The Truth Movement, Lost Boys 3 and Much More!

Corey Feldman Discusses The Truth Movement, Lost Boys 3 and Much More!

Corey Feldman has been entertaining movie going audiences worldwide for the better part of three decades and has established himself as a pop culture icon along the way. Most of us have fond memories of Corey as Mouth from Steven Spielberg’s ‘The Goonies’ or even as Teddy Duchamp in the coming of age drama ‘Stand By Me’. Of course, how could you forget his performance as the gravelly voiced vampire killer Edgar Frog in the classic film The Lost Boys. What most people fail to realize about everyone’s favorite Corey is that he is also a highly talented musician that has released two solo albums and two albums with his band The Truth Movement. His latest album, ‘Technology Analogy’, is a fantastic rock record that is heavily influenced by Pink Floyd. Sure you can grab the album at your local music store or on iTunes, but why do that when you can see and hear it up close and personal? Corey is bringing himself, his band, and a show that can only be described as unexpected and awe inspiring to a city near you. Feldman recently took some time out from his tour to speak to Steve Johnson of Icon vs. Icon about his musical influences, his band’s new album Technology Analogy, how he would love to collaborate musically with Eminem, and the fact that he is more introverted than the press would like you to think. We also get a little information on the upcoming ‘Lost Boys: The Thirst’. Sit back, relax, and enjoy what is sure to be music to your ears.

We are all familiar with your works in film but I am sure many people aren’t familiar with your musical side. How did music first come into your life?

Well, music has always been a part of my life. A part of my life and part of my career since I started. When I was three or four years old and going on auditions, my parents used to make me listen to songs and memorize them so that I could go and sing songs on my auditions to help me get the parts as an actor. They were looking for enthusiastic and outgoing kids, so they always figured singing was a good idea. So I used to sing for my jobs when I was very little and then my sister actually became a member of the Mickey Mouse Club in the early seventies. I was always around her singing and dancing. My father was a musician as well, so he was always in a band. I was always around rehearsal equipment, rehearsal sessions, and live performances pretty much all my life. The first time I kind of got into it on my own was when I was around twelve or thirteen years old. Around that time I became a big fan of Michael Jackson and also listened to a lot of “Weird Al” Yankovic. I decided that I wanted to do what “Weird Al” Yankovic did and rewrite other people songs. I would sit down and I would transcribe all of the different songs that I would hear on the radio that I thought were cool and then I would make up my own words to them and replace them in those songs. I was basically making parodies. In essence, that is what taught me how to write songs. It taught me how the write structure, how verses and choruses work and things like that. I guess it was kind of my own form of music education. [laughs]

What has kept you inspired throughout the years as an artist?

I guess my quest to try and bring truth, peace, and unity to the world. I’ve never seen what I do as an entertainer as a job. I always see it as a gift and an opportunity to have a voice where people hear what you have to say. I think in these certain dark times it’s important to have an optimistic and positive light out there in whatever voice you can find, kind of speaking the truth, but also talking about solutions. So that’s what I try to do with my music and even through my characters in my films.

For those who might not be familiar with The Truth Movement, How did the band initially form?

Initially, I started doing solo music. I did several film soundtracks. Like seven of them. So I was doing all of this stuff and it was kind of poppy, top forty-esque, which isn’t really the kind of music I am most into. When I started getting into it, I was doing what I thought people wanted to hear versus what I really wanted to hear. I always thought that I’d love to have a band that speaks from a positive, truthful place and is the kind of music that I want to hear, which is classic rock. Because bands like Pink Floyd stopped making albums so much, I couldn’t go out and buy those records anymore. I figured I want to extend that sound, that style of music and create another leg of it. You know? Another arm of it, to where there’s an extension of it. Maybe not that sound in particular, but a mention of that sound for the modern times. If I was going to do anything creatively as an artist, I would want to create a sound that was kind of parallel to the sounds of those bands in the sixties and seventies, but also with a modern influence that I would see myself wanting to go into a record store and purchase today.

Truth Movement has a new album called ‘Technology Analogy’. What can you tell us about it?

Well, it’s a concept album. It tells a story. It has a beginning, a middle, and an end. It’s my proudest achievement to date as an artist of any form, simply because I was blessed enough to work with some of the greatest musicians ever on Earth as part of this album. [laughs] From the guys who make up the heart and soul of Truth Movement, which is the band, to the special guests that we had. From Jon Carin of Pink Floyd, to Scotty Page who was also with Pink Floyd for a time, to Mark Karan who is part of The Grateful Dead and RatDog family. We had some amazingly talented musicians. The executive producers, The Wizards, they were amazing. There were very, very talented people all collaboratively working together on this project, which made it something that I am so proud of. Additionally we got Storm Thorgerson to do the artwork. To make this album even more compelling, because John and I wrote a song about the environment called ‘Green is the Colour’, we wanted to make it part of the environmental moment. So to follow up our words we decided to make the album with one hundred percent recycled materials including biodegradable paper, soy ink to print the actual artwork, and a corn plastic disc tray. After doing all of this we said, “Well, we don’t want to just do that. We want to also try to standardize the way that we tour we we go out there.” So in some of the places we play we enforce a green only output from our monitors, mixers, lights, and everything. We take the show off the grid. We bring alternative energy to do that. We use bio-diesel generators.

What can you tell us about the writing process of the new record and how did it initially start coming together?

It was really interesting actually. The album actually started one day when I was working on a show I was producing called ‘The Two Coreys’. On one of the episodes we had this therapist kind of person we were seeing and she was supposed to give us an assignment. She gave me an assignment to write a song to my father as kind of a therapeutic letter, an open letter to him sort of thing. I said, “Oh. That’s a cool idea. OK, I’ll go do that.” I hadn’t written a song in a while. Generally when I write an album, it takes about four years from start to finish. From the time I start writing to the time I actually get it recorded, mixed, produced, and all of that. I write songs very slowly generally. I’ll write one and then wait a couple of months and then write another. With this one, I wrote this song for The Two Coreys and after I finished it I was like, “Wow! That’s really good! It’s kind of the jumping off point of something bigger I think!” I immediately starting writing after that. I used that as a bit of an anchor for where the storyline might go and started formulating a story around that centerpiece, which was not just a message to my father, but a message to the father of the universe. Kind of a deeper meaning, a double meaning. The song is called ‘Me Not You’. That kind of took me into the idea that it’s about me, it’s not about whoever is making things happen or running things. It’s about me taking my own destiny in my hands. That comes to the Earth and that comes to the environment. So I kind of got into that and then I starting writing a bit… Things just came together in a very strange way. I think it was very kind of otherworldly, because I actually finished the entire album from start to finish in four months. That was from the day that I wrote that first song until I finished actual production on it, which is pretty bewildering. The album tells a story of technology. It raises the question of where was it derived, where is it leading us to, and ultimately will it bring us closer together or lead to our demise? That’s kind of the subtext of it all. Within that I wanted to actually analyze each piece of information along the technological pathway of where it came from. So I went back to the beginning and I started studying, reading, and researching about this guy named Ezekiel who was a priest in one of the early chapters of The Bible. It’s called Ezekiel Book One. It’s about a priest who apparently had some sort of extraterrestrial visit and told his story of it, thousands of years before we had any idea what technology was or how we would describe these sorts of things. He pretty clearly and vividly describes technology. So the question became what came first, the apple or the robot?

Sonically, what can we expect from the album?

Sonically I would say it’s certainly a sound experience unlike you’ve ever heard before. We spent a lot of time separating tracks and EQ-ing things in a certain way. It’s very 5.1 in the mix. There are interesting sounds… It’s kind of like when you were back in the sixties or seventies and you listened to a Pink Floyd album for the first time. You were like, “What is that?” [laughs] There’s a lot of that kind of stuff. There’s a lot of sound effects. It’s kind of like theater for the mind. You put it on, you close your eyes, and it takes you to a different world.

You mentioned some people who you collaborated with on the album, from John Carin to Scotty Page. Is there anyone else you would like to collaborate with musically?

Oh, absolutely! First of all I would love a chance to play with more of the greats. Paul McCartney, Roger Waters, David Gilmore. Those are the people that I would do just about anything to have an opportunity to sit at their side for a day. Aside from that, as far as more contemporary artists… I would love to work with Eminem actually.

That would be interesting!

Yeah! And Dr. Dre! [laughs]

I’d like to hear that actually! You should get on that!


As a musician, I am curious to know what is the biggest thing that you have learned from artists you brought in for this album?

I’ve learned a lot from my influences. I can’t say it’s just the people who I brought into this album. I started off my life kind of bringing the energy to me to be able to befriend Michael Jackson. I learned so much from him about being an entertainer, being a showman, and what it takes to deliver a perfect show every night. I learned a lot from him. I also learned a lot from my other influences, which start back at Elvis Presley and Bill Haley to the people that I actually became close enough to have conversations with. People like the guys from Pink Floyd, Paul McCartney, or people like that. I’ve taken a little bit from each of those conversations and from each of those experiences and put them towards what I do. All in all I think that we all as artists try to work together and compliment each other. I’ve found when you put egos aside and you find people who really care about what it is your doing, the project or the art of it all, those are the people that really bring it to the table. I’ve been so fortunately to work with those people on this album. Every single one of them is amazingly talented. Every one of them brought exactly the right piece of the recipe to the table. It’s a great collaborative effort. The idea, even though you’re the writer, is to just sit back and let them bring what they can bring and you know that you can trust that whatever it is, it’s going to be magnificent.

You are currently on the road in support of the album. How’s has the tour been going?

It’s been going great. The fans have been eating it up quite honestly. Every city that we go to, a lot of the times you walk in the door and they don’t know what to expect. That’s the first thing they say to you when you meet them back stage and things. They say, “You know, I didn’t know what to expect. I hadn’t heard the music. I didn’t know what this was going to be. It was awesome.” The thing is, it’s a different experience than any other show you’ve seen. Nobody does this that I am aware of these days. Nobody brings a traveling twelve foot inflatable screen with them to every performance and their own laser machines. It’s a production. We put on a really good show. It’s a really talented touring band. The audience has had such a great connection. There’s been a certain kind of magic, especially in the smaller venues that we’ve played. It’s really crammed in and everybody is right in your face and we’re bringing this big kind of scope production to a little tiny venue. People are just freaking out over it. So we’re hoping we’re creating a good buzz and the word of truth will spread. Hopefully we’ll stay out here for a while and each leg we do we’ll grow and grow with momentum.

Do you plan on adding more dates?

That’s the idea. The idea is to do a second leg in July/August.

We were hoping you would get out here to the east coast so we could check you out.

Oh, we want to make it out there. Trust me. [laughs]

What do you consider the defining moment of your musical career?

I think it’s going to be Sunday night. That’s my guess.

Is that your performance at The Goonies 25th Anniversary Celebration in Astoria, Oregon (June 4-7, 2010)?

Absolutely! I’m just so excited. It’s the biggest production I have ever done as a band. I’ve been a part of other people’s shows, singing front of forty thousand people and things like that. To do our own venue that is like five or ten thousand seats or whatever it is and put on our own production, with our own lighting and staging and everything, that’s very exciting to me. I’m thrilled! I can’t wait. I’m super excited and I hope everybody makes it out in the rain. That’s my only concern at this point.

Have you had a ‘Spinal Tap Moment’ on stage where something totally unexpected has happened to you?

Yeah! Every night! [laughs] Every night is ‘Spinal Tap’ around here. We had one night in particular. I wrote a Facebook message about it called “Debacle in Dubuque”. It was in Dubuque, Iowa. We literally had every technical meltdown that you could ever imagine. We have so many technical things that we have to rely on in the aspect of our show. We are very technologically bound by our toys and our gadgets to make this production run right. Ironically, the album is called ‘Technology Analogy’ and we’re raising all of these questions of whether we should be supportive or whether we should be supported by it and at the same time the very things that we complain about are the things we find ourselves relying on on the road. Sure enough, every once in a while it all goes haywire. I tend to find when one thing goes wrong, they all go wrong.

That’s typically how it works!


What do you consider to be the biggest misconception about yourself?

Well, I think a lot of times people think I am this crazy ego maniac and a loud person just based on characters that I’ve played and things the press says about me. The truth of the matter is I am actually quite quiet and sit alone in a corner most of the time, isolated. I’m a bit of an introvert though and not really much of an ego maniac or loud mouth. I’m pretty humble. I try to be anyway. It always surprises me. I think it always surprises people when I meet them. People will say to me, “Gosh! You’re nothing like I would have expected!” That really means to me, “Oh! We thought you were going to be an asshole!” [laughs]

Another one of your projects that we are very excited about is ‘Lost Boys: The Thirst’. We saw that the trailer just came out. What can you tell us about that?

Corey Feldman as Edgar Frog

I can tell you that it’s very exciting. I’m very excited about it. It will be out I believe around Halloween. I think that’s what they’re thinking. It’s the return of The Frog Brothers. I think it’s what a lot of people wanted to see from the last one. There was a certain expectation I think people had after waiting for twenty-five years, or twenty years, or whatever it was. I think they felt a bit dismayed with the fact that I kind of popped in here and there as a cameo and there wasn’t really too many other through lines in the story connecting it to the first film. I think that people are going to be eagerly anticipating and pleasantly surprised by the look of the new film, which is a bit truer because of everything from the makeup effects, to the stunts and all of that high end stuff, to the actual storyline. I think people will be pleased.

I’m definitely looking forward to it. I enjoyed that last movie. I know a lot of people tore that movie to pieces, but I thought you were great in it.

Well you know what, it’s a love-hate relationship with that movie. I have people that come up to me all of the time and say they think it’s the most awesome movie and we did such an amazing job with the sequel. Then there are people that come up to me and say, “I’m going to be honest with you. It sucked.” [laughs] So I think it really kind of hit both sides of the spectrum, but either way it made Warner Brothers a ton of money. I don’t think they’re complaining. [laughs]

Do you have any aspirations to take The Frog Brothers a little further and maybe do a spin off type film that exists outside of the realm of the other films?

You never know what could happen. You never know. There’s always a possibility for those type of things and of course anything. I’m a working actor! I’ll take it where I can get it, as long as it’s good! [laughs]

We’ll definitely be looking forward to that, should it go in that direction!

Cool! I appreciate that!

Is there anything else you want to add or let your fans know?

Yeah! Just that I really appreciate every-body’s love and support. It’s been one of the hardest years of my life. I just want to let everybody know I’m still here and I’m still working for them. Hopefully they’re coming out to see us on this tour because we’re here to rock ya! [laughs]

I hope you get out to the east coast, Corey. I’d like to check your show out. If you can get something in Washington D.C., that’s the best!

OK! Good! We’ll do our best! I want to hit every single market with this thing. If it’s up to me and I have my druthers, we’ll be playing for the next two years.

Sweet! Corey, it’s been an honor and a pleasure. Thanks for taking time out of your busy schedule to speak to us. Good luck to you out there on the road!

Thank you very much. It was a very nice and professional interview. I appreciated it. Hopefully we will see you out there very soon!

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For all the latest news, information and tour dates for Corey Feldman and The Truth Movement, swing by his official website located at www.coreyfeldman.net!

As Corey Feldman mentioned in the interview, ‘Lost Boys 3: The Thirst’ is on the way in 2010! Check out the trailer below!

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