Las Vegas’ Concert Line-Up for Spring 2017 is a Hot One!

 Las Vegas has structured itself as one of the hottest places to see a concert. Like everything with Vegas they always go big! When you visit Vegas these days, you know not only need to gamble but also catch a show as well. Las Vegas also has numerous resident performers, some permanent, with some of the biggest names in the business right on the Strip. Some of this years headliners include Reba McEntire with Brooks and Dunn, Britney Spears, Santana, Celine Dion, Jennifer Lopez and Elton John and many more.

Reba McEntire with Brooks and Dunn are in town on Feb 22-25th and also Mar 1-4th at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace. Britney Spears on Mar 22-31st at The Axis at Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino. Santana is performing May 17-27th at the House of Blues. Celine Dion is also at the The Colosseum on Apr 4-22nd. Jennifer Lopez will also be in town at The Axis on Feb 10-25th and also May 24-31st. Last but definitely not least Elton John just started one of his two sets of dates Feb 7-20th and Apr 25-May 5th at The Colosseum.

The Colosseum at Caesars Palace was first opened in 2003 and has been named “Best of Las Vegas” by the Las Vegas Review-Journal. This has always been one of my favorite places to see a show! Everyone from Cher to Rod Stewart to Bette Milder and Mariah Carey has been here. Elton John has had two shows over the years, “The Red Piano Tour” and “The Million Dollar Piano”, since he started headlining in Vegas back in 2004. The prize goes to Celine Dion who started in 2003 with her show “A New Day”, which ran till 2007. Her current show “Celine” which started in 2011 is one not to be missed for sure, whether you are a fan of her or not. Reba McEntire and Brooks & Dunn’s “Together In Vegas” is one of Vegas’ newest acting starting back in 2015 and whether you are a country fan of not, this show is a ton of fun!

So whether you are aiming to hit the black jack table or recovering from a wild night out playing at online casino UK, the need to catch a show has become a must do! These venues are outstanding and the sound presentations are unlike any other venue that I have been to. Whether you are into Rock, Alternative, Metal, R&B, Country this Spring there is no shortage of outstanding bands and singers on tour.

Vegas is one hell of a growing market as well. I have visited for nearly two decades now and I remember it back in the 90’s and then when you visit today, the whole city has evolved. I have a feeling that it will continue to evolve as well. So whether you prefer to play the slots on the hotel floor or on your computer, Vegas is going to be the place to visit and get all the coolest concerts and plenty of new changes over the years!

Fan of Hot Sauce?! Danger Sauce delivers the “The Perfect Blend Of Heat-N-Sweet”

As a fan of hot sauce, I am always searching for the next best thing. I have tried everything from the lightest mild to the craziest blow-your-ass-out hot! Personally, I like something in the middle. It needs to have a kick but also be able to enjoy and not kill myself. I recently came across one of the coolest products that that pretty much answers my prayers. The company is called Danger Sauce and their tagline says it all “The Perfect Blend Of Heat-N-Sweet”. This is really what I have been looking for in a hot sauce. It has a nice blend of heat, mixed with some sweet and finishing off with some more heat. So you are left feeling good but not rushing for a drink. Hot sauce should be enjoyed and I really enjoyed Danger Sauce’s product.

Danger’s Rotor-Wing Sauce A.K.A. Dangers Sauce was originally created for wings but honestly has been great on anything that I tried it on. I tried making  wings, chicken breast, ribs and even covered a nice steak with it and the results are the same. This is the perfect blend of heat and sweet flavors. Believe it or not, I also dipped vegetables and other sides dishes with it as well and it was flavor heaven. If you head over to their website, they have a ton of cooking ideas for their product  as well. I highly recommend the candied bacon…OH MY GAWD. I made some for myself and then had to run out of the store and buy a bunch more bacon to make more for my whole family to enjoy.

If you would like to try out this amazing sauce for yourself head over to their website or Facebook to contact them for pricing and details.  There must be thousands of different options for hot sauce but once again Danger Sauce has delivered the the perfect blend of heat and sweet and everyone needs to know about it! You will not be disappointed. Tell them that Media Mikes sent you and help spread the word.

Blu-ray Review “Hot Pursuit”

Starring: Reese Witherspoon, Sofía Vergara, Michael Mosley, Robert Kazinsky, Matthew Del Negro, John Carroll Lynch
Director: Anne Fletcher
Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
Studio: Warner Home Video
Release Date: August 11, 2015
Run Time: 87 minutes

Film: 1 out of 5 stars
Blu-ray: 3.5 out of 5 stars
Extras: 2.5 out of 5 stars

“Hot Pursuit” is literally an embarrassment of a film. It is sad to say that this film stars Academy Award® winner actress Reese Witherspoon (“Walk the Line,” “Legally Blonde”) and Sofía Vergara, who won be over in “Chef” last year, completely lost me after this disaster. Even running less than 90 minutes, this film is painful to watch. Stay away from this unless have absolutely nothing better to do…and then still stay away.

Official Premise: In Hot Pursuit, an uptight and by-the-book cop (Witherspoon) tries to protect the sexy and outgoing widow (Vergara) of a drug boss as they race through Texas, pursued by crooked cops and murderous gunmen. The film is directed by Anne Fletcher (The Proposal) from a screenplay written by David Feeney (TV’s New Girl) and John Quaintance (TV’s Ben & Kate).

Warner Bros is delivering this film as a combo pack. The 1080p transfer is good enough and the DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 surround works as well for the action that’s here. The extras are nothing special either with three features included. “The Womance” looks into Reese and Sofía’s team-up. “Say What?” has the actresses trying to speak each others languages. “Action Like A Lady” is an action montage. Lastly there is an Alternate Ending included.

Own “Hot Pursuit” on Blu-ray Combo Pack or DVD August 11th or Own it Early on Digital HD July 28th

Film Review “Hot Pursuit”

Starring: Reese Witherspoon and Sofia Vergara
Directed by: Anne Fletcher
Rated: PG 13
Running time: 1 hour 27 mins
Warner Brothers

Our Score: 4 out of 5 stars

Rose Cooper was destined to be a police officer. The daughter of one of the city’s finest, she spent her young days riding along with her dad. In the back of the car. Whether it was to be dropped off at school or heading to the prom, Rose saw the world from behind the plexiglass safety of a patrol car. We find her now working in the evidence room, more glorified secretary that law officer, thanks to an unfortunate incident in the field which is forever known as “being Coopered.” Kind of like being “Munsoned” in “King Pin.” However, when a high ranking member of a drug cartel and his wife agree to become witnesses for the state, Rose, because the law demands it, is sent to travel with the wife. Sounds like an easy job, right?

A hilarious mixture of “The Defiant Ones” and “Midnight Run,” “Hot Pursuit” is a film that lets Reese Witherspoon, an Oscar on her mantle for playing June Carter not withstanding, do what she does best: comedy. With her “by the book” attitude and Tennessee twang, her Rose could be a close cousin of Sandra Bullock’s Sarah Ashburn from “The Heat.” Paired up with, and against, the statuesque Vergara as drug wife Daniella Riva, Witherspoon is at the top of her comedic game here. If you’re a fan of television’s “Modern Family” (guilty) then you’re already familiar with Vergara’s broad comedy chops. The Columbian actress uses them well here, though finds a few scenes to do some real emoting as well.

The script, by David Feeney and John Quaintance, has great fun with both Witherspoon and Vergara and their comedy styles. A running gag, after Rose and Daniella begun to run, is that the paper and news sources continually get their descriptions wrong, with Rose growing shorter and Daniella growing older. And of course, Daniella’s massacre of the English language (“who do you tink you are, Terlock Holmes?”). These ladies are amateur bad guys but top notch comediennes and I hope Hollywood finds a way to put them back together again soon.

Win Passes to the Kansas City Screening of “Hot Pursuit” [ENDED]

Media Mikes has teamed up with Warner Brothers to give (10) of our readers and a guest the chance to attend the Kansas City premiere of the new comedy “Hot Pursuit,” starring Reese Witherspoon and Sofia Vergara.

The screening will be held on Tuesday, May 5, at the Cinemark Palace on the Plaza in Kansas City and begins at 7:30 p.m.

All you have to do is go to http://www.wbtickets.com/HotPursuitMM to enter to win. (10) random entries will be chosen and those picked will receive a pass for (2) to attend the screening. Deadline to enter is this Sunday, May 3rd. Winners will be notified via email. Good luck!

Comedy Classic “Some Like it Hot” Heading to Omaha

Film historian Bruce Crawford has announced the film to be presented at his 36th Tribute to Classic Films will be Billy Wilder’s Oscar-winning “Some Like It Hot.” The film will be screened on Friday, April 24, 2015 at the beautiful Joslyn Art Museum in Omaha, Nebraska.

Often considered the greatest film comedy of all time, ranking #1 on the American Film Institute’s list of the top 100 film comedies, “Some Like It Hot” stars Jack Lemmon, Tony Curtis and Marilyn Monroe. The evening’s special guest will be Curtis’ daughter, Kelly. Also, as with other Classic Film Tributes, artist Nicolosi will design a commemorative United States Postal Envelope honoring the film. The artwork will be unveiled prior to the screening.

Tickets for the event, which will begin at 7:00 p.m., are $23.00 and can be purchased at the customer service counters of all Omaha-area HyVee food stores. Tickets go on sale on Wednesday, April 1, 2015. Proceeds will benefit the Omaha Parks Foundation. For more information call (402) 926-8299 or visit www.omahafilmevent.com

Film Review “Hot Tub Time Machine 2”

Starring: Rob Corddry, Craig Robinson and Clark Duke
Directed By: Steve Pink
Rated: R
Running Time: 93 minutes
Paramount Pictures

Our Score: 3 out of 5 stars

Let’s go back to very late 2009. I was still in college and people were using Facebook since there was no Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat or other form of social media to fill up our limitless down time. This was when we truly shared every little thing on Facebook because we didn’t yet know or understand the consequences of our oversharing. I remember specifically when the trailer for the first “Hot Tub Time Machine” was released. Every status update ripped into it and I remember thinking, “There’s no way in hell this could be remotely good.” Despite my gut reaction, I still saw and was pleasantly surprised. So rewind to not too long ago to 2014 and seeing a trailer for the sequel and thinking the exact same thing. I am once again wrong, but not by much.

This sequel brings back nearly everyone from the first, except John Cusack, who is jokingly mentioned when his character’s absence is brought up. Craig Robinson is still loveable as Nick, Rob Corddry once again brings back his Danny McBride-like contemptible Lou, and then there’s Clark Duke who plays Jacob. Sorry. He’s still just a character who’s kind of a fourth wheel (technically third wheel now) to the group. Since the first movie, the trio of used their knowledge of the future to augment their life. Nick steals ideas from songs that have not yet been crafted, Lou simply blurts out technological advances before their time and Jacob just follows along the coattails of Lou. Like I said, fourth wheel.

Of course Lou is still a miserable troll who irks everyone who crosses his path. So when someone shoots him at one of his lavish parties, they must use the hot tub time machine to go into the past to find who shot him and why. Of course in this movie, they go into the future, but create an alternate time line so technically it’s still the past…I’ll just avoid the confusion and say that they’re in the future which will result in them finding out what happened in the past. They at least make light of this troublesome plot.

What makes this sequel admirable is it’s ability to find every way to jump the shark while drawing out a filthy laugh from you. “22 Jump Street” set the mark for making a comedy sequel, but “Hot Tub Time Machine 2” manages to point a few things that are worth noting. They manage to point out the stolen sci-fi formulas they’re playing with and the absurdity of them. Also by the movies end, they manage to point out some of the predictable set-ups that today’s comedies have fallen into. When a unnecessary comedy sequel points that out, it might be time for the rest of Hollywood’s comedy writers to take note and change up their comedic ingredients.

I should probably quit heaping praise on this movie because it’s not without it’s flaws. This is still a movie that has to introduce another character to demote Jacob to fourth wheel. The introduction of Adam Scott as the son of John Cusack’s character is welcome, but doesn’t quite fill the hole that Cusack left behind. Cusack provided a reliable straight man while Scott is simply the virgin who gets to pop his party cherry. It’s fun, but not the right component for the group that needs a voice of sanity.

Ultimately the movie is choppy, but clever enough at trying to stay new. It’s unwarranted, but funny enough for a one time viewing for fans of the original. I wish it would have maken light of the fact that it’s a redundant sequel to a bizarre comedy. Maybe when “Hot Tub Time Machine 3” (let’s hope not) rolls around, it’ll realize how much of a cash grab for Paramount Pictures it has become and create the ultimate meta, middle finger.

Win Passes to the Kansas City Premiere of “Hot Tub Time Machine 2” [ENDED]

Media Mikes has teamed up with Paramount Pictures to give (20) lucky readers and a guest the chance to be among the first to see the new comedy “Hot Tub Time Machine 2” in Kansas City!

The screening will be held on Wednesday, February 18, 2015 at the Screenland Armour Theatre in North Kansas City, Missouri and will start at 7:30 p.m.

All you have to do is go to http://www.gofobo.com/hottubmikes and register. Winners will be randomly selected on Monday, February 16, 2015 and the winners notified by email. Good luck!

“Hot Tub Time Machine 2” stars Rob Corddry, Clark Duke and Craig Robinson. The film opens nationwide on Friday, February 20, 2015.

Official Site: hottubmovie.tumblr.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/hottubtimemachine
Twitter: @HotTubMovie #HotTubTimeMachine2
Rating: Rated R for crude sexual content and language throughout, graphic nudity, drug use and some violence.

Synopsis:
When Lou (Corddry) finds himself in trouble, Nick (Robinson) and Jacob (Duke) fire up the hot tub time machine in an attempt to get back to the past. But they inadvertently land in the future. Now they have to alter the future in order to save the past… which is really the present, in the sequel from the same team that brought you the original cult hit.

“The Hot Spot / Killing Me Softly” on Blu-ray from Shout! Factory, August 13th!

Shout! Factory is releasing two sexy thrillers on Blu-ray for the first time! The double feature of The Hot Spot / Killing Me Softly will be in stores August 13.

THE HOT SPOT
Experience film noir like never before when a lowlife drifter (Don Johnson, Django Unchained), who sells used cars in a Texas burg, robs the local bank and gets involved with two sultry women: one bad, one innocent. Based on Charles Williams’ 1952 novel Hell Hath No Fury and directed by Dennis Hopper, this steamy noir also stars Barry Corbin, Charles Martin Smith, Jack Nance, Jennifer Connelly, Jerry Hardin, Leon Rippy, Virginia Madsen and William Sadler. Rated R.

KILLING ME SOFTLY
From the very moment that Alice (Heather Graham, The Hangover) locks eyes with Adam (Joseph Fiennes, American Horror Story), a mysterious stranger, she is catapulted into a whirlwind of intense erotic desire and adventure, risking everything just to be with him. But when secrets from Adam’s past begin to surface, Alice finds herself in a bizarre and potentially lethal situation she can’t escape. Acclaimed director Kaige Chen directs this contemporary suspense thriller, now on blu-ray for the first time. Unrated and uncut.

Hot Topic and Her Universe Team Up For Launch On Star Wars Day

May The 4th Be With You
Hot Topic and Her Universe Team Up For Launch
On Star Wars Day

On May 4th, Star Wars fans celebrate George Lucas’ revered space saga to show that the Force is truly everywhere. They refer to this day as “May the 4th Be With You.” This year, clothing retailer, Hot Topic, is celebrating with the fans in a big way by offering, for the first time, new Star Wars fashion tops and hoodies from Her Universe, the female sci-fi genre line created by actress Ashley Eckstein, voice of Ahsoka Tano on the hit animated series Star Wars: The Clone Wars. The Star Wars By Her Universe line will debut on Hottopic.com and in select Hot Topic stores on May 4th with the first 50 customers who purchase a Her Universe item online at Hottopic.com receiving a FREE Star Wars Tote Bag. This will be the first time fans can get this exclusive new tote bag from Her Universe featuring a custom pattern using Star Wars symbols, a $20.00 value for free, as a gift to the first 50 fans. In addition, all day on May 4th Hottopic.com will be offering 20% off all Star Wars merchandise and will have special Star Wars features and content on their Hot Topic Facebook and Twitter pages.

“Hot Topic has always been my personal retailer of choice when it comes to fangirl fashion,” said Her Universe founder Ashley Eckstein. “Together we would like to thank the fans for their loyalty and support on this special day with these new designs and promotions.”

Close to half of all Star Wars fans are female which is why Hot Topic and Her Universe will have a number of new styles and designs for those fans to look “Geek Chic” – from racer back tank tops and fashion tops to a unique Princess Leia hoodie. One of the most anticipated pieces is by popular Star Wars artist and designer, Denise Vasquez, whose stunning new Darth Vader dolman top utilizes design elements inspired by the Mexican holiday, Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead). “My T-shirt design for Her Universe was inspired by my love for my Latin culture and my love for Star Wars,” said Vasquez. ” I incorporated one of my favorite Darth Vader quotes in my design, which shows a positive message for Geek Girls like me who will wear this shirt with pride. ‘La Fuerza es fuerte con este’ …’The Force Is Strong with this one!’

Her Universe was launched in 2009 by actress and entrepreneur Ashley Eckstein, and her partner, The Araca Group, known as one of the most innovative theatrical production and merchandise companies in the world. Her Universe was created to directly address the expanding market of female fans by entering into its first agreement with Lucas Licensing to develop and produce a line of female-centered Star Wars apparel and accessories. The success of that line was followed up with a collection for the Syfy network including such shows as Battlestar Galactica. Visit www.hottopic.com to purchase the new Her Universe Star Wars collection. You can learn more about Her Universe by going to www.heruniverse.com and by following Eckstein on Twitter and visiting the Her Universe Facebook page.

Photo credit: Kelsey Edwards – Kelsey Edwards Photography