Interviews

A Light Divided Vocalist Jaycee Clark Talks About the Bands New Album “Choose Your Own Adventure”

Jaycee Clark is the vocalist for the Winston-Salem NC based rock band A Light Divided. The band is set to release a brand new album on October 5th titled “Choose Your Own Adventure”. Media Mikes had the chance to speak with Jaycee recently about the band, their new album and their latest single/video “Fear of Heights”.

The Miseducation of Cameron Post Red Carpet Interviews

Desiree Ahkavan’s new film, The Miseducation of Cameron Post hits theaters this week after both winning the Grand Jury prize for drama at Sundance Film Fest and screening at the Tribeca Film Festival earlier this year. I got to speak with cast members John Gallagher Jr (10 Cloverfield Lane, Short Term 12) and Quinn Shephard about getting into their characters and the message viewers could take from Cameron’s story.

Nothing More Guitarist Mark Vollelunga Talks About the Bands Recent Single “Just Say When”.

Mark Vollelunga is the guitarist for the Texas based rock band Nothing More.

An Interview with Music Legend Peter Asher

Teamed up with schoolmate Gordon Waller, Mr. Asher, who already had success as a child actor, placed 10 songs in the US TOP 40, including the #1 hit “World Without Love.”  Other hits include “I Go to Pieces,” “True Love Ways” and “Lady Godiva.”  

“Cargo” Creators Discuss Their Australian Zombie Drama

The Australian-based zombie drama Cargo was released on cinemas down under this month and is currently streaming internationally on Netflix. It follows Andy (Martin Freeman, read his interview here) a father facing down a viral plague outbreak and journeying across the Australian wild to get his baby somewhere safe. Along the way he encounters both …

Motograter Vocalist James Anthony Legion Talks About the Bands New Video For the Song”Daggers”

The heavy metal band Motograter are currently out on the road in support of their most recent release “Desolation” which was released early in 2017

Sumo Cyco’s Skye “Sever” Sweetnam Talks About the Bands Current Tour and Plans For A New Album.

The Canadian hard rock group Sumo Cyco first burst onto the scene in 2011 with their debut release “Lost in Cyco City”. A short time later the band released their second full length “Opus Mar” and have been out on the road in support of that ever since.

Martin Freeman on Carrying Netflix’s CARGO

Martin Freeman (Black Panther, Ghost Stories) speaks about Netflix’s new zombie film, Cargo including some of his own thoughts on the supernatural: ” Once you hear something that goes bump or bang and you start making up your own narrative for it. And I’ve been rooted to the spot a few times on my stairs thinking ‘is that a ghost or is it a burglar?’ And fortunately it was neither.”

The Damned’s Pinch talks about the bands latest release “Evil Spirits”

The Damned, easily the greatest surviving British punk band, bar none – are back with their first new album in a decade titled “Evil Spirits”.

Interview with SUPERCON director Zak Knutson

Fans of Kevin Smith’s View Askew Universe may be quite familiar with Zak Knutson.  The co-writer and director of the new comedy “Supercon” worked for a decade for Smith, often producing and directing Smith’s independent video projects.  To honor his friend, he named Seth Rogen’s character “Zack” in “Zack and Miri Make a Porno.”

Dean Devlin talks about directing David Tennant in “Bad Samaritan”

Writing/Producer of “Stargate”, “Independence Day” and “Godzilla (1998)”.  Director of “Geostorm”

Interview with Comedian Sandy Bernstein

At age 50, she threw her hat in the ring of stand-up comedy and is quickly climbing the ladder of funny.  She recently achieved her dream of performing before a packed house on the main stage of the Washington D.C. IMPROV and she killed!

Interview with Comedian Eric Schwartz

You may have seen comedian Eric Schwartz in one of his many appearances on Showtime, “The Tonight Show,” BET or his HULU special “Surrender to the Blender.”  If you haven’t, get over to YouTube because you’re missing one funny man.

Monster Magnet’s Dave Wyndorf Talks About The Bands New Album “Mind Fucker”

Dave Wyndorf is the lead vocalist and guitarist for the rock group Monster Magnet. The groups latest album (Their first in five years) titled “Mind Fucker” was released on March 23rd.

Film Interview: Director Susan Walter talks about her debut feature, “All I Wish”

After almost three decades working behind the scenes on other people’s films, Susan Walter has finally gotten to sit in the big chair.  As writer and director of the new film “All I Wish,” she called the shots and achieved a dream.

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Music

KISS to Celebrate 40th Anniversary of Solo Releases with 4LP Vinyl Box Set

Forty years ago today, each one the four founding members of KISS — Gene Simmons, Paul Stanley, Ace Frehley, and Peter Criss — released their respective solo albums all on the same day to much fanfare, chart success, and platinum sales. And now, four decades later, all four of these pioneering albums are celebrated in KISS: The Solo Albums – 40th Anniversary Collection.

Little Steven and the Disciples of Soul Announce “Soulfire Teacher Solidarity Tour”

Little Steven and the Disciples of Soul will show solidarity with and say thank you to hard-working teachers across North America with a landmark headline tour introducing TeachRock, the Rock and Roll Forever Foundation’s free, multimedia, K-12 interdisciplinary curriculum which meets prevailing standards in English Language Arts, Social Studies/History, the Fine and Performing Arts, and also includes STEAM and advisory material.

BMG to Reissue DIO’s Classic 1996 – 2004 Studio Albums

The entire DIO studio album collection is now complete! BMG and Niji Entertainment Group Inc. have partnered to reissue DIO’s 1996 – 2004 studio albums.

A Light Divided Vocalist Jaycee Clark Talks About the Bands New Album “Choose Your Own Adventure”

Jaycee Clark is the vocalist for the Winston-Salem NC based rock band A Light Divided. The band is set to release a brand new album on October 5th titled “Choose Your Own Adventure”. Media Mikes had the chance to speak with Jaycee recently about the band, their new album and their latest single/video “Fear of Heights”.

Sean Yseult Teams with Boyd Gallery and Art for Arts Sake to Present New Photography Series “They All Axed For You”

The new photographs serve as both a love letter and birthday gift for the City of New Orleans on the anniversary of it’s Tricentennial. The inspiration for this show began with this love of Nola, and some very strong images Ms. Yseult saw in her dreams.

Metallica…And Justice For All (Remastered) Definitive Re-Release Out Nov. 2

Metallica commemorate the 30th anniversary of the release of their breakthrough fourth album …And Justice For All with the announcement of its definitive reissue, out November 2nd on the band’s own Blackened Recordings.

Anthrax to Celebrate 30th Anniversary of “State of Euphoria”

Island Records/UMe will release the Deluxe 30th anniversary, 2-CD deluxe edition of Anthrax’s fourth studio album, State of Euphoria on October 5th, 2018.

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Film Reviews

Film Review: The Sisters Brothers

A beautiful and unique entry into the western genre that goes in unexpected directions and features a standout performance from John C Reilly.

Film Review: “The House with a Clock in its Walls”

The calendar says September, but “The House with a Clock in its Walls” brings Halloween early for those with a spooky bone in their body

Film Review -“Life Itself”

The ending comes across as a little too far-fetched but still pretty well thought out.  But be warned, make sure you bring your Kleenex with you, because “Life Itself” makes “Manchester by the Sea” look like the second coming of “Airplane!”                                                                           

Film Review “An American in Paris – The Musical”

Beautifully done and packs the magic that was brought from the stage performance.

Film Review: “Lizzie”

Though it slows down when it should be ramping up, Lizzie is a tense, simmering drama lead by the bond between Chloe Sevigny and Kristen Stewart. A novel take on Lizzie Borden’s infamous case.

Film Review: “The Predator”

I had a real fun time while watching “The Predator,” but as I think about it in hindsight, I’m finding it troublingly easy to nitpick it to death

Film Review: “The Little Stranger”

A carefully crafted but glacially slow paced period drama where the “big” bloody moments are few and far between. The talented cast languishes in beautiful atmosphere and effective sound design that amounts to a pile of supernatural McGuffins.

Film Review – “Puzzle”

Turtletaub has crafted an evenly-paced work of cinema with subdued colors throughout. The exceptions are often the puzzles themselves when color is emphasized. He also draws out an excellent performance from Macdonald, which could be the best she has delivered.

Film Review: “The Happytime Murders”

A fun combination of live-action and puppets, “The Happytime Murders” is an outrageously raunchy look at what life may have been like on a certain “Street” if that show had taken place in the worse part of the worse town ever.  In the world of “Happytime” humans and puppets co-exist, though the puppets are often horribly treated.  Call it “Apuppethied.”

Film Review: “Crazy Rich Asians”

All in all, “Crazy Rich Asians” is a great date flick for any couple of any age, but don’t expect go into expecting to see something that truly separates itself from general, romantic comedy fair.

Film Review: Alpha

“Alpha” feels like a mix of unnecessary studio meddling and dog-lover peddling.

Film Review – “The Cakemaker”

Graizer’s story is nothing extraordinarily original, yet he inserts enough small twists in it to make it passably interesting. The relationship between the two men is poorly developed in the beginning, which makes it difficult to become invested in the story.

Film Review – “BLACKkKLANSMAN”

Powerful and pertinent, “Blackkklansman” is a film that deals with both the past and the present.  Director Lee and co-writers Kevin Willmott, Charlie Wachtel and David Rabinowitz have created a world that anyone over 21 will recognize.  There is humor but then there is horror.  Not violent horror, but the horror at the spoken word.  Can people truly be this vile?  Sadly, yes.

Film Review: “The Meg”

Director Turtletaub has directed four films since 2004, three of them starring Nicolas Cage, the master of over-emoting.  He would have made a fine substitute to Statham, who has proven himself in other films.  The slow parts between shark appearances start to add up, and the film feels every bit of its almost 2-hour run time.

Film Review: “Three Identical Strangers”

“Three Identical Strangers” is the best documentary thus far in 2018 and one of the best overall films of the year. The well-deserved recipient of a U.S. Documentary Special Jury Prize for storytelling at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival, “Strangers” is a compelling work that is thoughtful, compelling, moving and leaves a lasting impression for many moons after the credits have faded to black.

Film Review: “The Darkest Minds”

The writers of “The Darkest Minds” rely on the tired tropes of being yourself and the generalization of fighting the good fight

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Giveaways

Win Tickets to Advance Screening in Hartford, CT for “Mile 22”

Media Mikes is proud to be hosting an advance screening of the action/thriller film “Mile 22” starring Lauren Cohan, Mark Wahlberg and WWE Superstar Ronda Rousey. Click below to get tickets, first come first serve! Good luck and like always leave a comment here after you’ve seen the film! Hartford, CT To download your complimentary …

Win Tickets to Advance Screening in Florida for “Alpha”

Studio 8 is releasing ALPHA in theaters nationwide in 3D & IMAX on August 17th, 2018

Win Tickets to Advance Screening in Boston for “Mile 22”

Media Mikes is proud to be hosting an advance screening of the action/thriller film “Mile 22” starring Lauren Cohan, Mark Wahlberg and WWE Superstar Ronda Rousey. Click below to get tickets, first come first serve! Good luck and like always leave a comment here after you’ve seen the film! Boston To download your complimentary passes …

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Art/Theatre

Theater Review: “Chicago” – Kansas City

There are a million reasons to see this show at Starlight.  First off, it’s one of the best outdoor venues in the country.  The shows are usually excellent or, if not, entertaining.  “Chicago” boasts an amazing cast and a top-notch orchestra.  Both Ms. Wright and Ms. Reda (who is from nearby Overland Park, Kansas) are strong dancers with great vocal chops.  My quibble above regarding technical difficulties comes from the fact that, for the first hour of the show, there was an obvious problem with Ms. Wright’s body microphone.  The fact that I could hear her in my seats stems from the fact that she can belt out a song.  Once the problem was fixed both actresses were at the top of their game.

Sean Yseult Teams with Boyd Gallery and Art for Arts Sake to Present New Photography Series “They All Axed For You”

The new photographs serve as both a love letter and birthday gift for the City of New Orleans on the anniversary of it’s Tricentennial. The inspiration for this show began with this love of Nola, and some very strong images Ms. Yseult saw in her dreams.

Nickelodeon’s Double Dare Kicks Off Multi-city U.S. Tour, Hosted by Original Host Marc Summers and Beloved Sidekick Robin Russo

Double Dare Live, Produced in Partnership with  Red Tail Productions, LLC and CB Entertainment to Visit Cities Across North America Beginning October 30

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