Interviews

Throwback Thursday: A Conversation with Colin Hanks

Today is Thursday and it is the start of our Throwback Thursday interview revisits. For our first Thursday, we are going back in time to July 2011, nearly 9 years ago, when we interview Colin Hanks, of course the son of well-known actor Tom Hanks. Colin was starring in the Gil Cates Jr. directed film …

Patrick Hinds and Gillian Pensavalle discuss their podcast “True Crime Obsessed” and upcoming tour

You know that feeling you get when hanging out with your best friends? That sense of pure joy that comes from sharing a love of the same things, laughing at anything possible, and being there for each other through even the toughest of times. Well, if you love True Crime as much as I do, let me introduce you to your two new best friends and hosts of the True Crime Obsessed Podcast, Patrick Hinds and Gillian Pensavalle.

Amberian Dawn Keyboardist Tuomas Seppala Discusses new album “Looking For You”

Amberian Dawn will release their eighth studio album, “Looking For You” on January 31st entering a new, but still familiar sounding musical universe, mixing the best of both worlds into a new genre: ABBA-Metal!

Interview with Singer/Songwriter Will Muse

The first thing that popped into my head when Will Muse got on the phone was “no way this kid is 16!” With a voice, and a heart, that belies his youth, Muse is quickly becoming one of the most exciting talents to watch in 2020.

Skillet’s John Cooper talks about the bands debut graphic novel “Eden”

John Cooper is the vocalist/bassist for the Platinum selling rock group Skillet. The band recently partnered with Z2 Comics to release their first graphic novel titled “Eden”.

Gatecreeper’s Chase Mason Discusses the Bands New Album “Deserted”

Media Mikes had the chance to sit down with Chase Mason of the metal band Gatecreeper to talk about the band’s sophomore album “Deserted”, out now. Chase also shared with us info on the groups upcoming tour, his approach to standing out in death metal, and his friendship with fellow artist Post Malone. Ryan Albro: …

Interview with Actor Michael Pare’

While on his way to Nevada to shoot his latest project Mr. Pare’ took time out to talk to me about his latest film – “Once Upon a Time in Deadwood” – his aspirations to be a chef and how Rick Springfield almost ended up playing Eddie Wilson.

Oscar Winning Film Editor Paul Hirsch Talks About His Career and His New Book

Oscar winning film editor Paul Hirsch has been fortunate in that he has worked numerous times with two of Hollywood’s best known filmmakers, Brian DePalma and John Hughes.  He also won an Academy Award for his work (along with Marcia Lucas and Richard Chew) on one of the most popular films of all time, “Star Wars.”  With a book highlighting his career about to be released, Mr. Hirsch took the time to answer some questions about his lengthy career.

Horror Icon, Lin Shaye talks about her new film “Gothic Harvest”

Lin Shaye might be known best for her role of Elise Rainier in the “Insidious” franchise. Lin got started in horror back with “A Nightmare on Elm Street” through the recent “Ouija”, and its prequel “Ouija: Origin of Evil”. Shaye is also known for her comedic roles with the Farrelly brothers, including Dumb and Dumber, …

Author Matt Brady talks about his new book “The Science of Rick and Morty”

Author of new book “The Science of Rick and Morty”.

Actor/Comedian Jason Stuart Talks About His New Book and Latest Projects

With almost 150 film and television credits to his name, I’m pretty sure you’ve seen Jason Stuart on screen.  From small screen appearances on shows like “The Drew Carey Show,” “My Wife and Kids” and “Will & Grace” to his acclaimed performance in – in this writer’s humble opinion – the Best Film of 2016, “The Birth of a Nation,” he continues to add to his ever growing resume’. 

Christian Jacobs of “The Aquabats! Super Show” Discusses The Show’s New Episodes and The Bands New Album

Christian Jacobs is a former child actor and the co-creator of the award winning kid’s television series “Yo Gabba Gabba!”. He also fronts the popular ska-punk band The Aquabats! under the pseudonym of The MC Bat Commander. Media Mikes had the chance to speak with Christian recently about the group’s current tour, the bands successful …

Bill Moseley talks about his role in “3 From Hell”

Bill Moseley is a legend in the horror business. He is known best for playing Chop Top from “The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2” and also Otis in “House of 1000 Corpses” and “The Devil Rejects”

Damn Your Eyes Bassist Oddie McLaughlin Discusses the Bands New Album “Kill The Outside”

New York based heavy metal group Damn Your Eyes have just released a brand new 10 track album titled “Kill The Outside”.

The Filmmakers of YESTERDAY

Screenwriter Richard Curtis, star Himesh Patel and composer Daniel Pemberton spoke about Yesterday (out today) at their Tribeca Premiere

Harry and the Potters Paul and Joe DeGeorge Talk About Their New Album “Lumos”

Wizard Rock originators Harry and the Potters have been performing their signature brand of magic infused rock since 2002.

Interview with “Georgie” Producer and Co-writer John Campopiano

When he’s not busy doing his daytime job for the television program “Frontline,” filmmaker John Campopiano allows himself to indulge his love for horror films.

Stellan Skarsgard and Emily Watson on HBO’s “CHERNOBYL”

I spoke with Stellan Skarsgard, who also offered brief comments on his upcoming work in DUNE, as well as co-star Emily Watson at the red carpet of HBO’s gripping new series, Chernobyl

Author Darren Paltrowitz Discusses His NEW Book “Good Advice From Professional Wrestling: Full Contact Life Lessons”.

Darren Paltrowitz is writer/interviewer with 15 years of entertainment industry experience. He began working around the music business as a teenager and over the years working with artists like OK Go, They Might Be Giants and Tracy Bonham.

Interview with Oscar Winner Richard Dreyfuss

Mr. Dreyfuss is currently traveling around the country, offering fans the opportunity to take in AN EVENING WITH RICHARD DREYFUSS. He will be in Kansas City this week (April 4th) and I have been honored to have been chosen the moderator of the event. Call it practice, but I had the opportunity to speak with Mr. Dreyfuss and ask him some questions, a few of which may be included when we’re together Thursday night.

Actor Ian Shaw talks about portraying his father in his new “Jaws”-inspired play.

Ian Shaw, whose father Robert portrayed Quint in “Jaws,” has written a play, based on stories his father told him about the production, entitled “The Shark is Broken.”

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Music

ALESTORM Returns with New Single & Official Video, “Treasure Chest Party Quest”

Ahoy, filthy landlubbers! ALESTORM has just landed ashore with a brand new single, “Treasure Chest Party Quest”, fresh off of their upcoming album, Curse of the Crystal Coconut, out May 29, 2020 via Napalm Records.

ATREYU RELEASE “SUPER HERO” VIDEO FEATURING AVENGED SEVENFOLD’S M. SHADOWS + UNDEROATH’S AARON GILLESPIE

Atreyu have shared the video for “Super Hero” from their 2018-released album In Our Wake.

STEEL PANTHER UNVEIL THEIR HOTTEST GUITAR EFFECTS PEDAL TO DATE THE BUTTHOLE BURNER

California rock legends and effects pedal entrepreneurs Steel Panther continue to light the music instrument world on fire with the release of their newest guitar pedal – The Butthole Burner.

Alt-Rock Icons COLD Release New Music Video for Standout Anthem “Quiet Now”

Music fans around the world all agree, it’s a little too “Quiet Now”. With bands losing their ability to bring live shows to fans, arts events coming to a complete standstill, and it feeling nearly silent as people remain safe inside their homes, now more than ever, it’s important for musicians to keep the music alive.

FOO FIGHTERS ANNOUNCE RESCHEDULED TOUR DATES

Foo Fighters have rescheduled the remainder of their April/May Van Tour 2020.

BPMD: Supergroup of Heavy Metal Icons Signs Worldwide Contract with Napalm Records + Hints at New Album Details

BPMD: Supergroup of Heavy Metal Icons Signs Worldwide Contract with Napalm Records + Hints at New Album Details

FOZZY ANNOUNCES RESCHEDULED SAVE THE WORLD TOUR DATES

Powerhouse rock ‘n’ roll band FOZZY announces rescheduled Save The World Tour starting July 10th in Columbus, OH and ending on September 5th in Orlando, FL.

MYRKUR’S FOLKESANGE OUT TODAY ON RELAPSE RECORDS

Danish composer, vocalist and classically trained multi-instrumentalist, Myrkur (Amalie Bruun), journeys into the heart of Scandinavian culture. Through Bruun’s crystalline vocals, an array of traditional instruments and storytelling, ‘Folkesange’ offers listeners an immersive, emotional and transcendent experience that resonates in today’s turbulent times.

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Film Reviews

Film Review: “It Started as a Joke”

It Started as a Joke evolves from a showcase of a wealth of comedic talents into something much more intimate and touching…Clem and Druckerman have captured something special.

Film Review: “Human Capital”

Despite an exciting cast lead by Liev Schreiber, Maya Hawke and Marisa Tomei, the film can’t quite settle on what it wants to say and delves into the melodramatic

Film Review: “Blow the Man Down”

Call it a poor man’s version of “Knives Out,” “Blow the Man Down” is a nice way to spend 90 minutes in front of a screen at home.

Film Review: “The Way Back”

With one of Affleck’s finest performances to date, this sports drama about an alcoholic who becomes a high school basketball coach ranks among the pantheon of such classics as “Hoosiers” and “Bull Durham.”

Film Review: “Ordinary Love”

“Ordinary Love” is certainly not ordinary and will hit close to home for anyone who has been touched by cancer.

Film Review: “Onward”

Brightly colored and stunningly rendered, this is a film that can stand proudly next to such recent fare as “Toy Story 4” and “UP” as a can’t miss hit for the entire family to enjoy!

Film Review: “The Invisible Man”

The result is the most terrifying film since the aforementioned “Us.” By all means, go see it…even if you can’t SEE it!

Film Review: “Emma”

There are a few moments that produce laughter, especially ones involving Nighy being a scene stealer, but de Wilde’s retelling fails to pull on the heartstrings enough to evoke a deep, emotional reaction when the climax arrives.

Film Review: “The Call of the Wild”

The real calling, though, that everyone should answer is stay away from this movie. Instead, pick up London’s book, or download it, and read it for yourself. You’ll be glad you did.

Film Review: “Feedback”

3 1/2 Stars. Feedback delivers several gasp-inducing thrills and is worthwhile for Eddie Marsan’s performance.

Film Review: “Downhill”

Not to say that Ferrell and Louis-Dreyfuss aren’t fine in their roles. They each handle the dramatics well. I think it’s the fact that the film took me off guard concerning it’s theme that resulted in the rating I’ve given it. I mean, I honestly think I laughed more at “Joker.”

Joker, 1917 and Once Upon a Time…in Hollywood Lead Winners for the 9th Annual Media Mikes Awards

Media Mikes readers and writers voted on their best cinematic achievements of 2019 with “Once Upon a Time…in Hollywood”, “Joker” and “1917” all picking up two wins each

Panic Fest Film Review: “The Vice Guide to Bigfoot”

“The Vice Guide to Bigfoot” is almost a mockumentary in the same vein of “What We Do in the Shadows”

Film Review: “Birds of Prey and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn

Margot Robbie and co deliver a creative, intense and above all, fun burst of action..that feels like a comic book in the best of ways

Panic Fest Film Review: “Scare Package”

“Scare Package” will make horror fans roar with laughter

Panic Fest Film Review: “The Cleansing Hour”

“The Cleansing Hour” is late-night fun that blends a couple of original concepts and tropes of the genre

Film Review: “Color Out of Space”

There needs to be more Richard Stanley in Hollywood and certainly more Lovecraft. Arguably there’s probably JUST enough Nic Cage but when he hits, it’s a home run of wild eyed lunacy that’s always welcome in my universe.

Panic Fest Film Review: “Extra Ordinary”

From the silly things ghosts inhabit to it’s off-the-wall characters, “Extra Ordinary” is a pleasant surprise

Film Review: “The Gentlemen”

. In the end, “The Gentlemen” is a jolly good time and the best release of the new year thus far!

Film Review: “Three Christs”

Despite having a solid cast, “Three Christs” falls flat on nearly every level imaginable. The story is without any unique qualities as it feels like any other run-of-the-mill medical drama.

Film Review: “Bad Boys for Life”

Moving at an almost breakneck speed, “Bad Boys for Life” plays on screen like a live action version of “Grand Theft Auto.”

Film Review: “Reality Queen!”

Cleverly written by a gaggle of writers, including director Bernheim, the film is an amazingly precedent look at the state of “fame” today. Nothing is sacred as zinger after zinger is thrown out and the jokes hit much more often then they miss, a testament not only to the script but to the cast.

Our Critics Share Their Choices for Best Films of 2019 (and their WORST!)

Ideally, if you haven’t seen any of these particular films you will either be intrigued enough to seek it out…or make the mental note to avoid at all costs! Enjoy!

Film Review: “Just Mercy”

The film is well paced and Mr. Cretton’s direction is spot on, his camera capturing the little things that help make the story a powerful one. He has definitely created one of the best films of 2019.

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Giveaways

Enter to Win Blu-ray of “The Addams Family (2019)”

To celebrate the release of Universal Pictures’ “The Addams Family” on Blu-ray, Media Mikes would like to our fans a chance to win a Blu-ray combo pack. If you want to win this great prize, please leave a comment with your favorite member of The Addams Family. This giveaway will remain open until January 30th at Noon, Eastern …

Win a “Bad Boys for Life” Prize Package

Media Mikes has teamed with their friends at Sony Pictures to give (5) random readers the chance to win a prize package for their latest film, “Bad Boys for Life,” starring Will Smith and Martin Lawrence.

Blu-ray Giveaway: “Game of Thrones – Season 8”

To celebrate the release of HBO’s “Game of Throne: Season 8” on Blu-ray, Media Mikes would like to our fans a chance to win a Blu-ray of this season. If you want to win this great prize, please leave a comment with your favorite character from Game of Thrones. This giveaway will remain open until December 3rd at …

Free Advance Screening Tickets for “A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood”

TriStar Pictures a Sony Company is releasing A BEAUTIFUL DAY IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD on November 22, 2019. MIAMI: AMC Aventura http://www.sonyscreenings.com/HIAiz57942 PALM BEACH: Cinemark Boynton Beach http://www.sonyscreenings.com/VAoUt02740 ORLANDO: AMC Altamonte http://www.sonyscreenings.com/pqABS42767 TAMPA: AMC Westshore http://www.sonyscreenings.com/bUVQx59743 Tom Hanks portrays Mister Rogers in A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood, a timely story of kindness triumphing over cynicism, based on the …

Enter to Win a Blu-ray of “Good Boys”

Good Boys is available on Digital 10/29 and will be available on Blu-ray and DVD 11/12! To celebrate the release of Universal Pictures’ “The Hustle” on Blu-ray, Media Mikes would like to our fans a chance to win a digital download of this season. If you want to win this great prize, please leave a comment with …

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Art/Theatre

Theatre Review “Mean Girls” @ Dr. Phillips Center – Orlando, FL

“Mean Girls” is a musical based on the 2004 movie that was written by Tina Fey. The musical premiered in Washington, D.C. in October 2017 and opened on Broadway in April 2018. If you are thinking “Seriously they made a musical for Mean Girls?”, this show has no shortage of talent from the award-winning creative …

Ron English x Clutter presents; ​Big Poppa Classic Colorway!

Ron English x Clutter presents; ​Big Poppa Classic Colorway!

Joker, 1917 and Once Upon a Time…in Hollywood Lead Winners for the 9th Annual Media Mikes Awards

Media Mikes readers and writers voted on their best cinematic achievements of 2019 with “Once Upon a Time…in Hollywood”, “Joker” and “1917” all picking up two wins each

Theatre Review “Disney’s Aladdin” @ Dr. Phillips Center – Orlando, FL

“Disney’s Aladdin” is one of my favorite movies and it is also one of the only Disney plays that I haven’t seen on Broadway. It opened at the New Amsterdam Theatre on March 20, 2014 and since then has become the 11th highest-grossing Broadway production of all time (as of May 2019), grossing over $400 million…and still going strong. The show …

Kansas City Stage Review: “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory – the Musical

In the end, don’t wait for a golden ticket in a candy bar to see “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” because it will be gone before you know it.

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