Interviews

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.”

Brick By Brick Guitarist Mike Valente Talks About the Bands New Album “Hive Mentality”

Mike Valente is the guitarist for the Upstate New York hardcore/metal band Brick By Brick. The band is set to release a new album titled “Hive Mentality” on February 22nd

Guitarist Steve Dadaian Discusses His New Album “Follow the Light”

Steve Dadaian is an Armenian-American fusion guitarist based in the Tri-State NY,NJ,PA area. Steve’s latest album “Follow the Light” is a theatrical, symphonic soundscape packed full of razor-sharp guitar work that will leave listeners slack-jawed. Media Mikes had the chance to speak with Steve fresh off his appearance at this year’s Winter NAMM convention where …

Exploring the Plotaverse with Sascha Scheider

Impressed with what I read I contacted Ms. Scheider, who at age 26, was recently named to the 2019 Forbes magazine Consumer Technology 30 under 30 list.

Incite’s Richie Cavalera Discusses Their New Album “Built to Destroy”

Richie Cavalera is the vocalist for the heavy metal band Incite. The Phoenix, AZ based group is set to release their fifth full length studio album on January 25th titled “Built to Destroy”.

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Music

Romantic Rock and Vans Footwear To Host “The Art Of Shoes” At Punk Rock & Paintbrushes Holiday Art Show Saturday, December 21 In Los Angeles, CA

Romantic Rock’s highly anticipated Punk Rock & Paintbrushes Holiday Art Show makes its return to Los Angeles later this month, with a grand opening night and red carpet artist reception onSaturday, December 21 at Self Help Graphics & Art.

FACING HARD-TIME, FIRE DEUCE TURNS TO COUNTRY WITH NEW SINGLE, “WHITE CLAW”

FIRE DEUCE has released a video for his first single, appropriately named, “White Claw,” which recounts both Stever’s love of that sweet, sweet hard seltzer and his misadventures that landed him in all this in the first place.

Nergal’s ME AND THAT MAN Releases New Single and Official Video, “Run With The Devil”

Immerse yourself in the obscure world of ME AND THAT MAN and enter the black church through their newest rite of passage.

JINJER Announces 2020 North American Headline Tour Dates Featuring Support from Suicide Silence and Toothgrinder

n support of their masterful latest full-length album, Macro, Ukrainian progressive groove metal front runners JINJER have just announced their next headline tour of North America.

LIZ PHAIR TO JOIN ALANIS MORISSETTE ON HER JAGGED LITTLE PILL TOUR SUMMER 2020

This coming summer, Liz Phair will join Alanis Morissette on her newly announced 31-date North American tour which kicks off June 2nd, 2020 in Portland, OR. Produced by Live Nation, the tour will celebrate 25 years of JAGGED LITTLE PILL and will also feature Phair and Morisette contemporaries, Garbage.

FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH ANNOUNCE LONG AWAITED EIGHTH STUDIO ALBUM, “F8” OUT GLOBALLY FEBRUARY 28TH

4x Platinum, 6x Gold record selling rock juggernaut FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH have announced their long awaited eighth studio album, titled “F8” today. The album will be released globally on February 28th, 2020

ME AND THAT MAN, Featuring Adam Nergal Darski, Signs Worldwide Contract with Napalm Records

ME AND THAT MAN – founded in 2013 by Behemoth frontman Adam Nergal Darski – has officially signed a worldwide contract with Napalm Records (excluding Poland).

CD Review: Agnostic Front “Get Loud”

Clocking in at a swift thirty minutes, “Get Loud” wastes no time getting in and out. From a performance stand point each member of Agnostic Front brings their A game which smacks you upside the head leaving a mark on your senses.

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Film Reviews

Film Review: “Little Joe”

Like a botanical garden, Little Joe is something I admired in a slow meandering sort of way for its beauty and craftsmanship more than any sort of emotional connection.

Film Review: “Dark Waters”

Based on real-life events documents in a New York Times Magazine article, “Dark Waters” is a 21st century David vs. Goliath

Film Review: “Marriage Story”

You’ll feel every bit of pain, sorrow, and heartbreak in “Marriage Story”

Film Review: “This Is Our Home”

“This is Our Home” is the equivalent to being a guest at a highly dysfunctional family dinner. You go home, glad you’re not related to these people but with a great story to discuss with others.

Film Review: “Queen & Slim”

“Queen & Slim” is a thought-provoking story that is relevant to our times and is so emotionally powerful that it will stick with you long after you have left the theater.

Film Review: “Knives Out”

“Knives Out” is engaging, fun, and clever, and what more could you want from a whodunit?

Film Review: “21 Bridges”

Oscar-winning actor J.K. Simmons is in it but his character in the Farmers Insurance commercials is far more multi-dimensional and interesting.

Film Review: “Animal Among Us”

Director John Woodruff is a lifelong genre fan and has crafted his first feature film with his bleeding monster kid heart on his sleeve.

Film Review: “Frozen II”

The best number here is “Into the Unknown,” which is delivered in full throat by Ms. Menzel. As someone who would pay to hear Idina Menzel sing the phone book, her range and power on this tune is breathtaking.

Film Review: “Dolemite is My Name”

Featuring an amazing cast, led by Eddie Murphy, “Dolemite is My Name” is an intriguing look behind the scenes of one of the most influential genres in film, the Blaxploitation film.

Film Review: “The Report”

While Driver is a tour de force in this, its director/writer Scott Z. Burns who should deserve a lot of credit for making this film as entertaining as it is

Film Review: “The Irishman”

“The Irishman” feels like a bookend to a beloved genre, as Scorsese reflects on his past and says goodbye to the murderous crooks that made his career

Film Review: “Ford v Ferrari”

With an exhilarating pace that belies its 2 ½ hour run time, “Ford v Ferrari” is a testament to the wills and friendships of two very different people.

Film Review: “The Tokoloshe”

“The Tokoloshe” is a promising first feature that is a strong hybrid of uniquely South African folklore and generational notable terror.

Film Review: “The Warrior Queen of Jhansi”

Rani of Jhansi was a hero for the ages, but this film about her life should be shot off into space and lost to the ages.

Film Review: “Midway”

“Midway” has so many ethical and moral problems, that ultimately, any good intentions are torpedoed

Film Review: “Motherless Brooklyn”

The icing on the cake for Norton’s detailed film is its terrific costume designs, vintage cars, music, and overall early 1950s vibe he creates. It all adds up to a work that gives you a lot to chew on and to pay attention to. Overall, “Motherless Brooklyn” is simply one of 2019’s best films thus far.

Film Review: “The Current War” – Director’s Cut

With engaging performances by Benedict Cumberbatch and Michael Shannon, and an interesting script, “The Current War” is a quick-paced historical work that is indubitably watchable.

Film Review: “The Lighthouse”

“The Lighthouse” is hauntingly gorgeous and claustrophobic

Film Review: “Lucy in the Sky”

We are supposed to feel sympathy for Lucy as she struggles with her sanity, even after the story’s bizarre climax. However, this is a far-fetched idea by Hawley considering that if her plan succeeded someone would have probably died a violent death.

Film Review: Jojo Rabbit

Taika Waiti’s crafted a masterful satire that nails its tone with a kind of supernatural precision that most filmmakers can only dream of and a story still more wouldn’t touch with a ten foot pole. One of the year’s best films.

Film Review: “Joker”

We’re not just witnessing the birth of a supervillain, we’re watching a true descent into madness

Film Review: “Ad Astra”

Overly long (it feels like double the 2 hour run time) but beautifully filmed, “Ad Astra” rockets across the screen powered by one of Brad Pitt’s best performances. 

Film Review: “Linda Ronstadt: The Sound of My Voice”

Ronstadt no longer tours, as she is suffering from Parkinson’s Disease, but this film serves as a time capsule of her greatest moments and a reminder of how great music was before auto-tune!

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Giveaways

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 …

Win a Blu-ray Boxed Set of Season One of NOS4A2

Media Mikes has teamed up with their friends at RLJ Entertainment and AMC to give one lucky reader the opportunity to win a Blu-ray boxed set of Season One of the hit AMC television program NOS4A2.

Win A “RAMBO: Last Blood” Prize Pack

Here’s some trivia for you. In the novel “First Blood,” John Rambo dies. And he was scheduled to die when the film version was made. However, star Sylvester Stallone argued that the character should live. Both endings were filmed, with Stallone’s request being honored. Good thing too, or else we wouldn’t be able to give …

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Art/Theatre

Romantic Rock and Vans Footwear To Host “The Art Of Shoes” At Punk Rock & Paintbrushes Holiday Art Show Saturday, December 21 In Los Angeles, CA

Romantic Rock’s highly anticipated Punk Rock & Paintbrushes Holiday Art Show makes its return to Los Angeles later this month, with a grand opening night and red carpet artist reception onSaturday, December 21 at Self Help Graphics & Art.

IAAPA Expo 2019 Opens in Orlando, Florida

Premier Conference and Trade Show for the Global Attractions Industry Takes Place at the Orange County Convention Center Nov. 18-22 ORLANDO, Fla., US (Nov. 18, 2019) — IAAPA Expo 2019 (formerly IAAPA Attractions Expo), the global attractions industry’s premier event, opens today at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida. Hosted by IAAPA, the global association for …

Theatre Review “Escape to Margaritaville – The Jimmy Buffett Musical” @ Walt Disney Theatre – Orlando, FL

Escape to Margaritaville is a musical that was first performed in 2017 in New Orleans and premiered on Broadway in 2018. The show features music and lyrics by legendary singer/songwriter Jimmy Buffett and is based on a book of the same name by Emmy Award® winner Greg Garcia (My Name is Earl, Raising Hope) and …

Theater Review: “The Simon & Garfunkle Story”

While it was great hearing all of the songs featured (both hits and album cuts), the highlight for me was when Mr. Wade brought the house down with an amazing rendition of one of the greatest songs ever written, “Bridge Over Troubled Water.”

Theater Review: “Dear Evan Hansen”

But the music is there and it is amazing. With so many Broadway shows using either popular tunes or adapting from films, it’s a treat to see an original show with an original idea. If you want to see Broadway at it’s best, you can’t go wrong with dropping “Dear Evan Hansen” a line!

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