Interviews

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”.

Talking “The Book of Mormon” with actor Teddy Trice

I would love to do Coalhouse Walker in “Ragtime.” It’s a role I’d have to age into a little bit but the musical score is one of my all-time favorites. Doing an “American Dream” story and building a legacy…I’d love to do that one.

The Crown Remnant Guitarist Will Ash Discusses “The Wicked King: Part II”

Will Ash is the lead guitarist for the Los Angeles based metal band The Crown Remnant. The five piece band which also includes vocalist Geordy Shallan, guitarist Jorge Lopez, bass guitarist Josue Lara and drummer Art Ramirez is set to release a brand new album on January 18th titled “The Wicked King: Part II”.

98° Jeff Timmons Talks About The Groups 2018 Holiday Tour

Jeff Timmons is a founding member of the pop group 98°. Together with Justin Jeffre and brother’s Nick and Drew Lachey the group has sold over 10 million albums worldwide since their debut release in 1997.

Bassist Sam Rivers Discusses His New Band SleepKillers and Their Self Titled Debut Album

Sam Rivers is best known as a founding member and bassist for the band Limp Bizkit. His new band Sleepkillers which includes Damien Starkey, Bobby Amaru and Adam Latiff is set to release its debut self titled album on January 25, 2019.

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Music

Trafalgar Releasing Debuts Trailer for ‘Roger Waters Us + Them’ Film – in theaters worldwide Oct. 2 & 6

TRAILER UNVEILED FOR ROGER WATERS US + THEM FILM COMING TO CINEMAS AROUND THE WORLD ON OCTOBER 2ND & 6TH FEATURING SONGS FROM HIS LEGENDARY PINK FLOYD ALBUMS AND FROM HIS LAST ALBUM, IS THIS THE LIFE WE REALLY WANT? TICKETS NOW ON SALE AT ROGERWATERSUSANDTHEM.COM London, July 17: Trafalgar Releasing are excited to unveil …

Concert Review: Santana with the Doobie Brothers

Tonight at Kansas City’s Sprint Center, the master guitarist entertained a packed house playing as powerfully as he did five decades ago, his skill and energy amazing for a man who turns 72 next week.

Concert Review: Rockstar Disrupt Festival, Syracuse, NY

The Rockstar Disrupt Festival made a stop in Syracuse, NY on July 2nd as part of the tours inaugural run featuring a variety of musical acts including Hyro the Hero, Andy Black, The Used and Thrice.

GWAR Announces Unveiling of Memorial Marker for Dave Brockie

GWAR Announces Unveiling of Memorial Marker for Dave Brockie

Album Review: Soundgarden “Down On The Upside” Anniversary LP

Soundgarden’s Platinum selling 1996 release “Down On The Upside” is the latest album from the bands catalog to be included in the Seattle natives 35 year Anniversary Collection.

GWAR Announces Killer “Use Your Collusion” Fall Tour!

GWAR Announces Killer “Use Your Collusion” Fall Tour!

Megadeth Forced To Cancel Tour

Fans of classic heavy metal got some bad news this week, as legendary Megadeth frontman Dave Mustaine revealed that he’s battling cancer. The news couldn’t have come at a worse time for the band, who had big plans for a 35th-anniversary tour later this year, along with a special cruise, and a series of gigs …

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Film Reviews

Film Review: “Midsommar”

Since Aster had made this film deeply personal, “Midsommar” is most certainly a contemplation of death, literally and figuratively

Film Review: 30 for 30 – “The Good, the Bad, the Hungry”

As the 4th of July approaches, many Americans will head to their backyards and throw some hot dogs on the grill. I know I am. And, if I’m particularly hungry that day, I might eat 3 of them. Which would in no way get me invited to Coney Island to participate in the Nathan’s International Hot Dog Eating Contest!

Film Review: “Ophelia”

Based upon the 2008 novel of the same name by American author Lisa Klein (“Lady Macbeth’s Daughter”), “Ophelia” is a breath of fresh air. It’s daring. It’s imaginative. It doesn’t require Ridley to hold a light saber as she is given a chance to shine on the screen.

Film Review: “Spider-Man: Far From Home”

“Far From Home” may have actually worked infinitely better as a high school comedy, as opposed to a superhero movie

Film Review: “Yesterday”

Boyle’s direction is brisk and screenwriter Curtis is at the top of his game. And you can never go wrong with a soundtrack consisting of 17 of the Beatles’ greatest songs. As John Lennon sang in Being For the Benefit of Mr. Kite, “a splendid time is guaranteed for all!”

Film Review: “Loopers: the Caddie’s Long Walk”

The film is narrated by former looper Bill Murray, who immortalized the caddie as Carl Spackler in “Caddyshack.” Murray relates some of his own experiences as well as narrates, lending his particular sense of humor to the film.

Film Review: “Toy Story 4”

It’s astonishing that the fourth of any franchise, animated or not, could be this profound

Film Review: “The Dead Don’t Die”

Besides some great interaction between Murray and Driver, who talk in character about Jarmusch’s script and the repetitive-to-the-point-of-annoying theme song by Sturgill Simpson, the only bright spot of entertainment is Swinton’s performance.

Film Review: “I Am Mother”

With the same gusto that Robert Downey, Jr.’s Tony Stark used to declare, “I am Iron Man,” I am hereby announcing that “I Am Mother,” currently on Netflix, is the best work of science fiction to grace the cinema universe since 2014’s bold “Ex Machina.”

Film Review: “Men In Black: International”

Like the other films, the two best things going are the chemistry between the leads and the amazing creature effects.

Film Review: “GEORGIE”

Grulich’s direction is top notch and the film is well paced. Credit also the musical score, animated sequences and visual effects that help create and sustain the atmosphere.

Film Review: “The Secret Life of Pets 2”

All in all, though, “The Secret Life of Pets 2” is a welcome treat to begin the early days of summer.

Film Review: “Dark Phoenix”

I’m hoping “Dark Phoenix” isn’t the last X-Men film or the last time we’ll see the dynamic duo of McAvoy and Fassbender, but if this is the last time, they deserved a hell of a lot better

Film Review: “Rocketman”

If you are even a slight fan of Elton John, you will find the film, and it’s music, enjoyable. And if you’re lucky enough to catch Elton John on his farewell tour, I urge you to go. That experience is even more enjoyable!

Film Review: “Godzilla: King of the Monsters”

It’s popcorn fun that’ll leave you with a tummy ache

Film Review: “Aladdin”

Will Smith has fought many a cinematic battle. He’s taken on drug dealers, aliens (many times), a mechanical spider and George Foreman and beaten them all. This week he takes on his biggest challenge, the memory of Robin Williams. And I’m happy to report he succeeds.

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Giveaways

Enter to Win a Blu-ray of “UglyDolls”

To celebrate the release of STX Entertainment’s “UglyDolls” 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 your favorite Kelly Clarkson song. This giveaway will remain open until August 1st at Noon, Eastern Time. This …

Enter to Win a Family of Four Tickets to See Disney On Ice presents Road Trip Adventures in Orlando!

Disney on Ice is coming back to Orlando September 6-8th at the Amway Center. Media Mikes is working with the show to giveaway a family four (4) pack of tickets to our readers to attend either the opening night, Friday, Sept. 6, 7:30 p.m. or Saturday, Sept. 7, 11 a.m. performance. If you are interested …

Enter to Win a Blu-ray for Jordan Peele’s “Us”

To celebrate the release of Jordan Peele’s “Us” 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 your dream project for Jordan Peele. This giveaway will remain open until June 26th at Noon, Eastern Time. …

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Art/Theatre

Kansas City Theater Review: “CATS”

Back in the early 80s, when I was still trying to make a living as an actor, I spent many a day going on auditions. Any time I saw a casting call for a musical production, it always included four words: “Bring music. NO “MEMORY.” Which was kind of upsetting because, even today, I can sing the hell out of that song!

Theatre Review: “Flashdance: The Musical” @ Garden Theatre – Winter Garden, FL

“Flashdance the Musical” is a stage adaptation of the 1983 musical film “Flashdance”. The show features original music by Robbie Roth and lyrics by Roth and Robert Cary. It originally had its world premiere in 2008 as part of a ten-month UK tour, followed by a London West End run in 2010. It also had …

Kansas City Theater Review: “Beautiful – The Carole King Musical”

An amazing thing happened as I watched “Beautiful: The Carole King Musical” this past Tuesday evening at Starlight. I realized that the songs being played had been some of my favorites, starting from childhood.

Kansas City Theater Review: “HAMILTON”

It’s been almost 4 years since HAMILTON opened on Broadway and you’ll have to have been on Mars to have not heard about it. So while I was looking forward to seeing it, I went in wondering whether or not my fondest memory would be spotting Lin-Manuel Miranda in the lobby. Happy to announce that I was NOT disappointed.

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