Interviews

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.

Actor – and Bronson Lookalike – Robert Kovacs talks about his new film “Death Kiss”

If you were walking down the street and passed by actor Robert Kovacs nobody would question if you did a double-take or two.  Ruggedly handsome, the Hungarian-born actor and stuntman bears more than a strong resemblance to one of the greatest icons of action cinema, Charles Bronson.

Stellar Circuits Vocalist Ben Beddick Discusses the Bands New Album “Ways That Haunt”

Ben Beddick is the vocalist for the North Carolina based rock group Stellar Circuits. The band is set to independently release their first full length album titled “Ways That Haunt” on November 9th.

Guitarist K.K. Downing Discusses His New Book “Heavy Duty: Days and Nights in Judas Priest”

Ken “K.K.” Downing is a founding member of the heavy metal band Judas Priest. He was active with the group from its inception in 1969 to his departure from the group in April of 2011. Downing has recently released a book via Da Capo press title “Heavy Duty: Days and Nights in Judas Priest”.

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Music

Live Nation and SGE Present Rockstar Energy Drink DISRUPT FESTIVAL

Live Nation and SGE Present Rockstar Energy Drink DISRUPT FESTIVAL

Album Review: Rammstein “Untitled”

After a 10 year recording hiatus German industrialist’s Rammstein are back with a hard hitting package of 11 new songs which certainly make up for the bands extended absence.

BARONESS UNVEIL GOLD & GREY VIA NPR

Baroness’ highly-anticipated album, Gold & Grey, is streaming now via NPR

NEW YEARS DAY ANNOUNCE TOUR DATES WITH GODSMACK

New Years Day has just announced a handful of tour dates with legendary rock band Godsmack.

SEBASTIAN BACH TO PLAY 1ST SKID ROW ALBUM IN ENTIRETY IN CELEBRATION OF 30TH ANNIVERSARY ON UPCOMING TOUR

SEBASTIAN BACH TO PLAY 1ST SKID ROW ALBUM IN ENTIRETY IN CELEBRATION OF 30TH ANNIVERSARY ON UPCOMING TOUR

Looking Ahead To Glastonbury Festival

It’s June, which can only mean one thing; after taking last year off, the largest and best-known music festival in the world is upon us. On Wednesday, June 26th, the doors of the famous festival will open, and they won’t close until the morning of Monday, July 1st. By that point, almost a thousand bands …

BEASTIE BOYS: ILL COMMUNICATION TURNS 25 TODAY

BEASTIE BOYS: ILL COMMUNICATION TURNS 25 TODAY

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Film Reviews

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.

Film Review “Tolkien”

He was arguably the greatest fantasy writer of all time and certainly the godfather of modern fantasy literature. British author J.R.R. Tolkien’s “The Hobbit” (1937) and “The Lord of the Rings” trilogy (1954-55) have endured the test of time while inspiring countless other works of the same genre, not to mention a modern-day film franchise that grossed nearly two billion dollars domestically. What many may not know is who Tolkien was during his formative years and what inspired him to create such a diverse world.

Film Review: “John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum”

Compelling storytelling problems aside, Wick is still just as strong as trigger finger

Film Review: “Pokémon: Detective Pikachu”

The film moves at such a frenetic pace, it’s sometimes easy to lose yourself in it and forget that you’re bored. But that’s just it. It’s boring.

Film Review: “Long Shot”

“Long Shot” is an average rom-com, where the performances elevate the mundane story

Film Review: “The Chaperone”

Although filled with marvelous period costumes, “The Chaperone” does fail to go into real depth about the social conditions and inequalities of the era, and is therefore a missed opportunity by the filmmaker. Still, “The Chaperone” provides a nice change of pace from commercial epics involving caped heroes and purple-skinned villains.

TFF Film Review: “Ask Dr. Ruth”

There is so much of the human experience packed into Dr. Ruth’s tiny frame that this documentary is an embarrassment of riches.

Film Review: “Avengers: Endgame”

I really can’t share any of my favorite moments for fear of giving away a plot point. I will say this; you will laugh. And you will cry. And you will go through every emotion in the middle. For the last eleven years we have met, and grown with, these characters. We are as protective of them as we know they would be of us. And the final chapter of this saga is one for the ages!

Film Review: “Family”

Though it strays unnecessarily at times, at its best moments Family works as a well meaning tribute to letting your freak flag fly

Film Review: “The Aftermath”

The overall performances are entertaining and there is solid chemistry between Knightley and Clarke. The latter delivers the most powerful scenes of the film playing a man sick of death and destruction. Kent’s pacing is a little choppy at times, but it all leads to a conclusion the audience can savor.

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Giveaways

Enter to Win Digital Download for Game of Thrones: Season 8

To celebrate the digital release of Game of Thrones: Season 8, 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 character from the series. This giveaway will remain open until June 20th at Noon, Eastern …

Enter to Win a DVD of Sonic Boom: Go Team Sonic! and Team Sonic Racing Video Game!

To celebrate the release of the DVD “Sonic Boom: Go Team Sonic!” and the new “Team Sonic Racing” Video Game, Media Mikes would like to give our our fans a chance to win these. If you want to win this great prize, please leave a comment below your favorite Sonic game or character to date This giveaway …

Be part of the 200th Episode of the “Behind the Mikes” Podcast

This Saturday, May 4th, will see the recording of episode # 200 of the very popular podcast, “Behind the Mikes.”

To celebrate we would like to invite readers of Media Mikes to submit to us their favorite movie franchise. Is it the recent AVENGERS series? STAR WARS? JAMES BOND? LORD OF THE RINGS? Whatever it is, please let us know in the comments below. All votes will be tabulated and the top 3 will be recognized.

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Art/Theatre

SPAWN #297 RUSHED BACK TO PRINT IN ANTICIPATION OF UPCOMING SPAWN #300 MILESTONE ISSUE

Image Comics is pleased to announce that a second printing of Image Comics’ President Todd McFarlane’s Spawn #297 has been greenlit in order to keep up with increasing demand for the long-running series.

BookCon: The Handmaid’s Tale Season 3

The second season of Hulu’s hit series The Handmaid’s Tale left more than a few fans stunned when June (Elisabeth Moss) bucked her chance to escape to freedom in Canada with her baby and instead handed the infant off to Emily (Alexis Bleidel) while turning back into the world that still holds her other child …

Kansas City Theater Review: “Rock of Ages”

I’ve seen plenty of shows in the past three-plus decades but I have never seen anything as fun and as exciting as “Rock of Ages.”

Disney On Ice presents Road Trip Adventures Takes Families on a Fun-Fueled Excursion to Iconic Disney Destinations Tickets for All-New Show Coming to Orlando On Sale May 21

Orlando, Fla. – May 15, 2019 – Disney On Ice presents Road Trip Adventures will whisk families away on an immersive getaway chock-full of magical participatory moments. Featuring new and classic tales, this a multi-generational experience visits Orlando from September 6-8, 2019 for six performances at Amway Center. Tickets go on sale May 21. Hit the road …

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