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 passes to the MILE 22 advance screening at Bow Tie Palace (Cinema City at the Palace) on Wednesday, August 15th at 7:00pm please visit

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CIA operative James Silva leads a small but lethal paramilitary team on an urgent and dangerous mission. They must transport a foreign intelligence asset from an American embassy in Southeast Asia to an airfield for extraction — a distance of 22 miles. Silva and the soldiers soon find themselves in a race against time as the city’s military, police and street gangs close in to reclaim the asset.

Win Tickets to Advance Screening in Florida for “Alpha”

Media Mikes is proud to be hosting an advance screening of :ALPHA”. Studio 8 is releasing ALPHA in theaters nationwide in 3D & IMAX on August 17th, 2018. Click below to get tickets, first come first serve! Good luck and like always leave a comment here after you’ve seen the film!

AMC Altamonte on August 14, at 7:30pm

http://www.sonyscreenings.com/wEUiZ17035

An epic adventure set in the last Ice Age, ALPHA tells a fascinating, visually stunning story that shines a light on the origins of man’s best friend. While on his first hunt with his tribe’s most elite group, a young man is injured and must learn to survive alone in the wilderness. Reluctantly taming a lone wolf abandoned by its pack, the pair learn to rely on each other and become unlikely allies, enduring countless dangers and overwhelming odds in order to find their way home before winter arrives.

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 to the MILE 22 advance screening at AMC Boston Common on Wednesday, August 15th at 7:00pm please visit

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CIA operative James Silva leads a small but lethal paramilitary team on an urgent and dangerous mission. They must transport a foreign intelligence asset from an American embassy in Southeast Asia to an airfield for extraction — a distance of 22 miles. Silva and the soldiers soon find themselves in a race against time as the city’s military, police and street gangs close in to reclaim the asset.

Big Muscles in the Film Scene

Having muscle mass can be of great significance to your body and health in general. It increases the rate of metabolism in your body, which is essential for controlling weight. You will also have increased strength, which makes it easier for you to carry out difficult tasks and other physical activities effectively. Working out is one good way to increase muscle mass.

High-intensity interval training using the right equipment will help you bulk up. Using legal steroids is essential for your workouts because they provide you with endurance and also increase your muscle mass. The anabolisant is one legal steroid you can try out. You can get them from various online stores and select shops.

We have witnessed quite a number of bodybuilders make it to different movie casts. Back in the day, seeing a bodybuilder as a cast member in movies left many in awe. This is because they were not regarded as actors by most people. However, things have changed over recent years.

Bodybuilders are playing the lead acts in many movies, which is different from the past when they were given minor roles. Aspiring bodybuilders should watch the following movies that feature big muscle guys.

Stand Tall

During the mid-70s, professional American bodybuilder Lou Ferrigno retired from bodybuilding to pursue an acting career. He starred as the Hulk in The Incredible Hulk TV show, which was released in 1977. His muscle build up was the main reason why he landed that lead role.

Predator

The movie, which was released in 1987, features Arnold Schwarzenegger, a renowned bodybuilder, as part of the main act. Schwarzenegger has proved on several occasions how he can use his muscle strength to outpower any human who comes his way. Other characters with an impressive muscle definition in this movie include Jesse Ventura, who is a professional wrestler, and Carl Weathers.

The Perfect Physique

This is a bodybuilding documentary that was released in 2015. The film takes an in-depth look at the different professional bodybuilding competitors. Some of the physique challengers featured in this documentary include Sadik Hadzovic, Jeremy Buendia, and the departed Greg Plitt.

The Bodybuilder and I

This is a 2007 movie that features one of the oldest professional bodybuilders. 59-year-old ‘Grandmaster’ Bill Friedman is the main act in this field. In this movie, he reunites with his son Bryan as he attempts to get back to the top by winning back his senior bodybuilding award.

Generation Iron

This is one of the most famous bodybuilding documentaries, which was released in 2013. Generation Iron is a film that covers some of the best bodybuilders of the century like Kai Greene, Phil Heath, Dennis Wolf and Branch Warren. There are also special appearances from other greats like Lou Ferrigno and Arnold Schwarzenegger.

Pumping Iron

This is a factual film that focuses on some of the most professional bodybuilding competitions. Mr. Olympia 1975 and IFBB Mr. Universe, which happened during the same year, are the competitions highlighted in this documentary. Arnold Schwarzenegger is one of the top competitors featured.

 

5 Things you should know about Dab Rigs

5 Things to Look for in a Dab Rig

Dabbing is the latest trend with a whole lot of celebrities doing it. The direct effect of smoking weed is intensified. With dabbing being in vogue currently, simply smoking weed, traditional style is so not cool. But then, the whole process of dabbing may look cumbersome to some especially if you haven’t heard about glass dab rigs. Even those who love it, often make some mistakes in getting their perfect dab rig. So, how do you make it right?

The Top Things to Look for To Make the Right Dab Rig Choice

Here are a few of the things that you need to look for when it comes to choosing the right dab rig.

Here is what you need to do to make things simpler for you.

  • Look at the Function:

Not everyone needs the same dab ring. Smaller ones will get you a direct hit within seconds. If you are more into a prolonged and slow hit, get the bigger one. Many do need it just for decorative purpose. In this case, you need to get the perfect look. So, always get your dab rig purpose in place and then venture out for buying.

  • Know the Nail material:

Dab nails come in all sorts of variety. The glass ones are the cheapest. But they are most fragile. Then you have got quartz ones, ceramic and titanium nails. But the best of all is the metal nail. It is most durable. These days, e-nails are most popular. They heat up themselves and spare you the process of heating up on an open flame.

  • Is it Going to be Cost effective For You?

While e-nails are the safest, they are also the costliest. Always pay attention to your budget. This way, you will be able to enjoy dabbing for long. Otherwise, all your money will be gone in getting an e-nail with no money to spare for the weed.

  • What are the Safety features on offer?

When buying a dab rig, pay equal attention to the safety features. Not that it has many but d pay attention to how the dome is located. Also, look for the material. Otherwise, it may break while dabbing causing serious damage to your face. It should have enough space for you to heat it up.

  • What is the Type of torch?

You will need a torch for lighting up the dab. Go for the butane one. Never get a big torch. It will make it hard for you to manage the heating. Also, never get a propane lighter. It is unsafe as well as heats fast. With fast heating, you might not be able to enjoy the dab.

Dabbing is the coolest way to smoke weed. You get to prepare for it and with ample sophistication, you get an instant high. Not only that, with bigger dab rigs, you can even opt for smoother hits. So, let yourself indulge in this latest trend and be the coolest kid in the city.

Enter to Win Blu-ray Combo Pack of “Breaking In”

To celebrate the Blu-ray release of “Breaking In“, Media Mikes would like to give two of our fans a chance to win a Blu-ray + DVD combo pack of the film. If you want to win this great prize, please leave a comment below your favorite revenge thriller. This giveaway will remain open until August 13th at Noon, Eastern Time. This is open to our readers in US only. One entry per person, per household. All other entries will be considered invalid. Media Mikes will randomly select winners. Winners will be alerted via email.

Shaun Russell (Union) takes her son and daughter on a weekend getaway to her late father’s secluded, high-tech vacation home in the country side where the family soon receives an unwelcome surprise from four men who break into the house in search of a hidden safe. After managing to escape, Shaun stops at nothing to turn the tables on the thieves and rescue her two children being held hostage in a house designed with impenetrable security. No trap, no trick and especially no man inside can match a mother with a mission in BREAKING IN. Directed by James McTeigue (V for Vendetta, Sense8), BREAKING INalso stars Billy Burke (TwilightSeries), Aijona Alexus (“13 Reasons Why,”Acrimony) and Seth Carr (Black Panther).

Get Your Zombie on at iHeart Radio’s Monster Jam Triple Threat “Feast with the Beast”  Zombie Party at Ace Cafe Orlando

Free admission event for the public to meet Monster Jam Driver Bari Musawwir and take photos with his Zombie custom-built Speedster and ATV
WHAT:
Before the adrenaline-charged, four-wheel excitement that is Monster Jam® Triple Threat Series opens at the Amway Center, fans have a chance to meet famed Zombie driver Bari Musawwir and get up close to his customized high-powered speedster and ATV during a meet-and-greet at Ace Cafe Orlando, in partnership with iHeart Radio. Free admission, open to the public and fans of all ages are invited.
  • Little fans ages 12 and under are encouraged to sport their favorite Zombie gear and can get their faces painted like a zombie, courtesy of Hart and Huntington Tattoo artists.
  • Ocoee resident Bari Musawwir (Zombie), the first local driver to ever appear in a Monster Jam (he is also the sport’s first African American driver and won Rookie of the Year in 2012) will take photographs and sign autographs with fans.
  • Get up close to the Zombie speedster and ATV that will be used during the competition when Monster Jam Triple Threat Series opens for the first time in Orlando on Saturday, August 18th with shows at 1 p.m. and 7 p.m.
  • Flash drawing for one lucky fan plus three guests attending the event to stay for dinner with Musawwir. Must be present to win at time of drawing at 7:15 p.m.
  • The public can enjoy food and drink specials.
  • Free parking is available on-site on a first-come, first-serve basis for Ace customers.
WHEN:
Friday, August 17, 6-7:30 p.m.
WHERE:
Ace Cafe Orlando, 100 West Livingston Street, Orlando, FL 32801. On the corner of Garland Avenue and Livingston Street. Parking is also available in nearby parking garages. Click here for a map.
ADDITIONAL INFO:
For event updates, connect with Ace Cafe at 407.996.MOTO (6686) or acecafeusa.com, and on FacebookTwitter @AceCafeOrlando and Instagram @acecafeorlando_official.
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About Feld Entertainment
Feld Entertainment® is the worldwide leader in producing and presenting live touring family entertainment experiences that uplift the human spirit and bring people together. Properties include Monster Jam®, Monster Energy Supercross, AMSOIL Arenacross, Disney On Ice, Disney Live!, Sesame Street Live! and Marvel Universe LIVE! Across the brand portfolio, Feld Entertainment has entertained millions of families in more than 75 countries and on six continents. Visit feldentertainment.com for more information.
About Ace Cafe
Ace Cafe is the most famous motor-diner on the planet. Since 1938, Ace Cafe London has been a mecca for those passionate about cars, bikes and rock ’n roll culture. The original location on London’s North Circular Road began as a transport cafe for truckers, then evolved into a popular destination for rock ‘n roll-loving teens riding motorbikes during the ’50s and ’60s. Today, the Ace has a multi-generational appeal from motorsports enthusiasts from all over the world. Ace Cafe North America holds the exclusive licensee rights in North America and South America for this world-famous brand. Ace Cafe Orlando is the first North American venue for Ace Cafe. Other Ace Cafe locations around the globe include London, Lahti, Beijing, Lucerne and Barcelona. For more information, visit www.acecafeusa.com.

Win Advance Screening Passes in Florida for “The Meg”

Media Mikes is proud to be hosting an advance screening of the action/horror film “The Meg” starring Jason Statham, Ruby Rose, Li Bingbing and Rainn Wilson. Click below to get tickets, first come first serve! Good luck and like always leave a comment here after you’ve seen the film!

AMC Altamonte Mall 18
August 07, 2018
Tuesday 7:30pm
http://www.wbtickets.com/MMTHEMEG

A massive creature attacks a deep-sea submersible, leaving it disabled and trapping the crew at the bottom of the Pacific Ocean. With time running out, rescue diver Jonas Taylor must save the crew and the ocean itself from an unimaginable threat — a 75-foot-long prehistoric shark known as the Megalodon.

Why Don’t Some Cool Promotions Work in Your Country

Online casinos offer their users incentives for them to reduce the amount of real money they spend playing casino games. While playing on certain virtual gaming sites players may not be able to view the whole list of promotions being offered. Promotions used to be given with minimal requirement, but bonus hunting for players from particular regions prompted online gambling establishments to revise the promotional terms to what they are today. There are many types of casino bonuses, and it is essential for gamers interested in promotions to know what to expect from online gaming and to be privy to kinds of rewards that will be beneficial to them. Some of the premiums awarded by online casinos include:

  • Free Spins

This bonus is available in most casinos, and for most of them, it is part of the welcome package that players will receive. Free spins may require a small deposit or none at all. Slot enthusiasts are best suited to claim this kind of reward since they apply to the games that follow in this category. Wagering requirements on free spins in most, if not all, online casinos are conducive, and players may find them easy to fulfill. The money accumulated through the freebies is mostly given as bonus funds, and players may not be able to withdraw until they wager the bonus money a specified number of times. The £10 no deposit bonus is an example of premium that slot fans can claim.

  • Welcome package

This premium is mostly given to newcomers joining an establishment for the first time. Both deposit and no deposit bonuses are made available, and gamers can claim what they see fit for them. The deal may be a cash reward topped up with free spins to make the deal appealing to all and sundry. After finishing the registration process, players can always check out for this kind of reward before they request for other bonuses they will see on the promotions page.

  • Daily, weekly, or monthly rewards

Most virtual gaming destinations offer bonuses on a regular basis to retain the existing clientele. Daily offers can be claimed at times specified by the casino for frequent users while the weekly and monthly bonuses cater to gamblers who visit the site at intervals. All these premiums offered on a regular may be in the form of a real money boost or free spins. When claiming the bonuses, players must make themselves familiar with the terms and conditions. An important aspect is the time allowed before the premiums hit expiration.

  • Loyalty points

Most online casinos allow gamers to accumulate comp points based on the amount of money they spend in the establishment. These points can then be converted to actual cash that can be used to place wagers. Gamers who are regulars and spend a considerable amount of money on betting are among those who get the most out of this kind of reward.

  • Jackpots

Both progressive and non-progressive jackpots are drawn in by specific games. When playing online, players should find out which games draw in which jackpots. The amount of money accumulated in most jackpot provisions are usually high, and players who are part of any of this kind of reward increase their chances to earn real money online.

Why Don’t Some of These Premiums Work in Your Country?

Numerous reasons make online casinos to block particular bonuses for gamers from particular regions. Some of the factors that influence the decision to ban some nations from receiving premiums include:

  • Specific gambling laws regarding gratuities limit online casinos on what they offer players from that region. Incentives that involve real money deposits are among those that may be blocked for players from specific countries.
  • Some countries like Denmark are entirely barred from receiving specific bonuses due to the underlying history of players from these regions exploiting premiums given by online casinos in the past. Trends observed of players from particular jurisdictions regarding the abuse of incentives provided by an online casino is among the factors that may lead to denial of promotion for players in a specific country.
  • The prevalence of using bots and illegal softwares to go around rules put in place by a gaming site. This attempt to beat the house edge may trigger virtual gaming sites to restrict players from that particular region from accessing some of the lucrative high-end promotions they had
  • Some of the promotions available in virtual gaming destinations are given in the course of gameplay. Players from particular areas may be blocked from accessing these specific games which by extension means that they are missing out on the premium available therein.
  • Players from particular regions who are spotted to be hunting bonuses may be locked out of receiving specific Such customers are considered to have the only interest in the casino for collecting premiums. Casinos have become more vigilant and conduct adequate research to ascertain which regions are to be locked out because of bonus hunting.

These factors and many others have affected how online casinos distribute their bonuses in the regions they operate in. Other factors that can help a gamer choose the right casino to play in apart from bonus provision include:

  • Cashier options provided;
  • The slots available on a gaming site;
  • Licensing information and fairness of games;
  • Currencies permitted;
  • Languages the casino operate in;
  • Customer support.

Players should try and find as much information as possible about a gaming site before they settle for one.

Final Comments

Gamblers should research the gambling history of their countries and even their region specifically to understand why they may not be able to access the worthy promotions they strive for in virtual betting houses.

The Evolution of Grand Theft Auto

There’s no denying that following Rockstar’s record breaking GTA5 is an impossible feat. 90 million sales and $6 billion dollars in revenue means not a title, franchise or series can come close to the “most financially successful media title of all time”. However the series didn’t start at number 5, so we take a look back at the history of the franchise, and where it began. From humble, pixelated beginnings to influencing modern culture and causing controversies.

Are you a fan? Are you excited to see where Rockstar takes us next? Let us know, and don’t forget to show your friends!

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Blu-ray Review “Gravity Falls: The Complete Series”

Actors: Jason Ritter, Alex Hirsch, Kristen Schaal, Linda Cardellini
Number of discs: 7
Studio: Shout! Factory
Release Date: July 24, 2018
Run Time: 900 minutes

Our Score: 5 out of 5 stars

“Gravity Falls” was a brave and very different show for Disney XD. I caught an episode of this show by accident one day nearly at the end of the first season and right away I was hooked. This show had it all. It created this wonderful world with these characters. There was great mythology and planning that went behind this show. I loved how each episodes was leading to something bigger in the next. The show really engaged it’s viewer with deeper meanings and hidden Easter eggs. This show was definitely one of a kind and due to that it never really got the love it deserved. I had the chance to chat with the show’s created years ago after watching that first episode and I found, read here, out how much really went into the making of this show and I got a really appreciation for it. If you are a fan of the show, this is a must purchase for all fans! Shout! Factory doesn’t disappoint again!

Official Premise: Welcome To Gravity Falls! Twin brother and sister Dipper and Mabel Pines are sent to the small town of Gravity Falls, Oregon to spend their summer vacation with their great uncle (Grunkle) Stan. Upon arrival, Grunkle Stan enlists the siblings’ help in running The Mystery Shack, a self-owned tourist trap that overcharges unsuspecting customers. While Dipper has a hard time getting used to his new surroundings, Mabel’s upbeat optimism comes in handy in her quest to find true love. But there may be more to Gravity Falls than meets the eye as Dipper and Mabel encounter strange occurrences and weird creatures. When Dipper stumbles upon an elusive book, he discovers it is the answer to uncovering the town’s mysterious happenings. Soon, Dipper and Mabel realize they must rely on each other to navigate this unfamiliar place. Meanwhile, Grunkle Stan guards a secret of his own: one that just might hold the key to unlocking the deeper mystery that is Gravity Falls.

The Collector’s Edition will be a seven-disc Blu-ray box set that includes all 40 episodes of this show. There is also an entire disc of bonus features, including audio commentaries on all 40 episodes with series creator Alex Hirsch and members of the cast and crew…that’s right ALL 40!;. There is a new feature-length documentary “One Crazy Summer,” featuring interviews with Alex Hirsch, actors Jason Ritter and Kristen Schaal, director and storyboard artist Matt Braly, writers Jeff Rowe, Shion Takeuchi and Josh Weinstein, composer Brad Breeck and over a dozen additional members of the cast and crew. This doc is a must watch for all fans. Lastly we have a over an hour of never-before-seen deleted scenes as well as a few shorts and promos from the show’s run.

You can tell  that there was a lot of planning and love that was put into this these extras and the Blu-ray in general. The 1080p transfer of these episodes look great with the animation style and the colors. I love the palette for this show. The exterior slip cover case is a really sturdy hard stock and I  really like it. It feels like they actually delivered a solid product all around here. If you don’t have Blu-ray, there will also be a six-disc retail DVD edition that includes all 40 episodes of the series and the accompanying audio commentaries, but does not include the bonus feature disc.  Shout! has got us fan covered! Don’t miss this!

Review of Justin Timberlake Comeback on Super Bowl in 2018

Music fans have known Justin Timberlake for almost two decades, ever since his days on the Mickey Mouse Club. However, let’s launch forward to the year 2018, and he is back on the NFL Super Bowl halftime show. This time fans are not sure how to respond to the R&B pop crooner, with the memories of yesteryear plaguing their minds. While some fans stayed at the moment and enjoyed the performance, others decided to revel in a more negative revere. That did not stop the ‘Man of The Woods’ singer. He brought out his smooth moves and flowed over the stage as only he could.
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Justin had support from an orchestra, many dancers, and a brass band and of course the much talked about the projected image of Prince. Many were cheering for a further collab at the event with ‘Miss Jackson’ but that was not to be. As is popular these days, one lucky person in the crowd became an internet sensation and was dubbed ‘selfie boy’. Many speculated if he even knew who Timberlake was.

Justin Timberlake “Man of the Woods”

The latest album from the pop singer has not garnered much praise, as the first set of songs was deemed tepid at best, even though his album debuted at number one. Sales were at 242,000 in the first week of its release. This was a very good effort seeing that Taylor Swift was the last person to produce such numbers.

Justin Timberlake Songs

Despite what the naysayers are saying; we love the singer for some of the memorable songs of our youth. ‘Gone’ pulled at our heartstrings and remember the epic ‘Cry Me A River’ from his 2002 album Justified? Or the fun and funky ‘Sexy Back’ from his other album Future Sex / Love Sounds; as well as Grammy-winning, ‘What Goes Around/Comes Around’? I am sure many can still remember rocking at the club to his hit, ‘Rock Your Body’. After five albums, we expect the ‘My Love’ singer to continue way into the future with his studio partner, Timberland.

Justin Timberlake’s Career

Most people became Justin Timberlake fans when he performed with his pop boy band, NSync, in the 90s. However, he has long moved on from the group and managed to successfully launch a solo career, selling millions of albums. This is the quintessential trait of a career with longevity, and that is having growth and diversity. He branched out into acting as well; staring in movies such as:  Alpha Dog, Shrek the Third, The Social Network, bad Teacher, Friends with Benefits, Runner Runner and many others.

Timberlake Net Worth

Overall, Justin Timberlake has not done too badly for himself over the past two decades. So far he has performed on the Super Bowl three times; in 2001, 2004 and now in 2018. After movies, acting, singing, performing and collaborating on multiple projects, his net worth is estimated at around $230 million.

Since launching his solo career in 2002, Justin has continuously been generating top bucks and even ranked the third top paid performer in 2014. The effervescent entrepreneur has his hands in other business projects, including a clothing brand; tequila company and an audio technology startup. Not to be forgotten are his associations with Givenchy and Bud Light.

Justin Timberlake is one of the few musician/entertainers that have seen success in a long career, by anyone’s standards. His decision to diversify has brought him much success and wealth. Unlike many others who have slumped away into the shadows of the unknown, never to be seen again, until there is a reunion show in 2030.

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Warner Bros.’ Classic Holiday Film “A Christmas Story” will be Featured in Frozen Spectacular Ice! During Christmas at Gaylord Palms!

ICE! and the resort’s mix of holiday entertainment runs November 16 through January 6.

KISSIMMEE, Fla. – (July 17, 2018) – For the first time ever, beloved holiday film “A Christmas Story” will be recreated as a frozen, immersive attraction inside ICE!–the signature experience during Christmas at Gaylord Palms. During the holiday season, the Orlando-area resort welcomes guests to make memories amongst festive décor and a charming mix of Christmassy activities and shows, becoming “Everything Christmas in One Extraordinary Place” for the 52-day event, Christmas at Gaylord Palms presented by Pepsi.

CINEMATIC HOLIDAY CLASSIC IN ICE!

“A Christmas Story” has been a staple of holiday movie lists for years, but now guests can experience this holiday favorite in a whole new way inside ICE! presented by DEI. The hilarious family tale will come to life through hand-carved ice sculptures and displays, inviting guests to relive the film’s iconic scenes such as The Old Man’s Major Award, Aunt Clara’s pink nightmare and the ultimate triple dog dare at the school’s flagpole, and many more!

“We’re thrilled to see this Christmas classic brought to life inside ICE! for the first time ever,” said Johann Krieger, General Manager for Gaylord Palms Resort. “We know that ‘A Christmas Story’ has been a holiday tradition for so many people over the years, and we hope that guests can join us to make ICE! a part of their tradition as well.”

The ICE! attraction is crafted by artisans from Harbin, China, home of the world’s largest ice and snow sculpture festival, who travel more than 6,000 miles to hand-carve more than two million pounds of colorful ice, creating larger-than-life sculptures. This year, as guests explore the nine-degree attraction, they will discover more than a dozen fan-favorite scenes from “A Christmas Story,” along with the event’s two-story ice slides and the popular Frostbite Factory live ice carving showcase. The ICE! experience concludes with a separate area dedicated to a traditional Nativity created with crystal clear ice.

NEW EXPERIENCES

Award-winning buffet restaurant Villa de Flora will welcome special Christmastime friends during The Elf on the Shelf® Character Breakfast, where guests can join Santa’sOfficial Scout Elves for a fun and festive character breakfast. Kids and adults will enjoy a delicious buffet spread complete with classic breakfast favorites and live cooking stations, enjoying  special visits from Santa’s Official Scout Elves as they dine.

Gaylord Palms’ St. Augustine atrium will be home to a brand-new, dazzling light show when Dreams of Christmas makes its debut. This multisensory experience will feature a new musical score accompanied with millions of dancing, choreographed lights all around the resort’s six-story Christmas tree during nightly shows.

HOLIDAY FAVORITES RETURN

“Holiday thrills” take on a whole new meaning during Cirque Dreams Unwrapped, a 25-minute, action-packed experience, featuring soaring acrobatics, theatricality and imagination that will have guests on the edge of their seats. Cirque Dreams Unwrapped features new acts and performers each year to bring to life a magical and timeless Christmas wonderland, all imagined by Broadway director and renowned Cirque Dreams founder Neil Goldberg.

Guests exploring the meandering paths inside the resort’s Everglades atrium will find the Christmas Tree Trail, a display of nine magnificent trees provided by Balsam Hill. Sparkle the Elf, Santa’s chief Christmas Tree Decorator, has personally prepared these for display at Gaylord Palms. From snowmen and candy canes to reindeer and nutcrackers, each tree represents one of Sparkle’s favorite things about Christmas, with one even honoring the Florida-themed resort!

The immersive, interactive Reindeer Express Post Office returns this year, where everyone is invited to jot down their top Christmas wishes on a postcard before entering this special facility to launch their wishes off on a journey to Santa.

Festive Alpine Village will again be the central hub for holiday happenings. In addition to ICE!, the village is home to various attractions and shows, Photos with Santa, seasonal food and beverage options plus holiday retail locations, including a Build-A-Bear Workshop®, where imaginations soar. Guests choose from all kinds of furry friends to make and bring home, including the Gaylord Hotels-exclusive light-up Snowburst polar bear.

Gingerbread Decorating Corner returns, now located inside the brand-new Alpine Village Sweet Shop! Guests may select a gingerbread house or a themed cookie kit to enjoy a sticky and fun interactive experience, creating sweet souvenirs to take home. The Alpine Village Sweet Shop will offer additional candies and treats for purchase to decorate sugary masterpieces or to delight someone’s sweet tooth. The deliciously fun gingerbread pair, Cinnamon and Nutmeg, will also be available for toasty hugs and holiday photos.

Mrs. Claus’ Christmas Traditions brings the First Lady of the North Pole back to Gaylord Palms as she leads a half-hour interactive show. Guests enjoy classic holiday stories and a sing-a-long, plus a delicious finale as the holiday hostess presents everyone with warm cookies and a glass of cold milk.

Santa’s Snow Throw puts real snow in the hands of guests as they show off their pitching prowess by tossing snowballs at a variety of interactive targets created by Santa’s Elves. Bragging rights go to those with the best aim!

Snow Tubing sends guests zooming down an eight-lane tubing hill covered in real snow. This all-ages attraction offers both single and double tubes to accommodate children and parents.

The best way to experience all of Christmas at Gaylord Palms is with an overnight stay. One-night packages start at $250 plus tax, resort fee and parking. Packages include ICE! tickets for two (with option to add additional adults or children) plus a souvenir family photo. Overnight guests may also schedule a visit to ICE! during the daily hotel guest-exclusive Extra Cool Hour from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. Make the holidays merrier and extend the package to stay for multiple nights! For additional information and to book packages or tickets, visit www.GaylordHotels.com .

Gaylord Palms Resort offers Christmastime field trips for schools, youth organizations and religious groups, customizable with educational or performance opportunities. Special ICE! ticket rates also are available to groups of ten adults or more.

For companies wishing to offer their staff an unforgettable holiday outing, Gaylord Palms offers the ideal “Everything Christmas” setting for onsite catered events with 10 to 3,000 guests, with or without an ICE! experience. To learn more about planning a holiday event, contact www.GaylordHotels.com.

Christmas at Gaylord Palms is open daily from November 16, 2018 through January 6, 2019 including holidays.

Gaylord Palms Resort offers a mix of entertainment year-round, creating a superior guest experience in one of the world’s most popular tourist destinations. Guests are welcomed into the resort’s 4.5-acre soaring glass atrium featuring winding waterways, lush gardens and animal habitats. Our extraordinary amenities include fine and casual dining, spa and shopping – all conveniently located within minutes of the Orlando area’s theme parks.

Learn more about the resort at GaylordPalms.com and stay connected with all the resort happenings by following @GaylordPalms on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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Liberal America and the Third World: Political Development Ideas in Foreign Aid and Social Science

Two hundred years ago, in the era of Enlightenment, liberalism became a pinnacle, which promised a bright future. Indeed, in the last decades, liberalism began to turn into political practice, which, adopting free-market principles and globalization, political correctness and tolerance, brings prosperity to most citizens.

Third world countries

Traditionally, the world has long been divided into groups of countries. There are first world, second world, and third world countries.

First world countries are considered the most educated, civilized, cultural countries in which everything is streamlined, with rapid development of technology. In context of education, you are encouraged to take a look at this link to learn about secrets behind world’s most mysterious books.

Second world countries are those where there is some central planning in cities, but there is often no novelty and luxury. The population is not always well educated but it is quite clever and savvy having access to some basic blessings of civilization like water, light, and communication means.

Third world countries include a huge number of countries, which are highly diverse in principle. They are united by primitiveness and sluggishness of a local population (a hallmark of such countries is to shout “hello” at the sight of a foreigner and poke fingers at them, which is not accepted in first and second worlds). Citizens have quite undeveloped communication, technical, and even writing or reading skills, which they use for their work in coursework writing service. Villages are often characterized by medieval poverty and primitivism, and cities are chaotic with clogged sellers sidewalks, dirty yards, and crowded streets. Education and economic growth in such countries are often a problem.

Foreign aid of the US toward third world countries

A foreign aid is an official policy of the United States carried out through channels of international organizations and on a bilateral basis, with a view to promoting an economic and political development of Third World countries based on America’s socio-economic and political model.

Its concept appeared at stage of a collapse of colonial empires and acquisition of independence by Asia and Africa. America as a whole supported the aim of newly independent states for development, hoping to prevent a spread of communist ideology in Third World with their help.

The second task of liberal America’s policy of foreign aid was to adjust an evolution of Third World countries according to American models, which should guarantee political conflict-free relations in America’s cooperation with developing states, and also ensure the political and economic dominance of developed countries in the world.

The foreign aid is provided to Third World countries in different forms, but conceptually, such aid programs funded by America are based on priorities formulated by the development theory. Today such priorities include ensuring the rule of law, promoting the democratic development of society, creating a small private sector, ensuring basic needs of the population.

The American development theory originated in framework of not economic, but political science and, at the initial stage, was based on concepts of social transformation. The developmental theory was based on paradigm of social evolution of classical sociology, the movement of society in its development from simple to complex, higher forms. The theory of development proceeds from recognition of America as the highest form of development. Direction of movement toward American models was formulated differently by different authors: movement from status to contract (G. Main), a transition from traditional power forms to rational bureaucracy (M. Weber), progress from mechanical to organic solidarity (E. Durkheim ).

All modern programs of foreign aid are, to some degree, aimed at resolving political tasks: spreading democracy, improving governance, developing civil society, fighting corruption, and so on.

Characteristic in this regard is an activity of American Millennium Challenge Corporation, established in 2004. The strategy for new state corporation was formulated as “the combination of a more meaningful contribution by developed states to greater responsibility of developing states.”

MCC provides economic and social aid to developing countries in form of grants, provided that they demonstrate desire for economic growth. Namely, openness to foreign investment, rule of law, inviolability of private property, improve a system of public administration, win or substantially reduce corruption, help for needs of the population, not the elite.

Official MCC documents state that corporation is a strategically important lever for spreading “soft power” of the United States and should be viewed as an important tool of US foreign policy. Program is built in such a way that local elites are faced with a choice: either not to get help, or to adjust their domestic policies. In 2009, current US president provided the corporation with 2.2 billion dollars. To date, 14 countries have used the corporation’s grants, including Armenia and Mongolia, for a total of $ 4.5 billion.

 

“Monster Jam: Triple Threat Series” Rolls into Orlando for Very First Time: Athletes & Trucks Revealed

Orlando, FL — April 3, 2018 — Feld Entertainment, the worldwide leader in live family entertainment, announces that tickets for the all new Monster Jam® Triple Threat Series will be available on pre-sale this week for the August 18, 2018 tour stop in Orlando, FL at Amway Center. The new season will bring motor sport fans to the edge of their seats with adrenaline-charged, high-flying, four-wheel excitement that is fun for the entire family and is unlike anything ever seen at the stadium style events.

Monster Jam has been coming to Orlando to the Camping World Stadium for more than 30 years. The Triple Threat Arena Tour debuts in Orlando for the first time and is an entirely different format than Orlando fans have seen at the stadium. This upcoming tour will feature eight of the most talented Monster Jam drivers competing on three vehicles during the competition. Orlando fans will witness a fierce battle for the championship with each competitor using customized high-powered vehicles: Monster Jam Speedsters, Monster Jam ATVs and the famous Monster Jam trucks closer to the action than ever before. The eight athletes all competing in individual racing and skill competitions and overall event championship are:

1. Grave Digger – Tyler Menninga
2. Max D – Colton Eichelberger
3. El Toro Loco – Kayla Blood
4. Scooby Doo – Myranda Cozad
5. Zombie – Bari Musawwir
6. Soldier Fortune Black Ops – Tony Ochs
7. Megalodon – TBA
8. Monster Mutt Rottweiler – TBA
*Note: Trucks & Drivers are subject to change

Show Times for Saturday, August 18, 2018:
1:00pm show (Pit Party from 10:30am – Noon)
Pit Party to take place inside the venue on the arena floor
7:00pm show

Media Mikes is excited to be provided a special discount for our readers: Save $5 off select seats with code 5BLOG. Not valid on VIP seating. Hurry for the best available seats! Code expires August 17, 2018.

Unexpected, unscripted and unforgettable, Monster Jam takes center stage in the world’s most iconic venues like Amway Center, sporting meticulously manicured dirt tracks created with the sole purpose of pushing these perfectly engineered, larger-than-life trucks to the limit.

Monster Jam is one of the only sports where male and female world-class drivers, some generational rivals, are equals competing for the same championship on the same track. Following racing, just like the show at Camping World Stadium, Monster Jam fans in every city will have the chance to vote for the truck winner in the donut, wheelie and freestyle competitions by real-time, in-arena fan voting on their smartphones. This tour features two female athletes among the eight total competitors.

Tickets will go on pre-sale to Feld Preferred members on April 10, 2018 at 10:00AM ET. The public on sale will take place on Tuesday, April 17, 2018 at 10:00AM ET. All tickets are reserved. Pit Party passes are available for purchase in advance as well via the Venue Box Office, Ticketmaster.com or 800-745-3000. Subject to facility fee, plus convenience and handling charges. Amway Center is located at 400 W Church St, Orlando, FL 32801. For group ticket sales and information, call 866-248-8740, or e-mail
groupsales@feldinc.com. To be one of the first to know about any other promotions and gain access to the best seating in the arena, sign up to become a Feld Entertainment preferred member at FeldEntertainment.com.
For more information on a Monster Jam near you, please log onto MonsterJam.com or follow us via our social channels: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube.

About Feld Entertainment, Inc.

Feld Entertainment® is the worldwide leader in producing and presenting live touring family entertainment experiences that uplift the human spirit and bring people together. Properties include Monster Jam®, Monster Energy Supercross, AMSOIL Arenacross, Disney On Ice, Disney Live!, Sesame Street Live! and Marvel Universe LIVE! Across the brand portfolio, Feld Entertainment has entertained millions of families in more than 75 countries and on six continents. Visit feldentertainment.com for more information

I am a Feld Entertainment Blogger Ambassador, and in exchange for my time and efforts in attending shows and reporting my opinion within this blog, as well as keeping you advised of the latest discount offers, Feld Entertainment has provided me with complimentary tickets to Feld shows and other exclusive opportunities.