“Deadwood: The Movie” Finally Arrives for Fans

In a world of delivery food, social media, online pokies and photo filters, it is nice every once in a while, to be reminded of simpler times and places. “Deadwood: The Movie,” transports us to one of those forgone times. 

It is project that’s been rumored and waited for patiently over the last decade which finally pulled into the station on Friday, May 31st, amidst the tragic news that creator David Milch is suffering from Alzheimer’s Disease. Even if you’re not aware of the situation of the film’s creator, there’s an unexpected poignancy in every frame of “Deadwood,” but the miracle of this production is how deftly Milch and company avoid cheap theatrics and emotional manipulation as they provide a satisfingy ending to an iconic TV show. 

Befitting one of the most complex television shows of all time, it’s a rich and well paced 110 minutes of filmmaking that rewards fans without pandering to them. It is the product of someone who has been living with these characters since the show unceremoniously went off the air in 2006. 

If you Loved the TV Series….

You get the feeling that he knows everything that’s happened to them since then, and we drop in on their current lives as if they have gone on as normal while we’ve beenunable to watch. As much as fans have desperately wanted another season or movie before now, there’s something so perfect and beautiful about how this movie came out that makes you glad that it happened this way.

It’s 1889, a full ten years after the actions of  “Deadwood” season three. South Dakota is becoming a state, which means a visit to Deadwood by the villainous Senator George Hearst , who rode off at the end of season three after causing havoc and death in his typical cold hearted way. He, as always, is looking to expand his empire, trying to take land owned by Charlie Utter , and he’s particularly startled to find that his attacker Trixie, whose death was faked, is still breathing.

Meet Up with All Your Fav Characters

Meanwhile, we check in with most of the “Deadwood” familiar faces. Without too many spoilers, characters aren’t all that far from where we left them and yet there’s definitely a sense of time having passed as well. Milch is incredibly smart about how age doesn’t necessarily equate to wisdom, understanding, or drastic change. Time can mellow some antipathies, but it can harden others, and deepen emotions and resentments.

When Alma Garret returns to Deadwood and crosses paths with Seth Bullock there is both a sense of what they once had and that they’ve been happy apart. Both can be true. A vision of a content Bullock family, wife Martha and thier three new children—and seeing a grown Sophia with Alma drives this home.  Milch deftly drops in flashbacks to remind us of what these two once meant to each other, conveying how events can shape us but not always trap us. Seth and Alma moved on, but their relationship was formative. As were the events that transpired the last time that Hearst was in town.

Ten Years Later…

Every one of the performer slides back into the characters that kickstarted their careers as if they had kept them close all these years. A well turn from other long-delayed sequels or reboots in which the passage of time is barely alluded to and certainly not believable if it is. The three year run of “Deadwood” gave us one of the most talented ensembles in TV history and their acting skills allow us to belive the passage of time and real events since the end of season three.

Bullock seems more grounded, Sol & Trixie are exceddingly pregnant, Cochran has the look, feel and attitude of someone who has seen a decade of drama, Joanie has returned to her old ways due to her struggle with her emotional demons—they are familiar and yet they bring the gravity of time with them, repeating old habits without feeling like they haven’t changed or aged at all in the last decade.

And the Star of the Show is…

Well, what about Al Swearengen?!?! I’ll just say that Ian McShane’s show-stealing charatcter does not get the arc or ending that  fans might be expecting. The iconic anti-hero feels like a projection of the writer, as the movie opens with a dire diagnosis from Doc Cochran that practically sidelines the noble cuthroat. 

It’s interesting that Milch choses to turn his most outspoken, aggressive, and popular character into more of a supporting role in the film (which is not to say that McShane isn’t amazing in the film … he is), someone watching the action of the characters around him with a brooding sense that the end is near. 

And in the End

And yet “Deadwood: The Movie” is never the sentimental downer it could easily have been. But don’t expect cock-eyed optimism either. Good men die. Bad men prosper. That’s life. What feels miraculous about “Deadwood: The Movie” is how much it captures the comfortable humanity in between those two extremes. 

It feels like the product of a creator who fully understands that this is his last creation, but even he refuses to end on an easy note. There can be closure without sentimentality. Sometimes we stop bleeding when we heal. And sometimes we stop bleeding when we die.

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The epic final run of HBO’s television phenomenon, Game of Thrones: Season 8,is now available to own on Digital Download. In addition to the hit series’ concluding six episodes, the purchase includes the two-hour feature documentary Game of Thrones: The Last Watch, by filmmaker Jeanie Finlay, and two featurettes: “The Long Night” and “The Final Season”.

In its final season of duplicity and treachery, nobility and honor … and an epic clash between the living and the dead, Game of Thrones: Season 8 answers a myriad of questions surrounding the fate of the series’ protagonists. Will the revelation that Jon Snow is a Targaryen, and the legitimate heir to the Iron Throne, undermine his relationship with Daenerys? How will Sansa, Arya and Bran –not to mention numerous northern Houses allied with the Starks –react to the appearance of traditional foes at the gates of Winterfell? Will Cersei’s devious strategy of fortifying her defense of King’s Landing yield dividends? And above all: can the Army of the Dead be defeated? This season is executive produced by David Benioff, D.B. Weiss, Carolyn Strauss, Frank Doelger, Bernadette Caulfield and co-executive produced by Bryan Cogman, Guymon Casady, Vince Gerardis and George R.R. Martin.

Earning a total of 132 Emmy® nominations and 47 wins to date, Game of Thrones: Seasons 1-8 is also now available to own on Digital, with select bonus content from each individual season, as well as the Game of Thrones: The Last Watch documentary.

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Top 7 Great Movies For A First Date

So you’ve made an introduction on your favorite date site like this and are chatting about the possibilities of arranging your first get-together. One suggestion frequently arising is to head over to your local theater, where you could snuggle together in the plush seating, refreshments to hand, waiting for the lights to dim. There’s also the more intimate choice of inviting your new partner over for a movie night, where you would have the option of choosing from a vast menu from TV, Netflix, YouTube or even DVDs. The only thing you need debate now – which movies are most apt for a first date? Here are suggestions for seven of the best.

Love Actually (2003)

Featuring an ensemble cast and covering ten separate storylines, writer/director Richard Curtis unashamedly plays with our heartstrings. With the added bonus of being set around the Christmas holidays, you and your partner can laugh at Bill Nighy’s cynical rock star, Hugh Grant’s prime minister dancing around 10 Downing Street, Andrew Lincoln pining after his best friend’s girl, Kiera Knightley, and numerous other engaging plots.

Groundhog Day (1993)

Some of the best romcoms have featured the attraction of opposites. World-weary TV reporter Bill Murray might not seem like an obvious romantic lead, but when he meets the charismatic Andi McDowell, an unlikely event occurs which assists his efforts to win her heart. He gets caught in a time loop. His attempts to engineer events based on outcomes he is already aware of makes for a sweet and inventive comedy, perfect for your date.

Some Like It Hot (1959)

Featuring Tony Curtis and Jack Lemmon as an unlikely drag act, forced to impersonate girls in a touring musical troupe while fleeing murderous Chicago gangsters, this is one classic comedy which has certainly stood the test of time. As well as enjoying the brilliant one-liners, the sight of screen siren Marilyn Monroe at the peak of her tragically cut-short career will definitely give you both a warm feeling.

Titanic (1997)

Ok, so there’s nothing guaranteed to hamper your enjoyment of a film more than knowing how it ends. But even although James Cameron’s feature is set aboard the Titanic is it cruises towards its destiny with an iceberg in the Atlantic Ocean, a love story unfolds between passengers Kate Winslet, from the pampered above-deck passengers, and Leo Dicaprio, a streetwise kid from below. The ship’s inexorable voyage to its demise only accentuates the intensity of their feelings. You and your date will need to ensure you have access to tissues as well as popcorn.

Forrest Gump (1994)

Tom Hanks received the best actor Oscar for this box office smash, an overview of America’s unfolding 20th-century history, as seen through the eyes of a slow but kind-hearted young man from Alabama. Masterful film editing also sees Gump spliced with real-life footage of US presidents. He does have a childhood sweetheart, but this is more about life affirmation than love and is a captivating drama for your date.

When Harry Met Sally (1989)

A perennial story – how does platonic friendship survive natural sexual attraction – is enacted through a series of sparkling encounters between Meg Ryan and Billy Crystal, including that scene in a New York diner.

The Outlaw King (2018)

US star Chris Pine, best known for playing a young James T Kirk in the Star Trek reboot, makes a much more brooding medieval Scottish King, Robert the Bruce, in this epic drama. It has everything you could ask for in an entertaining date film – drama, tension, sweeping battle scenes, and Bruce’s love for his Queen, Florence Pugh.

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 and performers will have played, an ocean of alcohol will have been drunk, memories will have been made and lost, and with a bit of luck, some music history will have been made.

Glastonbury is almost fifty years old now, having evolved from the Glastonbury Free Festival of 1971, and it’s had to change with the times over the course of those decades. Not everybody who used to attend the festival feels like all those changes have been good ones. You’ll hear plenty of old-timers say that the festival isn’t what it used to be, and even those who went as recently as ten years ago might be inclined to agree. After 2006, the festival stopped including the ‘Lost Vagueness’ field in its offering. The area was a crude and muddy Las Vegas-esque area with vaudeville shows, unofficial ‘weddings,’ small casinos for revelers to win and lose money and a boxing ring for when they couldn’t get on. It was popular with the more hedonistic of the festival’s visitors, and had entertained them for well over a decade.

Now, ‘Lost Vagueness’ is gone. Festival organizer Michael Eavis felt like it had outlived its purpose. He said that tastes were changing; people weren’t interested in faux-weddings, the boxing rings were sending out the wrong message, and the people visiting the casino or sister site were more likely to be playing online casino games these days anyway (along with the problematic issue of people bringing finite amounts of money to the site, and then losing them at the casino table). Those who enjoyed ‘Lost Vagueness’ disagreed, feeling that the closure was a sign that the festival was becoming ‘too corporate.

Keen to shake off that image, Emily Eavis (Michael’s daughter) and her fellow organizers have pushed the boat out with both the lineup and the new entertainment offerings this year to show that it still has just as much ‘edge’ as it’s always had. Here’s what to look out for if you’re attending.

The Headline Acts

Once upon a time, Glastonbury was all about bands and singers who played guitar. That’s not the case anymore. The star attraction on Friday night is British grime artist Stormzy, whose selection didn’t come without its fair share of controversy. Known for his infectiously catchy bars and his socially conscious lyrics, Stormzy may yet to prove more ‘in tune’ with the feeling and message of the festival than his doubters are willing to admit. This will be the largest stage and audience he’s ever likely to play in his life.

On Saturday, the festival has gone for a ‘safer’ bet by handing the headline slot to the Killers; an American indie rock band who have always sounded far more British than they do American anyway. It’s probably been a decade or more since they were at the peak of their powers or popularity, but they have enough hits in their locker to please an audience of 150,000. Look out for the inevitable enormous singalong to ‘Mr. Brightside.’

If the Killers are a few years past their peak, then we don’t even know where to begin with 80s goth rock act the Cure, who take the headline spot on the final night. There’s no doubting their iconic status, and everybody loves ‘Boys Don’t Cry,’ but what they have to offer a festival crowd of this size in 2019 remains to be seen. They’ll give it their best shot, and they’ve obviously been working up to their return to the spotlight; they’re about to release their first new album in ten years.

If the acts on the main stage aren’t for you, then you’ll find ‘the Other stage’ headlined by Tame Impala on Friday, The Chemical Brothers on Saturday, and Christine and the Queens on Sunday. Lauryn Hill, Liam Gallagher, Janet Jackson, Miley Cyrus, Kylie Minogue, Snow Patrol, and Billie Eilish all have prominent slots elsewhere on the bill.

The Heavy Metal Stage

Glastonbury has been accused of ignoring heavy metal music for years. It doesn’t anymore. During 2017, the festival’s first-ever hard rock stage was introduced in the Shangri-La area, and it was a sight to behold. The ‘stage’ was a small affair, made out of an old London tube train carriage, and was called ‘the Earache Express.’

This year, the same team who brought the Earache Express to you are back with a much larger stage which will be known simply as ‘Scum,’ and will be where the metal heads spend their entire weekend. If you’d like to go headbanging, you’ll find The Damned, Black Futures, Jamie Lenman and many more acts on the bill.

New Hidden Gem Stages

The entire dance music area of the festival is being revamped, with a new extended layout for the Sonic Stage, and a selection of smaller ‘hidden gem’ stages dotted around the area. The Sonic Stage is the largest of all the dance and electronic music stages at the festival, and features a lineup packed full of big hitting DJs from across the UK and the world at large.

The highlight of the hidden gem stages is the ‘No Average Groove’ stage, which presents us with a confusing description. On the one hand, it’s supposed to be playing the best in underground dance music, but on the other, it’s claimed that there will be no defined genre or style of music for the stage, and so anyone might turn up. Go, stay there for a while, tell your friends you saw Justin Timberlake play to 400 people there at 4 am, and dare them to prove you wrong.

A Full Sized Victorian Pier

For reasons that will only make sense if you’ve been drinking at a festival for four consecutive days, this year a full-sized wooden mock Victorian Pier is being built at the site. It’s going to weigh over 160 tonnes, will be sixty meters long, and spraypainted gold. You’ll be able to find it – as if it were even possible to miss such a thing – close to the Park Stage.

Nicknamed ‘Glastonbury on Sea,’ it’s claimed that you’ll be able to find everything here that you’d be able to find on a pier at a traditional British seaside resort. That includes a Ferris wheel, a fortune teller, an amusement arcade, and carnival shows.

What’s a pier doing in an area where there’s no sea? Who knows, but it wouldn’t be Glastonbury if it weren’t a little weird. Is it losing its edge? We don’t think so.

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It’s a Sonic you haven’t seen before – an ensemble comedy that pokes fun at action-adventure storytelling, but still manages to deliver plenty of adrenaline! Wherever he goes and whatever he’s up against, Sonic the Hedgehog is aided by his sidekick, Tails, and his friends Knuckles, Amy, and Sticks and, of course, attacked by his arch nemesis, Dr. Eggman.

On this action-packed DVD, join Sonic and the gang as they accept a dare from Dr. Eggman. Tag along with Sonic and Knuckles as they enter a game show. And find out what happens when Sonic’s status as the town’s biggest hero is threatened. And so much more!

5 Biggest Box Office hits of 2019 so far (movies)

2019 is another great year for the film industry. Here the biggest hits in 2019 to date.

Avengers: Endgame

And just like that, the Marvel Cinematic Universe has ruled the box office with Avengers: Endgame. The last film in the Avengers franchise, the movie going public went gaga over the story arcs and the turnout of the movie. Directed by the Russo brothers Anthony and Joe, the Endgame stars Robert Downey Jr., Chris Hemsworth, Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth, Jeremy Renner, Scarlett Johansson, Brie Larson, Paul Rudd, Don Cheadle, and Josh Brolin. It grossed USD 357,115,007 on opening day in 4,662 theaters and has earned USD 2.344 billion. Besides being one of the most successful supehero movies, Avenger: Endgame can easily be considered one of best action movies 2019

Captain Marvel

Shown on March 8, 2019 in the US under the direction of Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck, Captain Marvel opened in 4,310 theaters and grossed USD 153,433,423 on opening day. Starring Brie Larson in the title role, Captain Marvel comes as the 21st film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. It went on to earn USD 1.122 billion in its entire theatre run from a budget of USD 175 million.

How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World

Toothless and Hiccup are back! How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World came out in February 22, 2019 and profited USD 357,115,245 on opening day in 4,259 theaters. Jay Baruchel, America Ferrera, and Cate Blanchett lend their voices again in this sequel. It cost USD 129 million to produce this film but it was able to get good money as it took home USD 517.3 million in the box office. You can watch How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World online via Prime Video & Redbox. 

Shazam

Based on the DC Comics character, director David F. Strasberg presents Shazam! March 5, 2019 saw the US release of Shazam! Starring Zachary Levi and Asher Angel, Shazam! grossed USD 53,505,326 on opening day in 4,217 theaters and has earned USD 357.8 million from a budget of USD 100 million.

Us

Lupita Nyong’o headlines in Us (check where to watch Us online, a psychological horror written and directed by Jordan Peele. Released on March 22, 2019 by Universal Pictures, it earned USD 71,117,625 on opening day in 3,741 theaters. From a budget of USD 20 million, it has a total earning of USD 252.2 million. It is a story of a family of four haunted by their dopplegangers, shadows who share the same spirit as their lookalikes and they have come to free themselves.

IPTV: Watching TV Without the Hassle of Cable

For years, we’ve enjoyed  entertainment through the use of local and cable TV. We pay for cable subscription amounting to an average70 of $64.41 per month.

But in recent years, the Internet paved the way to another method of television through IPTV. It provides a cheaper alternative where subscriptions charge for less compared to cable TV.

Not sure how it works? Let’s look at this cheaper alternative to watching TV.

1. What Is IPTV and How Does It Work?

Let’s look at these alternatives to cable TV. IPTV stands for Internet Protocol Television. What this means is that television programming runs through the internet protocol, allowing others to enjoy their favorite shows by using their laptops or mobile device.

Cable or satellite TV works by broadcasting and sending out signals, where receivers would translate the signals into your television screen. There are inherent problems to this approach as you can only watch what was being broadcast.

IPTV uses standard internet connection to deliver content. In order to enjoy content by watching it on a TV set sitting in your living room, you will need either a Smart TV or a receiver box.

2. Types of IPTVs

With watching IPTV, there are about three categories or formats that they provide in programming. Each one has its own set of pros and cons. Let’s look at them.

Video on Demand (VOD)

As the name implies, VOD allows you to watch the video whenever you want it. This is the type of service or format provided by various streaming sites. Anime streaming sites like Crunchyroll, or movie-streaming sites like Netflix make use of this setup.

Simply pick what you want to watch. The service provider starts streaming the data to you through the internet, and then you watch. Imagine enjoying a movie like John Wick Chapter 3: Parabellum whenever you want it.

Live IPTV

Compared to VOD, Live IPTV lets you watch shows in real time. For sporting events, this form of IPTV allows viewers to see the action when it happens. It stands as a go-to option for people on the go who want to watch their favorite sport.

Good examples of Live IPTV providers are Fox Sports Go and CBS Sports HQ.

Time-Shifted Media

What happens if you put Live IPTV and VOD together? The result is Time-Shifted Media, where you get the best of both ends of the IPTV spectrum.

If you missed the live broadcast, you can still watch it at a later time. The difference with VOD is in the shelf life of the video in question. After a specific amount of time, it will become unavailable for viewing.

3. Watching TV with IPTV: Worth It?

Compared to cable providers, you can pick what channels to go for with IPTV. You can get a personalized experience with it compared to cable providers.

You can enjoy IPTV for free as there are many Internet TV sites or channels that wouldn’t cost you a penny. Though note that these ones get support by ads.

There are also others that run on a subscription basis, similar to cable TV. Although the usual range hangs between $20 and $120, you receive the content that you subscribed to.

To know that it is really worth every cent, check these services and do your research. Check out every IPTV review and start from there.

Cut the Cable Today!

In the end, it all boils down to costs and meeting the needs. IPTV allows for a personalized setup compared to watching TV via cable. What you will need is a stable internet connection to get everything going for your viewing enjoyment.

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The Revival of American Theater

It’s not just television that is currently experiencing a golden age in American culture. The theater too is riding a dramatic upswing, both in terms of creative output and commercial success, attracting younger audiences to plays and musicals alike.

There are probably a variety of reasons for this happy situation. Theater is a medium of immediacy which provides a visceral thrill that can’t be streamed, downloaded or enjoyed later. In theater the action is always happening right now, and you have to be in the audience on the night to experience it.

For decades, theater suffered because it couldn’t win the competition with younger mediums like film and TV. The mistake was to fight these mediums on their own terms. Theater is now winning because it is concentrating on what it does best: thought-provoking live performances. It’s ironic that this great revival of the stage has come at a time when movies and television are also better and more popular than ever.

Breaking new ground

Back in the 1990s the theatrical resurgence began with staged adaptations of popular movie properties like Beauty And The Beast, Mary Poppins and The Lion King. This move succeeded in drawing in a new, younger audience. The likes of Aladdin, The Lion King, Frozen, Mean Girls and Wicked are still going strong, continuing to break their own box office records.

At the same time however, Tony Kushner’s ground-breaking play, Angels In America: A Gay Fantasia On National Themes (1992) ushered in a new era of American drama that reflects a heightened awareness of identity and intersectional themes of gender, ethnicity, sexuality and class.

Changing times

Brooklyn-born playwright Lynn Nottage is perhaps the best example of those currently working in this tradition. Nottage is the only playwright to have won the Pulitzer Prize for two separate plays. In 2009 she was awarded this coveted accolade for Ruined, which looked unflinchingly at the plight of women in the Democratic Republic of Congo. In 2017 she won it again for Sweat, produced by Louise Gund initially at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival in 2015, then off-Broadway in 2016 and finally on Broadway in 2017.

Sweat looked at changing economic and industrial patterns, plus familiar themes of race and identity, in one of the poorest cities in the US, Reading, Pennsylvania. The play was seen by many as an explanation for Donald Trump’s presidential victory in 2016 and as such was deemed “The first theatrical landmark of the Trump era” by the New Yorker.

Challenging sensibilities

As well as Nottage, the prolific, inventive and innovative Suzan Lori-Parks has also won many accolades for plays like Topdog/Underdog (2001) and Father Comes Home From The Wars Parts 1, 2 + 3 (2014), both of which look at racial identity and how it intersects with American history. An Octoroon was Branden Jacobs-Jenkins’ radical re-appropriation of an 1859 melodrama about race and slavery which won the Obie Award for Best New Play in 2014, while Bruce Norris’ Clybourne Park (2010) viscerally challenged the sensibilities and assumptions of its predominantly white liberal audience.

Younger audiences

Meanwhile the big shows on Broadway continue to break records. In January, Hamilton: An American Musical became the first Broadway show to gross over $4m in one week, while in the same month To Kill a Mockingbird took the highest single-week gross of any non-musical American stage production ever. Both were outdone however by Harry Potter and The Cursed Child, which had the highest single-week gross of any play in Broadway history.

Hamilton is credited with bringing a younger audience to the theater with its rap score and discussion of contemporary issues like race, gender and freedom, despite being set during the American Revolution. It debuted in 2015 and was an immediate critical and commercial success. Many have credited it with the 1.8m increase in attendance at Broadway musicals from 2013 to 2016, and the record-breaking attendances since.

A golden age

The 21st Century is proving to be a golden age for American theater, with writers addressing the urgent topics of today as well as finding new ways to address age-old themes. Meanwhile audiences are flocking to the stage in a commercial revival that few expected, but which contrasts remarkably with the struggles of film, television, print and the music industry to adapt to a digital age where audiences expect entertainment on demand and, more worryingly, free of charge.

Live theater can’t be streamed or bootlegged and at its best offers an experience to be remembered for a lifetime. Right now we are seeing American theater at its best. Those who only get their culture and entertainment mediated via a screen are definitely missing out.       

The Best Heist Movies of All Time

The classic heist movie has been a staple genre in Hollywood for decades. A close-knit team of criminals planning to make off with the haul of their lives. Sounds familiar, right?

Yet despite the fact that most modern heist films are all based on this similar premise, that doesn’t make them any less enjoyable. There are certainly a few films that stand out from the crowd, not to mention standing the test of time incredibly well. We’ve grouped together three main categories – the bank heist, the casino heist and the gang heist – and selected the most honourable mentions within each. Let’s dive straight in.

The Bank Heist – Reservoir Dogs

A heist movie like no other, it’s easy to forget that Reservoir Dogs was Quentin Tarantino’s first foray into the world of directing. In many ways it set the tone for Tarantino’s reputation as an auteur: unconventional, violent and unique. When you think of the standard heist movie, you think of three main sections: the plan, the execution and the aftermath. Reservoir Dogs almost completely does away with the ‘main’ second section, jumping between the events before and after the heist.

In doing so, we get a completely different take on the characters involved, their motivations and their allegiances. It’s a film where, for the most part, the action takes a back seat to the dialogue. We’re also still hoping for that Vega Brothers movie that’s long been talked about.

The Casino Heist – Ocean’s Eleven

Arguably the film that sparked the entire heist movie trend, Ocean’s Eleven was an immediate sensation upon its release back in 1960. Of course, the younger among us may be more familiar with the 2001 remake, starring the likes of George Clooney, Brad Pitt and Matt Damon. The remake stands on its own as a modern classic, transporting us back to the glitz and glamour of the Las Vegas Strip. We get a more in-depth look at the way modern casinos operate, specifically the Bellagio, The Mirage and the MGM Grand. It’s hard to find a more thrilling setting than that.

More recently, the legacy of the Ocean’s series has even reached beyond the silver screen into the rapidly evolving world of iGaming, with sites offering a range of heist-inspired games that draw on elements from Ocean’s Eleven, perfect for any film fan looking to get a taste of the casino heist thrill for themselves.

The Gang Heist – Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels

Another debut film from one of the most important British directors of the past few decades, Guy Ritchie. The film helped launch the careers of the likes of Jason Statham and Vinnie Jones, not to mention Ritchie himself. Interesting to think that it might not have been made if it wasn’t for a little help from Tom Cruise.

Loaded with unforgettable characters and a great soundtrack, Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels follows the path of a group of young schemers on a mission to repay the £100,000 they lost to an East London card-shark. It’s one of those films that leaves the audience wondering just who will come out on top.

So, there we have it, three top movies from three main genres of heist film. We’d be tempted to say we’ve seen it all, but the evolving nature of the heist movie probably means there’s much more to come.

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 with Mickey Mouse and his pals for a high-octane ride in Disney On Ice presents Road Trip Adventures. Exciting twists and turns await as Mickey, Minnie, Goofy and guests of all ages embark on an interactive and memory-rich adventure to iconic Disney destinations. See the world from the rooftops of London with Mary Poppins and Jack and his band of dancing lamplighters. Travel to the sun-soaked Motunui and help Moana restore the heart of Te Fiti. Set off on a safari and snap unforgettable photos of wild cheetahs and monkeys when guests traverse through the Pride Lands with Simba, Timon and Pumbaa. Discover a whole new world and be swept up in Aladdin’s princely parade filled with spectacular stunts, magical moments with Genie, and a brand-new song from Jasmine that will render the audience “Speechless.”  Mosey on over to a larger-than-life comedic carnival and team up with Woody and Bo Peep as they search for their new friend Forky.  Fans will hit a high note with Mickey and pals during the Disney edition of Road Trip Karaoke as they introduce Rapunzel, Belle, Ariel, Mulan and Tiana. Families should be prepared for a getaway jam-packed with unexpected hijinks and surprise, up-close character interaction as Disney On Ice presents Road Trip Adventures makes a pitstop right in Orlando!


For ticket information, visit DisneyOnIce.com
Orlando Show Times: Friday, September 6, 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, September 7, 11 a.m., 3 p.m. and 7 p.m.; Sunday, September 8, 1 p.m. and 5 p.m.
Venue: Amway Center, 400 W. Church Street #200, Orlando, FL 32801
For group rates and information, reach out to 866-248-8740. Stay current on the latest developments through social media:Facebook:  www.facebook.com/DisneyOnIce
Twitter: @DisneyOnIce #DisneyOnIce #RoadTripAdventures
YouTube: www.youtube.com/DisneyOnIce
Instagram: @DisneyOnIce

About Feld EntertainmentFeld Entertainment® is the worldwide leader in producing and presenting live family entertainment experiences that bring people together and uplift the human spirit. Properties include Monster Jam®, Monster Energy Supercross, Disney On IceDisney Live!, Marvel Universe LIVE!, Sesame Street Live!DreamWorks Trolls The Experience and Jurassic World Live Tour (coming Fall 2019). 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.

Online WSOP bracelet seats 50th anniversary

Online WSOP bracelet seats 50th anniversary

2019 is here, and it’s a big year for fans and players of online poker. In 2019, the World Series of Poker (WSOP), celebrates its 50th year – and you know what that means? Big celebrations, big cash prizes, and lots of chances to win a coveted bracelet, that’s what! The event kicks off in Las Vegas (where else?) on May 20th and runs for 50-days until June 2nd. For those of you who can’t make it to Vegas – fear not, there are plenty of chances for you to get in on the action too. In fact, the action is already well underway…

If you’re one of the lucky ones, located in New Jersey or Nevada, you probably know by now that online bracelet events are a big part of this year’s WSOP schedule. Via WSOP.com, you can compete in real-money games, and enter into satellite competitions, which feed right into the tournament’s many events, including the big one – the $10,000 Main Event starting on July 3rd.

The online action started back in January, when the New Year Kickoff Series saw online poker players compete in eight events in a bid to win a chunk of the $380,000 prize pool. Those that placed in the top three had their poker dreams come true when they were automatically granted a place in the WSOP $400 Online Bracelet event scheduled for this summer. In addition, those that missed out on the top three spots but turned up to play in three or more of the tournaments within the Kickoff Series were rewarded for their loyalty by being entered into a Player’s Challenge Freeroll. And, you guessed it, the top three victors in this will gain access to the WSOPs $1,000 Online Bracelet Event, also scheduled for this summer.

Just because you’re not in Las Vegas doesn’t mean you won’t get a tasty slice of the pie. This time last year, we saw online players win huge cash sums. William Reymond defeated almost 3,000 online opponents to take home $154,996 in the $500,000 Guaranteed No-Limit Hold’em Online Bracelet Event. Ryan Tosoc won a whopping $238,778 in the $1 million Guaranteed No-Limit Hold’em Online Bracelet Event and Chance Kornuth won $341,598 in the $1m Guaranteed No-Limit Hold’em High Roller Online Bracelet Event.

Last year there were nine events that afforded online players a crack at winning a WSOP gold bracelet. This year organisers have doubled that number to celebrate their 50th year. Bill Rini, Head of WSOP.com commented:

‘Just like the land-based WSOP, the annual summer series is also the best time for online poker players in the U.S. to chase big prize pools and WSOP gold bracelets. WSOP.com is offering a consistent gold bracelet schedule this year, plus non-stop satellites to both the online and live events, giving players the best opportunity to participate in the 50th Annual WSOP.’

We hope you’ve been honing those online poker skills in preparation for this historic celebration. This could be your year!

Oculus Quest Gets Release Date and Launch Details

When it comes to gaming, I have a feeling that the next level is definitely going to be virtual reality. VR gaming has taken a major jump in the last few years and only getting more and more popular. The new Oculus Quest is the first All-in-one VR Gaming Headset that comes with everything you need to explore VR, right out of the box. You don’t need a Playstation 4 or a fancy PC, this All-in-one device does it all while also launching with original games and experiences like “Vader Immortal: A Star Wars VR Series”, which is some next level gaming. Right there alone, this device is going to be worth the purchase.

The Oculus Quest comes in two options, 64 GB size and 128 GB. Personally, I have done some reseach and the 64 GB edition should be enough for the average user but if you are a hardcore gamer and looking to load up the device with games you might want to spring for the bigger option. The Quest does NOT have an expandable MicroSD, so if you go 64 GB you would need to delete games eventually to get new ones. One of my favorite games on the Oculus Rift is “Beat Saber” and that game requires 2.34GB of storage and other Rift titles like “The Climb” require nearly 13 GB of storage. I assume the sizes could be different on the Quest but just for comparison. Personally, I can’t imagine “Vader Immortal: A Star Wars VR Series” being less than 10 GB to download. So I think that even though it is $100 bucks more, the 128GB edition might be the safe if you want to be able to store more games.

Personally, I love being inside a virtual reality world. I would stay there permanently if I could. If you have ready the book or the movie “Ready Player One”, you can see that coming in the future. I think it is just a matter of time before this is embraced more and used as the norm. I can see everything in VR in the future from food shopping to school and casinos. How cool would it be to be in a virtual reality casino? In the meantime, while we wait for all that to happen you can check out Casinohex.jpから最高のオンラインカジノ the translation in case you need it for better understanding : Best online casinos from Casinohex.jp. I think the possibilities are endless and can only be limited by our own imaginations.

One of the coolest features that the Oculus Quest has is Insight tracking. The Oculus Insight tracking system instantly reflects your movements in VR without the need for any external accessories. It also has Oculus Touch controllers, which precisely recreate your hands, their gestures and interactions. So with the tracking system and the controllers combined you are really made you feel like you are in the VR world. I have to just admit though hands down the main reason why the Oculus Quest is going to change VR is it’s beyond room-scale. You don’t have to lug any big wires around or be teathered to a computer or device. The Oculus Quest works with your environment and you are able to play either standing or sitting or even in spaces big or small. Sign me up this Spring!

3 Best Educational Movies of the 21st Century

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According to research, teenagers and kids spend an average of 4.5 to 6.5 hours in front of screens. Knowing the dangers associated with excessive screen time, parents try to get kids off screens into a more productive activity like study.

What many parents miss, however, is that they could harness the power of movies and channel it to studies realizing even more benefits than those attained from the less-screen time approach. By selecting an appropriate educational film for students, you get to educate them on class issues and get points to stick for even longer.

However, finding a suitable educational movie requires more effort than an online search and watching whatever pops up first. To help you find suitable films for study, here are scrutinized movies recommended by educators for different levels and addressing various subjects.  While at it, consider engaging professionals to get your paper written and score credits in multiple subjects.

America: the study of US

With a plethora of educational films in the historical niche, none excels in narrating the US history like this film. In this 12-series nine-hour documentary film, you are taken through the history of America from its inception to the point it became a superpower.

Unlike other films, this documentary-drama narrates the American history with precision and in an entertaining manner thus increasing the ability for students retaining the information. Among the areas tackled in these movies include the technological advancements in America and how the shaped growth and industry.

The industrial developments, economic progression and the engagements of America in the world wars and the cold war. In the early episodes, the movie shows how America rid itself of the shackles of the British crown rule to gain the independence to govern themselves freely.

Although it covers dark parts of American history, this film does not include gory images and as such can be used for middle school kids.

The Story of all of us Mankind

Apart from being shrouded with many theories and ideologies, the history of humankind can prove a mind-nabbing lesson for students. To ease the concepts for students, this documentary lays down an account of evolution and describes the emergence of governance, metropolis, and superpowers.

As opposed to other educational films on the evolution of man, this film does not incline to any particular evolution theory instead marries various elements to create a flow of ideas and try to figure: what happened.

Apart from evolution, this documentary also shows the socio-political growth and rivalry that shaped the path to development until the current time. Also, this movie covers the challenges that informed the development of tools and other transitioning that early man had to accommodate to survive. Like the former, this is a twelve-hour series that should be studied in bits depending on the topic you aim to address.

American Promise

Unlike the latter and the former that is based on the historical occurrences, American promise is a documentary based on the current society and addressing the societal evils being faced currently.

Set in the school background, this movie shows the gap in the value of education between, African-Americans and white kids. Despite the talent levels of Idris and Seun, the families face a fair share of challenges getting them through the system due to the racism and other circumstances.

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Land-Based Casinos vs Online Casinos: What are the differences? 


It used to be that the only place that people could try their hand at blackjack or test their lucky number on the roulette wheel was a casino hall, made of brick and mortar. As the internet took hold and developers realized the popularity and demand for the likes of baccarat and slot machines, the games started to migrate to the virtual halls of online casinos.

It has been 15 years since the first online casino opened; technology has come a long way since 1994, and online casinos are now in abundance, so much so that online casino comparator websites have arisen to help players to decipher which casinos are the best in the UK. But what are the remaining differences between online casinos and land-based casinos?

The live casino experience

The obvious point to make is that the experience of going to land-based casinos is very different to that of online casinos. Regarding gambling opportunities and the chances to win, they both offer a similar experience, but gambling on a tablet, phone, or computer is quite different to gambling at a real felt table against a real dealer. People will make a night out of going to a land-based casino, enjoying the atmosphere and the chance to move chips and win cash.

With online casinos, the hands-on experience can be somewhat limited by comparison, but the accessibility and ease of use make the online experience more desirable to those who simply want convenient gaming and don’t want the additional expenditure that comes with going to a land-based casino, such as travel, food, and drink. A fairly new section of online casinos, the live casino section, is bridging the gap between the two forms of casino gaming and proving to be very popular.

Enhanced gambling security in-house

The convenience of online casinos can come at a price: that they become more readily available to those who may become problem gamblers. Online gamblers can set betting limits to help to enhance their personal gambling security, but some people won’t do so and will, therefore, expose themselves to possible risks.

Land-based casinos tend to be too far away for many people to find gambling opportunities on a whim, venues will remove any person who appears to be intoxicated, and they will have set maximum bet sizes. Online casinos are local to everyone and currently don’t have overly strict betting limits. Online casinos in the UK are very closely and stringently regulated, but there is a need for new restrictions on the size of bets that can be placed to help stop people from betting more than they can afford.

The variety of games

Land-based casinos are very limited on the number of games that they can host. A land-based casino can only fit as many games as its floor space will allow. On top of this, games need to be purchased, and until quite recently, the only way to upgrade the offering was to buy new games. This is to a slightly lesser extent now that digital slot machines have become more viable, but the issue of floor space and the cost of set-up are still very limiting.

Online casinos boast a tremendous variety of games, offering players chances to win across a whole host of different themed creations and twists on popular games. While online casinos do have their limits in terms of space, those limits are far greater and easier to expand than land-based casinos, which allows them to update the variety of games on offer regularly.

The continued development of online casinos

The online gambling industry is incredibly competitive, which is why websites are always keen to update their offering, add bigger and better games, offer bonuses to players, and improve in other areas as well, including complying with the Gambling Commission’s enhanced stance on consumer protection. There’s only so much that land-based casinos can do because each update will cost more money and will require upkeep.

Online casinos continue to expand the variety of games on offer and grow in popularity while the real-feel experience of land-based casinos is less sought-after, which has led to a decline in venues.

Bob Marley’s “LEGEND” Turns 35

 The World’s Best-Selling Reggae Album Of All Time Is Anointed With
A Special 35th Anniversary 2LP 180-Gram Vinyl Reissue On June 14

Los Angeles – April 24, 2019 – On June 14, The Marley Family, Island Records and UMe join collective forces to observethe 35th anniversary of Bob Marley & The Wailers’ Legend with a double 180-gram vinyl reissue.  Initially released on May 8, 1984, Legend holds the distinction of being the world’s best-selling reggae album of all time with over 15 million copies sold in the United States alone, and over 28 million worldwide. A greatest hits compilation for the ages, Legend is the soundtrack to the remarkable life and recording career of one of reggae music’s most important and influential figures. This iconic collection not only serves as the perfect introduction to the music of Bob Marley, it has also become an essential element of every reggae fan’s permanent collection.

This vinyl-only 35th anniversary reissue comprises the original “BMW1” version of Legend with the addition of two original U.K.-only cassette bonus tracks (“Easy Skanking” and “Punky Reggae Party”). Taken as a whole, the 16 songs thatcomprise Legend have literally defined a genre. Among the album’s instantly recognizable tracks are “Get Up Stand Up,” “One Love / People Get Ready,” “I Shot The Sheriff,” “Three Little Birds,” “Jammin,” and “Exodus.” Other Legend anthems like “No Woman No Cry” and “Is This Love” feature backing vocals from The I Threes, an all-female trio comprised of Marley’s wife Rita Marley, Judy Mowatt, and Marcia Griffiths. Mrs. Rita Marley’s own career retrospective, quite aptly dubbed Lioness of Reggae, is being released on limited-edition vinyl by Tuff Gong Worldwide on May 3.

A new visual for “Satisfy My Soul” was recently shot by Pantera as directed by Brian Kazez and produced by Propaganda Films, serving as a conceptual interpretation of the song to show what it means to “feel alright” in Jamaica. This also happens to be the same directorial team that shot a new clip for “Easy Skanking,” which was filmed in Kingston and garnered much acclaim earlier this year for the way it shared an authentic look at a day in the life of Jamaica and the indefatigable, uprising spirit of the people who live, love, and work there the whole year round.

To this day, Bob Marley remains one of popular culture’s most important and influential entertainment icons. His lifestyle and music continue to inspire new generations around the world. Marley was the first Jamaican artist to give voice to the struggles of his people and introduce Rastafarian culture to the world at large, and his expansive music catalog has sold millions of albums all across the globe.

Bob Marley’s legacy truly lives on in the artists and generations he has influenced. Today, the spiritual, political, and musical resonance of the man’s work continues to be felt around the world, and Legend is the one true collection that cements his perpetual global legacy.

Preorder and listen to the 35th Anniversary of Bob Marley & The Wailers’ Legend here:
bobmarley.com
facebook.com/BobMarley
twitter.com/bobmarley
instagram.com/bobmarley
youtube.com/bobmarley

Bob Marley & The Wailers LEGEND [double 180g vinyl]:
Side A

  1. Is This Love
  2. No Woman No Cry
  3. Could You Be Loved

Side B

  1. Three Little Birds
  2. Buffalo Soldier
  3. Get Up Stand Up
  4. Stir It Up
  5. Easy Skanking

Side C

  1. One Love / People Get Ready
  2. I Shot The Sheriff
  3. Waiting In Vain
  4. Redemption Song

Side D

  1. Satisfy My Soul
  2. Exodus
  3. Jammin’
  4. Punky Reggae Party

ABOUT BOB MARLEY:
Bob Marley, a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee, is notable not only as the man who put reggae on the global map, but, as a statesman in his native Jamaica, he famously brought together the country’s warring factions and simultaneously became a symbol of freedom and justice globally. Today, Bob Marley remains one of the 20th century’s most important and influential entertainment icons. Marley’s lifestyle and music continue to inspire new generations as his legacy lives on through his music. In the digital era, he has the second-highest social media following of any posthumous celebrity, with the official Bob Marley Facebook page drawing more than 71 million fans, ranking it among the Top 20 of all Facebook pages and Top 10 among celebrity pages. Marley’s music catalog has sold millions of albums worldwide. His iconic collection LEGEND holds the distinction of being the longest-charting album in the history of Billboard magazine’s Catalog Albums chart and remains the world’s best-selling reggae album. Marley’s accolades include inductions into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (1994) and ASCAP Songwriters Hall of Fame (2010), a GRAMMY® Lifetime Achievement Award (2001), multiple entries in the GRAMMY® Hall Of Fame, and a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame (2001). Marley was also awarded the UN Peace Medal of the Third World for his efforts in Jamaica. For more information visit: bobmarley.com and facebook.com/bobmarley.