Film Review: “Judy”

 

 

  • JUDY
  • Starring:  Renee Zellwegger, Finn Wittrock and Rufus Sewell
  • Directed by: Rupert Goold
  • Rated:  PG 13
  • Running time:  1 hr 58 mins
  • Roadside Attractions

 

When you mention the name Judy Garland to most people, their first thought is usually of Dorothy Gale, the Kansas farm girl who traveled the Yellow Brick Road in “The Wizard of Oz.”  They may not know that she was a singular talent with an amazing singing voice, or that she was also a fine actress, earning two Academy Award nominations and criminally losing Best Actress for “A Star is Born” to Grace Kelly.  They may remember her as Liza Minelli’s mother.  But very few will know that she led a troubled life.  Multiple marriages.  Being fired from films (she was originally scheduled to star in “Annie Get Your Gun” but was replaced by Betty Hutton).  Alcohol and drugs.  It all contributed to her death at the very young age of 47.  There will never be another Judy Garland.  But I must say, Renee Zellwegger in the new film “Judy” comes awfully close.

 

The film highlights two periods of Garland’s life.  As a child actress (Darci Shaw), presumably during the filming of “The Wizard of Oz” and towards the end of her life when she undertook a tour of London.  Both are harrowing.  Despite all of the smiles and staged fun, Garland is treated like an indentured servant by everyone from MGM head L.B. Mayer to the studio hack hired to make sure she doesn’t take a bite of a hamburger during a photo shoot for fear she’ll gain weight.  In London, Garland (Zellwegger) must deal with her personal issues, which include showing up on stage intoxicated.  Things begin to get better when she meets Mickey Deens (Wittrock) at a party.  Though he is much younger then she is, the two begin a relationship which seems to life Judy up.  But can she remain on top?

 

I always go into films like this with a little trepidation.  It is rare when you find an actor or actress that is able to embody a character you are so familiar with.  Jamie Foxx (“Ray”) and Rami Malek (“Bohemian Rhapsody”) pulled it off and were rewarded with Oscars.  Zellwegger may join them next year.  Hers is not a caricature of Garland but an actual channeling.  Her appearance…her mannerisms…everything says “Judy Garland” on film.  And, while she doesn’t sound like Garland when she does (and to be honest, no one can) she pays homage to some of the great tunes Garland was famous for.  In between concert scenes, which are well presented, the little looks into the life of this legend keep the film grounded, solidly anchored by Zellwegger’s award-worthy performance.

 

“The Wizard of Oz” is regarded as a classic.  So was Judy Garland.  50 years after her death, and 80 years after the film debuted, it’s good to see her getting her due.

 

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On Episode #208 of “Behind the Mikes” Moviemike and Jeremy talk about AD ASTRA, documentaries on DAVID CROSBY and LINDA RONDSTADT and ask the question: “Which director’s first film showed promise, only to have is following films disappoint?”  Give a listen HERE

Episode #207 of our “Behind the Mikes” Podcast Is Ready For Listening!

Episode # 207 of “Behind the Mikes” takes a look at “Angel Has Fallen,” reminisces about the classic horror film “Creepshow” and asks listeners the question: “Who is the most bad-ass movie President in film history?” Click HERE to listen!

 

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PMI-ACP: 5 Top Reasons You Should Go for It

The project management skills are always considered by 90% of the hiring managers before employing members of management staff in any institution. The PMI-ACP exam is exclusively formulated to address the proliferation of the Agile methodologies applied in the current projects. Besides, the Prepaway PMI-ACP is the rapidly growing certification because the latest Pulse of the Profession report shows that the organizations that use Agile methodologies complete their projects 19% faster and successfully as compared to their counterparts. More importantly, the PMI-ACP stretches to approaches such as Scrum, Lean, Kanban Test-Driven Development (TDD) and Extreme Programming (XP) which are also widely applied during project management.

How to take PMI-ACP exam?

To gain any credential you need to pass the exam. There is nothing easy than taking an exam at the comfort of your home. The PMI-ACP exam is an online proctored exam that can be taken anywhere so long as the environment works perfectly for you. All you need to have are the following:

  • A computer that has a webcam
  • Internet access that is reliable
  • A calm and quiet environment where you can spend hours without disruption.

Thereafter, you just sign up and select “Online Proctored Test” option as you pay for your PMI-ACP exam. Lastly, click “Schedule Exam” and choose a date as well as time which you are double sure that you will be available.

PMI-ACP exam details

The PMI-ACP exam is set to assess your ultimate understanding of Agile methodologies that are widely used during project management. The Project Management Institute (PMI) designed the ACP curriculum that includes the following topics:

  • Agile Applications and Techniques
  • Value-Oriented Delivery
  • Stakeholder Engagement
  • Teamwork Performance
  • Problem Deployment and Analysis
  • Adaptive Planning and Management

The exam lasts 3 hours and consists of 120 multiple-choice questions spread across the above-mentioned exam topics. PMI members are expected to pay $435 while non-members are supposed to pay $495 in order to take the exam.

In addition, the PMI-ACP exam eligibility is holistically structured such that you must have a certain education background as well as experience in using Agile methodologies. Let us have a look at how the PMI-ACP eligibility requirements are formulated.

  1. PMI-ACP educational requirement

In order to be considered for the PMI-ACP exam, you must possess at least a high school diploma or a secondary degree. Besides, you can also present any educational certification that is equivalent to the educational requirements mentioned.

2. PMI-ACP experience requirement

PMI understands that you might not have enough experience in Agile project management, therefore, it gives a mix of both Agile project management experience and general project management experience.

a. General project management experience

Here, you need to ensure that you have a minimum of 2,000 hours working on a project team for a period of not less than one year in the last 5 years. If you are a holder of the active PMP or PgMP credential, it will suit this requirement, but is not enough to apply for the PMI-ACP.

b. Agile project experience

In order to comply with this part, in addition to the abovementioned 2000 hours of general project experience, you need to have worked at least 1500 hours on the Agile methodology in the last three years.

c. Contact hours

The third requirement implies 21 contact hours that you need to earn in Agile practices. You can get them through taking online training programs or live classes, still, the first option is better, as you can complete it at your own pace.

Why PMI-ACP exam sounds appropriate for you?

In the current dynamic market, Agile is the perfect way to work on projects successfully, as Agile methodologies are considered to be the perfect technique used to complete the projects successfully. Here are some of the reasons why the PMI-ACP exam to be appropriate for you.

  1. Bigger coverage

The PMI-ACP exam embraces multiple a wide range of approaches to Agile, which include Scrum, Kanban, and Lean among many. Therefore, it grants you a better understanding of the pros and cons of different Agile flavors that are widely used in the market. In addition, you are going to be eligible for various job opportunities because some companies might have a job role for project managers who are conversant with Scrum while others prefer Kanban.

2. Confirmation of knowledge

Although this applies to every certification that is offered out there, the PMI-ACP is quite different because it confirms a bigger spectrum of knowledge. Nowadays, some job opportunities are specifically mentioning the PMI-ACP as a mandatory requirement for every candidate. The PMI-ACP exam testifies not only your education but also your experience in project management.

3. PMI’s global recognition

It is a great achievement to get project management certification from the world’s leading vendor – PMI. Every organization in the world believe that certified professionals from PMI have expert skills in using Agile methodologies. Therefore, you will easily find a job on any continent, since this credential is globally recognized.

4. Higher pay packages

That goes without saying that certified professionals earn more than uncertified ones. The PMI-ACP certification is a significant mark on your CV, that shows your top-notch skills and proficient knowledge in Agile methodologies. The hiring managers know that the PMI-ACP exam requires the broad spectrum of knowledge to go through. Thus, your employers will not like to lose such a valuable worker once you have acquired the incredible PMI-ACP certification. Note that the average annual salary of the PMI-ACP specialist is about $108,000.

5. Promotions

If you have been an ordinary employee for long, then the PMI-ACP exam is the perfect tool to catalyze your promotion to the management level. Upon achieving the PMI-ACP certification, your rank in the organization will automatically rise because you will be able to stand out among your fellow employees.

Conclusion

To become a real professional with top-notch skills in Agile techniques, getting the PMI-ACP certification is essential. For that, you need to pass the exam successfully. To prepare for the test, follow the requirements mentioned, use the material provided on PMI official website and the optional reliable online platform PrepAway and pass the PMI-ACP exam on your first try. Lift your career on a new level now.

 

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Pre-order “Ghostbusters™: The Video Game Remastered” Digitally and at Retail Today!

The Hit Ghostbusters Adventure Returns in HD on Oct. 4, 2019, for PlayStation®4, Nintendo Switch, Xbox One and Windows PC

MAPLEWOOD, N.J. – Aug. 20, 2019 – Saber Interactive has announced that pre-orders for Ghostbusters™: The Video Game Remastered, the HD re-release of the acclaimed action-adventure game featuring the original cast of Columbia Pictures’ classic films, are available today on the PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system, Nintendo Switch, Xbox One, and Windows PC.

Saber has also dropped a new pre-order trailer featuring Dan Aykroyd himself to celebrate: https://youtu.be/mHl1ZlDeL7k.

Fans can pre-order Ghostbusters: The Video Game Remastered today for $29.99 via the PlayStation®Store, Nintendo eShop, and Microsoft Store, as well as $24.99 via the Epic Games store. Physical copies of the game can also be pre-ordered on consoles exclusively at GameStop in the United States, EB Games in Canada, and a variety of retailers in Europe.

Ghostbusters: The Video Game Remastered delivers a unique story from Dan Aykroyd and Harold Ramis that captures the supernatural comedic fun and fright fans love from the franchise, celebrating its 35th anniversary this year. As the new rookie on the Ghostbusters crew, you’ll team up with your favorite characters from the films, reunited by the voices of Aykroyd, Ramis, Bill Murray and Ernie Hudson as Stantz, Spengler, Venkman and Zeddemore, alongside Annie Potts, Brian Doyle-Murray, William Atherton and Max von Sydow.

Manhattan is overrun once more by ghosts, demons and other paranormal creatures unleashed by a mysterious force, and only the Ghostbusters can drive this evil back to whatever dimension it crawled from. Hunt and trap a variety of new and infamous ghouls and phantasms — all remastered in HD resolution — with cool gadgets, upgradeable weapons, thrilling boss fights and widely destructible environments. Scan and analyze targets with the P.K.E. Meter and Paragoggles, then use your Proton Pack’s blast and capture streams to wrangle them into submission.

Ghostbusters: The Video Game Remastered launches on Oct. 4, 2019. For more information, visit www.PlayGhostbusters.com, and follow the game on FacebookTwitter and Instagram.

About Saber Interactive

Based in the U.S., Russia and Spain, Saber Interactive is an independent developer whose credits include the 2019 hit World War ZQuake ChampionsHalo: Combat Evolved AnniversaryHalo: The Master Chief Collection and others. Saber’s NBA Playgrounds is one of the best-selling digital console titles of 2017. The company has multiple development studios across the world making great games and bringing fun interactive experiences to life.

About Sony Pictures Consumer Products

Sony Pictures Consumer Products (SPCP) is the licensing and merchandising division of Sony Pictures’ Motion Picture Group and Sony Pictures Television for Sony Pictures Entertainment (SPE), which is a subsidiary of Tokyo-based Sony Corporation. SPE’s global operations encompass motion picture production, acquisition, and distribution; television production, acquisition, and distribution; television networks; digital content creation and distribution; operation of studio facilities; and development of new entertainment products, services and technologies. SPE’s Motion Picture Group production organizations include Columbia Pictures, Screen Gems, TriStar Pictures, Sony Pictures Animation, Stage 6 Films, AFFIRM Films, and Sony Pictures Classics. For additional information, visit http://www.sonypictures.com/corp/divisions.html.

About Ghost Corps

Ghost Corps, Inc., a subsidiary of Columbia Pictures Industries, Inc., is focused on expanding the Ghostbusters brand with live-action feature films, animated motion pictures, television, merchandise, and other new entertainment products.  Ghost Corps is headquartered on the Sony Pictures Studios lot in Culver City, Calif.

Episode #206 of “Behind the Mikes” – “Good Boys” and More

This week’s episode takes a look at the films “Good Boys,” “Hobbs and Shaw” and “A Score to Settle.” This week’s question – “What film did you love as a child but today you realize it’s a bad movie?” We also mention the film “Grease” no less than four times. Click HERE to listen!

“Behind the Mikes” Episode #205 – “Once Upon a Time…In Hollywood”

In this episode, we talk Tarantino, “The Lion King” and pose the question “which animated feature would you like to see made into a live-action film. Enjoy. Click HERE to listen!

Concert Review: Goo Goo Dolls & Train – Tampa, FL

First of all, a little about me.  I love theater, animals and my friends and family.  I’m 12 years old and this is the first major concert I ever went to.  On top of that, it was three acts! So for a first concert, this one was AMAZING!!! Allen Stone opened with a short set and then Goo Goo Dolls came on.  I got to hear all my favorites from Sirius XM. “Black Balloons” had dozens of black balloons bouncing around the audience, which was a lot of fun. I got to hit a few.  “Slide” was really good and the first encore was “Iris” which was epic!

After a short intermission, Train hit the stage. The sound of a train filled the room and they started right into “Calling all Angels”.  I loved this opening and it was my favorite non-song part. “50 ways to Say Goodbye” kicked off next with clips from the music video backing them up. It was awesome. In the middle of the set, Bruises was performed with Allen Stone taking on the female part, which Patrick Monahan said “wasn’t awkward at all”!  THEN, the lead guitarist, who was a Tampa native, performed “Under Pressure” with Patrick and his bass player.  It was my Dad’s favorite moment of the night and I loved it too. “Play that song” was my absolute favorite and I sang it all the way home. 

I loved the lights, the constant video and effects above the band. This was a daddy daughter date with my Dad and he totally surprised me.  The only song I missed was “Mermaid” which it doesn’t seem like they play much anymore. Train ended the night with “Drops of Jupiter” which was a great song for a great night.

https://www.setlist.fm/setlist/train/2019/midflorida-credit-union-amphitheatre-tampa-fl-339ea80d.html

https://www.setlist.fm/setlist/goo-goo-dolls/2019/midflorida-credit-union-amphitheatre-tampa-fl-239ea803.html

What mobile casinos offer players

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Great Fun Playing Online

Mobile casinos appear with amazing features and elements. You can access them from  mobile apps or web-browser. Mobile apps are available via iOS, Android and Blackberry. On the other hand, players can access mobile casinos via web-browser. For this purpose, you need to have HTML5 version installed.

Online casino customers use different mobile phones. Award-winning phones come from  iOS provider including iPad and iPhone gadgets. In addition, Android devices provide an extraordinary experience for gamblers. Up to date, Samsung Galaxy, Nexus and Motorola got on popularity.

When you want to access an online casino from a mobile phone, follow the next steps:

•    Find a reputable casino (click play now option)

•    Create an account (complete all information)

•    Log in (when you already have an account)

•    Use the software

•    Use all options (banking, promotions, help menu)

A Mobile casino should include multiple elements. First of all, it should implement 128-bit encryption technology for higher security. In addition, the casino should have a selection of games, valuable bonuses, upgraded security, and helpful customer support. All games should have certification from a reputable audit body such as eCOGRA.

Different bonuses from mobile casino

Online casinos award customers with different bonuses. Apart from providing valuable desktop bonuses, mobile casino bonus could make a difference. From now on, smartphone customers can relish in special bonuses for Apple, Android, and Blackberry. Mobile casino bonuses appear in multiple forms including free spins, no deposit bonuses and sign up promotions. Rollover requirements differ and you need to check them in terms and conditions.

No deposit bonuses are really rewarding for online users. As soon as you open an account, you need to enter no deposit bonus code and start playing. It allows you to sample different games without risking your own money.

Once you earn money at a mobile casino, you can make a withdrawal via several banking options. The most reputable casinos offer a selection of cashing out methods.

As you can assume, mobile casinos have multiple benefits and perks. We recommend everyone to start mobile gambling as soon as possible and reveal numerous options.

 

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When‎ we‎ heard‎ New‎ Kids‎ were‎ touring‎ with‎ the‎ likes‎ of‎ Salt-N-Pepa,‎ Debbie‎ Gibson,‎ Tiffany‎ and‎ Naughty‎ By‎ Nature,‎ we‎ just‎ new‎ we‎ had‎ to‎ be‎ there!‎ This‎ was‎ the‎ show‎ that‎ all‎ girls,‎ and‎ boys,‎ who‎ grew‎ up‎ in‎ the‎ 80s,‎ only‎ dreamed‎ about!‎ The Amway Center in Orlando, FL was hopping and all of the performers were on fire and the energy was just unbelievable. This‎ show‎ did‎ not‎ disappoint!

Illtown‎ Sluggaz‎ made‎ sure‎ the‎ crowd‎ was‎ pumped‎ as‎ they‎ played‎ a‎ set‎ of‎ songs‎ every‎ person‎ at‎ Amway‎ could‎ sing‎ and‎ dance‎ along‎ to!‎ When‎ New‎ Kids‎ came‎ out,‎ they‎ kept‎ that‎ energy‎ going‎ until‎ their‎ final‎ bow! New‎ Kids‎ set‎ included‎ hits‎ like:‎ “Dirty‎ Dancing,”‎ “Hangin’‎ Tough,”‎ “Remix,”‎ and‎ “Block‎ Party.”‎ Throughout their‎ sets,‎ Debbie‎ Gibson‎ and‎ Tiffany‎ took‎ to‎ stages‎ A‎ and‎ B‎ and‎ each‎ took‎ turns‎ singing‎ their‎ hits.‎ Salt-N-Pepa‎ came‎ out‎ and‎ absolutely‎ brought‎ the‎ house‎ down‎ with‎ their‎ hits‎ :‎ “Push‎ It,”‎ “Whatta‎ Man,”‎ “Let’s‎ Talk‎ About‎ Sex,”‎ and‎ “Shoop.”‎ Naughty‎ By‎ Nature‎ got‎ the‎ crowd‎ hyped‎ with‎ “O.P.P,”‎ “Jump‎ Around,”‎ and‎ “Hip‎ Hop‎ Hooray.”‎ 

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Disney On Ice presents Road Trip Adventures is Coming to Orlando September 6-8, 2019!

Orlando, Fla. – 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 multigenerational experience visits Orlando from September 6-8, 2019 for six performances at Amway Center.

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, upclose character interaction as Disney On Ice presents Road Trip Adventures makes a pitstop right in Orlando!

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 ticket information, visit DisneyOnIce.com.

To learn more about Disney On Ice, go to DisneyOnIce.com. Stay current on the latest developments through social media:

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Episode #203 of “Behind the Mikes” Podcast is live!

This week we talk MEN IN BLACK: INTERNATIONAL, discuss the “Weird” Al Yankovic film UHF, tell some Chuck Norris jokes and discuss which comedy film directors have made a successful jump to more serious fare. Enjoy! Click HERE to listen.

GUNS N’ ROSES’ DUFF McKAGAN RELEASES TENDERNESS

ALBUM PRODUCED BY AND FEATURING GRAMMY®WINNER SHOOTER JENNINGS

ON TOUR NOW – PLAYING DC TONIGHT

SEATTLE MARINERS HOSTING “DUFF McKAGAN NIGHT” ON JUNE 17 @ T-MOBILE PARK

McKAGAN TEAMS WITH NON-PROFITS FOR SOCIAL CAUSE CAMPAIGN

Today sees the release of TENDERNESS, the much-anticipated solo album from Guns N’ Roses’ Duff McKagan – click HERE to stream/purchase.

Produced by (and featuring) recent Grammy winner Shooter Jennings, TENDERNESS (UMe) sees McKagan reflecting on his experiences traveling the globe over two and a half years on Guns N’ Roses’  Not In This Lifetime tour.  Encountering heartbreak, anger, fear, confusion and divide on his travels during this tumultuous time in our world history, McKagan channeled a collective hurt into songs of monolithic power. 

On June 17th, the Seattle Mariners will celebrate the release of TENDERNESS by hosting “Duff McKagan Night” at T-Mobile Park. Package options include a ticket to see the game, a ticket to Duff’s June 16th gig at Showbox, a limited edition Mariners/Duff t-shirt, a copy of TENDERNESS and more – click HERE for additional info. McKagan’s Seattle takeover includes an instore at local music shop Easy Street Records on June 18th.

The June 16th Showbox date is part of McKagan’s North American tour, which kicked off last night in Philadelphia and will be followed by a European run that begins August 22 in Poland. All tour dates see Duff backed by Shooter Jennings and his band (see itinerary below). The shows will see McKagan bringing TENDERNESS to life, along with a few surprises.

The album, meanwhile, is getting rave reviews. Here’s what the press is saying:

“McKagan and Jennings have crafted an acoustic-Thunderous masterwork. Urgently and unflinchingly addressing the pressing issues of this bleak political era,
Tenderness is one of the most crucial and topical albums of 2019 — yet its heart-on-leather-sleeve vulnerability also makes it an instant Americana classic.”
– Lyndsey Parker, Yahoo Entertainment

“…a superb set of roots-rock ruminations…with Jennings’ help, [McKagan] crafted a mix of rock and Americana evoking both the Glimmer Twins and the Gutter Twins…”
– Sarah Rodman, Entertainment Weekly

“On Tenderness, Duff McKagan takes a hard look at some of the most important issues facing our country right now, and delivers his message with a musical vibe that’s equal parts Rolling Stones, Lou Reed, and Lies-era Guns N’ Roses.”
–  Spencer Kaufman, Consequence of Sound

“The record is miles away from the type of hard rock McKagan is known for playing with Guns N’ Roses or Velvet Revolver, or the more gritty and punky sounds he immersed himself in as a teenager in Seattle or with his own 2000s-era solo band, Loaded. Rather, these are intimate, stripped-down compositions, centered around McKagan’s strummed acoustic guitar and raw vocals, that run the gamut from the piano-based title track to the Rolling Stones–like “Chip Away,” a call to strength in the face of social and cultural injustice. Other standouts include the pedal steel–inflected “Last September,” which tells the story of an abusive relationship, and the haunting “Parkland,” which captures the dichotomous feelings of shock and numbness that characterize the American reaction to school shootings and other acts of mass violence. To be sure, these are big-picture songs that focus on topics affecting all people.”
–  Rich Bienstock, Guitar Player

“People are going to herald this as one of the best albums of the year. This is Americana-Duff McKagan. It’s not what you expect.”
– Larry Flick, SiriusXM radio host

“Best Crossover Album” (Best of LA Music Issue)
–  Brett Callwood, LA Weekly

“..A somber, deliberate work…evokes Mark Lanegan-style Americana…”
– Alison Stewart, Chicago Tribune

McKagan has created a campaign that puts the album’s themes into action and he’s inviting fans to join him in an effort to give support to organizations doing great work. Those include Seattle’s Union Gospel Mission, 320 Changes Direction, and To Write Love on Her Arms, among others. For more information, please visitpropeller.la/duff.

Photo By: Albert Sanchez

Tour Dates

Friday May 31st – City Winery, Washington, DC 
Saturday June 1st – City Winery, Boston, MA 
Monday June 3rd  – Irving Plaza, New York, NY
Thursday June 6th  – Thalia Hall, Chicago, IL 
Saturday June 8th – Cannery Ballroom, Nashville, TN 
Monday June 10th  – Historic Scoot Inn, Austin, TX 
Thursday June 13th  – El Rey, Los Angeles, CA 
Friday June 14th – Great American Music Hall, San Francisco, CA 
Saturday June 15th – Aladdin Theater, Portland, OR 
Sunday June 16th – Showbox Presents, Seattle, WA 
Thursday August 22nd  – Stodola, Warsaw POLAND
Friday August 23rd – Astra, Berlin GERMANY
Saturday August 24th – Blue Moon Festival, Amsterdam HOLLAND
Monday August 26th – Gloria, Cologne GERMANY
Tuesday August 27th – Alte Feurwache, Mannheim GERMANY
Thursday August 29th – Islington Assembly Hall, London UK
Saturday August 31st – Electric Picnic Festival, Dublin EIRE
Sunday September 1st – Academy, Manchester UK
Tuesday September 3rd – Le Trabendo, Paris FRANCE
Wednesday September 4th  – Ancienne Belgique, Brussels BELGIUM
Friday September 6th – Dynamo, Zurich SWITZERLAND
Sunday September 8th – Saniera Club, Milan ITALY

2019 Summer Movie Preview

As Memorial Day has come and gone, it’s time once again to take a look at some of the films being offered to us for our air conditioned enjoyment. As always, special thanks to our friends at the Internet Movie Database for some synopsis information. Opening dates shown are subject to change at the whim of the studios.
(*) denotes a film that one of Media Mikes’ critics are especially looking forward to.

MAY 31st

*ROCKETMAN
Starring: Taron Egerton, Jamie Bell and Bryce Dallas Howard
Directed by: Dexter Fletcher

At first I was shocked when I heard about this film. Harlan Williams playing Elton John??? Then I realized it was a different Rocketman. Following in the footsteps of “Bohemian Rhapsody,” this bio-pic tells the story of one Reginald Dwight, who the world knows as Sir Elton John. Director Fletcher took over for Bryan Singer on “Bohemian Rhapsody” and early reviews say this film is equally good.

GODZILLA: KING OF THE MONSTERS
Starring: Godzilla, Rodan, Mothra
Directed by: Michael Dougherty

The big guy is back and he’s bringing his pals with him.

MA
Starring: Octavia Spencer, Juliette Lewis
Directed by: Tate Taylor

The Podcast gang spent a lot of time trying to come up with the plot to this one. Give it a listen and let us know if we got it right.

JUNE 7th

DARK PHOENIX
Starring: Sophie Turner, James McAvoy and Michael Fassbender
Directed by: Simon Kinberg

Jean Grey begins to develop incredible powers that corrupt and turn her into a Dark Phoenix. Now the X-Men will have to decide if the life of a team member is worth more than all the people living in the world. Though it’s being released by Disney, this was originally a 20th Century Fox property. Now that the MCU is ALMOST one big happy family, I’m curious if the X-men will show up in a future Avengers film.

*LATE NIGHT
Starring: Mindy Kaling, John Lithgow and Emma Thompson
Directed by: Nisha Ganatra

A late night talk show host suspects that she may soon be losing her long-running show. Kaling is always fun to watch and I’ve been in love with Emma Thompson since “The Tall Guy!”

*THE SECRET LIFE OF PETS 2
Starring the voices of: Kevin Hart and Patton Oswalt
Directed by: Chris Renaud, Jonathan del Val

Continuing the story of Max and his pet friends, following their secret lives after their owners leave them for work or school each day. Hopefully in this one, Hart’s Snowball isn’t homicidal.

JUNE 14th

AMERICAN WOMAN
Starring: Sienna Miller, Aaron Paul
Directed by: Jake Scott

A woman raises her young grandson after her daughter goes missing.

*MEN IN BLACK: INTERNATIONAL
Starring: Chris Hemsworth and Tessa Thompson
Directed by: F. Gary Gray

The Men in Black have always protected the Earth from the scum of the universe. In this new adventure, they tackle their biggest threat to date: a mole in the Men in Black organization. Sadly, the newbies won’t be trained by agents J or K.

JUNE 21st

CHILD’S PLAY
Starring: Aubrey Plaza, Tim Matheson
Directed by: Lars Klevberg

Hollywood again picks the bones of a dead franchise and tries to breathe new life into it. The bad news: Brad Dourif is not the voice of Chucky. The good news: Mark Hamill is.

TOY STORY 4
Starring the voices of: Tom Hanks, Tim Allen
Directed by: Josh Cooley

When a new toy called “Forky” joins Woody and the gang, a road trip alongside old and new friends reveals how big the world can be for a toy. Disney’s movie about toys dolls is going to kick the crap out the Universal’s movie about a toy doll at the box office.

JUNE 28th

ANNABELLE COMES HOME

Starring: Vera Farmiga, Patrick Wilson
Directed by: Gary Dauberman

Determined to keep Annabelle from wreaking more havoc, demonologists Ed and Lorraine Warren bring the possessed doll to the locked artifacts room in their home, placing her “safely” behind sacred glass and enlisting a priest’s holy blessing. But an unholy night of horror awaits as Annabelle awakens the evil spirits in the room, who all set their sights on a new target-the Warrens’ ten-year-old daughter, Judy, and her friends. The real Lorraine Warren recently passed away, for those of you keeping score at home.

*YESTERDAY

Starring: Himesh Patel, Lily James
Directed by: Danny Boyle

A struggling musician realizes he’s the only person on Earth who can remember The Beatles after waking up in an alternate timeline where they never existed. Written by the great Richard Curtis – who also wrote “The Tall Guy,” the movie I first fell in love with Emma Thompson with.

JULY 2nd

*SPIDER-MAN: FAR FROM HOME
Starring: Tom Holland, Jacob Batalon and Marisa Tomei
Directed by: Jon Watts

Following the events of “Avengers: Endgame,” Spider-Man must step up to take on new threats in a world that has changed forever. I’m guessing the start of Phase 3 of the MCU? Love Holland as Spidey and Batalon’s Ned is one of my favorite movie side-kicks ever.

JULY 12th

*STUBER
Starring: Kumail Nanjiani, Dave Bautista
Directed by: Michael Dowse

A detective recruits his Uber driver into an unexpected night of adventure. As someone that has driven for Uber I will admit I’m intrigued. The most exciting thing that ever happened to me was a woman breaking up with her boyfriend in the back of my car!

JULY 19th

THE LION KING
Starring the voices of: Seth Rogen, Donald Glover and Beyonce’
Directed by: Jon Favreau

For those of you who have been on Mars for the last 25 years: After the murder of his father, a young lion prince flees his kingdom only to learn the true meaning of responsibility and bravery. Favreau worked miracles with his version of “The Jungle Book” and Disney is hoping this is another “Aladdin,” not “Dumbo.”

JULY 26th

*ONCE UPON A TIME IN… HOLLYWOOD
Starring: Brad Pitt, Leonardo DiCaprio and Margo Robbie
Directed by: Quentin Tarantino

It’s the summer of 1969 and a lot of things are happening in Hollywood. Sex. Drugs. And Charles Manson. As advertised, this is the 9th film directed by Tarantino, who has always said he plans on making 10 and retiring. I challenge you to find a filmmaker that has made as many films as he has without making a dud. Even my favorite director, Steven Spielberg, has made a misstep (I’m looking at YOU, “Hook”).

AUGUST 2nd

FAST AND FURIOUS PRESENTS: HOBBS and SHAW
Starring: Dwayne Johnson, Jason Statham and lots of cars
Directed by: David Leitch

When the eighth film in this franchise came out I joked on our Podcast that the next one would be called “Fine and Furious,” because “fine” rhymes with “nine.” However, to avoid paying me money, Universal has chosen this title. Lawman Luke Hobbs and outcast Deckard Shaw form an unlikely alliance when a cyber-genetically enhanced villain threatens the future of humanity. I’ve only seen the original and part 5. However, the addition of Idris Elba as the villain might pull me into the theatre for this one.

AUGUST 9th

*SCARY STORIES TO TELL IN THE DARK
Starring: Michael Garza and Austin Zajur
Directed by: André Øvredal

A group of teens face their fears in order to save their lives. Podcast co-host Loey Lockerby says that these books scared the hell out of her when she was a kid.

AUGUST 16th

47 METERS DOWN: UNCAGED
Starring: John Corbett, Nia Long
Directed by: Johannes Roberts

Four teen girls diving in a ruined underwater city quickly learn they’ve entered the territory of the deadliest shark species in the claustrophobic labyrinth of submerged caves. Why isn’t this being called “48 Meters Down?”

*WHERE’D YOU GO, BERNADETTE
Starring: Cate Blanchett, Kristin Wiig and Laurence Fishburne
Directed by: Richard Linklater

A loving mom becomes compelled to reconnect with her creative passions after years of sacrificing herself for her family. Her leap of faith takes her on an epic adventure that jump-starts her life and leads to her triumphant rediscovery.

AUGUST 30th

In Germany, our movie would be called “De Scheisse”

PLAYMOBIL THE MOVIE
Starring the voices of: Daniel Radcliffe and Kenan Thompson
Directed by: Lino DiSalvo

Animated feature film inspired by the Playmobil brand toys. Are you ****ing kidding me??? PLAYMOBIL THE MOVIE???? A movie about the little toys my grandchildren play with?? Quick, get me Hollywood…I want to make a movie about the game of Jacks! Believe it or not, Daniel Radcliffe was not only Harry Potter but did “Equus” on Broadway. How the mighty have fallen. Look for him to reprise the role of Harry Potter when he leads tours around Universal Orlando.

Look for our movie NEXT summer!

 
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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.

Did you enjoy and find this useful? You can also check out our plethora of entertainment news and film reviews today, like this one on a review of Detective Pikachu.

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