Cinema 2019 surprisingly offers a vast
variety of films that will certainly amaze filmmakers and viewers with an
interesting plot always awaiting them. Without a doubt, the premieres of 2019
caught their attention with their first minutes and surprised fans and critics.
has listed the best 2019 movies for you, which all have to watch. The list
draws on the most anticipated movies, the ones already released. Some of the
recordings on streaming services can be seen in good quality.
The film takes viewers to the 18th
century, at a time when Queen Anne Stewart led the English throne. The queen,
who had 17 dead children; she is often ill; she has strong outbreaks of
aggression; she is obese and can not properly manage the country. The weakened
queen invited her mistress, married Sarah Churchill, to live in her castle.
Having seized an excellent and rich
castle, Sarah, it would seem, has already received what she so much wanted.
However, the poor relative of the queen, who later became her
“favorite”, arrived at the palace. Olivia Colman, who plays the title
role in the film, received Oskar in the Best Actress nomination.
Madonna and the Breakfast Club
Madonna is the most successful artist in
the world of music. She has counted millions of records and concerts. Behind
her millions of devoted fans and connoisseurs of her work. It provokes,
captures and affects. The film tells about how the world glory of the star
actually began. The feature film, shot in the genre of documentaries with
unique shots and videos from personal archives, will impress everyone.
Ben is back
The main role in the film “Ben is
back” is played by the famous actress Julia Roberts. In the film, she
appears in the image of a mother who is experiencing a difficult relationship
with her son. The heroine’s son runs away from the rehabilitation center to his
mother, convincing her that he has changed and has become the same as before.
However, the woman realizes that Ben has remained the same. She has a day to
80 years ago there was a cartoon about a
funny elephant who was able to fly. And so after so much time, a remake comes
out from Director Tim Burton. In the story, the family of a former circus
artist becomes the guardian of a newborn elephant. The man’s children give him
the name Dumbo. Having learned that the elephant calf can fly thanks to its
ears, the circus owner decides, under any circumstances, to make him the star
of the show.
Fast & Furious Presents:
Hobbs & Shaw
According to the plot of the tape, sworn
opponents special agent Hobbes and the criminal Shaw live by their own big
principles and will never trust each other. However, in the spin-off of the
cult Forsage franchise, they will be forced to unite to protect the world from
a crushing biological attack.
Award season is in full bloom and once again it’s time for the readers of Media Mikes to vote for their film favorites for the 2019 Media Mikes Awards.
Last year over 3,000 readers submitted their choices in the following categories:
BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
BEST ANIMATED FEATURE
Members of the Media Mikes staff will vote on the following categories:
BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY
BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY
BEST MUSICAL SCORE
Votes can be submitted either through our Facebook page or by email. Emails can be sent to MikeS@Mediamikes.com Votes can be submitted through February 5, 2020, with the winners announced on Friday, February 7th.
Random voters will be chosen to receive some great 2019 movie swag!
Between us I’d have to estimate that Mike G, Lauren, Jeremy, Michael D. Smith, Becki and myself see no less than 150 films a year here at Media Mikes. So when the year comes to an end, many of us like to share with you what films we felt were the Best. And, because they can’t all be winners, we like to tell you which ones we wished we had stayed away from. Ideally, if you haven’t seen any of these particular films you will either be intrigued enough to seek it out…or make the mental note to avoid at all costs! Enjoy!
#1. 1917 Sam Mendes has created an epic film that thrives on its small cast and “continuous shot” presentation. Cinematographer Roger Deakins, who shot many of the Coen Brothers’ films, will surely earn Academy Award nomination number fifteen for his work here. (He won previously for “Bladerunner 2049”)
#2. JUST MERCY This film doesn’t open wide for another week but it has been playing in select cities since Christmas. An emotional look at the injustice heaped upon one man and the attorney who works tirelessly to find the truth. Michael B. Jordan and Jamie Foxx give award-worthy performances. #3. MOTHERLESS BROOKLYN Edward Norton laid it all on the line as he not only starred in this film but wrote and directed it. His eye as a director is keen and changing the time setting of the story from the present to the 1950s was a masterstroke. #4. JOKER Todd Phillips’s look at an almost dystopian society and the people who inhabit it. In my mind, it’s between Joaquin Phoenix and “Marriage Story” star Adam Driver for the Best Actor Oscar. #5. KNIVES OUT When I was a teenager I loved the Neil Simon-penned comedy “Murder by Death” and, when I saw the trailer for this film I thought it would be similar. Wrong! Funny? Yes. But amazingly crafted. Extra credit for Daniel Craig pulling off a southern accent. #6. YESTERDAY What if you woke up tomorrow and found that the Beatles never existed? A true masterpiece that pays tribute to the universal joy brought to us by the four lads from Liverpool. Also contains the year’s most emotional moment. I won’t spoil it but, if you didn’t tear up, it’s quite possible that YOU’VE never heard of the Beatles. #7. (tie) LINDA RONDSTADT – THE SOUND OF MY VOICE / DAVID CROSBY-REMEMBER MY NAME Two amazing documentaries that give viewers an inside look at two of the most influential singers and musicians of their time.
#8. THE IRISHMAN When people look back at the history of film making they will probably be flabbergasted to see that Martin Scorsese won his first directing Oscar for “The Departed.” The creator of arguably the greatest film of the 1980s (“Raging Bull”) as well as “Taxi Driver,” “The King of Comedy,” “Goodfellas” and “Gangs of New York” just may take home his second one for this 3 1/2 hour masterpiece. #9. ONCE UPON A TIME…IN HOLLYWOOD I will admit that, while I enjoyed the film, I didn’t LOVE it when I reviewed it. But a second viewing put it on my list. Great performances and a beautifully recreated Los Angeles, circa 1969. And boy…that ending! #10. AVENGERS: ENDGAME The final film in a 23-film series, the likes of that Hollywood will never see again (unless Marvel does it). When Robert Downey, Jr declares, “I AM Iron Man” the emotional explosion in the theater is jaw-dropping. HONORABLE MENTIONS: US, MARRIAGE STORY, BLINDED BY THE LIGHT, STAN and OLLIE
When a web site includes your name you have the opportunity to stay away from most of the stink-burgers that come out. Luckily (and sadly) these two lured me in. ANGEL HAS FALLEN: There is a great “Mean Tweet” in which Gerard Butler reads, “Does Gerard Butler have a lot of student loans to pay off? He’s always doing shitty films?” To which Butler replies, “No, I don’t have any student loans. I just like doing shitty films.” Add this one to the list. DUMBO: Damn you, Tim Burton. My wife and I skipped the critic’s screening of this so we could take our granddaughter. She hasn’t talked to us since!
#1. PARASITE Wild, entertaining, shocking, gripping and a movie you’ll be thinking about for days, if not weeks. This is Bong Joon-ho’s magnum opus. This isn’t just the best movie of 2019, this is easily one of the best movies of the 2010s. #2. 1917 We’re treated to way more WWII movies than we are WWI. “1917” is not only a visual masterpiece, but the kind of movie that reminds us why WWI shouldn’t be forgotten and just how devastating it truly was for the brave soldiers in it. #3. THE LIGHTHOUSE If it wasn’t for “1917,” this would have been the most visually impressive film of the year. Marketed as a horror, I’d say it’s more a suspenseful comedy, with a pair of tour de force performances.
#4. TOY STORY 4 Not to be a narcissist, but to quote my own review earlier this, “I would have never guessed back in 1995…that these plastic toys come to life would make me cry twice later in my life.” #5. JOJO RABBIT Channeling Charlie Chaplin and Mel Brooks, Taika Waititi has given audiences one of the most heartwarming, tragic and uplifting films of 2019, and it’s about a boy and his Hitler. #6. THE IRISHMAN I wouldn’t say this is Scorsese’s best, but he certainly has book-ended a beloved genre and given several actors a much-deserved swan song. #7. MIDSOMMAR An unsettling nightmare in broad daylight. Besides the unforeseen horrors happening in the sun, there are plenty of laughs to go along with this outstanding horror film. #8.US Jordan Peele raved about “Midsommar.” So I’m sure he wouldn’t be upset to see his stellar sophomore outing below “Midsommar.” I can’t wait to see what he does next. #9. BOOKSMART I absolutely adored this film and its messages. But just as impressive as the script, were the performances by Kaitlyn Dever and Beanie Feldstein, as well as the direction by Olivia Wilde. #10. CLIMAX If you’ve ever been on the fence about trying LSD or any other kind of hallucinogens, I wouldn’t recommend “Climax.” It’s a delirious technicolor nightmare that entrances viewers.
HONORABLE MENTIONS: HONEY BOY, LORDS OF CHAOS, ONE CUT OF THE DEAD, EL CAMINO, UNCUT GEMS, ONCE UPON A TIME…IN HOLLYWOOD, SHAZAM, THE REPORT, MARRIAGE STORY
#1. AFTER Everyone involved in this should be ashamed of themselves. What’s that you say? They’re making a sequel? This is further proof we’re living in the darkest timeline. #2. SECRET LIFE OF PETS 2 Illumination knows exactly what it’s doing and they feel no shame. I wish people would stop giving them reasons to make awful sequels. #3.A DOG’S JOURNEY Sappy sentimentality tries to mask the flawed and unethical morality. I love dogs, but this is a crap story and film. #4. MIDWAY When Michael Bay said, “No one can top my crappy WWII movie,” Roland Emmerich said, “Hold my beer.” #5. DETECTIVE PIKACHU Knowing that some people loved this movie makes me hate this cliche, predictable, trite flick even more.
Here’s my Top 9, leaving open that 10 slot as the end of the year has so many films on offer that I’m sure one I’ve missed would be bound to swoop in!
#1. MIDSOMMAR Oh “Midsommar,” how much did I love this film? Enough to come back for the 171 minute director’s cut at Lincoln Center this August for even more. Ari Aster’s follow up to “Hereditary” showcases yet another powerhouse female performance in Florence Pugh. The film is hard to call a “horror”, unless you’re in the middle of a fight with your romantic partner, but it definitely isn’t for the faint of heart. Aster packs this film with so much visual detail that return trips continue to prove satisfying. This film also has a pitch dark streak of savage humor that gave me one or two of the most morbid laughs of the year. #2. JOJO RABBIT I elaborated in my five star review of Taika Waititi’s WW2 satire, but this is for me the funniest film of the year while still tugging on a ton of heartstrings. For me, it is Scarlett Johansson’s best performance (and yes, I’ve seen “Marriage Story”)
#3. KNIVES OUT Chris Evans and Daniel Craig played wildly against type in Rian Johnson’s murder mystery whose twisty turny finale was a delight, or maybe it was a donut… #4. AVENGERS ENDGAME I may not be fully on board with all of the character choices for Marvel’s epic Infinity Saga conclusion, but man, if this didn’t do justice to the 21(!) films whose job it was to wrap up. The “Portals” sequence playing to a sold out crowd on opening night was chills, cheers and tears inducing in a way I have never experienced at a movie theater. #5. JOHN WICK: CHAPTER 3 – PARABELLEM In a year without a “Mission: Impossible,” John Wick came to the rescue in terms of just absolutely satisfying stunt sequences. That knife fight IN a knife store alone earned the whole movie’s placement on this list. #6. FORD v FERRARI I fortunately saw this one in IMAX where the roar of the impeccably edited racing sequences could be felt in my bones. James Mangold delivered a solid spectacle lead by the always-reliable Matt Damon and Christian Bale. #7. ROCKETMAN “Rocketman” was everything I wished last year’s “Bohemian Rhapsody” would have been. From star Taron Edgerton actually recording a slew of Elton John classics himself to the integration of said songs into lively and visually fun musical numbers. Bonus points for a lovely turn from Jamie Bell as Bernie Taupin. #8. LITTLE WOMEN Greta Gerwig’s sterling adaptation of Louisa May Alcott’s classic assembled one of the strongest acting ensembles of the year and showed the March sisters in a whole new light. #9. THE LIGHTHOUSE Robert Eggers’s follow up to 2015’s “The Witch” was just as steeped in atmosphere–this time of an isolated New England lighthouse in the 1890s where Robert Pattinson’s Thomas is taken under the lunatic wing of Willem Defoe who may or may not have a supernatural connection to the beacon they tend to. In stunning black and white, Eggers produced some of the most memorable imagery of the year.
In lieu of a Worst list–since I don’t see enough to pull a whole list confidently–I’m sorry to say MEN IN BLACK: INTERNATIONAL was the biggest disappointment. Taking Hemsworth and Thompson, who have a proven comedic chemistry and just throwing them into this lazy script was a huge wasted opportunity.
MICHAEL D. SMITH
#1. 1917 Selected by the Kansas City Film Critics Circle as the year’s Best Film, “1917” is simply a stroke of genius. Nominated for three Golden Globes, “1917” is not only a masterful example of the war film genre, but it is also a masterpiece of cinema in general. Directed by Oscar-winning British filmmaker Sam Mendes (“Skyfall,” “The Road to Perdition”), who co-wrote the screenplay with Krysty Wilson-Cairns (“Penny Dreadful”), “1917” is an accurate depiction of the Great War with an edge-of-your-seat plot that is essentially Great Britain’s “Saving Private Ryan.”
#2. KNIVES OUT An impressive piece of creative writing, “Knives Out” deserves to be in the pantheon of great murder mystery flicks. With a terrific cast including Jamie Lee Curtis, Don Johnson, Christopher Plummer and Michael Shannon, “Knives Out” is led by Daniel Craig in a wonderfully entertaining performance that makes you forget all about his more famous alter egoJames Bond. Whether you guess who done it within 15 minutes or not until the very end, “Knives Out” provides a great way to spend the night out at the movie theater. #3. JOKER Featuring by far the best male lead performance of the year, “Joker” is the most in-depth character study captured in cinema in 2019. Joaquin Phoenix goes to Herculean lengths to tap into the essence of a man so ostracized by society that when his last thread to sanity is cut, he becomes something that lies somewhere in the middle of being a villain and a hero. Dark, gritty and violent, “Joker” is not your typical comic book or even graphic novel movie. It eclipses both. Phoenix is supported by a memorable supporting performance from Robert De Niro. #4. MOTHERLESS BROOKLYN Edward Norton’s effort is a triumph of cinematic art and deserves to be an Oscar contender in multiple categories. Adapted from the 1999, National Book Critics Circle Award-winning novel of the same name by American novelist Jonathan Lethem, “Motherless Brooklyn,” written and directed by Norton, is a brilliant, throwback detective story with an all-star cast that delivers the goods. It mirrors early 1950s Brooklyn in such a palpable way that it makes you feel like you are there. Despite its arguably long, two-hour plus running time, the puzzle-like central story is so engrossing with its twists and turns that you can end up losing yourself in it. #5. US Academy Award-winning writer Jordan Peele followed up his magnificent horror thriller “Get Out” with another stroke of genius thatwhich should not be watched immediately before bedtime. An inventive work that will give you goosebumps throughout as the Wilson family, led by Lupita Nyong’o and Winston Duke, tries to stay alive in the face of eerie doppelgangers who want them all dead. Nyong’o was recently selected by the Kansas City Film Critics Circle as 2019’s Best Actress for her memorable performance. #6. ONCE UPON A TIME IN HOLLYWOOD Love or hate him, there is no denying the talent of Quentin Tarantino. In this, his ninth and allegedly next-to-last film, Tarantino pays tribute to Hollywood’s Golden Age by putting his own unique spin on the August 1969 Sharon Tate murders. With enthralling performances by Leonardo DiCaprio and Brad Pitt, Tarantino dug deep into his imagination with an entertaining “what if?” story with a climax that will drop your jaw to the floor and imagery that will be stuck in your head for days afterwards.
#7. THE IRISHMAN At three hours and 29 minutes, “The Irishman” is a Martin Scorsese film not to be tackled lightly. However, if you are a fan of not just mafia-related stories but also a trio of iconic actors – Joe Pesci, Robert De Niro and Al Pacino – then you will be greatly rewarded. It is the supposed story of mob hitman Frank “The Irishman” Sheeran who worked closely with the mob for decades and claimed that he was the one who made labor union leader Jimmy Hoffa famously disappear. Of the three, it is Pesci who outshines everyone as a mob boss. It is nothing less than the greatest performance of Pesci’s long career. #8. QUEEN & SLIM Ideally, a great work of art, especially one that is controversial, will have a deeply emotional and/or intellectual impact on the viewer. It is no different with the genre of cinema. Erroneously labeled by some as a Bonnie and Clyde-type story, “Queen & Slim” explores the fear and outrage felt by many in America over numerous fatal shootings in recent years of black men, often young ones, by white law enforcement officers. While its climax is heavy-handed and the overall portrayal of the police is too generalized, “Queen & Slim” remains a terrific specimen of cinematic art. #9. A BEAUTIFUL DAY IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD Last year, I had the fantastic documentary “Won’t You be My Neighbor?” in the eighth spot of my 2018 top ten list. This year, another Mister Rogers film makes my year-end highlights. Inspired by true events, Tom Hanks puts in a mesmerizing supporting performance as the late, beloved PBS show host as he tries to help a jaded newspaper reporter remember what is most important in life. It is a sweet, lovely story amidst harsh times. #10. AVENGERS: ENDGAME Ten years’ worth of Avenger-related movies, some better than others, culminated with “Endgame” and it was all worth it with a tremendously rewarding finale. What made it so spectacular was not that it had great special effects or a cast with enough stars to fill up the nighttime sky. Rather, it contained an emotional story that did not have a neat and tidy ending. It was a true struggle of good vs. evil with many of those on the side of good having to pay a terrible price for their collective success. It does leave one to wonder how the gang at Marvel Studios will do with the next phase of Avenger flicks. HONORABLE MENTIONS: AD ASTRA, I AM MOTHER, PEANUT BUTTER FALCON
Every Time I
Die, Against Me, The Damned Things, Terror, Harms Way, All Get Out, Mercy Union
December 13th, 2019
Riverworks, Buffalo, NY
Our score 4 out of 5 stars
Buffalo’s favorite sons Every Time I Die kicked off their two day “Tid The Season” event on December 13th at the expansive Riverworks complex in Buffalo, NY. The annual event which this year was spread across two days features tons of great music, ice skating, curling, a bucking reindeer and on day two a full card of Pro Wrestling. With both nights of the event being sold out well in advance the venue quickly became packed with fans from all points of globe who were anxious to see what the ETID boys had in-store as a thank you to their rabid fan base.
With Riverworks now in its 3rd year of hosting the annual Christmas show the venue and crew operate a tight ship as the night’s first group Mercy Union started promptly at 5pm. The New Jersey based group performed a brief upbeat set which helped warm fans up as they patiently made their way in from the cold and on to the venues large corridor and balcony. Leaving little time for the energy to wane indie rockers All Get Out would perform next. The group wasted little time getting acquainted with the growing crowd as they blasted through songs from their “Northport Sessions” release which the audience seemed to enjoy. Harms Way would follow taking the evening into a much heavy direction as vocalist James Pligge and company laid down a thunderous dirge of homegrown Chicago hardcore which almost instantly whipped the crowd into a circular frenzy for nearly the entire set. Hardcore veterans Terror would take the stage next serving as the explosive catalyst that the capacity crowd had anxiously been waiting for. Helmed by Buffalo native Scott Vogel the band easily put down one of, if not the best performance of the night. As the band blasted through songs from their seven album catalog, countless bodies made their way over the heavily manned security gate seemingly fueling the bands ferocity. Later on in the set Vogel stoked the coals even further buy demanding the crowd put the security to work which in turn caused even more bodies to fly towards the stage nearly decimating the yellow shirt clad staff.
The collective group known as The Damn Things followed for what would be the groups second ever Buffalo performance. Consisting of Anthrax’s Scott Ian, Alkaline Trio’s Dan Andriano, Fall Out Boy’s Joe Trohman and Andy Hurley and fronted by Every Time I Die vocalist Keith Buckley the group put on a really impressive set for a group who doesn’t play together all that often. Songs like “Cells”, “Omen” and “We’ve Got a Situation Here” sounded great and showcased each of the member’s musicality outside of their natural habitats. Filling the slot normally labeled as “Direct Support” was the punk rock group Against Me! which on paper may have had some scratching their heads given the aggressive sound of the other bands on the bill however the staple four piece group quickly alleviated any doubts people had as they performed songs like “I Was A Teenage Anarchist”, “Dead Friend” and “Cliché Guevara” before closing out the sixty minute set with the song “Black Me Out” from the groups 2014 album “Transgender Dysphoria Blues”.
Closing out the night were event hosts Every Time I Die. As the group came to the stage cloaked behind a giant curtain where a fire place was being projected while Christmas music blared over the PA you could feel the anticipation come to a boiling point. As the curtain dropped and several air cannons and sparklers erupted the moment everyone was waiting for had finally arrived. The band opened the set their song “Floater” before bridging into the songs “Pelican” and “Glitches”. Guitarist Jordan Buckley and Andy Williams along with bassist Steve Micciche dominated the stage from all angles while drummer Clayton “Goose” Holyoak and vocalist Keith Buckley handle business from their prospective perch’s. The band who has been touring off and on this year in between writing for a new record sounded great as always and in between numbers thanks fans for their continued support over the years. To further show their support the band treated the crowd to a new song they have been working on titled “Back Distance”. Like much of the bands previous work fans quickly showed their acceptance and appreciation for the song as they kicked, swung and flailed throughout signaling their approval.
attended this event for the last few years I always wonder how ETID will top
the previous years show. With 2019’s show being split over two days I wasn’t
sure how things were going to play out or if the band was going to really give
their all on the first night knowing how big of a day Saturday generally is.
Not only did ETID and the rest of the bands on the bill all turn in solid
performance they all seemed to give just a little extra due to the magnitude
and energy of the crowd. Yes it would have been great to see some killer pro
wrestling on both days of the bill but there has to be room to grow. Given the
successful sell out of both days and ETID’s uncanny ability to one up
themselves time after time my hope is that they continue to build on making a
really fun, fan friendly event for us die hard ETID-iots.
“1917,” Sam Mendes’ look at a
secret mission during World War I, was named the Best Film of the Year by the
Kansas City Film Critics Circle. The
film also took home honors for Mendes’ direction and for its cinematography. “1917” and “Us” were the only film to receive
multiple awards, with “Us” star Lupita Nyong’o being named Best Actress while
the film was chosen to receive the Vince Koehler Award for the year’s Best
Science Fiction, Fantasy or Horror Film.
Each year the Kansas City
Film Critics Circle, the second oldest critics organization in the United
States, votes on their choices for the groups James Loutzenhiser Awards. 2019 marks the 54th time the group
has passed out its awards. The South
Korean film “Parasite” was named the year’s Best Foreign Film while “Toy Story
4” joined the first three films in the series by also being named the year’s
Best Animated Film, an amazing achievement.
Below is a complete list of
the winners of the 54th Annual James Loutzenhiser Awards
BEST FILM: “1917”
ROBERT ALTMAN AWARD
FOR BEST DIRECTOR Sam Mendes for “1917”
BEST ACTOR Adam Driver in “Marriage Story”
BEST ACTRESS Lupita Nyong’o in “US”
BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR Joe Pesci in ‘The Irishman”
BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS Da’Vine Joy Randolph in “Dolemite is My Name”
BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY Rian Johnson for “Knives Out”
BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY Greta Gerwig for “Little Women”
BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY Roger Deakins for “1917”
BEST ANIMATED FEATURE “Toy Story 4”
BEST FOREIGN FILM “Parasite” – South Korea
BEST DOCUMENTARY “Amazing Grace” and “Apollo 11” (tie)
It is no secret that the movie business is a
huge corporation from the people who make the movies to the people acting in
the movies, and the like the proverbial gift that keeps on giving there is lots
of money to be made. So out of all the movies that were made this year and of
all the people who acted in them who has the most money? Well let’s see who
they are, I think there will be some surprises, both with who is on and off of
With a career spanning four decades and multi-million-dollar
movies under his belt such as Romeo and Juliet, Titanic, Inception, The
Revenant, The Wolf of Wall Street, The Greats Gatsby and many more it is not
hard to imagine that he would be one of the richest actors in 2019. However, I
think it would shock people to realize that he is actually at the bottom of
that list with a net worth of $245 million.
A global superstar with many global
blockbusters to his name in the thirty-two years that he has been acting such
as Fight Club, An Interview with a Vampire, Troy, Fury and The Curious Case of
Benjamin Button. He has a face that is instantly recognizable in pretty much
every household at yet at a net worth of $300 million he is nowhere near the
richest actor of 2019. Other actors that are also worth $300 million are Robert
DeNiro, Will Smith, Robert Downey Junior, and Michael Douglas.
Tom Hanks has had an incredible career that has
spanned decades and has worked on some of the most incredible films of the 21st
century as well as making movies that have been great for children and adults
alike. His library of movies consists of films such as The Green Mile, Forrest
Gump, Castaway, The Polar Express, Toy Story, Apollo 13 and The Da Vinci Code.
So, it is surprising that he only has a net worth of $350 million. Also
surprisingly are the other actors who also are worth this amount such as Sean
Connery, Keanu Reeves, and Jessica Alba.
Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen
Otherwise known as the Olsen Twins both
Mary-Kate and Ashely have worked together since they were children as well as
branching out by themselves also. As well as acting they also are both fashion
designers and businesswomen. Together then they are worth approximately
$400 million. The other actors who are
also worth as much as Mary-Kate and Ashley are Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sylvester
Stallone, and Mel Gibson.
George has gone from strength to strength with
his acting career to go on to make films such as Batman and Ocean’s Eleven. His
career has seen him make a net worth of $500 million.
In a career
that has been rolling since he was a teenager,
Tom Cruise has made some incredible films such as An Interview with a Vampire,
Mission Impossible, Top Gun, Jack Reacher and War of the Worlds. All of which
has seen him have a net worth of $570 million.
Famous for his self-named sitcom Seinfeld and
other sitcoms such as curb your enthusiasm, Louie and 30 Rock, Jerry Seinfeld
is a hugely popular actor with a net worth of $950 million.
Oprah is an incredible talent who is not only
famous for her globally renowned chat show Oprah but also for her acting
projects such as the character of Sophia in The Color Purple. Therefore, due to
her incredible talent and heart-warming demeanor, it will not surprise people
to see she is the richest actor of 2019 coming in at $2.4 billion.
The TV industry is changing rapidly. Nowadays, viewers know exactly what they want and due to internet transparency, they also know the ongoing prices of different packages. Cable TV providers offer us more choices than we could ever imagine. It is because of this colossal variety of options that people often get confused as to which TV service they should avail for their home. So, if you are one of those lost people who are looking for a cable TV package, worry not because we have got you covered.
In this article,
we will talk about the best cable TV packages that you can get for your home at
a reasonable price. So, without further ado, let us get started.
Providers of 2019:
To make this
process easy for you, we have compiled a list of top TV providers of 2019 so
that you can conveniently compare their prices and packages on a single
platform without jumping around different tabs.
Now that you
know about the top TV providers, let us discuss the types of TV services, which
are currently being offered in the market:
Digital Streaming (Requires
TV Service Provider:
providers like AT&T and Frontier partner with DirecTV to facilitate the
customers with the best satellite TV service. When you avail of this service,
you get a number of benefits like NFL Sunday Tickets, HD resolution, premium
channels and much more.
DirecTV is our
editor’s pick because it offers the best TV experience, especially if you are a
sports enthusiast. On top of NFL Ticket, you get coverage from the most
prominent sports leagues, which include MLB EXTRA INNINGS, MLS Direct KickTM,
NBA LEAGUE PASS AND NHL CENTER ICE. Upon upgrading your package to
Entertainment, you get access to ESPN, TBS, and TNT.
Along with these
amazing perquisites, DirecTV provides you with the opportunity to record 200
hours of HD video content so that you never miss any of your favorite shows.
Best Package: DirecTV Premier
TV Service Provider:
There are a
number of cable TV providers offering their services in the U.S but the best
ones are listed below:
known for providing premium channels at affordable rates. The Spectrum Select
TV package costs only $44.99 per month and it offers a great channel line-up,
which includes ABC, Disney Channel, ESPN, and HGTV. The Silver Package, on the
other hand, gives you access to other premium channels like SHOWTIME, HBO, and
CINEMAX. So, if you love watching the aforementioned premium channels, then
Spectrum is your best available option.
Best Package: Spectrum Gold
long-term contract policies, Xfinity offers popular channel line-ups in its
basic package so that people can get the most out of their service. Xfinity’s
Digital Starter package starts from $59.99 per month and with this package, the
company has made its way to the top out of all the TV providers in the U.S. The
provider also offers the Xfinity X1 DVR service, which can record up to 6 shows
at a time – this sums up to 100 hours of recorded video content which is quite
an amazing offer.
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Premier Conference and Trade Show for the Global Attractions Industry Takes Place at the Orange County Convention Center Nov. 18-22
ORLANDO, Fla., US (Nov. 18, 2019) — IAAPA Expo 2019 (formerly IAAPA Attractions Expo), the global attractions industry’s premier event, opens today at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida. Hosted by IAAPA, the global association for the attractions industry, this year’s event features more than 1,100 exhibiting companies from around the world filling 585,000 net square feet of indoor and outdoor exhibition space. More than 38,000 global attractions industry professionals from over 100 countries are expected to attend to learn, buy, and network.
“We’re thrilled to bring together the global attractions community for IAAPA Expo,” said Hal McEvoy, president and CEO, IAAPA. “The attractions industry continues to thrive around the world, and the strength, growth, and passion of our dynamic industry is reflected right here. We have an outstanding line-up of special events, speakers, and educational programming along with our amazing, diverse trade show floor. It’s going to be an exciting week.”
Trade Show Floor
More than 1,100 exhibiting companies will display the latest products and services in 125 different business categories on the trade show floor, including 130 exhibits in the adjacent “Exploration Station” and outdoor displays.
Education Conference and Special Events Throughout the week, IAAPA Expo offers more than 100 educational experiences on a wide range of topics as of the event’s robust education conference. Attendees will learn from world-renowned industry experts, make new connections, and build their international networks.
Special events include the sold-out GM and Owners’ Breakfast on Wednesday, Nov. 20, featuring Christine Duffy, president, Carnival Cruise Line. The sold-out IAAPA Celebrates event will take place at Universal’s Islands of Adventure on Thursday, Nov. 21.
In addition, annual IAAPA awards will be presented throughout the week, including the IAAPA Hall of Fame Awards, IAAPA Service Awards, and IAAPA Young Professional Award. The 2019 IAAPA Brass Ring Awards ceremony, one of the global attractions industry’s most prestigious honors, will take place on Wednesday, Nov. 20.
Press Conferences IAAPA Expo is where news happens. Attendees will be among the first to learn the latest industry news as exhibiting companies debut and unveil new products, host live demonstrations, and announce what’s new during press conferences from the trade show floor. This year, more than 30 exhibiting companies are hosting press conferences announcing new advances in rides, technology, products, and services in the global attractions industry.
Tuesday, Nov. 19
10:20-10:45 a.m. – Rocky Mountain Construction / Busch Gardens Tampa Bay, Booth 4006
10:55-11:20 a.m. – Maurer Rides / Carnival Cruise Line, Booth 4803 11:30-11:55 a.m. – ETF Ride Systems / LEGOLAND New York, Booth 5140
About IAAPA Expo 2019 IAAPA Expo is the premier conference and trade show for the global attractions industry, including amusement and theme parks, where visitors spend $45.2 billion around the world. IAAPA Expo 2019 will draw more than 38,000 industry professionals, including more than 24,000 decisions-makers and buyers from more than 100 countries to the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida, Monday, Nov. 18 through Friday, Nov. 22. The 585,000-net-square-foot trade show floor will be open Tuesday, Nov. 19, through Friday, Nov. 22. Additional information is available at www.IAAPA.org/IAAPAExpo. #IAAPAExpo
About IAAPA IAAPA is a diverse and dynamic community of global attractions professionals. As the largest international trade association for permanently located attractions, IAAPA unifies the attractions community, connects people to learn and grow together, and strives to promote the highest professional standards for excellence and safety around the world.
Founded in 1918, IAAPA represents more than 6,000 attraction, supplier, and individual members from more than 100 countries. Members include professionals from amusement parks, theme parks, attractions, water parks, resorts, family entertainment centers, zoos, aquariums, science centers, museums, manufacturers, and suppliers.
The association’s global headquarters and North America office are located in Orlando, Florida, US. IAAPA also maintains offices in Brussels, Belgium; Hong Kong, China; Shanghai, China; Mexico City, Mexico; and Alexandria, Virginia, US. To learn more, visit www.IAAPA.org or connect through social media channels: @IAAPAHQ #IAAPA.
The Big Bang Theory: The Complete Series on Limited Edition Blu-ray™
Featuring All 12 Seasons along with Exclusive Bonus Content
If you are looking for the perfect holiday gift this season, look no further than the The Big Bang Theory: The Complete Series Limited Edition Blu-ray, which features highly collectible packaging, a digital copy of every episode and all-new, never-before-seen special features. I am a huge fan of this show for over a decade and it is sad to see it end but at least we have this beautiful limited edition Blu-ray set to enjoy over and over again. This is a show that has amazing replay value and I expect to be cracking open this box set often. I can imagine that this will be a popular gift this holiday season and it deserves to be since it is a fine release from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment.
The Big Bang Theory: The Complete Series, including all 279 original episodes from 12 seasons of the top-rated sitcom, will also be available for fans to own on DVD ($179.99) and a premium Limited Edition Blu-ray ($249.99 SRP). The complete set will feature nearly 12 hours of extras along with an additional disc including three exclusive and never-before-seen featurettes! The special Limited Edition Blu-ray Boxset comes in a beautiful lay-flat book with a fun pop-up and includes a digital copy.
For years, fans have been
delighted watching their favorite physicists Leonard (Johnny Galecki) and
Sheldon (Jim Parsons) navigate the universe and everyday life along with Penny
(Kaley Cuoco), and fellow scientists Howard (Simon Helberg), Raj (Kunal Nayyar),
Amy (Mayim Bialik) and Bernadette (Melissa Rauch), as well as other beloved
characters. Now that Sheldon has married neurobiologist Amy Farrah Fowler,
he’ll have to make some serious adjustments to their “Relationship Agreement”
in Season 12. Will their equation for marital bliss alter the chemistry between
these two beautiful minds? Perhaps Leonard and Penny will provide the data as
they experiment with variable in their own marriage. Meanwhile, Howard and Bernadette explore the
principles of parenthood, and Raj considers a traditional arranged marriage. Quantum
comedy converges in the twelfth dimension for the final season!
With Blu-Ray’s unsurpassed picture and sound, The Big Bang Theory: The Complete Series, Blu-Ray releases will include 1080p Full HD Video with DTS-HD Master Audio for English 5.1. These Blu-Rays also come with a digital copy of all the episodes.
The Big Bang Theory: The Complete Series
Includes nearly 12 hours of previously released bonus content from
Seasons 1 through 12, plus the following exclusive special features:
The Big Bang
Greatest Hits: 12 Years of Comedy in 24 Minutes
BATMAN BEYOND: THE COMPLETE SERIES LIMITED EDITION
SERIES’ FIRST-EVER BLU-RAY PRESENTATION COMING OCTOBER 15, 2019 TO DIGITAL; AND BLU-RAY™ BOX SET OCTOBER 29, 2019
This holiday season Warner Bros. Home Entertainment delivers the most perfect holiday gift for any fan of Batman. For the first time ever “Batman Beyond” is home on Blu-ray in a beautiful limited edition set. Collectibles within the stunning packaging include an exclusive chrome Batman Beyond Funko POP, and four beautifully-designed lenticular art cards produced especially for Batman Beyond: The Complete Animated Series Limited Edition. This ultimate collectors Blu-ray box set will be individually numbered for a Limited Edition release of 50,000. So if you are lucky enough to snag one of these, it will surely make for a most terrific holiday gift.
BURBANK, CA (July 18, 2019) – Batman Beyond,
the landmark animated television series that illuminated the imagination of a
new generation of Batman fans with its creation of an altogether new hero, is
celebrating its 20th anniversary – and you get the gift! Warner Bros. Home Entertainment has
remastered the heralded series for its first-ever presentation on Blu-ray™ in the all-encompassing Batman Beyond: The Complete Animated Series Limited Edition, arriving
Digital ($49.99 SRP USA, $59.99 SRP Canada) starting October 15, 2019 and in
box set ($99.99 SRP USA, $119.99 SRP Canada) on October 29, 2019. Distribution
in Canada will be day-and-date with the USA, Pre-orders are now available.
extraordinary Batman Beyond: The Complete Animated Series Limited Editionpackage features approximately
1,500 minutes of entertainment spread over four Blu-ray™ discs, plus the two bonus discs of enhanced
content. In addition to a newly-remastered Blu-ray presentation of Batman
Beyond: Return of the Joker, there are 15 featurettes on the bonus discs,
highlighted by two new inside looks at the beloved television series, led by Nostalgic
Tomorrow, a gathering of Batman Beyond production talent and
cast led by executive producer Bruce Timm and actors Kevin Conroy and Will
Friedle, the voices of Batman and Terry McGinnis, respectively. The bonus discs
also spotlight four episodes with audio commentary from Timm and select members
of the production team.
by Warner Bros. Animation, Batman Beyond premiered on January 10,
1999 to instant ratings and critical success. The series would run for three
seasons, covering 52 total episodes and a full-length animated film, Batman
Beyond: The Return of the Joker. Nominated for nine Emmy Awards, Batman
Beyond would ultimately take home two Emmys – including Outstanding Special
Class Animated Program in 2001 – as well as three Annie Awards.
Of the 52 original Batman Beyond episodes, 41 have been
fully-remastered from either their original 35mm film source or the uncommon
format “OCND,” the original camera
negative digital (a digital scan of original negative). Lines and resolution
have been enhanced, and dust and dirt have been removed – however, cell dirt
remains to not disturb the original picture. Included in the remastering was
the removal of grain, resulting in enhanced colors. The remastering process
does cause a slight aspect ratio change (approximately 3% loss of screen
Due to time-worn irreparable damage, the remaining 11 episodes were
“Smart Rezzed” from standard definition Digibeta video. The process provides
for significant enhanced resolution and improvement of the original source
material in converting from standard to high definition, though it does sacrifice
horizontal lines for clearer image and color representation. While still a
marked improvement over the original video, viewers will notice a slight
difference between the Remastered and the Up-Rezzed final footage. The 11 affected
episodes are: “Eyewitness,” “Final Cut,” “The
Last Resort,” “Armory,” “Sneak Peek,” “The Eggbaby,” “Zeta,” “Plague,” “April
Moon,” “Sentries of the Lost Cosmos” and “Speak No Evil.”
Tour kicks of October 30th with Support from Jared James Nichols and Reverend Jack.
John 5’s New Full-Length Album, “Invasion”, Available Now!
JOHN 5 and the Creatures is set to kick off the second leg of the Invasion Tour 2019 this week in Battle Creek, MI. Jared James Nichols, who supported JOHN 5 on the first leg of the Invasion Tour earlier this year, has once again been tapped to open along with additional support from Reverend Jack.
“I’m excited to get back out on the road with The Creatures and play music from the new album,”JOHN 5 says. “The response to the first leg of the Invasion Tour earlier this year was amazing and I can’t wait to hit even more cities. Jared James Nichols was phenomenal last time around and we are happy to have him join us again.”
Released this summer, JOHN 5‘s highly-anticipated Invasionalbum received rave reviews all around. Fans were able to get a taste of the album throughout the first half of the year via a series of videos released each month. JOHN 5 kicked off the year with the debut video clip from Invasion, the campy animated “Zoinks!”, followed by three equally eccentric videos for “Midnight Mass,” “I Am John 5” and “Crank It – Living with Ghosts.” A new video for the track “I Want It All” was unveiled along with the release of the album last week. Invasion was produced and mixed by Barry Pointer (Richie Sambora, Joe Perry, Steve Vai, Jackson Browne). JOHN 5 will start 2020 with yet another tour, this time taking JOHN 5 and the Creatures on The Verdict Tour alongside Queensryche.
In addition to praise for the Invasion album, JOHN 5 has been making news for his unlikely appearance on HGTV’s “A Very Brady Renovation.” Susan Olsen, the actress known for her portrayal of the beloved pig-tailed Cindy Brady recently posted a picture of her with JOHN 5 and Cindy’s beloved Kitty Carryall doll.
“So there are photos that my friends and I have been sitting on because we don’t (and mustn’t) blow the reveals,” she wrote on her Instagram account. “But at last I can share! Cindy has a little brother now. John Brady, welcome to the family!”
Not long after his adoption by the Bradys, JOHN 5 took to the seas for Megadeth‘s MegaCruise, where the newly-christened “Bad Brady” lived up his name. Before leaving port in San Diego, police arrived at the boat on a noise complaint, threatening to lock up the ship’s captain if JOHN 5 did not stop playing.
Tickets for the Invasion Tour and special VIP Packages are available for all shows through theJOHN 5 webstore
JOHN 5 and The Creatures tour dates:Invasion Tour w/Jared James Nichols and Reverend Jack
10/30 – Music Factory @ Battle Creek, MI
10/31 – Cleveland, OH @ The Winchester
11/1 – Detroit, MI @ Token Lounge
11/2 – Chicago, IL @ Reggie’s
11/3 – Ringle, WI @ Q&Z Expo Center
11/5 – Kansasville, WI @ 1175
11/6 – Minneapolis, MN @ Turf Club
11/7 – Des Moines, IA @ Lefty’s
11/8 – Omaha, NE @ Sokol Underground
11/9 – Lawrence, KS @ The Bottleneck
11/11 – St. Louis, MO @ Fubar
11/12 – Memphis, TN @ Growlers
11/14 – Atlanta, GA @ Smith’s Old Bar
11/15 – New Orleans, LA @ The Parish at the House of Blues
11/16 – Miramar Beach, FL @ Village Door Music Hall
11/17 – Nashville, TN @ The Basement East
11/18 – Charlotte, NC @ Amos Southend
11/20 – Greensboro, NC @ Blind Tiger
11/21 – Annapolis, MD @ Ram’s Head on Stage
11/22 – Philadelphia, PA @ Voltage Lounge
11/23 – Lancaster, PA @ Chameleon Club
11/24 – Rochester, NY @ Montage Music Hall
About JOHN 5: JOHN 5 has worked with a varied range of artists, performing as guitarist for some of the biggest headlining rock bands in the world such as Rob Zombie and Marilyn Manson, as well as playing session with Paul Stanley, Rod Stewart, Lynyrd Skynyrd and more. Slash has called JOHN 5, “one of the most mind-blowing guitarists around” and Rob Zombie has dubbed him “a fucking shredder”. JOHN 5 has released seven solo albums to date, as well as a remix album, and has written music for the likes of Motley Crue, Steve Perry, Ricky Martin and others.
Elite Comics’ Halloween ComicFest just got BIGGER!
For an event this epic, Elite Comics has moved the event to the Overland Park Convention Center, where they will take over Courtyard Ballrooms 1-3! This means there will be over 10,000 square feet of toys, statues, trades, hardcovers, and comics, comics, comics! They will have over 50,000 $1 comics, over 20,000 Silver Age Comics, and collectibles of every sort! It is also Halloween FREE Comic Book Day with 1000’s of free comics!
Media Mikes will have a table at the show, giving away Swag from such upcoming films as “Download” and “Midway.” They will also be recording their “Behind the Mikes” Podcast from the event. Stop by and say “hello!”
Make plans to be at the Overland Park Convention Center, 6000 College Blvd, Overland Park, KS 66211 Sunday, October 27 from 10:00 am – 6:00 pm. Admission and parking to the event are FREE!
HERE’S WHAT YOU CAN EXPECT AT THIS YEAR’S HALLOWEEN ComicFEST
A HUGE artists alley with over 30 talented comic creators! Come get original art, exclusive books, rare collectibles, and autographs from the artists themselves!
October is also when Elite Comics kicks their Children’s Mercy Toy Drive into high gear! There will be awesome drawings and raffles all day long to raise money for kids stuck in the hospital over the holidays!
Stop by the gaming alley to play some awesome spooky board games and the cyber cafe for refreshments!
Last, but definitely not least, participate in the huge COSTUME CONTEST! You know you want one more chance to show off your cosplay and/or Halloween outfit. Especially when there are prizes involved.
Bring the family and make a day of it!
THE FOLLOWING ARTISTS ARE SCHEDULED TO BE IN ATTENDANCE:
He has done covers for all the major publishers! Come get some very rare variant covers signed by one of the hottest artists in comics!
Ande has worked on every major title in is 20+ year comic career. His writing career is as impressive! Writing credits like Capote in Kansas, and Union Station which led to his Ciudad original graphic novel which will be a Russo Brothers Netflix movie. Come meet the man, get an autograph, buy a book and get some valuable hat advice!
Bryan will be showing his awesome art including his specialty of sharks and dinosaurs! Make sure to stop by his table and get one of his prints or get a book signed!
Julie will be in artists alley reading tarot cards and foretelling your future of getting a bunch of great comics and having a blast at the Halloween ComicFest!
Come check out his books Pop Star Assassin, Revere and Archeon! He might also let you stroke his beard if your lucky!
Known as the Pumpkin King, Rudy has professionally sculpted for every major toy and statue company in the business! And his pumpkin carving has literally taken him around the world!
She has worked on Buffy ,Star Trek, Back To The Future and many more! Come get one of her awesome sketches and hear some great stories about her Bostons!!
Check out his Metal Robot, Pulp Robot and American Chop Suey comics!!
ARIE MONROE appearing
She is an incredible caricature artist and check out her comic! She attended the Kubert school and has worked on a bunch of great comic projects
Designer, artist, lover of animals and mind behind almost everything you see on the windows, walls, cases and ceiling at Elite comics, Jeanne will be setting up and selling the awesome PopArtifacts items! Toys and collectibles from the past displayed with the care and quality they deserve.
Lori is known as the city’s best custom framer. She does all the framing for PopArtifacts!
Bryan, the King of Halloween, is one of the most popular convention guests in America and will have a huge selection of awesome art to make your place a little cooler!
Kara will be here with her new anthology Local Haunts, spooky stories all set in hometowns around the world ! Come get a book signed and exchange scary stories just right for Halloween!!
Creator, writer and artists of Panty Vigilante! Come out and get some art, and get copies of your comics signed!
She will be setting up in our huge artists alley!
Face painter Rod Zirkle will be on-hand to make the day even more exciting. Get the final touches added to your costume right before the costume contest!
We are super happy to have art star and artist of Image Comics Unearth (issues 1 and 2 are out right now) BALDEMAR RIVAS! Come get some comics signed, get a sketch maybe even get your picture with comics newest sensation!
We are proud to have Mr. Kansas City, cartoonists STEVE DANIELS at our Halloween event! Come get some art, get some books and ask him about his upcoming projects!
Kyle will be set up in our Halloween Comicfest artist alley! Bring in your copies of Spread and Unearth and get his signature and his advice on organic gardening in the Midwest!!
He will present his creations in our huge artist alley! You can score some cool art and argue about wrestling!
Will be showing her awesome at our Halloween ComicFest! You can see her art all over town but if you want to see her art and see her be at the Elite ComicFest on October 27th!
We are lucky to have local writing superstar and Kindness Community member JASON ARNETT! Come buy one of his books and ask him about some of the awesome projects he has started at JCCC!
We will have the awesome and talented SKOTTIE YOUNG doing an exclusive signing to benefit The Elite Comics Children’s Mercy Toy Drive! Get copy of the Marvel Art of Skottie Young Hardcover signed with 100% of the proceeds going to help make a better Christmas for kids in the hospital!
2019 New York Comic Con
Friday, October 4th 2019
Jacob K. Javits Center, New York, NY
Our Score: 3.5 out of 5 Stars
With the leaves beginning to change in the North East for most that signals that the fall season is underway. For fans of pop-culture it’s the tell tale sign that the annual New York Comic Con is on the horizon. With Connecticut based organizers Reed Pop at the helm the convention would once again descend on the Jacob K. Javits Center which is tightly nestled in the heart of New York City. Over the course of 4 days (10/3 thru 10/6) Fans of all ages packed the massive convention center in hopes of obtaining their favorite collectible and/or meeting some of the comic industries top creators. We took in day two of the event this year which boasted an impressive schedule of panels and releases that had us running back and forth, left and right and up and down the entire day.
Upon entry we quickly made our way to the collectible toy area which over the last few years has seem to double in size. Here we were able to check out booths by makers such as Super 7, Entertainment Earth and of course Funko. All three of these companies offered plenty of exclusive items a majority of which were only available to those who were selected via a pre-show lottery. Amidst the snaking lines and impromptu cos-play photo shoots we were able to test out the latest offerings from Arcade 1Up which included the newly released ¾ versions of “Golden Tee” and “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles”. The company was also showcasing a nearly 10 foot tall fully functioning arcade cabinet that had attendees waiting in line all day just for a chance to work the oversized retro controls. From there we made our way past the Toy Tokyo booth which this year included several exclusive sculpts by artist Ron English and Joe Ledbetter. We also made a stop at the Playmobil booth where they were showcasing their upcoming “Scooby-Doo” and “Back To The Future” figures and play sets complete with the iconic Mystery Machine and time traveling DeLorean. From there we descended into the ground floor of the center which hosted a who’s who of comic creators including Greg Capullo, Jim Lee and John Romita Jr. to name just a few. Easily one of the busier corridors of the event comic collectors were elbow to elbow much of the day attempting to get books signed or purchase hand drawn art from their favorite artist. Neighboring the artist alley on both sides were the celebrity meet and greet area which on this day included appearances by Paul Rudd, Tom Hiddleston and Billy Dee Williams. Across the way in the opposite corridor was the massive panel room which played host to panels ranging from HBO’s “Watchman” series to TBS’s “Impractical Jokers” and probably the most exciting of the day TNT’s “All Elite Wrestling” which included an on-stage brawl between stars Chris Jericho and Cody Rhoades that had those in attendance going absolutely nuts!
As our day came to a close it was dizzying to think about all the things we had experienced in just a few hours. Despite finding several empty booths in a couple different locations (something we had not seen in years past) there certainly was no shortage of things to see or do at New York Comic Con 2019. Reed Pop and the other companies associated with this con continue to put on a solid show that’s offers something for everyone. I do feel the event promoters need to continue looking at how they layout the show in a continued effort to ensure attendees are able to move freely throughout the multiple floors and levels. This year’s map did feel less cluttered than in previous years however, there were still a number of high traffic areas which brought people to a standstill making it hard to move or take in the vendors/displays. Moving panels to various other locations around the city has surely helped ease some of the events growing pains as did the addition of the Cos-Play lounge but with attendance near to or exceeding the 200,000 accommodations need to continue to help ensure a safe and fun atmosphere for all those who attend.
League of Legends is the most popular esport on the planet and the World Championship is the biggest tournament of the year. Last year it broke records when 205 million people tuned in to watch Invictus Gaming triumph over Fnatic in the Grand Final.
The 2019 Worlds is edging closer and excitement is reaching a fever pitch among the dedicated community of LoL fans. Read on to learn more about this eagerly anticipated tournament.
When does the League of Legends World Championship take place?
The event begins with the play-in stage at LEC Studio in Berlin, Germany, from October 2-5. This sees 12 teams battling to reach the group stage. The top four out of this group of 12 will make it through to the groups.
The action then shifts to Verti Music Hall in Berlin for the group, which runs from October 12-20. The quarter-finals take place at Palacio Vistalegre in Madrid, Spain, on October 26 and 27, and the semis are held in the same venue on November 2 and 3.
AccorHotels Arena in Paris, France, will then host the Grand Final on November 10.
Last year the Worlds took place in South Korea and the viewership figures were enormous. The Grand Final enjoyed 205 million concurrent viewers, which is way more than big sporting events like the Super Bowl could muster, and 90 million concurrent viewers watched the opening ceremony.
It will be interesting to see if it remains as popular when the action takes place in Europe this year.
What format does the tournament follow?
There will be 16 teams competing in the group stage once the play-in has concluded. They are divided into groups of four, and teams from the same region are kept apart.
The group stage follows a double round robin format and each match is best-of-one. The top two teams in each group will progress to the knockout stage of the tournament. If two teams have the same win-loss record, whoever did better in the head-to-heads will advance. If they were even in the head-to-heads, they will play a tiebreaker to determine who progresses.
Group A looks really exciting, as it features European powerhouse G2 Esports, who won the Mid-Season Invitational earlier this year, along with Korean second seed Griffin and Cloud9 of North America. The fourth team will come from the play-in.
FunPlus Phoenix, who have dominated the Chinese LoL scene this year, should cruise through Group B after they were drawn alongside J Team and GAM Esports.
Group C is a real group of death. It features SK Telecom T1 – the most successful team in LoL World Championship history – plus last year’s runners-up, Fnatic, and Chinese heavyweights Royal Never Give Up.
Defending champions Invictus Gaming find themselves up against ah1 eSports Club and Team Liquid, who finished second at the Mid-Season Invitational.
The eight teams that progress to the quarter-finals will be drawn into a single elimination bracket, where all matches are best-of-five. Teams that win their group will be up against teams that finish runners-up in a different group. If a team has an off day in the knockout stage, there is no chance of redemption and they will be going home.
How can I watch the action?
The Worlds can be viewed on the official Twitch channel of LoL developer Riot Games. It offers multiple language streams, each with a different set of commentators.
The number of viewers has been steadily rising in recent years, and we can expect some massive figures this time around. LoL is 10 years old now, but it is still the most watched game on Twitch, and this tournament will be extremely popular.
Who are the big teams vying for glory at the 2019 Worlds?
You can find odds on the outright winner of the LoL World Championship here and it makes for fascinating reading. SK Telecom T1 were the favourites until they were drawn into that hazardous group, but they are now second in the betting.
FunPlus Phoenix are the new favourites and they will be surging with confidence after storming to victory at LPL Summer earlier this year. They seized their first ever title courtesy of a 3-1 victory over RNG in the Grand Final, and they will be really pleased with their group stage draw for the Worlds.
SKT have roared back to form this year after rebuilding a new team around superstar Faker, and they would probably be reinstalled as favourites if they make it through to the quarters.
G2 Esports, who have dominated Europe this year and clinched the MSI, are also near the top of the betting, along with defending champions IG.
Invictus were on fire at MSI, going 9-1 in the group stage, but they slumped to a surprise defeat against Team Liquid in the semi-finals, and they form has nosedived since then. Yet they remain one of the best teams in the world, and it will be interesting to see how they respond at the big tournament.
How much prize money is on offer?
The prize pool for the 2019 Worlds is $2.25 million. That pales in comparison to the $34.3 million up for grabs at Dota 2 event The International 2019 or the $30 million Fortnite World Cup.
However, it will become the third most lucrative esports tournament of the year, and the prestige associated with winning it is immense. It will also open up significant commercial opportunities for the winning team, as LoL is massively popular and big brands will be keen to be associated with the world’s best franchise.
Which teams have enjoyed the most success in LoL World Championship history?
The first Worlds took place in Jonkoping, Sweden, in 2011. It was an all-European affairm as Fnatic beat Against All Authority 2-1 in the final.
The action shifted to Los Angeles in 2012 and the Grand Final became a best-of-five event. Tapei Assassins secured a 3-1 victory over Azubu Forest that year.
Then began a lengthy spell of Korean dominance. SKT lifted the trophy in 2013, before Samsung Galaxy White won in 2014.
The next three finals featured only Korean teams, as SKT beat KOO Tigers in 2015 and Samsung Galaxy in 2016, before losing to Samsung Galaxy in 2017.
Yet that Korean dominance was broken last year, as all of its representatives were eliminated before the quarter-final stage. Fnatic were bidding for their second triumph, but they were beaten 3-0 by IG in the final.
It means we have had five winners from South Korea, one from China, one from Taiwan and one from Europe. North America is still seeking its first champion.
SKT is easily the most successful team in the tournament’s history, with three wins and one runner-up finish, and Faker is the most decorated player. It will be fascinating to see if he can lead his team to glory once more in 2019.
Online casinos operate on something of a
shifting landscape, with new games constantly being added and new trends often
appearing. Indeed, for the latter, there has been a huge surge in the number of
jackpot games appearing at online casinos recently. Moreover, many of these
games are connected to each other, thereby increasing the prize potential and
Below, we have picked out some of the most
talked about jackpot games at online casinos right now, picking out – for a
variety of reasons – why they are worth your time to check out.
Gladiator Jackpot has been around for a handful of years now, but its popularity has been maintained thanks to the big progressive jackpot prize. At the time of writing, that prize has reached almost $3 million and could be awarded at any time. You can find Gladiator Jackpot slots at top Canadian casinos, where you will also find the new sequel to the game – Gladiator: Road to Rome – which shares the jackpot game. The timing for the sequel couldn’t be better, as there is set to be new Gladiator move directed by Ridley Scott at cinemas too.
Hall of Gods
Hall of Gods, a creation by software developers NetEnt, has been perhaps overshadowed in the past by NetEnt’s other signature progressive slot, Mega Fortune. But, at the moment, Hall of Gods is powering its way towards one of the biggest jackpot prizes around and is currently topping $8 million and counting. Hall of the Gods has been around for a while and the graphics and gameplay are quite simple when compared with modern offerings, but you can’t take your eyes off that top prize. It could be a record breaker.
Irish-themed slots have long been a staple
of casinos. Indeed, there is an argument that the whole theme of leprechauns,
shamrocks and rainbows has been done to death. Yet, Leprechaun’s Luck, one of
the best loved games from Playtech, still sticks out as one of the best
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