Win Passes to the 2016 Kansas City Planet Comicon

It’s the biggest and best convention in the Midwest and, once again, Media Mikes is offering some lucky readers a chance to attend the 2016 Kansas City Planet Comicon.

This years convention, which will be held at Bartle Hall, will feature celebrity appearances by, among others, comic book legend Stan Lee, “Harry Potter” co-star Tom Felton, “Star Trek” star George Takei and “American Horror Story” actor Denis O’Hare.” Three days of celebrities, cosplay and comics.

All you have to do is let us know below what celebrity guest you’d like to see at a future show. On Thursday, May 19, (2) random entries will be chosen and those people will receive (2) 3-day passes to the convention. The winners will be notified by email.

For more information head to http://planetcomicon.com/ Good luck!

Book Review “Disney’s Minnie: Minnie’s Costume Contest”

Age Range: 3 – 5 years
Grade Level: Preschool – Kindergarten
Series: Minnie
Board book: 12 pages
Publisher: Disney Press
Release Date: August 12, 2014

Our Score: 5 out of 5 stars

If you are parents reading this, you know what it is like to have something that your kids love and being nervous what would happen if you would ever lose that one item. Since receiving the book “Minnie’s Costume Contest”, it has become a must have whenever we are in the car. In fact, it has had a perfect place in my car and is revisited every time that we take a drive.

If you love Minnie, you will love this book. As the summer ends and the fall approaches, that means it is time for Minnie’s Annual Halloween Costume Contest! If you love the shorts from “Minnie’s Bowtique”, you will see a few known faces. I love that young kids are able to celebrate Halloween with books like this without all the scary aspect. A must have for any kid!

 

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Full Moon wants to cut off your head with their latest contest for their new series “Trophy Heads”

Calling all horror fans! Full Moon’s new series, Trophy Heads, shot this year, is getting ready to premiere on June 6th on http://fullmoonstreaming.com. Us here at Media Mikes are huge fans and supporters of Full Moon and their projects. We wanted to let you all know about the  awesome contest that going on and all you have to do to enter is let Full Moon chop off your head…

Submit a photo of your head to submit@fullmoonfeatures.com  and we will send you a customized mounted head image of you to use as your Face Book profile picture, link it to Fullmoonstreaming.com and that’s all you need to do to enter the contest.

To check out the details on the contest and what the many prizes are follow this link  http://fullmoonstreaming.com/Submit-Your-Head

“American Idol” contest James Durbin talks about new album “Celebrate”

Season 10 “American Idol” contest James Durbin recently announced that  he will be embarking on an a month and a half long  acoustic tour to promote his new single “Parachute”. The song which is off Durbin’s upcoming release “Celebrate” due out April 8th shows us a different side James and Media Mikes had the chance recently to talk with James about that change, the upcoming tour and what he has planned for 2014.

Adam Lawton: Can you tell about your new single “Parachute”?
James Durbin: “Parachute” as a song is really accessible and catchy. There are a lot of hooks and spots where you can sing along. I get to have a lot of fun with it and just goof off. I think this song really shows my personality and it shows the changes I have made in my attitude over the last couple of years.

AL: What do you personally feel is the biggest change from your previous work to what is going to be released in the coming months?
JD: The first record was done in two and a half weeks. We did 14 or 15 songs in that time along with photo shoots and everything else that goes along with putting an album out. The first album was thrown together really quick. The new record “Celebrate” I have had a year and a half to two years to work on. In between touring and everything I have been able to get a lot of perspective and time to think. I have gotten to play my cards a little more wisely. I can look at things a little bit more before I do them now and I didn’t have that option the first time around. On the new record I got to co-write 10 of the 11 tracks. There is definitely more me on this record. It’s a lot more personal.

AL: “Celebrate” comes out April 8th. Can you tell us where everything is at in the process right now and a little bit about the pre-order packages that available on your website www.durbinrock.com?
JD: The record has been mixed and mastered so the music is all done. What we are working on now is the liner note and credits. We are also working on a video for one of the songs. We are getting all of the inner working pieces together. The stressful stuff is all done. As for the pre-order packs there are a couple different options. You can get everything from signed cd’s to hooded sweatshirts and bracelets. I also am doing a great partnership with the National Tourette Syndrome Association where $5 from every pre-order goes directly to that foundation. With those pre-orders you get an exclusive shirt that won’t be sold anywhere else along with a signed cd.

AL: Can you tell us about your upcoming tour that was announced recently?
JD: I am really looking forward to playing and getting out there. This tour is an acoustic tour which will feature me on guitar my bass player Justin and my buddy Jeremy. It’s going to be just the three of us jamming and playing the songs the way they were written. It’s going to be a very relaxed, intimate setting. We have been rehearsing lately and adding some interesting spins to a few of the songs. It’s fun to be able to get up there and just do what feels good. We are planning to do about an hour and twenty minute long set. With this tour I want people to be able to hear these songs the way they came out of my hand and the way in which they were originally written. I think this is a great way for people to understand the material.

AL: How do you feel you will be received this time around without the immediate push from “American Idol” and a three year gap between your previous album and your new one?
JD: I am excited to get out there. Last time people saw me I was sort of scraggly looking. Over the past few years I have gotten to know myself again. I feel safe and comfortable in my own skin again. I am still the same guy at heart but I am much happier.

AL: Other than the album release and acoustic tour do you have any other plans for 2014 you can tell us about?
JD: I have to get out there and tour. People need to hear these songs and call up their local radio stations and request them. There is a lot of hard work that needs to be done. I would love to say that I am going to be on tour with someone like The Killers or on the other end of the spectrum Bruno Mars but I can’t say that yet. That would be amazing but we will have to wait and see. Weather I am playing to 30,000 people or 30 people those who come and see me will get the same experience.

Engelbert Humperdinck talks about new song and the 2012 Eurovision Song Contest

Engelbert Humperdinck is an internationally loved and respected singer, who has been in the business for over 45 years.  He was recently chosen to represent the UK in the final of the Eurovision Song Contest 2012 with his new song “Love Will Set You Free”.  Media Mikes had a chance to chat with Engelbert again about Eurovision, love songs and his constant touring.

Mike Gencarelli: Let’s talk about how you came to represent the UK in the final of the Eurovision Song Contest 2012?
Engelbert Humperdinck: Actually, it all came down to the BBC in the UK. The big bosses came together and picked me out of a hat. They figured I’ve been in the business a while and I am a great embassador for the country. I was very honoured to be chosen to represent my country.

MG: Tell us about the origin of “Love Will Set You Free”?
EH: The two guys that wrote the song are very well known. Sacha Skarbek is an Ivor Novello Awards winner and Martin Terefe is the number one producer in England at the moment. Martin plays guitar…and bass on the song. I also just made an album with him about four months ago. He is so laid back and unbelieveable to work with. What happened with the song is that BBC setup everything. They found the writers and the song. They heard it, loved it and passed it on to me and I loved it. I have had a trendous success with waltzes. This is a Viennese Waltz. “The Last Waltz” was a big hit for me and I am thrilled about it.

MG: What do you think makes a great love song?
EH: A great experience I suppose. The writers must have had a great experience. It resonates to the listeners who also can relate to an experience. Good lyrics. Good melody. Good message. That is what it is that makes up a great song. Waltzes last a life time. Maybe one day they will be dancing to this song on “Dancing with the Stars”.

MG: I watched your concert at Northern Quest Resort & Casino last month presented by Front and Center, how do you feel that you are now streaming your shows to the internet?
EH: It is a whole new market. It is a great way to get the masses. Once it catches on, it will be great. Of course there is nothing like a live concert. If they watch it online they will get a chance to see what it would be like live. We have had a wonderful reaction to this concert, especially with the ability to chat with other fans via Facebook comments.

MG: Do you plan to do more concerts like this in the future?
EH: I am sure in the future we will be doing this again soon!

MG: You are always touring all over the world, how can you feel that touring internationally differs from the U.S.?
EH: I am touring more world concerts now. I just finished in Dubai, Sinapore…I am everywhere. It was great to go countries like Russia that do not even speak the language but they are still singing along. How do they do this I do not know? But it is just amazing.

MG: You are very involved with your fans, any words of wisdom to share with them?
EH: Not wisdom but gratitude. Thank you for supporting me for the last 45 years. They have been nothing but terrific.

MG: With Eurovision and constant touring, has this delayed the progress on your new album?
EH: It should be released right after Eurovision and it is a collabaration album. I can’t say who I will be collaberating with yet since you know how record labels like to keep things in the bag waiting for a suprise [laugh].

“A Christmas Story” I Triple Dog Dare You! Video Contest

I Triple Dog Dare You!

 Recreate a scene from A Christmas Story for a chance to win the ultimate fan vacation!

Now at a www.AChristmasStoryScene.com

Who doesn’t love “A Christmas Story”, Media Mikes invites everyone to get into the holiday spirit by recreating your favorite scene from the classic holiday comedy, A Christmas Story, with the A Christmas Story: I TRIPLE DOG DARE YOU! Video Contest.” The contest features celebrity judge Ian Petrella, who starred as the lovable and hilarious Randy Parker, Ralphie’s younger brother, in the film and you will have the chance to win the ultimate A Christmas Story experience.

You can can enter at www.AChristmasStoryScene.com.

Contestants must recreate and film their favorite scenes from A Christmas Story for a chance to win a trip to the real A Christmas Story House in Cleveland, Ohio, with a VIP Chinese dinner included!  Upload your creations onto YouTube and submit the links to the contest site.  

Please make sure to leave a comment below with your YouTube video and you will also get a chance to win a copy of “A Christmas Story” on DVD.  Good luck and don’t miss this fantastic opportunity.

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Official Contest Instructional Video with Ian Petrella:

Sample Fan submission: