When your house starts feeling dated and sort of drab, you don’t need to look for another place to live. You want a good contractor to renovate your home – top to bottom. A good professional can create miracles and the only problem is how to find the right one. Here’s all you need to know about choosing the right contractor.
Make a plan
Maybe top to bottom is not really necessary, maybe it’s just the kitchen and dining area. You need to decide what is the extent of the renovations your house needs. Write down all the work you’d like done so you’ll know exactly what to tell the contractor.
Make a list of contractors in your area
The first thing you’ll want to do is google the home contractors in your area. Check out their websites, look at ratings and customer google reviews and write down the ones that seem OK to you. Check out their Before/After galleries.
Also, it’s always good to ask around, talk with friends, family or neighbors and see if they can recommend somebody they’ve worked with and add them to your list.
Ask for quotes
Contact all the contractors on your list. Explain the kind of work you have in mind and ask for an estimate. Don’t be surprised if their estimates fall in the same range, but be wary of those who go over the top or make a really low offer. You can also ask for a time estimate since such projects typically turn your life upside down. You don’t want to live on a construction site for the next six months!
Interview the selected contractors
Next step is to ask to meet the contractors on your shortlist. Have them come by the house and talk to them about your requirements. Listen carefully to their solutions. You want somebody who sounds competent and comes up with easy solutions. Something that sounds overly complicated will probably end up costing a lot and might turn out quite unnecessary.
Ask for references
Besides checking their online reviews, ask to talk to former clients. See if they were satisfied and ask if the work was delivered within the agreed time frame. Most important ask if the contractor stayed within the initial budget or did they keep making demands for more money.
Ask for a criminal background check
If these people are going to be in your house for a long time, they’ll also have access to your valuables. It’s always smart to ask for a background check. Ask the business owners if they run background checks on their employees. You don’t have to be ashamed to ask such a thing. These guys will be in your house and around your kids for weeks if not months. You don’t want dangerous people in your house.
If they cannot provide police checks for their employees, suggest using an online character check agency that sends you back the results in a couple of days. It won’t inconvenience them in any way since everything is done online, applying for a background check only takes a few minutes and you can do it over the phone even. It’s easy and it gives you peace of mind. These days, criminal record checks are relatively easy to obtain. In states like New South Wales, you can apply online. It is also important to note that police checks do come with a small cost involved and even in places like NSW (e.g. Sydney) whilst you can get a police check in NSW online, you cannot get a police check online in NSW for free which is a common misconception when people request police character checks. There is no such thing as a free check as you will see from the official website link given here. They normally cost around $48 AUD or so so keep the cost in mind.
Now that you’ve made up your mind, make sure to read the contract carefully, including the fine print. The devil is in the details, you know that. Good luck with your project!
LOS ANGELES, CA (January 13, 2021) — Voltage Pictures has sold US rights to writer-director Will Wernick’s (Follow Me) upcoming pandemic thriller Safer at Home to Vertical Entertainment, it was announced today by President and COO Jonathan Deckter. Vertical has set the release for February 2021.
Voltage first introduced the film to buyers at the recent American Film Market. Key international deals include Falcom in German speaking Europe, Eone in Canada, The Searchers in Benelux, Sun Distribution in Spain and Latin America, Central Partnership in Russia, Signature Entertainment in the UK, Madman in Australia, Cinemundo in Portugal, Front Row in the Middle East, and Filmfinity in South Africa.
The film, which was one of the first projects to go safely into production during the Covid-19 pandemic, stars Alisa Allapach, Adwin Brown, Jocelyn Hudon, Dan J. Johnson, Michael Kupisk, Emma Lahana and Daniel Robaire. The film might seem like a gamble but it more seems like a sure bet, so be sure to check out this page.
Safer at Home was produced by Bo Youngblood and John Ierardi of Showdown Productions, and Will Wernick under his 7930 Entertainment banner. Executive producers are Voltage’s Nicolas Chartier, Jonathan Deckter and Babacar Diene.
The film was written by Will Wernick and Lia Bozonelis, from a story by Wernick, Bozonelis, and John Ierardi. The score was composed by Genevieve Vincent. The film was shot by DP Jason Goodell. Jason Phillips and Lia Bozonelis served as co-producers.
Set in 2022, the Corona Virus pandemic has created mass chaos in Los Angeles and turned the city into a police state. To escape the grim reality of life, a group of friends get together for an online party: a night of music, drinking, games…and drugs. To kick off the party, they collectively take a hit of what they think is molly. At first, the night is an exciting departure from the boredom of isolation, but as the drug kicks in, things go terribly wrong and the safety of their home becomes more terrifying than the raging chaos outside.
“Follow Me was a strong success for many of our international partners, so when the chance came to partner with Will for the third time was a no brainer,” said Deckter. “He’s created a whip-smart, edge of your seat thriller that will speak to audiences worldwide, as they simultaneously experience the varying stages of the pandemic.”
“We’re thrilled to continue our partnership with Will and Voltage this year following the domestic success of No Escape (AKA Follow Me),” said Rich Goldberg, co-president of Vertical Entertainment. “Safer at Home provides exciting twists and turns at every moment and we can’t wait to share it with US audiences.”
Safer at Home joins the robust Voltage sales slate including the political biopic Reagan, starring Dennis Quaid, the action-thriller The Marksman starring Liam Neeson, the upcoming third and fourth installments of the After franchise, the horror-thriller The Seventh Day starring Guy Pearce and the YA romance Finding You.
ABOUT VOLTAGE PICTURES
Voltage Pictures, established in 2005, is a privately held, film and television production, financing and sales entity. Voltage has won six Academy Awards including Best Picture for The Hurt Locker, and three Academy Awards for Dallas Buyers Club.
The current Voltage sales slate includes the highly anticipated action-thriller The Marksman starring Liam Neeson, the gangster crime biopic Lanksy starring Harvey Keitel, Sam Worthington and Annasophia Robb and the horror thriller The Seventh Day starring Guy Pearce.
Voltage represented worldwide rights on After, based on the internationally best-selling series of books by Anna Todd, debuted number one at the box office in 17 international territories including Germany and Italy when released in April 2019 and grossed over $70m worldwide. The highly anticipated sequel, After We Collided, recently opened number one in Italy, Portugal and Spain. The third and fourth films in the franchise are currently shooting in Eastern Europe.
Voltage also produced the blockbuster comedy I Feel Pretty starring Amy Schumer, Michelle Williams, Emily Ratajkowski, and Naomi Campbell, which generated nearly $100m in worldwide box office. Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile starring Zac Efron, Lily Collins, Kaya Scodelario, Jim Parsons, and John Malkovich premiered at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival to great acclaim.
ABOUT VERTICAL ENTERTAINMENT
Vertical Entertainment is a global independent distributor that offers a unique combination of full-service marketing and sales services. Dedicated to providing highly-effective and collaborative solutions, Vertical leverages unparalleled relationships to maximize revenue across all streams. The marketing and sales expertise from Vertical’s seasoned team gives content partners a wealth of experience minus the studio costs.
Vertical won a Gotham Award for Best Actress for Nicole Beharie’s role in “Miss Juneteenth“ this year. Additionally, the company won a Film Independent Spirit Award for Best Supporting Actress for Molly Shannon’s role in “Other People” and the film won a GLAAD Award for “Outstanding Film Limited Release” as well. Vertical also had four other Indie Spirit nominations – three more for “Other People” (Best Lead Actor for Jesse Plemons, and Best First Feature and Best First Screenplay for filmmaker Chris Kelly) and one for Best International Film for Babak Anvari’s “Under the Shadow,” which was also the official UK submission for the 2017 Oscars, in addition to winning one BAFTA Award and three British Independent Film Awards as well.
Notable Vertical releases include “Shadow in the Cloud” starring Chloe Grace Moretz and Nick Robinson; and “Skylines”, the third installment of the Skyline franchise; “The Informer” starring Joel Kinnaman, Rosamund Pike, Common, Clive Owen, and Ana de Armas;“ “Miss Juneteenth”, the directorial debut of filmmaker Channing Godfrey Peoples starring Nicole Beharie, Kendrick Sampson, and Alexis Chikaeze; “Robin’s Wish”, the powerful true story of actor/comedian Robin Williams’ final days; “Yes, God, Yes” starring Natalia Dyer, Timothy Simons, Wolfgang Novogratz and Alisha Boe; and “Capone” starring Tom Hardy, Linda Cardellini, and Kyle Maclachlan.
Keeping fit and getting regular exercise is vital for many reasons. Not only does this benefits your physical health and fitness levels, but it can have a positive impact on mental health, confidence levels, and appearance. Staying in shape can help to stave off a range of physical and mental health issues, and it means you will have more energy and can enjoy a far better quality of life.
There are various ways in which you can boost your fitness levels, from walking around the block on a regular basis to cycling, swimming, or joining a gym. When it comes to the latter, one thing that can put some people off is the cost of membership, which can be high. In addition, many do not want to be tied into a contract that involves paying hefty membership fees for a year or more, as nobody knows what their financial situation will be in the future.
What You Can Do
If you want to benefit from gym workouts, but you do not want to pay high membership fees over a longer term, one thing you can do is to set up your own gym at home. If you have a spare room or even a usable basement area or garage, this is something that you can set up relatively easily. Once you have your own home gym, you can look forward to a range of valuable benefits.
One of the key benefits of setting up a gym at home is that you can work out whenever you want to, whether it is day or night. You do not have to exercise during certain opening hours, and this means far more flexibility. If you have a busy lifestyle and you struggle to stick to a routine when it comes to exercising, this is an ideal solution because you can simply work out whenever it suits you and without having to stick to certain times.
Another of the benefits is that you can fill your home gym with the perfect equipment to create a workout area that is perfectly tailored to your needs. You can get some great deals on gym equipment online, and you can cut the cost further with special promotions such as eBay coupon codes. This means that you can look forward to affordability when setting up the gym and get rid of the need to pay costly memberships. You can purchase the perfect equipment for your specific needs, which means you can make the most of your workouts.
Saving time and money is another major benefit of setting up your own gym. You will no longer have to travel to the gym, find parking, spend time queueing for equipment, then drive back home. You can simply workout without leaving your home. There will be no membership fees to pay either and other members of your household can also save on membership fees by using the home gym.
By setting up a home gym in your spare room, you can look forward to all these benefits and more.
The booby traps in Home Alone definitely have some kind of staying power; they’re part of the reason that Home Alone is as popular now as it was when it was released, even though it’sturning 30 years old in 2020. However, while all of the booby traps have a slapstick quality to them, many of these traps could have been super dangerous or even deadly for the so-called “wet bandits.” Here are the most potentially deadly traps inthe McCallister home, ranked from least to most deadly.
Glass Christmas Ornaments
At one point, Marv, who is barefoot due to another booby trap, steps on glass Christmas ornaments. The glass Christmas ornaments are mostly dangerous because of the possibility for glass to become embedded in Marv’s foot. If he doesn’t go to a doctor to get it out, that embedded glass can become infected, potentially causing something as serious as sepsis and death.
Tar-Covered Basement Steps
The tar-covered basement steps are where Marv loses his shoes and socks. He then steps on a nail barefoot. By itself, this isn’t likely to kill him, even though it will definitely leave a mark. Rather, what might kill him is if the nail is rusty or if it introduced tar into the cut itself. That could give him tetanus or another blood infection.
At the very beginning, as the burglars are trying to get into the home, Kevin spreads water all over the steps of the home, including both the front steps and the basement steps. The burglars trip and fall over both of these steps. Every year, an astonishing number of injuries happen because people fall down the stairs. Due to the slapstick and melodramatic nature of the falls, these burglars could be facing serious injuries.
At one point, the burglars attempt to walk up the stairs to find and capture Kevin. However, Kevin has tied some paint cans to the top railing, allowing him to throw them and hit the burglars. If these paint cans were full, the weight of the cans could absolutely cause extremely serious damage for both burglars. If the cans weren’t full, however, they may not have had as much of an impact.
Near the beginning of the booby trap scene, Harry attempts to walk in through the front door. Kevin, however, has heated the inside doorknob, causing the outside doorknob to also glow red-hot. Harry attempts to open the doorknob and the knob burns his hand, requiring him to stick it in a nearby snowbank to cool off. Because the doorknob is glowing red-hot, it probably has to be at or above 750 degrees Fahrenheit, which is nearly enough to make his hand burst into flames.
When Marv is in the basement, he attempts to turn on the overhead light by pulling a cord that he thinks is attached to a lightbulb. It’s actually attached to a steam iron; as Marv looks up to see what’s going on, the iron falls down the laundry chute and hits him in the face. Not only could the sheer impact fracture the bones all around Marv’s face, but the fact that the iron was clearly on could result in serious burns, even if it only made contact for a second or two.
The grand finale of the booby trap scene occurs when Kevin climbs over to the treehouse, which is connected to the rest of the home with a simple rope. The burglars naturally attempt to follow him, but Kevin snips the rope with a pair of pruning shears, causing them to swing into the brick wall of the home. This impact would almost certainly result in plenty of broken bones and potentially even death for one or both of the bandits.
These booby traps are exciting to watch, but they’re also extremely dangerous and possibly deadly. When you watch the movie with your friends and family this year, try to guess which one would be the most dangerous in real life.
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Burbank, CA, November 5 – “Tenet,” the must-see motion picture event, playing now on the big screen wherever theatres are open, will arrive on 4K, Blu Ray, DVD and Digital on December 15 in time for the holidays. Written, directed and produced by acclaimed filmmaker Christopher Nolan (“Inception,” “Dunkirk”), “Tenet” opened globally beginning in August 2020 and has grossed $350 million to date, with the much-anticipated theatrical openings in the major markets of New York and Los Angeles still to come. “Tenet” will be available to preorder from digital and physical retailers beginning November 10.
“Tenet” features an international ensemble cast led by John David Washington (“BlacKkKlansman,” TV’s “Ballers”) as the Protagonist. The film also stars Robert Pattinson (the “Twilight” films, “The Lighthouse,” upcoming “The Batman”), Elizabeth Debicki (“Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2,” “The Great Gatsby”), Dimple Kapadia (“Angrezi Medium”), Martin Donovan (“Ant-Man,” “Fahrenheit 451”), Fiona Dourif (“Cult of Chucky”), Yuri Kolokolnikov (“The Hitman’s Bodyguard”), Himesh Patel (“Yesterday”), Clémence Poésy (“Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows”), Aaron Taylor-Johnson (“The Avengers: Age of Ultron”), with Michael Caine (“Inception,” “The Cider House Rules,” “The Dark Knight”) and Kenneth Branagh (“Dunkirk,” “Murder on the Orient Express”).
The film was produced by Emma Thomas and Nolan. Thomas Hayslip served as executive producer.
Nolan’s behind-the-scenes creative team included director of photography Hoyte van Hoytema, production designer Nathan Crowley, editor Jennifer Lame, costume designer Jeffrey Kurland, visual effects supervisor Andrew Jackson and special effects supervisor Scott Fisher. The score is composed by Ludwig Göransson.
Armed with only one word—Tenet—and fighting for the survival of the entire world, the Protagonist (John David Washington) journeys through a twilight world of international espionage on a mission that will unfold in something beyond real time. Not time travel. Inversion.
4K AND BLU-RAY AND DVD ELEMENTS
“Tenet” 4K UHD Combo Pack and Blu-ray contain the following special features:
Looking at the World in a New Way: The Making of “Tenet” – An hour-long exploration of the development and production of the film as told by the cast and crew.
4K UHD Combo Pack $44.95
4K, Blu-ray, DVD and EST Street Date: December 15, 2020
Preorder date: November 10
DVD Languages: English, Latin Spanish, English-ADS, Canadian French
BD Languages: English, Latin Spanish, Canadian French, English-ADS, Brazilian Portuguese
DVD Subtitles: English SDH, Latin Spanish, Parisian French
BD Subtitles: English, Latin Spanish, Parisian French, Brazilian Portuguese
Running Time: 151 minutes
Rating: Rated PG-13 for intense sequences of violence and action, some suggestive references and brief strong language.
About Warner Bros. Home Entertainment, Inc.
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A need to protect our home is very normal and justified. Whether with installing a security system, alarms, additional locks, etc, it is something we do not take lightly.
In movies, on the other hand, things tend to go a little bit differently.
Without a doubt, those movies play on that notion of needing to protect ourselves, our family, and our homes.
Some of them do it in a comical, over-exaggerated way, some of them might toy with our fears and paranoia.
They might not always be completely realistic, but some of these security systems will entertain you and some of them just might make you think.
Home invasion is always a terrifying thought, so it is not surprising that it is a theme of so many movies.
A panic room seems like a reasonable (although probably an expensive) idea in order to keep everyone in your house safe right?
But it seems that even with a panic room, things can go very wrong.
For most of us, building a panic room might seem like an extreme measure, although no one would probably mind actually having one.
It is a classic intrusion movie (or franchise to be exact). Here, the notion of a secure home is taken to the point of pure survival since the movie introduces us to the world in which all the crimes are legal for 12 hours.
So what happens when we face some of our worst fears? How do we defend ourselves?
Seems like with all the existing security systems that one could possibly obtain, it comes down to pure and primal survival instinct.
The Italian Job
Is there a more effective way of demonstrating the power (and flaws) of different security systems than a heist movie? Probably not.
We are talking about houses with a guard tower, professionally guarded by heavily armed men and attack dogs, safes, reinforced gates, online security systems, armored trucks, the whole deal.
But it seems like there is no security system that can’t be taken down if you are motivated enough (greed and revenge turned out to be quite the motivators in this case).
Bad Boys II
If you think about Tapia’s house, it seems like again we are talking about a strong defense system in a form of a tower and hired protection.
With a guard tower and an army of people carrying all sorts of automated weapons, this place seems like an unapproachable fortress.
In the end, though, detectives Burnett and Lowrey and a crew of highly trained SWAT members, CIA operatives, and DEA agents manage to completely destroy Tapia’s compound.
So, even an extremely guarded building like Tapia’s house wasn’t a match for the good guys.
What kind of a movie would it be otherwise? Would a real-life situation be played out differently?
We will leave that up to you.
All of the Batman Movies
With all the motion sensors, silent alarms, cameras, reinforced doors, and hidden passages and entrances (we all remember the one inside of a metal sarcophagus), the bat-cave is designed as a secret lair.
If you watched all of The Batman movies you might come to a similar conclusion – It does seem that considering everything that is at stake, Bruce Wayne (oops we revealed his identity) should have an even tighter security system in place.
In any case, surely most of us still thought about how great it would be to have a bat-cave within a huge mansion.
We talked about DC, now let’s talk about Marvel (DC vs Marvel seems to be a constant debate so how can we mention one without mention the other).
What better way to protect your house than to be a tech genius/superhero Tony Stark. This billionaire, playboy, philanthropist was the largest weapons maker until he used that technology in order to build his first Iron Man suit.
Not a lot of people would dare to invade Iron Man’s place, especially knowing he has The Avengers on speed dial.
Yet in the third part of the franchise, with all the high-tech weaponry, and numerous Iron Man suits, Tony does fail to prevent his home from being blown up by a missile.
So maybe it is not quite the ultimate security system.
There are not many security systems that are better than an omnidroid. It thinks for itself and is capable of withstanding almost everything. It is equipped with all sorts of powers than can serve for both defense and offense.
Although it seems you need to have quite villainous intentions in order to see an omnidroid as your go-to security system.
This kind of security system might not be quite possible in the real life, but it is surely entertaining on the screen.
Finally, let us not forget about the probably most iconic home security system in movie history.
It is of course the ingenuity of Kevin McCallister in one of our favorite childhood Christmas movies, Home alone.
With his wits and his sense of mischief, Kevin menages to outsmart two burglars (Harry and Marv) and protect his family home.
Seeing him make his elaborate plan of defense with toys and numerous household objects turning them into booby traps, entertained us all.
It is a kids movie that we all like to rewatch every now and then (especially around Christmas season).
As you can see, all these security systems are not exactly applicable in the real world but they are absolutely fun to think about.
Whether they scare us, entertain us, or take us down the memory lane, you can always watch the same movies from a different perspective, having a particular aspect in mind.
Maybe it is time to watch (or rather rewatch) some of these movies.
Slay At Home, a first of its kind virtual metal music and art festival organized by Frank Godla of Metal Injection, is set to air this Friday and Saturday (May29th & 30th) beginning at 3PM EST. The event will fundraise in support of two great charity organizations; Musicares and Global Giving.
The completely free event will be an artfully curated livestream show with exclusive never-before-seen performances from over 30 bands, cover song collaborations, commissioned music from artists that will debut at the fest, special guest appearances, art installations and much more!
The official schedule has now been released via the festival website, and is broken into hourly groups, with organizer Frank Godla explaining the set up:
“By keeping the set times between 5 and 15 minutes for each artist, it allows me to not only keep things moving, but mix it up in ways that conventional festivals simply can’t. Every single hour will contain big names and emerging artists right next to each other. I’m trying to look at the bright side of our current situation, and not only make this an entertaining way to see the artists you love flex their creativity in new ways, but hope this event acts as a place of discovery for every viewer out there. Finding a band or artist to fall in love with is the mark of a great festival to me, and it’s my honor to share the work of these amazing individuals I curated because I’m passionate about them. I’ve been in touch with all of them every step of the way, and some even managed to throw me a few surprises. I’m honored and humbled to have all of them part of this, they truly went above and beyond to showcase their craft for the Slay At Home fest, and I can’t wait for the world to see something really special come to life this weekend.”
The free livestream is scheduled for 3PM EST both days in an effort to raise funds for the MusiCares Covid-19 Relief Fund helping artists, crew and industry workers during financial crisis, as well as the Global Giving Coronavirus Relief Fund, an organization helping front line workers in need during the crisis. See the listings below for details, as well as the festival website.
WHERE TO WATCHYou can find the livestream on any device you own at Metal Injection’s YouTubeand Facebookpages, and by the direct links below.
Are you battling to keep the boredom at bay during the lockdown? It is a challenge with which almost every household from around the globe is currently faced – and it is the perfect excuse to set up an epic home cinema for your family to enjoy! Not sure where or how to start? Here is a list of the most essential home cinema solutions to consider purchasing.
How to finance your home cinema
As incredible as a home cinema is, there is no escaping the fact that setting it up is far from cheap! So, if you do not have the necessary cash on hand to pay for everything immediately, what are the options available to you concerning financing? Here is a breakdown:
A payday loan: A payday Wonga loan is a short-term loan that is an ideal choice if you are simply short on cash at the moment. If, after payday, you will be able to settle the full amount of furnishing your home cinema, then this is the way to go.
A personal loan: If you don’t have the necessary funds for a while yet, you should consider going the personal loan route. The good news is that you can take out a loan for the specific amount that you need so that you don’t land up in a tremendous amount of debt. Be sure to check out Cash Lady for safe personal and payday loans.
Borrowing money from relatives: Be very careful about borrowing money from your loved ones. Your relationship can be negatively affected if you are unable to pay them back on time!
Custom stands can be crafted to fit in with the already-existing décor of your chosen home cinema room. They look stunning and are practical too. Most people use them to support their cinema speakers for an optimized audio experience. Read More
Speaking of speakers, you should consider going that extra mile in relation to this aspect of your home theater system. Along with placing speakers on the right and left of your AV unit, it is worthwhile placing a center channel speaker, too. This additional speaker is placed centrally and helps to contribute to that 360-degree cinema experience that you only can’t fake!
Custom AV units
The AV unit is the heart of your home cinema, hence the reason why it is not the area on which you want to skimp! Spend a little bit more on a trusted brand, such as Denon, and you are sure to enjoy every moment of your time spent catching up on your favorite TV shows and movies.
When it comes to screens, it goes without saying that bigger is better! However, don’t get too excited before you measure how much space you have available. From there, you can instruct the supplier regarding sizing and other aesthetic details.
Feeling inspired? It is time to make your home cinema dreams come true! Here’s to banishing lockdown boredom for good.
Frank Godla of music media outlet Metal Injection, is proud to announce Slay At Home, the first of its kind metal music and art festival, in support of MusiCares and Global Giving. Taking inspiration from some of Godla’s favorite European festivals, Slay At Home will be an artfully curated two-day livestream event with exclusive never-before-seen performances from over 30 bands, a dozen cover song collaborations, commissioned music from artists that will debut at the fest, special guest appearances, art installations and much more.
“The Covid-19 pandemic has affected nearly everyone on the planet, and sadly some of the last people to get their lives back will be the ones we depend on to get us through these times,” says Godla. “I wanted to create a platform that aids artists, their crew, and global healthcare efforts alike. The experience of a live concert is irreplaceable, but my aim with Slay At Home is to provide every person in the world an experience they haven’t seen yet, right from their own devices. I’ve never been more proud to be part of the metal community and have so many great friends willing to join the fun, as we support two great organizations.”
The Slay At Home virtual livestream is set to air on May 29th & 30th at the Metal Injection YouTube page for free, in an effort to raise funds for the MusiCares Covid-19 Relief Fund helping artists, crew and industry workers during financial crisis, as well as the Global Giving Coronavirus Relief Fund, an organization helping front line workers in need during the crisis. You can more information about the fest, and donate at the festival website www.slayathomefest.com Slay At Home has announced the first wave of bands, with more each day through May 22nd. Read more.
The initial initial release include never before seen performances from the homes of:
Twelve Foot Ninja
Der Weg einer Freiheit
There will also be commissioned music created by curated groups, set to debut at the festival.
The first group announced includes:Luc Lemay (Gorguts)Dave Davidson (Revocation / Gargoyl)Liam Wilson (Azusa, The Dillinger Escape Plan)Elliot Hoffman (Carbomb)
There will be a dozen brand new cover collaborations, with over 40 musicians. The first names released are: Pustulus Maximus (GWAR) Tiziano Volante (Zeal & Ardor)Trevor Strnad (The Black Dahlia Murder)Sacha Dunable (Intronaut)Johnny Kelly (Silvertomb / Type O Negative)Ash Pearson (Revocation)Brody Uttely (Rivers Of Nihil) The initial announcement also includes special guest appearances fromJessica Pimentel (Orange Is The New Black), Gost, Charlie Benante (Anthrax) Along with art installations from Vincent Castiglia, Trine Grimm, Jodi Cachia.
PRIZE PACK FEATURES CENTURY MEDIA CDS, HEAVY METAL MAGAZINES, IRON MAIDEN COMICS, T-SHIRTS, AND MORE
Century Media Records announces partnership with Heavy Metal Magazine. To celebrate, both companies have teamed up for “The Ultimate Stay At Home Prize Pack”, which starts today, May 11th and ends on Friday, May 15th. Each prize pack will include 1 Heavy Metal t-shirt, 1 Century Media Blue Horns t-shirt, 1 3TEETH Face Mask, 5 issues of Heavy Metal Magazine, 5 issues of Iron Maiden‘s Legacy of the Beast comics, and 10 select Century Media CD’s from your favorite artists such as Napalm Death, Body Count, Lacuna Coil, Sons Of Apollo, Mayhem, Beneath The Massacre, Entombed A.D., Iced Earth, and Unearth. There will be one winner per day. No purchase necessary. Fans can enter for a chance to win HERE.
ABOUT CENTURY MEDIA Since 1988, Century Media Records has been a force within the hard rock and metal market. With a worldwide legacy that has launched the careers of artists as lauded as In This Moment and Lacuna Coil, as well as genre trailblazers including Suicide Silence and Shadows Fall, the German-founded Century Media Records is continuing its third decade in the music business with the same sense of volume and vision it was founded on. The label continues to dominate the genre by delivering epic releases by trailblazing artists such as Body Count, Mayhem, Arch Enemy, Lacuna Coil, Iced Earth, Napalm Death, Queensryche, Triptykon, and more.
ABOUT HEAVY METAL First published in 1977, Heavy Metal, the world’s foremost illustrated fantasy magazine, explores fantastic and surrealistic worlds, alternate realities, science-fiction and horror in the past, present, and future. Writers and illustrators from around the world take you to places you never dreamed existed. Heavy Metal was the first magazine to bring European legends Moebius, Tanino Liberatore, Philippe Druillet, Enki Bilal, Pepe Moreno and Philippe Caza to the U.S. as well as showcasing American superstars Richard Corben, Jim Steranko and Bernie Wrightson. The magazine continues to showcase amazing new talent as well as allow established creators to have “carte blanche.” Heavy Metal magazine is now published six times per year. Most issues feature one or two serialized graphic novels, several short stories, and two artist galleries. Recent creators have featured Grant Morrison, Stephen King, Bart Sears, Tim Seeley and Kevin Eastman. With new CEO Matt Medney and newly appointed Publisher and Chief Creative Overlord, David Erwin, at the helm, Heavy Metal promises to continue Heavy Metal’s legacy, as the leader in cutting-edge science fiction, fantasy, and horror storytelling.
COMING MAY 5, 2020 TO DIGITAL; ARRIVING MAY 19, 2020 ON 4K Ultra HD™ BLU-RAY combo pack, & BLU-RAY™ COMBO PACK
CA (March 4, 2019) – The World’s Greatest Super Heroes square off
once-and-for-all against the despotic Darkseid – with the fate of all humanity
hanging in the balance – in Justice League Dark: Apokolips War, the next entry
in the popular series of DC UniverseMovies. Produced by Warner Bros.
Animation and DC, the feature-length animated film will be released by Warner
Bros. Home Entertainment on Digital starting May 5, 2020, and on 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack and Blu-ray Combo Pack on May 19, 2020.
Justice League Dark: Apokolips War will be
accompanied by the all-new DC Showcase animated short, Adam Strange. The
thrilling tale, which offers insight into the space adventurer’s fascinating
backstory, features Charlie Weber (How To
Get Away with Murder) as the voice of title character.
Dark: Apokolips War will be available on 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack (USA $39.99 SRP;
Canada $44.98 SRP) and Blu-ray Combo Pack (USA $24.98 SRP; Canada $29.98 SRP) as well as on Digital. The 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack features
an Ultra HD Blu-ray disc in 4K with HDR, a Blu-ray disc featuring the film in
hi-definition, and a digital version of the movie. The Blu-ray Combo Pack features a
Blu-ray disc with the film in hi-definition, a DVD with the film in standard
definition, and a digital version of the movie.
Culminating a six-year animated
journey that began with the release of Justice League War in 2014, Justice
League Dark: Apokolips War
finds Earth decimated after intergalactic tyrant Darkseid has devastated the
Justice League in a poorly executed war by the DC Super Heroes. Now the
remaining bastions of good – the Justice League, Teen Titans, Suicide Squad and
assorted others – must regroup, strategize and take the war to Darkseid in
order to save the planet and its surviving inhabitants. This is truly the war
to end all wars, and only the victor will live to enjoy the spoils.
Justice League Dark: Apokolips War features the largest Super Hero cast in the history of DC
Universe Movies with dozens of actors/characters spotlighted in a grand
ensemble of talent reprising their roles from this six-year story continuum. Matt
Ryan (Legends of Tomorrow, Constantine), Jerry O’Connell (Carter, Bravo’s Play by Play,Stand by Me) and Taissa Farmiga (The Nun, The Mule,American
Horror Story) anchor the cast as Constantine,
Superman and Raven, respectively – the triumvirate determined to assemble the
forces necessary to lead humanity’s final attack. Alongside that trio are the long-running
core of Justice League voices — Jason O’Mara (The Man in the High Castle, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.) as Batman, Rosario Dawson (Briar Patch,Daredevil, Sin City) as Wonder Woman, Shemar Moore (S.W.A.T., Criminal Minds) as Cyborg and Christopher
Gorham (Covert Affairs, Insatiable, Ugly
Betty) as The Flash – as well as JL-adjacents Rebecca Romijn (X-Men, The Librarians) and Rainn Wilson
(The Office, The Meg) as the voices
of Lois Lane and Lex Luthor, respectively.
Tony Todd (Candyman) is the voice of the film’s key villain, Darkseid. The
cast also boasts appearances by Camilla Luddington (Grey’s Anatomy)
as Zatanna, Ray Chase (Justice League Dark, Final Fantasy XV videogame) as Jason Blood/Etrigan, Roger R. Cross
(24, The Strain, Arrow) as John
Stewart & Swamp Thing, Liam McIntyre (Spartacus:
War of the Damned, The Flash) as Captain Boomerang, Hynden Walch (Teen Titans Go! Vs. Teen Titans) as
Harley Quinn, Stuart Allan (Batman vs. Robin, Batman: Bad Blood) as Robin/Damian, Sachie
Alessio (Batman: Hush) as Lady Shiva, and John DiMaggio (Futurama, Batman:
Under the Red Hood) as King Shark.
Matt Peters (LEGO DC: Batman – Family Matters) and Christina Sotta (Young Justice) helm Justice League
Dark: Apokolips War from a script by Ernie Altbacker (Batman: Hush, Justice
League Dark) and Mairghread Scott (Wonder Woman: Bloodlines), who is
also credited with creating the story. Amy McKenna (The Death of Superman) is producer, and Jim Krieg (Batman: Gotham by Gaslight) is
co-producer. Executive Producers are Sam Register and James Tucker (Reign of the Supermen, Justice League Dark).
Dark: Apokolips War is an epic story of supernatural
proportions. A blockbuster, battle royale of a film filled with intense action
and heartfelt emotions, serving up spotlight moments for our cast of unique
characters,” said Mary Ellen Thomas, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Senior
Vice President, Originals, Animation and Family Marketing. “This incredible
thrill-ride takes us to the edge of the DC universe and sets the stage for an
exciting new chapter.”
League Dark: Apokolips War Special
4K Ultra HD
Blu-ray Combo Pack, Blu-ray Combo Pack and Digital
DC Showcase: Adam
Strange(Animated Short) – On an asteroid mining colony,
mysterious drifter Adam Strange is dismissed as an interplanetary derelict. But when the miners open a
fissure into the home of a horde of deadly
alien insects, his true identity is exposed. He is space adventurer Adam
Strange, whose heroic backstory is played out in flashbacks as he struggles to save the very people
who have scorned him for so long. Charlie Weber provides the voice of
Adam Strange, alongside with Roger R. Cross, Kimberly Brooks, Ray Chase and
Fred Tatasciore. Adam Strange is
produced and directed by Butch Lukic (Batman
Unlimited franchise), who also conceived the original story – which is
written by J.M. DeMatteis (Constantine:
City of Demons).
God/Evil Classic(New Featurette) – This documentary explores the machinations of one of
fiction¹s greatest Super Villains as we learn more about what fuels Darkseid¹s
drive to becoming a galactic Atilla the Hun and the importance of Deities in
our classic and modern fiction.
Commentary – Observations and
behind-the-scenes insight from Executive Producer James Tucker, Directors Matt
Peters and Christina Sotta, and Screenwriter Ernie Altbacker.
Look Back: Justice
League Dark (Featurette) – John Constantine leads a group of misfit characters
that use magic to vanquish their opponents. This is the dark version of the
Justice League taking on the malevolent forces that go beyond our plane of
Look Back: Batman
and Harley Quinn (Featurette) – Take a peek at the animated feature film, Batman
and Harley Quinn, featuring the creators and talented voice cast.
From the DC Vault: Justice League
Action, “Zombie King”
From the DC Vault: Justice League Action,
“Abate and Switch”
From the DC Comics Vault: Teen Titans,
A Sneak Peek at the next DC Universe Movie, Superman: Man of Tomorrow– An advanced look at the next animated film in the popular
DC UniverseMovies collection.
Justice League Dark:
Apokolips War will also be
available on Movies Anywhere. Using the free Movies Anywhere app and
website, consumers can access all their eligible movies by connecting their
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On May 5, 2020, Justice League Dark:
Apokolips War will be available to own in high
definition and standard definition from select digital retailers including
Amazon, the Apple TV app, FandangoNOW, PlayStation, Vudu, Xbox and others. On May
19, 2020, Justice League Dark: Apokolips War will be made available digitally on Video On Demand
services from cable and satellite providers, and on select gaming consoles.
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Blu-ray Languages: English, Spanish, French
Blu-ray Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
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Running Time: 90 minutes
Rated R for bloody violence,
language and some sexual references.
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Bros. Home Entertainment (WBHE) brings together Warner Bros. Entertainment’s
home video, digital distribution and interactive entertainment businesses in
order to maximize current and next-generation distribution scenarios. An
industry leader since its inception, WBHE oversees the global distribution of
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Warner Bros. Animation (WBA) is one of the
leading producers of animation in the entertainment industry, producing and
developing projects for multiple platforms, both domestically and
internationally. WBA’s current series include Animaniacs for
Hulu, Green Eggs and Ham for Netflix, Aquaman: King of
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Ellen and Looney Tunes Cartoons for HBO Max, Harley
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Tunes, Scooby-Doo! and Guess Who?, The Tom and Jerry Show, Wacky Races and Yabba-Dabba
Dinosaurs! for Boomerang. WBA’s full-length theatrical film, Teen
Titans GO! to the Movies, was released in summer 2018. As home to the
iconic animated characters from the DC, Hanna-Barbera, MGM and Looney Tunes
libraries, WBA also produces highly successful animated films — including the
DC Universe Movies — for DVD, Blu-ray® and digital media. One
of the most-honored animation studios in history, WBA has won six Academy
Awards®, 35 Emmy® Awards, the George Foster Peabody Award, a BAFTA Children’s
Award, an Environmental Media Award, a Parents’ Choice Award, the HUMANITAS
Prize, two Prism Awards and 20 Annie Awards (honoring excellence in animation).
Starring: Simone Policano, Jeff Ayars, Drew Beckas Directed by: Omri Dorani Rated: Not Rated Running time: 1 hr 13 mins Uncork’d Entertainment
We meet Reina (Simone Policano) and Cory (Jeff Ayars) in what could be one of the most memorable moments of their relationship. Reina eagerly fidgets while trying to share the news that she’s pregnant. The next scene is something most parents will find touching and familiar… our couple, intertwined, in a playful and intimate baby-naming brainstorming session. Things are going well and we’re optimistic for these people who seem like a nice team. The next scene shares a fleeting and incredibly terrifying and intimate moment where you begin to watch the process of mourning that child. This moment alone will decide what how the rest of this film is received depending on the audience’s personal experience.
Reina and Cory head upstate to her family vacation home, secluded in the woods. A relaxing few days, of which we can only assume is intended to serve as a last-ditch effort relationship repair. Scene after scene they become more unbearable to observe together and then an unexpected third party joins them, a child who has seemingly emerged from the woods claiming to be their son. Drew Beckas, who portrays Zeke, brings a remarkable set of eccentricities to his new family unit. His arrival, received by his “parents” in violently varying ways, is agonizing to watch. His age, mannerisms, vocal cadence or the toddler-like prance that doesn’t match his adolescent body all make the second half of the film unsettling and strangely efficient.
After their initial agreement to call the authorities about his arrival, Zeke separates the couple for one on one time, finding Reina submitting to her maternal instincts (and grief) and Cory growing increasingly more agitated and threatened. Both drawn into different corners of madness, the story commits to serving as a psychological thriller when layers of their relationship are peeled back and you start to question how much of what you’re viewing is actually happening, where it’s happening and why?
“This is Our Home” is the equivalent to being a guest at a highly dysfunctional family dinner. You go home, glad you’re not related to these people but with a great story to discuss with others. It’s 73 minute run time falls just short of feeling complete. An early sequence involving the couple’s interaction with some backwoods-y motorists feels wedged in to an otherwise claustrophobic story. There’s additionally several unnecessary lingering shots that unnecessarily pad the film’s short runtime for style’s sake. Director Omri Dorani still makes a very worthwhile attempt at constructing a very horrific study of the demolition of a relationship. His storytelling commits to trusting his audience to piece together their own interpretation warranted a few days digestion and earned a second viewing dissection where it proved even more effective.
Media Mikes has teamed up with their friends at Columbia pictures to give (5) readers and a guest the chance to be among the first to see the new film “Spider-man: Far From Home.”
The film will be shown on Wednesday, June 26th at the AMC Studio 28 Theatre in Olathe, Kansas and will begin at 7:30 pm.
All you have to do is click HERE. (5) random entries will be chosen and will receive a pass for (2) to attend the film. This contest runs through June 24, 2019. On that date, those chosen will be notified by email. Screening is overbooked to ensure a full house. Seating is not guaranteed. Good luck!
“Spider-,man: Far From Home” opens nationwide on July 2, 2019.
Media Mikes has teamed up with their friends at Warner Brothers to give (20) Kansas City area readers and their guest the chance to be among the first to see the new film “Annabelle Comes Home.”
The film, starring Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga, will screen on Wednesday, June 19th at the Cinemark Theatre in Merriam, Kansas. The screening will begin at 7:00 pm.
All you have to do is click HERE. The first (20) readers to do so will receive a pass for (2) to attend the screening. This is a first come/first serve giveaway. Once the allotted passes have been claimed, the giveaway has ended. GOOD LUCK!
Universal City, California, October 2, 2018 – Get ready for a laugh in the cult-classic comedy that has captured everyone’s hearts when The Big Lebowski 20th Anniversary Limited Edition debuts for the first time ever on 4K Ultra Combo Pack that also includes Blu-ray™ and Digital via the digital movie app MOVIES ANYWHERE on October 16, 2018, from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment. Fans can relive the hilariously freewheeling plot of one of the most beloved films of all-time with the twisted crime-comedy starring Jeff Bridges (Crazy Heart, True Grit), John Goodman (10 Cloverfield Lane, Argo), Julianne Moore (The Hours, Still Alice), Steve Buscemi (Fargo, Ghost World), Philip Seymour Hoffman (The Master, Capote) and John Turturro (Barton Fink, Fading Gigolo). The Big Lebowski 20th Anniversary Limited Edition is the perfect gift for any fan and the exclusive set includes a collectible bag, bowling ball pencil holder, polishing cloth and sweater packaging offering an experience like no other to look back on the cultural phenomenon of The Dude in the “#1 cult film of all time” (The Boston Globe).
With unforgettable scenes and outrageous humor, The Big Lebowski 20th Anniversary Edition showcases hours of bonus features including retrospective documentaries, an interactive map, an in-depth look at the phenomenon known as the Lebowski Fest taking audiences deeper than ever before into the upside down world of “The Dude.”
From the Academy Award®-winning Coen brothers, The Big Lebowski is a hilariously quirky comedy about bowling, a severed toe, White Russians and a guy named…The Dude. Jeff “The Dude” Lebowski doesn’t want any drama in his life…heck, he can’t even be bothered with a job. But, he must embark on a quest with his bowling buddies after his rug is destroyed in a twisted case of mistaken identity.
The Dude’s Life: Jeff Bridges, John Goodman, Julianne Moore, Steve Buscemi and John Turturro take a look back at their performances and how their delivery of the Coen brothers’ dialog became classic movie lines.
The Dude Abides: The Big Lebowski Ten Years Later: A conversation with the cast about the film’s decade-long reign as a cult classic.
Making of The Big Lebowski
The Lebowski Fest: An Achiever’s Story: An in-depth look at the annual Lebowski Fest, a celebration of The Dude and his world, attended by thousands each year.
Flying Carpets and Bowling Pin Dreams: The Dream Sequences of The Dude: Alook at some of the Dude’s trippiest fantasies so fans can learn for the first time how these innovative scenes were created.
Interactive Map: Take a tour ofthe locations of The Big Lebowski, then and now.
Jeff Bridges Photo Book: For more than 30 years,Jeff Bridges has been snapping pictures on movie sets. The accomplished photographer presents a portfolio of shots taken on the set of The Big Lebowski.
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The Big Lebowski 20th Anniversary Edition will be available on 4K Ultra HD combo pack which includes Blu-rayTM and Digital, and Movies Anywhere.
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