Myrkur and Anna von Hausswolff Cover Björk’s “All Is Full of Love”

Folksange Available Now on Relapse Records

Photo Courtesy of Artist

Today Myrkur‘s Amalie Bruun joins forces with renowned multi-instrumentalist Anna von Hausswolff to reimagine Björk‘s classic, “All Is Full of Love“. Bruun comments, “From our homes in Denmark and Sweden we decided to record a simple, fragile and raw version of Björk‘s “All Is Full of Love”. A song we consider to be one of the most beautiful and encouraging songs, that is a reminder to stay open to receive love even in times like these.”

Listen & Share: Myrkur & Anna von Hausswolff – “All Is Full of Love (Cover)

Myrkur‘s latest album Folkesange saw its release earlier this year to high acclaim via Relapse. Just after newfound motherhood, Bruun set out on a journey into the very heart of the Scandinavian culture that marked her own childhood. The album relinquishes black metal for a refined yet far-reaching evocation of traditional folk, combining songs ancient and new to sublimely resonant effect. Through Bruun’s crystalline vocals, an array of traditional instruments and storytelling, Folkesange offers listeners an immersive, emotional and transcendent experience that resonates in today’s turbulent times.

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Film Review: “Ordinary Love”

ORDINARY LOVE
Starring: Liam Neeson, Lesley Manville
Directed by: Lisa Barros D’Sa, Glenn Leyburn
Rated: R
Running Time: 1 hr 32 mins
Bleecker Street Media 

Nearly everyone has been affected by cancer in some way. Whether you have had to battle it yourself or had a family member, friend or acquaintance to be diagnosed with it, cancer, as we all know too well, is non-discriminatory as to who it invades. In the somber British drama “Ordinary Love,” this hideous disease inflicts a toll on the relationship of a devoted married couple still haunted by a tragic loss. The ups and downs they experience during one long year are portrayed with absolute brilliance and humanity by Liam Neeson and Lesley Manville (“Phantom Thread”). 

By the time we meet Tom (Neeson) and Joan (Manville), their relationship has developed into one that feels like putting on a comfortable pair of slippers. There is a tangible ease about how they interact with each other, punctuated by wonderful chemistry between the two leads. Initially, they have all the appearances of carefree empty nesters enjoying the autumn period of their lives. However, when Joan discovers a lump in her breast, we learn that underneath the pleasant exterior of their marriage is a scar that runs deep in their souls.

 Somehow, their marriage endured the death of their daughter long ago, but cancer threatens to put them through an altogether different ordeal. Despite trying to maintain a stiff upper lip about her diagnosis, Joan is racked with fear of the unknown while Tom swims in denial while trying to do his best to be supportive. What unfolds over the course of a year are challenges they meet with a variety of emotions, ranging from gut-wrenching despair to laughter to anger born from frustration. Through it all there is a grace which carries them through. 

“Ordinary Love,” which had its world premiere at the 2019 Toronto International Film Festival, is a serious work of cinematic art that will leave its mark on you. It is raw and unfiltered. Neeson and Manville are terrific at making us feel the painful intensity of their characters’ emotions. For her part, Manville, who was nominated for an Oscar for her role in 2017’s “Phantom Thread,” delivers a gut-wrenching performance as a woman trying to endure a disease that takes its toll on the mind, body and spirit. 

The film’s brevity, at just over an hour-and-a-half, means less time the story can explore the medical/hospital elements of Joan’s cancer. As such, these moments seem rushed and too abbreviated, thus lessening how truly impactful “Ordinary Love” could have been. Some elements are also predictable, yet this can be overlooked as a negative because of the overall emotional potency within the film. “Ordinary Love” is certainly not ordinary and will hit close to home for anyone who has been touched by cancer. 

Make Money Recording and Broadcasting What You Love Doing

Imagine waking up every day feeling happy about getting to work! Some people are lucky to have jobs they love working with. If you start asking around, however, you may see that these people are few and far in between. You’ll probably quickly realize that most people would like to work with something different from what they are spending their time working with today.

The reality for the vast majority of people in the US, is that bills need to be paid no matter the dissatisfaction with work. If you are in that situation, you should be particularly excited about reading more about how to make money doing what you love. Because no matter what your hobby is, most likely there are ways to make money out of it. You just have to be creative!

Below we will outline three hugely popular and broad areas, where for most of those successful at it, it started as a hobby and turned into a full-time job. Well, can you even call it a job if you do something you love? We hope to inspire you to stop laboring through your day in displeasure and explore ways of making money through your hobby.

Let’s explore and take a step closer to achieving that fabled American dream!

Streaming

You probably heard of streaming computer games, a modern-day phenomenon where millions of people watch other people play games online. It sounds like a strange concept, right? It’s actually lots of fun and strangely addictive, the streamers interact with the audience while entertaining and playing games people know and like to play themselves.

In order to give you some inspiration in this realm, we will not mention the “typical” streamers like Summit1g or DrDisrespect. There are literally thousands of people streaming the same type of games they do and doing their best to attract audiences. Instead, we will venture out into a niche, still gaming related but not the traditional video game content. No, instead we will venture into the world of online casinos with fast-paced action and thrills. People love watching other people gamble. Fortunately for you, there are not that many online casino streamers out there as compared to how many “regular” streamers there are within any of the top 25 games on Twitch.

You probably have some questions, something along the lines of, how do I make any money doing that? Through affiliate marketing!

Simplicity and utility is a powerful combination when trying to appeal to large amounts of people with varying preferences so aim for informative and honest content.

Then you need to decide whether you should stream on Twitch or Youtube, maybe both? Then go through the typical steps of setting up your Twitch channel or Youtube channel, populate it with content about yourself and what the stream is about, and don’t forget to add casino content and link to your website. After that, you should contact the affiliate department of a couple of casinos and apply for an affiliate partnership. This is much easier than you think. If you have a website and a Twitch channel, describe your strategy in a few sentences then they’ll approve your application. Then go ahead and place affiliate links for the different accounts on your website and Twitch channel.

To sum it up:

  • Select a website platform (we recommend WordPress for flexibility and stability)
  • Purchase hosting and a domain (we recommend Namecheap)
  • Pick a WordPress theme that fits the style of your streaming and casino content
  • Read up on the most popular online casinos in the US, familiarize yourself with their policies and overall reputation to ensure you only promote honest and respected casino brands. (we recommend finding a knowledgeable source, like LiveCasinoKings)
  • Register and set up accounts on Twitch or Youtube
  • Set up your streaming studio at home (spend a few extra dollars on a good web camera and a crisp microphone)
  • Contact a couple of online casinos to get affiliate deals
  • Place your affiliate links on your website and streaming channel
  • Start streaming!

Beauty Vlogging

Where would the world of beauty be without a few lightning beacons amidst the crowds? People love to check what their favorite celebrities, influencers, and bloggers are up to. Whether it’s clothes, the makeup they’re using and how they apply it.

So if you have an interest in fashion or beauty, then it could be a great way to combine work and pleasure and turn a passion into revenue. In this article, we will cover the topic of beauty and video blogging. As with computer games and live streaming entertainment, there are lots and lots of categories and niches you could opt for. Maybe hair products, makeup, nail care or skincare. If you think about it, even after limiting yourself to skincare, for example, there is so much to write about. Your audience would still be huge. It wouldn’t be a bad idea to be even more specific in your beauty blogging. Perhaps write about sensitive skin or even skincare for skin disorders, such as rashes and eczema.

With a well-crafted website that is easy to digest, with well-structured content and nice imagery and videos, a Youtube channel, hard work and a unique spin on skincare you may well have a winning combination?

The steps of getting started with your own beauty blogging business are again very simple and straight-forward:

  • Select a website platform
  • Purchase hosting and a domain
  • Pick a beauty WordPress theme that fits your content (we recommend a visual theme, heavy on photography and imagery)
  • Installing WordPress plugins for any extra functionality to your website
  • If you don’t have a great camera on your phone we recommend that you buy a system camera (or upgrade later on for better quality photos)
  • Register and set up an account on Youtube
  • Set up your video blogging studio at home (spend a few extra dollars on a good camera and a crisp microphone)
  • Contact beauty brands to get affiliate deals (elf Cosmetics is a good start as it is a popular, yet affordable brand)
  • Look through the content the popular blogs offer in order to see what is currently most interesting for the audience, be it products, trends and more (you can draw content inspiration from established beauty bloggers, like Michelle Phan)
  • Contact beauty brands and ask if they want to use your channels for marketing their products through reviews and custom content

Social Media

Whatever you decide to do, whether it’s streaming, blogging or vlogging – make sure to leverage social media. Get on Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest and whichever social media platform you expect your audience to be. Get on there and push content from your website, make small social media updates and engage as much as possible with other people!

Album Review: Soundgarden “Louder Than Love” 35th Anniversary Collection

“Louder Than Love” 35th Anniversary Vinyl
Soundgarden
AM Records
Producer: Terry Date/Soundgarden
Tracks: 12

Our Score: 3 out of 5 stars

Soundgarden’s 1989 release “Louder Than Love” is the latest album from the bands catalog to be included in the Seattle natives 35 year Anniversary Collection. The fifth in a series of monthly vinyl releases commemorating the bands career includes the albums original 12 tracks pressed on limited edition 180 gram colored vinyl and comes packaged in a full color sleeve with original album art.

The bands first release on a major label is a landmark point in a bands career. “Louder Than Love” captures the rawness and attitude of early Soundgarden as they transitioned from the dingy and damp clubs of Seattle to being a staple on MTV. Packed with tracks like the controversial “Hands All Over You” and “Big Dumb Sex” the album is a glimpse into an angst ridden band that is pulling out all the stops to get them to where they want to go. “Louder Than Love” is a tempo roller-coaster as songs like “Get On The Snake” and “Gun” both feature arrangements with non-traditional time structures giving the album a unique feel that doesn’t allow listeners to get very comfortable.

Like previous commemorative releases in this series the packaging and album are nice to look at but when it comes to purchase appeal outside of that there isn’t much to entice would be buyers. With the absence of any kind of bonus material, remixing or even a digital download option I really found it difficult to find value in this especially if you already own a copy. Clearly these releases are geared towards new listeners jumping on the vinyl craze. I find this to be somewhat sad as for the fans that were around during the bands initial rise there appears to be nothing new on the horizon for them to sink their musical teeth in to. If you purchased a copy of this record upon its initial release then you have everything and there is no need to purchase the re-release but, if this is an album that has been on your list to pick up and you prefer the translucent orange vinyl to the standard original pressed black then now is a great time to pick up “Louder Than Love”.

Track Listing:

Side One:
1.) Ugly Truth
2.) Hands All Over
3.) Gun
4.) Power Trip
5.) Get On The Snake
6.) Full On Kevin’s Mom

Side Two:
7.) Loud Love
8.) I Awake
9.) No Wrong No Right
10.) Uncovered
11.) Big Dumb Sex
12.) Full On (Reprise)

 

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Seven Date Night Movies that You Both Will Love

Whеn twо people gеt tоgеthеr tо еnjоу a night оut оn thе tоwn, уоu саn rеѕt аѕѕurеd thаt thе tоріс оf dаtе nіght mоvіеѕ wіll surface аt ѕоmе роіnt іn thе еvеnіng. Mоvіе vіеwіng іѕ оnе оf thе mоѕt рорulаr activities fоr Amеrісаnѕ tо раrtаkе іn whіlе dаtіng, аnd fоr gооd rеаѕоn. Gеnеrаllу, thе evening begins wіth a good mеаl аnd еndѕ wіth a lively discussion соnсеrnіng thе mоvіе аt hаnd. If уоu find уоurѕеlf reaching fоr thіѕ trіеd аnd tеѕtеd сhоісе, thеn уоu muѕt tаkе a lооk аt thе fоllоwіng films tо gеt уоu started оn planning уоur nеxt cinematic dаtе:

1. Life іѕ Beautiful

Thіѕ Aсаdеmу Award winner wіll сеrtаіnlу bе a wіnnеr fоr уоu аnd уоur date. Aѕ аn Itаlіаn соmеdу-drаmа, уоu wіll lаugh аnd уоu wіll cry. Thе story bеgіnѕ wіth a Jеwіѕh waiter whо humоrоuѕlу wins thе hаnd оf a beautiful lady. Sеvеrаl уеаrѕ lаtеr, thе mаn іѕ ѕеnt tо a Nаzі соnсеntrаtіоn саmр wіth hіѕ ѕоn. Trуіng tо shield hіѕ ѕоn frоm thе hоrrоrѕ, hе mаkеѕ uр games fоr hіѕ уоung ѕоn. A beautiful tale оf ѕасrіfісе аnd love, thіѕ іѕ a muѕt-ѕее. You can win money at https://www.bitbola.me to sponsor the movies.

2. Gоnе Wіth Thе Wіnd

Thіѕ 1939 hіѕtоrісаl rоmаnсе іѕ аn epic сlаѕѕіс. At fоur hоurѕ іn lеngth, thіѕ famous fіlm іѕ bеаutіfullу mаdе wіth stunning соѕtumеѕ. Thе lеаdіng lady, Sсаrlеtt O’Hara mаnаgеѕ tо fіrе оff ѕоmе fantastic оnе-lіnеrѕ, аnd thе rоmаnсе bеtwееn Rhett аnd Sсаrlеt, рlауеd bу Clark Gаblеѕ аnd Vіvіеn Leigh іѕ еnоugh tо mаkе аnу соuрlе fееl іnѕріrеd.

3. Brеаkfаѕt At Tіffаnу’ѕ

Thе 1960ѕ wаѕ a fascinating dесаdе fоr Amеrісаn рор culture, аnd thеrе іѕ nо bеttеr mоvіе tо reflect thіѕ thаn Brеаkfаѕt At Tіffаnу’ѕ. Produced аftеr Trumаn Cароtе’ѕ hіt nоvеl wаѕ рublіѕhеd, Audrеу Hерburn іѕ ѕtunnіng іn hеr rоlе аѕ Holly Gоlіghtlу. Wіth a captivating ѕоundtrасk, excellent costumes аnd a quirky romance, уоu’ll wаnt tо аdd thіѕ tо уоur lіѕt оf date nіght movies, іf оnlу tо саtсh a glіmрѕе іntо thе sixties.

4. Dr. Zhіvаgо

Thіѕ Russian masterpiece fоllоwѕ generations оf fаmіlіеѕ thrоugh аn іntеrtwіnіng ѕtоrу ѕеt durіng thе Russian Rеvоlutіоn. Thіѕ dark tale оf lоvе, bеtrауаl, аnd Communism wіll hаvе уоu rееlіng сеrtаіnlу. And уоu wіll nоt run оut оf thіngѕ tо dіѕсuѕѕ оnсе уоu соmрlеtе thіѕ epic fіlm.

5. Catch Mе If Yоu Cаn

Whаt іѕ nоt tо lоvе аbоut Lеоnаrdо DiCaprio аnd Christopher Wаlkеn pairing аѕ a ѕоn/fаthеr duо? Check оut thіѕ соmеdіс drаmа fоr a fascinating реrіоd piece оn thе fifties аnd ѕіxtіеѕ. Wіth ѕоmе fantastic саmеоѕ, іnсludіng Ellеn Pompeo аѕ a stewardess аnd Jеnnіfеr Garner аѕ аn еѕсоrt, уоu wоn’t wаnt tо mіѕѕ Amy Adаmѕ аnd Tom Hаnkѕ аѕ wеll.

6. Rеbесса

A Dарhnе Maurier classic, Alfred Hіtсhсосk rеаllу mаnаgеѕ a wіn іn thіѕ ѕuѕреnѕе ѕtоrу. Thіѕ blасk аnd whіtе рѕусhоlоgісаl thriller іѕ сеrtаіn tо еntеrtаіn wіth a stunning performance bу Jоаn Fontaine.

7. Walk Thе Line

Bоth Reese Witherspoon аnd Joaquin Phоеnіx trulу оutdо thеmѕеlvеѕ wіth ѕіngіng rоlеѕ іn thе Jоhnnу Cаѕh biopic. It’ѕ a grеаt hіѕtоrісаl ріесе wіth a fаntаѕtіс ѕоundtrасk аnd a соmрlісаtеd love ѕtоrу tо bооt.

CD Review: Behemoth “I Love You at Your Darkest”

“I Love You at Your Darkest”
Behemoth
Metal Blade Records
Tracks: 12

Our Score: 4 out of 5 stars

Black Metal heavy weights Behemoth have just released their 11th studio album titled “I Love You at Your Darkest” via Metal Blade Records. The album is the bands first studio release in four years and features 12 uniquely crafted tracks from the Gdansk natives who have been churning out their own signature blend of black metal since the early nineties. Vocalist/guitarist Nergal has stated that “It doesn’t get more blasphemous than this.” a claim which could be very, very true.

When a band like Behemoth and you releases an album titled “The Satanist” it might cause some to wonder if a black metal band can go much further than that. After listening to the twelve tracks which make up “I Love You at Your Darkest” I can tell you that the members of Behemoth (Nergal, Orion and Inferno) have not only matched the power and impact of their previous release but they may have found a way to take things one step further. The band is no stranger to controversy and in a recent press release Nergal talked about the album’s title, “It’s a verse from the Bible, It’s actually a quote from Jesus Christ himself”. For Behemoth to use it as the basis of our record, it’s sacrilege to the extreme.” Combine the back story of the title with the bands darkly colored fury and sleek production and you get tracks like the blast beat driven “Wolves ov Siberia” the haunting epic esque “Havohej Pantocrator” and my two personal favorites “Rom 5:8” and the droning riff driven “Bartzabel” which despite being lighter than the albums other eleven tracks still packs a punch and breaks up the release nicely.

“I Love You at Your Darkest” offers listeners more than just your run of the mill guttural vocals, down tuned guitars and obligatory blast beats. The band instead uses those techniques as a foundation to craft much more vast sonic landscapes that will appeal listeners time and time again. Even after a couple listens I still wanted to hear more. Albums that are able to keep a listeners attention time and time again are few and far between and Behemoth have packed each of the albums twelve songs with enough texture and instrumentation to keep your ears busy for a very long time.

Track Listing:
1.) Solve
2.) Wolves ov Siberia
3.) God = Dog
4.) Ecclesia Diabolica Catholica
5.) Bartzabel
6.) If Crucifixion Was Not Enough…
7.) Angelvs XIII
8.) Sabbath Mater
9.) Havohej Pantocrator
10.) Rom 5:8
11.) We Are the Next 1000 Years
12.) Coagvla

 

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Film Review: “Love, Simon”

LOVE, SIMON
Starring:  Nick Robinson, Josh Duhamel and Jennifer Garner
Directed by:  Greg Berlanti
Rated:  PG 13
Running time:  1 hrs 49 mins
20th Century Fox

Meet Simon (Robinson).  Like most high school seniors he keeps himself busy, hanging out with his friends, going to parties and getting ready to graduate.  But Simon has a secret.  He’s gay.

A coming of age story with a twist, “Love, Simon” is the story of a young man at the crossroads of his life.  Citing an unusual series of dreams about Daniel Radcliffe in his early teens as the turning point in his sexuality, Simon comes across an online post by a young man who calls himself Blue.  Blue is also gay and longs to come out but does not have the courage.  Simon emails Blue and explains that he, too, is in the same boat.  He signs his note “Jacques,” and the two begin a series of conversations that grow both bolder and emotional as they go on.  However, a fellow student named Martin (Logan Miller) comes across the missives and informs Simon that he knows his secret.  He also blackmails him, trying to arrange a hook-up with one of Simon’s female friends.  If Simon doesn’t help him, he’ll spill the beans.  Sadly the kid is beyond unlikable and soon, after an embarrassing attempt at wooing his intended, he outs Simon to the school.  What a dick!

I have a lot of mixed feelings about this film.  I commend it for being one of the few mainstream films to deal with gay issues in a matter of fact way.  “Love, Simon” is simply a love story about a young man with a crush that happens to be another young man.  But the film also sends up the typical Hollywood stereotypes I didn’t expect.

Part of Simon’s fear stems from the fact that there is already a gay student in his class (Clark Moore).  Sadly, this young man is a sassy, well-groomed confidant of the school’s snobby girls, dishing out fashion advice and one-liners.  Sadly, the typical “gay” character from Central Casting, the same people that brought you Lamar from “Revenge of the Nerds.”  I have several gay friends.  None of them is, if stereotypes are to be believed, “obvious.” It’s a shame this is the only way Hollywood can find to portray an openly gay character.  To me it’s a double shame because the film’s director, Greg Berlanti, is gay and should know better.

Between being outed and then bullied, nobody is held accountable.  The most believable character in the film is Natasha Rothwell, who plays Ms. Albright, the school drama teacher (the school is putting on a production of “Cabaret,” which, though I’ve learned has been put on in high schools, doesn’t strike me as a show to be performed by teenagers).  When two boys bully Simon in the lunchroom, it is Ms. Albright that confronts them and assures them that this action will not be tolerated.  So it’s disheartening to see the two boys a few moments later being excused for their actions by offering Simon a mumbled “sorry.” And Martin, who for some reason is playing the Emcee (badly) in the production of “Cabaret,” continues to be the class clown, again not facing any consequences for his actions.   By the time Simon’s friends, all with petty slights, deserted him I lost all faith in the film or its message.

Which is a shame, because Nick Robinson does a great job trying to balance all of the inner feelings Simon must deal with.  He can only smile and nod when his father, commenting on the latest contestant on “The Bachelor,” says “look at him…you know he’s gay.”  He knows his father means no harm but still just the way he says “gay” is enough to keep Simon in the closet.

I’ve heard this film described as a “John Hughes” – type film.  Barely.  Though Hughes did spend a lot of his time writing about teenagers, their problems and how they dealt with them, his characters were a hell of a lot more believable.

Win Passes to the Kansas City Premiere of “Love, Simon”

 

Media Mikes has teamed up with their friends at 20th Century Fox to give (50) readers and a guest the chance to be among the first to see the new film, “Love, Simon,” in Kansas City.

 

The film, starring Nick Robinson and Katherine Langford, will be screened on Wednesday, March 14, at the B&B Shawnee Theatre in Shawnee, Kansas and will begin at 7:00 pm.

 

All you have to do to receive your pass for (2) is to click HERE.  The first (50) readers to do so will receive a pass to attend the screening.  This is a first come/first serve giveaway.  Once all passes have been claimed the giveaway is over.  Good luck!

A New Way to Play: Why Canadians Love Casino Games

Insurance?

Insurance?” (CC BY 2.0) by banspy

Canadians love to gamble. In fact, they love it so much that’s it’s one of the hottest forms of entertainment across the country right now. According to Statista, Canadian casinos raked in more than $6 billion over a 12-month period in 2016, which is up more than $500 million compared to 2006, according to statcan.gc.ca. Much of the recent rise in gaming activity has been down to growth of online casinos.

With virtual platforms offering easy access to traditional games such as roulette and blackjack, more Canadians have had the opportunity to dip their toes in the gaming waters. In fact, to increase participation further, many of the major operators actually offer free-play games. Identical to the real thing but without the cost, these games have served as a great introductory tool which has then given more people the impetus to play some casino classics.

As more Canadians take to the Internet or their local casinos to play the odds, we thought we’d take a look at some of their favoured games and features.

A Little Extra Something

6/365 I'm All in !!!!

6/365 I’m All in !!!!” (CC BY-SA 2.0) by RTD Photography

Everyone loves something for nothing and that becomes clear when you look through the roster of Canadian casinos out there. For example, at casinobonusonline.ca, a casino review site, you’ll notice that the top ranked sites have more than $4,000 in free (or bonus as it’s called) cash available.

In contrast to live casinos, online sites actively reward new players with a bonus and this review site’s top six is a prime example of that. Indeed, if you look at the top of the shop, 888casino, the site’s reviewers have found that you can claim as much as $2,388 in bonus cash. Deals like this not only show how Canadians want something more when they ante up, but they want variety and depth so they can find a deal that suits their needs.

Slots Are a Money Spinner

Winning Slot

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When it comes to games, Canadians appear to have an affinity for slots. Look through the lobby of any leading operators, from All Slots and Spin Palace to 888 and beyond, slots are the most numerous games. Although each site will have a different line-up, it’s not uncommon to see in excess of 100 games inside a single lobby. One of the reasons these games are appealing is their themes. Much like pinball machines like Stern’s Spiderman offering, slots take stories and icons from popular culture, from movies to video games, as we’ve discussed on mediamikes.com before, and turn them into a high-octane game.

In terms of specifics, progressive jackpot slots are the most popular variant. From Mega Moolah to Leprechaun’s Luck, these games take a small percentage from each player’s bet, put it into a communal pot and then pay out a prize when someone hits the magic combination. The result of this system is jackpots that often top $1 million. Unsurprisingly, being able to stake a few dollars and win a life-changing sum is hugely appealing and that’s why these games are now popular with Canadian players.

Cross-Channel Entertainment

Sport bets

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As much as casino games are great, too much of anything can become tedious. To counter this, many of the top Canadian online casinos offer something on top of their table games. For example, online-casinogames.ca notes that its top ranked sites offer a wide variety of betting options. From classic casino games like blackjack and roulette to live dealer tables (games with real people on the screen), dice games and “number based games” are all available in the online arena.

Having some sort of diversity is crucial because every player is different. Indeed, to ensure the casino industry remains a mainstream endeavour, operators have to cover as many bases as possible. Much like social gaming developer Zynga.com has everything from Words with Friends to poker to cover a broad spectrum, the top Canadian online casinos will offer the widest variety of betting options as possible.

Casino gaming isn’t a niche activity anymore. Thanks to the online world’s bonuses, variety and accessibility, everyone of legal age is now finding some fun in the casino arena.

 

Rumer Willis discusses her upcoming “Over the Love” tour.

 (Photo Credit: Tyler Shields)

Rumer Willis may be the daughter of Hollywood heavy weights Bruce Willis and Demi Moore however her own career is nothing to be ashamed of having appeared not only in a number of television series and films but she also enjoyed a successful stint on Broadway as well. Rumer’s latest project has her singing front in center on her debut music tour which is being called the “Over the Love” Tour. Media Mikes had the opportunity to talk with Rumer recently about the upcoming tour and her foray in to music.

Adam Lawton: Can you give us some background on your relationship with music and your decision to start performing live?

Rumer Willis: I have been singing since I was very young. I think I spent quite a bit of time coming up with the best way for me to outlet my music. There have been actors and children of successful parents who have tried to come out and do an album after they have been successful at something else. I always wanted to make sure that when I did do that that I did things right. I didn’t try to put something out there just to have something out. I wanted to make sure that how I present myself is truly what I want to share with people. I feel what we are about to do really represents myself.

AL: What can you tell us about your upcoming debut tour?

RW: I got the idea after performing at a place called the Café Carlisle. A friend of mine mentioned that I should think about doing a full tour as he thought it could totally work. I had never really thought that something like that was possible with me carrying the whole thing. When we started looking more in to the idea and things started to come together we got more and more excited. I never thought I could do music like this or that there was an audience for it. Each show should be really great as it won’t just be me up there singing. I plan to talk a little bit about the songs and explain a little bit about what they mean to me.

AL: How did you go about putting your band together and also selecting the songs for the show?

RW: The band is made up of people I have done shows with before and they are all friends of mine. The songs I selected are more cabaret and jazz type songs. Those are where my normal musical interests are. Even on a daily basis I listen to those types of music. I think there is something to be said about music that really captures emotion. All the songs I picked make me feel something when I hear them and hopefully I can deliver the same response to the people in the audience.

AL: How has performing in a band setup compared to you performing on Broadway?

RW: On Broadway along with the singing there is also a lot about acting as well so it’s a package. There are a lot of things to look at during a Broadway show. Everything is moving very fast and is very colorful. When you are doing a show with a band it’s just you. You have to be more vulnerable and be able to connect with the audience. It’s almost like you are having a conversation.

AL: Overall what has been your transition like moving from film to music?

RW: For me in a weird way it never felt like I was transitioning from one thing to another. Both music and acting have always both been my passion. Thankfully I never was really forced to choose one or the other. I do think figuring out which projects to be in and auditioning was a lot easier than figuring out how I wanted to put myself out there as a musician.

AL: Are there plans to do more shows after this first initial run?

RW: With this first tour I wanted to make sure I played enough places to where I could give people a good idea as to what I am about. I didn’t want to bite off more than I could chew for a first tour so we are going to be figuring out what works and what doesn’t as we go along. My philosophy for this whole thing is not to get too big for my britches. Just because someone says they are a good singer or puts on a good show doesn’t mean they really are or can. You have to prove to people that you are worth their time. At the end of the day I want people to come out and just be able to have a great time.

AL: With a new season of “Dancing With The Stars” just starting and you being a past Mirror Ball champion what are your predictions for this year?

RW: I think that Val and Laurie are a very strong team. I think that Laurie is very talented and they have a really strong chance of winning. I am definatley behind them one hundred percent.

For a list of tour dates be sure to check out http://www.Overthelovetour.comfor a complete listing and info

CD Review: Masked Intruder “Love and Other Crimes”

“Love and Other Crimes”
Masked Intruder
Pure Noise
Tracks: 6
Our Score: 4.5 out of 5 stars

Wisconsin based punk rockers Masked Intruder recently released a new EP titled “Love and Other Crimes”. The six track ep which is being released via Pure Noise is the follow up to the band’s 2012 self titled debut which was released via Red Scare and then re-released by Fat Wreck Chords in 2013.

Despite the band being somewhat mysterious due to their identities being hidden behind brightly colored ski masks one thing is certain, These guys know how to have fun! With six songs clocking in at just under fifteen minutes Masked Intruder’s “Love and Other Crimes” wastes no time getting to the point. Each song is brimming over with Ramones like rhythms and comedic lyrics which instantly make the release a fun listen each and every time. Tracks like the albums guitar fueled opener “Take What I Want” the super catchy “Beyond a Shadow of a Doubt” and the tongue and cheek filled “Running from the Cops” are all songs you can listen to time and time again. Even after multiple listens the songs still remain fun and fresh.

Don’t let the bands comedic look and nature fool you as each of the 4 members (Blue, Yellow, Green and Red) show tremendous disciple at their instruments making “Love and Other Crimes” a solid testament to that statement. If you’re a punk rock fan looking for something light and new grab yourself a copy of this release.

Track Listing:
1.) Take What I Want
2.) First Star Tonight
3.) Beyond a Shadow of a Doubt
4.) Running from the Cops
5.) Still Always on My Mind
6.) If Only

Fallen Preview: A Tale of a Century-Old Love

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The intersection between movie motifs and the supernatural is one that audiences are often invited to travel across by script writers and directors.

From straight-up thrillers involving antisocial beings from the beyond to heart-warming tales of those on earth finding comfort in those from the spirit world, the use of spirits and all things ethereal has proved hugely popular with movie makers over the years.

Naturally, as we slip further into 2016, that trend doesn’t appear to be slowing down thanks to the pending release of Fallen. Not to be confused with the 1998 movie of the same name featuring Denzel Washington as homicide detective John Hobbes, the 2016 version of Fallen is a British, Australian and American hybrid production based on Lauren Kate’s Fallen novels.

The Guidance of Angels

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Known for her young adult novels, Kate’s Fallen was originally published in 2009 and focuses on the love story between accused murder Lucinda Price and her school mate, Daniel, who it transpires is an angel. Wanting to enliven this idea with some sights and sounds, Nichole Millard turned the story into a screenplay and Scott Hicks (famous for the movie Shine) took charge of the directorial side of things.

Despite being slated for release in 2015, the movie has had its setbacks, but Kate herself has stated that it will hit movie theatres in September 2016. At its core, the movie focuses on the relationship between Price and Daniel who has “loved her for a thousand years”. However, beyond the budding love between the two characters, the movie is also an exploration of how a belief in something beyond the physical world can help change someone’s life.

Among faith healers and psychics, the role of angels in our life is well known. According to popular wisdom, angels are constantly watching over us and if we’re able to channel their power we can fix certain issues in our life. To that end, many people now use angle therapy as a way to communicate with guardian angels such as Archangel Chamuel (peaceful relationships), Archangel Michael (the truth teller) and Archangel Gabriel (overseer of the creative).

A Supernatural Love Triangle

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This appears to be the concept Kate, and latterly Hicks, has taken to a new level in Fallen. Instead of sitting down and tapping into the spirit world with the help of a therapist, Price has a direct line to her guardian angel. However, as with all tales of love and reform, the path to salvation is never easy and, despite a chance encounter with Daniel, Price also falls for another schoolmate in the form of Cam (also an angel).

This love triangle then becomes a battle between heaven and hell with Price stuck in the middle of two supernatural beings who have loved her for centuries. The overall premise of Fallen is far from unique, but if the production is slick and the acting is on point then it should do well. Indeed, the spirit world motif is one that often does well with audiences when it’s combined with a love story.

Will be a blockbuster? Probably not, but if the spirits are watching over the movie then it should do well enough to satisfy the production company and Fallen’s original author, Lauren Kate.

“Gasper Noe’s LOVE” Available on Blu-ray and DVD on January 5, 2016

AVAILABLE ON BLU-RAY™ AND DVD ON JANUARY 5, 2016
Los Angeles, CA (November 24, 2015) — Alchemy is proud to announce the home entertainment release of the intense drama, LOVE starring Aomi Muyock, Karl Gussman (Ratter), Klara Kristin. Written and directed by first time feature filmmaker, Gasper Noe, LOVE premiered at the 2015 Toronto Film Festival and was an official selection at the Festival De Cannes 2015.  LOVE has a running time of 130 minutes, is not rated and will be available on Blu-ray™ and DVD on January 5, 2016.

LOVE is a sexual melodrama about a boy and a girl and another girl. It’s a love story, which celebrates sex in a joyous way.

ABOUT ALCHEMY
Alchemy is the largest independent distributor of film and television content across all platforms and windows in North America. Alchemy develops tailored distribution strategies, from theatrical release to DVD, digital, VOD, and television.  Under CEO Bill Lee’s direction, the company has distributed the work of some of the world’s finest filmmakers including Richard Linklater, Werner Herzog, Gregg Araki, Dito Montiel, John Hillcoat, John Turturro, Lee Daniels, Oren Moverman and James Cameron. The company’s current releases include Ravi and Geeta Patel’s MEET THE PATELS, and Gaspar Noe’s LOVE, with past successes including WELCOME TO ME, FADING GIGOLO, WHAT MAISIE KNEW, RAMPART, and BERNIE. Upcoming releases include Nanni Moretti’s MIA MADRE, Rob Zombie’s 31, Yorgos Lanthimos’s THE LOBSTER, and Lucile Hadzihalilovic’s French horror film EVOLUTION.

Alchemy boasts the independent content industry’s preeminent end-to-end supply chain solution for physical and digital distribution. The company is the industry’s largest physical distributor outside of the major studios and Lionsgate, representing the majority of non-studio content at Walmart, Target, Best Buy and Sam’s Club and is the leading independent supplier to digital platforms including iTunes, Netflix and VOD.

Alchemy owns a catalog of more than 1,000 film titles and has deals for the ongoing distribution of film titles and programming for clients including DreamWorks Animation, Magnolia, Microsoft, MPI Media, Music Box Films, nCircle, Phase 4 Films, PBS Distribution, Team Marketing, Well Go USA and Vertical, among many others.

Blu-ray Review “Love & Mercy”

Starring: John Cusack, Paul Dano, Elizabeth Banks, Paul Giamatti, Jake Abel, Kenny Wormald
Director: Bill Pohlad
Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
Studio: LIONSGATE
Release Date: September 15, 2015
Run Time: 111 minutes

Film: 3 out of 5 stars
Blu-ray: 3.5 out of 5 stars
Extras: 2.5 out of 5 stars

The Beach Boys are not one of my favorite bands. Let’s set the story straight here to start. When their music comes on the radio, usually I change the channel. I do though love anything that John Cusack is in. Both the acting from Cusack and Paul Dano are really sharp. Rounding out the cast include also the amazing Elizabeth Banks and Paul Giamatti. Honestly for acting alone this is worth a view. Plus “Pet Sounds” is probably one of the more easier to listen to of the bands album, since it focuses around it’s origin. If you are a hardcore Beach Boys fan, check it out for sure.

Official Premise: Love & Mercy is an unconventional portrait of Brian Wilson (portrayed by both John Cusack and Paul Dano), singer and songwriter for The Beach Boys. The film intimately examines the unique journey and ultimate salvation of this musical icon, whose success came at an extraordinary personal cost.

The Blu-ray comes with an Digital HD copy as well. The 1080p transfer is solid even though the film was shot to look old and grainy at certain times on purpose it all worked out. Of course with a film about music, the sound is very important. Well, the DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 surround track delivers quite well. Between Atticus Ross score and clips of various Beach Boys and Wilson songs they are well represented.

In the special feature department, things are a little less interesting. There is a decent and pretty informative commentary with Bill Pohlad, the Director/Producer and Oren Moverman, the Executive Producer/Co-Writer. “A California Story: Creating the Look of Love & Mercy” looks into recreating the settings and the music for the film. “A Side/B Side: Portraying the Life of Brian Wilson” is solid and runs nearly 30 minutes with some interviews and archival footage of Wilson. Lastly there are a few deleted scenes included.

 

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Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital Kids Love & Family Expo is September 12 & 13, 2015 at Museum of Discovery and Science

FORT LAUDERDALE, FL – September 3, 2015 – The Museum of Discovery and Science announced today that it will host the Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital Kids Love & Family Expo for the second year in a row on September 12 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and September 13, 2015 from noon to 5 p.m. It will be a fun-filled family-themed weekend event produced by Entercom South Florida 101.5 LITE-FM, Magic 102.7, 790 AM The Ticket and the new 104.3 FM The Shark.

The Kids Love & Family Expo is a celebrity-filled extravaganza with everything that KIDS LOVE! With over 75+ interactive activities and exhibits for kids, the Museum of Discovery and Science is already something that KIDS LOVE! And while the kids are having fun, parents will discover the latest and greatest in products and services to make their busy lives healthier, easier, and more enjoyable from more than 50 sponsors & exhibitors!!!

Visitors will get a chance to meet celebrities, such as TV’s Lea Black from the Real Housewives of Miami and Genevieve Goings from Choo-Choo Soul on Disney, Jr. Plus, a special appearance from Kid KJ “Lil’ Monster Truck Jam and Ride”. Take a ride in a real monster truck, watch Kid KJ demonstrate monster truck tricks, and get an up close look at the monster trucks in Kid KJ’s & The Mighty Monsters collection! Don’t forget to bring your camera as there will be appearances from favorite your storybook characters – Madeline, Curious George and Clifford the Big Red Dog – on the Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital Storytelling Stage throughout the Kids Love & Family Expo!
Museum President/CEO Kim Cavendish stated, “The Kids Love and Family Expo is truly a treat for the entire family. Costume characters, local exhibitors, dancing and prizes highlight this special two-day event. Plus, visitors will get to explore the hundreds of interactive exhibits that the Museum has to offer. Come one, come all.”

To learn more about the Kids Love and Family Expo, visit: http://tinyurl.com/kidsexpo15
Kids Love and Family Expo 2014 Photos: http://tinyurl.com/kidsandfam

 

ABOUT THE MUSEUM OF DISCOVERY AND SCIENCE

The mission of the Museum of Discovery and Science is to provide experiential pathways to lifelong learning in science for children and adults through exhibits, programs and films. Founded in 1976 as The Discovery Center, the nonprofit facility serves approximately 400,000 visitors annually. Major operational support for the Museum is provided through generous support by Leadership Guild members including: JM Family Enterprises, Inc., Broward Health, Sun Sentinel and Wells Fargo.

The Museum is open seven days a week, 365 days a year with extended IMAX® hours on most evenings. Exhibit only admission prices are $14 adults; $13 seniors; $12 children 2 to 12. Children under 2 are free. The Museum of Discovery and Science is at 401 SW Second Street, Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33312. For more information call 954.467.MODS (6637) or www.mods.org