BEHIND THE SCREEN: 93rd Annual Academy Awards – A Night to (NOT) Remember

Well, thank God that’s over. The final film award ceremony of 2021 is over, and not a minute too soon.

Viewers who tuned in to the 93rd Academy Awards ceremony (guilty, but I have a website. What’s your excuse?) were treated to un-enthusiastic presenters, amazingly long speeches (I’m guessing Questlove wasn’t told he could play people off) and an “In Memoriam” segment that looks like it was thrown together at the last minute. And can someone tell me how a show with no host, opening monologue and zero musical numbers – unless you count the embarrassing “Oscar Music Trivia” game that featured Glenn Close shaking her ass to E.U.’s “Da Butt” – ran almost 3 1/2 hours??

On a positive note, there were some great achievements rewarded. A woman of color (Chloe Zhao) was named Best Director, only the second time a woman has won that Award. Think about that. Out of 465 nominees only SEVEN women have been nominated: Lina Wertmuller, Jane Campion, Sophia Coppola, Kathryn Bigelow (who won), Greta Gerwig, Ms. Zhao and Emerald Fennell, who with Ms. Zhao was nominated this year. Which means such female directors, like Penny Marshall and Barbra Streisand, have been totally ignored, even though in the past they had directed films nominated for Best Picture!

Daniel Kaluuya and Youn Yuh-jing took home the Best Supporting Actor and Actress awards, respectively, putting a slight dent into the #OscarSoWhite reputation.

Frances McDormand became the second actress to receive (3) Best Actress awards when her name was announced last night, putting her right behind the immortal Katherine Hepburn, who won (4). Meryl Streep does have (3) Oscars, but one was for Best Supporting Actress. Ms. McDormand picked up a 4th Oscar as one of the producers of the evening’s Best Picture, “Nomadland.” And whose idea was it to give the Best Picture award out early? Normally it’s the last award of the night, but on this night it was awarded before Best Actress and Actor were named. My hunch is that the producers assumed the late Chadwick Boseman, who was nominated for his final performance in the film “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom,” would win, which would have made for a nice emotional way to end the evening. Instead, Joaquin Phoenix sheepishly announced Anthony Hopkins as the winner of the Best Actor award, and that was a wrap!

My beef with the “In Memoriam” segment was that, for some reason, the Academy figured if you were watching you knew who everyone was and what they did. An introduction that took u 1/3 of the segment, no film clips and, while known talents like Christopher Plummer, George Segal and Wilford Brimley got a few seconds of screen time each, others – among them Marge Champion (a great dancer), Shirley Knight (a fine actress), Kelly Preston (same) and Michael Chapman (an amazing cinematographer whose credits include “Taxi Driver,” “Raging Bull,” “Dead Men Don’t Wear Plaid” and “The Fugitive”) whizzed by in a blink.

The fact that only nominees and presenters were allowed to be in the venue also made for dull television. Smatterings of applause signaled that the guests in the theatre were apparently as bored as the ones at my house.

Blame it on COVID. Blame it on the fact that none of the films nominated were “NAME” films – no “Titanic,” “Avatar” or “Lord of the Rings” in the bunch. Blame it on bad television. There’s plenty of blame to go around.

For those of you who went to bed early, here is a list of the winners:

Best Picture – Nomadland 

Best Actor in a Leading Role– Anthony Hopkins (The Father)

Best Actress in a Leading Role – Frances McDormand (Nomadland)

Best Director – Chloé Zhao (Nomadland)

Best Actress in a Supporting Role – Youn Yuh-jung (Minari)

Best Actor in a Supporting Role – Daniel Kaluuya (Judas and the Black Messiah)

Best Adapted Screenplay – The Father, Christopher Hampton, Florian Zeller

Best Original Screenplay – Promising Young Woman, Emerald Fennell

Best Animated Feature Film – Soul 

Best International Feature Film – Another Round (Denmark)

Best Sound – Sound of Metal, Phillip Bladh, Nicolas Becker, Jaime Baksht, Michelle Couttolenc, Carlos Cortés, Carolina Santana

Best Costume Design – Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, Ann Roth

Best Makeup and Hairstyling – Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, Matiki Anoff, Mia Neal, Larry M. Cherry

Best Live Action Short Film – Two Distant Strangers

Best Animated Short Film – If Anything Happens I Love You 

Best Documentary Feature – My Octopus Teacher 

Best Documentary Short Subject – Colette 

Best Original Song – ‘Fight for You,’ (Judas and the Black Messiah)

Best Visual Effects – Tenet, Andrew Jackson, Andrew Lockley, Scott R. Fisher, Mike Chambers

Best Cinematography – Mank, Erik Messerschmidt

Best Production Design – Mank, Donald Graham Burt, Jan Pascale

Best Film Editing – Sound of Metal, Mikkel E.G. Nielsen

Best Original Score – Mank, Trent Reznor, Atticus Ross

ICONIC HORROR FILM SILENT NIGHT, DEADLY NIGHT SLATED FOR REBOOT

Feature film will be coming down the chimney in 2022

Orwo Studios and Black Hanger Studios (JEEPERS CREEPERS: REBORN) announced today that they have acquired the remake rights to the seminal slasher film Silent Night, Deadly Night. The original film’s producers Scott Schneid and Dennis Whitehead of Wonderwheel Entertainment will join Orwo in bringing an exciting new vision of this cult classic to modern movie audiences in 2022. 

The project was brought to Orwo by producer Anthony Masi of MasiMedia. Schneid, Whitehead, and Masi will produce along with Jake Seal, Terry Bird, and Jamie R. Thompson of Orwo Studios/Black Hangar. Orwo Studios is financing and representing the film for worldwide sales rights. 

Declared as the most controversial film of the 80s – Silent Night, Deadly Night tells the story of a child who is traumatized after seeing his parents killed by a man dressed as Santa Claus. Years later, he dons a Santa suit himself and gets bloody revenge on the naughty list. 

Wonderwheel says, “The continued desire for horror content and the ongoing success of the genre meant it was the perfect time to be able to offer up this chilling revival of the iconic title.” Masi adds, “We are thrilled to be working with the original producers as well as Orwo and Black Hangar and are committed to honoring nostalgia for the original while offering surprises for new audiences to discover and embrace.”

FOO FIGHTERS DEBUT NEW SINGLE “SHAME SHAME” ON SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE

STREAMING NOW AT http://foofighters.co/Shame   

NEW ALBUM MEDICINE AT MIDNIGHT NOW AVAILABLE FOR PRE-ORDER AT http://foofighters.co/MAM  

Photo Credit: Danny Clinch

Foo Fighters just transformed Studio 8H at 30 Rockefeller Plaza in to a rock n roll party, with the first ever performance of their smoldering new single “Shame Shame” on the November 7 episode of Saturday Night Live, hosted by friend of the band Dave Chappelle.

“Shame Shame” is the first taste of the band’s forthcoming 10th album, Medicine at Midnight, due out February 5, 2021 on Roswell Records/RCA Records.

Medicine at Midnight is available for pre-order as of… midnight (give or take)—including a limited edition purple swirl vinyl version, available exclusively at http://smarturl.it/FFOnlineStore.

Produced by Greg Kurstin and Foo Fighters, engineered by Darrell Thorp and mixed by Mark “Spike” Stent, Medicine at Midnight packs the following nine songs into a tight-ass 37 minutes:

     Making a Fire
     Shame Shame
     Cloudspotter
     Waiting on a War
     Medicine at Midnight
     No Son of Mine
     Holding Poison
     Chasing Birds
     Love Dies Young

Foo Fighters are Dave Grohl, Taylor Hawkins, Nate Mendel, Chris Shiflett, Pat Smear, and Rami Jaffee.

David Hasselhoff Goes Heavy Metal on “Through The Night” with Two-Man Metal Band CUESTACK

Kickstarter Campaign Now Underway

TV icon David Hasselhoff has recorded a metal song, “Through the Night,” with the two-man metal project CUESTACK, and a Kickstarter campaign to finance the final steps of editing a video and “making-of” documentary on the project is now underway.

The collaboration between Hasselhoff and CUESTACK started in 2018 with many demos and meetings to make what seemed like an impossible idea slowly turn into a reality. As life-long “Hoff‘” fans, CUESTACK had the ultimate goal to create a metal project with the most-watched man on TV showing the world his heavy side. Hasselhoff recorded the track with CUESTACK in 2019 in Vienna where they also shot an epic music video together.

The band’s final mission: Finishing the editing process of the cinematic video that will accompany the song. With a limited budget and schedule, CUESTACK shot the entire video with Hasselhoff in just one day, using smaller versions of the sets than originally planned. To turn their retro Sci-Fi/Cyberpunk vision into reality, a massive post-production effort is needed now to extend these basic sets into living worlds.

All Kickstarter contributions go directly into financing those final steps. Aside from providing digital downloads, Hasselhoff fans can pre-order special “Through the Night” box sets, which include a Digipak CD, eight-page booklet with liner notes, printed high-quality autograph card, poster, “Through the Night” baseball cap and custom leather bracelet.

Join the Kickstarter campaign at http://kck.st/3jwgwEH.

About CUESTACK:

When the worlds of eccentric lighting/VFX designer Martin Kames and shred guitar content creator Bernth Brodträger collide, explosive music and art manifest in the form of CUESTACK. An unmistakable blend of metal and electronic music with well established sonic trademarks is the result, paired with an industrial, dystopian corporate identity that is ever-present in the band’s cinematic music videos and artworks.
CUESTACK

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Photo: Maximilian Lottmann

Video Game Review: “Goosebumps Dead of Night”

“Goosebumps Dead of Night”

Playstation, Xbox One, Steam, Nintendo Switch

Cosmic Forces

Our Score 4 out of 5 stars

“Goosebumps Dead of Night” is a family-friendly way for Goosebumps fans of all ages to engage with some of their favorite R.L. Stine stories and characters while getting spooked a bit. Slappy has escaped from the pages of Goosebumps and reunited his family of Monsters. It’s up to you to stop Slappy’s dastardly plan to unleash the Goosebumps monsters into our world. Hide from monsters summoned from classic Goosebumps tales while exploring and solving puzzles in an effort to trap Slappy back into his book. Can you survive Slappy’s wrath and defeat him?

Straight from the pages and screen of your favorite Goosebumps books and films is the latest installment in the Goosebumps franchise. “Goosebumps Dead of Night” is a first person RPG that transports the player directly into the world of R.L. Stine. Players are immersed in dark and eerie locations while being tasked with having to collect missing book pages while warding off creepy clowns, werewolves, angry garden gnomes and the one and only Slappy! Visually the game looks great and captures the spirit of the series quite well. The foreboding soundtrack adds to the games appeal and certainly helps with several jump moments. It was a lot of fun going from level to level and seeing which story characters you were going to encounter next as each task brings the player closer and to closer to a final showdown with Slappy high up within the Tesla tower.

If you are new to first person RPG’s then it may take a little while to get used to the controls and how to navigate around the different levels but, once you have that all down the game provides is a lot of fun. Parents of younger players may want to check the game out first as there are some parts which can be a little frightening. Fans of the books will obviously want to check this out on one of the four available platforms (Playstation, Xbox One, Steam, Nintendo Switch) as “Goosebumps Dead of Night” is a great continuation of the Goosebumps franchise and one that both parents and youth will enjoy playing time and time again.

TESTAMENT Announces New Album Titans Of Creation & Release Music Video For “Night Of The Witch”

Pre-Order Available Here: https://nblast.de/TestamentTOC

The time has arrived for legendary bay area thrash metal giants TESTAMENT to unleash new thunder to the masses and reveal their thirteenth studio album, Titans Of Creation, which will be released on April 3 via Nuclear Blast.

Today, the band releases the lyric video for the first single, “Night Of The Witch” here: youtu.be/cF2hIrXq2ss

Chuck Billy comments, “It has been months since the final mixing of ‘Titans Of Creation’ and we are eager for fans to hear it. We feel that we put a lot into this record and at the end of the day it is a TESTAMENT record that stands on its own. We are very proud of ‘Titans Of Creation.’”

“’Night Of The Witch’ uses old school lyrics about witches chanting in the moonlight and casting spells. The beauty of this song is that I worked Eric’s vocals into the chorus. I wanted to incorporate him as he does Dragonlord and this song was a perfect match. It is a heavy song and a great way to introduce everyone to ‘Titans Of Creation.’”

Titans Of Creation was produced by Chuck Billy and Eric Peterson while Juan Urteaga of Trident Studios handled co-producing, recording and engineering. Andy Sneap was responsible for the mixing and mastering of the album. Eliran Kantor stepped up once again to create a new masterpiece of artwork for the cover of this release.

Titans Of Creation will be available in the following formats:

  • CD Digipak
  • Light Blue Cassette (Limited to 250)
  • DLP + CD Mail-order Box Set (Limited to 1500)
  • Includes Earth Element Vinyl
  • Vinyl
  • Fire Element Edition Vinyl (Limited to 2150)
  • Air Element Edition Vinyl
  • Water Element Edition Vinyl
  • Blue Vinyl (Limited to 500; Retail)
  • T-shirt
  • TS+ DLP bundle

Pre-order your copy of Titans Of Creation in the format of your choice here: https://nblast.de/TestamentTOC

Pre-save the album on Spotify, Apple Music and Deezer: nblast.de/TESTAMENTpreSave

Below is the track listing:

  1. Children Of The Next Level
  2. WWIII
  3. Dream Deceiver
  4. Night Of The Witch
  5. City Of Angels
  6. Ishtar’s Gate
  7. Symptoms
  8. False Prophet
  9. The Healers
  10. Code Of Hammurabi
  11. Curse Of Osiris
  12. Catacombs

Just as the elements of this planet thrive within all living creatures, each musician in TESTAMENT represents a necessary component of this latest musical creation. Still filled with a massive and unstoppable energy since their last release, TESTAMENT has taken their style to the next level and present an album that is loyal to the roots of traditional thrash metal while still including the alluring, brilliant and progressive ingredients they are known for.

TESTAMENT is:

Chuck Billy | Lead Vocals

Eric Peterson | Rhythm/Lead guitar & Vocals

Alex Skolnick | Lead Guitar

Steve Di Giorgio | Bass guitar

Gene Hoglan | Drums

5 Hotels for a Naughty Night in Vegas

Once someone mentions Sin City in a conversation, the immediate thought that pops into most minds is the City of Las Vegas. Vegas is known as a naughty hub of entertainment that never sleeps and shines bright twenty-four hours a day.

Most Hollywood movies have showcased the eye-catching background of Las Vegas, something that leaves the audience mouth-watered and wanting to visit this city. Consider that you know nothing about naughty entertainment until you visit the fabulous Sin City.

Now, imagine being away from your busy daily schedule and yearning for a night or several ones out, coupled with alcohol, dancing, booming music, and some naughty fun. What comes to mind? It is Las Vegas that is on everyone’s lips.

Thus, here is a list of hotels that you can check out for spending a naughty night. At these places, you are guaranteed loads of fun once you are in Vegas.

Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino

Are you looking to have some adult fun, alcohol, food, and music? The Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino offers it all.

Here, you will get the chance to enjoy incredible adult shows, as performers know their job well. The dancers will entertain you with their sensual moves that will leave you gaping throughout the evening.

For women, there is a possibility even to try out pole dancing and to striptease by yourself. For taking classes, all you need is to come to the V-theatre at a scheduled time. There, you will be able to watch professional dancers and renowned pole dancers practicing moves and follow the sequences they show.

Vegas is the only magical place where you stand a chance of not only enjoying stripteasing shows but also walking away with a stripper license. The Las Vegas Licence accredits you as a professional strip dancer, eligible to perform a striptease in any club.

Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino

If you are in search of the best hotel to enjoy a naughty night out in Las Vegas, check out the Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino and have fun at the Chippendales show. The hotel is built with a vibrant atmosphere and matching décor, which gives the ideal Brazilian experience brought about by the neon-lit towers.

You’ll enjoy an eye-catching performance of twelve well-built dancers who thrill the audience with erotic yet spectacular moves. The moves are naughty, titillating, and steamy, with ladies as their target audience. But who’s to say that men can’t enjoy it as well?

You can go to this fine establishment and get your naughty on as you watch professional dancers entertaining the crowd with their crazy moves. Are you planning your pal’s bachelorette party? The Rio All-Suite Hotel is the place to be.

MGM Grand Hotel & Casino

MGM Grand is one of the oldest hotels within the Vegas Strip that offers some naughty, exciting performances to the audience. What is more, it is one of the hotels that provide a variety of adult-themed shows that ensure a fantastic night you will fully enjoy.

Imagine yourself in a candy shop. Where else can you get an assortment of adult shows to choose from, except Vegas? Crown your Sin City trip with this magnificent hotel and watch the performances to enjoy yourself throughout the night.

What’s more, when in MGM Grand Hotel and Casino, you get to have a good time at night at Brad Garrett’s Comedy Club. Not every night in Las Vegas entails erotic and titillating activities, but all of them are worth attending.

Brad Garrett’s comedy is adult-themed, though, and it will leave you laughing and crying throughout the session. He brings some of the naughty and funniest comedy acts that will, with no doubt, leave you thirsty for more. If you are up for a good stand-up with no rules, make sure to check this comedy out.

Luxor Hotel & Casino

If you think that you’ve seen it all, then you haven’t been to the Luxor Hotel and Casino. Here are a lot of fantasy shows to carry your mind away from the stressful and busy work schedule. For instance, the adult theme show Fantasy leaves individuals excited and wanting more.

According to Weekly Slots News, Fantasy is a sexy show of fifteen acts, accompanied by music, the aesthetic themes of which makes the night memorable. It is a topless performance favorable for a couples’ night out. The show entails unforgettable sexy vocalists, dancing acts, and above all, Sean Cooper’s comedy.

The Fantasy show at Luxor is a perfect blend of sexy and power moves that have become popular and widely known across the Vegas Strip. Each act is fine-tuned at targeting couples, but you can enjoy the show in any company. Get your ticket in advance to ensure a naughty night in Las Vegas.

Caesar’s Palace Hotel & Casino

Absinthe is a must if staying at the Caesar’s Palace Hotel or looking for a fantastic night out. According to Gamblers Daily Digest, it is one of the best shows that you should see in Sin City, so make sure to book in advance. Absinthe entails talented actors performing daring feats of agility and strength in unique acts.

Lucian Marinescu, a partner at OnlineCasinoGems, names Absinthe as the must-go-to adult show when in Vegas. “Absinthe acts combine traditional burlesque, cabaret, and circus dance moves to give you a spectacular night you’ll live to remember. It is arguably one of the best shows to give you a ranchy night experience.”

The show entails rude humor and exclusively adult topics that favor the audiences that are not faint-hearted. Thus, you and your friends should go to Caesar’s Palace to enjoy a no-rule humor night accompanied by adult dances and sexy moves.

Final Words

In addition to amazing accommodation, endless gambling opportunities, and exquisite foods, most Vegas hotels offer naughty fun performances for adults who want to let loose and live a little. Make a point of enjoying this nasty side of Vegas during your next trip. It is called Sin City for a reason!

Win Passes to the Kansas City Screening of “Late Night”

Media Mikes has teamed up with their friends at Amazon Studios to give (25) readers and a guest the chance to be among the first to see the new film “Late Night.”

The film, starring Emma Thompson and Mandy Kalling, will be screened on Wednesday, June 5th at the AMC Studio 28 in Olathe, Kansas and will begin at 7:30 pm.

All you have to do is click HERE. The first (25) people to do so will receive a pass for (2) to attend the screening. This is a first come/first serve giveaway. When the allotted passes have been claimed, the giveaway is over. Good Luck!

“Late Night” opens nationally on Friday, June 7th!

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.

Enter to Win a Blu-ray of M. Night Shyamalan’s GLASS

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Universal City, California, February 26, 2019 – Writer-Director M. Night Shyamalan (The Sixth SenseSigns) completes a mind-bending trilogy created nearly twenty years ago with GLASS, a comic book thriller available on Digital via the digital movie app MOVIES ANYWHERE on April 2, 2019 and on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-rayTM, DVD and On Demand on April 16, 2019, from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment. GLASS is a grounded-in-reality, comic-book thriller where the heroes and villains are people first. The thrilling culmination to the trilogy that started with Unbreakable and Split, stars James McAvoy (SplitAtonement)Samuel L. Jackson (Hitman’s BodyguardAvengers Franchise), Bruce Willis (Unbreakable, Die Hard),Sarah Paulson (Ocean’s Eight, “American Horror Story”) and Anya-Taylor Joy (SplitThe Witch)Go inside the mind of master of suspense M. Night Shyamalan to uncover the connections and references that bring the three films together in one universe. Experience more than sixty minutes of never-before-seen features elaborating on his process and artistic vision including an in-depth look at the making of the film, deep insights on the characters, a never-before-seen alternate opening, and deleted scenes.

GLASS features “Shyamalan’s eccentric, intimately scaled superhero universe” (Manohla Dargis, The New York Times), while offering a closer look at the world of the Elijah Price, also known as Mr. Glass (Jackson), David Dunn (Willis), and Kevin Wendell Crumb (McAvoy) as they experience a series of escalating encounters as they escape from an asylum and embark on a thrilling battle of good versus evil. Producers M. Night Shyamalan, Jason Blum (Get OutHalloween), Marc Bienstock (Before I Fall), Ashwin Rajan (Devil, The Visit) and executive producer Steven Schneider (Paranormal Activity series) reunite with GLASS for “one of the most original comic book movies in recent years” (Scott Menzel, We Live Entertainment).

BONUS FEATURES EXCLUSIVE TO 4K ULTRA HD, BLU-RAYTM & DIGITAL

·       The Collection of Main Characters – A look at all the main players and how they fit in the universe created by filmmaker M. Night Shyamalan.

o   David Dunn

o   Elijah Price

o   Kevin Wendell Crumb

o   The Rest of the Family

·       Bringing the Team Back Together – M. Night Shyamalan is famous for working with many of the same crew from film to film.  In this piece, cast and crew share personal stories of why Shyamalan’s productions feel like seeing family again.

·       David Dunn vs. The Beast – An in-depth look at the animalistic face-off between David Dunn and The Beast

·       Glass Decoded – M. Night Shyamalan unveils some secrets of continuity and style from across the Glass trilogy

·       Breaking Glass: The Stunts – The superhuman strength of The Beast is best illustrated in the stunts. Take a behind the scenes look into the very effective methods of executing stunts in the film.

·       Connecting the Glass Universe – Explore M. Night Shyamalan’s stylistic approach to the Glass trilogy and the unconventional concept of a comic book movie grounded in reality.

·       M. Night Shyamalan: Behind the Lens – Cast and crew discuss Shyamalan’s dedicated and meticulous approach to storytelling.

·       The Sound of Glass – Composer West Dylan Thordson elaborates on his use of string instruments to create tension, and explains why recording the score on-location enhanced the tone of Glass.

·       Enhancing the Spectacle – The VFX team provides details on the rewarding task of using CGI as an effective tool to intensify the narrative of Glass.

·       Raven Hill Memorial – Roam the long corridors of Raven Hill Memorial Hospital and see why the cast and crew describe the eerie location as its own character in the film.

·       Night Vision – A look at the early stages of Glass by examining the storyboards and their remarkable similarity to the final shots in the film.

BONUS FEATURES ON 4K ULTRA HD, BLU-RAYTM, DIGITAL AND DVD:

·       Alternate Opening – Introduction by director M. Night Shyamalan available

·       Deleted Scenes -Introductions by director M. Night Shyamalan available

o   David Alone at Bar

o   Patricia Talks to Cheerleaders

o   David Encounters Pierce

o   Casey in Art Class

o   Dr. Staple Explains Machine

o   Mrs. Price in Waiting Room

o   Mrs. Price Talks to Elijah

o   Dr. Staple Drinks Tea

o   Pierce Checks Elijah’s Room

o   Mrs. Price Tells Elijah About Surgery

o   David Submits to Dr. Staple

o   Patients Worship The Beast

·       A Conversation with James McAvoy and M. Night Shyamalan – Star James McAvoy and Producer/Writer/Director M. Night Shyamalan discuss the importance of originality when creating a film in this genre.

The film will be available on 4K Ultra HD in a combo pack which includes 4K Ultra HD Blu-rayTM, Blu-rayTM and Digital. The 4K Ultra HD disc will include the same bonus features as the Blu-rayTM version, all in stunning 4K resolution.

  • 4K Ultra HD is the ultimate movie watching experience. 4K Ultra HD features the combination of 4K resolution for four times sharper picture than HD, the color brilliance of High Dynamic Range (HDR) with immersive audio delivering a multidimensional sound experience.
  • Blu-rayTM unleashes the power of your HDTV and is the best way to watch movies at home, featuring 6X the picture resolution of DVD, exclusive extras and theater-quality surround sound.
  • Digital lets fans watch movies anywhere on their favorite devices. Users can instantly stream or download.
  • MOVIES ANYWHERE is the digital app thatsimplifies and enhances the digital movie collection and viewing experience by allowing consumers to access their favorite digital movies in one place when purchased or redeemed through participating digital retailers. Consumers can also redeem digital copy codes found in eligible Blu-rayTMand DVD disc packages from participating studios and stream or download them through Movies Anywhere. MOVIES ANYWHERE is only available in the United States. For more information, visit https://moviesanywhere.com.

 

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Foo Fighters To Stream Super Saturday Night in Atlanta

FOO FIGHTERS
DIRECTV Super Saturday Night in Atlanta With Special Guest Run The Jewels

SOLD OUT
BOTH BANDS’ SETS TO STREAM LIVE WORLDWIDE AT: https://twitter.com/DIRECTV

GO JACKALOPES! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j8LeYu2uybU

Who didn’t see this one coming… It’s official: Foo Fighters’ DIRECTV Super Saturday Night February 2 at Atlantic Station in Atlanta with special guest Run The Jewels is 100% SOLD OUT. Nothing you can do short of impersonating the Fed Ex or pizza delivery person or taking out a second mortgage can get you into this once in a lifetime show now…

There is good news, though: Both performances—Foo Fighters and Run The Jewels—will be streamed live to fans across the world on Twitter https://twitter.com/DIRECTV or on AUDIENCE NETWORK on DIRECTV CH 239 or on DIRECTV NOW.

The live stream begins at 10:30pm ET with FOO FIGHTERS hitting the stage at 11:00pm ET.

Yes, the stadium-shaking anthems that have earned Foo Fighters 12 Grammy Awards, sold 25 million records and continue to sell millions of tickets the world over will come to your living room if you can’t make it to Atlanta. And don’t sleep on this one: The band has been circling the globe crushing it with rock marathons since its latest album, the international #1 Concrete and Gold, was released in September 2017. There are fewer Foo Fighters U.S. gigs left on the itinerary than you can count on two hands so make sure you’re in front of that phone, tablet or TV screen February 2. It may be your last dose of live Foo Fighters for quite some time to come. And Run the Jewels are sure to crush it too. If there was ever a night to make any excuse to stay in and go big…

In the meantime, get psyched for the big show the night before the big game, specifically: Get Jacked on Jackalopes! Go to https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j8LeYu2uybU for a brand new short film written and directed by Foo Fighters’ own Dave Grohl, featuring Curt Menefee, Terry Bradshaw and Michael Strahan—and of course some more familiar faces—in a hilarious time warping homage that presents the familiar Foo Fighters comedic chops in a classic 1970s cinematic style and story (and don’t forget the cheerleaders):

Larry Butz (Dave Grohl) sponsored by Butz Bail Bonds
Helmuut Pyle (Pat Smear) sponsored by Pyles Adult diapers
Jake Schenker (Chris Shiflett)
Bertrand Hitchens (Nate Mendel) sponsored by 1 800 Ferns
Bret Rogers (Taylor Hawkins)

The Longest Yard and Invincible got nothing on the Jackalopes—you’ll be on the edge of your seat dying to know “WILL THEY MAKE IT TO SUPER SATURDAY NIGHT BEFORE THE BIG GAME?”

Stay connected to the latest DIRECTV Super Saturday Night news by following AT&T, DIRECTV and Foo Fighters on social.

Enter to Win Blu-ray Combo Pack of “The Strangers: Prey At Night”

To celebrate the Blu-ray release of “The Strangers: Prey At Night“, Media Mikes would like to give two of our fans a chance to win a Blu-ray + DVD combo pack of the film. If you want to win this great prize, please leave a comment below your favorite horror film and why? This giveaway will remain open until June 12th at Noon, Eastern Time. This is open to our readers in US only. One entry per person, per household. All other entries will be considered invalid. Media Mikes will randomly select winners. Winners will be alerted via email.

A family’s road trip takes a dangerous turn when they arrive at a secluded mobile home park to stay with relatives and find it mysteriously deserted. Under the cover of darkness, three masked psychopaths pay them a visit to test the family’s every limit as they struggle to survive. Johannes Roberts, whose shark diving thriller 47 Meters Down was a smash hit,directs this horror film featuring Christina Hendricks (“Mad Men”), Bailee Madison (Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark), Martin Henderson (The Ring),and Lewis Pullman (Battle of the Sexes).

 

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Win Free Tickets to Advance Florida Screening of “Game Night”

Media Mikes is proud to be hosting an advance screening of the new film “Game Night” in Orlando, FL area. Click below to get tickets, first come first serve! Good luck and like always leave a comment here after you’ve seen the film!

Screening details:
GAME NIGHT
Tuesday, February 20, 2019 @ 7:30pm
AMC Altamonte
http://www.wbtickets.com/MMGN

Synopsis: What happens when a friendly, weekly ‘game night’ spirals into chaos?

In the new comedy GAME NIGHT from New Line Cinema, three couples meet up for their regular ‘game night’… but then, suddenly, the evening turns into a wild, murder mystery that takes every player by surprise.

Twitter: https://twitter.com/gamenightmovie?lang=en
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Bring on the Popcorn, and Make it a LOL Kids Movie Night! The Emoji Movie includes the original Hotel Transylvania Short “Puppy!”

Available on Digital October 10 and On 4K Ultra HD™ Combo Pack, Blu-ray + Digital, & DVD on October 24

CULVER CITY, Calif. (September 12, 2017) – Be the movie night hero and bring home the film that kids give two thumbs up to for the ultimate kid’s movie night! It’s time to express yourself when Sony Pictures Animation’s THE EMOJI MOVIE arrives for the first time on Digital on October 10 and on 4K Ultra HD+ Blu-ray + Digital, Blu-ray + Digital and DVD October 24 from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. The animated comedy unlocks the never-before-seen secret world inside your smartphone. Hidden within the messaging app is Textopolis, a bustling city where all your favorite emojis live, hoping to be selected by the phone’s user. In this world, each emoji has only one facial expression – except for Gene (T.J. Miller), an exuberant emoji who was born without a filter and is bursting with multiple expressions. Determined to become “normal” like the other emojis, Gene enlists the help of his handy best friend Hi-5 (James Corden) and the notorious code breaker emoji Jailbreak (Anna Faris). Together, they embark on an epic “app-venture” through the apps on the phone, each its own wild and fun world, to find the code that will fix Gene. But when a greater danger threatens the phone, the fate of all emojis depends on these three unlikely friends who must save their world before it’s deleted forever.

THE EMOJI MOVIE features an all-star voice cast including T.J. Miller (How To Train Your Dragon) as Gene Meh, James Corden (“Late Late Show with James Corden”) as Hi-5, Anna Faris (Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs) as Jailbreak, Maya Rudolph (Big Hero 6) as Smiler, Steven Wright (Louie) as Mel Meh, Jennifer Coolidge (American Pie, Legally Blonde) as Mary Meh, Jake T. Austin (“Wizards of Waverly Place”) as phone owner Alex, Grammy® Award Winner Christina Aguilera as Akiko Glitter, Emmy® Award Nominee Sofia Vergara (The Smurfs) as Flamenca, Rachael Ray (“Rachael Ray”) as Spam, Emmy® Award Winner Sean Hayes (“Will & Grace”) as “Devil” Steven, and Emmy® Award Nominee Sir Patrick Stewart (X-Men, Star Trek: The Next Generation) as Poop.

THE EMOJI MOVIE is filled with interactive bonus materials on the Blu-ray, 4K Ultra HD, DVD and digital releases that are fun for the entire family to enjoy including the “Good Vibrations” Dance Along and Lyric Video, where you can join along in the dance party. You can tell that they don’t spare any expense with video production either. Learn about the amazing dance moves from the film’s celebrity choreographer in “Choreographing Emoji with Matt Steffanina.” Get creative with step-by-step tutorials on how to draw your favorite Emoji’s with two “how to” videos. Go behind-the-scenes of a real-life coding school with the “Girls Who Code” featurette, and get to know everything about the all-star cast in “Express Yourself: Meet the Cast.” Fans will also get to unveil more of the story behind their beloved character in “Jailbreak Decoded: The Untold Story.” Additional featurettes include “Creating the World Inside Your Phone,” “Bringing Emoji’s to Life,” and the very exciting “Puppy! An Original Hotel Transylvania Short.”

In addition to extra content above, exclusive to Blu-ray, fans of all ages will be able to give it their best shot at the “Gimme a Hand! Guess the Emoji Game,” where Hi-5 and Smiler give you clues to help you guess the mystery Emojis. You will also have the chance to get creative with your Halloween Trick-Or-Treat candy with “Sweet App-etite: Make Your Own Candy Crush Inspired Saga Cake.”

THE EMOJI MOVIE is directed by Tony Leondis, with screenplay by Tony Leondis & Eric Siegel and Mike White and story by Tony Leondis & Eric Siegel. The film is produced by Sony Pictures Animation, with Michelle Raimo Kouyate serving as the producer.

DVD and Digital Bonus Materials Include: 
• Director & Animators Commentary
Puppy! An Original Hotel Transylvania Short
• Jailbreak Decoded: The Untold Story
• “Good Vibrations” Dance Along
• “Good Vibrations” Lyric Video
• Express Yourself: Meet The Cast
• Girls Can Code!
• Choreographing Emoji With Matt Steffanina
• Creating the World Inside Your Phone
• Bringing Emojis to Life
• How To Draw Poop
• How To Draw Gene

Blu-ray Exclusive Bonus Materials Include:
Everything listed above, plus:
Gimme a Hand! Guess the Emoji Game
• Sweet App-etite: Make Your Own Candy Crush Inspired Saga Cake

THE EMOJI MOVIE has a run time of approximately 91 minutes and is rated PG: for Rude Humor.

ABOUT SONY PICTURES HOME ENTERTAINMENT
Sony Pictures Home Entertainment (SPHE) is a Sony Pictures Entertainment (SPE) company. Sony Pictures Entertainment (SPE) is a subsidiary of Sony Entertainment Inc., a subsidiary of Tokyo-based Sony Corporation. SPE’s global operations encompass motion picture production, acquisition and distribution; television production, acquisition and distribution; television networks; digital content creation and distribution; operation of studio facilities; and development of new entertainment products, services and technologies. For additional information, go to http://www.sonypictures.com.

ABOUT SONY PICTURES ANIMATION
Sony Pictures Animation produces a variety of animated and family entertainment for audiences around the world. The studio is following its worldwide comedy hits—the record-breaking monster comedies Hotel Transylvania and Hotel Transylvania 2, the hybrid live action/animated blockbusters The Smurfs and The Smurfs 2, and the mouth-watering Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs movies—with the fully animated reboot Smurfs: The Lost Village available on digital and Blu-ray now; a surprising and comic take at the secret world inside our phones with The Emoji Movie in July 2017; the inspirational The Star in November 2017; Hotel Transylvania 3 in July 2018; and an animated Spider-Man feature from the minds of directors Chris Miller and Phil Lord in December 2018. The studio, in conjunction with Aardman Animations, has produced two critically acclaimed feature films: the CG-animated family comedy Arthur Christmas; and the Academy Award® nominated stop-frame animated high-seas adventure, The Pirates! Band of Misfits. In 2007, Surf’s Up also received an Academy Award® nomination for Best Animated Feature Film; a sequel entitled Surf’s Up 2: WaveMania is now available on digital and DVD. The division, whose first feature film Open Season led to a very successful movie franchise including the brand new Open Season: Scared Sillynow available on digital, DVD and Blu-ray, was founded in 2002. Sony Pictures Animation is a division of the Sony Pictures Motion Pictures Group.

Night Flight Orchestra Guitarist David Andersson talks “Amber Galatic”

Guitarist David Andersson is probably best known for his work with the Scandinavian metal band Soilwork a band which he has been a part of since 2012. Prior to joining the Soilwork Andersson was hard at work with his classic rock tinged group Night Flight Orchestra who recently released their third album titled “Amber Galactic”. Media Mikes had the chance to speak with David recently about the album, its sci-fi theme and the bands plans to perform the album live.

Adam Lawton: Can you give us some background on how Night Flight Orchestra initially came together?

David Andersson: Me and Björn (Strid, also in Soilwork) first met in ’06, when we did our first Soilwork US tour together. We soon found out that we shared a mutual love for classic rock, so we started bonding over all those classic records, and before the tour was over, we’d decided to start a classic rock band ourselves. It took us a while to find the right people, but eventually we succeeded.

AL: What can you tell us about the upcoming release “Amber Galactic”?

DA: “Amber Galactic” is a concept album in a way, although it doesn’t have a straight narrative. It’s more a collection of stories that takes place in the same universe. “Amber Galactic” is set in a future where humanity is exploring and conquering space, but all the space commanders are women, just like the leaders back on Earth, and the men are mostly concerned with providing the ground service and idolizing and falling in love with those superior women that are always slightly out of reach.

AL: Where did this concept come from?

DA: The space theme was my idea. I’ve always read a lot of sci-fi books, mostly because in science fiction, anything is possible, and the things that you never thought would happen actually do happen. And, in a way, all those classic bands and artists from the 70’s and 80’s had the same totally over-the-top approach to everything that they did that was very science fiction-like, where everything was possible and there was no self-irony or “less is more“-thinking involved. Although the music industry was very different back then, and there was a lot more money, resources and drugs involved, I still felt that it is a shame that no one does those kinds of things anymore, at least not in rock music. It’s always been a dream to do something really epic, and what can possibly be more epic than space? So we decided to give it a go at it and just try to do the most epic, outrageous album possible.

AL: Was there anything new this time around with your writing/recording process?

DA: Nothing changed in the recording process, we’ve always produced and recorded everything ourselves. We don’t have any formula as such; we just meet in the studio, throw up some microphones, have a few drinks and start playing. But I guess we’ve gotten better at playing to our strengths and emphasizing the elements in our music that sets us apart from other bands. Though it’s nothing we’ve talked about, more like something in our collective subconscious.

AL: The band recently released a video for the song “Gemini”, can you tell us about that and why that song was chosen for a video treatment?

DA: Our label, Nuclear Blast, wanted to have “Gemini” as the first video release. It’s a song about a female space commander lost somewhere in space on a secret mission, and a love struck man back on Earth trying to get in touch with her to find out if his feelings are reciprocated. I’ve always dreamed of having an 80’s-style animated video set in space, so when we found Elia Cristofoli, an Italian animator/producer, it was fantastic to get a chance to finally do it.

AL: Are there plans to perform the album live/tour?

DA: Yes, we’ll do an exclusive show at the Rock Hard festival in Gelsenkirchen, Germany on the 3rd of June, and then we’ll hopefully do some sort of European tour in the fall. After that, we’ll see. It’s really fun playing live with The Night Flight Orchestra, and we’re always open for suggestions.

Amber Galactic is available for purchase now: http://nblast.de/TNFOAmberGalacticNB

 

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