Review: @RadioDisney Concert with @InRealLife & @SkylarStecker – Celebration, FL | #review #lifelines #irl

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Good morning, music lovers!

This past weekend (December 9-10), my niece & I headed up to Orlando from Miami, Florida to see In Real Life perform for Radio Disney at Celebration Town Center. Before I get to the review, let me give a bit of back story . . .

Over the summer, my niece became invested in a group of guys competing for a spot in the newest boy band. Every week, my mom & I sat with her and watched the performances and their Instagram lives, and became invested ourselves. As a lover of music, I enjoyed seeing this young group of guys with the drive and determination that most adults don’t possess. There was never drama between any of the boys, no petty controversies or bickering. Their families all got along and it just seemed like one big family. The final five ended up being Michael Conor, Sergio Calderon, Jr., Chance Perez, Drew Ramos and Brady Tutton.

The boys were swept into a mini promo tour as soon as the show wrapped and it was announced that they would be managed by Johnny Wright, who also manages Justin Timberlake and Alicia Keys. Knowing this, we knew it was a matter of time before the boys would be making a trip to Wright’s compound in Orlando, Florida. Sadly, they made that trip in October, just ONE DAY after my niece and I left Orlando to return to Miami. She literally missed them by one day. (You can read more about our misadventures that weekend by clicking HERE). So, needless to say, I had to take another trip up to Orlando with her when it was announced that they would be performing for Radio Disney on December 9th.

Florida doesn’t get “winter weather” too often, especially not in Miami, so we were excited to hear that we’d be getting a cold front for the weekend! We drove up to Orlando Saturday morning, checked into our hotel and headed over to Celebration Town Center early so that my niece, Briana, would have a good shot at meeting the guys. She was also meeting up with another fan around her age, Cristina (aka tattoo girl lol). As soon as we met up with Cristina and her mom, Paige, we found out that she’d met the guys in Starbucks right next to where Briana and I had been sitting. She was so close yet again! (Side note: I tried to get in touch with someone about scheduling an interview with the guys for my blog, but it was such short notice and pretty much impossible to get in touch with someone from their team.)

Now let’s get to the review:

IMG_1510As we were sitting by the empty stage about four hours before the show, we heard a loud crash. The roof of the stage collapsed and missed the workers by inches. This made it impossible for the guys to come out for a proper sound check. Instead, they came out and did a mini sound check behind the stage with an audience of possibly 12 girls and their moms (& aunts). I felt like they probably could’ve come over to meet the few girls that were there in the cold so early, but they were rushed into a nearby hotel for a warmer rehearsal. They were able to give quick little hugs to a few of them before they left though. The rest of us stayed out in the cold while another stage was brought in. The girls all went over to get black wristbands that gave access to the meet and greet that would take place after the show.

After what seemed like forever, the show finally started with 15-year-old Skylar Stecker. I’d never heard of her before, but she actually has a great voice. I felt for her dancers because they looked like they were freezing the whole time. Her set was about 3-4 songs and then they took another break for what seemed like forever before In Real Life came back out to perform.

Their set was actually impressive considering they’ve only been together for a few months and only have three official songs released for download and streaming. This was their set list for the night:

That’s What I Like (Bruno Mars cover)
Tattoo
Feel This Christmas
I’ll Be Home This Christmas
Eyes Closed

The show sounded fantastic, the guys looked comfortable (despite the cold) and they seemed extra happy when they were able to point the mic out to the crowd and hear the fans singing the words back to them. That has to be one of the most rewarding parts of the music business. There is so much talent in this band, but there has even been a huge improvement with their vocals collectively since they were formed. Props to the guys for improving on choreo also! I give major credit to the people setting up the stage(s) who managed to reposition the sound equipment with no time setbacks or mishaps. It really was a great show and I’m glad I got to experience that with my niece.

There was another long wait between the end of the show and the meet and greet, and at that point the cold was almost unbearable for those of us used to Miami “winters” lol. They probably should’ve moved the meet and greet inside somewhere, but it took place out in the cold. Not many of the fans knew who Skylar Stecker was and, absolutely no disrespect to her, but I felt like they should’ve had two separate meet and greets. Instead, they had a joint one that ended up being more of a take-your-picture-and-then-keep-moving, as opposed to actually having a minute to actually meet the guys. In any case, the girls were ecstatic and the guys made them feel as special as they could in such a short amount of time.

Here are our pics with the guys & Skylar Stecker (sorry for the blurriness):

Here are some more pics from the day:

A huge THANK YOU goes out to Radio Disney for putting on this show (even though I wish it was in Miami), to In Real Life for coming out and giving 100% to their fans in the cold weather, to John Clubb for being so sweet to my niece and for giving the gifts she brought to the guys. Another shout out to the girls who became friends with my niece at the show and to Paige for being such great company! You have to love when unexpected experiences bring people together. That’s MUSIC for you!

If you ever have a chance to check out In Real Life in person, do it! They’re still extremely new, but they have such a great stage presence and they really appreciate the fans so much. That in itself proves that these guys still have that drive to succeed.

Keep it up, guys . . . the hard work is paying off!

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INSIDIOUS: THE LAST KEY | Official Trailer | #Insidious

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The terrifying 3rd chapter of the Insidious franchise, INSIDIOUS: THE LAST KEY is coming to theatres JANUARY 5.

The creative minds behind the hit Insidious trilogy return for Insidious: The Last Key.  In the supernatural thriller from Blumhouse, which welcomes back franchise standout Lin Shaye as Dr. Elise Rainier, the brilliant parapsychologist faces her most fearsome and personal haunting yet: in her own family home.

The film is written by co-creator Leigh Whannell (Saw), who wrote the trilogy and directed Chapter 3; produced by Insidious regulars Jason Blum (The Purge series, Get Out), Oren Peli (Paranormal Activity) and co-creator James Wan (The Conjuring, Furious 7); and directed by series newcomer Adam Robitel (The Taking of Deborah Logan).

Shaye is joined in the cast by Angus Sampson, Whannell, Josh Stewart, Caitlin Gerard, Kirk Acevedo, Javier Botet, Bruce Davison, Spencer Locke, Tessa Ferrer, Ava Kolker and Marcus Henderson.

Steven Schneider, Brian Kavanaugh-Jones, Charles Layton, Bailey Conway Anglewicz, Couper Samuelson and Whannell serve as executive producers.

Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions (“SPWA”) produced and financed Insidious: The Last Key.  U.S. theatrical distribution will be handled by Universal Pictures, and Sony Pictures Releasing and SPWA’s Stage 6 Films will distribute the film outside of the U.S.

www.insidiousmovie.com

 

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‘Short Horror’ Reviews by @mikethemovieguy: PLACEBO & A WALK HOME ALONE

Hey horror fans!! I got these two horror shorts sent to me a couple of months ago – – I know, I know…I’m late as hell but with work, my 3 yr old son AND 1 month son…the Mike household has been a little bonkers.

The first short is called: PLACEBO

A young woman undergoes surgery to look like her favorite celebrity.

 

My thoughts: I enjoyed it. For a 2 minute and change horror short…it hit the shot. (lol) Kind of freaky and sad. Good stuff!

 


 

Now for the second short…it was called A WALK HOME ALONE

Recent cases of missing women have something in common in “A Walk Home Alone” starring Maura Stephens, Jurgen Vollrath, Jenn Nangle, and Patrick Sutters. Written & Directed by Andrew J.D. Robinson http://15secondhorror.ca/workobeyfilms

 

My thoughts: WTFFFFFFFF!!!!! Why didn’t she send that damn text?! (lol) Ok. I liked this one a lot. This brought back some Twilight Zone feels right here. Great stuff!!

Oh yeah…boyfriend’s going to feel like shit, huh?

 

Mike “The Movie Guy” Pierce
Daddy Blogger
iwatchmike.com

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Exclusive Clip from THE EXORCIST, Alfonso Herrera Talks About Tomas’ New Troubles

Written by Jesus Figueroa

Season 2 of FOX’s “The Exorcist” gets more intense with every passing episode.

Episode 10 continues with Father Tomas, played by Alfonso Herrera, battling a demon which prays on his weakness.

Herrera said that the demons Tomas battled in season one have been overcome, but much like life there are new demons to confront.

With a new family in danger, Father Tomas and Marcus, played by Ben Daniels, continue on their journey facing dangers as they come up or come back from their past to haunt them.

The story keeps moving forward with the new demon praying on Father Tomas having allowed himself to be tainted by evil.

The future of a troubled foster family are in the hands of Marcus and Father Tomas as they work on building trust.

Herrera said that as the season goes on Marcus and Tomas will discover more together.

Now on episode 9 more comes to light, familiar faces come from both Marcus and Tomas’ past and the turbulence continues as both Marcus and Tomas deal their problems.

“The Exorcist” pushes the limits of what is shown on network television and increasingly adds drama to the horror genre making for greater scares.

Herrera said he’s grateful to be part of the horror genre which has been thrilling to be in.

There’s still many questions left unanswered about Marcus’ past and the abilities Father Tomas has depended on to become the exorcist he wants to become.

The show continues to keep audiences on the edge of their seats and eagerly waiting for a new episode to air Friday nights on FOX.

More excitement comes in episode 9 as Father Tomas finds himself fighting his demons in a way he has never done before.

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MAZE RUNNER: THE DEATH CURE | Epic Final Trailer Released!

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Together they fight to the WCKD end!

20th Century Fox has released the epic final trailer for MAZE RUNNER: THE DEATH CURE. Witness the last chapter in the trilogy from director Wes Ball!

SYNOPSIS: In the epic finale to the Maze Runner saga, Thomas leads his group of escaped Gladers on their final and most dangerous mission yet. To save their friends, they must break into the legendary Last City, a WCKD-controlled labyrinth that may turn out to be the deadliest maze of all. Anyone who makes it out alive will get answers to the questions the Gladers have been asking since they first arrived in the maze.

MAZE RUNNER: THE DEATH CURE will be in theaters everywhere on January 26, 2018!

 

MAZE RUNNER: THE DEATH CURE

Action-Adventure
Release: January 26, 2018
Director: Wes Ball
Produced by: Ellen Goldsmith-Vein, Wyck Godfrey, Marty Bowen, Joe Hartwick Jr., p.g.a., Wes Ball, p.g.a., Lee Stollman
Written by: T.S. Nowlin
Cast: Dylan O’Brien, Kaya Scodelario, Thomas Brodie-Sangster, Giancarlo Espositio, Aidan Gillen, Ki Hong Lee, Barry Pepper, Patricia Clarkson

 

Official Channels:

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ALITA: BATTLE ANGEL | Official Trailer Released!

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20th Century Fox has debuted the official trailer for ALITA: BATTLE ANGEL from visionary filmmakers James Cameron and Robert Rodriguez starring Rosa Salazar, Christoph Waltz, Jennifer Connelly, Mahershala Ali, Ed Skrein, Jackie Earle Haley and Keean Johnson!

SYNOPSIS: Visionary filmmakers James Cameron (AVATAR) and Robert Rodriguez (SIN CITY) create a groundbreaking new heroine in ALITA: BATTLE ANGEL, an action-packed story of hope, love and empowerment. Set several centuries in the future, the abandoned Alita (Rosa Salazar) is found in the scrapyard of Iron City by Ido (Christoph Waltz), a compassionate cyber-doctor who takes the unconscious cyborg Alita to his clinic. When Alita awakens she has no memory of who she is, nor does she have any recognition of the world she finds herself in. Everything is new to Alita, every experience a first. As she learns to navigate her new life and the treacherous streets of Iron City, Ido tries to shield Alita from her mysterious past while her street-smart new friend, Hugo (Keean Johnson), offers instead to help trigger her memories. A growing affection develops between the two until deadly forces come after Alita and threaten her newfound relationships. It is then that Alita discovers she has extraordinary fighting abilities that could be used to save the friends and family she’s grown to love. Determined to uncover the truth behind her origin, Alita sets out on a journey that will lead her to take on the injustices of this dark, corrupt world, and discover that one young woman can change the world in which she lives.

ALITA: BATTLE ANGEL will be in theaters everywhere on July 20, 2018 in 3D & IMAX!

ALITA: BATTLE ANGEL

Sci-fi Action-Adventure
Release: July 20, 2018
Directed By: Robert Rodriguez
Screenplay By: James Cameron and Laeta Kalogridis and Robert Rodriguez
Based on the Graphic Novel (“Manga”) Series: “Gunnm” By Yukito Kishiro
Produced By: James Cameron and Jon Landau
Cast: Rosa Salazar, Christoph Waltz, Jennifer Connelly, Mahershala Ali, Ed Skrein, Jackie Earle Haley, Keean Johnson

 

Official Channels

Website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | #Alita

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The Greatest City Celebrates THE GREATEST SHOWMAN: A Week of Showman Activity Kicks Off Today!

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THE GREATEST CITY CELEBRATES THE GREATEST SHOWMAN

A week of Showman activity kicks off in New York today!

This morning, Zac Efron appeared live on TODAY to announce the start of THE GREATEST WEEK – a series of fun, fan-centric activities in New York to celebrate the release of THE GREATEST SHOWMAN.  A New York City-based musical extravaganza about the origins of show business and the power of imagination, THE GREATEST SHOWMAN hits theatres on December 20, 2017.  THE GREATEST WEEK is a part of a partnership with 20th Century Fox and NYC & Company, New York City’s official destination marketing organization, on a holiday campaign titled THE GREATEST NEW YORK CITY.

“‘The Greatest New York City’ campaign showcases extraordinary experiences during the holiday season, when the City puts on its greatest show,” said Fred Dixon, president and CEO of NYC & Company.  “Only New York City could host ‘The Greatest Week,’ and we invite fans to celebrate the film release across the City this week with specialty experiences involving our world-class arts, culture and attractions.”

Zac Efron and the TODAY hosts revealed this morning that the TODAY Plaza has been officially renamed “Showman Alley” in honor of THE GREATEST WEEK and viewers were directed to TODAY.com to learn full details of the week ahead.

Two lucky TODAY fans were also surprised with tickets to the film’s premiere tonight. The Greatest Showman red carpet event promises to be a truly unique experience: the first ever floating premiere takes place onboard the Cunard Queen Mary 2 cruise ship, which will be docked at the Brooklyn Cruise Terminal in front of an expansive view of the New York skyline. Fans worldwide can have a ring side seat for the premiere by watching the red carpet stream live starting at 5:30 pm ET / 2:30 pm PT on Yahoo! and Cunard’s Facebook pages, https://www.facebook.com/yahoo and https://www.facebook.com/cunard/.  The stream will also run simultaneously on the pages of Yahoo! Entertainment, Huffington Post, and Moviefone.

The fun continues tomorrow, December 9th at the Empire State Building with a lighting ceremony.  At 8:30 pm ET, the Empire State Building will debut “THE GREATEST MUSIC TO LIGHT SHOW” – the Building’s first ever LIVE music and light show, featuring Showman cast member Keala Settle performing music from the film LIVE, coordinated to the Empire State Building’s tower lights.  Fans worldwide can enjoy the show live on the Empire State Building’s Facebook page (www.facebook.com/EmpireStateBuilding) starting at approximately 8:25 pm ET.

Sunday’s highlight, is “THE GREATEST SINGING AND SHOPPING EXPERIENCE, and there will be pop up performances of a song from THE GREATEST SHOWMAN and holiday favorites performed by Broadway artists – who will also be inviting shoppers to join in for some impromptu sing-alongs right in the middle of the Urbanspace Holiday Market at 3:00 pm ET in Union Square. There will also be a custom painted piano, courtesy of Sing for Hope.

On Monday, December 11th  “THE GREATEST PIANO BAR TAKEOVER” takes place at Club Cumming – actor Alan Cumming’s East Village piano bar – where Keala Settle will celebrate the holidays with a program of Holiday standards.  Broadway fans will be given the chance to win tickets to this intimate event by going to Show-Score.com.

Tuesday December 12th is “THE GREATEST KIDS” day. The Harlem School of Arts will perform a song from THE GREATEST SHOWMAN soundtrack and a Christmas favorite at a pop up concert at NASDAQ headquarters in Times Square.   Fans can watch and hear the kids sing starting at 12:10 pm ET on NASDAQ’S Facebook Live feed at  facebook.com/nasdaq.

On Wednesday December 13th , fans can feel “THE GREATEST INSPIRATION”.   Music lovers can come to the heart of the world for a heartfelt pop up concert in Times Square’s Duffy Square with the amazing Broadway Inspirational Voices choir. The choir will perform holiday classics and “Come Alive” from THE GREATEST SHOWMAN soundtrack at 3:00 pm ET.

THE GREATEST SHOWMAN Original Motion Picture Soundtrack Available now. Get it HERE!

THE GREATEST WEEK closes out on Thursday December 14th with a surprise, greatest performance for everyone to enjoy…stay tuned for more details!

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CONDORITO: THE MOVIE| Official Poster

1[1]The most beloved comic strip in Latin America comes to life this January with Condorito: La Película, on January 12th!

The famous character and his pals are animated in CGI for the first time, including the love of his life Yayita (Jessica Cediel), his romantic rival Pepe Cortisona (Cristian de la Fuente), as well as his nephew Chicky. Condorito (Omar Chaparro) is ready to propose to Yayita and tie the feather- er, knot, but when his disapproving mother in law Tremebunda (Coco Legrand) is abducted by an alien king, Condorito and his nephew must embark an out of this world adventure  to save “La Suegra”- as well as planet Earth! Condorito: La Película, is the perfect way for fans who have grown up to share the laughter with a new generation, one plop at a time!

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Movie Review by @mikethemovieguy: SPIDER-MAN: HOMECOMING

 

Last night I finally finished watching SPIDER-MAN: HOMECOMING and MAN!! I loved it!! I thought it was great from start to finish.

I’m a fan of the franchise and for me…each dude that’s played Peter Parker – did their own thing. BUT…if I had to pick a favorite…it would be this one..Mr. Tom Holland. I thought he did a great job playing the high school kid AND Spider-Man. If that makes any sense. 🤣 All of the high school scenes were hilarious and all of the SPIDER-MAN scenes were bad-ass!!

Story was great. Action was great. Cast was great.
Michael Keaton was awesome…heck, when’s he NOT awesome. Marisa Tomei. LOVE.
Just a great movie all around. I’m ready for the Spidey movie. (lol)

I give SPIDER-MAN: HOMECOMING…5 OUT 5 POPCORNS!

 

Mike “The Movie Guy” Pierce
Dadddy Blogger
iwatchmike.com

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ONE DAY AT A TIME Returns With Season 2 On January 26 Exclusively On Netflix

Enjoy the original “One Day at a Time” title sequence HERE and marvel at just how exact this reenactment really is

Watch Justina Machado, Rita Moreno and the rest of the One Day family announce the Season 2 premiere date and pay hilarious homage to the original series with a frame-for-frame recreation the opening credits.

A reimagining of the iconic Norman Lear’s classic sitcom, “One Day at a Time” is an hilarious and heartfelt comedy that follows three generations of a Cuban-American family navigating the ups and downs of life.

A newly-single mom and military veteran journeys through the triumphs and tribulations that come with raising two strong-willed, mega-millennial children, all the while enlisting the “help” of her old-school mother and her building manager-turned-invaluable confidant.

Through an contemporary lens, “One Day at a Time” offers a glimpse at what life looks like, in good times and bad — and how those around you somehow make it all worthwhile.”One Day at a Time” stars Justina Machado, Rita Moreno, Stephen Tobolowsky, Todd Grinnell, Isabella Gomez and Marcel Ruiz.  

Norman Lear executive produces, with Gloria Calderon Kellett and Mike Royce executive produce and co-showrun.
Michael Garcia and Brent Miller also executive produce.
“One Day at a Time” is produced by Sony Television Productions for Netflix.
For more One Day at a Time, visit Netflix Media Center or our social channels:
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