Movie Review: AMERICAN SNIPER

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Directed By: Clint Eastwood
Written By: Jason Hall
Starring: Bradley Cooper, Sienna Miller
Based on the Book: American Sniper: The Autobiography of the Most Lethal Sniper in U.S. Military History (2012) – By: Chris Kyle with Scott McEwen and Jim DeFelice

I’m a few months late on this, but I saw the film last night and thought it was amazing!  Let me first remind you that, as I’ve mentioned before, I’m the granddaughter of a late World War II Veteran, and the daughter of a Vietnam Veteran (who passed away a week and a half ago).  Yesterday, my father’s ashes were brought back home, so my mother, brother and I decided we would watch this film he desperately wanted to see.

With that being said, I really did enjoy this one!  Bradley Cooper is an incredible actor, and he portrays Chris Kyle perfectly.  The film starts with a flashback to how Chris Kyle was raised in Texas, and how tough he was from the start.  You get to see him grow a bit and turn into this brave young man, determined to protect his country.  He develops a relationship with Taya, who he quickly marries.  After becoming a U.S. Navy SEAL sniper, Kyle endures four tours in Iraq while Taya is home raising their two young children.  In between tours, Kyle begins to experience PTSD (post traumatic stress disorder), which puts a strain on his marriage.  Other soldiers refer to Kyle as “Legend” throughout the film due to his incredibly high kill count in Iraq.  With an approximate count of over 160 kills, he is known as the most lethal sniper in U.S. Military History which, in addition to his protective qualities, earned him a considerable amount of respect among his peers.

Once their team is ambushed during a sandstorm, he calls Taya and tells her he’s ready to come home.  He retires and his relationship with Taya and their children becomes an incredible one.  He spends time with other veterans; some who are physically wounded and others who experience PTSD as he had.  While out one day helping another veteran, that veteran snaps and shoots Kyle and his friend.  The film ends with incredibly moving footage of thousands of people standing along the highway as Chris Kyle’s body is brought to the memorial service held at Cowboys Stadium.

Chris Kyle survived four brutal tours in Iraq, overcame pretty severe PTSD and was unexpectedly murdered by another veteran he was trying to help.  If this isn’t a story that should open the eyes about veterans returning home and NEEDING psychological help with PTSD, I don’t know what is.  Speaking from experience, anytime we went out to a restaurant with my father, he could never have his back to a door.  His PTSD demanded that he have a clear view of the door and anyone who was entering. Soldiers can’t go to war, see the things they see and do the things they do, and then just get shipped back home to deal with the real world again with no help.  Kyle left the U.S. Navy in 2009 and was killed in 2013, but he will always be thought of as a true American hero.

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WHAT TO WATCH: La Guerrera – Monday, June 8 at 9pm/8c

MUNDOFOX TO PREMIERE CAPTIVATING NEW SERIES LA GUERRERA

MONDAY, JUNE 8 AT 9PM/8C


LA GUERRERA VERTICAL KEY ARTA moving tale of courage and resilience, 

LA GUERRERA showcases the harsh reality experienced globally by millions of women who fall victim to human trafficking.

MundoFox announced the primetime premiere of the internationally acclaimed telenovela La Guerrera (Brave Woman). The moving story, which follows one woman’s struggle against injustice and her fight for love and freedom, will air exclusively on MundoFox Monday through Friday at 9PM/8C starting Monday, June 8.

Written by Glória Perez (El Clon) and starring Brazilian superstars Nanda CostaRodrigo Lombardi and Claudia RaiaLa Guerrera tells the story of Morena (Costa), a tough, yet humble woman, who in search of a better future, accepts an offer to work abroad.  Her decision, not only ends her engagement to Théo (Lombardi), but also leads her to unsuspectingly fall victim to a human trafficking ring.   Morena, alongside the other female victims, is forced to work at a nightclub, where she is held captive by the threat of harm to her family back home.  Morena refuses to accept her fate and will stop at nothing to protect her family, escape her captors and regain the love of Théo.

Filmed in Brazil and Turkey and produced by Brazil’s GloboTV, La Guerrera showcases the harsh reality experienced globally by millions of women who fall victim to human trafficking.

To engage viewers in the conversation, MundoFox invites the audiences to share their own individual struggles via social media using the hashtag #SoyUnaGuerrera (I am a warrior) with the answer to the question ¿Por qué luchas tú? (What do you fight for?).

Additionally, Noticias MundoFox will be airing a series of special segments titled “En manos de la mafia” (In the hands of the mafia), which will shed light to the experience lived by Latinos residing in the US who have been impacted by human trafficking. “En manos de la mafia” will air on Thursday, June 4 during the Noticias MundoFox 5:30PM/4:30C and 10:30PM/9:30C broadcasts.

For exclusive La Guerrera content, visit: http://www.mundofox.com/laguerrera

The Following – “Dead or Alive” and “The Reckoning” – On Air Review

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Hey everyone!  Again, I apologize for the delay in posting the review of the two last episodes of Season 3, but I had a family emergency.  😦

Never fear though!  My fellow co-hosts, Mike and Amy took care of these without me!  Please follow the link below to listen in to the review for Variety Radio Online:

The Following – “Dead or Alive” and “The Reckoning” – On Air Review

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Game of Thrones – “Unbowed, Unbent, Unbroken” and “The Gift” – On Air Reviews

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Hey everyone!  I sincerely apologize for being a bit late in posting these reviews, and also for the lack of my incredible insight on these episodes (that last part was sarcasm, by the way).  I’ve had an unexpected death in the family, but my fellow co-hosts are amazing and have held down the fort!  Please follow the links below for episodes 6 and 7 of Season 5 for Variety Radio Online:

Game of Thrones – “Unbowed, Unbent, Unbroken” – Season 5 Episode 6 – On Air Review

Game of Thrones – “The Gift” – Season 5 Episode 7 – On Air Review

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Enter to Win! ‘JURASSIC WORLD’ Guaranteed Seat Giveaway

Jurassic World

Steven Spielberg returns to executive produce the long-awaited next installment of his groundbreaking Jurassic Park series, JURASSIC WORLD. Colin Trevorrow directs the epic action-adventure from a draft of the screenplay he wrote with Derek Connolly. Frank Marshall and Pat Crowley join the team as fellow producers. JURASSIC WORLD will be shot in 3D and released by Universal Pictures on June 12, 2015.

HEY MOVIE FANS! Are you ready to enter my JURASSIC WORLD giveaway?! Here’s what you gotta do. Answer the following question below…

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE DINOSAUR & WHY?

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Send me your ANSWER, FIRST & LAST NAME and SCREENING CITY to mikethemovieguy@gmail.com

In the subject – please use: SCREENING CITY/JURASSIC WORLD

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JURASSIC WORLD

JUNE 10, 2015

7:30 PM

Albuquerque – Regal Winrock

Chicago – AMC Showplace Cicero

Dallas – Studio Movie Grill Royal Lane

El Paso – Cinemark West

Fresno – Regal Manchester Stadium

Houston – Edwards MarqE Cinema

Los Angeles – AMC Burbank 16

McAllen – Cinemark Hollywood USA

Miami – Cobb Dolphin 19

New York City – AMC Loews Kips Bay

Phoenix – AMC Arizona Cener

Sacramento – Regal Natomas

San Antonio – Regal Cielo Vista

San Diego – AMC Plaza Bonita

San Jose – AMC Eastridge

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THIS PROMOTION WILL END June 8, 2015 at 10AM/C. No one will be admitted late. Theatre and promoter are not responsible for overbooking. We may refuse, revoke or limit admission in our sole discretion at any time. Only a single entry per person. No purchase necessary. Only those over age 18 are eligible to participate and win. Only U.S. residents are eligible to enter. Entry does not guarantee movie passes. Please all rules on tickets.

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#JURASSICWORLD hits theaters June 12

Film Website: www.jurassicpark.com

Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RFinNxS5KN4

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Enter to Win! ‘Insidious: Chapter 3’ Screening Passes

Insidious: Chapter 3

The new chapter in the terrifying horror series is written and directed by franchise co-creator Leigh Whannell. This chilling prequel, set before the haunting of the Lambert family, reveals how gifted psychic Elise Rainier (Lin Shaye) reluctantly agrees to use her ability to contact the dead in order to help a teenage girl (Stefanie Scott) who has been targeted by a dangerous supernatural entity.

I’ve got reserved/guaranteed seating for the winners. Will you be one?! 🙂 I’ve got screening passes for the following cities: HOUSTON, DALLAS, SAN ANTONIO and PHOENIX.

To enter the contest – email me your FIRST & LAST NAME and SCREENING CITY to mikethemovieguy@gmail.com

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INSIDIOUS: CHAPTER 3

Wednesday, June 3

Time: TBD

HOUSTON: AMC Studio

DALLAS: AMC Northpark

SAN ANTONIO: Santikos Silverado

PHOENIX: AMC Arizona Center

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THIS PROMOTION WILL END June 1, 2015 at 10AM/C. No one will be admitted late. Theatre and promoter are not responsible for overbooking. We may refuse, revoke or limit admission in our sole discretion at any time. Only a single entry per person. No purchase necessary. Only those over age 18 are eligible to participate and win. Only U.S. residents are eligible to enter. Entry does not guarantee movie passes. Please all rules on tickets.

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The Vampire Diaries – “I’m Thinking of You All the While” – Blog Review

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Hey everyone!

Follow the link below to read my review of the latest episode of The Vampire Diaries for Variety Radio Online! This is the SEASON 6 FINALE – Episode 22, which aired on May 14, 2015.

The Vampire Diaries – “I’m Thinking of You All the While” – Blog Review

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Memorial Day 2015

Contrary to what many believe, Memorial Day isn’t just a random day off from work that allows you to BBQ and go boating with friends.  It’s a holiday meant to appreciate and remember those who gave their lives in order to protect us and give us our freedom.  As the daughter of a Vietnam Veteran and the granddaughter of a World War II Veteran, I’ve always understood the difference between Memorial Day and Veterans Day.

In the last three years, however, Memorial Day has had more meaning to me than ever.  My grandfather passed away three years ago, just five months after my grandmother passed away.  He had non-Hodgkins lymphoma which quickly spread to his bones after she died.  My dad passed away this week, only four weeks after being diagnosed with end stage cirrhosis of the liver, liver cancer and hepatic encephalopathy.  He dedicated years of his life towards helping other veterans and enjoyed working with an organization called Building Homes for Heroes (please see my previous post if you’d like to make a donation to this organization in his name).  He was chairman for the TWU Veterans Committee, and they were gracious enough to put together a video for Memorial Day that includes a tribute to him.

Please check out the video and feel free to share it.  Enjoy your BBQ’s this weekend, but also take the time to do what this holiday is meant for us to do…remember those veterans who have lost their lives and given us our freedom.

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Fallen Hero

Unfortunately, my dad passed away on Wednesday, May 20, 2015 at 7:55 am.  I am beyond heartbroken, and it’s actually too hard to compose an entire post at the moment.  Instead, please see below for information on an organization my father felt passionately about.  If you choose to donate, please see the information in the post about how to donate in his name.  Thank you so much.

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Hi everyone,

As you all know, Henry “Hank” Trujillo passed away on Wednesday, May 20, 2015 at 7:55 am. Some of you might know him as simply a coworker, but he was so much more than that. He was a Vietnam Veteran who had a passion for helping other veterans. He was an active member of the Transport Workers Union Veterans Committee and truly enjoyed helping and following the work of Building Homes for Heroes. He was also a husband and a father. He was the type of person who went out of his way to help everyone else, and put everyone else’s needs before his own. We all have different ideas of what a hero is and, even though we knew he was special, seeing the outpouring of love and respect for him, and the thoughts and prayers for our family during this horribly difficult time…we know he truly was one. Not just because he served our country, but because of his commitment to help those in need.

In light of this, our family is asking that, for those who choose to do so, please make any small contribution to Building Homes for Heroes in my dad’s name. Please see the information below to make your donation as simple as possible:

Organization Website: http://www.buildinghomesforheroes.com/about
Donation Link: https://co.clickandpledge.com/sp/d1/default.aspx?wid=71680

***Follow the steps on the Donation page and include the following information at the bottom of Step 2:

Comments: Please include any heartfelt comments you might have about my dad.
Donate in Someone’s Name: Transport Workers Union Veterans Committee
Donate in Memory of Someone: Honor and Memory of TWU Veterans Committee Chairman Emeritus Hank Trujillo

Our family is truly thankful for all of your comments, emails, phone calls, visits, thoughts, prayers and respect. We take comfort in knowing that he is looking down on us now and is proud that we’re carrying on something he was very passionate about.

Thank you,

The Trujillo Family

The Following – “The Edge” and “A Simple Trade” – On Air Review

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Join Variety Radio Online hosts Mike, Amy and Kristin as they discuss the Monday night episode of THE FOLLOWING. In tonight’s show – they’ll discuss highlights of the two hour episode “The Edge” and “A Simple Trade” that aired on Monday, 5/11/15 on FOX.

Follow the link below to listen to our review:

The Following – “The Edge” and “A Simple Trade” – On Air Review

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Movie Review by: Mike ‘The Movie Guy’: THE D TRAIN


D Train

As you can see – THE D TRAIN stars Jack Black and James Marsden. If you decide to watch the movie – you’ll see that there are quite a few faces you’ll recognize. It’s a pretty sweet ‘comedy’ cast.

THE D TRAIN is about a dude named Dan Landsman (Jack Black) – who in high school…wasn’t exactly the coolest kid in school. Now all grown up – he leads a few of his high school classmates on an adventure. What’s this adventure I speak of?! (lol) The adventure of putting their 20 year high school reunion together. One night…Dan sees a TV commercial – – in that commercial is Oliver Lawless (James Marsden) – the MOST popular guy from his high school!! He’s now the face of a national Banana Boat ad campaign. Dan is now on a mission – – to go to Los Angeles…find Oliver…and bring him back to the reunion. If all goes as planned – DAN will be the coolest guy in town. (lol)

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My thoughts on THE D TRAIN

THE GOOD! 🙂 I really liked this movie people. Let me just get this out of the way. When I asked my wife if she wanted to watch it. She says to me, “Who’s in in?” I say, “Jack Black.” She says, “Ahhhhh I don’t know. Jack Black can be really dumb.” I say, “Just watch it and be quiet woman!!” (Ok, I didn’t really say that part) Either way…after it was done – She liked it!! If you watch the trailer – – it just gives you a snippet of what really happens in this movie. (lol) Everyone in the movie was great. You will laugh. Be prepared though – – when watching this – – some of you might say, “WTF JUST HAPPENED??!” – – – just go with it. (lol) It gets pretty hilarious…then border line dark…then back to happy go lucky. (lol) Just wattccchhh the movie people. Hmmmmm…what else did I like. Oh. The soundtrack – the movie’s got some really good tunes. I also liked the 80’s feel I got – almost like a John Hughes movie. (lol) I’m old – what can I say. (lol) Oh…one more thing. James Marsden. I’m not exactly a fan of the dude – he just never stood out to me – but in THE D TRAIN. He’s solid. He’s officially on my radar…in a good way. (lol)

THE BAD! 😦 No complaints. I like it all. (lol)

I give THE D TRAIN… 4 out of 5 popcorns. Like I said before. I thought it was a really good movie and deserves a watch. It’s not your typical Jack Black movie that’s for sure. This one definitely shows his acting chops. Watch it people!

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THE D TRAIN opened in Houston last Friday – check out your local listing – heck, you might wanna check VOD.

Mike “The Movie Guy” Pierce
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Game of Thrones – Podcast Reviews

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Hey everyone! I apologize for falling a bit behind on our reviews for Game of Thrones, but follow the links below to hear our podcast reviews of the past 3 episodes for Variety Radio Online:

Game of Thrones – “High Sparrow” – Season 5 Episode 3 Podcast Review

Game of Thrones – “The Sons of the Harpy” – Season 5 Episode 4 Podcast Review

Game of Thrones – “Kill the Boy” – Season 5 Episode 5 Podcast Review

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The Originals – “Ashes to Ashes” – SEASON 2 FINALE Blog Review

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Hey everyone!  Follow the link below to read my review of the Season 2 Finale of The Originals for Variety Radio Online, “Ashes to Ashes” which aired on May 11, 2015.

Also, check back this weekend for our podcast review!

The Originals – “Ashes to Ashes” – Blog Review

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ENTER TO WIN! ‘THE SPONGEBOB MOVIE: SPONGE OUT OF WATER’ DVD GIVEAWAY

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THE SPONGEBOB MOVIE: SPONGE OUT OF WATER Blu-ray 3D and Blu-ray Combo Packs with Digital HD boast over an hour of super-powered extras highlighted by three exclusive and delightfully fun sing-along music videos: “Thank Gosh It’s Monday,” “Teamwork” and “Theme Song/Rap Battle.” The Combo Packs also include eight exciting featurettes that take you from Bikini Bottom to the surface, deleted scenes and more.

Coming Ashore on Blu-ray™ Combo Pack June 2, 2015

Dive into Digital HD Two Weeks Early on May 19

For your chance at winning a copy of THE SPONGEBOB MOVIE: SPONGE OUT OF WATER DVD, all you have to do is answer the following question before May 30:

WHO’S YOUR FAVORITE SPONGEBOB CHARACTER AND WHY?

Send your ANSWER and FULL mailing address to accordingtokristin@gmail.com

(Subject line: SpongeBob Movie Giveaway)

Synopsis:

On a mission to save his world, SpongeBob SquarePants is headed to ours.  When pirate Burger Beard (Antonio Banderas) steals the secret recipe for the beloved Krabby Patties, SpongeBob and friends come ashore to bring back the missing formula.  To succeed, they must team up with former rival, Plankton, but soon realize that to defeat a super-villain, they must unleash their inner superheroes.

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Xfinity Delivers Ultimate Fan Experience as Lead Sponsor of Taylor Swift’s U.S. Tour

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XFINITY OFFERS TAYLOR SWIFT BEHIND-THE-SCENES TOUR CONTENT AND EXPERIENCES AS PART OF “THE 1989 WORLD TOUR” SPONSORSHIP

Comcast’s XFINITY Brand Becomes Lead Sponsor of All U.S. Tour Dates

 Customers Get Access to Behind-The-Scenes Videos, Plus Chances to Win Tickets, Meet & Greets, Backstage Tours, and Tour Merchandise

 

Comcast today announced that the company’s Xfinity brand will become the lead sponsor of Taylor Swift’sThe 1989 World Tour, offering its customers benefits such as access to behind-the-scenes video footage from tour rehearsals as well as the chance to meet the seven-time Grammy winner and win backstage tours, tour merchandise and concert tickets.

Xfinity will become the lead sponsor of all U.S. tour dates on The 1989 World Tour, starting on May 20 in Bossier City, LA and ending on October 31 in Tampa, FL.

“Taylor Swift is a global superstar and her fans have an unrivaled passion for everything she touches,” said Todd Arata, VP, Brand Marketing, Comcast Cable. “And now, Xfinity and Taylor Swift are coming together to bring Taylor fans an experience they can’t get anywhere else.”

As a part of the sponsorship, Xfinity will build an unprecedented Xfinity On Demand experience including videos that give viewers a backstage pass to what goes into preparing for each show of The 1989 World Tour. Customers also will get On-Demand access to a curated collection of movies, TV shows and talk show appearances featuring Taylor as well her music videos.

“Throughout the tour we’ll also surprise fans with ticket giveaways, signed merchandise and more,  including a lip sync competition among fans for the chance to meet Taylor herself,” added Arata.

At each U.S. concert venue, Xfinity will host a backstage “vibe room” where select Xfinity customers and concertgoers will have an opportunity to go on backstage tours and attend a meet-and-greet with Taylor. At select tour locations, the brand will also create an “Xfinity Zone,” where concertgoers will have an opportunity to experience the best of Xfinity, including the X1 Entertainment Operating System. Visitors can also have fun with a photo booth that enables fans’ photos to be super-imposed onto backgrounds featuring the singer.

Xfinity is Comcast’s residential service brand and the nation’s largest video and high-speed Internet provider and more information about the Taylor Swift sponsorship can be found at xfinity.com/1989.

 

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About Taylor Swift

Taylor Swift is the only artist in history to have three albums selling over one million copies in their first week of release (2010’s Speak Now, 2012’s RED and 2014’s 1989), is the all-time leader on RIAA’s digital singles chart, the only artist to have two singles hit No. 1 on Billboards HOT 100 Chart in 2014 and 1989 was the highest selling album of 2014, to date selling over seven million albums worldwide. Taylor, a seven-time GRAMMY winner, is a singer, songwriter and the youngest winner in history of the music industry’s highest honor, the GRAMMY Award for Album of the Year and the inaugural recipient of AMA’s Dick Clark Award for Excellence.

Taylor has an album on Rolling Stone’s prestigious The 50 Greatest Albums of All Time (by women) list, she is Billboard’s youngest-ever Woman of the Year and the only artist to have been awarded this honor twice, Time magazine has named her one the of the 100 Most Influential People in the world and one of only eight candidates for their most prestigious honor, 2014 Person of the Year. Taylor has career record sales of over 40 million albums and more than 130 million song downloads worldwide, and has had singles top the pop and country radio charts around the globe. 1989 sold almost 1.3 million copies in the U.S. in its first week making it the highest selling album release since 2002 and the only album to go platinum in 2014, topping Billboard’s Top 200 charts and iTunes’ sales charts in 97 countries on its release. 1989 has sold seven million copies globally and continues to top Billboard Top 200.  Her current No. 1 single, “Style,” is the third consecutive chart-topping release from 1989.

 

About Comcast Corporation:

Comcast Corporation (Nasdaq: CMCSA, CMCSK) is a global media and technology company with two primary businesses, Comcast Cable and NBCUniversal. Comcast Cable is the nation’s largest video, high-speed Internet and phone provider to residential customers under the XFINITY brand and also provides these services to businesses. NBCUniversal operates news, entertainment and sports cable networks, the NBC and Telemundo broadcast networks, television production operations, television station groups, Universal Pictures and Universal Parks and Resorts. Visit www.comcastcorporation.com for more information.