JAVIER GARCIA IS PROMOTED TO SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT AND GENERAL MANAGER OF MULTICULTURAL SERVICES AT COMCAST CABLE

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Comcast Cable has announced the promotion of Javier Garcia to Senior Vice President and General Manager of Multicultural Services. Javier directs, designs, and implements Comcast’s multicultural services vision and strategy across all Xfinity products. 

1[1]Since joining Comcast in late 2014, Javier and his team worked closely with the product team to lead the company’s bicultural transformation initiatives, including the launch of the X1 bicultural experience, a first of its kind TV viewing experience that gives bicultural families more choices in how they consume TV and movies in the home.

Prior to joining Comcast Cable, Javier served as the General Manager of Yahoo’s U.S. Hispanic business and led monetization, partnerships and operations for the company’s premium media, programmatic, and native advertising businesses. During his eight years there, he also served as the Senior Director of Marketing Solutions for Y! Hispanic Americas leading the organization responsible for digital branded entertainment and display advertising solutions in the region.

Javier holds an MBA from The Wharton School of Business, an MA in International Affairs from the University of Pennsylvania and a BS in Civil Engineering from Universidad de Los Andes (Colombia).

THE BEES FROM LA COLMENA FELIZ BUZZ THEIR WAY INTO ZOOMOO’S PROGRAM LINE-UP

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THE BEES FROM LA COLMENA FELIZ BUZZ THEIR WAY INTO ZOOMOO’S PROGRAM LINE-UP

New Kids series looks to educate and entertain children by transporting them to a world where bees reflect similar situations of their daily lives

ZooMoo, the world’s first interactive kids channel designed to foster a lifelong love for animals and nature through a safe and unique experience that is both entertaining and educational, marks the arrival of spring with a new children’s series, La Colmena Feliz (The Hive). This new show circles around Buzzbee, a young preschool bee who is always learning new things throughout his adventures and always accompanied by his sister Rubee, his friends Barnabee, Jasper The Wasp, Debee, and many other characters. La Colmena Feliz airs every Monday through Saturday at 2pmET/1pmCT only on DIRECTV’s channel 432.

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The Walking Dead: “Twice as Far” Review

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Season 6 | Episode 14
 
Mike and I review Sunday night’s episode of #TheWalkingDead. “Twice as Far” aired Sunday, March 20 on AMC. See more at AMC.com
 
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SYNOPSIS: After a minor victory against The Saviors, a supply run led by Daryl turns chaotic when he and his group cross paths with Dwight.
 

 
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Mike ‘The Movie Guy’ Movie Review: They’re Watching

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After the wifey, son and dog all went to bed – I washed off all the cooties …climbed into bed…and started…THEY’RE WATCHING.

Here’s what the movie’s about…

“When an American home improvement TV show visits a remote Eastern European village, the young crew thinks the lack of mocha lattés and free wifi will be the worst of their problems. But after their filming interrupts the superstitious villagers’ private religious ritual, the situation takes a turn for the homicidal… and when the blood starts flowing, that’s when things get really weird. With THEY’RE WATCHING, noted graphic novelists and animators Micah Wright and Jay Lender turn a classic horror premise upside down to create a fresh, funny, eye-popping twist on the genre.”

What did I think of THEY’RE WATCHING?

🙌 I loved it! It’s got everything. Intense moments, laughs, jumpy moments, blood and gore. Did I mention…blood and gore? Ohhh yeahhhhhhhh!!

👍 I thought the cast was great. You find yourself liking the right people and hating the right people.

😬 I loved Vladimir the realtor – played by Dimitri Diatchenko. He was freaking hilarious. Alex played by Kris Lemche made me laugh as well. Becky’s soccer boyfriend – another funny dude. His opening Home Hunters Global one-on-one interviews – 😂

👍 I thought it was creative on how they shot the “first person/found footage” thing – wait. Does that even make sense? 😜

👍 I loved how I could relate to the movie 😁 – – the wifey loves watching her ‘House Hunting’ shows on TV – – so once the movie started – it was hilarious to me. I should have woken her up. “Hey Hun! Wake up. Check out this Home Hunters show!” 😂

👍 It was a great ‘packaged’ movie – – it kept my interest – – I found myself laughing in bed – – trying not to wake up the wifey — than BAM!! All hell breaks loose!! I went from eyes glued to the screen – – to “WTF?!?!” – – to “HOLY CRAP BALLS!!” 🙌

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Just my two cents – I think THEY’RE WATCHING is totally worth the watch. It actually hits selected theaters and On Demand today.

You can see more at theyrewatchingmovie.com

🚫But don’t watch the trailer🚫 – – just listen to my words! Grab some popcorn – – grab someone and watch THEY’RE WATCHING. It’s a dope comedy, thriller, horror, WTF movie. 🙌

I give THEY’RE WATCHING… 5 out of 5 popcorns!!

Neighbors 2 – New Poster and Trailer

Neighbors 2 Sorority Rising NEW POSTER.jpgReturning stars Seth Rogen, Zac Efron and Rose Byrne are joined by Chloë Grace Moretz for Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising, the follow-up to 2014’s most popular original comedy.  Nicholas Stoller again directs in a film that follows what happens when the will of parenthood goes against the bonds of sisterhood.

Now that Mac (Rogen) and Kelly Radner (Byrne) have a second baby on the way, they are ready to make the final move into adulthood: the suburbs.  But just as they thought they’d reclaimed the neighborhood and were safe to sell, they learn that the new occupants next door are a sorority even more out of control than Teddy (Efron) and his brothers ever dreamed of being.

Tired of their school’s sexist, restrictive system, the unorthodox ladies of Kappa Nu have decided to start a house where they can do whatever the hell they want.  When Shelby (Moretz) and her sisters, Beth (Kiersey Clemons) and Nora (Beanie Feldstein), find the perfect place just off campus, they won’t let the fact that it’s located on a quiet street stand in their way of parties as epic as the guys throw.

Forced to turn to the one ex-neighbor with the skills to bring down the new Greeks next door, the Radners—alongside best friends Jimmy (Ike Barinholtz) and Paula (Carla Gallo)—bring in charismatic Teddy as their secret weapon.  If he can infiltrate the sorority and charm his way through it, the thirtysomethings will shutter the Kappas’ home.  But if they think that their neighbors are going down without a fight, they have severely underestimated the power of youthful ingenuity and straight-up crazy.

Genre: Comedy

Cast:
Seth Rogen, Zac Efron, Rose Byrne, Chloë Grace Moretz, Dave Franco, Ike Barinholtz, Carla Gallo, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Kiersey Clemons, Beanie Feldstein, Selena Gomez and Lisa Kudrow

Directed by: Nicholas Stoller

Writers: Seth Rogen, Nicholas Stoller, Evan Goldberg,Andrew Jay Cohen, Brendan O’Brien

Produced by: Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg, James Weaver

Executive Producers: Andrew Jay Cohen, Brendan O’Brien, Nathan Kahane, Joe Drake

Enter to Win! ‘The Hateful Eight’ DVD

The Hateful Eight

Set after the end of the Civil War, a stagecoach hurtles through the wintry Wyoming landscape. Bounty hunter John Ruth and his fugitive Daisy Domergue race towards the town of Red Rock, where Ruth will bring Domergue to justice. Along the road, they encounter Major Marquis Warren, a former Union soldier turned infamous bounty hunter, and Chris Mannix, a renegade who claims to be the town’s new Sheriff. Losing their lead on the blizzard, Ruth, Domergue, Warren and Mannix seek refuge at Minnie’s Haberdashery, a stagecoach stopover. When they arrive, they are greeted by four unfamiliar faces: Bob, who takes care of Minnie’s in the owner’s absence; Oswaldo Mobray, the hangman of Red Rock; cow-puncher Joe Gage; and Confederate General Sanford Smithers. As the storm overtakes the mountainside, our eight travelers come to learn they may not make it to Red Rock after all…

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Arriving on Blu-ray™ Combo Pack, DVD and On Demand March 29, 2016

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COMCAST AND THE U.S. DEPARTMENT OF HOUSING AND URBAN DEVELOPMENT (HUD) ANNOUNCE PILOT PROGRAM TO CLOSE THE DIGITAL DIVIDE FOR PUBLIC HOUSING RESIDENTS IN MIAMI, NASHVILLE, PHILADELPHIA, AND SEATTLE

COMCAST AND THE U.S. DEPARTMENT OF HOUSING AND URBAN DEVELOPMENT (HUD) ANNOUNCE PILOT PROGRAM TO CLOSE THE DIGITAL DIVIDE FOR PUBLIC HOUSING RESIDENTS IN MIAMI, NASHVILLE, PHILADELPHIA, AND SEATTLE

Since 2011, Internet Essentials has Connected 2.4 million Americans, or 600,000 low-income families, to the Internet at Home

PHILADELPHIA (March 24, 2016) — Comcast today announced a pilot program with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) ConnectHome initiative to attack the digital divide for public housing residents.  Eligibility for Internet Essentials, Comcast’s acclaimed, high-speed Internet adoption program, will be immediately extended to public housing residents in Miami-Dade County and the cities of Nashville, Philadelphia, and Seattle.  This is the eighth time in five years Comcast has expanded eligibility for Internet Essentials.

Also today, Comcast announced its latest Internet Essentials milestones.  In less than five years, the program has now connected more than 600,000 low-income families, benefitting more than 2.4 million Americans, to the Internet at home.  In fact, 2015 was the program’s single most successful year ever, with a 30 percent increase in enrollments over 2014.

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Press Conference Review: ‘My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2’ by Keisha

The Portokalos clan is back, and with a new addition to boot. Toula (Nia Vardalos) and Ian (John Corbett) are now raising a teenager (Elena Kampouris) who is feeling a little suffocated by her close-knit Greek family. Meanwhile, Toula must deal with aging parents who aren’t on the same page, and the endless needs of the rest of her family pulling her in all directions.

When a shocking family secret comes to light, everyone must come together for an even bigger wedding than before.

I had the opportunity to attend a press conference with the cast of My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2, which is out in theaters this Friday, March 25. Check out the highlights below.

As with the first film, Vardalos wrote the script along with starring and executive producing. The film was directed by Kirk Jones, who also helmed Nanny McPhee and What to Expect When You’re Expecting.

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Movie Review: THE DIVERGENT SERIES: ALLEGIANT

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After what seems like the longest year ever, the third film installment of The Divergent Series was finally released!!  Allegiant is the film adaptation of the first 1/2 of the third novel of the same name written by Veronica Roth.  As announced, the second (and final) 1/2, titled The Divergent Series: Ascendant, will be released in March 2017.

SYNOPSIS: After the earth-shattering revelations of Insurgent, Tris must escape with Four beyond the wall that encircles Chicago, to finally discover the shocking truth of the world around them.

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As a reader of the novels, I’m one of those who search for differences in the films.  Many of you might have done the same for the second installment, Insurgent, where there were quite a few noticeable changes.  The same applies for Allegiant, but they actually work!

Despite a few minor character changes and several landscape differences between the film and novel, I actually enjoyed this one. Perhaps a bit more than Insurgent!  The escape scene was probably my favorite and was definitely a bad ass way to escape a horrible situation.  The world beyond the wall wasn’t at all what I imagined because I’d read the novels beforehand.  The world was described as an abandoned city with crumbled buildings, much like what the group has been used to.  In the film, however, the world is a toxic waste land that rains red, tinting the ground.  They’re rescued by members of the Bureau, where they’re taken for detoxification, which also wasn’t part of the novel.

Allegiant focuses on the genetic material of those involved in the experiment with the factions, along with those in failed experiments in other major cities. People were placed in these experiments to try and “heal” damaged genes in order to create those who are genetically pure, like Tris.  After discovering information regarding her mother and where she came from, Tris begins to trust David (Jeff Daniels), the director of the Bureau, despite Four’s warning not to.  When he discovers what the Bureau is actually up to, they try to erase him.  In an attempt to gain his sister’s trust again, Caleb tells her that Four has gone back to Chicago to try and stop the impending war between Evelyn and the factionless, and the group called the Allegiant, spearheaded by Johanna.

When someone betrays the group, Tris, Four, Caleb and Christina try to figure out who they can actually trust while finding a way to save the city they’ve called home, and expose the secrets held at the Bureau.

That being said, I thought this was a good installment!  Divergent is still my favorite of the three, but this one had great special effects, an abundance of bad assery, and a TON of Four!  The production value was great, considering the majority was filmed in front of a green screen.  Acting was great, and I’m still happy with the way this franchise was cast.  This film sets everything up for the fourth and final installment, and I can’t wait to see how they do it!  Just keep an open mind to the changes in the films.  There are always changes when a novel is made into a film, so just remember that it’s still the characters we know and love!

The Divergent Series: Allegiant was released in theaters on March 18, 2016.  Check it out and let me know what you thought!

 

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GIRLS: “Old Loves” Review

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Hey everyone!! Brancey and I got together to talk about the latest episode of GIRLS!
 
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SYNOPSIS: Hannah and Fran disagree about their respective teaching methods. Marnie fumes over Desi’s decision to launch a major construction project in their studio. Jessa pushes Hannah away over an awkward rice-pudding meetup. Elijah gets closer with Dill Harcourt.
 
 

 

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The Walking Dead: “The Same Boat” Review

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Hey #TWD fans!!  Mike and I got together to talk about the Episode 13 | Season 6 of The Walking Dead, titled “The Same Boat.”
 
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SYNOPSIS: Carol and Maggie must fight for their lives after being taken by a group of Saviors. 
 
 

 

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TRAILER: ‘Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children’ #StayPeculiar

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Hey movie fans!!  Here’s your first look at Tim Burton’s “Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children!”  This is the film adaptation of the novel (of the same name) by Ransom Riggs.  I’m curious to see this one after having read the book.

I admit to judging the book by its cover and expecting something a bit more creepy than what it actually was, but I think this is a good story nonetheless.

So check out the trailer below and let me know if you’ll be checking this one out when it’s released in theaters September 30th!

 

THE WALKING DEAD Universal Studios Hollywood’s New Permanent Attraction

Universal Studios Hollywood Takes on the Zombie Apocalypse Announcing a Permanent Walk-Through Attraction Based on AMC’s Award-Winning Series, “The Walking Dead,” Opening Summer 2016

Intense, All-New State-of-the-Art Theme Park Addition Continues Destination’s Ongoing Revitalization

Universal Studios Hollywood brings the most popular show in cable television history to life in Summer 2016 when AMC’s Golden Globe award-nominated television series,   “The Walking Dead,”    sets up permanent residency at The Entertainment Capital of L.A. in an all-new immersive, cutting-edge attraction.

Universal Studios Hollywood has worked collaboratively with AMC’s “The Walking Dead” for years as a signature “Halloween Horror Nights” maze.

This newly enhanced venture will take the highly sought-after experience from a seasonal, limited time offering to an authentic 365 day opportunity, raising the bar for themed walk-through attractions.

For a look at what to expect when the attraction opens this summer, please click   here.

To further elevate the authenticity of this new attraction, Universal Studios Hollywood is partnering with “The Walking Dead’s” creative team, including visionary executive producer and director, Greg Nicotero and his special effects company, KNB Efx. Greg’s team, responsible for masterfully creating the show’s realistic decaying walkers, will construct prosthetics, utilize original molds and painstakingly apply paint and detailing to the attraction walkers.

The integral involvement of the creative team will not only inspire the emotional connection fans experience, it will be among the attraction’s key distinguishing characteristics that will define it as a living version of the show.

“The Walking Dead” attraction will create a no-holds-bar experience that significantly intensifies any other iteration previously developed within the theme park.

Coupled with authentic walker make-up effects, sophisticated animatronic walkers, substantially more detailed set design and costuming, and highly recognizable props replicated from the series, the attraction will deliver an uncompromised realistic environment that brings guests even further into the most watched show in cable television history.

“‘The Walking Dead’ is a phenomenon that has successfully and consistently affected the psyche of viewers on a global basis, since its debut,” Larry Kurzweil, President of Universal Studios Hollywood, said. “We’re taking its intensity to the next level by collaborating with the show’s award-winning production team to create an authentic living representation of the series that can only be experienced at Universal Studios Hollywood.”

“We’re so grateful for our longstanding partnership with the talented team at Universal Studios Hollywood. We’ve shared a successful three-year partnership at Halloween Horror Nights and now this permanent ‘The Walking Dead’ walk- through attraction takes the relationship and the fan experience to the next level,” Charlie Collier, President of AMC and SundanceTV, said. “Along with our great partners at Universal, it means a great deal to us to continue entertaining — and frightening — passionate, loyal fans of ‘The Walking Dead’ for years to come.”

The “The Walking Dead” attraction will be located within an entirely new, custom built structure, situated within an expansive building complex just inside the theme park’s main entry.

The past five years have been a remarkable time for Universal Studios Hollywood as the destination embarked on an unprecedented revitalization that has substantially altered over 75 percent of its familiar footprint to effectively characterize it as an entirely new theme park experience.

The introduction of the all-new “The Walking Dead” attraction continues the theme park’s unparalleled investment in an ambitious epic transformation.

AMC’s “The Walking Dead” depicts the story of survivors in a post-apocalyptic world overrun by hordes of terrifying flesh-eating walkers.

It is the #1 show on television among adults 18-49 for the last four years and in its sixth season, the most highly-rated show in cable television history.

More information is available at   www.UniversalStudiosHollywood.com. Like Universal Studios Hollywood on Facebook and follow @UniStudios on Instagram and Twitter.

Due to the intense nature of this experience, the attraction is not recommended for guests under the age of 13.

Universal Studios Hollywood, The Entertainment Capital of L.A.SM, includes a full-day, movie-based theme park and Studio Tour; the CityWalk entertainment, shopping and dining complex, the Universal CityWalk Cinemas and the “5 Towers” state-of-the-art outdoor concert venue. World-class rides and attractions include “The Wizarding World of Harry Potter,” opening April 7, the renowned, behind-the-scenes Studio Tour featuring the intense “King Kong 360 3-D” attraction and the all-new “Fast & Furious—Supercharged” thrill ride as the Studio Tour’s grand finale. Other popular rides include the 3D-HD adventure, “Despicable Me Minion Mayhem” and immersive “Super Silly Fun Land,” the critically-acclaimed mega-attraction, “Transformers™: The Ride-3D,” “Revenge of the MummySM—The Ride,” “Jurassic Park® —The Ride,” “Springfield,” hometown of America’s favorite TV family, adjacent to the award-winning “The Simpsons RideTM” and the “Nighttime Studio Tour.”

Mike ‘The Movie Guy’ Interview: Ryan Hurst & Kyle Gallner of “Outsiders” [podcast]

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Hey TV fans!! Earlier this week I had the chance to interview Ryan Hurst and Kyle Gallner for Variety Radio Online. We chatted about about the new series “Outsiders” on WGN America and they even answered a few Twitter questions from their fans. Talk about some really cool dudes.

“Outsiders” airs Tuesday’s at 9pm on WGN America.

 

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X-Men: Apocalypse – New Movie Poster!

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Release Date: May 27, 2016

Director: Bryan Singer

Screenplay by Simon Kinberg; Story by Bryan Singer, Simon Kinberg, Michael Dougherty & Dan Harris

Producers: Simon Kinberg, Bryan Singer, Hutch Parker & Lauren Shuler Donner

Cast: James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, Oscar Isaac, Nicholas Hoult, Rose Byrne, Tye Sheridan, Sophie Turner, Olivia Munn, Lucas Till, Evan Peters, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Alexandra Shipp, Josh Helman, Lana Condor, Ben Hardy

 

SYNOPSIS:

Following the critically acclaimed global smash hit X-Men: Days of Future Past, director Bryan Singer returns with X-MEN: APOCALYPSE.

Since the dawn of civilization, he was worshiped as a god. Apocalypse, the first and most powerful mutant from Marvel¹s X-Men universe, amassed the powers of many other mutants, becoming immortal and invincible. Upon awakening after thousands of years, he is disillusioned with the world as he finds it and recruits a team of powerful mutants, including a disheartened Magneto (Michael Fassbender), to cleanse mankind and create a new world order, over which he will reign.

As the fate of the Earth hangs in the balance, Raven (Jennifer Lawrence) with the help of Professor X (James McAvoy) must lead a team of young X-Men to stop their greatest nemesis and save mankind from complete destruction.

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