Lucky Brand in Collaboration with 20th Century Fox Launches Queen Capsule Collection In Celebration of BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY

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Lucky Brand Launches Queen Capsule Collection in Celebration of Twentieth Century Fox Film’s new movie, Bohemian Rhapsody

Lucky Brand announces their collaboration with Twentieth Century Fox Film and Bravado with a collection of seven vintage-inspired men’s and women’s Queen concert tees to celebrate the release of the new film, Bohemian Rhapsody, in theaters November 2nd.

The capsule, which launches on October 4th, will include four different Queen graphics for women on t-shirts including one long sleeve, crewneck sweatshirt. Men’s options will feature an additional three Queen graphics, one featuring Queen frontman and basis of the film, Freddie Mercury. Ranging from $39.50 to $79.50, the collection will be carried at select department stores including Macy’s, Dillard’s, Lord & Taylor and others, including specialty boutiques and online retailers such as Amazon and Zappos. The capsule will also be available at 156 Lucky Brand retail stores in the U.S. and Canada, as well as LuckyBrand.com.

In support of the movie release, Lucky Brand is partnering with Bohemian Rhapsody and Queen on store window takeovers across 135 retail doors.  In six top door locations, Lucky Brand windows will display iconic costume replicas as seen in the film. The costumes will be featured in an online silent auction, with all proceeds going to our charity partner Communities in Schools.  In addition to the store presence, Lucky Brand will host an ultimate “We Will Rock You” Las Vegas trip sweepstakes, and feature exclusive archival Queen content as well as behind-the-scenes footage from the making of the movie.

“We are thrilled to launch this capsule collection with Queen, celebrating and honoring one of the most iconic bands of all time, which launches concurrently with the release of the new film, and in partnership with FOX and Bravado. Music has always been one of the pillars of our brand and Queen is one of those bands that every generation can enjoy. The timing is perfect as we are celebrating ‘Icons’ within our own collection, honoring iconic pieces from Lucky Brand’s history,”said Carlos Alberini, CEO of Lucky Brand.

“Lucky Brand’s irreverent heritage and rock & roll roots are a perfect fit for Bohemian Rhapsody and we’re excited to bring the film to Lucky Brand’s customer,” said Chris Cerbo, Senior Vice President, Marketing Partnerships at Twentieth Century Fox.

“Queen is one of the most iconic bands of all time, not only for their illustrious catalog of music, but for their seminal influence on fashion and style,” said Frank Bartolotta, SVP Sales of Bravado. “We’re honored to put together a program with Lucky Brand that supports Fox’s Bohemian Rhapsody, a film that celebrates this incredible band and the impact they had, and continue to have on culture around the world.”

The collection solidifies Lucky Brand’s connection to music by honoring a legendary artist and giving new fans the opportunity to carry on Queen and Freddie Mercury’s legacy.

Men’s Assortment $39.50

Women’s Assortment $39.50-$79.50

 

I’m Not Crying, You Are | Check out the first music video that actually made me cry

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It’s no secret that I’m a long-time music lover. I grew up in days of TRL and used to watch music videos on VH1 every morning as I was getting ready for school. MTV’s Making the Video was one of my favorite shows to watch (you know, back when they actually used to play music videos).

With that being said, I can honestly say that no music video has ever made me cry. Until yesterday. A friend of mine posted a link to a music video on her Facebook page yesterday, so I decided to check it out because Bastille & Marshmello, amiright?

This video legit made tears fall down my face. Take a minute to watch the video and then read on for some back story.

Ok, so now the back story.

I started working when I was 17. I got my first actual office job once I graduated from high school and the first thing I bought with my first decent paycheck was a puppy. We’d gone to visit a woman who bred Golden Retrievers and I fell in love with one (never mind the fact that my cell phone had fallen out of my bag right onto the head of one of the adorable little puppies and I felt like I had an obligation to choose that one because I’d probably caused some damage to its adorable little brain – update: I didn’t cause any damage). I know dog owners are biased and always claim to have the best dog ever, but we literally hit the jack pot with our Kayla. She was my first child and she was the absolute best. A year after we adopted Kayla, my niece was born and Kayla never left her side. Briana could climb on her and smack her in the face and tug at her tail, but Kayla never went in defense mode. Unless, that is, Briana tried to run into the street and Kayla ran up and nudged her in the butt to knock her down before she could get there.

We had 12 fantastic years with our Kayla before we found out that she was full of cancer and had to be put down. I will never forget sitting in the vet’s office watching my niece hold the paw of her first best friend. Kayla passed away 2 months before my father passed away from cancer that we didn’t know he had, so the whole time period was just an emotional roller coaster. Seeing this video made me think of the happiness Kayla brought to all of us. We’ve yet to find the nerve to adopt another one, but maybe someday we will! Here’s a pic of my first child, Kayla:

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Actor Boyd Holbrook takes on THE PREDATOR

Actor Boyd Holbrook takes on THE PREDATOR

Written by Jesus Figueroa

“The Predator” is now in theaters, actor Boyd Holbrook was honored to be part of the film and found that working with director Shane Black to be a different experience.

Although Holbrook said he enjoys doing action films, he really gets going when he is able to do character work and dive into a role with niche unique stories.

Being part of a cast that continues a fan favorite franchise like that of the Predator franchise brought Holbrook a great opportunity to live a dream of his.

Holbrook said the character of McKenna gave him an opportunity to play a Harrison Ford or Clint Eastwood type character, which he has been a fan of.

McKenna is a character which starts off as a lone wolf and gets thrown into a dysfunctional group of heroes that are the underdogs, which when put up against the predators any human warrior would be an underdog.

With the unpredictability of director Shane Black, Holbrook said it was a fun experience to be part of the amazing group of heroes, nicknamed The Loonies, of “The Predator.”

The Loonies was a strange group of soldiers that are under psychological treatment which brought comical moments.

Holbrook said that it was hard to keep a straight face with this group because they were all very funny and it was fun to be around the group while on set.

The group quickly go from being strangers who happen to be put together on a bus as they are being transported to a group of soldiers who are on a mission and Holbrook said that they all collaborated well and they were all very well cast.

The film had scenes, such as McKenna’s return home, which were highly improvised and written on the spot keeping the film being a cooperative process.

Holbrook said that if there is a sequel he would enjoy coming back and being the main warrior again, which with the ending of “The Predator” the audience knows exactly in what role he would want his character to take.

THE PREDATOR
Now In Theaters

 

Watch: PERSONA Premieres New Single & Music Video, ‘Whole Again’

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The adage that states “what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger” hits home for Long Island Indie/Pop rock quartet Persona and their brand new single “Whole Again,” out TODAY  with a corresponding music video (see below). Running off the recent release of their last single, “Indie Cowboy” (and whilst preparing to record a new album), Persona takes indie rock to new heights, continuing to explore past the realms of the genre and incorporating crisp elements of both alternative rock and pop into the mix. Although the track is quite personal, the corresponding music video adds even more layers to the band’s ‘persona,’ showcasing a toxic relationship on it’s way down. Taking their individual, unique pains and applying it to Persona’s creative process, the final result is an indie mish mosh of triumph. About the release of “Whole Again”, the band states:

“Whole Again” is about coming down off of a breakup and finding yourself, exactly where you are supposed to be. I think we all can relate to a toxic love relationship. Where you love a person so dearly, but they are just not good for you and you stay complacent and settle for all the negative outcomes of the relationship. “Whole Again” is about settling in to the uncomfortable situations after a breakup and finding yourself and growing.

Prior to the band’s foundation in 2011, the members spent the better part of the decade not only developing their craft, but becoming one with the character, reality and imagination that makes the band who they are today. “We write songs about events that have happened in our lives. Our songs are about overcoming are struggles, they are literally who we are collectively and individually,” states singer Tom Spartinos. Indeed, the struggle has been very real in past years with a car accident nearly taking bassist Sam Trestmans’ life, a fire destroying guitarist Costas Themistocleous’ home as well as the band’s home recording studio and various battles with demons and addiction.

“The ups and downs of life in general have solidified a strong and sacred bond between us that has reflected in our music,” explains Themistocleous. Indeed, the layered indie-rock sound that Persona has cultivated shines in the band’s debut release, “Take Me To The Mon”. Released in late 2012, the EP is rich with crisp harmonies and nostalgic melodies. “Mayday, We Crashed” was the sophomore EP produced by Gary Cioffi (Transit, Four Year Strong) at Maximum Sound Studio in Danvers, MA. Upon completion of “Mayday, We Crashed”, Persona ultimately crashed and went under the radar. Little did they know it would be a few years before they shared their music with the world again. “After we got home from touring and the release of “Mayday, We Crashed” we burnt out, we all felt it would be best to take a few weeks to ourselves, little did we know how long that few weeks would turn out to be” explains Tom Spartinos on the band’s state after “Mayday, We Crashed.” “We just needed a break. We needed to grow individually to get to the next chapter of our lives. I honestly can’t say it didn’t hurt me every day, but Tom and I kept writing when we had the chance and jamming full band when available,” retorts Costas Themistocleous.In the spring of 2017, Persona released the single and lyric video for “Say What You Say,” followed by former bassist Will Suraci departing from the band and drummer CJ Kostaras (Giants at Large) becoming the back bone. The new Persona spent the rest of the summer releasing singles, accompanied by a music video once a month. “We want to impact people with our music. We want to make people reflect and ponder, and we want to spread a positive message. There is always room for positive vibes and good feeling, especially in the world we live in today,” added Spartinos. The band is currently set to release 3 new singles and videos before they hit the studio in November 2018 to record their 3rd EP and are planning numerous local and national tour dates for 2018 and beyond. “Whole Again” is out on all digital platforms NOW.

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Looking for a creative outlet? Try Skillshare Premium FREE for 2 months!

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If you’re looking to learn new ways to be creative, check out Skillshare! I discovered them through an account I follow on Instagram and I can’t wait to sign up for some classes.

A few years ago, I went ahead and bought a Cricut machine with zero knowledge on how to use it. Unfortunately, we had a few deaths in the family and ended up moving, so I never had the chance to actually use the machine until now . . . and now I’m hooked. I’ve been a YouTube fanatic lately trying to find projects to make and how the heck to become a hand lettering pro.

With Skillshare, now I can sign up for tutorials on how to master hand lettering on the iPad and how to get the most out of my Creative Cloud subscription.

Check it out for yourself and see if there are classes geared towards your creative needs. Sign up for the premium membership and get 2 months free with my link below!

Try it out HERE!

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Curacao dona recaudación de fondos FUERZA GUATEMALA

Curacao dona recaudación de fondos FUERZA GUATEMALA

Además, la cadena de tiendas ofreció transferencias de dinero gratis a Guatemala en el pasado mes de junio, e igualaron las donaciones de la comunidad dólar por dólar.

El jueves 26 de julio, 2018 Curacao presentó un cheque con dicha donación a la Cruz Roja Americana en su tienda de Los Ángeles.

Durante más de 35 años, Curacao ha ayudado a la comunidad latina a fortalecer sus vínculos con los Estados Unidos a través de sus productos y servicios.

También apoyan a la comunidad a través de la Fundación Curacao, con iniciativas que van desde la ayuda a las familias necesitadas a permitir que la próxima generación prospere a través de becas.

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Actress Diana Bovio talks about HASTA QUE LA BODA NOS SEPARE

Actress Diana Bovio talks about HASTA QUE LA BODA NOS SEPARE

Written by Jesus Figueroa

“Hasta Que La Boda Nos Separe,” premiered on PANTAYA on June 15, and actress Diana Bovio shared her thoughts.

Bovio’s first major leading role in a feature film that is released worldwide through the streaming service PANTAYA led her to be part of a romantic comedy which she was honored to be a part of.

The project was so thrilling, Bovio said, as she has never been married, but it was fun to explore extreme situations which could be stressful for a bride but funny to an audience.

Bovio’s character Maria has the opportunity to have two weddings, one that will please her family and her dream wedding as well and not let her parents know of the second wedding.

As Maria goes through the chaotic day of having two weddings and getting her dream wedding, because she’s had everything catered to her by her fiancé, the stress gets to her.

Bovio felt it was fun to part of a comedy that was very grounded in the Mexican culture, but still keeping universal themes.

Although all Mexicans can relate to the way the wedding is celebrated, much of the comedy comes from instances that can happen at any wedding.

Bovio isn’t married, but was thrilled to get to play the part of a bride and wear the dress. She enjoyed getting to go through the traditional wedding without the stress of a real wedding.

Since it was a romantic comedy, Bovio said that there is many hilarious parts and still some drama which is expected, especially when two weddings are involved.

PANTAYA allows a wide audience to be able to watch “Hasta Que La Boda Nos Separe” much like Netflix, but centers around promoting projects from Mexico that wouldn’t have major distribution other wise.

Bovio is honored to have PANTAYA distribute the project so more people can get exposed to the talents of new actors from Latin America. More than 2 million people have watched “Hasta Que La Boda Nos Separe” in Mexico and now there’s an opportunity for a wider audience to watch it as well.

OVERBOARD | Arrives on Digital 7/17 and on Blu-ray Combo Pack & DVD 7/31

A RICHES TO RAGS STORY. IF ONLY HE COULD REMEMBER IT.

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The Hilarious Comedy from Metro Goldwyn Mayer Pictures and Pantelion Films Splashes onto Digital July 17 and Blu-rayCombo Pack and DVD on July 31 from Lionsgate

OVERBOARD_3D_BD_O-CARDBring the family together for the “heartwarming comedy” (Miami New Times) Overboard, arriving on Digital July 17 and on Blu-ray™ Combo Pack (plus DVD and Digital), DVD, and On Demand July 31 from Lionsgate.

From Metro Goldwyn Mayer Pictures (MGM) and Pantelion Films, Eugenio Derbez (How to Be a Latin Lover, Instructions Not Included), Anna Faris (The House Bunny, TV’s “Mom”),  and Golden Globe® nominee Eva Longoria (Best Actress, TV’s “Desperate Housewives,” 2006) star in this hilarious fresh take on the iconic romantic comedy. Directed by three-time Primetime Emmy® award winner Rob Greenberg (Jigsaw, Predestination), who teamed up to write the screenplay with Bob Fisher (Wedding Crashers, We’re the Millers) and Leslie Dixon based on Dixon’s story, Overboard reverses the roles from the original film, featuring Derbez as a spoiled wealthy yacht owner who becomes the target of revenge from his mistreated employee played by Faris.

In a splashy new twist, Overboard focuses on Leonardo (Derbez), a selfish, spoiled, rich playboy from Mexico’s richest family and Kate (Faris), a working-class single mom of three hired to clean Leonardo’s luxury yacht. After unjustly firing Kate and refusing to pay her, Leonardo falls overboard when partying too hard and wakes up on the Oregon coast — with amnesia. Kate shows up at the hospital and, to get payback, convinces Leonardo he is her husband and puts him to work — for the first time in his life. At first miserable and inept, Leonardo slowly settles in. Eventually he earns the respect of his new “family” and coworkers. But with Leonardo’s billionaire family hot on their trail and the possibility of his memory returning at any moment, will their new family last or will Leonardo finally put the clues together and leave them for good?​

Take home Overboard, Pantelion Film’s highest grossing film to date, and go behind the scenes with the cast and crew with three featurettes and an audio commentary exclusive to the home entertainment release. The Overboard Blu-ray Combo Pack and DVD will be available for the suggested retail price of $39.99 and $29.95, respectively.

BLU-RAY / DVD / DIGITAL SPECIAL FEATURES

  • “Chemistry Is Comedy” Featurette
  • “Culture Clash” Featurette
  • “Captains of the Ship: Bob & Rob” Featurette
  • Audio Commentary with Writer-Director Rob Greenberg, Writer-Producer Bob Fisher, and Producer Benjamin Odell

OVERBOARD – Official Channels

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@Thisfunktional Talks with Paula Garcés ON MY BLOCK

Written by Jesus Figueroa

Actress Paula Garcés talks with Jesus Figueroa, @Thisfunktional of Thisfunktional.com, about her role on Netflix’ Original Series “On My Block” and her Latina superhero Aluna while on the red carpet for “Show Dogs.”

Garcés talks about being a fan of Will Arnett and being able to take her son to “Show Dogs,” her role in “On My Block” and how she related to the story and gives an update on Aluna, the Latina superhero she created.

“Show Dogs” opens in theaters May 18.

“On My Block” is streaming now on Netflix.

The Aluna graphic novels are available at PaulaGarces.com or TheWorldOfAluna.com.

Follow and interact with Jesus:
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*NSYNC Dirty Pop-Up Shop & Walk of Fame

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Ladies and gentlemen, today is the last day of April . . . which means that it’s gonna be MAY!! Yes, sorry, I had to do it.

In less than an hour, fans out in Hollywood, California and online all over the world will get to watch *NSYNC (finally) get their star on the Walk of Fame! If you’re like me and couldn’t make it out to Cali for the event, you can stream it live on walkoffame.com at 11:30 PDT.

Leading up to the ceremony, where all five members will reunite, they announced a pop-up shop in Los Angeles that is aptly dubbed Dirty Pop-Up. You heard that correctly. Not only do we get to see our favorite group-gone-too-soon together again, we also get new merch! Have we just transported back to my high school years??? Give me some sort of glimmer of hope for a mini reunion tour and I might need an EKG to check my heart lol.

I remember watching Disney’s In Concert with *NSYNC back in 1998 and I was immediately hooked. I begged my parents to buy me the VHS (yes, it was that long ago) of *N The Mix and watched it repeatedly for months – I’ve since upgraded to the DVD version of it and I even introduced my niece to it when she was younger. I had stacks of floppy disks with pictures on them and my bedroom walls were wallpapered with *NSYNC posters and magazine articles. I was that person.

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I saw them live for the first time at the Broward County Fair where Britney Spears opened up for them ( I had no idea who she was yet). My best friend and I were trying to get there early, but we had a fire drill at school that delayed our release. We definitely contemplated fleeing during the drill, but it turns out it wasn’t just a drill-someone set a garbage can on fire on the third floor and ruined our chances at meeting the guys. Another friend of mine sat next to me in Science in 10th grade. We’d have *NSYNC magazines and books resting on top of our Science books and I don’t think we ever looked so involved in our schoolwork! I was lucky enough to see them live 4 times before their “hiatus” in 2002. I was just graduating high school and between that and their hiatus, I thought my world was turned upside down.

 

16 years later and here I am, prepping to watch the guys receive their star on the Walk of Fame and checking out merch online in their store at nsync.com. Maybe now, my world is being turned right-side up!

So, I just wanted to send a huge CONGRATS to Justin, JC, Lance, Joey and Chris for making their mark in music history no matter how long it lasted. As I sit here with my *NSYNC playlist on repeat today, I’m finally old enough to hold up a glass (if I wasn’t at work) and cheers to a fabulous run! Thank you for everything.

Telemundo and Universal Music Latin Entertainment Will Host “THE AFTER,” The Official 20th Anniversary After Party Of The BILLBOARD LATIN MUSIC AWARDS | #Billboards2018 #TheAfter

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Surrounded by Las Vegas’ lights and glamour, “The After” will be presented by Neutrogena and Monster Products and sponsored by Heineken, Ciroc and City National  Bank

Telemundo and Universal Music Latin Entertainment will host “The After,” the official 20th Anniversary After Party of the Billboard Latin Music Awards. The event will take place TONIGHT Thursday, April 26 at the Jewel night club inside the Aria Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada and feature special performances by Colombian star Karol G, viral phenomenon-turned-DJ, Gianluca Vacchi and platinum-selling artist and syndicated radio host/DJ Alex Sensation with NYC’s Latin Mix DJ’s.

The official After Party of the 20th Anniversary of the Billboard Latin Music Awards will be presented by Neutrogena and Monster Products and sponsored by Heineken, Ciroc and City National Bank, with attendees to include J Balvin, and hosts of this year’s award ceremony, Gaby Espino and Marco Antonio Regil, as well as celebrities, hosts and singers who will celebrate 20 years of musical excellence.

The Billboard Latin Music Awards will be broadcast live on Telemundo TONIGHT Thursday April 26 at 7pm/6c from the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nevada, and will include musical performances by Jennifer Lopez, Bad Bunny, Becky G, Calibre 50, Cardi B, Chayanne, Christian Nodal, CNCO, Daddy Yankee, David Bisbal, De La Ghetto, Farruko, J Balvin, Karol G, Luis Fonsi, Maluma, Maná, Natti Natasha, Nicky Jam, Ozuna, Paty Cantú, Quavo, Reik, Ricky Martin, Sebastián Yatra, Sofía Reyes, Víctor Manuelle, Wisin, and Yandel.

The show also will air simultaneously on Spanish-language entertainment cable network Universo and will feature such television, film, music and social media stars as presenters as: Ana Jurka, Dr. Ana María Polo, Aracely Arámbula, Aylín Mujica, the singers of Banda MS: Oswaldo Silva and Alan Ramírez, Candela Ferro, Carmen Villalobos, Catherine Siachoque, Diego Boneta, Elva Saray, Erika Ender, Eugenio Derbez, Fernanda Castillo, Gianluca Vacchi, Karim Mendiburu, Raul Méndez, Reykon, Yuridia; and the Executive Director of Content and Latin Programming for Billboard, Leila Cobo.

Fans will be able to experience the excitement of the event at @LatinBillboards on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter, as well as on Snapchat with TeamTelemundo, and will be able to join the conversation at #Billboards2018 and #TheAfter.

The Billboard Latin Music Awards honor the most popular albums, songs and performers in the Latin music, as determined by the actual sales, “streaming”, radio airplay and social data that informs Billboard’s weekly charts during a one-year period from the rankings dated February 4, 2017 through this year’s January 27 charts. Based on album sales, digital track sales, streaming data and monitored radio airplay provided by Nielsen Music and social data provided by Next Big Sound, Billboard’s rankings and the world’s most authoritative music charts. Finalists, and the eventual winners, reflect the performance of new recordings on Billboard’s albums and songs charts, including Top Latin Albums, Hot Latin Songs, Latin Streaming Songs and Latin Digital Songs, among others.

My Essay, ON THE WAY DOWN, Has Been Published On Anti-Heroin Chic

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Hey there!

I recently submitted two essays to Anti-Heroin Chic and am happy to report that BOTH have been accepted! ‘On the Way Down’ was published on April 24th and the second essay will be published at a later date.

Both of these essays are extremely personal to me, so I was nervous about submitting them. My only hope is that someone who might be experiencing something similar won’t feel so alone.

‘On the Way Down’ was written about my first major experience with anxiety. Losing someone close to me was a trigger for me and it’s become a part of who I am. I was experimenting with different styles of writing, and I wrote this essay using only semi-colons to give off the effect of experiencing the anxiety I was feeling at the time.

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You can read the essay for yourself by clicking the link below. This will redirect you over to Anti-Heroin Chic:

On the Way Down by Kristin Trujillo

 

A Mom Is On A Mission To Save Her Kids in BREAKING IN

BGN_Tsr1Sheet_0301_RGB_1This Mother’s Day, a group of thieves mess with the wrong mom!

Gabrielle Union stars as a woman who will do anything to rescue her children from a band of ruthless criminals who kidnap them before her very eyes.

In Breaking In, the new Universal Pictures action thriller from V for Vendetta director James McTeigue and producer Will Packer, Shaun (Union) takes her two children on a weekend getaway to her late father’s secluded house. When they arrive, she discovers her father had built a fortress designed with impenetrable security.  As she wonders why, criminals force their way in, lock her out of the house and hold her children hostage, demanding the contents of a safe.

Initially feeling powerless, Shaun’s maternal instincts kick in and she gets physical as she figures out a way to outwit her children’s captors.

When the ringleader tells her she is “a woman alone at the mercy of strangers,” she becomes determined to prove them wrong and find a way into the house to save her kids and herself from what looks to be certain death, even if she cooperates with the thieves.

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Union shines in this action-packed suspense thriller as a desperate mom who will stop at nothing to get her children back and teach the criminals a lesson: no traps, doors or locks, and especially no man can match a mother with a mission.

The movie will keep you at the edge of your seat, rooting for Union as she tells the criminals “you broke into the wrong house.”

Breaking In co-stars Billy Burke (Twilight series), Richard Cabral (End of Watch), Ajiona Alexus (Empire), Levi Meaden (Pacific Rim Uprising), Jason George (Grey’s Anatomy), Seth Carr (Black Panther) and Christa Miller (Cougar Town).

The movie premieres May 11. Don’t miss this kick ass mom fight for her kids this Mother’s Day!

STARS ON ICE 2018 Tour Review | #StarsOnIce #Review

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Ice skating fascinated me at an early age. I remember stopping whatever I was doing so I could sit down to watch it with my mom whenever it was on. Scott Hamilton’s back flips were always my favorite. When I was about 11, my cousin had a birthday party at the Miami Ice Arena (which no longer exists). I was so excited to get out there and glide gracefully across the ice like Michelle Kwan, Tara Lipinski and Kristi Yamaguchi. Sadly, that did not happen. As soon as I put one skate on the ice it all went downhill & I spent the entire birthday party, by myself, holding onto the wall as I attempted to make my way around the rink. It was a complete disaster. I also recall overhearing my aunt telling someone that paying for me to attend the party was a complete waste of money. Luckily, I’ve since learned how to “skate”–if just making your way around the rink without falling or holding onto the wall is considered skating.

SOI_USA2018_13x19_BradieMy love and appreciation for ice skating was renewed during the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang. Watching Mirai Nagasu become the first U.S. woman to land the triple axel in the Olympics; Maia & Alex Shibutani (#ShibSibs) winning the bronze medal in ice dancing; Team USA winning the bronze in the team event; Nathan Chen’s redemption after a devastating short program to land SIX quads in his long program, and watching Adam Rippon’s flawless routines and hilarious interviews while welcoming him into our hearts was an experience I got to share with my mom and it reignited that flame for the sport.

So, needless to say, when I saw that Stars On Ice would be making its way down to South Florida, I just had to buy tickets–especially considering the fact that my birthday was the day after the show. It’s like the stars aligned!

The tour kicked off in Ft. Myers on April 6th, with a follow-up show in Orlando April 7th that was filmed for television (check your local listings for Saturday, April 14th). Skaters included Olympic Bronze Medalists Maia & Alex Shibutani and members of America’s Olympic Bronze Medal-winning team Nathan Chen, Adam Rippon, Mirai Nagasu, Bradie Tennell and Madison Hubbell & Zachary Donohue. Plus Olympic Gold Medalists Meryl Davis & Charlie White, World Silver Medalist Ashley Wagner and U.S. Champions Jason Brown and Karen Chen.

1323356447_STARSONICEStarBNWREL[1]Our show was in Ft. Lauderdale/Sunrise, Florida on April 8th and it was nothing short of amazing. The lights reflecting off of the ice were mesmerizing, and the outfits sparkled like hundreds of tiny diamonds. (The only thing missing was Adam singing Rihanna’s “Diamonds,” but I digress.)

The show opened with a group number to P!nk’s “Raise Your Glass,” followed by individual performances from each skater. There were also mini performances sprinkled throughout the entire show with 3-6 skaters at a time. Adam joined the ShibSibs for one song; Zachary, Madison, Meryl, Charlie, Nathan & Ashley combined forces to Ed Sheeran’s “Shape of You”; a beautiful performance featuring Ashley, Karen, Bradie and Madison; there was a girls only number, and an energetic boys only number to Portugal. The Man’s “Feel It Still.” You can also expect a brief 20-minute intermission in the middle of the show that returns with more individual performances and a group number that closes the show. Some of the other songs you can expect to hear during the show are “Remedy” by Adele and “Let Me Think About It” by Ida Corr (Adam Rippon), “Can’t Stop the Feeling” by Justin Timberlake (Jason Brown), “Elastic Heart” by Sia (Meryl & Charlie), “Never Enough” by Loren Allred (Karen Chen), “This Is Me” by The Greatest Showman Cast (Bradie Tennell), “Nemesis” by Benjamin Clementine (Nathan Chen), plus songs from P!nk (Ashley Wagner), Wicked on Broadway (Mirai Nagasu), Hamilton on Broadway and more.

Sadly, I missed Nathan Chen’s quad in person because workers at the BB&T Center kept walking down to stop people from recording videos on their phones and were blocking my view, BUT I know it happened because everyone went nuts. The atmosphere was amazing and it was nice to see people of all ages and backgrounds in one room–just don’t try to record video because it does distract from other’s experiences. There’s a strict policy against flash photography and video recording, so just don’t.

Since our show took place the day before my birthday, I splurged a bit and bought Meet & Greet tickets for my niece and I. When we finally made our way to the room where it was taking place, the skaters were all seated at tables waiting to sign their lives away. You have the opportunity to speak with each skater, have them sign autographs and take photos. It wasn’t like other “meet & greets” where someone is standing there rushing you through the process. You actually got to meet them, which was nice. Everyone was so kind. Taking into consideration the fact that they’d just completed their third show of the weekend and had to wait until the meet & greet was over so they could eat, I was surprised at the level of kindness they all had for everyone.

Stars On Ice is a show I highly recommend to people of all ages. The music was great, the atmosphere was so positive, and the skating was phenomenal. The entire event is put together so well. Meet and greet tickets are sold out for the remaining shows on the tour, but the show itself is well worth the money. You’re guaranteed to be in awe of the grace, beauty and talent of these skaters on and off the ice.

You can find more information regarding skaters, tickets and merch by visiting the Stars On Ice official site HERE.

You can also click HERE to help Adam Rippon on his quest to raise funds for GLAAD‘s youth program.

 

 

Soon To Be Major Motion Picture From Annapurna Pictures’ and Plan B Entertainment, James Baldwin’s IF BEALE STREET COULD TALK Named Finalist In 2nd Annual One Book One New York

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MAYOR’S OFFICE OF MEDIA AND ENTERTAINMENT WITH NEW YORK MAGAZINE & VULTURE ANNOUNCE RETURN OF “ONE BOOK, ONE NEW YORK”

The Largest Community Reading Program In The Country Returns For A Second Year

New Yorkers Will Vote For One Book Among Five Titles Set On The Streets Of New York And Reflecting The City’s Diverse Neighborhoods

5,000 Copies Of The Nominated Books Will Be Available In Libraries Throughout The Five Boroughs

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Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment Commissioner Julie Menin today announced the return of One Book, One New York, an exciting citywide initiative that brings book-loving New Yorkers together to read the same book at the same time. Building on the enormous success of the program’s inaugural year in 2017, this year’s campaign, in partnership with New York Magazine and Vulture, features five acclaimed titles. Throughout the month of April, New Yorkers will cast their votes at NYC.gov/OneBook to determine the one book the whole city will read together.

The nominated books, all featuring New York City neighborhoods are:

  • If Beale Street Could Talkby James Baldwin
  • Manhattan Beach by Jennifer Egan
  • White Tears by Hari Kunzru
  • Behold the Dreamers by Imbolo Mbue
  • When I Was Puerto Rican by Esmeralda Santiago

“We are thrilled to present the five books in contention for this year’s One Book, One New York program,” said Media and Entertainment Commissioner Julie Menin. “These beautifully told tales reflect the rich variety of experiences and voices that make New York’s literary culture second to none. We hope once again that One Book, One New York will inspire great conversations, foster compassion in difficult times, support our vital publishing industry, and spur New Yorkers to rediscover their local libraries and neighborhood bookstores.”

Seeking stories reflecting New York City’s rich history, diverse neighborhoods and resilient people, the Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment consulted with literary leaders throughout the city for suggestions on which books to include in this year’s One Book, One New York. New York Magazine and Vulture’s book editors helped whittle down the list to five books, each of which delves into the lives of complex characters, from groundbreaking women to struggling artists to new immigrants, grappling with adversity as they try to forge a life and identity in New York City neighborhoods. They explore themes of missing fathers, tragic love and racial injustice through the eyes of unforgettable narrators that will speak to book lovers and new audiences alike.

“For 50 years, storytelling with flair has been integral to our mission at New York Magazine, and we’re delighted to team up with the Mayor’s office to champion these five books rich with city life and distinctive New York voices,” said New York Media CEO Pam Wasserstein.

Each of the authors has a unique connection to New York.

“New York City has been my inspiration and my muse for decades, and never more so than while I worked on Manhattan Beach,” said author Jennifer Egan. “I’m lucky to live in this splendid, inexhaustible city, and honored to be a contender for its One Book, One New York program.”

“Books saved my life,” said Esmeralda Santiago, author of When I Was Puerto Rican. “Newly arrived from rural Puerto Rico, with no English and feeling lost in a big city, I discovered the Bushwick branch of the Brooklyn Public Library, a bright, warm, place where I could be lost without feeling endangered. I feel honored to be among the writers whose stories will help future generations reflect their experiences and struggles as they steer their own lives, mentored by such generous guides.”

“In the last decade, I’ve made a life in New York. I got married in the courthouse downtown, my children were born here,” said Hari Kunzru, author of White Tears. “To be part of One Book is extraordinary. It makes me feel welcomed. It makes me very proud.”

Behold the Dreamers is, among many things, a love song to my adopted hometown of New York City, so it is a tremendous privilege for me, that it is being considered for One Book, One New York,” said author Imbolo Mbue.

“From my earliest days as an undergraduate student, James Baldwin’s life and work have provided a guiding force that has given me the courage to pursue work that has meaning and social impact,” said Barry Jenkins, writer/director of the film adaption of If Beale Street Could Talk. “With If Beale Street Could Talk, my favorite author renders the city and neighborhood that raised him in unflinching detail and with endless empathy and grace.”

The publishers of the five nominated books have provided copies to each of New York City’s library branches (5,000 copies in all); the books will also be available for sale at bookstores throughout the city.

This year’s One Book, One New York includes a public awareness campaign that will blanket New York City with information on how to vote online at NYC.gov/OneBook. Ads on subway cars in all five boroughs, as well as a One Book, One New York video campaign to be broadcast throughout the month of April on Taxi TV and on NYC Media, the City’s flagship television channel, will encourage New Yorkers to vote for their favorite nominated book.

On Thursday, April 19 at 7:30 p.m., the four living nominated authors, Imbolo Mbue, Hari Kunzru, Esmeralda Santiago, and Jennifer Egan, as well as director Barry Jenkins (Moonlight), who is making a film of the late James Baldwin’s If Beale Street Could Talk, will join a panel discussion as part of the Pen America World Voices Festival. Held at The New School’s auditorium in the Alvin Johnson/J.M. Hall, the event is free and open to the public on a first come, first served basis. Click here to register.

As part of the fourth annual Vulture Festival at Milk Studios on May 19-20, the winning One Book author will be featured in conversation with a New York Magazine / Vulture editor. This event will also be free and open to the public. To find out more about Vulture Festival and register for the One Book One New York winning author event, visit vulturefestival.com/onebookny after the winning book has been announced.

After the month-long voting period, the winning book will be announced in early May. Once the winning book is picked, New Yorkers can look for events at their local libraries and throughout the city that will keep the discussion going all summer long.

One Book, One New York is intended not only to encourage a sense of community among New Yorkers, but also to support the City’s book publishing and bookselling industries. New York City is the country’s book publishing capital, home to the “Big Five” publishing companies – Penguin Random House, Simon & Schuster, HarperCollins, Hachette, and Macmillan – along with many of the most prominent independent and academic publishing houses in the country. In recent years, both the publishing and bookselling industries have faced significant challenges. An unsettling number of independent book stores have closed, along with several Barnes and Noble branches. The Bronx currently has no bookstores at all. Both Queens and Staten Island are underserved.

“Every day, people find common ground and new perspectives in the books, programs, and services offered at The New York Public Library,” said NYPL President Tony Marx. “Now, when the world can feel more divided than ever, One Book, One New York is an exciting opportunity to bring New Yorkers together through the power of reading. We are thrilled to participate again this year.”

 

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