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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Boy Band Friday! | New Music

Today unexpectedly became the day for boy bands to release new music! I’m not complaining either. Well, besides the fact that it’s not *NSYNC, but that’s besides the point.

In Real Life has been on a whirlwind since being crowned the winners on ABC’s Boy Band show this summer. They released their debut single “Eyes Closed” and a Christmas EP with an original song, “Feel This Christmas,” and a cover of the classic, “Home for Christmas.” Today they released an acoustic version of “Eyes Closed” and I think it’s really good! For being fresh on the scene, they’ve been really busy getting their name out there – which is no surprise considering they’re being managed by boy band genius Johnny Wright, who also currently manages my No. 1, Justin Timberlake. Check out both versions of the song and let me know which one you like better (if you can bear to choose between them).

PRETTYMUCH also released a new single today called “No More,” featuring French Montana. Ok, I have to admit that this one of my new favorite boy bands since *NSYNC. Their performance level is through the roof! These guys can dance! This is their fourth track release and every one of their songs so far have been bangers. Definitely check out “No More,” and you can also listen to “Would You Mind,” “Teacher” and “Open Arms.” PRETTYMUCH is managed by Simon Cowell, who put together one of the biggest boy bands, One Direction.

I’m happy to say that one of the old school boy bands of my day is still alive and thriving. New Kids On the Block released a new EP today titled “Thankful,” and it has a Christmas vibe to it. These guys aren’t going anywhere any time soon, so check out their old stuff and enjoy the new music as well!

Age knows no bounds when it comes to boy bands. At 33, I find myself enjoying some of the new bands (mentioned here), and my niece, who is 13, enjoys going with my to NKOTB shows. I know she’ll be right there with me if there is ever an *NSYNC reunion show also! So, if you’re a music lover and can appreciate harmonies, catchy beats and occasional pelvic thrusts, give these guys a listen and, as always, let me know what you think!

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Universal Studios Hollywood Hosts EVE, Hollywood’s Biggest New Year’s Party, Fireworks Finale On December 31

The Countdown to 2018 Begins at Universal Studios Hollywood as The Entertainment Capital of L.A. Hosts EVE, Hollywood’s Biggest New Year’s Party and Fireworks Finale on December 31

EVE is Universal Studios Hollywood’s First-Ever New Year’s Eve In-Park Celebration

Universal Studios Hollywood rings in 2018 with Hollywood’s biggest New Year’s Eve celebration EVE on Dec. 31, 2017, with extended theme park hours to 1:00 a.m.

The New Year’s Eve event, the first ever for Universal Studios Hollywood, is included in the price of theme park admission and invites guests to spend the day and night enjoying its many popular rides and attractions with a special park-wide countdown party featuring multiple entertainment hubs with DJs and live music, starting at 9:00 p.m.

Universal Plaza, Simpsons Plaza located adjacent to “The Simpsons Ride” and an area near “Jurassic Park—The Ride” will transform into three uniquely-themed electrifying party hubs that will culminate simultaneously at midnight with a traditional New Year countdown and a spectacular fireworks display.

Food and beverages, including specialty desserts, champagne, beer and wine, as well as 2018 memorabilia will be available for purchase.

With its festive environment, guests can toast the New Year with the spirit of the holidays already resonating throughout Universal Studios Hollywood.

Christmas in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter” introduces “The Magic of Christmas at Hogwarts Castle.”
Several times each night, guests can enjoy amazing images inspires by the Harry Potter films as they come to life in breathtaking digital light projection on the backdrop of Hogwarts castle.
And with extended hours on December 31, guests can celebrate the final day of “Grinchmas™” with The Grinch, his faithful dog Max and a roster of Who-ville Whos.More information is available at UniversalStudiosHollywood.com.

Like Universal Studios Hollywood on Facebook and follow @UniStudios on Instagram and Twitter.Universal Studios Hollywood is The Entertainment Capital of L.A. and includes a full-day, movie-based theme park and Studio Tour.

As a leading global entertainment destination, Universal Studios Hollywood delivers highly themed immersive lands that translate to real-life interpretations of iconic movie and television shows.
Recent additions include “The Wizarding World of Harry Potter ™” which features a bustling Hogsmeade village and such critically-acclaimed rides as “Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey” and “Flight of the Hippogriff™,” Universal Studios Hollywood’s first outdoor rollercoaster.
Other immersive lands include “Despicable Me Minion Mayhem” and “Super Silly Fun Land” as well as “Springfield,” hometown of America’s favorite TV family, located adjacent to the award-winning “The Simpsons RideTM” and the “The Walking Dead” daytime attraction.
The world-renowned Studio Tour is Universal Studios Hollywood’s signature attraction, inviting guests behind-the-scenes of the world’s biggest and busiest movie and television studio where they can also experience such authentic and immersive thrill rides as “Fast & Furious—Supercharged.”
The adjacent Universal CityWalk entertainment, shopping and dining complex also includes the all-new multi-million dollar, redesigned Universal CityWalk Cinema, featuring deluxe recliner seating in screening room quality theatres, and the “5 Towers” state-of-the-art outdoor concert stage.
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Movie Review by Kristin: THE WORDS

The-Words-Australian-movie-poster[1]Hey there, movie lovers!

After binge watching The Punisher over the past week, I remembered hearing about this movie that Ben Barnes was in a few years ago and decided to check it out.

THE WORDS was released back in 2012 and stars Bradley Cooper, Zoe Saldana, Dennis Quaid, Olivia Wilde, Jeremy Irons and Ben Barnes.

SYNOPSIS: Rory Jansen, a struggling writer, aspires to be the next great literary voice. When he discovers a lost manuscript in a weathered attaché case, he realizes he possesses something extraordinary that he desperately wishes he had created. Rory decides to pass the work off as his own and finally receives the recognition he desperately craves. However, he soon learns that living with his choice will not be as easy as he thought as he faces a moral dilemma that will make him take a hard look at the man he has become.

I actually enjoyed watching this movie. As a writer, I often find myself questioning my own writing abilities. I can’t tell you how many times in a day I sit and ask myself if I’m good enough to pursue this as a career. I’ve read pieces written by others and I wish I had half of the imagination that they had to create such works of art. The truth is that it all depends on who is reading your work. So, that aspect of the movie really intrigued me. I knew how Rory Jansen felt on a personal level.

While there wasn’t any action in this movie, there was heart and relatability. It may not be for everyone – especially those who are unaware of the trials and tribulations that come along with being a writer. It’s not my favorite movie in the world, but I’m happy I was able to watch it.

Bradley Cooper plays Rory Jansen and does a great job! He’s charming and determined to find his place in the literary world, which is definitely not as easy as one might think. I don’t agree with plagiarizing a novel the way that he does, but I don’t think his intention was to actually have the manuscript published. We all find inspiration in the most random of places, so I think Rory was retyping the manuscript in order to find his own inspiration within this story that he fell in love with. When he saw how excited and proud his wife was, he ran with it.

I enjoyed the concept of a story within a story here as well. I don’t know that the point of it all was as cut and dry as I was expecting, but I overlooked that. It was also a bit disappointing that Ben Barnes’s character as the Young Man barely had any lines. His role was instrumental in the telling of the story, but he’s a fabulous, underestimated actor and I wish they would have given the man some more lines! In any case, even with very few lines, he delivers a fantastic performance. One can even argue whether he is the main character of the story.

Perhaps the movie could have made a stronger impact if it had been just a little bit longer. It leaves the audience with so many unanswered questions and I think tying up a few of them might have been more effective.

As I mentioned, this wasn’t my favorite movie, but if you’re a writer I would recommend watching it. If nothing else, just as a reminder that even through all of the rejection letters and silence from literary agencies and magazines, success can be found in the most unexpected places. Also, don’t plagiarize . . . that’s not cool!

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AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR | Official Trailer

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HOLY CRAP! HOLY CRAP! HOLY CRAP!!!!!!!!! THIS LOOKS AMAZING!!!! Marvel Studios has released the first poster and trailer for AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR and I can not contain my excitement!!! Have you seen it? What do you think??

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SYNOPSIS: As the Avengers and their allies have continued to protect the world from threats too large for any one hero to handle, a new danger has emerged from the cosmic shadows: Thanos. A despot of intergalactic infamy, his goal is to collect all six Infinity Stones, artifacts of unimaginable power, and use them to inflict his twisted will on all of reality. Everything the Avengers have fought for has led up to this moment – the fate of Earth and existence itself has never been more uncertain.

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Cirque Du Soleil LUZIA Lights Up Plaza Mexico

Cirque Du Soleil “LUZIA” and Plaza Mexico partner for a launch event in preparation for “LUZIA’s” arrival to Los Angeles.

A one-of-a-kind projection show will light up the Main Plaza Façade and take audiences on a surrealist journey inspired by the vibrant and breathtaking wonders of LUZIA.

Don’t miss this mesmerizing FREE event on the first weekend of December exclusively at Plaza Mexico.

Event information:

  • WHEN: Dec. 2 and Dec. 3 from 2 p.m. – 8 p.m. / Light Show starts at 5:30 p.m.
  • WHERE: PLAZA MEXICO, located at 3100 E Imperial Hwy, Lynwood, CA 90262

Join the launch event with the whole family to enjoy fun activities, live mariachi, folklorico dancers, face-painting, giveaways and the chance to win tickets to the show.

More about LUZIA – A waking dream of Mexico
In a series of grand visual surprises and breathtaking acrobatic performances, LUZIA takes audiences on a surrealistic journey like in a waking dream, where light (“luz” in Spanish) quenches the spirit and rain (“lluvia”) soothes the soul. Smoothly passing from an old movie set to the ocean to a smoky dance hall or an arid desert, LUZIA cleverly brings to the stage multiple places, faces and sounds of Mexico taken from both tradition and modernity. Rich in awe-inspiring moments, LUZIA enchants by incorporating rain into acrobatic and artistic scenes – a first for a Cirque du Soleil touring production.

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LOVE, SIMON | Teaser-Trailer Released!

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His story must come out.

This looks so good! After watching Katherine Langford and Miles Heizer in 13 REASONS WHY and Nick Robinson in EVERYTHING, EVERYTHING this movie has incredible young talent attached to it. Not to even mention the rest of the cast! I think this is a story that so many young kids and teens can relate to, so I’m curious to see how it does. As I mentioned, if the cast is any indication . . . I’m sure it will do well!

SYNOPSIS: Everyone deserves a great love story. But for seventeen-year old Simon Spier it’s a little more complicated: he’s yet to tell his family or friends he’s gay and he doesn’t actually know the identity of the anonymous classmate he’s fallen for online. Resolving both issues proves hilarious, terrifying and life-changing. Directed by Greg Berlanti (Dawson’s Creek, Brothers & Sisters), written by Isaac Aptaker & Elizabeth Berger (This is Us), and based on Becky Albertalli’s acclaimed novel, LOVE, SIMON is a funny and heartfelt coming-of-age story about the thrilling ride of finding yourself and falling in love.

LOVE, SIMON will hit theaters everywhere on March 16, 2018!

LOVE, SIMON
Release: March 16, 2018
Director: Greg Berlanti
Screenplay by: Isaac Aptaker and Elizabeth Berger
Producers: Wyck Godfrey and Marty Bowen
Cast: Nick Robinson, Katherine Langford, Alexandra Shipp, Jorge Lendeborg Jr., Miles Heizer, Keiynan Lonsdale, Logan Miller, Jennifer Garner, Josh Duhamel, Tony Hale

Official Channels:

Website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | #LoveSimon
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