DOG DAYS | Official Teaser Posters

The official teaser posters for DOG DAYS are here! Check out the posters below and see DOG DAYS starring Nina Dobrev, Vanessa Hudgens, Eva Longoria, Finn Wolfhard, Adam Pally and more IN THEATERS August 10th!

SYNOPSIS: From acclaimed production company LD Entertainment (The Zookeeper’s Wife, Jackie, and Megan Leavey) and Director Ken Marino comes Dog Days. Dog Days is a hilarious and heartfelt ensemble comedy that follows the lives of multiple dog owners and their beloved fluffy pals around sunny Los Angeles. When these human and canine’s paths start to intertwine, their lives begin changing in ways they never expected.

DOG DAYS

Genre: Comedy
Release: August 10, 2018
Director: Ken Marino
Writers: Elissa Matsueda
Cast: Nina Dobrev, Vanessa Hudgens, Eva Longoria, Finn Wolfhard, Adam Pally
Distributor: LD Entertainment

DOG DAYS Official Channels:

Twitter | Instagram | Facebook | #DogDaysTheFilm

 

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!

THE ORIGINALS | S5E1 | “Where You Left Your Heart” Review [Podcast]

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Hey there, vamp fans!

Welcome back to another season recapping The Originals! Unfortunately, this is the last season for the show, but I’m sure we have a heck of a season ahead of us.

Check out the podcast below and let us know what you thought of the premiere episode!

Also, make sure to follow us on Twitter (@ThisIsKristin_ and @mikethemovieguy) and Instagram! You can tweet us or comment on Insta and we just might read your comments on air next week.

SYNOPSIS: Desperate to see her father Klaus after seven years, Hope resorts to drastic measures to bring her father back to New Orleans. Hayley attempts to minimize the fallout from Hope’s actions, but not before news of what she’s done ripples through the city. Meanwhile, Freya’s guilt over not being able to reunite her family gets in the way of her happiness with Keelin, while Rebekah struggles with her inability to fully commit to Marcel. Finally, struggling without Elijah by his side, Klaus’ murderous rampage throughout Europe leads to an unexpected encounter with Caroline Forbes.

Special shout out to our friends over on Twitter this week:

@theoriginalsaaf, @fairlyliterary, @_inthenova, @mrlsmith21, @jkimmay5, @the7thmatrix, @nerdette, @toomuchtelly, @hailqueenebony

Send us your thoughts, favorite moments and fan theories and we’ll try to answer you On Air!

Tune in to The CW on Wednesday nights at 9/8c for more of the 5th and final season of The Originals!

CATHERINE MCGRATH Releases ‘Wild’ & Announces Debut Album

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RELEASES DEBUT ALBUM TALK OF THIS TOWN
ON JULY 27TH ON WARNER BROS. RECORDS

ALSO SHARES BRAND NEW TRACK ‘WILD’
HER 10TH CONSECUTIVE SPOTIFY NEW MUSIC FRIDAY UK PLAYLISTED TRACK LISTEN HERE

PLAYS SOLD-OUT LONDON SHOW AT BUSH HALL, MAY 2ND

“A hint of early Taylor Swift and a country-pop sound strengthened by serious songwriting chops.” Rolling Stone

“She’s gonna be a big star.”  Sir Elton John

“A promising young artist poised to join the best of the UK’s growing country music scene.”  The Independent

“One to watch.” The Times

“One of the brightest emerging talents in country music.” Music Week

At a time when country music is exploding into the mainstream with huge collaborations between Justin Timberlake and Chris Stapleton, and Bebe Rexha and Florida Georgia Line, Catherine McGrath is poised to become the first international crossover star from the burgeoning UK country scene.

Raised in Rostrevor, a small rural village in Northern Ireland, Catherine McGrath is the personification of how country music is opening its borders to talent from far outside of its epicentre in Nashville. In fact, Catherine was immediately embraced by the community upon her first visit.

Working with a kindred spirit in the shape of producer Steve Robson – a Geordie who became a force within the scene after co-writing Rascal Flatts’ smash hit ‘What Hurts The Most’ – Catherine went onto collaborate with a number of Nashville powerhouse producers and co-writers such as Jimmy Robbins (Keith Urban), Liz Rose (Taylor Swift), Forest Glen Whitehead (Kelsea Ballerini) and Sam Ellis (Hunter Hayes).

Country music is of course rooted in Irish folk, so it feels natural that Catherine is at the forefront of a new wave of country. It’s fitting on a personal level too. Catherine was raised in a music loving family, and has regularly performed at her parents’ spirited Fiddler’s Green festival, which attracts musicians from as far afield as North America and Germany. And when Catherine was ready to reach a wider audience, she posted covers of her favourite country songs to YouTube which resulted in her obtaining management and signing a deal with Warner Bros. Records.

Hailed as a major new talent by Sir Elton John, Catherine McGrath’s ascent has been backed by Radio 1 support from Adele Roberts, Scott Mills and Cel Spellman; a playlist at Radio 2, where Bob Harris has been a long-term fan.

Now Catherine McGrath is set to make the biggest statement of her career to date with the July 27th release of her debut album Talk Of This Town. To coincide with the album’s launch, Catherine today releases her new single ‘Wild’, a lovelorn country-flavoured pop smash that was inspired by her experiences at a Coldplay show, and is her tenth consecutive New Music Friday UK playlisted track on Spotify.

Catherine explains:  “This song is one of my favourites I’ve written. It’s about a guy who I liked but who still wasn’t over his ex. He took me to a Coldplay concert that he was meant to go to with his ex and half the time he was holding my hand, the other half he was texting her. Every time we were together he was only ever halfway there and the day after the concert I went into the studio and ended up writing about the whole thing. It’s really honest and I think that’s what I love most about it.”

Catherine co-wrote the song with Steve Robson as well as Lindy Robbins (Dua Lipa) and Jeffrey Steele (Rascal Flatts).

Recorded at various locations in Nashville and London, Talk Of This Town affirms Catherine’s credentials as an artist and songwriter to be reckoned with. It features three tracks which have each exceeded a million streams at Spotify in the shape of the ‘Cinderella’, ‘Thought It Was Gonna Be Me’ and ‘Just In Case’ as well as a wealth of new material.

Other highlights include ‘Don’t Let Me Forget’, a duet with the American country sensation Hunter Hayes; the anthemic ‘Lost In The Middle’, a celebration of the escapist qualities of country music; and the closing ‘She’ll Never Lose You’, a stripped-back ballad which showcases the power and finesse of Catherine’s vocal.

‘Talk of This Town’ will be released on digital and CD formats. The album is now available to pre-order from https://wbr.ec/tott_album with the tracks ‘Wild’, ‘Talk Of This Town’, ‘Thought It Was Gonna Be Me’ and ‘Just In Case’ all provided as instant downloads.   Catherine McGrath is quickly building a reputation in the live area too, with highlights including two performances at Country 2 Country, further festivals including Latitude and Wilderness, and tours with Dan & Shay and The Shires. Her debut London headline show at Camden Assembly was sold-out, while next month’s Bush Hall gig also sold-out within two hours and her Manchester show at the Deaf Institute soon followed suit. Ticket sales are also strong in Glasgow, which looks set to sell-out imminently.

ALBUM TRACKLISTING
1. Talk of This Town
2. The Edges
3. Lost In The Middle
4. Wild
5. Thought It Was Gonna Be Me
6. ‘Don’t Let Me Forget’ with Hunter Hayes
7. Enough For You
8. Dodged A Bullet
9. Good At Love
10. Cinderella
11. Just In Case
12. Good Goodbyes
13. She’ll Never Love You

 

LIVE DATES
MAY
1st – Manchester, Deaf Institute (SOLD OUT)
2nd – London, Bush Hall (SOLD OUT)
4th – Glasgow, King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut
5th – Live At Leeds
27th – Coventry, Radio 2’s The Biggest Weekend

JUNE
23rd – Isle of Wight Festival

JULY
15th – Oxford, Cornbury Music Festival

AUGUST
25th – Portsmouth, Victorious Festival

SEPTEMBER
7th – Leicester, The Long Road Festival

 

CATHERINE MCGRATH Official Channels:

Website | Spotify | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | YouTube

 

THE RAVEN AGE Reveal New Vocalist & ‘Surrogate’ Video

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REVEAL NEW VOCALIST MATT JAMES
&
RELEASE FIRST SINGLE WITH NEW LINEUP
‘SURROGATE’
WATCH THE VIDEO HERE 

UK TOUR WITH SAVAGE MESSIAH STARTS TODAY
INCLUDES THE UNDERWORLD, LONDON – APRIL 19TH

MAIN STAGE APPEARANCES AT HELLFEST & VOLT FESTIVAL

Dubbed as “the UK’s next brightest metal hope” (Metal Hammer) and Planet Rock’s ‘Best New Band 2017’ award winners, The Raven Age have today announced the addition of former Wild Lies vocalist Matt James who takes over frontman duties as the band continue their path to global stardom.

“I’m feeling incredibly honoured and excited to become part of The Raven Age family. It’s been such a natural fit for me, and has made me see that the possibilities are endless for the future of this band,” says Matt.

The first taste of the new line up, completed by guitarists George Harris and Tony Maue, bassist Matt Cox and drummer Jai Patel, comes with the brand new single ‘Surrogate’.

WATCH ‘SURROGATE’ VIDEO HERE

The morale and excitement of ‪The Raven Age has been sky high since Matt joined the band” comments George Harris. “He is an incredible vocalist and has brought a new lease of life to our sound. We can’t wait to show everyone what we’ve been up to in the studio and ‘Surrogate’ is just a teaser of what Matt is bringing to the table.”

With an already impressive portfolio of over 250 live shows played worldwide, including their first European headline run and support slots with acts including Anthrax, Gojira, Mastodon, Ghost, Iron Maiden and Tremonti as well as appearances at Wacken Open Air, Rock Am Ring/Rock Im Park, Download UK and Graspop festivals, The Raven Age have a huge year of touring planned in 2018.

To kick things off, the band will join Savage Messiah on their six-date UK tour, which starts tonight at Nottingham Rock City and visits Manchester, Glasgow, Newcastle and Birmingham before concluding at The Underworld in London on April 19th. “We can’t wait to get back on the road to play some of our new material for the first time!” adds Harris.

Their live schedule will continue this summer with main stage appearances at this year’s Hellfest and Volt Festival and European dates supporting Iron Maiden, with more high profile tours soon to be announced.

With a second album in the works, to follow their acclaimed debut Darkness Will Rise, and the US in their sights, The Raven Age head things up for the new generation of British metal bands breaking through.

APRIL UK TOUR W/ SAVAGE MESSIAH
Fri 13th – Nottingham, Rock City
Sat 14th  Manchester, Academy 3
Sun 15th – Glasgow, Cathouse
Tue 17th – Newcastle, Academy 2
Wed 18th – Birmingham, Academy 3
Thu 19th – London, The Underworld

BROTHERS OSBORNE Reveal New Track ‘Pushing Up Daisies (Love Alive)’

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REVEAL NEW TRACK
PUSHING UP DAISIES (LOVE ALIVE)’

LISTEN ON SPOTIFY / YOUTUBE

FROM SECOND STUDIO ALBUM
PORT SAINT JOE
OUT APRIL 20TH
VIA SNAKEFARM RECORDS
PREORDER HERE

UK HEADLINE TOUR
**LAST FEW TICKETS REMAINING**

KENDELL MARVEL CONFIRMED AS SPECIAL GUEST

Brothers Osborne have released the new track ‘Pushing Up Daisies (Love Alive)’, which is taken from their forthcoming album Port Saint Joe, due out April 20th via Snakefarm Records.

‘Pushing Up Daisies…’ is available to anyone who pre-orders the album here; Port Saint Joe also features the lead single ‘Shoot Me Straight’, which went directly onto the Planet Rock Radio A-list. You can watch the video for ‘Shoot Me Straight’ here, showing footage of the band in the studio.

In addition, the duo’s first ever headline tour of the UK & Ireland, set to take place in May, is now virtually sold-out, with just a handful of tickets remaining for the Dublin, Belfast and Bristol shows only, and the venue in Glasgow having to be upgraded due to phenomenal demand.

Illinois songwriter / vocalist / guitarist Kendell Marvel, who co-wrote with the Brothers on certain of the latest songs, including the new track ‘Pushing Up Daisies (Love Alive)’, supports across the aforementioned dates.

Recorded in a Florida beach house in the town of Port St. Joe, away from the sometimes sterile environs of the studio, Port Saint Joe is the Maryland brothers’ second studio effort. Raw, honest and uniquely homemade, the record was mostly captured in a series of live takes, retaining the atmospheric background noises of wind, roaring water and the excited and ‘refreshed’ encouragement of visiting Nashville friends. This unconventional location proved a perfect complement to the Brothers’ music, which instinctively bends both rules and genres…

“Port Saint Joe’ is a sonic representation of who we’ve become, not only as a band but as people,” says guitarist John Osborne. “Every show we’ve ever played together is on this record. Every song we’ve ever written and every mile we’ve ever ridden has led to the making of this record. Imperfections and all.”

Vocalist / guitarist TJ adds, “We shacked up for two weeks to make an unabashed record that would reflect who we are in every way, and in the process we had the most enjoyable and memorable recording experience of our lives.”

A diverse collection, Port Saint Joe touches on half-lit drinking songs, emotive ballads, southern slow jams and roots-y rave-ups. The result is a record that’s both familiar and fresh, mixing classic country touchstones with amplified guitars and memorable hooks. In short, a 10-track collection for the modern age – forward-thinking and versatile, with songs that nod to the past whilst still pushing forward into new territory.

If Pawn Shop, the Brothers’ debut outing (re-issued via Snakefarm in 2017) introduced them in style, then Port St. Joe comprehensively defines them.

BROTHERS OSBORNE HEADLINE TOUR UK / IRELAND 2018
May 4th – Dublin, Academy
May 5th – Belfast, The Limelight
May 7th – Bristol, O2 Academy
May 8th – Brighton, Concorde 2 **SOLD OUT**
May 9th – Birmingham, O2 Academy 2 **SOLD OUT**
May 11th – London, Koko **SOLD OUT**
May 12th – Manchester, O2 Ritz **SOLD OUT**
May 13th – Glasgow, O2 ABC (upgraded from the Garage) ** SOLD OUT**

‘The Family’ fan club members can apply for meet & greets at brothersosborne.com

BROTHERS OSBORNE Official Channels:

WEBSITE | TWITTER | INSTAGRAM

NYC Indie-Punks THE NECTARS Announce Debut Album & UK Shows

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ANNOUNCE DEBUT ALBUM       
SCI-FI TELEVISION – OUT MAY 25th

FEATURING THE SINGLES
‘HEAVEN’
& ‘I WANT IT’

WATCH ‘HEAVEN’ LIVE IN SESSION HERE

PLAYING UK SHOWS THIS MAY
INCLUDING THE GREAT ESCAPE & DOT TO DOT FESTIVALS
+
LONDON’S HOUSE OF VANS MAY 16TH

Conceived in the shadow of New York City in the dying embers of 2016, some 20 miles west of its lavish neon clutches, The Nectars rapidly climbed out of the tangled New Jersey suburbs to thrust themselves into the local alternative rock consciousness. Their punk-inflamed guitars, inventive harmonies, trashy beats, funkadelia and raw vocals lay a foundation that’s got NYC hipsters buzzing around their scorching live performance.

Harking back to the New York punk / pop scene of the late 70’s but filtered through the modern sensibility of tech-savvy millennial creatives, their first two singles – ‘Heaven’ and ‘I Want It’ – have been released to much acclaim in the USA, UK and mainland Europe.

Their debut album Sci-Fi Television is a ferocious, euphoric, sarcastic, brilliant slice of sleazy pop genius. Recorded at Barbershop studios in New Jersey and Studio G in Brooklyn, it’s a nine-song collection of short, sharp bangers, each with their own individual sound delving into art-rock debauchery.

The work of lead singer Jessica Kenny, Mike Montalbano (drums/vocals), Jon Paul (bass) and Michael Baron (guitar), the band describe the album as their search for inner peace and an attempt to escape from some of the evils that have taken center-stage in the world.    

“’Sci-Fi Television’ is our cumulative answer to the last 60 years of rock music, dissected on our alien operating table. Immensely personal and sometimes profoundly goofy, we wrote these songs as an attempted escape from all the real life monsters surrounding us. What we didn’t realize initially was isolating ourselves from the turmoil of news media left us alone with an entirely different beast. Ourselves. Picking apart the bad habits of our 20’s through song brought clarity to our band message. Profound societal change begins from within. There’s no hiding from yourself. With that in mind we’re abducting Rock N Roll, and never bringing it back. Enjoy.”

Opener ‘Holy’ races off on a 1 minute, 17 second frenzy, inspired by the band’s personal frustrations with the discovery of lead found in the water of the city and the local governments “deal with it” attitude. The space-age video for ‘I Want It’ showcases the band’s off-kilter personality, with debut single ‘Heaven’ demonstrating their gloriously technicolor performance.

Upcoming single ‘We Will Run’, is an anthem for all the dreamers, with its calmer, indie-pop style, topped with Jessica’s beautiful and distinctive vocals, while the track ‘Don’t Panic’ kicks in with a pounding bass drum and running guitar lick before Jessica lays waste with the lines; “Ladies and gentlemen, may I have your attention please / first of all, don’t panic, but the building is on fire / The firemen aren’t coming, they’re all saving their own families / and the worst part is that we stopped paying them so long ago”.

‘Lights Off’ radiates a feel-good ambience, with upbeat melodies and themes of sex, highs and partying, questioning “What’s it for? / This life’s a waste if you don’t take it for more”, while closing the album is the snappy ‘Tired’ which ramps up their sassy, punk style, with Jon Paul sharing vocal duties reminiscing on their fun nights out.

The band draw influences from a ragged mix of The Ramones, Patti Smith, The Pixies and Blondie while earning comparisons to peak 90’s era No Doubt and Paramore. This quirky debut is fun, abrasive and a straight to the point indie-punk pleasure. It’s a perfect introduction to this fiery four-piece, who continue their assault on the US, UK and beyond.

The Nectars will be heading over to the UK this May having already whipped up a storm in New York, to perform a number of shows including a headline date at London’s House Of Vans on May 16th before playing at The Great Escape festival the following day, as well as sold out shows in Pontypridd and Birmingham plus slots at this year’s Dot To Dot festival.

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SCI-FI TELEVISION TRACKLISTING

1. Holy
2. Heaven
3. Cemetery Girl
4. We Will Run
5. I Want It
6. Don’t Panic
7. Lights Off
8. Tame
9. Tired

 

THE NECTARS social links:

Facebook | Instagram | Twitter

 

London Trio PLYA Release ‘Feast My Eye’ Video

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REVEAL VIDEO FOR NEW SINGLE
‘FEAST MY EYE’
FEATURING BRITISH ACTOR GABRIEL THOMSON
WATCH HERE

“PLYA have us enraptured, a group able to cast a spell, uniting striking electronics with dreamy pop aspects… A glossy, glamorous sound with just a hint of grit, ‘Feast My Eye’ is a quite singular piece of electronic pop” – CLASH

LIVE DATES ANNOUNCED
THE ALTERNATIVE ESCAPE, BRIGHTON
O SON DO CAMINO FESTIVAL, SPAIN

London based alt-pop trio PLYA have revealed the video for their new single ‘Feast My Eye’, out now via Atlantic Records’ Taste & Tone label.   Featuring My Family actor Gabriel Thomson, the video explores the demise of a relationship and captures the lyrical desire to make an unfaithful partner suffer the consequences of their actions.

  WATCH THE VIDEO HERE

 An undulating and euphoric blend of dark dream-pop and electronica, ‘Feast My Eye’ is the band’s third single, following the infectious debut ‘Thinking Of You’ and ‘Adrenaline’.

PLYA marry the sophistication and style of the London scene with the exoticism of southern Europe and seductive west coast beaches, creating a sensual and captivating sound. These multinational influences arise from the band’s vocalist Julia Sykes, whose eclectic upbringing took her from Mallorca to Morocco and back before relocating to the UK, where she met bandmates Kris Taylor (guitar) and William Brown (drums).

The trio have been creating a buzz amongst tastemakers, with a whole host of Hype Machine attention and rave reviews,  and were invited for an interview with BBC Introducing London, which aired on April 7th.

PLYA’s first show was a sold-out headline performance at London’s Camden Assembly last year and over the past month have supported K.Flay, R.LUM.R and The Aces.

FORTHCOMING LIVE DATES
May 17th – The Alternative Escape, Brighton (Help Musicians UK showcase)
June 28th / 29th / 30th – O Son Do Camino Festival, Santiago de Compostela

FIND PLYA AT:
WEBSITE
| FACEBOOK | TWITTER

WATCH: Official Trailer for KRYSTAL | In Theaters April 13

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Hey there, movie lovers!

As I was browsing through Twitter today, I came across the trailer for KRYSTAL and wow! How have I not heard anything about this??

SYNOPSIS: A young man living a sheltered life develops a crush on a stripper and joins her AA group just so he can be in the same room with her.

The movie stars Nick Robinson, Rosario Dawson, Grant Gustin, William Fichtner, Kathy Bates, Felicity Huffman, Jacob Latimore, Rick Fox, T.I. and William H. Macy (who also directs the film). I mean . . . what a cast!!

Check out the trailer below and let me know what you think!

KRYSTAL hits theaters April 13

KRYSTAL Official Channels:

Twitter | Instagram | #KrystalMovie

Blumhouse’s TRUTH OR DARE Giveaway And Exclusive Blog App

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We’re not playing the game, it’s playing us!

A harmless game of “Truth or Dare” among friends turns deadly when someone–or something–begins to punish those who tell a lie–or refuse the dare.

Blumhouse’s TRUTH OR DARE, starring Lucy Hale (Pretty Little Liars) and Tyler Posey (Teen Wolf) opens in theaters Friday the 13th!

To celebrate the release of this terrifying new film we have a Truth or Dare Challenge Blog App and a giveaway for you (**see below for info on how to enter**)!

Play the game… If you dare! Grab a friend and take the Truth or Dare challenge to see who survives. Test your skills on the Truth or Dare Challenge Blog App below!

And then enter to win:

The Truth or Dare Game Night Pack has:

1 – Limited Edition Truth or Dare Card Game: This limited edition Truth or Dare Game is only available via this promotion and has a run of 200 pieces worldwide. It has a card deck featuring dares and the creepy crawly items you need to satisfy the dares in the deck. Test your resolve… The truth will set you free!

1 – Truth or Dare Official Promo Tank – Show off with this Truth or Dare Official Tank. Once you play the card game, the winner will get this tank to show off to all their friends!

 


Here’s what you have to do to enter…

FOLLOW ME ON TWITTER, INSTAGRAM AND/OR FACEBOOK & MESSAGE ME ON THE RESPECTIVE PLATFORM(S) WITH THE HASHTAG #A2Ktruthordare

Hint: The more places you follow, the better your chances at winning!  😉

Yes, that’s all you have to do!

 

This promotion will end April 21 at 10:00 AM (eastern time). Only one entry per person. No purchase necessary. U.S. and Canada residents are eligible to enter. Winners will be contacted via email. AccordingtoKristin.com and other promotional partners are not responsible for lost, stolen, or misdirected mail.


 

Truth or Dare Challenge Blog App:

Grab a friend and take the Truth or Dare challenge to see who survives

GAME RULES:
• 2 players required – grab a friend and choose who is player 1 & player 2
• Complete the Truth or Dare challenge before time runs out – or pass… if you dare
• Player who completes the most challenges in the shortest amount of time wins

Click HERE to start the game!

 

ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK | The Shocking Fifth Season of the Award-Winning Hit Series Breaks Out on Blu-ray™ and DVD on June 12 from Lionsgate

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SEASON FIVE

The Shocking Fifth Season of the Award-Winning Hit Series
Breaks Out on Blu-ray™ and DVD on June 12 from Lionsgate

OITNB_SSN5_3D_BD_O-CARDA new state of chaos decends upon Litchfield Penitentiary in the Rotten Tomatoes Certified Fresh™ “Orange Is the New Black”: Season Five, arriving on Blu-ray (plus Digital), DVD, and Digital June 12 from Lionsgate. From Emmy® Award-winner Jenji Kohan, the “Orange Is the New Black” fifth season “manages to feel more relevant than ever” (Sara Stewart, New York Post) as the inmates riot afer Poussey’s death and gain control of the prison.

Nominated for 19 Primetime Emmy® Awards and winner of the 2017 SAG Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series, “Orange Is the New Black”: Season Five features an all-star cast including:

  • Taylor Schilling – 2014 Emmy® Nominee, Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series, “Orange Is the New Black,” and nominated for two Golden Globe® Awards (2014, Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series – Drama; 2015, Best Actress in a Television Series – Musical or Comedy), “Orange Is the New Black”
  • Natasha Lyonne – 2014 Emmy® Nominee, Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series, “Orange Is the New Black”
  • Laura Prepon (TV’s “That 70s Show,” The Girl on the Train)
  • Kate Mulgrew (TV’s “Star Trek: Voyager,” Star Trek: Nemesis)
  • Uzo Aduba – 2014 Emmy® Winner, Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series, and 2015 Primetime Emmy® Winner, Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series, “Orange Is the New Black”; Golden Globe® Nominee in 2015 and 2016, Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television, “Orange Is the New Black”; Winner, 2015 and 2016 Screen Actors Guild Award® for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series, “Orange Is the New Black”
  • Michael Harney (TV’s “True Detective” and “Weeds”)
  • Nick Sandow (In the Blind)
  • Jessica Pimentel (TV’s “Person of Interest”)
  • Taryn Manning (TV’s “Sons of Anarchy”)
  • Yael Stone (TV’s “Spirited”)
  • Danielle Brooks (The Angry Brids Movie)

Guest stars:

  • Lori Petty (A League of Their Own)
  • Laverne Cox (TV’s “Rocky Horror Picture Show: Let’s Do the Time Warp Again” and “The Mindy Project”)
  • Samira Wiley (TV’s “You’re the Worst” and “The Handmaid’s Tale”).

 

The power dynamics at Litchfield shift dramatically as the inmates react to tragedy in the explosive fifth season of “Orange Is the New Black.” When the standoff at the prison turns into a full-blown riot, the inmates take advantage of the confusion by conducting séances, holding prisoner auctions, and preening for the morning news. But with relationships tested and friendships starting to fray, will life at Litchfield ever return to normal?

The “Orange Is the New Black”: Season Five Blu-ray and DVD include a hilarious, never-before-seen gag reel; a “72 Hours in 6 Months: Stories of the Season” featurette, which includes personal anecdotes from cast about what it was like to film the season; and audio commentaries, and will be available for the suggested retail price of $34.97 and $34.98, respectively. Also available is “Orange Is the New Black”: Seasons One – Four, available on DVD June 12 for the suggested retail price of $49.98.

BLU-RAY / DVD / DIGITAL SPECIAL FEATURES

  • Gag Reel
  • “72 Hours In 6 Months: Stories of the Season” Featurette
  • Audio Commentaries (on Episodes “Tattoo You” and “Storm-y Weather)

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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CREED II Returns To The Ring As Production Begins In Philadelphia

“CREED II” RETURNS TO THE RING AS PRODUCTION BEGINS IN PHILADELPHIA FOR METRO GOLDWYN MAYER PICTURES AND WARNER BROS. PICTURES

Michael B. Jordan, Sylvester Stallone and Tessa Thompson Reprise Their Roles

Ryan Coogler Comes On Board As Executive Producer

Production began yesterday in Philadelphia on Metro Goldwyn Mayer Pictures (MGM) and Warner Bros. Pictures’ Creed II, starring Michael B. Jordan and Sylvester Stallone, reprising their roles of Adonis Creed and Rocky Balboa respectively. Creed II is the continuation of the Rocky saga and sequel to the 2015 critically acclaimed and crowd-pleasing 2015 hit Creed, which took in more than $170 million at the worldwide box office. Ryan Coogler (Black Panther), who directed the first film, returns to the franchise as an executive producer on Creed II. The new film is being directed by Steven Caple Jr., who helmed the acclaimed 2016 drama The Land.

“When I wrote and directed Creed, I wanted to tell a human story about a family from a new perspective, while also paying homage to the Rocky characters we’ve all grown up knowing and loving. I’ve known Steven was an amazing filmmaker since our days at USC film school together, so I can’t wait to see what he, Sly, Mike and Tessa bring to this next chapter,” said Coogler.

Caple Jr. said, “It’s an honor to be a part of the franchise and work with such a thoughtful team. I got involved because I’ve always been a Rocky fan and I enjoy stories with heart and substance. But when Ryan put his touch on Creed I felt another level of connection to the franchise. It started to feel personal for many different reasons. This next Creed is a tale beyond the boxing ring and dives deep into family, legacy, and fears. I’m excited to share my view and collaborate with the talented cast and crew.”

“Ryan and Steven are voices for their generation and their shared vision for Creed has brought the Rocky franchise to an entirely new audience. We know audiences will continue to embrace the legacy that Sly created so many years ago,” said producer Irwin Winkler.

SYNOPSIS: Life has become a balancing act for Adonis Creed. Between personal obligations and training for his next big fight, he is up against the challenge of his life. Facing an opponent with ties to his family’s past only intensifies his impending battle in the ring. Rocky Balboa is there by his side through it all and, together, Rocky and Adonis will confront their shared legacy, question what’s worth fighting for, and discover that nothing’s more important than family. Creed II is about going back to basics to rediscover what made you a champion in the first place, and remembering that, no matter where you go, you can’t escape your history.

Also reprising their roles from the first film are Tessa Thompson as Bianca, Phylicia Rashad as Mary Anne, Wood Harris as Tony ‘Little Duke’ Burton, and Andre Ward as Danny ‘Stuntman’ Wheeler. The new cast is rounded out with Florian “The Big Nasty” Munteanu as Viktor Drago, Dolph Lundgren returning to the role of Ivan Drago, and Russell Hornsby as Buddy Marcelle. Creed II will be distributed theatrically in the U.S. by MGM on November 21, 2018, and Warner Bros. Pictures will distribute the film internationally.

Caple Jr. directs from an original screenplay written by Stallone based on characters from the Rocky franchise. The film is produced by Irwin Winkler, Charles Winkler, William Chartoff, David Winkler, Kevin King-Templeton and Stallone. Coogler, Jordan and Guy Riedel will executive produce.

Collaborating with Caple Jr. is a creative team led by director of photography Kramer Morgenthau (Thor: The Dark World, Game of Thrones); production designer Franco Carbone (The Expendables, Billionaire Boys Club); costume designers Lizz Wolf (A Single Man, Dreamgirls); art director Jesse Rosenthal (Black Panther, Trumbo); fight coordinator Daniel Hernandez (Avengers: Infinity War, The Fate of the Furious); technical boxing advisor Robert Sale (Grudge Match, Ali); special effects coordinator Patrick White (Baby Driver, Deepwater Horizon) and VFX producer Crystal Dowd (Straight Outta Compton, Pitch Perfect 2). Filming will take place primarily in Philadelphia with additional locations in New Mexico.

Creed, directed by Coogler, was released by Metro Goldwyn Mayer Pictures, Warner Bros. Pictures and New Line Cinema in November 2015 and went on to garner many honors for Stallone, including a Golden Globe Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture, and an Academy Award nomination for Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role.

About Metro Goldwyn Mayer
Metro Goldwyn Mayer (MGM) is a leading entertainment company focused on the production and global distribution of film and television content across all platforms. The company owns one of the world’s deepest libraries of premium film and television content as well as the premium pay television network EPIX, which is available throughout the U.S. via cable, satellite, telco and digital distributors.  In addition, MGM has investments in numerous other television channels, digital platforms and interactive ventures and is producing premium short-form content for distribution. For more information, visit www.mgm.com.

 

 

 

 

 

Issue 2 of Longleaf Review is now LIVE!

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Good morning, everyone!

You may or may not know that some friends and I started an online literary journal called Longleaf Review at the end of 2017. As writers ourselves, we wanted the opportunity to read the work of our peers and to share their work with the world. You can view our titles and credentials HERE.

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With that being said, the second issue of our journal went live at midnight last night and we couldn’t be more excited to share it with you! You can check out the fabulous work included in the issue by click HERE, where you’ll be redirected to our official website.

You can also check out the list of contributing authors below. We appreciate all of the support from our friends, family, and fellow writers. We hope you have a fantastic weekend and that you help spread the word about our growing journal! This has been one of the most supportive communities I’ve ever been a part of and I, personally, can’t wait to see our little baby grow.

If you’re a writer yourself, we’re accepting submissions for Issue 3 until May 1st. You can find our submissions page & guidelines HERE.

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Nahko Announces New Acoustic EP ‘Hamakua’

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ANNOUNCES NEW ACOUSTIC EP
HAMAKUA
OUT 13TH APRIL
LISTEN TO THE TITLE TRACK HERE


AN ACOUSTIC EVENING WITH

NAHKO & TREVOR HALL
LONDON, GLASTONBURY, COPENHAGEN & LEEDS
**SOLD OUT**
PLUS VENUE UPGRADES

Following the release of his critically acclaimed album My Name Is Bear last year, Nahko has announced he will release a new three track EP, Hamakua, on April 13th.

Hamakua’ is the third single to be taken from My Name Is Bear and is joined on the EP by brand new acoustic versions of the singles ‘Dragonfly’ and ‘Be Here Now’, shedding a more intimate and touching light on these tracks which trace his formative years as an artist, and give a flavour of the forthcoming European acoustic tour.

A hugely accomplished pianist and guitarist, the shows will bring a different interpretation to both his new solo work and his catalogue with Medicine For The People.

After selling out London, Glastonbury and Leeds, an extra matinee show was added in Glastonbury and venues were upgraded to higher capacities in Copenhagen and Stockholm. With huge demand, the matinee show has now sold out, as has the upgraded date in Copenhagen.

UK/EUROPEAN TOUR APRIL 2018

18th – Whelans, Dublin
19th – Phoenix, Exeter
20th – Belgrave, Leeds **SOLD OUT**
21st – Assembly Rooms, Glastonbury (Matinee) **SOLD OUT**
21st – Assembly Rooms, Glastonbury **SOLD OUT**
23rd – Omeara, London **SOLD OUT**
24th – Komedia, Brighton
25th – Nalen, Stockholm *VENUE UPGRADED*
26th – Kuudes Linja, Helsinki
28th – Parkteatret – Oslo
29th – Vega, Copenhagen **SOLD OUT**

Tickets are available here: myticket.co.uk/artists/nahko-trevorhall

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