Movie Review by Kristin: Disney’s Live Action ALADDIN

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Hello there, movie lovers!

In light of the newly released Live Action and Signature Collection versions of Disney’s ALADDIN on Digital, 4K Ultra HD, and Blu-ray this week, I wanted to repost my review of the Live Action version! I was lucky enough to catch a screening of it here in Miami and, I have to say, it was much better than I expected!

Let me preface my review by saying that I’ve always loved Aladdin. The original movie was one of my favorites & I loooooooved the game on Sega. Collecting apples, leaping onto wooden stairs and hopping from stone to stone to avoid lava in the Cave of Wonders. This movie has all of that, which brings back a strong sense of nostalgia. Who doesn’t love that??

With that being said, let me get to the cast. There were some strong feelings going around when the cast was announced. Not necessarily from myself, but the only actor involved that I really knew of was Will Smith, who was cast as Genie. Mena Massoud (Aladdin) and Naomi Scott (Princess Jasmine) were unknown to me, but now I can’t wait to see what they do next! The three of them carried the film, along with some scene stealers by Abu, Aladdin’s infamous pet monkey. The chemistry between Massoud’s Aladdin and Scott’s Princess Jasmine was evident from the beginning. Some of the iconic scenes from the original were recreated here, further enhancing that nostalgia!

Personally, I loved the cast. The only one I thought could have been a bit stronger was the role of Jafar. The actor in this movie has a soft voice that doesn’t seem to carry much power when he’s on screen. This isn’t to take away from his work as an actor, I just don’t know that he was entirely right for this particular role. Jafar always had this menacing presence in the original, and I just didn’t necessarily feel that here.

I loooooved the singing and dancing! They changed things up some, allowing Smith to sort of modernize the role of Genie a bit. Some of his songs have more of a little rap vibe as opposed to regular singing & it worked! My only “complaint,” if you can call it that, was that in some of the dance numbers, it seemed like the timing was sped up a little. It looked like it was in fast mode when I think it would’ve been nicer to see it in real time.

One thing I want to mention again is the modernization in this one in comparison to the original. Aside from Genie’s contribution, we also see a stronger female presence when it comes to Princess Jasmine’s role. This version includes a new song, “Speechless,” that touches on how she’s supposed to be seen and not heard, but she refuses to remain speechless. It’s an important message, especially for little girls, that I’m glad they included & Naomi Scott performs the song beautifully.

Admittedly, I had another idea for who should have played Aladdin, and, as I mentioned before, I had no idea who Mena Massoud was. After watching this, my mind has been changed & I think Massoud played the role of Aladdin way better than I expected! He was charming and really seemed to embody the character we all know and love.

I definitely recommend checking this out when you can! It’s fun, it’s entertaining and it brings back a little piece of our childhood we didn’t know we needed!

 

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Enter to Win: Disney’s ALADDIN (Live Action) | Digital Card Online Giveaway

Experience the Magic in a Whole New Way
Disney’s “Aladdin”
Arrives on Digital 4K Ultra HD™ and Movies Anywhere Aug. 27
and on 4K Ultra HD and Blu-ray™ Sept. 10

Extras illuminate a whole new world behind the scenes of “Aladdin,” including on-set visits with Will Smith, Naomi Scott, Mena Massoud and Guy Ritchie, a deleted song, deleted scenes and side-splitting bloopers

aladdin_live_action_6Disney’s “Aladdin,” the thrilling and vibrant live-action adaptation of the studio’s animated classic, lands in homes on Digital in HD, 4K Ultra HD™ and Movies Anywhere on Aug. 27, and physically on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray™ and DVD on Sept. 10. Fans of all ages will enjoy the exciting, humorous tale of the lovable “street rat,” Aladdin (Mena Massoud), courageous and self-determined Princess Jasmine (Naomi Scott) and the larger-than-life Genie (Will Smith) with all-new bonus features. The release of the live-action adventure coincides with the addition of the original animated classic to the highly celebrated Walt Disney Signature Collection —  granting “Aladdin” fans everywhere the opportunity to own both magical movies.

Extras explore elements of “Aladdin” that audiences adore, from the film’s treasured, iconic award-winning music to its beloved characters and their hilarious antics on and off screen. Viewers get the first look at an all-new song “Desert Moon,” deleted from the final film, written by eight-time Academy Award® winning composer Alan Menken and Oscar®-and Tony Award®-winning songwriters Benj Pasek and Justin Paul (“The Greatest Showman,” “La La Land”). Features document Guy Ritchie’s joyful, easy-going approach to directing that led to movie magic; Will Smith’s fresh take on the infamous shape-shifting blue entity confined to an oil lamp; Naomi Scott’s powerful performance as the spirited princess who yearns to lead the people of Agrabah; and the indescribable feeling of playing Aladdin chronicled personally by Mena Massoud. Deleted scenes and a blooper reel round out the fun.

In addition, early owners of “Aladdin” gain access to exclusive bonus features. Fans who pre-purchase will receive a feature showcasing the making of the massive musical number “Prince Ali,” and those who bring home the film first on Digital will secure an exclusive extra detailing the creation of Jasmine’s new song “Speechless.”

“Aladdin” is sure to become an instant classic for viewers of all ages and will be packaged several ways to ensure the entire family gets the most out of its in-home entertainment experience. The film arrives two weeks early on Digital 4K Ultra HD and HD. A Digital bundle, which includes both the Walt Disney Signature Collection edition of the original animated classic “Aladdin” and the live-action adaptation, is also available for early purchase. A physical copy of the film will be released as a 4K Ultimate Collector’s Edition (4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray, and Digital Code), a Multi-Screen Edition (Blu-ray and Digital Code) and a single DVD.

Bonus features include*:

DIGITAL PRESELL BONUS:

  • MAKE WAY FOR PRINCE ALI – Take a look at the gigantic design extravaganza that came together for this scene of Genie-sized proportions.


DIGITAL EXCLUSIVE BONUS:

  • “SPEECHLESS”: CREATING A NEW SONG FOR JASMINE – Follow the story of Jasmine’s inspirational song “Speechless,” written by Alan Menken, Benj Pasek and Justin Paul especially for this version of “Aladdin.”


BLU-RAY & DIGITAL BONUS:

    • ALADDIN’S VIDEO JOURNAL: A NEW FANTASTIC POINT OF VIEW – Watch behind-the-scenes moments captured by Mena Massoud (Aladdin) in this fun, fast-paced look at his personal journey.
    • DELETED SONG – “DESERT MOON” – Experience a moving duet performed by Jasmine and Aladdin, fully shot and edited, with an introduction by Alan Menken.
    • GUY RITCHIE: A CINEMATIC GENIE – Discover why director Guy Ritchie was the perfect filmmaker to tackle this exhilarating reimagining of a beloved classic.
    • A FRIEND LIKE GENIE – Discover how Will Smith brings talent, experience and his own personal magic to the iconic role of Genie.
    • DELETED SCENES
      • Falling Petals Into OJ
      • Jafar’s Magic Orrery
      • Anders’ Gift
      • Wrong Wishes
      • Silly Old Fool
      • Post Yam Jam Debrief
    • BLOOPERS – Laugh along with the cast and crew in this lighthearted collection of outtakes from the set.
    • MUSIC VIDEOS
      • “Speechless” – Music video performed by Naomi Scott
      • “A Whole New World” – Music video performed by ZAYN and Zhavia Ward
      • “A Whole New World” (“Un Mundo Ideal”) – Music video performed by ZAYN and Becky G.

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Enter to Win: Disney’s Aladdin (Signature Collection) | Digital Card Online Giveaway

In 4K for the First Time, The Animated Classic “Aladdin” Joins the Walt Disney Signature Collection on Digital, 4K Ultra HD™ and Movies Anywhere Aug. 27
and on 4K Ultra HD™ and Blu-ray™ Sept. 10

Relive the adventure with the film’s iconic characters, timeless humor and award-winning music, available for the first time in shining, shimmering, splendid 4K Ultra HD™ with fresh extras, including original cast recordings and a brand-new sing-along version

360721k1a_aladdin_br_oslv_6 (2)Embark on a magic carpet ride with the entire family when Disney’s original animated classic “Aladdin” soars into the highly celebrated Walt Disney Signature Collection, granting nonstop laughs, action-packed adventure and Academy Award®–winning music (1992: Best Music, Original Song, “A Whole New World,” Original Score) for the first time in 4K Ultra HD. The Signature Collection Edition of “Aladdin” takes flight two weeks early in 4K Ultra HD, Digital in HD and Movies Anywhere Aug. 27 and lands on 4K Ultra HD and Blu-ray Sept. 10 — with a brand-new sing-along version; all-new bonus features, including original cast recordings; and classic bonus material. The arrival coincides with the in-home release of 2019’s live-action film adaptation “Aladdin,” granting fans everywhere the opportunity to own both magical movies.

The Signature Collection Edition invites every member of the family to join Genie, Aladdin and Jasmine to belt out the unforgettable songs from “Aladdin” — such as “A Whole New World,” “Friend Like Me” and “Prince Ali” — through a new sing-along version. Other fresh features include a walk down memory lane with Scott Weinger (speaking voice of Aladdin) as he reflects on his personal journey portraying the diamond in the rough and meeting with the original cast and filmmakers, and one jump into the recording booth during the original recording sessions. Digital exclusive features legendary animator Eric Goldberg reminiscing about drawing Genie. Also included are hours of classic bonus gems, from hilarious outtakes with the legendary Robin Williams (voice of Genie) to an in-depth discussion with directors John Musker and Ron Clements.

Disney’s tale of the lovable “street rat,” Aladdin, self determined Princess Jasmine and the all-powerful Genie has remained a family favorite for over a quarter of a century. It all began with the animated classic “Aladdin,” the highest-grossing film of 1992 and a two-time Academy Award®–winner, and continued with the hit Broadway musical “Aladdin” and 2019’s live-action film adaptation “Aladdin,” directed by Guy Ritchie and starring Will Smith as Genie, Mena Massoud as Aladdin and Naomi Scott as Jasmine.

Families can decide how, when and where they wish to enjoy “Aladdin” in their households. The film arrives two weeks early on Digital 4K Ultra HD and HD with an exclusive extra — and a Digital bundle doubles the fun with both the Walt Disney Signature Collection Edition and this year’s thrilling, live-action adventure “Aladdin.” A physical copy of the film will be released as a 4K Ultra HD (4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray, and Digital Code) and a Multi-Screen Edition (Blu-ray and Digital Code).

“Aladdin” is the 10th title to join the Walt Disney Signature Collection, which includes groundbreaking films created or inspired by the imagination and legacy of Walt Disney, featuring timeless stories and characters that have touched generations. The film takes its place alongside “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs,” “Beauty and the Beast,” “Pinocchio,” “Bambi,” “The Lion King,” “Lady and the Tramp,” “Peter Pan,” “The Little Mermaid” and “Cinderella.”

BONUS FEATURES ON BLU-RAY & DIGITAL: *

NEW BONUS

  • Sing Along With the Movie – Sing along to your favorite tunes as you watch the film. With magical on-screen lyrics.
  • Aladdin on Aladdin – Join the speaking voice of Aladdin, Scott Weinger (“Fuller House”), as he reflects on almost 30 years of being Aladdin.
  • “Let’s Not Be Too Hasty”: The Voices of “Aladdin” – Take your seat in the recording booth and watch as the voice actors of “Aladdin” work their microphone magic.
  • Alternate Endings – Enter the realm of “what if” and see just how differently the movie could have ended.

DIGITAL EXCLUSIVE

  • Drawing Genie – Join prolific animator Eric Goldberg as he draws and reminices about the Genie.

CLASSIC BONUS – Revisit over 40 exciting bonus features from previous releases including:

  • The Genie Outtakes
  • “Aladdin”: Creating Broadway Magic
  • Unboxing “Aladdin”


*Bonus features may vary by retailer


I have 3 digital copies to give away and here’s what you have to do to enter…

FOLLOW ME ON TWITTER, INSTAGRAM AND/OR FACEBOOK & MESSAGE ME WITH YOUR FULL NAME AND MAILING ADDRESS ON THE RESPECTIVE PLATFORM(S) WITH THE HASHTAG #A2KaladdinSC

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LIKE A BOSS | Tiffany Haddish + Salma Hayek | Check out the trailer!

PARAMOUNT PICTURES Presents

An ARTISTS FIRST Production  A MIGUEL ARTETA Film

THE WORLD OF BEAUTY IS ABOUT TO GET UGLY

img_1128SYNOPSIS: Best friends Mia and Mel (Tiffany Haddish and Rose Byrne) are living their best lives running their own cosmetics company they’ve built from the ground up. Unfortunately, they’re in over their heads financially, and the prospect of a big buyout offer from a notorious titan of the cosmetics industry Claire Luna (Salma Hayek) proves too tempting to pass up, putting Mel and Mia’s lifelong friendship in jeopardy. The beauty business is about to get ugly. LIKE A BOSS also stars Billy Porter, Jennifer Coolidge, Ari Graynor, Natasha Rothwell, Jessica St. Clair and Karan Soni.

Directed by: Miguel Arteta
Screenplay by: Sam Pitman & Adam Cole-Kelly
Story by: Sam Pitman & Adam Cole-Kelly and Danielle Sanchez-Witzel
Produced by: Marc Evans, p.g.a. Peter Principato, p.g.a.  Joel Zadak  Itay Reiss
Executive Producers:  Tiffany Haddish  Nicolas Stern
Starring: Tiffany Haddish, Rose Byrne and Salma Hayek. LIKE A BOSS also stars Billy Porter, Jennifer Coolidge, Ari Graynor, Natasha Rothwell, Jessica St. Clair and Karan Soni

LIKE A BOSS OPENS IN THEATRES JANUARY 10, 2020

 

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Enter To Win: JOHN WICK: CHAPTER 3 – PARABELLUM | Online Giveaway

Tick Tock, Mr. Wick

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The Super-Assassin is Back on
Digital August 23 and on 4K Ultra HDCombo Pack, Blu-ray™ Combo Pack, and DVD on September 10 from Lionsgate®

Keanu Reeves Leads the Explosive $320 Million Global
Box Office Smash Hit, Making It The Highest Grossing Film in the Franchise
4K Ultra HD to Include Dolby Vision®and Dolby Atmos®

img_1090John Wick reloads for another worldwide smash hit when John Wick: Chapter 3– Parabellum arrives on Digital August 23 and on 4K Ultra HD™ Combo Pack (plus Blu-ray and Digital), Blu-ray Combo Pack (plus DVD and Digital), DVD, and On Demand September 10 from global content leader Lionsgate (NYSE: LGF.A, LGF.B). The highly anticipated third film in the blockbuster John Wickfranchise is an action-packed, international thrill ride that is now Rotten Tomatoes Certified Fresh™.

The film stars Keanu Reeves (The Matrix, Speed, Point Break), Oscar®winner Halle Berry (2001, Best Actress, Monster’s Ball), Oscar®nominee Laurence Fishburne (1993, Best Actor, What’s Love Got to Do with It), Marc Dacascos (TV’s “Hawaii Five-O,” Brotherhood of the Wolf, Only the Strong), Asia Kate Dillon (TV’s “Orange is the New Black,” “Billions,” “Younger”), Lance Reddick (White House Down, Jonah Hex, TV’s “American Horror Story”), with Oscar®winner Anjelica Huston (1985, Best Supporting Actress,Prizzi’s Honor), and Golden Globe®winner Ian McShane (2005, Best Television Actor – Drama Series, TV’s “Deadwood”).

Super assassin John Wick (Keanu Reeves) has a $14 million price tag on his head after killing a member of the High Table, the shadowy international assassins’ guild. Now excommunicado, and with an army of the world’s most ruthless hit men and women on his trail, John must find a way to survive in this third chapter of the adrenaline-fueled action series.

Erik Davis from Fandago raved, “[it’s] hands down, one of the year’s best action movies.”Take home John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum and immerse yourself in the thrilling world with exclusive special features, including all-new featurettes that explore the mythology and over-the-top action of the John Wickexpanded universe. Dive into the hidden world of Killer Ballerinas, Shinobi, and the Bowery King, learn the intense planning that went into the film’s incredible horse chase sequence and “dog-fu” fight sequences, and even get an editing master class with director Chad Stahelski and editor Evan Schiff! Experience four times the resolution of full HD with the 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack, which includes Dolby Vision, bringing entertainment to life through ultra-vivid picture quality. When compared to a standard picture, Dolby Vision can deliver spectacular colors never before seen on a screen, highlights that are up to 40 times brighter, and blacks that are 10 times darker. Additionally, the 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack features Dolby Atmos, which will transport viewers from an ordinary moment into an extraordinary experience with moving audio that flows all around them. Fans will feel like they’re inside the action as the sounds of people, places, things, and music come alive with breathtaking realism and move throughout the space.

The John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum4K Ultra HD Combo Pack,Blu-ray Combo Pack, and DVD will be available for the suggested retail price of $42.99, $39.99, and $29.95, respectively.

4K UHD / BLU-RAY/ DIGITAL SPECIAL FEATURES

  • “Parabellum: Legacy of the High Table” Featurette
  • “Excommunicado” Featurette
  • “Check Your Sights” Featurette
  • “Saddle Up Wick” Featurette
  • “Bikes, Blades, Bridges, and Bits” Featurette
  • “Continental in the Desert” Featurette
  • “Dog Fu” Featurette
  • “House of Transparency” Featurette
  • “Shot by Shot” Featurette
  • Theatrical Trailer #1
  • Theatrical Trailer #2
  • John Wick HexGame Trailer
  • “Behind the Scenes of John Wick Hex” Featurette

DVD SPECIAL FEATURES

  • “Parabellum: Legacy of the High Table” Featurette
  • “Excommunicado” Featurette
  • Theatrical Trailer #1
  • Theatrical Trailer #2
  • John Wick HexGame Trailer
  • “Behind the Scenes of John Wick Hex” Featurette

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Tour Review | BACKSTREET BOYS: DNA WORLD TOUR 2019 | Sunrise, FL – 8/23/19

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Hello there, music lovers!

I’m a bit late in getting this review posted, but we had a week of preparing for Hurricane Dorian, who decided at the last minute to avoid Miami completely. (Side Note: My thoughts are with everyone in the Bahamas, or those with family in the Bahamas.)

d8faa574-a234-4149-bfb7-3f883e943c8fNow shhhhhhh . . . don’t tell anyone that I willingly went to the Backstreet Boys concert here in Sunrise, Florida! As an *NSYNC lover, I felt like a traitor the entire time, but I hate to admit . . . it was a great show!

The besties wanted to wear matching shirts with BSB lyrics on them, but I opted for a general boy band shirt instead haha. Mine said, “All I want is a 90s boy band kinda love.” I had to maintain some sort of loyalty! I was flanked by my two die-hard BSB-loving best friends and I wouldn’t have had it any other way. In all seriousness, I’ve always enjoyed BSB’s music. Especially now because it brings you back to a time when our only responsibility was turning in homework on time. The nostalgia is real and the music is still classic.

Brian’s son, Baylee Littrell opened for the guys and you could tell he was a natural. His music is a sort of cross between country and rock, but it still had a young vibe to it. He really knew how to keep the crowd engaged, which is difficult to do sometimes as an opening act. I’m sure people will be hearing more from him in the future!

The guys came out at about 9 pm and played non-stop for about 2 hours. Believe it or not, they managed to squeeze 33 songs onto the set list! Granted, some songs were little snippets and solo distractions while the rest of the guys handled their quick changes lol, but everything worked really well. It was non-stop energy the entire time. I was a bit surprised at the lack of pyro on stage, but the set up was low key and allowed the guys to shine and connect with the people who have supported them for so long. It was actually really nice. There’s also a HUGE HD screen above the stage, giving fans a great view no matter where their seats were.

At one point, the guys came out and sang an a cappella version of “Breathe” off of their latest DNA album. When I tell you, these guys sounded incredible! They definitely still got it! The vocals and dancing throughout the entire show were really impressive.

Here’s a look at the set list for our show:

Everyone Show Intro
Everyone (Remix, First verse only)
I Wanna Be With You
The Call
Don’t Want You Back
Nobody Else (Brian solo; Chorus only)
New Love
Get Down (You’re the One for Me)
Chateau (Howie solo; First verse and chorus only)
Show Me The Meaning of Being Lonely
Incomplete
Undone
More Than That
The Way It Was (Nick solos; First verse and chorus only)
Chances
Shape of My Heart (No second verse)
Drowning (No second verse)
Passionate (Starts with Kevin and AJ solo)
Quit Playing Games (With My Heart)
As Long As You Love Me
No Place
Breathe (a cappella – on elevated platform)
Don’t Wanna Lose You Now (On elevated platform)
I’ll Never Break Your Heart (On elevated platform)
All I Have to Give (Conversation Mix)
All I Have to Give
Backstreet Boys DNA Tour Remix
Everybody (Backstreet’s Back) – (Remix)
We’ve Got It Goin’ On (No second chorus or bridge)
It’s Gotta Be You (No second chorus, bridge or ending)
That’s the Way I Like It (No second chorus or bridge)
Get Another Boyfriend (No bridge)
The One
I Want It That Way

Encore:

Don’t Go Breaking My Heart
Larger Than Life

 

I’m so glad I was able to make it out to this show with the girls. You all know how much I love a great concert, and this was no exception. BSB still knows how to put on a great show! I hope, if you’re reading this, you realize the sarcasm about me feeling like a traitor haha. It’s okay to like BOTH bands, people! Now if we could only get the guys to talk to their friends over in *NSYNC about putting together a joint tour, all would be right in the world. Can you imagine???? A BSB/NSYNC (with ALL members) tour??? They’d have to play two shows in every city!

If you’re still thinking about buying yourself a ticket to the DNA World Tour, please exit out of this page and do it!! You won’t regret it! Your wallet might, but you won’t!

AD ASTRA | Special Extended Clip | Get Tickets Now!

img_0733Suit up and check out this new clip from Ad Astra, starring Brad Pitt. Get tickets now to see it In theaters September 20.

20th Century Fox has released a special preview of the intense, action-filled “Moon Rover” sequence from AD ASTRA, coming to theaters on September 20, 2019.

Starring Brad Pitt, AD ASTRA is a paranoid thriller in space that follows Roy McBride (Pitt) on a mission across an unforgiving solar system to uncover the truth about his missing father and his doomed expedition that now, 30 years later, threatens the universe.

Director James Gray (THE LOST CITY OF Z, THE IMMIGRANT) and director of photography Hoyte van Hoytema (INTERSTELLAR, DUNKIRK) researched actual images of the Moon from the Apollo lunar missions to ensure an authentic look that will surely be breathtaking on the big screen.

AD ASTRA stars Brad Pitt, Tommy Lee Jones, Ruth Negga, Liv Tyler, and Donald Sutherland.

AD ASTRA arrives in theaters everywhere on September 20, 2019 from The Walt Disney Studios. Pre-order tickets now at adastramovie.com.

 

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New Special Look At Disney’s “MALEFICENT: MISTRESS OF EVIL” Available Now

NEW SPECIAL LOOK AT
DISNEY’S “MALEFICENT: MISTRESS OF EVIL”
AVAILABLE NOW

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A new special look at Disney’s “Maleficent: Mistress of Evil” is now available. Watch as Angelina Jolie, Elle Fanning, Michelle Pfeiffer and other members of the cast reflect on the legacy of the iconic villain and the brand-new chapter in her story.

See Disney’s “Maleficent: Mistress of Evil” when it hits theaters nationwide October 18, 2019.

The years have been kind to Maleficent and Aurora. Their relationship, born of heartbreak, revenge and ultimately love, has flourished. Yet the hatred between man and the fairies still exists. Aurora’s impending marriage to Prince Phillip is cause for celebration in the kingdom of Ulstead and the neighboring Moors, as the wedding serves to unite the two worlds. When an unexpected encounter introduces a powerful new alliance, Maleficent and Aurora are pulled apart to opposing sides in a Great War, testing their loyalties and causing them to question whether they can truly be family. “Maleficent: Mistress of Evil” is directed by Joachim Rønning from a story by Linda Woolverton and a screenplay by Linda Woolverton and Noah Harpster & Micah Fitzerman-Blue. The film is produced by Joe Roth, Angelina Jolie and Duncan Henderson with Matt Smith, Jeff Kirschenbaum, Michael Vieira and Linda Woolverton serving as executive producers.

 

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AD ASTRA | New Trailer Released | In Theaters September 20, 2019!

img_073320th Century Fox has released an exclusive IMAX trailer for AD ASTRA, coming to IMAX theaters on 9/20.

SYNOPSIS: Astronaut Roy McBride (Brad Pitt) travels to the outer edges of the solar system to find his missing father and unravel a mystery that threatens the survival of our planet. His journey will uncover secrets that challenge the nature of human existence and our place in the cosmos.

Director James Grey worked with DP Hoyte van Hoytema to establish a look for the movie based on Kodak stock images from the Apollo 11 through 17 lunar missions.

AD ASTRA stars Brad Pitt, Tommy Lee Jones, Ruth Negga, Liv Tyler, and Donald Sutherland.

AD ASTRA arrives in theaters everywhere on September 20, 2019 from The Walt Disney Studios.

 

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Universal Studios Hollywood Marks the Grand Opening of JURASSIC WORLD—THE RIDE w/Star–Studded Celebration

 

It Just Got Real!

Universal Studios Hollywood ushered in its new mega attraction, “Jurassic World—The Ride” with a grand opening celebration attended by stars of the JURASSIC WORLD films and of the new thrill ride, Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard along with the film’s Director/Screenwriter Colin Trevorrow and Producer Frank Marshall.

They were joined by Ron Meyer, Vice Chairman, NBCUniversal; Tom Williams, Chairman, Universal Parks & Resort; Karen Irwin, President & COO of Universal Studios Hollywood, and Mark Woodbury Vice Chairman, Universal Parks and Resort.

Inspired by Universal Pictures and Amblin Entertainment’s JURASSIC WORLD blockbuster films, this spectacular new adventure features Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard and BD Wong reprising their film roles as Owen Grady, Claire Dearing and Dr. Henry Wu.

It soars to new heights with the addition of iconic dinosaurs from the movie, including the colossal Indominus rex and the magnificent aquatic Mosasaurus.

“Jurassic World—The Ride” captures the essence of the blockbuster movies and comes to life in collaboration with the award-winning and inspired minds at Universal Creative, the Academy Award®-winning special-effects visionaries at Industrial Light & Magic, a division of Lucasfilm, Ltd., Universal Pictures and acclaimed filmmakers Steven Spielberg, Colin Trevorrow and Frank Marshall.

The experience is further enhanced by the all-new elaborately themed “Raptor Encounter,” where Blue, the beloved Velociraptor from the JURASSIC WORLD movies, engages with guests in daring face-to-face encounters, along with the addition of two new realistic dinosaurs – Baby Raptor with her handler and a life-size, life-like Triceratops.

A new interactive “Dino Play” area invites children of all ages to explore and excavate giant dinosaur fossils.

Costa Rican-inspired cuisine and flavorful Tiki cocktails served at Jurassic Café and all-new tropical Isla Nu-bar add to the dynamic guest experience while an array of souvenir collectible, limited edition and one-of-a-kind dimensional dinosaur sculptures from the Jurassic Outfitters store invite guests to savor a piece of this exciting thrill ride even after they’ve gone home. 

With so much to see and do at Universal Studios Hollywood, the California Neighbor Pass invites guests to experience 175 days of fun for $149 when purchased online.

Visit UniversalStudiosHollywood.com for more details. Blackout dates and restrictions apply.

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. Attractions 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™”, and the new “Jurassic World—The Ride” mega attraction. 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 Ride™” and DreamWorks Theatre featuring “Kung Fu Panda Adventure.” 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 production studio where they can also experience such thrill rides as “Fast & Furious—Supercharged” and “King Kong 360 3D.” 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.

JOHN WICK: CHAPTER 3 – PARABELLUM | Arrives on Digital 8/23 and on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray & DVD on 9/10

Tick Tock, Mr. Wick

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The Super-Assassin is Back on
Digital August 23 and on 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack, Blu-ray™ Combo Pack, and
DVD on September 10 from Lionsgate®

Keanu Reeves Leads the Explosive $320 Million Global
Box Office Smash Hit, Making It The Highest Grossing Film in the Franchise

4K Ultra HD to Include Dolby Vision® and Dolby Atmos®

John Wick 3_4K_3D[1]John Wick reloads for another worldwide smash hit when John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum arrives on Digital August 23 and on 4K Ultra HD™ Combo Pack (plus Blu-ray and Digital), Blu-ray Combo Pack (plus DVD and Digital), DVD, and On Demand September 10 from global content leader Lionsgate (NYSE: LGF.A, LGF.B). The highly anticipated third film in the blockbuster John Wick franchise is an action-packed, international thrill ride that is now Rotten Tomatoes Certified Fresh™.

The film stars Keanu Reeves (The Matrix, Speed, Point Break), Oscar® winner Halle Berry (2001, Best Actress, Monster’s Ball), Oscar® nominee Laurence Fishburne (1993, Best Actor, What’s Love Got to Do with It), Marc Dacascos (TV’s “Hawaii Five-O,” Brotherhood of the Wolf, Only the Strong), Asia Kate Dillon (TV’s “Orange is the New Black,” “Billions,” “Younger”), Lance Reddick (White House Down, Jonah Hex, TV’s “American Horror Story”), with Oscar® winner Anjelica Huston (1985, Best Supporting Actress, Prizzi’s Honor), and Golden Globe® winner Ian McShane (2005, Best Television Actor – Drama Series, TV’s “Deadwood”).

Super assassin John Wick (Keanu Reeves) has a $14 million price tag on his head after killing a member of the High Table, the shadowy international assassins’ guild. Now excommunicado, and with an army of the world’s most ruthless hit men and women on his trail, John must find a way to survive in this third chapter of the adrenaline-fueled action series.

Erik Davis from Fandango raved, “[it’s] hands down, one of the year’s best action movies.” Take home John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum and immerse yourself in the thrilling world with exclusive special features, including all-new featurettes that explore the mythology and over-the-top action of the John Wick expanded universe. Dive into the hidden world of Killer Ballerinas, Shinobi, and the Bowery King, learn the intense planning that went into the film’s incredible horse chase sequence and “dog-fu” fight sequences, and even get an editing master class with director Chad Stahelski and editor Evan Schiff!  Experience four times the resolution of full HD with the 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack, which includes Dolby Vision, bringing entertainment to life through ultra-vivid picture quality. When compared to a standard picture, Dolby Vision can deliver spectacular colors never before seen on a screen, highlights that are up to 40 times brighter, and blacks that are 10 times darker. Additionally, the 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack features Dolby Atmos, which will transport viewers from an ordinary moment into an extraordinary experience with moving audio that flows all around them. Fans will feel like they’re inside the action as the sounds of people, places, things, and music come alive with breathtaking realism and move throughout the space.

The John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack, Blu-ray Combo Pack, and DVD will be available for the suggested retail price of $42.99, $39.99, and $29.95, respectively.

4K UHD / BLU-RAY / DIGITAL SPECIAL FEATURES

  • “Parabellum: Legacy of the High Table” Featurette
  • “Excommunicado” Featurette
  • “Check Your Sights” Featurette
  • “Saddle Up Wick” Featurette
  • “Bikes, Blades, Bridges, and Bits” Featurette
  • “Continental in the Desert” Featurette
  • “Dog Fu” Featurette
  • “House of Transparency” Featurette
  • “Shot by Shot” Featurette
  • Theatrical Trailer #1
  • Theatrical Trailer #2
  • John Wick Hex Game Trailer
  • “Behind the Scenes of John Wick Hex” Featurette

DVD SPECIAL FEATURES

 

 

  • “Parabellum: Legacy of the High Table” Featurette
  • “Excommunicado” Featurette
  • Theatrical Trailer #1
  • Theatrical Trailer #2
  • John Wick Hex Game Trailer
  • “Behind the Scenes of John Wick Hex” Featurette

 

JOHN WICK: CHAPTER 3 – PARABELLUM | Official Channels

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Emotive Singer ARCHIE FAULKS Releases Beautiful New Song ‘Willing To Learn’

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‘WILLING TO LEARN’
NEW SONG RELEASED
LISTEN HERE

HEADLINE TOUR ANNOUNCED
SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER 2019

Archie Faulks has released his beautiful new song ‘Willing To Learn’. Intertwined with stunning strings and stark keys among Archie’s alluring vocals, the new track is about being led astray and living in the now.

Regarding the song Archie says, “‘Willing To Learn’ is a song about sleeping with someone you know is trouble and there is something about them being trouble that keeps drawing you back in. They are more experienced than you are, in many ways, and you want to learn from them; namely how to relinquish worry of the future and just occupy the present moment. It’s a song that when I play it live evokes very vivid memories and emotions – I see it as a bit of a coming of age anthem. Thinking that you are getting to grips with what you are and what you like then meeting someone who changes all of that – an ode to the endless possibilities in life.”

‘Willing To Learn’ follows a string of singles released since Archie emerged last year including ‘Wonderful’, ‘Hung Up’, ‘Blackout’ and ‘It Rains’. The singles have proved radio hits with support coming from Radio 1 and Radio X and they have also clocked up over 2 million streams across Apple Music and Spotify.

Archie has been making a strong statement on the live scene this year, completing his first ever headline tour, while also going down a storm at festivals including The Great Escape and Live At Leeds. He has also been touring the UK and Europe with the likes of Isaac Gracie, Rue Royal, Luke Sital-Singh and Delilah Montagu.

Archie is hitting the round again this autumn for a short headline tour where he will play shows in Brighton, Leeds and Cardiff. Tickets are on sale now via Music Glue and full dates can be found below:

ARCHIE FAULKS HEADLINE TOUR DATES
29/09 – Brighton, Latest Music Bar
03/10 – Leeds, Northern Guitars
04/10 – Bristol, Rough Trade
05/10 – Cardiff, Club Ilfor Bach

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JURASSIC PARK -THE RIDE Now Open At Universal Studios Hollywood

 

“Jurassic World—The Ride” Opens at Universal Studios Hollywood and It Just Got Real

It’s official: Universal Studios Hollywood’s mega attraction “Jurassic World—The Ride” opens and It Just Got Real.

Inspired by Universal Pictures and Amblin Entertainment’s JURASSIC WORLD blockbuster films, this spectacular new thrill ride features the film’s stars, Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard and BD Wong, who reprise their roles as Owen Grady, Claire Dearing and Dr. Henry Wu, and soars to new heights with the addition of iconic dinosaurs from the movie, including the colossal Indominus rex and the magnificent aquatic Mosasaurus.

“Jurassic World—The Ride” captures the essence of the blockbuster movies and comes to life in collaboration with the award-winning and inspired minds at Universal Creative, the Academy Award®-winning special-effects visionaries at Industrial Light & Magic, a division of Lucasfilm, Ltd., Universal Pictures and acclaimed filmmakers Steven Spielberg, Colin Trevorrow and Frank Marshall.

The elaborately themed all-new “Raptor Encounter” where Blue, the beloved Velociraptor from the JURASSIC WORLD movies, engages with guests in daring face-to-face encounters, along with the addition of two new dinosaurs – a Baby Raptor with her Raptor Handler and a life-size Triceratops who greet guests outside the “Jurassic World—The Ride” entrance, further enhance the entire experience.

Plus, a new interactive “Dino Play” area is designed to inspire children of all ages to explore and excavate giant dinosaur fossils.

Costa Rican-inspired cuisine and flavorful Tiki cocktails served at Jurassic Café and all-new tropical Isla Nu-bar add to the dynamic guest experience while an array of souvenir collectible, limited edition and one-of-a-kind dimensional dinosaur sculptures from the Jurassic Outfitters store invite guests to savor a piece of this exciting thrill ride even after they have gone home. 

With so much to see and do at Universal Studios Hollywood, the California Neighbor Pass invites guests to experience 175 days of fun for $149 when purchased online. Visit UniversalStudiosHollywood.com for more details. Blackout dates and restrictions apply.

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. Attractions 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™”, and the new mega attraction “Jurassic World—The Ride.” 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 Ride™” and DreamWorks Theatre featuring “Kung Fu Panda Adventure.” 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 production studio where they can also experience such thrill rides as “Fast & Furious—Supercharged” and “King Kong 360 3D.” 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.

Key Art Revealed for Halloween Horror Nights STRANGER THINGS Maze

 

img_0108On the heels of the highly-anticipated debut of “Stranger Things 3” on Netflix, Universal Studios Hollywood and Universal Orlando Resort have released new artwork for the all-new “Stranger Things” mazes coming to Halloween Horror Nights this fall.The artwork was designed exclusively by Kyle Lambert, who has previously illustrated art for Seasons 1-3 of the mega-hit Netflix Original series, and depicts the “Stranger Things” cast bravely facing a horrifying monster and ferociousDemodogs – a fate guests will soon experience themselves in the mazes at the nation’s premier Halloween events.

Inspired by seasons 2 and 3 of the critically-acclaimed series, this year’s chilling mazes will pick up where last year’s mazes left off, continuing the suspenseful storyline where a mysterious entity terrorizes the small town of Hawkins, Indiana, and delving even further into the parallel universe, referred to as the Upside Down. The mazes on both coasts will also parallel the hit show as it leaps forward to 1985, taking guests on a terrifying excursion through portions of “Stranger Things 3,” which is now streaming on Netflix.

“Halloween Horror Nights” begins September 6 in Orlando and September 13 in Hollywood. Additional details about the events will be revealed soon. For more information about “Halloween Horror Nights” at Universal Studios Hollywood and Universal Orlando Resort, visit HalloweenHorrorNights.com.

Out Now!! The Acclaimed New Album From JUDAH & THE LION ‘Pep Talks’

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THE ACCLAIMED NEW ALBUM
PEP TALKS
ON CD & VINYL IN THE UK
VIA CAROLINE INTERNATIONAL / CLETUS THE VAN

STREAM IT HERE

UK HEADLINE TOUR KICKED OFF ON JULY 16TH 
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Nashville’s award winning, genre-bending trio Judah & The Lion release their acclaimed new album Pep Talks physically in the UK tomorrow via Caroline / Cletus The Van.

Pep Talks has already received high acclaim in the US from the likes of Flood Magazine, Rolling Stone, DuJour, NPR and more and has already clocked up streams in their millions, globally across Spotify alone.

Pulling together the twang of folk, the beat of hip-hop, the drive of rock & roll and the punch of pop this album is a brilliantly eclectic, musical journey shaped around vocalist Judah Akers’ experience of life when, during the time the band were sharing stages with heroes, touring the world and hitting new chart highs, behind the scenes his family was falling apart in a hail of alcoholism and affairs, death and divorce.

There’s mandolins and banjos mixed with modern electronics and personal lyrics and it features hit tracks including the Top 10 US Alternative Radio chart hit ‘Over My Head’, the critically-acclaimed single ‘Pictures’, featuring country star Kacey Musgraves as well as fan-favourites ‘Why Did You Run?’, ‘Quarter-Life Crisis’ and ’Alright (Frick It)’.

First rising to prominence with their US Alternative Radio No.1 hit ‘Take It All Back’ from their second album Folk Hop N Roll in 2016, Judah & The Lion have taken the US and beyond  by storm and have appeared on Good Morning America, CONAN, Jimmy Kimmel and The Late Late Show with James Corden, as well as played various festivals and toured across the globe with the likes of Twenty One Pilots, Incubus, Jimmy Eat World, and more.

With a non-stop schedule, they are set to return to the UK as part of their headline Pep Talks World tour this summer, where they will be playing in Glasgow, Ireland and London before performing at Latitude Festival.

UK & EUROPEAN TOUR DATES
16th July – Glasgow, King Tuts
17th July – Dublin, Ireland
19th July – London, Oslo
20th July – Latitude Festival, Suffolk
21st July – Lollapalooza, Paris
24th July – Paradiso (upstairs), Amsterdam
25th July – Knust, Hamburg
26th July – Lido, Berlin
26th September – Kollektivet Hvitan, Falkenberg
27th September – Fåfängan, Stockholm

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PEP TALKS ACCLAIM

“…building, storming, banjos flying… the key ingredient is just – pep! There’s so much energy and velocity to these songs…” – NPR

“Over an arena-sized arrangement of acoustic strums, processed vocal samples and booming electronics, frontman Judah Akers reflects on family crises and feeling like a ‘lost kid looking for a home.’” – Rolling Stone

“Relatable and beautifully performed, the evocative release has no shortage of crossover appeal.” – Idolator

“Who thought adding some synth and a banjo would sound so good?” – Alternative Press

“…their most optimistic and hopeful record to date…” – Substream Magazine

“…a pop-folk foray into yearning, loss and the pain of moving on, distilled perfectly…” – Consequence of Sound

“The ability to narrate the human experience so sincerely is one few artists have mastered, but Judah hits on this state of mind, and in doing so, he breaks his own heart as well as ours.”– Ones to Watch

“…couldn’t be better.” – FLOOD

“Ripe with emotions and vulnerability… the song offers a more textured sound than we’ve heard from Judah & the Lion before… but with the sound of the mandolin in the background, you never lose sight of the band’s beloved roots.” – Du Jour Magazine

LARKINS Release Dreamy New Song ‘Wallflower’

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‘WALLFLOWER’
NEW SONG RELEASED
LISTEN HERE

B-SIDE OF NEW SINGLE
‘SUGAR SWEET’
WATCH THE VIDEO HERE

AUTUMN UK HEADLINE TOUR
OCTOBER / NOVEMBER 2019

Larkins have released the dreamy new song ‘Wallflower’ as the B-side to their latest single ‘Sugar Sweet’ out now via Good Soldier Records.

‘Wallflower’ plays as if George Fitzgerald laid down production touches for Foals, with airy electronics and hazy samples paired with indie guitars and alluring hushed vocals.

Regarding the song frontman Josh Noble says, “I had the beginnings of ‘Wallflower’ sat on my laptop for what seems like forever. It has a Tame Impala meets Bon Iver vibe which I love. After working with Dom on some cool guitar additions, and a friend/musician we know called Sam Manville (FTSE) on the structure, it finally came together. Then as always it was just a case of sitting with the beast Chris Zane and nailing the sounds. I loved our time in the studio making this one.”

‘Wallflower’ is the B-side to Larkins’ latest single ‘Sugar Sweet’, a bright love song featuring exquisite harmonies, soaring synths and a massive inescapable chorus. It was released earlier this month, premiering as Zane Lowe’s ‘World First’ on Beats 1. It’s since gone on to gain great support from the likes of BBC Introducing and The Independent, while also clocking up over half a million streams.

‘Sugar Sweet’ follows the release of Larkins’ debut single ‘TV Dream’ on Good Solider Records earlier this year. The song received an immense response from both fans and media, quickly clocking up over a million streams. ‘TV Dream’ proved a radio hit and featured on the playlists of Radio 1, BBC Introducing and Radio X, while the band again received significant support from Zane Lowe on Beats 1.

The release led the band to sell out a landmark hometown show to 2000 rapturous fans at Manchester’s Albert Hall. Capturing the moment perfectly, Larkins release the live album Larkins: Live At The Albert Hall, Manchester. It is available to stream now and can be purchased physically from July 5th on CD, cassette and vinyl.

As an undeniable proven live force, Larkins have sold out headline shows across the UK and Europe. They played their first US shows this year at SXSW Festival, while this month they played their largest London show yet to an ecstatic sold out crowd at Dingwalls.

This autumn the band will embark on an extensive 16-date UK headline tour, running throughout October and November. Tickets for all shows are available now via larkinsband.com

This year has seen Larkins make a huge statement as one of the most exciting and in-demand bands to emerge from Manchester in recent times. The band are currently recording their debut album with producers Dan Nigro (A-Trak, Sky Ferreira, Lewis Capaldi) and Andrew Dawson (Kanye West, Fun, Kid Cudi) – a record which is sure to send Larkins even further into the stratosphere.

LARKINS TOUR DATES

OCTOBER
13th – Liverpool, Zanzibar
14th – Stoke, Sugarmill
16th – Derby, The Venue
17th – Tunbridge Wells, The Forum
18th – Bournemouth, The Anvil
21st – Southampton, Joiners
22nd – Bristol, Rough Trade
23rd – Exeter, Cavern
24th – Brighton, The Pipeline
29th – Leeds, Wardrobe
31st – Glasgow, King Tuts

NOVEMBER
1st – Edinburgh, Sneaky Pete’s
3rd – Newcastle, Think Tank?
4th – Nottingham, Bodega
6th – Birmingham, The Sunflower Lounge
8th – Leicester, Duffy’s Bar

“Manchester’s next arena act”
Manchester Evening News

Manchester guitar-poppers Larkins make massive tunes with huge choruses made for the indie dancefloor
Dork Magazine

“Trust us – Manchester guitar-pop collective Larkins are fast on their way to becoming your next favourite band.”
Music Crowns

“Straight laced indie pop filled with anthemic choruses and heartfelt lyricisms”
The Line of Best Fit

 

CRIS ABREGO To Receive the Imagen President’s Award At the 34th Annual Imagen Awards

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cris_abregoThe Imagen Foundation announced today Cris Abrego as this year’s recipient of the Imagen President’s Award. Abrego currently serves as the Chairman of Endemol Shine Americas and CEO of Endemol Shine North America.

“Cris Abrego has embraced his experiences and background which have allowed him to appreciate the value of diversity and inclusion both behind the scenes and in front of the camera,” said Helen Hernandez, President & Founder. “He has understood the importance and the power of the U.S. Latino market and has endeavored to create and inspire content that speaks to our communities.”

Abrego currently oversees both the North American and Latin American divisions of Endemol Shine Group, the global independent content creator, producer and distributor with a diverse portfolio of companies that are behind some of the most prominent hit television formats and series in the world.

Endemol Shine programming includes hits such as Big Brother (CBS), MasterChef (FOX), The Real Housewives of Atlanta (Bravo), MasterChef Latino (Telemundo), Mira Quién Baila (Univision), LOL (Amazon), Nicky Jam: El Ganador (Netflix/Telemundo), Ink Master (Paramount Network), Below Deck (Bravo), Family Food Fight (ABC), Trading Spaces (TLC), Deal or No Deal (CNBC), The Biggest Loser (USA), Utopia (Amazon), Extreme Makeover: Home Edition (HGTV) to name a few.

“I am truly humbled that the Imagen Foundation has selected me for this incredible honor,” said Abrego. “Norman Lear, who founded the Imagen Awards and is a pioneer of inclusion in entertainment, is someone I have always admired and been inspired by. And the list of former recipients of the President’s Award is filled with some of the most talented and celebrated writers, producers and actors in our industry, many of whom have helped pave the way for Latinos in Hollywood.”

The Imagen President’s Award honors those that have demonstrated leadership, vision, and inspiration. Past recipients include Lin-Manuel Miranda and Family, Daisy Fuentes, Roberto Orci, Jenni Rivera, Guillermo del Toro, Rita Moreno, and Dolores Huerta.

The 34th Annual Imagen Awards will be presented Saturday, August 10th, at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Beverly Hills.

For more information regarding The Imagen Awards please visit www.Imagen.org

About The Imagen Awards

The Imagen (pronounced ee-mah-hen) Awards program was established in 1985 from a suggestion by veteran television producer Norman Lear to encourage and recognize the positive portrayals of Latinos in the media. Later, as The Imagen Foundation, it expanded its programs and initiatives to further its mission to serve as a bridge between the Latino community and the entertainment industry in providing access, education, and resources for Latinos in the industry, as well as those seeking careers in entertainment. More information on the organization as well as details of the event can be found online at www.imagen.org and its social media channels: Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

 

34th Imagen Awards Press Assets Folder can be found here.

CONOR MAYNARD Shares ‘Hate How Much I Love You’ + UK Headline Shows

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THE POP SENSATION RETURNS AFTER 2 BILLION STREAMS WITH THE NEW SINGLE
‘HATE HOW MUCH I LOVE YOU’

WATCH THE NEW VIDEO HERE

UK & EUROPEAN HEADLINE TOUR IN OCTOBER
INCLUDING LONDON SHOW AT
O2 SHEPHERD’S BUSH EMPIRE

With five Top 10 singles and a #1 album to his credit plus millions of followers at social media, Conor Maynard is one of British music’s biggest success stories. The stats speak for themselves: over 10 million monthly listeners at streaming services and over 2 billion career streams to date.

A multi-faceted musician, director and personality, he scored 225 million streams as featured vocalist on last summer’s smash ‘Whenever’ with Kris Kross Amsterdam and The Boy Next Door. He followed that by teaming up with Hardwell and Snoop Dogg for ‘How You Love Me’ and then Alok on ‘Pray’.  He even took his talents to Broadway, to star as Charlie Price in the Tony Award-winning musical ‘Kinky Boots’ – following in the footsteps of Panic! At The Disco’s Brendon Urie and Jake Shears of the Scissor Sisters.

Now Conor Maynard returns with the release of his brand new single ‘Hate How Much I Love You’, which represents his first original new release as a lead solo artist in four years. ‘Hate How Much I Love You’ sets Conor’s smooth vocal tone to a backdrop of laidback, sun-kissed modern pop that’s perfectly primed for the summer. The song was produced by Noah Conrad (BTS) and written by Conor with Andrew Bullimore (Chainsmokers, Galantis) and Josh Record (Dua Lipa, Anne Marie).

“It’s been around five years since I released my last solo original material, and it feels like I’ve been through just about everything to finally get this music out so people can hear it,” says Conor. “I was 19 when I released my first album, and even though I’ll always be proud of that music, this new material feels like it really comes from me. I have written every song you will hear with all of my close friends. So, with that being said, I hope you enjoy.”

Conor directed the track’s light-hearted accompanying video. He stars as an unlucky-in-love hotel bellboy, whose daily work puts him at the mercy of rude guests, elderly admirers and annoying children. He soon falls under the spell of a mysterious woman – but can he win her over?

Conor Maynard first came to prominence when his debut album ‘Contrast’ went straight to #1. It featured numerous hit singles including ‘Can’t Say No’ and ‘Vegas Girl’. He followed that with ‘Covers’, a collection of his takes on modern classics from the likes of Drake, Zayn and Shawn Mendes. Throughout his career, Conor has worked with a host of leading talent including Pharrell Williams, Wiley, Rita Ora and Ne-Yo. He completed an arena tour as guest to The Vamps and has played numerous high profile events including Radio 1’s Big Weekend, Capital FM’s Jingle Bell Ball and the Wireless Festival.

Currently working on new material, Conor recently announced details of his first UK and European headline tour since 2012, which includes a London show at the O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire. The dates are:

OCTOBER
5th – Sweden, Stockholm, Klubben
6th – Norway, Oslo, Vulkan
7th – Denmark, Copenhagen, Lille Vega
9th – Germany, Berlin, Columbia Theater
10th – Germany, Munich, Technikum
12th – Germany, Cologne, Kantine
13th – The Netherlands, Amsterdam, Melkweg Old Hall
15th – Belgium, Antwerp, Zappa
16th – France, Paris, Alhambra
20th – UK, Glasgow, SWG3
21st – UK, Manchester, O2 Ritz
23rd – UK, Birmingham, O2 Institute
24th – UK, London, O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire
26th – Ireland, Dublin, The Academy

Tickets are available from https://listings.ticketweb.co.uk/conormaynard.

 

CONOR MAYNARD | Official Channels

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Steven Spielberg’s WEST SIDE STORY Shares First Look of Ariana DeBose as “Anita”

Excited to share the first look at “Anita”.

See her light up the big screen in #WestSideStory on December 18, 2020.

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An adaptation of the original Broadway musical, WEST SIDE STORY explores young love and tensions between rival gangs the Jets and the Sharks on the streets of 1957 New York. The cast also includes Ansel Elgort (Tony); Rachel Zegler (Maria); Ana Isabelle (Rosalia); Corey Stoll (Lieutenant Schrank); Brian d’Arcy James (Officer Krupke); Curtiss Cook (Abe) and Academy Award®-winner Rita Moreno, who plays Valentina and also serves as one of the film’s Executive Producers. The film is now in production for Twentieth Century Fox and The Walt Disney Studios.

WEST SIDE STORY is produced and directed by Steven Spielberg from a script by Academy Award®-nominated screenwriter and Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Tony Kushner. The film has been adapted for the screen from the original 1957 Broadway musical, which was written by Arthur Laurents with music by Leonard Bernstein, lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and concept, direction and choreography by Jerome Robbins. Tony Award®-winner Justin Peck will choreograph the musical numbers in the film. Also leading the production are Tony Award®-winning producer Kevin McCollum and Academy Award®-nominated producer Kristie Macosko Krieger.

The film’s music team includes renowned conductor Gustavo Dudamel, who will helm the recording of Bernstein’s iconic score; Academy Award®-nominated composer and conductor David Newman (Anastasia) who will be arranging the score for the new adaptation; Tony Award®-winning composer Jeanine Tesori (Broadway’s Fun Home and Thoroughly Modern Millie), who will be working with the cast on vocals; and Grammy®-nominated music supervisor Matt Sullivan (Beauty and the Beast, Chicago), who will serve as executive music producer for the film.

AD ASTRA | New Trailer + Poster Released | In Theaters September 20, 2019!

img_008620th Century Fox has released a new trailer and poster for AD ASTRA. 

Starring Brad Pitt, the film follows an astronaut as he travels to the outer edges of the solar system to find his missing father.

Directed by James GrayAD ASTRA stars Brad Pitt, Tommy Lee Jones, Ruth Negga, Liv Tyler, and Donald Sutherland.

SYNOPSIS: Astronaut Roy McBride (Brad Pitt) travels to the outer edges of the solar system to find his missing father and unravel a mystery that threatens the survival of our planet. His journey will uncover secrets that challenge the nature of human existence and our place in the cosmos.

Release: September 20, 2019
Directed by: James Gray
Written by: James Gray & Ethan Gross
Produced by: Brad Pitt, Dede Gardner, Jeremy Kleiner, James Gray, Anthony Katagas, Rodrigo Teixeira, Arnon Milchan
Cast: Brad Pitt, Tommy Lee Jones, Ruth Negga, Liv Tyler and Donald Sutherland

AD ASTRA arrives in theaters everywhere on September 20, 2019
from The Walt Disney Studios.

 

AD ASTRA | Official Channels

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