The Marvel Experience Is Simply Out Of This World

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(PCM) Immersing yourself in the world of Marvel, pretending that you are a beloved super hero and battling the bad guys could just be the perfect way to spend a summer afternoon.

That’s what Marvel comic book lovers and movie fans, gamers, families and others are doing when they head to the Philadelphia tour of “The Marvel Experience: The World’s First Hyper-Reality Tour,” at Lincoln Financial Field through Sunday, July 5.

The creative brainchild of Hero Ventures’ Doug Schaer and Rick Licht, The Marvel Experience is an immersive, attraction, that features the world’s first-ever traveling 360-degree, 3-D stereoscopic full-Dome theater.

There is also a state-of-the-art motion ride, rock climbing wall, a laser maze, motion rides, holograms, and a “training course” that offers the opportunity for Marvel fans to actually feel like they are part of the adventure. All of this is done at the visitor’s own pace.

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Of course, Marvel comics, is 100 percent the experience. “They saw the vision in what we presented and made sure that we captured the essence of these characters,” he said. “They are extremely protective of everything that bears the Marvel name.”

“The three words that are most used during our exit pools are fun, overwhelming and awesome, and we couldn’t ask for three better words,” Licht explained during the recent event opening. “I want this experience to encompass all three for everyone.”

According to Licht, once the technology for the show emerged the next step was to create a story to enhance it.

“When I first talked about this with friends and business associates, they thought I was a bit crazy. Flash forward a few years, and I had 28 family members and friends at the Dallas opening and 30 in San Diego and I could feel the love in the room.”

As agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. in training, guests of The Marvel Experience can swing with Spider-Man, smash with Hulk, fly with Iron Man, and assist Captain America and Black Widow, and others, all in preparation for an epic battle alongside Marvel’s biggest super heroes in a fight against Red Skull, M.O.D.O.K. and an army of evil Adaptoids.

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The Marvel Experience incorporates next-generation interactive technology including augmented reality and multi-person gaming so that you can see yourself in action. Everything happens with cutting-edge technology and advanced computer animation. There’s nothing else like it. Not only do the members of audience get to join the adventure, in the end they may even become heroes themselves.

Hero Ventures, of L.A., has brought together top-notch creative and business minds in animation, and interactive technology to create dynamic live entertainment experiences to share with world-wide audiences in unique and unprecedented ways.

Doug-marvelHere is a recent chat with 43-year-old Doug Schaer:

Q: Please tell me the history of The Marvel Experience.

Doug Schaer: We’ve been working on this show for more than four years. We have hosted the [preview] shows in Phoenix, Dallas and San Diego for a total of 54 days.

Q: What are the highlights of this show?

DS: For me its just a fun show. Every single person who goes through this show has something that they like and it’s always different. The key here is to make people smile.

Q: What was the idea behind the show?

DS: To leverage technology to bring enjoyment for everyone. I experienced this with my dad, who is now 71, and my children, my five-year-old son and eight-year-old daughter, and all of us had a great time and a different favorite.

Q: What is the challenge with this?

DS: The most challenging thing is to create something for everybody – that’s what every marketer wants to do, and they want it to be the next generation. There are fans of The Avengers movies, gamers, comic book lovers and more. This is basically a house of ideas. It’s all about the narrative and the story telling – and that has to be accessible to everybody. Our aim was to create the most complex and cool show that is a great deal of fun and had something for everyone.

Q: What else is involved?

DS: We are not a theme park and we are not a tech company, so we can be an introduction to the Marvel Universe, there are treats a plenty for the hard core fan boy, movie lovers, several generations of family members, and everyone in between.

Q: So are you the coolest dad on the planet?

DS: Good questions. My children don’t know any differently; they assume that everyone gets to play with superheroes all the time.

Q: But they must be thrilled by all of this?

DS: Yes. They love superheroes and super heroines. And I often hear; ‘So dad, where are the domes going next?’

Q: So far what has the feedback been?

DS: I hear people say they took their children, they went with their college buddies, went for costume night, and we all had a great time. I don’t want to hear, ‘I munched popcorn and watched my kids play.’ I want it to be an interactive and immersive experiential time for everybody who comes.

Q: What else comes to mind.

DS: This is exciting because you are literally dropped into this Hollywood scripted adventure. It will propel you though this two hour narrative and you can touch it and feel it. It’s not a museum, a Comic-Con, or theme park — the interactives are meant to be accessible to everybody.

Q: What do you want the take-away to be?

DS: I am looking for the audiences to think it was fun, that it is a good value based on the ticket prices, and that they will tell their friends about it. For a show to succeed, especially since we are only in town for a short time, there has to be word-of-mouth.

Q: What’s personally exciting for you about the Philadelphia show?

DS: I am coming home. I am a Jersey boy from Bergen County, and I have spent hundreds of great nights in Philly. I love it there – the sports, the food and everything else. Capt. America has to come there; he can be the stanch defender of The Liberty Bell.

The Marvel Experience schedule includes the following dates:

· Chicago, at McCormick Place: Saturday July 11 to Sunday August 2

· New York, NY at The Park Avenue Armory: Thursday August 13 to Sunday August 30

· St. Louis, at America’s Center Convention Complex: Saturday September 5 to Sunday September 20

For tickets go to www.ticketmaster.com or call 800-745-3000. For a complete schedule go to: The Marvel Experience website: www.themarvelexperiencetour.com.

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Catching Up With Cody Simpson at Firefly Music Festival

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(PCM) Let me begin by saying that ever since I got my hands on copy of Cody Simpson’s highly anticipated new album “Free” I am absolutely in  love. The overall ambiance of the album is breezy and beautiful, with Simpson showcasing a side of himself that many will be surprised to see. With this album, Simpson is able to just let go and truly be free to create the music that it appears he was always destined to make.

“Free” will be released on July 10th and the entire album is sure to become a staple on everyone’s summer playlist. The album will be released via Coast House Records / Banana Beat Records and is produced by Cisco Adler.

Favorite tracks: “Thotful”, “I’m Your Friend” “Wilderness” and “Love Yourself” feat. G.Love

 

I had a chance to catch up with Cody Simpson just prior to his performance at the Firefly Music Festival to discuss the new album, touring plans and more!  See our full interview below:

Simpson has announced his upcoming summer tour dates with Donovan Frankenreiter followed by a fall tour with AER.  Cody will also  be performing his song “New Problems” on TODAY Show on Monday, July 13th followed by Late Late Show with James Corden on Monday, July 20th.

UPCOMING TOUR DATES
Jun 27 Bonner Springs, KS @ Mix 93.3’s Red, White & Boom!
Aug 10 Singapore @ SCAPE Playspace
Aug 12 Manila, Philippines @ Newport Performing Arts Theater
Aug 15 Tokyo, Japan @ Summer Sonic, QVC Marine Field
Aug 16 Osaka, Japan @ Summer Sonic, Maishima

Donavon Frankenreiter Tour Dates
Aug 18 Cape May, NJ – Cabana’s Beach Bar and Grill
Aug 19 Dewey Beach, DE – Bottle & Cork
Aug 20 Washington, DC – The Hamilton
Aug 22 Wilmington, NC – Greenfield Lake Amphitheater
Aug 23 Myrtle Beach, SC – The Boathouse
Aug 24 Charleston, SC – Music Farm
Aug 25 Jacksonville, FL – Freebird Live
Aug 26 Fort Pierce, FL – The Inlet
Aug 27 St. Petersburg, FL – State Theatre
Aug 28 Orlando, FL – Plaza Live
Aug 29 Ft. Lauderdale, FL – Culture Room
Aug 30 Key West, FL – Parade Grounds at Fort East Martello

AER Tour Dates

Sep 16 Portland, ME @ State Theatre
Sep 17 Pawtucket, RI @ The Met
Sep 18 New York, NY @ Best Buy Theater
Sep 19 Boston, MA @ House of Blues
Sep 20 S. Burlington, VT @ Higher Ground
Sep 22 Pittsburgh, PA @ Rex Theatre
Sep 23 Louisville, KY @ Mercury Ballroom
Sep 24 Cleveland, OH @ House of Blues
Sep 25 Chicago, IL @ Concord Music Hall
Sep 26 Omaha, NE @ Sokol Auditorium
Sep 27 Minneapolis, MN @ First Avenue
Sep 29 Englewood, CO @ Gothic Theatre
Sep 30 Salt Lake City, UT @ The Depot
Oct 2 Seattle, WA @ Showbox Theatre
Oct 4 Portland, OR @ Wonder Ballroom
Oct 7 Chico, CA @ Senator Theatre
Oct 8 San Francisco, CA @ The Fillmore
Oct 9 San Diego, CA @ Observatory North Park
Oct 10 Los Angeles, CA @ El Rey Theatre
Oct 11 Tempe, AZ @ The Marquee
Oct 13 Albuquerque, NM @ Sunshine Theatre
Oct 15 Dallas, TX @ House of Blues
Oct 16 Corpus Christi, TX @ House of Rock
Oct 17 Austin, TX @ Emo’s
Oct 18 Houston, TX @ House of Blues
Oct 20 Atlanta, GA @ Buckhead Theatre
Oct 21 Charleston, SC @ The Music Farm
Oct 22 Charlotte, NC @ Neighborhood Theatre
Oct 23 Silver Spring, MD @ The Fillmore
Oct 24 Philadelphia, PA @ The Fillmore

For more information about Cody Simpson, please visit:

www.codysimpson.com
www.facebook.com/codysimpsonmusic
Twitter – @codysimpson
Instagram – @codysimpson

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Arnold Schwarzenegger is Back in Terminator Genisys With Double the Fun!

Arnold Schwarzenegger plays the Terminator in TERMINATOR GENISYS from Paramount Pictures and Skydance Productions.

Arnold Schwarzenegger plays the Terminator in TERMINATOR GENISYS from Paramount Pictures and Skydance Productions.

He’s baack! Arnold Schwarzenegger returns in Terminator Genisys playing both a young Terminator and an older version called Pops — and it totally works and is super cool!

The story for the newest entry into the Terminator franchise is that John Connor (Jason Clarke) sends Kyle Reese (Jai Courtney) back to 1984 to protect his mother Sarah Connor (Emilia Clarke) and, hopefully, try to change the future. But when Kyle arrives in 1984, not only is he expected, but the 1984 he returns to is not the one that John Connor briefed him on. So Jai and Sarah hatch a plan to change the future, and when they try to put their plan in action, they come up against a very dangerous new enemy.

At a press conference for the Paramount Pictures and Skydance Productions release, the former California governor talked about the new film, naked action scenes, how he was originally going to play the role of Kyle Reese, and more.

One of the great things about this movie is how we get to see different versions of your character. How has your approach to the character changed, especially since the first one started out as a sci-fi horror movie?

In Terminator 1, it was clear that it was just a machine that destroys human beings and anything that was in the way, it would wipeout. It was brutal without any feelings or remorse because my mission was to protect the machines, and to find Sarah Connor and be successful with my mission.

In this movie, it becomes a little more colorful because now I am again back to destroy Sarah Connor. I am still this vicious, cold machine that is programmed to destroy Sarah Connor and nothing will get in my way, except in this story, something does get in my way, which is another Terminator. One that has been around for a longer period of time.  It is older — the T800 model, but he was programmed to protect Sarah Connor and the human race. So there is obviously a major conflict that we’ve been dealt when they meet. And that is what creates this huge, epic battle.

Then, of course, the Terminators, depending on how long they’ve been around, some of them are just straight Terminator — as the one from 1984 — but then the one who has been around longer has already adopted certain human behaviors, subtle. So from an acting point of view, you have to be very wise how you use that and how you get that across that he has certain human behaviors and feelings, but it also creates great comic relief when the Terminator tries very hard to be like a human and fails miserably.

Emilia Clarke as Sarah Connor.

Emilia Clarke as Sarah Connor.

What is it like doing naked action scenes?

I think they’re fun because they’re embarrassing. It leads to funny conversations and funny dialogue and humor and everything like that. You have to do it because that’s what the movie shows. There are certain times you can cover things up and there are other times you don’t and you can’t. So what? I don’t think there is anybody here that had anything to hide.

What was it like when you saw yourself fighting yourself onscreen?

First of all, the body builder that they picked for me to fight with was really an extraordinary, champion bodybuilder with terrific muscles, so it really was a great idea to use that approach. But even after three or four days of doing this fight scene, and being thrown around and doing all the crazy stunts, and this epic battle, I was always wondering while I was doing it how they were going to do the technological head replacement and how do you make the body exactly like my body? Because his body was extraordinary, but it wasn’t exactly like my body. Everybody’s different.

Then when I saw the finished movie for the first time — because I made it very clear that I didn’t want to see it when it was going through stages — I wanted to see it when it was finished and you could see how it really works. So, I looked very carefully at the technical aspect when I watched it the first time. Then after that, I watched it a few more times from another point of view: How does the story work? I looked at the technical stuff and thought it was so seamless and the technology has advanced so much that it was really extraordinary to get this kind of entertainment in storytelling that you can do that today because in the old days, they did split screens and that kind of thing and you could tell it was not the same.

Series T-800 Robot in Terminator Genisys from Paramount Pictures and Skydance Productions.

Series T-800 Robot in Terminator Genisys from Paramount Pictures and Skydance Productions.

Can you take us back to the moment when you first became involved in the Terminator franchise?

I was approached to play Kyle Reese by Mike Medavoy. He said, “We have this great project. It’s an action flick, low budget, James Cameron — you’ve probably not heard of him but he’s done one movie before and this is his second movie. As far as we’re concerned, OJ Simpson is going to play the Terminator.” That was the dialogue. I said, “Let me get the script.” I got the script, I read it and it was a really great script. And then I met James Cameron.

During the lunch with him, I started talking more and more about Terminator. How he has to train, how he has to prepare for this part, how he has to act like a machine, how he has to dissemble, and put together guns and practice shooting, and he shouldn’t blink, and on and on like that. So the whole lunch went like that. So at the end, James Cameron said, “Why do you want to play Reese? You should be the Terminator.” I said, “No, no, no. The Terminator only has 27 lines, I don’t want to go backwards with my career. I like Kyle Reese. He’s the hero. I just started being the leading man, the hero in the Conan movies, so I want to continue on like that.”

He was, “The most memorable character really will be the Terminator. The way I shoot it is this way.” He was explaining the whole thing and said, “You should be the Terminator. I will make sure you don’t have to think of the villain aspect because he’s a machine. Everyone is going to think he’s a hero anyway because he is going to do cool things.” He talked me into it. I said, “Alright. Forget about Kyle Reese, I am going to be the Terminator.” That’s how that happened.

It was a small project. We went out and shot it in 6 weeks. And what was supposed to be a B movie, ended up one of the 10 top movies for Time magazine. I was called the ultimate villain. Then, at the same time, the ultimate hero. All this great stuff started happening, which none of us knew would happen. Then there was a demand for a second one, and that one became the highest-grossing movie of the year. That was really the launch of this franchise.

Terminator Genisys, directed by Alan Taylor from a script b Laeta Kalogridis & Patrick Lussier, opens in theaters on Wednesday, July 1.

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‘Dope': Where Geeks Go Gangsta to Get Into Harvard

DOPE_037_rgbOpen Roads Films “Dope,” which premiered at Sundance to positive reviews and opening in theaters Friday, June 19, is a coming of age comedy/drama for the post hip hop generation. And a surprising movie in that as much as it is about getting the girl and going to prom, it is also about surviving life in a gang-ridden community and trying to make something of your life.

Malcolm is a geek, carefully surviving life in The Bottoms, a tough neighborhood in Inglewood, Calif., filled with gangs and drug dealers, while juggling his senior year of college applications, interviews and the SAT. His dream is to attend Harvard.

But a chance invitation to a big underground party leads Malcolm and his friends into a gritty adventure filled with offbeat characters and bad choices. If Malcolm can make it through to the other side, he’ll go from being a geek, to being dope, to ultimately being himself.

At the press day for the film, director/writer Rick Faumuyiwa talked about bringing this project that was near and dear to him to fruition and how he knew he had something special.

Rick, can you just talk about how much of this is autobiographical?

I feel like there are a couple of events in the movie that came out of my life but most of it was just stuff I spun out of those events and then just a general concept. I think Malcolm is like me in many, many ways and is sort of my voice, my point of view. My ideas about the world come through him and so I’d say Malcolm, as a character, is close to me in terms of my point of view.

With that being said, you had kind of a hard time finding the right actor. Is that because you knew yourself so well that you were like, “Oh I don’t know if that person…?”

I guess it’s a little of that. Obviously, because his point of view was very specific and aligned with mine, I was looking for someone who I thought could understand all of that and bring it naturally, so that’s what I saw when I saw his audition. He sent in the self-taped audition from Atlanta and I saw the kid that Malcolm needed to be, the kid that was in my head because he had to have so many different layers to his performance, and had to go from comedy to drama to being confident but also naïve at the same time.

So many young actors come up in a system through commercials, through some of the shows that end up on Disney and Nickelodeon, and they’re concerned about being cool or cute or likeable and not necessarily real and honest. Shameik was honest in his portrayal. It’s hard sometimes for actors, especially young actors, to let that honesty come out and it was just coming out naturally and so I felt like that was what connected for me.

Malcolm’s music is old-school, from when you were coming up. Is that because it is the best?

Of course, you know, I grew up in the ’90s, so, of course, you’re always biased to whenever you were in high school and college. That was the greatest era of music ever. So, yeah, I feel like what the’90s hip hop was when the music became mainstream, that was when it really exploded into the consciousness around the world, so I think this just is what we see now is a continuation of that. It’s why Jay-Z is on Charlie Rose and at the inauguration because of the energy of the ’90s. So [music now] have the same sort of visceral, f–k you kind of spirit that the music had in the ’90s? No. It’s grown up. That was its adolescence and college years, so it was really rebellious and crazy, and now it’s become a nice respectable father and husband and has to earn a living.

When did you know you had something special?

It just felt as this music was being created and Pharrell Williams was channeling the voice of the script and these characters, and we were talking a lot about who these kids are, then you would hear kind of the result of that immediately. We all sort of felt like, “Wow, we have something special.” It just really felt like something was going on and if we did our jobs right that people would connect and that was the first moment I really was like, “Wow, this thing really could be something meaningful beyond just the entertainment that I thought we all knew it could provide.” That was the moment for me and I felt like we had something.

“Dope” is executive produced by Forest Whitaker, Nina Yang Bongiovi, Williams, and Sean Combs, written/directed by Faumuyiwa and stars Shameik Moore, Kiersey Clemmons, Tony Revolori, A$AP Rocky, Chanel Iman, and Tyga.

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Review: Fall Out Boy And Wiz Khalifa Bring Their Eclectic “Boys Of Zummer” Tour To Town

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(PCM) Proving that any type of genre stereotypes are a thing of the past, Fall Out Boy and Wiz Khalifa brought their eclectic “Boys Of Zummer” tour to the Susquehanna Bank Center in Camden, NJ. The bill boasted co-headlining sets from both Fall Out Boy and Wiz Khalifa and was rounded out by opening sets from MAX, Hoodie Allen and DJ Drama.

The show kicked off with a blazing performance from MAX, who was just recently named on of MTV’s Artist’s To Watch in 2015 and has earned a tremendous following thanks to the success of his delightfully catchy single “Gibberish”.  Watching MAX perform could be likened to watching a ball of energy grow and explode on the stage, such a fun guy! We had a chance to catch up with MAX prior to his performance to discuss his upcoming album due out this fall, his work with Rancid’s Tim Armstrong, and of course the Boys Of Zummer tour! Full interview below:

The anxious crowd continued to buzz as Hoodie Allen took to the stage and if they were not amped enough after MAX’s high energy performance, Hoodie Allen certainly had them soaring to another level. It was quite apparent that the crowd was eagerly anticipating the evenings headline performances by both Wiz Khalifa and Fall Out Boy.

It is truly amazing to see just how far a performer such as Wiz Khalifa has come over the years. I can clearly remember catching his set back at Bonnaroo in 2010 when “Black & Yellow” was a staple on both the top forty and hip-hop radio stations and seeing just how massive his fan base has become is so inspiring.

Wiz Khalifa’s cool and laid-back vibe appeals to multitude of people and his music has a true cross-genre impact on fans of not only hip-hop, but pop rock as well. As an artist, he has become a hit machine and it was fantastic to hear all over our favorites, old and new, packed into his current set list.

Wiz Khalifa oozes individuality and urges his fans to behave in much the same fashion urging them to always be sure to stay true to themselves. His positive attitude is infectious and it is refreshing to listen to an artist that is actually trying to make us think and feel something within their music.

Wiz Khalifa Set List:
Ass Drop
Black and Yellow
Roll Up
Paperbond
Let It Go
The Race
So High
No Sleep
Work Hard, Play Hard
Taylor Gang
Young Wild & Free
Promises
Staying Out All Night
You And Your Friends
See You Again

To close out the evening, Fall Out Boy burst onto the stage with their mega-hit 2005’s “Sugar, We’re Going Down” and wow, were we in for one heck of an amazing set.  Fall Out Boy have always been one of my favorite bands to catch live, as they literally mesmerize the crowd from the beginning to the bitter end of their performance.  This night was no different!

The crowd was hooked on every note that poured forth from the stage. It was quite apparent that Fall Out Boy put their heart and soul into the performance and the crowd reciprocated with unwavering adoration.  The stage show was phenomenal and the band’s talent shined even brighter when they retreated to a special stage in the back of the venue to perform acoustic versions of both “Immortals” and “Young Volcanoes”, I especially adored the acoustic version of the latter.

After the short acoustic break the adrenaline began pumping stronger than ever as the band plowed through hits such as “American Beauty/American Psycho”, “I Don’t Care”, and current hit “Centuries” before closing out with “My Songs Know What You Did In The Dark (Light em’ up)” and “Saturday”.

Fall Out Boy Set List:
Sugar, We’re Goin Down
Irresistible
The Phoenix
A Little Less Sixteen Candles, a Little More “Touch Me”
Thriller
Alone Together
This Ain’t a Scene, It’s an Arms Race
Immortals
Young Volcanoes
Drum Solo
Dance, Dance
American Beauty/American Psycho
Uma Thurman
Thnks fr th Mmrs
I Don’t Care
Centuries
My Songs Know What You Did in the Dark (Light Em Up)
Saturday

Originally posted at Review: Fall Out Boy And Wiz Khalifa Bring Their Eclectic “Boys Of Zummer” Tour To Town - unSkinny Pop

Catching Up With Highly Suspect At Rock On The Range

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(PCM) From the humble shores of Cape Cod to the grit and spit of the streets of Bed Stuy, Brooklyn, Highly Suspect have come a long way. These bad ass indie rockers are set to drop their debut LP, “Mister Asylum,” on July 17 via 300 Entertainment.

We caught the band’s mesmerizing set while out at America’s premiere rock festival Rock On The Range in Columbus, OH and their performance was absolutely spectacular.  Not only did we catch Highly Suspect’s incredibly set, but we also caught up with the guys for a quick chat about just what’s in-store for the rest of this year.

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