Stranger Things Review

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I have always heard that the best marketing tool when it comes to anything is word of mouth. I truly believe in that notion, especially when it comes to TV shows and movies. So when I heard a couple friends talking about this new cool show on Netflix I just had to check it out. Well I must say Netflix hit it out of the park with their new show Stranger Things. I was a fan from the first scene.

Stranger Things is a dripping tribute to the horror and science fiction from the 80s. If you have ever been sitting around with your friends and talking about, how you miss the stuff that came out back then, well this show is for you. From the opening title in its large block lettering feels like your about to watch a Stephen King movie. The author recently went to his official   Twitter account, and praised the show. The show was definitely influenced by the author’s work.

Everything with the pilot episode was on par with that 80s vibe. From the yellowish wallpaper that seemed to be in everyone’s living room back then. Even the way the show was shot looks very old school and eerie. And the music in the show will have you singing and reminiscing. The story was written and directed well with the whole feeling of getting you to want to know what is going to happen next.

The show stars Winona Ryder (Black Swan, Dracula) as a mother of a boy named Will Byers who disappears mysteriously. The boy’s friends who have great chemistry on screen, go on a search. During their search the boy’s come across a young girl that has escaped a secret project going on at a nearby facility. The girl is played by Millie Bobby Brown who like her young costars does a good job making you believe more into the story. The evil architect behind the secret program is played by Mathew Modine. Not much is known about the secrets that the facility has created, but they will do everything including murder to find the girl and the monster. Makes you wonder who the real monsters are?

Stranger Things has it all and I’m glad I started watching the show. I have been waiting a longtime for something like this to hit the airwaves. There are eight episodes available to stream anytime you want on Netflix. Do yourself a favor and check it, but be warned you will be hooked from the start.

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Suicide Squad Cast To Reveal Exclusive First Look At The Upcoming 2016 MTV Movie Awards

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(PCM) MTV  announced that the “2016 MTV Movie Awards” will debut an exclusive sneak peek from Warner Bros. Pictures’ highly anticipated super villain movie Suicide Squad, set for theatrical release on August 5. MTV “Generation Award” recipient Will Smith, along with Jared Leto, Margot Robbie and Cara Delevingne, all stars of the film, will present the never-before-seen footage to their fans. Hosted by Dwayne Johnson and Kevin Hart, the awards ceremony will air on Sunday, April 10 at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT from the backlot of Warner Bros. Studios in Burbank, Calif.

Previously announced presenters for “The Movie Awards” include Charlize Theron, Chris Hemsworth, Jessica Chastain, Chris Evans, Seth Rogen, Zac Efron, Olivia Munn and Gigi Hadid. Additional presenters and performers will be announced at a later date.

Written and directed by David Ayer (Fury, End of Watch) and based on the characters from DC Comics, Suicide Squad assembles a team of the world’s most dangerous, incarcerated Super Villains, provides them with the most powerful arsenal at the government’s disposal, and sends them off on a mission to defeat an enigmatic, insuperable entity. U.S. intelligence officer Amanda Waller has determined only a secretly convened group of disparate, despicable individuals with next to nothing to lose will do. However, once they realize they weren’t picked to succeed but chosen for their patent culpability when they inevitably fail, will the Suicide Squad resolve to die trying, or decide it’s every man for himself?

The film stars Will Smith, Jared Leto, Margot Robbie, Joel Kinnaman, Viola Davis, Jai Courtney, Jay Hernandez, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Ike Barinholtz, Scott Eastwood, Cara Delevingne, Adam Beach, and Karen Fukuhara in her feature film debut. It is produced by Charles Roven and Richard Suckle, with Zack Snyder, Deborah Snyder, Colin Wilson and Geoff Johns serving as executive producers. Distributed worldwide by Warner Bros. Pictures, the film opens in 3D, 2D and in select IMAX 3D theaters beginning August 5, 2016.

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Veteran Actor Abe Vigoda Dead At Age 94

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(PCM) We are deeply saddened to learn of the passing of veteran actor Abe Vigoda at the age of 94. Abe Vigoda who played over the hill Detective Phil Fish on the sitcom “ Barney Miller” and Mafia lieutenant Sal Tessio in The Godfather movie, died Tuesday morning at his daughter Carol’s residence in New Jersey.

The success of the “Godfather” movies in the 70’s eventually led Vigoda to the sitcom “Barney Miller”. The series ran from 1972-84. Vigoda was on the show until 1977. He was nominated for three Emmy’s for his performance as Detective Fisk on the show who was always complaining about his aches and pains.

Vigoda was born in 1921. He grew up on New York’s Lower East Side. He was the son of a tailor who studied acting at the American Theatre Wing and played characters parts for much of his early career. Vigoda established himself as a successful theater actor in the 1960’s. Francis Ford Coppola, the director of “The Godfather” took a liking to Vigoda on the stage and cast him in his movie. The rest in cinema history.

Vigoda was sort of an internet sensation when it was reported by People Magazine in 2008 that he had passed away. But he lived on for many more years and made fun of the magazines mistake.
Vigoda would go onto act in many more movies after his success with “The Godfather” including:  “Cannonball Run”, (1984) with Burt Reynolds. “Look Who’s Talking” (1989) with John Travolta and Kristie Alley, “Joe Versus the Volcano” (1990) with Tom Hanks. And 1997 film “Good Burger”.

Vigoda was married to his wife Beatrice for 24 years until her death in 1992. They had one daughter, Carol. Our sincere condolence go out to Abe Vigoda’s family and friends during this incredibly difficult time.

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Ethel Merman Born January 16, 1908

EthelMermanNoBusinesstraileEthel Merman (Born Ethel Zimmerman) was born on January 16, 1908.  She passed away on February 15, 1984.

Ethel Merman was born in Astoria New York.  Merman got her big break in 1930. Previously to that she worked as a stenographer.  This job, however was only to pay the bills, in the evenings in she performed in Nightclubs.  She was first hired by Lou Clayton, Jimmy Durante’s’ partner.

Merman was soon noticed and she was contracted to Warner Brothers.  In those days movie professional did not go from project to project being produced by different studios.  In the 1930s it was the studio system.  Actors and actresses would be hired by a single studio and only worked for them.  They could occasionally be lent out to other studios, but basically you worked where you were hired.

She was cast in only one film during her time in Hollywood.  That was Follow The Leader starring Ed Wynn and Ginger Rodgers.  This was produced by Paramount so she was lent out for that.  She was paid $125.00 a week by Warner Brothers who never used her.  In those days you were paid by the studio whether you worked or not.  Ethel began to get bored and so she again began performing in Night Clubs.  It was during this time that she actually met Durante and the two would become lifelong friends.

Merman soon went back to New York.  She was hired by The Palace Theater as a Torch Song singer.  Merman’s voice was a powerful Mezzo Soprano and she could be heard throughout a theater without a microphone.  She was paid $500.00 dollars a week for her work at the Palace.  Soon she was noticed by George and Ira Gershwin and was hired to work in their new show Girl Crazy.  Her show stopping number in that show was I Got Rhythm, a song that would go on to be popular for many years  New York Times noted Merman sang “with dash, authority, good voice and just the right knowing style”, while The New Yorker called her “imitative of no one.”

Merman was kept busy between Hollywood and New York for four years.  In 1934, she was hired in her first starring role that of Reno Sweeney in Cole Porter’s Anything Goes.  This show spotlighted Merman’s talents both as an actress and as a singer Beside the title song Merman had two other songs that would become standards, I Get A Kick Out Of You and You’re The Top.  Anything goes still performed to this day in professional, regional, community and High School Theaters.

From that point on Merman’s career was set, she performed in many films and Broadway musicals but her next big show was Annie Get Your Gun which opened in 1945.  Annie Get Your Gun was loosely based on the life of Annie Oakley a female sharp shooter who made name for herself working with Buffalo Bill Cody.  Merman’s role of Annie gave her many memorable moments, You Can’t Get A Man With a Gun, Doing What comes naturally, and Anything You Can Do I can Do Better were a few of the big numbers performed by Merman.  The big hit form the show and the song which Merman would perform the rest of her life was There’s No Business Like Show Business.  This song would have an entire movie wrapped around the song itself which stared Ethel Merman, Dan Dailey, Donald O’Connor and the forever remembered Marylyn Monroe.  The music and lyrics were composed by the great Irving Berlin who was at least one of if not the most prolific song writer of the 20th century; many of his songs are recorded by artists even today, most notably White Christmas.

Ethel’s next big hit was the musical Call Me Madam again with a score by Irving Berlin.  In this show Ethel played a ambassador to a small European country where she falls in love with one of the government officials which causes a scandal and sends her back to Washington.  Of course all turns out right in the end.  The songs from this show which are notable are You’re Not Sick You’re Just In Love, The Hostess With The Mostest and It’s A Lovely Day Today.

On May 21, 1959 Ethel Merman would again star in a show that is still performed today.  GypsyGypsy was based on the life on the world renowned Stripper Gypsy Rose Lee.  Though the show as was called Gypsy it was the story of the relationship between Gypsy and her mother Rose.  Rose was the leading role, a scheming woman that would go to any lengths to make her girls stars.  Merman’s Co-Star in this musical was Jack Klugman who would go on to make a name for himself in the TV shows The Odd Couple and Quincy.  Three of standout numbers from this show were, Everything’s Coming Up Roses, Together and Small World.

Annie Get You’re Gun, Call Me Madam and Gypsy all had Hollywood adaptations the only one Merman was allowed to star in was Call Me Madam.  The loss of the role of Rose in Gypsy to Rosalind Russell, according to Merman herself, was the most disappointing time in her career.

Merman would go on to star in revivals of her hit shows and the Broadway world still loved her.  Merman was called “the undisputed First Lady of the musical comedy stage.”  In the 1960s, however music styles changed and The Beatles along with Elvis Presley and many others would soon reign over the musical scene while the Broadway style would fade into the back ground.

Merman however still continued to perform.  She was featured in the Comedy It’s A Mad Mad Mad Mad World in the 1960s and in the 70’s she had a cameo appearance in the Movie Airplane.  Where she sang Everything’s Coming Up Roses.  This appearance gave her career a brief resurgence and she recorded a disco version of her hits.

She would be featured in many variety and other types of TV shows.  Memorable performances were on such shows as The Lucy Show, That Girl and The Love Boat  When her career slowed down Merman began to volunteer in a gift shop in New York City Hospital.  Merman died in her home at the age of 76 on February 15, 1984 from Brain Cancer.  On the evening of her death all 36 theaters on Broadway dimmed their lights at 9 P.M. in her honor.

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Banchee Actor Joins Supernatural Offering “Don’t Kill It”

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(PCM) Banshee’s Miles Doleac has joined the cast of director Mike Mendez’s Don’t Kill It, currently shooting in Canton, MS.

Actor, who joins Dolph Lundgren, Kristina Klebe, and Courtney Gains in the film, plays Agent Jackson, head of the FBI in the supernatural thriller.

Dan Berk and Robert Olsen’s script fixes on an ancient demon that is accidentally unleashed in a sparsely populated Alaskan town, and the only hope of survival lies in the hands of a grizzled old demon hunter Jebediah Woodley and his reluctant partner FBI agent Evelyn Pierce.

Doleac, known for his recurring role on Banshee, will next be seen on the small screen in The CW’s Containment and on the big screen in The Hollow, which he also wrote and directed.

Don’t Kill It is being repped by Archstone Distribution.

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N.W.A., Cheap Trick, Steve Miller, Deep Purple And Chicago To Be Inducted Into The Rock n’ Roll Hall Of Fame!

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(PCM) The names of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s 2016 Inductees have been released. They are:

Performer Category:

Cheap Trick
Chicago
Deep Purple
N.W.A.
Steve Miller

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The 31st Annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, presented by Klipsch Audio, will take place on Friday, April 8, 2016 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York for the second time. HBO will broadcast the ceremony in spring 2016.

Artists are eligible for inclusion in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 25 years after the release of their first recording. The 2016 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Performer Inductees were chosen by more than 800 voters of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Foundation, as well as the aggregate results of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s online fan vote. The top five artists, as selected by the public, comprised a “fans’ ballot” that was tallied along with the other ballots to determine the 2016 Inductees. Three of the top five artists from the fans ballot will be inducted in 2016.

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, Ohio, will also open a special exhibit on the 2016 Inductees in conjunction with the 2016 Induction Ceremony.

Klipsch Audio, a leading global speaker and headphone manufacturer, is a strategic partner and presenting sponsor of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and its Induction Ceremony events. Klipsch’s renowned products deliver the power, detail and emotion of the live music experience throughout the iconic museum.

Tickets will go on sale to the public in February. A limited number of pre-sale tickets will be available for Rock and Roll Hall of Fame members in advance of the public sale date. To be eligible for the member pre-sale, you must be an active Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member by December 31, 2015. Exact sale dates and ticket information will be announced in late January. Details available at www.rockhall.com. To receive Induction Ceremony updates, announcements and ticket information, sign up for the Rock Hall’s e-newsletter at www.rockhall.com/e-newsletter, follow the Rock Hall on Facebook, Twitter (@rock_hall) and Instagram (@rockhall) or join the conversation at #RockHall2016.

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