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Sergeant Donre Walker US Army

Sergeant Donre Walker US Army

Castle’s Tamala Jones (Dr. Lanie Parish) stars  in Sgt. Donre Walker’s heartwarming, emotional story that celebrates the power of hope. The film is part of ABC’s Home for the Holidays.

Donre Walker, originally from Los Angeles, California is 31 years old. He currently resides in Compton, California and is a Military Liaison for Columbia College Hollywood helping veterans pursue their dreams of working the film and entertainment industry. Read more Here.

Marvel Will Offer Exclusive Books At All 16 Wizard World Shows In 2014 Beginning With ‘Miracleman #1’ At Portland Comic Con, January 24-26, ‘Miracleman #2’ At New Orleans Comic Con, February 7-9; VIP Attendees Receive Free Color Version; B&W Limited Edition Available For Purchase

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Marvel Comics and Wizard World, Inc. (OTCBB: WIZD) today announced a program by which VIP attendees at each of the 16 scheduled 2014 Wizard World Comic Con pop culture conventions will receive exclusive variant covers of the best Marvel titles, beginning withMiracleman #1 at Portland Comic Con (January 24-26) and Miracleman #2 at New Orleans Comic Con (Feb. 7-9). The first two limited-edition books, with covers illustrated by comics legend and Eisner Award Hall of Famer Neal Adams, feature interlocking covers, and will be available in both color and black & white sketch editions.

The colored version of Miracleman #1 will be limited to 3,000 copies and provided free at registration to all Wizard World VIP attendees, including any celebrity VIP packages. The Black & White sketch version is limited to just 2,500 copies and will be available for sale at the Wizard World Store on the convention floor. Quantities per purchase may be limited.

Adams is scheduled to be on site at each event to sign copies (autograph fees may apply). Leading professional comic grader CGC will also be on hand to accept books for grading and Signature Series.

“We are incredibly excited to work with Marvel on these limited variant covers,” said Wizard World CEO John Macaluso.  “Our fans will now have the opportunity to collect the hottest monthly Marvel titles drawn by attending artists at Wizard World shows. This is a huge benefit for all attendees.”

“As Wizard World adds shows across America, Marvel is pleased to be a part of their continued expansion,” said Marvel Entertainment SVP of Sales and Publishing David Gabriel. “We’re giving each cover the all-star treatment. With the biggest creators and the best characters on-board, we want each attendee’s Wizard World experience to be as special as possible.”

Wizard World Comic Con events bring together thousands of fans of all ages to celebrate the best in pop-fi, pop culture, movies, graphic novels, comics, toys, video gaming, television, sci-fi, gaming, original art, collectibles, contests and more.  A first-class lineup of topical programming takes place at each event, with celebrity Q&A’s, comics-themed sessions, costume contest, movie screenings, evening parties and more.  Sunday is also Kids Day, with an array of activities and programming specially designed for the younger Wizard World fans.

Wizard World Comic Con is also the place for cosplay, with fans young and old showing off their best costumes throughout the event.  Fans dressed as every imaginable character – and some never before dreamed –  will roam the convention floor, often stopping by the Show Stage, the ideal place to see and be seen.

For more on the 2014 Wizard World Portland Comic Con, visit http://www.wizardworld.com/home-portland.html and to learn more about Wizard World New Orleans Comic Con, go tohttp://www.wizardworld.com/home-neworleans.html.

First Lieutenant (1LT) Donna Bachler

First Lieutenant (1LT) Donna Bachler

Castle’s Jon Huertas (Javier Esposito)  is a U.S. Air Force Veteran! He directed this short film called “A Homecoming” written by U.S. Army Veteran, Donna Bachler, as part of ABC’s Home for the Holidays.

Donna served in the U.S. Army (1999-2011). She met her husband while on deployment and soon after got married. They eloped in Las Vegas, Nevada and both returned back to active duty. Read more here.

Grimm 2 Hour Special Tonight

COLD BLOODED (airs December 13 at 9/8c)
A CRIME WAVE BREATHES NEW LIFE INTO AN URBAN LEGEND ALEXIS DENISOF GUEST STARS — As a deadly crime spree begins to surface, a century-old urban legend takes shape in Portland’s sewers and becomes Nick’s (David Giuntoli) latest case. In Europe, Adalind (Claire Coffee) meets Prince Viktor (guest star Alexis Denisof), who’s come to bring those responsible for his cousin Eric’s demise to justice. Meanwhile, Captain Renard (Sasha Roiz) responds to the recent attempt on his life. Bitsie Tulloch, Russell Hornsby, Silas Weir Mitchell, Reggie Lee and Bree Turner also star.
 
TWELVE DAYS OF KRAMPUS (airs December 13 at 10/9c)
A DARK JUSTICE DESCENDS ON PORTLAND AS THE CHRSITMAS SEASON BEGINS — After a string of delinquent teens go missing, an old Wesen tale of an evil Santa who brings more than just a lump of coal may be the prime suspect. The investigation intensifies as Nick (David Giuntoli) and Hank (Russell Hornsby) take things a little too far. Meanwhile, Monroe (Silas Weir Mitchell) enlists Juliet (Bitsie Tulloch) to surprise Rosalee (Bree Turner) for their first Christmas together with unintended results. Elsewhere, Captain Renard’s (Sasha Roiz) tour of Europe brings him closer to tracking down Adalind (Claire Coffee). Reggie Lee also stars.
 
DAVID GIUNTOLI  
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Grimm – Fridays (9-10 p.m. ET) on NBC
 
David Giuntoli stars in NBC’s acclaimed drama series “Grimm” as Nick Burkhardt, the steadfast Portland detective turned Grimm-creature profiler.
 
In a short period of time and with a career that’s only starting to blossom, Giuntoli has compiled an expansive television resume, with roles on hit shows such as “Grey’s Anatomy,” “The Deep End,” “Privileged,” “Private Practice,” “Hot in Cleveland” and the MTV original movie “Turn the Beat Around.
 
Giuntoli has also appeared in the CBS pilot “The Quinn-tuplets,” alongside Amber Tamblyn and Molly Parker, as well as the NBC series “Love Bites.”
Eager to stretch beyond television, Giuntoli recently starred as Ryan in the independent feature “Caroline and Jackie,” directed by Adam Christian Clark, which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival to exceedingly positive reviews.
 
Giuntoli grew up in St. Louis and attended Indiana University. After moving to Los Angeles, he studied under Christopher Fields before joining the acclaimed Echo Theater Company.
 
GRIMM – Fridays (9-10 p.m. ET) on NBC
 
“Grimm” is a drama series inspired by the classic Grimm Brothers’ Fairy Tales. After Portland homicide detective Nick Burkhardt (David Giuntoli, “Caroline and Jackie”) discovers he’s descended from an elite line of criminal profilers known as ‘Grimms,’ he increasingly finds his responsibilities as a detective at odds with his new responsibilities as a Grimm.
 
Now that Juliette (Bitsie Tulloch, “Parkland”) has learned Nick’s secret, he can bring her into the fold with his partner Hank (Russell Hornsby, “Lincoln Heights”) and his Wesen friends Monroe (Silas Weir Mitchell, “My Name is Earl”) and Rosalee (Bree Turner, “The Ugly Truth”). Following the events of season two, Nick will learn his abilities have grown exponentially. Unfortunately, so have the dangers, and he now will need all the help he can get to bring order to Portland’s Wesen community.
 
In Europe, major events have begun to unfold on behalf of the Royals. Nick’s Captain, Sean Renard (Sasha Roiz, “Pompeii”), has done what he can about his estranged family while working stateside, but may find himself needing to take a long overdue trip across the Atlantic. Also overseas is Adalind (Claire Coffee, “Franklin and Bash”), who continues her quest to regain her Hexenbiest powers by using the biggest bargaining chip she has her unborn child.
 
Reggie Lee (“The Dark Knight Rises”) returns as the ever-sarcastic Sgt. Wu. His time spent working with Nick and Hank may finally cause him to change his tone, however, when he sees more than he can handle.
“Grimm” is a Universal Television and Hazy Mills production. The series was created by David Greenwalt & Jim Kouf and Stephen Carpenter. Sean Hayes, Todd Milliner (NBC’s “Sean Saves the World” and “Hot in Cleveland”) and Norberto Barba (”The Bridge”) serve as executive producers along with Greenwalt and Kouf.

London, Sunday 8th December – British talent turned out this evening for the 16th Moët British Independent Film Awards. The winners were announced at the star-studded ceremony, held at Old Billingsgate which was hosted by BIFA Winning actor James Nesbitt.

For the first time, the lucky winners took home the brand new iconic award designed by Fredrikson Stallard and created by Swarovski.  The awards ceremony was streamed live exclusively online at www.film3sixty.com/moetbifa


Best British Independent Film was won by METRO MANILA with the film’s director Sean Ellis picking up Best Director. Lindsay Duncan won Best Actress for LE WEEK-END and James McAvoy won Best Actor for FILTH. Imogen Poots collected her BIFA for Best Supporting Actress for THE LOOK OF LOVE and Ben Mendelsohn took home Best Supporting Actor for STARRED UP.


METRO MANILA won the most awards on the night, picking up three trophies for Best Achievement in Production and as previously mentioned Best Director award and Best British Independent Film.


Joint Directors, The Moët British Independent Film Awards Johanna von Fischer & Tessa Collinson said: “This year our independent jury had an extremely tough job, they were asked to choose from an impressive pool of talent and creativity in a year where the diversity of storytelling is more extreme than ever. Thanks to an independent film industry which encompasses so many different cultures, personalities, visions and voices, Britain is producing a new generation of fearless artists both behind and in front of the camera who represent that richness of our diverse British society. With so many of the films exploring themes about being less judgmental and more forgiving, this perhaps reflects a movement within British independent filmmaking that brings much hope for the future.”

As previously announced, Julie Walters was awarded the coveted Richard Harris Award for outstanding contribution by an actor to British film, and Paul Greengrass the Variety Award, which recognises an actor, director, writer or producer who has helped to shine the international spotlight on the UK. The Special Jury Prize went to Sixteen Films & Friends (AKA Team Loach), in recognition of their contribution, bringing the work of Ken Loach to life.

Ben Roberts, Director of the BFI Film Fund said: ‘this has been a standout year for British film and the BIFAs has once again kicked off the awards season in style, putting the wild creativity and bold storytelling of the UK’s independent sector centre stage. Congratulations to all the winners and to the BIFAs for doing such a great job of spotlighting so many brilliant filmmakers.’

Elsa Corbineau, Marketing Director Moët & Chandon commented: “As a long term supporter of British film, Moët & Chandon is delighted to share in the celebrations of tonight’s very well deserved winners. To toast the successes of 2013, guests joined us in creating a seven – foot champagne fountain to salute a year of amazing achievements.’

The Raindance Award was won by THE MACHINE. Elliot Grove, Founder of BIFA and the Raindance Film Festival added: “The breadth, scope and quality of this year’s nominated films shows that British independent films and talent are not only the talk of the town but the talk of audiences everywhere.”

The Moët British Independent Film Awards are proud to announce the following winners for 2013 (highlighted below in red): 

BEST BRITISH INDEPENDENT FILM

Sponsored by Moët & Chandon 

Metro Manila

Philomena

The Selfish Giant

Starred Up

Le Week-end


BEST DIRECTOR

Sponsored by AllCity & Intermission

Jon S Baird – Filth 

Clio Barnard – The Selfish Giant

Sean Ellis – Metro Manila

Jonathan Glazer – Under the Skin

David Mackenzie – Starred Up


THE DOUGLAS HICKOX AWARD [BEST DEBUT DIRECTOR]

Sponsored by 3 Mills Studios

Charlie Cattrall – Titus

Tina Gharavi – I Am Nasrine

Jeremy Lovering – In Fear

Omid Nooshin – Last Passenger

Paul Wright – For Those in Peril


BEST SCREENPLAY

Jonathan Asser – Starred Up

Clio Barnard – The Selfish Giant

Steven Knight – Locke 

Hanif Kureishi – Le Week-end

Jeff Pope, Steve Coogan – Philomena 


BEST ACTRESS 

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Judi Dench – Philomena 

Lindsay Duncan – Le Week-end

Scarlett Johansson – Under the Skin

Felicity Jones – The Invisible Woman

Saoirse Ronan – How I Live Now


BEST ACTOR

Sponsored by BBC Films 

Jim Broadbent – Le Week-end

Steve Coogan – Philomena 

Tom Hardy – Locke

Jack O’Connell – Starred Up

James McAvoy – Filth 


BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS

Siobhan Finneran – The Selfish Giant

Shirley Henderson – Filth 

Imogen Poots – The Look Of Love

Kristin Scott Thomas – The Invisible Woman

Mia Wasikowska – The Double


BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR

Sponsored by Sanderson & St Martins Lane 

John Arcilla – Metro Manila

Rupert Friend – Starred Up

Jeff Goldblum – Le Week-end

Eddie Marsan – Filth 

Ben Mendelsohn – Starred Up


MOST PROMISING NEWCOMER

Sponsored by Studiocanal

Harley Bird – How I Live Now

Conner Chapman / Shaun Thomas – The Selfish Giant

Caity Lotz – The Machine

Jake Macapagal – Metro Manila

Chloe Pirrie – Shell 


BEST ACHIEVEMENT IN PRODUCTION

Sponsored by Company3

A Field in England

Filth

Metro Manila

The Selfish Giant

Starred Up


BEST TECHNICAL ACHIEVEMENT

Sponsored by LightBrigade Media

Shaheen Baig – Casting – Starred Up

Johnnie Burn – Sound Design – Under the Skin

Amy Hubbard – Casting – The Selfish Giant

Mica Levi – Music – Under the Skin

Justine Wright – Editing – Locke 


BEST DOCUMENTARY 

Pussy Riot – A Punk Prayer

The Great Hip Hop Hoax

The Moo Man

The Spirit of ’45

The Stone Roses: Made of Stone


BEST BRITISH SHORT

Supported by BFI NET.WORK

L’Assenza

Dr Easy

Dylan’s Room

Jonah

Z1 


BEST INTERNATIONAL INDEPENDENT FILM

Blue is the Warmest Colour

Blue Jasmine

Frances Ha

The Great Beauty

Wadjda


THE RAINDANCE AWARD

Sponsored by Wentworth Media and Arts

Everyone’s Going to Die

The Machine

The Patrol

Sleeping Dogs

Titus


THE RICHARD HARRIS AWARD (for outstanding contribution by an actor to British Film)

Julie Walters


THE VARIETY AWARD

Paul Greengrass


THE SPECIAL JURY PRIZE

Sixteen Films & Friends (AKA Team Loach)


Proud supporters and patrons of The Moët British Independent Film Awards include Mike Figgis, Tom Hollander, Adrian Lester, Ken Loach, Ewan McGregor, Helen Mirren, Samantha Morton, James Nesbitt, Michael Sheen, Trudie Styler, Tilda Swinton, Meera Syal, David Thewlis, Ray Winstone and Michael Winterbottom.


The Moët British Independent Film Awards would like to thank all its supporters, especially: Moët & Chandon, BFI NET.WORK, 3 Mills Studios, BBC Films, Company 3, M.A.C Cosmetics, Raindance, Sanderson & St Martins Lane – Morgans Hotel Group, Soho House, Studiocanal, Swarovski, Variety, Wentworth Media and Arts, LightBrigade, AllCity and Intermission.

Photo copyright NBC

Photo copyright NBC

 

“Grimm” is no stranger to adapting lore from around the world with stories from Japan, Haiti and Germany influencing the storytelling of the hit drama series.  Last season, “Grimm” borrowed from one of Latin America’s most infamous urban legends “La Llorona” for a well-received Halloween episode with guest star Kate del Castillo.  On Friday, November 29, “Grimm” returns with a new episode inspired by another Latin American urban legend, “El Cucuy.”  The episode centers on a mysterious vigilante taking things into their own hands to clean up the neighborhood.  Just like in “La Llorona” portions of the dialogue will be in Spanish in scenes featuring Bitsie Tulloch and Bertila Damas who returns a Pilar.  Manny Montana (USA Network’s “Graceland”) also guest stars in the episode.

“Grimm” airs on Fridays on NBC.

For more info visit http://www.nbc.com/grimm/

The fans have spoken and The Walking Dead has earned three nominations for the 2014 People’s Choice Awards. The series is up for Favorite Cable TV drama, Favorite Sci-Fi/Fantasy TV Show and Favorite TV Anti-Hero.

AMC’s hit series faces formidable competition for the awards. Also competing for Favorite Drama is PBS’ Downton Abbey, ABC Family’s Pretty Little Liars, FX’s Sons of Anarchy and USA’s White Collar. Also nominated in the Sci-Fi/Fantasy category are The CW’s Beauty and the Beast, Vampire Diaries and Supernatural, and ABC’s Once Upon a Time. Rick Grimes will square off against Dexter Morgan (Dexter), Jaime Lannister (Game of Thrones), Norman Bates (Bates Motel) and AMC’s own Walter White (Breaking Bad) for the Anti-Hero award.

Ultimately, it’s up to you to make sure your favorite series walks home the winner. Cast your vote before Thu., Dec. 5 at 11:59 PM | 10:59c:

“The Walking Dead” To Get Spinoff Series

AMC’s hugely popular series “The Walking Dead” to get spin-off series in 2015

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Photo copyright AMC/TWD Productions LLC

The cable channel revealed today that it is in “the initial stages of developing a companion series” to its hyper-successful adaptation of the long-running Image Comics series co-created and written by Robert Kirkman about a group of human survivors in a world filled with the undead. Kirkman is part of the group developing the spinoff, acting as executive producer on the project alongside Walking Deadexecs Gail Anne Hurd and David Alpert.

“I couldn’t be more thrilled about getting the chance to create a new corner of The Walking Dead universe,” said Kirkman in a statement included the network’s announcement, adding that “the opportunity to make a show that isn’t tethered by the events of the comic book, and is truly a blank page, has set my creativity racing.” AMC president Charlie Collier promised that the show would feature “an entirely new story and cast of characters,” while offering “another unforgettable view of the zombie apocalypse.”

More details are sure to be released soon about the new series, which is set to premiere in 2015.  Catch current episodes of “The Walking Dead” on AMC Sunday nights at 9pm.

A Long, Long Time Ago in a Galaxy Known as Chico……

When the Pageant Theatre opened its doors way back in 1980, it was a bit of a lark for owners Tim & Roger as they thought, “Hey, let’s open an art house movie theatre. How hard could that be?” Right. The stories that could be told.

Who knew that 34 years later that little theatre that could, would, and is still providing the Chico area with the best in foreign, independent and documentary films. And now, as you’ve heard already, that ability is being challenged by new technology. No longer will those huge heavy reels of 35MM film come rolling into town to be spliced, hoisted onto mechanical drives and projected onto the screen.(Actually, we won’t miss the first two parts of that equation). Instead, it is all digital now, baby.

But that means that some 10,000 screens in the United States will go dark because of the burdensome cost of this changeover. We do not want to be one of them.

It really will come down to next two months as to whether we will be able to join the 21st Century or go by the wayside. So we hope you can be generous with your donations. Check out the wonderful “premiums” and gifts that we will be offering in turn, including the limited edition Aye Jay screen print of the Pageant Theatre, T-Shirts and Hoodies from American Apparel with the Pageant logo, and wonderful Stainless Steel Pageant Travel Mug, and so much more.

This is a “do or die” effort. If we don’t meet the fundraising goal by December 31st, we don’t get a dime, all funds will be returned, and it’s a sad sayonara to the Pageant. If we exceed our goal, extra funds will be used for other much needed theatre improvements like new seating!!

And, finally, SPREAD THE WORD! let all your friends—Facebook or otherwise– in on our little secret.

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One thing that most bands have in common is the search for fans. Last Stop Booking has some excellent ideas. The emphasis is on having the band members staying active. Take turns and work on different days,  do whatever it take to make sure you are active on Facebook and Twitter.

Two or more posts everyday and make sure you respond to anyone who posts on your page or comments on your page. Remember you feel like a normal person but you aren’t to the fans. Think about how excited you would be if your favorite band took the time to respond to your post or comment.

“Do you sometimes feel that your band’s draw is languishing? Are you tired of seeing the same people at your shows and want to play to a new crowd, even in your hometown?

If you’re like most musicians, you know that you absolutely can do better, that you have more fans out there than who actually show up at the venue, and despite always receiving positive feedback, you don’t know why more people aren’t showing up. Here are some tips on building some momentum back into your tour dates so you can increase your band’s draw:”

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Follow up to popular “Thor” film opens in theatres tomorrow.

Tom Hiddleston at Comic Con "Thor: The Dark World" Press Conference.  Photo copyright Suzanne Philips/CFM

Tom Hiddleston at Comic Con “Thor: The Dark World” Press Conference. Photo copyright Suzanne Philips/CFM

Marvel Entertainment has been producing great films featuring the likes of Ironman, Captain America and the Hulk in both stand alone and group films for the past several years.  These films intertwine to create the Marvel Universe, but can also be viewed as stand-alone pieces.  The latest offering out of the Marvel stables in “Thor: The Dark World” which opens in theatres in the United States tomorrow.

Chris Hemsworth as Thor in "Thor: The Dark World". Photo copyright Marvel Enterainment

Chris Hemsworth as Thor in “Thor: The Dark World”. Photo copyright Marvel Enterainment

The film is set after the battle of New York, which was seen in Joss Whedon’s “Marvel’s The Avengers” last year.  After returning Loki (Tom Hiddleston) back to Asgard to face imprisonment for the destruction in New York, Thor (Chris Hemsworth) returns to do battle with Malekith (Doctor Who’s Christopher Eccleston), the vengeful leader of a primordial race that seeks to destroy the Nine Realms.  With even Odin (Anthony Hopkins) unable to protect Asgard from the approaching darkness, the god of thunder reunites with Jane Foster (Natalie Portman) and Loki as he prepares to make the ultimate sacrifice in order to save the world from certain destruction.

“Thor: The Dark World” sees more action and special effects than Kenneth Branagh’s original “Thor” film, which was more of a character study that set up the backstories of all of the main characters.  “Thor: The Dark World” is a fast-moving piece with a lot of stunts and explosions that will keep audiences entertained from start to finish.

Tom Hiddleston as Loki in "Thor: The Dark World".  Photo copyright Marvel Entertainment

Tom Hiddleston as Loki in “Thor: The Dark World”. Photo copyright Marvel Entertainment

The characters in the “Thor” universe are so well-defined at this point that the interaction between them seems effortless.  Nowhere is this more apparent, than between brothers Thor and Loki.  Their bickering and digs at each other will seem more than familiar to anyone who has siblings.  Both Hemsworth and Hiddleston have perfected their portrayals of the demi-gods and are so secure in their characters that their time on-screen is the best thing about the films.   Other stand-outs in the film include Kat Dennings as Jane Foster’s intern Darcy, Stellan Skarsgard as Eric Selvig and Idris Elba as Heimdall.

To see Thor try to save the world, check out “Thor: The Dark World” when it opens in theatres tomorrow.

Skeltons playing at Spirit Lake Photo #2

These skeletons are getting ready for the awesome light show beginning Halloween night at The Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park’s Spirit Lake. Suwannee Hulaween will make it debut with costumes, special rides, a spectacular light show, music with some of America’s best musicians, surprises everywhere, hula hooping, fun, friends and a huge, colorful ferris wheel. Photo: Rex-A-Vision Photography

Ferris wheel photo #1

Just a hint of what’s going to go on at The String Cheese Incident’s Suwannee Hulaween the next four days at The Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park (SOSMP) in Live Oak, Fla! Already voted the Best Halloween Venue in America before it even opens, Hulaween brings its very first Halloween event to the SOSMP with legendary musicians like The String Cheese Incident, Leftover Salmon (the Bluegrass Surprise), Emancipator, Conspirator, Future Rock and many more. Got your ticket? Get ‘em at the gate! Photo: Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park

 

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His career spanned 50 years and many of us consider Lou Reed’s music part of the background of our lives.  We have all sang along and most likely car danced to “Walk On The Wild Side” at one time or another. It is was recorded in 1972 and remains relevant today.

Tributes and articles of are coming in from around the world. Lou Reed was a true pioneer in rock in rolls history.

Lou Reed Website.

A look back at Lou Reed’s life in photos.

Rolling Stone article:

Lou Reed, Velvet Underground Leader and Rock Pioneer, Dead at 71

Lou Reed, a massively influential songwriter and guitarist who helped shape nearly fifty years of rock music, died today on Long Island. The cause of his death has not yet been released, but Reed underwent a liver transplant in May.
Chewing gum in the library is allowed – try 5® Focus™   (Art courtesy TL Arens.)

Chewing gum in the library is allowed – try 5® Focus™ (Art courtesy TL Arens.)

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Robert De Niro.  Photo Copyright Larry Cunningham/CFM

Robert De Niro. Photo Copyright Larry Cunningham/CFM

Stars from the film “Last Vegas” made an appearance on Friday at the Bellagio fountains on Las Vegas Boulevard to promote their new film.  Robert De Niro, Michael Douglas, Kevin Kline, Morgan Freeman and Mary Steenburgen were all on-hand for fans and the press to celebrate the release of the film, which opens in the U.S. on November 1st.

Morgan Freeman.  Photo copyright Larry Cunningham/CFM

Morgan Freeman. Photo copyright Larry Cunningham/CFM

Billy (Michael Douglas), Paddy (Robert De Niro), Archie (Morgan Freeman) and Sam (Kevin Kline) have been best friends since childhood. So when Billy, the group’s sworn bachelor, finally proposes to his thirty-something (of course) girlfriend, the four head to Las Vegas with a plan to stop acting their age and relive their glory days.

Michael Douglas.  Photo copyright Larry Cunningham/CFM

Michael Douglas. Photo copyright Larry Cunningham/CFM

However, upon arriving, the four quickly realize that the decades have transformed Sin City and tested their friendship in ways they never imagined. The Rat Pack may have once played the Sands and Cirque du Soleil may now rule the Strip, but it’s these four who are taking over Vegas.

Kevin Kline.  Photograph Copyright Larry Cunningham/CFM

Kevin Kline. Photograph Copyright Larry Cunningham/CFM

 

Ted Danson.  Photo Copyright Larry Cunningham/CFM

Ted Danson. Photo Copyright Larry Cunningham/CFM

 

Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman.  Photograph Copyright Larry Cunningham/CFM

Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman. Photograph Copyright Larry Cunningham/CFM

 

Former Las Vegas Mayor Oscar Goodman.  Photo Copyright Larry Cunningham/CFM

Former Las Vegas Mayor Oscar Goodman. Photo Copyright Larry Cunningham/CFM

 

 

 

Catch “Last Vegas” when it opens in theatres on November 1st.  For more information, check out http://lastvegasmovie.com/.

Dominic Monaghan Shown here with a bug co-star from his series Wild Things With Dominic Monaghan season one.

Dominic Monaghan Shown here with a bug co-star from his series Wild Things With Dominic Monaghan season one.

“Wild Things with Dominic Monaghan” season 2 will be returning with backing from BBC Worldwide, BBC America and Rogers Media in Canada. BBC America who brought us “Wild Things with Dominic Monaghan” will be working with the BBC Worldwide’s global channels

Backing for this popular travel/animal show is very complicated. Canada’s Cream Productions and UK indie Wildfire Television is co-producing the show with BBC America, BBC Worldwide Global Channels and Rogers Media.

Season 2 returns shooting now for 2014 and promises to see the domolicious one finding more unusual creatures for us.

Tracy Forsyth, VP commissioning, Content, BBC Worldwide said that:  “Wild Things has everything that we look for in a global show which is why co-producing series two with BBC America is hugely exciting for us. With the internationally recognized British talent Dominic Monaghan bringing his genuine passion for wildlife to the screen, this show will appeal to audiences everywhere”.

Perry Simon, general manager, BBC America added:  “Not only is Dominic a wildlife enthusiast, he’s a fearless adventurer, fantastic communicator and an incredibly engaging host.”

Read more about the people on the show that aren’t Dominic Monaghan go here.

 

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Hunger can do strange things to a person. Drawing courtesy of artist TL Arens

Hunger can do strange things to a person. (Drawing courtesy of artist TL Arens.)

We live in a small town in northern California. Living just east of no where means driving to see bands. When we started CFM my friend and I drove to Sac for a metal concert. We left half deaf with ringing ears and hungry. (That was the last time I forgot the earplugs!) The locals recommended a restaurant that was so crowded there was a waiting line to get into the parking lot. We decided it was too late at night and the drive ahead was too long to eat there. The next place that was open had a dark, kinda creepy parking lot. Yeah, two women in the middle of the night, not such a good idea. Finally, we found a place open and settled for not so good Mexican food. The most memorable moment was laughing when the kid that took our order asked if we had been at the concert, we were screaming at him without realizing it.

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Like many small towns our entertainment is going to Wal-Mart. Friday night we finished our late night shopping and Wal-Mart was closing. We decided to check out the Late Night Munchie Meals at Jack in the Box. I admit that it had been a while since I had been to our Jack in the Box. Let me say, we have an awesome Jack in the Box! The parking lot is properly lit and the store was spotless. There were none of the expected stray napkins on the floor. I have worked as a Secret Shopper for other companies and it has made me very aware of things you wouldn’t normally notice. The employees were wearing clean uniforms and the kitchen area looked great. They would have gotten a perfect score!

Tyler greeted us and explained the Late Night Munchie Meals menu. It was not easy to decide. I started laughing when Tom told Tyler he didn’t have to wait for us to decide if he had something to do. Tom is an honest to goodness foodie and he was overwhelmed. I couldn’t help thinking that in my late night munchies college days I would have ended up standing there for a very long time deciding. It was not a tough decision for me that night I couldn’t wait to try the Exploding Cheesy Chicken!

Chicken! Mozzarella sticks! How could you go wrong?

The meals are only served after 9pm. Your entree comes in a box with 2 tacos, halfsies which is half curly fries and half French fries and a 20 oz. drink.

Tom said, “You get one of these, 2 tacos, curly fries with french fries and a drink for only $6?”

“Yes”

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This is how Jack in the Box describes Jacks Munchie Meals.

Stacked Grilled Cheese Burger – Sourdough grilled cheese on top, cheeseburger on bottom. Tucked into this tasty bunk bed.

Loaded Nuggets – Chicken Nuggets drowning in two kinds of cheese with ranch and bacon. Rescue them!

Brunch Burger – A burger with a fried egg and a crispy hash brown for when it’s so late you don’t know whether it’s dinner or breakfast.

Exploding Cheesy Chicken – A chicken sandwich exploding with mozzarella cheese sticks and gooey white cheese sauce. Oh my cheesy goodness.

This is a photo of my Exploding Cheesy Chicken. It won’t look like the ones in the Jack in the Box ads because, I am allergic to lettuce. When I asked if I could get it without lettuce, the manager on duty, Brock told me it wasn’t a problem because they are made to order. Far out!

Exploding Cheesy Chicken

My Exploding Cheesy Chicken. The white cheese sauce is killer.

Exploding Cheesy Chicken is heavenly! It was even better than expected. We are restaurant folks and had doubts about the tacos. Burgers to tacos? Restaurant can’t always add new products successfully. Jack in the Box does it perfectly. Tom said the tacos were some of the best he had ever had and from him that is a major compliment!

This is one of the funniest commercials ever.

 

You really do have to experience these meals. The next time you are out after 9pm doing who knows what, gettin your freak on, stop into Jack in the Box and eat a really, really good tasting meal.

Still out at 2am…Jack don’t judge. We don’t need no stinking salads, in the middle of the night.

My Exploding Cheesy Chicken was one of the best sandwiches I have eaten in the night or day time.

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On the way out we notice a sign on the door. It said: Text JACKCHI to 31278. I did and Jack sent me a coupon text for 2 FREE Tacos with a purchase that is good for seven days. Me and Jack are tight.

The Jack in the Box visit was also educational. After we had eaten, we learned the ancient art of napkin folding. Tom made the cabbage and I made the marble.

The Jack in the Box visit was also educational. After we had eaten, we learned the ancient art of napkin folding. Tom made the cabbage and I made the marble. Mine was totally better than his.

Love and peace out.

 

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What does the most photogenic, adorable human on the planet do in his spare time? He plays games with adorable Spanish-speaking puppets. It’s a crack up that he gets so serious when the game starts.

The next video starts out with Wood looking a little bit like he expects someone to tell him it is a joke.

The String Cheese Incident band to appear at The Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park.

The String Cheese Incident band to appear at The Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park.

-Gather your tribe and deck yourself in Voodoo flavor because Suwannee Hulaween has unveiled its spooktacular schedule for the inaugural festival taking place Oct. 31 – Nov. 2 at The Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park (SOSMP) in Live Oak, Fla. Featuring no overlapping sets, fans won’t have to miss a single moment of music. The schedule also gives them plenty of time to explore the grounds.

Set at one of the most beautiful outdoor music venues in America, the Spanish moss-soaked trees and fog-covered Spirit Lake provide the perfect backdrop for Halloween madness to ensue.

Suwannee Hulaween encourages participants to conjure creative costume concoctions for their Voodoo party – from Voodoo Dolls and Tribal Krewe to Creole Creatures and Enchanted Alchemists – the possibilities are endless.

Also announced are talented artists-at-large Natalie Cressman (Trey Anastasio Band

) and Nick Cassarino (The Nth Power), who will be sprinkling their musical touch on sets throughout the weekend along with performers Savi Fernandez Band and Eliot Mess.

To check out the artists’ and events schedule go to Suwannee Hulaween.com.

Suwannee Hulaween Lineup includes The String Cheese Incident (3 nights), STS9 (late night), Big Gigantic (late night), Emancipator, Conspirator, Steve Kimock & Friends, Suwannee Bluegrass Surprise, Future Rock, Eliot Lipp (live band & DJ set), Brock Butler, Jennifer Hartswick, Van Ghost, Moon Taxi, The Main Squeeze, Manic Focus, Prophet Massive, Up Until Now (with special guests), Thibault, Applebutter Express, The Heard, Catfish Alliance, Vlad the Inhaler, Sir Charles, Savi Fernandez Band, Eliot Mess, Satoru, DJ Jody Litvack and Come Back Alice.

Artists at large include Natalie Cressman (Trey Anastasio Band) and Nick Cassarino (The Nth Power).

Suwannee Hulaween Links for tickets and info:

www.suwanneehulaween.com; www.facebook.com/suwanneehulaween;

Twitter + Instagram: @HulaweenFL (#HulaweenFL);

www.youtube.com/HulaweenFL;

Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park Links:

www.MusicLivesHere.com;www.facebook.com/musicliveshere;

Twitter: @SOSMP (#Suwannee);

 

The Walking Dead Season 4 airs Sunday Oct. 14 on AMC.

The Walking Dead Season 4 airs Sunday Oct. 14 on AMC.

Yes I know about MST3K:
If you’re wondering how he eats and breathes
and other science facts (la-la-la),
Just repeat to yourself, “It’s just a show,
I should really just relax…”

I am not a die hard fan but I have watched a few episodes.  I have questions.

1. Working under the premise it is a sin to kill someone, is it a sin to kill a zombie that isn’t attacking you?

2. Where is he getting all those arrows? Even if he reuses them, they have to be damaged.

3. Are there ugly female survivors?

4. The women are plucking their eyebrows, washing and cutting their hair why aren’t they bathing?

5. They don’t seem to have a lot of supplies, where are they getting tampons?

6. Why can’t zombies use their arms? They can remember how to walk upstairs but not open a door?

Watch Comic Con New York Live Here

New York Comic Con – Main Theater

 

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New York Comic Con – Empire Theater

This is where the most of the major panels will be.

Watch live video from NYCC2 on www.twitch.tv

Remembering Cory Monteith

Remembering Cory Monteith

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20th Century Fox and Columbia Records will donate their profits from the sales of the songs featured in ‘The Quarterback’ episode, to Cory Monteith’s favorite charity Project Limelight.

Some of you may be a little short of cash but want to remember Cory and this is our way of helping. CFM will give two lucky fans a digital copy of :

The Quarterback (Music From the TV Series) – EP Glee Cast

In the comments section tell us why you would like to win a copy of the music from “The Quarterback”. Register with a real email address and we will pick two winners. We will contact you with the email address you use.

This is not affiliated with 20th Century Fox, Columbia Records or Project Limelight. It is just something I felt like doing.  Losillë

Contest ends one week from today.  Oct 17, 2013 at midnight PST.

 

Thanks to Annika and Tafriha for contributing the photos. If you take the photos please do not remove their copyright information.

Proceeds from the of the songs on tonight’s episode will go to a fund in the name of Cory Monteith.

“Glee” Cast Visits 2012 Comic Con

It promises to be a heart breaking good bye to the character of Finn Hudson. “I’ve never seen a crew that can’t continue shooting because they’ve left the room sobbing. It was very hard,” said executive producer Ryan Murphy.

“It was really sad. Every day was really hard, but we hung together and it was really good to grieve together.” said cast member

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The Walking Dead Season 4.

The Walking Dead Season 4.

Episode 1: 30 Days Without an Accident
Rick and the group are as close to an ideal life as possible at the prison. Will they be able to hold on to humanity in the face of a new evil? – More

Fans are counting down to the day when this popular AMC show returns. “Popular” may not be strong enough to describe the fans for this show!

Rumors have some very interesting plot lines floating around. I have tried to stay from rumors and trailers. I want to be surprised and excited for every minute of the show.

The Walking Dead Takes Over Comic Con With Mini Prison Filled With Zombies

There should be lots of zombies walking the streets come Halloween. The makeup is time consuming but worth every minute.

The Walking Dead fans can experience zombie apocalypse every night this week on AMC. Episodes from Seasons 1 and 2 will will be shown in the order they aired. Season 3 episodes will start on Sat., Oct. 12. Check your local listing for times.

10TH Anniversary Celebration Of Robert Kirkman’s “THE WALKING DEAD” Comic Book Series To Be Held At Comic-Con 2013

Fright Dome actor.  Photo copyright Suzanne Philips/CFM

Fright Dome actor. Photo copyright Suzanne Philips/CFM

“Ghost Adventures” stars Zak Bagans and Aaron Goodwin, Vince Neil, Lance Burton, stars of “The Collector” and the cast of “Evil Dead: The Musical” turn out for black carpet event to open the 2013 season of Fright Dome.

 

"Ghost Adventures" star Zak Bagans.  Photo copyright Suzanne Philips/CFM

“Ghost Adventures” star Zak Bagans. Photo copyright Suzanne Philips/CFM

Josh Stewart of "Criminal Minds" and "The Collector".  Photo copyright Larry Cunningham/CFM

Josh Stewart of “Criminal Minds” and “The Collector”. Photo copyright Larry Cunningham/CFM

 

Fright Dome at Circus Circus has been scaring visitors for the past 11 years and has quickly become one of the country’s premiere Halloween attractions.  This year, they are increasing the number of haunted houses for the first time with a sixth stand-alone maze based on Fortress Features Horror film “The Collection”. The isolation-type maze, appropriately titled “Hotel Argento” will take only upgraded fast pass guests into the depths of the Collector’s lair. Separated from friends and forced to enter alone, guests will forge their way through traps and snares, the Collector’s demented assortment of barely coherent victims, museum-esque displays of lifeless prey and much more — all while being hunted themselves. Will they make it out… or will they become the next victim added to his meticulous collection?

Fright Dome actors. Photo copyright Larry Cunningham/CFM

Fright Dome actors. Photo copyright Larry Cunningham/CFM

 

Owner and creator of the Fright Dome, Jason Egan, spoke about the new collaboration. “We’ve always had one of the top haunted attractions in the nation and I have been able to team up with amazing movie partners for incredible themes over the years. I couldn’t think of a better fit for our isolation-style haunted house, or for any haunted house for that matter, than the story behind THE COLLECTOR. The overall premise behind the movie is every horror fan’s worst nightmare- being singled out and hunted by a devious villain. I’m thrilled that our fans have embraced this event every year allowing us to grow and make this year truly the most ominous yet.”

 

Fright Dome Creator Jason Egan and wife with their adopted dog.  Photo copyright Larry Cunningham/CFM

Fright Dome Creator Jason Egan and wife with their adopted dog. Photo copyright Larry Cunningham/CFM

 

The 2013 season of Fright Dome kicked off last night with a star-studded black carpet event.  This year Fright Dome’s official charity will be the NSPCA.  $1 of each ticket sold every Sunday will be donated to the charity and the NSPCA was on-hand for the opening showcasing some of the great dogs they have up for adoption.  Fright Dome’s Jason Egan and his wife adopted a great dog during the black carpet event last night.

 

Vince Neil.  Photo copyright Suzanne Philips/CFM

Vince Neil. Photo copyright Suzanne Philips/CFM

 

Excitement was evident as attendees waited in line to get a glimpse of the celebs walking the black carpet and the official 7pm start of Fright Dome to get their first look at this year’s haunted houses.

 

The cast of "Evil Dead: the Musical" . Photo copyright Suzanne Philips/CFM

The cast of “Evil Dead: the Musical” . Photo copyright Suzanne Philips/CFM

 

Local celebrities turned out to support both the Fright Dome and the NSPCA.  “Evil Dead: The Musical” was one of the local productions to support the event.  The shows producer/director Sirc Michaels said “The Nevada SPCA has done a lot for animals in this community, and when they asked us to walk the black carpet at the Fright Dome for them, it seemed like the perfect fit for us. Just about everyone involved in the show has pets, and we understand the need to show support for a charity like NSPCA. We encourage everyone to do what they can to support no-kill shelters in the community.”Performers from other local shows “Vegas: The Show”, “Jabbawockeez”, “Pin-up”, “Jersey Boys” and comedian Murray Sawchuck also came out to show their support.

 

"Evil Dead: The Musical"'s Producer/Director Sirc Michaels. Photo copyright Suzanne Philips/CFM

“Evil Dead: The Musical”‘s Producer/Director Sirc Michaels. Photo copyright Suzanne Philips/CFM

 

"Ghost Adventures" star Aaron Goodwin.  Photo copyright Suzanne Philips/CFM

“Ghost Adventures” star Aaron Goodwin. Photo copyright Suzanne Philips/CFM

 

“Ghost Adventures” stars Zak Bagans and Aaron Goodwin, both locals and big supporters of the NSPCA, turned up to lend their support and check out the changes in this year’s Fright Dome.

 

Zak Bagans. Photo copyright Suzanne Philips/CFM

Zak Bagans. Photo copyright Suzanne Philips/CFM

 

Musicians also turned out to lend a hand, including Vince Neil of Motley Crue, Paul Shortino, DJ Ashba of Guns N Roses and Michael Goddard.

 

Paul Shortino.  Photo copyright Larry Cunningham/CFM

Paul Shortino. Photo copyright Larry Cunningham/CFM

DJ Ashba of Guns N Roses.  Photo copyright Suzanne Philips/CFM

DJ Ashba of Guns N Roses. Photo copyright Suzanne Philips/CFM

 

Michael Goddard.  Photo copyright Suzanne Philips/CFM

Michael Goddard. Photo copyright Suzanne Philips/CFM

 

This year’s Fright Dome  is open from 7 p.m. to midnight Oct. 3-31 on designated nights. General admission tickets start at $32.95 on select nights and fast pass tickets are available for an additional $15 – $20 which allows express line entry for all six haunted houses. This event is not appropriate for children under 12. For more information, visit frightdome.com, become a fan on Facebook at facebook.com/frightdome or follow on Twitter @FrightDome.

 

Horror Icon Sid Haig. Photo copyright Suzanne Philips/CFM

Horror Icon Sid Haig. Photo copyright Suzanne Philips/CFM

 

Murray Sawchuck.  Photo copyright Suzanne Philips/CFM

Murray Sawchuck. Photo copyright Suzanne Philips/CFM

 

Clair Sinclair of "Pin-up".  Photo copyright Larry Cunningham/CFM

Clair Sinclair of “Pin-up”. Photo copyright Larry Cunningham/CFM

 

Kolton Rostron, Ben Stobber and Greg Korin from "Evil Dead: the Musical".  Photo copyright Suzanne Philips/CFM.

Kolton Rostron, Ben Stobber and Greg Korin from “Evil Dead: the Musical”. Photo copyright Suzanne Philips/CFM.

 

Aaron Goodwin. Photo copyright Larry Cunningham/CFM

Aaron Goodwin. Photo copyright Larry Cunningham/CFM