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Barry & Joe – Bromancing the multiverse to save us from ourselves

A few years ago I met Adam Reid, he’s a director, illustrator, storyteller, producer, brand jedi extraordinaire from Maplewood, New Jersey. He co-founded the production company and agency Bodega Studios.

From the moment my family met him we thought he was very cool, and not just because he was shooting a Mazda commercial in our house with Minnie Driver. (She is also very cool).

And now… his coolness meter has reached grand new heights! Because Adam is working on an animated sci-fi sitcom starring two of my most favorite people in the whole world Former President Barack Obama and Former Vice President Joe Biden. Adam, like myself, misses these two and their “bromance” but it goes beyond the wit, humor and classic aviator sunglasses. This is about two bold, charming men who are going to be given the chance to go back in time (with their current knowledge) and save the world! Their only guide on this journey is Neil deGrasse Tyson! *squeal* I am so excited!

Adam writes, “If you’re like me, you’re more than a bit concerned lately about the fate of our country, our planet, and humanity itself.

And while we need new heroes to step in and stand up for what is right, I can’t help but intensely miss Barack Obama and Joe Biden.

I dream about how the world might be different if we could go back in time and make better choices understanding what we know now. If only there was some way to set things right.”

Currently, this whole concept is in a Kickstarter phase. Your help is needed! The perks for backing this series are pretty stellar if I do say so myself.  Pledge $75 and get a “Barry and Joe” coloring book! Pledge $100 for the “Hoodie of Resistance.” And for those of you with let’s say $10,000 extra laying around to invest in something super awesome, you will have an opportunity to get producer credit, A SPEAKING ROLE IN THE SERIES, a hoodie AND a poster! WHAT!?

But even a pledge of $5 can get you a digital pack of Barry & Joe themed artwork which is amazing!

barry and joe
Created by Adam Reid / Illustration by Lance Laspina

Please, please share this with your friends and family and people you meet in elevators that go up 15 floors and you’re not sure what to say. Print out the image, tell them about the Kickstarter and get them on board!

Kickstarter Link –https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/597035573/barry-and-joe-the-animated-series-pilot

New trailer released for Kingsman: The Golden Circle

In “Kingsman: The Golden Circle,” our heroes face a new challenge. When their headquarters are destroyed and the world is held hostage, their journey leads them to the discovery of an allied spy organization in the US called Statesman. These two elite secret organizations band together to defeat a ruthless common enemy, in order to save the world, something that’s becoming a bit of a habit for Eggsy…

Plus they have some pretty sweet movie posters for each character.

KINGSMAN: THE GOLDEN CIRCLE
Release: September 22, 2017
Director: Matthew Vaughn
Written By: Jane Goldman & Matthew Vaughn, based on the comic book “The Secret Service” by Mark Millar and Dave Gibbons
Produced By: Matthew Vaughn, David Reid, Adam Bohling
Cast: Colin Firth, Julianne Moore, Taron Egerton, Mark Strong, Halle Berry, with Sir Elton John, and Channing Tatum, and Jeff Bridges

SYNOPSIS
“Kingsman: The Secret Service” introduced the world to Kingsman – an independent, international intelligence agency operating at the highest level of discretion, whose ultimate goal is to keep the world safe. In “Kingsman: The Golden Circle,” our heroes face a new challenge. When their headquarters are destroyed and the world is held hostage, their journey leads them to the discovery of an allied spy organization in the US called Statesman, dating back to the day they were both founded. In a new adventure that tests their agents’ strength and wits to the limit, these two elite secret organizations band together to defeat a ruthless common enemy, in order to save the world, something that’s becoming a bit of a habit for Eggsy…

The Outsiders get their own special day

(L-R) David Morse as Big Foster, Joe Anderson as Asa, Gillian Alexy as G'Winveer, Ryan Hurst as Lil Foster and Kyle Gallner as Hasil in WGN America's "Outsiders." (PRNewsFoto/WGN America)
(L-R) David Morse as Big Foster, Joe Anderson as Asa, Gillian Alexy as G’Winveer, Ryan Hurst as Lil Foster and Kyle Gallner as Hasil in WGN America’s “Outsiders.” (PRNewsFoto/WGN America)

So what qualifies nowadays for a government official to declare a special holiday or some kind? I mean I know there are plenty of national days to celebrate, apple pie day, talk like a pirate day but when it sort of becomes “official” what are the requirements for that and what has to happen?

Celebrating the start of production on season two of WGN America’s hit original series, “Outsiders,” Pittsburgh Mayor William Peduto is set to declare Wednesday, May 18 “Outsiders Day,” with a proclamation ceremony at City Hall. Continuing the festivity for the addicting drama, produced by Sony Pictures Television and Tribune Studios, “Outsiders” star David Morse will throw out the ceremonial first pitch at the Pittsburgh Pirates game on Tuesday, May 24 at PNC Park.

Production on the 13-episode, hour-long series will commence in and around Pittsburgh, where 530 local crew and primary cast and 1,980 local extras and stand-ins were hired during the filming of the series’ first season.

Cast returning for the second season include David Morse (“Treme,” “Hurt Locker”), Thomas M. Wright (“The Bridge,” “Top of the Lake”), Ryan Hurst (“Sons of Anarchy,” “Bates Motel”), Joe Anderson (“The Divide,” “Across the Universe”), Gillian Alexy (“The Americans,” “Damages”), Kyle Gallner (“American Sniper,” “Veronica Mars”), and Christina Jackson (“Boardwalk Empire,” “Deception”). Additional cast to be announced.

“Outsiders” is created and written by award-winning playwright Peter Mattei, who executives produces alongside Fedora Entertainment’s Emmy® Award-winner Peter Tolan (“Rescue Me,” “Analyze This”), Touchy Feely Films’ Emmy® Award-winner Paul Giamatti (“John Adams,” “Sideways”), Michael Wimer (“2012,” “Rake”), and Dan Carey (“All Is Bright”). The second season of “Outsiders” will premiere January 2017 on WGN America.

Follow the series @OutsidersWGN

 

 

The Man and the Music with Murray #Rocktober

Happy 1st of October!

This is one of my most favorite times of year. It really is, I love the Fall and I love Halloween. Two of my kids were born in October (making May my other favorite time of year for my Finn) and of course my brother’s birthday is also in October. It’s a good month!

billmurrayAdding to the fun this October is the start of ROCK THE KASBAH’s #ROCKTOBER by getting to know legendary rock manager Richie Lanz (Bill Murray) in this brand new behind-the-scenes look – “The Man and the Music.” Hear what some of your favorite rock musicians had to say about Richie, his legacy, and his famous antics throughout the years.

SYNOPSIS 

A has-been rock manager from Van Nuys, California stumbles upon a once-in-a-lifetime voice in a remote Afghan cave in Rock the Kasbah, a dramatic comedy inspired by stranger-than-fiction, real-life events and directed by Oscar winner Barry Levinson. Richie Lanz (Bill Murray), dumped and stranded in war-torn Kabul by his last remaining client (Zooey Deschanel), discovers Salima Khan (Leem Lubany), a Pashtun teenager with a beautiful voice and the courageous dream of becoming the first woman to compete on national television in Afghanistan’s  version of “American Idol.”  Richie partners with a savvy hooker (Kate Hudson), a pair of hard-partying war profiteers (Danny McBride and Scott Caan) and a hair-trigger mercenary (Bruce Willis) and, braving dangerous cultural prejudices, manages his new protégée into becoming the “Afghan Star.”

RELEASE DATE: October 23, 2015

CAST: Bill Murray, Kate Hudson, Zooey Deschanel, Danny McBride, Scott Caan, Leem Lubany, Arian Moayed, and Bruce Willis

DIRECTOR: Barry Levinson

WRITER: Mitch Glazer

Because it would be wrong not to share

Will Smith is one of my most favorite actors of all time.

And so it would be wrong not to wish him a happy birthday and also not to share what his wife, Jada Pinkett Smith, did to embarrass him on Facebook.

Ha. So adorable.

Capture-smith

Official trailer for Burnt with Bradley Cooper

bradleycooper-burntYes, yes I know Bradley Cooper and his hot model girlfriend Irina Shayk are trending because of their bathing suit escapades, but this post isn’t about orange bikini bottoms.

This is about Philadelphia born Bradley Cooper and his upcoming part as Adam Jones in the comedic movie Burnt.

On behalf of The Weinstein Company, check out the OFFICIAL TRAILER for BURNT – opening in theaters nationwide on October 23, 2015!

Chef Adam Jones (Bradley Cooper) had it all – and lost it. A two-star Michelin rockstar with the bad habits to match, the former enfant terrible of the Paris restaurant scene did everything different every time out, and only ever cared about the thrill of creating explosions of taste. To land his own kitchen and that third elusive Michelin star though, he’ll need the best of the best on his side, including the beautiful Helene (Sienna Miller). BURNT is a remarkably funny and emotional story about the love of food, the love between two people, and the power of second chances.

Release: October 23, 2015
Director: John Wells
Written By: Steven Knight, Michael Kalesniko
Rating: TBD
Starring: Bradley Cooper, Sienna Miller, Omar Sy, Daniel Brühl, Matthew Rhys, Uma Thurman and Emma Thompson

Scooby Doo AND KISS Mystery Giveaway #ScoobyDoo

scoobydoo-kissMy husband is a huge KISS fan. I’ve been to a concert with him to see them and he has been to like 30 of their concerts. So when we bought the Scooby-Doo tv-episode which included music from KISS complete with KISS cartoon characters taking stage, he was quite amused. My kids just wanted to know what all the makeup was about. Scooby-Doo being Halloween-ish, meant for an easy explanation.  The weird band makeup is because they are in “character” but the movie was good. The kids love mysteries. I like the crop circle angle in this episode and we were all curious to see how the fire breathing ghosts panned out. I’ll always prefer the Scooby shows of the 70s though. Although I admit I’m okay with the Scooby Gang hanging around for my kids to enjoy.

scooby doo kiss rock roll mysteryBUT NOW there is an entire Scooby-Doo and KISS movie to watch (79 minutes of creepiness)! It was released digitally on July 10, 2015, and was released on DVD and Blu-ray on July 21.

The Scooby-Doo and KISS Rock-N-Roll Mystery movie summary:

Get ready to Rock! Scooby-Doo and the Mystery Inc. Gang team up with the one and only KISS in this all-new, out-of-this-world adventure! We join the Gang at Kiss World – the all-things-Kiss theme park, as they investigate a series of strange hauntings. With help from Kiss, they discover that the Crimson Witch has returned to summon The Destroyer from the alternate dimension of Kissteria! The evil duos ghastly plan, to destroy the earth! Can the Gang’s cunning and Kiss’s power of rock save the day?! Tune in to this Rock and Roll Mystery for some thunderous, heavy FUN!

So now our readers have the chance to win this movie. You’ll love it, your kids will love it and you’ll be rocking out with KISS. First check out this fun sound maker app and then download a KISS mask to color and wear. But after you have your fun be sure to scroll down and enter the giveaway using the Rafflecopter widget. We want to know who your favorite character is and if you have a favorite episode! Good Luck!

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