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Give Them A Crown This Holiday

The holiday season always sneaks up fast, so in anticipation of what will surely be a busy next few months I wanted to reach out with a few ideas for your consideration in the event you’re putting together a seasonal gift guide.

Crown Royal, the number-one selling Canadian whisky brand in the world, now has a robust portfolio that contains 18 expertly blended variants including the original recipe of 50 full-bodied Canadian whiskies, Crown Royal Vanilla, Crown Royal XR and our limited-edition Noble Collection that includes Crown Royal 13-Year-Old Blenders’ Mash, the latest liquid in the series. With so many great offerings, you can truly find something for everyone on your holiday list.

CROWN ROYAL DELUXE

Crown Royal Deluxe is the standard of excellence for Canadian whisky. It is an extraordinary blend of 50 full-bodied Canadian whiskies that are matured to perfection. Whether enjoyed straight or in a cocktail, it is the premium liquid your friends and family will love.

CROWN ROYAL VANILLA

Crown Royal Vanilla Flavored Whisky is a blend of Crown Royal whiskies infused with the rich flavor of Madagascar Bourbon Vanilla. The result is a uniquely sophisticated whisky bursting with the flavor of vanilla and the distinctive smoothness of Crown Royal. A versatile drink for the holidays, Crown Royal Vanilla tastes great with sodas, as a twist in classic cocktails or sipped on the rocks.

CROWN ROYAL XR

Taste the rarest in our extra rare whisky series, handcrafted with a unique blend that includes one of the final batches of whiskies from the renowned LaSalle distillery. Located on the island of Montreal, the LaSalle distillery produced whiskies with a unique richness, attributed to the fine water surrounding the island. The resulting whiskies were full-bodied and exceptionally smooth. Experience its sophisticated blend of dried fruits and honey in a harmonious balance with spicy notes of Canadian rye, finishing in a lovely, round taste of raisins, cocoa and brown sugar.

Crown Royal 13-Year-Old Blenders’ Mash

Crown Royal 13-Year-Old Blenders’ Mash, the third expression in the Noble Collection, is a rare stock of our Canadian Whisky made with a mash bill of 60% corn, 36% rye and 4% barley malt. Carefully aged in new, charred American white oak barrels for no less than 13 years. The complexity of the liquid intensifies with the aging process, bringing out richer and deeper notes of caramel and fruit. This remarkably smooth and layered whisky is hand selected from our reserve stock, revealing its noble roots with every sip.

Give The Gift Of Movies This Holiday Season

Have you started shopping for the holidays yet? Don’t freak out if you haven’t even thought about it. We got a great idea for you that will make all of the people on your list happy! Give the gift of movies! No matter who is on your list you can find a movie that will be a hit for each one on your list.

Here are a few ideas from Paramount that are classics or new hits that you should look to pick up.

Mission: Impossible 6 Movie Collection (available on Blu-ray and Blu-ray + 4K UHD versions)

A “mission” two decades in the making. Tom Cruise is IMF Agent Ethan Hunt, one of the greatest action heroes of all time, in the adrenaline-pumping, suspense-filled blockbuster franchise MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE. Filmed in the most exotic locations around the world by the biggest directors in Hollywood, this must-have 6-film set will thrill any action fan. Your mission, should you choose to accept it – experience the most action-packed collection ever!

Indiana Jones: The Complete Adventures (Blu-ray)

Own all four Indiana Jones adventures in this Blu-ray collection.  This collection includes: Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark, Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, and Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. 7 Hours of Special Features. On set with Raiders of the Lost Ark: Witness the making of Raiders as it happened with newly revealed footage that puts you on the set during production, alongside filmmakers, cast and crew. Film Foursome: The “Making of” all 4 Indiana Jones Adventures: Join filmmakers Steven Spielberg and George Lucas for an up-close look at each production, and the evolution of the original action hero, Indiana Jones. Cast and Creator Interviews. Behind-the-Scenes Peeks: Stunts, Sounds, Special Effects and more!

Mission: Impossible- Fallout (Blu-ray)

On a dangerous assignment to recover stolen plutonium, Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) chooses to save his team over completing the mission, allowing nuclear weapons to fall into the hands of a deadly network of highly-skilled operatives intent on destroying civilization. Now, with the world at risk, Ethan and his IMF team (Simon Pegg, Ving Rhames, Rebecca Ferguson) are forced to become reluctant partners with a hard-hitting CIA agent (Henry Cavill) as they race against time to stop the nuclear fallout. There’s never been a threat more destructive, stunts so jaw-dropping in the film’s series.

A Quiet Place (Blu-ray)

If they hear you, they hunt you. In this terrifyingly suspenseful thriller, a family must navigate their lives in silence to avoid mysterious creatures that hunt by sound. Knowing that even the slightest whisper or footstep can bring death, Evelyn (Emily Blunt) and Lee (John Krasinski) Abbott are determined to find a way to protect their children at all costs while they desperately search for a way to fight back. Hailed by critics and audiences around the world, experience the must-see movie of the year. VUDU Instawatch Included

Saving Private Ryan 20th Anniversary

Steven Spielberg directed this powerful, realistic re-creation of WWII’s D-day invasion and the immediate aftermath. The story opens with a prologue in which a veteran brings his family to the American cemetery at Normandy, and a flashback then joins Capt. John Miller (Tom Hanks) and GIs in a landing craft making the June 6, 1944, approach to Omaha Beach to face devastating German artillery fire. This mass slaughter of American soldiers is depicted in a compelling, unforgettable 24-minute sequence. Miller’s men slowly move forward to finally take a concrete pillbox. On the beach littered with bodies is one with the name “Ryan” stenciled on his backpack. Army Chief of Staff Gen. George C. Marshall (Harve Presnell), learning that three Ryan brothers from the same family have all been killed in a single week, requests that the surviving brother, Pvt. James Ryan (Matt Damon), be located and brought back to the United States. Capt. Miller gets the assignment, and he chooses a translator, Cpl. Upham (Jeremy Davis), skilled in language but not in combat, to join his squad of right-hand man Sgt. Horvath (Tom Sizemore), plus privates Mellish (Adam Goldberg), Medic Wade (Giovanni Ribisi), cynical Reiben (Edward Burns) from Brooklyn, Italian-American Caparzo (Vin Diesel), and religious Southerner Jackson (Barry Pepper), an ace sharpshooter who calls on the Lord while taking aim. Having previously experienced action in Italy and North Africa, the close-knit squad sets out through areas still thick with Nazis. After they lose one man in a skirmish at a bombed village, some in the group begin to question the logic of losing more lives to save a single soldier. The film’s historical consultant is Stephen E. Ambrose, and the incident is based on a true occurance in Ambrose’s 1994 bestseller D-Day: June 6, 1944

Forrest Gump

Stupid is as stupid does, says Forrest Gump (played by Tom Hanks in an Oscar-winning performance) as he discusses his relative level of intelligence with a stranger while waiting for a bus. Despite his sub-normal IQ, Gump leads a truly charmed life, with a ringside seat for many of the most memorable events of the second half of the 20th century. Entirely without trying, Forrest teaches Elvis Presley to dance, becomes a football star, meets John F. Kennedy, serves with honor in Vietnam, meets Lyndon Johnson, speaks at an anti-war rally at the Washington Monument, hangs out with the Yippies, defeats the Chinese national team in table tennis, meets Richard Nixon, discovers the break-in at the Watergate, opens a profitable shrimping business, becomes an original investor in Apple Computers, and decides to run back and forth across the country for several years. Meanwhile, as the remarkable parade of his life goes by, Forrest never forgets Jenny (Robin Wright Penn), the girl he loved as a boy, who makes her own journey through the turbulence of the 1960s and 1970s that is far more troubled than the path Forrest happens upon. Featured alongside Tom Hanks are Sally Field as Forrest’s mother; Gary Sinise as his commanding officer in Vietnam; Mykelti Williamson as his ill-fated Army buddy who is familiar with every recipe that involves shrimp; and the special effects artists whose digital magic place Forrest amidst a remarkable array of historical events and people.

Scrooged 30th Anniversary  (Blu-ray)

A darkly comic and surreal contemporization of Charles Dickens’s A Christmas Carol, this effects-heavy Bill Murray holiday vehicle from 1988 sees the former SNL funnyman assuming the role of television executive Frank Cross, the meanest and most depraved man on earth. Cross will stoop to unheard of levels to increase his network’s ratings — even if it means mounting outrageous programs to retain an audience, such as “Robert Goulet’s Cajun Christmas” and Lee Majors in “The Night the Reindeer Died,” with an AK-47-toting Santa. Cross plots his foulest move, however, for the Christmas holiday, when he will force his office staff to mount a live production of A Christmas Carol on national television — and thus work through Christmas Eve. Cross’s life is turned upside down with visits from three ghosts: a craggy-faced cabbie known as The Ghost of Christmas Past (David Johansen); the sugar-plum fairy Ghost of Christmas Present (Carol Kane) (who gets her jollies by bonking Frank across the face with a toaster oven); and, eventually, the caped, headless Ghost of Christmas Future, who will send Frank sliding into a crematory oven — just before he gives the sleazoid one last chance to redeem himself. Along the way, the spirits carry Frank to scenes from his past, present, and future (per Scrooge) and impart a glimpse of how he became so thoroughly rotten. The radiant Karen Allen co-stars as Frank’s girlfriend, Claire Phillips, and the film packs in cameos from countless celebrities — among them, Mary Lou Retton, John Houseman, Jamie Farr, and, in a truly grisly and tasteless bit, John Forsythe. Richard Donner directs, from a script credited to the late Michael O’Donoghue and Mitch Glazer.

White Christmas 60th Anniversary  (Blu-ray)

White Christmas, Paramount’s first VistaVision production. A veritable warehouse full of oldie-but-goodie Irving Berlin tunes are woven into the film’s simplistic plotline, along with a handful of new songs, of which “What Can You Do With a General?” is the least memorable. Bing Crosby and Danny Kaye (replacing an ailing Donald O’Connor) play nightclub entertainers Bob Wallace and Phil Davis, while Rosemary Clooney and Vera-Ellen are cast as singing-sister act Betty and Judy. The foursome travel to Vermont to visit Bob and Phil’s WII commanding officer, General Waverly (Dean Jagger, who looks and sounds like Dwight D. Eisenhower!), who now runs a rustic old inn. Discovering that the general is in dire financial straits, the four entertainers secretly make plans to bail the old guy out with a big musical show, enlisting the aid of Bob and Phil’s army buddies.

It’s a Wonderful Life 75th (Blu-ray)

George Bailey has so many problems he is thinking about ending it all – and it’s Christmas! As the angels discuss George, we see his life in flashback. As George is about to jump from a bridge, he ends up rescuing his guardian angel, Clarence. Clarence then shows George what his town would have looked like if it hadn’t been for all of his good deeds over the years. Will Clarence be able to convince George to return to his family and forget suicide?

Don’t Wait To Manage Your Finances After The Holidays

Have you started thinking about your New Year’s resolutions yet? Are you looking to be better with your finances? With the holidays your wallet will feel like it is always giving rather than receiving.

Well to help you out now rather than later Prudential has created LINK. LINK aims to provide consumers with the convenience of an online platform while still having access to experienced financial advisors. By combining an easy-to-use website with personalized advice, they have created a unique money managing experience unlike many on the market.

LINK by Prudential is a personalized experience that learns about what’s important to you and connects you with solutions and financial professionals to help you achieve your goals. No matter what changes come your way. LINK is flexible, giving you guidance throughout your financial journey. LINK rebalances, just as life does.

For more information click here!

Thanksgiving Runners Look To Get Beer Thanks to Michelob ULTRA

With Thanksgiving just a few days away, Turkey Trots have become as synonymous with Thanksgiving as the turkey itself. On a day like Thanksgiving, an average American will consume upwards of 4,500 calories so Michelob ULTRA  wanted to offer an incentive to get fit before the feast. 

With only 95 calories and 2.6 carbs, Michelob ULTRA is a longtime supporter of those who live an active lifestyle. So this holiday, Michelob ULTRA is providing an added incentive to get fit before the feast by rewarding Turkey Trotters across the country with beer.

All runners (21+ in participating markets) need to do is follow @MichelobULTRA and share a photo from their Turkey Trot using #WillRunForBeer and tagging @MichelobULTRA – and the beer’s on ULTRA! Runners will receive a Drizly code to redeem.

The Captain Has You Covered For The Holidays

With the holiday shopping season fully underway, Captain Morgan is introducing some fun gifts for everyone on your list. Starting today, the rum brand’s holiday apparel partner Tipsy Elves is selling everything from ugly sweaters to onesies to leggings – and even a tandem sweater perfect for couples or best friends.

On Cyber Monday (11/26), the official Captain Morgan Body Pillow (5’ tall, 26” wide) will go on sale for the limited-time price of $20.18 on the Captain Morgan online merch store: www.CaptainMorganStore.com. Following the flash sale, the body pillow will remain on sale (pending inventory) for the regular price of $34.99.

So are you ready to go all in on holiday shopping with Captain Morgan? If you know someone on your list loves the Captain Morgan brand you might want to check out these great holiday deals.

Walmart Teams Up With Ford With New Delivery System

Ford announced that it is partnering with Walmart in Miami-Dade County to explore how self-driving vehicles can deliver everyday goods such as groceries, adding to Ford’s efforts to expand affordable access to transportation and goods delivery.

Postmates is already a partner of both Ford and Walmart, the companies are working together to utilize Postmates’ Delivery as a Service, to quickly set up a program that explores how Ford’s self-driving vehicles can complement Walmart’s existing delivery offerings.  Together, Ford and Walmart will gather data about customer preferences and the best way to connect people with the goods they need. Already, Ford is collaborating with national and local Miami businesses to understand how it can improve goods delivery through the use of self-driving vehicles, working to transport tacos, pizza, floral arrangements and dry cleaning.

You Will Want To Try Out These Thanksgiving Cocktails

Nothing brings people together like the holidays. Thanksgiving is right around the corner and Smirnoff Ice wants to help you dial up the fun at any gathering. Whether your are celebrating ‘Friendsgiving’ with your crew, traveling to spend some much needed time with your family or celebrating your annual turkey bowl victory, the Cranberry Screwdriver is the perfect simple drink for any occasion.

For those of us who would rather skip fall and get straight to winter fun, the Cranberry Lime Vodka Mojito is the ideal cold weather drink. This bubbly and refreshingly tasting cocktail is a great fun and festive treat when you’re saying hello to winter but not quite ready to say goodbye to your favorite spiked seltzer.

Cranberry Screwdriver

Ingredients:

  • 1 Bottle (11.2 oz) of Smirnoff Ice Screwdriver
  • 2 oz.  Cranberry juice

Directions:

Pour Smirnoff Ice Screwdriver into a high ball glass and slowly pour cranberry juice on top as a floater.

Cranberry Lime Vodka Mojito

Ingredients:

  • 1 can (12 oz.)  Smirnoff Spiked Sparkling Seltzer Cranberry Lime
  • 1 oz. Smirnoff No. 21 Vodka
  • 0.5 oz. Simple Syrup
  • 3 oz. Cranberry juice
  • Fresh cranberries
  • Fresh mint leaves
  • Lime wedges

Directions:

First, muddle mint and lime wedge into the bottom of a high ball glass. Then, add simple syrup followed by ice. Next, pour in cranberry juice and top off with Smirnoff Spiked Sparkling Seltzer Cranberry Lime. Finally, Garnish with fresh lime wedges, cranberries and mint leaves.

Check Out These Bourbons For Anyone On Your Holiday List

Bulleit Bourbon is a go-to staple for whiskey lovers year-round, with its high-rye content creating the perfect base in cocktails while also being smooth enough to enjoy neat or on the rocks. Whether a stocking stuffer or hostess gift, elevate your friend’s and family’s bourbon collection this holiday season with a bottle of Bulleit Bourbon 10-Year-Old or Bulleit Bourbon Barrel Strength.

And for the ultimate Bulleit Bourbon fan, there is an online store with merchandise such as barware and apparel. Holiday favorites include the special edition Lewis bag that can be used to crush ice, and the Old Fashioned & the BLT in-flight cocktail kits for those traveling home for the holidays.

Bulleit Bourbon 10-Year-Old

Suggested Retail Price: $39.99

This is one bottle you may want to keep for yourself if you get the chance. However, in the spirit of the season, gift this premium offering to a loved one who truly appreciates a fine glass of whiskey. Winner of a Gold Medal at the 2018 San Francisco World Spirits Competition, Bulleit Bourbon 10-Year-Old is one of the finer aged whiskeys you’ll find at this price point. Aged for a minimum of 10 years in charred American white oak barrels, each sip gives the gift of toasty oak with hints of light vanilla, off-dry spice with notes of fried fruit and a smooth and mellow finish.

Bulleit Bourbon Barrel Strength

Suggested Retail Price: $59.99

Awarded a Double Gold Medal and named the Best Straight Bourbon in the 2018 San Francisco Spirits Awards, Bulleit Bourbon Barrel Strength allows fans to taste Bulleit Bourbon straight out of the barrel, uncut and non-chill filtered. As the newest addition to the Bulleit family, Bulleit Bourbon Barrel Strength expanded nationally within the past year. Gift this exceptional whiskey to aficionados looking for an intense, yet smooth, flavor experience with tones of maple, oak and nutmeg on the palate, and a long, satiny finish.

Bulleit Special Edition Lewis Bag, $12.95

Traditionally used to crush ice for Mint Juleps, this canvas bag also doubles as a beautiful bottle wrap for holiday gifting.

Bulleit Old Fashioned Carry On Cocktail Kit, $24

Perfect for holiday travelers, the Carry On Cocktail Kit includes a recipe card, ingredients, barware and a linen coaster. The Carry On Cocktail Kit was created in partnership with W&P Design, and is available for the Bulleit Old Fashioned & the Bulleit, Lemon, Tonic (BLT). Each kit makes two drinks.

Music Producer !llMind Teams Up With ASICS To See What Moves You

If you are looking to up your sneaker game then you might want to see what ASICS is brewing. They are are starting up a new campaign called I MOVE ME. They are teaming up with amazing storytellers. Details on the new campaign are below, but before that I wanted to share some news on one of the sneakers from that line. It is the Gel-Saga in that ASICSTIGER line.

The colorway for this version of the Gel-Saga is white and orchid and is so clean. It has the right amount of purple and green highlights that make the shoe come alive. As a sneakerhead I immediately thought of some shirts that would matchup perfectly with these vibrant kicks. I have a Hulk shirt that is a great match for these sneakers. If your style is like mine that takes geek style shirts with slick kicks you might not only think about Hulk shirts, but The Joker themed shirts as well.

You want to not just look good, but feel good too! With the Gel-Saga sneakers you will do just that. You will stand out from the crowd style wise, but be able to keep up with the crowd when you are seeing where the world takes you. I love when you can rock a great pair of kicks and feel like you are walking on a cloud.

The Gel-Sage was part of that jogging craze from the 80’s that moved right on into the 90’s, as ASICS introduced the Gel-Saga model to tailor towards the casual performance trend. Its name stems from the Norse mythology goddess Saga, which translates to the concept of wisdom and its relation to the advanced technical features and aesthetics of the heritage runner. The shoe remains a classic in the ASICSTIGER heritage line. It features a molded midsole and insole for extreme comfort and cushioning, a lightweight mesh upper for ultimate breathability and a durable rubber outsole for enhanced traction and support.

To pick these shoes up click here.

ASICS America Corporation, the true sport performance brand, today debuts the next chapter of the I MOVE ME campaign in North America, featuring two-time Grammy-nominated producer/DJ Steve Aoki and a new cast of storytellers from the worlds of music, sport, art and food. The new campaign builds upon its first iteration to explore the dynamic relationship between a sound mind and a sound body, the founding principal of the ASICS brand.

The new cast join Steve Aoki, creator behind the I MOVE ME campaign’s first chapter, to explore movement from different viewpoints – featuring stories from the likes of musician and producer Illmind, ASICS sponsored track and field hurdler and decorated athlete Queen Harrison, celebrity chef Marc Forgione, and renowned mural artist ELLE Street Art. These storytellers will lend their voices to share how they use physical movement as a catalyst for creative expression. Each story will seek to inspire and empower people to choose their own path towards a healthy and active lifestyle.

“Building on our launch of I MOVE ME in 2017, we are excited to debut the next chapter of the campaign with a new set of voices and storytellers,” said Sarah Bishop, Vice President of Marketing, ASICS North America. “We have an amazingly talented group of individuals who highlight that strong connection of finding inspiration through fitness and movement.”

Additional influencers and ASICS athletes will also share their own personal stories of finding inspiration through movement – including outdoor adventure photographer Mina Young Lee, actor and martial artist Marrese Crump, fitness guru Erin Bailey, landscape photographer Meeshuno and artist Dylan Gebbia-Richards. ASICS Athletes will also participate in the campaign, including professional athletes and record holders Deena Kastor and Lolo Jones, decorated runners Sara Hall and Candace Hill and junior tennis champion Claire Liu.

The robust digital and social activation with long and short-form video assets will live on ASICS-owned and partner channels. It will highlight social media content from featured storytellers and paid media partnerships with Pitchfork, Live Nation, GQ Fitness, Healthyish, SELF and WIRED.

The campaign was created and executed by United Entertainment Group in New York City, and directed by Honor Society director Ariel Danziger, who drives the fusion of culture and sport through kinetic, music-driven narratives.

Get Ready For Another Spike Lee Joint As BlacKkKlansman Comes To Blu-ray

Follow the incredible true story of Ron Stallworth, an African-American police officer who infiltrates the Ku Klux Klan in the unbelievably bold, BlacKkKlansman, now on Digital and the all-new digital move app Movies Anywhere and on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-rayTM, DVD and On Demand on November 6, 2018 from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment.

BlacKkKlansman comes from acclaimed producers Sean McKittrick (Get Out, Band Aid),  Jason Blum (Get Out, Whiplash), Raymond Mansfield (Get Out, Band Aid),  Jordan Peele (Get Out, “The Last O.G.”), Spike Lee (Malcolm X, “She’s Gotta Have It”), and Shaun Redick (Get Out, Band Aid).

Based on the book Black Klansman by Ron Stallworth, BlacKkKlansman is filled with outstanding performances from an all-star cast led by John David Washington (“Ballers,” Malcolm X), Adam Driver (Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Logan Lucky), Topher Grace (Interstellar, “That 70’s Show”) and Laura Harrier (Spider-Man: Homecoming, The Last Five Years) alongside an incredible roster of supporting talent including Alec Baldwin (“Saturday Night Live,” Mission Impossible – Fallout), Corey Hawkins (Straight Outta Compton, Kong: Skull Island), Ryan Eggold (“The Blacklist,” “Sons of Liberty”) and Paul Walter Hauser (I, Tonya, Super Troopers 2).

From visionary filmmaker Spike Lee comes the incredible true story of an American hero. In the early 1970s Ron Stallworth (Washington) becomes the first African-American detective in the Colorado Springs Police Department. Determined to make a difference, he bravely sets out on a dangerous mission: infiltrate and expose the Ku Klux Klan. He recruits a seasoned colleague, Flip Zimmerman (Driver), into the undercover investigation. Together, they team up to take down the extremist organization aiming to garner mainstream appeal. BlacKkKlansman offers an unflinching, true-life examination of race relations in 1970s America that is just as relevant in today’s tumultuous world.

Packed with bold and provocative moments from beginning to end, BlacKkKlansman on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray™, DVD and Digital comes with exclusive bonus content that will take viewers deeper into this timely and moving true story.