Last night Captain Morgan played host to a bunch of celebs and athletes at the Epic Nightclub in Minneapolis. It was part the many festivities going on this week’s MLB All-Star Game. On hand were fantastic athletes like Olympic medalist Jennie Finch, 2014 Baseball Hall of Fame Inductee Frank Thomas and NFL tight end Jermichael Finley.
The guests had a great time trying out some Captain Morgan White Rum cocktails. There were some celebrity guests too in attendance. Bravo Talk Show Host Andy Cohen was there and rapper B.o.B. performed.
David Ury is a great character actor and comedian with over ten years of experience and known for his roles in shows such as “Heroes” and “Breaking Bad,” among others and all of his roles have incorporated dying. He has utilized his work and expertise in “dying” to publish a new book, entitled “Everybody Dies: A Children’s Book for Grown Ups.”
A children’s book for adults, “Everybody Dies” is Internet sensation from Ken Tanaka and David Ury’s grimly hilarious attempt to explain death. Using heavily saturated pictures and frank speech, Tanaka showcases the various ways in which people can meet their fate—including a surfing tragedy, being devoured by wild animals, war, and death by convenience machine.
Through 48 full-color pages of dark fun, Tanaka and Ury unveils the truth about living and dying, and softens the blow with cute drawings and little games to familiarize yourself with the death around you. By the book’s end, death may not be any less petrifying, but the inescapability is made clear. You can purchase the book here!
Even as in high school David’s roles would meet his maker in some of his plays. David recalls, “I remember the first time I died. I was a sophomore in high school and I’d been talked into doing the school play. It was “Riders to the Sea” and I was to play Bartley, a young fisherman who meets a watery end. I had a few lines at the top, but spent most of the play lying dead on stage. The actress playing my mother stood over my corpse and cried and cried. In the audience, my real mother cried and cried. At the moment, I knew this was my calling.”
I had the great chance to chat with David about his book, “Breaking Bad,” acting and more! To listen to my interview click here.
Here is the trailer Ury made with some of his “Breaking Bad” alums!
On Friday, June 27, Red Bull Mini Drome will make its triumphant return to Brooklyn where top fixed gear cyclists from across the five boroughs and beyond will compete on a shrunken velodrome that measures about the length, width and height of a New York City subway car.
Although it’s only in its second year in New York, this unique high octane race has quickly become a top cycling competition on the east coast bringing speed, balance and bravado together on a steep and shrunken velodrome, custom constructed to give competitors a treacherous challenge. Riders will reach speeds of 25 mph forcing them to test their mental stamina, technical precision and raw strength.
Fifty teams of two riders have been invited to participate in this pinnacle fixed gear competition. Each rider will clock in heats of ten laps with the top eight combined team times advancing. The night will culminate in a showdown bracket of the top eight teams with one squad being crowned the 2014 Red Bull Mini Drome victors. There will also be an individual competition with riders going head-to-head with the better time advancing.
Tickets to the event are free and on a first come first serve basis. For more information, please visit minidromenyc.eventbrite.com.
Today Foot Locker has launched on YouTube a series of five new commercials with adidas featuring NBA Draft prospect Dante Exum of Australia. The latest ads are part of Foot Locker’s successful “Approved” marketing platform and poke fun at Exum’s current “celebrity status,” or lack thereof, while centering on the idea that “Life Changes After the Draft.”
In one of the spots, entitled “Paparazzi,” Exum expresses concern about going to a Foot Locker store due to the possibility of paparazzi being there, to which his friends respond by laughing uproariously, knowing he’s a relatively unknown commodity in the United States.
Each of the five spots will debut digitally on Foot Locker’s YouTube channel. The spots will also takeover NBA.com on Wednesday, June 25 and make their television debut on ESPN during the NBA Draft on Thursday, June 26th.
Here is Dante looking to work on his autograph skills.
On Thursday, June 19, thousands of partygoers flocked to Boston’s Seaport District for a chance to see – and drink from – the World’s Largest Ice Luge by Johnny Appleseed Hard Apple Cider. Ice Pro of Central Florida began hauling pieces of the giant ice sculpture into the Seaport World Trade Center as early as 6 a.m. on Thursday, completing a massive build-out of the World’s Largest Ice Luge by 5 p.m. for the evening event.
The event, which coincided with Saturday’s official start of summer, included a performance by electrofunk duo Chromeo, whose hit song “Jealous” is featured in Johnny Appleseed’s national television spot and was recently named to Time magazine’s “Best Songs of 2014” list. Boston’s hometown-turned-national sports reporter Jenny Dell was a natural in the role of sideline serving as host and emcee for the evening.
At 25 feet tall, the World’s Largest Ice Luge surpassed the current record holder by two feet and weighed in at an impressive 25,000 lbs. And while the luge itself required 600 man hours to build from start-to-finish, the party heated up quickly, resulting in nearly 1,200 gallons of melted ice that was donated to the Johnny Appleseed Trail Association to water the trees and flowers along the trail.
I was able to chat with Chromeo and ask the guys how they started working with Johnny Appleseed, touring, and which artists influenced them and their sound.
Art Eddy: How did you guys start up working with Johnny Appleseed?
Chromeo: They used our song “Jealous” in their commercial. We wanted to make it an even more organic partnership, hence the idea of doing an event that the fans can enjoy and participate in.
AE: You guys are in Boston to be part of the biggest ice luge in history. What will you guy be doing there?
Chromeo: DJing and performing Jealous. And hopefully interacting with fans, taking pics. And marveling at a 25 foot ice sculpture in the middle of June.
AE: How did you guys meet and was it around music?
Chromeo: Absolutely. We met in high school and discovered funk and soul music together. That’s how we bonded: jamming and record shopping.
AE: Who has influenced you guys as musicians?
Chromeo: Prince, Zapp, Hall & Oates, Rick James, Robert Palmer. But also Daft Punk, Justice and Stuart Price. And hip hop producers like Pete Rock and J Dilla whom we used to worship growing up.
AE: Who would be the number one artist you would love to work with on a future project?
Chromeo: Haim! They’re our gals.
AE: Are you guys touring this summer?
Chromeo: Yep, all summer and beyond. Every major American festival, we’re hitting.
AE: What is the funniest moment that has happened to you guys while on tour?
Chromeo: Bribing Serbian border agents with cigarette cartons in the middle of the night just so we could get our equipment in the country — after the legit protocol had been followed to a tee of course.
AE: What you most like about the music scene today and what is the worst thing?
Chromeo: Can’t think of a worst thing. I love everything about it: especially the fact that music is more democratic and shareable than ever. You can be a kid on a laptop and have a hit record. Music discovery is facilitated and accelerated by platforms like SoundCloud and Bandcamp. It’s limitless. Dizzying sometimes, but limitless.
Funnyman Adam Carolla has been making us laugh since his days of doing Mr. Birchum skits on KROQ’s Kevin and Beane Show back in the day. Carolla’s resume is decidedly manly. He followed up his stint as a co-host of Loveline with a solid run with Jimmy Kimmel on The Man Show. He served as the co-creator of the genius muppet prank-calling series Crank Yankers and had stints as the host of the TLC home improvement show The Adam Carolla Project and Speed TV’s The Car Show. Now he produces one of the most popular and entertaining daily podcasts around.
Carolla’s also spent some time as a boxer, a serious car collector and he’s even won some competitions as a celebrity race car driver. Dude knows his man-stuff. And that includes cars. Carolla owns multiple Lamborghinis and five of Paul Newman’s race cars.
Carolla is actually wrapping up a documentary that he made on Newman. The film focuses on Newman’s exploits as a race car driver first and foremost and shows additional layers to this titan of the silver screen by shining a bright light on his one true love.
Last week, Carolla partnered up with Edmunds.com for the first ever Car Week. Launched in New York and Los Angeles, Car Week featured hundreds of local dealers offering prices at or below Edmunds.com’s True Market Value®.
We had a chat with Carolla to discuss his sweet collection, his involvement with Car Week, his fellow Hollywood car nut homies and his new Paul Newman project. Here’s the interview:
Charles Baker made a career for himself in Texas and before even stepping foot in Hollywood had thirty-seven credits. Known for his role as ‘Skinny Pete’ on “Breaking Bad,” Baker can now be seen in the new TNT drama “Murder in the First” alongside Tom Felton and Taye Diggs. Set in San Francisco, the series will follow a single case across an entire season.
Later this year, Baker will star opposite Reese Witherspoon in the Fox Searchlight picture “Wild,” set to open in select theaters countrywide on Friday, December 5, 2014. “Wild” powerfully captures the terrors and pleasures of one young woman forging ahead against all odds on a journey that angers, strengthens, and ultimately heals her.
Baker will be in a variety of independent films including “You Can’t Win” as ‘Fremont Older,’ (based on a real journalist) in a drama set in the 1920s centered around the unusual friendship between an adventurer and a young prostitute, opposite Hannah Marks, Michael Pitt, and Jeremy Allen White, “Ad Inexplorata” as ‘Captain Frank Worsely,’ the captain of a supply station in space, and “Eleven Eleven,” as ‘Tim Faris,’ a UFO fanatic desperately trying to prove to his family that abductions are real.
You can listen to my interview with Charles Baker HERE!
Jimmy Kimmel was at it again with his “3 Ridiculous Questions” – a playful Q&A session where the host has a chance to sit down with some of America’s biggest celebs or athletes during “Jimmy Kimmel Live.” In the midst of the NBA Finals hype, who better to chat with than the man who has visited the Finals seven times – basketball superstar, Kobe Bryant!
During the Q&A session, Kimmel and Bryant joked around over a glass of the new Crown Royal Monarch 75th Anniversary Blend – a limited time offering featuring a special rye from the brand’s historic Coffey Still.
How many times have you caught yourself wondering where Kobe Bryant would go to the bathroom if he could fly? Jimmy Kimmel isn’t afraid to ask those tough questions. Find out that and more on Jimmy Kimmel Live’s hard-hitting “3 Ridiculous Questions.”
TGI Fridays is hitting the road to promote their new “handcrafted” menu in a food truck. It is called the “Summer of Fridays Road Tour” and it will make stops in cities nationwide including Detroit, Atlanta, Baltimore, and Dallas.
The Summer of Fridays Road Tour is on the hunt to discover and be inspired by the best of handcrafted America. They are taking to the road with our trucks equipped with a grill, and the chefs and a tank full of curiosity to explore new places, meet new people, and devour new food and drink, all in the name of craft. And you get to ride (virtual) shotgun.
Along the way, they will introduce you to some of our handcrafted goodness, which they will hand-deliver to you. Meet them at the truck for a free taste of our American All-Star Sliders, Ahi Tuna Crisps, Potato Skins or Oreo® Madness. If you’re in the mood for a refreshing summer beverage, see what’s on their drink menu, like Red Bull® Strawberry Lemonade, Peach Sangria, Strawberry Passion Fruit Tea, The Best Fridays Margarita or Barbados Rum Punch.
Find the full schedule here.