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Smirnoff Is Now GMO Free

Last night, Smirnoff vodka and LGBTQ television personality, Jonathan Van Ness, invited guests to join us in a larger-than-life pop-up corn maze experience in NYC to announce that, Smirnoff No. 21 Vodka, which has always been gluten-free, is now also non-GMO because everyone should be able to enjoy quality cocktails at an affordable price even if they have dietary restrictions or preferences!

Smirnoff has always been known in the vodka category for its top-notch quality at an affordable price. And, while Smirnoff No. 21 Vodka has always been gluten-free, 10-times filtered and triple-distilled, the brand is now offering its same quality vodka recipe, now non-GMO, without changing the suggested retail price because everyone, even those avoiding GMOs in their everyday lives, should be able to enjoy quality vodka without having to break the bank.

Smirnoff also teamed up with not one but two “American treasures” to help get the word out about the vodka’s exciting new non-GMO status: actor, producer and longtime brand partner Ted Danson and actress and author Jenna Fischer. The duo’s video features Jenna playfully swooping in to steal Ted’s thunder and announcing to the world that “Smirnoff No. 21 is now made with non-GMO [corn].” The video, which is an extension of Smirnoff’s recent “Welcome to the Fun%” campaign, debuted online today and will be rolling out on TV later this month.

AH-MAIZE-ING ELOTE

  • 1.5 oz. Smirnoff No. 21 Vodka (now non-GMO!)
  • 1/4 cup Fresh Corn Kernels
  • 0.5 oz. Fresh Lemon Juice
  • 0.25 oz. Agave Nectar
  • 2 Basil Leaves
  • 1 dash Chili Powder
  • 1 Corn Round

Instructions: Muddle the corn, lemon juice and agave nectar in a cocktail shaker. Add Smirnoff, basil leaves and ice, then shake well. Strain into a coupe glass and garnish with a dash of chili powder on top and a corn round on the rim.

THE VAN NESS

  • 1.5 oz. Smirnoff No. 21 Vodka (now non-GMO!)
  • 4 Blackberries
  • 1 Rosemary Sprig
  • 0.75 oz. Fresh Lemon Juice
  • 0.5 oz. Agave Nectar
  • 2 oz. Club Soda

Instructions: Combine Smirnoff Vodka, blackberries, lemon juice, and agave nectar to a shaker with ice. Shake well and strain into a Tom Collins glass with ice. Top with club soda and garnish with a rosemary sprig.

Soar To New Heights Of Action With Dwayne Johnson In Skyscraper

You can bring home the action of Skyscraper on October 9th when it comes to Blu-ray. In the movie we see former FBI Hostage Rescue Team leader and U.S. war veteran Will Sawyer (Dwayne Johnson) assess security for skyscrapers. He’s on assignment in China when he finds the tallest, safest building in the world suddenly ablaze, and he’s been framed for it. A wanted man on the run, Will must find those responsible, clear his name and somehow rescue his family, who are trapped inside the building, above the fire line.

Special Features

  • Includes Blu-ray, DVD and a digital copy of Skyscraper
  • Deleted Scenes with Commentary by Director Rawson Marshall Thurber
  • Extended Scenes with Commentary by Director Rawson Marshall Thurber
  • Dwayne Johnson: Embodying a Hero
  • Inspiration
  • Opposing Forces
  • Friends No More
  • Kids in Action
  • Pineapple Pitch
  • Feature Commentary by Director Rawson Marshall Thurber

To win a copy tweet at me with the word Skyscraper at @ArtEddy3.

Who Wins The College Football Breakfast Throw Down

Holiday Inn Express is  the proud hotel sponsor of the SEC. Holiday Inn Express brand drafted ESPN personalities Jesse Palmer, Maria Taylor and Jordan Rodgers to go head-to-head in the READIEST Breakfast Challenge, creating their ultimate breakfast sandwich using ONLY items from the brand’s Express Start breakfast bar.

In the end, it was Jordan Rodgers who stole the judges’ affection with “The 7-on-7,” an on-trend seven-layer stack of syrupy breakfast goodness..

As challenge champ, Jordan Rodgers is sharing a 15% off rate for fans across the country to use when booking a stay at any Holiday Inn Express property this fall.

The Gifted Season 1 Is Now Available On DVD

The complete first season of The Gifted tells the emotional story of a suburban couple whose ordinary lives are rocked by the sudden discovery that their children possess mutant powers. Forced to go on the run from a hostile government, the family seeks help from an underground network of mutants and must fight to survive.

Set within the “X-Men” universe, the series stars, Stephen Moyer (True Blood), Amy Acker (Suits), Natalie Alyn Lind (The Goldbergs) and Percy Hynes White (Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb) as the Strucker family. Also featured in the series are Sean Teale (Voltron) as Eclipse/Marcos Diaz; Jamie Chung (Gotham) as Blink/Clarice Fong; Emma Dumont (Pretty Little Liars) as Polaris/ Lorna Dane; Blair Redford (CSI) as Thunderbird/John Proudstar; and Coby Bell (The Game) as Sentinel Services Agent Jace Turner.

As you prepare for Season 2 of The Gifted you can pick up The Gifted Season 1 is available on DVD today!

Chris Pratt Helping Team Ultra With TCS New York City Marathon

Michelob ULTRA released a new video capturing actor Chris Pratt surprising athletes from Achilles International with a chance to run the 2018 TCS New York City Marathon as part of Team ULTRA.

For the second year in a row, Michelob ULTRA is bringing together 95 beer loving runners to take on the 2018 TCS NYC Marathon as part of Team ULTRA. This year however, Michelob ULTRA is excited to extend the Team ULTRA invitation to include a group of inspiring athletes from Achilles International – a non-profit organization which empowers athletes with disabilities to participate in mainstream running events. Check out the video at to see Pratt award the runners their Team ULTRA bibs and learn more about their personal journeys over a post-run beer.

Consumers are also encouraged to “make this beer run count” by purchasing Michelob ULTRA to trigger a donation to Achilles International. For every case sold, the brand will donate a portion of proceeds to Achilles International.

Marvel Releases The Captain Marvel Trailer

Set in the 1990s, Marvel Studios’ CAPTAIN MARVEL is an all-new adventure from a previously unseen period in the history of the Marvel Cinematic Universe that follows the journey of Carol Danvers as she becomes one of the universe’s most powerful heroes. While a galactic war between two alien races reaches Earth, Danvers finds herself and a small cadre of allies at the center of the maelstrom. The film stars Brie Larson, Samuel L. Jackson, Ben Mendelsohn, Djimon Hounsou, Lee Pace, Lashana Lynch, Gemma Chan, Rune Temte, Algenis Perez Soto, Mckenna Grace, with Annette Bening, with Clark Gregg, and Jude Law. Marvel Studios’ CAPTAIN MARVEL is produced by Kevin Feige and directed by Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck. Louis D’Esposito, Victoria Alonso, Jonathan Schwartz, Patricia Whitcher and Stan Lee are the executive producers.

CAPTAIN MARVEL arrives in theatres everywhere on March 8th, 2019!

Uncle Drew Is Coming To Your Home Soon

An all-star cast drives to the hoop in the hilarious basketball comedy Uncle Drew, arriving on Digital September 11 and on 4K Ultra HD™ Combo Pack (plus Blu-ray and Digital), Blu-ray™ Combo Pack (plus DVD and Digital), DVD, and On Demand September 25 from Summit Entertainment, a Lionsgate company. Based on the hit Pepsi web series, the film tells the raucous tale of a young team owner and Uncle Drew rounding up Drew’s old basketball squad to prove that a group of septuagenarians can still win the big one. Starring in the film are NBA All-Star Kyrie Irving (Uncle Drew Web Series); Lil Rel Howery (Get Out, TV’s “Friends of The People” and “The Carmichael Show”); four-time NBA champion and Basketball Hall of FamerShaquille O’Neal (The LEGO Movie, Scary Movie 4); five-time NBA All-Star Chris Webber (Unexpected, Like Mike); five-time NBA All-Star, Basketball Hall of Famer and Olympic Gold medalist Reggie Miller (He Got Game, Forget Paris); three-time NBA slam-dunk champion Nate Robinson (TV’s “Mike & Mike” and “Ridiculousness”); NAACP Award-winner Erica Ash (Scary Movie 5, You Can’t Fight Christmas, TV’s “Survivor’s Remorse”); two-time WNBA champion, three-time WNBA MVP, four-time Olympic Gold Medal winner and Basketball Hall of Famer Lisa Leslie (Think Like a Man, Martin, Inconceivable); withTiffany Haddish (Girls Trip, Keanu, TV’s “The Carmichael Show”), and Nick Kroll (Sausage Party, Sing, TV’s “The League”).

After Dax (Lil Rel Howery) loses his street ball team to his archrival (Nick Kroll), he’s desperate for a way to enter the upcoming tournament and win the cash prize. Dax stumbles upon the man, the myth, the legend Uncle Drew (NBA All-Star Kyrie Irving), and draws up a crazy game plan: convince Drew and his old squad (Shaquille O’Neal, Chris Webber, Reggie Miller, Nate Robinson, and Lisa Leslie) to hit the court one more time and prove that septuagenarians can still win the big one!

The Uncle Drew home entertainment release includes special features including 7 deleted scenes, 3 behind-the-scenes featurettes, an animated short, and an audio commentary with director Charles Stone III. Both the 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack and the standard Blu-ray disc will feature Dolby Atmos audio remixed specifically for the home, to place and move audio anywhere in the room, including overhead. Uncle Drew will be available on 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack, Blu-ray Combo Pack, and DVD for the suggested retail price of $42.99, $39.99, and $29.95, respectively.

Aaron Roberts Talks Chartered, Directing & More

Aaron Roberts sits down with me to talk about his new series called Chartered. This series is a Mockumentary Comedy. The plot follows a kid named Eric that is based off of Aaron’s life. When Eric Scutella is pushed by his parents to attend the relatively new, off-beat but surprisingly successful local Charter High School, he struggles to find his place in a school filled with established cliques, quirky teachers and bizarre traditions.

In a parallel plot, first year teacher Jessica Graham is hired the day before school starts and strives to handle her first day with strength and class, but two minutes into her first period and Jessica wonders how she’ll make it through the year.

The series stars Sloane Morgan Siegel, Mark Christopher Lawrence, Jonathan Joss, Daniel Van Kirk, Claire Engler.

To listen to the entire interview click HERE.

Follow Aaron on Twitter and Instagram at @AlwaysArob and follow Chartered on Facebook and Instagram at @CharteredTV.

Own A Piece Of The Sandlot

For years, sports collectors have had the opportunity to own mementos from the nation’s most cherished baseball fields, including Old Yankee Stadium, Wrigley Field, Fenway Park and more. In celebration of the 25th anniversary of hit classic, The Sandlot, Shop.FoxMovies is offering fans limited-edition collector’s capsules packed with dirt from the field that hosted Ham’s epic home run, Smalls’ lost baseball signed by Babe Ruth, and The Beast, the unforgettable threat that taunted fans’ favorite kids.

To showcase its authenticity, each capsule features an individually-numbered hologram seal. Shop.FoxMovies will offer these limited collectibles free with the purchase of any Sandlot merchandise from its exclusive line of apparel, home goods, stationary and Funko Pop! Figures, while supplies last.

The Sandlot is a classic film that means so much to people of all ages,” said Craig Radow, VP of Global Marketing of Fox Consumer Products. “To honor the film and the devoted fans it has cultivated since its 1993 theatrical debut, we wanted to share this collector’s item, which can proudly be displayed to simultaneously celebrate the spirit of the film and the cherished game of baseball.”

Bring Home Solo: A Star Wars Story

Lucasfilm’s “Solo: A Star Wars Story,” directed by Academy Award®–winning filmmaker Ron Howard—the creator of unforgettable films, such as “A Beautiful Mind,” “Apollo 13,” “Parenthood” and “Splash”—is an action-packed journey that explores Han’s first encounters with future friend and copilot Chewbacca (Joonas Suotamo) and notorious gambler Lando Calrissian (Donald Glover). The film takes viewers on a ride showing Han’s adventure-filled past alongside fellow street thief Qi’ra (Emilia Clarke) and career criminal Beckett (Woody Harrelson). “Solo: A Star Wars Story” bonus material takes fans behind the scenes with the star-studded cast and screenwriters Jonathan Kasdan & Lawrence Kasdan (writer of Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back and Star Wars: Return of the Jedi). Special features include a revealing feature on Chewie and his enduring friendship with Han; a close-up look at the original version of the Millennium Falcon and Han’s first time piloting the infamous ship; the creation of the film’s otherworldly settings and pulse-pounding action sequences; and eight never-before-seen deleted and extended scenes. Watch instantly on Sept. 14th as the Millennium Falcon sets course digitally in HD and 4K Ultra HD™ and on Movies Anywhere, and bring the adventure home on Blu-ray 4K Ultra HD™, Blu-ray™, DVD and On-Demand on Sept. 25.