The Chicago Cubs and the Cleveland Indians are headed to the World Series. With these two fan bases waiting for what seems like an eternity for their teams to get back to the highest stage it seems like everyone is celebrating. An impressive array of baseball royalty and celebrities attended the D’USSE dinner—Alex Rodriguez, Frank Thomas, Eddie Vedder, John Cusack, Joe Buck and more. The notable cast swapped baseball stories and toasted with D’USSE cognac at the famous Chicago eatery.
A the beginning of this NBA season All Star and Olympian Elton Brand celebrated the announcement of his retirement with the Philadelphia 76ers at new Miami hotspot Komodo, hosted by the D’USSE Dinner Series.
Brand and the entire 76ers team, including Jahlil Okafor, Gerald Henderson, Nerlins Noel, Robert Covington, Joel Embiid and Nik Stauskas took over the mezzanine level of Komodo to toast and celebrate the career of the veteran player with a four-course meal, each paired with a specialty D’USSE cocktail.
The team enjoyed signature dishes like Beef Jerky and Lime Chicken before capping the meal with a towering dessert of Bananas in a Pagoda and a special toast over a sifter of D’USSE XO – the newest edition to the D’USSE Cognac collection. As the team gathered to leave, D’USSE-gift bags in hand, they circled around Brand for an impromptu dance party – reminiscent of locker room escapades – as a final send off for their retired teammate.
What are you dressing up as for your Halloween party? Fresh out of ideas? Well we might have a costume you would want to try this year. MTN DEW created an official Puppymonkeybaby costume! As you might recall, Puppymonkeybaby was the star of DEW’s Super Bowl commercial and one of the most talked about characters of 2016. The officially licensed adult costume retails for $49.99, and includes a mask, bodysuit with attached tail and gloves. The costume is a great fit for any pop culture fanatics and is sure to be the hit of any Halloween party!
This morning we got to check out the latest trailer from Rogue One. It has a lot of cool scenes in it and is getting us ready for the film that comes out later this year. From Lucasfilm comes the first of the Star Wars standalone films, Rouge One: A Star Wars Story, an all-new epic adventure. In a time of conflict, a group of unlikely heroes band together on a mission to steal the plans to the Death Star, the Empire’s ultimate weapon of destruction. This key event in the Star Wars timeline brings together ordinary people who choose to do extraordinary things, and in doing so, become part of something greater than themselves.
Rouge One: A Star Wars Story is directed by Gareth Edwards and stars Felicity Jones, Diego Luna, Ben Mendelsohn, Donnie Yen, Mads Mikkelsen, Alan Tudyk, Riz Ahmed, with Jiang Wen and Forest Whitaker. Kathleen Kennedy, Allison Shearmur and Simon Emanuel are producing, with John Knoll and Jason McGatlin serving as executive producers.
Rouge One: A Star Wars Story arrives in theaters everywhere on December 16th!
As a comic geek I have to say that for the most part the X-Men movie franchise hasn’t let me down. There were a few films in this series that I felt were absolutely fantastic. Recently I enjoyed X-Men First Class and Days of Future Past. I was a bit skeptical when I saw the trailer for Apocalypse. When I was done watching the movie I put all that skepticism away.
Growing up in the 90’s as a young kid I was started my journey into comic books. One of the titles that I would read was the X-Men series that Jim Lee did. I loved the artwork and storytelling. In X-Men Apocalypse I was transported back to those days as a kid. In this film we got to see a ton of characters without a lot of backstory. It was similar to reading a comic book. You got to know a bit about the character, but you didn’t need a whole fifteen minutes on each hero or villain that was introduced into the film.
That said I felt like the action was well balanced with the art of storytelling. There were a few scenes that were a bit predictable, but each of those scenes left you wanting more. Bryan Singer, who has directed a few of these films know all about these mutants and what people are looking for when they go and check an X-Men movie.
The backstory of the film centers on the ancient mutant En Sabah Nur, who awakens in 1983 and plans to wipe out modern civilization and take over the world. As always the X-Men to try to stop him and defeat his team of renegade mutants, which include Magneto, Storm, Psylocke and Angel. The film’s plot is inspired by the X-Factor storyline Fall of the Mutants and Ultimate X-Men’s Apocalypse arc.
The film brings back an all-star cast that is headlined by James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, and Oscar Isaac. Besides action and a good story there is some humor and some funny nods to either past X-Men films or story arcs from beloved X-men comic books series from the past. There is one scene that is taken out of Marvel Comics Presents that deals with an X-Men favorite that should have been in his first solo film. They reimagined this scene so well. I wish they used it in the first film. I don’t want to say anything more so that I don’t spoil that scene for you. Whether or not you are comic geek like myself you will enjoy this movie.
Some of the bonus features on the Blu-ray are Deleted/Extended Scenes with Optional Introductions by Bryan Singer, Gag Reel, Wrap Party Video,Hour long documentary, X-Men: Apocalypse Unearthed, Audio Commentary by Bryan Singer and Simon Kinberg, and Concept Art and Photo Gallery. Also make sure you watch the bonus scene after the credits!
You can purchase the film here and check out the trailer below.
There is always something good coming out of the New York Comic Con. With that notion Marvel released the trailer for the Netflix upcoming series Iron Fist. Fifteen years after being presumed dead in a plane crash, Danny Rand (Finn Jones) mysteriously returns to New York City determined to reclaim his birthright and family company. However, when a long-destined enemy rises in New York, this living weapon is forced to choose between his family’s legacy and his duties as the Iron Fist.
Guess who is back? It is your favorite pirate, Jack Sparrow. Johnny Depp returns to the big screen as the iconic, swashbuckling anti-hero Jack Sparrow in the all-new “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales.” The rip-roaring adventure finds down-on-his-luck Captain Jack feeling the winds of ill-fortune blowing strongly his way when deadly ghost sailors, led by the terrifying Captain Salazar (Javier Bardem), escape from the Devil’s Triangle bent on killing every pirate at sea—notably Jack. Jack’s only hope of survival lies in the legendary Trident of Poseidon, but to find it he must forge an uneasy alliance with Carina Smyth (Kaya Scodelario), a brilliant and beautiful astronomer, and Henry (Brenton Thwaites), a headstrong young sailor in the Royal Navy. At the helm of the Dying Gull, his pitifully small and shabby ship, Captain Jack seeks not only to reverse his recent spate of ill fortune, but to save his very life from the most formidable and malicious foe he has ever faced.
“Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales” also stars Kevin R. McNally as Joshamee Gibbs, Golshifteh Farahani as the sea-witch Shansa, Stephen Graham as Scrum, David Wenham as Scarfield and Geoffrey Rush as Captain Hector Barbossa.
Espen Sandberg & Joachim Rønning are directing “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales” with Jerry Bruckheimer producing. The executive producers are Mike Stenson, Chad Oman, Joe Caracciolo, Jr. and Brigham Taylor. Jeff Nathanson wrote the screenplay. “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales” drops anchor in U.S. theaters on May 26, 2017.
Driver vs. Driver is a new show on the Golf Channel that will debut next week on October 4th. It will follow the trials and tribulations of aspiring golf equipment designers as they compete for the chance to win $500,000 and the opportunity to have their driver concept brought to life and sold under the Wilson Staff name. Each design team will work with Wilson Labs engineers to evaluate, critique, refine and test their ideas and concepts, all while trying to stave off elimination by the panel of golf expert judges. Whose driver will be the next big thing? Make sure you watch to see who wins.
One of the judges will be Chicago Bears great Brian Urlacher. Some might know this, but Urlacher is a huge fan of the game of golf. He is looking forward to see who will come out on top in this competition show. I was able to chat with Brian about the show and when he became interested in golf. CLICK HERE to listen to the interview.
This month’s theme for Loot Crate was Speed. So obviously The Flash needed to be there and he was. Other great items that was in this month’s crate was a killer Stark Motor Racing T-shirt from Iron Man 2. There was also a speedy pin, an exclusive Battlestar Galactica Cylon Raider 4.5 Scar Titan vehicle, a Batman Stealth Edition Keychain, a Gone In 60 Seconds Custom Eliminator Eleanor Mustang and you either got the a Arrow or The Flash collectible Auto Ornament from Hoodies.
Another month done right by Loot Crate. Like what you see? There are different themed crates as well. There is a Loot Anime, Loot Gaming, Loot Pets, Firefly, and LVLUp. They even have limited edition Star Wars and Call of Duty crates. You can pick out the best one that fits your style and your budget. Go to www.lootcrate.com for more info on each one and to start your subscription today!
Later this year Marvel’s Doctor Strange is coming to theaters. It is another great chapter in the Marvel cinematic universe. With the release of Captain America: Civil War on Blu-ray and DVD came a new featurette on Dr. Strange. Check out the footage below.
Dr. Stephen Strange, who is a young, arrogant surgeon with a promising career that loses his ability to operate after a terrible accident. Despondent and suicidal, Dr. Strange seeks advice from a mystical being known as the Ancient One and learns that he is the newly designated Sorceror Supreme, responsible for protecting the planet from evil. With his girlfriend Clea and his loyal assistant Wong in tow, Strange sets out to fulfill his destiny.