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Budweiser And The NBA Want You To Drink Wiser

For those who will be watching the NBA’s five Christmas Day games, Budweiser released a new spot called “Deck the Shelves with NBA Elves,” featuring the Los Angeles Lakers’ Kyle Kuzma, Oklahoma City Thunder’s Steven Adams and the New York Knicks’ Tim Hardaway Jr. The spot depicts the three NBA players sitting on shelves, cabinets, and bar tops celebrating and cheering on NBA fans who hydrate as they enjoy Budweiser.

The commercial leverages both Budweiser’s dynamic partnership with the NBA along with spotlighting the beer brand’s new responsibility campaign, “Drink Wiser,” which encourages people to stay hydrated and plan safe rides whenever they drink.

The ad will air twice on Christmas Day, during the Thunder-Rockets game that tips off at 3:00PM ET (ABC) as well as the Lakers-Warriors game that starts at 8:00PM ET (ESPN).

Captain Morgan and Adam Devine Surprise Michigan Winner

The holiday season is all about good times and having fun with friends and family, so what’s more spirited a house party with Captain Morgan and Chief Party Officer Adam Devine? Andrea Moore from Fraser, MI can now say for herself, nothing!

Captain Morgan and Adam Devine showed up (crashed, really) at Andrea’s house party last Saturday after she entered to win the “Captain’s Night In” national contest earlier this month on Instagram. The party was full of holiday fun, festive lights, Captain Morgan sweaters and even a life-sized globe in the front yard!

How cool is that? Captain Morgan knows how to throw a great party!

Stella Wants You To Meet BART

The holidays are all about getting together with friends and family, but being the host has its struggles. Ongoing chores like making sure glasses stay full, setting out fresh snacks, and tidying up end up taking the fun away from the actual party.

Luckily, Stella Artois is taking hosting to a whole new level for beer lovers with the hottest holiday gadget of the season.

Enter B.A.R.T.  – Stella Artois’ Bartending Automated Robotic Technology. B.A.R.T. attaches to any robot vacuum and effortlessly serves snacks and beers, all while cleaning up as the party is happening. Leaving the host with more time to enjoy the party and be present with their guests.

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?

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.

Win A Copy Of HBO’s Season One Of Succession

Are you a fan of HBO’s Succession? Well you have a chance to win Season One Of Succession courtesy of HBO. The series follows the story of Scottish media magnate Logan Roy (Brian Cox) and how he spent his adult life building his global broadcast and publishing juggernaut… and even as a lion in winter, cadging the slightest margin of control over the empire from him proves a full-time job for ambitious scions Connor (Alan Ruck), Kendall (Jeremy Strong), Roman (Kieran Culkin), and Siobhan (Sarah Snook). Glossy HBO boardroom drama also stars Hiam Abbass, Matthew Macfadyen, Natalie Gold, Nicholas Braun, Peter Friedman, Rob Yang.

The set contains 10 episodes on 3 discs and has some great bonus features. To win a copy of Season One of Succession follow me on Twitter here and tell me your favorite character from the series.

Succession: The Complete First Season is available now via Digital Download and coming to Blu-ray and DVD on November 6.

All  home  entertainment releases include the exclusive bonus feature, “Anatomy of a Scene,” which takes audiences behind the scenes of the series’ heart-stopping  season  finale, covering  the  wedding  in  Wales,  along  with  intimate interviews and insights from the cast and crew.  Digital download copies will also include character features introducing

the many players in the Roy family, including Logan, Kendall, Siobhan, Connor and Roman.

Introducing The Guinness STOUTie

When you are at the Guinness Storehouse in Dublin, your adventure will be even more memorable thanks to the introduction of the Guinness STOUTie, the ultimate way to make your pint your own. Launching on November 1st to mark International Stout Day, a worldwide celebration of the distinctive beer style, visitors to The Guinness Storehouse will be able to experience The STOUTie – a picture-perfect pint featuring your selfie or chosen design on the head of the iconic black and white stout.

The picture-perfect pint: The Guinness Storehouse introduces the Guinness STOUTie

In the true spirit of innovation, The STOUTie pushes boundaries, using technology to add natural malt extract to the top of the Guinness pint to create the chosen design.

Visitors to The Guinness Storehouse will be able to experience The STOUTie – a picture-perfect pint featuring your selfie or chosen design on the head of the iconic black and white stout.

STOUTie at the Storehouse, and set to create ripples of enjoyment across the world.”

Exclusively available at The Guinness Storehouse, visitors can purchase The STOUTie for €6.00. For more information and to purchase tickets for The Guinness Storehouse visit www.guinness-storehouse.com.

The Guinness Storehouse tells the story of one of Ireland’s most iconic brands, Guinness. Visitors from Ireland and abroad, discover what goes into making each and every pint, learn about the incredible brand history stretching over 250 years, its iconic advertising, as well as a tasting like no other. The experience unfolds across seven floors, including the highlight for many visitors – the famous Gravity Bar, where visitors can enjoy unparalleled panoramic 360⁰ views of Dublin city.

Comcast Looks To Honor NASCAR Drivers Who Are Making A Difference Off The Track

Comcast recognizes members of the NASCAR community for charitable efforts with fourth annual award. Comcast announced the finalists for the 2018 Comcast Community Champion of the Year Award, an annual award created to recognize the philanthropic efforts of individuals within the NASCAR industry. Comcast’s Xfinity brand has been the entitlement sponsor of the NASCAR Xfinity Series since 2015.

The 2018 finalists are:

  • Joey Logano, Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series™ driver and founder of the Joey Logano Foundation
  • Ryan Newman, Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series™ driver and co-founder of Rescue Ranch
  • Steve Page, President of Sonoma Raceway and board member of the Sonoma chapter of Speedway Children’s Charities

“One of Comcast’s most important pillars is re-investing in our local communities, and it has been incredible to see this come to life through our NASCAR partnership with the Comcast Community Champion of the Year Award,” said Matt Lederer, Executive Director of Partnership Marketing at Comcast. “This annual award, now in its fourth year, has given us a platform to highlight members of the NASCAR family who truly embody a generous and benevolent spirit.”

The 2018 Comcast Community Champion will be selected by a panel comprised of Comcast and NASCAR executives, as well as the Chip Ganassi Racing Pit Crew Department, which won the award in 2017 and will be represented by pit crew coach Mike Metcalf. Comcast will award $60,000 to the winner’s affiliated charity, and $30,000 on behalf of the two remaining finalists’ selected charities. The 2018 award winner will be announced on Thursday, Nov. 15 at W South Beach Hotel in Miami as part of NASCAR Championship Weekend.

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.