Who was a fan of the Chucky film series? Well for those who loved that toy that terrorized people he is back. A new movie called the Cult of Chucky is in the works. The film is set around when Nica Pierce is confined to an asylum for the criminally insane for the past four years, she is erroneously convinced that she, not Chucky, murdered her entire family. But when her psychiatrist introduces a new therapeutic “tool” to facilitate his patients’ group sessions — an all-too-familiar “Good Guy” doll with an innocently smiling face — a string of grisly deaths begins to plague the asylum, and Nica starts to wonder if maybe she isn’t crazy after all. Andy Barclay (Alex Vincent), Chucky’s now-grown-up nemesis from the original Child’s Play, races to Nica’s aid. But to save her he’ll have to get past Tiffany (Oscar®-nominee Jennifer Tilly), Chucky’s long-ago bride, who will do anything, no matter how deadly or depraved, to help her beloved devil doll.
New Year’s resolutions are hard to keep. One of the biggest ones are trying to hit up the gym. One way to keep your work out going is by getting some fantastic kicks. Good news! You are in luck. Today Reebok launched the Reebok CrossFit Nano 7 training shoe, upholding its legacy as one of the leading footwear brands in the CrossFit community. As Reebok continues to evolve the Nano franchise, adjustment to the ultimate training shoe includes precise refinement to the silhouette, helping to improve the fit for every athlete.
Built as the ultimate training shoe, the Nano 7 allows anyone pushing their body through a work out to be light on their feet. The inclusion of NANOWEAVE technology helps to achieve the most comfortable, most durable, and most breathable Nano ever.
Additional features to the shoe include Powerlaunch toebox, adding to a strong foundation for improved power, fit and stability. Reinforced heel clips offer stability and locked in feel for any movement in your workout.
For the first time in the history of the Nano franchise, fitness fans will be able to get their hands on the latest Nano training shoe in January, ensuring they can take advantage of the sleek design and dynamic fit while competing in this 2017 Reebok CrossFit Games Open and ensuring all fitness enthusiasts can make every nanosecond count throughout 2017 when working out in this ultimate training shoe.
As with previous Nano evolutions, the Nano 7 includes many advanced updates working alongside NANOWEAVE, which include:
Refined structural fit – strengthening foundation in the foot to help improve power
Expanded RopePro – ensures durability and protection and is now adhered to the medial upper and eye stay with a new super grippy rubberized material
Cushion and shock absorption – provides a smoother ride during workouts that include running and box jumps
The Reebok CrossFit Nano 7 will be available from the official CrossFit store at store.crossfit.com on January 4th 2017, and on Reebok.com from January 5th 2017.
Looking to update your wardrobe for 2017? How about starting with some fresh, hot kicks. Reebok Classic and music icon Kendrick Lamar continue to evolve their creative partnerships with the launch of the Reebok Classic x Kendrick Lamar Club C Capsule. For his first iteration of the historic Club C sneaker, Kendrick draws on his experiences from both past and present to add his unique style and message to the legacy of the classic tennis shoe.
Taking direct inspiration from his latest album, the sneaker’s aesthetic focuses on the themes of anonymity and abstraction while also calling for unity. Inspired by his ability to invoke conversation around race and social injustice, the Club C forces people to think deeper and celebrates Kendrick’s ability to create art with meaning in a stylish, provocative manner.
The shoe will be available in adult unisex and children’s sizes at Footaction, Sneaker Villa, Shiekh Shoes, Jimmy Jazz, Shoe Palace and Reebok.com worldwide starting January 13th for $109.99 in adult sizing, $70 for kid’s styles, and $50 in toddler sizes.
This may not be news for some, but believe it or not Ford F-Series Trucks have been the best-selling truck in America for the past 40 years. Ford has sold over more than 26 million trucks since 1977. Ford makes it a point to listen to customers, delivering constant innovation and best-in-class levels of performance enabled the Ford F-Series to set itself apart by making customers more productive through tougher, smarter and more capable trucks
Also Ford kicks off 2017 with a yearlong celebration for loyal F-Series owners and their trucks at 40YearsTough.com.
Ford truck leadership was established with the sixth-generation of F-Series for the 1977 model year, a time when 8-track tapes, disco and bell bottoms were the rage. The company was riding a sales wave – based on an all-new F-150 light-duty pickup featuring an improved 351-series V8 engine, standard front disc brakes, and an extended SuperCab offering.
To celebrate this feat Ford showcased the F-Series innovations and milestones, 1977 to present
1977: Ford begins F-Series truck leadership, selling 818,580 trucks for the model year
1979: Ford introduces the Built Ford Tough brand promise
1980: All-new seventh-generation F-Series features efficient gas and diesel V8 engines, new angular design, improved interior features; twin-traction-beam four-wheel-drive front suspension introduced
1984: F-150 replaces F-100 as base F-Series truck, adding improved safety features and new center console; optional CD player comes a year later
1987: Eighth-generation F-Series features a more aerodynamic design, available electronic fuel injection, redesigned interior including instrument panel, and rear antilock brakes
1998: Super Duty brand of medium-duty trucks debuts for commercial customers and aligns the popular F-150 line for light-duty customers
2001: Luxury King Ranch is an unprecedented success
2002: Ford, celebrating 25 years as best-selling truck in America and 20 years as best-selling vehicle overall, introduces Ford-engineered, Ford-built 6.7-liter Power Stroke® turbo diesel engine
2008: Ford introduces all-new Class 3-leading F-450 pickup, once again raising the bar for maximum towing capacity
2011: Powerful, efficient EcoBoost engine technology introduced for F-150
2015: Ford shifts production away from steel to high-strength, military-grade, aluminum-alloy body for F-150; introduces all-new technology, including 360-degree camera
2016: New Pro Trailer Backup Assist helps make backing up a trailer as easy as turning a knob; plus F-150 is only full-size pickup to earn a five-star rating from National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and a Top Safety Pick from Insurance Institute for Highway Safety
2017: Ford celebrates F-Series leadership, marking 40 years with the best-selling truck in America and the best-selling vehicle overall for 35 years
Each year we look to a new year with goals ready to accomplish. We also look forward to gear and gadgets that are state of the art with new technology. For sneakerheads we like to see what the sneaker industry will have in store for us with unique designs and brand new tech. We also love the classic retro sneakers. This weekend Nike and Jordan Brand are bringing back the Air Jordan XV in it’s classic colorway.
Not much was seen of the Air Jordan XV following its initial 1999-2000 run, even though it continued the Air Jordan line. The shoe’s unique, stealthy look is inspired by a fighter jet, and the Air Jordan XV also serves as the final design in Tinker Hatfield’s initial run working on the signature line. Now, the original returns, arriving dressed in black with accents and branded hits set in varsity red.
If you have a Loot Crate subscription then you already know about all of the goodness that was in each month’s crate for 2016. December’s crate did not disappoint. The theme was Revolution. Inside the crate were items from Assassin’s Creed, Mr. Robot, and Firefly.
The Loot Crate for December has the following items; Assassin’s Creed Exclusive Funko POP, Mr. Robot fsociety Shirt, Assassin’s Creed Pin, Figure Fantasy Book by Daniel Picard and a Firefly Patch. All of these items are legit, but the one I loved the most was the Figure Fantasy book.
The author of the book is Daniel Picard. He likes to combines work and play in his series of whimsical figure art, bringing collectibles to life in countless imaginative ways. His dynamic portfolio of photography extends across genres, including pop culture, sports, and portraiture.
In this book he explores what his favorite pop culture heroes and villains are up to when they’re not caught up in the battle between good and evil. This unique collection of meticulously composed images showcases a variety of comic book and movie icons in realistic and often hilarious everyday settings. Using fan-favorite figures from Sideshow Collectibles, Picard gives these classic characters a fresh twist, presenting them in perfectly arranged, to-scale environments that create believable scenes and tongue-in-cheek parodies. Among the gallery of memorable images are photographs of a Stormtrooper with a desk job, the Joker shopping for a Batman Halloween costume, and Harley Quinn taking a selfie.
Like what you see? Get a subscription. January’s crate will focus on iconic ORIGINS of the greatest heroes the world has ever known. From DC Comics to Marvel to Nintendo you will be set for some awesome items! Plus 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!
A few weeks ago, I got a close look at the 2017 Continental at the Bel-Aire Hotel with Lincoln Design Director David Woodhouse and Chief Engineer of the Continental, Michael Celentino. From the start, Woodhouse and Celentino were lockstep in describing the overall vibe of the car with a slew of words that highlighted the “quiet luxury” approach that’s at the core of Lincoln’s revamped marketing approach.
Elegant. Serene. Warm. Beautiful. These words just rolled off the tongue of Lincoln’s design director. And he’s not wrong. The 2017 Continental is all of these things. Maybe it was the British accent, the younger Jonathan Pryce-like delivery or the aptness of the adjectives, but I found myself agreeing with Woodhouse quite a bit. Meeting this car for the first time is an experience worthy of hyperbole.
Celentino was quite convincing as well. He described what went into the four and a half years of development to bring back a Lincoln worthy of the name Continental. Celentino and his team spent a lot of upfront time trying to figure out a direction. They drew a lot of inspiration from some of the iconic Continentals of old. Frank Lloyd Wright’s 1940 Lincoln Continental. The Continental Mark II of the 1950s driven by Frank Sinatra. And the long presidential Lincoln Continental of the 1960s made famous by JFK.
“We didn’t want to go retro, but we wanted to acknowledge these cars,” Celentino said. And as inspiring as these classics were, “they were also a little intimidating, too.”
Woodhouse said that they looked at “brutalisitc themes” and “progressive themes” in order to arrive at something “not too old school, not too progressive.”
“We deliberately went down this middle road to find that balance,” Woodhouse explained.
According to Woodhouse, the new signature face of Lincoln happened through this program. This was a big source of inspiration as the Continental was being developed.
“I always feel that chrome is more exuberant and more American, he said.”
That grill, though. It just works. With all the elegance and serenity and other superlatives at play, the front face of this Lincoln Continental is its most distinctive feature. There’s no way around it, this car is handsome.
Relaxed Approach to Luxury
The 2017 Continental comes in 2.7 L V6, 3.0 L V6, 3.7 L V6 options that vary from 305 to 400hp. Full specs can be found here. But let’s face it, if you’re looking to get a Lincoln Continental of your own, specs aren’t your primary concern.
Specs are nice and all, but as Celentino explained, “the emphasis is on smoothness and smooth shifts.” This is still a 5,000 lb. car. With adaptive front steering, adaptive cruise control, auto hold brake and tires that shift to guide you through turns, Continental’s chief engineer just wants drivers to enjoy the ride.
“When you’re on the 405, just calm down and let the car drive,” Celentino said.
Both Woodhouse and Celentino admit that Lincoln is not trying to chase their top rivals in the luxury space. To them, performance is important, but to focus strictly on performance is so very German. Lincoln’s approach to luxury is different.
“Luxury is more about wellness,” Woodhouse told me. “We’re taking a more relaxed approach.”
And the wellness is real. From the first glance, you can see it. There’s the “relaxed gesture from front to rear” and “right stance and gesture on the road” that Woodhouse described to me. There’s the soft release of the electronic door latching, the first touch point of the car. At night, drivers and passengers are treated to a friendly embrace as they approach the Continental. This warm hello comes in the form of extra floor and interior lights that illuminate before you enter the car.
In short, the 2017 Lincoln is basically a high-end day spa on wheels. And that was very much the intention.
“We want you to look forward to your 20 to 30-minute drive,” Celentino said, “and arrive a little more refreshed.”
That approach is what gets you things like the 30-way adjustable Perfect Comfort Seat. You got options for upper and lower back adjustments, massage time and thigh adjustment. Drivers tend to place more or less weight on one leg all the time. Setting each leg at a different stance is just another way to settle into this comfy living room chair that just happens to live in a car. Woodhouse said that people didn’t want to get out of the seats during testing.
I believe it. It’s a lot like leaving the massage chair in Brookstone when your lady wants to keep shopping at the mall. You just always end up wanting a few more minutes in that seat before you go about your business for the day.
But you can’t have quiet luxury without the quiet, and as Celentino described, the 2017 Continental is “the quietest Lincoln ever.” Acoustic glass is found all around, including the back, because the back cabin is equally important in this car.
Understanding the Chinese Market
This focus on comfort in the back was a product of market research, specifically in China. Both Woodhouse and Celentino were keen to underscore the influence of Chinese market sensibilities in the design and development of the new Continental.
In China, luxury car customers are often driven around during the week and drive themselves on the weekends. This caused Lincoln to pay more attention to the rear passenger experience. The result was the rear seat amenities package.
The goal is to maximize controls from the rear seat. Things like full recline, massage, heat, lumbar support, Revel audio controls and available USB are in the mix. Customers in China can feel all the comforts of the Continental no matter where they’re seated, whether they’re leveraging the quiet rear cabin for a business meeting, being driven around long distances or taking the wheel themselves.
China was the third country to see the 2017 Continental, after Lincoln launched in the US and Canada, so the market is clearly an important one for the American brand. According to Forbes, Lincoln’s sales in China were up 191% year over year in the third quarter of 2016. Celentino said that China will be the biggest luxury market in the world by 2019 or 2020, and Lincoln plans to have 60 dealerships open in China by the end of the year.
Ending on a High Note
Part of my day out with the 2017 Lincoln Continental included a visit to The Village Studios, a former masonic temple that was converted into a recording studio in the 1960s. Located just off Santa Monica Blvd, right near the 405 in West LA, The Village has been home to some pretty amazing recording sessions. The Stones recorded “Angie” there. Heart recorded “Barracuda” there. This is the spot where Dr. Dre and Snopp Dogg recorded the Chronic.
We met up at The Village with electronic music producer Photek and previewed the Revel audio system, a major highlight of the 2017 Lincoln Continental.
Perched in front of a sweet, 48 channel Neve Mixing Console that was built in 1972 and shipped over years ago from Chicago, Photek broke down a few tracks for us, going through the different component parts of two remixes (including Photek’s remix of “One Love” from Bob Marley and the Wailers) and a new track he was working on.
“The car is the test ground for a lot of music as you’re making it,” Photek said. It’s the best spot for “listening to the version in the works.”
And what better way to preview a working track than a day spa on wheels with the best in-car sound system ever created?
Seriously though, the Revel sound system in the 2017 Lincoln Continental is no joke. Revel has an exclusive deal with Lincoln and rolled out their first car sound system in the MKX. The Revel team dictated the placement of all 19 speakers in the car. The attention to detail is just unimaginable.
Imagine a car stereo system where all sounds it each passenger at the same time a magnitude. Where smooth distribution of high frequency sounds is a goal of in-door waveguides. Where shorting rings provide a sound so crisp you’ll hear parts of songs you never knew where there. Where you can adjust your experience to listen to stereo, onstage or audience modes.
Now imagine a sound system that actually uncompresses your music files. This is the next level quantum logic system from Revel that’s in place in the Conintental. All your compressed MP3 files and streaming music sources are injected with a fullness that opens up frequencies and provides a richer sounding listening. It’s great way to earn back those frequencies we all tend sacrifice in the name of convenience.
If you’re not a fidelity nerd and you don’t care about frequencies and waveguides and distortion and all that, that’s okay. You don’t really have to worry about that stuff. Revel spent the last 19 years trying to sort it all out. You just need to know that this is the best sound system you’ve ever experienced in a car. Period.
The entry price for the 2017 Lincoln Continental is about $45,000. The price point gets into the high 70s for the super sweet Black Label rear seat amenity loaded Continentals that I checked out. If you’re into being comfy in any seat, enjoying a smooth ride in a dapper car with some serious history or if you just love music so much that you want to spend more time listening to tunes in your car than living life outside of it, the first Lincoln Continental to come out since 2002 is definitely worth checking out.
As we look in at the year 2016 we think about the good times and the bad times. It looks like Google was doing the same thing. Google has just released their “Year In Search” results. According to Google’s findings, the Old Fashioned placed sixth in the most searched cocktails of the entire year. So as you are preparing for your New Year’s Eve themed-party or your relaxed night in, a perfect way to celebrate 2016 is to enjoy one of the six delicious and unique Old Fashioned recipes that are below.
1.25 oz. Bulleit Rye
.25 oz. Demerara Syrup
3 Dashes Orange Bitters
1 Grind Black Walnut Liqueur
I.W. Harper Old Fashioned
Spoon of Brown Sugar
Dash of Angostura Orange Bitters
2 Dashes Aromatic Bitters
Garnish with Orange Twist
Banana Bread Old Fashioned
0.5 oz. Banane du Bresil
0.25 oz. Allspice Dram
1 Dash Black Walnut Bitters
Vanilla Old Fashioned
1.5 oz. Crown Royal Vanilla
0.25 oz. Simply Syrup
3 Dashes Orange Bitters
Orange Peel Twist
The Hilhaven Lodge Old Fashioned
1.5 oz. of The Hilhaven Lodge Blended Straight American Whiskey
3 Dashes of Aromatic Bitters
1 Orange Peel
Tennessee Old Fashioned
1 oz. George Dickel No. 12 Whisky
1 tsp. Sugar
0.25 oz. Bitters
1 Splash Water
If you are out and about this holiday weekend you won’t have to worry about missing any games! All you need is the go90 app. This is first time in 10 years that two NFL regular-season games are scheduled on Christmas Day. The increased threat of distracted friends and family members will surely impact thousands of holiday gatherings this
With go90, football fans are especially vulnerable to the temptation of never missing a game, even while eating a lovingly-prepared holiday dinner, listening to a distant family member discuss their new job, or while receiving that same pair of same pajamas for the eighth consecutive year.
To add to the already overwhelming pull is the fact that Verizon subscribers can watch NFL games for free from their smartphones, at any time and from anywhere without using their data.
Here is a list of games for the week.
Thursday, December 22: Giants @ Eagles
Saturday, December 24: Falcons @ Panthers, Dolphins @ Bills, Redskins @ Bears,Jets @ Patriots, Chargers @ Browns, Titians @ Jaguars, Packers @ Vikings, Colts @ Raiders, Buccaneers @ Saints, 49ers @ Rams, Cardinals @ Seahawks, Bengals @ Texans
Sunday, December 25: Ravens @ Steelers, Broncos @ Chiefs
Monday, December 26: Lions @ Cowboys
And soccer fans out there? You can watch La Liga, Serie A, and Ligue 1 matches on go90. The app will have the Copa del Rey matches that will streamed live and absolutely free on your smartphone or tablet.
Wednesday, December 21
Sevilla vs. Formentera – 12:55 PM/EST
Barcelona vs. Hercules – 3:55 PM/EST
Thursday, December 22
Athletic vs. Racing – 2:55 PM/EST
You can download go90 via the App Store or Google Play for free, and with no subscription fees.
Technology is now helping out your dinner plans. If you have Alexa Voice Service from Amazon then you can now order Pizza Hut. Pizza Hut, recognized as the pizza restaurant company which serves and delivers more pizzas than any other pizza company in the world, is expanding its ordering capabilities to include Alexa Voice Service on Amazon Echo, Amazon Tap, Echo Dot, Amazon Fire TV and Fire tablets. With a simple phrase, and not a single phone or laptop lifted, Pizza Hut’s new skill brings ease and convenience to the ordering experience for pizza-loving homes across the country.
The Pizza Hut skill differs from any pizza brand in the space by providing Alexa users with the convenience of ordering not only your favorites and past orders, but also directly from a menu of the most popular items from Pizza Hut.
Menu options include:
Veggie Lover’s® Pizza
Meat Lover’s® Pizza
Voice command options include:
“Alexa, open Pizza Hut.”
“Alexa, ask Pizza Hut for a pizza.”