When Total Divas returns with all-new episodes on January 4 at 10pm ET, a new duo emerges to shake up the dynamics of the cast: WWE® Diva Alicia Fox™ and WWE Diva Paige™. Former WWE Divas Champion, Paige, is a raven-haired Diva who preaches a simple message: she wants to mix it up in the ring. She first began battling when she was 13, following her family of English wrestlers, and gained prominence inside the WWE’s NXT Division, as the first NXT Women’s Champion. Similarly, the stunning and lithesome Alicia Fox has proven herself to be far more ferocious and eccentric than anyone ever expected. The talented Ms. Fox has etched her name in WWE record books as the first African-American woman to win the Divas Championship. Together, the two ladies, along with friend WWE Diva Rosa Mendes™, form a clique in the locker room that rivals the Bella Twins™ and WWE Diva Cameron™ (Ariane), leaving Natalya™ (Nattie) stuck in the middle.
As season three progresses, a longtime feud between Ariane and Alicia forces the two Divas to go head-to-head. On the couple’s front, the newly crowned WWE Divas Champion Nikki Bella™ and WWE Superstar John Cena®, are on the outs after he blindsided her with the idea that they may not be meant for each other. Brie Bella™ also has to confess to Nikki that she went behind her back and confronted Cena about his stance on marriage that lead to the couple’s turmoil. Newlywed Eva Marie™ struggles with some surprising health and body image issues, while Brie seriously considers giving up her exciting career for a more domestic life. The locker room gets awkward when Rosa misreads another Diva’s outgoing personality as romantic overtones and tries to pursue a relationship. In addition, as Nattie deals with her imploding marriage and its subsequent fallout, she looks to family and friends for support and a new place to live – away from her husband WWE Superstar Tyson Kidd™ (TJ).
All-new episodes of Total Divas start Sunday, January 4, 2015 at 10pm ET, before returning to its regular time slot at 9pm beginning January 11.
Just in time for fans’ holiday wish lists, Dark Horse and Mattel announce that the biggest art book of 2015 – The Art of He-Man and the Masters of the Universe – will receive a limited edition release.
Restricted to 4,000 copies, The Art of He-Man and the Masters of the Universe Limited Edition comes packaged in a deluxe Castle Grayskull slipcase, with an exclusive foil embossed cover and portfolio print, coming in at just under 400 pages with commentary written by Tim & Steve Seeley.
In 1982, the world was introduced to He-Man® and Masters of the Universe®. What followed was a cultural sensation that changed the landscape of children’s entertainment forever! Join Mattel and Dark Horse in this comprehensive retrospective chronicling the decades-long epic journey of He-Man from toy, to television, to film, to a true pop culture phenomenon!
The Art of He-Man and the Masters of the Universe includes rarely seen images of concept sketches, prototypes, and more from Mattel’s archives. Featuring beautifully restored art from master illustrator Earl Norem—celebrated artist of the most memorable He-Man images, interviews with Dolph Lundgren, Paul Dini, Erika Scheimer, and many more!
The Art of He-Man and the Masters of the Universe Limited Edition is on sale in comic shops April 15th and April 28th in bookstores. Pre-order your copy today from these fine retailers:
On the heels of their seventh studio album and first new album in two years, Train will be headlining a free show in New Orleans on December 31 prior to the 2015 College Football Playoff Semifinal at the Allstate Sugar Bowl.
I was able to chat with Train’s lead guitarist Jimmy Stafford on the free concert he and his band mates will be performing at on December 31st that is courtesy of Allstate. We also talk about his band, coming up with songs, football and more.
If you are in New Orleans make sure you stop by the Jax Brewery Parking Lot (418 North Peters Street) at 6:15 p.m. on New Year’s Eve to check out the free Train concert.
Tis’ the season…for holiday hijinks! Chicago cornerback Charles Tillman teamed up with Courtyard to surprise guests and spread some holiday cheer at a Courtyard by Marriott in Chicago, IL.
Posed as an eccentric Scrooge-like director that was hired to film a holiday video card for Courtyard, Tillman had unsuspecting guests sing “Jingle Bells” while wearing makeup and ridiculous props all while being captured by hidden cameras.
When the disguise came off, Charles Tillman revealed himself to be the same “nice guy” that NFL fans recognize.
The show that averages 3.1 million viewers on Friday nights and beats all Friday primetime viewing on any cable network is moving to Thursday nights on Syfy beginning January 15th at 8pm ET. With more than 800 original episodes, SmackDown is the second longest-running weekly episodic program in U.S. television history, only behind WWE’s other flagship program, Monday Night Raw®.
“Quite simply, more young men watch television on Thursday night than on Fridays,” said Michael Engleman, Executive Vice President, Marketing, Digital and Global Brand Strategy, Syfy. “Among Men 18-49, PUTS are 15 percent higher compared to Fridays, expanding the potential audience for SmackDown. Since the majority of broadcast programming skews female, we’re also using Thursday nights to counter program.”
“WWE’s sizable and passionate fan base make SmackDown the #1 entertainment show on Syfy and the most-watched, regularly-scheduled program among key demographics on the network,” said Michelle Wilson, Chief Revenue and Marketing Officer, WWE. “We look forward to bringing the WWE audience to Thursday nights on Syfy.”
Over the past 15 years, SmackDown has been broadcast from 170 different venues, in 148 cities and towns, in seven different countries including the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Iraq, Japan, Italy and Mexico. The name SmackDown came from WWE Superstar Dwayne “The Rock®” Johnson’s popular catchphrase, “Lay the Smackdown®.”
The Jordan Ultimate Gift of Flight pack features the newest Air Jordan and one of the best Air Jordans ever, celebrating performance, innovation and Legend Blue.
Released back in 1996, the Air Jordan XI was ahead of its time: form and function melded perfectly for a great look on the court and off. Today, the Air Jordan XX9 is the lightest Air Jordan with a reengineered FlightPlate and one-piece woven upper that moves naturally and comfortably with your foot.
The Air Jordan XI features Legend Blue on the patent leather and smooth leather upper, and a white midsole and translucent outsole tinted in Legend Blue. The Air Jordan XX9 features Legend Blue highlights with elephant print, framed with a white upper and translucent grey midsole.
LAUNCH: Tuesday, December 23, 2014 – 8:00 AM EST – Cost $500.00
For those of you who might be lucky enough to get some Crown Royal or Captain Morgan under the tree this Christmas I have three outstanding cocktails that you should try. All of them have holiday themes to them and could be a year round drink of choice. Just make sure you enjoy them responsibly.
1 oz. CAPTAIN MORGAN® ORIGINAL SPICED RUM
0.5 oz. peppermint schnapps
5 oz. cola
Instructions: Coat rim of a Collins or rocks glass with crushed candy cane pieces. Fill the glass with ice. Add all of the ingredients and stir.
1 oz. CAPTAIN MORGAN® ORIGINAL SPICED RUM
0.25 oz. premium orange liqueur
5 oz. cola
Instructions: Combine all of the ingredients in an ice-filled rocks glass and stir. Garnish with an orange twist.
CAPTAIN’S HOLIDAY COCKTAIL
1.25 oz. CAPTAIN MORGAN® ORIGINAL SPICED RUM
0.75 oz. Fresh Lemon Juice
0.5 oz. Simple Syrup
3 Pieces Blackberry
3 Dashes of bitters
2 oz. Cola
Instructions: In a shaker, combine all the ingredients but the cola. Shake and strain into a Collins glass with cola. Garnish with an orange peel, expressed and inserted.
4 oz. Cranberry Juice
Instructions: Serve in a rocks glass over ice and garnish with apple wedge.
The good folks as PIEHOLE Whiskey challenged me to make up a new cocktail. I would have to use one of their three flavored whiskeys and two of the following ingredients, cranberry sauce, cream cheese, marshmallows, pumpkin, whipped cream, walnuts, raisins, and apple cider. This was my first time getting to taste these whiskeys and they were all fantastic.
For those who don’t know the PIEHOLE’s three varieties of whiskey are cherry pie, apple pie, and pecan pie. For the challenge I went with the cherry pie flavor whiskey. When I looked over the list of the different ingredients I immediately knew that I was going to go for a fruity concoction. So with that in mind I was looking to use cranberry sauce and apple cider.
Along with the cherry pie whiskey, cranberry sauce, and apple cider I also used ginger ale, cranberry juice, and a lime. I call this drink “Wicked Fruit Punch.” Below is the ingredient list as well as the directions you can follow to my cocktail. Plus I added some other recipes that you should try as well. Just make sure you try mine first!
Cheers and enjoy responsibly.
1.5 oz. of PIEHOLE Cherry Whiskey
1.0 oz. of cranberry juice
1.0 oz. of apple cider
1.0 oz. of ginger ale
¼ cup of cranberry sauce
1 lime wedge
Take the ¼ cup of cranberry sauce and blend it really well. Once it is near liquid form place the sauce in the bottom of an old-fashioned glass. Next pour the PIEHOLE Cherry Whiskey, ginger ale, apple cider, and cranberry juice in another cup. Add some ice and shake up those ingredients. Pour that mixture into the old-fashioned glass with the cranberry sauce on the bottom. Add a lime wedge on the lip of the glass and circle it around the entire glass. Enjoy!
Check out other fine recipes from PIEHOLE Whiskey
1.25 oz. Piehole Apple Pie
.25 oz. Stirrings Ginger Flavored Liqueur
1 dash of angostura bitters
Splash of sour mix
Glassware: Shot glass
Directions: Add ingredients to an ice-filled shaker. Shake and strain into a shot glass.
1.5 oz. Piehole Apple Pie
1.25 oz. sour mix
Splash of orange juice
Glass: Collins Glass
Directions: Add ingredients to an ice-filled mixing tin. Squeeze a lemon wedge into the tin. Shake and strain into an ice-filled Collins glass. Garnish with a lemon wedge.
Are you hosting any parties this holiday season? If so maybe you should try and add something special to your party with these Courvoisier holiday cocktails. Below are three tremendous cocktail recipes that your guest will love to try out. Enjoy!
1 part Courvoisier VSOP cognac
1 Demerara sugar cube
2 dashes of Angostura bitters
Top up with Champagne
Soak a sugar cube in bitters and drop into a Champagne flute. Cover with Courvoisier VS Cognac and slowly top with Champagne.
HOLIDAY SLEIGH RIDE
1¼ parts Courvoisier VSOP
¾ part cranberry juice
1½ parts fresh lemon sour
1 part fresh orange juice
Shake all ingredients with ice and strain into a chilled cinnamon/sugar-rimmed cocktail glass. Garnish with an orange spiral twist.
1 half-moon slice of orange
1 wedge of lemon
3 whole cloves
1 part agave nectar
In an Irish coffee mug muddle the cloves, orange, and lemon. Add nectar and Courvoisier VSOP and top with steaming hot water. Stir and serve with a cinnamon stick.
J.J. Abrams spoke with Entertainment Weekly about “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.” During that conversation he opened up a collection of “vintage” Topps trading cards for Episode VII. The cards had the images of the characters we saw in the trailer complete with their specific character names. Oscar Isaac is Poe Dameron, the Sith looking figure is Kylo Ren, and Daisy Ridley is Rey.
The cards only display the first names of the characters played by John Boyega and Daisy Ridley, which some are thinking will be the lead characters. Rumors are flying around the internet that they both could be descendents of some original trilogy characters. J.J. Abrams did say to Entertainment Weekly that the numbering of the cards/characters does matter.