Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Upcoming: Motown the Musical, at the Fisher Theatre {Detroit}, April 18-30, 2017

Upcoming: Motown the Musical, at the Fisher Theatre {Detroit}, April 18-30, 2017
*Disclosure: I have an ongoing relationship with Broadway In Detroit. The opinions expressed here, however, are my own.

MOTOWN THE MUSICAL will be playing at the Fisher Theatre (Detroit) this year, from April 18-30, and I'm excited to see it! I've heard a lot of good things about the musical, but have never seen it in-person before.

About the show:
Producers Kevin McCollum, Doug Morris and Motown Founder Berry Gordy, and Broadway in Detroit are proud to announce that MOTOWN THE MUSICAL will return to Detroit’s Fisher Theatre, April 18-30. Ticket prices start at $39 and are now on sale at all Ticketmaster locations, by phone at 1-800-982-2787, and online at www.broadwayindetroit.com or www.ticketmaster.com, and at The Fisher Theatre Box Office.

Directed by Charles Randolph-Wright, MOTOWN THE MUSICAL is the true American dream story of Motown founder Berry Gordy’s journey from featherweight boxer to the heavyweight music mogul who launched the careers of Diana Ross, Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder, Smokey Robinson, Marvin Gaye and so many more.


Upcoming: Motown the Musical, at the Fisher Theatre {Detroit}, April 18-30, 2017

Friday, February 24, 2017

Movie Review: A United Kingdom

Movie review: A United Kingdom

A United Kingdom takes place in the 1940s, and is based on the real story of Prince Seretse Khama, who married a white woman from England and brought her back to Bechuanaland (modern-day Botswana) to presumably rule beside him as queen, once his uncle confirmed him as king. Things don't go as planned, however, and their marriage creates quite a stir, both in Bechuanaland and in England.

Ruth Williams (Rosamund Pike) goes along to a dance with her sister, Muriel (Laura Carmichael), to keep her company. There, she meets Seretse Khama (David Oyelowo), who intrigues her; later, he asks her out on a proper date, and they begin spending more and more time together. At the end of that first date, Khama reveals to her that he's the prince of Bechuanaland, an African country, and that his education in England has ended; therefore, his uncle expects him back in Bechuanaland soon.

Ruth and Seretse know that they probably wouldn't be allowed to marry in Africa, so they marry in England before they leave, and Ruth accompanies Seretse back to Bechuanaland. There, they meet stern opposition, both by his uncle, the current regent of the country, and by England, which at the time was basically 'moderating' Bechuanaland, as it was a protectorate of the English government.

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Upcoming and a GIVEAWAY: Cirque Ziva, March 19 at the Fox Theatre, Detroit {ends 3/1}

*Disclosure: I have an ongoing relationship with Olympia Entertainment. The opinions expressed here, however, are my own.

I've never seen Cirque Ziva in person - however, I LOVE Cirque du Soleil shows, and I imagine this one to be similar. Cirque Ziva will be at the Fox on Sunday, March 19th, at 3pm, and I have a chance for one of my lucky readers to win tickets!

About the show:
The Golden Dragon Acrobats spring into the Fox Theatre with a performance of Cirque Ziva on Sunday, March 19 at 3 p.m. Cirque Ziva is a fast-paced, technically innovative and beautifully presented spectacle for all ages.

Tickets ($24.50, $34.50 and $44.50) are on sale now and can be purchased at OlympiaEntertainment.com, The Fox Theatre and Joe Louis Arena box offices, Hockeytown Authentics in Troy (without service charge) at all Ticketmaster locations and Ticketmaster.com. To charge tickets by phone, call (800) 745-3000. Discounts for groups of 10 or more are available by calling 313-471-3099. For additional information, call (313) 471-6611. 


Upcoming and a GIVEAWAY: Cirque Ziva, March 19 at the Fox Theatre, Detroit

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

GIVEAWAY: Digital HD copy of Bright Lights: Starring Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds {ends 2/28}

I was shocked when Carrie Fisher passed away this December, and then Debbie Reynolds, so shortly after her daughter's death.

Before that, though, HBO was in the middle of producing a documentary on the two of them, Bright Lights, which has now been released on DVD.

One of my lucky readers has the chance to win a Digital HD code of Bright Lights - read on for more details.

Official synopsis:
An intimate portrait of two of Hollywood's most fascinating personalities, Bright Lights: Starring Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds has become, poignantly, both a requiem and celebration of the two movie icons, who sadly and unexpectedly died one day apart in December 2016: Star Wars actress/author Carrie Fisher and her mother, Singin' in the Rain star Debbie Reynolds. Shot mainly inside the Beverly Hills compound where both Fisher and Reynolds lived (their two houses were connected by one walkway), the film captures the unique chemistry and eccentricity that bound these two generations of Hollywood royalty. Given unusual access to each woman's home and life, directors Alexis Bloom and Fisher Stevens captured the quicksilver wit and intelligence shared by both women as they orbited around each other, living separate lives but kept close by the gravitational pull of love and family.

Friday, February 17, 2017

Movie Review: The Great Wall

Movie Review: The Great Wall

The only thing I knew before seeing The Great Wall was that Matt Damon stars in it, and it was filmed entirely in China; also, that it involved monsters of some sort. I ended up being pleasantly surprised by the movie, and the 3D in the film was fantastic as well.

William (Damon) and his friend Bouchard (Pilou Asbaek, Game of Thrones) are hoping to steal some black powder—a valuable weapon—from the Chinese. However, the Chinese find the two of them before they make it to the Chinese army's headquarters, and they turn themselves in. When the Chinese are attacked by monsters, however, and William and Bouchard help fight them, the Chinese commander, Lin Mae (Tian Jing), realizes that they have skills that she can use, so she releases them. William wants to help slay the monsters, though, so he stays behind, even after Bouchard tries to betray him, as well as the Chinese.

Movie Review: Fist Fight

Movie Review: Fist Fight

I was hoping Fist Fight would be funny, since it has a great cast - Ice Cube and Charlie Day play the two main characters, and there's a slew of other A-listers in the supporting cast, too. However, although it does have some funny moments, most of the jokes weren't that great.

It's the last day of school, and Mr. Campbell (Day) knows things are going to be crazy - the seniors at the high school where he teaches are going nuts with pranks. On top of that, the teachers are having to re-interview for their jobs, because of budget cuts, so he's not looking forward to facing the principal (Dean Norris, Breaking Bad) at the end of the day. And on top of THAT, his wife is nine months pregnant, and about ready to give birth to their second child.

When Mr. Campbell witnesses an incident between Mr. Strickland (Ice Cube) and another student, that results in Strickland taking an ax to the student's desk, he tattles on Strickland to the principal, in order to save his own job; this prompts Strickland to challenge him to a fist fight after school. Campbell now needs to learn how to fight, and fast, so he doesn't get completely annihilated by Strickland, who has quite the reputation.

Thursday, February 16, 2017

GIVEAWAY: Digital code of 1 Night, starring Anna Camp {ends 2/24}

GIVEAWAY: Digital code of 1 Night, starring Anna Camp

1 Night was released on Digital HD on February 10th, and one of my lucky readers can win a copy!

The movie stars Anna Camp (Pitch Perfect), Justin Chatwin, Isabelle Fuhrman, and Kyle Allen.

About the movie:
Thirty-something Elizabeth (Anna Camp) must decide whether to salvage her relationship with Drew (Justin Chatwin) after much personal disappointment. Meanwhile, Bea (Isabelle Fuhrman), a worrisome teenager, reconnects with her introverted childhood friend, Andy (Kyle Allen) to overcome their difference in high school status following their prom. Past and present collide as two couples explore love over the course of one night at a hotel.

GIVEAWAY:

Enter via the widget below. I have one digital HD code to give away.

Giveaway will end on Friday, February 24th, at 11:59pm EST, and winner will be notified via email the next day, and have 24 hours to respond, or an alternate winner will be chosen.

U.S. and Canadian residents only, please.

Good luck!

1 Night - Digital code