Dumb & Dumber To in 2014 – Yes Please!

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Mock – Yea!  Ing – Yea!  Bird – Yea!  Yea – Yea!

Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels reprise their roles of Lloyd Christmas and Harry Dunne in 2014’s Dumb and Dumber To.

Twenty years after the lovable dim wits set out on their first adventure, they head out in search of one of their long-lost children.  An ailing Harry is in need of a new kidney, which prompts the best friends to track down his long-lost daughter who they hope can serve as a donor.

Jeff Daniels posted the first pic from the set via twitter.

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We’re Back!!!

Hunger Games star Jennifer Lawrence has been added to the cast (rumored to be the flashback love interest of Harry that results in child).  Funny man Rob Riggle has also been added.

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Dumb and Dumber directors Bobby and Peter Farrelly are back to helm this sequel.  Also joining Carrey and Daniels in reprising their roles from the first movie is Cam Neely, who played the bullying trucker Sea Bass.   “Kick his ass Sea Bass!”

This proves to be one of the most anticipated films of 2014!  You can call a Dumb and Dumber movie film right?  Either way we can’t wait!

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Marc Jacobs Leaving Louis Vuitton

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Marc Jacobs is reportedly leaving Louis Vuitton to focus on his name brand label (a move most feel will involve an IPO potentially worth billions).

Speculation is the designer will not renew his 10 year contract and give up the seat he has held the past 16 years.  Rumor is LVMH is in talks with former Balenciaga designer Nicholas Ghesquiere to take his place.

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LVMH has a majority stake in Marc Jacobs International, so a public offering would benefit both the designer and the luxury brands conglomerate.  However, for the listing to prove most lucrative, most feel Jacobs needs to be completely committed to his namesake brand.

The move does not appear to one that will have immediate effect as Jacobs is signed on to do collections for LVMH through mid 2014.

USC Fires Lane Kiffin

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The USC Trojans fired football coach Lane Kiffin not six hours after dropping to 3-2 after a blowout loss to Arizona State losing 62-41.

Trojans athletic director Pat Haden informed Kiffin after the team’s flight arrival back in Los Angeles early Sunday morning after the loss at Tempe, Ariz., the school said in a statement on its website.

USC has lost seven of its past 11 games dating to last year and both of its first two in Pac-12 play this season.  Kiffin was pulled off the team bus in a parking lot at LAX by Haden and several other school administrators and was told he was fired, the Daily News reported.

Under Kiffin, the Trojans are no longer the dominant team in the Pac 12 or Los Angeles for that matter.  UCLA continues to improve and climb in the rankings while USC keeps losing, which made the decision even more important.

No coach has ever landed more top-tier jobs with no results to show for it.  Kiffin has coached the USC Trojans, Tennessee Volunteers and Oakland Raiders.

USC is a top 5 coaching job in the country.  It will be exciting to see who Pat Haden hires to lead the Trojans going forward.  It could potentially create an interesting domino effect in college football.

Who do you all think will be the next USC coach?

Japan Invents Inflatable Concert Hall???????

Japan has done it again introducing us to the world’s first inflatable, mobile concert hall   (one sentence I never thought I would write).

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The creative structure is the result of a collaboration between Arata Isozaki, Yasuhisa Toyota, Kajimoto Agency, and sculptor Amish Kapoor.  The design process started in 2011 with the goal of creating a low-cost solution for holding traveling relief concerts after tsunamis destroyed Japan’s Miyagi Prefecture in March 2011.

Set up/inflation takes just two hours.  With a maximum capacity of 700, the 30×36 meter venue is modeled aftet Kapoor’s 2001 Leviathan installation.

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Will this be the new trend in concerts?  Will the structure start making appearances stateside?  Can the concert hall be popped with a knife?  These are all questions running through my head.  The inflatable concert hall is both awesome and kind of creepy at the same time.  I image it would create a very unforgettable concert atmosphere.

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MVF: Pearl Jam – Sirens

Pearl Jam is back!

I love what they did with their new video.  No over the top production and no video sub plots.  Simply the band performing on a spot lighted stage.  Focus 100% on the song and the lyrics.

I watched Eddie Vedder perform solo at the Ryman in Nashville, TN a couple of years ago and can attest he is one of the greatest performers I’ve seen.  His voice commands a stage like no other.

Enjoy!

MVF: Katy Perry – Roar

Katy Perry is back with the first single off her upcoming album.   Ladies will love the girl power “I am woman!” themed song and message.  Men will enjoy Katy in a leopard print amazon women outfit in her new video.

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Premiere Review

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The much-anticipated series begins where the film Marvel’s The Avengers left off following the epic battle of New York. The scene is set and the world now knows there are both heroes and monsters living among them.

(To skip the recap and get straight to the ES Smack scroll down)

The opening sequence involves an unemployed father walking down the street with his son.  All of a sudden an explosion and fire ignites in the building behind them.  Michael Peterson (aka The Hooded Hero) climbs the back side of the building then jumps out of the window on the top floor rescuing a lady from the fire.  The whole thing is caught on video by a photographer blogger rebel hacker named Skye (Chloe Bennet) thus setting up the episode.

Next we find out Agent Coulson (Clark Gregg) was NOT killed in Avengers’ movie.  Director Fury orchestrated a fake death to motivate the Avengers.  I guess that is one way to make sure you get a notable star and character attached to the show.  Coulson immediately starts putting together his new team recruiting Agent Ward (Brett Dalton) and Agent May (Ming-Na Wen).

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SHIELD‘s mission is to find the “Hooded Hero” in an effort to contain him in fear that potentially evil powers will track him down and exploit his powers.

However, we learn that Michael’s power is artificially induced by a doctor via a phone conversation and we get our first glimpse of the “centipede.”  Next, Michael returns back to the factory he was laid off after an injury and pleads for his job back.  When his former boss informs him there is nothing that can be done a dark rage overtakes (clearly as a result of the artificial power) and leads him to attack leaving his boss in critical condition.

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Moving along, we find out the women Michael rescued in the opening sequence was in fact the doctor that provided him with the centipede strength technology when he visits her in the hospital recovery area.  We find out he was not the first test subject and in fact the last subject snapped and blew up.  In fear of being exposed she urges him to disappear.  The main question we’re all asking at this point is who does the doctor work for?  This serves to be the antagonist for the SHIELD group all season.  The SHIELD scientist identifies that the centipede device attached to Michael is designed to explode and the first test subject didn’t snap.  This springs the team into action in an effort to capture him before he hurts himself or others.

I’ll let you watch and see how things play out.  Although, be warned it is pretty by the book.  The teaser preview (possibly the most interesting 2 minutes of the evening) for the rest of the season focuses on the 5 recruited team members coming together and places a specific emphasis on catching the end of each episode.  Is this simply a ploy to make us watch all the way to the end or will something from each episode tie together down the road?

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1.  I’m not sold on this show yet.  There was a lot of hype leading up to the premiere, especially among fan boys and I found the premiere underwhelming.  There was little excitement and the dialogue was a bit corny.  Perhaps things will sharpen up in the upcoming episodes now that all the characters have been introduced.

2.  If you tune expecting to see the Avengers you are in for a big disappointment.  The easiest way I can describe the show is Heroes + Undercovers + Smallville.

3.  I’m all for the secret agency with super weapons and technology, however the flying car was over the top.   Also, is Robin from How I Met Your Mother really the division director?  How they use her moving forward is something to keep an eye on.

4.  The opening episode focused mostly on introducing the team and characters.  We did not get to meet the true antagonist thus leaving the show’s direction up in the air.  I would have preferred at least a flash clip of the villain or opposing group.  Hopefully we get this early in episode two.

5.  I’m going to apply my rule of 3 to this series.  I’ll allow myself to watch the first three episodes good or bad.  However, if they can’t hook me and bring me in more than the premiere episode did then I’ll likely discontinue watching.

What did everyone else think?

~ES

TomorrowWorld Preview

This weekend over 100,000+ music fans will head to Atlanta for the first ever stateside TomorrowWorld music festival  – following in the footsteps of its world-renowned European predecessor, Tomorrowland.

TomorrowWorld is the first European turned American festival ever.  This marks the beginning of what is likely to be one of the biggest annual EDM festivals in the world and instantly satisfies the hunger of music fans that can’t wait until Ultra next March 28-30 in Miami.   EDM/House music is one the fastest growing and most popular forms of music today.  Just try and watch the video above without getting excited and pumped up.  You can’t!

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Headliners include Tiesto, Afrojack, Steve Aoki, David Guetta, Calvin Harris, Armin Van Buuren and more.  In addition to the music, TomorrowWorld is known for it’s over the top stage design and production (see above and below).  Some tickets are still available from the TomorrowWorld website, so click here to buy.

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Please email your TomorrowWorld pics and videos to entertainmentslap@gmail.com .

Electronic dance music (also known as EDM, dance music, club music, or simply dance) is a set of percussive electronic music genres produced primarily for environments centered in dance-based entertainment, such as nightclub settings.

Nashville Season 2 Premiere Review and Analysis

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The second season of Nashville came out of the gate strong and opened with a bang!
Almost 10 sub plots were laid out before the first commercial break with the headlining story being Rayna (Connie Britton) in a coma and Deacon (Charles Esten) in jail after the car wreck that ended season 1.
With the news of Rayna’s coma, Juliette (Hayden Panettiere) is in a panic over the release of her new album and worried her spot light will be diverted to the ailing star.  Although the always resourceful Juliette ultimately exploits the news of the injured legend by dedicating a segment of her album release concert at the Parthenon to Rayna and meeting fans outside the hospital for a candle light ceremony afterwards.  To me this was predictable and forced by the writers.  The back and forth between Panettiere and Britton’s characters (although the backbone of the show) is also the least interesting and beginning to be repetitive and boring.  Rayna gets a headline, Juliette reacts in big and dramatic fashion – drinks, tears, yelling, etc.  Luckily the teaser preview for the rest of the season showed the introduction of some new young talent to steal Juliette’s spot light and create a true rivalry.  I mean let’s be honest do we really think Taylor Swift would care if Reba was in the headlines.  Exactly!  No.
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In less dramatic news, Will (Chris Carmack) throws a party in an effort to help Gunnar (Sam Palladio) get over Scarlett (Clare Bowen).  The party includes drinking, hookups and an entertaining couch burning sequence (Scarlett’s couch).  After the fire settles and fire department leaves Gunnar accepts he can’t party his feelings away and heads to the Bluebird to see Scarlett.  Gunnar vs. Avery (Jonathon Jackson) round 2.  Will continues to struggle with his homosexual desires and we can only assume this will some how culminate and cost him in his attempt at stardom as his on stage persona is that of a ladies man.
The only two interesting story lines of the night received the least screen time with Teddy (Eric Close) and Peggy (Kimberly Williams-Paisley, wife of real life country star Brad Paisley) and the love child from their affair.  Teddy informs Peggy that he will only be involved from a financial stand point and wants no part of the child’s life.  Peggy learns during the episode she loses the baby, however leads Teddy to believe her pregnancy is going well.  This was very predictable the minute the doctor said there was no heart beat, however it is a story line that could be taken a number of directions and one worth keeping an eye on.  The other being a teaser that Lamar (Rayna’s father played by Powers Boothe) was responsible for the car wreck that resulted in his wife’s death.  Finally something worth watching the season for.  Lamar is a character that deserves far more screen time and script and it seems as so the show writers agree.
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Rayna awakes in the final minutes of the episode at Vanderbilt hospital and confirms she was driving resulting in Deacon being released from jail.  I personally hope the car wreck is the end of the Deacon and Rayna romance and more emphasis is placed on Deacon being the biological father of Rayna and Teddy’s oldest child.
Although the episode started off strong, the momentum was killed by the flash backs to Rayna and Deacon’s younger days and Juliette’s “look at me, I’m the star” antics.  There were potentially great story lines laid out during the episode and some boring repetitive ones.  Hopefully the writers do us all a favor and focus on the right ones during this second season.
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Nashville is an American musical drama television series. It was created by Academy Award winner Callie Khouri and produced by R.J. Cutler, Khouri, Dee Johnson, Steve Buchanan and Connie Britton. The series stars Connie Britton as Rayna Jaymes, a legendary country music superstar, whose stardom begins fading, and Hayden Panettiere as rising teen star Juliette Barnes. The series premiered on ABC on October 10, 2012.

Tennis Star Novak Djokovic Engaged

It was recently reported the No. 1 tennis player in the world, Novak Djokovic, was engaged to longtime girlfriend Jelena Ristic.

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The ATP Tour‘s No. 1 player confirmed the good news via twitter.

 

Meet my fiancé and future wife 🙂 So happy! Thank you for wonderful wishes and friends! http://say.ly/fWF6P6R 

 

Congrats Nole!