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Avengers: Age of Ultron Trailer Released!


A little taste of what we can expect in theaters 5/1/15.

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New Foo Fighters Video!


I missed the HBO premiere of "Sonic Highways" on Friday night... thank you Internet for filling me in with this gem.

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Need Weekend Plans?

New Releases in Theaters:

The Best of Me—Twenty-one years after being torn apart by forces beyond their control, two lovers who have never forgotten one another get a second chance at happiness in this romantic drama from bestselling author Nicholas Sparks. Dawson (Luke Bracey) and Amanda (Liana Liberato) were just teenagers when they fell hopelessly and helplessly in love. Unfortunately for them, it just wasn't meant to be -- at least not then. Two decades later, in the wake of a mutual friend's death, Dawson (James Marsden) and Amanda (Michelle Monaghan) are reunited as adults. Their passion still burns as bright as ever, too, but just when it seems as if their happy ever after is finally within reach, they discover that the very same threat that separated them in youth has returned stronger, and more determined to divide them than ever before.

Fury—Brad Pitt leads a tank crew in the final days of World War II in this war drama from End of Watch's David Ayer. The year is 1945. Army sergeant Wardaddy (Brad Pitt) is the grizzled commander of a Sherman tank. Determined to strike a decisive victory for the Allies in the European Theater, Wardaddy leads his five-man crew on a treacherous mission behind enemy lines. His mission complicated by the sudden appearance of a rookie soldier in his platoon, the sergeant knows that victory is within reach, and vows to achieve it by any means necessary.

The Book of Life—Producer Guillermo del Toro teams with director Jorge R. Gutierrez for this visually dazzling animated adventure following a young man named Manolo on his journey through three enchanting realms, where he faces his greatest fears while learning to follow his heart and embrace his future. The Book of Life features the voices of Channing Tatum, Zoe Saldana, Diego Luna, Christina Applegate, and Ice Cube.

Click here for movie info, show times, reviews, trailers and more.

New Rock on the Streets:

Join Jake at The Tastemakers Art, Food & Music Festival Saturday 10/18 from 1-3 PM at Rawhide Stadium in Visalia. Click here for details.
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HBO to offer stand-alone streaming service

Source: Entertainment Weekly

HBO is finally cutting the cord: The premium cable network announced Wednesday it plans to offer an online-only streaming service starting next year.

The big move puts HBO on track to more directly compete with Netflix and will give viewers a method of accessing all current HBO programming without a cable subscription.

HBO chairman and CEO Richard Plepler made the announcement while addressing an investor meeting for parent company Time Warner. The executive first presented HBO's domestic returns, then noted there are 10 million broadband-only homes—a number that's expected to increase.
"That is a large and growing opportunity that should no longer be left untapped," Plepler said. "It is time to remove all barriers to those who want HBO. So, in 2015, we will launch a stand-alone, over-the-top, HBO service in the United States. We will work with our current partners. And, we will explore models with new partners. All in, there are 80 million homes that do not have HBO and we will use all means at our disposal to go after them."

Plepler ran down three potential distribution models for the streaming service. The first is to sell the online-only service through HBO's existing cable providers (for example, if you have broadband service through Time Warner or Comcast and want the network's streaming service, you would be able to purchase the online service without having any cable channels). The second is to distribute the service via new partners like Amazon, Google or Microsoft. The third method would be to attempt the Netflix model, whereby HBO markets its streaming service direct to consumers and skips the middlemen.

Cord-cutting HBO fans have increasingly clamored for the service to be made available without a traditional cable subscription. The network's most popular program in its history, Game of Thrones, has been ranked the most pirated TV show in the world and one common refrain among illegal downloaders is that there is no way to legally obtain the series in a timely manner without opting into an expensive cable TV package.

More to come…
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Shia Explains How You Get Arrested at Cabaret

Premiere Of The Weinstein Company's "Lawless" - Arrivals
Often featured as part of our "Bieber Hate" segment on Fridays due to his outlandish behaviors, Shia LaBeouf has made the news lately, not for talent, but for being a jackass. While out promoting his new movie "Fury," he addresses some of his most recent run-ins with the law. And much to my surprise, he's actually kind of funny.

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Need Weekend Plans?

Here are some options.

New Releases in Theaters:

The Judge—Robert Downey Jr. plays an urban lawyer who heads back to his rural home when his father, a judge, is implicated as a murder suspect in this comedy-drama from Warner Bros. Vera Farmiga, Robert Duvall, Vincent D'Onofrio, and Billy Bob Thornton head up the rest of the starring cast.

Addicted—Zoe (Sharon Leal), a successful career woman with a loving husband (Boris Kodjoe) and two adoring children falls into a fiery extramarital affair that could be the death of her. By the time Zoe's husband discovers that she's been leading a double life, it may already be too late to save her. Tasha Smith, Tyson Beckford, and William Levy co-star. Based on the bestselling novel by Zane.

Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day—Judith Viorst's acclaimed children's book is brought to the big screen by 20th Century Fox. The tale recounts a day in the life of a grumpy young boy who has everything go wrong, all in one day. Rob Lieber provides the screenplay. Stars Steve Carell and Jennifer Garner.

Dracula Untold—Director Gary Shore revamps the mythos surrounding Vlad the Impaler in Dracula Year Zero, a Universal Pictures release from a script by Matt Sazama and Burk Sharpless. The horror tale is set to take place in Romania during the Turkish invasion as Vlad (Luke Evans) goes to the greatest of lengths to fight for his homeland -- even if it means selling his soul and becoming forever doomed as a creature of the night.

Click here for movie info, show times, reviews, trailers and more.

Other Cool Stuff:

It's the last weekend of the Big Fresno Fair and tonight Kongos take the stage at 7 PM.
Click here for more info.

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If Men Were Women on Halloween

It's hard being sexy, especially on Halloween.

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Need Weekend Plans?

Here are some options.

New Releases in Theaters:

Annabelle—The demonic doll from The Conjuring gets her very own feature in this spin-off produced by James Wan, written by Gary Dauberman, and directed by John R. Leonetti.

Gone Girl—David Fincher returns to the director's chair for this 20th Century Fox thriller based on Gillian Flynn's bestseller (and adapted for the screen by the author) about a husband (Ben Affleck) who becomes the prime suspect in his wife's disappearance after she vanishes on their fifth wedding anniversary.

Click here for movie info, show times, reviews, trailers and more.

Other Cool Stuff:

Fresno State takes on San Diego State tonight at Bulldog Stadium for the "Night in Navy" and of course, we've got the New Rock tailgate happening before at Swiggs (Shaw/Sixth). Join Hammer for a live broadcast of the Afternoon Buzz, enjoy some great food and drink, then hop on the Magic World Party Rental shuttle to and from the game.

Click here for details.

It's the first weekend of the Big Fresno Fair. Hit the link for all the details you need to know.

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Adam Sandler to star in four movies exclusively for Netflix

Source: Entertainment Weekly

Netflix is quickly changing the landscape of the studio system.

The streaming site announced Thursday that it has closed a deal with Adam Sandler and his production company, Happy Madison. Four new movies starring Sandler will premiere exclusively in 50 Netflix territories. Notably, there will be no studio middleman facilitating the deal, and the films will bypass a theatrical run.
"When these fine people came to me with an offer to make four movies for them, I immediately said yes for one reason and one reason only? Netflix rhymes with Wet Chicks?" said Sandler, in a statement. "Let the streaming begin!""

According to Netflix, this deal capitalizes on Sandler's comedic brand and box office draw; Sandler is also one of the top-ranked actors in terms of most viewed movies globally across the Netflix platform. This arrangement comes at a time when films are increasingly moving toward the video-on-demand circuit, as Netflix also announced last week that it will partner with the Weinstein Company to release Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: The Green Legend simultaneously with select IMAX theaters in Aug. 2015.

"People love Adam's films on Netflix and often watch them again and again. His appeal spans across viewers of all ages – everybody has a favorite movie, everyone has a favorite line– not just in the US but all over the world." Netflix Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos said in a statement.
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It Is So Hard Being a Girl Sometimes

Welcome to a world where guys worry about the things that girls do…

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