This Sunday is the game everyone has been waiting for...The Puppy Bowl! The 2014 lineup has 28 of the cutest K9's playing Sunday February 2nd 3p to 5pm EST. Check out the team rosterHEREand pick your favorite pup!
McAulay, in his 16th season as an NFL game official, entered the league in 1998 as a side judge and was promoted to referee in 2001. He has officiated 12 playoff games, including six conference championship games and Super Bowls XXXIX and XLIII.
Under the NFL officiating program's evaluation system, officials must be rated in the top tier at their position to be eligible for the Super Bowl. They must have at least five years of NFL experience and previous playoff assignments.
Earnie Frantz is the replay official. The replay assistant is Brian Matoren.
Kevin Jonas and his pregnant wife, Danielle, are renting their house out for the Super Bowl for $20,000 a night. But it's not because they need the money - they've already moved into a bigger home.
"I'm Kevin Jonas, you may know me from my recent TV show (Married to Jonas) with my wife Danielle,"the post reads on Airbnb."We are currently expecting our first baby girl and have moved out of our home to make room for our new family of three. But before we sold the house, we wanted to offer up the opportunity for both music and football fans to have the chance to stay there for the Super Bowl. And I'm even throwing in four tickets to the big game." The home is available from Jan. 28 through Feb. 9 and portion of the proceeds will go towards Jonas’ charity Change for Children.
Vin Diesel is soooo happy that "Riddick" is the #1 DVD that he had to thank his fans by doing the white man’s dance! Watch for the break in the middle, and his thank you chat to fans. This isn't exactly flattering, but when you're Vin Diesel, you can get away with it.
MULTI-PLATINUM SUPERSTAR ANNOUNCES NEXT LEG OF HIS BLOCKBUSTER “MOONSHINE JUNGLE WORLD TOUR” WILL INCLUDE BUFFALO’S FIRST NIAGARA CENTER ON JUNE 30TH
MARS TO BE JOINED BY SPECIAL GUEST ALOE BLACC
TICKETS ON SALE FEBRUARY 3RD FOLLOWING HUGELY ANTICIPATED
PEPSI SUPER BOWL XLVIII HALFTIME SHOW
JUNE 30th, 2014
FIRST NIAGARA CENTER
BUFFALO, NY Tickets go on sale Monday, February 3rd at 10am. Tickets are $99.50, $79.50, $59.50 and $49.50 (includes $2.50 facility fee) and can be purchased at the First Niagara Center Box Office, online at www.tickets.com or by calling 888-223-6000. A random handbill policy will be in effect. A limited number of handbills are available now. All tickets subject to applicable service charges and fees. No service charge applies at the First Niagara Center Box Office. Dates and times subject to change without notice.
Scarlett Johansson's Ad Pulled from Super Bowl ... FOX has rejected SodaStream's Super Bowl commercial because Scarlett Johannson says "Sorry, Coke and Pepsi" at the end of the spot. SodaStream CEO Daniel Birnbaum says, "What are they afraid of? Which advertiser in America doesn't mention a competitor? This is the kind of stuff that happens in China. I'm disappointed as an American."
Album of the Year: "Random Access Memories," Daft Punk
Record of the Year: "Get Lucky," Daft Punk Featuring Pharrell Williams & Nile Rodgers
Song of the Year: "Royals," Joel Little & Ella Yelich O'Connor, songwriters (Lorde)
Best New Artist: Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
Best Spoken-Word Album: "America Again: Re-becoming The Greatness We Never Weren't," Stephen Colbert
Best Comedy Album: "Calm Down Gurrl," Kathy Griffin
Best Music Video: "Suit & Tie," Justin Timberlake Featuring Jay Z
Best Music Film: "Live Kisses," Paul McCartney
Best Pop Solo Performance: "Royals," Lorde
Best Pop Duo/Group Performance: "Get Lucky," Daft Punk Featuring Pharrell Williams & Nile Rodgers
Best Pop Instrumental Album: "Steppin' Out," Herb Alpert
Best Pop Vocal Album: "Unorthodox Jukebox," Bruno Mars
Best Dance Recording: "Clarity," Zedd Featuring Foxes
Best Dance/Electronica Album: "Random Access Memories," Daft Punk
Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album: "To Be Loved," Michael Buble
Best Rock Performance: "Radioactive," Imagine Dragons
Best Metal Performance: "God Is Dead?" Black Sabbath
Best Rock Song: "Cut Me Some Slack," Dave Grohl, Paul McCartney, Krist Novoselic & Pat Smear, songwriters (Paul McCartney, Dave Grohl, Krist Novoselic, Pat Smear)
Best Rock Album: "Celebration Day," Led Zeppelin
Best Alternative Music Album: "Modern Vampires Of The City," Vampire Weekend
R&B and Rap Various Winners
Best R&B Performance: "Something," Snarky Puppy With Lalah Hathaway
Best Traditional R&B Performance: "Please Come Home," Gary Clark Jr.
Best R&B Song: "Pusher Love Girl," James Fauntleroy, Jerome Harmon, Timothy Mosley & Justin Timberlake, songwriters (Justin Timberlake)
Best Urban Contemporary Album: "Unapologetic," Rihanna
Best R&B Album: "Girl On Fire," Alicia Keys
Best Rap Performance: "Thrift Shop," Macklemore & Ryan Lewis Featuring Wanz
Best Rap/Sung Collaboration: "Holy Grail," Jay Z feat. Justin Timberlake
Best Rap Song: "Thrift Shop," Ben Haggerty & Ryan Lewis, songwriters (Macklemore & Ryan Lewis Featuring Wanz)
Best Rap Album: "The Heist," Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
Best Country Solo Performance: "Wagon Wheel," Darius Rucker
Best Country Duo/Group Performance: "From This Valley," The Civil Wars
Best Country Song: "Merry Go 'Round," Shane McAnally, Kacey Musgraves & Josh Osborne, songwriters (Kacey Musgraves)
Best Country Album: "Same Trailer Different Park," Kacey Musgraves
The Grammys are Sunday! In case you forgot, below are the major nominees. The New York Times has an awesome article on the big questions for this year and some of the upsets of years past. Who are you rooting for to grab a Grammy?
SONG OF THE YEAR
Just Give Me A Reason: Pink and Nate Ruess
Locked Out Of Heaven: Bruno Mars
Roar: Katy Perry
Same Love: Macklemore and Ryan Lewis
BEST POP DUO/GROUP PERFORMANCE
Get Lucky: Daft Punk and Pharrell Williams
Just Give Me A Reason: Pink Featuring Nate Ruess
Stay: Rihanna Featuring Mikky Ekko
Blurred Lines: Robin Thicke Featuring T.I. and Pharrell
Suit & Tie: Justin Timberlake and Jay Z
ALBUM OF THE YEAR
The Blessed Unrest: Sara Bareilles
Random Access Memories: Daft Punk
Good Kid, M.A.A.D City: Kendrick Lamar
The Heist: Macklemore and Ryan Lewis
Red: Taylor Swift
BEST COUNTRY ALBUM
Night Train: Jason Aldean
Two Lanes Of Freedom: Tim McGraw
Same Trailer Different Park: Kacey Musgraves
Based On A True Story: Blake Shelton
Red: Taylor Swift
BEST NEW ARTIST
Kendrick Lamar Macklemore and Ryan Lewis
RECORD OF THE YEAR
Get Lucky: Daft Punk and Pharrell Williams
Radioactive: Imagine Dragons
Locked Out Of Heaven: Bruno Mars
Blurred Lines: Robin Thicke Featuring T.I. and Pharrell
Animal Planet's Puppy Bowl has become an inconic part of Super Bowl Weekend. Not to be outdone, The Hallmark Channel has started the Kitten Bowl! The cats are all in training for the big game, and you can watch them warm up on their streaming Kitten cam. There are times you'll check in and see some real action, and others, not so much. But we bet you'll keep checking back between now and Super Bowl, uh, we mean Kitten Bowl, Sunday!
Record Of The Year is arguably the biggest Grammy category, and Rob Lucas is on record as thinking "Blurred Lines" will win, even though at this stage the song is slightly annoying.
"When you look back on 2013, 'Blurred Lines' is the one song that was ALL OVER. On almost any radio station [...] Couldn't have a bar night without it playing. The video was all over social media in a bazillion different forms. As novelty as the song may be in the future, it trully had bigger impact in 2013 than just about anything else," Rob says.
Imagine Dragons frontman Dan Reynolds thinks the same.
He told Rolling Stone, “Let me just say that we are definitely not going into this thinking we’re going to win a Grammy. We’re up for Record of the Year, and 'Radioactive’ was a big song. But songs like ‘Blurred Lines’ were huge. If I were a voter, I’d be like, ‘Robin Thicke was at the VMAs with his pin-striped suit, and Lorde is cute — and who are Imagine Dragons? I have no idea what those dudes even look like!’ When that’s the take, you know you’re not going to win that award.”
Jennifer DiNoia, everyone's favorite green witch from Wicked, visited with Rob Lucas, told some incredible behind the scenes Wicked stories and how she has fallen in love with Shea's PAC and Buffalo being a foodie town!
The NFL is breaking new ground with its choice to sing the National Anthem at Super Bowl XLVIII.
Since 1979, the anthem has been sung almost exclusively by pop artists (the Children's Choir of San Francisco for Super Bowl XIX and a group of 100 members from the four branches of the military for Super Bowl XXXIX are the only exceptions), but Super Bowl XLVIII will belong to the so-called "People's Diva." American soprano Renee Fleming will sing the National Anthem on Feb. 2, the NFL and Fox announced on Wednesday.
Wicked is into it's final performances at Shea's...yes some tix are still available at sheas.org. Elphaba (Jennifer DiNoia) joins us tomorrow to give us behind the scenes stories and details on one of the most amazing productions to ever hit Shea's, or Broadway! If you've seen Wicked, you probably have a ton of "how did they do that" questions. Hit us up onFacebookor Twitter@RobLucas2and listen for Rob to ask your question Wednesday morning at 8!
Hayley Podschun and Jennifer DiNoia in WICKED. Photo by Joan Marcus.
I recently saw an article about making a late dash down the Thruway for the big game...which is easy for someone from Buffalo or Rochester, IF you have the money! Sounded kind of neat, many tix available on seatgeek.com. And somewhat affordable, if you'll pay a minimum of $2500 for upper deck end zone seats. And then I saw a seat available at the 50 yard line. Looked incredible...and it is. For $852,000, you can sit in the commissioners box. No lie. Click the link to see the price page...
Don't cry because it's over...
Smile because it happened! - Dr. Seuss.
And thanks to the tweet from Ken-Ton Meals On Wheels for reminding us of the quote! Lots of nice little nuggets on twitter at @KTMeals . (Full disclosure, Rob Lucas is on the Board of Directors for 2014, or as long as they'll have him, and is very proud to help!) If you are in the Kenmore-Tonawanda area and would like to volunteer, or know a senior who needs meal deliveries, click kentonmealsonwheels.org for ways to get help!
Musically, 2013 was the year of the Hipster (Mumford & Sons, Lumineers, etc). What if your favorite NFL team was more into organic coffee and fixed bicycles than running effective offensive lines? David Rappoccio atKissing Suzy Kolber has envisoned all of your favorite (and not so favorite) NFL teams as your kid's artistic friends who's just a little too into the Brooklyn underground synth-pop music scene. And Bills fans, the hipster Bills Logo is waayyyyy cool!
Christian Bale in “American Hustle”
Bruce Dern in “Nebraska”
Leonardo DiCaprio in “The Wolf of Wall Street”
Chiwetel Ejiofor in “12 Years a Slave”
Matthew McConaughey in “Dallas Buyers Club”
Performance by an actor in a supporting role
Barkhad Abdi in “Captain Phillips”
Bradley Cooper in “American Hustle”
Michael Fassbender in “12 Years a Slave”
Jonah Hill in “The Wolf of Wall Street”
Jared Leto in “Dallas Buyers Club”
Performance by an actress in a leading role
Amy Adams in “American Hustle”
Cate Blanchett in “Blue Jasmine”
Sandra Bullock in “Gravity”
Judi Dench in “Philomena”
Meryl Streep in “August: Osage County”
Performance by an actress in a supporting role
Sally Hawkins in “Blue Jasmine”
Jennifer Lawrence in “American Hustle”
Lupita Nyong’o in “12 Years a Slave”
Julia Roberts in “August: Osage County”
June Squibb in “Nebraska”
Best animated feature film of the year
“The Croods” Chris Sanders, Kirk DeMicco and Kristine Belson
“Despicable Me 2” Chris Renaud, Pierre Coffin and Chris Meledandri
“Ernest & Celestine” Benjamin Renner and Didier Brunner
“Frozen” Chris Buck, Jennifer Lee and Peter Del Vecho
“The Wind Rises” Hayao Miyazaki and Toshio Suzuki
Achievement in costume design
“American Hustle” Michael Wilkinson
“The Grandmaster” William Chang Suk Ping
“The Great Gatsby” Catherine Martin
“The Invisible Woman” Michael O’Connor
“12 Years a Slave” Patricia Norris
Achievement in directing
“American Hustle” David O. Russell
“Gravity” Alfonso Cuarón
“Nebraska” Alexander Payne
“12 Years a Slave” Steve McQueen
“The Wolf of Wall Street” Martin Scorsese
Achievement in makeup and hairstyling
“Dallas Buyers Club” Adruitha Lee and Robin Mathews
“Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa” Stephen Prouty
“The Lone Ranger” Joel Harlow and Gloria Pasqua-Casny
Best motion picture of the year
“American Hustle” Charles Roven, Richard Suckle, Megan Ellison and Jonathan Gordon, Producers
“Captain Phillips” Scott Rudin, Dana Brunetti and Michael De Luca, Producers
“Dallas Buyers Club” Robbie Brenner and Rachel Winter, Producers
“Gravity” Alfonso Cuarón and David Heyman, Producers
“Her” Megan Ellison, Spike Jonze and Vincent Landay, Producers
“Nebraska” Albert Berger and Ron Yerxa, Producers
“Philomena” Gabrielle Tana, Steve Coogan and Tracey Seaward, Producers
“12 Years a Slave” Brad Pitt, Dede Gardner, Jeremy Kleiner, Steve McQueen and Anthony Katagas, Producers
“The Wolf of Wall Street” Nominees to be determined
Best animated short film
“Feral” Daniel Sousa and Dan Golden
“Get a Horse!” Lauren MacMullan and Dorothy McKim
“Mr. Hublot” Laurent Witz and Alexandre Espigares
“Possessions” Shuhei Morita
“Room on the Broom” Max Lang and Jan Lachauer
“American Hustle” Written by Eric Warren Singer and David O. Russell
“Blue Jasmine” Written by Woody Allen
“Dallas Buyers Club” Written by Craig Borten & Melisa Wallack
“Her” Written by Spike Jonze
“Nebraska” Written by Bob Nelson
While there's been no formal announcment, and we have no ticket on sale information other than what's been posted at Pollstar.com, it looks pretty good that Bruno Mars' Moonshine Jungle Tour will hit Buffalo June 30th. When it does become official, you can bet STAR 102.5 will have tons of tickets and probably some VIP action as well! Here's the unofficial, official tour schedule!
May 27 – Fresno, Calif., Save Mart Center
May 28 – Oakland, Calif., Oracle Arena
May 31 – Los Angeles, Calif., Hollywood Bowl
June 1 – Los Angeles, Calif., Hollywood Bowl
June 4 – Tulsa, Okla., BOK Center
June 6 – Memphis, Tenn., FedExForum
June 7 – New Orleans, La., New Orleans Arena
June 10 – North Little Rock, Ark., Verizon Arena
June 11 – Birmingham, Ala., BJCC Arena
June 13 – Columbia, S.C., Colonial Life Arena
June 14 – Raleigh, N.C., PNC Arena
June 17 – Grand Rapids, Mich., Van Andel Arena
June 18 – Auburn Hills, Mich., The Palace Of Auburn Hills
June 20 – Tinley Park, Ill., First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre
June 21 – Saint Paul, Minn., Xcel Energy Center
June 23 – Omaha, Neb., CenturyLink Center Omaha
June 25 – Milwaukee, Wis., Marcus Amphitheater (Summerfest)
June 27 – Cincinnati, Ohio, U.S. Bank Arena
June 28 – Cleveland, Ohio, Quicken Loans Arena
June 30 – Buffalo, N.Y., First Niagara Center
July 2 – Boston, Mass., TD Garden
July 9 – Hartford, Conn., Xfinity Theatre
July 11 – Bristow, Va., Jiffy Lube Live
July 12 – Hershey, Pa., The Star Pavilion At Hersheypark Stadium
July 14 – New York, N.Y., Madison Square Garden Arena
July 15 – New York, N.Y., Madison Square Garden Arena
July 17 – Camden, N.J., Susquehanna Bank Center
July 18 – Manchester, N.H., Verizon Wireless Arena
July 20 – Albany, N.Y., Times Union Center
July 23 – Montreal, Quebec, Bell Centre
July 24 – Ottawa, Ontario, Canadian Tire Centre
July 26 – Toronto, Ontario, Air Canada Centre
Aug. 2 – Winnipeg, Manitoba, MTS Centre
Aug. 3 – Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Credit Union Centre
Aug. 5 – Calgary, Alberta, Scotiabank Saddledome
Aug. 9 – Quincy, Wash., Gorge Amphitheatre
Aug. 11 – Eugene, Ore., Matthew Knight Arena
Aug. 14 – Stateline, Nev., Lake Tahoe Outdoor Arena At Harveys
Aug. 15 – San Jose, Calif., SAP Center At San Jose
Aug. 17 – Englewood, Colo., Fiddler’s Green Amphitheatre
American Hustle, Dallas Buyer's Club, and Breaking Bad were the biggest winners at last night's Golden Globes. The more mainstream productions, Big Bang Theory, Jim Parsons, Captain Phillips, Tom Hanks, didn't win much. Check out the NY Daily News to see what everyone wore and the winner's list below.
2014 Golden Globe Winners - MOVIES
— Picture, Drama: "12 Years a Slave."
— Picture, Musical or Comedy: "American Hustle."
— Actor, Drama: Matthew McConaughey, "Dallas Buyers Club."
— Actress, Drama: Cate Blanchett, "Blue Jasmine."
— Director: Alfonso Cuaron, "Gravity."
— Actor, Musical or Comedy: Leonardo DiCaprio, "The Wolf of Wall Street."
— Actress, Musical or Comedy: Amy Adams, "American Hustle."
— Supporting Actor: Jared Leto, "Dallas Buyers Club."
— Supporting Actress: Jennifer Lawrence, "American Hustle."
— Foreign Language: "The Great Beauty."
— Animated Film: "Frozen."
— Screenplay: Spike Jonze, "Her."
— Original Score: Alex Ebert, "All Is Lost."
— Original Song: "Ordinary Love" (music by Bono, The Edge, Adam Clayton, Larry Mullen Jr. and Brian Burton, lyrics by Bono), "Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom." 2014 Golden Globe Winners - TV
— Series, Drama: "Breaking Bad."
— Actor, Drama: Bryan Cranston, "Breaking Bad."
— Actress, Drama: Robin Wright, "House of Cards."
— Series, Musical or Comedy: "Brooklyn Nine-Nine."
— Actress, Musical or Comedy: Amy Poehler, "Parks and Recreation."
— Actor, Musical or Comedy: Andy Samberg, "Brooklyn Nine-Nine."
— Miniseries or Movie: "Behind the Candelabra."
— Actress, Miniseries or Movie: Elisabeth Moss, "Top of the Lake."
— Actor, Miniseries or Movie: Michael Douglas, "Behind the Candelabra."
— Supporting Actress, Series, Miniseries or Movie: Jacqueline Bisset, "Dancing on the Edge."
— Supporting Actor, Series, Miniseries or Movie: Jon Voight, "Ray Donovan."
Photo source:By jdeeringdavis (Flickr: Golden Globes), via Wikimedia Commons
It's THE Golden Globe acceptance speech everyone is talking about. Was Jacqueline Bisset on something? And what the hell shampoo does she use to wash her hair?! You'd think she could afford a stylist! Enjoy!
RLITM totally loves Tim Murray's style, and you heard why when he joined us this morning! Straight to the point,direct, and honest, and we love that it's how he deals with other GM's too. His family won't be moving here till this Summer. Listen and hear why...
While It wasn't frozen solid, the American Falls got pretty close, and it grabbed national attention. Check out this pictorial from the NY POST. It'll make you wanna take a trip up to see for yourself during the next Polar Vortex...which could be in the next 10 days!
The People's Choice Awards were last night and RLITM thinks they got everything wrong... except The Big Bang Theory winning big! The winners are below with an awesome pictorial so you can see who wore what from the NY DAILY NEWS.
Network TV drama: The Good Wife
Dramatic TV actor: Josh Charles
Cable TV drama: The Walking Dead
Dramatic TV actress: Stana Katic
TV crime drama:Castle
Comedic TV actress: Kaley Cuoco
Comedic TV actor: Chris Colfer
Cable TV comedy: Psych
Actress in a new TV series: Sarah Michelle Gellar
Network TV comedy:The Big Bang Theory
TV Hosts and Reality Shows
Daytime TV host: Ellen DeGeneres
New talk-show host: Queen Latifah
Competition TV show: The Voice
Late-night talk show host: Stephen Colbert
On-screen chemistry: Ian Somerhalder (Damon) and Nina Dobrev (Elena), The Vampire Diaries
Sci-fi/fantasy TV actor: Ian Somerhalder
Cable TV actress: Lucy Hale
Streaming series: Orange Is the New Black
Premium cable TV show: Homeland
TV anti-hero: Andrew Lincoln (Rick Grimes), The Walking Dead
Sci-fi/fantasy TV show: Beauty and the Beast
Sci-fi/fantasy TV actress: Kristin Kreuk
TV bromance: Jared Padalecki, Jensen Ackles and Misha Collins (Sam, Dean and Castiel), Supernatural
TV gal pals: Naya Rivera and Lea Michele (Santana and Rachel), Glee
TV movie/mini-series: American Horror Story
Series we miss most: Breaking Bad
Movie actress: Sandra Bullock
Comedic movie actor: Adam Sandler
Comedic movie: The Heat
Action movie star: Robert Downey Jr.
Comedic movie actress: Sandra Bullock
Movie: Iron Man 3
Movie actor: Johnny Depp
Movie duo: Sandra Bullock and George Clooney (Gravity)
Larry Mann the voice of Yukon Cornelius has died at the age of 91. While you certainly know his voice, you also know his face from shows like Bewitched and Hill Street Blues, and movies like The Sting! The New York Daily News has pics and more!
The latest mother-of-all Buffalo storms, got us thinking of storms of the past. From Jimmy Griffin's "Grab a six-pack" blizzard, to the ice storm of 2006 and the Blizzard of '77. Were they really as bad as history says or worse? Check this great Buffalo Snow History write up from Martin Biniasz,Eddy Dobosiewicz, and the guys at Forgotten Buffalo.
Photo source: Martin Biniasz via "Forgotten Buffalo"
While kicking around some music videos over the weekend, I stumbled across the most incredible live performance of "I Don't Want To Talk About It" by Rod Stewart and...Amy Belle? Yeah, this unknown blew me away! And apparently Rod too, because back in 2004, he decided to showcase her, even saying at the end of the video "Watch for big things from her..." Yet still, 9 years later, I had no idea who she was.
After doing some research on her, I found out that even though she has been to the states and tried to start a career, it just hasn't panned out, as she's back to being a tavern singer and bussing tables to make $$$. A great example of how it not only takes talent, but the right timing to make it in the entertainment business. And sometimes timing is even more important than talent (see THE VOICE and AMERICAN IDOL). The paragraph below is a small sampling from a web piece on Amy Belle. Click the link at the end for me, and PLEASE watch the video. Whoever is on sax...wow...she wails!
Amy Belle, was discovered busking on the streets of Glasgow by a friend of Rod Stewart and really soon afterwards was performing with Rod on stage at a “One Night Only” show at London’s Royal Albert Hall. Simply incredible. For those not familiar with U.K. terminology, Busking is the practice of doing live performances in public places to entertain people
SCOTS busker Amy Belle thought her life would change forever when Rod Stewart whisked her away to perform with him at the Albert Hall after spotting her singing on a Glasgow street.
But three years later Amy, now 26, is still singing for her supper in the city’s busy shopping precincts, despite being tipped as the next big thing after her appearance with Rod.
Things are not quite as bad as they appear for the budding star however, it is just that the the wheels of show business are moving slowly.
Amy said: “I am back busking and doing gigs in pubs because I need to pay the bills.
RLITM says Saving Mr. Banks is incredible...phenomenal...a MUST SEE, and not just for Disney fans! It doesn't matter if you care about Walt Disney, Disney theme parks, Mary Poppins, or even have no idea what the backline is to this movie...Saving Mr. Banks will suck you in. The story of P.L. Travers herself is the amazing, unexpected, part of Saving Mr. Banks. And on top of it, feeling like you are actually there as the production of Mary Poppins comes together is simply invigorating. The costuming and attention to detail immerses you in the early 60's. Emma Thompson is sooooo good as P.L. Travers, and Tom Hanks plays Walt Disney in an almost understated way, but with just enough of a Midwestern with semi-southern drawl accent. Next to Daniel Day Lewis taking on Lincoln, this has to be the greatest "myth like" figure taken on by an actor in the past few years. And this might be tougher, since we really know how Walt sounded and looked.
I cried at about three different points in Saving Mr. Banks. No shame there, some guy next to me was constantly wiping his glasses. And my wife was teary eyed at points too.
Saving Mr. Banks is perfect for ages 15 and up. I'm not quite sure if younger kids will get it...some of the life lessons in it are a little harsh! If you want to feel GREAT when you come out of a movie...go see Saving Mr. Banks. And don't leave when the credits roll...there are some surprises there, which add to the validity of the story!
Personnel changes in rock bands are no surprise, but it hits close to home when it hits one of your own. For the past little while, Malinin had been replaced by Lifehouse drummer Rick Woolstenhulme Jr while attending to a family matter, thought to be his wife’s pregnancy. However it seems there is a lot more to the story, as over the past few days Mike's permanent departure from the band was announced, it according to Classic Rock Magazine, it was not necessarily Mike's decision. The official Goo Goo Dolls webpage reads:
Over the past few days you may have heard through the internet that our drummer of the past 19 years, Mike Malinin will no longer be touring with the band. It is true Mike is no longer with the band, but we wish him the best in his new journey and hope that fans and friends alike will take a minute to consider this decision was not taken lightly by anyone involved. Things happen personally and professionally that drive difficult decisions like this, but rest assured we are looking forward to continuing our 28 year journey as GGDS. We can't wait to share more music and memories with all the fans and friends that have been such a huge part of our lives.