Braves Host Marlins In A Very Special Edition Of SNB This Week

Courtesy:  ESPN

Courtesy: ESPN

This weeks edition of ESPN’s Sunday Night Baseball presented by Taco Bell is a very special presentation.  That is because it will come live from Fort Bragg, North Carolina.

This week on ESPN’s Sunday Night Baseball presented by Taco Bell, the Miami Marlins will take on the Atlanta Braves live from Fort Bragg, North Carolina.  It marks the first time ever that a Major League Baseball game has been played at the military base.  The game, the last in a four-game series between the NL East opponents, will be played at a brand new 12,500 seat baseball stadium on the base.  Dan Shulman will have the call for Sunday night’s game.  He will be joined in the booth by analysts Jessica Mendoza and Aaron Boone.  Reporter Buster Olney will be on hand for all of the latest in-game interviews and news.

Sunday night’s broadcast of Sunday Night Baseball presented by Taco Bell will be preceded at pm ET by ESPN’s weekly MLB pre-game broadcast of Baseball Tonight: Sunday Night Countdown presented by Chevrolet.  The one-hour broadcast will come live from Fort Bragg, too, beginning at 7pm ET.

Sunday’s NL East divisional showdown is an important game for both teams.  Despite the teams’ standings both in the division and conference, both teams are struggling right now.  Atlanta currently sits in last place in the division at 26 – 52 so far on the season.  Miami meanwhile sits second in the division at 41 – 37 so far on the season.  Each team is in the midst of its own losing streak with Miami having lost its last two games and Atlanta currently in a three-game skid.  While the site is technically neutral, Atlanta is considered the home team for the game.  That doesn’t necessarily bode well for the Braves, though.  That is because Atlanta is currently 11 – 32 at home so far on the season and almost as bad on the road at 15 – 20.  Miami on the other hand is struggling just as much, sitting at 20 – 18 on the road so far and 21 – 19 at home.  Currently there is no word on who will take the mound for the Braves in Sunday’s game.  Adam Conley is currently expected to get the start for Miami.  Conley is 4 – 5 so far on the season.  Conley’s last time on the mound was this past Tuesday, June 28th against Detroit.  He took the loss in that game.  He had his share of problems in the game, allowing 5 runs on 5 hits over 4.1 innings.  He also allowed 3 walks, 5 earned runs, and 2 home runs.  Of the 21 batters that he faced over that time he only struck out 9.  That means that Sunday’s game will be a chance for him to bounce back and redeem himself.  More information on Sunday’s game is available online now along with all of the latest MLB headlines at:

 

 

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Turner Sports Announces Early Schedule For 2016 ‘Sunday MLB On TBS’ Season

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Courtesy: Turner Sports

Major League Baseball’s 2016 season is almost halfway over.  And with the All-Star Break just around the corner, Turner Broadcasting has announced the upcoming return of its weekly MLB broadcast Sunday MLB on TBS.

Sunday MLB on TBS makes its annual return on Sunday, July 10th.  That is only two weeks away.  The network’s annual Sunday night MLB broadcast makes its 2016 debut with a matchup between the Washington Nationals and the defending National League Champion New York Mets.  Coverage of the game is currently expected to begin at 1pm ET.  Three-time Sports Emmy Award®- winning commentator Ernie Johnson will have the call for the game.  He will be joined by MLB on TBS analyst Ron Darling.

Week two of Sunday MLB on TBS will feature a cross-conference matchup between two of the league’s top teams, the Chicago Cubs and Texas Rangers.  Coverage is currently expected to begin at 2pm ET and will be shown locally in Texas.  Brian Anderson will be in the booth for the game.  He will be joined by MLB Hall of Famer Cal Ripken, Jr. for additional commentary.

These are just a pair of games currently set for TBS’ 2016 Sunday MLB on TBS schedule.  This year marks TBS’ 9th consecutive year of live MLB regular season coverage.  Including the games scheduled for July 10th and 17th, Sunday MLB on TBS  is set to feature a total of 13 regular season afternoon telecasts along with an equally extensive post season schedule.  That schedule includes the presentation of the American League Wild Card Game, and both the ALDS and NLDS.

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All Hail The Yeti Announces Summer Headlining Tour

Courtesy: Minus Head Records/Adrenaline PR

Courtesy: Minus Head Records/Adrenaline PR

All Hail The Yeti is heading out on the road this summer.

The band has announced that it will embark on a four-week headlining tour this summer in support of its latest album Screams From A Black Wilderness.  The tour launches Friday, July 29th in Tempe, Arizona and runs through Friday, August 26th in Salt Lake City, Utah.  St. Louis, Missouri-based Final Drive will serve as direct support for All Hail The Yeti on the upcoming tour.  AHTY front man Connor Garritty noted Final Drive’s addition to the tour in a statement about the tour along with a note about what fans can expect in the band’s upcoming live dates.  “We are very excited to be back on the road doing what we love. It’s been a while but we want to thank all our fans for being so patient. You will not be disappointed!,” he said about the tour.  In regards to the addition of Final Drive to the tour he said, We signed up Final Drive from St. Louis to directly support us every night. They are a great band with tons of energy! We hope to see all of our followers out there – the storm is coming! HAIL!”  The schedule for the bands’ upcoming tour is noted below.

 

ALL HAIL THE YETI Headline Tour Dates:

7/29/2016 – Tempe, AZ @ Joe’s Grotto

7/30/2016 – Santa Fe, NM @ The Underground

7/31/2016 – Lubbock, TX @ Depot O Bar

8/1/2016 – Fort Worth, TX @ Tomcats

8/2/2016 – Houston, TX @ BFE

8/3/2016 – Austin, TX @ Dirty Dog Bar

8/4/2016 – Tulsa, OK @ Downtown Lounge

8/5/2016 – Kansas City, MO @ Riot Room

8/6/2016 – St. Louis, MO @ Firebird (Final Drive headline)

8/8/2016 – Colorado Springs, CO @ Castle Lounge

8/9/2016 – Billings, MT @ The Rail Yard

8/10/2016 – Missoula, MT @ The Dark Horse

8/12/2016 – Edmonton, AB Canada @The Brix

8/14/2016 – Calgary, AB Canada @Distortion

8/15/2016 – Canmore, AB Canada @ Canmore Hotel

8/18/2016 – Vancouver, BC Canada @ Cobalt Hotel

8/20/2016 – Anchorage, AK @ Koot’s (no Final Drive)

8/22/2016 – Seattle, WA @ Funhouse

8/23/2016 – Portland, OR @ Ash Street

8/24/2016 – Boise, ID @ The Shredder

8/25/2016 – Idaho Falls, ID @ The Falls

8/26/2016 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Metro Bar (merging with another tour, NEID headlines)

 

In related news, AHTY bassist Nicholas Diltz has launched a new side project dubbed Day of Errors.  The band features Joe Amodeal on guitar and legendary drummer Bill Ward (ex-Black Sabbath) behind the kit.  The band will perform TONIGHT at 8pm at Lucky Strike Live in Los Angeles, CA.  The show is 21+ only.  Doors open at 8:00pm.  More information on tonight’s show can be obtained at http://www.luckystrikelive.com.  As an added note, while Diltz has started this new band, he is still a full-time member of All Hail The Yeti and will be alongside his AHTY band mates on the “Haunted and Damaged” Tour.

All Hail The Yeti released its sophomore album Screams From A Black Wilderness this past April.  The album was produced by Matt Hyde (Soulfly, Deftones, Slayer).  It can be ordered online now via Bandcamp, Amazon, and iTunes.  The band currently has three music videos streaming online now.  They are ‘Daughter of the Morning Star,’ ‘Before The Flames’ (Part 1 from Screams From A Black Wilderness) and ‘After The Great Fire’ (Part 2 from the band’s 2012 self-titled debut).  All three can be viewed online now at the noted links.  More information on those videos is available online now along with all of the latest updates on AHTY’s upcoming tour, news, and more at:

 

 

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LPS: Making Friends Is A “Little” Collection That Boasts Big Fun For The Whole Family

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Courtesy: Shout! Factory/Shout! Factory Kids/Hasbro Studios/Discovery Family

The Littlest Pet Shop is officially open for business once again.  That is because Shout! Factory Kids has released yet another new compilation of episodes from the family favorite animated series.  Littlest Pet Shop: Making Friends was released in stores and online earlier this month.  And there is plenty for parents and children alike to appreciate about this latest collection beginning with its episodes.  They are collectively just one of the collection’s important elements.  The writing behind each episode is just as important as the episodes.  Last but not least of note within these episodes are the musical numbers presented throughout.  Each element proves important in its own right to the whole of Littlest Pet Shop: Making Friends.  Altogether they make this latest collection of episodes another little collection that once again boasts lots of big fun for the whole family.

Shout! Factory Kids’ new Littlest Pet Shop DVD Littlest Pet Shop: Making Friends is another little collection that once again boasts lots of big fun for the whole family.  This is due at least in part to the episodes that make up the body of the collection. This new DVD, the series’ tenth, features five more (technically four since one of the episodes is a two-part episode) episodes loaded with fun for the whole family.  What especially makes the episodes themselves so important to the collection is that each one follows the same underlying theme of making friends.  That theme is presented in different ways from one episode to the next and will be discussed shortly.  That is tied into the episodes’ writing.  The continuous theme presented throughout these episodes is just one part of what makes the episodes important to note in this collection.  Audiences will be just as happy to note in this collection that all five (or four, whichever side of that argument one chooses) episodes come from the same season—Season 3.  Adding to that all they are presented in chronologic order for all intents and purposes.  Obviously not every episode from Season 3 is here.  But in examining the order of the episodes presented on the disc, they are presented in the same order as they appeared in their original broadcast.  All that was missing was the episodes in between.  Though, many of those other episodes have already been presented in previous LPS collections.  One can only hope that eventually after the series’ full four seasons have been presented in its standalone sets, the whole of Season 3 (and the series’ other three seasons) will see a proper complete release for true fans of the series.  That is a discussion for another time.  Getting back on track, the episodes presented in LPS: Making Friends prove in the end to be hugely important to the set’s presentation.  They are collectively not the set’s only important element.  The actual writing within the episodes is just as important to note as the episodes themselves.

The episodes that are presented in Shout! Factory Kids’ new LPS collection are in their own right hugely important to the set’s presentation.  One reason for that is that all of the set’s featured episodes follow one continuous theme.  The theme in question is indeed that of making friends.  Adding to that is the fact that the episodes each come from the same season.  As if that isn’t enough, the episodes are also presented in an order that is at least partially chronological.  Given, it’s not entirely chronological since the episodes that separate them aren’t there.  But in general, they are presented in the same order in which they appeared in their original broadcast.  All things considered here, the episodes prove hugely important to this latest LPS collection. Of course the episodes would be nothing without their writing.  The writing is what connects the friendship theme from one episode to the next.  At the same time, the stories presented from one episode to the next stand on their own merits.  In the set’s opener “Sleeper,” Blythe’s furry friends meet a new raccoon friend named Mr. Von Fuzzlebutt.  Yes, that’s really his name.  Everybody really likes him, especially one specific member of the group.  The thing is that this new friend is nocturnal.  So he spends much of his time at LPS sleeping.  This leaves Sunil and Vinnie to have to make it appear that MR. Von Fuzzlebutt is awake when he’s not.  The result is a story that has been done so many times before in so many different TV shows and movies.  One of the most notable of those others is the famed 80s buddy comedy Weekend at Bernie’s.  Keeping that in mind, the story at the center of this episode is one that will definitely entertain today’s parents (many of whom grew up in the 80s) just as much as their children.  The story behind this episode is just one example of what makes the writing within LPS: Making Friends so important to the set’s presentation.  The story behind “Why Can’t We Be Friends” is another example of the importance of the episodes’ writing.

“Sleeper” is a key example of what makes the writing behind this set’s episodes so important.  It is just one key example of what makes the writing so important, too.  The work behind “Why Can’t We Be Friends” is another example of what makes the writing so important.  Yet again here is that theme of friendship.  At the same time, the story stands on its own merits.  In the case of this episode the LPS pets meet a friendly spider named Webber.  Only not everybody is a fan of Webber at first.  Sunil, as it turns out, is deathly scared of Webber because of his own fear of spiders.  This is funny in itself considering that Sunil is a mongoose, who is much bigger than Webber.  It’s like the stereotype of an elephant being afraid of a mouse.  Of course over time Sunil learns those all-too-important lessons about stereotypes and pre-judging others.  Thanks to that lesson Sunil and Webber become friends in the end.  That story and lesson make this episode stand out clearly from the set’s other episodes even as it carries the set’s underlying, connective theme.  It is hardly the last episode that can be cited in proving the importance of the episodes’ writing, too.  The set’s two-part closer “It’s The Pet Fest!” is one more prime example of what makes the writing in these episodes so important to its presentation.

The writing within “Sleeper” and “Why Can’t We Be Friends” clearly shows why the writing in this set’s episodes is so important.  The stories stand out from one another but the underlying theme of friendship is clear and present.  It is just presented in different fashion within each episode.  That is a great thing, too.  They are not the only episodes to show the importance of the set’s writing.  The set’s two-part closer “It’s The Pet Fest” shows that importance just as much as “Sleeper” and “Why Can’t We Be Friends.”  This episode sees Blythe organizing a fundraising concert for a good animal cause.  There’s just one problem.  She didn’t file for the necessary permits in time.  As a result she has to make friends with her mortal enemies, the Biskit Twins for help.  It is yet another familiar plot element that has been used in so many movies and television shows before as is the case of a young person arranging a benefit concert.  Even though they are not exactly new plot elements, the show’s writers still manage to successfully keep both lot elements fresh and entertaining in this episode.  They do so by not only having Blythe bring in a band that is world-famous in the LPS universe, but also by having the LPS pets put on their own concert, too.  In the end Blythe and the Biskit twins do end up working and existing together.  And the benefit proves to be a huge success.  Blythe even gets a big new honor as a result while the Biskit twins are left literally high and dry to wrap up the episode on a high note.  Again, the episode presents that underlying, recurring theme of friendship yet still holds its own against its counterparts here.  That being the case, the episode’s story and its theme come together to show just as much here the importance of the episodes’ writing as “Sleeper” and “Why Can’t We Be Friends.”  “Room Enough” shows that importance, too.  Together with the set’s other noted episodes it shows even more the importance of the writing within these episodes.  All in all, the writing within every one of these episodes shows with full clarity the importance of the writing within the episodes.  They show why the writing is just as important to the set’s presentation as the episodes themselves.  The episodes and their writing are together not the set’s only important elements.  The musical numbers that have been incorporated into the episodes are important to the set’s presentation, too believe it or not.

The episodes that are featured in Shout! Factory Kids’ new LPS collection are undeniably important to the set’s presentation.  The same can be said of the writing within each of the featured episodes.  As important as both elements prove to be to the set’s overall presentation they are not its only important elements.  The musical numbers that are incorporated into these episodes are—believe it or not—just as important to the set as the writing and the episodes themselves.  The musical numbers are so important because of how rare they are in the grand scheme of the series’ four-season run.  It is obvious in the case of the numbers featured here that they musical numbers were intentionally incorporated into the episodes.  They were actually intentional parts of the story rather than just random mini-numbers thrown in for the sake of it.  They actually added to each story.  There’s a full-on pop punk piece in the set’s closer, and a more “poppy” number in “Room Enough” that will have viewers tapping their toes just as much.  For the rockers out there, the writers even incorporated a solid rock tune into “Sleeper’s” story.  In a weird way, it sort of conjures thoughts of certain musical numbers presented in Disney’s Phineas and Ferb.  Coincidence or not the similarity is there.  And it is fun regardless.  It is just as fun as those numbers and the others presented in this set, too.  Keeping that in mind, it should be clear just why the musical numbers incorporated in this set’s featured episodes are just as important to note as the episodes’ stories and the episodes themselves.  Each element is important in its own right.  That is obvious.  All things considered though, they make this DVD in whole yet another little collection that boasts once again lots of big fun for the whole family.  It is available now in stores and online and can be ordered online direct via Shout! Factory’s online store.  More information on this and other titles from Shout! Factory is available online now at:

 

 

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‘Full Throttle Saloon’ Season 6 Goes Live Online Today

Courtesy: Reelz Channel/YouTube

Courtesy: Reelz Channel/YouTube

It’s time to rev up those engines once again, everyone!  The Sixth season of Full Throttle Saloon hit YouTube today.

Season Six of the hit “reality series” Full Throttle Saloon is streaming online now via YouTube.  The four-episode season goes live today here.  It takes viewers through the bar’s 75th anniversary.  The whole thing ends with a round table discussion with Michael, Angie, and Jesse as well as some powerful footage of the fire that destroyed the bar, which for so many years had been the nation’s biggest biker bar.  The bar is currently being rebuilt on 600 acres right next to the historic bear Butte Mountain.  Jesse James Dupree helped bring Full Throttle Saloon to television with the bar’s owner Michael Ballard.  He was upbeat when discussing what audiences have to anticipate upon the bar’s completion.  “We have camping, an Olympic size swimming pool, convenience store, and a huge concert schedule, featuring the likes of Ted Nugent, Zakk Wylde, Cinderella’s Tom Keifer, Sevendust, and Jackyl,” he said.  Ballard shared his thoughts on what audiences have to anticipate in the series’ sixth season, especially considering its move to Reelz network.  “For every one person that gets to go to Sturgis, there’s a thousand at home that get to go through watching the TV show. A lot of people had a hard time finding last season’s show because it had moved to a different night and a different network,” he said.  “We hope everyone that missed last season or wants to see it again will enjoy our YouTube stream.”

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Doll Skin Tapped To Join OTEP On Upcoming “Equal Rights Equal Lefts” Tour

CourtesyL EMP Label Group/Rise Records

CourtesyL EMP Label Group/Rise Records

Doll Skin is hitting the road this summer with OTEP.

The up-and-coming rock quartet has announced that it will join OTEP on the upcoming Equal Rights Equal Lefts Tour.  The tour launches July 21st in Sonora, California and currently runs through August 29th in Santa Ana, California.  The roughly four and a half week tour also features dates in the Mid-Atlantic region, the Northeast, Midwest, and Southwest.  It is the band’s latest push in support of its new LP In Your Face (Again), which is a full-length version of the band’s 2015 digital EP In Your FaceIn Your Face (Again) was released April 15th via EMP Label Group/eOne Distribution.  The band’s current tour schedule is noted below.

 

Tour Dates:

07/23 Portland, OR – Hawthorne Theatre
07/24 Spokane, WA – The Pin
07/25 Seattle, WA – Studio 7 Seattle, wa
07/27 Reno, NV – Jub Jub’s Thirst Parlor
07/28 Salt Lake City, UT – The Complex SD
07/29 Idaho Falls, ID – The Falls
07/30 Jerome, ID – Diamondz Event Center
07/31 Billings, MT – The Pub Station
08/01 Colorado Springs, CO – The Black Sheep, Colorado Springs
08/03 Madison, WI – Wisconsin Red Zone
08/05 Dayton, OH – Oddbody’s
08/06 Poughkeepsie, NY – The Chance Theater
08/07 Northampton, PA – The Gin Mill
08/08 Boonsboro, MD – Boonsboro Event Center
08/09 Amityville, NY – Revolution Bar & Music Hall
08/10 Lancaster, PA – Chameleon Club
08/11 Providence, RI – Fete Ballroom
08/12 Richmond, VA – Canal Club
08/14 Johnson City, TN – Capone’s
08/15 Athens, GA – Georgia Theatre
08/17 Macon, GA – Cox Capital Theater
08/18 Lake Park, FL – The Kelsey Theater
08/19 Tampa, FL – The Orpheum Theater
08/20 Pensacola, FL – Vinyl Music Hall
08/22 McAllen, TX – Sophie’s
08/23 Dallas, TX – Trees
08/24 Houston, TX – Scout Bar
08/26 Farmington, NM – Top Deck
08/27 Tucson, AZ – Club X
08/28 Kingsburg, CA – Bullfrogs
08/29 Santa Ana, CA – Observatory

In Your Face (Again) features 9 tracks, a handful of which are new to the record.  Those new tracks include: ‘Furious Fixation,’ mixed by Richard Easterling (American Head Charge, Fuel) and a ‘Punk’D’ demo version of the band’s first single ‘Family of Strangers.’  The band premiered the video for its latest single ‘Let’s Be Honest’ earlier this month via Revolver magazine.  It can be viewed online now here.  More information on Doll Skin is available online now along with all of its latest tour updates, news, and more at

 

 

Website: http://www.dollskinband.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/dollskinband

Twitter: http://twitter.com/dollskinband

 

 

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Shout! Factory Adds Two More Docs To Its IMAX Series

Courtesy: Shout! Factory

Courtesy: Shout! Factory

Shout! Factory has two more new additions to its recently launched IMAX 4K UHD series on the way this July.

Flight of the Butterflies and Rocky Mountain Express will be released Tuesday, July 12th.  Both programs will be presented on separate standalone Blu-ray and 4K UHD/3-D Blu-ray platforms.  Flight of the Butterflies follows what is one of the most incredible of nature’s phenomena in the migration of the monarch butterfly.  It follows a husband and wife scientist team as they follow the butterflies’ annual migration.  It is the only film for IMAX® theaters to ever sweep all of the Giant Screen Cinema association’s annual awards.  Included as bonus material in the documentary are: trailers, image gallery, making of featurette, and a very special message from Lic. Felipe Calderon Hinojosa, President of Mexico from 2006 – 2012.  Audiences can view the trailer for this program online now via Shout! Factory’s official website.

Courtesy: Shout! Factory

Courtesy: Shout! Factory

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Courtesy: Shout! Factory

Courtesy: Shout! Factory

The second of Shout! Factory’s new IMAX home offerings, Rocky Mountain Express takes audiences on an exhilarating train ride through the Canadian Rockies while also presenting the history of America’s first transcontinental railroad and its construction.  The program was recorded on authentic 15 perf. 70 MM negative and originally presented in IMAX theaters nationwide.  Audiences are taken along for the ride thanks to cameras mounted on-board the program’s featured train and above on-board a group of helicopters.  The trailer for Rocky Mountain Express is also available online via Shout! Factory’s official website.

Courtesy: Shout! Factory

Courtesy: Shout! Factory

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Flight of the Butterflies and Rocky Mountain Express will both be released Tuesday, July 12th.  They will be available on separate standalone Blu-ray and 4K UHD/3-D Blu-ray combo pack.  Both presentations will retail for MSRP of $39.93 on 4K UHD/3-D Blu-ray combo pack and $19.99 on standalone Blu-ray.  They can each be pre-ordered now online at a discounted price of $34.93 (4K UHD/3-D Blu-ray combo pack) and $16.99 (Blu-ray) via Shout! Factory’s online store here and here. More information on these and other titles from Shout! Factory is available online now at:

 

 

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Shout! Factory To Release New Family Drama Next Week

Courtesy: Shout! Factory

Courtesy: Shout! Factory

Everybody loves a good underdog story.  And this summer Shout! Factory has a brand new underdog story for audiences.

Endgame will be released Tuesday, next Tuesday, July 5th.  The movie centers on a high school on the border town of Brownsville, Texas.  The school in question is not one of the more well off schools in its district.  When the school started a chess team that team would surprise everybody and defy all of the odds to become a state champion team.  The story is fictional but based on very real events.  It stars Rico Rodriguez (Modern Family, The Muppets, Epic Movie), Ivonne Coll (Jane The Virgin, Lean On Me, The Godfather: Part II), Efren Ramirez (Crank, Napoleon Dynamite, Employee of the Month), and Justina Machado (The Purge: Anarchy, Welcome to the Family, Queen of the South).

Along with its central underdog story, Endgame also focuses on the hot button issues of immigration, teen drinking, self-confidence, and bullying.  The movie will be available both on DVD and Blu-ray.  The DVD will retail for MSRP of $14.98 and the Blu-ray for $22.97.  It can be ordered online now direct via Shout! Factory’s online store at discounted prices of $13.98 (DVD) and $18.97 (Blu-ray).  More information on this and other title from Shout! Factory is available online now at:

 

 

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NBA TV To Offer Extensive Coverage Of NBA Summer League Play

Courtesy:  Turner Sports

Courtesy: Turner Sports

The 2015 – 2016 NBA season is officially over.  But that doesn’t mean that the basketball action is over.  NBA TV is going to have plenty of NBA action this summer beginning with coverage of the NBA Summer League.

NBA TV announced this week that it will offer basketball fans extensive coverage of all three of the NBA’s summer leagues this summer.  In all, it will present a total of 60 games in 14 days from all three leagues.  It all kicks off this Saturday, July 2nd with 24 games in the Southwest Airlines Orlando Pro Summer League.  Those games will be played at Amway Center, practice facility of the Orlando Magic.  They will be played between July 2nd and July 8th.  Six other games will be broadcast from The Utah Jazz Summer League presented by America First Credit Union and Siegfried and Jensen in association with the Utah Sports Commission.  Along with all of that coverage, NBA TV will also present 30 games from the Samsung Summer League 2016 from Las Vegas.  Those games will be presented from July 8th – 15th.  The top 10 selections in the 2016 NBA Draft are expected to take part in the games at the Thomas & Mack Center and COX Pavilion.

The Orlando Summer League opens its play July 2nd with 10 team in action on the hard court.  Up first will be the Oklahoma City Thunder and Dallas Mavericks at 9am ET.  The Thunder picked up 1st Round draft pick Domantas Sabonis from the Orlando Magic in this year’s draft.  Speaking of the Magic, Orlando has a pair of split squad games on the same day at 11am ET (against the Charlotte Hornets) and 1pm ET (against the Indiana Pacers).  Up next on the day’s schedule are the New York Knicks and Detroit Pistons at 3pm ET.  The Pistons drafted Henry Ellenson 18th overall in this year’s draft.  The Heat and Clippers follow at 5pm ET.  That is just part of the day’s schedule.  More information on the day’s schedule is available online via NBA TV’s official website.

Day 2 for the Orlando Summer League will feature a key matchup between the Clippers and Thunder at 5pm ET.  The Clippers picked up Brice Johnson in the first round of this year’s draft.  Before that, the Pacers and Hornets tip off at 1pm ET.  The Knicks and Heat follow at 3pm ET.

Moving on to the Utah Jazz Summer League, NBA TV launches coverage of that league July 4th with a showdown between the 76ers and Celtics.  It will be the teams’ first meeting in the summer league schedule.  Coverage of that game begins July 4th at 7pm ET.  It is the first of a double-header schedule for the league’s opening day.  The Jazz and Spurs follow in a 9pm ET matchup.  The Spurs drafted Dejounte Murray 29th overall in the 2016 NBA Draft.  Philadelphia and Boston were just as busy in the draft.  Philadelphia picked up Ben Simmons with the #1 pick.  They also drafted Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot (24th overall) and Furkam Korkmaz (26th overall).  Boston meanwhile drafted Jaylen Brown 3rd overall), Guerschon Yabusele (16th overall), and Ante Zizic (23rd overall).

Over in the Samsung Summer League, the 2016 NBA Champion Cleveland Cavaliers open play there when they take on the Milwaukee Bucks July 8th at 6pm ET.  The Bucks drafted Thon Maker in the #10 spot in this year’s draft.  The Hawks and Rockets tip off at 8pm ET with the Raptors and Kings rounding out the day’s coverage at 10:30pm ET.  The Hawks were busy in their own right in this year’s draft, picking up Taurean Prince 12th overall via trade and DeAndre Bembry 21st overall.  The Raptors picked up Jakob Peltl 9th overall.  The Kings were quite busy in this year’s draft.  Sacramento acquired Georgios Papagiannis and Skal Labassiere in a trade with the Suns.  The team also picked up Malachi Richardson in a trade with the Hornets.

The Suns open their summer play July 9th at 4pm ET against the Portland Trailblazers.  Phoenix picked up two players in last week’s draft action.  The team took Dragan Bender 4th overall and Marquese Chriss 8th overall via a trade with Sacramento.  The Bulls and Celtics follow in their first summer league showdown at 6pm.  Chicago drafted Denzel Valentine 14th overall in the 2016 NBA Draft.

The Lakers and Warriors round out this year’s NBA TV summer league coverage on Monday, July 16th at 10:30pm ET.  The Lakers drafted Brandon Ingram 2nd overall in this year’s draft. The Warriors meanwhile drafted Damien Jones 30th overall.

Those that won’t be near a television throughout NBA TV’s extensive coverage of the league’s summer play can always catch the action online.  That is thanks to the league’s NBA app. It will offer live scoring, video, top stories, game alerts and more.  NBA.com will have its own coverage with the Summer League Hub presented by Samsung.  It will have daily updates, game trackers, video recaps, schedules, stats, bracket pages, and NBA style content.  More information on NBA TV’s coverage of the NBA’s summer league play is available online now at:

 

 

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Twitter: http://twitter.com/NBATV

 

 

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Cinedigm To Release New Rom-Com This Summer

Courtesy: Cinedigm

Courtesy: Cinedigm

Cinedigm has a new rom-com offering on the way this summer.

Cinedigm will release its new indie rom-com In-Lawfully Yours on Tuesday, September 6th.  The movie stars Chelsey Crisp (Fresh Off The Boat, the Joe Schmo Show, Reconciliation), Corbin Bernsen (Psych, L.A. Law, General Hospital), Joe Williamson (Grey’s Anatomy, Fortress, Looking), Philip Boyd (Tyler Perry’s The Haves and Have-Nots, The Young and the Restless, Days of Our Lives), and Marilu Henner (Taxi, Evening Shade, Brooklyn Nine-Nine).  The story, written by Regent University professor Sean Gaffney, is presented in partnership with Regents University and Home Theater Films.  Nearly eighty students from Regent University worked on the movie.  It is a familiar story of finding love in all of the most unexpected places.  This time lead star Crisp plays Jesse, a young woman who has just gone through an unpleasant divorce after her husband Chaz (Boyd) cheated on her.  At the same time as having to deal with the divorce Jesse is also helping her recently widowed mother-in-law Naomi (Henner) pack up her home in the small town of Bethel Cove.  While there, Jesse meets the town pastor Ben (Williamson) and the pair falls in love.  There’s just one problem.  Ben is the brother-in-law of Jesse’s now ex-husband.  When Chaz finds out about the pair’s illicit relationship, he rallies the townspeople behind him and ends up getting Ben fired.  This leads Jesse to leave town to try and make peace with the situation.  The problem is that she can’t stop thinking about Ben.  The result is a story that every young couple will want to watch together.

In-Lawfully Yours will be available on DVD and Digital HD on Tuesday, September 6th.  It will retail for MSRP of $14.93.  More information on this and other titles from Cinedigm is available online now at:

 

 

Website: http://www.cinedigmentertainment.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/Cinedigm

 

 

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