ESPN Updates Its NBA On ESPN Broadcast Schedule

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Courtesy: ESPN

ESPN has added another matchup to its broadcast schedule for the NBA’s 207 – 2018 season.

The Rockets and Bucks will play live Jan. 18 on ESPN as part of the network’s double header schedule. The game takes the place of the previously scheduled Hawks/Pistons game which was in that slot.

The Warriors and Thunder follow that game with coverage scheduled to begin at 10:30 p.m.

ESPN will lead into the night’s action with its NBA pre-game show, NBA Countdown charged by Mountain Dew.  The program is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. ET.

More information on ESPN’s NBA coverage is available online now along with all of the latest NBA headlines at:

 

 

 

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TNT Announces Thursday, Special Monday NBA Broadcast Schedules

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Courtesy: TNT/Turner Sports/NBA

TNT will carry a special double header schedule NBA double header schedule Monday night.

Monday’s special broadcast schedule opens at 7 p.m. with a special hour-long edition of TNT NBA Tip-Off presented by Autotrader.  The special broadcast will come live from the National Center for Civil and Human Rights in Atlanta, GA.  It will lead into the first of the games scheduled for the night as the Cavaliers and Warriors face off in a rematch of last year’s NBA Finals.

The Inside The NBA broadcast team of Ernie Johnson, Charles Barkley, Kenny Smith, and Shaquille O’Neal will be at the desk for Monday’s special edition of TNT NBA Tip-Off presented by Autotrader.  Hank Thomas – one of the original Freedom Riders – will be a special guest during the broadcast.

Marv Albert will have the call for the game.  He will be joined by analyst Chris Webber for additional commentary.  Reporter Kristen Ledlow will also be on hand for all of the latest in-game interviews and news.

The Oklahoma City Thunder and Los Angeles Clippers round out the night’s NBA on TNT coverage.  Kevin Harlan will have the call for the game.  Coverage is scheduled to begin at 10:30 p.m.  Harlan will be joined by analyst Reggie Miller for additional commentary.  Reporter David Aldridge will be on hand for all of the latest in-game interviews and news.

Before Monday’s matchup, TNT will present its regular NBA on TNT double header schedule on Thursday.  The New York Knicks and Chicago Bulls will lead the night’s schedule beginning at 8 p.m. ET.

Marv Albert will have the call for the game.  He will be joined by analyst Brent Barry for additional commentary.  Reporter Kristen Ledlow will be on hand for all of the latest in-game interviews and news.

The Detroit Pistons and Golden State Warriors follow at 10:30 p.m. ET.  Kevin Harlan will anchor the broadcast.  He will be joined by analyst Kevin Mchale for additional commentary.  Reporter Lewis Johnson will be on hand for the latest in-game interviews and news.

As an additional bonus for audiences, Kevin Garnett’s Area 21 will feature a number of special guests throughout the evening.  This includes pre-game, halftime and post-game coverage.

More information on TNT’s NBA coverage is available online now along with all of the latest NBA headlines at:

 

 

 

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Green Day Updates Tour Schedule

Photo Credit: Frank Maddocks

Photo Credit: Frank Maddocks

Green Day has changed a pair of dates for the Fall 2017 leg of its Revolution Radio.

The band has flipped the dates for two performances in Texas.  The dates are September 8th and 9th. The band will now perform at the Austin 360 Amphitheatre in Austin, TX on September 8. It will perform at the AT&T Center in San Antonio, TX on September 9.

The dates were changed due to scheduling conflicts. Sources close to the band did not comment on the nature of the scheduling change.  The tour date information is listed in whole below.

 

September

8th Austin, TX Austin360 Amphitheatre
9th San Antonio, TX AT&T Center

 

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Dark Horse Comics To Release New Slayer Comic Book

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Courtesy: Dark Horse Comics

First Slayer conquered the metal realm.  Now it has its eyes set on another realm.

The band will see its very first comic book released later this month via Dark Horse Comics.  The comic, Repentless #1, will be released January 25. It will be the first in a 3-book series.  Audiences can get a six-page preview of issue #1 now here.

Repentless is based on the videos from the band’s hit 2015 album by the same name.  The videos were directed by B.J. McDonnell (Hatchet III) and scripted by director/producer Jon Schnepp (Metalocalypse, The Venture Bros., The Death of Superman Lives).

Front man Tom Araya said the story presented in Repentless is meant to carry on the message presented by the band so many times in previous albums.

“We’re telling the story that we’ve always told about society and how humans treat each other,” Araya said.

The inside artwork for Slayer’s new comic book was illustrated by “Twilight Zone” artist Guiu Vilanova.  Issue #1’s cover art was designed by Eisner Award-winning British comics artist Glenn Fabry.  Eric Powell (The Goon, Hillbilly) designed the cover art for Issue #1’s variant cover.

More information on Slayer’s new comic book is available online now along with all of the band’s latest news and more at:

 

 

 

Website: http://www.slayer.net

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PBS Bringing ‘Odd Squad: The Movie’ Home Later This Month

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Courtesy: PBS Distribution/PBS/PBS Kids

Things are going to get a little bit “odd” for lots of families later this month thanks to PBS Distribution.

PBS Distribution will release Odd Squad: The Movie Jan. 24 exclusively on DVD.  It marks the first time that the movie has ever been released since airing late last year on PBS Kids stations nationwide.  In its biggest adventure yet, the Odd Squad has to deal with a new group of problem solvers called The Weird Team.

The Weird Team is led by Weird Tom (Jack McBrayer—30 Rock, Despicable Me, Wreck-It Ralph) and has a gadget to solve any problem.  This forces the Odd Squad to call it quits and go back to their normal lives.  However, a discovery about that gadget leads the Odd Squad’s down time to be short-lived.

Instead of fixing problems, The Weird Team’s gadget only covers up problems instead of fixing them.  When this is revealed, the Odd Squad has to team back up to save the world from utter destruction.  Audiences can view a trailer for the movie online now here.

Odd Squad: The Movie will be released Jan. 24 exclusively on DVD.  It will retail for MSRP of $6.99.  More information on this and other Odd Squad DVDs is available online now along with games, activities and more at:

 

 

 

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Clemson, Alabama Face Off Live In College Football Championship Rematch Monday Night

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Courtesy: ESPN

The stage is set for this season’s college football championship, and ESPN will carry full coverage of the rematch from last season’s title game between Clemson and Alabama.

ESPN will begin its coverage of the College Football Championship presented by AT&T tomorrow night at 8 p.m. ET.  The game will be broadcast live from Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida.  Chris Fowler, Kirk Herbstreit, Samantha Ponder and Tom Rinaldi will have the call for the showdown between the Tigers and Red Tide.

The worldwide leader in sports and its networks will offer extensive coverage of the game throughout the day leading up to kickoff.  That extensive coverage from ESPN’s networks includes Coaches Film Room on ESPNEWS, Finebaum Filmroom on SEC Network, Homers Telecast on ESPN2 and much more.

Additional coverage on the day will air on ESPNU, ESPN Classic, ESPN Goal Line, and ESPN3.  Those that won’t be near a TV during Monday’s college football championship can still catch the game in full online via WatchESPN and on the radio via ESPN Radio.

The game will also be simulcast live in Spanish on ESPN Deportes and ESPN Deportes Radio and Eduardo Varela will have the call for ESPN Deportes.  Kenneth Garay and Sebastian M. Christensen will have the call for ESPN Deportes Radio.

Along with its broadcast on ESPN Deportes and ESPN Deportes Radio, Monday night’s game will also be broadcast worldwide.  ESPN International will carry the game for fans in more than 179 nations around the world through its networks and streaming services.

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Eagle Rock Entertainment Proves ‘Pet Sounds’ Classic Status In Recently Released Doc

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Courtesy: Eagle Rock Entertainment

The Beach Boys is one of the most iconic acts in American popular music.  That goes without saying.  Through the group’s ups and downs in its career, the group has continued to entertain fans around the world with now 29 full-length studio recordings under its collective belt and shows in every corner of the globe.  In 2016, fans marked an important moment in the group’s history – the 50th anniversary of the release of its 1966 album Pet Sounds.  That album remains today one of the group’s most influential records both for audiences and the mainstream music industry.  Eagle Rock Entertainment joined in the celebration with the release of a documentary focused on Pet Sounds in the form of Classic Albums: Pet Sounds.  The “rock-umentary” is the latest addition to Eagle Rock Entertainment’s award-winning music documentary series.  Whether one is a casual listener or a more devout fan, audiences who haven’t yet seen this presentation will find it has plenty to appreciate beginning with its main feature.  This will be discussed shortly.  The program’s bonus material is just as important to note here as the discussed songs.  The information that is provided through both the main feature and bonus material rounds out the most important of the program’s most important elements.  Each element plays its own part in this program’s presentation.  All things considered, they make it a music documentary that audiophiles and devout Beach Boys fans will appreciate.

Eagle Rock Entertainment’s recently released Beach Boys “rock-umentary” Classic Albums: Pet Sounds is a work that audiophiles and devout Beach Boys fans alike will appreciate.  That is due in part to the program’s main feature.  The main feature presents the original 94-minute broadcast version of the program in its entirety.  That means those who might not have been lucky enough to see it when it originally aired on the British Broadcasting Corporation last year finally get to see it any time that they want in this new home release on DVD and Blu-ray.  The main feature includes discussions on a handful of the songs featured on the band’s now landmark 1966 album as well as personal accounts from the band’s members. The discussion on the information shared through those discussions will be touched on later.  Getting back on the subject at hand, this program aired originally overseas, so its release via Eagle Rock Entertainment late last year marks the first time that American audiences got the chance to see it for themselves.  Its availability on separate DVD and Blu-ray platforms adds even more reason for audiophiles and the band’s more devout fans to see it at least once.  It is just one part of what makes this program such a worthwhile watch for said audiences.  The bonus material that is included in the program’s recent home release makes it even more worth the watch.

Classic Albums: Pet Sounds’ 94-minute main feature is in itself plenty of reason for audiophiles and The Beach Boys’ more devout fans to watch this program.  That is thanks to the in-depth discussions on the album’s songs and the band’s own personal experiences that are shared throughout the course of that time.  They will be discussed at more length later.  The program’s availability on both DVD and Blu-ray doesn’t hurt its overall presentation, either.  While all of this is important to note to this program’s presentation, it is only a portion of what makes the program worth the watch.  The bonus material included with the program makes it even more worth the watch.  The bonus material in question is half an hour of interviews that were not included in the program’s original BBC broadcast.  In other words, it gives audiences even more information—enhancing the viewing experience even more. Simply put, having that previously unreleased material included here presents audiences with two separate programs in one.  If they want, audiences could also argue they make one whole program split into two parts for a total of two-hours and four minutes.  That’s all sans commercials, too.  Whether audiences consider the combination of the bonus material and main feature one version or two, the combination of the two elements does plenty to make the program all the more enjoyable for audiophiles and the band’s more devout fans.  Of course as important as having the program available in whole is to its presentation, that means nothing without discussions and information to keep viewers entertained and engaged.  Said discussions and information are plentiful to say the very least.

Having Classic Albums: Pet Sounds available both in its original 94-minute broadcast presentation and its full 124-minute presentation in one setting both on DVD and Blu-ray is in itself quite important to this recording’s presentation.  That is because it provides audiences the program in whole and then some.  While this does plenty to make the program worth the watch, the inclusion of discussions and information that will keep audiences thoroughly engaged and entertained adds even more depth to the program’s presentation, too.  The discussions featured in the program’s main feature don’t cover the whole of Pet Sounds’ 13-song body.  Though, they do paint a relatively vivid picture of what makes the now landmark 1966 recording so important.  The songs that are covered include ‘I Know There’s An Answer,’ ‘Wouldn’t It Be Nice,’ ‘I Just Wasn’t Made For These Times’ and others. Audiences will be interested to learn of the time that Brian Wilson took arranging the songs so that they wouldn’t be just another group of hot rod and surfing songs.  Wilson explains himself that he wanted to branch out into new territory both lyrically and musically on the album.  It shows, too in the discussions on the songs’ instrumentations and their compositions.  For those who might wonder, the band even touches on the rumor of Wilson’s drug use in the discussion on ‘I Know There’s An Answer.’  It isn’t an in-depth discussion, but the band does touch on the matter.  In terms of the program’s bonus material, audiences will be just as interested to learn of the band members’ desire to have another song included in the album and why they wanted to have it included.  The discussion on said song’s (the song won’t be revealed here for the sake of those who haven’t yet seen this program) instrumentation explains why they wanted it include in the album.  The song includes the standard band instrumentation plus banjo (yes, banjo), electro-theramin, and much more.  The balance of that instrumentation illustrates clearly how much thought went into the song’s creation.  It is just one more of so many discussions and pieces of information that makes this program—both in regards to its main feature and bonus material—such an enjoyable watch.  When the information presented in the program’s main feature and bonus material is included with the very presentation of the program’s 94-minute broadcast and its bonus segments, the whole of the program proves once more why it is a work that audiophiles and the band’s more devout fans alike will appreciate.

Classic Albums: Pet Sounds is a work that audiophiles and The Beach Boys’ more devout fans will appreciate.  That is due in part to the presentation of the program’s original 94-minute BBC broadcast as its main feature.  The inclusion of half an hour of extra material not included in the program’s original broadcast adds to its enjoyment even more.  That is because it provides audiences what is essentially two programs in one (or one program split into two segments).  The information shared in the program’s featured discussions rounds out its most important elements.  The discussions don’t touch on every one of the album’s 13 songs.  But they still paint a rich, vivid picture of why the album is so important both for the band and the music industry in whole even more than half a century after its initial release.  Each element is important in its own right to the program’s presentation.  All things considered, they make Classic Albums: Pet Sounds a program that audiophiles and truly devout Beach Boys fans will appreciate.  It is available now in stores and online.  More information on this and other titles from Eagle Rock Entertainment is available online at:

 

 

 

Website: http://www.eagle-rock.com

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

Twitter: http://twitter.com/EagleRockNews

 

 

 

More information on Classic Albums: Pet Sounds is available online now along with all of The Beach Boys’ latest news and more at:

 

 

 

Website: http://www.thebeachboys.com

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