ESPN Broadcasting Expanded Edition of Sunday NFL Countdown This Sunday

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Courtesy: ESPN

ESPN will broadcast a special edition of Sunday NFL Countdown this week.  This week’s edition of Sunday NFL Countdown come live from Herald Square in New York City.  The special extended four-hour broadcast will begin at 10am ET this Sunday, February 2nd.  Chris Berman will anchor the broadcast.  He will be joined by Suzy Kolber and Monday Night Countdown’s Trent Dilfer, Ray Lewis and Steve Young at MetLife Stadium.  Sal Paolantonio will have all the latest news from the Broncos while Ed Werder will have all of the latest updates from the Seahawks.

Analysts Cris Carter, Mike Ditka, Tom Jackson, and Keyshawn Jonhson will join host Chris Berman.  This year marks the thirty-second Super Bowl that Berman has covered.  ESPN will offer extensive coverage for football fans throughout its extended Sunday NFL Countdown broadcast including a 30 for 30 “mockumentary” courtesy of comedian Frank Caliendo focusing on Seahawks star Richard Sherman.  Stars of the upcoming NFL Draft-themed movie Draft Day, Kevin Costner, Jennifer Garner and Denis Leary, will also make an appearance.  If this isn’t enough, ESPN Senior NFL analyst Chris Mortensen will sit down for a one-on-one interview with Broncos QB Peyton Manning.  The veteran quarterback will discuss his future in the league as well as how parenthood has affected him.

Seahawks QB Russell Wilson will sit down with Chris Berman at 11am ET to discuss his most memorable plays so far in his career.  Seahawks coach Pete Carroll will follow at 12:30pm ET.  He will share his friendship with one special fan and how it has grown over the years that the pair have known one another.

ESPN will offer much more coverage for fans.  More information on what fans can expect from Sunday’s special edition of Sunday NFL Countdown is available online at http://www.espn.com and http://www.facebook.com/espn.  To keep up with the latest sports and entertainment news and reviews, go online to http://www.facebook.com/philspicks and “Like” it.  Fans can always keep up with the latest sports and entertainment news in the Phil’s Picks blog at https://philspicks.wordpress.com.

FHE Celebrates Upcoming Re-Issue With New Promotions

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Courtesy: 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment

The 2013 MLB season is right around the corner.  And just in time for the start of a brand new season, 20th Century Fox is set to release its classic baseball-centered coming-of-age story, The Sandlot in a special 20th Anniversary Blu-ray/DVD combo package.  The new re-issue will be released Tuesday, March 26th.  The movie features an all-star cast including: James Earl Jones, Denis Leary, and Karen Allen just to name a few cast members. 

Along with the re-issue of this classic movie, Fox Home Entertainment will partner with Benny The Jet’s favorite shoe brand, PF Flyers for a very special one-of-a-kind promotion.  The companies will release a limited run of “The Secret Weapon” the same day the movie hits stores.  The shoes will be sold in a vintage 1960’s shoebox.  The shoes won’t be all that fans get when they purchase a pair of PF Flyers.  The box will also include a $3 Sandlot coupon with the shoes.  And anyone who picks up the new 20th Anniversary edition of The Sandlot on Blu-ray/DVD combo pack will get a coupon for 10% off a pair of PF Flyers inside the box.  More information on this special is available online at http://www.pfflyers.com

The special limited run of PF Flyers is just one promotion being put on by FHE along with the classic movie’s re-issue.  FHE is also partnering with Major League Baseball and the Fox Sports Networks for what is being dubbed the “Sandlot Baseball Field Program.”  The program’s aim is to renovate baseball fields across the country so that baseball lovers the nation over can have a “Sandlot” of their own in their own backyards.  And many of the nation’s Major and Minor league baseball parks will present screenings of The Sandlot with Director, Writer and Narrator, David Mickey Evans.  A full schedule of screenings is listed below.

The Sandlot

Screening Locations/Dates

(*Subject to Change)

ARM & HAMMER Park, home of the Trenton Thunder (Trenton, New Jersey) – 4/13/13

 

Fluor Field at the West End, home of the Greenville Drive (Greenville, South Carolina) – 4/19/13

 

Arvest Ballpark, home of the Northwest Arkansas Naturals (Springdale, Arkansas) – 4/21/13

 

Rangers Ballpark, home of the Texas Rangers (Arlington, Texas) – 5/11/13

 

Tucson Padres at Kino Stadium (Tucson, Arizona) – 5/18/13

 

Busch Stadium, home of the St. Louis Cardinals (St. Louis, Missouri) – Date to be announced

 

Target Field, home of the Minnesota Twins (Minneapolis, Minnesota) – Date to be announced

 

Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark, home of the Oklahoma City RedHawks (Oklahoma City, Oklahoma) – 6/1/13

 

AutoZone Park, home of the Memphis Redbirds (Memphis, Tennessee) – 6/15/13

 

Steinbrenner Field, home of the Tampa Yankees (Tampa, Florida) – 6/22/13

 

Dell Diamond, home of the Round Rock Express (Round Rock, Texas) – 6/25/13

 

Whataburger Field, home of the Corpus Christi Hooks (Corpus Christi, Texas) – 6/29/13

 

Fifth Third Field, home of the Toledo Mud Hens (Toledo, Ohio) – 7/5/13

 

Classic Park, home of the Lake County Captains (Eastlake, Ohio) – 7/12/13

 

CommunityAmerica Ballpark, home of the Kansas City T-Bones (Kansas City, Kansas) – 7/26/13

 

Security Service Field, home of the Colorado Springs Sky Sox (Colorado Springs, Colorado) – 8/2/13

 

Fifth Third Field, home of the Dayton Dragons (Dayton, Ohio) – 8/10/13

 

Werner Park, home of the Omaha Storm Chasers (Omaha, Nebraska) – 8/17/13

 

The Epicenter, home of the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes (Rancho Cucamonga, California) – 8/30/13

 

Coolray Field, home of the Gwinnett Braves (Lawrenceville, Georgia) – 9/21/13

 

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Ice Age 4 A Funny, Heartwarming Finale To The Ice Age Franchise

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The newest and likely final installment of the hugely popular Ice Age franchise is by far the best of the series.  This franchise started out as being okay at best.  Now with this installment, audiences are presented with a story that combines comedy, pop culture, and even classical literature for a work that the whole family will enjoy.  As audiences will learn in the bonus features of the upcoming home release, it’s a re-telling of the classic tale of Odysseus.  The addition of comedic elements and an all-star cast make it that much more enjoyable for both parents and children.  And it will easily make it the favorite of the Ice Age franchise for the family, too.Ice Age: Continental Drift is the best of the franchise so far.  Far too often in the current era of movie making, the trend has been that sequels have become increasingly worse as time goes on.  This story, on the other hand, has done the exact opposite.  It has shown that it is possible for a franchise to get better as it goes on.  It’s a good movie first and foremost in that it managed to combine Peaches’ coming-of-age story and Manny’s Odysseus story without hindering each other.  Audiences get two stories that eventually intertwine thanks to the writing staff behind them.

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As the movie goes along, the comic timing of its a-list voice cast will garner laughs both from parents and kids alike.  Wanda Sykes is a laugh riot throughout the story as Sid’s grandmother.  Her jokes about the last time she took a bath and her constant calling out to her pet, “Precious” make for plenty of funny moments throughout the story.  Add that in to John Leguizamo’s still spot on humor as Sid counterpointed by Ray Romano and Denis Leary, and audiences continue to get loads of laughs.  The laughs brought from the entire cast raises another interesting point about the movie’s success.  Considering that this is in its most basic form an ensemble movie, no one character ever outshines the other.  The chemistry between the cast keeps the story moving.  Though it manages to keep itself moving to begin with, making it that much easier to watch.

Audiences will enjoy Ice Age:  Continental Drift thanks to its cast and its story.  They combine to make for a movie that parents and kids alike will enjoy.  There’s at least one more element that makes it a movie worth checking out.  The bonus features included with its new home release reveal that it is in reality a take-off of the classic myth of Odysseus.  Learning this makes for more appreciation as it can be used as a way to introduce younger audiences into the world of Greek Mythology.  It shows how entertaining classic mythology can be.  So in essence, it can actually promote literacy without even trying.  For that, the story and all involved deserve commendation for their efforts.  It’s more proof of the importance of bonus features in home releases of any movie.

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This is one movie that didn’t necessarily need bonus features to make it more enjoyable.  But the feature showing how this story came to life does add even more appreciation for it.  Fans will see that for themselves when the DVD, BD/DVD combo Pack and 3-D BD sets are all released.  Ice Age:  Continental Drift hits stores and online outlets December 11th, just in time for the holidays.  It can be ordered direct online at http://www.foxconnect.com.

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