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Whiplash is a frenetic, fabulous movie about the line between mentorship and abuse

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‘Whiplash’ is a shocking adrenaline rush about jazz and drums – I’m surprised too!

 

“If music be the food of love, play on.”

There is a thin line between a caring teacher who’s pushing you as hard as you can go to achieve greatness and a giant jerk on a power trip. Teaching is difficult, and teaching the truly talented is not as easy as it sounds. Many coast on by, letting the students do all the work. But it’s thought often that you really need to push and push to achieve greatness; if you aren’t struggling, can you truly obtain anything more than mediocrity in a sea of the same?

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Oct
16

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Should cable providers start shaking in their boots?

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With more networks and cable channels offering subscription streaming services, will cable companies be forced to change their current model of operation as customers “cut the cord”?

 

Wednesday, October 15 was a momentous day for digital media. With streaming services like Netflix, Hulu Plus and Amazon Prime giving networks a place for past episodes (and in some cases, new episodes day after air) of their series to live on and gain new viewers, there was a seismic shift that was felt throughout the lands of Comcast, Verizon, Time Warner and other cable providers when HBO announced it would launch its own stand-alone streaming service in 2015.

HBO currently provides HBO GO for cable subscribers which includes a library of movies, and complete series both new and old, including Game of Thrones, Veep, The Sopranos, Girls, The Wire and more. Amazon Instant members also have access to HBO programs, but only past seasons (current seasons will take up to three years to land on Amazon). The new streaming service will not require a cable subscription and will include basically the same content as cable subscribers get with HBO GO (sister channel Cinemax content may also be included). It’s rumored Showtime will follow suit at some point in the near future.

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Oct
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Win passes to an advance screening of John Wick in Boston or Hartford

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Keanu Reeves returns to the big screen in the action thriller ‘John Wick’ and you can be among the first to see the film in Boston or Hartford. Find out how you can score free passes to the advance screening.

 

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CliqueClack has partnered with Lionsgate to offer readers in Boston and Hartford an opportunity to attend an advance screening of the new action thriller John Wick starring Keanu Reeves, Adrianne Palicki, Bridget Moynahan, Dean Winters,Ian McShane, John Leguizamo, Michael Nyqvist and Willem Dafoe.

An ex-hitman comes out of retirement to track down the gangsters that took everything from him. With New York City as his bullet-riddled playground, John Wick is a fresh and stylized take on the “assassin genre.”

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Oct
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Attend an advance screening of Ouija in Baltimore or DC

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What happens when you unlock a portal to the dark side? Find out at an advance screening of ‘Ouija’ in Baltimore or DC. Read on to find out how you can scare up a free pass.

 

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CliqueClack has partnered with Universal Pictures to offer readers in Baltimore and DC an opportunity to attend an advance screening of the new thriller Ouija starring Olivia Cooke, Daren Kagasoff, Douglas Smith, Bianca Santos and Ana Coto.

In Ouija, a group of friends must confront their most terrifying fears when they awaken the dark powers of an ancient spirit board. Stiles White directs the supernatural thriller that is produced by Platinum Dunes partners Michael Bay, Andrew Form and Brad Fuller (The Purge, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Friday the 13th) alongside Blumhouse Productions’ Jason Blum (Paranormal Activity and Insidious series, The Purge), Bennett Schneir (Battleship) and Hasbro. Juliet Snowden and Stiles White wrote the script for Ouija, and Universal will distribute the film worldwide.

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Oct
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Enter to win a chance to see Ouija first in Chicago or Indianapolis

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Be the first to see ‘Ouija’ in Chicago or Indianapolis. Find out how you can enter to win a pair of passes to the advance screenings.

 

CliqueClack has partnered with Universal Pictures to offer readers in Chicago and Indianapolis an opportunity to attend an advance screening of the new thriller Ouija starring Olivia Cooke, Daren Kagasoff, Douglas Smith, Bianca Santos and Ana Coto.

In Ouija, a group of friends must confront their most terrifying fears when they awaken the dark powers of an ancient spirit board. Stiles White directs the supernatural thriller that is produced by Platinum Dunes partners Michael Bay, Andrew Form and Brad Fuller (The Purge, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Friday the 13th) alongside Blumhouse Productions’ Jason Blum (Paranormal Activity and Insidious series, The Purge), Bennett Schneir (Battleship) and Hasbro. Juliet Snowden and Stiles White wrote the script for Ouija, and Universal will distribute the film worldwide.

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Win passes to an advance screening of Ouija in Boston or Plainville

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Be the first to see what happens when a group of friends unlock a door to the dark side in ‘Ouija’ at an advance screening in Boston and Plainville. Find out how you can get a pair of tickets.

 

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CliqueClack has partnered with Universal Pictures to offer readers in Boston and Plainville an opportunity to attend an advance screening of the new thriller Ouija starring Olivia Cooke, Daren Kagasoff, Douglas Smith, Bianca Santos and Ana Coto.

In Ouija, a group of friends must confront their most terrifying fears when they awaken the dark powers of an ancient spirit board. Stiles White directs the supernatural thriller that is produced by Platinum Dunes partners Michael Bay, Andrew Form and Brad Fuller (The Purge, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Friday the 13th) alongside Blumhouse Productions’ Jason Blum (Paranormal Activity and Insidious series, The Purge), Bennett Schneir (Battleship) and Hasbro. Juliet Snowden and Stiles White wrote the script for Ouija, and Universal will distribute the film worldwide.

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Oct
15

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Revisit a TV classic with I Love Lucy Live On Stage

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‘I Love Lucy’ has been on our TVs for more than 60 years, and now you can re-live the excitement of seeing the show in living color as ‘I Love Lucy Live On Stage’ tours the country.

 

Step back in time to 1950-something, to the beginning of the Golden Age of Television, step into the theater which is now a TV studio, specifically Desilu Studios and enjoy the “filming” of two episodes of the classic TV comedy I Love Lucy.

If you’re a fan of Lucy, Ricky, Fred and Ethel, then you’ll want to make sure to snap up some tickets to the hit touring production I Love Lucy Live On Stage, now in its “second season.” This production is currently at Baltimore’s Hippodrome Theatre through October 26. What can audiences expect from something that’s probably so familiar to so many? A really fun evening!

The show transports the audience back in time to Desilu Studios where two episode of I Love Lucy will be filmed back-to-back. While we’re watching the show, we’re actually participants as well, clapping when the Applause sign lights up, enjoying commercial breaks and all the busy-ness that goes on between set-ups, and even a “flubbed” line which has to be “re-shot.” It’s not as technical as a real TV shoot, but it is entertaining enough to make you feel like you’re really there with the cast and crew.

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Oct
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X-Men, Spielberg and Halloween horrors come to home video

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New movies on DVD, Blu-ray and Digital include ‘X-Men: Days of Future Past,’ ‘Mr. Peabody & Sherman,’ ‘Yamkee Doodle Dandy,’ ‘The Texas Chain Saw Massacre,’ ‘Juan of the Dead,’ ‘The China Syndrome,’ the Steven Spielberg Director’s Collection, and much more!

 

Halloween is approaching and now is the time to pick up some new and classic horror flicks like Juan of the Dead, Cauldron of Blood, Jennifer, and The Texas Chain Saw Massacre. If you’re looking for something a little more superhero-y, the week’s big release is X-Men: Days of Future Past, which brought together the X-Men casts of films past and present. One of the most anticipated releases of the week is the Steven Spielberg Collection Blu-ray box set which includes favorites Jaws, E.T the Extra-Terrestrial, Jurassic Park and The Lost World: Jurassic Park and new to Blu titles 1941 (theatrical and extended versions!), Duel, The Sugarland Express and Always. The set includes hours of extras and a 58 page book. There are more interesting titles released on October 14, so have a look at our alphabetical shopper’s guide to see the week’s highlights.

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Oct
12

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The Walking Dead is back

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The excitement stirred by the return of ‘The Walking Dead’ is offset by too many coincidences, too much blood and guts and too few surprises. The good news is: There’s lots of promise to the new season.

 

Let’s get something out-of-the-way right now so there’s zero confusion.

Here’s what I’ll do: I’ll warn you with a “Ready? Here we go” when I’m moving on to the spoilers. Fair enough?

I saw “No Sanctuary” — the season 5 premiere of The Walking Dead — a week or so ago. Thrilled to get an advanced screening of it, I viewed it twice. I relished in it.

For Dead fans, it’s been a long haul since “A,” the season four closer that aired back on March 30th leaving us wondering the fate of the group corralled in that box car by the residents of Terminus. (And don’t tell me that was a spoiler — I can’t imagine anyone not being up to date on the series.)

So … here are several thoughts on “No Sanctuary.” Ready? Here we go …

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Win passes to see The Best of Me in Baltimore or DC

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Attend an advance screening of the new romantic drama ‘The Best of Me’ in Baltimore or DC. Find out how you can get a pair of passes.

 

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CliqueClack has partnered with Relativity to offer readers in Baltimore and DC an opportunity to attend an advance screening of the new romantic drama The Best of Me starring Michelle Monaghan, James Marsden, Luke Bracey, Liana Liberato, Caroline Goodall, Sebastian Arcelus, Jon Tenney and Gerald McRaney.

Based on the bestselling novel by acclaimed author Nicholas Sparks, The Best of Me tells the story of Dawson and Amanda, two former high school sweethearts who find themselves reunited after 20 years apart, when they return to their small town for the funeral of the beloved friend. Their bittersweet reunion reignites the love they’ve never forgotten, but soon they discover the forces that drove them apart twenty years ago live on, posing even more serious threats today. Spanning decades, this epic love story captures the enduring power of our first true love, and the wrenching choices we face when confronted with elusive second chances.

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