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How to stream the Mayweather-McGregor fight (CNET)

August 21, 2017

Back from my long weekend with family in Pennsylvania. It’s probably not PC of me to promote the Mayweather-McGregor fight since Floyd called Conor a faggot during the lead-up to the fight and never got called out by the boxing organization to apologize for using hate language. Ironic since together they already look like an interracial gay porn couple. But I recognize this fight is a big deal for boxing fans – set to the be the most watched fight in history, so I’ll use it as a platform to show how cord cutters are accessing premium sports events without cable or satellite. The fight is unique in that it’s pay-per-view at $99/device. From CNET,

Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor are set to enter the ring on Saturday, August 26, at 9 p.m. ET in Las Vegas, Nevada for what’s expected to be the most watched fight… ever.

As usual, the fight is only available to those who pay the nearly $100 pay-per-view fee. However, breaking from the traditional means of purchasing directly from a cable or satellite provider, CBSrecently announced the fight will also be available to stream on the Showtime PPV website or iOS and Apple TV app. (Disclaimer: CBS is CNET’s parent company.)

 

Another option for streaming the fight is to purchase it directly from the UFC . The cost is the same, only instead of being limited to just streaming on a site or Apple devices, the UFC supports quite a few devices including the Xbox One, Xbox 360, Amazon Fire TV, Android, Roku, and Apple devices.

Read the full article on CNET.
For those of you who want a violence-free evening, consider checking out DVDs of BBC’s As Time Goes By from your local library or Netflix.

Trevor Noah: Afraid of the Dark

July 30, 2017

Trevor Noah’s latest stand-up special, Afraid of the Dark was filmed November 2016, the weekend before the U.S. Presidential election. Noah covers world history (with a series of great accents), immigration, and NYC – the special was filmed at the Beacon Theater in Manhattan. I found Noah’s earlier stand-up, African-American more insightful and thought-provoking. 3 out of 5 for Afraid of the Dark.

The Wire on Blu-ray

July 27, 2017

Watched the first episode of The Wire on Blu-ray this weekend and I have to say the picture quality is outstanding. Well worth the investment. Or a simple loan from your local library.

Did you know you can access reviews of Blu-ray releases that rate video, audio and extras qualities to help you determine if it’s worth owning? Many remastered Blu-rays really change the way you see and hear a film or series. And with 4K right around the corner, our viewing pleasure keeps getting better and better.

Read all about The Wire on Blu-ray.

The Brother from Another Planet

July 23, 2017

John Sayles’ 1984 indie film The Brother from Another Planet blends the best elements of several genres using a science fiction overlay to tell the story of race, class, and immigration and the many ways these issues frighten the dominant culture. With now historic outdoor scenes of Harlem in the early 80’s along with many trips on the A train north to 125th Street, New York City becomes synonymous with the issues of the time. Location shooting on the streets, in crowded tenements, in dreary offices, and a neighborhood bar set the ambiance of this classic indie film. Sayles’ long-term life and work partner Maggie Renzi produced and has a small role in the film as one of the office workers. Sayles wrote, directed, and edited his fourth film using funds he received from a 1983 MacArthur Fellows award. He even has a role along with one of his regular actors David Strathairn as they play the men in black seeking the alien who escaped from his imprisoned planet. Other John Sayles’ regulars include Joe Morton in the title role playing the alien who never utters a word, Bill Cobbs as a reminiscing bar patron, and Tom Wright as another frustrated office worker. The Brother from Another Planet stands out as a snapshot of the early 80’s and an excellent example of the creativity indie films can produce. 4 out of 5.

24 Lafayette Quotes From “True Blood” To Get You Through The Day (Next of Ken)

July 16, 2017

Media team Next of Ken compiled this beautiful tribute to True Blood’s Lafayette character on July 9, 2017 in honor of Nelsan Ellis who died this past week. From Next of Ken,

RIP Nelsan Ellis. 😦

The groundbreaking LGBT True Blood character, Lafayette, was never originally meant to survive season one. However, due to his overwhelming popularity, Lafayette continued to bring his special brand of sass for the entirety of the show’s run. When news broke yesterday that the actor who portrayed him, Nelsan Ellis, had passed away, we over here at Next of Ken knew it was time to do a tribute video to Nelsan’s best role. Here’s to you, Nelsan… 24 Quotes From “True Blood” To Get You Through The Day.

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Nelsan Ellis 1978 – 2017

July 8, 2017

I’m stunned and heartbroken over the death of actor Nelsan Ellis (True Blood, The Butler). 39 is way too young to leave. We only got a glimpse at Nelsan’s acting possibilities. Those of us who knew him from his work will always smile at  the pitch perfect portrayal of Lafayette Reynolds on Alan Ball’s True Blood series. Rest in peace dear man.

Watch Nelsan’s famous scene as Lafayette serving up AIDS burgers to homophobic customers at Merlotte’s on True Blood.

Queen Sugar: Season 1 Episode 1

June 30, 2017

I wanted to love Queen Sugar. Created by Ava DuVerney (Selma) I was hoping for a new favorite television series. Queen Sugar isn’t bad. It’s simply uneven. First the good: DuVerney cast Rutina Wesley (True Blood) as the complicated Nova. Newcomer (for me) Kofi Siriboe adds some wonderfully complicated bad boy eye candy to the show. And child actor Ethan Hutchison plays Blu brilliantly. Also the cinematography is grand from the lights of Los Angeles to the sugar cane fields of Louisiana. What rubbed me the wrong way was the addition of the celebrity sister and her basketball player husband. It seemed too obvious, too evening soap opera meets real housewives. Since there are three siblings, this storyline ends up taking a third of the action at least for the first episode. Sadly I’m letting go. Decent, but not good enough for me to continue. 3 out of 5 for the Oprah produced Queen Sugar.

Orange is the New Black: Season 5

June 15, 2017

Damn ladies. Orange is the New Black just keeps getting better and better. How is that even possible? Every season builds on the previous. Not a misstep in this season. Absolute amazing acting, directing, editing, and writing. Highlights include,

Natasha Lyonne as Nicky getting clean and reaching out
Uzo Aduba as Suzanne falling apart again and again (another Emmy?)
Danielle Brooks as Taystee negotiating the deal of the century
Taylor Schilling as Piper realizing her fate and future
Lea DeLaria as Boo proving butch girls look good doing romance
Jackie Cruz and Diane Guerrero as Flaca & Maritza proving the ridiculousness of our instant fame culture
Selenis Leyva as Gloria delivering a powerhouse performance and becoming my favorite character for S5
Taryn Manning as Tiffany (Pennsyltucky) navigating the complicated waters of rape culture, forgiveness, and desire
Adrienne Moore as Black Cindy full of comfort and relief in the final episode
Yael Stone as Lorna crazy as ever
Kate Mulgrew as Red full of revenge
Laura Prepon as Alex filled with PTSD and remorse  and just wanting to stay free (of drama and violence)
Kimiko Glenn as Brook walking the long road of grief
Brad William Henke as Piscatella leading with misdirected spite and evil in the face of homophobia
Elizabeth Rodriguez as Aleida figuring out how to be free
Dascha Polanco as Dayanara facing her consequences

I’m sure I missed someone. What a roller coaster ride this season was and what a cliff hanger. All bets are off that everyone will survive the final moments of the raid. It’s Netflix after all. Unbelievable. Thank you Jenji Kohan and crew for this gift. 5 out of 5.

OITNB: Season 5, 3 more episodes to go

June 13, 2017

If you’re going to watch Season 5 of Orange is the New Black, make sure you don’t read any of the spoilers online. By accident, I just discovered the big spoiler and am so angry. I like being surprised. Damn you Internet! Ugh. 3 more episodes to go. Don’t tell me any more!

 

OITNB: Season 5 – Poussey’s Memorial

June 11, 2017

I made to episode 59 of Orange is the New Black‘s fifth season before shedding any tears. Poussey’s Memorial slayed me. Damn these writers. Damn those set designers. Full season review coming soon. #booksheal


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