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Some years back, Michael Bolton found himself drawn to Detroit while researching for his 2013 album "Ain't No Mountain High Enough: A Tribute to Hitsville USA."  Beyond the music of Motown, Bolton realized that there was so much more to explore about Detroit’s past, present and future. Now comes his new documentary, American Dream: Detroit, a film that celebrates the golden age of the Motor City - featuring natives such as Francis Ford CoppolaJerry BruckheimerAretha FranklinSmokey Robinson and Alice Cooper. It's an exploration of a city in turnaround, pulling back the curtain on the vision of a new Detroit being built by young visionaries and entrepreneurial moguls alike. On May 15th, Fathom Events will bring it to theaters for one night only - see the trailer below!

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Around these parts, I'm known for being "anti-football." I don't like the game, I despise the NFL, and I find much of the culture around the sport to be unsavory. But there was a time when I did like football, and it was when i was a child. I like to think that I just didn't know any better at the time, but living in Illinois, the '85 Chicago Bears were a big deal. I still have my 7" vinyl 45rpm copy of "The Superbowl Shuffle." I had the G.I. Joe figure of William "The Fridge" Perry that Hasbro put out. And funny enough, my first "acting" role was as "Little Jimmy" McMahon in a cable access spoof of "The Superbowl Shuffle" that aired in Park Forest, Illinois ahead of Super Bowl XX in 1986. Now, as we approach Super Bowl LII (which I have no plan on watching aside from the commercials and the halftime show), a new documentary is coming to theaters that spins it back to a time when I did like football. Check out the trailer for '85: The Greatest Team in Football History... brought to you by Fathom Events, in select theaters on January 29, 2018...

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It's been two years since Disneynature's last theatrical release hit screens, the fantastic Monkey Kingdom. Attached to that film was an early teaser for what would be the next film from the studio, Born in China. Due to taking a year off from the Earth Day schedule, another teaser followed in 2016, and now comes the anticipated release of a film that my daughters have been asking for since they saw that first teaser two Aprils ago. While in San Francisco for the #Cars3Event last month, I had a chance to check out an early screening of Born in China, a film that is about to take audiences to some of the world's most beautiful and remote locales. 

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With my recent acquisition of both a Nintendo Switch and an Xbox One S, I have finally re-entered the world of video gaming on a regular basis, and it's something that I'd definitely been missing. While my gaming interests have always gone in waves, the late 90s/early 00s were notable thanks to Tony Hawk's Pro Skater. As my wife can attest, those games were a huge deal for me back then - a series that I followed for quite awhile, often spending many late-night hours busting out the kind of tricks that I always wished I could do in real-life, but sadly lacked the skill to pull-off. As my life changed, I missed out on some of the later entries, but with talk of the series soon finding a rebirth, it was pretty exciting to learn that a comprehensive documentary about the games and the cultural phenomenon around them is now in-production. Pretending I'm a Superman: The Tony Hawk Game Story is currently seeking funding via Indiegogo, and the pitch trailer is a good one. Check this out...

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When Spotify and services like it first hit the scene, I was not a supporter - but I've become one, particularly for music discovery. When it comes to that "discovery," a lot of it comes down to new generations of listeners that are experiencing the older stuff for the very first time, and with that in mind, Spotify has launched Landmark - "an original video series about monumental moments in music history," and  "whether delving into the origins of thrash metal or the release of a classic album, each installment of Landmark enlists credible, eclectic voices to explain not just what happened, but why it still matters." Paired with themed companion playlists, listeners can dig deeper after they watch. On August 18, METALLICA: THE EARLY YEARS will make its debut, and tonight we've got a trailer...

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Tower Records Doc gets a DVD Reissue...

I'm not sure what the deal is with some recent documentaries (BACK IN TIME is one example) getting in-home releases and reissues less than a year apart, but ALL THINGS MUST PASS: THE RISE AND FALL OF TOWER RECORDS is the latest to get the treatment, hitting Blu-ray/DVD back in January via Filmrise, and now getting a September 13 DVD reissue at a slightly lower price point through MVD. Colin Hanks' acclaimed doc is a film I'd first written about way back in 2011 or so, and after a theatrical/VOD run through Gravitas Ventures last year, the film continues to grow legs as more music fans discover it and delve into the history of what was once one of the biggest names in music.

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