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Taylor Swift’s “Folklore: The Long Pond Studio Sessions” To Premiere Exclusively On Disney+ On November 25

Taylor Swift, Aaron Dessner (The National), Jack Antonoff (Bleachers) and Justin Vernon (Bon Iver) created an album that crossed genres — a musical journey that allows us to cry and laugh, and during these trying times, makes us feel like we’re not quite so alone. They recorded “folklore” thousands of miles apart from each other and had never been in the same room together…

…until now

“folklore: the long pond studio sessions” was filmed in upstate New York in September 2020 and will premiere exclusively on Disney+ on Wednesday, November 25, at 12:01AM PT. Taylor, accompanied by co-producers Aaron Dessner and Jack Antonoff along with a guest appearance by Justin Vernon (Bon Iver), performs each song in order of her critically adored, five star album, “folklore” and for the very first time, reveals the stories and secrets behind all 17 songs.

“folklore: the long pond studio sessions” was directed by Taylor Swift and filmed on 6 x Lumix S1H mirrorless cameras with Leica lenses embedded in the studio, along with a one Alexa LF with an Angenieux 24-290 on a Furio robotic camera with 30+ feet of curved track.

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Accelerate Into The Adrenaline-Fuelled World of Endurance Racing With The Lego Technic Ferrari 488 GTE “AF CORSE #51”

Today, the LEGO Group reveal the latest model to line up on the grid, the LEGO Technic Ferrari 488 GTE “AF CORSE #51”. Having delivered prestigious wins for the Prancing Horse in the world’s toughest endurance races, the racetrack icon is replicated in minute detail to encapsulate the same unmistakeable Italian spirit as its real-life counterpart.

This racing car model is packed with authentic features and beautiful design elements making it a true expression of Ferrari’s endurance racer. The fierce looking model features front and rear suspension, aerodynamic curves, a V8 engine with moving pistons and a steering wheel emblazoned with the Prancing Horse badge to help the model truly come alive. Original race number, sponsor stickers and the authentic Tricolore paintjob add the perfect finish to this epic model. 

  

Designed to help LEGO fans and those who love motor racing experience the thrills of life in the fast lane, this 48cm (19 in) long racing model is crafted from 1,677 LEGO Technic elements making it a rewarding and absorbing build for older builders aged 18+ who love endurance racing, motorsport and Ferrari cars. Once complete, builders can take it out for a spin or proudly display it for spectators.

The LEGO Technic Ferrari 488 GTE “AF Corse #51” will be available from January 1st 2021 from LEGO.com, LEGO stores and other retailers globally, priced at $169.99.

The LEGO Technic Ferrari 488 GTE “AF Corse #51” is the first LEGO Technic model to be designed with Ferrari and continues the more than 15 year-long partnership between the two brands.  

Features:

– Immerse yourself in the exciting world of endurance racing, creating your own displayable LEGO® Technic™ model version of the iconic Ferrari 488 GTE racing car.

– Authentic features include front and back suspension, opening doors, a V8 engine with moving pistons and functioning steering wheel.

– With original race stickers and a faithful color scheme, the LEGO Technic Ferrari 488 GTE “AF Corse #51” (42125) will take pride of place in the home or office of any motorsport fan.

– Model measures over 5 in. (13 cm) high, 19 in. (48 cm) long and 8.5 in. (21 cm) wide.

– Easily explore all the details packed inside, thanks to the opening doors and hood.

– This set comes with a special building instruction book featuring exclusive content, including details about the car and the AF Corse 51 team.

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Box One Presented By Neil Patrick Harris Game

Box One is an ever-evolving game of trivia, codes, puzzles, and discovery – only from the mind of Neil Patrick Harris. 

There’s tons of great party games — but unlike the rest, Box One is designed to challenge just one person: You! And you alone.

Prepare to set out on an exciting adventure like no other as you discover, decode, and unlock the secrets of Box One.

Look closely, though, as with all things – there’s more than meets the eye…

Box One is the perfect gift for anyone into puzzles, codes, and escape rooms. The game represents years of thought and careful planning by Neil Patrick Harris. Everything you need to decode each challenge is inside the box. Can you decode it? Can you solve it? The clock is ticking…

Order HERE for $29.99.

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How To Get Your Very Own Spider-Bot From Avengers Campus At Disneyland

While Avengers Campus at the Disneyland Resort will open to aspiring Super Heroes at a future top-secret date, Peter Parker has already begun testing his latest prototype: Spider-Bots!

As revealed at the D23 Expo last year, The Worldwide Engineering Brigade or as the kids call it, WEB, is devoted to empowering the next generation of heroes with cutting edge technologies – like Spider-Bots. 

Here is how you can get your hands on your very own Spider-Bot!

Spider-Bots and the latest WEB apparel from Avengers Campus will be available in the Downtown Disney District at Disneyland Resort, at both World of Disney and Disneyland Resort Backlot Premiere Shop beginning Dec. 4.

Every Super Hero needs a friendly sidekick to help protect their neighborhood. These Spider-Bots put you in control of the action to battle opponents with programmed combat and defensive abilities. They can crawl backward and forward, crouch, spin 360°, stare down with their laser eyes, attack opponent Spider-Bots and even blast off their shields.

If you’re an Annual Passholder, you’ll have an opportunity to make a reservation for a special upcoming, limited-quantity pre-sale event in the Downtown Disney District from Nov. 30 through Dec. 3. During this special pre-sale event, you may also find special Avengers Campus merchandise available to you before the land opens. So, head on over to the Annual Passholder Facebook page beginning Nov. 25 for more information.

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Introducing The Philly Series 5

If you want to give someone a gift they’ll truly love and appreciate this year, then there’s no need to shell out the big bucks for the latest Xbox and PlayStation—buy them a Philly Series 5 for just $4.99 instead.

Philadelphia Cream Cheese has created its own must-have gift this holiday season: a tasty “next-generation” cheesecake kit that it’s calling a “stunning advancement in cheesecake technology.”

   

With five bricks of power, ultra HD white chocolate, and 3D cookie crumb technology, the Philly Series 5 is here to change the cheesecake game forever. 

What’s In The Box

– Philly Series 5 baking pan
– Philadelphia cream cheese
– Pure cane granulated sugar
– Pure vanilla extract
– Chocolate sandwich cookies
– White chocolate baking bar
– Wax paper

It’s available for preorder HERE starting at 12 p.m. Eastern today.

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Making Fun DVD/Blu-ray And Pop! Brian Mariotti Bundle

Available today at 11 AM (PST) at the Funko online shop is the Making Fun DVD/Blue-ray and Pop! Brian Mariotti Bundle.

Making Fun is the 2018 documentary about the history of the toy company, how it grew its customer base, and its influence on pop culture collectibles. Brian Mariotti is the Funko CEO.

The cost is $30 and it can be ordered HERE.

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Stranger Things Season 4 Adds Robert Englund & More To Cast

As production continues for Netflix’s Stranger Things, the streamer has announced eight new cast additions for the upcoming fourth season of the hit sci-fi series. Nightmare on Elm Street star Robert Englund has been tapped for a recurring role with Jamie Campbell Bower (Sweeney Todd), Eduardo Franco (Booksmart), and Joseph Quinn (Catherine the Great) signing on as series regulars. Sherman Augustus (Into the Badlands), Mason Dye (Bosch), Nikola Djuricko (Legends) and Game of Thrones alum Tom Wlaschiha have also been cast for recurring roles.

The official character descriptions for the new cast members are listed below which also give us more insight into what to expect in the next season:

– Jamie Campbell Bower is set to play the role of Peter Ballard, a caring man who works as an orderly at a psychiatric hospital. Tired of the brutality he witnesses day after day, will Peter finally take a stand?

-Eduardo Franco will be playing the role of Jonathan’s new best friend named Argyle, a fun-loving stoner who proudly delivers delicious pizza pies for Surfer Boy Pizza.

-Joseph Quinn is set for the role of The Hellfire Club’s leader, Eddie Munson, an audacious 80’s metalhead who runs Hawkins High’s official D&D club. Hated by those who don’t understand him — and beloved by those who do — Eddie will find himself at the terrifying epicenter of this season’s mystery.

-Robert Englund is playing the role of Victor Creel, a disturbed and intimidating man who is imprisoned in a psychiatric hospital for a gruesome murder in the 1950s.

-Sherman Augustus will portray Lt. Colonel Sullivan, an intelligent, no-nonsense man who believes he knows how to stop the evil in Hawkins once and for all.

-Mason Dye’s character is Jason Carver, a handsome and rich sports star who is dating the most popular girl in school. But as a new evil threatens Hawkins, Jason’s perfect world begins to unravel.

-Nikola Djuricko’s character Yuri is a seedy and unpredictable Russian smuggler who loves bad jokes, cold hard cash, and crunchy style peanut butter.

-Tom Wlaschiha will play Dmitri, a Russian prison guard who befriends Hopper. Dmitri is smart, cunning, and charming… but can he be trusted?

Stranger Things Season 4 stars Winona Ryder as Joyce Byers, David Harbour as Chief Jim Hopper, Finn Wolfhard as Mike Wheeler, Noah Schnapp as Will Byers, Millie Bobby Brown as Eleven, Caleb McLaughlin as Lucas Sinclair, Gaten Matarazzo as Dustin Henderson, Cara Buono as Karen Wheeler, Natalia Dyer as Nancy Wheeler, Charlie Heaton as Jonathan Byers, Joe Keery as Steve Harrington, Sadie Sink as Max, Maya Thurman-Hawke as Robin, Brett Gelman as Murray Bauman and Priah Ferguson as Erica Sinclair.

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How To Enjoy Music Concerts During A Pandemic

With albums being delayed and concerts getting canceled, COVID-19 has certainly changed the live music scene as we know it. It is no longer possible to attend live concerts since they are usually packed with people. However, this does not mean that live music is dead. Jamming to your favorite songs live is still something you can do as long as you keep a safe distance between yourself and others.

There are also other great options that you can look into if you are not a fan of the idea of attending concerts in person anymore. Interested in learning how you can still enjoy live music in 2020? Then, check out the following tips.

Find Open Venues

In most states, concerts are suspended as a precaution. This can make finding a gig to attend considerably harder. However, it is not impossible. Some venues are still open, but you must make sure that those organizing the concert are following safety guidelines. You can search online to find concerts near you. Just know that you probably will not be able to find live events held by your favorite A-list musicians since it would be extremely difficult to enforce safety guidelines considering their large fanbases. In any case, if you have no qualms about attending concerts in person and have already ensured that the venue is safe enough, you still should take some steps to stay protected. This involves wearing a mask and adhering to social distancing rules. If your friends are coming with you, avoid shaking their hands or hugging them. You can still have fun without physical contact!

Book Tickets Online

Going out of your way to purchase tickets in person does not only put you in unnecessary danger but also wastes your time. Standing in long queues to score tickets to your favorite musicians’ live events might have been okay a year ago, but it should be avoided at all costs now because it is a foolproof way of contracting the virus. Instead, the folks at TicketFairy.com recommend that you buy your tickets online if you are concerned about following social distancing rules. Doing so can also increase your chances of finding great discounts, not to mention that some ticketing platforms help you find events near you. For example, if you live near Auckland, count yourself lucky because there are dozens of concerts taking place soon! Regardless of your location, buying tickets online is the best solution if you are time-crunched and have a limited budget.

Enjoy Virtual Concerts

So, live concerts are not your cup of tea anymore? No need to worry because you can still see your favorite artists perform in real-time from the comfort of your own homes. Yes, we are talking about virtual concerts! Experts agree that virtual concerts have helped many small artists stay afloat during the pandemic crisis and kept fans safe at the same time. If you are worried that it will not feel the same as attending a concert in person, rest assured that there is not that big of a difference, considering that some organizers now incorporate VR technology when holding online events. So, you will feel like you are in the heart of the action even when you are just chilling on your couch! Furthermore, you may get the chance to participate in Q&A sessions where you can interact with musicians before their concerts start.

Try Drive-In and Backyard Concerts

If you want to strike a balance between being physically present at concerts and staying safe, drive-in concerts should be your go-to solution. Just like drive-in movies, you can stay in your car during the show to ensure that you do not contract the virus. This option can be really fun if a couple of your friends tag along.

Similarly, backyard concerts offer the same interactive quality as traditional ones but with a smaller audience and a shorter run-time. Although the seating arrangement should reflect social distancing rules, we still recommend that you take your mask with you just in case. Again, you need to keep your expectations realistic; Taylor Swift would probably never hold a backyard concert, but you will definitely find many talented local artists who are willing to. Just remember to stack up on snacks and hand sanitizer!

Staying safe during the COVID-19 pandemic does not have to entail letting go of the things you love. You can still enjoy live concerts if you know where to find good venues and are willing to make some small compromises. In addition to traditional live events, consider giving backyard, virtual, and drive-in concerts a try. We are sure that you will end up having a great time! Remember, COVID-19 will not be around forever; you will soon be able to attend live events as you used to, but until that happens, you need to make do with what you have.

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M&M’S New White Chocolate Sugar Cookie Flavor Hits Shelves In Time For The Holidays

Just in time for the holidays, the M&M’S Sugar Cookie is officially available in stores and online at MMS.com! Created exclusively for the holiday season, M&M’S Sugar Cookie features a white chocolate, sugar cookie-flavored shell with a crispy center and is the perfect addition to your seasonal traditions. With holiday cookie nostalgia in every bite, this new, must-have flavor completes your baked treats or festive candy dish decor with red, green and white lentils.

To celebrate the release of its nostalgic, limited-edition holiday flavor, M&M’S Sugar Cookie, M&M’S is inviting consumers to share their #BiteSizedHolidayWishes at MMS.com for the year ahead. M&M’S will randomly select messages to share with the world via its Times Square jumbotron and social media channels beginning November 27.

To further drive good cheer this holiday season, M&M’S will randomly select five fans who share their #BiteSizedHolidayWishes to win $500 and a holiday-themed M&M’S gift – including M&M’S Sugar Cookie – to help make their own holiday wishes a reality. Fans can enter for a chance to win and submit their #BiteSizedHolidayWishes by visiting MMS.com.

M&M’S Sugar Cookie chocolate candies are available now nationwide this holiday season in Share Size (3.22 oz.) and Lay Down Bags (7.44 oz.).

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Mariah Carey’s Magical Christmas Special Debuts December 4 On Apple TV+

Apple TV+ and Mariah Carey announced today that the holidays will officially arrive with an epic production titled Mariah Carey’s Magical Christmas Special, set to debut globally Friday, December 4, on Apple TV+.

Carey has invited a special lineup of guest superstars including Tiffany Haddish, Billy Eichner, Ariana Grande, Jennifer Hudson, Snoop Dogg, Jermaine Dupri, Misty Copeland and Mykal-Michelle Harris, all to take part in this one-of-a-kind holiday event. Extra special appearances are also made by Carey’s twins, Moroccan and Monroe.

Faced with a holiday cheer crisis, the North Pole knows there’s only one person who can save the day: Santa’s great friend, Mariah Carey. Combining musical performances, dynamic dancing and groundbreaking animation, the undisputed Queen of Christmas jumps into action to create a holiday spectacular to make the whole world merry.

The soundtrack single and new music video for Oh Santa!, co-written by and featuring Carey performing with Ariana Grande and Jennifer Hudson, will be will be distributed by Sony Music and released on Apple Music and other streaming platforms December 4. 

The companion soundtrack to the special is full of brand new interpretations, and will also include Snoop Dogg and Jermaine Dupri as additional musical guests, in addition to a new version of “Sleigh Ride.” The soundtrack will be available December 4 exclusively on Apple Music, and all other platforms on December 11.

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