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Thursday, 08 August 2019 00:00

The Art of Racing in the Rain

Movie review written by Jon Patch with 3 out of 4 paws

The Art of Racing in the Rain

Universal Pictures, Fox 2000 Pictures, Original Film, Shifting Gears Productions, Starbucks Entertainment and Twentieth Century Fox present a PG, 109 minute, Comedy, Drama, directed by Simon Curtis, screenplay by Mark Bomback and novel by Garth Stein with theatre release date of August 9, 2019.

The “Cat”-Walk is Ready: The Algonquin Hotel’s Annual Cat Fashion Show and Fundraiser Benefiting the
Mayor’s Alliance for NYC’s Animals

Cats will prance down the runway in this paws-itively fabulous fashion event celebrating Hamlet The Algonquin Cat, while raising money to help their furry friends.

 

 
   

 

NEW YORK (July 1, 2019) – Tickets are now available for The Algonquin Hotel’s annual Cat Fashion Show, which will take place on Thursday, Aug. 1 to raise money for the Mayor's Alliance for NYC's Animals. The event will bring together the city’s most fashionable felines to strut their stuff in one-of-a-kind outfits that coincide with this year’s theme of “It’s a Small World.” It also celebrates Hamlet VIII, The Algonquin Cat, the hotel’s famous feline resident.

The spectacle will take place from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. with cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and desserts; a silent auction featuring a variety of kitty-centric items; an on-site mobile adoption unit in front of the hotel that day from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.; and of course NYC cats hitting the catwalk in opulent threads designed by legendary pet fashion designer Ada Nieves. Human guests are encouraged to wear their most eccentric, feline-inspired outfit and share photos from the un-fur-gettable night on social media using the hashtag #AlgonquinCat.

Tickets are on sale now for $75 per person, with 100 percent of proceeds benefiting the Mayor's Alliance for NYC's Animals, a nonprofit charity that works with more than 150 partner rescue groups and shelters to offer important programs and services that save the lives of NYC's homeless animals. A raffle will raise additional funds throughout the evening, with prizes including a variety of pet products curated by the event’s co-chair, pet lifestyle expert and author Sandy Robins.

Additional information, including an online silent auction and tickets can be found by visiting hamlet.givesmart.com. Hi-res imagery of the fashionable felines from last year’s event can be downloadedhere.

ABOUT THE ALGONQUIN CAT

For many years the history of The Algonquin Cat was believed to have its origins in the 1930’s, when a stray cat came wandering into the hotel for food and water. After the hotel acquired an out-of-print book written by the hotel’s first general manager, Frank Case, a chapter was discovered about a cat named Billy. Based on the timeline of the book, the hotel is now proud to say the lineage of The Algonquin Cat dates back to the early 1920's. Two days after Billy passed, a stray cat wandered into the hotel and The Algonquin welcomed Rusty. The famous classical actor, John Barrymore, was a resident at the time in the early 1930's, and Rusty was renamed Hamlet in his honor. Hamlet is said to have been Barrymore's greatest stage role. The hotel has had a total of 12 cats, including Billy. The lineage includes eight Hamlets and three Matildas. Each cat that has reigned at The Algonquin has been a rescue. In 1980, author Hilary Knight immortalized The Algonquin Cat with his cartoons for a children’s book on which he collaborated with Val Schaffer. The current Hamlet began his residence in July 2017.

Today, Hamlet is looked after by the hotel’s chief cat officer, Alice De Almeida. The hotel’s executive chef cooks him special meals on holidays. Hamlet receives fan mail and gifts constantly from around the world, including Japan, Australia and Russia. He can be found on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, and can also be reached via e-mail.

The Algonquin Hotel is located at 59 W 44th Street, New York, New York 10036. www.algonquinhotel.com.

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Tuesday, 06 August 2019 00:00

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Saturday, 03 August 2019 00:00

Talkin' Pets News

Talkin' Pets News

August 3, 2019

Host - Jon Patch

Co-Host - Jasmine Johnson - Jasmine the dog trainer - Tampa Bay, FL

Producer - Lexi Lapp

Network Produce - Quin McCarthy

Social Media / Producer - Bob Page

Friday, 02 August 2019 00:00

Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw

Movie review written by Jon Patch with 3 out of 4 paws

Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw

Universal Pictures presents a PG-13, 135 minute, Action, Adventure film, directed by David Leitch with story and screenplay by Chris Morgan with a theater release date of August 2, 2019.

MARVEL STUDIOS’ CLIMACTIC CONCLUSION TO 22 FILMS AND ONE OF THE TOP FILMS OF ALL TIME

 

MARVEL STUDIOS

 “AVENGERS: ENDGAME”

RELEASES ON DIGITAL JULY 30 AND ON BLU-RAY™ AUG. 13

 

Extras celebrate Stan Lee, Iron Man, Captain America, Black Widow, Thor, the women of Marvel, the Russo brothers, deleted scenes and gags — and early Digital viewers receive an exclusive Steve and Peggy featurette

 

BURBANK, Calif. (June 26, 2019) — Marvel Studios’ “Avengers: Endgame,” the climactic conclusion to an unprecedented, 11-year cinematic journey in which the Avengers take one final stand against Thanos, delivered the biggest opening weekend in history and is currently one of the highest-grossing films of all time. On July 30, Avengers fans around the world are invited to assemble once more for the in-home release of “Avengers: Endgame” on Digital in HD, 4K Ultra HD™ and Movies Anywhere, followed by a physical release on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray™, DVD and On-Demand beginning Aug. 13.

 

Fans who bring home “Avengers: Endgame” will gain hours of additional screen time with their favorite cast members and filmmakers who have shaped the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). Bonus features include a tribute to the great Stan Lee; the tale of Robert Downey Jr.’s casting as Iron Man; the evolution of Captain America; Black Widow’s dramatic story arc; directors Anthony and Joe Russo’s experience at the helm of both “Avengers: Infinity War” and “Avengers: Endgame”; the making of an epic battle scene with the women of the MCU; the creation of Bro Thor; deleted scenes; a gag reel and more.

 

The must-own, final chapter of the 22-film MCU series, “Avengers: Endgame,” will be packaged several ways to ensure fans get the most out of their in-home entertainment experience. Viewers can bring home the film two weeks early on Digital 4K Ultra HD, HD and SD and gain access to an exclusive extra highlighting the love story of Steve Rogers (Captain America) and Peggy Carter. A physical copy of “Avengers: Endgame” is available as a 4K Cinematic Universe Edition (4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray, and Digital Code), a Multi-Screen Edition (Blu-ray and Digital Code) and a single DVD. Fans who wish to revisit all four films in the Avengers franchise may opt for a Digital bundle, which includes “Marvel’s The Avengers,” “Avengers: Age of Ultron,” “Avengers: Infinity War” and “Avengers: Endgame.”

BONUS MATERIAL (may vary by retailer):

Digital Exclusive:

·         Steve and Peggy: One Last DanceExplore Captain America and Peggy Carter’s bond, forged in moments from previous films that lead to a momentous choice in “Avengers: Endgame.”

Blu-ray & Digital:

·         Remembering Stan Lee – Filmmakers and cast honor the great Stan Lee in a fond look back at his MCU movie cameos.

·         Setting The Tone: Casting Robert Downey Jr. – Hear the tale of how Robert Downey Jr. was cast as Tony Stark in the original “Iron Man” — and launched the MCU.

·         A Man Out of Time: Creating Captain AmericaTrace the evolution of Captain America with those who helped shape the look, feel and character of this compelling hero.

·         Black Widow: Whatever It TakesFollow Black Widow's journey both within and outside the Avengers, including the challenges she faced and overcame along the way.

·         The Russo Brothers: Journey to Endgame – See how Anthony and Joe Russo met the challenge of helming two of the biggest films in cinematic history ... back-to-back!

·         The Women of the MCU – MCU women share what it was like to join forces for the first time in an epic battle scene — and be part of such a historic ensemble.

·         Bro Thor – His appearance has changed but his heroism remains! Go behind the scenes to see how Bro Thor was created.

·         Six Deleted Scenes – “Goji Berries,” “Bombs on Board,” “Suckiest Army in the Galaxy,” “You Used to Frickin’ Live Here,” “Tony and Howard” and “Avengers Take a Knee.”

·         Gag Reel – Laugh along with the cast in this epic collection of flubs, goofs and gaffes from set.

·         Visionary Intro - Intro by directors Joe and Anthony Russo.

·         Audio Commentary - Audio commentary by directors Anthony and Joe Russo, and writers Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely.

 

 

Marvel Studios’ “Avengers: Endgame” stars Robert Downey Jr. as Iron Man, Chris Evans as Captain America, Mark Ruffalo as Bruce Banner, Chris Hemsworth as Thor, Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow, Jeremy Renner as Hawkeye, Brie Larson as Captain Marvel, Paul Rudd as Ant-Man, Don Cheadle as War Machine, Karen Gillan as Nebula, Danai Gurira as Okoye and Bradley Cooper as Rocket with Gwyneth Paltrow as Pepper Potts, Jon Favreau as Happy Hogan, Benedict Wong as Wong and Tessa Thompson as Valkyrie. Josh Brolin returns as the film’s infamous villain, Thanos.

 

Marvel Cinematic Universe characters restored to the universe in “Avengers: Endgame” include Benedict Cumberbatch as Doctor Strange, Chadwick Boseman as Black Panther, Tom Holland as Spider-Man, Zoe Saldana as Gamora, Evangeline Lilly as The Wasp, Elizabeth Olsen as Scarlet Witch, Anthony Mackie as Falcon, Sebastian Stan as Winter Soldier, Tom Hiddleston as Loki, Pom Klementieff as Mantis, Dave Bautista as Drax, Letitia Wright as Shuri, Angela Bassett as Ramonda, Michael Douglas as Hank Pym, Michelle Pfeiffer as Janet Van Dyne, Cobie Smulders as Maria Hill, Winston Duke as M’Baku, Linda Cardellini as Laura Barton, and Vin Diesel as Groot with Chris Pratt as Star-Lord and Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury. Reprising their roles, Rene Russo returns as Frigga, John Slattery as Howard Stark, Tilda Swinton as The Ancient One, Hayley Atwell as Peggy Carter, Natalie Portman as Jane Foster, Marisa Tomei as Aunt May, Taika Waititi as Korg, William Hurt as Secretary of State Thaddeus Ross and Robert Redford as Alexander Pierce.

 

Marvel Studios’ “Avengers: Endgame” is directed by Emmy Award®–winning directors Anthony and Joe Russo from an original screenplay by Christopher Markus & Stephen McFeely. Kevin Feige produced the film, with Louis D’Esposito, Victoria Alonso, Michael Grillo, Trinh Tran, Jon Favreau, James Gunn and Stan Lee serving as executive producers.

 

Directors Anthony and Joe Russo’s creative team also includes director of photography Trent Opaloch (“Avengers: Infinity War,” “Captain America: Civil War”); production designer Charles Wood (“Avengers: Infinity War,” “Matrix”); editors Jeffrey Ford, ACE (“Avengers: Infinity War,” “Captain America: Civil War”), and Matthew Schmidt (“Avengers: Infinity War,” “Captain America: The Winter Soldier”); three-time Oscar®–nominated costume designer Judianna Makovsky (“Avengers: Infinity War,” “Captain America: Civil War”); Oscar-nominated visual effects supervisor Dan DeLeeuw (“Avengers: Infinity War,” “Captain America: Civil War”); six-time Oscar nominee, special effects supervisor Dan Sudick (“Avengers: Infinity War,” “Black Panther”); and stunt coordinator Monique Ganderton (“Avengers: Infinity War,” “Atomic Blonde”).

             

ABOUT MARVEL ENTERTAINMENT:

Marvel Entertainment, LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of The Walt Disney Company, is one of the world’s most prominent character-based entertainment companies, built on a proven library of more than 8,000 characters featured in a variety of media over seventy years.  Marvel utilizes its character franchises in entertainment, licensing and publishing. For more information visit marvel.com. ©2019MARVEL

ABOUT THE WALT DISNEY STUDIOS:

For over 90 years, The Walt Disney Studios has been the foundation on which The Walt Disney Company was built. Today, the Studio brings quality movies, music and stage plays to consumers throughout the world. Feature films are released under the following banners: Disney, including Walt Disney Animation Studios and Pixar Animation Studios; Disneynature; Marvel Studios; and Lucasfilm. The Disney Music Group encompasses the Walt Disney Records and Hollywood Records labels, as well as Disney Music Publishing. The Disney Theatrical Group produces and licenses live events, including Disney on Broadway, Disney On Ice and Disney Live!

 

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Saturday, 27 July 2019 00:00

Talkin' Pets News

Talkin' Pets News

July 27, 2019

Host - Jon Patch

Co-Host - Karen Vance - Behavior and Agility Trainer - Tampa Bay, FL

Producer - Daisey Charlotte

Network Producer - Quin McCarthy

Social Media / Production - Bob Page

Special Guests - Author Zak George will join Jon and Talkin' Pets 7/27/19 at 5pm ET to dicuss and give away his new book, "Zak George's Guide To A Well-Behaved Dog"

Tim Hern - Host of CommuterLife Radio - Spotlight interview on car travel with your pet at 635pm ET  on 7/27/19


Zak George's Guide to a Well-Behaved Dog

By Zak George and Dina Roth Port |

ON SALE JULY 9TH, 2019

Does Your Dog Bark A Lot, Pull On The Leash, Hate To Be Left Alone, Or Have Accidents In The House?

Celebrity trainer and YouTube star Zak George to the rescue! In this problem-based guide, he makes it easy to look up and solve the exact behavioral issue that’s driving you crazy – whether you’re dealing with a new puppy, an adult dog you’ve had for years, or a recently adopted rescue. Packed with case studies and examples from his videos so you can see his tactics in action, this book contains step-by-step instructions for dealing with chewing, jumping up, play biting, begging, not listening, thunderstorm phobia, resource guarding and much more!       

About the Authors:

ZAK GEORGE is the founder of YouTube’s number one dog training destination, Zak George’s Dog Training Revolution. He has also starred in Animal Planet’s SuperFetch as well as the BBC’s Who Let the Dogs Out, and he is the coauthor of Zak George’s God Training Revolution: The complete Guide to Training the Perfect Pet with Love. He lives in New Orleans. Visit www.youtube.co/zacgeorge

DINA ROTH PORT is an award-winning author and freelance journalist whose work has appeared in Glamour, Self, Prevention, WebMD, and dozens of other national publications. This is her third book. She lives in Boca Raton. Visit www.dinarothport.com

Thursday, 25 July 2019 00:00

The Farewell

Movie review written by Jon Patch with 2.5 out of 4 paws

The Farewell

A24, Big Beach Films, Depth of Field and Kindred Spirit present a PG, 100 minute, Comedy, Drama, directed and written by Lulu Wang with a theater release date of July 12, 2019.

Saturday, 20 July 2019 00:00

Talkin' Pets News

Talkin' Pets News

July 20, 2019

Host - Jon Patch

Co-Host - Anne Lampru - Animal Alternatives, Tampa Bay, FL

Producer - Lexi Lapp

Network Producer - Quin McCarthy

Social Media - Production - Bob Page

Special Guests - Honey County whose music video "Country Strong" debuted this week will join Jon and Talkin' Pets 7/20/19 at 630pm ET to discuss their music CD, pets and will give away a few CD's as well

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