Barcade’s New Video Arcade Will Feature Moonwalker, Streetfighter And Other Classic Video Games

Source: DNAInfo – By Lisha Arino | All Things Michael

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EAST VILLAGE — At Barcade’s new St. Mark’s location, the ’90s are back — at least when it comes to the video games.

About 30 games from the decade — including classics like “Rampage: World Tour” and “Street Fighter II” — will be available to play when the combination bar and arcade opens its second Manhattan location next week at St. Mark’s Place near Third Avenue.

“What’ll be very different about this location is that we’ll have mostly ’90s games, where usually, the ’80s is more of our focus,” said co-owner Paul Kermizian.

Other gaming highlights include two Neo Geo machines, which allow players to choose from multiple games within each arcade cabinet, and “Moonwalker,” a game that features pop legend Michael Jackson dressed in a suit and fedora.

“You play Michael Jackson and you’re saving children. And you do dance moves as your special power,” Kermizian said. Barcade will announce the rest of the game lineup on Friday via its iPhone app, he said.

Barcade — which has locations in Chelsea, Williamsburg, Jersey City and Philadelphia — will also have 24 American craft beers on tap and serve three to five different wines.

Its owners agreed not to serve hard liquor after neighbors voiced their concerns about rowdy late-drinkers during a community board meeting in June.

The 2,200-square-foot space will seat about 50 people, Kermizian said, and offer a menu that’s
similar to its Chelsea location, which features pub grub like burgers and sandwiches.

The menu will also have food offerings specific to the East Village location, like a roasted chicken banh mi sandwich and a New Jersey-style “fat sandwich” called the “Fat St. Mark’s.” The substantial sub is stuffed with fried chicken breast, pulled pork, French fries, cheese sauce, lettuce, tomato and fried egg, Kermizian said.

He said he was excited to open on St. Mark’s Place, in the same building that once housed a Kim’s Video, which he visited often when he first moved to the city in 1998.

“It’s just cool to be in the same space and to try [to] be here for a while, hopefully catering to the same nerdy, geeky crowd they did, just gamers instead of movie nerds,” Kermizian said.

Barcade, located at 6 St. Mark’s Place, will be open from noon to 2 a.m. daily, starting Oct. 8.

 

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Spectrum Athletic Club Launches “Thriller” Workout Starting October 3

Sources: Manhattan Beach Patch – By Groff Hinman | All Things Michael

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Ever want to learn the dance from the Michael Jackson “Thriller” video? Well here’s your chance. Spectrum Athletic Club in El Segundo (2250 Park Place) is opening its doors to the public on a first-come, first-serve basis for a workout designed to teach participants the moves to the classic video that revolutionized the music video genre and propelled Jackson into the stratosphere of superstardom.

Each Friday in October from 6 – 7 p.m., instructor Jerry Howard will lead the charge and at the conclusion of the 5 weeks, the class will have learned the entire “Thriller” routine. The last class will be held on Halloween, October 31, and participants will perform the entire routine. They will also be encouraged to dress in costume and food and beverages will be served for a party immediately after. The class, which is normally $25, will be offered for free to the public with an R.s.v.p. Those interested in participating must email Terri Cisneros at tcisneros@SpectrumClubs.com.

Spectrum Athletic Clubs boast spacious, modern facilities, highly trained staff, the latest in fitness equipment, high-end amenities and a full range of fitness programming. The clubs are recognized leaders in providing a fitness experience that helps members achieve their individual goals. For more details about memberships or fitness class information, visit www.spectrumclubs.com.

 

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Doublie App Allows You To Spices Up Your Selifes With Homemade Stickers And Celebrities

Sources: Techcrunch – By Josh Constine | Edited By – All Things Michael

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Your photos are boring. Doublie can fix that. The app lets you add any of 10,000 stickers and celebrity cut-outs to your pics so you can fake a selfie with Beyonce, get a kiss from Obama, or have Miley twerking in the background. You can even make your own stickers of your face or anything else, paste them to a photo, and share them to SMS, Facebook, or anywhere.

Doublie isn’t trying to reinvent Instagram. It doesn’t have its own feed. Instead it wants to make our pics sillier and more unique, no matter where we post them. That might seem frivolous, but were rapidly reaching photo sharing fatigue because everything looks the same. The first phase of mobile self-expression was snapping pictures indiscriminately. Then came filters, selfies, and videos. Doublie is betting the next phase is augmenting our photos with LOL-worthy fantasy and special effects.

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That’s actually what Doublie’s first App Store screenshot says. If it wasn’t obvious, this isn’t your dad’s photo app. The whole thing is filled with ridiculous little flourishes, starting with the tour of the app being led by Kanye West wearing a horse head.

Basically, you open the Doublie iOS app take or upload a photo, then tap the flyout wheel in the bottom right to choose from a wide array of categories full of themed stickers to slap atop your pic. There are celebrities ranging from Michael Jackson and Leonardo DiCaprio to Justin Bieber and…Steve Jobs. Some are cut outs of them kissing the air, so if you want to look like you’re getting a smooch from Ryan Gosling or Angelina Jolie, Doublie can make your fantasy come true.

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There’s also categories of accessories like sunglasses and Batman masks, superpowers like laser eye blasts and Wolverine claws, and Mike Tyson’s face tattoos that you can use to jazz up your mug. Or if you hate your face, you can cover it with a lion head, or distract people with Grumpy Cat or Boo. There’s even a whole “Tech Bro” section so you can add Google Glass, a drone, don a hoodie, or outfit yourself like a venture capitalist, which apparently means a fleece vest and khakis. There’s a ton of options, but an upcoming search feature will make it easier to find the perfect image without endlessly spinning through the wheel.

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If none of the pre-made stickers suit you, you can also cut out your own, similar to the Imoji app. Trim off the background and color in what you want to keep with Doublie’s relatively easy tool. Once you pick or make a sticker, you can resize it, move it around, and paste it into your photo. Then you can share it with SMS, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, or Snapchat.

The King’s Men Cambridge Choir Features “I Want You Back” On Their A Cappella CD

Sources: Durham Region – By Glen Perrett| Edited By – All Things Michael

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The King’s Men is “the close harmony group made up of the choral scholars of the Choir of King’s College, Cambridge.”After Hours is their CD that features 14 songs sung  The diverse selection of songs include fairly modern tunes such as “Get Around” by The Beach Boys and “I Want You Back” by The Jackson 5 as well as the old spiritual “Swing Low, Sweet Chariot”.

If you enjoy good music and songs sung a cappella then you will like After Hours. Some of the songs I particularly enjoyed were the upbeat “September” (Earth, Wind and Fire” and “I Want You Back” along with the sombre “Tears in Heaven” (Eric Clapton). Their version of “Minnie the Moocher” is excellent and my favourite song on the album. “Old Man River” (Jerome Kern and Oscar Hammerstein) and “Get Around” are also very good.

Song list: 1 Get Around; 2 Swing Low, Sweet Chariot; 3 Wonderwall; 4 A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square; 5 Forget You; 6 Never Had a Dream Come True; 7 September; 8 Tears in Heaven; 9 I Want It That Way; 10 Minnie the Moocher; 11 Call Me Maybe; 12 Old Man River; 13 Every Time We Say Goodbye; 14 I Want You Back

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Prince Says, “”Michael Got The Dance, I Got The Music” From Watching James Brown

Sources: ABC News – Associated Press- By Nekesa Mumbi Moody | Edited By – All Things Michael

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What we learned during a seven-hour odyssey at Paisley Park:

— Prince is a mean pingpong player: A pingpong table is the centerpiece of the rehearsal space outside of the studio at Paisley Park, and it gets plenty of use. Prince shows he’s pretty deft player — he hits from wild angles, and it’s a wild sight, his white shoes with acrylic heels lighting up blue with every move. Alas, he loses his game by a few points.

— Prince goes to YouTube for music too: Some Prince fans who want to go to YouTube to pull up their favorite track or performance have long complained that Prince is overly aggressive in removing that music on copyright infringement grounds. So they might be surprised that he uses it to look up music and old performances of others. When the point is underscored as he watches an old James Brown estate, he says: “James Brown has an estate — so do I,” then adds: “People need to stop tripping.”

— He’s still a Jehovah’s Witness: Introduced to the religion by musician Larry Graham, Prince made sure to note that he’s still follows the doctrine, but adds that he student of the world, and notes that he’s been spending time reading, particularly African history.

— Yes, he thought Michael Jackson was pretty awesome too: Though the two were often pitted against each other in the media during the heights of their respective careers, he has utmost respect for the late legend. During one conversation, he marvels at the brilliance of then 10-year-old Jackson’s vocals on classics like “Who’s Loving You” and “I Want You Back,” and while watching an old James Brown clip, he notes that both he and Jackson were watching Brown as children: “Michael got the dance, I got the music.”

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— He is an unfailingly polite host: During our visit, he gets concerned about whether we’ve eaten and an assistant picks up a soup at Houlihan’s. Once it arrives, it won’t do to eat it with disposable plastic utensils; he takes us to the kitchen area (bigger than most New York City apartments) and hands us proper silverware, and then, afterward, throws away the mess.

— You have to wow Prince to musically impress him: While it’s not without fun, it’s serious business: “The level of expectation is incredibly high; it’s always to play something perfectly and with a . wicked feel,” says 3RDEYEGIRL guitarist Donna Grantis.

— He’s a fan of today’s talent: While he dismisses some of today’s music – don’t expect a collaboration with artists Katy Perry and Iggy Azalea — that doesn’t mean there aren’t contemporary artists who wow him. He raved about Luke James voice; was mesmerized by FKA Twigs; talked about the potential of Rita Ora (who recorded at Paisley Park).

— He likes candles: In almost every room, candles are burning.

— Prince is still cooler than you: He’s the only person who can pull off wearing a shirt with his image — and look epic doing it.

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Michael Jackson’s ‘Thriller’ Video Going 3-D In 2015

Sources: New York Daily News – By Marianne Garvey, Brian Niemietz and Oli Coleman | Edited By All Things Michael

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Michael Jackson will soon be scaring fans from beyond the grave with the release of his iconic 14-minute 1983 film “Thriller” — in 3-D!

The video’s original director, John Landis, is helming the project now that a dispute with the singer’s estate has been put to rest.

The revamped short film/music video is expected out next year. There’s even discussion of its running in theaters, as well as on Blu-ray and promotional outlets yet to be decided.

“That lawsuit went on for so many years, (but) we settled and they paid me finally,” Landis said of the legal dispute. “And so, actually there is something happening with ‘Thriller.’ ”

Landis tells us: “It is going to reappear in a highly polished and three-dimensional way that is very exciting on the big screen.”

Pressed on what fans can expect to see, Landis showed his scary side.

“I cannot tell you any more,” he joked. “I might have to kill you.”

A source close to the Jackson family confirms that “John has been secretly working away on this for several months now.

“The iconic video has never been released on Blu-ray or seen in cinemas and 3-D, and that was always a vision Michael had. In fact, his ‘This Is It’ London show was meant to feature a segment which included a 3-D performance.”

We’re told there’s no end to where the “Thriller” concept can go from here.

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“The estate has been looking at gaming ideas, too, and ‘Thriller’ fits into the genre,” says our insider. “It could a be a dance experience or a zombie-style,shoot-’ em-up-style movie. There are so many possibilities with this creative masterpiece.”

Official paperwork from the Jackson estate — run by lawyers John Branca andJohn McClain — revealed that they’re working on ventures including “multiple albums,” “Internet games” and “film, documentary and a Broadway play about Michael.”

The reported $500,000 budget for “Thriller” was more than 10 times the cost of the average video in 1983. Producers were able to justify Jackson’s risky vanity project thanks to the success of the “Thriller” album’s hit songs, which also included ““Billie Jean,” “Beat It” and “Wanna Be Startin’ Somethin’.”

In 2009, the “Thriller” video was inducted into the National Film Registry by the Library Of Congress — the first music video to receive the honor, which recognizes works that are “culturally, historically or esthetically” significant.

Landis was honored last week at the Eyegore Awards at Universal Hollywood Theme Park in L.A. His horror movie résumé also includes “An American Werewolf in London” and “Twilight Zone: The Movie.”

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Susanne DePasse Talks More About Motown 25 DVD Release

Sources: Detroit Free Press – By Brian McCollum | All Things Michael

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It was the show that sent Michael Jackson into the stratosphere, burnished Diana Ross’ diva reputation and gave Marvin Gaye a final high-profile stage.

But it took 31 years for “Motown 25″ to make it onto DVD, which will happen Tuesday when the historic broadcast is issued by TimeLife in both a three-disc set and six-disc deluxe version, with digitally restored video and a 5.1 surround mix.

“Motown 25,” celebrating the Detroit-born label’s quarter-century anniversary, was taped at L.A.’s Pasadena Civic Auditorium in March 1983 and aired two months later for an NBC audience of 47 million.

The two-hour program hit a cultural sweet spot, luring young viewers for Jackson and drawing Baby Boomers whose ’60s nostalgia was kicking into high gear. Both audiences got what they wanted: Jackson, whose “Thriller” was taking over the world that spring, served up his now-iconic moonwalk, and a host of his former Motown colleagues performed vintage stuff: Stevie Wonder, Smokey Robinson, the Supremes, the Temptations, the Four Tops.

Today the notion of a “Motown family” is a staple of the Hitsville story. “Motown 25″ helped cement that concept, says producer Suzanne de Passe.

“I don’t think until ‘Motown 25′ the rest of the world really got to understand that — that regardless of anything else, the coming back together was … the bigger feeling of love and appreciation for what they had experienced together,” says de Passe, then head of Berry Gordy Jr.’s Motown Productions.

“It was like we all came back together for Thanksgiving dinner,” says the Tops’ Duke Fakir.

The DVD set’s bonus footage has its own charms, including little-seen rehearsals by Wonder and Gaye, who gamely endures a clunky stage lift before practicing his eloquent monologue and piano journey through black music history. Also included are taped roundtables with de Passe, director Don Mischer and artists, along with historical Motown featurettes.

A DVD release was held up for years because of song and image license clearances, says de Passe, with TimeLife’s muscle ultimately breaking the logjam. Also demanding input was Jackson’s estate, because “they have a number of their own projects going and just didn’t want to, I suspect, flood the marketplace,” she says.

With appearances by the likes of Adam Ant, DeBarge and host Richard Pryor, the show is as much a snapshot of 1983 as a celebration of Motown history. It’s also a glimpse of an era when mass, shared cultural moments could still happen on a random Monday night.

Today, “where the competition for eyeballs and interest and pocketbooks is so unbelievably competitive and there are so many choices, it seems as though that unless it’s a specific sporting event or some monumental programming, then it’s very hard to have that water cooler moment,” says de Passe.

“Motown 25″ certainly delivered its share of memorable touchstones: the musical battle between the Tempts and the Tops, Gaye’s powerful speech, Lionel Richie’s call for sickle-cell research, Gordy’s triumphant curtain call. But none loomed larger than Jackson’s performance of “Billie Jean,” which introduced his moonwalk and immortalized his sequined, white-gloved image.

It almost didn’t happen: Jackson and his brothers had split Motown for Epic Records seven years earlier, and only a personal entreaty from Gordy coaxed him aboard for the night, de Passe recounts. The star’s attorneys demanded that the performance not be taped for TV, but when de Passe assured Jackson he had an editing-room veto, he was won over.

“If you see him in the finale, he’s as happy as he can be,” says de Passe.

“Motown 25″ produced another enduring talking point, one long shrouded in mystery: the Supremes’ closing reunion performance of “Someday We’ll Be Together,” with Gordy called down to take his moment onstage. You’ll get a different reading of events depending whose fans you talk to. Diana Ross supporters will tell you Mary Wilson and Cindy Birdsong set out to sabotage the lead singer by singing over her and mimicking her moves; Wilson fans say that Ross literally muscled her way into the spotlight.

For three decades, rumors have swirled about what really went down live at the auditorium, unaired on TV, the worst of them claiming that Ross shoved Wilson to the stage floor. The taped footage, goes the scuttlebutt, was destroyed.

Wrong, and wrong, according to de Passe. No such footage was burned, because it never existed, the producer says: Wilson, caught up in the enthusiasm of the moment, had simply jumped the gun on calling Gordy to the stage, and Ross pushed her microphone down, trying to stick with the sequence scripted by producers.

“People just seemed to blow it out of proportion,” says de Passe. “I don’t even know where it really started.”

The cameras, at that point aimed on Gordy, didn’t capture the onstage mishap, de Passe contends.

“(No footage) burned, nothing averted, no,” she says. “I think in 31 years or whatever it’s been, if we had it, we’d have used it to actually dispel the perception that there was some terrible altercation.”

“Motown 25″ created lingering effects for many participants: Jackson’s fame soared even higher. The Temptations and Four Tops got a middle-age career boost, and hit the road together. That night’s version of the Supremes never again reunited. Gaye set the stage for his summer concert tour — the last before his death the next spring. De Passe won an Emmy and was propelled to a TV career that would include the 1989 miniseries “Lonesome Dove.”

And Gordy, whose new Broadway musical portrays “Motown 25″ as a redemptive moment amid a career slump, enjoyed “a validation and a celebration of the joint accomplishments,” as de Passe puts it.

“Until the whole thing was put together,” she says, “I don’t think any of us really understood what we had all accomplished.”

Contact Brian McCollum: 313-223-4450 or bmccollum@freepress.com.

‘Motown 25: Yesterday, Today, Forever’

DVD release: three-disc set ($39.98) and six-disc deluxe set ($79.95)

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Ballet Austin Offers Thriller Dance Workshop

Sources: Ballet Austin – | All Things Michael

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BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND… Find your inner zombie and learn one of the most requested choreographies ever made…THRILLER!

The THRILLER workshop is offered on Tuesdays for 4 weeks or Thursdays for 4 weeks. Both workshops will culminate in one huge Thriller Zombie dance class on Tuesday, October 28 at Ballet Austin. (optional but you won’t want to miss the zombie fun of dancing with the mob!)

In addition, be a part of a fun public Halloween THRILLER event (Thriller flash mob on Halloween night at Fan Fest! 9:30pm across the street from Ballet Austin. Optional participation but lots of fun! Details TBD)

If you have always wanted to learn the famous moves from Michael Jackson’s Thriller, or if this is an annual tradition and you just want to polish your moves, then this workshop is for you!

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This 4-week workshop will break down the Thriller choreography in sections and put together a full group routine by the final night.

By the end of four weeks you will know the entire routine well enough to be the hit at the Halloween party and impress your ghoulish friends.

Everyone welcome, from the complete beginner with no dance experience, to those who’ve been dancing all their lives.

So…revive a group of your zombie friends, dress up in your vintage Lycra and grab your sweatpants cause this will be HOT and take you back in time!

Check out the original Thriller choreography on youtube: http://youtu.be/hG6oy46qKE4
4-Weeks. $60

Dates: Sept. 30, 2014 to Oct. 28, 2014 @ 8:30 PM, Room: AVStudioTheater


Location

Ballet Austin
501 W. 3rd St
Austin, TX

Contact name: Vicki Parsons – vicki.parsons@balletaustin.org (512-501-8704)


 

This event occurs weekly, on Tuesday and Thursday. Workshop is non-refundable and non-transferable.

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