‘The Voice’: And the winner is …

SPOILER ALERT: The following post contains the results from Tuesday night’s Season 16 finale of “The Voice” on NBC:

Two nights after “American Idol” crowned its champion, “The Voice” wrapped up the show’s 16th season by unveiling its top singing sensation.

And the honor went to Maelyn Jarmon, who beat out Gyth Rigdon.

Dexter Roberts took third, while Andrew Sevener wound up fourth.

@maelynmusic CONGRATULATIONS MAELYN! Well deserved and earned. Thank you for gracing us with your BEAUTIFUL VOICE. YOU ARE THE VOICE!!

— Amber Elbert Mosley (@PaigEddieMosley) May 22, 2019

The finale was heavily weighted toward the country genre with three of the four singers — Gyth Rigdon, Dexter Roberts or Andrew Sevener — under the watch of coach Blake Shelton. Maelyn Jarmon was partnered with John Legend, while coaches Adam Levin and Kelly Clarkson were both out of the running.

On Monday night, the four finalists had three chances to make a last impression on voters, performing covers and original tunes, as well as duet with their coaches.

Tuesday’s two-hour finale featured performances by Taylor Swift, BTS, Jonas Brothers, Halsey, Khalid, OneRepublic, Travis Tritt, Hootie & the Blowfish and others.

(More to come)

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Source:: The Mercury News – Entertainment


East Bay boy is rocking thousands on ‘School of Rock’ tour

Mystic Inscho just loves being out on the road with the touring production of “School of Rock – The Musical.”

“It’s really exciting,” says the 10-year-old actor who performs the role of Zack in the show. “I get to see new places that I would probably never see in my whole entire life, if I hadn’t gone on tour. My favorite so far would probably be Ottawa, Canada.”

The Bay Area native says that he’s gotten to see some 50 cities on tour. Yet, he’s now heading back to familiar territory as “School of Rock” opens at the Center for Performing Arts in San Jose on June 4.

Inscho, a fifth grade student from the Hayward/Castro Valley area, got his start in acting at the age of 4 and has worked with numerous local companies, including Berkeley Playhouse, Tomorrow Youth Repertory in Alameda and Sunnyside Productions in San Leandro.

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He joined up with the “School of Rock” tour eight months, which has given him a chance to really hone his skills on the electric guitar. It did take him a while, however, to get comfortable with shredding …read more

Source:: The Mercury News – Entertainment


Keanu Reeves shows sweet disposition in story involving ice cream

Which leading man would you most like to have a beer with?

Actually, forget the beer. Let’s go with ice cream instead.

Our choice of escort to Baskin Robbins would be Keanu Reeves. Just don’t expect the “John Wick” star to actually eat the treat.

A new story about Reeves has gone viral, and has given further proof that he is not your typical Hollywood star.

SB Nation writer James Dator commemorated last week’s release of “John
Wick: Chapter 3 — Parabellum” by sharing on Twitter his story about Reeves and ice cream.

It was 2001, and a 16-year-old Dator was working the box office of a movie theater in Sydney when Reeves dropped in during a break from filming the sequels to his 1999 blockbuster “The Matrix.”

Dator provided plenty of detail about their brief encounter. It was a slow Wednesday morning. Reeves was not easily recognizable in his leather jacket, jeans and an “equestrian looking helmet.” He bought a ticket to Johnny Depp’s “From Hell.”

Once he figured out it was Reeves, Dator said he became star-struck and tried to trick Reeves into giving him an autograph. Dator offered him his employee discount, which would require Reeves to sign his ledger.

Dator tweeted: “‘I don’t work here,’” Keanu says. Seemingly confused by my offer. I’m flustered and just charge him the normal price. Kicking myself after not getting his autograph.”

Two minutes later, Reeves would surprise Dator by returning to the box office.

We’ll let Dator finish the story.

“‘I realized you probably wanted my autograph,’” (Reeves) says. “‘So I signed this.’” He hands me a receipt from the concessions stand that he signed on the back. He then casually throws an ice cream cone in the trash can sees his movie.”

“I realize later that he bought an ice cream cone he didn’t wan, just to get receipt paper so …read more

Source:: The Mercury News – Entertainment


Review: ‘Rage 2’ has good foundation but structure needs work

“Rage 2” is a game that my 13-year-old self would love.

The sequel to the 2011 first-person shooter is comically gory. Its plot isn’t too deep, but most importantly, the game is wildly fun. Helmed by Avalanche Studios, the game follows the team’s typical design: The developers give players a compelling tool set and let them run wild with the possibilities.

Set 30 years after the first game, “Rage 2” takes place in a world where an asteroid has smashed into the planet. Humanity survived by creating Arks that kept some inhabitants alive. In the first game, players took on the role of Nicholas Raine, an Ark dweller who battled a faction called the Authority.

The organization was able to sabotage the Arks and kept them hidden so they could rule what’s left of the world. In the original “Rage,” Raine was able to stop them while freeing the remaining Ark survivors. The sequel shows what happens when the defeated Authority strikes back.

Players take on the role of Walker, a protagonist who can be either male or female. The hero becomes the last Ranger of Vineland after the settlement is attacked by an Authority force that has been building up its power over the years. Fortunately for players, the ranger suit and the nanotrites in Walker’s body gives the protagonist superhuman powers and affords access to powerful weapons.

The campaign asks players to complete Project Dagger, which was a plan the survivors created to fend off another Authority attack. That requires Walker to contact three major leaders — Capt. John Marshall, Wellspring Mayor Loosum Hagar and Dr. Antonin Kvasir — and win their trust by completing missions for them.

Although that sounds straightforward, the issue for “Rage 2” is that other than the simple quest it has no real structure. That means players …read more

Source:: The Mercury News – Entertainment


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