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It's a very special edition of Beats and Eats. Ty and Nick welcome stage and screen actress Chantel Riley to Beats and Eats. Chantel is a star in the new movie "Race" which tells the story of legendary runner Jesse Owens record-breaking 4 gold medals at the 1936 Olympic Games in Berlin, Germany. Owens, an African-American, embarrassed Hitler and made America proud.  Riley talks about her role in the film, as well as the recent controversy involving the Academy Awards and its lack of diversity.  It's a lively discussion, with a young and talented star not to be missed..So sit back, relax, and enjoy this "happy hour of the mind." 

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The Virtual Lounge is open...

Ahoy! On this edition of Beats and Eats, Ty and Nick take you on the high seas for the biggest and bodacious blast of the year-The 80's Cruise.  It's a show within a show, as the duo reflect on their time on the ship with the musicians and friends who made their week long adventure so special.  In addition, you'll be taken aboard the ship to hear Ty and Nick talk to the wonderful passengers and the sensational acts. They'll take you so close to the fun, you'll get a tan, and hear the music. You'll hear from the likes of a Flock of Seagulls, Tiffany, and so many more. So sit back, and pour your best tropical drink. Welcome aboard the 2016 80's Cruise with Ty and Nick.

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Children behave in the 'virtual lounge' because the legendary Tiffany is on this edition of Beats and Eats.

Nick and Ty talk to the 80's teen sensation about her monster 1987 debut album featuring the number 1 hits "I Think We're Alone Now" and “Could've Been." Plus the trio chat about her new record  and the 80's Cruise.

If you're a fan of 80's music then you won't want to miss this entertaining discussion with a legend from the decade. 

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The Virtual Lounge is open and Ty and Nick are yucking it up with comedian Alonzo Bodden. The trio talk about the upcoming 80's Cruise, Donald Trump, Cam Newton,  and L. A. Clippers basketball and much much more. So belly up to the bar and pour yourself a cold one, because Beats and Eats is open for business. 

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The Virtual Lounge is open....

Put on your best Members Only jacket your welcome inside the “virtual lounge” for another 80’s edition of Beats & Eats.  On today’s show Ty and Nick welcome actor/comedian Ennis Esmer from the hit Amazon Prime show “Red Oaks.”  The series, based in 1985, is set at the Red Oaks country club and follows the adventures of 20-year-old David Myers.   Esmer, plays Nash, the clubs womanizing tennis pro.  The cast also includes such acting icons as Paul Reiser, Gina Gershon, Richard Kind, and Jennifer Grey.   The trio discuss why the show has touched so many in such a short period of time.  Plus, Esmer talks about his love of Toronto Raptors basketball.  It’s a lively and eclectic discussion you won’t want to miss.  So crack open a Bartels & James, and take a trip back to the Reagan decade on Beats & Eats.

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Hello Concession Stand fans! January is over which means two things: Cupid is on his way and now we start getting bigger movies to be really excited about as the January dreck month is over....drum roll ....please... Here are the movies to get excited about for 2016 and the dates you can catch them at your local theater. As with anything, dates are subject to change but with most studios setting up dates 3 years in advance they probably will not!

THE SUPER 16

The first three movies are equally anticipated and could each be no 1 depending on the nerd you speak to...READ REVIEWS

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The Virtual Lounge is open. On this edition of Beats and Eats Ty and Nick celebrate the 80's classic "Just One Of The Guys.“

The duo welcome actress Joyce Hyser Robinson to the virtual lounge to discuss her iconic role as Terri Griffith, the high school journalist who goes undercover as boy to show everyone that she's every bit the reporter as her male counterparts.

The three discuss how many themes in the movie are still relevant today.  Joyce voices her opinion about gender inequality and much more. Plus, don't get her started on campaign 2016!

The episode concludes with Joyce introducing Ty and Nick to one of her biggest passions, the Harold Robinson Foundation. The non-profit sends inner city youth to camp in Watts, California.

So sit back, relax, crack open a cold one, and take a trip back to 1985 on Beats and Eats. 

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Jeff Gutt returns to the virtual lounge! The rocker is back and bigger

than ever on this edition of Beats & Eats. Jeff talks to Nick about

his new band Rival City Heights and their debut album. Gutt reflects

on his recent trip to the Middle East and what it felt like to play in

front of sold-out crowds. if you are a fan of Jeff Gutt and rock n'

roll this show isn't to be missed. So sit back, relax, and crank up

this happy hour for the mind.

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This past week the nominees for the 2016 Academy Awards sent shockwaves through the entertainment industry. Oscar snubs for STRAIGHT OUTTA COMPTON, CONCUSSION, BEASTS OF NO NATION and CREED snowballed into the Motion Picture Academy being called out for its institutional racism
 
For the second year in a row, the major acting and Best Picture categories were bereft of nominees of color. The controversy elicited calls for a boycott from: Jada Pinkett Smith, Will Smith, Spike Lee and Micheal Moore, for Host Chris Rock to step down and the hashtag #OscarsSoWhite to be on the minds of Hollywood.
 
Each of the snubs had a specific reason for happening that had more to do with the Oscars being SoOld than being SoWhite. 
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STRAIGHT OUTTA COMPTON was a great film that was a box office success. It is however a younger skewing film that was nominated in the Best Screenplay Race. Hip movies often find themselves in that race instead of the Best Picture race. It looked doubly bad that both of the screenwriters nominated happened to be white adding an insult to injury.
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CONCUSSION starred Will Smith and many saw him as Leonardo DiCaprio's chief competition for Beat Actor. The movie failed to resonate with voters or an audience. Smith came out looking like he was trying too hard for the statue and Old Hollywood hates that. His wife being the first person to call for boycott does Smith no favors in the future
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BEASTS OF NO NATION and actor Idris Elba were early buzz candidates for Oscar Gold. It is a terrific performance by an up and coming star in a gritty important movie that was done in by release format. It was released day and date with Netflix and theaters. This streaming release method does not allow for buzz to build and is against the Hollywood model we have in place. It was roo much ro overcome in the end.
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CREED was one of the films of the year with a hot young star-Micheal B. Jordan and director-Ryan Coogler but was never going to be a Best Picture nominee. The Academy loves longevity and has chosen to make the story about Stallone. He is the front runner and one of the films biggest surprises. It is a great performace by a Legend that overshadowed the young bucks.
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In each of these cases, the snub had more to do with age than race. #OscarsSoOld was the hashtag that should have led this debate not #OscarsSoWhite.
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Editor's Note
In a move this week in answer to the controversy, the Board of Governors for the Academy has made some widespread changes to new member policy in an attempt to bring a more diverse member pool. It is also working to clean out members who may still have voting rights but are not as active in the industry. This is a direct attmempt to bring in more color but also more importantly younger blood.
 
 
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It's an honor to welcome sports super agent Leigh Steinberg to the Virtual Lounge.  On this edition of Beats & Eats Ty and Nick talk with Lee about his beginnings as a sports agent in the 1970's.  Leigh explains how his job working with the biggest names in sports has evolved over 4 decades.  Steinberg opens up about his sports management philosophy and much more.  The episode concludes with Steinberg taking aim at the NFL's handling of concussions.  The issue is a personal one for Leigh, whose hall of fame clients Steve Young and Troy Aikman saw their careers come to an end because of a head trauma. If you are a sports fan or non-sports fan, this is an entertaining and revealing conversation with the man who inspired the hit 1996 movie "Jerry Maguire."  For more about Steinberg, check out his bestselling book: The Agent: My 40-Year Career Making Deals and Changing the Game.

 

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