M3F Festival’s Lineup is Out Of This World

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Nothing creates better memories than those nights with close friends, cold beer and loud music. That’s the appeal of the modern music festival – a joining of minds towards a single cause. The celebration of sound, good times, and maybe a little mayhem along the way. Ten years from now, you may not remember who spilled their drink on your favorite shirt, but you WILL remember the way you felt, the people you were with, and the way you felt as you swayed in time to the throbbing rhythm of the bass.

That, my friends, is the M3F Festival. It’s more than a festival. It’s the memories that come from going, it’s knowing that the festival is all about giving back to the community. But, if that’s not enough to convince you, let’s outline here what you’re missing if you don’t attend.

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M3F Festival started back in 2004 when a construction company got the brilliant idea to put on a music festival to give back to their community. Since 2004, M3F Festival has raised over $2 Million for charity. Charities including the Phoenix Children’s Hospital, The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, Teach for America and Habitat for Humanity of Northern Arizona.

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Not only is this a festival with a huge heart behind it, but it’s also a festival with a KILLER line up each year. M3F has hosted killer acts such as, Odesza, Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real, Empire of the Sun, Griz, Flume, Beck, Kid Cudi, Chromeo, Father John Misty, Grouplove, The Avett Brothers, The Revivalists, The Roots, The Shins, Slightly Stoopid, and many others. And 2020 is going to be no different, this line up is definitely one to remember.

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You’re probably sitting there saying “what an AMAZING line-up!” Because that is EXACTLY what I said. The moment I saw that I went straight to buy tickets and I’m sure you’re wanting to do the same thing.

So, you can check out the specific set times here, and you can buy your tickets here! You can purchase tickets for a single day, or for the full event. (Why wouldn’t you want to go the entire weekend, though? You saw the line-up, right? The video is right there!).

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Words: Celine Martinez | Featured Photo: Jsiegel

Remembering Juice WRLD

Jarad Higgins, also known as his stage name Juice WRLD has passed away after suffering a seizure at Chicago’s Midway Airport. He was only 21.

We will have more details as the story develops.

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Disney Plus Is Finally Here To Take Over!

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The wait is over! Disney Plus is finally here.

Disney‘s highly awaited Disney+ finally launched late last night, hours before it was originally set to. This is set to rival huge companies such as Netflix and Amazon Prime. But, if anyone can top that competition, it is absolutely Disney.

Disney+ is now going to be the home of all of your loved Disney classics, including favorites from Marvel and Lucas Films (Star Wars) and even National Geographic. Not only that, but it will be the home of new original series, specials, miniseries, documentaries, and films.

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The first set of original content has launched as well. You can now stream shows such as High School Musical: The Musical: The Series, or The Mandalorian, and much more!

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Disney Plus is available for only $6.99 a month or, $69.99 for a year in the US. Or, $8.99 a month, or $89.99 a year in Canada. This is significantly cheaper than its competitors. With all this new content we’re so having all the movie nights! Who is bringing the snacks?

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The Nights of Horror Round Table

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There are many great ways to celebrate Halloween. MDRN MAG did 31 Days of Halloween, where we touched on all of our favorite spooky things. But YouTube channel “The Nights of Horror” celebrate Halloween all year long. I sat down with the faces of Nights of Horror recently, Anthony and Sam, and we talked all things horror in this exclusive interview!

The Nights of Horror covers one topic, horror. That is such a specific topic to cover, why did you decide to box yourselves into that category?

Anthony: When I originally started the channel, I wanted to cover only Hollywood Horror Nights, but as the off-season came around, it becomes incredibly difficult to stick to that, so I branched out to all things horror to keep with the horror vibe of the overall channel!

What made you decide to start the this YouTube journey?

Anthony: There was a group who are now our friends called the TLEV Media, but they were originally known as The League of Extraordinary Vloggers! They did something similar and I thought what the hell, I have an opinion about the event, might as well start a channel as well. They were the main inspiration behind the channel!

Sam, I know horror isn’t your favorite genre. What made you decide to join the channel knowing you’d have to do things (for example, mazes) that you don’t really enjoy?

Sam: I decided to join the channel because I was a big fan of the channel prior. Tony was doing the channel alone for a while and I thought I would offer to join. Plus I wanted an excuse to hang out with one of my good friends.

What is your favorite thing about the Halloween season?

Anthony: I love all the So-Cal haunts that come around and the overall vibe of it! There’s just something about getting scared I love!
Sam: I think my favorite part of Halloween is how excited people get about it. Many people get to be creative and show a side of them that they often have to reserve. 

YouTube is full of amazing creators, who is your dream person to do a collab with, or interview, on Youtube?

Anthony: For me, I would love to collab with Dead Meat James or do something with Blumhouse Productions! Hell even Crypt TV!

Sam: My dream collaboration would be with Jordan Peele. I love his movies and would love to pick his brain on the podcast.

What are your goals for the channel? Is it more number based (number of subscribers, or views) or, do you have a specific goal in mind?

Anthony: For me it’s just about taking it the next step further. Eventually I would love to make short horror films and submit them to indie horror film festivals. I just love making content and it’s been a learning process as I go! So every time we hit new milestones or create new content, I learn more and more and apply that knowledge to the next project!

What’s your favorite Horror story?

Anthony: I’ve always been fascinated with real-life serial killers and cult leaders. People like Charles Manson and The Night Stalker. To me, real horror stories is what inspired the iconic slashers we see today!

A popular opinion today is that there are no good horror movies anymore? What do you think? Do you prefer the classics or the new wave?

Anthony: I mean when you hit with a question like that, it’s hard to say! The classics are iconic because it’s what brought horror to what it is today. You look at the Classic Universal Monsters and all of them paved the way for icons like Michael Myers, Freddy Kruger, Jason Voorhees just to name a few. However you look at movies like Insidious and the Conjuring and there still is faith of modern day horror being just as scary as the originals. I feel like it’s about the same. I love them both!

What do you look for in a good horror movie? Is it the plot? The gore? The jump scares? The special fx?

Anthony: I mean for starters, the plot has to be good. I feel if there is no story to it and it’s just killing, it kinda gets old and repetitive. Gore is always fun to have but not too much. Jump scares are always a must for most horror movies. Some horror movies don’t even need them because the story is so good. And when you bring special effects to horror, most of the time I’m a sucker for practical effects. I feel like that’s what makes horror right there!

What is your favorite Halloween Costume you’ve done in the past?

Anthony: My all time favorite has to have been the one year I was a psycho clown! Had a lot of fun scaring the trick or treaters that year.
Sam: I was Darth Maul one year when I was younger. The makeup my mom did was super accurate, I think that has to be the coolest costume I’ve done!

One of the biggest topics you cover on your channel is Halloween Horror Nights Hollywood. What were some of your favorite things from the event and biggest disappointments?

Anthony: One of the things I absolutely love about HHN is the fact that they bring some of the most iconic properties to life. 2019 has been my favorite year strictly due to the fact of Killer Klowns From Outer Space! One of my all time favorite movies! The one downside is if they run out of budget, they use a lot of black walls.

If the Nights of Horror Team were to star in a horror movie together, what horror stereotypes would everyone fit into?

I feel like Sam and I would be the people who were smarter than everyone else and know good from wrong in that type of situation, but I always imagined me as the secret killer revealed at the end! Robert would be the jock that everyone hates in the beginning of the movie but towards the end does something to make the audience love him like a sacrifice. You, Celine, on the other hand, I feel would be the one person who would be the secret mastermind behind it all.

Can you help us settle a debate here at MDRN MAG? Nightmare Before Christmas: Halloween movie or Christmas movie?

I would say the first half is Halloween but the second half is Christmas. Ultimately it’s bringing to iconic holidays together and putting a sinister twist on Christmas. More Halloween if you ask me!

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Words: Celine Martinez | Featured Photo: The Nights Of Horror on Instagram

My Chemical Romance Is Back And We Are Not Okay (I Promise)

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Welcome back to the black parade, bitches! My Chemical Romance is back and our emo hearts would be bursting if they weren’t cold and black on the inside.

It’s the tweet that the emo kids heard around the world. MCR said Emo Rights, and announced a comeback show on Halloween day. Classy, and fits the brand.

If you ask anyone of any age or music genre type, they will talk about how they’re so ready. But no one will ever be as ready as us ex-Hot Topic regulars.

We lived through the heartbreak and pain of the MCR break-up. That was actually the day we realized we did have hearts… BECAUSE THEY WERE CRUSHED.

We thought we’d have to get by life with these crushed up pieces, but fear not, MCR said “Na na na na we’re coming back” and just like that we were TEENAGERS again.

As of right now only the one show was announced in California for December 20th, but we’re hoping and praying to all the pop punk gods that this is the lead up for the reunion tour. Because those tickets sold INSTANTLY.

However this was tweeted the day after tickets sold out. So… tour?

So grab your pitch back eyeliner and your expired Hot Cash you’ll try to still use. It’s time to show them that it really wasn’t a phase.

You best believe that until the reunion tour is announced (and even after that) we have all their albums on repeat because MCR is the greatest band ever. And that will be our “Famous Last Words.”

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Jojo Rabbit Will Make You Laugh Until You Cry

Taika Watiti‘s newest film, Jojo Rabbit, is the perfect fantasy, comedy, drama, coming-of-age story, I didn’t know how much I needed.

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And listen, I’m not a movie critic. I’m just a person with a website who likes to talk about things that I experience. And, this movie was an experience. The movie’s trailers lead me to believe I was simply headed into a comedic satire about a little boy with an imaginary friend who happens to be Adolf Hitler. It’s a crazy concept, of course. I knew it had to be deeper than that. Oh, and it was.

I had high expectations for the film, simply because it had Taika Watiti‘s name on it. This is the man who is responsible for saving the Thor franchise. And what was once a disaster became one of my favorite films in the Marvel franchise. He is also responsible for the wildly hilarious What We Do in the Shadows.

Taika Watiti has a very unique form of story telling. He has this style that is very human, and it was amazing seeing him go back to his Indie roots for this film. You can tell that he puts his entire heart into his work, and it truly pays off. I was pleasantly surprised by how emotional and thought provoking this story was, all while maintaining a great humor and never going ‘too far’.

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At the center of this film we have Roman Griffin Davis in his break out role as Jojo Betzler. This character grew up under Hitler‘s rule, dreaming of one day fighting for his country to make his hero proud. Roman‘s portrayal was amazing, and his comedic timing was perfect. He was even able to hit the emotional beats and sell them so well. The emotional chemistry with his co-star Thomasin McKenzie who played Elsa was also something that just made that film feel that much more real.

I have no doubt this movie will get all the awards it clearly deserves. Since seeing it yesterday, I haven’t been able to stop thinking about the messages and themes throughout. Although this movie was based during WWII, this is something that needs to be seen by many. This story of a boy’s misguided fantasy, and faith shows how easy it is for society to be manipulated into hating minorities, religions, and groups of people through propaganda. On the other hand, it also shows that even in a cruel world, compassion, and love are still worth embracing. However, we have to fight and confront the cruelty within ourselves first.

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Words: Celine Martinez | Featured Photo: Twentieth Century Fox

A New Era of Fortnite

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On Sunday, Season X came to a rapid end when players were plunged into a black hole. But don’t worry, you’ll be able to Floss on the opposing players again as soon as Fortnite is back with season 11.

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Players logged in on Sunday to play in an event titled “The End”. This event was to act as a bridge into the highly anticipated Season 11 of Fortnite. During the event, the meteor that had been static above the island throughout Season X finally hit the island sending the entire map into a black hole.

Since the meteor hit on Sunday, the game has been impossible to play. When going to the main loading screen, the entire screen gets sucked into that same black hole. However, you can play a fun little game of Fortnite themed Space Invaders if you enter the Konami code (up, up, down, down, left, right, left, right, B, A, Start).

It is known that this is happening due to scheduled maintenance of the game in preparation for season 11. But, players are now coming up with theories about what the next season could hold. However, Epic Games is keeping their lips sealed as far as what that season holds.

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