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Rockers chase their dream in feel-good documentary

In the early 1980s, Steve “Lips” Kudlow and Robb Reiner were on their way to the top of the heavy metal heap. The Canadian rockers had been playing together since they were 14, and their band, Anvil, known for its fast and hard-driving, speed metal sound, was sharing the stage with some of the world’s biggest rock bands. Although their music had a big influence on groups like Metallica, Anthrax and Slayer, Anvil never achieved the same level of success as their raucous peers. But they never gave up their dream.

Anvil! The Story of Anvil, is a funny and inspiring documentary that catches up with Lips and Robb, now in their fifties, as they balance boring day jobs, family life and keeping the band alive. Opening Friday, April 24 at the Main Art Theatre in Royal Oak, Anvil! The Story of Anvil was directed by Sacha Gervasi, who at age 16, joined the band as a roadie during an unforgettable 1983 North American Tour. Twenty years later, the successful screenwriter looked up his old friends and convinced them to let the cameras roll as they tried to reignite their rock star careers.

“They had two different reactions to me making the movie,” Gervasi said in a phone interview. “Lips started to cry. He knew that something special was going on. Robb was a bit more, ‘huh, why would anyone care about Anvil?’ I said, ‘Because it’s about you two guys 40 years after you made a pact to rock forever and you’re still doing it!”

The film follows the band during a “come-back” tour of clubs in Europe — their biggest gig in 20 years. You feel the love and respect they have for their fans, and you cringe as they face one disappointment and disaster after another — they miss their trains, they get lost, they argue, they play in near-empty venues and they don’t get paid. Yet they keep believing they’ll catch a break. Maybe that will come with their 13th album, but first they need the money to produce it.

“It’s about never giving up hope,” Gervasi said. “If you can just hang on when it’s excruciatingly bad then at least a miracle is possible. That doesn’t mean it will happen but it’s absolutely impossible if you give up.”
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You don’t have to be a fan of heavy metal to enjoy Gervasi’s film. Anvil! is really a portrait of perseverance and enduring friendship.

“The audience is coming in with a preconception of heavy metal, long-haired guys and ‘isn’t it funny and silly.’ By the end they walk out going, ‘these guys are real people with real families,’ and regardless of what you think of heavy metal, they are authentically connected with what they are most passionate about.”

Chuck Bartels, an instructor at the Detroit School of Rock and Pop in Royal Oak, who plays bass with R&B artists Bettye LaVette and Thornetta Davis, said he was a fan of metal music in the 1980s and was surprised when Anvil disappeared from the scene.

“They were one of those bands that opened the floodgates for a lot of other bands,” he said. “They were ahead of their time and they’re finally getting the recognition they deserve. They should have gotten it a long time ago.”

Call the Main Art Theatre at (248) 263-2111 for movie show times. The Anvil Experience — the movie premiere and a live performance — will happen at 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, April 21 at the Crofoot Ballroom in Pontiac. Call (248) 858-9333 for ticket info.

CASINO ROYALE BENEFIT

Get ready to spin the roulette wheel and bid for prizes at the YWCA – Oakland Branch Casino Royale Benefit, 6-11 p.m., Saturday, April 25. This year’s 14th annual auction includes gambling entertainment — craps, roulette, blackjack, hold’em — but auction coordinator Barb Glidden tells me there’s plenty to do aside from rolling the dice. There will be bucket raffles, 50/50 raffles, a super silent auction and a live auction with prizes that include vacation cottage weekends, Detroit Tigers tickets (plus parking!), sports memorabilia, and more. Tickets are $30 which includes $10 in gambling chips, food and non-alcoholic beverages, or $20 if you skip the gambling. The evening also includes a cash bar. George Gomez is back as the master of ceremonies and auctioneer. Rocker mom Paula Messner of the Candy Band will be the chef, making everything from “soup to nuts.”

“We really do a nice spread. All kinds of munchies from Italian to Mexican to Greek, meat lovers and veggie lovers alike, healthy to non-healthy!” she said.

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TV star cements business relationship with Gala Bingo

In a surprise move that expands her business ties with well-known Gala Bingo, Sharon Osbourne launched her own bingo site with the www.SharonsBingo.com website. If you do not know yet who Sharon is, she is the famous wife of the equally famous rocker Ozzy of Black Sabbath fame.
The site is a collaboration with one of the U.K.’s biggest bingo operators. Gala Bingo alone has a 40% share of the country’s bingo industry and claims close to 32 million admissions annually. With more than six million registered members, that translates to about 5 admissions per member. This bingo division of the Gala Coral gambling group pays out millions in pounds in winnings to lucky bingo players weekly.
As for Sharon herself, she is so excited about finally having her very own bingo site. She is breathless about the ultra-feminine pink-looking website which she claims her millions of fans will surely love.
Talented in her own right, she is a best-selling author and the star of “America’s Got Talent” TV show. Sharon hopes to expand further her business ties with Gala Bingo through added offerings such as chat rooms and the more traditional favourites like 75-ball and 90-ball bingo games. This will be mixed with side games such as Pharaoh’s Chamber, Magic Potion and Footballer’s Wags to enliven the site further.
Clive Cottrell, marketing head of the Remote Gambling Division of the Gala Coral Group, is ecstatic that Sharon chose them to help launch her new bingo site. He said that Sharon has been hugely popular with their own customers for the past two years so her dedicated site is simply a natural outgrowth of that. Sharon promotes Gala Bingo via TV ad spots on Gala’s own TV channel these days.

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iMEGA Challenges Minnesota Online Casinos Site Ban

Many people believe that the Minnesota Department of Public Safety went above their jurisdiction when they ordered Internet service providers to ban access to online gambling sites. The Interactive Media Entertainment & Gaming Association is now prepared to challenge the state in court.

iMEGA believes that simply going to a gambling website is not illegal under Minnesota law. While online gambling is illegal, people have right, according to iMEGA, to go to the sites and look at the content if they wish. They are challenging the notices that were sent to eleven communication companies.

“The notices state that the gambling opportunities available on the sites are ‘illegal within Minnesota.’ Regardless of whether this is an accurate statement of the law, merely visiting the sites and perusing their content is not illegal in Minnesota…,” read the complaint.

While Minnesota is trying to block access to Internet gambling sites, a US Representative, Barney Frank, is attempting to gain freedom for people throughout the country. Frank has offered up a Bill that would overturn the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act.

The legislation also sets the framework to legalize and regulate Internet gambling in the US. Frank believes this time around he has the necessary support to overturn the UIGEA. He had previously attempted to overturn the ill-advised law, but the former administration denied his legislation.

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Delaware’s Governor Says to Opposition

Governor Jack Markell replied to the opposition concerning his proposal to allow sports betting in the state of Delaware by saying that even the NFL promotes indirect gambling through television networks by allowing sports commentators to discuss point spreads and offer predictions about game results.

However, strong opposition to Markell’s idea came from the racinos (horse or greyhound race tracks that also allow some casino gambling activities like slots machines and popular table games like poker, blackjack and roulette) who appeared to be concerned about the threats that sports betting will impinge on their business viability. This is because there are also plans afoot to put up three new land-based casinos within the state that are expected to further cut into their commercial earnings.

The racinos signified their antagonism by busing in local residents and letting them demonstrate and speak at a meeting held for that purpose. Most local newspapers carried news stories about discussions regarding the ill effects of the governor’s proposed gambling expansion.

Interestingly, the same news stories noted many of the demonstration signs appeared to be uniform in their appearance and slogans used. One racino, the Harrington Raceway, admitted to buying the signs and giving them to the crowd to be used during the rally.

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May Flowers Slots Tournament End at Golden Casino

The May Flowers free roll slots tournament at Golden Casino has successfully come to a close, making one player $65,000 richer and many others quite content with some free cash in their pockets. One of just several big-money slots tournament held at Golden Casino over the years, May Flowers was the highlight tournament of the month, attracting several thousand registrants and paying out over $150,000.

But just because it’s over, don’t let that deter you from entering one of their many other tournaments. Another big one is sure to be on the horizon for the month of June. Besides, you can take advantage of an exclusive $555 Slots Bonus available through Online Casino Suite, and stretch out that bankroll even more.

As mentioned, the big winner – Jenny from Wisconsin – pocketed $65,000 in cash, which wasn’t bad at all for an $80 investment. Since the tournament was a free roll, there was no fee to join. The rebuy credits, which essentially allow each player to stay in the tournament longer, were $20, and this particular player only needed four of them to make a strong claim for the first place finish.

Following her win, Jenny was interviewed by Gold Casinos house manager. Turns out she has been playing every day at Golden Casino for quite some time. So much so, in fact, she knows several members of the support staff on a first-name basis. Perhaps all of this experience was what helped her become the May Flowers big winner.

If it is, she’s not sharing any secrets! When asked if she had a strategy for the tournament, Jenny replied, “I did, however, it’s my strategy and I’d like to keep it that way, LOL”. Still, her $68,000 in winnings on three spins (with the 20 free spins feature) definitely helped put her over the top.

It goes to show that playing slots need not be empty of strategy. Sure, you don’t have as low a Casinos Edge as some of the other strategy-based casino games, but that doesn’t mean you can’t employ bankroll management strategy at a minimum, and take mind to have fun and enjoy the entertaining aspect that slots offers.

And let’s not forget the convenience either. Jenny also noted that she is just a thirty minute drive from three land-based casinos, but prefers wearing her pajamas while spinning the reels – not to mention the customer service and great promotions offered at Golden Casino. Read the OCS Golden Casino Review for more information or Visit Golden Casino directly.

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Microgaming to Release Thunderstruck II

One was a sequel to Thunderstruck and the other was a branded slot game based on Lord of the Rings. Now it is out in the open that Thunderstruck II will be released in May, though the exact date has not yet been specified. Previews of this slot game are available at selected Microgaming online casinos. Some Microgaming online casinos have even announced promotions based on Thunderstruck II.Thunderstruck II promises to be as explosive as its prequel. The previews says,”Prepare yourself for an experience fit for the Gods, and this is quite literally what Thunderstruck II is all about.”

The game is set in Asgard, where the Gods of Norwegian mythology rule. And the Gods on the reels include:

  • Thor, the God of Thunder after whom the slot game is named;
  • Valkyrie, the Shield man of Valhalla;
  • Loki, the God of Mischief
  • Odin, the ruler of Asgard.

The special features associated with each of these Gods are true to their character and will be an additional source of enjoyment to those familiar with Norse mythology. The graphics and sound effects are brilliant and”the sheer perfection of this Microgaming video slots game is mind-blowing.” Understandably Thunderstruck is a Microgaming 243 ways to win slot game. Such grandiose was expected. The other highlights are four free spin bonuses. The Valkyrie bonus offers players 15 free spins with additional wilds; the Loki bonus feature offers 20 free spins with 2x and 3x multipliers and the Odin bonus feature offers up to 25 free spins with up to a 5x multiplier. The Thor bonus feature is the best of all and is known as the random Wild Storm feature. It includes rolling reels and many other powerful surprises.
Ladbrokes Casino is already offering players free spins on Thunderstruck II. Those players who deposit at least 25 and wager at least 150 on the original Thunderstruck slot game from April 1 to April 30 will get 50 free spins on Thunderstruck II. There is more than sufficient time to meet the eligibility criteria and register the claim for the free spins.
Come May and Microgaming online casinos will be the happening places on the Internet gaming space. CasinoAdvisor recommends Platinum Play Casino, All Slots Casino, River Belle Casino and Spin Palace Casino.

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“One Million Reels BC” Hottest Online Slot for Rival Gaming

The “online gambling news” that everyone likes to hear – players and online casino operators included – is whenever a big progressive jackpot hits. Well, I am certainly happy to report that following the last news article published here at OCS, which was indeed about a recent progressive jackpot win on the Microgaming network, I am even happier to report that yet another newsworthy win was hit on the U.S. facing Rival Gaming software network. Not only is this obviously good news for the player, it’s great publicity for the online casino hosting the winning slot machine.
For anyone who doesn’t know how a wide-area online progressive jackpot works, it is essentially a networked jackpot between multiple online casinos, each contributing a percentage of every wager made on the progressive game. There is no extra “cost” for the online casino. In fact, the player receives a smaller payoff overall in order for this percentage of their wager to go toward the jackpot. Therefore, if an online casino happens to be the host where a lucky player hits the “big one” so to speak, you can bet your bankroll that casino is going to advertise the win.
As mentioned, the latest, notable jackpot wins took place on the Rival Gaming network. Although it hasn’t been identified just yet which Rival Gaming licensee was the host for the jackpot, records show the game was “One Million Reels BC” – a popular progressive video slot, which in many respects, has been one of the Rival Gaming’s hottest slots this year. Just six months ago, it paid out nearly $250,000 to one player, as well as several multi-thousand dollar wins this month.
One Million Reels BC can be played at all Rival Gaming Casinos, which get two thumbs up by the online casino review team here at OCS. Although smaller than the likes of Microgaming and Playtech, Rival Gaming has a fast growing number of licensees, most all of which are still open to U.S. players.

The Top Rival Gaming Casinos reviewed at Online Casino Suite include:

  • SlotoCash
  • Paradise 8
  • Cocoa Casino.
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Microgaming created Android Blackjack Games for Mobile Casinos

Online players will be certainly surprised and will get a lot of pleasure when they will learn that they will have an opportunity to get an admittance to use popular Microgaming blackjack games from their Android phones. It became known that this famous asked-for software company has released more than 400 online casino games with the consistent with run on the Android v2.6 as much as it is equipped with Adobe Flash 10.1. Microgaming has started the first month of 2011 year very productively. It has designed a suit of online casino games, mobile blackjack is also included. More than 117 internet playing casinos are going to use the new software and it is expected to be more than profitable for each side – both casinos and Microgaming. The leaders of this software provider consider, that Android has more prospects than any other platform and is extensively impelling force of the multiplied sales of smartphones. A great array of pad style devices will also soon be running Android v2.2. This new package introduction has been constructed through the collaboration Microgaming with Spin3. According statements of Microgaming, this developing for Android is additional to current terms with Spin3. It is also known that Spin3 can be releasing its own package of Android games soon.

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Microgaming Casinos

n any industry there is the best, the second best and also the rest. Being the best one means to leave the rest in your dust or compete and prove yourself. In the online gambling world Microgaming software is considered to be the top-shelf. Regardless of the game:

  • Blackjack
  • Caribbean poker
  • slots
  • roulette
  • etc

-you can count upon Microgaming with regard to the best in gaming and graphics.

Microgaming being one of the leading software producers is always creative and innovative. The look and feel of the games is what draws the player’s attention. For instance, playing blackjack games online, you’d like everything to be as true to life as possible; the most advanced graphics is what a blackjack player is searching for. Knowing this microgaming casino offers games with the smooth look, all that public likes. The cool simulations and nice sounds, and other super options are sure to keep Microgaming on the top.

Microgaming was founded in 1994 and it was the first online gambling provider. Microgaming office is located on the Isle of Man and the company has a high professional team. The company has been at the forefront of the gambling industry for a long time with some of the most famous online casinos in the world. A lot of things have made Microgaming very successful, especially the fact that it offers some of the cutting edge software and the greatest choice of games. A standard online casino that uses Microgaming software offers its players 350 online games. The company invests a lot in the development and new games. Every month it launches 3 or even more new games, all this really helps Microgaming to be atop. The most part of new games is slots due to the fact that they are very popular on the market.

The best casinos powered by Microgaming offer big bonuses, user friendly customer support. PriceWaterhouseCoopers (PWC) audits the company and ensures fair gaming. So, online casino operators can’t interfere in the result of the random number generator. At the point there are somewhere 150 online casinos that work on the software platform, and it is difficult to say what the best Microgaming online casino is.

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