Movie Monday: Friday’s Upcoming Movie Releases for 6/23

Look for these new movies to hit the box office on Friday, June 23, 2017: “Transformers: The Last Knight” Rated PG-13. 148 minutes. Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi, Thriller. -Mark Wahlberg, Josh Duhamel, Stanley Tucci, Anthony Hopkins; Director: Michael Bay. “The Big Sick” Rated R. 119 minutes. Comedy, Romance. -Kumail Nanjiani, Zoe Kazan, Holly Hunter, Ray Romano; Director: Michael Showalter. “The Beguiled” Rated R. 94 minutes. Drama, Western. -Nicole Kidman, Kirsten Dunst, Elle Fanning, Colin Farrell; Director: Sofia Coppola. “The Bad Batch” Rated R. 118 minutes. Romance, Sci-Fi. -Suki Waterhouse, Jason Momoa,Read More

Kyle Larson uses late race dramatics to win FireKeepers Casino 400

BROOKLYN, Mich. — Kyle Larson made the perfect restart when it mattered the most to win the FireKeepers Casino 400. It marked his second consecutive victory at Michigan International Speedway. On the final restart with five laps to go, Larson started on the outside and Denny Hamlin on the inside. The two drivers went into turn one side-by-side, but Larson was able to pull away to take the checkered flag. “The Cars 3 Chevy was really, really fast,” Larson said. “And it was cool to win it. What a great Father’sRead More

PHOTOS: Brothers Osborne, Thompson Square perform at 98 KCQ Country Music Fest

AmericaJR’s Jason Rzucidlo was LIVE on Saginaw’s Ojibway Island for the 26th annual 98 KCQ Country Music Fest free concert. The morning started off with some strong storms, but they left the area just in time for the show. Detroit’s own Taylor Tucky performed on the Island Stage. Then, it was time for the national anthem and the kick-off to the main stage acts. American Idol winner Trent Harmon was the first artist on the main stage. He was followed by country music duo Thompson Square who performed at 1:30Read More

PHOTOS: 26th Annual Canton Liberty Fest @ Heritage Park

AmericaJR’s Gloria and Jerome Rzucidlo were LIVE at Heritage Park for the 2017 Canton Liberty Fest. Join us for three action-packed fun-filled days, Thursday, June 15 through Saturday June 17, that the whole family will enjoy in beautiful Heritage Park, located behind the Canton Administration Building and the Canton Public Library, just west of Canton Center Road between Cherry Hill and Summit Parkway. There is plenty to do throughout Heritage Park during this three-day festival. Whether you want to take a spin on the carnival rides, watch a performance at our twoRead More

U-M unveils tuition guarantee for Michigan students with need

ANN ARBOR, Mich. — The University of Michigan will launch a new financial aid program for in-state students that offers a “Go Blue Guarantee” of free tuition for up to four years for students with family income of up to $65,000. The new program — which includes families earning up to what is roughly the state’s median income — will launch Jan. 1, 2018. It was approved Thursday by the Board of Regents as part of the fiscal year 2018 general fund budget for the Ann Arbor campus. “Today, ourRead More

PHOTOS: 2017 Ann Arbor Summer Festival at Ingalls Mall

AmericaJR’s Jason Rzucidlo was LIVE on the University of Michigan campus for the 2017 Ann Arbor Summer Festival. The Top of the Park series runs from June 9th through July 2nd, 6 nights each week for nearly 4 weeks, starting at 5 pm. The entire festival features an eclectic mix of over 170 events showcasing the best in music, dance, comedy, film, spoken word, contemporary circus, street arts, and family entertainment. From folk pop ensembles and an all-female mariachi band, to the pioneers of Indian funk, there is something forRead More

Brothers Osborne, Thompson Square headline 98 KCQ Country Music Fest

SAGINAW, Mich. — A pair of rising country music duos and an American Idol winner are headlining the 2017 KCQ Country Music Fest free concert this Saturday on Saginaw’s Ojibway Island. The island opens to the public beginning at 8 a.m. Meanwhile, the Section 98 and preferred gold seating areas will open at 9 a.m. Detroit-based Taylor Tucky will kick off the music on the island stage at 11 a.m. They are made up of Todd Felske, Chris Wietzke, Lonnell Lewis, Marc Davis, Bruce Shew, and Cheri Whalen. Taylor TuckyRead More

EARTHTALK — Climate Friendly Farms: Agriculture Adapts to Global Warming

Dear EarthTalk: How are farms and farmers dealing with climate change? —Michael Harris, Lorton, VA Agriculture may well be one of the industries hardest hit by the effects of global warming. The non-profit Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), a leading environmental advocacy group, reports that warming-related drought and flooding is already behind tens of billions of dollars in American agricultural losses annually. Given this growing threat, more and more farmers are looking to incorporate tools and techniques—let alone switch up what crops they grow—to be prepared for the big environmentalRead More

‘Taken’ Thursday: ‘Person of Interest’ writer/executive producer Greg Plageman named showrunner for season two

Greg Plageman’s number has come up as the new showrunner for NBC’s “Taken”, according to Variety.  Plageman will be succeeding the departing Alexander Cary, as the spy-thriller is set to be more of a procedural drama for its 16-episode sophomore season. Plageman’s work includes being the former showrunner for CBS’ “Person of Interest” (“POI”) starring Jim Caviezel as John Reese, an ex-CIA agent recruited by enigmatic billionaire software genius Harold Finch (Michael Emerson) to help him prevent violent crimes and help those who are considered irrelevant by the relevant governmentRead More

PHOTOS: Spencer Michaud, The Understorey perform @ Ann Arbor Summer Festival

AmericaJR’s Jason Rzucidlo was LIVE on the University of Michigan campus for the 2017 Ann Arbor Summer Festival. The Top of the Park series runs from June 9th through July 2nd, 6 nights each week for nearly 4 weeks, starting at 5 pm. The entire festival features an eclectic mix of over 170 events showcasing the best in music, dance, comedy, film, spoken word, contemporary circus, street arts, and family entertainment. From folk pop ensembles and an all-female mariachi band, to the pioneers of Indian funk, there is something forRead More