Movie Monday: Friday’s Upcoming Movie Releases for 4/28

Look for these new movies to hit the box office on Friday, April 28, 2017: “The Circle” Rated PG-13. 110 minutes. Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller. -Emma Watson, Tom Hanks, JOhn Boyega, Ellar Coltrane; Director: James Ponsoldt “How to Be a Latin Lover” Rated PG-13. Comedy. -Eugenio Derbez, Salma Hayek, Rob Lower, Kristen Bell; Director: Ken Marino “Sleight” Rated R. 90 minutes. Action, Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller. -Jacob Latimore, Seychelle Gabriel, Dule Hill, Storm Reid; Director: J.D. Dillard “Buster’s Mal Heart” Not rated. 96 minutes. Drama, Mystery, Thriller. -Rami Malek, DJ Qualls, KateRead More

U of M: A Friend of Student-Athletes?

“One does nothing who tries to console a despondent person with word. A friend is one who aids with deeds at a critical time when deeds are called for.” ~~~Euripides   I hadn’t addressed the Regents of my alma mater for a couple of years; and, what with a few new faces on board, I signed up to stand up for student-athletes – my sixth address to Them. The entire address was recorded by my intrepid webmaster, Jason; but let me make a few comments here before I let youRead More

PHOTOS: 2017 J.D. Power U.S. Tech Choice Study findings announcement

AmericaJR’s Jason Rzucidlo reports from the Detroit Athletic Club for a special meeting of the Automotive Press Association. Smart headlights and rear view camera mirrors are the most requested technologies that consumers would like to have in a future vehicle, according to the J.D. Power U.S. Auto Tech Choice study. However, most consumers are still skeptical of self-driving technology. In this gallery, look for photos of Dave Sargent, vice president of global automotive at J.D. Power, and Kristin Kolodge, executive director of driver interaction & HMI research at J.D. Power.

AeroMobil, Unique Limited Edition Flying Car, Launched at Top Marques Monaco Show

Monte Carlo, Monaco – AeroMobil, an advanced engineering company, has today unveiled the new model of the AeroMobil Flying Car at Top Marques Monaco, the world’s most exclusive supercar show. This launch fulfils the company’s commitment to deliver a commercially available flying car in 2017 and be ready to take pre-orders for the limited first edition. The unveiling of the ground breaking AeroMobil underlines its leadership in this innovative field and the company’s determination to transform travel by making the flying car a reality. The AeroMobil Flying Car has beenRead More

WATCH: U-M students build giant Rubik’s Cube (1,500 pounds!)

AmericaJR’s Jason Rzucidlo reports from the University of Michigan‘s North Campus. Three U-M Mechanical Engineering students are working on a giant 1,500-pound Rubik’s Cube. It will become a life-size version of the popular toy. The project began three years ago on Pi Day (3/14) in 2014. Now it is nearing completion inside the G.G. Brown Building. It was inspired by the giant cube on the university’s central campus near the Michigan Union. In this video, watch for interviews with U-M Mechanical Engineering students Ryan Kuhn and Jason Hoving, who areRead More

Review: “Motown the Musical” is a crowd pleaser at Detroit’s Fisher Theatre

DETROIT — “Motown the Musical” returns to the Fisher Theatre in Detroit for a 13-day run, April 18-30, 2017. It began as one man’s story and one man’s dream.  Berry Gordy (Chester Gregory) shattered barriers and changed America’s music in a pop-music revolution.  The musical pays tribute to the black music explosion called “Motown.”  Gordy went against the odds when WJBK radio refused to play colored music. Gordy’s journey began when he wanted to become a boxer, while watching Joe Louis on television. Eventually he bought a modest house inRead More

WATCH: 420 Day celebrated in Ann Arbor, Michigan (U of M campus)

AmericaJR’s Mike Wrathell reports from the University of Michigan central campus in Ann Arbor, Mich. 420 day is known as “marijuana culture’s high holiday.” April 20 has become a counterculture holiday in North America, where people gather to celebrate and consume cannabis. Some events have a political nature to them, advocating for the legalization of cannabis. In this video, watch for interviews with Arleen Kosak, Owner of Stairway to Heaven, Madison Ortiz with Hemp-Infused CannaSmack and two University of Michigan students.    

Smart headlights, rear-view camera mirrors top J.D. Power Tech Choice Study

DETROIT — Smart headlights and rear-view camera mirrors are the most requested technologies that consumers would like to have in a future vehicle, according to a new J.D. Power study released on Tuesday. However, most consumers are still skeptical of self driving technologies. The findings were announced on Tuesday during an Automotive Press Association meeting inside the Detroit Athletic Club. The J.D. Power study took place online from January-February 2017. It is based upon more than 8,500 consumers who purchased or leased a new vehicle within the last five years.Read More

PHOTOS: Testing underway for Detroit’s new QLine streetcar

Detroit’s new QLine (M-1 Rail) streetcar is undergoing testing before its big launch on May 12, 2017. Watch as the new light rail streetcar makes its way up and down Woodward Avenue in downtown and midtown Detroit. The line will make a 6.6-mile loop around Woodward Avenue. There are 20 stops between Grand Boulevard and Larned Street. Each ride will cost $1.50 when it opens for business on May 12. Streetcars will feature modern amenities air-conditioning, heat and come equipped with bike racks and Wi-Fi. Former WDIV-TV 4 Anchor CarmenRead More

EARTHTALK — Green Screen: Hollywood A-Listers Fight for the Planet

Dear EarthTalk: Who are some of the greener movie stars out there today and what are they doing to fight for the planet? —Stacey DiGiorno, Chevy Chase, MD While a handful of Hollywood A-listers—Robert Redford, Meryl Streep and Ed Begley Jr., to name a few —have been actively campaigning for the environment for decades, a new wave of green celebrities is using star power to help convince millions of fans around the world to live greener lifestyles and speak up for environmental protections and climate mitigation. Leonardo DiCaprio continues toRead More