The Detroit News Published 2:43 PM EDT Apr 9, 2019 Auburn Hills — The toddlers waited patiently for their rock star while parents tried to maintain calm. Finally, Peppa Pig and brother George Pig made their way through Great Lakes Crossing Outlets to the grand opening of the Peppa Pig World of Play. The adult-sized pink-costumed pigs waved to the small crowd gathered and graciously posed for photos with parents and their children. But Chloe Crank, 2, dressed for the occasion in a long pink Princess Peppa gown, was so overcome with excitement, she burst into tears. Her mom, Rita Crank, 30, of Macomb Township, picked her up to offer comfort. But other children bravely approached Peppa and George, giggling and waving back to them. Peppa wore red and George wore blue and they both had on giant back shoes. Peppa Pig World of Play opened Tuesday at Great Lakes Crossing Outlets. It features 14 play areas, each inspired by instantly recognizable locations from the TV … [Read more...] about British TV sensation Peppa Pig World of Play opens at Great Lakes Crossing
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Jonathan Oosting The Detroit News Published 11:50 AM EDT Mar 29, 2019 Grand Rapids — For the second time in less than a year, Michigan congressional Republicans used an exclusive car ride with President Donald Trump to convince him of the need to fund a top state priority. Trump punctuated his Thursday night re-election campaign rally in Grand Rapids with what he called “breaking news." The first-term Republican announced he would abandon his repeated attempts to cut funding for a popular Great Lakes cleanup program. He did so after traveling from the Gerald R. Ford International Airport to Van Andel Arena with U.S. Reps. Bill Huizenga of Zeeland, John Moolenaar of Midland and Jack Bergman of Watersmeet. During the drive, which takes about 20 minutes via highways, the lawmakers pitched him not only on the policy, but the chance to make a news splash at his Michigan rally. A year ago, Bergman and Moolenaar, along with Rep. Paul Mitchel of Dryden, … [Read more...] about How lawmakers convinced Trump to reverse Great Lakes funding cut
1 of 8 View 8 Items Twentieth Century Fox Keean Johnson, left, and Rosa Salazar, center, in “Alita: Battle Angel." Related Link Movie review: Rebel Wilson is trapped in a rom-com in clever 'Isn't It Romantic' “ALITA: BATTLE ANGEL” — 2½ stars — Rosa Salazar, Christoph Waltz, Jennifer Connelly, Mahershala Ali; PG-13 (violence and profanity); running time: 122 minutes SALT LAKE CITY — “Alita: Battle Angel” feels like a futuristic, sci-fi “Bourne Supremacy” that swaps out Matt Damon for a teen cyborg. “A Tale of Two Cities” also springs to mind, as the film takes place in the year 2563 — three centuries after something called “The Fall” — when Earth’s survivors have been divided into two factions. Based on Yukito Kishiro’s manga series “Gunnm” and directed by Robert Rodriguez — the man behind “Sin City” and … [Read more...] about Movie review: ‘Alita: Battle Angel’ looks great, but gets lost in a mess of a story
Video PUBLISHED: 19:14 15 February 2019 Andrew Clarke David Bowie - one of the many great musicians we lost too soon Photo: Martin Rickett/PA Wire Archant This month marks 60 years since Buddy Holly died in a plane crash. He is one of many brilliant musicians who have gone too soon. Elvis, Michael Jackson, Prince, Amy Winehouse and Billie Holiday all died too young, along with George Michael, Kurt Cobain and David Bowie. You can only wonder at what music they still had to make.John Lennon and Jimi Hendrix were both making new albums at the time of their deaths and nearly all of them were haunted by demons and by the pressures of fame which pushed them towards addiction. It frightening to see so many lives cut tragically short. Here are 15 great music stars who died before their time. Buddy Holly (aircrash) – February 3 1959 was the day the music died – according to singer-songwriter Don MacLean – this was the day that … [Read more...] about How old were stars like David Bowie when they died?
Documentaries Feature By Kevin Lawlor 10 great documentaries about strange subjects Every year there are countless documentaries that make their way into theaters or on to the various streaming services. When most people think of documentaries, they usually think of specific kinds. There are many historical, concert, and true crime documentaries that always seem to populate the awards circuit. However, if you dig deep enough, there is a myriad of options out there for extremely unique kinds of non-fiction filmmaking. Over the past two decades, many talented documentarians have tackled some of the strangest subjects. You can only watch so many documentaries about the inequalities of the justice system before you get satiated. There are only so many WWII documentaries one can watch before they are bored of the subject. Here are 10 great documentaries about strange subjects. My Date With Drew (2004) This neat little documentary is proof … [Read more...] about 10 Great Documentaries About Strange Subjects