Watching College Hoops in Vegas with Rip Hamilton – What could be better?

You know spring has arrived when everyone starts filling out their college basketball brackets and tries to figure out ways to sneak out of work to catch the first games on Thursday and Friday. Who knows? Maybe all the snow that’s piled up across the country may have even melted by then!

That won’t be a problem in Las Vegas, of course. Vegas has always been one of the best spots to enjoy the college basketball tournament frenzy during that first weekend.

A few select guys will have their own memorable experience watching the tournament on Friday in Las Vegas with Rip Hamilton courtesy of Gillette Clear Gel. We all remember Rip winning basketball championships during his college and pro days, and he’ll be hosting a viewing party with Gillette Clear Gel on Friday, March 20th at The Ainsworth in Las Vegas. Those lucky guys attending will have the chance to watch the game with Rip while receiving miscellaneous perks throughout the game.

Gillette Clear Gel boasts no odor and wetness protection for up to 48 hours, so these guys will be able to put the product to the test as they experience the frenzy of the tournament in Sin City!

Every year, the tournament offers plenty of great storylines, though we often don’t know what they’ll be ahead of time. Stars are made year after year in this tournament and it’s usually impossible to predict which team will get hot and destroy everyone’s bracket. Last year’s national champs were the underdogs and were still able to rise to the top and pull off a miracle finish.

Speaking of this year’s top dog, we do know that they will be a major story this year after going undefeated during the regular season, which is appropriate for Friday’s viewing party, as Gillette is featuring its “Undefeated” Clear Gel product pictured above. I’ve had plenty of experiences in Vegas where I could have used that level of protection!

While the top seed will be the team to beat, there are plenty of other teams hoping that one superstar can carry them to glory.

So the drama begins on Thursday and Friday, and Rip and the Gillette Clear Gel gang will have quite a party to enjoy it. We’ll report back on how it all went.

Editor’s Note: This post has been brought to you by Gillette Clear Gel. Boasting no odor and wetness protection for up to 48 hours, it’s sure to keep you dry throughout the frenzy of the tournament!

  

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Blu Tuesday: Exodus, Top Five and More

Every Tuesday, I review the newest Blu-ray releases and let you know whether they’re worth buying, renting or skipping, along with a breakdown of the included extras. If you see something you like, click on the cover art to purchase the Blu-ray from Amazon, and be sure to share each week’s column on Facebook and Twitter with your friends.

“Exodus: Gods and Kings”

WHAT: Raised as an Egyptian alongside future pharaoh Ramses (Joel Edgerton), natural leader Moses (Christian Bale) is exiled by his brother-in-arms after it’s revealed that he’s actually a Hebrew. But when Moses receives a message from God, he returns to Egypt to lead 600,000 slaves to freedom by escaping Ramses’ rule and a cycle of plagues.

WHY: Though it’s nice to see a director ballsy enough to make a Golden Age-style epic like “Exodus: Gods and Kings,” Ridley Scott’s latest film is a beautiful disaster – astonishing in its scope and unwavering dedication to the classic Hollywood spectacle, but overly long and dull. It’s also terribly miscast, from the whitewashing of Joel Edgerton as Ramses, to supporting actors like Aaron Paul (as Moses’ eventual successor, Joshua) and Sigourney Weaver (as Ramses’ mother, Tuya), who have less than a dozen lines of dialogue between them. Weaver only appears in two or three scenes, but Paul is basically the movie’s third lead, and yet he spends most of the time in the background simply reacting to Christian Bale, who brings his trademark intensity to the role of Moses, but sadly, isn’t provided the material to do much beyond that. As with last year’s other Biblical epic, “Noah,” Scott takes some liberties with the source material, and while they work for the most part (especially the way he stages the various plagues), it doesn’t make the proceedings any more exciting. “Exodus: Gods and Kings” was likely envisioned as a return to the big, glossy cinema of yesteryear, but it only serves as a reminder why those kinds of films have gone extinct.

EXTRAS: The Blu-ray release includes an audio commentary by director Ridley Scott and co-writer Jeffrey Caine, a feature-length trivia track, a pair of historical featurettes, some promotional featurettes and nine deleted scenes.

FINAL VERDICT: SKIP

“Top Five”

WHAT: Stand-up comedian turned movie star Andre Allen (Chris Rock) wants nothing more than to be taken seriously as a dramatic actor, so on the eve of his marriage to reality TV star Erica Long (Gabrielle Union), Andre agrees to let New York Times journalist Chelsea Brown (Rosario Dawson) follow him for the day to write a profile piece.

WHY: It’s been eight years since Chris Rock’s last stint behind the camera (2007’s “I Think I Love My Wife”), and considering how poorly received that movie was – not to mention his directorial debut, “Head of State” – it’s easy to see how the comedian might have become disillusioned with the whole Hollywood system. “Top Five” is a marked improvement upon those films, but while the partly biographical, Woody Allen-esque dramedy plays to Rock’s strengths as a writer and performer, it’s also a tad self-indulgent in the way that it mirrors his own aspirations for a more serious career. Ironically, while most people would probably rather Rock just stick to comedy, it’s the serious bits that work best, particularly the subplot involving Andre and Chelsea’s sobriety. I’m still not sure what the title – a reference to an ongoing discussion that Rock’s character has with his friends and fellow celebrities about their top five rappers – has anything to do with the rest of the movie, but the fact that both Jay-Z and Kanye West are barely mentioned, despite being credited as executive producers, might just be the funniest thing about the film.

EXTRAS: There’s an audio commentary by writer/director/star Chris Rock and co-star JB Smoove, some outtakes from Andre’s stand-up act and deleted scenes.

FINAL VERDICT: RENT

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