MANKIND UNPLUGGED | Guy Stuff. Girl's View. Men's Lifestyle. Mon, 30 Mar 2015 05:20:22 +0000 en-US hourly 1 AMC Premiers ‘Fear The Walking Dead’ Trailer Mon, 30 Mar 2015 05:20:22 +0000 Fear The Walking Dead

As if The Walking Dead wasn’t enough for crazed fans of the series, AMC announced a spinoff titled what else, ‘Fear the Walking Dead.’ The first promo for the pre-apocalyptic series aired during tonight’s season finale of The Walking Dead. With Los Angeles as the backdrop, the spinoff will feature new characters and storylines.

VIDEO: Trailer: Good Morning Los Angeles: Fear the Walking Dead: Series Premiere

Two season of ‘Fear the Walking Dead’ have already been confirmed. The first six episodes will premiere this summer. We can’t say we love the name of the spinoff, but as huge fans of The Walking Dead, we will be watching. Will you?

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How Many Times Has A Rapper Mentioned Monica Lewinsky In A Song? Thu, 26 Mar 2015 18:03:41 +0000 Monica Lewinsky Beyonce Bill Clinton Gown

Are you curious to know how many rap song’s mention Monica Lewinsky? Don’t worry, we weren’t either until we came across an article that listed every song she was ever mentioned in. We figure you would have to have lived in the 90’s to fully gasp or care about the Bill Clinton Monica Lewinsky scandal. For those

During a recent TED Talk, Monica Lewinsky decided to remind us that she has been mentioned in almost 40 rap songs. Blame it on ambition or a slow news day, but an intrigued writer over at the New York decided to verify the facts and it turns out Monica drastically underestimated the number of times rappers let her name roll off the tip of their mouth (no pun intended).

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While we don’t consider Beyoncé a rapper, we must admit when she said “He Monica Lewinsky-ed all on my gown” in her hit song ‘Partition’, we secretly thought that the lyrics were genius although Monica disagreed. In an interview with Vanity Fair, Monica was quoted as says, “Thanks, Beyoncé, but if we’re verbing, I think you meant ‘Bill Clinton’d all on my gown,’ not ‘Monica Lewinsky’d.’”

Below is a partial list of rappers that have mentioned Monica Lewinsky.

“Partition,” Beyoncé

“Leave Me Alone, Pt. 2,” Cam’ron

“Takeover Freestyle,” Cam’ron

“Let’s Fuck,” E-40

“Just Rhyming With Proof,” Eminem

“Rap God,” Eminem

“XL Show Freestyle,” Eminem

“Can’t Let You Go (Remix),” Fabolous

“Diamonds,” Fabolous

“Pushin’ Weight (Remix),” Ice Cube

“Rough,” Jeezy

“Tidal Forces,” Jugga the Bully

“Through the Wire (Remix),” Kanye West

“Erase Me,” Kid Cudi

“Top Floor,” Kirko Bangz, featuring 2 Chainz

“In da Club,” Lil Jon, featuring Ludacris and R Kelly

“Looks Like Money,” Lil Kim

“Higher Than a Kite,” Lil Wayne, featuring Nicki Minaj

“New Orleans,” Lil Wayne

“No Type,” Lil Wayne

“Black Bush,” Mac Miller

“Willie Dynamite,” Mac Miller

“Get Ready,” Mase

“Life Is What You Make It,” Nas

“Freaky Girl (Wanna Minaj?),” Nicki Minaj

“Getting Cake,” Nicki Minaj

“I Get Crazy,” Nicki Minaj

“I Love Ny Range Rover,” Nicki Minaj

“Itty Bitty Piggy,” Nicki Minaj

“Kill Da DJ,” Nicki Minaj

“Set It Off,” Nicki Minaj

“Still I Rise,” Nicki Minaj

“Sunshine,” Nicki Minaj

“Win Again,” Nicki Minaj

“Young Money Ballaz,” Nicki Minaj

“What the Fuck is Up,” N.O.R.E

“100 Rounds,” Raekwon

“Gorillaz on My Mind,” Redman

“My Lovin’ Is Digi,” RZA

“Squeeze It,” Three 6 Mafia

“In My Car,” Wiz Khalifa

To see the full list of the rap songs that mention Monica Lewinsky take the jump over to Looking at the list it is safe to say Monica has a fan in Nicki Minaj. The pop rapper mentions Monica in 11 songs. Would you agree?

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Sponsored Post: New Belgium Debuts Slow Ride Sessions IPA Thu, 26 Mar 2015 16:40:57 +0000 New Belgium Slow Ride Sessions IPA

Sometimes you have to slow down and enjoy the great taste of a good beer or a therapeutic session with an amazing therapist. Thanks to the geniuses at the New Belgium Brewing Company you can skip the therapy session, head straight to the couch with a great tasting beer, and #GoSlowMo!

The New Belgium Brewing Company recently unveiled their newest beer, Slow Ride Sessions India Pale Ale, a blend of eight hop varieties twisted together with brilliant tropical scents of melon, peach, lime and grapefruit, while balancing a malty-sweet and hoppy bitterness. To help you slow down and enjoy the fluffy, white foam and great taste, New Belgium teamed up with Therapist Dr. Don who stars in a series of ads featuring his unconventional approach to therapy sessions.

Dr. Don’s approach to life is to slow people down, so they can sit back, relax, and enjoy what they’re doing. Dr Don has one mission and that’s to help people understand the beauty of slowing down. In a series of unconventional videos, Dr. Don invites people to take a ride on his bicycle couch for a “Slow Ride” session. Yes, we said bicycle couch. Because we know you are curious to learn all about his sessions, we urge you to take a peak at what the good doctor has to say as he provides therapeutic services from his bicycle couch.

VIDEO: New Belgium Slow Ride Sessions

READ: Everything You Need To Know About Session IPAs

If you are interested in crafting your own bicycle couch so you can #GoSlowMo, watch the video below.

New Belgium Slow Ride Session IPA Cans

The New Belgium Brewing Company located in Fort Collins, CO opened its doors in 1991 after Jeff Lebesch, the brewery’s founder, took his home brewing passion from his basement commercial. The idea for Slow Ride Session IPA was inspired by varieties of couch bike that came from their traveling bike and beer festival, the Tour de Fat. To learn more about the employee own brewery and to see more the Slow Ride: Session Videos, make sure to visit their official website Don’t forget to use New Belgium’s beer locator to find your local distributor and following the hashtag #GoSlowMo on Twitter and Instagram for the latest updates.

Are you intrigued? Go ahead and post your favorite #GoSlowMo moments for a chance to win a Slow Ride prize pack. Take the jump over to New Belgium’s website for the complete rules.

Hey, don’t forget to drink and ride your bicycle responsibly.

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Holy Archenemy! Jesse Eisenberg As Lex Luthor in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice Wed, 25 Mar 2015 20:06:07 +0000 Jesse Isenberg Lex Luthor Batman Suprman

If you are having a hard time recognizing the name or even the face, let us help you out. It’s Jesse Eisenberg, the guy that played Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg in the movie The Social Network. Didn’t see that movie? Okay, what about Zombieland? Yes, that’s him!

“He’s not any of the Lexes that you’ve seen, that’s for sure…” ~ Zack Snyder

Jesse landed the coveted role of Lex Luthor in the upcoming Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and from the looks of it he is going to be spectacular. It may have been tough picturing Jesse as one of Superman’s greatest archenemies of all-time, but if this picture is any indication we think he is going to nail the part. As one commenter wrote, Jesse Eisenberg is witty, looks the part, and has acting chops to pull-off such a dangerously interesting character like Lex Luthor. Jesse hasn’t always picked the best or most well-written movies, but one thing is for sure the guy can act. I guess you can say it’s in his genes.

Co-written and directed by Zack Snyder, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice is set to hit theaters March 25 2016.

READ: Superman vs. Muhammad Ali

Photo Credit: Clay Enos via

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Serena Williams Version of Beyonce’s Music Video “7/11″ Is Epic Wed, 25 Mar 2015 19:10:37 +0000 Serena Williams Vogue Video 7 11 Beyonce

Oh Serena how we adore you. To coincide with the release of her April Vogue cover, Serena Williams pulled a Beyoncé (sort of) by filming herself with a GoPro practicing power shots and dancing around to Bey’s song “7/11.” As only Serena can do, she dances, bounces, and shows out.

Serena Williams Vogue Cover April 2015

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Let’s face it, Serena has a history of doing epic sh*t. When we are done talking about all her championships and her ASSets, we can always reflect on some of the crazy an entertaining things Serena’s has done. From donning Superman pajamas to C-Walking after winning another Olympic gold medal, Serena seems to enjoy life on and off the court.


A photo posted by Serena Williams (@serenawilliams) on

If you missed it, Serena had some fun unveiling her latest Vogue cover to her 1 million Instagram followers of herself as she lounged while holding the magazine. Serena loves to do things in an epic way doesn’t she.

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Are Apple Fanboys Crazier Than Sneakerheads? Wed, 25 Mar 2015 16:46:08 +0000 Apple Fanboys Crazier Than Sneakerheads

An interesting article on Business Insider posed the idea of Nike sneakerheads putting Apple fanboys to shame. Would you agree?

Our very own Tam-Star literally converted from her beloved Blackberry and crossed over to dark side a few months ago, so we may be biased; however, since we do write about sneakers often, we don’t understand how their is any comparison. Apple makes great products and Apple Fanboys may be fanatical, but guys (and some girls) who collect Sneakerheads are super serious. Don’t believe us, Google “Sneakerhead.” As the article states, “Sneakerheads are rabid collectors and aficionados of rare, limited and exclusive sneakers.” Not sure you can make the same comments about Apple fanboys. There isn’t much in terms of exclusive, limited edition or even rare apple products.

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The Crew Of Entourage Reunites For The Big Screen (Movie Trailer) Wed, 25 Mar 2015 14:45:55 +0000 Entourage The Movie Poster

The boys are back in town! Yes, the crew of Entourage, the Emmy® Award-winning hit series have reunited for the big screen in what is sure to be a summer blockbuster movie. Some of their ambitions have changed, but the bond between Vincent Chase (Adrian Grenier), Eric (Kevin Connolly), Turtle (Jerry Ferrara), Johnny Drama (Kevin Dillon), and our boy Ari Gold (Jeremy Piven) remains strong as they navigate through Hollywood. The gang is back to their old tricks, but this time they have brought more than a few of their celebrity friends along for the ride.

New faces and celebrity cameo’s in the movie Entourage include Emily Ratajkowski, rapper Scott Mescudi, budding action star Rhonda Rousey, DJ/Producer Calvin Harris, T.I., Jessica Alba, NFL QB Russell Wilson, Tom Brady, Ed O’Neil, Liam Neeson, Billy Bob Thornton, Haley Joel Osment, Star Trek’s George Takei, Andrew Dice Clay, and the film’s producer actor Mark Wahlberg. And fellas if you were wondering, yes, Sloan played by the beautiful Emmanuelle Chriqui is back.

Check out the trailer and let us know what you think. Will you be at your local theater opening weekend to check out your old entourage?

VIDEO: Entourage – Official Main Trailer

Did you catch that quick cameo of Rob “Gronk” Gronkowski doing what he does best, partying?

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Entourage is set to open worldwide beginning on June 5, 2015. For more information on the movie, make sure to take the jump over to Facebook or the movie’s official website,

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Gucci’s Stripped Canvas Sneakers Are Casual Essentials For The Summer Wed, 25 Mar 2015 12:13:10 +0000 Gucci Stripped Canvas Low Top Sneakers

The new Gucci stripped canvas sneaker debuts just in time for those daytime summer parties. At first glance, we thought that’s hot (In our Paris Hilton voice)! After taking a second look at the carefully casual crafted sneaker we wondered if it was a bit too busy. When we took a step back and came in for a closer look, we realized this is definitely a statement sneaker that is sure to garner attention from the ladies on a hot summer day.

Gucci Stripped Canvas Low Top Sneakers

Constructed from durable canvas, the casual and essentially crafted sneaker is available in a maritime inspired blue and white striped pattern. Made in Italy, the low-top lace-ups have all-white clean rubber soles. The retail price ($490) is above average for a basic sneaker, but keep in mind it’s Gucci baby. It’s also not a sneaker you can expect your bro to rock at the next summertime jam. With these low-tops on your feet your sneaker game will truly stand out even if your pickup lines don’t.

Gucci Stripped Canvas Low Top Sneakers

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Green Cocktails, Drunk Stars, Itsy Bitsy Green Bikinis, Unlucky Students, And More St. Patrick’s Day Stuff Unplugged Tue, 17 Mar 2015 16:55:41 +0000 Itsy Bitsy Green Bikini Drinks St Patricks Day 1

Facts about being Irish, green cocktails, holidays in March, drunk stars, itsy bitsy green bikinis, unlucky students, delightful Irish things, and more St. Patrick’s Day stuff unplugged.

11 Actual Facts About Being Irish That Have Nothing to Do With Alcohol – Mic

13 kind-hearted Irish women too drunk and disorderly for St. Patrick’s Day – Bro Bible

Frisky Eats: 15 Green St. Patrick’s Day Cocktails – The Frisky

Turns out there are far more holidays in March than just St. Patrick’s Day (11 Photos) – The Chive

Guinness Withdraws Sponsorship of St. Patrick’s Day Parade – New York Times

TMZ’s Top 10 Drunk Stars Happy St. Patrick’s Day! – TMZ

17 Of The Most Delightfully Irish Things Of 2015 So Far – Buzz Feed

Itsy Bitsy Teeny Weeny St. Patrick’s Day Green Bikinis [46 PHOTOS] – Coed

Unlucky Students Collapse a Roof at a St. Patrick’s Day Party – Complex

READ: 15 Hottest Female Celebs Of Irish Decent

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Help Mike Tyson Pick His Best Knockouts [Video] Tue, 17 Mar 2015 12:04:41 +0000 Mike Tyson Knockout Swing

Mike Tyson was simply brutal in his heyday and if you any doubt there is an hour long video that will prove you wrong. In an effort to pick his 10 best knockouts to be featured in the upcoming Mike Tyson story starring Jamie Foxx and directed by Martin Scorcese, Iron Mike has compiled a video of all his knockouts.

Mike Tyson is enlisting fans to help pick his best and may we add most brutal knockouts ever. While any knockout in the ring is brutal, a knockout from Mike Tyson in his electrifying glory days as king of the ring was an ass beating no one deserved.

The compilation video takes you way back before Mike Tyson’s fame and fortune when he was simply a beast in the ring. Mike put down some good beatings on his opponents in his early days. From incredible punches, explosive bombs, and an incredible display of boxing power, he was brilliant. He even showed humility in his early days when he would race to check on his opponents after he knocked them out. Mike was a one man wrecking machine at the height of his career.

As we patiently await the Pacquiao and Mayweather fight, let’s take a moment to reminiscence on the excitement Mike Tyson generating for boxing fans. Awe, the glory days when the heavyweight ruled boxing.

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AMI Alexandre Mattiussi Paneled Sneakers Mon, 16 Mar 2015 19:02:37 +0000 AMI Alexandre Mattiussi Paneled Sneakers 3

If you follow our style section you know we have an affinity for sneakers that aren’t the norm. We love a well-constructed sneaker that is stylish and sophisticated, so when we came across these new yellow paneled sneakers from AMI Alexandre Mattiussi we got excited. There is nothing normal about this sneaker or it’s creatively genius colorful way.

These running shoes by French fashion designer Alexandre Mattiussi are composed of alternating suede, buffed leather, and mesh paneling throughout with white lace-up closure. A combination of in grey, ochre, blue, red, white and black, the sneaker has a striped textile panel at the tongue in white and deep navy with a treaded rubber sole in black and white.

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After working for high-end designers and gaining experience at Dior, Givenchy and Marc Jacobs, Alexandre Mattiussi decided to make clothes that he and his friends would wear. He created a label that offers wearable men’s clothing and shoes that aren’t overly trendy, but integrates effortless into any man’s wardrobe that has a flare for style. With an affordable price point for a lavish sneaker reminiscent of high-end designer sneakers like Giuseppe, AMI Alexandre Mattiussi offers high quality and sophisticated designs. These sneakers retail for $370.

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If you were wondering where AMI came from, the brand’s name is composed of Alexandre Mattiussi initials and the last letter of his name. Translated into English it means ‘friend’.

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Take The New Porsche Design MAN Bag For A Test-Drive Through Your Daily Commute Fri, 13 Mar 2015 21:17:43 +0000 Porsche Design Sport Duffle Backpack

One day you’ll own that Porsche you dream about. But until then, you can certainly carry a little more clout with the Porsche Design MAN bag. We know a bag can’t compare to getting behind the wheel of a luxury brand, but hey. There’s something to a brand name, and this designer bag carries with it a reputation for first-class style. Get some street cred by man-cessorizing with the Porsche duffle back and backpack, now available by this world-class automaker.

Women like a man who is well groomed and stylish. Just look around at all the men commuting for work in a big city on an average morning. Man bags are in fashion right now because they scream sophistication and hold all your stuff. Never suffer from back-pocket wallet bulge again. Perfect for day-to-day use and travel, you can add a modern design with a classic interpretation to your sleek, stylish look.

Porsche Design Jacquard Duffle Bag – $338
Porsche Design Sport Duffle Bag
With a detachable adjustable shoulder strap, the Porsche Design water resistent duffle bag has double top handles and a snap button closure. This bag is has a top zip closure, water resistant zippers, abrasion resistant bottom panel, one front zip pocket and two side zip pockets for shoes or wet items.

Porsche Design Jacquard Backpack – $298
Porsche Design Sport Backpack
Like the Porsche Design Jacquard Duffle Bag, the water resistant Jacquard Backpack has several compartments. Th backpack has adjustable padded shoulder straps and double top handles with snap button closure as well as a separate shoe compartment. There are two side pockets, two internal mesh pockets and an internal organizer.

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Be The King Of Laundry Day With The Laundress Denim Wash And Wool Cashmere Shampoo Fri, 13 Mar 2015 19:58:02 +0000 Laundress Denim Wash Wool Cashmere Set

Laundry isn’t just for women. A single man should know how to properly take care of this inevitable chore – that is, if he’s not still relying on his mother to wash, dry and fold. (Maybe that’s why he’s single?) Looking presentable is a must, and a big part of being properly put together is what you’re wearing. The Laundress line of Eco-friendly detergents can help you create the best cologne – that fresh clean laundry smell – and look like you just got back from the dry cleaners.

Get the start-to-finish laundering collection to show your clothes you love them. Protect the favorite pair of jeans you practically live in with The Laundress Denim Wash. Actually pay attention to the labels on your delicates with the Laundress Wool and Cashmere Shampoo. The Laundress also offers a Fabric Fresh spray to help your clothing and bedding stay fresh between washes.

READ: Arm Pit Stain Removal x Laundress Detergent For Men

Wool & Cashmere Shampoo – $19
Laundress Wool Cashmere Shampoo
Why dry clean when you can provide better care for your woolens at home? Safely clean and preserve wool, cashmere, merino, mohair, blends, and more with this specially formulated wash.

Denim Wash – $19
Laundress Denim Wash
This unique blend of detergent, fabric softener and color guard cleans and softens while preserving color, leaving your jeans feeling soft and looking finished.

Fabric Fresh Classic – $16
Laundress Fabric Fresh
This nontoxic formula with antibacterial properties adds scent while removing odor. Spray to freshen clothing and bedding between washes. Ideal for deodorizing outerwear, car interiors, sneakers, and luggage. Works great for closets and drawers, too!

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Broadcast Your Live Stream On Twitter with the Meerkat App Fri, 13 Mar 2015 15:30:35 +0000 Meerkat

With social media sites like Twitter, the whole world is your stage. But what if you could Tweet what you’re filming, when you’re filming it? Naturally, now there’s an app for that. Here at Mankind Unplugged, we’re always intrigued by new ways to stay connected. The Meerkat app is the latest to hit the market. Share a video you’re shooting with all your followers at the click of the “Stream” button. It’s that simple. Make a statement with no character limit, and broadcast yourself to the world. Move over, Martin Scorsese.

This app is designed specifically for Twitter and is compatible with both iPhone and iPad. To get behind the camera lens, visit to download this live stream app. Make sure your friends download the app, too. The app will send a push notification when something new is posted, so your social circle can watch, comment and share streams in real time.

The rules of Meerkat are simple:

[+] Everything that happens on Meerkat happens on Twitter.
[+] Streams will be pushed to followers in real time via push notifications.
[+] People can only watch it live. There are no reruns.
[+] You can save your streams to your phone, but Meerkat will never keep them.
[+] Watchers can retweet any stream to their followers in real time.
[+] Everyone can watch on web.
[+] Be kind.

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VitaMan Exfoliating Soap – Because Guys Should Have Soft Skin, Too Fri, 13 Mar 2015 15:10:43 +0000 VitaMan Exfoliating Soap

Whether you’re a single man on the prowl or off-limits to the ladies, all women want a man who cares about how he looks. Grooming should be taken seriously, so why would you skip your skin? Exfoliating may sound like something only women do, but even the most rugged men should exfoliate, too. To look better and feel fresher, men should exfoliate their entire bodies at least 2 to 3 times per week. To remind you to scrub regularly for great, healthy-looking skin, we suggest testing out the big VitaMan Exfoliating Soap bar. What better way to remember to scrub your butt than with a gigantic bar of soap.

Exfoliating removes dead skin, so you can stay young forever (or at least try!). It also prevents ingrown hairs and blemishes and stimulates new skin growth, so you can get a better tan. With a warm, spicy aroma, you’ll exude masculinity – even after you exfoliate. At a retail price of $30, make your skin radiant and ready to bronze for the summertime at

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Star Wars: Episode VIII Hits Theaters May 2017; First Stand-Alone Film “Rogue One” Announced Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:54:20 +0000 Star Wars One Rogue

With all the hype surrounding the new installment of the Star Wars franchise, Star Wars: Episode VIII, the official website dropped a gem today. If you are a Star Wars fan you will be pleased to know the title for the first Star Wars stand-alone movie, featuring actress Felicity Jones, was revealed. According to the official Star Wars website, “Rogue One” directed by Gareth Edwards is slated to start filming this summer in London and will hit theaters December 2016. Star Wars: Episode VIII is set for release on May 2017.


Rogue One is the title for the first film in a unique series of big-screen adventures that explores the characters and events beyond the core Star Wars saga. Rogue One will be directed by Gareth Edwards (Monsters, Godzilla) and written by Oscar nominee Chris Weitz (Cinderella, About a Boy, Antz). The first actress cast is Felicity Jones, who garnered an Academy Award nomination and critical acclaim for her performance in The Theory of Everything. The idea for the story of Rogue One came from John Knoll, an Academy Award-winning visual effects supervisor and chief creative officer at Industrial Light & Magic. He will executive produce along with Simon Emanuel (The Dark Knight Rises, Fast & Furious 6) and Jason McGatlin (Tintin, War of the Worlds). Kathleen Kennedy and Tony To (Band of Brothers, The Pacific) are on board to produce and John Swartz (Star Wars: The Force Awakens) will co-produce. The film starts shooting this summer in London and is due for release on December 16, 2016.

In addition, Iger confirmed that Rian Johnson will write and direct Star Wars: Episode VIII. The film, which continues the saga after the events of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, is set for release on May 26, 2017 — forty years and a day after the release of Star Wars: A New Hope in 1977. Johnson is widely considered one of cinema’s most gifted young filmmakers, having directed the modern sci-fi classic, Looper, as well as Brick and The Brothers Bloom. He was also behind the camera for three episodes of the critically-acclaimed TV series Breaking Bad, including “Ozymandias,” which series creator Vince Gilligan named as the best installment of the show. Kathleen Kennedy and Ram Bergman, producer of Looper, Don Jon, Brick, and The Brothers Bloom, are on board to produce.

For more details, make sure to take the jump over to

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Video: NASCAR’s Cole Whitt Prepares For The Daytona 500 With Speed Stick Mon, 09 Mar 2015 14:25:00 +0000 Nascar Cole Whitt Speed Stick Garage 2

It’s not every day that a NASCAR driver and rising star in the stock car racing world offers you a chance to shadow his every move leading up to the ‘Great American Race’. In fact, it could be a once-in-a-lifestyle opportunity. So when Mankind Unplugged received this offer, you better believe we accepted immediately, packed up and headed off to the airport. Thanks to Speed Stick®, we were on our way to hang out with sophomore driver Cole Whitt as he prepped for his second run in the Daytona 500.

Luckily for us, Tam-Star was treated to a behind-the-wheel look at ‘The Ginger Lion’ as he made his first appearance for the year during Speedweeks at the Daytona International Speedway in the No. 35 Speed Stick® brand Ford car. She hung out with Cole on the track, in the garage, and while he made his way to Hooter’s (yes, Hooter’s) for a personal appearance with Speed Stick®. She did a one-on-one interview with Cole to experience a typical day in the life of a NASCAR driver and how he is able to #DefyTheDoubt.

Tam-Star: How does a kid from Cali take on NASCAR legends in the Daytona 500?

Cole Whitt: I don’t know. Just go out there and try to do my job. I’ve been racing since I guess I was about 12 years old and just have been doing it my whole life. My whole life has probably been 50 races a year or more. It’s just something I’ve always done, so you just keep climbing the ladder. And now you’re to the highest ladder and the best racing in the world. There are 43 guys who get to suit up on Sunday and do this race.

A lot of people out there don’t have that opportunity. There are a lot of good drivers across the world who come here to compete against these guys. To be one of those top guys and part of the top 43 in the world is pretty cool. I guess I just keep that in my mind, and if we don’t have the best run, we’re still one of the top 43 in the world.

READ: Interview: NASCAR Driver Cole Whitt Talks Speed Stick®, The Daytona 500, And Plans To ‘Defy The Doubt’

Nascar Cole Whitt Speed Stick Pit

Tam-Star: How do you prepare for a race like the Daytona 500 that is so unpredictable?

Cole Whitt: Having an open mind helps a lot at Daytona because you roll with the punches. You have to be adaptable, and you can’t get flustered. It’s really easy to get angry out there or lose your focus or just lose your mindset when things aren’t going the way you want. When your drafting partners aren’t working with you, or whoever you’re trying to help in the race or have help you may be is on a different game plan. There are 43 of us with all different mindsets. So to put us all on the same game plan or to have us all thinking the same probably is not going to happen. Preparing for it, I do a lot of training before I get out there.

But at the same time, out there you’ve got to be able to adapt and be mentally on top of it as much as you can.

Tam-Star: After you qualified for the Daytona 500, Kelly Earnhardt tweeted “And I never go without seeing where @ColeWhitt finished. Good run tonight.” What did that tweet and her support mean to you?

Cole Whitt: Kelly’s great. The whole Earnhardt family is actually really nice. At the end of the day, this is still strictly a business and it’s a tough business because we’re with these guys everyday. We spend more time with all these people in this garage area than we do with our families half the time. You grow close to these teams. It doesn’t matter if it’s the owners or the guys on your crew. I personally can’t get in here and work with these guys without getting emotionally attached. You become family.

That mentality maybe struck a chord with Kelly, I’m sure. It’s nice to see that means I left a lasting impression on people.

Nascar Cole Whitt Speed Stick Garage

LOOK BACK: Interview: NASCAR Rookie Driver Cole Whitt Talks Daytona 500, 50 Cent, Dale Jr., Speed Stick GEAR, And His Mount Rushmore of NASCAR Drivers

Tam-Star: What does the Daytona 500 mean to you?

Cole Whitt: It’s a big race. I guess I lost little bit of the wow factor compared to most people. I feel like on Sunday some of that comes back because, when it rolls around, this place will be a zoo. There are people everywhere, and that brings some of it back, but to me it’s another race. It’s time to go out and do our job. It’s our first race of the season, so we’re looking all the way down the road to the end of the year. You’ve got to set yourself up for that, so we love to just go out there and go crazy and try to win this thing. But if we can just have a good day, that’ll mean more to us than anything.

I guess I just look at it as another race.

For more of Tam-Star’s interview and to learn where Cole Whitt got the nickname ‘The Ginger Lion’ click here. To learn more about Speed Stick take the jump over to and follow the hashtag #DefyTheDoubt.

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Interview: NASCAR Driver Cole Whitt Talks The Daytona 500, Speed Stick, And Plans To “Defy The Doubt” Mon, 09 Mar 2015 14:24:17 +0000 Cole Whitt NASCAR Driver T Walker

Affectionately know by fans as ‘The Ginger Lion,’ Cole Whitt is no stranger to the obstacles a young driver faces in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. At age 23, Cole has already encountered his fair share of challenges, but that hasn’t stopped him. If anything, adversity has helped him fast-track his career. Cole is now entering into his second full-time season, and it’s easy to understand why when you meet him. This young man possesses the drive and fiery determination that easily explains how he’s been leaping over hurdles.

In between qualifying and preparing for the big race, the Daytona 500, Cole was gracious enough to grant our very own Tam-Star a one-on-one interview to discuss driving for a new team, transitioning from a rookie to a sophomore, preparing for the unpredictable Daytona 500, and explaining how he plans to “Defy The Doubt” with the help of Speed Stick®.

Tam-Star: Last year the odds were stacked against you. You wrecked your car in practice. Your teammate wrecked his car and had to use the only back-up car the team had. But somehow you raced your way into the 500 only to run out of gas and wreck after a 6-hour rain delay. What did you learn from that experience?

Cole Whitt: I feel like it’s less stressful this year. We’re a little more comfortable. The beginning didn’t quite go the way I wanted it to. It took me a little while to figure out the new car and the way to race my way up there.

Last year, we’d go toward the front and the back and had to race back through the field a few times. I think, with the experience I got from last year, I was able to put that to use to be more consistently upfront this year – to be more aggressive upfront to keep my position up there. And it made it a little more comfortable in the closing laps to pass the transfer positioning of the top 15.

Video: NASCAR’s Cole Whitt Prepares For The Daytona 500 With Speed Stick

The 500 was good to get in, but we didn’t finish out the way we wanted to. And some of that probably had to do with the rain delay because guys get in the rain delay and come back antsy, things just aren’t the same as if you run through a whole race. My mindset might be a little more consistent if we run through it instead of having a six-hour break in between.

So this year I’m probably going to try to run it how I ran my Talladega race towards the end of the year, which was a little more conservative at the beginning. You know they’re going to wreck, so maybe I’ll try to get through that first couple stints of the race without being involved in that, a little more cautious and able to close at the end, hopefully.

Nascar Cole Whitt Speed Stick Car 2

Tam-Star: In your short career, you have raced for the now defunct Red Bull Racing team, Jr. Motorsports, Swan Racing, BK Racing, and now you have found a new home at Front Row Motorsports. What has been your biggest takeaway from racing for so many teams? What have you learned?

Cole Whitt: I think what I’ve learned most is just trying to find people that you want to be surrounded with. You know, Red Bull was great the way it all started and obviously, I wish that would have continued, but their choice to shut the team down was their own choice. Same thing with Swan. I had a good home there, and I think we had something doing really well at Swan as well.

The BK thing was picked up when the Swan thing folded, so the BK wasn’t necessarily my choice, but it was a great opportunity. We’re very lucky that they picked us up, but it wasn’t necessarily something I sought out. They picked us up as our team folded, so going through BK, we learned a lot. We tried to help build their team as much as we could while we were there, but just didn’t quite get what I feel we could have out of that team.

And when Front Row gave us the opportunity to do something this year, I think we have a really good chance to do a little bit more and maybe get a little more established here, build some really good race cars, build a good team, and maybe do a little bit more. It’s still a small team, so the odds are stacked a little bit against us on that side of it, but I think we’ve got some pretty good chances to get the ball rolling and get our feet in the race a little bit better through the season.

Tam-Star: It’s unusual to switch teams during the season. Did you have any doubt that you would be racing when you had to move from Swan Racing to BK Racing during the season last year?

Cole Whitt: Yeah, I didn’t really have doubts through the BK stage. I’ve had doubts throughout my racing career, all the time – it’s just part of it. But it’s handling that and turning it from doubt to something that’s an opportunity. Doubt usually comes when you’re facing hard times and opposition, or however you want to look at it.

You always have doubts when it’s not easy. And sometimes you can look at them in a bad way or look at them as opportunities. I see those opportunities to rise up and do something, make something out of it. It’s not the easiest way to go, but you have two choices: Sit back and fold or rise to the top and like Speed Stick says defy the doubt and change things around here.

Nascar Cole Whitt Speed Stick Car

Tam-Star: Are you still doing Cross-Fit?

Cole Whitt: Yeah, I do some cross-fit type stuff. I do a lot of my own workouts, but use cross-fit gyms a lot. That mentality is to put myself in a tough workout, in the hardest regimen and uncomfortable positions I can put myself in helps. Whenever I’m in a racecar and don’t necessarily want to be anymore, it’s easier.

But at the same time, out there you’ve got to be able to adapt and be mentally on top of it as much as you can.

Tam-Star: Why is Speed Stick® the perfect sponsor for the #35?

Cole Whitt: I think it’s perfect for just the opportunity that we have here. Like I’ve said, “Defy the doubt is what they said this year and it was “Gear Up” last year – everything that they [Speed Stick] stand for and this team has to go through. It’s what we push through every weekend. It’s a perfect fit for my lifestyle and what I go through –going through the most stressful situations, making it look easy on the outside and having the stress levels on the inside. I don’t see a better fit.

I’m very thankful to have them, and I love having someone who has a product, a mindset, and a marketing scheme that fits my life perfectly. It makes me want to go and represent them well and makes me feel a little more attached to them. And I’m happy to have them because it’s something that I represent, and it’s my life. That’s what they allow me to do.

Tam-Star: What does the Daytona 500 mean to you?

Cole Whitt: It’s a big race. I guess I lost little bit of the wow factor compared to most people. I feel like on Sunday some of that comes back because, when it rolls around, this place will be a zoo. There are people everywhere, and that brings some of it back, but to me it’s another race. It’s time to go out and do our job. It’s our first race of the season, so we’re looking all the way down the road to the end of the year. You’ve got to set yourself up for that, so we love to just go out there and go crazy and try to win this thing. But if we can just have a good day, that’ll mean more to us than anything.

I guess I just look at it as another race.

Nascar Cole Whitt Speed Stick

Tam-Star: What has the transition been like for you? You came in last year in a big rookie class that included Klye Larson and Austin Dillon who received a lot of publicity with the return of the No. 3 car. Do you feel more pressure now as a sophomore driver with a new team or was their more pressure last year as a rookie competing in one of the toughest rookie classes ever in the history of NASCAR?

Cole Whitt: I think it’s gaining that experience, being in the garage more and running more cup races. The regulars get used to seeing you, and you turn from the rookie – the person who’s here maybe a year or two – to “Hey, this guy’s getting some really good experience. He’s done this before. We’ve seen him rise to the top in some of these situations.”

So going into the second year, if we just continue to steadily improve, that allows people to see us in this garage and take note of us. They get used to seeing you and like having you around. The guys work with you a little bit more when you’re on the track now, and you get a little more trust and respect out of everyone in the garage.

Through the year, I can see people warming up a little bit. It’s different from last year. And maybe thinking, “Hey, this guy’s here to stay.”

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Tam-Star: Okay, one last question… what’s the Ginger Lion?

Cole Whitt: Ah, we need to get the pit board back. I was actually talking to them [team] about that the other day. I was in my dual race and couldn’t find the pit board that we used to have.

A guy gave me the nickname from the Swan team, and I just kind of rolled with it. I said, “Let’s make a pit board out of it. Let’s have some fun. Maybe fans like that kind of stuff.” We enjoy it. It’s not bad to be a lion [laughter].

For more information on Cole Whitt, please make sure to visit his official website To learn more about Speed Stick take the jump over to Make sure to follow the hashtag #DefyTheDoubt.

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Smell Betterer and Manlier With The New Old Spice Fresher Collection Tue, 03 Mar 2015 16:46:43 +0000 Old-Spice-Fresher-Collection-Citron

The good folks at Old Spice are at it again, and this time they want to help guys like you smell MANLIER, FRESHER and even BETTERER. To help you smell better than nature, Old Spice launched three new scents inspired by the freshest ingredients in nature – Timber, Amber and Citron. These new fresh scents complement the brand’s already wildly popular Fresh Collection, which includes Fiji and Delani. The three new masculine scents were born from groundbreaking research by leading neuroscience firm Innerscope Research. They proved what most of us women already know – the fresh scent of the great outdoors has the power to calm the mind and body.

VIDEO: Old Spice | Fresher Collection | Betterer than Nature

A hundred males, ages 18 to 34 years old, were given high-tech tests a lot like lie detectors and facial coding techniques used by intelligence agencies. Comparing the emotional response after smelling Fresher Collection scents with natural and neutral scents, scientific data shows that Old Spice Fresher Collection has the transformational powers to take a man’s brain to the great outdoors. The Old Spice Nature Study showed that smelling Old Spice Fresher Collection makes people smile significantly more than smelling neutral scents. It also relaxes them as much as breathing in some fresh air. For the ladies reading this, the findings also showed that the Fresher Collection’s new scents are significantly more likely than neutral scents to make him think of masculine activities, such as chopping wood or rock climbing. Women may not be scientists, but it’s safe to say we love a man with an irresistible aroma and an affinity for outdoors adventures.

Old Spic Fresher Collection Timber Product Line Up

Fresher Collection scents include:

Timber – Herbal base notes complemented by fresher scents of woody timber and leafy mint. For true lumberjacks, the scent of Timber is newer and fresher than forests and nobility.

Amber – Tap into your exotic side with Oriental and gourmand base notes with hints of seaberry, amber and molasses. For true explorers, the captivating scent of Amber is newer and fresher than tree sap and danger.

Citron – Get a whiff of green base notes with an invigorating mixture of citrus, lemongrass and sandalwood finishing scents. For true captains, the scent of Citron is fresher than limes and life successes.

Fiji – Escape with refreshing juniper and blood orange mixed with base notes of warm woods, amber, coconut and sweet musk. Fiji smells like palm trees, sunshine and freedom, marooning your body on a pristine tropical island and leaving you feeling fresher than coconuts and daydreams.

Denali – Freshen up with spices, rosemary and lavender mixed with base notes of creamy vanilla, rich amber and sandalwood. Denali smells like wilderness, open air and freedom, offering a snowy crisp scent worth the man and yak power required to climb the tallest of mountains.

All five Fresher Collection scents are available in anti-perspirant/deodorant, deodorant, body wash and body spray. Timber and Fiji also are available in shampoo and bar soap.

Old Spice Fresher Collection Kit

Because we want to help you smell as great as nature, we are giving away an Old Spice Fresher Collection Kit. If you are interesting in smelling Fresher and Betterer, all you have to do is follow us on Twitter @Man_Unplugged and send us the following tweet:

Hi @Man_Unplugged I want to smell fresher and betterer with @OldSpice new Fresher Collection

We will choose one lucky winner on Friday, March 13, 2015. Yes, your luck can change on Friday the 13th. Winners will be notified by email.

The Fresher Collection products hit retailer locations nationwide last month, so make sure to look for them. For more information on Old Spice Fresher Collection, visit and make sure to follow them on Twitter (@OldSpice), Facebook (, and Instagram (@oldspice). You can also follow the hashtag #oldspice. And don’t forget to subscribe to their YouTube channel ( for hilarious and highly informative videos on how you too can smell… well, FRESHER.

Disclaimer: This giveaway is sponsored by Old Spice

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Greenhook Ginsmiths Gin Mon, 02 Mar 2015 16:39:45 +0000 Greenhook Ginsmith Gin

We love discovering new things especially new wine and spirits brands. When we initially stumbled upon Greenhook Ginsmiths Gin we were intrigued by the packaging. As we learned more about the brand’s distillation process we could practically taste the Botanicals of this Gin on our palate.

An infusion of flavors, Greenhook Ginsmiths Gin is created using a unique technique known as “Vacuum Distillation, which allows them to distill their Gin at a low temperature preventing the delicate aromas of their Botanicals from becoming stewed with excessive heat during distillation. This unique process removes air pressure from the still during distillation and creates a beautifully fragrant Gin with lifted aromas and vibrant flavors.

The Vacuum-Distilled process was established in 2012 after several years of planning, experimenting, and building a distillery in the Greenpoint section of Brooklyn, New York where Greenhook Ginsmiths released their Flagship, American Dry Gin that same year. One of America’s Premier Gin Artisans, Greenhook Ginsmiths Gin currently has three distinct flavors including American Dry Gin, Old Tom Gin, and Beach Plum Gin which is native to the state the Gin was founded.


Grennhook Ginsmith Beach Plum Gin

The World’s first ever commercially released Beach Plum Gin Liqueur, Beach Plum Gin is indigenous to the Beaches of New York. Beach Plums are a rare, finicky, Wild Plum with a prized, piquant flavor. Inspired by the Traditional, English Sloe Gin, Greenhook Ginsmiths Beach Plum Gin Liqueur is crafted by soaking whole, Long Island Beach Plums in their Signature American Dry Gin for 7 full months, with just a touch of Turbinado Sugar.

Drink To Try: FLY BY NIGHT

Fly By Night Greenhook Beach Plum Gin

1 oz Greenhook Beach Plum Gin
1 oz Cielo Rojo Bacanora
3/4 oz Agave Nectar & Lime juice
1/2 oz Poire Williams Pear Brandy
1 Egg white
4–5 Leaves Yerba Buena

Shake all ingredients, first without ice. Add ice, preferably either Kold Draft or large solid ice cubes and shake. Strain and serve in a short fizz glass, garnish with sprig of Yerba Buena. No Glassware: Collins Garnish: Yerba Buena


Grennhook Ginsmith American Dry Gin

Greenhook Ginsmiths American Dry Gin is made from organic, New York State grown wheat, Tuscan juniper, coriander, chamomile, elderflower, citrus, Thai blue ginger, Ceylon cinnamon, orris root, and elderberry. 47% ABV

“It’s one of the boldest, most interesting Gins out there.” — The Wall Street Journal


Calyer Royal Greenhook American Dry Gin

3/4 oz Greenhook American Dry Gin
1/4 oz Rich Vanilla Syrup
1/4 oz Laird’s Applejack, Bonded
3–4 Dashes Angostura Aromatic Bitters

Build all ingredients in a mixing glass, add regular or Kold-Draft ice, stir, strain into a double rocks glass, add ice. Garnish with lemon and orange twist. Rock Glassware: Double Rocks Garnish: Orange and Lemon Twist


Grennhook Ginsmith Old Tom Cat Gin

Often considered the missing link between Dutch Genevers and modern dry gins, Old Tom Gin was the prevalent style of Gin in 18th century England. In our Greenkook’s to recreate this historical, full-bodied expression, they crafted this special, overproof bottling from pot distilled corn, juniper, and botanicals inspired by the spice trade of the prevailing time period. Aged for one year in bourbon casks before being finished in Oloroso Sherry casks, Greenkook’s Old Tom Gin is perfect for your next Martinez or Old Fashioned.

Drink To Try: FOG CUTTER

Fog Cutter Greenhook Old Tom Gin

.5 oz Greenhook Ginsmiths Old Tom Gin
.5 oz Cognac
.5 oz White Rum
.5 oz Palo Cortado Sherry
.75 oz Fresh Lemon Juice
1 oz Fresh Orange Juice
.5 oz Orgeat Syrup

Shake everything — except sherry — with ice. Pour into tall ice filled tall pilsner or chimney Glass. Float the sherry over the top. Garnish: Orange Flag, Umbrella, Bouquet Mint. Ice: Rocks. Glassware: Tall Pilsner or Chimney. Garnish: Orange Flag, Umbrella, Bouquet of Mint

For more drink recipes and to discover where you can pick up a bottle make sure to visit You can also follow the brand on Twitter.

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