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The Hangover Part III


The finale to Todd Phillips' unlikely hit Hangover trilogy is to hit theatres on May 24. The series may have stumbled a bit in the second instalment, but it still made a ton of money for everyone involved. Despite a weak storyline, there were enough laughs, drunken escapades and Mike Tyson appearances to ensure a third film was made. Returning stars Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms, Zach Galifianakis and Justin Bartha are joined by comedian John Goodman and it will be the final film in the Hangover franchise.

The shenanigans return to Las Vegas -- though parts are set in Los Angeles and Tijuana -- and Tyson will return in a cameo role. The first-look trailer has been uploaded to the web and kicks off the online campaign that has helped the trilogy become one of the highest grossing comedy series of the last five years.

Music Festival Junkies


Spring is around the corner and that can only mean one thing -- music festival season is about to kick off. Manitoba has its fair share of music festivals, from Dauphin's popular CountryFest to the Winnipeg Folk Festival in Bird's Hill to the Manitoba Electronic Music Exhibition (MEME) in the heart of the historic Exchange District.

If these local festivals aren't enough for you, Music Festival Junkies is an online resource to connect you to events around the world. With a comprehensive festival guide that can help you plan your excursions to Coachella in California, Osheaga in Montreal or the Reading Festival in the United Kingdom, there are options for every type of music fan.

From ideas on what to pack to reviews to commentary from fellow festival lovers, Music Festival Junkies is the ultimate planning resource for anyone thinking about hitting the road to check out some music this summer.



With social video apps all the rage these days (see Twitter's Vine, Viddy, Socialcam and Klip), another new player has emerged. Koozoo is hoping to redefine the world through live smartphone videos. While Vine lets you stitch together short clips, Koozoo is a crowdsourcing video app that launched at the end of February. The app is "the first crowdsourced network of continuously broadcasting smartphone video cameras," and allows users to stream video feeds from wherever they are in the world. Along with allowing you to see what is happening on the other side of the globe, the app can also be used to answer relevant local questions like how long the line is at your favourite brunch spot or what the weather is like at Grand Beach.

"I was on vacation in Mexico in 2008 when I had the idea for Koozoo. I was using my BlackBerry and realized I could access any piece of information in the digital world but there was no way for me to see what was going on back in my neighbourhood in (San Francisco)," Koozoo CEO Drew Sechrist told Mashable. "I started thinking about all of the places I'd like to be able to check out a view of to see what was actually going on (I wonder if the Eiffel Tower is crowded? Has the fog rolled onto the Marina Green yet?) and realized how useful a network of live video feeds would be -- voila, Koozoo!"

Anthony Augustine is a freelance music, technology and pop culture writer who spends way too much time in front of a computer. Got a site you think he should see? Email him at or follow him at

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition March 14, 2013 C14

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