The Voice took a turn toward democracy in its first live episode of the season appropriately airing on Election Week. We rank the best performances of the night in our Live Playoffs Part 1 recap.

After Blind Auditions, Battle Rounds with steals and the Knockouts, Adam Levine and Blake Shelton’s teams were up first vying for three spots on each team. But not before jointly performing Boston’s “Peace of Mind.”

Once the individual performances began, however, it was hard to pick a loser as all 10 contestants delivered.

Team Adam

1. Amanda Brown

Twitter: @Amanda__Brown

The former backup vocalist stolen from Team Cee Lo surprised yet again by choosing Aerosmith’s “Dream On.” She killed the vocals and had fun doing it (with Adam air drumming from his chair).

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The Voice took a turn toward democracy in its first live episode of the season appropriately airing on Election Week. We rank the best performances of the night in our Live Playoffs Part 1 recap.

After Blind Auditions, Battle Rounds with steals and the Knockouts, Adam Levine and Blake Shelton’s teams were up first vying for three spots on each team. But not before jointly performing Boston’s “Peace of Mind.”

Once the individual performances began, however, it was hard to pick a loser as all 10 contestants delivered.

Team Adam

1. Amanda Brown

Twitter: @Amanda__Brown

The former backup vocalist stolen from Team Cee Lo surprised yet again by choosing Aerosmith’s “Dream On.” She killed the vocals and had fun doing it (with Adam air drumming from his chair).

2. Bryan Keith

Twitter: @Bryanpeeps

New York crooner Bryan Keith got some of the loudest cheers from the crowd with his passionate take on the Goo Goo Dolls’ “Iris.” It’s hard not to love Bryan’s voice, though we’re still waiting for it to bring out the goosebumps.

3. Melanie Martinez

Twitter: @MelanieLBBH

The New York high schooler found her sassiness for Ray Charles’ “Hit The Road Jack.” Making the song her own, Melanie got praise from Blake and Adam, but Christina seemed to struggle to give her positive feedback because she’s “married to the original.”

4. Joselyn Rivera

Twitter: @MsJoselynRivera

The 17-year-old Floridian, who Adam stole from Team Xtina during the Battle Rounds, took on Demi Lovato’s “Give Your Heart A Break.” Punching the air accenting the drums (awkwardly at times), Joselyn entertained the crowd and showed voice control as she moved around the big stage.

5. Loren Allred

Twitter: @LorenAllred

“Most Improved” singer Loren Allred showed off her sultry side with “All Around The World” by Lisa Stansfield. She got through the blinds, battles and knockouts without much hype, but the wedding singer has killer vocals.

Team Blake

1. Cassadee Pope

Twitter: @CassadeePope

Former Hey Monday lead Cassadee Pope showed off her pop rock vocals with Avril Lavigne’s “My Happy Ending.” Hitting some beautiful high notes, Cassadee may have improved on the classic Avril song.

2. Michaela Paige

Twitter: @FLASinger1

Blake’s young rocker took on Neon Trees’ “Everybody Talks” multi-colored mohawk and all. Cee Lo, Blake and Adam (although Adam changed his mind later) called it the best performance of the night with good reason. Girl rocked the stage, the attitude and the vocals.

3. Terry McDermott

Twitter: @TerryMacMusic

The Scottish rocker sang Journey’s ever-popular “Don’t Stop Believin'” and slayed it as he has classic rock songs throughout the competition. As Blake put it, “When God was passing out the ability to rock, he gave Terry just a little bit more.”

4. Liz Davis

Twitter: @LizDavisMusic

As the only country artist left on season 3 of The Voice, the “country as mud” singer took on Martina McBride’s “Independence Day.” Will uniting the country vote work out for Liz? We’ll soon find out!

5. Julio Cesar Castillo

Twitter: @JulioCCastle

The Chicago Mariachi singer returned to his roots, after taking on the Biebz last week, with his second full song in Spanish – “El Rey.” He got the first standing ovation of the night after delivering a strong emotional performance.

While the presidential election will take over Tuesday night programming, The Voice returns with live performances from Teams Cee Lo and Christina on Wednesday at 8 p.m. on NBC. The live results show on Thursday, Nov. 8 will see the return of last year’s winner Jermaine Paul and Maroon 5’s debut of its new single, “Daylight.”

Viewers can vote for their two favorite contestants per team by purchasing an artist’s song on iTunes, on Facebook, by phone or text message (Sprint users) or on NBC.com until 10 a.m. ET Tuesday. Each coach will then save one more contestant, taking three artists on to the next round.

Once the Top 12 perform next week, however, the two artists with the lowest votes, no matter what team they are on, will be eliminated, as per a new rule change that doesn’t guarantee each team will be represented in the finals.

Who are you voting for to move on in the competition?

Photo Credit: Tyler Golden/NBC

Legion M president Jeff Annison introduces the first fan-owned entertainment company

"Opening the gates to Hollywood" with fandom-powered entertainment production.

2:12 pm EDT, August 24, 2016

Hypable speaks to co-founder Jeff Annison about Legion M’s goals, fan engagement, and potential impact on the entertainment industry.

An exciting new project launched over the summer: Legion M, the world’s first fan-owned entertainment company.

At San Diego Comic-Con, Hype Podcast sat down with co-founder and company president Jeff Annison, in order to learn more about the ambitious startup that promises to give fans more creative control of entertainment production.

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Hypable speaks to co-founder Jeff Annison about Legion M’s goals, fan engagement, and potential impact on the entertainment industry.

An exciting new project launched over the summer: Legion M, the world’s first fan-owned entertainment company.

At San Diego Comic-Con, Hype Podcast sat down with co-founder and company president Jeff Annison, in order to learn more about the ambitious startup that promises to give fans more creative control of entertainment production.

The full interview is available to download here or via iTunes, or you can stream it below:

In the interview, Annison explains the mission of Legion M, which is to bring fans directly into the production process. Says Annison, “For the first time in history, we are architected to be built from the ground up to be owned by fans.”

With a ‘Legion’ of fan investors behind them, Annison believes that Legion M’s approach to selecting and developing projects will be very different from anything else we’ve seen in Hollywood.

Where usually creators will struggle to make their content stand out from the crowd, “bringing the audience into the process [of creating entertainment], we’ve already got a built-in audience,” Annison explains. “If you can have the audience of content be invested in content, it gives that content a competitive advantage.”

One of the key ways in which Legion M hopes to influence the creative industry is by opening the door for more diverse projects.

As Hollywood is so revenue-driven, oftentimes the ‘risk’ of letting a movie’s lead character be a woman, a person of color and/or a member of the LGBT community is simply considered too great. But Legion M, being owned by fans, has the opportunity to tip the scales. Because if the investors want more diversity and new kinds of stories, that’s exactly what they’re going to get.

“The reason that there are so many superhero movies and reboots and remakes… Hollywood’s figured out the formula. You pick something with an established fanbase, and if you make the movie you know it’s less risky because you know those people are gonna come see the next Superman movie,” says Annison. “Whereas if it’s an unknown story, you just don’t know. So we believe when you make the audience part of the process, these fans that are part of our studio … if you’ve got an audience that’s baked into it, that gives you so much more creative leeway.”

In practice, this means that Legion M, “could come up with a completely new and novel story that’s never been tried before, and know that it’s gonna have some success” — which means that it’d actually get produced, unlike many original ideas that come to Hollywood to die.

Further, fan owners of Legion M can experience unprecedented involvement with the creative process. Not only are they involved with selecting and developing projects, but, “our promise to our investors is that we’re gonna take you along for the ride. When we film a movie, we wanna live-stream from the set. When we have project opportunities, we wanna put them in front of you. We give the Legion a voice.”

To start with, Legion M is partnering with Seth Green and Matthew Senreich’s Stoopid Buddy Stoodios, which created Robot Chicken. Annison explains that they still have “dozens” of projects that networks have rejected, and Legion M is working on bringing some of them to life.

In terms of representation, Legion M doesn’t necessarily want to commit to a quota of diversity. Instead, where they expect to be able to influence Hollywood is at the “table” where these decisions are made — and, “because we’re owned by such a broad, diverse group of people, we’ve got a better shot than anybody else at being able to affect that change.”

As Annison explains: “Fans have the ultimate power. Our money is what makes this whole thing spin around. When we combine and come together, we’ve got all the power.”

Read more about Legion M and how to get involved on their website.

As we approach the Captain America: Civil War Blu-Ray release date, a new deleted scene from the film has been released.

And it’s a Civil War deleted scene that is sure to please Stucky fans.

In the clip, Bucky quickly comes to the defense of bae (a.k.a. Cap) when War Machine briefly takes him down. Bucky gets back at Rhodey by throwing Cap’s iconic shield at him, and as the shield boomerangs back, Steve Rogers catches it. Take THAT, War Machine! #TeamCap

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As we approach the Captain America: Civil War Blu-Ray release date, a new deleted scene from the film has been released.

And it’s a Civil War deleted scene that is sure to please Stucky fans.

In the clip, Bucky quickly comes to the defense of bae (a.k.a. Cap) when War Machine briefly takes him down. Bucky gets back at Rhodey by throwing Cap’s iconic shield at him, and as the shield boomerangs back, Steve Rogers catches it. Take THAT, War Machine! #TeamCap

Watch below:

The movie’s airport scene was easily one of the most delightful moments of the film, so we’re loving this extra dose of Stucky brilliance.

Need more? The Captain America Blu-ray, with a release date set for September 13, includes the following special features:

  1. United We Stand, Divided We Fall – The Making of Captain America: Civil War Part 1 & Part 2 – As the tension mounts, sides are chosen and lines drawn. Learn more about the characters on each side—from Captain America and Iron Man to the latest recruits. In this complete behind-the-scenes look at a landmark in the Marvel saga, we’ll examine their stories through exclusive footage and interviews and discover just what went into selecting the Super Hero teams, filming the epic action sequences and introducing Black Panther and Spider-Man to the MCU.
  2. Captain America: The Road to Civil War – Explore the First Avenger’s fascinating evolution from loyal soldier to seasoned, conflicted hero who questions authority.
  3. Iron Man: The Road to Civil War – From Gulmira to Sokovia, delve into the development and evolution of one of the most iconic characters in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
  4. Gag Reel – Break the tension of this high-stakes conflict with some hilarious outtakes featuring the lighter side of your favorite Super Heroes.
  5. Deleted & Extended Scenes – Check out never-before-seen footage that didn’t make the final cut of Captain America: Civil War.
  6. Audio Commentary – Directors Anthony and Joe Russo and screenwriters Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely deliver scene-by-scene insight and explain the storytelling challenges they faced creating the third installment of the Captain America franchise.
  7. Open Your Mind: Marvel’s Doctor Strange – Exclusive Sneak Peek – Go behind and beyond the scenes as Doctor Strange makes his journey to the big screen.

The Digital HD version of Civil War will be released on September 2.

Director James Gunn confirms the name of a Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 creature with the release of some concept art from the film.

The Guardians of the Galaxy have been pretty busy lately while they gear up for Vol. 2. On Friday we learned that they’ll be showing up in Avengers: Infinity War, and tonight we got a sneak peek of a creature the team will be taking on in the GotG sequel.

Taking to Twitter, Gunn showed off a piece of concept art created by Andy Park.

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Director James Gunn confirms the name of a Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 creature with the release of some concept art from the film.

The Guardians of the Galaxy have been pretty busy lately while they gear up for Vol. 2. On Friday we learned that they’ll be showing up in Avengers: Infinity War, and tonight we got a sneak peek of a creature the team will be taking on in the GotG sequel.

Taking to Twitter, Gunn showed off a piece of concept art created by Andy Park.

guardians-of-the-galaxy-2-concept-art

In his replies, he names the creature and states that, no, they aren’t fighting in space.

Then taking to Facebook, Gunn replied to fans who had questions about the image.

An updated synopsis for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 reads:

“Set to the backdrop of ‘Awesome Mixtape #2,’ Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 continues the team’s adventures as they traverse the outer reaches of the cosmos. The Guardians must fight to keep their newfound family together as they unravel the mysteries of Peter Quill’s true parentage. Old foes become new allies and fan-favorite characters from the classic comics will come to our heroes’ aid as the Marvel cinematic universe continues to expand.”

So it looks like for those who were lucky enough to see GotG 2 footage at San Diego Comic-Con this year, you’ve already seen this guy in action.

‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2’ lands in theatres on May 5, 2017