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In every issue of Rosebud Magazine we pick some of the top entertainment releases, from music to tv and movies, to recommend for growers. These are good bets when it's time to take a load off and get out of the grow room for a while. Check these new and upcoming releases:



We caught up with Michael at Royal Gold to hear about the company and their products. These guys are up to some cool stuff in the hydroponics business. Read on to get the goods straight from the horse’s mouth.

We all want a better crop. We look to improve yield and quality, but did you know that there’s a safe, organic way to increase essential oil production in your plants? That’s what the scientists at Terpinator have in mind.

Hey growers, there’s been some cool stuff coming out this fall. Here’s our pick for great movies, TV, and music. What have you been digging?

Nine Inch Nails: Hesitation Marks

After a four-year hiatus, Trent Reznor returns with the project that made him a superstar. Hesitation Marks is Nine Inch Nails’ eighth studio album, aiming to blast more dark, edgy tunes into the consciousness of the listening public. Reznor assembled some top-flight collaborators to elevate the new record, including his Academy Award co-winner Atticus Ross, super-producer Alan Moulder (Smashing Pumpkins, Foo Fighters), prog rock legend Adrian Belew (King Crimson), and Lindsey Buckingham (Fleetwood Mac). In an era where big records increasingly lack integrity, this release is a breath of fresh air.

The Roots and Elvis Costello: Wise Up Ghost

It’s an unlikely team-up, but hip-hop greats and late-night television fixtures the Roots have joined forces with Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Elvis Costello to produce a full-length album of original material. It’s tough to predict what the tracks will sound like, whether they’ll find a balance of rap influence and Costello’s signature new wave attack. But one thing’s for sure — with this crew of next-level creators, the result is bound to be wonderful.


Hugh Jackman and Jake Gyllenhaal star in this crime thriller about child abduction. Gyllenhaal is the detective and Jackman is the tormented parent, but the twist comes when Jackman kidnaps the man believed responsible for the abduction. This one looks intense and at least a little disturbing, with moral ambiguity taking center stage. Buckle up for a true nail-biter.

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

Marvel Studios has dominated the big screen with hits Iron Man, Captain America, and The Avengers. Now the comic publisher cum film studio has set its sights on screens of another kind — network television. Avengers mastermind and TV guru Joss Whedon co-created the series, as well as wrote, produced, and directed the pilot. That means there’s a strong chance that this ABC series will pull of the dual feat of drawing big ratings from the viewing public at large while simultaneously meeting the high demands of comic book nerds.

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Growers know the benefits that added CO2 will bring to your indoor hydroponic garden. Tanks are inefficient and CO2 burners can be difficult to set up. For growers who want an easy solution for adding CO2, we recommend the Enhancer from TNB Naturals. This all-organic CO2 generator can add up to 1,200 ppm in a 12’x12’x8’ area. And it works just by adding warm water to the bottle. Rosebud spoke to TNB to find out more:

Every indoor grower has done battle with disease. It can set you back a season or even worse. The hydroponics industry offers many solutions and preventions that can help battle pesky problems such as botrytis and powdery mildew, but there’s a novel technology making its way to North America that you may not have heard of yet.

How did Shawn Levy go from being an aspiring actor in Montreal to a big time Hollywood director? From humble show business beginnings, Levy has managed to find himself at the helm of a hit movie franchise (the Night at the Museum series, starring Ben Stiller) and working with such comedy stars as Steve Carrel and Tina Fey (in Date Night), as well as the legendary Steve Martin (Cheaper by the Dozen and The Pink Panther).

His recent film, The Internship, will be out on DVD/Blu-Ray on October 22. We caught up with Levy to talk about working with Owen Wilson and Vince Vaughn in that film, as well as to get a sense of how it feels for a kid from Montreal to end up working amidst the Hollywood elite.

Rosebud: With The Internship, there was a lot of excitement about seeing Owen Wilson and Vince Vaughn together for the first time since Wedding Crashers. Were you able to recapture their Wedding Crashers chemistry?

Shawn Levy: Well, obviously chemistry is such a hard-to-define thing, and this was a very different movie with a very different tone. But I think that Vince and Owen do have a pretty unique dynamic between them. And I know they certainly loved reuniting and playing of off each other again in that way.

Their rhythms, their energies are so different. And yet they combine in a really interesting way, and in a way that I think is really enjoyable and really funny. So it’s never going to be exactly the same as some other movie, but I do think there’s a very unique and enjoyable chemistry between these guys. That was a big part of the appeal for me to direct the movie.

In terms of that playfulness, what was the level of improvisation versus sticking to the script?

Well, nobody who works in comedy, certainly at the movie star level that I’ve been lucky enough to work at for the last many years, you don’t do it by sticking strictly to the script. That means that when you’re in preproduction, you’re constantly checking in with the actors, and through the prep process and through rehearsals you’re improvising and incorporating that improv into the screenplay.

And then you do another wave of it when you’re shooting the movie. You almost always do several takes as scripted, but then one would be a fool, I think, to hire this caliber of comedic mind and then shackle them to simply the scripted words. Even the greatest scripted jokes aren’t quite the same as what can happen in the moment.

I think the best example of that is the scene where Vince and Owen interview via webcam for the job at Google. That was a really funny scene, but the scene in the movie is 50% improvised on top of what was scripted.

On the DVD/Blu-ray, can viewers expect to see some extra moments of improvisation that didn’t make the theatrical cut of the movie?

Yes. There was a huge amount of R-rated improv that happened every day on set, and a lot of it couldn’t make it into the PG-13 theatrical edit. But a lot of it is there in the unrated cut that we’re releasing with the Blu-ray.

Your career has an interesting arc. You’re Canadian and an actor originally.

Yeah, I mean, the Canadian-ness is still very much a part of me, but the actor part is much less so. When I was in high-school and college I acted, and then I came down from Montreal to the States to go to Yale, but by my senior year as an undergrad, it was becoming more and more clear to me that directing was going to be the path that would be more fulfilling.

I started having success as a director, and one thing has led to another, and I’m on my tenth movie right now, which is startling to realize.

A lot of your early professional credits are as an actor. Did you use the acting as a springboard?

It’s a helpful background because so many directors know the technical stuff, but when it comes to helping an actor get to a performance, that’s a different language and it’s a language that a lot of directors are never taught. So certainly my background at Yale Drama as an actor gave me a really useful foundation in what an actor does and how to help him or her do it. It was not so much a springboard, but it has definitely remained a very, very helpful piece of my background.

You’ve been able to make the climb from directing TV to making feature films and working with great stars. Do you have pinch-me moments or does it feel natural to you?

I have pinch-me moments at least once a week, and very often more frequently than that. Literally, in the last ten hours I’ve been in New York working with Ben Stiller on our next Night at the Museum movie, and I’ve just come from the editing room of my current movie with Jason Bateman. Working with filmmakers and actors of this caliber is a huge thrill to me, and it’s constantly fun and educational.

The experience of working with people like Steve Martin, Ben Stiller, and Robin Williams is constantly thrilling. I never get used to it.

You mentioned that the process is educational. How do you feel you’re still developing or learning as a director?

Two things: One is that it’s a constant lesson that you need to tailor the kind of humor to the actor. What works for Steve Martin may not work for Ben Stiller or Vince Vaughn. Customizing the tone of the humor to the talent that you’re working with onscreen, that’s a constant kind of reboot of sensibility. And figuring out what is going to be the right joke for this particular performer.

And the other education certainly is – whether it’s things like Date Night or Night at the Museum or Real Steel or my new movie This Is Where I Leave You – I’ve really enjoyed changing genres and making films in different tonalities because that’s a way of constantly learning as well.

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Lately, more and more people—growers, consumers, manufacturers and many others—are learning the value of organics. Growers are undoubtedly more wary of applying synthetic chemicals than we were a decade ago, and consumers increasingly prefer natural products. Well, there’s one company in the hydroponics community that was way ahead of the curve: Safer Brand.
There are many companies making organic pesticides, fungicides and fertilizers, but Safer Brand’s 25 years in the organic market separates them from competitors who are just jumping on the bandwagon.
“We were the first to bring a national brand behind organic technologies,” says Julien Godbarge, brand manager at Safer Brand. “And the amount of research and development that we’ve put into this industry is quite unique as well. We’re proud to have brought a lot of innovations to the market.”

Organic is what we do and it’s all we do. We don’t do anything synthetic at all.

But it’s not just the years that set Safer Brand apart. It’s also their commitment to high-quality natural products.
“Organic is what we do and it’s all we do. We don’t do anything synthetic at all,” says Godbarge.
“There’s also a very strong focus on transparency and labeling,” he continues. “All products are validated by independent third parties who ensure both the efficacy and organic nature of the products. That’s huge when you look at the marketplace where there are a lot of people trying to take advantage of consumers. We deliver very high quality, very consistently.”
If you’re using chemicals on your plants, you’re going to end up ingesting chemical residues no matter how well you flush your crops. The only way to be sure of the purity of your harvest is to use products approved for use in organic production, which is Safer Brand’s specialty.
Having spread the organic gospel for over two decades, Safer Brand is energized by the current interest in natural products. It’s an opportunity these organic originators will not let go to waste. “We have a mission to educate consumers so that they can make good choices around what insect control products and fertilizers they end up using,” says Godbarge.
“We’re also proud to support community gardens around the country, as well as some of the best scientists worldwide, like at the Rodale Institute,” Godbarge says. “This way we’re able to bring our fans and followers great products.”
There you have it. A high-quality, community-minded company committed to delivering the best in organic garden care. For more information about Safer Brand products, check out saferbrand.com.
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There have been some big movements forward in terms of indoor grow lighting in the past few years. The rise of LED has created a new option for indoor growers looking to reduce their energy bill as well as the temperature of their indoor garden. Now, one company has introduced another improvement to the ever expanding field of grow lighting.


Charles Baker is living a dream come true. He went from small-time acting in regional theater to landing a regular role on one of the most beloved TV shows of all time, Breaking Bad. But while he may have found success as “Skinny Pete,” this is just the beginning for this rising star, as Baker explains in this exclusive RosebudMag.com interview.

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Moonshine Bandits are true American originals. The group is made up of blue-collar types from rural California who have created an interesting amalgam of hip-hop and country. They describe themselves as a mix of Beastie Boys and Johnny Cash, and while they’re building their own audience of true believers, they’re versatile enough to play to both the country and the rap crowd.


Everyone enjoys a good rivalry. We’ve been privy to soda wars (Coke vs. Pepsi), late-night wars (Conan vs. Leno) and nerd wars (Jedi vs. Trekkies). There’s no shortage of clashes to discuss, so without further ado, here are five of the most provocative conflicts this side of the Middle East:

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For those of us making a concerted effort to grow more of our own food and reduce our intake of GMO products, it’s important to expand our thinking beyond basic fruits and vegetables. With that in mind, we present a couple of recipes for condiments that have become staples in North American homes. Both recipes feature the most popular grow-it-yourself fruit of them all – the tomato.


In the current issue of Rosebud Magazine (the one with Anthony Bourdain on the cover), we talk about the trend of celebrity chefs and how they use their celebrity. Many do some wonderful things in the way of exploring the connection between people and their food. But there’s a sideshow element to their entertainment, too.

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