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CHILDREN OF MEN, ILLUSIONIST, GOOD SHEPHERD, APOCALYPTO and BLACK DAHLIA Earn Outstanding Feature Noms From Cinematography Society

Emmanuel Lubezki, ASC, AMC, (CHILDREN OF MEN), Dick Pope, BSC (THE ILLUSIONIST), Robert Richardson, ASC (THE GOOD SHEPHERD), Dean Semler, ASC, ACS (APOCALYPTO), and Vilmos Zsigmond, ASC (THE BLACK DAHLIA) are vying for top honors in the feature film category at the 21st Annual American Society of Cinematographers Outstanding Achievement Awards competition. The winner will be announced during the awards gala on February 18 at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza Hotel.

"There is no textbook formula for artful cinematography," says Russ Alsobrook, ASC who chairs the organization's Awards Committee. "It takes talent and skill to mas

ter a complex craft, as well as a collaborative spirit. These five, amazingly talented individuals were selected by their peers who believe they have set the standard for artful visual story-telling in a sharply competitive field from 2006."

This is the eighth ASC nomination for Richardson, the third for Zsigmond, the second for Lubezki and Semler, and the first for Pope. They were nominated for movies that occur in different places and eras, with themes varying from pure fantasy to stark reality.

Okada also points out that all five nominees trace their origins to different countries. Semler was born and launched his career in Australia, Zsigmond in Hungary, Lubezki in Mexico, Richardson in the United States, and Pope in England where he still resides.

The ASC was founded in 1919. There are some 290 members from many nations today, and approximately 140 associate members from allied sectors of the industry.

For more information about the 21st Annual ASC Outstanding Achievement Awards, visit www.theasc.com or call 323-969-4333.

Source: American Society of Cinematographers

 

Carly Simon's Critically-Acclaimed New Album, 'Into White,' Debuts at #1 on Soundscan Top Internet Album Chart & Enters Billboard Top 200 at #15

Grammy & Oscar Winning Performer Slated for Appearance on 'The Oprah Winfrey Show' Tuesday, January 16

 Carly Simon's new album Into White, a collection of best-loved pop standards and traditional songs, has just entered the Top Internet Sales chart at #1, according to SoundScan, and is debuting on the Billboard Top 200 with the highest-ranking chart position (#15) of any album debuting on that chart this week.

Carly Simon, an Academy Award, Golden Globe and Grammy-winning singer and composer, is slated to appear on "The Oprah Winfrey Show" on Tuesday, January 16 (check your local listings). Sally Taylor and Ben Taylor (each an accomplished songwriter and performer in her/his own right) will join their mother on "Oprah" to perform a new rendition of James Taylor's "You Can Close Your Eyes" (a song from Into White originally appearing on Taylor's 1971 album Mud Slide Slim and the Blue Horizon).

Into White is a soothing return to Carly's primary musical roots, a pure and evocative showcase of best-loved songs, old and new, performed in the trademark dusky vocal style that's unmistakably Carly. The album has been drawing rave reviews from the music and mainstream press:

"Entering the world of Carly Simon's new album Into White (Columbia) is like tiptoeing into an enchanted garden," wrote The New York Times, calling the album "luminous" while noting: "Singing quietly in a low throbbing alto caressed by an exquisite folk-pop arrangement, Ms. Simon projects the warmth and intimacy of a parent caught up in the magic of the bedtime stories she is reading to her children."

USA Today observed that "Simon has covered a lot of musical terrain, but no album has flattered her soft, warm alto more fetchingly than this collection of lyrical ballads ... " while the San Francisco Chronicle said " ... she shows her genius for interpreting a song and turning it into an object of intimacy and awe."

Taking its title from a wistful Cat Stevens song from the legendary 70's singer/songwriter's Tea For The Tillerman album, Into White conjures a series of gentle moods in a collection of unforgettable tunes drawn from many sources including "Over The Rainbow," "All I Have To Do Is Dream"/"Devoted To You," "Blackbird," "Jamaica Farewell" and "You Can Close Your Eyes" (written by James Taylor and sung as a trio with Ben and Sally Taylor). Also included is Stephen Foster's classic "Oh! Susanna" along with other traditional folk airs: "Hush Little Baby"/"My Bonnie," "I Gave My Love A Cherry [The Riddle Song]" and "Scarborough Fair."

Carly rounds out the album with "Love of My Life" (a song she first wrote and recorded for the film "This Is My Life"), "Quiet Evening" (written by David Saw) and "I'll Just Remember You" (written by David Saw and Ben Taylor). Both "Quiet Evening" and "I'll Just Remember You" were written during the course of recording Into White and Carly was so enthused about both of them that she stopped the record in its tracks and went out of her way to include them on the record.

Produced by Carly Simon, and engineered and mixed by Jimmy Parr, the songs on Into White are performed by an intimate group of friends and family including Teese Gohl (who not only contributed all the keyboard and synthesizer parts but also arranged strings and played kalimba on the album), Peter Calo on guitar and dobro, Jan Hyer on cello, David Saw on guitar, and Jimmy Parr on various percussion.

www.carlysimon.com

www.columbiarecords.com

Source: Columbia Records

 

The World's Most Popular Doll(1) Stars in a Captivating New Magical Fairy Adventure Full of Music, Mystique and Enchantment

'Barbie(TM) Fairytopia(TM): Magic of the Rainbow(TM)'

A Full-Length Original Barbie(TM) Adventure Begins on DVD March 6, 2007, From Universal Studios Home Entertainment

Barbie(R), the most popular doll in the world(2) stars as the beautiful and brilliant flower fairy Elina(TM) in the all-new movie "Barbie(TM) Fairytopia(TM): Magic of the Rainbow(TM)," premiering on DVD on March 6, 2007, from Universal Studios Home Entertainment. A magical new tale, "Barbie(TM) Fairytopia(TM): Magic of the Rainbow(TM)" follows Elina(TM) as she discovers the secrets of the mysterious Crystal Palace. The third Barbie(TM) adventure set in the luminously magical world of Fairytopia(TM), "Barbie(TM) Fairytopia(TM): Magic of the Rainbow(TM)" is a shimmering blend of music, dance, color and mystery.

Fun, fantasy and friendship bring together a group of fairies in a quest to learn the Flight of Spring and create the season's first rainbow. The cast features more fairies than any previous "Barbie(TM) Fairytopia(TM)" story, including new friends Glee(TM), a sweet wood nymph, Lumina(TM), a blue-violet fairy with wings shaped like moons, and a spunky sparkle fairy named Sunburst(TM). Elina(TM) fairy's cuddly puffball Bibble(TM) joins the adventure making his own new friends with a new puffball named Dizzle(TM). A must-own addition for every Barbie(TM) DVD collection, "Barbie(TM) Fairytopia(TM): Magic of the Rainbow(TM)" is sure to capture fans' hearts with its inspiring story of teamwork, as well as entertaining bonus features.

"Barbie(TM) Fairytopia(TM): Magic of the Rainbow(TM)" represents the third distinct entertainment property to come out of the collaboration between Universal and Mattel, following the successful 2006 releases of "Barbie(TM) in the 12 Dancing Princesses" and "PollyWorld(TM)," said Craig Kornblau, President, Universal Studios Home Entertainment. "We are confident it will make a highly appealing Easter season offering and will create further velocity for this burgeoning, profoundly creative brand."

"We are delighted to offer girls and parents a choice when it comes to quality home entertainment and, with more than 37 million units of movies sold worldwide since 2001, Barbie is a clear favorite among families," said Richard Dickson, Senior Vice President of Marketing, Media and Entertainment Worldwide for Mattel. "The valuable lesson surrounding the spirit of teamwork makes 'Barbie(TM) Fairytopia(TM): Magic of the Rainbow(TM)' a truly memorable experience that only Barbie(TM) can deliver."

In "Barbie(TM) Fairytopia(TM): Magic of the Rainbow(TM)", Elina(TM) and an entire new group of imaginatively-rendered, fantastical friends face down her evil nemesis Laverna(TM) in a race to save Fairytopia(TM). Elina(TM) must learn important lessons about the power of friendship, courage and teamwork in order to prevent 10 years of dark and gloomy winter from enveloping the colorful fairy world. The DVD is priced at $19.98 SRP. Preorder close is February 6, 2007.

BONUS FEATURES WILL WORK THEIR MAGIC ON BARBIE(TM) FANS

The "Barbie(TM) Fairytopia(TM): Magic of the Rainbow(TM)" DVD includes special features that will captivate Barbie(TM) fans for hours, including:

* Rainbow Adventure(TM) Mini-Games -- Explore the remarkable land of

Fairytopia(TM) with two interactive DVD games from Mattel's

"Fairytopia(TM) Rainbow Adventure(TM) Elina(TM) Doll and DVD Game."

* Groovy Memory Moves with Bibble(TM) -- Elina(TM) fairy's puffball

Bibble(TM) sure has some of the coolest dance steps in Fairytopia(TM).

After he demonstrates his style for players, they try to repeat the

order of his moves. If they get them all right, Bibble(TM) will

perform a delightful congratulatory dance.

* PLUS Downloadable Extras including interactive coloring pages and

enough printable fun pages to keep kids happy for hours.

SYNOPSIS

Join Barbie(TM) as Elina(TM) in an all-new Fairytopia(TM) adventure! Elina(TM) travels with her puffball Bibble(TM) to Fairy School at the magnificent Crystal Palace. There, she meets the other fairy apprentices, chosen to learn the annual Flight of Spring and magically create the first rainbow of the season. But when the evil Laverna(TM) tries to stop the Flight, threatening to plunge Fairytopia(TM) into ten years of bitter winter, Elina(TM) and her new friends must learn that "together we are strong." But are they strong enough to defeat Laverna(TM) and bring the rainbow to life? And will Bibble(TM), who has a loose tooth, fall in love with the adorable puffball Dizzle(TM)?

TECHNICAL INFORMATION

DVD

Street Date: March 6, 2007

Pre-Order Close: February 6, 2007

Copyright: 2007 Universal Studios. All Rights Reserved.

Price: $19.98 SRP

Selection Number: 63100594

Running Time: 1 Hr. 15 Mins.

Layers: DVD-5 (Single Sided)

Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic Widescreen (1.78:1)

Rating: Not Rated

Technical Info: English Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround, English Dolby

Digital 2.0 Stereo, French Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo, Spanish Dolby

Digital 2.0 Stereo, English SDH

About Universal Studios Home Entertainment

Universal Studios Home Entertainment is a unit of Universal Pictures, a division of Universal Studios (www.universalstudios.com). Universal Studios is a part of NBC Universal, one of the world's leading media and entertainment companies in the development, production, and marketing of entertainment, news, and information to a global audience. Formed in May 2004 through the combining of NBC and Vivendi Universal Entertainment, NBC Universal owns and operates a valuable portfolio of news and entertainment networks, a premier motion picture company, significant television production operations, a leading television stations group, and world-renowned theme parks. NBC Universal is 80%-owned by General Electric, with 20% owned by Vivendi.

About Mattel

Mattel, Inc., (NYSE:MAT) (www.mattel.com) is the worldwide leader in the design, manufacture and marketing of toys and family products, including Barbie(R), the most popular fashion doll ever introduced. The Mattel family is comprised of such best-selling brands as Hot Wheels(R), Matchbox(R), American Girl(R), Radica(R) and Tyco(R) R/C, as well as Fisher-Price(R) brands (www.fisher-price.com), including Little People(R), Rescue Heroes(R), Power Wheels(R) and a wide array of entertainment-inspired toy lines. With worldwide headquarters in El Segundo, Calif., Mattel employs more than the 30,000 people in 42 countries and sells products in more than 150 nations throughout the world. Mattel's vision is to be the world's premier toy brands -- today and tomorrow.

MATTEL, BARBIE, FAIRYTOPIA and associated trademarks and trade dress are owned by, and used under license from Mattel, Inc. (C) 2006 Mattel, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

 

 

Nintendo Records Best Holiday Selling Season in U.S. Video Game History

Virtually Every New Wii and Nintendo DS System Sold Out Across America

There has never been anything like it. Independent U.S. sales figures released by the NPD Group today confirmed a red-hot launch for the new Wii(TM) system by Nintendo, and the crowning of the portable Nintendo DS(TM) as the best-selling video game device of any type for both the holidays and all of 2006.

Along with stunning success for The Legend of Zelda(R): Twilight Princess and historic sales of accessories, including more than 1.5 million extra controllers for Wii alone, Nintendo recorded the most successful across-the-board holiday performance in U.S. video game history.

Among key results:

* Consumers purchased every Wii console available at retail -- more than

a million in just the 44 days between U.S. launch and year end.

* With sales of another 1.6 million systems in December alone, Nintendo

DS achieved full year sell-through of 5.3 million.

* The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess was purchased by an

extraordinary 86 percent of Wii buyers, or more than 900,000 games for

that system alone. Coupled with the companion version released in

December for Nintendo GameCube(TM), the two versions of the newest

Zelda title totaled approximately 1.5 million unit sales in less than

seven weeks, which would represent one of the five best-selling games

for the entire year.

* Wii owners also purchased an average of three additional games from a

wide library of choices, in addition to the Wii Sports title packed in

with every hardware system.

* Two Nintendo DS titles, New Super Mario Bros.(R) and Brain Age(TM):

Train Your Brain in Minutes a Day, also were top-10 sellers for the

year.

* Throughout the November/December holiday shopping period, Nintendo

accounted for more than half of all video game hardware systems sold in

America.

Earlier this week, Nintendo increased its projected worldwide financial performance for the year ending on March 31 to be the best in company history.

"Millions of players, both hard-core and brand-new, are already enjoying the unique entertainment provided by Wii, but demand for the system remains incredibly high," says Nintendo of America President Reggie Fils-Aime. "So our work is just beginning. We're dedicating ourselves to maximizing both manufacturing and distribution full bore throughout 2007, to make sure everyone who wants to experience the future of video gaming can do so just as soon as possible."

The momentum behind Wii will continue unabated through the early weeks of 2007, with retail debuts of WarioWare(TM): Smooth Moves, Wii Play(TM) and Mario Party(R) 8 from Nintendo; a host of third-party releases; and a steady stream of classic games made available via download with the Wii Shop Channel.

The worldwide innovator in the creation of interactive entertainment, Nintendo Co., Ltd., of Kyoto, Japan, manufactures and markets hardware and software for its Wii(TM), Nintendo DS(TM), Game Boy(R) Advance and Nintendo GameCube(TM) systems. Since 1983, Nintendo has sold nearly 2.2 billion video games and more than 387 million hardware units globally, and has created industry icons like Mario(TM), Donkey Kong(R), Metroid(R), Zelda(TM) and Pokemon(R). A wholly owned subsidiary, Nintendo of America Inc., based in Redmond, Wash., serves as headquarters for Nintendo's operations in the Western Hemisphere. For more information about Nintendo, visit the company's Web site at www.nintendo.com.

 

 

Television Maverick & Emmy Award(R) Winner Mark Burnett Set to Executive Produce the 16th Annual 2007 MTV MOVIE AWARDS

Star-Studded Ceremony to Air Live for First Time on Sunday, June 3rd

 MTV: Music Television announced today that revolutionary, Emmy Award(R) winning producer, Mark Burnett will executive produce the 2007 MTV MOVIE AWARDS. The network also announced that for the first time in Movie Awards history, the sixteenth annual show will premiere live on MTV, Sunday June 3rd from Los Angeles, California. With the legendary golden popcorn up for grabs in such eccentric categories as "Best Kiss," "Best Villain," and "Best Comedic Performance," along with the debut of several new awards, the 2007 MTV MOVIE AWARDS promises to be as memorable as ever.

Salli Frattini, who has served as executive producer of the Movie Awards for the past 10 years, will return and work closely with Burnett as well. The star-studded event is MTV's irreverent nod to the typical awards shows celebrating the year's best in movies, stand-out musical performances and more. Hailed for clever, one-of-a-kind film parodies, sexy lip locking moments from the likes of Sarah Michelle Gellar and Selma Blair, and outrageous acceptance speeches such as Jim Carrey's comedic rant surrounded by 60 angels, the MTV Movie Awards has produced some of the most unforgettable and outrageous moments in award show history!

One of the driving forces behind reality television and a true visionary, Mark Burnett has enjoyed a long history of executive producing Emmy Award(R)- winning television, with "Survivor," "The Apprentice," "Rock Star," "Contender" and the upcoming "On The Lot." Burnett's entrepreneurial spirit pioneered the success of the reality "unscripted" drama series, garnered skyrocketing ratings and introduced millions worldwide to an entirely new television genre. He is also credited with revolutionizing product integration on television and creating new multimedia platforms, such as "Gold Rush" for advertisers and online audiences.

"Mark has great ideas and vision for the Movie Awards, and I know he's going to bring some fresh energy to the show," said Christina Norman, President, MTV. "I can't wait to see how his vision comes together to create a one of a kind experience for the Movie Awards, on television and on line."

"I began my career at MTV with Eco-Challenge and worked closely with Salli Frattini on every aspect of that project. I love MTV and I especially love its Movie Awards, so when you combine MTV, Salli Frattini and movies it was easy to say yes," said Mark Burnett. "Adding a live element to the Movie Awards irreverence and spoofs, it simply means ... anything can happen. Buckle your seatbelts!"

Location and nominees for the 2007 MTV MOVIE AWARDS will be announced in the spring.

About MTV Networks

MTV Networks, a unit of Viacom (NYSE:VIA) (NYSE:VIA.B) , is one of the world's leading creators of programming and content across all media platforms. MTV Networks, with more than 100 channels worldwide, owns and operates the following television programming services - MTV: MUSIC TELEVISION, MTV2, VH1, mtvU, NICKELODEON, NICK at NITE, COMEDY CENTRAL, TV LAND, SPIKE TV, CMT, NOGGIN, VH1 CLASSIC, LOGO, MTVN INTERNATIONAL and THE DIGITAL SUITE FROM MTV NETWORKS, a package of 13 digital services, all of these networks trademarks of MTV Networks. MTV Networks connects with its audiences through its robust consumer products businesses and its more than 95 interactive properties worldwide, including online, broadband, wireless and interactive television services and also has licensing agreements, joint ventures, and syndication deals whereby all of its programming services can be seen worldwide.

About Mark Burnett Productions

Mark Burnett Productions (MBP) is a leading production company in content for both primetime television and the internet. MBP revolutionized television with hits such as Eco-Challenge, Survivor, The Apprentice, The Contender, Rock Star: INXS, Rock Star: Supernova and its upcoming co-production with Steven Spielberg and DreamWorks Television, On The Lot. MBP has also partnered with AOL on the highly successful adventure Gold Rush, the first-ever unscripted project to be produced exclusively for the internet. MBP also successfully reintroduced product placement as an integral part of each of its shows and has garnered a total of 42 Emmy nominations since 2001. Mark Burnett was listed as the #1 Most Valuable Player by TV Guide and was named one of the Top 100 most influential people in the world today by Time Magazine.

Source: MTV

 

 

Three 6 Mafia Takes Tinseltown by Storm in the New MTV Series 'Adventures In HollyHood' Premiering Wednesday, March 14th at 10:30pm ET/PT

Leaving Their Memphis Home Behind, Academy Award Winning Rap Group Three 6 Mafia Face Their Biggest Adventure Yet - HOLLYWOOD, CA

Plus, Experience Original 'Adventures' Content On-Air, Online & On The Go With Exclusive Features On MTV.com, MTV Mobile & More

 As the first hip-hop group ever to win an Oscar for Best Song, a music career defined by multi-platinum success, and recognized by millions of loyal fans across the globe, some may say hip-hop super group Three 6 Mafia has accomplished it all. However, it is only the beginning for this hip-hop powerhouse as MTV follows them on their biggest adventure yet -- Hollywood, CA. Leaving the comforts of their Memphis home behind, Juicy J, DJ Paul, and their entourage of friends hit the road to conquer Tinseltown and try to become major Hollywood players in the new comedic-reality series, "Adventures In HollyHood" premiering March 14th at 10:30pm ET/PT.

The series begins as Three 6 Mafia and their entourage pack their bags in their hometown of Memphis, Tennessee, and head west to Hollywood, California. Along with maintaining their success as multi-platinum hip-hop artists, finishing their anticipated follow-up album, and keeping true to themselves and their southern ways, the group tries to make the most of their fame by pursuing everything that Hollywood has to offer. The guys have set out however, to make sure the fame and fortune don't go to their heads as they put the "hood" into Hollywood ... Three 6-style. Audiences will be introduced to the following cast of characters never before seen on television: Juicy J and DJ Paul, the Oscar-winning members of Three 6 Mafia; Big Treice, their personal assistant; Computer, their internet consultant; and finally Project Pat, Three 6 Mafia's rap protege and underground hip-hop superstar.

In addition, fans will be able to experience a completely un-televised side of Three 6 Mafia and their adventures as they visit http://www.hollyhood.mtv.com/, along with MTV Mobile services, MTV VOD and more. On these platforms MTV will showcase completely original content including the comedic Cooking With Three 6 Mafia, as they showoff their hilarious down-home culinary skills. Fans will also be able to watch as the guys face new 'firsts' in Hollywood, as well as showcase the new music from their forthcoming album, "Last 2 Walk," due in Spring 2007. At http://www.hollyhood.mtv.com/, visitors will also be able to watch the premiere and finale episodes of "Adventures In HollyHood," as well as read cast bios, see photos, preview Three 6 Mafia's new album, and much more.

Three 6 Mafia's beginnings date back to the early '90s, as their underground mix tapes quickly made a name for themselves on the streets and in the clubs of Memphis, TN. The group made their proper debut in 1995 with the album entitled "Mystic Stylez." In the years since, the group has left a trail of gold and platinum records, exploding out of the local Memphis scene, and carrying their inventive southern, hip-hop sound to the masses around the world. Together DJ Paul and Juicy J have remained at the core of the group, not only as acclaimed rappers themselves, but also as renowned music producers, lending their skills to some of rap's elite including Mike Jones, Ludacris and the Ying Yang Twins. However, it was Sunday, March 5, 2006 when the rap ensemble truly secured its place in hip-hop history when, in a surprise upset, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences awarded "It's Hard Out Here For A Pimp," from acclaimed MTV Film "Hustle & Flow," the Oscar for Best Achievement In Music Written for Motion Pictures (Original Song). Propelled to a new level of success, now Three 6 Mafia takes on Hollywood with their own MTV series, "Adventures In HollyHood," and gears up for the anticipated release of their next album "Last 2 Walk," in Spring 2007 on Hypnotize Minds/Columbia Records.

For more information about MTV's "Adventures In HollyHood," visit http://www.hollyhood.mtv.com/.

Rod Aissa, Kevin Lee and Melanie Graham are executive producers. Ashton Kutcher, Jason Goldberg and Karey Burke are executive producers for Katalyst Films. Aaron Rosenberg and Three 6 Mafia are co-executive producers. "Adventures In HollyHood" is developed by Rod Aissa, Aaron Rosenberg, and Three 6 Mafia. Lois Curren is EVP, MTV Series Entertainment & Programming.

MTV Networks, a unit of Viacom (NYSE:VIA) (NYSE:VIA.B) , is one of the world's leading creators of programming and content across all media platforms. MTV Networks, with more than 130 channels worldwide, owns and operates the following television programming services - MTV: MUSIC TELEVISION, MTV2, VH1, mtvU, NICKELODEON, NICK at NITE, COMEDY CENTRAL, TV LAND, SPIKE TV, CMT, NOGGIN, VH1 CLASSIC, LOGO, MTVN INTERNATIONAL and THE DIGITAL SUITE FROM MTV NETWORKS, a package of 13 digital services, all of which are trademarks of MTV Networks. MTV Networks connects with its audiences through its robust consumer products businesses and its more than 200 interactive properties worldwide, including online, broadband, wireless and interactive television services. The network also has licensing agreements, joint ventures, and syndication deals whereby all of its programming services can be seen worldwide.

 

 

Jer-ry, Jer-ry, Jer-ry

VH1 Takes a Behind-the-Scenes Look at the Craziest Talk Show Ever! The Jerry Springer Show

'The Springer Hustle' to Premiere Sunday, March 4 at 10 PM*

 For 16 years, America has been riveted by the outrageous guests and topics that make up "The Jerry Springer Show." It showcases some of America's most colorful characters, wild relationships and truly amazing stories.

Now, for the first time, backstage cameras capture life behind the curtain with VH1's new docu-soap, "The Springer Hustle," an in-depth, insider's look at how America's most controversial television show is put together.

Premiering Sunday, March 4 at 10 PM*, the 8 half-hour episodes will focus on the dedicated team of producers in the eye of the Springer hurricane; a tight-knit family charged with filling the show with the wildest real American stories possible. There's Selena, the beautiful and obsessively driven producer who works relentlessly to make her shows shine. Toby, one of the show's top producers, whose recent run of bad luck has sent him into an emotional tailspin. Annette, one of the original producers, who left the show for a few years, only to be drawn back by the day-to-day mayhem she couldn't find anywhere else. And all of them, practically working round the clock to impress their demanding boss Richard Dominick, who is stingy with the compliments, but loyal to the core.

"The Jerry Springer Show" is a tough place to work. The office is far from glamorous. The daily grind of making the magic happen takes its toll. Yet this devoted crew digs deep to present a rogues' gallery of the most outrageous people ever to sit down in front of a TV camera.

At the center of it all, ringmaster Jerry Springer, the icon whose name has become synonymous with the never-ending parade of human oddities we've come to know and love. Springer is currently hosting "The Jerry Springer Show's" 16th season in national syndication.

For additional show content, log onto VSPOT (http://vspot.vh1.com/), VH1's broadband channel.

Mike Maloy and Richard Dominick serve as executive producers for NBC Universal Domestic Television Distribution. Jim Ackerman and Michael Hirschorn serve as executive producers and Christian McLaughlin serves as supervising producer for VH1.

VH1 connects viewers to the music, artists and pop culture that matter to them most with series, specials, live events, exclusive online content and public affairs initiatives. VH1 is available in nearly 88 million households in the U.S. VH1 also has an array of digital services including VH1 Classic and VH1 Soul. Connect with VH1 at http://www.vh1.com/.

VH1 is a registered trademark of MTV Networks, a unit of Viacom International Inc. MTV Networks also operates and offers joint ventures, licensing agreements and syndication deals whereby its programming can be seen worldwide.

 

The-N.com Takes Home its Very First Emmy!

The Nightime Network for Teens Receives Prestigious Award for Technology & Engineering

Recipient of the Emmy Award Win for Category of "Outstanding Achievement in Advanced Media Technology for the Non Synchronous Enhancement of Original Television Content"

The N, the nighttime network for teens, garnered its first Technology & Engineering Emmy Award for The-N.com Video Mixer in the category of "Outstanding Achievement in Advanced Media Technology for the Non Synchronous Enhancement of Original Television Content."

The N, the nighttime network for teens, garnered its first Technology & Engineering Emmy Award for The-N.com Video Mixer in the category of "Outstanding Achievement in Advanced Media Technology for the Non Synchronous Enhancement of Original Television Content."

"We are honored to win an Emmy -- this award confirms The N's leadership in both fantastic video content and creative software," said Kenny Miller, EVP and Creative Director, MTV Networks Global Digital Media. "MTV Networks has a storied record of developing new forms of entertainment, and The N is continuing this tradition in producing interactive content for our digital audience."

The nominees for "Outstanding Achievement in Advanced Media Technology for the Non Synchronous Enhancement of Original Television Content" were The N's Video Mixer - The N / http://www.the-n.com/; CNN Enhanced - CNN; Fantasy Football Tracker - BIAP Systems Inc.; Passions Vendetta - NBC.com; Sopranos: Crime. Organized - Deep Focus/HBO and The Cultivated Life: Thomas Jefferson & Wine - NetBlender.

"This is a thrilling achievement for The-N.com and we are over the moon with our very first Emmy," said Sarah Tomassi Lindman, SVP and GM, The N. "This award is a reflection of how our brand continues to speak to our millions of viewers across all platforms."

The Emmy Award-winning website, The-N.com is the ultimate resource for fans of The N's hit shows. More than just a TV network site, The-N.com features behind-the-scenes interviews, pictures and videos, and a robust community of two million members who interact with message boards, user profiles and blogs. It is also a premiere destination for gaming online, featuring hit games such as Avatar Prom, Avatar High and The Hookup. The site makes extensive use of user-generated content, creating a site for the audience, of the audience, by the audience.

The National Television Academy presented the Emmy Awards for Technology & Engineering for six achievements as selected by a panel of industry experts at the Computer Electronics Show on Monday, January 8 in Las Vegas. The award honors excellence in the technical development of programming across broadcast, cable, broadband, portable devices and other non-traditional delivery platforms.

The N, the nighttime network for teens, is a programming arm of MTV Networks and is currently available in 54 million households via cable, digital cable and satellite television. The N's mission is to be the authentic voice for teens and help them figure out their lives with relevant, topical programming on-air and online at the network's Emmy Award winning web site www.The-N.com. The N airs everyday from 6:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m. (ET). The N and all related titles, characters and logos are trademarks of Viacom International Inc.

Source: The N

 

 

So You Wanna Be a Rock 'n Roll Star ...

ROCK 'N ROLL FANTASY CAMP ROCKS HOLLYWOOD, 2/15-19

Rock Icons Brian Wilson, Paul Stanley, Mickey Hart, Bret Michaels and Dickey Betts Join Other Rock Luminaries as Camp Counselors

PAUL STANLEY SET TO PLAY KISS CLASSICS WITH CAMPERS-ONSTAGE AT FINAL HOUSE OF BLUES BATTLE OF THE BANDS BLOWOUT!!

 Welcome to the Hotel California!! Rock 'n Roll Fantasy Camp (RRFC) goes Hollywood (Presidents' Day Weekend, 2/15-19) -- giving campers a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to learn rock from the masters. Over five-days -- and guided by a Who's Who of rock legends -- campers of all musical abilities and backgrounds will form bands, hone their skills, jam with their idols and become "rock stars." The camp culminates in a Battle of the Bands blowout at the House Of Blues on Sunset.

The camp's professors of rock include: Paul Stanley (KISS), Brian Wilson (Co-founder, The Beach Boys), Mickey Hart (The Grateful Dead), Bret Michaels (Poison), Dickey Betts (Allman Bros), Scott Ian (Anthrax), legendary guitar player Steve Vai, Simon Kirke (Bad Company/Free), Spike Edney (Queen), Kelly Keagy (Night Ranger), Bruce Kulick (KISS), Jane Wiedlin (Go-Go's), Artimus Pyle (Lynyrd Skynyrd), Sully Erna (Godsmack), Spencer Davis. Mark Slaughter (Slaughter) and Clem Burke (Blondie).

When RRFC comes to Hollywood, there will be events galor to make rock dreams come true:

-- Grateful Dead Night (2/17) -- Featuring the Grateful Dead's drummer

Mickey Hart leading a jam with each band.

-- Beach Boys Night (2/18) -- Beach Boy's co-founder Brian Wilson serves

as judge as the bands compete in a play-off featuring Beach Boys songs.

-- Original Song Contest (2/18) -- Each band will perform its original

song -- which will be judged, mixed, recorded, and put on CD and on

iTunes!

-- House of Blues Battle of the Bands (2/19) -- Paul Stanley (lead singer,

guitarist and songwriter of KISS) will perform a KISS song on stage

live with every band at the House of Blues Battle of the Bands. Dickey

Betts of The Allman Brothers will join each band for some Southern

rock.

The RRFC dawn-to-midnight schedule includes master classes, private sessions, dinners with the stars, late night jams with renowned studio musicians and special guests. Offering pointers throughout are some of rock's royalty, who help the bands come together, collaborate and create. Campers get the opportunity to rock with their idols on top-notch instruments and stay at the glamorous Hollywood Renaissance Hotel. Cost for this five-day experience is $9499.

The RRFC frenzy doesn't stop in Hollywood-coming up is RRFC London (5/24-29, Memorial Day Weekend), where campers -- joined by English rockers including Jack Bruce (Cream) and Gary Brooker (Procol Harum) -- will have the incredibly rare chance to record at London's Abbey Road Studios and perform at the legendary Cavern Club in Liverpool, where the Beatles got their start.

Further information on Rock 'n Roll Fantasy Camp is available at 1-888 ROC-BAND (762-2263); http://www.rocknrollfantasycamp.com/.

Source: Rock 'n Roll Fantasy Camp

 

 

Lifetime to Premiere 'Army Wives,' from The Mark Gordon Company and Touchstone Television

New Ensemble Drama Series Starring Kim Delaney ('NYPD Blue') and Catherine Bell ('JAG') Premiering in June on Lifetime Television

13 Episodes Ordered from Creative Team behind 'Grey's Anatomy' and 'Criminal Minds'

 Lifetime Television has ordered production of 13 episodes of "Army Wives," from The Mark Gordon Company and Touchstone Television. The new ensemble drama series about the struggles, dreams and friendships of a diverse group of women -- and one man -- living with their spouses and families on an active army post and the pressures and traditions of the military on those who are left behind while their partners serve their country. "Army Wives" premieres in June on Lifetime Television.

Filmed on location in Charleston, South Carolina, the series stars Kim Delaney ("NYPD Blue"), Sally Pressman ("Shark"), Brigid Brannagh ("Over There"), Brian McNamara ("The O.C."), Sterling K. Brown ("Starved"), Wendy Davis ("Commander in Chief"), Drew Fuller ("Charmed") and Catherine Bell ("JAG"). Mark Gordon ("Grey's Anatomy," "Criminal Minds") and The Mark Gordon Company's President of Production, Deborah Spera ("Criminal Minds") serve as executive producers. Samantha Corbin-Miller ("Kevin Hill") also serves as executive producer and show runner. The pilot, directed by Ben Younger ("Prime"), was written by Katherine Fugate ("The Prince & Me"), who created the series and also serves as executive producer. The series is based on the book Under the Sabers: The Unwritten Code of Army Wives by Tanya Biank, who serves as a consultant. "Army Wives" is produced by Touchstone Television.

"We're pleased to bring an entertaining and relevant drama series in 'Army Wives' to our viewers. This show will resonate strongly with our audience as Mark, Deb and Katherine have created authentic, relatable and powerful characters set in a highly charged and complex environment," said Susanne Daniels, President, Entertainment, Lifetime Entertainment Services, in making the announcement.

"Building on Touchstone Television's cable business model and growth strategy to produce on all platforms, this deal is a key opportunity to expose the studio's quality content to new audiences," said Mark Pedowitz, president, Touchstone Television. Adding, "Lifetime has proven a crucial partner in the expansion of Touchstone's hits 'Desperate Housewives' and 'Grey's Anatomy' into syndication and we plan to aggressively develop this engrossing original drama into a franchise success for the network."

In "Army Wives," an unlikely tribe is formed when four women and one man create a bond based on one common theme: they all love a soldier who could die at any moment. Yet, they are all isolated by secrets that buck the armed forces system. They include: Claudia Joy Holden (Delaney), strong and respected wife of Colonel Michael Holden (McNamara), who the other women admire; Denise Sherwood (Bell), a devoted homemaker to her Major husband and teenage son, who harbors a shocking secret; Pamela Moran (Brannagh), a former cop, now earning money as a surrogate, who must keep her secret or face blackballing by the other women in their tight knit community; Roxy LeBlanc (Pressman), a feisty woman from the wrong side of the tracks who marries a soldier, Trevor (Fuller), after only knowing him for a few days. Now instantly living with her children on the post, she quickly experiences the politics of being housed in an ultra competitive environment. The "wives" also includes one husband, Roland Burton (Brown), who is trying to adapt to his Lieutenant Colonel wife's (Davis) post-traumatic stress syndrome after her return from the war.

Executive Producer Mark Gordon stated, "All of our shows are driven by characters that audiences fall in love with and look forward to immersing themselves in every week. Katherine Fugate has created a show that moves you to laugh, cry, and thoroughly entertain the audience."

Said Creator/Executive Producer Katherine Fugate, "This entire experience has been magic-filled, starting with the opportunity to tell the often-untold and unseen stories of female (and male) empowerment from the 'Army Wives' point of view, rather than that of the soldiers at war. Then, working with Mark Gordon, Deb Spera and Marshall Persinger, as well as the executives at Touchstone Television and finally Lifetime Television, all of whom have been so nurturing and highly supportive in our shared vision to tell the best stories we can tell. Lastly, I cannot be more thrilled with the cast we've assembled, all unique in their voice and talent. This truly is an opportunity of a lifetime and I can't wait for it all to unfold."

Touchstone Television has established itself as one of Hollywood's leading production companies, producing critically acclaimed, quality entertainment to the television industry. Since the Touchstone banner first appeared on the sitcom "Golden Girls" over 20 years ago, the studio has produced many of the most recognizable television programs in the world. Currently, "Grey's Anatomy," "Lost" and "Desperate Housewives" are international sensations while "Ugly Betty" and "Brothers & Sisters" have launched as two of the most popular new series this season. Touchstone is currently in production on an additional 13 programs including fan favorites "According to Jim" and "Scrubs..." both in their sixth year on television, the popular CBS dramas "Criminal Minds" and "Ghost Whisperer," ABC Family's most watched original series "Kyle XY," and ABC's late-night talk show "Jimmy Kimmel Live." Touchstone Television is part of Disney-ABC Television Group, a division of The Walt Disney Company.

Lifetime is the leader in women's television and one of the top-rated basic cable television networks. A diverse, multi-media company, Lifetime is committed to offering the highest quality entertainment and information programming, and advocating a wide range of issues affecting women and their families. Lifetime Television, LMN, Lifetime Real Women, Lifetime Home Entertainment and Lifetime Online (www.lifetimetv.com) are part of Lifetime Entertainment Services, a 50/50 joint venture of The Hearst Corporation and The Walt Disney Company.

Source: Lifetime Television

 

 

Treat Williams, Samaire Armstrong And Kevin Pollak Star In The Lifetime Original Movie 'The Staircase Murders'

A Riveting True Crime Story Based On The Disturbing Case Of A Best-Selling Novelist Accused Of Murdering His Wife

Real Case Has Captured the Attention of Millions with Extensive Media Coverage on NBC's Dateline, ABC's Primetime Live, CNN and Court TV

 Treat Williams (Brothers & Sisters," "Everwood"), Samaire Armstrong ("Entourage," "The O.C.") and Kevin Pollak ("The Usual Suspects") star in the Lifetime Original Movie, "The Staircase Murders," a provocative drama based on the famed murder case of Michael Peterson, the novelist accused of killing his socialite wife in their North Carolina home. Production is underway in Louisiana. Produced by Lionsgate, "The Staircase Murders" premieres Sunday, April 8 at 9PM ET/PT with a special encore airing on Monday, April 9 at 9PM ET/PT on Lifetime Television.

"This is a fascinating story with lots of bizarre twists and turns. It has all the gripping elements of great drama with mysterious deaths, sensational rumors and shocking revelations," said Libby Beers, Vice President, Original Movies. Beers continues, "Treat Williams and Kevin Pollak are perfectly cast to capture the complex mind of Michael Peterson and his skeptical lawyer David Rudolf, while Samaire Armstrong sensitively portrays the determination of the grieving daughter."

In "The Staircase Murders," loving father, aspiring politician and successful New York Times best-selling novelist Michael Peterson (Williams) was the picture perfect husband to his wife Kathleen. But when a panic- stricken Michael frantically calls 911 to report Kathleen has accidentally fallen down the stairs, investigators arrive at their home to discover several suspicious findings at the crime scene and soon begin to question the truth about Kathleen's death.

Michael's children, biological sons Todd and Clayton from a previous marriage, adopted daughters Margaret and Martha and step-daughter Caitlin (Armstrong), quickly rally to their father's defense until autopsy findings reveal Kathleen's injuries could not have been sustained by a fall. Shocked and betrayed by her accused father's actions, Caitlin breaks rank with the family to publicly accuse Michael of murder.

All the while, Michael consistently maintains his innocence, even going so far as to allow cameras into his home to document his legal team's defense strategies. But as the trial looms, shocking discoveries about Michael's sexuality, previous marriage, war service and the mysteriously similar circumstances of an old friend are revealed, making even his own lawyer, David Rudolf (Pollak), question his client.

Treat Williams is an accomplished Broadway stage, theatrical and television actor, appearing most recently in the ABC drama series "Brothers & Sisters." Previously, Williams starred in the critically acclaimed WB drama, "Everwood," as Dr. Andrew Bowen, a role that won him two SAG Award nominations. He scored his first Golden Globe nomination for his part in the smash Broadway musical "Hair." He later went on to earn two additional nods - one for the feature film "Prince of the City," and the other for the television adaptation of "A Streetcar Named Desire." Williams also received an Emmy nomination for Best Actor for his role on the HBO film "The Late Shift." Williams is also a director, winning two festival awards for his direction of "Texan" in Showtime's Chanticleer series.

Samaire Armstrong is best known for her role as sassy co-ed Anna on the Fox drama series "The O.C." She began acting in high school productions before attending Parsons School of Design which fostered her passion for design and fashion. Later, she moved to Los Angeles where she was cast in "Freaks and Geeks," "NYPD Blue," "Judging Amy" and "CSI: Miami." Armstrong has a recurring role as Emily on HBO's "Entourage." She was recently seen in the theatrical "Just My Luck" opposite Lindsay Lohan.

Stand-up comedian and actor Kevin Pollak landed his film debut in George Lucas' "Willow." Pollak received critical acclaim for his work in "Avalon," but gained wide recognition for his role in Rob Reiner's "A Few Good Men." Pollak also won fans with his appearances on the cult classic "The Usual Suspects" and "Casino." Pollak later co-created and co-executive produced "The Underworld." Recently, he starred alongside Bruce Willis and Matthew Perry in "The Whole Ten Yards."

"The Staircase Murders" is produced by Lionsgate for Lifetime Television. Judy Polone ("Widow on the Hill," "Infidelity") serves as executive producer and Judy Cairo ("One Day") produces. Aphrodite Jones, who wrote the book "A Perfect Husband" on which this movie is based, serves as co-producer. Tom McLoughlin (Lifetime Television's "Odd Girl Out," "Murder in Greenwich") serves as director and Donald Martin ("The Amber Frey Story," "Family Sins") wrote the screenplay.

Lionsgate (NYSE:LGF) is the leading independent filmed entertainment studio, winning this year's Best Picture Academy Award(R) for CRASH, generating two consecutive years of $300 million-plus domestic theatrical box office, operating a $500 million-plus home entertainment business and producing a broad slate of primetime television series for fiscal 2007. It is a premier producer and distributor of motion pictures, television programming, home entertainment, family entertainment, and video-on-demand content. Its prestigious and prolific library is a valuable source of stable, recurring revenue and is a foundation for growth of the Company's core business. The Lionsgate brand name is synonymous with original, daring quality entertainment in markets around the globe.

Lifetime is the leader in women's television and one of the top-rated basic cable television networks. A diverse, multi-media company, Lifetime is committed to offering the highest quality entertainment and information programming, and advocating a wide range of issues affecting women and their families. Lifetime Television, LMN, Lifetime Real Women, Lifetime Home Entertainment and Lifetime Online (www.lifetimetv.com) are part of Lifetime Entertainment Services, a 50/50 joint venture of The Hearst Corporation and The Walt Disney Company.

 

 

Carrie Underwood's 'Some Hearts' Is Certified 5x Platinum!

 

Billboard's #1 Album of 2006 Continues to Break Records

Reigning CMA Female Vocalist of the Year Carrie Underwood begins the New Year with another incredible accomplishment as her Arista Records/Arista Nashville/19 Recordings debut album, "Some Hearts," vaults to RIAA Quintuple-Platinum certification for sales of five million units. The record-setting milestone earns Carrie the fastest 5x Platinum certification of any female country debut in history.

With this accomplishment, "Some Hearts" has now become the best-selling, single-disc country album by a solo female in the new millennium.

"Some Hearts" is also the best-selling, single-disc country album by a solo artist (male or female) in the last six years -- since Tim McGraw's "Greatest Hits" released in November of 2000.

And with January 10 SoundScan information, "Some Hearts" earns the further distinction of becoming the best-selling, single-disc country album by any artist (solo, male, female, group, duo, etc.) since the Dixie Chicks' "Home" released in August of 2002.

Released November 15, 2005, "Some Hearts" has now logged a total of 20 weeks at #1 on Billboard's Top Country Albums chart, beginning and ending 2006 at #1 and holding the top country spot for 14 weeks last year -- more than any other artist.

In 2006, Underwood's chart-topping singles also led all country artists as she tallied a whopping 11 weeks at #1 on the country airplay charts.

Carrie's sales and airplay success were celebrated across multiple charts in Billboard's year-end recap, which recognized the Best New Artist GRAMMY nominee at #1 among Top New Country Artists, Top Country Artists -- Female, and Top Billboard 200 Artists -- Female. "Some Hearts" garnered the #1 spot amid year-end Top Country Albums and, impressively, #1 on the all-genre chart of Top Billboard 200 Albums.

In addition to her recent GRAMMY nomination in the all-genre category of Best New Artist, the ACM Top New Female Vocalist winner earned a GRAMMY nomination as Best Country Female Vocalist, for her six-week #1 single, "Jesus, Take the Wheel" (which also garnered songwriter nominations as Song of the Year and Best Country Song).

Fans can soon be listening for Carrie's upcoming single, "Wasted," hitting country radio in February.

Source: Arista Records

 

 

 

Emmy(R) Award Winner Kirstie Alley ("Cheers") To Star In And Executive Produce The Lifetime Original Movie "And She Was"

This Film Is About A Middle-Aged Screenwriter Whose Script-Selling Scheme To Beat Hollywood's Youth Obsession Goes Awry

 Kirstie Alley ("Cheers," "Fat Actress") will star in and executive produce the upcoming Lifetime Original Movie "And She Was," a satiric comedy about a middle-aged screenwriter who learns she is all washed up in Hollywood because she is considered too old. She enlists the help of her 20-something nephew who passes himself off as the writer of her scripts. But when he falls in love with a studio executive, her plan to reveal that she is, in fact, the talented wordsmith, is jeopardized. "And She Was" will premiere this summer on Lifetime Television.

In making the announcement, Susanne Daniels, President, Entertainment, Lifetime Entertainment Services said, "This movie's audacious humor deftly skewers the entertainment industry's unfortunate age bias that sidelines so much creative talent." She added, "The caliber of Kirstie's comedic talents and unique perspective into our industry, offers a great lense for this wonderfully funny material."

In "And She Was," Birdie Landgon (Alley) is an Academy Award(R)-winning writer approaching her 50th birthday who gets continually stonewalled finding work in an industry that prizes youth above all else. In desperation, she dreams up a plan to have her attractive car-salesman nephew Neil (Eric Christian Olsen, "The Loop," "Tru Calling") pose as a screenwriter using her scripts. The ruse succeeds perfectly. But just as Birdie begins to feel twinges of conscience, Neil falls for a studio development executive named Andrea. If Birdie decides to expose the deception, it could cost Neil his budding relationship and Andrea her job. While she struggles with her quandary, Birdie discovers for herself, and demonstrates to others, that being a woman of a certain age does not mean life is over, and that there are second chances for everyone.

Kirstie Alley's career has been punctuated by multiple awards and success in top-grossing films and highly acclaimed television programs. Alley most recently appeared in her own Showtime series "Fat Actress" and the television movies "Family Sins" and "While I Was Gone." She is best known for her portrayal of Rebecca Howe on NBC's "Cheers," for which she won Emmy(R), Golden Globe(R), and People's Choice(R) Awards during her six years on the hit comedy. Other television credits include "Veronica's Closet," the CBS movie "David's Mother," for which she won an Emmy(R) and two miniseries "The Last Don" and "Salem Witch Trials." In 2003, Alley portrayed the mentally disabled Donna Lee Shelby Thornton in the CBS film "Profoundly Normal." Alley's film credits include "Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan," "Look Who's Talking," "Look Who's Talking Too," "Look Who's Talking Now," "Deconstructing Harry," "Drop Dead Gorgeous" and "For Richer or Poorer."

Eric Christian Olsen was most recently seen in the FOX series "The Loop" and had a recurring role on "Tru Calling." He will soon be seen in the feature films "License to Wed" and "The Comebacks." His additional film credits include "The Last Kiss" with Zach Braff, "Beerfest," "Cellular," "Dumb and Dumberer: When Harry Met Lloyd," "The Hot Chick," "Local Boys," "Not Another Teen Movie" and "Pearl Harbor."

"And She Was" is produced by Jaffe/Braunstein Films for Lifetime Television. Executive producers are Howard Braunstein, Michael Jaffe (Lifetime's "Not Like Everyone Else" and "Odd Girl Out"), Richard Fischoff (Lifetime's "For One Night") and Kirstie Alley. Graeme Clifford ("Profoundly Normal") directs from a script written by George Beckerman ("Man of the People").

Lifetime is the leader in women's television and one of the top-rated basic cable television networks. A diverse, multi-media company, Lifetime is committed to offering the highest quality entertainment and information programming, and advocating a wide range of issues affecting women and their families. Lifetime Television, LMN, Lifetime Real Women, Lifetime Home Entertainment and Lifetime Online (www.lifetimetv.com) are part of Lifetime Entertainment Services, a 50/50 joint venture of The Hearst Corporation and The Walt Disney Company.

*Photography is available at www.lifetimepress.com

 

 

Amino and Orb Networks Announce Partnership at 2007 CES to Bring All Digital Media onto the TV Screen

-- Amino, leading IPTV platform supplier, and Orb Networks, the software developer whose MyCasting service unlocks all digital content on the home PC to be enjoyed on any Internet- enabled device, announced a partnership during the Consumer Electronics Show that will give consumers the freedom to enjoy all of the personal digital media on their PCs directly on their living room TV screens.

The two companies plan to integrate Amino's AmiNET series of set-top boxes (STBs), among the most proven and widely deployed in the world, with Orb's software and roll out a series of product offerings throughout the year. The combination of technologies will close the gap between the STB and the PC, using the Orb MyCasting application platform as the bridge. Orb and Amino also are working to improve the consumer experience by providing an enhanced user-friendly interface.

"This integration of technologies really unleashes the power of what IPTV ever promised to be," said Joe Costello, Chairman and CEO of Orb Networks. "People increase their media consumption when you give them more control of the type of digital content they want to enjoy -- they get to mix and match their programs. Grandparents can look at home movies on their big screen TV, powered by Amino and streamed from the Orb PC of their grandchildren, thousands of miles away. This opens up so many options for how consumers can unleash all of their digital media -- and how service operators can bring their own customers to participate in the promise of IPTV."

"The partnership between Orb and Amino reemphasizes they way the video over IP industry is headed," said Karthik Ranjan, Vice President, Internet TV, Amino. "Consumers are looking for a lot more than just 'traditional media.' They want to access video content on the open internet as well as user generated media which is on their PC. The Orb application combined with our STB has finally enabled this to be a reality."

About Amino

Amino Communications ( www.aminocom.com ) supplies the AmiNET(TM) series of set-top boxes renowned for their low-cost and reliability. The AmiNET range materially reduces service operators' capital expenditure, whilst offering the full range of specification required. The high performance coupled with the innovative design of Amino's set-top boxes, have brought the series industry accolades and the company a leading position within the IPTV market.

The AmiNET series of IPTV set-top boxes has been used by more than 600 customers in commercial deployments and trials in over 50 countries worldwide. The set-top boxes have also been sampled by another additional 800 customers. Amino Communications' principal customers are telecommunications, broadcast and hospitality service operators. Generally, AmiNET products are supplied with the IntAct(TM) IPTV software stack pre-loaded.

Amino Communications is a wholly owned subsidiary of Amino Technologies plc. listed on the London Stock Exchange AIM, symbol AMO. Amino is based near Cambridge, UK, and has offices in Atlanta (Georgia) and Hong Kong.

About Orb Networks, Inc.

Orb Networks is an award-winning developer of software and services that unlock the digital media stored on personal computers. Orb MyCasting gives consumers secure, free, instant, and everywhere-access to everything from their photos and video to TV and music on virtually any Web-enabled device. The company's partners and affiliates include: AOL Winamp, AMD, Creative Labs, Hauppauge, Hutchison, Nokia, Orange and Vodafone. Orb Networks is a privately held company in Emeryville, Calif. For more information about Orb Networks and the Orb MyCasting service, please visit www.orb.com.

www.Orb.com

NOTE: Orb and MyCast are trademarks of Orb Networks, Inc. All other trademarks and/or registered trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

Source: Orb Networks, Inc.

 

 

 

Macworld Announces 2007 Best of Show Winners

For the first time, award-winning editors present annual Best of Show awards as a feature presentation at Macworld Conference and Expo.

Macworld, the world's foremost Mac authority in print and on the Web, revealed the annual Best of Show award winners during the 2007 Macworld Conference and Expo on Wednesday, January 10, 2007 in San Francisco. And, for the first time ever, the Macworld Best of Show awards were showcased as a feature presentation in front of an audience of approximately 1,000 Expo attendees. Hosted by Macworld VP/Editor in Chief Jason Snell and Macworld.com News Director Jim Dalrymple, the 11 winners were announced through short video clips created by the editors discussing the award-winning attributes of honorees interspersed with live demos on stage.

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The 2007 Macworld Best of Show winners are:

Photoshop - Adobe

Premiere - Adobe

Apple TV - Apple

iPhone - Apple

Prey - Aspyr Media

ModBook - Axiotron and Other World Computing

George - Chestnut Hill Sound

IntelliScanner mini - IntelliScanner

LCD2690WUXi - NEC

Parallels Desktop for Mac - Parallels

Toast 8 - Roxio

"Each year, Macworld editors see more imaginative, innovative, and inspired products in the Mac market," said Jason Snell, VP/Editor in Chief of Macworld. "The 2007 Best of Show honorees are some of the most creative we've ever seen -- these winners help define industry standards and raise the bar for creativity in the future. Congratulations to everyone!"

To qualify for an award, products must be making their first major trade show appearance and must be recognized by Macworld's editors as among the most notable products being displayed at Macworld Conference and Expo. Hundreds of products were considered before the field was narrowed down to the 11 winners.

About Mac Publishing, LLC:

Headquartered in San Francisco, Mac Publishing, LLC publishes the world's leading independent Macintosh publication and Web sites. Every month Macworld, winner of the Folio: 2005 and 2006 Gold Eddie award for best consumer technology/computing magazine and WPA's 2006 Maggie award for best computer/consumer magazine, reaches 1.2 million Macintosh professionals and enthusiasts while the Mac Publishing Web presence garners an average of over 3.5 million unique visitors. The Mac Publishing sites include: Macworld.com, PlaylistMag.com, MacOSXHints.com, MacworldProductFinder.com, and MacUser.com.

A subsidiary of International Data Group (IDG), the world's leading technology media, events, and research company, more information about Mac Publishing, LLC can be found at www.macworld.com.

About IDG:

International Data Group (IDG) is the world's leading technology media, research, and event company. A privately-held company, IDG publishes more than 300 magazines and newspapers including Bio-IT World, CIO, CSO, Computerworld, GamePro, InfoWorld, Network World, and PC World. The company features the largest network of technology-specific Web sites with more than 400 around the world. IDG is also a leading producer of more than 170 computer-related events worldwide including LinuxWorld Conference & Expo(R), Macworld Conference & Expo(R), DEMO(R), and IDC Directions. IDC provides global market research and advice through offices in 50 countries. Company information is available at http://www.idg.com/ .

NOTE: All product and company names are trademarks of their respective companies.

Contact: Heidi Tanaka, +1-415-978-3168, or htanaka@macworld.com.

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Source: Macworld; International Data Group

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

VH1 Digital Grooves Into 2007 With New Installments of Its 'Box Set' and 'Live@Vh1.Com' Series

VH1'S ONLINE MUSIC SERIES 'BOX SET' MOVES TO LINEAR TV FOR THE FIRST TIME WITH 'BOX SET: GWEN STEFANI'

ON WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 24 AT 11 PM*

'LIVE@VH1.COM: NORAH JONES' LAUNCHES ONLINE TUESDAY, JANUARY 16

 VH1's "Box Set," a made-for- broadband original music program, is migrating to VH1's linear channel this month for the first time with "Box Set: Gwen Stefani," a music retrospective that includes a compilation of the artist's music videos, performances, and exclusive interview clips. "Box Set: Gwen Stefani" will premiere on VH1 on Wednesday, January 24 at 11 PM*. It will also be available on demand on VSPOT, VH1's broadband channel beginning the same day.

"Box Set" joins other VH1 music series and programs such as "You Oughta Know," "Hear Music First," and "Live@VH1.com" in the growing list of VH1's made-for-broadband franchises that have made the uncommon shift from online to on-air. Included in "Box Set: Gwen Stefani" are exclusive, never-before-seen interview clips of the artist as she walks through the videos she's created as a solo artist, including the latest hits from her second solo album, The Sweet Escape (Interscope).

VH1's in-studio performance series "Live@VH1.com" kicks off the new year with "Live@VH1.com: Norah Jones," launching on VSPOT on January 16. The Grammy-winning artist will perform acoustic versions of "Little Room," "Until The End," "Thinking About You," and "Sinking Soon" -- four songs from her upcoming third album, Not Too Late (Blue Note). Additionally, beginning January 23, fans can stream Norah Jones' Not Too Late in its entirety, exclusively on VH1.com through its "Hear Music First" program, one week before the album is released.

*** For up-to-the-minute and archival press information

including releases and photographs, visit VH1's press-only Web site at

www.vh1.com/press ***

About "Live@VH1.com" and VSPOT's "Boxset"

VSPOT's "Boxset" and "Live@VH1.com" music series have propelled VSPOT growth throughout 2006. Average monthly streams for the "Boxset" and "Live@VH1.com" franchises have grown 61 percent and 81 percent, respectively (2005 vs. 2006).

Recent "Live@VH1.com" in-studio performances include: John Legend, Beck, Snow Patrol, Corrine Bailey Rae, John Mayer, The White Stripes, Evanescence, Stephen and Damien Marley, Talib Kweli, KT Tunstall, Nickelback, Blue October, and Hinder. VH1's online performance series began in 2003 and has welcomed close to 150 artists to the VH1 studios for striped-down and acoustic versions of their most popular songs. To view the archived Live@VH1.com events on demand visit http://www.vh1.com/music/live_at_vh1/.

VSPOT's "Boxset" compilations include a selection of videos, combined with exclusive interview footage and live performances from today's hottest artists. Recent "Boxsets" include: Beyonce, Beastie Boys, Dixie Chicks, Justin Timberlake, Weird Al Yankovic and Pearl Jam. More than 40 "Boxset" compilations launched in 2006 and archived at http://www.vh1.com/music/boxset/.

*all times are ET/PT

VH1 connects viewers to the music, artists and pop culture that matter to them most with series, specials, live events, exclusive online content and public affairs initiatives. VH1 is available in nearly 88 million households in the U.S. VH1 also has an array of digital services including VH1 Classic and VH1 Soul. Connect with VH1 at www.VH1.com.

VH1 is a registered trademark of MTV Networks, a unit of Viacom International Inc. MTV Networks also operates and offers joint ventures, licensing agreements and syndication deals whereby its programming can be seen worldwide.

VSPOT at VH1.com (http://vspot.vh1.com/) -- VH1's broadband channel -- brings viewers the richest music and pop-culture video content while it's happening: live events, series sneak peeks, exclusive celeb Q&A's, movie trailers, in-studio performances and original series, not to mention thousands of music videos, customizable play lists and artist interviews.

 

 

VH1, Jack Black and Channel 101 Join to Stem Tide of 'Unacceptable Media'

'Acceptable TV' to Launch on the Web in February 2007 and Premiere on VH1 Friday, March 23 at 10 PM*

 VH1, Jack Black and the team from Channel101.com have announced the first step in reforming the runaway user-generated content movement with the newly formed "Acceptable TV." The "Department" will be responsible for a website that will launch in February 2007 followed by a weekly TV series premiering on VH1 Friday, March 23 at 10 PM*.

Jack Black, Dan Harmon and Rob Schrab became pioneers of the do-it-yourself TV movement with Channel 101, a competitive forum for digital shorts founded in 2003, anticipating the YouTube revolution by a several years. Realizing they could not stand by while the tidal wave of user-generated content threatened to overwhelm the internet, "Acceptable TV" on the principle that, in Black's words, "some stuff is just not acceptable."

Harmon compared this post-YouTube era of media to the dawn of the automotive age. "There was a time when there were so few cars that we didn't even need stop signs. A handful of rich people drove where they wanted as fast as they wanted. Then came a day when so many people had cars that drivers needed to be licensed. That day has come with digital media. We are the DMV of camcorders."

"Acceptable TV" builds off the innovations of Channel 101. Each week viewers will see new three-minute episodes of six proposed TV series -- most produced by the "Department" staff, some produced by web users. Viewers will then be able to vote, via the Web site www.acceptable.tv, for three of those series to return with a new episode. The three with the least votes are cancelled and replaced by three new pilots the following week. All shows -- acceptable and unacceptable -- will be shown on the website. The best of these shorts could eventually grow to a full series on VH1.

"Over the years, Dan Harmon and Rob Shrab have assembled an incredible group of young filmmakers at their internet event, Channel101.com," said actor and series producer Jack Black. Channel 101 alumni include Andy Samberg, Akiva Schaffer and Jorma Taccone, who were recently brought on board Saturday Night Live, where they created the infectious 'Lazy Sunday' digital short. "They have mastered the art of the three-to-five minute entertainment power nugget. I am proud to be a producer of this breakthrough television series. This is the first show in TV history to be programmed by the audience," he continued. "For their brave choice to put this on the air, the executives at VH1 should be applauded, and then fired."

"The formation of the 'Department' places VH1 and its viewers again at the forefront of the user-generated content revolution. VH1 tapped into the online video explosion early with our weekly 'Web Junk 20' series nearly a year ago. The show found the funniest videos on the internet and shared them with our viewers -- thousands of whom uploaded their own videos to us," said Brian Graden, President, Entertainment, MTV Networks Music Group and Logo. "Now our viewers can be part of the overall development process in any way they want ... from playing TV programmer and voting online for their favorite entries to actually creating a pilot to evaluated by this community of devout television fans."

"Yes, this show will be web-savvy, viral and cross-platform compliant through 2010. You'll be able to watch it on your wristwatch, iPod or subdermal sex offender GPS unit. But honestly, it's just going to be a funny TV sketch show. You're going to be able to tune into VH1 for a half hour and get a couple belly laughs and then get on with your week. That's our goal," stated Harmon.

Users of the site will be able to do more than vote on their favorite videos. They can join the "Department" and rise through the ranks by finding quality entertainment on the web, or by making their own shows, uploading them to the site, and getting the support and votes of other users.

"Acceptable TV" is executive produced by Jack Black, Dan Harmon, and Rob Schrab. Benjamin Cooley will oversee for Electric Dynamite Productions. VH1 senior vice president of films and scripted series, Maggie Malina, will oversee television production for VH1, along with Michael Hirschorn, executive vice president of production and programming for VH1. Writers for the series include Dan Harmon (co-creator of "Heat Vision and Jack"), Justin Roiland (creator of the early viral video sensation "House of Cosbys") and JD Ryznar (creator of equally early, equally viral, and equally sensational "Yacht Rock").

VH1 will produce 8 episodes to premiere Friday, March 23 at 10PM* with its companion website, www.acceptable.tv to launch in February 2007.

VH1 connects viewers to the music, artists and pop culture that matter to them most with series, specials, live events, exclusive online content and public affairs initiatives. VH1 is available in 90 million households in the U.S. VH1 also has an array of digital services including VH1 Classic, VH1 Soul and VSPOT, VH1's broadband channel. Connect with VH1 at www.VH1.com.

VH1 is a registered trademark of MTV Networks, a unit of Viacom International Inc. MTV Networks also operates and offers joint ventures, licensing agreements and syndication deals whereby its programming can be seen worldwide.

*All times at ET/PT

 

 

January 2007 Marks the 40th Anniversary of Legendary Singer Engelbert Humperdinck's First Smash Hit 'Release Me'

'Release Me' Topped the Charts and Ushered in the 'King Of Romance' Engelbert Humperdinck Who Crosses Generations With His Unmistakable Voice and Talent

Iconic performer and Grammy Award winning singer Engelbert Humperdinck has defined romance for countless generations and this month he celebrates a milestone with the 40th anniversary of his first international breakout hit, "Release Me." Beating out The Beatles song "Strawberry Fields Forever" by early February of 1967, "Release Me" was an instantaneous hit that topped the British music charts at number-one and soared in the U.S. music charts for 56 consecutive weeks. In its peak the powerful ballad sold an unprecedented 85,000 copies daily.

"When I first heard Engelbert perform 'Release Me,' I knew a legend was being born. His unmistakable voice, magnetism and ability to mesmerize an audience made it clear he was and always will be a class act. I had the pleasure of going to one of Engelbert's concerts last year and his voice and showmanship has improved and matured like a fine wine," said producer, Richard Perry.

"Release Me" sparked Engelbert's impressive career that has spanned 40 years. In the late 60's and early 70's, he set the standard for Las Vegas-style glamour with his extravagant and lavish stage shows. With his signature sideburns, swanky wardrobe and rich 3-1/2 octave range, he was a bigger than life heartthrob who drove female fans wild. He also performed alongside fellow musical legends of the time including his personal friend Elvis Presley (who stole his sideburns) and Dusty Springfield.

Engelbert Humperdinck continues to perform over 100 dates a year. He has made 77 albums and generated sales in excess of 130 million records, including 64 gold albums and 24 platinum. He's received four Grammy's, a Golden Globe (Entertainer Of The Year, 1989) and a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Engelbert has performed for the Queen of England and royal heads of state around the world.

Engelbert has lived up to his "King Of Romance" moniker with countless hits over the years including: "Can't Take My Eyes Off Of You," "Misty Blue," "After The Loving," "Spanish Eyes" and "Quando, Quando, Quando." Last year he added his personal imprint to the theme song ("Little Boxes") for the popular television hit, "Weeds."

As Engelbert gears up to celebrate the 40th anniversary of "Release Me," he continues to make music he loves. Last month he appeared in his first U.S. commercial in a national Staples holiday campaign. He recently released a new single in the UK, "Jerusalem" which will be featured in the "World Rugby Cup." He went back into the studio to celebrate his anniversary in the business and his roots with a new CD, "Best of British Composers", produced by Richard Perry and Lauren Wild. For more information go to: http://www.engelbert.com/

Source: EH Productions

 

T'Zerah(TM) Selected as Exclusive Skin Care Line at the Backstage Creations Retreat during the 2007 Golden Globe(R) Awards

 

The Scoop: The celebrity presenters at the Golden Globe Awards may look

especially radiant this year, as they will be given the

opportunity to experience t'Zerah(TM), the luxurious

award-winning skin care line based on pure plant based

ingredients, during rehearsals the two days prior to the

show!

t'Zerah has been selected to be the exclusive skin care line

at the "Backstage Creations Retreat during the 2007 Golden

Globe Awards." Celebrity presenters will have the opportunity

to sample the brand's full line of luxurious, couture-quality

natural skin care, and will go home with a complete t'Zerah

skin regimen, including Or' l'Or de Nuit Illuminating Lifting

Serum, made with pure white powder gold and inspired by the

Golden Globes themselves!

When: Saturday, January 13th and Sunday, January 14th, 2007.

Where: Backstage Creations Retreat at the 2007 Golden Globe Awards

Beverly Hilton Hotel, Beverly Hills, CA

BY INVITATION ONLY

What: The 60 celebrity presenters at the 2007 Golden Globes will be

invited to experience the t'Zerah line on-site at the Beverly

Hilton Hotel during the two days of rehearsals prior to the

live broadcast on Monday January 15th. They will then go

home with an exclusive collection of t'Zerah products

presented in a custom made ivory silk box filled with flower

petals and wrapped in hand made Japanese rice paper.

The collection will feature 7 products, including:

-- Creme Bois de Rose Velvet Hydrating Cream, made with pure

rose water, skin-smoothing Panama tree extract and rose

wood essential oil.

-- Serum Grenade Intensive, a night repair serum rich in

pomegranate and perilla oils, plant extracts and naturally

occurring salicylic acid to exfoliate, decongest and

even-out skin tone and texture. This "does it all"

treatment is clinically proven to make skin not only look

younger, but actually behave like younger skin.

-- Or l'Or de Nuit Illuminating Lifting Serum, a luxurious

skin treatment made with pure white powder gold, marine

algae and pure plant extracts to instantly tighten and

lift while softly diffusing light for a glamorous glow.

Background: t'Zerah is a luxurious couture-quality line of skin care

inspired by the ancient knowledge of the restorative power of

plants. It is made in France, in small batches, using only

the freshest, purest essences of flowers, plants and natural

minerals carefully selected for their ability to harmonize

with the skin. You can truly feel the difference -- the

products have a freshness and vitality that has become the

t'Zerah signature.

t'Zerah was awarded "Best Natural Product" at the brand's

Extracts Trade Show launch in New York City earlier this

year, and is available in select specialty boutiques, at

makeup.com, and at the brand's own website www.tzerah.com. In

2007 t'Zerah will debut at one of the world's premier

prestige department stores.

Backstage Creations is the leading company providing

corporate clients an exclusive opportunity to personally

introduce their products and services to celebrities. Invited

celebrities visit custom designed "Retreats" to relax and

choose products selected by event organizers as "thank-you"

gifts. Backstage Creations has created celebrity retreats at

various industry events including the Golden Globes Awards,

People's Choice Awards and Billboard Music Awards

 

 

 

Emmy(R)-Award Winning Actress Debra Messing stars in 'THE STARTER WIFE'

POND'S(R) Face Care Brand Sponsors USA Network Television Event Celebrating Grown-Up Beauty

Offers Viewers Multiple Opportunities to Join the Celebration

 The POND'S(R), the anti-aging skin care line has teamed up with USA Network for THE STARTER WIFE, a major television event that celebrates the sexiness, sassiness and confidence of the 40-something woman. Starring Debra Messing, and chronicling the life and times of the newly single and utterly fabulous Molly Kagan, the six-hour television event premieres on Thursday, May 31 at 9pm/8c and runs through Thursday, June 28 on USA Network.

With a lineup of anti-aging products that gives women the beauty "edge," POND'S and THE STARTER WIFE are perfectly aligned: both celebrate the grown-up beauty of women who are full of life and life's experience. In fact, according to a recent POND'S survey, 80 percent of 40-something women say that they are more self-confident now than their former 20-something selves.

Nationwide Search for Fabulous 40-somethings

To encourage women to tune in, POND'S is unleashing a coast-to-coast search for the five 40-something women who best embody the POND'S brand of grown-up beauty. "These women know exactly what their assets are and know how to play them up because when you look good, you feel good and the confidence shows," said Srini Sripada, Unilever, marketing director.

To enter The Starter Wife 40s and Fabulous Contest presented by POND'S, women can log onto http://www.ponds-thestarterwife.com/ from Wednesday, February 7 to Friday, March 16 to share how their sassiness and confidence shines through in their own lives. Each of the five winners will be featured in separate on-air vignettes highlighting their unique stories and beauty philosophies, which will air during THE STARTER WIFE.

Along with the vignettes, the five winners also will receive the "star treatment" with a weekend of glitz, glamour and grown-up beauty in Los Angeles. From their red carpet Hollywood "debut" at the exclusive, star-studded THE STARTER WIFE premiere party in May to a hair, make-up and clothing makeover with a stylist, the winners will have an action-packed three-day, two-night experience with POND'S. Gigi Levangie Grazer, author of THE STARTER WIFE and executive producer, will be one of four judges.

Saying "I do" to Grown-Up Beauty

POND'S also is giving THE STARTER WIFE viewers the chance to win dazzling right hand diamond rings -- the ultimate symbol of empowerment and confidence for 40+ women. Starting in May, consumers can look for specially marked packages of POND'S products featuring a sticker with a unique game code. One winning code will be revealed each week during THE STARTER WIFE on USA Network (May 31-June 28).

THE STARTER WIFE also stars Tony(R) winner and Emmy(R) nominee Joe Mantegna ("Joan of Arcadia"), Golden Globe(R) winner, Emmy Award winner and Academy Award(R) nominee Judy Davis ("Life with Judy Garland: Me and My Shadow"), Tony winner Anika Noni Rose ("Dreamgirls"), Miranda Otto ("Lord of the Rings") and Emmy winner Peter Jacobson ("As Good As It Gets"), Stephen Moyer ("Quills"), Aden Young ("The Crocodile Hunter: Collision Course") and Chris Diamantopoulos ("Boston Legal") and is directed by Jon Avnet ("Fried Green Tomatoes"). Sara Parriott and Josann McGibbon ("Runaway Bride") penned the project which is produced by NBC Universal Television Studio in association with 3 Arts Entertainment. Stephanie Davis ("The Caveman's Valentine") and Howard Klein ("The Office," "Carnivale") serve as executive producers for 3 Arts, with Jon Avnet, Gigi Levangie Grazer, Josann McGibbon and Sara Parriott also serving as executive producers. Jeff Hayes serves as co-executive producer.

About POND'S(R):

With a rich heritage for more than 100 years, POND'S(R), a Unilever trusted face care brand, was first made famous for its classic Cold Cream. Today, the POND'S product line consists of anti-aging cleansers and moisturizers as well as several classics that meet the needs of women whose faces have begun to show signs of aging. POND'S keeps skin looking its best and helps women feel confident by delivering significant and noticeable skin benefits through innovative and effective ingredients. POND'S products are available at drug, mass merchandisers, club stores and supermarkets nationwide. Suggested retail price ranges from $3.99 to $19.99. For more information and skin care tips on POND'S products, visit http://www.ponds.com/.

About Unilever:

Unilever (NYSE:UL) (NYSE:UN) , one of the world's largest consumer products companies, aims to add vitality to life by meeting everyday needs for nutrition, hygiene and personal care. Each day, around the world, consumers make 150 million decisions to purchase Unilever products. The company has a portfolio of brands that make people feel good, look good and get more out of life.

In the United States these brands include recognized names such as: Axe, "all," Ben & Jerry's, Bertolli, Breyers, Caress, Country Crock, Degree, Dove personal care products, Hellmann's, Lipton, Knorr, Popsicle, Promise, Q-Tips, Skippy, Slim-Fast, Snuggle, Suave, Sunsilk and Vaseline. All of the preceding brand names are registered trademarks of the Unilever Group of Companies. Dedicated to serving consumers and the communities where we live, work and play, Unilever in the United States employs approximately 15,000 people in 66 office and manufacturing sites in 24 states and Puerto Rico- generating more than $9 billion in sales in 2005. For more information visit http://www.unileverusa.com/.

About USA Network:

USA Network is cable television's leading provider of original series and feature movies, sports and entertainment events, off-net television shows, and blockbuster theatrical films. The #1 basic cable network across the board for 2006, USA Network is seen in 90 million U.S. homes. The USA Network Web site is located at http://www.usanetwork.com/. Characters Welcome.

USA Network is a program service of NBC Universal Cable a division of NBC Universal, one of the world's leading media and entertainment companies in the development, production, and marketing of entertainment, news, and information to a global audience.

Source: USA Network

 

Invasion of Sexy in the Kingdom of Las Vegas

 There's a new ruler in the Kingdom of Sexy. Prince. He, and his iconic gender-melding symbol, tower some twenty stories over Las Vegas. Twenty years after the inauguration of his Purple Reign, the illustrious icon and King of Sexy is back commanding the music scene in Las Vegas. This four-time Grammy winner is performing to sold out shows at The Rio Las Vegas' new 3121 nightclub. On Wednesday nights, the singer/songwriter/producer hosts and presents various artists whom he has signed.

Prince, The Rio All Suite Hotel and Casino and Pepsi has enlisted Sky Tag, the innovators of the largest Tall Walls and Building Wraps, in producing Prince's Mega Mural which dominates the Las Vegas

 

M*A*S*H is a Major Ratings S*M*A*S*H on TV Land!!

An Average of 1.3 Million Viewers Tune in to Week-Long Prime Time Marathon

Network Scores Double-Digit Gains in Rating and Delivery for the Week in Prime

 The launch of M*A*S*H on TV Land proved to be a "major major" smash! The series, which kicked off with a week-long "Major Major M*A*S*H Marathon" on Monday, January 1 through Sunday, January 7, scored spectacular ratings in prime time for the week, attracting an average of 1.3 million total viewers and scored double-digit increases in demo rating and delivery. The marathon showcase also included all the major episodes from the series; the original major motion picture of the same name; the 20th and 30th major reunion specials and the major landmark series finale, all of which scored huge numbers for the network. TV Land's "Major Major" marathon made TV Land a Top Ten ranked network in all of basic cable among Adults 25-54 for the week in prime.

According to Nielsen Media Research, for the week in prime time (8 p.m. to 11 p.m. ET/PT), the marathon averaged 1.3 million total viewers, up +24% over last year. It posted a 0.6/587,000, up +50% in rating and +38% in delivery among its core A25-54 demo over last year for the week. Among Boomers (Adults 40-54), the showcase posted a 0.8/443,000, up +60% in rating and +62% in delivery over last year.

"The show's strong delivery and ratings are a true testament to how M*A*S*H continues to stand the test of time," states Larry W. Jones, President, TV Land. "As the #1 show among Boomers, M*A*S*H remains one of the most beloved and enduring series ever."

Highlights for the week of TV Land's "Major Major M*A*S*H marathon" include the following:

* On Tuesday, January 2, TV Land aired the M*A*S*H series finale at 10

p.m., posting a 0.7/685,000 among A25-54, up +75% in rating and +100%

in delivery over last year. Among total viewers, the telecast averaged

over 1.3 million, up +102% vs. YAGO. Among Boomers, Adults 40-54, the

finale posted a 1.0/519,000, up +150% in rating and +184% in delivery

compared to last year.

* M*A*S*H's 20th Anniversary retrospective, which aired on Wednesday,

January 3 at 10 p.m., boasted triple-digit increases for the network in

prime, averaging a 0.8/838,000 among A25-54, an increase of +300% in

rating and +284% in delivery over YAGO. Among total viewers, TV Land

attracted an average of over 1.5 million, up a whopping +222% over last

year. The special continued to perform among Boomers as well, scoring

a 1.1/560,000 among A40-54, up +267% in rating and +286% in delivery

vs. YAGO.

* TV Land aired the series' 30th Anniversary reunion special on Thursday,

January 4 at 10 p.m., posting a 0.7/692,000 among A25-54, up +75% in

rating and +85% in delivery over last year. Additionally, the network

averaged over 1.4 million total viewers, an increase of +73% vs. YAGO.

Among the A40-54 Boomer audience, it scored triple digit gains, with a

1.0/513,000, up +150% in rating and +158% in delivery over last year.

* The original M*A*S*H movie, which inspired the landmark series, aired

on Friday, January 5 at 10 p.m., averaging 906,000 total viewers, up

+25% over 2006. The film scored a 0.5/473,000, up +25% in rating and

+39% in delivery over last year. Among A40-54, it posted a 0.7/368,000,

up +75% in rating and +70% in delivery versus YAGO.

TV Land and all related logos and titles are trademarks of Viacom International Inc.

About TV Land

Now seen in over 88 million U.S. homes, TV Land is a division of MTV Networks. TV Land's program mix features original programming, popular dramas, sitcoms, westerns, Retromercials and a TV-referential interstitial environment, all programmed to superserve Baby Boomers -- the first generation of Americans to grow up watching television. TV Land Productions was created in 2003 to develop original programming that complements the network's successful acquired programming slate. TV Land Productions has produced The TV Land Awards Show (March 2003, 2004, 2005 and 2006) and Chasing Farrah (Spring 2005). In 2006, TV Land premiered several original productions including Generation Boom, I Pity The Fool starring Mr. T and Sit Down Comedy with David Steinberg. The network features all-time Classic hits like All in the Family, M*A*S*H, I Love Lucy, The Andy Griffith Show and Bonanza.

MTV Networks, a unit of Viacom (NYSE:VIA) (NYSE:VIA.B) , is one of the world's leading creators of programming and content across all media platforms. MTV Networks, with more than 130 channels worldwide, owns and operates the following television programming services - MTV: MUSIC TELEVISION, MTV2, VH1, mtvU, NICKELODEON, NICK at NITE, COMEDY CENTRAL, TV LAND, SPIKE TV, CMT, NOGGIN, VH1 CLASSIC, LOGO, MTVN INTERNATIONAL and THE DIGITAL SUITE FROM MTV NETWORKS, a package of 13 digital services, all of these networks trademarks of MTV Networks. MTV Networks connects with its audiences through its robust consumer products businesses and its more than 200 interactive properties worldwide, including online, broadband, wireless and interactive television services and also has licensing agreements, joint ventures, and syndication deals whereby all of its programming services can be seen worldwide.

Source: TV Land

 

iTunes Store Tops Two Billion Songs

50 Million TV Shows & Over 1.3 Million Movies Sold

Apple(R) today announced that more than two billion songs, 50 million television episodes and over 1.3 million feature-length films have been purchased and downloaded from the iTunes(R) Store (www.itunes.com), making it the world's most popular online music, TV and movie store.

"iTunes has crossed another major milestone by selling over two billion songs -- with over a billion of them sold in the last year alone -- making it by far the world's most popular music store," said Steve Jobs, Apple's CEO. "And by selling 50 million TV shows and over 1.3 million movies to date, iTunes is already the largest online video store in the world as well."

The iTunes Store now features the world's largest catalog by far with over four million songs, 250 feature films, 350 television shows and over 100,000 podcasts. Beginning today, iTunes has added more than 100 movies from Paramount Pictures priced at just $9.99 including "School of Rock," "The Italian Job," "Mean Girls," "Zoolander," "Coach Carter," "Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events," "Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life," "Chinatown" and "Breakfast at Tiffany's."

The world's most popular music jukebox, iTunes 7 delivers stunning features such as the new album and Cover Flow views of music, TV shows and movies, enabling users to quickly find titles in their library as well as casually browse through and re-discover titles they already own. Videos purchased from the iTunes Store are downloaded in near-DVD quality at a resolution of 640 by up to 480, depending on the content's aspect ratio. And now with Apple TV, you can wirelessly play all your favorite iTunes content from your Mac(R) or PC, including movies, TV shows, music, photos and podcasts on your widescreen TV.

With Apple's legendary ease of use, pioneering features such as integrated podcasting support, iMix playlist sharing, seamless integration with iPod and groundbreaking personal use rights, the iTunes Store is the best way for Mac and PC users to legally discover, purchase and download music and video online.

Pricing & Availability

iTunes 7 for Mac and Windows includes the iTunes Store and is available as a free download from www.itunes.com. Purchase and download of content from the iTunes Store for Mac or Windows requires a valid credit card with a billing address in the country of purchase. Television shows and feature films are available in the US only, and video availability varies by country. Games are available for download in the 22 countries in which iTunes operates and play on the fifth generation iPod(R). New release feature films are $14.99 (US) each and other feature-length films are $9.99 (US) each, television shows are $1.99 (US) per episode, music videos and short films are $1.99 (US) each and games are $4.99 (US) each.

Apple ignited the personal computer revolution in the 1970s with the Apple II and reinvented the personal computer in the 1980s with the Macintosh. Today, Apple continues to lead the industry in innovation with its award-winning desktop and notebook computers, OS X operating system, and iLife and professional applications. Apple is also spearheading the digital music revolution with its iPod portable music players and iTunes online store.

NOTE: Apple, the Apple logo, Mac, Mac OS, Macintosh, iTunes and iPod are trademarks of Apple. Other company and product names may be trademarks of their respective owners.

FCMN Contact: hoover1@apple.com

Source: Apple Computer, Inc.

 

'Live with Regis and Kelly' Announces the Return of 'Live's Beautiful Baby Search'

Grand Prize-Winning Baby Will Appear on Cover of Parenting Magazine

Every mom or dad thinks their baby is the cutest ... and "Live with Regis and Kelly" is giving parents the chance to turn their cute baby into a cover baby! "Live" and Parenting magazine invite proud parents to enter their little ones in "Live's Beautiful Baby Search 2007." Five finalists will be featured on "Live with Regis and Kelly" and the winner will be showcased as the cover model on a future issue of Parenting.

Beginning today, January 9, 2007, parents of beautiful babies between the ages of 6 months and 48 months will be able to enter their children in the contest by submitting a non-professional photo of their little one online at www.liveregisandkelly.com, where full details and contest rules are available. Entries also can be mailed to LIVE'S BEAUTIFUL BABY SEARCH, Ansonia Station - P.O. Box 234027, New York, NY 10023-9490.

"Live" producers and Parenting editors will narrow down the competition to ten finalists. Voting then will be turned over to "Live's" viewing audience, who will vote online to determine the five finalists. The final five beautiful babies will travel to New York to appear on "Live With Regis and Kelly" the week of February 19, 2007, and take part in a professional photo shoot hosted by Parenting. Hosts Regis Philbin and Kelly Ripa will announce the picture-perfect winner on February 23, and he or she will be showcased on the cover of a future issue of Parenting.

Parenting, with a guaranteed circulation of 2,150,000 and a readership of over 11 million, is the nation's leading magazine for moms. It provides the emotional support and affirmation they want and the mom-tested information and ideas they can really use. Parenting is the flagship magazine of The Parenting Group, which includes the monthly Babytalk magazine and its siblings Babytalk First Months and Babytalk Mom-to-Be. The Parenting Group's other extensions include: a sampling operation, First Moments; a website, Parenting.com; a custom publishing unit, and MomConnection(R), an online research community. Taken cumulatively, Parenting Group properties deliver over 20 million consumer touchpoints each month. The Group is a division of Time Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Time Warner Inc.

"Live with Regis and Kelly" is executive produced by Michael Gelman, and has been distributed in national syndication by Buena Vista Television since 1988. Produced by WABC-TV in New York, "Live with Regis and Kelly" airs in more than 200 markets across the country.

Source: Buena Vista Television

 

Apple TV Coming to Your Living Room

Movies, TV Shows, Music & Photos on Your Big Screen TV

 Apple(R) today premiered Apple TV(TM), an easy to use and fun way to wirelessly play all your favorite iTunes(R) content from your Mac(R) or PC on your widescreen TV, including movies, TV shows, music, photos and podcasts. Using Apple TV's stunning new interface, anyone can quickly browse and view their entire collection of digital media from across the room using the simple and intuitive Apple Remote. Apple TV easily connects to almost all modern widescreen televisions, and will be shipping in February for just $299.

"Apple TV is like a DVD player for the 21st century -- you connect it to your entertainment system just like a DVD player, but it plays digital content you get from the Internet rather than DVDs you get from a physical store," said Steve Jobs, Apple's CEO. "Apple TV plays the same iTunes content that users enjoy on their computers and iPods, so now they can even watch part of a movie in their living room, and watch the rest later on their iPod."

Apple TV has a 40GB hard drive to store up to 50 hours of video, 9,000 songs, 25,000 photos or a combination of each and is capable of delivering high-definition 720p output.* Apple TV is easy to connect to a broad range of widescreen TVs and home theater systems and comes standard with HDMI, component video, analog and optical audio ports. Using high-speed AirPort(R) 802.11** wireless networking, Apple TV can auto-sync content from one computer or stream content from up to five additional computers right to your TV without any wires.***

The seamless integration of Apple TV and iTunes lets users choose from over 250 feature-length movies and 350 TV shows in near DVD quality; four million songs, 5,000 music videos, 100,000 podcasts and 20,000 audiobooks. Users can enjoy their favorite music on a home entertainment system and view slideshows of their photo albums on a widescreen TV. Apple TV makes it easy for users to explore their entire media collection with an easy to use and intuitive new interface. With the Apple Remote, consumers can easily browse through their favorite movies, TV shows, music and photos from up to 30 feet away.

Pricing & Availability

Apple TV, which includes the Apple Remote, will be shipping in February through the Apple Store(R) (www.apple.com), Apple's retail stores and Apple Authorized Resellers for a suggested retail price of $299 (US).

Apple TV requires iTunes 7 or later running on a Mac with Mac OS(R) X version 10.3.9 or later, or a Windows PC with Windows XP Home/Professional (SP2). An 802.11b/g/n wireless network using AirPort, AirPort Extreme(R) or 10/100 Base-T Ethernet networking required. Internet access is required and a broadband connection is recommended. Apple TV requires an enhanced-definition or high-definition widescreen TV. iPod(R) games will not play on Apple TV. iTunes is available in the US and select countries.

*Video playback based on 640x480 iTunes video content. Music capacity based on four minutes per song and 128-Kbps AAC encoding. Photo capacity based on Apple TV viewable photos transferred from iTunes. Actual capacity varies by content.

**Compatible with 802.11b/g/n. Based on an IEEE 802.11n draft specification.

***Wireless video streaming requires an 802.11g/n network.

Apple ignited the personal computer revolution in the 1970s with the Apple II and reinvented the personal computer in the 1980s with the Macintosh. Today, Apple continues to lead the industry in innovation with its award-winning desktop and notebook computers, OS X operating system, and iLife and professional applications. Apple is also spearheading the digital music revolution with its iPod portable music players and iTunes online store.

NOTE: Apple, the Apple logo, Mac, Mac OS, Macintosh, iTunes, Mac, Apple TV, AirPort, Apple Store, AirPort Extreme and iPod are trademarks of Apple. Other company and product names may be trademarks of their respective owners.

Source: Apple Computer, Inc.

 

 

Apple Chooses Cingular as Exclusive US Carrier for Its Revolutionary iPhone

Apple(R) and Cingular announced that Cingular, the largest wireless carrier in the US, will be Apple's exclusive US carrier partner for Apple's revolutionary iPhone unveiled today. As part of this multi-year partnership, Apple and Cingular are working together to provide innovative new features to mobile phone users, such as iPhone's pioneering and unique Visual Voicemail, a first on any mobile phone in the world.

"Apple chose Cingular because they are the best and most popular carrier in the US," said Steve Jobs, Apple's CEO. "We are thrilled to be offering our revolutionary new iPhone exclusively with Cingular, and look forward to working together with them to create some wonderful new features for our customers."

"By partnering with Apple, we are continuing our commitment to raising the bar for customers," said Stan Sigman, Cingular's president and CEO. "We think the iPhone is one of the most innovative devices ever created, and we look forward to letting our customers be the first in the world to experience the future of mobile phones."

iPhone's unique Visual Voicemail was co-developed by Apple and Cingular. Visual Voicemail makes voicemail as fast and convenient as email by allowing users to go directly to any of their voice messages without listening to any of the prior messages.

iPhone will be available in the US beginning in June 2007 in a 4GB model for $499 and an 8GB model for $599, and will work in combination with Apple's iTunes(R) running on either a PC or Mac(R).

iPhone will be sold in the US through Apple's retail and online stores (www.apple.com), and through Cingular's retail and online stores (www.cingular.com).

Cingular wireless is the largest wireless carrier in the United States, serving 58.7 million customers. Cingular is solely owned by AT&T Inc. (NYSE:T) , a premier communications holding company in the united states and worldwide. Cingular has the largest digital voice and data network in the nation -- the Allover Network -- and the largest mobile-to-mobile community of any national wireless carrier. Cingular is a leader in third generation wire- less technology, featuring the first widely available HSDPA (high speed downlink packet access) service in the world. Cingular is the only US wireless carrier to offer Rollover, the wireless plan that lets customers keep their unused monthly minutes.

Apple ignited the personal computer revolution in the 1970s with the Apple II and reinvented the personal computer in the 1980s with the Macintosh. Today, Apple continues to lead the industry in innovation with its award-winning desktop and notebook computers, OS X operating system, and iLife and professional applications. Apple is also spearheading the digital music revolution with its iPod portable music players and iTunes online store.

NOTE: Apple, the Apple logo, Mac, Mac OS, Macintosh and iTunes are trade- marks of Apple. Other company and product names may be trademarks of their respective owners.

 

Source: Apple Computer, Inc.

 

Apple Reinvents the Phone With iPhone

 Apple(R) today introduced iPhone, combining three products-a revolutionary mobile phone, a widescreen iPod(R) with touch controls, and a breakthrough Internet communications device with desktop-class email, web browsing, searching and maps-into one small and lightweight handheld device. iPhone introduces an entirely new user interface based on a large multi-touch display and pioneering new software, letting users control iPhone with just their fingers. iPhone also ushers in an era of software power and sophistication never before seen in a mobile device, which completely redefines what users can do on their mobile phones.

"iPhone is a revolutionary and magical product that is literally five years ahead of any other mobile phone," said Steve Jobs, Apple's CEO. "We are all born with the ultimate pointing device -- our fingers -- and iPhone uses them to create the most revolutionary user interface since the mouse."

iPhone is a Revolutionary Mobile Phone

iPhone is a revolutionary new mobile phone that allows users to make calls by simply pointing at a name or number. iPhone syncs all of your contacts from your PC, Mac(R) or Internet service such as Yahoo!, so that you always have your full list of up-to-date contacts with you. In addition, you can easily construct a favorites list for your most frequently made calls, and easily merge calls together to create conference calls.

iPhone's pioneering Visual Voicemail, an industry first, lets users look at a listing of their voicemails, decide which messages to listen to, then go directly to those messages without listening to the prior messages. Just like email, iPhone's Visual Voicemail enables users to immediately randomly access those messages that interest them most.

iPhone includes an SMS application with a full QWERTY soft keyboard to easily send and receive SMS messages in multiple sessions. When users need to type, iPhone presents them with an elegant touch keyboard which is predictive to prevent and correct mistakes, making it much easier and more efficient to use than the small plastic keyboards on many smartphones. iPhone also includes a calendar application that allows calendars to be automatically synced with your PC or Mac.

iPhone features a 2 megapixel camera and a photo management application that is far beyond anything on a phone today. Users can browse their photo library, which can be easily synced from their PC or Mac, with just a flick of a finger and easily choose a photo for their wallpaper or to include in an email.

iPhone is a quad-band GSM phone which also features EDGE and Wi-Fi wireless technologies for data networking. Apple has chosen Cingular, the best and most popular carrier in the US with over 58 million subscribers, to be Apple's exclusive carrier partner for iPhone in the US.

iPhone is a Widescreen iPod

iPhone is a widescreen iPod with touch controls that lets music lovers "touch" their music by easily scrolling through entire lists of songs, artists, albums and playlists with just a flick of a finger. Album artwork is stunningly presented on iPhone's large and vibrant display.

iPhone also features Cover Flow, Apple's amazing way to browse your music library by album cover artwork, for the first time on an iPod. When navigating your music library on iPhone, you are automatically switched into Cover Flow by simply rotating iPhone into its landscape position.

iPhone's stunning 3.5-inch widescreen display offers the ultimate way to watch TV shows and movies on a pocketable device, with touch controls for play-pause, chapter forward-backward and volume. iPhone plays the same videos purchased from the online iTunes(R) Store that users enjoy watching on their computers and iPods, and will soon enjoy watching on their widescreen televisions using the new Apple TV(TM). The iTunes Store now offers over 350 television shows, over 250 feature films and over 5,000 music videos.

iPhone lets users enjoy all their iPod content, including music, audiobooks, audio podcasts, video podcasts, music videos, television shows and movies. iPhone syncs content from a user's iTunes library on their PC or Mac, and can play any music or video content they have purchased from the online iTunes store.

iPhone is a Breakthrough Internet Communications Device

iPhone features a rich HTML email client which fetches your email in the background from most POP3 or IMAP mail services and displays photos and graphics right along with the text. iPhone is fully multi-tasking, so you can be reading a web page while downloading your email in the background.

Yahoo! Mail, the world's largest email service with over 250 million users, is offering a new free "push" IMAP email service to all iPhone users that automatically pushes new email to a user's iPhone, and can be set up by simply entering your Yahoo! name and password. iPhone will also work with most industry standard IMAP and POP based email services, such as Microsoft Exchange, Apple .Mac Mail, AOL Mail, Google Gmail and most ISP mail services.

iPhone also features the most advanced and fun-to-use web browser on a portable device with a version of its award-winning Safari(TM) web browser for iPhone. Users can see any web page the way it was designed to be seen, and then easily zoom in to expand any section by simply tapping on iPhone's multi- touch display with their finger. Users can surf the web from just about anywhere over Wi-Fi or EDGE, and can automatically sync their bookmarks from their PC or Mac. iPhone's Safari web browser also includes built-in Google Search and Yahoo! Search so users can instantly search for information on their iPhone just like they do on their computer.

iPhone also includes Google Maps, featuring Google's groundbreaking maps service and iPhone's amazing maps application, offering the best maps experience by far on any pocket device. Users can view maps, satellite images, traffic information and get directions, all from iPhone's remarkable and easy- to-use touch interface.

iPhone's Advanced Sensors

iPhone employs advanced built-in sensors -- an accelerometer, a proximity sensor and an ambient light sensor -- that automatically enhance the user experience and extend battery life. iPhone's built-in accelerometer detects when the user has rotated the device from portrait to landscape, then automatically changes the contents of the display accordingly, with users immediately seeing the entire width of a web page, or a photo in its proper landscape aspect ratio.

iPhone's built-in proximity sensor detects when you lift iPhone to your ear and immediately turns off the display to save power and prevent inadvertent touches until iPhone is moved away. iPhone's built-in ambient light sensor automatically adjusts the display's brightness to the appropriate level for the current ambient light, thereby enhancing the user experience and saving power at the same time.

Pricing & Availability

iPhone will be available in the US in June 2007, Europe in late 2007, and Asia in 2008, in a 4GB model for $499 (US) and an 8GB model for $599 (US), and will work with either a PC or Mac. iPhone will be sold in the US through Apple's retail and online stores, and through Cingular's retail and online stores. Several iPhone accessories will also be available in June, including Apple's new remarkably compact Bluetooth headset.

iPhone includes support for quad-band GSM, EDGE, 802.11b/g Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 2.0 EDR wireless technologies.

iPhone requires a Mac with a USB 2.0 port, Mac OS(R) X v10.4.8 or later and iTunes 7; or a Windows PC with a USB 2.0 port and Windows 2000 (Service Pack 4), Windows XP Home or Professional (Service Pack 2). Internet access is required and a broadband connection is recommended. Apple and Cingular will announce service plans for iPhone before it begins shipping in June.

Learn More About iPhone

To learn more about iPhone, please visit Apple.com or watch the video of the iPhone introduction at www.apple.com/iphone/keynote.

Apple ignited the personal computer revolution in the 1970s with the Apple II and reinvented the personal computer in the 1980s with the Macintosh. Today, Apple continues to lead the industry in innovation with its award- winning desktop and notebook computers, OS X operating system, and iLife and professional applications. Apple is also spearheading the digital music revolution with its iPod portable music players and iTunes online store.

NOTE: Apple, the Apple logo, Mac, Mac OS, Macintosh, iPod, iTunes, Apple TV and Safari are trademarks of Apple. Other company and product names may be trademarks of their respective owners.

 

 

The 2007 AVN Adult Entertainment Expo Opens Tomorrow!

Biggest Adult Trade Show in the World Will Attract Thousands

The convention that boasts the largest collection of naughty pleasures and hottest entertainers from around the globe -- the 2007 AVN Adult Entertainment Expo -- opens tomorrow at the Sands Expo Center in Las Vegas, Nevada and will run through Saturday. With thousands of adult stars, industry leaders, and fans from around the world scheduled to attend, what happens in Vegas this week won't stay in Vegas for long.

The Expo will kick off with Jenna Jameson, the adult industry's famous star and business executive, and her Club Jenna Girls, cutting the ribbon to open the show in front of Hall A at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, January 10.

For many attendees, the highlight of the show will be meeting and getting autographs from their favorite adult stars. More than 250 of the most famous adult actresses and actors will be on hand to greet their fans.

To date, more than 340 companies are scheduled to exhibit at the show, including the adult industry's leading entertainment producers. Please refer to www.AdultEntertainmentExpo.com for a complete list of exhibitors.

At the nine seminars scheduled, some of the adult industry's leading business people and attorneys will be present to discuss important topics such as censorship, techniques to curb growing piracy, recordkeeping requirements, how to build and expand business in adult products, technological advancements that are revolutionizing the adult entertainment market, and the rapid growth of female consumers in the market.

The 2007 AVN Adult Entertainment Expo is sponsored by Adult Video News and produced by Home Entertainment Events.

Also to be held in conjunction with the event is the GAYVN Expo, a designated portion of the show floor devoted to this thriving segment of the adult industry. Additional information can be found at www.GAYVNExpo.com.

Adult industry trade attendees can register for the show by going to www.AdultEntertainmentExpo.com. Trade registration is $145 per person.

Fan tickets are available onsite. One-day fan passes cost $75. New this year is the 3-day fan pass, available for $160. Onsite VIP tickets cost $100.

 

Hollywood Stars to Celebrate at First-Ever Golden Green Party

EMA and E! to Stage Golden Globe Awards Party with Focus on Environment

This year's Golden Globe Award winners will be going green on January 15 as they celebrate at the EMA & E! Golden Green Party Presented by Lexus @ 9900 Wilshire Beverly Hills. The party @ 9900 Wilshire Beverly Hills will be the first "green" party in the history of the Golden Globe Awards and is expected to attract environmentally-friendly Golden Globe winners, nominees, celebrities and high-profile industry executives. New Pacific Realty, owner and developer of 9900 Wilshire Beverly Hills, donated use of the site to the Environmental Media Association (EMA) for the Golden Globe Awards event to help raise awareness about green living and building green.

"Green living has become a way of life for many of today's celebrities," noted Debbie Levin, President of the EMA, "and we are proud to be the first ones to step up and create a party that unites talent and social responsibility. We are not only celebrating the best that Hollywood has to offer, but also their commitment to making a positive difference to our environment."

9900 Wilshire Beverly Hills is the perfect place for the Golden Green Party because the site, a former Robinsons-May department store, is being developed into the first luxury residential project of its kind in the Western United States to qualify for the U.S. Green Building Council's LEED(TM) (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Gold rating. Developer New Pacific was recognized by the U.S. Green Building Council-L.A. with its 2006 Visionary Leadership Award. 9900 Wilshire was also a winner of a 36th annual L.A. Architectural Award and a 2006 Urban Solutions Award.

Designed by Pritzker Prize-winning architect Richard Meier, 9900 Wilshire is sure to become one of the hottest addresses in the world, combining innovative, environmental technologies with landmark architecture. Meier is at home designing for celebrities, having created residences for Nicole Kidman, Martha Stewart and Calvin Klein, among others. Located at the western entrance to the City of Beverly Hills, 9900 Wilshire will set the standard for luxury and environmental sustainability.

The EMA and E! party being hosted at 9900 Wilshire will be a truly eco-friendly affair, incorporating gourmet organic food and recycled party materials and decorations, set in a landscape of sustainable plants and flowers. To promote the green message even further, Tree People will plant a tree for each attendee. Tree People is a nonprofit organization that has been serving the Los Angeles area for over three decades, helping nature heal cities by offering sustainable solutions to urban ecosystem problems.

"We are pleased to donate use of the site to the EMA charity to create the first Globes Green party in history," said David P. Margulies, chief executive officer of New Pacific Realty. "When Hollywood embraces Green, it helps to promote awareness around the world, and we are indeed pleased that so many have already planned to make their future residence at 9900 Wilshire."

About 9900 Wilshire - Beverly Hills

9900 Wilshire Beverly Hills will become the first residential project of its kind in the Western United States to qualify for the U.S. Green Building Council's LEED(TM) (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Gold rating. It is being developed by New Pacific Realty and designed by Pritzker award-winning architect Richard Meier, renowned for the Getty Center in Los Angeles, the Barcelona Museum of Contemporary Art in Barcelona, Spain, and the High Museum of Art in Atlanta, Georgia, among many others. The future home of a veritable Who's Who of green-minded celebrities and industry executives, 9900 Wilshire has already received the 2006 Visionary Leadership Award from the United States Green Building Council-LA; the 2006 Los Angeles Architecture Award and the 2006 Urban Solutions Award. Located at the western entrance to the City of Beverly Hills on the site of the former Robinsons-May department store, 9900 Wilshire will set the standard for future sustainable green luxury residential projects in the world. Beverly Hills-based New Pacific Realty is led by principals David P. Margulies and Arnold S. Rosenstein, who have acquired and developed more than 5 million square feet of prime commercial and residential space in Southern California since 2002, valued in excess of $2 billion. For more information on 9900 Wilshire, please visit www.9900wilshire.com.

About EMA

The Environmental Media Association (EMA) mobilizes the entertainment industry in a global effort to educate people about environmental issues and inspire them into action. EMA was created in 1989, as a non-profit 501(c) 3, with the simple but powerful concept that through music, television and film, the entire entertainment community could influence the environmental awareness of millions of people. Through the use of weaving environmental messages within entertainment programming and utilizing "celebrity" for positive role modeling, EMA continues to have a profound effect on how the public receives environmental information. EMA serves as a valuable link between the entertainment industry and the environmental community. For more information, please visit www.ema-online.org.

About E! Networks

Based in Los Angeles, E! Network is the world's largest producer and distributor of entertainment news and lifestyle-related programming. The company operates E! Entertainment Television, the 24-hour network with programming dedicated to the world of entertainment; Style Network, the destination for women 18-49 with a passion for the best in relatable and inspiring lifestyle programming, and E! Online, located at Eonline.com. E! is currently available to over 89 million cable and direct broadcast satellite subscribers in the United States. Style Network currently counts over 50 million subscribers. Internationally, E! programming can be seen in more than 120 countries worldwide, reaching 600 million homes. In addition to its ventures for locally programmed E! branded channels outside the U.S., the company operates the E! International Network, a 24-hour English language global entertainment channel available via satellite in Europe, Africa, Asia Pacific and the Middle East. Earlier this year, E! launched the E! Everywhere initiative underscoring the company's dedication to making E! content available on all new media platforms any time and anywhere -- from online to broadband at The Vine @ E!Online to wireless to satellite radio to VOD.

Source: New Pacific Realty

 

 

Warner Music Group and MobiTV Partner on Original Artist Programming

First Music Company to Bring Content Created and Conceived by Linkin Park and Other WMG Artists Directly to All MobiTV Platforms

Warner Music Group Corp. (NYSE:WMG) and MobiTV, Inc., the global leader in mobile and broadband television and music services, today announced the exclusive availability of WMG artist-branded TV channels across MobiTV's vast mobile and broadband platforms.

Beginning in February, MobiTV subscribers in the United States can view unique video programming conceived and created by their favorite WMG artists.

WMG artists including Linkin Park are expected to go behind the camera and direct original video programming to populate their personally branded MobiTV channels. Content will include original video filmed by and featuring artists, as well as music videos from the expansive WMG catalogue. Videos will be updated on a monthly basis.

"Our partnership with a mobile leader like MobiTV is another way that WMG is harnessing the promise of the mobile platform to better connect our artists to their fans' video watching experience," said George White, Senior Vice President, Strategy and Product Development, WMG.

"We want to stimulate the music industry with the best videos, TV shows and artist programming, while ensuring all parties get paid in the process," said Nancy Levin, executive producer of Music Television for MobiTV. "Because of this partnership we are able to sweeten our library even more for our one million plus subscribers and we look forward to a long, successful partnership with WMG."

MobiTV subscribers currently can view video content from WMG's extensive library of music videos, including videos from artists Green Day, Mana, My Chemical Romance, Pretty Ricky, Red Hot Chili Peppers, directly to their mobile phones and personal computers.

Initially, MobiTV will offer the additional content provided by WMG on its four genre-focused music channels in the areas of hip-hop, pop, rock & metal, and alternative.

About MobiTV

MobiTV, Inc. (www.mobitv.com ) is leading the convergence of television, film and music content across the mobile and personal computing markets. The Emmy(R) Award winning service has more than one million subscribers and offers popular TV and digital radio channels from top labels, networks and cable providers. The MobiTV(R) service is available in the US through AT&T, Sprint, Cingular, Alltel; the UK through 3UK and Orange; in Canada through Bell Canada, Rogers and TELUS Mobility; in Latin America through America Movil, Claro and Telcel; and other regional carriers internationally. Founded in 1999, MobiTV is a privately-held company headquartered in Emeryville, CA.

About Warner Music Group

Warner Music Group became the only stand-alone music company to be publicly traded in the United States in May 2005. With its broad roster of new stars and legendary artists, Warner Music Group is home to a collection of the best-known record labels in the music industry including Atlantic, Bad Boy, Elektra, Lava, Maverick, Nonesuch, Reprise, Rhino, Rykodisc, Sire, Warner Bros. and Word. Warner Music International, a leading company in national and international repertoire operates through numerous international affiliates and licensees in more than 50 countries. Warner Music Group also includes Warner/Chappell Music, one of the world's leading music publishers. For more information, visit www.wmg.com .

NOTE: MobiTV and the MobiTV logo are trademarks, service marks, and/or registered trademarks of MobiTV, Inc. in the United States and in other countries. All other trademarks, service marks, and product names used herein are the property of their respective owners.

Source: MobiTV, Inc.

 

 

TiVo's Interactive Advertising Platform Wins Emmy Award

National Television Academy Recognizes TiVo for Outstanding Innovation and Achievement

TiVo Inc. (NASDAQ:TIVO) , the creator of and a leader in advertising solutions and television services for digital video recorders (DVRs), today announced that its Interactive Advertising Platform was presented with the Emmy Award for Outstanding Innovation and Achievement in Advanced Media Technology.

"TiVo's interactive advertising features and custom advertising applications, such as Product Watch, Interactive Tags, and Program Placement, are prime examples of TiVo's ability to lead the industry in helping advertisers reach the fast forwarding consumer which increasingly defines advertising consumption in the household," said TiVo's CEO, Tom Rogers. "As we have continued to build out our advertising business, we have taken great strides to ensure that we continue to innovate and provide consumers with product and service information on their own time. We have proven that consumers will opt in to an advertising message if relevant and provided the ability to not miss their favorite shows. TiVo has successfully created a way for advertisers to reach viewers in an opt-in environment and we are proud to have our interactive advertising features receive recognition from the National Television Academy."

This year's Technology & Engineering Emmy Awards recognized seven categories, including nominations in the areas of interactive television, On Demand television, the Internet, and personal media display and presentation technology. Other finalists in the specific category of Outstanding Innovation and Achievement in Advanced Media Technology for Best Use by Commercials in Creation and Use in Non Traditional Platforms and Technologies included ABC.com's Full Episode Streaming Player and Ravenstoke by Turner Broadcasting Systems, Inc.

"This is a truly dynamic time for the television industry, and we are recognizing the significant contributions made by technology and engineering professionals in enhancing and redefining the consumer's experiences with the media," said Peter Price, President/CEO, National Television Academy. "This year, we are particularly pleased to commend those who are contributing to the technical development of television anytime, anywhere through the advancement of broadband and portable delivery platforms."

The Technology & Engineering Emmy(R) Awards were presented at the opening evening event of the International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) on Monday, January 8, 2007. CES, the world's largest consumer technology tradeshow, is celebrating its 40th anniversary and is currently being held in Las Vegas.

About National Television Academy

The National Television Academy is a professional service organization dedicated to the advancement of the arts and sciences of television and the promotion of creative leadership for artistic, educational and technical achievements within the television industry. It recognizes excellence in television with the coveted Emmy Award for News & Documentary, Sports, Daytime, Creative Arts, Public & Community Service, Technology & Engineering/Advanced Media and Business & Financial Reporting. Excellence in Primetime programming and international programming is recognized by its affiliate, the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. Regional Emmys are given in 19 regions across the United States. Beyond awards, the National Television Academy has extensive educational programs including National Student Television and its Student Award for Excellence for outstanding journalistic work by high school students, as well as scholarships, publications, and major activities for both industry professionals and the viewing public. For more information, please visit the website at www.emmyonline.tv .

About TiVo Inc.

Founded in 1997, TiVo pioneered a brand new category of products with the development of the first commercially available digital video recorder (DVR). Sold through leading consumer electronic retailers, TiVo has developed a brand which resonates boldly with consumers as providing a superior television experience. Through agreements with leading satellite and cable providers, TiVo also integrates its full set of DVR service features into the set-top boxes of mass distributors. TiVo's DVR functionality and ease of use, with such features as Season Pass (TM) recordings and WishList(R) searches and TiVo KidZone, has elevated its popularity among consumers and has created a whole new way for viewers to watch television. With a continued investment in its patented technologies, TiVo is revolutionizing the way consumers watch and access home entertainment. Rapidly becoming the focal point of the digital living room, TiVo's DVR is at the center of experiencing new forms of content on the TV, such as broadband delivered video, music and photos. With innovative features, such as TiVoToGo(TM) transfers and online scheduling, TiVo is expanding the notion of consumers experiencing "TiVo, TV your way.(R)" The TiVo(R) service is also at the forefront of providing innovative marketing solutions for the television industry, including a unique platform for advertisers and audience measurement research. The company is based in Alviso, Calif.

NOTE: TiVo, TiVoCast, 'TiVo, TV your way.' Season Pass, WishList, TiVoToGo, Series2, Series3 and the TiVo Logo are trademarks or registered trademarks of TiVo Inc. and its subsidiaries worldwide

 

 

Jan 4

 

Scientific and Technical Achievements to Be Honored with Academy Awards®

Beverly Hills, CA — The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences today announced the 15 winners of Scientific and Technical Academy Awards, which will be presented at the Beverly Wilshire hotel on Saturday, February 10.

Awards Administration Director Rich Miller said that unlike other Academy Awards, achievements receiving Scientific and Technical Awards do not have to have been developed and introduced during 2006. “The achievement can be a device or a discovery, a formula or a method, but it must demonstrate a proven record of contributing significant value to the process of making motion pictures,” Miller said.

Academy Awards for Scientific and Technical achievements for 2006 are:

Technical Achievement Awards
(Academy Certificate)

To Joshua Pines and Chris Kutcka of Technicolor Digital Intermediates for the design and development of the TDI process for creating archival separations from digital image data.

The TDI process is based on the production of digital separation negatives creating archival elements that can be scanned and digitally recombined in the future.

To Bill Feightner and Chris Edwards of E-Film for the design and development of the E-Film process for creating archival separations from digital image data.

The E-Film process is based on the production of digital separation negatives creating archival elements that can be scanned and digitally recombined in the future.

To Albert Ridilla, Papken Shahbazian, Ronald Belknap and Jay McGarrigle for the design and development of the Hollywood Film Company Brumagic MPST Densitometer.

The Brumagic MPST was designed specifically to measure density in the motion picture soundtrack and has become the densitometer of choice for reading soundtrack negative and positive densities worldwide.

To Klemens Kehrer, Josef Handler, Thomas Smidek and Marc Shipman Mueller for the design and development of the Arriflex 235 Camera System.

Designed for handheld photography, the features of this small, lightweight MOS camera also allow it to be used as a secondary production camera.

To Florian Kainz for the design and engineering of OpenEXR, a software package implementing 16-bit, floating-point, high dynamic range image files.

Widely adopted, OpenEXR is engineered to meet the requirements of the visual effects industry by providing for lossless and lossy compression of tiered and tiled images.

To Walter Trauniger and Ernst Tschida for the design and engineering of the Arri WRC wireless remote lens control system.

This highly modular system permits accurate and reliable wireless control with multiple hand controls of all lens functions.

To Christian Tschida and Martin Waitz of cmotion for the design and engineering of the cmotion Wireless Remote System.

The graphical user interface of the cmotion system eases the difficult task of following focus and the unique lens tag system recalls the calibration for each lens.

To Peter Litwinowicz and Pierre Jasmin for the design and development of the RE: Vision Effects family of software tools for optical flow-based image manipulation.

A unique user interface and relatively low cost have made these tools ubiquitous in the visual effects community.

Scientific and Engineering Awards
(Academy Plaque)

To Phillip J. Feiner, Jim Houston, Denis Leconte and Chris Bushman of Pacific Title and Art Studio for the design and development of the Rosetta process for creating digital YCM archival masters for digital film restoration.

With elements that may be recombined either digitally or optically, the Rosetta separations process offers a uniquely great versatility in achieving high quality results for digital YCM archiving.

To Steve Sullivan, Colin Davidson, Max Chen and Francesco Callari for the design and development of the ILM Image-based Modeling System.

This highly integrated system facilitates interactive construction and editing of 3D models from digital photographs and addresses the three-dimensional scanning needs of motion pictures in unique and innovative ways.

To Dr. Bill Collis, Simon Robinson, Ben Kent and Anil Kokaram for the design and development of the Furnace integrated suite of software tools that robustly utilizes temporal coherence for enhancing visual effects in motion picture sequences.

The Furnace toolset’s modularity, flexibility and robustness have set a high standard of quality for optical flow-based image manipulation.

To Howard Preston and Mirko Kovacevic for the design and engineering of the Preston Cinema Systems FI+Z wireless remote system.

Pioneering unprecedented reliability and flexibility in wireless lens and camera operation, the FI+Z has continued to be a leader in innovation since its introduction in 1994.

Award of Commendation
(Special Award)

To Ioan Allen, J. Wayne Anderson, Mary Ann Anderson, Ted Costas, Paul R. Goldberg, Shawn Jones, Tom Kuhn, Dr. Alan Masson, Colin Mossman, Martin Richards, Frank Ricotta and Richard C. Sehlin for their contributions to the environmentally responsible industry conversion from silver-based to cyan dye analog soundtracks.

John A. Bonner Medal of Commendation
(Medallion)

To Richard Edlund for his “outstanding service and dedication in upholding the high standards of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.”

Gordon E. Sawyer Award
(Oscar® Statuette)

To Ray Feeney for his “technological contributions, which have brought credit to the motion picture industry.”

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Format wars far from over. Warner Bros. DVD will play rival formats

Warner Bros. is set to introduce a high definition DVD disc that can hold films and TV shows in rival and incompatible formats, the latest sign that the yearlong format war is long from over.

Warner Bros., a unit of Time Warner Inc., said it developed the "Total HD Disc" to help break the stalemate between HD DVD, developed by a consortium led by Toshiba Corp., and rival Blu-ray, backed by Sony Corp (NYSE:SNE - news). Both deliver sharper pictures and increased space for special features.

All but the most adventurous consumers have stayed away from choosing sides in the battle for fear of being stuck with the losing technology, much the same as happened when VHS and Betamax battled it out for videotape dominance in the 1980s.

Initially, Hollywood studios lined up behind one or the other formats. Warner Bros. first backed HD DVD, but then decided to release films and TV shows on both formats.

Some studios, such as Paramount Pictures, a unit of Viacom Inc., have followed Warner Bros. in backing both formats. Only Universal Studios, a division of General Electric Co., is releasing films exclusively in HD DVD.

Sony Pictures, a unit of Sony Corp., 20th Century Fox, which is owned by News Corp., and The Walt Disney Co. have remained staunch defenders of Blu-ray.

Retailers and others had hoped the rival camps would compromise on one format, or that one would prove dominant.

But the decision by Warner Bros. to accommodate confused consumers by placing both formats of films on a single disc shows that the battle continues.

"The Total High-Definition Disc allows consumers to fully embrace high-definition viewing," Ron Sanders, President of Warner Home Video said in a statement Thursday. "Warner Bros. was a force in creating the current market dominance of the standard DVD, and we hope that THD will make it easier for the average consumer to enjoy this next level of technology."

Details of the disc, such as whether Warner Bros. would license the technology to rival studios, are set to be released next week at the International Consumer Electronics show in Las Vegas.

Other compromise solutions are in the works.

LG Electronics said this week they plan on marketing a dual format DVD player. Other electronics makers are expected to follow suit.

Warner Bros. has also patented a disc that can contain three versions of a film — one in each of the rival high-def formats and a third that can be viewed on standard definition players.

P 3  & P 10

The production company for BOBBY should be MGM/The Weinstein Company, not The Weinstein Company.

P 3
The Dreamgirls cast should have read:

DREAMGIRLS                             Paramount Pictures

Hinton Battle                               Wayne
Jamie Foxx                                 Curtis Taylor, Jr.
Danny Glover                              Marty Madison
Jennifer Hudson                          Effie White
Beyoncé Knowles                        Deena Jones
Sharon Leal                                 Michelle Morris
Eddie Murphy                              James “Thunder” Early
Keith Robinson                           C.C. White
Anika Noni Rose                         Lorrell Robinson

P 7

The Desperate Housewives ensemble should have read:

DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES                         ABC
 
Andrea Bowen                                                 Julie Mayer
Mehcad Brooks                                                Matthew Applewhite
Richard Burgi                                                   Karl Mayer
Ricardo Antonio Chavira                                   Carlos Solis
Marcia Cross                                                    Bree Hodge
James Denton                                                  Mike Delfino
Teri Hatcher                                                     Susan Mayer
Josh Henderson                                               Austin McCann
Zane Huett                                                       Parker Scavo
Felicity Huffman                                                Lynette Scavo
Kathryn Joosten                                               Mrs. McCluskey
Nashawn Kearse                                              Caleb Applewhite
Brent Kinsman                                                 Preston Scavo
Shane Kinsman                                               Porter Scavo
Joy Lauren                                                       Danielle Van De Kamp
Eva Longoria                                                   Gabrielle Solis
Kyle MacLachlan                                              Orson Hodge
Laurie Metcalf                                                  Carolyn Bigsby
Shawn Pyfrom                                                  Andrew Van De Kamp
Doug Savant                                                    Tom Scavo
Dougray Scott                                                  Ian Hainsworth
Nicollette Sheridan                                           Edie Britt
Brenda Strong                                                 Mary Alice Young
Kiersten Warren                                               Nora
Alfre Woodard                                                  Betty Applewhite

P 8

The Weeds ensemble should have read:

WEEDS                                                          SHOWTIME                                                       

Martin Donovan                                                Peter Scottson
Alexander Gould                                              Shane Botwin
Allie Grant                                                        Isabelle Hodes
Indigo                                                              Vaneeta
Justin Kirk                                                        Andy Botwin
Romany Malco                                                 Conrad Shepard
Andy Milder                                                      Dean Hodes
Kevin Nealon                                                   Doug Wilson
Maulik Pancholy                                               Sanjay
Mary-Louise Parker                                          Nancy Botwin
Hunter Parrish                                                  Silas Botwin
Tonye Patano                                                  Heylia James
Elizabeth Perkins                                             Celia Hodes
Eden Sher                                                       Gretchen

 

NOMINATIONS ANNOUNCED FOR THE 13th ANNUAL SCREEN ACTORS GUILD AWARDS®
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Actor® Awards Ceremony will be Simulcast Live on Sunday, Jan. 28, on TNT and TBS at 8 PM ET/PT, 7 PM CT, 6 PM MT

Los Angeles, California - Nominations for the 13th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards® for outstanding performances in 2006 in five film and eight primetime television categories were announced this morning in Los Angeles at the Pacific Design Center’s Silver Screen Theater in West Hollywood.

Screen Actors Guild President Alan Rosenberg introduced Sandra Oh (Grey’s Anatomy) and Elijah Wood (Bobby, Happy Feet), who announced the nominees for this year’s Actors®.

Screen Actors Guild will honor its own at the 13th Annual Actors® ceremony on Sunday, Jan. 28, 2007, at the Los Angeles Shrine Exposition Center, simulcast live nationally on TNT and TBS at 8 p.m. ET/PT, 7 p.m. CT, and 6 p.m. MT.

Of the top industry accolades presented to performers, only the Screen Actors Guild Awards® are selected purely by actors’ peers. Two randomly selected panels–one for television and one for film--each comprised of 2,100 Guild members from across the United States, chose this year’s Actor® nominees. The secret ballots were mailed Friday, Dec. 1, 2006, by Integrity Voting Systems, the Awards’ official teller. Voting was completed by noon Jan. 2, 2007.

Awards ballots will be mailed on January 5, 2007. The entire active membership of the Guild across the country will vote on all acting categories.  Votes must be received by Integrity Voting Systems by noon Friday, Jan. 26, where results will be tallied and sealed until they are opened by the presenters at the 13th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards® ceremonies on Jan. 28.

The Screen Actors Guild Post-Awards Gala, benefiting the Screen Actors Guild Foundation, will be hosted for the 11th consecutive year by People Magazine and by the Entertainment Industry Foundation (EIF).

The complete list of nominations for the 13th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards® follows. A replay of the announcement will be available for viewing on www.tnt.tv <http://www.tnt.tv>  and www.tbs.com <http://www.tbs.com> .
 

13TH ANNUAL SCREEN ACTORS GUILD AWARDS® NOMINATIONS

THEATRICAL MOTION PICTURES


Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role

Leonardo DiCaprio / BLOOD DIAMOND – Archer                                                       Warner Bros. Pictures
Ryan Gosling / HALF NELSON – Dan Dunne                                                              THINKFilm
Peter O’Toole / VENUS – Maurice                                                                                Miramax Films
Will Smith / THE PURSUIT OF HAPPYNESS – Chris Gardner                                     Sony Pictures
Forest Whitaker / THE LAST KING OF SCOTLAND – Idi Amin                                    Fox Searchlight Pictures
 
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role

Penelope Cruz / VOLVER – Raimunda                                                                        Sony Pictures Classics
Judi Dench / NOTES ON A SCANDAL – Barbara Covett                                            Fox Searchlight Pictures
Helen Mirren / THE QUEEN – The Queen                                                                   Miramax Films.
Meryl Streep / THE DEVIL WEARS PRADA – Miranda Priestly                                    20th Century Fox
Kate Winslet / LITTLE CHILDREN – Sarah Pierce                                                       New Line Cinema              
 
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role

Alan Arkin / LITTLE MISS SUNSHINE – Grandpa                                                      Fox Searchlight Pictures
Leonardo DiCaprio / THE DEPARTED – Billy                                                               Warner Bros. Pictures
Jackie Earle Haley / LITTLE CHILDREN – Ronnie J. McGorvey                                  New Line Cinema
Djimon Hounsou / BLOOD DIAMOND – Solomon                                                        Warner Bros. Pictures
Eddie Murphy / DREAMGIRLS – James “Thunder” Early                                              Paramount Pictures
 
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role

Adriana Barraza / BABEL – Amelia                                                                             Paramount Vantage
Cate Blanchett / NOTES ON A SCANDAL – Sheba Hart                                              Fox Searchlight Pictures
Abigail Breslin / LITTLE MISS SUNSHINE – Olive                                                     Fox Searchlight Pictures
Jennifer Hudson / DREAMGIRLS – Effie White                                                           Paramount Pictures
Rinko Kikuchi / BABEL – Chieko                                                                                Paramount Vantage

Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture

BABEL                                                Paramount Vantage                                         
 
                                                            Adriana Barraza                                               Amelia
                                                            
Cate Blanchett                                                 Susan
                                                           Gael García Bernal                                          Santiago          
                                                           Rinko Kikuchi                                                   Chieko
                                                           Brad Pitt                                                           Richard
                                                           Kôji Yakusho                                                    Yasujiro

BOBBY
                                               The Weinstein Company                                  
 
                                                            Harry Belafonte                                                Nelson
                                                           Joy Bryant                                                        Patricia
                                                           Nick Cannon                                                    Dwayne
                                                            
Emilio Estevez                                                  Tim Fallon
                                                           Laurence Fishburne                                         Edward Robinson
                                                            
Brian Geraghty                                                 Cooper
                                                            
Heather Graham                                              Angela
                                                           Anthony Hopkins                                              John Casey
                                                            
Helen Hunt                                                       Samantha
                                                           Joshua Jackson                                               Wade
                                                           David Krumholtz                                               Phil
                                                            
Ashton Kutcher                                                Fisher
                                                           Shia LaBoeuf                                                   Jimmy
                                                            
Lindsay Lohan                                                 Diane
                                                            
William H. Macy                                                Paul
                                                           Svetlana Metkina                                             Lenka Janacek
                                                            
Demi Moore                                                      Virginia Fallon
                                                           Freddy Rodriguez                                             José
                                                           Martin Sheen                                                   Jack
                                                            
Christian Slater                                                 Timmons
                                                           Sharon Stone                                                  Miriam
                                                            
Jacob Vargas                                                   Miguel
                                                            
Mary Elizabeth Winstead                                  Susan Taylor
                                                           Elijah Wood                                                      William
 
THE DEPARTED                                  Warner Bros. Pictures                                       
 
                                                            Anthony Anderson                                           Brown
                                                           Alec Baldwin                                                    Ellerby
                                                            
Matt Damon                                                     Colin
                                                            
Leonardo DiCaprio                                           Billy
                                                            
Vera Farmiga                                                   Madolyn
                                                           Jack Nicholson                                                 Costello
                                                            
Martin Sheen                                                   Queenan
                                                            
Mark Wahlberg                                                 Dignam
                                                            
Ray Winstone                                                   Mr. French
 
DREAMGIRLS                                    Paramount Pictures                                          
 
                                                            Jamie Foxx                                                       Curtis Taylor, Jr.
                                                            
Danny Glover                                                   Marty Madison
                                                            
Jennifer Hudson                                               Effie White
                                                            
Beyoncé Knowles                                            Deena Jones
                                                            
Eddie Murphy                                                   James “Thunder” Early
                                                            
Keith Robinson                                                C.C. White
                                                            
Anika Noni Rose                                              Lorrell Robinson

LITTLE MISS SUNSHINE
                  Fox Searchlight Pictures                                   
 
                                                            Alan Arkin                                                        Grandpa
                                                            
Abigail Breslin                                                 Olive
                                                            
Steve Carell                                                     Frank
                                                            
Toni Collette                                                     Sheryl
                                                            
Paul Dano                                                        Dwayne
                                                            
Greg Kinnear                                                   Richard



PRIMETIME TELEVISION

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries

Thomas Haden Church / BROKEN TRAIL – Tom Harte                                               AMC
Robert Duvall / BROKEN TRAIL – Print Ritter                                                              AMC
Jeremy Irons / ELIZABETH I – Earl of Leicester                                                          HBO
William H. Macy / NIGHTMARES & DREAMSCAPES – Clyde Umney                         TNT
Matthew Perry / THE RON CLARK STORY – Ron Clark                                               TNT

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries

Annette Bening / MRS. HARRIS – Jean Harris                                                             HBO
Shirley Jones / HIDDEN PLACES – Aunt Batty                                                           Hallmark Channel
Cloris Leachman / MRS. HARRIS – Tarnower’s Sister                                                 HBO
Helen Mirren / ELIZABETH I – Elizabeth I                                                                   HBO
Greta Scacchi / BROKEN TRAIL – Nola Johns                                                           AMC

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series

James Gandolfini / THE SOPRANOS – Tony Soprano                                               HBO
Michael C. Hall / DEXTER – Dexter Morgan                                                                Showtime
Hugh Laurie / HOUSE – Dr. Gregory House                                                                 FOX
James Spader / BOSTON LEGAL – Alan Shore                                                         ABC
Kiefer Sutherland / 24 – Jack Bauer                                                                           FOX
 
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series
 
Patricia Arquette
/ MEDIUM – Allison Dubois                                                               NBC
Edie Falco / THE SOPRANOS – Carmela Soprano                                                      HBO
Mariska Hargitay / LAW & ORDER: SPECIAL VICTIMS UNIT – Det. Olivia Benson     NBC
Kyra Sedgwick / THE CLOSER – Deputy Chief Brenda Johnson                                TNT
Chandra Wilson / GREY’S ANATOMY – Dr. Miranda Bailey                                         ABC
 
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series
 
Alec Baldwin
/ 30 ROCK – Jack Donaghy                                                                   NBC
Steve Carell / THE OFFICE – Michael Scott                                                                NBC
Jason Lee / MY NAME IS EARL – Earl Hickey                                                             NBC
Jeremy Piven / ENTOURAGE – Ari Gold                                                                     HBO
Tony Shalhoub / MONK – Adrian Monk                                                                       USA

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series

America Ferrera / UGLY BETTY – Betty Suarez                                                         ABC
Felicity Huffman / DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES – Lynette                                         ABC
Julia Louis-Dreyfus / THE NEW ADVENTURES OF OLD CHRISTINE
 – Christine Campbell                                                                                                   CBS
Megan Mullally / WILL & GRACE – Karen Walker                                                      NBC
Mary-Louise Parker / WEEDS – Nancy Botwin                                                           Showtime
Jaime Pressly / MY NAME IS EARL – Joy                                                                  NBC
 
Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series

24                                                        FOX
                                                      
                                                      Jayne Atkinson                                                Karen Hayes
                                                       
Jude Ciccolella                                                 Mike Novick
                                                      Roger Cross                                                     Curtis Manning
                                                      
Gregory Itzin                                                    Charles Logan
                                                      
Louis Lombardi                                                Edgar Stiles
                                                      
James Morrison                                                Bill Buchanan
                                                     Glenn Morshower                                             Aaron Pierce
                                                      
Mary Lynn Rajskub                                           Chloe O’Brian
                                                      
Kim Raver                                                        Audrey Raines
                                                      
Jean Smart                                                      Martha Logan
                                                     Kiefer Sutherland                                             Jack Bauer
                                                     
BOSTON LEGAL                                 ABC
                                                            
                                                            Rene Auberjonois                                            Paul Lewiston
                                                            
Candice Bergen                                               Shirley Schmidt
                                                            
Craig Bierko                                                     Jeffrey Coho
                                                            
Julie Bowen                                                     Denise Bauer
                                                            
William Shatner                                                Denny Crane
                                                            
James Spader                                                  Alan Shore
                                                            
Mark Valley                                                      Brad Chase

                                                           
DEADWOOD                                       HBO                                                                  

                                                            Jim Beaver                                                       Ellsworth
                                                            
Powers Boothe                                                Cy Tolliver
                                                           Sean Bridgers                                                  Johnny Burns
                                                           W. Earl Brown                                                  Dan Dority
                                                           Dayton Callie                                                    Charlie Utter
                                                           Brian Cox                                                         Jack Langrishe
                                                            
Kim Dickens                                                     Joanie Stubbs
                                                           Brad Dourif                                                       Doc Cochran
                                                           Anna Gunn                                                      Martha Bullock
                                                           John Hawkes                                                   Sol Starr
                                                           Jeffrey Jones                                                   A.W. Merrick

                     Paula Malcomson                                             Trixie
                     Gerald McRaney                                              George Hearst

                                                           Ian McShane                                                   Al Swearengen
                                                           Timothy Olyphant                                             Seth Bullock
                                                           Molly Parker                                                     Alma Garret
                                                           Leon Rippy                                                      Tom Nuttall
                                                           William Sanderson                                            E.B. Farnum
                                                           Brent Sexton                                                    Harry Young
                                                           Bree Seanna Wall                                            Sofia Metz
                                                           Robin Weigert                                                  Calamity Jane
                                                           Titus Welliver                                                    Silas Adams

GREY’S ANATOMY                             ABC
 
                                                            Justin Chambers                                              Alex Karev
                                                            
Eric Dane                                                         Mark Sloan
                                                           Patrick Dempsey                                              Derek Shepherd
                                                           Katherine Heigl                                               Isobel “Izzie” Stevens
                                                           T.R. Knight                                                       George O’Malley
                                                            
Sandra Oh                                                       Cristina Yang
                                                           James Pickens, Jr.                                           Richard Webber
                                                           Ellen Pompeo                                                  Meredith Grey
                                                            
Sara Ramirez                                                   Callie Torres
                                                           Kate Walsh                                                      Addison Montgomery Shepherd
                                                            
Isaiah Washington                                           Preston Burke
                                                           Chandra Wilson                                                Miranda Bailey

THE SOPRANOS
                                HBO                                                                 
 
                                                            Sharon Angela                                                 Rosalie Aprile
                                                           Lorraine Bracco                                                Dr. Jennifer Melfi
                                                           Max Casella                                                     Benny Fazio
                                                           Dominic Chianese                                            Corrado “Junior” Soprano
                                                           Edie Falco                                                        Carmela Soprano
                                                            
James Gandolfini                                             Tony Soprano
                                                           Joseph R. Gannascoli                                      Vito Spatafore
                                                           Dan Grimaldi                                                    Patsy Parisi
                                                           Robert Iler                                                        Anthony Soprano, Jr.
                                                           Michael Imperioli                                               Christopher Moltisanti
                                                            
Steven R. Schirripa                                          Bobby “Bacala” Baccalieri
                                                            
Jamie Lynn Sigler                                             Meadow Soprano
                                                            
Tony Sirico                                                       Paulie “Walnuts” Gaultieri
                                                            
Aida Turturro                                                    Janice Soprano-Baccalieri
                                                            
Steven Van Zandt                                            Silvio Dante
                                                            
Frank Vincent                                                   Phil Leotardo

DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES               ABC

 
                                                            Andrea Bowen                                                 Julie Mayer
                                                            
Mehcad Brooks                                                Matthew Applewhite
                                                            
Ricardo Antonio Chavira                                   Carlos Solis
                                                            
Marcia Cross                                                    Bree Hodge
                                                            
James Denton                                                  Mike Delfino
                                                            
Teri Hatcher                                                     Susan Mayer
                                                            
Josh Henderson                                               Austin McCann
                                                            
Zane Huett                                                       Parker Scavo
                                                            
Felicity Huffman                                                Lynette Scavo
                                                            
Kathryn Joosten                                               Mrs. McCluskey
                                                            
Nashawn Kearse                                              Caleb Applewhite
                                                            
Brent Kinsman                                                 Preston Scavo
                                                            
Shane Kinsman                                               Porter Scavo
                                                           Joy Lauren                                                       Danielle Van De Kamp
                                                           Eva Longoria                                                   Gabrielle Solis
                                                            
Kyle MacLachlan                                              Orson Hodge
                                                            
Laurie Metcalf                                                  Carolyn Bigsby
                                                            
Shawn Pyfrom                                                  Andrew Van De Kamp
                                                            
Doug Savant                                                    Tom Scavo
                                                            
Dougray Scott                                                  Ian Hainsworth
                                                            
Nicollette Sheridan                                           Edie Britt

                                        Brenda Strong                                                 Mary Alice Young
                                                           Kiersten Warren                                               Nora
                                                           Alfre Woodard                                                  Betty Applewhite

ENTOURAGE                                      HBO

                                                            Kevin Connolly                                                 Eric Murphy
                                                            
Kevin Dillon                                                      Drama              
                                                           Jerry Ferrara                                                     Turtle
                                                            
Adrian Grenier                                                  Vincent Chase
                                                            
Rex Lee                                                            Lloyd
                                                            
Debi Mazar                                                       Shauna
                                                            
Jeremy Piven                                                   Ari Gold
                                                           Perrey Reeves                                                 Mrs. Ari

THE OFFICE                                       NBC

                                                            Leslie David Baker                                           Stanley Hudson
                                                            
Brian Baumgartner                                           Kevin Malone
                                                            
Steve Carell                                                     Michael Scott
                                                            
David Denman                                                 Roy Anderson
                                                            
Jenna Fischer                                                  Pam Beesly
                                                            
Kate Flannery                                                  Meredith Palmer
                                                            
Melora Hardin                                                   Jan Levinson
                                                            
Mindy Kaling                                                    Kelly Kapoor
                                                           Angela Kinsey                                                  Angela Martin
                                                            
John Krasinski                                                  Jim Malpert
                                                            
Paul Lieberstein                                               Toby Flenderson
                                                            
B.J. Novak                                                       Ryan Howard
                                                            
Oscar Nunez                                                    Oscar Martinez
                                                            
Phyllis Smith                                                     Phyllis Lapin
                                                            
Rainn Wilson                                                    Dwight Schrute

UGLY BETTY                                      ABC

                                                            Alan Dale                                                         Bradford Meade
                                                            
America Ferrera                                                Betty Suarez
                                                            
Mark Indelicato                                                 Justin
                                                            
Ashley Jensen                                                 Christina
                                                            
Eric Mabius                                                      Daniel Meade
                                                            
Becki Newton                                                   Amanda
                                                            
Ana Ortiz                                                          Hilda
                                                            
Tony Plana                                                      Ignacio
                                                            
Kevin Sussman                                                Walter
                                                            
Michael Urie                                                     Marc
                                                            
Vanessa Williams                                             Wilhelmina Slater

WEEDS                                              SHOWTIME                                                       
 
                                                            Martin Donovan                                                Peter Scottson
                                                            
Alexander Gould                                              Shane Botwin
                                                            
Justin Kirk                                                        Andy Botwin
                                                            
Romany Malco                                                 Conrad Shepard
                                                            
Kevin Nealon                                                   Doug Wilson
                                                            
Mary-Louise Parker                                          Nancy Botwin
                                                            
Hunter Parrish                                                  Silas Botwin
                                                            
Tonye Patano                                                  Heylia Jones
                                                            
Elizabeth Perkins                                             Celia Hodes

Screen Actors Guild Awards 43rd Annual Life Achievement Award

Julie Andrews


13th ANNUAL SCREEN ACTORS GUILD AWARDS®

NOMINATIONS FACT SHEET


ACTORS WITH MULTIPLE NOMINATIONS - THEATRICAL MOTION PICTURES
AND PRIMETIME TELEVISION


STEVE CARELL                                  3         MALE COMEDY – The Office
                                                                       ENSEMBLE COMEDY – The Office
                                                                       CAST – Little Miss Sunshine

ALEC BALDWIN                                   2       MALE COMEDY – 30 Rock
                                                                        
CAST – The Departed

WILLIAM H. MACY                               2       MALE TV MOVIE/MINI – Nightmares & Dreamscapes
                                                                        
CAST – Bobby
 
HELEN MIRREN                                   2       FEMALE LEAD – The Queen
                                                                      FEMALE TV MOVIE/MINI – Elizabeth I

ACTORS WITH MULTIPLE NOMINATIONS - THEATRICAL MOTION PICTURES


LEONARDO DiCAPRIO                       3       MALE LEADBlood Diamond
                                                                   MALE SUPPORT – The Departed
                                                                        CAST – The Departed

ALAN ARKIN                                       2         MALE SUPPORT – Little Miss Sunshine
                                                                   CAST   Little Miss Sunshine

ADRIANA BARRAZA                            2       FEMALE SUPPORT – Babel
                                                                   CAST – Babel

CATE BLANCHETT                              2        FEMALE SUPPORT – Notes on a Scandal
                                                                        
CAST – Babel

ABIGAIL BRESLIN                              2        FEMALE SUPPORT – Little Miss Sunshine
                                                                        
CAST – Little Miss Sunshine

JENNIFER HUDSON                            2        FEMALE SUPPORT – Dreamgirls
                                                                       CAST – Dreamgirls

RINKO KIKUCHI                                   2        FEMALE SUPPORT – Babel
                                                                       CAST – Babel

EDDIE MURPHY                                  2         MALE SUPPORT – Dreamgirls
                                                                       CAST -- Dreamgirls

MARTIN SHEEN                                   2        CAST – Bobby
                                                                       CAST – The Departed

ACTORS WITH MULTIPLE NOMINATIONS - PRIMETIME TELEVISION


AMERICA FERRERA                            2        FEMALE COMEDY – Ugly Betty
                                                                        ENSEMBLE COMEDY – Ugly Betty

EDIE FALCO                                        2         FEMALE DRAMA The Sopranos
                                                                         
ENSEMBLE DRAMA – The Sopranos

JAMES GANDOLFINI                          2         MALE DRAMA – The Sopranos
                                                                        
ENSEMBLE DRAMA – The Sopranos

FELICITY HUFFMAN                            2       FEMALE COMEDY – Desperate Housewives
                                                                        
ENSEMBLE COMEDY – Desperate Housewives

MARY-LOUISE PARKER                      2        FEMALE COMEDY – Weeds
                                                                   ENSEMBLE COMEDY – Weeds

JEREMY PIVEN                                   2          MALE COMEDY – Entourage
                                                                        ENSEMBLE COMEDY -- Entourage

JAMES SPADER                                 2          MALE DRAMA – Boston Legal
                                                                       ENSEMBLE DRAMABoston Legal

KIEFER SUTHERLAND                        2        MALE DRAMA – 24
                                                                       ENSEMBLE DRAMA – 24

CHANDRA WILSON                             2        FEMALE DRAMA – Grey’s Anatomy
                                                                       ENSEMBLE DRAMA – Grey’s Anatomy

THEATRICAL MOTION PICTURES WITH MULTIPLE NOMINATIONS


BABEL                                                              3
DREAMGIRLS                                                  3
LITTLE MISS SUNSHINE                                 3
BLOOD DIAMOND                                           2
THE DEPARTED                                              2
LITTLE CHILDREN                                           2
NOTES ON A SCANDAL                                   2
 

PRIMETIME TELEVISION PROGRAMS WITH MULTIPLE NOMINATIONS


BROKEN TRAIL                                              3
THE SOPRANOS                                            3
24                                                                    2
BOSTON LEGAL                                             2
DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES                           2
ELIZABETH I                                                   2
ENTOURAGE                                                   2
GREY’S ANATOMY                                          2
MRS. HARRIS                                                  2
MY NAME IS EARL                                          2
THE OFFICE                                                    2
UGLY BETTY                                                   2
WEEDS                                                            2

NOMINATIONS BY STUDIO FOR THEATRICAL MOTION PICTURES


FOX SEARCHLIGHT PICTURES                     6
WARNER BROS. PICTURES                           4
PARAMOUNT PICTURES                                3
PARAMOUNT VANTAGE                                 3
MIRAMAX FILMS                                             2
NEWLINE CINEMA                                           2
20TH CENTURY FOX                                      1
SONY PICTURES                                            1
SONY PICTURES CLASSICS                         1
THINKFILM                                                      1
THE WEINSTEIN COMPANY                           1

NOMINATIONS BY NETWORK FOR PRIMETIME TELEVISION


HBO                                                                10
ABC                                                                 8
NBC                                                                 8
AMC                                                                 3
FOX                                                                 3
SHOWTIME                                                     3
TNT                                                                  3
CBS                                                                 1
HALLMARK                                                     1
USA                                                                 1

NOMINEE SAG AWARDS™ HISTORIES
(Note: “Total” tallies include this year’s nominations)
THEATRICAL MOTION PICTURES


Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role

Leonardo DiCaprio / Blood Diamond
Total nominations in this category                    2
Previous Actors®                                              0
Total Actor® nominations:                                7
Concurrent nominations this year:
Male Support - The Departed
Motion Picture Cast - The Departed
Previous Actor® Nominations:
2005 - Motion Picture Cast - The Aviator
2005 - Male Lead - The Aviator
1998 - Motion Picture Cast - Titanic
1997 - Motion Picture Cast - Marvin’s Room

Ryan Gosling / Half Nelson
This is his first nomination.

Peter O’Toole / Venus
This is his first nomination.

Will Smith / The Pursuit of Happyness
This is his first nomination.

Forest Whitaker / The Last King of Scotland
Total nominations in this category                    1
Previous Actors®                                              0
Total Actor® nominations:                                3
Previous Actor® Nominations:
2004 - Male T.V. Movie or Miniseries - Deacons for Defense
1995 - Male T.V. Movie or Miniseries - The Enemy Within

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role

Penelope Cruz / Volver
This is her first nomination.
 
Judi Dench / Notes on a Scandal
Total nominations in this category                    4
Previous Actors®                                              2
Total Actor® nominations:                                10
Previous Actors®:
2001 - Female Support - Chocolat
1999 - Motion Picture Cast - Shakespeare in Love
Previous Actor® Nominations:
2006 - Female Lead - Mrs. Henderson Presents
2002 - Female Lead - Iris
2002 - Female Support - The Shipping News
2001 - Motion Picture Cast - Chocolat
2001 - Female T.V. Movie or Miniseries - The Last of the Blonde Bombshells
1999 - Female Support - Shakespeare in Love
1998 - Female Lead - Mrs. Brown

Helen Mirren / The Queen
Total nominations in this category                    1
Previous Actors®                                              2
Total Actor® nominations:                                 7
Concurrent nominations this year:
Female TV Movie or Miniseries - Elizabeth I
Previous Actors®:
2002 - Female Support - Gosford Park
2002 - Motion Picture Cast - Gosford Park
Previous Actor® Nominations:
2004 - Female T.V. Movie or Miniseries - The Roman Spring of Mrs. Stone
2003 - Female T.V. Movie or Miniseries - Door to Door
2000 - Female T.V. Movie or Miniseries - The Passion of Ayn Rand

Meryl Streep / The Devil Wears Prada
Total nominations in this category                    5
Previous Actors®                                             1
Total Actor® nominations:                                9
Previous Actors®:
2004 - Female TV Movie or Miniseries - Angels in America
Previous Actor® Nominations:
2003 - Motion Picture Cast - Adaptation
2003 - Motion Picture Cast - The Hours
2000 - Female Lead - Music of the Heart
1999 - Female Lead - One True Thing
1997 - Motion Picture Cast - Marvin’s Room
1996 - Female Lead - The Bridges of Madison County
1995 - Female Lead - The River Wild

Kate Winslet / Little Children
Total nominations in this category                    3
Previous Actors®                                              1
Total Actor® nominations:                                8
Previous Actors®:
1996 - Female Support - Sense and Sensibility
Previous Actor® Nominations:
2005 - Female Lead - Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
2005 - Motion Picture Cast - Finding Neverland
2001 - Female Support - Quills
1998 - Motion Picture Cast - Titanic
1998 - Female Lead – Titanic
1996 - Motion Picture Cast - Sense and Sensibility

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role

Alan Arkin / Little Miss Sunshine
Total nominations in this category                    1
Previous Actors®                                              0
Total Actor® nominations:                                 2
Concurrent nominations this year:
Motion Picture Cast - Little Miss Sunshine

Leonardo DiCaprio / The Departed
Total nominations in this category                    1
Previous Actors®                                              0
Total Actor® nominations:                                7
Concurrent nominations this year:
Male Lead - Blood Diamond
Motion Picture Cast - The Departed
Previous Actor® Nominations:
2005 - Motion Picture Cast - The Aviator
2005 - Male Lead - The Aviator
1998 - Motion Picture Cast - Titanic
1997 - Motion Picture Cast - Marvin’s Room

Jackie Earle Haley / Little Children
This is his first nomination.
 
Djimon Hounsou / Blood Diamond
Total nominations in this category                    1
Previous Actors®                                              0
Total Actor® nominations:                                3
Previous Actor® Nominations:
2004 - Motion Picture Cast - In America
2001 - Motion Picture Cast - Gladiator

Eddie Murphy / Dreamgirls
Total nominations in this category                    1
Previous Actors®                                              0
Total Actor® nominations:                                 2
Concurrent nominations this year:
Motion Picture Cast - Dreamgirls

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role

Adriana Barraza / Babel
Total nominations in this category                    1
Previous Actors®                                              0
Total Actor® nominations:                                 2
Concurrent nominations this year:
Motion Picture Cast - Babel

Cate Blanchett / Notes on a Scandal
Total nominations in this category                    3
Previous Actors®                                              2
Total Actor® nominations:                                 9
Concurrent nominations this year:
Motion Picture Cast – Babel
Previous Actors®:
2005 - Female Support - The Aviator
2004 - Motion Picture Cast - The Lord of the Rings:  The Return of the King
Previous Actor® Nominations:
2005 - Motion Picture Cast - The Aviator
2003 - Motion Picture Cast - The Lord of the Rings:  The Two Towers
2002 - Female Support - Bandits
2002 - Motion Picture Cast - The Lord of the Rings:  The Fellowship of the Ring
1999 - Female Lead - Elizabeth

Abigail Breslin / Little Miss Sunshine
Total nominations in this category                    1
Previous Actors®                                              0
Total Actor® nominations:                                 2
Concurrent nominations this year:
Motion Picture Cast - Little Miss Sunshine

Jennifer Hudson / Dreamgirls
Total nominations in this category                    1
Previous Actors®                                              0
Total Actor® nominations:                                 2
Concurrent nominations this year
Motion Picture Cast - Dreamgirls

Rinko Kikuchi / Babel
Total nominations in this category                    1
Previous Actors®                                              0
Total Actor® nominations:                                 2
Concurrent nominations this year:
Motion Picture Cast – Babel

PRIMETIME TELEVISION

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries

Thomas Haden Church / Broken Trail
Total nominations in this category                    1
Previous Actors®                                              1
Total Actor® nominations:                                3
Previous Actors®:
2005 - Motion Picture Cast - Sideways
Previous Actor® Nominations:
2005 - Male Support - Sideways

Robert Duvall / Broken Trail
Total nominations in this category                    2
Previous Actors®                                              1
Total Actor® nominations:                                5
Previous Actors®:
1999 - Male Support - A Civil Action
Previous Actor® Nominations:
1998 - Lead Male - The Apostle
1997 - Motion Picture Cast - Sling Blade
1997 - Male T.V. Movie or Miniseries - The Man Who Captured Eichmann

Jeremy Irons / Elizabeth I
This is his first nomination

William H. Macy / Nightmares & Dreamscapes
Total nominations in this category                    3
Previous Actors®                                              1
Total Actor® nominations:                                8
Concurrent nominations this year:
Motion Picture Cast - Bobby.
Previous Actors®:
2003 - Male T.V. Movie or Miniseries - Door To Door
Previous Actor® Nominations:
2005 - Male T.V. Movie or Miniseries - The Wool Cap
2004 - Motion Picture Cast – Seabiscuit
2000 - Motion Picture Cast - Magnolia
1998 - Motion Picture Cast - Boogie Nights
1997 - Male Support - Fargo
 
Matthew Perry / The Ron Clark Story
Total nominations in this category                    1
Previous Actors®                                              1
Total Actor® nominations:                                 8
Previous Actors®:
1996 - Comedy Series Ensemble - Friends
Previous Actor® Nominations:
2004 - Comedy Series Ensemble - Friends
2003 - Comedy Series Ensemble - Friends
2002 - Comedy Series Ensemble - Friends
2001 - Comedy Series Ensemble - Friends
2000 - Comedy Series Ensemble - Friends
1999 - Comedy Series Ensemble – Friends

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries

Annette Bening / Mrs. Harris
Total nominations in this category                    1
Previous Actors®                                              2
Total Actor® nominations:                                4
Previous Actors®:
2000 - Female Lead - American Beauty
2000 - Motion Picture Cast - American Beauty
Previous Actor® Nominations:
2005 - Female Lead - Being Julia

Shirley Jones / Hidden Places
This is her first nomination

Cloris Leachman / Mrs. Harris
Total nominations in this category                    1
Previous Actors®                                              0
Total Actor® nominations:                                2
Previous Actor® Nominations:
2005 - Female Support - Spanglish

Helen Mirren / Elizabeth I
Total nominations in this category                    4
Previous Actors®                                              2
Total Actor® nominations:                                7
Concurrent nominations this year:
Female Lead Motion Picture - The Queen
Previous Actors®:
2002 - Female Support - Gosford Park
2002 - Motion Picture Cast - Gosford Park
Previous Actor® Nominations:
2004 - Female T.V. Movie or Miniseries - The Roman Spring of Mrs. Stone
2003 - Female T.V. Movie or Miniseries - Door to Door
2000 - Female T.V. Movie or Miniseries - The Passion of Ayn Rand

Greta Scacchi / Mrs. Harris
This is her first nomination

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series

James Gandolfini / The Sopranos
Total nominations in this category                     6
Previous Actors®                                              3
Total Actor® nominations:                                13
Concurrent nominations this year:
Drama Series Ensemble - The Sopranos
Previous Actors®:
2003 - Male Drama Series - The Sopranos
2000 - Male Drama Series - The Sopranos
2000 - Drama Series Ensemble - The Sopranos
Previous Actor® Nominations:
2005 - Drama Series Ensemble - The Sopranos
2005 - Male Drama Series - The Sopranos
2003 - Male Drama Series - The Sopranos
2002 - Drama Series Ensemble - The Sopranos
2002 - Male Drama Series - The Sopranos
2001 - Drama Series Ensemble - The Sopranos
2001 - Male Drama Series - The Sopranos
1996 - Motion Picture Cast - Get Shorty

Michael C. Hall / Dexter
Total nominations in this category                    1
Previous Actors®                                              2
Total Actor® nominations:                                6
Previous Actors®:
2004 - Drama Series Ensemble - Six Feet Under
2003 - Drama Series Ensemble - Six Feet Under
Previous Actor® Nominations:
2006 - Drama Series Ensemble - Six Feet Under
2005 - Drama Series Ensemble - Six Feet Under
2002 - Drama Series Ensemble - Six Feet Under

Hugh Laurie / House
Total nominations in this category                    2
Previous Actors®                                              0
Total Actor® nominations:                                2
Previous Actor® Nominations:
2006 - Male Drama Series - House
 
James Spader / Boston Legal
Total nominations in this category                    1
Previous Actors®                                              0
Total Actor® nominations:                                4
Concurrent nominations this year:
Drama Series Ensemble - Boston Legal
Previous Actor® Nominations:
2006 - Male Comedy Series - Boston Legal
2005 - Comedy Series Ensemble - Boston Legal

Kiefer Sutherland / 24
Total nominations in this category                    5
Previous Actors®                                              2
Total Actor® nominations:                                8
Concurrent nominations this year:
Drama Series Ensemble - 24
Previous Actors®:
2006 - Male Drama Series - 24
2004 - Male Drama Series - 24
Previous
Actor® Nominations:
2005 - Male Drama Series - 24
2005 - Drama Series Ensemble - 24
2003 - Male Drama Series - 24
2003 - Drama Series Ensemble - 24

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series

Patricia Arquette / Medium
Total nominations in this category                    2
Previous Actors®                                              0
Total Actor® nominations:                                 2
Previous Actor® Nominations:
2006 - Female Drama Series - Medium
 
Edie Falco / The Sopranos
Total nominations in this category                     6
Previous Actors®                                              3
Total Actor® nominations:                                12
Concurrent nominations this year:
Drama Series Ensemble - The Sopranos
Previous Actors®:
2003 - Female Drama Series - The Sopranos
2000 - Female Drama Series - The Sopranos
2000 - Drama Series Ensemble - The Sopranos
Previous Actor® Nominations:
2005 - Drama Series Ensemble - The Sopranos
2005 - Female Drama Series - The Sopranos
2003 - Drama Series Ensemble - The Sopranos
2002 - Drama Series Ensemble - The Sopranos
2002 - Female Drama Series - The Sopranos
2001 - Drama Series Ensemble - The Sopranos
2001 - Female Drama Series - The Sopranos
 
Mariska Hargitay / Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
Total nominations in this category                    3
Previous Actors®                                              0
Total Actor® nominations:                                3
Previous Actor® Nominations:
2006 - Female Drama Series - Law & Order: SVU
2004 - Female Drama Series - Law & Order: SVU
 
Kyra Sedgwick / The Closer
Total nominations in this category                    2
Previous Actors®                                              0
Total Actor® nominations:                                3
Previous Actor® Nominations:
2006 - Female Drama Series - The Closer
2006 - Drama Series Ensemble - The Closer
Chandra wilson / Grey’s Anatomy
Total nominations in this category                    1
Previous Actors®                                              0
Total Actor® nominations:                                3
Concurrent nominations this year:
Drama Series Ensemble - Grey’s Anatomy
Previous Actor® Nominations:
2006 - Drama Series Ensemble - Grey’s Anatomy

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series

Alec Baldwin / 30 Rock
Total nominations in this category                    1
Previous Actors®                                              0
Total Actor® nominations:                                6
Concurrent nominations this year:
Motion Picture Cast - The Departed
Previous Actor® Nominations:
2005 - Motion Picture Cast - The Aviator
2004 - Male Support - The Cooler
2001 - Male T.V. Movie or Miniseries - Nuremberg
1996 - Male T.V. Movie or Miniseries - A Streetcar Named Desire
 
Steve Carell / The Office
Total nominations in this category                    1
Previous Actors®                                              0
Total Actor® nominations:                                3
Concurrent nominations this year:
Comedy Series Ensemble - The Office
Motion Picture Cast - Little Miss Sunshine

Jason Lee / My Name is Earl
Total nominations in this category                    2
Previous Actors®                                              0
Total Actor® nominations:                                4
Previous Actor® Nominations:
2006 - Male Comedy Series - My Name Is Earl
2006 - Comedy Series Ensemble - My Name Is Earl
2001 - Motion Picture Cast - Almost Famous

Jeremy Piven / Entourage
Total nominations in this category                    1
Previous Actors®                                              0
Total Actor® nominations:                                2
Concurrent nominations this year:
Comedy Series Ensemble - Entourage

Tony Shalhoub / Monk
Total nominations in this category                    4
Previous Actors®                                              2
Total Actor® nominations:                                4
Previous Actors®
2005 - Male Comedy Series - Monk
2004 - Male Comedy Series - Monk
Previous Actor® Nominations
2003 - Male Comedy Series - Monk

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series

America Ferrera / Ugly Betty
Total nominations in this category                    1
Previous Actors®                                              0
Total Actor® nominations:                                2
Concurrent nominations this year:
Comedy Series Ensemble - Ugly Betty

Felicity Huffman / Desperate Housewives
Total nominations in this category                    2
Previous Actors®                                              2
Total Actor® nominations:                                6
Concurrent nominations this year:
Comedy Series Ensemble - Desperate Housewives
Previous Actors®
2006 - Female Comedy Series - Desperate Housewives
2006 - Comedy Series Ensemble - Desperate Housewives
Previous
Actor® Nominations:
2006 - Female Lead Role - Transamerica
2000 - Comedy Series Ensemble - Sports Night
 
Julia Louis-Dreyfus / The New adventures of Old Christine
Total nominations in this category                    6
Previous Actors®                                              5
Total Actor® nominations:                                10
Previous Actors®
1998 - Female Comedy Series - Seinfeld
1998 - Comedy Series Ensemble - Seinfeld
1997 - Female Comedy Series - Seinfeld
1997 - Comedy Series Ensemble - Seinfeld
1995 - Comedy Series Ensemble - Seinfeld
Previous
Actor® Nominations
1999 - Female Comedy Series - Seinfeld
1996 - Female Comedy Series - Seinfeld
1996 - Comedy Series Ensemble - Seinfeld
1995 - Female Comedy Series - Seinfeld

Megan mullally / Will & Grace
Total nominations in this category                    7
Previous Actors®                                              4
Total Actor® nominations:                                12
Previous Actors®
2004 - Female Comedy Series - Will & Grace
2003 - Female Comedy Series - Will & Grace
2002 - Female Comedy Series - Will & Grace
2001 - Comedy Series Ensemble - Will & Grace
Previous Actor® Nominations:
2006 - Female Comedy Series - Will & Grace
2005 - Female Comedy Series - Will & Grace
2005 - Comedy Series Ensemble - Will & Grace
2004 - Comedy Series Ensemble - Will & Grace
2003 - Comedy Series Ensemble - Will & Grace
2002 - Comedy Series Ensemble - Will & Grace
2001 - Female Comedy Series - Will & Grace

Mary-Louise Parker / Weeds
Total nominations in this category                    2
Previous Actors®                                              0
Total Actor® nominations:                                5
Concurrent nominations this year:
Comedy Series Ensemble - Weeds
Previous Actor® Nominations:
2006 - Female Comedy Series - Weeds
2004 - Female T.V. Movie or Miniseries - Angels in America
2003 - Drama Series Ensemble - West Wing

Jaime Pressly / My Name is Earl
Total nominations in this category                    1
Previous Actors®                                              0
Total Actor® nominations:                                2
Previous Actor® Nominations:
2006 - Comedy Series Ensemble - My Name is Earl
 
Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series

24
Total nominations in this category                    3
Previous Actors®                                              0
Total Actor® nominations:                                 3
Previous Actor® Nominations:
2005, 2003

Boston Legal
Total nominations in this category                    1
Previous Actors®                                              0
Total Actor® nominations:                                2
Previous Actor® Nominations:
2006 (in Comedy Series Ensemble; Boston Legal changed its submission category this year)

Deadwood
This is the ensemble’s first nomination.

Grey’s Anatomy
Total nominations in this category                    2
Previous Actors®                                              0
Total Actor® nominations:                                2
Previous Actor® Nominations:
2006
 
The Sopranos
Total nominations in this category                   6
Previous Actors®                                             1
Total Actor® nominations:                                6
Previous Actors®
2000
Previous Actor® Nominations:
2005, 2003, 2002, 2001

Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series

Desperate Housewives
Total nominations in this category                    3
Previous Actors®                                             2
Total Actor® nominations:                                3
Previous Actors®:
2006, 2005                                                                 

Entourage
This is the ensemble’s first nomination.
 
The Office
This is the ensemble’s first nomination.
 
Ugly Betty
This is the ensemble’s first nomination.
 
Weeds
This is the ensemble’s first nomination.
 

 

 

 Jan 3

 

18TH ANNUAL PRODUCERS GUILD AWARDS
SATURDAY, JANUARY 20, 2007
CENTURY PLAZA HOTEL

PRODUCERS GUILD AWARDS 2007

THEATRICAL MOTION PICTURE and LONG-FORM TELEVISION nominees:

The Darryl F. Zanuck Producer of the Year Award in Theatrical Motion Pictures

BABEL (Paramount Vantage)

Alejandro González Iñárritu

Steve Golin

Jon Kilik

THE DEPARTED (Warner Bros.)

(Warner Bros.)

Graham King

DREAMGIRLS (Dreamworks SKG/Paramount Pictures)

(Dreamworks SKG/Paramount Pictures)

Laurence Mark

LITTLE MISS SUNSHINE (Fox Searchlight)

(Fox Searchlight)

Marc Turtletaub

David T. Friendly

Peter Saraf

Albert Berger & Ron Yerxa

THE QUEEN (Miramax Films)

(Miramax Films)

Andy Harries

Christine Langan

Tracey Seaward

(Paramount Vantage) (Warner Bros.) (Dreamworks SKG/Paramount Pictures) (Fox Searchlight) (Miramax Films)

The Producers Guild of America Producer of the Year Award in Animated Theatrical Motion Pictures

CARS (Walt Disney Pictures/Pixar Animation)

Darla K. Anderson

FLUSHED AWAY (Dreamworks Animation)

(Dreamworks Animation)

Cecil Kramer

Peter Lord

HAPPY FEET (Warner Bros.)

(Warner Bros.)

Doug Mitchell

George Miller

Bill Miller

ICE AGE: THE MELTDOWN (20th Century Fox Animation)

(20 Century Fox Animation)

Lori Forte

MONSTER HOUSE (Sony Pictures Animation)

(Sony Pictures Animation)

Steve Starkey

Jack Rapke

(Walt Disney Pictures/Pixar Animation) (Dreamworks Animation) (Warner Bros.) (20 Century Fox Animation) (Sony Pictures Animation)

The David L. Wolper Producer of the Year Award in Long-Form Television

BLEAK HOUSE (PBS/BBC)

Nigel Stafford-Clark

ELIZABETH I (HBO)

(HBO)

Suzan Harrison

George Faber

Charles Pattinson

Barney Riesz

FLIGHT 93 (A&E Television)

(A&E Television)

David Gerber

Clara George

HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL (The Disney Channel)

(The Disney Channel)

Bill Borden

Barry Rosenbush

MRS. HARRIS (HBO)

(HBO)

Elizabeth Karlsen

Pamela Koffler

Christine Vachon

11/9/06: Ron Meyer To Receive Milestone Award

11/20/06: Doug Wick and Lucy Fisher To Receive David O. Selznick Achievement Award in Theatrical Motion Pictures

(PBS/BBC) (HBO) (A&E Television) (The Disney Channel) (HBO)

12/5/06: Episodic Television Nominees Announced

12/5/06: An Inconvenient Truth To Receive Stanley Kramer Award

12/11/06: Jerry Bruckheimer To Receive Norman Lear Achievement Award in Television

12/13/06: Ken Ehrlich To Receive Visionary Award

12/14/06: Will Wright To Receive Vanguard Award

 

 

Marvel to Present at Citigroup Entertainment, Media & Telecom Conference Wed. Jan. 10th at 9:45 AM PST

 Jan. 3, 2007 Marvel Entertainment, Inc. (NYSE: MVL), a global character-based entertainment and licensing company, today announced that David Maisel, Executive Vice President, Office of the Chief Executive, and Peter Cuneo, Vice Chairman, will present at Citigroup's 17th Annual Entertainment, Media & Telecommunications Conference on Wednesday, January 10th at 9:45 a.m. PST. The conference is being held at the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Live Webcast and Replay:

Via http://www.veracast.com/webcasts/citigroup/emt07/75205116.cfm or via http://www.marvel.com/company/index.htm?sub=webcasts_current.php. An archived version of the webcast will be available at these locations for thirty days.

Slide Presentation:

The slide presentation that Marvel management will use at the conference will be available for download that day at http://www.marvel.com/company/index.htm?sub=webcasts_current.php.

About Marvel Entertainment, Inc.

With a library of over 5,000 characters, Marvel Entertainment, Inc. is one of the world's most prominent character-based entertainment companies. Marvel's operations are focused on utilizing its character franchises in licensing, entertainment, publishing and toys. Areas of emphasis include feature films, DVD/home video, consumer products, video games, action figures and role-playing toys, television and promotions. Rooted in the creative success of over sixty years of comic book publishing, Marvel's strategy is to leverage its character franchises in a growing array of opportunities around the world.

 

 

Amanda Bynes Set to Star in the New Comedy 'Sydney White' for Morgan Creek Productions

The Film is Scheduled to Begin Principal Photography in Orlando, Florida on February 12, 2007

LOS ANGELES, Jan. 3 /PRNewswire/ -- Amanda Bynes has landed the starring role in the new Morgan Creek comedy "Sydney White," it was announced today by James G. Robinson, Chairman and CEO of Morgan Creek Productions.

This modern retelling of the classic fairytale follows a beautiful college freshman as she pledges her late mother's once dignified sorority. But after discovering that today's sisterhood is not what it used to be, Sydney finds her new home away from home with seven outcasts. With the help of her socially challenged new friends, Sydney will take on the reigning campus queen to attempt to transform the school's misguided social hierarchy.

The film will be directed by Joe Nussbaum ("American Pie Presents: The Naked Mile," "Sleepover") and is scheduled to begin principal photography on February 12, 2007 in Orlando, Florida. The film also stars Sara Paxton ("Darcy's Wild Life") and Matt Long ("Jack and Bobby"). The screenplay was written by Chad Creasey ("Great Lengths") and will be produced by James G. Robinson. David Robinson and Clifford Werber will also serve as producers with Morgan Creek's Guy McElwaine executive producing. The film will be distributed domestically by Universal Pictures and internationally by Morgan Creek International and Universal Pictures International.

Amanda Bynes recently completed shooting the feature film "Hairspray," opposite John Travolta, Queen Latifah and Michelle Pfieiffer, where she plays Tracey Turnblad's best friend Penny Pingleton. She also starred in the romantic comedy "She's the Man;" the trans-Atlantic comedy "What a Girl Wants," with Colin Firth and Kelly Preston; lent her voice to the animated film "Robots;" and starred with Frankie Muniz and Paul Giamatti in the family comedy "Big Fat Liar." On television, Bynes played the impetuous Holly in the comedy series "What I Like About You," as well as "The Amanda Show," which earned her the Favorite Television Actress honor four years in a row from Nickelodeon's Kids' Choice Awards.

On December 22, the Morgan Creek production "The Good Shepherd" opened in theatres nationwide, starring Matt Damon, Angelina Jolie and Robert De Niro. Georgia Rule, starring Jane Fonda, Lindsay Lohan and Felicity Huffman will hit theatres on May 11, 2007.

 

 

 

Mario Steps Into First Starring Role Alongside Hilary Swank in 'Freedom Writers,' Out January 5, 2007

R&B Star Preps Third Album Go! for Release in March 2007

NEW YORK, Jan. 3 /PRNewswire/ -- R&B sensation Mario steps into his first starring film role in Freedom Writers, the real-life story of teenagers in gang warfare-plagued Los Angeles whose lives are changed through writing. Oscar-winning actress Hilary Swank stars as the inspirational teacher who reaches Mario's troubled teen Andre and his classmates. The Paramount Pictures/MTV Films movie premieres January 4, 2007 in Los Angeles and opens January 5, 2007.

Mario's first serious film role is one that is close to his heart. His character's struggle to deal with an incarcerated brother and drug-addicted mother struck a chord with Mario, who dealt with his own mother's drug use for much of his childhood.

"I came from the same mentality as my character in Freedom Writers," Mario explains of his approach to the role of Andre. "Thankfully, like Andre, I was given an opportunity for change and I recognized that. This movie really shows people that regardless of your situation, you have the right to free yourself."

While his character Andre finds an outlet for his frustrations in writing, music is what inspired Mario, who became a star at the young age of 15 when he released his debut album, 2002's Mario. His platinum follow-up Turning Point spawned a #1 single "Let Me Love You" and launched Mario from teen sensation to bona fide R&B star. Now 20 and with his first serious film role under his belt, Mario is prepping his third album, Go!, due out in March 2007. The album will feature songs produced by Pharrell Williams, Akon, Polow Da Don, Scott Storch, and more.

For more info on Freedom Writers, please visit: www.freedomwriters.com

For more info on Mario's Go!, please visit: www.mario2u.com

Source: Mario

 

Mario Lopez Dances his way into the Miss America Spotlight as Host of the 2007 MISS AMERICA PAGEANT

Live on CMT from The Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino in Las Vegas

 Jan. 3 Television star Mario Lopez ("Dancing With The Stars," "Nip/Tuck") has been tapped to host the 2007 MISS AMERICA PAGEANT, airing live from The Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino in Las Vegas on Monday, January 29 at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT* on CMT. Don Mischer Productions will produce the 2007 MISS AMERICA PAGEANT.

Sarah Brock, CMT executive producer and vice president, production, music and events, notes: "Mario Lopez is a fantastic choice to host the 2007 MISS AMERICA PAGEANT. With his soaring popularity, his former hosting experience and his undeniable charm, he will certainly excel as this year's host."

Sam Haskell III, chairman of the board for the Miss America Organization, adds: "We are pleased that immediately following his successful star turn on "Dancing With the Stars," Mario Lopez has agreed to host the Pageant. Our executive producers Sarah Brock and Don Mischer did an outstanding job securing Mario, and we are honored to welcome him into the Miss America family."

The 2006 MISS AMERICA PAGEANT premiered on CMT last January and ranks as the most-watched telecast in CMT's history with total viewers*. Since its premiere, re-airings of the Pageant have been seen by more than 27 million different viewers.

Lopez recently danced his way into America's heart on the hit ABC program "Dancing With the Stars" and has since signed a talent deal with the CW network and, under this deal, Lopez will continue to be a recurring host of "Weekend Extra." And to keep up with his acting, Lopez has a recurring role in the popular series "Nip/Tuck." Born in San Diego, Lopez began his career as the younger brother on the 1984 television series "A.K.A. Pablo." Throughout the years, he has become well known to television audiences through his roles on NBC's "Saved by the Bell" as AC Slater and USA Network's "Pacific Blue." Lopez brought the bachelor's view to NBC's "The Other Half" and helped bridge the gap between sports and entertainment on "ESPN Hollywood."

Judges for the 2007 MISS AMERICA PAGEANT include: Debbie Allen (actress, director, producer, choreographer, singer, dancer and multiple Emmy Award- winner), Nigel Barker ("America's Next Top Model"), Delta Burke ("Designing Women" and recently "Boston Legal"), Michael Feinstein (singer, composer, producer), Chris Matthews (MSNBC's "Hardball with Chris Matthews" and "The Chris Matthews Show") and Susan Powell (Miss America 1981, Discovery Channel's "Home Matters").

For the first time in its 85 year history, the 2006 MISS AMERICA PAGEANT took place outside of Atlantic City and debuted in Las Vegas. Jennifer Berry, of Oklahoma, is the current Miss America.

CMT offers fans the opportunity to learn more about each of the 2007 MISS AMERICA PAGEANT contestants at www.missamerica.cmt.com. The CMT Web site features contestant photos, videos, bios, and a chance to win $1 million dollars by correctly predicting the winner in CMT's Pick & Win Game. In addition, fans can tune in to CMT on VOD for short video bios starring each of the contestants.

CMT, America's No. 1 country music network, carries original programming, specials, and live concerts and events, as well as a mix of videos by established country music artists and new cutting-edge acts, including world premiere exclusive videos. Founded March 6, 1983, CMT, owned and operated by MTV Networks, reaches more than 83 million households in the United States. Go to country music's biggest web site at www.cmt.com.

The Miss America Organization is one of the nation's leading achievement programs and the world's largest provider of scholarship assistance for young women. Last year, the Miss America Organization and its state and local organizations made available more than $45 million in cash and scholarship assistance. For more information, go to www.missamerica.org.

*The 2007 MISS AMERICA PAGEANT will air live at 8 p.m. Eastern; 7 p.m. Central; and will be tape delayed to air at 8 p.m. Pacific; and 9 p.m. Mountain.

 


 

SAG Awards™ Unique Collectibles, Red Carpet Bleacher Seats and VIP Backstage Tours Auctioned to the Public
at www.sagawards.org/auction to Benefit the SAG Foundation

The Screen Actors Guild Awards® will kick off its seventh annual eBay auction to benefit the SAG Foundation on Thursday, Jan. 4, at www.sagawards.org/auction. The month-long weekly auction series features one-of-a-kind SAG Awards television and movie memorabilia, red-carpet bleacher seats and VIP backstage tours for this year’s Actors® ceremonies.

The Screen Actors Guild Foundation provides a meaningful way for SAG members to contribute to the literacy of children in their communities through BookPALS (Performing Artists for Literacy in Schools) and its online component, Storyline. SAG Foundation programs provide emergency relief to members in economic distress, video and audio preservation of the creative legacy of SAG members, scholarships for performers and their children and emergency funds for members with catastrophic illnesses. (For details, visit sagfoundation.org and bookpals.net.)

Lucky bidders of the first week’s auction will have a chance to see the stars on the SAG Awards’ red carpet, take a VIP backstage tour of the awards venue or enjoy sets of men’s must-have items from PEOPLE Magazine’s Holiday Gift Guide. Autographed collectibles up for bid beginning Jan. 4 include Monk DVD sets signed by cast, Seinfeld scripts signed by Julia Louis-Dreyfus, an autographed Walk the Line poster, a Brokeback Mountain signed poster and three posters from Crash, signed by the cast and writer/producer/director Paul Haggis. Also up for bid in the auction’s first week are a tote bag autographed by many of the actors who attended the 12th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards® this past January, as well as 12th Annual SAG Awards™ hats, programs and press kits.

The benefit auction will also include great items from the hot, up-to-the minute entertainment news outlets, including Entertainment Tonight, Access Hollywood, E! News, Extra, The Insider and the TV Guide Channel. Also up for bid those weeks are 13th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards hats, press kits, posters and tote bags.

For the final week beginning Jan. 25, the SAG Awards auction staff will, as it did last year, gather unique collectibles from this year’s nominated casts and ensembles. Last year’s best-sellers included a Desperate Housewives set visit and the shirt Shannon wore when she met her untimely death on Lost. The online bidding will close Feb. 1.

Nominations for the 13th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards® will be announced on Thursday, Jan. 4 at the Pacific Design Center in West Hollywood and will be carried live on TNT, E! Entertainment Television, TNT.TV and TBS.COM.

The 13th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards will be simulcast live from the Los Angeles Shrine Exposition Center by TNT and TBS on Sunday, Jan. 28, at 8 p.m. (ET/ PT), 7 p.m. (CT) and 6 p.m. (MT).

The Screen Actors Guild Awards auction to benefit the SAG Foundation is hosted by eBay Giving Works and managed by Auction Cause.

The 13th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards are produced by Jeff Margolis Productions in association with Screen Actors Guild. Jeff Margolis is the executive producer and Kathy Connell is the producer. Yale Summers, Daryl Anderson, Shelley Fabares, Paul Napier and JoBeth Williams are producers for SAG. Gloria Fujita O’Brien and Mick McCullough are supervising producers. Benn Fleishman is executive in charge of production.

Screen Actors Guild (SAG) is the nation’s largest labor union representing working actors. Established in 1933, SAG has a rich history in the American labor movement, from standing up to studios to break long-term engagement contracts in the 1940s to fighting for artists’ rights amid the digital revolution sweeping the entertainment industry in the 21st century. With 20 branches nationwide, SAG represents nearly 120,000 working actors in film, television, industrials, commercials, video games, music videos and other new media. The Guild exists to enhance actors’ working conditions, compensation and benefits and to be a powerful, unified voice on behalf of artists’ rights. Headquartered in Los Angeles, SAG is a proud affiliate of the AFL-CIO.  More information is available online at www.sag.org.

Turner Network Television (TNT), television’s destination for drama and one of cable’s top-rated networks, offers original movies and series, including the blockbuster detective series The Closer, starring Emmy, Golden Globe® and Screen Actors Guild Awards nominee Kyra Sedgwick, and next year’s eagerly anticipated television event The Company, executive-produced by Ridley Scott and starring Chris O’Donnell, Michael Keaton and Alfred Molina.  TNT is also home to powerful one-hour dramas, such as Without a Trace, Law & Order, Las Vegas, Cold Case, ER, Charmed and Judging Amy; broadcast premiere movies; compelling prime-time specials, such as the Screen Actors Guild Awards® and championship sports coverage, including NASCAR and the NBA. TNT is also available in high-definition.

TBS, a division of Turner Broadcasting System, Inc., is television’s “very funny” network.  It serves as home to such hot contemporary comedies as Sex and the City, Everybody Loves Raymond, Family Guy, Seinfeld and Friends; original comedy series like My Boys and 10 Items or Less; specials and special events, such as The Comedy Festival in Las Vegas; blockbuster movies; and hosted movie showcases.

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Clooney, Parker, Stamos and Weisz Set as Presenters at Golden Globe Awards

"The 64th Annual Golden Globe Awards" Will Be Telecast Live on NBC Monday, January 15

 January 03, 2007 -- George Clooney and Rachel Weisz (2006 Golden Globe recipients for Best Performance by an Actor and Actress in a Motion Picture Supporting Role), Sarah Jessica Parker and John Stamos have been set as presenters at "The 64th Annual Golden Globe Awards" to be telecast live on NBC Monday, January 15 (8 - 11:00 p.m. EST) at The Beverly Hilton.

They join previously announced presenters Felicity Huffman, Salma Hayek, Ben Stiller, Justin Timberlake and Reese Witherspoon.

Warren Beatty will receive this year's Cecil B. DeMille Award from the Hollywood Foreign Press Association for his "outstanding contribution to the entertainment field."

The Golden Globe Awards will be seen in more than 150 countries worldwide and is one of the few awards ceremonies that span both television and motion picture achievements.

"The 64th Annual Golden Globe Awards" will be produced by dick clark productions in association with the Hollywood Foreign Press Association. Philip Berk is President of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association. Allen Shapiro and Barry Adelman are executive producers. Chris Donovan is director. Al Schwartz is consulting producer. Ken Shapiro is producer. Ron Weed is co-producer

 

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Troy Tomlinson: A "Song Guy" Takes the Reins at Sony/ATV Music Publishing
By Crystal Caviness

 

© 2007 CMA Close Up News Service / Country Music Association, Inc.

Day in, day out, Troy Tomlinson asks himself the same question when making decisions in his Music Row office as President and CEO of Sony/ATV Music Publishing. "Does this contribute to an environment that is healthy for our writers and our employees?"

"Every decision we make must pass through that filter," Tomlinson said. "It's about putting our writers and employees top of mind in all decisions."

The music business is in Tomlinson's blood. As far back as the Portland, Tenn., native can remember he has been around creative types. His earliest memories involve drinking his fill of pink lemonade and then falling asleep backstage at the Grand Ole Opry, while his brother played bass with Opry star Hank Snow.

When he was 20 years of age, Tomlinson got an opportunity to make his own mark in the music business when friend Cliff Williamson of Multimedia Publishing hired him as the tape copy guy/song plugger, a job that led Tomlinson to two independent publishing companies: Don King Music and Rick Hall Music.

In 1988, Tomlinson went to work for Jerry Bradley at Acuff-Rose Music. He held several positions there, before being named Executive Vice President in 1999. "Jerry Bradley is truly my mentor," Tomlinson said. "He gave me so many opportunities to grow."

In 2002, Gaylord Entertainment sold Acuff-Rose to Sony/ATV Music Publishing, where Tomlinson was hired as Vice President of the Creative Department.

Tomlinson was named President and CEO on Jan. 1, 2006, when Donna Hilley retired from the position after a 31-year career that had distinguished her as one of the Country Music industry's most influential and well-loved leaders.

"Donna's shoes will never be filled," Tomlinson said. "She burned a path not only for publishers in general, but for a female executive to rise to the level she rose to in this company and to have the ability to effect change and influence people's lives, she really was a trailblazer."

One year into his new office and responsibilities, asking that question of himself and others at the publishing company has resulted in moving the company closer to Tomlinson's overall goal of creating "a place of excellence."

"I want the best song pluggers in Nashville to say 'Man, I'd give anything to be over at Sony/ATV working that catalog,'" Tomlinson said. "I want the best writers to say 'I'd give anything to write for Sony/ATV,' and the basis for that has already been laid by Donna and her predecessors."

"Tweaking the creative department," Tomlinson said, as well as making aesthetic changes to the creative building and writers' building and implementing an aggressive plan to exploit Sony/ATVs' music catalog for film, television and advertising opportunities are first steps toward his vision of making Sony/ATV a place of excellence. He's especially excited about the creation of the new Sync Department.

"When I got this position, I felt we had to be more proactive in marketing our copyrights from Nashville," Tomlinson said. "Sony/ATV has a great Sync Department in Los Angeles and they work our songs, but it was important to me to have a sync executive in the Nashville office talking to me about national ads, film spots, TV show spots. I wanted a person who would be in New York, Chicago, L.A., Dallas, Atlanta, getting to know the creative departments at these ad agencies so we could make sure that our music was top of mind when they had a need for music."

Enter Marc Wood. Tomlinson had worked with Wood at Acuff-Rose, where Wood had held positions in its Royalty, International Business and Synchronization Licensing Departments.

"Nobody in town is better qualified than Marc to actively market our impressive catalog," Tomlinson said.

In recent months, Wood and his team have placed Sony/ATV music in ad spots for Hallmark TV and Dr. Pepper; major films ("Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby" with Will Ferrell, "RV" with Robin Williams and the Johnny Cash biopic "Walk the Line") and numerous songs in HBO's popular series "The Sopranos."

Tomlinson is clear about the "business" part of the music business.

"It is a business," he said. "I tend to surround myself with people who take as seriously as I do what we are about everyday. I can't afford to spend my time with those who aren't taking this seriously."

Hit songwriter Tom Douglas (Tim McGraw's "Grown Men Don't Cry" and Collin Raye's "Little Rock") respects Tomlinson foremost for being a "song guy."

"Look at the writers that he has signed since he's been in the business," Douglas said.  "He signed Kenny Chesney as a songwriter before he was a major star. He's been surrounded by stellar songwriters, such as (veterans) Dean Dillon and Skip Ewing. He attracts those guys. He's a great song guy and when you love songs, it brings out the best in songwriters."

Brooks & Dunn, Chesney, Rascal Flatts and Gretchen Wilson are among the artists/songwriters signed to Sony/ATV, along with new talents including Eric Church, Miranda Lambert and Taylor Swift.

Business savvy notwithstanding, Tomlinson's most evident trait on the job is his love for songs, which he views not so much as a businessman, but as a caretaker for the catalog of legendary tunes and new hits he oversees.

"Songs are the children of our writers," Tomlinson said. "As publishers who understand their obligation to writers, I see the role as a steward of those children."

The care Tomlinson gives the catalog is not lost on Douglas.

"When you have a big company like this, it can become impersonal," Douglas said. "Troy represents yesterday, today and tomorrow. We've got Hank Williams' songs, which is a really sacred thing. But at the same time, he's signing brand new artists. We're blessed to have him in that position."

On the Web: www.sonyatv.com

 

Slim Thug and Boss Hogg Outlawz to Release New Album, "Serve & Collect," on KOCH Records on February 27th, 2007

 January 02, 2007 -- KOCH Records is proud to announce the release of "Serve & Collect," the new album by Slim Thug and Boss Hogg Outlawz on February 27th, 2007. "Serve & Collect" features Slim Thug on 12 new songs.

One of Houston's most popular underground hip-hop labels, Slim Thug's Boss Hogg Outlawz is back with the release of its independent album, "Serve & Collect." This album features Slim Thug, original Boyz N Blue members, PJ Tha Rap Hustla, Sir Daily, Chris Ward and Killa Kyleon. Also on the album are newcomers J-Dawg, Young Black and the R& B Tunes of Rob Smallz.

Slim Thug made a name for himself on the numerous mixtapes he was featured on for Swishahouse Records in his native Houston, TX. Slim then formed his own label, Boss Hogg Outlawz, and has continued to release highly successful mixtapes. Slim Thug's debut album, "Already Platinum," debuted at #2 on the Billboard charts, and has sold over 500,000 copies. The album features the hit singles "Like a Boss," "Three Kings," "I Ain't Heard Of That," and "Incredible Feeling."

The tracklisting for "Serve & Collect" is:  1.  "Recognize A Playa" feat. PJ, Chris Ward, Slim Thug, Sir Daily 2.  "Back 2 Front" feat. Killa Kyleon, Slim Thug, Sir Daily 3.  "Boss Hoggin" - Slim Thug 4.  "Cheatin" - Rob Smallz feat. Slim Thug 5.  "Side To Side" - Killa Kyleon, Slim Thug, Sir Daily 6.  "Pockets Full of Paper" - PJ feat. Slim Thug 7.  "Give It Up" - Slim Thug, PJ, Chris Ward 8.  "I'm A G" - Slim Thug, PJ, Young Black, Chris Ward 9.  "Heat On My Side" - Killa Kyleon, J Dawg, PJ 10. "Straight Outta Texas" - Sir Daily, PJ, J Dawg 11. "For The G's" - Chris Ward, Black, PJ, Slim Thug 12. "Keep It Real" - Chris Ward 13. "I'm A Hogg" - Slim Thug, Sir Daily, PJ, Chris Ward 14. "Ridin 4's" - J Dawg feat. Slim Thug 15. "Wood Wheel" - Sir Daily 16. "Got To Get It" - Slim Thug, PJ, B Chris, Young Black, Chris Ward 17. "Plan To See" - Killa Kyleon 

About KOCH Records

KOCH Records is a division of KOCH Entertainment, the fastest-growing music company and the market leader among independents in North America. The KOCH Entertainment corporate umbrella encompasses the KOCH Records label, KOCH Vision home video, KOCH Music Publishing and KOCH Entertainment Distribution with operations in both the U.S. and Canada. KOCH Records proudly claims the largest number of Billboard charting albums among independents for each of the last six years (2001-2006). For additional info on the KOCH Records label and its roster of artists, please visit www.kochrecords.com

 

Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls - South Africa Celebrates Its Official Opening

Former South African President Nelson Mandela Attends Ceremonial Program

Jan. 2 Former South African President Nelson Mandela and local dignitaries will join Oprah Winfrey in celebrating the opening of the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls - South Africa -- a private learning and residential environment for grades 7-12 that engenders high standards of academic achievement and service leadership for girls who show outstanding promise despite their social circumstances. The Leadership Academy, which is located in Henley-on-Klip in Gauteng Province, opens on Tuesday, January 2, 2007.

As part of the opening welcoming events, Oprah Winfrey will raise the Leadership Academy's 
flag along with the first 152 students -- from grades 7 and 8, who represent all nine South 
African provinces -- followed by a ceremonial program in the campus' theatre. It is her vision 
that the Leadership Academy will help develop the future women leaders of South Africa.

"I know that this Academy will change the trajectory of these girls' lives," said Oprah Winfrey. "They will excel and pass their excellence on to their families, their nation, and our world."

"This school will provide opportunities to some of our young people they could never imagine, had it not been for Oprah. The key to any country's future is in educating its youth. Oprah is therefore not only investing in a few young individuals but in the future of our country. We are indebted to her for her selfless efforts. This is a lady that has, despite her own disadvantaged background, become one of the benefactors of the disadvantaged throughout the world and we should congratulate her for that," said Nelson Mandela.

In December 2000, during a visit with Nelson Mandela, Oprah Winfrey pledged $10 million to build a school for girls in South Africa, for which she broke ground on December 6, 2002. As that commitment broadened, she established The Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy Foundation, to which she has contributed more than $40 million toward the creation of the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls - South Africa. Initially a public-private partnership with the Gauteng Department of Education, the Leadership Academy was signed over to become an independent school on August 20, 2006.

Among its 28-building campus, the Leadership Academy includes state-of-the-art classrooms, computer and science laboratories, a library, a theatre, a gymnasium, sports fields, a wellness center, modern dormitory facilities and a dining hall. The curriculum includes math, natural science and technology; arts and culture; social, economic and management sciences; life orientation and leadership; and languages. All of the teachers are South African.

 

 

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The Secret's Out! Nicktoons Network to Premiere New Original Animated Series The Secret Show

13 Half-Hour Episodes From Award-Winning Collingwood O'Hare Entertainment to Premiere Saturday, January 20 at 8:30 P.M. (ET)

Jan. 2 No longer classified information, Nicktoons Network, Nickelodeon's 24-hour animation network, reveals 13 original half-hour episodes of The Secret Show, it was announced today by Keith Dawkins, Vice President and General Manager of Nicktoons Network. The new series, which is packed with covert missions, layers of secrecy and original storylines, will premiere Saturday, January 20 at 8:30 p.m. (ET). The series will air regularly Saturdays at 8:30 p.m. (ET) on Nicktoons Network.

Commissioned by the BBC and produced by Collingwood O'Hare Entertainment, The Secret Show is a fast-paced, animated secret agent series about secret people doing secret things. Best described as Get Smart meets Monty Python in retro-styled animation, it's a show within a show masked behind a fictional onscreen series, 'The Fluffy Bunny Show'. Special agents Victor Volt and Anita Knight work for U.Z.Z protecting the world against the evil forces of T.H.E.M. Victor and Anita manage to save the world, once or sometimes even twice a week with the help of their boss whose name is literally changed daily and his technical egghead Professor Professor. Not only do they work for a secret organization, but the show itself is full of secrets.

"We love to super-serve our viewers with diverse styles of animation, themes and characters and The Secret Show is a great addition to our line-up," said Dawkins. "The show feels fresh. Everything from the fictional 'Fluffy Bunny Show' to the super secret agents makes us laugh out loud. We think our audience will find the show's mix of wit, humor and retro style animation as exciting as we do."

In the first part of the premiere episode, "The Secret Thing," the Impostors, creatures capable of replicating humans as "hard copy holograms," try to steal The Secret Thing. Victor and Anita must protect The Secret Thing at all costs. But what is The Secret Thing? And how can Victor tell the difference between the real Anita and the villainous Impostor?

The second part of the premiere episode, "Who Stole Switzerland," follows Martian gravity thieves who are sucking up the Earth's gravity into trucks and flying it off to planet Mars so they can have 'falling down parties.' Entire countries are floating around, weightless. Mars, however, is becoming so gravitational that all the Earth's countries are slowly being sucked towards it on a collision course. Victor and Anita must get the Earth's gravity back before the two planets collide.

BBC Worldwide owns the global cross-media rights for The Secret Show, including program distribution, merchandising and DVD rights.

BBC Worldwide Limited is the main commercial arm and a wholly owned subsidiary of the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC). The company exists to maximise the value of the BBC's assets for the benefit of the licence payer and invest in public service programming in return for rights. The company has seven core businesses: Global Channels, Global TV Sales, Magazines, Content & Production, Home Entertainment, Children's and Digital Media. In 2005/06, BBC Worldwide generated profits of 89 million pounds Sterling on sales of 784 million pounds.

Collingwood O'Hare Entertainment Ltd is one of Europe's leading producers for children's entertainment. Established in 1988 by Tony Collingwood (Writer/Director) and Christopher O'Hare (MD/Producer) the company has earned a prestigious international reputation for award-winning, high-quality animated series, specials and television features. This year Collingwood O'Hare Entertainment first series of Gordon The Garden Gnome premiered on CBeebies/CBBC, starring much loved TV personality Alan Titchmarsh. In 2001, 2002 and 2004 Collingwood O'Hare won BAFTA Awards for Best Pre-School Animation for Animal Stories, Eddy & The Bear and Yoko! Jakamoko! Toto! respectively. COE's other production credits include their multi-award winning debut film Rarg, Emmy nominated/CableACE winner Dr. Seuss's Daisy- Head Mayzie, BAFTA nominated Dennis & Gnasher from The Beano, The Magic Key, Oscar's Orchestra, Pond Life and The King's Beard. http://www.collingwoodohare.com/

Nicktoons Network is the fastest growing kids' network* and offers a 24- hour schedule featuring programming such as the Nicktoons Network Animation Festival, Skyland, Kappa Mikey, Thumb Wrestling Federation, Corneil and Bernie and Martin Mystery, as well as a roster of hits that have defined kids' and animation lovers' TV, including The Angry Beavers, Yakkity Yak, Invader Zim, SpongeBob SquarePants, The Fairly OddParents and Jimmy Neutron. Nicktoons Network is a part of the MTV Networks expanded suite of channels available for digital distribution. The new channels include MTV Hits, MTV Jams, Nicktoons Network and VH1 Mega Hits, expanding and strengthening MTV Networks' digital offerings to thirteen services.

Nicktoons Network currently reaches 42 million homes via cable, digital cable and satellite, and can be seen on Cablevision, Charter Communications, Comcast Cable, Cox Communications, DirecTV, DISH Network and Time Warner Cable. Nicktoons, and all related titles and logos are property of Viacom, Inc.

*Source: *Nielsen Media Research, 8/29/05-8/27/06 vs. 8/30/04-8/28/05 (Live+SD) AA(000). NKTNS Selling Daypart: Mon-Fri/2-11p; Sat-Sun/9a-11p. K6-11 & K9-14 Nick & Toon Tot Prg Day. DSNY, FAM, TDSNY (M-Su 6a-11p) CBS, WB, FOX, NBC based on Kids Type Codes. Tribune; DIC Kids thru 8/13/06.

Source: Nicktoons Network

 

 

Nobody Does it Better: Carly Simon to Make QVC(R) Debut

Simon's Latest Release 'Into White' Offered to QVC Shoppers

Jan. 2  Music lovers worldwide have enjoyed the sounds of Grammy and Academy Award-winning singer and songwriter Carly Simon for more than four decades. Now QVC viewers will get a special treat as Simon is scheduled to make her QVC debut on Friday, January 5 at 7 PM (ET). During the 30-minute broadcast, Simon, accompanied by her two kids, Sally Taylor and Ben Taylor, is scheduled to perform a selection of songs from her recently released "Into White" CD.

Simon is forever known for her biggest hits, including "You Belong to Me," "Jesse," "Nobody Does it Better," and "You're So Vain." Simon's newest album, "Into White," is a 14-song collection of beloved pop favorites and heartfelt tunes that will appeal to both adults and children alike.

Simon's children with James Taylor, Sally and Ben, both accomplished singers and songwriters in their own right, are scheduled to join their mother for this special performance.

"Carly Simon's music is woven into the tapestry of American culture," said Rich Yoegel, director of merchandising for QVC. "QVC is thrilled to bring her latest release to our customers with this very special live performance."

The Carly Simon "Into White" CD (QVC Item # E02126) will be available through QVC at 800.345.1515 or http://www.qvc.com/ while supplies last.

About QVC:

QVC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Liberty Media Corporation attributed to the Liberty Interactive Group (NASDAQ:LINTA) , is one of the largest multimedia retailers in the world, with annual revenue of more than $7 billion. QVC is committed to providing customers with thousands of the most innovative and contemporary beauty, fashion, jewelry and home products. Its programming is distributed to more than 160 million homes worldwide. The company's website, QVC.com, is ranked among the top general merchant Internet sites. With subsidiaries in the United Kingdom, Germany and Japan, West Chester, PA-based QVC has shipped close to a billion packages in its 20-year history.

Source: QVC, Inc.

 

Top 100 Nightclubs and Bars for 2007 Selected By Editors of Nightclub & Bar Magazine

Venues to be Honored at "The Show" in Las Vegas

 Jan. 2 Oxford Publishing Inc., publisher of national trade magazine Nightclub & Bar, has named its Editors' Choice Top 100 bars and clubs in the United States, which will be honored with a special party at the Nightclub & Bar/Beverage Retailer Beverage and Food Convention & Trade Show ("The Show") in Las Vegas, held March 4-7, 2007.

Nightclubs and bars from all over the United States were chosen based on a number of criteria, including annual revenues, marketing and advertising effectiveness, promotional expertise, uniqueness to market, food and beverage programs and much more. This list is NOT a ranking of just the most high-end, of-the-moment nightclubs; instead, it is a dynamic mixture of clubs, neighborhood bars, sports bars, family-oriented venues and more that for one reason or another deserve notice.

The following bars and clubs, listed in alphabetical order, made the Editors' Choice Top 100 for 2007. The city designated for each is the city in which it is located, or, if the concept has multiple locations, the city of its first location.

  230 Fifth - New York City   40 Watt - Athens, Ga.   8150 - Vail, Colo.   The Abbey - Hollywood, Calif.   AJ's Seafood & Oyster Bar - Destin, Fla.   Aria - Boston, Mass.   Avalon/Spider Club - Hollywood, Calif.   Beach Bar at the W - San Diego   B.E.D. - Miami   Billy Bob's Texas - Fort Worth, Texas   Blue Martini - Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.   the bosco - Ferndale, Mich.   Body English - Las Vegas   Bombay Club - New Orleans   Broken Spoke Saloon - Sturgis, S.D.   Brother's Bar & Grill - Lacross, Wis.   Butter - San Francisco   Cabo Wabo - Lake Tahoe, N.V.   Casbah - Atlantic City   Cherry - Las Vegas   Chilkoot Charlie's - Anchorage, Alaska   Coyote Cantina - Santa Fe, N.M.   Coyote Ugly - New York City   Crobar - Chicago   The Crocodile Cafe - Seattle   Diablo's Downtown Lounge - Eugene, Ore.   e4 - Scottsdale, Ariz.   Eight 75 - Biloxi, Miss.   El Gaucho - Seattle   Elements the Lounge - Seabright, N.J.   ESPN Zone - Baltimore, Md.   Excalibur - Chicago   Fado Irish Pub - Atlanta   Flatiron Lounge - New York City   The Flying Saucer - Memphis, Tenn.   Fox Sports Grill - Scottsdale, Ariz.   Galapagos Art Space - Brooklyn, N.Y.   ghostbar - Las Vegas   Good Hurt - Los Angeles   The Green Parrot - Key West, Fla.   The Greene Turtle - Ocean City, Md.   Ground Zero Blues Club - Clarksdale, Miss.   The Helix - Washington, D.C.   House of Blues - New Orleans   Iguana's Cantina - New York City   Ivan Kane's Forty Deuce - Hollywood, Calif.   JET - Las Vegas   Kahunaville - Las Vegas   Key Club - Hollywood, Calif.   Lafitte's Blacksmith Shop - New Orleans   The Library Bar & Grill - Tempe, Ariz.   Light - Las Vegas   Lotus - New York City   Louie's Backyard - South Padre Island, Texas   Mango's Tropical Café - Miami   Mantra - Milwaukee, Wis.   Marquee - New York City   McGillin's Olde Ale House - Philadelphia, Pa.   Mercy Wine Bar - Addison, Texas   Midnight Rodeo - San Antonio, Texas   Mie N Yu - Washington, D.C.   MIXX - Atlantic City   mur.mur - Atlantic City   The New Crown & Anchor - Providencetown, Mass.   The New Sheridan - Telluride, Colo.   Ocean Club - Honolulu, Hawaii   Pangaea - Hollywood, Fla.   Pat O' Brien's - New Orleans   Pavilion Bar & Café - Charleston, S.C.   Pin-Up Bowl - St. Louis, Mo.   Pink Elephant - New York City   The Playboy Club - Las Vegas   Pure - Las Vegas   Purple Moon - Flint, Mich.   Rockit Bar & Grill - Chicago   Ruby Skye - San Francisco   rumjungle - Las Vegas   Sharkeez - Huntington Beach, Calif.   Sherlock's Baker Street Pub - Houston, Texas   Sloppy Joe's - Key West, Fla.   Snatch/Suite - Miami   Stingaree - San Diego   Stubb's Bar-B-Q - Austin, Texas   Studio 54 - Las Vegas   Tabu Ultra Lounge - Las Vegas   Tangerine - Las Vegas   TAO - Las Vegas   Therapy - New York City   Tini Bigs - Seattle   Tipitina's - New Orleans   Tongue & Groove - Atlanta   Tryst - Las Vegas   VICCI - Austin, Texas   Vine Street Lounge - Hollywood, Calif.   The Viper Room - Los Angeles   Walnut Room - Philadelphia, Pa.   Whiskey Blue - Los Angeles   Worship - Atlantic City   Yard House - Long Beach, Calif.   Zinc Lounge - Manhattan Beach, Calif.  

Oxford Publishing Inc., based in Oxford, Miss., publishes national trade publication Nightclub & Bar magazine and produces the nation's largest beverage and food industry trade show, the Nightclub & Bar Beverage and Food Convention & Trade Show ("The Show") in Las Vegas each year. OP also produced "The Show" in Atlantic City recently and hosts other trade shows throughout the nation.

Source: Oxford Publishing Inc.

 

DEC 29

 

The Walt Disney Studios Celebrates Record Performance in 2006 With Worldwide Hit Films, Top Selling DVDs and CDs, and New Stage Hits

 Dec. 29 The Walt Disney Studios (NYSE:DIS) posted a record-breaking performance in 2006 as worldwide box office revenues climbed to a sensational $3.26 billion (as of 12/27/06) with Walt Disney Pictures "Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest" capturing the #1 spot all over the world; Buena Vista Worldwide Home Entertainment setting an unprecedented domestic milestone with the top three bestselling DVD titles -- "Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest," "Cars" and "The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe"; "High School Musical" and "Rascal Flatts" becoming the year's number one and number two top-selling CD titles across all genres; and Disney Theatrical Productions celebrating the successful Broadway debuts of "Tarzan" and "Mary Poppins," it was announced today, Thursday, December 28, by Dick Cook, chairman of The Walt Disney Studios.

Commenting on the announcement, Cook said, "In every area and on every level, 2006 was an extraordinary year for The Walt Disney Studios. At the worldwide box office, moviegoers everywhere were captivated by the latest incredible 'Pirates of the Caribbean' adventure and there's more surprises and thrills in store this coming May with 'Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End.' John Lasseter's exciting, inventive, and heartfelt film, 'Cars,' further demonstrated the worldwide appeal of Pixar's great characters and storytelling. With the acquisition of Pixar, and the benefit of John and Ed Catmull's leadership at Disney and Pixar, the Studio can look forward to a steady flow of great animated films for many years to come. Our worldwide home entertainment division continued to benefit from the Studio's great box office successes and added some impressive new milestones of their own with the year's three top domestic titles. Buena Vista Music Group enjoyed a record year with enormous hits from Rascal Flatts, 'High School Musical,' and 'Hannah Montana,' and had the top two selling CDs of the year across all genres. 'Mary Poppins' and 'Tarzan' had their bows on Broadway, adding to Buena Vista Theatrical Group's amazing track record. And Miramax Films returned to its roots as a provider of quality independent and modestly budgeted films from outstanding filmmakers. The critical acclaim for films like 'The Queen' and 'Venus' are among their latest successes. I am very proud of the Studio's phenomenal performance in 2006, and salute all the great members of the team that worked so hard to make this possible."

At the box office, Disney's "Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest" became Buena Vista's top domestic grosser of all-time with a tally of more than $423 million, while BVI posted a new record with its gross-to-date of $642 million. It was only the third film in industry history to cross $1 billion in global box office and in record time. Additionally, "Pirates" ranked number one for nine consecutive weeks at the international box office -- the longest consecutive week reign of any film this century. Disney/Pixar's latest computer-animated offering, "Cars" also revved up the box office, crossing the domestic finish line in second place with $244 million in ticket sales. The global performance of over $462 million made "Cars" the fifth consecutive Disney/Pixar production to achieve more than $400 million at the worldwide box office. The one-two punch of "Pirates" and "Cars" represents the first time in 20 years that the same studio had the year's number one and two films domestically.

Buena Vista Pictures Distribution has passed the $1 billion mark for the 10th time, more than any other studio, and Buena Vista International marked an unprecedented 12th consecutive year with a 2006 box office gross of more than $1 billion.

Buena Vista Worldwide Home Entertainment achieved an industry milestone by having the top three selling DVDs in the domestic market. With over 10.5 million units sold in the first week alone, "Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest" was on track to become the #1 live-action DVD seller of all-time, the #1 DVD of the year, and the #1 DVD of the holiday season. Disney/Pixar's "Cars" was the worldwide best-selling animated title on DVD for 2006, and the year's #2 top performer domestically. "The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe" dominated the charts for the first half of 2006, and was the year's #3 domestic best-seller. The home entertainment release of "High School Musical," became the biggest TV movie DVD of all-time in most markets. Internationally, BVWHE performed well holding many of the top selling DVDs in most markets, with "Pirates," "Narnia," and "Cars" leading the pack.

Buena Vista Music Group achieved unprecedented success in 2006, culminating in 11 Grammy nominations -- the most ever in the music group's history. The Group's biggest success for the year was the soundtrack to the hit Disney Channel Original Movie, "High School Musical," which is the #1 top-selling album across all genres for the year-to-date, and has been certified triple platinum. Country superstars Rascal Flatts new CD, "Me and My Gang" also went triple platinum and holds the 2006 record for highest-selling debut week. The soundtrack to "Hannah Montana" is BVMG's third #1 album of the year, and was recently certified double platinum.

Miramax Films took home the Oscar for Best Foreign-Language Film this year for its hard-hitting drama, "Tsotsi." "The Queen," directed by Stephen Frears and starring Helen Mirren, has received critical acclaim and nominations (including four Golden Globes -- Best Motion Picture, Best Director, Best Performance by an Actress and Best Screenplay) from numerous critics around the world. The year-end release of "Venus," starring Peter O'Toole has received similar attention.

Buena Vista Theatrical Group added to its impressive track record with the Broadway debuts of "Tarzan" and "Mary Poppins." "Beauty and the Beast" celebrated its 12th anniversary on Broadway and became the sixth longest-running show in Broadway history. In 2007, "The Lion King" will celebrate its 10th year in New York. It has been seen by nearly 40 million people worldwide. A new musical based on the 1989 animated film, "The Little Mermaid," will make its world premiere in Denver in June 2007 

 

 

Most Popular Celebrities Worldwide

LONDON, December 29-- Madonna was the most popular celebrity in 2006.

She beat the likes of Charlotte Church and Robbie Williams to top a survey of the most popular personalities requested by people searching on the entertainment search engine Celebrities Worldwide. Richard Brecker of www.celebritiesworldwide.com said: "The results show quite emphatically that more people were interested in Madonna than any other celebrity or reality star this year." Her ability to stay ahead is phenomenal - particularly in such a difficult year."

The singer attracted great controversy over the much publicised adoption of her son David from Malawi and has also reportedly faced marriage difficulties with her husband Guy Ritchie.

It has not been a good year for David Beckham who has slipped from No 4 ranking as the most requested name in 2005 to his current number 11 spot.

Beckham relinquished his captaincy of the England soccer team following their poor showing in the World Cup, has been dropped from the squad by new manager Steve McLaren and has struggled to hold a regular place in the first team at Real Madrid.

But some consolation - Becks still finishes five places higher this year than his publicity hungry wife Victoria

Little Britain TV star Matt Lucas in 10th position proves a bigger hit than his co-star David Walliams who trails four places behind Simon Cowell and Sharon Osbourne, star judges on the hit TV series "X Factor" battle it out at 31st and 32nd spot respectively. One time showbiz outcast Noel Edmonds has catapulted back into the reckoning through the success of his TV show "Deal or No Deal"

Celebrities Worldwide is accepted as a benchmark of celebrity status and popularity and its website attracts more than 4 million visitors per year.

TOP 100 NAMES of 2006

         1.  Madonna     2.  Charlotte Church     3.  Jamie Oliver MBE     4.  Robbie Williams     5.  Jonathan Ross OBE     6.  Billie Piper     7.  Ricky Gervais     8.  Jeremy Clarkson     9.  Stephen Fry     10.  Matt Lucas     11.  David Beckham OBE     12.  Gordon Ramsay OBE     13.  Trinny Woodall     14.  David Walliams     15.  Fearne Cotton     16.  Victoria Beckham     17.  Elton John     18.  Kylie Minogue     19.  David Tennant     20.  Rachel Stevens     21.  Peter Kay     22.  Davina McCall     23.  Graham Norton     24.  Paul McCartney     25.  Dawn French     26.  Russell Brand     27.  Paul O'Grady     28.  Coleen McLoughlin     29.  Noel Edmonds     30.  Richard Hammond     31.  Simon Cowell     32.  Sharon Osbourne     33.  Nigella Lawson     34.  Ewan McGregor     35.  David Attenborough     36.  Vernon Kay     37.  Chris Moyles     38.  Terry Wogan     39.  Catherine Tate     40.  Michael Palin CBE     41.  Keira Knightley     42.  Chris Evans     43.  Zoe Ball     44.  Chantelle Houghton     45.  Elizabeth Hurley     46.  Bill Bailey     47.  Brad Pitt     48.  Bob Geldof KBE     49.  David Hasselhoff     50.  Vic Reeves     51.  Jarvis Cocker     52.  Kevin Spacey     53.  Paul Merton     54.  George Clooney     55.  Kate Moss     56.  Jo Brand     57.  Lenny Henry     58.  Bruce Forsyth CBE     59.  Angelina Jolie     60.  Victoria Wood     61.  Johnny Vegas     62.  Will Young     63.  Jade Goody     64.  Edith Bowman     65.  Kelly Holmes     66.  Johnny Depp     67.  Joanna Lumley     68.  Cliff Richard     69.  Emma Bunton     70.  Denise Van Outen     71.  Jude Law     72.  Ian McKellen     73.  Patrick Stewart OBE     74.  John Cleese     75.  Ian Hislop     76.  Janet Street-Porter     77.  Martine McCutcheon     78.  Meera Syal MBE     79.  Paris Hilton     80.  Jools Holland     81.  Jordan     82.  Steve Coogan     83.  Cilla Black     84.  Dermot O'Leary     85.  Richard Branson     86.  Tom Cruise     87.  Myleene Klass     88.  George Michael     89.  Cat Deeley     90.  Ainsley Harriott     91.  Kate Winslet     92.  Ray Winstone     93.  Sting     94.  Geri Halliwell     95.  Sara Cox     96.  Jeremy Paxman     97.  Gary Lineker     98.  Carol Vorderman MBE     99.  Bono     100. Dannii Minogue 


Source: www.celebritiesworldwide.com

 

 

 

BET Commemorates the Life of Legendary Entertainer James Brown

BET News Presents Two Special Tributes Honoring the Life, Legacy and Impact of The Godfather of Soul

 Dec. 29  In immediate response to the passing of one of the greatest contributors to American music, BET NEWS has prepared two remarkable specials reflecting on the life and impact of the author of soul, James Brown. Premiering on Saturday, December 30, 2006 @ 9 p.m. ET/PT, SOUL BROTHER #1: REMEMBERING JAMES BROWN will be the ultimate tribute with highlight footage and loving retrospect from political activist, Rev. Al Sharpton; Actress, Rosie Perez; R&B singers, Omarion and Full Force; Cultural Critics, Nelson George and Harry Allen; funk bassist and singer, Bootsy Collins and many more. BET will provide an inside look at the many accomplishments framing the singer's success. In a final salute to a true icon, on Sunday, December 31, 2006 @ 9:30 a.m. ET/PT, THE GODFATHER OF SOUL: CELEBRATING THE LIFE OF JAMES BROWN will re-cap the public memorial and celebration in Augusta, Georgia with BET NEWS correspondent, Andre Showell. Tune in as we remember the life of one of music's most influential performers, James Brown.

       BET NEWS SPECIAL -- SOUL BROTHER #1: REMEMBERING JAMES BROWN    PREMIERE:        Saturday, December 30 @ 9 p.m. ET/PT (half hour special)                   (Re-air Sunday, December 31 @ 2 a.m. ET/PT)                   (Re-air Sunday, December 31 @ 9 a.m. ET/PT)                   (Re-air Monday, January 1 @ 11:30 p.m. ET/PT) 

BET NEWS SPECIAL - THE GODFATHER OF SOUL: CELEBRATING THE LIFE OF JAMES BROWN

  PREMIERE:        Sunday, December 31 @ 9:30 a.m. ET/PT (half hour special)                   (Re-air Monday, January 1 @ 11:30 p.m. ET/PT)    BET EXECUTIVES IN CHARGE:   Reginald Hudlin, President of Entertainment                               Stephen Hill, EVP of Music and Entertainment                               Byron Philips, EVP of Entertainment                               Keith Brown, VP of News    EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS:        Selwyn Hinds (Soul Brother #1: Remembering                                 James Brown)                               Greg Branch (Soul Brother #1: Remembering                                 James Brown)                               Pamela Gentry (The Godfather Of Soul:                                 Celebrating The Life of James Brown)  

At the 3RD ANNUAL BET AWARDS in 2003, BET honored Brown with its Lifetime Achievement Award, the highest honor bestowed by the network on any individual. During that telecast, one of the most memorable moments in music television history occurred when pop star Michael Jackson surprised millions of viewers by joining Brown on stage in a spontaneous outpouring of dance and song in salute to the icon's amazing career that spanned more than five decades.

ABOUT BET NETWORKS

BET Networks, a subsidiary of Viacom, Inc. (NYSE:VIA) (NYSE:and) (NYSE:VIA.B) , is the nation's leading provider of quality entertainment, music, news and public affairs television programming for the African-American audience. The primary BET channel reaches more than 83 million households according to Nielsen media research, and can be seen in the United States, Canada and the Caribbean. BET is the dominant African-American consumer brand with a diverse group of businesses extensions: BET.com, the Number 1 Internet portal for African Americans; BET Digital Networks -- BET J, BET Gospel and BET Hip Hop, attractive alternatives for cutting-edge entertainment tastes; BET Event Productions, a full-scale event management and production company; BET Home Entertainment, a collection of BET-branded offerings for the home environment including DVDs and video-on-demand; BET Mobile, a service venture into the lucrative world of ring tones, games and video content for wireless devices; and BET International, an extension of BET network programming for global distribution.

Visit us @ www.BET.com

Source: BET Networks

 

CICAK-MAN

(C) MBN 2006

 Ozura Mobile, a wholly owned subsidiary of Nextnation Communication and a leading international publisher and developer of mobile entertainment recently launched the Cicak-Man Mobile Game in an integrated media collaboration with KRU and DiGi Telecommunications Sdn Bhd (“DiGi”). In the wake of the launch, this tournament based competitive game has been gradually but steadily building up to determine the Grand Prize Winner who will win a trip for two to Disneyland, Hong Kong .

Cicak-Man is the dawn of Malaysia ’s very first “Action Hero Movie” produced by KRU and presented by DiGi.  The movie depicts the lives of two best friends where one of them came to inherit superpowers accidentally. The screenplay revolves around how Hairi, or Cicak-Man copes with the transition from normal everyday life to superhero stardom.

The Cicak-Man Mobile Game, offered exclusively to DiGi customers, captures the action-comedy essence of the movie into an enriching mobile gaming experience. Characters from the movie are featured in the gameplay, where each character possesses their own distinctive form of defense and attacking skills. For instance, Danny a lab technician has a unique attacking skill called the ‘Giant Syringe Poke’ and can attack his opponents by tossing test tubes. Another notorious character is Professor Klon, who has a history of illegal VCD peddling and can attack his enemies by using the ‘Multiple Illegal VCD Throws’.

“This is yet another exciting venture for Ozura to be a part of Malaysia ’s first action hero movie. We would like to thank KRU and DiGi for giving us the opportunity to apply our creative technology in integrating the diverse worlds of movie and mobile industry,” said Lion Peh, Chief Executive Officer of Ozura Mobile who is also a producer of the game. “Both movie and game are developed and produced locally, so the ideal alliance of KRU and Ozura ignites new levels of creativity not only in Malaysia but in the global entertainment industry.”

“With the creative driving force of Ozura, we are able to bring the characters of the movie to life in the game. Each prominent character in the movie similarly has a unique identity in the game so players can opt to take on a vast range of personalities. In line with the traits of comic superhero stereotypes, the core mechanics of the game stresses on the craft of combat and unique skill moves of the individual players,” said Peh.

Yohani Yusof, DiGi’s Head of Segment Marketing said, “Our sponsorship of Cicak-Man allows us to reward our customers with special privileges and opportunities to participate in events associated with this much lauded movie. We are always delighted to support efforts to give our customers different experiences, which extends the entertainment and enjoyment beyond the movie. The Cicak-Man Mobile Game is an exciting platform to engage Malaysians, especially DiGi customers, in a fun and interactive way.”

In addition to the game, players can compete with one another by uploading their scores to an online tournament scoreboard. Eight weekly prizes of Samsung SGH-E690 mobile phones will be awarded to players with the highest weekly scores from now until 31st January 2007. Additionally, the player with the highest score within this eight-week tournament period will walk away with the grand prize of two return tickets to Disneyland, Hong Kong . There is no limit to the number of score uploads, thus allowing gamers unlimited number of tries to obtain the highest ranking on the scoreboard.

“As a pioneer provider of mobile gaming community platforms in Malaysia , we have always been in the forefront of developing new technologies to enhance mobile gameplay and the whole mobile gaming experience,” added Peh.

Powered by Ozura’s proprietary mobile gaming platform – FunlogiX™, the Cicak-Man mobile game is compatible with more than 450 different mobile handsets. The mobile game is supported by a suite of mobile content that includes wallpapers and ringtones and is backed by a comprehensive marketing campaign sponsored by DiGi.

DiGi users are able to download the game by sending “G<space>CICAK” to 2000 and participate in the Cicak-Man online game tournament until 31st January 2007. More information will be available on DiGi’s website http://www.digi.com.my and WAP site.

About Ozura Mobile
Ozura is a wholly owned subsidiary of Nextnation Communication and is a leading international developer and publisher of mobile games. Ozura is also a specialist in the development and provision of mobile gaming engines (platform). The company creates games for mobile phones based on J2ME, BREW and Symbian platforms. Ozura’s games are available internationally in more than 130 countries. It is expected that the growth of mobile phones supporting these platforms will exceed one billion units worldwide in 2008. For more information, visit http://www.ozura.com

About DiGi
DiGi is Malaysia’s fastest growing mobile operator focusing on innovations, simplicity and best value to enrich lifestyles through DiGi Prepaid, DiGi Postpaid and DiGi Business. It constantly develops exciting mobile broadband solutions to impact the future.

About Cicak-Man the movie
Cicak-Man is Malaysia ’s first action-hero genre film, with a strong dose of comedy from a cast featuring a collection of the most popular actors & actresses in the industry.

Shot on true-HD, and with extensive use of CGI, including 40% of the content shot on green-screen, CICAKMAN promises the viewers a unique and memorable film. Based in the make-believe city of Metrofulus , CICAKMAN evolves around the lives of two best friends, and how they cope with the superpowers our unlikely hero inherits by accident. The elaborate production of the movie featured the involvement of a whole compendium of production components, including Motion Control, Costume Design, Stunts & Rigging, Scenic Painting, set design and a host of other eye-opening elements, as well as 3D animation, compositing and a rousing music scores.

About Nextnation Communication
Nextnation Communication‚ a mobile application service provider‚ enables businesses and individuals to access‚ connect‚ and transact across today's complex global mobile networks. Its core product MINDCEP™ Platform is a mobile multimedia communication platform‚ facilitating and enabling mobile data transmission worldwide using WAP‚ MMS‚ SMS and Java technologies. MINDCEP™ is connected to some of the largest premium messaging networks in the world in order to offer a broad range of services from content distribution to mobile m-commerce and place the company at the forefront of this rapidly growing messaging market. Additional news and information about the company is available at www.nextnationnet.com.

 

 

Dec 28

 

Pat Boone Issues Statement Over the Death of James Brown, Says the Singer Was a ' ... comet blazing across the night sky ... '

 Dec. 28 Music giant Pat Boone like millions of Americans was hit by shock, over the death of legendary icon R&B singer James Brown. Boone recently released his new CD Pat Boone R&B Classics -- We Are Family that featured James Brown in a new-recorded version of "Papa's Got a Brand New Bag."

"My friend James Brown was a comet, blazing across the night sky for 50 years. Thankfully, we can still enjoy the brilliance long after the star burns out. I'll forever treasure the private time we shared in Augusta when we recorded one of his classics together; he was deeper and more spiritual than many realized. I'm looking forward to our next meeting." --Pat Boone

James Brown always referred to Boone as "Soul brotha' No. 2." He would often kid Boone about Boone's parents' appetite for chitlins.

Ollie E. Brown, producer for Boone's recent music project, shares in Boone's sorrow. Brown was also a personal friend to James Brown.

Source: Boone Enterprises

 

 

BEST AND WORST VIDEO GAMES OF 2006

1. "Okami" (Capcom, for the PlayStation 2): This utterly original adventure delivered a perfect blend of puzzles and action in a mesmerizing tale based on Japanese mythology. The gorgeous graphics, inspired by classic Japanese art, look like nothing else you've ever seen in a video game.

2. "The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion" (Bethesda Softworks, for the Xbox 360): Two hundred hours in and I still feel like I haven't scratched the surface of this wide-ranging medieval role-playing adventure. With a compelling main story and hundreds of side missions, it's the first must-have game of the 360 era.

3. "The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess" (Nintendo, for the Wii, GameCube): The "Zelda" is a satisfying combination of the familiar (clever weapons, diabolical dungeons) and the new (Link is now a werewolf!). We always anticipate great things from "Zelda," but "Twilight Princess" delivers well beyond expectations.

4. "Gears of War" (Microsoft, for the Xbox 360): The second must-have for the 360 is "Gears of War," a riotous shooter that pits a team of human grunts against an insectoid army. It's gory, scary and thrilling, especially if you enjoy slicing up aliens with a chain saw.

5. "Xenosaga Episode III: Also Sprach Zarathustra" (Namco, for the PlayStation 2): The finale of the ambitious (some say pretentious) "Xenosaga" trilogy tackles religion, philosophy, metaphysics and more topics you wouldn't expect a game to address. It's really fun if you don't mind having your mind blown.

6. "Wii Sports" (Nintendo, for the Wii): Nintendo's new Wii console has gotten a lot of attention from people who don't normally play games. "Wii Sports," which is packed with the system, is an effective demonstration of its motion-sensing remote, and I have yet to meet anyone who can resist playing once they see it in action.

7. "New Super Mario Bros." (Nintendo, for the DS): The lovable plumber returns to his 2D roots in this side-scrolling running-and-jumping adventure. A blast for those of us who loved the original "SMB," and a real challenge for just about any player, with dozens of levels and tons of secrets.

8. "Final Fantasy XII" (Square Enix, for the PlayStation 2): I'm not completely sold on the new real-time battle system introduced in this installment, but it delivers everything — grandiose story, lavish graphics and generous gameplay — you expect from a "Final Fantasy" epic.

9. "LocoRoco" (Sony, for the PlayStation Portable): jellylike blobs ooze their way across colorful landscapes, splitting and recombining to get past obstacles. With its vibrant look and catchy soundtrack, it's the year's most endearing puzzle game

10. "Resistance: Fall of Man" (Sony, for the PlayStation 3): "Ratchet & Clank" creators Insomniac Games juice up the World War II shooter with alien invaders and flamboyant weapons. The best of the PS3 launch titles.

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WORST OF 2006

1. "25 to Life" (Eidos, for the Xbox, PlayStation 2): The only way an urban gangsta can escape to a better life is by killing hundreds of cops. The goriest, most reprehensible of the street crime sagas trying to rip off "Grand Theft Auto."

2. "Torino 2006" (2K Sports, for the Xbox, PlayStation 2): Fifteen winter games, all made crushingly dull by this halfhearted attempt to cash in on Olympic fever. Designers, you have three years to create a decent curling simulation before the Vancouver games.

3. "Jaws Unleashed" (Majesco, for the Xbox, PlayStation 2): Glitchy graphics, unnecessarily complicated controls and stupid missions take all the fun out of swimming around and chomping on innocent humans.

4. "Bomberman Act: Zero" (Konami, for the Xbox 360): That misplaced colon in the title was indicative of this slipshod production, which turned a colorful, lively party game into a morbid, unplayable mess.

5. "Superman Returns" (Electronic Arts, for the Xbox 360, Xbox, PlayStation 2): The 1999 "Superman 64" is often called the worst video game ever. "Superman Returns" is a little — just a little — better.

 

The following is a list of the bestselling products on Amazon.com in 2006 by total units sold:

 

  • Books: Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap ... and Others Don't by Jim Collins
  • Music: Taking The Long Way by Dixie Chicks
  • DVD: Pirates of the Caribbean - Dead Man's Chest (Two-Disc Collector's Edition)
  • Software: World of Warcraft
  • Electronics: Apple iPods (various)
  • Home & Garden: Calphalon Commercial Hard-Anodized 12-Inch Everyday Pan with Lid
  • Health & Personal Care: Pampers Cruisers (various sizes)
  • Grocery: Senseo Douwe Egberts Dark Roast Coffee Pods
  • Computer & Video Games: Nintendo DS Lite - Polar White
  • Automotive: Sylvania DOT-it Self-Adhesive Bright White LED Light
  • Apparel & Accessories: Levi's(R) 501(R) Button Fly Jeans
  • Shoes: Rockport Men's Clarksdale Oxford
  • Sports & Outdoors: Razor A Kick Scooter
  • Jewelry: 14k White Gold, Round, Diamond Stud Earrings
  • Watches: Bulova Women's Diamond Bezel Chronograph Watch
  • Beauty: Bare Escentuals Get Started Kit
  • Baby: Contoured Changing Pad
  • Toys: Radica 20 Questions

Most-Loved Products

 

The following is a list of products that were reviewed most positively by Amazon.com customers in 2006:

 

  • Books: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (Book 1) by J.K. Rowling
  • Music: Josh Groban by Josh Groban
  • DVD: Mean Girls (Full Screen Edition)
  • Electronics: Sony DSCF707 Cyber-shot 5MP Digital Still Camera w/ 5x Optical Zoom
  • Home & Garden: Microplane Grater/Zester
  • Health & Personal Care: Omron HJ-112 Digital Premium Pedometer
  • Computer & Video Games: Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time (N64)
  • Apparel & Accessories: Lee Jeans Women's Missy One True Fit Basic Flare
  • Automotive: Actron CP9125 PocketScan Diagnostic Code Scanner for OBDII (Post-1996) Vehicles
  • Watches: Invicta Men's Automatic Pro Diver S2 Watch #8926
  • Beauty: Aquolina Pink Sugar
  • Toys: Fisher Price Learning Home
  • Baby: Healthy Care Booster Seat
  • Grocery: Senseo Douwe Egberts Dark Roast Coffee Pods

Most Wished-For Products

 

The following is a list of products that appeared most often on the Wish Lists of Amazon.com customers in 2006:

 

  • Books: Freakonomics: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything by Steven D. Levitt
  • Music: Taking The Long Way by Dixie Chicks
  • DVD: Pirates of the Caribbean - Dead Man's Chest (Two-Disc Collector's Edition)
  • Electronics: Apple 30 GB iPod with Video Playback Black (5th Generation)
  • Home & Garden: AeroGrow AeroGarden Garden Kit, Black
  • Health & Personal Care: Philips Norelco BG2020 Men's Bodygroom
  • Computer & Video Games: Nintendo Wii
  • Software: The Sims 2: Open for Business expansion pack
  • Tools & Hardware: Black & Decker AAW100 8-Inch Auto Wrench
  • Apparel & Accessories: cashmere pashmina shawls
  • Sports & Outdoors: Baby Einstein Discover & Play Activity Gym
  • Jewelry & Watches: Sterling Silver Open Double Flower Pendant, 18"
  • Beauty: Bare Escentuals Get Started Kit - Fairly Light/Light

Most Popular Gift Products

 

The following is a list of products most frequently purchased as gifts by Amazon.com customers in 2006:

 

  • Books: The Audacity of Hope: Thoughts on Reclaiming the American Dream by Barack Obama
  • Music: Duets: An American Classic by Tony Bennett
  • DVD: Pirates of the Caribbean - Dead Man's Chest (Two-Disc Collector's Edition)
  • Electronics: Apple 30 GB iPod with Video Playback
  • Home & Garden: Weber 87886 Chimney Starter
  • Health & Personal Care: Omron HJ-112 Digital Premium Pedometer
  • Computer & Video Games: Xbox 360 Console (20GB)
  • Tools & Hardware: Black & Decker AAW100 8-Inch Auto Wrench
  • Software: Microsoft Flight Simulator X Deluxe DVD (CD)
  • Apparel & Accessories: MIR Women's Kimo Cashmere 12x60 Woven Scarf
  • Sports & Outdoors: Razor A Kick Scooter
  • Jewelry: Sterling Silver Open Double Flower Pendant, 18"
  • Watches: Invicta Men's Automatic Pro Diver S2 Watch #8926
  • Automotive: LifeHammer Original Emergency Hammer
  • Beauty: Burt's Bees Head To Toe Starter Kit
  • Shoes: Disney Cars Toddler Boys' McQueen Slipper
  • Toys: IlluStory: Write and Illustrate Your Own Book!
  • Baby: Ocean Wonders Aquarium Bouncer
  • Grocery: Senseo Douwe Egberts Dark Roast Coffee Pods

About Amazon.com

 

Amazon.com, Inc., (Nasdaq: AMZN), a Fortune 500 company based in Seattle, opened on the World Wide Web in July 1995 and today offers Earth's Biggest Selection. Amazon.com, Inc. seeks to be Earth's most customer-centric company, where customers can find and discover anything they might want to buy online, and endeavors to offer its customers the lowest possible prices. Amazon.com and other sellers offer millions of unique new, refurbished and used items in categories such as health and personal care, jewelry and watches, gourmet food, sports and outdoors, apparel and accessories, books, music, DVDs, electronics and office, toys and baby, and home and garden.

Amazon and its affiliates operate websites, including www.amazon.com, www.amazon.co.uk, www.amazon.de, www.amazon.co.jp, www.amazon.fr, www.amazon.ca, and www.joyo.com.

As used herein, "Amazon.com," "we," "our" and similar terms include Amazon.com, Inc., and its subsidiaries, unless the context indicates otherwise.

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Oscar’s® Docs Arrive in NYC

Marjoe (1972)

— The 2007 “Monday Nights with Oscar” series will kick off with “Oscar’s Docs: An Evening with Sarah Kernochan,” including screenings of Kernochan’s Academy Award®-winning documentaries, “Marjoe” and “Thoth,” on Monday, January 8, at 7 p.m. at the Academy Theater at Lighthouse International in New York City.

The presentation, hosted by historian and journalist Perry L. van der Meer, will feature a post-screening conversation with the two-time Oscar-winning producer-director.

The program will begin with a screening of the documentary short subject “Thoth” (2001), from the original print submitted for Academy Award consideration, followed by the documentary feature “Marjoe” (1972), from a new print preserved by the Academy Film Archive. Complementing the screenings will be historical footage from past Academy Awards® presentations.

“Thoth” profiles Stephen Kaufman, aka Thoth, a performance artist in New York’s Central Park. Dressed in nothing more than a gold loincloth and warrior headdress, Thoth performs his one-man operas, or “prayformances,” with violin accompaniment, in what he describes as an attempt to bring divine inspiration and healing to the world.

“Marjoe” tells the story of Marjoe Gortner, an extraordinarily charismatic fire-and-brimstone preacher who candidly reveals the tricks of his trade and his personal belief that religion is really just another business.

“Monday Nights with Oscar” is a monthly series showcasing high-quality prints of films that have been nominated for or won Academy Awards.

The Academy Theater at Lighthouse International is located at 111 East 59th Street in New York City. Tickets for the screening are $5 for the general public and $3 for Academy members and students with a valid ID. All seating is unreserved.

Tickets may be reserved by calling 1-888-778-7575. Depending on availability, tickets may be purchased the night of the screening. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.

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 Eminem to Host New Year's Eve Countdown on His Shade 45 Channel
Exclusively on SIRIUS Satellite Radio


Dec 28, 2006 -- Eminem will share and count down 25 of his favorite hip-hop tracks on
SIRIUS Satellite Radio channel Shade 45 on New Year's Eve.



This end-of-year special will feature the most successful artist in
hip- hop history "stating the facts and playing the tracks" on his SIRIUS
music channel, Shade 45. Eminem and SIRIUS (Nasdaq: SIRI) launched
Shade 45, the freshest and most adventurous, uncensored hip-hop channel in
radio, in October 2005.

2006 ended on a high note for Eminem, with the triumphant chart-topping
release of the album Eminem Presents The Re-Up and a GRAMMY(R)
nomination with Akon for "Smack That."

His Shady New Year special will be broadcast exclusively on SIRIUS on
New Year's Eve, December 31, from 8 to 10 pm ET, on Shade 45 / channel
45. It will be re-broadcast at 10 pm ET, and again on New Year's Day,
January 1 at 12 am, 12 pm, 2 pm and 8 pm ET.

For more information, visit http://www.sirius.com/shade45.

About SIRIUS

SIRIUS, "The Best Radio on Radio," delivers more than 130 channels of
the best programming in all of radio. SIRIUS is the original and only
home of 100% commercial free music channels in satellite radio, offering
69 music channels. SIRIUS also delivers 65 channels of sports, news,
talk, entertainment, traffic, weather and data. SIRIUS is the Official
Satellite Radio Partner of the NFL, NBA and NHL and broadcasts live
play-by-play games of the NFL, NBA and NHL. All SIRIUS programming is
available for a monthly subscription fee of only $12.95.

SIRIUS Internet Radio (SIR) is a CD-quality, Internet-only version of
the SIRIUS radio service, without the use of a radio, for the monthly
subscription fee of $12.95. SIR delivers more than 75 channels of talk,
entertainment, sports, and 100% commercial free music.

SIRIUS products for the car, truck, home, RV and boat are available in
more than 25,000 retail locations, including Best Buy, Circuit City,
Crutchfield, Costco, Target, Wal-Mart, Sam's Club, RadioShack and at
shop.sirius.com.

SIRIUS radios are offered in vehicles from Audi, Bentley, BMW,
Chrysler, Dodge, Ford, Infiniti, Jaguar, Jeep(R), Land Rover, Lexus,
Lincoln-Mercury, Mazda, Mercedes-Benz, MINI, Nissan, Rolls Royce, Scion, Toyota,
Porsche, Volkswagen, and Volvo. Hertz also offers SIRIUS in its rental
cars at major locations around the country.

Click on http://www.sirius.com to listen to SIRIUS live, or to purchase
a SIRIUS radio and subscription.

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for the year ended December 31, 2005 and Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q
for the quarters ended June 30, 2006 and September 30, 2006 filed with
the Securities and Exchange Commission. Among the key factors that have
a direct bearing on our operational results are: our dependence upon
third parties, including manufacturers of SIRIUS radios, retailers,
automakers and programming partners, our competitive position and any events
which
affect the useful life of our satellites. 


    P-SIRI

 

The box office for the four-day period was off about 2 percent compared with the same period last year.

The Ben Stiller comedy "Night at the Museum" pulled in $42.2 million in its debut, while Sylvester Stallone's "Rocky Balboa" took home a purse of $17 million in its opening weekend.

Two films opened Christmas Day. The horror flick "Black Christmas" earned $3.3 million, and the somber "Children of Men" took in $179,268 at 16 locations.

The top 20 movies at U.S. and Canadian theaters Friday through Monday, followed by distribution studio, four-day gross through Monday, number of theater locations, average receipts per location, total gross through Tuesday and number of weeks in release, as compiled by Media By Numbers LLC are:

1. "Night at the Museum," Fox, $42,212,651, 3,685 locations, $11,455 average, $55,718,681, one week.

2. "The Pursuit of Happyness," Sony, $22,554,220, 2,863 locations, $7,878 average, $67,957,778, two weeks.

3. "Rocky Balboa," MGM , $17,003,904, 3,017 locations, $5,636 average, $26,697,118, one week.

4. "The Good Shepherd," Universal, $14,142,760, 2,215 locations, $6,385 average, $18,262,685, one week.

5. "Charlotte's Web," Paramount, $9,568,033, 3,728 locations, $2,567 average, $32,223,586, two weeks.

6. "Eragon," Fox, $9,334,259, 3,030 locations, $3,081 average, $42,898,705, two weeks.

7. "Dreamgirls," Paramount, $8,953,734, 852 locations, $10,509 average, $15,378,852, two weeks.

8. "We Are Marshall," Warner Bros., $8,582,508, 2,606 locations, $3,293 average, $12,555,528, one week.

9. "The Holiday," Sony, $6,855,456, 2,635 locations, $2,602 average, $39,206,574, three weeks.

10. "Happy Feet," Warner Bros., $6,565,747, 2,565 locations, $2,560 average, $162,982,116, six weeks.

11. "The Nativity Story," New Line, $5,800,000, 1,824 locations, $3,180 average, $33,955,000, four weeks.

12. "Blood Diamond," Warner Bros., $4,775,689, 1,920 locations, $2,487 average, $28,289,933, three weeks.

13. "Apocalypto," Disney, $4,479,914, 2,144 locations, $2,090 average, $37,449,628, three weeks.

14. "Casino Royale," Sony, $4,350,706, 1,588 locations, $2,740 average, $146,352,994, six weeks.

15. "Black Christmas," MGM, $3,307,602, 1,278 locations, $2,588 average, two-day total not available.

16. "The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause," Disney, $1,319,624, 801 locations, $1,647 average, $82,636,908, eight weeks.

17. "Unaccompanied Minors," Warner Bros., $1,069,848, 1,125 locations, $951 average, $13,360,339, three weeks.

18. "Deja Vu," Disney, $1,043,787, 839 locations, $1,244 average, $60,391,598, five weeks.

19. "Borat," Fox, $801,273, 458 locations, $1,750 average, $124,679,625, eight weeks.

20. "Curse of the Golden Flower," Sony Pictures Classics, $711,336, 60 locations, $11,856 average, $859,246, one week.

 

BEST & WORST VIDEO GAMES OF 2006

 

 

DIRECTV Lands Agreement To Distribute Programming Throughout Denver International Airport
Denver International Airport is site for DIRECTV's First Airport Retail Kiosk- Launch Event to be Held On Dec. 28 to Celebrate Grand Opening
Dec 28, 2006 -- For the first time, the more than 900,000 travelers expected to pass through the Denver International Airport (DIA) this holiday season, will experience digital-quality DIRECTV(R) programming while waiting for their flights. DIRECTV has signed a multi-year agreement with the DIA to be the sole provider of programming in select areas throughout the airport.

In addition, DIRECTV is holding a launch event today at DIA to celebrate the opening of its first airport retail kiosk, which will be located on Concourse B. From 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. passengers who visit the new DIRECTV kiosk will receive free DIRECTV logo merchandise, as well as a $5 coupon good toward select food vendors located near the kiosk.

"Travelers arriving earlier and spending more time in airports waiting for their flights now have a new way to enjoy their down time and experience DIRECTV first-hand," said John Suranyi, president, Sales and Service, DIRECTV, Inc. "Customers who are interested in learning more about DIRECTV can speak with a representative who will be on hand at our kiosk to answer any questions. In addition to learning about our service, passengers who are traveling through DIA will have the opportunity to enjoy the same DIRECTV digital-quality programming that millions of families across the country experience in their homes."

The new retail kiosk will showcase DIRECTV's high-definition and DVR services to travelers waiting for their flights. Passengers who visit the kiosk will have the opportunity to sign up for both residential and/or commercial business services from DIRECTV.

Denver International Airport celebrated 10 years of operation on February 28th, 2005. Encompassing 53 square miles of land, DIA is twice the size of Manhattan Island and larger than the city boundaries of Boston, Miami, or San Francisco. Ranked as the 10th busiest airport in the world, DIA is home to more than 30 airlines, including regional and charter carriers, which served more than 43.4 million passengers in 2005.

About DIRECTV, Inc.

DIRECTV, Inc., the nation's leading satellite television service provider, presents the finest television experience available to more than 15.6 million customers through exclusive content, industry-leading customer service (which has surpassed cable for six years running) and superior technologies. Each day, DIRECTV subscribers enjoy over 250 channels of 100% digital picture and sound; exclusive programming and the most comprehensive collection of sports programming available anywhere including NFL SUNDAY TICKET(TM), and MLB EXTRA INNINGS(TM). DIRECTV (NYSE:DTV) also leads the digital television technology revolution with exclusives such as NFL SUNDAY TICKET SuperFan(TM), US Open Interactive and YES Network Interactive and will soon have the capacity to offer over 150 channels in HD. DIRECTV is approximately 39 percent owned by News Corporation. For the most up-to-date information on the Company, please visit directv.com.

SOURCE: DIRECTV, Inc.

Oscar® Pre-show Producer Named

Pamela Oas Williams
(Photo by Susan B. Landau)

 Pamela Oas Williams has been appointed producer of the 79th Academy Awards® pre-show by Oscar telecast producer Laura Ziskin. This will be Williams’s second outing in charge of the Oscar pre-show, having served as co-producer for the 74th Academy Awards pre-show.

“Pam is a fantastic producer and the perfect person to collaborate with me on the pre-show,” said Ziskin.

Williams is Ziskin’s producing partner at Laura Ziskin Productions. As senior vice president of film and television, she oversees the company’s development slate, including the upcoming “Me & My Monster” for Columbia Pictures and “The Katharine Graham Story” for HBO. Prior to working with Ziskin, Williams ran George Clooney’s television company, Maysville Pictures, where she executive produced, with Clooney and Ziskin, the live television film “Fail Safe.”

The red carpet arrivals show will air on Sunday, February 25, 2007 on the ABC Television Network at 5 p.m. PST, immediately preceding the live Oscar telecast.

Academy Awards for outstanding film achievements of 2006 will be presented on Sunday, February 25, 2007, at the Kodak Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center®.

Editors: Please note that downloadable images are available at http://photos.oscars.org.

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307 Feature Films in Competition for 2006 Oscar®

— Three hundred seven feature films are eligible for the Academy Award® for Best Picture of 2006, it has been announced by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

To be eligible for 79th Academy Awards® consideration, feature films have until midnight, December 31, to open in a commercial motion picture theater in Los Angeles County and begin a minimum run of seven consecutive days.

Under Academy rules, a feature-length motion picture must have a running time of more than 40 minutes and must have been exhibited theatrically on 35mm or 70mm film, or in a qualifying digital format.

Films that receive their first public exhibition or distribution in any manner other than as a theatrical motion picture release are not eligible for Academy Awards in any category.

Nominations for the 79th Academy Awards will be announced on Tuesday, January 23, 2007, at 5:30 a.m. PST in the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater.

Academy Awards for outstanding film achievements of 2006 will be presented on Sunday, February 25, 2007, at the Kodak Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center®, and televised live by the ABC Television Network at 5 p.m. PST, beginning with a half-hour arrivals segment, “The Road to the Oscars.”

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