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Nicolas Cage Is the New Montblanc Ambassador

-- Montblanc, one of the world's leading brands in the luxury segment, has appointed the world-famous actor Nicolas Cage as the brand's third international brand ambassador. As of November 2006, Montblanc will be featuring Nicolas Cage in a campaign entitled "Helping others gives success true meaning". The new campaign continues the brand's series of advertising motifs with famous Hollywood stars and Oscar winners, including Julianne Moore and Johnny Depp, highlighting both Montblanc's products and its commitment to charitable causes. Nicolas Cage will be presenting the two exclusive chronographs "Montblanc Star Chronograph GMT Automatic" and "Montblanc TimeWalker Chronograph Automatic".

The Montblanc campaign "Helping others gives success true meaning"

"Helping others gives success true meaning" is the theme of the campaign with Nicolas Cage for Montblanc, which will be launched in November 2006 and is to be promoted in a wide selection of publications, including international lifestyle and fashion magazines.

Success is one of the cornerstones of the Montblanc brand philosophy. Success is largely driven by skill, creative passion and enthusiasm. Success is something we can be proud of, but it also involves a commitment to give something back to those who have contributed to this success.

Montblanc, a brand whose roots are deeply entwined with writing culture, is committed to supporting a huge variety of art and culture projects. The brand's activities in this field span several decades and include the "Montblanc de la Culture Arts Patronage Award", which since 1992 has been honouring every year outstanding patrons of the Arts; the partnership with the "Philharmonia Of Nations" with young musicians from more than 40 countries; the "Montblanc Young Directors' Project", which is part of the Salzburg Festival and is a competition for young international theatre directors; and the "Young Artist World Patronage Programme", which is dedicated to supporting talented young contemporary artists on a worldwide basis.

Nicolas Cage and Montblanc

Nicolas Cage is no stranger to charitable commitment. Famous all over the world as one of the most talented and versatile actors of our age, he effortlessly masters every genre in contemporary films. Winning his first Academy Award in 1996 for his role in "Leaving Las Vegas", he is one of the few actors to possess a truly unforgettable, distinctive charisma.

Nicolas Cage has since been nominated twice for an Academy Award and four times for a Golden Globe Award; his most recent film is "World Trade Center", directed by Oliver Stone for Paramount Pictures. Next year, Nicolas will be seen starring in the Marvel Comics and Sony Pictures film "Ghost Rider".

His amazing career and his exceptional personal and professional success have inspired Nicolas Cage to become involved in a number of charities and projects, and he has made generous donations to humanitarian aid programmes.

The Montblanc initiative "Helping others gives success true meaning" presents Nicolas Cage as the brand's new ambassador with two Montblanc watches. Nicolas Cage donated his compensation to support the Californian project "Heal the Bay" together with a donation by Montblanc.

Nicolas Cage presents the chronographs "Montblanc TimeWalker Chronograph

Automatic" and "Montblanc Star Chronograph GMT Automatic"

The focal point of the new campaign featuring Nicolas Cage are Montblanc's two new chronographs, "Montblanc TimeWalker Chronograph Automatic" and "Montblanc Star Chronograph GMT Automatic". Like all Montblanc watches, these new timepieces are made in the company's own watch production facility Montblanc Montre S.A. in Le Locle, Switzerland.

The "Montblanc TimeWalker Chronograph Automatic" has a clear, straightforward design. Featuring an uncluttered, modern face, skeletonized horns and clasps, this watch offers a wide range of chronograph functions. A distinctive design which is showcased in the new Montblanc advertising campaign featuring Nicolas Cage.

The sophisticated, classic counterpart to this chronograph is the "Montblanc Star Chronograph GMT Automatic", featuring an officially certified COSC chronometer and a 24-hour GMT display for a second time zone. This new timepiece is a highly successful synthesis which unites traditional design elements and advanced timekeeping technology. Visible behind the sapphire glass base, the movement bears all the hallmarks of the very best Swiss watchmaking craftsmanship.

For more information, please visit the Montblanc Press Lounge at www.montblanc.com.

Source: Montblanc

Web site: http://www.montblanc.com/

 

 

Ron Perlman and Kelly Hu Join Cast of Afro Samurai(R)

Renowned Action Adventure Stars Appear in New Animated Series Premieres on January 4, 2007 on SPIKE

-- Renowned action adventure stars Ron Perlman and Kelly Hu will be joining Academy Award(R)-nominated actor Samuel L. Jackson in "Afro Samurai." The five-part animated series is produced by Japanese studio Gonzo in association/partnership with GHK K.K. and FUNimation and premieres on SPIKE Thursday, January 4, 2007.

"Afro Samurai" is the animated epic, based on a graphic novel by Takashi Okazaki, of a black samurai's hunt for the gunman who murdered his father. Samuel L. Jackson executive-produces and stars as the uncompromising hero, Afro, in this stylish series that crosses cultural boundaries as a fusion of animated samurai action and hip-hop culture. Revolutionary rap artist and producer The RZA is crafting original music for the series.

Ron Perlman will give voice to Justice, the six-shooter wielding gunman who kills Afro's father and becomes the sole focus of Afro Samurai's quest for revenge.

"We're really excited to have the passion and skills of Ron Perlman on board for 'Afro Samurai.' He loves the genre, has tons of experience in the science fiction world, and brings a deep understanding and respect to the material," said Eric Calderon, vice-president of creative affairs at GDH K.K. "We're also ecstatic that such a charming and talented actor like Kelly Hu is joining us as well. Her excitement for the show really validates Afro Samurai as a breakout piece with enormous mass appeal."

Perlman is arguably best known for bringing comic book hero Hellboy to life as well as his Golden Globe winning and Emmy-nominated portrayal of the title character in the television series "Beauty and the Beast." Among his scores of other credits are "Star Trek: Nemesis," "Blade II," "Enemy at the Gates," "Alien: Resurrection" and "The Island of Dr. Moreau." He has also appeared in a number of television movies and Broadway plays.

"Aside from the opportunity to work with Sam Jackson, whom I admire intensely, the animation of gonzo is as startlingly cutting edge and exciting as anything I've seen to date -- and that includes 56 years of cartoon watching!" said Perlman.

Kelly Hu brings life to Okiku, a friend from Afro Samurai's past who is forced to betray those she loves in order to save one most dear to her. Hu co-starred in "X2: X-Men United" as well as "Cradle 2 the Grave" and "The Scorpion King." Currently, Hu is shooting a half-hour comedy for ABC titled "In Case of Emergency." Her other TV credits include Martial Law, Sunset Beach and Nash Bridges.

"It's an honor to be working with such amazing talent on this great project. I've been a huge fan of both Samuel Jackson and Ron Pearlman," said Hu. "Afro Samurai brings animation to a whole new level."

FUNimation Entertainment is set to release "AFRO SAMUARI" on DVD in spring 2007.

About FUNimation Entertainment

So it should read: FUNimation(R) Entertainment, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Navarre Corporation (NASDAQ:NAVR) , is the leading company for home video sales of Japanese animation in the United States. The company's most recent initiative is the FUNimation Channel(SM), a new, 24-hour digital network featuring programming from the top anime brands in the United States. FUNimation has a proven formula for launching and advancing brands, and manages a full spectrum of rights for most of its brands including broadcasting, licensing, production, internet, and home video sales and distribution.

About GDH K.K.

GDH (Security code: TSE Mothers 3755) is a globally-focused Japanese media company founded in February 2000. The group produces cutting edge entertainment for teens and young adults including the famous GONZO animation brand and for kids and family under the recently launched Gonzo Films and Gonzino brands. GDH is a world leader in content development that targets both domestic and international audiences with Japan's trend-setting animation culture and, usually, GDH controls licensing management and international distribution for the content it produces. GDH group companies include GONZO K.K., G-creators K.K., Future Vision Music K.K., GONZINO K.K., GONZO Rosso Online K.K., GDH Capital K.K., and GK Entertainment K.K.

About SPIKE

SPIKE is available in more than 90 million homes and is a division of MTV Networks. MTV Networks is a unit of Viacom International.

Source: Spike TV

CONTACT: Debra Fazio, Spike TV-NY, +1-212-767-8649,
debra.fazio@mtvstaff.com; Melissa Leung, Spike TV-LA, +1-310-407-4729,
melissa.leung@mtvstaff.com; Jackie Smith, FUNimation, +1-817-788-0627,
Jackie.smith@funimation.com

Web site: http://www.spiketv.com/

 

 

Go Back to Where It All Began With the First Season of the Show That Changed Television Comedy Forever 'Saturday Night Live': The Complete First Season

New Eight-DVD Set Includes All 24 Original, Unedited Season One Episodes

In Their 90-Minute Format for the First Time Ever - Available December 5, 2006

From Universal Studios Home Entertainment

UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif., Oct. 30 /PRNewswire/ -- The groundbreaking sketch comedy of the pioneering first season of NBC's "Saturday Night Live" comes to DVD with digitally remastered picture and sound for the first time on December 5, 2006 from Universal Studios Home Entertainment.

Back in 1975, seven young performers came together as the Not Ready for Prime Time Players and created a multiple Emmy(R) Award-winning late-night comedy showcase that would become one of the most enduring and celebrated franchises in the history of television. In that first season comic geniuses John Belushi, Dan Aykroyd, Chevy Chase, Jane Curtin, Gilda Radner, Laraine Newman and Garrett Morris put their unforgettable stamp on television comedy and shocked viewers with their irreverent, smart and off-kilter humor. Now available for the first time, "Saturday Night Live": The Complete First Season contains all 24 episodes of the debut season in their original 90-minute format, adding up to more than 30 hours of hilarious characters and memorable sketches, all the original musical performances by a roster of chart-topping artists and guest appearances by some of Hollywood's most acclaimed actors and comedians.

The set includes unforgettable sketches such as Land Shark and the Killer Bees; musical performances include Simon & Garfunkel, Jimmy Cliff, Carly Simon and Patti Smith. "Saturday Night Live": The Complete First Season guest hosts include Richard Pryor, Rob Reiner, Candice Bergen, Buck Henry and George Carlin. Just in time for the holidays, the eight-disc set comes in specially designed gift packaging with a limited-edition collectible book, audition footage and cast interview that aired the day before the first show! The set is sure to delight any SNL fan. "Saturday Night Live": the Complete First Season is priced at $69.98 SRP. Pre-order close is October 31, 2006. In addition, all 24 individual episodes of Season One will also be available to download beginning December 5, 2006.

According to the New York Times, "Saturday Night Live" is "still the most pervasive influence on the art of comedy in contemporary culture." Since its 1975 debut, SNL has been considered the gold standard for comedy on television, showcasing some of the brightest comedic lights of the past 30 years. The program has won 19 Emmy(R) Awards and been nominated for scores more, as well as winning the prestigious George Foster Peabody Award. With millions of viewers tuning in each week, the late-night comedy showcase has become an American institution and continues to be the highest rated show on late-night television.

Synopsis

For more than 30 years, "Saturday Night Live" has been America's favorite late-night television program, showcasing the talent of a generation of outrageously funny comedy performers. Now, for the first time, the legendary debut season of the longest-running comedy series in television history is available on DVD. All 24 Season One episodes, starring comedy revolutionaries John Belushi, Dan Aykroyd, Chevy Chase, Jane Curtin, Gilda Radner, Laraine Newman and Garrett Morris, are included in the original 90-minute format. With hosts including Candice Bergen, Rob Reiner, Lily Tomlin, George Carlin and Richard Pryor, "Saturday Night Live": The Complete First Season also features performances by musical superstars such as Jimmy Cliff, Simon & Garfunkel, Carly Simon, Patti Smith and more.

For more information, please visit: www.great-tv-shows.com

TECHNICAL INFORMATION

DVD

Street Date: December 5, 2006

Pre-Order Close: October 31, 2006

Copyright: 2006 Universal Studios. All Rights Reserved.

Price: $69.98 SRP

Selection Number: 30565

Running Time: 26 Hours 33 Minutes

Layers: Dual

Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1

Rating: Not Rated

Technical Info: Dolby Digital 2.0; English SDH

For artwork or screeners, please log on to our Web site at www.ushepublicity.com or fax your request to Universal Studios Home Entertainment Publicity at (818) 866-0226.

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 and 20% owned by Vivendi.

CONTACTS

Universal Studios Home Entertainment

Vivian Mayer

Senior Vice President, Publicity

(818) 777-3594

Lea Porteneuve

Vice President, Publicity

(818) 777-1391

Craig Radow

Senior Manager, Publicity

(818) 777-4572

Kelly Castell

Assistant Manager, Broadcast Publicity

(818) 777-0549

Source: Universal Studios Home Entertainment

CONTACT: Vivian Mayer, Senior Vice President, Publicity,
+1-818-777-3594, or Lea Porteneuve, Vice President, Publicity,
+1-818-777-1391, or Craig Radow, Senior Manager, Publicity, +1-818-777-4572,
or Kelly Castell, Assistant Manager, Broadcast Publicity, +1-818-777-0549, all
of Universal Studios Home Entertainment

Web site: http://www.great-tv-shows.com/

Web site: http://www.ushepublicity.com/

Web site: http://www.universalstudios.com/

 

Eidos Celebrates With Lara Croft Tomb Raider: Anniversary

Inspired by the original Tomb Raider comes a totally new Lara adventure

SAN FRANCISCO, Oct. 30 /PRNewswire/ -- Eidos Interactive Ltd., one of the world's leading publishers and developers of entertainment software, today confirms the title of the next Tomb Raider game will be Lara Croft Tomb Raider: Anniversary. Set for release in North America on the PlayStation(R)2 computer entertainment system, PSP(R) (PlayStation(R)Portable) system and Windows PC, Lara Croft Tomb Raider: Anniversary is a tribute to Lara Croft and the phenomenal impact she has had on pop-culture and gaming.

Inspired by the first Tomb Raider videogame, originally released in 1996, Lara Croft Tomb Raider: Anniversary is a totally new 2006 adventure for Lara, faithfully preserving the elements which made the original Tomb Raider such a classic, selling over 7 million copies worldwide. Using an enhanced 'Tomb Raider Legend' game engine, the graphics, technology and physics bring Lara's adventure and pursuit of a mystical artifact known only as the Scion right up to today's technology standards and will offer gamers a completely new gameplay experience.

"Lara Croft is more than just a video game character -- she is a digital- celebrity and icon for the video game industry, as well as a strong, powerful character that people of all ages connect with," said Director of Marketing Matt Gorman, Eidos. "We are re-telling an incredible story using today's technology, we've taken all of the key moments from the original game and put them into the context of a brand new Tomb Raider adventure."

The puzzles are now more in depth and incorporate environmental interaction and physics driven solutions. The level design and flow of gameplay are inspired by the original videogame making Lara Croft Tomb Raider: Anniversary a brand new experience in gaming, while still invoking the nostalgia of the first adventure in Tomb Raiding.

"We've captured the essence of what made the original game so special and with today's technology, created a game that pushes the boundaries of the current gaming consoles. Tomb Raider: Anniversary is a special celebration of Lara's reign as videogaming's leading lady," said Ian Livingstone, Eidos Interactive.

Lara Croft Tomb Raider: Anniversary is currently in development by Crystal Dynamics and will be available in spring 2007.

About Eidos Interactive Ltd

Eidos Interactive Ltd is part of SCi Entertainment Group Plc (SEG) one of the world's leading publishers and developers of entertainment software. Eidos consists of publishing operations across Europe and the US and several development studios including Crystal Dynamics, IO Interactive, Beautiful Game Studios, Eidos Studios Hungary, Eidos Sweden and Pivotal Games. The Group has a valuable combined portfolio of intellectual property including: Tomb Raider, Hitman, Deus Ex, Championship Manager, Carmageddon, the Conflict series and Just Cause.

Some of the titles currently in development include: Kane & Lynch: Dead Men, Crossfire, Battlestations: Midway, Chili Con Carnage and Highlander.

"PlayStation", "PS" Family logo and "PSP" are registered trademarks of Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. Memory Stick Duo(TM) may be required (sold separately).

Source: Eidos Interactive Ltd.

CONTACT: Michelle Curran or Matt Dahlgren, both of Eidos North America,
+1-415-547-1200, or pr@eidos.com

Web site: http://www.eidos.com/

 

 

Sheryl Crow to Launch Lifestyle Brand

Grammy Winner Sheryl Crow Enters Partnership With Leading Celebrity Brand Extension Firm

LOS ANGELES, Oct. 30 /PRNewswire/ -- Nine-time Grammy winner Sheryl Crow has engaged LA based Brand Sense Partners to help her identify and execute new business ventures that are complementary to her artistry, lifestyle and commitment to social responsibility.

"Sheryl has spent over twenty-five years building a phenomenally strong image and loyal fan base through unprecedented talent, intelligence and conviction. Our team is working to develop a lifestyle brand for her through disciplined strategic planning, coupled with world class execution," said Brand Sense President Robert Hollander. "We are honored Sheryl has selected Brand Sense to help her launch and manage this important business initiative."

"Brand Sense Partners is a leader in the field and I am thrilled about our collaboration," said Crow. "I am excited at the prospect of working with them to fulfill my vision of creating a line of high quality products that reflect my values."

Since the release of her multi-platinum Tuesday Night Music Club album in 1993, Sheryl Crow has become the most successful female singer/songwriter of her generation having sold over 25 million albums worldwide. In addition to her music, Sheryl is a devoted advocate for many humanitarian causes including building awareness for breast cancer, of which she is a survivor.

Crow and Brand Sense have begun discussions with potential manufacturing and distribution partners with plans to have products on shelf by Holiday 2008. Interested companies should contact Theresa Brown, Director of Business Development at Brand Sense Partners, at 310-867-7218.

About Brand Sense Partners, LLC

Brand Sense Partners, LLC accelerates the growth of new categories of business for their clients by leveraging their brand equity and other strategic assets. The firm's visionary team of diverse industry experts develop, analyze and then execute new business initiatives -- while reducing capital costs, risk, and time to market. The result: new highly profitable revenue and accelerated strategic business growth. Brand Sense's broad range of clients include consumer brands in the sports, entertainment, automotive, retail, fashion, cosmetics and technology industries. Brand Sense Partners is headquartered in Los Angeles. For more information on Brand Sense Partners, please visit http://www.bsp.com/ .

Source: Brand Sense Partners, LLC

CONTACT: Theresa Brown, Director of Business Development, Brand Sense
Partners, +1-310-867-7218

Web site: http://www.bsp.com/

 

 

Viacom's MTV Networks Completes Acquisition of Harmonix Music Systems, Inc.

NEW YORK, Oct. 30 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- MTV Networks, a unit of Viacom Inc. (NYSE:VIA) (NYSE:and) (NYSE:VIA.B) , announced today that on October 27, 2006, it closed its $175 million acquisition of Harmonix Music Systems, Inc., the developer of the PlayStation 2 hit Guitar Hero and other music gaming titles. The Company announced it had reached a definitive agreement to acquire Harmonix on September 22, 2006.

About Harmonix Music Systems, Inc.

Harmonix is a videogame development company based in Cambridge, MA. The company specializes in music-based games and is renowned for groundbreaking design innovation. Harmonix was founded in 1995 by Alex Rigopulos (CEO) and Eran Egozy (CTO), who met while working in the computer music group at the MIT Media Laboratory. Alex and Eran formed Harmonix initially not to develop videogames, but rather to invent new ways for non-musicians to experience the unique joy that comes from making music. (http://www.harmonixmusic.com/)

About Viacom

Viacom is a leading global entertainment content company, with prominent and respected brands in focused demographics. Offering programming and content for television, motion pictures and digital platforms, Viacom's world- class brands include MTV Networks (MTV, VH1, Nickelodeon, Nick at Nite, Comedy Central, CMT: Country Music Television, Spike TV, TV Land, Logo and more than 130 networks around the world), BET Networks, Paramount Pictures, Paramount Home Entertainment, DreamWorks and Famous Music. More information about Viacom and its businesses is available at www.viacom.com.

FCMN Contact: james.bombassei@viacom.com

Source: Viacom Inc.

CONTACT: Media: Jeremy Zweig, +1-212-846-7503, jeremy.zweig@viacom.com,
or Investors: James Bombassei, +1-212-258-6377, james.bombassei@viacom.com,
both of Viacom Inc.

Web site: http://www.viacom.com/

 

Get Ready for National Lampoon's 'Pledge This!'

Paris Hilton Stars as Sorority Queen

LOS ANGELES, Oct. 30 /PRNewswire/ -- Vivendi Visual Entertainment (V V E) distributes National Lampoon's "Pledge This!" starring Paris Hilton. The announcement was made today by Tom O'Malley, General Manager, V V E along with Jack Utsick Presents, Ckrush Entertainment, Inc., and English Distribution LLC. The film will open nationwide in November. Paris Hilton said of the film "I hope people have as much fun watching it as I had making it."

At South Beach University, getting into the right sorority is the golden ticket to good times. This year's sexy freshman pledges quickly experience a whirlwind tour of sorority row where anything goes. Once accepted as Gamma pledges, they are put through a series of hilarious trials and embarrassing adventures. But the worst is yet to come as Victoria, the queen of mean (Paris Hilton, TV's "The Simple Life") secretly plots to expel them from the sorority. Soon an all out war of boyfriend stealing and sabotage ensue. Pledge This! is a hilarious comedy in the over-the-top tradition of National Lampoon comedies like Animal House and Van Wilder.

"We're excited about the theatrical release of the film, and the opportunity to bring to fans yet another hilarious National Lampoon film." said O'Malley. "Paris Hilton's popularity makes this film a must-see."

Co-starring in the film are Paula Garces, Holly Valance, Simon Rex, Geoffrey Arend, Kerry Kenney, Sarai Howard, and Sarah Carter. Also featured are Amanda Lee Aday, Bianca Lawson, Noureen Dewulf, Diva Zappa, Rick Najera, Alex Thorpe, Amanda Rowan, Sofia Vergara, Carmen Electra and Randy Spelling.

The film is directed by William Heins, who began his career at MTV Networks and was produced by Jack Utsick and Juan Carlos Zapata. The film is executive produced by Paris Hilton, Chester English, Jim DiLorenzo, Gary Gittelsohn, Gregory Cohen, Jeremy Dallow, Ash Shah, Angad Paul and Wayne Mogul.

About Vivendi Visual Entertainment

Vivendi Visual Entertainment (V V E), a division of Universal Music Group Distribution (UMGD), has become a leading force in home entertainment and a favorite choice among independent producers of films and top independent studios. The company's goal is to provide the highest quality of marketing, sales and distribution services. V V E's select product line features family, comedy, foreign, Latin, urban, fitness and theatrical releases. Studio partners include Bauer Martinez Distribution, Bodywisdom Media, Code Black, Film Mates, First Independent Pictures, Freestyle Home Entertainment, Lightning Home Entertainment, Melee Entertainment, New Light Entertainment, Palm Pictures, Rising Entertainment, RuffNation Films, Salient Media, Uwe Boll Productions, Voy Pictures, Walter Mercado and Xenon Pictures. V V E benefits from UMGD's award winning team and customer-centric culture. UMGD's recent awards include American Business Awards, three consecutive NARM awards for Distribution Company of the Year and numerous retail awards. V V E's website can be found at www.vivendivisualentertainment.com.

CONTACT: Maria Ho

212-331-2569

Source: Vivendi Visual Entertainment

CONTACT: Maria Ho for Vivendi Visual Entertainment, +1-212-331-2569

Web site: http://www.vivendivisualentertainment.com/

 

Jorge Garcia and Bryan Burk of TV's Lost and Spawn Creator Todd McFarlane to Personally Launch Lost Action Figures at Toys 'R' Us Times Square Nov. 6, 3-5 pm

TEMPE, Ariz., Oct. 30 /PRNewswire/ -- On Monday, November 6, LOST TV star Jorge Garcia, McFarlane Toys creative force and Spawn creator Todd McFarlane, and LOST Executive Producer Bryan Burk will sign autographs and greet customers at Toys "R" Us Times Square during a private event launching the first series of action figures based on the hit ABC-TV show, LOST. The action figures, by McFarlane Toys as presented by Touchstone Television, a division of Disney-ABC Television Group, will be available to customers in Toys "R" Us Times Square the morning of the event. LOST Series 1 action figures feature fan-favorite characters including Jack, Charlie, Kate, Shannon, Locke and Hurley. Additionally, LOST Series 1 features The Hatch Boxed Set, a highly detailed diorama depicting the closing scene of the LOST Season 1 finale.

Customers that pre-order a LOST The Hatch Boxed Set at Toys "R" Us Times Square from Personal Shopping on Level Three starting Friday, October 27 will receive a ticket to the LOST signing event on November 6, from 3 - 5 pm, while supplies last. LOST The Hatch Boxed Set purchases will be available for pick-up at the event for all ticket holders with a valid receipt and event ticket.

Additionally, seven lucky winners will win a one-of-a-kind McFarlane Toys LOST pewter hand-painted action figure. To enter, customers must fill out a contest ballot on the day of the event at Toys "R" Us Times Square on Level Two. The winning names will be drawn at the end of the event, and Todd McFarlane will personally autograph these unique items. Please see store for complete details and official rules.

About McFarlane Toys

Grammy- and Emmy-winning producer/director Todd McFarlane, best known as the creator of Spawn and the founder of Spawn.com, is the creative force behind McFarlane Toys. The international award-winning company is one of America's top action figure manufacturers with several successful television- and movie-licensing tie-ins, including Oscar-winning animated feature film Tim Burton's Corpse Bride (Warner Bros), Hanna Barbera (Warner Bros.), Alien Vs. Predator (20th Century Fox), and The Simpsons (FOX) figures. McFarlane Toys also makes official league-licensed figures for baseball, football, basketball and hockey within its Sports Picks(TM) line, as well as Legends lines in all four sports. McFarlane Toys added a new dimension to its already expanding product line with the launch of McFarlane's Pop Culture Masterworks bringing stunning three-dimensional realism to some of the most recognized images in music and film by re-creating iconic movie posters and album covers including Metallica's Master of Puppets, Jimi Hendrix's Are you experienced?, Elvis' Aloha Elvis, Jaws, Friday the 13th and Alien. Visit www.spawn.com for more information.

About "Lost"

"Lost" was created by Jeffrey Lieber and J.J. Abrams & Damon Lindelof. Abrams, Lindelof, Bryan Burk, Jack Bender and Carlton Cuse serve as executive producers. "Lost," which is filmed entirely on location in Hawaii, is from Touchstone Television. The series' third season premieres Wednesday, October 4, 9:00-10:00 p.m. (ET/PT) on ABC.

Source: McFarlane Toys

CONTACT: Charles King, +1-480-491-7070, ext. 229, cking@mcfarlane.com,
or Carmen Bryant, +1-480-491-7070, ext. 228, or cell, +1-602-448-8667,
Cbryant@mcfarlane.com, both of McFarlane Toys Public Relations; or Bob
Friedland of Toys "R" Us Public Relations, +1-646-366-8862,
friedlab@toysrus.com

Web site: http://www.spawn.com/

NOTE TO EDITORS: McFarlane Toys LOST images are available at http://ftp.spawn.com. Enter the ID and Password (case sensitive) ID -- ftpguest Password -- ib4spawn Once you are logged onto the FTP site click on: Public/2006 PRODUCT LIBRARY/MOVIES_TELEVISION/LOST/LOST_SERIES 1 (product images) For assistance with FTP site, contact Lauren Cross at 480-491-7070 x240 or lcross@mcfarlane.com.

Chuck Norris' World Combat League East Coast Playoffs at Miami's James Knight Center On Friday, November 10 to Be Highlighted by Special Veterns Day Tribute

Tribute to Include Special Ticket Rates for All Uniformed Personnel

MIAMI, Oct. 30 /PRNewswire/ -- Former "Veteran of the Year" Chuck Norris is bringing the crowd pleasing, full throttle action of World Combat League to Miami's James Knight Center on Friday, November 10th with a special tribute to all uniformed service personnel, which includes savings on tickets, as the League's first ever WCL East Coast Playoffs get underway. The World Combat League's signature brand of fast paced striking action will feature the undefeated Miami Force squaring off against the New England Strikers and the New York Clash taking on the Philadelphia Fire.

Tickets for "Chuck Norris Presents World Combat League Eastern Conference Championships" are on sale now and available through the James L. Knight Center Box office (www.jlkc.com), Ticketmaster and the WCL web site (www.worldcombatleague.com). All U.S. military, police officers and other uniformed service personnel, are eligible to receive $10 off any level ticket. For online Ticketmaster transactions, log on to ticketmaster.com and enter the password: Vetday. For telephone orders call Ticketmaster at (305) 358-5885 or (954) 523-3309, ask for WCLUSA Military promotion, and use the password, "Vetday."

The East Coast team that prevails with the highest season point total will meet the Western Conference Champion Houston Enforcers to determine "America's Toughest City" on January 20th at the Frank Erwin Center in Austin, Texas. The second place team will take on the Los Angeles Stars to determine the League runner up.

Chuck Norris, who served in the United States Air Force at Osan Air Force Base in Korea and March Air Force Base in Riverside, California, was chosen to receive the "Veteran of the Year" award in 2001 for his outstanding character, prominence as a veteran and for his numerous career achievements, personal accomplishments and philanthropic pursuits including countless hours visiting VA Hospitals and speaking with vets nationwide as a spokesperson for the U.S. Veteran's Administration.

In receiving the award in 2001, Norris said: "I am greatly honored and humbled by my selection for this award. Like many young men in America, my military experience played an important role in instilling in me a sense of character and discipline that would serve me throughout my life. During my career, I have always tried to acknowledge the debt I owe to this experience, as well as encourage others to discover the values to be found in serving your country."

Created by Chuck Norris, the WCL is the world's first team combat martial arts league. Each WCL team features six fighters (five men and one woman) who have been recruited from three different disciplines: Kickboxing, Karate, and Tae Kwon Do. Each fighter holds a spot in one of six predetermined weight classes so that any league team can compete on even ground against any other league team.

Unlike other forms of professional mixed martial arts, there is no wrestling or grappling allowed in the WCL to slow things down. Since each team member only fights a three minute match in each half of the contest (rather than five to twelve consecutive rounds) they must really "let it fly" in order to earn as many points for their team as possible. To ensure the action, WCL rules penalize clinching, stalling, or anything that slows the pace and is considered by the referee as "passivity."

Source: World Combat League

CONTACT: Tad DeWree, +1-214-747-0744, for World Combat League

Web site: http://www.jlkc.com/

Web site: http://ww.worldcombatleague.com/

 

Sony Music Label Group U.S./ Columbia Records and Wilderness Media and Entertainment Proudly Announce Premier Album Releases

NEW YORK, Oct. 30 /PRNewswire/ -- Sony Music Label Group U.S. / Columbia Records and Wilderness Media & Entertainment, the gay media and entertainment portfolio company owned by LOGO founder Matt Farber, proudly announce the first two signed artists as well as two compilation CDs to be released by MUSIC WITH A TWIST (TWIST), the first major record label dedicated to identifying and developing lesbian, gay, bi-sexual and transgender (LGBT) artists.

MUSIC WITH A TWIST's first two signed artists:

* The Gossip, a rock band based in Portland, Oregon, composed of lead

singer Beth Ditto, guitarist Brace Paine, and drummer Hannah Blilie.

Their music is raw, punk-inspired rebellious rock and roll, but with

catchy hooks and the incredible power of Beth Ditto's unique lead

vocals. The Gossip have developed a huge following based on years of

touring, and recently landed the opening slot on the Scissor Sisters

European tour.

* Kirsten Price is a talented new singer-songwriter musician, originally

from the U.K. but now making her home in Brooklyn. She has a soulful

voice that sounds like it comes from a smoky room late at night. Her

songs are a creative fusion of rock, soul, and blues. She is equally

adept at playing her songs on a piano or guitar.

Both of these artists will be recording their debut CDs to street in 2007.

 

MUSIC WITH A TWIST compilations:

"The L Word 'L Tunes'" -- a compilation CD that contains music from or inspired by "The L Word," to be released in January 2007, concurrent with season four of the Showtime hit series. Additionally, TWIST artist Kirsten Price will be featured on this collection and her video for the song "Magic Tree" will be featured as part of "The L Word" promotional campaign.

"Music With a Twist 'Revolutions'," a compilation CD that features the songs of ten new LGBT artists spanning multiple genres, all who are being considered for TWIST signing. This compilation will be released in January 2007. A few artists featured on this CD are:

* Jonathan Mendelsohn, a new singer-songwriter based in New York. He

makes infectious pop/dance music, and sings with a voice of real

soulful power. He is also the lead vocalist on the upcoming album by

dance favorite the Wamdue Project.

* God-des & She, an extremely popular female hip-hop duo from Wisconsin.

God-des is a unique rap artist who is adept at expressing her unique

point of view through clever rhymes. The group's singer, named simply

"She," complements God-des' rhymes with soulful vocals.

* Ivri Lider, one of Israel's biggest rock stars, and ready to replicate

that success in the rest of the world. His music is haunting and

original, matched by his rich deep vocals. He sings in both English

and Hebrew.

Columbia Records Group Chairman and CEO Steve Barnett states: "We are very excited and proud to be joining forces with Music With A Twist to help find and nurture these talented new artists. From his years as an executive at MTV to his founding of LOGO and Radio With A Twist, Matt Farber has been a maverick in the world of entertainment. We look forward to a very long and successful partnership."

Wilderness Media & Entertainment President Matt Farber adds: "These artist signings and compilations represent the vision for TWIST ... to create a home for gay artists of all genres to experience mainstream success without having to compromise any part of their identity. I am thrilled that The Gossip, Kirsten Price, The creators of "The L Word," and all the artists who are part of the "Revolutions" compilation have chosen TWIST/Columbia as their major label home.

Launched in 2006, TWIST label artists benefit from access to and exposure through the network of brands in the Wilderness Media & Entertainment portfolio. This includes the nationally syndicated radio show Radio With a Twist, which recently announced its partnership with Clear Channel's syndication department Premiere Radio Networks, as well as Instinct Publishing and America Online. Additionally, TWIST artists are served by the Sony Music / Columbia Label Group's marketing, promotion and distribution channels.

The TWIST roster features LGBT artists who have mass appeal and hit potential across all musical genres and TWIST is constantly scouting for new talent across the county. To send your information/demo to a TWIST A&R representative, please contact submissions@musicwithatwist.com. Please do not send MP3s.

About SONY BMG MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT:

SONY BMG MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT is a global recorded music joint venture with a roster of current artists that includes a broad array of both local artists and international superstars, as well as a vast catalog that comprises some of the most important recordings in history. SONY BMG is 50% owned by Bertelsmann A.G. and 50% owned by Sony Corporation of America.

About Wilderness Media & Entertainment:

Wilderness Media & Entertainment (WME) is the leading portfolio of independent gay and lesbian businesses, brands and media working together and supporting each other in the marketplace and the community. Through the Wilderness portfolio, allied companies representing the diversity of the LGBT community benefit from enhanced visibility among this audience. The portfolio includes new brands created and operated by Wilderness, such as Radio With a Twist, Music With a Twist, and Wilderness Talent Management, along with best of breed companies developing brands in the LGBT arena such as MTV Networks, America Online and Instinct Publishing. The mission of WME is not only a business one, but also a social one - to enhance the visibility of the LGBT audience by authentically representing the diversity of the community through media and entertainment initiatives. Research indicates that 15 million adults in the US currently self-identify as LGBT, an intensely brand loyal demographic with an estimated $610 billion in annual buying power. WME reaches the LGBT audience through top-tier entertainment, media and business prospects, providing quality outreach and initiatives for its portfolio entities, as well as exceptional offerings to this diverse, growing audience.

Source: Columbia Records

CONTACT: Kristin Farrell, The Karpel Group, +1-212-505-2900,
kfarrell@thekarpelgroup.com, for Columbia Records; Benny Tarantini, Columbia
Records, +1-212-833-5858, benny.tarantini@sonybmg.com

Web site: http://www.columbiarecords.com/

Gear Up Like Bond with Sony Electronics

Sony Sells 007-Branded Gear and Offers Chance to Win Prizes in the Online Game 'Try Your Hand at Casino Royale'

SAN DIEGO, Oct. 30 /PRNewswire/ -- Sony Electronics is offering movie fans and gadget-lovers an opportunity to gear-up like Bond with Sony's exclusive Bond Collection(TM) products in anticipation of the upcoming James Bond film Casino Royale, which will be released worldwide on November 17, 2006 from Columbia Pictures and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios.

The collection, available exclusively on http://www.sonystyle.com/casinoroyale and in Sony Style retail stores across the country, features limited-edition 007-branded models of VAIO(R) TX and UX series ultra-portable PCs, Cyber-shot(R) digital cameras and Micro-Vault(TM) media storage devices. All of these products will feature the 007 logo and the VAIO PCs will come pre-loaded with exclusive Casino Royale content, such as wallpapers and screensavers. Each limited production 007 model is numbered and comes with a certificate of authenticity.

"Both James Bond and Sony have always provided a cool-factor that consumers have grown to love," said Hiro Kawano, Sony Electronics' Senior Vice President for Sony Style. "We are excited to be able to offer these collector's items exclusively through Sony Style."

To take the Bond experience to the next level, consumers can try their hands at one of four Sony-product branded casino games at http://www.sony.com/casinoroyale. Players can choose from BRAVIA(TM) Blackjack, VAIO(R)/Intel poker, Cyber-shot(R) T-50 slots or Blu-ray Disc(TM) roulette. Now through Nov. 17, participants with a winning hand receive a printable game chip, redeemable at participating retailers, including Sony Style, for a chance to win prizes, including a $50,000 Sony merchandise prize package, a $5,000 shopping spree, and a weekend getaway for two. Not only can you gear up like Bond, you can play like him too.

The Bond Collection products can be purchased as a bundle which includes a choice of either the VAIO VGN-UX007 along with 007 Cyber-shot DSC-T50 and a 1GB Micro Vault for approximately $3,200 or the VAIO VGN-TX007 with the Cyber-shot DSC-T50 and 1GB MicroVault for approximately $3,900. The bundles come with an aluminum attache carrying case and a James Bond welcome kit. The 007 Cyber-shot DSC-T50 and the Micro Vault can be purchased individually for approximately $600 and $60, respectively. The Bond Collection will be available starting November 10, with pre-orders currently available on http://sonystyle.com/casinoroyale.

Daniel Craig stars as "007" James Bond, the smoothest, sexiest, most lethal agent on Her Majesty's Secret Service in Casino Royale. Based on the first Bond book written by Ian Fleming, the story recounts the making of the world's greatest secret agent. Martin Campbell is directing the 21st adventure in the 44-year-old franchise, from a screenplay by Neal Purvis & Robert Wade and Paul Haggis.

James Bond's first "007" mission leads him to Le Chiffre (Mads Mikkelsen), banker to the world's terrorists. In order to stop him, and bring down the terrorist network, Bond must beat Le Chiffre in a high-stakes poker game at Casino Royale. Bond is initially annoyed when a beautiful British Treasury official, Vesper Lynd (Eva Green) is assigned to deliver his stake for the game and watch over the government's money. But, as Bond and Vesper survive a series of lethal attacks by Le Chiffre and his henchmen, a mutual attraction develops leading them both into further danger and events that will shape Bond's life forever.

About Sony:

Sony manufactures audio, video, communications and information technology products for the global consumer and professional markets. With its music, pictures, game and online businesses, Sony is uniquely positioned to be one of the World's Leading Consumer Brands. Sony recorded consolidated annual sales of EUR 54.96 billion (yen 7,475 billion) for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2006 and it employs approximately 158,500 people worldwide.

In Europe, Sony recorded consolidated annual sales of EUR 12.61 billion (yen 1,715 billion) for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2006, based on an average market exchange rate for the same period of yen 136 to the EUR. Sony Europe, headquartered at the Sony Center am Potsdamer Platz in Berlin, is responsible for the company's European electronics business and registered consolidated sales of EUR 8.22 billion (yen 1,118 billion) for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2006.

For more information on Sony Europe, please visit http://www.sony-europe.com/ and http://www.sony-europe.com/presscenter

About EON Productions:

Eon Productions/Danjaq, LLC, is owned by the Broccoli family and has produced twenty James Bond films since 1962, including Die Another Day. The Bond films, produced by Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli, make up the most successful franchise in film history and include the recent blockbuster films GoldenEye, Tomorrow Never Dies, The World Is Not Enough and Die Another Day. Eon Productions and Danjaq, LLC, are affiliate companies and control all worldwide merchandising of the James Bond franchise.

About Columbia Pictures:

Columbia Pictures, part of the Columbia TriStar Motion Picture Group, is a Sony Pictures Entertainment company. Sony Pictures Entertainment (SPE) is a subsidiary of Sony Corporation of America (SCA), a subsidiary of Tokyo-based Sony Corporation. SPE's global operations encompass motion picture production and distribution; television production and distribution; digital content creation and distribution; worldwide channel investments; home entertainment acquisition and distribution; operation of studio facilities; development of new entertainment products, services and technologies; and distribution of filmed entertainment in 67 countries. Sony Pictures Entertainment can be found on the World Wide Web at http://www.sonypictures.com/.

About Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Inc.:

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Inc. is an independent, privately-held motion picture, television, home video, and theatrical production and distribution company. The company owns the world's largest library of modern films, comprising approximately 4,000 titles, and over 10,400 episodes of television programming. Its film library has received 208 Academy Awards(R), one of the largest award-winning collections in the world, and includes numerous successful film franchises, including James Bond, Pink Panther and Rocky. MGM is owned by an investor consortium comprised of Sony Corporation of America, Providence Equity Partners, Texas Pacific Group, Comcast Corporation and DLJ Merchant Banking Partners. For more information, visit http://www.mgm.com/.

 

Source: Sony Electronics

 

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