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MGM Partners With Tom Cruise and Paula Wagner to Form New United Artists

Paula Wagner to Serve as CEO of the New UA

 Nov. 2  United Artists, the studio founded by movie greats Douglas Fairbanks, Charlie Chaplin, Mary Pickford and D.W. Griffith some 85 years ago and responsible for delivering such iconic film franchises as "Rocky," "Pink Panther" and "James Bond," will be reborn under a partnership formed between Tom Cruise, Paula Wagner and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Inc. (MGM). The announcement was made today by Harry E. Sloan, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, MGM.

Cruise and Wagner, one of the most successful film production teams ever, will drive the rebirth of United Artists as MGM's operating partner. Along with their substantial ownership, Cruise and Wagner will have control of setting the company's production slate, from development to production greenlighting ability, subject to certain parameters. Wagner will serve as Chief Executive Officer of United Artists, overseeing the day to day operations of the studio alongside her longstanding producing partner Cruise, who will star in as well as produce films for United Artists and also be available to appear in film projects for other studios.

Cruise last teamed up with the original UA on "Rain Man" in 1988, which won four Academy Awards including Best Picture.

In establishing United Artists as a new entity, MGM and Cruise/Wagner will return the studio to its former roots by recognizing what made UA great in the first place -- studio management by creative talent who can best encourage and support other creative talent. The talent friendly studio will be reborn as a place where producers, writers, directors and actors can thrive in a creative environment, developing and producing entertaining film projects. The plan would allow artists throughout the community to pursue their creative visions outside of the traditional studio system.

The studio plans to have a production slate of approximately four (4) films each year, which may increase in the future. Worldwide marketing and distribution will be handled by partner MGM. UA will be a major supplier of feature films to MGM, with production and development of UA movies being fully financed by MGM and its partners. MGM is the only major studio controlled by private equity firms which include Providence Equity Partners and Texas Pacific Group along with industry partners Comcast Corp. and Sony Corp. of America.

"Partnering with Tom Cruise and Paula Wagner, we have the ideal creative foundation from which to reintroduce the United Artists brand," said Sloan in making the announcement. "Tom and Paula are the modern versions of the iconic founders of United Artists -- Douglas Fairbanks, Mary Pickford, Charlie Chaplin and D. W. Griffith -- and our partnership with them reaffirms our commitment to providing creative talent with a comfortable home at United Artists and a dedicated distribution partner in MGM. United Artists is once again the haven for independent filmmakers and a vital resource in developing quality filmed entertainment consistent with MGM's modern studio model."

Commented Cruise: "Paula and I are very respectful of the rich history and tradition of United Artists, and we welcome the opportunity to contribute to that legacy by providing a wide range of releases that appeal to all audiences. It's our desire to create an environment where filmmakers can thrive and see their visions realized."

"This is a great opportunity for Tom and me to re-establish the United Artists brand and to work closely with the creative community," stated Wagner. "As studio partner-operators, we will provide a supportive environment and infrastructure for filmmakers that will allow them to do their best work."

"Providing Tom and Paula with the ability to greenlight films under the UA banner validates MGM's commitment to and recognition of independent producers as the true creative nucleus of Hollywood filmmaking," said Rick Sands, COO of MGM. "The relationship between UA, which will provide the creative environment for independent producers to nurture content of their own vision and MGM, which will apply its expertise to distribution and marketing to those projects, is an ideal collaboration of art and business. The resurgence of United Artists will take us another step closer to realizing the full revitalization of MGM. Harry and I are personally thrilled to be working with Tom and Paula."

Paula Wagner and Tom Cruise launched Cruise/Wagner Productions as an independent production company in September 1993. Since its inception, the company has enjoyed unparalleled success, producing a wide range of films that have earned multiple awards, widespread critical praise and global box office grosses in excess of US$2.9 billion. Films produced by the company include the Mission Impossible franchise as well as critical and commercial successes such as "War of the Worlds," "The Last Samurai," "The Others" and "Vanilla Sky," among others.

Tom Cruise is one of the most successful, critically acclaimed and sought after movie stars in the world. In a career spanning 26 years, Cruise has received three Academy Award nominations and has won three Golden Globe awards for his performance in such hit films as "Born on the Fourth of July," "Jerry Maguire" and "Magnolia" and numerous accolades for his performances in "The Last Samurai," "Minority Report" and "Collateral." Cruise's films have resulted in worldwide box office totals of approximately US$6 billion and his last two films, "War of the Worlds" and "Mission: Impossible III" have grossed nearly US$1 billion worldwide. Overall, Cruise has made 14 films that have grossed US$100 million in domestic receipts alone, with his last seven consecutive films reaching that benchmark.

The agreement between Cruise Wagner Productions and MGM/UA, which takes effect immediately, was brokered by Cruise Wagner's representative CAA and attorney Bert Fields.

About Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios Inc.

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios Inc. is actively engaged in the worldwide production and distribution of motion pictures, television programming, home video, interactive media, music, and licensed merchandise. The company owns the world's largest library of modern films, comprising around 4,000 titles. Operating units include Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios Inc., Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures Inc., United Artists Films Inc., MGM Television Entertainment Inc., MGM Networks Inc., MGM Distribution Co., MGM International Television Distribution Inc., Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Home Entertainment LLC, MGM ON STAGE, MGM Music, MGM Consumer Products and MGM Interactive. In addition, MGM has ownership interests in international TV channels reaching nearly 110 countries. MGM ownership is currently as follows: Providence Equity Partners (29%), Texas Pacific Group (21%), Sony Corporation of America (20%), Comcast (20%), DLJ Merchant Banking Partners (7%) and Quadrangle Group (3%). For more information, visit www.mgm.com.

INFINITY STUDIOS, LLC INVITES ANIME & MANGA ENTHUSIASTS TO VISIT THE
NEWEST AND HOTTEST BLOG AND FORUM AREA ON THE INTERNET


New Look, More Features, More Posting Options and Easy to Use!
 
Nov 2 ­ Share your thoughts on anime, manga
and more on the new and improved blog and forum areas on the Infinity
Studios, LLC website.  Manga and Anime enthusiasts will be able to not only meet
other enthusiasts, but utilize the many new features found on the new
blogand forums to post images, add banners, create private forums and more!
More information can be found on the company¹s website-www.infinitystudios.com.

The Infinity Studios, LLC¹s blog site has a fresh new look (which is
also completely integrated with the mail website) along with new software
which provides a spam filter, graphical calendar (with the ability to browse
previous posts by clicking on the calendar), the ability to disable guest
accounts (for comments), easy cataloguing by topic/subjects and the
ability to add banners to the site!

The Infinity Studios, LLC¹s forum site also has a fresh new look (which
is also completely integrated with the mail website), the ability to
create a restricted forum, the ability to upload/post images, add attachments to
posts, posting of announcements on the main page, polls and password
protected sections. Topics of discussion that can be found on the site
include Cosplay & Anime Conventions, Anime, Manga & Manhwa, Drawing &
Webcomics, Console Games & PC Games, J-Pop & K-Pop, J-Drama & K-Drama,
Movies, Blogs & Forums, Community, Korean Graphic Novels, Japanese
Graphic Novels, Typos & Errors, Online Serializations, Downloads, Fanart,
General & Misc. Questions, Reviews, Infinity Studios LLC Company Information,
Promotional Items, New Title Announcements and News.

Discussions on fantastic Infinity Studios, LLC offers and products can
be found on the internet in the forum area of the Infinity Studios, LLC
website located at www.infinitystudios.com <http://www.infinitystudios.com> .

About Infinity Studios, LLC

Headquartered in Richmond, California, Infinity Studios, LLC is a
leading worldwide developer and publisher of Asian Graphic Novels.  Founded in
2004, Infinity Studios, LLC maintains operations in the U.S., Japan and
Korea.
More information about Infinity Studios, LLC and its products can be
found on the company¹s World Wide Web site, which is located at
www.infinitystudios.com <http://www.infinitystudios.com/> .

The statements made in this press release that are not historical facts
are "forward-looking statements." These forward-looking statements are
based on current expectations and assumptions that are subject to risks and
uncertainties. The Company cautions readers of this press release that
a number of important factors could cause Infinity Studio, LLC¹s actual
future results to differ materially from those expressed in any such
forward-looking statements. Such factors include, without limitation,
product delays, retail acceptance of our products, industry
competition, rapid changes in technology and industry standards, protection of
proprietary rights, maintenance of relationships with key personnel,
vendors and third-party developers, international economic and political
conditions, integration of recently acquired subsidiaries and identification of
suitable future acquisition opportunities. The Company may change its intention,
belief or expectation, at any time and without notice, based upon any
changes in such factors, in the Company's assumptions or otherwise. The
Company undertakes no obligation to release publicly any revisions to
any forward-looking statements to reflect events or circumstances after the
date hereof or to reflect the occurrence of unanticipated events.
 

Epic Records 


HELLO, MUSIC LUVAHS! 

As we roll back the clocks to shed a bit more light on our days, 
we're rolling out some great music to shed some sonic goodness on your ears!
Read on for the details on:

~ VEGA4 ON GREY'S ANATOMY TONIGHT!
~ GET YOUR AUTOGRAPHED RACHAEL RAY SIGNATURE CDS!
~ PRE-ORDER INCUBUS' LIGHT GRENADES TO ACCESS 2006 TOUR PRE-SALES!
~ BEHOLD THE UNVEILING OF THE GREATEST FAN PACK OF ALL TIME!!

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LISTEN OUT FOR VEGA4 ON GREY'S ANATOMY TONIGHT!

Vega4 is four individuals with wildly different backgrounds. 
Brought together whilst living in London through mutual friends, they built a bond based on their shared interests in music. As with their geographic backgrounds, each member brought with them overtly different musical influences.  A new name to many of you, we're excited to announce that Vega4's track 'Life Is Beautiful' will be featured tonight in Grey's Anatomy, airing at 9/8c. Make sure you tune in and check out this brilliant track by one of the year's most exciting new bands.

As well as appearing on the show, 'Life Is Beautiful' can also be downloaded now from
iTunes. 

Now it's your turn to show us why you think Life Is Beautiful. 
Using Jumpcut, a free slideshow production website, remix the provided movie with Vega4's "Life Is Beautiful" audio and add in your own favorite photos and clips. The creators of the best 5 slideshows will win a copy of the album You and Others, personally signed for you by the band. For details on how to get started with your own slideshow, visit www.jumpcut.com/groups/vega4
Find out more about Vega4!
www.Vega4.com
www.MySpace.com/Vega4

GET YOUR AUTOGRAPHED
RACHAEL RAY SIGNATURE CDS!

Rachael Ray, TV's most down-to-earth and relatable star, launches her new compilation CD series with Rachael Ray's How Cool Is That Christmas, and Rachael Ray Too Cool For School Mixtape For Kids

Rachael Ray's How Cool Is That Christmas features Rachael's favorite songs for the holidays, plus brand-new recipes and tips on throwing the perfect holiday party.   The album includes both well-loved holiday
classics from artists such as Elvis Presley and Frank Sinatra, and newer favorites from Hall & Oates, Cyndi Lauper and Fiona Apple. Spanning rock, pop, jazz and blues, the album is the perfect soundtrack for a lively and fun holiday season.  Order your copy online here and it will be signed by Rachel! 
   
Rachael Ray Too Cool For School Mixtape For Kids is an album chock full of fun and upbeat songs that both kids and parents will enjoy!  This CD includes all-time sing-a-long favorites like "The Lion Sleeps Tonight," "Banana Boat Song," and "We Got The Beat," plus Rachael's original recipes that can be made by the entire family.   Get your autographed copy online
here!
Find out more:
www.RachaelRayMusic.com

PRE-ORDER INCUBUS' LIGHT GRENADES

AND GET ACCESS TO 2006 TOUR PRE-SALES!
Incubus is celebrating the release of their new album Light Grenades on November 28th by giving fans an offer they can't refuse.  Pre-order Light Grenades now from the SonyMusicStore and you will be eligible to purchase up to 2 tickets in an exclusive internet pre-sale for the first Incubus North American Tour in over two years. Incubus will be treating their fans to very intimate performances in theaters across the US & Canada starting January 5th.  Pre-order the record now from the SonyMusicStore and you'll receive an email on or about November 17th containing a unique code and instructions on how to purchase tickets through Ticketmaster.com during the exclusive pre-sale!   
Get all the details, and all the rest on Incubus:
www.EnjoyIncubus.com

BEHOLD THE UNVEILING OF THE GREATEST FAN PACK OF ALL TIME!!
The time draws near when the titans of rock will give rise to the mother of all soundtracks, an album destined to become the center of the sonic solar system...the album that is The Pick of Destiny.   Jack Black and Kyle Glass, those gods of rock that together form the power-metal duo Tenacious D, have once again achieved the greatest album of all time - a history-making , world-shaking soundtrack that will rock your very soul, featuring the hit title track "The Pick Of Destiny"! 

The D-luxe Limited Edition Pick Of Destiny Fan Pack is a MUST-HAVE for all Tenacious D fans who want to bring the thunder!  This mother of all fan packs includes a Pick Of Destiny T-Shirt and the Deluxe Limited Edition of the Pick Of Destiny soundtrack containing a 3D digipak, 8 tarot cards featuring the chapter marker art from the movie, an exclusive poster, and your very own Pick of Destiny all in a special embossed box! Sample clips from all 15 tracks and pre-order your Deluxe Limited Edition Pick Of Destiny Fanpack online here!

Digital D-ciples can still get a free "mini-movie" starring the greatest band on earth!  The first half is yours to view for free, but the only way to see the thrilling conclusion is to pre-order The Pick Of Destiny soundtrack at iTunes.  You'll also receive a bonus track, digital booklet, and the conclusion to the Tenacious D mini-movie.  Get it all right here!

Check out the official website for the D's movie "Tenacious D in The Pick Of Destiny":  www.TenaciousDMovie.com!
Get more on The D:
www.TenaciousD.com

IT'S ALL HAPPENING, AND SO MUCH MORE:
www.EpicRecords.com


ROCK STAR SUPERNOVA RECRUIT FORMER BLACK CROWES BASSIST JOHNNY COLT
TOUR LAUNCHES NEW YEAR'S EVE IN VEGAS

With the November 21st release of their self-titled debut just a few weeks away, ROCK STAR SUPERNOVA have tapped former Black Crowes member Johnny Colt to step in for injured bassist Jason Newsted. Colt, also known for his work with Train, will handle bass duties for the band's much-buzzed-about North American tour, which launches on New Year's Eve with a sold-out show at The Joint in Las Vegas.

"Johnny's the guy," says Rock Star Supernova drummer Tommy Lee. "Gilby (Clarke-RSS guitarist) and I have known him for a long time. He's the kind of player that can plug in and immediately make his presence felt. You'll know what I mean when you see us live. We're ready to roll, folks."

Colt will be with Rock Star Supernova when the band makes its national television debut on Jimmy Kimmel Live on November 21st.   Diehard Rock Star Supernova fans can be part of this mini-concert on Jimmy Kimmel Live!  Details on how to get tickets can be found here.  (Attendance to this event is by invitation only so be quick because space is EXTREMELY LIMITED!!)

Led by vocalist Lukas Rossi, the band will be playing songs from its Butch Walker (Avril Lavigne, Bowling For Soup)-produced debut, including the singles "It's All Love" and "Be Yourself & 5 Other Cliches," both of which are available at the following digital music stores: 
"It's All Love" Yahoo! Music Unlimited | iTunes | Napster | Rhapsody | Real | Connect
"Be Yourself and 5 Other Cliches" Yahoo! Music Unlimited | iTunes | Napster | Rhapsody | Real | Connect

Rock Star Supernova lost Jason Newsted after an accident that resulted in a torn anterior labrum in his left shoulder and a rotator cuff and bicep tear in the right. Newsted suffered the injuries while trying to catch a 90-lb bass head that had fallen from atop his amp. The combination of surgery and a lengthy rehab assignment could leave him sidelined for up to nine months.

Dates for the band's upcoming tour are as follows. Additional tour info can be found at www.supernovarockshop.com

Rock Star Supernova Featured at Yahoo! Music!
Rock Star Supernova is the New Now feature at Yahoo! Music! Click here to check out video of their performance & interview at Yahoo! Plus you'll see photos and more!

Rock Star Supernova On Tour!
12/31/06          Las Vegas, NV                          The Joint
01/01/06          Las Vegas, NV                          The Joint
01/16/07          Hollywood, FL                          Seminole Hard Rock Live
01/17/07          Orlando, FL                               Hard Rock Live
01/19/07          Norfolk, VA                                Constant Convocation Center
01/20/07          Buffalo, NY                               Shea's Performing Arts Center
01/21/07            Albany, NY                              Pepsi Arena
01/23/07          Montreal, QC                            Bell Centre
01/24/07          Toronto, ON                              Massey Hall
01/26/07          Atlantic City, NJ                        Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa
01/27/07          Wallingford, CT                        Chevrolet Theatre
01/28/07          Worchester, MA                        DCU Center
01/30/07          Philadelphia, PA                       Wachovia Spectrum
01/31/07          New York, NY                            Radio City Music Hall
02/02/07          Columbus, OH                          Schottenstein Center
02/03/07          Chicago, IL                                 Rosemont Theatre
02/05/07          Detroit, MI                                   Fox Theatre
02/07/07          Des Moines, IO                         Wells Fargo Arena
02/08/07          Minneapolis, MN                       Roy Wilkins Auditorium
02/09/07          Fargo, ND                                   Fargodome
02/11/07          Dallas, TX                                   Nokia Theatre at Grand Prairie
02/13/07          Loveland, CO                             Budweiser Events Center
02/16/07          Portland, OR                              Memorial Coliseum
02/18/07          Everett, WA                                 Everett Events Center
02/19/07          Vancouver, BC                           Queen Elizabeth Theatre
02/21/07          Sacramento, CA                        ARCO Arena
02/22/07          Oakland, CA                               Oakland Arena
02/24/07          Phoenix, CA                                Cricket Pavilion
02/25/07          San Diego, CA                            Pala Casino
02/27/07          Long Beach, CA                         Long Beach Arena

Academy to Salute Film Editor Dede AllenAcademy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will come together to salute three-time Oscar®-nominated film editor Dede Allen on Tuesday, November 7, at 7:30 p.m. at the Academy Theater at Lighthouse International in New York City.

The Academy members-only event, hosted by Peter Travers, senior film editor at Rolling Stone, will highlight her career through film clips and feature a conversation with Allen and directors Lumet, Penn, and film editors Jerry Greenberg, Richard Marks and Craig McKay.

In a career spanning nearly 50 years, Allen began as a messenger at Columbia Pictures. Her first editing job came in 1959 in Robert Wise’s “Odds against Tomorrow.” She went on to edit Robert Rossen’s “The Hustler” and Elia Kazan’s “America America.”

In 1967, she edited Penn’s “Bonnie and Clyde,” which launched an editing style that has been imitated ever since. It made Allen one of the most sought-after professionals in the industry.

Allen received Academy Award® nominations for her work on “Dog Day Afternoon,” “Reds” (shared with McKay) and “Wonder Boys,” and she has represented film editors on the Academy Board of Governors for nine terms through July of this year.

The Academy Theater at Lighthouse International is located at 111 East 59th Street in New York City. Doors open at 7 p.m.

 

 

©A.M.P.A.S.®

 

Toys 'R' Us Names Blue Man Group Percussion Tubes One of the Hottest Holiday Toys of the Year

 Nov. 2 -- As the holiday shopping season commences, ToyQuest today announced that the toy authority, Toys "R" Us, has named Blue Man Group Percussion Tubes among the "Fabulous 15" best new toys of 2006. The unique design of the Blue Man Group inspired Percussion Tubes and its ability to fuse multiple technologies with musical interaction attracted the attention of Toys "R" Us, while the company's toy authorities complied its "Fabulous 15" list from its assortment of 36 Hot Holiday Toys for 2006.

The Percussion Tubes is one of two Blue Man Group musical instruments launched nationwide this summer. Both instruments, the Keyboard Experience and Percussion Tubes feature proximity sensor technology, which allow kids to mix and layer music with a simple wave of their hands, pre-programmed songs, interchangeable instrument sounds, and iPod or MP3 compatibility.

"Our goal was to harness the energy, excitement and creativity of Blue Man Group while completely reinventing the way kids approach and interact with music," states Bob Del Principe, ToyQuest Vice President of Research & Development. Del Principe adds, "Anyone who has seen a Blue Man Group performance is amazed at the bizarre and clever musical instruments they use in their shows. Working with their creative team, we were able to capture that feel, sound, and look. The Blue Man Group instruments get kids to actively interact with music in a way like never before."

Prices vary from $69.99 to $89.99 and target children ages eight and older. For more information, visit http://www.bluemangroupinstruments.com/.

About ToyQuest

ToyQuest develops, manufactures and markets high quality proprietary toys and toys licensed from popular intellectual properties worldwide, including Disney, Nickelodeon, Warner Brothers, Star Wars, Sesame Street, and Little Tikes. ToyQuest uses innovative technology to design products that are fun for children and build on their natural creativity. For more information, visit http://www.toyquest.com/.

About Blue Man Group

Blue Man Group is best known for their wildly popular theatrical shows, which combine music, comedy and multimedia theatrics to create a form of entertainment that is totally unique. The blissful party atmosphere created at their live events has become the trademark of a Blue Man experience. The company's appeal to a broad range of age groups and cultural backgrounds is a quality that distinguishes all of their endeavors, which also include scoring projects (most recently the animated feature Robots), commercial projects (such as Intel), and television programs (such as the ongoing storyline of Blue Man Group in Arrested Development). http://www.blueman.com/

Willie Nelson's New Politically Charged Song 'Whatever Happened To Peace On Earth' Has Debut on Imus In The Morning Prior to Elections

Song Featuring Ben Harper, Jack Johnson & Michael McDonald to Benefit National Veterans Foundation Through Digital Release On November 21

 Nov. 2 /PRNewswire/ -- Music legend Willie Nelson has written and recorded a new song titled "Whatever Happened To Peace On Earth?" that had its exclusive debut on the popular syndicated radio program Imus In The Morning on November 2, just prior to the upcoming elections. The single will be released by Lost Highway at online digital stores beginning on November 21, with the proceeds going to benefit the National Veterans Foundation. Prior to that, the song can be heard through nvf.org.

Nelson's politically charged "Whatever Happened To Peace On Earth?" speaks out about the current political climate and world conditions. Nelson had some friends help him out on the controversial track, including Ben Harper, Jack Johnson, Michael McDonald and Patrick Simmons (Doobie Brothers).

Along with being one America's greatest songwriters and performers, Nelson has built a reputation for taking a stand and being a voice for those in need. His annual Farm Aid concert and foundation to help this country's farmers is only one example of that. In "Whatever Happened To Peace On Earth?" Nelson speaks his mind honestly and directly when he sings:

                And the bewildered herd is still believing                 Everything we've been told from our birth                         Hell they won't lie to me                           Not on my own damn TV                    But how much is a liar's word worth                  And whatever happened to peace on earth  

"Whatever Happened To Peace On Earth?" - Written by Willie Nelson, featuring:

   Willie Nelson - Vocals and Lead Guitar  Jack Johnson - Vocals    Michael McDonald - Vocals and Keyboard  Ben Harper - Slide Guitar    Pat Simmons Sr - Vocals and             Lukas Nelson - Lead/Rhythm Guitar                     Acoustic Guitar    Pat Simmons Jr - Acoustic Lead Guitar   Micah Nelson - Drums    Amy Holland - Vocals                    Donnie Smith - Bass    Marty Dread - Vocals                    David Choy - Saxophone 

For more information on "Whatever Happened To Peace On Earth?" please contact

Jim Flammia at Lost Highway Records (615) 524-7507 or jim.flammia@umusic.com

                   Whatever Happened To Peace On Earth?                          Written By Willie Nelson                 There's so many things going on in the world                                Babies dying                               Mothers crying                    How much oil is one human life worth                  And what ever happened to peace on earth                   We believe everything that they tell us                           They're gonna' kill us                        So we gotta' kill them first                        But I remember a commandment                            Thou shall not kill                   How much is that soldier's life worth                  And whatever happened to peace on earth                                   (Chorus)                 And the bewildered herd is still believing                 Everything we've been told from our birth                         Hell they won't lie to me                           Not on my own damn TV                    But how much is a liar's word worth                  And whatever happened to peace on earth                             So I guess it's just                  Do unto others before they do it to you              Let's just kill em' all and let God sort em' out                      Is this what God wants us to do                  And the bewildered herd is still believing                 Everything we've been told from our birth                         Hell they won't lie to me                           Not on my own damn TV                    But how much is a liar's word worth                  And whatever happened to peace on earth                Now you probably won't hear this on your radio                       Probably not on your local TV           But if there's a time, and if you're ever so inclined                       You can always hear it from me                    How much is one picker's word worth                  And whatever happened to peace on earth                    But don't confuse caring for weakness                       You can't put that label on me                 The truth is my weapon of mass protection                     And I believe truth sets you free                               (Repeat Chorus) 

Source: Lost Highway Records

Two Big Names in Entertainment - BLOCKBUSTER and Jessica Simpson - Launch BLOCKBUSTER Total Access(TM)

Simpson Receives Nation's First BLOCKBUSTER Total Access Celebrity VIP Membership and Shares Her Top-5 Favorite Rentals

 Nov. 2 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- To mark the launch of BLOCKBUSTER Total Access(TM) -- the totally new rental program that gives online subscribers unprecedented access to movies -- Blockbuster Inc. (NYSE:BBI) (NYSE:BBI.B) today is hosting a celebration event for consumers and employees against the backdrop of Hollywood's famous Kodak Theater, and will present the first-ever BLOCKBUSTER Total Access celebrity VIP membership to well-known entertainer Jessica Simpson.

BLOCKBUSTER Total Access gives online customers the option of returning their DVDs through the mail or exchanging them at one of more than 5,000 participating BLOCKBUSTER(R) stores for free in-store movie rentals.

"When we were considering our first BLOCKBUSTER Total Access celebrity VIP member, we wanted someone who personifies entertainment because BLOCKBUSTER Total Access is all about entertainment -- and Jessica does just that. She's a popular, contemporary entertainer whose fans love her, and we think customers are going to love BLOCKBUSTER Total Access as well. Designed with the contemporary movie enthusiast in mind, BLOCKBUSTER Total Access is a whole new way to rent," said Blockbuster Chairman and CEO John Antioco.

Simpson -- born and raised in Dallas, Blockbuster's headquarters -- is an avid movie fan who shared a list of some of her favorites. The following are Jessica's top-5 movie-rental favorites, in no particular order:

   * "Great Expectations," starring Gwyneth Paltrow and Ethan Hawke    * "When Harry Met Sally," starring Meg Ryan and Billy Crystal    * "Lady Sings the Blues," starring Diana Ross and Billy Dee Williams    * "Fight Club," starring Brad Pitt and Edward Norton    * "Legends of the Fall," starring Brad Pitt and Aidan Quinn    About BLOCKBUSTER Total Access 

BLOCKBUSTER Total Access gives online customers the option of returning their DVDs through the mail or exchanging them at one of more than 5,000 participating BLOCKBUSTER stores, or a combination of the two.

For each online rental exchanged in the store, customers can receive a free in-store movie rental. In-store movies are still subject to store rental terms, including due dates, and must be returned to the store from which they were rented. The new program, available only from Blockbuster, means BLOCKBUSTER Total Access subscribers don't need to wait to get DVDs through the mail, essentially allowing them to double the number of movies they can access each month.

BLOCKBUSTER Total Access customers can also benefit from faster shipping cycles. When subscribers return their online rentals to a participating BLOCKBUSTER store, the store check-in process automatically initiates the shipment of the next available movie(s) in the subscriber's rental queue, whether they take advantage of the in-store exchange option or not. That means BLOCKBUSTER Total Access customers generally will get their online movie(s) a day faster than if they had dropped the return movies in the mail.

BLOCKBUSTER Total Access customers will also receive a free in-store movie rental coupon each month. Subscribers can use the monthly rental coupon in the same visit with their in-store exchanges for another free movie, or by itself if they have already returned their DVDs through the mail or just aren't ready to return their online rentals yet.

With more than 60,000 titles to choose from online Blockbuster delivers DVDs right to subscribers' mailboxes in return pre-paid postage envelopes. There are no due dates or late fees with movies rented from Blockbuster's online rental service, and subscription plans start as low as $5.99 a month, with the $17.99 three-out unlimited movie plan being the most popular. A two- week free trial membership to BLOCKBUSTER Total Access is available for a limited time. Visit http://www.blockbuster.com/ for details.

About Blockbuster

Blockbuster Inc. (BBI, BBI.B) is a leading global provider of in-home movie and game entertainment with approximately 8,500 stores throughout the Americas, Europe, Asia and Australia. The company may be accessed worldwide at http://www.blockbuster.com

The Woods

Falburn Academy is a prestigious all-girls boarding school nestled deep within the forest. Its newest student, Heather Fasulo (Agnes Bruckner), isn’t like the others – she hears voices. Left by her parents (Bruce Campbell, Emma Campbell) under the menacing watch of headmistress Ms. Traverse (Patricia Clarkson) and her eerie staff, she quickly realizes that nothing at Falburn is what it seems. When her classmates begin mysteriously disappearing into the forest, Heather uncovers a horrifying secret – and receives an education in terror. At Falburn, the biggest lesson to be learned is that there’s no escaping The Woods.

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Road to Guantanamo

The Road to Guantanamo is an intense, political, docu-drama about three young men, British nationals of Muslim faith who were held for two years without charges in the American military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Known as the 'Tipton Three,' in reference to their home town in Britain, the three were eventually returned to Britain and released, still having had no formal charges ever made against them at any time during their ordeal.

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Hard Luck

Wesley Snipes (Blade) is 'Lucky,' an infamous ex-con whose road to redemption is about to take some very unlucky turns. Against his own better judgment he agrees to celebrate a gangster's birthday, which turns out to be a setup that catapults Lucky back into a frenzied game of cat and mouse between him and a band of dirty cops. In no time, Lucky steals millions of dollars, kidnaps a hot-tempered pole dancer, and finds himself on an explosive and bizarre collision course with the police, the hitmen and a pair of sadistic serial killers!

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Art School Confidential

Talented and ambitious young artist Jerome Platz (Max Minghella) escapes from high school to a tiny East Coast art school where he wants to become the world's greatest artist, like his hero Picasso. Unfortunately, the beauty and craft of Jerome's portraiture are not appreciated in an anything-goes art class. He does manage to attract the attention of his dream girl, Audrey, an artist’s model who is drawn to Jerome’s sincerity. But, when Audrey shifts her attention to a hunky painter who becomes the school’s latest art star, the heartbroken Jerome concocts a risky plan to make a name for himself and win her back.

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Fatal Contact: Bird Flu in America

Ripped straight from the headlines! When a mutation of Avian Flu is discovered in a local marketplace, China sends an emergency summons to Dr. Iris Varnack (Joely Richardson) of the Epidemic Intelligence Service. When she arrives, she discovers her efforts may be too late - an American businessman has become the first victim of a strain that is passed from human to human. As the flu begins its insidious spread, Secretary of Health and Human Services Collin Reed (Stacy Keach) races to combat the ensuing chaos. The victim's wife, Denise Connelly (Ann Cusack), does what she can to help other infected people. It wasn't supposed to happen this way - until it did.

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MTV Networks 'Virtual Laguna Beach' Lets Fans Go on Spring Break and to the Prom - Just Like Laguna Beach Cast Members

All Remaining Episodes of Laguna Beach to Premiere In-World One Day Prior to On-Air Premiere

Nov. 1 Want to spend spring break in Cabo with the cast of Laguna Beach or hang with Cartel after a private concert at prom, and, in the process, get sneak peaks of the show the day before its on-air debut? Now is your chance.

MTV Networks' Music Group today announced a series of upcoming events that will take place in "Virtual Laguna Beach," the social networking platform that integrates television programming with virtual world technology. All events in-world are designed to let fans "live" out the storylines they see on-air by creating special environments that mirror the story arcs and themes of the television show. Virtual Laguna Beach members even get the chance to watch full episodes of Laguna Beach a full day before they air on MTV.

  Upcoming events in-world include:   * Spring Break -- featuring an appearance from Laguna cast members Kyndra     and Cami -- Premiers Nov. 1, 2006     Members can take a road trip down to Cabo San Lucas, blow off some     steam, soak up the sun, participate in games and even partake in bikini     contests, just as the cast does on-air. Kyndra and Cami from Laguna     Beach season three will join the party in-world at Spring Break on     November 1, 2006 and members will have a chance to win great prizes.    * Prom, featuring a performance by hot new band Cartel -- Premieres Nov.     7, 2006 Take a risk at dating games, and show off your dance moves as     you party the night away at Prom. In addition, enjoy a special concert     by Cartel and an opportunity afterward to meet the band in-world.  

The upcoming events round out a series of in-world specials in the past month. Fans in Virtual Laguna Beach have already strutted their stuff in a virtual fashion show, mirroring the fashion show on-air, crowned their own King and Queen at the Winter Formal, following the exclusive in-world premiere of the Winter Formal episode, and enjoyed in-world appearances by several cast members.

All remaining episodes of Laguna Beach will premiere in-world one day prior to the on-air premier. Earlier this month, MTV became the first television network to ever debut a television show in a virtual world.

Virtual Laguna Beach is available for free download at http://www.vlb.mtv.com/.

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Michael Irvin, Eric Dickerson, Jose Canseco, Darryl Strawberry, Roy Jones Jr., Bruce Smith, Wade Boggs Among Those to Star in 'Pros vs Joes' on Spike TV

New Season of Hit Reality Series Premieres January '07

America's most bold and outspoken armchair quarterbacks clearly haven't learned their lesson from some of sports' biggest names. Spike TV premieres a new 10-episode season of the popular sports-themed reality series, Pros vs. Joes, featuring regular guys competing in a variety of sports against an incredible array of sports legends in January 2007.

Season two of Pros vs. Joes features many of sports' biggest and most talked-about athletes over the last twenty years. The impressive roster includes:

Michael Irvin, Eric Dickerson, Wade Boggs, Jose Canseco, Darryl Strawberry, Bruce Smith, Roy Jones Jr., Andre Reed, John Starks, Vince Coleman, Kordell Stewart, Andre Rison, Tim Hardaway, Grant Fuhr, Rob Dibble, Rik Smits, Will Clark, Spud Webb, Kevin Willis, Randy Couture, Mark Jackson, Robby Ginepri, and Cobi Jones.

Pros vs. Joes will be taped at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Ca. The series is hosted by former USC running back and Los Angeles sports television/radio personality, Petros Papadakis.

Season One (March-May 2006) averaged a robust 1.0 household rating, with a 1.06 in M18-49, a 1.24 in M18-34 and an average audience of 1.1 million viewers.

Pros vs. Joes is produced by Mess Media and MY Entertainment. Serving as executive producers are Scott Messick, President, Mess Media; Michael Yudin, President of MY Entertainment; and Joe Townley. Sharon Levy and Tim Duffy are Executives in Charge of Production for Spike TV.

Spike TV, the first network for men, is available in 90 million homes and is a division of MTV Networks. MTV Networks, a division of Viacom International Inc. (NYSE:VIA) (NYSE:VIA.B) .

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Source: MTV Networks Cowboy Hats and Blonde Beauties Among Faves Predicted to Win the '40th Annual CMA Awards' in First Ever CMT Poll

Alan Jackson, Kenny Chesney, Faith Hill and Carrie Underwood Favored to Take Top Awards

Respondents Rank Brooks & Dunn As The Best Companion With Their Coffee

NASHVILLE, Tenn., Nov. 1 /PRNewswire/ -- America tips its hat to established country artists, cowboys and blondes, according to the findings of a recent CMT poll to predict winners of the "40th Annual CMA Awards." In celebration of one of country music's most glam events, CMT commissioned the telephone poll using a random national sample of 1,002 adults 18 and older, and asked who they personally thought would win CMA's Entertainer, Album, Song, Female Vocalist, Male Vocalist and Horizon categories.

Respondents ranked Kenny Chesney as their top choice for Entertainer of the Year with 22% of the vote, but the race was close with Brooks & Dunn taking 19%. Respondents also ranked Brooks & Dunn the clear favorite when asked who, of the Entertainer of the Year nominees, they would most like to invite over for coffee.

Alan Jackson is predicted to receive two category wins, with Precious Memories ranking as the clear winner for Album of the Year. Jackson was also predicted to receive Male Vocalist of the Year.

The only newcomer to top the list, Carrie Underwood's hit song "Jesus Take the Wheel" took top honors for Song of the Year. She also received nearly half of all votes for the Horizon Award category with a whopping 47%.

  Complete CMT poll results are as follows:   Entertainer of the Year - Kenny Chesney (22%)   Album of the Year - Alan Jackson's Precious Memories (33%)   Song of the Year - Carrie Underwood's "Jesus Take the Wheel" (26%)   Female Vocalist of the Year - Faith Hill (32%)   Male Vocalist of the Year - Alan Jackson (29%)   Horizon Award - Carrie Underwood (47%)   Invite for Coffee - Brooks & Dunn (24%)  

CMT goes live once again with its annual, exclusive coverage of "The 40th Annual CMA Awards," with CMA RED CARPET 2006 airing from the Gaylord Entertainment Center in Nashville, Tenn. on Monday, November 6 at 7:00-8:00 p.m. ET/PT. CMT hosts Lance Smith and Katie Cook are joined by "American Idol" sweetheart, Kellie Pickler, to bring the audience unparalleled coverage of the 40th anniversary of the CMA Awards.

In addition, fans can log on to CMT.com for an exclusive all-access pass to the "40th Annual CMA Awards" with a dedicated fan site, streaming news and live red carpet coverage on CMT Loaded. CMT.com has the inside scoop with in- depth news coverage, photo galleries, interactive games, fan voting, video and Radio CMA, a web broadcast featuring music by current nominees and past winners.

Visit CMT's press-only web site www.cmtpress.com for more information and downloadable photos on all of CMT's programming.

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Source: CMT Graham Nash to Make Northern California Appearances November 1 & 2:

On 11/1, Nash Joins President Bill Clinton, House Democrats Nancy Pelosi and Rahm Emmanuel, Jackson Browne & Others at the Warfield Theatre for an Event to Benefit Progressive Democratic Congressional Candidates

On 11/2, in Honor of Butte College's Exhibition of His Photographic Work, Nash Will Attend Receptions in Oroville at 2pm and in Chico at 7pm

 Nov. 1 -- Art, photography, music and politics are all on the agenda as legendary singer-songwriter, fine art photographer, digital realm pioneer and activist Graham Nash makes a swing through Northern California this week. Nash's Northern California itinerary begins Wed., November 1 as he joins former President Bill Clinton, Democratic Leader of the House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi and Congressman & DCCC Chairman Rahm Emmanuel for a 6PM event at S.F.'s historic Warfield Theatre. In an effort to win back the House through the Nov. 7 mid-term elections, the event will benefit the progressive Democratic congressional candidates who oppose the Iraq War.

Graham -- whose long history of passionate political, environmental and social activism has always been integrated into his music career -- will give a special performance on a bill also including Jackson Browne and Fred Martin & The Levite Camp. Clinton, Pelosi and Emmanuel will speak at the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee-sponsored event. The Warfield is located at 982 Market Street in San Francisco; for tickets and information, contact the DCCC at 202-485-3501 or sfclintonevent@dccc.org.

On Thurs., November 2, Graham Nash dons his visual artist and cyber- visionary hats for two events related to Butte College's exhibition of his photographic work. At 2PM, Nash will speak at the school's innovative Digital Outdoor Gallery on their main Oroville, CA campus, where his photographs are to be displayed in newly installed, weatherized cases. The images were selected by Dennis Wickes, a Multimedia Department instructor and advisor for student organization Butte Art & Design (BAD); he conceived the show after seeing the museum exhibition Eye to Eye: Photographs by Graham Nash in Southern California in early '06. Earlier this year, Wickes also visited Nash Editions, revered for its pioneering inventions in digital fine art printing, which Graham co-founded in 1990 with Mac Holbert, who will be present as well. Situated equidistant between the cities of Chico, Paradise and Oroville, Butte College is located at 3536 Butte Campus Drive, Oroville, CA, 95965 (and online at www.butte.edu).

At 7PM on Nov. 2, Nash and Holbert will also attend a second reception -- open to the public -- at 222 2nd Street in downtown Chico, adjacent to Butte's 2nd Street Digital Outdoor Gallery. In addition to the eight images on view in Oroville -- including portraits of David Crosby, Bob Dylan, Joni Mitchell and Nash's self-portrait from the book cover of Eye To Eye -- five more will be on display outside at the 2nd Street Gallery, and seventeen more will be hung inside the reception space. For more information, contact Prof. Wickes' office at 530-895-2975.

Originally published in hardcover in 2004, the book Eye to Eye: Photographs by Graham Nash will be released as a softcover edition in Spring 2007 by Five Ties Publishing.
Courtney Love to Sign Copies of Her Memoir at Borders(R) in San Francisco

Who: Academy Award(R) nominee, Golden Globe(R) Award nominee, actress and rock musician, Courtney Love.

What: Courtney Love signs copies of her memoir, "Dirty Blonde: The Diaries of Courtney Love."

  When:  Friday, Nov. 3 from 7 to 9 p.m.    Where:  Borders-San Francisco           200 King Street at 2nd Street           San Francisco, CA           (415) 357-9931  

Why: Committed to providing entertainment and knowledge to every community with a Borders store, Borders offers customers the opportunity to meet their favorite authors and musicians in a friendly and welcoming atmosphere. With the Oct. 31 release of "Dirty Blonde: The Diaries of Courtney Love" and just in time for the holidays, fans of Courtney Love will have the opportunity to meet the actress and musician and be among the first to have the chance to purchase a copy of the book and have it autographed.

Additional

Information: To ensure Ms. Love is able to meet all of the fans attending this event, no photographs are allowed. No items other than the book, "Dirty Blond: The Diaries of Courtney Love" will be autographed. She will be unable to personalize her message when autographing books. No memorabilia, DVDs, CDs or other recordings by Ms. Love, will be signed.

Beginning Friday, Nov. 3 at 10 a.m., 400 wristbands will be given out to customers who have purchased a copy of "Dirty Blond: The Diaries of Courtney Love." There is a limit of five autographed books per wristband. Wristbands will be given out on a first come, first served basis and will offer customers a place in line, but do not guarantee a chance to meet Ms. Love. Copies of the book will be available for purchase at Borders stores.

Catherine Zeta-Jones and Harry Connick, Jr. to Headline Star-Studded Evening Celebrating the Love Affair Between Hollywood and Broadway

   Stars of Stage and Screen Gather for Second Annual 'A Fine Romance'              to Benefit the Motion Picture & Television Fund    WHAT           An evening of celebrity performances honoring musicals from                  stage and screen.    WHEN           Saturday, Nov. 18; press line opens 5:00 p.m.;                  celebrity arrivals start at approximately 6:00 p.m.    WHERE          Sunset Gower Studios, 1438 N. Gower Street,                  Hollywood, CA  90028    WHO            Celebrities performing and/or attending include:                  Christina Applegate, Kristen Bell, Harry Connick, Jr.,                  Michael Douglas, Jennifer Hudson, Andrea McArdle,                  Audra McDonald, Shirley MacLaine, Bernadette Peters,                  Patrick Wilson, Rita Wilson, Marissa Jaret Winokur,                  Catherine Zeta-Jones.    MEDIA ACCESS   Media will be permitted to cover celebrity arrivals;                  no press will be admitted into the event.  All media must                  be credentialed in advance.    SPONSORS       Event sponsors include rehearsals.com, Sunset Gower                  Studios, Sentient Jet Membership, The Hollywood Reporter,                  Henri Zimand and Zimand Entertainment.    CHARITY        For 85 years, the Motion Picture & Television Fund has been                  a major service organization, promoting the well-being of                  California's entertainment community.  Healthcare and                  childcare, retirement care and charitable social services                  are provided with compassion and respect for the dignity of                  the whole person.  Charity is at the heart of what MPTF                  does at the Motion Picture & Television Fund's Country                  House and hospital, five health centers, Samuel Goldwyn                  Foundation Children's Center, and through financial                  assistance and community outreach programs.  For more                  information about MPTF visit www.mptvfund.org .

'Guantanamero' World Premiere Screening and After Party to Benefit Human Rights Watch

A Controversial Film Deals With Human Rights of an Escaped Guantanamo Bay Detainee Who Finds Love in Havana

 Nov. 1NDF International, a London-based production company, has announced today that they will hold a Gala Premiere Screening of their new UK-Spanish film, "Guantanamero," on November 2, 2006 during the American Film Market at The Highlands in Los Angeles.

"Guantanamero," directed by Vicente Penarrocha and starring Rupert Evans ("Hellboy"), Natalia Verbeke ("Son of the Bride") and Derek Jacobi ("Gladiator"), gives the audience a chilling look into the tortured psyche of a detainee at Guantanamo Bay (Evans), haunted by his experiences in the camp, and, in a strange twist of fate, thrown into the sensual world of Havana where he is forced to come to terms with his freedom and his emerging love for Manuela (Verbeke), a beautiful Cuban dancer, while he wrestles with finding his way between fantasy and reality.

Produced by NDF International, a company behind such notable films as "Howards End," "The Crying Game" and "Basquait" the film tackles the thorniest questions of abuse in US detention facilities and its legacy for tortured and torturer alike. This hot-button political issue has been the subject of an ongoing, front and center debate amongst the International community and the worldwide media since 2001. The producers have teamed up with Human Rights Watch to make sure that the message, "Torture is Never Acceptable," is sent around the world.

The screening will be followed by an after party hosted by Taboo of the Black Eyed Peas and will feature a Live performance by Wu-Tang Clan's Ghostface Killah, Cypress Hill's DJ Muggs, DJ Eric Cubeechee and DJ Poet Name Life, among other leading entertainers. Above all, three of the Revolution Players, featured on the original soundtrack to Guantanamero, are being flown in specifically from Cuba for the event. Profits from the event will go to Human Rights Watch.

"We are very proud of this film," said Michiyo Yoshizaki, the film's producer. "Aside from being a stunning piece of cinema, the film carries a vital message to the US and the international community. We are thrilled to be involved with an institution as influential and important as Human Rights Watch to ensure that the film's central message of rejecting torture is heard loud and clear."

The film's soundtrack was specially recorded in Havana and London in 2005 by six of the world's most respected contemporary producers including Norman Cook (a.k.a. Fat Boy Slim), Guy Sigsworth (Britney Spears, Bjork), Stan Kybert (Oasis), Cameron McVey (Massive Attack), Poet Name Life (Black Eyed Peas), Rich File (UNKLE) and Marius DeVries (Moulin Rouge). The producers recorded all the tracks with some of the hottest new generation of Cuban music stars who came together for the first time especially for this project.

"Guantanamero" is represented by Peace Arch Films for sales and distribution.

Source: NDF International

Country Music Icon Randy Owen of Alabama and Country Star Blake Shelton Join Anastasia Brown as Judges for Season 5 of 'NASHVILLE STAR,' Presented by SONIC

Jewel to Host with Cowboy Troy Returning as Co-Host; Show Premieres on its New Night, Thursday, January 11 at 10pm/9 Central

Nov. 1 Over 20,000 singers auditioned nationwide over the past few months and thousands more submitted via tape for USA's hit talent search NASHVILLE STAR. As the selection narrows to find the final 10 that will be part of the show's fifth season premiere on Thursday, January 11 (10pm/9 Central), Grammy Award winner Randy Owen and country star Blake Shelton have joined seasons three and four judge Anastasia Brown in the show's panel of judges. The announcement was made today by Jeff Wachtel, executive vice president, original programming, USA Network.

"We've created the perfect panel of judges for season five," says Wachtel. "Anastasia brings continuity from the previous seasons and is a hot industry insider who isn't afraid to speak her mind. Blake is a new, young, smart country voice who has had great success in a short period of time. And of course Randy is country royalty, bringing knowledge and experience in his own unique way."

As the lead singer, rhythm guitarist and principle songwriter, Randy Owen led the famed super group Alabama from humble beginnings playing for tips in coastal North Carolina bars to the band's 2005 induction into the Country Music Hall of Fame. With a career that to date has resulted in 21 gold, platinum and multi-platinum albums and 42 number one singles, Alabama has received over 150 industry awards including 8 country music "Entertainer of the Year" honors, 2 Grammys, 2 People's Choice Awards and their very own star on the "Hollywood Walk of Fame." They were named the "Artist of the Decade" by the Academy of Country Music in 1989 and "Country Group of the Century" by the Recording Industry Association of America in 1999. They have racked up sales of over 58 million records worldwide, making them the ninth biggest selling group of all time, ahead of such rock greats as Led Zeppelin, The Doors, Queen, The Beach Boys, Pink Floyd and The Who. The band recently released Alabama - Songs of Inspiration which garnered a record 41,000 orders in a single hour on shopping giant QVC.

Country star Blake Shelton, whose debut single "Austin" occupied the top of the charts for five straight weeks, set the stage for a long and successful career. Since "Austin," Blake has been a mainstay on country radio and video outlets with a number of number one singles including "The Baby" and "Some Beach." Along with this success, he has sold over 2 million records and has set recording breaking concert tours with Toby Keith and Rascal Flatts, to name a few. Currently gearing up for the release of his fourth album on Warner Bros. Records, Shelton's lead off single and video "Don't Make Me" is currently moving up the charts. Additionally, Shelton has received numerous CMA and ACM nominations and was named Top New Male Artist by Billboard Magazine and Breakthrough Artist of the Year by R&R.

A leading music industry expert, Anastasia Brown started her music career as Miles Copeland's partner in spearheading the operations for Firstars Nashville where she discovered, developed and secured major label record deals, while representing country music star Keith Urban. She also worked with artists ranging from Sting and Peter Frampton, to John Berry and Junior Brown. After making her mark in Nashville, Brown expanded her horizons to Hollywood and is now partnered with media entrepreneur & movie producer Eric Geadelmann in 821 Entertainment Group, a media, entertainment and technology holding company that she serves as President of with divisions in motion picture development & production, recorded music, publishing and supervisory services and digital distribution.

For its fifth season premiere in January 2007, NASHVILLE STAR will become the longest-running competition series on cable television. As previously announced, Jewel will serve as host and Cowboy Troy as co-host.

The first four seasons of the series have launched the careers of promising artists including Chris Young, Buddy Jewell, Miranda Lambert and Erika Jo. Jewell debuted his self-titled CD at No. 1 on the Billboard Country Albums chart, which was eventually certified gold by the RIAA. Runner-up Miranda Lambert became a household name when her "Kerosene" became the highest-selling debut album of 2005 and then went on to be certified gold as well. Erika Jo landed at No. 5 on the same chart with her self-titled debut CD and at No. 27 on the Hot 200 Album Chart (all genres). Most recently, Chris Young debuted his self-entitled CD at #3 on the Billboard Country Albums chart, making him the top selling debut male artist of 2006.

NASHVILLE STAR will continue to be broadcast live from the Acuff Theatre in Nashville.

SONIC, America's Drive-In (NASDAQ:SONC) , the nation's largest drive-in restaurant chain, is the exclusive presenting partner of the fifth season of NASHVILLE STAR.

NASHVILLE STAR is created by Reveille and executive produced by Ben Silverman ("The Biggest Loser," "The Office") and H.T. Owens ("The Restaurant," "30 Days"). Jeff Boggs will executive produce in association with Reveille. Todd Lubin ("30 Days," "Black.White") serves as co-executive producer. The show is produced by Jon Small ("Garth Brooks Live From Central Park," "Billy Joel Live at Yankee Stadium") and his production company, Picture Vision, alongside co-executive producer Mark Koops ("The Restaurant," "Blow Out").

For photos of Randy Owen, Blake Shelton, Jewel and Cowboy Troy, as well as photos from previous seasons of NASHVILLE STAR, please log on to the NBC Universal Media Village at http://www.nbcumv.com/.

Reveille is a leading independent production and distribution company focused on exploiting worldwide intellectual property rights through scripted and alternative television formats. Launched in March of 2002 by Ben Silverman, the company produces innovative entertainment programming across all television genres such as the Emmy Award-winning "The Office" (NBC), which has also received two Television Critics Association Awards; "The Biggest Loser" (NBC); "Ugly Betty" (ABC); "House of Boateng" (Sundance Channel); "30 Days" (FX); "Blow Out" (Bravo); "Bound For Glory" (ESPN); "Nashville Star" (USA); "Date My Mom" (MTV); and "The Restaurant" (NBC). Reveille is also the world leader in creating integrated marketing opportunities for leading advertisers while developing alternative financing paradigms. In addition, Reveille's growing library of programming is distributed to more than 150 countries worldwide through Reveille International. The company maintains offices in Los Angeles and New York.

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 in 3Q06, USA Network is seen in 90 million U.S. homes. The USA Network Web site is located at 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

Hip Hop Icon Snoop Dogg Readies for Highly Anticipated Album 'Tha Blue Carpet Treatment' Due on November 21st, Tells Fans to Look Forward to Classic Snoop Album

New Single 'That's That' Featuring R. Kelly Most Added at Rhythmic and Urban Formats, MTV Video Premiere on November 7th

Superstar rapper and hip hop icon Snoop Dogg readies for his highly anticipated album "Tha Blue Carpet Treatment" releasing on November 21st through Doggystyle/Geffen. Early buzz from industry insiders promise a classic album complete with the reunion of Snoop and Dr. Dre with three bangers from the dynamic duo. This classic pairing marks the duo's first collaborative effort in approximately five years and promises to make history once again.

"Tha Blue Carpet Treatment" is a return to the original sound that put the Long Beach rapper on the map with Snoop keeping it gangsta on each and every record. Following the street single, "Vato," produced by Pharrell and featuring B-Real, comes the highly anticipated second single, "That's That" produced by Nottz and featuring R&B crooner R. Kelly. This catchy and melodic song was most added at Rhythmic and Urban formats, proving it is shaping up to be another platinum hit for the West Coast "Boss." Snoop says, "'That's That' is theme music for a classy gangsta party -- that's when you ladies pull out the high heels and the playas pull out the three-piece suits. You'll see in the video! Me and R. Kelly had a lot of fun shooting this one." The video for "That's That" will make its MTV Prime Time Premiere on November 7th.

Throughout the album, Snoop takes it back to the hood showcasing the gritty realness that helped shape his status as a cultural icon. XXL writes, "Snoop's lyrical fire seems resurrected, as he delivers arguably his most consistently scorching work post-Doggystyle." Thirsty fans will be thrilled with the thought provoking song "Imagine," produced by and featuring Dr. Dre, which reflects on what life would be like for the California natives without hip hop. The signature Dre piano riff is complimented by the D'Angelo sung chorus, marking the first time fans have heard D'Angelo in six long years. Another album favorite is club banger "Psst," produced by Jamie Foxx, N8 and Brainz and features Jamie Foxx's signature falsetto on the hook. The album also features two collaborations with Akon, "Boss's Life" produced by Dr. Dre and the current radio smash "I Wanna Love You," the latter also being on Akon's upcoming album. Of the album, Snoop says, "Tha Blue Carpet Treatment is my presentation to the world on what it means to be the King of the West Coast. I really worked extra hard on making this one perfect and got the best of the best among my homies in the music game -- Skateboard P, Timbaland, R. Kelly, D'Angelo ... and you know when me and Dr. Dre get together -- it's a monster."

As a gift to loyal fans, Snoop is treating 9 winners to "Tha Blue Carpet Treatment." Nine winning tickets will be placed inside random CDs of the album which reward the lucky recipient with a diamond Ice link watch. The grand prize winner will win a diamond Ice Link watch worth $100,000. Three winners will be prized with diamond Ice Link watches worth $10,000 and five winners will get diamond Ice Link watches worth $5,000.

The excitement for the album will continue to build as Snoop will be performing at this year's MTV European Music Awards on November 2nd, marking the rapper's first televised performance of the year. He will follow it up with a performance at this year's BET Hip Hop Awards, which will air on November 17th, where his feature film, "Boss'n Up" is nominated for Best Hip Hop Movie.

As if Snoop were not busy enough, he also recently released his first book, "Love Don't Live Here No More," a story loosely based on his own life's trials and tribulations. The book, co-written by playwright David E. Talbert, is the first in a series of novels called Doggy Tales that takes readers from the unforgiving streets of Long Beach to the bright lights of show business.

Source: Geffen Records

 

Oscar(R) Winner Jamie Foxx and Colin Farrell Star as Two Undercover Detectives Going Where No Cop Has Tread Before ... Into the Heart of Globalized Trafficking

'Miami Vice'

Be the First to Own the Thrilling Unrated Director's Edition DVD, Featuring New Footage Not Seen in Theaters

In Stores December 5, 2006 From Universal Studios Home Entertainment

 Nov. 1 From acclaimed writer-director-producer Michael Mann, "Miami Vice" explores the intricate dynamic between criminals and cops who risk everything as they navigate an international marketplace where third-world drug trafficking intersects with billion-dollar conglomerates. An intense film about globalized crime, "Miami Vice" blasts its way onto DVD in both R-rated and Unrated Director's Editions, as well as on an HD DVD combo disc on December 5, 2006 from Universal Studios Home Entertainment. The Unrated Director's Edition amps the intensity with a never-before-seen version of the film that features footage not shown in theaters, creating an exclusive motion-picture experience audiences won't want to miss. "Miami Vice" stars Oscar(R) winner Jamie Foxx ("Ray," "Collateral") and Colin Farrell ("S.W.A.T.," "Phone Booth") as Ricardo Tubbs and Sonny Crockett -- two undercover detectives going where no cop has tread before ... into the heart of globalized trafficking. The film also features an accomplished international cast, including Gong Li, Naomie Harris, Ciaran Hinds, Justin Theroux, Barry Shabaka Henley, Luis Tosar, Elizabeth Rodriguez and John Ortiz.

The feature "Miami Vice" is the big screen contemporization of one of the most groundbreaking series in history, now unrestricted by the limits of television. Created by Anthony Yerkovich and executive produced by Mann, the revolutionary show pioneered a new way for televised dramas to be conceived and staged. With this year's "Miami Vice," Mann continues to make his indelible influence on cinema as he explores the intriguing characters he developed for television to reveal the dangerous and alluring world of working deep undercover. The DVD is priced at $29.98.

CRITICS SHOWER "MIAMI VICE" WITH PRAISE

America's reviewers couldn't get enough of "Miami Vice's" spectacular action and dazzling energy. "A crime story that sizzles with action, sex and the visceral jolt of life on the edge," raves Peter Travers of Rolling Stone. "Explosive violence, terse talk, smart performances, disarming romance. Terrifically entertaining," enthuses Joe Morgenstern of the Wall Street Journal. The Village Voice's Scott Foundas proclaims, "(Nothing) will quite prepare you for the visceral impact of 'Vice.'"

A BARRAGE OF BONUS FEATURES

Blazing with excitement from the very first shot through the thrilling climax, the "Miami Vice" DVD includes exciting extras that provide an exclusive insider's look at the volatile and visually stunning world of "Miami Vice." Both the Rated and Unrated Director's Editions contain the following bonus features:

  *  Miami Vice Undercover -- Join actors Jamie Foxx and Colin Farrell as      they prepare for their immersion in undercover life through a regimen      of physical, mental and weapons training with a squad of experts.  Foxx      and Farrell learn from seasoned Federal agents and undercover      operatives brought in to develop an authentic three-month training      experience on-site in Miami.   *  Miami and Beyond: Shooting on Location -- Michael Mann and his location      team aggressively sought out locations to create the film's exotic      feel.  Follow the cast and crew as they film in locations from Miami      and Key West, Florida, to Paraguay, the Dominican Republic, Uruguay and      Brazil -- including the mysterious Ciudad del Este, a real-life haven      for drug traffickers, weapons dealers and international crime rings.  

The Unrated Director's Edition takes fans even deeper into the production of this groundbreaking film with the following in-depth bonus features:

  *  Visualizing Miami Vice -- Mann collaborated with Oscar(R)-winning      cinematographer Dion Beebe ("Collateral") to capture twenty-first      century Miami's distinctive, instantly recognizable aura. Since Mann      helped to usher in the image of a new Miami in the 1980s, the city has      grown more cosmopolitan, sophisticated and affluent.  From production      design to cinematography, discover how top technical experts in their      fields captured Miami's new muscular vitality.   *  Feature Commentary with writer-director-producer Michael Mann.   *  Behind-the-Scenes Featurettes -- This bonus feature provides a      behind-the-scenes peek at the making of the film, including an exciting      look at the actors' firearms training, the film's locations, and the      filming of one of the Unrated film's most exciting sequences - the boat      races.                                   SYNOPSIS 

"Miami Vice" begins as Sonny Crocket (Colin Farrell) and Ricardo Tubbs (Jamie Foxx) learn that a high-level leak has lead to the slaughter of two federal agents and the murder of an informant friends' family. The two detectives' investigation takes them straight to the doorstep of vicious killers from the Aryan Brotherhood and a sophisticated network of globalized traffickers protected by world-class security. During the hunt, the partners encounter the cartel's beautiful Chinese-Cuban financial officer Isabella (Gong Li, "Memoirs of a Geisha") -- a woman who moves, launders and invests money. The seductress provides Crockett a way of exorcising his own demons as he tries to keep her safe from darker forces ... while the new lovers learn just who's playing (and falling for) whom. Simultaneously, the stoic Tubbs infiltrates the elusive criminal enterprise while keeping a protective eye on his intel-analyst girlfriend, Trudy (Naomie Harris, "Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest"). As Crockett and Tubbs work undercover transporting drug loads into South Florida, they race to identify the group responsible for their friends' killings while jointly investigating the New Underworld Order. During their mission, lines will get crossed as the partners start forgetting not only which way is up, but on which side of the law they're supposed to be ...

  For more information please visit: www.miamivice.com    CAST & FILMMAKERS   Written and directed by: Michael Mann   Produced by: Michael Mann, Pieter Jan Brugge   Executive Producer: Anthony Yerkovich   Based on the Television Series Created by: Anthony Yerkovich   Director of Photography: Dion Beebe, ACS, ASC   Production Designer: Victor Kempster   Editors: William Goldenberg, ACE; Paul Rubell, ACE   Costume Designers: Janty Yates, Michael Kaplan   Music by: John Murphy   Casting by: Francine Maisler, CSA   Cast: Jamie Foxx, Colin Farrell, Gong Li, Naomie Harris, Ciaran Hinds,         Justin Theroux, Barry Shabaka Henley, Luis Tosar, Elizabeth         Rodriguez and John Ortiz    TECHNICAL INFORMATION   DVD   Street Date: December 5, 2006   Pre-Order Close: October 24, 2006   Copyright: 2006 Universal Studios. All Rights Reserved.   Price: R-Rated and Unrated Director's Edition: $29.98 SRP   Selection Number:     -  R-Rated 28023     -  Unrated Director's Edition 33266   Running Time: R-Rated film: 2 hours 20 minutes; Unrated Director's    Edition: 2 hours 19 minutes   Layers: Dual   Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic Widescreen 2.40:1   Rating: R   Languages/ Subtitles:   R-Rated-     -  English: Dolby Digital 5.1/ SDH/ DVS Dolby Digital 2.0     -  Spanish: Dolby Digital 5.1/ subtitles     -  French: Dolby Digital 5.1/ subtitles    Unrated Director's Edition-     -  English: Dolby Digital 5.1/ SDH     -  Spanish: Subtitles     -  French: Subtitles  

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 pictures 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.

Macy's Announces New Giant Balloons and Amazing Float Line-Up For the 80th Anniversary Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade(R)

- New Balloons Include Flying Ace Snoopy And Pikachu -

- New Floats Include Charlotte's Web, Foster's Home For Imaginary Friends, Mother Goose, New York Tin Toy And Starship Greendog(R) -

- Energizer Bunny(R) Debuts As New Balloonicle -

-- The start of the holiday season is just around the corner and the new kids on the block are gearing up for their debuts in the official kick-off to the holiday season, the 80th Anniversary Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade(R). On Thursday, November 23rd at 9:00 AM the new giant balloons and fantastic floats will take to the sky and streets of New York City in America's favorite Parade.

Turkey Day marks the debut of 2 new giant balloons, 6 new floats and a brand new Balloonicle (Macy's hybrid balloon and self-powered vehicle). From classic characters to whimsical floats, the 80th Anniversary Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade will once again feature a stellar starring cast.

Joining returning favorites, these new stars will delight millions of spectators in their first proud procession down Broadway to Macy's Herald Square.

                            Airborne Artistry                                   PIKACHU                             POKEMON USA, INC.  

Pikachu makes its second Parade debut as a brand new balloon this year chasing after a Poke Ball. An Electric-type Pokemon, Pikachu has the ability to store electricity in its cheeks. This year, Pikachu will show Parade spectators just how electric it is, as its cheeks light up along the Parade route. Pikachu stands at 53.5 feet high, 36.9 feet wide, 40.8 feet long, and filled with 15,000 cubic feet of helium. Celebrating the 10th Anniversary of Pokemon, Pikachu is the most recognizable of the over 380 Pokemon characters.

                            FLYING ACE SNOOPY                          UNITED FEATURE SYNDICATE  

Making his Parade return as his most famous alter ego, Flying Ace Snoopy is ready for his showdown with the dreaded Red Baron. Snoopy made his first Macy's Parade debut in 1968 and has delighted millions during his 27 Parade flights. Over the years, the extroverted beagle with a Walter Mitty complex has taken on a variety of roles from an Astronaut to an Ice Skater to a Millennium party animal. But his most famous Macy's Parade incarnation is the Flying Ace. In celebration of the Parade's 80th Anniversary, the Flying Ace will return standing at 52 feet high, 25 feet wide and 49.5 feet long and filled with 15,000 cubic feet of helium. Parade ready with his binoculars, red scarf and aviator hat and goggles, Snoopy will delight a new generation of fans.

                            ENERGIZER BUNNY(R)                                ENERGIZER(R)  

America's favorite hare makes his Parade debut as a new balloonicle (a Macy's invention Balloon and self-powered vehicle). The Energizer Bunny(R) with his signature shades, blue flip-flops and of course, Energizer(R) battery that keeps him going and going, will be beating his drum down the Great White Way on Thanksgiving. Standing at 38.6 feet tall, 21 feet wide and 22.5 feet long, the Energizer Bunny will power his cool self down the 2.5-mile Parade route wearing 45 EEE sized flip-flops.

                          Fantastic Fleet of Fun                               CHARLOTTE'S WEB                             PARAMOUNT PICTURES  

Before making his live-action film debut this Christmas in "Charlotte's Web," the "terrific" and "humble" pig Wilbur takes a ride down Broadway on Thanksgiving Day. On the new Charlotte's Web float, Wilbur marvels at the web-spinning ability of his best friend, Charlotte the spider, as she tries to convince everyone that Wilbur is "some pig" and worth saving. E.B. White's beloved story of friendship and loyalty comes to life in the movie, which stars Julia Roberts as the voice of Charlotte, Dakota Fanning as Fern, and the voices of Steve Buscemi, John Cleese, Oprah Winfrey, Cedric the Entertainer, Kathy Bates, Reba McEntire, Robert Redford, Thomas Haden Church, and Andre Benjamin.

                   FOSTER'S HOME FOR IMAGINARY FRIENDS                              CARTOON NETWORK  

An imaginary friend is always with you and so are the pals from Cartoon Network's best-loved hit original series, Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends. The irrepressible Blooregard Q. Kazoo sails down Broadway in a 30-foot-tall replica of Madame Foster's fun-filled mansion -- home to imaginary friends who have been outgrown by their creators. Bloo will have a lot of fun in his Broadway debut as he pops in and out of the mansions windows and chimney, while Cheese, Wilt, Eduardo, Coco and Herriman take in the sights. For their big Broadway performance, the cast will sing the Beatles' classic "With A Little Help From My Friends."

MOTHER GOOSE

The legendary goose returns to the Parade in this recreation of a favorite Parade float. The aforementioned goose surveys Parade spectators as she sits atop a giant fairy tale book. On board for the magical tale will be Julie Andrews and children from the New York City Ballet performing "The Show Must Go On."

                             NEW YORK TIN TOY                           THE HISTORY CHANNEL(R)  

Designed to mirror a child's tin wind-up toy, The New York Tin Toy float will feature a giant replica of New York City's most famous skyscraper, the Empire State Building. The float will reveal through its wind-up motion, iconic dates, celebrations and locations, tracing the history of New York City. Featuring landmark events throughout history from the unveiling of the Statue of Liberty to Babe Ruth's defining moments at Yankee Stadium, to the world-famous World War II "Kiss" in Times Square, the float helps bring history to life. On board Barry Manilow will take the journey through time as he performs the classic song "What The World Needs Now."

                            SNOOPY'S DOGHOUSE                          UNITED FEATURE SYNDICATE  

As Flying Ace Snoopy returns to the sky over the Macy's Parade, his pal Woodstock helps guide the way down the route. Snoopy's famous doghouse is air traffic control headquarters on this new Parade float. Standing atop Snoopy's doghouse, Woodstock serves as the Flying Ace's official air traffic controller. Charlie Brown, Lucy and Linus will also be on board for the fun down Broadway.

                           STARSHIP GREENDOG(R)                                GREENDOG(R)  

It's all about discovery with real kids, real challenges and real science on Starship Greendog(R). The brand new float is the state-of-the art headquarters where discovery and invention begin. Featuring a giant telescope, solar system, space mission control and science labs, creativity lives here. On board for the tutorial down Broadway will be cast members from the PBS series FETCH! and the Jonas Brothers performing "Year 3000."

 

Alabama's All-American Soundtrack
By Deborah Evans Price

© 2006 CMA Close Up News Service / Country Music Association, Inc.

Few artists have created a more consistent soundtrack for the lives of America's Country Music fans than Alabama. From working class anthems including "Forty Hour Week (For A Livin')" to smoldering love songs such as "Feels So Right" to the celebration of Southern life in "Dixieland Delight," Alabama's catalog of hits has reflected Country life and values.

Alabama's musical legacy is celebrated on Livin' Lovin' Rockin' Rollin,' a three-CD box set that includes 51 songs, including eight previously unreleased tracks. Among those tracks are live performances, alternate versions of classic hits and an acoustic demo that lead singer Randy Owen recorded in 1973. The set also features a 52-page booklet, which includes a chronological timeline, rare photos, and liner notes written by Nashville journalist/historian Robert K. Oermann.

One of Owen's favorite tracks on the album is a medley that features "That Silver Haired Daddy of Mine," "Suppertime," "Teach Your Children" and "Don't it Make You Want to Go Home," recorded at a Georgia music park in 1982.

"That was the only time in my memory that we sat down with acoustic guitars and played those songs that way, and it was actually on tape," Owen said. "I didn't want to mess with it. It was just pretty raw and to the point. Rather than making a big production out of it, we did the best we could with it so we didn't lose the authenticity of the moment. It was a unique find."

The box set also includes live performances of "My Home's in Alabama," "If You're Gonna Play in Texas (You Gotta Have a Fiddle in the Band)," "Tennessee River," "Vacation" and "Gonna Have a Party," among others. Owen is particularly pleased with the live tracks and the glimpse into Alabama's history they provide.

"I wanted kids to hear what Alabama sounded like in concert," he said of young fans that weren't around to hear the band in its heyday. "Some of those tracks were taken straight out of the board."

Another rare track is a demo recorded by Owen in 1973. "Ripperly O'Tucke" is based on a man in Owen's hometown.

"They told me they wanted to hear something that nobody had heard before," Owen said of the label's request for rare cuts. "So I went back and found something I recorded a long time ago, just me and my guitar. It was about an old guy I knew. He was a character. The word was - when I was a little kid - that his wife left him. I remember people talking."

Livin' Lovin' Rockin' Rollin' spotlights the music that has made Alabama more than the name of a Southern state. Owen, Jeff Cook, Teddy Gentry and Mark Herndon have come a long way, traveling many roads from their Fort Payne, Ala., home to their days as a Myrtle Beach, S.C., bar band to their arena-filling years touring the country for more than two decades. Life on the road came to an end for the band when they performed the last show of their American Farewell Tour in Bismarck, N.D., on Oct. 16, 2004.

"We wanted to go out and do good shows, and we did that," Owen said. When asked was it hard to walk off the stage that final time? "No, I was so ready to," he admitted. "I didn't sleep until the next morning because I was so excited to not have that load on my shoulders. I told myself, when I get through this, I'm taking a year off. I don't care what kind of money is offered, I'm not going to do anything."

Owen spent the year relaxing, enjoying his family and pursuing things he never had time for during all those years on the road. Now, however, he's ready to re-enter the music business at his own pace. "We never said we were retired," he said.

In fact, he's been pretty busy writing and recording demos of new songs. He recently recorded a tune with RCA newcomer Jake Owen and contributed a song to the recently released She Was Country When Country Wasn't Cool: A Tribute to Barbara Mandrell on BNA Records. Owen was pleased to record Mandrell's hit "Years," because the song has always reminded him of his mother.

"My father passed away in 1980, and she never remarried," Owen said. "She said she never saw anyone as good looking as he was. She had the best and she didn't want to settle for the rest of her life with second best. It was such an emotional song for me to do. I know it isn't really about that, but that's the way it hung on my heart."

Owen begins gently singing the lyric. "'Years of hanging onto dreams already one, years of wishing you were here. After all this time you think I wouldn't cry, but I still love you after all these years.'

"It's such a simple song, but those are the best kind. I played the rough for my wife Kelly and she said, 'Wow, let's get out and dance here on the dirt road.' We were riding around on one of these old dirt roads and she said, 'You know if there was ever a man who made love to a microphone, you do.' That's a compliment coming from her because she's heard every demo, every song, everything I've done for a long time."

Next on Owen's agenda is Songs of Inspiration, a gospel album with his Alabama pals that was released on Oct. 24. Relating compelling stories through music is something Alabama has always done, and it's a talent that provided a vehicle for Cook, Gentry, Herndon and Owen to enter the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2005. Owen recalls manager Dale Morris calling him to give him the news. He said he immediately teared up. Once home in Alabama, he got the rest of the guys together for breakfast and surprised them by saying he'd always wanted to have breakfast with the newest members of the Country Music Hall of Fame.

"Nobody said anything at first and then there were some words I can't print," he recalled with a laugh. "Everyone was genuinely surprised. I'll always be so grateful. It's a big deal for me that we get to share that while we are alive and not walking around on canes."

The music on Livin' Lovin' Rockin' Rollin' showcases the musical ride that landed Alabama in the Hall of Fame. Owen is hoping the fans will enjoy the collection.

"Hopefully it will mean a lot to the people who are like family to us, people who have been fans for all these years," he said. "I feel they are a part of the history of this wonderful success story."

On The Web: www.thealabamaband.com

 

New Artist Spotlight: Chris Young
By Peter Cronin

 

© 2006 CMA Close Up News Service / Country Music Association, Inc.

Chris Young came to national attention the new-fashioned way, by winning the fourth season of the audience-voted reality TV show "Nashville Star" which aired on USA Network. But when it comes to his music, this Murfreesboro, Tenn., native is all about deep Country tradition. With a list of influences that includes Marty Robbins, Randy Travis, Keith Whitley and Hank Williams, Young is dedicated to putting a new twist on old Country and with his self-titled RCA Records debut, he's off to an auspicious start.

The album, which was produced by Buddy Cannon (Kenny Chesney, Reba McEntire), was released on Sept. 26. The album's leadoff single, "Drinkin' Me Lonely," which the singer performed on "Nashville Star," is already familiar to legions of fans of the show and is currently climbing the Country charts. Young co-wrote the song with Larry Wayne Clark, and he's also listed as co-writer on four of the album's 11 cuts.

Young entered showbiz as a 9-year-old when they needed one more kid to sing and dance in his hometown's Fourth of July celebration. After that first taste, he was off and running, joining school and church choirs and auditioning for the GRAMMY Choir, the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts and grabbing every other opportunity he could get his hands on. With his grandfather providing the classic Country album collection and the guitar lessons, Young studied the masters and began perfecting his vocal and performing style.

During a backstage vocal warm-up at his recent Grand Ole Opry debut, Young and his grandfather performed a duet version of Marty Robbins' "Begging to You," the first song his grandfather taught him to play on guitar. After a rousing performance at the 2006 CMA Music Festival, Young spent the summer on the road with the "Nashville Star" tour.

IN HIS OWN WORDS:

Who is your musical hero?
"Keith Whitley. He was one of those people who had a timeless voice and presence. He continues to inspire people, including me, with his music."

Which song would you secretly like to cover? 
"'I Can Tell by the Way You Dance' by Vern Gosdin."

What CD is on your stereo?
"Daryle Singletary's That's Why I Sing This Way."

What song do you wish you had written?
"'That's My Job,' the Conway Twitty classic because it never fails to give me goose bumps."

On the Web: www.chrisyoungcountry.com

Author Imparts History of Illinois Artist's Camp in New Book


Jan Stilson brings readers on
a warm and nostalgic look at life at Eagle's Nest Camp in
Oregon, Ill., where artists camped each summer to escape the
heat of the city in her book, Art and Beauty in the
Heartland: The Story of Eagle's Nest Camp at Oregon,
Illinois, 1898-1942 (now available through AuthorHouse).

Several men, including many famous Chicago artists of the
time, met with Wallace Heckman at his country home in 1898
and signed a lease for a few acres just north of the mansion
that artists and their families could settle on each summer.
The lease specified that they could not harm any more trees
than needed to construct their cabins, and they could not
build roads.

The book begins by exploring life at the camp through the
eyes of a visiting architect, Dwight Perkins. On his visits,
Perkins wrote colorful letters describing the people,
events, cabins and the parties that occurred almost every
night.

Some of the artists were interested in teaching rural
Midwestern America to see beauty around them, and to provide
art for their small towns. They went into schools, community
halls, ladies' meetings, churches and social clubs to talk
about art, beauty and how to place beautiful sculptures and
fountains in their town parks. By raising art awareness
among adults and school children, they cultivated a
following of new patrons who discovered that supporting art
could be fun.

In her book, Stilson examines the careers of some of the
artists, their contribution after the Black Hawk War and the
value they brought to the town of Oregon, Ill. "Art and
Beauty in the Heartland is an epic story of love of people
for the land, for beauty and for art," says Stilson. "The
book is irresistible in its charm and will delight you with
stories of intrigue, romance, joys and sorrows."

Stilson was born in Oregon, Ill., and grew up hearing about
Lorado Taft and the other artists of Eagle's Nest. She
worked at Lorado Taft Field Campus while pursuing her
master's degree in library science at Northern Illinois
University. At the Taft Campus Library, Stilson found
original documents and photos from the Eagle's Nest art
colony and began heavily reading and researching the camp,
including meeting some of the artists' children. From her
research, she pieced together this book. She has also worked
in various library settings, including the newsroom library
of the Rockford Register Star. She has a husband and three
children and still lives in Oregon, Ill. Stilson has written
extensively about the history of the Rock River Valley for
publications including Illinois Magazine and Register Star,
but Art and Beauty in the Heartland is her first book.

AuthorHouse is the premier publishing house for emerging
authors and new voices in literature. For more information,
please visit http://www.authorhouse.com.

 

Survivor" winner Tina
Wesson shares her personal story and devotionals in her new
book, Out Live, Out Laugh, Out Love (now available through
AuthorHouse).


Though Wesson became a household name after beating 15 other
castaways in the popular reality TV show without receiving a
single vote against her, the book focuses on Wesson's
journey through the rest her life. "My years spent outside
the game have been every bit as adventurous," she writes.

Her personal story, paired with the wisdom she has garnered
throughout her life, is designed to help readers "live
better and fulfilled lives," she says. "It seems that my
gift and mission in life is that of encouraging others to
live a life more grace-filled. Acceptance of others is
repeated throughout the text."

Each devotional is concluded with a thought-provoking
question to enable the reader to get the most out of
Wesson's insights. Taken from the pages of her personal
journals, these devotionals provide an inside look at the
source of the strength that allowed Wesson to win the $1
million "Survivor" competition. She approaches the rest of
her life with the same mindset, she says.

"I am in my own personal game in this life. The strategy in
order to win is quite simply to out live, out laugh and out
love every other human on the planet. The reward is a life
so well lived that I can hardly wait to wake up in the
morning to see what the day holds. The other piece of good
news is that I do not really have to be better than anyone
else in order to win; I just have to do the three
requirements to the best of my ability," Wesson writes.

The seven weeks Wesson spent filming for "Survivor" is just
the tip of the iceberg in her rich, fulfilling life. An
accomplished athlete, Wesson is a two-time winner of the
Tennessee racquetball championship and a frequent competitor
in extreme adventure races and triathlons. She has also
completed two marathons for the Joints in Motion division of
the Arthritis Foundation for which she is the national
spokeswoman. She holds a degree in therapeutic recreation
from the University of Tennessee and devoted most of her
career to the healthcare field as a private caregiver for
individuals with severe paralysis. She is also a member of
Outstanding Young Women of America. Wesson is a mother to
two children, Katie and Taylor Collins, and considers
motherhood to be the "biggest blessing of her life." Out
Live, Out Laugh, Out Love is her first book.

AuthorHouse is the premier publishing house for emerging
authors and new voices in literature. For more information,
please visit http://www.authorhouse.com.

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 Oct 31

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

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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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Ricky Martin and Andrea Bocelli to Perform at 7th Annual Latin GRAMMY(R) Awards on Nov. 2

Anais, Banda El Recodo, Calle 13, Alejandra Guzman, and Los Tigres Del Norte Added as Presenters to the Hottest Night in Latin Music Nearing Sell-Out, Public Urged to Act Quickly to Acquire Remaining Tickets

Oct. 29, 2006 GRAMMY(R)- and Latin GRAMMY(R)-winning international superstar Ricky Martin and current Latin GRAMMY nominee and celebrated tenor Andrea Bocelli will perform at 7th Annual Latin GRAMMY(R) Awards, it was announced today by The Latin Recording Academy(R). Newly announced presenters include current Latin GRAMMY nominees Anais, Banda El Recodo, Calle 13, Alejandra Guzman, and Los Tigres Del Norte. The 7th Annual Latin GRAMMY Awards will take place on Nov. 2 at Madison Square Garden in New York and will be broadcast on the Univision Network from 8 - 11 p.m. ET/PT (7 - 10 p.m. Central). Previously announced performers include Luis Fonsi, Ana Gabriel, Juan Luis Guerra, Mana, RBD, Alejandro Sanz, Joan Sebastian, Shakira, and Thalia. Special reggaeton performance includes Hector "El Father," Tonny Tun Tun, Ivy Queen, and Wisin & Yandel. And, a special salsa tribute performance includes Willie Colon, Fania All-Stars, India, Andy Montanez, Tito Nieves, and Gilberto Santa Rosa. Previously announced presenters include Alejandra Barros, Miguel Bose, Fonseca, Alexa Damian, Los Horoscopos de Durango, Lena, Adamari Lopez, Pablo Montero, Galilea Montijo, Milly Quezada, Paloma San Basilio, Johnny Ventura, Sofia Vergara, and Catalina Sandino. Fashion entrepreneur and former Miss Universe Barbara Palacios will serve as emcee of the Pre-Telecast Ceremony, during which winners in more than 30 of the 47 Latin GRAMMY categories will be announced prior to the evening's telecast.

Ricky Martin will also be honored as the 2006 Latin Recording Academy Person of the Year at a special star-studded tribute dinner and concert the night before the Latin GRAMMY Awards telecast. Martin, chosen as Person of the Year for his accomplishments as a world-renowned entertainer, consummate performer and passionate humanitarian, will receive the honor on Wednesday, Nov. 1, 2006, at the Sheraton Hotel & Towers in New York. Renowned internationally as one of the top vocalists of our time, singer/songwriter Andrea Bocelli is currently nominated for Best Male Pop Vocal Album (Amor).

Anais is currently nominated for Best Female Pop Vocal Album (Asi Soy Yo). Three-time current Latin GRAMMY nominee Calle 13 is up for Best Urban Music Album (Calle 13), Best Short Form Music Video (" Atrevete Te, Te!"), and Best New Artist. Alejandra Guzman is a current Latin GRAMMY nominee for Best Rock Solo Vocal Album (Indeleble) and Best Rock Song ("Volverte A Amar"). Banda El Recodo has a nod for Best Banda Album (Hay Amor). Los Tigres Del Norte are nominated for Best Norteno Album (Historias Que Cantar).

Preceding the Awards show telecast, Univision will present exclusive "Noche de Estrellas" ("Night of the Stars") coverage of the celebrity arrivals direct from the Latin GRAMMY Awards Green Carpet starting at 7 p.m. ET/PT (6 p.m. Central). Hosted by "Primer Impacto" co-anchor Barbara Bermudo and popular Univision personality Giselle Blondet, "Noche de Estrellas" will feature live interviews and commentary on the stars and their fashions, and provide viewers an intimate and up close look at Latin music's most glamorous and gala event.

The 7th Annual Latin GRAMMY Awards will feature 47 categories and will be supported on radio via Univision Radio (the official Spanish-language radio network of the Latin GRAMMY Awards), and highlighted on the Internet by Univision Online (the official Spanish-language Web site of the Latin GRAMMY Awards) at http://www.univision.com (Uniclave: Latin GRAMMY). For more information and a complete list of nominees, please visit http://www.grammy.com. Due to unprecedented demand, additional tickets are being made available to the general public at the Madison Square Garden Box Office at http://www.thegarden.com, or through Ticketmaster (http://www.ticketmaster.com).

The Latin Recording Academy is an international, membership-based organization comprised of Spanish- and Portuguese-speaking recording artists, musicians, songwriters, producers and other creative and technical recording professionals. The organization is dedicated to improving the quality of life and cultural condition for Latin music and its makers. In addition to producing the Latin GRAMMY Awards to honor excellence in the recorded arts and sciences, The Latin Recording Academy provides educational and outreach programs for the Latin music community. For more information about The Latin Recording Academy, please visit http://www.grammy.com.

 

Bellrock Entertainment Announces Release of SIDESWIPED in
Time for Halloween


'Acclaimed Hollywood film writer/editor Marion S. Freed pens
gripping new collection of short stories that can scare the
be-jeesus out of anyone.' - KNBC-TV

LOS ANGELES, Oct. 30, 2006 -- Fidlar-Doubleday/Atlas Books
and Bellrock Entertainment proudly announce the publication
of SIDESWIPED ($14.95, paperback, 276 pages, ISBN
0-9760437-1-8), a powerful new collection of four short
stories from acclaimed Hollywood screenplay writer/film
editor Marion S. Freed.

Marion S. Freed's theatrically released screenplays include
"Subterfuge," "Child2Man," "Sunsplash," and "Paradise Lost."
She served as film editor on such motion pictures as
"Badlands," "Days of Heaven," "California Split," "Fun with
Dick and Jane," "Who's Killing the Great Chefs of Europe?,"
"The Ladies Club," and "Last Married Couple in America."

Each of SIDESWIPED's artful short stories tells the tale of
an intriguing central character "sideswiped" by a searing,
completely unexpected event. Using the mesmerizing
storytelling skills that make her screenplays so popular,
Marion S. Freed brings us into explosive plot twists that
grab us by the lapels and force us to witness life-changing,
unforgettable events.

Plot Summaries

SIDESWIPED entertains and enriches readers by presenting
four short stories that only Marion S. Freed could have
crafted so hypnotically. "Stalking Mandy" follows a mourning
father through a harrowing journey into his dead son's
secret life, after the boy commits suicide. In "The
Unkindest Cut," readers follow a young woman through
poignant, gripping plot twists after her new nose job
changes forever her relationship with her father - and with
other men. In "Black Magic," a down-and-out divorcee has her
financial and love life changed forever by an unexpected
encounter with a mysterious stranger. And in "The
Opportunist," a washed-up movie star deals with the dark
conspiracies of the women around him - while plotting a
shocking escape.

Readers or booksellers may order copies of SIDESWIPED by
calling Atlas Books toll-free at (800) 247-6553.

More About Author Marion S. Freed

Born Marion Sobol, Marion S. Freed has written and been
involved with television and/or films most of her life. She
wrote her first "novel" at the grand old age of nine, and,
after graduating from Barnard College, obtained a position
as Editorial Researcher on the popular Walter
Cronkite-hosted TV show "You Are There." Her successful
contributions to that CBS program led to a promotion as
Story Editor, and she proceeded to work on a string of
innovative, much-talked-about shows, including "Playhouse
90," "Studio One," and "Climax." After moving to Los
Angeles, she became a Film Editor, working with directors
Terence Malick ("Badlands," "Days of Heaven"), Robert Altman
("California Split"), Ted Kotcheff ("Fun with Dick and
Jane," "Who's Killing the Great Chefs of Europe?"), and many
others. Her love of writing and of film came together when
she became a screenwriter. She co-wrote her first
screenplay, "RSVP Jennifer," with Sheldon Keller, one of the
senior writers on Sid Caesar's "Your Show of Shows." After
that, she worked on scripts with directors Terence Malick,
Gil Cates, and others, until she met and married film
director/producer Herb Freed, with whom she now works
exclusively. She has written more than 20 screenplays, five
of which have been produced and released theatrically,
including "Subterfuge," "Child2Man," "Sunsplash," and
"Paradise Lost."

 

Fuel Down, Confidence Up

According to the BIGresearch October Consumer Intentions and Actions Survey, consumer attitude towards the economy continued to improve in October. 49.9% of the 7,623 consumers in the survey said they were confident or very confident in chances for a strong economy in the next six months, which is up from 43.4% in September.

Joe Pilotta, VP of Research for BIGresearch, said "... greater confidence in the economy... usually translates into greater spending for the holidays."

The impact of gas prices are also lower as more consumers are saying fluctuating gas prices are having no major impact on their spending, 29.3% versus 24.4% last month. And, consumers are also anticipating lower pump prices at Thanksgiving than they previously expected in September. They anticipate the price of a gallon of gas will be $2.55 by Thanksgiving, which is almost $0.30 less than last month when they anticipated the price to be $2.84 a gallon.

"Consumer expectations are the basis for action, lower price, more cash and greater spend," said Pilotta.

More from the October Consumer Confidence Survey:

Personal, Financial and The Economy:

  • 49.9% contend they are confident/very confident in chances for a strong economy in the next six months, up from last month (43.4%) and '05 (37.6%)
  • Consumers contending they've become more practical in purchasing rises from 39.7% in September to 43.3%. Headed into holiday '05, though, 50.1% cited practicality, so they may be willing to pay more to retailers this year
  • The majority of consumers (52.3%) continue to focus on their needs in purchasing, up from 49.5% in September, but down from 58.5% in '05
  • The outlook for employment in the next six month is slightly improved from last month, and more dramatic compared to '05
  • 33.2% contend there will be "more" layoffs (v. 44.5% last year)
  • 54.7% say "same" (v. 44.4% last year)
  • 12.0% contend "fewer" laoffs (v. 11.1%)
  • 4.8% express concerns about becoming laid off themselves, up from September (3.9%), but down from last year (5.3%)
  • 36.6% plan to pay down debt over the next three months, compared to 41.2% last year
  • 33.6% say they'll decrease overall spending (v. 37.7% in '05)
  • 29.3% contend they'll increase savings (v. 30.9%)

The Immediate Future

The 90 Day Outlook continues to brighten in October from last month and last year, according to the BIGresearch Diffusion index (those who say they'll spend less subtracted from those who'll spend more). Lawn & Garden took the seasonal tumble, but all other categories improved:

Retail Merchandise Categories - 90 Day Outlook (October 06 compared to September 06 and October 05)

Category

VS. Sep. 06

VS. Oct. 05

Category

VS. Sep. 06

VS. Oct. 05

Children's

UP

UP

Toys and Games

UP

UP

Women's Dress

UP

UP

CDs/DVDs/Videos/Books

UP

UP

Women's Casual

UP

UP

Electronics

UP

UP

Men's Dress

UP

UP

Groceries

UP

UP

Men's Casual

UP

UP

Home Improvement

UP

UP

Shoes

UP

UP

Lawn & Garden

DOWN

UP

HBC

UP

UP

Home Furniture

UP

UP

Dining Out

UP

UP

Decorative Home Furnishings

UP

UP

Sporting Goods

UP

UP

Linens/Bedding/Draperies

UP

UP

Source: BIGresearch, October 2006

 

RMD Entertainment Begins Servicing "Overdrive" Video to Key Broadcast Outlets

RHN to Preview the Video First

PHILADELPHIA, PA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- October 26, 2006 -- RMD Entertainment Group (PINKSHEETS: RMDG) announced today that they have begun servicing Roc Monee's debut video for the single "Overdrive" to key broadcast channels including MTV1, MTV2, VH1, FUSE, Video on Demand, etc. In a move that was negotiated prior to the video being completed, RHN will have the first viewing of the video on their network. RHN has also made the commitment to put "Overdrive" into immediate heavy rotation on the emerging 24-hour Hip-Hop channel. RHN currently reaches over 25 million throughout the country.

 

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"This video is hot, Roc is hot, and the album is fire," says Kenny Black, Executive Vice President of Music for RHN. "We are pleased to support a rising star like Roc on RHN. This guy is what RHN is all about: great presence, exceptional rhyming skills, positive message, and a stage presence that can't be touched. The streets are already feeling Roc in a huge way. Just one listen to the album all the way through and you will see why. The CD doesn't take a rest. Every track is hitting and there is something for everybody on it whether you are a girl, guy, white or black. I predict this album will spread like wildfire over the next couple months. It's my job to listen to all the major releases when they come out to see what we are going to play. Head to head there is no better album out there this fourth quarter than 'Diamond in the Rough.' We can't wait to go into production on Roc's special for the network. It's good energy to see a real Hip-Hop performer like Roc blow up. We like being affiliated with acts that are gonna be around for a minute (slang; substantial amount of time) not a here today, gone tomorrow situation. Roc Monee is definitely here to stay. The boy is bad. Anyone with ears is gonna know that."

Fred Rollins, President of RMDG, added, "We see more radio play on the horizon as we get video play on key stations. Video and radio plays will contribute directly to our overall sales and also provide us tremendous firepower for doing creative promotional campaigns with all of our distributors."

About RMD Entertainment Group

RMD Entertainment (RMD) is a cutting-edge entertainment company that is primarily focused on the development and international marketing of 'hip-hop' music, including compact discs, digital downloads, and personal 'ring tones' for mobile phone customers, as well as other 'hip-hop' lifestyle products. The Company has also created MOTV, the ability to stream video content to mobile devices, including cell phones and PDAs. The Company currently possesses an impressive hip-hop catalogue, which it distributes exclusively through Bungalo Records and Universal Music Group (a subsidiary of Vivendi Universal in North America and in Europe through the Pickwick Group Ltd. of London).

Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains statements, which may constitute "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the Securities Act of 1933 and the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended by the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Those statements include statements regarding the intent, belief or current expectations of RMD Entertainment Group, Inc, and members of its management as well as the assumptions on which such statements are based. Prospective investors are cautioned that any such forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance and involve risks and uncertainties, and that actual results may differ materially from those contemplated by such forward-looking statements. The Company undertakes no obligation to update or revise forward-looking statements to reflect changed assumptions, the occurrence of unanticipated events or changes to future operating results.

 

Heineken, IBM, Safmarine and University of Amsterdam Launch Wireless "Beer Living Lab"

Goal of Shipping Trade Lane Project Is to Spark Greater International Trade by Simplifying Process

 Today IBM (NYSE: IBM) announced a new intelligent wireless project with Heineken, international shipping company, Safmarine, and Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (University of Amsterdam) in conjunction with Dutch Customs, UK Customs and US Customs and Border Protection. The new project, called the "Beer Living Lab," will track cargo container shipments of Heineken beer from Europe to the United States using satellite and cellular technology. The goal is to create paperless documentation through better system interoperability, resulting in faster deliveries and reduced costs for international trade.

IBM's Secure Trade Lane solution will provide real-time visibility and interoperability through an advanced wireless sensor platform and Services Oriented Architecture (SOA), based on IBM's WebSphere platform. The project's SOA, called the Shipment Information Services, leverages the EPCglobal network and EPCIS (Electronic Product Code Information Services) standards, so rather than build and maintain a large central database with huge amounts of information, distributed data sources are linked, allowing data to be shared in real time between Heineken, Safmarine and customs authorities in the Netherlands, England and The United States.

In this project, Safmarine will ship ten containers of Heineken beer from locations in both Netherlands and England, through their Customs Authorities, to the Heineken distribution center in the United States. Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam will coordinate the project and provide best practices documentation to share across the European Union.

"The Beer Living Lab is setting a roadmap for the next generation e-Customs solutions. We test innovative solutions, based on IBM's Tamper Resistant Embedded Controller (TREC) and SOA developed by IBM that could revolutionize customs," said Dr. Yao-Hua Tan, professor of Electronic Business, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. "Companies using these solutions could benefit greatly due to less physical inspections by customs; thus these e-customs solutions greatly facilitate international trade."

According to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, more than 30 different documents are associated with one single container crossing a border, which equals roughly five billion documents annually. The findings of the project will provide a viable alternative to manufacturers, shippers, retailers and customs administrations as they look to move to a paperless trade environment. Once accepted and implemented widely, paperless trade will support initiatives such as Green Lane, which will eliminate most inspections on arrival, thus significantly speeding up ocean freight shipments and improving the profit margins for shippers.

"Because efficient collaboration is a paramount requirement to making this work, IBM built the Shipment Information Services to address interoperability. If governments around the world are serious about electronic customs and paperless trade, they need to encourage each country to adopt open standards environments to enable collaboration and data sharing throughout the trade lane," said Stefan Reidy, Manager, Secure Trade Lane, IBM. "The Beer Living Lab project is the first step in building the Intranet of Trade, which will help to substantially improve efficiency and security in the global supply chain."

IBM is dedicated to driving the development of a wide range of emerging technologies and first-of-a-kind solutions that link organizations and people for economic growth, improved healthcare and education, and enhanced security and safety. Technologies such as this have the potential to one day transform the way we all live and work, and are not created in a vacuum by IBM alone -- as in this case, they are increasingly the result of collaborative innovation through IBM's R&D engagements with customers, business partners, universities and others.

This pilot project is part of the Information Technology for Analysis and Intelligent Design for E-government (ITAIDE) research project funded by the European Commission, in an effort to help reduce security concerns and tax fraud. Implementing the European objectives of Single-Window Access Points (SWA) and Authorized Economic Operators (AEO), this project is expected to lead to significant reductions in the administrative burden and hence a reduction in costs.

Professor Tan from Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam and Stefan Reidy from IBM will discuss this pilot and Secure Trade Lane solutions as speakers at RFID Journal Live Europe, October 27.

For more information on IBM's logistics solutions, please visit: www.ibm.com

Cisco Turns to High Definition with New Video Initiative
Cisco’s TelePresence Meeting solution allows the company to offer a high-definition video solution with clear differentiators, but the target market will be limited, as complete solutions could cost enterprises hundreds of thousands of dollars.
On October 23rd Cisco announced the TelePresence Meeting solution, a video conferencing solution that uses life-size, high-definition images to simulate face-to-face meetings. Cisco TelePresence Meeting is available in two models: one for small group meetings (costing $79,000) and another for meetings of 12 people or more (costing $299,000). Both are expected to be generally available in December 2006.
Analytical Summary

• Current Perspective: Positive on Cisco’s TelePresence Meeting solution, because it furthers the company’s unified communications initiatives, proves its willingness to enter into and help create new markets, and will be a competitive differentiator for Cisco against its traditional rivals in the enterprise communications space.

• Vendor Importance: Moderate to high to Cisco, because the TelePresence Meeting solution fits in well with Cisco’s overall unified communications strategy, and it will form the basis of forthcoming vertical-specific video solutions that Cisco will develop over the next year or so.

• Market Impact: Moderate on the enterprise communications market, because Cisco will initially target its TelePresence solution at a very restricted customer base: namely, enterprises willing to spend hundreds of thousands of dollars to facilitate boardroom-type conference sessions. Customers with more modest video conferencing requirements will not find a practical video conferencing solution in this particular offering.

Target Markets

Global 2000, Global Carriers, ILECs, IOCs, ISPs, IT Implementers, IXCs, Large Enterprises, NSPs, Resellers/Channels, Systems Integrators

Perspective

Current Analysis is taking a positive stance on Cisco’s TelePresence Meeting solution, because it will draw attention to new technologies that improve the way organizations can hold business meetings. The video conferencing solution set promises to be a competitive differentiator for Cisco that will be difficult for its traditional competitors in the enterprise IP communications space to match. However, telepresence is not a wholly new concept, with a number of alternatives already available. In addition, these offer a number of capabilities not planned for availability from Cisco until future releases.

The Cisco TelePresence Meeting solution is a high-definition audio-video conferencing solution that utilizes 65” plasma displays with native 1080P resolution to deliver life-like and life-size images of participants situated at remote locations. Under development at Cisco for approximately two years, the TelePresence solution includes microphones with full duplex audio and echo cancellation and IP video cameras connected and controlled by Cisco Unified CallManager PBXs. Conference settings are manipulated via Cisco desktop IP phones. Conference room infrastructure and accessories (furniture, paint, lighting, etc.) will also be designed and provided by Cisco. Initially, TelePresence will be offered in three and one-screen versions to enable multimedia conferences of up to 12 and four participants, respectively. Future TelePresence releases promise a two-screen version for eight participants, along with additional networking capabilities and a range of feature enhancements.

With few, if any, apples-to-apples comparisons presently on the market, Cisco TelePresence will be a fairly unique solution offered to enterprise customers. Cisco’s traditional competitors in the enterprise IP communications space offer no alternatives. Non-traditional Cisco competitors, such as Polycom (with its RPX solution), LifeSize (with its LifeSize Room solutions), and HP (with its Halo solution), do offer alternatives. However, Cisco TelePresence offers high-definition video, wideband audio, and larger screens with higher resolution (1080P compared to 720P, for example) not available across these or most other telepresence solutions. At $299,000 for a 12-seat virtual table and $79,000 for a four-seat virtual table, TelePresence is competitively priced with Polycom RPX 204, which supports four to 18 participants and lists for $249,000, and it costs half of HP’s Halo, which comes in around $550,000 MSRP. Cisco claims 24 specialized global channel partners are ready to sell and support TelePresence and as many as 300 customers around the world are reportedly trialing the solution. With a channel in place and reference customers to use as collateral to drive additional sales, this will give TelePresence a fast start upon its launch in Q3 2007.

For all the threat Cisco TelePresence presents to the networking giant’s competing enterprise communications solutions developers, and others, Cisco is not debuting a brand new concept. HP Halo, LifeSize Room, and Polycom RPX, though offering lower resolution and smaller displays, have beat Cisco TelePresence to market. These competitors also currently deliver a number of capabilities only promised by Cisco in future TelePresence releases. These include multipoint video conferencing (RPX supports up to 36 sites today, whereas Cisco’s solution is point-to-point only at present), support for third-party audio and video solutions (both LifeSize and Polycom), and additional features such as document sharing (HP Halo), recording, concierge, and Outlook calendar integration for scheduling meetings. Cisco’s advantage of the highest resolution also brings with it a notable drawback; it is bandwidth hog. This and other factors currently restrict TelePresence to support by Cisco-built carrier networks for connection between distributed conference room sites. In addition, the first version of Cisco TelePresence is an intra-company solution only. As a result, the already niche TelePresence demographic of deep-pocketed distributed global organizations shrinks to include only those wishing to conference amongst their own corporate sites.

The launch of Cisco’s TelePresence solution validates an existing market for high-definition video conferences that simulate in-person meetings in a way most other video solutions cannot approximate. HP, Polycom, LifeSize, and others with comparatively similar and more mature offerings will gain exposure reflected by Cisco’s marketing spotlight and force Cisco to shore up TelePresence’s vulnerabilities. Rival telepresence developers themselves may now also become more attractive acquisition targets for Cisco competitors in the IP communications market. Even with more competing solutions on the market and even when the current weaknesses of Cisco’s TelePresence Solution are addressed, the market for telepresence solutions will need to be developed. Because of the high price point of the solution, the need for specialized network assessments, and the potential for sizable (and costly) infrastructure upgrades, the market for high-definition telepresence solutions may very well remain niche for a long time to come.

Competitive Positives

• In its TelePresence Meeting solution, Cisco will be the first to market with such an advanced conferencing solution among its peer enterprise communications vendors. As such, TelePresence will be a competitive differentiator for the company. This will pressure competitors to come up with their own solutions.

• Cisco’s TelePresence Meeting solution will be made available at a reasonable price point (at least for what we expect to see delivered) in comparison to alternative solutions available today. Cisco will list TelePresence at $299,000 for a 12-seat virtual table and $79,000 for a four-seat virtual table, both including all the A/V components, conference room furnishings, etc. This compares well with Polycom RPX 204, which supports four to 18 participants and lists at $249,000, and it is about half the cost of HP Halo, which lists at around $550,000 MSRP.

• TelePresence is focused on the user experience and designed with large screens able to show meeting participants in life-size, high-resolution, and high-definition video. Cisco claims less than 250 milliseconds latency in audio-video communications between TelePresence conference participants located on different continents, greatly enhancing the solution’s ability to replicate face-to-face communications.

• TelePresence is available from Cisco as a comprehensive offering including hardware and software components, conference room furnishings, and network assessment, installation, and post-deployment support services. This will help ensure TelePresence is easy to source and drive customer satisfaction with their overall solutions.

• Enterprises with third-party PBXs deployed can implement TelePresence by installing Cisco Unified CallManager in front of existing voice systems. This will let Cisco sell TelePresence not only to its existing communications customers, but also to those of rival voice systems suppliers as well.

Competitive Concerns

• Today, TelePresence is designed for very specific types of meetings in fixed locations, specifically boardroom table environments. While other types and usages of TelePresence solutions are on the roadmap (telemedicine, contact center/customer support, and distance learning), delivery models and timeframes for these additional TelePresence variations are as yet unclear.

• A Cisco Unified CallManager PBX on release 5.0 or higher is required to provide call admission control, dial plan, and other call control functions for TelePresence. Customers on earlier CallManager versions will need to either upgrade or front-end their TelePresence solution with a dedicated CallManager 5.0 server.

• At this time, TelePresence only supports Cisco-developed equipment and components. This includes everything from video cameras and microphones to displays. Even the furniture, paint, and other décor in TelePresence conference rooms must be approved by Cisco. Under these restrictions, customers have little flexibility in customizing or sourcing their solutions.

• TelePresence will initially support point-to-point audio-video conferencing only. Cisco’s high-definition video switch to support multi-point communications between three or more TelePresence sites is not planned for release until next summer. TelePresence will also be initially marketed as an intra-company solution, limiting users’ ability to interact with customers, partners, and others outside of the corporate network. Furthermore, TelePresence users cannot import video streams from other sources, limiting their presentation capabilities and collaboration with users of other video equipment.

• TelePresence represents a new technology area for Cisco and a competitive differentiator for the company against its traditional communications developer rivals. However, Cisco is not first to market with the concept used to develop and market TelePresence. LifeSize and HP have already entered the market with similarly positioned solutions and each have had time enough to build out their feature sets (with multi-point conferencing and concierge services, for example) and fine-tune their marketing and channel programs.

• The carrier networks used to connect TelePresence in testing were built primarily with Cisco equipment. It is unclear as to what third-party carrier equipment might support TelePresence. Until Cisco publicizes certified interoperability with third-party carrier infrastructure components, the vendor will find it difficult to attract carrier partners that have built their networks with best-of-breed technologies from multiple manufacturers.

Recommended End User/Customer Actions

• Customers should ask Cisco for hard ROI studies for its TelePresence Meeting solution.

• Customers without hefty investments in Cisco IP telephony gear should look to HP, LifeSize, or another vendor for telepresence solutions that will not require as much of an overhaul to their CEP infrastructures to implement.

• Current Cisco customers may want to wait for TelePresence to mature over several releases before implementing it. This will allow time for TelePresence’s networking flexibility to improve and its feature set to grow before they invest in the high-dollar solution.

• Service providers should query Cisco on TelePresence’s ability to operate in multi-vendor network environments.

• Channel partners should look into ways of offerings TelePresence solutions to customers that cannot afford or are not willing to make their own capital investments in the new Cisco offering.

 

 

LA Opera Celebrates the Holiday Season with Innovative New Production of Hansel and Gretel  
  

American Artist/Designer/Director Douglas Fitch Makes Company Debut along with Conductor Alan Gilbert; Lucy Schaufer and Maria Kanyova Star in the Title Roles

Sunday, November 19 – Sunday, December 17, 2006

(LOS ANGELES, CA) October 30 2006 – Engelbert Humperdinck’s musical retelling of the beloved children’s fairy tale will come to vibrant life on the LA Opera stage in artist Douglas Fitch’s vivid new production of Hansel and Gretel.  Withtwelve-foot-tall creatures, fantastical sets and elaborate special effects, Hansel and Gretel will transport the audience to a captivating world filled with wonder and surprise in a uniquely charming classic for all ages. Debuting conductor Alan Gilbert will lead the LA Opera Orchestra.  Sent into the forest to gather food, Hansel and Gretel lose track of time and place as darkness falls upon them. The next morning, an enchanted house made of gingerbread lures the children into an enticing trap, but last-minute ingenuity saves the day and the children are reunited with their parents.  The production opens on Sunday, November 19 at 2:00pm and will run for eight performances—four of them family-friendly matinees—through Sunday, December 17, 2006.

The cast stars mezzo-soprano Lucy Schaufer, returning after previous LA Opera appearances as Erika in Vanessa and Cherubino in Le Nozze di Figaro, as Hansel. Soprano Maria Kanyova makes her Company debut as Gretel and virtuoso character tenor Graham Clark makes his Company debut as the delightfully evil Witch. Baritone Donnie Ray Albert will portray Peter, the children’s good-natured father, with soprano Luana DeVol as Gertrude, their desperate mother. Sopranos Stacey Tappan will sing the role of the Dew Fairy, with soprano Christine Brandes as the Sandman. Mark Jonathan will design the lighting. This colorful production features a newly commissioned English libretto by Richard Sparks.
 
Director-designer Douglas Fitch, one of America’s most celebrated visual artists, has set this timeless story in a new way that promises to fascinate adults as well as children. “Hansel and Gretel are every one of us, at the point in our lives when we face what we most fear to grow a step more confident about who we are becoming,” he said. “Their story is a collective dream that is still evolving, a primal, animist myth forged by centuries of tellings from near bedsides to within opera houses. Our version takes place in a universal mindscape where every now is then, and then isn’t quite as remembered.” This summer, Douglas Fitch directed and designed a triple-bill of Paul Hindemith’s There and Back, Igor Stravinsky’s Mavra and Elliott Carter’s What Next? for the Tanglewood Music Festival where it was conducted by James Levine.  Other recent projects include directing and designing Turandot for Santa Fe Opera in 2005, creating a visual atmosphere using lights and projections for a performance of the Sea Interludes from Peter Grimes at the University of Maryland’s Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, as well as productions of Swan Lake and L’Enfant et les Sortileges for the National Symphony Orchestra, and Das Rheingold for the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra.

Engelbert Humperdinck composed Hansel and Gretelto a libretto by his sister Adelheid Wette, after the classic fairy tale collected and published by Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm. Humperdinck’s opera, strongly influenced by Richard Wagner, features some of opera’s most beloved and memorable melodies, including the beautiful “Evening Prayer” duet, the adventurous “Witch’s Ride” and the famous Prelude. The opera received its premiere in Weimar on December 23, 1893, conducted by Richard Strauss. It instantly became one of the most extraordinarily successful operas of all time, quickly conquering the world’s stages.  Hansel and Gretel is Humperdinck’s only enduring stage work; of his six other operas, only Königskinder is remembered today, primarily as a star vehicle for soprano Geraldine Farrar in the early 1900s.

Hansel and Gretel features a newly commissioned libretto in English by Richard Sparks, who collaborated with composer Lee Holdridge on LA Opera’s recent Concierto para Mendez as well as the children’s operas Journey to Córdoba, The Prospector and The Magic Dream. This year, he created a new translation of Die Entführung aus dem Serail for the National Symphony Orchestra. His original plays and adaptations have been staged throughout the U.K., from the West End to the Edinburgh Festival.

Hansel and Gretel opens on Sunday, November 19, 2006 at 2pm.  Evening Performances will take place at 7:30pm on November 29 and on December 2, 6 and 14. Additional matinee performances beginning at 2pm will take place on November 26 and December 9 and 17.  All performances of Hansel and Gretel are at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, Music Center, 135 North Grand Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90012. Tickets range from $30 to $220 and are on sale at the Los AngelesOpera Box Office, by phone at (213) 972-8001 or online at www.laopera.comHalf-price tickets to Hansel and Gretel for children 16 and under are available when purchased in person at the box office or when ordered by telephone. For disability access, call (213) 972-0777 or e-mail wehelpyou@laopera.com.

Award-winning author and mythologist Marina Warner’s feature article “Hansel and Gretel,”
on the heart of storytelling and the ever-changing nature of fairy tales.
http://www.laopera.com/bts/hansel.06.article01.asp

                Hansel and Gretel will be sung in English with English Supertitles projected above the stage.
All programs, artists and dates are subject to change.


 

Two Cold War Symbols in New Bond Film, Featuring BODY WORLDS

 Oct. 28  This November, anatomist, Gunther von Hagens -- one of the most well known defectors from former East Germany -- marks the 17th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall with the most celebrated of all Cold War era icons, James Bond.

Dr. von Hagens and the mesmerizing BODY WORLDS anatomical exhibition appear in cameo roles in Casino Royale, the 21st James Bond film, based on Ian Fleming's 1953 novel of the same name.

BODY WORLDS is the setting for an archetypal battle of good and evil, between Agent 007 and one of the villains of the film. For Dr. von Hagens, who was imprisoned in 1969 for two years after a failed attempt to escape, James Bond films are more than innocuous spy thrillers.

While Bond spent the Cold War fighting Communists, the younger generation behind the Iron Curtain at that time, including Dr. von Hagens, were inspired by him. "He stood for the power of the individual against communism and was anti-authoritarian and unconventional, which I don't think the film censors realized at the time," said von Hagens. "The leadership did not understand the thirst of our generation to break boundaries, to be free to travel like James Bond to Jamaica and Cape Canaveral and Fort Knox and Monte Carlo. He was for us the embodiment of freedom and possibilities."

The technology and wizardry in the early films also made an impression on the future anatomist and polymer chemist. "Bond worked with high technology, very unusual work at that time for a film character. In Goldfinger he was trying to prevent the radioactive contamination of gold reserves. As someone who was deeply interested in chemistry and physics, I knew that unlike the world of James Bond which celebrated such innovations, the authoritarian regime I lived under killed invention," he said.

Impossible as it seems, a cinematic hero with a complex psychological dossier strengthened the ego and shaped the thinking of a generation of East German scientists. "He was very hardworking. He was always on duty, lived only for his mission, and used all his abilities to realize his mission. Those of us who escaped East Germany at that time defined ourselves by our work in science and technology and our drive to succeed at any cost," said Dr. von Hagens.

BODY WORLDS exhibitions are currently showing at the Science Museum of Minnesota in St. Paul, the Museum of Science in Boston, Massachusetts and Telus World of Science in Vancouver, Canada.

Source: BODY WORLDS

 

 Icon Dick Clark returning for '2007 New Years Show on ABC show

As he did last year, Dick Clark will co-host the annual "New Year's Rockin' Eve." The former "American Bandstand" host, now 76, will join Ryan Seacrest and musical guest Christina Aguilera to ring in 2007 before a national TV audience of millions. Clark missed the show two years ago when he suffered a stroke but returned to the holiday staple last New Year's Eve.

Seacrest, the 31-year-old host of "American Idol," handled co-hosting duties last year and is expected to eventually succeed Clark as the show's host.

Clark originated the New Year's Eve program back in 1972. The only show he missed followed his Dec. 6, 2004, stroke

 

BOULEVARD3

Overview

When is a club not just a club? 1) When it’s built on the site of the former Hollywood Athletic Club, infusing it with more than 70 years of fabled history and celebrity antics; 2) when it offers the services and luxuries of a boutique hotel; and 3) when it’s the brainchild of Skybar partner Peter Famulari, known for developing nuanced spaces that offer patrons a sense of sophistication and challenge them to actually interact.

Perhaps his latest space, Boulevard3 – which fuses the intimacy of a party at a private home, the luxury of a four-star estate, and the spirit of play – might be best described as a “counterclub.”

Set to open in September 2006, Boulevard3 was sparked by Famulari’s initial reaction to the space five years ago. A former denizen of New York City, he says, “This was how I visualized clubs: big, free-flowing, dramatic. I felt it was the only place that could possibly follow Skybar.” Having experienced such New York venues as Studio 54 and The Tunnel in their heyday, he was also motivated to open a venue that shattered the malaise of the typical club scene. “There really are no dance places in Los Angeles,” states Famulari, who probably knows L.A. nightlife better than anyone after working to keep Skybar hot for nearly a decade. “People go to clubs and stare at each other.”

While eschewing nostalgia for its own sake, Famulari chose the name Boulevard3 after viewing an old surveyor’s map of Los Angeles. At the time, when the city was just beginning to take form, the east/west streets were marked by numbers, with “Boulevard3” the designation for what would later become Sunset Boulevard. With a new paradigm for L.A.’s club scene brimming with possibilities, Famulari hopes to recapture a sense of grace, elegance and engagement that once put Hollywood on the map.

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Design

Designed by the late Greg Jordan, former designer to the Trumps and New York socialites, Boulevard3 was conceived as “an English manor house with modern insides,” a mix of old-world charm and digital generation appeal. Jordan’s protégé Oliver Furth finished executing Jordan’s vision after his passing. Entering from Sunset Boulevard, guests pass through a large iron gate – a “door within a door” that foreshadows a theme that pervades the property – into a landscaped English courtyard. In the center sit a pair of reflecting pools, one ending in a 20 foot tall fireplace whose flames seem to float on the water.

Bordering the courtyard are canopied private rooms, their walls created from ficus bushes with a “floating” window cut in the middle, something one might expect to see in Alice in Wonderland. While earth tones define the central courtyard, each of the garden rooms is distinguished not only by a range of muted colors, but by specific fragrances: from lavender to gardenia to rose.

An intimate “manor library” takes guests inside Boulevard3. Gaining a sense of grandeur with its vaulted ceiling and marble fireplace, the library blends old and new through the art on its walls: ornate picture frames with DLP projection screens displaying dynamic images as opposed to portraits of dead kings and placid countrysides. When the main ballroom is open, the library serves as an antechamber; otherwise it can function as a freestanding space accommodating its own bar.

The intimacy of Boulevard3’s library opens to a 7,500-sq. ft., three-level ballroom, including a 1,500-sq. ft. dance floor (the former Olympic-sized pool of the old Hollywood Athletic Club –prior to embodying the role of Flash Gordon, Buster Crabbe served as its lifeguard and trained to win a gold medal in the 1932 Olympics). Capable of accommodating a large stage for live performances, the ballroom features a main bar situated beneath 30’ high ceilings and a majestic skylight.

Around the periphery of the ballroom, a mezzanine is set three feet above the main floor that provides a perfect locale to experience dance floor festivities. For the perfect mix of luxury and comfort, the mezzanine boasts a 36’ long plush velvet couch with unobstructed views of the “Niche of Possibilities”. As you move onto the dance floor, Boulevard3’s design further challenges the senses by interpolating the outside and inside worlds. Classic 1890 English park benches sit amongst a dozen 14 foot tall ficus trees giving the impression one has toppled upon a corner of Regent’s Park in the midst of a grand ballroom.

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Balcony Suites & Technology

The Balcony Suites at BOULEVARD3 are a tribute to the luxury and exclusivity that once defined the members only club originally built in 1923. Designed by Meyer and Holler, famed architects of the Grauman’s Chinese Theater and Egyptian Theater, this historic building quickly became a “home away from home” destination for the Hollywood elite; a private clubhouse for mischief, frolic and play. BOULEVARD3 brings back the glamour and extravagance that once defined this landmark with the privately held Balcony Suites.

The Balcony Suites are the ultimate setting for entertaining: elegant suites that offer all the benefits of ownership, the indulgence of a four star hotel, and the intimacy of a party at one’s own home. Located on the second level mezzanine of the ballroom, the Balcony Suites reside beneath the building’s 1,000 sq. ft illuminated skylight. Hovering above the dance floor, suite holders and their guests have a bird’s eye view and unrestricted access to limitless excitement.

 

The classic, whimsical spirit of the public spaces at Boulevard3 is carried on into the fifteen B alcony Suites. The suites are comfortably scaled and beautifully decorated. Elegant sofas, sculptured metal tables and sideboards/mini-bars create the perfect palette for private entertaining. Each suite is appointed with an oversized plasma screen, X-box 360, and wireless PC tablet customized by Microsoft.

Balcony Suite Amenities

  • Events - Suite holders and their guests are guaranteed entry into BOULEVARD3 and to all BOULEVARD3 hosted events.
  • Private Entrance - No waiting in lines; Suite holders have access to their own private entrance.
  • Balcony Bar - Balcony patrons have their own private, members only bar.
  • Wireless Access - Suite holders will have access to Wireless PC tablets in their suite, allowing internet access and a direct link to the BOULEVARD3 door list.
  • Additional Guests - Suite holders have the exclusive privilege to add a limited number of guests to the door list.
  • Mini-Bar - Each Suite has a fully stocked mini-bar, customized as requested.
  • Parking - Each suite holder receives complementary valet parking.
  • Personal Balcony Suite Concierge - Let your full time concierge handle the details: book a hotel room, arrange a limousine, make flight reservations or pick up Krispy Crème doughnuts - whatever your heart desires.

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The Former Hollywood Athletic Club

Boulevard3 occupies part of the site once occupied by The Hollywood Athletic Club, which for three decades was revered as the “playground of the stars.” It opened on New Year’s Eve, 1923, its adjoining residential tower distinguished as the tallest building in L.A. Notwithstanding its name, the venue served not only as a fitness destination, but an exclusive men’s retreat where its famous members could eat, drink and be very merry indeed. Along with founders Cecil B. DeMille, Charlie Chaplin, Lon Chaney and Rudolph Valentino, its original members included W.C. Fields, John Wayne, Errol Flynn, Tyrone Power, Jr. and John Barrymore (legend has it, after Barrymore’s death in 1942, some merry HAC pranksters stole his corpse from the morgue, snuck it into Errol Flynn’s private room, and propped it up on the bed for “a final drink”).

Despite hosting the very first Emmy Awards and telecast in 1949, the Hollywood Athletic Club closed its doors in 1953, a victim to changing times. In the next 50 years it had other occupants and owners, from the Jewish Theological Seminary and University of Judaism to a string of real estate developers. During the early 1990s it was used as an upscale billiards hall. More recently the venue was resurrected, albeit briefly, as the Hollywood Athletic Club, serving as a space for special events. Under the direction of Peter Famulari, it may once again become a destination for Hollywood’s best-known moguls and stars as well as the public at large.

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Peter Famulari, Owner

Peter Famulari began his career while attending Lehigh University. Bartending his way through college, he learned the business from the ground up. After eight years of managing some of the hottest bars in Philadelphia and New York, he was hired by Georgio Armani to open the Armani Café in Beverly Hills. Shortly thereafter, he was pursued by Rande Gerber to run Midnight Oil’s famed Whiskey Bar in Los Angeles.

In 1996, after five years of running and opening several Midnight Oil properties, Famulari was tapped by hotelier Ian Schrager to partner in what became one of the world’s most successful bars ever, the Skybar at the Mondrian Hotel. Skybar’s decade of unprecedented success has established Peter Famulari as the preeminent arbiter of the nighttime scene in Los Angeles.

“From the day I took stewardship of Skybar, I began thinking about a follow-up,” says Famulari, who has been offered, and has turned down, countless deals from London to LA during his tenure at Skybar. After discovering the HAC space, he knew instantaneously that its classic architecture and historical significance would provide the perfect landmark to bring his vision of the “counterclub” to life. He persuaded famed restaurateur Jeffrey Chodorow to share it with him –Social Hollywood, a French Moroccan-themed eatery, adjacent to Boulevard3.

 

Venue Fact Sheet

Square footage:  15,000 

Capacity: 600    

Availability: 7 nights a week; 9pm-4am    

Food: Menu created by Jeffrey Chodorow  

Bar: Garden Bar, Library Bar, Ballroom Bar, Balcony Bar 

Staffing: 75 

Parking: Valet 

Smoking: In the Formal Garden 

Audio – Visual:  With Microsoft as a Strategic Partner, Boulevard3 has state of the art technology unavailable at other venues. Microsoft has created technology that enhances the guest experience and promotes connectivity. Each Balcony Suite is outfitted with a 42” Plasma screen, Xbox gaming, and a Microsoft wireless tablet; The sound system at Boulevard3 is a Tannoy system, specifically chosen to be antithetical to the usual “blow your ears out” club sound. Tannoy was handpicked for its high quality sound, befitting of our English Manor House theme; Boulevard3 boasts one of the most sophisticated lighting systems of its time. The cutting edge LED lights by Color Kinetics have been meticulously designed by Chris Medvitz of LightSwitch and programmed by Revolutionary Lighting to allow unprecedented lighting flexibility.

PR Firm/Inquiries: Spin Shoppe PR (310) 858-2222

Special Events: Gina Wade- gina@boulevard3.com

Reservations: n/a

Website:  n/a

Address:  6523 Sunset Blvd. Hollywood, CA 90028

Owner:   Peter Famulari

Executive Chef:  n/a

General Manager: Mark Panasuk, former GM of Skybar; started off as a doorman at Skybar when he was named by Los Angeles magazine as one of the most powerful people in the city!

Designer: Oliver Furth, known for residential designs of numerous socialites and celebrities, and the late Greg Jordan, proclaimed a "design legend" by Architectural Digest and named by AD one of - The World's Top 100 Designers and Architects.

 

Boulevard3 Celebrity List

Adam Levine

Alex Borstein

Alison Sweeney

Anita Barone

Ann Miller

Arden Myrin

Autumn Reeser

Brad Garrett

Brandy

Busta Rhymes

Cacee Cobb

Cameron Diaz

David Spade

Devon Aoki

DJ AM

Donald Faison

Eddie Murphy

Emily Deschanel

Emmanuelle Chriqui

Jennifer Morrison

JoAnna Garcia

Joely Fisher

Justin Timberlake

Kim Kardashian

Lance Bass

Mary Lynn Rajskub

Michael McDonald

Michelle Trachtenberg

Mimi Rogers

Ming-Na

Nick Cannon

Nicky Hilton

Paris Hilton

Patrick Dempsey

Rachel Zoe

Rebecca Gayheart

Ron Livingston

Stacy Keibler

Timbaland

Trace

Wentworth Miller

will.i.am

Zach Braff

 

Google Inc. (NASDAQ: GOOG) announced that Petr Mitrichev won today's Global Code Jam competition and was awarded with a $10,000 first prize.

 

Mitrichev topped a field of over 21,000 registered competitors from around the world, a record number for GCJ. Second place went to Ying Wang of the United States. Andrey Stankevich came in third. Second through tenth places carry a cash prize of $5,000. Additional cash prizes went to the other top 100 finalists, who represented 24 different countries. Each finalist was flown to New York this week to compete in the championship round and see firsthand what is happening in the Google New York office. Last year, Marek Cygan of Poland took home the grand prize. "We're thrilled to bring together such a talented, diverse group of programmers here in New York to celebrate the best in engineering," said Craig Nevill Manning, engineering director. "Google is passionate about fostering a community of people who want to build the next generation of tools for users around the globe and providing them with the opportunity to meet and discuss challenging problems." This is the fourth annual Global Code Jam, which is produced in conjunction with TopCoder, the leader in online programming competition, skills assessment and competitive software development. Google's Global Code Jam is a celebration of the art of computer science and demonstrates the value Google places on excellent coding. The competition, which began Sept. 5, attracted 21,000 registrants from more than 100 countries. All entrants participated in an initial qualification round, and 1000 of those went on to a two-round competition field. The top 100 scorers from round two of this phase came to Google's New York offices for the finals. All of the programming for any round could be done in Java, C++, C#, Python or VB.NET. More information about Google Code Jam 2006 can be found at http://www.google.com/codejam/. About Google Inc. Google's innovative search technologies connect millions of people around the world with information every day. Founded in 1998 by Stanford Ph.D. students Larry Page and Sergey Brin, Google today is a top web property in all major global markets. Google's targeted advertising program provides businesses of all sizes with measurable results, while enhancing the overall web experience for users. Google is headquartered in Silicon Valley with offices throughout the Americas, Europe, and Asia. For more information, visit www.google.com.

 

 

Ticketmaster Expands Operations Into China

Ticketmaster Establishes Joint Venture in China and Secures Agreement to Serve as Ticketing Services Exclusive Supplier of the Beijing Organizing Committee for the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games

 -- Ticketmaster, the world's leading ticketing company and an operating business of IAC/InterActiveCorp (NASDAQ:IACI) , has expanded its global ticketing operations into China and, through a joint venture called Beijing Gehua Ticketmaster Ticketing Co., Ltd. (Gehua Ticketmaster), it will serve as the ticketing services exclusive supplier of the Beijing Organizing Committee for the Games of the XXIX Olympiad (BOCOG) in China.

Gehua Ticketmaster is a joint venture formed by Ticketmaster and the partnership of Beijing CSI Ticketing Development Co., Ltd.'s China Sports Industry Group, Co., Ltd. and Beijing Gehua Cultural Development Group, to provide ticketing services in Beijing.

As the Beijing 2008 Ticketing Services Exclusive Supplier, Gehua Ticketmaster will provide all ticketing services including the technology platform, order processing, sales channel functionalities, customer service, and on-site Box Office staffing in the People's Republic of China. The venture will also provide the management and software to facilitate Olympic ticketing telephone sales, information and customer service supporting the Beijing 2008 Call Center ticketing operations and infrastructure. Gehua Ticketmaster will also facilitate all aspects of Olympic online ticket sales through the Official Beijing 2008 ticketing Web site as well as provide and integrate with the Olympic ticketing distribution technology platform to enable retail sales of Olympics tickets to consumers through Bank of China branch locations.

"Ticketing services is one of the most focused issues in Beijing Olympic preparations," said Yuan Bin, Marketing Director of BOCOG. "The ticketing service exclusive supplier integrates advanced ticketing service both in China and abroad. The Beijing Olympic Games requires that the exclusive supplier has not only advanced technology, but also flexible and broad operational ability and professional staff."

Ticketmaster President and COO, Sean Moriarty, attended a press conference in Beijing to announce the expansion and participated in a formal signature ceremony marking the Olympic ticketing agreement. At the conference, Yuan Bin announced that Gehua Ticketmaster can provide the global audience with a quality ticketing system and service for the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games.

"Ticketmaster is very pleased to establish this joint venture alliance with Gehua Cultural Development Group and the China Sports Industry Group, which have been instrumental in working with us to solidify the agreement with BOCOG to serve as the ticketing services exclusive supplier for one of the world's most historically significant sporting and cultural events -- the 2008 Olympic Games," said Mr. Moriarty. "Ticketmaster has provided ticket sales and services to clients and consumers across the world for 30 years and we are very proud to be establishing ticketing operations in China. This venture represents a valuable opportunity for us to integrate our technology, infrastructure and expertise throughout the People's Republic of China via the Olympic Games, the Beijing Organizing Committee, and our joint venture operation, to ultimately help drive business for the country's rapidly expanding live event industry."

Today's news reflects Ticketmaster's commitment to strategic international development within the Asia Pacific market and is a first step in the company's strategy to expand its business into the People's Republic of China and foster growth of the market's live event industry.

"We are honored to work with our partners to bring Ticketmaster, the world's leading ticketing company, to China," said Ticketmaster Chairman and CEO, Terry Barnes. "We are committed to a long-term investment in the country's live event marketplace and we look forward to working with their event providers to help increase their business through better ticketing services. Our state-of-the-art technologies and ticketing system will help the Beijing Olympic Organizing Committee, as well as other event providers, sell more tickets more effectively while making the purchase of event tickets faster and more convenient for consumers in those markets and worldwide."

Gehua Ticketmaster's ticketing operations in Beijing will be fully integrated to offer event-goers a variety of sales channels including a dedicated Internet site for the sale of tickets online along with a network of telephone contact centers. The venture is also exploring retail outlet opportunities throughout China where consumers may purchase tickets and access event information at existing retail locations. Clients will have access to Ticketmaster's comprehensive infrastructure for event and patron data management, tracking and reporting, as well as marketing and distribution services that will help them connect directly with their current and potential patrons.

The venture will be managed in Beijing by Curt Logan, Senior Vice President and General Manager. Mr. Logan joined Ticketmaster in 1981 and most recently served as the company's VP of Operations and Product Support.

About Ticketmaster

Ticketmaster is the world's leading ticketing company, operating in 19 global markets, providing ticket sales and distribution through www.ticketmaster.com, one of the largest e-commerce sites on the Internet; approximately 6,500 retail outlets; 20 worldwide telephone call centers; and a broad online and offline marketing network. Celebrating its 30th anniversary in 2006, Ticketmaster serves more than 9,000 clients worldwide across multiple event categories, providing exclusive ticketing services for hundreds of leading arenas, stadiums, performing arts venues, museums, and theaters. In 2005, the company sold 119 million tickets valued at $6 billion on behalf of its clients. Ticketmaster is headquartered in West Hollywood, California and is an operating business of IAC/InterActiveCorp (NASDAQ:IACI) .

Source: Ticketmaster

Ford's Theatre Presents Charles Dickens's A Christmas Carol: A Ghost Story of Christmas

Adapted by Michael Wilson With Original Direction by Matt August, Original Staging Recreated by Mark Ramont and Richard Poe as Ebenezer Scrooge

November 15 - December 30, 2006

-- Ford's Theatre kicks off the holiday season with its annual production of Charles Dickens's A Christmas Carol: A Ghost Story of Christmas (November 15 - December 30) and the return of Michael Wilson's adaptation of this beloved classic. Joining the cast this year in the role of Ebenezer Scrooge is Broadway's Richard Poe whose credits include The Pajama Game (2006 Tony Award, Best Revival of a Musical), M. Butterfly, Moon Over Buffalo, 1776, The Dinner Party, Our Country's Good and the films Transamerica, Born on the Fourth of July, and Presumed Innocent.

"Ford's Theatre is thrilled to present this year's production of A Christmas Carol and to have Richard Poe join us as Ebenezer Scrooge," said Paul R. Tetreault, Producing Director of Ford's Theatre. "Richard's interpretation of this famous villain is sure to delight audiences of all ages as he reintroduces them to the meaning of this powerful story of redemption and forgiveness," said Tetreault.

Ford's unique production of A Christmas Carol includes "an appearance" by Charles Dickens, who visited Washington during the public reading tour of the novel. But, the spotlight shines most brightly on the three ghosts of Christmas past, present, and future, who bear a striking resemblance to the victims of Scrooge's daily wrath.

Although it is commonly referred to as A Christmas Carol, Dickens called his work A Christmas Carol: A Ghost Story of Christmas. In his 1843 preface, he wrote, "I have endeavoured in this Ghostly little book, to raise the Ghost of an Idea, which shall not put my readers out of humour with themselves, with each other, with the season, or with me. May it haunt their houses pleasantly..."

In addition to Poe, other cast members include, in alphabetical order, Clinton Brandhagen as Newphew Fred/Young Scrooge; Michael Bunce as First Solicitor; Michael John Casey as Bob Cratchit; Teresa Castracane as Mrs. Fred; Elliot Dash as Fruit Vendor Bert/Ghost of Christmas Present; Jaclyn DiLauro as Belle; Carlos Gonzalez as Clock Vendor/Ghost of Christmas Future; Michael Goodwin as Jacob Marley; Bill Hensel as Mr. Fezziwig; Katie Kleiger as Martha Cratchit; Amy McWilliams as Mrs. Cratchit; Claudia Miller as Mrs. Dilber/Mrs. Fezziwig; Kip Pierson as Dick Wilkins/Topper; Suzanne Richard as Doll Vendor/Ghost of Christmas Past; Todd Scofield as Second Solicitor; and Erin Sloan as Fred's Sister/Beggar Woman.

This production of A Christmas Carol is made possible by the generous support of Sunoco, Inc., Oshkosh Truck Corporation, BellSouth Corporation, Siemens Corporation and General Motors Corporation.

During the run of A Christmas Carol: A Ghost Story of Christmas, Ford's Theatre will host six Opening Act Workshops (November 29, 30; December 6, 7, 13, 14). Students and teachers explore key themes, relationships, and issues through interactive exercises, improvisation, and discussion. Opening Act Workshops are free and custom designed for most of Ford's Theatre's productions. For more information, call the Group Sales Office at (202) 638-2367.

For more information on Ford's Theatre, please call 202.347.4833 or visit http://www.fordstheatre.org/.

Performance Schedule: http://www.fordstheatre.org/

Running: November 15 - December 30

Sign interpreted performances Audio described performances

Sun., Dec. 10, at 2:30 p.m. Tues., Dec. 12, at 7:30 p.m.

Tues, Dec. 19, at 7:30 p.m. Sun., Dec. 17, at 2:30 p.m.

Single Ticket prices -- $30-$55 (Discounts are available for groups of 20 or more.)

Ticketmaster: 1.800.551.SEAT; 202.397.7328

Box Office: 202.347.4833 or in person

Online: http://www.fordstheatre.org/

Available at select Macy's Department stores (formerly Hecht's).

Gift certificates in any denomination may be purchased at the Ford's Theatre Box Office or by calling 202.347.4833.

Ford's Theatre Society is a not-for-profit corporation created to produce live entertainment on Ford's historic stage. Paul R. Tetreault is Producing Director. It is the mission of the Ford's Theatre Society to celebrate the legacy of President Lincoln and explore the American experience through theatre and education.

Source: Ford's Theatre Society

Web site: http://www.fordstheatre.org/

 

Hollywood Actor Larenz Tate Takes Center Stage with Sickle Cell Disease Education Campaign

 The latest premiere for Larenz Tate, one of Hollywood's most promising young actors, is in Atlanta for his starring role in a new health education campaign, Be Sickle Smart: Ask Larenz about Iron. Sickle cell disease (SCD) is a serious life-long blood disorder that affects an estimated one in 500 African Americans beginning in childhood.

Partnering with Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation, Larenz will bring the campaign to Atlanta on Saturday, October 28. The newly launched campaign was kicked off nationwide by football superstar Tiki Barber in July. Be Sickle Smart is designed to raise awareness about a serious treatment consequence that may affect people who get regular blood transfusions for sickle cell disease. This condition is called iron overload, or too much iron. Blood transfusions give back healthy red blood cells, but they also contain additional iron. Iron overload is an under-recognized but potentially fatal complication of regular blood transfusions that many people with SCD receive as standard treatment.

Having lost close family friends to SCD, Larenz knows what this disease can do. Turning loss into passion, Tate -- who recently starred in the Academy Award(R)-winning movie "Crash" -- co-founded the Tate Bros Foundation with his brothers Lahmard and Larron. The not-for-profit organization assists and provides funds for people living with SCD.

"As an advocate for people living with sickle cell disease I know that knowledge is key to managing this disease," said Tate. "I am determined to help people in Atlanta who get blood transfusions for their sickle cell disease to know about the risk of iron overload, arm themselves with information, and discuss it with their doctor."

Sickle cell disease is an inherited blood disorder that affects red blood cells. People with sickle cell disease have red blood cells that sometimes become sickle-shaped (crescent shaped) and have difficulty passing through small blood vessels. This causes pain, can damage tissues and organs and may lead to stroke if the blockage occurs in the brain. Blood transfusions can save lives, but they can cause too much iron to build up in the body. As few as 10 transfusions may lead to too much iron in organs such as the liver and heart. Since there are not always telltale signs of iron overload, people may not realize they're at risk. If iron overload is not diagnosed or treated, over time it can be life threatening.

While sickle cell disease is one of the most common inherited blood disorders in the U.S., for years there has been a lack of public understanding and knowledge about the life-long condition, which offers few outward signs that a patient is truly suffering. Children with sickle cell disease often miss school and cannot participate in physical activities because of challenges such as severe pain episodes or regular therapy with blood transfusions.

"The irony of blood transfusions for people with sickle cell disease is that they can prevent and treat major complications such as stroke, but can also lead to serious, potentially life-threatening consequences," said Dr. Peter Marks, Associate Professor, Yale University School of Medicine. "Education is vital so that people with sickle cell disease can have an informed discussion with their doctor about the danger of iron overload and whether they might be at risk."

To learn more about Be Sickle Smart: Ask Larenz about Iron, please visit AskLarenzAboutIron.com or call 1-888-SCD-TATE (723-8283). Be Sickle Smart: Ask Larenz about Iron offers free information, provides questions to discuss with your doctor and tools to help patients learn more about SCD and iron overload.

About Sickle Cell Disease

In the United States, SCD affects about 72,000 people, primarily African Americans. While there is no simple cure for SCD, early diagnosis can help people live longer, healthier and more productive lives. Managing SCD often requires the use of antibiotics, pain management therapies, intravenous fluids, surgical procedures and regular blood transfusions.

Sickle cells die much more quickly than normal red blood cells. Thus the blood is chronically short of red blood cells, a condition known as anemia. Repeated blood transfusions are a standard treatment for some with SCD and they help reduce the complications of the disease. In 2004, the Stroke Prevention Trial in Sickle Cell Anemia STOP II trial found that continued blood transfusions help prevent the risk of stroke in children with SCD.

About Iron Overload

Frequent blood transfusions have been shown to prolong survival and improve quality of life in patients with various underlying blood disorders such as SCD. However, with every blood transfusion, a patient also receives iron, a key part of each red blood cell. When the level of iron in the body gets too high, it can become toxic. The only effective drug therapy to remove the excess iron and prevent the complications of iron overload is an iron chelator -- a substance that binds to iron in the body and helps remove it through the urine and/or feces. In some cases, the need for transfusion and chelation lasts a lifetime.

About Novartis

Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation researches, develops, manufactures and markets leading innovative prescription drugs used to treat a number of diseases and conditions, including central nervous system disorders, organ transplantation, cardiovascular diseases, dermatological diseases, respiratory disorders, cancer and arthritis. The company's mission is to improve people's lives by pioneering novel healthcare solutions.

Located in East Hanover, New Jersey, Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation is an affiliate of Novartis AG (NYSE:NVS) -- a world leader in pharmaceuticals and consumer health. In 2005, the Group's businesses achieved sales of USD 32.2 billion and pro forma net income of USD 6.1 billion. The Group invested approximately USD 4.8 billion in R&D. Headquartered in Basel, Switzerland, Novartis Group companies employ approximately 97,000 people and operate in over 140 countries around the world. For further information please consult http://www.novartis.com/.

 

Crash Bandicoot(R) Brings Mini-Game Mayhem to Nintendo DS(TM) Systems Worldwide In Crash(R) Boom Bang!

Vivendi Games' Sierra Entertainment division has announced that Crash(R) Boom Bang! is now available at retail stores worldwide exclusively for the Nintendo DS(TM) system. Developed by critically-acclaimed Japanese developer Dimps, Crash Boom Bang! allows gamers to roll the dice and dive into wacky action-oriented, outrageously funny, single or multiplayer minigames. The game also enables players to communicate with and bet against opponents through the never before seen "Motion Panel Communication" in-game feature.

"The multitude of truly entertaining minigames in Crash Boom Bang! continues the Crash Bandicoot(R) tradition of wacky humor and cartoon style action fans have come to expect from the highly successful franchise with over 33 million units sold worldwide," said Pascal Brochier, president, global retail for Vivendi Games. "From its 3D graphics and rich stereo sound to its use of touch screen technology and wireless connectivity, Crash Boom Bang! takes full advantage of all of the cutting-edge technical capabilities offered by the Nintendo DS system."

In Crash Boom Bang!, Crash and his friends embark on a worldwide race in a quest for its multi-million dollar prize. With hidden intentions of finding an ancient lost city and the famed magical "Super Big Power Stone" that grants its user one wish, the race's sponsor Viscount Devil plans on using the contestants to solve the mystery. The map of the race checkpoints is based on the Viscount's ancient map, and the evil Dr. Neo Cortex, also an invitee to the race, has figured out the Viscount's master plan and in his own relentless pursuit for world domination, sets out to steal the map and retrieve the legendary stone. It's up to Crash and his friends to win the big race...and save the world!

Key game features in Crash Boom Bang! include:

* 40 action oriented minigames taking full advantage of the DS platform

- 3D graphics, touch screen, microphone, wireless network

* Exciting, never before seen "Motion Panel Communication" multiplayer

gameplay

- Communicate with or distract friends through motion panel messages

(speech, sound, character)

- Use wireless LAN to communicate with players mid-game, establish

alliances, and 'bother' other players' gameplay

* Unique betting and item collecting and trading takes player interaction

to a new level

- Betting on outcomes of multiplayer games to earn points to purchase

items

- 80 items to collect, trade or use to alter gameplay scenarios

* Trademark Crash humor and 8 playable characters

- Play as one of 8 of your favorite characters including Crash, Coco,

Crunch and Neo Cortex

Crash Boom Bang! is currently available at retail stores nationwide exclusively for Nintendo DS for a suggested retail price of $29.99 with an ESRB "E" (Everyone) rating.

For more information, please visit the game's official website at http://www.crashbandicoot.com/.

About Vivendi Games

Vivendi Games (http://www.vivendigames.com/) is a global developer, publisher and distributor of multi-platform interactive entertainment. The company is the leader in the subscription-based massively multiplayer online role-playing games (MMORPG) category, holds leading positions in the PC, console, handheld and mobile games markets, and is an emerging player in casual online games. Vivendi Games' two principal studios and publishing labels include Blizzard Entertainment, headquartered in Irvine, CA, the creator of World of Warcraft(R), Diablo(R), StarCraft(R), and Warcraft(R); and Sierra Entertainment, headquartered in Los Angeles, which includes Radical Entertainment, Swordfish Studios, High Moon Studios, and Massive Entertainment. Sierra's IPs include Crash Bandicoot(R), Spyro The Dragon(R), Empire Earth(R), SWAT(R), Darkwatch(TM), TimeShift(TM), Ground Control(R) and Leisure Suit Larry(R). Vivendi Games is also home to Vivendi Games Mobile, publishing games for the mobile market, and Sierra Online, dedicated to publishing casual games for online play and distribution on all platforms. Vivendi Games maintains strategic relationships with industry leading content partners, including Universal Music Group, NBC Universal, Twentieth Century Fox, and Ludlum Entertainment. The company has 16 offices around the world conducting business in 75 countries.

"Crash Boom Bang" interactive game (C) 2006 Universal Interactive, Inc. Crash Bandicoot, Crash and related characters are (TM) and (C) Universal Interactive, Inc. All rights reserved. Sierra and the Sierra logo are registered trademarks or trademarks of Sierra Entertainment, Inc. in the U.S. and/or other countries. Vivendi Games and the Vivendi Games logo are trademarks of Vivendi Games, Inc. (TM), (R) and Nintendo DS are trademarks of Nintendo. All other trademarks are property of their respective owners.

Source: Sierra Entertainment

Web site: http://www.vivendigames.com/
http://www.crashbandicoot.com/

 

Americans in Their 40s and 50s Are Far More Likely to Describe Themselves As the TV Generation Than As Baby Boomers, TV Land Study Finds

Study Provides Surprising Insights into Most Meaningful Cultural and Historical Events of Boomers' Lives

The 78 million Americans born between 1946 and 1964 -- commonly referred to as Baby Boomers -- are far more likely to describe themselves as The TV Generation than Baby Boomers, a new study from TV Land has found. Additionally, the study found that the most meaningful cultural and historic events of Boomers' lives were not Woodstock and the war in Vietnam, as many would believe. Rather, the birth of cable television and the 1986 Space Shuttle Challenger explosion ranked as the overall most meaningful cultural and historic milestones in their lives, respectively.

The study was conducted by Latitude and commissioned by TV Land as part of its on-going efforts to gain a deeper understanding of how to best communicate with America's 78 million Baby Boomers. It was released at Life@50+ AARP's National Event & Expo held this weekend at the Anaheim Convention Center. More research on this generation will be expressed by TV Land when the network unveils TV Land's New Generation Gap Study in New York on Tuesday, November 14, 2006.

By and large, Boomers are a diverse generation and many do not strongly identify with the "Boomer" label. One quarter of the 40-60 year olds polled said they felt that Baby Boomers were older than they feel and 57% expressed feeling younger than their actual current age would suggest. Of the respondents, only 20% described themselves as Boomers, while 56% described themselves as belonging to The TV Generation. The study was conducted via an online survey of 1,200 persons in their 40s and 50s earlier this year.

The study also asked respondents to choose the most meaningful cultural and historic events of their formative years. Their top five cultural events were:

* The birth of cable television 45%

* The creation of color television 40%

* The death of John Lennon 37%

* The disco era 33%

* The death of Elvis 29%

When asked about the most meaningful historical events of their formative years, the top five responses were:

* The Space Shuttle Challenger Explosion (1986) 57%

* John F. Kennedy's assassination 52%

* The war in Vietnam 52%

* Ronald Reagan's term as President of the U.S. 42%

* Nixon's Resignation/Iran Hostage Crisis/ 38%

Discovery of AIDS (tie)

"This study challenges a lot of assumptions we all make about Baby Boomers and these findings remind us that a generation 78 million strong is not in any way monolithic or singular," explains Larry W. Jones, President of TV Land and Nick at Nite. "As a society, many of us wrongly believe Boomers would cite Woodstock as the top cultural event in their lives and the findings illustrate the dangers of making broad based assumptions about or stereotyping Boomers."

"In many ways, it's not surprising that the first generation of Americans to grow up alongside television would embrace the TV Generation moniker more so than the Baby Boomer label," explains Tanya Giles, Senior Vice President, Research, TV Land. "While it may be useful shorthand to refer to this generation as Baby Boomers, we know the importance of speaking to this generation's life stage and making emotional connections through thoughtful and insightful communications."

About Latitude

Latitude is an innovative custom audience research and consulting firm, with a dedicated focus on television, the Internet, print, and cross-platform convergence. By creating a sophisticated bridge between business strategy and audience preferences, Latitude provides clients with actionable insight for content development, marketing strategy, and new business opportunities.

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 popular dramas, sitcoms, westerns, Retromercials and a TV-referential interstitial environment, all programmed with a specific audience in mind -- the first generation of Americans to grow up watching television and features all-time Classic hits like All in the Family, I Love Lucy, The Andy Griffith Show, and Bonanza.

MTV Networks, a division of Viacom International Inc. (NYSE:VIA) (NYSE:VIA.B) , owns and operates the following television programming services -- MTV: MUSIC TELEVISION, MTV2, mtvU, VHI, NICKELODEON, NICK at NITE, COMEDY CENTRAL, TV LAND, SPIKE TV, CMT, NOGGIN, MTV INTERNATIONAL and THE DIGITAL SUITE FROM MTV NETWORKS, a package of 12 digital services, all of which are trademarks of MTV Networks. MTV Networks also has licensing agreements, joint ventures, and syndication deals whereby all of its programming services can be seen worldwide.

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 120 networks around the world), BET, Paramount Pictures, Paramount Home Entertainment, DreamWorks and Famous Music. More information about Viacom and its businesses is available at http://www.viacom.com/.

Source: TV Land

Web site: http://www.nick-at-nite.com/
http://www.viacom.com/

 

Verizon Wireless Customers Can 'Boo'-gie this Halloween With Spooky Ring Tones and Ringback Tones

This Halloween, Verizon Wireless customers can personalize their wireless phones with "spooktacular" ring tones and Ringback Tones. Customers with Get It Now(R)-enabled handsets can select tunes from classic Halloween horror films and songs right on their wireless phones with ease. So whether customers are heading out for an evening to "Monster Mash" or trick-or-treat with their children, they can get their wireless phones in the spirit of the season! Following are suggested Halloween ring tones and Ringback Tones available:

Ring Tones

* Halloween (Theme)

* Twilight Zone: The Movie (Theme)

* JAWS: Shark Attack (John Williams)

* Tubular Bells (Theme from The Exorcist)

* Werewolves of London (Warren Zevon)

* Bewitched (Theme)

* Time Warp (The Rocky Horror Show)

* Halloween (Siouxsie And The Banshees)

* The Storm (Theme from Bram Stoker's Dracula)

* Science Fiction Double Feature (The Rocky Horror Show)

* Thriller (Michael Jackson)

Ringback Tones

* Gounod Alfred Hitchcock Presents (Theme)

* Twilight Zone (Buddy Morrow)

* B-Film Horror Ring (Halloween)

* Cackling Witch (Halloween)

* Creepy Halloween Music (Halloween)

* Night Journeys (John Williams: Dracula)

* Creepy Piano (Halloween)

* Dracula Organ (Halloween)

* Ghost Carnival (Halloween)

* Hells Bells (Halloween)

* Addams Family (Intro) (Vic Mizzy)

Verizon Wireless customers can purchase ring tones and Ringback Tones by visiting the Get Tunes & Tones shopping aisle in their Get It Now-enabled handsets. Verizon Wireless customers can also purchase Ringback Tones directly through the Get It Now Web site at www.verizonwireless.com. A monthly 99 cent subscription fee to Ringback Tones is required for any Ringback Tones purchase. Download charges for Get It Now applications vary and airtime charges apply when browsing, downloading and using certain applications. Customers need a Get It Now-enabled phone and Verizon Wireless digital service to access the Get It Now virtual store.

For more information about Verizon Wireless products and services, visit a Verizon Wireless Communications Store, call 1-800-2 JOIN IN or go to www.verizonwireless.com.

About Verizon Wireless

Verizon Wireless owns and operates the nation's most reliable wireless network, serving 54.8 million voice and data customers. Headquartered in Basking Ridge, N.J., Verizon Wireless is a joint venture of Verizon Communications (NYSE:VZ) and Vodafone (NYSE and LSE: VOD). Find more information on the Web at www.verizonwireless.com. To preview and request broadcast-quality video footage and high-resolution stills of Verizon Wireless operations, log on to the Verizon Wireless Multimedia Library at www.verizonwireless.com/multimedia.

Source: Verizon Wireless

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

 

The Country's Premier Hispanic Weekly Entertainment Publication La Vibra and www.lavibra.com Online Entertainment Destination to Launch in Six Markets This Weekend

Premier Weekend Entertainment Publication for Young Urban Latinos Extends Reach

First Multi-Market Edition of La Vibra to Hit Newsstands This Weekend Featuring Latin Grammy Content

 ImpreMedia announces today the national launch of La Vibra, the premier weekend entertainment publication, and www.lavibra.com the leading entertainment source for young urban Latinos. La Vibra reaches young Latino audiences with its original content and hip and relevant music and movie coverage. La Vibra will be distributed weekly in the top Hispanic markets: Los Angeles, New York, Chicago, San Francisco Bay area, Orlando and Tampa.

"With its original content and dedicated entertainment editorial teams across the country, La Vibra brings exclusive entertainment stories for those who want to be-in-the-know about the hottest and latest entertainment news," said Monica Lozano, CEO and publisher of La Opinion. "La Vibra delivers to entertainment aficionados a wide array of entertainment choices in their backyard. For anyone looking to be well-informed about local and national entertainment, they need only to turn to La Vibra."

La Vibra will have a significantly expanded distribution with online access at www.lavibra.com and print distribution of 530,000 in six key Hispanic markets. La Vibra will reach Latinos through ImpreMedia's newspapers every weekend:

* La Opinion / Los Angeles - Thursday

* El Diario La Prensa / New York - Thursday

* La Prensa / Orlando - Thursday

* La Prensa / Tampa - Thursday

* La Raza / Chicago - Friday

* El Mensajero / San Francisco Bay Area - Sunday

In Southern California, La Vibra has been published in La Opinion every Thursday since 2000. ImpreMedia is now taking this successful brand and excellent editorial to more markets to create the largest entertainment publication of its kind and to reach young Latinos in the top U.S. cities.

The entertainment content in La Vibra, which is targeted to young urban Latinos (18-34), will include: movie and music reviews, interviews with artists, and gossip, as well as information about local entertainment news, clubs and concerts.

La Vibra will also reach Latinos online at www.lavibra.com. The La Vibra web site will include content from all ImpreMedia markets, along with interviews and interactive features such as audio, video and photo-galleries.

To create awareness and buzz for the new entertainment publication, a teaser promotional campaign will commence in the Latin Grammy issue and 12 winners -- two winners in each market and two winners on www.lavibra.com -- will be selected to receive an iPod nano between October 26 and November 19. The campaign will be promoted online with banners and emails to online users. For campaign participation and details visit: www.lavibra.com.

For national or regional advertising in La Vibra please visit www.lavibra.com or contact:

About ImpreMedia's La Vibra

The premier weekend entertainment guide for young urban US Latinos includes content about music, movies, clubs, reviews and much more (content ad adjacencies available). The weekly guide is distributed to six key Hispanic markets in the US: Los Angeles, New York, Chicago, San Francisco, Orlando & Tampa, and more than 530,000 copies are distributed to Latino readers -- Over half a million copies reaching Hispanics looking for weekend entertainment. La Vibra is distributed with ImpreMedia's newspapers in each of these markets.

About ImpreMedia

ImpreMedia publishes Spanish-language newspapers in six top Hispanic markets: La Opinion and La Opinion Contigo in Los Angeles, El Diario La Prensa and El Diario Contigo in New York, La Raza in Chicago, El Mensajero in the San Francisco Bay Area and La Prensa in Orlando and Tampa, the leading Spanish-language newspapers in their respective markets.

Source: La Vibra

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

 

 

GLAMOURCON 40 in Los Angeles

All Appearances Are Subject To Change


JUSTINE JOLI
www.justinejoli.com
GLAMOURCON GIRL OF THE YEAR!

Check out our ads in the blocks above for this year's appearance of
HOLLY, BRIDGET and KENDRA (Saturday only)
Also, special appearance by
BROOKE BURKE! (Saturday only)

TAYLOR WANE
Adult Star, Featured Entertainer, Model and GC fav!
www.taylorwane.com
ARIA GIOVANNI
Glamourcon fan favorite!
www.ariagiovanni.com

GOLDEN APPLE
LA's Pop Culture Central
 
www.goldenapplecomics.com 

The BULLPEN Presents
Miss May 2006 - ALISON WAITE
Miss March 2006 - MONICA LEIGH
and Miss October 2005 - AMANDA PAIGE
www.bullpensportscards.com

The Fetish-a-go-go Chick
STACY BURKE

www.stacyburke.com

WOMEN OF PERFECTION
www.womenofperfection.com
Moses Marquez of Creations
Presents
A Calendar Model Showcase Featuring:
Miss January - To be announced
Miss February - ALEX LYNN
Miss March -
CHARISSE KAILYN
Miss April - CJ MILES
Miss May - To be announced
Miss June - AKIRA LANE
Miss July - MYRNA STAR
Miss August - To be announced
Miss September - MISHA LYN
Miss October - To be announced
Miss November - KANSAS
Miss December - HONEY CRUZ
With Special Guest Models:
BIANCA SMITH
Miss July - Miss August - To be announcedMiss September - Miss October - To be announcedMiss November - Miss December - With Special Guest Models:Miss July - Miss August - To be announcedMiss September - Miss October - To be announcedMiss November - Miss December - With Special Guest Models:Miss July - Miss August - To be announcedMiss September - Miss October - To be announcedMiss November - Miss December - With Special Guest Models:Miss July - Miss August - To be announcedMiss September - Miss October - To be announcedMiss November - Miss December - With Special Guest Models:Miss July - Miss August - To be announcedMiss September - Miss October - To be announcedMiss November - Miss December - With Special Guest Models:Miss July - Miss August - To be announcedMiss September - Miss October - To be announcedMiss November - Miss December - With Special Guest Models:Miss July - Miss August - To be announcedMiss September - Miss October - To be announcedMiss November - Miss December - With Special Guest Models:Miss July - Miss August - To be announcedMiss September - Miss October - To be announcedMiss November - Miss December - With Special Guest Models:Miss July - Miss August - To be announcedMiss September - Miss October - To be announcedMiss November - Miss December - With Special Guest Models:Miss July - Miss August - To be announcedMiss September - Miss October - To be announcedMiss November - Miss December - With Special Guest Models:Miss July - Miss August - To be announcedMiss September - Miss October - To be announcedMiss November - Miss December - With Special Guest Models:Miss July - Miss August - To be announcedMiss September - Miss October - To be announcedMiss November - Miss December - With Special Guest Models:Miss July - Miss August - To be announcedMiss September - Miss October - To be announcedMiss November - Miss December - With Special Guest Models:Miss July - Miss August - To be announcedMiss September - Miss October - To be announcedMiss November - Miss December - With Special Guest Models:Miss July - Miss August - To be announcedMiss September - Miss October - To be announcedMiss November - Miss December - With Special Guest Models:
NATHIA SHERRI
VANNA K.
NATHIA SHERRIVANNA K. NATHIA SHERRIVANNA K. NATHIA SHERRIVANNA K. NATHIA SHERRIVANNA K. NATHIA SHERRIVANNA K. NATHIA SHERRIVANNA K. NATHIA SHERRIVANNA K. NATHIA SHERRIVANNA K. NATHIA SHERRIVANNA K. NATHIA SHERRIVANNA K. NATHIA SHERRIVANNA K. NATHIA SHERRIVANNA K. NATHIA SHERRIVANNA K. NATHIA SHERRIVANNA K.
Glamour Photographer ALBERT ORTEGA will have the following
special guests at the
www.xtremephoto.com table:
 Model JEN TAYLOR
www.myspace.com/modeljentaylor
Fan favorite HEIDI ZERBE
www.heidi-zerbe.com
LYNDA WIESMEIER  Miss July 1982
ANGEL BORIS Miss July 1996
CHRISTI SHAKE  Miss May 2002
CINDY PUCCI
www.cindypucci.com
Saturday only
Fitness Model TYLER STEVENS
www.tylerontop.com 
NIKITA LEA
www.nikitalea.com 

DAB MANAGEMENT
featuring DANIELLA BAE
www.daniellabae.com
and CHRISTINE CAMPBELL
www.christinecampbell.net 

BRUCE'S BOOK-O-RAMA

DAZZA
Making Your Dreams Come True!
www.dazza.com

SAMANTHA GRACE
www.modernretropinup.com  

AMERICA'S SEXIEST MAGICIAN - THE SNAKE BABE
www.snakebabe.com

TJM DESIGNS
Original Pin Up Artwork
www.tjmdesigns.com

MICHAEL RAY'S IMAGES FROM ASIA
www.imagesfromasia.com
featuring
SOFIYA MINA SMIRNOVA

www.sofiya-smirnova.com
MAYLEE
www.mayleein3d.com
   FLO JALIN
www.flojalin.com
ALICE BRADLEY

www.alicebradley.net
   ANGELA SORA
www.angelasora.com   
   LENA LI
LANA MADISON
FALINE SONG
www.miss-faline.com
ALEX DEL MONACCO
www.alexsplayground.com
JOJO (Saturday only)
CHRISTINE MENDOZA (Sunday only)
www.christinemendozaonline.com

CLEOPATRA OF THE NILE
Best Actress Puerto Rican Film Festival
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ALAIN VIESCA ARTS
 www.alainviescaarts.com

ALY CLARK
www.alysplace.com

ARMANDO HUERTA
www.armandohuerta.com
www.padjanstudios.com

BETTINA:CAPITAL CITY CHEESECAKE
www.bettina.ca

EXOTIC JEWELL
www.exoticjewell.com

FLUID FRAMES INC
www.fluidframesinc.com
HIS QUARTERLY
www.hisquarterly.com
CAMP DANGEROUS CURVES
www.campdangerouscurves.com
featuring
AUTUMN
PAIGE
and
SANDY

JASON'S YUMMY PICS.COM

The Art of KEVIN CLARK
www.kc-art.com
featuring
CHAINSAW CHELSEA
www.godsgirls.com/girls/Chelsea 

A NUBIAN PRINCESS of IMAGES INTERNATIONAL
PHOTOGRAPHY

 
www.msresa.com

RICK NOSKER
Specializing in Playboy Memorabilia

TOTAL MASS INC
www.totalmass.com  

SEAN SHAW: Pin-Up Artist 

TOM NGUYEN
Professional Comic and Glamour Illustration
Original art and prints available!
www.tomnguyenart.com

SENTI ART - The Art of Senti
www.sentiart.com

J2J COMPANY
Modeling Websites and Promotion

Artist - WALT DAVIS
of FM Designs will offer instant fantasy
and pinup cartoons of fans and guests

24K ENTERTAINMENT
 
www.24ke.com

TIGER LEE
www.hotpiratebabes.com

ROGER HUMPHRIES
www.rogerspinups.com

CRYSTAL DARLINGTON
Up and Comer from Texas!
ALEX KEARDAN PHOTOGRAPHY

The art of DAVE NESTLER
www.davenestler.com

HOT SHOTS DVD
www.hotshotsdvd.com
featuring MISS BECKY

www.missbecky.com

FEISTY KITTY
www.modelmayhem.com/member.php?id=76298
BROOKE BANX
www.BrookeBanx.com
with MISS BETHANY
www.missbethany.com
LINGERIE BOWL IV PLAYERS
from Dallas Desire, Chicago Bliss, Los Angeles Temptations
and New York Euphoria! 

www.lingeriebowl.com
KC Fotos.com
www.kcfotos.com

PinUpGlam.com
www.pinupglam.com
Featuring
ERICA CAMPBELL
JAIME HAMMER
MAGGIE GREEN
JELENA JENSEN
JANA PRINCESSA

PINUP ARTIST ROBERT MILLS

SUMMER CUMMINGS
www.summerc.com

TONY MAURO ILLUSTRATION
www.darkdayproductions.com 

LUANA LANI
     
www.missluana.com                                                                                    

PEEDY MEDIA presents
TYLENE BUCK
www.tylenebuck.com

LOU MENDOZA
Custom Silk Screening and Streetwear

MEGAN ELIZABETH
Playboy Cyber Girl of the Month for May 2006
www.meganelizabeth.net

RUBY LUSTER
Vintage Lingerie, Pin Up Glamour and Fetish Model
www.rubyluster.com
and
EMILY MARILYN
Fetish and Glamour Model
www.emilymarilyn.com




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2006 – THE YEAR OF THE BABY!

VH1 BIG IN ‘O6 AWARDS” WILL PAY HOMAGE TO THE BIGGEST PEOPLE, THE BIGGEST MOMENTS, AND THE BIGGEST BABIES OF 2006!

FROM THE LITTLE SEEN “TOM-KITTEN,” TO THE MUCH HYPED BRANGELINA BABY

TO MEL GIBSON ACTING LIKE A BABY

Viewers Choose The Big In ’06 Winners Online And Via Mobile Starting October 25 Through December 1 At http://big.vh1.com

D.L. Hughley Will Host This Year’s Awards Show Premiering

Sunday, December 3, At 8PM* From The Sony Stages in Los Angeles

October 25, 2006, SANTA MONICA, CA – Water cooler buzz was deafening in 2006 and here’s why:

    • Everyone was either having a baby or acting like one.
    • MySpace & YouTube guys became instant billionaires.
    • America’s new favorite “it” couple -- Matt & Lance.
    • Paris & Nicole made-up. 
    • Flavor Flav “clocks” his competition.
  • Mel Gibson gets drunk and his “Truthiness” comes out in A Million Little Pieces.
  • Mark Foley turns over a new page.

  •  

    For the fifth time, VH1 will honor winners in categories that captured the year in music, news, politics, arts and gossip with “VH1 Big In ‘06 Awards.”  Hosted by actor and comedian D.L. Hughley, the annual year-end celebration will premiere on Sunday, December 3 at 8PM.  Performers, presenters and special guests will be announced as they are confirmed.

    VH1 is again letting America choose who this year’s winners will be.  Viewers can vote for each category online at http://big.vh1.com beginning  October 25 at 4PM ET through December 1 as well as determine the “write-in” nominees for the “Big Reality Star” of 2006, which is sponsored by Burger King. Viewers will also be able to cast their vote using their mobile phones by texting keyword “BIG” to the number 22422. Voters will receive the first category ballot and can opt to receive a new ballot each day until all categories are voted on. The “VH1 Big in ‘06” mobile voting is sponsored by Alltel.

    Warner Bros. Pictures, L’Oréal Paris®, Burger King®, Alltel Wireless, and Cotton Inc., are the sponsors of “VH1 Big in ’06 Awards.”

    “VH1 Big in ’06 Awards” is executive produced by Lee Rolontz and Michael Dempsey.

    Contacts:               Tracy McGraw/VH1        Scott Acord/VH1
                            212-846-7879                    310-752-8075


     

    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 87 million households in the U.S.  VH1 also has an array for digital services including VH1 Classic, VH1 Soul, VH Uno, VH1 Mega Hits and VH1 Country.  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.

    *** 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


     

    This year’s categories/nominees include:

    BIG ENTERTAINER

    The celebrity that entertained us more than anyone else in the last 365 days

      • Johnny Depp
      • Steve Carell
      • Jessica Simpson
      • Dane Cook
      • YouTube

    BIG TV STAR

    The actor or personality that defined television in ’06

      • Kiefer Sutherland
      • Patrick Dempsey
      • Ellen DeGeneres
      • Jon Stewart

    BIG MUSIC ARTIST

    The musician that made the biggest noise in ’06

      • Shakira
      • Pussycat Dolls
      • The Red Hot Chili Peppers
      • Justin Timberlake

    Big in ’06 – Page 3

    BIG DOWNLOAD

    The artist that had the most talked about download of the year

      • London Bridge (Fergie)
      • White & Nerdy (Weird Al Yankovic)
      • Here It Goes Again (OK Go)
      • What’s A Date (Lonely Girl Fifteen)
      • Jump In My Car (David Hasselhoff)

    BIG MAMA

    The celebrity mother whose maternal instincts rose above the rest

      • Brooke Shields
      • Katie Holmes
      • Britney Spears
      • Madonna

    BIG BREAKTHROUGH

    The entertainer that really made a name for themselves in ’06

      • Sascha Baron Cohen
      • Stephen Colbert
      • Jaime Pressley
      • The Cast of High School Musical


     

    BIG COMEBACK

    That person or group of people that roared back into the pop culture consciousness in ‘06

      • New Orleans Saints
      • Howie Mandel
      • David Hasselhoff
      • Al Gore
      • Rosie O’Donnell

    BIG “IT” GIRL

    That fresh young face that was simply unavoidable this year

      • Vanessa Mannillo
      • America Ferrara
      • Katherine McPhee
      • Katherine Heigl

    BIG OUTLAW

    Love ‘em or shun ‘em, the celebrity that was the biggest law breaker this year

      • Dick Cheney
      • Mel Gibson
      • Willie Nelson
      • Paris Hilton

    Big in ’06 – Page 4

    BIG POWER COUPLE

    The celebrity couple whose clout trumped all the rest in ‘06

      • Beyonce & Jay-Z
      • Britney Spears & Kevin Federline
      • Matthew McConaughey & Lance Armstrong
      • Brad Pitt & Angelina Jolie

    BIG SHOCKER

    The moment or event that we didn’t see coming in the past twelve months

      • Bill Clinton loses his cool
      • John Mark Carr confesses
      • Mark Foley gets caught
      • North Korea tests a nuke

    BIG REALITY STAR

      • WRITE IN CATEGORY

     

     

    Digital Hollywood’s Mobile Trends and the Changing Landscape of Digital Landscape

    Digital Hollywood , promoted as the premier entertainment and technology conference in the country, brought together the upper echelon of who’s who together in Santa Monica leading us to the future of digital entertainment.

    Mobile Trends

    Mobile video in the United States is not just for the teen set, with three quarters of the mobile video users being over 24 and skewing 70% male, according to Levi Shapiro, Director of Audience Metrics, Telephia, Inc. The biggest surprise of all was that nearly one-fourth (22%) of mobile tv viewing occurred when people where at home, the same as when commuting.

    Mobile capabilities, while lagging behind Asia and Europe , are stepping to the plate with offerings. Leading companies for mobile video are MobiTV and GoTV. MobiTV has popular tv channels including MSNBC, Fox News, ESPN 3GTV and the Discovery Channel, Spanish and music programming. GoTV has genre based channels such as Fantasy Sports Edge, hip hop and news. Fun Little Movies is a mobile comedy channel. Portable Hollywood is often branded for the specific carrier. Sony has almost 40 channels worldwide, however none are available in the U.S.

    Filter for Relevancy

    User generated content, the major buzz especially with Google’s recent purchase of YouTube, was a major topic for the pre-day conference. With the overwhelming choices of more than 200,000 videos being uploaded daily, we’re entering information anarchy. It’s not only through our entertainment sources but the bombardment of stimuli in our everyday lives.

    Entertainment and technology companies are realizing that while the Google searches have been used as a filter through text, videos require filtering and people want someone to filter the info, and thus the value of the social network enters. The value of trusted sources and editors are seen each day when people associate expectations with a brand.

    “Consumers resonate toward brands and buy over and over,” shares someone who understands this well, James Glasscock, Group Vice President Video of Demand, Playboy Entertainment. If you’re still looking for evidence, ask any parent who has kids that have immersed themselves in Spiderman DVDs, pajamas, bedding, backpack, and the list goes on.

    The filter for relevancy not only extends from the overabundance of media available but to advertising. The solution for the skipped and fast forwarded commercials in advertising panels was to develop relevant advertising which people wanted to watch. The biggest example of this is the Superbowl, where the commercials often receive as much attention as the game. The same could be said for successful programming.

    Enjoy Your Content, Anytime, Anywhere

    One of the clearest messages, is the reality that consumers want to have their various media available on various types of medium available. Mobile, broadband, IPTV, iPod, you name it, availability and choice are what the companies are rushing towards.

    Leslie Moonves, President and CEO of CBS Corporation, introduced the concept with Yahoo! Go at Yahoo!s keynote address at the Consumer Electronics Show this past January. Microsoft took it further with the idea “From HD to Mobile – Enjoy your content anytime, anywhere” at Home Media Retailing’s DVD 9 Lives Conference in May with Amir Majidimehr, Corporate Vice President Windows Digital Media Division, Microsoft Corporation.

    Landscape is Changing

    With consumers wanting their content wherever they are, the feasibility of options for advertisers changes too as they chase the eyeballs.

    “Where the audiences go, the advertisers will follow,” said Jordan Hoffner, Head of News and Premium Content Partnerships, Google Video. Google, well known for it’s Google ads which change based on the user, has been one of the best examples of this receiving $3 billion in advertising and paying out $1 billion in the 3rd quarter.

    “Advertisers buy audiences they don’t buy headaches” shared John Hadl, Brand Marketing/Direct Marketing Strategic adviser to Proctor & Gamble. Hadl’s other very direct statement shared the dilemma, “(Advertising) Agencies don’t know how to make money with mobile.”

    Thus, Hadl summed up one of the largest dilemmas of innovation and the digital landscape discussed at Digital Hollywood , monetization

     

     

    Toys 'R' Us Unveils Top Five Toy Trends for the 2006 Holiday Season From Products that Mimic Grown-Up Gadgets to Toys that Encourage Bilingual Skills, The World's Greatest Toy Store Identifies the Hottest Trends for Christmas

    Today, Toys "R" Us announced the five toy trends that will influence shoppers' toy-buying decisions this holiday season. After months of researching and evaluating thousands of new toys in preparation for the Christmas shopping period, The World's Greatest Toy Store has identified these dominant toy trends for Holiday 2006: Just Like Mom and Dad, Bilingual Toys, Interactive Experiences, Electronics Not Included and Imaginative Play.

    "As the toy authority, Toys "R" Us takes the lead in identifying toy- buying trends and predicting the hottest items for the Christmas season," said Ron Boire, President, Toys "R" Us, U.S. "We are constantly asked if electronic toys are replacing traditional toys. This year's trends clearly indicate that electronic toys continue to augment the toy business, but that toys without electronic bells and whistles also hold an important place in our assortment and in the hearts of parents and children."

    Following are the five toy trends identified by Toys "R" Us for Holiday 2006, accompanied by some of the best product examples in each category. All toys are available at Toys "R" Us stores nationwide or online at Toysrus.com.

    Trend #1: Just Like Mom and Dad

    Children are constantly imitating their parents through actions and in language. With the 2006 selection of holiday toys, children now have access to kid-size versions of adult products. Designed with toddlers in mind, The Kid-Tough(TM) Digital Camera from Fisher-Price(R) has a tough exterior and big buttons that make it a perfect fit for small hands. For budding musicians, the Acoustic Student Guitar from First Act(TM) is a junior-sized steel guitar featuring strings set low for easier playability. The Power Wheels(R) Ford Mustang from Fisher-Price(R) lets kids get behind the wheel of their very own car that drives on either hard or grass surfaces at a speed of five miles per hour forward and 2.5 miler per hour in reverse. Technology aficionados will appreciate Massively Mini(TM) Media from Tiger Electronics(R). It puts videos, music and photos into the palms of kids' hands. This lightweight, easy-to-use, multi-media device includes earbuds with a unique design that allows kids to wear the player around their neck, touch-screen controls and a color display.

    Trend #2: Bilingual Toys

    Catering to the growing demand for products that promote dual language skills among children, toys that boast English and Spanish capabilities have gained momentum this year. Leading the list of bilingual toys for the toddler set are the Learn and Groove(TM) Alphabet Drum and the Learn and Groove(TM) Musical Table from LeapFrog(R), both of which introduce the alphabet and encourage physical movement, vocalization and musical exploration in both English and Spanish. Taking a cue from two popular Nickelodeon programs, Fisher-Price(R) has introduced toys based on the adventures of Dora the Explorer(TM) and Go, Diego, Go!(TM) The Go, Diego, Go!(TM) Diego's Talking Rescue Center lets children go on rescue missions with Diego and his animal friends, while providing commentary from Diego in both English and Spanish. Dora the Explorer(TM) Magic Hair(TM) Fairytale Dora allows kids to imagine whisking Dora away on adventures through magical lands while she offers them encouragement in English and Spanish. The Pink Nitro Notebook(TM) from VTech(R) features Spanish language activities for developing readers.

    Trend #3: Interactive Experiences

    As kids constantly clamor for the latest technology-driven toys, products that allow players to become part of the action will be in high demand this holiday season. With both the Blue Man Group Percussion Tubes and the Blue Man Group Keyboard Experience from ToyQuest(R), aspiring musicians can learn how to perform like the stars of the wildly popular stage show by playing replicas of the PVC pipe percussion tubes and electronic keyboard made famous by the flashy performers. The next generation of robots is here with MINDSTORMS(R) NXT from LEGO(R), the strongest, smartest and most advanced LEGO robot ever. Including drag-and-drop software that works with PCs and Macs to make programming a snap, kids use their imagination to design, build and program their own robot to obey their commands. Kids who love puppies of all shapes and sizes will adore the Vmigo(TM) from Jakks Pacific(TM). From German Shepherds to Yorkshire Terriers, dog lovers can plug the game into a TV docking system to turn their dog loose on the big screen or take the portable version with them for hours of puppy fun on the go.

    Trend #4: Electronics Not Included

    On the flip side of interactive toys are items that don't include electronic bells and whistles. It's back to basics with a mixture of electronics-free new products and updated favorites. The Fisher-Price(R) Medical Kit comes with everything a physician-in-training needs for regular check-ups, including a working stethoscope, thermometer, blood pressure cuff and more. The Giggle Gear(TM) Mega Fort from Cranium(R) is a building system that lets kids build secret spaces to play and hide. With more than 100 building pieces, it's easy to create hundreds of fantasy environments. With 45 accessories and 26 molds, the Play-Doh(R) Creativity Center(TM) from Hasbro(R) is an activity-filled table that offers plenty of open-ended play. A four-picture activity mat encourages kids to mold meals, make faces, decorate a party scene and create jungle friends. In the climactic Battle of Endor that helped destroy the Empire in Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi, one of the key weapons in the Empire's arsenal was the AT-ST, an armored scout transport. Now, collectors can build their own version of the AT-ST using more than 1,000 LEGO(R) bricks with Star Wars(TM) Ultimate Collector's AT-ST(TM) from LEGO(R).

    Trend #5: Imaginative Play

    Among this year's new trends are toys that truly inspire imagination and creativity. The "must have" items in this category for the holiday season include the Sound City Railway from Imaginarium, a 115-piece train set that comes with a deluxe train table for years of imaginative adventures. When the trains chug over one of six different sections of the track, they come to life with exciting train-themed sounds and motions. The Spark Art Creativity System(TM) Easel from Fisher-Price(R) inspires kids to be creative like never before and is sure to be loved by all budding artists. With a combination of built-in interactive content and media, including magnets, dry-erase sheets, 3D models and more, this system encourages kids to explore their inner artist. The Color Explosion Spinner(TM) from Crayola(R) provides another outlet for artistic expression, allowing kids to create wild, multi-colored effects with a single color-reveal marker or drops of color-reveal solution. Kids can pretend to cook to their heart's content with Disney's The Little Mermaid Magical Talking Kitchen from Creative Designs International. Featuring Ariel from the popular animated Disney movie, the kitchen comes with all of the accessories needed to prepare an imaginary feast.

    About Toys "R" Us, Inc.

    Toys "R" Us is the world's leading specialty toy retailer. Currently it sells merchandise through more than 1,400 stores, including 587 stores in the U.S. and 658 international toy stores, including licensed and franchise stores as well as through its Internet site at http://www.toysrus.com/. Babies "R" Us is the largest baby product specialty store chain in the world and a leader in the juvenile industry, and sells merchandise through 245 stores in the U.S. as well as on the Internet at http://www.babiesrus.com/.

    Web site: http://www.toysrus.com/
    http://www.babiesrus.com/

     

     

    Ruben Studdard Makes New J Records Album THE RETURN a Top 10 Chart Event

    TV Appearances This Week on Megan Mullally and BET's J List - Follows Two Months of TV Dates on Today Show, Early Show, Martha Stewart, Jimmy Kimmel, The View, and More

    Buoyed by Urban radio's reaction to the new single "Change Me," award-winning, RIAA platinum J Records artist Ruben Studdard makes his auspicious 'return' this week to the Billboard 200 albums chart at #8 and Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart #2 with THE RETURN, which arrived in stores October 17th. THE RETURN is NAACP Image Award winner and Grammy nominee Ruben's long-awaited follow-up to his heralded debut album Soulful, which contained the back-to-back pop/R&B crossover single hits "Flying Without Wings/Superstar" and "Sorry 2004."

    In between Soulful and THE RETURN, Ruben paid homage to his deep southern Gospel roots on I Need An Angel (November 2004), whose title tune was written and produced by R. Kelly. The acclaimed project debuted at #1 on the Gospel chart, achieved RIAA gold status within weeks, and earned Ruben a BET nomination last year for "Best Gospel Album."

    Following the late-summer release of "Change Me," the #1 most added song at Urban Radio in its first week out, Ruben was viewed by millions during appearances on TV's Access Hollywood and Extra. In the weeks leading up to the release of THE RETURN, Ruben also appeared on NBC's The Today Show (twice!) and The Martha Stewart Show, ABC's Jimmy Kimmel Live and The View, CNN's Showbiz Tonight, CBS's The Early Show, and today (Oct. 25th) on NBC's The Megan Mullally Show. The video for "Change Me" is in rotation on BET J and BET After Dark. He will perform live this week on BET J (Oct. 27th) and will sit down with BET's The Center for an in depth interview (Oct. 26th). Stay tuned for appearances on the syndicated Rachael Ray show and The Tyra Banks Show.

    Studdard has a vast amount of online awareness and activity with features on AOL Music, Clear Channel Music online, MSN Music, VH1.com "Hear Music First" and Hi5.com. THE RETURN is currently the #3 R&B album in the iTunes Music Store, ahead of Janet Jackson, Beyonce and John Legend.

    THE RETURN takes its title from the opening cut, "The Return (of the Velvet Teddy Bear)," a song written for him by co-producer Harold Lilly, signifying Ruben's return to the mainstream after his gospel sojourn. "A lot of people outside the gospel field didn't know I'd released I Need An Angel," he said, "so they'd come up and ask me where I'd been for the last two years! With THE RETURN, I'm saying, 'I'm back singing these love songs just for you!'"

    THE RETURN continues the love affair that Ruben has enjoyed with audiences across the country since winning the American Idol competition. The release of Soulful (December 2003) set off an avalanche of awards and nominations over the next two years, as Ruben was recognized by the Grammy Awards, American Music Awards, BET Awards, NAACP Awards, Billboard R&B/Hip Hop Awards, Billboard Awards, and Teen Choice Awards. In 2006, THE RETURN is aimed squarely at Ruben's legions of loyal fans: "I put a lot of love into making this album," he said, "and my audience is going to feel that ... "

    Source: J Records

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

     

     

    Justin Timberlake's 2007 FutureSex/LoveShow World Tour UK and European Dates Added

    Jive recording artist Justin Timberlake's upcoming 2007 FutureSex/LoveShow, has added 30 international dates and will kick off in Belfast, Ireland at the Odyssey on April 24th. Additional countries that have been announced are England, Scotland, France, Germany, Italy, Switzerland, Austria, Norway, Denmark, Sweden, and the Netherlands.

    Following up on his sold out and critically well received SexyBack Live Listening Sessions in London, Paris and Amsterdam where he introduced the #1 album FutureSex/LoveSounds; Justin Timberlake is gearing up to return to arenas in the UK and Europe. Justin Timberlake accompanied by a 14 piece band and back up dancers will perform in the round, bringing the intimate mood of his acclaimed Live Listening Sessions into the arena setting and essentially making every seat a great seat and creating the ultimate 360 degree multi-media viewing experience. All the latest tour information can be found at http://www.JustinTimberlakeFanClub.com.

    On-sale dates will be announced locally in each market and dates for the complete worldwide tour will be announced shortly.

    Justin Timberlake Fan Club members will be part of an exclusive pre-sale and will be able to purchase tickets for the UK and European dates from 1pm (GMT) on Friday October 27th.

     

    Confirmed shows and dates are as follows:

    April 24 Belfast, Ireland Odyssey

    April 27 Sheffield, England Hallam FM Arena

    April 30 Newcastle, England Metro Arena

    May 3 Glasgow, Scotland SECC

    May 8-9 Birmingham, England NIA

    May 14-15 Manchester, England MEN

    May 22 Paris, France Bercy

    May 25 Stuttgart, Germany Schleyerhalle

    May 26 Munich, Germany Olympiahalle

    May 28 Frankfurt, Germany Festhalle

    June 1 Milan, Italy Forum

    June 2 Zurich, Switzerland Hallenstadion

    June 3 Vienna, Austria Stadthalle

    June 6 Berlin, Germany Max Schmelling

    June 7 Leipzig, Germany Arena

    June 9 Hamburg, Germany Colorline Arena

    June 10 Koln, Germany Arena

    June 12 Lyon, France Tony Garnier

    June 13 Dortmund, Germany Westfallenhalle

    June 16 Amsterdam, the Netherlands Arena

    June 19 Stockholm, Germany Globe

    June 21 Oslo, Norway Valhalle

    June 23 Copenhagen, Denmark Parken

    June 25 Gothenberg, Sweden Scandinavian

    June 27 Antwerp, Belfast Sports Palais

    June 30 Dublin, Ireland RDS

    July 4, 5 & 7 London, England The O2 Arena

    (i) All dates are subject to change.

    The 4 million worldwide selling album, FutureSex/LoveSounds co-written and co-produced by Justin Timberlake, hit #1 on the Billboard charts in the U.S., United Kingdom, Canada, Ireland, Australia, Singapore, Korea, and Malaysia and broke all digital album sales records. The smash single "SexyBack" featuring Timbaland was co-produced and co-written by Justin Timberlake and the 2nd single "My Love" featuring T.I. is already top 5 at radio airplay in the U.S. This makes Justin Timberlake the first male artist since the Nielson ratings began tracking airplay in 1993 to have 2 singles simultaneously in the American top 5 radio airplay charts. Additional producers on the album include JAWBreakers, Timbaland and Rick Rubin.

    Overseas "SexyBack" reached at #1 on both the Billboard European Singles Chart and the Nielsen MusicControl European Airplay Hit 100. "My Love" which hit radio a few weeks ago has been reported as the #1 most added in Germany and several other European markets. The video debuted on Pro7 (Germany) and ITV2 (UK) in prime time slots. Online it debuted to over 1 million hits on MSN UK alone. And in the UK this week, the video leaps #87 to #1 on the TV airplay chart.

    Scheduled upcoming appearances by Justin Timberlake include ITV's Parkinson, October 26th, hosting and performing at MTV's European Video Music Awards, November 2nd, "Wetten Dass ... ?," November 4th, and Canal Plus's La Grand Journal on November 6th.

     

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

    http://www.JustinTimberlakeFanClub.com

     

     

     

    Robert Zemeckis's 'Beowulf' to Premiere in 3-D

    Groundbreaking Film Comes to REAL D and Other Large-Format 3-D Theaters November 16, 2007

    When Robert Zemeckis's "Beowulf" is released in theaters nationwide on November 16, 2007, Paramount Pictures and Warner Bros. Pictures will offer audiences an immersive motion picture experience unlike anything they've seen before as the film is presented in REAL D and other large-format 3-D theaters day-and-date with its 35mm release, it was announced today by Jim Tharp, president of Paramount Pictures distribution. When the film is released, REAL D will be in over 1,000 theaters worldwide, mostly in North America, and it is also expected that "Beowulf" will be the largest day-and-date large-format 3-D release of all time.

    Robert Zemeckis directs "Beowulf," a digitally enhanced live-action film from a screenplay by Neil Gaiman and Rogert Avary inspired by the 9th century English epic poem. The film stars Ray Winstone, Anthony Hopkins, John Malkovich, Robin Wright Penn, Brendan Gleeson, Crispin Glover, Alison Lohman, and Angelina Jolie.

    Commenting on the announcement, Steve Starkey, the producer of the film, said, "Bob Zemeckis instinctively presents his films in a very dynamic way that suits itself perfectly for the 3-D experience, and 'Beowulf' is no exception -- the film is an ideal match for the REAL D system and other large-format 3-D presentations. When we presented 'The Polar Express' in 3-D, we looked for a way to differentiate the cinema experience, and with 'Beowulf,' REAL D is allowing us to expand on that idea."

    REAL D's 3-D format enables a single digital projector to beam images that seem to move toward or away from viewers when wearing special, comfortable, lightweight glasses. Unlike traditional anaglyph (red and blue) 3-D, REAL D Digital 3-D leverages digital cinema projection technology to eliminate eye fatigue, ensuring moviegoers enjoy the most comfortable 3-D viewing experience possible.

    Michael Lewis, chairman of REAL D, added, "We try to present involving and realistic stories to the audience. That's what this new generation of 3D allows us -- to make the audiences feel like they're part of the movie. Our format creates an even more lifelike experience; this is the premier way to see cinema."

    Paramount Pictures and Shangri-La Entertainment present an ImageMovers production, a Robert Zemeckis film, "Beowulf." Directed by Robert Zemeckis, the film is written by Neil Gaiman and Roger Avary, based on the book. Produced by Robert Zemeckis, Jack Rapke, and Steve Starkey, the executive producers are Martin Shafer, Roger Avary, and Neil Gaiman.

    REAL D is the worldwide inventor and provider of key stereoscopic technologies used in entertainment, marketing, science and other industries. REAL D's mission-critical 3-D visualization technologies are used by organizations such as NASA, Pfizer, BMW, General Motors, Mercedes-Benz, SEGA, Boeing and more. For more information, or to locate a REAL D Cinema, visit www.REALD.com.

    Paramount Pictures Corporation (PPC), a unit of Viacom (NYSE:VIA) (NYSE:VIA.B) , is a global entertainment company that produces and distributes filmed entertainment through the Paramount Motion Picture Group which includes Paramount Pictures, Paramount Vantage, Paramount Classics, MTV Films and Nick Movies. PPC operations also include Paramount Pictures International, Paramount Home Entertainment, Paramount Digital Entertainment, Paramount Studios and Worldwide Television Distribution.

     

     

     

     

    www.pleaseapologizesaraevans.com Launched by Friends and Supporters of Alison Clinton to Hold Country Music Star Sara Evans Accountable; Help Clear Alison Clinton's Name

    Clinton Lawyer Ronnie Berke to Attend Thursday's Evans-Schelske Court Proceedings in Nashville

    Evans Still Refusing to Apologize or Take Lie Detector Test Despite Clinton Passing Test Given by Retired FBI Agent, Polygraph Expert

    -- A country music star like Sara Evans shouldn't get to play by different rules than the rest of society. And she shouldn't get away with smearing a hard-working, God-fearing, loyal friend and employee like Alison Clinton. That's why www.pleaseapologizesaraevans.com has been launched by friends and supporters of Alison. The response has been overwhelming in just the first hours of the site's existence, with people encouraging Alison from all corners of the country. Many of these comments can be viewed on the web site under "Alison's Supporters."

    Additionally, Clinton's attorney, Ronnie Berke, Past President of the Tennessee Trial Lawyers Association, will be on hand at tomorrow's Evans-Schelske divorce proceedings in Nashville to answer questions on Alison's behalf and to discuss potential next steps by Clinton and her family.

    Last week a retired FBI agent specializing in polygraphs gave Alison Clinton a lie-detector test, testing her denial of claims that she had an affair with country music star Sara Evans' estranged husband, Craig Schelske.

    The results were released by a national entertainment show. Clinton passed with flying colors.

    To date, Sara Evans has refused to undergo a similar, independent lie detector test.

    Alison Clinton, Evans' personal assistant, co-president of her fan club and aspiring vocalist has demanded a public apology from the country music star since the allegations were made by Evans last week.

    Many people across the country are now calling Evans' allegations toward Clinton repulsive. Clinton is recovering from an eating disorder and married her long-time boyfriend Chris on July 1st.

    Evans was the matron of honor at Clinton's wedding to Chris Lee this past July and Evans' children were the flower girls and ring bearer. Mr. Schelske was a groomsman.

     

     

     

    Zingy Brings the Movies to Verizon Wireless Customers

    Get It Now Customers can now Experience MovieGoer on Flash Lite-Enabled Phones

    -- Zingy, an award winning applications development and mobile media company, and Verizon Wireless, the nation's leading wireless provider, announced today that Verizon Wireless customers can now experience an enhanced version of the leading entertainment application MovieGoer on select Get It Now(R)-enabled phones. The new MovieGoer application takes advantage of new technology announced earlier today by Verizon Wireless and Adobe called Adobe Flash Lite, which beefs up graphics and animation for Get It Now downloads and allows customers to automatically "Flash-enable" their phones.

    MovieGoer by Zingy provides consumers with a comprehensive movie guide on their mobile phone. Verizon Wireless customers can find the closest theaters, view all movies and show times, read critically-acclaimed movie reviews and preview movie posters all via their mobile phones.

    "We chose our popular entertainment application MovieGoer to exemplify the enhancements that Flash Lite offers Verizon Wireless customers," said Martin Zary, vice president of technology at Zingy. "Flash provides us a richer, more interesting environment in which to present movie reviews, times and locations, and we recognize the opportunity to leverage Verizon Wireless' Flash Lite-enabled phones to extend the universe of MovieGoer subscribers."

    MovieGoer from Zingy is currently available on four phones from Verizon Wireless, including The V (LG VX9800), Motorola RAZR V3c and V3m and Samsung SCH-a950 for $3.49 monthly access. MovieGoer is expected to be available on additional Flash Lite-enabled handsets in the coming weeks. Download charges for Get It Now applications vary and airtime charges apply when browsing, downloading and using certain applications. Customers need a Get It Now- enabled handset and Verizon Wireless digital service to access the Get It Now virtual store.

    For more information about Verizon Wireless products and services, visit a Verizon Wireless Communications Store, call 1-800-2 JOIN IN or go to www.verizonwireless.com.

    About Verizon Wireless

    Verizon Wireless owns and operates the nation's most reliable wireless network, serving 54.8 million voice and data customers. Headquartered in Basking Ridge, N.J., Verizon Wireless is a joint venture of Verizon Communications (NYSE:VZ) and Vodafone (NYSE and LSE: VOD). Find more information on the Web at www.verizonwireless.com. To preview and request broadcast-quality video footage and high-resolution stills of Verizon Wireless operations, log on to the Verizon Wireless Multimedia Library at www.verizonwireless.com/multimedia.

    About Zingy

    A full service mobile media and services company, Zingy specializes in personalization content, downloadable applications and mobile marketing and advertising solutions. Zingy's Personalization Content division creates high- quality, licensed and original content including ringtones, message tones and wallpapers while The Mobile Applications and Services division is the leading publisher of award winning BREW and J2ME downloadable applications and games. Zingy also offers a suite of platform agnostic mobile marketing and advertising solutions. Visit www.zingy.com for more information.

    Get It Now is a registered trademark of Verizon Wireless. All other names and trademarks are property of their respective companies.

    Source: Verizon Wireless

    Web site: http://www.verizonwireless.com/
    http://www.verizonwireless.com/multimedia
    http://www.zingy.com/

     

    Oliver Stone's 'World Trade Center' Wins Movie of the Year Award

    Hollywood Film Festival(R) Bestows Kudos

    Oliver Stone's 'World Trade Center' & Pedro Almodovar's 'Volver' Among Winners

    The 10th Annual Hollywood Film Festival's "Hollywood Awards(R)" ceremony, honoring independent filmmakers and established Hollywood professionals, was held last night before a standing-room-only audience of over 1,200 Hollywood Film Festival(R) attendees at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills.

    The festival, co-chaired by Paula Wagner and presented by STARZ, announced this year's winner of the "Hollywood Movie of the Year Award" -- Oliver Stone's "WORLD TRADE CENTER" -- which was chosen by the public voting online at the Yahoo! Movies and Entertainment Tonight websites. The voting site received up to 20 million visitors and 99,280 votes were cast. The nominees for the "Hollywood Movie of the Year Award" were: "Cars," "The Da Vinci Code," "The Devil Wears Prada," "Little Miss Sunshine," "Mission: Impossible 3," "Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest," "Superman Returns," "United 93," "World Trade Center" and "X-Men: The Last Stand."

    The Hollywood Film Festival(R) presented the "Hollywood World Award" to "VOLVER" by Pedro Almodovar. A comedy/drama from Spain, distributed by Sony Pictures Classics and starring Penelope Cruz, Carmen Maura, Lola Duenas, Blanca Portillo, and Yohana Cobo, "Volver" is the story of three generations of women who survive fire, insanity, superstition and even death by means of goodness, lies and boundless vitality.

    The winners of the festival's film competition were announced Sunday night at the "Hollywood Discovery Awards(R)" Awards Presentation Ceremony at ArcLight Cinemas. This year's winners are: "HEAVENS FALL" by Terry Green as Best Feature Film, "THE EMPIRE IN AFRICA" by Philippe Diaz as Best Documentary, "AMERICAN DREAMS" by Eelko Ferwerda as Best Short Subject, "HAPTICS" by Mayur Deshpande as Best Animated Short Subject, and "SMATKA: WRONG LOVE" by Gero von Braunmuehl as Best Music Video. "HEAVENS FALL," from the United States, is based on the true story of the 1933 Scottsboro retrial of nine black hoboes accused of assaulting two white women on a train in Alabama. It is a story of the quest for justice and one of the most volatile trials to take place in the segregated South. "THE EMPIRE IN AFRICA," from the United States, is a documentary about the rebels who started the civil war in Sierra Leone to reclaim the richness of the country from foreign corporations in order to end the exploitation of its people and the international community's response of waging a war on the country with bombs, executions, torture, rigged elections, and manipulation of the international media. "AMERICAN DREAMS," from Holland, is a short film about a young Russian family that traveled to the West in 1962 to realize their American dream, not knowing that they were about to change history forever. "HAPTICS," from India, is an animated short and a metaphorical tale, in which machines are efficient, humans are slothful, and realities are virtual. "SMATKA: WRONG LOVE," a music video from Germany, presents a latex carnival that questions the moral standards of the audience with dominatrices, latex geishas on stilts, rubber maids, fetish ponies, a devil midget, and an S/M penguin.

    Festival Founder and Executive Director Carlos de Abreu said, "There is no more appropriate place than the Hollywood Film Festival to honor the illustrious talents of all these magnificent artists who have created some of the most memorable characters and truly unforgettable films."

    The Hollywood Film Festival(R) was founded in 1997 by Carlos de Abreu and Janice Pennington, "New York Times" best-selling authors and producers. Regarding the conclusion of the 10th annual festival, Mr. de Abreu said, "We are delighted by the response we have received from Hollywood and the independent filmmaking community during the course of this past week. Our screenings were packed, we had over 25,000 attendees, and last night's gala awards ceremony was truly an extraordinary 'Hollywood' moment."

    With programming of both domestic and international films, the festival presented over 80 films, including gala and world premieres of 20th Century Fox's "FLICKA" by Michael Mayer, starring Alison Lohman and Tim McGraw, STARZ's "BUY THE TICKET, TAKE THE RIDE: HUNTER S. THOMPSON ON FILM" by Tom Thurman, featuring Johnny Depp, Benicio Del Toro, Sean Penn, John Cusack, and Bill Murray, among others, and DreamWorks Animation's "FLUSHED AWAY," by David Bowers and Sam Fell, starring the vocal talents of Hugh Jackman, Kate Winslet, and Ian McKellen. The festival's closing night screenings included Sony Picture Classics' "CATCH A FIRE" by Phillip Noyce, starring Tim Robbins and Derek Luke.

    The Hollywood Film Festival(R) also honored excellence in the art of filmmaking with a special presentation of films by Academy Award-winning filmmaker Oliver Stone, featuring his award-winning films "SALVADOR," "BORN ON THE FOURTH OF JULY," "PLATOON," and "WORLD TRADE CENTER," and including discussion sessions with Oliver Stone.

    Other festival events included the Hollywood Film Screenings at ArcLight Cinemas, where the finalists of the Hollywood Discovery Awards(R) were screened, in addition to last night's Hollywood Awards(R) Gala Ceremony at the Beverly Hilton Hotel.

    Special honors went to Sony Pictures Classics' co-Presidents Michael Barker and Tom Bernard for leadership; the Film Foundation for film preservation; Robin Williams for career achievement; Oliver Stone for directing; Mike Medavoy for producing; Forest Whitaker, Penelope Cruz, Ben Affleck, and Sandra Bullock for acting, the cast of "Bobby" (Harry Belafonte, Joy Bryant, Nick Cannon, Emilio Estevez, Laurence Fishburne, Brian Geraghty, Heather Graham, Anthony Hopkins, Helen Hunt, Joshua Jackson, David Krumholtz, Ashton Kutcher, Shia LaBeouf, Lindsay Lohan, William H. Macy, Svetlana Metkina, Demi Moore, Freddy Rodriguez, Martin Sheen, Christian Slater, Sharon Stone, Jacob Vargas, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, and Elijah Wood) for ensemble acting; Eric Roth for screenwriting; Vilmos Zsigmond for cinematography; Joel Cox for editing; Gustavo Santaolalla for film composing; John Myhre for production design; Penny Rose for costume design; Kris Evans for make-up; John Knoll for visual effects; Disney/Pixar's "Cars," directed by John Lasseter, for animation; and Francine Maisler for casting. In addition, Derek Luke and Lindsay Lohan were honored with the festival's Breakthrough Actor and Actress awards, and Ryan Murphy with the "Hollywood Breakthrough Director of the Year Award."

    Celebrities and Hollywood notables who attended the seven-day festival included William Myers - President & COO of Starz Entertainment, Stephan Shelanski - Senior Vice President of Programming of Starz Entertainment, Mike Goodridge - U.S. Editor of "Screen International" and Screendaily.com, Ron Patterson - CEO and President of John Robert Powers, and John Culton - Chairman of FilmStew.com, as well as Shawn Ashmore, Bill Condon, Benicio Del Toro, Robert De Niro, Clint Eastwood, Paul Haggis, Bonnie Hunt, Christine Lahti, Diane Lane, Laura Linney, Doug McGrath, Phillip Noyce, Michael Pena, Mark Rydell, Kiefer Sutherland, Debra Winger, and Evan Rachel Wood, to name a few. The gala awards presentation Monday evening was hosted by Mark Steines and Jann Carl of "Entertainment Tonight," and attendees were treated to the music of Leonard Neil.

    The sponsors of the Hollywood Film Festival include presenter sponsor Starz Entertainment, and American Cinema Editors, American Society of Cinematographers, ArcLight Cinemas, The Art Directors Guild, Casting Society of America, Celebrity Services, Circa 55, Costume Designers Guild, Creative Artists Agency, "Daily Variety," "Entertainment Tonight," "FilmMaker" Magazine, FilmStew.com, Film Threat, Focus Features, Fox Searchlight, Hollywood Make-Up Artists, The Hollywood Network, "The Hollywood Reporter," ILM, International Documentary Association, John Robert Powers, Kodak, "Los Angeles Times," Motion Picture Editors Guild, Paramount Pictures, PR Newswire, PSAV, "Screen International," Sony Pictures, Technicolor, Universal Pictures, The Weinstein Company, and YAHOO! Movies, Inc., among others.

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    Fox to Release More Blu-ray Titles in December for Holiday Sales

    Box-Office Smash and Critical Favorite THE DEVIL WEARS PRADA Will Be Studio's Second Day-and-Date Release

    Furthering its unwavering commitment to the Blu-ray Disc (BD) format, the only high-definition packaged media platform broadly supported by the film, music, gaming, computing and consumer electronics industries, Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment announced five additional titles scheduled for release in December including the $120 million box office smash and one of the most buzzed about films of the year THE DEVIL WEARS PRADA as its second BD/DVD day-and-date release on December 12. Like the Studio's first day-and-date BD/DVD release, ICE AGE THE MELTDOWN on November 21, the release of THE DEVIL WEARS PRADA on the BD format will benefit from a multi-million dollar promotional marketing campaign. Each of Fox's BD releases is available for the suggested retail price of US$39.98/C$49.98.

    In addition to THE DEVIL WEARS PRADA on December 12, the Studio will release four additional, targeted titles that brilliantly showcase the technological superiority of the Blu-ray Disc format including FROM HELL starring Johnny Depp, FLIGHT OF THE PHOENIX, and RISING SUN starring Sean Connery and Wesley Snipes on December 5. On December 26 the Studio will release the fast-paced action thriller and box-office favorite TRANSPORTER 2.

    Fox takes advantage of the next generation format's high definition technology and advanced functionality to present its titles with the highest quality audiovisual elements.

    Fox's commitment to emerging technologies is dedicated to enhancing the consumer experience of its products and providing for backward compatibility with their existing home entertainment libraries while also aggressively protecting its intellectual property from piracy. The Blu-ray companies fully embrace the Studio's steadfast commitment to the fight against piracy and the preservation of the integrity of its properties. Twentieth Century Fox is a member of the Board of Directors of the Blu-ray Disc Association.

    Titles and disc configurations are detailed below:

    FROM HELL: Presented as a dual-layer (50gb) BD release authored in BD-J with AVC (MPEG 4 compression) and DTS HD Lossless Master Audio, the BD release of FROM HELL boasts commentary by directors Albert Hughes and Allen Hughes, Screenwriter Rafael Yglesias, Cinematographer Peter Deming and Robbie Coltrane, a special trivia pop-up feature and 21 deleted scenes with optional commentary by Albert Hughes.

    FLIGHT OF THE PHOENIX: Authored in HDMV with MPEG 2 compression with DTS HD Lossless Master Audio, the HDMV Blu-ray Disc of FLIGHT OF THE PHOENIX boasts commentaries by John Moore, John Davis, Wyck Godfrey and Patrick Lumb, and selectable HD trailers of upcoming BD releases.

    RISING SUN: The Blu-ray Disc of RISING SUN is authored in HDMV with AVC compression and DTS HD Lossless Master Audio and features HD trailers of upcoming BD releases.

    THE DEVIL WEARS PRADA: Authored in HDMV with MPEG 2 compression and DTS HD Lossless Master Audio, THE DEVIL WEARS PRADA Blu-ray Disc includes a commentary by director David Frankel, producer Wendy Finerman, costume designer Patricia Field, screenwriter Aline Brosh McKenna, editor Mark Livolsi and director of photography Florian Ballhaus, plus special trivia track pop-ups, gag reel, 15 deleted scenes with optional commentary by Frankel and Livolsi and HD trailers for upcoming BD releases.

    TRANSPORTER 2: Authored in HDMV with MPEG2 compression and DTS HD Lossless Master Audio, the TRANSPORTER 2 BD release features a host of selectable HD trailers.

    Blu-ray Disc is a next generation optical disc format developed for high-definition video and high-capacity software applications. A single-layer Blu-ray Disc holds up to 25 gigabytes of data and a dual-layer Blu-ray Disc holds up to 50 gigabytes of data. This greater storage capacity enables the Blu-ray Disc to store over six times the amount of content than is possible with current DVDs, and is particularly well-suited for high definition feature films with extended levels of additional bonus and interactive material. Blu-ray also features the most advanced copy protection, backward compatibility with the current DVD format, connectivity and advanced interactivity.

    A recognized global industry leader, Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment LLC is the worldwide marketing, sales and distribution company for all Fox film and television programming on VHS and DVD as well as video acquisitions and original productions. Each year the Company introduces hundreds of new and newly enhanced products, which it services to retail outlets - from mass merchants and warehouse clubs to specialty stores and e-commerce - throughout the world. Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment LLC is a subsidiary of Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation, a News Corporation company.

     

     

     

    Save the Date: World Premiere of HAPPY FEET on Sunday, November 12

     

    WHAT: In the great nation of Emperor Penguins, deep in Antarctica, you're nobody unless you can sing -- which is unfortunate for Mumble (ELIJAH WOOD), who is the worst singer in the world. He is born dancing to his own tune ... tap dancing. Though Mumble's mom, Norma Jean (NICOLE KIDMAN), thinks this little habit is cute, his dad, Memphis (HUGH JACKMAN), says it "just ain't penguin." Besides, they both know that, without a Heartsong, Mumble may never find true love.

    As fate would have it, his one friend, Gloria (BRITTANY MURPHY), happens to be the best singer around. Mumble and Gloria have a connection from the moment they hatch, but she struggles with his strange "hippity-hoppity" ways. Mumble is just too different -- especially for Noah the Elder (HUGO WEAVING), the stern leader of Emperor Land, who ultimately casts him out of the community.

    Away from home for the first time, Mumble meets a posse of decidedly un-Emperor-like penguins -- the Adelie Amigos. Led by Ramon (ROBIN WILLIAMS), the Adelies instantly embrace Mumble's cool dance moves and invite him to party with them.

    Together, Mumble sets out across vast landscapes and, after some epic encounters, proves that by being true to yourself, you can make all the difference in the world.

    Warner Bros. Pictures presents, in association with Village Roadshow Pictures, a Kennedy Miller production, in association with Animal Logic Film. A George Miller film, Happy Feet features the voices of Elijah Wood, Robin Williams, Brittany Murphy, Hugh Jackman, Nicole Kidman, Hugo Weaving and Anthony LaPaglia.

    The film is directed by George Miller, who also co-wrote the screenplay with John Collee, Judy Morris and Warren Coleman. The film is produced by Doug Mitchell, George Miller and Bill Miller, with Zareh Nalbandian, Graham Burke, Dana Goldberg, and Bruce Berman executive producing. The music is composed by John Powell, and the soundtrack also includes songs sung by Prince, Yolanda Adams, Fantasia Barrino, Gia Farrell, Chrissie Hynde, Patti LaBelle, kd lang, Jason Mraz, and Pink, as well as the tap dancing of Savion Glover.

    WHO: From the film: Elijah Wood, Robin Williams, Brittany Murphy and director George Miller. Celebrity guests to follow. -0-

    WHEN: Sunday, November 12, 2006 WHERE: Grauman's Chinese

    Celebrity Arrivals: 10:00 AM Hollywood

    Screening: 11:00 AM

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    Renowned 3-D pop artist Charles Fazzino Celebrates Nashville in Two New Works Commemorating the CMA
    By Amanda Eckard

     

    © 2006 CMA Close Up News Service / Country Music Association, Inc.

     

    Renowned 3-D pop artist Charles Fazzino has created two new works of art that serve as the official artworks of "The 40th Annual CMA Awards."

    As part of the "Nashville Celebrates Country" activities leading up to the CMA Awards broadcast on Monday, Nov. 6, Fazzino will appear at the Frist Center for the Visual Arts in Downtown Nashville on Oct. 27 at the Frist Fridays concert series event from 6-9 PM/CT. The public will get a chance to view and purchase the official artwork. Fazzino will sign CMA Awards cards specifically created for the event plus, autograph and personalize his artwork.

    The full-sized art featured on the open edition fine art poster and 3-D 250-limited edition giclee fine art print; and the smaller art, featured on the 3-D open edition giclee mini fine art print are available for purchase at www.CMAwards.com.

    The artworks, which mark the return of the CMA Awards to Nashville after a one-time visit to New York City in 2005, focus on Nashville landmarks centered around the Gaylord Entertainment Center, the 2006 home of "The 40th Annual CMA Awards."

    "After creating the first commemorative CMA Awards art last year and basing them on New York City, I was eager to create companion pieces this year for the return to Nashville," Fazzino said. "What a pleasure it is to document this music city and music industry at such a dynamic time in its history."

    "The artwork of Charles Fazzino has added a whole new dimension to the CMA Awards," said CMA COO Tammy Genovese. "This is exactly the type of project that CMA is here to make happen - things that enhance the Biggest Night in Country Music and bring more attention to the great things happening in Country Music and in Nashville."

    A guitar representing Music City is the centerpiece of the full-sized 3-D and poster art, and familiar Nashville landmarks and CMA Awards promotional partners dot the landscape.  The 2005 CMA Awards art's base was a large apple, representing New York City's nickname The Big Apple, with many historic NYC landmarks filling the colorful piece.

    "It was very different to capture a piece that has to do with Nashville rather than New York, which is what I am used to," Fazzino said.  "The guitar in Nashville and the apple in New York are both very strong icons that relate the respective cities. Nashville and New York are two places I love and it was just easy and fun to capture both of those cities in my artwork.  I think it came out really well and the two pieces compliment each other."

    The mini art also features Nashville landmarks, against a moonlit backdrop with stars and musical notes. The mini artwork is on display throughout Downtown Nashville on pole banners promoting the CMA Awards.

    Fazzino is one of the most popular 3-D pop artists in the world. He is best known for detailed renderings of New York City's most famous streets and attractions, his obsession with bold colors and his unique, hand-assembled layering technique that brings his images to life.

    A graduate of the New York School of the Visual Arts, Fazzino "stumbled" on his 3-D style of art while he was in Florida for an art show in 1979.  Walking into an arts and crafts store, Fazzino noticed that they were teaching senior citizens how to make 3-D greeting cards using construction paper and aquarium sealant to build depth.  Fazzino sat down and joined them and a light bulb went off in his head.  When he returned to New York, Fazzino started cutting up his prints and then glued them back together using the 3-D technique. It was an instant success.

    "I showed them at this outdoor art show in New York City in the Village. I had them up with all my other paintings on the wall," Fazzino recalled.  "People were walking up and saying, 'This is really great, this little 3-D thing. How much is that?' The first few hours of the show, I sold all of them. And nobody wanted my other paintings. So it was like, 'I'm on to something.' And I've literally been doing it ever since."

    With more than 600 galleries in more than 15 countries exhibiting Fazzino's work, he has a theory as to why his art crosses language and cultural barriers.

    "My work is very easy to understand," Fazzino said. "You don't have to have a degree in art history, it's not intimidating. The artwork is fun, it's whimsical, and it speaks to all ethnic groups."

    The trademark of most of Fazzino's pieces is the intricate detail he uses when constructing a scene or cityscape.  It can take someone hours of staring at one of his pieces to really absorb everything going on in the artwork.  Oh, and if you look hard enough, you might just see his dog. 

    "I usually hide things in each one of my pieces," Fazzino said slyly. "I have to put people in my works, so sometimes I draw in my daughter or my wife, my friends and sometimes my dog."

    In addition to the poster, 3-D fine art print, 3-D mini art and pole banners, Fazzino's CMA Awards artwork is featured on the cover of the official CMA Awards Program Book, Post CMA Awards Party laminate and Awards T-shirt. Additional artwork created by Fazzino was featured on the CMA Awards collectors' ticket.

    One of the most in-demand artists in the world, Fazzino was the official artist for the Indianapolis 500 (2004); Super Bowl (2001-2007); Major League Baseball All-Star Game (2003-2005); U.S. Olympic Teams (2000-2008); U.S. Tennis Foundation; CMA Awards (2005, 2006) GRAMMY Awards (2004); Daytime Emmy Awards (2006); The Belmont Stakes Triple Crown Race (2005, 2006); NBC's "Today Show" Summer Concert Series; Rosie O'Donnell's For All Kids Foundation; and the President William J. Clinton Presidential Foundation.  

    For additional information about Charles Fazzino and to view his artwork, visit  www.fazzino.com.

    CHARLES FAZZINO's 2005 and 2006 CMA Awards commemorative artwork, including the original paintings, are available for purchase at www.CMAawards.com.
    Items include:
    .$15 unsigned, $25 signed l open edition fine art poster
    .$695  l  3-D 250 limited-edition giclee fine art print, full-sized, unframed, signed by Fazzino and numbered
    .$195 l 3-D open edition giclee mini fine art print, with painted frame and signed by Fazzino
    .$20 each l CMA Awards Program Books featuring Fazzino's artwork on the covers
    .$20,000 each l  the original paintings 

    Prices do not include tax, shipping or handling.

    Visit www.CMAawards.com to download an order form or call CMA at (615) 244-2840 to place your order.

    "The 40th Annual CMA Awards" airs live Monday, Nov. 6 (8:00-11:00 PM/ET) on the ABC Television Network from the Gaylord Entertainment Center in Nashville. CMA's most celebrated duo Brooks & Dunn return to host for the third consecutive year.

    Tickets for "The 40th Annual CMA Awards" are now on-sale to the general public, and can be purchased by logging on to www.ticketmaster.com; calling (615) 255-9600; or in-person at the Gaylord Entertainment Center box office, 501 Broadway (corner of Fifth Avenue and Broadway, in Nashville). The ticket price is $150 for Bronze level seating; $200 for Silver level seating (excluding applicable service/handling fees).

    "The 40th Annual CMA Awards" is a production of the Country Music Association. Walter C. Miller is the Executive Producer; Robert Deaton is the Consulting Producer; Paul Miller is the Director; and David Wild will script the ceremonies. Premiere Radio Network is the official radio packager of the CMA Awards, including a stereo-radio simulcast of the gala event. American Airlines is the official airline of the 2006 CMA Awards. Chevy, an American Revolution, is the official ride of the 2006 CMA Awards. Additional promotional partners include aolmusic.com, Camping World®, Carl Black Chevrolet, Coca-Cola®, Country Music Television, Inc.®, Crisco®, Greased Lightning Cleaning Products®, Hallmark Cards®, Miller Brewing Company®, Prilosec OTC®, Purity Dairies®, T.G.I. Friday's®, The Biography Channel and Yankee Candle®. Charles Fazzino is the official artist of the 2006 CMA Awards.

     

     

     

    Sugarland To Perform on ABC's Good Morning America Live From Downtown Nashville November 6 in Association With 'The 40th Annual CMA Awards'

    Special Guests Jon Bon Jovi and Richie Sambora To Appear

    NASHVILLE, Tenn., Oct. 24 /PRNewswire/ -- In celebration of the November 7 release of their sophomore album "Enjoy The Ride," Mercury double platinum- selling group Sugarland will wake up downtown Nashville Monday, November 6 with a live performance on ABC's Good Morning America. The special concert event will take place on The Chevy Stage at Gaylord Entertainment Center's outside plaza at the corner of Broadway and Fifth Avenues.

    Good Morning America will also celebrate "The 40th Annual CMA Awards," airing later that night (8:00-11:00 PM EST) live from the Gaylord Entertainment Center, for the first time on the ABC Television Network.

    "We couldn't think of a better way to kick off the CMA Awards and the launch of our new album," exclaimed lead singer Jennifer Nettles. "Get ready Nashville, we are taking to your streets!"

    Special guests Jon Bon Jovi and Richie Sambora will join Sugarland that morning to perform on GMA, and later that night they'll attend the Country Music Awards, where Nettles' collaboration with Bon Jovi on the band's hit single, "Who Says You Can't Go Home," is nominated in CMA's "Musical Event of the Year" category. Additionally, Sugarland is nominated for the "Horizon Award" and "Vocal Group of the Year."

    "CMA is happy to partner with ABC and Chevy in bringing Good Morning America and this special concert performance to Nashville for the CMA Awards," said Tammy Genovese, CMA Chief Operating Officer. "We are thrilled that Sugarland, Jon Bon Jovi and Richie Sambora will be performing on The Chevy Stage, as we celebrate 'Country Music's Biggest Night'."

    The public is invited to come out for this free event on GEC Plaza at the corner of Broadway and Fifth Avenue. Please be advised that Fifth Avenue will be closed between Broadway and Demonbreun; and Demonbreun will be closed between Fifth and Sixth Avenues. Tune in to GMA 7:00-9:00 AM CST.

    "The 40th Annual CMA Awards" is a production of the Country Music Association. Walter C. Miller is the Executive Producer; Robert Deaton is the Consulting Producer. Chevy, an American Revolution, is the official ride of the 2006 CMA Awards.

    Chevrolet

    Chevrolet is America's No. 1-selling automotive brand. With the largest dealer network in the United States, Chevy is the leader in full-size trucks and the leader in sales of vehicles priced $35,000 and above. In addition, Chevrolet delivers more-than-expected value in every vehicle category, offering cars and trucks priced from $9,995 to $72,235. Chevy delivers expressive design, spirited performance and great value with standard features usually found only on more expensive vehicles.

    Chevrolet's global headquarters is at the GM Renaissance Center in Detroit. For more information, go to www.chevy.com.

        

    Source: Mercury Records

     

      

    VH1 Rock Doc 'I Trust You To Kill Me' Featuring Kiefer Sutherland and Rocco Deluca & The Burden to Premiere On VH1 Saturday, November 11 at 9pm

    "I Trust You To Kill Me," from First Independent Pictures and Jude Cole and Kiefer Sutherland's Ironworks Music label, is headed to VH1 on Saturday, November 11 at 9PM.

    The critically acclaimed film, which marks Sutherland's first appearance in a feature documentary, was released in selected theaters in New York (9/8), Los Angeles (9/15) and San Francisco (9/29) and features the first artist signed to Ironworks Music, Rocco DeLuca and The Burden

    "I Trust You To Kill Me" follows Kiefer Sutherland taking his indie record label act, Rocco DeLuca & the Burden, on their first international tour through London, Dublin, Reykjavik and Berlin. Directed by Manu Boyer, the rockumentary chronicles a highly personal journey of a rock band & their less than qualified road manager (Sutherland), and shows the hopes, successes and disappointments of a band trying to find their audience. Shot guerilla style in High Definition color and black and white, the multi-camera crew captures the excitement and commotion of the live performances as well as interactions between the band, fans and locals.

    "The tour in Europe, and the film that has resulted, "I Trust You To Kill Me," was an amazingly personal experience," says Sutherland. "I am thrilled that VH1 has responded to the film so positively. I feel it is the perfect home for this documentary and their audience will relate to the journey this film depicts."

    Rocco DeLuca and The Burden released their debut album, "I Trust You To Kill Me" this year and their current single, "Colorful" has just entered the AAA Top 30 chart and is aimed to be a top 10 record.

    Rocco Deluca and The Burden has been chosen by VH1 as the channel's new "You Oughta Know" artist. The "You Oughta Know" campaign will be focused around the band's first single, "Colorful" and their LIVE@VH1.COM performance premiered on VSPOT , VH1's broadband channel, on October 2 and included the songs "Colorful," "Bus Ride," "Gift" and "Swing Low."

    Ironworks Music is an independent record label started by renowned singer-songwriter, producer and manager, Jude Cole and lauded actor and 20-year veteran of the entertainment business, Kiefer Sutherland. The long-time friends originally opened Ironworks in 2004 with the sole intention of creating an artist-driven recording space (which also houses Sutherland's massive museum-worthy collection of guitars). "We would invite musicians that we liked down to start recording and get creative and it's actually something that just organically turned into a label," recalls Cole. Today, Ironworks is many things -- recording studio, production company, record label and community. "We're doing things that we love ... trying to incorporate that lust for music to make inspired pieces of work, and just hope that over time Ironworks develops a name that represents that inspired work."

    "I Trust You To Kill Me" is a Manu Boyer film and produced by Pliny Porter and Matthew R. Brady for First Independent Pictures.

    For additional information about "I Trust You To Kill Me" and Rocco Deluca & The Burden go to the official film site: http://www.itrustyoutokillmethemovie.com/ and the myspace sites http://www.myspace.com/itrustyoutokillmeamovie and www.myspace.com/roccodeluca

    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 87 million households in the U.S. VH1 also has an array of digital services including VH1 Classic, VH1 Soul, VH Uno and VH1 Country. Connect with VH1 at http://www.vh1.com/.

     

     

    Jibbs Sells One Million Ringtones of Hit Single 'Chain Hang Low'

    Jibbs Joins the Scream Tour Line Up

    Rising Star, Jibbs, Shoots New Video for 2nd Single, 'King Kong'

    Album in Stores October 24th!!

    15-year old St. Louis native Jibbs is riding high on the success of his hit single, "Chain Hang Low," with more than one million ringtones of the song sold before today's release of his debut album, Jibbs feat. Jibbs. Jibbs is only the second artist to ever go platinum with ringtone sales before a debut album release. The other artist was Rick Ross.

    To promote the album, the young star has toured middle and high schools on the east coast and in the midwest giving kids a sneak peak into his dynamic stage show that showcases nationwide on The Scream Tour starting November 22nd in Miami, Fl. and ending on December 31st in Washington, DC. He shares the stage with Yung Joc, Omarion, Ne-Yo, Pretty Ricky, Sammie and One Chance.

    Jibbs is a featured artist in the AOL Breakers program for October, November & December and is also included in MTV's prestigious Discover & Download program.

    Jibbs is gearing up to shoot a video for "King Kong," the second single from his debut album in LA on Wednesday, October 25th and Thursday, October 26th. In addition to the dynamic ringtone sales, the first single from Jibbs feat. Jibbs, "Chain Hang Low," is a chart-topping and sales smash. It is currently top 10 on the Rhythmic Top 40, R&B/Hip Hop and Billboard "Hot 100" charts and is the #1 selling single in the country according to Neilsen Soundscan.

    In preparation for Jibbs' release of Jibbs feat. Jibbs, the rapper celebrates with not one but two album release parties in his hometown. The first event takes place today, October 24th, the day of release @ Club Dolce (200 Broadway) and Friday, October 27th, he hosts a party for his fellow teens at Vault.

      The following are the Jibbs performance dates on The Scream Tour:    Wednesday, November 22nd       Miami, FL           American Airlines Arena   Friday, November 24th          Greensboro, NC      Coliseum   Saturday, November 25th        Birmingham, AL      BJCC Arena   Sunday, November 26th          Atlanta, GA         Philips Arena   Friday, December 1st           Memphis, TN         Fedex Forum   Saturday, December 2nd         St. Louis, MO       Savvis Center   Sunday, December 3rd           Kansas City, MO     Kemper Arena   Friday, December 8th           Oakland, CA         Coliseum   Sunday, December 10th          Los Angeles, CA     Forum   Thursday, December 21st        Hampton, VA         Coliseum   Friday, December 22nd          Philadelphia, PA    Wachovia Center   Saturday, December 23rd        New York, NY        Madison Square Garden   Tuesday, December 26th         Detroit, MI         Joe Lewis Arena   Thursday, December 28th        Chicago, IL         Allstate Arena   Friday, December 29th          Cleveland, OH       CSU Wolstein Center   Saturday, December 30th        Baltimore, MD       1st Mariner Arena   Sunday, December 31st          Washington DC       Verizon Center 

    Source: Geffen Records

     

     

    Branson Unveils Biggest Ever Christmas Celebration

    New Titanic Museum, Branson Landing, Dick Clark Theatre, Music of Mannheim Steamroller and More to Celebrate First Christmas in Live Entertainment Town

     Oct. 23 Branson, Missouri just keeps growing. Already recognized by national publications and travel associations as a premier place to celebrate the Christmas holidays, America's hometown entertainment capital is aglow with the spirit of the season, unveiling its biggest Christmas ever. The World's Largest Titanic Museum Attraction, the trendy Branson Landing shopping-and-dining waterfront destination, Dick Clark's American Bandstand Theatre, the Music of Mannheim Steamroller and more will celebrate their first Christmas in Branson.

    From the star-filled Christmas shows on the famous Branson Strip and surrounding area to a glittering array of dramatic, animated lighting displays such as the luminous 2-mile Branson Area Festival of Lights Drive-Through, Ozark Mountain Christmas transforms America's live entertainment capital into a holiday oasis, November 1 through December 31.

    Star performers, special effects and elaborate holiday production numbers are set to dazzle visitors and their families over this two-month period. From the famed "Mr. Christmas" Andy Williams to the debut of the multimedia extravaganza of The Christmas Music of Mannheim Steamroller at The Grand Palace, a multitude of shows haul out the holly with the holiday's finest talent. Music fills the air with Branson family shows from the Presleys to the Hughes Brothers and the sounds of laughter roll through the aisles from Jim Stafford's show to Yakov's. From the Lennon Sisters with the Gatlin Brothers to Righteous Brothers' Bill Medley with Paul Revere & the Raiders, Branson creates musical presents and one-of-a-kind holiday fun!

    Silver Dollar City, an internationally-awarded theme park, decks its streets with millions of lights and a holiday light parade of wondrous floats and animated characters. This year, the acclaimed Dickens' Christmas Carol presents an all-new scene in the special effects show said to be one of the best productions ever in the history of the park. Plus holiday food, music and rides, including roller coasters, are open after dark for the thrill of the lights from above.

    Also, for the first time, the much-celebrated Titanic Museum Attraction will be decorated with hundreds of merry lights and holiday trim that recall Christmases past. Traditional bows of holly and mistletoe will line the elegant Grand Staircase and passageways and music of the season will fill the air.

    Visitors can discover Branson's "Winter WonderLanding" at the new Branson Landing waterfront featuring a promenade of new-to-Branson specialty shopping and dining, a dazzling Town Square water and fire spectacular that dances to the sound of the season and Santa Claus nestled in a special Christmas treehouse in the South Pole.

    Throughout Branson, name-brand outlet, boutique and Ozarks crafts shopping, outdoor events and attractions -- decked out in Christmas lights and elaborate holiday decorations -- beckon to Yuletide visitors.

    Plus A Veterans Homecoming

    Branson's Veterans Homecoming, Nov. 5-11, is one of America's premier tributes to our nation's heroes from all wars and conflicts and all branches of service. For details about this weeklong series of events, tribute shows, reunions and more, visit http://www.bransonveterans.com/ .

    Enjoy Outdoor Activities

    The cool, crisp weather in late autumn and early winter is also an appealing time for outdoor activities in the Ozarks -- fishing, hiking, camping and other pursuits are year-round opportunities for sporting enthusiasts. Situated between three pristine lakes, many of Branson's water activities are available even during Ozark Mountain Christmas. The lakes never freeze, so they are ideal for fishing for bass, trout, crappie and other species, boating and many other types of water activities even in mid-winter. And the mild early winters allow visitors to enjoy the area's ten championship golf courses!

    More information, please visit http://www.explorebranson.com/

    For a complete list of shows, attractions and information, visit http://www.explorebranson.com/ or call the Branson/Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce and Convention & Visitors Bureau at (800) 214-3661.

     

     It's Like ... VH1 Films and Paramount Home Entertainment Present an Outrageously Rad Send-Up of Everyone's Favorite 80s Movies From the Co-Creator of 'Chappelle's Show'

    TOTALLY AWESOME The New Comedy Film Premieres on VH1 November 4 With a Debut on DVD November 7

    Cast Includes Chris Kattan, Brittany Daniel, Dominique Swain and Tracy Morgan

    Return to a time when the pink was pretty and the dancing was dirty as VH1 Films and Paramount Home Entertainment take you back to the 80s with the original movie TOTALLY AWESOME. Directed by Neal Brennan, the co-creator of "Chappelle's Show", TOTALLY AWESOME lampoons some of the most enduring and endearing moments of the 80s movies we all know and love. The film features a bodacious cast including Chris Kattan ("SNL") Tracy Morgan ("SNL"), Dominique Swain (Lolita), Mikey Day ("Nick Cannon Presents: Wild 'N Out"), Nicki Clyne ("Battlestar Gallactica"), Brittany Daniel (Little Man), James Hong ("The King of Queens") and 80s icon Ben Stein (Ferris Bueller's Day Off). TOTALLY AWESOME marks VH1's first foray into the multi-screen release arena as it will premiere on VH1 on Saturday, November 4 at 9:00 p.m. and an unrated version of the film will debut on DVD Tuesday, November 7 featuring commentary from Neal Brennan and Tracy Morgan, deleted scenes, bloopers, outtakes and more. In addition, VH1'S broadband channel VSPOT and VH1 Mobile will run film selects, DVD extras and outtakes on their respective platforms. TOTALLY AWESOME was written by Neal Brennan and Michael Schur, directed by Neal Brennan, executive produced by David Miner and Michael Rotenberg and produced by the Weinstein Company.

    The project is the first in a series of multi-platform events from VH1 Films. Exclusive features and content for TOTALLY AWESOME will be available on all VH1 platforms including on-air, Mobile, VOD, VSPOT and VH1.com. The on-air broadcast will be presented without commercial interruption and will include a behind-the-scenes intermission featuring interviews with the cast. VH1 also will air a new five-hour countdown, "100 Greatest Songs of the 80's", around the film's release. In addition, TOTALLY AWESOME will have a star-studded, red-carpet premiere event in Los Angeles followed by an 80's-themed party.

    "'Totally Awesome' is the blueprint for the multi-screen approach that will propel the re-energized VH1 Film franchise forward, says Tom Calderone, Executive Vice President and General Manager of VH1," like television, film is no longer limited to one screen and Maggie Malina and the VH1 Films and Scripted Series team have delivered a hilarious film that will take full advantage of every release platform."

    Synopsis

    Narrator Ben Stein reveals that "Totally Awesome" was made back in the 80's in the wake of other successful films, but never released. Now for the first time, this potential masterpiece will be shown.

    On the first day at his new school, Charlie (Mikey Day) is identified by the school's "coolness rankings" as the least popular guy in the senior class. He is befriended by the senior class's least popular girl, Billie (Nicki Clyne), but falls for Kimberly (Brittany Daniel), the most popular girl in school. Thinking his only chance to win Kimberly is to one-up her jock boyfriend, Kipp, Charlie decides to enter the school Decathlon and begins training with his elderly Japanese gardener Yamagashi (James Hong). Meanwhile, Charlie's sister Lori (Dominique Swain) is dismayed to discover that dancing has been banned in her new town. She meets Gabriel (Chris Kattan), the school janitor and former dance instructor, who invites her to attend secret group dance lessons at his house/garage. After just a few dances, she's in love with Gabriel and helps him come up with a plan to bring dancing back to the school. Whether you were preppy or new wave, this movie will be awesome ... TOTALLY AWESOME.

    TOTALLY AWESOME Unrated DVD

    The TOTALLY AWESOME Unrated DVD has a suggested retail price of $19.99 U.S./C$21.99 in Canada. It is encoded with the Macrovision(TM) AntiCopy process. The DVD also includes the following totally righteous bonus material:

      * Commentary with Neal Brennan and Tracy Morgan   * Deleted Scenes   * Bloopers & Outtakes     Title         Length         MPAA Rating    Presented In:   TOTALLY       93 minutes     Not rated      16:9 format; Dolby Digital 5.1   AWESOME                                     English Surround     About 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 84 million households in the U.S. VH1 also has an array of digital services including VH1 Classic, VH1 Soul, VH Uno and VH1 Country. 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.

    About DVD Studio

    MTV Networks Program Enterprises Group and Paramount Home Entertainment have joined forces to launch a new cross-network DVD Studio that will capitalize on MTV Networks' programming experience, audience connection and access to rising talent, as well as Paramount Home Entertainment's expertise in the creation of original programming. Committed to the development, production and promotion of films across all genres suited for each respective channel, the new DVD Studio will leverage talent already thriving on-camera and behind-the-camera on all of MTV's networks in music-based, dramatic and comedic films, as well as documentaries. The new division will also distribute films acquired in conjunction with Paramount Home Entertainment, as well as original content.

    About Paramount Home Entertainment

    Paramount Home Entertainment (PHE) is part of Paramount Pictures Corporation, a unit of Viacom (NYSE:VIA) (NYSE:VIA.B) , a global entertainment company that produces and distributes filmed entertainment through the Paramount Motion Picture Group. PHE is responsible for the worldwide sales, marketing and distribution of home entertainment products on behalf of various parties including: Paramount Pictures, DreamWorks SKG, Paramount Vantage, Paramount Classics, Nickelodeon, MTV, Comedy Central, CBS, PBS and Hasbro and for providing home entertainment fulfillment services for DreamWorks Animation Home Entertainment.

     

    More Acquisitions Likely to Follow as Bodog.com Purchases Betcorp's European and Asian-Facing Gaming Business

    -- Bodog.com Entertainment Group announced today a deal that would see the international digital entertainment giant enter into an agreement with Betcorp Limited to acquire the company's international infrastructure, which includes its comprehensive gaming products, international customer base, technology, licenses and the group's Antiguan offices. The agreement, conditional only on the approval of Shareholders, is another step in Bodog.com's long-term strategy to expand its brand presence into international markets.

    "This purchase, which speaks directly to the current strength of our business, is the first of many possible international acquisition targets under consideration," says Calvin Ayre, the billionaire founder of Bodog.com. "We couldn't be better positioned to build upon our current success and growth and to continue our aggressive push towards international expansion into markets such as Europe and Asia."

    Bodog.com's latest strategic acquisition should come as little surprise, as the digital entertainment company has been taking a multi-phased approach to expanding its product channels into international markets for the past several years, with Bodog Music and Bodog Television leading the way.

    Bodog's international music distribution division, Bodog Music, currently has offices in Berlin, London and other international destinations. Bodog Television shows, including BodogFight.com and Calvin Ayre Wild Card Poker, are being distributed worldwide on cable, satellite, PPV and broadband to countries such as Russia, Australia, South Africa and the United Kingdom.

    "Bodog has never been confined to any particular market or single form of entertainment," says Ayre. "Our greatest competitive advantage is and always has been our ability to combine a number of different forms of entertainment into one all-encompassing digital entertainment offering. It is because of this strategy that we've been able to successfully create the first truly international brand of this type, and it is what will guarantee our success as a world-facing entertainment provider for years to come."

    Bodog.com's acquisition of Betcorp's international infrastructure will also have many implications on the industry and its international player-base. "Our latest move has been part of our long-term strategy and only represents good news for the industry and for the many existing and prospective Bodog.com customers," says Ayre. "It is in times such as these that players gravitate towards the strongest, most successful and most reputable companies. We're confident in the strength of our brand and we're confident that our players are, too."

    There is also added benefit in this deal to host countries such as Costa Rica and Antigua & Barbuda, as Bodog.com will be growing its operations in both countries.

    "Along with the many gains that are generated by allowing online gaming companies to operate within their borders, these host countries see an increase in employment opportunities and infrastructure, created by the international companies," says Ayre. Bodog.com, for example, employs hundreds of employees in Costa Rica and its purchase of Betcorp's Antiguan offices will effectively save a number of jobs from being lost.

    About Bodog.com Entertainment Group

    Bodog.com, based out of San Jose, Costa Rica, is federally licensed by the Costa Rican and UK governments. Bodog.com Entertainment Group Founder Calvin Ayre, recognized as a world authority on branding in digital entertainment, was featured on the cover of Forbes magazine's recent best-selling "Billionaires" issue. Bodog.com also has a thriving online community, which includes history-making World Series of Poker Main Event champion Jamie Gold (www.bodog.com/poker). Bodog.com Entertainment Group offers a host of entertainment services, including: online gaming (Bodog.com); an international record label (Bodog Music.com ); a million-dollar band search competition (BodogBattleoftheBands.com); a publishing division (with an online magazine, BodogNation.com, and blog, BodogBeat.com ); an events department renowned for producing parties that are stunning, chic and celebrity-filled; and an international television production division, which produces reality television series, such as BodogFight (BodogFight.com) and Calvin Ayre Wild Card Poker (CalvinAyre.com).

    Source: Bodog.com

     

     

    Spike TV Goes 'Inside The UFC' With New Weekly Magazine-Style Series

    New Show Premieres Thursday, November 9

    -- Spike TV presents Inside The UFC, a new weekly magazine-style series hosted by Joe Rogan featuring the latest from the world of the Ultimate Fighting Championship(R) on Thursday, November 9 at 12:00 Midnight ET/PT. The series, produced by the UFC in association with Spike TV, will include segments and profiles of the biggest names in the sport of mixed martial arts.

    Emanating from a newly designed Los Angeles studio, Inside The UFC will take viewers behind the scenes into the private lives of their favorite UFC stars with lifestyle segments and training tips that fans can't get anywhere else. The series will take a look at the sport's up-and-coming fighters along with action packed recaps and previews of upcoming bouts.

    Spike TV is currently the home to six UFC-related series including The Ultimate Fighter, UFC Unleashed, UFC Fight Night, UFC All Access, UFC Countdown, and Ultimate Knockouts.

    Dan Isaacson is producer of Inside The UFC with Anthony Giordano as director. Scott Fishman serves as Executive in Charge of Production for Spike TV. Kevin Kay is executive producer and Brian J. Diamond is co-executive producer.

    Spike TV is available in 90 million homes and is a division of MTV Networks. MTV Networks, a division of Viacom International Inc.

    Source: Spike TV

     

     

    'Gene Roddenberry Up Close and Personal,' Rare, In-depth Interview with Star Trek Creator Available for First Time on DVD

    Digitally Re-mastered Interview from 1981 Released in Celebration of Star Trek's 40th Anniversary

     -- In honor of the 40th anniversary of Star Trek, Gene Roddenberry Up Close and Personal, an extensive, in-depth and rarely seen-before interview with the series' creator is being made available to the public for the first time at www.roddenberryinterview.com. Ellen Adelstein in association with Roddenberry Productions has just released the digitally re-mastered DVD, which features an hour-plus interview with Roddenberry filmed in his Beverly Hills home in 1981. Gene Roddenberry Up Close and Personal is one of the few long-form television interviews the Star Trek creator gave before his untimely passing on October 24, 1991.

    Originally aired in Tucson, Ariz. in the summer of 1981 in conjunction with the first 24-hour Star Trek episode marathon, this interview has not been viewed by the public since. During the interview, Roddenberry discusses how he got his start in Hollywood, the early days of Star Trek, the challenges he faced in getting Star Trek produced (having a racially diverse show with many female lead characters was quite a feat at that time), his favorite episodes, and his philosophical beliefs on religion, writing and much more.

    The interview was conducted by Ellen and the late Gene Adelstein, co-owners and on-air hosts of a local independent TV station in Tucson. Gene Roddenberry Up Close and Personal also features a special introduction by Eugene Roddenberry Jr. (Rod), Roddenberry's son, and a post script interview with Roddenberry Jr. and Ellen Adelstein filmed in July 2006. Adelstein and Roddenberry Jr. discuss highlights of the interview and the Star Trek creator's impact on society. To quote Roddenberry Jr., "This interview truly conveys the spirit of Gene Roddenberry. It's a treasure and 'must have' for any Star Trek fan."

    With a total running time of 1 hour and 22 minutes, Gene Roddenberry Up Close and Personal is available for $29.95 at www.roddenberryinterview.com and www.roddenberry.com.

     

     

    Bow Wow's Back in the Game With Brand-New Album 'The Price of Fame'

    Multi-Platinum Hip-Hop Icon's Hotly-Anticipated New Album, Featuring the New Smash Hit, 'Shortie Like Mine,' Available Tuesday, December 19

    -- Hip-hop icon Bow Wow returns with his eagerly-awaited fifth studio album, The Price of Fame, slated for release on Tuesday, December 19.

    The Price of Fame includes Bow Wow's sizzling new single, "Shortie Like Mine." Produced by Bow Wow's long-time collaborator Jermaine Dupri and featuring the American R&B superstar Chris Brown, "Shortie Like Mine" is blowing up nationwide hitting millions of radio listeners in San Francisco, Los Angeles, Phoenix, Boston, Denver, Chicago, Sacramento, Portland, Orlando, Fresno, Knoxville, Washington DC and more. "Shortie Like Mine" has been played more than 1,028,275 times on Bow Wow's MySpace page (www.myspace.com/bowwow). A video for "Shortie Like Mine" has been lensed in Los Angeles by acclaimed video and film director Bryan Barber (OutKast, "Idlewild") and addresses the burgeoning phenomenon of online social networking.

    The Price of Fame is the first new studio album from Bow Wow since July 2005 when his RIAA platinum-certified Wanted debuted at #3 on the Billboard Top 200 and generated the smash singles "Let Me Hold You" (featuring Omarion) (#1 Rap, #2 R&B/Hip-Hop, #4 Hot 100) and "Like You" (featuring Ciara) (#1 Rap, #1 R&B Hip-Hop, #3 Hot 100).

    Bow Wow -- whose film credits include "Like Mike" (one of the 50 Top Grossing films of 2002), "All About The Benjamins" (2003), "Johnson Family Vacation" (2004) and "Roll Bounce" -- may be seen in "The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift" as well as in an upcoming episode of "Smallville."

    Bow Wow first burst on the scene back in 2000 -- under the wing of super producer Jermaine Dupri -- with his debut album, Beware of Dog, which went on to sell more than three million copies while solidifying his status as an authentic hip-hop heartthrob.

    Bow Wow took his brand of rap to the next level with 2001's Doggy Bag, hitting the road in support of his multi-platinum sophomore CD with the sold- out "SCREAM Tour II," wowing fans all over the country with hits like "Take Ya Home" and "Thank You."

    With his third album, 2003's Unleashed, Bow Wow became more directly involved with writing and producing his music, creating a collection directly from the heart, conveying a more personal overview of life from Bow Wow's perspective.

    He is the youngest musician to open the Grammy Awards, is the first "kid" to be included in Vanity Fair's prestigious annual music issue (October 2001), and entered "The Guinness Book of World Records" as the youngest solo rapper to hit #1 on the U.S. charts.

    With numerous hit singles, platinum-plus albums, sold-out tours, starring roles in hit films, and a place in "The Guinness Book of World Records" already on his resume, Bow Wow continues to prove that he's the 100% real deal with the indisputable goods: a bona fide superstar blessed with talent, tenacity, and a deep connection to his audience.

    Source: Sony Urban Music/Columbia Records

     

     

    Sting Reaches New Heights with Songs from the Labyrinth

    New Deutsche Grammophon CD Debuts at #1 on Billboard's Traditional Classical Chart and Classical Overall Chart

    Critical Acclaim and High Profile Appearances Continue Throughout the Fall

    -- Sting's latest CD, Songs From the Labyrinth -- a personal tribute to Elizabethan composer John Dowland -- lands at the top of the classical charts both domestically and overseas. Called "vivid" and "romantic" by The Wall Street Journal, the disc was released October 10th from Deutsche Grammophon and debuted at #1 on Billboard's Traditional Classical Chart and Classical Overall Chart, while also cracking the Top 200 Album Chart at #37. Resonating with audiences as an inspired and exceptional effort, the record also debuted at #1 on the classical charts in Canada, England, France and Germany.

    Songs From The Labyrinth also boasts the masterful playing of renowned lutenist Edin Karamazov. On October 9th, Sting and Karamazov celebrated the release with an exclusive performance at New York City's Allen Room in Jazz At Lincoln Center. An audience comprised of fans and invited guests were treated to an evening of intimate music recorded for XM Satellite Radio's series, "Artist Confidential," which premiered the week of October 16th. Showcasing both the album as well as a few newly arranged encores of Sting favorites ('Fields of Gold' and 'Message in a Bottle'), the show was a magical one for all in attendance.

    Sting and Karamazov's media tour continued with appearances on The Today Show, CBS Sunday Morning and NBC's primetime hit, Studio 60 On The Sunset Strip. The duo was also profiled on NPR's Morning Edition, as well as the Wall Street Journal, The Los Angeles Times, USA Today, Early Music America and BBC Music Magazine. The CD has subsequently dominated the Amazon and BarnesandNoble.com charts ever since. They have also been hailed in the press for their collaborate effort. The Wall Street Journal declared, "15 songs by Dowland are delivered with an urgency not often found on recordings of early music," while The Los Angles Times proclaimed, "If Dowland isn't exactly as well-known as the former Police frontman, Sting's new album, with its well considered and evocative readings ... may change that."

    Source: Universal Music Classics Group

     

     

    The World's Biggest-Selling Soprano of All Time Sarah Brightman and Chart-Topping Group Celtic Woman Will Make Great Stocking Stuffers This Season

    For Your Holiday Gift List Round-Up Consideration

    Best known for her breakout role in Andrew Lloyd Webber's "PHANTOM OF THE OPERA," Sarah Brightman went on to become the biggest-selling soprano of all time, selling over 25 million records, 2 million DVDs and playing sold-out shows worldwide. Her latest release "DIVA: The Singles Collection" is a quintessential collection of her best-loved songs and features 14 stellar tracks ranging from "Phantom of the Opera" (1986) and "Music of the Night" (1998) to her worldwide smash hit "Time to Say Goodbye" -- her duet with Andrea Bocelli. This release will appeal to a wide demographic of viewers/readers who enjoy pop, Broadway and classical music.

    Celtic Woman who enthralled U.S. audiences with their record-breaking self-tiled debut album, released a platinum concert DVD, had a PBS special and launched four highly successful U.S. tours are now getting into the holiday spirit with "A Christmas Celebration." This collection of 15 tracks of Christmas cheer and traditional holiday favorites includes "White Christmas," "Carol of the Bells," "Let It Snow," "Little Drummer Boy" and "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas." A deluxe edition package of the CD is available and features a beautiful golden angel Christmas ornament. Still holding the #1 position on the Billboard World Music Chart (81 weeks and counting), their second PBS special "Celtic Woman: A New Journey Live at Slane Castle" will air nationwide in December. This holiday release will appeal to all ages and demographics.

    Source: Manhattan Records

     

     

    Gwen Stefani Announces New Album and DVD

    December 5, 2006 Set for Simultaneous Release of Album and Live Concert DVD

    Gwen Stefani will release her second solo album, The Sweet Escape, on December 5, 2006. The new album is the follow-up to 2004's quadruple-platinum Love. Angel. Music. Baby., which included the hits "Hollaback Girl" and "What You Waiting For?"

    The first single from The Sweet Escape is The Neptunes-produced "Wind It Up." The video will be directed by longtime collaborator Sophie Muller. Other contributors to the album include Akon, Tony Kanal, Nellee Hooper, Sean Garrett, Swizz Beatz, Dave Stewart and Keane's Tim Rice-Oxley.

    "This album is surprisingly different than the last one. I started recording it last year before Kingston was born and it's definitely evolved over the last year. The dance sound is very 'now.' It's modern ... not so retro," says the Grammy-winning singer-songwriter.

    Simultaneously, Gwen will release the concert DVD Harajuku Lovers Live, filmed during shows in her hometown of Anaheim, CA. The concert was also filmed by Sophie Muller.

    Gwen will embark on a U.S. tour in April 2007.

    Source: Interscope Records


     

    Sugarland To Perform During Game Four of 2006 World Series

     Oct. 23 /-- Mercury recording artists Sugarland will perform 'God Bless America' on October 25th during Game Four of the 2006 World Series at Busch Stadium in St. Louis. The song will be broadcast live on Fox during the 7th inning stretch.

    "The World Series is incredibly exciting," said Jennifer Nettles. "It is an honor to be a part of such a historic American tradition."

    The multi platinum-selling group will release ENJOY THE RIDE, the follow up album to their debut TWICE THE SPEED OF LIFE on November 7, 2006. For which lead members Jennifer Nettles and Kristian Bush wrote or co-wrote all 11 tracks, as well as co-produced with Byron Gallimore.

    "The Ride" that has quickly become the group's career continues to get more hectic by the minute. Immediately following their World Series performance, Jennifer and Kristian will head to Los Angeles where Jennifer will participate in the taping of CMT GIANTS, where stars from music, film and television will pay tribute to Reba McEntire, one of her heroes.

    Sugarland exploded onto the country music scene in 2004 with mega hits 'Baby Girl' and 'Something More,' both of which reached #2 on the charts and received digital platinum honors. Success translated to an overwhelming response for TV and award show performances, nominations, wins and big-time tours.

    Sugarland has received a Grammy nomination, an American Music Award for "Breakthrough Favorite New Artist," an ACM award for "New Duo/Group of the Year" and four additional nominations, as well as three CMA nominations. They have performed on The Tonight Show, Good Morning America, the Radio Music Awards, Grammy's, CMA's, ACM's, CMT Awards, Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve special, the season finale of Las Vegas and garnered the highest-rated CMT Crossroads with Bon Jovi. They have toured with Kenny Chesney and are currently touring with Brooks & Dunn.

     

    John Mellencamp to Perform "Our Country" Before Game Two of 2006 World Series

    October 22, 2006 -- John Mellencamp will perform his new single "Our Country" before Game Two of the 2006 World Series at Comerica Park at approximately 8 PM Eastern. The song, which will be broadcast live on FOX, is Mellencamp's first single from his forthcoming UMe/Universal Republic 2007 album release, "Freedom's Road." Mellencamp will be joined for the performance by Little Big Town, the country music group that also provides backup vocals on the recording of "Our Country."

    "Our Country," written over a year ago, has been part of all of Mellencamp's concert performances of late and is part of the marketing campaign promoting the new 2007 Chevrolet Silverado. Chevrolet, the official vehicle of Major League Baseball, will debut a new commercial featuring "Our Country" during Game One of the 2006 World Series.

     

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    Mellencamp commented, "I wrote this song to tell a story about some of the challenges our country faces and how our beliefs and ideals can help us meet them, a message of hope and tolerance. It's a song that is all about standing up for the working people who are the backbone of our nation."

    Over the course of his career, Mellencamp has sold more than forty million albums and has earned fifteen Grammy nominations. In 2001, he was awarded Billboard's highest accolade, the Century Award for distinguished creative achievement and was the recipient of the 2003 Woody Guthrie Award. An advocate for the American Farmer, he helped found Farm Aid in 1985 with Willie Nelson and Neil Young. Mellencamp, who lives and records in Bloomington, Indiana, is an artist for and of the American heartland.

    The 2006 World Series will be televised nationally by FOX Sports and televised around the world by Major League Baseball International. ESPN Radio and XM Satellite Radio will provide national radio coverage, while MLB.com will provide extensive online coverage and MLB Radio will provide exclusive play-by-play coverage of the game on the Internet.

     

    New U.S. Record Set at Red Bull Flugtag Baltimore!!!!!

    70,000 Witness the Stooges Soar

     October 21, 2006 -- Over 70,000 spectators lined the Inner Harbor today at Red Bull Flugtag Baltimore to witness Victims of Soi-Cum-Stance set a new U.S. record by soaring 81 feet!!! This Pennsylvania team of Flugtag veterans wowed the judges with their portrayal of The Three Stooges at Baltimore's first ever human-powered flying competition.

    "Where else can you be in your 40s and 50s and do this kind of stuff? We're adolescent boys trapped in middle-aged bodies," said the team's pilot, Dave Sadowsky.

     

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    Larry, Curly and Mo weren't the only ones on the award podium today. Atlanta's Jump the Shark took second place, edging out third place finishers F-10-75, a team of New York's finest firefighters. While both teams flew 75 feet, showmanship was the deciding factor between the two.

     

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    Out of 23 teams and 17,000 text message votes, the half train, half plane 4-4-0 American Flyer proved to be the hometown favorite, winning People's Choice Award with 33% of the total votes! The team's captain, Tom Symonds, explained: "We built our craft with extra love!"

    ONE-EYED, ONE-HORNED FLYING PURPLE EATER

    The skies cleared and the clouds parted as the brave and slightly crazy launched human-powered flying machines off a 25-foot ramp above the Inner Harbor at Red Bull Flugtag Baltimore. Though "Flugtag" means "flying day" in German, not many of the crafts resembled a plane: a stack of pancakes, a beehive, Aladdin's magic carpet, and even an Oscar Meyer Weiner to name a few.

    Fans were entertained not only by the flights, but also by the flubs. Long Ball's flight was shortened when it nose-dived before leaving the runway while Dumbo hung from its ear and went belly up in the waters below. Even Ryan Dunn of MTV's "Jackass" rolled the dice by wheeling a shopping cart with wings off the flight deck to start the show.

    THE QUEST FOR HUMAN FLIGHT CONTINUES...

    The first Red Bull Flugtag took place in Vienna, Austria, in 1991. Since then, more than 35 Red Bull Flugtags have been held around the world -- from Ireland to San Francisco -- attracting nearly 300,000 spectators. The record for the farthest flight to date currently stands at 195 feet set in 2000 at Red Bull Flugtag Austria. The previous U.S. record was 78 feet, set in Cleveland, Ohio, in 2004.

    While there has never been a limit on creativity, there are a few rules and regulations. First off, all flying machines must be entirely human-powered (no external energy sources or stored power). Secondly, all crafts must be less than 30 feet wide. And finally, no matter what they say, size does matter -- all crafts must weigh no more than 450 lbs. (including the pilot).

    For media information including interviews, please contact Ellie Applen at (310) 460-4532 or ellen.applen@us.redbull.com. For photos visit www.redbull-photofiles.com.


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    New Artist Spotlight: Eric Church
    By Peter Cronin

    © 2006 CMA Close Up News Service / Country Music Association, Inc.

    Eric Church’s songs are loaded with honesty, conviction and most importantly, Eric Church.

    “If you listen to this [album], you’ll find out who I am,” Church said. “When I was 13, I started writing, and I thought, ‘If I’m going to play for these people, I’m going to have to learn how to play guitar.’”

    While at Appalachian State University, Church got his first gig at a local bar. With the temporary name the Mountain Boys, Church, his brother and a couple of friends performed their first gig knowing only 14 songs, but they held the audience through a four-hour set. Soon, they were playing their original songs five nights a week around the region.

    When he finished school, Church made the essential move to Nashville. As excited as he was about finally getting to Music City, he remembers his first few days as being a bit scary.

    “I didn’t know a soul,” he said. “I didn’t know the publishing companies or the industry. I just had something inside me saying, ‘You have to be there.’”

    Church immediately grabbed a phone book and began calling record companies.

    “Once you’ve been here, you know it doesn’t work that way,” Church said. “I guess a lot of it was being young and stupid, but there’s a lot to being young and stupid.”

    A year after he moved to Nashville, Church signed a publishing deal with Sony ATV Tree and hit the ground running, demoing 60-70 songs. 

    “I figure they’re paying me to be a songwriter and that’s what I’m here to do,” he said. 

    Church began making contacts around Nashville, one of them being producer Jay Joyce. “We clicked instantly,” Church said. The songs Joyce and Church began writing eventually led to Church’s signing to Capitol Records Nashville. His debut album, Sinners Like Me, was released July 18. 

    “I think we’ve made an honest record,” Church said, “I don’t think there’s a song on there that’s not me.” 

    IN HIS OWN WORDS:

    What CD is in your stereo right now?

    “The Black Keys.”

    What book is on your nightstand?

    “The Bible.”

    What do you sing in the shower?

    “Whatever I’m currently writing.”

    What’s your pet peeve?

    “Questionnaires. Just kidding.”

    What song do you wish you had written?

    “‘Good Ole Boys Like Me.’” 

    What word or phrase do you find yourself saying over and over again?

    “No.”

    What mode of transportation do you prefer?

    “My Silverado.”

    Who is your dream duet partner?

    “Bruce Springsteen.” 

    On the Web: www.ericchurch.com 

     

     Josh Turner Sings from the Heart
    By Robert L. Doerschuk

    © 2006 CMA Close Up News Service / Country Music Association, Inc.

    Part of it was the song — “Long Black Train,” a tune that seemed to beckon from a hundred years ago, with a lyric that mixed intimations of eternity with images of rails stretching toward doom or redemption.

    Part of it was the venue — the stage of the Grand Ole Opry, where every singer dreams of seizing America’s imagination at just the right moment. A lot of it had to do with the feel of the singer — Josh Turner, whose upbringing in the backwoods of South Carolina invested him with an unimpeachable Country pedigree. And, of course, there was the voice, a deep baritone that turned his national radio debut into a moment that would change his life forever.

    Turner didn’t even have a record deal when he stepped up to the microphone on Dec. 21, 2001, and delivered a reading of “Long Black Train” that roused the audience to a standing ovation that wouldn’t quit until the young artist, unknown up to that moment, sang it once again. That was nearly five years ago — a long time in the life of any emerging star. In a sense, Turner has been in a continuous state of emergence since then, playing gigs that inevitably centered on the song, the days ticking by without any second album in sight.

    There’s a reason for that, as Turner explained, now that his sophomore album, Your Man, has reached Platinum status and spawned two No. 1 singles, the title track and “Would You Go with Me,” — a feat that even “Long Black Train,” peaking at No. 13, failed to attain.

    “I put a lot of pressure on myself as to how to outdo ‘Long Black Train,’” he said. “I worried about overcoming that phenomenon until I finally realized that I needed to do something completely different while still being Josh Turner. So I started thinking about what Eddy Arnold told me one time: He said I should take every opportunity I could to record a love song because nothing relates to people more than the relationship between a man and a woman.”

    Turner resolved to follow his own instincts and, track by track, Your Man grew on a foundation built largely from songs about love. This may not be a revolutionary concept, but this focus liberated Turner to arrange his priorities appropriately. Though you can’t mistake that timbre and resonance, these tunes follow melodies that another singer might be able to handle, if maybe an octave higher. And for every descent into the depths of his range, as in the last note on “Way Down South,” there’s a passage that climbs nearly to the tenor heights, as on the chorus of “Would You Go with Me.” But that was only part of the picture. Being associated with one special song may unlock the door toward notoriety; the problem is that this door could slam shut and trap you in a smaller spotlight than you had anticipated. Turner and his producer, Frank Rogers (Brad Paisley), understood this perfectly as they mapped out their strategy for Your Man.

    “We looked at the great moments on the first album and aimed at having 10 times as many great moments on the next one,” Turner explained. “We began with the fact that the Josh Turner sound is very traditional, with a lot of the characteristics of the music and many of the artists that have gone before me. It’s swampy, rustic and earthy and gritty to some extent. At the same time, we wanted to put a smooth texture over it, so that it feels fresh but yet you feel like you’ve been hearing these songs your whole life.”

    The sound they created bears a label that Turner, without help from any publicist or scribe, came up with on his own. “I call it ‘South Carolina Low Country,’” he said, smiling. “I grew up there in a small farming community called Hannah, surrounded by fields, pine trees, dirt roads and rivers. I spent a lot of time outdoors, hunting and fishing or riding around on my four-wheeler. It was a Country lifestyle all the way.”

    Vital to this world was the Missionary Baptist Church that stood about a mile down the road from Turner’s house. This was where he first heard music and where he cut his teeth as a singer. “The hymns we sang there are still very special to me,” he said. “Songs like ‘Just as I Am’ are relevant even today. And I used to sing ‘Without Him’ in a quartet called the Thankful Harps with some other guys my age. Some of those lyrics are extremely eloquent, even though they were written before this past century.”

    The feel of those hymns, complemented by the Stanley Brothers and Osborne Brothers albums that he heard at his grandmother’s place, instilled the belief that feeling was what all the great singers had in common. Sound wasn’t an issue for Turner at that point; he was a baritone, which meant he looked to Randy Travis as a model on which to base his style. But that basso profundo hadn’t yet risen up and taken shape. In fact, it wouldn’t be an issue until 1996, with the onset of a medical setback that would in fact prove to be a great stroke of luck.

    “I got a lesion on my right vocal cord,” he recalled. “I went to the Vanderbilt University clinic, and rather than do surgery, they put me on a year’s rest from singing. My coaches at Belmont University — Patricia Roberts for classical repertoire, and my commercial teacher Janet Kenyon — helped me work every day to get over this injury. After a while I started to notice that my sound was getting richer and fuller. My range was broadening. I kept chipping away until it was like, ‘Wait a minute. I’ve never hit that note before.’”

    Though his transformation left Turner with a voice that almost any male singer would envy, he maintained his focus on the song through the hubbub that followed that adulation at the Opry. This is why Your Man doesn’t come across as a series of dive-bomb vocal gimmicks. Rather, it is a mature performance, from the nostalgic autobiography of “Way Down South,” the comfortable profession of faith that he shares with a boyhood hero, Ralph Stanley, on “Me and God,” the deadpan humor of “Baby’s Gone Home to Mama,” and of course those love songs that were essential to the mix from the start.

    “Josh’s voice isn’t a gimmick,” said producer Frank Rogers. “It’s an amazing instrument. There’s no voice like it in Country Music or even music in general. More than that, it’s who he is, which is why I knew it had to be out front in the mix. This is probably the loudest I’ve ever turned up vocals on a record, but I wanted to make sure that you didn’t just hear it — you’d feel it too.”

    “I’m already looking forward to the next record,” Turner added. “I’m keeping a file of all my ideas for songs. There are plenty of other songs already out there that mean something to me. Hopefully, I’ll have a lot of time to record them all. Sure, I’m blessed with having a great voice, but what’s the point of it unless I can use it to sing from what’s in my heart?” 

    On the Web: www.joshturner.com

     

     

    World Premiere THE SANTA CLAUSE 3: THE ESCAPE CLAUSE Sunday, October 29th at The El Capitan Theater

    Oct 20, 2006

    WHO: From the film: Tim Allen, Spencer Breslin, Abigail Breslin,

    Wendy Crewson, Michael Dom, Art Lafleur,

    Eric Lloyd, Elizabeth Mitchell, Liliana

    Mumy, Judge Reinhold, Jay Thomas, director

    Michael Lembeck, Producers Jeffrey Silver

    and Brian Reilly, Executive Producers James

    Miller and William Wilson, and composer

    George Clinton.

    WHAT: To celebrate the Los Angeles Premiere of Walt Disney Pictures'

    THE SANTA CLAUSE 3: THE ESCAPE CLAUSE

    WHEN: Sunday, October 29th, 2006 WHERE: El Capitan Theater

    12:30PM Press Arrivals 6838 Hollywood Blvd

    1:30PM Celebrity Arrivals Hollywood, CA

    2:30PM Screening

     

     

    Holiday magic mixes with comical chaos at the North Pole in THE SANTA CLAUSE 3. Tim Allen reprises his role of Scott Calvin -- AKA Santa -- as he juggles a full house of family and the mischievous Jack Frost (MARTIN SHORT), who is trying to take over the "big guy's" holiday.

    At the risk of giving away the secret location of the North Pole, Scott invites his in-laws (ANN-MARGRET & ALAN ARKIN) to share in the holiday festivities, and upcoming birth of baby Claus with expectant wife, Carol, -- AKA Mrs. Claus -- (ELIZABETH MITCHELL).

    Along for the adventure are Scott's extended family, son Charlie (ERIC LLOYD), ex-wife Laura Miller (WENDY CREWSON), her husband, Neil Miller (JUDGE REINHOLD) and their daughter, Lucy (LILIANA MUMY) who together with head elf Curtis (SPENCER BRESLIN), foil Jack Frost's crafty scheme to control the North Pole.

     

     

    OK Go Releases Oh No Special Package With Band's First-Ever DVD on November 7th

    Hit Single 'Here It Goes Again' Is #1 Video on iTunes for Sixth Consecutive Week; OK Go Performs on 'The Early Show' October 26th and 'The Tonight Show with Jay Leno' November 7th

    OK Go's Headlining Tour Commences October 29th in Los Angeles

    Oct. 20 OK Go follows its series of imaginative videos with its first-ever full-length DVD, which will be released on November 7th in a special package with Oh No, the band's 2005 CD. The DVD includes the band's homemade video for its Top 20 Modern Rock single, "Here It Goes Again." The video, which features the foursome doing a choreographed dance routine on treadmills, is still the #1 video on iTunes after six weeks, has been viewed over 10 million times on youtube.com (where it ranked as one of YouTube's Top 10 videos of all time after only two weeks) and has received massive play on MTV, VH1, FUSE and MTV Hits.

    The band will perform on "The Early Show" on October 26th and on "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno" on November 7th and will soon tape an appearance in an episode of the NBC hit series "Las Vegas," which will air in January. Lead singer/guitarist Damian Kulash recently guested on KROQ's "Loveline" and OK Go's cover of "Father Christmas" will be used in Unaccompanied Minors, a Warner Bros. motion picture scheduled for release on December 8th. Clear Channel Online will launch an OK Go Video On Demand landing page, which will stream six OK Go videos, beginning on November 7th, the street date for the Oh No CD/DVD special package.

    The DVD contains the requisite traditional fare -- a documentary on the making of Oh No and the album's four official Capitol Records videos. But tradition soon goes out the window in favor of OK Go's characteristically madcap approach to video making, yielding a grab bag of goodies from the band's career to date (encompassing material from Oh No as well as OK Go's 2002 self-titled debut). Fans can watch the evolution of the band's unusual dance style, beginning with an early dance routine for "C-C-C-Cinnamon Lips" performed on the Chicago cable TV show "Chica-go-go" in 2000 with The Public Radio Allstars serving as backing band and culminating with OK Go's homemade dance videos for "A Million Ways" and "Here It Goes Again." The video for "A Million Ways," which simply features the band dancing in Kulash's backyard, is the most-downloaded video in music history and has been nominated for an MTV Europe Music Award while the song is currently being used in Pepsi's "A Million Ways To Be You" advertising campaign.

    Highlights of the DVD include "OK Go Phenomenon V.3," a sampling of the more than 180 fan versions of the "A Millions Ways" dance that were submitted to the "OK Go Dances With You(Tube)" contest, a behind-the-scenes look at OK Go shooting the treadmill routine and rehearsing it for MTV's 2006 Video Music Awards, an acoustic performance of "What To Do," shot in black and white with the fellows sporting a decidedly retro look, OK Go's three PSAs for The Federal Truth in Music Project and "There's A Fire," a video game within a video that segues into a scene with the video game characters interacting in their "real life." Live versions of "Do What You Want" and "You're So Damn Hot" document the band's adventures on the road, from autograph sessions and radio station visits to bowling and goofing off in numerous state parks while fans star in "Don't Ask Me," showing off their moves in a dance booth that OK Go brought on tour in 2002.

    OK Go will kick off an extensive North American headlining tour in Los Angeles on October 29th and fans can check out exclusive performance and interview footage from the band's upcoming Chicago tour stop when the band enters the AT&T Blue Room in November. After the tour concludes, OK Go will open for Death Cab For Cutie on a series of shows in late November. Upcoming tour dates are as follows:

    OK GO - FALL 2006 NORTH AMERICAN TOUR

    (all dates are headlining unless otherwise noted)

    10/29 Los Angeles, CA Troubadour

    10/30 Los Angeles, CA Troubadour

    11/1 Pomona, CA Glass House

    11/2 San Francisco, CA Great American Music Hall

    11/3 Sacramento, CA The Empire

    11/4 Portland, OR Hawthorne Theatre

    11/5 Seattle, WA Neumos Crystal Ball Reading Room

    11/8 Minneapolis, MN First Avenue

    11/9 Chicago, IL Logan Square Auditorium

    11/10 Chicago, IL Logan Square Auditorium

    11/13 Toronto, ON Mod Club

    11/15 Philadelphia, PA Theatre of Living Arts

    11/16 Boston, MA Avalon Ballroom WFNX Radio Show

    11/17 Sayerville, NJ Starland Ballroom

    11/18 New York, NY Irving Plaza

    11/19 Washington, DC 9:30 Club

    11/21 Charlotte, NC Amos'

    11/26 Milwaukee, WI Eagles Ballroom with Death Cab For Cutie

    11/27 St. Louis, MO The Pageant "

    11/28 Memphis, TN Orpheum Theatre "

    11/29 New Orleans, LA The Republic "

    11/30 Houston, TX Hobby Center "

    Source: Capitol Records

     

     

    John Legend to Make First New York In-Store Appearance at Virgin Megastore - Union Square in Celebration of Release of New Album, 'Once Again,' on Tuesday, October 24

    WHO: Grammy-winning Best New Artist John Legend

    WHAT: A special in-store appearance and performance celebrating the

    release of new album, "Once Again"

    WHERE: Virgin Megastore (Union Square - 54 East 14th Street, NYC)

    WHEN: Tuesday, October 24, beginning at 6 p.m.

    (Media Call Time: 4:30 p.m. - Cutoff for Admittance: 5:15 p.m.)

    The multi-platinum Grammy-winning songwriter/performer John Legend will celebrate the release of his new album, Once Again, with fans at his first New York in-store appearance at the Virgin Megastore (Union Square - 54 East 14th Street, NYC) on Tuesday, October 24 (the album's street date), beginning at 6 p.m. (Media Call Time: 4:30 p.m. - Cutoff for Admittance: 5:15 p.m.)

    During his in-store appearance, Legend will sign copies of Once Again and perform, with his full band, a mini-set of songs from the album.

    Executive produced by John Legend and Kanye West, Once Again premieres 13 new John Legend songs including his latest hit, "Save Room," "Another Again," and "Coming Home." Lending production support to John, who co-produced seven of the album's track, are some of the hottest talents in contemporary sounds: will.i.am; Kanye West; Devo Springsteen & Tom Craskey; Raphael Saadiq; Eric Hudson & Jack Splash; Craig Street; Sa-Ra Creative Partners (Om'Mas Keith, Taz Arnold & Shafiq Husayn); Dave Tozer; and Ken Lewis.

    In 2004, John Legend -- then known primarily as an in-demand all-star studio session man -- stepped into the solo spotlight as a premier singer- songwriter-pianist-performer in his own right with his debut album Get Lifted. Driven in part by the hit singles "Ordinary People" and "Used To Love U," Get Lifted was a critical and commercial triumph, earning John an astounding eight Grammy nominations -- he won Best New Artist, Best Male R&B Vocal Performance ("Ordinary People") and Best R&B album -- and selling more than three million copies worldwide.

    http://www.johnlegend.com

    http://www.columbiarecords.com

     

    'The Director' Defies Universal Studios Hollywood's Ban, Is Seen Sneaking Appearances at Halloween Horror Nights Sets

    It's always been a scary place.

    The famed back lot at Universal Studios Hollywood, birthplace of Hollywood horror, home to the world's most famous monsters, celebrated creatures and abominable aliens, has just become a little scarier.

    Hired by Universal to create "the ultimate horror film" with a "live" Halloween event at the centerpiece of his production, "The Director," (real name: Pavel Pranevsky) was banned from the studio's back lot for taking his "reality" horror production to unacceptable extremes. His original vision became the inspiration for Universal Studios Hollywood's Halloween Horror Nights event.

    Pranevsky, who swore to continue his production with or without the studio's support, has recently been sighted at various locations on Universal's property casting for fresh talent to include in his film. The sightings are always at night and all attempts to detain him have been in vain.

    Michael Taylor, Universal Studios Hollywood's Senior Vice President and General Manager, said "We've devoted extensive resources to finding this character and we hope to have him in custody before this weekend's Halloween Horror Nights event."

    Taking cautionary measures, Universal Studios Hollywood is warning guests to be alert and to report suspicious behavior immediately to a Universal employee. "Guests should use discretion in this regard," added Michael Taylor. "Many weird characters have been seen on the back lot during these past weeks and it wouldn't do much good, for example, to report suspicious behavior to a zombie."

    Halloween Horror Nights continues on Oct. 20-21, 27-28 and on Halloween, October 31. Starting time for the event is 7:00 pm; event closes at 2:00 am on all nights except Oct. 31, when the park closes at midnight.

    Tickets and information are available online at www.HalloweenHorrorNights.com and range in price from $34.00 to $39.00 when purchased in advance or $49.00 on the day of the event. call 818-622-3801

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

     

    Another View of Marie Antoinette: 'Let Them Eat'

    A Film by Leslie Cottle Just Out on DVD From Poetica Productions on the Eve of Sophia Coppola's Film - Some Are Not Pleased

    Religious Groups Mixed on Vision of a Female God in the Film

    "Let Them Eat" is a haunting journey which spans the turbulent time of the French Revolution to present day. The film segues from the prison cell of the former queen of France, Marie Antoinette, to Bella, a woman who seems to be leading a parallel life with a deep connection to the former queen. Seamlessly drifting from present to past, each woman's story unfolds while both struggle to make peace with their past before one leaves the Earth and the other can embrace her future. Laced within the story are beautiful spoken word poems which delve deep into the hearts and souls of our two heroines, exposing their secret world of passion, lust, pain, love and triumph.

    Cottle, a native of Montreal and all of its French influence, has a real life fascination with the former Queen of France and has studied her for many years, even dedicating the film to her memory.

    Leslie Cottle's decade long career includes appearances in such films as "Confessions of a Dangerous Mind," directed by George Clooney and starring Sam Rockwell, Drew Barrymore and Julia Roberts. She also portrayed opera diva Maria Callas in the CBS mini series "Jackie O." Cottle also appeared in the controversial mini series "Reagans" and Lucky McKee's long awaited horror film "The Woods" just out on DVD.

    Reviews:

    There is a huge thirst for information on all things Marie Antoinette. Politics in France and the U.S. have generated political pros and cons about Sophia Coppola's Kirsten Dunst film and Leslie Cottle's work. Some of The Queen's die-hard fans, especially from France, are also upset with any film that has her having an affair with a Swedish Count or acting like an 18th century Paris Hilton. Marie Antoinette historian and author, Elena Maria Vidal (http://www.emvidal.com/), reviews Cottle's film here:

    * "'Let Them Eat' is a brilliant montage of poetry and image carefully crafted by gifted actress and filmmaker Leslie Cottle, who in a breathtaking performance captures the dark night of the soul of Marie Antoinette. The last temptation, the last struggle with despair, and the final act of forgiveness are depicted in a heart wrenching manner. Although Leslie and I may diverge on some points philosophically, especially concerning Marie Antoinette's alleged affair with Count Fersen, I found myself weeping over the farewell scene of the thwarted lovers, very tastefully and powerfully depicted. I am grateful for the skillful and compassionate portrayal of the much maligned queen, who showed great courage and spiritual strength in her hour of tragedy."

    Elena Maria Vidal, author of "Trianon" and "Madame Royale"

    * "I have always enjoyed stories of the macabre, and murder and even horror. In 'Let Them Eat' you get all of this tempered with history and sprinkled with an insider's view of the Queen's last thoughts about her children and true love."

    Shirley Jones, Oscar winning and Emmy nominated actress

    * "Leslie Cottle, a beautiful and talented poet, has written some powerful poetry that all men and women will truly appreciate. It's simply beautiful."

    Larry King

    * "'Let Them Eat' has been discussed on many Marie Antoinette chat groups for months now and the release of the DVD is long awaited for many of the dead queen's fans. There are reports that the Coppola organization has shown disdain for this project not only because it has been released on DVD to a mass audience before the scheduled release of their Kirsten Dunst film this weekend, but the theme of 'Let Them Eat' is upheld by serious Antoinette scholars and researchers who dislike the pop rock and contemporary treatment of the queen and her court."

    Brian Cowan - LMS Newswire

    "Let Them Eat" portrays God as a woman in obvious voice form, which has infuriated many evangelical Christian religious groups who state that the Bible repeatedly refers to God by Jesus as the "Father," a universal term for the male gender. Many Christian, conservative, evangelical, Catholic fundamentalist, and non-denominational groups take offense at God being portrayed as a woman.

    "Let Them Eat" on DVD, visit the official website: www.let-them-eat.com

    About Leslie Cottle: www.lesliecottle.com

     

     

     

    Three of Hollywood's Most Memorable Leading Men ... Fifteen Unforgettable Movies

    *'CARY GRANT: SCREEN LEGEND COLLECTION'*

    *'BING CROSBY: SCREEN LEGEND COLLECTION'*

    *'ROCK HUDSON: SCREEN LEGEND COLLECTION'*

    Three Classic Movie Anthologies Launch New DVD Series Available November 14, 2006 From Universal Studios Home Entertainment

    Universal Studios Home Entertainment celebrates the Golden Age of Hollywood this holiday season with the November 14, 2006 release of "Cary Grant: Screen Legend Collection," "Bing Crosby: Screen Legend Collection," and "Rock Hudson: Screen Legend Collection." The first three in a series of special DVD collections honoring some of the world's most unforgettable stars, each three-disc set features the work of three very different performers: Cary Grant, a debonair man of the world, Bing Crosby, an easy-going comedian with a golden voice and Rock Hudson, the epitome of All American looks and clean cut charm. Each three-disc collection is priced at $29.98 SRP.

    "CARY GRANT: SCREEN LEGEND COLLECTION"

    Cary Grant remains one of the most popular and admired leading men of Hollywood's silver screen. Five rare classic films from his early career are captured forever in the "Cary Grant: Screen Legend Collection." Featuring co-stars Myrna Loy, Sylvia Sidney, Joan Bennett and Walter Pidgeon, these films showcase the career of a talented, witty and debonair actor who will be remembered forever as a true screen legend.

    "Thirty Day Princess"

    In this rags-to-riches tale, a newspaper publisher (Cary Grant) finds himself falling for a foreign princess (Sylvia Sidney), only to suspect that there is some other power behind the throne.

    "Kiss and Make-Up"

    Beauty really is only skin deep when a famed beautician (Cary Grant) marries a former client and discovers that her shallow behavior makes his faithful secretary much more attractive.

    "Wings in the Dark"

    When an inventor (Cary Grant) is tragically blinded, his courage inspires his aviatrix wife (Myrna Loy) to take on an increasingly dangerous mission in this tale of undying love and devotion.

    "Big Brown Eyes"

    A precocious newspaper reporter (Joan Bennett) and an unusually motivated detective (Cary Grant) take on a case of insurance fraud, hidden identities and murder!

    "Wedding Present"

    Two star reporters (Cary Grant and Joan Bennett) find their playful newsroom relationship running out of ink when she becomes engaged to a writer and he is promoted to editor.

    "BING CROSBY: SCREEN LEGEND COLLECTION"

    Bing Crosby's extraordinary singing, striking good looks and captivating screen presence made him a Hollywood legend. Five of his most timeless musicals can be enjoyed time and time again in the "Bing Crosby: Screen Legend Collection." Featuring co-stars Martha Raye, Betty Hutton, Joan Blondell and Gloria Jean, these classic films illustrate the seemingly effortless acting and mellow singing style of an eternal screen legend.

    "Waikiki Wedding"

    It's up to press agent Tony Marvin (Bing Crosby) to maintain the "aloha" spirit when a beauty pageant winner (Shirley Ross) decides her grand prize trip to the islands is less than paradise.

    "Double or Nothing"

    The odds are in favor of fun when an eccentric millionaire's will has four honest people scrambling to double their received sum in thirty days in order to gain the entire estate.

    "East Side of Heaven"

    Cab driver Denny Martin (Bing Crosby) is driving to a new tune when he reluctantly receives an abandoned infant and embarks on a hilariously twisted path to find the baby's parents.

    "If I Had My Way"

    A little money, a lot of music, and a whole lot of manpower help a hopeful construction worker (Bing Crosby) and an orphaned girl (Gloria Jean) find her uncle and build a busting business.

    "Here Come the Waves"

    Ahoy sailor! Bing makes waves in Uncle Sam's fleet as a swinging crooner who decides to join the Navy and immediately sails into choppy romantic seas with two twin sisters.

    "ROCK HUDSON: SCREEN LEGEND COLLECTION"

    Handsome, witty and extremely talented, Rock Hudson was the embodiment of the Hollywood leading man during his illustrious film career. Join this iconic actor as he lights up the screen with five of his most impressive films in the "Rock Hudson: Screen Legend Collection." Featuring co-stars Piper Laurie, Leslie Caron, Kirk Douglas and Burl Ives, these films highlight the diverse career of an actor whose status as a screen legend will live on in cinema history.

    "Has Anybody Seen My Gal"

    In this charming musical comedy, Rock Hudson plays a faithful soda jerk who finds his attentions to the lovely Millicent (Piper Laurie) turned down after her family gains a large sum of money.

    "A Very Special Favor"

    The war of the sexes heats up when a sleek businessman (Rock Hudson) attempts to seduce an attractive psychiatrist (Leslie Caron) who seems immune to his charms.

    "The Golden Blade"

    Follow Rock Hudson on an epic adventure as a brave warrior who uses the magical Sword of Damascus to save his people and claim the heart of a princess (Piper Laurie).

    "The Last Sunset"

    Journey to the Wild West with a haunted sheriff (Rock Hudson) as he joins an outlaw (Kirk Douglas) in a treacherous cattle drive and finds his heart captive to the wanted man's former lover.

    "The Spiral Road"

    When an opportunistic physician (Rock Hudson) travels to the jungles of Java, a shocking meeting with a black magic witch doctor forces him to re-evaluate his selfish past.

    TECHNICAL INFORMATION

    "Cary Grant: Screen Legend Collection"

    Street Date: November 14, 2006

    Copyright: 2006 Universal Studios. All Rights Reserved.

    Price: $29.98 SRP

    Selection Number: 31155

    Running Time: Disc 1: 2 Hours 32 Minutes; Disc 2: 2 Hours 32 Minutes;

    Disc 3: 1 Hour 21 Minutes

    Layers: Discs 1 and 2: DVD-9 (Single Sided); Disc 3: DVD-5 (Single Sided)

    Aspect Ratio: Full Frame (1.33:1)

    Rating: Unrated

    Technical Info: English Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono, English SDH, French

    Subtitles

    "Bing Crosby: Screen Legend Collection"

    Street Date: November 14, 2006

    Copyright: 2006 Universal Studios. All Rights Reserved.

    Price: $29.98 SRP

    Selection Number: 30922

    Running Time: Disc 1: 3 Hours; Disc 2: 3 Hours 2 Minutes; Disc 3: 1 Hour

    40 Minutes

    Layers: Discs 1 and 2: DVD-9 (Single Sided); Disc 3: DVD-5 (Single Sided)

    Aspect Ratio: Full Frame (1.33:1)

    Rating: Unrated

    Technical Info: English Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono, English SDH, French

    Subtitles

    "Rock Hudson: Screen Legend Collection"

    Street Date: November 14, 2006

    Copyright: 2006 Universal Studios. All Rights Reserved.

    Price: $29.98 SRP

    Selection Number: 30921

    Running Time: Disc 1: 3 Hours 13 Minutes; Disc 2: 3 Hours 13 Minutes;

    Disc 3: 2 Hour 25 Minutes

    Layers: Discs DVD-9

    Aspect Ratio: Full Frame (1.33:1), Anamorphic Widescreen (1.85:1)

    Rating: Unrated

    Technical Info: English Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono, English SDH, French

    Subtitles

     

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    61 Countries Seeking Foreign Language Film Oscar®

    Beverly Hills, CA — A record 61 countries ranging from developing nations to industrialized powers, including new entrant Kazakhstan, have submitted films for consideration in the Foreign Language Film category for the 79th Academy Awards®, Academy President Sid Ganis announced today.

    The 2006 submissions are:

    Algeria, “Days of Glory,” Rachid Bouchareb, director;
    Argentina, “Family Law,” Daniel Burman, director;
    Australia, “Ten Canoes,” Rolf de Heer, director;
    Austria, “You Bet Your Life,” Antonin Svoboda, director;
    Bangladesh, “Forever Flows,” Abu Sayeed, director;
    Belgium, “Someone Else’s Happiness,” Fien Troch, director;
    Bolivia, “American Visa,” Juan Carlos Valdivia, director;
    Bosnia and Herzegovina, “Grbavica,” Jasmila Zbanic, director;
    Brazil, “Cinema, Aspirins and Vultures,” Marcelo Gomes, director;
    Bulgaria, “Monkeys in Winter,” Milena Andonova, director;
    Canada, “Water,” Deepa Mehta, director;
    Chile, “En la Cama,” Matiaz Bize, director;
    China, “Curse of the Golden Flower,” Zhang Yimou, director;
    Colombia, “A Ton of Luck,” Rodrigo Triana, director;
    Croatia, “Libertas,” Veljko Bulajic, director;
    Cuba, “El Benny,” Jorge Luis Sanchez, director;
    Czech Republic, “Lunacy,” Jan Svankmajer, director;
    Denmark, “After the Wedding,” Susanne Bier, director;
    Egypt, “The Yacoubian Building,” Marwan Hamed, director;
    France, “Avenue Montaigne,” Daniele Thompson, director;
    Germany, “The Lives of Others,” Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck, director;
    Greece, “Chariton’s Choir,” Grigoris Karantinakis, director;
    Hong Kong, “The Banquet,” Feng Xiaogang, director;
    Hungary, “White Palms,” Szabolcs Hajdu, director;
    Iceland, “Children,” Ragnar Bragason, director;
    India, “Rang De Basanti,” Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra, director;
    Indonesia, “Love for Share,” Nia Dinata, director;
    Iran, “Transit Cafe,” Kambozia Partovi, director;
    Iraq, “Dreams,” Mohamed Al-Daradji, director;
    Israel, “Sweet Mud,” Dror Shaul, director;
    Italy, “Golden Door,” Emanuele Crialese, director;
    Japan, “Hula Girls,” Sang-il Lee, director;
    Kazakhstan, “Nomad,” Sergei Bodrov, Talgat Temenov, Ivan Passer, directors;
    Korea, “King and the Clown,” Lee Jun-ik, director;
    Kyrgyzstan, “The Wedding Chest,” Nurbek Egen, director;
    Lebanon, “Bosta,” Philippe Aractingi, director;
    Lithuania, “Before Flying Back to Earth,” Arunas Matelis, director;
    Macedonia, “Kontakt,” Sergei Stanojkovski, director;
    Mexico, “Pan’s Labyrinth,” Guillermo del Toro, director;
    Morocco, “The Moroccan Symphony,” Kamal Kamal, director;
    Nepal, “Basain,” Subash Prasad Gajurel, director;
    The Netherlands, “Black Book,” Paul Verhoeven, director;
    Norway, “Reprise,” Joachim Trier, director;
    Peru, “Madeinusa,” Claudia Llosa, director;
    Philippines, “The Blossoming of Maximo Oliveros,” Auraeus Solito, director;
    Poland, “Retrieval,” Slawomir Fabicki, director;
    Portugal, “Alice,” Marco Martins, director;
    Puerto Rico, “Thieves and Liars,” Ricardo Mendez Matta, director;
    Romania, “The Way I Spent the End of the World,” Catalin Mitulescu, director;
    Russia, “9th Company,” Fyodor Bondarchuk, director;
    Serbia, “Tomorrow Morning,” Oleg Novkovic, director;
    Slovenia, “Gravehopping,” Jan Cvitkovic, director;
    Spain, “Volver,” Pedro Almodovar, director;
    Sweden, “Falkenberg Farewell,” Jesper Ganslandt, director;
    Switzerland, “Vitus,” Fredi M. Murer, director;
    Taiwan, “Blue Cha Cha,” Cheng Wen-tang, director;
    Thailand, “Ahimsa Stop to Run,” Leo Kittikorn, director;
    Turkey, “Ice Cream, I Scream,” Yuksel Aksu, director;
    Ukraine, “Aurora,” Oxana Bayrak, director;
    Venezuela, “Maroa,” Solveig Hoogesteijn, director;
    Vietnam, “Story of Pao,” Ngo Quang Hai, director.

    In addition to the above, Finland submitted Aki Kaurismaki’s “Lights in the Dusk,” which the director subsequently indicated he wanted to withdraw from the competition. Foreign Language committee chair Mark Johnson has initiated a dialogue with Kaurismaki in an effort to persuade him to reverse that decision.

    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 arrival segment.

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    The Dixie Chicks 'Make Nice' for VH1 Storytellers

    'VH1 Storytellers: Dixie Chicks' Premiering Saturday, October 28 at 9PM

    VSPOT, VH1's Broadband Channel Gives Fans an Early Look at a Performance From the Show Beginning Today at http://dixiechicks.vh1.com

     Oct. 19 -- The Dixie Chicks treated fans to an intimate performance during a taping of VH1 Storytellers at the Los Angeles Theater in Los Angeles on September 20. The concert, which benefited the VH1 Save the Music Foundation, will premiere on VH1, Saturday, October 28 at 9PM. While their songs tell a story, The Dixie Chicks reveal the inspirations behind some of their classic hits as well as a few of their future classics, such as "Not Ready To Make Nice" which turned their whole world around...and they kind of like it. Viewers will also get to know the "Chicks" a little better as they show their lighter side and reveal a bit about their personal lives.

    The episode treats fans to a unique experience as The Dixie Chicks perform new songs from their latest album Taking The Long Way in addition to previous hits. In quintessential "Storytellers" form, the Chicks (Natalie Maines, Emily Robison and Martie Maguire) answer questions from fans and in a new interview give an honest and revealing look at the stories behind the songs.

    Viewers will have the opportunity to hear the inspiration behind such hits as "Wide Open Spaces" and "Cowboy Take Me Away" and from their new album Taking The Long Way, "The Long Way Around," "Lubbock Or Leave It," "Silent House," and their current hit and answer to all the political upheaval they stirred up, "Not Ready To Make Nice."

    VSPOT (http://dixiechicks.vh1.com/) began airing The Dixie Chicks performance of "Not Ready To Make Nice" beginning yesterday, October 18 -- ten days before "Storytellers: Dixie Chicks" airs on VH1. VSPOT will also host an exclusive performance of "Truth #2" and unseen interview footage with the Dixie Chicks, which will not be seen during the on-air broadcast.

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    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 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/.

      Song order:   "The Long Way Around"   "Wide Open Spaces"   "Lubbock Or Leave It"   "Cowboy Take Me Away"   "Silent House"   "Not Ready To Make Nice"  

    Groundbreaking 'Firsts' From 2006 Expedition Captured Exclusively by Discovery Channel in EVEREST: BEYOND THE LIMIT

    - Six-Part Series Includes First Summit by a Double Amputee -

     Oct. 19  -- This year's climbing season on Mount Everest was the second deadliest on record and marked the first time a double amputee made it to the summit -- and the Discovery Channel was there. Using the latest high-altitude video technology to document an expedition organized and managed by one of the mountain's most experienced leaders, EVEREST: BEYOND THE LIMIT documents the grueling April/May 2006 attempt to reach the summit by a group of people from all walks of life. The six-part world premiere series begins Tuesday, November 14, at 10PM ET/PT and new episodes air on consecutive Tuesdays through December 19.

    Included in the series is Mark Inglis' historic summit, as the New Zealander becomes the first-ever double amputee to scale Everest after losing his legs to frostbite while climbing Mount Cook 24 years ago.

    "For the first time ever in a television series, we use cameras attached to Sherpas' helmets to put viewers on the world's tallest and most alluring peak -- a mountain that represents the ultimate test of human will and determination," said Jane Root, executive vice president and general manager, Discovery Channel, The Science Channel, Military Channel and Discovery Times Channel, U.S. "From this unique vantage point, the intense danger surrounding this increasingly popular climbing passion becomes startlingly clear -- we are presenting the mountain's magnificence and deadly, menacing terrain to viewers in the most direct way possible."

    For EVEREST: BEYOND THE LIMIT, a 17-member production team followed an expedition of 11 climbers with three professional mountain guides, organized and led by New Zealander Russell Brice, who has 25 years of experience on the mountain. During the special, viewers will see and hear from climbers every step of the way as they deal with their own physical and mental struggles: a firefighter from Los Angeles tries for a second time to reach the summit, having previously mortgaged his home and sold his motorcycle to pay for the climb; an Oregon ER doctor on his first summit attempt heads a dramatic rescue attempt; and an asthmatic Iron-Man competitor from Denmark tries to summit without supplemental oxygen.

    Angst-ridden and candid conversations among climbers give viewers an inside look at extreme adventurers facing very real health risks such as cerebral edema, frostbite, hypothermia, heart attacks and hallucinations, just to have one breathtaking moment at the top. Scientific knowledge presented in the series further explains the effects of altitude and extreme cold on the human body and the geography of Everest.

    Each climber will face his fears, but not all will reach the summit. In a climbing season marked by controversy, Discovery Channel's exclusive account will show what it takes to attempt a rescue on Everest and gives viewers a firsthand look at the shockingly long wait lines at the top of the mountain in an area dubbed the "death zone." At levels above 26,000 feet, temperatures are routinely minus-40 degrees Fahrenheit, oxygen is 70 percent lower than at sea level, and the extreme altitude causes the body to consume its own muscle tissue for energy.

    At http://www.discovery.com/Everest, viewers will have the opportunity to explore Everest even further, with a compilation of exclusive video segments and knowledge-based interactive resources. Immersive Sherpa helmet camera segments will allow audiences a climber's-eye view of the summit attempt at one's own pace; visitors can delve deep into facts on history, science, mountaineering and the Himalayas; and exclusive journals from crew members who managed the technical aspects in high-altitude conditions present another side of this true adventure story.

    Encores of EVEREST: BEYOND THE LIMIT will air on SURVIVAL FRIDAYS at 8 PM ET/PT on Discovery Channel. Premieres of MAN VS. WILD will air at 9 PM ET/PT, followed by premieres of I SHOULDN'T BE ALIVE at 10 PM ET/PT.

    EVEREST: BEYOND THE LIMIT is produced for Discovery Channel by Tigress Productions. Dick Colthurst is the executive producer for Tigress. Tomi Landis is the executive producer for Discovery Channel.

    Nationwide is a proud sponsor of EVEREST: BEYOND THE LIMIT.

    Discovery Communications, Inc., is the leading global real-world media company. Discovery has grown from its core property, the Discovery Channel, first launched in the United States in 1985, to current global operations in 170 countries and territories with nearly 1.4 billion cumulative subscribers. DCI's over 100 networks of distinctive programming represent 27 network entertainment brands including TLC, Animal Planet, Travel Channel, Discovery Health Channel, Discovery Kids, Discovery Times Channel, The Science Channel, Military Channel, Discovery Home Channel, Discovery en Espanol, Discovery Kids en Espanol, Discovery HD Theater, FitTV, Discovery Travel & Living (Viajar y Vivir), Discovery Home & Health and Discovery Real Time. DCI's other properties consist of Discovery Education and Discovery Commerce, which operates more than 100 Discovery Channel Stores in the U.S. DCI also distributes BBC America in the United States. DCI's ownership consists of four shareholders: Discovery Holding Company (NASDAQ:DISCA) (NASDAQ:DISCB) , Cox Communications, Inc., Advance/Newhouse Communications and John S. Hendricks, the Company's Founder and Chairman.

    Source: Discovery Channel

     

     

    The Miss America Organization Announces National Panel of Judges for the 2007 Miss America Pageant

    -- The Miss America Organization has announced the illustrious panel of six National Judges who will decide which one of this year's 52 contestants will become Miss America 2007. The judges - all distinguished members in their fields, from entertainment to business to the arts - will evaluate the contestants from the preliminaries through the final night of competition, which will be premiering live from the Aladdin, soon to be Planet Hollywood, Resort & Casino in Las Vegas, on Monday, January 29, 2007 at 8 p.m. ET/PT, exclusively on CMT.

    The judges were announced by Sam Haskell III, Chairman of the Board for the Miss America Organization, Art McMaster, President & CEO of the MAO, Don Mischer, Producer of the 2007 Miss America Pageant, and Sarah Brock, Vice President Production, Music and Events for CMT. "Each of our judges is an accomplished professional in his or her career field and, together, they create a panel rich with an impressive array of experience and talent," said McMaster. "I am confident that this panel of judges will work together to discover the contestant best suited to become Miss America 2007."

    The 2007 Panel of Judges includes:

    Debbie Allen - This talented and successful actress, director, producer, choreographer, singer, dancer, and multiple Emmy winner continues to redefine herself as an accomplished artist. Recently, she has taken reality TV by storm, as the producer, choreographer, and host of the NBC show - "FAME." She has composed 2 children's books, "Brothers of the Knight," and more recently, "Dancing in the Wings." In 2001, the Debbie Allen Dance Academy was opened in Los Angeles to offer a comprehensive curriculum for boys and girls ages four to eighteen in all the major dance techniques. In a classic example of "life imitating art," the Debbie Allen Dance Academy brought Allen back to her days where she played the title role of dance instructor, "Lydia Grant," on the hit TV series, "Fame." In 2000, Allen hosted and produced her own documentary series on the Women's Entertainment cable network. She also directed, co- produced, and co-starred along with her sister Phylicia Rashad in the critically acclaimed PBS Special "The Old Settler." Allen's film work includes the highly acclaimed Dream Works/Steven Spielberg production, "Amistad." Allen holds the distinction of having choreographed the Academy Awards for 5 consecutive years. In recognition of her career, Allen was honored with a star on Hollywood's Walk of Fame, proof to her lifelong contribution in the entertainment arts.

    Nigel Barker - Barker made his debut as celebrity photographer and permanent judge on the hit show "America's Next Top Model" with supermodel Tyra Banks. He is known for his honest and constructive comments to the contestants and his keen eye for spotting raw talent. He has enjoyed several years of success with the show and continues to do so as it enters its 8th season. Baker was born in London, England to a family of British, Sri Lankan, Portuguese and Irish origins. Barker's mother, a former "Miss Sri Lanka," entered him into a televised model search on "The Clothes Show" where he was a finalist. This opened the door to a successful modeling career spanning a decade and took him to London, Milan, Paris and New York City. It was during this time that his love for fashion and photography grew and in 1998 he made the leap to the other side of the lens. Barker opened his own photo studio, StudioNB, in the now-fashionable Meat Packing District in Manhattan. Barker contributes to a wide variety of publications such as GQ, Interview, Paper, Lucky and People and his advertising clients include Beefeater Gin, Sean John, Pierre Cardin, Nicole Miller, OP, Ted Baker, and Land's End.

    Delta Burke - An accomplished actress, author and producer, Burke is working on a number of television, film and theatre projects and just completed playing "Mrs. Claus" in the NBC movie "The Year Without a Santa Claus" opposite John Goodman. Recently, she starred on Broadway in "Steel Magnolias" and "Thoroughly Modern Millie." She has also starred in two Lifetime movies, "Going For Broke" and "Dangerous Child." She co-starred with Mel Gibson in the film, "What Women Want." She starred on the NBC comedy "DAG" and had a role on the series "Popular" and on Lifetime's "Any Day Now." Burke also starred with Olivia Newton-John and Beau Bridges in the independent film "Sordid Lives." She has authored Delta Style: "Eve Wasn't A Size Six and Neither Am I!" and speaks to millions of "real size" women sharing her life story. An American beauty, Burke was a teenage pageant contestant in Florida where she won 18 straight titles. In 1974, she represented Florida in the Miss America Pageant and won a talent scholarship, then attended the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts. Burke starred in 2 mini-series: "The Seekers" and "The Chisolms." She had a leading role in the series "Filthy Rich" and starred in the HBO series "First and Ten." Her role as Suzanne Sugarbaker in "Designing Women" was Emmy-nominated. Burke owns a production company, Perseverance, Inc., which produced the ABC series "Delta." She starred and produced "Women of the House." She also starred in the CBS movie, "Love and Curses" with her husband Gerald McRaney and a Disney TV movie, "Dayo."

    Michael Feinstein - One of the premier interpreters of American popular song, Feinstein is nationally recognized for his commitment to the American popular song, celebrating its art and preserving its legacy for the next generation. He is currently producing a CD for his friend Liza Minnelli. He will also host and serve as consultant on a new PBS film on vintage Hollywood "Soundies" and is producing a documentary feature on arts and society icon Kitty Carlisle Hart. He has written the score for a new stage musical "Perspectives," in London's West End. In 2003, Feinstein received his 4th Grammy Award nomination for his Concord release, "Michael Feinstein with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra," his first recording with a symphony orchestra. The year before, "The Michael Feinstein Anthology," a 2-disc compilation spanning the years 1987 to 1996, was released. His live performances (from Hollywood Bowl to Carnegie Hall), recordings, film and TV appearances, and his songwriting (in collaboration with Alan and Marilyn Bergman, Lindy Robbins and Carole Bayer Sager), Feinstein has been an important musical force during the past 15 years. He scored the original music for the film "Get Bruce." His television credits include performances on "Caroline in the City," "Melrose Place," "Coach," and "Sybil." He has recorded "Michael and George: Feinstein Sings Gershwin," "Big City Rhythms" (with the Maynard Ferguson Big Band), and the double-CD "Romance On Film, Romance On Broadway," among others. The Library of Congress elected Feinstein to the exclusive "National Sound Recording Advisory Board." He and other industry leaders recently met in Washington, D.C. for a forum on safeguarding America's musical heritage.

    Chris Matthews - Matthews hosts MSNBC's "Hardball with Chris Matthews" and "The Chris Matthews Show," a syndicated weekly NBC news program. Matthews is a regular commentator on NBC's "Today" show and has distinguished himself as a broadcast journalist, newspaper bureau chief, Presidential speechwriter, and best-selling author. Matthews covered the fall of the Berlin Wall, the first all-races election in South Africa and the Good Friday Peace Talks in Northern Ireland. In 1997 and 1998, his digging in the National Archives produced a series of San Francisco Examiner scoops on the Nixon presidential tapes. Matthews has covered presidential election campaigns since 1988, including the five-week recount of 2000. In 2004, he received the David Brinkley Award for Excellence in Broadcast Journalism. He has been awarded The Abraham Lincoln Award and the Gold Medal Award. Matthews worked for 15 years as a print journalist, 13 of them as Washington Bureau Chief for The San Francisco Examiner and two years as a national columnist for The San Francisco Chronicle. Matthews spent 15 years in politics and government, working in the White House for 4 years under President Jimmy Carter as a Presidential speechwriter and on the President's Reorganization Project, in the U.S. Senate for 5 years on the staffs of Sen. Frank Moss (Utah) and Sen. Edmund Muskie (Maine), and was top aide to Speaker of the House Thomas P. "Tip" O'Neill, Jr. for 6 years. Author of 4 best-selling books, including "American: Beyond Our Grandest Notions," a New York Times bestseller. His first book, "Hardball" is required reading in many college-level political science courses. "Kennedy & Nixon" was named by The Readers Digest "Today's Best Non-fiction" and served as the basis of a documentary on the History Channel. "Now, Let me Tell What I Really Think" was another New York Times bestseller.

    Susan Powell, Former Miss America 1981 - Powell is the host of her own one-hour series on the Discovery Channel called "Home Matters," completing its 9th and final season. She has appeared before audiences in theatres, opera houses and concert halls all across the country. She made her operatic debut in "Die Fledermaus" and debuted at the New York City Opera in Harold Prince's production of "Sweeney Todd." She has starred in "Guys and Dolls" and also in the world premiere of the new musical "Zorro." She portrayed Mother in "Ragtime." Recently, Susan was seen as Guenevere in "Camelot" and after that toured in "Hello Dolly," starring Michelle Lee. Her other theatrical work includes starring roles at the Paper Mill Playhouse, Sacramento Music Circus, Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera, Dallas Summer Musicals, and the St. Louis MUNY. In those theatres, Powell has starred in "Oklahoma!," "Show Boat," "Carousel," "South Pacific," "My Fair Lady," "The Music Man," "The Most Happy Fella," "Pirates of Penzance," "The Student Prince," "The Mikado," "The Merry Widow" and "The Desert Song." Powell also toured the country with "The Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber," "The Sounds Of Rodgers And Hammerstein" and "The Desert Song." She has been a featured soloist with numerous symphonies and has debuted with the Boston Pops. In the winter of 1999, Susan returned to the Boston Pops, joining them for their annual holiday tour conducted by Keith Lockhart. Subsequently, she joined Maestro Lockhart as guest soloist with the Utah Symphony and the New Japan Philharmonic in Tokyo. Susan is featured on the cast recording of "Olympus On My Mind" and "Fifty Million Frenchmen" on New World Records.

    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 http://www.missamerica.org/.

    Additional information about the Miss America Organization can be found at http://www.missamerica.org/. Media who wish to cover the 2007 Miss America Competition can download a Press Credential package online at http://www.missamerica.org/news/presscred.asp. For up-to-the-minute competition news and information as well as downloadable high-resolution images of Miss America 2006 Jennifer Berry and the 2007 Contestants, visit the 24-hour access online pressroom at http://www.missamericapressroom.com/.

    Source: Miss America Organization

    Helena Bonham Carter to Star With Johnny Depp in DreamWorks and Warner Bros. Production of 'Sweeney Todd'

     Oct. 18 Helena Bonham Carter will join the cast of "Sweeney Todd," the DreamWorks Studios and Warner Bros. co-production that will star Johnny Depp as The Demon Barber of Fleet Street. Tim Burton is set to direct the film based on the award-winning Stephen Sondheim musical thriller.

    (She will play the starring role of the diabolical Mrs. Lovett who dispenses her victims' bodies in her meat pies and becomes Sweeney's amorous accomplice.

    Production is planned to begin early in 2007 for release late that year. Paramount will distribute for DreamWorks domestically and Warner Bros. internationally.

    Walter Parkes and Laurie MacDonald are partnered with Richard D. Zanuck and John Logan to produce the screenplay adaptation which has been written by Logan.

    In her film career, Helena Bonham Carter has starred in a range of roles including "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory," "Big Fish," "Planet of the Apes," and "The Wings of the Dove" for which she was nominated for an Academy Award as Best Actress. She most recently completed filming on "Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix." She has also lent her voice to animated films such as the Oscar-winning "Wallace and Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit" and "Corpse Bride."

    The original production of "Sweeney Todd" with Sondheim's music and lyrics and a book by Hugh Wheeler based on the play by Christopher Bond, opened on Broadway in1979 and won eight Tony Awards, including Best Musical. The show's mix of the comic, the dramatic, and the macabre was held together by Sondheim's movie-like score. It has had hundreds of productions throughout the world including its recent acclaimed revival in New York.

     

    Turner Classic Movies Plays Sleuth, Discovers Six Previously Lost RKO Classics

    Network Currently Making New Masters, Prints to Air Films in 2007

    In its ongoing commitment to preserving cinematic history, Turner Classic Movies (TCM) has purchased the copyrights and all right, title and interest to six RKO films previously thought lost from the silver screen, it was announced today by Tom Karsch, executive vice president and general manager of TCM. This selection of rare motion pictures includes works directed by William Wellman, John Cromwell and Garson Kanin, and starring such silver screen luminaries as William Powell, Ginger Rogers, Irene Dunne, Lionel Barrymore and Joel McCrea, as well as an early screenplay by blacklisted writer Dalton Trumbo.

    In association with the Library of Congress and the BYU film archive, TCM is currently making new 35mm fine-grain masters and prints of six pictures slated to air on the network in 2007: Double Harness (1933), One Man's Journey (1933), Rafter Romance (1933), Stingaree (1934), Living on Love (1937) and A Man to Remember (1938).

    "These six films had slipped through the cracks of film history because the two copyright holders-Merian C. Cooper and Ernest L. Scanlon-had long since passed away," Karsch said. "As a result, they were languishing in film archives around the world, largely unpreserved. As curators of film history, TCM is proud to take the lead on preserving these films and airing them for classic movie fans of all ages."

    A Man to Remember, largely unseen since its original theatrical release, was on the New York Times' list of the top 10 films of 1938. Showings of the five other films have been extremely rare since 1959. Living on Love and A Man to Remember are "B" picture remakes of Rafter Romance and One Man's Journey. The search for these films began as a result of a viewer inquiry regarding the Turner Entertainment Company library status of Double Harness. These six films were sold out of the RKO library to Cooper in 1946. In 1959, ownership transferred to former Selznick International executive Scanlon.

    Only two of the six films had ever been properly preserved. Rafter Romance and Stingaree had been anonymously preserved by the American Film Institute from the original 35mm nitrate camera negatives in the 1970s. This material is now at the Library of Congress.

    Brigham Young University has Cooper's 35mm and 16mm safety-dupe television negatives for Double Harness, One Man's Journey, Rafter Romance, Stingaree and Living on Love. The only surviving copy of A Man to Remember is a 35mm original nitrate, Dutch-subtitled, English-language print, which was preserved by the Netherlands Filmmuseum in 2000. Additional 35mm nitrate dupe negatives for Double Harness were found in France at the CNC. The original 35mm nitrate camera negatives for all six films appear to be lost.

    Turner Classic Movies, currently seen in more than 75 million homes, is a 24-hour cable network from Turner Broadcasting System, Inc. TCM presents the greatest motion pictures of all time from the largest film library in the world, the combined Time Warner and Turner film libraries, from the '20s through the '90s, commercial-free and without interruption. Expanding TCM's role as a curator of movie history, the network recently launched TCMdb, the Internet's most media-rich interactive movie database. For more information, please visit tcm.com.

    Turner Broadcasting System, Inc., a TimeWarner company, is a major producer of news and entertainment product around the world and the leading provider of programming for the basic cable industry.

    Source: Turner Classic Movies


     

     

    Susan Lucci Headlines 11th Annual 'ABC Super Soap Weekend' at Disney-MGM Studios at Walt Disney World Resort

    Once in a Lifetime Celebration Honoring the 25th Anniversary of 'General Hospital's' Historic Luke and Laura Wedding on November 10

    'The View's' Rosie O'Donnell Scheduled to Make Guest Appearance

     "All My Children's" Susan Lucci will headline an exciting lineup of ABC's daytime stars at the 11th annual "ABC Super Soap Weekend" on Nov. 11-12, with a special guest appearance by "The View's" newest co-host, Rosie O'Donnell. On Nov. 10, Colgate(R) Total(R) will present "Love In The Afternoon: Luke & Laura 25 Years" at Disney-MGM Studios. ABC and Disney will join together to commemorate the infamous nuptials that were seen by the largest audience in daytime TV history with over 30 million viewers, a record that still holds today. The can't-miss celebration will unite Anthony Geary and Genie Francis in their first public appearance in decades, which coincides with Ms. Francis' return as Laura Spencer to ABC's "General Hospital" this October. Fans are invited to join in the festivities for this momentous event that will take place on Friday afternoon before the official start of "ABC Super Soap Weekend." As previously announced, ABC once again will partner with Colgate Total toothpaste as its presenting sponsor of "ABC Super Soap Weekend" at Disney-MGM Studios at Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Fla.

    Joining Susan Lucci from "All My Children" are Justin Bruening, Alexa Havins, Thorsten Kaye, Michael E. Knight, Cameron Mathison, Cady McClain, Alicia Minshew, Eden Riegel, Aiden Turner and Jacob Young. "One Life to Live's" Erika Slezak will make her second appearance at "ABC Super Soap Weekend" joined by cast-mates Kristen Alderson, Kathy Brier, Kamar de los Reyes, Kassie DePaiva, Michael Easton, David Fumero, Melissa Gallo, Renee Goldsberry, John-Paul Lavoisier, Forbes March, Trevor St. John and Bree Williamson. Completing the list, from "General Hospital," will be Julie Berman, Scott Clifton, Rebecca Herbst, Kimberly McCullough, Kelly Monaco, Jason Thompson, Greg Vaughan and Laura Wright.

    Throughout the weekend, fans will have the opportunity to meet favorite stars from "All My Children," "One Life to Live" and "General Hospital." Festivities include celebrity motorcades, autograph sessions, talk shows, interviews and the chance to purchase one-of-a-kind memorabilia from each of the shows. The Colgate Total Street Jam will close the event each day with live musical performances by some favorite Daytime stars.

    "ABC Super Soap Weekend" is included with theme park admission to Disney- MGM Studios -- where guests of all ages are caught up in the glitz, glamour and excitement of show business. For future updates and more information about "ABC Super Soap Weekend," guests may call the Super Soap Hotline recording at 407/397-6808, or visit the ABC Daytime Web site at ABC.com.

     

     

    3D Conversion of 'The Nightmare Before Christmas' Marks a Trend

    The wide re-release of Tim Burton's "The Nightmare Before Christmas" in 3D on Friday comes right on the heels of the many-months-long run of "Superman Returns" with scenes converted to IMAX 3D. With word that "Star Wars," enhanced by similar conversion, will be re-released in 3D, this trend gains real momentum.

    Along with the recent success of 3D animated films, from "Polar Express" to "Open Season," 3D has captured the public's imagination.

    However, it is conversion of existing library films that first sparked the imagination of inventor and computer graphics pioneer David M. Geshwind, President of Three-Dimensional Media Group, Ltd. (http://www.3dmg.com/). 3DMG licensed two US Patents to IMAX to enable their conversion of films to 3D.

    Geshwind believes 3D conversion offers a "unique opportunity to bring blockbusters back into theaters with something new to offer. Consider the box-office that a relatively low-cost re-release in 3D of 'E.T.' 'Indiana Jones' 'Harry Potter' 'Lord of the Rings' 'The Matrix' or even 'The Ten Commencements' would bring to theaters.

    "However, for new live-action films, with only a few weeks between the completion of a 2D film and its release, there is not enough time to economically convert a two-hour film to 3D using our original process. IMAX converted only 20 minutes of 'Superman Returns.' We have worked hard to solve that problem, and developed advanced patent-pending technology to convert an entire film to 3D for simultaneous 'day-and-date' release with the 2D version," says Geshwind.

    "Library films can be converted at leisure, but what excites me now is the ability to show an entire new live-action film in 3D on the same day as its 2D release," says Geshwind. "We look forward to licensing the first such production with our new technology soon."

    While "Superman Returns" was the first widespread public use of Geshwind's patented StereoSynthesis process, he first demonstrated it in the early 1990s to add 3D depth to a segment of the original (1933) King Kong.

    Geshwind, who holds eight other patents, developed StereoSynthesis as a low-cost form of virtual reality, and to "adapt the huge resource of existing 2D media for 3D systems. The advent of 3D has taken longer than anticipated, but the effective use of 3D adds greatly to the 'suspension of disbelief' that is key to entertainment. We will bring this same realism to enhance medical imaging, educational materials, scientific visualization, TV, games, the desktop, advertizing, and to other fields as 3D digital displays become ubiquitous."

    3DMG licensed IMAX through UNIPAT.ORG. Geshwind conducts independent R&D in media technology through Digital Media Group, Ltd. (an affiliate of 3DMG). His other technologies, available for licensing through UNIPAT, include: ChromaSynthesis, internet protocols, intelligent search, interactive video, bandwidth compression, educational technology, 3D paint, improved HDTV, and personalized video.

     

     

    Classic Icons Add Character to the Game Aisle

    Screenlife, LLC's Newest DVD Games Inspired by Larger Than Life Characters from Classic Television and the Silver Screen

    From Screenlife, the makers of Scene It?(R) The DVD Game(TM), the #1 selling board game brand in the world, comes two new titles for players who prefer their heroes to be super and their martinis shaken, not stirred. Just in time for the holidays, specialty games Scene It? Deluxe Marvel(TM) Edition and Scene It? James Bond Collector's Edition are here to save the world. Utility belt not required.

    Agent 007 is back in the Scene It? James Bond Collector's Edition. The spy friendly game features more than a thousand Bond scenes, stars, and images and includes trivia, on-screen challenges and all the clever thrills of the 21 Bond films, including content from the upcoming movie, Casino Royale. The sleek DVD game comes with bonus playing cards featuring images from the Bond films, collectible metal tokens and a Certificate of Authenticity, making this limited edition tin a must-have for any Bond aficionado. Scene It? James Bond Collector's Edition is available exclusively at Macy's department stores or online at www.sceneit.com.

    "With great power comes great responsibility," but with Scene It? Deluxe Marvel Edition, your only responsibility is having fun. Fans of the blockbuster action movies, graphic novels and animated series' will enjoy this ultimate Marvel trivia game that comes fully loaded with two DVDs. Your living room will explode with real movie and TV clips, trivia questions and a myriad of mutated puzzlers from Spider-Man, X-Men, Fantastic Four and other edge-of- your-seat Marvel titles. This new game and more are available at most major retailers and online at www.sceneit.com.

    About Screenlife, LLC

     

    Rapper 'Gucci Mane' Releases Sophomore Album Hard To Kill!!

    On Tuesday, October 24, 2006, Big Cat Records and Tommy Boy Entertainment will release the explosive Gucci Mane sophomore album, Hard To Kill. The first single from the CD is "My Chain" which is one of the hottest tracks on the album and most requested in clubs throughout the Southeast.

    This time around, Gucci picks up where he left off after the success of his hit single, "Icy." "Icy" was in heavy rotation all over the world and the album debuted at No. 5 on the Billboard Charts for Independent Albums and remained on the Top 20 for eight weeks. Scanning over 125,000 units independently on his debut album, Gucci will show the world that he can come better and harder.

    Big Cat Records' President, Mel Breeden, states, "With all that Gucci Mane has seen and been through in this past year, this album shows how much he has grown lyrically. We named the project, "Hard To Kill" because of all of the drama that has surrounded Gucci's career and he pulled through it all. Now he's back. HARD TO KILL!!! Although we had big success with "Icy", there is a lot more to the story now."

    This album is packed with hot laid-back comedic flows and catchy hooks that are displayed heavily throughout the album with cuts such as "Everybody Know Me" produced by Lyrical Chead George & Paul "Why/Not" Roach for Arthentic Krew Productions, "Pillz" featuring Mac Bree Z, produced by Xavier Dotson pka Zaytoven and "Freak Girl" produced by Cyber Sapp, Cyberwerks Music/Family Tree Entertainment.

    "Hard To Kill" will invite Gucci's fans into his life like a reality show, up close and personal. Get the real street sh**. See what he experienced during his time on lockdown; how he pulled through it and the issues that still plague him today. Comprised of songs from label mates Black Magic and Young Snead, "Hard To Kill" is destined to be one of the most prolific trap music albums of 2007.

    The album will be in stores October 24th, 2006

    Source: Tommy Boy Entertainment

     

    LA Landmark Griffith Observatory Reopens Nov 3rd to Inspire the Future, One Imagination at a Time
    The Griffith Observatory can proudly proclaim itself as a world-class observatory after its ambitious $93 million renovation and expansion when it reopens to the public on November 3rd in Los Angeles .
    Sitting high atop Mount Hollywood 1,134 feet above sea level, the Griffith Park Observatory has  a commanding view not only of the City of Angels to the Pacific but to the heavenly skies, much further than the naked eye can see. It is an icon of Los Angeles , a national leader in public astronomy, and pops up periodically in film, tv, games and even recreational parks.  It has appeared in Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle, GoldenEye, The Rocketeer and The Terminator, Star Trek, the video game Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas and even in Legoland. 
    Griffith Observatory underwent much more than a facelift, but a renewal to grandeur and a comprehensive renovation and expansion.  Closing its doors in 2002, this was the first major renovation since its original opening on May 14, 1935 and hosting over 70 million visitors. 
    Funds for the renewal of Griffith Observatory was headed by Friends of the Observatory, the Observatory’s nonprofit support organization, with funds arriving through foundation, corporate, individual, State, City and Federal commitments. 
    When Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, announced the reopening on October 3, he shared “At this world-class Observatory, Angelenos, young and old, can learn about the stars and planets, and begin to comprehend the limitless nature of the universe – truly symbolic of the limitless possibilities of this great City.”
    Changes to the Griffith Observatory include:
    - Addition of 40,000 square feet
    - The finest planetarium in the world (Samuel Oschin Planetarium).  A 300 seat state of the art immersive planetarium environment which features a new seamless dome, star projector, digital laser projectors, upgraded sound system and lighting. The opening show is Centered in the Universe.
    - 200 seat presentation theatre (Leonard Nimoy Event Horizon).  The opening show is The Once and Future Griffith Observatory.
    - Multi Level Exhibit Gallery (Richard and Lois Gunther)
    - The Largest Astronomical Image ever in The Big Picture which is 152 feet long by 20 feet high.  It is produced by Caltech scientists in a team led by Caltech Professor of Astronomy George Diorgovski.   
    - Transit corridor (Gottleib Transit Corridor) is 150 feet long, 10 feet wide glass walled passageway to demonstrate how motions of the Sun, Moon and stars are linked with time and the calendar.
    - A new exhibit program featuring more than 60 new exhibits, plus a classroom, café, bookstore, and new entrances, elevators and ramps to improve access to/in the building.
    - Renovation of the existing building including the Hugo Ballin murals and the Heinsbergen Mural. The Ballin vaulted rotunda ceiling murals celebrate classical celestial mythology and the wall murals illustrate the advancement of science.  The Heinsbergen ceiling mural depicts the sun. 
    Beginnings of Griffith Observatory
    Griffith Park and the Griffith Observatory received their name from Colonel Griffith J. Griffith.  Inspired by his European travels and its grand public parks, Griffith decided his home of Los Angeles would need a great park to become a great city.  He donated 3,015 acres of Rancho Los Felis to the City of Los Angeles in 1896 for a public park in his name intended for the public masses.  Griffith Park became the largest urban park in the U.S. with wilderness areas. 
    After being introduced to astronomy through the Astronomical Section of the Southern California Academy of Sciences and his visits to the new research observatory at Mount Wilson , he wanted to make science more accessible to the public.  He offered the City of Los Angeles $100,000 for an observatory to be located on the land he donated on top of Mount Hollywood , to be fully owned and operated by the City of Los Angeles . 
    He envisioned Griffith Observatory, however with his failing health, knew he would have to share his vision.  His will contained bequests for the observatory with detailed specifications included for the nature of the observatory, location and program offerings. 
    Visiting Griffith Observatory
    Anticipating an enormous amount of public interest, similar to the Getty Museum reopening, the Griffith Observatory is utilizing a reservation system for timed entry the month after the reopening to the public.  During the months after reopening, no drive up access is available, however shuttles are available.  Prices for reservations are as follows: General admission - $8; Seniors over 60 years old and children 5-12 years old - $4; and children 4 years and under are free.  There is no charge for timed entry of hikers and cyclists. 
    What is a Planetarium?

    A planetarium is a theater built primarily for presenting educational and entertaining shows about astronomy and the night sky, or for training in celestial navigation. A dominant feature of most planetariums is the large dome-shaped projection screen onto which scenes of stars, planets and other celestial objects can be made to appear and move realistically to simulate the complex 'motions of the heavens'. The celestial scenes can be created using a wide variety of technologies, for example precision-engineered 'star balls' that combine optical and electro-mechanical technology, slide projector, video and fulldome projector systems, and lasers. Whatever technologies are used, the objective is normally to link them together to provide an accurate relative motion of the sky. Typical systems can be set to display the sky at any point in time, past or present, and often to show the night sky as it would appear from any point of latitude on Earth.

    The Samuel Oschin Planetarium

    Griffith Observatory's renovated and newly-named Samuel Oschin Planetarium has been completely re-invented, from the compass rose on the new cork floor to the premium seamless perforated aluminum dome. It features an array of state-of-the-art technologies to support world-class scientific educational programming for audiences of all ages. Visitors to the 300-seat Samuel Oschin Planetarium will have an experience light-years ahead of most planetarium shows. From the moment they pass through the historic bronze and leather doors, they will be in an immersive environment carefully designed to create an authentic night sky and to present high quality experiences that are not only awe-inspiring but also thought provoking.

    Key features of the Samuel Oschin Planetarium include:

    Star Projector Zeiss Universarium Mark IX
    Video Projectors Evans & Sutherland Digistar 3 digital laser projection system
    Dome Spitz, Inc. perforated aluminum projection dome (at 75 feet, one of the world's largest)

    Unlike many other planetaria, Griffith Observatory continues a 71-year tradition of presenting live planetarium programs with a lecturer who can connect with audiences and convey astronomical knowledge with enthusiasm and passion.

    The new planetarium is named in honor of a generous gift from the Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Oschin Family Foundation.

    Imported from Germany, the new Zeiss Universarium Mark IX star projector is the most advanced in the world. The projector uses fiber-optics technology to deliver the most accurate and awe-inspiring planetarium dome full of stars anywhere. The computerized system offers visitors a detailed view of the night sky filled with thousands of stars and can be oriented to show what the sky looked like at any moment in human history. Griffith Observatory's scientific team was able to negotiate a fundamental improvement to the standard star field and worked closely with Zeiss engineers to create an unprecedented night sky of remarkable accuracy. Zeiss is so proud of the outcome, they have incorporated these refinements into subsequent projectors.

    Friends Of The Observatory (FOTO) purchased the projector and gave it as a gift to Griffith Observatory.

    Digistar 3 Laser Projection System

    The Samuel Oschin Planetarium is one of the first major facilities in the United States to use Evans & Sutherland's cutting-edge, all-dome digital laser projection system. Two laser projectors ? invisibly mounted in the north and south cove area ? are a giant step forward from the existing CRT video projectors. The Digistar 3 laser projection system improves upon traditional video projection in four important ways:

    Increased resolution and brightness for large-format projection
    Intensified color contrast and saturation
    Reduced distortion of images on the curved planetarium dome surface (with lasers, the depth of focus is practically unlimited)
    Significantly reduced maintenance costs over time

    Laser projectors transform the entire visual experience. For a dome as large as Griffith Observatory's (75-foot diameter), the capabilities of the lasers are the best way to bring engaging astronomical visuals to life.

    This Digistar 3 laser projection system was made possible by a generous gift to FOTO from the L.K. Whittier Foundation.

    The Dome

    More than just one of the largest planetarium domes in the world, the Samuel Oschin Planetarium is one of the first to make use of the remarkable 'seamless? dome construction technology developed by Spitz, Inc., and demonstrated at the Soaring Over California attraction at Disney's California Adventure. Though the dome is constructed of separate aluminum panels, the seams between the panels are designed to disappear with proper lighting. Tiny perforations across the dome enable audio speakers, ventilation ducts, and other equipment to be located above and around the outside of the dome, leaving the interior uncluttered. Properly lit, the dome will seem infinite to the entering visitor, creating a uniquely immersive experience and a true-to-life re-creation of a remote, luminous, and pristine sky.

    Completing the Experience

    The final step in the transformation of the Samuel Oschin Planetarium was creating a comfortable, inspiring, and immersive environment for visitors. To that end, theatrical consultants were used to design lighting and sound systems that perform to a theatrical level of excellence. Replacing the old seats and their wooden headrests (once called ?the most uncomfortable seats in the Milky Way Galaxy?) are padded, upholstered, and reclining seats for 300 visitors.

    Opening Program: Centered in the Universe

    The inaugural presentation in the new Samuel Oschin Planetarium is Centered in the Universe. For more information about the show, please click here.


    The Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Oschin Family Foundation

    The naming of the Samuel Oschin Planetarium at Griffith Observatory is the latest recognition in a long line of charitable gifts made by the Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Oschin Family Foundation. The Foundation strives to improve the future for many through its support of astronomy, medicine, education, the arts, animal causes, and a variety of community organizations. With interests ranging from telescopes to microscopes and everything in between, signature donations include the 48-inch Samuel Oschin Telescope at Palomar Observatory which led to the finding of what may be new planets in our solar system and the Samuel Oschin Comprehensive Cancer Institute at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center.

    Mrs. Oschin says her husband wished the Foundation would encourage others to share in the work of improving our world and bringing hope for the future through stimulating collaboration and building enthusiasm in a broad range of philanthropic projects. She notes that astronomy was her husband's second love, and so perhaps it was inevitable that their path led to Griffith Observatory.

    Mr. Oschin passed away in July 2003 and left a legacy to continue his work through the Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Oschin Family Foundation. Contributions to the City of Los Angeles and elsewhere, and to astronomers everywhere, will allow people to keep reaching for the stars for generations to come.

     

    The Leonard Nimoy Event Horizon

    The Leonard Nimoy Event Horizon is a new 200-seat multi-media theater that significantly broadens Griffith Observatory's programming and educational capabilities. In conjunction with the adjacent classroom, the 2,700-square-foot theater will enhance the Observatory's ability to sponsor robust educational activities, from live transmissions of space events to scientific training for teachers.

    Located in the new Gunther Depths of Space exhibit gallery, the Leonard Nimoy Event Horizon realizes an unfulfilled intention of the Observatory's original architects to have a second theater to complement the planetarium. Though not constructed with the original building, the idea for a presentation theater was not lost, and the need became especially evident as the number of Observatory visitors and programs increased over the years. The Leonard Nimoy Event Horizon provides a modern venue for lectures, demonstrations, films, museum guide talks, and a variety of other activities. The Leonard Nimoy Event Horizon will also be an important venue for the Observatory's school programs.

    The theater employs a 'stadium-style' seating configuration to enable each member of the audience to feel close to the presenter. It is equipped with state-of-the-art projection and sound equipment to enable a wide range of programming.

    is a new 200-seat multi-media theater that significantly broadens Griffith Observatory's programming and educational capabilities. In conjunction with the adjacent classroom, the 2,700-square-foot theater will enhance the Observatory's ability to sponsor robust educational activities, from live transmissions of space events to scientific training for teachers.Located in the new Gunther Depths of Space exhibit gallery, the Leonard Nimoy Event Horizon realizes an unfulfilled intention of the Observatory's original architects to have a second theater to complement the planetarium. Though not constructed with the original building, the idea for a presentation theater was not lost, and the need became especially evident as the number of Observatory visitors and programs increased over the years. The Leonard Nimoy Event Horizon provides a modern venue for lectures, demonstrations, films, museum guide talks, and a variety of other activities. The Leonard Nimoy Event Horizon will also be an important venue for the Observatory's school programs.The theater employs a 'stadium-style' seating configuration to enable each member of the audience to feel close to the presenter. It is equipped with state-of-the-art projection and sound equipment to enable a wide range of programming.

    "The Once and Future Griffith Observatory"

    The inagural program in the Leonard Nimoy Event Horizon is "The Once and Future Griffith Observatory". Leonard Nimoy narrates this 18-minute film which explores the history of the Observatory, it renovation and expansion, and all the exciting new features.

    Leonard Nimoy and Susan Bay-Nimoy

    The naming of the Leonard Nimoy Event Horizon theater recognizes the generous contribution by actors Leonard and Susan Bay-Nimoy to Griffith Observatory's renovation and expansion.

    Leonard Nimoy is a highly regarded actor, director, photographer, and poet. He is perhaps best known for his Emmy-nominated role as Mr. Spock in the television and film versions of Star Trek. His wife, Susan Bay-Nimoy, has had a career as an actress, director, producer, and community activist. She currently serves as a Board member for the Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art. Together, they have made significant contributions to institutions in Los Angeles, New York, and other cities, each with a focus on giving people a chance to broaden perspective.

    Both Nimoys share a commitment to public astronomy and education. "By observing the sky and pondering our place in the universe, people gain a new perspective on their daily lives," said Leonard Nimoy. "Griffith Observatory gives its visitors that opportunity. It is a Los Angeles icon, one which we need to ensure will be here for generations to come."

    "Like so many people in this area, we recognize what a powerful resource the Observatory is for the community," added Susan Bay-Nimoy. "When we learned of the plans for renovation and expansion, Leonard and I agreed that we wanted to make a substantial commitment, both personally and financially, to the project. I hope that our participation will encourage others to become involved."

     

     

    The Tournament of Roses Has Found Its 2007 Rose Queen

    Mary McCluggage Named 89th Rose Queen(R) for the 2007 Tournament of Roses, Themed Our Good Nature

     -- The Pasadena Tournament of Roses named Mary McCluggage the 89th Rose Queen today. This announcement concludes a month-long process that began with more than 1,100 Pasadena-area young women who participated in the Tournament of Roses Royal Court tryouts. Queen Mary was selected from the recently appointed seven-member Royal Court. The Rose Queen and Royal Court will reign over the 2007 New Year's Day festivities, culminating with the 118th Rose Parade(R) themed Our Good Nature and the 93rd Rose Bowl Game(R).


    Miss America, a special guest of the Tournament of Roses and a participant in the opening ceremonies for the 2007 Rose Parade, helped reveal the identity of the Rose Queen. "I am delighted that I have had the opportunity to spend some time today with this year's Rose Queen and her Royal Court before their big day. From my experience as Miss America, I have gained the opportunity of a lifetime to be a part of something wonderful, promoting education, leadership and community responsibility. The Pasadena Tournament of Roses champions the same qualities and I just know Queen Mary and her Royal Court will do Pasadena proud on New Year's Day."

    Miss America, the Rose Queen and her Royal Court were presented with the first available Limited Edition Wells Fargo Parade Ponies at the announcement. Wells Fargo, the presenting sponsor for the opening of the 2007 Rose Parade, is introducing Prince, their Limited Edition Wells Fargo Parade Pony in celebration of the Tournament of Roses. Consumers who open a Wells Fargo Checking Package between 12/1/06 and 1/31/07 can take home this collectable plush pony. Prince is especially appropriate as he is from Oklahoma and the opening extravaganza is being produced by the Oklahoma Centennial. "We are thrilled to give Miss America, the Rose Queen and the Royal Court, the first of our Limited Edition Wells Fargo Parade Ponies," said Stacy Smithers, Wells Fargo Regional Marketing Director, LA Metropolitan Community Bank. "We are thrilled to sponsor the opening celebration of the Rose Parade again this year and believe our Prince Pony will bring the excitement of the Rose Parade home for Southland consumers."

    The Rose Queen and Royal Court were also presented with a pearl necklace and pearl earrings from Mikimoto (America) Co., Ltd. "We are honored to be a part of the Tournament of Roses family," said William Thomas, Vice President of Retail. "The luxury of Mikimoto and the tradition of the Tournament of Roses make a perfect partnership, enhancing the beauty that both organizations are known for."

    Rose Queen Mary and the six Rose Princesses were selected based upon a combination of qualities, including public speaking ability, poise, academic achievement and community involvement.

    "The Tournament of Roses is delighted to name Queen Mary as the 2007 Rose Queen," said Tournament of Roses president Paul L. Holman. "We are honored to have Queen Mary and the six Rose Princesses join our Tournament of Roses family. We couldn't ask for more talented and graceful ambassadors for Pasadena, the Rose Parade and Rose Bowl Game."

    As an official ambassador of the Tournament of Roses, Queen Mary will participate in close to 150 community and media functions along with Rose Princesses Christina Barsamian, 17, Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy; Aneesah Giroux, 17, John Marshall Fundamental High School; Sue Park, 16, La Canada High School; Blair Ramirez, 17, La Salle High School; Kaitlin Terpstra- Sweeney, 18, Pasadena City College and Danielle Vine, 17, Pasadena High School. Rose Queen, Mary McCluggage, 17, is a resident of Pasadena and attends Flintridge Preparatory School. She serves as the senior class Vice President, President of the Key Club and is a member of the San Marino Area Chapter of the National Charity League. In addition, she is actively involved in her church, serving as a confirmation teen leader.

    Mary is also an athlete, playing on both the varsity volleyball and softball teams. Mary plans to pursue a career in medicine. Her parents are Kerry and Victoria McCluggage, and she has one brother, Matthew Kerr McCluggage, 19.

    About Miss America

    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. The 2007 Miss America Pageant will air live on CMT, Country Music Television, on January 29, 2007. Web site: http://www.missamerica.org/.

    About Mikimoto (America) Co., Ltd.

    Mikimoto (America) Co., Ltd. Is the American subsidiary of K. Mikimoto & Co., Ltd., the world-renowned Japanese company. In 1893, company founder Kokichi Mikimoto was the first person to develop a technique for the cultivation of pearls and the business remains the world leader in high-quality cultured pearls. Today, almost all pearls sold worldwide are cultured pearls, cultivated by the same technique that Kokichi Mikimoto invented. This includes Japanese Akoya pearls, as well as South Sea pearls from Australia, Indonesia and the Philippines and black pearls from Tahiti.

    The company is internationally recognized for its product design, superior craftsmanship and strict quality control. Mikimoto's American retail stores are located on Fifth Avenue, New York; The Regent Beverly Wilshire, Beverly Hills; South Coast Plaza, Costa Mesa; and The Venetian Resort Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas. Mikimoto is also sold at select fine jewelers nationwide. International locations include The Ginza, Tokyo; New Bond Street, London; Place Vendome, Paris; Monte Carlo, Monaco; Seoul, Korea and Kuala Lumpur.

    About Wells Fargo

    Wells Fargo & Company is a diversified financial services company with $500 billion in assets, providing banking, insurance, investments, mortgage and consumer finance to more than 23 million customers from more than 6,200 stores and the internet (wellsfargo.com) across North America and elsewhere internationally. Wells Fargo Bank, N.A. has the highest possible credit rating, "Aaa," from Moody's Investors Service and the highest credit rating given to a U.S. bank, "AA+," from Standard & Poor's Ratings Services.

    About the Pasadena Tournament of Roses

    The 118th Rose Parade, themed Our Good Nature, will take place on Monday, January 1, 2007 at 8:00 a.m. (PST) featuring majestic floral floats, high-stepping equestrian units and spirited marching bands from throughout the nation. Following the Rose Parade, at 2:00 p.m. (PST), the 93rd Rose Bowl Game will feature an exciting match-up between two championship teams, showcasing the best of collegiate football. For additional information, please call (626) 449-ROSE, the 24-hour information hotline, or visit www.tournamentofroses.com.

    The Da Vinci Code DVD Release Re-Energizes Response Website: http://www.TheTruthAboutDaVinci.com Seizes Outreach Opportunity Created by Renewed Interest in Blockbuster Film

     The summer blockbuster The Da Vinci Code is scheduled to release to DVD on Tuesday, Nov. 14th, and consequently will spark renewed interest in the discussion on its claims about the life of Christ and the history of the Church. Because the DVD will contain additional commentary and special features, it is sure to generate another round of questions just as the book and the theatrical release did.

    Created by Westminster Theological Seminary (WTS) as a response to Sony Pictures' The Da Vinci Code based on Dan Brown's best-selling novel, http://www.thetruthaboutdavinci.com/ is a repository of historical fact and biblically-sound resources. The site hosts current news articles, audio/video clips addressing the film's claims such as Jesus' marriage, as well as definitions of key historical terms and descriptions of the Priory of Sion and the "lost books of the Bible" represented in the novel and film.

    "Here at the seminary, we understand that movies and books are instrumental in shaping our culture and worldview," said Dr. Peter Lillback, President of WTS. "We would be remiss if we didn't seize this opportunity to engage in dialogue about why the Christian perspective is relevant and how this timeless message has a timely urgency."

    Initially, in response to widespread interest across all ethnicities and languages, the site quickly implemented a computer-based translation tool. This feature greatly expanded the potential reach and influence of the site, allowing readers to view content in nine different languages. Due to the overwhelming number of Spanish-speaking visitors to the site, though, a complete formal translation has recently been done in Spanish and is online as of this week.

    "Curiosity is not strictly a phenomenon for English-speaking people," laughed William Edgar, Professor of Apologetics at Westminster. "The questions raised by The Da Vinci Code - whether in the book, the theater or on a DVD - are shared by people of all faiths and origins. Certainly Christians and Catholics have a more personal interest because the claims are directly counter to the foundations of our faith. We recognize that many of our Catholic friends are Spanish-speaking, and we saw the mounting interest among this community and wanted to ensure that they were able to have access to the information in the very best translation possible."

    Westminster faculty has joined with noted authors, theologians and scholars including Timothy Keller, Darrell Bock, Peter Jones and Jim Garlow to provide content for pastors, small group leaders, and anyone just wanting to research the facts and make up their own minds. While other sites have remained static after the release of the film, http://www.thetruthaboutdavinci.com/ has continued to update and add materials, as well as making more resources available via downloads, as opposed to only streaming.

    "The theatrical release of the film was one opportunity to make an impact in our communities and in our culture; and I would venture to say that the DVD release provides an equal, if not greater, chance to continue that discussion and broaden its influence," said Edgar.

    To learn more about Westminster Theological Seminary's response to The Da Vinci Code film and DVD release, visit http://www.thetruthaboutdavinci.com/ .

    Patti LaBelle's First-Ever Gospel Tour, Sponsored by Chrysler, Heads for Chicago October 28

    * Chicago is the first city of the tour where consumers can test drive the all-new 2007 Chrysler Aspen and other Chrysler vehicles * Guest performers in Chicago are Yolanda Adams and Shirley Caesar * "The Gospel According to Patti" tour expands to 14 cities

     Patti LaBelle's first-ever gospel music tour, which got off to a rousing start in African American mega churches in Dallas and Houston earlier this month, is heading for the 10,000-seat House of Hope in Chicago on October 28. Guests performers will be gospel-singing greats Yolanda Adams and Shirley Caesar.

    The Chrysler brand is the title sponsor of "The Gospel According to Patti," which has been expanded from 12 to 14 cities, primarily in African American churches. The tour is helping to launch the all-new 2007 Chrysler Aspen and help raise money to educate African Americans about the importance of receiving early medical attention.

    Chicago is the first tour site where consumers will have the opportunity to test drive the Chrysler Aspen, as well as the Chrysler 300, PT Cruiser, Crossfire and Pacifica. The ride and drive event takes place Saturday, October 21 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the House of Hope, 752 E. 114th St. Each adult who test drives a Chrysler vehicle will receive a free ticket to "The Gospel According to Patti." Also for each test drive taken, the Chrysler brand will donate $5 to the University of Pennsylvania's Abramson Cancer Center, LaBelle's designated charity, to help educate the African American community about the importance of early medical attention and treatment.

    Tickets for "The Gospel According to Patti" tour are available for purchase at http://www.pattilabellegospel.com/ , or by calling 1-800-594-8499.

    LaBelle's first-ever gospel CD, also titled "The Gospel According to Patti" and produced by Umbrella Records, is scheduled for release Nov. 21.

    The two new cities on the tour are Newark, N.J. on Jan. 7, 2007, and Denver on March 31.

    The other tour stops are Philadelphia, Nov. 10; Brooklyn, N.Y., Nov. 17; Detroit, Dec. 1; Landover, Md., Dec. 2; Atlanta, Dec. 6; Charlotte, N.C., Dec. 8; St. Louis, Dec. 10; Los Angeles, Dec. 16; and Cleveland, Dec. 23. Consumer ride and drive programs are scheduled for Philadelphia, Nov. 4; Brooklyn, Nov. 11; Landover, Nov. 25; Atlanta, Dec. 2; Los Angeles, Dec. 8; and Cleveland, Dec. 16.

    Source: Chrysler Group

     

    John Legend to Make First New York In-Store Appearance at Virgin Megastore - Union Square in Celebration of Release of New Album, 'Once Again,' on Tuesday, October 24

    Grammy Winner to Meet Fans, Perform a Mini-Set with Band & Sign Copies of Eagerly-Awaited New Album, 'Once Again'

    The multi-platinum Grammy-winning songwriter/performer John Legend will celebrate the release of his new album, Once Again, with fans at his first New York in-store appearance at the Virgin Megastore (Union Square -- 54 East 14th Street, NYC) on Tuesday, October 24 (the album's street date), beginning at 6pm.

    During his in-store appearance, Legend will sign copies of Once Again and perform, with his full band, a mini-set of songs from the album.

    Early bird fans purchasing Once Again at the Virgin Megastore (Union Square location only) on Tuesday, October 24, will receive a wristband granting admittance to the John Legend in-store event.

    Executive produced by John Legend and Kanye West, Once Again premieres 13 new John Legend songs: "Save Room," "Heaven," "Stereo," "Show Me," "Each Day Gets Better," "P.D.A. (We Just Don't Care)," "Slow Dance," "Again," "Maxine," "Where Did My Baby Go," "Maxine's Interlude," "Another Again," and "Coming Home."

    Lending production support to John, who co-produced seven of the album's track, are some of the hottest talents in contemporary sounds: will.i.am; Kanye West; Devo Springsteen & Tom Craskey; Raphael Saadiq; Eric Hudson & Jack Splash; Craig Street; Sa-Ra Creative Partners (Om'Mas Keith, Taz Arnold & Shafiq Husayn); Dave Tozer; and Ken Lewis.

    In 2004, John Legend -- then known primarily as an in-demand all-star studio session man -- stepped into the solo spotlight as a premier singer-songwriter-pianist-performer in his own right with his debut album Get Lifted. Driven in part by the hit singles "Ordinary People" and "Used To Love U," Get Lifted was a critical and commercial triumph, earning John an astounding eight Grammy nominations -- he won Best New Artist, Best Male R&B Vocal Performance ("Ordinary People") and Best R&B album -- and selling more than three million copies worldwide.

    http://www.johnlegend.com/

    http://www.columbiarecords.com/

    Justin Timberlake's Highly Anticipated 2007 FutureSex/LoveShow World Tour Kicks Off January 8th, 2007

     Oct. 17 /-- Jive recording artist Justin Timberlake's upcoming 2007 FutureSex/LoveShow, is scheduled to kick off in San Diego, CA on January 8th, 2007. The 34 date North American leg of the worldwide tour will be promoted by AEG Live and will include special guest Pink.

    Following up on his sold out and critically well received SexyBack Live Listening Sessions where he introduced the #1 album FutureSex/LoveSounds; Justin Timberlake is gearing up to return to arenas in North America and around the world. Justin Timberlake accompanied by a 14 piece band and back up dancers will perform in the round, bringing the intimate mood of his acclaimed Live Listening Sessions into the arena setting and essentially making every seat a great seat and creating the ultimate 360 degree multi-media viewing experience. A variety of premium seating packages will be offered for the tour and information on these packages as well as all the latest tour details can be found at http://www.justintimberlakefanclub.com/ .

    On-sale dates will be announced locally in each market and dates for the complete worldwide tour will be announced shortly.

      Confirmed shows and dates are as follows:    1/8      San Diego, CA         iPayOne Center   1/9      Anaheim, CA           Honda Center   1/12     Sacramento, CA        ARCO Arena   1/14     Phoenix, AZ           Glendale Arena   1/16     Los Angeles, CA       Staples Center   1/17     Fresno, CA            Savemart Center   1/27     St. Paul, MN          Xcel Energy Center   1/30     Toronto, ON           Air Canada Centre   1/31     Montreal, QC          Bell Centre   2/2      Washington, D.C.      Verizon Center   2/3      Cleveland, OH         Quicken Loans Arena   2/6      Boston, MA            TD Banknorth Garden   2/7      New York City, NY     Madison Square Garden   2/18     Buffalo, NY           HSBC Arena   2/22     Tampa, FL             St. Pete Times Forum   2/24     Miami, FL             American Airlines Arena   2/25     Fort Lauderdale, FL   BankAtlantic Center   2/27     Atlanta, GA           Philips Arena   3/1      New Orleans, LA       New Orleans Arena   3/3      Bossier City, LA      CenturyTel Center   3/4      Houston, TX           Toyota Center   3/5      Dallas, TX            American Airlines Center   3/8      Omaha, NE             Qwest Center   3/9      Ames, IA              Hilton Coliseum   3/16     Nashville, TN         Gaylord Entertainment Center   3/18     Charlottesville, VA   John Paul Jones Arena   3/19     Pittsburgh, PA        Mellon Arena   3/21     Uniondale, NY         Nassau Coliseum   3/24     Uncasville, CT        Mohegan Sun   3/27     Philadelphia, PA      Wachovia Center   3/29     East Rutherford, NJ   Continental Airlines Arena    *All dates are subject to change.  

    The 3 million worldwide selling album, FutureSex/LoveSounds co-written by Justin Timberlake, hit #1 on the Billboard charts and broke all digital album sales records. The smash single "SexyBack" featuring Timbaland was co-produced and co-written by Justin Timberlake and the 2nd single "My Love" featuring T.I. is already top 10 at Rhythm Radio; Additional producers on the album include JAWBreakers, Timbaland and Rick Rubin.

    About AEG LIVE

    AEG LIVE, the live-entertainment division of Los Angeles-based AEG, is a collection of companies dedicated to all aspects of live contemporary music performance, touring for a variety of programming and multi-media production. AEG LIVE, the nation's second largest concert promotion and touring company, with eight regional offices and Stand-alone affiliate companies. The company's national promotion divisions are currently producing tours and productions including Celine Dion A New Day ... Presented By Chrysler now appearing at the Colosseum at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas and "Tutankhamun and the Golden Age of the Pharaohs," an international tour of the artifacts of King Tut. Recent and upcoming promoted concert tours have included artists such as Bon Jovi, Prince, Usher, Kenny Chesney, Rod Stewart, Paul McCartney, Dixie Chicks, American Idols Live and So You Think You Can Dance. Goldenvoice, the company's southern California-based regional promotion division created and operates the award winning annual Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival. The company operates Nokia Theatre at Grand Prairie (Texas) and the Nokia Theatre Times Square, a 2,100-seat concert venue in Times Square.

    A Who's Who of LA's Trendsetting Fashion & Entertainment Communities Come Together for the 2006 LA Fashion Awards Presented by Saturn With Los Angeles Magazine

    October 17, 2006 -- From esteemed stylist and costume designer Arianne Phillips ("Walk the Line") and red carpet favorite Monique Lhuillier to rising stars Juan Carlos Obando, Rozae Nichols, and Corinne Grassini's Society for Rational Dress -- the 2006 LA Fashion Awards will honor industry leaders who embody and shape the energy, creativity and vision that are making Los Angeles a globally influential fashion capital. The event will take place on Friday, October 20th at the Orpheum Theatre (842 South Broadway St, Los Angeles, CA 90014) in downtown Los Angeles. Extra's Jon Kelley will host the program, which will include an awards ceremony, three fashion presentations by the Innovator nominees and a VIP after-party sponsored by Los Angeles magazine at J Restaurant & Lounge (1119 S. Olive St., Los Angeles, CA 90015).

    The LA Fashion Awards caps off LA Fashion Week and has become one of fashionable Hollywood's most sought after tickets. Celebrities confirmed to attend include Jon Kelley ("Extra"), Michelle Branch, Andrea Bowen, Emily Procter, Navi Rawat, Nick Carter, Kelly Lynch, Illeana Douglas, Lolita Davidovitch, Lisa Edelstein, Audrina Partridge ("The Hills"), Aimee Garcia ("George Lopez"), Keiko Agena ("Gilmore Girls"), Constance Ramos ("Extreme Makeover Home Edition") Furonda ("America's Next Top Model"), and many more. Costume designers Cate Adair ("Desperate Housewives"), Robin West ("The OC") and Darryle Johnson ("Everybody Hates Chris") will join retailers Ron Herman, Lisa Kline, Rose Apodaca, designers Kevan Hall, Ashley Paige, Uriel Saenz, Alicia Lawhon, Glenn Williams (Lucky Brand/Capital Tailors), Tracey Wilkinson (Mon Petite Oiseau) Christopher Enuke (Oligo Tissew), Dov Charney (American Apparel), Nick Verreos (Project Runway) and more in celebrating this year's nominees and honorees.

    The Nominees and Honorees of the 2006 LA FASHION AWARDS:

    MAFI (Moss Adams Fashion Innovator) Award nominees: Juan Carlos Obando Rozae Nichols Society for Rational Dress  Marketing Excellence Award nominees: Collection Bebe Joe's Jeans Kitson l.a. Eyeworks Quiksilver  Fashion Retailer Award nominees: American Rag Cie decades & decadestwo Kitson Satine  Wells Fargo Century Fashion Achievement Award: Monique Lhuillier  Fashion Communications Award Stylist Arianne Phillips  Inspiration Award Gen Art  NASDAQ California Apparel Stock of the Year Award: Charlotte Russe 
    Select tickets to the event are available to the public at all Ticketmaster Ticket Centers including Robinson's-May, Tower Records, Wherehouse Music, Tu Musica, and Ritmo Latino Stores and online at www.ticketmaster.com. To charge by phone, call 213.480.3232. A portion of the ticket sales will benefit Chrysalis, www.changelives.org. SATURN is the presenting sponsor of the second annual Los Angeles Fashion Awards. Moss Adams LLP, Wells Fargo Century, NASDAQ and FedEx lead the slate of additional sponsors, which includes Design Tonic, WGSN, Market Wire, FTC Commercial Corporation, Traction Press, Clear Image Printing, Cloutier Agency, Much and House PR, Evolutionary Media Group, Santee Village Lofts, LA Fashion District BID, Directives West, Biotherm and Paul Mitchell. The Standard, Downtown LA and Hotel QT are the Official Hotel Partners. The Scottish Fashion Awards are special friends of the event, with a creative cultural exchange program established earlier this year. Glass artist Caleb Siemon is the Award designer, and Tattooed Steel has provided custom jewelry to commemorate the event.

    Several fashion and business not-for-profit membership organizations, including the California Fashion Association (CFA), Fashion Business Incorporated (FBI), Fashion Group International of Los Angeles (FGI-LA), LA Economic Development Corporation (LAEDC), Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce (LAACC) and the World Trade Center Association (WTCA) endorse the event. Los Angeles magazine is the presenting media partner. Surface magazine, California Apparel News, LA.com and LA Weekly are among the media sponsors. Reception providers include Sauza Tequila, Cruzan Rum, Plymouth Gin, Courvoisier Cognac and Starbucks Liqueur. A California Wine Bar will feature Wente Vineyards, Tamas Estates and Murrieta's Well labels with custom wine glasses supplied by Bormioli Rocco Glass Co. Delicious appetizers provided by Pane e Vino, Duxbury's, Tiara Café, Chocolate Box, Sweet Cake and other top LA restaurants. HINT Essence Water will provide refreshment. DJ Crash will design the music, and video artist Jessica Snow has created a custom film, "Window Shopping" for the event.

    SATURN

    Within the next year Saturn will double the number of entries in its portfolio with the SKY roadster, VUE Green Line hybrid, all-new AURA sports sedan, the turbocharged SKY Red Line, the eight-passenger OUTLOOK crossover utility vehicle as well as the AURA Green Line hybrid. More information can be found at www.saturn.com.

    LOS ANGELES magazine

    Los Angeles magazine is the leading authority and indispensable guide for the affluent and influential population of Southern California, illuminating and chronicling one of the most important regions in the world. The combination of award winning feature writing, investigative reporting, service journalism and design covers the people, lifestyle, culture, entertainment, fashion, art/architecture and news that defines Southern California. Since 1961 the magazine (now a division of Emmis Communications) has continually served as the definitive resource for a population that is intensely interested in a lifestyle that is uniquely Southern Californian. www.lamag.com

    MOSS ADAMS, LLP

    The tenth largest accounting and consulting firm in the U.S., Moss Adams offers specialized accounting, tax, financial and business advisory services to clients in industry groups such as apparel, manufacturing and distribution, technology, hospitality, professional services and financial institutions. www.mossadams.com

    WELLS FARGO CENTURY

    Wells Fargo Century is one of the largest factors in the country, providing a creative, entrepreneurial approach to factoring and trade finance, with the financial strength and stability of one of the nation's most respected financial institutions. The company has financed growing apparel companies for more than 50 years. http://www.wfcentury.com

    NASDAQ

    NASDAQ is the largest U.S. electronic stock market. With approximately 3,200 companies, it lists more companies and, on average, trades more shares per day than any other U.S. market. For more information about NASDAQ, visit the NASDAQ website at www.NASDAQ.com or the NASDAQ Newsroom at www.NASDAQnews.com.

    DESIGN TONIC

    Design Tonic is a boutique design and marketing agency specializing in branding, marketing, public relations, events, and environments for fashion and style-oriented companies. For more information, visit www.designtonic.com or call 213.687.3100.

    WGSN

    WGSN (Worth Global Style Network) is the world leader in online fashion trend analysis. Owned by Emap plc one of the UK's leading media companies, WGSN is based in London with offices across the globe including: New York, Los Angeles, Brazil, Hong Kong and Tokyo. Continuously tracking the market's mood is WGSN's strength, whether analysing catwalks, covering the major trade shows, following real-time information or forecasting major apparel trends. www.wgsn.com

    MARKET WIRE

    Market Wire is the industry leader in using the latest technologies to distribute real-time news, reaching all leading newspapers, broadcast outlets, financial newswires, disclosure points, analyst terminal systems, websites and online databases. www.marketwire.com

    THE STANDARD & HOTEL QT

    The Standard, Downtown LA and Hotel QT are the Official Hotel Partners of the LA Fashion Awards. The Standard, Downtown LA, sister hotel to André Balazs' The Standard Hollywood and the recently opened Standard Miami, sets the standard for young business and fashion-savvy travelers with a famed rooftop bar and pool with breathtaking views of Los Angeles. Hotel QT, Balazs' "newest affordable New York crash pad" in the heart of Times Square, boasts innovative design features such as a lobby swimming pool, bunk beds, and European-style Kiosk. www.standardhotel.com and www.hotelqt.com.

    For more information, please visit www.LAFashionAwards.com

     

     

     

    SHE WAS COUNTRY WHEN COUNTRY WASN'T COOL: A TRIBUTE TO BARBARA MANDRELL- IN STORES TODAY!

    Nashville, Tenn.--October 17, 2006-- The much anticipated tribute album for Barbara Mandrell 

    hits stores today, October 17,  on BNA Records. The album features some of Mandrell's greatest hits, covered by country's biggest stars.

     

    Performing the album’s title track, and Mandrell’s signature hit, are country superstars Kenny Chesney and Reba McEntire. As a friend and influential force in her own career, it was McEntire who welcomed Mandrell to the stage at last year’s ACM 40th Anniversary Celebration. Mandrell was recognized as having accomplished the rare feat of winning the career progression of awards that, in her case, found her named Top New Female, Top Female and ultimately Entertainer Of The Year. Known as the Triple Crown Award, Chesney, following suit in the male categories, is also one of the six artists who have achieved that honor.

     

    Some of the other tracks include Country Music Hall of Fame member and Alabama front man Randy Owen performing her 1980 Number One hit, “Years.” ACM Top Female Vocalist Sara Evans performs the 1980 Top Five hit, “Crackers,” while multi-platinum, hit maker Brad Paisley sings the 1983 Top Five single, “In Times Like These.” Grand Ole Opry Member Lorrie Morgan recreates the Bicentennial year hit, “That’s What Friends Are For.”

     

    Grammy winners Willie Nelson and Shelby Lynne share vocals on the 1974 classic, “This Time I Almost Made It,” Dierks Bentley performs the 1986 Top Five song, “Fast Lanes and Country Roads,” and Terri Clark sings the 1978 multi-week Number One single, “Sleeping Single In A Double Bed.” Other artists on the album include LeAnn Rimes, Blaine Larsen, CeCe Winans, and Gretchen Wilson.

     


    Kenny Chesney, Barbara Mandrell, and Reba McEntire catch up in the studio.

    Photo by: Glen Rose

     

     

    When asked about the album Mandrell said, “The moment Clint Higham and Joe Galante told me about this album, with artists that I respect, admire, and adore so much recording my songs, I was instantly filled with overwhelming emotion, gratitude and excitement. The loving kindness of these friends gave me such an emotional high, and I’m still there.  I don’t know if I’ll ever come down.” Renee Bell, SONY BMG Nashville A&R Senior Vice President said, “This is an exciting and diverse line-up of stars that have gathered to add their own distinctive sound and style to these memorable hits from Barbara’s incredible career.”

     


    LeAnn Rimes recording "If Loving You is Wrong, I Don't Wanna Be Right."

    Photo by: Glen Rose

     

    In conjunction with the making of the tribute album, a TV special was filmed to capture this all-star group coming together to pay tribute to a legend. GAC has begun airing, "She Was Country When Country Wasn’t Cool: A Tribute to Barbara Mandrell" (Oct.17 @ 3 p.m. CST), in which the artists tell their personal stories of how Mandrell influenced their careers, and why they decided to participate in this project. In addition to this, GAC will be airing numerous shows featuring Barbara Mandrell including her hosting of the Grand Ole Opry Live on Saturday, October 28.

     

    Barbara's love of animals takes over, as she chats with Dierks Bentley and cuddles with his dog Jake.

    Photo by: Glen Rose

     

     

    Among her many accolades, Mandrell was the first artist to be named CMA Entertainer Of The Year for two consecutive years and has won multiple awards from the CMA, ACM, American Music Awards, Grammys, People’s Choice Awards and a Dove Award. Her variety show, "Barbara Mandrell and the Mandrell Sisters," on NBC drew millions of viewers weekly, and she has starred in numerous television shows, including her farewell performance at Nashville’s Opry House, a sell-out concert titled “Barbara Mandrell and The Do-Rites: The Last Dance.”

     Barbara Mandrell and Sara Evans cozy up in the studio.

    Photo by: Glen Rose

     

    Country Music Star Sara Evans' Allegations Regarding Reputed Husband Affair With Employee Categorically Rejected by Alison Clinton; Public Retraction Demanded

    Clinton Offers Lie Detector Test, Affidavit to Disprove Allegations

     Oct. 16  In response to what Ronnie Berke describes as irresponsible and inexplicable allegations by country music star Sara Evans, Alison Clinton has categorically rejected the sad, unlawful and despicable attempt by Evans to assign part of the blame for her broken marriage on an alleged affair with Evans' husband Craig Schelske.

    Prior to Evans' false accusations she had been a contestant on ABC's hit show Dancing With The Stars. And prior to the accusations Clinton had long-considered Evans a dear friend, as well as an employer. Evans even served as Clinton's matron of honor at her July 1st wedding.

    Clinton has hired Ronnie Berke, Past President of the Tennessee Trial Lawyers Association, to prosecute her interests.

    Clinton served as a nanny for Evans and Schelske several years ago and stopped in 2004, due to an eating disorder. Because of their friendship and Clinton's commitment to preventing others from suffering from anoxeria Evans signed on as an ambassador for the National Eating Disorders Association. After treatment for her illness, Evans rehired Clinton as her personal assistant and co-president of Evans' fan club. Evans even encouraged Clinton to enter the country music world as a singer.

    According to Clinton, after hearing her demo, Evans pledged that Clinton would be a back-up singer and dancer when the country music star returned to the road in December. Furthermore, Evans had spoken to Clinton about being her and her brother's first artist with their new country music production company.

    Clinton married her long-time boyfriend three months ago, at which Evans was the matron of honor and her children were the flower girls and ring bearer. Mr. Schelske was a groomsman.

    Besides committing herself to educating others about the dangers of eating disorders Clinton has also spent substantial time as a volunteer for Special Olympics.

    Clinton has said she will sign an affidavit disavowing the allegation, as well as take a lie detector test. Earlier today her attorney sent a tersely written letter to Evans' lawyer, demanding a public retraction.

    "I am crushed. I though Sarah was my friend. I have never been anything but loyal to her and her family. I cannot understand this but now I am forced clear my name in order to preserve the best possible future for me and my family," Clinton said.

    Source: Berke, Berke & Berke on behalf of Alison Clinton

     

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    The International Superstar Honored October 16th With a Star on the Famed Hollywood Blvd. First 2,500 Fans to Arrive at the Star-Studded Event  Received a Specially Packaged Commemorative Edition "Over The Hedge" DVD

    (C) Associated media

    Oct. 16, 2006 Celebrating the illustrious career achievements of one of Hollywood's biggest talents, the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce will honor actor Bruce Willis Monday, October 16th, with a star on the legendary "Hollywood Walk Of Fame." The dedication ceremony will feature a line-up of Willis' family, friends and fans including guest speakers

    Jeffrey Katzenberg, DreamWorks Animation Chief Executive Officer and Oscar(R)-winner Billy Bob Thornton(a). Co-stars from Willis' vast array of film and television roles will also join in the fun, with a special appearance by his Over The Hedge alter-ego, R.J. the Raccoon. As part of the festivities, DreamWorks Animation will be presenting a special edition Over The Hedge DVD to the first 2,500 kids(b) in attendance. Available exclusively at Monday's Walk of Fame ceremony, the DVDs will be specially packaged to commemorate the event.

    The celebration continues Tuesday, October 17th, when the critically acclaimed box-office hit Over The Hedge debuts on DVD at retail outlets nationwide.

     

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    ABOUT DREAMWORKS ANIMATION SKG

    DreamWorks Animation SKG (NYSE:DWA) is principally devoted to developing and producing computer-generated, or CG-animated, feature films. With world-class creative talent, a strong and experienced management team and advanced CG filmmaking technology and techniques, DreamWorks Animation makes high-quality CG-animated films meant for a broad movie-going audience. DreamWorks Animation Home Entertainment is responsible for the worldwide sales, marketing and distribution of DWA's titles on DVD.

    ABOUT PARAMOUNT HOME ENTERTAINMENT

    Paramount Home Entertainment (PHE) is part of Paramount Pictures Corporation, a unit of Viacom (NYSE:VIA) (NYSE:VIA.B), a global entertainment company that produces and distributes filmed entertainment through the Paramount Motion Picture Group. PHE is responsible for the worldwide sales, marketing and distribution of home entertainment products on behalf of various parties including: Paramount Pictures, DreamWorks SKG, Paramount Vantage, Paramount Classics, Nickelodeon, MTV, Comedy Central, CBS, PBS and Hasbro and for providing home entertainment fulfillment services for DreamWorks Animation Home Entertainment. -0-

    Over The Hedge DVD Price:       $19.95 (M.A.P.) Street Date:     October 17, 2006 Running Time:    83 minutes, 13 seconds MPAA Rating:     PG for some rude humor and mild comic action Audio:           English 5.1, English 2.0, French 5.1, French 2.0,                  Spanish 2.0 Subtitles:       English, French and Spanish Closed Captioned 

    (a) Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material from Another Medium, Sling Blade (1996)

    (b) One DVD per family

     

    'Bat Out of Hell On Broadway' One-Night-Only New York Show Sold Out!

    NEW YORK, Oct. 16 /PRNewswire/ --    WHAT:  The colossal rock music franchise, BAT OUT OF HELL is coming to the          Palace Theater on Broadway on November 2.  The show that's a smash          hit around the world with tickets selling out to Royal Albert Hall          in London and the Elgin Theater in Toronto is now SOLD OUT in NYC.           The show itself features music from Bat Out of Hell I & II and, for          the first time in New York, live performances from the brand new          album Bat Out of Hell III: The Monster is Loose, which will be          released on Halloween (October 31) by Virgin/EMI Music.  The          trilogy is completed with his three-act show: Act 1 featuring songs          from the original 1977 album Bat Out of Hell (including "Paradise          by the Dashboard Light," "Two Out of Three Ain't Bad"), Act 2 with          songs from the Grammy-winning Bat Out of Hell 2 - Back into Hell          (including "I'd Do Anything For Love (But I Won't Do That)") and          Act III featuring brand-new songs from the forthcoming Bat Out of          Hell III - The Monster is Loose, premiering live for the first time          ever in Canada.    SPECIAL ONE-NIGHT-ONLY SHOW DATES:   Mon 10/16/06 London, UK Royal Albert Hall SOLD OUT   Thu 11/02/06 NYC NY, USA The Palace SOLD OUT   Sat 11/04/06 Toronto ONT, Canada Elgin Theatre SOLD OUT   Fri 11/10/06 Atlantic City NJ, USA Estes Theatre ON SALE NOW   Sun 11/12/06 Uncasville CT, USA Mohegan Sun ON SALE NOW    For more information go to http://www.meatloaf.net/.     WHEN:   Thursday, November 2           8:00 pm    WHERE:  Palace Theatre           1564 Broadway           New York, NY 10036           (212) 730-8200 

    Source: Virgin Records

    Streisand Continues to Break House Records

    Sets New House Records in Washington and Montreal, Holds Top Three Spots at MSG

    Oct. 16 Barbra Streisand has broken records at all 5 venues she has played to date on her 2006 Streisand Tour. Her latest top grossing records were set at the Verizon Center in Washington and Bell Centre in Montreal, coming on the heels of those she recently set in Philadelphia and Columbus. Additionally, her October 9th appearance at Madison Square Garden was the third highest grossing ever, exceeded only by her own September 2000 shows. She now holds the record for all three of the highest grossing shows in the venue's long history. Streisand, who has received rave reviews, will play Toronto October 17th and 20th, the tour will then continue with dates in Boston, Minneapolis, Ft. Lauderdale, Atlanta, Atlantic City, Chicago, San Jose, Phoenix, Las Vegas, and Los Angeles.

    Barbra Streisand is the music industry's #1 best-selling female artist with 50 Gold, 30 Platinum and 13 Multi-Platinum albums to her credit. She is second in the all-time charts, ahead of The Beatles and The Rolling Stones, exceeded only by Elvis. She continues to be the highest-selling female recording artist ever. Streisand remains the only artist to receive Oscar, Tony, Emmy, Grammy, Golden Globe, Cable Ace, and Peabody Awards, and the American Film Institute's Life Achievement Award.

    Il Divo has become the most successful International musical break-out story of the past few years, selling more than 12 million albums. Conquering the hearts of fans and the charts of nations all around the world, their first two albums, Il Divo and Ancora, achieved 26 #1 chart positions internationally, including at #1 debut in the United States.

    For Official Fan Club, Tour and Ticket Information visit: www.BarbraStreisand.com

    For special VIP Packages, visit: www.cpitour.com

     

    January 14, 2007 at 7:30 PM

    Deborah Voigt in Recital

    Accompanied by Brian Zeger, piano

    What: Soprano Deborah Voigt makes her first LA Opera appearance since her 2000 Company debut in the title role in Aida. Hailed by critics and audiences as today’s foremost dramatic soprano, Deborah Voigt is a radiant star worshiped by fans throughout the world. A recent New York Times article stated: “Deborah Voigt, arguably the leading dramatic soprano singing today, has a gleaming voice that easily soars over the largest Wagnerian orchestra.” Don’t miss her triumphant return to the LA Opera stage.

    Who:  Deborah Voigt in Recital accompanied by pianist Brian Zeger

    When:  One-Night-Only performance – Sunday, January 14, 2007 at 7:30 PM

    Where: Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, Music Center, 135 North Grand Avenue, Los Angeles,

          CA 90012

     

    Bonnie Raitt to Open for the Rolling Stones in Los Angeles and Las Vegas

    VH1 Classic Decades Rock Live! Presents Bonnie Raitt and Friends Featuring Norah Jones, Ben Harper, Alison Krauss and Keb'Mo' Certified Video Gold

    Raitt Guests on NPR's 'Prairie Home Companion' on October 28th and Continues Third Leg of 'Souls Alike' Tour

     Oct. 16 -- Capitol recording artist Bonnie Raitt has won nine Grammy awards, sold over 17 million albums and been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Now she's about to hit another career high: she's opening for the Rolling Stones. Raitt will open for the Rolling Stones at two stops on their ongoing world tour -- November 11th at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas and November 18th at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles.

    "I'm truly honored that the Stones have chosen us to open these shows," says Raitt. "This is a first for me and a real milestone in my long career, to share the stage with one of the greatest and most influential rock bands of all time."

    Raitt is in the midst of her own world tour, which she launched after the release of Souls Alike, which debuted at #19 on the Billboard 200 in September 2005. Souls Alike was followed by the August 2006 release of VH1 Classic Decades Rock Live! Presents Bonnie Raitt and Friends Featuring Norah Jones, Ben Harper, Alison Krauss and Keb'Mo' -- the first-ever DVD/CD release from the innovative concert series. Bonnie Raitt and Friends was recently certified Video Gold by the RIAA.

    Raitt, who will guest on "A Prairie Home Companion with Garrison Keillor" on October 28th (visit http://prairiehome.publicradio.org/stations/list.php for a list of stations), has elicited acclaim for both her new material and her live shows.

    "It's got soul, grooves, heat and sass. All the Raitt stuff," said USA Today of Souls Alike. Reviewing a recent live show, The Washington Post said "She's grown into a powerhouse performer, yes, but the spark of rediscovery is always there ... May she never lose the power to surprise" while The Hollywood Reporter observed "the sultry singer and slide-guitar ace can still turn up the heat. And when she does, the uninhibited joy of early rock 'n' roll comes rushing back."

    See www.bonnieraitt.com for "Souls Alike" tour dates; premium seats and meet-and-greet passes for most shows will be auctioned off for charity at Charityfolks.com

    Source: Capitol Records


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