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April 30

“All That Jazz” Is “Great To Be Nominated”

Beverly Hills, CA — The 1979 Best Picture nominee “All That Jazz” will be screened as the next feature in the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences’ “Great To Be Nominated” series. The Bob Fosse film, based on Fosse’s own life as a womanizing, drug-using choreographer, will screen on Monday, May 7, at 7:30 p.m. in the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater. Several members of the cast and crew, including actors Deborah Geffner, John Lithgow and Kathryn Doby; film editor Alan Heim; associate producer and assistant director Wolfgang Glattes; executive producer Daniel Melnick; production sound mixer Chris Newman; production designer Philip Rosenberg; cinematographer Giuseppe Rotunno; and music editor Michael Tronick will participate in a post-screening discussion.

In “All That Jazz,” Roy Scheider stars as Joe Gideon, a workaholic choreographer and director, based on Fosse himself, whose lifestyle catches up with him. The film took home the Oscars® for Art Direction (Philip Rosenberg, Tony Walton; Set Decoration: Edward Stewart, Gary Brink); Costume Design (Albert Wolsky); Film Editing (Alan Heim); and Music – Adaptation Score (Ralph Burns). It also received nominations for Best Picture (Robert Alan Aurthur, producer); Actor in a Leading Role (Roy Scheider); Cinematography (Giuseppe Rotunno); Directing (Bob Fosse); and Writing – Screenplay written directly for the screen (Arthur, Fosse).

The Oscar®-nominated animated short “Dream Doll” and the Oscar-nominated live action short “The Solar Film” will be screened prior to the feature.

Passes for the remaining screenings in part four of “Great To Be Nominated” are $30 for the general public and $25 for Academy members and students with a valid ID. A $5 discount is available for those who wish to renew their passes from parts one, two or three of the series. Individual tickets are $5 for the general public and $3 for Academy members and students with a valid ID. Passes and tickets may be purchased by mail, in person at the Academy during regular business hours or, depending on availability, on the night of the screening when the doors open at 6:30 p.m. Curtain time for all features is 7:30 p.m., and pre-show elements will begin at 7 p.m. The Academy is located at 8949 Wilshire Boulevard in Beverly Hills. For more information, call (310) 247-3600.

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Chow Yun-Fat, Daniel Dae Kim, Grace Park, Vivienne Tam and Nobu Matsuhisa Set to Appear at the 2007 AZN Asian Excellence Awards(R)

Lost's Daniel Dae Kim and Battlestar Galactica's Grace Park to Host

Chow Yun-Fat, Vivienne Tam and Nobu Matsuhisa Honored With Special Achievement Awards

-- The stars are lining up to be a part of one of the biggest nights for Asian Americans in Hollywood -- The 2007 AZN Asian Excellence Awards(R) presented by JCPenney. Hosting the show, which will air on AZN Television on May 28 at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT, will be Lost's Daniel Dae Kim and Battlestar Galactica's Grace Park. In addition, the star-studded event will pay special tribute to three influential and talented individuals who have made an impact throughout the US and around the world: acclaimed actor Chow Yun-Fat (Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End; Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon), renown fashion designer Vivienne Tam and celebrity chef/restaurateur Nobu Matsuhisa.

This year's co-host, Daniel Dae Kim, an Asian Excellence Awards(R) winner last year for Outstanding Male TV Performance, stars as Jin Kwon on ABC's hugely successful drama Lost. Kim will share hosting duties with Grace Park, who stars as Lt. Sharon "Boomer" Valerii on Sci-Fi channel's hit Battlestar Galactica.

The Lifetime Achievement Award is being presented to actor Chow Yun-Fat, whose career has spanned two decades and several continents. He began his career in Hong Kong acting in TV and film. After receiving acclaim and numerous awards for several roles in the early 80s, he captured the attention of John Woo, who cast him in the fast-paced gangster film Yin hung boon sik (aka A Better Tomorrow), which went on to be an enormous commercial success. A string of other John Woo films escalated Chow's popularity even higher. With the global interest in the Hong Kong action genre, he was lured to the US and appeared in The Replacement Killers with Mira Sorvino, The Corruptor with Mark Wahlberg and Anna and the King. He returned to Asia in 2000 for Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, a huge global success. Currently, he stars in the third installment of the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise, Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End.

Vivienne Tam is being honored with the Visionary Award. Born in Canton, China and raised and educated in Hong Kong, Tam now makes her home in New York City. She has become known for her signature East-West style. In 1994, her collection of Eastern inspired clothing with a modern edge took the New York runways by storm, and a year later she introduced the influential "Mao' collection that crossed over from the fashion world to the art world. In 1997, she launched the Buddha collection, pieces of which, along with the Mao collection, were ultimately incorporated into the permanent archives of the Andy Warhol Museum, the Museum of FIT and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, and the Victoria and Albert Museum in London.

The Pioneer award will be presented to Nobu Matsuhisa. Born and raised in Japan, Matsuhisa apprenticed in the sushi bars of Tokyo before he ventured overseas to Lima, Peru. Classically trained, he was challenged by the culture and regional ingredients in Peru, which ultimately contributed to his inventive style. From Peru, he went to Argentina and then back to Japan, Alaska and, finally, Los Angeles where he opened his first restaurant in 1987. In 1993, the New York Times chose Matsuhisa as one of the Top 10 restaurant destinations in the world. A year later, he opened "Nobu" in partnership with actor Robert DeNiro in New York City. Today, he has two restaurants in New York, as well as restaurants in Beverly Hills, Malibu, Los Angeles, London, Aspen, Tokyo and Las Vegas.

The AZN Asian Excellence Awards(R) is the only nationally televised event celebrating significant Asian and Asian American achievements in entertainment, the arts and other disciplines that have had a profound impact on American culture.

"We are delighted to have stars of such critically acclaimed and successful television series join us as co-hosts this year, as their involvement will no doubt continue to raise the profile of the show and ultimately Asian and Asian American achievements in entertainment," said Rod Shanks, General Manager of AZN Television. "Additionally, the special honorees represent the pinnacle of their respective fields and are truly an inspiration to future generations of Asian American leaders, artists and entertainers."

AZN has partnered with E! Entertainment Television, the top global source for everything red carpet, to further promote the show with an hour-long special featuring red carpet arrivals, behind-the-scenes excitement and highlights from the event. The special will air on E! on May 24 at 6:00 p.m. ET/PT. The hour-long special will serve as a preview of the full awards program on AZN on May 28 at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT. E! will provide information and updates on the network's website, E! Online, including exclusive, behind-the-scenes footage on the popular broadband channel, The Vine @ E! Online.

JCPenney is the presenting sponsor for the 2007 AZN Asian Excellence Awards(R). State Farm Insurance and Anheuser-Busch, Inc. are corporate sponsors of the event.

The 2007 AZN Asian Excellence Awards(R), which debuted on AZN last year, will be taped live on May 16 at UCLA's Royce Hall in Los Angeles. Welly Yang and Teddy Zee are executive producers of the show. Yang, the creator of the awards show, is an actor, singer, producer and founder of the Asian theatrical group Second Generation, which produced the earlier version of the "Asian Excellence Awards" known as "The Concert of Excellence." Zee is a film producer with credits including "The Pursuit of Happyness," "Hitch" and "Saving Face."

About AZN Television

AZN Television is the network for Asian America. A wholly-owned company of Comcast Corporation, the channel's programming targets the fast-growing, affluent and multi-generational Asian American community, as well as a broader American audience interested in the Asian experience. Genres include the most popular Asian films, dramas, documentaries, anime, and news, as well as original programming. A majority of programming on AZN is either in English or subtitled in English. For more information, visit azntv.com.

Source: AZN Television

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

 

COMEDY CENTRAL's Best Bets for the Weeks of May 6 and May 13

 

Sunday, May 6

"Mind of Mencia"

10:00 p.m. - ep # 306 (All-New Episode)

Just when viewers thought they had seen all things Carlos Mencia, the

man is back with all new episodes of "Mind of Mencia." Each week,

Mencia takes stand-up to a whole new level of tell-it-like-it-is comedy.

Don't miss this week's in-your-face all-new episode!

"RENO 911!"

10:30 p.m. - ep # 413 (All-New Episode)

This week, Dangle visits his ex-wife and her new husband on their

anniversary. Meanwhile, the lady deputies stake-out a lecherous meth

dealer and his girlfriends. Tune in to COMEDY CENTRAL at 10:30 p.m.

this Sunday for an all-new laugh-packed episode of "RENO 911!"

Monday, May 7 - Thursday, May 10

"The Daily Show with Jon Stewart"

11:00 p.m. (All-New Episodes)

The Emmy(R) and Peabody(R) Award-winning "The Daily Show with Jon

Stewart" takes a reality-based look at news, trends, current events and

politics with an alternative point of view. In each show, anchorman Jon

Stewart and his team of correspondents including Dan Bakkedahl, Samantha

Bee, Jason Jones, Aasif Mandvi, Rob Riggle and John Oliver, comment on

the day's stories, employing actual news footage, taped field pieces,

in-studio guests and on-the-spot coverage of important news events.

"The Colbert Report"

11:30 p.m. (All-New Episodes)

Move over O'Reilly, Carville and Scarborough -- there's another

loudmouth pundit in town, blowing a whole lot of hot air. Hosted by "The

Daily Show's" standout correspondent, Stephen Colbert, the Emmy(R)-

nominated "The Colbert Report" features no-holds-barred discussions in

which the important topics of our time and the daily news are treated

with absolutely no seriousness whatsoever.

"South Park: Week of Rage!"

10:00 p.m. - 12:30 a.m.

Get ready to rumble this week as rage attacks South Park! Don't miss a

punch as Jimmy and Timmy pummel one another in the cripple fight of the

century. Watch in horror as the maddening side effects of stem cells

unfold before the world's eyes. Next, prepare to be shocked as the evil

origins of the diabolical Professor Chaos are revealed. Finally, pray

the boys can escape the vengeance of a schoolmate from their past who is

annihilating everyone in his path. It's a week overloaded with so much

out of control fury that viewers will need anger management classes for

the next year to recover!

Wednesday, May 9

"Halfway Home"

10:30 p.m. - ep # 107 "Halfway Working" (All-New Episode)

This week on "Halfway Home," Kenny forces the residents to seek

employment at a shopping mall, where minimum wage jobs prove more

challenging than expected. Meanwhile, rats infest Crenshaw House.

Thursday, May 10

"The Showbiz Show with David Spade"

10:30 p.m. - ep. #308 (All-New Episode)

David Spade has returned for a third season to expose the satire hiding

in Hollywood's happenings and the twisted world of the entertainment

industry. The third season consists of new segments and includes the

returning favorites, the googly-eye dolls, "There I Said It" segments

and Spade's celebrity sit-downs.

There are new correspondents on the show including Edi Patterson and

Coleen Smith. Andy Daly has returned this season. If viewers thought

Hollywood was funny before, wait until they see "The Showbiz Show with

David Spade" take another turn poking fun at the famous.

Friday, May 11

"Friday Night Stand-Up Unplugged"

10:00 p.m. - 12:30 a.m.

COMEDY CENTRAL is rolling out a line of their funniest musically-

inspired comedians in a mix tape they call "FNSU Unplugged." First, at

10 p.m., Stephen Lynch shares his drunken serenade he wrote for his

buddy. Next, it's the strumming of Demetri Martin's guitar in "Demetri

Martin. Person." It's time for a piano concert from Zach Galifianakis

and the set closes with the lyrical genius of Kyle Dunnigan at midnight.

Saturday, May 12

"Saturday Three-For-All"

12:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

COMEDY CENTRAL is paying homage to the voices of "Shrek the Third."

First, at 12:30 p.m., Cameron Diaz shows off more than her vocal chords

in "The Sweetest Thing." At 2:30 p.m., Mike Meyers hones his Scottish

accent in "So I Married an Axe Murderer." Finally, Eddie Murphy moves

from the low life to the high life in "Trading Places" at 4:30 p.m.

Sunday, May 13

"Mother of All Sundaes"

4:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Join COMEDY CENTRAL this Mother's Day for the mother of all movie double

features. Get wowed by the less-than-ambitious Shaun as he fights to

save his dear old mum from hordes of zombies in "Shaun of the Dead" at

4:00 p.m. At 6:00 p.m., stay tuned for the mother of all scary movie

parodies, "Scary Movie 3."

"Mind of Mencia"

10:00 p.m. - ep # 307 (All-New Episode)

Just when viewers thought they had seen all things Carlos Mencia, the

man is back with all new episodes of "Mind of Mencia." Each week Mencia

takes stand-up to a whole new level of tell-it-like-it-is comedy. Don't

miss this week's in-your-face all-new episode!

"RENO 911!"

10:30 p.m. - ep # 410 (All-New Episode)

This week, Dangle accepts a wedding proposition from his ex-wife's

husband, but before he ties the knot, Wiegel gives an even bigger

surprise than she had planned. Tune in to COMEDY CENTRAL at 10:30 p.m.

this Sunday for an all-new laugh-packed episode of "RENO 911!"

Monday, May 14 - Thursday, May 17

"The Daily Show with Jon Stewart"

11:00 p.m. (All-New Episodes)

The Emmy(R) and Peabody(R) Award-winning "The Daily Show with Jon

Stewart" takes a reality-based look at news, trends, current events and

politics with an alternative point of view. In each show, anchorman Jon

Stewart and his team of correspondents including Dan Bakkedahl, Samantha

Bee, Jason Jones, Aasif Mandvi, Rob Riggle and John Oliver, comment on

the day's stories, employing actual news footage, taped field pieces,

in-studio guests and on-the-spot coverage of important news events.

"The Colbert Report"

11:30 p.m. (All-New Episodes)

Move over O'Reilly, Carville and Scarborough -- there's another

loudmouth pundit in town, blowing a whole lot of hot air. Hosted by "The

Daily Show's" standout correspondent, Stephen Colbert, the Emmy(R)-

nominated "The Colbert Report" features no-holds-barred discussions in

which the important topics of our time and the daily news are treated

with absolutely no seriousness whatsoever.

Wednesday, May 16

"Halfway Home"

10:30 p.m. - ep # 109 "Halfway Innocent" (All-New Episode)

This week on "Halfway Home," Alan's wife hires a high-powered attorney

to exonerate her husband. Meanwhile, Eulogio meets one of his former

customers, who hasn't gotten over their sexual encounter.

Thursday, May 17

"The Showbiz Show with David Spade"

10:30 p.m. - ep. #309 (All-New Episode)

David Spade has returned for a third season to expose the satire hiding

in Hollywood's happenings and the twisted world of the entertainment

industry. The third season consists of new segments and includes the

returning favorites, the googly-eye dolls, "There I Said It" segments

and Spade's celebrity sit-downs. There are new correspondents on the

show including Edi Patterson and Coleen Smith. Andy Daly has returned

this season. If viewers thought Hollywood was funny before, wait until

they see "The Showbiz Show with David Spade" take another turn poking

fun of the famous.

Friday, May 18

"Friday Night Stand-Up Fresh!"

9:30 p.m. - Midnight

COMEDY CENTRAL is putting the freshness back into the weekend with "FNSU

Fresh!" First, at 9:30 p.m., Josh Sneed ponders how the fresh-eyed

children of America will get along mixing Bob the Builder with Hip-Hop

music. Next, John Caparulo talks about settling into his job as a

stand-up comedian at 10:00 p.m., then at 10:30 p.m. Lisa Landry opens up

about her new marriage. Finally, at 11:00 p.m., Finesse Mitchell talks

about his new job on TV, followed by Steve Byrne at 11:30 p.m., who has

finally learned the correct way for a man to lie down.

"Live at Gotham" -- Second Season Premiere

Midnight (All-New Episode)

"Live at Gotham," COMEDY CENTRAL's underground, cutting-edge sensation,

returns for a second season. Each week, COMEDY CENTRAL heads to Gotham

Comedy Club in New York City to bring viewers six of the newest,

funniest comics on the scene, hosted by such comedians as Artie Lange,

Jim Breuer and Lewis Black.

*All Times ET/PT

Source: COMEDY CENTRAL

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

 

CBS Television Stations Adopt Microsoft Silverlight for New User-Generated Content Initiative on the Web

-- CBS Television Stations, a division of CBS Corporation (NYSE:CBS.A) (NYSE:CBS) , today announced the development of an innovative community-generated content initiative for its network of local Web sites that uses the new Microsoft Silverlight technology, a cross-browser, cross-platform plug-in for media experiences and applications on the Web.

The new initiative, which is being displayed in proof-of-concept form at the MIX07 conference in Las Vegas this week, helps bridge the gap between user-generated digital media and traditional TV broadcast while capturing the hearts, minds and local stories of the CBS stations' audiences across the country.

"Central to our 'Always On' strategy has been the desire to create an interactive environment where our audiences can participate in the local broadcast process," said Jonathan Leess, President and General Manager of CBS Television Stations Digital Media Group. "This project, using Microsoft Silverlight technology, allows us to empower the massive long tail of untapped local media content which is waiting to converge with the broadband and broadcast mediums."

The new local initiative will allow users of the CBS-owned stations' sites to view, upload, share, rate, comment, sort and search video, images, audio and text submissions. A key component of the application is its full integration into the existing content publishing workflow of the CBS Television Stations' digital media groups. It allows the community-generated content to be managed alongside the station's professional content in a single workflow.

"We are excited about working with an industry leader such as CBS Television Stations," said S. Somasegar, Corporate Vice President of the Developer Division at Microsoft Corporation. "CBS has demonstrated a commitment to unique digital media experiences and a drive to develop platforms that incorporate the voice of the community, while also delivering the highest quality experiences."

"Broadcasting is no longer a one-way directional medium," Leess said. "Audiences and advertisers are looking for compelling local content that speaks to them, to their families, to their neighbors. This project allows us to help foster that connection."

The CBS project will be built on the recently announced Microsoft Silverlight browser plug-in for Windows and Mac-based Web browsers and Microsoft Expression Media Encoder, a new tool for client and server-based encoding and publishing of Silverlight-based content. Silverlight integrates with existing Web technologies and assets to provide higher-quality experiences with lower costs for media delivery. Delivered to end users through a seamless, fast installation, Silverlight also offers consistent experiences to both Macintosh and Windows users on a variety of browsers including Internet Explorer, Firefox and Safari.

CBS Television Stations is working with Microsoft to build the Silverlight-powered beta version of its community-generated content initiative, which is expected to launch in select markets later this year.

About CBS Television Stations

CBS Television Stations (http://www.cbslocal.com/) is part of CBS Corporation, a mass media company with constituent parts that reach back to the beginnings of the broadcast industry, as well as newer businesses that operate on the leading edge of the media industry. The Company, through its many and varied operations, combines broad reach with well-positioned local businesses, all of which provide it with an extensive distribution network by which it serves audiences and advertisers in all 50 states and key international markets. It has operations in virtually every field of media and entertainment, including broadcast television (CBS and The CW - a joint venture between CBS Corporation and Warner Bros. Entertainment), cable television (Showtime and CSTV Networks), local television (CBS Television Stations), television production and syndication (CBS Paramount Network Television and CBS Television Distribution), radio (CBS Radio), advertising on out-of-home media (CBS Outdoor), publishing (Simon & Schuster), interactive media (CBS Interactive), music (CBS Records), licensing and merchandising (CBS Consumer Products), video/ DVD (CBS Home Entertainment) and motion pictures (CBS Feature Films). For more information, log on to http://www.cbscorporation.com/

The names of actual companies and products mentioned herein may be the trademarks of their respective owners.

Web site: http://www.cbslocal.com/
http://www.cbscorporation.com/

 

 

Sony Pictures Creates International Motion Picture Production Group

Schindler Named President; Teamed With Wigan to Run New Department

In recognition of the evolution and significance of the international film market, Sony Pictures Entertainment (SPE) is creating an International Motion Picture Production department, to be jointly led by Gareth Wigan and Deborah Schindler, it was announced today by Michael Lynton, SPE Chairman and CEO and Amy Pascal, Co-Chairman.

Schindler has been promoted to President of the new division and will join Wigan in running it. Wigan, who is Vice-Chairman of the Columbia TriStar Motion Picture Group, has been chiefly responsible for building the studio's local language business over the past 10 years.

Schindler is the former head of Red Om Films and was Julia Roberts' producing partner. Her producing credits include Maid in Manhattan, Mona Lisa Smile, How Stella Got Her Groove Back and Waiting to Exhale. Since 2005, she has run the East Coast motion picture production and development operation for Columbia Pictures.

SPE is the only major studio to maintain stand-alone, local language production units throughout Europe, Asia and Latin America, and it has helped bring such hits as Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, Snatch and Kung Fu Hustle, among others, to the global market.

Wigan and Schindler will be closely involved with the studio's recently announced film ventures in India and Russia, two of the most dynamic movie markets in the world. The new department will solidify and expand upon the studio's international production initiatives. SPE is currently active in motion picture production in China, Spain, France and Mexico.

"Under Gareth's leadership, we have made great strides in building relationships with filmmakers around the world and in producing and releasing terrific movies on several continents," said Pascal. "And Deb and I have known each other since we both started working in Hollywood more than twenty years ago, so I'm thrilled we'll be working together on movie-making in the international market. As a global company, this move reflects our commitment to artists and filmmakers who are telling stories in their own language for audiences in their own countries as well as around the world."

"With the maturation of this business, Gareth asked Deb to join him and help us take our international movie production to the next level," said Lynton. "Making more films in other countries is clearly consistent with our financial and artistic goals over the next several years."

"I am delighted that Deb Schindler has agreed to join me to head up this new department," said Wigan. "Deb's experience and record of working with renowned filmmakers and discovering talent will be invaluable as we grow this business. From Europe to Asia to Latin America, I have spent a great deal of time with film makers over the past several years. The expansion is phenomenal and I am excited to have a partner who loves international cinema as much as I do."

"We are entering a new age of movie-making in many parts of the world, and Sony Pictures' leadership in this arena puts us in the middle of this very exciting field," said Schindler. "I look forward to working with Michael, Amy, Gareth and everyone at Columbia Pictures to help bring great new pictures to audiences around the world." Wigan and Schindler will report to Lynton and Pascal. Wigan is based at SPE's Culver City studio and Schindler works in the SPE offices in New York.

Schindler began her film career as an assistant to Martin Scorsese, working on such films as Raging Bull and The Color of Money. She was an associate producer on Scorsese's After Hours. She has also worked at 20th Century Fox and Columbia Pictures. Her title prior to becoming President of the International Motion Picture Production Group was Executive Production Consultant.

Source: Sony Pictures Entertainment

 

Elite Moving Service Rolls out the Red Carpet for Make-A-Wish Foundation(R) of Greater Los Angeles Fundraiser

NorthStar Moving Company Donates Premier Moving Service for 'Uncork a Wish' Wine Tasting and Auction

 NorthStar Moving Corporation, the leading residential and commercial mover in California, offering local, intrastate, interstate, and international moves, as well as storage services, today announced it is providing free moving services to ensure that prized artwork and fragile items for the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Greater Los Angeles' upcoming fundraiser are handled with the utmost care.

Renowned for its RED CARPET SERVICE, NorthStar Moving has become the mover of choice for celebrity clientele. Now, as the stars come out for the Make-A- Wish Foundation of Greater Los Angeles' 14th Annual "Uncork A Wish" Wine Tasting and Auction fundraiser on Saturday, May 5, 2007, NorthStar Moving will help provide a smooth and successful gala affair. NorthStar Moving has granted Make-A-Wish Foundation's wish by being their mover for this event and others throughout the year.

The Make-A-Wish Foundation grants wishes to children battling life threatening medical conditions. The Greater Los Angeles chapter has fulfilled over 5,800 wishes since it began in 1983. Its annual "Uncork a Wish" Fundraiser plays an important role in fulfilling these wishes. This highly anticipated event features tasting from over 75 vintners and delicious meals from top Los Angeles venues. The highlight of the evening is the silent and live auctions where attendees bid on fine wines, exquisite artwork, luxury trips, sports and entertainment memorabilia, and one-of-a-kind packages.

The 14th annual event evokes the style and fun of the roaring twenties, complete with an art deco motif and jazz music. Preparations for this elaborate affair require the utmost care. Fragile glassware and china as well as precious artwork must be carefully packed and moved from the Make-A-Wish Foundation's offices in Los Angeles and from their storage at NorthStar Moving's facilities (which they provide at no cost throughout the year) to the event site inside the Santa Monica Air Center's Barker Hangar.

"The Make-A-Wish Foundation has played such an important role in bringing smiles to the faces of youngsters facing immense health challenges," said NorthStar Moving Corporation Founder and President Ram Katalan. "We are pleased that in our own small way we can help to make this year's fundraiser a terrific success."

Three-time Emmy winning actor and comedian Brad Garrett of the Fox comedy "Til Death" is the special guest host and live auctioneer alongside Ed Beardsley of "Bonhams & Butterfields". Celebrity guests include Chris Cornell of Soundgarden/Audioslave, Gregory Itzin of "24", Cheryl Tiegs, Micky Dolenz of the Monkees, and Patrick O'Neal of "FSN".

For more information about the "Uncork a Wish" Wine Tasting and Auction or about the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Los Angeles, visit http://www.wishla.org/. For more information about NorthStar Moving's luxury moving services, please call (800) ASK PROS, or visit the company online at http://www.northstarmoving.com/.

About the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Greater Los Angeles

The Make-A-Wish Foundation(R) of Greater Los Angeles grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy. Established in 1983, the Greater Los Angeles chapter of the Make-A-Wish Foundation has fulfilled the wishes of over 5,800 children throughout Los Angeles County battling life-threatening medical conditions. For more information about the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Greater Los Angeles, go to http://www.wishla.org/ or call 310-788-9474.

About NorthStar Moving Corporation

Founded in 1994, Los Angeles-based NorthStar Moving Corporation has redefined the moving and storage industry. Recommended by The Franklin Report, MovingInsurance.com, and an impressive list of celebrity clientele, recipients of Angie's List Super Service Award(R), "A" rated by the Better Business Bureau, and voted Citysearch Best Mover 2007, NorthStar Moving has proven the state-of-the-art way to move is with its red carpet service. The company's services include local, long distance, international, residential, and commercial moves, as well as full-service storage. NorthStar Moving Corporation's mission is to exceed their clients' expectations with graceful customer care and to move service back into what should have always been the ultimate service industry: the moving industry. For more information, please call (800) ASK PROS, or visit the company online at http://www.northstarmoving.com/.

Source: NorthStar Moving Corporation

Web site: http://www.northstarmoving.com/
http://www.wishla.org/

 

VH1 Classic Expands Its Online Presence With a New Site Dedicated to the Music of the 70's, 80's and Early 90's

New Site Launches Today at VH1Classic.com

 Beginning today, VH1 Classic fans have a new online site for all the music videos and VH1 Classic programming they know and love. With thousands of videos and exclusive VH1 Classic performances and programming, VH1Classic.com is an immersive, online extension of the TV channel dedicated to the classic music and artists of the 70's, 80's and early 90's.

With today's launch, the site offers a catalog of VH1 Classic videos from artists ranging from Led Zeppelin and The Sex Pistols, to Madonna, Michael Jackson and Nirvana. The video library also includes interview segments with artists like Kiss and John Mellencamp from VH1 Classic's "Hanging With" series and performances from past VH1 events including "VH1 Rock Honors" and "VH1 Hip Hop Honors." The site also includes classic-themed elements like, the VH1 Classic Arcade with old-school gaming favorites like Spy Hunter and Defender and exclusive VH1 Classic ringtones for mobile phones.

 

Additional site features focused on user-interaction and online community building will roll out in the coming months. Tools included in future site rollouts will allow users to rate, comment on, review and submit content. These features will give fans a way to interact with others and will allow them to build communities around similar interests and tastes in music. Additional original video programming will be added throughout the year as well.

"We know that VH1 Classic fans are passionate about their music and our programming around that music. We've also seen that they are inclined to participate in online discussions and interactive programming in a significant and meaningful way," said Tom Calderone, Executive Vice President and General Manager, VH1. "Because of this, we have been expanding Classic's online presence over the last year -- first with a dedicated broadband video channel and now with a new site that will evolve over the next few months to include not only our extensive catalog of music, but elements that will give fans the means to develop a strong online community around the music they love."

A feature of the initial site release launching today offers extensive programmed video playlists that highlight various sub-genres of VH1 Classic's library. Sample playlists include:

-- "The Alternative (The 80's)" with videos by artists like, Depeche Mode

and The Cure;

-- "I Love The 90's" with videos by artists like Nirvana and Pearl Jam;

-- "Metal Mania" with videos by artists like Metallica and Motley Crue;

-- "Rock Fest" with videos by artists like Cream, The Who and Dire

Straits;

-- "Pop Show" with videos by artists like Cyndi Lauper, Whitney Houston

and Culture Club.

VH1 Classic has seen significant online growth in the last year. With the launch of VH1 Classic-themed online video playlists in March, 2006 and the follow up launch of a dedicated VH1 Classic broadband channel in February, 2007 VH1 Classic video streams have grown an average of 20 percent (month over month) during the last 12 months.

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

Launched in May 2000, VH1 Classic is a 24-hour network that present videos, concerts and music specials all day long, featuring the best of rock, soul and pop artists from the 70's, 80's and early 90's, including The Beatles, The Stones, Tina Turner, Led Zeppelin, Marvin Gaye, The Who, Stevie Wonder, The Police and many more. Learn more at www.vh1classic.com

Source: VH1

Web site: http://www.vh1classic.com/
http://www.vh1.com/

 

 

April 27

 

NYU Professor Takes the Podium for Inaugural Academy Film Scholars Event

Beverly Hills, CA — To kick off a new lecture series celebrating the work of Academy Film Scholars, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will present Dana Polan, professor of cinema studies at the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University, in a discussion of his new book, Scenes of Instruction: The Beginnings of the U.S. Study of Film, on Tuesday, May 15, at 7:30 p.m. at the Linwood Dunn Theater in Hollywood. Polan’s presentation will spotlight the Academy’s involvement in creating film appreciation curricula at the University of Southern California and Stanford University in the late 1920s.

Scenes of Instruction examines the social, cultural, practical and aesthetic approaches of university film programs from 1915 through the mid-1930s, as well as milestones in the development of film studies, including Terry Ramsaye’s lectures on cinema at the New School for Social Research in 1926 and Joseph Kennedy’s 1927 Harvard Business School courses on the film industry.

“The Academy has been instrumental in fostering high-level research by today’s film scholars. It has been particularly illuminating for me to examine the Academy’s early commitment to developing university film programs,” said Polan.

The Institutional Grants Committee of the Academy Foundation, which is the educational wing of the Academy, selected Polan as a grant recipient in 2002; this event will celebrate the completion of his work.

Established in 1999, the Academy Film Scholars program is designed to “stimulate and support the creation of new and significant works of film scholarship about aesthetic, cultural, educational, historical, theoretical or scientific aspects of theatrical motion pictures.” Film scholars receive $25,000 to research and produce new works of film scholarship, which can take the form of books, multimedia presentations, curatorial projects, DVD-ROMs or Internet sites.

For grant guidelines and information about the Academy Film Scholars program, visit http://www.oscars.org/grants/filmscholars.

Admission to the inaugural Academy Film Scholars presentation is free. To guarantee seating at this event, call (310) 247-3111. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. All seating is unreserved. The Linwood Dunn Theater is located at 1313 Vine Street in Hollywood. Free parking is available through the entrance on Homewood Avenue.

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OWC LAUNCHES NEW MERCURY ON-THE-GO USB2+eSATA PORTABLE DRIVE SOLUTION

Universally Accessible on Any Computer with a USB Port – No A/C Adapter Needed

Also Supports eSATA for Maximum Drive Performance

April 26, 2007, Woodstock , IL -- Other World Computing (OWC) http://www.macsales.com, a leading Mac and PC technology company, announced today the new OWC Mercury On-The-Go USB2+eSATA Portable Drive Solution. Universally accessible on any computer with a USB Port , the new OWC 2.5” portable hard drive provides exceptional performance via USB and USB 2.0 bus interfaces. Even greater levels of performance are available via the solution’s external SATA (eSATA) port connection, providing transfer rates well beyond what USB and USB 2.0 Bus interfaces are able to support.

Shock-Isolation for Maximum Data Protection

Stylishly designed in a sleek, impact-resistant acrylic enclosure, the OWC Mercury On-The-Go USB2+eSATA Portable Drive Solution incorporates shock-isolation technology to give maximum protection for your precious data. Weighing less than 11 ounces, the portable drive is a must-have for users requiring reliable high-performance compact storage small enough to fit in a shirt pocket.

OWC Mercury On-The-Go Portable Drives can be used between any computer with an available USB or eSATA port. The solutions are portable and low-cost, utilizing the latest SATA 2.5” hard drives for maximum performance and reliability. Via USB, the drives power via the bus through the USB interface cable, so no A/C adapter is needed. However, since eSATA does not provide bus power, the included A/C Adapter must be used for powering the drive when connecting to eSATA.

The OWC Mercury On-The-Go USB2+eSATA Portable Drive Solution includes the cables for USB2 and eSATA and full retail licensed versions of the award-winning data backup software utilities, Prosoft DataBackup III for Apple OSX and NovaStor NovaBackup for Windows (a $59 and $49.95 retail value). The OWC Mercury On-The-Go USB2+eSATA Portable Drive Solutions are available immediately priced starting at $117.99, with capacities of 80GB to 200GB. A USB 2.0-only version is also available, priced starting at $99.97. It uses the same drives as the OWC Mercury On-The-Go USB2+eSATA Portable Drive Solutions and is fully USB bus-powered, but does not offer eSATA port support. For more information, see http://eshop.macsales.com/shop/firewire/on-the-go.

About Other World Computing (OWC)

Other World Computing (OWC) has been providing quality hardware products and support to the computer industry since 1988. The Illinois based company is a strategic partner with Axiotron and worldwide and exclusive US distributor of the award winning Axiotron ModbookTM. OWC operates the popular www.MacSales.com e-commerce portal which features one of the largest online catalogs of computer and iPod enhancement products, including Mercury, Neptune , and NewerTech acceleration, storage, and FireWire product lines.

OWC is a Premiere Level Apple Developer Connection member and provides extensive technical support for Macintosh users around the world. The company’s management umbrella includes leading Internet Service Providers www.fastermac.net and www.owc.net and is a leading technology employer as ranked by McHenry County Business Journal. For more information, see www.otherworldcomputing.com or www.macsales.com.

 

U.S. House Resolution Supporting School-Based Music Education Passes Unanimously

Resolution Demonstrates Congress' Continued Support of the Importance of Music Education for All Children

-- April 26, 2007 -- Members of Congress discussed the benefits and importance of school-based music education for children on the House floor today resulting in the passage of House Concurrent Resolution 121. After some discussion, the Resolution was passed unanimously, showing a display of continued support from Congress for music education as part of a complete education for all children.

NAMM recently met with Reps. Jim Cooper (D-Tenn.) and Jon Porter (R-Nev.), providing them with research outlining the many social, developmental and educational benefits for school-aged children who receive music education in the school curriculum. Reps. Cooper and Porter presented the bi-partisan Resolution with strong support last year, and this year, more than 25 cosponsors signed the Resolution.

The Resolution states that learning music in schools is important because it develops skills needed by the 21st century workforce such as critical thinking, creative problem solving, effective communication and team work; keeps students engaged in school and makes them more likely to graduate; and helps students achieve in other academic subjects such as math, science and reading.

"A lot of folks who have had the privilege of a music education take it for granted," said Rep. Jim Cooper (D-Tenn.). "But 30 million or more of our children across this country every day are being deprived of that chance to not only experience the joy of music but as my colleagues have mentioned, the increased and enhanced learning abilities that music offers and also the ability of music to deter people from gangs and drugs and other undesirable activities... Whether it's band or whether it's orchestra or whether it's students on their own learning the guitar or other instruments, it's a wonderful way to not only enjoy life but to enhance their skills."

"My passion for music began in the first grade with my parents' encouragement for which I am deeply grateful," said Rep. Jon Porter (R-Nev.) "It has been the greatest gift. Music brings people together whether it is at church, in school or at a concert. The discipline and teamwork I learned throughout the years, playing individually or collaboratively have been invaluable lessons applicable to every aspect of my life."

"One of the basic reasons that every child must have an education in music is that music is a part of the fabric of our society," said Rep. Yvette Clarke (D-N.Y.) "The intrinsic value of music for each individual is widely recognized in the many cultures that make up American life. Music helps shape individual abilities and character. Success in society is predicated on success in school. Skills learned through the discipline of music transfer to study skills, communication skills and the cognitive skills useful in every part of the curriculum. Participation in music brings countless benefits to every individual throughout life. The benefits may be psychological, spiritual or physical. I ask my colleagues to support this Resolution and support the next generation of music lovers."

"Research has shown that students' involvement in their school music program is crucial to a complete education," said Rep. Joe Wilson (R-S.C.). "Musical study develops critical thinking and self-discipline skills and improves a child's early cognitive development, basic math and reading abilities, self-esteem, SAT scores, ability to work in teams, spatial reasoning skills and school attendance. In an analysis by the U.S. Department of Education [outlining] data on more than 25,000 secondary school students, research has found that students who report consistent high levels of involvement in instrumental music over the middle and high school years showed significantly higher levels of mathematics proficiency by grade 12 regardless of a student's socioeconomic status."

"This Resolution expressing support for music education is a message from the U.S. Congress that music education is a critical element of a complete education for all children," said Mary Luehrsen, director of public affairs and government relations at NAMM. "The Resolution also serves to remind states and local communities to assure access to music education for all students and that music education stands along side other core academic subjects in helping students achieve in school and in life. Music and arts education are, for many students, the reason for coming to and staying in school. This Resolution supports the ongoing work of educators, parents and citizens who believe that music education is not a frill or extra-curricular activity -- it is basic to a whole education for every child."

Cosponsors of the bill included Rep. Howard Berman (D-Calif.), Rep. Steve Cohen (D-Tenn.), Rep. John Conyers Jr. (D-Mich.), Rep. Joseph Crowley (D-N.Y.), Rep. Lincoln Davis (D-Tenn.), Rep. Susan Davis (D-Calif.), Rep. John Duncan, Jr. (R-Tenn.), Rep Bob Etheridge (D-N.C.), Rep. Baron Hill (D-Ind.), Rep. Ruben Hinojosa (D-Texas), Rep. Rush Holt (D-N.J.), Rep. Patrick Kennedy (D-R.I.), Rep. Ron Kind (D-Wis.), Rep. Betty McCollum (D-Minn.), Rep. Thaddeus McCotter (R-Mich.), Rep. James McGovern (D-Mass.), Rep. Gregory Meeks (D-N.Y.), Rep. George Miller (D-Calif.), Rep. Dennis Moore (D-Kan.), Rep. James Moran (D-Va.), Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.), Rep. Eleanor Holmes Norton, (D-D.C.), Rep. Donald Payne (D-N.J.), Rep. Heath Shuler (D-N.C.), Rep. Louise McIntosh Slaughter (D-N.Y.), Rep. John Spratt (D-S.C.), Rep. John Tanner (D-Tenn.), Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), Rep. Joe Wilson (R-S.C.), Rep. Michael Capuano (D-Ma.), Rep. Lynn Woolsey (D-Calif.), Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas), Rep. Lois Capps (D-Calif.), Rep. Kenny Hulshof (R-Mo.).

About NAMM

NAMM is the not-for-profit association that unifies, leads and strengthens the international musical instruments and products industry. NAMM's activities and programs are designed to promote music making to people of all ages. NAMM is comprised of approximately 9,000 Member companies. For more information about NAMM or the proven benefits of making music, interested parties can visit www.namm.org or call 800-767-NAMM (6266).

 

 

Was Kat Von D Fired From MIAMI INK Or Did She Quit? Surprise MIAMI INK Season Finale Airs May 8

TLC Announces Spin-Off Series, LA INK

SILVER SPRING, Md., April 26 /PRNewswire/ -- Tattoos are going bicoastal as TLC provides more of what viewers love with August premiere of the new series LA INK, featuring Kat Von D. A spin-off of TLC's highly rated and youngest skewing show MIAMI INK, the catalyst for LA INK was months of in- fighting between artists Ami James and Kat Von D that results in a dramatic showdown featured in the season finale on Tuesday, May 8th at 10PM ET. In each of the last few riveting episodes leading up to the finale, the tension becomes visible, tempers flare and terse words are exchanged, culminating with Kat Von D leaving the shop and moving back to Los Angeles.

TLC smashed the taboo of tattoos with the genre-setting series MIAMI INK. A breakout success since the premiere in 2005, the demand for more tattoo related programming has grown exponentially. With LA INK, TLC breaks down the stereotypes of a tattoo artist further by featuring several strong, independent working women. "Kat Von D is a legitimate television star who has remained a true artist and authentic personality in the tattoo community," says Christian Drobnyk, senior vice president of programming for TLC. "Kat's tremendous talent, dedication to her fans and compassionate heart make her the perfect person to anchor LA INK."

LA INK digs deeper into the tattoo culture and the artists behind it, capturing more stories behind the tattoos and life in and out of the newest and hottest tattoo shop in Los Angeles, owned by Kat Von D. The new shop has a distinct rock-n-roll flavor reflecting Kat's personal style. Filled with gorgeous black and white photography and memorabilia signed by legendary rock artists and professional athletes, LA INK has a glam-rock feel that is inviting to celebrities, athletes, rockers and regular people alike. Adding to the cache are the four other artists, including three women, giving LA INK a uniquely female touch in a male dominated industry.

Since leaving Miami Ink, Kat Von D moved back home to Los Angeles to be closer to her family and friends and made one of her dreams come true by opening a tattoo shop in the city that she loves. "I love L.A.," enthuses Kat Von D. "The amazing weather, art, music, shopping, diversity, people and action - it's just rad that I got to open a shop here. As far as the guys at Miami Ink go, I appreciate everything they did for me, and I wish them all the best! Working with them, I was able to learn some really important life lessons, and am excited about using these lessons in all my future endeavors!"

While MIAMI INK won't be quite the same without Kat Von D, the boys are rejuvenated and already filming the third season of MIAMI INK, which returns on Tuesday, June 12th at 10PM ET. Filled with more intricate tattoos, the stories behind them, nudists, Satanists and trips to Las Vegas, NV and the Aleutian Islands in Alaska, the new season of MIAMI INK promises to offer more adventures than ever before.

LA INK is produced by Original Media for TLC. Charlie Corwin and Clara Markowicz are the executive producers for Original Media. Pamela Deutsch is the executive producer for TLC for LA Ink. Christo Doyle is the executive producer for TLC for Miami Ink.

TLC is the only television network dedicated to lifelong learning for viewers who want to grow up, not old. Featuring programming that explores life's key transitions and turning points, TLC presents high-quality, relatable and authentic personal stories. TLC connects more than 94 million homes in North America to the human experience with life's lessons you can't learn from books. TLC is a property of Discovery Communications, the number- one nonfiction media company reaching more than 1.5 billion people in over 170 countries. Through TV and new media, Discovery's 100-plus worldwide networks include Discovery Channel, TLC, Travel Channel, Animal Planet and Discovery Health. DCI is owned by Discovery Holding Co. (Nasdaq: DISCA; DISCB), Cox Communications Inc., Advance/Newhouse Communications and John S. Hendricks, Discovery's founder and chairman. For more information please visit http://www.discovery.com/ .

Source: TLC

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

 

 

Academy Award Winner Forest Whitaker Teams With AT&T to Promote Wireless Courtesy at the Movies

New Public Service Trailer Marks First Time Whitaker has Written, Directed and Starred in Production

After giving one of the most moving acceptance speeches of the 2007 Academy Awards, Forest Whitaker is asking moviegoers to "take a moment and listen." For the first time ever, Whitaker has lent his writing, acting and directing skills to a single production, creating a 30-second public service announcement for AT&T's Be Sensible wireless courtesy program. Whitaker's spot will begin appearing in movie theaters nationwide beginning Friday, April 27, at AMC Entertainment, Cinemark USA, Loews and Regal Entertainment Group theaters.

For six years, AT&T's wireless unit, formerly Cingular Wireless, has sponsored a theater campaign that asks moviegoers to silence their wireless devices during movies. The company's most recent spot was created by Academy Award-winning film director Sydney Pollack.

The public service announcement features Whitaker and another male actor quietly requesting that a large crowd, gathered around a stage in a park, listen to the silence that exists within themselves.

"Just take this moment and listen," he says softly into the microphone. "Escucha" (which means listen), says another man in Spanish. A woman hurries to the front of the crowd to hear better, and as she steps forward and heeds their advice, she closes her eyes and smiles, seemingly relaxing in the solitude and tranquility of the moment. The entire crowd appears to take a collective breath, relishing the silence.

"If you find the voice inside of you, you can change the world," Whitaker whispers in the spot, echoing his statement from his Academy Award acceptance speech that "through our combined belief, we can create a new reality."

"I wanted to take part in this endeavor because of my strong belief in the light that exists in all of us," Whitaker said. "If we take the time to connect first to ourselves by being silent, then we can connect to others -- whether through entertainment or through personal interactions," he added. "Acting, writing and directing is my way of connecting to everyone. Films can create a deep connection; they can get people talking and listening. So it's important to be silent for those short few hours in the dark of the cinema."

"I decided to do this because AT&T's program reaches 550 million moviegoers annually, and if we can reach some of those 550 million people with this message, we will all enjoy the movies more. We can leave the theater and accomplish a little more or feel a little more connected than we did when we arrived," Whitaker said.

"One of the most well-respected actors in Hollywood has embraced our campaign to remind people to silence their cell phones in theaters," said Tim Klein, AT&T vice president of the wireless unit. "Going to the movies is one of the few respites from our busy world today, and we are proud to continue to help create a more enjoyable experience for all moviegoers through our Be Sensible wireless courtesy program."

"We are pleased to work so closely with AT&T to remind American moviegoers of cell phone courtesy," said Cliff Marks, president of sales and chief marketing officer of National CineMedia, the cinema advertising and marketing company that brings AT&T's wireless courtesy program to theaters nationwide. "These efforts, based on research showing that people will silence their phones when reminded, clearly make a difference. To have someone of Whitaker's stature lend his talents to our program is a testament to the power of this program and to the medium of film."

National CineMedia brings AT&T's wireless courtesy campaign to 14,000 screens in more than 1,000 theaters in 46 states and the District of Columbia.

View AT&T's Be Sensible Wireless Courtesy PSA with Forest Whitaker: http://www.att.com/Common/files/multimedia/Take_a_Moment.wmv

ABOUT AT&T

AT&T Inc. (NYSE:T) is a premier communications holding company. Its subsidiaries and affiliates, AT&T operating companies, are the providers of AT&T services in the United States and around the world. Among their offerings are the world's most advanced IP-based business communications services and the nation's leading wireless, high speed Internet access and voice services. In domestic markets, AT&T is known for the directory publishing and advertising sales leadership of its Yellow Pages and YELLOWPAGES.COM organizations, and the AT&T brand is licensed to innovators in such fields as communications equipment. As part of its three-screen integration strategy, AT&T is expanding its TV entertainment offerings. Additional information about AT&T Inc. and the products and services provided by AT&T subsidiaries and affiliates is available at http://www.att.com/.

 

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

Star Wars CELEBRATION IV to Host Special Preview of Star Wars-Themed Comedy Fanboys

Revelers at World's Biggest Star Wars Party Will Be First to View Footage from Fanboys and Meet Film's Creators

Star Wars fans will meet Fanboys on Friday, May 25, when the world's biggest Star Wars party hosts an exclusive look at select scenes from the upcoming comedy, followed on Saturday by a special panel discussion with the filmmakers.

In Fanboys, director Kyle Newman has fashioned an uproarious comedy that follows a group of young friends on a cross-country quest to break into Skywalker Ranch and see Star Wars: Episode I The Phantom Menace before it is released. Fanboys stars Sam Huntington (Superman Returns), Chris Marquette ("Joan of Arcadia"), Dan Fogler (the upcoming Kung Fu Panda), Kristen Bell ("Veronica Mars"), Jay Baruchel and Seth Rogen (both of the upcoming Knocked Up). Fanboys is a Weinstein Company presentation being released in theaters by MGM.

In a special presentation - held on the 30th anniversary of Star Wars - fans at CELEBRATION IV will see scenes from the film that Newman will introduce on-stage.

As a special bonus, a unique "prequel" comic book to Fanboys, which follows the characters' obsessive love of Star Wars, will be offered to fans as a limited edition at CELEBRATION IV.

"There couldn't be a more perfect pairing of movie and audience," said Newman, who will be joined by Fanboys producers Dana Brunetti, Matthew Perniciaro and Kevin Mann at CELEBRATION IV. "Fanboys has truly been a labor of love for everyone involved, so to know that some of the world's biggest Star Wars fans will be among the first to see highlights from the movie is very exciting."

In addition, members of the Fanboys cast are expected to attend CELEBRATION IV, pending production schedules for the popular young actors.

Four-day and one-day passes to CELEBRATION IV are available online at http://www.gencon.com/2007/swciv. (Thursday, May 24, is a special preview day exclusively for members of the Official Star Wars Fan Club.)

CELEBRATION IV is expected to draw tens of thousands of fans from around the world for four days filled with live entertainment; celebrities from all six movies; special film and video presentations; special exhibits; exclusive merchandise sold at a 24-hour-a-day store; pop-culture tributes; immersive events; costume contests; and scores of additional activities.

More information on CELEBRATION IV can be obtained by visiting the official Star Wars website at http://www.starwars.com./celebration.

Lucasfilm, the Celebration IV logo, STAR WARS and related properties are trademarks and/or copyrights, in the United States and other countries, of Lucasfilm Ltd. and/or its affiliates. All other trademarks and trade names are properties of their respective owners.

Source: The Weinstein Company

Web site: http://www.starwars.com./celebration
http://www.gencon.com/2007/swciv

 

 

 April 26

SARAH SILVERMAN TO HOST

“2007 MTV MOVIE AWARDS”

Star-Studded Awards Ceremony To Broadcast LIVE

from Gibson Theater in Universal City, CA on Sunday, June 3, 2007

MTV today announced that the brilliantly funny Sarah Silverman will take the hosting reins for the “2007 MTV Movie Awards.” Star of both big screen and small, Silverman will lend her unique brand of provocative comedy to this year’s ceremony which will be broadcast live from the Gibson Theater in Universal City, California on Sunday, June 3, 2007. As previously announced, the “2007 MTV Movie Awards” will be executive produced by Emmy Award® winning producer Mark Burnett. Additionally, as was also announced, MTV and Yahoo! have partnered to launch an interactive website via Yahoo! Movies which will explore the convergence of entertainment and technology like never before allowing fans to be part of the show. Performers, nominees, and presenters for the “2007 MTV Movie Awards” will be announced at a later date.

"The other day I sat down too hard and sprained my labia majora. I'm okay, but I took it as a sign from God to host the MTV Movie Awards," said Sarah Silverman.

“Sarah’s irreverent, no holds barred sarcasm and humor have made her one of the hottest up and coming comedians in the industry,” said Christina Norman, President, MTV. “Sarah is just the person to orchestrate the madness and keep everyone guessing about who’ll be her next target.”

The MTV Movie Awards is just the most recent addition to Sarah Silverman’s growing list of credits. From stand-up comedy to film and television, Silverman has seen her share of success and 2007 has certainly been the year of proof. Recently, her show, “The Sarah Silverman Program,” launched on Comedy Central scoring high ratings and rave reviews, and has been picked up for a second run in the Fall of 2007. Silverman also made a splash with the feature length film version of her one-woman show, “Sarah Silverman: Jesus is Magic.” Silverman most recently co-starred in the feature film, “School For Scoundrels” opposite Billy Bob Thornton and John Heder. Silverman also starred in Jeff Garlin’s “I Want Someone to Eat Cheese With,” and the acclaimed “The Aristocrats.” Before that, she co-starred opposite Jack Black, Mike White, and Joan Cusack in “The School of Rock,” as well as a number of films, including the blockbuster “There’s Something About Mary,” “The Way of The Gun,” Ivan Reitman’s “Evolution,” “The Bachelor,” and “Say It Isn’t So.”

On television, Silverman also co-starred in the comedy series “Greg The Bunny” opposite Eugene Levy. And she has guest starred in a slew of acclaimed and notable television shows such as “The Larry Sanders Show,” “Seinfeld,” and “Mr. Show with Bob and David.” Additionally, Silverman also lends her voice to the hugely successful Comedy Central show, “Crank Yankers.

As previously announced, this year fans will be given the chance to realize their dreams of standing on stage at the “2007 MTV Movie Awards” to accept the legendary golden bucket of popcorn. Viewers have the opportunity to submit their own original movie shorts parodying films from the past year for consideration in the first ever “BEST MOVIE SPOOF” User Generated Category. The undiscovered talent will be revealed to the world during the ceremony. In addition to the movie spoof award, the show will feature a “World Wide Web Wall” that will be integrated into the live broadcast, giving a voice to all the those up-and-coming filmmakers or those who simply like to quarterback from the sidelines.

Mark Burnett serves as Executive Producer for the “2007 MTV Movie Awards.” Salli Frattini is Executive Producer for MTV. Audrey Morrisey and Ted Smith are Producers, Joe DeMaio is the Director and Kathy Flynn serves as Event Producer.

Official sponsors of the “2007 MTV Movie Awards” are GM, glacéau vitaminwater, Old Navy, Orbit, Secret, Sprint and Taco Bell Corp.®.

About MTV Networks

MTV Networks, a unit of Viacom (NYSE: VIA, VIA.B), is one of the world’s leading creators of programming and content across all media platforms. MTV Networks, with more than 120 channels worldwide, owns and operates the following television programming services – MTV: MUSIC TELEVISION, MTV2, VH1, mtvU, NICKELODEON, NICK at NITE, COMEDY CENTRAL, TV LAND, SPIKE TV, CMT, NOGGIN, VH1 CLASSIC, LOGO, MTVN INTERNATIONAL and THE DIGITAL SUITE FROM MTV NETWORKS, a package of 13 digital services, all of these networks trademarks of MTV Networks. MTV Networks connects with its audiences through its robust consumer products businesses and its more than 95 interactive properties worldwide, including online, broadband, wireless and interactive television services and also has licensing agreements, joint ventures, and syndication deals whereby all of its programming services can be seen worldwide.

About Mark Burnett Productions

Mark Burnett Productions (MBP) is a leading production company in content for both primetime television and the internet. MBP revolutionized television with hits such as Eco-Challenge, Survivor, The Apprentice, The Contender, Rock Star: INXS, Rock Star: Supernova and its upcoming co-production with Steven Spielberg and DreamWorks Television, On The Lot (FOX). Other upcoming MBP projects include: Pirate Master (CBS) and Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader (FOX). MBP also partnered with AOL on the highly successful adventure Gold Rush, the first-ever unscripted project to be produced exclusively for the internet. MBP also successfully reintroduced product placement as an integral part of each of its shows and has garnered a total of 42 Emmy nominations since 2001.

 

April 25

 

Veoh Premiere Billboard , the worlds most trusted source of music, video and digital entertainment news, charts, reviews and analysis, has teamed up with Veoh Networks , the leading pioneer in Internet television, to launch an exclusive Billboard channel on Veoh.com.

The Billboard channel will feature news, interviews and performances from todays hottest artists from around the world. We are very pleased to partner with Veoh as a leading innovator in Internet television. said Scott McKenzie, Group Editorial Director at Billboard. This partnership will bring select Billboard video programs to a larger audience, while providing our viewers with the latest in webcast and downloadable video options. The Billboard channel on Veoh.com will feature Billboards original-produced series, Billboard in Sixty and Billboard Underground - weekly updated webisodes of news, interviews and performances. The shows, originally launched on Billboard.com in October 2006, will be available to view with Veohs innovative web applications, offering a downloadable, broadcast quality picture over the Web. Billboard in Sixty will launch with a total of 16 episodes and Billboard Underground will launch with 15 episodes - each will continue to update regularly as the series proceed. The following is a brief description of each: Billboard in Sixty is a 60-second window into the world of music news. The show offers a brief encapsulation of the weeks music news, special events and interviews with your favorite stars. Artists recently featured on the show include Jennifer Lopez, T.I., Sheryl Crow, Bon Jovi, Arctic Monkeys, Ne-Yo, DJ Drama, Fratellis and American Idol contestants. Billboard Underground is a show dedicated to interviews, performances and outtakes with the hottest unsigned emerging artists. A recent example includes Laura Warshauer, an up-and-coming starlet whose debut performance on Billboard Underground landed her a contract with Island Def Jam. Danielle Flora hosts both Billboard in Sixty and Billboard Underground. A former pop star turned choreographer to the stars, Flora provides viewers with a unique and uncensored insight into the world of music. All show clips will be archived on the Billboard channel at Veoh.com, but fans will want to get the Veoh Player and Home Delivery System to automatically download full-screen, DVD-quality versions of episodes as they become available. Music fans are already some of the most tech-savvy audiences online today and Billboard is one of the most respected music brands in the business. We are excited to offer their cutting-edge and entertaining programming to our viewers, said Dmitry Shapiro, CEO of Veoh Networks. Combined with Veohs peer-to-peer technology, the easy-to-use Veoh Player, and our Home Delivery System, this partnership is part of the next evolution in how the world will view video content both on- and offline. The Veoh Player is a free, quick-to-download desktop application that can turn any fans hard drive into a virtual DVR. This application allows users to download and save episodes of their favorite Billboard shows to watch at a later date, with or without an Internet connection. Its unique technology also allows users to subscribe to the series and have new episodes sent directly to their Player as soon as they are posted. For those on the go, the Veoh Home Delivery System is a new feature that goes one step further by allowing users to browse and select content from any computer with an Internet connection. While at work or when traveling, users can send the content directly to their home computer with a Veoh Player. This allows users to enjoy their favorite videos in a full-screen, DVD-quality format as soon as they arrive home without any additional downloading time. To access Home Delivery, users need to simply log on to their Veoh account from any computer and enable the Home Delivery feature. The Billboard channel on Veoh.com officially launches on April 25, 2007. About Billboard Now in its 112th year, Billboard is the world's premier weekly music publication and a diverse digital, events and brand, content and data licensing platform. Billboard publishes the most trusted charts and offers unrivaled reporting about the latest music, video, gaming, media, digital and mobile entertainment issues and trends. Billboard is the flagship property for the Billboard Information Group, which also consists of Billboard.biz, Billboard.com, Billboard Chart Alert, Billboard Information Network (BIN), Billboard Directories, Billboard Books, Billboard Licensing & Events and Radio & Records. Billboards many strategic partners include Microsoft, Reuters, Sirius Satellite Radio, Telemundo, Univision Radio, ABC Radio Networks, Azteca America and Billboard sister companies Nielsen SoundScan and Nielsen Broadcast Data Systems. These partnerships leverage Billboards proprietary data, charts and information resources to develop broadcast entertainment, digital and mobile platforms and contextual commerce applications that expand Billboards franchise and consumer reach. About Veoh Networks, Inc. Veoh Networks is a new, innovative Internet television broadcasting system that delivers broadcast-quality entertainment and informational content via the Internet, using unique distribution technologies to allow for unlimited capacity for both long- and short-form programming. Veoh allows content producers from major entertainment studios and television networks to independent video producers and enthusiasts to deliver high-quality, full-screen video directly to consumers without financial, geographical or capacity restrictions found in traditional broadcasting systems. This democratization of video distribution fundamentally changes the dynamics of television, creating unprecedented choice for consumers and a compelling marketplace for content providers and advertisers. Veoh Networks is a privately-held company that is backed by leading technology and media investors, including Spark Capital, Michael Eisners Tornante Company, Time Warner Inc. and Shelter Capital Partners. Veoh has offices in Los Angeles and San Diego, California

 

 

NBC's Passions to Work Its Magic on DIRECTV Viewers with All-New Episodes Beginning September 17

Fan Favorite Daytime Drama Joins DIRECTV's The 101 Lineup; New Episodes Produced by NBC Universal Television Studio Will Air on DIRECTV

NBC Universal Television Studio and DIRECTV, the nation's leading satellite television provider, today announced that the NBC Universal-produced daytime drama Passions has found a new home on DIRECTV where the popular program will continue for a 9th season. Under the new agreement, NBC Universal Television Studio will produce brand-new episodes to air Monday-Thursday on DIRECTV's original programming channel, The 101.

The celebrated daytime drama, which currently averages 2 million viewers and enjoys an intensely dedicated fan base, will end its network run on NBC September 7 with a series of cliffhangers and will resurface on DIRECTV September 17, picking up where the series left off. The show will remain in its current time slot of 2 PM ET and DIRECTV will air encore marathons of the show each weekend. The majority of the cast and crew are expected to return when the one-hour series begins shooting the new DIRECTV episodes in August.

"Passions fans no longer need to mourn the demise of their beloved program as it has found new life on DIRECTV," said Eric Shanks, executive vice president of Entertainment for DIRECTV. "We care about this show and are extremely proud to give it an exclusive home here at DIRECTV."

"This new arrangement with DIRECTV is truly a landmark development that allows NBC Universal to extend the Passions brand in a fresh and entirely new way to DIRECTV's 16 million homes," said Marc Graboff, president, NBC Universal Television, West Coast. "It will reward the dedicated fans of the daytime drama who can continue to enjoy it on DIRECTV and also opens up a great new model for other television programs to find new life on other non-traditional platforms."

Those fans without DIRECTV will have plenty of time to switch before the new season begins. DIRECTV will make it easy for Passions viewers to keep track of the happenings in "Harmony" by providing fans free installation, a DVR or HD receiver upgrade, and a portable DVD player by calling a special phone number (866-788-0003) or visiting the Web (www.directv.com/passions). Passions fans can also visit www.nbc.com for more information about the show.

Passions will be the first scripted drama series to join The 101 original program lineup which includes viewer favorites like Project MyWorld, The Fizz, havoc on The 101, and Championship Gaming Series. The series will broadcast four one-hour episodes per week, as well as a weekend marathon of that week's shows so fans can catch up on the action each week.

Passions explores the lives, loves and losses of four core families in the small New England town of Harmony: the Cranes, the Lopez-Fitzgeralds, the Bennetts and the Russells, each of whom have their own distinct and diverse personalities. The series debuted on NBC in 1999 and has routinely been amongst the top daytime programs for women ages 18-34, and currently is tied for #1 among all daytime dramas in both women ages 18-24 and females 12-24.

New episodes of Passions will begin shooting in August and will continue to be taped at the CBS Studio Center in Studio City, Calif. The show is produced by NBC Universal Television Studio in association with Outpost Farms Productions, Inc.

About DIRECTV

DIRECTV, Inc., the nation's leading satellite television service provider, presents the finest television experience available to more than 16 million customers in the United States, through exclusive content, industry-leading customer satisfaction (which has surpassed cable for six years running) and superior technologies. Each day, DIRECTV subscribers enjoy access to over 250 channels of 100% digital picture and sound, exclusive programming and the most comprehensive collection of sports programming available anywhere, including NFL SUNDAY TICKET(TM) and MLB EXTRA INNINGS(R). DIRECTV (NYSE:DTV) also leads the digital television technology revolution with exclusives such as NFL SUNDAY TICKET SuperFan(TM), US Open Interactive and YES Network Interactive and will soon have the capacity to offer over 150 channels in HD. For the most up-to-date information on DIRECTV, please visit directv.com.

About NBC Universal:

NBC Universal is 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 percent owned by General Electric and 20 percent owned by Vivendi Universal.

SOURCE: DIRECTV, Inc.

ROLAND SHIPS EDIROL M-10DX DIGITAL MIXER

Portable Modern Mixer with Flagship Features Los Angeles, CA, April 25, 2007More portable and affordable than its M-16DX big brother, the M-10DX 10-channel digital mixer packs an amazing amount of high-end features into its small frame, including a 24-bit/96kHz processing engine and a backlit LCD so you can see the effects in operation as well a graphical spectrum analysis. This all-in-one solution offers built-in pro-quality FX, including insert effects, reverb/echo and finalize effects, flexible analog and digital I/O, Room Acoustic Control for instant automatic room compensation. Based on the same high-resolution processing engine as the flagship M-16DX, the M-10DX provides full 24-bit/96kHz processing for the ultimate in transparent, noise-free digital mixing. Mixing is made simple, with dedicated channel controls for 3-Band EQ, Pan, Aux, Select and Level. Scene memories allow instant recall of channel and effect parameters. For maximum portability, the M-10DX condenses almost all of the M-16DXs functions into a compact tabletop package for easy portability and use anywhere. It even retains the backlit LCD from its big brother, so you can see the effects in operation as well a graphical spectrum analysis. AC adaptor comes included. - - - - - - - Roland is a world leader in the design, manufacture, and distribution of electronic musical instruments, professional audio equipment, multimedia products, and music accessories.

 

April 24

 

Megastar Collin Raye Commits to Nashville Records(TM) Recording Contract

Nashville Records, Inc. is proud to announce that Collin Raye is the first of three prominent artists to be selected to record on the Nashville Records' label. He will also be featured on the Company's upcoming Christmas album.

Collin is considered one of the most magical and gifted singers in country music today with Fifteen #1 hits, including "Love Me," "That's My Story," "One Boy, One Girl," and "In This Life."

Collin has captured eight top five singles and fifteen #1 music videos. CMT (Country Music Television) lists four of Collin's videos among the top 100 music videos of all time; one certified gold album; and five certified platinum albums. Not only have 23 of Collin's 25 singles reached the top 10 on the country music charts, but he has also been nominated for thirteen ACM (Academy of Country Music), CMA (Country Music Association), and/or Dove Awards. His recent releases clearly demonstrate the breadth and depth of his musical artistry ranging from "The Walls Came Down" album, with its mastering of notes and lyric interpretation to his DVD/CD "Power In You"(performed live with the Salt Lake Symphony and the Choral Arts Society of Utah), which is filled with a variety of inspirational songs, both new and classical. His concert schedule continues to top 100 performances a year.

Recently, an entirely new management team has been assembled for Collin, headed by Pat Melfi and Ken Kragen. One of the best-known managers in the music business, Ken Kragen is an artist manager & television producer. He managed superstar Kenny Rogers for over 30 years as well as notable stars Trisha Yearwood, Travis Tritt and Lionel Richie. Kragen is arguably the most successful behind-the scenes operator in show businesses.

According to Nashville Records President, Gene Sibbett, the Company is already busy recording material for Collin's album, and will begin next week preparing for album and single releases. "Nashville Records and Collin's management team have put together some incredible plans for upcoming releases and videos that will once again clearly showcase Collin's charisma, passion and electrifying performance," emphasized Sibbett.

Nashville Records anticipates announcing the second of its label artists by the 4th quarter of 2007 and the third artist in the 2nd quarter of 2008. Along with these three prominent artists will be one male artist, just 27 years old, who has been garnering awards and being prepared for release. A second female artist, just 19 years old, who is not only gorgeous but her producer has stated she is one of the most gifted and unique voices to ever hit the scene. One of the Company goals is to sign only those artists, whose performances create widespread fanfare and product sales, while, at the same time, building a valuable publishing catalogue.

Accomplishments and audio clips of Collin Raye can be found on the Company's website: www.nashvillerecords.com

Nashville Records, Inc. is a Nashville-based record label located in the heart of Music Row. The key management and advisors were industry-retired individuals that were dissatisfied with the direction in which the music industry was headed. In the past, this combined management team is credited with sales of well into the billions of dollars and has been responsible for hundreds of charted hits.

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OPERA ♥’s LA
$20 for All Seats to
Designated Performances of
Porgy and Bess and The Merry Widow

$20 Tickets Go on Sale April 25 to the
May 18 Porgy and Bess and May 20 The Merry Widow

Los Angeles, CA (April 24, 2007) – “For the first time in LA Opera’s 21-year history,” announced Plácido Domingo, the Eli and Edythe Broad General Director, “we will offer $20 tickets for every seat in the house at two designated performances of Porgy and Bess and The Merry Widow. I have always believed that it is very important for us to make opera accessible to as many people as possible, and I am certain that our special $20 tickets will cultivate new fans for opera and give many a chance to experience the drama and passion of this classic art form. If this proves a success, we hope to again offer an introduction to opera in our upcoming seasons.” Both the Friday, May 18, 7:30pm performance of Porgy and Bess and the Sunday, May 20, 7:30pm performance of The Merry Widow will be available to all at only $20 per ticket.

(April 24, 2007) – “For the first time in LA Opera’s 21-year history,” announced Plácido Domingo, the Eli and Edythe Broad General Director, “we will offer $20 tickets for every seat in the house at two designated performances of and . I have always believed that it is very important for us to make opera accessible to as many people as possible, and I am certain that our special $20 tickets will cultivate new fans for opera and give many a chance to experience the drama and passion of this classic art form. If this proves a success, we hope to again offer an introduction to opera in our upcoming seasons.” Both the Friday, May 18, 7:30pm performance of and the Sunday, May 20, 7:30pm performance of will be available to all at only $20 per ticket.

Opera ♥’s LA is a new community-focused initiative that invites new audiences to experience opera first-hand by making great seats available to all for an unprecedented price of just $20 each. “Porgy and Bess and The Merry Widow are a perfect fit to introduce new fans to the genre of opera and operetta,” said LA Opera’s Chief Marketing and Communications Officer Hope Boonshaft. “Not only are these well-known works sung in English, but Porgy and Bess boasts some of George Gershwin’s best known tunes while Franz Lehár’s The Merry Widow is a lighter operetta that entertains with opulent staging and beautiful waltzes. These two productions are some of the most accessible in the repertoire today. Though LA Opera does sell select seats at most performances for an affordable $30, these special performances where tickets are only $20 each, give our audiences a chance to try out new seats anywhere in the house.”

is a new community-focused initiative that invites new audiences to experience opera first-hand by making great seats available to all for an unprecedented price of just $20 each. “ and are a perfect fit to introduce new fans to the genre of opera and operetta,” said LA Opera’s Chief Marketing and Communications Officer Hope Boonshaft. “Not only are these well-known works sung in English, but boasts some of George Gershwin’s best known tunes while Franz Lehár’s is a lighter operetta that entertains with opulent staging and beautiful waltzes. These two productions are some of the most accessible in the repertoire today. Though LA Opera does sell select seats at most performances for an affordable $30, these special performances where tickets are only $20 each, give our audiences a chance to try out new seats anywhere in the house.”

Opera ♥’s LA $20 tickets to Porgy and Bess (May 18, 7:30pm) and The Merry Widow (May 20, 8pm) go on sale Wednesday, April 25 at www.LAOpera.com and are subject to availability. Tickets can also be purchased in person at the Los Angeles Opera Box Office during regular business hours (Monday-Saturday, 10am-6pm).

$20 tickets to (May 18, 7:30pm) and (May 20, 8pm) go on sale Wednesday, April 25 at and are subject to availability. Tickets can also be purchased in person at the Los Angeles Opera Box Office during regular business hours (Monday-Saturday, 10am-6pm).

Regular priced tickets to performances of The Merry Widow (April 28, May 3, 9, 12, 23 and 26 at 7:30pm, May 6 at 2pm and May 19 at 1pm) and Porgy and Bess (May 4, 5, 8, 10, 11, 15, 17 at 7:30pm, May 19 at 8pm, May 13, 16 at 2:00pm and May 20 at 1:00pm) ranging from $30 to $220 are on sale now. All performances take place at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, Music Center, 135 North Grand Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90012.

 

The Search is on for the Next Project MyWorld Adventure Star

DIRECTV's Hit Original Entertainment Show Looks to Add New

Fearless Female to the Cast, Submissions Due May 2

The search is on! Renee Intlekofer and Shaina Fewell, the stars and co-creators of DIRECTV's hit reality show Project MyWorld, are kicking off a nationwide search in hopes of finding an adventurous female to join them as they head Down Under for the program's second season. Kicking off today, candidates will have two weeks to send in their most outrageous videos before judges from The 101 select finalists for in-person auditions in Los Angeles, with the winner announced on May 18. Details of the search will be available on the show's website: www.myspace.com/projectworld.

Following a successful debut season, Renee and Shaina, are about to head out again and need the help of a daring diva to explore the world and meet the real people behind their MySpace pages. The new "Adventure Girl" they are seeking will have to be outrageous and an incredibly well connected MySpacer to join them as they explore the best of Australia and New Zealand. The duties of this fearless, fun and--not afraid to get her hands dirty--lady will be to introduce the group to the exciting death-defying adventures and exotic wonders each city has to offer. Whether it's scuba diving with the predators of the Great Barrier Reef, Zorbing with the Kiwis or heli-skiing in New Zealand, no adventure should be too wild or outrageous for this daredevil.

To qualify, candidates must create a home video of themselves that demonstrates their daring nature and send it to DIRECTV's The 101 Headquarters in Culver City, California. Submissions are due by May 2, at which time a team of judges from The 101, including Shaina and Renee, will review the footage and choose finalists to come to LA for a casting call on May 8 and May 9, with call backs on May 14 and 16. Contenders can also show up to the casting call, without having to submit a video, if they are in the Los Angeles area on May 8 and think they have what it takes to make the cut. The winner will be announced by May 18, giving the new adventure girl plenty of time to do her homework before the trio departs on June 12.

Project MyWorld debuted last October on The 101 as DIRECTV's fourth original series and is part documentary, part international odyssey and part internet experience come to life. Each season follows the stars as they travel the world in search of the real people behind their MySpace pages and set out to fulfill their own personal missions. Shaina is on the look out for the best indie rock bands in each city, while Renee is on the prowl for "Mr. Right," or at least "Mr. Right-Now." The show also chronicles their adventurous cohort as she finds the most amazing experiences each city has to offer.

The inaugural season of Project MyWorld followed Renee, Shaina and the adventure girl from last season, Taryn Southern, as they made their way through Europe and experienced La Tomatina in Spain, Oktoberfest in Germany, romance in Venice, and indie bands in Croatia, Paris and the UK. Now, Renee and Shaina are looking for their next partner-in-crime to push them to the limit as they begin season two.

Staying true to the premise of Project MyWorld, the show's creators and stars, Shaina and Renee, will serve as executive producers while displaying their-own unique personalities for the ultimate in viewer-generated content. The two women will also serve as executive producers and maintain the show's website on MySpace at www.myspace.com/projectmyworld.

About DIRECTV

DIRECTV, Inc., the nation's leading satellite television service provider, presents the finest television experience available to more than 16 million customers in the United States, through exclusive content, industry-leading customer satisfaction (which has surpassed cable for six years running) and superior technologies. Each day, DIRECTV subscribers enjoy access to over 250 channels of 100% digital picture and sound, exclusive programming and the most comprehensive collection of sports programming available anywhere, including NFL SUNDAY TICKET(TM) and MLB EXTRA INNINGS(R). DIRECTV (NYSE:DTV) also leads the digital television technology revolution with exclusives such as NFL SUNDAY TICKET SuperFan(TM), US Open Interactive and YES Network Interactive and will soon have the capacity to offer over 150 channels in HD. For the most up-to-date information on DIRECTV, please visit directv.com

 

Gym Class Heroes Continue to Rule the Top 40; "Cupid's Chokehold / Breakfast in America" Remains at #1; First Group to Top the Charts for Four Consecutive Weeks Since 2005

-- Decaydance/Fueled By Ramen recording group Gym Class Heroes has locked onto the top of the charts with their smash single "Cupid's Chokehold / Breakfast in America." The track -- which was originally written by Roger Hodgson and Rick Davies of Supertramp and features the Geneva, NY-based band's good friend, Patrick Stump -- stands tall at #1 on the CHR/Top 40 national airplay chart for an astonishing fourth consecutive week. No other band has accomplished this amazing feat since multiple Grammy Award-winning group Green Day in 2005. With a total audience at 85 million, the track is also #1 in audience at the CHR/Top 40 format. What's more, "Cupid's Chokehold / Breakfast in America" remains firmly ensconced in the top 10 of Billboard's "Hot 100" for the tenth consecutive week, and has proven to be a cross-over hit, jumping into the top 25 of both the CHR/Rhythmic and Hot AC charts.

"Cupid's Chokehold / Breakfast in America" -- which is featured on Gym Class Heroes' breakthrough second album, "AS CRUEL AS SCHOOL CHILDREN" -- has also blown up online, reaching #1 on Billboard's "Hot Digital Tracks," as well as #2 on the "Hot Digital Songs" chart. In addition, the song has proven a massive ringtone smash, recently reaching the top 5 on the weekly Ringscan ranking.

The lyrics and catchy melody of "Cupid's Chokehold / Breakfast in America" were originally written and composed by Roger Hodgson and Rick Davies of famed rock group Supertramp. "Breakfast in America" was the title track of Supertramp's biggest album, which topped the charts for a year in 1979 and sold over 18 million copies. Hodgson has been recognized as one of the most gifted composers, songwriters, and lyricists of our time. His timeless hit songs continue to find their way into the hearts of more than three generations around the world and are currently reaching a new audience with the Gym Class Heroes' remake of the classic song. For more information about Roger Hodgson, go to www.rogerhodgson.com.

2007 has seen Gym Class Heroes dominating MTV, with "Cupid's Chokehold / Breakfast in America" recently topping the network's playlist. Last month, the group played a raucous set on MTV's "Spring Break '07 Live," a spectacular performance that featured two tracks -- "The Queen & I" and "New Friend Request" -- which quickly went on to be among the most-streamed clips on MTV.com. Excerpts from the "Spring Break '07 Live" show have also been featured on MTV's "TRL." Longtime supporters mtvU also featured the band on their own Spring Break show. Gym Class Heroes will headline an upcoming installment of "MTV Live," slated to air sometime in May (check local listings).

As if that weren't enough, "Cupid's Chokehold / Breakfast in America" is in "Power" rotation at MTV Hits and "Recurrent" rotation at MTV Tr3s. The video has gone into "Large" rotation at VH1, after instantly becoming a "Countdown Contender" on the weekly "VSpot Top 20 Countdown." In addition, "Cupid's Chokehold / Breakfast in America" is the week's #3 most-played video on Fuse, and a "Power" rotation favorite at Mun2.

Additional Gym Class Heroes TV appearances include a recent live rendition of "Cupid's Chokehold / Breakfast in America" on NBC's "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno," following previous performances on NBC's "Late Night with Conan O'Brien," ABC's "Jimmy Kimmel Live," NBC's "The Ellen DeGeneres Show," DirecTV's "CD USA," and the syndicated "Fearless Music TV."

The next single from "AS CRUEL AS SCHOOL CHILDREN" will be the anthemic "Clothes Off!" A companion video clip has just been filmed and will premiere sometime in the coming weeks.

In other news, Sunkist Soda, the number one orange soda brand, has teamed up with Gym Class Heroes to cover the Beach Boys' classic "Good Vibrations" for a TV ad campaign that will launch later this month, and be integrated into an episode of the CW Network's "One Tree Hill" in May. Listen to the Gym Class Heroes version online at www.sunkistsoda.com.

A remarkably dedicated live act, Gym Class Heroes has just wrapped its "Darryl Hall For President Tour '07." The headlining trek was met by sold-out crowds on nearly every date, including a packed-to-the-rafters MySpace Secret Show at Mr. Small's Funhouse in Millvale, Pennsylvania. The band will continue to tour for the foreseeable future, including North American headline shows, radio festivals, and an eagerly anticipated trip Down Under to support Gwen Stefani on her upcoming Australian tour. For an up-to-the-minute tour itinerary, see the band's official website, www.gymclassheroes.com, or its MySpace page, www.myspace.com/gymclassheroes.

Produced by S*A*M, aka Sam Hollander (Method Man, the Sounds, and Earth, Wind & Fire), and Sluggo, the alter-ego of renowned session bassist Dave Katz (Roger Daltrey), "AS CRUEL AS SCHOOL CHILDREN" also features co-production from Fall Out Boy's Patrick Stump. The album drew rapturous praise in a number of national publications, including Alternative Press, which awarded the collection its top five-starred rating.

Gym Class Heroes first garnered critical acclaim for their unique sound and approach with their Decaydance/Fueled By Ramen debut, 2005's "THE PAPERCUT CHRONICLES." It was the band's alternative hip-hop style and use of live instruments in favor of looped samples and canned beats that caught the attention of Fall Out Boy's Pete Wentz, who immediately signed the group to his Decaydance imprint. With constant touring, and a huge online presence, the band has built a large and dedicated fan base.

Named one of the MTV2's "Artists To Watch 2007," the group spent much of the past two years on the road, including sold-out headline dates in the US and the UK, support slots alongside Fall Out Boy and the All American Rejects, a number of radio-sponsored holiday shows, and a stint on Vans Warped Tour '06 which had them playing two sets a day to rapturous audiences across North America.

Gym Class Heroes are: Travis McCoy (lead vocalist), Disashi Lumumba-Kasongo (guitarist), Eric Roberts (bassist), and Matt McGinley (drummer).

 

 

DIMEBAG DARRELL ABBOTT to be INDUCTED TO THE HOLLYWOOD ROCKWALK

HONORS TO TAKE PLACE ON THURSDAY, MAY 17TH, 2007

– Guitar monster shredder, Dimebag Darrell Abbott, has been chosen as the next inductee for the famed Hollywood RockWalk at the Hollywood Guitar Center on Sunset Blvd. The induction begins at 12:00 noon with many of Dimebag’s friends to speak and others who will come together to honor their brother.

Dimebag Darrell Abbott was loved by all and a hero to many. His unexpected departure from our world has been a great loss, yet he left us a legacy that will continue forever. It is a legacy to his family, friends and fans of the great music that he loved to perform as well as his crazy, charismatic sense of humor that touched many.

The ceremony for Dimebag Darrell Abbott’s induction begins at 12:00 noon, May 17th, 2007 at the Guitar Center Hollywood on Sunset Blvd.

RockWalk
7425 Sunset Boulevard
Hollywood, CA 90046

For more information on the Rock Walk go to www.rockwalk.com

 

 

Pop Sensations #1 Crush Sign With Mathew Knowles' Music World Entertainment

Pop/Rock girl group, and local Houston darlings, #1 Crush officially signed a management and record deal with Mathew Knowles' Music World Inc., it was announced today. The group joins artists like Beyoncé, Kelly Rowland, Michelle Williams, J Xavier, 2Much and Sunshine Anderson who have flourished under the keen direction of Mr. Knowles.

"We are especially excited about #1 Crush joining the Music World Entertainment family. #1 Crush has the core components for Pop success in the music industry; they are young, have incredible talent, tenacity, are excited and work hard.We anticipate great things in their career with Music World," said Mathew Knowles (President / CEO, Music World Entertainment).

#1 Crush, individually known as Monica Matocha, 15, Brittany Marling, 14, and Alli Cannon, 16, are already off to a fast start. The group, who has become known for an awesome mix of singing and innovative dancing, has performed all over the country opening for major pop artists such as Ashley Simpson. Their energetic and captivating show caught the attention of Radio Disney who booked the group to perform for their New Year's Eve Jingle Jam Tour in Boston, MA. As the girls' careers developed, so did Disney's interest in them. #1 Crush was recently featured on the highly coveted "Incubator" program on Radio Disney. To check out #1 Crush on Radio Disney's Incubator, visit http://radio.disney.go.com/artists/incubator/index.html.

#1 Crush is a high-energy, musically-gifted, crowd-pleasing group with a rock/pop sound that will thrust them into pop music superstardom along with the likes of Hannah Montana, Hillary Duff, and the Cheetah Girls. The Houston, Texas-based group is currently recording in the studio to put the finishing touches on their debut project with producer Dwight Baker, who has worked with Kelly Clarkson and Brandy Carlile. The album is due out this summer. Fans may preview portions of the upcoming album by logging on to the #1 Crush MySpace page, www.myspace.com/1crush. The enormously popular page receives over 30,000 hits and has more than 10,000 friends to date.

Music World Entertainment (MWE) is one of the world's leading entertainment and music conglomerates dedicated to bringing quality entertainment to the world. MWE worldwide business includes record labels, artist and producer management, staff producers, artist development, Master catalog series, investment and property holdings, including offices in Houston, Los Angeles, New York and London. MWE is the brainchild of President and CEO Mathew Knowles, the powerhouse management behind the success of Grammy Award-winners Beyoncé and global phenomenon Destiny's Child, the most successful "girl group" in the history of pop music.

Music World is one of the most successful labels in the world with over 100 million records sold to date including releases by Destiny's Child, Beyoncé, Solange Knowles, Michelle Williams, Sunshine Anderson, the "Dreamgirls Music from the Motion Picture Soundtrack," "Roll Bounce Soundtrack" and the highly anticipated upcoming Music World Master Series releases which includes Chaka Kahn and The O'Jays. www.musicworldentertainment.com

Superstar Mickey Gilley Joins Nashville Records' Christmas Album

-- In the news release, "Superstar Mickey Gilley Joins Nashville Record's Christmas Album," issued earlier today by Nashville Records, Inc. (PINKSHEETS: NSHV), we are advised by the company that the mention of Gilley's Club in first sentence of the second paragraph should read "Gilley's Club in Pasadena, Texas," rather than "Gilley's Club in Pasadena, California" as originally issued. Additionally, in the headline the company name should read "Nashville Records'" rather than "Nashville Record's." Complete corrected text follows.

Superstar Mickey Gilley Joins Nashville Records' Christmas Album

Nashville Records, Inc. (PINKSHEETS: NSHV) announced today that legendary vocalist and pianist Mickey Gilley will appear on the Company's upcoming Christmas album. The album is already beginning to create widespread excitement in the county music industry and elsewhere as more and more popular performers line up to participate in this unprecedented production.

Mickey Gilley -- the cousin of Jerry Lee Lewis -- has been a leader in country music for more than three decades starting in 1970 when he opened Gilley's Club in Pasadena, Texas, which became the "in-place" for performers and audiences interested in country music, specifically honky tonk. His hit "Room Full of Roses" not only topped the country music charts but crossed-over to pop music as well -- rising to #50 on the charts. This highly popular recording was followed by 16 #1 hits, many "countrypolitan honky tonk," including "I Overlooked an Orchid," "City Lights," "She's Pulling Back Again," "True Love Ways," "Stand by Me," "That's All That Matters," and "A Headache Tomorrow (Or a Heartache Tonight)."

It was Gilley's cameo appearance (and songs) in the movie "Urban Cowboy" that catapulted his musical career into national prominence bringing him 6 straight #1 country music singles and a series of top 10 hits. The recipient of many country music awards in the mid-1970s (album of the year, entertainer of the year, single of the year, song of the year, top male vocalist and most promising male artist of the year), Gilley currently stars at his own permanent theater in Branson, Missouri in which hundreds of thousands of people go to see Mickey each year and buy his albums. Nashville Records President Gene Sibbett observed that, "There are few entertainers in the country music business that are as recognizable and popular as Mickey Gilley. To have Mickey join Nashville Records in what will possibly become a record-selling album is both an honor and a special treat -- clearly, it doesn't get any better."

Nashville Records, Inc. is a Nashville-based record label located in the heart of Music Row. The key management and advisors were industry-retired individuals that were dissatisfied with the direction in which the music industry was headed. In the past, this combined management team is credited with sales of well into the billions of dollars and has been responsible for hundreds of charted hits.

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Blu-ray Disc Sales Surpass One Million Mark

Blu-ray Accounts For 70 Percent of High-Definition Movies Sold During First Quarter, According to Home Media Research Sales Figures

Blu-ray Disc has become the first high definition format to sell more than one million discs, a milestone it has achieved in less than a year. Blu-ray Disc sales also accounted for 70 percent of the high-definition movies sold during the first quarter of 2007, according to sales figures published today by Home Media Research.

Blu-ray's sales lead has increased each month since the first of the year and nearly three out of every four high-definition movies sold in March were on Blu-ray Disc, according to the HMR sales figures.

Industry projections suggest that this steady growth trend will continue based on the fact that seven of the eight major studios are releasing an increasing number of blockbuster movies on Blu-ray Disc, most of which will only be available in high-definition on Blu-ray Disc. In 2006, 18 of the top 20 selling DVD's were released by studios that are publishing their movies on Blu-ray Disc.

Blu-ray Disc titles accounted for eight of the top ten selling high definition titles in the first quarter of this year and since the introduction of both high definition formats, seven of the top ten selling high definition movies are on Blu-ray Disc.

"Sales of Blu-ray Disc titles have taken off since the first of the year," said Andy Parsons, Chairman of the Blu-ray Disc Association's U.S. Promotion Committee and Senior Vice President New Product Development at Pioneer Electronics. "Blu-ray Discs have been outselling HD DVD by more than two to one since the beginning of the year and the gap is steadily widening. It's exactly what we've said all along would happen - the strong support for Blu-ray among movie studio and equipment manufacturers means that consumers have more choices when it comes to players and titles. And they're choosing Blu-ray by an ever-increasing margin."

The sustained sales advantage enjoyed by Blu-ray throughout the first three months of the year will continue as studios maintain an aggressive release schedule to bring the biggest Hollywood movies to high definition. In the coming months, Blu-ray Disc studios will be releasing blockbuster titles such as Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl and Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest, Night at the Museum, Cars and Dreamgirls (for a complete release schedule, see attached chart).

About Blu-ray Disc

Blu-ray Disc is the next-generation optical disc format being developed for high-definition video and high-capacity software applications. A single-layer Blu-ray Disc will hold up to 25 gigabytes of data and a double-layer Blu-ray Disc will hold up to 50 gigabytes of data.

About the Blu-ray Disc Association

The Blu-ray Disc Association (BDA) is responsible for promoting and further developing business opportunities for Blu-ray Disc - the next-generation optical disc for storing high-definition movies, games, photos and other digital content. The BDA has more than 180 members. Its Board of Directors consists of Apple; Dell Inc.; HP; Hitachi, Ltd.; LG Electronics Inc.; Mitsubishi Electric Corporation; Panasonic (Matsushita Electric); Pioneer Corporation; Royal Philips Electronics; Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.; Sharp Corporation; Sony Corporation; Sun Microsystems, Inc.; TDK Corporation; Thomson; Twentieth Century Fox; Walt Disney Pictures and Television; Warner Bros. Entertainment. -0-

Blu-ray Disc Association Product and Title Release Schedule

April 23, 2007(a)

Blu-ray Disc Movie Titles

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Now Playing

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US Title European Japan Studio

Release Release Release

Date Date Date

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April 2007

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3rd

------------- ---------------- -------------- ------------ -----------

Identity Sony

------------- ---------------- -------------- ------------ -----------

(1)Volver Sony

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(2)King Arthur (2)4/9/2007 Disney

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(2)GI Jane Disney

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7th

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Warner

A Scanner Darkly Bros.

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Dog Day Warner

Afternoon Bros.

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10th

------------- ---------------- -------------- ------------ -----------

Payback: Paramount

Straight Up -

The Director's

Cut

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17th

------------- ---------------- -------------- ------------ -----------

Warner

Enter the Dragon Bros.

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Warner

The Dirty Dozen Bros.

------------- ---------------- -------------- ------------ -----------

March 2007

------------- ---------------- -------------- ------------ -----------

7th

------------- ---------------- -------------- ------------ -----------

Hoosiers MGM

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13th

------------- ---------------- -------------- ------------ -----------

(2)Casino March 2007 Sony

Royale(1)

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The Holiday Sony

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Layer Cake Sony

------------- ---------------- -------------- ------------ -----------

20th

------------- ---------------- -------------- ------------ -----------

(2)Chicken (2)March 2007

Little (2)4/25/07 Disney

------------- ---------------- -------------- ------------ -----------

(2)Finding (2)March 2007

Neverland Disney

------------- ---------------- -------------- ------------ -----------

(1)Eragon Fox

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(2)Rocky Balboa Sony

------------- ---------------- -------------- ------------ -----------

Big Fish March 2007 Sony

------------- ---------------- -------------- ------------ -----------

21st

------------- ---------------- -------------- ------------ -----------

Cinderella Man -

Japan Only (2)3/21/07

------------- ---------------- -------------- ------------ -----------

Face/Off - Japan

Only (2)3/21/07

------------- ---------------- -------------- ------------ -----------

27th

------------- ---------------- -------------- ------------ -----------

National Warner

Geographic: Bros.

Relentless

Enemies

------------- ---------------- -------------- ------------ -----------

March of the Warner

Penguins Bros.

------------- ---------------- -------------- ------------ -----------

Happy Feet Warner Bros

------------- ---------------- -------------- ------------ -----------

Incubus - Alive Sony

at Red Rocks

(Blu-ray/CD

Combo)

------------- ---------------- -------------- ------------ -----------

Warriors of Sony

Heaven and

Earth

------------- ---------------- -------------- ------------ -----------

The Pursuit of Sony

Happyness

------------- ---------------- -------------- ------------ -----------

February 2007

------------- ---------------- -------------- ------------ -----------

6th

------------- ---------------- -------------- ------------ -----------

(2)Running with

Scissors(1) Sony

------------- ---------------- -------------- ------------ -----------

(2)The Tailor of

Panama Sony

------------- ---------------- -------------- ------------ -----------

Reservoir Dogs Lionsgate

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Young Guns Lionsgate

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American Psycho Lionsgate

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First Blood Lionsgate

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13th

------------- ---------------- -------------- ------------ -----------

Chronos Koch

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The World's

Fastest Indian Magnolia

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(1)The Usual

Suspects MGM

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(2)Ladder 49 Disney

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Reign of Fire Disney

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The Sentinel 4/9/07 Fox

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Entrapment Fox

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Broken Arrow Fox

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Phone Booth Fox

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Planet of the

Apes (2001) Fox

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Chain Reaction Fox

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The Marine Fox

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The Usual

Suspects MGM

------------- ---------------- -------------- ------------ -----------

Warner

The Departed Bros.

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20th

20th

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(1)Babel Paramount

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(2)Vertical

Limit Sony

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Destiny's Child

- Live in

Atlanta Sony

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(2) The

Prestige(1) Disney

------------- ---------------- -------------- ------------ -----------

27th

------------- ---------------- -------------- ------------ -----------

Warner

Bullitt Bros.

------------- ---------------- -------------- ------------ -----------

Warner

The Getaway Bros.

------------- ---------------- -------------- ------------ -----------

(2)Stranger than March 2007

Fiction(1) Sony

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Nine Inch Nails:

Beside You in

Time Interscope

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January 2007

------------- ---------------- -------------- ------------ -----------

2nd

------------- ---------------- -------------- ------------ -----------

The Covenant Sony

------------- ---------------- -------------- ------------ -----------

9th

------------- ---------------- -------------- ------------ -----------

(1)Crank Lionsgate

------------- ---------------- -------------- ------------ -----------

16th

------------- ---------------- -------------- ------------ -----------

GoodFellas Warner

Bros.

------------- ---------------- -------------- ------------ -----------

Scooby Doo: The Warner

Movie Bros.

------------- ---------------- -------------- ------------ -----------

(2)The Gridiron Sony

Gang

------------- ---------------- -------------- ------------ -----------

Resident Evil: Sony

Apocalypse

------------- ---------------- -------------- ------------ -----------

Employee of the Lionsgate

Month

------------- ---------------- -------------- ------------ -----------

23rd

------------- ---------------- -------------- ------------ -----------

Saw II Lionsgate

------------- ---------------- -------------- ------------ -----------

(1) Saw III Lionsgate

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The Manchurian

Candidate Paramount

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We Were Soldiers Paramount

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(2) Casanova Disney

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(2) Chicago Disney

------------- ---------------- -------------- ------------ -----------

(2) The Guardian (2)March 2007 (2)6/20/07 Disney

------------- ---------------- -------------- ------------ -----------

(2) The (2)March 2007

Hitchhiker's

Guide to the

Galaxy 12/6/06 Disney

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Black Rain 12/22/2006 Paramount

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Alien Vs.

Predator 4/9/2007 Fox

------------- ---------------- -------------- ------------ -----------

Men of Honor 4/9/2007 Fox

------------- ---------------- -------------- ------------ -----------

Courage Under

Fire 4/9/2007 Fox

------------- ---------------- -------------- ------------ -----------

30th

------------- ---------------- -------------- ------------ -----------

(1) Open Season Sony

------------- ---------------- -------------- ------------ -----------

Flyboys MGM

------------- ---------------- -------------- ------------ -----------

Hart's War MGM

------------- ---------------- -------------- ------------ -----------

Warner

The Wicker Man Bros.

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Beerfest Warner

(Unrated) Bros.

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December 2006

------------- ---------------- -------------- ------------ -----------

5th

------------- ---------------- -------------- ------------ -----------

(1) Rocky MGM

------------- ---------------- -------------- ------------ -----------

Bulletproof Monk MGM

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Flight of the March 2007

Phoenix Fox

------------- ---------------- -------------- ------------ -----------

Rising Sun 4/9/2007 Fox

------------- ---------------- -------------- ------------ -----------

The Architect Magnolia

------------- ---------------- -------------- ------------ -----------

Entrapment Fox

------------- ---------------- -------------- ------------ -----------

National Warner

Lampoon's Bros.

Christmas

Vacation

------------- ---------------- -------------- ------------ -----------

A Christmas Warner

Story Bros.

------------- ---------------- -------------- ------------ -----------

6th

------------- ---------------- -------------- ------------ -----------

The Pacifier -

Japan Only 12/6/06

------------- ---------------- -------------- ------------ -----------

The Innocence -

Japan Only 12/6/06

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12th

------------- ---------------- -------------- ------------ -----------

Kung Fu Hustle March 2007 Sony

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Talladega Sony

Nights: The

Ballad of Ricky

Bobby

------------- ---------------- -------------- ------------ -----------

Tony Bennett: An Sony

American

Classic

------------- ---------------- -------------- ------------ -----------

The Devil Wears Fox

Prada

------------- ---------------- -------------- ------------ -----------

(1) World Trade Paramount

Center

------------- ---------------- -------------- ------------ -----------

19th

------------- ---------------- -------------- ------------ -----------

Lady in the Warner

Water Bros.

------------- ---------------- -------------- ------------ -----------

(2) Flightplan (2)March 2007 (2)1/26/07 Disney

------------- ---------------- -------------- ------------ -----------

(1) Invincible Disney

------------- ---------------- -------------- ------------ -----------

(2) Pearl Harbor (2)March 2007 (2)1/26/07 Disney

------------- ---------------- -------------- ------------ -----------

The Sopranos: Warner

Season 6, Part Bros.

1

------------- ---------------- -------------- ------------ -----------

All the King's Sony

Men

------------- ---------------- -------------- ------------ -----------

26th

------------- ---------------- -------------- ------------ -----------

Transporter 2 Fox

------------- ---------------- -------------- ------------ -----------

The Descent Lionsgate

------------- ---------------- -------------- ------------ -----------

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November 2006

------------- ---------------- -------------- ------------ -----------

3rd

------------- ---------------- -------------- ------------ -----------

John Legend:

Live at the

House of Blues

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7th

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(1) Little Man Sony

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Reds Paramount

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Nacho Libre Paramount

------------- ---------------- -------------- ------------ -----------

14th

------------- ---------------- -------------- ------------ -----------

X-Men: The Last March 2007 Fox

Stand

------------- ---------------- -------------- ------------ -----------

Behind Enemy March 2007 Fox

Lines

------------- ---------------- -------------- ------------ -----------

Fantastic Four 11/06 Fox

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Kingdom of 11/06 Fox

Heaven

------------- ---------------- -------------- ------------ -----------

The Omen 11/06 11/10 Fox

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Kiss of the 11/06 Fox

Dragon

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The League of March 2007

Extraordinary

Gentlemen Fox

------------- ---------------- -------------- ------------ -----------

Speed March 2007 Fox

------------- ---------------- -------------- ------------ -----------

The Transporter 11/06 Fox

------------- ---------------- -------------- ------------ -----------

Million Dollar Warner

Baby Bros.

------------- ---------------- -------------- ------------ -----------

Warner

The Last Samurai Bros.

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Warner

ATL Bros.

------------- ---------------- -------------- ------------ -----------

(2) Black Hawk Sony

Down

------------- ---------------- -------------- ------------ -----------

21st

------------- ---------------- -------------- ------------ -----------

Ice Age: The

Meltdown 11/13/2006 11/13/2006 Fox

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Annapolis Disney

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(2) Enemy of the (2)March 2007 Disney

State (2)2/23/07

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Goal: The Dream Disney

Begins

------------- ---------------- -------------- ------------ -----------

Sky High (2)March 2007 (2)1/26/07 Disney

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The Wild (2)4/25/07 Disney

------------- ---------------- -------------- ------------ -----------

28th

------------- ---------------- -------------- ------------ -----------

Windtalkers MGM

------------- ---------------- -------------- ------------ -----------

Warner

Superman Returns Bros.

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Superman: The Warner

Movie Bros.

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Superman II: The Warner

Donner Cut Bros.

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Warner

The Ant Bully Bros.

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------------- ---------------- -------------- ------------ -----------

October 2006

------------- ---------------- -------------- ------------ -----------

3rd

------------- ---------------- -------------- ------------ -----------

The Pat Metheny Eagle Rock

Group: The Way

Up Live

------------- ---------------- -------------- ------------ -----------

John Legend - Sony

Live at the

House of Blues

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10th

------------- ---------------- -------------- ------------ -----------

Warner

Syriana Bros.

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Warner

16 Blocks Bros.

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Aeon Flux Par

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U2: Rattle and Par

Hum

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One Last Thing Magnolia

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The War Within Magnolia

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Bikini Magnolia

Destinations:

Triple Fantasy

------------- ---------------- -------------- ------------ -----------

Bubble Magnolia

------------- ---------------- -------------- ------------ -----------

HDNet World Magnolia

Report: Shuttle

Discovery's

Historic

Mission

------------- ---------------- -------------- ------------ -----------

Enron: The Magnolia

Smartest Guys

in the Room

------------- ---------------- -------------- ------------ -----------

(2) Click 11/13/06 Sony

------------- ---------------- -------------- ------------ -----------

17th

------------- ---------------- -------------- ------------ -----------

Glory Road Disney

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Haunted Mansion 11/8/06 Disney

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Gone in 60 (2)March 2007 Disney

Seconds 11/8/06

------------- ---------------- -------------- ------------ -----------

Dark Water Disney

------------- ---------------- -------------- ------------ -----------

The Brothers Disney

Grimm

------------- ---------------- -------------- ------------ -----------

24th

------------- ---------------- -------------- ------------ -----------

Italian Job Paramount

------------- ---------------- -------------- ------------ -----------

Sahara Paramount

------------- ---------------- -------------- ------------ -----------

Legends of Jazz LRS Media

Showcase

------------- ---------------- -------------- ------------ -----------

Monster House 12/8/06 Sony

------------- ---------------- -------------- ------------ -----------

30th

------------- ---------------- -------------- ------------ -----------

(1) Mission: Paramount

Impossible III

------------- ---------------- -------------- ------------ -----------

(1) Mission: Paramount

Impossible -

Box Set

------------- ---------------- -------------- ------------ -----------

Alice Cooper: Eagle Rock

Live in

Montreux 2005

------------- ---------------- -------------- ------------ -----------

The Phantom of Warner

the Opera Bros.

------------- ---------------- -------------- ------------ -----------

Warner

The Searchers Bros.

------------- ---------------- -------------- ------------ -----------

Warner

Unforgiven Bros.

------------- ---------------- -------------- ------------ -----------

Warner

Under Siege Bros.

------------- ---------------- -------------- ------------ -----------

------------- ---------------- -------------- ------------ -----------

September

2006

------------- ---------------- -------------- ------------ -----------

5th

------------- ---------------- -------------- ------------ -----------

Warner

Lethal Weapon Bros.

------------- ---------------- -------------- ------------ -----------

Blazing Saddles Warner

Bros.

------------- ---------------- -------------- ------------ -----------

Full Metal Fall 2006 Warner

Jacket Bros.

------------- ---------------- -------------- ------------ -----------

Fall 2006 Warner

Firewall Bros.

------------- ---------------- -------------- ------------ -----------

19th

------------- ---------------- -------------- ------------ -----------

A Knight's Tale 10/16/06 Sony

------------- ---------------- -------------- ------------ -----------

The Big Hit Sony

------------- ---------------- -------------- ------------ -----------

S.W.A.T. (2003) 10/16/06 Sony

------------- ---------------- -------------- ------------ -----------

Tears of the Sun 10/16/06 Sony

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Dinosaur (2)4/9/2007 11/8/06 Disney

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8 Below (2)March 2007 11/8/06 Disney

------------- ---------------- -------------- ------------ -----------

The Great Raid Disney

------------- ---------------- -------------- ------------ -----------

Jay and Silent

Bob Strike Back Disney

------------- ---------------- -------------- ------------ -----------

26th

------------- ---------------- -------------- ------------ -----------

(1) The Lake Warner

House Bros.

------------- ---------------- -------------- ------------ -----------

Tim Burton's Warner

Corpse Bride Bros.

------------- ---------------- -------------- ------------ -----------

Warner

Swordfish Bros.

------------- ---------------- -------------- ------------ -----------

Fall 2006 Warner

Space Cowboys Bros.

------------- ---------------- -------------- ------------ -----------

Warner

Lethal Weapon 2 Bros.

------------- ---------------- -------------- ------------ -----------

Warner

The Fugitive Bros.

------------- ---------------- -------------- ------------ -----------

Warner

House of Wax Bros.

------------- ---------------- -------------- ------------ -----------

Four Brothers Paramount

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Laura Croft: Paramount

Tomb Raider

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------------- ---------------- -------------- ------------ -----------

Sky Captain & Paramount

the World of

Tomorrow

------------- ---------------- -------------- ------------ -----------

Sleepy Hollow Paramount

------------- ---------------- -------------- ------------ -----------

------------- ---------------- -------------- ------------ -----------

August 2006

------------- ---------------- -------------- ------------ -----------

1st

------------- ---------------- -------------- ------------ -----------

Kiss Kiss, Bang Warner

Bang Bros.

------------- ---------------- -------------- ------------ -----------

Fall 2006 Warner

Training Day Bros.

------------- ---------------- -------------- ------------ -----------

Good Night and Warner

Good Luck Bros.

------------- ---------------- -------------- ------------ -----------

Warner

Rumor Has It Bros.

------------- ---------------- -------------- ------------ -----------

15th

------------- ---------------- -------------- ------------ -----------

(1) RV 10/16/06 Sony

------------- ---------------- -------------- ------------ -----------

Memento Sony

------------- ---------------- -------------- ------------ -----------

Into The Blue

(2005) 11/13/06 Sony

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22nd

------------- ---------------- -------------- ------------ -----------

(1) Silent Hill Sony

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29th

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Stargate LG

------------- ---------------- -------------- ------------ -----------

Devil's Reject LG

------------- ---------------- -------------- ------------ -----------

Stir of Echoes LG

------------- ---------------- -------------- ------------ -----------

Total Recall LG

------------- ---------------- -------------- ------------ -----------

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July 2006

------------- ---------------- -------------- ------------ -----------

11th

------------- ---------------- -------------- ------------ -----------

(1)Basic

Instinct 2:

Risk Addiction Sony

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25th

------------- ---------------- -------------- ------------ -----------

Species MGM

------------- ---------------- -------------- ------------ -----------

Stealth 11/13/06 Sony

------------- ---------------- -------------- ------------ -----------

(1)The Sony

Benchwarmers

------------- ---------------- -------------- ------------ -----------

The Last Waltz MGM

------------- ---------------- -------------- ------------ -----------

------------- ---------------- -------------- ------------ -----------

June 2006

------------- ---------------- -------------- ------------ -----------

20th

------------- ---------------- -------------- ------------ -----------

50 First Dates 11/13/06 Sony

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The Fifth

Element 10/16/06 Sony

------------- ---------------- -------------- ------------ -----------

House of Flying

Daggers Sony

------------- ---------------- -------------- ------------ -----------

Hitch 10/16/06 Sony

------------- ---------------- -------------- ------------ -----------

Underworld

Evolution 10/16/06 Sony

------------- ---------------- -------------- ------------ -----------

XXX: State of

The Union 11/13/06 Sony

------------- ---------------- -------------- ------------ -----------

Terminator MGM

------------- ---------------- -------------- ------------ -----------

27th

------------- ---------------- -------------- ------------ -----------

(1) Ultraviolet 10/16/06 Sony

------------- ---------------- -------------- ------------ -----------

Crash Lionsgate

------------- ---------------- -------------- ------------ -----------

Lord Of War Lionsgate

------------- ---------------- -------------- ------------ -----------

The Punisher Lionsgate

------------- ---------------- -------------- ------------ -----------

Terminator 2 -

Judgment Day Lionsgate

------------- ---------------- -------------- ------------ -----------

Saw Lionsgate

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Blu-ray Disc Movie Titles

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Coming Soon

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US Title European Japan Studio

Release Release Release

Date Date Date

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April 2007

----------- ------------------ -------------- ------------ -----------

24th

----------- ------------------ -------------- ------------ -----------

Night at the

Museum Fox

----------- ------------------ -------------- ------------ -----------

Ultimate

Avengers/Ultimate

Avengers 2 Lionsgate

----------- ------------------ -------------- ------------ -----------

(2)The Queen(1) Disney

----------- ------------------ -------------- ------------ -----------

(2)Deja vu (2)April 2007 Disney

----------- ------------------ -------------- ------------ -----------

Failure to Launch Paramount

----------- ------------------ -------------- ------------ -----------

Planet Earth: The

Complete

Collection BBC

----------- ------------------ -------------- ------------ -----------

Secret Window Sony

----------- ------------------ -------------- ------------ -----------

----------- ------------------ -------------- ------------ -----------

May 2007

----------- ------------------ -------------- ------------ -----------

1st

----------- ------------------ -------------- ------------ -----------

(1)Dreamgirls Paramount

----------- ------------------ -------------- ------------ -----------

Happily N'Ever Lionsgate

After

----------- ------------------ -------------- ------------ -----------

8th

----------- ------------------ -------------- ------------ -----------

Dirty Dancing 20th

Anniversary

Edition Lionsgate

----------- ------------------ -------------- ------------ -----------

Catch and Release Sony

----------- ------------------ -------------- ------------ -----------

Donnie Brasco Sony

----------- ------------------ -------------- ------------ -----------

Revenge Sony

----------- ------------------ -------------- ------------ -----------

Chris Botti - Live

with Orchestra

and Special

Friends Sony

----------- ------------------ -------------- ------------ -----------

15th

----------- ------------------ -------------- ------------ -----------

Stomp the Yard Sony

----------- ------------------ -------------- ------------ -----------

Battle of the Warner

Bulge Bros.

----------- ------------------ -------------- ------------ -----------

Warner

The Road Warrior Bros.

----------- ------------------ -------------- ------------ -----------

22nd

----------- ------------------ -------------- ------------ -----------

Flags of our

Fathers Paramount

----------- ------------------ -------------- ------------ -----------

(2)Pirates of the (2)May 2007 (2)5/23/07

Caribbean: Curse

of the Black

Pearl (two disc

set: 50GB + 25GB) Disney

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(2)Pirates of the (2)May 2007 (2)5/23/07

Caribbean: Dead

Man's Chest (two

disc set: 50GB +

25GB) Disney

----------- ------------------ -------------- ------------ -----------

(2)Apocalypto Disney

----------- ------------------ -------------- ------------ -----------

Closer Sony

----------- ------------------ -------------- ------------ -----------

29th

----------- ------------------ -------------- ------------ -----------

Blood and Sony

Chocolate

----------- ------------------ -------------- ------------ -----------

Curse of the Sony

Golden Flower

----------- ------------------ -------------- ------------ -----------

Weeds Season 1 Lionsgate

----------- ------------------ -------------- ------------ -----------

Basic Instinct Lionsgate

----------- ------------------ -------------- ------------ -----------

----------- ------------------ -------------- ------------ -----------

June 2007

----------- ------------------ -------------- ------------ -----------

5th

----------- ------------------ -------------- ------------ -----------

Coming to America Paramount

----------- ------------------ -------------- ------------ -----------

Trading Places Paramount

----------- ------------------ -------------- ------------ -----------

Cars Disney

----------- ------------------ -------------- ------------ -----------

Hellboy Sony

----------- ------------------ -------------- ------------ -----------

Meatballs Sony

----------- ------------------ -------------- ------------ -----------

The Messengers Sony

----------- ------------------ -------------- ------------ -----------

Rescue Me - Season Sony

3

----------- ------------------ -------------- ------------ -----------

Bruce Springsteen Sony

With The Sessions

Band Live in

Dublin

----------- ------------------ -------------- ------------ -----------

Warner

Rio Bravo Bros.

----------- ------------------ -------------- ------------ -----------

Warner

The Cowboys Bros.

----------- ------------------ -------------- ------------ -----------

Warner

Blood Diamond Bros.

----------- ------------------ -------------- ------------ -----------

8th

----------- ------------------ -------------- ------------ -----------

Con Air (2)June 2007 Disney

----------- ------------------ -------------- ------------ -----------

Crimson Tide (2)June 2007 Disney

----------- ------------------ -------------- ------------ -----------

The Rock (2)June 2007 Disney

----------- ------------------ -------------- ------------ -----------

12th

----------- ------------------ -------------- ------------ -----------

(2)Primeval Disney

----------- ------------------ -------------- ------------ -----------

Daddy's Little Lionsgate

Girls

----------- ------------------ -------------- ------------ -----------

19th

----------- ------------------ -------------- ------------ -----------

(2)Bridge to Disney

Terabithia

----------- ------------------ -------------- ------------ -----------

June TBD

----------- ------------------ -------------- ------------ -----------

Cruel Intentions Sony

----------- ------------------ -------------- ------------ -----------

Ghost Rider Sony

----------- ------------------ -------------- ------------ -----------

Seven Years in Sony

Tibet

----------- ------------------ -------------- ------------ -----------

TBD 2007

----------- ------------------ -------------- ------------ -----------

The Complete Warner

Matrix Trilogy Bros.

----------- ------------------ -------------- ------------ -----------

The Ultimate Warner

Matrix Collection Bros.

----------- ------------------ -------------- ------------ -----------

(1)Titles released day-and-date with DVD

(2)50GB Blu-ray Disc Title

 

(a) Data is accurate as of April 23, 2007 and is based on information

provided by BDA member companies.

"SPIDER-MAN 3 Soundtrack" Album to Be Released May 1, 2007

Special Limited Edition Package Available Online Only

-- As previously announced, Record Collection will release the original soundtrack to "SPIDER-MAN 3," one of the most anticipated album and film events of the summer. Featuring all new, exclusive music, the album is scheduled for release on May 1, 2007, and is already garnering huge attention due in part to tremendous radio visibility from the first single "Signal Fire," by Glasgow-based stars SNOW PATROL.

A Limited Edition Soundtrack package will also be available and will contain a 32-page embossed hard-cover book featuring stills from the movie and 5 collectable movie cards housed inside an 8"x8" box made from a replica of the rubberized Spider-Man suit. Additionally, this version will also contain a bonus track by THE FLAMING LIPS titled, "Theme From Spider-Man." This special package is available online only at: www.spiderman3soundtrack.com.

Into vinyl? The album will be available in 4 different collectable picture discs enclosed in clear gatefold sleeves. Images from the film will be pressed on one side of the vinyl. These will be limited to 1,000 numbered edition pressings of each. A standard double album in a gatefold sleeve will be available as well. Details of where and when fans can purchase the limited vinyl editions to be announced shortly.

In the meantime, the second single to be featured from the soundtrack will be "Red River," by THE WALKMEN. A video for the track will be filmed this week. "Red River" will impact radio waves on April 24th. The Walkmen are on tour now. Check www.walkmen.com for details.

 

 

April 23

 

 

DIMEBAG DARRELL’S BLACK TOOTH BASH @ THE HOUSE OF BLUES

SIX STRING MASTERPIECES is proud to present:

THE DIMEBAG DARRELL ART TRIBUTE AUCTION to benefit

The LITTLE KIDS ROCK FOUNDATION

– Please join us at the House of Blues Hollywood to honor Dimebag Darrell Abbott and The Dimebag Darrell Art Tribute Auction to benefit The Little Kids Rock Foundation. This event is held after the induction of Dimebag Darrell Abbott to the Hollywood Guitar Center Rock Walk May 17th, 2007 .

The night will start out with ring-master Jamey Jasta of Hatebreed and Headbanger's Ball leading us into the 3-ring circus in honor of Dimebag Darrell Abbott and his induction. Jasta opens the night with introducing to the masses the L.A Chapter of the Little Kids Rock. The kids will rock out and show you how a little love from us can help change the lives of these gifted kids that would not normally have the chance to learn and play instruments.

Jasta will then head up the now famed BLACK TOOTH BASH. This nights BLACK TOOTH BAND will comprise of performances by Vinnie Paul Abbott, Scott Ian, Ripper Owens, John 5, David Draiman (Disturbed), Bob Zilla (Damageplan), Aaron Lewis (Staind), Ace Frehley, Brent Smith and Jasin Todd (Shinedown), Dave Navarro, Stephen Perkins, Matt Byrne (Hatebreed), Chester Bennington (Linkin Park) and many more surprise artists!

SIX-STRING MASTERPIECES: THE DIMEBAG DARRELL ART TRIBUTE is a collection of over 60 DEAN ML guitars that have been hand-painted by world-famous Rock Stars and internationally known Tattoo & Visionary Artists in a memorial tribute to one of the greatest guitarists of all time, Dimebag Darrell Abbott. The guitars can be viewed prior to the auction May 4th to May 16th at LaLuz DeJesus Gallery in L.A. ( 4633 Hollywood Ave ).

The Little Kids Rock Foundation (501C3) is the charity of choice for Dimebag Darrell – so it’s Dime-Time folks and we are going to rock the house to honor Dimebag and raise money for the kids!

(501C3) is the charity of choice for Dimebag Darrell – so it’s Dime-Time folks and we are going to rock the house to honor Dimebag and raise money for the kids!

The gear companies are uniting as one to raise money for the kids. The night’s sponsors are Dimebag Hardware, Dean Guitars, Coffin Case, Seymour Duncan, GHS Strings, EMG Pickups, Schecter Guitars with more joining us each day!!

For more information on the charity and the Six String masterpieces go to www.rockwalk.com www.littlekidsrock.org, www.actionartsagency.com, www.myspace.com/sixstringmasterpieces.

 

ANIME EXPO® 2007 RECEIVES DEATH NOTES Nation¹s Largest Convention Obtains Guests of Honor and EXCLUSIVE Films Anaheim, California (April 23, 2007) ‹ ³The human whose name is written in this note shall die.² Famed director Tetsuro Araki and character designer Masaru Kitao announce their attendance at Anime Expo® 2007 as Official Guests of Honor. In addition, Anime Expo® has also obtained the rights to screen the blockbuster films, starring Tatsuya Fujiwara, from Japan DEATH NOTE (123 minutes) and DEATH NOTE: THE LAST NAME (140 minutes) on 35 mm print at the highly anticipated 2007 convention June 29-July 2 at the Long Beach Convention Center. More information can be found on the website www.anime-expo.org <http://www.anime-expo.org> . Born November 5, 1976, in the Saitama Prefecture and a graduate of the School of Literature at Senshu University, Tetsuro Araki gained mass fame and media attention as the director of the "Desu nôto" (2006 also known as DEATH NOTE) TV Series (produced by Madhouse, Nippon Television, Shueisha and VAP). Based on the Japanese manga series centering around a high school student who decides to rid the world of evil with the help of a supernatural notebook, dropped by a rogue Shinigami Death God, that kills anyone whose name is written in it. The popularity of the TV series made a great synergy for two live-action films which topped the Japanese box office for two straight weeks as well as a video game entitled DEATH NOTE: KIRA GAME. Mr. Araki made his debut as a storyboard artist and director for a short animated version of CARDCAPTOR SAKURA. Since then, he has engaged with a number of animated TV series as a ³thoroughbred² Madhouse director including DI GI CHARAT NYO and GUNGRAVE. Mr. Araki came under the spotlight for his unique and sometimes ³outrageous² sense of humor in the GALAXY ANGEL series. Mr. Araki also made his directorial debut with OTUGIJUSHI AKAZUKIN. Masaru Kitao gained mass fame and media attention as the sole character designer of the "Desu nôto" (2006 also known as DEATH NOTE) TV Series characters (produced by Madhouse, Nippon Television and VAP). Mr. Kitao was responsible for such memorable characters from the TV series such as Light Yagami (Kira), L, Miss Amane, Ryuk and Rem. Mr. Kitao has been involved with many other acclaimed anime titles including Rozen Maiden, X, CARDCAPTOR SAKURA, CARDCAPTOR SAKURA: THE SEALED CARD (USA) and the classic anime METROPOLIS. Exceeding 15 million copies sold, the manga best seller, DEATH NOTE has been adopted into a series of live-action feature films as DEATH NOTE part 1, 2 and (most recently announced to be produced) 3 which topped the box office for 2 straight weeks pushing THE DA VINCI CODE into 2nd place. Anime Expo® 2007 brings the two Japanese blockbuster films on 35 mm print to the viewing pleasure of its attendees. DEATH NOTE (synopsis): ³The human whose name is written in this note shall die². Weary Shinigami the Death drops a notebook (the notebook of death that determined people¹s death) within the human world where a weary genius picks it up. Light Yagami (Fujiwara), an extremely bright and elite university student, ends up possessing the ultimate tool that should remain only in the hands of Gods. Light decides to create an ideal world and begins to hold the scales to judge criminals by his discretion. Meanwhile a mysterious detective named ³L² begins to investigate the unresolved cases caused by the Light. The future of mankind is at the mercy of the crucial and fierce battles of the two men. Tetsuro Araki and Masaru Kitao joins ORESKABAND and Mary Elizabeth McGlynn as Anime Expo® 2007 Official Guests of Honor. All registrants who register before the end of March are automatically placed into the drawing. Those who have already pre-registered are also automatically entered into this drawing. Secure pre-registration can be done via online at https://secure.rhq.com/anime/anime2007/attreg/index.cgi <file://localhost/anime/anime2007/attreg/index.cgi> . Attendees interested in booking flights, car rentals and/or other hotels for Anime Expo® 2007 can do so via the AX Travel Store located at www.AXTravelStore.com <http://www.AXTravelStore.com> . About Anime Expo® Located in Long Beach, California - Anime Expo®, the nation¹s largest anime/manga convention, serves to foster trade, commerce and the interests of the general public and animation/ comics industry. This event serves as a key meeting place for the general public to express their interest and explore various aspects of anime/manga, as well as for members of the industry to conduct business. AX 2007 will be held June 29 ­ July 2, 2007 at the Long Beach Convention Center in Southern California. SPONSORS: ADV Films, Bandai Entertainment, Copic Markers, Digital Manga, Gaia Online, Go! Media, Infinity Studios, Informasian TV (IaTV) and the Los Angeles Times. More information can be found at its website (www.anime-expo.org). About Society for the Promotion of Japanese Animation The Society for the Promotion of Japanese Animation (SPJA) is a non-profit organization with a mission to popularize and educate the American public about anime and manga, as well as provide a forum to facilitate communication between professionals and fans. This organization is more popularly known by its entertainment property ­ Anime Expo®. More information can be found at its website (www.spja.org). 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 Anime Expo®/SPJA¹s actual future results to differ materially from those expressed in any such forward-looking statements. Such factors include, without limitation, product delays, 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. 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

 

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