UNITED TALENT AGENCY AND VEOH NETWORKS FORM BREAKTHROUGH CHANNEL TO
DISCOVER NEW TALENT ONLINE
BEVERLY HILLS (January 17, 2007) ---- UTA Online, the broadband
division of leading talent and literary agency United Talent Agency,
partnered with Veoh Networks, Inc. (www.veoh.com) the leading innovator
in Internet television, to create a branded UTAO channel on Veoh
dedicated to identifying new talent and showcasing content produced by
current UTAO clients. This is the first distribution partnership
a talent agency and an online network. The deal was brokered by Michael
Eisner, Veoh board member and Jeremy Zimmer, UTA board member.
Slated to launch in February, the new channel will provide UTAO a
single site to aggregate the high volume of talent and filmmaker
submissions it has received since opening its doors October 2006. UTAO
has openly encouraged aspiring digital artists to submit their work for
representation consideration, bucking the common agency practice of
prohibiting unsolicited submissions. The channel will be open and
available to all Veoh users to submit, view and share content.
UTAO executives and the UTAO web portal, in development, will direct
potential clients to the Veoh channel as the exclusive mechanism for
submitting unsolicited video materials to UTAO. Additionally, the UTAO
channel, which will be supported by both banner and integrated
advertisements, will also feature content produced by already-existing
"We have received thousands of submissions since UTAO was
announced," commented Brent Weinstein, the Head of Digital Media at
United Talent Agency, who oversees the UTAO division. "This
partnership with Veoh enables us to create a structured, standardized
and legally sound mechanism for aggregating and reviewing unsolicited
submissions, in a peer-to-peer video environment that can support the
high resolution, television-quality content that many aspiring artists
"With UTAO's expertise in spotting and nurturing entertainment
talent and Veoh's mission to encourage, empower and enable the best
independent, creative content producers online, this channel will
the new gateway for talent discovery in Hollywood." said Dmitry
Shapiro, CEO of Veoh Networks, Inc. "By partnering with UTAO and
making this process available to the public, we are bringing the newest
and brightest creative minds to the new, more flexible medium of
The UTAO channel will offer all of the features of the Veoh network.
Publishers will be able to easily publish and distribute TV-quality,
full-screen videos to hundreds of millions of viewers around the world
using the Veoh software. As Veoh is more niche than cable, viewers can
subscribe to content offerings of specific interest for viewing either
online or off, whenever and wherever they wish. They can also create
customized profiles, share and comment on videos, and publish videos to
their own web page or blog very simply.
United Talent Agency is one of the entertainment industry's premiere
talent and literary agencies, representing many of world's most
widely-known figures in every current and emerging area of
entertainment, including motion pictures, television, digital media,
publishing, music, mobile and live entertainment. Collectively, UTA
agents represent a significant cross-section of today's most acclaimed
and inspiring artists and entertainers, including nominees and winners
of Academy, Emmy, Grammy, Screen Actors Guild, Directors Guild, Writers
Guild, Producers Guild, Golden Globe and People's Choice awards. The
agency is also globally recognized in the areas of corporate
branding, licensing, endorsements and the representation of production
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
choice for consumers and a compelling marketplace for content providers
and advertisers. Headquartered in San Diego, California with additional
offices in Los Angeles, Veoh Networks is privately held company that is
backed by leading technology and media investors, including Spark
Capital, Michael Eisner's Tornante Company, Time Warner Inc. and
Shelter Capital Partners.
Kanye West, Fergie and John Legend Touchdown in Miami to Perform at 'The Pepsi Smash Super Bowl Bash' Premiering on Saturday, February 3 at 10PM*
Taye Diggs To Host
Exclusive Performances To Air on VSPOT, VH1's Broadband Channel
NEW YORK, Jan. 16 VH1, Pepsi and the NFL have joined forces once again to bring the worlds of football and music together with "The Pepsi Smash Super Bowl Bash." Taking place in the host city of Miami, Florida, the one-hour concert will pay tribute to the All-American sport of football and its 41st Super Bowl with performances by Kanye West, Fergie and John Legend among other special guest appearances.
Hosted by Taye Diggs (ABC's "Daybreak"), "The Pepsi Smash Super Bowl Bash" will also feature appearances by numerous NFL superstar players.
"The Pepsi Smash Super Bowl Bash" will be taped at the NFL Experience (adjacent to Dolphin Stadium) in Miami on Thursday, February 1st and will air on VH1 on Saturday, February 3, at 10PM.* In addition to performances from the on-air show, exclusive performances from all three acts will be available on demand on VSPOT, VH1's broadband channel, at http://vspot.vh1.com/ beginning Saturday, February 3. The Saturday broadcast will also be streamed live on http://www.superbowl.com/.
"The Pepsi Smash Super Bowl Bash" will be executive produced by Lee Rolontz for VH1. Patty Dimaria is the producer. Dave Diomedi is the director.
* all times ET/PT
VH1 connects viewers to the music, artists and pop culture that matter to them most with series, specials, live events, exclusive online content and public affairs initiatives. VH1 is available in 90 million households in the U.S. VH1 also has an array of digital services including VH1 Classic, VH1 Soul and VSPOT, VH1's broadband channel. Connect with VH1 at www.VH1.com.
VH1 is a registered trademark of MTV Networks, a unit of Viacom International Inc. MTV Networks also operates and offers joint ventures, licensing agreements and syndication deals whereby its programming can be seen worldwide.
*** For up-to-the-minute and archival press information including releases and photographs, visit VH1's press-only Web site at www.vh1.com/press
UNIVERSAL PICTURES AND WORKING TITLE PRESENT THE WORLD PREMIERE OF 'SMOKIN' ACES' AT GRAUMAN'S CHINESE HOLLYWOOD, CA THURSDAY, JANUARY 18 AT 7:30 P.M.
WHAT: The world premiere of the dark action comedy "SMOKIN' ACES" WHO: "SMOKIN' ACES" writer/director Joe Carnahan; cast members Ben Affleck, Jason Bateman, Peter Berg, Nestor Carbonell, Common, Kevin Durand, Tommy Flanagan, Andy Garcia, Taraji Henson, Alicia Keys, Ray Liotta, Chris Pine, Ryan Reynolds, Joseph Ruskin and Maury Sterling; producers Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner; executive producers Robert Graf and Liza Chasin. Plus celebrity guests including Amanda Anka, Elizabeth Banks, A.J. Buckley, Jennifer Garner, Maggie Grace, Lauren Holly, Tracee Ellis Ross and many more. WHERE: Grauman's Chinese 6925 Hollywood Boulevard Hollywood, CA WHEN: Thursday, January 18, 2007 5:30 PM Press Call Time 6:30 PM Celebrity Arrivals 7:30 PM Screening Begins "SMOKIN' ACES" opens in theaters nationwide on Friday, January 26, 2007
'American Idol' Attraction at Mme. Tussauds Lets Public Perform Like #1 TV Show
New Konami Karaoke Video Game Judges, Rates Individual Acts; Idol's New Season Premieres Tonight on FOX
LAS VEGAS, American Idol hopefuls who couldn't make an audition or didn't make the cut now have another chance.
Continuing its trend of recognizing the world's leading pop culture entertainers, Madame Tussauds Las Vegas today introduced a new interactive American Idol attraction in its ON STAGE area that allows the public to perform in front of wax figures of Simon Cowell and Ryan Seacrest just like contestants on the LIVE show, which premieres its new season tonight on FOX.
The experience is enhanced by Konami's new "Karaoke Revolution Presents: American Idol," an innovative Karaoke video game that was launched nationally on January 2 for the PlayStation 2(R) computer entertainment system. Three judges in the video game, including Cowell and Randy Jackson, judge players' performances with specific feedback.
"Karaoke Revolution Presents: American Idol" allows participants to sing and perform using a USB headset/microphone as they compete through a fully recreated virtual segment of America's #1 TV show. Madame Tussauds contestants audition, earn an invitation to Hollywood and can ultimately perform on center stage at the finale. Performers may enter alone or compete against friends because the game supports up to eight players. Cowell and Jackson provide in-depth, specific verbal critiques of performances.
"We have created the ultimate American Idol experience and the Konami video game brings it alive," said Adrian Jones, general manager of Madame Tussauds Las Vegas.
"We are receiving tons of accolades from fans and the press about Karaoke Revolution Presents: American Idol. Now to be included in a Madame Tussauds exhibit demonstrates the true popularity of the game and the brand," said Matt Knoles, product manager for Konami Digital Entertainment, Inc. "Consumers are going to have a blast living out their Idol dreams singing in our video game in front of famous Madame Tussauds wax figures of Simon Cowell and Ryan Seacrest."
Madame Tussauds is an international wax attraction that offers the public the unique opportunity to "interact" with famous people. Madame Tussauds operates museums in London, Amsterdam, Hong Kong, Shanghai, New York and at The Venetian Resort - Hotel - Casino on "The Strip" in Las Vegas, NV.
Source: Madame Tussauds Las Vegas
SplitFish Provided Golden Globe Nominees and Presenters With a Little Video Game Entertainment as Part of the Access Hollywood's '64th GOLDEN GLOBE AWARDS' Weekend Activities
EDMONTON, Alberta, Jan. 16 /PRNewswire/ -- Today SplitFish GameWare Inc. announced the official launching of its MotionFX and EdgeFX Sony PlayStation 2 products as part of the Access Hollywood "Stuff You Must ... " lounge activities, this past weekend.
SplitFish provided its two newest products the EdgeFX and the MotionFX as entertainment and gifts for Golden Globe presenters, nominees and fellow cast members in L.A. Among the many participants Hayden Panettiere, Vanessa Williams, Jennifer Hudson, Mary J. Blige, Blair Underwood, Patricia Arquette, cast members of Dream Girls, Babel, Ugly Betty, CSI, Grey's Anatomy, Kinky Boots and many more stopped by to have some fun with the SplitFish video game products.
As seen on the internationally broadcast television entertainment show "Access Hollywood" and the "Access Hollywood website" the stars had a great time testing their video game abilities and unwinding with the SplitFish products. The EdgeFX and MotionFX are now both available at GameStop locations across North America and other fine retailers.
For further details email us at email@example.com or visit our web site at www.splitfish.com .
SplitFish is a developer of original patented video game hardware technologies that include the theme park quality eyeFX 3D Adapter, the edgeFX Competition Controller, the motionFX Tilt-sensing Adapter, the glideFX Trackball Controller, and the dualFX Laser Gun.
Source: SplitFish GameWare Inc.
USA Network Teams With JuiceCaster for First Ever Contestant Mobisodes for Fifth Season of NASHVILLE STAR Presented by Sonic
NEW YORK, Jan. 16 In a first ever for a cable network reality show production, USA Network will team with JuiceCaster, the first unified mobile and web social media network, to provide NASHVILLE STAR's fifth season's top ten finalists with the ability to create their own "Contestant Mobisodes," enabling maximum exposure to fans worldwide. With JuiceCaster, photos and video content recorded by contestants with multimedia cell phones provided by Cricket Mobile can be automatically posted to the NASHVILLE STAR Mobisode MediaBox in real-time. The MediaBox, accessible via the official NASHVILLE STAR site (nashvillestar.usanetwork.com) and on each contestant's personal MySpace profile pages (www.myspace.com/nashvillestar), will give visitors an exclusive view into the everyday lives of the NASHVILLE STAR contestants as they compete for the chance to win a major music recording contract.
Visitors to the Nashville Star Mobisode MediaBoxes can subscribe to a contestant's MediaBox 'channel' on their own MediaBox, available for free at www.juicecaster.com. Fans who subscribe to a NASHVILLE STAR's contestant's channel can choose to be notified when a NASHVILLE STAR contestant posts a new photo or video, via text-message. Fans can then view that contestant's content on their cell phone screens, or by visiting their own MediaBoxes online. Individuals can easily post their MediaBox to any web site, placing links to NASHVILLE STAR contestants' content anywhere on the Web.
"This technology is a testament to how usanetwork.com and NASHVILLE STAR are working to stay on the cutting edge of entertainment and delivering another great web component to the series," said Chris McCumber, senior vice president, marketing and brand strategy for USA Network.
JuiceCaster will enable handset-to-handset, handset-to-PC, and PC-to-handset content distribution for Nashville Star contestants. The finalists will be able to upload an unlimited number of their favorite behind-the-scenes moments to the Nashville Star web site in real-time with their Motorola KRZR handsets provided by Cricket. Pictures and videos created by Nashville Star finalists can be viewed and shared via the JuiceCaster application on any data-capable Cricket handset.
"With JuiceCaster, NASHVILLE STAR contestants can upload pictures and videos directly from their mobile phones for immediate and massive broadcast exposure to fans," said Nick Desai, founder and chairman of Juice Wireless. "We're giving each musician's content ultimate portability by delivering it freely to anyone, anytime, through MediaBox channels -- instead of waiting for the fans to seek out the newest, hottest content. With JuiceCaster, they'll be able to automatically post content taken with their device to the web, creating and sharing files while connecting with fans anywhere, at any time."
NASHVILLE STAR, the original grassroots talent search to find America's next great country music star and the nation's top-rated country music program, will begin its fifth season with Grammy(R)-nominated host Jewel and co-hosted by RAYBAW/Warner Bros. Record's Cowboy Troy on its new night of Thursday, January 11, 2007 at 10pm/9 CT on USA Network. This season, country music icon Randy Owen and country star Blake Shelton join movie and music industry executive Anastasia Brown at the judges' table. NASHVILLE STAR will also feature a special musical guest each week.
Juice Wireless, Inc. is based in Los Angeles and New York. Privately-held, the company is a creator of innovative, consumer-friendly and highly useful applications accessible by consumers on virtually all digital devices, from the computer to the mobile phone to the iPod(TM) and more. Juice Wireless' flagship product is JuiceCaster (http://www.juicecaster.com/), the world's first Personal Broadcast Network. In November 2006, JuiceCaster won the 3G CDMA Industry Achievement Award for Most Innovative Social Networking Application. Juice Wireless has executed highly successful mobile phone based marketing programs for customers including AOL, Conde Nast, Teen Vogue Magazine, Glamour Magazine, Allure Magazine, The Gillette Company, Sony Connect and Transworld Entertainment (FYE.com).
USA Network is cable television's leading provider of original series and feature movies, sports and entertainment events, off-net television shows, and blockbuster theatrical films. The #1 basic cable network across the board for 2006, USA Network is seen in 90 million U.S. homes. The USA Network Web site is located at www.usanetwork.com. Characters Welcome.
USA Network is a program service of NBC Universal Cable a division of NBC Universal, one of the world's leading media and entertainment companies in the development, production, and marketing of entertainment, news, and information to a global audience.
Source: USA Network
Celebrities Leave Golden Globe Rehearsals Looking & Feeling More Beautiful Thanks to t'Zerah - A Couture Line of Natural Skin Care Treatments
SAN ANSELMO, Calif., Jan. 16 /PRNewswire/ -- Celebrities visiting the Backstage Creations Retreat during rehearsals at the 2007 Golden Globe(R) Awards left glowing and more relaxed after receiving a complete t'Zerah skin regimen, including Or' l'Or de Nuit Illuminating Lifting Serum, made with pure white powder gold and inspired by the Golden Globes themselves!
(Photo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20070116/SFTU166 )
Courteney Cox Arquette, Jessica Biel, Bai Ling (Lost) and Jenna Fischer (The Office) were among the high-profile guests who visited the retreat and went home with an exclusive collection of t'Zerah products presented in a custom made ivory silk box filled with flower petals and wrapped in hand made Japanese rice paper.
Overheard at the Retreat
Before they left, many of the stars raved about this luxurious product. Melina Karakaredes from CSI: NY called the products "lovely," Jenna Fischer exclaimed, "The products smell great! I could really use this (Or l'Or de Nuit) on Monday." And Hayden Panetierre of Heroes said, "I love this scent!"
But it wasn't just women who were impressed, after trying the face cream, Terrence Howard said, "Mmmm. That feels good! Can you hook me up with two of those boxes?"
T'Zerah, a luxurious couture-quality line of skin care inspired by the ancient knowledge of the restorative power of plants, was selected as the exclusive skin care line at the Backstage Creations Retreat during the Golden Globe rehearsals on Saturday and Sunday. Nearly 60 celebrity presenters were invited to visit the retreat over the weekend.
T'Zerah is made with only the freshest, purest essences of flowers, fruits, plants and precious minerals carefully selected for their ability to harmonize with the skin, rejuvenating and restoring its vitality and radiance. You can truly feel the difference -- the products have a freshness and vitality that has become the t'Zerah signature.
Backstage Creations is the leading company providing corporate clients an exclusive opportunity to personally introduce their products and services to celebrities. Invited celebrities visit custom designed "Retreats" to relax and choose products selected by event organizers as "thank-you" gifts. Backstage Creations has created celebrity retreats at various industry events including the Golden Globes Awards, People's Choice Awards and Billboard Music Awards.
Denzel Washington: America's Favorite Movie Star
After two years as #1, Tom Hanks drops to #2, according to a new Harris Poll
ROCHESTER, N.Y., Jan. 16 Hollywood movie star Denzel Washington returns to the list of America's favorite movie stars in dramatic fashion, taking the number one position after dropping off the top ten list in 2005. Dropping from number one to number two is Tom Hanks, while movie legend John Wayne remains in third place. Tough guy Clint Eastwood jumps up two spots to fourth place.
These are the results of a nationwide Harris Poll of 1,147 U.S. adults surveyed online by Harris Interactive(R) between December 12 and 18, 2006.
Will Smith also joins the list this year, perhaps due to the recent success of his film, The Pursuit of Happyness. Smith not only joins the top ten for the first time, but does so tied for fifth place. While all the other stars are the same, they have changed places within the top ten. Some of these changes include:
- Harrison Ford is the biggest mover as he drops seven places from tied
for #3 to #10. This excludes him from the top five for the first time
since 1997; - Julia Roberts is tied for #5, a spot held alone in 2005.
She is still alone in one regard - this Pretty Woman is the only female
to appear in the top ten; - Johnny Depp drops five spots on the list.
In 2005, he was #2 and this time out he is tied for #7. Also tied for #7 is
Mel Gibson, who previously held the spot alone; -
George Clooney drops one spot, from #8 to #9.
Gender and age appear to play a role in deciding a favorite. Clint Eastwood is number one among men, while women choose Julia Roberts. Despite dropping overall, Johnny Depp is the favorite among Echo Boomers (ages 18 to 29). Gen Xers (ages 30 to 41) cite Tom Hanks as their favorite, while Baby Boomers (ages 42 to 60) go for someone who is no longer with us - John Wayne. Matures (ages 61 and over) choose Julia Roberts as their favorite.
Political ideology also appears to be a factor in choosing a favorite movie star. Conservatives pick Tom Hanks and John Wayne as their favorites, while liberals and moderates both choose Denzel Washington. Additionally, region is another factor in picking a favorite. Easterners pick Clint Eastwood as their favorite, while those in the West choose Will Smith. Southerners go with the number one choice overall and cite Denzel Washington as their favorite actor, while Mid-Westerners think outside the box and choose Brad Pitt, who comes in at #14 overall.
TABLE 1 FAVORITE MOVIE STAR
"Who is your favorite movie star?" Unprompted responses
Base: All adults 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002
2003 2004 2005 2006 Denzel Washington * 4 8 10 10 * =7
8 7 9 6 * 1 Tom Hanks 5 6 7 * * =5 6 2 1 4
1 1 2 John Wayne 2 1 2 4 2 2 2 6 6 7 7 =3 3
Clint Eastwood 1 2 4 1 =4 4 5 7 8 8 8 6 4
Will Smith * * * * * * * * * * * * =5
Julia Roberts * * * * * 8 4 1 3 2 3 5 =5 J
ohnny Depp * * * * * * * * * 10 4 2 =7
Mel Gibson 3 3 1 2 3 3 3 4 2 1 2 7 =7
George Clooney * * * * * * * * * * 10 8 9
Harrison Ford 4 * * 5 1 1 1 3 4 =5 5 =3 10
* Not in top 10. "=" prior to a number indicates a tie
DROPPED OUT OF TOP 10 IN 2006 Sean Connery (#9 in 2005)
and Sandra Bullock (#10 in 2005)
TABLE 2 WHICH MOVIE STAR IS #1 AMONG DIFFERENT GROUPS?
Bases/Groups as listed below: Favorite Movie Star Men
Clint Eastwood Women Julia Roberts
Conservatives Tom Hanks/John Wayne (tie) Liberals
Denzel Washington Moderates
Denzel Washington Echo Boomers (18-29)
Johnny Depp Gen X (30-41)
Tom Hanks Baby Boomers (42-60)
John Wayne Matures (61+)
Julia Roberts East
Clint Eastwood Midwest
Brad Pitt South
Denzel Washington West
Will Smith Methodology
This Harris Poll(R) was conducted online within the United States between December 12 and 18, 2006, among 1,147 adults (aged 18 and over). Figures for age, sex, race, education, region and household income were weighted where necessary to bring them into line with their actual proportions in the population. Propensity score weighting was also used to adjust for respondents' propensity to be online.
All surveys are subject to several sources of error. These include: sampling error (because only a sample of a population is interviewed); measurement error due to question wording and/or question order, deliberately or unintentionally inaccurate responses, nonresponse (including refusals), interviewer effects (when live interviewers are used) and weighting.
With one exception (sampling error) the magnitude of the errors that result cannot be estimated. There is, therefore, no way to calculate a finite "margin of error" for any survey and the use of these words should be avoided.
With pure probability samples, with 100 percent response rates, it is possible to calculate the probability that the sampling error (but not other sources of error) is not greater than some number. With a pure probability sample of 1,147, one could say with a ninety-five percent probability that the overall results have a sampling error of +/-3 percentage points. However that does not take other sources of error into account. This online survey is not based on a probability sample and therefore no theoretical sampling error can be calculated.
These statements conform to the principles of disclosure of the National Council on Public Polls.
The Harris Poll(R) #4, January 16, 2007 By Regina Corso, Director, The Harris Poll J28941 Q960 About Harris Interactive
Harris Interactive is the 12th largest and fastest-growing market research firm in the world. The company provides research-driven insights and strategic advice to help its clients make more confident decisions which lead to measurable and enduring improvements in performance. Harris Interactive is widely known for The Harris Poll, one of the longest running, independent opinion polls and for pioneering online market research methods. The company has built what it believes to be the world's largest panel of survey respondents, the Harris Poll Online. Harris Interactive serves clients worldwide through its United States, Europe and Asia offices, its wholly-owned subsidiary Novatris in France and through a global network of independent market research firms. The service bureau, HISB, provides its market research industry clients with mixed-mode data collection, panel development services as well as syndicated and tracking research consultation. More information about Harris Interactive may be obtained atwww.harrisinteractive.com.
To become a member of the Harris Poll Online and be invited to participate in online surveys, register at http://go.hpolsurveys.com/HarrisPoll.
'Diddy' Searches for New Generation of 'Bad Boys,' Scouting Nationwide for the Next Superstar Group to Be Featured on MTV's 'Making the Band 4'
On January 13th Candidates Can Post Their Videos On-line
Viewers Can Also Visit Makingtheband.mtv.com To Vote For their Favorites & Help Select The Finalists
Auditions To Be Held in Los Angeles, Houston, Orlando, Atlanta, Chicago, Detroit and New York City Beginning January 17th
NEW YORK, Jan. 16 MTV: Music Television and Sean "Diddy" Combs today announced open call auditions for MTV's hit returning series "Making the Band 4" to kick off on January 17th in Los Angeles. And for the first time ever candidates who are unable to make the open calls can post their audition videos on-line via makingtheband.MTV.com allowing viewers the opportunity to vote for their favorite "Making The Band 4" candidates. The series is scheduled to premiere in Q2 '07 and will chronicle Diddy as he sets out to form an all new boy band.
In the last season of "Making the Band 3," Diddy created the successful all girl band "Danity Kane" whose album debuted at number one. The show documented the journey of Aubrey, D. Woods, Aundrea, Dawn and Shannon as they recorded their first album together under the guidance and expertise of Diddy. "Danity Kane" is scheduled to go on tour with Christina Aguilera. Now Diddy is about to do it all again with "Making The Band 4!"
Starting January 13th aspiring superstars can log onto http://makingtheband.mtv.com/ and upload their singing audition for the world to see. Viewers will have until January 27th to vote for their favorites. 25 candidates will be selected to move on to Round Two, where they'll upload a dance audition. Round Two voting concludes on February 6th. Producers will reward 3 finalists with the opportunity to audition in person for Diddy.
Open call audition dates and locations include:
LOS ANGELES: DATE: Wednesday 1/17 - Open Call
TIME: Line forms at 6 am, Open call begins promptly at 8 am
LOCATION: KNITTING FACTORY 7021 Hollywood Blvd
Hollywood, CA 90028 HOUSTON DATE: Saturday 1/20 TIME:
Line forms at 7 am, Open call begins promptly at 10 am LOCATION:
MERIDIAN 1503 Chartres St. Houston, TX 77003
ORLANDO DATE: Tuesday 1/23 TIME: Line forms at 7 am,
Open call begins promptly at 10 am LOCATION: CLUB PARIS
122 W. Church St. Orlando, FL 32801 ATLANTA DATE:
Saturday 1/27 TIME: Line forms at 7 am, Open call begins
promptly at 10 am LOCATION: VERVE LOUNGE
511 Peachtree St. NE Atlanta, GA 30308 CHICAGO
DATE: Tuesday 1/30 TIME: Line forms at 7 am, Open call
begins promptly at 10 am LOCATION: CLUB 720
720 North Wells St. Chicago, IL 60622 DETROIT
DATE: Saturday 2/3 TIME: Line forms at 7 am, Open call
begins promptly at 10 am LOCATION: PLAN B
205 W. Congress Detroit, MI 48226 NEW YORK DATE:
Tuesday 2/6 TIME: Line forms at 7 am, Open call begins promptly
at 10 am LOCATION: BLVD 199 Bowery (at Spring St)
New York, NY 10002
The first installment of "Making the Band," a real-life drama and breakthrough concept in music and television, chronicled the private and public moments of O-Town's five band members (Ashley Parker Angel, Erik- Michael Estrada, Dan Miller, Trevor Penick and Jacob Underwood) as they ascended into pop stardom. In the second installment of the series "Making the Band 2" Diddy was successful when he developed the hip-hop group 'Da Band' whose album "Too Hot For TV" went gold.
The last season of "Making The Band 3" ranked #1 in its time period among P12-34 versus cable competition and reached over 63 million total viewers in premieres and repeats.
Sean "Diddy" Combs, Ted Iredell and Perry Dance will serve as executive producers. Jacquelyn French is the executive in charge of production for MTV and Francesca Spero is Producer for Bad Boy Entertainment.
SEAN COMBS, the CEO and founder of Bad Boy Worldwide Entertainment Group is a multifaceted entertainment powerhouse. Sean "Diddy" Combs was recently declared "One of the Most Influential Businessmen in the World" by Time Magazine and CNN. Combs, 36 oversees one of the world's preeminent urban entertainment companies, encompassing a broad range of businesses including recording, music publishing, artist management, television and film production, recording facility, apparel and restaurants.
MTV Networks, a unit of Viacom (NYSE:VIA) (NYSE:VIA.B) , is one of the world's leading creators of programming and content across all media platforms. MTV Networks, with more than 130 channels worldwide, owns and operates the following television programming services -- MTV: MUSIC TELEVISION, MTV2, VH1, mtvU, NICKELODEON, NICK at NITE, COMEDY CENTRAL, TV LAND, SPIKE TV, CMT, NOGGIN, VH1 CLASSIC, LOGO, MTVN INTERNATIONAL and THE DIGITAL SUITE FROM MTV NETWORKS, a package of 13 digital services, all of which are trademarks of MTV Networks. MTV Networks connects with its audiences through its robust consumer products businesses and its more than 200 interactive properties worldwide, including online, broadband, wireless and interactive television services. The network also has licensing agreements, joint ventures, and syndication deals whereby all of its programming services can be seen worldwide.
Lionsgate's Action Thriller CRANK Debuts at Number One on DVD Charts
Title Debuts as #1 New Release in DVD Sales and Rentals With 2 Million Units Sold in the United States and Canada; 1.4 Million Units Sold First Day
Lionsgate to Follow With DVD Releases of Jessica Simpson/Dane Cook Comedy EMPLOYEE OF THE MONTH and Horror Hit SAW III Over Next Two Weeks
SANTA MONICA, Calif., Jan. 16 CRANK, the non-stop, action-packed theatrical film released on DVD by Lionsgate (NYSE:LGF) , the leading independent filmed entertainment studio, reigned supreme among this week's new DVD releases, opening at #1 on both the DVD sales and rental charts. Earning almost $30 million in domestic box office, the thriller, starring Jason Statham and Amy Smart sold 2 million units in its first week, with 1.4 millions sold on its first day of release. After its first week, CRANK appears positioned to significantly overindex its theatrical box office performance on DVD, reflecting another example of Lionsgate's typically high theatrical box office to DVD conversation rate. The CRANK DVD, breaking new ground for the home viewing experience, moved beyond the traditional special features with the creation of "Crank'd Out Mode," providing more information (including in-depth interviews, behind-the-scenes- footage, outtakes and more) than has ever been available at one time, all without ever leaving the film. The movie was also released day and date on 50 GB Blu-ray disc in the U.S.
The studio will follow the success of CRANK with the DVD debut of EMPLOYEE OF THE MONTH next week and the third installment of the extremely successful SAW horror franchise, SAW III, on January 23. Starring Jessica Simpson and Dane Cook, EMPLOYEE OF THE MONTH earned almost $30 million domestically at the box office. The title will be released on DVD and Blu-ray day and date. Having earned over $80 million domestically and $140 million worldwide, SAW III was the number one horror theatrical release of 2006. Overall, the SAW franchise has surpassed $400 million in worldwide box office receipts and the first two movies debuted in the top spot on the DVD charts. SAW III will also be released on DVD and Blu-ray disc day and date, and 2005's smash hit, SAW II will be making its debut on Blu-ray disc the same day.
"CRANK was an exhilarating way to start the year for Lionsgate. It features a high-powered cast and is the type of action thriller that we expect will have a strong following in the home entertainment marketplace," said Lionsgate General Manager and Executive Vice President Ron Schwartz. "Our expectations were extremely high for this release and we put a lot of effort into ensuring that the DVD stood out at retail, including eye-catching packaging that really pops off the shelves. We are looking forward to continuing this success over the next two weeks with the DVD releases of EMPLOYEE OF THE MONTH and SAW III."
Called "startlingly entertaining and original ... a hardcore action classic!" by the Philadelphia Inquirer and "an action-packed, adrenaline-fueled thrill ride!" by Access Hollywood, CRANK tells the of a hit man (Statham) who, while trying to escape the business to start a new life with his girlfriend (Smart), wakes up to learn that he has been poisoned by his rival with the "Beijing cocktail," and he must keep moving -- literally -- to stay alive. The only way to prevent the poison from stopping his heart is to keep his adrenaline flowing. As the clock ticks, he negotiates the streets of Los Angeles, wreaking havoc on those who dare stand in his way. He must rescue his girlfriend from danger, stay two steps ahead of his nemeses as they try to eliminate him, and search for an antidote to save his own life.
Lionsgate is the leading independent filmed entertainment studio, winning this year's Best Picture Academy Award(R) for CRASH, generating two consecutive years of $300 million-plus domestic theatrical box office, operating a $500 million-plus home entertainment business and producing a broad slate of prime time television series for fiscal 2007. It is a premier producer and distributor of motion pictures, television programming, home entertainment, family entertainment, and video-on-demand content. Its prestigious and prolific library of more than 10,000 titles is a valuable source of stable, recurring revenue and a foundation for the growth of the Company's core businesses. The Lionsgate brand is synonymous with original, daring, quality entertainment in markets around the world.
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Netflix Offers Subscribers the Option of Instantly Watching Movies on Their PCs
New Feature Will Be Included in Subscribers' Monthly Membership at No Extra Charge and Will Have a Phased Roll-Out Over Next Six Months
LOS GATOS, Calif., Jan. 16 -- Netflix, Inc. (NASDAQ:NFLX) , the world's largest online movie rental service, today introduced a new feature that allows people to immediately watch movies and television series on their personal computers and said it will make the new feature available to its subscribers in a phased roll-out over the next six months.
The introduction marks an important enhancement to the Netflix service. Subscribers will continue to receive DVDs by mail from the company's market- leading catalog of over 70,000 titles and will have the additional option of instantly watching about 1,000 movies and TV series on their PCs. The new feature will be included in subscribers' monthly membership plans at no additional cost, and the company said its phased roll-out is meant to ensure that subscribers have a great initial experience with the feature.
"We named our company Netflix in 1998 because we believed Internet-based movie rental represented the future, first as a means of improving service and selection, and then as a means of movie delivery," said Reed Hastings, the company's chief executive officer. "While mainstream consumer adoption of online movie watching will take a number of years due to content and technology hurdles, the time is right for Netflix to take the first step.
"Over the coming years we'll expand our selection of films, and we'll work to get to every Internet-connected screen, from cell phones to PCs to plasma screens. The PC screen is the best Internet-connected screen today, so we are starting there."
Netflix said the introduction of immediate viewing is part of its plan to lead movie rental in total by adding electronic delivery to its existing DVD delivery platform. Netflix is specifically focusing on the rental segment of electronic delivery, distinct from the download-to-own market and advertising- supported electronic delivery.
The new immediate viewing feature differs from current services in that it does not require the often lengthy downloading of a large video file. The Netflix feature uses real-time playback technology that allows video to be viewed at virtually the same time it is being delivered to a user's computer. Following a one-time, under-60-second installation of a simple browser applet, most subscribers' movie selections will begin playing in their Web browser in as little as 10 to 15 seconds. Movies can be paused and a position bar gives viewers the ability to immediately jump to any point in the movie. In all, the instant watching feature requires only Internet connectivity with a minimum of one megabit per second of bandwidth. The more bandwidth a consumer has, the higher quality the video displayed, ranging from the quality of current Netflix previews to DVD quality with a three-megabit-per-second connection.
Initially, the new feature will offer about 1,000 titles and its selection will expand over time as licensing for electronically delivered movie rentals widens. The number of titles available at introduction roughly mirrors the number of DVD titles Netflix carried when its subscription service was launched in 1999. In seven years, that DVD catalog has grown to over 70,000. Most of the major and many independent studios are supporting the introduction of the new feature, including NBC Universal, Sony Pictures, Metro-Goldwyn- Mayer Studios, 20th Century Fox, Paramount Pictures, Warner Bros., New Line Cinema and Lionsgate.
In addition, content is being provided by A&E Television Networks, Anime Network, Allumination FilmWorks, BBC Worldwide, Cinema Libre Studios, Egami Media, Film Movement, Hart Sharp Video, The Independent Film Channel, Magnolia Pictures, New Video Group, New Yorker Films, Palm Pictures, Seventh Art , Silvernitrate Entertainment, Starz Digital, ThinkFilm, Video Action Sports, WMG Productions and Wolfe Video, among others.
The new feature will feel familiar to Netflix subscribers. Once it is made available to them as part of the phased roll-out, members will access instant movie watching by clicking on a "Watch Now" tab on their home page. As with the Netflix DVD catalog, subscribers can browse movies available for immediate viewing by title, genre or star rating. Personalized recommendations, based on an individual's historical preferences, will also appear at the top of the member's "Watch Now" page.
Netflix said it expects to make the new feature available to all Netflix subscribers by the end of June. The hours available for instant watching will vary based on subscribers' monthly plans. For example, subscribers on the entry-level $5.99 plan will have six hours of online movie watching per month and subscribers on Netflix's most popular plan, $17.99 for unlimited DVD rental and three discs out at a time, will have 18 hours of online movie watching per month.
Netflix, Inc. is the world's largest online movie rental service, providing more than five million subscribers access to over 70,000 DVD titles. The company offers a variety of subscription plans, starting at $5.99 a month. There are no due dates, no late fees and no shipping fees. DVDs are delivered for free by the USPS from regional shipping centers located throughout the United States. Netflix can reach more than 90 percent of its subscribers with generally one business-day delivery. Netflix offers personalized movie recommendations to its members and has more than one billion movie ratings. Netflix also allows members to share and recommend movies to one another through its Friends(SM) feature. For more information, visit www.netflix.com.
Beverly Hills, CA — Master chef Wolfgang Puck, for the 13th consecutive year, has been selected by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences to create the menu for the Governors Ball, the post-telecast celebration following the 79th Academy Awards® on Sunday, February 25, 2007.
“The Governors Ball has always been a very special event for me, and I take great pride in creating the menu. This year’s menu will reflect the celebration of the evening along with my passion for locally grown, sustainable and organic ingredients,” Puck said. “I want to create a menu that is elegant and exciting, where the main ingredient is the star of the evening and the chef the co-star.”
Puck and his team will be serving the Academy’s 1,650 guests, which will include Oscar® winners, nominees, presenters and telecast participants.
The menu will feature Ball favorites, including nearly 3,200 miniature Kobe beef cheeseburgers and 4,600 gold-dusted chocolate Oscars®.
“Wolf’s culinary interpretation of the evening’s celebration is always something we aim to match with impeccable service,” said Carl Schuster, CEO of Wolfgang Puck Catering. “We hand-select our staff and begin training months prior to the big event to ensure a flawless outcome.”
Working in a state-of-the-art kitchen adjacent to the Grand Ballroom at the Hollywood & Highland Center®, Puck will lead a team of chefs, pastry chefs and culinary artists who will be responsible for the cooking, presentation and execution of the evening’s menu.
Wolfgang Puck Catering was created in 1998 out of Spago Beverly Hills when Puck and Schuster recognized a national need for high-end restaurant-style catering. Puck’s restaurant concepts have been on the creative edge of fine dining for more than two decades.
Academy Awards for outstanding film achievements of 2006 will be presented on Sunday, February 25, 2007, at the Kodak Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center, and televised live by the ABC Television Network at 5 p.m. PST (8 p.m. EST), beginning with a half-hour arrivals segment, “The Road to the Oscars.”
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AIM: Congressional Liberals Bare Plan to Muzzle Conservative Speech
Less than two weeks after Democrats took control of both houses of Congress, Accuracy in Media has exposed a plan by congressional liberals to use the federal government to silence conservative voices in the media.
Reporting from a so-called National Conference on Media Reform, organized by "progressive" activists, AIM editor Cliff Kincaid has revealed, in an exclusive report now available on the AIM web site (http://www.aim.org/), that liberals in the House and Senate intend to push legislation giving the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) the authority to monitor and restrict what conservatives in the media say and how they say it. Kincaid quotes Democratic Rep. Maurice Hinchey (D-N.Y.) as saying that he wants to put an end to the influence of conservative media personalities he finds to be "neo-fascist" and "neo-con." Their legislative vehicle is revival of a "fairness doctrine" giving FCC bureaucrats the ability to grant liberal activists "equal access" to conservative programs on radio and television. Senator Bernie Sanders, an avowed socialist, told the conference he would push such a measure in the Senate.
Kincaid calls the approach "authoritarian" and a threat to freedom of speech in the U.S.
In his Special Report on the conference, which featured Bill Moyers and Jesse Jackson and Hollywood celebrities such as Jane Fonda, Kincaid said that the event "turned out to be an effort to push the Democratic Party further to the left and get more 'progressive' voices in the media, while proposing to use the power of the federal government to silence conservatives."
At the same time, Kincaid noted that one conference speaker, freshman Rep. Steve Cohen (D-TN), pledged to protect or even increase taxpayer funding for public broadcasting that he admits is on the "left hand side of the dial."
Kincaid documents funding for the organizers of the conference from George Soros, who has made billions of dollars from secretive financial transactions, and notes evidence that participants were so far to the left that Senator Hillary Clinton was considered by them to be "too conservative." Kincaid also documents the active involvement in the conference by members of the Revolutionary Communist Party.
Accuracy in Media (AIM), founded in 1969, is America's oldest media watchdog organization. For more information, please visit http://www.aim.org/.
La Femme Renamed MGM Grand's Crazy Horse Paris
LAS VEGAS, Jan. 15 MGM Grand's acclaimed cabaret production La Femme changes its name to MGM Grand's Crazy Horse Paris.
The original Crazy Horse in Paris has been an illustrious night spot for the past 55 years and has drawn international and U.S. celebrities over and over again, including Madonna, Warren Beatty, Elvis Presley, Elizabeth Taylor, President John F. Kennedy, Christina Aguilera, Prince, Jean Paul Gauthier, Dita Von Teese and Pink.
Crazy Horse Paris is famous for celebrating women in an inimitable, sophisticated and glamorous way. The Crazy Horse show consists of a series of highly aesthetic and visual "tableau vivant" in which exceptionally beautiful and talented dancers perfectly integrate the sensuous choreography of their performances and their spectacular bodies. Each dancer is bathed in richly colored and textured lighting designs. The colors and images from the stunning lighting effects are so overwhelming that it is hard to determine where skin ends and the color reflections begin ... The result is a unique show that engages the mind as much as the eye!
The show at MGM Grand is an exact replica of the acclaimed Crazy Horse in Paris.
The founder of the Crazy Horse, Alain Bernardin, was both inspired by the great American show girls such as Lili St Cyr, Clara Bow and Betty Grable and by the highly creative and productive French art scene of the 70s and 80s. The Crazy Horse combines the best of burlesque and cabaret with the best of Parisian fashion, art and women in an elegant, surprising and totally innovative manner.
"The Crazy Horse legacy is rich in tradition and is recognized worldwide," said MGM Grand Vice President of Entertainment Todd Dougall. "We are proud to be a part of the Crazy Horse history, not only in performance but also in name."
Philippe Lhomme, Chairman and CEO of Crazy Horse Paris explain, "It is our desire to carry on the tradition of the original creator of Crazy Horse, Alain Bernardin. It is essential all of our venues including Las Vegas carry on the name to reflect our image of a highly creative and innovative company."
MGM Grand's Crazy Horse Paris performs nightly at 8 p.m. and 10:30 p.m., dark Tuesdays. Guests must be at least 18 years of age to attend the show. Tickets are priced at $59 inclusive and can be purchased at MGM Grand ticketing outlets, by phone at (702) 891-7777 or online at www.mgmgrand.com.
Source: MGM Grand
Microsoft Broadens Hollywood Ties With New Reveille Series, 'The Big Debate'
Premieres on MSN on Jan. 15.
REDMOND, Wash., Jan. 15 MSN today announced the availability of new entertainment content including a new MSN(R) Originals series, "The Big Debate," produced by Reveille LLC. This content is resulting from the relationship MSN has with Reveille, a leading independent Hollywood production studio and distribution company that has produced groundbreaking critical and ratings hits including NBC's "The Office" and "The Biggest Loser," ABC's "Ugly Betty," FX Network's "30 Days," and MTV's "Parental Control."
The debut of a new MSN Originals series,
"The Big Debate," premiering at http://originals.msn.com/thebigdebate ,
is a comedic and interactive daily original program in which two pop
culture experts debate the right and wrong of today's hottest topics
and vie for viewers' votes on why their respective arguments are correct.
The audience explores the debate through innovative video design and
interactivity, posting their own comments and in turn creating new debates.
The first series episode, premiering today, will launch with a debate
surrounding the Golden Globe Awards nominees.
"We're committed to growing original content online like 'The Big Debate,' because we believe the ability to capture an immediacy and build a community dialogue is a part of the future of entertainment," said Ben Silverman, founder and CEO at Reveille. "We're able to realize a fresh content idea with 'The Big Debate' by first taking the rich information MSN has about consumers' news interests, and then pairing that with the possibilities for viewers to interact using the MSN platform."
"The Big Debate" is the result of the relationship between Reveille and Microsoft announced May 3, 2006, to develop the next generation of entertainment programming online.
"Hollywood is increasingly taking advantage of the audience and interactive experiences MSN offers," said Joanne Bradford, corporate vice president of Microsoft Corp. and chief media officer of MSN. "For MSN to align with production companies as esteemed as Reveille is a mark of our commitment to expand our entertainment practice and continue to generate elevated content for our 465 million worldwide viewers."
Today, MSN is also featuring exclusive Golden Globes content at http://tv.msn.com/tv/globes2007/ .
About MSN Originals: Storytelling for the Digital Age
MSN Originals combines video, interactive community features and rich editorial content to deliver unique entertainment experiences that will be deeply integrated throughout the MSN network, including MSN Lifestyle and MSN Video, as well as Windows Live(TM) Spaces. The first MSN Originals series, "Fan Club: Reality Baseball" ( http://fanclub.msn.com/ ), debuted in July 2006. The next original series, "Be Jane" ( http://bejane.msn.com/ ), debuted in August 2006, and "A Big Life with Sissy Biggers" ( http://originals.msn.com/abiglife ) debuted in November 2006.
MSN Originals is focused on partnering with the best and brightest creative minds in the media industry to bring the new generation of storytelling online. Exclusive MSN Originals content is supported by advertising and made available free to MSN users. Advertising opportunities include display and streaming video, as well as sponsorship packages incorporating MSN media and in-content integration.
Information about MSN Originals can be found at http://originals.msn.com/ . About MSN Video
MSN Video is one of the largest free programmed video services on the Web, watched by more than 11 million unique users per month. In addition to streaming news, entertainment and sports video clips from more than 45 content partners including "The Today Show," FOX Sports, MSNBC, Reveille, Control Room, JibJab Media Inc. and Fox Entertainment Group, MSN Video presents a broad array of live events to online audiences worldwide. More than 50 top advertisers support MSN Video, which is available to consumers at no charge. MSN Video is available on the Web at http://msnvideo.com/ to consumers in the U.S. MSN Video is also live in Australia, Canada, France, Japan and the U.K., and in Spanish in the U.S.
Overall, MSN attracts more than 465 million unique users worldwide per month. With localized versions available globally in 42 markets and 21 languages, MSN is a world leader in delivering Web services to consumers and online advertising opportunities to businesses worldwide.
Reveille is a leading independent production and distribution company focused on exploiting worldwide intellectual property rights through scripted and alternative television formats. Launched in 2002 by Ben Silverman, the company produces innovative entertainment programming across all television genres such as the Emmy Award-winning "The Office" (NBC), which has also received two Television Critics Association Awards; "The Biggest Loser" (NBC); "Ugly Betty" (ABC); "Identity" (NBC); "House of Boateng" (Sundance Channel); "30 Days" (FX); "Blow Out" (Bravo); "Bound For Glory" (ESPN); "Nashville Star" (USA); "Date My Mom" (MTV); and "The Restaurant" (NBC). Reveille is also the world leader in creating integrated marketing opportunities for leading advertisers while developing alternative financing paradigms. In addition, Reveille's growing library of programming is distributed to more than 150 countries worldwide through Reveille International. The company also creates, acquires and develops a broad slate of diverse films through its feature film division, Reveille Motion Pictures. Reveille maintains offices in Los Angeles and New York.
Founded in 1975, Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) is the worldwide leader in software, services and solutions that help people and businesses realize their full potential.
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Clothes Off Our Back Foundation(R) Launches Golden Globe Online Charity Auction Tonight
Bidding Begins Tonight for Items from Kyra Sedgwick, Katherine Heigl, Jeremy
Piven, Mario Lopez, the cast of 'Heroes' and more at www.clothesoffourback.org!!
The entertainment and fashion industries come together starting tonight at the Golden Globes to participate in the Clothes Off Our Back Foundation's third annual spring award show auction that will include celebrity clothing and accessories from award shows and events between now and March.
Red carpet items up for auction starting tonight include (in alphabetical order):
* Kevin Bacon - Shirt and Tie * Geena Davis - Sunglasses * Greg Grunberg ("Heroes") - Hugo Boss Tuxedo * Katherine Heigl ("Grey's Anatomy") - Gown * Rex Lee ("Entourage") - John Varvatos Sunglasses * Mario Lopez ("Dancing with the Stars") - Isaac Mizrahi Tie * Jeremy Piven ("Entourage") - Hamilton Watch * Kyra Sedgwick ("The Closer") - Piaget Ring * John Stamos ("ER") - Oliver Peoples Sunglasses Additional auctions lots include: * "Desperate Housewives" costumes * "Heroes" - two bicycles signed by cast * "Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip" - hats signed by Matthew Perry, Bradley Whitford and Timothy Busfield * "24" - Mary Lynn Rajskub signed Motorola phone * Evangeline Lilly - two dresses from talk show appearances * Gift bag and celebrity signed iPods from the Platinum Guild Golden Globe suite: * Tawny Cypress ("Heroes") * "Entourage" cast - Rex Lee and Perry Reeves * Kathy & Rick Hilton * Felicity Huffman ("Desperate Housewives") * Gregory Itzin ("24") * Sharon Leal (Dreamgirls) * Mario Lopez * Monique Mazur * "The Office" cast - Leslie David Barker, Brian Baumgartner, Kate Flannery, Angela Kinsey and Phyllis Smith * "My Starbucks" Customized Beverage T-Shirts designed by Mychael Knight ("Project Runway") signed by the following celebrities at the Backstage Creations Celebrity Gift Retreat during the 2007 Golden Globes: * "24" cast - Roger Cross, Gregory Itzin * David Arquette ("In Case of Emergency") * Patricia Arquette ("Medium") * Jessica Biel * Clifton Collins Jr. (Babel) * Giuliana DePandi ("E! News") * Kevin Dillon ("Entourage") * Dreamgirls cast - Jennifer Hudson, Keith Robinson * Tina Fey ("30 Rock") * Jenna Fischer ("The Office") * Seth Green * Tim Gunn ("Project Runway") * "Heroes" cast - Greg Grunberg, Masi Oka, Hayden Panettiere, Adrian Pasdar, Milo Ventimiglia * Terrence Howard * Jeremy Irons * Melina Kanakaredes ("CSI:NY") * "Lost" cast - Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Henry Ian Cusack, Jorge Garcia, Daniel Dae Kim, Yunjin Kim * Nancy O'Dell ("Access Hollywood") * Evan Ross (ATL) * Trisha Simmons ("Desperate Housewives") * John Stamos
Proceeds from the auction benefit the emergency relief efforts in Darfur (Friends of the World Food Program, Save the Children and the U.S. Fund for UNICEF), Children's Defense Fund, Cure Autism Now and the Pediatric Epilepsy Project.
Stay tuned for addition items from the Golden Globes, SAG Awards, Grammy Awards, Academy Awards and other events including gift bags and celebrity signed items. The auction will run through March 15 and can be found at www.clothesoffourback.org.
Source: Clothes Off Our Back Foundation
Web site: http://www.clothesoffourback.org/
Uncover the Cover-up When Roswell Celebrates the 60th Anniversary of the 1947 UFO Incident
The Amazing Roswell UFO Festival Scheduled for July 5-8, 2007
ROSWELL, N.M., Jan. 15 Uncover the mystery and help discover the truth at The Amazing Roswell UFO Festival and 60th Anniversary of the Roswell Incident. The City of Roswell invites UFO enthusiasts and skeptics alike to join in the celebration of one of the most debated incidents in history this July 5-8, 2007. The four-day event will feature guest speakers, authors, live entertainment, family-friendly activities and possibly an alien abduction.
This year, the City of Roswell will be coordinating the annual festival. Roswell Mayor Sam LaGrone and the 2007 UFO Festival Committee are working to organize an event everyone can participate in: "This year, we want the festival to be all-inclusive. We invite everyone with an interest in UFOs, aliens and outer space to be a part of the festival as a presenter, a guest, or both," Mayor LaGrone said.
The City is expecting more than 50,000 visitors during the festival and guests are encouraged to make travel arrangements early.
In early July, 1947, a mysterious object crashed on a ranch 30 miles north of Roswell. The Roswell Army Air Field (RAAF) issued a statement claiming to have recovered a crashed "flying disk." An article ran on the front page of the Roswell Daily Record and the next day, RAAF changed its statement to say that the object was a weather balloon, not a flying disk as they previously reported. This revised statement sparked immediate controversy and has continued to be a topic of debate 60 years later.
During The Amazing Roswell UFO Festival, guests can visit alien attractions, attend lectures, book signings and help uncover the truth about one of the most infamous cover-ups in history. Those interested in participating in the festival as an official sponsor, presenter or vendor, please contact Renee Roach at 1-888-ROS-FEST. For more information about the festival, visit www.roswellufofestival.com.
Source: City of Roswell New Mexico
MusicPlusTV.com's CEO Marc Cubas Extends Open Invitation to Artists and Their PR Firms, Agents, Managers and Fans
MusicPlusTV.com Extending Guest List to Musicians, Bands, Actors, Actresses, Artists, Designers, Writers, Journalists, Models, Comedians, Entertainers, and Everyone in Between
January 15, 2007 -- MusicPlusTV.com's CEO and Co-Founder Marc Cubas invites any and all artists, publicists, representatives, agents and fans to the experience MusicPlusTV.com live and direct. Headquartered in Los Angeles, MusicPlusTV.com has been nurturing a growing community of artists and the fans that love them. Since going live on June 15, 2005, MusicPlusTV.com has broadcasted over 4,000 music videos and 2,000 in-studio guests from across the creative spectrum. Cubas invites all to witness the epicenter of this synergy firsthand.
Marc Cubas and Dennis Tzeng founded MusicPlusTV.com in 2003, frustrated by the monotony of MTV, radio playlists and Britney Spears. From this context, MusicPlusTV.com was born with a mission to level the playing field for the sake of quality music and entertainment.
"One of the most rewarding parts of my job is to see artists, staff VJs and contributors develop," explains Marc Cubas. "We've been blessed to witness countless success stories -- individuals that come in hungry and come out on the other side well-fed with opportunities.
"There is always something going on at MusicPlusTV.com's headquarters. We're broadcasting live from our production studio 12 hours a day, and our doors are literally open to anyone to come and visit. 'Behind the scenes' doesn't exist at MusicPlusTV.com. Guests are always a welcome, important participant in the MusicPlusTV.com scene, whether you're a multi-platinum superstar or a fan that lives down the street."
Rather than take his words for it, Marc Cubas invites you to experience MusicPlusTV.com for yourself. To schedule a tour of the headquarters and studios, please contact Bryan Kim, Director of Public Relations, pr @ musicplustv.com.
Please visit www.MusicPlusTV.com for information on submitting CDs, music videos, or any other type of artwork for review.
New Era, New Opportunities
Rather than lament the supposed death of the music industry, MusicPlusTV.com is building the foundation for a new era. A recent survey of digital music consumers by Digital Media Association hints at new growth:
* 60% are listening to more music since they started using an online service
* 60% have discovered new artists
* 50% spend $200 per year on digital downloads, and nearly 30 percent spend more than $300
The once bottlenecked channels of music distribution (via the major labels) are breaking open, and the demand for new music is exploding. The savvy artist or publicist will thrive in this new music landscape, full of emerging opportunities for multiple revenue streams. MusicPlusTV.com is an obvious example of that prime opportunity. Director of Production and Co-Founder Dennis Tzeng relates:
"The old industry could only afford to push a select few artists. Conversely, MySpace hosts countless artists, but with no real means to distinguish from the pile. MusicPlusTV.com strikes that needed balance. We can broadcast talent in a compelling television program, embedded in an interactive, on-demand medium.
"Artists simply cannot afford to ignore this opportunity. And if you're talented, MusicPlusTV.com cannot afford to ignore you."
In-studio guests have included PitBull, Jurassic 5, Jason Biggs, Cypress Hill, The Shys, The Vacation, M1 of Dead Prez, Pigeon John, Rocco Deluca, Evidence of Dilated Peoples, Fishbone, Jamie Kennedy, Ima Robot, The Gray Kid, My Chemical Romance, Aloe Blacc, Aceyalone, Living Legends, Planet Asia and many more.
Artist testimonial -- Killola:
MusicPlusTV.com hopes to grow along with the artists it broadcasts. The story of Los Angeles-based Rock band Killola (www.killola.com) is a prime example of parallel evolution. Fronted by lead singer Lisa R., Killola started in 2004 as a group of friends playing in a living room. Killola's high-energy performances and relentless do-it-yourself ethic sparked a verifiable buzz in the hyper-competitive Los Angeles scene.
Enter MusicPlusTV.com: "Music Plus TV has helped our music reach people all over the world," explains Lisa R. "Thousands of fans never had the chance to see a LIVE Killola performance. However, via MusicPlusTV.com, our fans around the world were able to watch us perform an entire live set on the Friday Effect. That was an amazing night. After that show, we came home to dozens of emails and messages from all over the world telling us they thought the show was great."
Several appearances on MusicPlusTV.com later, Killola landed over 150 gigs, including sold-out shows at Safari Sams, the Viper Room, Spaceland, Silverlake Lounge, The Knitting Factory, and a residency at the Cat Club. That kind of accessibility lead to the band quickly selling out 1,000 of their independently pressed debut CD, "Louder, LOUDER!"
MusicPlusTV.com capitalizes on the power of the internet to deliver original, entertaining television content while intimately connecting artists and entertainers to a global audience. MusicPlusTV's web portal features a live video stream broadcasting 24 hours a day, a complete on-demand library of video content, and an interactive, community-based interface that appeals to viewers and artists alike. Catering to a growing generation of consumers who demand fresh programming, MusicPlusTV.com has an innovative business model which includes revenues from advertising, content licensing, brand integration, event sponsorships and digital distribution. Visit www.musicplustv.com for more information.
Did Our Universe Evolve?
Science & Spirit Explores the Origin of the Cosmos
Is our universe the product of random encounters and mutations in a cosmos bursting with chemicals? Modern science, says George V. Coyne, S.J., director emeritus of the Vatican Observatory, has "revealed a cosmos that is shaped by the interaction of chance, necessity, and opportunity." To understand this universe, science and religion must both play a role, he believes -- challenging one another while staying within the boundaries of their given discipline: How life originated is a scientific question, he says, while theology accounts for why there is something rather than nothing.
But what about where life originated? "For many physicists," writes William Orem, "it's hard to talk about the laws of nature without acknowledging the fact that they are precisely what is needed to make the universe capable of producing life in the first place." Orem, who writes for NPR's "A Moment of Science," traces the strengths and shortcomings of the "anthropic principle," which postulates that the universe is fine-tuned for life, and "string theory," which posits parallel universes and extra dimensions. While string theory "has yet to be experimentally tested or falsified," Orem explains, "there are a great many who believe it has features of mathematical interest, which may be key to someday solving some of the deepest mysteries of the universe."
Orem also interviews Max Tegmark, an associate professor of physics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and scientific director of FQXi, the Foundational Questions Institute. Tegmark, famous for cutting-edge research probing the origin of the cosmos, hopes FQXi will help to legitimize frontier science that otherwise might not get funded. "Maybe," he says, "we humans can actually talk sensibly about the universe as a whole and how things might have begun 14 billion years ago."
The current issue of Science & Spirit also features:
-- A look at how baby boomers are reinventing retirement --
The costs -- physical, emotional , and financial -- of America's sleep
deprivation epidemic --
that suggests early humans and chimpanzees interbred,
and the potential of future hybrids -- A roundup of books on
ethical eating and the moral quandaries behind our food choices
Science & Spirit is published six times a year by Heldref Publications. It is sold on newsstands and by subscription, and can be viewed online at www.science-spirit.org.
Estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at U.S. and Canadian theaters, according to Media By Numbers LLC. Final figures will be released Tuesday.
1. "Stomp the Yard," $22 million.
2. "Night at the Museum," $17.1 million.
3. "The Pursuit of Happyness," $9.1 million.
4. "Dreamgirls," $8.1 million.
5. "Freedom Writers," $7.1 million.
6. "Children of Men," $6.4 million.
7. "Alpha Dog," $6.1 million.
8. "Primeval," $6 million.
9. "Arthur and the Invisibles," $4.3 million.
10. "The Good Shepherd," $3.9 million.
"CMT Loaded": Taking Aim at Artists and Labels Seeking An Alternate Music Venue
By Crystal Caviness
© 2007 CMA Close Up News Service / Country Music Association, Inc.
Lewis Bogach wants to create water cooler moments.
As the Vice President of Programming and Production at CMT and the chief of its recently-launched broadband channel video initiative, CMT Loaded, Bogach observed that linear channels (a.k.a. cable or network television) offer finite programming opportunities, a boundary Bogach and others working with online content don't have.
"It's an infinite medium," Bogach said of the Internet, particularly as he views it in regard to what he and his team can offer CMT fans. "To me, it's the Wild West, it's open, it's freedom," Bogach said. "You're finding stuff there that you can't get anywhere else and it sparks people to go seek it out. Linear channels really don't do that anymore. The water cooler moments are all now happening online. Things that don't quite fit on the linear channels are things that fit on the Internet."
For CMT viewers, that means a plethora of behind-the-scenes footage, outtakes and programming that may have ended up on the proverbial editing room floor.
When Jeff Foxworthy's new series premiered on CMT in September, producers had hours of rehearsal footage, which typically would have found its way into a tape vault. Now, Bogach said, the rehearsals can be found at Loaded, so viewers who love "Foxworthy" can see what happened before the finished show.
The same has happened for an episode of "Greatest Moments" featuring Dolly Parton. Producers shot hours of the icon, but were restricted to less than an hour of the actual interview for its on air episode.
"We shot this awesome interview with Dolly Parton. She's a great storyteller; she's riveting," Bogach said. "Now when you go to Loaded every week, it's just Dolly Parton telling stories."
At its debut, Loaded's primary focus, CMT executives said, is to work in cooperation with its linear channel counterpart.
"It's a companion to CMT and also something separate," said Paul Burch, CMT Producer. "The production for (CMT programming) is really high. We can't fit all that we want into a show. The linear channel demands you have a beginning, middle and end and have to make room for commercials. On Loaded, we may have some deleted scenes that we didn't have room for on the linear channel and now we have a place to put it. It's also a way to reach out to an audience that isn't watching TV."
But that's just the beginning.
"In order for Loaded to be successful, it's got to bust out on its own," Bogach said.
That's where Burch comes in. The veteran musician and producer is charged with programming the "Wide Open Country" portion of Loaded, a section of the Web site devoted to music just off the beaten path of commercialism.
"My job is to make a place for videos that may not make it on the linear channel but also give a place for acts that are critically acclaimed and have a fan base but may not sell tons of records," Burch said. "In a sense, these are musicians' musicians. These are the artists who never intend to quit. They make videos and make films of recording sessions. It's probably what MTV would have attempted to do 20 years ago, but the technology didn't really exist."
Alt Country artists, including Bruce Robison and Holly Williams are frequently featured on "Wide Open Country," but viewers also can find legends Bob Dylan, Kris Kristofferson and others programmed on the site.
"This is a new avenue and it's very open," Burch said. "There's this great wealth of material and it's never had an outlet before. I love to put up something that's a conventional video and really well done but also something that's really homemade. They all seem to fit equally on the screen. I'm trying to mix new artists with the well established."
The original programming is beginning to find its way to Burch and others, as artists and labels, particularly independents, send digital clips in for consideration.
The desire, CMT executives said, is to receive programming from as many folks in the music business as possible.
Bogach has issued an invitation - or perhaps a challenge - to artists, record labels and managers to make and send in whatever original programming they want. The artists have the footage, he said.
"I know Sugarland . they have a camera on the bus," Bogach said. "They all have someone in their camp playing around in this medium. But right now, it's staying on their cameras and staying on their lap top. You have a forum for that now on your terms. Unless it's completely raunchy or totally negative, why wouldn't we put it on? Get out there and show us who you are.
"Can we feature them all on Loaded, every single one? Yes, we can," Bogach said. "There's absolutely a seat on the bus."
On the Web: www.CMT.com/loaded
Arnold Schwarzenegger to Announce Best Picture (Drama) Joining More Than 50 Stars Set as Presenters at Golden Globes
"The 64th Annual Golden Globe Awards" Will Be Telecast Live on NBC Monday, January 15
14, 2007 -- California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger will announce the nominations and present the Golden Globe for Best Motion Picture (Drama) at "The 64th Annual Golden Globe Awards" to be telecast live on NBC Monday, January 15 (8 - 11:00 p.m. EST) at The Beverly Hilton.
He joins more than 50 superstar presenters including Tim Allen, David Arquette, Drew Barrymore, Jessica Biel, Steve Carell, George Clooney, Sean Combs, Dane Cook, Courteney Cox, Geena Davis, Cameron Diaz, Tina Fey, Jamie Foxx, Jennifer Garner, Hugh Grant, Adrian Grenier, Jake Gyllenhaal, Tom Hanks, Salma Hayek, Jennifer Love Hewitt, Dustin Hoffman, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Djimon Hounsou, Terrence Howard, Felicity Huffman, Jeremy Irons, Eva Longoria, Jennifer Lopez, Sienna Miller, Sarah Jessica Parker, Joaquin Phoenix, Charlie Sheen, David Spade, Steven Spielberg, John Stamos, Ben Stiller, Sharon Stone, Hilary Swank, Justin Timberlake, Naomi Watts, Rachel Weisz, Vanessa Williams, Reese Witherspoon, James Woods, Renee Zellweger and the cast of "Heroes" (Ali Larter, Masi Oka, Greg Grunberg, Adrian Pasdar, Hayden Panettiere, Sendhil Ramamurthy and Milo Ventimiglia).
Tom Hanks will present Warren Beatty with this year's Cecil B. DeMille Award from the Hollywood Foreign Press Association for his "outstanding contribution to the entertainment field."
"The 64th Annual Golden Globe Awards" will be seen in more than 150 countries worldwide and is one of the few awards ceremonies to span both television and motion picture achievements.
"The 64th Annual Golden Globe Awards" will be produced by dick clark productions in association with the Hollywood Foreign Press Association. Philip Berk is President of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association. Allen Shapiro and Barry Adelman are executive producers. Chris Donovan is director. Al Schwartz is consulting producer. Ken Shapiro is producer. Ron Weed is consulting producer.
LINGO Goes Into Production for Its Sixth Season, Marking a First for GSN, the Network for Games
Legendary Game Show Host Chuck Woolery Returns With Co-Host Shandi Finnessey at His Side
Winners From GSN's Online Interactive Game Will Face Off Against Champions From Previous Seasons in Four Special Episodes
LINGO will go into production on its sixth season next month, making it the first original series ever to be picked up for a sixth season at GSN, the network for games. Legendary host Chuck Woolery returns with co-host Shandi Finnessey by his side. The sixth season will premiere Monday, April 2 and will air Monday through Friday 7:30-8:00 PM, ET.
Host Woolery is known by audiences worldwide for such popular classics as "Love Connection" and "Greed," both of which air on GSN, in addition to "Scrabble" and the first seven years of "Wheel of Fortune." Co-host Finnessey (Miss USA 2004) is a published children's book author of "The Furrtails," which was developed to promote the inclusion of individuals with mental challenges. Originally from Florissant, Missouri, Finnessey is an honors graduate of Lindenwood University where she received a degree in psychology. In her spare time, Finnessey works with many charities across the country.
During the first two rounds of LINGO, two teams of two contestants compete to see who can guess the most mystery five-letter words. When a team guesses a word correctly, they earn points toward the right to blindly select two numbered balls out of the 24 balls whose numbers match those on the team's bingo-style Lingo board.
When the team succeeds in getting five numbers in a row (horizontally, vertically or diagonally), they achieve "Lingo" and win additional points. The goal of the game during the first two rounds is to earn points -- the higher-scoring team moves onto the final round where they attempt to correctly identify as many words as they can in two minutes. They earn $100 and the right to pick one Lingo ball for each word they guess correctly. If the team achieves Lingo, they win $5,000. If they achieve Lingo with their first ball pulled, they win $10,000 and the progressive jackpot, if applicable. The progressive LINGO jackpot is won every time a winning team gets "Lingo" on the first ball. The jackpot starts at $10,000 and grows by $1,000 each time it's not won.
The new season will also feature a series of episodes in which the champions of GSN's online LINGO game face off against the best players from previous television episodes.
LINGO is produced by Laurelwood Entertainment. Phil Gurin ("The Weakest Link") and Marc Jansen serve as executive producers.
GSN is the entertainment industry leader in multi-platform interactive game programs. As the premier television network for games, GSN features challenging word games, high intensity casino programs, live participation shows, reality series and documentaries. GSN's programming includes original series such as "Chain Reaction," "Lingo" and "High Stakes Poker," as well as classics "Jeopardy" and "Pyramid." The network also boasts America's first live participation TV program "PlayMania," which airs in late-night six times a week. Complementing the network, GSN.com features all types of game play: innovative Flash games for fun, skill cash game tournaments and downloadable games. The website also features GSN's two-screen interactive play-along for prime time shows. Now reaching more than 62 million Nielsen homes, GSN is distributed in the U.S. through all major cable systems and satellite providers. The network is jointly owned by Sony Pictures Entertainment and Liberty Media Corporation. For further media information, visit GSN's press website at corp.gsn.com.
Laurelwood Entertainment is a full service production company with credits including reality, game, variety, holiday specials, magazine shows and documentaries. Owner Phil Gurin recently produced his second year of New Years Eve on FOX, with Cat Deeley hosting. He is producing the upcoming variety game on ABC, "Wanna Bet?" and is in his fifth year as executive producer of the high-profile "Miss Universe," "Miss USA" and "Miss Teen USA" pageants for Donald Trump and NBC. Gurin also produced the TV Guide Channel red carpet shows with Joan and Melissa Rivers for the Grammys, Golden Globes, SAG and Academy Awards. Additionally, he served as executive producer on NBC's "Weakest Link," "Twenty One" and the "United States Olympic Hall of Fame 2006" special. Gurin's credits also include "Test the Nation" reality specials, a new version of the classic reality show "Queen for a Day" and Lifetime's 5th Anniversary Special.
GSN Orders Renewal of 'CHAIN REACTION'
The Second Season of the Popular Word Game Produced by Michael Davies Premieres on March 13
The leading network in interactive game shows, GSN, announced today that it has ordered a new season of CHAIN REACTION, executive produced by Michael Davies ("Who Wants to be a Millionaire?") for Sony Pictures Television.
CHAIN REACTION's second season will premiere on Tuesday, March 13 at 10 PM ET. The half-hour word game will be seen Tuesday through Saturday nights at 10 PM ET on GSN. Dylan Lane, who also hosts the National Vocabulary Championship for GSN, returns as the host.
In making the announcement, Rich Cronin, GSN's President and CEO said, "At this time when networks are rediscovering the power of game shows in prime time, GSN is pleased to renew CHAIN REACTION for a second season. We think that viewers will continue to enjoy the challenges of this fast-paced word game under the guidance of Michael Davies."
"We love producing this addictive game show," said Michael Davies, executive producer of CHAIN REACTION and CEO of Embassy Row. "GSN has really gotten behind us and the show has performed superbly. Our job is to make it even better in season 2."
Taped in New York City, CHAIN REACTION is a revival of the 1980 game show which aired on NBC. In the show, teams compete against one another to complete chains of words after the first and last words of the chain are revealed. Each word in the chain is related in some way to the word directly above and/or below it.
Davies remains executive producer of prime time network hit "Wife Swap" and "Who Wants to be a Millionaire?," now in its fifth year of first run syndication. Davies' New York-based company, Embassy Row, continues to grow and has significantly increased its production of entertainment shows, comedy, factual, documentary films, sports and web content for partners ABC, CBS, Sony, GSN, VH1, ESPN, Comedy Central, A&E, Food Network and Yahoo!.
GSN is the entertainment industry leader in multi-platform interactive game programs. As the premier television network for games, GSN features challenging word games, high intensity casino programs, live participation shows, reality series and documentaries. Complementing the network, GSN.com features all types of game play: innovative Flash games for fun, skill cash game tournaments and downloadable games. The website also features GSN's two-screen interactive play-along for prime time shows. Now reaching more than 62 million Nielsen homes, GSN is distributed in the U.S. through all major cable systems and satellite providers. The network is jointly owned by Sony Pictures Entertainment and Liberty Media Corporation.
AOL Names Napster as Exclusive Music Subscription Provider Integrated Into AOL Music
-- AOL (NYSE:TWX) and Napster(TM) (NASDAQ:NAPS) , announced today that Napster will become the exclusive music subscription provider integrated into AOL Music, replacing AOL Music Now(R). The two companies will work together to migrate approximately 350,000 paid subscribers of the Music Now service to Napster's award-winning digital music subscription service. Additionally, AOL will promote Napster with links to the Napster service throughout AOL's free music site, AOL Music (http://www.aolmusic.com/), one of the top music destinations on the Web.
Music Now customers are being notified that their music accounts will be migrated to Napster unless they opt out. In order to enjoy uninterrupted service, Music Now customers will be able to use their current member ID and password to access the Napster subscription service, and their billing information will be securely transferred directly to Napster. In addition, Napster will re-create migrating customers' existing personal Music Now music libraries, including any original playlists they have created and saved. Napster also will retain Music Now's current pricing tiers for migrating subscribers and transfer any pre-paid track credits they have in their accounts.
"We are pleased to provide our subscribers the opportunity to seamlessly transition to Napster, which will become the only music subscription service integrated into AOL Music," said Mike Rich, Vice President, AOL Entertainment. "Music Now subscribers can look forward to enjoying a world-class music experience from Napster."
"Napster's new relationship with AOL provides us with an excellent opportunity to aggressively grow subscribers through deep integration with one of the most visited music destinations on the Web," said Chris Gorog, Napster's chairman and CEO. "This transaction firmly positions Napster to be the unequivocal global leader in the premium music subscription sector and the number two overall in digital music revenue. We greatly look forward to serving all of the current AOL Music Now subscribers by providing them with the best possible unlimited music experience from Napster."
AOL and Napster expect to complete the service migration within the next 60 days.
Napster, the pioneer of digital music, offers the ultimate interactive music experience. With an expanding roster of offerings including free, Web-based music listening and sharing, subscription and portable subscription services, and an advanced mobile music platform, Napster creates better ways to discover, share, acquire and enjoy music -- anytime, anywhere. Napster is headquartered in Los Angeles, with offices in Frankfurt, London, New York, San Diego, San Jose and Tokyo.
AOL is a global Web services company that operates some of the most popular Web destinations, offers a comprehensive suite of free software and services, runs the country's largest Internet access business, and provides a full set of advertising solutions. A majority-owned subsidiary of Time Warner Inc. (NYSE:TWX) , AOL LLC is based in Dulles, Virginia. AOL and its subsidiaries also have operations in Europe, Canada and Asia. Learn more at AOL.com.
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Except for historical information, the matters discussed in this press release, in particular matters related to Napster's relationship with AOL, the migration of the AOL Music Now subscribers to Napster, and Napster's leadership in the premium music subscription service and position in digital music revenue contain forward-looking statements that are subject to certain risks and uncertainties including the failure to maintain strategic relationships, subscriber churn, and intense competition that could cause actual results to differ materially from those projected. Additional information on these and other factors are contained in Napster's reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), including the Company's Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q as filed with the SEC on November 8, 2006, copies of which are available at the website maintained by the SEC at http://www.sec.gov/. Napster assumes no obligation to update the forward-looking statements included in this press release.
Copyright (C) 2007 Napster, LLC. All rights reserved. Napster is a registered trademark of Napster, Inc. or its subsidiaries in the United States and/or other countries. All other trademarks are owned by their respective owners.
More Than 50 Stars Set as Presenters at Golden Globe Awards
"The 64th Annual Golden Globe Awards" Will Be Telecast Live on NBC Monday, January 15
HOLLYWOOD, CA -- More than 50 Hollywood stars have been set as presenters at "The 64th Annual Golden Globe Awards" to be telecast live on NBC Monday, January 15 (8 - 11:00 p.m. EST) at The Beverly Hilton.
Presenters include Tim Allen, David Arquette, Drew Barrymore, Jessica Biel, Steve Carell, George Clooney, Sean Combs, Dane Cook, Courteney Cox, Geena Davis, Cameron Diaz, Tina Fey, Jamie Foxx, Jennifer Garner, Hugh Grant, Adrian Grenier, Jake Gyllenhaal, Tom Hanks, Salma Hayek, Jennifer Love Hewitt, Dustin Hoffman, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Djimon Hounsou, Terrence Howard, Felicity Huffman, Jeremy Irons, Eva Longoria, Jennifer Lopez, Sienna Miller, Sarah Jessica Parker, Joaquin Phoenix, Charlie Sheen, David Spade, Steven Spielberg, John Stamos, Ben Stiller, Sharon Stone, Hilary Swank, Justin Timberlake, Naomi Watts, Rachel Weisz, Vanessa Williams, Reese Witherspoon, James Woods, Renee Zellweger and the cast of "Heroes" (Ali Larter, Masi Oka, Greg Grunberg, Adrian Pasdar, Hayden Panettiere, Sendhil Ramamurthy and Milo Ventimiglia).
Tom Hanks will present Warren Beatty with this year's Cecil B. DeMille Award from the Hollywood Foreign Press Association for his "outstanding contribution to the entertainment field."
"The 64th Annual Golden Globe Awards" will be seen in more than 150 countries worldwide and is one of the few awards ceremonies to span both television and motion picture achievements.
"The 64th Annual Golden Globe Awards" will be produced by dick clark productions in association with the Hollywood Foreign Press Association. Philip Berk is President of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association. Allen Shapiro and Barry Adelman are executive producers. Chris Donovan is director. Al Schwartz is consulting producer. Ken Shapiro is producer. Ron Weed is consulting producer
Apple iPhone Will Impact On Mobile Content Trade
Apple's new iPhone with handheld computer capability will create a huge impact on trade in games, music, images and videos, says voeveo.com, a global online marketplace for mobile content.
Voeveo says the convergence of phone and computer functions on one mobile device will help tear down many of the barriers currently preventing content producers and consumers from direct dealings.
"The iPhone advent cuts through existing constraints on mobile phone users unable to access and use content designed for computer-based applications," says voeveo.com solutions architect, Jeff Mitchell.
"This restriction has been one of the biggest impediments to growth in mobile content, unlike the computer-driven success of internet sites such as YouTube and MySpace.
"There is no doubt that cellphone and wireless device users do want improved online access to quality mobile content and the iPhone will facilitate this process enormously in the short term."
Content creators trading on sites such as voeveo.com will enjoy a significantly larger market as mobile users adopt the converging technology, Jeff says.
"As other manufacturers follow the iPhone precedent, we expect a flood of interest from consumers waking up to the fact that anything will be possible to see and do on their mobile phones.
"Most importantly, they will be able to deal directly with content originators to get exactly what they want, rather than content that is dictated by one big supplier.
"Buyers will also benefit from competitive pricing as the content market opens up across different platforms and applications."
For more information: Website: http://www.voeveo.com/aboutus
Monty Python's SPAMALOT Opens at Wynn Las Vegas Starring John O'Hurley as King Arthur!
Preview Performances Begin March 8th
Opening Night Is March 31st
TICKETS ON SALE TUESDAY, JANUARY 16
LAS VEGAS, Jan. 12 1969 is remembered as the year that man walked on the moon; Elvis Presley took up residency in Las Vegas; and Monty Python's Flying Circus first aired on BBC television.
2007 will go down in the history books as the year that the inspired lunacy of Monty Python came to The Grail Theater at Wynn Las Vegas with the smash hit show Monty Python's SPAMALOT.
With SPAMALOT, Eric Idle has created a deliriously funny live spectacle which tells the legendary tale of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table, and their quest for the Holy Grail. The show features lusty maidens, dancing divas, a killer rabbit and the only legless knight appearing on the Las Vegas Strip.
Monty Python's SPAMALOT will star John O'Hurley, best known as J. Peterman on Seinfeld. O'Hurley was the ultimate champion on season one of Dancing with the Stars and is the new face of Family Feud. O'Hurley, who has worked on stage throughout his career, starred on Broadway in Chicago, as Billy Flynn.
Monty Python's SPAMALOT is written by Eric Idle and is lovingly ripped off from the motion picture Monty Python and the Holy Grail by Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones and Michael Palin. SPAMALOT features lyrics and a Grammy Award-winning score by Eric Idle and long-time Python collaborator John Du Prez. The show is directed by Oscar and Tony Award-winning legend Mike Nichols.
Mike Nichols has been acclaimed as one of the great American directors in film, theater and television. His best known movies include Closer, Primary Colors, The Birdcage, Working Girl, Silkwood, Carnal Knowledge and The Graduate.
On the announcement that SPAMALOT was opening at Wynn, Eric Idle commented, "I love Las Vegas. It will be wonderful when it's finished." Steve Wynn added that he was pleased to announce "that the search for The Holy Grail has finally ended at Wynn Las Vegas. This achievement is in no small part due to the relentless energies and psychotic obsession of Eric Idle and Mike Nichols. The world owes these two a great debt of gratitude and prompt payment of their Medicare checks!"
Aside from his work with Monty Python in films and on TV, Eric Idle has written a West End play, Pass the Butler; three novels, including The Road to Mars, The Rutles - A Mockumentary; and many songs too rude to mention. He has sung opera, acted in movies, appeared on television and crossed America performing comedy on The Greedy Bastard Tour. His diary of his 15,000 mile journey by bus was published by Harper Collins. There's no saying what he might do next...
John Du Prez has composed over 20 feature film scores including A Fish Called Wanda, A Private Function, The Meaning of Life, Personal Services, UHF, and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles I, II & III. He has worked with Eric Idle since 1978.
With choreography by Casey Nicholaw, Monty Python's SPAMALOT features sets and costumes by Tony Award-winner Tim Hatley, lighting design is by Hugh Vanstone and sound design is by ACME Sound Partners. Others on the creative and production teams include David Brian Brown (Hair & Wig Design), Gregory Meeh (Special Effects Design), Elaine McCarthy (Projection Design), Joseph A. Campayno (Make-Up Design), Larry Hochman (Orchestrations), Glen Kelly (Music Arrangements), Todd Ellison (Music Supervision and Vocal Arrangements), Peter Lawrence (Associate Director), Tara Rubin (Casting), and Gene O'Donovan (Production Manager).
Monty Python's SPAMALOT has been honored with dozens of awards, including the Grammy Award for Best Original Cast Recording and three Tony Awards, including Best Musical. The production has been proclaimed the World's Funniest Show by audiences and critics around the world...
The Sunday Times (London) says SPAMALOT "raises silliness to an art form -- glorious, irresistible silliness."
Joel Siegel of WABC-TV and Good Morning America said "I LOVED EVERY MINUTE! They're going to have to reupholster the seats at the theatre once a week, that's how hard you'll be laughing."
The Independent (London) worried that "I felt I might actually die of laughter."
The original cast recording of Monty Python's SPAMALOT is available on Decca Broadway.
In case you've been living under a giant foot for the past 40 years, Monty Python isn't a person, but a group of British actors and writers (and one American) that performed their famous comedy show Monty Python's Flying Circus on BBC television from 1969 to 1974, with subsequent fame and success. Changing comedy forever, a series of hugely popular motion pictures and live tours made Monty Python and their members into international superstars.
Tickets for Monty Python's SPAMALOT will go on sale on Tuesday, January 16. A priority booking period for groups of 10 or more begins January 8.
TICKET PRICES: *$99, $89, $69, $49
All preview performances (March 8 - 30) will be discounted 25 percent. All ticket prices include local entertainment tax.
PREVIEW PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE: Thurs 03/08/07 8pm Fri 03/09/07 9pm Sat 03/10/07 7pm Sun 03/11/07 8pm Mon 03/12/07 8pm Tues 03/13/07 7pm & 10pm Wed 03/14/07 8pm Thurs 03/15/07 DARK Fri 03/16/07 7pm & 10pm Sat 03/17/07 7pm Sun 03/18/07 8pm Mon 03/19/07 8pm Tues 03/20/07 7pm & 10pm Wed 03/21/07 8pm Thurs 03/22/07 DARK Fri 03/23/07 7pm & 10pm Sat 03/24/07 7pm Sun 03/25/07 8pm Mon 03/26/07 DARK Tues 03/27/07 7pm & 10pm Wed 03/28/07 8pm Thurs 03/29/07 8pm Fri 03/30/07 8pm Sat 03/31/07 8pm OPENING NIGHT REGULAR PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE BEGINS APRIL 1, 2007: Sunday 8pm Monday 8pm Tuesday 7pm & 10pm Wednesday 8pm Thursday DARK Friday 7pm & 10pm Saturday 7pm & 10pm TO RESERVE TICKETS: By phone: 888 320 7110 or 702 770 WYNN Online: www.montypythonsspamalot.com or www.wynnlasvegas.com In person: At Wynn Las Vegas
Groups of 10 or more persons may contact 702 770 3720 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Sony Teams With the American Idol Underground Web Site to Launch a Series of Music Contests
Extreme Music Creation Contest Winner to be Flown to Los Angeles for a FREE Live Showcase This Spring With Other Selected Performers
Sony Media Software, which brought American Idol Extreme Music Creator and Jam Trax into the homes and hands of families across the US in September 2006, just announced that they are sponsoring two music contests with American Idol Underground, an online community powered by Fluid Audio Networks, Inc., where emerging artists get their music heard and fans discover new music. For the Extreme Music Creator contest, artists submit songs to the American Idol Underground Web site. The songs are then guaranteed airplay on one of American Idol Underground's genre-specific online branded music players, music fans listen and rate the songs, the higher rated songs progressively get more airplay and the best songs from each genre win a chance at exposure and other awards. The first Extreme Music Creator contest launched at the end of October 2006 and ran through December 31, 2006. The second contest just launched on January 10, 2007 and ends on March 31, 2007.
Contestants can enter by visiting the American Idol Underground web site, where a special Sony page has been created at www.idolunderground.com/sony. Entry is free, but you must first submit your song to American Idol Underground which costs $25 and includes a minimum of 200 online radio spins on the American Idol Underground online branded music player. For a limited time, artists who purchase Extreme Music Creator will find a $25 coupon in the box for a free song entry on American Idol Underground. Both contests are open to all popular genres of music. The "top-rated" winner will be selected using Fluid Audio Networks' proprietary ratings system. Musicians that want to get their music heard will now get an opportunity to compete for prizes including free music creation software from Sony Media Software. Participants in the second contest starting in January of 2007 will also get the opportunity to compete for a trip to Los Angeles to perform with other selected performers in a free live showcase for press and industry executives at a popular music venue in Hollywood.
"With more and more people recording music on their home computers, and the release of our American Idol Extreme Music Creator and American Idol Jam Trax products, we felt the Extreme Music Creation contest was a perfect match for our mission in creating American Idol Extreme Music Creator and American Idol Jam Trax software," says Dave Chaimson, VP Marketing for Sony Media Software. "By participating in this contest, we are supporting efforts to help aspiring musicians get their music heard. We donated our best products, including ACID, Sound Forge, Vegas+DVD Production Suite, Sound Series and other software, to this contest to give aspiring musicians access to tools for music creation."
"We are excited to have Sony Media Software involved in sponsoring these contests," says Justin Beckett, CEO of Fluid Audio Networks, producers of the American Idol Underground web site. "Sony has a well-respected line of music creation products from ACID to the American Idol Extreme Music Creator, and we are proud to be featuring them as prizes for our top artists."
"As the music landscape continues to change, we are always looking for creative ways to leverage partnerships to get more exposure for artists," says Bob Buch, COO of Fluid Audio Networks. "This showcase sponsorship by Sony Media Software is a tremendous opportunity for artists and bands to get exposure and a great way for Sony to get the word out about its new products."
The American Idol Underground contest is a completely separate entity from the American Idol television show, and contest winners at AmericanIdolUnderground.com do not get to perform on the American Idol television show.
About Sony Media Software
Sony Media Software inspires creative expression with its award-winning line of products for digital video, music, DVD, and audio production. Sound Forge(R), ACID(R), and Vegas(R) software have defined digital content creation for a generation of creative professionals, amateurs, and enthusiasts. These signature product lines continue to advance the art of providing powerful, accessible tools to unleash the imagination. Today, there is a Sony Media Software application for every level of expertise, including a full line of consumer software based on the company's professional applications. In addition, Sony Media Software produces the extensive Sony(R) Sound Series collection of royalty-free loops and production music, Sony Pictures Sound Effects Series exclusive sound effects, Vision Series video creation assets, as well as ACIDplanet.com(R), the internet's premier site for independent music and video artists. As a subsidiary of Sony Corporation of America, the company also develops applications that enhance the experience for users of Sony hardware devices including the PSP(TM) (PlayStation(R)Portable) and Sony Ericsson mobile phones. Sony Media Software customers span the globe and include seasoned professionals in the film, television, video game, and recording industries, students and educators, hobbyists and enthusiasts, and young children exploring music creation.
About American Idol Underground
American Idol Underground is an online community where emerging artists get their music heard and fans discover new music. As a new artist, you will be featured in one of American Idol Underground's genre-specific music areas, which are also places to connect with your fans, and you get the chance to win cash, equipment and other awards. As a fan, you get to hear the next big thing before it becomes the next big thing. More importantly, you get a real say in what music gets heard. And if that's not enough, the most active and accurate music reviewers can also win prizes and awards.
American Idol Underground is a service of Fluid Audio Networks, licensed by FremantleMedia Licensing Worldwide, Americas, the US licensing division of FremantleMedia. The American Idol Underground Web site is powered by Fluid Audio's proprietary self-publishing software.
About Fluid Audio Networks
Fluid Audio Networks (www.fluidaudio.com) is a Los Angeles-based interactive entertainment company whose applications feature emerging artists. Fluid Audio will build the largest network of emerging artists and fans by partnering with some of the world's most recognized entertainment brands including American Idol (www.idolunderground.com).
About FremantleMedia Licensing Worldwide, Americas:
FremantleMedia Licensing Worldwide, Americas (FLW, Americas) is the licensing arm of FremantleMedia for North and South America. FremantleMedia is one of the largest international creators and producers of program brands in the world, with leading prime time drama, serial drama, entertainment and factual entertainment programming in over 40 territories. FLW, Americas exploits FremantleMedia's many strong brands, including the award winning, American Idol, the world's longest running gameshow The Price Is Right, the ever-popular Family Feud, and other classic gameshows, across multiple off-screen platforms including merchandising campaigns, live events, sponsorship, interactive and wireless support, home entertainment and music publishing. FLW, Americas is also responsible for additional business diversification initiatives including Atomic Wedgie, a pioneering wireless channel delivering original made-for-mobile video content on demand.
FLW, Americas is part of FremantleMedia North America (FMNA). FMNA is on the leading edge of global broadcast production, developing some of televisions most innovative and watched new programming. Based in Santa Monica and with offices in New York, FMNA has produced such genre-bending shows as the musical/reality phenomenon American Idol. In 2005, FremantleMedia programs garnered 16 Emmy nominations, including six for American Idol. Other credits include The Price Is Right (CBS), the longest-running gameshow in television history, the daily syndicated gameshow Family Feud, Distraction (Comedy Central), American Inventor (ABC), The Gameshow Marathon (CBS), America's Got Talent (NBC) and Monarch Cove (Lifetime).
FremantleMedia is the production arm of the RTL Group, Europe's largest television and radio broadcast company. With interests in 34 television channels and 30 radio stations in 10 countries, RTL Group is a division of leading integrated media and entertainment company Bertelsmann AG. For further information, visit www.fremantlemedia.com.
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McFarlane Toys Announces '24' Action Figures; Two Jack Bauer Boxed Sets to Be Released Mid-2007
20th Century Fox Licensing & Merchandising and McFarlane Toys announce a licensing agreement to produce action figures based on Fox's multiple Emmy(R)- and Golden Globe award-winning program -- 24. In an affirming nod to how much the actors and series resonates with its peers, 24 has received multiple Screen Actor Awards(R) nominations and has won two awards for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series - Kiefer Sutherland.
Two figures of the show's hero, Jack Bauer (played by Emmy(R) Award and Golden Globe winner, Kiefer Sutherland) are currently in production. Both are packaged as boxed sets and taken directly from scenes from the action-packed drama on Fox.
"Without question, 24 is one of TV's biggest cliffhanger programs," says McFarlane Toys' CEO Todd McFarlane. "Kiefer Sutherland does an amazing job as Jack Bauer, the biggest reason people tune in each season. I know a lot of our fans will be excited to hear about us making figures of one of TV's top action stars."
"All of us here at Fox are genuinely excited about the upcoming 24 product release from McFarlane Toys -- Todd and his team have built their reputation on bringing innovation, creativity and magnificent attention to detail across all their intellectual property offerings. The passionate fans of 24 will not be disappointed and are eagerly awaiting this product launch," stated Michael Peikoff, Vice-President Domestic Licensing for 20th Century Fox Licensing & Merchandising.
One of the most innovative, thrilling and acclaimed television dramas, 24 follows twenty-four consecutive hours in the intense life of Jack Bauer (Kiefer Sutherland), a maverick anti-terrorist agent from the state-of-the-art Counter Terrorist Unit (CTU). Each episode covers one hour of real time and each season's unique storyline unfolds in one heart-stopping day.
McFarlane Toys' 24 action figures are expected to hit store shelves in August and December 2007. Check back on Spawn.com for more information.
Grammy- and Emmy-winning producer/director Todd McFarlane, best known as the creator of Spawn and the founder of SPAWN.COM, is the creative force behind McFarlane Toys. The international award-winning company is one of America's top action figure manufacturers with successful movie licensing tie-ins, including figures from the Oscar-winning animated feature film Wallace and Gromit: The Curse of the Were-rabbit (DreamWorks), Tim Burton's Corpse Bride (Warner Bros.), and the popular cult flick Napoleon Dynamite (Fox). Additionally, the company has acquired the action figure licenses for the Hanna-Barbera library and ABC's hit series Lost. McFarlane Toys added a new dimension to its already expanding product line with the launch of McFarlane's Pop Culture Masterworks which re-create iconic 3-D movie wall hangings using both traditional sculpting and the art of forced perspective. Releases include Jaws, Friday the 13th, Alien and The Rocky Horror Picture Show. McFarlane Toys also makes official league-licensed figures for baseball, football, basketball and hockey within its Sports Picks(TM) line, as well as the Legends line in all four sports. McFarlane Toys has replicated some of rock music's greatest icons including Elvis Presley, Jimi Hendrix and Motley Crue. Check out www.spawn.com for more information.
About Twentieth Century Fox Licensing & Merchandising
A recognized industry leader, Twentieth Century Fox Licensing and Merchandising licenses and markets properties worldwide on behalf of Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation, Twentieth Television and Fox Broadcasting Company, as well as third party lines. The division is aligned with Twentieth Century Fox Television, one of the top suppliers of primetime entertainment programming to the broadcast networks.
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GSN Announces an Aggressive 2007 Production and Development Slate
Slate Includes Projects From Producers Michael Davies, Phil Gurin, 12 Yard Productions, Lion Television USA and Others
Network to Produce International Emmy Award-Winning WITHOUT PREJUDICE? in a New Original American Version
PASADENA, Calif., Jan. 12 GSN's production and development slate for 2007 features new series, reality formats and specials that include live elements, provocative subjects and the best game show contestants, it was announced today by Jamie Roberts, Senior Vice President of Programming, GSN, at the network's TCA presentation.
"With game programs performing well for the broadcast networks, it became imperative for GSN to produce series that would garner attention in an already competitive marketplace. We are confident that the slate presented today is by far, the company's most diverse. The slate features a breadth of topics ranging from vocabulary contests to cat competitions, knowledge quizzers to live reality challenges, dating situations to provocative discussions. We're adding fresh elements that push games and competitions in the U.S. into new territories," said Roberts.
Going into its most prolific production schedule to date, GSN is proud to announce the renewal of three of its originals. LINGO, hosted by Chuck Woolery, begins production in February for its sixth season and premieres April 2. CHAIN REACTION, executive produced by Michael Davies and hosted by Dylan Lane, debuts its second season March 13 and the fourth edition of WORLD SERIES OF BLACKJACK tapes at the end of this month for a June premiere.
Series and specials currently in production include:
Based on the UK Channel 4 series created by 12 Yard Productions (the team behind "The Weakest Link" and "Dog Eat Dog"), the International Emmy Award-winning WITHOUT PREJUDICE? is being produced for the North American audience by GSN. One of the most provocative shows to hit the air anywhere, WITHOUT PREJUDICE? features a panel of ordinary people who are given the chance to improve the course of someone's life by awarding one of five contestants a large sum of money. Contestants vie for the money by opening up their lives for examination by the panel. Executive producer: David Young.
CAT-MINSTER: CFA INTERNATIONAL CAT CHAMPIONSHIP is a two-hour special airing Tuesday, March 27 (8:00-10:00 PM, ET), that covers the largest pedigreed cat show in the Western Hemisphere, the 19th Annual Cat Fanciers' Association (CFA) International Cat Show. Hosted by the husband and wife team of Bob Goen ("Entertainment Tonight") and Marianne Curan ("Landscapers' Challenge"), the special delves into the exhibitors' and cats' lives before the big event, showing a rarely seen glimpse of preparation going into the competition. The show highlights the entire process of the prestigious cat show, providing coverage of the feline agility course and other key judging criteria. Painless Entertainment is producing the special for GSN with Jim Casey and Joe Carolei serving as executive producers.
NATIONAL VOCABULARY CHAMPIONSHIP is a one-hour original special capturing the performances of the nation's top 50 high school vocabulary students as they compete in GSN's inaugural competition. The special, airing Sunday, April 15 (8:00-9:00 PM, ET), will re-count the steps taken by the winner as he or she prepared for the competition that awarded over $40,000 for higher education as the grand prize. The first-ever National Vocabulary Championship is hosted by Dylan Lane (CHAIN REACTION) and is taking place Monday, March 5 at the New York Public Library. Andy Scheer of Humba Productions is executive producing the special for GSN.
Series in development include:
From Lion Television USA, THE BOX is a live, nightly reality game show event where contestants have to live and compete in a glass box in the middle of a large American city. Every day, one pair of contestants build up a pot of money, and when night falls comes a battle of wits played live on GSN and the winner keeps the money collected. The contestants have virtually no privacy and will compete in real-time for cash prizes with the entire country watching their every move. The loser will exit with no money and the winner stays to take on the next contender and spend another day in "the box." After three weeks of live prime time excitement, one winner will emerge from "the box." Executive producers: Tracy Green from Lion Television USA along with Nick Catliff from Lion Television U.K. The series is based on the Irish format.
CARRY YOUR WEIGHT is a game show centering on the three attributes that are widely believed to give people an edge in life -- beauty, brains and brawn. Conceived by Corbin Bernsen ("L.A. Law"), CARRY YOUR WEIGHT involves three teams of three people and each team has one person representing the three categories: beauty, brains and brawn. Executive producers: Burt Dubrow and Jean Wiegman ("I've Got A Secret," "The New Tom Green Show") for Burt Dubrow Productions and Bernsen of Public Media Works.
From Executive Producer Michael Davies and Sony Pictures Television, GRAND SLAM is a rapid-fire question and answer game show that pits 16 of the greatest American game show contestants against each other in head-to-head competitions. The competition is a single elimination tournament that will match up million dollar "Who Wants to be a Millionaire?" winners with "Jeopardy" champions, among others. The best of the best will go at it each week, answering questions in timed rounds against the clock involving general and contemporary knowledge, numbers, words and letters. The loser of each show goes home and the winner continues on to the finals and the chance to be crowned the Grand Slam Champion. GRAND SLAM is produced by Michael Davies' production company Embassy Row and Monkey Kingdom Ltd. in association with Sony Pictures Television.
From Laurelwood Entertainment, INDECISION is an exciting, new variety game show that combines the surprises and drama of a talk show with the thrill of a game. INDECISION features one contestant making nine decisions that could change his/her life forever -- everything about this show rests on the decisions made by the contestant. Decisions can be based on anything, include receiving gifts, giving charity donations, surprising friends, or even potentially humiliating your boss. Someone will walk away with a small fortune in every episode of INDECISION, but an added twist is that the winner might not always be the contestant. It could be a friend, an enemy, a husband or even a perfect stranger, such as a member of the studio audience. Executive producer: Phil Gurin (LINGO, Miss USA, Weakest Link) of Laurelwood Entertainment.
KERRY'S GETTING MARRIED will follow one woman's search for the perfect man. Played out in real-time, the bride-to-be will reside in a posh apartment and live with one man at a time to see if they meet her dreams and expectations. Once she decides that her current suitor does not meet her standards, she requests that he leaves and immediately a new prospect knocks at her door. This fully-interactive live reality series allows viewers to nominate her next beau and influence her decisions. The focus of this series is to create a couple that will live happily ever after. The man she finally chooses will marry her in grand fashion on live TV and as an added bonus will keep the dream apartment as their first home together. The series is based on the smash-hit Scandinavian format, KERRY'S GETTING MARRIED, created by Strix Television.
From Buena Vista Productions, CAMOUFLAGE is a fast-paced addictive game show of hidden word puzzles with trivia clues ranging from general knowledge to pop culture. Contestants are shown letter puzzles and they must find the hidden words from among the puzzle's decoy letters. Decoy letters are dropped from the puzzle with each letter dropped decreasing the value of the puzzle. A sample of game play includes the puzzle word: BRAINCHUORIC. The clue is -- Newsperson. Reading left to right "anchor" is revealed. Executive producers: Terrence McDonnell and Jonathan Barry.
WAR OF THE WORDS is a vocabulary quizzer which plays on the fact that words have more than one meaning. Players will be given definitions to figure out a word. If the contestant is unable to guess the word after the first definition then the next one is presented. An example of this is exemplified through the word "Monkey." Here are the definitions that will be given one by one -- "A kind of business," "To fool around," "A type of wrench" and "You can find a howler in the zoo." Contestants will answer questions in four compelling rounds which also include choosing the correct definitions of words. The series will determine who has the best vocabulary combined with nerves of steel. WAR OF THE WORDS was created by Mast Media. Executive producers: Andrew Golder, Steve Havers and Mark Baker.
GSN is the entertainment industry leader in multi-platform interactive game programs. As the premier television network for games, GSN features challenging word games, high intensity casino programs, live participation shows, reality series and documentaries. GSN's programming includes original series such as "Chain Reaction," "Lingo" and "High Stakes Poker," as well as the classics "Jeopardy" and "Pyramid," among others. The network also boasts America's first live participation TV program "PlayMania," which airs in late-night six times a week. Complementing the network, GSN.com features all types of game play: innovative Flash games for fun, skill cash game tournaments and downloadable games. The website also features GSN's two-screen interactive play-along for prime time shows. Now reaching more than 62 million Nielsen homes, GSN is distributed in the U.S. through all major cable systems and satellite providers. The network is jointly owned by Sony Pictures Entertainment and Liberty Media Corporation. For further media information, visit GSN's press website at corp.gsn.com.
GSN Announces the Airdates of Several Upcoming Documentary Specials
Documentaries Will Highlight Women of Game Shows, Great Game Show Moments and 'Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?'
PASADENA, Calif., Jan. 12 GSN, the network for games continues its devotion to the world of game shows with a series of special documentaries airing in the upcoming weeks. The schedule is as follows:
Sunday, January 14 (8:00-9:00 PM, ET) -- GREATEST GAME SHOW MOMENTS, hosted by Chuck Woolery
This special will highlight some of the greatest moments in television history. From hilarious host bloopers to outrageous occurrences such as Rip Taylor taking off his toupee in protest of a wrong answer on "Super Password," to amazing winning moments such as Dr. Joyce Brothers winning "$64,000 Question," GREATEST GAME SHOW MOMENTS will remind audiences that game shows have been a staple of American television since the advent of the medium. Interviewees in this special include Ken Jennings, Thom McKee, John Carpenter and Kevin Olmstead.
Sunday, January 21 (8:00-9:00 PM, ET) -- GAME SHOW HALL OF FAME: WHO WANTS TO BE A MILLIONAIRE? narrated by Dana Mills
This special tells the story of one of the most successful game shows of all time, "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?" From its American premiere to the present, the special highlights John Carpenter, the first million dollar winner, as well as several of the behind-the-scenes players who helped make the show a hit. Interviewees include Regis Philbin, Meredith Vieira, Michael Davies and numerous other producers, Carpenter and other former contestants.
Sunday, January 28 (8:00-9:00 PM, ET) -- THE WOMEN WHO CHANGED GAME SHOWS, narrated by Vicki Lawrence
This documentary features a number of women who, in different ways, would make their mark on the game show landscape. Highlights include: Betty White has appeared on game shows across six decades; Arlene Francis becoming the first female game show host; Dr. Joyce Brothers rising to fame after winning on "The $64,000 Question;" Anne Robinson adding a new dimension to being a game show host on "The Weakest Link and Meredith Vieira assuming the host position on "Who Wants to be a Millionaire?" and, of course, Vanna White marking her place in game show history as a game show model with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Interviewees in this special include Betty White, Meredith Vieira, Dr. Joyce Brothers and Arlene Francis' son, Peter Gabel.
Sunday, February 11 (8:00-9:00 PM, ET) -- CELEBRITIES AND GAME SHOWS, hosted by Chuck Woolery
Celebrities and game shows have gone hand in hand since the beginning of the genre. The celebrities brought viewers to the game show and the game shows provided the celebrities with exposure on national television. This special will feature some wonderful celebrity moments as well as highlight several famous actors who got their start by appearing on a game show, including Pee Wee Herman, Kirstie Alley, Paul Newman, Sally Fields, Tom Selleck, Robert Wuhl, Bob Saget, Burt Reynolds and Steve Martin.
Sunday, February 18 (8:00-9:00 PM, ET) -- INSIDER'S GUIDE TO WINNING GAME SHOW MILLIONS, hosted by Chuck Woolery
Winning big money on a game show is a fantasy shared by millions of people. The amount of people actually pulling it off has never been greater than it is today. This special will reveal tips from big winners and game show insiders to teach viewers the "golden rules" one needs to become a game show champ. Interviewees include "Jeopardy!" winner Ken Jennings, "Who Wants to be a Millionaire?" winner John Carpenter, Wink Martindale and producers Phil Gurin ("Lingo") and Scott St. John ("Deal or No Deal").
Most of the specials are produced by Asylum Entertainment, with Frank Sinton serving as executive producer; with the exception of the GAME SHOW HALL OF FAME, which is produced by Atlas Media Corporation. Bruce David Klein serves as executive producer.
GSN is the entertainment industry leader in multi-platform interactive game programs. As the premier television network for games, GSN features challenging word games, high intensity casino programs, live participation shows, reality series and documentaries. GSN's programming includes original series such as "Chain Reaction," "Lingo" and "High Stakes Poker," as well as the classics "Jeopardy" and "Pyramid." The network also boasts America's first live participation TV program "PlayMania," which airs in late-night six times a week. Complementing the network, GSN.com features all types of game play: innovative Flash games for fun, skill cash game tournaments and downloadable games. The website also features GSN's two-screen interactive play-along for prime time shows. Now reaching more than 62 million Nielsen homes, GSN is distributed in the U.S. through all major cable systems and satellite providers. The network is jointly owned by Sony Pictures Entertainment and Liberty Media Corporation. For further media information, visit GSN's press website at corp.gsn.com.
APPLE I-PHONE INFO
Cisco sued Apple on January 10, claiming that in launching the iPhone at the Macworld conference, Apple is infringing on Cisco's trademark.
Although Apple's predicted move into cell phones has unofficially been called iPhone for years -- given that many of Apple's products begin with a lowercase "i," including iMac, iPod, and iLife -- Cisco obtained the trademark in 2000 after the acquisition of InfoGear, which had been granted the original trademark in 1996.
In its response to Cisco's lawsuit, Apple is now claiming that it is the first company to use the term iPhone to apply to a cell phone.
The wrangle over the trademark is likely to be a contentious battle, with "strong arguments on both sides," noted David Radack, chair of the intellectual property department of Pittsburgh-based law firm Eckert Seamans.
"Cisco has a good position, since it can demonstrate long-term use, along with the claim that it has plans to expand that use," said Radack.
Apple, on the other hand, can point to its line of "i" products to demonstrate what is called a family of trademarks, Radack explained. That argument might be less effective, however, given that other companies also put "i" in front of various products, such as Griffin Technology with its iTrip and iVault products.
Perhaps the most difficult legal tactic in the mix is Apple's claim that "iPhone" is a generic term, Radack said, and therefore cannot be used as a trademark.
"Apple could find this argument to be a double-edged sword," said Radack. "It would allow them to use the term 'iPhone,' but it would let everyone else use it, too. Motorola could come out with an iPhone and there's nothing they could do to stop it."
What the lawsuit will probably revolve around is what is called a "likelihood of confusion," he added. The court would look at whether someone who sees the term "iPhone" would confuse Cisco's offering with Apple's.
Also at play could be "reverse confusion," which means that if Cisco expanded its iPhone line, consumers could think the company was copying Apple, even though Cisco owns the trademark.
"Basically, these are two 800-pound gorillas going to battle," said Radack. "It should definitely be an interesting case."
Apple Inc.'s feverishly anticipated iPhone combines the music and video features of an iPod with the communications functions of a smartphone. The question is how many consumers will be willing to pay the hefty price for the combo.
The iPhone has a sleek design and is only 11.6 millimeters thick. A 3.5-inch screen, bigger than on most iPods, extends for almost the entire length of the nearly button-free device. Instead of the iPod's iconic scroll wheel, users will navigate through their song collections, make phone calls and perform other tasks by tapping their fingers on the iPhone's touch-sensitive screen. Users of the iPhone will make calls or type emails on a virtual keyboard that pops up onscreen as needed.
Apple, of Cupertino, Calif., has an exclusive agreement with AT&T Inc.'s Cingular, the nation's largest cellular carrier by subscriber, to sell the iPhone in the U.S. for $499 and $599 -- well above mass-market cellphones -- with a commitment to a two-year wireless plan. Although it has been on a hot streak, Apple doesn't always hit it big when it enters new markets. The company collaborated with Motorola Corp. on a phone called ROKR that plays songs from users' iTunes music collections, but it was seen by many as a disappointment because of limited storage capacity.
It's unclear if and when the prices for the iPhone might come down, as prices for electronics gear such as flat-screen television sets and video camcorders tend to do. While prices for the iPod have generally stayed in the same range over the years, consumers have been getting more features on new generations of iPods, essentially getting more for their money each time. With cellphones, the historical model has been for prices of such devices to come down quickly, with wireless carriers sometimes taking a loss on the products in order to get consumer subscription revenue.
In defense of the price of the iPhone, Apple Chief Executive Steve Jobs said in a speech at the start of the Macworld conference in San Francisco that consumers normally have to pay $199 for a comparable iPod nano and $299 for a smartphone, which would lack many of the whiz bang features of the iPhone at roughly the same price.
With Cingular, Apple developed a feature the companies described as a major innovation, calling it "visual voice mail." Instead of having to wade through voice mail messages in the order in which they were left, iPhone users will see a list with the names and phone numbers of people who left them voice messages and tap to listen the messages in whichever order they like.
There are also sophisticated sensors within the product that, for instance, adjust the brightness level of the screen to make it more legible based on ambient lighting conditions. Another sensor automatically shifts the screen-orientation of the iPhone to landscape from portrait mode when a user holds the device between two hands, which will allow users to view movies and television shows in wide-screen mode.
Initially, users will load music, video and other content onto the iPhone from their computers, not wirelessly over the Cingular network. Executives in the music industry say Apple will need to negotiate new licensing agreements with music labels to obtain rights to sell songs wirelessly on the iPhone.
With any hot, new product, a backlash is inevitable. With Apple's iPhone, which has months to go before arrival on store shelves, the name-calling and cattiness has only just begun. And while many are asking questions about the iPhone's mysteries, the latest speculation has been about its design: Did Apple come up with the touchscreen-and-no-keypad idea all by itself?
Hardly. The touchscreen phone dates back to at least 2003, when a little company called MyOrigo rolled out a surprisingly similar phone. Though it would be considered thick and bulky by today's standards, the MyOrigo mydevice (pictured) featured many of the iPhone's ideas. Naturally, the entire face was a touchscreen without buttons. Punch the appropriate part of the screen and you could make phone calls. Or turn the mydevice on its side and you'd have an instant widescreen display: Like the iPhone, the mydevice had an accelerometer embedded inside it that could recognize which end was "up." The user interface was completely new and customized for the device, which could browse the web, send email, take photos, and play MP3s. Battery life was about nine hours of talk time.
But the mydevice was ahead of its time, and it never found a carrier in the United States. The company went out of existence shortly after sending review units to members of the press... and I have no idea what ultimately became of its staff or its impressive technology.
Late last year, signs of life in the all-touchscreen phone began to flicker again, with BenQ showing off a concept phone that looks startlingly like the iPhone. Yesterday, Engadget noted that an upcoming phone from LG, the KE850, bears even more of the same design features as the iPhone, as well. Unlike the BenQ phone, the KE850 appears likely to be headed to market.
It's interesting to note that various message board comments note that the phones are cool to look at but are hard to use, especially for detail-oriented tasks like sending text messages. I wonder if Apple will avoid these criticisms as iPhone inches closer to reality or if its technology is clever enough to correct these mistakes.
But back to the point: Did Apple steal its design from one or all of these devices? I don't really buy it. For starters, touchscreens aren't new at all, dating back to the original Palm Pilot, which looks surprisingly like the iPhone, if you think about it. Getting rid of the keypad and keyboard is certainly a bold and risky move, but considering no company has had success on the market with a keypad-free phone to date, it would be rather silly for Apple to attempt to copy a design that hadn't proven successful. Apple has also been rumored to be working on various touchscreen products for years.
There's also a time issue: The LG was just announced a month ago, and Apple's probably been working on the iPhone for two years. And when you think about it, how many ways are there to design a cell phone that has no buttons? A large rectangle is about the only thing that comes to mind...which is probably why every single one of these phones looks pretty much the same. (Also, Apple's laptops have basically the same design as every other laptop...and no one's complaining about that.)
Ease up, naysayers. If you can whip up a design of a touchscreen phone that doesn't look like anything else ever conceived, let's talk.
The OS - The iPhone runs a version of OS X, Apple's standard desktop computer operating system. At first that sounds like cool beyond words...but does it really take a PC OS to make some phone calls? How long will it take the phone to boot up? And how will having such an advanced OS on the phone impact its battery life? These answers are still unclear and won't be hammered out until reviewers have more face time with the device, but my hunch is that the phone's high-power abilities will ultimately outweigh any complexity it has.- The iPhone runs a version of OS X, Apple's standard desktop computer operating system. At first that sounds like cool beyond words...but does it really take a PC OS to make some phone calls? How long will it take the phone to boot up? And how will having such an advanced OS on the phone impact its battery life? These answers are still unclear and won't be hammered out until reviewers have more face time with the device, but my hunch is that the phone's high-power abilities will ultimately outweigh any complexity it has.
Gesture-Based Computing - Remember it's not just a question of the OS, it's how you use it. The iPhone has no buttons, no keyboard, no real external controls: Everything is performed by making taps and zipping your finger along the touchscreen. Called multi-touch, this process will be a revolution in how you interact with the device, which opens up many possibilities...but closes some, too. The big problem? You won't be able to do much with the phone with only one hand, which could be a real pain when you just want to make a quick call.- Remember it's not just a question of the OS, it's how you use it. The iPhone has no buttons, no keyboard, no real external controls: Everything is performed by making taps and zipping your finger along the touchscreen. Called multi-touch, this process will be a revolution in how you interact with the device, which opens up many possibilities...but closes some, too. The big problem? You won't be able to do much with the phone with only one hand, which could be a real pain when you just want to make a quick call.
Wireless - 802.11g Wi-Fi is a good thing, but the lack of 3G service is a terrible oversight. The EDGE data network is simply too slow for regular email usage, not to mention the iPhone's next-generation Internet services like real-time mapping. My spidey sense tells me that iPhone 2 will have 3G front and center in its feature set. It's also worth noting that the iPhone is a GSM phone and only available on the Cingular network. Sprint and Verizon users hoping for a CDMA version shouldn't hold their breath. I highly doubt this will ever happen.- 802.11g Wi-Fi is a good thing, but the lack of 3G service is a terrible oversight. The EDGE data network is simply too slow for regular email usage, not to mention the iPhone's next-generation Internet services like real-time mapping. My spidey sense tells me that iPhone 2 will have 3G front and center in its feature set. It's also worth noting that the iPhone is a GSM phone and only available on the Cingular network. Sprint and Verizon users hoping for a CDMA version shouldn't hold their breath. I highly doubt this will happen.
Music - Are people really ready to replace two devices (phone and MP3 player) with one? Signs definitely point to yes on that front, but anyone with an iPod with more than 8GB of storage in it today has got to be disappointed that Apple decided not to create an iPhone with a hard drive in it. On the other hand, the decision to run with flash instead of a hard drive makes perfect sense: Phones get tossed around a lot more than MP3 players, and a hard drive may very well be too fragile for such active use. It would also make the iPhone much heavier. While I doubt 100GB hard drive-based iPhones will appear in the near future, the door's open for 16GB and 32GB models, as flash memory in that density already exists (though at extreme prices). I'd expect these upgrades by the end of the year or mid-2008.- Are people really ready to replace two devices (phone and MP3 player) with one? Signs definitely point to yes on that front, but anyone with an iPod with more than 8GB of storage in it today has got to be disappointed that Apple decided not to create an iPhone with a hard drive in it. On the other hand, the decision to run with flash instead of a hard drive makes perfect sense: Phones get tossed around a lot more than MP3 players, and a hard drive may very well be too fragile for such active use. It would also make the iPhone much heavier. While I doubt 100GB hard drive-based iPhones will appear in the near future, the door's open for 16GB and 32GB models, as flash memory in that density already exists (though at extreme prices). I'd expect these upgrades by the end of the year or mid-2008.
The Cash - Gulp. Then there's the not-so-small issue of price. At $599 for the 8GB phone, the iPhone is out of reach for the vast majority of users who pay $150 or less for their handset. Don't expect prices to fall soon after release, either. That simply isn't Apple's ballgame, and the iPhone will always be a premium product. (Don't expect discounts from Cingular, either. I anticipate that, much like the Nintendo Wii, it will be difficult to find an iPhone on release even at full price.) On the other hand, I've seen $600 (or more) cell phones in the past, and they were hardly anything to write home about.- Gulp. Then there's the not-so-small issue of price. At $599 for the 8GB phone, the iPhone is out of reach for the vast majority of users who pay $150 or less for their handset. Don't expect prices to fall soon after release, either. That simply isn't Apple's ballgame, and the iPhone will always be a premium product. (Don't expect discounts from Cingular, either. I anticipate that, much like the Nintendo Wii, it will be difficult to find an iPhone on release even at full price.) On the other hand, I've seen $600 (or more) cell phones in the past, and they were hardly anything to write home about.
Bottom line: The iPhone may have flaws, but it is still undeniably cool and will change the cell phone market the same way the iPod changed digital music. There's a reason it was the most talked-about gadget at CES, a show where it wasn't even introduced. I already want one.
Beverly Hills, CA — For the 18th consecutive year, the Aademy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has chosen special events producer Cheryl Cecchetto to produce its annual Governors Ball, the post-telecast celebration for the 79th Academy Awards® on Sunday, February 25, 2007.
Cecchetto, along with her Sequoia Productions team, will work with Governors Ball Chair Cheryl Boone Isaacs to manage every detail pertaining to the event, including décor, entertainment, food and personnel.
“Throughout its grand history, the Governors Ball has broken new ground in décor, design, lighting and other production elements. Our challenge this year is to make sure that legacy continues,” said Cecchetto.
In the upcoming year Sequoia Productions will produce such events as the Penfolds Icon Black Tie Gala, the Westfield National Conference, and the 59th Annual Emmy® Awards Governors Ball.
The Academy’s 2007 Governors Ball will be held in the Grand Ballroom on the top level of the Hollywood & Highland Center® immediately following the 79th Academy Awards presentation.
Academy Awards for outstanding film achievements of 2006 will be presented on Sunday, February 25, 2007, at the Kodak Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center, and televised live by the ABC Television Network at 5 p.m. PST (8 p.m. EST), beginning with a half-hour arrivals segment, “The Road to the Oscars.”
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Beverly Hills, CA — The 5,830 voting members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences must return their completed Oscar nominations ballots to PricewaterhouseCoopers no later than 5 p.m. on Saturday, January 13.
Ballots received after that deadline will not be counted.
PricewaterhouseCoopers will tabulate the ballots using the preferential voting system.
Nominations for the 79th Academy Awards® will be announced on Tuesday, January 23, 2007, at 5:30 a.m. PST in the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater.
Academy Awards for outstanding film achievements of 2006 will be presented on Sunday, February 25, 2007, at the Kodak Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center®, and televised live by the ABC Television Network at 5 p.m. PST (8 p.m. EST), beginning with a half-hour arrivals segment, “The Road to the Oscars®.”
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ANIME EXPO® 2007 ANNOUNCES A RENAISSANCE FOR HOTEL AVAILABILITY
Room Blocks For Nation¹s Largest Anime/Manga Convention Available Now
Anaheim, California (January 11, 2007) ‹ Anime Expo® 2007 and the
Renaissance Long BeachHotel are openning room blocks for the biggest
most anticipated anime/manga convention of the summer. Anime Expo®
will be held from June 29, 2007-July 2, 2007 at the Long Beach
Center in Long Beach, CA. Ticket information can be found on the
www.anime-expo.org <http://www.anime-expo.org> .
The Renaissance Long Beach (www.renaissancelongbeach.com) is located on
111 East Ocean Boulevard in Long Beach and is a ³hip, cool, edgy
incorporating a redesigned restaurant/bar and a Starbucks. Special
discounted rates are available ONLY to Anime Expo® 2007 attendees and
· Single/Double: Special AX Rate of $133.00/night vs.
· Triple: Special AX Rate of $148.00/night vs. $244/night
· Quads: Special AX Rate of $163.00/night vs. $259.00/night
To make reservations, attendees are to call 1-800-hotels1 and ask for
³ANIME² Expo rate.
Attendees interested in booking flights and hotels for Anime Expo®
do so via the AX Travel Store located at 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
of the general public and animation/ comics industry. This event serves
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,
the Long Beach Convention Center in Southern California. More
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
organization with a mission to popularize and educate the American
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).
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PEOPLES CHOICE AWARDS
The list of favorites:
• Female star: Jennifer Aniston
• Male star: Johnny Depp
• Leading lady: Cameron Diaz
• Leading man: Vince Vaughn
• Female action star: Halle Berry
• Male action star: Johnny Depp
• On-screen matchup: Johnny Depp & Keira Knightley
• Movie: "Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest"
• Movie drama: "Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest"
• Movie comedy: "Click"
• Family movie: "Cars"
• Female singer: Carrie Underwood
• Male singer: Kenny Chesney
• Group: Nickelback
• R&B song: "SexyBack" by Justin Timberlake
• Hip-hop song: "Shake That" by Eminem
• Pop song: "Hips Don't Lie" by Shakira
• Country song: "Before He Cheats" by Carrie Underwood
• Rock song: "Who Says You Can't Go Home" by Bon Jovi
• Song from a movie: "Life is a Highway" by Rascal Flatts from "Cars"
• Remake: "Life is a Highway" by Rascal Flatts
• Comedy: "Two and a Half Men"
• Animated comedy: "The Simpsons"
• Drama: "Grey's Anatomy"
• Competition/Reality show: "American Idol"
• New Comedy: "The Class"
• New Drama: "Heroes"
• Female star: Eva Longoria
• Male star: Patrick Dempsey
• Talk show host: Ellen DeGeneres
• Funny female star: Ellen DeGeneres
• Funny male star: Robin Williams
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