Kathryn Bigelow wins Director's Guild Award for "The Hurt Locker"

January 31, 2010


Kathryn Bigelow became the first woman to receive the best director honor for her film, "The Hurt Locker." Bigelow beat out such heavy-weights and repeat nominees Quentin Tarentino with "Inglorious Basterds" and ex-husband James Cameron with "Avatar". She also won out against fellow first time nominees Lee Daniels with "Precious: Based on the Novel 'Push' by Sapphire" and Jason Reitman with "Up In The Air."

"The Hurt Locker" tells the story of a U.S. military bomb squad that defuses explosives amid the fighting and insurgents. The film has been celebrated on the awards circuit having received nominations from Critics Choice, Golden Globes and Screen Actors' Guild to name a few.

Traditionally, directors who has received the trophy from their peers at DGA have gone on to receive an Oscar nomination and ultimately the win at the Academy Awards. Bigleow will learn if winning this award will lead her to the Oscar Ceremony as a nominee when the Oscar nominations are announcing on Tuesday, February 2.
The Academy Awards, hosted by Steve Martin and Alec Baldwin will be broadcast live on Sunday, March 7 on ABC.
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First Look: Tim Burton's "Alice In Wonderland" inspired fashions


Disney and Disney Consumer Products released the first look at the fashions and jewelry inspired by the company's 3D digital release Tim Burton's "Alice In Wonderland."

Fashion designer Sue Wong created the fashions while jewelry designer Tom Binns and celebrity fashion designer Stella McCartney designed the jewelry inspired by the film. Check out the photos of the pieces below:



For a complete look at the items available, visit: DCP
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(pictured above: Limited-edition palette by Urban Decay opens to a breathtaking pop-up scene of Alice and her journey through the mushroom forest and contains 16 gorgeous eyeshadow shades inspired by the film. photo credit:dcp)
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Disney launches fashions inspired by Tim Burton's 'Alice In Wonderland'

January 30, 2010


Disney has introduced a collection of fashions and accessories inspired by its upcoming 3-D film "Tim Burton's Alice In Wonderland". Disney Consumer Products (DCP) collaborated with jewelry designer, Tom Binns, fashion designer Sue Wong and Swarovski, to create a line of products.

Popular retailer, Bloomingdales, will feature special display windows at their New York location promoting the product line and the film which opens in theaters nationwide March 5.

In addition, seven Bloomingdale’s stores across the U.S. including the NY flagship store will enhance their Alice In Wonderland merchandise displays with special signage and video screens that will play behind-the-scenes footage and select bonus material. The stores include Beverly Center, CA, Century City, CA, San Francisco, CA, South Coast Plaza, CA, Aventura, FL and Short Hills, NJ. The Bloomingdale’s Alice In Wonderland-inspired windows and in-store displays are planned to set in early March.

“Our collaboration with Bloomingdale’s brings it all together in a way that is fun and interesting for consumers and Disney fans alike”, said Pam Lifford, executive vp of DCP.

In addition to fashion and jewelry pieces, a line if select make up products were also created that was inspired by this film. A limited-edition Alice In Wonderland-inspired Book of Shadows had also been created. The book of 16 gorgeous eye shadow shades features a the palette that opens to a pop-up scene of Alice and her journey through the mushroom forest with the mirror resting in the background. The book-like cover is adorned with a lush black pattern and copper foil deco with teacup details. The Alice Book of Shadows offers 16 best-selling eye shadows, as well as two travel sizes of 24/7 Eye Pencils and one Eyeshadow Primer Potion.

The book is avaiable for purchase at Sephora, ULTA and Macy’s or online at sephora.com, ulta.com, macys.com, and urbandecay.com.

OPI will debut four limited-edition Nail Lacquer shades inspired by Alice In Wonderland. The Alice In Wonderland-inspired Nail Lacquers by OPI are available at professional salons, including Beauty Brands, Beauty First, Chatters, Dillard’s, JCPenney, Pure Beauty, Regis, Trade Secret, and Ulta.

Tim Burton's "Alice In Wonderland", in Disney Digital 3D, stars Johnny Depp as the Mad Hatter, Mia Wasikowska as Alice. The all-star cast also includes Anne Hathaway, Helena Bonham Carter and Crispin Glover. The film opens on March 5.

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(pictured: Sue Wong for Walt Disney Signature, "Alice In Wonderland" collection; dress inspired by the Talking Flower Garden.)
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Paley Center Events presents "The Black List: Volume 3" Screening and Discussion with Elvis Mitchell and Beverly Johnson


The Paley Center in Beverly Hills will premiere the third installment of the acclaimed HBO documentary "The Black List". The documentary series looks at what it means to be black today as photographer Timothy Greenfield-Sanders and renowned critic Elvis Mitchell interview Beverly Johnson, Debra Lee, John Legend, Lee Daniels, and Whoopi Goldberg.

Daniels is the Director's Guild Award nominated director of the critically acclaimed film, "Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire."

After the screening, a panel discussion will be held with Mitchell and Greenfield-Sanders who will be joined by Beverly Johnson and Suzanne dePasse.

The center will also host an exhibit of Greenfield-Sanders' portraits taken in conjunction with the documentary series. Some of the notable faces photographed are Chris Rock, dePasse, and Kareem Adbul-Jabar.

This sold out event will take place Monday February 1.

Paley Center for Media
465 N. Beverly Drive
Beverly Hills CA 90210
PaleyCenter.org

(pictured: model Beverly Johnson)
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Legendary R&B Singer Jill Scott to Star in Lifetime Movie Network's Sins of the Mother -- LOS ANGELES, Jan. 20 /PRNewswire/ --

January 25, 2010
Legendary R&B Singer Jill Scott to Star in Lifetime Movie Network's Sins of the Mother -- LOS ANGELES, Jan. 20 /PRNewswire/ --

Legendary R&B Singer Jill Scott to Star in Lifetime Movie Network's Sins of the Mother

Original Movie Based on Carleen Brice's Novel Orange Mint and Honey Set to Premiere February 21, 2010

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LOS ANGELES, Jan. 20 /PRNewswire/ -- Famed R&B singer and actress Jill Scott (The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency) is set to headline the Lifetime Movie Network Original Movie Sins of the Mother, a touching story about the harsh realities of love, forgiveness and the closest of bonds between mother and daughter. Based on author Carleen Brice's moving novel, Orange Mint and Honey, the film features Scott as reformed alcoholic Nona, Nicole Beharie (American Violet) as her daughter Shay and Mimi Rogers (The Door in the Floor) as Nona's sponsor Lois. Sins of the Mother will premiere Sunday, February 21, 2010, at 8pm ET/5pm PT, on Lifetime Movie Network, Lifetime's sister network and the second highest rated women's channel.

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ABOUT SINS OF THE MOTHER

Graduate student Shay Dixon (Beharie) reaches a crossroad in her life when she finds herself broke, burned out and unable to cope with the stress of school. With nowhere else to go, she embarks on a journey home to Tacoma, Washington, to face her abusive, alcoholic, estranged mother, Nona (Scott). When she returns home, Shay finds Nona living life as a recovered alcoholic, with a new daughter and completely transformed. Thrown by her mother's new path, Shay must now accept Nona's changes and influences, including her sponsor Lois (Rogers) -- all forcing Shay to move past her pent-up anger and awaken her own relationships.

ABOUT THE PRODUCTION

Sins of the Mother is a Lifetime Pictures Presentation for Lifetime Movie Network. Damon Lee (Obsessed, Undercover Brother) executive produces. Paul A. Kaufman (Little Girl Lost: The Delimar Vera Story) directs the film and also serves as executive producer. The teleplay from Elizabeth Hunter (Beauty Shop, The Fighting Temptations) is based on the novel Orange Mint and Honey by Carleen Brice (Children of the Waters).

ABOUT LIFETIME MOVIE NETWORK

Lifetime Movie Network is the #2 women's channel, behind only its sister network Lifetime

Television. 2009 was the most watched year in the network's 11 year history in both Total Day and Primetime across Households, Women 18-49, Women 25-54, Adults 18-34, Adults 18-49, Adults 25-54, Total Viewers, Women 18+ and Adults 18+, while last year also was the most watched year ever in Primetime among Women 18-34. In addition, 2009 was Lifetime Movie Network's highest rated year ever in Primetime among Households, Total Viewers and Adults 18+.

In 2009, Lifetime Movie Network's slate of 16 original movies included Natalee Holloway, which broke all Lifetime Movie Network records, becoming the number one Original Movie in the network's eleven year history. Other films that debuted on the network this past year included two movies adapted from best-selling books by author Ann Rule – Ann Rule's Too Late to Say Goodbye, featuring Rob Lowe, and the miniseries event Ann Rule's Everything She Ever Wanted, with Gina Gershon and Victor Garber. Original Movies on Lifetime Movie Network this year include The Wronged Man, starring Julia Ormond and from executive producer Gale Anne Hurd, which debuted on January 17, 2010; Amish Grace, with Kimberly Williams-Paisley; Double Wedding, with Tia and Tamera Mowry; and Secrets in the Walls, featuring Jeri Ryan. Last year, Lifetime Movie Network reached more than 74 million U.S. subscribers, making it the industry's fastest growing channel.*

Lifetime Television®, Lifetime Movie Network®, Lifetime Real Women® and Lifetime Digital™ (which includes myLifetime.com, LMN.tv, Lifetime Games, Roiworld.com, DressUpChallenge.com, MothersClick.com and LifetimeMoms.com) are part of Lifetime Entertainment Services, LLC, a subsidiary of A&E Television Networks, LLC. A&E Television Networks is a joint venture of the Disney-ABC Television Group, Hearst Corporation and NBC Universal.

*Among channels with at least 66 million households.

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Waterfords Crystal Center Opening in June

To celebrate the sparkle of a new beginning for the world's finest crystal brand, WWRD Holdings Limited today announced plans to open a new Waterford Crystal Prestige Manufacturing Facility, Retail Outlet and Visitor Centre in June 2010!

Located in the brand's namesake city of Waterford, Ireland, the high-tech facility will exclusively produce 40,000 luxury hand-crafted crystal pieces using traditional artisan methods for their most discerning customers and for the thousands who will come to visit the new facility. In addition to serving as a brand laboratory for innovation and modern design, Waterford Crystal Factory Tours will be open to the public seven days a week and all year round.

The Waterford Crystal factory tour will leave visitors staring spell bound as they are taken through a visual journey of over 225 years of glass making and are shown how each individual piece of crystal is created by highly skilled craftsmen using unique and traditional methods.

Visitors will also be able to marvel at a replica of the Waterford Times Square Ball without travelling across the pond and will be impressed by the varying exhibitions whether it be Sport, Statement Design or a favourite by many - the Faces and Places exhibit which showcases specially commissioned Waterford Crystals pieces that have been presented to famous Celebrities, Presidents and dignities!

If that wasn't enough, the world's largest display of Waterford Crystal will be showcased in the Retail Experience, including pieces from world famous designers such as John Rocha, Michael Aram and Jasper Conran!

The state-of-the-art Waterford Crystal Visitor Centre is located 2 miles from the city centre on the N25 Cork Road in Waterford, Ireland. Factory tours are open to the public all year round, Monday to Sunday. Guided Tours are also available seven days a week.

For more information about the new Waterford Visitor Centre please visit www.waterfordvisitorcentre.com.

About the Waterford Brand: Waterford designs, manufactures and markets an extensive range of crystal stemware, barware and giftware for distribution throughout the world. In recent years, Waterford has built upon its reputation as a leading source of prestigious tabletop and gift products by expanding into several new businesses. Significant expansions into tabletop and gifts have occurred with the launch of the Marquis by Waterford, the addition of Waterford Fine China, Waterford Fine Flatware and Waterford Holiday Heirlooms. Each of those initiatives reflects the company's commitment to creating prestigious products – for gift giving, entertaining and home decorating – with classic designs that transcend time.

About WWRD US, LLC: WWRD Holdings Limited, the leading provider of luxury home and lifestyle products worldwide, manufactures, distributes and sells well-recognized brands including Waterford, Wedgwood, Royal Doulton, Royal Albert, Minton, Johnson Brothers and Franciscan. WWRD maintains unique licensing arrangements with some of the most high-profile innovators in the home and lifestyle market, including Vera Wang, Jasper Conran, Monique Lhuillier, John Rocha, Barbara Barry, Gordon Ramsay, Martha Stewart and Michael Aram. WWRD products are distributed through premium department stores and independent retailers and wholesalers around the world, including the United States, United Kingdom, Japan, Canada, Australia and Ireland. The company employs more than 3,000 people worldwide.

For more information, visit http://clmclient.com/WWRDIPK/.

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William Rast announces fashion eyewear line

LOS ANGELES, Jan. 25 /PRNewswire/ -- William Rast, the "New America" denim lifestyle brand founded by Trace Ayala and Justin Timberlake, today announced it has signed a new multi-year licensing agreement with Viva International Group to design, produce and globally distribute William Rast Eyewear and William Rast Racing Eyewear focusing on styles for both the premium and sportswear categories for men and women. Viva is a worldwide leading eyewear company, representing premium and luxury brands, including GUESS, SKECHERS®, Tommy Hilfiger, Escada and Ermenegildo Zegna. The William Rast branded eyewear collections, which will include sunglasses and prescription eyewear, will debut in 2011 and will be available in William Rast's branded stores, as well as upscale department stores and specialty retailers worldwide.

"We are very excited to work with Viva International as our eyewear partner," said Colin Dyne, Chief Executive Officer of People's Liberation, the parent holding company of William Rast. "After meeting with Viva's management and design teams, we believe that Viva's ability to create and distribute high-quality and stylish eyewear for both the sportswear and premium lines will resonate positively with our customers around the world. We are also working enthusiastically to complete a portfolio of William Rast licensing opportunities in fragrance, footwear and accessories to compliment our expansion into the eyewear category."

"We are very proud to be entering into this new partnership with the William Rast brand. As an iconic brand that represents the 'New America,' the collection responds to what the consumer is looking for in eyewear today," said Frank Rescigna, president of Viva. "With such an incredible creative force behind the brand, the possibilities are endless. Combined with a strong sense of style and fashion, a complete design story is portrayed not only in the eyewear collection, but also throughout the full William Rast lifestyle brand."

ABOUT WILLIAM RAST™

William Rast, the 'New America' denim culture brand, was conceptualized and founded by business partners Justin Timberlake and Trace Ayala in 2005, and is operated through subsidiaries of People's Liberation, Inc. (OCT Bulletin Board: PPLB). The Los Angeles-based brand designs, markets and sells men's and women's premium contemporary apparel. The clothing consists of premium denim, leather goods, knits, wovens and outerwear. In the United States, the Company distributes its merchandise to better department stores and boutiques, including Nordstrom, Saks Fifth Avenue, Neiman Marcus, and Bloomingdales. Outside the U.S., its products are sold to better department stores and boutiques throughout the world. The Company also sells merchandise on its website www.williamrast.com and in it's own free standing William Rast retail stores.

ABOUT PEOPLE'S LIBERATION, INC.

Los Angeles-based People's Liberation designs and distributes high-end casual apparel under the brand names "People's Liberation" "William Rast" and, in the United States, "J. Lindeberg." The majority of the merchandise the Company offers consists of premium denim, knits, wovens, leather goods, golf wear and outerwear for men and women. In the United States, William Rast and J. Lindeberg branded products are distributed to boutiques, specialty stores and better department stores, such as Nordstrom, Bloomingdales, Saks Fifth Avenue and Neiman Marcus. In the United States, the People's Liberation apparel line is distributed exclusively through Charlotte Russe retail stores. The Company also markets and sells J. Lindeberg branded collection and golf apparel through its retail stores in New York City and Los Angeles, and J. Lindeberg golf wear to green grass golf stores and boutiques in the United States. Internationally, in select countries, William Rast products are sold to better department stores and boutiques throughout the world, and in it's own free standing William Rast retail stores. The Company also sells merchandise on its websites, www.williamrast.com and the America section of www.jlindebergusa.com.

ABOUT VIVA INTERNATIONAL GROUP

Viva International Group, a Highmark company, is part of the HVHC Inc. group of companies which also includes Davis Vision and Eye Care Centers of America. Established in 1978 as an entrepreneurial company, Viva has steadily grown to become a worldwide leader in ophthalmic frames and sunglass distribution and manufacturing. Viva's current brand portfolio consists of GUESS, SKECHERS®, GANT, Tommy Hilfiger, CANDIE'S®, RAMPAGE®, BONGO®, Harley-Davidson®, Catherine Deneuve, ESCADA, Ermenegildo Zegna, Magic Clip®, Savvy and Viva. Viva was one of the first American eyewear companies to expand internationally and currently has six direct sales offices in the United Kingdom, France, Brazil, Canada, Japan and Hong Kong. Joint ventures and direct sales forces are also maintained in Australia, Austria, Germany, Japan, Mexico, the Netherlands, Portugal, Spain and Switzerland. In total the company has global distribution in more than 90 countries. For more information, visit Viva International Group online at www.vivagroup.com, or call (800) 345-VIVA.

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HBO Latin America Shows for 2010

MIAMI, Jan. 25 /PRNewswire/ -- HBO LA announced its programming schedule for 2010, which includes premiers, new original productions and many surprises. Like in previous years, HBO LA will keep offering subscribers the best in entertainment as they continue their commitment to the development of the television industry in Latin America through their original productions.

"HBO is the leader in entertainment in Latin America due to our technology, our innovation strategy and our high quality content," assured Emilio Rubio, president of HBO Latin America. "Furthermore, our partnership with major studios allows us to have the most successful films in the box office. This is how we will continue to offer our subscribers the best programming in 2010," he stated.

Shows and Miniseries

This year will be filled with excitement for HBO viewers, especially with premiers of such mega productions like the new miniseries The Pacific, produced by the same team that brought Band of Brothers to the screen -- Tom Hanks, Steven Spielberg and Gary Goetzman. The story line of this show revolves around different perspectives of the World War II conflict between the United States and Japan.

Also premiering is The Prisoner, based on the successful British series from the 1960's, which tells the story of a man who inexplicably finds himself in a place called The Village. Without knowing how he arrived there, the protagonist begins to explore his environment and discovers that the inhabitants of this strange place are identified by numbers instead of names and are less trustworthy than they at first appear to be.

HBO LA will also be premiering the new seasons of the successful, Golden Globe nominated shows: Big Love IV, Entourage VI and VII, Mad Men III, True Blood III, and Hung II.

HBO Latin America Original Productions

Also, 2010 marks the beginning of the first comedy in the region and the fourth original production in Brazil, Mulher de Fases. The show follows the adventures of a divorced woman who is searching for a man to rebuild her life.

Also premiering in 2010 is the second season of the successful series Capadocia, nominated to three awards at the 2009 International Emmy(R) for Best Series, Best Actress for Cecilia Suarez and Best Actor for Oscar Olivares. The series will feature new actors and new storylines that take place around a privatized government prison in Mexico City.

Movies

HBO has exclusive rights to the biggest blockbuster films in the world and from such major motion picture studios like Warner Bros. Entertainment, New Line Cinema, Buena Vista, Walt Disney Studios Motion Picture and Sony Pictures Entertainment. Included among the films that will premiere on HBO in 2010 are Seven Pounds, starring Will Smith; The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, with Brad Pitt; Gran Torino, directed and starring Clint Eastwood; Angels and Demons, based on the book by Dan Brown and starring Tom Hanks; and The Hangover, a comedy that tells the story of four friends who travel to Las Vegas to celebrate the bachelor party for one of them.

Sports

The Next Boxing Generation (NBG) franchise will continue to broadcast the best in boxing, and each month, in a premium showcase, it will give the current and future stars of Latin American boxing the opportunity to display their talents and their careers on their quest to capture the World Championship Title.

Cinemax and Maxprime

Cinemax, as part of a group of channels belonging to HBO Latin America Group, is a premium channel that offers movie lovers productions from the largest studios, international independent films, the most acclaimed documentaries and those movies worth watching again. In 2010, Cinemax will continue to offer a wide range of award-winning independent titles from around the world. Productions such as Vicky Cristina Barcelona (Spain/USA), Rachel Getting Married (USA), Mongol (Russia/Mongolia), Let the Right One In (Sweden), are a few of the titles that will be part of the programming. Additionally, Cinemax will debut Hollywood blockbusters like Mad Money, I am Legend, We Own the Night, and many more.

Maxprime will continue to offer its male subscribers a select range of action, comedy, blockbuster and erotic titles, reinforcing their brand positioning. It will also continue broadcasting the most acclaimed and controversial shows every Wednesday, as well as the more daring PENTHOUSE adult content, every weekday after midnight.

About HBO Latin America

HBO Latin America is the leader in television network broadcasting, who besides being recognized for the quality and diversity of its original programming, movies and documentaries, delivers services of the highest technology in SD and HD formats in over 23 countries in Latin America and the Caribbean through its channels HBO(R), HBO(R) Plus, HBO(R) Family, Cinemax(R) y Maxprime(SM) and its SVOD service.

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Boulder Film Festival

Named one of the “25 Coolest Film Festivals” this summer by MovieMaker Magazine, the Boulder International Film Festival (BIFF) brings films from around the world, conversations with directors, producers, screenwriters and actors, red carpet glamour and Hollywood stars all to the foot of the Rockies. The Festival takes place in beautiful Boulder, Colo., Feb. 11-14, and will bring films, filmmakers and international fans together for a four-day celebration of the fine art of filmmaking.

“Blythe Danner's Oscar-worthy performance makes the battling of wits into an art form.”

BIFF has become a must-attend film festival with screenings, parties, a red carpet gala and special events,” said Kathy Beeck, director of BIFF. “We’ve screened hundreds of independent films this year to make sure BIFF attendees see the best films available. The festival features award-winning films and filmmakers from all over the world, and we are pleased to bring them to the Boulder community and festival attendees.”

The Festival kicks off Thursday, Feb. 11 at 6:30 p.m. with an Opening Night Red-Carpet Gala and screening of “The Lightkeepers,” starring Richard Dreyfuss, Blythe Danner, Bruce Dern, Tom Wisdom and Mamie Gummer. “The Lightkeepers” tells the story of Seth Atkins, the lightkeeper for Eastham Light, a lighthouse on a deserted beach in Cape Cod in the year 1912. A mysterious man takes the position of assistant lightkeeper, and the two men swear an oath to never get involved with women. However, they soon find themselves contending with two female summer visitors. Movie Pictures Magazine says, "Blythe Danner's Oscar-worthy performance makes the battling of wits into an art form." Following the screening of the film, Danner, writer and director Daniel Adams, and producer Straw Weisman will participate in a live question and answer session with the audience.

Danner’s films include “The Great Santini,” co-starring Robert Duvall, “Meet the Parents” and “Meet the Fockers,” co-starring Robert DeNiro, “Mr. and Mrs. Bridge,” co-starring Joanne Woodward and Paul Newman; “The Prince of Tides,” co-starring Barbra Streisand; as well as three Woody Allen films. She also appeared in “Sylvia,” with her daughter, Gwyneth Paltrow. Danner has won a Tony and two Emmy awards, and has been involved with environmental issues for over 35 years. She is currently filming “Little Fockers.”

The Opening Night Red-Carpet Gala will kick off with Lannie Garrett’s spectacular musical performance of “Songs from the Movies” with her Errand Boys of Rhythm Quintet, as well as appetizers prepared by Savory Cuisines and luxury chocolates from Seth Ellis Chocolatier.

BIFF’s Closing Night Awards Ceremony, taking place Sunday, Feb. 14 at 7 p.m., will feature a tribute to Alec Baldwin, Oscar-nominated and Emmy award-winning television, stage and film actor. The evening’s tribute to Baldwin will include a film retrospective of his work followed by a question and answer session hosted by BIFF executive producer Ron Bostwick. Baldwin will be honored with an Award of Excellence in Acting, and the event will also include delicious desserts from the Cheesecake Factory, and variety of coffees from Ozo. Tony Bennett’s pianist, Ralph Sharon, will provide the entertainment for the evening.

Film highlights from the festival include:

“I Am Love”

Direct to BIFF from Sundance, this Italian feature film was a winner at the Venice Film Festival. Starring Tilda Swinton, this drama portrays the irresistible heat of forbidden passion within the constrained upper-class mores of an Italian family.

“Last Train Home”

On the 2010 Academy Awards short list. The world’s largest human migration takes place each year in China as 130 million factory workers fight for space on overcrowded trains to return home for the Spring Festival. This beautiful film captures two years in the life of the Zhangs, who left the poverty of the countryside and their children behind with their extended family. View Trailer.

“Mugabe and the White African”

On the Academy awards shortlist. Michael Campbell is one of the few hundred white farmers left in Zimbabwe since President Robert Mugabe began his violent land seizure program in 2000. In 2008, Campbell took the unprecedented step of challenging Robert Mugabe before international court, charging him and his government with racial discrimination and violations of human rights. View Trailer.

Other BIFF films not to be missed:

* “The Misfortunates,” Belgium’s entry to the 2010 Academy Awards. A high-energy film that follows 13-year-old Gunther as he tries to escape his depressing genetic history. View Trailer
* “Soundtrack for a Revolution,” depicts the American civil rights movement through the music that fortified protestors as they struggled for equality, with music by The Roots, Wyclef Jean, Joss Stone, Richie Havens and Harry Belafonte. View Trailer.
* “A Film with Me In It” This is a morbidly delightful account of a hapless out-of-work Dublin actor named Mark, who is struggling to make it through a day from hell. Together with his hilarious neighbor, Pierce, they hatch a desperate plan of treating their predicament like a film scenario and try to rewrite the day. View Trailer.
* “The Most Dangerous Man in America; Daniel Ellsberg and the Pentagon Papers,” depicts the high-level Pentagon official, former Marine and Vietnam War hawk who discovers top-secret reports detailing the lies the Pentagon had been telling the public about the war. View Trailer.

All festival tickets will go on sale today at www.biff1.com, www.bouldertheater.com or by calling 303-786-7030. Tickets are $10 for adults and $8 for students and seniors 65 and older. All-access festival VIP passes, including tickets and access to the Opening Night Gala and the Closing Night Awards Ceremony and Tribute, can be purchased for $345. Tickets for the Opening Night Gala are $50 and Closing Night Awards Ceremony tickets are $40.

For more information about the festival please go to www.biff1.com.

Sponsors of this year’s Festival include: KBCO, Linhart PR, St Julien Hotel and Spa, Daily Camera, Comcast Spotlight, Premier Members Federal Credit Union, Flowcreative, People Productions, Backpacker magazine, Flatirons Subaru, 5280 Magazine, Hotel Boulderado, Boulder Magazine, Brock Publishing, Downtown Boulder, Inc., Bácaro Venetian Taverna, Around the Bend Media, Ball Aerospace 7 technologies Corp., The Millstone Evans Group, First Western Trust Bank, among others.

Contacts

Boulder International Film Festival
Kathy Beeck, 303-449-2289
kathy@biff1.com
or
Linhart Public Relations
Anna Lindsey, 303-951-2565
alindsey@linhartpr.com
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No Surprise: Oprah Named Favorite TV Personality


January 25, 2010 05:00 AM Eastern Time
Oprah Regains Her Position as America’s Favorite Television Personality

Glenn Beck debuts at number 2, Jay Leno drops to number 3

NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--One of the joys of watching television is seeing characters and over-sized personalities; in fact, one station even has a whole marketing campaign centered on characters. Each year, new television personalities are added to the list of favorites and others drop off, showing another joy of television watching – it is never the same, year after year.

This year, likely due to her announcement that she will be discontinuing her show in September 2011, Oprah Winfrey is America’s favorite television personality, up from No. 4 last year. Brand new to the list and debuting at number 2 is Fox News’ personality, Glenn Beck, while last year’s number one, Jay Leno drops to number three. One thing to note is that this survey was conducted before the change on NBC, dropping the 10pm Jay Leno show and moving him back to the Tonight Show.

These are some of the results of The Harris Poll® of 2,276 adults surveyed online between December 7 and 14, 2009 by Harris Interactive®.

Six Guys and a Girl

The only female on the rest of the list comes in at a tie for fourth place, talk show host and new American Idol judge, Ellen DeGeneres, down from no. 3 last year. The new and maybe improved Dr. House, or rather Hugh Laurie is also tied for fourth, down from no. 2 last year.

Next on the top ten list are The Daily Show’s Jon Stewart at number 6, Two and a Half Men’s Charlie Sheen (no. 7), NCIS’s Mark Harmon (no. 8) and making his own top ten, David Letterman at number 9. Returning to the list after dropping off last year is Fox News’ Bill O’Reilly at the tenth spot.

On the Fringe

This year, two news personalities, both conservatives are new to the list. One is making a first time appearance (Glenn Beck) and the other is returning after a one year absence (Bill O’Reilly). This means two television personalities have dropped off the list. One is a fake television conservative, and Daily Show alum, Stephen Colbert who was tied for number 9 last year. The other is also a Daily Show alum, but he plays a bumbling Office manager, Steve Carrell, who was number 8 last year.

Talk Soup

There are different number ones for different groups. Men say Jay Leno is their favorite, while for women it is Oprah. Generations also have their favorites. Echo Boomers (those aged 18-32) are about to be disappointed as Conan O’Brien is their favorite, while for both Gen Xers (aged 33-44) and Baby Boomers (aged 45-63) it is Oprah. Another talk show personality is tops for Matures (aged 64 and older) – Glenn Beck.

There are definitely some partisan differences. Glenn Beck is the favorite for both Republicans and for Conservatives, but, interestingly, also for Independents. Oprah Winfrey is number one for Democrats and Moderates, while Jon Stewart is the favorite for Liberals.

While there may be different favorites for different groups, there is one consistent theme. Of the ten on the list, seven of them are talk show personalities. Just one is a sitcom star and two are from dramas.



TABLE 1

FAVORITE TV PERSONALITY

"Who is your favorite TV personality?”



Base: All adults

1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999
Oprah Winfrey 2 2 3 3 3 1 2
Glenn Beck * * * * * * *
Jay Leno * 8 10 =10 8 =6 *
Ellen DeGeneres * * * * * * *
Hugh Laurie * * * * * * *
Jon Stewart * * * * * * *
Charlie Sheen * * * * * * *
Mark Harmon * * * * * * *
David Letterman 6 6 4 5 7 * *
Bill O’Reilly * * * * * * *

“=” means there was a tie for that position




TABLE 1 (continued)

FAVORITE TV PERSONALITY

"Who is your favorite TV personality?”



Base: All adults

2000 2001 2002* 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009
Oprah Winfrey 1 3 1 1 1 1 1 2 4 1
Glenn Beck * * * * * * * * * 2
Jay Leno =7 6 9 5 5 =4 6 3 1 3
Ellen DeGeneres * * * =10 7 6 =8 1 3 =4
Hugh Laurie * * * * * * 4 4 2 =4
Jon Stewart * * * =6 =2 2 2 5 6 6
Charlie Sheen * * * * * * * * 7 7
Mark Harmon * * * * * * * * =9 8
David Letterman 6 4 3 2 =2 3 5 =6 5 9
Bill O’Reilly * 7 5 3 8 =4 3 8 * 10

* The 2002 survey was conducted in January 2003.

“=” means there was a tie for that position




DROPPED OFF OF LIST IN 2009

Steve Carrell (was No. 8), and Stephen Colbert (was tied for No. 9)




TABLE 2

FAVORITE TV PERSONALITY AMONG DIFFERENT GROUPS


AMONG: 2009
Men Jay Leno
Women Oprah Winfrey

Echo Boomers (18-32) Conan O’Brien
Gen X (33-44) Oprah Winfrey
Baby Boomers (45-63) Oprah Winfrey
Matures (64+) Glenn Beck

Republicans Glenn Beck
Democrats Oprah Winfrey
Independents Glenn Beck

Conservatives Glenn Beck
Moderates Oprah Winfrey
Liberals Jon Stewart

Single women Oprah Winfrey
Married women Oprah Winfrey

East Oprah Winfrey
Midwest Glenn Beck
South Oprah Winfrey
West Hugh Laurie


Methodology

This Harris Poll was conducted online within the United States December 7 and 14, 2009 among 2,276 adults (aged 18 and over). Figures for age, sex, race/ethnicity, 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 sample surveys and polls, whether or not they use probability sampling, are subject to multiple sources of error which are most often not possible to quantify or estimate, including sampling error, coverage error, error associated with nonresponse, error associated with question wording and response options, and post-survey weighting and adjustments. Therefore, Harris Interactive avoids the words “margin of error” as they are misleading. All that can be calculated are different possible sampling errors with different probabilities for pure, unweighted, random samples with 100% response rates. These are only theoretical because no published polls come close to this ideal.

Respondents for this survey were selected from among those who have agreed to participate in Harris Interactive surveys. The data have been weighted to reflect the composition of the adult population. Because the sample is based on those who agreed to participate in the Harris Interactive panel, no estimates of theoretical sampling error can be calculated.

These statements conform to the principles of disclosure of the National Council on Public Polls.

The results of this Harris Poll may not be used in advertising, marketing or promotion without the prior written permission of Harris Interactive.

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By Regina A. Corso, Director, The Harris Poll, Harris Interactive

About Harris Interactive

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2010 Namm Show Musical Success

January 20, 2010

The 2010 Namm Show was held in Anaheim this weekend to a large number of visitors, performers and retailers. This was the 108th year for the show.

The annual trade show is the place where music products retailers meet face-to-face with manufacturers to make their biggest purchases or gain product knowledge for their stores in the year ahead.

“This year’s NAMM Show marks a critical turning point for the international music products industry,” said NAMM President and CEO Joe Lamond. “A strong NAMM Show signals the beginning of a comeback with buyers returning to their hometowns with renewed energy, passion and hope for a strong 2010, and exhibitors enjoying strong floor traffic and sales as they introduced hundreds of new and innovative products to the market.”

A highlight of the event was the feature of Quincy Jones who talked about music education.

Also on hand to promote the importance of music education in schools was Yoko Ono. Ono also celebrated the 70th anniversary of John Lennon’s birth at a press conference held on the Thursday.

Other events included performances by Jason Mraz and Ted Nugent; and celebrity appearances by Julianne Hough of Dancing with the Stars, Slash of Guns and Roses and Velvet Revolver, Eddie Van Halen, Chad Smith of the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Stevie Wonder, Orianthi and Gene Simmons of KISS and hundreds of touring artists and band members.

Yamaha Corporation of America celebrated its 50th anniversary in the United States with a star-filled dealer concert featuring Vince Gill, Michael McDonald, Natalie Cole, John Ondrasik, Jon McLaughlin and Jason Mraz.

The 2010 Summer Namm Show will be June 18-20, 2010 in Nashville, TN.
The 2011 Namm Show will be January 13-16 in Anaheim CA.

For more info: visit
pictured: Yoko Ono and Quincy Jones photo credit: NAMM
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Young and The Restless' Thom Bierdz at Men Of Daytime Television Event

January 18, 2010


Soap opera fans don’t miss this opportunity to meet some of the hottest men on daytime television! Actor, artist and author Thom Bierdz (“The Young and The Restless”) has joined the panel of the Men of Daytime Television event featuring a moderated Q&A and autograph session on February 20 in Beverly Hills, California. Thom will also be donating a signed copy of his gripping memoir “Forgiving Troy”, as well as one of his paintings for silent auction at the event.

For more information:
310-229-5388
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Golden Globes Red Carpet Fashions 2010



Check out the highlights from the 2010 Golden Globe Awards:

To view the slideshow, click on the thumbnail photo below:



Glee Cast Photo Credit: Rueters/Eddie Chan
Slideshow Photo Credit: AP/Matt Sayles
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Remembering Teddy Pendergrass

January 17, 2010

Singer Teddy Pendergrass has passed away at the age of 59 in a Philadelphia hospital, reports the Associated Press.

According to his son, Teddy Pendergrass II, his father had colon cancer surgery eight months ago and had a had a difficult time recovering.

Pendergrass first rose to fame in the 1970s when he became lead singer of Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes. The group is known for hits such as "If You Don't Know Me by Now" " Bad Luck" and "Wake Up Everybody".

After leaving the Blue Notes for a solo career, he became an international star with hits " "Close The Door," "Turn Off The Lights" and "Love TKO."

Pendergrass was at the height of his career in 1982 when he was paralyzed in a car accident that permanently injured his spine. He continued to record the album "Love Language" and made a comeback appearance at the 1985 Live Aid concert when he performed from his wheelchair.

He won a Grammy Award in 1989 for his song "Joy". He continued recording music through out the 80s and 90s. He also starred with Stephaine Mills in the touring production of "Your Arms To Short To Box With God". Pendergrass released his autobiography entitled, "Truly Blessed" in 1998.

In 2006, Pendergrass announced his retirement from the music business but has participated in "Teddy 25: A Celebration of Life, Hope & Possibilities", a 25th anniversary awards ceremony in 2007 to raise money for his charity, The Teddy Pendergrass Alliance.

Click on the video below to hear "Love TKO" by Teddy Pendergrass:



Addition reporting: Belinda Thomas
For More Information on Teddy: Teddy Pendergrass
Source:AP Photo Credit: Sony Legacy
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Former Presidents George W. Bush and Bill Clinton join President Obama to support The Haitian Earthquake relief effort


Former US President George W. Bush and Bill Clinton stand as US President Barack Obama speaks about relief efforts following the earthquake in Haiti during a statement in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, DC. Obama issued a joint pledge with Clinton and Bush that the US "stands united" with the Haitian people following this week's devastating earthquake.
Photo Credit:(AFP/Saul Loeb)
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NAMM Show 2010: Orianthi, Black Label Society's Nick Catanese to debut new PRS guitars at Namm Show

January 15, 2010

PRS Signature Artist will present five new guitar models at this years 2010 Namm Show. Two of the artists who will be attending NAMM and presenting their new models are Michael Jackson guitarist Orianthi, Nick Catanese of Black Label Society.

A classic PRS sound with white pearloid birds and red sparkle finish, the Orianthi SE model is the very first signature model instrument bearing the guitar goddess’ name. It comes standard with a Korina back and maple top, 24 fret wide-thin maple neck with 25” scale length and an ebony fretboard featuring white pearloid birds and an “O” at the 12th fret. The model also features PRS designed Tremolo and PRS designed tuners with nickel hardware and two humbucking pickups to give new and seasoned players alike a shiny new ax to grind.

“This PRS is perfect for anyone who wants an awesome quality, versatile rockin’ lookin’ guitar – at an affordable price – I love it. Try it out.” Orianthi

Nick Catanese and PRS have created a signature model SE worthy of Nick’s “Evil Twin” moniker. Starting with an extra-thick Singlecut mahogany body, the guitar tops off with a Gloss Black finish with red binding on body, neck and headstock, and and “Evil Twin” logo on body. The model also features a mahogany neck, ebony fretboard, 22 jumbo frets, no inlays, TonePros adjustable stoptail bridge, and EMG 81 and 85 pickups with red pickup rings. Other appointments include volume, tone and 3-way toggle on upper bout.

“I have a home that knows how to make an elegant weapon. PRS is a guitar players home.” Nick Catanese

The Namm Show will be January 14-17th in Anaheim, CA.

For more info, visit: PRS
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All My Children's 40th Birthday Celebration Continues

January 13, 2010

All My Children continued it's 40th birthday party in Los Angeles as part of the 2010 Winter Press Tour. Attending the panel were Creator Agnes Nixon, Executive Producer Julie Hanan Carruthers and cast members, Susan Lucci, Bobbie Eakes, Cameron Mathison and Rebecca Budig.

During the press conference, Carruthers said that a replacement for ousted Head Writer, Charles Pratt, would be announced in a few weeks.

The on-air anniversary celebration last week consisted of a special two episode arc featuring the return of former cast members Kelly Ripa, Mark Consuelos, Eva LaRue, Eden Riegal, Julia Barr, Levin Ramblin, Larry Lau, Taylor Miller and James Mitchell.

In addition to creating "All My Children", the show that introduced the world to Erica Kane, Nixon is also the creator of the ABC Television Network’s "Loving" and the Emmy winning “One Life to Live,” now entering its 42nd year on ABC.

“All My Children” took home the 1998 Emmy Award for Outstanding Drama Series, the third time the show received this top honor, having garnered the award in 1994 and 1992. It also received its third consecutive Emmy Award for Outstanding Drama Series Writing.

This year the show is nominated for multiple leading industry awards, including the NAACP Image Awards, Writer's Guild Awards, Director's Guild Awards and the GLADD Awards.

"All My Children" airs weekdays on ABC and weeknights on SOAPnet. Full episodes of the show are available for viewing online at ABC.com
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ABC introduces 'Happy Town' starring Steven Weber


ABC has announced a series of new shows that will debut soon on the network. One of the new shows slated for mid-season replacement, is "Happy Town" starring Steven Weber (Wings, Studio 360) and Sam Neil.

Described by executive producer, Scott Rosenberg, as "Happy Town is Salem's Lot crossed with Twin Peaks", the plot synopsis is:

Haplin, Minnesota, "Happy Town," has enjoyed an uneasy peace for five years, but all that is about to change. Still haunted by a number of unsolved kidnappings, the small town now faces a dark new crime that brings all its unresolved fears to the surface. Has the elusive "Magic Man" - who many believe is responsible for the bizarre abductions -- returned to claim another victim? As Haplin's mysteries are revealed, many of its prominent citizens' motives come under scrutiny as their own secrets and personalities are peeled back one layer at a time.

Haplin is full of colorful characters, including Big Dave Duncan (Abraham Benrubi) and the nefarious Stiviletto brothers, but many in this small town in middle America have skeletons in their closets. Who will step up and help unearth the secrets that have festered under Haplin's cheery exterior? How will its citizens deal with the revelations? And who is the "Magic Man"? Does he really exist, and can he be stopped?

"Happy Town" stars Geoff Stults as Tommy Conroy, Sam Neill as Merritt Grieves, Lauren German as Henley Boone, Steven Weber as John Haplin, Amy Acker as Rachel Conroy, Sarah Gadon as Georgia Bravin, Robert Wisdom as Roger Hobbs, Jay Paulson as Eli "Root Beer" Rogers and Ben Schnetzer as Andrew Haplin.

Recurring stars include Frances Conroy as Peggy Haplin, Abraham Benrubi as Big Dave Duncan, M.C. Gainey as Sheriff Griffin Conroy, Peter Outerbridge as Handsome Dan, Warren Christie as Greggy Stiviletto and Sophia Ewaniuk as Emma Conroy.

Josh Appelbaum ("Life on Mars," "Alias," "October Road"), André Nemec ("Life on Mars," "Alias," "October Road") and Scott Rosenberg ("Life on Mars," "October Road") are executive producers. "Happy Town" is produced by ABC Studios.

(pictured: Steven Weber photo: ABC)
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The Late Night drama continues as Conan rejects NBC's decison to move "Tonight Show".

January 12, 2010

Earlier this week, NBC announced that it was ending it's 10pm experiment by canceling the "The Jay Leno". The network plans to move Leno's talker to his original Tonight Show time slot of 11:35, opting to push the current "Tonight Show Starring Conan O'Brien." O'Brien and Leno has both joked about the situation on their on-air monolgues but off-camera the funny men aren't laughing. Ending the speculation as to what O'Brien's decision would be, he released a statement today saying he would not agree to NBC's suggestion to move his show to 12:05.

The statement reads:

"People of Earth:

In the last few days, I've been getting a lot of sympathy calls, and I want to start by making it clear that no one should waste a second feeling sorry for me. For 17 years, I've been getting paid to do what I love most and, in a world with real problems, I've been absurdly lucky. That said, I've been suddenly put in a very public predicament and my bosses are demanding an immediate decision.

Six years ago, I signed a contract with NBC to take over The Tonight Show in June of 2009. Like a lot of us, I grew up watching Johnny Carson every night and the chance to one day sit in that chair has meant everything to me. I worked long and hard to get that opportunity, passed up far more lucrative offers, and since 2004 I have spent literally hundreds of hours thinking of ways to extend the franchise long into the future. It was my mistaken belief that, like my predecessor, I would have the benefit of some time and, just as important, some degree of ratings support from the prime-time schedule. Building a lasting audience at 11:30 is impossible without both.

But sadly, we were never given that chance. After only seven months, with my Tonight Show in its infancy, NBC has decided to react to their terrible difficulties in prime-time by making a change in their long-established late night schedule.

Last Thursday, NBC executives told me they intended to move the Tonight Show to 12:05 to accommodate the Jay Leno Show at 11:35. For 60 years the Tonight Show has aired immediately following the late local news. I sincerely believe that delaying the Tonight Show into the next day to accommodate another comedy program will seriously damage what I consider to be the greatest franchise in the history of broadcasting. The Tonight Show at 12:05 simply isn't the Tonight Show. Also, if I accept this move I will be knocking the Late Night show, which I inherited from David Letterman and passed on to Jimmy Fallon, out of its long-held time slot. That would hurt the other NBC franchise that I love, and it would be unfair to Jimmy.

So it has come to this: I cannot express in words how much I enjoy hosting this program and what an enormous personal disappointment it is for me to consider losing it. My staff and I have worked unbelievably hard and we are very proud of our contribution to the legacy of The Tonight Show. But I cannot participate in what I honestly believe is its destruction. Some people will make the argument that with DVRs and the Internet a time slot doesn't matter. But with the Tonight Show, I believe nothing could matter more.

There has been speculation about my going to another network but, to set the record straight, I currently have no other offer and honestly have no idea what happens next. My hope is that NBC and I can resolve this quickly so that my staff, crew, and I can do a show we can be proud of, for a company that values our work.

Have a great day and, for the record, I am truly sorry about my hair; it's always been that way.

Yours,

Conan"
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2010 Namm Show: John Lennon Bus host live concerts during 4 day music convention

January 10, 2010

The NAMM Show will host a number of performances on the John Lennon Tour Bus. At 1:30 p.m. on Thursday, at the Wanna Play Lennon Bus Stage at the Arena Plaza, Yoko Ono, Quincy Jones and a host of other celebrities will show their support for music education and The John Lennon Educational Tour Bus in 2010—the year that would have been Lennon's 70th birthday and 30th anniversary of his death.

Other events to be held during the weekend include a tribute to Industry Leaders Lost, featuring guitarist Doyle Dykes and the L.A. Scots, a concert from The Mark Wood Orchestra featuring Jesse Spencer from FOX's House, Celtic Music Band the Wicked Tinkers leading up to an all-star NAMM Icon Jam with Alan White, Lee Oskar, Liberty DeVito, Peter Tork and more.

The 2010 NAMM Show runs from January 14-January 17.
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LOST Series Recap:Seasons 1 through 5

January 9, 2010


ABC announced today that the sixth and final season of “Lost” will kick-off with a special all-night event on Tuesday, February 2. A recap special will kick off the night from 8:00-9:00 p.m., ET, followed by the much anticipated two-hour premiere from 9:00-11:00 p.m.

The series will then air in its regular time period Tuesday nights from 9:00-10:00 p.m., ET beginning the following week, on February 9.

As the show gets ready to return to what will be it's final season, here's a little recap of the series so far.
Check out the video below:


Source:FC
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Monster, Beats™ by Dr. Dre,™ Lady Gaga, and (RED)™ Team Up to Help Eliminate AIDS in Africa


(Businesswire) -- Monster®, a world leader in the audio/video accessories category, Beats™ by Dr. Dre™, co-founded by legendary artist and producer Dr. Dre and Interscope Geffen A&M Chairman Jimmy Iovine, Lady Gaga and (RED)™ are teaming up to help eliminate AIDS in Africa. At a live press conference from the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, the group announced a new Monster (PRODUCT)RED™ Special Edition Beats Solo Headphone, in which $5 from the sale of each product will go directly to the Global Fund to support AIDS programs in Africa that provide testing, counseling, treatment and other services for those affected by AIDS. In addition, the group announced that a special Heartbeats™ headphone will be developed for (RED) later this year.

“We're honored to have the opportunity for Beats by Dr. Dre to join Lady Gaga with Bono and (PRODUCT)RED in its effort in fighting AIDS in Africa”

“We're honored to have the opportunity for Beats by Dr. Dre to join Lady Gaga with Bono and (PRODUCT)RED in its effort in fighting AIDS in Africa,” said Jimmy Iovine.

“Music is part of (RED)'s DNA. We were co-founded by Bono, we sponsor (RED) NIGHTS concerts, we partner with companies like Apple and Shazam. Partnering with Beats by Dr. Dre builds on this and gives music fans a way to help reverse the epidemic of AIDS in Africa by listening to the music they love,” said Susan Smith Ellis, CEO, (RED). “Through partnerships like this, we've generated more than $140 million to support the Global Fund's fight against AIDS. (RED)'s growth is based in part on people like Dr. Dre, Lady Gaga, Jimmy Iovine and Noel Lee making a stand against a merciless epidemic. We're proud to have them partner with us.”

Explore the world of Monster at www.monstercable.com

For more information, please visit http://beatsbydre.com/

For more information, visit http://www.joinred.com/
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Lady Gaga Teams With Polaroid

January 8, 2010

Polaroid announced that pop sensation Lady Gaga will endorse Polaroid Cameras. Lady Gaga will work with the creative team to the company to design a new line of cameras.
The cameras will carry Lady Gaga’s pictures on them and will she will apply her sense of style to the line that's designed.

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Happy Birthday, Elvis!



Legend and icon, Elvis Presley, would have celebrated his 75th birthday today. Long live the king! Here is one of his best songs, "Suspicious Minds."

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Avatar, Inglourious Basterds among films nominated for 2010 Directors Guild Award


The science-fiction blockbuster "Avatar" has received a Best Director nomination from the Directors Guild of America. It's director, James Cameron, was a previous winner for the blockbuster Titanic which was the biggest box office earner of all time. Also nominated are Kathryn Bigelow for the War drama "The Hurt Locker," Lee Daniels for "Precious: Based on the Novel 'Push' by Sapphire," Jason Reitman for "Up in the Air" starring George Clooney and Quentin Tarantino for the World War II hit film "Inglourious Basterds."

Bigelow, Daniels and Reitman are first time nominees.

The guild announces TV, documentary and commercial nominations on Friday, January 8. Friday.

The Guild's Lifetime-Achievement Awards will go to director Norman Jewison, whose films include "In the Heat of the Night," "A Soldier's Story" and "Moonstruck," in which Cher won an Oscar.
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Movie Trailer: Leap Year

January 7, 2010
Amy Adams and Matthew Goode star in the new romantic comedy "Leap Year" opening this weekend beginning Friday, January 8th. Here's a look at the trailer below:

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'The Big Bang Theory's' Jim Parsons and Lea Michele of 'Glee' Interview

January 6, 2010

Breakout comedy stars Jim Parsons of "Big Bang Theory" and Lea Michelle of "Glee" sat down with The Hollywood Reporter to discuss their feelings on the audition process.
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Movie Trailer: "When In Rome" starring Josh Duhamel and Kristen Bell


It's that time again, the romantic comedies open in theaters every week from now until Valentine's Day. First up, "When In Rome" with Josh Duhamel and Kristen Bell.

Check out the trailer below. The movie opens January 29.
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Victoria Rowell and Miguel Nunez support Children Uniting Nations in Los Angeles


Children Uniting Nations [CUN], a non-profit organization dedicated to providing quality mentoring relations for at-risk and foster youth, will hold a press conference on January 6th at the Los Angeles City Hall to discuss the importance of National Mentoring Month with support of celebrities and elected officials.

CUN was recently named the lead agency for National Mentoring Month in Los Angeles. National Mentoring Month (NMM) is an annual, concentrated burst of national and local media activity combined with White House, Congressional involvement and extensive community outreach. National Mentoring Month serves as a vehicle for institutionalizing our nation's commitment to long-term mentoring. Attending the event will be former "Young & The Restless" Victoria Rowell and actor Miguel Nunez. For More Information: Children Uniting Nations
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All My Children Begins Production in Los Angeles

January 4, 2010

ABC's daytime drama All My Children began production in Los Angeles today after 40 years of producing the Emmy Winning show in New York. Eyewitness News Channel 7 in Los Angeles talked to Susan Lucci about the change and what it means for the show.

Click here to view the video: ALL MY CHILDREN VIDEO.

All My Children 40th Anniversary Promo:
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'Roots' and Michael Jackson Tour Acclaimed Cinematographer Joseph Wilcots Passes Away


(Mr. Wilcots pictured on location)
(Press Release Los Angeles) -- JOSEPH M. WILCOTS, FAMED DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY “ROOTS,” the highly acclaimed mini-series and ’79 sequel "ROOTS: The Next Generations," CINEMATOGRAPHER for Michael Jackson (MJJ)Tours/Videos/Personal, and Oprah's TV show "The Women of Brewster's Place" passed away December 30th.

Following his groundbreaking credits in "Roots" and "The Women of Brewster's Place" , the “King of Pop,” the late Michael Jackson (MJJ), requested the DP services of Joseph M. Wilcots, also as a producer and director for numerous years, including the makings of “Remember the Time” and “In the Closet,” and various MJJ music videos and documentaries, such as "Michael Jackson Live In Bucharest: The Dangerous Tour," The “Bad” World Tour, and MJJ in Brazil, providing unique insight into the global entertainer’s life.

A major part of American history, as the first African-American to join Hollywood’s Camera Operators Union, Joseph M. Wilcots’ DP credits include "Bill Cosby: Himself," "Where the Red Fern Grows: Part 2," "Cornbread Earl & Me," "Matlock," and "Palmerstown," with earlier filming credits of "Lady Sings the Blues," "The Last Picture Show," "The Cowboys," "Star Trek," "My Three Sons," "Gunsmoke," "Mission: Impossible" and many others (see IMDB.com). Mr. Wilcots has worked with a stellar list who’s who in Hollywood, celebrities past and present. Joseph M. Wilcots concluded his illustrious career as director of photography on the new pilot, “Genius in Heels,” starring RaéVen Larrymore Kelly, Vernée Watson, Tonea Stewart, Rachel Grate, Jackson Davis, Reem Mahmood and Ralph Harris (directed by Fernandel Almonor).

Plans are being arranged for an industry dedication celebration, in the very near future, in honor of Joseph M. Wilcots.
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Joan Rivers returns to E!'s 'Fashion Police'


This year's Awards Season will be a lot more entertaining than previous years. The reason, comedian Joan Rivers is returning to E! Rivers will host a series of "Fashion Police" specials that critic the best and worst of Hollywood fashion at awards shows, starting with the Golden Globes episode of Monday, Jan. 18.

Joining Rivers on the panel of fashion judges will be Khloe Kardashian, Giuliana Rancic and Jay Manuel. Joan's daughter and former co-host Melissa Rivers will come on board as a producer.

"I am delighted to be back on E! and to have the opportunity to say what I think about the fashions on the red carpet," said Rivers in a statement announcing her return. "Most of all, I am thrilled to have my daughter Melissa producing. I know with Melissa at the helm, I can relax and say what I really want."

Joan Rivers served as the host of E!'s red carpet specials from 1996-2003 before jumping to TV Guide Network. Her commentary on the previous red carpet specials have been colorful to say the least. Her candor about some of the fashion misses help cement her as a television personality will says what she feels no matter what. With Rivers around, 2010 is going to be a lot more fun.
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