Manhattan Film Festival 2011: 'Made Off' wins top student film prize

December 30, 2011
"Made Off" was named the winner of Best Student Film at the 2011 Manhattan Film Festival. Made Off was one of only 132 films selected for screening from thousands of submissions from around the world. Each summer, the prestigious festival showcases films by independent filmmakers to help them find an audience for their talent and pursue a career in filmmaking.

"Made Off" recounts the story of the father of an affluent New York City family swindled by Bernie Madoff, who uses his youngest daughter to pull off his own white-collar crime. The drama is the collaborative effort of Northwestern University students, Anthony Del Gigante as director and producer, and Rachel Lauren Goldman as writer and producer. Made Off stars Gerard Christopher from the international series, The Adventures of Superboy, as well as Jelena Mrdja from the film Here and There (2009 TriBeCa Film Festival winner), and Sofia Singer, making her acting debut.

For a full list of winners: Manhattan Film Festival Winners
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‘House of Lies’: Showtime previews Don Cheadle's, Kristen Bell’s comedy early (video)

December 28, 2011
Showtime has released the premiere episode of its new comedy online. The series, starring Don Cheadle and Kristen Bell, is a look into the cut throat, ruthless world of corporate management consulting. The network describes "House of Lies" as a new dark comedy about all the screwed up ways big business is practiced these days. The series, based on the hit tell-all book from best-selling author Martin Kihn' s book. It peels back the bull to reveal a world few know exists and fewer still have experienced. Cheadle plays Marty Kaan, the big-money earner at Galweather & Stearn, along with his hot, young team - The Pod - of big-balling power players – Jeannie (Kristen Bell), Clyde (Ben Schwartz) and Doug (Josh Lawson). Marty and The Pod's work life is all first-class, top-shelf, black Am Ex, the best suites at the nicest hotels. Wild nights on the town servicing the clients are all in a day's work. Marty is the ultimate power player and under his direction, this ruthless, pull-no-punches team is here to stick it to the man by beating the corporate suckers at their own game.

The show contrasts Marty's wild business side with a more regular home life where he's a parent dealing with issues of his relationship his business competitor ex-wife, dealing with his pre-teen son's choice of creative expresssion and not seeing eye-to-eye with his own father (Glynn Turman) on how to raise his son.

Marty is very much like Ari Gold from "Entourage" without the interesting supporting characters.

The first episode was just okay for me, but as a huge fan of Cheadle's and Bell's, I'll have to give the series a second look.

Check out the first episode of the series below. Showtime will do their annual free preview weekend beginning Friday, January 6th.

"House of Lies" is created and executive produced by Matthew Carnahan. Jessika Borsiczky, Stephen Hopkins and Don Cheadle also serve as executive producers.

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'All My Children': Alicia Minshew shows Shoes TV her shoes closet (video)

December 21, 2011

'All My Children" actress Alicia Minshew talked to Shoes TV about the shoes she owns from the soap where she played Kendall Hart Slater for more than 9 years.

Minshew invited Shoes TV into her Los Angeles home and shows viewers the shoes she was wearing the day she met her husband and the pair she was wearing when she got married.

Minshew will be reuniting with some of her "All My Children" co-stars in the Mid-West next month as part a "Tribute To Pine Valley."

Check out the video below.

The actress is set to start shooting a movie next year.

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PaleyFest 2012: 'Two And a Half Men','Modern Family', "Mad Men' part of Q&A line-up

December 14, 2011

The Paley Center for Media will present the twenty-nineth annual PaleyFest: William S. Paley Television Festival (PaleyFest2012) from March 2 to 14, 2012.

This year's list of shows include popular shows "Modern Family," "Two And a Half Men," "American Horror Story," "Sons of Anarchy" and "Once Upon A Time."

The event will once again be held at the Saban Theatre in Beverly Hills, California.

The Paley Center describes PaleyFest2012 as an extraordinary interactive pop culture event, connecting fans with the casts and creators of their favorite series as well as the icons who have changed or are changing the face of media.

There is a episode preview shown and then a Q &A with members of the cast and crew. The audience is given an opportunity to ask questions.

Announcement dates for the event are as follows:

• 1/10/12 : Full Lineup Announced
• 1/10/12 : Premium Packages On Sale
• 1/13/12 : Individual Tickets On Sale to Members
• 1/15/12 : Individual Tickets On Sale to All

The PaleyFest2012 premium pass is on sale now. For more info, visit: Paley Center.

Paley Center Members get to buy tickets before the general public. Become a Member to get the first chance to buy tickets. More PaleyFest ticket info coming soon. Visit: http://www.paleycenter.org/join-us
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Talking to James Durbin of American Idol about "Memories of A Beautiful Disaster" (Interview)

December 11, 2011

Santa Cruz CA native, James Durbin, 22, rocked the stage of “American Idol” every week with his signature high-pitched scream and touched the hearts of America throughout the season as he opened up about his Asperger and Tourette Syndrome condition.

He recently released his debut album "Memories of a Beautiful Disaster” on Wind-Up Records. James talks about his new album for an interview with LA Music Examiner, Belinda Thomas. Here are some excerpts below.

Belinda: Let's talk about the new album, “Memories of A Beautiful Disaster.” I love the title? How did you come up with that title?

James: The title is about looking back on the course of my life and memories of my life, it being a thing of beauty now in what once I thought was chaos...through the beauty and the pain. It makes me who I am today and I wouldn't be able to change that.

Belinda: You're on Wind-Up Records, who are known for launching such bands as Creed and Evanescence? How's it been being on Wind-Up so far?

James: It's been great. My whole goal in shopping for a record contract was to find a label that looked at me as more than just a number on their paycheck......Others label that we went to didn't really want to, didn't really seem to care. Their main thought was how we are going to make money off this...With Wind-Up, before I was even signed yet ... two days after I went and met with them, they called me up just to see how I was doing, to see how the tour was going. I took that to mean that they really cared, and they do really care, they still really care. They're all about me growing as an artist.... They really care about you.

Belinda: I've got to ask you, it must have been surreal working with Mick Mars of Motley Crue. What was working with him like?

James: It was great. Mick is such a character and such a real person. Coming in the studio and getting to watch Mick Mars record and getting to watch him play was so cool because he is so unique and has a unique style of playing his guitar, to getting his tone and his tuning, everything how he plays and watching him play. He's such a real person. I still stay in contact with him. He called me up to see how me and my family were doing and to wish us a Happy Thanksgiving. I enjoy talking to the guy. He's great.

Belinda: You worked on a song, “Screaming,” with David Cook, an “American Idol” winner. How did that come about?

James: I was actually on the Idol live tour and I got to New York. I knew that I was doing a co-writing session and thought I was doing it with someone else and I get in the studio and Cook's there. We're hanging out talking for like 40 minutes and then I finally turned to him and said so David what are you doing in New York, what are you doing here in the city. He said well I' m here to write with you. And I was like oh, well we wasted 40 minutes BS-ing about life and about Idol and the Idol tour and everything and immediately we got to writing. The writing process is such a studious process you really need to be focused on what you're doing to write the best material you possibly can, so we got right into it and more and more people kept showing up and we wrote the song. It's one of my favorite songs on the record. It really comes from a very special place of experience and with passion. I was bullied, beat up for a long time, from elementary school to middle school and high school, I was bullied a lot. That's what the song is about. It's a fun one to sing because I get so into it. I'm really screaming at all those people that singled me out as a kid.

James: I know there is a promotional tour happening now, but are there touring planning coming up? What are you looking forward to most with going on tour?

James: We are planning the tour for early next year, getting everything situated now. I just can't wait to get on the road can wait to play for all the people who bought the record. Plus the ones who have not bought it to give them an incentive to go out get it. It is not just a good record on your headphones with your computer...it is a fun record... I don't want to cheat my fans out of something...with an over produced record that they are not able to hear the same thing live. I want them to have the best experience.

To purchase James Durbin new cd: Memories of a Beautiful Disaster

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'Modern Family': talking with Nolan Gould at the 2011 Youth Rock Awards (VIDEO)

December 9, 2011

The First Annual 2011 Youth Rock Awards, one of the hottest awards shows to hit the scene, was held on Hollywood on Wednesday, December 7th. Held at the Avalon Theater, the event included a red carpet, celebrity nominees, live performances and an exclusive VIP after party.

The Youth Rock Awards were created to celebrate and recognize the industry's current top young artists who are twenty-five years old and younger in the fields of music, dance, television and film. "Young talent rarely receives the notoriety they deserve.The Youth Rock Awards were designed to honor these young artists that excel in dance, music and acting, " the organizers of the event said in a statement.

This year’s nominees include celebrities from some of today’s hottest TV shows and networks such as: Modern Family, Pretty Little Liars, Teen Wolf, The Vampire Diaries, Disney, Nickelodeon, So You Think You Can Dance, America’s Best Dance Crew; breakout stars in films such as Twilight, X-Men: First Class, Kick Ass, Sucker Punch, Super 8; and music artists from Bruno Mars to Justin Bieber.

Nolan Gould, who plays Luke Dunphy on ABC's hit show "Modern Family," stopped by to talk to Examiner for a bit about the show and his favorite music. Click on the video below to see what he had to say. Nolan was one the talented kids nominated in the "Rockin Child Actor" category.



"Modern Family" airs Wednesday's on ABC.
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An Evening With Kevin Smith for -- 'Kevin Smith: Live From Behind Featuring “Jay and Silent Bob Get Old"'

December 6, 2011

Director and actor Kevin Smith, will host a live theater and simulcast a live fan -generated event featuring “Jay and Silent Bob Get Old” in theaters across the country and in Canada on February 2, 2012.

Smith will discuss anything and everything when he takes over the big screen with Kevin Smith: Live From Behind Featuring “Jay and Silent Bob Get Old”, a one-night-only in-theater event on Thursday, February 2 at 9:30 p.m. ET / 8:30 p. m. CT / 7:30 p.m. MT / 6:30 p.m. PT / 9:30 p.m. Alaska & Hawaii.

Broadcast to select movie theaters nationwide live from the Scotiabank Theatre in Toronto, Ontario, the three-hour event will begin with Smith and frequent co-star Jason “Jay” Mewes, hosting their highly rated podcast, “Jay and Silent Bob Get Old.” The evening will then switch gears as Smith takes the stage to tackle a wide variety of topics and issues during a live interactive, fan-generated Q&A with theater audiences across the country.

For the first time, fans will have the opportunity to drive the conversation as they submit their questions and interact simultaneously with Smith live via social media networks throughout his unique “tell it like it is” stage show.

“Doing something like this means you can get the event into a theater in a very small town. We may have never been to that small town, but we can be with this Q&A event,” said Smith. “I can be like ‘Hey man, I’m going to be on the screen soon, pop into a theater and check it out.’ That’s kind of magical. The very ability to do that on a wider level now, instead of just doing it one night only in this city, in this theater, … I look forward to it!”

Tickets for Kevin Smith: Live From Behind Featuring “Jay and Silent Bob Get Old” are available at participating theater box offices and online at www.FathomEvents.com and www.ak27productions.com.

For a complete list of theater locations and prices, visit the NCM Fathom website (theaters and participants are subject to change).
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Sneak Peek -- 'Kick Buttowski- Suburban Daredevil' Christmas Episode (Promo)


In XD's "Kick Buttowski - Surburdan Daredevil," Kick must fin a last minute Christmas present in a new episode episode of "Kick Buttowski - Suburban Daredevil."

In the episode titled, "A Cousin Kyle Christmas," Kick battles an ice storm and bizarre obstacles in order to find a last-minute Christmas gift for Cousin Kyle.

It premieres Tuesday, December 6th on Disney XD at 8pm ET

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Movie Trailer: Madonna's directorial debut -- W.E.


Here is the latest trailer for "W.E.," directed by Madonna.

It's being described as a two-tiered romantic drama focusing on the affair between King Edward VIII and American divorcée Wallis Simpson and a contemporary romance between a married woman and a Russian security guard.

The movie is set for a December 9, 2011 release.

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BET News: produces Herman Cain documentary -- 'The Curious Case of Citizen Cain'


BET Networks brings to air a deeper characterization of one the most controversial black political figures in contemporary America in an exclusive one-on-one interview special "The Curious Case of Citizen Cain" premiering on Thursday, December 8 at 9 PM ET/PT.

Cain talks in-depth for the first time to the black audience about what he calls "scams perpetrated on blacks" by liberal black leaders, his fiery brand of black conservatism, and the sex scandals that drove him from the Republican Presidential race.

This half-hour special is part of a series of BET News specials the Network will produce bringing an African-American perspective to the 2012 Presidential Election cycle.

Hosted by the Emmy-Award winning news journalist and former KTLA anchor, Emmett Miller, "The Curious Case of Citizen Cain" sets out to better understand what Cain and his new breed of black conservatism means to African-American voters and the broader political landscape.

For more info, log on to BET.com/News.
"The Curious Case of Citizen Cain" is produced by BET News.
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Nicki Minaj Barbie Doll to be auctioned for charity

December 4, 2011
Singer Nicki Minaj has had a busy year. From Grammy nominations to AMA awards and hit songs, what could be next for Minaj. Billboard reports that Mattel will make a one-of-a-kind Nicki Minaj Barbie doll available for auction at CharityBuzz.com, to be showcased at Divine Design's five-day event and gala at the Beverly Hilton in Los Angeles. 

Bids will be received through Dec. 19 and will start at $1,000. Previous celebrities who've had a one-of-a-kind Barbie auctioned off at the event include Carol Channing, Rachel Zoe and Janet Jackson. All proceeds will benefit Project Angel Food, which provides food for men, woman and children affected by HIV and AIDS.

Check out a photo of the doll below. 


"It's just a one of a kind, limited edition for charity, and so I never thought Mattel would even pay attention to me," Minaj said. "For me this is a very major moment, because it just shows that you can come from nothing and still be a force in the main world, a business woman, and hopefully a mogul one day. It shows that my Barbz are special, and everyone loves them as much as I love them, so I want to thank them most importantly."

"Barbie is obviously a pop culture icon. She's been in the spotlight for over 50 years, and strikes that chord with girls of all ages in terms of being representative of the times. And Nicki is a big part of pop culture and also huge within the fashion industry, as well as a big Barbie fan," says Stefani Yocky, a Barbie spokeswoman. "It's really exciting for us that she's been so generous to allow us to create this one-of-a-kind doll to support such an important cause."

To find out more or to place a bid, visit: CharityBuzz.com
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Movie Trailer: Tim and Eric's Billion Dollar Movie (B$M) -- Red Band Trailer


Here is the new trailer for the movie "Tim and Eric’s Billion Dollar Movie (B$M)!"

The movie features Tim Heidecker, Eric Wareheim, Will Ferrell, Zach Galifianakis, John C. Reilly, Robert Loggia, Jeff Goldblum, Will Forte, William Atherton and Erica Durance.

In the movie, Tim and Eric are given a billion dollars to make a movie, but squander every dime… and the sinister Schlaaang corporation is pissed. With their lives at stake, the guys skip town in search of a way to pay the money back. When they happen upon a chance to rehabilitate a bankrupt mall full of vagrants, bizarre stores and a man-eating wolf that stalks the food court, they see dollar signs—a billion of them. Featuring cameos from Awesome Show regulars and some of the biggest names in comedy today!



Tim and Eric's Billion Dollar Movie will be available January 27, 2012 and in theatres starting March 2, 2011 from Magnet Releasing.

Tim and Eric's Billion Dollar Movie will screen at the Sundance Film Festival as part of the “Park City At Midnight” line-up.
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TNT's Dallas: new trailer released, reboot debuts Summer 2012


Here is a trailer for TNT’s upcoming reboot of Dallas. Original cast members Linda Gray, Larry Hagman and Patrick Duffy are joined by the 2nd generation of Ewings, including Jesse Metcalfe, Josh Henderson and Jordana Brewster. The series premieres next summer.

The original series was one of the most talked about in television with the how iconic "Who Shot JR" storyline. Dallas told the story of The Ewings and the rivalry between good versus evil between brothers JR and Bobby. The new series continues the rivalry with Bobby's and JR's sons in a battle over business.

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TNT's Dallas: new trailer released

Here is a trailer for TNT’s upcoming reboot of Dallas. Original cast members Linda Gray, Larry Hagman and Patrick Duffy are joined by thre 2nd generation of Ewings, including Jesse Metcalfe, Josh Henderson and Jordana Brewster. The series, written by Cynthia Cidre, premieres next summer.

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NBA 2011: Christmas Day games features Bulls vs Lakers and Mavericks vs Heat

December 3, 2011

Christmas Day will mark the opening of the 2011-12 NBA season with a special showcase including a blockbuster doubleheader on ABC - a Finals rematch when the NBA Champion Dallas Mavericks and Dirk Nowitzki host the Miami Heat and All-Stars LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh on Sunday, Dec. 25, at 2:30 p.m. ET, followed by the Chicago Bulls and league MVP Derrick Rose visiting the Los Angeles Lakers and Kobe Bryant at 5 p.m. The Kia NBA Countdown pregame show will preview the ABC doubleheader at 2 p.m.

Additionally, ESPN will televise a primetime doubleheader tipping off with the Oklahoma City Thunder and last year's scoring leader Kevin Durant hosting the Orlando Magic and Defensive Player of the Year Dwight Howard at 8 p.m. In the nightcap, former ESPN analyst Mark Jackson will make his head coaching debut with the Golden State Warriors when they host the Los Angeles Clippers and All-Star Blake Griffin at 10:30 p.m. ESPN's doubleheader will also be available via ESPN3, ESPN Mobile TV and the Watch ESPN App.

"Like all NBA fans, we're excited for the start of the season and are thrilled with our Christmas Day quadruple header," said Leah LaPlaca, vice president, programming. "There is no shortage of storylines - from the Finals rematch to some of the greatest stars in the league being on display - and we look forward to showcasing them while continuing the tradition of Christmas Day NBA games on ABC and ESPN."

"It's a different opening day than has ever happened in the past and Christmas Day games have always been a big day for the NBA," said Jeff Van Gundy, ESPN NBA analyst. "This unique situation combined with the unveiling of a championship banner for the Mavericks in a Finals rematch, and then to see the Lakers and the debut of Mike Brown as head coach, those things are all going to be very compelling."

NBA Christmas Day schedule - ABC & ESPN

2 p.m. ET Kia NBA Countdown ABC

2:30 p.m. Miami at Dallas ABC

5 p.m. Chicago at L.A. Lakers ABC

8 p.m. Orlando at Oklahoma City ESPN, ESPN3, ESPN Mobile TV, Watch ESPN App

10:30 p.m. L.A. Clippers at Golden State ESPN, ESPN3, ESPN Mobile TV, Watch ESPN App
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Namm 2012: Actors Greg Grunberg, James Denton, Jesse Spencer, Bob Guiney, Adrian Pasdar, Scott Grimes of Band From TV to appear

November 30, 2011

Band From TV will make a special appearance at the NAMM Show by hosting and performing at the annual music products industry trade show’s Celebrity Jam, which will be held on Saturday, Jan. 21, 2012 from 5:45 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Anaheim Convention Center’s main lobby stage.

Open to registered attendees of the NAMM Show and their invited guests, the live performance will happen during the celebration of the110th anniversary of the NAMM Show, which historically attracts top musical talent for four days of performances, celebrity autograph sessions and instrument demos while thousands of music product manufacturers and retailers gather to display and purchase musical instruments that inevitably end up in retail stores.

“We are honored to once again be asked by the fine folks at NAMM to perform some of our favorite covers for all of the amazing people that love making music just like we do,” says Greg Grunberg. “We have been lucky enough to have played for thousands of people over the years and raised millions of dollars for our charities...BUT playing the NAMM Show is both a thrill and the most intimidating show of the year for us. Having said that, it is also the show where we get the most support and love from the audience. It’s a great event celebrating everything music can do to make the world a better place. We use music to help others, but get SO much love in return. Thanks NAMM!”

Band From TV members who will participate in the concert include drummer and founding member Greg Grunberg of NBC’s Heroes and Alias and also the creator of TalkAboutIt.org; Jesse Spencer (violin), who is currently starring on Fox’s House; James Denton (guitar) from Desperate Housewives; Bob Guiney (vocals), who appeared on The Bachelor and is now the host of HGTV’s Showhouse Showdown; Adrian Pasdar (guitar), of Heroes and the new series Ultimate Spider-Man; Scott Grimes(keyboard/vocalist) from American Dad, ER, and Robin Hood, Anthony Ruivivar from NBC's Third Watch and The Adjustment Bureau. Band From TV is all about giving. All the celebrities in the Band have a charity that they support with the majority of the money raised from gigs and the band's CD & DVD being donated back to help the charities in their endeavors. Additional guest actors and other personalities will also be invited to jam with the band.

The NAMM Show is a marquee event in music and the most watched event all year for music news, celebrity performances and new musical instrument and related product and technology showcases. Each year, more high-profile celebrities sign on to support NAMM’s musical messages by agreeing to perform, participate in general sessions and record public service announcements for the association’s national Wanna Play? public awareness campaign promoting the pleasures and benefits of making music for people of all ages. This past January, NAMM welcomed many notable artists who support recreational music making, including Kara DioGuardi, who was awarded the prestigious NAMM “Music for Life” Award, Natasha Bedingfield and others.

The invitation-only music trade show is planning to welcome more than 1,400 music exhibitors from 90 countries to the show, which runs Thursday, Jan. 19 to Sunday, Jan. 22. On Wednesday, Jan. 18, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., the media is invited to NAMM’s Media Preview Day for a first look at the Apps. & Gaming Pavilion and twenty of the NAMM Show’s most innovative and buzz-worthy music instruments and products.

For live, up-to-the-minute events during the 2012 NAMM Show, visit namm.org or follow www.twitter.com/nammshow or Like www.facebook.com/nammshow
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Hollywood Christmas Parade 2011

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'All My Children': actors head to Chicago, Milwaukee, Appleton for Tribute to Pine Valley

November 28, 2011

Even though 'All My Children" and "One Life To Live" won't be continuing online, fans can still meet the stars of their favorite shows in a series of meet and greet events. Called "A Tribute to Pine Valley," several "All My Children" stars will travel to Chicago, IL, Milwaukee, WI and Appleton, WI for a unique fan tribute event. Fans can expect up close and personal interaction with their favorite stars, audience interaction, lively question and answer sessions, behind the scenes stories and secrets, trivia, photos and autograph signings.

Taking place January 13-15, 2012 in Appleton, Milwaukee and Chicago respectively, participating "All My Children" cast members include: Walt Willey (Jackson), Cameron Mathison (Ryan), Vincent Irizarry (David), Darnell Williams (Jesse), Alicia Minshew (Kendall) and Jacob Young (JR). Tickets go on-sale Friday, November 25.

“'All My Children' fans have such a special place in their hearts for these actors, as if they have become members of their families," says Michael Gold, president of CEG. “'A Tribute to Pine Valley' gives fans a unique opportunity to get to know the actors and hear their stories in an intimate setting."

“A Tribute to Pine Valley” Dates:

January 13 Appleton, WI Fox Cities PAC
January 14 Milwaukee, WI Riverside Theater
January 15 Chicago, IL Rosemont Theatre

For tickets and additional information, register at www.ATributeToPineValley.com

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CBS's Les Moonves weighs in on 'Two and A Half Men' and the "key" 18-49 demo


CBS president Leslie Moonves sat down for a rare one on one interview at the Hollywood Radio & Television Society (HRTS) Luncheon Series. Moonves talked to Variety's Brian Lowry about everything from 60 Minutes, The NBA, what he thinks about networks basing programming decisions solely on the 18-49 demo.

The very vocal president was asked about everything from show cancellations, NBC and Two And A Half Men.

About "Two And A Half Men's" transition from Charlie Sheen starring to Ashton Kutcher joining the cast," Moonves said, "Things happen. One thing you know from being in this business as long as I have is shit happens. There are things you don't want to happen. It was unfortunate... I'm extremely pleased the ratings are up from where they were a year ago... I'm happy Charlie [Sheen] has a show with a good showrunner at a very good studio, Lionsgate. He's going on, we wish him well. I'm more than happy how well Ashton has done, other than his comments about Penn State, with the show and how Chuck [Lorre] has done the show. The numbers are terrific and I'm glad it's a chapter that's closed." Moonves feels that the show could last with its current numbers for many, many years.

When asked about his thoughts CBS being seen as the "older network" and why focusing so much on 18-49 demo, that so many networks base cancelation decisions about your favorite shows on, doesn't always work, Moonves said,

"As I've always said, even when we were in desperate last place, just basing the world on 18-49 is an untrue measure... we don't sell our schedule solely to 18-49. We sell it all sorts of different ways. The average age of the '60 Minutes' viewer is 63 years old. There are no 20 year olds or 30 year olds watching '60 minutes. "I think the baby boomers have gotten bigger, they've gotten older, I think our attitudes is always... a big hit is watched by everybody, even the big 18-49 year olds. 'American Idol' is not only watched by 18-49, it's watched by 80 years old and it's watched by 15 years old, it's watched by everybody. So the idea of programming just for a niche audience by a broadcaster is silly.'

"Two And A Half Men" airs Mondays and "^) Minutes" airs Sundays on CBS.

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'One Life To Live': A look ahead -- week of November 28th (Spoilers)

This week on "One Life To Live," several couples decide to make changes in their relationships. Here's a look that what's coming up for the citizens of Llanview.

Spoilers for the week of November 28th:

  • Now that the truth about Liam is out, Natalie and John try to decide if they can get past evertyhing that has happened and get back together.
  • Todd hides from everyone, especially Blair what he did to Tomas.
  • Jack is starting to doubt that Todd killed Victor.
  • Viki and Clint continue to share some close moments
  • Cutter and Stacy's and Rex and Aubrey relationships have some heated moments
  • Rex considers moving on with Aubrey but is it before or after the truth about Stacy finally comes out?
  • Mrs. Evans isn't pleased when learns about Vivian's views on marriage
  •  Todd suspects that Jack was behind the fire at The Sun

  • Brody confesses to locking Vimal and Rama in a room, but not to setting the fire
  • Brody assures Natalie that he has accepted that they can never be together, even though he loves her

  • Shane meets Neela at school and is jealous of her crush on Jack
  • Shane makes Neela think the worst of Jack
"One Life To Live": airs weekdays on ABC.

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NBA 2011: basketball lockout over, games could start as early as Christmas Day

November 27, 2011
Good news for all NBA basketball fans. According to reports, a tentative agreement was reached between the NBA Owners and The Players Association to start the NBA season which could begin as early as Christmas Day. Training camps will open in December 9 and the season will be shortened to 66 games instead of the regular 82 per season.

The deal is "subject to a variety of approvals and very complex machinations, but we're optimistic that will all come to pass and that the NBA season will begin Dec. 25," NBA commissioner David Stern said.
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'All My Children': JR Martinez wins 'Dancing With The Stars'

November 23, 2011

"All My Children" actor J.R. Martinez took home the mirror balled trophy as the winner of "Dancing With The Stars" last night. The military veteran turned motivational speaker and actor beat out 11 celebrities in the 10 week long competition that included Nancy Grace, Carson Kressley and Ron Artest. This marks the first win for Martinez' professional dance partner, Karina Smirnoff.

Rob Kardashian and Cheryl Burke finished in second place, while Ricki Lake and Derek Hough were eliminated in the first round on Tuesday night’s show.

All of this season's eliminated contestants were on hand to watch JR win as well as his "All my Children" co-stars.

Martinez and Smirnoff will hit the talk show circuit as the winners beginning with appearances on "Good Morning America" and "The View."
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Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade: NAMM and Sesame Street create 'Wonders of Playing Music' stage


More than 50 million television viewers will be transported to a fantasy wonderland this Thanksgiving as they view the 85th anniversary of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. And joining the fun will be a collaborative floating stage from the National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) and Sesame Workshop depicting the magic of playing musical instruments this holiday season.

At 32-feet long, 20-feet wide and two stories tall, the “1,2, 3 Sesame Street” float will rock the holidays when the cast and Muppets of Sesame Street perform “Meet Me On Sesame Street.” The stoop of 1-2-3 Sesame Street will be alive with music as Big Bird, Abby Cadabby, Oscar the Grouch and Elmo along with a slew of their friends delight the crowds with their musical abilities.

With help from NAMM, the cast will showcase the magic of musical instruments. The musical performance will show the viewing audience the importance that music plays in the lives of kids everywhere as they bring the magic of musical instruments to life this Thanksgiving. All of the friends remind us that this is a great time of year for families to enjoy making music together.

“Thanksgiving is a time when people take the time to share memorable experiences with friends and family and playing music is often an activity that brings people closer,” said NAMM President and CEO Joe Lamond. “NAMM is grateful for its collaboration with Sesame Workshop to demonstrate the fun and magic that playing music adds to any occasion.”

The 85th Annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade airs on NBC Thanksgiving morning, Thursday, Nov. 24, 2011 beginning at 9 a.m. in all time zones. For more information about the benefits of playing music this holiday season and beyond and how to find music stores and lesson providers in your area, visit www.wannaplaymusic.com.
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'Modern Family': Sarah Hyland and Julie Bowen present at American Music Awards

November 21, 2011

The 2011 American Music Awards were presented in Los Angeles on ABC. Artists Nikki Minaj, Taylor Swift and Adele were the big winners for the night.

Many of ABC's biggest primetime stars were on hand to help celebrate the night including "Once Upon A Time" actress Jennifer Morrison, Cheryl Hines and Jane Levy of “Suburgatory”and Benjamin Bratt of "Private Practice."

"Modern Family" actresses, Julie Bowen and Sarah Hyland, presented on stage together and joked about learning lines and the profession of acting in general. Sarah also did double duties for the night as co-host on the online pre-show along with Lance Bass, Josh Sussman, Michael Buckley, Mario, Estelle and Audrina Partridge.

Julie wore a glitter silver, gold, black and white horizontal striped mini dress as her fashion look for the night. Sarah wore a multi-colored dress with a handkerchief hem.

The on-screen mother and daughter duo did a little sketch before announcing the award for Favorite Pop/Rock Male Artists which was won by Bruno Mars. Mars beat out Justin Beiber and Pitbull to take home the award.

Check out Julie's and Sarah's look below:





(All photos credit: Getty Images)

"Modern Family" airs Wednesdays on ABC.

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Grammy Nominations Concert: Rihanna, The Band Perry, Usher and more to appear at live Grammy nominations special and concert

November 17, 2011

Rihanna, The Band Perry, Usher, Jason Aldean and Lady Gaga are just some of the artists announced to appear at the Grammy Nominations Concert that will take place live November 30th on CBS.

Also scheduled to appear are Ludacris, Lupe Fiasco and Sugarland. LL COOL J, who is one of the show's producers will once again host the special one hour evenet. The one-hour special takes place live on Wednesday, Nov. 30, at the Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE. The show, which will also announce nominations in several categories as well as feature performances by past GRAMMY winners and/or nominees from 10 – 11 p.m. ET/PT.

The road to Music's Biggest Night begins with "The GRAMMY Nominations Concert Live!!" and culminates with the 54th Annual GRAMMY Awards, live from STAPLES Center in Los Angeles on Sunday, Feb. 12, 2012, and broadcast on CBS at 8 p.m. ET/PT.
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'Star Trek': 45th anniversary with SCIENCE Channel's "Trek Nation" to air November 30th

November 12, 2011

In honor of the 45th anniversary of "Star Trek," Science Channel and Rod Roddenberry, son of "Star Trek" creator, Gene Roddenberry to produce the upcoming documentary, "Trek Nation." "Trek Nation" will air on Wednesday, November 30.

The movie follows Rod as he explores his family legacy and the crusade his father’s passion and curiosity for exploration. Through interviews with his most devoted fans, including George Lucas and J.J. Abrams, "Trek Nation" follows a son searching for the wisdom of his father.

The documentary shows the legion of fans inspired by Roddenberry’s work across the globe.

Take a sneek peak of the movie featuring an interview with original series star Nichelle Nichols below:

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Veteran's Day Weekend: NFL teams Giants, Patriots, Cowboys, movie 'Red Tails' salute the Tuskegee Airmen

This Veteran's Day Weekend, the NFL along with the upcoming movie "Red Tails," will salute the Tuskegee Airmen, the first unit of African American military pilots who flew in World War II, at NFL games around the country. The event will mark the 70th anniversary of their service. Their story is the basis for the 2012 motion picture "Red Tails."

NFL organizations the Dallas Cowboys, the San Francisco 49ers and the New York Jets will host Veterans Day Weekend games that salute the Tuskegee Airmen, including sideline interviews with some of the original veteran World War II pilots, and on-field tributes to these veterans.

The Tuskegee Airmen were an all-black combat unit created at the Tuskegee Institute in 1941 and fought in World War II.

Stars from the upcoming movie be attending pre-game tailgate events and performing at select games. These include Cuba Gooding Jr., Terrence Howard, Nate Parker, Elijah Kelley, Tristan Wilds, Leslie Odom Jr., Michael B. Jordan and Gerald Mc Raney.

Appearances are scheduled as follows:

November 13 --

Dallas Cowboys vs. Buffalo Bills at Cowboy Stadium. 10:00 am PST on CBS with Terrence Howard and Gerald Mc Raney.

-- San Francisco 49ers vs. New York Giants at Candlestick Park. 1:15 PST on FOX with Elijah Kelley, Nate Parker, and Tristan Wilds; National Anthem performance by Elijah Kelley.

-- New York Jets vs. New England Patriots at MetLife Stadium on NBC with Cuba Gooding Jr., Leslie Odom Jr., Michael B. Jordan and NFL Hall of Famer Lynn Swann.

Executive Produced by George Lucas and directed by Anthony Hemingway, the cast includes Cuba Gooding Jr., Terrence Howard, David Oyelowo, Nate Parker, Bryan Cranston, Michael B. Jordan, Elijah Kelley, Ne-Yo, Leslie Odom Jr., Rick Otto, Marcus T. Paulk, Kevin Phillips, Andre Royo, Daniela Rush, Method Man, Lee Tergesen, Gerald Mc Raney and Tristan Wilds.

"Red Tails" opens in theaters on January 20, 2012.
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Manny Pacquiao launches 24/7 Visa® Prepaid Debit Card, faces Juan Manuel Marquez in ring (VIDEO)


Boxer Manny Pacquiao is a busy man. As he prepares to face Juan Manuel Marquez tonight at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, he is also launching a debit card with his fellow Filipinos in mind.

“24/7 Card is the all-new Visa debit card that allows people to send money to family and friends around the world for a low cost,” Pacquiao explains. “This is the first debit plus remit card designed especially for Filipinos who work hard to support their families back at home. Now Filipinos and other immigrants have an affordable, secure and convenient way to send money to their loved ones overseas.”

A native Filipino,, Pacquiao has played a key role in developing 24/7 Card, which will make it easier and less costly for Filipino immigrants to send much needed financial support to their families in the Philippines.

Pacquiao has an ad for the card below:

24/7 Card - Sizzle Reel Featuring Manny Pacquiao (YouTube) from 24/7 Card on Vimeo.


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'Modern Family': Sarah Hyland stars in Disney Channel's 'Geek Charming' (VIDEO)

November 11, 2011
"Modern Family" actress Sarah Hyland stars in the all new Disney Channel movie "Geek Charming" airing on the Disney Channel on November 11th. Matt Prokop co-stars.

In the movie, spoiled Dylan Shoenfield (Hyland), Woodlands Academy’s most popular junior, accidentally drops her designer handbag into the mall fountain and the school’s film geek, Josh Rosen (Prokop) jumps in to retrieve it. Although Dylan would not usually interact with Josh, to return the favor, she agrees to be the subject of his documentary for the school film contest – with the hope that the film will help her win the coveted Blossom Queen crown. While Josh sets out to make a hard-hitting film about Dylan and her social hierarchy, once the cameras start rolling he sees there’s more to her than meets the eye.

Check out a trailer for the movie below:



In addition to appearing on "Modern Family" Wednesdays on ABC, Hyland will co-host the American Music Awards 2011 Red Carpet Show airing on ABC November 20th.
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Namm 2012: Steve Vai to receive Les Paul Award at TEC Awards

November 9, 2011

Guitar virtuoso, composer and producer Steve Vai will be presented with the prestigious Les Paul Award at the 27th Annual Technical Excellence & Creativity Awards, to be held Friday, January 20, in the Pacific Ballroom of the Hilton Anaheim during the 2012 NAMM Show. Co-presented by the TEC Foundation for Excellence in Audio and NAMM, the TEC Awards recognizes outstanding achievement in professional audio production and product design.

The Les Paul Award was established in 1991 to honor musical artists who have had distinguished careers as innovators in the creative application of audio technology. Past recipients include Paul McCartney, Stevie Wonder, Bruce Springsteen, Sting, Brian Wilson, Peter Gabriel, Lindsey Buckingham, Herbie Hancock, Al Kooper, Steve Miller, Robbie Robertson and others.

A student of Joe Satriani at age twelve, Steve Vai began his professional music career working with Frank Zappa, with whom he toured and recorded before launching his solo career. Since his groundbreaking album Passion and Warfare, released in 1990, the brilliance of his musicianship has awed more than just rock fans and has stunned concertgoers worldwide, producing sales of over 15 million records and earning multiple Grammys.

Vai has recorded and toured with Public Image Ltd., Alcatrazz, David Lee Roth and Whitesnake, and has worked with a variety of musicians including Joe Satriani, Joe Jackson, Janice Ian, Steve Lukather, Alice Cooper, Gerry Rafferty, The Yardbirds and Mary J. Blige. He has composed for and/or performed on original soundtracks for films including Crossroads, Encino Man, Bill & Ted’s Bogus Journey, PCU and Crazy, and video games including Halo 2 and Guitar Hero 3. His latest live album and DVD, Where the Wild Things Are is a major achievement from a musical alchemist of the highest order.

Steve Vai has received honorary doctorates from Berklee College of Music and Musician's Institute, and is also involved with many worthwhile organizations. He founded the record label Favored Nations, for musicians, who in Vai’s words, “have attained the highest performance level on their chosen instruments.” He has also served as a Trustee for the Recording Academy, is on the board of Hollywood Arts, and works closely with his own Make a Noise Foundation, raising money for music education.
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A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas -- first look photos (PHOTOS)

October 21, 2011
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The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn cast talk Edward and Bella's wedding (VIDEO)


The highly anticipated THE TWILIGHT SAGA: BREAKING DAWN – PART 1 movie will be in theatres on November 18th.

In The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1, Bella (Kristen Stewart) and Edward (Robert Pattinson), plus those they love, must deal with the chain of consequences brought on by a marriage, honeymoon, and the tumultuous birth of a child… which brings an unforeseen and shocking development for Jacob Black (Taylor Lautner).

The first of a two-part adaptation, The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1 is directed by Bill Condon (Dreamgirls, Gods and Monsters) from a screenplay by Melissa Rosenberg, based on the novel Breaking Dawn by Stephenie Meyer. Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson, and Taylor Lautner star.

The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1 is in theaters November 18, 2011.

In the video below the cast and crew talk about the upcoming wedding of Bella and Edward:

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Book Spotlight: Girl Scouts history book --'Tough Cookies' celebrates 100 years of Girls Scouts


The Girls Scouts CEO, Kathy Cloniger has written a new book about the organization entitled, "Tough Cookies: Leadership Lessons from 100 Years of the Girl Scouts (Wiley; 9781118000045; $24.95; October 2011; Hardcover & E-Book).

The book tells of the organization's devotion to developing the leadership in girls and how it grew from 18 girls to over 50 women in the past 100 years.

The 100th Anniversary of the Girl Scouts of the USA is coming up in March of next year and will feature the theme "The Year of The Girl."

Known to today's generation as the maker of their famous cookies, the book shows the origins of the organization. It addresses one of our nation’s most underused resources: Girls, and the women they ultimately can become.

Under Cloninger’s leadership, Girl Scouts has completed a nationwide merger of local affiliates. This restructuring effort, virtually unprecedented in the nonprofit sector, has greatly enhanced the organization's ability to deliver programs and services to girls.

"Tough Cookies: Leadership Lessons is available in stores. To order, click HERE.

For more information on The Girl Scouts USA, visit: girlscouts.org
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Comics News: The Darkness comes to iPhone and iPad


Top Cow Productions, Image Comics, and comiXology have announced the release of The Darkness app for iPhone and iPad. Launched with over 50 issues — all available for purchase at $1.99 each and with much more on the way —The Darkness app will become the favorite of current fans of Top Cow’s long lasting hit series and new fans alike.

“The combination of The Darkness II video game, the release of The Darkness #100 this February, the fifteenth anniversary of the character, and the new creative team coming onboard the ongoing The Darkness series all are going to give Jackie Estacado an unprecedented level of exposure in popular culture,” explained Top Cow Publisher Filip Sablik. “Besides, who doesn’t want a little Darkling in their pocket?"

“The Darkness is one of the longest lasting independent comic series around,” said comiXology CEO David Steinberger. ”It’s not often that an independent comic property becomes a video game, much less two video games. That fact is a testament to The Darkness’ appeal with fans across the globe. We’re proud to be able to bring even more “Darkness” to the world with The Darkness app.”

The Darkness app debuted as part of Top Cow’s “We Create... Franchises” panel at New York Comic Con. The Darkness app will include over fifty back issues of the main series, numerous free introductory issues, crossovers, tie-in series, various collections and — coming soon — the latest issues released same-day-as-print!

New content will be added regularly, with the entire backlist of The Darkness slated to be available before the end of the year and exclusive content to be added over time.

The Darkness app is available as a free download via the iTunes App Store.

To download, click HERE.

For more information, visit: www.imagecomics.com
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AFI FEST: J. EDGAR to premiere at Opening Night Gala

October 20, 2011

The AFI FEST The Opening Night Gala will be the World Premiere of J. EDGAR, directed by Clint Eastwood. Kicking off November 3rd, J. EDGAR stars Leonardo DiCaprio in the title role, along with Naomi Watts, Armie Hammer and Judi Dench.

The film explores the public and private life of one of the most powerful, controversial and enigmatic figures of the 20th century, J. Edgar Hoover, founding director of the FBI.

AFI FEST will once again continue its unprecedented offer of free tickets to all screenings, but only the Star Patron Package and Marquee Patron Package provide reserved access to the J. EDGAR world premiere Opening Night Gala. These and other AFI FEST Patron Packages – which ensure access to sold-out galas and other high-demand films and events – are on sale now at AFI.com/AFIFEST.

Individual tickets to AFI FEST screenings and galas will be available to AFI members on Wednesday, October 26 in a 24-hour advance window before they become available to the general public on October 27. In addition, AFI members receive a 10% discount on all Patron Packages. Information about AFI is available at AFI.com.

AFI FEST will take place November 3 through 10 in Hollywood, California, at the historic Chinese Theatre, the Chinese 6 Theatres, the Egyptian Theatre and the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel.
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'Twilight: Breaking Dawn Part 1' sneak peek promo, promotional/concert tour announced (VIDEO)

The latest movie in the Twilight series, "Twilight: Breaking Dawn Part 1" is set for release on November 18th. In conjunction with the release, the stars of the movie as well as music artists from the movie's soundtrack will participate in a national tour.
Fans can see stars including Peter Facinelli, Elizabeth Reaser, Kellan Lutz, Nikki Reed, Jackson Rathbone, and Ashley Greene, as well as attend performances of several bands featured in the latest film. The soundtrack includes Christina Perri, Aqualung, Lucy Schwartz, and Sleeping at Last.

The event schedule is:

November 7, 2011: Atlanta, GA – The Buckhead Theatre.
Cast Attending: Ashley Greene, Nikki Reed, Peter Facinelli and Jackson Rathbone
Performance By: Christina Perri

November 8, 2011: Chicago, IL – House of Blues
Cast Attending: Ashley Greene, Nikki Reed, Peter Facinelli, Jackson Rathbone, Kellan Lutz and Elizabeth Reaser
Performance By: Christina Perri

November 9, 2011: Dallas, TX – The Palladium Ballroom at Gilley’s Dallas
Cast Attending: Ashley Greene, Nikki Reed, Peter Facinelli and Jackson Rathbone
Performance By: Christina Perri

November 10, 2011: San Francisco, CA – The Fillmore
Cast Attending: Ashley Greene, Nikki Reed, Peter Facinelli and Jackson Rathbone
Performances By: Aqualung, Lucy Schwartz and Sleeping atLast

November 11, 2011: Salt Lake City, UT – The Rail Event Center
Cast Attending: Ashley Greene, Nikki Reed, Peter Facinelli and Jackson Rathbone
Performances By: Aqualung, Lucy Schwartz and Sleeping at Last

Here is a sneak peek at the next Twilight movie:

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AFI Fest: Screening Announced -- 'J Edgar', 'Shame' highlights


The American Film Institute today announced its Centerpiece Galas and Special Screenings for the 25th edition of AFI FEST 2011.

The world premiere of Clint Eastwood's "J. Edgar" starring Leonardo DiCaprio will launch the event. The Centerpiece Galas are: Luc Besson's "The Lady," "My Week With Marilyn" starring Michelle Williams, "The Artist," Roman Polanski's star-studded "Carnage" and Steve McQueen's "Shame." In addition, this year's Guest Artistic Director Pedro Almodovar will be on hand to present a 25th anniversary screening of "Law of Desire," the first film made by his production company, El Deseo.

Among the films that make up the 11 Special Screenings: Lars von Trier's Cannes award winner "Melancholia," Wim Wender's 3D documentrary "Pina," "We Need to Talk About Kevin" starring Tilda Swinton," the latest from the Duplass brothers" and "Butter" starring Jennifer Garner.

AFI FEST 2011 will take place in Hollywood, California from November 3-10.

Below is the list of Centerpiece Galas and Special Screenings with synopses provided by AFI:

GALAS:

OPENING NIGHT GALA:

J. EDGAR: As the face of law enforcement in America for almost fifty years, J. Edgar Hoover was feared and admired, reviled and revered. But behind closed doors, he held secrets that would have destroyed his image, his career and his life. DIR Clint Eastwood. SCR Dustin Lance Black. CAST Leonardo DiCaprio, Naomi Watts, Armie Hammer, Judi Dench. USA. World Premiere.
Thursday, November 3, 7:00 p.m., The Chinese

CENTERPIECE GALAS:

THE LADY: Luc Besson tackles the inspiring true story of Burmese activist, leader and political prisoner Aung San Suu Kyi, exquisitely portrayed by Michelle Yeoh. DIR Luc Besson. SCR Rebecca Frayn. CAST Michelle Yeoh, David Thewlis, Jonathan Raggett, Jonathan Woodhouse, Susan Wooldridge, Benedict Wong. France/UK.
Friday, November 4, 7:00 p.m., The Chinese

CARNAGE: Roman Polanski directs a dream cast of Kate Winslet, Christoph Waltz, Jodie Foster and John C. Reilly in a razor-sharp, acidly funny comedy of ill manners. DIR Roman Polanski. SCR Yasmina Reza, Roman Polanski. CAST Jodie Foster, Kate Winslet, Christoph Waltz, John C. Reilly. France/Germany/Poland.
Saturday, November 5, 7:00 p.m., The Chinese

MY WEEK WITH MARILYN: Michelle Williams gives a luminous performance as Marilyn Monroe, ably supported by Kenneth Branagh and Judi Dench in this intimate portrait of the tragic Hollywood icon. DIR Simon Curtis. SCR Adrian Hodges. CAST Michelle Williams, Kenneth Branagh, Judi Dench. UK. Sunday, November 6, 6:00 p.m., The Chinese

LAW OF DESIRE – An Evening with Pedro Almodóvar: An evening in celebration of Pedro Almodóvar and the 25th anniversary of El Deseo, the production company that he founded with his brother, Augustin Almodóvar; the event will consist of a conversation with Pedro Almodóvar and a screening of El Deseo’s first film, LAW OF DESIRE. DIR Pedro Almodóvar. SCR Pedro Almodóvar. CAST Eusebio Poncela, Carmen Maura, Antonio Banderas, Miguel Molina. Spain.
Monday, November 7, 7:00 p.m., The Chinese

THE ARTIST: Silence is golden in director Michel Haznavicius’ delightful and dialogue-less black-and- white feature about Hollywood’s bumpy transition from silent films to “talkies.” DIR/SCR Michel Hazanavicius. CAST Jean Dujardin, Berenice Bejo, John Goodman, James Cromwell, Penelope Ann Miller, Missi Pyle. France.
Tuesday, November 8, 7:30 p.m., The Chinese

SHAME: In director Steve McQueen’s searing follow-up to HUNGER, Michael Fassbender delivers a fearless portrayal of a man spiraling out of control into sexual addiction. DIR Steve McQueen. SCR Abi Morgan, Steve McQueen. CAST Michael Fassbender, Carey Mulligan, James Badge Dale, Nicole Beharie. UK. Wednesday, November 9, 7:30 p.m., The Chinese

SPECIAL SCREENINGS:

BUTTER: Jennifer Garner stars in this comedy about a Midwestern housewife who embarks on a ruthless campaign to conquer the world of competitive butter carving. DIR Jim Field Smith. SCR Jason A. Micallef. CAST Jennifer Garner, Ty Burrell, Olivia Wilde, Hugh Jackman, Ashley Greene, Alicia Silverstone, Rob Corddry, Pruitt Taylor Vince. USA. Sunday, November 6, 6:30 p.m., Chinese 1

CORIOLANUS: In his directing debut, Ralph Fiennes masterfully adapts Shakespeare’s gripping tragedy about power, politics and pride into a bracingly modern and urgent political thriller. DIR Ralph Fiennes. SCR John Logan. CAST Ralph Fiennes, Gerard Butler, Brian Cox, Vanessa Redgrave, Jessica Chastain. UK.
Monday, November 7, 7:30 p.m., Chinese 1 and Tuesday, November 8, 1:30 p.m., Rigler Theatre, Egyptian

I MELT WITH YOU: Four friends gather for an annual birthday celebration in Big Sur and come face to face with the hard truths of who they have become. DIR Mark Pellington. SCR Glenn Porter (based on the story by Glenn Porter and Mark Pellington). CAST Thomas Jane, Jeremy Piven, Rob Lowe, Christian McKay, Carla Gugino, Sasha Grey. Canada/USA.
Monday, November 7, 8:00 p.m., Rigler Theatre, Egyptian and Wednesday, November 9, 1:45 p.m., Chinese 1

INTO THE ABYSS: In his fascinating exploration of a triple homicide case in Conroe, Texas, master filmmaker Werner Herzog probes the human psyche to explore why people kill-and why a state kills. Like a modern IN COLD BLOOD, Herzog's investigation unveils layers of humanity, making an enlightening trip out of ominous territory. DIR Werner Herzog. USA.
Sunday, November 6, 5:30 p.m., Rigler Theatre, Egyptian and Monday, November 7, 1:15 p.m., Chinese 3

JEFF, WHO LIVES AT HOME: On his way to the store to buy wood glue, Jeff looks for signs from the universe to determine his path. However, a series of comedic and unexpected events leads him to cross paths with his family in the strangest of locations and circumstances. DIR/SCR Jay Duplass, Mark Duplass. CAST Jason Segel, Ed Helms, Judy Greer, Susan Sarandon. USA.
Tuesday, November 8, 7:00 p.m., Chinese 1 and Wednesday, November 9, 2:00 p.m., Rigler Theatre, Egyptian

THE KID WITH A BIKE: Awarded the Grand Prix at this year's Cannes Film Festival, this tale of redemptive love bares the Dardennes’ evocative signature style. CAST Cécile de France, Thomas Doret, Jérémie Renier, Fabrizio Rongione, Egon Di Mateo, Olivier Gourmet. Belgium/France/Italy.
Tuesday, November 8, 8:00 p.m., Rigler Theatre, Egyptian and Thursday, November 10, 11:00 a.m., Chinese 1

MELANCHOLIA: Denmark's most celebrated and notorious filmmaker returns with a drama about depression, severely dysfunctional families and the end of the world. DIR/SCR Lars von Trier. CAST Kirsten Dunst, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Alexander Skarsgård, Brady Corbet, Cameron Spurr, Charlotte Rampling, Jesper Christensen, John Hurt, Stellan Skarsgård, Udo Kier, Kiefer Sutherland. Denmark/Sweden/France/Germany.

Sunday, November 6, 8:30 p.m., Rigler Theatre, Egyptian and Tuesday, November 8, 3:15 p.m., Chinese 3

MISS BALA: Gerardo Naranjo’s haunting and elegant film tells the story of a beauty pageant hopeful swept up in the violent world of Mexico’s drug cartels. Naranjo is a graduate of the AFI Conservatory (AFI Class of 2001). DIR Gerardo Naranjo. DIR/SCR Gerardo Naranjo, Mauricio Katz. CAST Stephanie Sigman, Noe Hernandez, James Russo. Mexico’s official foreign-language Oscar submission.
Friday, November 4, 8:30 p.m., Rigler Theatre, Egyptian

PINA: Wim Wenders captures the world of choreographer Pina Bausch and her dance company in spectacular 3D with thrilling performances of many of her most famous works. DIR/SCR Wim Wenders. CAST Ensemble of Pina Bausch’s Tanztheater Wuppertal. Germany/France. Germany’s official foreign-language Oscar submission.
Saturday, November 5, 7:45 p.m., Chinese 1 and Monday, November 7, 4:00 p.m., Chinese 1

RAMPART: Woody Harrelson gives a ferocious performance as a dirty cop who is embroiled in the Los Angeles Police Department's infamous Rampart corruption scandal. DIR Oren Moverman. SCR James Ellroy, Oren Moverman. CAST Woody Harrelson, Sigourney Weaver, Robin Wright, Ned Beatty, Ben Foster, Ice Cube, Anne Heche, Cynthia Nixon. USA.
Saturday, November 5, 10:00 p.m., The Chinese

WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT KEVIN: Tilda Swinton gives a career defining performance as Eva, a reluctant mother whose contentious relationship with her evil son sheds new light on the nature vs. nurture debate. DIR Lynne Ramsay. SCR Lynne Ramsay, Rory Stewart Kinnear. CAST Tilda Swinton, John C. Reilly, Ezra Miller. UK.
Wednesday, November 9, 8:00 p.m., Chinese 1 and Thursday, November 10, 4:00 p.m., Chinese 6
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'Sweet Home Alabama' returns for Season 2 on CMT

October 18, 2011

CMT's docu series, "Sweet Home Alabama" returns with an all-new, eight episodes beginning Thursday, October 20 at 9:00 p.m., ET/PT. The drama explodes in season 2 as twenty-two women from across the country live in one house and compete for the affections of Tribble Reese, the handsome former Clemson quarterback and entrepreneur from Birmingham who was the runner-up in the series’ first run.

Before Thursday’s big premiere, CMT will air "Sweet Home Alabama: Outtakes & Updates." The special will feature never before seen moments and extended scenes from the first season, as well as appearances from the bachelors, premiering Wednesday, October 19 at 10:15 p.m., ET/PT.

Hosted by Allison DeMarcus, the one-hour special, will also feature an update from first season star Devin Grissom and her chosen bachelor Adam Moyer and a sneak peek at season 2.
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Betty White shoots music video to help the Los Angeles Zoo (VIDEO)

October 12, 2011

The Lifeline Program produced a music video starring Betty White and techno artist Luciana. White is shown rapping and breakdancing with Luciana to a remix of Luciana's “I’m Still Hot.” The video includes scenes of White with bodybuilders and a boa constrictor from the Los Angeles Zoo.

The final version of the video will be available for purchase on iTunes, and a large portion of the proceeds will benefit the Los Angeles Zoo.

Check out the video below:

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Kim Kardashian's fairy tale wedding special performs well for E!


It looks like all the promotion and talk of Kim Kardashian's wedding to Kris Humphries paid off. E! network which aired the special last week as a part of "Keeping Up With The Kardashians" had a record 10.5 million viewers watching.

The two part televised event took place in two parts, called “Kim’s Fairytale Wedding: A Kardashian Event,” aired on Sunday, 10/09/11 and Monday, 10/10/11.

Sunday October 9th 2011 was E!’smost-watched day in the network's history, averaging over one million total Viewers (1,018,000) for the total Day, more than doubling E!’s 2011 year to date average driven by Part 1 of "Kim’s Fairytale Wedding: A Kardashian Event."

Sunday was also E!’s highest-rated day across HHLDS (.84) and all key measures including the network’s target Adult 18-49 demo (.61) as well as Adults 18-34 (.74), Women 18-34 (1.12) and Women 18-49 (.90).

The debut of "Kim’s Fairytale Wedding: A Kardashian Event (Pt 1)" averaged a 3.40 HHLD rating on Sunday, 10/09/11 from 8pm-10pm, attracting more than 7 times the number of viewers compared to E!’s Primetime average. Then on Monday, "Kim’s Fairytale Wedding: A Kardashian Event (Pt 2)" averaged a 3.08 HHLD rating on 10/10/11 from 9pm-11pm, attracting more than 6 times the number of viewers compared to the network’s Primetime norm.
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On Sunday," Kim’s Fairytale Wedding: A Kardashian Event (Pt 1)" was able to see continuous quarter-hour growth for each of the eight quarter hours among A18-34, A18-49 and Women 18-34. There was also consistent quarter-hour growth for Monday’s Kim’s Fairytale Wedding: A Kardashian Event (Pt 2) among HHLDS and the A18-49 demo.

Additionally, "Kim Fairytale Wedding: A Kardashian Event (Pt 1)," dominated the Sunday Evening competition, ranking as the highest-rated and most-watched program across key measures including Adults 18-34 (2.35/1.8 million) and Adults 18-49 (1.98/2.8 million) as well as Women 18-34 (3.56/1.4 million) and Women 18-49 (2.96/2.1 million) compared to all other ad-supported cable networks.

The wedding also drew record results on E! Online when the event took place in August with 74 Million Page Views and 10 Million video starts during the week surrounding the event.

For those who missed the big event shouldn't worry. No doubt E! plans to show the special again at some point.

Kim’s Fairytale Wedding: A Kardashian Event on E!
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Pitbull, Flo Rida, Paul Okenfold latest artists to host fan event with Club 305 Cruise


In the tradition of such artists as Rick Springfield and Bret Michaels, rap artist, Pitbull, and Club 305 Cruise hosts their first fan cruise. Designed as a vehicle for lovers of dance, party and house music, the cruise heads to the Bahamas next year from April 13-16, 2012.

The ship will visit Nassau and the island of CoCoCay. Pitbull will host special performance, Q&A sessions and more, giving fans a chance to get up-close and personal.

Joining American Music Awards 2011 nominee, Pitbull, will be rapper Flo Rida and electric house music expert artist, Paul Oakenfold.

The Club 305 Cruise will feature an array of Special Events & Activities including the Calle Ocho Bon Voyage Party, Las Vegas White Dance Party, Ibiza Beach Bash, Naughty Nighty Dance Party, Singles & Unhappily Married Party, Artist Q & A Sessions, Artist Photo Opportunities, Artist Meet & Greets, DJ Camp, Poolside Bikini Contest, Poolside Games & Activities plus much, much more.

The Club 305 Cruise is produced by Forza Entertainment Group, providing serious

dance music fans a luxury cruise aboard Royal Caribbean’s Majesty of the Seas, combined with an incomparable music experience. Early Booking Rates for the cruise are available until October 31, 2011, starting at $699 per person (double occupancy).

Tickets for the Club 305 Cruise will be sold on a first-come, first-served basis and will only be available at http://www.Club305Cruise.com. Online reservations begin at 3 pm Eastern on Friday, October 14, 2011.
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American Music Awards 2011: Adele, Taylor Swift, Pitbull nominated for multiple awards


The 2011 American Music Awards (AMAs) nominations were announced today in Los Angeles.

The show will be broadcast live from the NOKIA Theatre L.A. LIVE on SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 20th (8:00-11:00 p.m. ET/PT) on ABC. Tickets are now on sale (please visitwww.ticketmaster.com or call 1-877-234-8425.). This year, ABC will air a live pre-show “Countdown to The American Music Awards” starting at 7:00pm ET/PT. In addition, the online pre-show “Coca-Cola Red Carpet LIVE! @ the 2011 AMAs” hosted by Lance Bass, Michael Buckley, Estelle, Sarah Hyland, Mitchel Musso, Josh Sussman and Xzibit will stream live for fans worldwide starting at 2pm PT / 5pm ET.
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Adele leads this year with four (4) nominations. Katy Perry, Lady Gaga, Lil Wayne, Rihanna, Taylor Swift and The Band Perry follow with three (3) nominations each, and Beyonce, Bruno Mars, Chris Brown, Jason Aldean, Kanye West, LMFAO, Nicki Minaj and Pitbull collected two (2) nominations respectively. This year’s 2011 Artist of the Year nominees are: Adele, Katy Perry, Lady Gaga, Lil Wayne and Taylor Swift.

For the fifth year, winners will be determined by online voting. Fans can vote at the Coca-Cola AMA voting website, amavote.com, as well as AMA.abc.com. Artists will be honored in the categories of Pop/Rock, Country, Rap/Hip-Hop, Soul/R&B, Alternative, Adult Contemporary, Latin, and Contemporary Inspirational. Fans can go to the official homepage of the “2011 American Music Awards,” ama.abc.com, to find performer and presenter announcements, artist information, and more.

In addition, music fans will be able to vote for the Sprint New Artist of the Year Award. For the first round of voting beginning Tuesday, October 11 through Friday, October 21 at 9:00 p.m., ET, fans will be able to determine who will make up the final award nominees by voting via text message from the list of artists available online at ama.abc.com or using their mobile phones at amanewartistoftheyear.com Music fans will be able to vote an unlimited number of times on all available platforms for the Sprint New Artist of the Year Award. All fans can send a text message by using 22288 and the number corresponding to their favorite artist. In addition, votes can also be cast via the internet at ama.abc.com. Standard messaging and data rates will apply. The top four artists with the highest votes from the first round of voting will be the final award nominees of the Sprint New Artist of the Year Award. Voting for the award winner will begin October 24.

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'Glee': The Purple Piano Project (Review)

September 21, 2011

I didn't pay a lot of attention to "Glee" last season. In fact, I might have missed an episode or two. Some of the episodes didn't have direction and often read like an Elvis Presley movie where there was nothing but filler in between the great songs. I also wasn't a big fan of the theme shows or the stunt casting (although I love Gwyneth Paltrow as Holly and Kristen Chenoweth as April).

This season might be different as reportedly everything I didn't like will be gone this year. The story was strong again and I could actually feel for the characters, all of them, even Rachel [Lea Michele].

First off, the theme and goals of the year for each of the gleeks was clearly defined.

My favorite guy member, Blaine [Darren Criss], officially transferred to West McKinley High and joined the glee club; much to Finn's [Cory Monteith] and Puck's [Mark Salling] chagrin. They let him know in no uncertain terms that they were different from The Wobblers and were a group. Blaine didn't seem to have a problem with it. He and Kurt [Chris Colfer] are my favorite Glee couple and the two seemed more in love then ever.

Rachel and Kurt provided some laughs when they went to a recruiting mixer for a college in New York. Their dreams of attending Julliard were crushed when Emma [Jayma Mays] informed them that the prestigious school didn't have a music program. I found the fact that these kids who live and breathe their future careers didn't know that, especially after visiting New York last year.

The mixer proved to be an eye opener for them, because for the first time, they got to see how tough their competition after school really will be. A chorus of super gleeks that were practically Kurt and Rachel clones performed a show stopping number that left the ambitious pair shaken and humbled. I loved that Rachel realized that not everyone's dreams come true and loved the pep talk that Kurt gave her, which they both needed.

Sue [Jane Lynch] pitted Santana [Naya Rivera] vs. Becky [Lauren Potter] as they became co-captains of The Cheerios, forcing the two enemies to work together. Both Sue and Will [Matthew Morrison] called Santana out about where her loyalties really lyed when she was asked to sabotaged the purple pianos that Will placed all around the school in an effort to recruit new members. The groups spontaineous "hot lunch jam" in the cafeteria as Mercedes [Amber Riley] called it, led to worse than the slushy baths, an outrageous food fight.

Later Santana "allegedly" destroyed a piano per Sue's instruction and was kicked out of group as a result by Will. He was clear that the group needed to present a united front in order to get to Nationals. Santana declared herself "Team Sue" and accepted her banning. Where Santana ends up this season will be interesting.

The adult's goals were clear too, as Will and Emma continued to take further steps in their relationship. The couple is now living together. Will seemed to be having a harder time adjusting to Emma's idiosyncrasies while she seemed to not miss a beat, moving right into another relationship. Will even broke down to Sue about it, making me wonder how long until the honeymoon phase is over. Will seemed lost last year after the divorce and thinking of leaving the school for New York, as did the show. It was good to see him back. A chorus of super gleeks that were practically Kurt and Rachel cloned performed a show stopping number that left them shaken and humbled. Loved that Rachel realized that not everyone's dreams come true and loved the pep talk that Kurt gave her, which they both needed.

Sue vs. Will is always entertaining and this time Ms. Sylvester took it up 10 notches with a bid for public office. Her campaign platform; cutting out funding for the arts in education.

Quinn's [Diana Aragon] defection from both the Cheerios and New Directions was good. The hair, clothing and the "skanks" her hung out with seemd like a cry for attention. It was good to see her friends to reach out to her. First Santana and Brittney [Heather Morris] tried to no success and then Rachel who seemed to be making a dent in Quinn's armor. You could see that she was thinking about it and I loved that she was secretly watching the rehearsal number at theclose of the show.

Love that Mercedes, my favorite girl, had a new man after Chad Overstreet's Sam was let go from the show. Her football playing guy named Marcus [LaMarcus Tinker.] Now if only she could get more story. Maybe she'll get to play Maria in West Side Story in the school's production this year.

Like she said, she feels pretty this year. I agree.

What were the songs? I did like that 15 minutes went by before I even heard the first song. Telling the story was the focus, which I loved.

All songs available on iTunes:

"It's Not Unusual" -- Blaine

"We Got The Beat" -- Rachel, Santana, Gang

"You Can't Stop The Beat" -- Rachel, Mercedes, Gang

"Anything Goes/Anything You Can Do" -- NYADA Mixer Group

"Hey Big Spender" -- audition song by potential member, Sugar

"Ding Dong The Witch is Dead" -- Rachel, Kurt

"Glee" airs Tuesdays on FOX.
(photo: Amber Riley as Mercedes in "Glee." credit: FOX)
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