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October 21, 2011

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:


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

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

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.

'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:


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:



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


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


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

'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.

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:


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.

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!

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.

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.

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.