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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