Thursday, October 31, 2013

Twilight's 5th Anniversary and the Blu-Ray/Dvd Launch of Twilight Forever: the Complete Saga

 

31 Oct 2013 18:10 Africa/Lagos

THE TWILIGHT FOREVER FAN EXPERIENCE CELEBRATING TWILIGHT'S 5TH ANNIVERSARY & THE BLU-RAY/DVD LAUNCH OF TWILIGHT FOREVER: THE COMPLETE SAGA WILL FEATURE APPEARANCES BY TWILIGHT SAGA CAST MEMBERS PETER FACINELLI, NIKKI REED AND JACKSON RATHBONE



Exclusive New York Event Will Also Include Musical Performances, Fan Contests, Exclusive Prizes & Memorabilia Giveaways
Planet Hollywood Times Square's Twilight Forever Fan Experience Exhibit Will Remain on Display Through End of the Year.


SANTA MONICA, Calif., Oct. 31, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Summit Entertainment, a LIONSGATE® (NYSE: LGF) company, and Planet Hollywood International revealed details today for the Twilight Forever Fan Experience taking place in New York on November 3 rd and 4th commemorating the fifth anniversary of The Twilight Saga's original theatrical debut and the eagerly anticipated November 5 th Blu-ray and DVD launch of Twilight Forever: The Complete Saga . The two-day event features guest appearances by Cullen family vampires Peter Facinelli (Carlisle), Nikki Reed (Rosalie) and Jackson Rathbone (Jasper), musical performances, fan contests and photo opportunities as well as exclusive prizes and memorabilia giveaways from the blockbuster franchise. After the official festivities end, The Twilight Forever Fan Experience lives on with the actual exhibit, a film props installation, remaining on display at Planet Hollywood Times Square through the end of the year.

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"We are proud to present the Twilight Saga Fan Experience and the Twilight Forever: The Complete Saga Blu-ray and DVD set, honoring the people who made this fifth anniversary possible - the fans," said Nancy Kirkpatrick, Summit Entertainment President, Worldwide Marketing. "It is their enthusiasm for Bella and Edward's love story which fueled the saga over the years, and we look forward to bringing the Twilight family together to celebrate once more."

"We are thrilled to turn Planet Hollywood Times Square into Planet Twilight Forever and to work with our friends at Lionsgate and Summit on The Twilight Forever Fan Experience ," said Robert Earl, Planet Hollywood International, Inc. founder and Chairman. "We look forward to welcoming fans of the Twilight franchise from around the world to Planet Hollywood so they can have an up-close look at this fantastic collection of memorabilia from their most cherished movies."

As previously announced The Twilight Forever Fan Experience begins Sunday, November 3 rd with a marathon screening of all five films in Summit's Twilight Saga franchise, along with fan contests and chances to win exclusive prizes and Twilight memorabilia throughout the day. Doors open to guests starting at 9:00 a.m. at New York's Regal E-Walk Stadium 13 Cineplex (247 W. 42nd St., New York, NY 10036).

The Twilight Forever Fan Experience continues on Monday, November 4 th when guests get a chance to rub elbows with actors Peter Facinelli, Nikki Reed and Jackson Rathbone as they unveil the new Twilight Forever Fan Experience Exhibit at Planet Hollywood Times Square (1540 Broadway, New York, NY 10036), which will remain on display through the end of the year. Starting at 6:00 p.m., fans will be treated to the first opportunity to see the Twilight props installation, a chance to interact with the Twilight cast and a musical performance by Nikki Reed and Paul McDonald, whose song, "All I Ever Needed," is featured on The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2 soundtrack.

This is also the evening where the fans become the stars of The Twilight Forever Fan Experience ! For a chance to win exclusive prizes and memorabilia giveaways, guests are encouraged to dress up as characters from the Twilight Saga -- perhaps as a vampire, a werewolf or as the heroine bride of everyone's favorite immortal love story -- for special fan events (subject to change), including crowning The Twilight Forever Fan Experience ULTIMATE TWILIGHT FAN, a TWILIGHT CHARACTER LOOK-ALIKE CONTEST and more!

Attendance for The Twilight Forever Fan Experience is open to the public on a first come, first served basis. More information and additional contest details are available at https://www.facebook.com/twilight and http://www.twitter.com/twilight. Below is the timeline of events (appearances and times subject to change):

Sunday, November 3 – Twilight Forever Fan Experience Marathon

Location:


Regal E-Walk Stadium 13 Cineplex, 247 W. 42nd St., New York, NY 10036

Time:
Doors open at 9:00 AM
Films include:

Twilight (122 minutes)

The Twilight Saga: New Moon (130 minutes)

The Twilight Saga: Eclipse (124 minutes)

The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1 Extended Edition (124 minutes)

The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2 (115 minutes)

Monday, November 4 – Twilight Forever Fan Experience Exhibit Launch

Location:
Planet Hollywood Times Square, 1540 Broadway, New York, NY 10036

Time:
Doors open at 6:00 PM

Appearances:

Peter Facinelli, Nikki Reed, Jackson Rathbone, a musical performance by Nikki Reed and Paul McDonald

Twilight Forever: The Complete Saga encompasses all five films, over 2 hours of brand new exclusive content and over 10 hours of every special feature ever created for the multi-billion dollar franchise. The ultimate collector's set, this is an immersive experience for every Twilight fan to recapture and relive the most epic romance of the century. Twilight Forever: The Complete Saga is available as a 10-disc Blu-ray (plus Digital HD UltraViolet) set for the suggested retail price of $74.99, and as a 12-disc DVD (plus Digital UltraViolet) set for $64.98, both debuting November 5, 2013 from Summit Entertainment, a LIONSGATE company. For artwork, please visit www.lionsgatepublicity.com

About THE TWILIGHT SAGA film series

THE TWILIGHT SAGA film series stars Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson and Taylor Lautner and tells the story of 17-year-old Bella Swan who moves to the small town of Forks, Washington to live with her father, and becomes drawn to Edward Cullen, a pale, mysterious classmate who seems determined to push her away. But neither can deny the attraction that pulls them together...even when Edward confides that he and his family are vampires. The action-packed, modern day vampire love story Twilight, the first film in the series, was released in theatres on November 21, 2008 to a blockbuster reception. The second installment of the film franchise, The Twilight Saga: New Moon, was released November 20, 2009, followed by the third installment The Twilight Saga: Eclipse on June 30, 2010. The final two installments, The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Parts 1 & 2, were released on November 18, 2011 and November 16, 2012 respectively. All films, which together grossed more than $3.3 billion at the worldwide box office, were written by Melissa Rosenberg based on the novels in author Stephenie Meyer's "Twilight" series.

About Lionsgate

Lionsgate is a leading global entertainment company with a strong and diversified presence in motion picture production and distribution, television programming and syndication, home entertainment, family entertainment, digital distribution, new channel platforms and international distribution and sales. Lionsgate currently has 30 television shows on 20 different networks spanning its primetime production, distribution and syndication businesses, including such critically-acclaimed hits as the multiple Emmy Award-winning Mad Men and Nurse Jackie, the comedy Anger Management, the network series Nashville , the syndication success The Wendy Williams Show and the critically-acclaimed new series Orange Is The New Black.

Its feature film business has been fueled by such recent successes as the blockbuster first installment of The Hunger Games franchise, The Twilight Saga Breaking Dawn – Part 2, Now You See Me, Kevin Hart: Let Me Explain, Warm Bodies, Snitch, Texas Chainsaw 3D, The Expendables 2, The Possession, Sinister, Arbitrage and Pantelion Films' breakout hit Instructions Not Included, the highest-grossing Spanish-language film ever in the U.S.

Lionsgate's home entertainment business is an industry leader in box office-to-DVD and box office-to-VOD revenue conversion rate. Lionsgate handles a prestigious and prolific library of approximately 15,000 motion picture and television titles that is an important source of recurring revenue and serves as the foundation for the growth of the Company's core businesses. The Lionsgate and Summit brands remain synonymous with original, daring, quality entertainment in markets around the world.

About Planet Hollywood



Planet Hollywood International, Inc. is the creator and worldwide developer of a consumer brand that capitalizes on the universal appeal of movies, television, sports, music and other leisure-time activities. The Company's worldwide operations offer products and services in the restaurant, retail, resort, leisure and entertainment sectors.

Planet Hollywood Times Square is the company's New York Flagship and is headquarters for great food and drink, stylish merchandise, authentic and unique Hollywood memorabilia and exclusive celebrity appearances. Open daily from 11:30am until 11pm Sunday thru Thursday and 11:30 am until midnight on Friday and Saturday, Planet Hollywood Times Square is located in the heart of mid-town Manhattan. For more information visit www.planethollywoodintl.com like us on Facebook or follow us on twitter @planethollywood.

For further information, please contact:

Jennifer Sandler
Heather Forziati & Annalee Paulo
Lionsgate
42West
310.255.4072
310.477.4442
jsandler@lionsgate.com
Heather.Forziati@42West.net & Annalee.Paulo@42West.net

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When Oluchi Onweagba Came to Graceland



Oluchi's SI Swimsuit 2007 shoot in Memphis.






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Movie Poster of the Month: IMAX The Hunger Games: Catching Fire









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Wednesday, October 30, 2013

MTV Launches Impactful New Video From Country Artist, Morgan Frazier




30 Oct 2013 17:25 Africa/Lagos

MTV Launches Impactful New Video From Country Artist, Morgan Frazier
Video Tackles Reality of Bullying and Premieres on Act.MTV.com


NASHVILLE, Tenn., Oct. 30, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Sidewalk/Curb recording artist Morgan Frazier announces that her debut music video, "Hey Bully" world premieres on act.mtv.com. The video addresses tough, real world issues and does not shy away from the truth about bullying. Frazier, who was picked on herself, to the point where she was taken out of school and put in home school, co-wrote the impactful country tune with Sherrie Austin and Tiffany Goss.

"I am so glad that MTV is helping to bring this issue to the forefront, and I applaud act.mtv.com for encouraging folks to truly act on this and to join Stand For The Silent and myself. I've had the pleasure of working with Kirk and Laura Smalley of Stand For The Silent everywhere from middle and high schools to major corporate headquarters to address bullying head on. The effects of bullying and the tragedies it can leave behind in today's world must end. We made this video in an effort to get parents, kids and educators talking about the reality of this issue and to teach kids that suicide is not an option. One child lost is one too many," says Frazier.

View the World Premiere of the video at: http://bit.ly/HEYBULLY

Frazier has partnered with Stand for the Silent (SFTS), whose mission it is to bring global awareness to the disturbing issue of bullying in today's society. SFTS has been a part of Director Lee Hirsch's feature film, Bully, as well as The Bully Effect, a documentary on CNN's AC360. SFTS was started after Kirk and Laura Smalley's son Ty committed suicide in May of 2010 following a school suspension for defending himself against a bully. In their pledge to never stop the fight against school bullying, Kirk and Laura conduct Stand for the Silent presentations at middle and high schools all across the world.

According to Stand For The Silent, the statistics on bullying are alarming:

Every 7 seconds a child is bullied in this world
160,000 kids stay home from school every day due to fear of bullying
25% of high school students in America will actually have a plan to take their own life before they graduate

"Hey Bully" is available now on iTunes: http://bit.ly/heybully

Kids and adults alike can take the SFTS pledge to stop bullying: www.standforthesilent.org

About Morgan Frazier:
Recognized in Country Weekly's "Ones To Watch in 2013," Morgan Frazier's remarkable journey began in a small Texas town where she made her way to Nashville by literally going door-to-door. At just nine years old, Morgan recorded her first CD in her hometown of Breckenridge, Texas. Although they had no formal plans to market or sell the CDs, Morgan's family believed in their little girl's talent and ordered one thousand copies. For the next two years, Morgan and her family traveled all over the South and Southwest selling over thirty thousand copies of her album. At the age of sixteen, Morgan followed her dream to Nashville where she perfected her songwriting craft and honed her chops at the legendary Tootsie's Orchid Lounge. Not long after, she signed a publishing and recording contract with Curb Records' imprint Sidewalk Records. Having experienced bullying first hand, Morgan co-wrote her latest single, "Hey Bully" to bring awareness to the growing epidemic.

About Stand for the Silent:
Stand for the Silent exists as a platform to allow Kirk and Laura Smalley to share their story and offer education and tools that will prevent their tragedy from happening to another child and family. Kirk and Laura's mission is to continue to change kids' lives and bring awareness to bullying and the real devastation it causes. Since May 2010, Kirk and Laura Smalley have traveled to hundreds of schools and spoken with more than 700,000 kids. In March 2011, Kirk and Laura met privately with President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama in The White House prior to attending the first ever White House conference on bullying. Their story is featured in Director Lee Hirsch's feature film, Bully. Kirk and Laura have been invited to a number of conferences on bullying and met with Lady Gaga this spring at the launch of the Born This Way Foundation.

Contact:
Jeff Tuerff
Curb Records
(615) 963-9340
jtuerff@curb.com

Video with caption: "MTV premieres Country Music Artist Morgan Frazier's powerful new video, "Hey Bully". Directed by Eric Welch of Broken Poet Productions, the video tackles the tough, real world issues of bullying in today's society. Morgan Frazier co-wrote and recorded the song based on her own life experiences with the issue. "Hey Bully" is available now on iTunes at http://bit.ly/heybully." Video available at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vAgPvqzboUQ#t=12

Image with caption: "Morgan Frazier unites with Stand For The Silent to provide anti-bullying presentations to middle and high school students all across the US. Morgan, who was bullied as a child, co-wrote and recorded her new song "Hey Bully" about her own experiences. MTV premieres the country artist's powerful new video at http://bit.ly/HEYBULLY. "Hey Bully" is also available now on iTunes at http://bit.ly/heybully. To learn more about Stand for the Silent and what Kirk and Laura Smalley are doing in middle and high schools across the world, visit www.standforthesilent.org." Image available at: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20131030/MM07294

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Bang & Olufsen introduces a major breakthrough in wireless sound in three new design icons



30 Oct 2013 13:21 Africa/Lagos

Bang & Olufsen introduces a major breakthrough in wireless sound in three new design icons
Providing the world's first WiSA (Wireless Speaker and Sound Association) certified speakers with serious high quality sound experience


DEERFIELD, Ill., and STRUER, Denmark, Oct. 30, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Bang & Olufsen announces the launch of a new range of high-end wireless speakers today. All three speakers are distinctive proponents of Bang & Olufsen's unique design idiom – and unlike anything currently on the marketplace. The all-digital active speakers leverage the new WiSA standard for multi-channel wireless sound to provide acoustic performance beyond anything you have heard without cables. The untethered flexibility means that adding stunning sound to any room has never been easier.

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With the launch of three new wireless speakers, Bang & Olufsen once again confirms the brand's dedication to outstanding acoustics, uncompromising design and craftsmanship, and technological innovation that makes life simpler for discerning users.

The new wireless line-up includes BeoLab 17, an extremely flexible, compact speaker with very large sound reproduction; BeoLab 18, the latest incarnation of Bang & Olufsen's sculpturally iconic audio columns for walls or floor; and BeoLab 19, a radically redesigned subwoofer that pumps refined bass with a visceral punch – and looks too good to hide.

"These new speakers are at the vanguard of a new era of high-end sound," says Lars Fredsgaard, Speaker Category Director at Bang & Olufsen. "Until now, speakers with this level of performance had to be wired. Our latest launch uses a robust wireless standard with enough bandwidth and channels to deliver a listening experience the way the artist intended it. Upgrading to premium sound – without downgrading your decor – is now available in three ways."

All-new, inside and out

While they have integrated the WiSA standard into the new speakers, Bang & Olufsen has also rethought practically everything about exterior design, custom-made components and dedicated digital sound engines.

With an acoustic lens tweeter and 21-lamella front, available in solid oak as well as black or white, BeoLab 18 marks a quantum leap in the evolution of Bang & Olufsen's signature column speakers. BeoLab 17's wedge-like form makes it easy to place anywhere from bookshelves to walls. Additionally, BeoLab 19, the subwoofer, draws on the extraordinary rigidity of a 12-faced dodecahedron and two drivers operating in-phase to eliminate unwanted vibrations.

All three speakers come equipped with new sound engines that include thermal protection, Adaptive Bass Linearization and a room position switch, so they deliver crystal-clear definition whatever you play on them and wherever you place them.

Immaculate Wireless Sound

Bang & Olufsen is launching the three new speakers under its Immaculate Wireless Sound concept.

Sound that is reproduced as the artist intended it to be has long been a Bang & Olufsen hallmark. With Immaculate Wireless sound, Bang & Olufsen brings this tradition of acoustic authenticity into the wireless age for the first time ever.

WiSA – the new wireless standard

Since all three speakers run on the new WiSA standard, all you need to do is plug the active speakers into the mains in a room with any WiSA-compliant transmitter in order to link wirelessly to your TV, Blu-ray player or set-top box.

For example, all Bang & Olufsen Immaculate Wireless Sound speakers work seamlessly, simply and spectacularly with the WiSA-updated BeoVision 11 television. With WiSA-compliant transmitters and receivers integrated into the physical and digital design, Bang & Olufsen now delivers unparalleled acoustic performance in a wireless surround setup. Of course, you can also connect the new speakers with wires, just as you can add wireless speakers to an existing wired setup if so desired.

The Wireless Speaker and Sound Association (WiSA) platform utilizes the relatively uncongested 5.2–5.8 GHz range to avoid interference from other signals, and to provide enough bandwidth to stream 24-bit, uncompressed music at native sampling rates. WiSA is the first wireless system in the U-NII band that provides multi-channel performance – up to a full 7.1 surround configuration.

"Since 1925, Bang & Olufsen has been dedicated towards providing the ultimate sound experience to our brand enthusiasts through our innovations in technology, design and craftsmanship," states Zean Nielsen, President of Bang & Olufsen America, Inc. "With the launch of these three revolutionary products and due to the fact that we are the very first company to market a WiSA certified loudspeaker, we have high expectations for the new speaker platform and look forward to introducing them to the American marketplace."

BeoLab 17, 18 and 19 wireless speakers will be available during the month of November at Bang & Olufsen stores worldwide.

BeoLab 17:


Priced per set at $3,990

BeoLab 18:


Priced per set including black lamella fronts and floor base or wall bracket: $6,590



Solid oak lamella front (per set): $1,390

BeoLab 19:


Priced at $3,395

For more press information, images to download please visit:

www.bang-olufsen.com/presskit-17-18-19

Bang & Olufsen was founded in Struer, Denmark, in 1925 by Peter Bang and Svend Olufsen, two innovative, young engineers devoted to high quality audio reproduction. Since then, the brand has become an icon of performance and design excellence through its long-standing craftsmanship tradition and the strongest possible commitment to high-tech research and development.

Still at the forefront of domestic technology, Bang & Olufsen has extended its comprehensive experience with integrated audio and video solutions for the home to other areas such as the hospitality and automotive industries in recent years. Consequently, its current product range epitomizes seamless media experiences in the home as well as in the car and on the move.

For more information on Bang & Olufsen, please visit www.bang-olufsen.com.

Images are available free of charge from the Bang & Olufsen media centre:

http://mediacenter.bang-olufsen.dk. If you are a first-time visitor, please follow the instructions and register as a new user.

SOURCE Bang & Olufsen

CONTACT: Monica Gartner, PR Manager, Bang & Olufsen America, Inc., 847 590 4920, mcy@bang-olufsen.dk

Web Site: http://www.bang-olufsen.com








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YouTube Music Awards: "Gentleman" Most-Viewed Video Of 2013 Tops Nominations



29 Oct 2013 20:16 Africa/Lagos

PSY's "Gentleman" Most-Viewed Video Of 2013
NOMINATED FOR THREE TOP HONORS AT FIRST YOUTUBE MUSIC AWARDS
KOREAN CONCERT ANNOUNCED FOR DECEMBER 20-24, 2013


NEW YORK, Oct. 29, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Heating up his sizzling and scorching hot streak yet again, PSY's music video for "Gentleman" is currently YouTube's "Most-Viewed" music video of 2013 with over 572 million views. The cinematic clip for the infectious and invigorating international anthem continues to entice viewers daily. In addition, the music video is ranked #7 on YouTube's all-time most-viewed videos list. It's on track to hit 600 million by the end of the year. As a result it will become #5 of all-time.

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The multi-platinum worldwide pop superstar is now up for three of the top awards at the very first annual YouTube Music Awards, broadcasting live on YouTube Sunday Nov. 3 from Pier 36 in New York City. He has garnered nominations in the premier categories of "Artist of the Year", "Video of the Year" for "Gentleman", and "YouTube Phenomenon" for "Gangnam Style". Fans can vote for PSY here now!

In addition, he's finding new ways to continually push the envelope and smash boundaries. From December 20 until December 24, he'll perform five hometown concerts in Seoul, Korea over the course of five days. It's the opportunity of a lifetime for fans to spend multiple nights partying with the "Gentleman". Tickets go on sale Wednesday October 30 for what's bound to be a legendary multi-evening stand.

Upon it's highly-anticipated debut, "Gentleman" set the record for "most views" in a 24-hour period with a staggering 38 million views. Since is recent release, the video has reached over 572 million views and 2.5 million Facebook "likes." Given his chart-topping history, raising the bar has become synonymous with his name.

PSY's music video for "Gangnam Style" is the first clip ever to reach 1 billion views on YouTube/VEVO. It also holds the Guinness World Record for "most-viewed" on the site, setting and holding the record in 2012. It's the "most-liked" video on the hub with over 7.3 million "Likes". The video shows no signs of stopping still. Views range between 7 and 10 million daily for "Gangnam Style", and countless clips fan-generated have popped up generating their own plethora of eyeballs. Right now, the iconic viral video currently has over 1.8 billion views.

In between it all, PSY is still plotting his official debut full-length for the United States. Expect the album (and more records to be broken) very soon.

For More Info Contact
Myisha Brooks
Republic Records
310-865-0107 / myisha.brooks@umusic.com

ABOUT REPUBLIC RECORDS
A division of Universal Music Group, the world's leading music company, Republic is home to an all-star roster of multi-platinum, award-winning legends and superstar artists such as Amy Winehouse, Ariana Grande, Black Sabbath, Colbie Caillat, Enrique Iglesias, Florence + the Machine, Godsmack, Gotye, Kelly Rowland, Owl City, Of Monsters and Men among many others.

It is comprised of innovative imprints and digital business ventures including Brushfire (Jack Johnson, G. Love), Cash Money (Lil Wayne, Drake, Nicki Minaj), Lava Records (Jessie J, Lorde), Loma Vista (Soundgarden, Damian Marley), Monkeywrench(Pearl Jam), NBC's The Voice (Cassadee Pope, Danielle Bradbery), Republic Nashville (The Band Perry, Florida Georgia Line, The Eli Young Band), XO (The Weeknd), among others.

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Video of the Year: Honoring the world's most loved music videos, these nominees represent the videos with the most fan engagement on YouTube over the last year.

Demi Lovato - Heart Attack
Epic Rap Battles of History - Barack Obama vs Mitt Romney
Girls' Generation - I Got A Boy
Justin Bieber (feat. Nicki Minaj) - Beauty And A Beat
Lady Gaga - Applause
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis (feat. Mary Lambert) - Same Love
Miley Cyrus - We Can't Stop
One Direction - Best Song Ever
PSY - Gentleman
Selena Gomez - Come & Get It

Artist of the Year: Honoring the acts YouTube fans have made stars, nominees represent the most watched, shared, liked, and subscribed-to artists on YouTube.

Eminem
Epic Rap Battles of History
Justin Bieber
Katy Perry
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
Nicki Minaj
One Direction
PSY
Rihanna
Taylor Swift

Response of the Year: Honoring the best fan remix, parody or response video, these nominees represent the top "unofficial" fan videos on YouTube based on your views, shares and other activity.

Boyce Avenue (feat. Fifth Harmony) - Mirrors
Jayesslee - Gangnam Style
Lindsey Stirling and Pentatonix - Radioactive
ThePianoGuys - Titanium / Pavane
Walk Off the Earth (feat. KRNFX) - I Knew You Were Trouble

YouTube Phenomenon: Recognizing the YouTube trends the world could not escape from, nominees are based on the phenomena that generated the most fan videos.

Diamonds
Gangnam Style
Harlem Shake
I Knew You Were Trouble
Thrift Shop

YouTube Breakthrough: Honoring the music world's breakout new acts, nominees represent the artists who experienced the biggest growth in views and subscribers.

Kendrick Lamar
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
Naughty Boy
Passenger
Rudimental

Innovation of the Year: Starting with videos selected by an international panel of musicians, YouTubers and creative luminaries, we then selected the creative video innovations that resonated most with fans on YouTube, based on views, likes, shares and comments.

Anamanaguchi - ENDLESS FANTASY
Atoms For Peace - Ingenue
Bat For Lashes - Lilies
DeStorm - See Me Standing
Toro Y Moi "Say That"






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Oh no! Miley Cyrus is the Celebrity Zombie of the Halloween!



29 Oct 2013 13:00 Africa/Lagos

Can you Recognize the Celebrity Zombie?
A New update for PuzzleFace App Arrives to the Apple AppStore Just in Time For Halloween!

NEW YORK, Oct. 29, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Oh no! Miley Cyrus, Simon Cowell, Barack Obama and Albert Einstein have suddenly all been turned into zombies….just in time for Halloween! A new category in Puzzleface, the App that challenges you to recognize your favorite celebs before your opponent beats you to it, The Halloween Zombie-face update is here now!

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Available as a free download at The AppStore (http://tinyurl.com/k4atygk), the game pits two or more players in successive matches that challenge them to recognize the celebrity being unveiled piece-by-piece right before their eyes! There are ghoulish twists and turns in every round, as the pictures slowly become more and visible.

The winner of the round is whoever guesses the celebrity in the least amount of time -- and gets rewarded with valuable coins. The coins unlock potential hints and shortcuts by either revealing more of the zombie face or using your 50/50 option to eliminate choices until the answer is revealed. Your coins can also buy you extra time for guessing.

If you'd like to make the competition a bit more "social" you can log on with your Facebook account and take on those on your friends list.

Available in multiple categories including movie stars, sports icons, animals, business, modern music, TV stars, NFL and landmarks among others, the Zombie category is sure to make this a fantastic Halloween!.

About Planet of The APPs

Planet of the Apps is a design, development, and marketing shop creating and facilitating casual and social gaming using mobile platforms. Founded by a group of tech-savvy gamers whose aim is to create adventurous, intellectually challenging and fun opportunities for competition and learning, Planet of the Apps is fun for all ages.

In addition to making great games, Planet of the Apps provides mobile-related services that include conceptualization, design, development and marketing of mobile applications and promotional apps.

Contact:
Scott Eisenstein
scott@poa-media.com
212 297 2762

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Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Winners of July 2013 International Image Competition


29 Oct 2013 17:19 Africa/Lagos

National Association Of Professional Child Photographers Unveils Winners of July 2013 International Image Competition
Top Photos in Child Photography Selected from a Range of Categories

ATLANTA, Oct. 29, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- The National Association of Professional Child Photographers (NAPCP) has announced the winners of its July 2013 International Image Competition. Showcasing the talents of the world's most successful child photographers, the NAPCP Image Competition featured a range of categories, including Maternity, Newborn, Baby, Toddler, Child, Sibling, Family and Seniors. All photo entries were carefully judged by a panel of acclaimed photographers including Stephanie Buckman, Sara Brennan-Harrell, Christine Pobke and Sarah Lane. Each photo was scored based on its impact, technical merit, creativity and style.

The purpose of the international competition is to recognize the creative and technical excellence of child photographers around the world, reward talent and serve as a vehicle for education to better the industry as a whole. "NAPCP is thrilled to have the opportunity to showcase the work of such talented individuals in the art of child photography," said Alice Park, co-founder and president of NAPCP. "We are consistently impressed by the submissions we receive from our community."

In addition to the recognition as an award-winning photographer, winners also received priority listing in the NAPCP member directory, vendor endorsements, our award winning NAPCP seal for website placement, their winning images published in both their photographer's profile and in our award-winning image gallery, individual press packet to distribute to their local media and the opportunity to win our prestigious NAPCP Photographer of the Year Award.

Winners of the NAPCP July 2013 International Image Competition included:


  • Maternity category: Michelle Wells for her image "End of The Rainbow"
  • Newborn category: Stephanie Schaefer for her image "Love for Mama"
  • Baby category: Dana MacIntyre for her image "Rub-a-dub-dub"
  • Toddler category: Anne Kerr for her image "Enchanted Forest"
  • Child category: Dana Pugh for her image "Mist"
  • Sibling category: Hilary Camilleri for her image "Giggle"
  • Family category: Nicola Toon for her image "Divide and Conquer"
  • Seniors category: Hilary Camilleri for her image "Soul"
For more information on NAPCP, visit www.napcp.com.  
Connect with NAPCP online on Facebook and Twitter.

About NAPCP
The National Association of Professional Child Photographers (NAPCP) is an association whose mission is to promote and support the artistry and integrity of professional child photographers. The NAPCP connects parents searching for child photographers in their area with its professional members by providing a comprehensive directory of photographers and informative articles on what to expect from their professional photography experience. Serving as a valuable resource for both photographers and parents, NAPCP continually strives to raise industry standards in child photography.

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CONTACT: Mary Grace Showfety / BRAVE Public Relations / mgshowfety@bravepublicrelations.com / 404.233.3993

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Ciara's 15-Carat Past, Present and Future Diamond Ring!



29 Oct 2013 17:58 Africa/Lagos

Ciara's 15-carat Past, Present and Future
Avianne & Co. helps Future make dream proposal a reality

NEW YORK, Oct. 29, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- New York City custom jeweler Avianne & Co . helped bring joy to Ciara's heart and bling to her ring hand this weekend.




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The Grammy Award-winning pop singer is now sporting a 15-carat ring with flawless emerald cut diamonds, which are accented by round cut diamonds in a micro pave setting. This technique places diamonds so closely together they appear to be "kissing each other."

The band is an eternity style band and diamonds extend all the way down and around it.

Future designed the ring himself, as he wanted a ring that showed Ciara's "past, present and Future." Blending the two styles together allowed for the creation of a unique engagement ring.

The 15-carat beauty took four weeks to create. Avianne & Co. went through several molds before alighting on the proper design, which allowed for maximum shine and stability in the diamonds.

Earlier this year, Ciara was in Harper's Bazaar wearing a custom Avianne & Co. Jesus head pendant.

About Avianne & Co.
In Manhattan's famed Diamond District, Avianne & Co. Jewelers is a premier fine jewelry source for celebrities, entertainers and athletes. First- and second-generation immigrants founded the family business in 1999 and Avianne & Co. has since built a reputation for custom and high-end pieces including elegant diamond necklaces and bracelets, exquisite engagement rings and wedding bands, watches and chains for its celebrity and executive clientele. Famous personalities purchase custom jewelry exclusively from Avianne & Co., including Derrick Williams, Ne-Yo, Lil Wayne, Cam'Ron and Nicki Minaj, and those pieces are featured in major news outlets including Forbes and XXL. Avianne & Co. survived the economic recession at a time when historic jewelry businesses were shutting down in the heart of America's NYC Diamond District. Avianne & Co.'s store is located on West 47th Street between 5th Avenue and 6th Avenue (Avenue of the Americas) in midtown Manhattan, within walking distance of many New York attractions. For more information, visit www.avianneandco.com or call 888-243-4344.

For additional information, interview and image requests, contact Axia Public Relations at 866-999-2942, ext. 700.

News Contact:
Marjorie A. Comer
Axia Public Relations for Avianne & Co.
888-773-4768, ext. 312

SOURCE Avianne & Co.

Web Site: http://www.avianneandco.com







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Many Hollywood Sex Symbols Look Ugly In Real Life Unlike In Magazines And Movies




Is this the same Scarlett Johannson?
Shine your eyes buddy, she is the same much ranted Hollywood sex symbol. But she is really looking awww here. grin

See 22 more of them on http://www.weblyest.com/articles/view/734/page:8 and you will be wiser.







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Top 20 Films at Independent Box Office, October 18-20, 2013









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Monday, October 28, 2013

30 Most Evil People of All Time



28 Oct 2013 15:30 Africa/Lagos

International Survey and Card Set Establishes History's 35 Most Evil and Inspirational People
A newly launched trading card set features a comprehensive list of 35 'evil' and 'inspirational' personalities as chosen by people worldwide through a two year online survey.

MISSISSAUGA, Ontario, Oct. 28, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Utilizing online research and a series of You Tube videos to ascertain the direct opinions of over 10,000 people worldwide, craft and card designer The Homemade Game Guru has been able to compile a respectable list of the 35 most evil people of all time, and the 35 most inspirational people of all time, by way of a new trading card series.

To be fully launched soon after Halloween, 'The 35 Most Evil People of All Time/The 35 Most Inspirational People of All Time: 75 Piece Trading Card Set' will showcase personalities the global community considers to be the worst and greatest in history.

The 35 Most Evil People set includes names like Adolf Hitler, Attila the Hun, Caligula, Catalina Lisperguer, Ilse Koch, Kim Il Sung, Osama Bin Laden and Saddam Hussein. The adjoined 35 Most Inspirational People set includes the likes of Abe Lincoln, Jesus Christ, Maria Montessori, Joan of Arc, Martin Luther King Jr., Prophet Muhammad, Albert Einstein and Winston Churchill.

The campaign to garner the thoughts of people worldwide in order to compile a comprehensive list of evil and inspirational personalities began with the August 2011 upload of a video entitled: The 30 Most Evil People of All Time Controversy of 2005.

Viewers of the video were asked to provide their feedback on if they believe the Evil People set should be re-released and who should be included in a new edition. The video was viewed over 30,000 times and garnered insightful comments and positive reviews from people worldwide.

The 35 Most Evil People of All Time/The 35 Most Inspirational People of All Time: 75 Piece Trading Card Set is available on eBay.com and Lanuwame.com as a pre-order prior to the full first edition launch on November 15th. Bonus exclusive cards of Christopher Columbus and Cleopatra are being offered to the first 250 people to pre-order. Visitors to the lanuwame.com site are also encouraged to comment on who they believe should be included in the 2014 edition of both sets.

SOURCE Homemade Game Guru

CONTACT: Luanga Nuwame, Homemade Game Guru, 647 407 2614







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Sunday, October 27, 2013

Artistry Youth Dance Launch First African and Caribbean Dance Company in London


25 Oct 2013 19:27 Africa/Lagos


Artistry Youth Dance to Promote Diversity in Dance by Encouraging Young Londoners of African and Caribbean Descent to Achieve Success in Dance

LONDON, October 25, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --

Artistry Youth Dance has launched London's first youth dance company to teach jazz, contemporary dance and Horton technique to young people of African and Caribbean descent. The not-for-profit organization, launched in April of this year, aims to cultivate a more culturally diverse representation of dancers within the industry by showcasing talented young dancers of African and Caribbean descent. Teaching ballet as well as workshops in a variety of other dance styles including hip-hop and musical theater, the company supports young people to realize their talents in dance and creates pathways for further education in the Arts. Having accepted its first intake of 10 students (aged 14-19), Artistry Youth Dance is now looking to progress towards its first performances later this year.


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Kamara Gray, Artistic Director of Artistry Youth Dance, financed the launch entirely herself. Gray said: "That's how much I believe in it! It is a fantastic opportunity for the young people involved to learn a variety of techniques and skills from first-rate teachers, as well as improving their all-round strength and flexibility. We aim to help our dancers become strong, confident and versatile individuals, both on and off the stage." She added: "I have always wanted to be able to give something back to young dancers, particularly those from the African and Caribbean communities."

Artistry Youth Dance is particularly excited to bring Horton technique - a blend of ballet, Native American folk dance, Japanese arm gestures, and Caribbean, Javanese, and Balinese techniques - to London youth. "All of our teachers are highly experienced and have trained at the Ailey School in New York," says Gray. "We are the only youth dance company in London to teach Horton technique, so this is a wonderful opportunity for young dancers."

ABOUT ARTISTRY YOUTH DANCE

Artistry Youth Dance is a vibrant youth dance company for aspiring performers of African and Caribbean descent, aged 14-19 years. With a focus on jazz and contemporary dance, we aim to provide training and performance opportunities for our Company members, showcasing their talents and celebrating their artistry.

We hope that through Artistry Youth Dance, our students will develop their dance and performance techniques, enabling them to go on to further training in the arts and a career in dance. We also support our dancers to develop a range of life skills that can be applied to any career they choose to pursue.

Aspiring dancers can audition for the company's next intake here: http://www.artistryyouthdance.com/register/

ABOUT KAMARA GRAY

Kamara is an experienced dance teacher and performer of Jamaican heritage who has taught extensively in the UK, Australia and Kuwait. She was born in Papua New Guinea and grew up in Sydney, where she began studying dance at age four. Kamara continued her dance training at the Ailey School in New York and Dance World 301 in Melbourne. As a performer, her credits include film, television, and live events, including the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games Opening Ceremony as a Lead Tap dancer, the MTV Europe Awards, and L'Heure Espagnole with the Royal Opera.

http://www.artistryyouthdance.com/

Contact
Kamara Gray
Artistic Director, Artistry Youth Dance
kgray@artistryyouthdance.com | http://www.artistryyouthdance.com

CONTACT: Mobile: +44(0)794-6678-419







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Maria, the Little Blonde-haired, Blue-eyed Girl Living In the Roma Camp in Greece


Greece's Mystery Girl's Mother Found.


25 Oct 2013 15:00 Africa/Lagos

Statement By Ernie Allen On The Global Effort To Identify "Maria," The Young Child Found Living In The Roma Camp In Greece

Why Her Story Has Become So Important

ALEXANDRIA, Va., Oct. 25, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Ernie Allen, President and CEO of the International Centre for Missing & Exploited Children issues the following statement.

"The publicity surrounding the discovery of the little blonde-haired, blue-eyed girl called "Maria" in the Roma camp in Greece has brought hope to tens of thousands of parents around the world who have children that are still missing. However, her story is about more than one child. Little Maria has become a symbol of a larger problem – the well being of millions of children.

Maria was found resulting from the quick actions of law enforcement in Greece. Her extraordinary story has prompted a worldwide effort to determine who she is, where her family is and whether she is an abducted or trafficked child. Her story has awakened a global audience and she has millions of people anticipating the resolution of her mystery. The search for her identity is providing hope for many others as thousands of searching parents of other missing children are hoping that their child might still be out there and recoverable.

The International Centre for Missing & Exploited Children, (ICMEC), commends the quick actions that were taken by law enforcement in the region of Larissa, Greece that led to the discovery of little Maria. While the search goes on, the Greek Public Prosecutor removed Maria from the Roma camp and she is now being housed and cared for in a Smile of the Child facility in Greece.

Working with national authorities, The Smile of the Child is leading the global effort to identify this little girl. The Smile of the Child is an extraordinary organization that provides services to children in crisis. The organization is also a partner of the International Centre for Missing & Exploited Children. The President of The Smile of the Child, Costas Yannopoulos, is a member of the ICMEC Board of Directors and was the driving force behind the creation of the Southeastern European Center for Missing and Exploited Children. We are proud of the work our dear friend and colleague, Costas Yannopoulos and The Smile of the Child is doing, as well as the efforts of another ICMEC partner, Missing Children Europe.

An estimated 8 million children are reported missing each year around the world. Another 2 million children will be victims of commercial sexual exploitation. The discovery of Maria reinforces the important role law enforcement plays in discovering these child victims.

To address the unique issues surrounding international abductions and child sexual exploitation, ICMEC provides advice, training and support to governments, policy makers, law enforcement, prosecutors, industry, civil society and others across the globe. ICMEC has built a Global Missing Children's Network which currently includes 22 nations, trained law enforcement in 121 countries and worked with parliaments in 100 countries to enact new laws on child pornography.

Together with our partners at The Smile of the Child and Missing Children Europe, we urge people everywhere to look at the photo of Maria, provide any information they might have to authorities and help us identify her and bring her home."

About the International Centre for Missing & Exploited Children (ICMEC)
The International Centre for Missing & Exploited Children is a private 501(c)(3) non-profit, non-governmental organization. It is the leading agency working internationally to combat child abduction sexual abuse and exploitation. The organization has built a Global Missing Children's Network of 22 nations, trained law enforcement in 121 countries and worked with parliaments in 100 countries to enact new laws on child pornography, ICMEC works in partnership with INTERPOL, the Organization of American States and the Hague Conference on Private International Law among others. For more information about ICMEC, please visit www.icmec.org

Media Contact:
newsmedia@icmec.org
+1 703 837-6329

SOURCE International Centre for Missing and Exploited Children

Web Site: http://www.icmec.org








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Friday, October 25, 2013

The Walt Disney Company to Build the World's Largest Disney Store in China

Mr. Stanley Cheung, Executive Vice President and Managing Director, The Walt Disney Company, Greater China and Mr. Li Jinzhao, General Manager of Shanghai Lujiazui Finance And Trade Zone Development Co., Ltd sign the agreement to build mainland China’s first Disney Store in Shanghai.


25 Oct 2013 08:09 Africa/Lagos

The Walt Disney Company to Build the World's Largest Disney Store in Shanghai, China

SHANGHAI, Oct. 25, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --

-- Bringing together an innovative and fun retail experience, "Creating Magical Moments for Guests of All Ages"

-- First Disney Store in Mainland China, slated to open early 2015

The Walt Disney Company China, today officially announced plans to build the Company's first, and the world's largest Disney Store in Lujiazui in Shanghai.

Artist impression: aerial view of the proposed Disney Store, Shanghai.

Artist impression: plaza view of the proposed Disney Store, Shanghai. (*Editor's Note: Please note that this is an artist’s impression and to be used for reference only. Site is not to scale and will likely be modified.)

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Marking the occasion was the official signing ceremony between Mr. Stanley Cheung, Executive Vice President and Managing Director, The Walt Disney Company, Greater China and Mr. Li Jinzhao, General Manager Shanghai Lujiazui Finance and Trade Zone Development Co., Ltd. The event took place at the Pudong Government offices with Governor Mr. Jiang Liang and Vice Governor Madam Liu Zhengyi present at the ceremony. "We are enormously proud to be building Disney's largest store in the world in China," said Mr. Stanley Cheung, Executive Vice President and Managing Director, The Walt Disney Company, Greater China. "Disney has combined the retail concept with storytelling, fun and innovation and will provide families with a uniquely immersive entertainment destination featuring our best-loved stories and characters," he added.

Mr. Yang Xiao Ming, General Manager of Shanghai Lujiazui (Group) Company Limited said, "As the overall developer of Lujiazui Finance District and an investor in Shanghai Disney Resort's Chinese joint venture partner, The Shanghai Shendi Group, we are very pleased to partner with The Walt Disney Company and have the Disney Store located here in Lujiazui. The addition of the store, the innovative design, and product and entertainment offerings will provide the Lujiazui area with a family friendly destination focus point and will contribute to Shanghai's reputation and leadership as a family, business, cultural, entertainment and tourism destination."

Slated to open in early 2015, the 5000 square meters (or 53,000 square feet) Disney Store Lujiazui site will be located in Shanghai's financial hub, and will feature a state-of-the art Disney Store retail space (approximately 1000 square meters or 10,800 square feet) and a Disney-themed outdoor plaza area.

The interior of the store will be designed using Disney's award-winning innovative store format. Featuring cutting-edge technologies, families and kids will be able to interact with their favorite characters and stories from across Disney, Pixar, Marvel and Star Wars. "China's flagship Disney Store will feature the largest and most diverse collection of Disney products by local and international designers," added Mr. Cheung.

The plaza will feature Disney-themed landscaping, a first for any Disney Store property in the world, and will have the capacity to host outdoor events providing a destination hub for family entertainment. It will also be an important site where fans can track the progress of Shanghai Disney Resort which is targeted to open at the end of 2015. The surrounding area commands foot traffic of over 40 million visitors a year and is a destination for many shoppers, visitors and tourists to Shanghai.

The Disney Store made its debut in 1987 and now spans 340 locations around the world. The store in Shanghai will represent the first store on the Chinese mainland.

About The Walt Disney Company in China

The Walt Disney Company (NYSE:DIS), together with its subsidiaries and affiliates, is a diversified international family entertainment enterprise with five business segments. Disney's first animation screened in China in the 1930s and today our long association continues with offices in Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou with over 2000 employees. The company is focused on creating high-quality entertainment experiences and effectively building local and Disney franchises in China. Disney currently has several established businesses in the country, including studio entertainment, parks and resorts, consumer products, media networks, interactive media, and its English language program, Disney English, which launched in 2008. In September 2005, Disney opened its doors to its first theme park in China, Hong Kong Disneyland and in 2011 announced ground breaking for the Shanghai Disneyland Resort, a joint venture with Shanghai Shendi Group. Disney is a Dow 30 Company, had annual revenues of over US$40.9 billion in its most recent fiscal year, and a market capitalization of US$121.69 billion as of 23 Oct, 2013. For more information about The Walt Disney Company please visit: http://corporate.disney.go.com


About Disney Store

The Disney Store retail chain, which debuted in 1987, is owned and operated by Disney in North America, Europe, and Japan. Disney Store is an affiliate of Disney Consumer Products, the business segment that extends the Disney brand to merchandise. Disney Store carries high-quality products, including exclusive product lines that support and promote Disney's key entertainment initiatives and characters. Disney Store opened its first store in Glendale, California and, in doing so, originated the themed retail business model. There are currently more than 200 Disney Store locations in North America; more than 40 Disney Store locations in Japan; more than 100 Disney Store locations in the United Kingdom, France, Spain, Italy and Portugal, and online stores disneystore.com and disneystore.co.uk. Each Disney Store location offers a magical shopping experience that can only be delivered by Disney (NYSE: DIS), one of the world's largest and most successful entertainment companies.

SOURCE The Walt Disney Company







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