Roadies on Showtime with notable guest stars 

  
LOS ANGELES – July 29, 2016 – The hits keep coming and so do the guest stars on the first season of the SHOWTIME series ROADIES, which airs Sundays at 10 p.m. ET/PT. Among those appearing in future episodes are Emmy® and Golden Globe®-nominated comedian David Spade as Harris DeSoto, star of the fictional drama Dead Sex, a must-see favorite of the ROADIES gives an insider’s look at the reckless, romantic, funny and often poignant lives of a committed group of roadies who live for music and the de facto family they’ve formed along the way. 

The series chronicles the rock world through the eyes of music’s unsung heroes and pays homage to the backstage workers who put the show on the road while touring the United States for the successful arena-level group, The Staton-House Band. Luke Wilson (Old School, Enlightened) and Screen Actors Guild® Award nominee Carla Gugino (San Andreas), Imogen Poots (The Look of Love), Rafe Spall (One Day), Academy Award® nominee Keisha Castle-Hughes (Whale Rider), Peter Cambor (NCIS: Los Angeles), Colson Baker a.k.a. Machine Gun Kelly (Beyond the Lights) and Ron White (Blue Collar Comedy Tour) star in the ensemble cast. Luis Guzman (Boogie Nights), Jacqueline Byers (The Strain), Finesse Mitchell (Saturday Night Live), Branscombe Richmond (Forgetting Sarah Marshall) and Tanc Sade (Matador, Gilmore Girls) guest star. Emmy® and Tony® nominee Winnie Holzman (My So-Called Life, Wicked) serves as writer and executive producer, along with Emmy winners J.J. Abrams (Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens, Lost), Bryan Burk (Lost, Fringe, Person of Interest) and Len Goldstein (Hart of Dixie). Kathy Lingg (Person of Interest, Fringe) is co-executive producer. ROADIES is produced by Bad Robot Productions, Vinyl Films and Dooley & Company Productions, in association with Warner Bros. Television. 

For more information about ROADIES, visit SHO.com, follow on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook, and join the conversation using #SHORoadies. 

  
Golden Globe nominee Rosanna Arquette (RAY DONOVAN) signs on as a smug and intimidating iconic rock photographer who battles with Shelli (Carla Gugino) over her unusual concepts. This Sunday, comedian Marc Maron (Maron, WTF podcast), playing himself, finds that comedy and rock aren’t always in perfect harmony, and legendary rocker John Mellencamp will also guest star as himself, giving some much-needed wisdom to Wes (Colson Baker a.k.a. Machine Gun Kelly) and Winston (Ethan Michael Mora). 

ROADIES is created, written and executive produced by Oscar winner Cameron Crowe. The season finale will air on Sunday, August 28th.
To view and share a clip of Mellencamp’s performance, please go to: https://youtu.be/R7-yoPQGigo.

ROADIES gives an insider’s look at the reckless, romantic, funny and often poignant lives of a committed group of roadies who live for music and the de facto family they’ve formed along the way.

  

 

Boldly Going…

NETFLIX CHIEF CONTENT OFFICER TED SARANDOS STAYS MUM ON RATINGS & CANCELLATIONS AT SUMMER TCA
NETFLIX CHIEF CONTENT OFFICER TED SARANDOS STAYS MUM ON RATINGS & CANCELLATIONS AT SUMMER TCA

Netflix – Executive Session

Ted Sarandos, Chief Content Officer for Netflix

By Valerie Milano

Beverly Hills, CA (The Hollywood Times) 7/29/16 – Netflix started out life as a video rental service that steamrolled the brick and mortar industry by establishing a business model using the U.S. Postal Service as it’s ‘delivery’ medium. It’s since morphed into a supersized media monster that has exploited digital technology to export content around the globe. Netflix shattered programming orthodoxy by rolling out a line of originally scripted shows that continue to dazzle in sheer volume and variety.  Traditional broadcast media continues to cower in the shadows while simultaneously feeding it’s tormentor with licensed content; most recently, the new CBS Star Trek series. Netflix still don’t need no stinkin’ ratings service and revenues continue to spike despite a statistical dip in their subscriber base.  Continue reading “Boldly Going…”

ALS Ice Bucket Challenge Donations Lead To Significant Gene Discovery

Jul 28, 2016 01:30 pm

Justin Timberlake: Profile

According to a paper published today in Nature Genetics, researchers part of Project MinE’s global gene sequencing effort, funded by The ALS Association through ALS Ice Bucket Challenge donations, have identified a new ALS gene, NEK1, which now ranks among the most common genes that contribute to the disease, providing scientists with another potential target for therapy development.

This was the largest-ever study of familial (inherited) ALS, involved contributions from over 80 researchers in 11 countries, and was led by John Landers, Ph.D., of University of Massachusetts Medical School in Worcester, Mass. and Jan Veldink, Ph.D., of University Medical Center Utrecht, in The Netherlands.

ALS is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord. Eventually, people with ALS lose the ability to initiate and control muscle movement, which leads to total paralysis and death, usually within two to five years of diagnosis. While 10 percent of ALS is familial, meaning it’s genetic, the other 90 percent of ALS cases are considered sporadic, or without a family history. However, it’s very likely that genetics contribute, directly or indirectly, to a much larger percentage of ALS cases.

Hundreds of celebrities took part in the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge in 2014, includingJustin Timberlake, Ben Stiller, Lena Dunham, Chloe Moretz, Justin Bieber, Carrie Underwood, Robert Downey Jr, Selena Gomez, Taylor Swift, Adam Levine, Oprah,Demi Lovato, Hilary Duff, Conan O’Brien and many others

“The discovery of NEK1 highlights the value of ‘big data’ in ALS research,” said Lucie Bruijn, Ph.D., M.B.A. “The sophisticated gene analysis that led to this finding was only possible because of the large number of ALS samples available,” she said. “The ALSIce Bucket Challenge enabled The ALS Association to invest in Project MinE’s work to create large biorepositories of ALS biosamples that are designed to allow exactly this kind of research and to produce exactly this kind of result.”

The ALS Association announced funding for Project MinE, an international effort to sequence the genomes of at least 15,000 people with ALS, in October 2014, which established the U.S. arm of the initiative with Dr. Landers’ research efforts. Project MinE was the brainchild of entrepreneur, and person living with ALS, Bernard Muller, who, along with another patient, Robbert Jan Stuit, saw an opportunity to expedite genetic understanding of the disease after a tour of a Research ALS Center in the Netherlands where thousands of DNA samples were stored and not being used because it was too expensive to do the research the Center wanted to do.

According to Muller, “The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge enabled us to secure funding from new sources in new parts of the world. Thankfully, The ALS Association brought Project MinE to the United States. This transatlantic collaboration supports our global gene hunt to identify the genetic drivers of ALS. I’m incredibly pleased with the discovery of the NEK1 gene adding another step towards our ultimate goal, eradicating this disease from the face of the earth.

NEK1 was discovered through a genome-wide search for ALS risk genes in over 1,000ALS families, and was independently found through different means in an isolated population in The Netherlands. Further analysis in over 13,000 sporadic ALSindividuals compared to controls again revealed an overrepresentation of variants in the same gene. The variations discovered in the gene sequence are predicted to lead to gene loss of function. NEK1 is known to have multiple roles in neurons, including maintenance of the cytoskeleton that gives the neuron its shape and promotes transport within the neuron. In addition, NEK1 has roles in regulating the membrane of the mitochondrion, which supplies energy to neurons and in repairing DNA. Disruption of each of these cellular functions through other means has been linked to increased risk of ALS.

“Global collaboration among scientists, which was really made possible by ALS Ice Bucket Challenge donations, led to this important discovery,” said Dr. Landers. “It is a prime example of the success that can come from the combined efforts of so many people, all dedicated to finding the causes of ALS. This kind of collaborative study is, more and more, where the field is headed.”

Understanding NEK1’s role in disease will provide an important new target for therapy development. The ALS Associations is currently funding Drs. John Landers and Catherine Lutz, Jackson Laboratories, to develop novel mouse models to better understand the consequences of the loss of the protein’s function for the ALS disease process. They will provide rapid access to these models for the broader ALS research community as soon as they are generated. These tools are important for ALS drug development.

Funding for Project MinE also came through The ALS Association Georgia Chapter, The ALS Association Greater New York Chapter and New Amsterdam City Swim.

This August, The ALS Association is seeking to raise awareness and funds to finish what the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge started in 2014: an end to ALS. The new campaign, called Every Drop Adds Up, pays homage to the Ice Bucket Challenge, visually emphasizes the now iconic “bucket,” and builds on the idea that when people come together they can make big, impossible things happen. Visitwww.everydropaddsup.org to learn more.

 

Robin Roberts To Be Honored At Arthur Ashe Institute For Urban Health Sports Ball

Jul 28, 2016 12:30 pm

Robin Roberts: Profile

The Arthur Ashe Institute for Urban Health will host Sports Ball 2016, their 22nd Annual Black Tie & Sneakers Gala, on Wednesday, October 19th at the Grand Hyatt, 109 East 42nd Street in New York City.

Loreen Arbus, Disability Rights Activist, Altruist, Producer and Author; Dr. James E. Cottrell, Distinguished Service Professor & Chairman of Anesthesiology at SUNY Downstate Medical Center and Member of the Board of Regents at New York State Education Department; Howard Cross, Sports Analyst for NBC Sports, Senior Vice President of Cresa New York and NFL Super Bowl Champion; Richard Levychin, CPA, CGMA, Managing Partner, KBL LLP; Patrick J. McGovern, Senior Director, Government Affairs, Gilead Sciences, Inc.; and Robin Roberts, Co-Anchor, Good Morning America, and Author, will each be honored at Sports Ball with the Leadership Award.

Cheryl Wills, award-winning NY1 News Anchor and best-selling author will return to co-host the gala. She will be joined by David Ushery, award-winning NBC 4 New York Anchor, creator of The Debrief with David Ushery, and co-host of Moms and the City and a Dad named David, who will be co-hosting the SportsBall for the first time.

“Our 22nd annual gala is a milestone occasion and we are honored to celebrate it by honoring the legacy of our founder Arthur Ashe – the late tennis champion and humanitarian,” says Ruth C. Browne, CEO of The Arthur Ashe Institute for Urban Health. “Like Arthur, each of our honorees is a trailblazer and they exemplify their commitment to making the world a healthier and more equitable place.”

“I am delighted that this year for our 22nd Sports Ball, that we will have the opportunity to honor six such groundbreaking leaders, from the heights of sports, media, finance, and health care,” says Brett Wright, Board Chair of The Arthur Ashe Institute for Urban Health. “They all truly reflect Arthur Ashe’s philanthropic ideal of making the world a better place. I can’t wait for what will be a very special evening in the company of these worthy honorees.”

The funds raised at Sports Ball support the Institute’s innovative community health education programs and research initiatives. Arthur Ashe founded the Institute in 1992, in partnership with SUNY Downstate Medical Center, just two months before his death from AIDS and in response to the disproportionate amount of illness and death in urban communities from preventable causes. Arthur knew that many diseases, such as diabetes and hypertension, are the result of inadequate health care delivery, late detection and insufficient health education.

Loreen Arbus is currently the President of the Loreen Arbus Foundation, The Goldenson-Arbus Foundation and Loreen Arbus Productions, Inc. Her philanthropy supports a broad scope of interests, including advocacy for women and girls, as well as for the world’s largest minority, people with disabilities. She has established and funds many scholarships that both enhance and elevate social consciousness around her philanthropic interests – scientific and medical research, public policy, the arts, media responsibility, human and animal rights. Arbus holds the distinction of being the first woman to head programming for a U.S. network, a feat accomplished twice (both at Showtime and Cable Health Network/Lifetime). She has been twice nominated for an Emmy. She is the author of six books and numerous articles. Ms. Arbus’ many awards include The Heart of Giving Award presented by President Bill Clinton in 2001 and being chosen as one of the Leading Women Entrepreneurs of the World 2002. She serves on over a dozen nonprofit boards, including the Executive Committee of the Harvard Kennedy School of Government Women Leadership Board and Women Moving Millions. Ms. Arbus is also a high profile professional Argentine Tango choreographer and dancer.

James E. Cottrell, M.D., FRCA, is Distinguished Service Professor and Regional Chair of the Department of Anesthesiology at SUNY Downstate Medical Center, Lutheran Medical Center and Interfaith Medical Center, and past Chair of Kings County Medical Hospital Center. Dr. Cottrell has served as President of the American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA), of the Society of Academic Anesthesiology Chairs, and of the Society of Neurosurgical Anesthesia and Critical Care (SNACC). His honors include Distinguished Service Awards from the ASA, SNACC and the New York State Society of Anesthesiologists, as well as the West Virginia University Distinguished Alumnus Award. He is a Member of the Board of Regents at New York State Education Department. Dr. Cottrell has been published in The New York Times, Newsday, and The Washington Post, and has appeared on ABC, NBC and Fox News. His writing includes the book Under the Mask, over 125 papers, and co-editing three major textbooks. He is currently Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Neurosurgical Anesthesiology. He has delivered more than 200 presentations around the world. Dr. Cottrell has been Chairman of the AIDS Action Foundation, on the Board of God’s Love We Deliver, and Vice Chairman of the Board of Doctors of the World. He served as a Health Policy Advisor to Senator Edward Kennedy where he helped draft the first AIDSNon-Discriminatory Legislation.

Howard Cross is Senior Vice President of Cresa New York, who he joined with over 10 years of real estate experience. Howard is an exclusive tenant rep broker licensed in New York & New Jersey, and an accomplished public and motivational speaker. During the football season Howard can be seen as a sports analyst on NBC Sports and FOX, and heard as a sideline reporter on NY Giants Radio. Prior to joining the world of real estate, Howard spent 13 years in the NFL. He played his entire career with the New York Giants and was a major contributor in the Superbowl XXV championship. He returned to the Superbowl 10 seasons later when the Giants fell to the Baltimore Ravens. Howard is very active in the community, giving back via charities such asAutism Speaks, JDRF (Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation), the Mental Health Association of New York City (MHA-NYC) and The Valerie Fund. He also makes frequent stops at schools and camps for kids.

Richard Levychin, CPA, CGMA is a Managing Partner with KBL, LLP, where he is the Partner-in-Charge of the firm’s Emerging Business Group. KBL is the winner of the 2015 Best of Manhattan Award in the Certified Public Accountants category and was awarded the 2014 SmartCEO New York Accounting Firm of the Year award. Richard is a Certified Public Accountant and a Chartered Global Management Accountant, with over 25 years of accounting, auditing, business advisory services, and tax experience. Richard’s recognitions include the Baruch College “Alumni Leadership Award for Business,” “Best Accountant” from The New York Enterprise Report, and The Network Journal’s “40 Under 40” award, as well as several awards from the National Association of Black Accountants. Richard’s writing has appeared in Dollars and Sense, Black Enterprise Magazine, Forbes, and Business Insider, among others, and he has spoken before the Black Enterprise Entrepreneurs Conference, the Entrepreneurs’ Organization (New York chapter) and the Learning Annex. Richard is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) Council and was one of the founding members of the AICPA National Commission for Diversity and Inclusion, and is co-chairperson of EO 2030, an initiative of the New York Chapter of the Entrepreneurs’ Organization, a dynamic, global network of more than 11,000 business owners in over 40 countries.

Patrick J. McGovern joined Gilead Sciences’ Government Affairs unit as a Director in September of 2010 and became a Senior Director in 2013. He is responsible for the development of FOCUS, a nation-wide initiative to promote the creation and dissemination of best practices to make routine HIV and HCV screening a standard of care within health care settings. Through over 200 partnerships, FOCUS has supported over 2.5 million HIV tests and 600,000 HCV tests. The FOCUS model has been broadly adopted as an efficacious and efficient approach to diagnosing blood borne viruses. Formerly the Chief Executive Officer of Harlem United Community AIDSCenter, Inc. and its affiliates from 1999-2010, Patrick has been a leader in the fight against HIV/AIDS for more than twenty years. Under Mr. McGovern’s leadership, Harlem United underwent dramatic financial, programmatic and management improvements. The agency’s combined FY 2009 operating revenue of $35 million represented a more than eightfold increase over the 1999 operating budget of $4 million. Patrick evolved Harlem United into a comprehensive service organization to meet the health care and housing needs of homeless persons living with or at risk forHIV.

Robin Roberts is co-anchor of ABC’s “Good Morning America.” Under her leadership, the broadcast has won four Emmy Awards for Outstanding Morning Program. In 2014, Roberts received the Walter Cronkite Award for Excellence in Journalism, was inducted into the Broadcasting & Cable Hall of Fame, and was named one of Glamour’s Women of the Year. She has appeared on the Hollywood Reporter’s New York Power List multiple times. She was voted the “Most Trusted Person on Television” by a Reader’s Digest poll in 2013. Roberts’ headline-making interviews include President Barack Obama on his support of marriage equality, Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, First Lady Michelle Obama, Amanda Knox, US women’s soccer star Hope Solo and NBA Superstar LeBron James. Roberts launched her production company, Rock’n Robin Productions in September 2014, which creates original broadcast and digital programming for ABC and other networks.

Roberts was diagnosed with breast cancer in June 2007. Five years later, she faced another health battle, when she was diagnosed with MDS or myelodysplastic syndrome, a disease of the blood and bone marrow once known as pre-leukemia. Her courageous, public battle has been recognized with awards and honors, including The Susan G. Komen Foundation, The Congressional Families Cancer Prevention Program, and Gilda’s Club. Roberts was also honored with a George Foster Peabody Award, Gracie Award and CINE Award for “Robin’s Journey,” reports on her MDS that inspired hundreds of potential bone marrow donors to register. Roberts was recognized with the Arthur Ashe Courage Award at the ESPY’s in July 2013 for the courage she displayed throughout her life and career. In 1983, Roberts graduated cum laude from Southeastern Louisiana University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in communications. She was a standout performer on the women’s basketball team, ending her career as one of the school’s all-time leading scorers (1,446 points) and rebounder (1,034). In 2012, Roberts was inducted into the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame.

Leading sponsors for Sports Ball 2016 (list in formation) include American Express,BNY Mellon, BMW, Korn Ferry Intl., Maimonides Hospital, Northwell Health and SUNYDownstate Medical Center. Each guest will receive a pair of sneakers compliments of the Institute. The evening includes interactive games, dinner, dancing, entertainment, an awards ceremony, and a silent auction. Individual Sports Ball tickets are $1000 per person and tables are available for $10,000-$100,000.

 

From Broadway With Love: A Benefit Concert For Orlando

Jul 28, 2016 10:30 am

From Broadway With Love: A Benefit Concert for Orlando brought together some of Broadway’s biggest stars to support the GLBT Community Center of Central Florida, Hope and Help Center and Zebra Coalition.

Darren Criss Performs
Darren Criss Performs
Credit/Copyright: Ian Suarez, Dr. Phillips Center

The benefit concert, which sold out within two hours of tickets going on-sale, took place at Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts.

The star-studded line-up included Darren Criss (Emmy-nominee, Broadway’s Hedwig and the Angry Inch, Glee), Chita Rivera (two-time Tony Award winner), Norbert Leo Butz (two-time Tony Award winner), Kelli O’Hara (Tony Award winner), Jessie Mueller(Tony Award winner, currently in Waitress), Brian Stokes Mitchell (Tony Award Winner, currently in Shuffle Along), Carmen Cusack (Bright Star), Andrea McArdle (original Annie), Lillias White (Tony Award winner), Liz Callaway (Miss Saigon), Josh Henry (Shuffle Along), Keala Settle (Waitress), Anika Larsen (recently seen in Beautiful: The Carole King Musical), Justin Sargent (Spiderman: Turn Off the Dark), Carrie Manolakos (Mamma Mia!), Lilla Crawford (Disney’s Into the Woods, Annie on Broadway), Wilson Cruz (My So-Called Life, Rent) and Priscilla Lopez (created Morales in A Chorus Line), as well as SiriusXM Broadway hosts Seth Rudetsky and Christine Pedi. Michael J. Moritz, Jr. (Tony Award Nominee) served as Music Director. The Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra accompanied the performers.

The two-and-a-half hour concert included rousing performances of “Sugar Daddy” from Hedwig and the Angry Inch, performed by Darren Criss; “Sun Is Gonna Shine” from Broadway’s Bright Star, performed by Carmen Cusack; Carole King’s “Beautiful,” performed by Jessie Mueller; “The Wizard and I” from Wicked, performed by Carrie Manolokas; “The Impossible Dream” from Man of La Mancha, performed by Brian Stokes Mitchell, “All That Jazz” from Chicago, performed by Chita Rivera, “Don’t Rain On My Parade,” performed by Lillias White; “Slide Some Oil to Me” from The Wiz, performed by Joshua Henry; and “”They Don’t Let You in the Opera If You’re a Country Star,” performed by Kelli O’Hara, just to name a few. The entire company united onstage for the final number, singing “What the World Needs Now is Love.”

Local performers included the Orlando Gay Chorus, singing “What a Wonderful World,” and dance troupe VarieTease, sharing a routine to Gershwin’s “Rhapsody in Blue.”

In addition to the concert, more than 50 online auction pieces, including autographed posters, playbills, and one-of-a-kind experiences – including sitting on-stage during Darren Criss’ number – were available to benefit the evening’s charitable partners.

The Orlando benefit concert was co-produced by Imagine Orlando, LLC (comprised of Tony Award winner Kenny Howard of Florida Theatrical Assoc., Joyce Arbucias of The Imagination House, Andrea Canny of PerformerStuff.com, Chris Yakubchik of Forster Boughman and Lefkowitz), Seth Rudetsky, James Wesley, Michael J. Moritz, Jr. and Broadway Records (Van Dean, Tony Award-winning/Grammy-nominated producer/co-conceiver of the first From Broadway With Love: A Benefit Concert for Sandy Hook).

From Broadway With Love: A Benefit Concert For Orlando was created by Seth Rudetsky, Kenny Howard and James Wesley; directed by Kenny Howard; written by Michael Wanzie with musical direction by Michael J. Moritz, Jr.

For more information, visit www.frombroadwaywithlove.org.

 

Bid On An Extremely Rare Celebration Apple-1 Computer

Jul 28, 2016 09:00 am

Steve Jobs: Profile

Here’s your chance to own the computer that sparked the revolution in home computing!

A new online auction is giving you the opportunity to bid on “Celebration” Apple-1, an original Apple-1 pre-NTI board that has many unique features, period correct power supply, original Apple-1 ACI cassette board (also populated with Robinson Nugent sockets), early Apple-1 BASIC cassettes, original marketing material, and the most complete documentation set of the known Apple-1 boards.

The “Celebration” Apple-1 is extremely rare not only because of the scarcity of Apple-1 computers, but according to Steve Wozniak, co-founder of Apple Computer, no knownPCB boards of this type were ever sold to the public. At this time, this is the only known Apple-1 to show the signs of starting out as a blank original-run board and not part of the two known production runs, so this board appears to be unique from all other known Apple-1 boards.

The “Celebration” Apple-1 was authenticated by Apple Expert and Historian, Corey Cohen. Mr. Cohen believes The “Celebration” Apple-1 has the potential to be “powered up” with minor restoration, but has recommended against it to maintain the board’s unique configuration.

The Apple-1 Computer is considered the origin of the personal computer revolution and was built in Steve Jobs’ parents’ home on Crist Drive in Los Altos, CA. 200 were hand-built by Steve Wozniak, but it is believed that less than 60 are still in existence.

The Apple-1 board is a not just a piece of history, but a piece of art.

Proceeds from the auction will go to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.

To find out more about this auction, click here.

 

Prince Of Wales Launches Prince’s Farm Resilience Programme

Jul 28, 2016 07:30 am

JLS: Profile

The Prince of Wales hosted a reception at his Highgrove home last week to launch The Prince’s Farm Resilience Programme.

The programme aims to provide business support and one-to-one guidance to 300 family farms each year across the UK, as well as giving them the tools to evaluate their viability and long-term sustainability.

“No-one can predict the long term effects of the continued volatility in farm-gate prices, the many other uncertainties in the sector, or for that matter the depth of the crisis that is looming over many farming families,” said Prince Charles in his speech. “However, we can be certain that the sector is going to have to respond and that farm businesses of all sizes will need to be more efficient and resilient and improve their productivity and competiveness, through diversification and added value enterprises. This is why, if I may say so, my Farm Resilience Programme is so vitally important and I can only pray that it will give as much hope and confidence as possible to farmers during these uncertain and difficult times.”

The Prince’s Farm Resilience Programme will be run by The Prince’s Countryside Fund, a charity set up by The Prince in 2010 to improve the prospects of family farms and the quality of rural life.

During the reception, His Royal Highness met Ambassadors of The Prince’s Countryside Fund, including former JLS band member JB Gill, who now runs his own farm in Kent.

 

National Geographic Channel TCA party for the global event series MARS

 natBEVERLY HILLS, CA- JULY 26: The National Geographic welcome party at the 2016 Summer Television Critics Association press tour at the Beverly Hilton on July 26, 2016 in Beverly Hills, California.  (Photo by Frank Micelotta/PictureGroup)

 

 

mars2BEVERLY HILLS, CA- JULY 26: The National Geographic welcome party at the 2016 Summer Television Critics Association press tour at the Beverly Hilton on July 26, 2016 in Beverly Hills, California.  (Photo by Frank Micelotta/PictureGroup)

 

 

mars3Beverly Hills, Calif – (from left to right):  EVP, Head of Global Scripted Development and Production Carolyn Bernstein, Executive Producer Brian Grazer and Tim Pastore, President of Original Programming and Production for NGC at the National Geographic Channel TCA party for the global event series MARS which premieres November 2016.  (Photo credit:  National Geographic Channel/Stewart Volland)

mars4Beverly Hills, Calif – (from left to right):  Sammi Rotibi, Olivier Martinez, Executive Producer Brian Grazer, Jihae, Clementine Poidatz, President of Original Programming and Production for NGC Tim Pastore, Anamaria Marinca and Ben Cotton at the National Geographic Channel TCA party for the global event series MARS which premieres November 2016.  (Photo credit:  National Geographic Channel/Stewart Volland)

mars5Beverly Hills, Calif – Jihae and Executive Producer Brian Grazer at the National Geographic Channel TCA party for the global event series MARS which premieres November 2016.  (Photo credit:  National Geographic Channel/Stewart Volland)

 

mars6Beverly Hills, Calif – (from left to right):  EVP, Head of Global Scripted Development and Production Carolyn Bernstein, Rod Lurie, Kyle More and Executive Producer David Zucker at the National Geographic Channel TCA party at the Beverly Hills Hilton on July 26, 2016.  (Photo credit:  National Geographic Channel/Stewart Volland)

mars7Beverly Hills, Calif – (from left to right):  Andy Weir, Ann Druyan and Stephen Petranek at the National Geographic Channel TCA party for the global event series MARS which premieres November 2016.  (Photo credit:  National Geographic Channel/Stewart Volland)

August 6th “Musicians” a New Exhibition

(Photo: Peter Figen, Willie Dixon, 1986, Glendale, Ca)
(Photo: Peter Figen, Willie Dixon, 1986, Glendale, Ca)

“Musicians” opens at huZ Galleries on Saturday, August 6th, 2016. The exhibition is primarily focused on the photography of Peter Figen with two additional images from photographer Anthony Bernard.

 
Huss Hardan, gallery director and co-owner of huZ Galleries is a fan of Figen’s work and introduced the son of Anthony Bernard to him to facilitate prints of two never before seen images of Elvis Presley in performance. He knew immediately that both Figen and Bernard’s work was special. “The most important thing are images that capture and hold one’s attention.” 
 
Figen is a highly sought after photographer and printer specializing in producing iconic images of musicians both established and unknown. In keeping with the music theme, he has photographed legendary recording studios on the west coast, from Capital to East West, to Fox and Skywalker Sound. Figen has rubbed shoulders and captured the likes of established musicians such as Doc Watson, Willie Dixon, George Harrison, Bonnie Raitt, Lyle Lovett, Scott Weiland – just to name a few.

Continue reading “August 6th “Musicians” a New Exhibition”

Executive Chef Massimo Sola of MAMO Restaurant Wins Il Primo 2016’s Best Pasta in Manhattan

 

mamoItalian food in New York has seen an increased level of sophistication in recent years, with a number of talented chefs bringing traditional techniques, experience and products to this food metropolis. A competition that gathers all of these chefs for the utmost challenge is Il Primo Manhattan, in collaboration with Association of New York Chefs (AICNY), which features 70 chefs from the best Italian restaurants all over New York City. This year’s proud winner, who won over the jury of Italian and American food critics, was Michelin-Starred Executive Chef Massimo Sola of MAMOrestaurant. Chef Sola’s winning dish was an exquisite spin on a traditional pasta carbonara, or as the judges called it, a “quasi carbonara” made with finesse and elegance. Continue reading “Executive Chef Massimo Sola of MAMO Restaurant Wins Il Primo 2016’s Best Pasta in Manhattan”

THE PALEY CENTER FOR MEDIA PRESENTED A “PALEY LIVE” LA EVENT WITH  SHOWTIME’S RAY DONOVAN

Ray Donovan cast (Photo: THT)
Ray Donovan cast (Photo: THT)

By: Judy Shields

Beverly Hills, California (The Hollywood Times) 7/28/16 – “You don’t know and you watch the stories and the show is always intact with a great tapestry of talented actors.  It’s been great being here from the beginning and should we keep doing it.  David Hollander, Executive Producer told the audience at The Paley Center for Media last night.

The cast and executive producer appeared on the Paley Center stage in Beverly Hills for the first time for an intimate screening and panel conversation with moderator Stacey Wilson Hunt, Hollywood Editor, New York Magazine/Vulture last night. Continue reading “THE PALEY CENTER FOR MEDIA PRESENTED A “PALEY LIVE” LA EVENT WITH  SHOWTIME’S RAY DONOVAN”

Rihanna And Selena Gomez To Headline 2016 Global Citizen Festival

Jul 27, 2016 01:30 pm

Rihanna: Profile

Rihanna, Kendrick Lamar, Selena Gomez, Major Lazer, andMetallica will headline the 2016 Global Citizen Festival, the annual free-ticketed event on the Great Lawn in Central Park in New York City on Saturday, September 24, 2016.

The Festival will harness actions from millions of Global Citizens around the world to hold world leaders accountable to the progress made toward achieving the Global Goals set out by the United Nations last year.

Special guest performances will be given by Usher, Chris Martin, Eddie Vedder, Ellie Goulding, Yandel, and Yusuf.

Hosts for this year’s Festival will include Chelsea Handler, Deborra-lee & Hugh Jackman, Neil Patrick Harris, Priyanka Chopra, Salma Hayek Pinault, and Seth Meyers.

Over the past five years, the Festival has served as a convening moment where tens of thousands of Global Citizens have come together to celebrate the commitments their campaigning efforts have helped achieve. Since 2012, more than six million actions from Global Citizens have led world leaders to enact policy changes and commit significant resources to issues of girls and women’s equality, education, health, water and sanitation, environment, finance and innovation, and food and hunger. These financial and policy commitments and announcements are set to affect the lives of up to 656 million people.

“Over the last five years, Global Citizens around the world have taken more than 6 million actions in the fight against extreme poverty – actions that are set to affect the lives of over 650 million of the world’s most marginalized people. This year’s Festival – and this incredible lineup – is an annual touch point to hold our world leaders to account on their commitments to solve the world’s biggest problems,” said Hugh Evans, CEOof Global Citizen.

Marco Bizzarri, President and CEO of Gucci said, “Gucci and CHIME FOR CHANGEare proud to again be presenting partners at the Global Citizen Festival, as it celebrates its fifth anniversary. Through our long term partnership with Global Citizen we maintain our ongoing commitment to take action on behalf of girls’ and women’s empowerment, through one of today’s fastest growing and most progressive movements.” Bizzarri continued, “Achieving gender equality is not an option but a necessity, if the world is to successfully overcome the epidemic of extreme poverty.”

Selena Gomez said, “I couldn’t be more honored to participate in the Global Citizen Festival as it continues to help solve important issues around the world. I am particularly proud to be involved this year as the focus is on education. As an artist with many young fans, I believe everyone has the right to an education.”

“We’re honored to be a part of this year’s Global Citizen Festival and the initiative to end global poverty. We’re humbled to join such an impressive lineup and to be working with a Festival so dedicated to education and raising awareness,” said Major Lazer.

Ellie Goulding said, “I’m thrilled to be a part of the Global Citizen movement. I hope to shine a spotlight on the importance of protecting our environment and ensuring access to safe water in the fight against global poverty. Together we can use our voices to urge our leaders to take action and support the health and development of citizens everywhere and preserving the world for future generations.”

Yandel said, “I’m truly grateful to be part of the Global Citizen Festival this year and to have the opportunity to lend my voice and bring awareness to the many issues affecting children, women, and our society as a whole. I want to encourage my fans all over the world to join us and help us make a difference in the world.”

Yusuf/Cat Stevens said, “While much of the world’s great cities are becoming no-go areas and ruins besieged by fear and divisive conflicts, it’s great to see a global counter-movement for peace through rebalancing of wealth beyond politics and towards human equality.”

“I am proud and excited to be a part of such an important movement with Global Citizen,” said Chelsea Handler. “The Festival helps bring serious issues into the broader conversation and encourages people to take action. This year’s focus is women and girls, which is such a prevalent topic in our society, I hope lending my voice and my action to this can help to positively impact those.”

Deborra-lee & Hugh Jackman said, “We are so happy to be returning as hosts for another amazing Global Citizen Festival. The impact this organization continues to deliver for the world’s poor is tremendous and we can’t wait to see the tens of thousands of activists who took action and showed up for extreme poverty celebrating their achievements on the lawn of Central Park!”

“The spirit of the Global Citizen Festival is something very dear to me. With the opportunities to travel I’ve been given through my work, I see the world as an interconnected force – and this Festival is an incredible example of the power of looking across our borders, and working together for the greater good. I’m very much looking forward to co-hosting this year, with such an amazing group of talent,” said Priyanka Chopra.

“I am honored to return as co-host of the Global Citizen Festival,” said Salma Hayek Pinault. “As co-founder of CHIME FOR CHANGE, I’ve been deeply inspired by the girls and women I have met around the world who are determined to get an education and build a better future. They are truly the agents of change who can help to bring an end to extreme poverty,” Hayek Pinault added. “I am proud to join thousands of Global Citizens at the Festival to help achieve real and meaningful change.”

MSNBC & Comcast NBCUniversal will serve as the premier media partner of the Global Citizen Festival for the third consecutive year. The network will air a live simulcast of the full concert on MSNBC and MSNBC.com. The Festival will be produced by Emmy Award-winning producer, Ken Ehrlich (Grammy Awards).

Gucci and CHIME FOR CHANGE return as presenting partner.

YouTube is once again a worldwide digital streaming partner for the Festival and will feature a special livestream of the full concert at YouTube.com/GlobalCitizen, presented by Google’s Made with Code movement.

iHeartMedia and the Global Citizen Festival will once again partner to help channel the power of music to fight inequality, protect our planet and end extreme poverty by 2030. For the fifth consecutive year, iHeartMedia is the official radio partner of the Festival. This year the two iconic events take place on the same weekend allowing for unique in-show collaborations and a special cross-over performance by Usher who will perform on both stages in one night.

Global Citizens can earn their admission to the free-ticketed Festival by joining the social action platform at globalcitizenfestival.com. Ticket draws will occur throughout the summer and fans will be notified via Global Citizen when they have been selected. A limited number of VIP tickets will also be available for purchase through Ticketmaster starting on Thursday, July 28th.

The Festival’s premier media partner MSNBC & Comcast NBCUniversal, join major partners Caterpillar, Citi, Clear Channel Outdoor, iHeart, Johnson & Johnson, Google’s Made with Code, YouTube, Live Nation, and NYC Parks.

This year’s announcement coincides with the Festival’s Education Campaign, which provides an opportunity for existing and new fans and activists to earn tickets to the Festival by completing actions to help promote and ensure that equitable and quality education is available to all, particularly refugee children and access for girls & women. One in 10 children worldwide still goes through life without a basic primary education.

The Festival has also partnered with leading non-profit groups: UNICEF, World Vision,CARE, ONE Campaign, Save the Children, UN Foundation, OXFAM, GAVI, The Global Fund, Global Partnership for Education, US for UNICEF, Water Aid, WSSCC,Malala Fund, Speak Up Africa, Equality Now, Hopeland, and the Global Polio Eradication Initiative.

People everywhere are invited to sign-up, take actions, and enter the prize draws for free tickets. In total, almost 50,000 free tickets to the Festival will be given out to Global Citizens. For more information about the artists, schedules, and event, please visit www.globalcitizenfestival.com.

 

Elton John And David Furnish Attend 2016 International AIDS Conference

Jul 27, 2016 12:15 pm

The Elton John AIDS Foundation, its founder Sir Elton John and Chairman David Furnish attended a series of sessions, site visits and private meetings during the course of the 21st International AIDS Conference in Durban, South Africa, which ended on Friday.

Video: Elton John And David Furnish In Durban

Their goal was to raise awareness of the continued need for funding and action in the fight against AIDS, to champion those most at risk of being left behind in the global response and to launch new initiatives that will provide HIV testing and treatment to thousands on the African continent.

One such initiative is a new $10m LGBT Fund, in partnership with the Office of the Global Aids Coordinator and the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), to support LGBT communities in multiple African countries. Two organizations, The International HIV/AIDS Alliance (Alliance) and the Global Forum onMSM & HIV (MSMGF) were announced at the conference as the inaugural recipients of the LGBT fund. Sir Elton John also joined Prince Harry for a special session focused on the needs of HIV-youth in Africa.

Alliance, an organization that supports community groups in countries that are most affected by the global AIDS crisis and MSMGF, a non-profit that advocates for equitable access to HIV prevention, care, treatment, and support services for gay men, were the first organizations in Sub-Saharan Africa to receive grants to help address stigma, discrimination and violence against LGBT people, and to expand their access to HIV care and prevention. At the conference, EJAF also announced an initial start-up grant it will be providing to the International AIDS Society to launch its ‘Me and My Healthcare Provider’ campaign. This campaign celebrates doctors, nurses, and other frontline healthcare workers, who deliver quality, integrated HIV prevention, care, and treatment services to key populations, including gay men and transgender people, often in the face of discriminatory laws, traditions, and belief systems.

“Supporting LGBT people in the US, the UK and internationally, has been at the heart and soul of our Foundation’s mission from the very beginning,” said David Furnish, Chairman of the Elton John AIDS Foundation. “By partnering with PEPFAR to award the inaugural LGBT Fund recipients, and by supporting the International AIDS Society’s new ‘Me and My Healthcare Provider’ Campaign, we are building on that commitment and expanding this lifesaving work to places where it is needed most. Places whereLGBT people are much more likely to be living with HIV and far less likely to receive the essential services they need to stay healthy and alive. We believe these global campaigns will bridge the gap between LGBT communities and their service providers, which is essential for ending AIDS.”

Sir Elton also participated in a special session with Prince Harry, where the two men discussed the harmful consequences of stigma and discrimination against people living with HIV/AIDS in Africa, particularly among youth and adolescents. To achieve anAIDS-free world, both men stressed the need for education, access to testing and medical care, and support for young people worldwide.

“Empowered young people, from all walks of life and all circumstances, have always urged us to push past the status quo and reach for a dream that is BIG and BOLD, ” said Sir Elton John, Founder of the Elton John AIDS Foundation. “Fifteen years ago, when the International AIDS Conference was last held in Durban, 1,000 South Africans were dying of AIDS each day – nearly 1 every minute. Today, HIV medicine costs as little as 3 rand – 20 cents – a day. The rate of new HIV infections here has been cut in half; almost all babies here are being born HIV free; and 3.5 million people here are now on treatment and living full and productive lives. That is some serious progress, and it’s because young, new voices demanded that people everywhere have access to lifesaving treatments, not just those in living in rich countries. If we want HIV programs to work for young people, we can’t tell them what to do or think, we need to nurture their voices. We need to listen to them and we need them to tell us what skills and services will help create the AIDS-free generation we all dream of.”

During their time in Durban, Sir Elton and EJAF Chairman David Furnish visited LGBTpeople, outreach workers, and staff at the Gateway clinic in Umlazi township alongside the South African health minister, Aaron Motsoaledi. Sir Elton and the Minister discussed the issue of providing pre-exposure prophylaxis medication or ‘PrEP’ toLGBT persons to protect them from acquiring HIV. The South African government has already approved the use of PrEP for sex workers – another high risk group for HIV.

The Gateway Clinic is one of over 100 clinics in South Africa whose staff have been trained to support LGBT clients under a grant from the Foundation to the NGO Anova. Over 1 million HIV tests will be given to LGBT clients during the course of the programme.

Sir Elton and David also visited HIV-positive adolescents at KwaZulu-Natal Children’s Hospital where he emphasized the importance of helping young people overcome their disease and stigma by expanding their access to treatment and care.

Since 2013, EJAF has provided over $14.4 million in support for LGBT communities in Africa, Asia and Europe, and has invested $3.4 million to support its youth-based campaign “Young Survivors” in Harare (Zimbabwe), Kampala (Uganda), Kisumu (Kenya), Lusaka (Zambia) and Beira (Mozambique).

 

Stars Attend 2016 State Farm Neighborhood Awards

Jul 27, 2016 11:00 am

EMMY-winning television host and radio star Steve Harvey hosted an unparalleled night of entertainment and inspiration at the 2016 State Farm Neighborhood Awards show on July 23rd in Las Vegas, at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino.

Erykah Badu performs during the 2016 Neighborhood Awards
Erykah Badu performs during the 2016 Neighborhood Awards
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Featuring superstar performances from Maxwell, The O’Jays, and Erykah Badu, which had the sold-out crowd cheering and dancing, the 2016 State Farm Neighborhood Awards was a don’t-miss night filled with side-splitting laughs, inspiring speeches of celebration, singing, an impromptu dance party, and more. The three-day sold-out 2016 State Farm Neighborhood Awards Weekend took place in Las Vegas July 22nd-24th.EMMY-winning television/film/radio producer Rushion McDonald produced the entire weekend for the 14th year, with Las Vegas attendees clamoring for the event to return to Las Vegas next year.

Gathering together in celebration of a positive community purpose, the 2016 State Farm Neighborhood Awards show included appearances from Toni Braxton, Wendy Raquel Robinson, Sheryl Underwood, Terrence J, Bern Nadette Stanis, Lavell Crawford, Yolanda Adams, Lalah Hathaway, Earthquake, Sommore, Benjamin Crump, Ed Gordon, Shirley Strawberry, Nephew Tommy, Carla Ferrell, Junior, and State Farm’s Duane Farrington.

Driven by public nominations, with repeat and first-time winners unveiled, the show also included special painting presentations and check presentations from Cracker Barrel to the Best School Teacher winner and State Farm to the Good Neighbor Award winner in support of their community efforts.

The 2016 State Farm Neighborhood Awards Weekend was held at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino, where the events included the three-day State Farm Color Full Lives Art Gallery experience, the State Farm Sing Your Way Contest and Freedom Friday Concert with headlining performances from Charlie Wilson and Keith Sweat, the Freedom Friday Party featuring Doug E. Fresh, the Neighborhood Awards VIP After-Party, and Jill Scott headlining the Neighborhood Awards Beach Party.

Steve Harvey and Rushion McDonald created the one-of-a-kind State Farm Neighborhood Awards (formerly the Hoodie Awards) and State Farm Neighborhood Awards Weekend to recognize and celebrate men and women from all over the United States who uplift their neighborhoods through their contributions and excellence as entrepreneurs, religious and community leaders, educators and more. The 2016 State Farm Neighborhood Awards Weekend included support by State Farm, Tracfone, Masterbuilt, Cracker Barrel, McDonald’s, Crème of Nature, DHerbs, and Wells Fargo.

For information, to catch a replay of the live backstage stream, and more from the 2016 State Farm Neighborhood Awards Weekend, please visitwww.NeighborhoodAwards.com.

 

James Corden To Host Ad Council’s 63rd Annual Public Service Award Dinner

Jul 27, 2016 09:00 am

James Corden: Profile

The Ad Council, the largest producer of public service advertisements (PSAs) in the U.S., announced today thatJames Corden will host its 63rd Annual Pubic Service Award Dinner at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York City on November 16, 2016.

Attended by more than 1,400 prominent executives from the media, advertising, and corporate communities, the Annual Dinner recognizes the industries and individuals who support the Ad Council and its public service campaigns. This year’s event will honor Shantanu Narayen, CEO of Adobe Systems, for his philanthropic work and public service contributions through the Adobe Foundation. It will be chaired by Margo Georgiadis, President of Google, Inc. and Chair of the Ad Council’s Board of Directors.

Since James Corden took over as host of THE LATE LATE SHOW on March 23, 2015, the show has earned four Emmy Award nominations, set YouTube records and achieved its highest ratings, with any host, since the show’s inception in 1995. Corden is a Tony Award-winning Broadway performer and starred opposite Meryl Streep, Johnny Depp and Emily Blunt in the Golden Globe nominated feature film “Into the Woods.” He recently hosted THE 70th ANNUAL TONY AWARDS, which had its highest viewership in 15 years. Over the course of his career, Corden has been awarded the Writers’ Guild of Great Britain Award for Comedy Writer of the Year, the South Bank Show Award for Comedy, the TRIC Award for Best Comedy and the National Television Award for Best Comedy.

“James Corden is a show-stopping performer, and we could not be more thrilled to bring his remarkable charisma and talent to this year’s Annual Public Service Award Dinner,” said Lisa Sherman, President & CEO, Ad Council. “With James’ warmth and wit at the helm, we’re sure to have an incredible night celebrating social good.”

Previous hosts of the Ad Council dinner include Stephen Colbert, Ellen DeGeneres,Tina Fey, Jimmy Fallon, Conan O’Brien and Seth Meyers. Rachel Platten gave a special surprise performance at last year’s dinner, performing her hit singles “Fight Song” and “Stand By You.”

The Ad Council has held the Annual Dinner, honoring corporate leaders for their contributions to public service, since 1953. The Public Service Award Dinner is the organization’s largest fundraising event. Last year’s benefit raised a record-breaking $4.1 million to support the Ad Council’s programs.

Find out more about the event here.

 

Manchester United And UNICEF Champion Rights Of Young People In China

Jul 27, 2016 07:30 am

Manchester United: Profile

Manchester United and UNICEF have joined forces during the club’s pre-season tour to champion the rights of underprivileged young people through a series of cultural activities.

United legends Bryan Robson and Ji-sung Park, plus players Michael Carrick and Paddy McNair, also took part in a Q&A session, which was broadcast live on Chinese social media platform, Sina Weibo.

Taking time out from the club’s pre-season tour of China, Robson, Park and the first-teamers spent time with six boys and girls from rural Gansu and Henan provinces, and encouraged them to talk about what matters in their lives.

The young people are benefiting from a life skills education programme supported by Unicef in collaboration with the China Association for Science and Technology (CAST).

During the one hour interaction, the United players took part in the traditional Chinese game of shuttlecock kicking, before the teenagers shared stories of their experiences with the programme, for example overcoming problems at school and in their personal lives. The players gave advice on how to cope with setbacks and pressure, as well as how to be a good team player and lead a healthy lifestyle.

“The players and I were honoured to be here today and to be a part of this incredible partnership. I’ve witnessed first-hand the great work that Unicef does to protect vulnerable children, and am proud that the club is so supportive,” said former United and England captain Bryan Robson. “Adolescence is a crucial stage of life. It’s great to hear these young people share their stories and to give them advice on how they can cope with some of the challenges they might face.”

The players hope that their influence across the huge Manchester United fan base in China will help champion the rights of marginalised adolescents, and encourage young people to be the drivers of change.

Adolescence is often a challenging time for young people; an exciting but often uncertain transition from dependency to independence, sometimes leading to confusion, pressure and even depression.

“Adolescence is a valuable period of childhood in its own right, but it is also a critical period of transition and opportunity for improving life chances,” said Rana Flowers, Unicef Representative to China. “By providing positive and supportive opportunities that enrich the developmental environment during adolescence, it is possible to overcome some of the consequences of early childhood harm and build resilience to mitigate future harm. With their passion, resilience and commitment, players from Manchester United can be positive role models for young people, inspiring them to strive for success.”

The programme opened another door in my life,” said Zhang Bin, a 16-year-old boy from Gansu who migrated to work in the provincial capital after dropping out of school. “I took part in the training programme two years ago and it gave me the first-ever chance to live in a city, learn computer skills, access the Internet and visit a museum.”

The United for Unicef partnership is now in its 17th year and has raised over £4m, helping Unicef to change the lives of millions of vulnerable children worldwide. It is the longest running partnership of its kind between a sporting organisation and a global children’s organisation.

 

Doctor Who and Torchwood Writer James Moran adapts Dracula for the web

Why it's James Moran, writer of episodes of DOCTOR WHO and TORCHWOOD: CHILDREN OF EARTH showing off his copy of BROTHER BLOOD
Why it’s James Moran, writer of episodes of DOCTOR WHO and TORCHWOOD: CHILDREN OF EARTH showing off his copy of BROTHER BLOOD

The first British produced Vlog Literary Series based on the classic novel, Dracula, is released in September.

YouTuber Liam Dryden, Eddsworld star Matt Hargreaves, standup comedian Rosie Holt and actress Kate Soulsby join the cast.

Moranic Productions release first teaser trailer for their new web series based on Bram Stoker’s Dracula.

London, UK, 28 July 2016 –  Writer-Director James Moran and producer Elisar Cabrera have announced today the completion of principal photography on season one of their new web series, “Mina Murray’s Journal”, an adaptation of “Dracula”, Bram Stoker’s classic novel which defined the vampire genre. The spine tingling tale is ready to scare a whole new generation, but this time, it’s told through vlogs, with multiplatform strands and in-character, interactive social media accounts filling out the story as it unfolds. While it has some scary moments, there’ll be plenty of self-referential laughs along the way. These characters live in today’s connected world, and are fully aware of fictional vampires but now they’re going to come face to face with a real one.

In a departure from the novel, the story is driven by Mina, a young woman just discovering that real life, work, and bills are a lot scarier than she expected. But all that pales in comparison when she comes across an ancient evil, which will put her and everyone she loves in danger. Mina is 23, funny, warm, ambitious, but stuck in a boring job that doesn’t challenge her, and not particularly enjoying her current relationship either. Openly and proudly bisexual, she’s happy in her own skin, but has no idea that her housemate Lucy is secretly in love with her. Fiercely loyal, Mina would go through hell to help her friends and family ­ and she’s about to. Because she’s on a collision course with an ancient vampire: Count Dracula…

Moranic Productions today released the first teaser trailer for the series exclusively on the “Mina Murray’s Journal” YouTube channel:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iJ10oDkIZU4

Producer Elisar Cabrera confirmed today “Season one will be online in September, with fifteen episodes including a live stream and a finale. And because this is a modernised, vlog adaptation, and fans of Writer-Director James Moran will know how he likes to invert genre conventions, you may *think* you know the story ­but we’ve got plenty of surprises along the way. This is the first British produced V-Lit (Vlog Literary) series so I am immensely proud that we are adapting such an iconic British novel.”

James Moran, creator, writer and director of Mina Murray’s Journal will already be familiar to many fans of the horror and fantasy genre through his writing on movies “Severance”, “Cockneys vs Zombies” and “Tower Block”, and his writing on internationally acclaimed TV shows such as “Doctor Who”, “Torchwood”, “Eve” and “Spooks”.  His 2009 web series “Girl Number 9” was the first British series to make it into the Streamy Awards with 5 nominations in 2010, the third highest nominated series that year.

Joining creator James Moran and producer Elisar Cabrera on the creative team is Emmy and Streamy winning Transmedia Producer, Alexandra Edwards, who previously has worked on the transmedia of the multi award-winning web series “The Lizzie Bennet Diaries” as well as “Welcome to Sanditon” and “Emma Approved”.

James Moran said: “I am extremely excited to be working with the super-talented Alexandra Edwards whose work I have admired so much on Lizzie Bennet and Emma Approved.  To be able to tell a story across multi-platforms and draw in a new audience to a classic story like Dracula through both YouTube and social media is a wonderful challenge.  The original novel was written in epistolary format, so technically it was already one of the first fictional blogs!”

The series stars up and coming standup comedian Rosie Holt as Mina Murray, Kate Soulsby as Lucy West, Scottish YouTuber Liam Dryden as John Harker and “Eddsworld” series regular Matt Hargreaves as Jack Seward.

Rosie Holt burst onto the comedy scene when she won So You Think You Write Funny: The Sitcom Trials with her hapless alter ego, Hayley. She went on to write and star in Fall Girl at the prestigious comedy venue The Gilded Balloon, has since moved into standup and written for The Huffington Post and Alain De Botton’s School of Life. She is currently performing her new standup show “Drop It Like A Holt” as part of London’s Camden Fringe Festival 2016.

Kate Soulsby trained at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, and has since enjoyed success as an actor, writer and stand up comedian. Most recently she starred as Emily in a production of “The Rally” at Theatre Royal Stratford East. Prior to this she has taken leading roles in various feature films, including playing Dizzy in Paranoid Android’s horror anthology “Three’s a Shroud”.

Liam Dryden is a Scottish internet personality, writer, actor, and musician. He is best known as a part of the band Chameleon Circuit, whose music is entirely inspired by BBC television series Doctor Who; as Kairan “Kai” Fisher in sci­-fi webseries “Chronicles of Syntax”; and as a founding organiser of Summer in the City, the UK’s largest YouTube community event. Collectively, his YouTube videos have surpassed 8 million views. He currently writes for YouTube news site We The Unicorns.

Matt Hargreaves is an actor who is best known as the voice of Matt in the popular animated series, “Eddsworld” which to date has over 1 million subscribers and over 182 million views on YouTube. A writer and director as well Matt has written for “Eddsworld” and creates his own videos for his personal YouTube channel, MattLobster.

Producer Elisar Cabrera of London based Capital City Entertainment has produced feature films, television and digital series.  His web series, “3some”, won two Indie Series Awards in 2014 and his latest feature film, “Ibiza Undead”, is set to have its world premiere at FrightFest 2016.  One of the best known faces in the UK independent web series community, Elisar also founded the Raindance Web Fest, the UK’s first web series film festival; the Dailymotion Web Series Pilot Contest and produces the VidfestUK event as part of the MCM London Comic Con.

From scale to engagement: Facebook becomes a video-first company

Lexus, for example, recently ran a campaign with an astounding 1,000 unique video ads
Lexus, for example, recently ran a campaign with an astounding 1,000 unique video ads

By Eleni Marouli, Principal Analyst, IHS Technology

Facebook’s Q2 2016 earnings call centred on video and, for the first time, Facebook execs declared their aspiration to become a video-first company. If the journey to video ubiquity will follow that of their mobile-first strategy, Facebook is in good stead to become a hegemon in the video advertising space. Continue reading “From scale to engagement: Facebook becomes a video-first company”

ICONIC MUSIC GROUP SISTER SLEDGE BRING SOME SUMMER FUNK WITH THEIR UK TOUR IN AUGUST

Sister Sledge - Press ShotSister Sledge gearing up for their next release Women are the Music of the World (WAMOW)

Sister Sledge, famed for their award-winning, worldwide hits such as We are Family, Lost in Music and World, Rise and Shine, have kickstarted their UK summer tour which sees the group bring their groove to summer nights. 

The tour began in Dublin on Saturday 23rd July at Punchestown Music Festival where Sister Sledge took to the stage along with artists such as Lionel Richie, Corinne Bailey Rae and James Morrison. Continue reading “ICONIC MUSIC GROUP SISTER SLEDGE BRING SOME SUMMER FUNK WITH THEIR UK TOUR IN AUGUST”

‘FROM BROADWAY WITH LOVE: A BENEFIT CONCERT FOR ORLANDO’ BRINGS TOGETHER BROADWAY’S BEST TO BENEFIT LGBTQ SERVICE ORGANIZATIONS IN ORLANDO

 

The sold-out concert featured performances with the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra  

ORLANDO, FLA. (July 26, 2016) From Broadway With Love: A Benefit Concert for Orlando brought together some of Broadway’s biggest stars last night to support the GLBT Community Center of Central Florida, Hope and Help Center and Zebra Coalition. The benefit concert, which sold outwithin two hours of tickets going on-sale, took place at Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts.

The star-studded line-up included Darren Criss (Emmy-nominee, Broadway’s Hedwig and the Angry Inch, Glee), Chita Rivera (two-time Tony Award winner), Norbert Leo Butz (two-time Tony Award winner), Kelli O’Hara (Tony Award winner), Jessie Mueller (Tony Award winner, currently in Waitress),Brian Stokes Mitchell (Tony Award Winner, currently in Shuffle Along), Carmen Cusack (Bright Star),Andrea McArdle (original Annie), Lillias White (Tony Award winner), Liz Callaway (Miss Saigon), Josh Henry (Shuffle Along), Keala Settle (Waitress), Anika Larsen (recently seen in Beautiful: The Carole King Musical), Justin Sargent (Spiderman: Turn Off the Dark), Carrie Manolakos (Mamma Mia!), Lilla Crawford (Disney’s Into the Woods, Annie on Broadway), Wilson Cruz (My So-Called Life, Rent) andPriscilla Lopez (created Morales in A Chorus Line), as well as SiriusXM Broadway hosts Seth Rudetskyand Christine Pedi. Michael J. Moritz, Jr. (Tony Award Nominee) served as Music Director. The Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra accompanied the performers.

The two-and-a-half hour concert included rousing performances of “Sugar Daddy” from Hedwig and the Angry Inch, performed by Darren Criss; “Sun Is Gonna Shine” from Broadway’s Bright Star, performed by Carmen Cusack; Carole King’s “Beautiful,” performed by Jessie Mueller; “The Wizard and I” from Wicked, performed by Carrie Manolokas; “The Impossible Dream” from Man of La Mancha, performed by Brian Stokes Mitchell, “All That Jazz” from Chicago, performed by Chita Rivera, “Don’t Rain On My Parade,” performed by Lillias White; “Slide Some Oil to Me” from The Wiz,performed by Joshua Henry; and “”They Don’t Let You in the Opera If You’re a Country Star,” performed by Kelli O’Hara, just to name a few. The entire company united onstage for the final number, singing “What the World Needs Now is Love.”

Local performers included the Orlando Gay Chorus, singing “What a Wonderful World,” and dance troupe VarieTease, sharing a routine to Gershwin’s “Rhapsody in Blue.”

In addition to the concert, more than 50 online auction pieces, including autographed posters, playbills, and one-of-a-kind experiences – including sitting on-stage during Darren Criss’ number – were available to benefit the evening’s charitable partners.

The Orlando benefit concert was co-produced by Imagine Orlando, LLC (comprised of Tony Award winner Kenny Howard of Florida Theatrical Assoc., Joyce Arbucias of The Imagination House, Andrea Canny of PerformerStuff.com, Chris Yakubchik of Forster Boughman and Lefkowitz), Seth Rudetsky, James Wesley, Michael J. Moritz, Jr. and Broadway Records (Van Dean, Tony Award-winning/Grammy-nominated producer/co-conceiver of the first From Broadway With Love: A Benefit Concert for Sandy Hook).

From Broadway With Love: A Benefit Concert For Orlando was created by Seth Rudetsky, Kenny Howard and James Wesley; directed by Kenny Howard; written by Michael Wanzie with musical direction by Michael J. Moritz, Jr.

For more information, visit www.frombroadwaywithlove.org. #BroadwayforOrlando #LoveisLove

AUTOGRAPH COLLECTION’S HOTEL PARADOX LAUNCHES EXCLUSIVE SURF PACKAGE

 paradox
 Exactly Like Nothing Else Package Offers Guests
Unprecedented Access to the “Surf Instructor to The Stars”

SANTA CRUZ, CA (July 26, 2016)—Hotel Paradox, with its urban forest design that celebrates the nature, mountains and redwoods surrounding Santa Cruz, now a part of Autograph Collection Hotels, launched today their Exactly Like Nothing Else Package (ELNE), which allows guest to have a private surf lesson with Robert “Wingnut” Weaver, the most elusive surf instructor in the industry.

Wingnut, who starred in Endless Summer II, does not advertise or publicly offer surf lessons, in fact, unless you already know one of his students, there is no way to set up a lesson, until now. The ELNE package by Paradox allows guests an experience that is usually only reserved for the who’s who of Silicon Valley, rock stars and the glitterati. In addition to the lesson and hotel stay, guests have the option to add a custom surf board by legendary shaper Doug Haut, who is the head of the creative team for Santa Cruz Surfboards.

“As part of the Autograph Collection Hotels, Marriott International’s distinctive portfolio of independent properties, each hotel is tasked to offer one-of-a-kind guest experiences that are Exactly Like Nothing Else. To celebrate our inclusion into the Autograph family, we set out to create a package that is truly Santa Cruz and one-of-a-kind,” David Currell, General Manager of Hotel Paradox.


Exactly Like Nothing Else Package Details

Package Includes:

  • Two-hour private surfing lesson with Santa Cruz’s iconic Wingnut
  • Accommodations for 2 nights
  • Valet Parking
  • Dinner for 2 either night
  • Breakfast for 2 each morning

Price:

From $2800-$3200 USD/per person/2 nights

Enhance your package with a custom surf board made by legendary shaper Doug Haut for an additional $1,500 per person

Terms & conditions:
Minimum 30 day advance booking required. Valid seven days a week through June 30, 2017. Maximum 4 guests per package. Package is based on room availability and Wingnut’s availability. Tax is additional. 


About Hotel Paradox
Hotel Paradox invites guests to embrace Santa Cruz from the moment they arrive, welcoming travelers to an impressive front desk made from a reclaimed eucalyptus trees. Guestrooms feature natural forest elements in the décor, including wooden stump tables, reclaimed wood paneling, and river rock shower floors with rain showerheads. The property’s organic, American comfort food themed Solaire Restaurant + Bar features local and sustainable menu items from Executive Chef Ross McKee, such as fresh-caught seafood and a variety of seasonal dishes, set in an atmosphere that brings the outside in with a multi-angled ceiling adorned with backlit trees and blue sky. For more information, please visit: http://www.hotelparadox.com/

About Autograph Collection Hotels
Autograph Collection Hotels celebrates individuality by curating one-of-a-kind travel experiences at more than 95 luxury lifestyle hotels found in the world’s most desirable destinations. Exactly like nothing else, each hotel has been hand selected for its distinction as an iconic landmark, for its remarkable design or for its best-in-class resort amenities. For more information please visit www.autographhotels.com, or explore our social media channels to learn more about championing the independent spirit:

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Applegate and Borgioni

Christina Applegate wore Borgioni diamond earrings and a Doves by Doron Paloma diamond ring to the Los Angeles Premiere of ‘Bad Moms’ in Westwood, California on July 26, 2016.
Borgioni:
*In white gold 

Created by mother-daughter duo Rhonda and Tiffany Bartolacci, Borgioni Private Collection is a brand that fuses bohemian vintage with medieval rock-n-roll. Named after the family matriarch, Emily Rose Borgioni Bartolacci, and inspired by the vintage pieces she left behind, their collection was born from the desire to redesign & wear their family heirlooms. Key pieces include their signature 18k gold handcuffs, bejeweled skulls, diamond spikes, and nature-inspired pieces. Borgioni is expressive, exotic and crafted for every day wearability. For more information, please visit www.borgionis.com

•Instagram: @borgionijewels

•Facebook: www.facebook.com/borgioni

•Twitter: @Borgioni

Doves by Doron Paloma:

Doves by Doron Paloma collection, created by Doron Hakimian, is a culmination of a love of architecture and jewelry. After earning a degree in architecture in his early twenties, Doron decided to spend a summer working on new designs for his family’s decades-old diamond business. With an incredible gift for sketching, along with a firm foundation in architecture, Doron discovered his hidden talent for creating jewelry. A true designer, Doron finds inspiration everywhere, including in nature, fashion and architectural structures. Every piece is designed with detail and carefully handcrafted by Doves artisans, using only 18k gold and the highest quality diamonds. The result is exceptional beauty with a modern sensibility, creating jewelry that is timeless, stylish and wearable. www.dovesjewelry.com

•Instagram: @dovesjewelery

•Facebook: www.facebook.com/DovesJewelry

SONY MOVIE CHANNEL CELEBRATES SEVENTY YEARS OF THE BIKINI WITH A SIZZLING “ENDLESS BIKINI SUMMER BLOCK,” FEATURING JOHNNY DEPP IN PRIVATE RESORT, EVERY TUESDAY IN AUGUST STARTING AT 10 P.M. ET

sonyHighlights Include Premieres Starring Arnold Schwarzenegger in RAW DEAL, Charlie Sheen in THE ARRIVAL, Jason Statham in THE BANK JOB, and Many More

CULVER CITY, CA – Tuesday, July 26, 2016 – Sony Movie Channel sizzles this summer with a primetime August lineup packed with premieres featuring explosive actioners, Western epics, extraterrestrial thrillers, and many more. This month’s roster includes a steamy Endless Bikini Summer marathon every Tuesday night, in honor of 70 years of the bikini; as well as a Sunday block of cinematic masterpieces that includes THE NATURAL and GLORY; and an explosive Manday Mondays block with action all-stars Arnold Schwarzenegger, Chuck Norris, Steven Seagal, Jean-Claude Van Damme, Dolph Lundgren, and more. Continue reading “SONY MOVIE CHANNEL CELEBRATES SEVENTY YEARS OF THE BIKINI WITH A SIZZLING “ENDLESS BIKINI SUMMER BLOCK,” FEATURING JOHNNY DEPP IN PRIVATE RESORT, EVERY TUESDAY IN AUGUST STARTING AT 10 P.M. ET”

Gary Sinise and the Lt. Dan Band to Perform Free Concert At Fleet Week Coronado Speed Festival

Jul 25, 2016 01:30 pm

Gary Sinise: Profile

The 19th annual Fleet Week Coronado Speed Festival, September 17-18, is proud to announce award-winning actor and humanitarian, Gary Sinise, as Grand Marshal.

As part of the event, Sinise and the Lt. Dan Band will perform in concert at noon on Saturday, September 17, 2016—with FREEadmission to active duty and their direct dependents. The band’s performance is generously donated by the Gary Sinise Foundation with flights provided by American Airlines, their official airline sponsor. Sinise began the Foundation in 2011 and it is now in its sixth year.

Honor. Gratitude. Rock & Roll. That’s the mission of every Lt. Dan Band concert. There’s something for everyone as the 12-member group covers hits from every genre. Performing pop songs to classic rock staples, the band raises awareness and lifts spirits everywhere it goes. The Gary Sinise & Lt. Dan Band is one of the many programs the Gary Sinise Foundation offers. They have played hundreds of shows for over half-a-million troops and their families and helped to raise funds to support the Gary Sinise Foundation’s outreach as well as military charities across the country.

“It’s always an honor to get to perform for those who serve, and the Lt. Dan Band is ready to bring a great show to this year’s festival,” said Sinise. “I want to thank the event organizers for naming me Honorary Grand Marshal and for believing wholeheartedly in the mission of the Gary Sinise Foundation.”

Tickets can be purchased online (www.fleetweeksandiego.org) or at the event. Coronado Speed Festival is free for active duty military and their direct dependents with ID. Children under 12 are free with adult paid admission. For the public, tickets cost $25 for one day and $35 for both days, in advance. Tickets will also be available at the venue ($35 one day and $45 for both days).

“It is a privilege to have a patriot as dedicated to the military as Gary Sinise serve as Grand Marshal for the Coronado Speed Festival,” says Dennis DuBard, president of the Fleet Week San Diego Board of Directors. “We are doubly honored to have the Lt. Dan Band perform and entertain, and know the concert will be before a sell-out crowd.”

 

Chris Young To Headline Labor Of Love Concert

Jul 25, 2016 12:05 pm
CASE Construction Equipment will host “Labor of Love” 2016 on Labor Day (Monday, Sept. 5, 2016), featuring headliner and award winning country music star Chris Young.

Video: Labor of Love 2016 with Chris Young

Proceeds from the concert will benefit Team Rubicon, a disaster response organization comprised of more than 36,000 veterans and first responders, with the goal of helping the organization expand its skills training programs.

Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased at www.ticketmaster.com/laboroflove. Doors open at 11:30 AM and Chris Young takes the stage at 2:30 PM. The concert event, taking place at Racine Festival Park in Racine, Wisconsin (5 5th St, Racine, WI 53403), will also feature local food vendors, and a silent auction will further benefit Team Rubicon.

The partnership with CASE and Team Rubicon is a natural one for Young – his father works in construction and multiple family members, including his younger sister, are either in the Marines or are US military veterans.

“I appreciate the CASE commitment to helping veterans fill the skills gap through Team Rubicon’s focus on training and development,” says Young. “I’m glad to support the important work they do in not only giving veterans the opportunity to improve job skills but also serve the community.”

“Labor of Love” launched in 2015 with the goal of connecting veterans with jobs and training in the skilled trades. The concert raised $10,000 for Wounded Warrior Projectin 2015.

“We launched Labor of Love last year to build a bridge between job-seeking veterans and a critical shortage of qualified equipment operators and technicians,” says Scott Harris, vice president – North America, CASE Construction Equipment. “This year, we’ve worked with Team Rubicon on their operator training program by providing equipment and support. It’s a natural progression of our relationship and we’re excited to work with TR and Chris Young to further this initiative.”

CASE will also be raising funds for Team Rubicon through an online fundraiser. To donate and show support for “Labor of Love” and Team Rubicon, visitCASE.TeamRubiconUSA.org.

For more information on the festival, visit CaseCE.com/LaborofLove.

 

George H.W. Bush and Barbara Bush Mark 25th Anniversary of Signing of the National Literacy Act

Jul 25, 2016 10:45 am
July 25 marks the 25th anniversary of the passage of the National Literacy Act, which was signed into law by President George H.W. Bush.

President George H.W. Bush signs the National Literacy Act into law
President George H.W. Bush signs the National Literacy Act into law
Credit/Copyright: George Bush Presidential Library and Museum

This landmark act was inspired in large part by Barbara Bush’s passion for literacy. Since its passage in 1991, millions of adults have had a second chance to earn their high school diplomas, and tens of millions more have learned to read, write and speak English.

As this milestone anniversary approaches, President and Mrs. Bush were asked to reflect on the passage of the National Literacy Act and its impact:

“Signing the National Literacy Act at once culminated the efforts of so many advocates from across the country, while also opening a new and more hopeful chapter for millions of Americans of all ages,” said President Bush. “I could not be prouder of Barbara for the 35 years she has spent working on this fundamentally important issue, and helping lead the charge for action and results. I am biased, of course, but I truly believe her passion, vision and dedication have helped change millions of lives for the better over these last 25 years.”

“The National Literacy Act put into policy my belief that education is a civil right, no matter one’s age,” said Mrs. Bush. “The needs of adult learners are so often overlooked, yet adult education initiatives have enormous potential to improve the social and economic well-being of families, communities and our nation as a whole. What was true 25 years ago is still true today: everyone deserves a chance to obtain the education they need to provide for their families, set the next generation on a path to success and achieve their dreams.”

In celebration of the 25th anniversary of the signing, the Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy has curated a literacy resource center—available atwww.barbarabush.org — with media assets regarding the National Literacy Act:
• Photo: Signing of the National Literacy Act, 1991
• Video: Sen. Lamar Alexander’s reflections on the National Literacy Act
• Webpage: Sen. Lamar Alexander’s remarks from the Barbara Bush Foundation’s Conversation on the Future of Adult Literacy as entered into the Congressional Record
• Video: National Celebration of Reading at the Library of Congress

The Foundation began celebrating the 25th anniversary of the National Literacy Act earlier this summer, with two events held in Washington, D.C. A day-long symposium gathered select technology leaders, entrepreneurs and policy experts from across the country to discuss visionary, bold and transformational ideas to address America’s adult literacy issues for the next 25 years. Senator Lamar Alexander, who served as U.S. Secretary of Education during the passage and implementation of the National Literacy Act in 1991, joined the group to speak about the successes of the law, which include initiation of national workforce demonstration projects, creation of “indicators” of program quality and establishment of literacy programs for incarcerated individuals.

The following evening, the Foundation hosted the inaugural National Celebration of Reading at the Library of Congress. Members of the Bush family and guests enjoyed readings by former First Lady Laura Bush and Jenna Bush Hager, David Baldacci, A.J. Jacobs and Jon Meacham. By hosting these events in Washington, D.C., the Foundation sought both to celebrate achievements in literacy, and to stimulate a broader national dialogue about solutions to the serious challenge of low literacy.

Russell Simmons Attends National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives 40th Anniversary Annual Training Conference

Jul 25, 2016 09:00 am
Russell Simmons attended the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives (NOBLE) 40th Anniversary Annual Training Conference last week.

Russell Simmons, co-founder of RushCard, addresses 1,200 law enforcement executives at NOBLE's 40th Annual Training Conference
Russell Simmons, co-founder of RushCard, addresses 1,200 law enforcement executives at NOBLE’s 40th Annual Training Conference
Credit/Copyright: Griffin Smith for Griffin Vision Photography

Simmons addressed 1,200 Law Enforcement Executives at the luncheon and spoke at NOBLE’s 15th Annual Youth Leadership Conference.

Russell Simmons addresses attendees at NOBLE's 15th Annual Youth Leadership Conference
Russell Simmons addresses attendees at NOBLE’s 15th Annual Youth Leadership Conference
Credit/Copyright: Griffin Smith for Griffin Vision Photography

Simmons also met privately with NOBLE’s Executive Board and
police chiefs from across the country.

Russell Simmons and Captain Dennis Muhammad of The Peace Keepers with attendees at NOBLE's 15th Annual Youth Leadership Conference
Russell Simmons and Captain Dennis Muhammad of The Peace Keepers with attendees at NOBLE’s 15th Annual Youth Leadership Conference
Credit/Copyright: Griffin Smith for Griffin Vision Photography

 

Seth MacFarlane To Be Honored At Oceana SeaChange Summer Party

Jul 25, 2016 07:30 am

Seth MacFarlane: Profile

Oceana, the largest international advocacy organization focused solely on ocean conservation, will host the 9th annual SeaChange Summer Party this weekend.

This year’s Summer Garden Party will honor multi-hyphenate and Oceana supporter, Seth MacFarlane and will include a world-class auction and cocktail reception, followed by a gourmet seated dinner and exciting live auction and program. The night will end with a SeaChange Post-Party Lounge, where guests can dance under the stars. Presenting sponsor for the event is BMWi. To learn more please click here.

Ted Danson will emcee the evening, and expected to attend are Jeff Goldblum Sam Waterston, Cheryl Hines, Mary Steenburgen, Angela Kinsey, Debby Ryan, Aaron Peirsol, Jessica Barth, Leonor Varela and Sally Pressman.

WHEN: Saturday, July 30th (RSVP REQUIRED)
WHERE: Private Estate, Laguna Beach CA

 

The End of Aids?

PBS Newshour recently featured a six-part series of reports entitled The End of AIDS?  For each report, they traveled to different locations to examine the state of the epidemic and the possibilities for progress toward an AIDS-free generation.

Learn more about this series and view the archived episodes.

EJAF is tackling many of the issues addressed in the series – in many of the cities featured in the series – by supporting local, grassroots organizations via grants and advocacy initiatives. During 2015 alone, we funded 134 grants for a total of nearly $9.8 million. We anticipate awarding up to $10 million in grants this year.

We applaud PBS Newshour for taking a serious, thoughtful, and incisive look at what will be required to end AIDS across the globe, including the unique challenges for different populations and geographic locations.

I urge all of EJAF’s friends and supporters to tune in to this excellent series, and learn more about how areas hardest-hit by the epidemic are working to fight it.

‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2’ from Marvel Comics at Comic-con 2016

'Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2'
‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2’

By: Sharoll Jackson

San Diego, CA (The Hollywood Times) 07/23/2016 – The stage introduction for Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 panel started off with a lively exchange between bad guys, better known as the Ravagers.  The stars of the movie then joined the stage and new footage was shown, specially put together by director James Gunn for Comic-con fans.  Hall H attendees were thrilled as Baby Groot stole their hearts as it made its way (with much moxie) alongside Chris Pratt, Dave Bautista, Zoe Saldana, and Michael Rooker.  Also shown in the trailer is an appearance by Sylvester Stallone which pleasantly surprised the fans.  Continue reading “‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2’ from Marvel Comics at Comic-con 2016”

‘Suicide Squad’ Slays at Comic-con 2016

Margot Robbie
Margot Robbie

By: Sharoll Jackson

San Diego, CA (The Hollywood Times) 07/23/2016Suicide Squad slayed the Hall H audience at Comic-con 2016 as director, David Ayer, brought footage for the crowd that showed the explosive, action-packed, quirky humor of the group of destructive evildoers to the big screen.  Rocking some top chart music along with comic book imagery, the clip turned out to be the perfect, high-octane presentation for the crowd who went wild.  Warner Bros. (WB) will release the film on August 5th.

In attendance for the panel discussion were cast members Jared Leto, Will Smith, Tom Hardy, Margot Robbie, Jai Courtney, Cara Delevingne, Viola Davis, Ben Affleck, and Common; along with director David Ayer. Continue reading “‘Suicide Squad’ Slays at Comic-con 2016”

‘The Final Girls’ Rocks With Heart

Photo credit: Adam Andrews
Photo credit: Adam Andrews

By: Sharoll Jackson

San Diego, CA (The Hollywood Times) 07/23/2016The Final Girls premieres an anniversary midnight screening at the Landmark Ken Theatre in San Diego following their panel at the Grand Horton Theatre earlier in the day during Comic-con 2016. Continue reading “‘The Final Girls’ Rocks With Heart”