Friday, February 26, 2010

Top 10 Tweets from the 2010 Winter Olympic Games

Wondering what the Olympians are doing with their downtime in Vancouver ….Tweeting, of course! According to their tweets, Evan Lysacek may join the next season of Dancing with the Stars, Apolo Ohno is a hustler at the poker table, Erik Fischer loves free McDonald’s and Johnny Weir misses his Vacuum.  Predicto.com, the largest paid mobile community rounded-up the Top 10 Tweets from the 2010 Winter Olympic Games.


10. Nastia Liukin
GREAT interview with @EvanLysacek & Bob Costas. Such a true champion & class act. I'm so proud of you! Enjoy every single second of it.

9. Lindsey Vonn
@Ec1234567 haha I hope you get the $50 now. :) 9:35 PM Feb 18th from TweetCaster in reply to Ec1234567

8. Louie Vito
@MellyJHart WELL MJH, think of it like dancing just gotta let it flow, plus u gotta just tell yourself not to check and scare yourself 1:50 PM Feb 21st from web in reply to MellyJHart

7. Gretchen Bleiler
Have you heard world 25? Some of my favorite artists doing what they can for Haiti , help do your part at world25.org too!! Let's do this!! 9:23 AM Feb 13th from web

6. Angela Ruggiero
This goes out to Brennan Simpkins -7 yrs old, he is fighting a brave fight against cancer.  We are proud of you, buddy! Keep fighting! 2:41 PM Feb 20th from UberTwitter

5. Julia Mancusa
Why can't we just celebrate all the good things! Lindsey is an amazing skier and guess what, so am I! so are the other girls we race with! 9:05 AM Feb 21st from web

4. Erik Fischer
Free McDonalds at 1:30am last night after the Opening Ceremonies is the best way to start the Winter Games! 8:38 AM Feb 13th from mobile web

3. Johnny Weir
I'm very homesick today. Maybe I just miss my vacuum? That's probably it. about 4 hours ago from web

2. Evan Lysacek:
@CherylBurke1 I would love to do the show. I'm a big fan!!!

1. Apolo Ohno
http://bit.ly/dn25Tw I'm a hustler on the poker table and roulette calls my name lol!

Get Ready to Laugh . . . Sacha Baron Cohen, Jason Bateman, Steve Carell, Tina Fey and Ben Stiller to Present on Oscar® Show

Beverly Hills, CA — Comedic talents Sacha Baron Cohen, Jason Bateman, Steve Carell, Tina Fey and Ben Stiller will help bring laughs to the 82nd Academy Awards®, telecast producers Bill Mechanic and Adam Shankman announced. This will be the debut appearances for Baron Cohen and Bateman. Stiller has appeared on five previous Oscar telecasts, Carell has presented on three and Fey made her debut last year.
Baron Cohen, who is known for creating outlandish characters, came to national attention in 2003 on the HBO series “Da Ali G Show,” in which he played the title character. His film credits include “Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby,” “Borat Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan,” “Sweeney Todd The Barber of Fleet Street” and “Bruno.”
Bateman is in the Oscar-nominated film “Up in the Air” and is attached to several upcoming projects. His other film credits include “Juno,” “Forgetting Sarah Marshall,” “Hancock” and “State of Play.” He previously starred in the comedy cult hit “Arrested Development.”
Carell will be seen next in “Date Night” and recently completed work on “Despicable Me” and “Dinner for Schmucks.” His other film credits include “The 40 Year-Old Virgin,” “Evan Almighty,” “Dan in Real Life” and “Get Smart.”
Fey came to prominence as a regular on “Saturday Night Live” and currently stars in, produces and writes for “30 Rock.” She will be seen next opposite Carell in “Date Night.” Her other film credits include “Mean Girls” and “Baby Mama.”
Stiller recently completed work on “Meet the Fockers Sequel” and is attached to several projects. His film credits include “Empire of the Sun,” “Reality Bites,” “Flirting with Disaster,” “The Royal Tenenbaums,” “Meet the Fockers,” “Night at the Museum” and “Tropic Thunder.”
Academy Awards for outstanding film achievements of 2009 will be presented on Sunday, March 7, 2010, at the Kodak Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center®, and televised live by the ABC Television Network beginning at 5 p.m. PT/ 8 p.m. ET. The Oscar presentation also will be televised live in more than 200 countries worldwide.

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Tyler Perry to Present on Oscar® Show

Beverly Hills, CA — Playwright-turned-actor-producer-director Tyler Perry will present at the 82nd Academy Awards®, telecast producers Adam Shankman and Bill Mechanic announced today. This will be Perry’s first appearance on the show.
Perry, who is the driving force behind Tyler Perry Studios, writes, produces and directs films in which he also often performs. Perry wrote, produced and starred in “Diary of a Mad Black Woman” in 2005. His subsequent film credits include “Madea’s Family Reunion,” “Daddy’s Little Girls,” “Why Did I Get Married?,” “Meet the Browns,” “The Family That Preys” and “I Can Do Bad All by Myself.” “Why Did I Get Married Too?” is scheduled to be released in April. Perry also created and directs two current television series, “House of Payne” and “Meet the Browns.”
Academy Awards for outstanding film achievements of 2009 will be presented on Sunday, March 7, 2010, at the Kodak Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center®, and televised live by the ABC Television Network beginning at 5 p.m. PT/ 8 p.m. ET. The Oscar presentation also will be televised live in more than 200 countries worldwide.

It's All About Your Business!

Punch Television Network is announcing the premier of the anticipated television show, “It’s All About My Business.” The show is hosted by veteran talk show host Peter Allman,

who has interviewed over 30,000 notable people.  He has interviewed mega stars such as the late James Brown, the Queen of day time television: Oprah Winfrey and well know crooner, Robert Goulet. The show will profile the inspirational stories of entrepreneurs and their thriving businesses.

“It’s All About My Business,” will debut in the U.S., Mexico, Canada, parts of the Caribbean and parts of Africa. The show will air in over 480 million households in the first quarter of 2010.

In addition to the television show, Punch Television Network has designed an interactive website that is user friendly. PunchTVNetwork.com is an online yellow pages for businesses to publicize their location and contact information.

The CEO and founder of Punch TV Network, Joseph Collins, has been recognized as the, “Entrepreneur of the Year,” presented by the California Legislative Assembly. He has also been notably recognized by United States Senator Dianne Feinstein, congratulating him on his excellence in Entrepreneurship, superior leadership, dedication and perseverance.

The mission of Punch Television Network is to tell stories that ordinarily would not be told. We invite you to share your story on “It’s All About My Business.” What is your business all about? How did you start it? Explain your product. Tell us about the trials and tribulations you overcame to get to where you are now. We can’t wait to hear from you! For more information please contact Rachel Ramos, Executive Producer to schedule your interview (310) 538-8074 or RRamos@PunchTV.net

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

"Wayans" first to join ABC comedy pilot



[Los Angeles, CA]  Damon Wayans Jr. has been the first to cast in "Happy dfEndings" a single-camera comedy by new writer David
Caspe, about a couple that breaks up at the altar and they and their friends have to figure out how to maintain their relationships.
Wayans, will also be seen in two feature films this summer, a voice in the digitally animated comedy "Marmaduke" starring Owen Wilson, as well the highly anticipated all-star action comedy "The Other Guys" alongside Will Farrell, Mark Wahlberg, Eva Mendes and Dwayne Johnson.

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Online Voting to Determine Gown Worn on 82nd Academy Awards® Show

Beverly Hills, CA — The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is inviting the public to vote on an element of its annual Oscar® telecast. In “Oscars Designer Challenge 2010,” nine up-and-coming fashion designers are vying to have their original evening gown worn by one of the Awards escorts during the 82nd Academy Awards on Sunday, March 7. Members of the fashion and entertainment press were introduced today (2/23) to the nine designers and their creations at a runway fashion show at the Academy’s Beverly Hills headquarters.
Oscar fashion coordinator Patty Fox and an advisory committee selected the designers and paired them with Los Angeles-based models, one of whom will wear the public’s favorite gown as she brings Oscar statuettes onto the stage of the Kodak Theatre on Oscar Night®.
The designers participating in “Oscars Designer Challenge 2010” are Fernanda Carneiro, Los Angeles; Elda De La Rosa, Chicago; Ivy Higa, New York; Phong Hong, Los Angeles; Rania Salibi, Phoenix; Oday Shakar, Los Angeles; Ari Sheuhmelian, Los Angeles; Oliver Tolentino, Los Angeles; and Kelsy Zimba, New York.
Public voting for “Oscars Designer Challenge 2010” begins today at 5 p.m. PT at Oscar.com, the official Web site of the Academy Awards, where movie fans and fashion lovers will be able to see footage of the gowns and cast their vote. Anyone over the age of 18 can register to participate and will be eligible to vote once a day through 11:59 p.m. PT on March 1, 2010, when the voting period ends.
Beginning March 3, “Oscars Designer Challenge: Behind the Dress,” a Web series documenting the competition will be viewable on Oscar.com daily through March 8, 2010.
The winning design will be announced first during “Oscars Red Carpet… 2010,” the live arrivals show that will air on ABC beginning at 5 p.m. PT on March 7.
In addition to having his or her winning design worn on the live telecast, the winning designer will receive two tickets to attend the Oscars ceremony.
A team of expert hairstylists and makeup artists from Roy Teeluck Salon prepared the models for their high-fashion stroll down the runway, and diamonds courtesy of Martin Katz provided additional glamour for today’s show.
Academy Awards for outstanding film achievements of 2009 will be presented on Sunday, March 7, 2010, at the Kodak Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center®, and televised live by the ABC Television Network beginning at 5 p.m. PT/ 8 p.m. ET. The Oscar presentation also will be televised live in more than 200 countries worldwide.

Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa Presents Prestigious Certificate of Recognition to African-American Photojournalist William B. Jones

Los Angeles , California – February 23, 2010 —Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa presented a Certificate of Recognition to photojournalist William B. Jones in honor of his many contributions to the world of photography.

At age 75, Jones is one of the most successful African-American photographers still working today. This Los Angeles based image maker has photographed countless African-American entertainers, athletes, political figures, social activists and entrepreneurs. Some of his favorite subjects include, Sidney Poitier, Halle Berry, Oprah Winfrey, Quincy Jones, Eddie Murphy, Debbie Allen,  Magic Johnson, Denzel Washington, Dick Gregory, John H. Johnson and Berry Gordy, just to name a few.

Recently, the United States Library of Congress in Washington D.C. acquired more than 50 images from Mr. Jones’ collection of work which will be preserved and housed as part of their universal collection documenting the history of African American contributions to our society. Jones’ photographs will be recorded as knowledge and research for future generations.

“The Bill Jones collection gives a face to those countless African Americans who picked up where John H. Johnson, Sammy Davis Jr., Hattie McDaniel, Miles Davis, Richard Pryor and others left off,” said Maricia Battle, curator of the Prints and Photographs Division of the U.S. Library of Congress. “By having these works by Jones available at the Library of Congress, future generations will know the names and faces associated with these African-American history makers,” she added.

For more than 40 years Jones has collected thousands of photographs representing immeasurable achievements of African-Americans. The non-profit Bill Jones Photographic Arts Foundation was organized to open his work to the public and to maintain a permanent archive for those seeking to learn about the life and work of this gifted man.

“One of the foundation’s goals is to create educational programs not covered by traditional school budgets. Using the art of photography for grades K-12, the program hopes to engage both teacher and student to see themselves as active agents involved in the meaningful connections between the past and present history and their own lives,” said Toxcina King, Executive Director of the foundation.  

The foundation’s annual fundraiser and exhibition featuring a retrospective of Jones’ work is currently scheduled in association with Black Music Month on June 15, 2010 at the Skirball Culture Center, located at 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles, CA. Businesses, organizations and individuals interested in sponsoring a table at the event are encouraged to contact Ms. King at (213) 361-6476.
    
ABOUT THE BILL JONES PHOTOGRAPHIC ARTS FOUNDATION: The Bill Jones Photographic Arts Foundation is a 501 (c) (3) charitable organization that raises funds to educate, inspire and engage the broadest possible audience through the collection, presentation and preservation of photographic images for the visual arts. For more information, visit www.billjonesphotographicartsfoundation.org.

Monday, February 22, 2010

Miley, Zac, Taylor and Kristen Join 82nd Oscar® Show

Beverly Hills, CA — Miley Cyrus, Zac Efron, Taylor Lautner and Kristen Stewart will present at the 82nd Academy Awards®, telecast producers Adam Shankman and Bill Mechanic announced today. This will be Cyrus and Efron’s second appearance, and Lautner and Stewart’s debut on an Academy Awards telecast.
Cyrus, who is best known for her “Hannah Montana” series and concerts, lent her voice to 2008’s Oscar-nominated animated feature “Bolt” and starred in 2009’s “Hannah Montana The Movie.” Cyrus will be seen next in “The Last Song” with Greg Kinnear.
Efron is currently working on “Charlie St. Cloud,” scheduled to be released later this year. His other film credits include “Hairspray,” “High School Musical 3: Senior Year,” “17 Again” and “Me and Orson Welles.”
Lautner can currently be seen in “Valentine’s Day” and recently completed work on “The Twilight Saga: Eclipse.” He is has several projects in development, including “Northern Lights” and “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn.” Lautner’s other film credits include “The Adventures of Sharkboy and Lavagirl in 3-D,” “Cheaper by the Dozen 2,” “Twilight” and “The Twilight Saga: New Moon.”
Stewart, who portrays Bella Swan in the “Twilight” film series, will be seen next in “The Runaways” and recently completed work on “The Twilight Saga: Eclipse.” Her other film credits include “Panic Room,” “Zathura: A Space Adventure,” “Into the Wild” and “Adventureland.”
Academy Awards for outstanding film achievements of 2009 will be presented on Sunday, March 7, 2010, at the Kodak Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center®, and televised live by the ABC Television Network beginning at 5 p.m. PT/ 8 p.m. ET. The Oscar presentation also will be televised live in more than 200 countries worldwide.

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

MARCH 7 OSCAR® SET REVEALED

Beverly Hills, CA — The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and 82nd Academy Awards® production designer David Rockwell unveiled the set for the upcoming Oscar show today (2/17). This marks the second consecutive year that Rockwell has designed the set for the Oscar telecast.
“It has been fantastic to work on the Oscars® again, particularly because we have been able to build and expand on so many of the design innovations we introduced last year,” said Rockwell. “It has been a thrill to work with Adam, Bill and the rest of the team, dreaming up sets that embrace all the reasons we love movies: the glamour, the lights, the colors, the technique and the emotion!”
Light and movement, the most basic components of moviemaking, will be integrated into this year’s sets to create an immersive, transformative environment. Rockwell Group has reprised one of the most dazzling elements of the 81st Academy Awards design – the Swarovski Crystal Curtain – but with new and unexpected features for an even greater theatrical effect. The overall design is intended to evoke a classic but modern glamour, with white, platinum, topaz and smoky bronze hues.
This year’s set also features three circular, revolving platforms that work in combination with rotating LED panels and architectural metalwork screens for film projection.
Academy Awards for outstanding film achievements of 2009 will be presented on Sunday, March 7, 2010, at the Kodak Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center®, and televised live by the ABC Television Network beginning at 5 p.m. PT/ 8 p.m. ET. The Oscar presentation also will be televised live in more than 200 countries worldwide.

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

OSCAR® GETS AN APP

Beverly Hills, CA — Movie lovers can now get the only official Oscars® App for iPhone and iPod touch. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences today announced it has premiered its first Academy Awards® application, the Oscars App, giving iPhone and iPod touch users access to movie trailers, real-time Oscar Night® results and shareable content.
Designed for the Academy by the Los Angeles-based creative shop Omelet, the app’s features give iPhone and iPod touch users access to a nominees list for each of the 24 categories, see trailers for the 10 Best Picture-nominated films, and predict winners in each of the categories. Users’ predictions will be saved to a database that will enable sharing with friends via social networks such as Facebook and Twitter as well as by e-mail and SMS text.
“We want to connect with movie lovers wherever they are,” said Janet Weiss, the Academy’s director of marketing. “Our Oscar App gives fans a way to participate in all the excitement and buzz right up to and through the show.”
The Oscar App is available for free from the App Store on iPhone and iPod touch or at www.itunes.com/appstore/.
Academy Awards for outstanding film achievements of 2009 will be presented on Sunday, March 7, 2010, at the Kodak Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center®, and televised live by the ABC Television Network beginning at 5 p.m. PT/8 p.m. ET. The Oscar presentation also will be televised live in more than 200 countries worldwide.

Pepe Aguilar Becomes the First Latin Independent Artist to Directly Sell Music on His Website

PEPE AGUILAR
•              Latin recording artist at the forefront of technology, sharing his music through social networks and other digital venues.
 
•              First Latin superstar and independent artist to sell music through his website; starting today, “Chaparrita” is only available exclusively on www.pepeaguilar.com
 
•              The “Chaparrita” MP3 download price is $0.99, boasting the best audio quality market-wide.
Vesper Public Relations

February 16, 2010- Latin superstar Pepe Aguilar, a five-time GRAMMY winner with a three-decade career and countless Gold & Platinum records in the United States and Mexico, reaffirms his status as an artist who is at the forefront of technology, sharing his music through the digital world and on social networks.
 
Pepe Aguilar becomes the first Latin artist and the first independent artist to directly sell music on his website starting today, with the single “Chaparrita” sold exclusively on www.pepeaguilar.com, available for download in an easy, fast and secure manner from any place in the world, and boasting the highest quality audio available on the market. With this last move, Aguilar proves once again that he is an avant-garde artist and entrepreneur, always leading the way when it comes to the industry standard and commitment to the music and his fan base.

 
As mentioned, www.pepeaguilar.com is the first artist website to sell music directly to the fans, without misleading intermediary sites or restrictions from DRM (Digital Rights Management), thanks to which downloading will be made much easier on any music device such as an MP3 (PC, iPod, iPhone, cell, etc.)
 

The song “Chaparrita” costs $0.99 and is of the highest quality audio on the market, with a 320 kbps than KBPS/Bits per second.
 
Download steps for “Chaparrita”: Visit www.pepeaguilar.com/chaparrita, click on “add to cart”, follow the simple instructions to download the song and enjoy it in just minutes on your listening device in a safe manner through your existing PayPal account or a credit card, without the need to create another account.
 

Pepe Aguilar is an artist and entrepreneur who embraces music development in the digital world; this being the first of many markets that he will expand through technology.
 
HIGHLIGHTS
 
              Creates unique contests for his fans through social networks, offering online-exclusive gifts showcasing his “Toro” logo.
 
              Unstoppable on Twitter: One of few Latin artists with more than 100,000 followers and counting.
 
             Broke records with his third video chat (January 2010) with fan participation from various continents, positioning him at the forefront of social network usage (Twitter, Facebook, My Space, YouTube and Flickr).
 
               On Twitter’s Top 5 verified Latin artists.
 
              First Latin recording artist to reach out to and meet with Jack Dorsey, creator, co-founder and president of Twitter.
 
               Effectively utilized social networks to invite his fans to help name his logo, with the name “Toro” as the winner.
 
             Launched his website: www.pepeaguilar.com during Mexican Independence celebration, in September of 2009.
 
 
Visit Pepe Aguilar’s official website:
Follow on Twitter: @Pepe Aguilar

Elizabeth Banks to Host Academy’s Sci Tech Awards

Beverly Hills, CA — Actress Elizabeth Banks will host the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ Scientific and Technical Awards on Saturday, February 20, at the Beverly Wilshire in Beverly Hills. Banks will present 15 awards to 45 individual recipients during the evening. Banks’s upcoming roles will be in the feature film “The Next Three Days” directed by Paul Haggis, opposite Russell Crowe, and in “The Details,” with Tobey Maguire and Laura Linney. Banks’s credits include roles in “Definitely, Maybe,” “W.,” “The 40 Year-Old Virgin,” “Seabiscuit,” “Catch Me If You Can” and the “Spider-Man” trilogy of films.
Academy Awards® for outstanding film achievements of 2009 will be presented on Sunday, March 7, 2010, at the Kodak Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center®, and televised live by the ABC Television Network beginning at 5 p.m. PT/ 8 p.m. ET. The Oscar presentation also will be televised live in more than 200 countries worldwide.

Friday, February 12, 2010

Three Finalists Named in Academy/mtvU Oscar® Correspondent Contest

Student Teams from Chapman University, Emerson College and
Florida A&M University head to Los Angeles for Oscar Week

Beverly Hills, CA — The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and mtvU, MTV’s 24-hour college network, today announced that three teams of college journalists have advanced as finalists in the 2010 Oscar Correspondent Contest. All three teams will head to Los Angeles for Oscar Week as they compete for a coveted spot on the red carpet at the 82nd Annual Academy Awards®. The finalists are (listed in alphabetical order by university):
  • Chapman University, Orange, CA – Rachel Berry (anchor) and Christian Hartnett (videographer)
  • Emerson College, Boston, MA – Terry Stackhouse (anchor) and Zach Cusson (videographer)
  • Florida A&M University, Tallahassee – Brandon McCaskill (anchor) and Kiarra Hart (videographer)
New videos from each finalist team, along with the original entry videos, are now posted online at http://oscars.mtvu.com for a final round of online polling through Tuesday, March 2 at 2 p.m. PT.
All three teams will cover Academy Awards pre-events in Los Angeles, including the Animated Feature Symposium, Foreign Language Film Award photo op, the Makeup Artists and Hairstylists Symposium and the Governors Ball preview. Teams will post their video coverage of these events online at http://oscars.mtvu.com for the public to view.
The Grand Prize team will be revealed on Saturday, March 6, at an Academy press conference. The anchor and videographer will be awarded a spot on the red carpet for the 82nd Academy Awards arrivals as well as access to the backstage press rooms. The two runner-up teams will receive bleacher seats along the red carpet and admission to an Oscar viewing party.
The three finalist teams beat out seven other teams of college journalists as selected by the Academy, mtvU, and by votes. The Oscar Correspondent Contest was open to teams of two college students, one anchor and one videographer, residing in the United States. For a complete list of rules and regulations, please visit http://oscars.mtvu.com.
Academy Awards for outstanding film achievements of 2009 will be presented on Sunday, March 7, 2010, at the Kodak Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center®, and televised live by the ABC Television Network beginning at 5 p.m. PT/8 p.m. ET. The Oscar presentation also will be televised live in more than 200 countries worldwide.

Oscar® Nominees to Be Honored at Academy Luncheon

Beverly Hills, CA — Fourteen of the 20 nominees in the acting categories will be among more than 120 Academy Award® nominees who will gather at noon on Monday (February 15) at the Beverly Hilton Hotel when the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences honors this year’s Oscar contenders at its annual Nominees Luncheon. Additional confirmations are expected to come in over the weekend. From the Leading Actor and Actress categories, Jeff Bridges, George Clooney, Colin Firth, Morgan Freeman, Jeremy Renner, Sandra Bullock, Carey Mulligan, Gabourey Sidibe and Meryl Streep are expected to attend. Vera Farmiga, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Anna Kendrick, Woody Harrelson and Christoph Waltz will represent the Supporting Actress and Actor categories.
All five nominees from the Directing category – Kathryn Bigelow, James Cameron, Lee Daniels, Jason Reitman and Quentin Tarantino – also are expected to attend.
Academy Awards® for outstanding film achievements of 2009 will be presented on Sunday, March 7, 2010, at the Kodak Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center®, and televised live by the ABC Television Network beginning at 5 p.m. PT/ 8 p.m. ET. The Oscar presentation also will be televised live in more than 200 countries worldwide.

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Elizabeth Banks to Host Academy’s Sci Tech Awards

Beverly Hills, CA — Actress Elizabeth Banks will host the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ Scientific and Technical Awards on Saturday, February 20, at the Beverly Wilshire in Beverly Hills. Banks will present 15 awards to 45 individual recipients during the evening.
Banks’s upcoming roles will be in the feature film “The Next Three Days” directed by Paul Haggis, opposite Russell Crowe, and in “The Details,” with Tobey Maguire and Laura Linney. Banks’s credits include roles in “Definitely, Maybe,” “W.,” “The 40 Year-Old Virgin,” “Seabiscuit,” “Catch Me If You Can” and the “Spider-Man” trilogy of films.
Academy Awards® for outstanding film achievements of 2009 will be presented on Sunday, March 7, 2010, at the Kodak Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center®, and televised live by the ABC Television Network beginning at 5 p.m. PT/ 8 p.m. ET. The Oscar presentation also will be televised live in more than 200 countries worldwide.

Moody's Pre-Grammy Networking Event Catapults Rock Band "The Alternates"

Los Angeles, CA  February 11, 2010 - New indie rock band "The Alternates" took the stage at MoodTyme Events Pre-Grammy Power Night Networking Event, also known as "The Biggest Networking Night Of The Year" on January 30th in Los Angeles at The Kress, receiving rave reviews. With humble backgrounds, band members Kevin, Spencer, Erwin, Matt, Tristan and Jake attended Sherman Oaks Center for Enriched Studies in Tarzana, California since the fourth grade and have been playing music together for the past five years. The band recently headlined the Pre-Grammy Networking Event in Hollywood, though the event wasn’t the exact setting that The Alternates are used to playing, they still turned heads. Originally they were only scheduled to play a two-song set. A pair of requested songs that are considered The Alternates “hits” and their oldest songs. However that quickly turned into two sets, totaling six songs, with a replay of their song “Wake Up,” which was requested by event host and CEO of Moodtyme Events, Germaine Moody. “They took over the event, they stole the crowd,” said Moody. “They are a true indie rock band that the world will soon come to know.” As The Alternates ended their second set, a line gathered to get their album and shake their hands. “This event has truly opened so many doors for us,” said Spencer Livingston, lead singer. The Alternates have been busy playing LA venues, including the House of Blues on the Sunset Strip, BB Kings on Universal City Walk, with potential upcoming appearances at The Roxy, the acclaimed music festival South By Southwest, and a Summer tour in the works sponsored by IFLYBABY.COM. For more information on The Alternates, visit www.myspace.com/thealternates and for information on MoodTyme Events, visit www.moodtymeevents.com.

Cruz, Penn and Winslet Return for 82nd Oscar® Show

OBeverly Hills, CA — All three living performers who won Oscars® in the acting categories last year will return to present at the 82nd Academy Awards®, announced telecast producers Adam Shankman and Bill Mechanic. Penélope Cruz will join fellow winners Kate Winslet and Sean Penn as presenters on the March 7 Oscar telecast. (Heath Ledger won the Supporting Actor Oscar posthumously for his performance as the Joker in “The Dark Knight.”) Last year, at the 81st Academy Awards, Cruz took home the Supporting Actress Oscar for her role in “Vicky Cristina Barcelona.” She was previously nominated for her leading role in “Volver,” and is nominated this year for her supporting performance in “Nine.”
Penn has been nominated five times for Actor in a Leading Role and twice took home an Oscar: in 2003 for “Mystic River” and last year for his performance as charismatic politician Harvey Milk in “Milk.” His other nominations came for “Dead Man Walking” (1995), “Sweet and Lowdown” (1999) and “I Am Sam” (2001).
Winslet has been nominated for six Academy Awards and took home an Oscar for her leading role in 2008’s “The Reader.” Previously, she received nominations for her leading roles in “Titanic” (1997), “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind” (2004) and “Little Children” (2006), and nods for her supporting roles in “Sense and Sensibility” (1995) and “Iris” (2001).
Academy Awards for outstanding film achievements of 2009 will be presented on Sunday, March 7, 2010, at the Kodak Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center®, and televised live by the ABC Television Network beginning at 5 p.m. PT/ 8 p.m. ET. The Oscar presentation also will be televised live in more than 200 countries worldwide.

ROSANNE CASH IN A LIVE, HD PERFORMANCE THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 18 AT 9 PM EST / 6 PM PST


NEW DATE CONFIRMED
 ROSANNE CASH IN A LIVE, HD PERFORMANCE THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 18 AT 9 PM EST / 6 PM PST
 
LOG ONTO BILLBOARDLIVE.COM FOR THE ULTIMATE CONCERT EXPERIENCE
 
GLOBAL MEDIA GROUP, OUR WORLD LIVE (OWL), CELEBRATES NEW TECHNOLOGY TO UNITE FANS WORLDWIDE WITH THEIR FAVORITE MUSICIANS ON BILLBOARDLIVE.COM
 
Free Concert Series Available on iPhone and iPod touch

WHAT:           Free HD concert broadcast via BillboardLive.com featuring a live performance from singer-songwriter, Rosanne Cash from The Foundry in New York on Thursday, February 18
 
Fans can easily access the series by simply logging onto: BillboardLive.com where they will be able to safely and securely download the Microsoft Silverlight and OWL HD player onto their computer free of charge with a one-time, simple download.
 
Acclaimed singer-songwriter Rosanne Cash released her 12th studio album, The List, late last year in which the track “ Sea Of Heartbreak ” (feat. Bruce Springsteen) was nominated for a Grammy in the Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals category.  The List features 12 classic songs that were culled from a list of essential country tunes that her legendary father Johnny gave her in 1973, and filtered through her own unique, sophisticated perspective.  The result, a stunning catalog of Cash’s contemporary interpretations in her first-ever covers record.
 
WHEN:           Thursday, February 18 at 9 pm EST / 6 pm PST.   
 
DETAILS:      Our World Live (OWL.TV) and Billboard Magazine have entered into
a strategic alliance to bring music fans BillboardLive.com, a new Internet concert series that allows unprecedented access to the biggest names
in entertainment. Utilizing OWL's state-of-the-art technology, BillboardLive.com provides fans with the ultimate interactive concert viewing experience in HD. Fans have the ability for the first time ever to view the concert from up to five different camera angles of their choosing (depending on viewers' bandwidth). There's a larger full-screen "Director's Cut" view, as well as four other views where one can replace the main image at any time for a unique experience -- all with just the click of their mouse. In addition to the desktop features offered, the concert series is available to all iPhone and iPod touch users. Through these two systems, the concert is viewable in the main "Director's Cut" format and available on the go.
 
No ticket required. Go to BillboardLive.com to see an in-depth video promo featuring Rosanne Cash as well as upcoming and previous artists.
 

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