Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Rich Rossi Presents Awards at New York International Independent Film and Video Festival

BEVERLY HILLS, California: It was a relatively cold Winter night; however, the massive crowd heated up the venue at Confidential, Beverly Hills, California for the film festival red carpet opening night event of The New York International Independent Film and Video Festival.  Numerous awards for film and video were presented to recipients by festival director Rich Rossi.

This year the festival runs from Wednesday, January 30th to Saturday, February 2nd, 2013.  It features feature films, animations, shorts, and web series videos.
Rich Rossi has been the director of  The New York International Independent Film and Video Festival for the past two years.

Visit http://nyfilmvideo.net/ for more information.

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

STEVE HARVEY TO HOST, SAMUEL L. JACKSON, JAMIE FOXX, QUEEN LATIFAH, WANDA SYKES AND TONY GOLDWYN TO PRESENT AT THE ‘44TH NAACP IMAGE AWARDS’

Dennis Haysbert to be in-show Announcer during 
Two-Hour Live Broadcast to air on 
Feb. 1, 8-10 p.m. EST on NBC

Steve Harvey_ by Heidi Gutman NBCLOS ANGELES, CA (January 22, 2013) – The NAACP announced today that comedian, author, radio and talk show host, Steve Harvey will host and Samuel L. Jackson, Jamie Foxx, Queen Latifah, Wanda Sykes and Tony Goldwyn will be part of an all-star line-up to present at the 44th  NAACP IMAGE AWARDS.  In addition, Dennis Haysbert will be the in-show announcer during the LIVE broadcast from Los Angeles’ historic Shrine Auditorium on Friday, Feb. 1, 8-10 p.m. ET (PT tape-delayed) on NBC. 

“I'm honored to be hosting the 44th NAACP Image Awards, and celebrate the variety of film, TV, literary, music contributions, and special honorees this year. We're live on stage, got great things in store for the night!” commented Mr. Harvey. 

The NAACP Image Awards is the premier multicultural awards show.  It celebrates the accomplishments of people of color in the fields of television, music, literature and film, and also honors individuals or groups who promote social justice through creative endeavors. 

The NAACP Image Awards are being produced by Reginald Hudlin and Brad Lachman. Bill Bracken will serve as Supervising Producer and Byron Phillips as Producer. The production team also includes Tony McCuin as Director and Melanie Massie as the Talent Executive.

Nominees for the NAACP Image Awards are determined by the number of entries received by the deadline.  To be eligible, projects must have had a national distribution date between January 1, 2012, and December 31, 2012. For the 2012 voting period, over 1,200 submissions were received by the artists, managers, publicists, production companies, record labels, studios, networks and/or publishers. From those entries, a nominating committee of 300 industry professionals and NAACP leaders from across the country select five nominees in each of the 53 categories. Those results were announced at a press conference. To determine the winners, the members of the NAACP vote via a secured online site. The results are tabulated by the Image Awards auditors, Bert Smith & Co., and the results are confidential until the envelope is opened LIVE on stage during the NBC telecast on Friday, February 1, 2013.

Event sponsors include:  FedEx, UAW/Chrysler, AT&T, Hyundai Motors, Wells Fargo, General Motors, Walmart, Bank of America, Walgreens, Gilead Sciences, AARP, Ford Motor, Anheuser Busch, Pepsico.

For all information and latest news, please visit the official NAACP Image Awards website at http://www.naacpimageawards.net.

Friday, January 18, 2013

KERRY WASHINGTON TO RECEIVE PRESIDENT'S AWARD AT 44th NAACP IMAGE AWARDS

 
Presentation to Trailblazing Actress and Activist 
 To Be Made During Live Broadcast on Feb. 1, 8-10 p.m. EST on NBC

LOS ANGELES, CA (January 18, 2013) – Kerry Washington will be presented with the NAACP President's Award at the 44th  NAACP IMAGE AWARDS, broadcast live from 8-10 p.m. ET (PT tape-delayed) on Feb. 1 on NBC, it was announced today by the NAACP.

The NAACP President’s Award, chosen by NAACP President and CEO Benjamin Todd Jealous, is bestowed in recognition of special achievement and distinguished public service.  Past honorees include Van Jones, President Bill Clinton, Soledad O'Brien, Ruby Dee, Muhammad Ali, and most recently, the Founding Members of the Black Stuntmen’s Association.

“For the first time in 40 years, we have a black woman playing the leading role in a primetime drama on network television. Kerry Washington is a modern trailblazer,” states Jealous.  “Her talent and will have taken her to heights we have not seen in years. She extends the tradition of women like Ruby Dee, Cicily Tyson, and Lena Horne. Rather than seeing her professional success as cause for political silence, she has chosen to use it as a platform for social change. Her championing of the rights of women around the world, and her early work to campaign for President Barack Obama are examples of her willingness to be a politically active and risk-taking woman in real life even as she plays one on TV.”

NAACP award-winning actress, Kerry Washington, is a versatile and fearless actress with an impressive and diverse body of work.  With the critical and commercial success of her most recent projects (Django Unchained and ABC’s Scandal) garnering industry-wide acclaim, as well as her involvement with President Obama’s re-election campaign, Washington has proven herself to be an emerging power player in Hollywood as well as a social and political activist within the community.  

Washington is an active member of the V-Counsel, an esteemed group of advisors to V-Day, the global movement to end violence against women and girls, and she serves on the board of Voices of a People’s History, a non-profit arts and education group.  She also sits on the Artist’s Committee for the largest national advocacy association for the arts, Americans For The Arts.  In 2008, Washington received several accolades including the Women’s Project Women of Achievement Award, the GWU Alumni Association’s Recent Alumni Achievement Award, and the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation Phoenix Award, for Washington’s commitment to social advocacy. In 2009, Washington received the US Conference of Mayors Artist-Citizen Award for public leadership in the arts.  That year she was also named a member of President Obama’s Committee for the Arts and Humanities, headed by First Lady Michelle Obama.

Originally from The Bronx, New York, Washington is a graduate of The Spence School. In 1998, she graduated Magna Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa from The George Washington University. 

The NAACP Image Awards are being produced by Reginald Hudlin and Brad Lachman. Bill Bracken will serve as Supervising Producer and Byron Phillips as producer. The production team also includes Tony McCuin as director and Melanie Massie as the talent executive.  The live show will originate from The Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles.


The NAACP Image Awards is the premier multicultural awards show.  It celebrates the accomplishments of people of color in the fields of television, music, literature and film, and also honors individuals or groups who promote social justice through creative endeavors. 

Event sponsors include  FedEx, AARP, UAW/Chrysler, Wells Fargo, Ford Motor Company, Anheuser Busch, Hyundai Motors, AT&T, Southwest Airlines and Walgreens.

For all information and latest news, please visit the official NAACP Image Awards website at http://www.naacpimageawards.net.

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Carl Reiner and Alec Baldwin to Present the SAG 49th Life Achievement Award to Dick Van Dyke at the 19th Screen Actors Guild Awards®

LOS ANGELES (January 15, 2013) — Veteran writer, director, producer and actor Carl Reiner, along with seven-time SAG Award® winner and 18-time nominee Alec Baldwin, will present the SAG 49th Life Achievement Award to Dick Van Dyke at the 19th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards, executive producer and director Jeff Margolis announced today.
SAG-AFTRA is honoring Van Dyke for his career achievement and humanitarian accomplishments. Past recipients of the Life Achievement Award include Mary Tyler Moore, Ernest Borgnine, Betty White, James Earl Jones, Charles Durning, Julie Andrews, Shirley Temple Black, James Garner, Karl Malden, Clint Eastwood, Edward Asner, Ossie Davis and Ruby Dee, Sidney Poitier, Kirk Douglas, Elizabeth Taylor, Angela Lansbury, Robert Redford and George Burns.

In 1961, Reiner and Van Dyke collaborated together on “The Dick Van Dyke Show,” which Reiner created, based on his experiences as a comedy writer, and in which he co-starred as the toupee-wearing producer, Alan Brady. The series, which broke new ground in television and is said to have ushered in the golden age of the situation comedy, would become one of the most famous and best loved sitcoms in television history. Adored by audiences and critics alike, the series earned four Outstanding Comedy Series Emmy® Awards during the show’s five-year run, seven Emmys and a nomination for Reiner, three Emmys for Van Dyke and two Emmys and a nomination for co-star Mary Tyler Moore (recipient of the 2012 Life Achievement Award). In 2004, Reiner executive produced and co-starred in “The Dick Van Dyke Show Revisited,” which CBS Television produced along with TV Land. Among Reiner’s many other notable credits: directing “The Jerk,” “All of Me” and “Oh, God!”; performing in “It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World,” “Dead Men Don’t Wear Plaid” and the “Ocean’s” movies opposite George Clooney and Matt Damon; and authoring such books as “Enter Laughing,” “All Kinds of Love” and “How Paul Robeson Saved My Life.”

Baldwin is the recipient of seven Screen Actors Guild Awards. This year, he is a two-time nominee for his role as Jack Donaghy on “30 Rock” and as a member of the cast. He began his career on the NBC soap opera “The Doctors” and later starred in “Knots Landing.” He has appeared in more than 40 films including “Beetlejuice,” “Working Girl,” “The Hunt for Red October,” “Glengarry Glen Ross,” “The Cooler,” for which he was Oscar nominated, and “It’s Complicated,” with Meryl Streep. Baldwin was most recently seen opposite Tom Cruise in “Rock of Ages” and heard as the voice of North in the animated feature “Rise of the Guardians.” Later this year, he’ll star in the Woody Allen comedy “Blue Jasmine” opposite Cate Blanchett. Baldwin is a dedicated supporter of numerous causes related to public policy and the arts. As the inaugural SAG Foundation ambassador, Baldwin is helping to raise awareness of the Foundation's philanthropic programs and to encourage support and contributions from those within the industry as well as the general public.

The Emmy-winning Van Dyke made his television-acting debut in 1957 and Broadway debut in 1959. The following year his career soared when he was cast opposite Chita Rivera in the Broadway production of “Bye Bye Birdie.” His performance as Albert Peterson earned Van Dyke a Tony® Award and brought him to the attention of Reiner, who signed him for a pilot opposite newcomer Moore. In 1963, Van Dyke spent his series’ hiatus shooting the film version of “Bye Bye Birdie” in 1963 followed by “What a Way to Go” and Disney’s 1964 musical classic “Mary Poppins,” which won five Academy Awards®, including one for star Julie Andrews (recipient of the 2006 Life Achievement Award). Van Dyke earned a Golden Globe® nomination and, with Andrews, a Grammy®. A run of films followed including “Lt. Robin Crusoe, USN,” “Divorce American Style,” “Fitzwilly,” “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang” and “The Comic,” directed by Reiner, among others. He returned to movies again in 1979’s “The Runner Stumbles,” 1990’s “Dick Tracy” and more recently, the Ben Stiller comedy “Night at the Museum” (2006). On the small screen, his numerous roles include the crime-solving physician Dr. Mark Sloan in “Diagnosis: Murder,” which ran from 1993 to 2001. The ever-energetic Van Dyke has written several books and in 2000, formed Dick Van Dyke & the Vantastix, an a cappella quartet. Among the venues they’ve played are the Disney Concert Hall and Ford’s Theatre in Washington, D.C., with the President and First Lady in the front row.

For nearly 20 years Van Dyke has been committed to volunteering at Los Angeles’ century-old shelter, The Midnight Mission. He helped raise millions for their new building program and is there every Thanksgiving, Christmas, Easter and times in between offering comfort and cheer. He is passionate about raising funds for music and art programs for public schools and became a spokesperson for the National Reye’s Syndrome Foundation in 1967 after losing a granddaughter to that disease. In 2010, he was named the first spokesperson for the Cell Therapy Foundation.

The 19th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards, one of the awards season’s premier events, will be simulcast live coast-to-coast on TNT and TBS on Sunday, Jan. 27, 2013, at 8 p.m. (ET)/5 p.m. (PT) from the Shrine Exposition Center in Los Angeles. An encore primetime telecast will begin immediately following on TNT at 10 p.m. (ET)/7 p.m. (PT). The ceremony will also be telecast internationally, as well as to U.S. military installations overseas through the American Forces Network Broadcast Center.

Recipients of the honors for Outstanding Action Performances by Film and Television Stunt Ensembles announced at 6:15 p.m. (ET)/3:15 p.m. (PT) during the red carpet pre-show webcast on tntdrama.com, tbs.com and People.com which begins at 6 p.m. (ET)/3 p.m. (PT)

The 19th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards® presented by SAG-AFTRA will be produced by Jeff Margolis Productions in association with Screen Actors Guild Awards®, LLC. For more information about the SAG Awards, SAG-AFTRA, TNT and TBS, visit sagawards.org/about, “like” us at facebook.com/sagawardsofficialpage, follow us at twitter.com/sagawards, follow us SAG Awards on Google+ at google.com/+SAGawards, on Instagram by following @sagawards, and on Tumblr at sagawards.tumblr.com.

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

BOOBIE $OPRANO UNVEILS NEW “DRUGZ” VIDEO FROM RECENTLY RELEASED “SMOKIN MIRRORS MIXTAPE”

The Gardena native releases second visual from his highly anticipated mixtape and announces affiliation with Bad Boy artist Red Cafe

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LOS ANGELES, CA (Jan. 8, 2012) -- Boobie $oprano (Mack 10’s Hoobangin Records) continues to keep Gardena, CA on the map with the release of a new video for his street single “Drugz” from his mixtape “Smokin’ Mirrors” released last month. The gritty record spotlights Boobie’s smooth, no-nonsense flow over a dark, theatrical-esque beat produced by DL Soundz. Boobie’s highly anticipated mixtape took the industry by storm, garnering over 6,500 downloads exclusively on DatPiff.com and over 11,700 WorldStarHipHop.com views on his first video “L.I.E.” The West Coast rising star recently announced he linked up with Bad Boy recording artist Red CafĂ© and is now apart of his Shakedown Records crew.

“Smokin’ Mirrors” features appearances by Glasses Malone, Mac Lucci, Baby Bounce, K Boy, Ross P, and Lil Bam, with production by E Dubb for Tracklayers, DL Soundz and J Classic. The project is a foretaste of what’s to come on Boobie $oprano’s highly anticipated debut album “Gunsta Rap,” expected to drop later this year.

Stay up with Boobie $oprano online at:
www.DaBoobieTrap.com, Twitter.com/daBOOBIETRAP and Facebook.com/BoobieSoprano.
 
@DABOOBIETRAP

For more information, contact Echoing Soundz:
Echo Hattix: echohattix@echoingsoundz.net

Major Press Conference from UBC-TV to Announce Floyd Mayweather, Sugar Shane Mosley ABA Basketball League & Mix Martial Arts (MMA), signs with UBC Sports


The new UBC-TV Network makes major move and acquires Boxing Championship Fights, ABA Basketball & MMA Matches.



On January 11th 2013, in Los Angeles- UBC- TV Network owner Peggy Dodson will announce three big signings to UBC Sports. Boxing's Five-division world champion/Eight world title winner “Floyd Mayweather” will be fighting under the UBC Sports umbrella. After some time off, Mayweather is ready and eager to fight in 2013 with the viewers of UBC-TV Sports fans looking on. UBC Sports will show some of Mayweathers best fights as part of the station line up. Mayweather will also have his own show on the network called "Money Mayweather's: Thursday Night Knockout". On hand to announce this partnership to the media will be Tony Burrell, Head of Mayweather Productions.

The next big announcement is the return to the ring of IBF, WBC and WBA Champion “Sugar Shane Mosley”. On June 4, 2012, Shane Mosley officially announced his retirement from boxing. The boxing great has since decided to bring back the electricity to the ring, which Mr. Mosley and his beautiful family, will be announcing in detail at the press conference . Mr. Mosley is also scheduled to debut his new reality show on the UBC-TV Network titled 'The Moselys- The Fight Continues".

Tony Martinez will also be apart of the press conference to discuss Mix Martial Arts on UBC Sports. Tony Martinez is a Boxing and Striking coach with many years of experience. Since 1978 he has promoted over 50 world class championship fighting events throughout the world. Mr. Martinez has represented world-class professional championship boxers such as Julio Cesar Chavez, Sr., Rodolfo “El Gato” Gonzalez, Carlos Palomino, Jose Luis Ramirez, and Alexis Arguello. He has also worked along side world renown boxing trainers such as Cristobol Rosas, Zurdo Felix, Jose “Pepe” Diaz, and Ramon Arias to help train many other world class boxing champions.
In addition, Don Sanchez of American Basketball Association will officially introduce to the media the partnership between UBC Sports and the ABA Basketball league. The first ever TV taping of the ABA League took place on Saturday, December 8th, 2012 as UBC Sports broadcast live from Centenary College in Hackettstown, NJ. The Jersey Express hosted the Connecticut TopBallerz at the network's launch, which included celebrity guests on hand to wish the new station well. The Launch was a huge success and gathered national attention. The game was called by The Voice of UBC Sports “Matt Waymire” and special guest commutator former LA Laker “Kareem Rush”. Please feel free to view the media link at http://youtu.be/E-0NPCb6nWw

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Romane Simon Taps Ed Magik as Associate Producer of Extending the Cut Television Show

Extending the Cut Television Show -- Ed Magik, Liz Fuller, and Romane Simon
Pictured L-to-R: Ed Magik, Liz Fuller, Romane Simon
Romane Simon, Executive Producer of Extending the Cut Television Show, taps Ed Magik as Associate Producer.for the December 22nd taping.   Ed Magik, Founder and Executive Producer of Ed Magik TV, brings his experience of being a producer and associate producer of several Public Access television shows to Extending the Cut, an entertainment show hosted by actress/model Liz Fuller on KPAS Television, City of Pasadena. 

Ed Magik plans to scout talent for the show as well as help with the technical production of the show. 

Extending the Cut features a variety of entertainment including guest interviews, performances, fashion, and comedy.  "This is the type of show that really helps aspiring talent get public exposure.", said Ed Magik.    "it also reminds me of Ed Magik's Talent Showcase", said Ed Magik, who created and produced that show in 1999, which aired on AT&T Public Access channels and featured local talent.


Extending the Cut is a program on KPAS, the television station for The City of Pasadena.  KPAS offers Pasadena residents a variety of programming.

Theproduction staff for Extending the Cut as listed on IMDB follows:
Ranita Cherrell Coleman .... assistant producer
Martel Collins .... producer
Liz Fuller .... co-producer
Ed Magik .... associate producer
Zac Polhamus .... producer
Romane Simon .... executive producer


One of the guests on Extending the Cut was Yelpy, and Irish born song writer, singer and guitarist.   The show is growing and you will soon be able to watch full episodes of Extending the Cut on-line.

For more information about Extending the Cut, visit Extending the Cut on Facebook.



  

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