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IT’S AN UNFORGETTABLE HOMECOMING AT THE LEGENDARY APOLLO THEATER WHEN MUSIC AND COMEDY STARS, INCLUDING TRACY MORGAN, MIKE EPPS, GABRIEL IGLESIAS, EN VOGUE, DOUG E. FRESH, RAKIM AND BELL BIV DEVOE, CELEBRATE “SHOWTIME AT THE APOLLO” AIRING MONDAY, DECEMBER 5, ON FOX

November 20, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Two-Hour Special Hosted by Steve Harvey

Don’t miss an unforgettable night when comedy icons Tracy Morgan, Mike Epps and Gabriel Iglesias; rappers Doug E. Fresh and Rakim; and classic musical acts Bell Biv DeVoe and En Vogue return home to the Apollo stage on SHOWTIME AT THE APOLLO. The two-hour event, hosted by Emmy Award-winning personality Steve Harvey, airs Monday, Dec. 5 (8:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. Additional guests and performers to be announced.

 

Along with the well-known acts, the special will showcase Apollo’s legendary Amateur Night – the long-running, live talent competition, now in its 82nd year – which provides a platform for up-and-coming artists to perform in front of the toughest audience in the world. The Apollo audience is famed as one of entertainment’s most boisterous and brutally honest and those amateurs who don’t win over the crowd risk being booed off the stage.

 

About the Apollo Theater

The legendary Apollo Theater – the soul of American culture – plays a vital role in cultivating emerging talents and launching legends. Since its founding, the Apollo has served as a center of innovation and a creative catalyst for Harlem, the city of New York and the world. With music at its core, the Apollo’s programming extends to dance, theater, performance art, spoken word initiatives and more. This includes the October 2014 premiere and 2015 international tour of the dance celebration project “James Brown: Get on the Good Foot”; the annual Africa Now! Festival; Apollo Club Harlem; and the 2016 New York premiere of the opera “Charlie Parker’s YARDBIRD.” The Apollo is a presenting organization that also produces festivals, large-scale dance and music works organized around a set of core initiatives: Apollo Music Signature Programs – Amateur Night, Salon Series and Apollo Music Café; Legacy Series – work that celebrates and extends the Apollo’s legacy through a contemporary lens; Global Festivals, including the Women of the World (WOW) Festival and Breakin’ Convention; international and U.S.-based artist presentations focused on a specific theme; and Special Projects – multidisciplinary work with partner organizations. Since introducing the first Amateur Night contests in 1934, the Apollo Theater has served as a testing ground for new artists working across a variety of art forms, and has ushered in the emergence of many new musical genres, – including jazz, swing, bebop, R&B, gospel, blues, soul, and hip hop. Among the countless legendary performers who launched their careers at the Apollo are D’Angelo, Lauryn Hill, Machine Gun Kelly, Miri Ben Ari, Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughan, Billie Holiday, James Brown, Michael Jackson, Gladys Knight, Luther Vandross and Stevie Wonder; and the Apollo’s forward-looking artistic vision continues to build on this legacy.

 

The Apollo Theater is a not-for-profit organization with the mission to extend the institution’s role in fostering artistic innovation and in building appreciation of American culture around the world. For more information, visit www.apollotheater.org.

 

 

SHOWTIME AT THE APOLLO will be executive-produced by Jim Roush and Chris Wagner for the Roush-Wagner Company. Reginald Hudlin will executive-produce and serve as showrunner.  Don Weiner will executive-produce and direct the special. Jonelle Procope will serve as an executive producer for the Apollo Theater and Michael Antinoro will serve as an executive producer for IMG. “Like” the series on Facebook at facebook.com/FOXTV  and facebook.com/ApolloTheater. Follow the special @FOXTV and @ApolloTheater.

 

BRAVO MEDIA PREMIERES SEASON THREE OF SCRIPTED SERIES “GIRLFRIENDS’ GUIDE TO DIVORCE” ON WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 11 AT 10PM ET/PT

November 17, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

NEW YORK – November 10, 2016 – Bravo Media’s first original scripted series “Girlfriends’ Guide to Divorce,” from Universal Cable Productions (UCP), returns for season three on Wednesday, January 11 at 10 PM ET/PT. Created and executive produced by Marti Noxon, the series follows Abby McCarthy (Lisa Edelstein) and her tightknit circle of friends, as they pick up the pieces and explore a newfound sense of freedom. The season two finale of “Girlfriends’ Guide to Divorce” (2/23/16) ranked as the most-watched episode of the season, delivering 1.3 million total viewers.  For a sneak peek, click here: http://www.bravotv.com/girlfriends-guide-to-divorce/season-3/videos/a-sneak-peek-at-the-new-season-of-girlfriends-guide-to

This season, the women deal with redefining themselves while experiencing significant changes in their personal and professional lives. Abby struggles to revamp her image and figure out what’s next after her meeting with SheShe goes awry. With her ex Jake (Paul Adelstein) handling finances, Abby switches gears to try her hand at romance novels and finds inspiration from her son’s enigmatic baseball coach, Mike (James Lesure). After being left at the altar, Delia (Necar Zadegan) questions if she is marriage material and focuses her attention on getting her career back on track.  Jo (Alanna Ubach) takes a risk mixing business and pleasure with her sex addict head baker Scott (Will Kemp) while also dealing with the repercussions of her alcoholic ex-husband Frumpkis (Maury Sterling). Barbara (Retta) gets a new role at SheShe and treats herself to a kitchen renovation, bringing a new man into her life, handsome contractor Darrell (Malcolm-Jamal Warner), who just may fix more than her stove. Meanwhile, Phoebe (Beau Garett) deals with the consequences of rushing into her marriage with J.D (Aaron Staton) and finds escape in her friendship with a charismatic billionaire named Gemma (Daisy Betts).

For more information on the show, please visit: Bravotv.com/girlfriends-guide-to-divorce.  In addition, fans can check out the official Facebook page and join the conversation on Twitter @BravoTV and @BravoGG2D using the hashtag #GG2D.

“Girlfriends’ Guide to Divorce” is produced by Universal Cable Productions (UCP) with Marti Noxon, Vicki Iovine, Meryl Poster, Robert Duncan McNeill, Emily Fox and Adam Milch serving as Executive Producers.

About Bravo Media

Bravo Media is the premiere lifestyle and entertainment brand that drives the cultural conversation around its high-quality, interactive original content that focuses on the network’s passion points of food, fashion, beauty, design, digital and pop culture. The network’s diversified slate includes Bravo’s first scripted series “Girlfriends’ Guide to Divorce,” scripted comedy “Odd Mom Out,” and unscripted favorites such as Emmy award-winning “Top Chef,” “Vanderpump Rules,” “Below Deck,” “Southern Charm” and the popular “Million Dollar Listing” and “The Real Housewives” franchises as well as the only live late-night talk show, “Watch What Happens Live.” Available in 92 million homes, Bravo is a program service of NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment, a division of NBCUniversal, one of the world’s leading media and entertainment companies in the development, production, and marketing of entertainment, news, and information to a global audience. Watch Bravo anywhere: On Demand, online or across mobile and connected TVs. Bravo has been an NBCUniversal cable network since December 2002 and first launched in December 1980.

About Universal Cable Productions

Universal Cable Productions (UCP) creates innovative and critically acclaimed original scripted and digital content across media platforms for domestic and international distribution. In the U.S., UCP’s programming can be seen across various networks including the Emmy and Golden Globe award-winning drama “Mr. Robot,” “Colony,” “Playing House,” “Royal Pains” and “Suits” on USA Network; “The Magicians,” “12 Monkeys,” and “Killjoys” on Syfy; “Girlfriends’ Guide To Divorce” on Bravo; “The Royals” on E!; and “Difficult People” on Hulu. UCP’s content library includes critic and fan favorites such as the Emmy-award winning “Monk” as well as “Psych” and “Battlestar Galactica.” Universal Cable Productions is a part of NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment, a division of NBCUniversal, one of the world’s leading media and entertainment companies. Follow us @UCPisTV.

Source: Nielsen media research, Live+3

 

“MARIAH’S WORLD” PREMIERES SUNDAY, DECEMBER 4TH AT 9PM ET/PT ON E! and BRAVO

November 17, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Subsequent New Episodes of The Eight Part Event Will air Sundays at 9pm ET/PT on E! and Gives an Inside Look at the Superstar’s Life, Evolving Professional Career and Complicated Personal Relationships A Brand New Supertease Takes Viewers Into the Documentary Series 

MARIAH'S WORLD -- Season: 1 -- Pictured: Mariah Carey -- (Photo by: James Dimmock/ E! Entertainment)

MARIAH’S WORLD — Season: 1 — Pictured: Mariah Carey — (Photo by: James Dimmock/ E! Entertainment)

LOS ANGELES, CA-  November 17, 2016E!’sMariah’s World gives fans, viewers and “lambs” alike a peek into the life of the award-winning singer, songwriter and icon Mariah Carey. During the eight-part event, Mariah is faced with the overwhelming demands of her time as she launches her world tour, plans a wedding and is a loving doting mommy to her twins.  “Mariah’s World” premieres on E! and Bravo  Sunday, December 4th at 9pm ET/PT, with subsequent episodes airing on E! Sundays at 9pm ET/PT. The docu-series will also air globally on E!’s 15 international channels across North America, Europe, Asia, Australia, New Zealand, Africa and Latin America. For a sneak peek of “Mariah’s World” please visit: http://eonli.ne/2eKNept and http://eonli.ne/2fJFKQh

To access new gallery and episodic photos, please click here: http://bit.ly/2flwGk0

When Mariah isn’t selling out world tours or taking diamond filled luxurious bubble baths, she is shaking things up in her professional life and has brought on Stella Bulochnikov, as her tough, new manager. Stella is determined to steer the ship and tighten things up, which leaves some of Mariah’s large entourage consisting of a creative director, hair and makeup artists and dancers on edge.  Part of Stella’s quest to take Mariah’s career to new heights includes her first world tour in over a decade. In a group filled with strong personalities, conflicts arise and tensions build up leaving the diva herself on pins and needles. Mariah’s personal life is filled with special moments with her babies, who always come first and have joined her for the tour. Between being a mommy and working hard to give her lambs her best on stage every night, she is also trying to find time to plan a wedding. Beyond the flashing lights and adoring fans, “Mariah’s World” is a fantasy many wish was their reality.

The best-selling female artist of all time, with more than 220 million records sold and eighteen #1 singles – the most for any solo artist in history – Mariah Carey is a luminous and enduring talent who has enthralled audiences for a quarter-century. As a singer, songwriter and producer, Carey has been recognized with five Grammy Awards, 21 American Music Awards, 14 Billboard Music Awards and BMI’s coveted Icon Award, among myriad others, and was named Billboard’s Artist of the Decade and the World Music Awards’ World’s Best Selling Female Artist of the Millennium. A Congressional Award recipient, Mariah Carey has generously donated her time and energy to a range of philanthropic causes including Save the Music, World Hunger Relief, the Elton John AIDS Foundation and the Make-A-Wish Foundation, which bestowed its 2006 Wish Icon Award upon her and permanently rechristening it the Mariah Carey Wish Icon Award.

“Mariah’s World” is produced by Bunim/Murray productions in association with Magic Carpet Productions. Gil Goldschein, Jeff Jenkins, Farnaz Farjam and Chris Ray are Executive Producers for Bunim/Murray Productions.  Mariah Carey and Stella Bulochnikov serve as Executive Producers.

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About E! Entertainment

E! is the only global, multi-platform brand for all things pop culture. The network is currently available to 91 million cable and satellite subscribers in the U.S. “E! News” airs nightly on the network and is the leading multi-platform publisher delivering breaking entertainment news and pop culture coverage 24/7 across all digital and social media. E! programming includes popular series “Keeping Up with the Kardashians,” “Total Divas,” “Botched,” “Hollywood Medium with Tyler Henry,” “WAGS,” and “Fashion Police,” as well as the network’s first original scripted series “The Royals.”  Additionally, E!’s “Live from the Red Carpet” signature events keep fans connected to their favorite stars on pop culture’s biggest nights. E! is a network of NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment, a division of NBCUniversal, one of the world’s leading media and entertainment companies in the development, production, and marketing of entertainment, news and information to a global audience. For more corporate information, visit www.nbcuniversal.com.

About Bunim/Murray Productions

Bunim/Murray Productions (BMP) is the leading producer of innovative entertainment content.  The Emmy Award-winning company is widely credited with creating the reality television genre with its hit series The Real World (32 seasons on MTV).  BMP continued to innovate with the first reality game show, “Road Rules (MTV),” in 1995; the first reality sitcom, “The Simple Life (E!),” in 2003; and the first reality soap opera, “Starting Over,” in 2003. BMP’s current programming includes “Mariah’s World,” “Keeping up with the Kardashians,” “Rob & Chyna,” “Total Divas,” “Total Bellas” and “So Cosmo” (E!), “The Real World” and “The Challenge (MTV),” “Project Runway” and “Project Runway All Stars” (Lifetime), “Valerie’s Home Cooking” (Food Network), “Born This Way” (A&E), “The Gary Owen Show” (BET), “Earth Live” (National Geographic), “Bill Nye Saves the World” (Netflix), “The Selection: Special Operations Experiment” (History) and “Chachi’s World” (go90).  BMP has also produced films, including “They Call Us Monsters,” “Valentine Road” (HBO), “Pedro” (MTV) and the Emmy Award-winning “Autism: The Musical” (HBO). BMP has launched additional entities including BMP Films, BMP Digital and BMP Latin. Based in Van Nuys, CA, the company was founded in 1987 by Jonathan Murray and the late Mary-Ellis Bunim, who were inducted into the Television Academy’s Hall of Fame in 2012. The company joined Banijay Group in 2010.

 

FOUR COUPLES REMAIN IN ONE OF THE TIGHTEST RACES EVER, BUT ONLY ONE CAN TAKE HOME THE COVETED MIRRORBALL TROPHY, ON THE TWO-PART SEASON FINALE OF ‘DANCING WITH THE STARS,’ NOVEMBER 21 & 22

November 17, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Len Goodman Returns to the Ballroom as Head Judge

Musical Performers Include Train, Andy Grammer, Vanilla Ice and Kenny ‘Babyface’ Edmonds

Each Celebrity Will Perform a Freestyle Dance

The Season 23 Champion Will Be Revealed at The Grove on Tuesday, November 22

“Episodes 2311 & 2312” – After weeks of stunning competitive dancing, the final four couples advance to the finals of “Dancing with the Stars,” live, MONDAY, NOVEMBER 21 (8:00-10:01 p.m. EST), on the ABC Television Network. Len Goodman returns to the ballroom as head judge for the two-part season finale. It’s one of the closest races ever on the show, with some of the most skilled dancing celebrity contestants have ever pulled off. At the end of the night, one couple will be eliminated. The remaining three couples will have one last night of competitive dancing as they perform a “24-Hour Fusion Challenge,” vying to score some extra judges’ points, and one couple will be crowned the “Dancing with the Stars” champion, culminating an incredible season, which will be announced live from The Grove on TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 22 (9:00-11:00 p.m. EST).

On MONDAY, NOVEMBER 21 (8:00-10:01 p.m. EST), the four finalists will each perform two dances – a Redemption Style dance (paso doblé, Viennese waltz or tango), and a freestyle dance – one of the biggest competitive dances of the season.  In addition, Grammy Award-winning Train will perform its hit “Play That Song,” and there will also be a special performance from this winter’s most talked about movie, Lionsgate’s “La La Land” (in select cities December 9, expanding December 16), choreographed by Mandy Moore.

The couples will dance to the following songs (in alphabetical order):

Laurie Hernandez & Valentin Chmerkovskiy
Redemption Style: Paso Doblé – “Wicked Ones” by Dorothy
Freestyle – “Brand New” by Ben Rector

James Hinchcliffe & Sharna Burgess
Redemption Style: Tango – “It Had to Be You” by Harry Connick Jr.
Freestyle: “Beethoven’s 5 Secrets” by The Piano Guys

Calvin Johnson Jr. & Lindsay Arnold
Redemption Style: Viennese Waltz – “I Am Your Man” by Ryan Shaw
Freestyle: “Please Mr. Postman”/”I Want You Back” medley by The Marvelettes/Jackson 5

Jana Kramer & Gleb Savchenko
Redemption Style: Tango – “Stay the Night” by Zedd
Freestyle: “Unstoppable” by Sia

At the end of the night, one couple will be eliminated, and the three remaining couples will go on to vie for the coveted Mirrorball.

In the two-hour season finale on TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 22 (9:00-11:00 p.m. EST), the three finalists advance to the final stage of the competition. There will be live dancing and show-stopping performances at both The Grove and in the “Dancing with the Stars” ballroom. The night kicks off with a high-energy opening number, featuring a reunion of all 13 of this season’s couples, at The Grove, Caruso’s award-winning retail, dining and lifestyle destination. The season finale will be filled with performances from Vanilla Ice, who will perform “Ice Ice Baby,” featuring Rick Perry and Witney Carson; a special guest performance by Andy Grammer of his global smash hit single, “Fresh Eyes,” 11-time Grammy-winner Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds performing “Winter Wonderland” from his Christmas album, featuring pro dancers Artem Chigvintsev, Cheryl Burke and Allison Holker; and an all-male number to Bruno Mars’ “24K,” featuring the men from this season, including Ryan Lochte, Calvin Johnson, James Hinchcliffe, Maks Chmerkovskiy and Val Chmerkovskiy, among others. In addition, the season finale also features a special performance choreographed by Mandy Moore. This innovative and magical dance celebrates your favorite and heartwarming holiday traditions and stars some of your favorite “Dancing with the Stars” dancers, including Maksim Chmerkovskiy, Witney Carson, Artem Chignvinstev, and many more, and uses technology that will have to be seen to be believed! This is one performance that cannot be missed! There will also be a special performance from the upcoming “Dancing with the Stars: Live! We Came to Dance” tour, hitting the road this winter.

Couples from across the season will celebrate their time on the show by repeating one of their favorite dances, including Laurie & Val’s trio with Maks, Amber Rose & Maks dancing to “Woman Up” by Meghan Trainor, Maureen McCormick dancing to “(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman,” with Artem, Jana & Gleb’s infamous dance to “Hands to Myself,” by Selena Gomez, and more.

In the last element of competition, the couples will perform a new routine as part of a “24-Hour Fusion Challenge.” The remaining couples will fuse two contrasting dance styles, and they’ll have less than 24 hours to prepare that dance for judges’ points. The votes from November 21 will be combined along with the judges’ points from the “24-Hour Fusion Challenge” to determine the winner. At the end of the night at The Grove, a champion will be named, and the winner will be presented with the coveted Mirrorball trophy.

Hosted by two-time Emmy-winning host Tom Bergeron and Erin Andrews (sports host and ”Dancing with the Stars” season 10 finalist), “Dancing with the Stars” is the hit series in which celebrities perform choreographed dance routines which are judged by a panel of renowned ballroom experts, including dancers/choreographers Bruno Tonioli, Carrie Ann Inaba and Julianne Hough.

For week 11, viewers may cast their votes for their favorite couples via phone on Monday night during and up to 60 minutes after the end of the “Dancing with the Stars” broadcast in each time zone. Online voting at www.ABC.com and on Facebook at https://apps.facebook.com/votedwts/ is open for 24 hours, beginning from the start of each episode on the East Coast at 8:00 p.m. EST/5:00 p.m. PST and closing at 8:00 p.m. EST/5:00 p.m. PST on Tuesday evenings.

“Dancing with the Stars” is produced by BBC Worldwide Productions. Rob Wade, Ashley Edens-Shaffer and Joe Sungkur are executive producers. Phil Heyes directs. “Dancing with the Stars” is broadcast in 720 Progressive (720P), ABC’s selected HDTV format, with 5.1 channel surround sound. This program carries a TV-PG, L parental guideline.

About BBC Worldwide Productions
BBC Worldwide Productions is a key business under BBC Worldwide North America, the U.S. division of the main commercial arm and wholly-owned subsidiary of the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC), BBC Worldwide.  Based in Los Angeles, BBC Worldwide Productions develops and produces scripted and unscripted projects based on BBC formats/brands for cable and broadcast networks, as well as digital platforms. Key titles include “Dancing with the Stars” (ABC), “Getting On” (HBO), “Top Gear” (History), the limited series “The Night Of” (HBO) and the upcoming game show, “Hypnotize Me” (FOX).

 

 

A POWER STRUGGLE BETWEEN CASTAWAYS ERUPTS AND EACH PLAYER TRIES TO ARM THEMSELVES WITH ALLIES, ON A TWO-HOUR “SURVIVOR,” WEDNESDAY, NOV. 23

November 17, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

“Million Dollar Gamble” – A power struggle between castaways erupts, and each player tries to arm themselves with allies. Also, tensions rise when castaways from Gen X turn on each other and one castaway throws another under the bus to build trust in the game, on a two-hour SURVIVOR, Wednesday, Nov. 23 (8:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.

CHEAT TWEET: 2-Hour #Survivor! A power struggles erupts & castaways begin turning on each other! 11/23 8PM #MillennialsvsGenX #CBS http://bit.ly/2g3gwNT

MERGED “Vinaka” Tribe

Sunday Burquest

Chris Hammons

Adam Klein

Bret LaBelle

Jessica Lewis

Ken McNickle

Hannah Shapiro

Zeke Smith

Justin “Jay” Starrett

Will Wahl

David Wright

MILLENNIALS “Vanua” Tribe GEN X “Takali” Tribe

Michaela Bradshaw (Seventh Eliminated) Rachel Ako (First Eliminated)

Jessica “Figgy” Figueroa (Sixth Eliminated) Sunday Burquest

Adam KleinChris Hammons

Michelle Schubert (Eighth Eliminated) Lucy Huang (Fourth Eliminated)

Hannah Shapiro Bret LaBelle

Zeke Smith Jessica Lewis

Justin “Jay” Starrett Ken McNickle

Taylor Stocker (Ninth Eliminated) Ciandre “CeCe” Taylor (Fifth Eliminated)

Mari Takahashi (Second Eliminated) Paul Wachter (Third Eliminated)

Will Wahl David Wright

SURVIVOR is hosted by Emmy Award-winning host Jeff Probst and produced by SEG, Holdco, LLC. Mark Burnett and Jeff Probst are executive producers.

 

27 ANIMATED FEATURES SUBMITTED FOR 2016 OSCAR® RACE

November 12, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

LOS ANGELES, CA — A record 27 features have been submitted for consideration in the Animated Feature Film category for the 89th Academy Awards®.

The submitted features, listed in alphabetical order, are:
“The Angry Birds Movie”
“April and the Extraordinary World”
“Bilal”
“Finding Dory”
“Ice Age: Collision Course”
“Kingsglaive Final Fantasy XV”
“Kubo and the Two Strings”
“Kung Fu Panda 3”
“The Little Prince”
“Long Way North”
“Miss Hokusai”
“Moana”
“Monkey King: Hero Is Back”
“Mune”
“Mustafa & the Magician”
“My Life as a Zucchini”
“Phantom Boy”
“The Red Turtle”
“Sausage Party”
“The Secret Life of Pets”
“Sing”
“Snowtime!”
“Storks”
“Trolls”
“25 April”
“Your Name.”
“Zootopia”

Several of the films have not yet had their required Los Angeles qualifying run. Submitted features must fulfill the theatrical release requirements and comply with all of the category’s other qualifying rules before they can advance in the voting process. Depending on the number of films that qualify, two to five nominees may be voted. Sixteen or more films must qualify for the maximum of five nominees to be voted.

Films submitted in the Animated Feature Film category also may qualify for Academy Awards in other categories, including Best Picture, provided they meet the requirements for those categories.

Nominations for the 89th Oscars® will be announced on Tuesday, January 24, 2017.

The 89th Oscars will be held on Sunday, February 26, 2017, at the Dolby Theatre® at Hollywood & Highland Center® in Hollywood, and will be televised live on the ABC Television Network at 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT. The Oscars also will be televised live in more than 225 countries and territories worldwide.

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MARK HAMILL’S POP CULTURE QUEST premieres on Comic­Con HQ on November 15

November 11, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

PREMIERES NOVEMBER 15, 2016
And airs Tuesdays
On www.Comic-ConHQ.com

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On November 15th the force will be strong on devices across the nation as Mark Hamill’s Pop Culture Quest comes to Comic–Con HQ. Mark Hamill has been collecting comic books, original artwork, toys and other mementos since the early 1970s and now he gets to share his passion and enthusiasm for collecting in his new web series.

“I’ve been a collector all my life,” said Hamill. “This show is a natural outgrowth of that passion. Now I have an opportunity to collect other people’s collections! I can’t wait to see what’s out there and share it with the world. Collectibles are a living history of who and what we are, so we just might learn something…but there’s no doubt we’re going to have fun!”

This series kicks off at the DC Comics headquarters with the legendary Jim Lee, as the co-publisher and Mark trade favors and end up with their very own pieces of pop culture history. Join Mark throughout the season as Mark Hamill’s Pop Culture Quest uncovers comic book memorabilia, film props, Godzilla, pinball machines and beyond with special guests including monster amasser Scott Zilllner, famous collector Bob Burns and many more!

Hamill will once again team with his friend and Star Wars: Episode VI – Return of the Jedi producer Howard Kazanjian. Kazanjian was Executive Producer on Raiders of the Lost Ark and served as VP at Lucasfilm during the dramatic expansion of the company in the 1980s. Producer Darren Moorman, whose film Same Kind of Different as Me will be released next year, and longtime collector and vintage show promoter Scott Kinney will round out the producing team as Executive Producers on the series.

San Diego Comic-Con is only once a year, but Comic-Con HQ is year-round! The new subscription video – on – demand destination is available at Comic-ConHQ.com via web browsers, iOS/Android devices, Roku, AppleTV and Amazon Channels, with more to come.

ABOUT COMIC-CON HQ
A partnership between Lionsgate and Comic-Con International, Comic-Con HQ is an ad-free subscription streaming video-on-demand platform created to provide a year-round destination for fans to experience their world-famous events and enjoy highly-curated content including exclusive original series, daily entertainment news, an ever-evolving library of Film & TV genre titles, sneak previews and special features from the latest and greatest franchises across comics and the popular arts. Free trials are available on www.Comic-ConHQ.com via web browsers and iOS/Android devices. Officially launched at San Diego Comic-Con 2016, the paid subscription service is available via web, iOS/Android devices, Roku, AppleTV and Amazon Channels, with additional distribution platforms becoming available throughout the year.

 

VIZ MEDIA EXPANDS POKÉMON PUBLISHING CATALOG WITH POKÉMON ADVENTURES 20TH ANNIVERSARY ILLUSTRATION BOOK

November 11, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Leading North American Manga Publisher Announces A Unique ART OF POKÉMON ADVENTURES Art Book Set For Release Next Year

San Francisco, CA, November 10, 2016 – VIZ Media, LLC (VIZ Media), a premier company in the fields of publishing, animation distribution, and global entertainment licensing, expands its critically acclaimed art book and POKÉMON collection with the acquisition of the North American publishing rights for the POKÉMON ADVENTURES 20TH ANNIVERSARY ILLUSTRATION BOOK: THE ART OF POKÉMON ADVENTURES.

A first-of-its-kind release, THE ART OF POKÉMON ADVENTURES is scheduled for a print release in Fall 2017 and celebrates two decades of POKÉMON with a vividly illustrated collection of work by the beloved manga series artist, Satoshi Yamamoto.

Latest VIZ Media Publishing Acquisition:

POKÉMON ADVENTURES 20TH ANNIVERSARY ILLUSTRATION BOOK: THE ART OF POKÉMON ADVENTURES · Available Fall 2017
Beautiful full-color art from the Pokémon Adventures graphic novel series, sketches and storyboards never seen before, four pull-out posters and a bonus manga story written by series writer Hidenori Kusaka, never before published in English!

Artist Satoshi Yamamoto began illustrating POKÉMON ADVENTURES in 2001. His favorite manga creators/artists include Fujiko Fujio (Doraemon), Yukinobu Hoshino (2001 Nights), and Katsuhiro Otomo (Akira). He also loves films, monsters, mysteries, and punk rock music, and notably uses the Pokémon Swalot as his artist portrait.

POKÉMON is one of the most successful international entertainment franchises of all time. More than 279 million POKÉMON video games and over 21.5 billion Pokémon Trading Cards have been sold in more than 74 countries in addition to substantial publishing and merchandise sales. VIZ Media is the official North American distributor for a wide variety of POKÉMON home media releases including animated series and films and also publishes a variety of POKÉMON manga graphic novel series including POKÉMON ADVENTURES, POKÉMON ADVENTURES: FireRed & LeafGreen, POKÉMON ADVENTURES: EMERALD, POKÉMON ADVENTURES: DIAMOND & PEARL/PLATINUM, POKÉMON ADVENTURES: HeartGold & SoulSilver, POKÉMON ADVENTURES: BLACK & WHITE, POKÉMON X•Y, and POKÉMON OMEGA RUBY & ALPHA SAPPHIRE.

For additional information on manga titles distributed and published by VIZ Media, please visit www.VIZ.com.

About VIZ Media, LLC
Established in 1986, VIZ Media is the premier company in the fields of publishing, animation distribution, and global entertainment licensing. Along with its popular digital magazine WEEKLY SHONEN JUMP and blockbuster properties like NARUTO, DRAGON BALL, SAILOR MOON, and POKÉMON, VIZ Media offers an extensive library of titles and original content in a wide variety of book and video formats, as well as through official licensed merchandise. Owned by three of Japan’s largest publishing and entertainment companies, Shueisha Inc., Shogakukan Inc., and Shogakukan-Shueisha Productions, Co., Ltd., VIZ Media is dedicated to bringing the best titles for English-speaking audiences worldwide.

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TARAJI P. HENSON RETURNS IN SECOND ANNUAL MUSIC AND VARIETY SPECIAL “TARAJI’S WHITE HOT HOLIDAYS,” THURSDAY, DECEMBER 8, ON FOX

November 10, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

EMPIRE’s Jussie Smollett, Taye Diggs, Pharrell Williams, Missy Elliott, Alicia Keys, Darryl McDaniels of Run-DMC, Snoop Dogg and TLC to Perform; Tyler Perry and BROOKLYN NINE-NINE’s Terry Crews to Make Cameo Appearances

Taraji P. Henson, Golden Globe-winning star of EMPIRE and the upcoming movie “Hidden Figures,” is back this holiday season to spread cheer, goodwill and some holiday magic in the second annual music and variety special TARAJI’S WHITE HOT HOLIDAYS, airing Thursday, Dec. 8 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT), on FOX.

The one-hour special will feature renditions of classic holiday songs by entertainment superstars, including EMPIRE’s Jussie Smollett, Taye Diggs, Pharrell Williams, Missy Elliott, Alicia Keys, Darryl McDaniels of Run-DMC, Snoop Dogg and TLC. The event also will feature cameo appearances by acclaimed actor and filmmaker Tyler Perry and BROOKLYN NINE-NINE’s Terry Crews, among other surprise guests and performances.

 

Henson stars in FOX’s hit series, EMPIRE. Having taken TV audiences by storm in its record-shattering first and second seasons, EMPIRE returned this season as the No. 1 drama among Adults 18-49, averaging more than 16 million viewers across multiple platforms, as well as being the most tweeted-about scripted program on broadcast television this season on Twitter.

 

For her role as “Cookie Lyon” on EMPIRE, Henson won the Golden Globe Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series – Drama and was nominated for an Emmy Award, for the second year in a row, in the category of Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series. Prior to EMPIRE, Henson earned an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress, opposite Brad Pitt in David Fincher’s “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button.” She also received an Emmy Award nomination for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie for her role in the made-for-cable film “Taken From Me.” She starred as “Detective Joss Carter” in the J.J. Abrams-produced crime drama “Person of Interest,” and was awarded the 2013 NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series. Henson recently was seen in “Term Life,” with Vince Vaughn; and starred in the thriller “No Good Deed.” She also starred in the comedy hits “Think Like a Man” and “Think Like a Man Too,” as well as in “From the Rough,” the true story of Catana Starks, the Tennessee State University men’s golf coach who was the first woman coach to win an NCAA championship. Henson is a New York Times best-selling author for her memoir, “Around The Way Girl.” This holiday season, she stars in the feature film “Hidden Figures,” alongside Octavia Spencer and Janelle Monae.

 

TARAJI’S WHITE HOT HOLIDAYS is produced by Casey Patterson Entertainment, Taraji P. Henson, Jane Mun, Greg Sills and Vincent Cirrincione.

 

About Casey Patterson Entertainment

Casey Patterson Entertainment is a full service production company producing premium content, live events and talent-driven series and specials with offices in New York City and Los Angeles. Patterson is an Emmy®-nominated, critically acclaimed executive producer who created an array of groundbreaking programming during her 20-year tenure at Viacom. Patterson’s current projects include the breakout hit series “Lip Sync Battle,” the highest-rated series in Spike history; the revamped “2016 MTV Movie Awards”; “Guys Choice”; Spike’s “One Night Only”; “The TV Land Awards”; and “Rock the Troops,” with Dwayne Johnson’s Seven Bucks Productions. Patterson’s credits include such high-profile events as “The Concert for New York City,” “The Concert of the Century at the White House,” “Saturday Night Live 25th Anniversary Special,” “The Comedy Awards,” “Between Two Ferns – A Fairy Tale of New York,” “The Video Game Awards,” “SCREAM Awards,” “GQ Men of the Year Awards,” VH1’s “Vogue Fashion Awards,” VH1’s “Divas Live,” FOX’s “Billboard Music Awards” and NBC’s “Concert for America.”

 

REPUBLIC RECORDS & TWENTIETH CENTURY FOX TELEVISION TO PARTNER ON MUSIC FROM NEW FOX TELEVISION SERIES “STAR,” CO-CREATED BY ACADEMY AWARD NOMINEE LEE DANIELS AND TOM DONAGHY

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STARRING ACADEMY AWARD NOMINEE AND EMMY AWARD, GRAMMY AWARD AND GOLDEN GLOBE AWARD WINNER QUEEN LATIFAH, EMMY AWARD NOMINEE BENJAMIN BRATT AND NEWCOMERS JUDE DEMOREST, RYAN DESTINY, BRITTANY O’GRADY AND AMIYAH SCOTT, WITH GRAMMY AWARD WINNER LENNY KRAVITZ, SUPERMODEL/ACTRESS NAOMI CAMPBELL AND GRAMMY AWARD-NOMINATED MUSICIAN AND ACTOR TYRESE GIBSON

NEW YORK, NY (Nov 10th, 2016)Republic Records and Twentieth Century Fox Television announce a partnership to present music from STAR, a new series featuring original music and stunning music performances, set for a special premiere on Wednesday, Dec 14  (9:00-10:00 PM) on FOX.

 

Created by Academy® Award and Golden Globe® nominee Lee Daniels – co-creator and executive producer of broadcast’s No. 1 drama, EMPIRE – and Tom Donaghy (“The Whole Truth”), STAR follows three talented singers – running from their pasts and desperate for a new start – with ambitions of stardom, as they navigate the cut-throat music business on their road to success.  But reality soon dawns on the girls’ fantasies, and they start to learn that ambition often comes at a cost.

 

“Monte Lipman and his team at Republic Records continue to be at the forefront of what’s new and evolving in today’s current music scene,” commented Daniels. “They know how to push boundaries and take risks – which is the essence of this new series and our group of girls.  We’re looking forward to what is going to be a beautiful collaboration.”

 

“Monte, Tom and everyone at Republic demonstrated a passion for STAR that impressed us all,” commented Mark Pearson, Executive Vice President, Brand Management and Digital, TCFTV. “They understood the show, they had a vision for what to do with our performers and they offered really innovative A&R and marketing ideas. Republic is the perfect musical partner for Lee and Tom’s inspired new series.”

 

Watch the official trailer for STAR HERE

 

About the partnership, Republic Records Co-Founder and Chief Executive Monte Lipman adds, “We’re extremely proud of our strategic alliance with Fox-TV and Lee Daniels. Lee has become a force of nature whose artistic vision not only reflects modern culture and social consciousness, but helps define it. His fearless approach to the creative process inspires a generation.”

 

“Fox stands out as a market share leader in television and music with unparalleled influence across both,” comments Republic Records EVP/GM West Coast Tom MacKay. “This is an exciting collaboration with massive cultural implications, and we’re working together to create a soundtrack that lives up to that promise.”

 

ABOUT STAR

Meet STAR (newcomer Jude Demorest), a tough-as-nails young woman, who came up in the foster care system and decides one day to take control of her destiny. Star tracks down her sister, SIMONE (newcomer Brittany O’Grady), and her Instagram bestie, ALEXANDRA (newcomer Ryan Destiny), and together, the trio journeys to Atlanta with the hope of becoming music superstars.

 

Academy Award nominee and Emmy Award, Grammy Award and Golden Globe Award winner Queen Latifah (“Bessie,” “Bringing Down The House”) stars as CARLOTTA, a surrogate mother to the young crew that includes COTTON (newcomer Amiyah Scott). Emmy Award nominee Benjamin Bratt (“24: Live Another Day,” “Law & Order”) plays JAHIL, a down-on-his-luck talent agent looking to revitalize his career, who’s taken a certain interest in Star. The series will also feature guest star and Grammy Award winner Lenny Kravitz (“Lee Daniels’ The Butler,” “The Hunger Games”).

 

 

ABOUT REPUBLIC RECORDS

A division of Universal Music Group, the world’s leading music company, Republic is home to an all-star roster of multi-platinum, award-winning legends and superstar artists such as Ariana Grande, Black Sabbath, Florence + the Machine, Gotye, James Blake, James Bay, John Mellencamp, Keith Richards, Nickelback, Of Monsters and Men, Seth MacFarlane, The Weeknd, Zendaya, among many others. Founded by brothers and chief executives Monte and Avery Lipman, it is also comprised of innovative business ventures including American Recordings (The Avett Brothers), Brushfire (Jack Johnson), Cash Money (Lil Wayne, Drake, Nicki Minaj), John Varvatos Records (Zac Brown Band), Lava Records (Jessie J, Lorde), Monkeywrench (Pearl Jam), Casablanca Records (Stromae, Tïesto), NBC’s The Voice, School Boy Records (PSY, Sheppard), among others. In addition, Republic maintains a long-standing strategic alliance with country powerhouse Big Machine Label Group which is comprised of Big Machine Records (Taylor Swift, Tim McGraw, Florida Georgia Line) and Dot Records (Maddie + Tae).

 

ABOUT TWENTIETH CENTURY FOX TELEVISION

A 21st Century Fox company, Twentieth Century Fox Television is one of the industry’s most prolific suppliers of primetime television programming and entertainment content, including Dan Fogelman’s new smash hit, “This Is Us;” the No. 1 series on broadcast television, “Empire,” from Lee Daniels, Danny Strong and Brian Grazer; the five-time Emmy Award-winning blockbuster comedy “Modern Family”; the pop culture phenomenon “American Horror Story”; the hit comedies “Fresh Off The Boat” and “The Last Man On Earth”; and the longest-running primetime scripted series in the history of television, “The Simpsons.” The studio’s cable production division, Fox 21 Television Studios, is responsible for the Emmy Award- and Golden Globe Award-winning “Homeland”; the critically acclaimed “The Americans” (with FX Productions); and Ryan Murphy, Nina Jacobson and Brad Simpson’s sensation “The People V. OJ Simpson” which kicked off the “American Crime Story” anthology. Twentieth Century Fox Television is a division of Fox Television Group, led by Chairmen and CEOs Gary Newman and Dana Walden.

 

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