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Ani-Me Con 2017 by Derek Orchard (J!-ENT Interviews and Articles)

March 25, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Ani-Me Con 2017, March 18-19th @ the Big Fresno Fairgrounds in Fresno California.

For my latest convention report for 2017, I traveled to Fresno, California for this year’s Ani-Me Con.

Attendance was just over 7,000 for the weekend, making this year their biggest convention yet.

Some of the things you would have found at Ani-Me Con this year included the live action role playing of “Terras Wars”. As well as Ani-Me standards such as the collector card game tournaments, comedy acts, band performances, panels, dance crews and a rave on Saturday night. And also a cosplay contest that took place on both days plus a fashion show.

Special guests include voice talent Erik Kimerer, Sarah Annie Williams and Erika Harlacher and on Saturday there were panels on voice acting, experiences in the industry and autograph signings.

Band performances by “Coast in the clouds” and “Light of mine” and on Sunday a performance by the band “For the record”. Artist panel was by Hyperbooster studio who displayed his talents including drawing manga and also there was a comedy act by Vanna Vandal.

There were three different dance crews on Saturday which include “Empire Dance Crew”, “Royal T”, “Corps Dance Crew” with their hip-hop sailors scouts routine, which was a lot of fun to watch.

On Sunday we had singing and dancing performances by “Lovely Rushers”, who I think did a fantastic job, even though they were not the last act onstage on Sunday, they were a hard act to follow.

On Saturday and Sunday, Ani-Me hosted a cosplay contest. I am really impressed with the level cosplay that’s happening in the Central Valley. From beginner to advance, people are putting a lot of effort and a lot of thought into the costumes of their making. This year they had a fashion show on Sunday, featuring the designs of Miss Alphabet. Very colorful, very fun and the presentation was done very well, quite impressive.

Overall, Ani-Me has definitely grown compared to last year. I have lightly touched, on a lot of the different things that was available at Ani-Me Con.

I haven’t talked about what was on the main floor all the different items that were for sale at reasonably market prices. Like items from Japan, PVC figures, hoodies, games, card games and etc.

The convention had an artists alley with very talented artists. Cosplayers had tables where they had on display items from their different costumes. On display were props, where they could talk about how they made it and the process of what they went through and also giving tips to other people that are interested in making props and costumes.

It was a pleasure to return to Ani-ME Con this year. It will be interesting to see what they do with next year’s event.

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BOBBY MOYNIHAN CAST AS TITULAR VOICE OF HAPPY FOR SYFY!

March 24, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

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BOBBY MOYNIHAN will voice the title role of Happy the Horse — a goofy little blue unicorn with a relentlessly cheerful personality. Together, Happy and Nick Sax (Chris Meloni) make the oddest of oddball buddy double acts.

Moynihan joins the previously announced cast led by Meloni, along with Lili Mirojnick, Patrick Fischler, Ritchie Coster and Zabryna Guevara.

Moynihan is in his ninth season as a cast member on “SNL” and is currently shooting a single-camera comedy pilot called “Me, Myself & I.” Additionally, he voices the role of Panda on the animated series “We Bare Bears,” Louie on “Ducktales” and Hal on “Nature Cat.”

Moynihan’s past film credits include “The Secret Life of Pets,” “Sisters,” “Staten Island Summer,” “Inside Out,” “Monsters University,” “Brother Nature,” “The Invention of Lying,” “Grown Ups 2” and “When in Rome.” He will next be seen in the upcoming films, “The Book of Henry,” directed by Colin Trevorrow and “Why We’re Killing Gunther,” with Arnold Schwarzenegger.

Moynihan is a performer at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre in New York. He is also a co-founder of the sketch group “Buffoons” with friends Charlie Sanders and Eugene Cordero. Moynihan graduated from the University of Connecticut in 1999. He hails from Eastchester, N.Y., and lives in New York City with his wife.

New York Times best-selling author Grant Morrison (“Batman,” “The Invisibles”) and Brian Taylor (“Crank,” “Gamer”) wrote and executive produced HAPPY!. Based on the graphic novel of the same name, originally written by Morrison and co-created with artist Darick Robertson, HAPPY! follows Nick Sax – an intoxicated, corrupt ex-cop turned hit man — who is adrift in a world of casual murder, soulless sex and betrayal. After a hit gone wrong, his inebriated life is forever changed by a tiny, relentlessly positive, imaginary blue winged horse. From Universal Cable Productions (UCP), Neal Moritz, Pavun Shetty and Toby Jaffe of Original Film (The Fast and the Furious franchise) will also executive produce. Taylor also directed the pilot.

HAPPY! is one of four pilots currently in development at Syfy including the Superman prequel KRYPTON from Warner Horizon Television, THE HAUNTED and THE MACHINE both from Universal Cable Productions.

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LEAH REMINI AND KEVIN JAMES REUNITE ON THE TWO-PART SEASON FINALE OF THE #1 NEW COMEDY “KEVIN CAN WAIT”

March 24, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

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           NEW YORK ­– March 24, 2017 – Leah Remini will reunite with her former TV husband, Kevin James, when she guest stars in the two-part first season finale of the #1 new comedy KEVIN CAN WAIT, Monday, May 1 and Monday, May 8 (8:00-8:30 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. James and Remini starred together for nine seasons on the hit series “The King of Queens,” on the Network.

            In the two-part finale, Kevin agrees to come out of retirement briefly to reprise his undercover assignment in an ongoing police investigation where he and fellow cop Vanessa Cellucci (Remini) will, once again, pose as husband and wife.

KEVIN CAN WAIT stars Kevin James, Erinn Hayes, Taylor Spreitler, Mary-Charles Jones, James DiGiacomo, Ryan Cartwright, Lenny Venito, Gary Valentine and Leonard Earl Howze. Kevin James, Rock Reuben, Rob Long, Jeff Sussman, Andy Fickman, Tony Sheehan and Steve Mosko are executive producers for CBS Television Studios in association with Sony Pictures Television.

As recently announced, KEVIN CAN WAIT has been renewed for the 2017-2018 season on the CBS Television Network.

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AMSTERDAM-BASED SINGER-SONGWRITER GAYLE SKIDMORE HITS THE ROAD IN SUPPORT OF FORTHCOMING FULL-LENGTH, THE GOLDEN WEST

March 23, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Amsterdam-by way of San Diego, CA-based singer-songwriter Gayle Skidmore is excited to announce the release of her latest full-length, The Golden West. The album will be available nationally on Friday, April 7, 2017.

She’ll also be touring in support of the album. The tour, and the album release, are the culmination of nearly two years of both heartache and mind-clearing revelations. The Golden West would test her perseverance, but ultimately help her grow as an artist.

“The week before my wedding I was still finishing vocals for the album, which was pretty insane,” says Skidmore, discussing The Golden West, her twentieth independent release overall, and her third to feature an adult coloring book with the album, each picture depicting a different song.

But, with an impending wedding and a new album on the horizon, Skidmore was able to purge some of her past ghosts and let go of a lot of stuff she was still holding on to. Throughout the ten-track collection, The Golden West details Skidmore’s personal journey to leave the past where it belongs, a journey that took much longer than planned.

What was originally to be an E.P. quickly turned into a full-length in 2015, following Skidmore’s extensive touring across the U.S. Then a difference of opinions with the producer almost put the record in jeopardy.

“During 2015, I toured extensively, ending my last tour of the year in Eugene, Oregon,” says Skidmore. “There I began an intense time of recording, fundraising, and gigging on the weekends. James Book of Ninkasi Brewing invited me up to record in Ninkasi Studios. We had initially planned to do an E.P. but we got a little ambitious and ended up recording ten songs.

“James and I had a great time tracking the record and therefore ended up starting a bigger project than we could finish in the original time allotted. We ran out of time to finish the album in Oregon and made plans to track some more of the record out at [Dave Catching from Eagles of Death Metal’s studio] Rancho De La Luna in Joshua Tree, California. Our Desert Sessions sparked a lot of creativity. Dave was a gracious host and even jumped in on the last song.”

“James Book and I had a great synergy in the studio and a great start to the record in Eugene and Joshua Tree. However, when I got home with the tracks, I realized there was still a lot more I wanted to do,” she admits. “I brought the album to another producer in San Diego but we had some artistic differences and parted ways,” which put the future of the record into question.

Fortunately, with the help of her friends Jason Begin and Brandon O’Connell, Skidmore was able to get right back on track and set out finishing the album.

“I turned to my friends Jason and Brandon, with whom I normally work on commercial music, to help me finish the album. My friends at Ninkasi Brewing and my fans supported the rest of the process through crowd-funding, and I was able to win a grant for the album and coloring book,” recalls Skidmore. “I kept working for another year until I finally finished tracking. We weren’t able to finish one of the tracks, so we replaced it with a song I recorded in the middle of the night while on tour in Lubbock, Texas. One year, four cities, and four producers later, we finally had an album. Finishing it has been one of the most challenging things I’ve done.”

Beaming about everyone that helped her on this record, Skidmore proudly states, “Everyone who was involved in the project brought their best and I feel like they all caught the vision of what it could be. It is entirely different from what I thought it would be when we started recording a year and a half ago, but at the same time it’s exactly what I hoped for.”

A highlight for her is guest Dave Catching playing guitar on “Only Ever You.” “I’m such a fan of [Eagles of Death Metal], and I’m really grateful to Dave for bringing us out to his studio. It was a dream come true and I’m grateful to Ninkasi Brewing for making it happen.”

When asked to describe the record, Skidmore pauses for a bit and then says with a smile, “It’s whimsical, melancholic music for the romantic intellectual.”

She decided to title the record The Golden West to document her move from California to Amsterdam, where her fiance lived.

“On my tour up to Eugene to begin recording, I penned the chorus to a song I’d been working on while the sun set on the old mining town of Sonora, California. I knew immediately that this would be my single and title track for my upcoming album,” Gayle explains. The chorus’ lyrics, “Let’s bury all we put to rest in the golden west,” captured the spirit of the record. “Since I was contemplating a move to Amsterdam at the time, it seemed only fitting that this album about letting go would be titled after the song that talked directly about leaving California.”

With the record done and set for release, Skidmore reflects on her music career leading up to this record. While she has let go of past relationships and ghosts that have haunted her, she’s also let go of expectations and pressure she puts on herself, helping to make The Golden West the album she wanted to make; pure, honest, and one-hundred percent her. She didn’t make a record to impress others or to make her a “star,” she made a record to truly help her soul, and hopefully others.

“I have spent the last several years touring the country in my tiny car, cramming in up to five instruments just for me, making coloring books, baking cookies, and knitting hats for fans. I’ve driven to New York and back several times by myself and have had countless adventures. I was once an opener for a Juggalo show in Buffalo. I played a house show in a basement in Boise and on the same tour played the EMP museum in Seattle for Ninkasi Brewing’s Ground Control Launch. Once I drove fourteen hours from Chicago to Denver to play a show and was certain I had poisoned myself with energy drinks. I’ve slept in my car, been in accidents, been harassed in the South for looking ‘alternative,’ had a few stalkers, and have had all kinds of funny adventures with tour mates. I’ve opened for my musical heroes, performed in a castle in Denver, toured in Europe, recorded twenty independent releases, and been sponsored by a fantastic brewing company [Ninkasi]. The last few years of performing have been an intense and incredible journey and I can’t wait to see where this new album takes me.”

Also very excited about the accompanying coloring book with The Golden West, Skidmore is quick to remind you, “I still like to think I started the adult coloring book trend,” saying it with her trademark smile.

TOUR DATES:
3/23/17 – Central Saloon – Seattle, WA
3/24/17 – Landmark Saloon – Portland, OR
3/25/17 – Deer Lodge – Portland, OR
3/27/17 – Nightland – Oakland, CA
3/28/17 – House Concert – Rancho Santa Margarita, CA
3/29/17 – The Standard – Los Angeles, CA
4/04/17 – Casbah – San Diego, CA

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CHAMBER-FOLK ARTIST KATHRYN CLAIRE SET TO RELEASE FOURTH FULL-LENGTH, BONES WILL LAST…, NATIONALLY

March 23, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Portland, Oregon’s Kathryn Claire is gearing up to celebrate the release of her fourth full-length album, Bones Will Last, a ten-track collection of chamber/folk music encompassing her classical music upbringing with her formative folk influences. With five instrumentals and five vocal tracks, Bones Will Last places Claire’s violin and voice at the forefront of the album.

Claire spent years cultivating her own style and approach to music as a violinist, guitarist, singer, and songwriter. The result is an album that features arrangements that are sparse, with the lyrics residing confidently in the music; the violin weaving seamlessly through the album, bringing the instrumental and lyrical compositions together.

“When I decided to put instrumentals and lyrical songs on the album, I knew finding a cohesive sound could be problematic,” admits Claire. “That interweaving was so profound. I have played violin on many albums, and have worked as a side person with incredible performers. Each artist and genre I worked in taught me something. One of the most important gifts I learned as a side person was how to listen. When I made this album I applied that gift to myself. I wanted to capture what I heard in my head with the violin. I went deep within myself to find those melodic or lyrical lines that I kept hearing.”

Kathryn worked with Portland musicians Zak Borden (mandolin), Allen Hunter (upright bass), and Don Henson (piano) to create the album and has performed and toured extensively with all three artists. “It was empowering to work with such sensitive, talented and supportive musicians. They were patient and excited with the whole process. Each of them brought their own style to the album, and still helped me focus on the sound I was trying to create and compose.”

On the title track, Claire sings “Raise a glass, it’s all we have. For tonight has become tomorrow. Fear the flood, the rush of blood, we’ll be gone, but our bones will last,” speaking to the themes of the album: mortality, loss, love and transformation.

“I think about death often,” she says, discussing one of the album’s central themes. “It is not a preoccupation, but something I ponder regularly. In a literal sense, the title speaks to what we leave behind after we die; the remains of our body in the end are just our bones. But in a figurative sense, I wanted to consider the bones of our personality, of our creative work, of our heart: the essential things that last after everything else has died, decayed, and transformed. I like the idea that at the core each of us have this essence, and as an artist, there is a core voice or aesthetic. I sought the “bones” of my creative being through the creation of this album. I wondered how I would feel if this was my last album, if this was the last musical thing I left behind. I needed to make sure that I said and expressed everything I wanted.”

Claire’s own vision changed while making the record. Realizing that she may have two records on her hands, she decided to hold back five songs, and re-work the direction of the album by incorporating the instrumental compositions.

“Generally I go into the studio with a collection of songs that are pretty much intact. I don’t do much editing in the studio because the songs feel complete,” she says of her process. “For this album, I had about ten songs that I had started working on over a two-year period. But it was clear that there were two different albums that wanted to be made. I had to choose the five songs that would work with the instrumentals. I had considered doing an entirely instrumental album and an entirely lyric-driven album, but I saw a way to put a handful of the songs together with the instrumentals. In the end, they informed one another and fit together beautifully. ”

“‘Sweet Chariot,’ ‘Never Be,’ and ‘Thaw’ were all complete and I did little editing on them. ‘Last Day’ definitely morphed from its original version (written in a hotel room in Montana). I credit Danny O’Hanlon at Bunglalo 9 who mixed the album. He helped me shape that song into a piece that fit with the rest of the songs. We took out an entire verse and most of the acoustic guitar part, and just left strings and bass to drive the song. The result is a powerful song about the loss of self and the ending of a relationship. ‘Bones Will Last,’ the title track, was titled ‘Medicine’ for a couple of years. But it had the line ‘We’ll be gone, but our bones will last.’ I knew I wanted that to be the title of the album. But ‘Medicine’ didn’t fit. The energy of the song was cathartic and intense. One night I sat with my guitar and asked the song what it wanted. I learned the song was very tender and really a love song. Once I realized this, and wrote a new chorus, that song became the title track and one of my favorites. Sometimes we have to listen even harder to our own words and music because beneath the initial emotions or melodies is something different, something essential.”

The instrumental compositions on Bones Will Last are where Claire hears the clearest intersection between her classical and traditional music upbringing. The completed album surprised Claire when she realized how deeply her classical roots ran throughout it.

“Classical music is a part of my musical voice, but I haven’t really explored it for years. I was blessed to have a fantastic string/orchestra program in my hometown of Eugene, Oregon. I grew up playing string quartets with my friends and playing some of the great symphonies with my peers. My parents, especially my mother, fostered a love of classical music, and I attended many classical music performances. I didn’t go on to study music in college or to play classical music professionally. I taught myself to play guitar in high school and started writing then. Later on, I fell in love with folk music and traditional fiddle music, and went down that path for many years. When everything got stripped down on this album and I started composing the string parts under the lyrical songs or putting harmony violin parts on the instrumentals, I was surprised by how connected to my classical roots I really am.”

Kathryn Claire has found the bones of her creative voice. It will be interesting to see where the process of making this album takes her in the future. Her honest and poetic writing and unique approach to the violin and songwriting will serve her well as she continues to evolve and explore new musical terrains, creating a sound both original and diverse.

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Scheduled Guests on ABC’s ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live,’ March 27–31

March 23, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

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Scheduled Guests on ABC’s ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live,’ March 27–31
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Scheduled Guests on ABC’s ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live,’ March 27–31

SCHEDULED GUESTS ON ABC’S ‘JIMMY KIMMEL LIVE,’

MARCH 27–31

 

“Jimmy Kimmel Live” airs every weeknight at 11:35 p.m. EDT and features a diverse lineup of guests that includes celebrities, athletes, musical acts, comedians and human-interest subjects, along with comedy bits and a house band.

 

Following are the episodes scheduled to air the week of March 27–31 (subject to change):

 

Monday, March 27 (OAD: 2/28/2017)

  1. Actor Chris Pratt (Premieres the “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” trailer) 2. Actress Catherine Zeta-Jones (“Feud”) 3. NBA Star James Harden of the Houston Rockets 4. Sitting in with the Cletones and musical guest Hank “The Knife” Knutley

 

Tuesday, March 28 (OAD: 3/1/2017)

  1. Actor Alec Baldwin (“The Boss Baby”) 2. Actor Luke Evans (Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast”) 3. Musical guest Tuxedo

 

Wednesday, March 29 (OAD: 3/21/2017)

  1. Comedian Dave Chappelle (Netflix Specials) 2. Actress Naomi Scott (“Power Rangers”) 3. Musical guest Weezer

 

Thursday, March 30 (OAD: 3/15/2017)

  1. Actor Matthew Perry (“The Kennedy’s: After Camelot”) 2. Actor Michael Peña (“CHiPs”) 3. Musical guest Paul Shaffer & The World’s Most Dangerous Band (featuring Jenny Lewis and Shaggy) and Paul Shaffer to sit-in with Cleto and The Cletones

 

Friday, March 31 (OAD: 3/22/2017)

  1. Actor Bill Hader (“Power Rangers”) 2. Actress America Ferrera (“Superstore”) 3. Musical guest Imagine Dragons

 

“Jimmy Kimmel Live” is broadcast in 720 Progressive (720P), ABC’s selected HDTV format. Jimmy Kimmel and Jill Leiderman serve as executive producers. Jason Schrift, Douglas DeLuca, Erin Irwin, David Craig and Jennifer Sharron serve as co-executive producers. “Jimmy Kimmel Live” is shot live in front of a studio audience and produced by Jackhole Industries in association with ABC Studios. (CLOSED- CAPTIONED)

 

Enjoy “Jimmy Kimmel Live” on the web at www.abc.com/JimmyKimmeLive and at youtube/JimmyKimmelLive.

 

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FOX ANNOUNCES SUMMER PREMIERE DATES

March 23, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

NEW UNSCRIPTED SERIES “LOVE CONNECTION,” HOSTED BY ANDY COHEN,

AND “BEAT SHAZAM,” HOSTED BY JAMIE FOXX,

PREMIERE THURSDAY, MAY 25

 

NEW LIVE SERIES “THE F WORD WITH GORDON RAMSAY” DEBUTS

FOLLOWING SEASON EIGHT PREMIERE OF “MASTERCHEF”

WEDNESDAY, MAY 31

 

“AMERICAN GRIT,” HOSTED BY JOHN CENA, RETURNS SUNDAY, JUNE 11

 

“SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE” DEBUTS MONDAY, JUNE 12,

FOLLOWED BY THE PREMIERE OF “SUPERHUMAN”

 

“2017 MISS USA®” AIRS LIVE SUNDAY, MAY 14

FOX is announcing summer premiere dates for new series LOVE CONNECTION, BEAT SHAZAM, THE F WORD WITH GORDON RAMSAY and SUPERHUMAN, as well as the returns of MASTERCHEF, AMERICAN GRIT and SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE.

 

This summer, Thursdays are all about match-making and music, with the debuts of LOVE CONNECTION and BEAT SHAZAM on May 25.  All-new unscripted series LOVE CONNECTION kicks off the night at 8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT on FOX. Hosted by Emmy Award winner Andy Cohen (“Watch What Happens Live With Andy Cohen”) and executive-produced by Mike Fleiss (“The Bachelor”), the one-hour series  amps up the original hit dating show for today’s audiences. Each hour episode will feature single men and/or women in search of romance, as Cohen brings his personal brand of audacious fun to the series.

 

New interactive game show BEAT SHAZAM, hosted by Grammy-, Golden Globe- and Academy Award-winning actor and musician Jamie Foxx (“Ray,” “Django Unchained”) debuts at 9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT. Executive-produced by Mark Burnett (“Survivor,” “The Voice”) and Jeff Apploff (“Don’t Forget the Lyrics!”), the series pits teams of two against the clock and each other as they attempt to identify the biggest hit songs of all time. In the end, the team with the highest score will outlast the competition and go against Shazam, the world’s most popular song identification app, for the chance to win a cash prize.

 

On Wednesday, May 31, new LIVE series THE F WORD WITH GORDON RAMSAY debuts, following the Season Eight premiere of MASTERCHEF (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT). On MASTERCHEF, Ramsay and renowned pastry chef Christina Tosi welcome celebrity chef Aarón Sánchez to the judges’ panel. The three celebrated food experts will put the latest group of contestants through a series of challenging elimination rounds, in order to turn one home cook into a culinary master.

 

Then, get ready for food, family and fun when Ramsay’s bold, new LIVE series, THE F WORD WITH GORDON RAMSAY, debuts at 9:00-10:00 PM ET live/PT tape-delayed. Based on his hit U.K. series, each distinctive and fast-paced hour will combine good food and great cooking with Ramsay’s passion, energy and humor into a one-of-a-kind LIVE series. During each episode, teams of foodie families and friends will battle it out LIVE in a high-stakes cook-off, hoping to impress Ramsay, as well as celebrities, VIPs and other dinner guests. As the LIVE battle heats up, the show will feature Ramsay hosting highly stylized cooking demos and weekly out-of-the-kitchen adventures with fans, foodies and surprise guests. We’ll see Gordon at his best inside the kitchen, and at his most mischievous outside the kitchen. With Gordon LIVE, anything can happen!

 

On Sunday, June 11 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT), WWE® Superstar John Cena® brings 17 new competitors – all who either have lost their grit or never had it – to sunny Hampton Island, GA. There, Cena and an elite group of military heroes will live alongside these people, all in search of a change, and take them under their wing as they lead them through a series of all-new epic team and individual challenges. In the end, only one competitor will win a quarter of a million dollars, but hopefully, all of them will find their Grit.

 

Hosted by Cat Deeley and featuring the return of Mary Murphy as judge, alongside Nigel Lythgoe, SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE enters its 14th season on Monday, June 12 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT). Highly-skilled dancers between the ages of 18 and 30 will showcase their talents in various dance styles, including contemporary, tap, hip-hop, ballroom, animation, breaking and more. The Top 10 dancers will be paired up with All-Stars who will guide them throughout the competition as they vie for America’s votes and the title of America’s Favorite Dancer. An additional judge will be announced soon.

 

Following SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE, get ready to have your mind blown when SUPERHUMAN premieres at 9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT. Hosted by actor Kal Penn, and featuring panelists Mike Tyson, Christina Milian and Dr. Rahul Jandial, this jaw-dropping series of one-hour episodes tests the abilities of ordinary people to use their extraordinary skills to win a $50,000 grand prize. In each episode, five contestants who possess a distinct, nearly super-human ability in fields such as memory, hearing, taste, touch, smell, sight and more, are challenged to push their skills to the limit, yet only one will take home the title of SUPERHUMAN and the $50,000 grand prize.

 

Additionally, the 2017 MISS USA® competition is set to air live on Sunday, May 14 (7:00-10:00 PM ET live/PT tape-delayed).The not-to-be-missed three-hour special programming event will conclude with Miss USA 2016 Deshauna Barber crowning her successor.

 

Additional finale dates, summer premiere dates and schedule information to be announced.

 

 

 

 

RECAP – FOX 2017 SUMMER PREMIERE DATES

(All times ET/PT, except as noted)

 

Sunday, May 14

7:00-10:00 PM ET live/           2017 MISS USA®

PT tape-delayed

 

Thursday, May 25

8:00-9:00 PM                          LOVE CONNECTION (Series Premiere)

9:00-10:00 PM                        BEAT SHAZAM (Series Premiere)

 

Wednesday, May 31

8:00-9:00 PM                          MASTERCHEF (Season Premiere)

9:00-10:00 PM ET live/           THE F WORD WITH GORDON RAMSAY (Series Premiere)

PT tape-delayed

 

Sunday, June 11

9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT             AMERICAN GRIT (Season Premiere)

 

Monday, June 12

8:00-9:00 PM                          SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE (Season Premiere)

9:00-10:00 PM                        SUPERHUMAN (Series Premiere)

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CBS ANNOUNCES MARIO LOPEZ AS HOST OF “CANDY CRUSH” PREMIERING SUNDAY, JULY 9 ON CBS

March 23, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

A New One-Hour, Live Action Game Show Series Based on the

Globally Renowned Mobile Game Franchise

Click HERE for Mario Lopez’s Announcement from the Candy Crush Arena

CBS today announced Mario Lopez as host of the new live action game show CANDY CRUSH, based on the globally renowned mobile game franchise. Produced by Pulse Creative in association with Lionsgate Television, King Ltd. and CBS Television Studios, CANDY CRUSH premieres Sunday, July 9 (9:00 – 10:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.

“Mario Lopez is a perfect fit to host CANDY CRUSH. As a big fan of the game and a competitor by nature, his larger-than-life enthusiasm matches the size and scope of our show,” said executive producer Matt Kunitz.

“As a player, I am excited to step into the real life Candy Crush Arena” said Mario Lopez, host of CANDY CRUSH.

In the mobile game Candy Crush Saga, players match colorful candies in combinations of three or more to win points, defeat obstacles and progress through more than 2,000 levels. Candy Crush Saga and its sister title, Candy Crush Soda Saga, are two of the top 10 grossing mobile games in the U.S. On average, 18 billion game rounds of Candy Crush Saga are played every month around the world*.

In the new CBS series, the game that has become a worldwide phenomenon comes to life as teams of two people use their wits and physical agility to compete on enormous, interactive game boards featuring next generation technology. Teams will use their entire bodies to swing, slide and swipe to make matches in order to conquer CANDY CRUSH and be crowned the champions.

A seasoned entertainment personality, Mario Lopez is the host of the Daytime Emmy Award winning “Extra,” a nationally syndicated daily show, as well as the nationwide iHeartMedia radio shows “On with Mario Lopez” and “iHeartRadio Countdown with Mario Lopez.” On the Network, Lopez guest starred as NOPD Officer Hernandez on NCIS: NEW ORLEANS and Dr. Christian Ramírez on THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL. Lopez is also a New York Times bestselling author and producer of the documentary “CHAMPS” and docu-reality series “Los Golden Boys.”

CANDY CRUSH is produced by Pulse Creative in association with Lionsgate Television, King.com Ltd. and CBS Television Studios. Matt Kunitz, Peter Levin, Russell Binder, John Quinn, Nicki Sheard, VP Brand at King, and Sebastian Knutsson will serve as executive producers. Knutsson is King’s Chief Creative Officer and is one of the founders of the company. He created Candy Crush Saga.

CHEAT TWEET: .@MarioLopezExtra to host #CandyCrushCBS! Teams switch, swipe & swing on big game boards to match candies & win prizes! http://bit.ly/2mW1ACp

*King data for Candy Crush Saga as of September 2016

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CBS Corporation (NYSE: CBS.A and CBS) is a mass media company that creates and distributes industry-leading content across a variety of platforms to audiences around the world. The Company has businesses with origins that date back to the dawn of the broadcasting age as well as new ventures that operate on the leading edge of media. CBS owns the most-watched television network in the U.S. and one of the world’s largest libraries of entertainment content, making its brand — “the Eye” — one of the most recognized in business. The Company’s operations span virtually every field of media and entertainment, including cable, publishing, radio, local TV, film, and interactive and socially responsible media. CBS’s businesses include CBS Television Network, The CW (a joint venture between CBS Corporation and Warner Bros. Entertainment), CBS Television Studios, CBS Studios International, CBS Television Distribution, CBS Consumer Products, CBS Home Entertainment, CBS Interactive, CBS Films, Showtime Networks, CBS Sports Network, Pop (a joint venture between CBS Corporation and Lionsgate), Smithsonian Networks, Simon & Schuster, CBS Television Stations, CBS Radio and CBS EcoMedia. For more information, go to www.cbscorporation.com.

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Lionsgate (NYSE: LGF.A, LGF.B) is a vertically integrated next generation global content leader with a diversified presence in motion picture production and distribution, television programming and syndication, premium pay television networks, home entertainment, global distribution and sales, interactive ventures and games and location-based entertainment.

With the acquisition of Starz, Lionsgate adds to its portfolio of businesses the flagship STARZ premium pay network serving 24.3 million subscribers and the STARZ ENCOREplatform with 31 million subscribers. The combined company will operate five over-the-top (OTT) streaming services and the STARZ app delivering content directly to consumers.

The Company’s feature film business spans eight labels and includes the blockbuster The Hunger Games franchise, the Now You See Me series, the box office blockbuster La La Land, which won six Academy Awards®, the hit franchise sequel John Wick: Chapter Two, double Oscar winner Hacksaw RidgeTyler Perry’s Boo! A Madea Halloween, CBS Films/Lionsgate’s Hell or High Water, Roadside Attractions’ critically-acclaimed Manchester by the Sea, Codeblack Films’ breakout concert film Kevin Hart: Let Me Explain and Pantelion Films’ Instructions Not Included, the highest-grossing Spanish-language film ever released in the U.S.

One of the largest independent television businesses in the world, Lionsgate’s slate of premium quality series encompasses nearly 90 shows on more than 40 different networks. These include the ground-breaking Orange is the New Black, the fan favorite Nashville, the syndication success The Wendy Williams Show, the hit drama The Royals, the acclaimed Casual, the breakout success Greenleaf and hit STARZ series including Outlander, Black Sails, Survivor’s Remorse and Power, the second highest-rated premium pay television series of 2016.

Lionsgate’s home entertainment business is an industry leader in box office-to-DVD and box office-to-VOD revenue conversion rates. Lionsgate handles a prestigious and prolific library of more than 16,000 motion picture and television titles that is an important source of recurring revenue and serves as a foundation for the growth of the Company’s core businesses. The Lionsgate, Summit Entertainment and Starz brands are synonymous with original, daring, quality entertainment in markets around the world. www.lionsgate.com

About King

King is a leading interactive entertainment company for the mobile world. It had 409 million monthly active users as of second quarter 2016 across web, social and mobile platforms, and has developed more than 200 exclusive games that are enjoyed all around the world through its king.com and royalgames.com websites, Facebook, and mobile distribution platforms such as the Apple App Store, Google Play Store, Microsoft Windows App Store and Amazon Appstore. King was acquired by Activision Blizzard (NASDAQ: ATVI) in February 2016. King has game studios in Stockholm, Malmö, London, Barcelona, Berlin, Singapore, and Seattle, along with offices in San Francisco, Malta, Seoul, Tokyo, Shanghai and Bucharest.

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J!-ENT INTERVIEWS PUFFY AMIYUMI (2017) by Dennis A. Amith and Michelle Tymon (J!-ENT Interviews and Articles)

March 20, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

When I first discovered Puffy AmiYumi (known as “Puffy” in Japan), they took Japan by their storm with their simple style of t-shirts, blue jeans and sneakers.  Bucking the fashion trend and dance choreography of other Japanese female music artists during the 1990’s, Puffy AmiYumi impressed audiences with their style of music and presentation.

The duo consisting of Yumi Yoshimura and Ami Onuki burst into the Japanese music scene back in 1996 dominating the charts.  And while Puffy AmiYumi would release their debut album in America and perform in the U.S., it wasn’t until their music was featured in the Cartoon Network animated series “Teen Titans” that the duo would receive recognition internationally.

In 2004, the duo would have their own animated TV series titled “Hi Hi Puffy AmiYumi”, would be featured on a GAP fashion ad and performing at the Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade.

And as I have interviewed Puffy AmiYumi for the next few years, our last interview with the ladies, was back in 2010 to celebrate the duo’s 15th Anniversary (view our 15th Anniversary Puffy AmiYumi special).

And here we are in 2017, celebrating the duo’s 21-year anniversary and knowing that there are not many female Japanese music artists that have had the same level of success of Puffy AmiYumi and continue to perform for audiences worldwide.

Starting on March 31st, the group will be performing at Anime Boston 2017 and on April 4th, the group will be performing at the Belasco Theater in Los Angeles, followed by a performance on April 6th at the Regency Ballroom in San Francisco and on April 9th at Trees in Dallas, Texas as part of their Puffy AmiYumi US Tour 2017 “#NotLazyTour”.

I recently had the opportunity to interview Puffy AmiYumi about their upcoming U.S. performance:


I interviewed both of you when you made your debut in the United States and I have listened to your music when you first made your single debut “Asia no Junshin” in Japan. What is the biggest difference in your approach to music today versus when you first started out.

Ami: When we debuted, we really didn’t know anything. We were always surprised by how our producer, Tamio Okuda, and other musicians made music and the various things they concentrated on. But now, we really understand how that feels.

Very few Japanese acts were able to penetrate the American music scene, yet Puffy AmiYumi was able to create an audience thanks to the theme song for “Teen Titans” and you eventually had your own animated show in the United States. You had a GAP ad and performed on the Macy’s Parade on national TV. Looking back at your success and knowing that you accomplished something that many Japanese have not done, was there a lot of pressure on for the both of you to continue that success?

Yumi: There wasn’t really any pressure. We always make sure to have fun with anything we do as a part of Puffy’s style, so when we did all of those things, I believe we did while having fun. And those were all experiences that most Japanese people aren’t able to experience much, so we are very honored.

Last year, Puffy AmiYumi celebrated their 20th Anniversary and the music scene has changed a lot in the past two decades. One difference is the popularity of social media such as YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram. Do you feel that social media has changed the way for the both of you to communicate with your fans?

Ami: I believe that the spread of social media over the last 20 year is definitely huge. I personally have my own Instagram, and because of that, I’m able to directly receive messages of support from fans. And since we can see how our fans our reacting with so little time lag, it’s very helpful to us.

You are about to embark on another tour which includes performances in the United States (for Puffy AmiYumi US Tour 2017 “NOT LAZY”). It’s been awhile since you performed in the U.S., how does it feel to be coming back?

Yumi: Even though we hadn’t traveled to America for a while, we had been constantly doing concerts in Japan, so I think we’ve powered up even more since our last visit. So right now, we’re very excited!

As you celebrate your 21st year, after all these years…Ami, what are your top three songs that you love performing in front of a live audience?

Ami: “Asia no Junshin,” “Akai Buranko,” and “Circuit no Musume.”

I’m curious to see how your musical tastes have changed.   In our very first interview, Yumi you said you were listening to Nirvana, Eels, Hole and U2 and Ami said Red Hot Chili Peppers. But what about now?

 

Yumi: Of course, I still love all of those groups. When I listen to the albums that I love, I remember things from when I first heard the albums, or feel very nostalgic.

Back in 2002, for our second interview, I asked each of you to describe each other in one word. Yumi, you said of Ami, “Serious” and Ami, you said of Yumi “Young”. In 2010, Yumi said of Ami “Relax” and Ami said of Yumi, “Older Sister”. Ami, if you had to describe Yumi, what would you say today?

Ami: For Yumi…“Hanashi ga Tomoranai” (She doesn’t stop talking)

Yumi, you told me you were playing the video game “Ryu ga Gotoku” (known as “Yakuza” in the U.S.) a lot back then.  Ami you were playing “Dragon Quest Monsters Joker II”. Any certain games that you are playing now?

Yumi: I still love “Dragon Quest” even now and continue to play. Right now, I’m trying to figure out if I want to buy a Nintendo Switch or not.

Both of you told me you love tea! But I didn’t get to ask what kind of tea that both of you enjoy? So, I have to ask…what is your favorite tea? And if there is an area in Tokyo that serves the best tea, which area would you recommend?

Ami: We like tea… Did we actually say that? Either way, I do like tea. I like chai. I think I’d recommend the café next to Saigoyama Park.

It’s funny because in our 2010 interview, both of you said that you wished Taco Bell would open a store in Japan and now you can find a Taco Bell in Japan. And now there are more Mexican restaurants in Tokyo. But with you returning back to America, is there a certain food that you have wanted to try but never yet had the chance?

Yumi: While we weren’t in America, I can now eat some foods that I couldn’t before. For example, cilantro and lamb. Because of that, I’d like to try out some places that I never got to try before.

What final words do you have for your fans worldwide?

Ami: This year, Puffy is now in our 21st year. The reason that we’ve been able to continue for so long is the countless support we’ve received from people from various countries!! We’ll continue to work even harder so we can someday hold concerts in countries we haven’t been to yet!

Yumi: Last year, we celebrated our 20th anniversary, and we are grateful to all of our fans! The upcoming concerts should be a lot of fun. Please come out and see us!

For more information, please visit their official website or their Facebook Page.

Photos courtesy of Sony Music Entertainment Japan


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X Japan Shuts Down London For HMV Signing Event, Takes Top Spot On UK Rock Chart

March 18, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

On Saturday, March 4, X Japan performed their first major show of 2017 on #XDAY at SSE Arena, Wembley, following the release of their feature film documentary We Are X in theaters across the UK. The We Are X Soundtrack (featuring the theme song “La Venus”) was released worldwide on March 3 on Sony Music’s Legacy Recordings, taking the Number 1 spot in 9 countries on iTunes as well as the #1 position on the UK Rock And Metal Chart, Top 30 on the UK Albums Chart, and Number 3 on the UK Soundtrack Chart.

UK Official Charts (link): http://www.officialcharts.com/charts/rock-and-metal-albums-chart/20170310/112/

The award-winning We Are X made its UK premiere to a sold-out audience at Piccadilly’s Picture House in London on February 28 before launching in UK theaters across the country on March 2, adding to the excitement of the band’s upcoming show 2 days later at Wembley Arena. Fulfilling the band’s promise to return to the UK after last year’s concert had been abruptly cancelled by guitarist Pata’s serious illness, the band held a special CD-signing event at HMV in London on March 3, forcing the shut-down of Oxford Street as over 1000 fans gathered to meet the members of X Japan in person.
[Check out HMV’s photo album of the record-breaking event]

X Japan has created a buzz among UK fans and critics alike with last week’s back-to-back concert, film, and soundtrack events, promising more announcements later this year.
“Their show proves eye-poppingly captivating” — METAL HAMMER MAGAZINE
“Perfection” — POWERPLAY MAGAZINE
“Intoxicatingly triumphant” — METAL TALK
“Fervently mesmeric” — RECORD COLLECTOR MAGAZINE
“X JAPAN deliver a unique, moving experience.” — MY GLOBAL MIND
“Mesmerising, they hover around a magical musical sweet spot” — MUSIC-NEWS

The We Are X Soundtrack is available now worldwide on Sony Music’s Legacy Recordings
iTunes: http://smarturl.it/WeAreX_iTunes
Amazon: http://smarturl.it/WeareX_amz
1. La Venus (Acoustic Version)*
2. Kurenai (from The Last Live)
3. Forever Love
4. A Piano String in Es Dur
5. Dahlia
6. Crucify My Love
7. Xclamation
8. Standing Sex (from X Japan Returns)
9. Tears
10. Longing ~Setsubou no Yoru~
11. Art of Life (3rd Movement)
12. Endless Rain (from The Last Live)
13. X (from The Last Live)
14. Without You (Unplugged)*
* New Recording.
Disc 2 – Japan Edition bonus tracks:
1. Rusty Nail (from DAHLIA TOUR FINAL ~Mubou na Yoru~)
2. Forever Love (from The Last Live)

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