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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

About CBS Corporation:

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.

About Lionsgate

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


Read our complete J!-ENT Puffy AmiYumi interviews and articles from 1996-2010 (Click on image)


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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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Sword Art Online The Movie: Ordinal Scale (a J!-ENT Anime Film Review)

March 16, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

I found the storyline of “Sword Art Online The Movie: Ordinal Scale” to be extremely satisfying and as a person who has watched the series and loved nearly every episode, I really enjoyed seeing the progression of Kirito and Asuna’s relationship and how that relationship plays a big part in the film’s storyline. I really do feel that fans will enjoy this SAO film! A wonderful and engrossing storyline filled with action and drama, “Sword Art Online The Movie: Ordinal Scale” is highly recommended!

Image courtesy of  2017 © REKI KAWAHARA/PUBLISHED BY KADOKAWA CORPORATION ASCII MEDIA WORKS/SAO MOVIE Project. © RK/KC AMW/SM


Originally created by Reki Kawahara

Original Character Design by abec

Directed by Tomohiko Ito

Scenario by Reki Kawahara, Tomohiko Ito

Music by Yuki Kajiura

Character Design: Shingo Adachi

Art Director: Takayuki Nagashima

Chief Animation Director: Shingo Adachi

Sound Director: Yoshikazu Iwanami

CGI Director: Ryuta Undo

Director of Photography: Kentaro Waki

Anime Production by A-1 Pictures


Featuring the following voice talent:

Haruka Tomatsu as Asuna Yūki

Yoshitsugu Matsuoka as Kazuto Kirigaya/Kirito

Ayahi Takagaki as Rika Shinozaki/Lizbeth

Ayana Taketatsu as Suguha Kirigaya/Leafa

Hiroaki Hirata as Klein

Hiroki Yasumoto as Andrew Gilbert Mills/Agil

Kanae Itō as Yui

Miyuki Sawashiro as Shino Asada/Sinon

Rina Hidaka as Keiko Ayano/Silica

Sayaka Kanda as Yuna

Takeshi Kaga as Professor Shigemura

Yoshio Inoue as Eiji

Kouichi Yamadera as Akihiko Kayaba


2022 – The NerveGear, the world’s first dedicated full-dive device developed by the genius programmer, Akihiko Kayaba. It was a revolutionary machine that opened up infinite possibilities for the world of VR (Virtual Reality.) 4 years later…. A next-generation, wearable multi-device called the Augma has been released to compete with the NerveGear’s successor – the Amusphere. A cutting-edge machine boasting the ability to enhance AR (Augmented Reality) to the maximum, the Augma offers a safe, user-friendly experience, as it can be used while the player is awake, making it an instant hit. Its killer title is an ARMMORPG developed exclusively for the Augma, “Ordinal Scale (a.k.a. OS).” Kirito is about to join Asuna and the others as an Ordinal Scale player, but…


The year 2026.

Two years after the “Sword Art Online” fiasco perpetrated by SAO creator Akihiko Kayaba which left many gamers injured or dead, a new technology is to be released.  A technology that is thought to be safe and nothing like the Nerve Gear that was used in “Sword Art Online”.

Now people can use the Augma, the successor to the Amusphere full-dive system which allows a player to play a game that simulates reality while the player is conscious (via augmented reality).

And one of the popular games created for the Augma is “Ordinal Scale”.  A game which has quickly gain popularity that Asuna, Lisbeth and Silica are playing it, but surprisingly Kirito hasn’t jumped aboard to play the game just yet until now.

As people get into the game, part of the main appeal to “Ordinal Scale” is the game’s mascot, an AI idol singer named Yuna who appears during the game to increase the stats of players.

While everyone is playing, the #2 ranked player Eiji helps the Kirito, Asuna and team defeat the level boss but Eiji uses the words “switch”, a term that was used in SAO to Asuna.

Meanwhile, Asuna tells Kirito that Eiji is most likely a member of the Knights of the Blood Oath named Nautilus, Yui tells them that the appearance of Aincrad bosses in “Ordinal Scale” are similar to the line up with the SAO dungeon maps.

As Asuna goes to play the game with her friends again, immediately Yuna and Eiji appear and Eiji pushes Asuna towards the level boss.

When Asuna is hit, she passes out and suddenly, Asuna starts to realize that her memories from SAO are starting to disappear. Concerned, Kirito takes Asuna to the hospital to get checked out and it is learned that the Augma device has scanned her brain for SAO memories, and it may have happened to other SAO players that are playing “Ordinal Scale”.

With Asuna’s memory loss of SAO, that means her memories of her friends, but most importantly her memories of Kirito will disappear.

A desperate Kirito tries to search for answers and promises that he will do whatever he can to get Asuna’s memories back.  But what will his search unveil?

What is “Sword Art Online” about:

In 2002, writer Reki Kawahara wrote a novel series titled “Sword Art Online” under the name Fumio Kunori.

While Kawahara would receive critical acclaim for his novel “Accel World” in 2009, which earned Kawahara an ASCII Media Works’ 15th Dengeki Novel Prize and also winning the Grand Prize in 2008, the popularity of his “Accel World” storyline would lead to “Sword Art Online” being republished and also featuring the art work of illustrator, abec.

This time using his real name on ASCII Media Works’ Dengeku Bunko label from April 10, 2009 and a spin-off series in 2012.  The series has since spawned a total of ten manga adaptations, two anime series, one TV film, five video games and now an animated film.

The original “Sword Art Online” series is set in 2022 and many are playing the Virtual Reality Massively Multiplayer Online Role-Playing Game (VRMMORPG), “Sword Art Online” (SAO for short).

The game comes with a virtual reality helmet known as a Nerve Gear which uses the five senses of the brain and so players can control their characters with their mind.

The anime series focuses on protagonist, Kirito, one of the 1,000 beta testers of the Closed Beta version of SAO.  On November 6th, the game is released to the public and Kirito is enjoying the game and meets Klein, who has experience playing RPG’s but learns from Kirito about the basics of the game.

While the two are talking, suddenly they are transported to the main courtyard and are unable to log out.  They are told by the creator of SAO, Akihiko Kayaba, that all of the people playing are stuck in the game.  If anyone takes of the virtual reality helmet of a player, they will die.

As for those playing the game, if they want to be free of the game, they must reach the 100th floor of the game’s tower and defeat the final boss.  But if their avatars (their game character) dies in the game, their bodies will also die in the real world.  Also,  people in the real world who were stuck in the game have died by someone removing their Nerve Gear.

In the first series, Kirito and Asuna have become an online couple and while Kirito was able to succeed and free everyone by defeating the final boss of “Sword Art Online”, he has been utilized by law enforcement to assist in troubles that have affected users (as seen in “Sword Art Online II”).

In reality, Kazuto Kirigaya (Kirito) and Asuna Yuuki (Asuna) have continued their relationship outside of the game.  Asuna dreams of marrying Kazuto and having a family with him in the future.

And with the 2017 animated film “Sword Art Online The Movie: Ordinal Scale”, with Asuna’s memories of SAO fading, the dreams of her and Kirito being together may now be in jeopardy.


If there is one thing that “Sword Art Online” has proved over the years, that Reki Kawahara’s light novels and the anime adaptation inspired from it, are popular among many fans worldwide.

I had no doubt in my mind that “Sword Art Online The Movie: Ordinal Scale” would do well as a theatrical release, not just in Japan but other countries worldwide, especially the United States.

Considering the film is not a Studio Ghibli film or an animated film with no Disney or Hollywood movie studio connect, “Sword Art Online The Movie: Ordinal Scale” grossed $1.35 million in the first four days of its North American run.

In fact, the film set an opening weekend record for an Aniplex of America theatrical release and has played in 560 theaters nationwide.

And that is for a film that debuted in American theaters with Japanese voice acting and English subtitles.  And for those who dislike reading during their films, Aniplex of America will be releasing the film with an English dub soundtrack in April 2017 for a limited theatrical engagement.

Watching “Sword Art Online The Movie: Ordinal Scale”, it has everything that fans have loved in the series.  A lot of action, a lot of humor but also emotional drama as viewers have watched and seen the relationship between Kazuto (Kirito) and Asuna evolve and in this film, you really see how far their love for each other has blossomed.  And so, this film has become a fight for love and Kazuto doing all that is necessary to make sure that the young woman he loves is saved from losing her memories due to a new threat.

Fans will also love seeing characters from the past making their appearance in the video game but one will no doubt be anticipating the next SOA storyline as the ending teaser (after all the credits are done) shows us another menacing threat that will surely surprise fans of the series.

Animation is fantastic as A-1 Pictures did a wonderful job with capturing emotion in the faces of the characters but also within action sequences.  Voice acting is wonderful in its original Japanese soundtrack and English subtitles were easy to read.  And having watched the original series in both Japanese and English, I’m expecting the English dub to be equally fantastic when the English version of the film is released in US theaters this April.

If there was anything that I didn’t get into all that much in regards to “Sword Art Online The Movie: Ordinal Scale” is the overuse of AI idol singer Yuna.  Music plays a big part in the film and where idol singers through battle is something we are accustomed to seeing in “Macross” anime series or film, it was not something I expected all that much in “Sword Art Online” and felt it was done a little bit too much for my tastes but at the same time, I’m sure it benefits Aniplex for music soundtrack sales and I’m sure fans who loved the music in the film will no doubt be seeking to purchase the soundtrack.

But I also hope that Aniplex, a company known for giving fans a lot of swag with their limited edition releases, will include the film’s soundtrack with the Blu-ray release of “Sword Art Online The Movie: Ordinal Scale”.

I absolutely enjoyed “Sword Art Online The Movie: Ordinal Scale” but I do recommend people who know nothing about the series to at least watch the SAO series before jumping into the film.

Overall, I found the storyline of “Sword Art Online The Movie: Ordinal Scale” to be extremely satisfying and as a person who has watched the series and loved nearly every episode, I really enjoyed seeing the progression of Kirito and Asuna’s relationship and how that relationship plays a big part in the film’s storyline.  I really do feel that fans will enjoy this SAO film!

A wonderful and engrossing storyline filled with action and drama, “Sword Art Online The Movie: Ordinal Scale” is highly recommended!

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‘SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE: WEEKEND UPDATE’ ARRIVES IN PRIMETIME BEGINNING THURSDAY, AUG. 10

March 14, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Colin Jost and Michael Che to Headline Four Episodes of Popular “SNL” Segment

UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif. — March 14, 2017 — NBC is bringing a late-night institution to primetime with a four-episode order for “Saturday Night Live: Weekend Update,” which joins the schedule starting Thursday, Aug. 10 at 9 p.m.

The half-hour telecast will feature “Weekend Update” anchors Colin Jost and Michael Che. Additional “Saturday Night Live” cast members will also make appearances.

“‘SNL’ is having its best season in a quarter of a century — how many shows can say that?! —  so we didn’t want them to take the summer off,” said Robert Greenblatt, Chairman, NBC Entertainment. “We’re thrilled to have Colin Jost and Michael Che continuing their unique brand of news with fresh ‘Weekend Update’ shows in primetime this August.”

“Weekend Update,” which comments on and satirizes the news and current affairs of the week, has consistently ranked as one of the most popular segments of “Saturday NightLive” throughout the show’s storied 42-year history. Previous “Weekend Update” anchors include Chevy Chase, Dan Aykroyd, Jane Curtin, Dennis Miller, Norm Macdonald, Jimmy Fallon, Tina Fey, Amy Poehler and Seth Meyers.

So far this season, “Saturday Night Live” originals are averaging a 3.57 rating in adults 18-49 and 11.022 million viewers overall in “live plus seven day” averages from Nielsen Media Research. This makes it the show’s top-rated season at this point in eight years in 18-49 (since 2008-09) and most-watched season in 24 years (since 1992-93).

Versus year-ago averages, “SNL” is up +21% in adult 18-49 rating (3.57 vs. 2.94) and up 2.2 million persons or +26% in total viewers with 11.022 million.

“SNL” has won 53 Emmy Awards, the most for any show in television history. SNL also holds the title for the most nominated television show in Emmy history with 219 nominations. “SNL” has been honored twice, in 1990 and 2009, with the prestigious George Foster Peabody Award and cited as “truly a national institution.” ”Saturday Night Live” was inducted into the Broadcasting Hall of Fame by the National Association of Broadcasters.

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ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC® ANNOUNCES NEW ARTIST WINNERS PRESENTED BY T-MOBILE

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WINNERS BROTHERS OSBORNE, MAREN MORRIS AND JON PARDI WILL PERFORM ON THE “52ND ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDSTM

LIVE FROM T-MOBILE ARENA IN LAS VEGAS, SUNDAY, APRIL 2 ON CBS

The Academy of Country Music® revealed today the winners for the new artist categories for the 52ND ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS™. Brothers Osborne, Maren Morris and Jon Pardi have been named New Vocal Duo or Group of the Year presented by T-Mobile, New Female Vocalist of the Year presented by T-Mobile, and New Male Vocalist of the Year presented by T-Mobile, respectively. Each of the winners in the new artist categories will perform on the 52NDACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS, co-hosted by Luke Bryan and Dierks Bentley, to be broadcast LIVE from T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas Sunday, April 2 (live 8:00-11:00 PM, ET/delayed PT) on the CBS Television Network

These awards mark the first ever ACM Award® wins for Brothers Osborne, Morris and Pardi. Brothers Osborne are also nominated for Vocal Duo of the Year. Morris received an additional five nominations including Female Vocalist of the Year, Album of the Year (as producer and artist) and Single Record of the Year (as producer and artist).

For more information about the awards and winners, please visit www.ACMawards.com/tmobile and http://www.cbs.com/shows/academy_of_country_music/.

Previously announced performers include Jason Aldean, Dierks Bentley, Luke Bryan, Florida Georgia Line with the Backstreet Boys, Lady Antebellum, Miranda Lambert, Little Big Town and Maren Morris. Additional acts and presenters will be announced in the coming weeks. For event updates, tickets and hotel information, please visit www.ACMcountry.com.

Sponsors and partners for the 52ND ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS include T-Mobile and Xfinity from Comcast.

About the Academy of Country Music Awards

The 52ND ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS is dedicated to honoring and showcasing the biggest names and emerging talent in the country music industry.  The show is produced for television by dick clark productions. Allen Shapiro, Mike Mahan, R.A. Clark, Barry Adelman and Mark Bracco are executive producers. Pete Fisher and Tiffany Moon are executive producers for the Academy of Country Music.

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GOLD arrives on Digital HD on April 18 and on Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD, and On Demand May 2

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“***** A deliriously entertaining ride.”
— Variety

“Matthew McConaughey is exhilarating!”
– Rolling Stone

“Ranks among Matthew McConaughey’s best performances”
– The Hollywood Reporter
A Modern-Day Journey of the American Dream

Academy Award® Winner Matthew McConaughey Stars in the Epic Tale Arriving on Digital HD April 18
and on Blu-ray™ Combo Pack and DVD on May 2

SANTA MONICA, CA (March 13, 2017) – Strike it rich with Oscar® winner Matthew McConaughey (Best Actor, Dallas Buyers Club, 2013) in this fascinating story of dreams and greed when Gold arrives on Digital HD on April 18 and on Blu-ray Combo Pack (plus DVD and Digital HD), DVD, and On Demand May 2 from Anchor Bay Entertainment and Dimension Films. From director Stephen Gaghan (Syriana), and written by Patrick Massett & John Zinman, Gold follows the story of Kenny Wells, a gold prospector desperate to achieve success, no matter the cost. Nominated for a 2017 Golden Globe® for Best Original Song – Motion Picture (“Gold” by Iggy Pop and Danger Mouse), this jungle adventure features an incredibly talented cast, including Edgar Ramirez (Hands of Stone), Golden Globe® nominee Bryce Dallas Howard (Jurassic World), Corey Stoll (“House of Cards”), with Golden Globe® winner Stacy Keach (American History X) and Bruce Greenwood (Star Trek).

Gold is the epic tale of one man’s pursuit of the American dream — to discover gold. Oscar® winner Matthew McConaughey stars as Kenny Wells, a prospector desperate for a lucky break, who teams up with a similarly eager geologist, and they set off on an amazing journey to find gold in the uncharted jungle of Indonesia. Getting the gold was hard, but keeping it would be even harder, sparking an adventure through the most powerful boardrooms of Wall Street. The film is inspired by a true story.

The home entertainment release is packed with must-see bonus features including: Feature commentary with director Stephen Gaghan, a dynamic deleted sequence of the film, an exploration of the movie’s origins, a journey through Gold’s locations, and a behind-the-scenes look at Matthew McConaughey’s unforgettable performance as Kenny Wells. Gold will be available on Blu-ray Combo Pack and DVD for the suggested retail price of $39.99 and $29.95, respectively.

BLU-RAY/ DVD/ DIGITAL HD SPECIAL FEATURES
· Deleted Sequence
· Feature Commentary with Director Stephen Gaghan
· “The Origins of Gold” Featurette
· “The Locations of Gold” Featurette
· “Matthew McConaughey as Kenny Wells” Featurette

For Artwork: www.lionsgatepublicity.com/home-entertainment/gold/
Trailer: https://youtu.be/kOSV0AhRlhI
Website: http://gold-film.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/GoldTheMovie/
Twitter: @GOLDTheMovie

PROGRAM INFORMATION
Year of Production: 2016
Title Copyright: All Program Content © 2016 BBP GOLD, LLC. All Rights Reserved. Package Design © 2017 Starz Media, LLC. All Rights Reserved. Distributed by Anchor Bay Entertainment, LLC, 2700 Colorado Avenue, Santa Monica, California 90404.
Type: Theatrical Release
Rating: R for language throughout and some sexuality/nudity
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Thriller
Closed Captioned: N/A
Subtitles: Spanish, English SDH
Feature Run Time: 120 Minutes
BD Format: 1080p High Definition, 16×9 Widescreen 2.40:1 Presentation
DVD Format: 16×9 Widescreen 2.40:1 Presentation
BD Audio: English 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio™
DVD Audio: English 5.1 Dolby Digital Audio

ABOUT ANCHOR BAY ENTERTAINMENT

Anchor Bay Entertainment, a Starz Company, is a leading independent home entertainment company that acquires and releases a wide array of theatrical and home entertainment content, including STARZ Original series, children’s programming, fitness (Anchor Bay Fitness), sports and specialty films on Blu-ray™ and DVD formats. The company has long-term distribution agreements in place for select programming with The Weinstein Company, AMC Networks and RADiUS, among others.
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VIZ MEDIA ANNOUNCES THE HOME MEDIA RELEASE OF K: MISSING KINGS ANIME FEATURE FILM

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Film Debuts As A Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack And Standard Edition DVD Set And Resumes The Ferocious Battles
Between Warring Clans

San Francisco, CA, March 14, 2017 – VIZ Media, LLC (VIZ Media), a premier company in the fields of publishing, animation distribution, and global entertainment licensing, delivers the visually stunning K: MISSING KINGS feature film home media release to audiences today.

Set for release as a Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack and as a Standard Edition DVD Set, K: MISSING KINGS expands the story of a once easygoing teenager that becomes embroiled in a deadly war between seven bloodthirsty clans. The film’s plot takes place one year after the conclusion of the original K anime series, which VIZ Media first released in 2013.

K: MISSING KINGS features a notable English voice cast that is highlighted by Sam Riegel as Yashiro Isana, Matt Mercer as Kuro Yatogami, and Stephanie Sheh as Neko.

The K: MISSING KINGS Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack will carry an MSRP of $29.98 U.S. / $34.99 CAN and features full 1080p HD resolution, 16×9 video. The Standard Edition DVD Set will be offered with an MSRP of $19.98 U.S. / $24.99 CAN. The Combo Pack’s notable bonus features include a character bio gallery and trailers.

In K: MISSING KINGS, Silver Clan members Kuro and Neko are on a mission to find their king, Shiro, who went missing after the battle on the School Island involving four of the seven colored kings. During their search, the two discover that Red Clan member Anna Kushina has become the target of the mysterious Green Clan, which intends to use the girl’s special power to track down Shiro. Now the Silver Clan and Red Clans find themselves joining forces to protect Shiro and Anna from this new threat. But will this unexpected alliance be enough to counter the Green Clan’s top fighters, as well as its king?

“We are very excited to expand the beautiful, thrilling world of K with MISSING KINGS’ gripping story of supernatural action and intrigue depicting the desperate search by the Silver Clan for their lost sovereign,” says Charlene Ingram, VIZ Media’s Senior Manager of Animation Marketing. “The animation by Studio GoHands is stunning and we’ve also accented the film with a stellar English voice cast. Don’t miss this extraordinary home media release coming this spring!”

For more information on K or other award-winning anime titles from VIZ Media, please visit 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.

Learn more about VIZ Media and its properties at VIZ.com.

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VIEWERS HAND DOWN THE VERDICT ON SOME OF THE NATION’S MOST CONTROVERSIAL CIVIL CASES ON NEW UNSCRIPTED SERIES “YOU THE JURY,” PREMIERING FRIDAY, APRIL 7, ON FOX

March 9, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

America’s Votes Tallied with Verdict Announced at the End of Each Show

 

FOX News’ Jeanine Pirro to Host 

For the first time ever, the new unscripted series YOU THE JURY will give the biggest jury pool in history – America – the power to decide the outcome of some of the most explosive, real-life, ripped-from-the-headline civil cases. With FOX News’ Jeanine Pirro hosting, six top attorneys who’ve represented some of the nation’s biggest celebrities will argue their cases each week for America’s vote. Every vote counts on YOU THE JURY premiering Friday, April 7 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX.

 

Each week, the show’s prosecution and defense – including attorneys Jose Baez, who defended Casey Anthony; Benjamin Crump, who has fought for justice for Trayvon Martin; and Joseph Tacopina, who has represented some of the biggest stars in America; as well as Areva Martin, Mike Cavalluzzi and Charla Aldous – will question and cross-examine the litigants and expert witnesses, as they present their arguments to America and former judge of the Superior Court of California LaDoris Cordell.

 

The cases will address hot-button issues that define America today. Whether it’s online trolling and the limits of free speech; the constitutional clash of gay rights with religious freedom; or whether someone’s death was the result of a tragic accident or something far more sinister, YOU THE JURY will investigate the law and the intense human stories behind it. In a dramatic twist, the closing arguments will be presented by the plaintiff and the defendant as they sit across from one another.

 

Once the cases are presented, it will be up to America to decide who will prevail. Viewers will have the opportunity to vote for approximately five minutes, via text and the FOX Now App, after the case has been presented. At the end of the East/Central time zone broadcast, “America’s Verdict” will be revealed. The vote on the verdict is 100% live and binding and it will reflect the decision made by the biggest jury in history – the American public. However, when the West Coast votes, if the cumulative votes (East/Central and West Coast/Mountain Time Zone combined) lead to a different verdict, the original verdict will be overturned as the final outcome of the case.

 

Watch/Share an All-New Promo for YOU THE JURY: https://youtu.be/1yXlWCExy3Q

 

Jeanine Pirro, Host

Jeanine Pirro is the host of “Justice with Judge Jeanine” on Fox News Channel, the cable network’s highest-rated weekend primetime show. She was formerly the host of a syndicated weekday court show for which she won an Emmy Award. As a young prosecutor in Westchester County, she was the first female to prosecute a murder case. In 1978, she started the nation’s first domestic violence unit in a prosecutors’ office, which catapulted her to the national scene. She was appointed by three governors to help draft legislation on behalf of crime victims and was appointed to chair a Commission investigating New York fatalities. In 1990, she was the first woman elected to serve on the Westchester County Court bench. The Independent Fund for Modern Courts rated her the No. 1 Judge. In 1994, Judge Pirro became the first female district attorney in Westchester County, where she continued to create innovative programs. These included an internet pedophile sting operation, as well as environmental and hate crimes units. She has written four books, including her latest, “He Killed Them All: Robert Durst and My quest for Justice.” She is a native of New York.

 

LaDoris Cordell, Judge

LaDoris Cordell is a retired judge of the Superior Court of California and former Independent Police Auditor for the City of San Jose, CA. She is an advocate for improving transparency in policing and for building trust between police and the communities they serve. Judge Cordell was the first female African-American judge in northern California. She also was the Assistant Dean at Stanford Law School, her alma mater, where, in 1978, she created a program to increase the enrollment of students of color. Within a year, Stanford Law School went from last to first place in its enrollment of African-American and Latino students, among major law schools. Judge Cordell was the Vice Provost & Special Counselor to the President of Stanford University for eight years, until 2009.

 

Charla Aldous, Attorney

Founding partner of Aldous\Walker in Dallas, Charla Aldous has tried more than 200 civil jury trials and has frequently been recognized as one of the leading lawyers in the United States. Since 2003, Aldous has been listed in “The Best Lawyers in America.” The National Law Journal has recognized her as one of the 10 Winning Lawyers in America, and her verdicts have been listed by Lawyers USA, as among the highest in the nation.

 

Jose Baez, Attorney

Jose A. Baez is a well-known trial attorney who has represented clients in a wide variety of criminal and civil cases including the extremely high profile acquittal in the Casey Anthony murder trial; helping to free millionaire; businessman Gary Giordano from prison, who was a suspect in the disappearance of Robyn Gardner, former NFL player Aaron Hernandez, Nick Gordon in the death of Whitney Houston’s daughter’s death Bobbi Kristina, and professional poker player/actor Dan Bilzerian, as well as victims in the “Dark Knight” shooting tragedy in Aurora, CO. Baez was named Lawyer of the Year for 2011 by Lawyers USA magazine and named as one of the “Top 100 Trial Lawyers” for the past six years, as well as names one of the “Top 100 most influential lawyers” in the country by the National Trial Lawyers Association.

 

Mike Cavalluzzi, Attorney

A certified criminal law specialist through the California State Bar, Mike Cavalluzzi is one of the best criminal defense attorneys in Los Angeles County, who has tried more than 150 cases. Cavalluzzi began his legal career in 1992 as a civil litigator for State Farm Insurance. However after winning several jury trials, he left to focus on criminal defense. He joined the Public Defender’s Office and quickly established himself as a fearless, creative trial attorney, defending clients in all types of cases, ranging from misdemeanor battery to homicide. As a member of the gay community, Mike Cavalluzzi is also an outspoken advocate for the rights of the entire LGBT community.

 

Benjamin L. Crump, Attorney

Attorney Benjamin Crump and his legal prowess and success have created a significant legal legacy that ensures that the promise found in our nation’s constitution is indeed real in every state, municipality and neighborhood.  Benjamin Crump was nationally recognized in 2014 as a NNPA Newsmaker of the Year, The National Trial Lawyers Top 100 Lawyers and Ebony Magazine’s Power 100 Most Influential African Americans.  He was also bestowed the American Association for Justice Johnny Cochran Award, the Alpha Kappa Alpha Eleanor Roosevelt Medallion for Service,  the NAACP Thurgood Marshall Award and the SCLC Martin Luther King Servant Leader Award.  In 2016, he was designated as an Honorary Fellow by the University of Pennsylvania College of Law.  Attorney Crump serves on the Innocence Project Board of Directors, was the first African American to chair Florida State University College of Law’s Board of Directors, and served as the 73rd President of the National Bar Association. He has represented some of the most high profile cases in the United States, like the families of Trayvon Martin, Michael Brown, Robbie Tolan and 9 of the Black women who were the victims in the Holtzclaw Oklahoma City Police rape case in 2015. He also served as Board Chairman of the Legal Services of North Florida, to which he and his legal partner donated $1 million dollars to ensure that poor people would continue to have quality legal representation and access to the courts. He is married to Dr. Genae Angelique Crump and is the proud father of Brooklyn Zeta Crump.

 

Areva Martin, Attorney

Areva Martin is an award-winning attorney, advocate and highly sought-after legal and social issues commentator. A graduate of Harvard Law School, Martin is founder of the L.A.-based civil rights firm Martin & Martin, LLP. As an attorney advocating for women, children and social justice, Martin’s work has been recognized by countless organizations that have bestowed awards upon her, including the GLAAC Lawyer of the Year Award, the L’Orleal Paris Women of Worth Award, KCET’s Community Hero Award, the California Legislative Black Caucus Civil Rights Leadership Award, the LAAAW-PAC Power Pac Award and the L.A. County Woman of the Year Award. She also has been named a southern California Super Lawyer for the past three years. Martin is frequently called upon to provide her legal, political and social commentary to networks and syndicated television shows. She is currently a recurring host on the Emmy-Award winning daytime talk show “The Doctors.” As a major advocate for children and families living with autism and other related causes, Martin founded Special Needs Network that has raised millions of dollars to provide free legal and counseling services to families in need. Also a popular author, Martin’s first book was “Journey to the Top,” a career guide for women looking to advance their professional careers. Her second book is “The Everyday Advocate” (Penguin) and her third book, “Make It Rain” (Center Street), will be released in 2018.

 

Joe Tacopina, Attorney

One of America’s most high-powered trial attorneys, Joseph Tacopina leads Manhattan-based Tacopina & Seigel. A former prosecutor, Tacopina is a formidable force inside and outside the courtroom, and is widely considered a fierce cross examiner. Tacopina has represented many high-profile clients such as Alex Rodriguez, Jay-Z and Don Imus. In addition to athletes and other celebrities, he has defended stars of the legal, political and business communities, including a judge, a city councilman, agents of law enforcement and other attorneys. Tacopina has provided commentary for CNN, NBC, ABC, CNBC, FOX NEWS and MSNBC. He also has garnered a number of prestigious awards, including one of the Nation’s top Trial Lawyers by the National Trial Lawyers Association and one of the 10 Best Client Satisfaction Attorneys. Most recently, Tacopina was recognized as the Criminal Defense Lawyer of the Year in the State of New York, a Top-Rated Lawyer by Martindale-Hubbell’s Legal Leaders and Super Lawyers.

 

YOU THE JURY is produced by Renegade 83. Jay Renfroe, David Garfinkle and Conrad Green serve as executive producers.

 

 

About Renegade 83

 

Leading reality television production company Renegade 83 has had continued success with standout shows, including Discovery’s “Man, Woman, Wild,” “One Man Army,” Emmy Award-nominated documentary special “The Kennedy Detail,” “Naked And Afraid XL” and “Naked and Afraid,” the highest-rated premiere in households in the history of the network; USA’s “First Impressions” and Emmy Award-nominated scripted series “The 4400”; A&E’s “Fit to Fat to Fit”; CMT’s “Gone Country; ABC’s “Miracle Workers”; and NBC’s “The Law Firm.” Renegade is currently in production on an expansive slate of shows for networks including FOX, NBC, Discovery, A&E, USA, Lifetime, CNBC, MTV, VH-1, YouTube and many others.

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