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Friday, December 13, 2013

12 Years A Slave is a favorite among 2013 Golden Globe Nominees

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"Twelve Years A Slave," the motion picture version of the life of "Solomon Northrop, A Slave" has scored the most Golden Globe Award nominations, 7, it was announced from Hollywood Thursday. "American Hustle" also received 7 nominations.  "House of Cards" and "Behind the Candelabra" tie for four noms a piece. Surprisingly, neither Lee Daniels' "The Butler" nor any of the all star members of its cast (Oscar winner Forrest Whitaker, Oprah, Terrance Howard) made the list, as selected by the Hollywood Foreign Press.

Congrats to all of the nominees:

Best Motion Picture, Drama
12 Years a Slave
Captain Phillips
Best Actor in a Motion Picture, Drama 
Chiwetel Ejiofor,12 Years a Slave
Idris Elba, Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom
Tom Hanks, Captain Phillips
Matthew McConaughey, Dallas Buyers Club
Robert Redford, All Is Lost
Best Actress in a Motion Picture, Drama
Cate Blanchett, Blue Jasmine
Sandra Bullock, Gravity
Judi Dench, Philomena
Emma Thompson, Saving Mr. Banks
Kate Winslet, Labor Day
Best Director – Motion Picture
Alfonso Cuaron, Gravity
Paul Greengrass, Captain Phillips
Steve McQueen, 12 Years a Slave
Alexander Payne, Nebraska 
David O. Russell, American Hustle
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Thursday, December 12, 2013

Happy 90th birthday Bob Barker

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Bob Barker come on down!  Today the affable retired game show host returned to the Price Is Right to celebrate his 90th Birthday.  Barker joked that he had to turn 90 to receive sop much love in response to the audiences loud applause.  He is still advocating for the safety of animals.  As Barker would say, remember to help control the pet population -- have your pet spade or neutered.
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In Sickness and In Health and To Love and To Cherish Available on DVD January 7th, 2014

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In Sickness and In Health and
To Love and To Cherish
Available on DVD January 7th, 2014
LOS ANGELES (Dec. 12, 2013) – One Village Entertainment, an RLJ Entertainment (NASDAQ: RLJE) brand, brings you the double feature of In Sickness and In Health and To Love and To Cherish on DVD on Jan. 7, 2014. Both directed by Roger Melvin, the films star Chico Benymon (UPN’s “Half & Half”, Ali), Denise Boutte (TBS’s “Meet the Browns”), Golden Brooks (UPN/CW’s “Girlfriends”), Jennifer Freeman (ABC’s “My Wife and Kids,” You Got Served), Mel Jackson (Soul Foodand Tommy Ford (FOX’s “Martin”)In Sickness and In Health / To Love and To Cherish will be available on DVD for an SRP of $14.98.

IN SICKNESS AND IN HEALTH tells the story of the young and gorgeous Faith who seems to have it all, including a fiancé who adores her.  But with just days before her wedding, she’s hiding a serious secret about her health, one she’s terrified to share with her perfect guy, Norman. Will the truth keep her man by her side, or will it send him running? Can their love stay strong when tested by one of marriage’s most challenging vows?
TO LOVE AND TO CHERISH narrates the story of Aliyah would like nothing better than some private time “to love and to cherish” her sexy husband, Jay. But somebody is always interrupting…kids, ex-spouses, relatives. Pulled from every direction, Aliyah doesn't think she can take much more and is about to reach her breaking point.  How's a modern woman supposed to keep her marriage alive in all the chaos?
We have a limited supply of In Sickness and In Health / To Love and To Cherish DVDs for review, so request your copy now!  We appreciate if you would include In Sickness and In Health / To Love and To Cherish on your on DVD listings.
RLJ Entertainment, Inc. (NASDAQ: RLJE) is a premier independent licensee and distributor of entertainment content and programming in North America, the United Kingdom and Australia with over 5,300 exclusive titles.  RLJE is a leader in numerous genres via its owned and distributed brands such as Acorn (British TV), Image (feature films, stand-up comedy), One Village (urban), Acacia (fitness), Slingshot (faith), Athena (documentaries), Criterion (art films) and Madacy (gift sets).  These titles are distributed in multiple formats including DVD, Blu-Ray, digital download, digital streaming, broadcast television (including satellite and cable), theatrical and non-theatrical.
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RLJE leverages its management experience to acquire, distribute, and monetize existing and original content for its many distribution channels, including its nascent branded digital subscription channels, and engages distinct audiences with programming that appeals directly to their unique viewing interests.  RLJE has proprietary e-commerce web sites for the Acorn and Acacia brands, and owns the recently launched Acorn TV digital subscription service.
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SANTA MONICA, Calif. (Dec. 12, 2013) —The Recording Academy®  announced its Special Merit Awards recipients today, and this year's honorees are: the BeatlesArmando ManzaneroClifton Chenierthe Isley BrothersKraftwerkKris Kristofferson, and Maud Powell as Lifetime Achievement Award recipients; Rick HallJim Marshall and Ennio Morricone as Trustees Award honorees; and Emile Berliner and Lexicon asTechnical GRAMMY® Award recipients. A special invitation-only ceremony will be held during GRAMMY Week on Saturday, Jan. 25, 2014, and a formal acknowledgment will be made during the 56th Annual GRAMMYAwards® telecast, which will be held at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles on Sunday, Jan. 26, 2014 and broadcast live at 8 p.m. ET/PT on the CBS Television Network. For GRAMMY® coverage, updates and breaking news, please visit The Recording Academy's social networks on Twitter and Facebook.

"It is a great privilege to recognize such an exceptional group of honorees and celebrate their accomplishments and contributions to the recording industry," said Neil Portnow, President/CEO of The Recording Academy. "This astoundingly unique and gifted group have created some of the most distinguished and influential work in our musical history. Their legacies are timeless and legendary, and their creativity will continue to influence and inspire future generations." 

The Lifetime Achievement Award honors performers who have made contributions of outstanding artistic significance to the field of recording while the Trustees Award recognizes such contributions in areas other than performance. Both awards are determined by vote of The Recording Academy's National Board of Trustees. Technical GRAMMY Award recipients are determined by vote of The Academy's Producers & Engineers Wing®Advisory Council and Chapter Committees, as well as The Academy's Trustees. The award is presented to individuals and companies who have made contributions of outstanding technical significance to the recording field.

About the Lifetime Achievement Award Honorees:
Regarded as one of the most influential groups in music history, George Harrison*, John Lennon*, Paul McCartney, and Ringo Starr formed the Beatles in Liverpool in 1960. Rooted in 1950s rock and roll, the seven-time GRAMMY-winning band later broadened their musical palette, ranging from pop ballads to psychedelic rock, often incorporating classical elements in innovative ways. As a group, they have 15 recordings inducted into the GRAMMY Hall Of Fame®, including Abbey RoadA Hard Day's NightThe Beatles (White Album)Meet The Beatles!RevolverRubber Soul, and Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band. As composers, songwriters, musicians, singers, and performers the Beatles revolutionized the music industry and continue to influence future generations.

Mexican-born singer, songwriter and pianist Armando Manzanero has been contributing to the world of Latin music for five decades. Known for his smooth romantic ballads, he has recorded more than 30 albums, composed more than 400 songs, and has performed all over the world. His 2001 album, Duetos, won a Latin GRAMMY® for Best Pop Album By A Duo Or Group With Vocal, and his music has been performed by artists such as Christina Aguilera, Andrea Bocelli, Alejandro Fernández, Elvis Presley, and Frank Sinatra. In 2010, Manzanero received a Lifetime Achievement Award from The Latin Recording Academy®, and the following year he became President of the Sociedad de Autores y Compositores in Mexico, where he had served as vice president since 1982. His efforts in defense copyright laws have garnered the organization international acclaim.

Hailed as the "King of Zydeco," and a Blues Hall of Fame inductee, Clifton Chenier* is recognized as one of the most influential Creole musicians of his time. Best known for his signature blues melodies that he played on accordion, he took a mix of genres and invented a new sound called zydeco in the mid-'50s. Throughout his lifetime, Chenier stayed prolific with groups such as the Zydeco Ramblers and the Red Hot Louisiana Band. His 1983 album, I’m Here, earned a GRAMMY Award for Best Ethnic Or Traditional Folk Recording.

The Isley Brothers have enjoyed one of the longest, most diverse, and most influential legacies in pop music. The group's esteemed history spans two generations of siblings and significant cultural shifts in music. Born and raised in Cincinnati, the brothers got their professional start in New York with their first hit single "Shout – Part 1," which has gone on to become a frequently covered classic. Throughout their career, they never stopped reinventing themselves, scoring hits in R&B, Motown soul, funk, disco, and rock. Their 1969 single, "It's Your Thing," earned a GRAMMY for Best R&B Vocal Performance By A Duo Or Group, and in 1992 they were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Brothers Ronald and Ernie Isley have continued to perform together.

Commonly noted as the pioneers of electronic music, Kraftwerk became the only band of their kind when they released their unique self-titled album in 1971. Clearly ahead of their time, the group experimented with everyday industrial sounds and arranged them into minimalistic robotic pop melodies. Not only were their machine-precision tunes revolutionary, they also pushed the limits of music technology by customizing their own instruments and sounds. The German group is considered to be one of the most prominent bands in pop history having influenced acts such as Björk, Blondie, David Bowie, Daft Punk, Depeche Mode, and Gary Numan.

Kris Kristofferson is a three-time GRAMMY winner and one of the most accomplished country stars of the late 20th century. This legendary artist rose to fame when numerous country singers began to cover his music. The Texas-born singer, songwriter, musician, and actor dominated the country music scene during the early '70s with hits such as "Help Me Make It Through The Night," "Me And Bobby McGee," and "Lover Please." While balancing his music and acting career, Kristofferson went on to form the country supergroup The Highwaymen, which included Johnny Cash, Waylon Jennings and Willie Nelson. Kristofferson also has been inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame and the Country Music Hall of Fame.

Classical musician Maud Powell* was internationally recognized as one of the greatest violinist in the world. Starting from a young age, she received the best musical education in the United States and Europe, where she was instructed by talented classical teachers. One of the few popular female musicians of her time, she made her debut in 1885 with the Berlin Philharmonic and the New York Philharmonic Society. By the 20th century, it was evident that she had become the best violin player of her generation. The classical violinist's legacy continues through the Maud Powell String Quartet and the Maud Powell Society for Music and Education.

About the Trustees Award Honorees:
Producer, songwriter and music publisher Rick Hall rocked the music industry when he opened the renowned Fame Studios in Muscle Shoals, Ala., in 1961. A unique story, Hall grew up in a working class family and quit his day-labor jobs to dedicate his time to music. Hall gathered an array of talented songwriters, musicians and producers, and with his own meticulous approach to producing and arranging, created a unique blend of music known as the "Muscle Shoals Sound." Hall has produced hit records across an array of genres including blues, country, pop, and soul, and many legendary artists have recorded at Fame Studios throughout its illustrious history, including Aretha Franklin, Tim McGraw, Reba McEntire, Little Richard, and Otis Redding. The studio continues operation today, and was recently the subject of the critically acclaimed documentary Muscle Shoals.

Jim Marshall* has captured some of rock and roll's most unforgettable moments through his photography, including Jimi Hendrix burning his guitar at the Monterey Pop Festival and Johnny Cash performing at Folsom State Prison and San Quentin State Prison. Marshall was the only photographer who was given backstage access to the Beatles' final concert in 1966, and was chief photographer at Woodstock. He was also known in the music industry for his exceptional portraits of famous musicians. Aside from winning many photography awards, Marshall had a way of building great personal relationships with the musicians he photographed. He continued working until his death in 2010.

GRAMMY-winning Italian composer, orchestrator, and conductor Ennio Morricone is a unique figure in the history of film music. His career includes a wide range of genres, making him one of the world's most versatile, prolific and influential film composers of all time. He has written music for more than 450 films and gained worldwide recognition for his work on Sergio Leone's Westerns: A Fistful Of Dollars, For A Few Dollars More, Once Upon A Time In The West, and The Good, The Bad And The Ugly — with the soundtrack for the latter film inducted in to the GRAMMY Hall Of Fame in 2009.  In 1987 he won a GRAMMY Award for his work on Brian De Palma's film, The Untouchables, and was awarded an honorary Academy Award® in 2007 for his magnificent and multifaceted contributions to the art of film music.

About the Technical GRAMMY Award Recipients:
Emile Berliner*, a pioneer in audio technology, was best known as the inventor of the gramophone. The German-born inventor came to the United States in 1870 and eventually found a passion for sound and electricity. His first major contribution came with the invention of an improved telephone transmitter that later became the basis of the first-ever microphone. Although a method for recording music on a disc had already been invented, he focused his efforts on reinventing the way music was played and recorded. In 1887 Berliner introduced the gramophone to the world and marketed his invention himself. Some of the first gramophone discs ever recorded featured artists such as Buffalo Bill Cody, Cal Stewart and Len Spencer. Berliner's gramophone — later renamed the phonograph — set the course for shellac and vinyl records that followed.

Established in 1971, Lexicon is a manufacturer of high-performance electronics. More than 40 years ago, Lexicon released its first product, the Delta T-101 delay line, the first commercially available professional digital audio product and the introduction of digital audio itself. In 1973 Lexicon targeted the professional audio market, and scored a breakthrough with the development of the Lexicon 224, one of the first commercially viable digital reverb systems. The 224 remained an industry standard until the introduction of its successor, the legendary 480L and LARC controller in 1986. Along the way, digital delay processors such as the Prime Time II and PCM 42, as well as the Tiled Room preset program from the PCM 70 were all heavily used. In 2008 the new processor platform, the PCM96, received praise from top engineers, producers and post-production mixers. Lexicon continues to be a leading innovator and in-demand manufacturer of digital audio products.

*Denotes posthumous.

Established in 1957, The Recording Academy is an organization of musicians, songwriters, producers, engineers and recording professionals that is dedicated to improving the cultural condition and quality of life for music and its makers. Internationally known for the GRAMMY Awards — the preeminent peer-recognized award for musical excellence and the most credible brand in music — The Recording Academy is responsible for groundbreaking professional development, cultural enrichment, advocacy, education and human services programs. The Academy continues to focus on its mission of recognizing musical excellence, advocating for the well-being of music makers and ensuring music remains an indelible part of our culture. For more information about The Academy, please visit www.grammy.com. For breaking news and exclusive content, follow @TheGRAMMYs on Twitter, like "The GRAMMYs" on Facebook, and join The GRAMMYs' social communities on Foursquare, GetGlue, Google +, InstagramPinterestTumblr, and YouTube.

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Tuesday, December 10, 2013

SAG Awards nominees to be announced on Dec. 11

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Nominations for the 20th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards will be unveiled on Wednesday, Dec. 11 at the Pacific Design Center in West Hollywood. The announcement will be telecast live on TNT at 9 a.m. (ET) / 6 a.m. (PT) and webcast live on tntdrama.com and tbs.com. Prior to the announcement, this year's stunt ensemble nominees will be revealed during a live webcast at 8:50 a.m. (ET) / 5:50 a.m. (PT).

Graff Diamonds will sponsor the Green Room.

Actor® recipients will be announced at the 20th Screen Actors Guild Awardsceremony on Saturday, January 18, 2014, simulcast live from the Los Angeles Shrine Exposition Center on TNT and TBS at 8 p.m. (ET) / 
5 p.m. (PT). A primetime encore presentation will follow immediately on TNT at 10 p.m. (ET) / 7 p.m. (PT). A live stream of the SAG Awards can also be viewed online through the TBS and TNT websites, as well as through the Watch TBS and Watch TNT apps for iOS or Android. (Viewers must sign in using their TV provider user name and password in order to view the live stream.) 
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Kirk Franklin's Mandela performance was unplanned

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Americans knew President Obama would eulogize his hero today at the funeral service of Nelson Mandela. But it came as a surprise to most --including the artist himself-- when Kirk Franklin performed just before the President's words.

Following his performance, the multiple Grammy winner told CNN via phone how he got involved unexpectedly. He was at the airport about to return to the U.S> when the South African government contacted him and requested that he stay to perform.

"Just days before, I would have never thought I'd be there, performing in the rain, participating in history.
It was a moment I'll never forget.," said Franklin.

The gospel music giant  was in the country to play three concert dates, starting with the Rema Bible Church in Johannesburg.  He arrived on the Thursday that Mandela died he told CNN.  Upon hearing reports of Mandela's passing he went to leader's home and joined the crowds that were dancing and singing.

"I stood in the streets and danced with my people, hugged my people and tried my best to embrace their loss."

Today Franklin sang his hit "My Life Is In Your Hands" with his people again under the drizzle falling at First National Bank Stadium filled with thousands of mourners and hundreds of dignitaries from around the world. One verse was sang in Zulu, the chorus ending with a sea of fists raised in tribute to the deceased.

The singer added,"I pray my presence on stage today will reflect the love I have for this country. I know their struggle, but I also know that they will have victory as long as they embrace the heart of their hero.

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All New Album HELP In Stores 
March 25, 2014

December 9, 2013 (New York, NY) – Erica Campbell receives Grammy nomination for BEST GOSPEL SONG, for current single “A Little More Jesus,” it was announced yesterday.

Written by Erica, sister Tina Campbell and husband Warryn Campbell, “A Little More Jesus,” topped the charts this summer and captured listeners with the high-energy old school vibe, coupled with Erica’s distinct vocals.  The upbeat and powerful single united us with both honesty and enthusiasm.  

“I am beyond excited and so very grateful for the nomination,” Campbell said. “God is so awesome!”

“A Little More Jesus,” is the first single off of Erica’s debut solo project, HELP, which will be released on My Block Inc./eOne on March 25, 2014. The follow up single and title track “Help,” is a relevant and current sounding ballad that will be released to radio in early January.  Two versions of the song will be serviced including a hip-hop version featuring Lecrae one of today’s hottest rappers.

Erica wrapped production on the third season of “Mary Mary,” her popular TV show that returns to WEtv in 2014.  She is also slated to perform “A Little More Jesus,” on the Stellar Awards in Nashville, TN that will air live on January 18, 2014 on UPLIFTING Entertainment (formerly Gospel Music Channel), as well as continue to run in national syndication January 25th – March 2, 2014.
As part of the platinum selling duo, Mary Mary, Erica has earned multiple Grammy Award nominations and is a 4-time Grammy Award winner. 
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A Madea Christmas Sweepstakes with Hairfinity

Hairfinity®, (#hairfinity)the popular hair growth vitamin supplement by Brock Beauty Inc. and Lionsgate's new family holiday film Tyler Perry's A Madea Christmas, have partnered to launch an exciting holiday sweepstakes for a chance to win an all-expenses paid vacation to Punta Cana, Dominican Republic. Adults 21 and over are eligible to win by submitting an online entry onFacebook.com/hairfinity.
The grand-prize winner will receive an all-expenses paid Funjet Vacations package for two to the all-inclusive RIU Palace Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic, including two round-trip airline tickets. The winner will also receive a Glamore' by Antonia gift certificate for $100; Glamore' by Antonia cosmetics gift set; Tyler Perry's A Madea Christmas holiday present; and $500 from Hairfinity®.  
"This marks the first time our company has partnered with an industry leader like Lionsgate. We're so excited to be able to expand our offerings and provide our loyal customers with an extraordinary contest opportunity to a coveted vacation destination,"  said Brock Beauty President Tymeka Lawrence.

The sweepstakes runs until Dec. 13, 2013; winners will be announced on Dec. 16, 2013. For full details of contest please click here.  

Entertainment Tonight's 12 Days of 
EntertainmenTonight, the popular daily entertainment television newshow is including Hairfinity, Brock Beauty's best-selling nutritional supplement for healthy hair, in their annual 12 Days of Christmas Giveaway. Featuring top celebrity gifts, thisyear's prize packages contain a selection of hot items that are perfect for Mom, Dad, Best Friend, Family and Significant Other. ET Online will be giving away one holiday gift bag each day for 12 days beginning on December 11th. 
Fans can enter by filling out an entry form on the Entertainment Tonight website www.etonline.com
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Monday, December 9, 2013

President Obama to speak at Mandela Funeral

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Air Force One departed through the steel Washington, DC sky en route to Johannesburg, South Africa this morning for the Tuesday funeral service of Nelson Mandela.
Along with President Obama and the First Lady, on board were former President George W. Bush and former First Lady Laura Bush, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, National Security Advisor Susan Rice and the Attorney General, Eric Holder. A small U.S. Congressional delegation is expected to arrive separately. DC Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton will be among them.
President Obama will speak at the funeral after Mr. Mandela’s family members. Other officials expected to speak on the program are United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon, Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff and Cuban President Raul Castro. President Obama joins more than 50 world leaders who will come together to pay their final respects to Mandela, an international symbol of peace and freedom.
The members of the press gaggle aboard the flight inquired as to if Obama will meet with the Mandela family or other leaders, but whether he will has not been confirmed.
Said National Security Advisor for Strategic Communications, Ben Rhodes, "We’ve been in touch with the Mandela family and are seeking to see if there is time for them to meet. Unfortunately, we don’t know for certain because things are so fluid on the ground. But we would certainly like the opportunity for the President to pay his respects to Graça Machel and the broader Mandela family. Beyond that, we don’t expect any bilateral meetings of any sort. I presume that he will certainly see President Zuma, have a chance to speak to him, but not in any kind of formal way."
Obama spoke to Graca Machel, Mandela's widow on Friday, December 6, a day after the 95-year-old South African hero died from a chronic lung infection for which he was hospitalized for months.
“The president thanked Mrs. Machel for the profound influence that Nelson Mandela has had on him, and underscored the power of President Mandela’s example for the people of South Africa and the entire world,” the White House shared in a statement.
Obama shares with Mandela the historic distinction of being the first Black man to lead a nation that bears the scars from past socio- political oppression of Blacks. Mandela led South Africa, a nation marred by a past history of slavery and apartheid. Obama leads a nation wounded by a past history slavery and the Civil Rights Movement.
President Obama said in his initial condolences that Mandela inspired him as a student activist.
The funeral is planned to last four hours and will be held in the 95,000 seat First National Bank Stadium. Musicians and entertainers from around the world are also expected to attend including Oprah, Bono and The Spice Girls.
Vice President Biden will remain stateside to honor for a public memorial honoring Mandela at the National Cathedral on Wednesday, December 11 at 10:00 a.m..
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