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Saturday, December 27, 2014

MOVIE TRAILER: "Whitney"

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"Whitney," a Lifetime Network original movie premieres on January 17, 2015. The network has also provided the following encore airing schedule: Sat., Jan. 17 at 8 PM; Sun., Jan. 18 at 12 AM; Sun., Jan. 18 at 7 PM and Sun., Jan 18 at 9 PM. Directed by Angela Bassett, "Whitney," is based on the life of the late pop star and her relationship with Bobby Brown, starring Yaya DaCosta (Lee Daniels’ "The Butler") in the lead role with Arlen Escarpeta ("Final Destination 5") as Bobby.
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Thursday, December 25, 2014

LISTEN: Mary Did You Know?

buzzz worthy. . . In 1984 Mark Lowry, a comic and member of the Gaither Vocal Band was asked to write a song for a Christmas presentation at his church. He came up with questions he might ask Mary, the mother of Jesus. The prolific contemplations in the lyrics struck a chord with many people and has since been recorded over 30 times. Aria Austin will make her musical debut singing "Mary Did You Know?" on the upcoming release "Hand In Hand at Christmas" scheduled to be released in the fall of 2015. As we reflect on the real meaning of Christmas, listen to a demo of the song.
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Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Sony and limited theaters decide to show controversial film 'The Interview'

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Promo poster for Sony Pictures' "The Interview."
'THE INTERVIEW' IS BACK IN THEATERS AND AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE ONLINE:Headed to the movies on Christmas day? The previously blocked fictional comedy about a plot to assassinate Korean leader Kim Jung Un , "The Interview" will show in limited theatres across the country tomorrow, despite previous threats from Korea that caused a mass blackout of the $44 million Sony Pictures release. Last Friday President Barack Obama said that the studio "made a mistake" by bowing to intimidation  The FBI linked the communist nation to the cyber attack.. The Korean government has since denied it had anything to do with the alleged hacking attack, in which the emails of Sony executives and several holiday movies were leaked.      The studio released a statement on Tuesday saying "The Interview" will play in 200 independent theaters.  As of 10 AM/PST, the movie can also be viewed via online stream. It is available  to rent in HD on Google Play, YouTube Movies, Microsoft's Xbox Video and a dedicated website for $5.99. The film can also be bought in HD for $14.99.  Starring Seth Rogen and James Franco.

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Ansel Elgort and Eva Longoria announced 21st Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards® Nominations

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Ansel Elgort, star of the feature films "The Fault in Our Stars" and "Divergent," and actress/director/producer and SAG Award® recipient Eva Longoria will reveal the 21st Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards® nominations on Wednesday, Dec. 10 at the Pacific Design Center in West Hollywood, Executive Producer Kathy Connell announced today.

The nominations announcement will be telecast live on TNT and TBS at 9 a.m. (ET) / 6 a.m. (PT) and webcast live on sagawards.tntdrama.com and tbs.com. SAG-AFTRA President Ken Howard will introduce Elgort and Longoria. Prior to the announcement, this year's stunt ensemble honors nominees will be announced by SAG Awards Committee Chair JoBeth Williams and Vice Chair Daryl Anderson during a live webcast on sagawards.tntdrama.com and tbs.com at 8:50 a.m. (ET) / 5:50 a.m. (PT).

Ansel Elgort starred as Gus opposite Shailene Woodley's Hazel in this summer's hit "The Fault in Our Stars," based on John Green's best-selling novel. Elgort also starred in the Jason Reitman's film "Men, Women & Children." He will be reprising his role as Caleb Prior in "Insurgent," the second film from the book series "Divergent," due out in early 2015 . He will also play the title role in the feature "Van Cliburn," about the American pianist's rise to fame during the Cold War. He began his film career with a co-starring role in the 2013 remake of "Carrie."

Debbi Reynolds has been named as the recipient of this year's special award.
The actor, singer, dancer, author, champion for the preservation of the artifacts of film history and for the understanding and treatment of mental illness - has been named the 51st recipient of SAG-AFTRA's highest honor: the SAG Life Achievement Award for career achievement and humanitarian accomplishment. Given annually to an actor who fosters the "finest ideals of the acting profession," the union's highest accolade will be presented to the Oscar®, Emmy® and Tony®-nominated Reynolds at the 21st Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards®, which will be simulcast live on TNT and TBS on Sunday, Jan. 25, 2015 at 8 p.m. (ET), 7 p.m. (CT), 6 p.m. (MT) and 5 p.m. (PT).
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Introducing East London's Cable Street Collective

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From the London scene. . .

Cable Street Collective


The Cable Street Collective's upbeat "Best of Times"  came out earlier this month. 

About the group. . .

Formed in 2012 at the same London open mic night that produced Denai Moore, Cable Street Collective combine catchy tunes with dance-inspired beats to create music that mixes African influences (two of the group grew up in Swaziland and Malawi) with UK funky house and a whole host of other sounds from in and around their home bases in East London and Brixton.

Tom Robinson of BBC 6Music and BBC Introducing says their music “grooves like a bastard.”  XFM’s new music guru John Kennedy says: “Their music is guaranteed to bring the sunshine, whatever the weather.”

Their debut EP 'The Best of Times' is available on iTunes, Spotify and as a physical release. 'Can't Take Me Under' is the lead track and will be released as a single on February 16th 2015.

Take a look a the video or the lead single, "Wasted Hours."




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Monday, December 22, 2014

SWEET HONEY IN THE ROCK RELEASES FIRST EVER CHRISTMAS SONG

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Christmas classic "Silent Night" has never been sung like this before!  Legendary a capella group, Sweet Honey  in the Rock has recorded it as their first holiday record.

 
 
( New York, NY) -- Grammy Award-nominated and globally revered  a cappella ensemble, SWEET HONEY IN THE ROCK has released an inspired version of the classic Christmas carol, "SILENT NIGHT," their first commercial holiday single ever on CDBaby.com. Sweet Honey will be debuting the song live on their current run of seasonal performances this month entitled, SWEET HONEY IN THE ROCK: CELEBRATING THE HOLYDAYS. Their holiday run will also cap the year-long celebration of their 40th Anniversary which finishes at the end of this year.
 
The group rushed into the studio to record last week after hearing a new arrangement of the popular Christmas carol that was written by Carol Maillard, one of its founding members. "It's a favorite of our Holydays program," explained Maillard, "We feel it evokes a lush and peaceful sentiment, encouraging us all to remember the reason for the season. During these trying times, when we are challenged on every front, we hope this song will bring a sense of calm and hope to all who listen," she added.
 
"Silent Night" is performed by the ensemble's core members, Louise Robinson, Carol Maillard, Nitanju Bolade Casel and Aisha Kahlil.  Nitanju Bolade Casel produced the song, which was recorded, mixed and mastered at Airshow Studios, Takoma Park, MD by Chief Engineer Charlie Pilzer. The single was released by Sweet Honey's independently owned record label, SHE-ROCKS 5, Inc. It is currently only available digitally on CDBaby.com, but can be purchased on most other digital online music stores.
 
The lyrics for original version of "Silent Night" ("Stille Nacht") were written by a young Austrian priest, Father Joseph Mohr in 1816. The melody was composed by Franz Xaver Gruber, and it was first performed on Christmas Eve 1818 at St. Nicholas parish church in Oberndorf, a village on the Salzachriver in Austria. In 1859, the Episcopal priest John Freeman Young, then serving at Trinity Church in New York City,  published the English translation that is most frequently sung today. The carol has been translated into about 140 languages.

 In the video they take the sentimentality of Christmas and apply it to recent turmoil in the American justice system.

 
 
For a list of the remaining CELEBRATING THE HOLYDAYS shows on Sweet Honey's performance schedule go to, www.sweethoneyintherock.org. If you would like to purchase "Silent Night" go to http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/sweethoneyintherock4
 
 
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