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Saturday, November 30, 2013

New Zealand Brings World's Largest Pop-Up Book to Hollywood

New Zealand Brings World's Largest Pop-Up Book to Hollywood

BEVERLY HILLS, California, Dec. 1, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- As movie fans await the imminent release of the second film of The Hobbit Trilogy - and another epic dose of Middle-earth landscapes - New Zealand has taken a cue from Hollywood by unveiling a giant pop-up book of New Zealand in Los Angeles.


The country that provided the epic scenery that backdrops The Hobbit Trilogy movies has installed the world's largest pop-up book - occupying an area roughly the size of two tennis courts and 50 feet high - in the grounds of the Beverly Hilton hotel, that shows how film fantasy becomes reality for visitors to New Zealand.

The pop-up book of New Zealand is on site for five days coinciding with the Hollywood world premiere of The Hobbit : The Desolation of Smaug - produced and directed by acclaimed Kiwi film-maker Sir Peter Jackson. It is divided into four sets representing new filming locations from the film - Hidden Bay (Turoa, Ohakune), Forest River (Pelorus River, Marlborough) Lake-town (Lake Pukaki, Mt Cook), and Beorn's House (Paradise, Queenstown).

With original pieces of the actual movie sets and living features of the real landscapes, the pop-up book employs multi-media production techniques and film-making wizardry to show how the film fantasy is firmly attached to the real life Middle-earth landscapes of New Zealand.

Guests will literally step into the giant book and take a unique journey through four of the principal filming locations for the Trilogy, combining the actuality of the book, and the magic of the movies with the reality of the Middle-earth locations.

Authentic props used for the pop-up book of New Zealand include the giant wooden armchair from Beorn's house, two-level waterside houses and a boat from Lake-town and the gigantic brooding bust of the dwarf king Thror that stood over the back entrance to Lonely Mountain.

It will set the stage for media activity and cast interviews with The Hobbit Trilogy stars for the media junket based around the LA premiere of The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug on Monday and provide an innovative setting for New Zealand hospitality and film business events.

Access to the pop-up book of New Zealand will be reserved for a series of invitation-only events, but a select group of lucky film fans will have the chance to browse the pages as part of a special public tour this Wednesday.

Jackson's epic Tolkien-inspired productions of the Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit Trilogies have created a legendary fan following and been at the source, over the past decade, of a film tourism phenomenon for his home country New Zealand.

The much anticipated The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, a production of New Line Cinema and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures, is scheduled for worldwide release on 13 December, 2013.

About The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

From Academy Award®-winning filmmaker Peter Jackson comes The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, the second in a trilogy of films adapting the enduringly popular masterpiece The Hobbit, by J.R.R. Tolkien. The screenplay for The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug is by Fran Walsh & Philippa Boyens & Peter Jackson & Guillermo del Toro, based on the novel by J.R.R. Tolkien. Jackson also produced the film, together with Carolynne Cunningham, Zane Weiner and Fran Walsh. The executive producers are Alan Horn, Toby Emmerich, Ken Kamins and Carolyn Blackwood, with Philippa Boyens and Eileen Moran serving as co-producers.

New Line Cinema and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures Present a WingNut Films Production, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug. The film is a production of New Line Cinema and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures (MGM), with New Line managing production. Warner Bros. Pictures is handling worldwide theatrical distribution, with select international territories as well as all international television distribution being handled by MGM.

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Tenor Anthony Kearns to Perform on 'Huckabee' Tonight at 8 p.m. ET

Tenor Anthony Kearns to Perform on 'Huckabee' Tonight at 8 p.m. ET

To be Re-broadcast on Sun., December 1 at 8 p.m. and 11 p.m. ET

NEW YORK, Nov. 30, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- World-renowned tenor Anthony Kearns will be a featured guest artist on the Fox News Network's popular show, 'Huckabee,' this Saturday, November 30, at 8 p.m. ET and again on Sunday, December 1, 2013 at 8 p.m. and 11 p.m. ET. This will be Mr. Kearns' third major appearance on the highly-acclaimed television show.

Former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee, host of the weekend show, said: "I'm pleased to welcome Anthony Kearns back to my show to kick off the Christmas season and update me on his projects -- including the release of his new solo album. We love having him -- he's a remarkable talent."

Following Kearns' first appearance on the show, Governor Huckabee said that Anthony's performance "generated among the best feedback that I've seen about one of our musical guests."

Mr. Kearns made millions of new fans during his debut performance on 'Huckabee' in 2010 with his delivery of "The Lord's Prayer" and "Danny Boy." He performed again on the show in 2011 with a stunning rendition of "Ave Maria" which he dedicated to U.S. military troops.

"It's a particular honor and privilege for me to return to the Governor' television show to help him launch the Christmas season. Christmas has great meaning for me personally -- and I appreciate the opportunity to bring some holiday cheer to his national audience," said Kearns, who will be performing with his long-time accompanist, Patrick Healy.

"Beautiful music of all genres is one of Governor Huckabee's greatest passions -- and we're grateful to him for having Anthony back on the show. He will sing 'Hark! The Herald Angels Sing,' from the best-selling album Christmas by The Irish Tenors," said Mr. Kearns' publicist, Kirsten Fedewa.

"Hark! The Herald Angels Sing" is a traditional Christmas hymn taken from the Gospel of St. Luke when he described the Angels announcing the Birth of Jesus to the shepherds near Bethlehem.

Ms. Fedewa said tonight's interview will include highlights of Kearns' recent projects, including his new CD called, "With a Song in My Heart," and a recent performance for Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff for Medal of Honor recipients, among others. (Mr. Kearns' CD can be found here:

On Thanksgiving, Mr. Kearns sang "We Three Kings," the title track of his hugely successful holiday album with The Irish Tenors, as a headliner in the 94(th) Annual Thanksgiving Day Parade -- the oldest of its kind in the nation -- in Philadelphia, PA. The show attracted up to one million parade-goers and an estimated televised audience of approximately 12 million on ABC affiliates.

Earlier this week, Kearns was a guest of the radio show, The Mike Huckabee Show, to discuss his performance in the Thanksgiving Day Parade and other projects including the release of his new solo album, "With a Song in My Heart." Listen here:

Kearns, a founding member of The Irish Tenors, also discussed his 16-city Christmas tour which began last night in Greenville, South Carolina, to rave reviews. Together, the trio has 10 best-selling CDs and five PBS Specials. See tour dates at:

Mr. Kearns' celebrity appearances, including his appearance on 'Huckabee,' are arranged by Kirsten Fedewa & Associates, L.L.C.

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Chicago Bears' Devin Hester Wins Unprecedented 1-1 Race With Cheetah!

Chicago Bears' Devin Hester Wins Unprecedented 1-1 Race With Cheetah!

Race Featured as Part of Nat Geo WILD's BIG CAT WEEK, Where NFL Players Devin Hester and Chris Johnson Race a Cheetah in Man v. Cheetah

Man v. Cheetah Encore Presentation This Monday Dec. 2, 2013, at 8 PM ET/PT on Nat Geo WILD

WASHINGTON, Nov. 30, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Captured on tape for the first time, NFL player for the Chicago Bears Devin Hester -- the super-agile wide receiver and kick returner -- outruns a cheetah in the one-on-one race at Busch Gardens Tampa's Cheetah Run attraction. Additionally, Tennessee Titans' Chris Johnson -- the NFL's fastest running back -- also gives the cheetah a run for its money.

The races are part of Nat Geo WILD's Man v. Cheetah, which kicked off the network's fourth annual BIG CAT WEEK Friday night. The race can be seen again in a special encore Monday night, Dec. 2, at 8 p.m. ET/PT.

For more information on BIG CAT WEEK, visit or follow us on Twitter @NGC_PR.

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To prepare the cheetahs for the race, Busch Gardens Tampa trainers used training techniques to help familiarize the cats with new experiences, such as running next to a trainer separated by an 11-foot wall and placing cameras high above the habitat. A month before race day, the trainers began working with the cheetahs conducting sprints using the same motorized lure system they were already using to stimulate the cats' natural instinct to chase.

Man v. Cheetah
SPECIAL ENCORE: Monday, Dec. 2, 2013, at 8 p.m. ET/PT
Take nature's fastest land mammal vs. two of the quickest and most elusive athletes in all of professional sports -- who wins ... and what shocking secrets are revealed? Nat Geo WILD gets a front row seat as the Tennessee Titans' Chris Johnson -- the NFL's fastest running back -- and the Chicago Bears' Devin Hester --the super-agile wide receiver and kick returner --take part in an extraordinary first-ever one-on-one challenge against a cheetah. It's the race of a lifetime that has never been attempted before as cheetahs from Busch Gardens Tampa's Cheetah Run attraction race NFL's finest.

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Experience the best, most intimate encounters with wildlife ever seen on television. Backed by its unparalleled reputation for quality and blue-chip programming, Nat Geo WILD is dedicated to providing a unique insight into the natural world, the environment and the amazing creatures that inhabit it. From the most remote environments, to the forbidding depths of our oceans, to the protected parks on our doorsteps, Nat Geo WILD will use spectacular cinematography and compelling storytelling to take viewers on unforgettable journeys into the wild world. Launched in 2006, Nat Geo WILD is part of National Geographic Channels International (NGCI) and is available in more than 90 countries and 100 million homes. Nat Geo WILD HD launched in the U.K. in March 2009, and is also available in Greece, Latin America, Poland, Spain and Russia. Further expansion is expected globally. For more information, please visit


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Friday, November 29, 2013

America Teve Gave Thanks to their Viewers in South Florida with a Massive Turkey Give-Away!

America Teve Gave Thanks to their Viewers in South Florida with a Massive Turkey Give-Away!

1000 viewers arrived at the studios of America Teve in Hialeah Gardens to pick up their turkey for their Thanksgiving dinner.

MIAMI, Nov. 29, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- America Teve's employees and families, Maribel Santa Cruz M.D., Luis Castro from Univista Insurance, Florencia Contesse from FPL, Sonia Amador from Miami Bankruptcy Center, Neil Gonzalez from Law Offices of Gonzalez & Associates, Hialeah Park & Casino, Jesus Diaz from Furniture Wholesale Warehouse, Luis Diaz from Car Factory Outlet and Ayon Rey from Mengar Auto Finance celebrated the season with the viewers by giving away 1000 turkeys to the community.

The give-away was conducted by Mr. Omay Romay - President and CEO of America CV Network -, the generous sponsors, and a big list of talent and reporters: Omar Moynelo, Maria Laria, Juan de Alba, Ari Pinelli, Kary Bernal, Yossie Galindo, Alejandra Molina, Yelenis Reina, Carlucho and their dancers, Pedro Sevcec, Nadia Rowinsky, Luisiana Rios, Juan Manuel Cao, Felix Guillermo and Carlos Otero, among others.

Starting at 8:00 a.m., America Teve's viewers began to get in line outside of the studios. "This is the moment to give thanks to our loyal audience. They support us day after day and they choose us over all other stations," declared Mr. Omar Romay as he gave away a turkey to a viewer that rode in his motorcycle.

The Hialeah Gardens' police assisted in guiding the heavy traffic that the activity generated. It was a wonderful gift exchange. Most families that were recipients of a turkey also gave us back their joy, good feelings and holiday cheer. Happy memories of gratitude will linger at our station and in our hearts all year long.

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About America TeVe: America TeVe is an independent Spanish language television station based in Miami, FL and owned by America CV Network LLC. America TeVe is committed to serve the Hispanic community by providing 9 hours of high quality news and entertainment programming. America TeVe has on-air distribution in Miami, New York and Puerto Rico. America TeVe can be seen in Miami in channel 48.1 and 41.1, Comcast 12 (Dade County) and Comcast 15 (Broward County), Atlantic 17, Direct TV 41, Dish 41, and Uverse AT&T 48. New York on-air 34.1, and Verizon Fios 479. Puerto Rico on-air 42.1, One Link41, Choice 21, Claro TV 24, Liberty 24 and Dish 7 (after 7 p.m.). Live streaming and more information regarding America Teve WJAN's original programming is available at

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Saguenay welcomes new customer service centre for Bell customers

Saguenay welcomes new customer service centre for Bell customers

Creating 450 new jobs, the new centre will be Nordia's largest in Québec

SAGUENAY, QC, Nov. 29, 2013 /CNW Telbec/ - Bell, through its Nordia
subsidiary, announced today that it will soon open a new customer
service centre in Jonquière that will serve Bell customers and create
more than 450 new jobs in the Saguenay region.

Attending the announcement in Jonquière were: Jean Tremblay, Mayor of
Saguenay and Chairman of Promotion Saguenay; Sylvain Gaudreault, MNA
for Jonquière and Québec Minister of Transport, Municipal Affairs,
Regions and Land Occupancy; Stéphane Bédard, Chair of the Conseil du
trésor, Minister responsible for the Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean region;
and Denis Lebel, MP for Roberval-Lac-Saint-Jean and federal Minister of
Infrastructure, Communities and Intergovernmental Affairs, and Minister
of the Economic Development Agency of Canada for the Regions of Québec.

"As a major investor in Québec, Bell is extremely proud to increase our
presence in the Saguenay region as we deliver both the best
communications networks and an unrivalled customer experience," said
Martine Turcotte, Vice Chair, Québec for Bell. "Thanks to the
remarkable collaboration of officials from all levels of government, we
are creating more than 450 jobs in Jonquière as we continue to add to
the 18,000 team members we now employ across Québec."

Jean Tremblay said the city of Saguenay is proud to welcome Nordia to
the community. "We will be investing up to $1 million in this centre
over the next 4 years, to ensure the creation of attractive new jobs in
Jonquière and to generate local economic benefits."

Scheduled to open in the spring of 2014, Nordia's new Jonquière centre
will be the company's largest in Québec, operating 7 days a week. Once
fully operational, the centre is expected to contribute approximately
$16 million to the local economy each year.

"The key to our success will be attracting and retaining the most
skilled and passionate customer service representatives," said John
DiNardo, President of Nordia and Vice President, Customer Operations
for Bell. "We chose Saguenay for the quality and stability of its
workforce as well as for the strong support from Promotion Saguenay and
all other levels of government."

Bell is hiring customer service representatives and field service
technicians to support the rapid expansion of new services such as Fibe
TV, the most advanced TV service available in Canada.

Bell contributes about $5 billion a year to the Québec economy,
including its investment of $1 billion to build out its world-leading
broadband fibre and mobile LTE networks as it works to continue to
deliver the most advanced TV, Internet and wireless services available.

About Promotion Saguenay

As an economic development corporation in Saguenay, Promotion Saguenay
contributes to industrial, commercial and touristic development in the
region. It is involved in efforts to diversify the economy and it
supports development with businesses already located in the region. It
also provides a wide range of services for investors interested in
entering the Saguenay market.

About Nordia

Since 1999, Nordia (a subsidiary of Bell Canada) has been at the
forefront of advanced customer service solutions in the
telecommunications sector and today is exclusively focused on providing
services to Bell. These services include technical support, customer
service, sales and loyalty, directory assistance, teleconferencing, and
technology-assisted relay services to facilitate communication for
hearing and speech impaired customers. For more information, please

About Bell

Headquartered in Montréal since 1880, Bell is Canada's largest
communications company, providing consumers and business customers with
leading TV, wireless, Internet, media, home phone and business
communications solutions. Bell Media is Canada's premier multimedia
company with leading assets in television, radio and digital media.
Bell is wholly owned by Montréal's BCE Inc. (TSX, NYSE: BCE). For more
information, please visit

The Bell Let's Talk mental health initiative is a national charitable
program that promotes mental health across Canada with the Bell Let's
Talk Day anti-stigma campaign and significant funding for community
care, research and workplace best practices. To learn more, please

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The Voice Newspaper Launches 'A Song for Stephen' Lawrence Songwriting Competition

The Voice Newspaper Launches 'A Song for Stephen' Lawrence Songwriting Competition

LONDON, November 29, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --

This year marks the twentieth anniversary of Stephen Lawrence's death and the 50th
anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King Jnr's 'I have a dream' speech.

The Voice Newspaper launches today a nationwide UK songwriting competition to mark 20
years of the passing of Stephen Lawrence.

The idea for 'A Song for Stephen' was conceived by The Voice newspaper, as part of its
efforts to bring unity across Britain's communities, regardless of differences in 'colour,
creed or class'.

Marlene Davis, Head of Strategy and Operations for GV Media Group said:

"'A Song for Stephen' really is a competition that pays tribute to phenomenal writers
like Lou Reed, Michael Jackson, Bob Marley, Bob Dylan, John Lennon, Nina Simone, Sade,
Freddie Mercury, Marvin Gaye - who used the medium of songwriting to 'rock the boat', with
classics like 'Inner City Blues' (Make Me Wanna Holler).

She added: "It's also an open invitation to songwriters across the UK to participate
irrespective of colour, class, age or creed - who have one thing in common - the ability
to craft a song that brings us together on the dance floor - regardless of our

Jacqueline Asafu-Adjaye, Sponsored Features Editor, The Voice Newspaper, said:

"We are delighted that The Voice Newspaper's brand new songwriting competition - 'A
Song for Stephen' is being backed by the TUC and is being sponsored by Unison, Unite the
Union, NASUWT, ATL, Communication Workers Union, together they represent some of Britain's
biggest and most influential trade unions."

Explaining the inspiration behind the conception of the songwriting competition, she

"Iconic songwriters like Nick Ashford and Valerie Simpson, who penned 'Ain't No
Mountain High Enough' and Dolly Parton's 'I will Always Love You' are certainly songs, for
me, that go some way to express the emotions that sustained what became a twenty-year
campaign effort, to achieve justice for Stephen.

She continued:

"The ultimate goal is to attract multi-ethnic talent, get them to collaborate on the
'Song for Stephen' winners album.

Wilf Sullivan, Race Equality Officer for the TUC said:

"The Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust, like other organisations, is facing hard times
due to cuts to grant funding in the voluntary sector. The TUC and the trade unions believe
that it is vital for the Trust to survive. That is why the TUC is working with The Voice
and the Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust and is proud to back 'A Song for Stephen'.

He added:

"The winners of The Voice Newspaper's 'A Song for Stephen' competition will be
featured on a CD and a significant part of the proceeds from its sale will be donated to
the Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust.

Marlene said:

"The Gleaner Company (Jamaica) is very pleased to be able to offer a young person,
irrespective of race, a career in journalism with the opportunity to intern with them.

We believe the Stephen & Neville Lawrence journalism bursary is a great way to capture
Stephen's legacy in Jamaica."

Notes for the Editor:

For more info on the competition please visit-

Marlene Davis and Jacqueline Asafu-Adjaye
Executive Producers, A Song for Stephen (L.O.V.E)

For more information please contact: or call +44-(0)207-510-0340

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The High Priest Of The Harpsichord Releases Life Work

The High Priest Of The Harpsichord Releases Life Work

Anthony Newman's Third Major Project of 2013 is The Complete Original Works of Anthony Newman, on 20 CDs, 2-box Set

SAN RAFAEL, Calif., Nov. 29, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- This year continues to be a big one for modern classical composer and baroque virtuoso keyboardist, Anthony Newman. Earlier this year, 903 Records released Newman's Complete Collected Organ Works of JS Bach, a 9-CD set and Complete Collected Harpsichord Works of JS Bach, a 10-CD set, both available at Now, Complete Original Works of Anthony Newman is being released December 15(th) by 903 Records and will be available at

Newman is best known as a Baroque specialist. His specialties include: Harpsichord, pedal harpsichord, organ, and fortepiano. Newman shocked the early music world with his 1967 debut album, Anthony Newman Plays JS Bach on Columbia Records. His fast tempi, ornamentation and rhythmic alterations, all consistent with Baroque performance practice brought criticism from the "traditionalists," but it also brought back the original excitement of the music and won him many young admirers. In 1972 Time Magazine called him "The high priest of the harpsichord." This was echoed 24 years later by Wynton Marsalis who referred to him as "The high priest of Bach" after Newman collaborated with Marsalis on the award-winning CD Gabriel's Garden.

"None of my own compositions really cross the border of tonality but sometimes flirt with it. I believe that new music must have some kind of memorable melody and some kind of harmonic background to be truly worthy," Newman said. "This is gorgeous music" - Billy Joel. "Very daring, very adventurous. Bravo!" - Lukas Foss. At 72, Newman's career is still blooming. He continues to perform, record and compose music.

Anthony Newman's compositions range from solo works for piano, organ, harpsichord, and flute, to smaller chamber duets, trios, and quartets, to works for chamber orchestra, to choral works, operas, and works for full orchestra.

Two single-CD review copies are available on request to members of the media:

-- Selections from The Complete Original Works of Anthony Newman
-- Anthony Newman: My Favorite Bach Recordings
Interested reviewers may also request a copy of the box-sets.

For more information on any of Anthony Newman's music, contact: Dean Farwood,, 415-271-2763, 8 Beryl Lane, San Rafael, CA 94901, USA, Anthony Newman Website:

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NASA Enhances 'Space Station Live' and Launches New Weekly Web Series

NASA Enhances 'Space Station Live' and Launches New Weekly Web Series

WASHINGTON, Nov. 29, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Starting in December, NASA will show the public the International Space Station in new ways that will highlight all the scientific research, cutting-edge technology testing and even the wonder of living and working in space.

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NASA is enhancing its daily NASA Television "Space Station Live" program and beginning a new weekly web series called "Space to Ground."

"Space Station Live" will continue to air weekdays at 11 a.m. EST and now will be in a 30-minute format beginning Dec 2. It will feature live views from the International Space Station, updates on the crew's daily activities, enhanced content and interviews on space station science and features on how that science benefits life on Earth.

The "Space to Ground" web series will be available every Friday beginning Dec. 6. This series will be a short wrap-up of the week's activities aboard the space station that will showcase the diversity of activities taking place aboard the world's only orbiting laboratory. This video also will be posted to the agency's social media accounts and can be shared and downloaded by the public.

The International Space Station remains the springboard to our next great leap in exploration. The space station is a convergence of science, technology and human innovation that is helping us learn what it means to be a spacefaring people by demonstrating new technologies and making research breakthroughs not possible on Earth.

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No Mall or Generic Gift Card Required


Give the gift of the top-selling sports app ever with access to the entire 2014 MLB season

NEW YORK, Nov. 29, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Subscriptions to At Bat, the 10(th) highest grossing mobile app in App Store history, are now available as holiday gifts for the first time. Instead of waiting in bricks-and-mortar store lines or giving a generic gift card, anyone can gift At Bat for the 2014 MLB season, through a direct purchase of the $19.99 full-season subscription from

With access to the complete set of premium features in 2014, including live audio of every game and the MLB.TV Free Game of the Day, At Bat 14 will be the perfect holiday gift for any baseball fan.

At Bat currently offers full coverage of the Hot Stove and the upcoming Baseball Winter Meetings in December. MLB Advanced Media's mobile developers also are working on new features to be unveiled in the 2014 edition of At Bat. Complete details will be available at launch next year.

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The Weinstein Company Collaborates With eBay Giving Works Around The Release Of "Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom" For An Exclusive 27 Day Charity Auction Series

The Weinstein Company Collaborates With eBay Giving Works Around The Release Of "Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom" For An Exclusive 27 Day Charity Auction Series


NEW YORK, Nov. 29, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- The Weinstein Company (TWC) and eBay, the world's largest online marketplace and a leading platform for charitable giving, have teamed up this holiday season to offer VIP experiences and one-of-a-kind items for the 27 days following the Thanksgiving release of TWC's highly anticipated film, Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom. The packages, including meet & greets, curated experiences, original signed memorabilia and more, will be auctioned through eBay's Giving Works platform with 100 percent of the proceeds going to support the legacy work of Nelson Mandela at the Nelson Mandela Foundation - a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting its Founder's work in the promotion of social justice and democracy.

Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom - starring Idris Elba and Naomie Harris - is based on Nelson Mandela's biography of the same name and chronicles the life journey of South Africa's first democratically elected president, from his childhood in a rural village through his inauguration. In recognition of the 27 years that Mandela spent imprisoned prior to his political ascendance, the donated items will be auctioned over the course of the 27 days between Thanksgiving and Christmas.

"We are thrilled to partner with eBay Giving Works to support the Nelson Mandela Foundation's excellent work in preserving the memory of one of the world's most iconic and inspirational figures, surrounding the release of Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom," said Lance Still, EVP Promotions & Integrated Marketing for The Weinstein Company.

The partnership kicks off on November 29(th) with the first wave of auction items, which range from an American Idol Season 13 finale experience package provided by Ryan Seacrest and an AMG driving school experience provided by Mercedes-Benz, to exclusive Kadir Nelson artwork and a style consultation package provided by Marie Claire magazine. The second wave of auctions begins on December 7(th), offering items such as a curated trip to South Africa provided by South African Airways Vacations and South African Airways, an Indianapolis 500 NASCAR experience provided by Chip Ganassi Racing, a Project Runway behind-the-scenes experience, and an original first edition signed copy of Nelson Mandela's book. On December 15(th), the final wave will introduce items including a signed Magic Johnson basketball and jersey, a Le Creuset premium cookware package, a consultation with renowned fitness and nutrition expert and best-selling author, Harley Pasternak, and more, which will bring the bidding to a close on Christmas Day.

For more about the auction series, please visit:

About eBay Giving Works:
Founded in 1995 in San Jose, Calif., eBay Inc. (NASDAQ: EBAY) is a global commerce platform and payments leader connecting millions of buyers and sellers. As we help to drive the next generation of commerce, we believe in the power of our employees, technologies and global networks to also enable positive social and environmental change in the world. Integrated into eBay's regular buying and selling platform, eBay Giving Works is a program that allows fundraising for nonprofits and fundraising for charity. The eBay Giving Works program is part of a portfolio of programs, resources, and tools across eBay Inc that are intended to enable and inspire online charity donations at a scale never seen before. Learn more at

About The Weinstein Company:
The Weinstein Company (TWC) is a multimedia production and distribution company launched in October 2005 by Bob and Harvey Weinstein, the brothers who founded Miramax Films in 1979. TWC also encompasses Dimension Films, the genre label founded in 1993 by Bob Weinstein, which has released such popular franchises as SCREAM, SPY KIDS and SCARY MOVIE. Together TWC and Dimension Films have released a broad range of mainstream, genre and specialty films that have been commercial and critical successes. TWC releases took home eight 2012 Academy Awards®, the most wins in the studio's history. The tally included Best Picture for Michel Hazanavicius's THE ARTIST and Best Documentary Feature for TJ Martin and Dan Lindsay's UNDEFEATED. THE ARTIST brought TWC its second consecutive Best Picture statuette following the 2011 win for Tom Hooper's THE KING'S SPEECH.


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Netflix Brings Hit Films And TV Shows From NBCUniversal To Canadian Members

Netflix Brings Hit Films And TV Shows From NBCUniversal To Canadian Members

"Bridesmaids" and Previous Seasons of "Downton Abbey" and "Suits" Will Be Available Beginning December 1st

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif., Nov. 29, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Netflix, Inc. (NASDAQ: NFLX) and NBCUniversal Television and New Media Distribution today announced a licensing agreement allowing Netflix members in Canada to instantly watch feature films and previous seasons of some of today's most popular TV shows from NBCUniversal Television and New Media Distribution. The deal includes a number of titles that will be exclusively available across any subscription video on demand platform in Canada.

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Beginning on December 1, members in Canada will be able to enjoy the first two seasons of Downton Abbey, the hit British period drama television series, and seasons 1 and 2A of Suits, the legal drama about an unlikely duo that becomes an unstoppable legal force inside a slick corporate firm. Both titles will be exclusive across all subscription services in Canada. Other hit shows such as Bates Motel, Psych, Covert Affairs, Heroes and Friday Night Lights will also be available to Canadian Netflix members in 2014.

The deal also includes a variety of exclusive and non-exclusive feature films, which will premiere on Netflix beginning as early as this December. Films in the deal include Bridesmaids, the hilarious comedy starring and written by Kristen Wiig; Vin Diesel in Fast Five, the fifth installment of the Fast & Furious movie franchise; the body-switch comedy, The Change Up with Ryan Reynolds and Jason Bateman; and the first three films in the Bourne franchise.

"We are pleased to be the exclusive online subscription home for Downton Abbey, Suits, Bates Motel, as well as for terrific feature films in Canada," said Sean Carey, Vice President, Content Acquisition at Netflix. "We're always looking to add TV shows and movies we know our members will love, and its especially exciting to add these hugely popular titles from NBCUniversal Television and New Media Distribution with the holidays right around the corner."

"We are delighted that Netflix continues to recognize the value of NBCUniversal's archive of work. Now Netflix members in Canada have access to a popular, fan-favorite and high-quality slate of films and television shows from NBCUniversal," said Ron Suter, Executive Vice President, NBCUniversal Television & New Media Distribution, Canada. "Bringing NBCUniversal's content to Netflix's Canadian marketplace is a natural progression to our long-standing relationship with Netflix," added Frances Manfredi, President, NBCUniversal Television & New Media, U.S. & Canada.

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Netflix is the world's leading Internet television network with over 40 million members in more than 40 countries enjoying more than one billion hours of TV shows and movies per month, including Netflix original series. For one low monthly price, Netflix members can watch as much as they want, anytime, anywhere, on nearly any Internet-connected screen. Members can play, pause and resume watching, all without commercials or commitments.

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NBCUniversal Television & New Media Distribution, Canada, sells current television and film product as well as content from NBCUniversal's vast library (Universal Pictures, Universal Television, Universal Cable Productions, NBC Late Night properties, etc.) to all forms of Canadian broadcast TV, basic cable, pay cable and subscription video-on-demand (SVOD) markets. Current programming includes "Chicago Fire," "Parenthood," "Grimm," "Sean Saves the World," "Defiance," Royal Pains," "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" and the upcoming series' "Chicago PD," "About a Boy" and "The Sound of Music Live!" special.

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People of Tomorrow: Unite the World and Build a Bridge With Messages

People of Tomorrow: Unite the World and Build a Bridge With Messages

BOOM, Belgium, November 29, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --

Tomorrowland, Arne Quinze & De Schorre are building a state-of-the-art, permanent
public artwork and invite the whole world to help via
Belgian artist Arne Quinze has taken inspiration from the Winged Victory of Samothrace
sculpture and invites everybody around the world to be part of the project. Anyone can
leave a message on the wood of the artwork, as a contribution to this symbol of friendship
and unity.

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The public art installation by Arne Quinze symbolises connection between people.
That's why the bridge is being partly financed via crowdfunding. That means anyone -
anywhere in the world - can have their personal message permanently installed on the
bridge, thanks to a specially developed website:

The goal? To create an artwork with 210,000 positive messages from every corner of the
world. With that many messages, it will be a world record: there have never been so many
people involved in the creation of a single artwork. Many artists, DJs and inspiring
personalities from throughout the world have already agreed to take part.

The construction of the bridge will be filmed and photographed, and viewers can follow
every step of the progress via This way, the audience
will get to watch 'their' project come to life. 'One World by the People of Tomorrow' will
be officially opened in June 2014.

'One World by the People of Tomorrow' is a work by everyone and for everyone.
Accessibility is an important focus of the project to create a positive link between the
visitors and the art project. For example, the bridge will be easily accessible for
wheelchairs and there will also be inscriptions in Braille. A subtle lighting plan will
enhance safety without causing light pollution.

Arne Quinze will perfectly tailor his installation to the setting, similar to his
earlier creation 'Natural Chaos'. He has opted here again for organic forms and subtle
patches of colour. When the sun hits the special glass sections it will create a
fascinating play of light, bringing the bridge fully to life. At dusk, the atmosphere will
shift to a subdued intensity - perfect for a heart-warming evening stroll.

The installation will be built using carefully chosen, sustainable materials such as
steel and the tropical hardwood Okan from the FSC label.



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Raw Material 'Raw Roads' Set to Tour Sudan

Raw Material 'Raw Roads' Set to Tour Sudan

LONDON, November 29, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --

Following on from the 'Songs From Chaos' tour in Central Australia, Raw Material 'Raw
Roads' international tour is heading to Sudan this week to deliver masterclasses,
workshops and a large festival event in Khartoum at the National Museum.

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This is a British Council supported programme with Raw Material artists Potent Whisper
and producer DJ Wu-Lu.

During 2013, Raw Material have carried out four international projects - in Senegal,
France, Australia and Sudan, hosted placements from Kwa Mashu township South Africa and
completed a 12-date UK tour, 'Turning Tides'.

These projects have all supported young UK artists to develop their local, national
and transnational experience, supported their professional development and profile and
enabled them to contribute to cross-cultural support, education, creative skills and the
sharing of good practice across the diaspora.

Don't miss the RAW LIVE show 5 DECEMBER at BRIXTON JAMM 7.30pm-1pm.


About Raw Material - Striving for excellence and innovation and promoting access and
opportunity in the arts, music and media

Raw Material provides a range of high quality arts experiences and participatory
programmes for young people and adults in London, the UK and internationally.

Raw Material's main aims are to support creative sector skills development and invest
in artist development and sustainable futures in the arts.

We provide a comprehensive range of education and training projects, creative
development for artists and musicians, film making and production projects, work based
learning, apprenticeships and professional development, mental health services, work with
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Amazon's LOVEFiLM Launches Streaming Application on PlayStation®4

Amazon's LOVEFiLM Launches Streaming Application on PlayStation®4

LONDON, November 29, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --

LOVEFiLM, an Amazon company, has today announced the arrival of the LOVEFiLM Instant
streaming application on PlayStation(R)4 - Sony's next generation video games console.

The app, which is already available on Sony's PS3(TM) and Sony BRAVIA connected
televisions and Blu-ray players, allows film and TV fans to access the latest and greatest
entertainment from the LOVEFiLM Instant catalogue in full 1080P high definition and
Dolby(R) Digital Plus (5.1) surround sound.

In addition to an easy-to-navigate interface LOVEFiLM members can manage and view
titles from their Watchlist, allowing them to organise the films and TV shows they want to
watch at a later date. Revisiting content is also made simple with Whispersync technology
that keeps track of what is currently being viewed and the last location reached in that
video - making it easier to resume viewing from the same spot on any LOVEFiLM
Instant-enabled device.

Simon Morris, Chief Marketing Office, at LOVEFiLM said:

"The PS3 is already one of the most popular ways for our members to access the wide
range of film and TV shows available on LOVEFiLM, so we're really excited to bring our
streaming app to the next generation of this great console."

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members in the UK and Germany. For just GBP5.99 a month LOVEFiLM [
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entertainment from major Hollywood - and international - studios, streamed instantly
through LOVEFiLM Instant [ ] directly to
hundreds of Internet-enabled devices, including games consoles and tablets. LOVEFiLM
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Tamil Thriller Vidiyum Munn to be Released With Auro 11.1 Immersive 3D Audio

Tamil Thriller Vidiyum Munn to be Released With Auro 11.1 Immersive 3D Audio

CHENNAI, November 29, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --

Vidiyum Munn, a Dark Suspense Thriller by Director Balaji K. Kumar, Will Premiere in
Theaters Across India in Auro 11.1 by Barco. The Highly Anticipated Tamil Picture is the
Latest in a Series of Top Productions to be Mixed with Auro 11.1 Immersive Sound
Technology and is Testament to the Success of the Platform in the Indian Movie Industry

Auro 11.1, Barco's next-generation immersive sound technology, creates the most
impactful motion picture experience. Its unique three-layer approach allows for an
envelopment of sound unmatched by any other system. Since its release in 2010, the fully
immersive 3D sound of Auro has been rapidly conquering the Indian movie scene. Both
theaters and production studios have embraced the format, resulting in an impressive
number of installations so far.


Enhanced cinematic experience

Director Balaji K. Kumar discovered the capabilities of Auro while watching
Vishwaroopam, the first Indian movie to feature the new format. After visiting AM Studios,
one of India's most famous recording studios equipped with the Auro-3D(R) system which
includes the Auro processor from Barco, he was immediately sold on it. "I'm convinced
audio plays an important role in any movie. It can really change the dynamics and accounts
for 50 per cent of the total experience," Balaji commented. "During the post-production of
Vidiyum Munn, I studied different alternatives for the 5.1 channel audio. Auro really
stood out. I was impressed by the sound quality, its simplicity and the added value it
brings to the entire cinematic experience."

Abel Garamhegyi, managing director at Barco India explains: "Because the human being
is driven by images as well as sound, we are aiming to reach perfection in both and
completely immerse the audience. And it seems like we have succeeded: bookings for halls
where Auro 11.1 has been installed are much higher. Auro 11.1 is proving to be a very
powerful differentiator, motivating people to come together and enjoy an overall
experience instead of watching their television sets at home."

Maximum compatibility

The success of Auro across Indian movie theaters is no coincidence by any means. Apart
from the unique immersive sound quality, the system is perfectly compatible with existing
5.1 installations. "The system demands minimal hardware investments and achieves maximum
results in 3D sound with a minimum number of speakers," Garamhegyi explained. On top of
that, the platform is capable of supporting future immersive standards as they become

Dynamic soundtracks

Sivakumar Vijayan worked as the audiographer for Vidiyum Munn. "Balaji K. Kumar wanted
the sound of the film to be very dynamic, as it has tense moments throughout," explained
Sivakumar. "It had to be an immersive soundscape, enveloping the audience from all
directions. In mixing the film's audio and music, I used the Auro-Matic plugin - a set of
upmixing algorithms - quite extensively. Even after folding the audio down to 5.1, it
gives you an impressive, enhanced result. I have been in the industry for twenty years and
so far I never came across a plugin capable of doing this. It made my job a whole lot
easier and definitely added to the intensity of the scenes."

About the crew

Vidiyum Munn is the first Tamil production by writer, director and visual designer
Balaji K. Kumar. The movie tells the dramatic story of four men hunting down two women,
each for their own perverse reasons. In the past, Balaji's Twelve twisted tricks won the
Golden trailer award in 2002. In 2007 he received a host of awards for 9 lives of Mara, a
cult hit featuring Shakespearian plot twists and a film noir screenplay.

A gold medalist from Sathyajit Ray Film and Television Institute, Sivakumar Vijayan
made his debut as a cinematographer in Vidiyum Munn. Sivakumar had the privilege of
working with P.C. Sreeram for a couple of years before Balaji. K. Kumar spotted him as the
right person to handle the camera for Vidiyum Munn.

"Naturally, we are extremely honored that this renowned crew has chosen Auro 11.1 by
Barco to support their ambitious project," Garamhegyi added.

About Auro Technologies

Auro Technologies ( [ ]; [ ]) is a spin-off of the Galaxy
Studios Group and owner of the Auro-3D(R) Technology Suite. The Auro-3D(R) Concept and
Listening Formats are designed by Wilfried Van Baelen, founder and CEO of Galaxy Studios
and Auro Technologies. Galaxy Studios is renowned worldwide for its state-of-the-art
leadership in audio innovation for music and sound for film. The Auro-3D(R) product suite
offers groundbreaking, easy-to-use and unprecedented levels of sound reproduction
capabilities to the professional, automotive, broadcast and consumer electronics markets
(such as gaming, smart phones, multimedia PC, notebooks, tablets, audio players, digital
TV, media libraries and packaged media).

About Barco
Barco, a global technology company, designs and develops visualization products for a
variety of selected professional markets. Barco has its own facilities for Sales &
Marketing, Customer Support, R&D and Manufacturing in Europe, North America and Asia
Pacific. Barco (NYSE Euronext Brussels: BAR) is active in more than 90 countries with
about 3,900 employees worldwide. Barco posted sales of 1.156 billion euros in 2012. [ ]

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Razer Goes Metal With Kraken Forged Edition Headphones

Razer Goes Metal With Kraken Forged Edition Headphones

Machined Aluminum and Killer Sound Highlight New Ultra-Premium Headphones, Designed for Music & Gaming

CARLSBAD, Calif, Nov. 28, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --Razer(TM), the world leader in high-performance gaming hardware, software and systems, today announced the launch of its new top-of-the-line headphones: the Razer Kraken Forged Edition.

Crafted withear cups that are machined out of aircraft-grade aluminum and finished with a matte texture, the Razer Kraken Forged Edition is carefully hand-assembled, ensuring the build quality matches the premium looks and guts.

Razer's renowned audio engineers spent countless hours fine-tuning the Kraken Forged Edition's 40 mm bass-heavy drivers to perfection. As a result, the neodymium pair work in unison with the headphone's acoustic chambers and isolated closed ear cup design to deliver booming bass, clear mids and crisp highs for sound that's optimized for music and pitch-perfect for gaming.

With plush leatherette ear cushions lining the ear cups, a fully adjustable headband and a lightweight, foldable design, the Razer Kraken Forged Edition headphones are designed for extended use.

The Razer Kraken Forged Edition also includes a swappable cable with an in-line microphone, giving users the versatility to easily convert it into a headset for gaming or telephony.

"These are the best headphones on the market for both music and gaming, period," says Min-Liang Tan, Razer co-founder, CEO and creative director. "We've made some incredible audio products in our time, and I'm proud to say that we have taken another huge step forward in terms of audio quality in a pair of headphones with phenomenal fit and finish."

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-- Drivers: 40 mm Neodymium Magnets
-- Frequency Response: 20 - 20,000 Hz
-- Impedance: 32 O at 1 kHz
-- Sensitivity @ 1 kHz: 100 dB ± 3 dB
-- Input Power: 30 mW
-- Approximate Weight: 390 g

-- Frequency Response: 50 - 10,000 Hz
-- Signal-to-Noise Ratio: 60 dB
-- Sensitivity (@ 1 kHz, 1 V / Pa): -38 dB ± 3 dB
-- Pick-up Pattern: Omni-directional

-- Machined, aircraft-grade aluminum
-- Custom-tuned 40 mm neodymium magnet drivers
-- Hand-assembled
-- Comfortable, versatile form factor
-- Closed ear cup design for optimal sound isolation
-- Foldable ear cup design
-- Hard carrying case for portability
-- ¼-in. audio connector included
-- Swappable cable system with included in-line microphone cable

-- Audio Usage: Devices with 3.5 mm or ¼-in. audio jack

-- Audio + Microphone Usage: Devices with 3.5 mm audio + mic combined
jack(Compatible with Apple iPhone®, HTC®, BlackBerry®. The Razer
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with a 4 pin TRRS audio + mic combined jack. Razer cannot guarantee
performance for use with third party splitter cables.)
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Royal Caribbean International To Feature MAMMA MIA! On Quantum of the Seas

Royal Caribbean International To Feature MAMMA MIA! On Quantum of the Seas

Global Musical Sensation to Headline the Royal Theater in November 2014

NEW YORK, Nov. 28, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Royal Caribbean International - the first cruise line to feature fully licensed, Tony Award-winning Broadway productions - today announced that guests onboard Quantum of the Seas will enjoy MAMMA MIA! - the smash hit musical based on the songs of Swedish pop sensation ABBA - when she sails from the New York area in November 2014. The first details of the new ship's entertainment offerings were revealed to viewers who tuned in to watch the cruise line's float, "A World at Sea," set sail down the streets of Manhattan as part of the 87(th) Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.

"The debut of MAMMA MIA! onboard Quantum of the Seas continues to raise the bar of what we offer our guests onboard our latest groundbreaking ship," said Lisa Lutoff-Perlo, Executive Vice President, Operations, Royal Caribbean International. "Since introducing Hairspray onboard Oasis of the Seas in 2009, our Tony award-winning musical productions have been incredibly well-received by guests, and we are proud to expand our Broadway at sea offerings with our fourth licensed main-stage production - more than any other cruise line."

More than 54 million people around the world have fallen in love with the characters, the story and the music that make MAMMA MIA! the ultimate feel-good show. The sunny, funny tale unfolds on a Greek Island paradise where on the eve of her wedding, a daughter's quest to discover the identity of her father brings three men from her mother's past back to the island they last visited 20 years ago. ABBA's greatest hits - including "Dancing Queen," "The Winner Takes It All," "Money, Money, Money" and "Take a Chance on Me" - propel this enchanting tale of love, laughter and friendship.

As the only cruise line to offer Tony Award-winning Broadway musicals at sea, Royal Caribbean guests can enjoy the 60's-inspired bebop of Hairspray on Oasis of the Seas, the jazz-infused score of Chicago: The Musical on Allure of the Seas, the toe-tapping disco beats of Saturday Night Fever on Liberty of the Seas and now, the storytelling magic of ABBA's timeless songs in MAMMA MIA! on the new Quantum of the Seas.

The new Quantum-class will debut in November 2014 with Quantum of the Seas, followed by her sister-ship Anthem of the Seas in April 2015. Each ship spans 16 decks, encompasses 167,800 gross registered tons, carries 4,180 guests at double occupancy and features 2,090 staterooms. More information on Quantum class of ships is available at

For 45 years, Royal Caribbean has brought the best and most innovative ships to the Caribbean, as well as destinations around the world, and the cruise line continues that commitment with Quantum of the Seas. For more information on Royal Caribbean's global fleet and private destinations in the Caribbean - including Labadee, Haiti and CocoCay, The Bahamas - visit

Royal Caribbean International is an award-winning global cruise brand with a 40-year legacy of innovation and introducing industry firsts never-before-seen at sea. The cruise line features an expansive and unmatched array of features and amenities found only on Royal Caribbean including, jaw-dropping, Broadway-style entertainment and industry-acclaimed programming that appeals to families and adventurous vacationers alike. Owned by Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. (NYSE/OSE: RCL), the cruise line sails 21 of the world's most innovative cruise ships to the most popular destinations in the Caribbean, Europe, Alaska, South America, the Far East, and Australia and New Zealand. World renowned for its friendly and engaging Gold Anchor Service, delivered by every staff and crew member, Royal Caribbean has been voted "Best Cruise Line Overall" for 10 consecutive years in the Travel Weekly Reader's Choice Awards.

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Multi-Platinum Recording Artist Selena Gomez Celebrates Kick Off of 123rd Annual Salvation Army Red Kettle Campaign During Dallas Cowboys Thanksgiving Day Game

Multi-Platinum Recording Artist Selena Gomez Celebrates Kick Off of 123rd Annual Salvation Army Red Kettle Campaign During Dallas Cowboys Thanksgiving Day Game

LIVE halftime performance marks 17-year partnership with the Dallas Cowboys and more than $1.75 Billion raised

ARLINGTON, Texas, Nov. 28, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Multi-platinum recording artist Selena Gomez will take the stage today for a LIVE performance to kickoff The Salvation Army's 123rd National Red Kettle Campaign at AT&T Stadium during halftime of the Dallas Cowboys vs. Oakland Raiders nationally televised game on CBS. For the past 17 years, the Dallas Cowboys have helped The Salvation Army launch the campaign during its nationally televised halftime performances. The Red Kettle Campaign raised more than $148.7 million last year to serve America's most vulnerable by providing food, shelter and more than 1 million toys for children during the holidays.

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"It is such an honor to perform in my hometown today and build awareness for the Red Kettle Campaign," said Gomez. "By dropping change in the kettles, you are changing a child's life. The Salvation Army uses those nickels, dimes and quarters to provide after school programs, summer camps and toys for children during the holidays, and all in the community where they were donated."

The LIVE performance will mobilize a new generation of Salvation Army supporters and build awareness of the organization and Red Kettle Campaign with a younger and influential audience. Selena will be performing three songs from her new album "Stars Dance."

Since the partnership began in 1997, the Dallas Cowboys organization has helped raise more than $1.75 billion for The Salvation Army. Past performers include Kenny Chesney, Enrique Iglesias, Keith Urban, Daughtry, Jonas Brothers, Kelly Clarkson, Carrie Underwood, Sheryl Crow, Destiny's Child, Toby Keith, LeAnn Rimes, Creed, Jessica Simpson, Billy Gilman, Clint Black, Randy Travis and Reba McEntire.

"Selena is a triple threat and we cannot wait to share her incredible performance with the nation. To have her help us bring greater visibility to the Red Kettle Kickoff and The Salvation Army is a great gift this holiday," said Charlotte Jones Anderson, executive vice president and chief brand officer for the Dallas Cowboys. Anderson also serves as Chairman of The Salvation Army's National Advisory Board alongside fellow board members, Gene and Jerry Jones. "The Salvation Army is an organization close to my heart, and this time of year allows us to really put a spotlight on all of the ways it serves more than 30 million of America's most vulnerable throughout the year."

The Red Kettle Kickoff is just the beginning of an exciting Christmas season for The Salvation Army. In addition to the more than 25,000 Red Kettles being stationed in storefronts and street corners nationwide, there will be other ways for the public to get involved.

-- Giving Tuesday: Tuesday, December 3, The Salvation Army will start the
clock on the Third Annual World Record Bell Ringer Contest with
contestants aiming to beat the record of 80 hours of constant bell
ringing. Various television news and entertainment programs will feature
bell ringers, Salvation Army and celebrity spokespeople.
-- Rock the Red Kettle Concert: Saturday, December 7, Austin Mahone and
other artists will take the stage at Universal CityWalk in Los Angeles
for the fourth annual free Rock the Red Kettle Concert. A live stream
of the concert will also be available on The Salvaton Army's Tumblr page
-- Walmart Fill the Truck Toy: On three consecutive weekends, from November
29 through December 15, more than 3,000 participating stores across the
country will be collecting toys for children this holiday.
-- Online Red Kettle: Throughout the season, Americans can become virtual
bell ringers by starting their own Online Red Kettle at
-- Text-to-Give: And for the mobile donor, it's easy to give $10 by texting
the word "KETTLE" to 80888 and replying "YES."*
-- Volunteer: For additional ways to volunteer and give back, visit to find a local corps.
From its humble beginnings as a program started by a Salvation Army captain in San Francisco in 1891, the Red Kettle Campaign has grown into one of the most recognizable and important charitable campaigns in the United States. It provides toys for kids, coats for the homeless, food for the hungry and countless social service programs year-round. As part of the campaign, more than 25,000 Salvation Army volunteers throughout the country ring bells and solicit donations to the red kettles.

About Selena Gomez
Selena Gomez has become one of the most accomplished actors and recording artists today and all by the age of twenty-one. 2013 has been a big year for Selena. In July, she released her fourth album "Stars Dance" which debuted at number one on the Billboard charts. The lead single "Come and Get It" became her first number one single and won an MTV Video Music Award for "Best Pop Video." On the heels of the release of her album, Gomez launched her very successful "Stars Dance World Tour" which is currently scheduled to conclude later this month. She has sold over 10 million singles in the US and has become a fixture on the dance scene garnering six singles that have landed at number one position on the Billboard Dance Club/Play charts.

About The Salvation Army
The Salvation Army, an evangelical part of the universal Christian church established in London in 1865, has been supporting those in need in His name without discrimination for more than 130 years in the United States. Nearly 30 million Americans receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year through a range of social services: providing food for the hungry, relief for disaster victims, assistance for the disabled, outreach to the elderly and ill, clothing and shelter to the homeless and opportunities for underprivileged children. 82 cents of every dollar The Salvation Army spends is used to support those services in 5,000 communities nationwide. For more information, go to

About Gene and Jerry Jones Family Charities
In the area of community service, Gene and Jerry Jones Family Charities' mission is built on a philosophy of helping those who don't have the strength, the resources or the means to help themselves. As a sports entity that has enjoyed unprecedented success and recognition for more than four decades, the Dallas Cowboys feel a strong obligation to transfer that championship tradition and the magic that it creates to the bigger purpose of making a difference in the community. More information about the Dallas Cowboys is available at

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/R E P E A T -- The Hawkins-Gignac Act (Bill 77) Passes, Making CO Alarms Mandatory in all Ontario Homes/

/R E P E A T -- The Hawkins-Gignac Act (Bill 77) Passes, Making CO Alarms Mandatory in all Ontario Homes/


TORONTO, Nov. 27, 2013 /CNW/ - The following B-Roll is available by
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STORY SUMMARY: Today the Ontario government has unanimously passed the Hawkins-Gignac
Act into law, making carbon monoxide alarms mandatory in all Ontario
homes with fuel-burning appliances or heating systems, fireplaces, or
attached garages.

In the days following the 2008 carbon monoxide poisoning tragedy that
killed OPP constable Laurie Hawkins, her husband Richard and their two
children Cassandra and Jordan in Woodstock, Laurie's uncle John Gignac
made a pledge to "warn everyone I can about this silent killer and urge
people to install a CO alarm so no other family has to endure the hell
we have been through."

That mission has now received a major boost as the Private Members' Bill
named in his family's memory has now become law with unanimous
all-party support at Queen's Park. Bill 77 - which mandates the
installation of a carbon monoxide alarm in any home with a fuel-fired
device or appliance or an attached garage - was brought forth in 2009
by Oxford MPP Ernie Hardeman who tenaciously advocated for the law
despite numerous setbacks.


1. General B-Roll:

a) John Gignac, Co-Chair, Hawkins-Gignac Foundation for CO

b) Ernie Hardeman, MPP, Oxford

c) John Gignac and Ernie Hardeman together at table discussing
Bill 77

d) CO detectors - installed and being installed

e) Homes

2. Interview: John Gignac

Q1. Why is this new law so close to your heart?

Q2. How did you get MPP for Oxford, Ernie Hardeman involved?

Q3. What are the signs and symptoms of CO poisoning?

Q4. How do you feel now that your mission is complete?

Q5. What's next for the Hawkins-Gignac Foundation, now that the
bill is passed?

Q6. How can people protect themselves for CO poisoning?

3. Interview: Ernie Hardeman

Q1. What happened today and how long have you been waiting?

Q2. Why was it so important to you to get this bill passed?

Q3. Does this mean homeowners will need an electrician to
install a CO detector into their homes?

Q4. When do I have to install a CO detector?


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Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Punch TV Announces Jackie Christie as Host of this Year's Star-Studded New Year's Eve Celebration

Punch TV Announces Jackie Christie as Host of this Year's Star-Studded New Year's Eve Celebration

Star of "Basketball Wives L.A." to Kick-Off Network's Inaugural Live Broadcast

HOLLYWOOD, Calif., Nov. 27, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Punch TV has announced Jackie Christie, Star of "Basketball Wives L.A." on VH1, as Host of this year's Annual New Year's Eve Extravaganza. Celebrity guests, viewers and supporters of Punch TV will ring in the New Year at Punch TV Studios in Hollywood.

Jackie Christie--sought after Fashion Designer, Model, Producer, Public Speaker and Bestselling Author of several popular books, including: No ordinary Love, A true story of marriage and basketball! and Sexual Relations: A His & Hers Guide To Finding Greater Intimacy--is also the star of "Basketball Wives L.A." and wife of former NBA superstar Doug Christie.

Punch TV's star-studded event will include live performances by some of today's hottest artists and will be held at Punch TV Studios located at 5907 West Pico Blvd, Los Angeles.

The event is set to serve as Punch TV's first ever live broadcast, which will provide viewers across the nation the opportunity to join the party from the comfort of their own homes and watch the countdown with Jackie Christie and friends.

"It is a great honor to not only have Jackie to host this history-making event, but to also know Jackie believes in the vision of Punch TV and supports our monumental media movement," states Joseph Collins, Punch TV CEO.

Punch TV is considering becoming a publicly traded company and raising $100 million during its IPO, and Collins is expected to make a speech that evening.

Tickets to the event can be purchased today at:

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VIZIO Continues with Double Digit Growth in Q3 Amid Soft U.S. TV Sales

VIZIO Continues with Double Digit Growth in Q3 Amid Soft U.S. TV Sales

-Strength Demonstrates Continued Popularity with U.S. Customers, Reinforcing VIZIO's Commitment to Accessible High-Quality Technology, Leading Tech Support and Customer Satisfaction

IRVINE, Calif., Nov. 27, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- VIZIO, Inc., America's #1 Smart TV(1) and large size LCD company(2), announced today Q3 2013 results, showing continued industry strength with 18% year-over-year shipment unit growth during a period where the North American LCD TV market declined 4%(3). Only one other brand showed year-over-year growth during the same three quarters of 2013 according to NPD DisplaySearch report(3).



Much of VIZIO's recent success can be attributed to its growth in both large size and smart TVs. The number one choice by many Americans at retailers nationwide, VIZIO recently launched its M-Series all-Smart TV collection which is now available at Best Buy, Costco, Sam's Club, Walmart, Featuring an ultra-modern, ultra-thin bezel that virtually vanishes next to the nearly edge-to-edge display, VIZIO's enhanced HDTV line-up, spanning 32" to 80" class sizes, features VIZIO's VIA Plus smart TV platform that demonstrates the brand's leadership in HDTV technology and design-focused enhancements.

"VIZIO's focus has always been to make the best technology accessible to all consumers and over the past nine months, we've looked to build on this by expanding our market share in the large-size and smart TV categories," said Matt McRae, VIZIO Chief Technology Officer. "In addition to VIZIO's #1 rank in both large size LCD and smart TVs, we are now also America's #1 sound bar company(4.), further validating our innovative approach and demonstrating that VIZIO products continue to resonate with a growing number of U.S. consumers."

In order to continue its market share growth, VIZIO's product quality and customer satisfaction has been a focus since VIZIO shipped its first TVs ten years ago. VIZIO, ranked(5) "Highest in Customer Satisfaction with HDTVs Less Than 50 Inches (Tied)," is backed by an award-recognized U.S.-based customer support team that recently took home seven Stevie® Awards for exceeding customer service expectations in the consumer electronics industry. In anticipation of the traditional high volume sales and tech support inquiries during the busy holiday season,'s Support Page was recently updated with tech support videos that are mobile web enabled. Now current and potential customers may also view these videos on smart phones and tablets.

For more information and a list of retailers for VIZIO HDTVs and other products, please visit

(1 )The( )NPD Group / Retail Tracking Service, Q2 2013 LED TV units with Apps included.
(2) The NPD Group / Weekly Tracking Service, Large Size includes 60"+, Q2 2013 units sold.
(3) NPD DisplaySearch North America LCD TV Shipments, Q1-Q3 '12 compared to Q1-Q3 '13.
(4 )Quixel Research's Q3 2013 Sound Bar Market Report, April 2013 through June 2013.
(5) J.D. Power 2013 High Definition Television (HDTV) Satisfaction Report(SM). Report based on responses from 6,007 consumers measuring 8 brands and measures opinions of consumers who purchased an HDTV less than 50 inches in the last 12 months. Proprietary study results are based on experiences and perceptions of consumers surveyed May-June 2013. Your experiences may vary. Visit

VIZIO, Inc. is headquartered in Irvine, California. In Q2 2007, VIZIO skyrocketed to the top by becoming the #1 shipping brand of flat panel HDTVs in North America and in Q3 2007 became the first American brand in over a decade to lead in North American LCD HDTV shipments. VIZIO was #1 in North America LCD for 2010(1). VIZIO is now also America's #1 Smart TV(5) and large size LCD company(2) as the leading seller of 60" and larger HDTVs in the U.S. with 30% of the market in this class(3). VIZIO was the #1 Sound Bar Company in the U.S. for Q1 2013(4). For over a decade, VIZIO has remained committed to what it does best--focus on the consumer to deliver visionary products at a great value. VIZIO offers a broad range of award winning consumer electronics that now include PCs and mobility products. VIZIO's products are found at Amazon, Best Buy, BJ's Wholesale, Costco Wholesale, Sam's Club, Target, Walmart and other retailers nationwide. VIZIO has won numerous awards including a #1 ranking in the Inc. 500 for Top Companies in Computers and Electronics and made the lists of Ad Age's Hottest Brands, CNET's Editor's Choice, CNET Best of CES 2011 - Television, CNET Best of CES 2013 - Home Theater and Audio, Home Theater Magazine's Top Picks, Good Housekeeping's Best Big-Screens, PC World's Best Buy and Popular Mechanics Editor's Choice among many other prestigious honors including "Highest in Customer Satisfaction with HDTVs Less Than 50 Inches in a Tie" from J.D. Power. For more information, please call 888-VIZIOCE or visit

(1) DisplaySearch Market Tracker Quarterly Global TV Shipment and Forecast Report
(2) The NPD Group / Weekly Tracking Service, Large Size includes 60"+, Q2 2013 units sold
(3) The NPD Group / Retail Tracking Service, Q2 2013 LED TV units with Apps included
(4) The NPD Group / Retail Monthly Tracking Service, units sold, Q1 2013
(5) The NPD Group / Retail Tracking Service, Q2 2013 LED TV units with Apps included



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