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Aerosmith’s Joe Perry Will Headline Monster CES 2018 Concert

Monster said rock guitarist Joe Perry of Aerosmith will headline its annual CES concert in January. This year’s concert and awards program, which honors the company’s top retail partners, will be held at the Brooklyn Bowl in Las Vegas on Jan. 10. This is not the first time Perry has taken the stage for Monster; he also appeared at the Michael Jackson tribute show at CES 2016. He is a brand ambassador for the audio manufacturer and has been collaborating with Monster for a line of CE devices, slated to debut at CES. The concert, titled “The Sound of Rock,” will also feature special guests, Monster said, who will be “handpicked” by Perry. Names will be revealed closer to the show. Monster has a long history of bringing big-name acts to its invite-only annual CES concerts. Past performers include Ray Charles, James Brown, Stevie Wonder, Rod Stewart, B.B. King, Mary J. Blige, Alicia Keys, Fleetwood Mac, John Legend, Steve Miller, and Crosby, Stills and Nash.

PIXAR ANIMATION STUDIOS’ FIRST-EVER VR EXPERIENCE ANNOUNCED AT OCULUS CONNECT

 

“Coco VR” Experience Showcases Pixar’s Visual and Storytelling Magic

Pixar Animation Studios announced its first-ever VR experience at Oculus Connect, the fourth annual developer conference in San Jose, Calif. Directed by Ross Haldane Stevenson and produced by Academy Award® winner Marc Sondheimer, “Coco VR” is a co-production from Disney•Pixar and Oculus with VR creative development and execution by Magnopus. Supervising technical director John Halstead spearheaded the technical efforts for Pixar.

“Coco VR” allows people to explore the worlds of “Coco” with their friends. The next-level social VR Experience will be available on Oculus Rift November 15 and Samsung Gear VR November 22, the day of the film’s U.S. release. The experience will be available for a sneak peek at the following events and locations:

  • Día de los Muertos festivals in Los Angeles, New York City, Houston, Phoenix, Dallas, San Antonio, Oakland and Chicago beginning Oct. 28
  • Camp Flog Gnaw Music Festival in Los Angeles on Oct. 28-29
  • Select Disney Stores and movie theaters nationwide through Nov. 22.

For more information and to see a trailer, check out http://movies.disney.com/coco, Hashtag: #PixarCoco, Pixar Coco Facebook,Pixar Coco Twitter and Pixar Coco Instagram.

 

 

 

Freeform Proposes Disney’s Fairy Tale Weddings!

Disney’s Fairy Tale Weddings – Photo by Richard Harbaugh/courtesy of Freeform.

Freeform has announced an seven-episode order for Disney’s Fairy Tale Weddings – a show that would take viewers behind the scenes of some of the most epic, most romantic engagements and weddings at  Disney Destinations around the globe.

Disney’s Fairy Tale Weddings will premiere in Spring 2018.

FREEFORM GETS HITCHED TO ‘DISNEY’S FAIRY TALE WEDDINGS,’ NETWORK GREENLIGHTS SEVEN NEW EPISODES OF UNSCRIPTED SERIES TO PREMIERE SPRING 2018

Freeform, Disney’s young adult television and streaming network, today announced a seven-episode series order for “Disney’s Fairy Tale Weddings” from executive producers Ann Lewis Roberts, Simon Lythgoe and Jenny Daly, in partnership with Walt Disney Parks & Resorts. Premiering in spring 2018, each hour-long episode will give viewers a behind-the-scenes look at some of the most spectacular weddings and engagements at Disney Destinations around the globe. From a sun-drenched holiday proposal at Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa in Hawaii, to a winter wonderland wedding at Walt Disney World Resort in Florida, viewers will be guests from the start of each couple’s “happily ever after” journey.

“We are creating one of the most beautiful shows in the world with ‘Disney’s Fairy Tale Weddings’ and Disney Parks & Resorts, where they make couples’ dreams come true,” said executive producer Ann Lewis Roberts, “making a couple’s fantasy into a reality by transforming their wedding into an event more magical and spectacular than they could have ever imagined.”

On the heels of the breakout special that aired in May 2017, “Disney’s Fairy Tale Weddings” garnered nearly three million views across linear and digital, making it Freeform’s highest-rated unscripted TV special to date.

“Continuing on the success of Freeform’s ‘Disney’s Fairy Tale Weddings’ summer special, we are continuing to invest in our relationship with the ‘Disney’s Fairy Tale Weddings’ team to bring magic and spirit to viewers everywhere,” said Kary McHoul, senior vice president, Programming & Development, Unscripted, Freeform. “We can’t wait to make wedding dreams come true with the most epic wedding planning team in the world.”

“The ‘Disney’s Fairy Tale Weddings’ team is honored to provide another behind-the-scenes glimpse into our Disney wedding planning services, share our unique fairy tale wedding locations, and connect viewers with our couples’ personal love stories,” said Korri McFann, marketing director for Disney’s Fairy Tale Weddings & Honeymoons.

“Disney’s Fairy Tale Weddings” is a T Group Productions, Roberts Media, and Legacy Productions production and executive produced by Ann Lewis Roberts, Simon Lythgoe, and Jenny Daly.

About Disney’s Fairy Tale Weddings & Honeymoons

Disney’s Fairy Tale Weddings & Honeymoons is an evolving business offering wedding experiences and expert advice that has been making wedding and honeymoon dreams come true for over 25 years. The brand is based on fantasy, global wedding planning services and the desire to make wedding dreams a reality.

About T Group Productions

Based in Los Angeles and led by Jenny Daly, T Group Productions develops, sells and produces across all genres for broadcast and cable networks, both domestically and internationally, as well as digital platforms.  Since its launch in 2010, the company has produced over 50 series, specials and pilots including over 100 episodes of Mystery Diners (Food), Storage Hunters (truTV), A Wicked Offer (CW), Hollywood and Football (E!) among many more.  The company’s current slate includes Ozzy and Jack’s World Detour (A&E), Return of the Mac (Pop), 24 to Life (LMN), Build it Like Bendrick (DIY), I Catfished My Kid (TLC), Disney’s Fairy Tale Weddings (Freeform) among many more.  The company also has co-production partnerships with award-winning producers Ann Roberts of Roberts Media and Simon Lythgoe of Legacy Productions as well as Jack Osbourne’s Osbourne Media, Sunshine Sach’s sister company Madica Productions and Beth Greenwald of Wax World Media.

Stitchers Sets Up Third Season Finale with Murderous Twist!

Stitchers – Maggie (Salli Richardson-Whitfield), Kirsten (Emma Ishta) and Cameron (Kyle Harris) – Photo by Mitch Haaseth/Courtesy of Freeform

Kill It Forward, the penultimate episode of season three of Stitchers (Freeform, Mondays, 9/8C) is one of the more diabolically twisted episodes to come from the show’s creatives.

When Kirsten refuses to work for Maggie if she can’t see her mother, Maggie makes her a deal – do this one last stitch and she’ll tell her where she is. But the case turns out to be somewhat more convoluted than anyone could have expected.

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SDCC 2017: Something Worse Than A Demogorgon This Way Comes Trailer: Stranger Things: Season 2!

Dragon’s Lair, Ghostbusters, Vincent Price’s narration from a certain music video…

Once again we are in 1984 Hawkins with Will, Lucas, Dustin and Mike as something even more sinister than a demogorgon stalks the town – and haunts Will’s every moments (waking or sleeping). And what about eleven?

Season Two of Stranger Things premieres on Netflix on October 27th.

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Inspiring Trailer: Joshua: Teenager vs. Superpower

Joshua: Teenager vs. Superpower – Joshua Wong – Photo courtesy of Netflix.

 

Unstable times can create the unlikeliest of heroes. When the promise of Hong Kong’s autonomy was at risk, 14 year old Joshua Wong decided to speak up. Amid the glistening cityscape, filmmaker Joe Piscatella introduces viewers to a teenaged activist who inspired tens of thousands to stand up for their beliefs.

Joshua: Teenager vs. Superpower will launch globally on Netflix on May 26.

When the Chinese Communist Party alters its promise of autonomy to Hong Kong – handed back to the Chinese government from British rule in 1997 – teenager Joshua Wong decides to fight for his homeland. Rallying thousands of kids to skip school and occupy the streets, and without a long-term plan but with passion to spare, Joshua becomes an unlikely leader in Hong Kong. A remarkable portrait of courage, resilience, and the propulsive power of youthful idealism, JOSHUA: TEENAGER VS. SUPERPOWER, the winner of this year’s Audience Award at the Sundance Film Festival, is a chronicle of one young man risking his own future for a greater good.

The film will launch globally on Netflix on May 26.

Ahead of its launch on Netflix JOSHUA: TEENAGER VS. SUPERPOWER will be screening at Hot Docs Festival in Toronto, you can find a screening schedule here.

Watch Joshua: Teenager vs. Superpower on Netflix: https://www.netflix.com/title/80169348

First Photos: Lara Croft: Tomb Raider!

Lara Croft: Tomb Raider – Lara Croft (Alicia Vikander) – Photo by Graham Bortholomew/Courtesy of Warner Bros. Pictures

MGM and Warner Bros. Pictures have released two photos of Alicia Vikander as Lara Croft from their new film, Lara Croft: Tomb Raider.

The film begins with  bike messenger Lara Croft going off in search of her missing father, starting with his last-known location: a tomb off the coast of Japan.

So, pre-Lora Croft as knowledgeable seeker of lost treasures.

Lara Croft: Tomb Raider also stars Walton Goggins, Daniel Wu and Dominic West. It will be in theaters on March 18, 2018.

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New Poster: Luc Besson’s Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets!

(Left to right) Dane DeHaan, and Cara Delevingne star in EuropaCorp’s Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets..Photo credit: Vikram Gounassegarin.© 2016 VALERIAN SAS Ð TF1 FILMS PRODUCTION.

Based on a classic European graphic novel, Luc Besson’s Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets is the biggest, strangest film of his career.

A cool new poster has just been released for the epic space opera that comes to theaters on July 21st.

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Pop Still Going Up Schitt’s Creek!

Schitt’s Creek – Annie Murphy, Dan Levy, Catherine O’Hara, Eugene Levy – Photo courtesy of Pop

Canadian import Schitt’s Creek – the network’s most watched original series – has been given an order for a fourth season with the third season finale over three weeks away (April 5th).

POP’S MOST WATCHED ORIGINAL SERIES “SCHITT’S CREEK” RENEWED FOR SEASON FOUR

Emmy® Award Winning Talent Eugene Levy, Catherine O’Hara and Chris Elliott, Alongside Daniel Levy, Annie Murphy and Emily Hampshire Set to Return in New Season

Season Three Finale Airs Wednesday, April 5 at 8:00 PM, ET/PT

LOS ANGELES – March 10, 2017 – The “Rose” parade of high-brow comedic characters living in a low-brow backwater town will return for a fourth season, as Pop announces its renewal of the critically acclaimed scripted television series SCHITT’S CREEK. Series co-creators and father-son team Eugene and Daniel Levy continue as executive producers and writers.

Now in its third season on Pop, which will air the finale on Wednesday, April 5 at 8:00 PM, ET/PT, SCHITT’S CREEK is the Network’s most-watched original series (Nielsen L+7, P2+) with more than a half million nightly viewers. Season three is up double-digits from season two (+20%) and season one (+39%), with all key demos delivering significant increases.

Recently hailed by Vanity Fair for their “fearless, nuanced, out-there comic brilliance,” screen legends Eugene Levy and Catherine O’Hara return as Johnny and Moira Rose in SCHITT’S CREEK season four alongside Daniel Levy and Annie Murphy, who star as their adult children David and Alexis. Chris Elliott, who stars as the town mayor Roland, also returns in season four, as well as series regulars Emily Hampshire, Sarah Levy and Jennifer Robertson.

“SCHITT’S CREEK has become a brand-defining television series for Pop—a culturally relevant, clever, full of heart comedy that is perfect for these crazy times,” said Brad Schwartz, President of Pop. “Season after season, we are seeing significant audience growth, heightened buzz, critical acclaim and award-season chatter.  We expect even more in season four.”

Commissioned by CBC, SCHITT’S CREEK is produced by Not A Real Company Productions Inc. and created by Eugene Levy and Daniel Levy. The executive producers are Eugene Levy, Daniel Levy, Andrew Barnsley, Fred Levy, and Ben Feigin. SCHITT’S CREEK is distributed internationally by ITV Studios Global Entertainment.

The Canadian Academy Launches Apprenticeship Program for Female Directors!

The Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television today announced the creation of a new Apprenticeship Program for female directors, as part of the organization’s year-round initiatives addressing pertinent issues within the film, television, and digital media sectors.

The Apprenticeship Program will assist early and mid-career female directors in film, television or digital media to identify and achieve their career and project goals, hone their directing skills, and develop a network of allies to springboard the advancement of their work.

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