Stars To Help Kick Off Fifth Annual Hillsides Foster Soles

first_imgCelebrities such as Elton John, Carson Daly, and the members of the rock band No Doubt will kick off the Fifth Annual Hillsides Foster Soles, an online auction of celebrity autographed shoes, accessories, and other personal items along with their signed headshots.Dr. Drew Pinsky, host of the nationally syndicated radio show “Loveline,” along with his wife, Susan Pinsky, will serve as co-chairs. A party to launch the auction will be held at Bar Celona restaurant in Pasadena on Wednesday, May 22, 2013, from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.The online auction runs from May 22nd through June 1st to coincide with Foster Care Awareness Month, which raises awareness of national foster care issues and the plight of children and youth in the system. Hillsides, a Los Angeles children’s charity, based in Pasadena, is asking celebrities to donate autographed shoes, accessories, and other personal items along with their signed headshot. This year Hillsides is celebrating its centennial, so they are expecting participation to be greater than ever.Other celebrities who have participated include Adam Sandler, Ellen DeGeneres, Faith Hill, James Franco, Zac Efron, Reese Witherspoon, Halle Berry, Tim McGraw, Ellen Pompeo, John Stamos, Denzel Washington, Seth Green, Mario Lopez, Sugar Ray Leonard, Adrian Grenier, Nancy Grace, Wendy Williams, Gabriel Iglesias, Jane Kaczmarek, Billy Bob Thornton, Tim Allen, Jimmy Kimmel, Joan and Melissa Rivers, Larry King, Anderson Cooper, Piers Morgan, Dave Koz, Charles Barkley, Robert Horry, Billy Zane, Mike Epps, Marlee Matlin, cast from Burn Notice, Chelsea Handler, Markie Post, Mark Harmon, Pam Dawber, Kate Linder, Edie Falco, Rona Barrett, Kim Coates, Kaitlin Olson, Devon Werkheiser, Samantha Harris, cast from The Bold & The Beautiful and many more.Guests who bid on May 22nd will get a chance to view celebrity shoes, purses, belts and other accessories as well as set visits and signed scripts until the auction’s closing date on June 1st. Bar Celona, located in the historic Colorado Boulevard retail district of Old Pasadena, is the creation of local entrepreneurs Jack Huang and Karen Tanji, who is on the board of directors of the foster care charity. Set on a stage of rich crimson red and hues of mellow mustard, Bar Celona invokes the traditions of the traditional tapas bars of Spain, with handcrafted murals of ‘the running of the bulls,’ wine offerings geared toward those of the Spanish vineyards, house-made sangrias, and the popular small plates that trigger a smiling sigh.Bar Celona, celebrities, and bidders of Hillsides “Foster Soles” can be assured that putting their best foot forward ensures that Hillsides can create lasting change in the lives of at-risk children, youth, and families.To learn more about the Foster Soles Celebrity Charity Auction or Hillsides, click here.Source:PRWeb.comlast_img read more

Glenn Close To Present Elly Award

first_imgThe Women’s Forum of New York will present The 3rd Annual Elly Awards Luncheon benefitting The Education Fund of the Women’s Forum on Tuesday, June 25 at The Plaza Hotel in New York City.The awards, named for Women’s Forum founder Elinor “Elly” Guggenheimer, will honor outstanding women leaders.The Elly Award Recipients (both in attendance) will be:• Maria Cuomo Cole, advocate, activist, filmmaker and Chair of HELP USA• Pat Mitchell, President and CEO of the Paley Center for MediaThe Elly Award Celebrity Presenters (both in attendance) will be:• Glenn Close, award winning actress• Matilda Raffa Cuomo, former New York State First Lady and Founder, Mentoring USAEve Ensler, Tony award-winning playwright, activist and author of Emotional Creature and The Vagina Monologues, will lead a conversation on leadership with the honorees following the awards presentation.“The Women’s Forum of New York is comprised of the most successful women in the city in every professional sector from finance to fine arts. We all know that education is key to success in any field. We are proud to help high-potential women over 35 whose education has been postponed or disrupted because of extreme adversity in their lives. Putting these women back on track to realize their potential is our way of giving back,” said Doris P. Meister, President of the Women’s Forum of New York.“The change that Education Fund grants have on women and their families is truly inspirational. Our awardees redefine for themselves what’s possible and become great role models for their daughters. We believe if you educate a woman you impact generations. Twenty-six years ago we started out small but now, because of the Elly Awards, our education grants are significant and make a real difference. They can truly help high-potential women who have overcome serious hardships realize their dreams,” said Beverly Beaudoin, President, The Education Fund of the Women’s Forum of New York.The Elly Awards will begin at 11:30 a.m. at The Plaza Hotel with a reception & VIP arrivals. The Luncheon and Presentation will be from 12:15 to 2:00 p.m.last_img read more

Taylor Swift Joins Scholastic To Talk To Kids About The Power Of

first_imgScholastic, the world’s largest publisher and distributor of children’s books will present an exclusive video featuring an inspiring, personal conversation with Taylor Swift about how reading and writing can open a world of possibilities for children.Taylor will also share with young viewers the books that have most influenced her and a never before seen clip from behind the scenes at one of her recent music videos.As part of Scholastic’s new reading initiative, “Open a World of Possible,” the 30-minute exclusive video will air on beginning on October 29, 2014, at 1 p.m. ET/10 a.m. PT. Registration to watch on 10/29 is open now here.In a nod to her multi-week No. 1 international smash hit single, “Shake It Off,” Taylor will discuss how music helps her shake off the tough moments in life. Following the video, students can enter Scholastic’s “This is How I Shake it Off” writing contest for the chance to win tickets and a meet-and-greet for two at an upcoming Taylor Swift concert, along with accompanying flights and accommodations. Additional prizes for runners up include a signed guitar and signed copies of Taylor’s new “1989” CD. Students in grades 3-8 attending a U.S. school can enter the contest by submitting a one-page creative essay or poem about how they shake off mean comments and hard times. More details, Official Rules and the contest entry form can be found at NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Enter by December 11, 2014. Void where prohibited.October is National Bullying Prevention Month, a great time to approach the subject of bullying with kids. In support of this observance and the video with Taylor, Scholastic has curated a collection of resources that address bullying, building resilience and fostering a love of reading in kids: • For Teachers: Articles and tips about how to address bullying in classrooms, available here, as well as writing activities to get students in a creative spirit, available here. • For Parents: A guide to the sensitive issue of bullying, including lists of anti-bullying books for every age and expert advice available here.Through the ongoing Open a World of Possible initiative, Scholastic has begun a conversation for teachers, parents and children to share ideas and advice about simple ways to incorporate independent reading into busy classroom days and family time. Scholastic invites people to continue joining the conversation and connecting with peers on social media channels using the hashtag #SharePossible.last_img read more

Avengers Stars Fight Child Hunger

first_imgFeeding America, the nation’s leading hunger-relief organization, has partnered with the Ad Council to launch new public service ads (PSA) designed to raise awareness about child hunger in America.Video: Hunger Prevention – Scarlett Johansson :30Featuring celebrity activists Scarlett Johansson and Jeremy Renner, who volunteered their time and talent, the PSAs call for Americans to help children facing hunger by supporting the Feeding America nationwide network of food banks.Video: Hunger Prevention – Jeremy Renner :30“My family grew up relying on public assistance to help provide meals for our family,” said Scarlett Johansson. “Child hunger in America is a real and often overlooked problem, but one that together, we can fix. It is my hope that by joining with Feeding America, our awareness of this issue will lead to a solution.”According to the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), one in five children in America – nearly 16 million children – struggle with hunger. Although food insecurity is harmful to people of all ages, it can be particularly devastating for children because of the potential for long term consequences. Research has shown that good nutrition has implications for a child’s future physical and mental health, academic achievement and economic productivity.“There are children facing hunger in every community across America. That is unacceptable. These new PSAs allow us to expose the prevalence of child hunger and engage the nation in solving the problem,” said Bob Aiken, CEO of Feeding America. “We all have a role to play in making sure children have enough to eat and we are profoundly grateful for Ms. Johansson and Mr. Renner for lending their voices to raise awareness about the issue.”The new PSAs feature appeals from Jeremy Renner and Scarlett Johansson, with information about how individuals can help solve hunger. The ads encourage audiences to visit where they can learn more about hunger in their communities, find volunteer opportunities at a food bank in their area, contact Members of Congress, donate food or funds, and more. The campaign includes new TV PSAs designed pro bono by 360i.“It is a privilege to be partnering with Feeding America and the Ad Council to support the fight to end hunger in America,” said 360i CEO Sarah Hofstetter. “This PSA campaign discusses the reality of hunger in the U.S., with the goal of getting more people involved and driving support for the largest network of food banks in America. We are looking forward to working with Feeding America to continue to promote this important cause throughout the year.”The new PSAs are an extension of the Hunger Prevention campaign, first launched by Feeding America and the Ad Council in 2008. Through the Ad Council’s unique model, all PSAs will run during advertising time donated entirely by the media. Since the launch of the national Hunger Prevention campaign, media outlets across the country have contributed more than $300 million in time and space for Feeding America’s PSAs.“We’re proud to support Feeding America in their efforts to tackle this critical issue,” said Lisa Sherman, President and CEO of the Ad Council. “We hope that the campaign will be a catalyst for volunteers, supporters and donors to unite behind this movement, and increase access to food for the millions of children in need.”last_img read more

Dakota Fanning Lights Empire State Building With Save The Children

first_imgSave the Children Artist Ambassador Dakota Fanning lit the world-famous Empire State Building red on Tuesday, Oct. 11, in a special ceremony celebrating International Day of the Girl.Dakota Fanning Lights The Empire State Building For Save the ChildrenMarked globally by the United Nations, International Day of the Girl is a designated day for communities and policymakers to discuss how to end discrimination against girls and create opportunities for girls to reach their full potential. By lighting the Empire State Building red, Save the Children is raising awareness of these issues and illuminating the need to educate and empower girls around the world.Fanning was joined by Carolyn Miles, Save the Children’s president & CEO, a group of girls from the New York Tri-State area, who are Save the Children child sponsors, and a sponsored girl from South Carolina. The Empire State Building will light up today at sunset to recognize girls and the unique challenges they face globally.“Worldwide, girls are far more likely to miss out on school, marry too early and grow up too fast,” said Carolyn Miles, president & CEO of Save the Children. “People often talk about women’s empowerment, but that begins with girls. Together, we need to do more to ensure every last girl has a childhood, and a better and brighter future. That’s why today, on International Day of the Girl, Save the Children is shining a light on girls.”Throughout the world, girls are frequently marginalized in their families, communities and societies. By lighting the Empire State Building red, Save the Children aims to raise awareness of these issues and illuminate the need to educate and empower girls around the world.“Every girl deserves to follow her dreams no matter where she comes from or what her circumstances are,” said Fanning, known for roles in notable films such as “I Am Sam,” “The Runaways,” “The Twilight Saga” and the upcoming “American Pastoral.” “The first step in doing that is bringing attention to the barriers girls face globally. The second step is empowering young girls to reach their full potential. This is why I am here today, honoring International Day of the Girl and lighting up the Empire State Building with Save the Children.”Save the Children believes that reaching girls is a critical component of ending early marriage, preventable maternal and child deaths and ensuring our collective future. The Save the Children sponsorship program, in particular, helps provide girls and boys with the necessities for a healthy and successful start to their life – nutrition, early childhood and adolescent development, education and school health. To join Fanning as a child sponsor and learn more, click here.last_img read more

Antonio Sabato Jr TMZs Max Hodges Add Star Power To Great American

first_imgActor/model Antonio Sabato Jr. will serve as the master of ceremonies for the Great American Inaugural Ball’s salute to our armed forces and the charities that support them.Antonio Sabato Jr, Great American Inaugural Ball Master of CeremoniesJoining him as a celebrity host will be Max Hodges, best known as the “surfer dude” on entertainment news show TMZ.The gala on Friday, January 20 at the new MGM National Harbor hotel and casino will feature Sabato as the official host who will introduce the ball’s special guests: country music sensation Darryl Worley who’ll be singing the national anthem and performing his 9/11 tribute hit “Have You Forgotten?” that spent seven weeks at the top of the Billboard country charts; USO of Metropolitan Washington-Baltimore Chairman Paul McQuillan, whose non-profit provides services for active duty military members and their families; and Gold Star Mother Tammy Davenport from American Gold Star Mothers, an organization of mothers who have lost a son or daughter in the service of our country.Sabato, a former Calvin Klein model and TV star, and Hodges, whose laid back humor entertained America daily during his time at TMZ, are no strangers to the spotlight, but on January 20 they will pass it to the groups that selflessly support our servicemen and women and their families who have sacrificed so much. Taking center stage with USO-Metro and American Gold Star Mothers will be the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS), Families United Toward Universal Respect (FUTURE), and The Nashville Connection – Heroes Salute, a music workshop and benefit concert.Representing our armed forces will be Major General James Hoyer, Adjutant General of the West Virginia National Guard. He will share the stage with fellow West Virginian Sen. Joe Manchin who will relate his experiences with another Great American Ball charity partner, the National Guard Youth ChalleNGe, a program that mentors high school dropouts.“We’re really excited to have Antonio and Max on board to help show our nation the good work that USO-Metro, TAPS, FUTURE, and other charities do for the men and women who serve our country at great expense to themselves and their families,” said event organizer Amy Lao O’Brien. “It’s about honoring their sacrifice and I’m privileged just to be a part of it.”For tickets or more information, visit read more

Bill Clinton Takes Part In StarStudded BTIG Charity Day

first_imgBTIG, LLC announced today that the firm is donating more than $4 million to hundreds of charities as a result of its annual BTIG Charity Day.BTIG hosted nearly 80 all-star athletes, models, actors, actresses, journalists, politicians, fashion designers, business leaders and other cultural icons that acted as guest traders on Tuesday, May 2, 2017. Over 300 well-deserving charities supporting meaningful causes will benefit from the event.“It was another fantastic year for BTIG Charity Day in terms of the number of celebrity guest traders participating and funds that will be donated this year,” said Steven Starker, Co-Founder of BTIG. “We are very proud of the tremendous energy, enthusiasm, and generosity put forth by our employees, celebrity guests and industry partners.”President Bill Clinton was a highlight among an impressive group of participating celebrities each acting as an ambassador for an organization that they are passionate about supporting each year. He was joined by Alan Hahn, Alex Rodriguez, Allan Houston, Angel Cordero, Barry Bonds, Beth Ostrosky Stern, Bob Papa, Bobby Valentine, Bode Miller, Brian Cashman, Bridget Moynahan, Bruce Beck, CC Sabathia, Charles Oakley, Chase Headley, Chris Wragge, Chuck Scarborough, Curtis Martin, D’Brickashaw Ferguson, Darryl Strawberry, Dave Dravecky, David Diehl, Dellin Betances, Derek Jeter, Didi Gregorius, Dwight Gooden, Eric Decker, Eric LeGrand, Geraldo Rivera, Gerry Cooney, Hannah Storm, Jenny McCarthy, Jeremy Affeldt, Joe Girardi, Joe Namath, John Calipari, John McEnroe, John Starks, Johnny Velazquez, Kelenna Azubuike, Kristin Davis, Laurie Hernandez, Lawrence Taylor, Marcus Peters, Mariano Rivera, Mark Cuban, Mark Messier, Mark Teixeira, Marshall Plumlee, Mason Plumlee, Michael Bloomberg, Nicky Hilton, Olivia Culpo, Oz Pearlman, Padma Lakshmi, Petra Nemcova, Phil Simms, Ralph Sampson, Reggie Jackson, Renel Brooks-Moon, Rick DiPietro, Rick Porcello, Ricky Steamboat, Ronnie Lott, Rosanna Scotto, Shaquille O’Neal, Steve Buscemi, Steve Weatherford, Ted Robinson, Tom Coughlin, Tommy and Dee Hilfiger, Tony Richardson, Victor Cruz, Vida Blue, Warren Moon and Woody Johnson who all appeared at BTIG offices yesterday to help give back to others in need.“Since 2003, BTIG Charity Day has helped support important non-profit organizations around the world,” said Scott Kovalik, Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer of BTIG. “We are very grateful to our celebrity guests, clients and employees that help us improve the lives of others year after year.”last_img read more

SAGAFTRA Foundation To Honor Lionel Richie With Recording Artists Inspiration Award

first_imgThe SAG-AFTRA Foundation has announced Lionel Richie will be the first recipient of its inaugural Recording Artists Inspiration Award.The internationally-renowned singer-songwriter, record producer, and philanthropist is being recognized for his career achievements and charitable work. The event takes place Thursday, November 9, at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts in Beverly Hills.For decades, Lionel Richie has been an influential and well-respected recording artist, selling over 100 million records. Richie has garnered multiple awards including: four Grammy Awards, an Academy Award, a Golden Globe Award®, and the esteemed Johnny Mercer Award at the Songwriters Hall of Fame 47th Annual Induction and Awards Dinner. Richie recently joined the judges’ panel for the 2017/2018 season of American Idol.The SAG-AFTRA Foundation’s Recording Artists Inspiration Award also recognizes Richie’s commitment to charity through his work with the Breast Cancer Research Foundation, Muhammad Ali Parkinson Center, UNICEF, and The Art of Elysium. Richie was presented with a “Lifetime Achievement Award” by the United Negro College Fund and he was also a recipient of the Peter J. Gomes Humanitarian Award from Harvard University.Foundation President JoBeth Williams praised its newest honoree, “Lionel Richie is an American institution. We all know his beautiful music for which he’s been greatly honored, but even more than a legendary recording artist, Lionel is a man of tremendous compassion who’s deeply committed to helping others. We’re proud to recognize his invaluable charitable work.”The SAG-AFTRA Foundation’s Patron of the Artists Awards celebration will also honor Academy Award winning actress Kate Winslet with the Actors Inspiration Award, as well as director/producer Judd Apatow, Academy Award winning director Kathryn Bigelow, and Netflix Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos for their roles in supporting actors and performing artists in their careers.The Patron of the Artists Awards event includes musical performances with ticket sales benefitting the SAG-AFTRA Foundation. Sponsors include United Airlines and Variety. To purchase tickets, sponsorship packages and for more information, please visit read more

Duchess of Cornwall Named Royal Patron of Roald Dahls Marvellous Childrens Charity

first_imgEarlier this month, The Duchess of Cornwall invited children and young people from Helen & Douglas House and Roald Dahl’s Marvellous Children’s Charity to help decorate the Clarence House Christmas tree.The Duchess of Cornwall at the decorating of the Christmas tree at Clarence HouseCredit/Copyright: Royal Highness is patron of Helen & Douglas House, which helps families cope with the challenges of looking after a terminally ill baby, child or young adult. The Duchess took up her role in 2007 and this will be the eighth time that families supported by the charity, along with hospice staff, have been invited to decorate the Clarence House Christmas tree.Roald Dahl’s Marvellous Children’s Charity was founded more than 25 years ago by Felicity Dahl in memory of the determination of her husband Roald Dahl, the famous children’s author, to improve the lives of those around him.The charity provides specialist nurses for a range of conditions to ensure all seriously ill children and their families receive the support they need and deserve.Working in tandem with the NHS, the charity has now funded 58 specialist nursing posts around the UK, helping more than 12,000 seriously ill children and their families each year.During the festivities, it was announced that The Duchess of Cornwall has been named as the new Royal Patron of Roald Dahl’s Marvellous Children’s Charity.Jane Miles, chief executive of the organisation, said: “This is absolutely marvellous, The Duchess becoming our patron.”She added: “Anybody who knew Roald Dahl knew he was all about innovation and imagination so we’re trying to look at innovative ways to help these children.“We’re very aware there are so many groups in this country who are underfunded, so if you think about the Roald Dahl stories, they were all about the underdog emerging victorious so that is what this charity wishes to focus on.“With The Duchess of Cornwall highlighting these groups – like sickle cell and rare diseases – it will be great for her to raise awareness so people get to understand more about the adversity suffered by these children.”After the Christmas tree was decorated, the children and young adults were invited to share lunch with Her Royal Highness, which featured Christmas tree-shaped biscuits and mince pies (of course!)Source:PrinceOfWales.Govt.UKlast_img read more


first_imgAdvertisement Corus Entertainment today announced three unscripted, lifestyle series for international sale at MIPCOM. The company continues to grow its slate of outstanding original unscripted series developed for its portfolio of Women and Lifestyle channels and this season debuts Home to Win (10×60), Backyard Builds (8×30) and $ave My Reno (14×30) to the international market.“Our premium lifestyle series continue to have global appeal and we’re thrilled to showcase three new properties at MIPCOM,” said John MacDonald, Senior Vice President, Women and Lifestyle Content, Corus Entertainment. “We are committed to the continued growth of our slate of top quality programming for international distribution and providing unparalleled service to our clients.”Unscripted series being sold at MIPCOM include: Home to Win (10×60)The hit series Home to Win brings 20 of its HGTV Canada celebrities under the same roof to pool their extraordinary expertise, creativity, and reno know-how. Celebrity builders and designers include Scott McGillivray (Income Property, Moving the McGillivrays), Bryan Baeumler (Leave it to Bryan, Bryan Inc.), Mike Holmes (Holmes on Holmes, Holmes and Holmes), and Sarah Richardson (Sarah’s Rental Cottage, Sarah 101). Together they will completely remodel an average, run-of-the-mill house into a dramatic, inspirational dream home. Home to Win will culminate in a one-hour challenge episode where home-winning hopefuls will compete to win this spectacular house. Produced by Architect Films in association with Corus Entertainment.Backyard Builds (8×30) – In ProductionWhen indoor space isn’t enough, Backyard Builds showcases the endless opportunities outdoor areas can provide. The series stars contractor Brian McCourt and design expert Sarah Keenleyside who work with homeowners to maximize their backyard potential to create tailored, one-of-a-kind structures. Whether it’s a converted shipping container, cake studio, treehouse village, or poolside oasis, this contractor and designer duo can extend any living space on a budget. Produced by Frantic Films in association with Corus Entertainment.$ave My Reno (14×30) – In ProductionIn the upbeat new series $ave My Reno, cash-conscious homeowners finally catch a break when Sebastian Clovis, the savvy contractor with contagious energy, and Sabrina Smelko, the resourceful DIY designer, toss out overpriced reno quotes and make dreams come true with a slashed budget and spectacular renovation. Sebastian and Sabrina save by putting homeowners to work and hunting for salvaged goods. Sabrina is a wiz at finding restored pieces at great prices while creating amazing designs and crafted items. Sebastian is the master at smart spends for breakout builds and custom surprises. Together, they give homeowners the reno they want on a budget they can afford. Produced by Great Pacific Media in association with Corus Entertainment.Corus Entertainment has a longstanding history of international success in the Kids programming category through its production and distribution giant Nelvana, and in more recent years the company has expanded its content offering into the unscripted Women and Lifestyle genre. As commissioning broadcaster and distributor of Canadian series that have achieved international success, with Masters of Flip now available more than 90 territories worldwide and Buying the View in more than 60 territories, Corus brings its production, broadcast and distribution expertise to this new slate of internationally appealing series. Corus’ Women and Lifestyle networks include: Food Network Canada, HGTV Canada, W Network, Slice™, Lifetime, OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network (Canada), CMT (Canada) and Cosmo TV.At MIPCOM, Corus will be represented by Rita Carbone Fleury, who will be overseeing the global sales of Corus’ original content slate. Carbone Fleury is a seasoned broadcast sales executive with extensive international experience and past clients include Bell Broadcast & New Media Fund, QVF Productions, Verite Films, marblemedia, Studio B Productions, BRB International (Spain), RAI Italian Television Corporation. For further sales inquiries, visit Rita Carbone Fleury, Worldwide Sales, this MIPCOM at Stand P-1.A0 — Telefilm Booth.About Corus Entertainment Inc.Corus Entertainment Inc. (TSX: CJR.B) is a leading media and content company that creates and delivers high quality brands and content across platforms for audiences around the world. The company’s portfolio of multimedia offerings encompasses 45 specialty television services, 39 radio stations, 15 conventional television stations, a global content business, digital assets, live events, children’s book publishing, animation software, technology and media services. Corus’ roster of premium brands includes Global Television, W Network, OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network Canada, HGTV Canada, Food Network Canada, HISTORY®, Showcase, National Geographic Channel, Q107, CKNW, Fresh Radio, Disney Channel Canada, YTV and Nickelodeon Canada. Visit Corus at LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Facebook Login/Register With: Advertisement Twitterlast_img read more

Attraction expands international presence with acquisition of CMJ Productions

first_imgAdvertisement Attraction, Quebec’s foremost media and entertainment group, is thrilled to announce it has recently signed an agreement to acquire renowned production company CMJ Productions. Specialized in producing factual series, Montreal-based CMJ Productions boasts a catalogue featuring more than 550 hours of quality TV productions broadcast in English in several countries, including the United States, the United Kingdom and English Canada, as well as in French in Quebec.“CMJ Productions’ seasoned team, helmed by John Kuyk, leverages its extensive experience in international documentaries,” said Richard Speer, President of Attraction. “Adding CMJ Productions to Attraction’s asset portfolio will not only enable us to diversify our offering, but also significantly contribute to expanding our organization’s presence across English-language markets in Canada and worldwide!”“On behalf of everyone at CMJ Productions, it’s both a pleasure and honour to join the ranks of Attraction Media, a major player in the TV and film industries,” added John Kuyk, Founding President of CMJ Productions. “This transaction will take our team to the next level through the expertise and resources of a visionary and energetic company.” Advertisement Advertisement Following this transaction, CMJ Productions’ team will maintain the same organizational structure, with John Kuyk at the helm, supported by Judith Beauchemin.CMJ Productions’ catalogue includes Impostors, A Stranger in my Home, Fatal Vows, The Will: Family Secrets Revealed, Accident Investigator, Risk Takers, Stunt Stars, Monster Quest, Regatta, Outrageous Final Wishes, Hélico tout terrain, Wheels that fail and many more.About AttractionAttraction is a major media group operating in the advertising, film, television, new media, radio broadcasting and content distribution industries. Our client list features broadcasters, distributors, advertisers and, ultimately, all media and entertainment consumers across Québec and abroad. Founded in 2002, Attraction boasts nearly 250 creative minds. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Login/Register With: Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

September CraveTV™ Highlights Jim Carreys new SHOWTIME comedy series KIDDING SNATCH Season

first_imgAdvertisement Advertisement Facebook @CraveTVCanada@CraveTV_PRCraveTVCanadacravetvcanada SHOWTIME SERIES, DOCUMENTARIES & SPECIALS:KIDDING, Season 1, Episode 1 (September 9 @ 10 p.m. ET)THE CIRCUS: INSIDE THE WILDEST POLITICAL SHOW ON EARTH, Season 3B, Episode 7 (September 16 @ 8 p.m. ET)KIDDING, Season 1, Episode 2 (September 16 @ 10 p.m. ET)CRADLE OF CHAMPIONS (September 21 at @ 8 p.m. ET)THE CIRCUS: INSIDE THE WILDEST POLITICAL SHOW ON EARTH, Season 3B, Episode 8 (September 23 @ 8 p.m. ET)KIDDING, Season 1, Episode 3 (September 23 @ 10 p.m. ET)THE CIRCUS: INSIDE THE WILDEST POLITICAL SHOW ON EARTH, Season 3B, Episode 9 (September 30 @ 8 p.m. ET)KIDDING, Season 1, Episode 4 (September 30 @ 10 p.m. ET)SPOTLIGHT ON CANADA:THE AMAZING RACE CANADA: HEROES EDITION, Season 6 (September 14)WORTH WATCHING:THE BIG BANG THEORY, Season 7 (September 1)THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL, Season 32, Episodes 1-7 (September 4)CASTLE ROCK, Season 1, Episode 9 (September 5 at 10 p.m. ET)THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL, Season 32, Episodes 8-12 (September 11)CASTLE ROCK, Season 1, Episode 10 *Season Finale* (September 12 at 10 p.m. ET)SNATCH, Season 2 (September 14)THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL, Season 32, Episodes 13-17 (September 18)THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL, Season 32, Episodes 18-22 (September 25)#ICRAVEFRIDAYS:THE GOLDBERGS, Season 5 (September 7)BLUE BLOODS, Season 8 (September 7)ARROW, Season 6 (September 14)BLINDSPOT, Season 3 (September 14)DAVID LYNCH: THE ART LIFE (September 14)MASTERCHEF, Season 9 (September 21)DC’S LEGENDS OF TOMORROW, Season 3 (September 21)CLINICA DE MIGRANTES (September 28)THE JIM JEFFRIES SHOW, Season 2B (September 28)LAST CHANCE PROGRAMMING:MAYDAY, Season 9 (September 7)SPUN OUT, Season 1 (September 14)MASTERCHEF, Season 8 (September 20)BRAVE NEW GIRLS, Season 1 (September 28)KURT COBAIN: MONTAGE OF HECK (September 30)$100,000 PYRAMID, Season 2 (September 30)COMING SOON:RAY DONOVAN, Season 6ESCAPE AT DANNEMORASocial Media links LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment center_img Login/Register With: Advertisement This month on CraveTV: from SHOWTIME, the new dark comedy KIDDING premieres and THE CIRCUS: INSIDE THE WILDEST POLITICAL SHOW ON EARTH returns with new episodes; starring Rupert Grint, Season 2 of the CraveTV Original SNATCH begins streaming; new episodes of CASTLE ROCK; CraveTV introduces new episodes of THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL, the first ongoing daytime series to join the service; and more.New series, documentaries, and specials that begin streaming in September include:Jim Carrey returns in his first series-regular role in more than two decades when the new half-hour comedy series KIDDING debuts on Sunday, 9 at 10 p.m. ET. Created by Dave Holstein and executive produced by Michel Gondry (who directed Carrey in Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind), Carrey stars as Jeff, aka Mr. Pickles, an icon of children’s television and a beacon of kindness and wisdom to America’s impressionable young minds and the parents who grew up with him. But when his family begins to implode, Jeff finds no fairy-tale, fable, or puppet will guide him through this crisis, which advances faster than his means to cope. The series also stars Catherine Keener, Frank Langella, and Judy Greer.Also from SHOWTIME: the groundbreaking political documentary series THE CIRCUS: INSIDE THE WILDEST POLITICAL SHOW ON EARTH, which pulls back the curtain on the Trump era of presidential politics, returns with nine new episodes beginning Sunday, Sept. 16 at 8 p.m. ET, just in time for the U.S. mid-term elections; and the new documentary CRADLE OF CHAMPIONS, which follows three young people as they battle to change their lives through competing in the New York Daily News Golden Gloves boxing tournament, debuts on Friday, Sept. 21 at 8 p.m. ET.Season 2 of crime-drama series SNATCH joins CraveTV’s Originals Collection beginning Friday, Sept. 14 with all 10 episodes dropping at once. Starring and executive produced by Rupert Grint (Harry Potter), and loosely based on the wildly popular film of the same name, Season 2 sees the Hills run afoul of a local kingpin after settling in the fictional coastal town of San Toledo. Finding themselves pressed into the malevolent crime boss’ service, just surviving takes every ounce of skill and daring they have. But outsmarting their enemies and taking over the town for their own is something only the Hills are savvy and daring enough to pull off.New episodes of the psychological-horror series CASTLE ROCK continue to stream Wednesdays at 10 p.m. ET, concurrently with their linear broadcast on Space, with the season finale set for  Sept. 12. The critically acclaimed series was recently renewed for a second season.CraveTV presents the iconic daytime series THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL. Weekly, beginning Tuesday, Sept. 4, the previous week’s episodes of the daily soap opera will be added to the service. THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL, now in its 31st Season, is the most-watched dramatic serial in the world. The Emmy Award-winning drama is set against the glittering backdrop of Beverly Hills and the American fashion industry.Following its broadcast run, Season 6 of CTV’s original reality competition series THE AMAZING RACE CANADA: HEROES EDITION begins streaming Friday, Sept. 14. Celebrating the heroes among us, the new season features advocates, coaches, elite athletes, first responders, mentors, Mounties, navy sailors, retired air force pilots, and volunteers as they push themselves out of their comfort zones in a non-stop, action-packed adventure.On Saturday, Sept. 1, CraveTV adds Season 7 of THE BIG BANG THEORY, Canada’s most-watched series for eight straight years, to the service. The comedy follows brilliant but socially inept physicists Leonard and Sheldon and their free-spirited neighbour Penny who aims to teach them a thing or two about life.In addition to titles listed above, #iCraveFridays continues in September with: Season 5 of THE GOLDBERGS and Season 8 of BLUE BLOODSon Sept. 7; Season 3 of BLINDSPOT and Season 6 of ARROW on Sept. 14; Season 3 of DC’S LEGENDS OF TOMORROW and Season 9 of MASTERCHEF on Sept. 21; and Season 2B of THE JIM JEFFRIES SHOW and HBO Documentary CLINICA DE MIGRANTES on Sept. 28.Additional information about CraveTV’s September lineup is outlined below. Program assets including episode synopses and images are available at Twitterlast_img read more


first_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment “You know, when the #MeToo movement started, I had discussions with the staff during production meetings. I said, ‘My gosh, this has got to be a scary time for men,’” the 78-year-old said. “I’m fortunate that I’ve never been in a position of power where I might be able to lord it over somebody sexually. I said, ‘But there are guys out there — young guys are stupid in their teens.’ There’s nothing stupider than a teenage boy. They’re operating on testosterone.” Photo: Emma McIntyre/Getty Images for TCM Advertisement Alex Trebek is already imagining what his final show will look like.The longtime “Jeopardy!” host sat down for a wide-ranging interview with Vulture, opening up about practically every issue under the sun.Speaking about the #MeToo movement, Trebek expressed concern for men who may have behaved badly when they were younger. Advertisementcenter_img Facebook Login/Register With: Advertisement Twitterlast_img read more


first_imgAdvertisement Advertisement Facebook Advertisement TORONTO – The Pendance Film Festival‘s 2nd edition will take place January 31st – February 3rd in Toronto at the Regent Theatre. The full 49-film-lineup includes 8 feature films making premieres.Tye Sheridan in A.J Edward’s ‘Friday’s Child’. (CNW Group/Pendance Film Festival)A.J. Edward’s Friday’s Child starring Tye Sheridan, Imogen Poots, and Caleb Landry Jones will have its Canadian Premiere at Pendance following its world premiere at SXSW in 2018. To the Night starring Caleb Landry Jones and Eleonore Hendricks and directed by Austrian director Peter Brunner also makes its Canadian premiere at Pendance following its world premiere at the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival. Santiago Rizzo’s Quest starring Lakeith Stanfield, Gregory Kasyan, Dash Mihok, Lou Diamond Phillips, and Betsy Brandt makes its Canadian premiere following screenings at Slamdance, and major awards at Mill Valley, Napa Valley, and Gasparilla Film Festivals.Curtiz by Tamas Yvan Topolanszky is a period piece about director Michael Curtiz and the production of Casablanca. The film won the Grand Prix des Ameriques (Best picture) at the 2018 Montreal World Film Festival and is making its Ontario premiere.  We the Coyotes by Hanna Ladoul and Marco La Via starring Morgan Saylor, McCaul Lombardiand Betsy Brandt makes its Ontario premiere following selections at Raindance Film Festival and the Warsaw Film Festival in 2018.Among 41 short films selected for premieres, 31 are making their Canadian Premieres at Pendance. Among them are three standouts from the Cannes Cinefoundation; Rubber Dolphin, Equally Red & Blue, and ‘Inanimate’. Other Canadian premieres include: Piggy by Carlota Pereda, Ready by Melissa Farman, and Dear Chickens by Mauro Muellerwhich stars Philip Baker Hall and Kerris Dorsey. Pendance will also host the World Premiere of Canadian director Matthew Evans Landry’s Re: Possessed Homes, starring Natalie Lisinska and Jordan Gavaris.EDITORS NOTE Full schedule for Pendance 2019 can be found at the Pendance website @PendanceFilmFestivalFacebook: @PendanceFilmFestival Youtube: @Pendance Film FestivalTwitter: @PendanceFilmcenter_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Login/Register With: In Reality, directed by and starring Ann Lupo makes its Canadian premiere after winning the Jury Award and Audience Award at the Austin Film Festival. Lost Holiday starring Kate Lyn Sheil, Thomas Matthews, William Jackson Harper and Emily Mortimer will make its Canadian Premiere days after its world premiere at the Slamdance Film Festival. Twitterlast_img read more

Some Yukon chiefs duck violence against women rally

first_imgAPTN National NewsWomen’s groups in the Yukon want First Nation leaders to be reminded of the violence that continues to plague women and children in their communities.A rally was held during a chiefs gathering in Whitehorse and some of the chiefs in attendance avoided the event, despite invitations.APTN National News reporter Shirley McLean has the story.last_img

Conservatives should follow own report and invest in First Nations water Liberals

first_imgAPTN National NewsOTTAWA-The federal Liberals are calling on the Conservative to follow the recommendations of their own report and invest billions of dollars to upgrade water and waste-water systems on First Nations reserves.The Liberals say they will not support planned safe drinking water legislation, which the government plans to reintroduce, unless the Conservatives also step in with major funding to erase the massive water infrastructure gap that exists on reserves across the country.A government commissioned study, released in June, found that the federal government needed to spend a total of $4.7 billion over the next decade to keep water and waste-water systems up to standard and meet the needs of growing First Nations population.The study, by firm Neegan Burnside, said the federal government needed to immediately invest about $1.2 billion to raise reserve-based water and sewage systems to standards set by Aboriginal Affairs.The study concluded that it was not “credible” to implement a new “regulatory regime” unless the government also provided funding to allow First Nations to meet the new rules.“Liberals will not support any legislation on safe drinking water that is introduced without an implementation plan for additional resourcing that fully addresses the deficiencies identified by (the study),” wrote Liberal Aboriginal affairs critic Carolyn Bennett, in a letter to Aboriginal Affairs Minister John Duncan.The letter, which was written ton “behalf of Liberal leader Bob Rae,” also said the government needed to get full buy-in from First Nations before introducing safe drinking water legislation.“The government must collaborate with First Nations and obtain their free, prior and informed consent on the range of regulatory options regarding safe drinking water…before the reintroduction of legislation,” wrote Bennett.Duncan has said the government plans to reintroduce legislation that died when the Conservative government fell before the last election. The legislation aims to create new water regulations on reserves.No new major funding initiatives were linked to the legislation in its previous incarnation.The year-long, cross-country study found 1,800 reserve homes have no water service and 1,777 homes have no sewage service at all.Of those with water service, the study found that 39 per cent of 807 reserve systems inspected were classified as posing a “high risk,” meaning they posed a threat to health and safety. These high risk systems serve about 25 per cent of the on-reserve population, the study said.The study also found that of the 532 sewage systems inspected, 14 per cent were found to be seriously deficient.A total of 571 First Nations were included in the study which began in September 2009.At time of the study’s release, Assembly of First Nations national Chief Shawn Atleo called the report’s findings “shocking” and said it was time for Ottawa to deal with the dire water situation facing First Nations.Duncan’s office could not immediately comment on the letter.last_img read more