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ON JULY 24th, STARZ PUTS THE SPOTLIGHT ON

HIGHLY-ANTICIPATED ORIGINAL DRAMA

‘SPARTACUS: BLOOD AND SAND’ AT COMIC CON

 

Cast And Crew Including Lucy Lawless, Rob Tapert and Steven DeKnight Host Exclusive First Look of Action Series Premiering January 2010

 

PANELISTS INCLUDE LUCY LAWLESS (“XENA: WARRIOR PRINCESS”), PETER MENSAH, ROB TAPERT (EVIL DEAD 1-2, DRAG ME TO HELL), STEVEN S. DEKNIGHT (“BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER,” “ANGEL”) AND INTRODUCING ANDY WHITFIELD AS SPARTACUS

 

** INTERVIEW OPPORTUNITIES **

 

DEVIL’S DUE PUBLISHING & STARZ ALSO TO UNVEIL EXCLUSIVE COMIC BOOK MINI-SERIES INSPIRED BY “SPARTACUS: BLOOD AND SAND”

 

WHO:              Lucy Lawless (Lucretia), Andy Whitfield (Spartacus), Peter Mensah (Doctore), Rob Tapert (Executive Producer), Steven S. DeKnight (Executive Producer and Show-runner)

 

WHAT:             Exclusive ‘First Look’ at the anticipated original drama “Spartacus: Blood and Sand” PLUS interview opportunities with cast and production team AND Unveiling of the Exclusive First Edition of series-inspired comic w/ special Comic Con cover.

 

The world of gladiators comes to life as the Roman Republic’s most brutal fighters clash in the ultimate arena. “Spartacus: Blood and Sand” is an entirely new vision of the ancient legend and will utilize virtual environments giving it a unique graphic novel look and style, along with a fresh narrative approach. Debuting exclusively on Starz, “Spartacus: Blood and Sand” in January 2010 is produced by Starz Media with Executive Producers Rob Tapert, Sam Raimi and Joshua Donen. Starz’s new “Spartacus” series was inspired by the actual slave of the Roman Republic who in 73 BC led a slave revolt that grew to more than 120,000 fighters. Defying the Roman Republic’s legions of soldiers, they campaigned for two years through much of what is now Italy before succumbing to a much larger army. The new series will tell a new set of stories rich in character, action, sex and combat.

 

This series, including 13 one-hour episodes, is executive produced by heavy-hitters Sam Raimi (Spider-Man and Evil Dead), Rob Tapert (The Grudge, “Xena: Warrior Princess” and “Hercules: The Legendary Journeys”) and Steven DeKnight (“Smallville,” “Buffy the Vampire Slayer”). Production, based in New Zealand, runs through the end of October.

 

WHERE:           San Diego Convention Center, San Diego, CA

 

WHEN:             Friday, July 24th

THE COLLECTORLos Angeles, CA (June 16, 2009) – Liddell Entertainment has acquired U.S. theatrical rights to Marcus Dunstan and Patrick Melton’s home invasion horror-thriller THE COLLECTOR, it was announced today by Mickey Liddell, President of Liddell Entertainment.  Directed by Dunstan, from an original script by Dunstan and Melton, THE COLLECTOR is set for wide release on July 31, 2009.

 The project, produced by Fortress Features’ Brett Forbes and Patrick Rizzotti and Imaginarium Entertainment Group’s Julie Richardson, stars Josh Stewart (The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Criminal Minds), Daniella Alonso (Friday Night Lights, The Hills Have Eyes 2), Michael Reilly Burke (Lincoln Heights, 24), Andrea Roth (Rescue Me, War), Madeline Zima (Californication, The Hand That Rocks the Cradle), Karley Scott-Collins (Pulse 2, The Class), Robert Wisdom (The Wire, The Forgotten) and Juan Fernandez (The Lost City, A Man Apart).

 THE COLLECTOR follows the story of handyman and ex-con Arkin, who aims to repay a debt to his ex-wife by robbing his new employer’s country home.  Unfortunately for Arkin, a far worse enemy has already laid claim to the property – and the family. As the seconds tick down to midnight, Arkin becomes a reluctant hero trapped by a masked “Collector” in a maze of lethal invention – the Spanish Inquisition as imagined by Rube Goldberg – while trying to rescue the very family he came to rob.     

 Dunstan and Melton, who came into the national spotlight for their winning screenplay Feast on Project Greenlight’s third season, have been shepherding the Saw franchise for the past three installments, having written Saw IV, V and the upcoming Saw VI.

 “Marcus and Patrick have come up with a unique twist on the home invasion thriller that we think will have people gripping their seats,” said Liddell.  “With its stylized blend of action and horror, the movie delivers on every level.” 

 “In a summer boasting fist-fighting robots and 3-D floating homes, Mickey and his team are more than up to the challenge of delivering an adult horror-thriller to moviegoers seeking a shock to the system,” added Dunstan and Melton. “We’re beyond lucky to have such a passionate force behind a film we can’t wait to unleash.” 

 The film will be released through Freestyle Releasing, whom Liddell previously partnered with on The Haunting of Molly Hartley.  Liddell was repped in the deal by Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton.

 Visit the official website: http://www.thecollector-movie.com/

The Cove - coming soon to theatres

In the 1960’s, Richard O’Barry was the world’s leading authority on dolphin training, working on the set of the popular television program Flipper. Day in and day out, O’Barry kept the dolphins working and television audiences smiling. But one day, that all came to a tragic end. THE COVE, directed by Louie Psihoyos, tells the amazing true story of how Psihoyos, O’Barry and an elite team of activists, filmmakers and freedivers embarked on a covert mission to penetrate a hidden cove in Japan, shining light on a dark and deadly secret. The mysteries they uncovered were only the tip of the iceberg.

 Roadside Attractions presents THE COVE, opening in theaters Friday, July 31, 2009

Visit the official website: http://www.takepart.com/thecove/

New York, NY – June 17, 2009 – In support of BBC AMERICA’s U.S. premiere of four Doctor Who Specials, the Doctor himself, David Tennant, will appear alongside writer/executive producer Russell T Davies at this year’s Comic-Con in San Diego.  They will take part in a Doctor Who panel along with executive producer Julie Gardner and director Euros Lyn, Sunday July 26, 10:00-11:00am PT. 

 

David will travel to Comic-Con, fresh from the Doctor Who set, having shot his final scenes as the tenth Time Lord.  He and fellow panelists will discuss the latest incarnation of television’s longest running science fiction series and take questions from the floor. There will also be exclusive sneak peeks from the upcoming specials.   

 

Fans can visit the BBC AMERICA booth (#3629) to capture their own photograph alongside part of the Doctor Who set – as well as purchase exclusive merchandise including David Tennant figures.

 

Fans of BBC AMERICA’s highest rated show ever, Torchwood, which will have just completed the five-part special, Children of Earth, will get to chat with the stars and makers of the show first-hand.  Just 48 hours after the last episode, the show makes a return visit to Comic-Con with a panel featuring star John Barrowman, writer/executive producer Russell T Davies, executive producer Julie Gardner and director Euros Lyn, Sunday July 26, 2:15-3:45pm PT

 

As part of the same panel, Sunday July 26, 2:15-3:45pm PT, catch the talent from BBC AMERICA’s most buzzed about new sci fi drama, Being Human.  Creator and writer, Toby Whithouse, plus lead actors Russell Tovey, Lenora Crichlow and Aidan Turner, talk about the inspiration for the show and what it’s like to play three twenty-somethings with secret double-lives – as a werewolf, a vampire and a ghost.  All four panelists will be signing exclusively at the BBC AMERICA booth, Saturday July 25, 3:00-4:00pm PT.

 

Cult comedy favorite and BAFTA-nominated, The Mighty Boosh, comes to Comic-Con for the first time to celebrate the airing of all three seasons on Adult Swim, and the BBC’s DVD release, just two days before the convention begins.  Inspired by the Perrier Comedy Award-winning live comedy show, creators-stars Julian Barratt and Noel Fielding, along with actors Michael Fielding, Rich Fulcher and Dave Brown, will be on stage to discuss the magical, bizarre and exciting world of The Boosh, Friday, July 24, 4:45-5:45pm.  The hit UK comedy series follows crazy zookeepers Howard Moon and Vince Noir and was described by The San Jose Mercury News as “an acid-trip fantasy-comedy [that] is seriously deranged and seriously funny.”

 

Fans can also catch exclusive BBC AMERICA screenings during the convention with back to back episodes of Doctor Who and Torchwood.  Key talent from both shows introduce the last episode of the five part series Torchwood: Children of Earth and a U.S. premiere viewing of Doctor Who: Planet of the Dead, the first of four specials starring David Tennant. 

 

Underground Toys (#3949) will be selling their entire Doctor Who and Torchwood lines of toys and novelty items. In addition, this year they will once again introduce new limited edition Comic-Con action figures that have never been seen before.

 

BBC AMERICA Comic-Con Panel and Signing Schedule

 

Friday, July 24

4:45-5:45pm The Mighty Boosh: creators-stars Julian Barratt and Noel Fielding along with actors Michael Fielding, Rich Fulcher and Dave Brown will be on stage to discuss the magical, bizarre and exciting world of The Boosh, currently airing on Adult Swim and released on DVD by the BBC two days before the convention begins.  The San Jose Mercury News describes the show as “an acid-trip fantasy-comedy [that] is seriously deranged and seriously funny.”  Room 6A

 

3:30-4:30pm The Mighty Boosh signing in the Autograph Area.

 

Saturday, July 25

3:00-4:00pm Being Human: creator Toby Whithouse and actors Russell Tovey, Lenora Crichlow and Aidan Turner signing at the BBC AMERICA booth (#3629).

 

7:30-10:00pm Torchwood/Doctor Who: Key talent from both shows introduce the last episode of the five part series Torchwood: Children of Earth and an advance viewing of Doctor Who: Planet of the Dead, the first of four specials starring David Tennant.  Room 6A

 

Sunday, July 26

10:00-11:00am Doctor Who: actor David Tennant, writer/executive producer Russell T Davies, director Euros Lyn and executive producer Julie Gardner discuss their creative process and experiences working on BBC AMERICA’s Doctor Who with exclusive clips and a Q&A session.  Ballroom 20

 

2:15-3:45pm Being Human/Torchwood: Being Human creator Toby Whithouse and cast members Russell Tovey, Lenora Crichlow and Aidan Turner, are on stage to give an inside look at BBC AMERICA’s U.S. premiere sci-fi drama about the lives of three twenty-somethings and their secret double-lives – as a werewolf, a vampire and a ghost.  Following that actor John Barrowman, creator/writer/executive producer Russell T Davies, executive producer Julie Gardner and director Euros Lyn talk about the making of the epic five-night television event Torchwood: Children of Earth as well as take questions from the fans.  Room 6BCF

 

 

About BBC Worldwide, America:

BBC Worldwide is the main commercial arm and wholly-owned subsidiary of the UK public broadcaster, BBC (British Broadcasting Corporation) and maintains offices in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Washington DC, Miami, Rhode Island.  The business brings together the seven core BBC Worldwide divisions:  Channels, Content & Production, Sales & Distribution, Global Brands, Digital Media, Home Entertainment & Magazines.  The highly acclaimed cable channel BBC America, now available in 64 million homes, and the smash hit Dancing with the Stars, produced by BBC Worldwide Productions are among the key brands in the region.


Redtrack are a Southend based band. Billy Wright (lead guitar/vocals), Phil Blake (bass) and Andy Perry (drums) make up the punk trio. This is the video for their 3rd single “Pole Dancer”. Produced by and featuring on vocals, Pete Shelley of The Buzzcocks. In association with Northern-Blue Music Management and Recording and Gallus Music. Video conceptualize and produced by beat24productions.

The double AA side single “Pole Dancer/ Addicted To Lust” was released on March 30th 2009

For more information visit
www.myspace.com/redtracktheband

Bill Pullman

Bill Pullman

Writer/Director Jennifer Lynch brings a dark tale of serial killers in the rural Midwest to the screen with “SURVEILLANCE”, opening in select theatres on June 26th. This gritty and often shocking film stars Bill Pullman and Julia Ormond as FBI agents who are following the trail of a pair of serial killers. As the story develops, we learn that no one is truly what they seem and most of the characters portray themselves in ways that may not be truly honest. CFM sat down with the stars and director to gain more insight into this troubling, and often darkly funny, piece.

Director Jennifer Lynch has had a tumultuous decade since the release of her feature debut “BOXING HELENA”. Personal problems and multiple spinal surgeries has kept her out of theatres for an extended period of time. She wanted “SURVEILLANCE” to be her follow up because she loved the characters. Co-writer and star Kent Harper had brought her a script that he wanted her to look at. While that film was not the right project for Lynch, she was interested in many of the ideas and characters he had created. There was a pair of corrupt cops in the original draft, which Lynch found interesting, as well as a very observant little girl that sees things that adults often do not. Lynch and Harper “started talking about what was scary when you are out in the middle of nowhere. I wanted to break down people’s reality of what evil looks like. More often than not, people do really bad things to each other. It all comes down to one question: will telling the truth save your life?”

The thin and smart Jennifer Lynch (ed. note She asked us to say that!)

The thin and smart Jennifer Lynch (ed. note She asked us to say that!)

Casting was an easy process for Lynch. She has been long term friends with many of the cast, including Bill Pullman, and everyone was keen to work with Lynch because of the sense of fun she brings to the set. Julia Ormond, who plays FBI agent Elizabeth Anderson, says that working with Jennifer Lynch was great because “she nurtures everyone on the set to get the best out of them.” Actress Pell James who plays drug addicted Bobbi also raves about working with Lynch. “Jen has been working on this project for years. She was very prepared and very fun to work with on set.” Indeed, Lynch spent 3 1/2 years from beginning to end working on this project. Having been friends with Bill Pullman for years, Jennifer gave him the original script and asked him to play Sam Hallaway. She developed the film for him and knew he was the one to play that role. When he read the first draft, he immediately said “no”. In retrospect, Lynch says that Pullman “was right. I re-worked the script and called him and said “why was it that you said no before exactly?” When Pullman read the new draft, he immediately said “yes”. Pullman clarifies, “when I read the original draft, I couldn’t really see Jennifer’s voice in it. It felt more “genre” than “Jennifer”. The second draft, I felt that it was her own word choices and vision.” FBI agent and Pullman’s partner of Elizabeth Anderson was much easier to cast. “Julia found me.” says Lynch. “She had read the script and called me and was interested in doing it. And I was like “Really?” “THE Julia Ormond?” Lynch says laughingly.

“SURVEILLANCE” has some very dark tones and themes. All of the cast and crew were aware of the heaviness of the subject matter, but the actual shooting was often a very funny experience. Pell James agrees. “There are lots of funny people in the film (Cheri Oteri, French Stewart) and on set, so even the really dark scenes were really funny when we were shooting them.” Young actress Ryan Simpkins plays the pivotal role of Stephanie, a little girl who sees more than the adults in the film, agrees. “It’s gory but fun. I don’t know if my friends will be able to see it though, cause it’s sort of gory and disgusting in places”.

Ryan Simpkins and Pell James

Ryan Simpkins and Pell James

Director Lynch says that she did feel a serious responsibility in protecting Ryan Simpkins from the darker scenes in the film. “There doesn’t seem to be any reason why a child should be tortured to elicit a certain response on film. I was very careful to shoot Ryan’s reaction to scenes that she never actual saw. When you watch the finished product it will look as though she was part of certain scenes but she was never actually on set during those shoots. I didn’t see a point to it.”

“SURVEILLANCE” has been getting good reviews from the film festival circuit and was much appreciated at the Cannes film festival. Pullman thinks this has to do with the main character’s love story. “These are 2 characters who live outside society’s laws. They are so intoxicated with each other that they can’t sleep.” Ormand adds “All of the characters in the film have some secrets, they are all flawed. And that makes them easy to identify with.”

Julia Ormond

Julia Ormond

Check out the dark world of “SURVEILLANCE” when it opens in select theatres on June 26th and is also available on VOD through Amazon and XBOX Live Marketplace as a Pre Theatrical Rental.

Founding Member of Springsteen’s E-Street Band Talks About His Underground Garage Sirius Radio Show and the State of Music Today

NEW YORK, June 11 /PRNewswire/ — Grey New York announced today that its third annual Music Seminar with Living Legends will feature Stevie Van Zandt, founding member of Bruce Springsteen’s E-Street Band, on Wednesday, June 24 at the Debussy. The 2009 Cannes event follows two years of high popularity for the Grey music seminar with legends Tony Bennett in 2008 and John Legend and Donavan in 2007.

In Grey’s annual seminar on music and its place in marketing communications, Van Zandt will discuss today’s music scene and the impact on brands and bands, his Wicked Cool record label, his underground garage radio show on Sirius satellite radio and his feature role as Silvio Dante in the global television hit “The Sopranos” in what should be one of the most fascinating and informative hours in the whole Cannes week.

Leading the panel from Grey will be moderator Tim Mellors, Worldwide Creative Director & Vice Chairman of Grey Group, and Josh Rabinowitz, SVP/Director of Music, Grey New York, who also is a columnist for Billboard magazine’s “With the Brand” and an adjunct professor at The New School in New York City.

“Stevie is truly a one-off,” said Mellors, multiple Cannes Lion winner over the last 20 years. “Just to be a founding member of “The Boss” Bruce Springsteen’s E-Street Band is enough to place him in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. But now, he’s world famous once again in his role as sidekick to a completely different kind of boss, Tony Soprano, as Silvio in “The Sopranos.” In both lives, Van Zandt’s trademark modesty hides his huge talent. Typically he always claims of his Silvio role, ‘It’s the wig that does the acting.'”

About the music’s relevance to advertising, Josh Rabinowitz said, “Advertising is becoming a new form of the music label. Any day now, we will see the most popular song in America, as well as around the world, come out of a brand’s advertising, as opposed to radio or a ‘record’ release.”

Stevie Van Zandt said, “The music business is going through some of the biggest changes in its history. In this transitional period, the advertising agencies have stepped in to keep Rock and Roll consistently accessible to an International culture that continues to be inspired, motivated and entertained by it.”

About Grey

Grey Group, famously effective since 1917, ranks among the largest global communications companies. Its parent company is WPP (NASDAQ:WPPGY) . Grey Group’s total offering includes Grey, one of the largest global advertising agency networks; G2, its global activation marketing network; healthcare communications; media planning and buying and public relations. Grey New York’s client roster includes many of the world’s best known companies; Procter & Gamble, GlaxoSmithKline, BAT, Diageo, Darden Restaurants, Wyeth, Canon, 3M, Eli Lilly, Dairy Queen and ETrade. Grey New York is the flagship and largest office of Grey.

About the 56th International Advertising Festival 21-27 June 2009 in Cannes, France.

The International Advertising Festival – Cannes Lions – is the largest gathering of worldwide advertising professionals and advertisers as well as the most prestigious annual advertising awards. More than 10,000 registered delegates from 94 countries and around 12,000 total visitors from the advertising and allied industries attend this event to celebrate the best of creativity across all media mix, discuss industry issues and network with one another. Over 28,000 ads from all over the world are showcased and judged at the Festival. Winning companies receive the highly coveted Lion trophy, honoring the most creative film, print, outdoor, interactive, radio, design, sales promotion, integrated and Titanium advertising, as well as the best media and direct marketing solutions. The PR category launches in 2009. A unique programme of high-profile seminars, workshops and keynote speakers are also presented by some of the biggest names in the industry.

For further information, please visit www.canneslions.com.

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Taylor Swift, Brooks & Dunn, Kid Rock Entertain 121,000 At Verizon Wireless BamaJam 2009. (PRNewsFoto/BamaJam 2009, Rick Diamond)

Taylor Swift, Brooks & Dunn, Kid Rock Entertain 121,000 At Verizon Wireless BamaJam 2009. (PRNewsFoto/BamaJam 2009, Rick Diamond)

ENTERPRISE, Ala., June 10 /PRNewswire/ — The 2009 Verizon Wireless BamaJam Music and Arts Festival ended Saturday, June 6th to a whopping crowd of more than 121,000, event organizer Ronnie Gilley confirmed. “This year’s BamaJam was a huge success.” Gilley said. “We felt like this was going to be a historical event,” Gilley added.

BamaJam is a three day, multi-stage, camping music festival that features some of music’s biggest stars. Taylor Swift’s Thursday night performance closed out the festival’s opening day. She was followed by Alan Jackson, Brooks & Dunn, The Black Crowes, Kid Rock, Charlie Daniels Band, Blake Shelton, Robert Randolph, and other top-name talent.

The LoCash Cowboys opened Friday’s show on the main country stage, and Aaron Tippin sang his hits while assembling a bicycle on stage, which he presented to a Marine to forward to Toys for Tots. Charlie Daniels energized the stage with The Devil Went Down To Georgia, and at 72 years young, he continues to be one of country music’s most enduring performers.

Randy Owen, former lead singer of the mega-hit group Alabama was a definite crowd favorite. He belted out many of Alabama’s numerous hits during his hour and a-half set. A huge video screen then appeared on the stage to count down the seconds until Alan Jackson appeared to perform “Gone Country,” “Small Town Southern Man,” “Blues Man,” “Who’s Cheatin’ Who” and “Where Were You (When the World Stopped Turning).” Former Trick Pony lead singer Heidi Newfield, was greeted enthusiastically when she began performing “What Am I Waiting For,” the title track of first solo album which spawned the hit, “Johnny and June.”

Pat Green arrived in typical style, bare-footed he sang “Carry On,” “Baby Doll,” “Feels Just Like It Should” and his latest single, “What I’m For.” Green invited Newfield and Randy Houser (who played on one of the smaller stages later that day) to join him on a rowdy rendition of the Waylon Jennings hit, “Are You Sure Hank Done It This Way.”

BamaJam’s amazing lineup did not detract the huge crowd from attending this year’s festival despite occasional rainstorms and temperatures that rise to 90 degrees.

Both Jason Aldean and Gary Allan greeted the enthusiastic crowd each with performances from their repertoires.

Brooks & Dunn followed with their countless hits, and offered their own D-Day Anniversary tribute by being joined onstage by several branches of the Armed Forces to which they shot out streamers to the crowd, inviting BamaJammers to join them in their salute.

The most touching performance of the evening is perhaps by Country Music legend George Jones, who was not scheduled to perform and surprised the audience by his stirring rendition of Amazing Grace, dedicated to those that had perished during the tornado that devastated the area in 2007. The song is from the CD, We Are Enterprise, which benefits the local community.

Kid Rock, the festival’s closing act hit the stage with “Rock-n-Roll Jesus.” “I’ve been in Alabama for a few days now,” he said as he held up an Alabama helmet with antlers — one that had been taken from his good friend Hank Williams Jr.’s home. “He doesn’t know it yet!” Rock bragged. After that, hip-hop rap-rock superstar Kid Rock ended the festival with a little “Cowboy” and “All Summer Long”.

BamaJam is known for drawing country music acts such as Blake Shelton, John Anderson and Brooks & Dunn, but by Kid Rock closing the festival it highlighted the fact that BamaJam branched out to draw many fans of different music genres.

The Alternative Stage at BamaJam this year provided entertainment from The Black Crowes, The Whigs, Shooter Jennings, Robert Randolph, Colt Ford, Umphrey’s McGee, and G.Love & Special Sauce, amongst others.

Gilley said he was “ecstatic” about the weekend. “The festival validated ticket sales from 47 states and seven countries,” he added. It certainly is an economic boom to his native Southeast Alabama. Next year may prove to be even more successful with the confirmation that Kenny Chesney will be headlining BamaJam 2010.

‘The Circus Starring Britney Spears’ Returns to North America; Tickets on Sale Beginning Friday, June 19

Britney Spears is set to tour Australia for the first time in her career - she's announced plans to take her worldwide Circus tour Down Under in November (09).

Britney Spears is set to tour Australia for the first time in her career - she's announced plans to take her worldwide Circus tour Down Under in November (09).

LOS ANGELES, June 10 /PRNewswire/ — Britney Spears in association with AEG Live is bringing “The Circus Starring Britney Spears” back to North America. Currently touring Europe, Britney will return to Canada and the U.S. starting August 20, to perform in 20 cities.

“The Circus Starring Britney Spears” is a dazzling display of music, dance, magic and theatrics. With its cast of nearly 50 dancers, magicians, clowns and acrobats, and a traveling staff of over 200, the 50 million dollar extravaganza travels with an unprecedented 60 tons of equipment in 34 trucks for what has already proven to be the most electrifying musical event ever.

“The Circus Starring Britney Spears” kicked-off in New Orleans, LA on March 3, “The pop star…pulled out all the stops before a sell-out crowd of 16,400 to launch her much anticipated world tour,” stated Reuters. To date, the Circus is the highest grossing tour of 2009 in North America.

Britney is currently touring Europe to rave reviews. “The Circus starring Britney Spears, the relentlessly high octane and superbly choreographed affair delighted 23,000 assembled fans” claims the UK’s Daily Mail, and The Financial Times stating “…with costume changes, a mini-magic show and blingy bicycles, the presentation was a feast for the eyes.”

“I’m so excited to bring The Circus back to North America. I’ve made some really cool changes to the show that I think my fans are really going to love. I also get to bring the show to some new cities we missed the first time around,” says Britney.

  Tour dates are:

  August 20            Hamilton, ON           Copps Coliseum
  August 21            Ottawa, ON             Scotiabank Place
  August 24            New York, NY           Madison Square Garden
  August 25            New York, NY           Madison Square Garden
  August 29            Boston, MA             TD Banknorth Garden
  August 30            Philadelphia, PA       Wachovia Center
  September 1          Orlando, FL            Amway Arena
  September 2          Miami, FL              AA Arena
  September 4          Atlanta, GA            Philips Arena
  September 5          Greensboro, NC         Coliseum
  September 8          Detroit, MI            The Palace of Auburn Hills
  September 9          Chicago, IL            Allstate Center
  September 11         Des Moines, IA         Wells Fargo Arena
  September 12         Grand Forks, IA        Alerus Center
  September 15         Tulsa, OK              BOK Center
  September 16         Houston, TX            Toyota Center
  September 18         Dallas, TX             American Airlines Center
  September 19         Bossier City, LA       CenturyTel Center
  September 21         El Paso, TX            Don Haskins Center
  September 23         Los Angeles, CA        Staples Center
  September 26         Las Vegas, NV          Mandalay Bay
  September 27         Las Vegas, NV          Mandalay Bay

Tickets go on sale beginning Friday, June 19. Fans can visit www.BritneySpears.com for tour and ticketing information.

Britney Spears is one of the top-selling artists of the last decade, and to date she has sold in excess of 63 million albums worldwide: …Baby One More Time (1999); Oops!… I Did It Again (2000); Britney (2001); In The Zone (2003) and Blackout (2007). Her current album Circus released on her birthday, December 2, 2008, debuted No. 1 in six countries including Canada, Switzerland, Mexico, Brazil, Japan, and Top 10 in an additional seven countries.

prnjdisplayimageservlet2LOS ANGELES, June 10 /PRNewswire/ — Hip-hop’s first lady, Queen Latifah, is adding a touch of class to the post-festivities of the BET AWARDS ’09 by hosting the My Black Is Beautiful Post Show at the Shrine Auditorium on Sunday, June 28 at 11:00 PM.*

My Black is Beautiful celebrates the diverse collective beauty of African-American women and encourages Black women to define and promote their own beauty standard. The campaign brings to life an authentic reflection of African-American women’s beauty by embracing Queen Latifah as the host of the My Black is Beautiful Post Show.

The special will capture and recap the atmosphere, style and sexy of the night’s festivities. Joined by BET correspondents Tigger and Alesha Renee, Queen Latifah will highlight show winners, best performances and looks from the stars that lived it all as they stop by Procter and Gamble’s My Black Is Beautiful Lounge.

Oscar-nominated, Golden Globe and SAG-winning actress, Grammy Award winning-singer and Hip Hop pioneer Queen Latifah has wowed us since her early days of rapping. The world-renowned Cover Girl cosmetics spokeswoman is set to release her highly anticipated new album titled “Persona” which includes her recent single “Cue the Rain” on July 7. Queen Latifah will also star in 20th Century Fox’s “Ice Age 3: Dawn of the Dinosaurs,” due in theatres on July 1.

BET AWARDS ’09 will be hosted by entertainment mogul Jamie Foxx, and feature performances by Kanye West, Maxwell, Ne-Yo, Soulja Boy, The-Dream, and many more. Historically, this special has held the number one spot as the most-watched award show among African-Americans as outstanding moments by James Brown, Michael Jackson, Prince, Stevie Wonder, The Fugees, Rick James and many others, lit up households across America.

Log onto BET.com for BET On Blast video highlights, photos and continuous BET AWARDS ’09 updates at www.bet.com/betawards

  *All times ET/PT

  About My Black is Beautiful

The My Black is Beautiful campaign, created by a group of African-American women at P&G, is an integrated, multi-brand initiative supported by Crest Pro-Health, Pantene Pro-V Relaxed & Natural, CoverGirl Queen Collection, Olay Definity, Always(R), Tampax(R) and Clairol Beautiful Collection(R).

My Black is Beautiful celebrates the diverse collective beauty of African-American women and encourages black women to define and promote their own beauty standard, one that is an authentic reflection of their indomitable spirit.

About BET Networks

BET Networks, a division of Viacom Inc. (NYSE:VIA) (NYSE:VIA.B) , is the nation’s leading provider of quality entertainment, music, news and public affairs television programming for the African-American audience. The primary BET channel reaches more than 98 million households and can be seen in the United States, Canada, the Caribbean, the United Kingdom and sub-Saharan Africa. BET is the dominant African-American consumer brand with a diverse group of businesses extensions: BET.com, a leading Internet destination for Black entertainment, music, culture, and news; BET Digital Networks — BET J, BET Gospel and BET Hip Hop, attractive alternatives for cutting-edge entertainment tastes; BET Home Entertainment, a collection of BET-branded offerings for the home environment including DVDs and video-on-demand; BET Mobile, which provides ringtones, games and video content for wireless devices; and BET International, which operates BET in the United Kingdom and oversees the extension of BET network programming for global distribution.

American Idol Allison Iraheta signs to 19 Recordings/Jive Records. (PRNewsFoto/Jive Records) NEW YORK, NY UNITED STATES 06/09/2009

American Idol Allison Iraheta signs to 19 Recordings/Jive Records. (PRNewsFoto/Jive Records) NEW YORK, NY UNITED STATES 06/09/2009

NEW YORK, June 10 /PRNewswire/ — It was announced today that 19 Recordings has signed Allison Iraheta, and her recordings have been licensed to Jive Records.

Allison made it to the Top 4 of the recently completed Season 8 of the FOX TV sensation American Idol. The vibrantly red-haired rocker was the youngest contestant ever (age 16) to make it into the Top 12. She had aspired to be on American Idol since its debut in 2002 when she was only 9. Early in the season Allison Iraheta caught the attention of Idol judges, with Kara DioGuardi commenting, “keep your eye on that girl!” One of her defining moments on the show was her performance of the heart-wrenching Bonnie Raitt classic “I Can’t Make You Love Me” in the Top 8 round of performances.

“I think I’m still in shock that this is happening — getting to record my first album and this whole awesome experience is a dream come true!”

Simon Fuller, Creator and Executive Producer of American Idol and Founder & CEO of 19 Entertainment says, “Allison is an incredible young singer. She is without a doubt one of the best teenage singers ‘American Idol’ has ever discovered. We all watched Allison grow in confidence and stature as she performed each week on the show and we can only imagine how far this special girl can continue to blossom in the years ahead.”

“Allison was an absolute stand-out this season,” stated RCA/JIVE Label Group’s Chairman and CEO Barry Weiss. “Her bluesy, powerful voice, spunky attitude, and edgy star power immediately captivated us and it didn’t matter where she ranked on Idol, we knew we wanted her to join our amazing crop of young talent at Jive.”

Allison Iraheta is from Downey, California. The now 17 year old was born in California to Salvadorian immigrants, and has been “singing since she was a toddler” according to her family.

This summer Allison will tour across the U.S. with her fellow Season 8 finalists on the American Idols Live! Tour 2009.

About 19 ENTERTAINMENT LTD

Simon Fuller’s 19 Entertainment Ltd. is recognized as a lead creator, provider and promoter of globally successful entertainment and music brands of today. The company has attracted a unique team of exceptionally creative executives, who work together to integrate and leverage activity across television, sports, film, touring, merchandising, music publishing, recording and artist management.

19 Founder/CEO Simon Fuller has developed and managed some of the biggest entertainment properties of our time, with credits that include the creation of TV phenomenon AMERICAN IDOL and SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE, and the HBO series “Little Britain USA.” 19’s unique talent includes legendary musical icon Annie Lennox, country music sensation Carrie Underwood, the pop group sensation Spice Girls, and IDOL alumni Chris Daughtry, David Cook, supermodel Claudia Schiffer and soccer icon David Beckham.

About JIVE Label Group

JIVE Label Group consists of Jive Records, LaFace Records, Volcano Entertainment, Hitz Committee Entertainment, Battery Records and Verity Gospel Label Group. These labels represent a varied group of internationally renowned artists representing all genres of music including Justin Timberlake, R. Kelly, Usher, Tool, Ciara, Chris Brown, P!nk, Britney Spears, OutKast, Kirk Franklin, Three Days Grace, 311, Nick Lachey, T-Pain, Bullet For My Valentine, Buddy Guy, Living Things, Anthony Hamilton, Donnie McClurkin, John P. Kee, Fred Hammond, Hezekiah Walker, Marvin Sapp, J. Moss and Backstreet Boys. JIVE Label Group is a unit of Sony Music Entertainment.

About CKX, Inc.

CKX, Inc. is engaged in the ownership, development and commercial utilization of entertainment content. To date, the Company has focused on acquiring globally recognized entertainment content and related assets, including the rights to the name, image and likeness of Elvis Presley, the operations of Graceland, the rights to the name, image and likeness of Muhammad Ali and proprietary rights to the IDOLStelevision brand, including the American Idol series in the United States and local adaptations of the IDOLS television show format which, collectively, air in more than 100 countries. For more information about CKX, Inc., visit its corporate website at www.ckx.c

CLEAR CHANNEL ONLINE’S NEWEST “ARTIST TO WATCH” CANADIAN BORN POP IVA LEAH RENEE CREATES AN INTERNET BUZZ WITH THE IMAGINATIVE NEW “iBF”

MUSIC VIDEO

Leah Renee's "iBF" Music Video Makes Waves On The Internet Earning The Pop Singer The Title of Clear Channel Online's "Artist To Watch"

Leah Renee's "iBF" Music Video Makes Waves On The Internet Earning The Pop Singer The Title of Clear Channel Online's "Artist To Watch"

“iBF” Music Video Lands on Top Websites Including Apple, MTV’s Sound Track, and YouTube.

Since its debut on WindowsMedia.com, pop singer/songwriter Leah Renee’s (www.leahville.net) single “iBF (Imaginary Boyfriend)” has taken the internet by storm and shows no signs of stopping! The stunning singer recently became one of Clear Channel online’s “Artist to Watch” (http://www.clearchannelmusic.com/new2/featured/f/2125), an honor to any newbie artist in the business as other past recipients on Clear Channel include Jonas Brothers, Coldplay, and Gavin DeGraw. iBF”’s popularity continues on June 13, earning AOL Music’s “Video of the Day,” followed by an upcoming spotlight on the hip site YoungHollywood.com on June 19. The video is also slated to appear on Yahoo! Music (music.yahoo.com) later this month.

iBF” was shot in Brooklyn by renowned director Berman Fenelus, whose past clients include HBO, Sony, BMGSamsung Electronics, WNBA and Blacksmith Records. In the video, Leah portrays a student who is crushing on her handsome classmate, her “iBF“.  Throughout her school day, Leah daydreams about her “iBF” as her wild imagination takes them on a dinner date, a night out of dancing and even a marriage proposal. You can check out Leah’s “iBF” video at www.leahville.net.

Leah recently performed “iBF” live in Chicago for Dance Factory’s Mega Jam 3 where she captivated energetic concert-goers. The songstress will be spotlighted in Chicago’s Urban Coaster (www.theurbancoaster.com) regarding her performance.

Leah will also grace newsstands in Canada for Urban Male Magazine’s ( www.umm.ca ) Summer 2009 issue. In the article, Leah shares her thoughts about her aspiring music career, living in New York, and reading up on Anthony Kiedis’ biography “Scar Tissue.”

www.myspace.com/leahreneemusic

 THEORY OF FLIGHT's Joey McMahon, Tyler Williams, Vince Casas, L.A. producer Mark Needham, Beau Hodges, Stephen Goodrum, and John Colombo.    (left to right)

THEORY OF FLIGHT's Joey McMahon, Tyler Williams, Vince Casas, L.A. producer Mark Needham, Beau Hodges, Stephen Goodrum, and John Colombo. (left to right)

THEORY OF FLIGHT

POPULAR LAS VEGAS BASED MELODIC

ROCK POWERHOUSE, THEORY OF FLIGHT,

COLLABORATES WITH GRAMMY NOMINATED

L.A. MUSIC PRODUCER MARK NEEDHAM

FOR THEIR UPCOMING DEBUT ALBUM “WITHIN REACH”

In just under a year, Theory Of Flight (theoryofflightmusic.com) front man Beau Hodges, lead guitarist Vince Casas, bassist Joey McMahon, drummer Tyler Williams, rhythm guitarist Stephen Goodrum, and keyboardist John Colombo have created quite the buzz in the Vegas music scene. Theory Of Flight ’s live performances at hip venues such as House of Blues, Hard Rock Hotel, Diablo’s Cantina and Jillian’s have helped gain the band’s notable fan base. Tracks from the guys’ 2008 EP A Brilliant Display landed on the airwaves of alternative radio stations Area 108 FM, KOMP 92.3 and X107.5 FM.

With the success of the radio airplay combined with the ever-growing fan base, it was time to hit the ground running to create their highly anticipated full length album, Within Reach, due out in the Fall of 2009. To take Theory of Flight to the next level, the band figured they would need to knock the ball right out of the park! Next to bat you ask? In comes talented L.A. music producer and engineer Mark Needham (Fleetwood Mac, The Killers, Cake, Chris Isaak and My Chemical Romance).

“Working with a legendary figure like Mark presents a huge opportunity for us,” says Goodrum. “We had wanted to work with him and were so honored when he agreed to do the project. We chose the name Theory of Flight to embody the idea that we want our music to be an inspiration to people, to encourage them to never give up. And now Mark is a great part of that story we’re able to tell.”

The fans of the EP A Brilliant Display need not to worry! Theory Of Flight and Mr. Neeham have got you covered as the debut Within Reach will feature five of the EP’s tracks that Needham is perfecting, along with mixing of seven new songs that will be featured on the new album. The initial arranging and producing will be done by Casas and Colombo of Theory Of Flight.

Theory Of Flight recently came to L.A. to meet with Needham at his Los Feliz studio to discuss the project and put their creativity to work.

BRING ME THE HORIZONdiamonds aren’t forever
CORROSION OF CONFORMITYvote with a bullet
FALL FROM GRACEhated youth
INSANE CLOWN POSSEchicken huntin’
NASAgifted
MOTLEY CRUEgirls girls girls
NEW FOUND GLORYlisten to your friends
RED TAPEel salvador
SAMAELslavocracy
SPINESHANKsynthetic
STEMMawake
TESTAMENT the haunting
THE CHARIOTdaggers
THE MOOGyou raised a vampire
UNDEROATHtoo bright too see, too loud to hear

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Steve Richard, Roman White, video director and Randy Brewer, Executive Producer-Revolution Pictures.  (left to right, top to bottom)

Steve Richard, Roman White, video director and Randy Brewer, Executive Producer-Revolution Pictures. (left to right, top to bottom)

RISING COUNTRY ROCKER STEVE RICHARD SHOOTS HIS NEW  MUSIC VIDEO FOR UPCOMING SINGLE “STOMP” SPARKING A NEW LINE DANCE EXPECTED TO SWEEP THE NATION

Charismatic country-rock singer/songwriter Steve Richard (www.steverichardmusic.com), whose songs have been rocking the house nationwide, wrapped the music video shoot for his latest single “Stomp” on June 19 in Watertown, just outside of Nashville. The single written and produced by John Rich of the superstar duo Big & Rich, is garnering airplay on country radio stations across the U.S.

The clip’s award winning director, Roman White of Revolution Pictures, has done videos for numerous country superstars, including Carrie Underwood and Taylor Swift.

A new line dance for “Stomp,” will soon be introduced and is primed to take the nation by storm. It is being developed by famed line dance choreographer Barry Amato, who with his wife Dari Ann instructed The Nashville Network’s “Wildhorse Saloon Show and Club Dance” TV series.

Richard is set to attend the upcoming CMA Music Festival in Nashville, June 11-14. He will perform live at the Cadillac Ranch on Friday, June 12 and Saturday, June 13.

Steve Richard and dancers on video set in Watertown, TV on June 19.

Steve Richard and dancers on video set in Watertown, TV on June 19.

“Everything Beautiful To Me” the debut single from the album, was also written and produced by John Rich

Shane Wyatt (center) with Brian Goldenman (left) and Dan Adamson (right), founders of Farm Boy and Farm Girl brands.

Shane Wyatt (center) with Brian Goldenman (left) and Dan Adamson (right), founders of Farm Boy and Farm Girl brands.

RISING COUNTRY SINGER SHANE WYATT PARTNERS

WITH FARM BOY® & FARM GIRL® BRANDS

Rising country singer-songwriter Shane Wyatt (www.shanewyatt.com) has entered into a sponsorship with Farm Boy & Farm Girl brands (www.farmboybrand.com), fresh clothing and accessories that capture the heartfelt pride of the farming lifestyle. The partnership is a perfect fit for many reasons, given Shane’s rural upbringing and down-home musical style.

According to Dan Adamson, Partner and Creative Director of Farm Boy & Farm Girl brands, “we’re very excited to partner with Shane Wyatt and look forward to joining in the fun as he travels the country this year. As a former 4-H member and an FFA officer in his hometown in Oklahoma, Shane is a natural fit to represent Farm Boy & Farm Girl brands. Shane’s raised cattle and raised horses and his infectious energy on stage raises the roof with audiences too.”

Farm Boy & Farm Girl brands is supporting Wyatt’s ongoing radio tour promoting his debut release, The Last Cowboy, where he’s already made stops in Missouri, Iowa, Kansas, South Dakota, Wisconsin, Texas, Oklahoma (Wyatt’s home state) and Minnesota. Farm Boy & Farm Girl brands will also promote Wyatt via its digital marketing, including its consumer website, Facebook and email blasts and is exploring cards for fans to receive a free music download from Wyatt. Additionally, Farm Boy & Farm Girl brands is providing clothing and accessories for listener giveaways and other special events.

Wyatt relates, “my whole team and I are excited about the partnership. The Farm Boy & Farm Girl brands perfectly embody the country and small town spirit that I strive to convey in my music and in my shows. These clothes are the coolest way to show that you love the farming lifestyle, agriculture, and the country way of life, and I am proud to bring them out on our radio tour and show tour this year”

Wyatt plans include appearances at Farm Boy & Farm Girl booths at fairs and festivals, where fans can expect to see Wyatt and his band sporting their attire at shows and appearances.

Whole Lotta Love”, Wyatt’s newest single from his critically-acclaimed debut album The Last Cowboy, has been burning up the charts across the country with airplay on over 200 stations. The single also has climbed into the Top 10 on a number of charts in Europe.



ECLECTIC SINGER, ACTRESS, DANCER, AND PRODUCER CHRISTINA LINHARDT GIVES HER CIRCUS ACT A RUN FOR ITS MONEY WITH THREE UNIQUE SHOWS STARTING JUNE 7

ECLECTIC SINGER, ACTRESS, DANCER, AND PRODUCER CHRISTINA LINHARDT GIVES HER CIRCUS ACT A RUN FOR ITS MONEY WITH THREE UNIQUE SHOWS STARTING JUNE 7

WHO: Whimsical performer Christina Linhardt, known for her musical albums Circus Sanctuary released in 2002, and more recently Voodoo Princess, will showcase her unconventional dancing and acting talents in L.A.’s most unique cabarets and workshop productions this summer.

WHAT: Recognized as the “Diva of Secret Societies,” Christina takes center stage in ‘Representing the City of Berlin’ for the Los Angeles Sister City Festival (http://lasistercityfestival.com) at The Grove on June 7. Sister City Program was created by President Dwight D. Eisenhower in 1956 to help bridge the gap of the U.S. culture with other countries around the world. The L.A. chapter began in 1959 with Nagoya and Japan, however this year’s free festival features more than twenty-one cities in six different continents. The German-inspired cabaret will feature Christina along with renowned dancers Janet Huey and Jiffy Reed. Her artistic journey continues June 17-18 with ‘Spice of Life’, an imaginative play focusing on helping Veterans who served in combat to overcome PTSD, chemical dependencies, and other related illnesses. Christina will make an appearance in the original play written and starring veterans from the New Directions program at the Veteran’s Administration Hospital, also supported by the UCLA Neuro Psychiatric Hospital. Finally, the thought provoking opera ‘M16’ stars Christina Linhardt as Miss Righteous who gives birth to an M16 assault rifle, will premier on June 24 and continue on June 28, June 29 and July 1 ‘M16’ is written by Robert Shaw and directed by Flint Esquerra.

WHEN & WHERE:

Sunday, June 7 @  3:30PM
REPRESENTING THE CITY OF BERLIN

The Grove Center Stage
189 The Grove Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90036

Reservations: (323) 900-8080
Free Admission

Wednesday, June 17 @ 8PM and Thursday June 18 @ 8PM
IMAGINATION WORKSHOP and NEW DIRECTIONS VETERANS ADMINISTRATION
present “Spice of Life”
Greenway Court Theatre
544 N. Fairfax Ave.

Los Angeles, CA 90036

Reservations: (310) 206-8067

Free admission

June 24, 27, 28 and July 1 @ 8PM

M16 the OPERA
The Met Theatre
1089 N. Oxford Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90029

Reservations: (323) 957-1152
Tickets: $10