Thursday, March 29, 2012

Louis Armstrong's Final Recorded Trumpet Performance To Be Released to Public for First Time

WASHINGTON, March 29, 2012 -- What if your favorite musician could return from the great beyond and play one last set that would, for a moment, make his music live again? And what if the music were new – something you have never heard before? It would be a moment to savor.

Well for those of you who are waiting for Elvis or John Lennon to return, you might have to keep waiting. But for those of you who long to hear the music of the greatest trumpeter of all time, Louis Armstrong, just one more time your dreams may be answered. And you should come to the National Press Club on April 27 for what is sure to be a memorable and historic occasion. On that day there will be a news conference followed by a panel discussion followed by a reception. Details will be released as the date gets closer.

Officials from the National Press Club, Smithsonian Folkways Recordings and the Louis Armstrong Foundation will announce their agreement to release a recording made on January 29, 1971 in the Ballroom of the National Press Club. The live recording is one of the last times Armstrong played his trumpet in public and is believed to be his last recorded trumpet performance. The recording was made into a limited edition record with only 300 copies most of which have vanished into attics. For several years a determined group of Press Club members have been working with their partners at Smithsonian Folkways Recordings to bring the music to the public.

Now, with the help of the Louis Armstrong Foundation, the moment has arrived.
On April 24, Smithsonian Folkways Recordings, the nonprofit record label of the national museum, will release "Satchmo at the National Press Club: Red Beans and Rice-ly Yours" on CD and digital download via and retailers including iTunes and Amazon as well as the streaming services. The album release is part of the Smithsonian Institution's celebration of the 11th annual Jazz Appreciation Month.

Armstrong agreed to perform at the 1971 inaugural party of incoming National Press Club President Vernon Louviere who was a Washington correspondent but a native of Louisiana. At the time he was booked, Mr. Armstrong's health was poor. He had not played trumpet for much of 1970 and his shows were mostly 10 minutes of singing. So the Press Club crowd expected to hear Louis sing a couple of songs. But Armstrong packed his horn when he traveled to Washington. He was feeling better and ready to play.

January 29, 1971 was a gala evening at the Press Club. The master of ceremonies for the event was the British Journalist David Frost. The crowd of journalists, dressed in black tie, had a real sense that they were about to witness history. Louis responded to the crowd's enthusiasm with more than 30 minutes of spirited singing, scat and to everyone's great surprise, trumpet. His trumpet was only to be recorded two other times: during a taped television show with David Frost; and on the Tonight Show with Johnny Carson before a studio audience. It is believed that neither was turned into a recording offered to the public.

SOURCE National Press Club

Wednesday, March 28, 2012


March 27th - 2012, New York, NY - For the first time ever, legendary comic book creator Terry Moore brings his critically acclaimed, Harvey award-winning, Eisner nominated series Echo to comiXology — the world’s largest digital comics distributor — this Wednesday March 28th, 2012. The first half of Moore’s fan favorite, science-fiction, action adventure series will be available across comiXology’s entire platform, including iPhone, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire and the Web with the rest of the series appearing on comiXology’s platform the following week.

“Terry Moore is a giant in the comic book field,” says comiXology CEO and co-Founder David Steinberger. “Being able to deliver the complete run of Echo to comic book fans across the globe all on the same day — at just the click of a button — is why we created comiXology in the first place. Nothing makes me more proud than expanding the audiences able to experience this great comic series.

“I’m excited to debut Echo digitally on comiXology and capture an entirely new audience for my work,” said Echo creator Terry Moore. “As an independent creator, it’s important to have my work on every outlet available. ComiXology is the proven leader in digital comic book and graphic novel distribution and it’s the perfect place to digitally debut Echo.

Terry Moore’s Echo has gained critical acclaim from all quarters since it’s original print debut back in 2008, including winning the 2009 Harvey Award for Best New series. Also in 2009, Producer Lloyd Levin — most widely known as the producer for Watchmen, Mystery Men and Hellboy — optioned the rights to Echo with an eye toward film production.

Echo follows the tale of photographer Julie Martin after she inadvertently becomes linked to a mysterious metal alloy capable of granting her strange powers. On the run from a government out to harness the alloy for reasons unknown, Julie must discover the secrets of the metal for herself while protecting those closest to her before it’s too late.

The digital debut of Echo, follows on the heels of the success of the same day as print release of Moore’s current ongoing series Rachel Rising #6 on comiXology, Moore continues to pave the way for independent creators and publishers seeking a new audience among digital readership.

Echo will be released in both single issues and in collected digital trades, offering fans the chance to experience this outstanding comic book in the way that works best for them.

Comic fans everywhere can start adding Terry Moore’s Echo to their digital comic libraries this coming Wednesday March 28th only on the Comics by comiXology platform.

About comiXology
Founded in 2007 with the mission of bringing comics to people everywhere, comiXology — in just five short years — has revolutionized the comic book and graphic novel world. From creating the industry leading platform for digital comics to tools and services for brick and mortar retailers, comiXology has lead the charge in exposing new audiences to the rich history and culture of comic books. With the development of the Comics by comiXology digital comics platform — available across iPhone, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire and the Web— comiXology provides the easiest way worldwide for people to enjoy comics at just the click of a button! Regularly ranking as the top grossing iPad app in the entire iTunes App Store, Comics by comiXology was recently selected as a preloaded app on Amazon’s Kindle Fire. Providing digital comics across multiple platforms, comiXology will not stop until everyone on the face of the earth has been turned into a comic book fan.

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Release Dates:

April 5th - Opens LA (Laemmle Monica 4-Plex), Seattle, San Francisco

April 6th - VOD

April 13th - Opens NY (Village East Cinema), Philadelphia and Boston



Have you ever imagined a place where Vulcans and vampires get along? Where wizards and wookies can be themselves? Welcome to Comic-Con San Diego. What started as a fringe comic book convention for 500 fans has grown into the pop culture event of the year that influences every form of entertainment, now attended by over 140,000 strong.
COMIC-CON EPISODE IV: A FAN'S HOPE- a film by Morgan Spurlock explores this amazing cultural phenomenon by following the lives of five attendees as they descend upon the ultimate geek mecca at San Diego Comic-Con 2010:
  • Eric, an aspiring illustrator, is hoping to impress publishers and land a job;
  • Holly, costume and creature designer, hopes her creations will win the big prize;
  • Chuck, a long-time comic book dealer, is looking for a big sale to pay off his debts;
  • Skip, longtime amateur illustrator wants to be discovered at this year's event;
  • James, a young fan, hopes his girlfriend will accept a dramatic proposal.
One on one interviews with Comic-Con veterans who have turned their passions into professions include Stan Lee, Joss Whedon, Frank Miller, Kevin Smith, Matt Groening, Seth Rogen, Eli Roth and others are shared throughout the film along with up close and up front coverage of all the panels, parades, photos, costumes, crowds and camaraderie that make up one of the largest fan gatherings in the U.S.

Presented by Stan Lee and Joss Whedon, COMIC-CON EPISODE IV: A FAN'S HOPE is directed by Morgan Spurlock; produced by Spurlock, Jeremy Chilnick, Matthew Galkin, Harry Knowles and Thomas Tull, and written by Spurlock and Chilnick.

Run Time: 88 minutes


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Tuesday, March 27, 2012

AM2 Proudly Announces Interactive Events For The Highly Anticipated Convention This June 15-17, 2012 At The Anaheim Convention Center And Hilton

Twilight Tea, Iron Cosplay, Masquerade Ball, Masquerade, Console Game Room and More at This Summer’s Hottest Ticket! Get your Passports Today and Experience the Difference!

LOS ANGELES, Calif. (March 27, 2012) ­ Fans can expect more fun this summer at AM2, this summer’s most anticipated anime, manga and music convention, coming June 15-17, 2012 at the Anaheim Convention Center and Hilton with an array of activities for cosplayers and gamers in addition to the already announced premiere screenings and activities. More info and event rules can be found at .

Date / Time: Twilight teatime will be on Friday June 15th at 9pm
Place: TBA

Attention Lolita enthusiasts! Put on your very own tea party as Elegant Gothic Lolita / Elegant Gothic Aristocrat versions of your favorite anime, manga, or video game characters in this competitive or exhibitive event!


Time/Date: To Be Announced
Location: Matsuri Festival

Work in teams under the watchful eyes of the judges, audience and chairman of Cosplay using non-conventional items to create wonderful cosplay outfits and accessories. See which team’s skills reign supreme and earn the title of Iron Cosplay Champion!


Time/Date: Friday, June 15th
Location: AM2 Dance
Theme: Horror

Convert you favorite Scary character into Horror elegance and see if your work can make you the King and Queen of the Ball. This is a noncompetitive and competitive event. To compete in the event, create an original ballroom costume based on this year’s theme. Please only sign up if you are competing.


Time/Date: Saturday, June 16th.
Place: TBA

The Masquerade is the event where costumers and cosplayers from around the world bring out their best costumes and performances to try to be the Best in Show.


Sponsored by Snake Byte

No anime convention would be complete without competitive and interactive video games. AM2 is no exception to this. Are you tough enough to challenge adversaries to these games? To those elite few, we will be offering various gaming tournaments throughout the weekend. Amazing prizes can be won.

Tournament Schedule* Street Fighter Third Strike Friday
* Cyberbots Friday
* Street Fighter X Tekken Saturday
* Gundam Extreme Versus Saturday
* Smash Brothers Brawl Sunday
* Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 Sunday

All Tournaments require a valid passport to participat, and a $3.00 fee to enter. 3 day passport holders get an additional $1.00 discount of tournament entry.

“Cosplay and games are a staple for AM2,” states Miko Khun AM2 Interactive Division Head, “cosplayers can make arrangements for gatherings and celebrate all that is wonderful and fun by seeing old friends and making new ones! And gaming fans will rejoice with all the amazing tournaments and prizing provided by our official console game sponsor Snakebyte USA. AM2 will be the place to be with all the amazing guests of honors, concerts, exhibit hall and other amazing activities for fans and enthusiasts! Get your Passports today and experience the difference!”

Please note that ALL Guest of Honor activities (i.e. panels, autographs, appearances, etc.) are ALL Passport preferred activities. There will also be a private Meet & Greet event for Anaheim Hilton Room Block Attendees (room key proof is required).

Attendees can avoid the anticipated huge lines at autographs, premiere screenings, workshops, main events, concerts and panels by purchasing a Passport fast pass for the event. The Passport fast pass will also provide holders with premier seating options at Main Events and at Concert events as well as major discounts with theme parks (including Disneyland and the grand opening of Cars Land, Knotts Berry Farm, etc.), retailers and local restaurants. Bypass the lines and get your Passport today and experience the difference!

AM2 current activities include Exhibit Hall, AMV’s, Arcade, Summer Festival, Behind the Voice Actors Studio, Masquerade, Dances, Fashion Shows, Table Top, Console Gaming, Workshops, Panels, Concerts and more!

AM2 Official Guests of Honor includes Andrea Libman, Quinton Flynn and Toshihiro Kawamoto.

AM2 Premieres, screenings and exclusive screenings include ACE ATTORNEY, FULLMETAL ALCHEMIST: THE STAR OF MILOS, KAIBUTSU-KUN THE MOVIE, KAIJI 2 and more!

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About AM2
Located in Anaheim, California ­ AM2, established in 2010, is a multi-day (3 days) 24 hour event with no general attendance/badge purchase requirement and is aspiring to be a key meeting place for fans that share a common interest in Asian music, Animation/Anime, and Comics/Manga. Nominal fees are charged for certain activities that attendees choose to participate in.

AM2 will be held on June 15-17, 2012 at the Anaheim Convention Center in sunny Anaheim, California. More information can be found at .

Edge® Shave Gel Unveils "Edge Men" Campaign, Enlisting Jason Jones to Give Away Thousands in "Micro-Grants" to Men in Need of an Edge

Jones to Serve as Edge Fund Manager, Distributing Edge Endowments via Social Media to Help Real Men Become More #WellEndowed

SHELTON, Conn., March 27, 2012 -- Today, Edge® shave gel announced a partnership with comedian Jason Jones as the face of the new "Edge Men" campaign. The program will introduce an inspiring group of everyman heroes who will give men the tools they need to get their edge in life, spearheaded by Jones as Edge Fund Manager. In partnership with the brand, Jones will dole out Edge Endowments via social media to arm men with whatever they need to achieve success.

As Edge Fund Manager, Jones will identify people, via social media, who aren't quite as well-endowed as he is, and will distribute cash "micro-grants" to get them ready to do whatever it is they want to do. All men have to do for a chance at an endowment is to tweet at Jones via the @EdgeShaveZone Twitter handle and tell him what they're getting ready for using hashtag #WellEndowed. Then, Jones and a panel of Edge readiness experts will make the call on who is most deserving of an endowment.

"I've teamed up with Edge to take on the role of Edge Fund Manager because I know what it's like to be a well-endowed man, and I want to help others get ready for the same level of well-endowedness," said Jones. "As a cutting-edge TV correspondent, I interview incredibly important people and report on the most riveting news in America. In working with Edge I plan to put my investigative journalism skills to use by helping identify guys who need a little edge in life and providing them with various-sized Edge Endowments so they can potentially become one of the incredibly important people that I will interview one day."

Ready to Get an Edge? Edge Men Provide the Answers.
Whether offering solutions for irritations or preparing men for the day ahead, Edge shave gel empowers men with the resources they need to get their edge. In 2011, Edge helped Anthony Morton go from an unknown student artist in search of gallery space to having his artwork spotlighted on the biggest canvas he had ever worked on, a huge NYC billboard. Meanwhile, Team Edge winner Chad Mendes went from underdog to top contender in the UFC. In 2012, the brand is again looking to give guys an edge – with a team of Edge Men, including Morton, Mendes and Jones, to help identify guys in need of an endowment.

"The Edge Men program furthers our commitment to give men the edge they need to always be ready for success," said Jeffrey C. Wolf, senior brand manager for Edge shave gel. "By teaming up with Jason Jones as our Edge Fund Manager and looking to Edge Men everywhere to help us identify and reward guys in need of an edge, we're here to provide yet another opportunity for men to get ready for great things."

In addition to Endowments distributed via social media, people are invited to enter the Edge Men sweepstakes by visiting and uploading a photo and caption explaining how a cash endowment could help them get their edge. One Grand Prize winner will receive a $10,000 Edge Endowment, 130 First Prize winners will receive $1,000 and 130 Second Prize winners will receive $50 Endowments.

For more information, visit Edge on Twitter @EdgeShaveZone, on Facebook at or at

About Edge
Edge Shave Gel is committed to making sure men get an edge in all areas of their lives, from avoiding nicks, dryness, redness and irritation in their morning shave to reaching the Edge of Greatness. With six unique formulations specially designed for every shaving need, Edge offers customizable comfort for all skin types. Edge Shave Gel varieties are available at mass, drug, retail and food outlets nationwide for about $2.79. Visit for more information.

About Energizer Holdings, Inc.
Energizer Holdings, Inc., headquartered in St. Louis, Missouri, is a consumer goods company operating globally in the broad categories of household and personal care products. Energizer's Household Products Division offers consumers the broadest range of portable power solutions, anchored by our universally recognized Energizer® and Eveready® brands. Energizer's Personal Care Division offers a diversified range of consumer products in the wet shave, skin care, feminine care and infant care categories. Our portfolio includes well established brand names such as Schick® and Wilkinson Sword® men's and women's shaving systems and disposables; Edge® and Skintimate® shave preparations; Playtex® tampons, gloves and infant feeding products; Banana Boat® and Hawaiian Tropic® sun care products and Wet Ones® moist wipes.

SOURCE Edge Shave Gel

Monday, March 26, 2012


"Kathleen Turner shines!"- Frank Scheck, The Hollywood Reporter

"A tour-de-force performance"-Ronnie Scheib, Variety

OPENS IN NEW YORK ON May 4th and may 11th in los angeles WITH A national rollout to follow

Directed By: anne Renton

Written By: Paula Goldberg and Claire V. Riley

Starring: Kathleen Turner, Jason Ritter, Emily Deschanel and Richard Chamberlain

Studio: Variance Films

Release Date: May 2012

Genre: Drama/Comedy

Theatrical Playdates: New York at the amc Empire and in Los Angeles at Laemmle Monica 4, Amc Burbank Town Center 8, Laemmle Playhouse 7 (Pasadena) and Laemmle Town Center 5 (Encino)

In THE PERFECT FAMILY, suburban mother and devout Catholic Eileen Cleary (Kathleen Turner) has always kept up appearances. When she runs for the Catholic Woman of the Year title at her local parish-an award she has coveted for years-her final test is introducing her family to the board for the seal of approval. Now she must finally face the nonconformist family she has been glossing over for years. Her gay daughter, Shannon (Emily Deschanel), a successful lawyer, is about to marry her life partner Angela (Angelique Cabral). Her unhappily married son Frank Jr. (Jason Ritter) is cheating on his wife with the local manicurist. And Eileen's own marriage to a recovered alcoholic is pulling at the seams.

This heartfelt dysfunctional family comedy boasts a memorable performance from Academy Award nominee Turner as the conflicted and comical matriarch, alongside a bright ensemble cast including Richard Chamberlain and Michael McGrady. Newcomer director Anne Renton keeps the pacing taut and crafts an honest, modern family tale. Writers Claire V. Riley and Paula Goldberg infuse just the right amount of seriousness and levity into their script, reminding us that family is never truly perfect. The film celebrated its world premiere at the 2011 Tribeca Film Festival.

"The Comedy Awards" Announces Best Viral Original to be Voted on by YouTube Users on the "Comedy Awards" Page on YouTube; 2012 Digital Categories and Nominations Announced Including Best Comedy App, Best Comedy Podcast, Best Remix, Mash-Up or Supercut and Funniest Person on Twitter

Best Viral Original To Be Voted On By YouTube Users at

Fan Voting For All Other Categories Begins Today at

Television Event Honoring The Best In Comedy Tapes at New York City's Hammerstein Ballroom on Saturday, April 28 and Premieres on COMEDY CENTRAL on Sunday, May 6

NEW YORK, March 26, 2012 -- The best in digital comedy is celebrated and honored as the digital nominations for the second annual "The Comedy Awards" were announced today, recognizing the outstanding work available every day in the world of digital comedy.

"The Comedy Awards" today launched a dedicated page on YouTube ( to exclusively host the nominees and voting for Best Viral Original, where fans can watch all of the contenders and vote for their favorite. Voting begins today and is open through April 8. The nominees in this category are: "Between Two Ferns with Zach Galifianakis: Will Ferrell," "Drive Recklessly," "7 Minutes in Heaven With Mike O'Brien: Kristen Wiig," "Shit Girls Say" and "Songify This: Winning – a Song by Charlie Sheen."

Also starting today, fans are encouraged to visit to vote for their digital favorites in categories including Best Comedy App, Best Comedy Podcast, Best Remix, Mash-up or Supercut and Funniest Person on Twitter. Voting for these categories will be open through Sunday, May 6, when "The Comedy Awards" premieres on COMEDY CENTRAL. A full list of digital nominations for the 2012 "Comedy Awards" can be found at the end of this release.

"The Comedy Awards" will take place at New York City's Hammerstein Ballroom on Saturday, April 28 and premiere on COMEDY CENTRAL on Sunday, May 6. "The Comedy Awards" will also air on COMEDY CENTRAL's international channels across Europe, New Zealand, India, Israel and Africa.

"The Comedy Awards" is led by its Board of Directors which include such luminaries as: Carol Burnett, James Burrows, Greg Cavic, Stephen Colbert, James Dixon, Budd Friedman, Jim Gosnell, Rick Greenstein, Brad Grey, Caroline Hirsch, Sharon Jackson, Blair Kohan, Martin Lesak, Steve Levine, Jamie Masada, Adam McKay, Jimmy Miller, Conan O'Brien, Peter Principato, Joan Rivers, Jay Roach, Chris Rock, Ray Romano, Rory Rosegarten, Michael Rotenberg, George Schlatter, Mitzi Shore, David Steinberg, Jon Stewart, Lily Tomlin, Sandy Wernick and Geof Wills.

"The Comedy Awards" has once again joined forces with the Entertainment Industry Foundation (EIF) to endow The American Comedy Fund. Without a union or other protection, many comedians face unique challenges to succeed and survive. The Fund provides much-needed financial assistance, health benefits and other resources for comedians across the country during times of need, crisis or transition. The American Comedy Fund is administered by EIF in collaboration with the Motion Picture & Television Fund and The Actors Fund.

A full list of previously announced nominees for the 2012 "The Comedy Awards" and more information about the show and its prestigious Board of Directors can be found at "Modern Family," Bridesmaids," "30 Rock," "Crazy, Stupid, Love." and Louis C.K. lead the nominations and fans can vote for "Breakout Performer of the Year." Last week Robin Williams was announced as the recipient of the prestigious "Stand-Up Icon" award which will be presented to him during this year's ceremonies. Click here to view a highlight reel from last year's show. Follow "The Comedy Awards" on Twitter @TheComedyAwards.

Don Mischer, Casey Patterson, EVP, Event Production, Viacom Entertainment Group and Charlie Haykel are the Executive Producers. Juliane Hare is Producer. Beth McCarthy Miller, the Peabody and DGA Award-winning and Emmy-nominated Director, will once again direct "The Comedy Awards." "The American Comedy Awards" were originally created by George Schlatter.



Between Two Ferns with Zach Galifianakis: Will Ferrell
Drive Recklessly
7 Minutes in Heaven With Mike O'Brien: Kristen Wiig
Shit Girls Say
Songify This: Winning – a Song by Charlie Sheen


Robert Kelly Live
The Onion
WTF with Marc Maron


Comedy Bang Bang: The Podcast
How Was Your Week with Julie Klausner
Sklarbro Country
The Nerdist
WTF with Marc Maron


The Crazy Nastyass Honey Badger
"Michele Bachmann": a BLR Soundbite
Tom Selleck's Moustache


SOURCE COMEDY CENTRAL Corporate Communications

Friday, March 23, 2012

Lifecrowd Launches Out of MuckerLab, Rolls Out in Two New Cities

SANTA MONICA, Calif., March 23, 2012 -- Social activities discovery site Lifecrowd has become the first startup to emerge out of the Los Angeles-based MuckerLab incubator/accelerator program as the company today announced its official launch out of public Beta and expansion into three new regions, San Francisco, Orange County and San Diego.
An online marketplace for social activities, Lifecrowd makes it easy for users to discover and participate in group activities—from sushi making to dodge ball games—and connect them with friends and new people in their area. Lifecrowd emphasizes casual settings with a typical group size of 8 to 10 people—big enough to socialize without being overwhelming. All activities are created by users, called "Hosts," and curated by the Lifecrowd team for quality.

At Lifecrowd, just choose your city, find activities and click to book your spot or add future activities to your Life List. The site also allows users, called "Enthusiasts," to sort and browse sessions by neighborhood and by type of activity—which ranges from indulgent food experiences to physical activities like rock climbing or yoga—and invite their friends to join in. Lifecrowd also uses social filtering via Facebook and personalization methods to recommend activities aligned with their interests.

"We want to encourage users to meet new people and try new activities," said Lifecrowd CEO Bong Koh. "We are excited to bring Lifecrowd to new cities and give people a whole new way to explore unique and fun activities with their community."

"Lifecrowd represents the ultimate mashup between online social connections and in-person activities that perfectly suits the adventuresome spirit of today's consumer," said MuckerLab co-founder William Hsu. "With Lifecrowd, it's easy to become part of something new to enrich your life, expand your horizons and grow your social circle through a platform that is accessible, convenient and fits the mobile lifestyle."

Enthusiasts can find a selection of outings, events and expert-led sessions, view photos, read user reviews and reserve/pre-purchase spots for paid activities. The site also lists a variety of volunteer opportunities, perfect for individuals who want to participate in community service, but don't know what's available, where to go or how to get started.

To begin exploring new adventures today, register now at

About Lifecrowd
Lifecrowd is a marketplace for social activities connecting people, interests and culture. Lifecrowd inspires its online community to experience offline activities by integrating individual social graphs, user reviews, expert and activity listings and transaction capabilities. Lifecrowd currently includes a network of local regions within Southern California. The company is based in Santa Monica and its team, investors and advisors have helped build pioneering web companies including Zynga, Zocdoc, MySpace, Videoegg, Blackboard, Aggregate Knowledge, Lowermybills, and Yahoo.

About MuckerLab
MuckerLab is a mentorship-driven startup accelerator focused on serving Internet software, services and media entrepreneurs in Los Angeles and broader Southern California. MuckerLab aims to accelerate the growth of the overall technology ecosystem in Los Angeles by filling a critical gap currently in the market for start-ups at the earliest stages—resources, infrastructure, capital and guidance. MuckerLab partners and mentors work side-by-side with the region's best entrepreneurs, enabling them to build, launch and raise financing for exceptional businesses. Portfolio companies go through a structured, 3-month-long program that provides them with funding, office space and access to a deep mentor network of top-tier investors and entrepreneurs. MuckerLab is a proud member of the TechStars Network. .

SOURCE Lifecrowd

Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Las Vegas Launches Backstage Pass Rewards Program

LAS VEGAS, March 23, 2012 -- Hard Rock Hotel & Casino introduces Backstage Pass, a unique loyalty program offering hotel guests and patrons backstage access to experience the ultimate in rewards from Las Vegas' premier rock and roll entertainment destination, now available.

The one-of-a-kind tiered program presents escalated earning potential for every dollar spent anywhere at Hard Rock Hotel and offers an unmatched collection of benefits spanning from hotel amenities, casino rewards, dining exclusives, nightlife experiences, insider privileges and personalized offerings.

Advantages include room upgrades, access to ticket presales and offers for concerts at The Joint, complimentary access and priority entry to Beachlife pool events, up to 50% off dining and spa service discounts.

"The Backstage Pass program celebrates Hard Rock Hotel's loyal guests by offering them exceptional reward benefits," said Bill Warner, President of Warner Gaming and CEO of Hard Rock Hotel & Casino. "We are thrilled to be able to offer our customers this exciting extension of the Hard Rock Hotel experience."

Backstage Pass has three member tiers – General Admission, Entourage and Platinum Access. New members begin their membership with the complimentary General Admission Backstage Pass and can earn their way to higher tiers, unlocking greater rewards as they graduate to the next level.

Members may use their Backstage Pass while gaming on Hard Rock Hotel's newly-renovated casino floor, high limit lounge or full pay video poker machines to receive the ultimate program benefits per dollar spent. Guests can play the slots and receive one point for every $1 coin-in on reel/video reel machines and every $2 coin-in on video poker machines. One hour spent at the poker table will earn 500 points for Backstage Pass members. Additionally, Backstage Pass members earn 10 points for every $1 spent on non-gaming experiences including hotel services, dining, nightlife, entertainment, spa/salon and retail.

Rewards and benefits of the Backstage Pass include:
  • Preferred Guest Room Rates (All Members)
  • Access to ticket presales for concerts and fights at The Joint (All Members)
  • Priority Reservations for unique Spa Treatments at Reliquary Water Sanctuary & Spa (Entourage and Platinum Access Level Members)
  • Complimentary Access & Priority Entry to famed Rehab Pool Party/Beachlife Experience (Entourage and Platinum Access Level Members)
  • Complimentary Bottle Service and Priority Entry to the Exclusive Vanity Nightclub (Entourage and Platinum Access Level Members)
  • Two (2) Complimentary Concert Tickets every 25,000 points earned (Entourage and Platinum Access Level Members)
  • Personal Host Services (Platinum Access Level Members)
Hard Rock Hotel & Casino guests and patrons can sign up for their complimentary Backstage Pass membership online or by visiting the Backstage Pass service desk in the hotel's main casino tower. For more information on the Backstage Pass Program or to sign-up, please visit call 800.HRD.ROCK (800.473.7625) or visit

SOURCE Hard Rock Hotel & Casino

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Zak, Nick & Aaron inveStigate the intriguing town of Bisbee, AZ

in a SPECIAL two-part lockdown on AN all-new “GHOST ADVENTURES”

Travel Channel presents an all-new episode of the popular series, "Ghost Adventures" on Friday, March 23 at 9:00 p.m., ET/PT. The crew – Zak Bagans, Nick Groff and Aaron Goodwin –is back to investigate the scariest, most notorious, haunted places in the world. The trio interviews eyewitnesses and historians at each location, arming themselves with the stories of the ghosts they later confront during their dusk-to-dawn lockdowns. Then they review and analyze their findings with some of the most-respected experts and specialists in the paranormal field.


In this original episode, Zak, Nick & Aaron engage in a two-part lockdown in the decrepit and bizarre town of Bisbee, AZ. The guys hear horrifying screams at the Oliver House, and then Nick sees a curtain spontaneously move at the Copper Queen Hotel. SNEAK PEEK:


About Travel Channel
TRAVEL CHANNEL ( is a multiplatform travel lifestyle brand with the core mission of providing inspiring and compelling programming that takes viewers beyond their everyday destinations, making the unfamiliar familiar,whether it's around the world or around the block. A dual feed network that is also available in HD, Travel Channel is the world’s leading travel media brand, and is available in over 94 million U.S. cable homes. Owned and operated by Scripps Networks Interactive (NYSE: SNI), Travel Channel has offices in Chevy Chase, MD, and New York, NY. Scripps Networks Interactive (NYSE: SNI) also owns and operates HGTV, DIY Network, Food Network, Cooking Channel and Great American Country.

Hollywood Leading Lady and American Icon Diane Keaton Poses for the Cover of AARP The Magazine and Speaks Candidly on Overcoming Bulimia, Life as a Single Mom and Staying "Forever Young"

WASHINGTON, March 22, 2012 -- As one of Hollywood's most beloved actresses, Diane Keaton has seen her share of remarkable Hollywood romances and unimaginable successes. In an exclusive interview with AARP The Magazine, the Oscar winner speaks openly on romance, parenting and plastic surgery. Tackling life as a single parent, the Darling Companion actress shares the challenges of raising two teenage children at age 66 while managing a busy career. After 40 years as a leading lady, the actress recently took on modeling, as a spokesperson for L'Oreal Paris and a line for Chico's, saying, "I never understood the idea that you're supposed to mellow as you get older."

The following are excerpts from the April/May issue of AARP The Magazine featuring Diane Keaton, available in homes March 24th and online NOW at

On Aging:
"Let me tell you the best part about getting older. The best part is that I'm still here and, because the end is in sight, I treasure it all more. That's why I don't worry about crying in a scene anymore. Now it comes easily. I know the emotion's all there."

"You have to live life that way, you know? Take risks. Do things you can't imagine. 'Cause hey, why not, right?"

"Slowing down isn't something I relate to at all. The goal is to continue in good and bad, all of it. To continue to express myself, particularly. To feel the world. To explore. To be with people. To take things far. To risk. To love. I just want to know more and see more."

On the Possibility of Plastic Surgery:

"I haven't had it, but never say never. Because when you do, you are definitely going to go there. I said I would never have intercourse before I was married, and I did. I said I would never go to a psychiatrist, and I spent much of my life in psychoanalysis. I've done all kinds of things I said I wouldn't do and, of course, now I'm glad. Thrilled."

On Her Love Life:

"I think it was just my whole life. How I responded first to boys and then to men. It had nothing to do with reality."

"Relationships are hard. You're lucky if you find someone."

In regards to romance, "It's not something I can visualize right now. The best relationships develop out of friendships. That's the shame. At this stage I don't correlate any of the friendships I have with sex, and, honestly, once you bring sex into a friendship—Ooh! Whew! Oh!—that's a slippery slope into disaster."

On Parenting:

"As a parent I provide all I can, but I think in the best possible scenario you need to have a man."

"At this point in my life, everything's throwing me punches from left and right, but it's certainly been an amazing adventure."

"I'm very aware that my dad died when he was 68, and my mother was in her early 70s when her brain really started to go. When I think about my kids in their 20s and 30s, and me in my 70s and 80s, I worry about that, definitely. I want to be there for them. I want my body and mind to stay strong, and to share all these life lessons. But I also know they need to have the freedom and independence to learn on their own."

On Her Battle with Bulimia:

"With bulimia, I never expected sympathy or for people to understand. What I cared about was the secret I kept. It felt like a burden. I never told my mother."

"It's amazing how the dark secrets inside us don't matter much to the outside world."

On Her Dream Role:

"A really out-there role where I let it all hang out. Get totally enraged. Go to an extreme. I have not really had that opportunity, and I hope it will happen."

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Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Patrick Stewart Will Emcee 71stth Annual Peabody Awards

ATHENS, Georgia (March 21, 2012) – Sir Patrick Stewart, Peabody Award-winning star of stage and screen, Shakespeare plays and science-fiction blockbusters, will be the host of the 71st Annual George Foster Peabody Awards ceremony on Monday, May 21, at the Waldorf-Astoria in New York City.
“Patrick Stewart, the first actor to host the Peabody Awards Presentation Luncheon, brings a career that perfectly illustrates the breadth of the Peabody Award,” said Horace Newcomb, director of the Peabody Awards at the University of Georgia. “He starred in Star Trek: The Next Generation, which was recognized with a Peabody in 1987. Just last year, he gave us his superb Macbeth, another Peabody Award production. The Peabody recognizes excellence in journalism and news, documentary and public service, and in all forms of entertainment in electronic media. We are truly honored to have Sir Patrick as our host. “
The winners of the Peabody Awards for original broadcast, cablecast and Webcast programs presented in 2011 will be announced via Webcast on April 4 from the University of Georgia.
An internationally respected actor known for successfully bridging the gap between the theatrical world of the Shakespearean stage and contemporary film and television, Sir Patrick Stewart has demonstrated his versatility in a wide range of projects.
Stewart has a long standing relationship with the Royal Shakespeare Company and is an Honorary Associate Artist, having been made an Associate Artist in 1967. With the RSC he has played roles such as King John, Shylock, Henry IV, Cassius, Titus Andronicus and Oberon. He has also starred in many contemporary works with the RSC, including plays by Tom Stoppard, Edward Bond, Howard Barker and David Rudkin. Stewart recently completed a run at London’s Young Vic in the lead role of William Shakespeare in a revival of Bond’s 1973 play Bingo.
Alongside his extensive theatre work, Patrick has had an enormously successful film and television career. He reprised his role as Captain Jean Luc Picard in the hit Next Generation theatrical films and portrayed Professor Xavier in the popular X-Men movie series. He has voiced characters in such animated films as Steamboy, Chicken Little, The Game of Their Lives and Bambi 2. He recently provided the narration for the natural history documentary Earth.
Stewart’s many honors include an Emmy for directing a Next Generation episode called A Fistful of Datas and Officer of the British Empire (O.B.E.), conferred on him by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth in 2001. He received a knighthood in the New Year Honour’s list in 2010 for his services to Drama.
The Peabodys, the oldest awards in broadcasting, are considered among the most prestigious and selective prizes in electronic media. The Peabody Awards recognize excellence and meritorious work by radio and television stations, networks, webcasters, producing organizations and individuals. The 16-member Peabody Board is a distinguished panel of television critics, industry practitioners and experts in culture and the arts. Selection is made by the Board following review by special screening committees of UGA faculty, students, and staff. For more information regarding the Peabody Awards program, visit
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Robin Williams to Receive the "Stand-Up Icon" Award at "The Comedy Awards"

Prestigious Award To Be Presented During The Second Annual Event Honoring The Best In Comedy

Show Tapes At New York City's Hammerstein Ballroom on Saturday, April 28 And Premieres on COMEDY CENTRAL On Sunday, May 6

NEW YORK, March 21, 2012 -- "The Comedy Awards," the annual event dedicated to honoring and celebrating the world of comedy, announced today that Robin Williams will be honored as the recipient of the prestigious "Stand-Up Icon" award. This honor is bestowed each year to a modern icon, an individual who has made an extraordinary contribution to stand-up comedy and whose impact and innovations have changed the landscape and inspired future generations of entertainers. Williams will be honored for the unparalleled scope of his imagination, his repertoire of indelible characters, and his outstanding work as a stand-up comedian. Eddie Murphy was the inaugural recipient and he was presented with the honor by Tracy Morgan during last year's show.

"Robin Williams is a comedic force of nature whose intensity and explosive free-associating style as a stand-up comedian made him a superstar," said Casey Patterson, Executive Producer, "The Comedy Awards" and EVP, Event Production, Viacom Entertainment Group. "Academy Award-winner, beloved TV star and passionate activist, Robin used stand-up comedy to literally change the world with 'Comic Relief.' Robin Williams is more than an ICON...he is one of the most important comedic voices of our time. We're thrilled, and just a little bit scared, to be honoring Robin at 'The Comedy Awards' this year."

The "Stand-Up Icon" award will be presented during the taping of the event at New York City's Hammerstein Ballroom on Saturday, April 28 and the show will premiere on COMEDY CENTRAL on Sunday, May 6. "The Comedy Awards" will also air on COMEDY CENTRAL's international channels across Europe, New Zealand, India, Israel and Africa.

An Academy Award-winning actor and multiple Grammy-winning performer unparalleled in the scope of his imagination, Robin Williams began his career as a stand-up comedian, delighting audiences across the country with the beginnings of what would become his renowned repertoire of indelible characters. Throughout his legendary career as a star of stage and screen, Williams has returned to his stand-up roots, most recently with his critically-acclaimed, sold-out, "Weapons of Self Destruction" comedy tour during which Williams performed 90 shows in 65 cities in front of 300,000 fans across the U.S., as well as London and Canada.

Well known for his free-associative monologues and for pointing out life's absurdities through his astute social and political observations, Williams' previous comedy tour was in 2002. After a 16-year absence from the stand-up scene, he hit the road and toured America with a critically acclaimed one-man show that became the highest-grossing comedy tour ever and culminated in a final performance filmed by HBO and broadcast live from New York on July 14, 2002. The special, entitled "Robin Williams: Live On Broadway," was nominated for five Emmy Awards.

Offstage, Williams takes great joy in supporting causes too numerous to identify, covering the spectrum from health care and human rights, to education, environmental protection, and the arts. He has toured the Middle East with the USO a total of five times, including visits to Iraq and Afghanistan, to help raise morale among the troops and is, perhaps, best known philanthropically for his affiliation with "Comic Relief," which was founded in 1986 as a non-profit organization to help America's homeless. To date, the overall efforts of the "Comic Relief" organization have raised over $50 Million.

A full list of previously announced nominees for the 2012 "The Comedy Awards" and more information about the show and its prestigious Board of Directors can be found at "Modern Family," "Bridesmaids," "30 Rock," "Crazy, Stupid, Love." and Louis C.K. lead the nominations and fans can vote for "Breakout Performer of the Year." Click here to view a highlight reel from last year's show.

Follow "The Comedy Awards" on Twitter @TheComedyAwards.

"The Comedy Awards" has once again joined forces with the Entertainment Industry Foundation (EIF) to endow The American Comedy Fund. Without a union or other protection, many comedians face unique challenges to succeed and survive. The Fund provides much-needed financial assistance, health benefits and other resources for comedians across the country during times of need, crisis or transition. The American Comedy Fund is administered by EIF in collaboration with the Motion Picture & Television Fund and The Actors Fund.

Don Mischer, Casey Patterson, EVP, Event Production, Viacom Entertainment Group and Charlie Haykel are the Executive Producers. Juliane Hare is Producer. Beth McCarthy Miller, the Peabody and DGA Award-winning and Emmy-nominated Director, will once again direct "The Comedy Awards." "The American Comedy Awards" were originally created by George Schlatter.

SOURCE COMEDY CENTRAL Corporate Communications

Rock Guitar Legend Tommy Bolin Paid Tribute on "Great Gypsy Soul"



All Star Lineup Contributes To All New Recordings of "Teaser" Tracks Performing Alongside Bolin

Guests Include Peter Frampton, Warren Haynes, Nels Cline, Steve Morse, Steve Lukather, Brad Whitford, Joe Bonamassa and Others.

SANTA MONICA, Calif., March 21, 2012 -- In the annals of rock history, Tommy Bolin occupied a brief, but shining stint as a brilliant guitarist who wowed those in the know with his mastery of many genres—rock, fusion, funk, reggae and heavy metal among others. Along with a much lauded solo career that, pushed the boundaries of rock/jazz fusion, Bolin played with The James Gang and Deep Purple which set him up for major solo guitar stardom which was cut short by his untimely death in 1976.

Not to be overlooked, there's been much written about the guitar wunderkind and now a top notch roster of players have signed on to pay tribute to Bolin on GREAT GYPSY SOUL. Produced by Greg Hampton and Warren Haynes, it's a remarkable project that brings together major players who actually perform alongside Tommy Bolin's playing and vocals from the recording outtakes to his solo debut album "Teaser."

Peter Frampton, Warren Haynes (a key supporter of the project), Nels Cline, Steve Lukather, Steve Morse, Brad Whitford, Joe Bonamassa, John Scofield, Derek Trucks, Glenn Hughes and Myles Kennedy all contribute to this amazing project. Buzz is building at press and Triple A radio with Huffington Post and Guitar World features confirmed. GREAT GYPSY SOUL will be released on 429 Records on March 26th in both a widely available single CD format and double CD with 39 minutes of bonus material available only at

A special event will be hosted by on Sunday, March 25th just prior to wide release-Amazon will offer a one day $3.99 "Daily Deal" special on the single CD in their MP3 store.

Tommy Bolin was the quintessential guitar prodigy who focused his talents within the burgeoning rock/metal scenes of the early 70's as well as mastered a highly lauded jazz fusion technique catching the attention of rock tastemakers and guitar legend peers. It was just a matter of time before Bolin was making a name for himself playing on projects as diverse as Billy Cobham's "Spectrum" project (considered one of the great jazz fusion recordings of all time), replacing Joe Walsh in the James Gang, playing session work on seminal fusion projects by Moxy and Alphonse Mouzon, to replacing Ritchie Blackmore in Deep Purple. With the release of his second solo album "Private Eyes", what should have been a red letter moment for Bolin, opening up for Jeff Beck in Miami, sadly turned tragic as Bolin was found dead of an overdose shortly after the gig.

Says Warren Haynes: "Many of the guests added after the fact have a close personal connection to Tommy—all share in acknowledging his place in rock history. Watching (and hearing) it all come to fruition some 35 years later was a journey of its own—well worth the travel."

Track Listing:

Disc 1
1) The Grind w/ Peter Frampton
2) Teaser w/ Warren Haynes
3) Dreamer w/ Myles Kennedy and Nels Cline
4) Savannah Woman w/ John Scofield
5) Smooth Fandango w/ Derek Trucks
6) People People w/ Big Sugar and Gordie Johnson
7) Wild Dogs w/ Brad Whitford
8) Homeward Strut w/ Steve Lukather
9) Sugar Shack w/ Glenn Hughes and Sonny Landreth
10) Crazed Fandango w/ Steve Morse
11) Lotus w/ Joe Bonamassa, Glenn Huges and Nels Cline

Disc 2 Bonus CD
1) Flying Fingers w/ Oz Noy and Nels Cline
2) Marching Bag –Movement One w/ Nels Cline, Bolin, Greg Hampton, John Scofield, Sonny Landreth
3) Marching Bag—Movement Two w/ Nels Cline, Bolin, Steve Lukather, Derek Trucks, Peter Frampton
4) Marching Bag—Movement Three w/ Gordie Johnson, Bolin, Nels Cline, Oz Noy, Steve Lukather, Steve Morse, Joe Bonamassa
5) Marching Bag—Movement Four w/ Nels Cline, Bolin, Warren Haynes, Joe Bonamassa, Oz Noy, Brad Whitford, Peter Frampton

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429 Records is a unit of The Savoy Label Group (SLG). SLG is the North American based division of Nippon Columbia the oldest music company in Japan. The Savoy Label Group has evolved into a Grammy Award winning and chart topping independent music company consistently outperforming competitors in key music categories as monitored by Billboard Magazine. The Savoy Label Group is led by Steve Vining and is based in Los Angeles, CA.

SOURCE 429 Records