Calling all creative kids! Bob Vetere, APPA President & CEO, is excited to announce that the association’s non-profit campaign, Pets Add Life (PAL), is kicking off the 8th Annual Pets Add Life Children’s Poetry Contest beginning September 1, 2015 through January 31, 2016. Students in 3rd-8th grade are encouraged to write original poems about the joys of owning pets of all types for a chance at top prizes for both themselves and their classroom.

Participants can submit poems via PAL’s Facebook page at, online at or mail final poems and submission forms to:

Pets Add Life
50 Washington St. Suite 100
Reno, NV 89503

The deadline for submissions is January 31, 2016 at 5 p.m. EST.

Additionally, teachers within these grade levels are welcome to incorporate this national contest into their lesson plans and submit poems in one entry on behalf of their classroom.

One student from each grade nationwide (6 total) will win a $250 gift certificate for pet products, and a potential “by-line” in a nationally circulated publication or online outlet. Additionally, the six winning students’ classrooms will each win a $1,000 grant to spend on pet-related education or to support a classroom pet.

To learn more about the Pets Add Life Children’s Poetry Contest, read previous winning poems, upload submissions, or download submission forms, please visit or contact Ashlee Verba at 775.322.4022 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

The American Pet Products Association (APPA) is the leading not-for-profit trade association serving the interests of the pet products industry since 1958.  APPA membership includes more than 1,000 pet product manufacturers, their representatives, importers and livestock suppliers representing both large corporations and growing business enterprises.  APPA's mission is to promote, develop and advance pet ownership and the pet product industry and to provide the services necessary to help its members prosper. Visit for more information.


Cast Members Announce

STAR TREK: TO BOLDLY GO” Campaign Benefitting the

Cast’s Choice of Nine Global Causes

Beginning Today, Fans Can Visit

to Enter for a Chance to Win!

View Cast Launch Video:

HOLLYWOOD, CA, JULY 14, 2015 – In an unprecedented event, the cast of the Star Trek film franchise has created a unique philanthropic initiative in partnership with Omaze. The Star Trek: To Boldly Go campaign will support the cast’s personal selection of nine global causes, which will each receive equal portions of the funds raised when fans enter for a chance to win a walk-on role in director Justin Lin’s Star Trek Beyond, the third film in the blockbuster franchise, released on July 8, 2016. The campaign runs from 12:01 a.m. PST on July 14th until 11:59 p.m. PST September 1st.

To coincide with the campaign’s launch, cast members John Cho, Simon Pegg, Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Zoë Saldana, Karl Urban, Anton Yelchin and Idris Elba recorded a special video message on the iconic Starship Enterprise bridge set. The video, released today, kicked off production and features the cast inviting fans to make franchise history as the first fans to ever win a walk-on role in a Star Trek movie. For each $10 contribution made through the Omaze fundraising platform, eligible participants will be automatically entered for a chance to win this once-in-a-lifetime experience.

Check out the launch video here:

The Star Trek: To Boldly Go Grand Prize winner and a guest will:

  • Fly to Vancouver and stay in a 4-star hotel
  • Go behind the scenes of Star Trek Beyond, hang with the cast, and experience the filming of the movie
  • Be transformed by hair, makeup and costume teams into a Star Trek character and filmed for a scene in Star Trek Beyond
  • Visit the closed set and meet the cast of Star Trek Beyond
  • Be among the first to see scenes from the latest film
  • Travel to Vancouver
  • Brave Beginnings, an organization dedicated to ensuring that ventilators and life-saving neonatal equipment are always available to newborns in critical need. Nominated by Zoë Saldana.
  • Camp Sunshine, a place where children with life-threatening illnesses and their families can regroup, reenergize, and restore hope for the future. Nominated by Anton Yelchin.
  • Direct Relief International, one of the premiere disaster relief organizations that operates world­wide. Nominated by Zachary Quinto.
  • Heaven Homes, an organization helping establish children's homes and centers, while providing secure, safe and loving environments where children can be nurtured to realize their full potential. Nominated by Idris Elba.
  • KidsCan, an organization that provides food, clothing and healthcare to disadvantaged youth in New Zealand. Nominated by Karl Urban.
  • Koreatown Youth & Community Center, an organization serving the evolving needs of the Korean American population in the greater Los Angeles area as well as the multiethnic Koreatown community. Nominated by John Cho.
  • Make-A-Wish, whose remarkable work is making wishes come true every day for children suffering from life­threatening illnesses. Nominated by Chris Pine.
  • Time is Precious, an organization helping to create a more comfortable and relaxed atmosphere for children, which in return helps assist with their treatment and recovery. Nominated by Simon Pegg.

In addition to the Grand Prize Winner, six additional winners will be randomly selected throughout the campaign to form the honorary “Star Trek: To Boldly Go” crew. Star Trek: To Boldly Go is the first Omaze campaign to have winners every week.

The Star Trek: To Boldly Go Crew will:

“Omaze is excited to bring this truly once-in-a-lifetime experience to Star Trek fans around the world,” said Ryan Cummins, Co-Founder and Co-CEO. “We are proud to give fans the chance to live out their dream experience while simultaneously helping nine great causes. By allowing anyone to enter for just $10, we are seeing the power our community has in making an impact around the world.”

By donating directly to, fans will be supporting these nine global causes:

In addition, fans who donate set amounts larger than $10 can receive special limited edition Star Trek rewards including t-shirts, posters, a cast-autographed red shirt, an advanced private screening of Star Trek Beyond, and a replica Captain’s chair.

Visit to learn more about this new initiative. “Live long and prosper.”


Founded by writer/filmmakers and friends from college, Matt Pohlson and Ryan Cummins, Omaze is an online social good platform that gives anyone the chance to win once-in-a-lifetime experiences that also support social missions. Omaze offers its community of donors transformative experiences, remarkable causes and compelling content. For more information, please visit



Paramount Pictures Corporation (PPC), a global producer and distributor of filmed entertainment, is a unit of Viacom (NASDAQ: VIAB, VIA), a leading content company with prominent and respected film, television and digital entertainment brands. Paramount controls a collection of some of the most powerful brands in filmed entertainment, including Paramount Pictures, Paramount Animation, Paramount Television, Paramount Vantage, Paramount Classics, Insurge Pictures, MTV Films, and Nickelodeon Movies. PPC operations also include Paramount Home Media Distribution, Paramount Pictures International, Paramount Licensing Inc., and Paramount Studio Group.

Star Trek: To Boldly Go Restrictions and Limitations

No purchase necessary to enter or win.  Void where prohibited.  Must be at least eighteen (18) years of age or the age of majority in your domicile, to enter and a resident of Argentina, Austria, Canada, Cyprus, Estonia, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, India, Ireland, Japan, Latvia, Lithuania, Mexico, Netherlands, Philippines, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, USA, or the UK, and not a resident of Belgium, Italy, Malta, Singapore, or Thailand.  Residents of Australia, Brazil, China and the Republic of Korea are not prohibited from participating, but local rules and laws may restrict or prohibit the award of certain prizes or impose additional restrictions on participation.

Rewards are separate from sweepstakes prizes.  Rewards are limited in quantity. Odds of winning depend on number of entries. For free entry: (i) send post card to Sponsor at P.O. Box 866, 9942 Culver Blvd, Culver City, CA, USA 90232 by applicable mail date; or (ii)  Entrants may receive additional entries via Facebook.  Maximum number of entries: 1,000,000 per Entrant.  Travel and accommodations are at Sponsor’s discretion and subject to availability and change.  Winner and Guest may be required to pass a background screening or security check, to receive the prize and/or reward. Visa conditions may apply. All taxes are Winner’s responsibility. Not sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with Facebook®.  Residents of certain territories may be required to successfully complete a trivia question to qualify. 


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BURBANK, CA – May 29, 2015 –Disney, Marvel Studios, Dolby Laboratories, Visa Signature and Raspberry
Pi® are proud
to unite to sponsor a nationwide MARVEL'S ANT-MAN MICRO-TECH CHALLENGE in conjunction with the July 17th release of Marvel's
Ant-Man, starring Paul Rudd, Evangeline Lilly, Corey Stoll, Bobby Cannavale, Michael Peña, Tip "T.I."
Harris, Wood Harris, Judy Greer,
David Dastmalchian and Michael Douglas as Dr. Hank Pym.

Building on the success of the Ultimate Mentor Adventure, Guardians of the Galaxy: Guardians of Good, Marvel is launching, ANT-MAN MICRO-TECH CHALLENGE with Raspberry Pi. The challenge invites girls nationwide, ages 14 – 18, in grades 9-12, to design
and build a DIY project using at least one readily available micro-technology component, which can enable tinkerers, makers, builders and future Imagineers to execute big ideas with a board that fits in their pocket and costs less than a video game. The projects can be utilitarian, artistic or just plain fun.

After completing a project, applicants will be asked to submit a short video demonstrating the project and explaining how it will inspire other girls to pursue interests in science, technology, engineering, or math.

The five winners will each receive: Two round-trip tickets
to Southern California, including hotel accommodations, from June 28 through June 30,
2015, to be on the red carpet at the World Premiere of Marvel's
Ant-Man at the Dolby Theatre® in
Dolby Atmos® on June 29, 2015; attend
a special "The Evolution of Technology" workshop on June 30 at The Disneyland® Resort where they will meet Walt Disney Imagineers who will introduce them to the broader scope of technology and how innovation is inspired during a behind-the-scenes tour of The Disneyland® Resort; and receive a tour of the Walt Disney Studios in Burbank, California.

Upon completion of the challenge, a STEM-based girls program in each winner's hometown will be selected
to receive "re-create" instructions for each project.
Each winner will have the opportunity to lead a workshop
in building her project with the girls
in the selected program in her community. By sharing their work, the winners will accomplish big things from small beginnings by inspiring other young girls to follow their interests in computing, technology, and engineering.

Entries will be accepted from May 21, 2015 through June 11, 2015. For application forms, eligibility requirements, official
contest rules and more information about MARVEL'S ANT-MAN MICRO-TECH CHALLENGE, please visit

About the Contest:

No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited. Contest commences on or about 9AM PT on May 21, 2015 and ends at 11:59 PM PT on June 11, 2015.
Open only to girls who are 14-18 years of age on May 20, 2015 and legal residents of the 50 United States or the District of Columbia and not employees of Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures, Marvel, Dolby Laboratories, Visa Signature and Raspberry
Pi, or any of their parent, related
or affiliated companies nor members of their households or immediate families.
Limit one (1) entry per person.
Winners must be able to travel on June 28, 2015. See Official
Rules at for
full eligibility and entry requirements, prize description, conditions and limitations. The official contest
sponsor is Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures.

About Marvel's Ant-Man

The next evolution
of the Marvel Cinematic Universe brings a founding
member of The Avengers to the big screen for the first time with Marvel Studios' Ant-Man. Armed with the astonishing ability to shrink
in scale but increase in strength, master thief Scott Lang must embrace
his inner hero and help his mentor, Dr. Hank Pym, protect
the secret behind
his spectacular Ant-Man suit from a new generation of towering threats.
Against seemingly insurmountable obstacles, Pym and Lang must plan and pull off a heist that will save the world.

Marvel's Ant-Man stars Paul Rudd as Scott Lang aka Ant-Man,
Evangeline Lilly as Hope Van Dyne, Corey Stoll as Darren Cross aka Yellowjacket, Bobby Cannavale as Paxton,
Michael Peña as Luis, Tip "T.I." Harris as Dave, Wood Harris as Gale, Judy Greer as Maggie, David Dastmalchian as Kurt, and Michael
Douglas as Hank Pym.

Peyton Reed directs Marvel's
Ant-Man with Kevin Feige,
p.g.a. producing and Louis D'Esposito, Alan Fine, Victoria
Alonso, Michael
Grillo, Stan Lee and Edgar Wright serving as executive
producers. The story is by Edgar Wright
& Joe Cornish and the screenplay is by Edgar Wright
& Joe Cornish and Adam McKay & Paul Rudd. Marvel's Ant-Man delivers a high-stakes, tension-filled adventure on July 17, 2015.

About Marvel Entertainment

Marvel Entertainment, LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of The Walt Disney Company,
is one of the world's most prominent character-based entertainment companies, built on a proven library of more than 8,000
characters featured in a variety of media over seventy-five years. Marvel utilizes
its character franchises in entertainment, licensing and publishing. For more information visit © 2015 MARVEL

About Dolby Atmos:

Atmos delivers moving audio—sound that can be precisely placed and moved
anywhere in three- dimensional space, including overhead. It
brings entertainment alive all around the audience in a powerfully immersive
and emotive experience.

its introduction in the cinema in 2012, Dolby Atmos has been embraced by all
the major Hollywood studios, 14 Academy Award® winning directors,
and 27 Academy Award winning sound mixers, among others.

To learn more about Dolby Atmos, visit

About Dolby Laboratories:

Dolby Laboratories
(NYSE: DLB) creates audio, video, and voice technologies that transform
entertainment and communications in mobile devices, at the cinema, at home, and
at work. For nearly 50 years, sight and sound experiences have become more
vibrant, clear, and powerful in Dolby®. For more information, please

About Visa Signature:

Visa Signature
is a proud sponsor of the theatrical release of Marvel's "Ant-Man".
Visa Signature cardholders get access
to movie ticket offers to
movies like Marvel's
"Ant-Man" Visa Signature is a premium consumer payment card bringing cardholders benefits and perks that are important
to them, and provide everyday value to enhance cardholder experiences. Benefits include complimentary 24-hour Visa Signature Concierge service, travel
perks from the Visa Signature
Luxury Hotel Collection, special
fine wine and food experiences, and discounts at premium
retailers. For more information, visit

About Raspberry Pi:

Raspberry Pi is a low cost, credit-card sized
computer that plugs into a computer monitor or TV, and uses a standard keyboard and mouse.
It is a capable little
device that enables people
of all ages to explore computing, and to learn how to program in languages like Scratch
and Python. It's capable
of doing everything you'd expect a desktop computer to do, from browsing the internet and playing
high-definition video, to making spreadsheets, word-processing, and playing

What's more, the Raspberry Pi has the ability
to interact with the outside world, and has been used in a wide array of digital
maker projects, from music machines and parent detectors
to weather stations and tweeting
birdhouses with infra-red cameras. We want to see the Raspberry
Pi being used by kids all over the world
to learn to program and understand how computers
work. Raspberry Pi is a trademark
of the Raspberry Pi Foundation.

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Here at Talking’ Pets we love hearing about companies that go out of their way to bring awareness to animal is one of my favorite websites to check in with, curating news related to pet health, hot products and featuring pet experts. GoodNewsforPets has announced the launch of their 15th anniversary contest series!

The company will have fifteen—that’s right, fifteen—giveaways in conjunction with celebrating their original site launch. For the next two weeks of the show, Talkin’ Pets Radio is going to join in on the fun and give out two “Stress Free” kits from Oster, in addition to the three “Stress-Free” kit giveaways currently being featured on

What does that include? Oster Calm Clips, the Gentle Paws Premium Nail Trimmer, the Oster ShedMonster Professional De-Shedding Tool for Dogs (for both long and short coats), and the Oster Shed Control Shampoo.

Plus, if that isn’t exciting enough, a sterling silver convertible Goodnewsforpets Heart-Paw charm by jewelry designer Elena Kriegner is also being given away with each kit AND a donation will be made to the local shelter or rescue of each winner’s choice.

To enter this Grrrreat celebration, visit the Contests page on


Lea-Ann O'Hare Germinder, APR, Fellow PRSA is President & Founder of Germinder & Associates, Inc., a New York City-based public relations firm and founder & publisher of, now celebrating its 15th year with a series of contests for pet owners. Our good mutual friend, the legendary Mordecai Siegal was one of the first columnist on the site.

She is a member of the national Women Presidents Organization, Women in the Pet Industry, the Dog Writer’s Association of America and the Cat Writers’ Association of America.

Germinder is an accomplished, creative public relations veteran and a writer who has interviewed dozens of veterinarians, behaviorists, pet and pet lovers. She has launched over 125 campaigns introducing pet products and addressing issues in veterinary medicine. She has also worked in several other key categories including food & beverage, sporting goods, development, banking, jewelry and international trade.

Germinder started working in the pet industry at twelve years old in her late stepfather’s import/export business of hobby fish. She helped introduce hydroponically grown plants to fish owners as well. She was an early proponent of the power of the Internet, beginning work in this area in 1995 when she created a campaign called “Pets Need Dental Care, Too!” with one of the first niche pet web sites,

Germinder began her career as a marketing coordinator at a sales promotion agency with incentive company E.F. MacDonald, now Carlson.

She and her team have won dozens of awards, including the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) Silver Anvil Award of Excellence, one of the highest national public relations awards. Other awards include the American Animal Hospital Association's Gold Key Award. She has won three Business Marketing Association Fountain Awards.

Germinder was named a Honoree for Enterprising Women and was named Top 25 "Women Who Mean Business."

Germinder grew up on Long Island, New York. is an accredited Fellow of PRSA, one of the most prestigious honors in public relations that recognizes her strategic counsel and early adoption of Internet.

To contact Lea-Ann Germinder, APR, Fellow PRSA, email her at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..



LOS ANGELES (March 26, 2015) Inspired by the upcoming Disney movie “Tomorrowland,” The Walt Disney Studios, Disney Citizenship, and XPRIZE announce a nationwide challenge for young innovators.

Beginning April 22, 2015, Disney’s Create Tomorrowland – XPRIZE Challenge invites kids to imagine themselves in the future and report back to the present through video, imagery or stories about one new and amazing invention or innovation they encounter, how it works, and the impact it has on the future.

In June, six winners will have a once–in-a-lifetime mentorship experience with a leader in their area of interest. In addition, each winner will receive a $3,000 check, a 3D Printer from 3D Systems, and registration for FIRST® LEGO® League for the competition season 2015-2016 in the U.S.

 “‘Tomorrowland’ has always been a place of possibility in our parks and for the creative team behind our new film,” said Sean Bailey, President, Walt Disney Studios Motion Picture Production. “The future will be steered by the imaginations of our young people, and Disney is thrilled to work with XPRIZE to encourage and inspire the next generation of thinkers and dreamers to build the future they imagine is possible.”

“We are excited to launch the Create Tomorrowland XPRIZE Challenge, which gives young people a platform to voice and depict their creative, bold and imaginative problem-solving inventions of the future,” said Trish Halamandaris, Senior Vice President Marketing & Communications at XPRIZE. “At XPRIZE we believe that solutions to the problems facing humanity can come from anyone, anywhere and one of these young innovators just might come up with an idea that can truly turn Tomorrowland into reality.”

Participants will compete in two divisions: Junior Division (8-12 years old), and Senior Division (13–17 years old). All entrants must have prior consent from their parent or legal guardian in order to participate in the challenge. Official Rules and details about the Challenge are available at Official registration and submission period starts April 22, 2015, and runs through May 17, 2015. 

Submissions will be judged on innovation, creativity and presentation. XPRIZE will provide a panel of judges who will evaluate and score all submissions, and six (6) winners will be chosen. 

Supporting XPRIZE Partners include FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology), 3D Systems and the United States Patent and Trademark Office.



Founded in 1995, XPRIZE is the leading organization solving the world’s Grand Challenges by creating and managing large-scale, high-profile, incentivized prizes in five areas: Learning; Exploration; Energy & Environment; Global Development; and Life Sciences. Active prizes include the $30M Google Lunar XPRIZE, the $15M Global Learning XPRIZE, the $10M Qualcomm Tricorder XPRIZE and the $2M Wendy Schmidt Ocean Health XPRIZE. For more information, visit

About Disney’s “Tomorrowland”

From Disney comes two-time Oscar® winner Brad Bird’s “Tomorrowland,” a riveting mystery adventure starring Academy Award® winner George Clooney. Bound by a shared destiny, former boy-genius Frank (Clooney), jaded by disillusionment, and Casey (Britt Robertson), a bright, optimistic teen bursting with scientific curiosity, embark on a danger-filled mission to unearth the secrets of an enigmatic place somewhere in time and space known only as “Tomorrowland.” What they must do there changes the world—and them—forever.

Featuring a screenplay by “Lost” writer and co-creator Damon Lindelof and Brad Bird, from a story by Lindelof & Bird & Jeff Jensen, “Tomorrowland” promises to take audiences on a thrill ride of nonstop adventures through new dimensions that have only been dreamed of.

The film also stars Hugh Laurie as brilliant scientist David Nix, Raffey Cassidy, Tim McGraw, Kathryn Hahn, Keegan-Michael Key and Thomas Robinson.

“Tomorrowland” is produced by Damon Lindelof, Brad Bird and Jeffrey Chernov and directed by Brad Bird, with John Walker, Bernard Bellew, Jeff Jensen and Brigham Taylor serving as executive producers. “Tomorrowland” opens in U.S. theaters on May 22, 2015.


                         Launching Friday, December 5, 2014 – 2 PM PST


Disney invites you to show off your singing skills and your love for the Stephen Sondheim musical “Into the Woods” with the online musical contest “Sing Your Way Into the Woods”.

The winning video will be selected by legendary eight-time Tony®, Grammy® and Oscar®-winning composer and lyricist Stephen Sondheim and Tony® winner James Lapine, who also wrote the screenplay.  All videos will be judged based on their musicality, creativity and execution. The winner(s) will receive a private advance screening of Disney’s “Into the Woods” and the winning video and the videos from the three runner-up’s will be featured on the film’s official Tumblr site.So let’s see if you have what it takes to Sing Your Way Into the Woods!


The contest is open to choir groups, choral companies, musical theater departments, glee clubs and anyone with a passion for the landmark musical “Into the Woods.”.  You decide which part you want to sing and perhaps your wish to win a screening will come true!



Go to to watch the trailer for Disney’s “Into the Woods” for inspiration, download the official music and lyrics to the Prologue and gather your friends and record your own version of the last two-minutes of the iconic Prologue from “Into The Woods”. Rules, guidelines and regulations are posted on the site. Deadline for all submissions is 2 PM (PST)  December 12, 2014. 


The contest runs from Friday, December 5, 2014 at 2 PM (PST) until Friday, December 12, 2014 at 2 PM (PST). Winners will be chosen and announced on the site on or about Friday, December 19, 2014. *See abbreviated contest rules*


“Into the Woods” is a modern twist on several beloved fairy tales, intertwining the plots of a few choice stories and exploring the consequences of the characters’  wishes and quests. This humorous and heartfelt musical follows the classic tales of Cinderella (Anna Kendrick), Little Red Riding Hood (Lilla Crawford), Jack and the Beanstalk (Daniel Huttlestone), and Rapunzel (MacKenzie Mauzy), all tied together by an original story involving a Baker and his Wife (James Corden and Emily Blunt), their wish to begin a family and their interaction with the Witch (Meryl Streep), who has put a curse on them. Rob Marshall, the acclaimed filmmaker behind the Academy Award®-winning musical “Chicago” and Disney’s “Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides,” directs the film, which is based on the musical stage production by legendary eight-time Tony, Grammy® and Oscar®-winning composer and lyricist Stephen Sondheim and Tony® winner James Lapine, who also wrote the screenplay.  Produced by John DeLuca, Marshall, “Wicked” producer Marc Platt and Callum McDougall, “Into the Woods” will be released in theaters December 25, 2014. For more information, like us on Facebook: and follow us on Twitter: @IntoThe Woods.



SANTA MONICA, California, September 17th, 2014 – To celebrate this month’s nationwide release of the family event movie The Boxtrolls, Focus Features has teamed with for the “Think Inside the Box” contest. The most original and creative Boxtroll costume made out of the distinctive box (or any unbranded cardboard box) will be determined by  the contest judges and Facebook fans, with the winner receiving $3,000 in Gift Cards.

The contest, which runs through Friday, October 17th, invites participants to make a costume the way the Boxtrolls do – out of a box – and submit a photo via Amazon’s Facebook page. A panel of judges will evaluate all submitted original costume creations inspired by the Boxtrolls themselves. The resulting finalists will then be put to a vote on the Amazon Facebook page, where fans will weigh in to select the lucky winner. Photos must be submitted by Friday, September 26th; voting takes place Monday, October 13th through Friday, October 17th. Contest details and a link to the rules can be found at

Wearing boxes like turtles wear their shells, the Boxtrolls are kindhearted tinkerers who have used their imagination to build a home and community beneath the cobblestoned streets of the town of Cheesebridge. They are always making unique and creative costumes, using their imagination. Among the Boxtrolls friends – named after what was originally in the boxes they wear – are Fish, Shoe, and an 11-year-old boy named Eggs who thinks he’s a Boxtroll.

About The Boxtrolls

Being released nationwide by Focus Features on Friday, September 26th, The Boxtrolls ( is the all-new family event movie from LAIKA, the creators of Coraline and ParaNorman, that introduces audiences to a new breed of family – The Boxtrolls, a community of quirky, mischievous creatures who have lovingly raised a human boy named Eggs (voiced by Isaac Hempstead Wright of Game of Thrones) in the amazing cavernous home they’ve built beneath the streets of Cheesebridge. When the town’s villain, Archibald Snatcher (Academy Award winner Ben Kingsley), comes up with a plot to get rid of the Boxtrolls, Eggs decides to venture above ground, “into the light,” where he meets and teams up with fabulously feisty Winnie (Elle Fanning of Maleficent). Together, they devise a daring plan to save Eggs’ family. Based upon the book Here Be Monsters, by Alan Snow, The Boxtrolls is directed by Anthony Stacchi and Graham Annable and is MPAA-rated PG.

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Prized Pooch Can Win ‘Today’ Visit and ‘Chicago Fire’ Cameo Role

UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif. — Aug. 15, 2013 — “Chicago Fire” is holding a nationwide contest in search of the perfect firehouse pooch.

The winner, to be named “‘Chicago Fire’ Top Dog,” will make an appearance on both “Today” and on the popular primetime drama series about the Windy City heroes.

Firehouses should e-mail submissions to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and include a photo and no more than 200 words on why their dog should be chosen. Also include the dog and owner’s names, address, home phone number, firehouse number, firehouse phone number, e-mail address and “Chicago Fire Top Dog Contest” written in the subject line.

Entries can be sent starting today and will be considered through Sept. 8. Official rules are posted at

“Chicago Fire” executive producers will review the applicants and choose the top-three candidates. Those finalists will appear on “Today” on Sept. 24 and a public vote will be held on to pick the winner. The winner will be announced on “Today” or on Oct. 1.

The second season of “Chicago Fire” begins Tuesday, Sept. 24 at 10 PM (ET/PT). The series, which garnered growing ratings success and acclaim as its freshman season progressed, is produced by Universal Television and Wolf Films.

For the latest “Chicago Fire” news, videos, and photos, please like on Facebook, subscribe on YouTube and follow on Twitter, Instagram and Google+: #ChicagoFire


12 Finalists to Display Projects at El Capitan Theatre, Hollywood, May 3-June 19

Grand Prize Winners to Receive Awards in Special Ceremony on May 3rd

BURBANK, CALIF. (May 3, 2013) –When Marvel’s “Iron Man 3” lands in theatres, it’s going to have company—some of the brightest young scientific minds in America.

Disney announced the 12 finalists in theMarvel’sIRON MAN 3: Inventor and InnovatOR Fair,a nationwide science competition held in conjunction with the release of “Iron Man 3”, sponsored by Discovery Science Center, Broadcom Foundation and Marvel Studios, along with Visa Signature and the famousEl Capitan Theatre in Hollywood., On the evening of May 3rd,at the 4:30pm screening of Marvel’s “Iron Man 3,” Grand Prize winners will receive their awards in a special ceremony onstage at the El Capitan Theatre, hosted by Asa Kalama, a Walt Disney Imagineer. All 12InventorandInnovatOR Fair finalists will have their projects on display at the El Capitan from May 3rd – June 19th.

Like Iron Man’s alter ego, Tony Stark, these young geniuses are discovering and creating the world for tomorrow. And getting to be a finalist hasn’t been easy. Sixth through ninth-grade girls and boys across the nation were invited to participate in MARVEL’S IRON MAN 3: INVENTOR and INNOVATOR FAIR and asked to produce innovative, inventive projects based on STEM themes from “Iron Man 3” — STEM: (science,technology, engineering and math). The competition encouraged students to submit projects that aligned with the National Academy of Engineering’s (NAE) Grand Challenges for Engineering™.

Earlier this month, after judges reviewed over 300 science projects from all over the country, 30 semi-finalists were chosen. From the 30 semi-finalists, the panel of judges chose 12 finalists, who will compete for the grand prize awards.

Following are the 12 finalists and their winning projects:

  • Anin Sayana, Cupertino, Calif. – “A Novel Configuration of Carbon Nanotubes to Inhibit ABCG2 and Selectively Target Chemotherapy-Resistant Cancer Stem Cells
  • Arjun Dhawan, Newburgh, Ind. – “Walking with Sensors”
  • Audrey Harris, Nokomis, Fla. – “Opening New Opportunities”
  • Cassie Drury, Louisville, Ky. – “Exploring Cell Signaling in Wound Healing”
  • Chase Lewis, Chapel Hill, N.C. – “Rescue Travois- Saving Lives”
  • Emma Christensen, Greenville, N.C. – “Saved by the Bug”
  • Galen Lee, Cottondale, Ala. – “Solar Funnel Cooler”
  • Justin Abrahim – Pittsburgh, Pa. – “Ouch! Helmets and Concussions”
  • Maya Patel, The Woodlands, Texas – “Gauging Inferno Sprawl”
  • Megan Swintosky, Hatfield, Pa. – “Novel Mutations in the FLCN Gene in Cases of Familial Spontaneous Pneumothoraces”
  • Shixuan Justin Li, Lynn Haven, Fla. – “No Mo Squites”
  • Stephen Coyne, Knoxville, Md. – “Robotic Prosthetics: A Hand Prototype”

Grand Prize judges for theMarvel’sIRON MAN 3: Inventor and InnovatOR Fairwill be Dr. Henry Samueli, Chairman of the Board, Broadcom Corporation; Joe Adams, President, Discovery Science Center; Janet Yamaguchi, Vice President of Education, Discovery Science Center; Dr. Yannis Yortsos, Dean of the Viterbi School of Engineering, University of Southern California; and Dr. Patrick Soon-Shiong, Chairman and CEO, NantWorks, LLC.

The 12 finalists of the Marvel’sIRON MAN 3: Inventor and InnovatOR Fair won a trip to Southern California, provided by Visa Signature. The trip includes a meeting with Disney Imagineers, a trip to Disneyland, a visit to Discovery Science Center, a special experience at Broadcom Foundation, and more.

About the Movie

Marvel’s “Iron Man 3” pits brash-but-brilliant industrialist Tony Stark/Iron Man against an enemy whose reach knows no bounds. When Stark finds his personal world destroyed at his enemy's hands, he embarks on a harrowing quest to find those responsible. This journey, at every turn, will test his mettle. With his back against the wall, Stark is left to survive by his own devices, relying on his ingenuity and instincts to protect those closest to him. As he fights his way back, Stark discovers the answer to the question that has secretly haunted him: does the man make the suit or does the suit make the man?

Starring Robert Downey Jr., Gwyneth Paltrow, Don Cheadle, Guy Pearce, Rebecca Hall, Stephanie Szostak, James Badge Dale with Jon Favreau and Ben Kingsley, Marvel’s “Iron Man 3” is directed by Shane Black from a screenplay by Drew Pearce & Shane Black and is based on Marvel’s iconicSuper Hero Iron Man, who first appeared on the pages of “Tales of Suspense” (#39) in 1963 and had his solo comic book debut with “The Invincible Iron Man” (#1) in May of 1968.

Marvel’s “Iron Man 3” is presented by Marvel Studios in association with Paramount Pictures and DMG Entertainment. Marvel Studios’ President Kevin Feige is producing and Jon Favreau, Louis D’Esposito, Charles Newirth, Victoria Alonso, Stephen Broussard, Alan Fine, Stan Lee and Dan Mintz are executive producers. The film releases May 3, 2013, and is distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures.

About Marvel Entertainment

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Step into Hollywood’s glittering past at the legendary El Capitan Theatre, which made its debut on May 3, 1926 as Hollywood’s first home of Spoken Drama. This grand theatre has been restored to its original elegance of Spanish Colonial exterior and boasts a colorful and lavish East Indian interior designed by renowned San Francisco architect G. Albert Lansburgh. In 1941, Orsen Welles’ Academy Award® winning CITIZEN KANE made its World Premiere at the El Capitan. As an exclusive first run theatre for Walt Disney Studios, today the El Capitan Theatre sets a new standard for World Premieres, live stage shows, Disney attractions, and other special events that have helped restore showmanship to Hollywood Boulevard. For more information, visit or call 1-800-DISNEY6.

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In Ultimate Survival Alaska, National Geographic Channel Presents
an Epic Competition Series
Where the Only Prize Is Survival
“No watch, no GPS, no phone. Nothin'.
Just the wits and the gear on my back.
And that's the way it should be done.”
–Tyler, Survival Expert
Ultimate Survival Alaska Premieres Sunday, May 12, at 10 PM ET/PT
(WASHINGTON, D.C. – April 17, 2013) They are some the toughest, most extreme survivalists that Alaska has to offer. Going head to head, eight men of a rare breed are about to take the ultimate test of survival in Arctic conditions that only National Geographic could inspire. No tent, phone, watch or GPS. Three thousand miles across Alaska’s wild. This is hardcore. This is old school adventure. Now bring it on.
Starting Sunday, May 12, at 10 p.m. ET/PT (before moving to its regular time, Sundays at 9 p.m. ET/PT beginning May 19), go off the grid with Ultimate Survival Alaska, an epic new series that follows these survival experts on a 10-leg expedition in the brutal and dangerous Alaska terrain. The opponents’ only goal is to make it out alive using just the gear they can carry in their packs. (For more information, see and
Dropped in the middle of the Alaskan wilderness by bush plane, they have 72 hours to make their way to the finish point for that leg of the expedition. Using raw, mountain-man ingenuity, they’ll navigate through treacherous glaciated river valleys, barren ridgelines and high mountain peaks, battling hunger, hostile predators and perilous weather conditions along the way.
Says Willi, one of the eight explorers, “I've done so many big peaks on basically all the world's continents. I've done six Everest expeditions. All of us that do this sort of thing. At some fundamental level, we’re not normal, well-adjusted, modern civilized human beings. We're all throwbacks. Because modern life is not enough of a test for us.”
Navigating risky routes that traverse some of the most hostile territory on the planet, they’ll rely on hard survival skills passed down through generations. Like the original National Geographic explorers, for those who succeed there is no grand prize, just the well-fought pride of having conquered the grueling challenges that a beastly Mother Nature can throw at them.
Now, meet Alaska’s most formidable challengers:

Dallas Seavey, 26 years old: The youngest person to ever to win the Iditarod, a grueling thousand-mile race across the state of Alaska through some of the world's toughest conditions.
Tyrell Seavey, 28 years old: Like his brother Dallas, he hails from a legendary family, known by many as Alaskan royalty. He has run the Iditarod twice and won the Jr. Iditarod.
Marty Raney, 56 years old: A veteran mountain guide who has led more than 20 expeditions on and around Denali, the highest peak in North America.
Matt Raney, 30 years old: Marty’s son and an expert in survival. He helped build his family home with Marty with nothing but a chainsaw and the logs on their property.
Austin Manelick, 24 years old: Since the age of 5, he has practiced subsistence hunting under the watchful eye of his Alaskan wilderness guide father.
Willi Prittie, 57 years old: A professional mountain guide for almost 38 years, Willi is considered to be one of the leading climbing and logistical experts in the region.
Tyler Johnson, 36 years old: From exploring Kathmandu to climbing 27,000 feet with no oxygen in Nepal, Tyler is fearless.
Brent Sass, 32 years old: He’s done six 1,000-mile dog sledding expeditions for the Yukon Quest, and has guided excursions through any and all of Alaska’s many landscapes.
Missions include:
Arctic Hell: Sunday, May 12, at 10 p.m. ET/PT
Mission: Travel nearly 50 miles in 72 hours from the Brooks Mountain Range, a remote chain that stretches 600 miles from east to west, reaching elevations of nearly 9,000 feet, to Takahula Lake.
The men pick their route: some take the higher land, some follow the river. Expert climber Willi Prittie leads Brent Sass and Tyler Johnson into the high mountains. The bearing they're traveling navigates through rugged peaks, reaching elevations over 4,000 feet. Right from the start, Willi blazes a trail through the high mountains, which exposes them to rugged topography … and wolves. Veteran mountain man Marty Raney is leading his son Matt and survival expert Austin Manelick through the river valley — a direct but treacherous route to the finish — facing 35-degree waters and 15 mile per hour current. Drama ensues when the crew separates in deadly swamp land. Brothers Dallas and Tyrell Seavey navigate a route along the barren ridgeline, traversing wide open terrain with little cover. These born racers are determined to be the first to arrive.
River of No Return: Sunday, May 19, at 9 p.m. ET/PT
Mission: Travel nearly 200 miles in 72 hours down the Yukon River, including a treacherous stretch of rapids.
The men are divided into two groups, building two competing rafts. Mountain man Marty Raney is ready to take charge, building a colossal raft weighing in at nearly 2 tons which he hopes will be sturdy enough to beat the rapids. After spending five hours on construction, the five-man crew get on their way, but hunger starts to take its toll. Dallas Seavey, his brother Tyrell and survival expert Austin Manelick are meticulously engineering a smaller raft that’s speedy and maneuverable to tackle the turbulent Yukon. Tyrell makes a homemade fishing net to get some food. But a partially submerged sandbar and water and rocks tearing at their raft make the crew struggle.

Into the Void: Sunday, May 26 at 9 p.m. ET/PT
Mission: Travel 25 miles through the snow-capped peaks of the Tordrillo Mountains, over 72 hours.
Helicopters leave the eight explorers on a snow-capped summit. The men split into three groups and approach a 300-foot cliff one team at a time, rappelling down in high winds and low visibility. The men must descend a ravine, and then traverse eight miles of the Triumvirate Glacier. Austin and Tyler circumvent the glacier, traveling along the mountain ridgeline. Mountain man Marty Raney, his son Matt and Brent Sass take a low elevation route and are the first to cross the glacier. Expert climber Willi Prittie and the Seavey brothers navigate far from the icebergs, fighting across 33-degree river water. In Strandline Lake, with 11 miles to go, Tyler and Austin are the last crew to arrive, and Austin's showing signs of hypothermia.
Ultimate Survival Alaska is produced by Brian Catalina Productions for the National Geographic Channel. For Brian Catalina Productions, Brian Catalina is executive producer. For National Geographic Channel, executive producer is Robert Palumbo; Senior Vice President of Programming and Development is Alan Eyres. Executive vice president of programming is Michael Cascio; and president is Howard T. Owens.
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