Review written by Jon Patch with 3.5 out of 4 paws
Lionsgate, Mandoo Pictures, Huayi Tencent Entertainment Company, Eracme Entertainment, Dream Factory Group, Summit Entertainment and Summit Premiere present a PG, 80 minute, Animation, Comedy, Family film, directed and story by Ash Brannon with additional story material by Denise Bradley with a theater release date of February 24, 2017.
BURBANK, Calif. (Jan. 19, 2017) – Five-time GRAMMY® winning and best-selling recording artist Celine Dion will perform an all-new original song, “How Does A Moment Last Forever,” for Disney’s live-action “Beauty and the Beast.” The song will also be included on the film’s soundtrack.
Written by eight-time Oscar®-winning composer Alan Menken (“The Little Mermaid,” “Aladdin”) and veteran lyricist and three-time Oscar winner Tim Rice (“The Lion King,” “Evita”), “How Does A Moment Last Forever” is an emotional ballad about holding onto life’s precious moments. Portions of the song are performed throughout the film and interpolated into the underscore before Dion’s full-length version debuts in the film’s custom main-on-end title design.
Says Dion, “Being a part of the original ‘Beauty and the Beast’ was such a magical experience in my life, and I'm truly honored to be a part of this film again.”
President of Music for Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures Production, Mitchell Leib, approached the artist on behalf of the project with the idea of recording one of the three new songs written for the film. “Celine was the unanimous choice of the filmmakers and studio to perform this song,” says Leib, “And everyone involved with the film is thrilled she agreed to be part of this new live-action adaptation.”
Dion originally performed the duet “Beauty and the Beast” – featuring Menken’s haunting melody and two-time Oscar-winner Howard Ashman’s unforgettable lyrics – with Peabo Bryson for the animated film. The song became an instant classic and went on to receive an Academy Award®, Golden Globe® and three GRAMMY Awards.
Menken also provides the film score along with new recordings of the classic songs from the animated film written by himself and Ashman. The original motion picture soundtrack will be released by Walt Disney Records on March 10, 2017. The pre-order is available now at http://disneymusic.co/BeautySndtrkP.
About the film:
The story and characters audiences know and love come to spectacular life in the live-action adaptation of Disney’s animated classic “Beauty and the Beast,” a stunning, cinematic event celebrating one of the most beloved tales ever told. “Beauty and the Beast” is the fantastic journey of Belle, a bright, beautiful and independent young woman who is taken prisoner by a Beast in his castle. Despite her fears, she befriends the castle’s enchanted staff and learns to look beyond the Beast’s hideous exterior and realize the kind heart of the true Prince within. The film stars: Emma Watson as Belle; Dan Stevens as the Beast; Luke Evans as Gaston, the handsome, but shallow villager who woos Belle; Kevin Kline as Maurice, Belle’s father; Josh Gad as LeFou, Gaston’s long-suffering aide-de-camp; Ewan McGregor as Lumière, the candelabra; Stanley Tucci as Maestro Cadenza, the harpsichord; Audra McDonald as Madame de Garderobe, the wardrobe; Gugu Mbatha-Raw as Plumette, the feather duster; Hattie Morahan as the enchantress; and Nathan Mack as Chip, the teacup; with Ian McKellen as Cogsworth, the mantel clock; and Emma Thompson as the teapot, Mrs. Potts.
Directed by Bill Condon based on the 1991 animated film “Beauty and the Beast,” the screenplay is written by Stephen Chbosky and Evan Spiliotopoulos and produced by Mandeville Films’ David Hoberman, p.g.a. and Todd Lieberman, p.g.a. with Jeffrey Silver, Thomas Schumacher and Don Hahn serving as executive producers. “Beauty and the Beast” will be released in U.S. theaters on March 17, 2017.
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Fans of Hoge will get to see the singer guest host two week-long episodes of the popular television program “Country Fix” starting December 19. The program features music videos and never before seen artist interviews. To check local listings click here.
Shot at the Hilson Studio in Nashville, the acoustic videos for “The Christmas Song” and “Christmas Medley”showcase two of the tracks off Hoge’s Christmas album Christmas Is Here — available for purchase exclusively at LucasHoge.com. Hoge’s “Christmas Medley” combines holiday favorites “O Come All Ye Faithful,” “We Three Kings,” “God Rest Ye Merry Gentleman” and “My Favorite Things.” The country artist showcases his soulful vocals on his take of “The Christmas Song” that is sure to put you in the holiday spirit just in time for Christmas.
For more information on Lucas Hoge visit lucashoge.com and follow him on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.
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About Lucas Hoge
Hoge currently on Rebel Engine rose to national fame as a star of Animal Planet's “Last Chance Highway,” which led to appearances on “The Today Show,” “Inside Edition,” “The Daily Buzz,” “Daytime TV” and many more. Hoge is the Music Ambassador for Cabela’s and is also a passionate supporter of the U.S. military having traveled to various countries throughout the Middle East and beyond to perform for troops, for the past 8 years on the Wrangler National Patriot Tour. Hoge is also the Celebrity spokesperson for Guardian Angels For Soldier's Pet. Hoge has been visiting radio stations all over the U.S. promoting his latest single, “Boom Boom.”
No Stressed Pets This Holiday Season
-Pet Acoustics calms anxious pets with holiday music specially composed in frequencies pets like best.
(Washington Depot, Conn.) November 17, 2016- The holidays are not just a stressful time for owners, it can be a very anxious time for pets as well: new places, new people and new sounds. Music has the power to heal, relax and comfort during times of stress, but our pets hear in different frequencies than we do. Janet Marlow, sound behaviorist and Founder and CEO of Pet Acoustics, Inc. is proud to offer a solution for stressed pets this holiday season, through Pet Acoustics Holiday Music for use with Pet Tunes pre-loaded Bluetooth® speakers.
This collection of music provides pets and pet parents a gentle and calm atmosphere during the holiday season and is proven to alleviate anxious behaviors in dogs and cats. Original holiday orchestrations, composed by Marlow are designed with species-specific hearing sensitivities in mind. High frequencies and jarring volumes are agitating to dogs and cats for example and have therefore been eliminated from the music.
“When you play the holiday music through the Bluetooth® speakers, not only is it enjoyable for our ears, but you can immediately notice the pets connecting with the music and experiencing signs of relaxation,” said Marlow. “Separation anxiety, travel nerves, noise phobias are at a high this time of year, and I’m so thrilled to provide a safe, natural and easy solution to help our pets manage.”
Pet Acoustics offers two options for pet owners: the Pet Tunes mobile Bluetooth® speaker, pre-loaded with soothing music and Holiday Music CD and chip or the Ultra Calmer canine stress relief sonic collar for on the go pets. The speaker is great for pets staying home that may experience separation anxiety or noise phobias, while the sonic collar is great to have while in the car or on board a plane.
To learn more about Janet Marlow and Pet Acoustics or to sample the music, visit www.petacoustics.com.
About Pet Acoustics, Inc. Pet Acoustics, Inc. is a leader in the field of sonic environments and how sound affects pet behavior. Our innovative products are species-specific, based on pet hearing ranges. Pet Acoustics has helped thousands of pets with separation anxiety, thunderstorm nerves and with enrichment activities. Our breakthrough research provides pet owners with unique products in the pet wellness market. To learn more and listen to sample tracks, visit http://www.petacoustics.com/.
Parton’s Imagination Library reaches one million books distributed each month
PIGEON FORGE, Tenn. (November 16, 2016) – Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library, which began as a small community outreach in Parton’s native Sevier County, Tennessee, has evolved to become the largest literacy program in the world. In December, the “little literacy program that could” marks another impressive milestone—one million books gifted to children around the world each month.
To celebrate the unprecedented success, Evey Johns, a two-year-old from Conway, Arkansas who just enrolled in the Imagination Library, has been randomly selected to receive a $30,000 college scholarship. The announcement was made by Parton during her Pure & Simple concert tour stop in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee on Nov. 15. Proceeds from the concert benefit the Imagination Library.
“I thought long and hard about the best way to honor our achievement of reaching a million children a month,” Parton said. “The Imagination Library is all about inspiring dreams, so what better way to pay tribute to this moment than by helping one special child pursue her college degree. I’m thrilled that today I can let the world know that precious little Evey Johns from Conway, Arkansas will receive a $30,000 scholarship for the college of her choice.”
The scholarship will be held in a special account and distributed to Johns when she enrolls in college. Over the next 16 years, the amount of scholarship should grow to nearly approximately $50,000. Johns is enrolled in the Imagination Library in Conway thanks to the local affiliate in her area, Arkansas Preschool Plus.
“The thought of our daughter Evey going to college has been just that—a thought,” explained Evey’s mother, Connie. “Now, due to the enormous kindness and generosity of the Dollywood Foundation, that thought has now become a reality. Our family now has the means to develop a solid plan for our daughter’s future education. Thank you all so much for this unbelievable opportunity for our daughter.”
In 2016, the Imagination Library and its local partners will gift nearly 11.5 million books to children from birth to age five in participating communities in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom and Australia. To date, the Imagination Library, which is administered through the Dollywood Foundation, has provided more than 85 million books to children around the world.
Arkansas Preschool Plus is just one of the many local affiliates the Dollywood Foundation works with to provide books to children. To provide the Imagination Library, a community must make the program accessible to all preschool children in their area, and the community pays for the books, promotes the program and registers the children. The Dollywood Foundation manages the delivery of books to children’s homes.
Arkansas Preschool Plus enrolls 960 children in Conway, Faulkner and Perry Counties. Currently, nearly 15,000 children are enrolled in Arkansas. The Imagination Library currently is working with elected officials, foundations and corporations in Arkansas in an effort to make the program available to all children from birth to age five in the state.
About Dolly Parton's Imagination Library:
Founded in 1995, Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library is a book gifting organization that has, to date, mailed more than 85 million books to children in Australia, Belize, Canada, United Kingdom and the United States. Each month, the program currently mails more than one million specially selected, high-quality, age-appropriate books to registered children from birth until they start Kindergarten in participating communities. Dolly envisioned creating a lifelong love of reading in children, preparing them for school and inspiring them to dream. Recent studies suggest participation in the Imagination Library is positively and significantly associated with higher measures of early language and math development. Penguin Random House is the exclusive publisher for Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library.
About The Dollywood Company:
A highly-awarded and widely-recognized leader in the amusement industry, The Dollywood Company consists of the 150-acre Dollywood theme park; the 35-acre Dollywood’s Splash Country; Dollywood’s DreamMore Resort; and Dollywood’s Smoky Mountain Cabins. As unique as its namesake and owner Dolly Parton, Dollywood is the 2010 Applause Award winner, the theme park industry’s highest accolade; winner of nearly 30 Golden Ticket Awards; and recipient of 25 Brass Ring Awards for Live Entertainment (more than any other theme park in the world). In 2014, Dollywood was named a top three US theme park by USA Today and TripAdvisor recognized Dollywood as a top 20 worldwide theme park in 2015. Dollywood is open nine months a year (late March through early January) and offers rides and attractions, shows, and a dozen crafters authentic to the East Tennessee region. Dollywood’s Splash Country, recognized by the Travel Channel as one of the country’s most beautiful waterparks and named 2009’s Must-See Waterpark by the International Association of Amusement Parks & Attractions, operates from Memorial Day to Labor Day. The 300-room Dollywood’s DreamMore Resort provides guests spectacular mountain views and family-friendly amenities next door to Dollywood theme park and Dollywood’s Splash Country. Dollywood’s Smoky Mountain Cabins offers luxurious cabin accommodations overlooking Dollywood. For more information, call 1-800-DOLLYWOOD or visit dollywood.com. Operating days and hours vary.
“Sing Saturday” Launches Event Film Starring Oscar® Winners Matthew McConaughey and Reese Witherspoon, as Well as Seth MacFarlane, Scarlett Johansson, John C. Reilly, Taron Egerton and Tori Kelly
Universal City, CA, November 14, 2016—Illumination Entertainment, Universal Pictures and AMC Theatres today announced a Thanksgiving weekend event for audiences of all ages: “Sing Saturday,” a celebration of free screenings of the new event film from Illumination at 200 AMC Theatres nationwide, on November 26. From the creators of Despicable Me, Sing—in which Academy Award® winners Matthew McConaughey and Reese Witherspoon lead an all-star cast—arrives nationwide on December 21, 2016.
Tickets for “Sing Saturday” screenings are available on a first-come, first-served basis to the first 200 moviegoers in line at participating AMC Theatres on Saturday, November 26 (10 a.m. local time). Audiences are encouraged to bring their family and friends of all ages and experience the film Variety calls “a game changer.” Moviegoers must be in line to receive a ticket for the screening.
“We are so proud that ‘Sing Saturday’ marks the biggest advance-screening program in the history of Universal Pictures and are honored to join AMC as we kick off the holiday season with Illumination’s gift for moviegoers of every generation,” said Nick Carpou, President of Distribution, Universal.
“For the past several years, Sing has been a labor of love for everyone at Illumination, as well as the tireless performers who have poured their hearts into this movie,” said Chris Meledandri, Founder and CEO of Illumination. “We know audiences of all ages will embrace the heart and the humor of this extraordinary film and can’t wait for movielovers to experience Sing over Thanksgiving weekend, throughout the holiday season and beyond.”
“For AMC movie-loving audiences of all ages who have cooked through Thanksgiving Thursday and shopped through Black Friday, AMC is thrilled to offer a holiday-entertainment treat with Sing Saturday,” said Elizabeth Frank, EVP and Chief Content and Programming Officer, AMC Theatres.
For more information and a list of AMC Theatres participating in “Sing Saturday,” please visit www.SingSaturday.com. Broadcast quality clips from Sing are available at www.epk.tv, and stills are available at www.image.net.
Illumination has captivated audiences all over the world with the beloved hits Despicable Me, Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax, Despicable Me 2 and Minions, now the second-highest-grossing animated movie in history. Following the release of this summer’s comedy blockbuster The Secret Life of Pets, Illumination presents Sing this holiday season.
With its highly relatable characters, heart and humor, the first collaboration between writer/director Garth Jennings (Son of Rambow, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy) and Illumination founder and CEO Chris Meledandri marks the sixth fully animated feature from the studio.
The event film stars Academy Award® winners Matthew McConaughey and Reese Witherspoon, alongside Seth MacFarlane, Scarlett Johansson, John C. Reilly, Taron Egerton and Grammy Award-nominated Tori Kelly.
Set in a world like ours but entirely inhabited by animals, Sing stars Buster Moon (McConaughey), a dapper koala who presides over a once-grand theater that has fallen on hard times. Buster is an eternal—some might even say delusional—optimist who loves his theater above all and will do anything to preserve it. Now faced with the crumbling of his life’s ambition, he has one final chance to restore his fading jewel to its former glory by producing the world’s greatest singing competition.
Five lead contestants emerge: Mike (MacFarlane), a mouse who croons as smoothly as he cons; Meena (Kelly), a timid teenage elephant with an enormous case of stage fright; Rosita (Witherspoon), an overtaxed mother run ragged tending a litter of 25 piglets; Johnny (Egerton), a young gangster gorilla looking to break free of his family’s felonies; and Ash (Johansson), a punk-rock porcupine struggling to shed her arrogant boyfriend and go solo.
Each arrives under Buster’s marquee believing that this is their shot to change the course of their life. And as Buster coaches each of his contestants closer and closer to the grand finale, he starts to learn that maybe the theater isn’t the only thing that is in need of saving.
Featuring more than 65 hit songs, Sing is produced by Meledandri and his longtime collaborator Janet Healy. Together, they have produced all of Illumination’s films since the studio’s inception. Released by Universal Pictures, Sing arrives in theaters on December 21, 2016. www.singmovie.com
About Illumination Entertainment
Illumination Entertainment, founded by Chris Meledandri in 2007, is one of the entertainment industry’s leading producers of event animated films. Illumination, which has an exclusive financing and distribution partnership with Universal Pictures, is the creator of the hugely successful Despicable Me franchise, which includes Minions, the second-highest-grossing animated film of all time, as well as Despicable Me 2, an Academy Award® nominee for Best Animated Feature of 2013. In all, Illumination’s films, which also include the 2016 record breaking The Secret Life of Pets, 2011’s Hop and 2012’s Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax, have grossed more than $4 billion in worldwide box-office revenues and feature some of the world’s most renowned talent.
Upcoming films include Despicable Me 3, starring Steve Carell, Kristen Wiig and Trey Parker, which is set for June 2017; and a newly-imagined version of Dr. Seuss’ How The Grinch Stole Christmas, starring Benedict Cumberbatch in the title role of The Grinch, which is set for November 2018. In addition, “Despicable Me: Minion Rush” (more than 750 million downloads) has become one of the world’s most popular apps, and Despicable Me: Minion Mayhem attracts huge crowds at Universal Orlando Resort and Universal Studios Hollywood.
About Universal Pictures
Universal Pictures is a division of Universal Studios (www.universalstudios.com). Universal Studios is part of NBCUniversal. NBCUniversal is one of the world’s leading media and entertainment companies in the development, production and marketing of entertainment, news and information to a global audience. NBCUniversal owns and operates a valuable portfolio of news and entertainment networks, a premier motion picture company, significant television production operations, a leading television stations group and world-renowned theme parks. NBCUniversal is a subsidiary of Comcast Corporation.
About AMC Theatres
AMC (NYSE: AMC) is the guest experience leader with 388 locations and 5,295 screens located primarily in the United States. AMC has propelled innovation in the theatrical exhibition industry and continues today by delivering more comfort and convenience, enhanced food & beverage, greater engagement and loyalty, premium sight & sound, and targeted programming. AMC operates the most productive theatres in the country’s top markets, including No. 1 market share in the top three markets (NY, LA, Chicago). http://www.amctheatres.com.
The 50th Annual Country Music Awards will air November 2 on ABC. The first list of performers have been announced and include some of the hottest acts in country music, including Dierks Bentley, Eric Church, Maren Morris, Keith Urban and more.
Happy Birthday to country music legend, Charlie Daniels! Artists like Dolly Parton, Keith Urban and Little Big Town wished the icon a happy 80th birthday.
The Grand Ole Opry is expanding into New York City. They will be opening their first “home away from home” with the Opry City Stage. The two story venue located in Times Square will serve native Nashville food and have live performances to bring the roots of country music into a new region of the country. The Opry City Stage is set to open in April of 2017.
CMT announced their Next Women of Country which includes artist like Maren Morris, Carly Pierce, Ashley Campbell, Aubrey Sellers and more! Congratulations to such wonderful musicians that we will be seeing more of throughout this upcoming year.
October 16 was an unforgettable night for country music during the star-studded, profoundly emotional Medallion Ceremony where Charlie Daniels, Fred Foster and Randy Travis were inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame. Randy Travis also sang for the first time publicly since his stroke.
Shania Twain received the Artist of a Lifetime award at the 2016 CMT Artists of the Year Awards. CMT Artists of the Year recipients included Carrie Underwood, Luke Bryan, Kelsea Ballerini and Chris Stapleton.
Eric Church and fellow songwriters celebrated their number one song, “Record Year.” Written by Church and Jeff Hyde, this song marks Eric Church’s seventh number one.
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ABOUT THE PICKUP:
Launched in early 2015, The Pickup, a syndicated country video news series produced by The Hot Seat, highlights today's stars and classic country artists making news today. New episodes are posted on the 1st and 15th of each month. The Pickup, hosted and produced by Adam Wurtzel, can be seen on the websites of broadcasters across the country (Nash Icon, HankFM, Midwest Communications, Zimmer Communications' 94.3 KAT Country, etc.), online media blogs, the U.K.'s SKY Television, Heartland Network, and Sandy Zimmerman's Las Vegas Television Network.
Sept 19, 2016
Popular Kentucky Bluegrass band NewTown lead singers Kati Penn and Jr. Williams will join host Jon Patch this Saturday, September 24, live on his Talkin’ Pets radio show.
They are promoting their newest CD, HARLAN ROAD (Mountain Home Music Company), which is filled with tales of the "everyman," and is available for purchase from iTunes, Amazon and other retail outlets. The CD debuted at #8 on the Billboard Top 10 Bluegrass Albums Chart in late July, and the critically-acclaimed disc’s “All That I Can Take” made its Bluegrass Today Weekly Chart debut that same week at #6. The CD is holding the #23 spot on the Roots Music Report Top 50 Bluegrass Album Chart this week.
The group continues a busy touring schedule with dates in Kentucky, Indiana and Illinois and performances at the IBMA World of Bluegrass celebration in Raleigh next week.
Tuesday, September 27 @ 10 p.m. / Moonstruck Showcase at the Lincoln Theater
Wednesday, September 28 @ 2:40 p.m. / Mountain Home Records show
Thursday, September 29 @ 1 p.m. Kati Penn / Songwriter Workshop with CJ Cain
Saturday, October 1 @ 4 p.m. / Street Fair
A stand-out in any genre, NewTown features the vocal magic of award-winning fiddler Kati Penn and her husband, Jr. Williams, a dynamic banjo player. Travis Anderson (bass), Mitchell Cannon (mandolin) and Hayes Griffin (guitar) bring energy, far-ranging talents and Bluegrass, Jazz and Contemporary influences to the group.
NewTown joinedCarrie Underwood, Chris Young, Brett Eldredge and other luminaries for the September 5 launch of NASHVILLE INSIDER, a new, 30-minute entertainment series.The show debutedin well over 100 MILLION households viaHeartland TV, The Family Channel, AMG TV, Angel Two/Dish TV, Keep It Country (UK) and Country TV (New Zealand).
The band has received heavy media coverage, including The Culture News, Lexington Herald-Leader, Bluegrass Today, Flash Point, Bluegrass Situation, Nashville Music Guide,Prescription Bluegrass,The Alternate Root, Country Standard Time and AXS.com,
Founded in 2009, the Lexington, Kentucky-based NewTown made the national spotlight with the 2013 album, TIME MACHINE, and the #1 Bluegrass Today single, "All I Was to You." The group has gained a strong following playing festivals throughout the U.S., sharing bills with Rhonda Vincent & The Rage, Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver, John Cowan Band and more. They have appeared several times at the Station Inn in Nashville, and twice performed at IBMA World of Bluegrass showcases in Raleigh, North Carolina.
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Review written by Jon Patch with 3 out of 4 paws
Florence Foster Jenkins
Paramount Pictures, Qwerty Films, Pathe Pictures International and BBC films present a PG-13, 110 minute, based on a true story, Biography, Drama, Comedy, directed by Stephen Frears and written by Nicholas Martin with a theater release date of August 12, 2016.