Provocative Film — FOUR — Sheds Light on Black Men “On The Down Low”

Film About A Black Married Man Who Steps Out For A Night With A White Teenage Boy Starts Conversation

Actor Wendell Pierce (HBO’s “The Wire“) takes the lead in a new, film FOUR (www.fourthemovie.com), in which he plays a closeted middle-aged man who, while away from his family on a “business trip” on the Fourth of July, is actually out on a date with a teenage boy he met online.  And while he’s away, his wife and daughter are left at home to quietly deal with the reality he leaves behind.

FOUR Alternate Theatrical Poster.  (PRNewsFoto/306 Releasing)

FOUR Alternate Theatrical Poster. (PRNewsFoto/306 Releasing)

The film not only challenges the cultural ideals of black masculinity, but also creates dialogue about the “in-between” existence that many middle class minorities live (i.e. being “too black” or not being “black enough”), about how people suppress their true selves in order to maintain the favor of others and about how many people keep God at arm’s length.  It’s also a portrayal of a black family rarely seen on film.  Continue reading

Jawbone Introduces MINI JAMBOX

Jawbone’s Best-Selling Wireless Speaker Gets Pocketable, Brings All Your Mobile Audio to Life

Jawbone®, a leader and innovator in smart audio devices and wearable technology, announced MINI JAMBOX(TM), a new addition to its best-selling JAMBOX® family of Bluetooth® speakers. MINI JAMBOX goes everywhere to add remarkable sound to every occasion. It lets you enjoy and share all of your content – movies, TV shows, games, music and calls – out loud from your phone or the cloud at any moment, completing all of your entertainment experiences with great wireless audio. A 2010 IDSA Design of the Decade winner, the company is the creator of the best-selling JAMBOX® and BIG JAMBOX® wireless speakers, the award-winning Jawbone ERA® and ICON(TM) Bluetooth® headsets, and NoiseAssassin® technology.

MINI JAMBOX Family.  (PRNewsFoto/Jawbone)

MINI JAMBOX Family. (PRNewsFoto/Jawbone)

At Jawbone, we believe in creating products that make daily experiences better – that’s why we created MINI JAMBOX,” said Travis Bogard, vice president of product management and strategy at Jawbone. “MINI JAMBOX goes with you literally everywhere and lets you take advantage of the spontaneous moments when you want to enjoy or share your entertainment, like streaming from Spotify on a road trip, showing friends a trending Vine clip at a party, or calling your family via Skype while honeymooning in Europe. Since you already watch and listen to most of your content on your phone or tablet, the best speaker is going to be the one that’s always with you. With MINI JAMBOX, you’ll have great-sounding audio wherever you are.”

MINI JAMBOX is crafted from a single piece of extruded aluminum that makes up both the framework and the face of the speaker, simultaneously producing its audio and its iconic industrial design. Inside the aluminum encasement, a rigid, airtight enclosure creates a maximally efficient acoustic cavity for producing sound. Outside, the precisely sculpted aluminum exterior exudes an innovative blend of high tech and high design.

Inside its compact nine-ounce package, an airtight enclosure features two neodymium drivers and a passive bass radiator to produce the highest-quality sound for its size. Using advanced digital signal processing technology, MINI JAMBOX is optimized to play all types of audio content and all genres of music with the fullest sound possible – movies, games, voice, and music from hip hop to classical. A built-in, rechargeable lithium-ion battery delivers up to 10 hours of continuous playback and 75 hours of standby time on a single charge.

Jawbone’s rich history of expertise in design, technology, hardware and software has allowed us to deliver a speaker that’s

Jawbone Logo.  (PRNewsFoto/Jawbone)

Jawbone Logo. (PRNewsFoto/Jawbone)

smaller, lighter and louder than ever before,” said Yves Behar, chief creative officer for Jawbone. “Its unibody aluminum chassis is a complete redesign of our iconic JAMBOX and our most avant-garde speaker design yet, allowing us to pack even more sound and technology into a significantly smaller and more portable package.”

Powered by Software

MINI JAMBOX comes with a free Jawbone application for iOS and Android that lets you customize MINI JAMBOX and curate the playlists you love right from your smartphone or mobile device (playlist services currently available on iOS only; coming soon to Android). Simply add your iTunes, Rdio, and Spotify music libraries to the Jawbone app to access all your favorite playlists in one place, and seamlessly switch back and forth between services with the swipe of a finger.

The Jawbone app (for iOS and Android) is available today as a free download from the App Store and on Google Play(TM). Streaming and playlist services, currently available on the Jawbone app for iOS, are compatible with all Jawbone speakers and third-party audio devices. Streaming and playlist services on the Jawbone app for Android will be available soon. Customization tools on the Jawbone app are exclusive to MINI JAMBOX.

The new Jawbone app also lets you personalize the name of your MINI JAMBOX and quickly demo the 11 voices and 8 language options for the voice prompts on your speaker. Customize the Talk button on MINI JAMBOX via the Jawbone app to initiate a variety of different functions, like activating Siri or automatically dialing your favorite contact. Because MINI JAMBOX is equipped with a high-quality Type-1 compliant speakerphone, you can enjoy and share crystal-clear calls or video conferences out loud from any location.

MINI JAMBOX can also be updated with LiveAudio(TM) – Jawbone’s immersive, three-dimensional listening experience – directly from www.Jawbone.com. Turn it on to experience movies and games as if you’re right in the middle of the action. And, as other features and services are released for the updateable SmartSpeaker(TM), MINI JAMBOX will become even better over time.

MINI JAMBOX is priced at $179.99 and comes in nine eye-catching designs (Red Dot, Silver Dot, Graphite Facet, Blue Diamond, Aqua Scales, Purple Snowflake, Yellow Dot, Orange Dot, and Green Dot). It is available for pre-order at www.Jawbone.com and at major retailers nationwide and online later this month.

NEW EXHIBITIONS AT THE METROPOLITAN MUSEUM OF ART

Janet Cardiff:  The Forty Part Motet

September 10–December 8, 2013

In celebration of the 75th anniversary of The Cloisters Museum and Gardens, The Forty Part Motet (2001)—a sound installation by Janet Cardiff (Canadian, born 1957)—will be presented at The Cloisters. Consisting of 40 high-fidelity speakers positioned on stands throughout the Fuentidueña Chapel, the 14-minute work, with a three-minute spoken prologue, will continuously play an 11-minute reworking of the 40-part motet Spem in alium numquam habui (ca. 1556?/1573?) by Tudor composer Thomas Tallis (ca. 1505-1585). Visitors are encouraged to walk among the loudspeakers and hear the individual unaccompanied voices – bass, baritone, alto, tenor, and child soprano—one part per speaker—as well as engage in the polyphonic choral effect of the combined singers in an immersive experience. Dominated by a 12th-century Spanish apse, the Fuentidueña Chapel is used regularly for live concerts of early music and is known for outstanding acoustics. The installation represents the first presentation of contemporary art at The Cloisters. The installation is organized by The Metropolitan Museum of Art from the collection of the National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa. Support for the project is provided in part by Sarah Peter and Rosamond Ivey.

Interwoven Globe:  The Worldwide Textile Trade, 1500-1800

September 16, 2013–January 5, 2014

Beginning in the 16th century, the golden age of European maritime navigation in search of spice routes to the East brought about the flowering of an abundant textile trade. Textiles often acted as direct currency for spices, as well as other luxury goods. Textiles and textile designs made their way around the globe, from India and Asia to Europe, between India and Asia and Southeast Asia from Europe to the east, and eventually west to the American colonies. Blending the traditional designs, skills, and tastes of all the cultures that produced or purchased them, these beautiful and historically fascinating fabrics also served as conduits of information, sparking ideas of imagined exotic lands and peoples in both East and West. The exhibition will include works from across the Museum’s collection—augmented by a few key domestic and international loans—in order to make worldwide visual connections, and to highlight an important design story that has never been told from a truly global perspective.

The exhibition is made possible by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Diane W. and James E. Burke Fund, The Coby Foundation, Ltd., The Favrot Fund, the Gail and Parker Gilbert Fund, and the Quinque Foundation. Accompanied by a catalogue.

Feathered Walls: Hangings from Ancient Peru

September 16, 2013–March 2, 2014

Ten spectacular feather panels—probably hangings— made by the Wari peoples of southern Peru between about 700 and 1000 comprise this installation. Made of finely woven cotton cloth and measuring about seven by two feet on average, the panels are completely covered with the small iridescent body feathers of the blue and yellow macaw in an arresting design of large rectangles. They rank among the most luxurious and unusual works created by textile artists in Peru prior to the Spanish conquest in 1532.

The exhibition is made possible by the Friends of the Department of the Arts of Africa, Oceania, and the Americas.

Medieval Treasures from Hildesheim

September 17, 2013–January 5, 2014

Hildesheim Cathedral has one of the most complete surviving ensembles of church furnishings and treasures in Europe, with many masterpieces made between 1000 and 1250. As a result, it was designated a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site in 1985. A major renovation of the cathedral provides an opportunity for this extraordinary exhibition of medieval church treasures to take place at the Metropolitan Museum. The exhibition, consisting of about 50 works, will focus primarily on Bishop Bernward of Hildesheim (960-1022), one of the greatest patrons of the arts in the Middle Ages. In addition to the famous monumental bronze doors and the column in Hildesheim Cathedral that cannot travel, Bernward commissioned many smaller precious works of art, mostly for his monastic foundation St. Michael’s. A silver crucifix and candlesticks and numerous illuminated manuscripts (that he is known to have commissioned), and the Golden Madonna (that he is believed to have commissioned), will be part of the exhibition.

The exhibition will also examine the artistic production of Hildesheim in the high Middle Ages, including the monumental bronze baptismal font that is a masterpiece of 13th-century metalwork. The exhibition is made possible by the Michel David-Weill Fund. It is supported by an indemnity from the Federal Council on the Arts and the Humanities. Accompanied by a publication.

Balthus: Cats and Girls—Paintings and Provocations

September 25, 2013–January 12, 2014

Balthus is best known for his series of pensive adolescents who dream or read in rooms that are closed to the outside world. Focusing on his finest works, the exhibition will be limited to approximately 35 paintings dating from the mid-1930s to the 1950s. Between 1936 and 1939, Balthus painted his celebrated series of portraits of Thérèse Blanchard, his young neighbor in Paris. Thérèse posed alone, with her cat, or with her two brothers. When Balthus lived in Switzerland during WWII, he replaced the forbidding austerity of his Paris studio with more colorful interiors in which different nymphets daydream, read, or nap. The exhibition concludes with images that he created of Frédérique Tison, his favorite model, at the Château de Chassy in the Morvan during the 1950s.  Never before shown in public will be the series of 40 small ink drawings for Mitsou, in which the 11-year-old Balthus evoked his adventures with a stray tomcat and which were published by the German poet Rainer Maria Rilke in 1921. This is the first exhibition in 30 years of the artist’s works in this country. Four works belong to the Museum’s collection and—with the exception of several loans from France, England, Switzerland, and Australia—the rest will be from museums and private collections in the United States.

The exhibition is made possible by the Eugene V. and Clare E. Thaw Charitable Trust, the Pierre and Tana Matisse Foundation, and Diane Carol Brandt. Accompanied by a publication. Continue reading

JAY Z Announces Confirmed North American Magna Carter World Tour Dates

Tickets to Go on Sale Thursday, September 12th starting at 10:00am (EST)

JAY Z… Paced the stage with a studied nonchalance, pouring all his energy into his explosive, bull’s-­-eye-­-accurate rhymes.” – EW

JAY Z glided stealthily.. Like a big cat stalking its prey … commanded the stage and the fans” – Chicago Tribune

JAY Z has announced the confirmed dates for the North American leg of his “Magna Carter World Tour.”  The new dates, which follow the tour’s international run, will begin on Saturday, November 30th.

Produced by Live Nation (NYSE: LYV), the 34-date tour will go on sale Thursday, September 12th starting at 10:00am (EST) thru www.LiveNation.com and www.Ticketmaster.com.

Live Nation mobile app users will have access to presale tickets beginning Wednesday, September 11th. Mobile users can text “LNAPP” OR 404040 to download the Live Nation mobile app. (Available for iOS and Android.) All presales end at 10 p.m. local time on Wednesday, September 11th.

JAY Z recently released the now double platinum “Magna Carta… Holy Grail,” just wrapped the sold out “Legends Of The Summer” stadium tour with Justin Timberlake and over Labor Day, oversaw his second annual Budweiser Made In America festival; both to rave reviews.

But Jay Z’s visions of pop cultural dominance are perhaps best realized in his two-day Budweiser Made In America festival.” – LA TIMES

“…in only its second year, already emerging as one of the top festivals on an increasingly crowded circuit. Another trait that made this weekend’s festival such a smashing success was the eclecticism of the lineup, concentrated onto those three stages with little to no filler.”- ROLLING STONE

MAGNA CARTER WORLD TOUR – NORTH AMERICA

November 30th       St. Paul, MN                      Xcel Energy Center

December 1st        Lincoln, NE                       Pinnacle Bank Arena

December 2nd        Denver, CO                        Pepsi Center

December 6th        Anaheim, CA                       Honda Center

December 7th        San Diego, CA                     Valley View Casino Center

December 9th        Los Angeles, CA                   Staples Center

December 10th       Fresno, CA                        Save Mart Center

December 11th       San Jose, CA                      SAP Center at San Jose

December 13th       Las Vegas, NV                     Mandalay Bay Events Center

December 18th       Oklahoma City, OK                 Chesapeake Energy Arena

December 19th       Houston, TX                       Toyota Center

December 20th       San Antonio, TX                   AT&T Center

December 21st       Dallas, TX                        American Airlines Center

December 27th       Atlanta, GA                       Philips Arena

December 28th       Birmingham, AL                    BJCC Arena

January 2nd         Ft. Lauderdale, FL                BB&T Center

January 4th         Charlotte, NC                     Time Warner Cable Arena

January 5th         Greensboro, NC                    Greensboro Coliseum Complex

January 8th         Cleveland, OH                     Quicken Loans Arena

January 9th         Chicago, IL                       United Center

January 10th        Detroit, MI                       The Palace Of Auburn Hills

January 12th        Brooklyn, NY                      Barclays Center

January 13th        Brooklyn, NY                      Barclays Center

January 16th        Washington DC                     Verizon Center

January 17th        Uncasville, CT                    Mohegan Sun Arena

January 18th        Boston, MA                        TD Garden

January 19th        Uniondale, NY                     Nassau Coliseum

January 21st        Pittsburgh, PA                    CONSOL Energy Center

January 22nd        Newark, NJ                        Prudential Center

January 24th        Montreal, PQ                      Bell Centre

January 27th        Toronto, ON                       Air Canada Centre

January 29th        Philadelphia, PA                  Wells Fargo Center

January 30th        Buffalo, NY                       First Niagara Center

January 31st        State College, PA                 Bryce Jordan Center

 

Cutting Edge Haunted House Open This Friday the 13th

Looking for things to do in Dallas Fort Worth, Texas? Guinness World Record Winning Cutting Edge Haunted House Opens this Friday the 13th

Be afraid, be very, very afraid, because the planets have aligned and the fates have conspired to make this a truly momentous occasion; a gathering of ghouls, zombies and undead creatures of the night, who will mark this date in history with the bloodcurdling screams of their helpless victims. Break out the salt shakers, rabbits’ feet, four leaf clovers, garlic cloves, crucifixes and holy water, because the Cutting Edge Haunted House (in DALLAS/FORT WORTH, TEXAS) opens for the season on Friday, the 13th of September in 2013!  Cutting Edge Haunted House is a dark Halloween attraction located in Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas filled with terrifying live actors, amazing special effects and incredible monsters. This intense, cutting edge, multi-story, multi-themed haunted house is widely considered to be one of the best Haunted Houses in the nation, full of chilling detail and unbelievable scares.

CUTTING EDGE HAUNTED HOUSE POSTER: OPEN FRI 13th 8-10:30pm, Cutting Edge Haunted House, "Two-Time Guinness World Record Winner," Fort Worth, Texas. Go to www.CuttingEdgeHauntedHouse.com for details and tickets.  (PRNewsFoto/Cutting Edge Haunted House)

CUTTING EDGE HAUNTED HOUSE POSTER: OPEN FRI 13th 8-10:30pm, Cutting Edge Haunted House, “Two-Time Guinness World Record Winner,” Fort Worth, Texas. Go to http://www.CuttingEdgeHauntedHouse.com for details and tickets. (PRNewsFoto/Cutting Edge Haunted House)

There’ll be nowhere to run, and nowhere to hide, so bring a change of underwear and your best brave face, because Cutting Edge Haunted House (http://www.cuttingedgehauntedhouse.com) is pulling out all the stops on this night of nights.  Don’t step on any cracks, avoid black cats and ladders, and don’t break any mirrors because you’ll need all the luck you can muster to make it out alive!

Forget Halloween, if you want to go through a haunted house on the creepiest night of the year, this coming Friday the 13th is the night to do it.  Under the light of a waxing Harvest moon, zombies and werewolves and undead creatures of all shapes and sizes will be trolling the grounds of the Cutting Edge, looking for victims to fuel their energy. The gates open promptly at the stroke of eight, and the screaming starts at 8:01, so get your tickets now and don’t get left out, or you might just live to regret it!

Cutting Edge Haunted House is one of the top haunts in the nation year after year as selected by www.HauntedHouseRatings.com, Hauntworld Magazine, AOL, Yahoo, the Wall Street Journal, US Airways Magazine, Fangoria Magazine, USA Travel Guide and dozens of other media sources make Cutting Edge Haunted House one of the most interesting things to do in Dallas Fort Worth Texas this Friday the 13th.

Come see what new horrors lurk in the twisting corridors of Texas’s ultimate haunted house. Visit www.cuttingedgehauntedhouse.com or call 817-675-7459 for more information.

Early Times® Kentucky Whisky Salutes Sportsmen with New Hunter’s Edition Bottle Series

Limited release camouflage bottle available beginning in September

Early Times Kentucky Whisky announces the introduction of its new Hunter’s Edition bottle series this fall. This special

Early Times Kentucky Whisky releases its new Hunter's Edition camouflage bottle.  (PRNewsFoto/Early Times)

Early Times Kentucky Whisky releases its new Hunter’s Edition camouflage bottle. (PRNewsFoto/Early Times)

camouflage package pays tribute to sportsmen and the great outdoor traditions. Set to hit shelves in September, the Early Times Hunter’s Edition 2013 bottle is presented in a square 750ml package covered with a dark brown and green camouflage pattern. Available nationwide, the bottle contains 80-proof Early Times Kentucky Whisky and is offered at a suggested retail price of $11.99.

Early Times is excited to introduce the Hunter’s Edition bottle series in celebration of the American tradition of hunting,” said Therese McGuire, Early Times Brand Manager. “We encourage outdoorsmen and whisky fans to enjoy their time in the outdoors responsibly and celebrate afterwards with a glass of Early Times.”

To learn more about the Early Times Hunter’s Edition, please visit www.earlytimes.com or www.facebook.com/EarlyTimesWhisky.

About Early Times

Early Times is enjoyed in 28 countries around the world and the Early Times Mint Julep is the “Official Drink of the Kentucky Derby(TM).” Brown-Forman Corporation, Louisville, Kentucky, is a diversified producer and marketer of fine quality alcohol brands, including Jack Daniel’s, Southern Comfort, Finlandia Vodka, Woodford Reserve, Tequila Herradura, el Jimador Tequila, Canadian Mist, Old Forester and Korbel California Champagnes.

Bloomberg Businessweek Film “HANK: 5 Years From the Brink” Coming Exclusively to Netflix On September 16

Netflix, Inc. and Bloomberg Businessweek announced the new documentary film “HANK: Five Years From the Brink” will launch exclusively on Netflix on September 16, 2013. The film, co-produced by Bloomberg Businessweek and RadicalMedia, features former U.S. Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson and is timed to the fifth anniversary of the

Film poster for "HANK: Five Years From the Brink" (PRNewsFoto/Netflix, Inc.)

Film poster for “HANK: Five Years From the Brink” (PRNewsFoto/Netflix, Inc.)

collapse of Lehman Brothers, and the start of the global financial crisis.

“HANK: Five Years From the Brink” is directed by Academy Award and seven-time Emmy nominated filmmaker Joe Berlinger, whose documentaries include the critically acclaimed “Brother’s Keeper,” the “Paradise Lost” trilogy, “Metallica: Some Kind of Monster” and “Crude.” The film marks the debut production from Bloomberg Businessweek Films, a newly launched initiative that will seek out visual, complex, and emotionally rewarding business stories as original producers and acquirers.

For three weeks in September 2008, Hank Paulson was the one person charged with preventing the collapse of the U.S. economy. In “HANK: Five Years from the Brink,” Paulson tells the complete story of how he worked to persuade banks, members of congress, and presidential candidates to sign off on nearly $1 trillion in bailouts–even as he found the behavior that led to the crisis, and the bailouts themselves, morally reprehensible. Paulson also details here why another fiscal crisis is inevitable.

No one understood financial markets better than Hank Paulson, the former CEO of Goldman Sachs. Yet Paulson wasn’t quite the pinstriped banker he appeared to be. In exclusive interviews, Paulson tells of his childhood on a farm in the Midwest, aspiring to be a forest ranger. Paulson was a family man–married to his wife, Wendy, for 40 years–and a devout Christian Scientist with left-leaning politics. After working on his first bailout as a junior staffer in the Pentagon and then in the Nixon White House, Paulson returned with his family to his native Chicago to forge a career at Goldman

Netflix, Inc. Logo. (PRNewsFoto/Netflix, Inc.)

Netflix, Inc. Logo. (PRNewsFoto/Netflix, Inc.)

   Sachs. Hank Paulson had refused two previous offers to be Secretary of the Treasury before finally accepting in 2006, not willing to let his fear of failure or his family’s distaste of the Bush administration–which Wendy readily admits in separate interviews–stop him from serving his country.

To see the collapse through Paulson’s eyes sheds new light on both the crisis that was, and the depression that could have been. “HANK: Five Years From the Brink” is a riveting portrait of leadership under unimaginable pressure–and a marriage surviving under unfathomable circumstances.

We love bringing thought-provoking documentaries to our members and so to be the premiere home for ‘HANK: Five Years From the Brink’ is a thrill for us,” said Netflix Chief Content Officer, Ted Sarandos.

“We’re honored to have ‘HANK’ seen on such an innovative platform as Netflix, and incredibly fortunate to have been able to partner with the great Joe Berlinger on this documentary,” said Bloomberg Businessweek editor and producer, Josh

Bloomberg Businessweek Films logo.  (PRNewsFoto/Netflix, Inc.)

Bloomberg Businessweek Films logo. (PRNewsFoto/Netflix, Inc.)

Tyrangiel, who is leading the Bloomberg Businessweek Films initiative.

“As a documentary filmmaker for over 20 years, it’s really exciting to find novel ways to reach audiences with a new content creator like Bloomberg Businessweek Films, through an expanding powerhouse like Netflix,” said director and producer Joe Berlinger.

“‘HANK: Five Years From the Brink’ perfectly represents the type of thought-provoking work Bloomberg Businessweek will release, and the new opportunity sponsors will have to be associated with our unique projects,” said Paul Bascobert, President of Bloomberg Businessweek.

“HANK” will be available in the U.S., Canada, UK and Ireland on September 16, 2013, and in the remaining Netflix territories on November 1, 2013. The film will be distributed by Virgil Film and Entertainment. Submarine represented Bloomberg Businessweek for the deals with Virgil and Netflix.

For additional information, please visit: http://www.businessweek.com/hank