AMC Partners with Spirit Halloween to Produce Exclusive Costumes and Accessories Based on Hit TV Series, “The Walking Dead”

Just In Time for the New Season of “The Walking Dead” and Halloween, Spirit Halloween Creates Exclusive Line of Costumes and Accessories to Battle Zombies

AMC and Spirit Halloween, North America’s leading seasonal Halloween retailer, announced today an exclusive Halloween 2013 partnership that will introduce new affordable premium costumes, accessories and more based on characters from “The Walking Dead” – the first original cable series ever to finish a broadcast TV season as the No. 1 show for adults 18-49.

Spirit Halloween (www.spirithalloween.com).  (PRNewsFoto/Spirit Halloween)

Spirit Halloween (www.spirithalloween.com). (PRNewsFoto/Spirit Halloween)

With a partnership built between Spirit Halloween and AMC, the retailer has been able to develop one-of-a-kind quality products that “The Walking Dead” fans desire. Fans can choose costumes of their favorite characters including Rick Grimes, Daryl, Michonne and several of the iconic series’ zombies.

Spirit Halloween also developed a Sassy Rick Grimes costume for women who want to dress up as their favorite sheriff and still feel fashionable. The complete line of exclusive costumes and accessories, available in a range of sizes for both kids and adults, brings enthusiasts the largest variety of “The Walking Dead” apparel for the 2013 Halloween season. The line of products includes:
Rick Grimes – costume features the signature police hat, shirt, pants and belt, available for boys and men (MSRP: $39.99-$49.99)
Sassy Rick Grimes – exclusive design includes Rick’s hat, women’s fitted shirt, belt and a trendy skirt for women to replace the pants, available for women (MSRP: $49.99)
Bunny Slipper Girl – costume complete with robe, pajamas, wig and slippers in sizes for both girls and women (MSRP: $39.99-$49.99)
Daryl’s Vest – black faux leather vest with printed wings (MSRP: $29.99)
Daryl’s Ear Necklace – four latex ears dangling from a string (MSRP:
$9.99)
Michonne’s Wig – complete with a colorful striped headband and long thick locks (MSRP: $19.99)
Michonne’s Katana – exclusive design foam Katana (MSRP: $14.99)
Zombie Neck Chain – officially licensed 12-inch zombie neck chain (MSRP:
$14.99)
Rick’s Machete – featuring a zombie blood stained edge (MSRP: $9.99)
Deluxe Zombie Make-up Kit – complete with zombie teeth, tattoo sheet, bloody scab and more (MSRP: $9.99) Continue reading

Best Las Vegas Halloween Parties: The Wildest 2013 Halloween Parties on the Las Vegas Strip, Announced by EarlyVegas.com

The best Vegas Halloween parties of 2013 will be in full swing all week long. EarlyVegas.com has the inside scoop on the best nightclubs for Halloween in Las Vegas.

“What Happens in Vegas, Stays in Vegas”

This article was originally written by Lauren Yap, Editor of www.EarlyVegas.com, with additional content by Phillip D. Johnson, www.fashionpluslifestyle.wordpress.com

The Las Vegas Halloween 2013 party scene is undoubtedly one of the best bashes of the year. While the little ones trick-or-treat, Las Vegas hotels will host a week long, adult-only celebration with celebrity DJs, outrageous costumes and prepare ffb_newlogo_indexto get wild on the Strip for Vegas Halloween 2013.

Hard Rock Hotel and Casino Las Vegas

The Hard Rock Hotel and Casino (http://www.hardrockhotel.com/) is hosting not just one, but two of the best Vegas Halloween parties of the year. The most infamous bash of all is the 18th Annual Fetish and Fantasy Halloween Ball 2013. The Fetish and Fantasy Ball will be held on Saturday, Oct. 26 at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino from 10pm-4am. The multi-level venue will feature costumed acrobats, a human zoo, fire performers and pounding music by DJ Darude. Halloween costumes are required for entry, no party poopers allowed.

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Also at The Hard Rock Hotel and Casino Las Vegas is Rock N Horror 80s Halloween Party. This party goes down on Halloween Night, Thursday, Oct. 31 at 10:30pm at Body English Nightclub. Body English Nightclub and Afterhours is already one of the best Las Vegas clubs on the Strip. The nightlife hot spot hosts the 2013 Halloween party featuring music by Leigh Gorman from Bow Wow Wow and 80’s Video Music DJ CB Shaw. Continue reading

Tech Review: iFrogz® Coda Forte Wireless Bluetooth Headphones, the Perfect Hybrid Digital Audio Gadget for our Times

ENJOY HI-FIDELITY SOUND FROM THE GO ANYWHERE, DO ANYTHING CODA FORTE WIRELESS BLUETOOTH HEADPHONES

Coda Forte Wireless Bluetooth Headphones from iFrogz

Coda Forte Wireless Bluetooth Headphones from iFrogz

When you are thinking about buying a pair of headphones, what are your criteria for choosing one above over all others? Well, I am first and foremost looking for headphones that will deliver excellent sound quality with minimal disruptions during use. Next, comfort, wearability and ease of use are a major factor. A high quality design doesn’t hurt either

because quite frankly, who wants to walk around with ugly, poorly designed headphones? Naturally, you want to be

Coda Forte Wireless Bluetooth  Headphones (Blue)

Coda Forte Wireless Bluetooth Headphones (Blue)

wearing headphones with technical features that are as up to date and current as you consider yourself to be, meaning you want the latest and greatest bells and whistles. Finally, you want all of these features at a reasonable price.

In the past, you could only find all three features in very expensive brands such as Bose or in professional equipment used in recording studios by professional engineers. Nowadays, with the technology spreading throughout all levels of the industry, you can pretty purchase a high sound quality, reasonably-priced pair of headphones that is as edgy, modern and fashion-forward as the clothes on your back. I actually found all my requirements in one pair of headphones, the Coda Forte Wireless Bluetooth Headphones from iFrogz, a ZAGG Inc. Brand.

iFrogz®, a ZAGG Inc brand (ZAGG) specializes in creative, value-priced mobile accessories, and the iFrogz Coda Forte Wireless Bluetooth headphones gives you the best of all possible worlds, setting you up hours and hours of enjoyment well in the future. Lightweight and comfortable, the Coda Forte combines the latest Bluetooth wireless technology with powerful drivers for seamless, high-fidelity audio quality. It can be either a Bluetooth-enabled wireless unit that runs on integrated rechargeable batteries that deliver 10-12 hours of continuous audio on a single charge for cordless mobile audio, or be used as a regular pair of headphone attached to your device via the enclosed detachable tencel cord that thankfully is tangle-free.  I tested the headphones in both situations and it perfomed like a champion. While in Bluetooth wireless mode, I was able to vacuum, Coda Forte Wireless Bluetooth Headphones (White)wash the dishes and generally take care of business without having to worry about unexpected entanglements. While working on my laptop, I used the headphone in the “traditional” manner, never having to worry about background noise and other disruptions or, again, pesky tangled cords. It’s amazing how much the little things matter, isn’t it?

In terms of comfort, wearability and ease of use, you can’t go wrong here either. The earpieces are amazingly comfortable and more than adequately cover my ears. The strip of leather-covered foam that is part and parcel of the band (of the headphone) is an unexpected pleasure and a treat. The Coda Forte is also very lightweight, to the point where, because of the high level of comfort, after a while, I stopped thinking about them and simply enjoyed theCoda Forte Wireless Bluetooth Headphones (Pink) music. I wasn’t touching them every ten minutes to get a better fit. And because aesthetics matter, the Coda Forte Wireless Bluetooth scored major points in this category as well.  They are beautifully designed with a matte finish and come in an array of vibrant colors (including blue, black, red and white).

The Coda Forte Wireless Bluetooth is plug-and-play compatible with the iPhone/iPad/iPod Touch, all Android phones/tablets, all Macintosh/Apple computers and PCs, has built-in controls to provide volume and track adjustment, as well as one-touch acceptance of incoming calls from your smartphone using a built-in microphone, and can be charged via USB from your computer or a USB power adapter.

Our Coda line of audio products features remarkable styling and quality, and adding the Bluetooth technology in the Coda Forte makes these headphones even more practical and flexible,” says Kent Wuthrich, executive vice president of marketing at ZAGG. “Customers will love the convenience of the Bluetooth connection, and they will be very impressed with the power and quality of the sound.” Continue reading

MoMA Presents: Mikko Niskanen’s Eight Deadly Shots and Peter Von Bagh’s The Story of Mikko Niskanen

October 15—22, 2013

The Roy and Niuta Titus Theaters

The Museum of Modern Art, 11 West 53 Street, New York, NY 10019, (212) 708-9400, www.MoMA.org.

Long before The Wire, Breaking Bad, and The Killing, there was Mikko Niskanen’s Eight Deadly Shots, an extraordinary Finnish television miniseries that recounted in flashback and unflinching detail the desperate circumstances that led an impoverished tenant farmer to shoot four policemen in a drunken rage. We have the brilliant film historian and filmmaker Peter Von Bagh—who is also the artistic director of Finland’s Midnight Sun Film Festival and the co-director of Il Cinema Ritrovato in Bologna— to thank for resurrecting this forgotten gem from 1972, which makes its New York debut in itsmoma-logo original five-hour-plus version, presented as part of To Save and Project: The 11th MoMA International Festival of Film Preservation.

Von Bagh’s own documentary portrait of Mikko Niskanen is an indispensable companion piece to these screenings, providing the context in which Eight Deadly Shots was made. Niskanen’s aesthetic sensibility—brutal yet compassionate—recalls both Victor Sjöstrom’s silent-era masterpiece The Phantom Chariot (1921) and the neorealist films of Ken Loach. Von Bagh makes evident, through family home movies, film clips, and interviews, the painful degree to which Niskanen identified with the farmer’s defiance and despair.

A scene from Mikko Niskanen's EIGHT DEADLY SHOTS,  presented as part of To Save and Project: The 11th MoMA International Festival of Film Preservation.
A scene from Mikko Niskanen’s EIGHT DEADLY SHOTS, presented as part of To Save and Project: The 11th MoMA International Festival of Film Preservation.

Screening Schedule

Eight Deadly Shots and The Story of Mikko Niskanen

October 15–22, 2013

Tuesday, October 15

3:45 Kahdeksan surmanluotia (Eight Deadly Shots). 1972. Finland. Written and directed by Mikko Niskanen. With Niskanen, Tarja-Tuuliki Tarsala. Courtesy The Finnish Film Foundation and YLE. Digital projection. In Finnish; English subtitles. 316 min., plus one 10-minute intermission.

A scene from Mikko Niskanen's EIGHT DEADLY SHOTS,  presented as part of To Save and Project: The 11th MoMA International Festival of Film Preservation.
A scene from Mikko Niskanen’s EIGHT DEADLY SHOTS, presented as part of To Save and Project: The 11th MoMA International Festival of Film Preservation.

Wednesday, October 16

3:45 Kahdeksan surmanluotia (Eight Deadly Shots). 1972. Finland. Written and directed by Mikko Niskanen. With Niskanen, Tarja-Tuuliki Tarsala. Courtesy The Finnish Film Foundation and YLE. Digital projection. In Finnish; English subtitles. 316 min., plus one 10-minute intermission.

Thursday, October 17

4:15 Kahdeksan surmanluotia (Eight Deadly Shots). 1972. Finland. Written and directed by Mikko Niskanen. With Niskanen, Tarja-Tuuliki Tarsala. Courtesy The Finnish Film Foundation and YLE. Digital projection. In Finnish; English subtitles. 316 min., plus one 10-minute intermission.

Friday, October 18

4:30 Kahdeksan surmanluotia (Eight Deadly Shots). 1972. Finland. Written and directed by Mikko Niskanen. With Niskanen, Tarja-Tuuliki Tarsala. Courtesy The Finnish Film Foundation and YLE. Digital projection. In Finnish; English subtitles. 316 min., plus one 10-minute intermission.

Saturday, October 19

1:30 Mikko Niskanen—Ohjaaja matkalla ihmiseksi (The Story of Mikko Niskanen). 2010. Finland. Written and directed by Peter Von Bagh. Courtesy The Finnish Film Foundation. Digital projection. In Finnish; English subtitles. 178 min.

5:15 Kahdeksan surmanluotia (Eight Deadly Shots). 1972. Finland. Written and directed by Mikko Niskanen. With Niskanen, Tarja-Tuuliki Tarsala. Courtesy The Finnish Film Foundation and YLE. Digital projection. In Finnish; English subtitles. 316 min., plus one 10-minute intermission.

Sunday, October 20

2:00 Kahdeksan surmanluotia (Eight Deadly Shots). 1972. Finland. Written and directed by Mikko Niskanen. With Niskanen, Tarja-Tuuliki Tarsala. Courtesy The Finnish Film Foundation and YLE. Digital projection. In Finnish; English subtitles. 316 min., plus one 10-minute intermission. Introduced by Peter Von Bagh.

Tuesday, October 22

4:00 Mikko Niskanen—Ohjaaja matkalla ihmiseksi (The Story of Mikko Niskanen). 2010. Finland. Written and directed by Peter Von Bagh. Courtesy The Finnish Film Foundation. Digital projection. In Finnish; English subtitles. 178 min

MoMA Presents: Mikko Niskanen’s Eight Deadly Shots and Peter Von Bagh’s The Story of Mikko Niskanen is organized by Joshua Siegel, Associate Curator, Department of Film.

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New Flagship Olympus OM-D E-M1® Camera Is the Pinnacle of Olympus Innovation

MICRO FOUR THIRDS® CAMERA DELIVERS MAXIMUM FOUR THIRDS® LENS PERFORMANCE, DSLR IMAGE QUALITY, RUGGED DURABILITY AND SUPER-LARGE EVF; NEW LENSES ESTABLISH M.ZUIKO® PRO CATEGORY

In response to the demand for a compact system camera as powerful as a professional DSLR, Olympus has introduced the Olympus OM-D E-M1®, its new premium flagship camera and worthy Micro Four Thirds successor to the Olympus E-5 DSLR. The E-M1 has a revolutionary design for advanced photographers looking for a high-performance tool in a compact system camera package. The powerful E-M1 is also packed with incredible speed and image quality that rivals full-frame DSLRs, in a portable yet lightweight body designed to go anywhere.

Olympus introduces the OM-D E-M1(R), its new premium flagship camera and worthy successor to its E-5 DSLR. As powerful as a pro DSLR, the E-M1 is a compact system camera with a revolutionary design made for advanced photographers who demand incredible speed and image quality in a lightweight go-anywhere durable body.  (PRNewsFoto/Olympus Imaging America Inc.)

Olympus introduces the OM-D E-M1(R), its new premium flagship camera and worthy successor to its E-5 DSLR. As powerful as a pro DSLR, the E-M1 is a compact system camera with a revolutionary design made for advanced photographers who demand incredible speed and image quality in a lightweight go-anywhere durable body. (PRNewsFoto/Olympus Imaging America Inc.)

The Olympus OM-D E-M1 now works seamlessly with all ZUIKO Digital lenses, in addition to working with M.ZUIKO Digital lenses, so photographers can enjoy optimum performance of the entire Olympus lens lineup. This is possible due to advanced DUAL FAST AF system that combines both Contrast AF and On-Chip Phase Detection AF. DSLR users familiar with an optical viewfinder will marvel at its electronic viewfinder (EVF) that is as large as a full-frame DSLR viewfinder and has added creative control. Its ergonomic body provides easy access to all manual controls and is ready for action in the most difficult shooting conditions.

Olympus also announced the development of two new high-performance lenses, establishing the M.ZUIKO PRO lens category. The ZUIKO Digital ED 12-40mm f2.8 PRO lens (24-80mm, 35mm equivalent) and the ZUIKO Digital ED 40-150mm f2.8 PRO (80-300mm, 35mm equivalent) will expand the imaging options for professionals and serious photo enthusiasts alike. Continue reading

Jergens® Skincare Provides A Glimpse Into The Lives Of The Women Of West Africa With The Premiere Of “Women’s Gold: The Empowering Story Of Shea Butter”

Jergens Skincare and Taraji P. Henson showcase how Shea Butter brings radiance to the lives of women around the world.

Jergens Skincare and Taraji P. Henson showcase how Shea Butter brings radiance to the lives of women around the world.

Known as Women’s Gold, Shea Butter is renowned for its radiance-boosting, moisturizing benefits—and its power to improve the lives of women in West Africa, where women are solely responsible for the harvesting of the precious ingredient. Jergens® Skincare is committed to uplifting these women and their families through the purchase of the Shea Butter infused into the new Jergens ®Shea Butter Collection.

The Jergens® skincare team visited these inspiring women in their native Ghana and shot a video chronicling their vital role in the Shea industry and showcasing how they bring radiance into the lives of women around the world. To voice the video, Jergens® Skincare turned to award-winning actress Taraji P. Henson—a truly radiant star and passionate supporter of women.

Jergens Shea Butter Collection Celebrates Women's Radiance

Jergens Shea Butter Collection Celebrates Women’s Radiance

The powerful, moving video provides a heartfelt, personal look inside the daily lives of the women who collect and harvest Shea nuts that eventually become Shea Butter. Women’s Gold is a source of immense pride for these women and reveals how it’s a fundamental part of their sense of beauty and the foundation of their economic independence. Continue reading

New “NO MORE” Public Service Announcement Campaign Unveiled

FEATURING MORE THAN 40 CELEBRITIES, CAMPAIGN CALLS ATTENTION TO DOMESTIC VIOLENCE AND SEXUAL ASSAULT AND ENCOURAGES BYSTANDERS TO HELP

NEW NATIONAL SURVEY UNCOVERS STAGGERING SILENCE AND INACTION AROUND DOMESTIC VIOLENCE AND SEXUAL ASSAULT; OVERWHELMING MAJORITY OF AMERICANS HAVE NEVER DISCUSSED THESE HIDDEN ISSUES WITH CHILDREN OR FRIENDS AND 65% OF VICTIMS WHO COME FORWARD SAY NO ONE HELPED

CORPORATIONS ANNOUNCE MAJOR DOMESTIC VIOLENCE AND SEXUAL ASSAULT PREVENTION AND AWARENESS INITIATIVES USING THE NO MORE SYMBOL

Celebrities, athletes, corporate leaders, and advocates have joined forces to generate awareness for domestic violence and sexual assault and encourage bystanders to help, in a dramatic new series of public service announcements that feature the NO MORE symbol, the first unified branding symbol (like the pink breast cancer ribbon) for these issues. A new, national survey recently conducted underscores the urgent need for the campaign, revealing that the overwhelming majority of Americans know victims of domestic violence and sexual assault, but they do not talk about the issues with their children or friends, or take steps to help survivors.

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The new, celebrity-driven NO MORE PSA campaign is being unveiled to the public and directly addresses the silence and inaction of Americans on these critical issues and was spearheaded by the Joyful Heart Foundation, one of the many championing organizations behind the creation of the NO MORE symbol, and was directed by actress and advocate Mariska Hargitay, the Foundation’s President and Founder, in her directorial debut. The campaign, involving more than 40 celebrities and public figures to engage bystanders to get involved, was developed in partnership with Y&R and photographed by world-renowned Timothy White.

The three-year PSA campaign will roll out across the country in local and national markets via print, broadcast, online and outdoor advertising, in movie theaters across the country, and in major airports and medical facilities. The Ad Council’s Endorsed Campaign program has endorsed the campaign, and the Entertainment Industry Foundation is also helping generate awareness. Other major partnerships include Viacom, Lifetime Television, ConnectiVISION Digital Networks/ClearVISION and OK TV!. Continue reading