Global Grub® and Sur La Table Team Up to Bring Sushi-Making Night to Homes Nationwide

Let the good times roll with the help of Global Grub and the ultimate cooking store Sur La TableGlobal Grub’s DIY Sushi Rolls Kit, a featured display this past holiday season at Sur La Table’s 100+ stores as well as in the December catalog and online at www.surlatable.com/product/PRO-1392711/Global+Grub+Sushi+Kit includes sushi rice, rice vinegar, nori, sesame seeds, wasabi powder and Little SoyaTM soy sauce along with a bamboo rolling mat and easy-to-follow instructions to make eight homemade sushi rolls/48 pieces (kit retails for $22 each). The kit will also make its debut a the 2014 Winter Fancy Food Show, January 19-21, 2014 in San Francisco.

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Additional Global Grub DIY Cooking Kits includes non-perishable ingredients that are pre-measured to make award-winning Jerk Chicken*, Tagine, Tamales and recently launched Tikka Masala. Home cooks simply pick up a few fresh/basic items from their local grocer, allowing people to eat global while still buying local.

Global Grub is ecstatic to partner with a company that’s equally passionate about cooking,” noted Carley Sheehy, Chief Global Grubber. “Sur La Table also happens to be one of my favorite stores! I know fellow Sur La Table shoppers will enjoy our Sushi Kit as a new fun way to cook together or as a unique experiential gift.”

Global Grub was founded in 2012 by Sheehy, an avid traveler and gourmand who wanted to duplicate the exotic flavors she experienced from around the world here at home. After going on ingredient scavenger hunts and stocking her cupboards with items that often went to waste, she was determined to find a way to make it easier for people to cook their way around the world in a stress-free way. With their kits, food enthusiasts can embark on international cooking adventures, great for date nights, dinner parties, family fun and gifts.

Food is not only Global Grub’s passion; it is a fundamental need that is not being met, so helping the fight against hunger has always been an integral part of Global Grub’s operation. For every kit sold, Global Grub donates a meal to someone in need through the Alameda County Community Food Bank, because they were startled by their neighbors’ needs, and impressed with the food bank’s immense impact.

*Proud 2013 sofiTM Best of Specialty Food Silver Award Winner for the Jamaican Jerk with Coconut Rice and Beans Kit.

Terrapin Ridge Farms Debuts Tasty New Products at 2014 Winter Fancy Food Show

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New Vinaigrette Dressings, Roasted Pineapple Habanero Sauce To Hit Shelves

Terrapin Ridge Farms plans to livens up the specialty food market with a delicious introduction of four new products that will debut at the Specialty Food Association‘s Winter Fancy Food Show to be held at the Moscone Center in San Francisco, California from January 19-21 at Booth 1757.

Terrapin Ridge Farms has experienced wild retail success with the launch of their Roasted Pineapple Habanero Dip last TerrapinRidgelogosummer and have turned this spicy and sweet hit into a 14.5 oz. sauce (MSRP $8) perfect for pouring or glazing. The Roasted Pineapple Habanero Sauce is all natural and gluten free.

In the land of salad dressings, not all on the market are created equal. Terrapin Ridge Farms’ has a cult following for many of their products and the newest vinaigrettes in their line-up are no exception. The Toasted Sesame & Ginger Vinaigrette (MSRP $7) combines spicy and fragrant ginger with the nutty toasted flavor of sesame seeds and sweet pineapple and is perfect for chicken or fish marinades or to top an Asian noodle salad. The Garlic & Herb Vinaigrette (MSRP $7) is a bold combination of fresh garlic and herbs and makes steak and blue cheese salad sing. The Dijon Mustard Vinaigrette (MSRP $7) offers the vibrant flavor of Dijon mustard and is fabulous drizzled over asparagus or as a dip for chicken satay or chicken fingers. Each of these vinaigrettes is all natural, vegan and gluten free.

We are excited to introduce a line of dressings that are vegan, fat free, oil free, gluten free and sweetened with agave and frankly, they taste great! They are perfect for people on a plant based diet and who want to stay away from processed foods,” said Terrapin Ridge Farms CEO Mary O’Donnell.

 

The Gracious Gourmet’s New Smoky Collection adds Three Spreads to its Award-winning Condiment Collection

The Gracious Gourmet‘s Smoky Collection delights the palate with three new spreads: Smoky Ginger Peach, Smoky Pepper Pineapple and Smoky Sherry Onion. Each product is enhanced with the smoky flavor one would get from wood grilling the fruits or vegetables. And, each is perfect for a multitude of uses in both sweet and savory dishes. The Gracious Gourmet’s aim is quite simple: every meal can be a special occasion. The new additions will make their debut at the 2014 Winter Fancy Food Show, January 19-21 in San Francisco.

The Gracious Gourmet’s condiment collection and–and will– enliven any occasion by providing timesaving additions that can be used for cheese plates, roasted meats, salad dressings, recipe enhancers and more. Each recipe minimizes the use of sugar, salt and oil to deliver all-natural products, many of which are naturally gluten free and vegan. The three new products are no exception:

Smoky Ginger Peach Spread: Juicy peaches are cooked with fragrant exotic cardamom, cinnamon and white pepper and accented with a delicate smoky flavor to accompany practically anything from the grill, cheeses, ice cream and more.
Smoky Pepper Pineapple Spread: The flavor of sweet ripe pineapple is accentuated with the pungency of bay leaves and black pepper. Its subtle smoky accent is perfect for poultry, ribs, cheeses, ice cream and so much more.
Smoky Sherry Onion Spread: Sweet yellow onions cooked to a marmalade consistency with a background smoky flavor and notes of sherry wine make this the ideal condiment to pair with almost anything from a juicy steak to grilled vegetables to cheese.
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Each of the new products is available in an 8-oz. glass jar featuring vintage-inspired botanical labels that fit with the product line’s classic yet contemporary feel. Each jar looks good enough to give as a gift or serve alone on the table with crackers. Suggested uses are also listed.

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Based in Bridgewater, Connecticut, Nancy Wekselbaum founded The Gracious Gourmet in late 2006 using her personal recipes crafted from a love of exceptional food and inspired by many personal and professional travels around the globe. The growing line of specialty food products can transform ordinary dishes into exceptional ones without any fuss. The quality of The Gracious Gourmet’s products is second to none, and their uses are nearly unlimited. Winner of the NASFT sofi Gold Award for Outstanding Condiment for Spiced Sour Cherry Spread and a 2009 sofi Silver Finalist for Outstanding New Product for Dilled Carrot Tomato Tapenade, the line also has proudly won awards each year since 2007 by the Connecticut Specialty Food Association.

Ricky Martin Rocked the Moon Palace Golf & Spa Resort Hosts Ricky Martin, Live In Concert

Palace Resorts (www.palaceresorts.com) hosted the celebration of the year with international superstar entertainer, Ricky Martin. The Grammy Award winning singer rocked the stage at an exclusive sold out concert at Moon Palace Golf & Spa Resort on Saturday, December 28, 2013.

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With seven oceanfront resorts overlooking the sparkling turquoise waters of the Caribbean Sea, Palace Resorts sets the highest standards for five-star all-inclusive vacations in Cancun, Cozumel, Isla Mujeres and Riviera Maya, Mexico. Offering luxurious and spacious accommodations accentuated by signature in-room whirlpool tubs, nightly entertainment, the Caribbean’s most extravagant spas and premier Jack Nicklaus signature golf courses, Palace Resorts offers a truly exceptional experience for travelers. The unparalleled level of service and comfort found at each property makes Palace Resorts a leading provider of world-class resort vacations.

The Moon Palace Golf & Spa Resort continues to elevate the all-inclusive concept and offer guests an unforgettable vacation experience by combining world-class hospitality and top-rated live entertainment with exceptional amenities and attractions. Located on Cancun’s tranquil south shore and nestled between 123 acres of tropical foliage and secluded white sand beach, Moon Palace Golf Spa & Resort offers guests more than 2,400 ocean and garden view accommodations or golf villa suites. Multiple pools are complemented by two children’s pools, one Golf Club pool and four swim-up bars. Additional on-site adventures range from a water sports marina for sporting activities to a world-class spa, and fully equipped fitness center.

Recognized as Cancun’s premiere entertainment resort destination, Moon Palace Golf & Spa Resort has hosted world-renowned artists such as Shakira, Enrique Iglesias, Usher and Air Supply among others, in addition to spectacular shows such as Cirque Dreams Jungle Fantasy, Cirque Dreams Rocks and most recently, Cirque Dreams Holidaze. Kicking off 2014, Moon Palace will host performances by the legendary band Chicago, February 14 – 15, 2014, and Grammy-Award winning artist, Michael Bolton, March 29-30, 2014. From January 20 to April 30, 2014, Moon Palace will host mentalist Ryan Oakes, a professional sleight-of-hand artist, magician and mentalist, one of the most sought-after entertainers in the industry. Continue reading

Mediterranean Snacks® Launches New Mini Meal Line at Winter Fancy Food Show

Mediterranean Snacks®, manufacturer of nutritious legume-based snacks like Baked Lentil Chips®, Lentil Crackers, and HummuZ crackers™, will be launching a convenient new Gluten-Free certified, mini meal product line, tapaz2go™, combining their protein-rich Lentil Crackers with shelf stable hummus, at the Winter Fancy Food Show in San Francisco, California, January 19-21 at booth number 434.

The new innovative tapaz2go captures ‘healthy convenience’, and will expand the brand further into gluten-free nutritious snacking. It is comprised of a single serve pouch of their successful Mediterranean Snacks Lentil Crackers along with a container of wholesome hummus in one on-the-go, portable package. As consumers increasingly believe that eating smaller meals more frequently is healthier , an option like tapaz2go, with 7 grams of protein and 250 calories or less, will be an ideal choice for consumers looking for nutritious, calorically smart options when desiring a substantial on-the-go snack.

We are very excited about our tapaz2go innovation,” said Vincent P. James, founder and CEO of The Mediterranean Snack Food Company. “There is significant research showing that protein in snacking is becoming more desirable, and tapaz2go provides a snack alternative that satisfies both the appetite and the demand for a nutritious, protein-rich mini meal. We are confident this line, which leverages culinary trends of legumes, tapas and hummus, will be very well-received by a wide range of consumers.”

Mediterranean Snacks tapaz2go will each include Lentil Crackers Sea Salt combined with one variety of hummus – Classic, Roasted Garlic or Red Pepper. The individual package size is 3.6oz at a suggested retail price of $2.99, with shelf life of 300 days. These new packages also provide an innovative solution for retailers that have difficulty managing perishable items, as they can be stored chilled or shelf stable at room temperature. Mediterranean Snacks tapaz2go are an ideal option for grocery and convenience stores, or delis as a grab and go choice – the no mess, no fuss built-in serving tray makes this perfect for active consumers as between meal snacking.

Stream TV to Present Consumer-Ready 4KTVs with Glasses-Free 3D at CES 2014

Stream TV Networks will be showcasing its consumer-ready 4KTVs featuring breakthrough Ultra-D™ glasses-free adjustable 3D technology during CES 2014. Of the various sizes to be brought to market by the company’s brand partners in 2014, the 50″ and 55″ models will be on display.

Ultra-D displays have real-time conversion technology that converts 2D or 3D source content into 4K glasses-free 3D.  (PRNewsFoto/Stream TV Networks, Inc.)

Ultra-D displays have real-time conversion technology that converts 2D or 3D source content into 4K glasses-free 3D. (PRNewsFoto/Stream TV Networks, Inc.)

Some of the TVs will be accompanied by the seeCube-4K™, an external device that converts a wide range of content – 2D or 3D stereoscopic sources – to 2160p glasses-free 3D in real time. Stream TV has successfully ported its realtime conversion technology to the new Qualcomm 8074 processor, and a second version of the TV will carry the conversion technology built into a chip, significantly reducing costs. Using complex algorithms, the Ultra-D technology converts 1080p/2 million pixel content into a 4K/8 million pixel viewing experience. Users can connect their satellite or cable service, VOD, Blu-ray player, Xbox or PlayStation, as well as watch Internet content from Netflix, Hulu, YouTube, Baidu TV, PPStv, iQYi tv, Totou TV and other video sites with ease.

Qualcomm’s latest 8074 processor features the new Krait 400 CPU in quad configuration, with speeds of up to 2.3 GHz per core for best-in-class performance per watt, so processor performance can hold up to the more demanding processing. The new Adreno 330 GPU delivers more than 2x performance for compute applications over the current Adreno 320 GPU, capturing playback and display in 2160p video.

Ultra-D presents a never-before-seen glasses-free 3D viewing experience,” said Mathu Rajan, CEO of Stream TV Networks. “There’s a lack of 4K content out there, but by generating millions of new pixels with depth information, we truly take advantage of what a 4K screen can offer.”

Ultra-D will be on display at CES 2014 from January 7-10 at the Las Vegas Convention Center, Central Hall Booth 14032, and during a press conference on January 8, 2PM at the Venetian Hotel, Marcello Ballroom 4503.

Experience the future of 3D today, not years from now. To schedule an Ultra-D demo, contact press@ultra-d.com. Additional information, supporting images and interviews with CEO Mathu Rajan and other Stream TV executives are available by request.

Equinox Unveils 2014 Ad Campaign, “Equinox Made Me Do It”

Equinox, the leaders in fitness and lifestyle, unveiled today its 2014 ad campaign: Equinox Made Me Do It. The campaign, created by Wieden+Kennedy New York, highlights the results of living a more provoked life. The ads connect the cause and effect of an Equinox workout, asserting that a good workout can be a bad influence.

Equinox operates 64 upscale, full-service clubs in New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco,Miami, Boston, Dallas and Washington, DC, as well as new international locations in London and Toronto.  Providing a holistic approach to fitness, the company offers an integrated selection of Equinox-branded programs, services and products, including strength and cardio training, group fitness classes, personal training, spa services and products, apparel and food/juice bars. Since its inception in 1991, Equinox has developed a lifestyle brand that represents service, value, quality, expertise, innovation, attention to detail, market leadership and results.

We looked to our members as the core inspiration for this campaign,” said Carlos Becil, Senior Vice President of Marketing, Equinox. “Grounded in the idea of high performance living, we aim to provide our members with a holistic approach to health, and push them to seek higher goals, disrupt preconceived notions and break boundaries. This campaign embodies that disruptive spirit and speaks to our core audience.”

To illustrate the idea that Equinox gives its members the confidence to stray outside of their comfort zone, Equinox pushed creative boundaries with the campaign. Photographed by Robert Wyatt, the imagery is bold and provocative. One shot features a close-up of a young man with a black eye. Another image captures a nearly naked couple running away in the night. The moments captured exude a sense of rebellion. Lowered inhibitions and playful naughtiness are the side effects of living a more provoked life.

Beginning on January 1, Equinox will promote the campaign across digital, social, print and out-of-home. Using the hashtag #equinoxmademedoit across social media, the ads will also be displayed in Equinox locations throughout New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, San Francisco, Miami, Boston, Dallas,Washington, DC, London and Toronto.

For this campaign we wanted a photographic approach that had a strong sense of narrative and realism,” said Stuart Jennings, Creative Director, Wieden+Kennedy New York. “We chose Robert Wyatt as the photographer because he’s a storyteller who injects a fashion sensibility into all his work. His ability to capture real, candid moments rather than overly posed situations made him a perfect fit for this campaign.”

Equinox has implemented an aggressive expansion strategy, both domestically and globally, to grow its family of brands around the world. With more than 60 clubs across the U.S. and recently opened international locations in London and Toronto, Equinox plans to expand its footprint into new cities in the U.S. and abroad.

In addition to the Equinox clubs, the company introduced in 2008 the first American outpost of Pure Yoga,Asia’s premiere yoga studio and in 2011 Blink Fitness, a new brand of innovative, value oriented gyms. In May of that same year, Equinox acquired SoulCycle, the country’s leading boutique cycling operator.

For more information, visit www.equinox.com.

NASA Sends Out of This World New Year’s Greeting in Times Square

NASA astronauts will help ring in 2014 by sending greetings from space and from Earth to the crowd gathered in New York’s Times Square on New Year’s Eve.

Astronaut Mike Massimino will participate in the New Year’s Eve Countdown event on Tuesday evening,Dec. 31. He also will introduce a video greeting from Expedition 36 flight engineer Karen Nyberg, who returned from the International Space Station in November, and from three of the astronauts currently on board the space station: NASA’s Rick Mastracchio and Mike Hopkins, and Koichi Wakata of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency.

Astronaut Mike Hopkins Participates in Spacewalk ISS038-E-020277 (24 Dec. 2013) --- NASA astronaut Mike Hopkins, Expedition 38 flight engineer, participates in the second of two spacewalks, spread over a four-day period, which were designed to allow the crew to change out a faulty water pump on the exterior of the Earth orbiting International Space Station. He was joined on both spacewalks by NASA astronaut Rick Mastracchio.

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ISS038-E-020277 (24 Dec. 2013) — NASA astronaut Mike Hopkins, Expedition 38 flight engineer, participates in the second of two spacewalks, spread over a four-day period, which were designed to allow the crew to change out a faulty water pump on the exterior of the Earth orbiting International Space Station. He was joined on both spacewalks by NASA astronaut Rick Mastracchio.

The New Year’s countdown will be shown from 6 p.m. to 12:15 a.m. EST on the Toshiba Vision screen atop One Times Square, right below the New Year countdown ball. Eddie Temistokle, senior manager of corporate communications and corporate social responsibility for Toshiba America Inc., will welcome Massimino to the stage at 9:47 p.m.

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Mastracchio, Hopkins and Wakata are part of a six-member crew currently on the orbiting laboratory, along with Oleg Kotov, Mikhail Tyurin and Sergey Ryazanski of the Russian Federal Space Agency

The six-member Expedition 38 crew is getting ready for another eventful year of scientific research, finishing up 2013 with medical research activities. Both NASA and Russian spacewalkers also are cleaning up after three fast-paced spacewalks.

With one exception, all station systems are powered up and running normally following two spacewalks by NASA astronauts Rick Mastracchio and Mike Hopkins to replace a degraded cooling system pump module. The new pump module is working well, which allows electrical systems cooled by that loop to be put back into full service. The last string of power to the European Space Agency’s Columbus laboratory is scheduled to be brought back on line Tuesday.

Hopkins started his day working in the Human Research Facility (HRF) and collecting biological samples for stowage inside a science freezer. In the afternoon he used the HRF’s space linear acceleration mass measurement device (SLAMMD) to calculate his body mass. SLAMMD subjects a crew member to a known force and the resulting acceleration provides a body mass measurement that is accurate to within a half-pound.

Japanese astronaut Koichi Wakata also joined Hopkins for SLAMMD measurements in the afternoon. Earlier in the day, Wakata set up gear for the SPRINT study that evaluates the use of high-intensity, low-volume exercise to minimize muscle and bone loss and heart shrinkage during long-duration space missions. He also checked instrumentation inside the Combustion Integrated Rack used for experiments involving flames and flame suppression. 

Mastracchio partnered with Hopkins in the morning for spinal scans using the Ultrasound 2 probe and software. The scans were conducted with assistance from ground doctors who were viewing the session in real-time. Throughout the day, Mastracchio worked various maintenance tasks such as sampling the station’s water for analysis, changing out a flash disc on a camera and removing a jumper cable in the Unity node.

Commander Oleg Kotov and Flight Engineer Sergey Ryazanskiy are cleaning up after a Friday spacewalk that lasted 8 hours and 7 minutes. They started Monday stowing their spacewalk tools and checking them into the inventory management system. Afterward, they returned the Zvezda service module and the Pirs docking compartment to their normal post-spacewalk configuration. Flight Engineer and veteran cosmonaut Mikhail Tyurin installed a dosimeter to detect radiation. He also connected cables on water tanks and checked fans inside Zvezda.

Prominently positioned below the world-famous Times Square New Year’s Eve Ball, the dual LED screens will allow revelers in Times Square to see this special greeting from space.

Several NASA events have been broadcast in Times Square, including the Curiosity rover landing on Mars, which drew thousands of viewers, and the launches of two other spacecraft.

Las Vegas Monorail Delivers The Strip To New Year’s Eve Partygoers

wherever you are, safety is always a concern on New Year’s Eve. So this year, when people from all over the world gather to celebrate America’s Party: Las Vegas New Year 2014 in Las Vegas, the Las Vegas Monorail will provide hassle-free access to the city’s best New Year’s Eve parties, events and hotspots. Las Vegas Boulevard will close to vehicles, taxis and buses in the early evening, but Monorail riders will still be able to reach their party destinations in 15 minutes or less, with non-stop service from 7 a.m. until 3 a.m.

The Las Vegas Monorail will offer non-stop service until 3 a.m. on New Year's Eve, even when the Strip is closed to traffic and fireworks light up the sky at midnight. (PRNewsFoto/Las Vegas Monorail)

The Las Vegas Monorail will offer non-stop service until 3 a.m. on New Year’s Eve, even when the Strip is closed to traffic and fireworks light up the sky at midnight. (PRNewsFoto/Las Vegas Monorail)

The Las Vegas Monorail is an easy and convenient connection to the Las Vegas Strip, linking riders to the city’s world-class restaurants, shows, shops, clubs, hotels and casinos. Monorail riders can travel the famous Las Vegas Strip in 15 minutes or less in a safe, comfortable and clean environment – without the hassles of traffic or wasted time. Currently, the privately-funded Monorail system has seven stations: MGM Grand; Bally’s/Paris Las Vegas; Flamingo/Caesars Palace; Harrah’s/The Quad; Las VegasConvention Center; LVH; and Sahara Avenue. As one of the nation’s most environmentally-friendly public transportation systems, the Monorail’s electric trains are zero-emission vehicles.

The Las Vegas Monorail is offering an exclusive promotion for the New Year’s Eve with $4 off a 3-day pass. The offer will be valid through January 1. (promotional code: NYE2013) and can be redeemed at www.lvmonorail.com, any Monorail customer service ticket offices daily between the hours of 9 – 7PM or at any eTicket Kiosk.

“Visitors come to Las Vegas to experience the best party in the country, not to waste time in traffic trying to reach a restaurant, show or nightclub,” said Ingrid Reisman, vice president of corporate communications for the Las Vegas Monorail Company. “The Monorail makes it easy for them to travel to the city’s festivities, without having to worry about road closures, crowded streets or finding a designated driver.”

For more information on the Las Vegas Monorail or where to purchase tickets, call 866-4-MONORAIL (866-466-6672); visitwww.lvmonorail.com; or pick up a Monorail Magazine, available at all Monorail stations and station hotels

ERIC BOGOSIAN TO NARRATE ALEX ROSS PERRY’S “LISTEN UP PHILIP” AT 2014 SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL

ERIC BOGOSIAN has signed on to narrate ALEX ROSS PERRY’SLISTEN UP PHILIP” (” STARRING JASON SCHWARTZMAN, ELISABETH MOSS, JONATHAN PRYCE and KRYSTEN RITTER), which will have its world premiere at the upcoming 2014 SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL.

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Following up his critically acclaimed “THE COLOR WHEEL“, Ross Perry has scripted a complex, intimate and highly idiosyncratic comedy filled with New Yorkers living their lives somewhere between individuality and isolation. Jason Schwartzman leads an impressive cast including Elisabeth Moss, Jonathan Pryce and Krysten Ritter, balancing Perry’s quick-witted dialogue and their characters’ painful, personal truths.  The film switches perspectives as seasons and attitudes change, offering a literary look into the lives of these individuals and the triumph of reality over the human spirit.

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“LISTEN UP PHILIP” AT 2014 SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL

LISTEN UP PHILIP” was produced by KATIE STERN & JOSHUA Blum from WASHINGTON SQUARE FILMS (the company’s follow-up film to the acclaimed “ALL IS LOST”) and TOBY HALBROOKS, JAMES M. JOHNSTON & DAVID LOWERY from SAILOR BEAR (the team behind last year’s Sundance hit “AIN’T THEM BODIES SAINTS”).  JOHN SLOSS’ CINETIC MEDIA will be handling the domestic sale of the film.

Ever since I first saw “The Magnificent Ambersons”, I have dreamt of directing a film with a narrator. Throughout the process of making “Listen Up Philip”, probably the question I got asked the most was ‘who is going to narrate it?’ I knew what kind of diction I needed: a New York voice for my New York movie.  Intelligent, cynical, nonjudgmental. Eric Bogosian is that voice and hearing him read the words finally made the film click for me in the way I always imagined it”, said director Alex Ross Perry.

Alex’s movie is bitter, honest and very funny.  I felt right at home in the world he created”, said Eric Bogosian.

Bogosian is best known as a playwright, novelist and actor. He is currently completing a non-fiction book documenting “NEMESIS”, a conspiracy that targeted and assassinated Turkish leaders responsible for the story-sundance-2014-logo-web-2-220492 (1)Armenian genocide. (To be published by Little, Brown in 2015)

He wrote and starred in the play, “TALK RADIO” (NYSF – 1987; Broadway with Liev Schreiber- 2007). For this work he was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize and the Tony award. For his film adaptation of the play, Bogosian received the BERLIN FILM FESTIVAL “SILVER BEAR.” His six solo performances Off-Broadway between 1980 and 2000, (including “DRINKING IN AMERICA”, “SEX, DRUGS, ROCK & ROLL” and “WAKE UP AND SMELL THE COFFEE”) received three Obie awards. In addition to “Talk Radio”, Bogosian has written a number of full-length plays including “subUrbia” (LCT, Second Stage, also adapted to film), “Griller” (Goodman), “Red Angel” (Williamstown Theater Festival), “Humpty Dumpty” (The McCarter), 1+1 (New York Stage and Film).  He is also the author of three novels, “MALL”, “WASTED BEAUTY” and “PERFORATED HEART” and a novella, “NOTES FROM UNDERGROUND.”

As an actor, Bogosian has appeared in numerous films and television programs, starring in Robert Altman’s “The Caine Mutiny Court Martial”, Oliver Stone’s “Talk Radio”, as Travis Dane in “UNDER SIEGE II”, as Eddie Nash in “WONDERLAND” and as Captain Danny Ross in sixty episodes of “LAW & ORDER: CI.” In 2010, he starred on Broadway in “TIME STANDS STILL” with Laura Linney.

In January 2013, Theater Communications Group published the full collection of Bogosian’s monologues, titled “100 (MONOLOGUES).” Bogosian lives in New York with his wife, director Jo Bonney.

Sundance Institute Announces Films and Installations for 2014 Edition of New Frontier at the Sundance Film Festival

FEATURING U.S. PREMIERE OF DOUG AITKEN’S THE SOURCE (EVOLVING)

KLIP COLLECTIVE SHOWCASES FESTIVAL’S 30-YEAR LEGACY WITH 3D-MAPPING PROJECTIONS

NEW LOCATION, EXPANDED OFFERINGS MARK 30TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL pdc_sundance2014logo The films and installations to be featured in the 2014 edition of New Frontier at the Sundance Film Festival, as announced by the Sundance Institute, includes the U.S. premiere of The Source (evolving) by renowned artist Doug Aitken and a 3D projection-mapping project by Klip Collective. The 2014 Sundance Film Festival takes place January 16-26 in Park City, Salt Lake City, Ogden and Sundance, Utah.

New Frontier champions films that expand, experiment with, and explode traditional storytelling. Recognizing the crossroads of film, art, and media technology as a hotbed for cinematic innovation, New Frontier is also a venue showcasing media installations, multimedia performances, transmedia experiences, and panel discussions that explore the expansion of cinema culture in today’s rapidly changing media landscape.

Most of the installations will be housed at a new, 5,000-square-foot location at the Gateway in Park City, which is adjacent to Main Street; Doug Aitken’s The Source (evolving) and the Klip Collective exterior projections on the Egyptian Theatre will be in nearby locations along the Main Street corridor. Admission to all New Frontier installations is free.

This year’s expanded ‘New Frontier’ allows artists to continue pushing the boundaries in telling their stories,” said Robert Redford, President & Founder of Sundance Institute. “In addition, this expanded work helps us mark the 30th anniversary of the Sundance Film Festival,” he added.

Shari Frilot, Sundance Film Festival Senior Programmer and curator of the exhibition, said, “As human and machine, biological and media experiences blur and hybridize, the distinctions between them are also becoming irrelevant. The digital and the organic integrally constitute a new primordial pool. What does creativity and storytelling look like if we revel in this new way of being?”

U.S. PREMIERE OF DOUG AITKEN’S SITE-SPECIFIC FILM INSTALLATION THE SOURCE (EVOLVING) The 2014 edition of New Frontier at the Sundance Film Festival will host the U.S. premiere of The Source (evolving) by renowned artist Doug Aitken.The Source (evolving) is a series of filmed conversations about creativity in the 21st Century in which Aitken conducts short candid conversations with groundbreaking pioneers in different artistic disciplines.

The piece creates a fast and rhythmic kaleidoscope of dialogues with the creative individuals who are shaping modern culture. The conversations are grounded by two questions: where does the creative idea start, and what is the journey to the finished creation? The Source (evolving) is filmed on location in unique and diverse destinations throughout the world and premiered at the Tate Liverpool last year. The Source (evolving) will be housed in the Pavilion, a new 2,000-square-feet, stand-alone, circular structure to be custom-built by the Festival in a location adjacent to Park City’s Main Street. The architecture was created in collaboration with David Adjaye. Six-channel video projections of The Source (evolving) span the entire width of the structure’s interior and are also visible from the outside, wrapping the structure’s exterior.

For the Festival, Aitken will develop an accompanying interactive website for The Source (evolving). The website will connect audiences not attending the Festival with the work and serve as a living archive that Aitken will continue to populate with interviews in the years to come. Currently, the interviewees include William Eggleston, Ryan Trecartin, Thomas Demand, Richard Phillips, Lucky Dragons, Paolo Soleri, Jack Pierson, James Murphy, Stephen Shore, Jacques Herzog, Philippe Parreno, Liz Diller, Jack White, Mike Kelley, Devendra Banhart, Beck, David Adjaye, Tilda Swinton, Alice Waters, Aaron Koblin, Liz Glynn, Theaster Gates, and James Turrell.

Aitken said, “The Source (evolving) examines the entire process of creation, not just the finished result, and speaking directly with the creators whose work has the ability to steer culture in a significant way, The Source (evolving) takes viewers on a fast-moving road trip through the modern landscape of creativity.”

As such, The Sundance Film Festival, with its legacy of discovering inspired independent artists and attracting audiences curious about the creative process, is the perfect platform to host the U.S. premiere of The Source (evolving). Aitken’s work was last featured at the Sundance Film Festival in the 2008 edition of New Frontier, where he presented a special single-channel version of Sleepwalkers, his groundbreaking MoMA installation that transformed an entire block of Manhattan into an expansive cinematic experience as he covered the museum’s exteriors walls with projections. The U.S. premiere of The Source (evolving) at the Festival is made possible by a generous contribution from The Maurice Marciano Family Foundation.

KLIP COLLECTIVE EXTERIOR PROJECTIONS ON EGYPTIAN THEATRE

KLIP COLLECTIVE EXTERIOR PROJECTIONS ON EGYPTIAN THEATRE - "What’s He Projecting In There,”  (Photo Credit: Pier Nicola D'Amico)

KLIP COLLECTIVE EXTERIOR PROJECTIONS ON EGYPTIAN THEATRE – “What’s He Projecting In There,” (Photo Credit: Pier Nicola D’Amico)

KLIP COLLECTIVE EXTERIOR PROJECTIONS ON EGYPTIAN THEATRE - "What’s He Projecting In There,”  (Photo Credit: Pier Nicola D'Amico)

KLIP COLLECTIVE EXTERIOR PROJECTIONS ON EGYPTIAN THEATRE – “What’s He Projecting In There,” (Photo Credit: Pier Nicola D’Amico)

KLIP COLLECTIVE EXTERIOR PROJECTIONS ON EGYPTIAN THEATRE - "What’s He Projecting In There,”  (Photo Credit: Pier Nicola D'Amico)

KLIP COLLECTIVE EXTERIOR PROJECTIONS ON EGYPTIAN THEATRE – “What’s He Projecting In There,” (Photo Credit: Pier Nicola D’Amico)

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Jimmy Kimmel To Bring The Ultimate Party Experience To The 2014 Tostitos Fiesta Bowl On New Year’s Day On ESPN

Bowl Game Broadcast Brings Together Comedy and Entertainment with One of College Football’s Best Match-Ups

Who says the party must stop on New Year’sDay?  For football fans across the country, the party will keep getting better at the 2014 Tostitos Fiesta Bowl when Jimmy Kimmel joins the Tostitos brand for this year’s bowl game broadcast on ESPN.”Tostitos is a brand known for making life a party and together with Jimmy, we’re excited to bring a new level of fun and entertainment to the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl broadcast,” said Ram Krishnan, vice president of marketing, Frito-Lay North America.  “Fans who tune in can expect to see hilarious college football and party-themed content created by and starring Jimmy during halftime and throughout the game.”

Tostitos also will debut its new “Bring the Party” marketing campaign with the introduction of two new ads that will air for a national audience during the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl and other Bowl Championship Series broadcasts. The new spots feature a team of specialists who drop in to save parties, making them better by removing boring party food and replacing them with Tostitos tortilla chips, dips and salsa to get the party going.  Both spots parody classic home-repair ads in a light-hearted, humorous tone and include a phone number and website (www.bringthepartynow.com) where consumers can access party repair tips.

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  • In “Grandma,” party specialist Steve O’Hare and his team rescue a dull house party.  Upon entering the home, the party specialists remove boring party food and replace it with Tostitos Cantina Thin and Crispy tortilla chips and Tostitos Cantina Chipotle Salsa.  In addition to transforming the party atmosphere using state-of-the-art tools and “first-quality party products,” O’Hare’s team also removes unwanted party guests, leaving behind happy, energetic partygoers. (Video available at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mv0p15AB9Bw)

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  • In “Speaker Dancer,” Steve O’Hare and his team of party specialists come to the rescue of a party in trouble and immediately get to work on turning the boring party into something memorable.  The party experts “install” “first-quality party products” like new Tostitos Fajita flavored Scoops! tortilla chips and Tostitos Queso Blanco dip along with an absolutely free-of-charge “speaker dancer” designed to hype up the party.  Partygoers enjoy the new food and amped-up party ambiance. (Video available at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BP0WAC-nPy0)

Beyond the two new television ads, the new “Bring the Party” marketing campaign also includes digital, social media, in-store activations and public relations.

To get fans excited for the 2014 Tostitos Fiesta Bowl and give them a preview of what to expect during the game day broadcast, Kimmel recently kicked off his partnership with the Tostitos brand by announcing his “ Worst Contest Ever .”  As part of his “contest,” Kimmel invited fans to get a bag of Tostitos tortilla chips and mail him a single chip to be placed in his very own snack bowl, with the unlikely chance he’ll eat one fan’s chip during the 2014 Tostitos Fiesta Bowl. What makes it Kimmel’s “Worst Contest Ever?” – Kimmel is offering no prize, no rules and no winner; in fact, it’s not really a contest at all.

The 2014 Tostitos Fiesta Bowl will air live Jan. 1, 2014 at 8:30 pm EST on ESPN.  For more information, visit the Tostitos brand on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/Tostitos.

The Tostitos brand is one of the many brands that make up Frito-Lay North America, the $13 billion convenient foods business unit of PepsiCo, which is headquartered in Purchase, NY. In addition to Frito-Lay, PepsiCo business units include Pepsi-Cola, Quaker Foods, Gatorade and Tropicana. Learn more about Frito-Lay at the corporate Web site, http://www.fritolay.com/, the Snack Chat blog, http://www.snacks.com/ and on Twitter at http://twitter.com/fritolay.

LG ANNOUNCES ADVANCED AUDIO VIDEO LINEUP WITH CONVENIENT SMART FEATURES AND EXPLOSIVE SOUND

With Newest AV Products, LG to Offer Breathtaking Auditory Experience, Enhanced Versatility and Stylish Aesthetics at CES 2014

 In less than three weeks, LG Electronics (LG) will be showcasing its latest audio video lineup at the 2014 International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas. The premium selection of products includes the latest iteration of the much acclaimed, space-saving SoundPlate (Model LAB540W), innovative Wireless Audio System (Model NP8740) and the sleek, aesthetically striking Sound Bar (Model NB5540). These systems, along with a number of other head-turning products,offer rich, deeply satisfying sound along with the plethora of convenient smart connectivity features that make LG’s systems so versatile.

TV screens may get the majority of consumers’ attention in the showroom but the unsung heroes of great home entertainment is sound,” said Byung-hoon Min, Senior Vice President of the AV Division of LG’s Home Entertainment Company. “At LG, we devote a significant portion of our TV research and development on the audio experience because we believe this will be the next battleground for winning the hearts and minds of home entertainment aficionados.”

Combining Smart TV with Astonishing Sound

The LAB540W, better known as the SoundPlate, is the latest arrival to a new category of slim audio devices to accompany today’s flat screen TVs. Rising a mere 39.5mm above its base, this stylish device is impressively space efficient and can be placed directly underneath a variety of 32- to 55-inch TVs to minimize clutter. The new model is equipped with a robust 4.1 channel, 320 watt sound system and an external wireless subwoofer. This compact unit projects full-bodied audio in multiple directions, delivering an immersive, breathtaking auditory experience.

The SoundPlate also serves as a connectivity portal and features a built-in 3D Blu-ray player along with LG Smart TV functionality, transforming any flat screen TV into a Smart TV with powerful sound performance. Additionally, customers can use a second screen device to wirelessly stream content to the LAB540W overa local Wi-Fi network or via Bluetooth.

Streaming High Quality Music to Multiple Rooms

LG’s Wireless Audio System, winner of a 2014 CES Innovation Award, gives users the power to choose from virtually limitless home audio configurations. This is possible because the NP8740 runs the latest mesh network technology, which includes dual band Wi-Fi support (2.4/5GHz) to deliver high quality streaming music throughout the home. Each wireless speaker not only produces rich sound with clarity and depth, but also sends the sound out in multiple directions.

Several speakers can be set up in any combination of rooms, connecting an entire house under a single system. The embedded mesh network technology also makes it possible to choose between playing the same song throughout the home (Party Mode), or different songs through each speaker (Personal Mode). What’s more, the NP8740 can connect to other audio systems for an integrated experience with greater output and control.

The Wireless Audio System allows digital audio collections to be accessed without a home network while a downloadable app turns a smartphone intoan easy-to-use master control unit. The interface even lets users seamlessly stream audio from online sources. Overall clarity is enhanced by a dual-tweeter arrangement and 24 bit/192kHz offers studio-like sound quality.

Compelling AudioSophistication in Minimalist Design

LG’s numerous Sound Bar options are the perfect complement for a wide variety of TV sizes and styles.The NB5540, for instance, is a beautiful match for modern thin-bezel TVs thanks to its minimalist design and polished dark silver finish. A particularly stunning accompaniment to LG’s premium flat screen TVs, the system features 4.1 channels and 320 watts of powerful output. Despite its low profile body, the NB5540 delivers rich, room-filling audio thanks to two forward-facing and two rear-facing channel configuration. The unit also employs a Hi-Fi DAC and Analog Class D amp to ensure superior HD audio quality, minimizing the loss of detail and producing clean, natural sound.

The NB5540 supports HDMI with Audio Return Channel (ARC), enabling it to connect to a TV with a single cable. The system is also Bluetooth enabled, facilitating wireless audio streaming from smart devices such as a Smart TV or smartphone. The NB5540 can be wall-mounted or placed anywhere in the room, giving homeowners an array of installation options.

Winning Track Record

LG’s audio visual products have a track record of winning awards and accolades. The Micro Audio System (Model CM3430) was an EISA 2013 Award recipient, the NB5530A Sound Bar was honored with a Red Dot Design Award and the NB4530A Sound Bar received an iF Design Award along with five stars from What Hi-fi for its excellent features and ease-of-use.

The 2014 lineup includes a number of other premium products to deliver convenient wireless connectivity and an unforgettable auditory experience. Visitors to LG’s booth at CES 2014 (Las Vegas Convention Center, Central Hall #8204) from Tuesday, January 7 through Friday, January 10 will have the opportunity to see LG’s newest Smart Blu-ray players, home theater systems, Pocket Photo 2.0 and the Mini AUDIO for themselves.

LG TO UNVEIL WORLD’S FIRST 105-INCH CURVED ULTRA HD TV AT CES 2014

LG Electronics (LG) announced it will be unveiling the world’s first 21:9 aspect ratio CURVED ULTRA HD TV (Model 105UC9) at the 2014 International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas. LG’s newest premium TV is also the company’s very first CURVED ULTRA HD model. The award winning groundbreaking 105-inch (measured diagonally) 105UC9 is officially the largest curved TV ever made.

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This awe-inspiring TV offers magnificent picture quality and a wide viewing angle with the ability to render the minutest detail in breathtaking clarity to create an unprecedented level of viewer immersion. The 105UC9’s cinematically proportioned 21:9 CinemaScope screen is ideal for enjoying movies as they were meant to be enjoyed. Another advantage of the extra-wide screen is that it enables users to access viewing information on the side of the screen without blocking any of the ongoing action.

Boasting an 11 million pixel (5120 x 2160) screen resolution, the 105UC9 represents the successful collaboration between LG Electronics and LG Display. In order to realize the TV’s curvature, new technology was introduced to resolve a number of issues, such as maintaining structural integrity and delivering uniform color and brightness across such a large screen. Until now, OLED panels were preferred for curved displays due to their ability to generate their own light. LG Display overcame the challenge of uneven backlighting by refining its Thin Film Transistor (TFT) pixel circuit technology to prevent color leakage and to ensure a superior viewing experience from virtually any angle.

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LG Display has kept its dominant position in the display market with innovative and differentiated technologies,” said Yong-kee Hwang, Senior Vice President and head of LG Display’s TV Business Unit. “With a resolution of 11 million pixels, the 105-inch curved LCD panel is proof of our continued leadership in the next generation display market, offering exceptional world-class value to our customers.”

We’re proud to reveal our 105-inch CURVED ULTRA HD TV at the world’s largest technology event,” said In-kyu Lee, Vice President and head of the Home Entertainment Company’s TV division at LG Electronics. “Claiming the world’s first and the world’s largest titles, LG’s 105UC9 employs cutting-edge technology to provide a truly unique viewing experience. We will continue to drive the next generation TV market and demonstrate that with LG, it’s all possible.”

 

California Specialty Food Makers Stand Out at Winter Fancy Food Show 360+ Companies Lead with Quality, Passion at Top International Trade Event

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More than 360 food artisans and entrepreneurs from across the Golden State will display their latest products from micro-greens to craft sodas at the 2014 Winter Fancy Food Show in San Francisco.

The show is the largest marketplace devoted exclusively to specialty foods and beverages on the West Coast. It takes place January 19 – 21, 2014, at Moscone Center. Now in its 39th year, the show features 13,000 exhibitors from across the U.S. and around the world.

California boasts the largest state showing, including 40 specialty food producers making their show debut. The state brings nearly four times the exhibitors as the next largest showing from New York, followed by New Jersey, Washington and Illinois. More than 18,000 buyers from top names in retailing and restaurants are expected to attend the event to discover the new products and trends for their menus and stores from both domestic and international exhibitors.

“California food makers continue to pave the way with distinctive food products crafted with premium ingredients and flavor profiles,” says Ann Daw, president of the Specialty Food Association, which owns and produces the Winter Fancy Food Show. “Their culinary creativity will be evident throughout.”

The show will feature an entire new look that supports the Specialty Food Association‘s new brand: “Specialty Food. Craft. Care. Joy.” The brand highlights the people and products behind the small businesses that fuel the $86 billion specialty food industry. The new brand will be depicted with bold graphics and giant portraits of exhibitors–several from California–on banners and signs throughout the exhibit halls.

Among the California exhibitors are:

Bucha Live Kombucha, Torrance – flavored kombucha teas
Califia Farms, Bakersfield – almond milks
Fresh Origins, San Marcos – micro-greens, herb and flower crystals
The Good Bean, Berkeley – roasted chickpea snacks
Heidi’s Salsa, Los Angeles – artisan salsas
Laughing Giraffe Organics, Lafayette –cookies, granola
Praline Patisseries, San Diego – artisan caramel sauces
Taste Nirvana, Walnut – coconut water
Three Twins Ice Cream, Petaluma – organic ice cream
Wallaby Organic Yogurt, American Canyon – organic low-fat kefir

Savor California, a show exhibitor, will bring together 30 niche producers to offer a statewide sampling of specialty foods, including from these show newcomers:
Cocoa Parlor/Tonic Scene, Dana Point – organic raw chocolate bars
Fava Life, San Francisco – fava bean hummus
Meyenberg Goat Milk Products, Turlock – milk, butter, cheese
P*de*Q, Fresno – tapioca cheese bread
Silk Road Soda, Roseville – flavored sodas

The Specialty Food Association is a thriving community of food artisans, importers and entrepreneurs who bring craft, care and joy to the distinctive foods they produce. Established in 1952 in New York, the not-for-profit trade association provides its 3,000 members in the U.S. and abroad the tools, knowledge and connections to champion and nurture their companies in an always-evolving marketplace. The Association (formerly the National Association for the Specialty Food Trade, Inc.) owns and produces the Winter and Summer Fancy Food Show, and presents the sofi Awards honoring excellence in specialty food. Learn more at http://www.specialtyfood.com

STREAMZ Introduces World’s First Smart Streaming Headphones

 STREAMZ™, a Mozaex® spin-off company, announced today it has released the world’s first smart streaming headphones called STREAMZ™. STREAMZ ($549 MSRP USD) are breakthrough headphones that allow you to play music and audio from multiple sources, including onboard stored music, streaming online radio, streamed phone music, plus audio from your TV, movie, and game player.

STREAMZ - WORLDS FIRST ANDROID 36GB WIFI STREAMING SMART HEADPHONES.  (PRNewsFoto/STREAMZ)

STREAMZ – WORLDS FIRST ANDROID 36GB WIFI STREAMING SMART HEADPHONES. (PRNewsFoto/STREAMZ)

STREAMZ was founded with the goal of introducing wearable entertainment or “exotainment” products that dramatically simplifies and enhances people lives and entertainment experience. STREAMZ Headphones, are the first “smart headphones” that allow people to listen to high fidelity music and audio from multiple audio sources without requiring a separate music player. STREAMZ plays audio from online streaming music services, stored music, smartphones, gaming consoles, PCs and AVRs.

The company will be demonstrating STREAMZ and their BLUWAVS 7.1 HDMI Surround headphones during the 2014 CES Expo, held in Las Vegas from January 7–10, booth #54009 (inside the iLounge of the LVH Hall).

With its built in Android processor, WIFI, Bluetooth, and storage, STREAMZ simplifies and enhances the entertainment experience when enjoying streaming or stored music, movies, games and TV shows.

“When it comes to entertainment there is only one thing more valuable than free, and that is simplicity,” said STREAMZ CEO Douglas Kihm. “You no longer need to bother with a separate player since it’s all built inside. Many people don’t want the hassle of carrying, connecting, and draining the battery of their phone or music player. STREAMZ replaces multiple headphones so that you can enjoy all of your entertainment from any device with one simple-to-use pair of headphones.”

STREAMZ makes listening to any source of music and audio fast and easy. STREAMZ incorporates both Smart WIFI and Bluetooth interfaces that auto detect and connect to your WIFI internet hotspot, a Bluetooth device such as a Smartphone, or with an optional module your Bluetooth enabled AVR receiver.

With STREAMZ, people can now enjoy the ultimate in simplicity and uncompromised sound quality. STREAMZ are based on patent-pending Smart Headphone technology that uniquely delivers higher fidelity music and audio than traditional headphones. STREAMZ are the first headphones to incorporate a music player, a 48 kHz/16 bit CD quality Digital Analog Converter (DAC) plus individual 3 Watt vibration drivers and 160 mWatt dynamic amplifiers.

With its built-in DAC and AMP, STREAMZ delivers CD quality sound with optimum dynamic range, equalization, and amplification which results in incomparable clarity and fidelity. The two vibration speakers uniquely deliver high power and low frequency range audio that you can literally feel.

Since most phones and mobile music players have sub-par quality DACs and amps, they are unable to play true FLAC, ALAC, and WAV CD quality music without adding cumbersome external components. To address this problem, the company built the finest quality audio components inside the headphones.

Traditional headphones require an uncomfortable amount of pressure on your head and ears to achieve optimum sound quality. STREAMZ’s vibration speakers achieve the same or better sound quality than traditional headphones with little or no head pressure being applied, which results in exceptional comfort. The four speakers are arranged as bi-amped, two-way speakers with two vibration speakers, and two 50mm dynamic speakers. STREAMZ has soft over the ear leather cushions with collapsible frames and are designed for active, mobile use.

STREAMZ Patent Pending Technology Addresses a Unique Fast Growing Premium Niche Market

STREAMZ addresses an un-served market in the “premium” ($100+ USD) headphone niche, where people want simpler “in-line play controls” to listen to their music, wherever they are and from any device. The market for headphones continues to experience high growth, especially in the premium sector. Global headphone sales in 2013 were $7B (USD) with a growth of 20 percent per year. According to The NPD Group’s Retail Tracking Service, “U.S. sales of premium stereo headphones ($100+) grew 25 percent in units in Q1 2013 year-over-year, accounting for 95 percent of the revenue growth for the total headphone market.”

According to NPD , “more than one-in-three premium buyers cited in-line play controls as ‘extremely’ or ‘very’ important in their decision to buy…“. As Ben Arnold, director of industry analysis at NPD explains, “Consumers are looking for ways to get the best audio experience no matter where they are or what device they are using.” Continued Arnold, “In fact, features designed to enable easier mobile playback are impacting premium headphone purchase decisions more heavily.”

STREAMZ meets these needs with the ultimate in simplicity, in-line controls, device compatibility and quality.

STREAMZ is 30 years in the making since founding my first company in 1983,” explained Kihm. “We are all visionaries of sorts here at STREAMZ, with a passion to invent and share something amazing with consumers and other developers who share in our desire to design products that will make people’s life simpler and more entertaining. To that end we plan to release a STREAMZ App Software Developers Kit (SDK) on Kickstarter along with a specially priced development model of STREAMZ. We anticipate that the SDK will spur the development of dozens if not hundreds of new STREAMZ Smart Headphone Apps, including voice activated Apps and interactive social and informational Apps.”

An SDK and a Kickstarter STREAMZ for App Developers Will Soon be Announced soon.

Sundance Institute Announces Films In Out-Of-Competition Premieres And Documentary Premieres For 2014 Sundance Film Festival

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The list of the films selected to screen in the Out-of-Competition Premieres and Documentary Premieres sections of the 2014 Sundance Film Festival was announced by the Sundance Institute. The 2014 Sundance Film Festival will be held January 16-26 in Park City, Salt Lake City, Ogden and Sundance, Utah.

John Cooper, Director of the Sundance Film Festival, said, “The Premieres and Documentary Premieres sections of the 2014 Sundance Film Festival feature new work from many established independent filmmakers who began their careers at our Festival years ago, which allows us to reflect on the impact, legacy and growth of the independent film movement over the past 30 years.”

Trevor Groth, Director of Programming for the Sundance Film Festival, added, “In many of the films selected for our 2014 Sundance Film Festival, we see fascinating characters and subjects throughout. Whether portrayed by recognized actors taking on more challenging and diverse roles, or in the stranger-than-fiction reality of our documentaries, we look forward to sharing these incredible stories with audiences at our Festival.”

Out-of-Competition PREMIERES
A showcase of world premieres of some of the most highly anticipated dramatic films of the coming year. Presented by Entertainment Weekly.

Calvary, Sundance Film Festival 2014 (Photo Credit: Jonathan Hession)

Calvary, Sundance Film Festival 2014 (Photo Credit: Jonathan Hession)

Calvary / Ireland, United Kingdom (Director and screenwriter: John Michael McDonagh) — Calvary is a blackly comedic drama about a priest tormented by his community. Father James is a good man intent on making the world a better place. When his life is threatened one day during confession, he finds he has to battle the dark forces closing in around him. Cast: Brendan Gleeson, Chris O’Dowd, Kelly Reilly, Aidan Gillen, Dylan Moran, Marie-Josée Croze.

Director Lenny Abrahams

Director Lenny Abrahams

Frank (Maggie Gyllenhaal, Michael Fassbender Domhnall Gleeson), Sundance Film Festival 2014 (Photo Credit: Lorey Sebastian)

Frank (Maggie Gyllenhaal, Michael Fassbender Domhnall Gleeson), Sundance Film Festival 2014 (Photo Credit: Lorey Sebastian)

Frank / Ireland, United Kingdom (Director: Lenny Abrahamson, Screenwriters: Jon Ronson, Peter Straughan) — Frank is an offbeat comedy about a wannabe musician who finds himself out of his depth when he joins an avant garde rock band led by the enigmatic Frank—a musical genius who hides himself inside a large fake head. Cast: Michael Fassbender, Domhnall Gleeson, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Scoot McNairy.

Hits / U.S.A. (Director and screenwriter: David Cross) — A small town in upstate New York is populated by people who wallow in unrealistic expectations. There, fame, delusion, earnestness, and recklessness meet, shake hands, and disrupt the lives around them. Cast: Meredith Hagner, Matt Walsh, James Adomian, Jake Cherry Derek Waters, Wyatt Cenac.

I Origins / U.S.A. (Director and screenwriter: Mike Cahill) — A molecular biologist and his lab partner uncover startling evidence that could fundamentally change society as we know it and cause them to question their once-certain beliefs in science and spirituality. Cast: Michael Pitt, Brit Marling, Astrid Bergès-Frisbey, Steven Yeun, Archie Panjabi.

Laggies Director Lynn Shelton (Photo by Barbara Kinney/Laggies Pictures LLC)

Laggies Director Lynn Shelton (Photo by Barbara Kinney/Laggies Pictures LLC)

Laggies -Chloe Moretz and Keira Knightley (Photo by Barbara Kinney - Laggies Pictures LLC)

Laggies -Chloe Moretz and Keira Knightley (Photo by Barbara Kinney – Laggies Pictures LLC)

Laggies/ U.S.A. (Director: Lynn Shelton, Screenwriter: Andrea Seigel) — Laggies is a coming of age story about a 28-year-old woman stuck in permanent adolescence. Unable to find her career calling, still hanging out with the same friends, and living with her high school boyfriend, Megan must finally navigate her own future when an unexpected marriage proposal sends her into a panic. Cast: Keira Knightley, Sam Rockwell, Chloë Grace Moretz, Ellie Kemper, Jeff Garlin, Mark Webber. Continue reading

Belvedere Vodka Rings In The New Year Introducing Silver Saber For The Ultimate Nightlife Experience

 Belvedere Vodka, the world’s first super premium vodka, announces the launch of its first ever laser cut bottle with LED technology, the Belvedere Silver Saber. Just in time for New Year’s Eve festivities, the Silver Saber will feature a special lighting element that will completely illuminate the Belvedere bottle and will be showcased during a New Years Eve party with musician Robin Thicke at the SLS Hotel South Beach and at selected top nightlife venues in NYC and LA with a nationwide rollout planned for key nightlife venues in 2014.

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Belvedere Silver Saber. (PRNewsFoto/Belvedere Vodka)

Following the successful launch of the Belvedere Night Saber, the latest evolution is the Silver Saber, a unique addition to Belvedere’s award-winning collection of vodkas. The luminous Silver Saber Belvedere bottles will grab attention from all corners of a club, enhancing the visual experience of an ordinary night out. 

First introduced to North America in 1996, Belvedere’s distinctive character and uncompromising integrity are recognized internationally by discriminating vodka enthusiasts, who appreciate its all-natural, additive-free character.  Made entirely from Dankowskie Rye and blended with water from its own pristine source, Belvedere Vodka’s taste profile is distinctively soft with a

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Belvedere Vodka Logo. (PRNewsFoto/Belvedere Vodka)

subtle sweetness and naturally smooth, clean finish.

In 2011, Belvedere Vodka partnered with (RED)(TM) to launch BELVEDERE (PRODUCT)(RED)  – a Special Edition Bottle that raises proceeds for the Global Fund, the world’s leading financier of programs to fight HIV/AIDS in Africa. 50% of profits from the global sale of every (BELVEDERE)(RED )Special Edition bottle will be contributed to the Global Fund. The (BELVEDERE)(RED) Special Edition bottle delivers a clear, succinct message: Buy (BELVEDERE)(RED),  Give (BELVEDERE)(RED,) and with your purchase, generate funds which help fight AIDS and save lives.

In 2012, Belvedere introduced Lemon Tea to its award-winning Maceration collection (Pink Grapefruit, Citrus, Orange, Black Raspberry, Bloody Mary).  Lemon Tea is the second vodka made to a drink from Belvedere and is distilled with eight exceptional ingredients including black & green teas, ginger, chamomile, lemongrass, honey and lemon; resulting in a refreshing and vibrant vodka. A simple addition of iced tea or lemonade also turns a Belvedere Lemon Tea into a delectable cocktail for poolside lounging or beach party.

Throughout 2013 Belvedere Vodka was awarded 23 medals and trophies, including five gold medals for Belvedere Citrus, Belvedere Unfiltered and Belvedere Vodka plus an overall Master for Belvedere Unfiltered from the Vodka Masters.  Currently, Belvedere Vodka is the most awarded vodka throughout the history of the Vodka Masters. Belvedere Vodka has also received two trophies from the International Spirits Challenge and seven gold medals from http://www.TheFiftyBest.com.

The Silver Saber will be available in 1.75L bottles and in select markets this holiday season with the official launch in February 2014. The bottle is engineered to illuminate for over eight hours and is also waterproof so that it can be properly placed in an ice bucket. It will be available at major nightclubs and lounges that offer bottle service menus nationally.

FORD TO DRIVE GROWTH IN 2014 WITH ADDITIONAL JOBS, THREE NEW WORLDWIDE PLANTS AND 23 GLOBAL PRODUCT LAUNCHES

The Ford Motor Company next year will launch 23 new vehicles to customers around the world, open three more manufacturing facilities and add more than 5,000 new jobs in the United States to meet growing demand for its products.

Next year, we are embarking on our most ambitious global launch year ever to meet customer demand for our products around the world,” said Raj Nair, group vice president, Ford global product development. “We are investing even more through our One Ford plan to serve more customers, in more segments – and deliver profitable growth.”

The growth in 2014 will come on the heels of a strong year for Ford in 2013. The company saw growth due to having the freshest product lineup in the industry while adding more jobs. Ford expects its global launches next year to more than double those of 2013.

Ford is on pace in 2013 to produce 6 million vehicles, or about 16 vehicles per minute around the world. This momentum is led by Ford Focus, the world’s best-selling single nameplate, which is on track to reach 1.1 million sales this year.

Ford’s gains also are coming from the small utility segment. Globally, utilities are expected to grow at almost twice the rate of the overall industry during the next five years.

In the United States, Ford is the best-selling brand of utility for the third straight year, outpacing its nearest competitor through November by 31 percent. Utility sales are led by Ford Escape, which delivered its best annual sales record this year through November – with still another month left. Escape has sold more than 271,000 units, surpassing in 2013 its record sales year of 261,008 vehicles.

Sales also remain strong for Ford F-Series, which is on track to be the best-selling pickup for 37 years. F-Series sales are up 20 percent through November; Ford expects to sell more than 730,000 F-Series trucks this year.

Ford’s U.S. market share is growing at a faster rate than any of its competitors, rising five-tenths of a percentage point through November. The midsize sedan segment is contributing to these gains, with Ford Fusion selling at record levels and sales up 22 percent this year.

2014: An unprecedented product year in North America
Ford Motor Company expects its product momentum to intensify in 2014 with 16 new vehicle launches in North America, including Lincoln. These new vehicles include Ford Mustang, Ford Transit Connect, Ford Transit and Lincoln MKC. In all, Ford expects to have about three times the number of product launches next year in North America than in 2013.

We saw unprecedented growth in the United States this year, especially in the midsize and utility segments,” said Joe Hinrichs, Ford president of The Americas. “With the addition of 16 new products to our showroom, including Ford Mustang, our momentum continues.”

Production of the all-new Transit will begin in second-quarter 2014 at Ford’s newly retooled Kansas City Assembly Plant. Ford is investing $1.1 billion to retool and expand the facility.

Kansas City Assembly Plant will add more than 2,000 jobs – more than 1,000 of which are new hires – to support high demand for Ford F-150 plus production of the all-new Transit family of commercial vehicles starting next summer.

Global growth in jobs and manufacturing
In Asia Pacific Africa, Ford sold its 1 millionth vehicle in October. In the third quarter, Ford’s market share in its fastest-growing region increased six-tenths of a percentage point, to 3.7 percent. In China, the company’s market share grew to a record 4.3 percent in the third quarter, up eight-tenths of a percentage point, reflecting very strong sales of Kuga, EcoSport and Focus.

Our strategy in Asia Pacific is to serve our customers with even more One Ford products, and to increase our capacity to provide these great products with manufacturing hubs in China, India and ASEAN,” said Dave Schoch, group vice president and president, Ford Asia Pacific. “With more products, plants and people, in 2014 we will take another significant step in the implementation of our Asia Pacific growth plan.”

To support the onslaught of new products, Ford will open three new manufacturing facilities – two of them in Asia Pacific and one in South America.

Next year, Ford is on track to open its Changan Ford Assembly Plant No. 3 and Changan Transmission Plant in Chongqing, China, as well as Camaçari Engine Plant in Brazil. The new Chongqing Assembly Plant will increase the company’s production capacity in China by 300,000 units next year.

This is the fastest and most aggressive manufacturing expansion the company has undergone in 50 years,” said John Fleming, executive vice president, Ford global manufacturing. “The last time Ford was growing like this, Dwight D. Eisenhower was the U.S. president.

To fuel this growth, Ford plans to hire more than 6,000 employees in Asia next year, the vast majority of them hourly employees. Similarly, in the United States, Ford expects to create more than 5,000 new jobs, including 3,300 salaried positions, the largest hiring initiative since 2000. In the past two years, the company has created more than 14,000 jobs in North America alone.

More than 80 percent of the new salaried jobs will be technical professionals who work in product development, manufacturing, quality and IT.

More fuel efficiency and driver-assist technologies
In 2014, Ford also will continue its major global shift to provide customers with more fuel efficiency technologies.

Ford’s EcoBoost® engine family, which delivers fuel efficiency and performance, adds two new offerings next year – a new 2.3-liter EcoBoost engine and one soon to be named. Ford’s award-winning 1.0-liter EcoBoost engine offered in Ford Fiesta goes on sale in North America for the first time. With a fuel economy rating of 45 mpg highway, Fiesta with the 1.0-liter EcoBoost is the most fuel-efficient non-hybrid vehicle available in America.

Fuel efficiency technologies, such as Auto Start-Stop, also will be offered on more Ford vehicles in North America. The feature is currently available on Ford Fusion. It will spread to Ford’s highest-volume products, covering 70 percent of the company’s North America volume and reflecting progress toward Ford’s Blueprint for Sustainability to increase fuel efficiency.

Similarly, Ford’s success in hybrids – selling more than 80,000 through November – is expected to continue. In 2014, Ford plans to add more than 400 new positions to its powertrain engineering team, including approximately 100 new hybrid and electrified vehicle engineers.

Ford also is expanding its technology offerings, including new driver-assist features such as perpendicular park. These build on Ford’s current leadership in driver-assist technologies, which today include:

  • Active park assist, which can ease the stress of parallel parking by using sensors and the steering system to guide a vehicle into a parking spot; the driver controls the gas and brake pedals. It is available on 12 Ford models today
  • Lane-Keeping System, which uses a forward-facing camera that can scan the road surface for lane markings. The system can evaluate if the vehicle is drifting out of its lane and then alert the driver by vibrating the steering wheel. If the driver does not respond to the vibrations, the system provides steering torque to nudge the vehicle back toward the center of the lane. The system is available on 11 Ford models today
  • Adaptive cruise control and collision warning with brake support, which uses radar to detect moving vehicles immediately ahead, and can modify cruising speed if necessary. The feature is available on 10 Ford models today
  • Blind Spot Information System, which uses radar sensors in the rear corners that monitor the spaces next to and just behind the vehicle. On the road, these sensors trigger a warning light in the mirror when there is another vehicle in the driver’s blind spot. BLIS® is available on 13 Ford models today

Here Come The Cars: Parade of New Vehicles Headed for Detroit’s World Stage

The parade of fabulous new vehicles equipped with cutting-edge automotive technology from around the world is on its way to Detroit and to the 2014 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS).

It’s what we’ve been working toward since last January,” said Bob Shuman, Chairman, NAIAS 2014. “The manufacturers

NAIAS Logo. (PRNewsFoto/North American International Auto Show)

NAIAS Logo. (PRNewsFoto/North American International Auto Show)

continue to show their confidence in the NAIAS, and will once again bring their absolute best to Detroit’s world stage. The show is going to rock.”

With less than one month to go before the show opens to the largest media audience in North America, the industry remains focused on one of the top automotive events in the world.

We’re at the top of our game,” said Shuman, who added the official NAIAS Press Conference Schedule, released on December 17th, features more than 40 media events over the two-day Press Preview, Jan. 13-14, 2014. (See full schedule below)

That means introductions of an expected 50 worldwide concept and production vehicles that will be seen for the very first time right here in Detroit,” Shuman added.

Most of the press conferences will take place at the renovated Cobo Center, with some events held in the new glass atrium facing the Detroit River. As it has been for the past few years, the Ford press conference will be at neighboring Joe Louis Arena on Mon., Jan. 13, at 8:10 am.

With more than 5,000 journalists from around the globe expected to attend the NAIAS, the show continues to be at the forefront as a venue for manufacturers and Tier One suppliers to announce new vehicles and make industry news. NAIAS also attracts large numbers of high ranking auto executives.

Just by looking at the numbers, top management knows that Detroit is where they need to be,” added Shuman.

NAIAS 2014 EXHIBITOR PRESS CONFERENCE SCHEDULE as of 12/16/2013

Monday, January 13, 2014

6:30 am             Media Credential Office Opens /Oakland Concourse

8:00 am             Main Show Floor and Michigan Hall Opens

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7:00-7:20 am     VDA-German Association
of the Automotive Industry /
Ambassador Ballroom
(new location), Room 360

7:20-7:40 am       Schaeffler Group /Ambassador Ballroom (new location), Room 360

7:15-7:25 am     NAIAS 2014 Welcome Ceremony/Atrium Stage

7:30-7:55 am     North American Car and Truck/Utility of the Year Awards /Atrium Stage

8:10-8:35 am             Ford / Joe Louis Arena

8:50-9:15 am             Toyota / Main Show Floor

9:25-9:50 am             Chrysler Group

10:00-10:25 am           Chevrolet

10:35-11:00 am           Mercedes-Benz and smart

11:10-11:35 am           BMW

11:45 am-12:10 pm     Porsche

12:20-12:45 pm           Volkswagen

12:55-1:20 pm             Audi

1:30-1:55 pm             MINI

2:05-2:30 pm             Bentley

2:40-3:05 pm             Honda

3:15-3:40 pm             Kia

3:50-4:15 pm             Nissan

4:25-4:50 pm             Hyundai

5:00-5:25 pm             Volvo

5:35-6:00 pm             Panasonic / Room 321

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

6:30 am                    Media Credential Office Opens / Oakland Concourse

6:30 am                    Main Show Floor and Michigan Hall Opens

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7:00-7:25 am            ZF / Main Show Floor

7:35-8:00 am            DENSO / Main Show Floor

8:10-8:35 am            Michelin / Main Show Floor

8:45-9:10 am            Lexus / Room W-152 (former Riverview Ballroom)

9:20-9:45 am            Infiniti

9:55-10:20 am          Subaru

10:30-10:55 am          Cadillac

11:05-11:30 am          Acura

11:40 am-12:05 pm    Tesla

12:15-12:40 pm          VL Automotive / Concourse

12:50-1:15 pm            Equus Automotive / Michigan Hall

1:25-1:50 pm           VIA Motors / Main Show Floor

2:00-2:25 pm          MetroBee / Concourse

2:35-3:00 pm            PPG / Room 420A

3:10-3:35 pm            Steel Market Development Institute /Room 356

3:45-4:10 pm            The One Show’s Automobile Advertising of the Year Awards / Atrium Stage

4:20-4:45 pm            Michigan Economic Development Corp. /Location TBA

4:55-5:20 pm            EyesOn Design Panel Discussion / Atrium Stage

5:20-5:45 pm            EyesOn Design Awards / Atrium Stage

5:45-7:00 pm            NAIAS Appreciation Reception / Atrium

CES 2014: TI innovation shapes the future of consumer electronics

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Texas Instruments plans to demonstrate several of its new products in action at the 2014 Consumer Electronics Show (CES), Jan. 7-10 in Las Vegas, that are shaping the future of personal electronics. From wearables to automotive infotainment systems to intelligent display to advancements in health technology, TI’s advanced analog semiconductors and embedded processors power nearly every type of electronic device a person touches.

Consumer electronics are becoming more sophisticated and feature-rich. As a result, the need for technology advancements that enable longer battery life, real-time connectivity, and smaller, smarter, more efficient electronics will continue to increase. TI will showcase dozens of product demonstrations in its TI Village (#N115-N118) that will help meet these needs, including:

  • Automotive: From curved screen, free-form infotainment display, and advanced driver assistance systems, to wireless connectivity, power management and solutions for hybrid/electric powertrains, TI is changing the way the industry thinks of automotive innovation.
  • DLP® display: TI’s DLP Pico™ technology enables a big screen viewing experience from the smallest devices. Broad ranging intelligent display applications incorporating DLP Pico will be demonstrated, including near eye display, augmented reality, handheld mobile products, ultimate big picture entertainment products, and interactive surface computing.
  • Across the board:
    • The Internet of Things (IoT): From smart watches, fitness gadgets and entertainment devices to connected lighting, home automation applications and more, TI is helping manufacturers connect more for the growing Internet of Things.
    • HealthTech: Showcasing the latest advancements in health, fitness and medical imaging technology, TI’s components help enable live-saving devices and wearable health monitors that allow individuals to take charge of their wellness.
    • Wireless power/energy harvesting: Advancements in wireless power and energy harvesting technologies are helping to power the IoT, as well as relieve dead battery anxiety that consumers often experience with portable electronics.
  • Audio: TI products help bring sound to life by enhancing quality and clarity for all types of audio systems. TI will show advancements in streaming audio, sound enhancement and system integration.

TI will also be showcasing its latest and greatest technologies inside end equipments at Pepcom’s Digital Experience! at the Mirage Hotel & Casino on the Las Vegas Strip on Monday, Jan. 6, from 7-10:30 p.m.

Honda’s “Keeping Dreams on Track” Float to Lead 2014 Rose Parade, Set to Break Record for Longest Rose Parade Float

Honda’s “Keeping Dreams on Track” Float–Measureing an unprecedented 274 feet in length, a Rose Parade float record–to Lead 2014 Rose Parade, Set to Break Record for Longest Rose Parade Float

Float will celebrate the recently launched TOMODACHI-Honda Cultural Exchange Program between the United States and Japan, promoting friendship, education and leadership

Rose Parade first: Oversized LED video screen will enable spectators the chance to ride along virtually, via cameras mounted on the float

Honda will lead the 125th annual Tournament of Roses Parade with the “Keeping Dreams on Track” historic-meets-futuristic train-themed float, powered by a specially-configured Honda hybrid engine. The premier float of the 2014 Rose Parade will measure an unprecedented 274 feet in length, and is set to break the record as the longest Rose Parade float, currently held by Honda’s 2005 Rose Parade float entry (207 feet). The float’s design embodies Honda’s “Follow Your Dreams” spirit – looking into the future where all things are possible by following your dreams – while also fulfilling the dreams of parade spectators.

Honda's float, "Keeping Dreams on Track" leads off the Rose Parade in Pasadena, Calif., on New Years Day, Jan. 1, 2014. The float, designed as a dream-like train, is the longest in the 125 year-history of the parade, measuring an unprecedented 274 feet. The float is powered by a specially-configured Honda hybrid engine and features re-creations of the Acura NSX sports car, HondaJet and ASIMO, the world's most advanced humanoid robot.  (PRNewsFoto/American Honda Motor Co., Inc.)

Honda’s float, “Keeping Dreams on Track” leads off the Rose Parade in Pasadena, Calif., on New Years Day, Jan. 1, 2014. The float, designed as a dream-like train, is the longest in the 125 year-history of the parade, measuring an unprecedented 274 feet. The float is powered by a specially-configured Honda hybrid engine and features re-creations of the Acura NSX sports car, HondaJet and ASIMO, the world’s most advanced humanoid robot. (PRNewsFoto/American Honda Motor Co., Inc.)

The Pasadena Tournament of Roses is a volunteer organization that annually hosts the Rose Parade® presented by Honda, the Rose Bowl Game® presented by VIZIO and a variety of associated events. The Tournament’s 935 volunteer members act as ambassadors of the organization within the community and serve on one of 31 committees that ensure the success of the parade and game. Collectively, they contribute upwards of 80,000 hours of manpower each year. The 125th Rose Parade presented by Honda,” will take place Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2014, followed by the 100th Rose Bowl Game presented by VIZIO. On Jan. 6, 2014, the Tournament also will host the 2014 VIZIO BCS National Championship at the Rose Bowl Stadium. (For additional information on the Tournament of Roses please visit the official website at www.tournamentofroses.com.)

Continuing A History of Friendship between Honda and the Tournament of Roses
Honda first collaborated with the Tournament of Roses in 1961 to provide two-wheeled vehicles and generators for 1962 Parade operations. Honda has been a float participant in the Rose Parade since 1977 and has provided the vehicles for official Tournament of Roses transportation since 1994. Honda continues to supply two-wheeled vehicles used by white-suited Tournament volunteers, side-by-side (multi-utility) vehicles for Parade operations, the official Pace and Sound vehicles that lead the parade, as well as Honda Pilots and Odyssey minivans for the Tournament Queen and her court.

Entering into Honda’s 53rd year collaborating with the Tournament of Roses and fourth consecutive year as presenting

Honda Logo. (PRNewsFoto/American Honda Motor Co., Inc.)

Honda Logo. (PRNewsFoto/American Honda Motor Co., Inc.)

sponsor, with this year’s float Honda will celebrate a very special new partnership with the TOMODACHI Initiative – the TOMODACHI-Honda Cultural Exchange Program, designed to create friendship and understanding between Japanese and American youth. The TOMODACHI Initiative is a public-private partnership that was born out of U.S. support for Japan’s recovery from the Great East Japan Earthquake in 2011. The initiative invests in the next generation of Japanese and American leaders through educational and cultural exchanges as well as entrepreneurship and leadership programs. Two students from the TOMODACHI program will precede the Honda float, carrying the Parade’s presenting sponsor banner.

Keeping Dreams on Track is an embodiment of Honda’s deeply rooted philosophy, The Power of Dreams, as well as Honda’s passion toward following those dreams to guide and inspire us to make a difference,” said Stephan Morikawa, assistant vice president of American Honda Corporate Community Relations. “Honda has many exciting efforts coming in 2014, and the Rose Parade marks our first opportunity to provide a sneak peek at some of these innovative Honda technologies and important new partnerships, while wishing everyone watching the Rose Parade a very happy New Year and joyous holiday season.”

Those watching the Rose Parade on Wednesday, January 1, 2014 will experience the record-breaking 274 foot-long float, showcasing a combination of creativity, imagination and inspiration. The float – measuring 30 feet tall at its highest point, 18 feet wide at the widest, and weighing in at 50 tons – features five “train” cars that share Honda’s ambitious dreams for the future, all set to an exclusive soundtrack, “Of Friendships & Dreams,” composed by six-time GRAMMY-winning songwriter and music producer, Daniel Ho.

An Acura NSX sports car-inspired “locomotive” car, driven by ASIMO, the world’s most advanced humanoid robot, leads the train. The second train car is a Honda engine, representing the company’s long-term commitment to fuel-efficient mobility. The third train car is built to represent Honda’s task-performing robotic arm, a derivative of Honda’s ASIMO robotic technology, and will carry students from the TOMODACHI cultural exchange program.

The fourth train car fulfills the dreams of spectators along the Rose Parade route who have always wished to ride on a float by bringing them onboard virtually. It features two large LED video monitors measuring 30-feet wide and 10-feet tall, the first in the Rose Parade’s history. Images of parade-goers along the route will be projected onto the screens, enabling them the opportunity to virtually “ride” on the float. The train’s caboose is inspired by HondaJet, the world’s most advanced light jet.

Honda’s float will be propelled by a specially configured Honda hybrid low-emission engine to help the float function more efficiently and reduce its carbon footprint.

“Keeping Dreams on Track” will feature approximately 8,980 total flowers – almost double the amount of flowers from the previous year – to garnish the record-setting length of the new float, including 5,900 roses, 2,500 carnations and 580 gerberas. A variety of flowers, plants and seeds will be used, including hot pink, red and light lavender roses, pink and hot pink carnations, red gerberas, among many others. All of these natural materials will later be ground up for mulch after the conclusion of the parade activities.

This year’s Rose Parade also marks an important milestone for the Honda brand, as it serves to establish the newly formed TOMODACHI-Honda Cultural Exchange Program. The three-year initiative, first announced on December 13, was developed to support education and U.S.-Japan efforts to develop future generations with an experiential learning program of Music as a Universal language.

As presenting sponsor of the parade, Honda’s float will lead the parade, but it will not compete during the judging process. Prior to becoming presenting sponsor in 2011, Honda floats won awards in 15 of the previous 16 years.

Honda (www.honda.com) offers a complete lineup of cars and trucks through a network of more than 1,000 dealerships in the United States. Honda has more than 30 years of experience producing automobiles in the region, which began with the Accord in Marysville, Ohio, in November 1982. Having produced more than 25 million vehicles in North America through 2012 using domestic and globally sourced parts, Honda currently operates 14 major manufacturing facilities in North America, producing a wide range of Honda automobiles, all-terrain vehicles, power equipment products, engines and transmissions.

Sundance Institute to Present New “Sundance Kids” Section in Collaboration with Utah Film Center at 2014 Sundance Film Festival

NEW YOUTH-ORIENTED CATEGORY WILL FEATURE ONE WORLD PREMIERE AND ONE U.S. PREMIERE

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The Sundance Institute (www.sundance.org) has announced today a new section for younger audiences called “Sundance Kids” for the 2014 Sundance Film Festival (www.sundance.org/festival). Celebrating its 30th anniversary in 2014, the Festival has introduced global audiences to some of the most groundbreaking films of the past three decades, including Beasts of the Southern Wild, Fruitvale Station, Little Miss Sunshine, An Education, sex, lies, and videotape, Reservoir Dogs, The Cove, Hedwig and the Angry Inch, An Inconvenient Truth, Precious, and Napoleon Dynamite, and through its New Frontier Initiative, has showcased the cinematic works of media artists including Isaac Julien, Doug Aitken, Pierre Huyghe, Jennifer Steinkamp, and Matthew Barney. The Festival is a program of the non-profit Sundance Institute®.

Programmed in partnership with the Utah Film Center’s Tumbleweeds Program, the inaugural “Sundance Kids” section features the World Premiere of the English-language version of the acclaimed Ernest and Celestine (Directors: Benjamin Renner, Stéphane Aubier, Vincent Patar) and the U.S. Premiere of Zip & Zap and the Marble Gang (Director: Oskar Santos), and will be part of the 2014 Festival, running from January 16-26 in Park City, Salt Lake City, Ogden and Sundance, Utah.

Ernest and Celestine / France, Belgium, Luxembourg (Directors: Benjamin Renner, Stéphane Aubier, Vincent Patar, Screenwriter: Daniel Pennac) – Unlike her fellow mice, Celestine is an artist and a dreamer. When she nearly ends up as breakfast for a bear named Ernest, the two form an unlikely bond that is quickly challenged by their respective communities.  Cast: Forest Whitaker, Mackenzie Foy, Lauren Bacall, Paul Giamatti, William H. Macy, Megan Mullally. Recommended for ages 5+.

Zip and Zap and the Marble Gang director Oskar Santos (photo credit - Jose Haro)

Zip and Zap and the Marble Gang director Oskar Santos (photo credit – Jose Haro)

Zip & Zap and the Marble Gang / Spain (Director: Oskar Santos, Screenwriters: Francisco Roncal, Jorge Lara, Oskar Santos) – Zip and Zap are punished by being sent to a re-education center. Guided by intelligence, they uncover a mysterious secret hidden deep within the school and end up having the most exciting adventure of their lives. Cast: Javier Gutiérrez, Daniel Cerezo, Raúl Rivas, Claudia Vega, Marcos Ruiz, Fran García. Recommended for ages 9+.

The Utah Film Center brings the world of film to local audiences through free community screenings and discussions, outreach programs, and visiting artists and professionals. Emphasizing social content and artistic excellence, they present the best documentary, independent, and dramatic cinema year-round and collaborate with various educational and community organizations to promote a diversity of ideas, to provide forums for underrepresented groups, and to develop new audiences for film. Movie screenings take place in Salt Lake City, Kamas, Lehi (coming soon), Logan, Moab, Ogden, Orem, Park City, and more coming soon.

The 2014 Tumbleweeds Film Festival for Children and Youth runs March, 14-16 at the Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center and the City Library in Salt Lake City.  The Utah Film Center’s Tumbleweeds program is generously sponsored by the Sorenson Legacy Foundation, George S. and Delores Doré Eccles Foundation, Art Works for Kids and Zions Bank.  The annual Tumbleweeds Film Festival is the only film festival in the Intermountain West that presents films specifically for children and youth.

The addition of Sundance Kids allows us to engage younger audiences around the power of independent film,” said Trevor Groth, Director of Programming. “We are excited to collaborate with Tumbleweeds and The Utah Film Center in presenting Sundance Kids.”

This unique collaboration between the Utah Film Center and Sundance Institute is a great opportunity to elevate the profile of international and independent films for kids,” said Patrick Hubley, Artistic Director of the Utah Film Center and Founder of Tumbleweeds. “We launched our Tumbleweeds programming four years ago with the goal of fostering the next generation of filmmakers and film fans, and we hope this programming will inspire the creativity and imaginations of young film-goers not only in Utah but across the country.”

Visit www.sundance.org/festival for more information about screening dates, times and locations.

Delta Faucet Company Shares 2014 Kitchen Design Outlook

Industrial accents, muted palettes and the blend of timeless design with modern technologies top trend forecasts for the New Year

Delta Faucet Company’s award-winning design team is pleased to unveil its 2014 kitchen design predictions to help homeowners stay ahead of the ever-evolving style curve when updating their kitchens, a project that can result in up to a 75 percent return on investment, according to Remodeling Magazine.

The design team at Delta Faucet Company constantly evaluates the landscape to identify what trends are current and to anticipate how various design elements will influence and evolve into the trends of tomorrow,” said Judd Lord, Delta Faucet Company director of industrial design. “Our team works to develop products years in advance, and we rely on the inspiration found all around us to ensure our fixtures not only meet but exceed consumers’ style expectations. Everything from the sleek lines of the newest automobiles, to the fabrics used in high fashion runways, is taken into consideration.”

According to the Delta Faucet design team, the following trends will help fuel the kitchen design industry in 2014:

  • Sophisticated, Industrial Accents: Industrial revolution sensibilities will remain strong next year, but in a more sophisticated way. While “industrial accents” once narrowly represented the integration of professional ranges and stainless steel, the trend has broadened to allow homeowners to build eclectic charm with unique materials reminiscent of architectural salvage. To build this look, it is important to keep all accents in their simplest form. Light fixtures stripped down to nothing more than sockets and wires, open metal shelving stacked with cast iron cookware, and reclaimed wood elements can easily reinforce this look with minimal cost.
  • Prominent Neutrals Paired with Complex Patterns: The New Year will make neutrals more prominent in the kitchen, especially on walls, flooring and cabinetry. While white will reign supreme, soothing shades of beige and gray will also grow in popularity. There will also be an increased desire for bolder patterns as neutrals dominate the color landscape. Whether it’s through an intricately woven rug or high-end wood, like zebra or cherry, complex patterns, which are currently popular on the runway, will add intrigue to muted palettes.
  • Unique Blends: Compliance to conventional style categories will lessen as homeowners work to create a space uniquely their own. New designs will mix traditional and contemporary styles; old and new; DIY and high-end materials; as well as rustic and sleek to create a look reflective of the homeowner’s individual personality. This convergence of styles will allow homeowners to explore how new colors, finishes and texture can affect their overall aesthetic. A homeowner who once defined her home as strictly traditional, may see how a modern fixture, like the Delta® Trinsic™ pull-down kitchen faucet with Touch2O® Technology that allows the flow of water to be activated with a simple tap, could not only work within, but elevate, their style beyond the expected when paired with the right finish.

For additional style inspiration, how-to’s and advice, visit DeltaFaucet.com/inspiredliving.

Allrecipes’ 2014 Trend Report Provides A Preview Of What’s In Store For Home Cooks In The New Year

WORLD’S LARGEST DIGITAL FOOD BRAND ANTICIPATES MORE SAVORY DESSERTS, A COCONUT KITCHEN INVASION AND A RENEWED DEDICATION TO DIY

Allrecipes, the world’s largest digital food brand, with more than 1 billion visits annually, today announced the results of its annual 2014 Food Trends Report, providing a preview of what America’s home cooks will be preparing, eating and shopping for in the year ahead.

We’re fortunate at Allrecipes to have an engaged community of 30 million home cooks who have opened their kitchens and shared their shopping, cooking and eating habits to provide us with timely insights into upcoming food trends,” said Esmee Williams, vice president of Brand Marketing at Allrecipes. “As we enter into the new year, we will look forward to seeing more home cooks get back to the kitchen as part of a growing DIY trend and experimenting with new flavors, ingredients and recipes.”

Findings from the Allrecipes.com 2014 Food Trends Report were based on analysis of search and recipe viewing behaviors of home cooks across more than a billion visits to the site and mobile apps in the past year. The results show that specialty diets, such as paleo, will continue their popularity in 2014, especially among Millennials. With this, comes an increased scrutiny among home cooks of how their specialty meats are sourced. Home cooks will also try exotic nut butters, and find more ways to use coconut-derived products in the kitchen.

Below is a summary of the top trends for 2014:

Trend #1: Sweets Take a Back Seat to Savory
It seems that no flavor is too bold for home cooks as more consumers turn to bacon, basil and rosemary for desserts instead of traditional sweet flavors. However, not all savory desserts are created equal. The dual savory/sweet flavor of salted caramel is the top flavor choice for desserts with a 61 percent preference rating. And, regardless of flavor, home cooks across the country prefer cupcakes (61 percent) to ice cream (34 percent) for after-dinner treats.

Trend #2: Putting Meat under the Microscope
More home cooks are paying closer to attention to how their food is sourced, especially in the meat department. When purchasing specialty meats, nearly half of home cooks (49 percent) say hormone-free and grass-fed will continue to be their top purchasing criteria.

Trend #3: Smash-ups are King in the Southwest
Home cooks in the Southwest were found to cook up more smash-up dishes – meals combining unlikely pairings. For example, tater tot casserole was rated as the top smash-up recipe in the Southwest by 41 percent compared to a preference rating of only 27 percent in the Pacific Northwest.

Trend #4: Home Cooks Look Outside the Box
Recipes that were commonly prepared from a box, including pancakes and macaroni and cheese, are now being made from scratch thanks to a growing DIY trend in the kitchen. Most home cooks are selecting to prepare these dishes from scratch to enjoy homemade flavors (41 percent), eat “cleaner” (29 percent), and save money (18 percent).

Trend #5: More Exotic Nut Butters Take Over
Nearly a quarter (24 percent) of home cooks are recognizing the health benefits of nut butters, such as almond and hazelnut butter, as an alternative to peanut butter. In fact, more than two-thirds of America’s home cooks already have tried a nut butter alternative.

Trend # 6: Going Coconuts
From coconut oil to coconut milk and water, the tropical fruit has invaded nearly every phase of cooking and will continue to do so in 2014, especially among Millennials.

Trend #7: Pickling More than Pickles
Home cooks continue to see appeal in fermented foods, pickling everything from asparagus to kimchi. Baby Boomers are among the largest group of home fermenters, with 31 percent making a pickled food in the last year versus just 21 percent of Millennials.

The full report of Allrecipes’ 2014 Food Trends is available as a free download, with all graphic charts accessible here: http://freshbitesblog.com/2013/12/allrecipes-measuring-cup-trend-report.html

For more information about Allrecipes, visit http://allrecipes.com, or find us on TwitterFacebook, andPinterest.

Methodology
Data provided is from Allrecipes’ 2014 Trends Survey hosted on Allrecipes.com from October 25-November 4, 2013, and completed by 2,930 U.S.-based community members. No incentives were used to reward or incent participation. For more information on the survey methodology such as response counts for each question or details on questions in order or format, please feel free to contact us.

Acclaimed Documentary, Desert Runners, Comes to DVD and VOD

BRAINSTORM MEDIA AND SOMETHING TO TALK ABOUT IN ASSOCIATION WITH BOND 360, SMUSH MEDIA, SALTY FEATURES and SPOKEN MEDIA BRING DOCU TO ALL PLATFORMS INCLUDING AMAZON, GOOGLE PLAY, VUDU, PLAYSTATION, XBOX and ITUNES.

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Dave & Ricky in Desert Runners (Courtesy: Desert Runners)

Dave & Ricky in Desert Runners (Courtesy: Desert Runners)

Brainstorm Media and Something To Talk About, in association with BOND360, Smush Media, SALTY Features, and Spoken Media, announces the worldwide release of critically acclaimed documentary, DESERT RUNNERS, on DVD and Digital Download on all platforms including Amazon, Google Play, VUDU, Playstation, Xbox and iTunes.

Director Jennifer Steinman’s DESERT RUNNERS is an exhilarating and often inspirational story of what can happen when a group of ordinary people attempts the extra-ordinary. The film follows a cast of non-professional runners as they attempt to complete the most difficult desert ultra marathon series on Earth.

Their intense journey takes them to the driest, windiest, hottest and coldest deserts in the world: the Atacama in Chile, the Gobi in China, the Sahara in Egypt and finally, Antarctica. Along the way, the runners face the thrill of danger, the agony of physical pain and mental defeat, and the emotional victory of crossing the finish line, forever changed from the inside out.

Hailed as “a rich and unforgettable experience…inspiring” by Yahoo Movies!, DESERT RUNNERS, presented by Brainstorm Media and their “Something to Talk About” documentary brand won Audience Awards at both Vancouver Film Festival and the Hamptons International Film Festival and was awarded Best of the Fest at the Edinburgh Film Festival earlier this year.

(Courtesy: Desert Runners)

(Courtesy: Desert Runners)

The Special Edition DIRECTOR’S CUT, available exclusively on DVD and direct digital download on the film’s official website, contains a multitude of EXTRA Features, including Bonus Material with the Filmmakers and Ultrarunners.

EXTRA Features include:
· Exclusive interview with Executive Producer “Ultramarathon Man” Dean Karnazes, discussing his Grand Slam experience and how he prepares for endurance races like the 4 Deserts Grand Slam.
· Interview with Director Jennifer Steinman about the amazing adventure of making Desert Runners, and recounting behind-the-scenes stories along the way.
· Interview with Cinematographer Sevan Matossian about his training in preparation for filming in extreme locations.
· Tips from Desert Runner Ricky Paugh about preparing his backpack for one of the grueling races.

DESERT RUNNERS can be licensed to schools, non-profits and organizations as well as special events for public screenings. Please inquire at www.desertrunnersmovie.com/screenings.

LG Announces Advanced Audio Video Lineup with Convenient Smart Features and Explosive Sound

With Newest AV Products, LG to Offer Breathtaking Auditory Experience, Enhanced Versatility and Stylish Aesthetics

LG Electronics (LG) today announced its U.S. audio video lineup which will be showcased at next month’s 2014 International CES® (booth #8204). The premium selection of products offer consumers solutions with rich, deeply satisfying sound along with the plethora of convenient smart connectivity features*.

Combining Smart TV with Astonishing Sound
LG has expanded its offerings in the emerging SoundPlate Category with an all-in-one home entertainment unit, (model LAB540W). At a mere 39.5mm high, this stylish device is space efficient and can be placed directly underneath a variety of 32- to 55-inch class TVs to minimize clutter. The new model is equipped with a robust 4.1 channel, 320W sound system and an external wireless subwoofer.

The SoundPlate can also serve as a connectivity portal and features a built-in 3D Blu-ray player along with LG Smart TV functionality, transforming any flat screen TV into a Smart TV with powerful sound performance. Additionally, customers can wirelessly stream music to the LAB540W from a compatible smart phone or tablet via Bluetooth.

Streaming High Quality Music to Multiple Rooms
LG extended its audio lineup to include a versatile home audio system with a selection of networkable wireless speakers. LG’s Multi-Room Speaker System provides a great solution for consumers by allowing them to wirelessly stream audio files from their compatible smartphones, tablets, or computers to multiple speakers simultaneously. Several speakers can be set up in any combination of rooms, connecting an entire house under a single system.

The embedded network technology makes it possible to choose between playing the same song throughout the home (Party Mode), or different songs through each speaker (Personal Mode). LG developed a downloadable app to turn a smartphone into an easy-to-use master control unit with an interface that lets users seamlessly stream locally saved music or audio from online sources. Overall clarity is enhanced by a dual-tweeter arrangement and 24 bit/192kHz offers studio-like sound quality. The two speakers in the lineup include:

NP8740 – 70W Speaker, with built-in Wi-Fi (2.4/5GHz), Bluetooth enabled and MESH network  capable.

NP8540 – 40W Speaker, with built-in Wi-Fi, Bluetooth enabled and MESH network capable.

Compelling Audio Sophistication in Minimalist Design
LG refreshed its Sound Bar options for 2014 with two new models that are the perfect complement for a wide variety of TV sizes and styles. The NB5540 is LG’s flagship model with an aesthetic meant to match LG’s modern thin-bezel TVs. The system features 4.1 channels and a powerful 320 watts output and a wireless subwoofer. Despite its low profile body, the NB5540 delivers rich, room-filling audio thanks to two forward-facing and two rear-facing channel configuration. The unit will employ a Hi-Fi DAC and Analog Class D amp to ensure superior HD audio quality, minimizing the loss of detail and producing clean, natural sound.

For easy connectivity, it supports HDMI with Audio Return Channel (ARC), and is also Bluetooth enabled, facilitating wireless audio streaming from compatible smart devices such as a Smart TV or smartphone.

Also key to the 2014 bar lineup is the NB3740A, which offers consumers premium streaming content from embedded partners including Netflix, Vudu, CinemaNow, Pandora and vTuner*. It is also a 4.1 channel, 320W system that features HDMI/ARC and Bluetooth connectivity.

Winning Track Record
The 2014 lineup includes a number of other premium products to deliver convenient wireless connectivity and an unforgettable auditory experience. LG will introduce three new Blu-ray Disc players in 2014. The flagship model (BP740) will offer a range of comprehensive Smart features via Built-in Wi-fi capability. Content options include premium services such as Amazon Instant Video, Hulu Plus, Pandora, Netflix and YouTube as well as web browsing*. It will also include the LG Magic Remote, enabling customers to navigate the system with easy pointing and-wheel based actions. A unique convenience feature called Private Sound Mode 2.0 will allow users to route the sound from either disc-based or streaming media straight to a compatible Bluetooth headphone or smart phone so content can be enjoyed without disturbing others. Additional Blu-ray players in the U.S. lineup include:

BP540 – Full HD 1080p 3D Network Blu-ray Player features LG Smart functionality*, Private Sound Mode 2.0 and built-in Wi-Fi capability.

BP340 – Full HD 1080p Network Blu-ray Player with a streaming content suite consisting of Netflix, VUDU, YouTube, CinemaNow and Pandora* as well as built-in Wi-Fi capability.

For consumers looking for a more powerful audio experience, LG’s also created a 500W Home Theater System in 2014 (model BH5140S). With a streaming 3D Blu-ray player included, it is another all-in-one solution offering augmented sound and numerous content options that consumers have come to expect.

*Smart devices include certain HDTVs, Blu-ray Disc Players and Network Home Theater Systems. Internet connection and certain subscriptions required and sold separately. Content and services vary by product and are subject to change without notice. Designs, features and specification subject to change without notice

Celebrate New Year’s Eve at David Burke’s PrimeHouse at The James Chicago

LIBERATING LUXURY FROM TRADITION, THE SOPHISTICATED, INTELLIGENT DESIGN AND GUEST-CENTRIC SERVICE ETHIC AT THE JAMES CHICAGO PROVIDE A MODERN AESTHETIC WITH A CLASSIC COMMITMENT TO HOSPITALITY  

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For travelers ringing in the New Year in Chicago, David Burke’s PrimeHouse is offering an $82 prix-fixe celebratory menu laden with brilliant modern American offerings.  Guests can choose from a variety of options, including the 55 Day Dry Aged Bone-in Ribeye, which was named Chicago Magazine’s Best Dry Aged Steak.

Complemented by dishes including Oysters on the Half Shell with horseradish, cocktail sauce and mignonette; Pretzel Crusted Crab Cakes with caviar crema, raisin compote, tender greens and apple; and Wagyu Beef Sashimi with Himalayan salt, mushroom chips and truffle mayo, it’s sure to be a night to remember.

The first chef to own his own bull, Chef Burke’s commitment to quality is evident in the USDA prime grade, hand-selected beef served in David Burke’s PrimeHouse. The restaurant dry-ages its meats in a Himalayan salt-tiled aging room on premise, with the result being perfectly marble-ized, tender beef with a rich depth of flavor. Under the leadership of Executive Chef Rick Gresh, David Burke’s Primehouse features a rotating menu that focuses on seasonal, local and organic ingredients and inventive dishes that reflect evolving culinary trends.

The James Chicago (http://www.jameshotels.com/chicago55 East Ontario Street, Chicago, Illinois 60611, 312.337.1000, Reservations: 1.877.JAMES.55), which opened in 2006, provides unique style and exceptional luxury service in comfortable surroundings. Ideally situated in downtown Chicago on the corner of Ontario and Rush Streets, steps off of Michigan Avenue and in the heart of The Magnificent Mile, the best of Chicago’s dining, shopping and nightlife are right outside its doors. Within walking distance are Chicago’s exciting cultural attractions including the Museum of Contemporary Art, the John Hancock Observatory, Millennium Park, the historic Water Tower and Navy Pier.

The James Chicago Hotel

The James Chicago Hotel

Guest accommodations at the James Chicago Hotel (Rates starts at $250 per guestroom and $2500 per suite) includes 61King Guestrooms, 43 Double Guestrooms, 38 Deluxe Double Guestrooms, 49 Deluxe King Guestrooms, 52 Studios, 26 Lofts, 26 One Bedroom Apartments and 2 Penthouse Lofts. Guestrooms and Studios feature a palette of warm tones. The contemporary layout and custom designed furniture include a streamlined dark wood platform bed, work/dining niche, flat-screen TV’s, and spacious slate-tile and marble bathrooms, all created with the guests’ personal needs in mind. Lofts feature a living area, wet bar, spacious bathrooms, work/dining niche and media rooms. One-Bedroom Apartments are designed in true upscale residential style featuring a living room with separate bedroom, wet bar, dining area and spacious bathrooms. Penthouses Lofts highlight luxury city living with two bedrooms, formal living and dining rooms, oversized bathrooms with his and hers sinks, soaking tub, and separate rain shower.

Guestroom at The James Chicago

Guestroom at The James Chicago

The James Chicago Hotel Lobby Art Gallery

The James Chicago Hotel Lobby Art Gallery

Guestroom Amenities includes Custom, comfortable beds, Work/dining niche, Snack & cocktail bar

Commissioned art, Flat  screen TVs, Digital TV & movie system, Stereo with iPoddock, Cordless dual-line phone, Complimentary WiFi, Intelligent Nutrients full-sized bath products, 100% Turkish cotton towels, Full-length mirror, Dimmable lighting, Individual climate control, Daily newspaper delivery, Complimentary triple-filtered water system, Eco-friendly pillow options by Keetsa and Starbucks Via coffee with European-style water boiler. Continue reading

9 FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILMS ADVANCE IN 2014 OSCAR® RACE

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Nine features will advance to the next round of voting in the Foreign Language Film category for the 86th Academy Awards®. Seventy-six films had originally been considered in the category. Foreign Language Film nominations for 2013 are being determined in two phases. The Phase I committee, consisting of several hundred Los Angeles-based Academy members, screened the original submissions in the category between mid-October and December 16.  The group’s top six choices, augmented by three additional selections voted by the Academy’s Foreign Language Film Award Executive Committee, constitute the shortlist.

The films, listed in alphabetical order by country, are:

Belgium, “The Broken Circle Breakdown,” Felix van Groeningen, director;

Bosnia and Herzegovina, “An Episode in the Life of an Iron Picker,” Danis Tanovic, director;

Cambodia, “The Missing Picture,” Rithy Panh, director;

Denmark, “The Hunt,” Thomas Vinterberg, director;

Germany, “Two Lives,” Georg Maas, director;

Hong Kong, “The Grandmaster,” Wong Kar-wai, director;

Hungary, “The Notebook,” Janos Szasz, director;

Italy, “The Great Beauty,” Paolo Sorrentino, director;

Palestine, “Omar,” Hany Abu-Assad, director.

The shortlist will be winnowed down to the five nominees by specially invited committees in New York and Los Angeles.  They will spend Friday, January 10, through Sunday, January 12, viewing three films each day and then casting their ballots.

The 86th Academy Awards nominations will be announced live on Thursday, January 16, 2014, at 5:30 a.m. PT in the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater.

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Academy Awards for outstanding film achievements of 2013 will be presented on Oscar Sunday, March 2, 2014, at the Dolby Theatre® at Hollywood & Highland Center® and televised live on the ABC Television Network.  The presentation, produced by Craig Zadan and Neil Meron, also will be televised live in more than 225 countries and territories worldwide.

 

Holiday Gift Guide 2013: WAHL Holiday Gift Lineup Offers Look-Good, Feel-Good Tools That Combines Performance, Style and Comfort

They say it’s the thought that counts. However, it is estimated that more than half of all holiday shoppers are expected to return the gifts they received for various reasons, according to a recent national survey. Fortunately, Wahl, a leader in men’s grooming and personal care, has a holiday lineup designed with staying power. The company’s latest offerings consist of budget-friendly gifts for everyone on the list, including new lithium-ion-powered grooming tools, temperature-therapy massage solutions and odor-fighting products for pets.
Most guys are in search of the best gadgets, so this holiday season Wahl is putting the most advanced battery technology available into their hands with a newly expanded lineup of lithium ion grooming tools. For the head and face, Wahl offers the Lithium Ion Clipper and Lithium Ion Beard & Stubble Trimmer. Both feature precision ground blades, longer run time and quick charge capabilities. 
The Lithium Ion Clipper can run for up to two hours on one charge thanks to Wahl’s proprietary battery technology. It offers 50 percent more power than standard clippers to ensure optimum cutting performance at all times, and has a convenient 15-minute quick charge option. Travel-ready and ready in a pinch, it holds its charge for up to one year and is available as a combo kit that includes a detail trimmer and assortment of accessories and guide combs. The Lithium Ion Clipper Kit is available nationwide with an MSRP of $69.99.
The Wahl Lithium Ion Beard & Stubble Trimmer is exactly that. Yet you can do so much with this trimmer. Trim and detail your facial hair and touch up and cut the hair on your head. It has the most advanced rechargeable battery technology. It’s lighter weight, has almost no charge loss in storage, is environmentally smart, and has no memory issues. Best of all, it provides 3x the run time, 2x the torque, a 1-minute quick charge and 1 hour full charge which standard NiMH / NiCad trimmers can not do. Travel-ready and ready in a pinch, it holds its charge for up to one year and is available as a combo kit that includes a detail trimmer and assortment of accessories and guide combs. The Lithium Ion Clipper Kit is available nationwide with an MSRP of $69.99.

For the nose, ears and eyebrows, Wahl also offers the Lithium Lighted Detailer, which sheds some light on those hard to see areas. The Wahl Lithium Powered Lighted Detailer comes with 3 interchangeable heads: Reciprocating head for ears and detailing, Rotary head for nose hairs and Detail head for necklines and eyebrows. It also comes with an eyebrow guide, protective cap and 1 AA Energizer® Lithium Battery.

It’s safe to say a majority of people could use a gift that relieves this year, as a recent study found 85 percent of Americans are in pain. With this in mind, Wahl offers new Hot-Cold Therapy Massage products to address a variety of pain points, including sore and swollen muscles, poor circulation and those everyday aches and pains. Wahl’s newest tool, the Hot-Cold Therapy Massaging Gel pack, combines massage and temperature therapy and includes a Velcro strap for hands-free targeted relief.

For the four-legged members of the family, Wahl offers a new line of pet hygiene products. The Odor NeutralizerWaterless Shampoo and Doggie Deodorant are designed to take the dirty work out of bathing.  Whether searching for a stocking stuffer or preparing for holiday photos, this line of all-natural products are developed with the needs of pets—and their owners in mind.

Wahl’s complete line of budget-friendly gift ideas can be found online at wahlholidaygifts.com. This online shopping destination makes it easy to purchase products online or locate them in stores in time for the holidays. These products can be found at major retailers nationwide at prices ranging from $5.99 to under $80.