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.

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.

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.

“LISTEN UP PHILIP” AT 2014 SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL

“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.