Yvolution™ Unveils EXY Extreme Yvolution Series, the Next Level of Wheeled Excitement at The 2014 American International Toy Fair

From the Makers of the Innovative Y Fliker™ and Y Glider™ Series Comes the EXY Trickstartr Scooter and EXY Sharker Skateboard

Now Available Exclusively at Toys”R”Us® Stores Nationwide and Online at http://www.Toysrus.com/Yvolution

 Yvolution started a scooter revolution with the introduction of its innovative Y Fliker™ and Y Glider™ series, including the Y Fliker Carver, a 2013 hot holiday toy, and the Y Glider 3 in 1, a finalist in the prestigious 2014 Toy of the Year Awards (TOTY) in the Outdoor Toy of the Year category.  The “Yvolution” in scooting will continue at the 2014 American International Toy Fair, where the company will launch its new EXY Extreme Yvolution series.  Offering kids a more extreme ride, the first two products in the line include the EXY Trickstartr, an entry-level stunt scooter with an innovative wheelie system and the EXY Sharker, a three-wheeled skateboard made for urban street surfing.

EXY Trickstartr, part of the new EXY Extreme Yvolution series, is a stunt scooter for beginner riders who want to learn how to master basic tricks.  It features a slick matte black/vibrant color design and comes with a special patent-pending device that allows riders to do a manual (wheelie).  (PRNewsFoto/Yvolution)

EXY Trickstartr, part of the new EXY Extreme Yvolution series, is a stunt scooter for beginner riders who want to learn how to master basic tricks. It features a slick matte black/vibrant color design and comes with a special patent-pending device that allows riders to do a manual (wheelie). (PRNewsFoto/Yvolution)

EXY Trickstartr is a stunt scooter for beginner riders who want to learn how to master basic tricks.  It features a slick matte black/vibrant color design and comes with a special patent-pending device that allows riders to do a manual (wheelie). Trickstartr offers kids four ways to ride: 1) The Easy Way, 2) The Hard Way, 3) The Expert Way, and 4) The Pro Way.  Once the stunt is mastered, the detachable device can be removed to improve speed and agility. The Trickstartr will be featured in a national TV campaign this spring.

EXY Sharker, part of the new EXY Extreme Yvolution series, is a revolutionary three-wheeled skateboard with a modern surf board design that takes the experience and thrill of surfing and snowboarding to the pavement.  It is half caster board and half skateboard, with a front 360 degree caster wheel and traditional skateboard trucks in the back to offer extreme movement. Riders twist back and forth to get started, self-propel, carve and pump.  (PRNewsFoto/Yvolution)

EXY Sharker, part of the new EXY Extreme Yvolution series, is a revolutionary three-wheeled skateboard with a modern surf board design that takes the experience and thrill of surfing and snowboarding to the pavement. It is half caster board and half skateboard, with a front 360 degree caster wheel and traditional skateboard trucks in the back to offer extreme movement. Riders twist back and forth to get started, self-propel, carve and pump. (PRNewsFoto/Yvolution)

The EXY Sharker is a revolutionary three-wheeled skateboard with a modern surf board design that takes the experience and thrill of surfing and snowboarding to the pavement.  It is half caster board and half skateboard, with a front 360 degree caster wheel and traditional skateboard trucks in the back to offer extreme movement.  Riders twist back and forth to get started, self-propel, carve and pump.  The quicker they pump the nose, the faster they’ll go.  Sharker‘s unique pivot drive action allows riders to gain speed and perform more advanced tricks than with a traditional skateboard, including grinding, carving downhill and riding uphill.  It features a patented super strong ABS Tri-core grip deck and PU wheels with durable ABEC 7 bearings for a fast, smooth ride.    Continue reading

8th Annual Festival of the Arts Boca Opens March 6-15

The Schmidt Family Centre for the Arts at Mizner Park, a non-profit organization will present its eighth annual Festival of the Arts BOCA (http://www.festivalboca.com) March 6-15, 2014. Considered by critics to be “an important and impressive addition to the artistic landscape” – the Festival, held in Boca Raton, Florida, will continue to feature the finest in classical music, jazz, dance, film and authors. The Schmidt Family Centre for the Arts will once again collaborate with IMG Artists, a leader in worldwide cultural arts management, to align an impressive list of international artists.

Violin virtuoso Itzhak Perlman will open the Festival on Thursday, March 6 at 7:30 p.m. accompanied by Festival Orchestra Boca under the direction of Festival Music Director Constantine Kitsopoulos. Perlman will return to the Festival stage on Sunday, March 9 at 7 p.m. for the Florida premiere of his new program of traditional Jewish and Klezmer music with celebrated Cantor Yitzchak Meir Helfgot, Eternal Echoes: Songs and Dances for the Soul.

Dance will be brought back to the Festival this season with one of America’s leading dance troupes, the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company.

The blazing, technically flawless Cuban-born trumpeter, Arturo Sandoval will return to the Festival stage in 2014 in a tribute concert to his mentor, Dizzie Gillespie, with special guest Monica Mancini and the Henry Mancini Institute Orchestra.

Cirque de la Symphonie will delight the whole family, combining the best elements of cirque and symphonic music, with some of the most amazing veterans of today’s cirque programs.

The Festival of the Arts Boca will close in spectacular fashion with the Florida premiere of today’s newest and most exciting singing group, the multicultural, operatic tenor trio Forte whose performances on America’s Got Talent captivated millions and launched the group into the national spotlight.

Headlining this season’s Authors & Ideas Program is Doris Kearns Goodwin , acclaimed presidential historian, who is returning to the Festival for the fourth time to speak about Theodore Roosevelt and her new book The Bully Pulpit: Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft, and the Golden Age of Journalism. Goodwin will be joined by Anna Deavere Smith, award winning actress currently starring in Nurse Jackie, author and creator of a new form of theater will bring to the Festival the same creativity she has brought to the Aspen Institute and many other venues; James Fallows , award winning national correspondent for the Atlantic, author of 10 books, most recently China Airborne: the Test of China’s Future; Dr. Daniel Levitin, best-selling author of This Is Your Brain On Music and The World in Six Songs ; Barbara Schmidt , businesswoman, philanthropist and spiritual teacher, will discuss Vicktor Frankl’s “Man Searching for Meaning‘: and, Geraldine Brooks, Pulitzer Prize winning author of March and other books, including most recently Caleb’s Crossing and People of the Book will lend a different perspective to the Festival. Continue reading

Americans Sweep First-Ever Olympic Freestyle Skiing Slopestyle Competition, Will Be Featured On Special-Edition Boxes Of Kellogg’s® Corn Flakes®

Freeskiers Joss Christensen, Gus Kenworthy and Nick Goepper of Team USA(TM) Show How From Great Starts Come Great Things®

To celebrate the historic podium sweep for Team USA(TM) at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games in the first-ever Olympic freestyle skiing slopestyle competition, Kellogg’s® announced today that the medal winners will be featured on special-edition boxes of Kellogg’s Corn Flakes®. Freeskiers Joss Christensen, Gus Kenworthy and Nick Goepper will be pictured on the limited-edition box, after finishing in first, second and third respectively.

To celebrate the historic podium sweep for Team USA(TM) at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games in the first-ever Olympic freestyle skiing slopestyle competition, the medal winners will be featured on special-edition boxes of Kellogg's Corn Flakes(R). Freeskiers Joss Christensen, Gus Kenworthy and Nick Goepper will be pictured on the limited-edition Kellogg's box.  (PRNewsFoto/Kellogg Company)

To celebrate the historic podium sweep for Team USA(TM) at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games in the first-ever Olympic freestyle skiing slopestyle competition, the medal winners will be featured on special-edition boxes of Kellogg’s Corn Flakes(R). Freeskiers Joss Christensen, Gus Kenworthy and Nick Goepper will be pictured on the limited-edition Kellogg’s box. (PRNewsFoto/Kellogg Company)

“After Joss, Gus and Nick’s remarkable performance in the first-ever freestyle skiing slopestyle competition, it’s evident that their great starts in the sport have truly led to great things,” said Noel Geoffroy, Senior Vice President, Marketing & Innovation for Kellogg’s U.S. Morning Foods. “We’re excited to continue our time-honored tradition of celebrating America’s Olympic champions on Kellogg’s cereal boxes by bringing their historic image to the breakfast table.”

“I’m so thrilled that I was able to go out there and win the first-ever gold medal in Olympic men’s freeskiing slopestyle,” said Christensen. “Kellogg’s has helped me start off my day since I was a kid, so it’s awesome to be featured on the box of one of my favorite cereals.  I definitely wouldn’t have gotten to such an amazing finish without lots of great starts.”

“Being up there on the medal podium along with Joss and Nick was an unbelievable feeling – we’re all excited to be representing our country and our sport at the Sochi Games,” said Kenworthy. “Our Kellogg’s box is a great reminder of how our great starts together helped us reach our full potential. The fact that we were able to achieve this in the first slopestyle competition at the Games makes it even better.”

“This is a huge moment for Team USA,” said Goepper. “To be featured on a Corn Flakes box with my teammates is just amazing – it’s something you dream about as a kid at the breakfast table.”

With only 1,000 featured boxes being produced, this collectible item will be available beginning Feb. 24 for a limited time, for members of the Kellogg’s Family Rewards program exclusively. Fans can visit KelloggsFamilyRewards.com for information about how to become a member and redeem Kellogg’s product codes for their very own collectible box while supplies last.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences to Host Oscar® Concert Celebrating Nominated Scores And Songs

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KAREN O TO PERFORM “THE MOON SONG” ON THE OSCARS®

U2 TO PERFORM “ORDINARY LOVE” ON THE OSCARS®

For the first time as part of its annual Oscar Week events, the Academy will present a live “Oscar Concert” celebrating this year’s nominated scores and songs on Thursday, February 27, at 8 p.m. at UCLA’s Royce Hall.

The program features an 80-piece orchestra performing suites from each of the nominated original scores, conducted by their composers. They include:

William Butler and Owen Pallett, “Her”
Alexandre Desplat, “Philomena”
Thomas Newman, “Saving Mr. Banks”
Steven Price, “Gravity”
John Williams, “The Book Thief”

Prior to each piece, the respective composers will participate in a brief onstage conversation with film critic and radio host Elvis Mitchell about creating their scores.

The concert also will feature this year’s nominated original songs, including “Let It Go” from “Frozen,” performed byKristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez, and “Happy” from “Despicable Me 2,” performed by Jill Scott.  Other special performers and guests will be announced on www.oscars.org.

Tickets are $100 and $75 and can be purchased online at www.ticketmaster.com.

Singer-songwriter Karen O will, for the first time, perform Oscar®-nominated “The Moon Song” for a global television audience on the Oscars®, show producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron announced today.

Singer-songwriter Karen O will, for the first time, perform Oscar®-nominated “The Moon Song” for a global television audience on the Oscars®, show producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron announced today.

Singer-songwriter Karen O will, for the first time, perform the Oscar®-nominated original song “The Moon Song” for a global television audience on the Oscars®, show producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron announced today. The Oscars, hosted by Ellen DeGeneres, will air on Sunday, March 2, live on ABC.

“The Moon Song,” with music by Karen O and lyric by Karen O and Spike Jonze, was written for the film “Her,” directed by Jonze. The three other nominated songs are “Happy” from “Despicable Me 2,” “Let It Go” from “Frozen” and “Ordinary Love” from “Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom.”

Karen O is the lead singer of the band Yeah Yeah Yeahs, which has released four albums, three of which have been nominated for Grammy Awards®. She previously co-wrote original songs for the soundtrack of Jonze’s 2009 film “Where the Wild Things Are,” receiving a Grammy nomination for the featured song “All Is Love.” Karen O has performed on numerous other soundtracks,

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including those for “Frankenweenie” “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” and “I’m Not There”.

U2 will perform their Oscar®-nominated song, “Ordinary Love” for a global audience at the Oscars®, show producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron announced today. U2’s exclusive Oscar show performance will be the first time the band will perform the song live. The Oscars, hosted by Ellen DeGeneres, will air on Sunday, March 2, live on ABC.

“Ordinary Love” was written by the group for “Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom” and is nominated for Original Song. The three other nominated songs are “Happy” from “Despicable Me 2,” “Let It Go” from “Frozen” and “The Moon Song” from “Her.”

U2 has sold more than 150 million records worldwide since its formation in 1976. The group has won 22 Grammy® Awards—more than any other band—and was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2005, its first year of eligibility. The band’s 110-show, 26-month U2360° tour, which ended in July 2011, played to over 7 million fans in 30 countries on 5 continents and was the highest-grossing concert tour of all time. The band is currently in the studio working on a new album.

NINA AGDAL, LILY ALDRIDGE AND CHRISSY TEIGEN GRACE THE HISTORIC COVER OF SPORTS ILLUSTRATED SWIMSUIT 50TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION

The highly anticipated 50th Anniversary Sports Illustrated Swimsuit  Issue both celebrates history and makes it as Nina Agdal, Lily Aldridge nd Chrissy Teigen appear on the 2014 cover; the first cover appearance for all three. They join the ranks of iconic models including Kathy Ireland, Heidi Klum, Tyra Banks, Cheryl Tiegs and Christie Brinkley, who have graced an SI Swimsuit (@SI_Swimsuit) cover. The 50th Sports Illustrated Swimsuit goes live across the Web, mobile, tablet and newsstands on February 18th.
Nina Agdal, Lily Aldridge and Chrissy Teigen are the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit 2014 Cover Models. The 50th Sports Illustrated Swimsuit edition goes live across the web, mobile, tablet on Feb 18. Photo Credit: James Macari for Sports Illustrated*

Nina Agdal, Lily Aldridge and Chrissy Teigen are the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit 2014 Cover Models. The 50th Sports Illustrated Swimsuit edition goes live across the web, mobile, tablet on Feb 18. Photo Credit: James Macari for Sports Illustrated*

The Sports Illustrated Swimsuit (www.SI.com/Swimsuit) franchise reaches more than 62 million people annually, and more men 18 to 34 than the Super Bowl. The iconic franchise now spans more than 20 product extensions in digital social, broadcast, publishing, mobile and consumer products, along with supporting a vibrant experiential marketing business. Since debuting in 1964 Swimsuit has become a pop-culture phenomenon and an established launching pad for successful careers in TV, fashion, business and film including. All of Swimsuit’s product extensions are built upon a heritage of amazing photography and footage of gorgeous models and athletes from the most exotic locations in the world.

Said Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Editor MJ Day: “The 2014 cover embodies the essence of Sports Illustrated Swimsuit. It is presented from a unique perspective, with a lighthearted spirit and breathtaking setting that lets the imagination run wild. This is what Swimsuit does best and we’re thrilled to see it captured in such a memorable image.”

Agdal, a 21-year-old Hilleroed, Denmark, native, first appeared in the issue in 2012 on the beaches of the Seychelles and then traveled to Hayman Island, Australia and the Bahamas (bodypainting) for her second appearance in 2013. Aldridge, the first rookie to be on the cover since Heidi Klum (’98), brings a sultry California-girl look and a fresh face to the franchise. Teigen, one of the most popular models Sports Illustrated has ever seen, makes her fifth appearance (2010, ‘11, ‘12, and ‘13) in the issue. The 28-year-old Delta, Utah, bombshell has added to the illustrious legacy of the Swimsuit Issue over the last five years in shoots at exotic locations, such as the Maldives, Philippines, Seychelles, Easter Island Chili, Bahamas (bodypainting), and now Aitutaki, Cook Islands.

Says Day: “These are three very different models who together represent all that Swimsuit has become and will continue be: fresh, exciting, surprising and sexy. Lilly is a fashion industry star who is going to thrill an entirely new audience and she makes history by becoming the first rookie to grace our cover since Heidi Klum. Chrissy is glamorous, dynamic and a cultural phenomenon. And Nina is a bombshell. We knew she was going to be a star from the day we met her.”

Says Agdal: “I’m speechless… This has been my goal. I couldn’t be happier to be on this year’s cover. It’s absolutely amazing!

Says Aldridge: “I am so incredibly honored to be part of this issue. As my first time ever shooting with Sports Illustrated I never imagined I would be on the cover.

Says Teigen: “I am so thrilled and honored to not only be on the cover but to be on the 50th Anniversary cover.

Photographed by James Macari for Sports Illustrated, this is the first ensemble cover since 2006, which featured Veronica Varekova, Elle Macpherson, Rebecca Romijn, Rachel Hunter, Daniela Pestova, Elsa Benitez, Carolyn Murphy and Yamila Diaz-Rahi and the fifth cover to feature multiple models (’06, ’96, ’94, ’76).