American Girl® Brings The Nifty ’50s To Life With New BeForever Character Maryellen Larkin

Girls will be transported back to the fabulous 1950s when they meet American Girl‘s newest BeForever™ character—Maryellen Larkin—an energetic and optimistic girl who follows her heart instead of the crowd. Depicting an era that gave rise to tremendous growth and change in America, Maryellen’s products and stories have an inter-generational appeal that is sure to be a hit with girls, moms, and grandmas! The Maryellen Collection includes an 18-inch doll with strawberry-blonde hair and hazel eyes, plus several historically-authentic 1950s doll outfits, like an iconic poodle skirt and saddle shoes. Numerous accessories round out the play experience, including a 30-piece diner set, a TV console that works with a girl’s iPad, and a jukebox that plays ’50s-style songs and connects to electronic music players.

American Girl&'s new BeForever doll, Maryellen Larkin. (PRNewsFoto/American Girl)

American Girl&’s new BeForever doll, Maryellen Larkin. (PRNewsFoto/American Girl)

Written by award-winning American Girl author Valerie Tripp, the Maryellen stories introduce readers ages 8 and up to a key cultural theme of the 1950s: conformity versus individuality. While Maryellen feels the pressure to conform to social standards, she also strives to stand out and be true to herself, even when that means going against expectations. Through Maryellen, Tripp shows how trends of the 1950s—such as the burgeoning of suburbia, “the baby boom,” geographic and economic mobility, new technology (like TV and rockets), rock ‘n’ roll, and lingering postwar prejudice—shape the life of one girl.

At first glance, Maryellen’s circumstances appear determinedly normal,” says Tripp. “I did this deliberately, so that I could show that the extraordinary exists with the extra-ordinary, and it is Maryellen’s own sparky pizzazz that makes the difference.”

To celebrate Maryellen’s debut, American Girl retail stores will be bustling with Maryellen excitement with free and paid events, including giveaways, crafts, and in-store activities. And, girls can explore the era with Maryellen’s Nifty ’50s Scrapbook. The online digital scrapbook—told from Maryellen’s point of view—will include photos, illustrations, video clips, games, and activities. For parents and teachers, a free downloadable Maryellen Learning Guide, available at, explores themes and issues from the 1950s.

The Maryellen doll and related products debuted August 27, 2015 at; at all American Girl retail locations nationwide; through American Girl‘s catalogue; at American Girl specialty boutiques at select Indigo™ and Chapters™ locations in Canada; and at El Palacio de Hierro in Mexico City. The Maryellen books can also be purchased through retail and online booksellers.

To learn more about Maryellen and the BeForever line of historical characters, go to or visit American Girl’s social channels. To request a free American Girl catalogue, call 1-800-845-0005.

Skarstedt Presents Justin Adian: Fort Worth

Skarstedt will present Fort Worth, a solo exhibition of new works by American artist Justin Adian, titled after his hometown in Texas. Featuring over a dozen abstract paintings, the exhibition marks the artist’s first solo presentation with the gallery in the United States. Justin Adian: Fort Worth will be on view at Skarstedt Chelsea (550 West 21st Street) from September 10th to October 24th, 2015. Skarstedt will also publish a fully illustrated catalog, including an essay by Texas-born art critic Dave Hickey, to accompany the exhibition.

Justin Adian, Playback, 2015 oil enamel on ester foam and canvas. 72 x 34 x 3 inches (182.9 x 86.4 x 7.6 cm.) signed, titled and dated 'Justin Adian "Playback" 2015' (on the reverse). Courtesy Skarstedt New York.

Justin Adian, Playback, 2015, oil enamel on ester foam and canvas. 72 x 34 x 3 inches (182.9 x 86.4 x 7.6 cm.)
signed, titled and dated ‘Justin Adian “Playback” 2015‘ (on the reverse). Courtesy Skarstedt New York.

Justin Adian was born in Fort Worth, Texas in 1976 and graduated with a BFA from the University of North Texas in 2000, and an MFA from Rutgers University, Mason Gross School of Art in 2003.

The exhibition title alludes to an ever-present influence on Adian’s work—his time spent in Fort Worth and the attitude of Texas. The artist adds, “I sometimes look at the paintings I made in undergrad and see the same kind of abstraction with relation to shapes and color. The work is visually very different from when I was working in Texas but some of the same notions are still kicking around.” His sculpted paintings exude playfulness through the vibrant colors, unique forms, and witty titles, such as Playback, Slip It In, Fixin It, and Layover.

And he acknowledges, “I have lived in New York for 14 years and things have certainly changed in my way of thinking, but it seems like a lot of the building blocks have endured.

Adian creates his bold organic works by stretching oil enamel-painted canvas around foam cushions mounted on wood. Often combining multiple forms to create a three-dimensional composite wall relief, the works straddle the theoretical divide between painting and sculpture with wry assertiveness. Some works will feature his backlit effect, in which he creates a neon glow through layers of paint as opposed to artificial illumination.

All created in 2015, the new works are in a wide range of sizes. The artist has carefully considered the environment of Skarstedt’s Chelsea gallery space, creating a site-specific work, which molds to the curvature of the gallery wall. Adian works outside of the traditional framework of painting, extending the surface of his works from front to back.

Previous exhibitions include Skarstedt, London, 2014; Luxembourg & Dayan, New York, NY, 2014; Blackston, New York, NY, 2012; Martos Gallery, New York, NY, 2012; Bryant Park, New York, NY, 2010-11; Blackston, New York, NY, 2010; Rachel Uffner Gallery, New York, NY, 2010; Jack the Pelican Gallery, Brooklyn, NY, DepARTment Gallery, Toronto Ontario, HBC Gallery, Berlin, Germany, all in 2009; North Hall Gallery, New York, NY, 2008; and at UNT Artspace, Fort Worth, TX, 2007.

NOW That’s What I Call Music! Presents NOW Halloween!

The Spooktacular First-Ever Halloween Entry in the World’s Top-Selling Multi-Artist Album Series

Now Halloween, A Ghoulishly Delicious 18 Track Anthology, Coming Friday, September 11, 2015

NOW That’s What I Call Music!, the world’s best-selling multi-artist album series, is pleased to announce the upcoming release of Now Halloween, the NOW brand’s spooktacular first foray into the tricks and treats of Halloween-themed rock and pop music, ranging from TV (“True Blood“) and movie themes (“Halloween,” “The Exorcist,” “Beetlejuice“) to novelty smashes (“Monster Mash,” “Werewolves of London“) to radio perennials (“Season of the Witch,” “Don’t Fear the Reaper,” “I Put a Spell on You“). A spine-tingling collection of 18 bone-chilling hits, jams and instrumentals, Now Halloween will be available Friday, September 11, 2015. The premium content–by the original artists–selected for Now Halloween has never been available on one collection until the release of this special anthology.nowhalloween

Now Halloween showcases 18 Halloween-themed classic hits from a variety of artists including director John Carpenter‘s Theme from “Halloween,” Rob Zombie‘s “Dragula,” Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra & Chorus‘ “O Fortuna,” Mike Oldfield‘s “Tubular Bells“/Theme from “The Exorcist,” Blue Öyster Cult’s “(Don’t Fear) The Reaper,” INXS‘s “Devil Inside,” Jace Everett‘s “Bad Things“/Theme from “True Blood,” Warren Zevon‘s “Werewolves of London,” The Specials’Ghost Town,” Oingo Boingo‘s “Dead Man’s Party,” Bobby “Boris” Pickett and the Crypt-Keepers’Monster Mash,” The Citizens of Halloween‘s “This is Halloween,” Donovan‘s “Season of the Witch,” Nina Simone‘s “I Put A Spell On You,” Danny Elfman‘s “Beetlejuice: Main Title/End Title,” Run-D.M.C.‘s “Ghostbusters,” DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince‘s “A Nightmare On My Street” and Rockwell‘s “Somebody’s Watching Me.”

NOW Halloween!

1. John Carpenter – Halloween Theme

2. Rob Zombie – Dragula

3. Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra & Chorus – O Fortuna

4. Mike Oldfield – Tubular Bells (Theme From The Exorcist)

5. Blue Öyster Cult – (Don’t Fear) The Reaper

6. INXS – Devil Inside

7. Jace Everett – Bad Things (Theme from True Blood)

8. Warren Zevon – Werewolves of London

9. The Specials – Ghost Town

10. Oingo Boingo – Dead Man’s Party

11. Bobby “Boris” Pickett and the Crypt-Kickers – Monster Mash

12. The Citizens of Halloween – This is Halloween

13. Donovan – Season Of The Witch

14. Nina Simone – I Put A Spell On You

15. Danny Elfman – Beetlejuice: Main Title/End Title

16. RUN-D.M.C. – Ghostbusters

17. DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince – A Nightmare On My Street

18. Rockwell – Somebody’s Watching Me

NOW That’s What I Call Music! debuted in the U.S. in 1998, following 15 years of multi-platinum international success. The series has generated sales exceeding 250 million albums worldwide, including more than 96 million in the U.S. alone. All 55 previous releases in NOW’s numeric U.S. series have reached Billboard’s Top 10, and 19 volumes have reached No. 1. NOW That’s What I Call Music! is a joint venture from Universal Music Group and Sony Music Entertainment.

Timberland PRO Rounds-Out Its Head-To-Toe Offering With Launch Of Timberland PRO® Workwear

New Performance Workwear Line Delivers Results to Retailers and Meets Unmet Consumer Needs

Timberland PRO has officially entered the workwear market by doing what it does best– developing and building premium, technology-inspired, performance-driven products for industrial working consumers. Leveraging the brand equity already established by its successful footwear business, Timberland PRO® workwear embodies the same comfort, durability and protection retailers and consumers have grown to expect from the brand. Launch partners include key retailers such as Bob’s Stores, Work ‘N Gear, Whistle Workwear and Work World. Online industry leader has also picked up the collection, which includes a 73-piece range of base and midlayers, performance t-shirts and work shirts, work pants, outerwear and accessories. With performance fabrics featuring built-in technologies like waterproofing, wicking, sun protection, anti-odor and insulation, and intentional design details that offer increased range of movement, retailers will diversify their workwear brand offerings while consumers will feel comfortable and protected in any environment.

Timberland, a subsidiary brand of the VF Corporation, is a global leader in the design, engineering and marketing of premium-quality footwear, apparel and accessories for consumers who value the outdoors and their time in it. Timberland markets products under the Timberland®, Timberland PRO®, and Timberland Boot Company® brands, all of which offer quality workmanship and detailing and are built to withstand the elements of nature. (Timberland® products are sold throughout the world in leading department and specialty stores as well as company-owned retail locations and online. )
Entering into the workwear category is a natural progression for our brand,” said Jim O’Connor, Vice President, Timberland PRO. “After years of intensive planning and research, combined with the confidence of having the VF Corporation behind us, we are emerging into this market armed with a great-looking collection of thoughtfully-designed pieces that meet our core consumer’s unique comfort, performance and fit needs. We’ve chosen a smart mix of retail partners that share the same goals of business expansion and bottomline growth. The strong early reaction we’ve received, combined with our winning formula of knowledge and capabilities, further strengthens our confidence in bringing this comprehensive head-to-toe offering to market.”

Key pieces from the collection include:

Timberland PRO® Gridflex Canvas Work Pant $60: Constructed with flexible, durable cotton canvas and thoughtful design details such as extra pockets and belt loops, reinforced stitching, knee overlays, crotch gussets and, what will be a distinct advantage in the workwear market, an on-point fit. Available in three colors with sizes ranging from 30 to 42-inch waist and 30 to 34-inch lengths.

Timberland PRO® Stud-Lee Canvas Windproof Jacket (Jet Black only)

Timberland PRO® Stud-Lee Canvas Windproof Jacket (Jet Black only)

Timberland PRO® Stud-Lee Canvas Windproof Jacket $120: Cotton canvas bonded to polyester fleece and a windproof membrane block out strong winds, while the stand-up collar and full-zipper closure provide extra protection against the elements. Offering plenty of room for gear to be kept safe with multiple flap-closure pockets, the modern styling in black with contrast stitching will make this jacket stand out from the rest.

Timberland PRO® Hood Honcho Sweatshirt $75: This extra-rugged heavyweight sweatshirt includes a three-piece jersey-lined hood for a comfortable fit and an oversized front pouch pocket with hidden cell phone insert. With its water-repellant technology and full cotton/polyester thermal lining, this item is designed to keep your head, body and gear warm and dry. Available in five colors with branded sleeves, this sweatshirt will look great and keep you comfortable and protected.

Timberland PRO® Understory Fleece Top $50: Already a best-seller right out of the gate, this quarter-zip heathered fleece baselayer offers lightweight comfort and protection. Its stand-up collar with chin guard, thumb holes and drop-tail coverage offer quick and easy layering versatility to consumers working in constantly changing climates. Available in black and heather grey, the soft, pill-resistant material will make this item a staple in workers’ closets.

Timberland PRO® Dry Squall Waterproof Jacket $150 and Work Pant $120: Honing in on the brand’s commitment to protecting consumers in any environment, this waterproof jacket and work pant system are constructed with three layers of heavyweight nylon ripstop, a full membrane and tricot backing and fully-taped seams. The pant’s ankle-to-knee zipper, back elastic waistband, adjustable clip belt and hem provide extra room and comfort.

O’Connor added, “Assessing the unmet needs of those who work in demanding and unpredictable environments, then developing solutions that deliver on those needs is the cornerstone of our brand. Our expansion into the workwear space further defines this commitment, and we will continue to offer additional performance-oriented styles and new technologies as we transition into 2016.”

Timberland PRO ® workwear is available now at and at participating retail partners across the United States.

David Hill And Reginald Hudlin Tapped To Produce 88th Oscars®

Emmy®-winning live television producer David Hill and Oscar®-nominated producer-director Reginald Hudlin will produce the 88th Oscars telecast, Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs announced today. It will be their first involvement with the Academy Awards®. The 88th Oscars will be held on Sunday, February 28, 2016, at the Dolby Theatre® at Hollywood & Highland Center® in Hollywood, and will be televised live by the ABC Television Network at 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT. The Oscar presentation also will be televised live in more than 225 countries and territories worldwide.

We’re delighted to have this talented team on board,” said Boone Isaacs. “David is a true innovator with a dynamic personality. His vast experience as a live events producer, coupled with Reggie’s energy, creativity and talent as a filmmaker, is sure to make this year’s Oscar telecast a memorable one.”

What a great and exciting honor! The quest is to honor the year in film, honor the art, and above all, make it fun,” said Hill.

An executive with the Fox group of companies for more than 25 years, Hill most recently served as the senior executive vice president of 21st Century Fox, overseeing programming, digital

David Hill (left) And Reginald Hudlin (right)

David Hill (left) And Reginald Hudlin (right)

initiatives, and other opportunities on five continents. He was previously the chairman and CEO of Fox Sports Media Group, during which time he spearheaded the integration of new technologies and multi-platform programming services across the U.S. Hill began his career with parent company News Corporation in Great Britain, where he helped launch Sky Television, introduced the multilingual sports channel Eurosport, and created the hugely popular subscription channel Sky Sports. While he has contributed to hundreds of Emmy nominations and awards for the network, Hill received an individual Emmy for Outstanding Live Sports Special as an executive producer of the 2011 World Series broadcast. He also served as an executive producer on the last two seasons of “American Idol.” He recently left Fox to start his own production company, Hilly, focusing on live and reality television.

I’m looking forward to working with the Academy again,” said Hudlin. “I love every kind of film and this year’s awards will be a celebration of the total range of cinema.”

A writer, director, producer and executive, Hudlin received a 2012 Best Picture Oscar nomination as a producer of “Django Unchained.” Hudlin’s film credits include “Boomerang,” “The Great White Hype” and the award-winning comedy “House Party,” which he also wrote. He executive produced the hit television series “The Boondocks” and “The Black Panther”; and has directed for “Modern Family,” “Murder in The First,” “New Girl” and “The Office.” Last year, Hudlin produced the Academy’s 6th Annual Governors Awards Ceremony and has been the executive producer of the NAACP Image Awards since 2012. Hudlin was the first President of Entertainment for BET Networks from 2005 to 2009, where he oversaw programming and developed some of the network’s highest rated shows during his tenure. He is a partner in Milestone Media, a multi-ethnic comic book company distributed by DC Comics, as well as New Nation Networks, a premium content provider in partnership with Google. Hudlin is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, Directors Guild of America, Writers Guild of America, Producers Guild of America and Screen Actors Guild. He serves on the executive board of the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television, The Comic Book Legal Defense Fund, and Wasatch.

We’re excited to work with David and Reggie,” said Academy CEO Dawn Hudson. “With their enthusiasm and breadth of experience, they will bring a fresh perspective to the Oscar show.

The CDC’s Act Against AIDS Launches First Disease-Specific CDC Instagram Account

The Center for Disease Control recently launched its Act Against AIDS (AAA) Instagram account. Started in 2009, AAA focuses on raising awareness of HIV among all Americans and reducing the risk of infection among the hardest-hit populations. The AAA account is the second Instagram account at CDC and is the only disease-specific account in the agency.

The AAA Instagram account will share photos and videos to “show” what AAA is doing to combat HIV while highlighting the people involved across the initiative to reach partners and populations at greater risk of HIV. This new Instagram page joins AAA’s suite of social media accounts, including Act Against AIDS on Facebookand @talkHIV on Twitter. CDC would like to encourage everyone to support AAA by following @actagainstaids on Instagram.

Following AAA on Instagram can be done in four easy steps:

— Download and install the Instagram app onto your mobile device (if you don’t already have it). The app is available for free and can be downloaded from your device’s app store.

— Create an Instagram account, or login if you already have one. You can also login using your Facebook account if you prefer.

— Search for the AAA Instagram account. This can be done by opening the app, tapping the magnifying glass icon, and typing in “actagainstaids” in the search bar. Tap on the AAA account icon in the search results to view the AAA Instagram page.

— Tap the “+ FOLLOW” button on the AAA page to follow the campaign Instagram feed. This will allow you the campaign’s Instagram activity to automatically populate onto your main Instagram feed.