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Souled Out Honored for Excellence in 10th Annual WeddingWire Couples’ Choice Awards®

Lafayette, LA, 2018-Jan-11 — /EPR ENTERTAINMENT NEWS/ — Souled Out today announced its recognition as a winner of the esteemed 2018 WeddingWire Couples’ Choice Award® for wedding bands in Louisiana.

 

WeddingWire Inc., the leading global online marketplace for the wedding and events industry, annually recognizes the top five percent of wedding professionals on WeddingWire who demonstrate excellence in quality, service, responsiveness and professionalism. The top local wedding professionals in more than 20 service categories from venues to florists are awarded the prestigious accolade.

Souled Out was recognized as a recipient solely based on reviews from newlyweds and their experiences working with them. Award-winning vendors are distinguished for the quality, quantity, consistency and timeliness of the reviews they have received from their past clients.

“This is the tenth year we’ve celebrated our top-rated vendors who have helped millions of couples celebrate one of the most important days of their lives,” said Timothy Chi, CEO, WeddingWire. “This group of dedicated and acclaimed wedding professionals, such as Souled Out, not only make wedding planning simpler for engaged couples, but also serve as a trusted partner in helping to make WeddingWire the go-to place for wedding planning. We congratulate all of this year’s winners on their achievement.”

Souled Out is thrilled to be one of the top wedding bands in Louisiana on WeddingWire.com.

For more information about Souled Out, please visit us at https://www.weddingwire.com/biz/souled-out-lafayette/35f801c239cc10ac.html.

To learn more about the WeddingWire Couples’ Choice Awards®, please visit www.weddingwire.com/couples-choice-awards.

About Souled Out:
Souled Out is an eleven piece band hailing from acros south Louisiana. Conceived in 2001, Souled Out has been entertaining audiences with its unique brand of interaction and choreography. Souled Out has entertained wedding receptions, corporate events, Mardi Gras krewes and nightclubs from Texas to Florida. Souled Out has earned “Best Band” by the Tri-Parish Times on three separate occasions as voted for by their endearing fan base. Souled Out is a three time WeddingWire.com ‘Couples Choice’ Award Winner (2016, 2017, 2018) in addition to being named ‘Top Rated Online’ based on client reviews from various online wedding resources. In 2017, Souled Out was a finalist for Best Band by Southern Wedding’s Best Of South Awards. As one writer recently pinned, “Souled Out is the band you’ve always wanted to see….but didn’t! When you attend a Souled Out performance, you’re forced to listen with your eyes wide open!”

If you’re looking to have a band that brings energy, great music AND performs in such way that it brings people together then Souled Out might be your band. Despite the fact that they’ve performed at well over a thousand weddings since 2001, Souled Out has developed a niche of being the band that not only entertains your guest but becomes the “life of the party”. Each and every reception performance is a very personal and unique experience for all of their clients. The goal at every event that we are honored to be a part of what is the vision that the client had during their planning process. Many clients that utilize Souled Out’s services didn’t want the “typical” band – they wanted much more and they choose Souled Out.

About WeddingWire, Inc.
WeddingWire, Inc. is the leading global online marketplace connecting consumers with event and creative professionals. Operating within a $200 billion industry, WeddingWire, Inc. hosts 10 million monthly unique users across its mobile and web platforms. Consumers are able to read over 3 million vendor reviews and search, compare and book from a database of over 400,000 businesses. Globally, it provides these businesses the technology they need to serve their clients through advertising, marketing and business management tools such as websites, payment processing, invoicing and contracts. Founded in 2007, the WeddingWire portfolio of sites serves couples and businesses across 15 countries in North America, Latin America, Europe and Asia, making it the worldwide leader in weddings with brands including Bodas.net, Casamentos.com.br, Matrimonio.com and more. The company employs more than 900 and maintains global headquarters in Chevy Chase, MD and international headquarters in Barcelona, Spain.

Contact-Details: David Mouton, Souled Out Entertainment LLC, gotgroove@gmail.com

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Orange County Band “Moxy and The Influence” (ages 17 – 21) Wins 2014 HMMA Award for Rock Song of the Year

On behalf of the OC rock band “Moxy and The Influence,” 17-year old vocalist Moxy Anne accepts the 2014 Hollywood Music in Media Award at the Fonda Theater on Tuesday, November 4, 2014 for the original song “Vampire Valentine.”

LOS ANGELES, CA, November 11, 2014 — /EPR ENTERTAINMENT NEWS/ — Since 2009, the Annual Hollywood Music in Media Moxy And The Influence Logo Awards have attracted Music Supervisors, Composers, Recording Artists, Songwriters, and other music industry professionals from around the globe, honoring mainstream and independent artists who have contributed to the creation, placement, and supervision of the music featured in visual mediums such as television, film, and video games.  This year marks the 5th Annual HMMA Awards Banquet and Red Carpet Gala, which was held at the Fonda Theatre on November 4th, 2014.

Over the past 9 months, HMMA judges have accepted submissions and narrowed the selections with their monthly nomination reveals.  In February 2014, Orange County teen rock band Moxy and The Influence received recognition from the HMMA panel, being selected as a nominee in the Rock genre for their recently released single “Vampire Valentine.”

Moxy and The Influence is a female-fronted rock band whose members range in age from 17 to 21 years.  Vocalist Moxy Anne (17) hails from Costa Mesa, while lead guitarist Sydney Ellen (19) and drummer Ignacio Barrientos (21) are from Huntington Beach.  Bassist Carly Wasserman (17) from Mission Viejo rounds out the band.

Moxy and The Influence formed in 2013 and hit the OC music scene with a vengeance.  In 2013 the band received their first HMMA Award nomination for the single “Take Me Down.”  At the end of 2013, they won a contest with the website Big and Famous, for which the Grand Prize was a $100,000 fully-produced music video; this video was released in August of 2014 for the band’s original single “ME4ME.”  In early 2014, Moxy and The Influence was nominated for an OC Music Award in the People’s Choice Award category.  The band has played at iconic venues such as The Whisky A Go-Go, The Orange County Fair, The House of Blues Anaheim, M15, The Coach House, and Chain Reaction.  The band’s 80’s Rock & Roll sound infused with current modern elements captures the attention of various demographics of music lovers and industry professional with an appreciation for solid rock.

For media requests and interview opportunities, please contact jason@StarCrossedArtist.com.  To book Moxy and The Influence, visit www.MoxyAndTheInfluence or email booking@MoxyAndTheInfluence.com.  For additional details about the HMMA awards, please visit www.HMMAwards.org.

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Orange County Band “Moxy and The Influence” Wins 2014 HMMA Award for Rock Song of the Year
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London Premier Hotels: London welcomes movie lovers at screening of Oscar nominees

Exploring the prime tourist spots and experiencing festivals and carnivals are very common approaches towards enjoying a London trip. The tourist spots will stand at their positions for ever and the festivals would happen every year according to the calendar. But to make their London trip memorable, visitors must try to be a part of something, which is unusual. The New Year is still very young and the festive mood is quite steady in London. People are enjoying their time by indulging in diverse activities and giving priority to entertainment.

For people who love to add the essence of entertainment in their holiday trips, this is a great time to be at London. It’s the time to experience the cinema craze in London. Oscar nominations for this year have just been announced and theaters across London now extend towards movie buffs wonderful opportunity to watch the movies that are likely to bag the iconic Golden trophy at the Awards Ceremony. Cinema lovers should not the miss the opportunity of watching and judging the nominated movies before their fate get decided at Los Angeles a few days later.

Right now some of the top cinema houses in London city are screening movies like Wolf of Wall Street, American Hustle and 12 Years A Slave. Queues are getting longer and one should rush to ensure a good seat inside the hall. To make the experience of watching a movie very special, visitors may also opt for Immersive Cinema, a new concept that has turned into a trend in the last few years. A specialty of the Future Cinema and Secret Cinema, the Immersive Cinema gives audiences a scope to take part in the movie they are watching.

Screening of such movies is done at selected locations with mirroring the scenery in the movie. Very recently, screening of One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest was held at a hospital and to bring the effect of the venue on the movie, the organizers converted the venue into a mental institution and actors were seen portraying roles of patients and doctors. Many organizers even allow audiences to take part in various activities before the start of the movie and are also provided with dresses that characters of the movie are seen wearing. Same style was followed during the screening of Casablanca at the Roxy in Shadwell. To bring the movie effect, the venue was given the look of a Moroccan hang-out of 1940s and people were seen roaming here and there dressed up like American GIs and Nazi officers.

To be a part of this very special kind of screening, interested people need to sign up to the mailing list of the organizers. Audiences need to make sure that details of the movie shown to them are kept secret until they arrive at the venue. As the procedure goes, audiences are given instructions about time and place to turn up and they are also told what to wear and bring.

Since Central London and its prestigious West End are ornamented with lots of cinema halls, getting a scope of enjoying Immersive Cinema should not be difficult. Yet staying at the Shaftesbury Premier London Paddington would be a smart decision since the hotel is very close to the Paddington Underground Railway Terminus from where trains to all major cinema venues in London are frequently available.

Shaftesbury Premier London Paddington, a London Premier Hotel is located at 27 Devonshire Terrace, Paddington and to book a room there one can either call at +44 (0) 20 7745 1212 or log on to http://www.londonpremierhotels.com, the official website of the London Premier Hotels.

 

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essensu holistic skincare Brings Fresh Organic Skincare—Via Small Batch Production—to GBK’s Golden Globes Gift Lounge

essensu holistic skincare (http://www.essensu.com) will participate in an invitation-only luxury celebrity gift lounge hosted by GBK Productions in honor of the 2014 Golden Globe Nominees and Presenters. There, its Steal Youth Organic Age Defense Face & Eye Cream will be gifted to select members of the press and media visiting The Artisan Group® exhibit. The Golden Globes Gift Lounge will take place January 10-11, 2014 at an exclusive location in Beverly Hills, California.

essensu’s Tami Abiuso, owner/founder, decided an appropriate choice to gift was its Steal Youth Organic Age Defense Cream as its a customer top rated pick, has received endless rave reviews, and has a large following of loyal customers who claim they, “can’t live without it.”

Steal Youth Organic Age Defense Face & Eye Cream is priced at $29.50 and is available to order at www.essensu.com.

essensu holistic skincare products all utilize small batch, which ensures ‘fresh for you’ skincare products with the highest level of active ingredients. Only the finest natural, botanical ingredients and cosmeceuticals selected from around the globe are used to create its luxurious, holistic, botanical skincare. This production method, as Tami describes, enables us to, “bring the garden to luxury, holistic skincare.”

Tami is proud to be the owner of an indie beauty company. This enables them to respond quickly to the newest released active ingredients and incorporate them into the formulas and products they produce. This way, she says, “our customers are receiving the most up to date products to help prevent premature skin aging, solve skin care issues, and keep skin healthy and radiant, through the use of natural botanical actives.”

Always taking the health and wellness of their customer’s skin seriously, and formulating holistic products designed to nourish, and nurture skin, essensu’s products never contain mineral oil, petroleum, petrolatum, paraffin, parabens, phthalates, artificial
dyes or coloring, sulfates, cheap fillers, or harsh chemicals.

“We also offer custom formulations and scent requests,” notes Tami. “We are able to customize around special needs and allergies, and are happy to formulate additional gluten-free products upon request. Most products are also available unscented for those with fragrance sensitivities or for those who prefer no fragrance, in addition, we offer many vegan friendly products, and many of our formulas can be modified to accommodate a vegan ingredient preference.”

essensu believes natural, holistic products are just as important for babies, young children, and pets. Their Dirty Dog line includes organic grooming products for dogs, including an exclusive dry powder shampoo formula dogs and owners love. essensu organic baby, offers gentle, organic, unscented products designed for baby’s delicate skin.

Tami resides in Monroe County, New York.

An active member of The Artisan Group, she has collaborated with the organization to bring her popular Lavender Pumpkin Aloe Vera Botanical Body Wash to the attention of Selena Gomez as part of a specially prepared gift bag given to the singer, her band and crew after the November 6, 2013 concert at Staples Center in Los Angeles. essensu’s Pumpkin Spice Refreshing Room Spray was also included in The Artisan Group’s charity gift bag for The Joyful Child Foundation in October 2013. A Per Amore’ Aromatherapy Perfume Locket was also gifted to actress Stephanie Drapeau last spring as part of a specially prepared gift bag given to the actress.

To learn more about essensu holistic skincare, visit www.essensu.com and contact Tami Abiuso by email. Become a fan on Facebook (essensu holistic skincare), Twitter (@essensu) and Pinterest (essensu). Follow their beauty blog, Beauty Talk Magazine (www.beautytalkmagazine.com). Shop for essensu holistic skincare at www.essensu.com, and www.essensu.net.

For more information about The Artisan Group, visit theartisangroup.org.

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“The Shooting Star Salesman” WINS 34th ANNUAL SILVER TELLY AWARDS

The Telly Awards has named short film, “The Shooting Star Salesman”, as winner of the 34th Annual Silver Telly Awards. With nearly 11,000 entries from all 50 states and numerous countries, this is truly an honor.

The Shooting Star Salesman, directed by Emmy Award winning Producer Kico Velarde and inspired by the music of recording artist and Producer Joel Ceballos, tells the story of an ageless salesman with the magical ability to align individuals with their own unique shooting star to wish upon. His rare gift becomes a curse when he outlives his family, turning him into a recluse and breaking the magic of the shooting star machine. The film was shot entirely in Upland California and stars Yancey Arias (Chavez), Elijah Velarde (Casa de Mi Padre), Sydney Tamiia Poitier (Death Proof) and Jason Gedrick (Desperate Housewives).

For its 34th season, a prestigious judging panel of over 500 accomplished industry professionals, each a past winner of a Silver Telly and a member of The Silver Telly Council, judged the competition, upholding the historical standard of excellence that Telly represents. The Silver Council evaluated entries to recognize distinction in creative work – entries do not compete against each other – rather entries are judged against a high standard of merit. The Telly Awards once again joined forces with YouTube this year to give the public the power to view and rate videos submitted as part of the People’s Telly Awards.

“The Telly Awards has a mission to honor the very best in film and video,” said Linda Day, Executive Director of the Telly Awards. “From the cinematography, production design to the performances of the cast, Kico Velarde and his team demonstrate the creativity, skill, and dedication to their craft and serves as a testament to great independent film production and storytelling.”

“This film has been a wonderful journey for me and my team”, said Director Kico Velarde, “We are thrilled to share this honor with all those that have made this experience possible, including our talented cast, crew and Kickstarter supporters who not only believed in us from the beginning, but truly fell in love with the magic of this unique story.”

“Being of part of this wonderful short film and having worked with some of the most promising and giving film makers the industry is about to meet was truly a great pleasure. I am humbled and honored that the Telly Awards would recognized the talents of these film makers and give us this prestigious award”, said lead actor and Producer Yancey Arias.

To find out more about the Telly Awards visit www.tellyawards.com

“The Shooting Star Salesman” is proudly a Kickstarter project. Local businesses also donated goods and services to support the independent filmmakers with their production.

For more information on the film visit www.theshootingstarsalesman.com
Please contact Joanna Velarde for inquiries: Joanna@thefilmimaginarium.com

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Bikini-USA confirms that Bobby Petrino’s Latest Text Message Partner, Alison Melder, is not Ms. Bikini-USA 2008

Bobby Petrino has been linked to a second young lady for a text messaging-affair. Information on Alison Melder’s modeling site claims for her to have won the title of Ms. Bikini-USA 2008. Bikini-USA would like to clear up this statement as it is not correct and respond to Claims of Involvement with Alison Melder.

When a scandalous news story breaks so many parties are involved and therefore, become breaking news headlines for many different reasons. Recently, Bobby Petrino has been linked with a motorcycle crash and having an affair with a 26 year old assistant who was with him on the day of the motorcycle accident. Petrino and this assistant shared supposedly thousands of text messages during their affair. Now, the latest hot topic with the former Arkansas Razorback’s Head Coach Petrino is that he was also involved with a 26-year old woman, Alison Melder, during this same time period, and they also shared over 200 racy text messages during a two month period. Ms. Alison Melder may or may not have been involved with Mr. Bobby Petrino, I have no way of confirming their exchange of over 200+ text messages, nor is it any of my personal business just how many mistresses the now Former Arkansas Football Head Coach had in his life.

With the breaking story of Alison Melder and Bobby Petrino’s alleged affair, so many have wondered who is Alison Melder and what exactly is her involvement with former Arkansas Razorback’s Football Coach Bobby Petrino? Also, surfacing in news headlines, USA Todayand Lost Lettermen, are claims made by Ms. Melder that she was the Miss Bikini-USA 2008 Bikini Model competition winner. Ms. Melder, on her modeling site, claims that she won the competition and title as Ms. Bikini-USA 08.

It is true that there is an organization called Bikini-USA with a website full of pages of gorgeous bikini models. Bikini-USA does hold various model competitions throughout the year and proudly hosts its annual competition in a unique, exotic location with various top photographers to shoot and help determine the Ms. Bikini-USA for that year. I will say this, Ms. Alison Melder, although extremely attractive, is one bikini model, I will personally never work with. She has on her personal profile as of today on (www.talentfinder.tv/alison) under Awards / Credits: listing herself as Miss Bikini-USA 08 and for that reason alone, I would never work with a model like her. I personally know that this is not true, as I have been actively involved with Bikini-USA. What I can confirm is that Bikini Model Ms. Alison Melder was in no way the winner of the Miss Bikini-USA 2008 bikini model competition. This distinct title was awarded to the ever-so-lovely Ms. Gia Allemand. You have to remember this beautiful and ever so graceful lady. She was one of Jake Pavelka’s favorites on the ABC Show “The Bachelor – On the Wings of Love” season. I had the distinct privilege of doing a phone interview with Ms. Gia Allemand and I have to say that she is just as lovely in her demeanor on a phone interview as she is on TV.  I could only hope to work with such a lovely bikini model down the road. I also had the privilege of putting together her photos and cover story for Bikini-USA (http://www.bikini-usa.com/Gia-Allemand-Model-2008.asp) while she was on “The Bachelor”.

I also asked the Owner’s of Bikini-USA, Jay and Terri Dingle, if they have ever had any knowledge of Alison Melder in any shape form or fashion. I’ve known both Jay and Terri for years, and they both told me that they just can’t ever remember this one particular model.  We are talking about two people who make it their business to personally get to know each and every bikini model who participates in any of their bikini model competitions. Bikini USA owners have been unable to identify Ms. Melder’s involvement with their organization and have been unable to contact Ms. Melder to verify her claims.

The owners of Bikini USA are perplexed by their recent influx of media contacts for interview requests and additional information regarding Alison Melder, the” self-proclaimed winner” of Miss Bikini USA 2008.

“While it is possible Ms. Melder may have won a local photo submission contest, we have no record of her winning or entering an official Bikini USA contest. We do however consider all winners of any contest with which we are associated, part of the Bikini USA family and wish Alison the best in her current and future endeavors” stated Terri Dingle, part owner of the Bikini USA franchise.

Further, no Bikini-USA Staff photographer has any knowledge of Ms. Melder, and every Miss Bikini-USA Competition has a minimum of three Bikini-USA Staff Photographers on hand to work with, photograph and provide advice to all bikini models in their competitions.  You see, not only do I participate in the web site portion of Bikini-USA, but I have also had the privilege to do model photography with them and proud to say that I have more than a few shots on record with them!

The owners of Bikini USA have also made attempts to contact Ms. Melder regarding her involvement with their organization and have been unsuccessful to date. The Bikini USA organization manages thousands of aspiring models and promotes them at events and various sponsored contests.

So I am confused and a tad dismayed that any reputable news agency is reporting that Ms. Alison Melder was the Former Miss Bikini-USA 2008 winner when all they had to do to fact check this was to either hit the Bikini-USA site ; email Jay and Terri Dingle; or that matter, give them a call.

Even furthermore, I can’t confirm or deny that Ms. Alison Melder’s claim to be Miss Motorcycle Mania 2008 is true or false. I can tell you this, after ten minutes of using a little known search engine called Google; I couldn’t locate one official Motorcycle Mania website. I did however find a number of different websites that have added city names to that verbiage but not one for the supposed Miss Motorcycle Mania claim for 2008. My Dad always told me that where there’s smoke there’s fire. It would appear to me that knowing for a fact that Miss Alison Melder’s claim to be Miss Bikini-USA 2008 as false; then I would say it’s probably safe to presume that her claim for her other Awards is the same.

As for her text messages to a married man who was riding around on a motorcycle with a young lady that wasn’t his wife, hey who am I to judge? As for USA Today and other news agencies that have the audacity to call themselves journalists, how about you guys spend at least the same 15 minutes I spent looking online to do at the very least a little fact checking first?  I’m not even a seasoned reporter and even I know that much!

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Win a break to the Edinburgh Festival with The Co-operative

The Co-operative online magazine is offering its readers a chance to win a fantastic two-night break for two, including tickets to a comedy show and vouchers for a show of your choice – worth £500!

The lucky winner will enjoy two nights’ accommodation at the perfectly located Ricks Hotel in the heart of the Scottish capital, where they will be treated to luxurious living, with fluffy white towels from the White Company, free Wi-Fi and seriously comfy beds as standard. This unique and stylish hotel is tucked away in the New Town area of Edinburgh and guests are free to enjoy a quiet drink or a full-blown three course meal at the hotel’s bar and restaurant.

This fantastic prize includes two tickets to the hilariously funny world of comedian Jason Byrne, a stand-up routine that will have you rolling in the aisles! The lucky winners will also be given vouchers to spend on any other show of their choice on the first night.

Readers of The Co-operative online magazine can enter simply by signing up to the newsletter to be in with a chance of winning this amazing prize. The competition closes on 30 July and the winner will be selected and contacted on 31 July. The prize must be taken on 11 and 12 August 2011.

For more information on what the festival is all about, visit the Travel & Leisure section of the magazine for a complete beginner’s guide to the Edinburgh Festival, including everything you’ll need to know about where to stay (if you’re not the lucky winner of this prize)and how to get the best tickets to the most popular shows, as well as hints and tips on what not to miss and the best places to eat.

Become a reader of The Co-operative magazine today and enjoy features on great days out for all the family, advice on how to cut your shopping bill, access to a huge database of recipes – including delicious low-fat meal ideas – and, of course, the chance to win some more truly fabulous prizes.

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Pre-Order Price Crash Now on at Sainsbury’s Entertainment

Now That’s What I Call Music 78 for 8.99 on CD and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part One at 12.49 on Blu-ray, lead the amazing line-up of products Sainsbury’s Entertainment is offering at reduced prices when customer pre-order online.

The UK Supermarket’s online entertainment site has many hotly anticipated products available as a part of its new Pre-Order Price Crash promotion. A number of the year’s most popular DVDs, computer games and chart CDs are being sold at low prices before they have even been released. And once they officially go on sale, the items will be sent out to customers with free home delivery included.

Some of this year’s biggest blockbuster DVD releases can now be pre-ordered, including the latest film in the Harry Potter saga and The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of The Dawn Treader for 8.49 on DVD and Blu-Ray. Games such as LEGO Star Wars III: The Clone War are also included in the offer for only 24.99.

Along with the Price Crash promotion, Sainsbury’s Entertainment is also taking pre-orders for the latest handheld computer entertainment system from Nintendo, the 3DS, priced at only £199.99. The console comes in either black or aqua blue and a variety of launch titles for the 3D-equipped console are available too.

Pete Selby, Online Music Manager at Sainsbury’s Entertainment, said: “A number of family favourites are included in this promotion, such as the latest Harry Potter film, which is high up on many people’s wish lists.

“With our Pre-Order Price Crash, key releases are being offered at discount prices well before they have even been released!

“The imminent release of Nintendo’s latest console, the 3DS, is something else we are very excited about. Customers can even get 1000 bonus Nectar Points when they pre-order the console online.”

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Sainsbury’s Entertainment Gets Serious About Helping Comic Relief

With just under a month to go before people all over the country start pulling on red noses in support of Comic Relief, Sainsbury’s Entertainment is doing its bit to help raise money for the charity.

Special copies of Hollywood blockbuster Despicable Me – Comic Relief Edition are now available on Blu-Ray and DVD, exclusively from Sainsbury’s Entertainment. And for every copy sold, the company will donate 50p to the Red Nose Day appeal which helps people living in poverty all over the world.

The computer animated 3D film tells the story of evil genius Gru, who is on a mission to carry out the most daring criminal heist in history. But things go wrong when Gru discovers he’s started to care about the three orphan girls he’s using as pawns in his plan. In the end Gru must choose between being a good parent and securing his reputation as the most brilliant criminal mind the world has ever seen.

The film stars big names from the world of stage and screen including comedians Steve Carell and Russell Brand, British actress Julie Andrews and American film and television actor Jason Segel.

Will Paton, Online DVD Manager at Sainsbury’s Entertainment, said: “The whole team is proud to be supporting Comic Relief this year with a special edition of Despicable Me. Like this hilarious family film, Red Nose Day is about laughing and having fun, but there is of course an important message too.

“Sainsbury’s Entertainment will donate 50p for every copy of Despicable Me sold, which will go straight to helping tackle poverty abroad and here in the UK.”

Ordering the latest DVD releases and Blu-Rays such as Despicable Me online is simple when you go through Sainsbury’s Entertainment’s website. Thousands of video games, audio CDs and books are also available and can be purchased with just a few clicks of a mouse.

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Celebrate the 2011 Brit Awards Winners with Sainsbury’s Entertainment’s Great Deals

This year’s big winners at the annual Brit Awards have been announced and no doubt the winners will still be celebrating, winners such as Tinie Tempah, Plan B and Mumford and Sons are now on offer at Sainsbury’s Entertainment at great prices sure to impress.

Today marks the launch of Sainsbury’s Entertainment’s big ‘Winners and Performers CDs from £3.99’ promotion where many of this year’s hottest audio cds are now available at incredibly low prices in light of the awards ceremony held at the O2 Arena in London last night.

Some of the highlights of the promotion include Tinie Tempah available at market leading £6.99 and even better Mumford & Sons Album of the Year ‘Sigh no More’ for only 3.99. With Laura Marling and Adele also both available for £3.99, these prices are perfect for music lovers that may still not have bought these award winning artists.

Pete Selby, Online Music Manager at Sainsbury’s Entertainment said, “This year’s crop of musical talent has been immense as the Brit Awards has pointed out, with acts such as Plan B and Take That proving British music is still a force to be reckoned with! Following the incredible show last night we’re expecting to see a great reaction on line today with early indicators already suggesting over 400% week on week growth for Tinie Tempah and Take That as well as continued success for Adele after her breathtaking performance”

“At Sainsbury’s Entertainment our aim is to make sure that our customers get the best possible price on the latest in not only music but also the latest DVD releases, books and new computer games. With this promotion hopefully this year’s winners as well as performers such as Adele will gain even more fans.”

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The Co-operative Cambridge Folk Festival Wins Major Environmental Award For Third Year Running

The Co-operative Cambridge Festival, organised by Cambridge City Council Arts & Entertainments, has once again been awarded the prestigious A Greener Festival Award 2010 for their environmentally friendly efforts for the third year running.

A Greener Festival was set up in 2006 to champion sustainable events and environmentally friendly music and arts festivals. The Award is based on a 56-point checklist which covers green office policies, energy use and carbon reduction, travel and transport, support for green initiatives, waste management, recycling, water use and environmental protection and noise pollution and the Awards organisers have a team of environmental auditors who visit each festival to assess environmental good practice and effective green policies.

The Co-operative Cambridge Folk Festival joins the likes of Glastonbury, T In The Park and Isle of Wight Festival as recipients of this leading eco-award.

Liz Matkin, The Co-operative’s Head of Sponsorship, said, “We’re delighted that The Co-operative Cambridge Folk Festival has picked up another ‘A Greener Festival Award’. The Co-operative is committed to tackling climate change and has worked closely with the Festival through the partnership to help the event improve its green credentials year on year. This year we introduced a campaign which rewarded festival-goers to travel to the event in an environmentally friendly way and we’re looking forward to working with the Festival on further green initiatives moving forward.”

Paul Cranfield, Regional Secretary, Central & Eastern Membership said “The Co-operative is pleased to have worked with the Cambridge Folk Festival over the last six years, during which time we have helped the festival to develop its green credentials. This award reflects the continued focus of the festival on Environmental Issues.”

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Hidden Amongst You Is The Proverbial Uncut Diamond That Just Requires A Bit Of Polishing That Will Help Uncover Its True Value

Partyaccessaxa.net, the site that embodies the culture of Anguilla the best, has announced a new contest seeking to identify hidden talent and potential that has not been able to find expression due to lack of opportunity. They call it the “Diamond in the Rough Contest” to metaphorically drive home the concept of picking up a rough diamond and giving it the required polish to make it shine.

The site is encouraging the people of Anguilla to nominate someone they feel best typifies this idea and accordingly rush their nominations to the site by submitting into the forum or by emailing the names and by posting the picture on FaceBook.

The site will then provide the necessary guidance and assistance to enable that person reveal her hidden talent. This contest ends on the 22nd of Dec and the winner will be uncovered on the 26th of Dec 2009. The winner shall be rewarded by way of a total makeover of hair, clothing and skin besides a free night out.

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This site has developed a reputation of showcasing the activities taking place at Anguilla and of promoting it as a hot tourist destination to the world. The site boasts of keeping itself updated about anything happening on this idyllic island and prides itself in presenting it to the outside world through excellent SEO management systems.

A number of promotions and contests  have already been highlighted and more are on the way. If it is happening at Anguilla, you are sure to hear about it on www.partyaccessaxa.netwww.anguillaaccess.com.

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Lancashire Is The Fame Capital Of The UK

As the UK is in the grip of X-factor fever, 1Click2Fame reveals the fame capital of the UK is Lancashire producing more superstars per capita than anywhere else in the country.

The FAME500 Talent Map is a comprehensive depiction of where Britain ‘s shining stars spent their younger years. F r o m Ozzy Osborne to Leona Lewis, Guy Ritchie to Lilly Allen, the search canvassed famous musicians and actors across the nation to reveal the nation’s hot and cold talent spots. The results were based on how many celebrities each county produced in relation to its population.

The Fame500 reveals major cities aren’t the only talent hotspots, every corner of Britain has its own superstars. Colin Firth originally came f r o m the tiny town of Grayshott in Hampshire. Duffy’s homeland Nefyne in Wales has a population of a mere 2,619 people whilst Will Young and Nicholas Hoult (f r o m  bout a Boy) are both f r o m Wokingham Berkshire with a population of little over 30,000.

Accessibility to the lime light has always been an obstacle for those in pursuit of celebrity. In an effort to encourage raw talent, 1Click2Fame is partnering Tesco to give Britons across the UK their chance to have 15 minutes of fame and continue their hunt for Britain ‘s brightest stars through the installation of state of the art mobile audition studios outside Tesco stores across the UK.

Jonathan Lakin at 1Click2Fame said , “The results of the FAME500 Talent Map prove what has always been suspected, the UK ‘s talent base is deep, wide ranging and can spring f r o m the most unlikely of places. By creating these audition pods with Tesco and taking them to hundreds of cities across the UK , we hope we will be unlocking potential that no other talent search has been able to reach.”

The state of the art HD Green Screen technology inside the Pods allows users to create their own professional performance videos – anything f r o m singing, dancing, comedy – the only limit being the performer’s imagination. Once recorded, all Pod users will be emailed the video to share with friends and fans and if they think they’ve got the fame factor, their video can also be entered in to the competition at 1Click2Fame.com. The website, already viewed by hundreds of thousands of people, is where hopefuls will be assessed by industry professionals and the public alike – with the aim of spotting, nurturing and rewarding talent. So the next stage is to get as many people as possible to vote online.

Rob Salter at Tesco commented , ‘It’s always good for a community to have young talent to rally around and support. The encouragement that all X Factor contestants get f r o m their home towns is a perfect example of how a community can come together and is exactly what we expect 1Click2Fame and Tesco’s own talent search to achieve. Hopefully with enough support some of those counties at the bottom of the FAME500 list will be able to play some catch up.’

Choosing f r o m thousands of backing tracks and using green screen technology to select f r o m hundreds of backgrounds, the public can tailor their performance to their own exacting demands – with studio quality recording equipment capturing the performance perfectly. Contestants then stand the chance to win big cash prizes, receive vital coaching, studio-time and management advice to help them become the next big thing. 1Click2Fame has already given away more than £150,000 in prizes as a result of this music, dance and singing competition.

So, gone are the days when it was obligatory to pack up, ship out and settle into a one bedroom studio-flat just for a chance at being discovered. Fame and fortune now lie on everyone’s doorstep, or at least as near as their closest Tesco.

The talent search will be kicking off in Coventry on the 12 th of November at Tesco Coventry Arena, Arena Shopping Centre, before completing a nationwide tour. For more information please go to www.1click2fame.com.

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Official London Theatre Announces Site Makeover

The Official London Theatre site has recently undergone a makeover and features of the re-vamped site include enhanced navigation, a more powerful search function – with the new ability to search shows by keyword or date – and new sections such as “The Feature” providing insight into the rehearsal and how shows are produced.

Reflecting the rich diversity of shows in London, the new-look website strengthens the relationship between London theatre and the theatregoing public.

As a recent winner of the Hitwise Top Ten Award for Performing Arts Websites, the Official London Theatre site is recognised for its continuously expanding theatre information and news.

Over the years, the Society of London Theatre has spearheaded measures to improve the theatregoing public’s experience of live theatre and the performing arts and to broaden the international reputation of the London stage.

The site has always featured comprehensive London theatre listings widely respected for their accuracy, the latest news from Theatreland, behind the scenes sneak previews and interviews with actors, writers and directors, plus vital information on theatre access and exclusive special offers.

With a bumper crop of critically acclaimed productions currently on show in the capital, theatre is thriving in London. Official London Theatre has made buying tickets for any of these shows simple and straightforward with the site’s new interface.

Improved navigation is a another characteristic of the site with the new “Quick Links” section directing users straight to the most popular areas of the site. The Recently Added Shows feature keeps visitors informed on the new shows opening, while London Shows in Preview provides a tantalising peak at upcoming productions, as well as the opportunity to purchase discounted and advance tickets.

The Celebrate The Play (CelebrateThePlay.co.uk) initiative – a series of incentives, targeted promotions and competitions – offers a variety of rewards for those who sign up to join to receive e-newsletters. Pages on the Official London Theatre site dedicated to the promotion give visitors the chance to be the first to hear about new plays as well as the chance to win theatre tickets.

Users can easily find their way to the ever popular First Nights and Big Interviews sections, but they will also discover the brand-new section The Feature. Updated weekly, The Feature includes articles written by leading industry figures, spotlights on theatre companies and profiles of professionals involved in the productions.

For anyone interested in theatre, the new improved website is essential reading, providing up-to-the-minute theatre news, combined with a better intuitive search function to easily identify specific show information. It’s a one-stop shop for theatre information and is sure to be a real showstopper!

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Petya Edwards Named Mrs. Dallas International 2010

Officials for the Mrs. Texas lnternational Pageant are proud to announce that Petya Edwards of Dallas, Texas has been named “Mrs. Dallas International,2010”. Petya will represent the greater Dallas area at the 2010 Mrs. Texas International Pageant in San Antonio on March28,2010. She will be competing for over $15,000 in cash and prizes and the chance to proceed to the Mrs. International Competition in July of 2010.

The Mrs. International Pageant system recognizes women for their commitment to family, profession and community stewardship. Throughout her year, the new Mrs. Dallas will not only compete for the state crown, but she will also be available to make appearances, attend special presentations and assist with civic and non-profit oriented projects.

Petya can help in a variety of ways. Perhaps you’d like her to act as an emcee, or as an “Official Hostess” for an upcoming event. You may wish to have her as a spokesperson for your next fund-raising campaign. She can ride in parades, sign autographs, shake hands, and attract a crowd like you’ve never seen before! She is available to offer assistance and her appearances are free ofcharge!

For information about the State Pageant, ticket sales, or to schedule an appearance by Mrs. Dallas International, contact the State Office, at 210.403.0589 and ask for Kristin Koether, Executive State Director.

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The New Album By Paramore, The Grammy-Nominated Band, BRAND NEW EYES Is A Monumental Milestone In The Progression Of Alternative Music

Paramore The album, “brand new eyes” by the alternative band sensation Paramore was released September 29, 2009. Fans have lined-up all over the world for the newest ground-breaking and innovative Paramore CD. With a beautifully foreshadowing performance on MTV’s Unplugged, this album is certain to be Paramore’s biggest hit album to date. The official music video for the first single from the album, “Ignorance” aired on MTV on August 13, 2009.

Paramore has presence. With a nomination for Best Alternative for the 2009 MTV European Music Awards, it would seem that this band knows no bounds. It is evident from the “Brand New Eyes” album that the band has grown considerably to become more experienced musicians and deeper human beings. The sound is all Paramore with increased depth, feeling and candor.

Each of the eleven songs not only helps one see Paramore in a different way, but also alternative music in a whole new way. It is as though the Paramore Album has been able to induce a state of auditory synesthesia transforming every note and vocal expression into a visual array of bliss with a fresh alternative twist. It is clear that the Paramore CD is born out of profound reflection, faith and growing-up fast. There is still the hard hitting and soft contrast that has defined Paramore in the past done only with greater balance and refinement.

The hallmark of a great rock band is that they sound better live than they do on their albums; this is certainly true for Paramore. It is not a mark against the recording studio or the album, rather a tribute to true talent and musical abilities of the members. There is nothing worse than going to a show only to have less of an appreciation for the performers than before the show. This is not the case with Paramore. When this band is on tour, it is has a must see show. Not only do they sound great live, but the band also makes the stage overflow with charisma that is all their own. Paramore will be on tour from September 29, 2009 with shows in the United States, Canada, Finland, Denmark, Sweden, France, Germany, Netherlands, United Kingdom and Ireland. Many of the venues are already sold out.

The encouraging reception from the rest of the world is evidenced through the increased number of Paramore t-Shirts that are worn by band supporters and sold-out shows booked across the globe. The band is still young and is producing albums that are not only beyond their time, but also have the potential to become some of the greatest alternative albums of all time. Paramore is gaining momentum in the music industry and with their album, “Brand New Eyes” they are moving forward and taking the alternative rock music industry along with them.

The Grammy-nominated band Paramore kicked-off their debut album in 2005 titled, “All We Know Is Falling” followed by, “Riot!” in 2007. “Riot!” went platinum in the United States and gold in three other countries across two continents. The newest Paramore Album, “brand new eyes” will certainly be another platinum album. One can pick-up the new paramore cd online or at a local record store.

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Click2Fame Online Talent Contest Gives Away £25,000 To Winning Quarter Finalist

Online Talent Contest – 1Click2Fame launches Boot Camp Competition has been intensifying recently on 1Click2Fame: the online talent competition that is scouring the internet for the next big thing.

Click2Fame Online Talent Contest

1Click2Fame was launched in December 2008 and is becoming increasingly popular with online artists. Giving away prizes of up to £100,000, it is not surprising that the quality of entrants is increasing day by day and has already been labelled the online version of ‘Britain’s Got Talent’.

Talented young dancers, musicians and variety performers f r o m across the UK have been battling it out, seeking votes and fans in an attempt to finish top within monthly competitions and secure their place at the Boot Camp quarter finals.

Thousands of performers have entered but only eleven talented quarterfinalists have been selected by the online voting public. Winners will spend the weekend perfecting their acts at LABAN, London’s premier contemporary dance school, where they will be given the opportunity to work alongside the following high calibre and experienced industry professional:

Stevie Lang – Vocal coach who has worked alongside Elton John, Lulu, Bryan Adams, Queen, Girls Aloud, Robbie Williams, and the Sugar Babes.
Ryan Chapman – Dance extraordinaire who performed at the closing ceremony of the Beijing Olympic Games.
Jayne Collins – Casting agent who has worked on TV shows such as Dirty Dancing, Green Wing, and music promos for stars such as The Pussy Cat Dolls.
Steve Weiner – Fresh new comedian who has recently won Hackney New Act of the year 2008, and has performed on BBC, Sky and channels 4 and 5.

At the end of the weekend the eleven performers will perform their final acts which will be judged by fans f r o m the website. One winning performer will receive £25,000 to help their campaign and secure a place in the April finals where £100,000 will be up for grabs.

Nicholas Steinberg, producer of ‘PopStars the Rivals’, the show that launched Girls Aloud, will be filming the stresses, strains and successes of the event which will all be available to view f r o m the website.

Jonathon Lakin, CEO of 1Click2Fame.com said:
“The standard of the entries on 1Click2Fame just keeps getting higher. It is extremely rewarding for us to be able to give such talented people the public platform they deserve and allow them to bring their performances to the widest audience possible through our website. Here at 1Click2Fame we are helping people turn their dreams into reality. The website acts as a stepping stone to help performers build their careers and a fan base. There are no losers at 1Click2Fame.”

Bands, singer/songwriters, magicians, and comedians will all be battling it out in the online talent competition to secure their place in the Final. The competition will be diverse, intense, and should make for some top quality entertainment. The quarter finalists have got talent in abundance and should put on a great performance.

For more info about the competition visit the 1Click2Fame blog at
http://1click2fame.com/blog

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Los Angeles Beauty wins Mrs. California United States 2009!

The most beautiful women from across the state of California competed for the title of Mrs. California United States 2009 this past May at the Hotel Angeleno. A celebrity panel of judges picked Mrs. Woodland Hills, Lisa McCumber-Gandara, as the winner.

Lisa is a Wife, Mom, Model and Karate teacher. She will work throughout her year promoting her platform, Family Awareness, as well as Lung Cancer Awareness (the Platform associated with the State Pageant). Lisa advocates that “each and every family forms the nucleus of our society. Through community involvement, volunteer work and giving our children a foundation built on love, communication and respect, we create a strong nucleus of people, and a destiny we can celebrate.”

The Mrs. United States Pageant Organization, “The Premiere Pageant for Married Women”, is a 23 year institution celebrating women that are successful, articulate, community service-oriented, as well as beautiful….a “Complete Woman, Total Beauty”.

Lisa will compete with 52 women, one delegate from each state, as well as DC and US territories, in Las Vegas, Nevada. The televised event will take place at the Orleans Hotel July 23rd , 2009.

Mrs. California United States wins over $10,000 in prizes, and is produced by Mrs. United States 1999, Janice McQueen-Ward (niece to legendary Steve McQueen).

For tickets or for more information about Mrs. United States, visit www.mrsunitedstates.com

To book Lisa for appearances, to receive information about the state pageant, or to be a contestant in Mrs. CA United States 2010, visit www.mrscaliforniaunitedstates.net

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Tiffany Ellison, Mrs. California-America 2008 Crowned Giselle Uffens As The New Mrs. California-America 2009 At The Beautiful Crowne Plaza Redondo Beach & Marina Hotel On Saturday Evening

Giselle Uffens

Some of the most beautiful, accomplished and articulate married women f r o m across California came together on Saturday evening at the Crowne Plaza Redondo Beach & Marina Hotel to compete for the coveted title of Mrs. California-America. The panel of judges selected Giselle Uffens of San Diego as Mrs. California-America 2009. Giselle will now go on to compete with 50 other State winners (all States plus the District of Columbia) for the title of Mrs. America 2009. Mrs. America will take place on September 8th at the Loews Ventana Canyon Resort in Tucson, AZ.

For 34 years Mrs. America, the renowned nationally televised competition, has been recognizing the extraordinarily beautiful, poised, articulate and versatile married women of the United States of America. Mrs. America represents the 70 million married women of our country during her year long reign, speaking to and for our country’s Greatest Natural Resource and most important constituency – its married women. The winner of Mrs. America will represent the United States of America at Mrs. World competition which will be broadcast live f r o m Vang Tau, Vietnam on November 22, 2009. Married women in California can find Information about becoming a contestant for Mrs. America at www.MrsCalifornia-America.com and at www.MrsAmerica.com.

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GAME Privileged And Delighted To Receive Retail Week Award

Following a year of impressive financial results, PC and video game retailer, GAME has been named as “The Wipro Speciality Retailer of the Year” at the Oracle Retail Week Awards 2009.

The award is designed to celebrate the UK’s most successful retailer focused on one major product category, and saw Game triumph over five other shortlisted businesses – Pets at Home, Ann Summers, La Senza, HMV Group and Majestic Wine.

In recent years, the gaming industry has grown beyond all recognition, with the launch of a wide range of new consoles and associated hardware and computer games. Now with universal appeal, gaming has become a part of mainstream popular culture, and GAME has capitalized on the business opportunities afforded by this trend with phenomenal success. 

Far from being a ‘niche’ business, GAME’s unrivalled knowledge and expertise, combined with a never faltering customer-focused approach, has enabled it to dominate this growing market across Europe, now operating more than 1,300 stores in ten countries, in comparison to just 11 UK outlets in 1991.

The award judges highlighted GAME’s “unique bond with customers” as a reason for its success. They concluded that, “GAME’s market position, dual-brand proposition, retailing excellence and international presence have set it apart”.

Lisa Morgan, CEO of GAME Group said “We’re privileged and delighted to have won this coveted award, especially against such tough competition. It’s a fantastic tribute to the continuing hard work and customer focus of all the teams throughout the Group.”

“Our success has been driven by our ability to differentiate ourselves through delivering great value for money as well as superb customer service, and we’re thrilled this has been recognised with this fantastic award.”

Speaking about the award, Tim Danaher, Editor at Retail Week commented: “The gaming industry continues to see dramatic growth, as new consoles, software and hardware increases its appeal to a greater demographic than ever before. Meanwhile the economic climate means that more of us are opting for evenings at home, and these combined factors have helped GAME to achieve phenomenal levels of success in a difficult market. In recent years the company has adopted a well-planned programme of expansion, which built strong foundations for the GAME brand and ensured it was ideally positioned to benefit from the business opportunities created by these trends.”

About GAME: 
GAME is a specialist European retailer of PC and video games, video consoles and related accessories. GAME caters for all formats, including Xbox, Wii, PS3 and the new Nintendo DSI. GAME operates from over 1,162 stores, concessions and franchises in the UK, Eire, Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Spain, Portugal, France and Australia. Together with its online shopping services, the company aims to be the destination of choice for every consumer.

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