| December 28, 2011

CBS launches From Your Garage To Grammy® Live! online contest, which gives aspiring bands the chance of a lifetime.
Through January 2, 2012, bands can visit to submit their videos for a chance to be featured online during Grammy® Live!
From your garage to Grammy® Live is a contest* that gives aspiring bands across the country the chance of a lifetime – to be featured during Grammy ® Live, a three-day online live streaming event starting Feb. 10, 2012, covering all the best Grammy-related events.
Bands can go to to upload a video, which can be voted on by music fans from around the world. Submissions will be initially divided into the following regions: Pacific, Mountain, Midwest, Middle Atlantic, New England, South Atlantic and South. The voting will begin on Jan. 3, 2012 and close Jan. 16, 2012. From the uploaded bands, a finalist will be picked from each region for the second round of voting, which will start Jan. 17, 2012 and close Jan. 23, 2012. A final winner will be chosen on Jan. 24, 2012.
“In the spirit of music’s biggest night, we want to give locally known musicians a national platform that would allow them to be discovered by the music industry and fans across the country,” said Jack Sussman, Executive Vice President, Specials, Music and Live Events, CBS Entertainment. “The music business is a notoriously difficult industry to succeed in, so this contest is a way for us to help give a talented, undiscovered band the chance to break through and potentially become music’s next big act.”
Grammy® Live will feature three days of live coverage of the VIP events leading up to music’s biggest night®, accompanied by exclusive, pre-taped and archived Grammy moments. The Grammy Live real-time, online broadcast will include live video, photos, blogging, tweets and retweets, official news reports and personalized updates from four mobile Grammy hosts. The three-day online event includes exclusive Grammy cams located at Grammy Week events such as MusiCares Person of the Year, Special Merit Awards & Nominees Reception, Pre-Grammy Gala and Salute to Industry Icon, and the 54th Annual Grammy Awards Pre-Telecast including red-carpet and behind-the-scenes telecast.
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*NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Contest is open to persons who are: (a) legal residents of one (1) of the Fifty (50) United States or District of Columbia; (b) who are at least 18 years old or age of majority, whichever is older in their state of residence, or older at the date of entry into this Contest; (c) and who are members of a band. Void where prohibited by law. Entry period ends on 1/2/12. Contest ends on 1/24/12. See Official rules for details at
In the Life Media spotlights new African-American lesbian coming-of-age film
Online short features interviews with cast, crew of critically acclaimed film Pariah
In The Life Media, producers of the award-winning documentary series In the Life, recently announced the release of Pariah: A Closer Look, an online-exclusive video featuring interviews with the director, producers and stars of the critically acclaimed new film Pariah. A Focus Features release, Pariah is one of the first mainstream coming-of-age films to feature an African-American, lesbian protagonist. It follows 17-year-old Alike (Adepero Oduye) as she discovers her sexuality and identity while struggling with the sense that she doesn’t belong.
In the five-minute video, stars Adepero Oduye (Alike), Kim Wayans (Audrey), and Pernell Walker (Laura), along with director Dee Rees and producer Nekisa Cooper, discuss how their own experiences relate to the characters and themes of the film, which opens in select theatres on December 28.
Watch Pariah: A Closer Look here:
Pariah: A closer look is available now, exclusively online. To stream it, embed it and find out how you can share your “pariah story,” go to:
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About In the Life Media:
For 20 years, In The Life Media has been a leading media organization for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) movement. One of the nation’s most honored and influential LGBT groups, In The Life Media creates social and political change by examining issues critical to LGBT individuals and providing audiences with powerful ways to advance equality within, and beyond, their communities. Produced by In The Life Media, the Emmy-nominated series In The Life was the first—and remains the only—LGBT issues-oriented show on public television. In The Life is a two-time Emmy Award nominee, a Lambda Legal Liberty Award honoree, a Seigenthaler Award recipient from the National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association and a Ribbon of Hope Award recipient from The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences:
The stakes are higher than ever for the ultimate road warrior in an all-new deadly race currently filming in South Africa.
Death Race 3, the latest heart-pounding entry in the high-octane franchise, is currently filming in and around Cape Town, South Africa. In this all-new original feature film from Universal 1440 Entertainment, hardened criminals race for their freedom in vicious new vehicles and face-off in the ultimate blood sport, when the popular Death Race is transported across the globe to the unforgiving and rugged terrain of South Africa. Forced against his will to participate in this global TV spectacle, Frankenstein- the greatest Death Race driver of all time – takes on this ultimate challenge to not only save himself, but his pit crew as well. Inspired by Roger Corman’s cult classic thrill ride, Death Race 3 marks the return of Luke Goss (Death Race 2, Hellboy 2: The Golden Army, Blade 2), Danny Trejo (Death Race 2, Machete, “Sons of Anarchy”), Ving Rhames (Death Race 2,Mission: Impossible franchise, Pulp Fiction), Fred Koehler (Death Race 1 & 2, Lost), Robin Shou (Death Race 1 & 2, Mortal Kombat)and Tanit Phoenix (Death Race 2, Femme Fatales). Also, joining the action are Dougray Scott (Mission: Impossible II, Heist) and Hlubi Mboya (How to Steal 2Million).
Convicted cop-killer Carl Lucas, aka Frankenstein, is a superstar driver in the brutal prison yard demolition derby known as Death Race. Only one victory away from winning freedom for himself and his pit crew, Lucas is plunged into an all-new competition more vicious than anything he has experienced before. Pitted against his most ruthless adversaries ever, Lucas fights to keep himself and his team alive in a race in South Africa’s infernal Kalahari Desert. With powerful forces at work behind the scenes to ensure his defeat, will Lucas’ determination to win at all costs mean the end of the road for him?
“Universal’s first two Death Race films have garnered an ardent global following that is eagerly awaiting a new chapter in this riveting saga,” says Glenn Ross, General Manager and Executive Vice President, Universal 1440 Entertainment. “Death Race 3 will exceed their expectations with even more explosive action, elaborately outfitted cars, inventive weaponry and death-defying stunts that have made the franchise such a huge fan favorite.”
Director Roel Reiné (Death Race 2, Scorpion King 3) once again takes the wheel of the explosive, action-thrill ride. Death Race 3 is produced by Mike Elliott (Death Race 2, Smokin’ Aces 2:Assassins Ball), with Paul W.S. Anderson and Jeremy Bolt serving as executive producers. The screenplay is by Tony Giglio (Death Race 2). The film is an official South African/German Co-Production between Universal Pictures Productions GmbH and Moonlighting DR3Production (Pty) Ltd, shot in South Africa and co-produced by Genevieve Hofmeyr, Marvin Saven, and Ralph Tuebben. The film’s stellar production team includes director of photography John Shields (The Last House on the Left).
We are pleased to announce the new theatrical trailer of internationally acclaimed director Zhang Yimou’s new film The Flowers of War, starring Christian Bale and introducing Ni Ni. Flowers of War tells an epic story of love and sacrifice.
The film, set during the Japanese invasion of China, is told from a young girl’s point of view, not as a history lesson, but as an intimate, elemental and paradoxically universal celebration of the human spirit. Bale stars as a dissolute Westerner who seeks refuge in a Catholic Church. There he meets a beautiful Chinese courtesan who helps him rescue a group of schoolgirls from a terrible fate at the hands of the Japanese.
The film represents one of China’s most ambitious productions, involving the recreation of 1937 Nanking built from scratch over a one-year period and the collaboration of one of Hollywood’s most sought after leading men (Christian Bale).
Oscilloscope pushes up theatrical release date for Tilda Swinton starrer We Need To Talk About Kevin
Awards momentum and strong Oscar qualifying run built demand for the January 13th and January 20th release
New York-based distributor Oscilloscope Laboratories recently announced that the company has pushed up the New York theatrical release for the Tilda Swinton starrer We Need to Talk About Kevin. Set to play at the Lincoln Plaza Cinemas and Angelika Film Center, the picture will now open in New York on Friday, January 13th, 2012 and at the Arclight Hollywood Theater in Los Angeles on Friday, January 20th, 2012.
A suspenseful and gripping psychological thriller, Lynne Ramsay’s We Need To Talk About Kevin explores the factious relationship between a mother and her son. Swinton, in a bracing, tour-de-force performance, plays the mother, Eva, as she contends for 15 years with the increasing malevolence of her first-born child, Kevin (Ezra Miller). Based on the best-selling novel of the same name, the film explores nature vs. nurture on a whole new level as Eva’s own culpability is measured against Kevin’s innate evilness.
“We had an amazing one-week qualifying run in December where the film’s attendance exceeded even our highest expectations. The reviews were stellar and the word of mouth is only growing. It’s an intense psychological thriller that audiences feel the need to talk about afterwards. By definition this is an ideal “word of mouth” film,” said David Fenkel, President of Oscilloscope Laboratories. “Theaters are excited to have a quality art house genre film to bring in younger audiences.”
We Need To Talk About Kevin has already garnered several accolades and nominations this awards season, including numerous Best Actress recognitions for its lead star Tilda Swinton.
Simba, Nala, Timon and Pumbaa are back for a limited time; includes a new Timon and Pumbaa bonus feature available March 6, 2012 on Blu-ray™, DVD and Digital
Hilarity reigns in the motion picture comedy-adventure that takes you waaay back to the beginning before Simba’s tale began…now more fabulous than ever for the first time in a 2-disc Blu-ray Combo Pack!
From their uniquely hysterical perspective, Timon and his windy pal Pumbaa—the greatest unsung heroes of the savanna—reveal where they came from, how they helped Simba save the Serengeti and what really happened behind the scenes of The Lion King’s biggest events.
This essential chapter of The Lion King trilogy features your favorite characters voiced by the original cast (Nathan Lane, Matthew Broderick, Ernie Sabella plus Julie Kavner and Jerry Stiller) and music by Elton John and Tim Rice. You’ll feel the love for every outrageously funny moment.

About the Author:

Elaine Hegwood Bowen, M.S.J., is an editor, writer and film critic in Chicago. She is the author of "Old School Adventures from Englewood--South Side of Chicago" and the proud parent of "the smart rapper"--chemist-turned-rapper, turned humanitarian...Psalm One!
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