Monthly Archives: July 2012

New Frontiers Open for Paperless PR

As the means for delivering and consuming music continue to grow more sophisticated (and more digital), so do the choices for promoting that music and the artists who create it. Such is the case with electronic press kits (EPKs) and video news releases (VNRs), tools that share the same basic goals of their non-digital predecessors: getting airplay, inspiring reviews and other media coverage, facilitating bookings and winning the attention of music consumers.

The overriding goal is to “create awareness for people to review the single and take a closer look at the artist,” said Carson James, Senior VP, Promotion, Broken Bow Records/Stoney Creek Records.

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THE ACADEMY OPENS THE POD BAY DOORS FOR…

“2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY” IN 70MM

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences presents the 1968 science fiction epic “2001: A Space Odyssey” as the fifth film in its series “The Last 70mm Film Festival” on Monday, August 6, at 7 p.m. at the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills.

The film was nominated for four Academy Awards®, including Art Direction (Tony Masters, Harry Lange, Ernie Archer), Directing (Stanley Kubrick), and Writing – Story and screenplay written directly for the screen (Kubrick, Arthur C. Clarke), and won an Oscar® for Special Visual Effects (Kubrick).

The 70mm short “To Be Alive!”, which won the Academy Award® for Documentary Short Subject in 1965, will be screened prior to the film. Shot over an 18-month period in Italy, Nigeria and the United States, the film traces the journey from childhood to adulthood in different cultures.  Read the rest of this entry

A Thousand Miles Left Behind Available Everywhere Today

Hello guys!

We are so excited to share that our new album A Thousand Miles Left Behind is now available everywhere! Go download it on iTunes, order it in our online store, or pick it up at your local music store. We can’t wait for you to hear these new songs!

Yesterday we had a blast playing on Good Morning America then heading to Nashville to play at the Billboard Pepsi Summer Beats Concert. Last night’s video is up on demand HERE. Don’t forget, we’ll be performing on Fox & Friends All-American Summer Concert Series this Friday, August 3rd at 7:30am EST on the FOX News channel. Check your local listings.

Peace,
Tom, Rachel, Mike

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DISCO, DANCING AND DONNA SUMMER:

ACADEMY TO SCREEN “THANK GOD IT’S FRIDAY” IN NYC

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ Monday Nights with Oscar® screening series will present “Thank God It’s Friday” (1978) on Monday, August 6, at 7 p.m. at the Academy Theater in New York City. Hosted by drag icon Hedda Lettuce, the evening features a rarely seen clip of legendary disco diva Donna Summer performing at the 51st Annual Academy Awards®.

Produced at the height of the disco craze, “Thank God It’s Friday” follows a motley assortment of staff and patrons of a fictitious nightclub, revealing their escapades in a series of intertwining stories. The film’s all-star ensemble cast creates a vibrant, comedic portrait of an era filled with extravagant fashion, recreational drugs and a groovy beat.

“Thank God It’s Friday,” which marked the only feature film appearance by Summer, won an Academy Award® for Original Song for “Last Dance” by Paul Jabara.  Read the rest of this entry

Best Blood Sucker Game

Northman’s Party Vamps, Renee’ Brown and Sabrina Sales, creates and hosts a True Blood premiere party each year and we were in attendance June 9, 2012. As part of our coverage, we attempted to video one of the entertaining and fun games… Read the rest of this entry

Grauman’s Chinese Theatre “25 Cent Family Flick”

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Mama’s Lessons is live on MTV.com!

A MESSAGE FROM… 

Check it out! My first music video on MTV.com! The video features a studio performance of my a capella jam, Mama’s Lessons. Click here to watch it now. The video was directed by Manny Skillz and is available for download from my webstore.

On June 27th, I was part of the first-ever “From Mic to Mix” event at Los Angeles’ Conway Recording Studios. The band and I were featured in a live acoustic recording session, engineered by 2-time GRAMMY winner Nathaniel Kunkel. Special thanks to the event’s sponsors, HARMEN Professional and the Producers & Engineers Wing of The Recording Academy, for allowing me to take part in the amazing event. Read more about it, here, and I’ll let you know when the session is available online.
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CAMPAIGN RULES ANNOUNCED FOR 85TH ACADEMY AWARDS

The Board of Governors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has updated regulations for how companies and individuals may market movies and achievements eligible for the 85th Academy Awards® to Academy members. The changes pertain to screenings that feature live filmmaker participation, the formats on which members may receive screeners, and limitations on how mail, email and websites may be used in campaigning.

“These rules help us maintain a level playing field for all of the nominees and protect the integrity of the Awards process,” said Academy President Tom Sherak.

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Christian Bale Visits Aurora Shooting Victims

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Christian Bale was in Aurora today visiting victims of Friday’s movie theater shooting. Here, Bale sits with shooting victim Carey Rottman.

Christian Bale, star of the Batman films, met at the Medical Center of Aurora on Tuesday afternoon with seven patients injured in the mass shooting that occurred during a midnight showing of his new film.

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Sherman Hemsley Found Dead

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Sherman Hemsley (74), best known as George on the sitcom The Jeffersons, was found dead in his El Paso, Texas home; cause of death unknown. Hemsley wasn’t married, and has no children.