Monthly Archives: January 2013

GRAMMY NOMINEES THE LUMINEERS, CARRIE UNDERWOOD AND JACK WHITE TO PERFORM AT 55TH ANNUAL GRAMMY AWARDS

The 55th Annual GRAMMY Awards® — Hosted by LL COOL J — Airs Live on CBS Sunday, Feb. 10

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Current GRAMMY® nominees the Lumineers, Carrie Underwood and Jack White are set to perform; nominees Dierks Bentley and Miranda Lambert will join together in a special performance; and Elton John and nominee Ed Sheeran will perform live together for the first time on the 55th Annual GRAMMY Awards® telecast. They join previously announced performers and nominees The Black Keys, FUN., Mumford & Sons, Rihanna, and Taylor Swift. Two-time GRAMMY winner LL COOL J returns as host of Music’s Biggest Night®. The music industry’s premier event will take place live on Sunday, Feb. 10, at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles and will be broadcast in high-definition TV and 5.1surround sound on the CBS Television Network from 8 – 11:30 p.m. (ET/PT). The show also will be supported on radio worldwide via Dial Global, and covered online at GRAMMY.com and CBS.com, and on YouTube. Additional performers, presenters and special segments will be announced soon. For GRAMMY coverage, updates and breaking news, please visit The Recording Academy®‘s social networks on Twitter and Facebook.

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ADELE TO PERFORM ACADEMY AWARD-NOMINATED SONG FROM “SKYFALL” AT OSCARS

header_awardsBEVERLY HILLS, CA – Multi-platinum selling singer-songwriter Adele will perform the Oscar®-nominated theme song from the latest James Bond movie at the 85th Academy Awards®, the show’s producers announced today. “Skyfall,” from the film of the same name, was announced as a nominee for Original Song at the Academy’s Nominations Announcement on January 10. The song, written by Adele and Paul Epworth, is the first Bond theme ever to debut in Billboard’s Top 10 and the first to be nominated for an Oscar since “For Your Eyes Only” in 1981.

Adele’s exclusive Oscar show performance will be the first time she will have performed “Skyfall” anywhere live and will also mark her first U.S. television performance since the Grammys® last year.

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Academy Announces 2013 Governors Ball Creative Team

BEVERLY HILLS, CA – Academy governor Jeffrey Kurland, event producer Cheryl Cecchetto and master chef Wolfgang Puck will return to create this year’s Governors Ball, the Academy’s official post-Oscar® celebration, which will immediately follow the 85th Academy Awards® ceremony on Sunday, February 24. The 1,500 guests of the Governors Ball include Academy Award® winners and nominees, show presenters and other telecast participants.

As the chair of the Governors Ball, Kurland will oversee the décor, menu and entertainment planning, as well as design the attire to be worn by the evening’s staff. Kurland is an acclaimed costume designer whose feature credits include “Hannah and Her Sisters,” “Radio Days,” “Crimes and Misdemeanors,” “My Best Friend’s Wedding,” “Erin Brockovich,” “Ocean’s Eleven,” “Collateral,” “Law Abiding Citizen,” “Inception,” “The Dictator” and the upcoming “Beautiful Creatures.” He received an Oscar nomination for Costume Design for “Bullets over Broadway.” This will be Jeffrey Kurland’s fourth year serving as the chair of the Governors Ball.

Cecchetto, along with her Sequoia Productions team, will work with Kurland to manage every detail pertaining to the event, including décor, entertainment, food and personnel. Guests will celebrate the night under a sparkling 120-foot chandelier in an intimate ballroom designed in warm shades of aubergine, chartreuse and champagne. An 18-foot golden Oscar will be the centerpiece of the ballroom floor. This will be Cecchetto’s 24th consecutive year producing the Governors Ball. Sequoia Productions’ clients include The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, G’Day USA – Australia Week, Children’s Hospital Los Angeles and Westfield.

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NEW ARTIST SPOTLIGHT: Lucky Ned Pepper

Josh Graham and Rick Russell of Lucky Ned Pepper. Photo credit: Made U Look PhotographyIf Westerns are your type of film, then the name Lucky Ned Pepper might ring a bell: It’s the bad guy in True Grit, a nasty, cantankerous character typical of those that prowled the plains and prairies. It’s also the name Josh Graham and Rick Russell chose for their new duo.

While there’s nothing particularly villainous about these two Bakersfield-based singers, they do infuse their music with some wide-open, big-sky flavor. The songs on their debut album, Get Lucky, are contemporary, each written by some of the best songwriters along Music Row. But they look at home in scuffed boots, jeans and farmland fashion. Their singing complements these images by evoking the courtliness, swagger and easy-going humor of cowboy life.

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40th Anniversary Student Academy Awards® Competition Now Underway

BEVERLY HILLS, CA – The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is now accepting entries for the 40th Anniversary Student Academy Awards competition in 2013. Gold, Silver and Bronze Medal awards, along with cash prizes, may be presented to student filmmakers in the following categories: Alternative, Animation, Narrative, Documentary and Foreign Student Film.

The rules and online application forms are available at www.oscars.org/saa.

The U.S. competition is open to all full-time college and university students at accredited institutions, whose films are made within the curricular structure of a film program or class at their respective schools. For 2013, the Academy has again limited the accepted accreditation agencies for U.S. institutions to the following: Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools; New England Association of Schools and Colleges; North Central Association of Colleges and Schools; Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities; Western Association of Schools and Colleges; and the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. U.S. entries must be submitted by Monday, April 1, 2013.

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THE RECORDING ACADEMY ANNOUNCES OFFICIAL SPONSORS FOR 55TH ANNUAL GRAMMY AWARDS

Partners Team with The Academy for Music’s Biggest Night®

The Recording Academy® proudly announced its official sponsors for this year’s 55th Annual GRAMMY Awards®. Delta Air Lines, Dial Global Radio Network, Harman, Hilton Hotels & Resorts, Hitlab, Hyundai, MasterCard, PEOPLE, Pepsi, and Procter & Gamble (COVERGIRL, Olay and Herbal Essences) are all supporters of this year’s GRAMMY Awards and GRAMMY® Week events. The music industry’s premier event will take place live on Sunday, Feb. 10, at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles and will be broadcast in high-definition TV and 5.1 surround sound on the CBS Television Network from 8 – 11:30 p.m. (ET/PT). The show also will be supported on radio worldwide via Dial Global, and covered online at GRAMMY.com and CBS.com, and on YouTube. For GRAMMY coverage, updates and breaking news, please visit The Recording Academy’s social networks on Twitter and Facebook.

“The GRAMMYs continually strive to push the envelope from a marketing standpoint,” said Evan Greene, Chief Marketing Officer of The Recording Academy. “We are very fortunate to have so many truly remarkable partners that share our passion for creativity and innovation.”

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Academy and Blackhouse Partner on Talk with Filmmaker Will Packer at Sundance

20130117BEVERLY HILLS, CA – As part of the “Academy Conversations” series, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and The Blackhouse Foundation will present a conversation with one of Hollywood’s most innovative and entrepreneurial film producers, Will Packer, on Saturday, January 19, at 3:30 p.m. at Buona Vita in Park City, Utah. This is the first time the Academy has participated in a program at the Sundance Film Festival.

Moderated by Brickson Diamond, chairman of The Blackhouse Foundation, the talk highlights Packer’s career path from magna cum laude electrical engineering graduate at Florida A&M University to prolific film producer, whose credits include “Think like a Man,” “Takers,” “Obsessed” and “Stomp the Yard.” Packer became a member of the Academy in 2012.

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FilmDistrict: Dead Man Down

Dead Man Down

Synopsis
Niels Arden Oplev, the acclaimed director of the original The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, makes his American theatrical debut with the new action thriller, DEAD MAN DOWN. Colin Farrell and Noomi Rapace star as two strangers who are irresistibly drawn to one another by their mutual desire for revenge. The film co-stars Academy Award® nominee Terrence Howard and Dominic Cooper, from a screenplay by J.H.Wyman (Fringe).

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HITLAB ANNOUNCES 10 FINALISTS FOR THE EMERGING ARTIST COMPETITION

Winners Will Perform at Official GRAMMY® Week Event

MONTREAL and SANTA MONICA, Calif., Jan. 16, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — Hitlab, Inc. (“Hitlab“) has entered into a partnership with The Recording Academy® — internationally known for The GRAMMY Awards® — to give unsigned, up-and-coming artists or bands the chance to perform at the 4th Annual Social Media Rock Stars Summit (SMRSS), an official GRAMMY® Week event.

The Emerging Artist Competition was launched on Nov. 26, 2012, and after original music was submitted to the contest Web page (www.hitlab.com), Hitlab is pleased to announce the following 10 finalists: Ashley Martinez (Bradford, ON, Canada), Beaux Saunders (London, United Kingdom), Jade Novah (Atlanta, GA), James David (Los Angeles, CA), John Thomas (Stratford, CT), Melissa Fuller (Nashville, TN), Miss Mary (Bucharest, Romania), Pamela Lajoie (Sainte Sophie, QC, Canada), Sarah Solovay (New York, NY), and Savera and The Tapes (Los Angeles, CA).Fans can vote for their favorite artist at http://contests.hitlab.com/. Prize winners, selected using a combination of online voting and a Blue Ribbon Panel, will be announced on Feb. 4, 2013. The winners will be flown to Los Angeles to perform at the Social Media Rock Stars Summit reception, and the performance will be streamed live on GRAMMY.com as part of The Academy’s three-day GRAMMY Live (www.grammy.com/live) coverage. The winners will also attend the 55th Annual GRAMMY Awards and official GRAMMY Celebration after-party on Sunday, Feb. 10.

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Chris Pine and Zoe Saldana to Host Academy’s Sci-Tech Awards

Chris Pine - Zoe SaldanaActors Chris Pine and Zoe Saldana will host the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ Scientific and Technical Awards on Saturday, February 9, at The Beverly Hills Hotel. They will present nine awards to 25 individual recipients during the evening.

“We are thrilled to have Chris and Zoe host the Sci-Tech Awards,” said Academy President Hawk Koch. “Their film experience with the kind of technical advancements these awards honor makes them the perfect pair for the job.”

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