Monthly Archives: January 2014

NEW ARTIST SPOTLIGHT: Jon Pardi

Saloon pianos clink, guitars crunch and fiddles, well, they fiddle throughout Write You a Song, Jon Pardi’s debut album on Capitol Records Nashville. And it fits together into a package that practically dares you not to get up and dance.

A lot of Pardi’s energy stems from days on the road and long nights on stages throughout his home state of California. He was already absorbing the spirit of real-world Country when he performed “Friends in Low Places” at age 7 for his father’s 30th birthday party. His first songs came at 12, his first band debuted two years later. The move to Nashville followed two restless years at Butte Junior College.

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86TH OSCARS® NOMINATIONS ANNOUNCED

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BEVERLY HILLS, CA — Actor Chris Hemsworth and Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs announced the nominations for the 86th Academy Awards® today (January 16).

Hemsworth and Boone Isaacs announced the nominees at a 5:38 a.m. PT live news conference attended by more than 400 international media representatives. For a complete list of nominees, visit the official Academy Awards website, http://www.oscar.com.

Academy members from each of the branches vote to determine the nominees in their respective categories – actors nominate actors, film editors nominate film editors, etc. In the Animated Feature Film and Foreign Language Film categories, nominees are selected by a vote of multi-branch screening committees. All voting members are eligible to select the Best Picture nominees.

Official screenings of all motion pictures with one or more nominations will begin for members on Saturday, January 25, at the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater. Screenings also will be held at the Academy’s Linwood Dunn Theater in Hollywood and in London, New York and the San Francisco Bay Area.

Active members of the Academy are eligible to vote for the winners in all categories.

Academy Awards for outstanding film achievements of 2013 will be presented on Oscar® Sunday, March 2, 2014, at the Dolby Theatre® at Hollywood & Highland Center® and televised live on the ABC Television Network. The Oscars, produced by Craig Zadan and Neil Meron, also will be televised live in more than 225 countries and territories worldwide.

Nominations for the 86th Academy Awards

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K*Chele and Company Take-Over NFC Divisional Playoff Game

The NFL playoffs are always full of excitement. K*Chele and myself were lucky enough to be in the midst of it all this past Sunday to watch the Carolina Panthers take on the San Francisco 49ers at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte. Wow, what an experience that was! We’ve both been to regular season games, but the playoffs create a whole new atmosphere.

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With K*Chele being a die-hard 49ers fan since 1977 and myself being a die-hard Panthers fan since 2000, this could only be fun right? Husbands in tow and dressed in our team colors from top to bottom, we could feel the energy as soon we exited I-77 towards the stadium. Football fans were everywhere, both teams represented. The streets surrounding BOA stadium were tailgate central. Of course the Panther fans outnumbered the Niner fans by quite a few, but everyone was having fun with each other and just enjoying the experience together. K*Chele’s hubby turned quite a few heads, wearing his Seahawks jersey, as he waited to see who they’d be hosting in the NFC Championship game.

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2013 NFL Playoffs

The 2013 NFL regular season has come to a close. It’s time for playoffs y’all! Now that the holidays are behind us, we’re ready to get down to the nitty gritty of football.

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The AFC

The New England Patriots (12-4), Cincinnati Bengals (11-5), Indianapolis Colts (11-5) and Denver Broncos (13-3) are all division champs. The No. 1 seed Broncos (AFC West Champs) and No. 2 Patriots (AFC East Champs) both have a first round bye and the Bronco get home field advantage.

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