Peeps survey pokes into the pleasure of holiday treats The Peeps have spoken. Or at least those who filled out a survey did. They answered some timely questions about these treats. In the Media by Tim O'Brien -
The following is a wrap of items from the front pages of O'Brien News Service
Holiday weekend at the BO
'G.I. Joe: Retaliation' gears up while 'The Host' seeks visitors Now comes a holiday weekend at the box office and the tracking involves wondering if people will actually go to a movie on Easter Sunday. In the Media by Tim O'Brien
Joe's Bar wins
Blake Shelton, Jason Aldean already nab ACM Awards
Nashville - The honors will not be handed out until April 7 in Las Vegas, .
In the Media by Tim O'Brien
Kids turn to pick
It was slime time in prime time
Los Angeles - It was a night for an orange carpet, tiny blimps and green slime as the 26th Annual Kids' Choice Awards were handed out in Los Angeles tonight (March 23).
In the Media by Tim O'Brien
Peabody awards - for some reason makes me think 'rocky and bullwinkle'
Peabody Awards: 'Girls' and 'Dr. Who' among winners They are prestigious and they often trump other awards in the genre in which they win. They are the Peabody Awards and the winners were announced today (March 27). In the Media by Tim O'Brien
Pope Francis will observe Holy Thursday at Casal del Marmo Detention Center—a juvenile prison. There, Pope Francis will celebrate Mass and wash the feet of at least twelve incarcerated youth. Over the years, the groups included drug addicts, HIV/AIDS patients, and mothers and small children. PRODUCTION: "Divergent" in Illinois being filmed at Chicago’s Newest Soundstage, Cinespace...HARRIS POLL: The bracket busting is happening… Basketball fans are mumbling things like "who are FGCU???" under their breath and everyone is waiting to see who ends up in Atlanta in the Final Four. And, in the midst of the Madness that is March, for the fourth year in a row, the Duke Blue Devils are America's Favorite Men's College Basketball team. After a drop to number three last year, Duke's rivals, the UNC Tar Heels are back up to number two; Ohio State leaps up from the number 10 spot last year to the number 3 spot this year. Rounding out the top five favorite college basketball teams are Michigan, claiming the number 4 spot alone after sharing it last year, and UCLA, returning to the list at the number 5 position after a two year absence.
Fey falls in latest comedy; average ticket price rises
'The Croods' capture top spot while 'Olympus Has Fallen' rises As expected, "The Croods" captured the top spot at the box office while "Olympus Has Fallen" took second in a weekend that was solid for those two newcomers. In the Media by Tim O'Brien
Entertainer of the Year and ACM New Artist of the Year at www.VoteACM.com
CHEAT TWEET: Vote Now for @ACMawards Entertainer of the Year @RamTrucks & ACM New Artist of the Year @Kohls at www.voteACM.com
ENCINO, CA - The Academy of Country Music, the Ram Truck brand and Kohl’s Department Stores announced that fan voting is now open for the Entertainer of the Year award, which will be powered by Ram for the fourth year in a row, as well as the ACM New Artist of the Year award, which will be presented by Kohl’s. Country music fans everywhere have the power to choose the winners by casting their votes now at www.VoteACM.com. The awards will be given out during the 48th ANNUAL ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS, to be broadcast LIVE from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Sunday, April 7, 2013 at 8:00PM, live ET/delayed PT on the CBS Television Network. This year, for the third time, the ACM Awards will feature the ACM Ram Red Carpet to welcome country’s biggest stars to the show.
“The Ram Truck brand is proud to partner with the Academy of Country Music for their 48th Award ceremony. Ram truck fans and country music fans are one and the same as they are cut from the same cloth of authenticity with a genuine work-hard, play-hard attitude,” said Fred Diaz, President and CEO - Ram Truck Brand and Chrysler de Mexico, Chrysler Group LLC. “We are excited to find out who Ram and country music fans will select as their choice for Entertainer of the Year. We congratulate all the nominated artists.”
“Once again, fans have the power to vote for two of the ACM’s most exciting categories, and we’re proud to have great partners both in Ram Trucks and Kohl’s to help make it happen,” said Bob Romeo, CEO of the Academy of Country Music.
Entertainer of the Year fan voting – powered by the Ram Truck brand – will once again provide fans the opportunity to vote for the Academy’s most prestigious award, Entertainer of the Year, for which Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert, Blake Shelton and Taylor Swift are nominated. Fans will also help choose the ACM New Artist of the Year presented by Kohl’s, for which Brantley Gilbert, Jana Kramer and Florida Georgia Line are the nominees.Fan voting for Entertainer of the Year and ACM New Artist of the Year is now open at www.VoteACM.com. New Artist of the Year voting will close at 8:00PM ET / 5:00PM PT on Sunday, April 7, 2013 (before the LIVE show starts), and Entertainer of the Year voting will close during the third hour of the LIVE broadcast.
Leading up to the show, fans can watch interviews and exclusive performances with the three final ACM New Artist of the Year nominees as they receive their trophies for winning their respective first round categories on GAC’s “ACM New Artist of the Year” special, premiering March 25th at 8:00PM ET and re-airing multiple times until voting closes on April 7. Additional air times and dates can be found at GACtv.com/ACM.
About the Academy of Country Music Awards
The 48th Academy of Country Music Awards is dedicated to honoring and showcasing the biggest names and emerging talent in the country music industry. The show is produced for television by dick clark productions and will be broadcast LIVE from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas Sunday, April 7, 2013 at 8:00 PM live ET/delayed PT on the CBS Television Network. Allen Shapiro, Orly Adelson and R.A. Clark are executive producers. Barry Adelman is producer, and Bob Bardo is the executive in charge of production. Bob Romeo is executive producer for the Academy of Country Music.
NEW YORK/PRNewswire/ -- As America prepares to commemorate the 80th birthday of Willie Nelson on April 29th, the country music icon will be celebrated as Artist of the Month for April, 2013 by Legacy Recordings, a division of SONY MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT. The celebration carries on all month, and includes the April 16th release of a new album, Let's Face The Music And Dance, on Legacy Recordings.
Let's Face The Music And Dance is comprised of 20th century pop, rock, jazz and country music classics and standards. It was recorded by Willie and The Family, the band that Willie started with his sister Bobbie Nelson in 1973, and that has been his touring and recording group for forty years. On April 28th, Willie and The Family will play a special "birthday" concert at the Back Yard in Austin, Texas.
Legacy's Artist of the Month program was launched at the start of this year, commemorating Janis Joplin in January, Nina Simone in February, and Sly and the Family Stone in March.
In every case, the Artist of the Month program provides fresh perspectives on musical legends whose sounds continue to affect people's lives. The program enables new fans and deep aficionados the opportunity to focus on an essential figure in pop music history, whose principal catalog is a cornerstone of the Sony Music archives.
For the truly multi-dimensional Willie Nelson – singer, songwriter, Gypsy jazz guitarist, producer, bandleader, family man, perennial touring musician, television and movie actor, entrepreneur, activist, philanthropist, founder of FarmAid, rancher, golfer, proud Texan, and godfather of music's Outlaw Country movement – it has really been One Hell Of A Ride, as suggested by the title of his 4-CD Legacy box set of 2008, the year of his 75th birthday.
In 1975, some 15 years into his career, Willie scored his first Grammy Award®-winning #1 country hit on Columbia Records, "Blue Eyes Crying In The Rain," proving that Country Outlaws had earned a dominant chart role. He went on to amass more than 20 #1 hits over the next three decades, which read like a mini-history of country music: "Good Hearted Woman" (with Waylon Jennings), "If You've Got The Money I've Got The Time," the Grammy®-winning "Mammas Don't Let Your Babies Grow Up To Be Cowboys" (with Waylon), the Grammy®-winning "Georgia On My Mind," "Blue Skies," "Heartbreak Hotel" (with Leon Russell), "My Heroes Have Always Been Cowboys," the Grammy®-winning "On The Road Again," "Angel Flying Too Close To The Ground," the two-time Grammy®-winning "Always On My Mind," "Just to Satisfy You" (with Waylon), "Pancho & Lefty" (with Merle Haggard), "To All The Girls I've Loved Before" (with Julio Iglesias), the Grammy®-winning "City Of New Orleans," "Seven Spanish Angels" (with Ray Charles), "Forgiving You Was Easy," the Grammy®-winning "Highwayman" (with Waylon, Johnny Cash, and Kris Kristofferson), "Living in the Promiseland," "Mind Your Own Business" (with Hank Williams Jr., Reba McEntire, Tom Petty, and Reverend Ike), "Nothing I Can Do About It Now," and 2002's "Beer For My Horses" (with Toby Keith).
Starting back home in Texas in the early 1970s, Willie Nelson's role (along with partners Waylon Jennings, Kris Kristofferson, Johnny Cash, Merle Haggard, Townes Van Zandt, Billy Joe Shaver and others) as he emancipated country music from Nashville's homogenized strictures, is now widely acknowledged. In addition to eight Grammy Awards® from 1975 to 2008, Willie has received the Recording Academy's prestigious Legends Award (1990) and Lifetime Achievement Award (1995). In 1998, he received Kennedy Center Honors.
Willie has also received strong recognition from within the country music establishment, which embraced the musical advances brought on by the Outlaw Country upstarts. In addition to his seven Country Music Association (CMA) awards from 1976 to 2002, Willie has also received the Entertainer Of the Year Award (1979) and in November 2012, the first inaugural Willie Nelson Lifetime Achievement Award. The Academy of Country Music (ACM) has honored Willie with five awards, including Entertainer Of the Year (1979). Other notable Country honors include the Minnie Pearl Award and Living Legend Award, both at the TNN/ Music City Awards in 1995. The annual BMI Country Awards conferred its President's Award on Willie in 2001, and the coveted BMI Icon Award in 2007.
Such outpourings belie the humble origins of Willie Hugh Nelson, born on April 29, 1933, in Abbott, Texas. Willie arrived in Nashville in 1960, and was befriended by Hank Cochran, who got him signed to Ray Price's music publishing company. Willie's breakthrough came quickly, the year Faron Young cut the #1 hit "Hello Walls," Patsy Cline recorded the #2 hit "Crazy," and Billy Walker cut "Funny How Time Slips Away," all in 1961.
After LPs on Liberty and Monument, Willie was signed to RCA Records in 1965. After making some 14 LPs for the label over the next seven years, Willie moved his family back to Texas. He soon became the kingpin of Austin's hotbed of honky tonk, "cosmic cowboy," and '70s rock, populated by hillbilly hippies, folk singers and 'ropers & dopers,' all at home on the Armadillo World Headquarters concert stage.
Willie's RCA deal ended in 1972 and he recorded two groundbreaking LPs on Atlantic: Shotgun Willie and Phases & Stages were critically hailed and signaled a new musical genre that would overtake the music for years to come: Outlaw Country.
The turning point was Willie's self-produced Columbia debut LP of 1975, the RIAA double-platinum #1 concept album Red Headed Stranger (with "Blue Eyes Crying In The Rain"). Capitalizing on its success, RCA repackaged an LP's worth of left-of-center tracks by Willie, Waylon, Jessi Colter, and Tompall Glaser as Wanted: The Outlaws. It went to #1 and its first single, "Good Hearted Woman," a duet by Waylon & Willie also hit #1. The project swept the CMA Awards for Vocal Duo Of the Year, Single Of the Year, and Album Of the Year. "Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain" won Willie his first Grammy Award that year, for Best Male Country Vocal.
Eighteen years at Columbia (1975 to 1993) was a long time – they encompassed five U.S. Presidents, to put it in perspective, and more than 30 album releases. He charted 12 #1 country albums for the label, and another 12 reached Top 5; at the same time, there were 16 #1 country singles on Columbia, and another 30 that reached the Top 40. There were historic full-album collaborations on Columbia with Leon Russell, Roger Miller, Ray Price, Merle Haggard, Webb Pierce, Faron Young, Hank Snow, and the Highwaymen (Waylon, Johnny Cash, Kristofferson).
In February 2012, after albums on Island, Sugar Hill, Lost Highway, Blue Note, and more, it was announced that Willie had returned "home" as a result of his signing to the Columbia Records-affiliated Legacy, and the release of a new album in May, Heroes. Produced by Buddy Cannon, it included songs from a variety of sources, and guests ranging from Willie's son Lukas to Haggard, Kristofferson, and Shaver, to Sheryl Crow and Snoop Dogg. Let's Face The Music And Dance, again produced by Buddy Cannon (and recorded at Pedernales Recording Studio in Austin, Texas) is the follow up.
As Legacy's Artist of the Month, the spotlight continues to shine on Willie Nelson. "Motivated by the desire to do good for those who did good by him, he is still playing music for all the right reasons," fellow Texan Joe Nick Patoski has written of Willie, "for the sake of music, and for the people who created that music. That drive and desire have rewarded him with a well-spent musical life, documented by these recordings that show a man in full, always changing, always moving, forever on the road again."
It may seem like the dust has just settled on the 2013 Oscars, but it truly goes on all year. With that noted, The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced that next year's Oscar Sunday will be March 2, 2014.
The March date is due to the winter Olympics and Oscar knows something about scheduling. They used to be held in March but often butted up against the final of the NCAA basketball tournament. However, the move to February was noted as streamlining the movie award season and getting in line with others. But, the Oscars are the king and that means they need to be after all the others, mainly the Golden Globes and The Screen Actors Guild.
The Independent Spirit Awards are usually held the night before, so wait and see if that changes as well.
They went ahead announced that Oscar Sunday will also be Feb. 22, 2015.
So, here are the key dates, announced today (March 25).
Saturday, November 16, 2013: The Governors Awards
Monday, December 2, 2013: Official Screen Credits due
Friday, December 27, 2013: Nominations voting begins
Wednesday, January 8, 2014: Nominations voting ends 5 p.m. PT
Thursday, January 16, 2014: Oscar nominations announced
Monday, February 10, 2014: Nominees Luncheon
Friday, February 14, 2014: Final voting begins
Saturday, February 15, 2014: Scientific and Technical Awards
Tuesday, February 25, 2014: Final voting ends 5 p.m. PT
Oscar Sunday, March 2, 2014: 86th Academy Awards
Oscar Sunday, February 22, 2015: 87th Academy Awards
The 86th and 87th Academy Awards ceremonies will be held at the Dolby Theatre™ at Hollywood & Highland Center® in Hollywood. They will air on ABC.
CONFIRMED 3.25.13...WE HAD THIS ONE MUCH EARLIER THAN MOST....TICKETS ON SALE APRIL 1...Why is Jimmy Buffett headed to Northerly Island in Chicago this summer? EXPANSION of the concert venue...Northerly Island will expand its concert capacity this spring — gaining 22,000 lawn seats and 600 fixed seats — to bring the venue's total capacity to more than 30,000. As we noted, the show date is indeed June 29...tickets can be bought on my site for all shows, games, etc....click on icon..
TEN COMMANDMENTS ON ABC SATURDAY, MARCH 30....TV-G ...Moses leads an exodus from Egypt to the Promised Land, complete with parting of the Red Sea.
Blake Shelton, Jason Aldean already nab ACM Awards
Nashville - The honors will not be handed out until April 7 in Las Vegas, but some of the Academy of Country Music Awards were announced today (March 22). In the Media by Tim O'Brien
Joe's Bar wins an ACM Award...By Tim O'Brien for Examiner, Chicago Celebrity....
'The Croods' look to derail 'Oz' while 'Olympus' may fall Welcome to the weekend of "The Croods." If theater counts are any indication, it should win the weekend, but just what is "The Croods"? In the Media by Tim O'Brien ......Can 'The Croods' catch 'Oz'? Just confirmed 3.23.13...I have just confirmed that Gov. Quinn from Illinois was in Hollywood Friday night seeking to reach out for more productions for the state...fresh with its tax incentive...he met with, according to Reel Chicago, Jane Lynch, Jim Belushi, Joe Mantegna, Roland Mesa, Chaz Ebert, Billy Zane and Bill Zwecker (Chicago Sun-Times)...it was titled "An Evening with Pat Quinn"....while much of the state is in shambles and bill cannot be paid, plus plenty of pension problems, the lure of Hollywood is never far from the governor's mind. On that note, summer in the city will be burning with the business of show. There is “Transformers 4." With its huge budget and production staff it is to to bring with it spending power. Also, “Divergent" is ready to go into production April 9 through June 30. That film stars Shailene Woodley and Kate Winslet. Look for a May 2014 release date for that one. “Jupiter Ascending.” Filming reportedly starts June 24 for four-to-five weeks. Mila Kunis, Channing Tatum and Eddie Redmayne. "Transformers 4" also shoots in Michigan...flush with tax incentives, too.
CONCERTS: It is confirmed that Jimmy Buffett will play a Chicago show. Here's the twist ... the show will be at the newly expanded Charter One Pavilion on Northerly Island, formerly Meigs Field. He's expected to play on Saturday, June 29. No word on ticket sales at this point. Stay tuned...Tim's Take: ..I hear rumblings of Elizabeth Hasselback leaving "The View" on her own terms..again, her OWN terms and may end up on CNN...hate the idea of a Jimmy Fallon "Tonight Show" and worse, back in New York..I can't get through three minutes of his show now - - wait for 90 minutes...the true winner of all this is JIMMY KIMMEL...he's on fire now, after 10 years of consistently being good...."CSI gets season 14 after being on the bubble...Aubrey Clelandis the winner of the "Idol" spot on tour this summer...O.J Simpson series being tossed about...MORE: Late night wars heat up...Jimmy Fallon moves to Jay Leno's spot and Jay opts for a 10 p.m. CT show on FOX; then Howard Stern gets thrown into the mix as he takes over Fallon's show...Do not laugh at Stern. He is already on an NBC show...CBS Sports and Turner Sports’ exclusive second round coverage of the 2013 NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championship across TBS, CBS, TNT and truTV on Thursday, March 21, averaged an overnight household rating/share of 5.8/14, the highest rating for the first Thursday of the NCAA Tournament in 22 years. The 5.8/14 is up 4% compared with a 5.6/13 in 2012....TV Land announced today that the ladies of “Hot In Cleveland” will soon be getting some special visitors in town as Mary Tyler Moore, Valerie Harper and Cloris Leachman reunite with their co-star of “The Mary Tyler Moore Show,” Betty White. In the episode, Elka (Betty White) and Mamie Sue (Georgia Engel) decide to get their bowling team back together, aptly named GLOB: the Gorgeous Ladies of Bowling.
Foreign box office breaks record, too Not only did the North American box office break a record in 2012, so did the overseas market. Show business magazine... in New Movies, From Hollywood to Indie by Tim O'Brien
People were still off to see the Wizard as 'Oz' wins again People were still off to see the Wizard this weekend as "Oz The Great and Powerful" wins again, easily. But, how powerful is it really? In the Media by Tim O'Brien
CVS Orders Workers To Reveal Weight, Health Info Or Lose Coverage... Ben Carson on 2016: If Called, I’d Run I knew it was coming but if you noticed one spot empty on the Timber Lake Playhouse season it was because they could not officially announce this - BUT "Spamalot" is coming to Timber Lake Playhouse...it can be let out of the bag...it is a coup for the playhouse...this play is not available all over...
Every month, Spiritual Cinema Circle brings you four touching, uplifting films that you won't find in theaters--yours to keep, forever! We handpick the best films from festivals all over the world, and deliver them to your door.
This collection of a feature plus three short films is available exclusively from Spiritual Cinema Circle. For a limited time new members who sign up will receive the DVD for free (just pay shipping and handling).
THE ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC HONORS DICK CLARK BY
RENAMING ACM ARTIST OF THE DECADE AWARD
TELECAST TO AIR LIVE FROM MGM GRAND GARDEN ARENA IN LAS VEGAS
Sunday, April 7, 2013 at 8:00 PM live ET/delayed PT on the CBS Television Network
CHEAT TWEET:.@GeorgeStrait & #GarthBrooks to perform together in honor of Dick Clark at the @ACMawards on April 7th! #ACMs [insert your link here]
ENCINO, CA – The Academy of Country Music and dick clark productions announced today that George Strait and Garth Brooks, the two most recent ACM Artist of the Decade Award recipients, will perform together for the first time in history to pay tribute to Dick Clark at the 48th ANNUAL ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS, to be broadcast live from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas Sunday, April 7 (8:00 PM-11:00 PM, live ET/delayed PT) on the CBS Television Network. The ACM Artist of the Decade Award will be renamed the ACM Dick Clark Artist of the Decade Award, in honor of the iconic figure and longtime producer of the ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS. The ceremony, to be co-hosted by Luke Bryan and Blake Shelton, honors country music’s top talent, as well as the industry’s hottest emerging artists.
Dick Clark, who passed away last year, began producing the Academy of Country Music Awards in 1979 and helped introduce audiences all over America to the most talented artists in country music. Clark had long been an ambassador for a wide-range of musical genres and with his guidance, ushered the Academy of Country Music Awards through the decades to become one of the industry’s biggest events.
“It is truly appropriate that we pay tribute to my father, longtime ACM Awards executive producer Dick Clark. As one of the current executive producers and Dick’s son, I’m honored that George and Garth graciously accepted my personal request to pay tribute to a man we all loved,” stated R.A. Clark.
“He was a friend to all of us and helped shape our organization. There’s no doubt the Academy of Country Music wouldn’t be one of the highest-rated and watched awards shows without Dick’s vision and commitment,” commented Bob Romeo, CEO of the Academy of Country Music.
“Dick helped make country music accessible to a larger fan base and his efforts will not be forgotten. Garth and I were so grateful when we each received the ACM Artist of the Decade Award, so it’s only fitting that we’ll be honoring him with this tribute performance at the ACMs,” said George Strait.
“I commend the Academy on naming the ACM Artist of the Decade Award after Dick Clark. Although there is no award the entertainment industry has that can match the magnitude of the star Dick Clark was, and still is, it is an honor to get to be a part of the Academy’s tribute to him. There may be others who have contributed as much to the music industry, but there is definitely no one that has contributed more than Dick Clark. He was music’s best friend, and a dear friend to me,” said Garth Brooks.
Recipients of the ACM Artist of the Decade Award include Strait in 2009, Brooks in 1998, Alabama in 1988, Loretta Lynn in 1979 and Marty Robbins in 1969. The ACM Dick Clark Artist of the Decade Award is an Academy honor bestowed on a country music artist only once every decade.
George Strait has won twenty Academy of Country Music Awards, including the Artist of the Decade award, an award that has only been given to four other acts in the Academy’s history. He also holds the record for the most No. 1 hits on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart. He has sold more than 68 million records, garnering him 32 different platinum or multi-platinum albums resulting in the most RIAA platinum certifications in country music and the third in all genres, behind The Beatles and Elvis Presley. Strait recently released his newest single, “Give It All We Got Tonight”—the first release from his forthcoming 2013 album, Love is Everything, due in stores on May 14. Strait also placed #1 on Pollstar’s Concert Pulse chart in March after the first leg of his on-going two-year final U.S. tour, “The Cowboy Rides Away Tour” with special guest Martina McBride.
Garth Brooks is a pivotal figure in the history of country music, garnering over twenty ACM Awards, including six Entertainer of the Year Awards, an Artist of the Decade award, and a Cliffie Stone Pioneer Award, honoring individuals who are pioneers in the country music genre. Certified by the RIAA in 2000 as the #1-selling solo artist in U.S. history, Brooks has sold in excess of over 128 million albums and has received every accolade the recording industry can bestow on an artist. With his commercially savvy fusion of post-Merle Haggard country, honky-tonk, post-folk-rock sensitive singer/songwriter sensibilities, and '70s arena rock dramatics, Brooks brought country music to a new audience in the '90s — namely, a mass audience. Before Brooks, it was inconceivable for a country artist to go multi-platinum. He shattered that barrier in 1991, when his second album, No Fences, began its chart domination, and its follow-up, Ropin' the Wind, became the first country album to debut at the top of the pop charts. He is currently raising his children in Oklahoma.
Not all done by me, of course. Other parties linked and sourced. LINK TO SOURCES RIGHT HERE. I DO NOT CLAIM TO BE THE AUTHOR OF ALL THAT IS CONTAINED HERE.