Friday, January 29, 2010

Top 5 Fashion Trends for 2010 from Paris with Love

By Mel Cornford on January 27, 2010 1:17pm

The top 5 looks from the Paris shows

The captivating magic of the Paris haute couture collections has cast its spell over its cashed-up clients’ cheque books. Less lengthy (and more thrifty) than waiting for a custom-made couture gown, we’ve peered through the beauty trends worth trying your hand at. Think big hair, star-struck silvery eyes and artfully lined lips in look-at-me bright hues.

Here’s our pick of the top 5 couture trends direct from Paris.

Haute couture beauty trends

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Thursday, January 28, 2010





NEW YORK, NY, January 28, 2010 /PRNewswire/ —

Hailed as the Renaissance woman of the decade, Beyoncé has already conquered music, film and fashion and now brings her one-of-a-kind style, spirit and confidence to her first-ever fragrance. A captivating scent that exudes passion and unleashes a spirited fire within, Beyoncé Heat embodies the trendsetting vision and effortless chic of pop culture's most emulated icon.

On February 2nd, New Yorkers will catch the fever as Beyoncé turns up the heat in Union Square. To celebrate the launch of her debut fragrance, Beyoncé Heat, the visionary artist is illuminating the central destination with fiery red light and smoky fog, infusing the winter landscape with a steamy, sexy aura that embodies Beyoncé's unique appeal.

The unprecedented, spectacular display will vividly capture the spirit of Beyoncé Heat, creating a dramatic play of light that promises to turn heads and pique curiosity. The radiant spotlights transforming Union Square will serve as a luminous backdrop to the Beyoncé Heat launch party, where luminaries from the worlds of music, film, and media will gather to toast Beyoncé's latest venture.

Feminine and irresistible, the floral, fruity, woody scent features rare, sensual flowers. Beyoncé Heat opens with a radiant floral bouquet of magnolia, neroli and red vanilla orchid balanced with a kiss of luscious blush peach. At its heart, almond macaroon, sweet honeysuckle nectar and crème de musk combine to create an exquisitely sensual experience. Finally, warm and sexy notes of giant sequoia milkwood, tonka bean and amber linger to seduce the senses.

Tuesday, February 2nd
Union Square Park, New York City
Illumination at 6:00PM until Midnight

Coty Beauty Press Contacts:
Lauren Donner
(212) 929-7979

Emily Schuler
(212) 389-7576

Frederick’s of Hollywood Valentine's 2010 “Smooch” Campaign

Frederick’s of Hollywood Valentine's 2010 “Smooch” Campaign

Lingerie Legend Features Sexy, Fun & Flirty Pieces Under $50 for Valentine’s Day

HOLLYWOOD, January 28, 2010 /PRNewswire/ — The Frederick’s of Hollywood Valentine’s campaign, “Smooch,” features lingerie for the sexy holiday with something for everyone. Ranging from sassy to seductive, pieces include Valentine’s inspired chemises, babydolls and teddies for under $50.

“‘Smooch’ embodies everything fun and sexy about the Frederick’s of Hollywood brand and our Valentine’s lingerie,” stated Linda LoRe, President of Frederick’s of Hollywood Group Inc. “It’s sexy, sassy and playful all at the same time and offers a destination for Valentine’s with a lot of choice at a great value.”

The “Smooch” campaign hits the Frederick’s of Hollywood catalog, website and stores nationwide at the end of January. In addition to sexy babydolls and chemises adorned with rhinestones and heart details, Frederick’s will also feature the Hollywood Exxtreme Cleavage® bra, one of the brand’s most popular styles, in a limited edition heart pattern.

Frederick’s of Hollywood Group Inc. (NYSE Amex: FOH) conducts its business through two operating divisions: the multi-channel retail division and the wholesale division. For over 60 years, Frederick’s of Hollywood retail has been the leader in pioneering innovative, alluring lingerie. With more than 130 boutique stores nationwide, a world-famous catalog and an online shop, Frederick’s of Hollywood has been recognized as one of the world’s most well known brands. For more information, visit

Media Contact:
Jennifer Cornwall
Frederick’s of Hollywood

Jakob Dylan 'Women and Country'

28 Jan 2010 17:00 Africa/Lagos

Jakob Dylan 'Women and Country'

New album set for release on April 6th marks reunion with producer T Bone Burnett and features guest vocals from Neko Case & Kelly Hogan

LOS ANGELES, Jan. 28 /PRNewswire/ -- Jakob Dylan will release his sophomore solo album, Women and Country, on Columbia Records on April 6th, 2010. Soulful yet striking and ripe with sublime beauty, Women and Country is the follow up to the artist's 2008 critically acclaimed debut, Seeing Things. This new collection finds him reuniting with acclaimed Grammy and Golden Globe winning producer T Bone Burnett (Robert Plant, Alison Krauss, Crazy Heart), who produced the Wallflowers' 1996 breakthrough album Bringing Down the Horse. On the release, Jakob is also joined by Neko Case and Kelly Hogan, who provide back-up vocals to 8 of the album's 11 tracks.

"I'm so happy to be collaborating with Jakob at this exciting and vital time in his life as an artist," said T Bone Burnett. "I think this new album is an important work from a great musician."

Recorded in Los Angeles, CA, Women and Country is the full realization of a journey Jakob Dylan began on his previous solo release Seeing Things, which hearkens back to the timeless artistry of American roots music and country blues masters. Seeing Things garnered significant critical praise for Dylan including The Los Angeles Times who called him "a gifted storyteller" and USA Today who said the release was "an evocative acoustic album that reveals the poetic grace of his lyrics and the maturity and moving power of his voice." On Women and Country Jakob reaches new majestic heights with his voice and song-writing that are as distinct as. This, coupled with T Bone Burnett's haunting production and the stirringly rich vocals by Neko Case and Kelly Hogan, creates a powerful and melancholic experience for the listener.

Backing Jakob Dylan up on the album's 11 songs are T Bone Burnett's s acclaimed group of musicians including Dennis Crouch (bass), Jay Bellerose (drums), David Mansfield (fiddle & mandolin), Marc Ribot (guitar), Keefus Ciancia (keyboards), Greg Leisz (pedal steel), Darrell Leonard (trumpet), Ira Nepus (trombone) and George Bohanon (horns). Standout tracks include the opener "Nothin' But the Whole Wide World," which sets the tone of the album, the pensive ballad "Down on Our Own Shield," "Everybody's Hurting," which showcases Jakob and Neko's moving harmonies and "Truth for a Truth" that features great guitar work from Marc Ribot.

Track Listing for Jakob Dylan's new album 'Women and Country' is as follows:

1. Nothing But The Whole Wide World
2. Down On Our Shield
3. Lend A Hand
4. We Don't Live Here Anymore
5. Everybody's Hurting
6. Yonder Come the Blues
7. Holy Rollers for Love
8. Truth For A Truth
9. They've Trapped US Boys
10. Smile When You Call Me That
11. Standing Eight Count

Jakob Dylan will be announcing additional album details and tour news in the coming weeks. For more information please go to

Source: Columbia Records

CONTACT: Carleen Donovan, or Rachel Gomez, Press Here Publicity,
+1-212-246-2640,; or Benny Tarantini, Columbia
Records, +1-212-833-5858,

Web Site: Jakob Dylan

'When in Rome' - When in Love! Robbins Brothers Hosts a Surprise Red Carpet Proposal

28 Jan 2010 15:41 Africa/Lagos

'When in Rome' - When in Love! Robbins Brothers Hosts a Surprise Red Carpet Proposal

Fairytale Engagement of U.S. Navy SEAL to his Bride-to-Be Took Place at World Premiere of Touchstone Pictures' 'When in Rome'

LOS ANGELES, Calif., Jan. 28 /PRNewswire/ -- Just in time for Valentine's season, Robbins Brothers, The Engagement Ring Store(TM), gave a lucky couple an unforgettable experience last night: a one-of-a-kind surprise marriage proposal on the red carpet at a Hollywood movie premiere.

Touchstone Pictures' "When in Rome," which hits theaters nationwide on January 29, celebrated its world premiere last night at the El Capitan Theater in Hollywood.

The groom-to-be is Chad Williams, 25, a U.S. Navy SEAL from Huntington Beach, CA. Chad proposed to his girlfriend of seven years, Aubrey O'Boyle, 23, in front of the assembled national and international media at the premiere of Disney's new date-night movie.

Stunned but overjoyed, Aubrey answered "yes" -- and is currently wearing a one-carat, round brilliant cut diamond set in a Scott Kay engagement ring, which Chad bought for her at Robbins Brothers' Mission Viejo store. The retailer will give Chad and Aubrey a gift certificate towards wedding bands in celebration of their upcoming wedding day. The couple also enjoyed a complimentary dinner from Fleming's to celebrate their engagement.

A short behind-the-scenes video documenting Chad's surprise red carpet proposal is available at Robbins Brothers' YouTube channel.

"When in Rome" stars Kristen Bell, Josh Duhamel and Danny DeVito in a story about an ambitious New Yorker who is disillusioned with romance and takes a whirlwind trip to Rome. There she defiantly plucks magic coins from a fountain of love, igniting the passion of an odd group of suitors. But when a charming reporter pursues her with equal zest, how will she know if his love is the real thing?

More about Chad and Aubrey

Coincidentally, Chad and Aubrey first met at Disneyland -- standing in line for Space Mountain. The couple has built a lasting relationship despite Chad's various deployments around the globe. Now that his contracted time with the military is coming to a close, Chad wanted to take the next step with Aubrey. He went to his local Robbins Brothers store location to shop for a diamond engagement ring, and the rest is Hollywood history.

"Aubrey stuck by my side through thick and thin," Chad wrote in an email to Robbins Brothers. "We have always wanted to get engaged and get married."

He added, "It's time to marry my Aubrey, who has been good and faithful to me, enduring so much as she has paid a huge price to our nation -- allowing me to fulfill my dream of serving as a U.S. Navy SEAL."

"This was an incredible, one-of-a-kind marriage proposal for a real-life American hero," said Larry Gomperts, EVP of Marketing for Robbins Brothers. "We were delighted to give Chad and Aubrey this unforgettable romantic experience, and would like to thank our friends at Disney who helped us make this happen."

Robbins Brothers' "Romantic Wishes -- When in Rome" Sweepstakes

Just like the movie "When in Rome," Robbins Brothers' "Romantic Wishes -- When in Rome" Sweepstakes allows romantic hopefuls to dream big and wish for the impossible.

The destination engagement ring retailer asks people to share their "ultimate romantic wish" for a chance to win fairytale prizes including a trip for two to Rome, Italy, an Amsale designer wedding dress, and a private screening of the film.

Known for helping committed couples fulfill their engagement and wedding dreams, Robbins Brothers invites every romantic to share their own fanciful wishes at No purchase is necessary and one must be 18 years of age or older to enter.

The sweepstakes is currently running and ends Feb. 14.

About Robbins Brothers:

Robbins Brothers is an engagement ring retailer that is focused on offering couples an incredible ring selection and an unmatched customer experience. With freestanding destination stores in Southern California and Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas, the company specializes in extensive product education, exceptional value, unique engagement and wedding planning services, and onsite jewelers who can customize any ring.

Robbins Brothers services over 100,000 couples a year and provides a warm and friendly shopping environment for all. Women can create a Wish List in-store or online, while men often relax in a de-stressing lounge stocked with coffee, soda and ESPN.

Related Links:
Robbins Brothers website
Robbins Brothers Facebook

Source: Robbins Brothers

CONTACT: Tracey Lyles, Media Services Manager of Robbins Brothers,
+1-626-224-9586,, Tom McAlister, Beck Media &
Marketing, +1-310-689-7224,

Web Site:

L.e.i. Announces the Launch of the 'L.e.i. Model Citizen Campaign'

L.e.i. Announces the Launch of the "L.e.i. Model Citizen Campaign" in Association with Teen Vogue and in Support of Fashion Delivers.(PRNewsFoto/Jones Apparel Group, Inc.) NEW YORK, NY UNITED STATES

28 Jan 2010 16:00 Africa/Lagos

L.e.i. Announces the Launch of the 'L.e.i. Model Citizen Campaign' in Association with Teen Vogue and in Support of Fashion Delivers

NEW YORK, Jan. 28 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- In association with Teen Vogue, junior denim brand, L.e.i., exclusive to Walmart stores, is on the lookout for three model citizens to star in its next ad campaign. The micro site,, will act as the main point of entry for the contest. In addition, L.e.i. will host a national call to action inviting girls ages 15-21 to showcase their "life, energy and intelligence." These events in New York, Miami and Los Angeles, will give girls the opportunity to shoot a short video that shows how they represent life, energy and intelligence, and why they should be the next L.e.i Model Citizen.

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The contest entry dates will run from February 1, 2010 to March 23, 2010 and girls will also be able to upload their own videos to the website, A high profile panel of judges, including notable names from the fashion industry such as Teen Vogue Editor in Chief Amy Astley, designer Rachel Roy, models Chanel Iman and Ali Michael and Allan Ellinger, CEO of Fashion Delivers, will then select a grand prize winner and two runners up from the entrants. Participants will also have the opportunity to interact with some of the judges at each of the events. There will be an opportunity for the public to vote on the top ten finalists from March 25, 2010 to April 6, 2010.

"We are honored to work in association with L.e.i to recognize young women for their pursuits, creativity, and enthusiasm, by awarding them for their exemplary contributions as a 'Model Citizen,'" stated Laura MCEwen, Publisher of Teen Vogue.

The Grand Prize winner will receive a $100,000 college scholarship and a feature in L.e.i.'s Fall 2010 national advertising campaign, a fashion makeover and complete L.e.i wardrobe, Teen Vogue internship and a trip to L.A. to attend Teen Vogue's "Young Hollywood" party. Second and third prize winners will also receive special prizing.

Chanel Iman said, "I am proud to be part of this contest where young girls are rewarded for their inner beauty and outer spirit. It is an opportunity to acknowledge the importance of leadership at a young age and look towards our youth to be socially conscious leaders and role models, and therefore the next L.e.i. model citizens."

In partnership with Fashion Delivers, a national charity that believes "giving is always in fashion," L.e.i. will be encouraging young girls to pay it fashion forward by donating product to benefit the charity and asking participants to bring a jeans donation to each of the events. The first 25 girls to donate jeans at each of the events will receive a $50 gift certificate to Walmart. All girls will have the opportunity to help the mission of Fashion Delivers by being invited to Pay It [Fashion] Forward by spreading the word of the contest through Twitter and Facebook. With every tweet and Facebook forward L.e.i. will make a donation to benefit Fashion Delivers.

For more information please visit L.e.i. is a division of Jones Apparel Group (NYSE:JNY) .

About Jones Apparel Group, Inc.

Jones Apparel Group, Inc. ( is a leading designer, marketer and wholesaler of branded apparel, footwear and accessories. The Company also markets directly to consumers through its chain of specialty retail and value-based stores and through its e-commerce web sites. The Company's nationally recognized brands include Jones New York, Nine West, Anne Klein, Gloria Vanderbilt, Kasper, Bandolino, Easy Spirit, Evan-Picone, l.e.i., Energie, Enzo Angiolini, Joan & David, Mootsies Tootsies, Sam & Libby, Napier, Judith Jack, Albert Nipon and Le Suit. The Company also markets costume jewelry under the Givenchy brand licensed from Givenchy Corporation, women's footwear under the Dockers® and Dockers® Women brands and infants', toddlers' and boys footwear (excluding girls footwear) under the Dockers® and Dockers® Premium brands, licensed from Levi Strauss & Co., and apparel under the Rachel Roy brand licensed from Rachel Roy IP Company, LLC. Each brand is differentiated by its own distinctive styling, pricing strategy, distribution channel and target consumer. The Company contracts for the manufacture of its products through a worldwide network of quality manufacturers. The Company has capitalized on its nationally known brand names by entering into various licenses for several of its trademarks, including Jones New York, Anne Klein New York, Nine West, Gloria Vanderbilt, l.e.i. and Evan-Picone, with select manufacturers of women's and men's products which the Company does not manufacture. For more than 30 years, the Company has built a reputation for excellence in product quality and value, and in operational execution.

About Teen Vogue

Launched in February 2003, TEEN VOGUE publishes 10 issues annually and has over 1 million dedicated readers. Style-conscious girls everywhere know there's only one source for relevant fashion and beauty news presented in a sophisticated tone with the power of the VOGUE brand. In a time of expanding media choices, true authority is irreplaceable--and unmistakable.

About Fashion Delivers

On September 15, 2006, with only a three day notice, thirty fashion industry leaders came together to figure out how the industry could provide relief to the victims of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. While larger national relief organizations existed, there was no structure in place to organize the immediate collection and distribution of excess product to those so desperately in need. Under the leadership of Allan Ellinger, the group canvassed the retail and home industries to gauge participation. The response was overwhelming. Over $4.5 million dollars worth of product was collected and channeled directly to victims suffering from the devastation. What began as a vision has turned into an incredible charitable endeavor to provide hope to those in need.

The mission of Fashion Delivers Charitable Foundation, Inc. is to unify the men's and women's apparel and home industries to donate new product in order to aid victims of disasters and individuals in need throughout the year. We match need with our availability of product coming from both wholesale and retail fashion industry vendors -- some of the biggest names in the fashion and home industries. Through a strategic alliance with K.I.D.S., we have structured a global network of more than one thousand local agencies that we coordinate with in the donation and delivery of excess products. While our organization provides aid to those in need, we also provide economic and philanthropic alternatives for companies disposing of their excess inventory.

PRN Photo Desk,
Source: Jones Apparel Group, Inc.

CONTACT: Harrison & Shriftman, Christina Zamarripa, +1-917-351-8663,; or L.e.i., Frances Clift, +1-212-536-9616,; or Teen Vogue, Eleanor Banco, Director of Public Relations,

Web Site:

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Chicago's Oldest Living Opera Singer Turns 105 Years Old

27 Jan 2010 13:00 Africa/Lagos

Chicago's Oldest Living Opera Singer Turns 105 Years Old

NORTHLAKE, Ill., Jan. 27 /PRNewswire/ -- Every morning, Lillian Krockerberger sings her favorite opera arias in German. While that may not seem like a monumental accomplishment, this opera soprano turns 105 years old on Feb 3, 2010.Lillian was born in Germany in 1905. An orphan, she came to Chicago, Illinois in 1921 and worked as a maid and caregiver for a wealthy family. That's when she met her husband, Carl. "He saw me through the front window of the home I was working at. It was love at first sight," said Lillian.

During Lillian and Carl's marriage, they had two children together, Carl Jr. and Lydia, and four grandchildren. Though Lillian's husband and two children have since passed on, her four grandchildren remain a big part of her life.Lillian's husband, also a musician, played piano and violin. Together they enjoyed careers as entertainers in the Chicago area.For the past 20 years, Lillian has lived in the Chicago suburb of Northlake at Concord Place Retirement and Assisted Living Community ( Concord Place Executive Director, Colleen Bottens said that "Lillian's joyous song is a gift to residence and staff alike." Lillian remains fiercely independent and sings every day. "The secret to a long life is to be happy and consider each day a gift," said Lillian.On Saturday, January 30, 2010, Concord Place is throwing Lillian a 105th birthday party. She will be joined by her Concord Place friends, 20 family members and the Mayor of Northlake, IL, Jeffrey Sherwin.

Press is invited to attend and celebrate Lillian Krockerberger's 105th Birthday Party.

Saturday January 30, 2010
2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Concord Place Skyline Ballroom
401 West Lake Street
Northlake, IL 60164

About Concord Place Retirement and Assisted Living Community:

Conveniently located in Northlake, Illinois, Concord Place Retirement and Assisted Living Community is one of the premier Retirement Communities in Chicago and surrounding areas. Concord Place offers an enjoyable life for older adults, with private apartments, three restaurant-style meals a day, activities, companionship and on-site assistance.

Source: Concord Place Retirement and Assisted Living Community

CONTACT: Michael Webdell, +1-312-371-4239,
for Concord Place Retirement and Assisted Living Community

Web Site:

Ziggy Marley Presents: Dancehall Originators Vol 1.

27 Jan 2010 15:00 Africa/Lagos

Ziggy Marley Presents: Dancehall Originators Vol 1.


BEVERLY HILLS, Calif., Jan. 27 /PRNewswire/ -- Multiple Grammy winning artist Ziggy Marley, and Tuff Gong Worldwide present "Dancehall Originators Vol 1," the first in a new series of dancehall reggae albums designed to pay homage to the groundbreaking original artists that paved the way for dancehall artists today. The album, which will be released on February 2nd, features tracks by Chaka Demus, Yellow Man and Buju Banton, among others (track list below).

In 1992, producer/songwriter Phillip Smart, founder of Long Island's HC&F Studios, created the scorching "Hot This Year" riddim, whose bouncy keyboard riffs and resounding bass were considered groundbreaking at the time.

From its initial release, "Hot This Year" inspired numerous other artists, including Shaggy, Yellow Man, Buju Banton, and Chaka Demus, to use it as a basis for their own songs. It also inspired the durable and popular song "Hot This Year" by the late DJ Dirtsman, which crossed over into other radio formats.

"There weren't that many reggae records that crossed over to R&B radio at the time, and Dirtsman's song went from reggae radio shows to getting airplay in regular rotation on New York stations," recalls Phillip Smart. "So that put it in a different format and the song became a favorite in clubs that didn't play a lot of reggae."

Because it so deftly illustrates such an important era of dancehall reggae history, Dancehall Originators is a must-have for any knowledgeable dancehall devotee, as well as more recent reggae converts.

The Tuff Gong label was founded in 1965 by Bob Marley, with the vision of producing, distributing and promoting his music free from the constraints of corporate label politics. Decades before artist-owned record labels were commonplace, the legendary Bob Marley's vision was characteristically well ahead of its time. Now, nearly a half-century later, his dream is being realized.

Track list:

Source: Tuff Gong Worldwide

CONTACT: Tammy Saunt of Tuff Gong Worldwide, +1-310-274-2440,, or Jerome Hamilton, +1-876-754-1526,

Web Site:

Wedding Paper Divas Unveils Top Wedding Trends for 2010

Please pray for Haiti to have Strength, pleasant , comfortable,weather, clean air, food, doctors and clean water as they get though this.
~ Mary J. Blige

27 Jan 2010 14:00 Africa/Lagos

Wedding Paper Divas Unveils Top Wedding Trends for 2010

Find Wedding Essentials for the Hottest Wedding Themes, Color Trends and More on

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., Jan. 27 /PRNewswire/ -- Wedding Paper Divas (, a leading online retailer of premium, personalized wedding stationery, announced the latest wedding trends for 2010 today. From stylish wedding themes and fresh inspiration to this year's best new color schemes, Wedding Paper Divas has surveyed its top-selling wedding invitations and save the date cards to gather together the hottest wedding trends of the year, including:


Wedding Themes & Inspirations:

-- Enchanted Forest: The spring bride of 2010 is inspired by the earthy
(yet heavenly) feeling of an ethereal wedding. Soft, romantic elements
and pastel tones are perfectly accented with fanciful details.
-- Sweet Nostalgia: The "Mad Men"-obsessed bride-to-be is in love with
1950s and 1960s flair for her big day, gathering inspiration from
refined-retro style, carnival-chic food and playful decor.
-- Jewel Tones: The glamorous bride loves 2010's rich jewel tones for a
luxurious fall wedding. Plush and pretty peacock inspiration is
refined in an elegant but decidedly bold new way to incorporate this
-- Dark Romance: For winter 2010, vintage Hollywood glamour and dark
fairytale romances are all the rage, with rich red hues, black and
white accents and sparkling chandeliers making everything glimmer in a
subtle and sophisticated way.

Fresh Color Trends
-- Expect to see both classic and fresh, new palettes appearing as top
trends for wedding colors, including bold turquoise, coral and peach
tones, vintage violet, pumpkin, champagne, pink, ivory and golden

The Rise of the Localista
-- In today's economy, many couples will move away from the exotic in
favor of the practical. Expect destination weddings to take on a new
twist with the rise of the "localista." This bride will plan a local
"destination wedding" at a nearby location to celebrate the unique
personality of the couple, but also allow easier access for friends
and family.

As a preferred resource for wedding etiquette and style information, Wedding Paper Divas offers a product line that reflects the latest color trends, chic styles and luxurious patterns of each season. For more information, visit

About Wedding Paper Divas

Wedding Paper Divas offers premium, personalized wedding stationery. Wedding Paper Divas works with well-known, as well as up-and-coming, artists who design wedding invitations, bridal shower invitations and thank you cards that fit today's trends and romantic inspirations. Every design from Wedding Paper Divas is exclusive, which means it cannot be found anywhere else online or offline. Additionally, all Wedding Paper Divas products are printed on the highest quality paper and are completed in a fraction of the time for a fraction of the cost of most local wedding retailers. Wedding Paper Divas is a part of the Tiny Prints, Inc. family.

Media Contact:
Lea Armstrong/Joyce Li
Wedding Paper Divas

PRN Photo Desk,
Source: Wedding Paper Divas

CONTACT: Lea Armstrong, +1-650-209-1360,, or Joyce Li, +1-650-209-1361,, both of Wedding Paper Divas

Web Site:

Monday, January 25, 2010

'What's On Brides' Minds'

David's Bridal, the nation's leading and most trusted bridal authority, outfits more than 30% of today's brides with fresh, fashion-forward styles, such as Oleg Cassini style CWG322. This stunning ball gown, with unique 3D floral detail at the waist, represents David's Bridal's classic yet contemporary designer collections. (PRNewsFoto/David's Bridal) CONSHOHOCKEN, PA UNITED STATES

25 Jan 2010 14:00 Africa/Lagos

Bridal Authority's 'What's On Brides' Minds' Survey Reveals Couples Tying the Knot Still Cutting Costs

David's Bridal Finds Economy Continues to Impact Wedding Planning

CONSHOHOCKEN, Pa., Jan. 25 /PRNewswire/ -- Think the busy shopping season is over? Think again! The percentage of couples who get engaged between Thanksgiving and New Years is more than any other time period, so the beginning of the year, known as Bridal Christmas, marks the busiest time to plan nuptials. And while the economy is still shaky, that's not stopping couples from taking the plunge, even if it means tightening their belts as they plan for the big day. The fourth annual "What's on Brides' Minds" survey by David's Bridal, the nation's leading and most trusted bridal authority, reveals that more than two-thirds (68%) of brides say they plan to spend less on their wedding in light of the current economic climate.

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While the economy is still impacting overall wedding budgets, there are some signs of improvement. In 2009, three-quarters (75%) of respondents adjusted their budgets, however this year only 68% of engaged couples say their bottom-line has decreased. In addition, more than half (54%) of today's brides revealed they do not plan to spend more than $25,000 on their wedding day, and the key to bringing that dream day to life is keeping priorities in check.

"Now more than ever, brides are looking for ways to achieve their dream weddings, while making smart purchases and staying within a tighter budget," said Robert Huth, President and CEO of David's Bridal. "As the leading national retailer trusted by more than 30% of brides, David's Bridal offers affordable and exceptional fashion, quality and value, so true love doesn't have to wait."

Wedding Planning on a Budget

Many couples are strapped for cash, so they are finding creative ways to eliminate unnecessary luxuries.

-- Budget Matters: Of the 68% of brides who adjusted their wedding
-- More than half (55%) cut up to a quarter from their total spend.
-- 14 percent say they will slash their budget in half.
-- 5 percent will have to cut it by more than three-quarters.
-- Save Me the Money: Almost one-third (30%) of respondents plan to spend
less than $10,000 on their big day, while only 22% have a total
wedding budget over $50,000.
-- Cutting Cost Corners: Almost half (46%) of brides-to-be said they'd
cut their guest list and 39% said they will likely spend less on the
venue/location. 39% also indicated the wedding planner would get the
-- No Compromises: When asked what items they refuse to compromise, the
top responses were wedding bands (42%) and, not surprisingly, the
wedding dress (35%).
-- Saving for the Ever After: Last year's survey revealed that other than
their wedding, 77% of recently engaged couples said their top economic
priority was to pay off debt. This year, barely one in five (19%)
ranked this as a leading concern. Today's brides seem to be happily
looking to the future, opting instead to save for a down payment on a
home (24%) and prepare for a family (21%).

Finding "The One" - The Dress, That Is!

Buying a wedding dress is a big decision, and with limited funds, brides can find their gown without sacrificing style and quality for price.

-- The "A-Ha" Moment: Almost all (90%) respondents agreed that it's
important to try dresses on in their size, so they can better envision
their big day look and have that "I just know it's THE one" moment.
-- Beautiful and Budget-Friendly: Fifty percent of brides-to-be plan to
spend less than $800 on their wedding gown and 57% say they do not
plan to ask their bridesmaids to pony up more than $150 for their
-- Looking Beyond The Runway: More than half (54%) of future brides say a
designer's name is of little or no importance in their search for the
gown of their dreams, affirming that most opt for affordable, yet
fashionable styles that won't break the bank.
-- Celebrity Style: One-third (33%) of brides plan to emulate
celebrities' wedding gown styles with Alyssa Milano, Gisele Bunchden
and Khloe Kardashian Odom standing out for their A-list fashion sense.
-- Planning Ahead: More than one-third (36%) of brides say they began
shopping for their gown nine months before their wedding, but more
than half (56%) did not buy their gown until the big day was less than
six months away.
-- After The Party: Almost two-thirds (63%) of respondents plan to
preserve their gown for their children and 16% say they plan to sell
or donate their gown to a charity organization.

Planning for the Big Day

While planning a wedding in today's economy can be challenging, a little research and smart shopping goes a long way.

-- No Surprises: The survey revealed that 78% of brides involved their
fiance in the planning process.
-- Fifty-five percent of brides-to-be said their men are helping plan
the honeymoon and 45% lured their significant other with food,
cake or wine tastings.
-- Only one-third (33%) of grooms chose to help out with the wedding
-- Surfing the 'Net: Brides go online to do their wedding research:
-- Almost half are looking for do-it-yourself tips (47%) and
searching dress and accessory galleries for ideas (44%).
-- Thirty percent are heeding advice from other brides in online
-- Green is the New White: About half (48%) of brides say they will be
more eco-conscious in their wedding plans.
-- More than a quarter (26%) of respondents say they will use locally
sourced food or flowers during their reception; another quarter
(25%) chose to use recycled materials whenever possible.

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This Internet survey was conducted by Infosurv, Inc. from December 3 - 8, 2009. A total of 500 surveys were completed among a national panel of women (ages 18 - 35) who were recently engaged or married. This study has a margin of error of plus or minus 4.3% at the 95% confidence level.

About David's Bridal

With more than 50 years of bridal experience, David's Bridal understands the importance of providing brides-to-be with a vast selection of exquisitely crafted dresses, available at affordable prices. Today, with over 300 locations nationwide, David's Bridal continues to expand its retail store locations, while maintaining its philosophy of superior quality, value and service. To locate a store nearby, consumers can call 1-877-693-BRIDE or visit, the #1 ranked wedding website in the Lifestyle-Weddings category, according to Hitwise, the leading online competitive intelligence service.

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Sandra Bullock Wins Best Actress at the 16th SAG Awards

Sandra Bullock accepts the Best Actress prize at the 16th SAG Awards

For Sandra Bullock winning the Screen Actors Guild Awards® for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role as Leigh Anne Tuohy in The Blind Side has confirmed that she deserved the coveted laurels she has been given for the film. And she seems poised to win the Oscar for the best actress.

Photo: Sandra Bullock

Photo: Sandra Bullock in The Blind Side

Sandra Bullock in The Blind Side

Complete List of Winners at 16th Annual SAG Awards‎ –
Recipients of the 16th annual Screen Actors Guild Awards presented Saturday night:


–Cast: ”Inglourious Basterds.”

–Actor in a leading role: Jeff Bridges, ”Crazy Heart.”

–Actress in a leading role: Sandra Bullock, ”The Blind Side.”

–Supporting actor: Christoph Waltz, ”Inglorious Basterds”

–Supporting actress: Mo’Nique, ”Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire”

–Stunt ensemble: ”Star Trek.”


–Drama series cast: ”Mad Men.”

–Actor in a drama series: Michael C. Hall, ”Dexter.”

–Actress in a drama series: Julianna Margulies, ”The Good Wife.”

–Comedy series cast: ”Glee.”

–Actor in a comedy series: Alec Baldwin, ”30 Rock.”

–Actress in a comedy series: Tina Fey, ”30 Rock.”

–Actor in a movie or miniseries: Kevin Bacon, ”Taking Chance.”

–Actress in a movie or miniseries: Drew Barrymore, ”Grey Gardens.”

–Stunt ensemble: ”24.”

–Life Achievement: Betty White.

Saturday, January 23, 2010

Best Positions for Female Orgasm

Yes, Circumcised Women Can Have Orgasm as Many Times As They Want

It is RAPE to circumcise your daughter. Female Genital Mutilation or female circumcision is RAPE.

The reason for female genital mutilation among strict Christian and Islamic societies is for the control and prevention of promiscuity among girls and women. And many false reports have been circulated that circumcised women cannot have orgasm.

Most of the people and agencies peddling this lie are those selling sex toys and other products for sexual pleasures, so they will say anything to make people think they cannot enjoy sex without their products.

Uche Edochie, the MD of ZEE VIRTUAL MEDIA lied that for a woman to have Orgasm, she must not be circumcised.
What a falsehood and it was published on page 49 of the Saturday Sun of Nigeria on January 23, 2010.

The fact of life is: Yes, Circumcised Women Can Have Orgasm as Many Times As They Want.

Researches have shown that 14 out 15 women have confirmed that they still experienced full orgasm after clitoridectomy.

How you can come again and again and again?

Watch the following video and have a great sex life from now on.
Orgasm after Female Circumcision

Friday, January 22, 2010

'True Love Never Dies': A Novel of Modern-Day Love Affairs, Culture and History

22 Jan 2010 13:45 Africa/Lagos

'True Love Never Dies': A Novel of Modern-Day Love Affairs, Culture and History

DUBLIN, Jan. 22 /PRNewswire/ -- True Love Never Dies (published by Trafford) by Bridget Uhuegbu is an examination of the confusion and frustration that can occur between men and women as they attempt to make their true feelings known to one another.

Instructor Opara is a proud man from an accomplished family. His education, social position and upbringing have all helped to give him self-confidence and a relatively easy way with a certain type of woman. But men in his culture have never been encouraged to be open with their feelings, and this proves to be an insurmountable obstacle in his quest for the one woman he's ever truly cared for.

Most people would say that Lady Susan Goldrick was out of Instructor Opara's league, but she was interested nonetheless. However, his refusal -- or was it inability? -- to be open about his feelings left her equally immobilized. Both parties, constrained by the social boundaries in which they were raised, were never able to act on the love they both shared.

This timeless story of unrequited love will strike a chord with any reader who has ever been stymied by the numerous obstacles to love. The insight offered here into certain cultural, social and historical customs is also revealing, as it affects the way men and women relate to one another.

About the Author

Bridget Uhuegbu is a native of Nigeria, where she was a teacher at the Pennywise Commercial Institute. She has lived in Europe for a number of years now, and served for a time as a public relations officer with the Union of Nigerians in Ireland, serving as the President of the Union on relief bases. Uhuegbu is currently studying legal history and working on a new book, "Find Your Own Woman."

"True Love Never Dies"

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Thursday, January 21, 2010

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ABSOLUT and Spike Jonze Premiere I'm Here at Sundance Film Festival

ABSOLUT and Spike Jonze Premiere I'm Here at Sundance Film Festival

Stockholm, Sweden/Park City, United States, January 21 /PRNewswire/ — Acclaimed filmmaker Spike Jonze premieres his latest work - I'm Here, a 30-minute short film - today at the Sundance Film Festival as part of the first-ever Opening Night's Shorts Program at the festival. The film is a collaboration with ABSOLUT VODKA, and the partnership acknowledges the brand's position as a pioneering and culture-shaping brand. ABSOLUT has always stood out in the marketplace as a groundbreaking company that has been supporting artists for decades. Previous collaborations include those with Andy Warhol, Keith Haring and Helmut Newton. I'm Here honors the brand's history while embarking on a new and innovative alliance with one of today's most original filmmakers. The film came about when ABSOLUT reached out to Jonze to make a film, and gave him creative control to create the film he wanted.

"It was a pretty incredible opportunity," says Jonze. "They (ABSOLUT) didn't give me any requirements to make a movie that had anything to do with vodka. They just wanted me to make something that was important to me, and let my imagination take me wherever I wanted. And it wasn't like working with some huge corporation where I had to meet with committees of people. It was just a small group, and it seemed like creativity and making something that affected them emotionally was the only thing that really mattered to them. I got to make my first love story. It's about the relationship between two robots living in Los Angeles". I'm Here will also screen at the Berlin Film Festival in February, followed by a global release in March on View the teaser trailer at the official film site

"Since its inception, ABSOLUT VODKA has been driven by creativity, and together with Spike Jonze we set a new standard for creative collaborations," says Anna Malmhake, Vice President Global Marketing at The Absolut Company. "Spike Jonze is one of the most important influencers of modern popular culture, and this 30-minute film subtly and artfully expresses our enduring commitment to collaborations and creativity."

I'm Here, a 30-minute short film by Spike Jonze. Featuring Andrew Garfield and Sienna Guillory in the lead roles. The soundtrack includes original music by Sam Spiegel and original songs by L.A.-based art musician Aska Matsumiya and other emerging musicians.

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Title: I'm Here
Length: 31 minutes
Director: Spike Jonze
Writer: Spike Jonze
Cast: Andrew Garfield, Sienna Guillory
Producer: Vincent Landay
Executive Producer: Mark Figliulo, Matt Bijarchi
Director Of Photography: Adam Kimmel, A.S.C.
Editors: Eric Zumbrunnen, A.C.E., Stephen Berger
Production Designer: Floyd Albee
Casting By: Justine Baddeley & Kim Davis-Wagner
Costume Designer: Casey Storm
Robot Designer: Sonny Gerasimowicz
Sound Designer: Ren Klyce
Original Score By: Sam Spiegel
"There are many of us" By: Aska Matsumiya
Lost Trees Music Produced By: Nick Zinner
Visual Effects Supervisor: Ben Gibbs
Visual Effects By: Method Studios
Produced In Association with MJZ

Notes to the editor:

The creative collaboration between ABSOLUT VODKA and Spike Jonze will be accompanied by a charitable donation of $30,000 to 20/20, an American Film Institute (AFI) initiative, designed to enhance cultural exchange, understanding and collaboration through filmmakers and their films from the US and abroad. Spike and ABSOLUT are each donating $15,000.

The collaboration with Spike Jonze was created by long-standing ad agency of record TBWA\Chiat\Day. In addition to the 30-minute film, there are also 30 and 60 second trailers, to be used online and as TV commercials globally.

The Absolut Company has the worldwide responsibility for the production and marketing of ABSOLUT VODKA and Level Vodka. ABSOLUT VODKA is the world's fourth largest premium spirits brand, and it is sold in 126 markets. Every bottle of ABSOLUT VODKA is produced in Ahus in southern Sweden. The head office is located in Stockholm, Sweden. Since July 2008, The Absolut Company is owned by Pernod Ricard, which holds one of the most prestigious brand portfolios in the sector.

The Absolut Company has the worldwide responsibility for the production and marketing of ABSOLUT VODKA and Level Vodka. ABSOLUT VODKA is the world's fourth largest premium spirits brand, and it is sold in 126 markets. Every bottle of ABSOLUT VODKA is produced in Åhus in southern Sweden. The head office is located in Stockholm, Sweden. Since July 2008, The Absolut Company is owned by Pernod Ricard, which holds one of the most prestigious brand portfolios in the sector.

Press Contact
Åsa Caap
Senior Manager Global PR
The Absolut Company
Tel: +46708211765

Amanda Lundberg
Festival PR
Tel: +1 212 2777554

ESSENCE Black Women in Music: Honoring the Career & Accomplishments of MARY J. BLIGE

Who has inpired you?

19 Jan 2010 18:51 Africa/Lagos

ESSENCE Presents a Special 40th Anniversary Commemorative Event During 2010 GRAMMY(R) Week

ESSENCE Black Women in Music: Honoring the Career & Accomplishments of MARY J. BLIGE

NEW YORK, Jan. 19 /PRNewswire/ -- To commemorate the 40th Anniversary of ESSENCE magazine, ESSENCE will host a reception honoring nine-time GRAMMY-winner Mary J. Blige during 2010 GRAMMY® Week. ESSENCE Black Women in Music is an invitation-only, red-carpet event taking place on Wednesday, January 27, to fete the career and accomplishments of Mary J. Blige as an influential artist, successful entrepreneur and passionate philanthropist.

"In honor of our 40th anniversary, ESSENCE is committed to celebrating both the achievements and promise of Black women like Mary J. Blige--who absolutely delights us with her creative gifts, and continues to inspire us through her extraordinary work as a businesswoman and humanitarian," said ESSENCE president Michelle Ebanks. "We are excited to pay tribute to Mary J. Blige during GRAMMY week with this first-ever ESSENCE Black Women in Music award."

ESSENCE Black Women in Music honoree Mary J. Blige is profiled in the February issue of ESSENCE magazine--on newsstands now--as part of an exclusive "GRAMMY Insider" editorial package. A multi-faceted entertainer, mogul and philanthropist, with a career spanning 15 years--including nine GRAMMY awards, eight multi-platinum records, and over 40 million albums sold--Blige just released her ninth studio album, Stronger with Each Tear. Her range as an entertainer also includes star turns as an actor--most recently in Tyler Perry's I Can Do Bad All By Myself, 30 Rock, and Entourage. As an entrepreneur, she is the co-owner of the successful beauty line, Carol's Daughter, and manages her own music, TV and film company, Matriarch Entertainment. In addition to these creative and business ventures, Mary is dedicated to giving back through her non-profit organization FFAWN (Foundation For The Advancement Of Women Now), which is dedicated to inspiring women from all walks of life to gain the confidence and skills they need to reach their fullest potential.
Lincoln is the sponsor of ESSENCE Black Women in Music, with cocktails provided by Belvedere.

About Essence Communications Inc.:
Essence Communications Inc. (ECI) is the number one media and communications company dedicated to African-American women. With a multi-platform presence in publishing, live events, and online, the Essence brand is "Where Black Women Come First". The company's flagship publication, ESSENCE magazine, is the preeminent lifestyle magazine for African-American women; generating brand extensions such as the Essence Music Festival, ESSENCE Black Women in Hollywood, Window on Our Women (WOW I & II) and Smart Beauty I, II & III consumer insights, the Essence Book Club,, and ventures in digital media (mobile, television and VOD). For 40 years, ESSENCE magazine, which has a brand reach of over 8 million, has been the leading source of cutting-edge information relating to every area of African-American women's lives. Additional information about ECI and ESSENCE is available at

Source: Essence Communications Inc.

CONTACT: Dana Baxter, +1-212-522-1634,, or Sheila
Harris, +1-212-522-1089,, both of ESSENCE
Web Site: Essence Magazine

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Sony Music Entertainment and Simon Cowell Launch New Global Venture: 'Syco'

Simon Cowell

19 Jan 2010 16:49 Africa/Lagos

Sony Music Entertainment and Simon Cowell Launch New Global Venture: 'Syco'

LONDON and NEW YORK, January 19/PRNewswire/ -- Simon Cowell and Sony Music Entertainment today announced the creation of a new long-term global venture to focus on the production and exploitation of music, television, film and digital content.

The new venture will own all of the existing Syco television and music assets, which include the global TV franchises "The X Factor" and "Got Talent", as well as superstar artists such as Leona Lewis, Susan Boyle and Il Divo. The new venture, which will continue to use the "Syco" name, will be co-owned by Sony Music and a Simon Cowell-owned company. Syco will be based in London and will also have offices in Los Angeles.

As the first project under the new Syco banner, Fox Television announced (on January 11th) that it will launch the U.S. version of the worldwide hit TV show, "The X Factor", in the fall of 2011. Cowell will serve as both executive producer and judge on the U.S. version of the show.

"The X Factor" is a Syco-owned television format, which currently airs in 17 countries and has been the #1 UK entertainment show for the last three years, reaching record UK audiences in 2009 of 20 million with 60% audience share. "The X Factor" is the No.1 music- entertainment format in Europe.

In addition to "The X Factor", Syco is also the owner of the "Got Talent" TV format which currently airs in 27 countries and is the UK's most successful TV format export. In 2009, "Britain's Got Talent" launched the global music career of Susan Boyle, whose debut album, "I Dreamed A Dream", sold over 8 million albums in six weeks, making it the world's biggest selling album of 2009 and the fastest selling album in history.

Syco is also the record label home for such diverse international recording stars as Leona Lewis and Il Divo. Cowell has worked with artists selling more than 180 million albums and delivered more than 150 No.1 records. In 2009, Cowell was named No. 1 in Hollywood Reporter's Top 50 Most Powerful in Reality TV and one of Entertainment Weekly's Top Entertainers of the Year.

"I have had a fantastic relationship with Sony for many years and I'm delighted we are launching this venture together," Cowell said.

"Over the past 20 years, Simon Cowell has been a great partner and is an integral part of the Sony Music global family. We are extremely excited to be able to continue and further develop our relationship with Simon, and significantly grow the Syco venture," said Rolf Schmidt-Holtz, CEO, Sony Music Entertainment.

"Simon Cowell is one of the most prominent and successful creative music and television executives in the entertainment business today. This new venture will allow Sony Music and all Sony divisions to develop and pursue a host of new opportunities with this supremely talented individual," said Sir Howard Stringer, Chairman, CEO and President, Sony Corporation.

"I am absolutely delighted that we have been able to extend our long and mutually beneficial partnership with Simon. He is an inspiring and stimulating business partner and working with him closely over the last 10 years has been an absolute pleasure. With the launch of "The X Factor" in the US, we look forward to replicating the unprecedented success the show has had in the UK globally," said Ged Doherty, Chairman and CEO, Sony Music Entertainment UK.


- "Syco" with offices in London and Los Angeles, is a global music,
television, film and digital production and exploitation joint venture
between Simon Cowell and Sony Music Entertainment.

- Prior to the creation of the new Syco venture, Syco was the name used
for Cowell's music and television activities within Sony Music
Entertainment UK. Syco currently employs a staff of 28.

- Sir Philip Green will be an advisor to Simon Cowell and a shareholder
in the company, majority owned and controlled by Cowell, which will
serve as the partner with Sony Music in the new Syco.

- Syco Television, produces the BAFTA Award-winning "The X Factor" which
airs in 17 countries and has topped the charts in Europe and in the
U.K, where Cowell continues to serve as both executive producer and
judge. "The X Factor" 2009 reached UK audiences of 20 million (60%
audience share), and in Denmark, the audience share reached a record
high of 80%.

- Syco Television is also the owner of the "Got Talent" television format
which airs in 27 countries worldwide.

- Cowell also executive produces "America's Got Talent" and judges and
produces "Britain's Got Talent.

- In late 2009, Syco Music's Susan Boyle became the biggest selling
artist in the world, when her debut album "I Dreamed a Dream" sold
over 8 Million albums in just 6 weeks, making it the fastest selling
album in history. To date it has reached No.1 in the album charts in
21 countries.

- Cowell has worked with artists selling more than 180 million albums and
more than 150 No.1 records.

- In 2009, Cowell was named No. 1 in Hollywood Reporter's Top 50 Most
Powerful in Reality TV and one of Entertainment Weekly's Top
Entertainers of the Year.

Sony Music Entertainment

Sony Music Entertainment is a global recorded music company with a roster of current artists that includes a broad array of both local artists and international superstars. The company boasts a vast catalog that comprises some of the most important recordings in history. It is home to premier record labels representing music from every genre, including American Recordings, Arista Nashville, Arista Records, Aware, Battery Records, Beach Street Records, Black Seal, BNA Records, Cinematic, Columbia Nashville, Columbia Records, Epic Records, Essential Records, Flicker Records, Fo-Yo Soul, GospoCentric, Hitz Committee Entertainment, J Records, Jive Records, LaFace Records, Legacy Recordings, Masterworks, Polo Grounds, RCA Records, RCA Nashville, RCA Red Seal, RCA Victor, Reunion Records, Slightly Dangerous, Sony Classical, Sony Music Latin, Star Time International, Verity Records, and Volcano Entertainment. Sony Music Entertainment is a wholly owned subsidiary of Sony Corporation of America.

Media Contact:

Sony Music Entertainment
Liz Young

Simon Cowell / Syco
Ann-Marie Thomson
Head of Media, Syco

Sony Music UK
Paul Bursche

Source: Sony Music Entertainment

Media Contact: Sony Music Entertainment, Liz Young, Tel: +1-212-833-8558; Simon Cowell / Syco, Ann-Marie Thomson, Head of Media, Syco,, Tel: +44-207-3618127, Mobile: +44-(0)7849-894877; Sony Music UK, Paul Bursche,, Tel: +44-207-361-8033

Monday, January 18, 2010

Tyler’s Wood’ Released, But Tiger Woods is Roaring Back to PGA ‎

The release of ‘Tyler’s Wood’ is making headlines, and Tiger Woods will not give up the PGA Tour. The sex scandal left him disgraced. He lost his million dollar endorsements, but the good news is Tiger Woods is roaring back to PGA golf tour‎!

Here is the news release on the adult film, Adam & Eve Pictures’ ‘Tyler’s Wood’ Available Now on Video-on-Demand!

18 Jan 2010 16:47 Africa/Lagos

Adam & Eve Pictures’ ‘Tyler’s Wood’ Available Now on Video-on-Demand!

HILLSBOROUGH, N.C., Jan. 18 /PRNewswire/ — Adam & Eve Pictures, fresh from winning 13 awards (including Best Feature for the big budget epic “The 8th Day”) at the AVN Awards, is pleased to reveal the highly anticipated adult feature, “Tyler’s Wood,” is exclusively available for viewing now on video-on-demand through adamandeveondemand .com and


Directed by David Lord, and featuring adult film stars Tyler Knight and Kayden Kross (as the long-suffering wife of a world renowned golfer) “Tyler’s Wood” is the first tongue-in-cheek golf flick of its kind to be released. The DVD is available for pre-order on adameve .com, and hits the streets Tuesday, January 26!

“It was a pleasure working with Tyler again,” says Lord. “Not only is he a good friend, but he’s a great performer.”

“We shot the entire movie eight weeks ago,” says Meredith Christopher, Executive Producer for Adam & Eve Pictures. “For us to go from concept to production to delivery in two months … and with the quality we have … is an incredible feat.”

This fun, sexy romp, features five scandalous scenes focusing on golf legend “Tyler” and his multiple mistresses, giving audiences a chance to see Adam & Eve’s interpretation of events in explicit, X-rated detail! “Tyler’s Wood” is over two hours long, and also features Andi Anderson, Capri Cavali, Richelle Ryan and more.

Look for “Tyler’s Wood” at For more information on Adam & Eve or Adam & Eve Pictures, please contact Adam & Eve Director of Public Relations Katy Zvolerin at 919.644.8100 x 3121 or

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Babies of U.S. Olympic Athletes Among First to Get New High Performance Diaper
New Diaper Is Pampers Driest Ever

Saturday, January 16, 2010

Movie Commentary: PUNCTURED HOPE

16 Jan 2010 03:45 Africa/Lagos

Movie Commentary: PUNCTURED HOPE

SANTA MONICA, CA, Jan. 15 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- The last scheduled screening of PUNCTURED HOPE in Los Angeles is taking place tomorrow, January 16th @ 11:00 AM at the Laemmle Monica 4-Plex in Santa Monica (2nd Street and Santa Monica Blvd.). Academy Awards(R) members, in particular, are urged to attend. A Q&A period with Director Bruno Pischiutta and Producer Daria Trifu will follow the movie.

PUNCTURED HOPE is an English language feature film shot entirely in Africa. The actors are all professional Ghanaian and Nigerian actors. The motion picture showcases one of the best and most accurate representations of the African Black Magic displayed on film. Tomorrow's screening gives the chance to more Los Angeles residents to see this unique and powerful film. They will also have the chance to see the African style of acting, which is, of course, very different from the Hollywood one.

Until today, this film's viewers generally agree that the direction (Bruno Pischiutta) is spectacular and brilliant; the photography (Carmelo Dodaro) is excellent, the editing (Bruno Pischiutta) is impeccable and the music score (David Brandstatter) is monumental. The incredible interpretation of Belinda Siamey, leading actress, is unforgettable. Actor Ruffy Samuel Quansah, one of the lead male actors in the film, is a 2009 African Movie Academy Awards Nominee. Quansah and many of the actors playing in PUNCTURED HOPE were students of the Toronto Pictures Film Academy of Ghana prior to joining the cast of the film.

PUNCTURED HOPE is an Academy Awards(R) Qualified Feature Film for nomination consideration as 'Best Picture'.

Already nominated by the Political Film Society as Best Film Expose & Best Film on Human Rights of 2009, PUNCTURED HOPE stands in great company alongside films such as INVICTUS, INGLOURIOUS BASTERDS, AVATAR, THE YOUNG VICTORIA, DISTRICT 9, THE HURT LOCKER, THE INFORMANT, THE COVE, STATE OF PLAY, A WOMAN IN BERLIN.

An excerpt from the "Movie Commentary: PUNCTURED HOPE" article written today by Monica of A DAY IN THE LIFE OF MONICA!! Blog: (... This film is here to wake us up, as you watch it you keep thinking that this is maybe a memoir of an event of a cruel tradition that existed many, many years ago. Deep down you wish, it was one of those historic films, but unfortunately it's not. You will not walk out as the same person that walked in; if you are anything like me you will be wanting to take action to help abolish something so cruel. ...) To read the entire article, please go to:


A Company with a conscience - About Toronto Pictures (PINK: TTOPF): Targeting a global audience, Toronto Pictures explores different cultures and addresses controversial issues of our time in a dramatic format. Toronto Pictures develops and releases Hollywood standard, 35 mm feature films that provoke thought, not violence.



Source: Toronto Pictures Inc.

CONTACT: Daria Trifu, (647) 296-3459,

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The Critics' Choice Movie Awards Select Katherine Bigelow as Best Director for 'The Hurt Locker,' Making Her the First Female to Win the Award

Meryl Streep and Sandra Bullock did more than share a best actress award at the Critics’ Choice Movie Awards — they shared a little tongue, too! Photo Credit: The fablife

16 Jan 2010 08:15 Africa/Lagos

The Critics' Choice Movie Awards Select Katherine Bigelow as Best Director for 'The Hurt Locker,' Making Her the First Female to Win the Award

'Avatar' Wins Big With Record 6 Awards, 'Inglourious Basterds' Takes Home 3 Awards 'The Hurt Locker' Takes Best Picture and Best Director Jeff Bridges Wins Best Actor for His Work in 'Crazy Heart', Lead Actress Award Is a Tie Between Meryl Streep for 'Julie & Julia' and Sandra Bullock for 'The Blind Side' Winners Announced at Gala Awards Ceremony Broadcast Live on VH1 Watch the Show's Best Moments Online Now at

LOS ANGELES, Jan. 16 /PRNewswire/ -- The Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA) announced the winners of the 15th Annual Critics' Choice Movie Awards earlier this evening. The star-studded ceremony was hosted by Kristin Chenoweth at the Hollywood Palladium and aired live on VH1. The Hurt Locker was named the year's Best Picture and Kathryn Bigelow won Best Director honors.

Avatar was another big winner with a record six Critics' Choice Movie Awards for Best Action Movie, Best Visual Effects, Best Sound, Best Cinematography for Mauro Fiore, Best Art Direction for Rick Carter and Robert Stromberg, and Best Editing for Stephen Rivkin, John Refoua and James Cameron. Jeff Bridges was honored with the award for Best Actor for his role in Crazy Heart, while Meryl Streep (Julie & Julia) and Sandra Bullock (The Blind Side) tied in the lead actress category.

Christoph Waltz was honored with the Best Supporting Actor award for his work in Inglourious Basterds, the film that was also honored for Best Acting Ensemble and Best Original Screenplay for Quentin Tarantino. Best Supporting Actress honors went to Mo'Nique for Precious and Best Young Actor/Actress went to Saoirse Ronan for The Lovely Bones. Up won Best Animated Feature and Best Comedy went to The Hangover.

Renowned actor and philanthropist Kevin Bacon was honored with the third annual Joel Siegel Award presented by Meryl Streep. The BFCA created this award to honor those in the film community whose actions demonstrate that the greatest value of celebrity is the ability to do good work for others. This special award pays homage to beloved "Good Morning America" film critic and BFCA member Joel Siegel, who passed away in 2007.

The 15th Annual Critics' Choice Movie Awards also included a special tribute to American film director and producer John Hughes, who passed away in August, 2009. In honor of Hughes' life and cinematic achievements, John Krasinski and Amy Poehler presented a poignant tribute followed by a musical performance from Death Cab For Cutie who played "Don't You (Forget About Me)" from "The Breakfast Club" soundtrack.

Nominees in attendance included: Kathryn Bigelow, Ryan Bingham, Neill Blomkamp, Emily Blunt, Jeff Bridges, T-Bone Burnette, Sandra Bullock, James Cameron, Bradley Cooper, Marion Cotillard, Matt Damon, Lee Daniels, Peter Doctor, Vera Farmiga, Tom Ford, Morgan Freeman, Heather Graham, Woody Harrelson, Jae Head, Ed Helms, Nick Hornby, Anna Kendrick, Diane Kruger, Bailey Madison, Paul McCartney, Christian McKay, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Mo'Nique, Julianne Moore, Carey Mulligan, Kenny Ortega, Jason Reitman, Jeremy Renner, Saoirse Ronan, Eli Roth, Gabourey Sidibe, Meryl Streep, Quentin Tarantino, Stanley Tucci, and Christoph Waltz.

Presenters at the gala included: Will Arnett, Jason Bateman, Kristen Bell, Emily Blunt, Cedric the Entertainer, Bradley Cooper, Rob Corddry, Abbie Cornish, Claire Danes, Josh Duhamel, Zac Efron, Vera Farmiga, Heather Graham, Ed Helms, Samuel L. Jackson, Ken Jeong, Adam Lambert, Joseph Gordon Levitt, Tobey Maguire, Tracy Morgan, Amy Poehler, Craig Robinson, Zoe Saldana, Susan Sarandon, Sarah Silverman, and Meryl Streep.

The show featured Nick Jonas & The Administration as this year's house band.

The 240 members of the Broadcast Film Critics Association, the largest film critics' organization in the United States and Canada, representing television, radio and online critics, selected nominees in each of 25 categories. The awards are bestowed annually to honor the finest in cinematic achievement. Eligible films were released in 2009. The accounting firm of Gregory A. Mogab tallied the written ballots. Historically, the Critics' Choice Movie Awards are the most accurate predictor of the Academy Award nominations.

To watch the best moments, acceptance speeches, red carpet interviews and a complete list of winners visit The Critics Choice Awards.

The 15th Annual Critics' Choice Movie Awards is sponsored by Walmart and WHEAT THINS.

The 15th Annual Critics' Choice Movie Awards is executive produced by Bob Bain, Joey Berlin, Jesse Ignjatovic and Lee Rolontz. Paul Flattery serves as producer and Kelly Brock as co-producer.


"The Hurt Locker"

Jeff Bridges - "Crazy Heart"

Meryl Streep - "Julie & Julia" AND Sandra Bullock - "The Blind Side"

Christoph Waltz - "Inglourious Basterds"

Mo'Nique - "Precious"

Saoirse Ronan - "The Lovely Bones"

"Inglourious Basterds"

Kathryn Bigelow - "The Hurt Locker"

Quentin Tarantino - "Inglourious Basterds"

Jason Reitman and Sheldon Turner - "Up in the Air"

Mauro Fiore - "Avatar"

Rick Carter, Robert Stromberg - "Avatar"

Stephen Rivkin, John Refoua, James Cameron - "Avatar"

Sandy Powell - "The Young Victoria"

"District 9"





"The Hangover"

"Grey Gardens"

"Broken Embraces"

"The Cove"

"The Weary Kind" (Theme from Crazy Heart) - Ryan Bingham and T-Bone

Michael Giancchio - "Up"

Kevin Bacon

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