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JD McCrary Stuns at LA Premiere

‘The Lion King star JD McCrary Stuns at LA Premiere in Custom Balmain Suit’

The Lion King star JD McCrary (Young Simba) stuns audiences on the red carpet at the Los Angeles premiere in a custom Balmain suit created by Olivier Rousteing and styled by Ugo Mozie.

The 11-year-old triple threat wears the suit beautifully, with gold and silver handcrafted embroidery made in Paris, fit for a young king. McCrary plays ‘Young Simba’ singing 2 of the movie’s most iconic songs. He also has made history by being the youngest male solo artist to ever be signed. His first EP released April 19th, 2019, and one of the hit songs “Stole My Heart” is produced by music legend Jermaine Dupri. He also starred in the movie Little alongside Marsai Martin, Issa Rae and Regina Hall in theaters now. With more music on the way, it’s safe to say this will be the summer of JD.

In 2018, he made his primetime debut at the 60th Annual Grammy Awards where he wowed audiences around the world performing the hit song “Terrified” with Childish Gambino. He also performed a duet with legendary music icon Cyndi Lauper for WE DAY Live at the Forum.

Together, they sang a special rendition of “Ooh Child,” that was televised live on ABC. JD has also been invited to sing The National Anthem for the New York Knicks, Los Angeles Clippers and the 2019 Pro Bowl which was live televised on ESPN as well as ELLEN. He was also named on Variety’s Power of Young Hollywood List.

Mackenzie Ziegler Drops “Wonderful”

Triple-threat singer, actress, and dancer Mackenzie Ziegler released her latest single “Wonderful” today, written for Ziegler by Grammy-nominated songwriters Sia and Jesse Shatkin. The track, which is available via all digital retailers and streaming services, highlights Ziegler’s strengths as a performer and her continued determination to celebrate and empower the upcoming generation.

The new single comes in the midst of what is shaping up to a very busy year for Ziegler. In August, she dropped her single “Nothing on Us,” and at the 2018 Teen Choice Awards she took home the “Choice Muser” award for her content on musical.ly. Just this month, she released her makeup line “Love, Kenzie,” which offers affordable and functional beauty products celebrating individuality and feminine power. Additionally, season 2 of Brat’s Total Eclipse, in which Ziegler serves as both star and Executive Producer, premiered this month on YouTube.

“Wonderful” is available now through all digital retail and streaming services. The single will premiere live tonight during the two-part premiere of Dancing with the Stars Season 27 at 8:00 PM ET/9:00 PM CT on ABC.

Take Two Season Finale and Instagram Live Chat

TAKE TWO stars Rachel Bilson, Eddie Cibrian, Xavier De Guzman, Aliyah O’Brien and Alice Lee will be chatting, reacting Live and answering burning questions on Instagram

The special 1st season finale episode airs TONIGHT (9/13).

The first season’s special finale is full of shocking reveals (after last weeks hot kiss!), twists, turns, and stunning surprises.  Fans of “summer’s sexiest ride along“ will be able to chat live with all the stars – Rachel Bilson, Eddie Cibrian, Xavier De Guzman, Aliyah O’Brien and Alice Lee – on their individual Instagram pages as all the season finale moments unfold on the West Coast.

TAKE TWO – Episode 113 – “One To The Heart

Logline:  When a woman is conned out of her life savings by her fiancé, Sam and Eddie turn the tables on the con man to get the money back. But unforeseen consequences threaten to tear Sam and Eddie apart.

Synopsis: Still wrestling with the emotional reverberations of the last episode, Sam and Eddie take a case involving a serial con man who victimizes wealthy women. In order to recover their client’s money and jewelry without scaring off their suspect, the pair hatch a plan to con the con man using Sam as bait. But their plan goes awry when they discover they’re not the only ones after the con man, and they may be stepping into a trap themselves. One set by a familiar foe. As events unfold, Sam’s future and Eddie’s past collide to test their professional and their personal relationship, leading to an explosive conclusion that could change everything.

Charles Wachter

Charles Wachter is the Emmy Award-winning founder and president of Hard Twenty. He has produced over thirty television series, most recently he served as the executive producer and show-runner for Apple’s Planet of the Apps, MTV’s Fear Factor, as well as numerous network and cable television shows including Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution for ABC, King of the Nerds  for TBS, and the reboot of American Gladiators for NBC. Prior to alternative television, Charles was an English major at Yale, a Sundance Film Festival Institute Finalist, and has a graduate degree in film from NYU. He lives in Los Angeles with his family.

The Comfy

Are you ready for the coziest gift of the holiday season? The Comfy will be the hottest gift this holiday season for folks of all ages. Priced at under $40 and available at retailers nationwide, the Comfy will bring a smile of cozy warmth to everyone’s face from little kids to your great granny.

The Comfy is the Blanket/Sweatshirt social media sensation that first launched in late 2017 on Shark Tank. Their Buzzfeed video alone went viral with over 54.2 Million Views and 230K shares! Portable, reversible, perfect for travel, getting cozy on the couch, staying warm while watching outdoor sports games and more!

Since striking a deal with Shark investor Barbara Corcoran in December, the ultra-soft plush blanket turned oversized sweatshirt has been on a viral video whirlwind tour across social media platforms and made $1M in sales in their first month alone!

“We dreamed up this product only a year ago, and we’ve already experienced sold-out runs and backorders,” said co-founder Michael Speciale. “The popularity of theComfy is more than we ever imagined.”

The Comfy Highlights:

· Portable – Perfect for outdoor events, travel and more, the Comfy is theultimate wearable blanket for staying comfortable while on thego.

· Super Soft & Reversible – The reversible sweatshirt features a velour feel on one side while the other side has a soft sherpa fleece texture.

· One-Size-Fits-Most – From a 280lb, 6’5” man to a petite 55lb 4’2” kid, it’s designed to fit almost anyone.

· Endless Uses – The Comfy can be used anywhere from nighttime concerts and outdoor plays to football games, beach bonfires, and the couch back home.

· Easy to Clean – Completely machine washable for use again and again.

· Smile-Inducing – No one can resist cracking a grin once they’re wrapped up in the cozy warmth of the Comfy.

· $39.99 and available in beautiful assorted colors.

It’s set to make its QVC and Amazon debut in July, and will be available through Bed Bath & Beyond, Target, Fred Meyer, Kroger, Shopko, Meijer, and more in Fall 2018. Same day shipping is available on www.thecomfy.com.

The Comfy About

Cozy Comfort Company LLC is family-owned and operated by brothers Brian and Michael Speciale–the creators of the Comfy. Just a month after forming their company, the Comfy was invited to make their pitch on ABC’s Shark Tank. With only a prototype in hand they closed a deal and the rest is history. The Comfy has been featured on BuzzFeed, Business Insider, Scary Mommy, and more.

SLS World Tour at the Galen Center

Red Bull & SLS (Street League Skateboarding) hosted their annual World Tour men’s prelims and finals at the USC Galen Center in Los Angeles. Some of the finalists featured Nyjah Huston, Chris Joslin and Yuto Horigome for the first stop of the tour. Horigome took first place with a stellar performance. The live event was broadcasted on ETN as well as replays/coverage on ESPN2 and ABC.

CALUM SCOTT!!

CALUM SCOTT PREMIERES THE VIDEO FOR “WHAT I MISS MOST” TODAY

CALUM TO PERFORM “YOU ARE THE REASON” WITH LEONA LEWIS ON GOOD MORNING AMERICA ON JUNE 6TH LIVE ON ABC.

DEBUT ALBUM – ONLY HUMAN – OUT NOW ON CAPITOL RECORDS.

U.K breakout artist Calum Scott releases the new video for “What I Miss Most” today. Directed by Ozzie Pullin and filmed in the U.K., the video and song unfold as a triumphant homage to Calum’s hometown and country. Says Calum, “This song is all about nostalgia and missing home, for me that’s Hull! Watch the video HERE and check out Calum perform the bright and soaring track live from Abbey Road Studios HERE.

Calum’s debut album, Only Human hit #1 on iTunes in over 20 countries. Tracks from the album, out now on Capitol Records, have over 1 billion combined streams and his new single, “You Are The Reason” is already certified Gold. Calum will perform the song live with vocal powerhouse and 3-time Grammy nominee, Leona Lewis on Good Morning America on June 6th on ABC. Calum was nominated for a Brit Award for Best Single, for his poignant version of Robyn’s “Dancing On My Own” which became a global sensation with over 750 million streams worldwide, and is now Platinum in five countries.

“Scott’s stunningly pure voice is affecting enough in itself, but his lyrics on every one of the (album’s) tracks are vulnerable and raw.”

“With Only Human, (Calum Scott) makes an impressive splash, a compelling debut album.”

“What I Miss Most” is propulsive, a soaring mid-tempo track about homesickness.”

“A record filled with lyrical gold, Only Human reveals an intense and honest vulnerability to songwriting.
Wholesome and hopeful, Scott elegantly transforms pain into beauty, soulfully unwinding his personal life throughout the album.”

Hidden Content

Hidden Content launches with world premiere of The Caretaker at Tribeca Film Festival developing slate of VR films.

Filmmakers Jacob Wasserman, Adam Donald and Ant Gentile announced today the formation of Hidden Content, a full-service virtual reality. Their first project was unveiled yesterday at the Tribeca Film Festival with the world premiere of their narrative 360 Cinema project The Caretaker, the first installment of an original horror anthology series.

Created by Wasserman and Donald as well as filmmaker Nicolas Pesce (The Eyes Of My Mother, Piercing), The Caretaker stars Adelaide Clemens, Tom Lipinski, Clara Wong and Diana Agostini, was produced by Max Born and Schuyler Weiss and executive produced by Gentile and Kimberly Parker. The pilot was a co-production with RealMotion Inc. and audio services were provided by Hobo Audio.

Hidden Content has also teamed with film producer and financier Max Born to produce and acquire a slate of VR films and series, as well as develop a VR/AR distribution platform.

Wasserman, Donald and Gentile have been working in the virtual reality and 360 cinema space for some time, having produced high profile VR commercials and branded content experiences, including Samsung’s “Anatomy of Ski” 4D VR Experience for the 2018 Winter Olympics, featuring Olympic gold medalist downhill skier Bode Miller and “360 Meals,” a journey inside celebrity chef Daniel Boulud’s Michelin-starred flagship restaurant, Daniel.

The trio’s first narrative effort, the interactive VR thriller Broken Night
starring Emily Mortimer and Alessandro Nivola, premiered at Tribeca Film Festival 2017 and was also featured at Cannes NEXT 2017.

Hidden Content and Max Born are currently in development on three additional VR genre series, and are in talks with outside creators to acquire new content to build out their 2018 project slate.

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The Hidden Content Team

Jacob Wasserman

Jacob Wasserman has produced notable and critically acclaimed films including James White
(Winner of Sundance NEXT Audience Award, AFI Audience Award), The Eyes of My Mother (Sundance NEXT 2016 Official Selection), virtual reality film Broken Night (2017 Cannes NEXT) with his latest feature films TYREL and Piercing premiering at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival. His most recent VR narrative film The Caretaker , which he co-wrote and directed alongside horror director Nicolas Pesce (The Eyes Of My Mother, Piercing), will have its premiere at the 2018 Tribeca Film Festival.

Wasserman has also produced and directed several award winning commercials, music videos and virtual reality films for clients including The North Face, Gatorade, The Wall Street Journal, Sony Music and Samsung. He a founding partner of Virtual Reality production company, Hidden Content and is currently based in Los Angeles, California.

Adam Donald

Adam Donald is a director who continues to expand his work and collaborations across all genres from Film and Television to Virtual Reality. He is a founding partner in Hidden Content, and is currently based in Brooklyn, New York. Donald has worked with the world’s top agencies and directed story-telling campaigns for many global brands, including The North Face, Gatorade, Sony, SKYY Vodka, NBA, Budweiser, and American Express, featuring world class artists and athletes Jay Z, Pharell, Diplo, Courtney Love, Venus Williams, Usain Bolt and Elton John, among others.

He is the recipient of several industry awards, including The New Directors Showcase, Clio Advertising Awards, D&AD Awards, as well as VMA nominations. In addition to his commercial work, Donald recently directed a television pilot for TruTV and co-directed the experimental VR dance film, The Gate. This is the second year he has had a film selected for both Tribeca and Cannes Film festivals.

Ant Gentile

Ant Gentile has worked in audio and video production for over 10 years, serving as creative director and producer for clients including Samsung, ABC, Interscope Records, Atlantic Records, CenturyLink, McGraw-Hill Education, Clearasil, Cengage, 451 Media, and Sun Chemical. Wanting the ability to offer full-service production, Gentile opened a state-of-the-art audio production facility in midtown Manhattan, allowing him to score, mix and sound design projects for his clients, as well as start a music publishing and podcast division.

In addition, Gentile has executive produced two feature length documentaries and has raised significant strategic funding for both entertainment projects and tech start-ups. With a passion for storytelling in new media, as well as relationships tech and VC companies, Gentile joined with commercial and narrative filmmakers Adam Donald and Jake Wasserman and producing VR content under a new banner, Hidden Content.

Nicolas Pesce

Nicolas Pesce’s debut feature The Eyes Of My Mother
was one of the most critically acclaimed horror films of 2016. It premiered at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival in the NEXT section and was released theatrically in the U.S. by Magnolia Pictures.

In 2013, Pesce developed an animated series starring Malcolm MacDowell, J.K. Simmons, and Colin Quinn and most recently he completed his second feature film Piercing ,
based on the Ryu Murakami novel by the same title. Piercing premiered at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival in the Midnight section and stars Christopher Abbott, Mia Wasikowska, Maria Dizzia, and Marin Ireland. Nick is writing and will direct the upcoming The Grudge for Good Universe and Ghost House Pictures.

Pesce is a graduate of New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts and currently lives in Los Angeles.

Max Born

Born is a film producer and financier and his production of Josh Mond’s James White was the start of what would be a successful collaboration with Borderline Films, with whom he went on to produce Nicolas Pesce’s debut feature The Eyes Of My Mother. Shortly thereafter he developed
Piercing with Pesce and Borderline, which Pesce directed and premiered at Sundance 2018.

In 2017, Born collaborated with Sebastián Silva on his film TYREL,
which premiered in competition at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival. He is currently developing both adapted and original content with Pesce, Silva, and Antonio Campos of Borderline. More recently, Born has refocused on development financing and has already started to build a small library of IP to adapt with more filmmakers.

Also in 2018, Born produced a VR short called The Caretaker,
which will have its world premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival and screen in Cannes NEXT. Along with production and post-production partners in this emerging medium, Born is looking to create what would essentially be a small VR studio.

COUNTRY XMAS

COUNTRY CHRISTMAS VINYL ALBUMS PERFECT FOR THE TURNTABLE OR TREE

 

REBA MCENTIRE’S CLASSICMERRY CHRISTMAS TO YOU REISSUED ON VINYL TO CELEBRATE 30TH ANNIVERSARY

 

LADY ANTEBELLUM AND DARIUS RUCKER’S BELOVED HOLIDAY COLLECTIONS RELEASED ON VINYL FOR FIRST TIME

 

With their shared love of storytelling and tradition, Christmas and country music have gone hand in hand since the genre’s beginnings. Dating back to the late 1920’s some of the earliest country singers recorded songs about Christmas. In 1949, country Christmas music became mainstream when singing cowboy Gene Autry topped the charts with “Rudolph, The Red-Nosed Reindeer” and Ernest Tubb popularized “Blue Christmas” several years before Elvis made it the classic it is today. Ever since, the genre has been the perfect vehicle for the range of emotions that the holiday season can bring.

 

Whereas country and Christmas go together as great as a partridge in a pear tree, there’s no better way to listen to these seasonal sounds than on vinyl. From the 30th anniversary reissue of Reba McEntire’s first Christmas album to Lady Antebellum and Darius Rucker’s beloved collections getting their first-ever release on vinyl, UMe has several country Christmas records to put under the tree or on the turntable to make your holiday gatherings even brighter.

 

REBA MCENTIRE – MERRY CHRISTMAS TO YOU (MCA NASHVILLE/UMe)

In celebration of the 30th anniversary of country icon Reba McEntire’s timeless double-platinum album Merry Christmas To You, the long out-of-print record has been reissued on vinyl for the first time since its original 1987 release. Pressed on standard black vinyl and featuring the ‘90s cover image from the CD version, the album that first celebrated McEntire’s love of Christmas includes her beautiful and joyous takes on traditional Christmas tunes like “Away In A Manger,” “O Holy Night” and “Silent Night” and seasonal standards like “White Christmas,” “I’ll Be Home For Christmas” and “The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting On An Open Fire).”

 

McEntire recently debuted as host for the eighth annual “CMA Country Christmas” to record high ratings. The two-hour holiday music event, which aired November 27, will re-air on ABC on Saturday, December 23 at 8/7 PM and will feature performances by McEntire, Lady Antebellum, Luke Bryan, Trisha Yearwood, Alan Jackson and more of today’s best country stars sharing their favorite sounds of the season.

 

Order Merry Christmas To You:https://UMe.lnk.to/RebaMcEntireMCTY

 

LADY ANTEBELLUM – ON THIS WINTER’S NIGHT (CAPITOL NASHVILLE/UMe)

Originally released in 2012, Lady Antebellum’s On This Winter’s Night is making its vinyl debut just in time for the holidays and the album’s five-year anniversary. The 12-track collection on standard black vinyl sees Lady A put their unique spin on an eclectic mix of holiday favorites including “A Holly Jolly Christmas,” “All I Want For Christmas Is You,” “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas” and “Blue Christmas” and features the gorgeous original title track, written by the band. The Gold-selling album offers a variety of musical styles and sounds, from gentle acoustic guitar and strings to fiddle to sleigh bells and swinging horns, with the trio’s unmistakable harmonies front and center. As All Music exclaimed, “This is a Christmas album for the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, a soundtrack for days of shopping, present wrapping, and parties filled with good cheer.”

 

Make sure to check out Lady Antebellum perform album tracks “This Christmas” and “Silver Bells” on “CMA Country Christmas” on Saturday, December 23 on ABC.

 

Order On This Winter’s Night:https://UMe.lnk.to/LadyAOTWN

 

DARIUS RUCKER – HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS (CAPITOL NASHVILLE/UMe)

On Darius Rucker’s Home For The Holidays, the acclaimed singer mixes up country, soul, swing and R&B for an album that has something for everyone in the family. The dozen songs combine holiday chestnuts like “Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow,” “Winter Wonderland” and “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing” with two Rucker originals “What God Wants For Christmas” and “Candy Cane Christmas.” Rucker is joined by friend Sheryl Crow on the time-honored duet “Baby, It’s Cold Outside” and has some childhood fun on the Dr. Seuss classic “You’re A Mean One, Mr. Grinch. Produced by Frank Rogers, the album is available on standard black vinyl for the first time.

 

Rucker will perform “Winter Wonderland” on ABC’s “The Disney Parks’ Magical Christmas Celebration” on Christmas morning.

 

Order Home For The Holidays:https://UMe.lnk.to/DariusRuckerHFTH

 

COUNTRY CHRISTMAS PLAYLIST

For even more holiday music this season, head over to the Country Christmas playlist on Spotify for a wide-ranging blend of festive favorites from Gwen Stefani & Blake Shelton, Luke Bryan, Brenda Lee, Kacey Musgraves, Toby Keith, Little Big Town, Alan Jackson, Carrie Underwood, Amy Grant and Vince Gill. Listen here:https://open.spotify.com/user/digster.fm/playlist/6mIRMg8kpuok7eS3o7uUx7

 

REBA MCENTIRE – MERRY CHRISTMAS TO YOU TRACK LISTING

SIDE A

1. Away In A Manger

2. On This Day

3. O Holy Night

4. The Christmas Guest 
5. Silent Night

 

SIDE B

6. Happy Birthday Jesus (I’ll Open This One Just For You)

7. White Christmas

8. I’ll Be Home For Christmas

9. A Christmas Letter

10. The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting On An Open Fire)

 

LADY ANTEBELLUM – ON THIS WINTER’S NIGHT TRACK LISTING

 

SIDE A

1. A Holly Jolly Christmas

2. Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)

3. All I Want For Christmas Is You

4. I’ll Be Home For Christmas

5. This Christmas

6. The First Noel

 

SIDE B

7. On This Winter’s Night

8. Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow

9. Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas

10.Silent Night (Lord Of My Life)

11.Blue Christmas

12.Silver Bells

 

DARIUS RUCKER – HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS TRACK LISTING:

SIDE A

1.Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow

2.Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas

3.What God Wants For Christmas

4.You’re A Mean One, Mr. Grinch

5.Baby, It’s Cold Outside

6.I’ll Be Home For Christmas

 

SIDE B

1.O Come, All Ye Faithful

2.Winter Wonderland

3.Candy Cane Christmas

4.Please Come Home For Christmas

5.Hark! The Herald Angels Sing

6.White Christmas