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PHOTO CREDIT: AFP. US rapper Cardi B arrives at the 2018 American Music Awards on October 9, 2018, in Los Angeles, California
The 2019 "Bet Awards" Will Air Live On Sunday, June 23rd At 8PM ET On Bet From Microsoft Theater At L.A. Live

The 2019 “BET AWARDS” returns live from the Microsoft Theater at LA Live on June 23rd, to celebrate the brightest stars across music, television, film, sports, and philanthropy. Today, BET Networks announces the 2019 nominees with Cardi B leading the pack. The starlet earned an impressive seven nominations, including ‘Best Female Hip Hop Artist,’ two separate nods in both the ‘Best Collaboration’ and ‘Video of the Year’ categories, ‘Album of the Year’ and the ‘Coca-Cola® Viewers’ Choice Award.’ Drake follows with five nods for ‘Best Male Hip Hop Artist,’ ‘Video of the Year,’ ‘Best Collaboration’ and the ‘Coca-Cola® Viewers’ Choice Award.’ Beyoncé, Travis Scott and J. Cole all scored four nominations each, while Bruno Mars, 21 Savage, Childish Gambino, H.E.R. and Ella Mai each received three nominations.

In its nineteenth year, the “BET AWARDS” continues its reign as the ultimate platform showcasing the best and most beautiful aspects of the Black experience – celebrating not only the present and future of Black music, but also elevating the culture and being a driving force for social change. BET Networks recognizes artists, entertainers, and athletes across 20 categories with the 2019 “BET Awards” nominations. The nominations are selected by BET’s Voting Academy, which is comprised of fans and an esteemed group of entertainment professionals in the fields of television, film, music, social media, digital marketing, sports journalism, public relations, and the creative arts. The 2019 “BET AWARDS” will simulcast LIVE at 8PM ET across seven Viacom networks in the US including BET, BET HER, MTV, MTV 2, MTV Classic, VH1, and Logo. Internationally, the show will simulcast for the first-time on BET Africa at 2am CAT on…

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Joseph Ianniello Extends With CBS Through 2019
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Joseph Ianniello has agreed to extend his role as CBS Corporation’s President and Acting Chief Executive Officer for six additional months through Dec. 31, the Company announced today. In addition, as a testament to the accomplishments achieved by Ianniello since he became President and Acting CEO, CBS’ Board of…

Bulleit Celebrates 18th Annual Tribeca Film Festival With A Bulleit 3D Printed Frontier Lounge
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Bulleit will return to this year’s Tribeca Film Festival, presented by AT&T, for the second year, bringing the brand’s latest Frontier Works project — The Bulleit 3D Printed Frontier Lounge — to one of New York City’s hottest cultural events. Film, technology, music, art and design will converge in…

Shutterstock and AP Renew Multiyear Distribution Deal
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Shutterstock, Inc. (NYSE: SSTK), a leading global technology company offering high-quality content, tools and services through its creative platform, today announced the renewal of its agreement with The Associated Press (AP) to distribute AP’s daily global photo output for license to customers based in the U.S., U.K….

Producer Mohit Soni Takes on Age-Old Theme of Sibling Rivalry with a Twist in Upcoming Film “Blood and Water”
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Currently in post-production, the upcoming film, “Blood and Water,” produced by Mohit Soni, is a story that could have been ripped from media headlines, even though it’s set in the 1800s. It’s a tale of privilege, sibling rivalry, hate and greed.

“Blood and Water demonstrates that…

Martell Home Live, the World Premiere Interactive Live Talk Show
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Last night, Maison Martell premiered the first episode of Martell Home Live, hosted by the legendary Killer Mike at The Greystone Court, NY. The digital platform highlighted creatives in music, arts and entertainment and was livestreamed on Maison Martell’s Facebook and YouTube page.

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American Idol Season 17 Finalist Alyssa Raghu Will Perform The National Anthem

PBS’ NATIONAL MEMORIAL DAY CONCERT announced today that Tony-nominated actress and star of TV’s THE KIDS ARE ALRIGHT, Mary McCormack will be joining Tony Award-winner and long-time concert host Joe Mantegna to co-host the multi-award winning live show for its 30th anniversary broadcast, Sunday, May 26th. Also added to the lineup, AMERICAN IDOL Season 17 finalist Alyssa Raghu joins the show for a special performance of the “National Anthem.”

McCormack, one of today’s boldest and most versatile actresses, with a career spanning stage, film and television, is perhaps best known for her 5-season tenure on USA Network’s original series, IN PLAIN SIGHT and her role on NBC’s smash hit THE WEST WING. McCormack recently starred as Peggy Cleary on ABC’s acclaimed series, THE KIDS ARE ALRIGHT. The daughter of a Marine, McCormack is no stranger to the NATIONAL MEMORIAL DAY CONCERT. She has appeared on the broadcast for the past two years, memorably sharing the stories of Gold Star family-member Jacke Walton and of Silver Star recipient Leigh Ann Hester, the first woman to receive the honor for valorous achievement in combat. Gary Sinise, longtime co-host, is unable to attend this year due to circumstances beyond his control.

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Academy award® nominee Dev Patel and Golden Globe® nominee Armie Hammer star in the intense and captivating true story. Available on digital June 11, 2019 and on Blu-ray™ and DVD June 18, 2019 from Universal Pictures home entertainment. "Gripping…a clockwork thriller" - Michael O'Sullivan, The Washington Post

A heart-stopping yet inspiring take on a tragic factual event showcases the power of human connection in Hotel Mumbai, available on Digital and the digital movie app Movies Anywhere on June 11, 2019, and on Blu-ray™, DVD and On Demand on June 18, 2019, from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment. Hailed for being “as visually breathtaking as it is emotionally electrifying,” (Marina Saval, Variety), Hotel Mumbai is a visceral film that serves as a beautiful tribute to those that lived and died during the historical terrorist attack. The film stars Academy Award® nominee Dev Patel (Lion, Slumdog Millionaire), Golden Globe® nominee Armie Hammer (On the Basis of Sex, Call Me by Your Name), Nazanin Boniadi (“Homeland”), Tilda Cobham-Hervey (52 Tuesdays), Anupam Kher (“New Amsterdam,” Silver Lining Playbook) and Jason Issacs (“Star Trek: Discovery”).

Directed by Anthony Maras (The Palace) and written by John Collee (Happy Feet, Happy Feet Two) and Maras, Hotel Mumbai is a true story of humanity and heroism that vividly recounts the 2008 siege of the famed Taj Hotel by a group of terrorists in Mumbai, India. Among the dedicated hotel staff is the renowned chef Hemant Oberoi (Kher) and…

Tolkien: Live From the Montclair Film Festival With Stephen Colbert
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Fathom Events partners with Fox Searchlight Pictures for the theatrical debut of “Tolkien,” giving audiences the chance to see this much-anticipated film on May 7 ahead of its theatrical nationwide release on May 10. The Fathom cinema event will also feature an exclusive live Q&A with stars Nicholas Hoult,…

New Indie Film “Still Here” Making Headlines
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Upgraded Viveport Video Launches With Premium Content For Viveport Infinity Members
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HTC VIVE® celebrates “VIVE Day,” the third anniversary of VIVE’s commercial launch, with the release of Viveport Video. Viveport Video is coming to major PC-VR hardware platforms, in addition to VIVE Wave devices, and showcases a broad range of content in an immersive and intuitive VR setting. To further…

TIME Launches Live Event Extension of the Annual TIME 100 List of the World’s Most Influential People
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TIME is launching the TIME 100 Summit, a new live event extension of the annual TIME 100 list of the most influential people in the world, it was announced today. The day-long TIME 100 Summit will convene leaders from past and present TIME 100 lists across a diverse range…

ALM Takes Home Awards for Best Art Direction for a Cover and News Coverage
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On Friday, March 29th, ALM took home 2 awards from the 65th Annual Jesse H. Neal Awards. The Jesse H. Neal Awards are the most prestigious editorial honors in the field of specialized journalism managed by Connectiv.

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PHOTO CREDIT: Dove Clark. Misa Hylton in a still from The Remix: Hip Hop x Fashion
In Partnership with Tribeca Studios, MCM Premieres The Remix: Hip Hop X Fashion Documentary
In Partnership with Tribeca Studios, MCM Premieres The Remix: Hip Hop X Fashion Documentary
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Luxury lifestyle goods and accessories brand, MCM, announces The Remix: Hip Hop X Fashion documentary, to premiere at Tribeca Film Festival on May 2. The film traces the origins of fearless, full-color hip hop style and explores the women and male allies who have transformed fashion through hip hop.

From the Bronx to the runways of Paris, the film leads with the journey of renowned fashion architect and new Global Creative Partner at MCM, Misa Hylton, as one of the first stylists to meld streetwear with haute couture. The film delves into Hylton’s most recognized fashion looks with her muses including Lil’ Kim, Mary J. Blige and Missy Elliott. The documentary reveals the global cultural impact influenced by the fashion world with iconic fashion trends and styles from female designers and stylists working behind the scenes.

“MCM is honored to partner with Tribeca Studios and the talented Co-directors of this documentary Lisa Cortés and Farah X. We are proud to bring to light this story that has never been told about the incredible women who have had such a significant influence on the cultural landscape,” said Patrick Valeo, MCM President, The Americas.

Supported by MCM and created in partnership with Tribeca Studios, The Remix: Hip Hop X Fashion documentary is produced and co-directed by Lisa Cortés, the Academy Award–nominated producer of Precious and The Apollo and co-directed by renowned film editor and director Farah X whose clients include icons such as Prince and Mariah Carey.

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Game of Thrones Takes Over The Fountains of Bellagio
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Journey Founder NEAL SCHON’S wife MICHAELE SCHON Allegedly Assaulted by Live Nation Hired Security Guard
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PHOTO CREDIT: Willy Sanjuan/Invision/AP. Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige, from left, poses with members of the cast of "Avengers: End Game," Chris Hemsworth, Chris Evans, Robert Downey Jr., Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner and Mark Ruffalo at a hand and footprint ceremony at the TCL Chinese Theatre on Tuesday, April 23, 2019, in Los Angeles
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Film Sets 50 New IMAX Territory Records Including China where It Surpassed Previous Opening Record by 65% with $42.4 Million in IMAX

IMAX Corporation (NYSE: IMAX) today announced that Marvel Studios’ Avengers: Endgame, which marks the second Hollywood film to ever be shot entirely with IMAX® cameras, set a new IMAX all-time worldwide opening weekend record grossing approximately $91.5 million, surpassing the previous record holder Star Wars: The Force Awakens by an astonishing 92%.

“The fact that tens of millions of people all over the world have already enjoyed Avengers: Endgame in just the first few days points to the growing phenomenon we’re seeing among audiences, particularly younger generations, seeking out authentic and extraordinary shared experiences,” said IMAX CEO Richard L. Gelfond. “Like the Marvel Cinematic Universe, our decade-long relationship with Marvel has only strengthened over time with each film creating a deeper connection between these beloved characters and IMAX audiences worldwide. Endgame was filmed entirely using IMAX cameras, which provides a fully immersive experience that ‘eventicizes’ the film in a way that no other presentation can.”

“Avengers: Endgame not only set a historic IMAX record with the best opening weekend of all time, it nearly doubled it. We extend an enormous congratulations to the incredible team at Walt Disney Studios and Marvel Studios including our friends Joe and Anthony Russo and Kevin…

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Beloved ‘Today’ Show Host Kathie Lee Gifford Discusses Living Out Her Lifelong Dream
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Initial Animation Produced by HTC VIVE Gloomy Eyes, EP1, The Encounter Won the Best Storytelling Award at SXSW Film Festival
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