Thursday, January 31, 2013

Best Fan Made Trailers, Including A Minimalist 'Star Trek Into Darkness' Vid

A buddy of mine, author Peter Cawdron, sent me a link to a hoot of a fan-made video for the new, upcoming J.J. Abrams movie, Star Trek Into Darkness.

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Now usually, when you hear the term, "fan-made," you first imagine some highly skilled technician who pulls together amazing skills to make something that parrellels or sometimes exceed what the studios put out.

There's a great live-action Thundercats video out there that's just amazing and whets the appetite for a real movie, rather than the cartoon we now have.  (No complaints about the animated series, it's just not live-action!)

Then there was the fan-made remix of different movie trailers for John Carter that totally convinced me to go see the movie.  Where as, the studio released teasers did so very little to generate enthusiasm.  It was amazing.

And one of my all time favorites, is an online peer of mine who not only introduced me to a totally cool song and music group, but has an incredible eye for editing, as he made an incredible Stargate homeage video.

But now, we have come at the fan-made trailer from a completely different angle.  My first impulse, as I told Peter, was...

"That's a hoot!  It's so, I want to say stupid, yet it's so basic and dare I say almost brilliant and bold.  Thanks for that..."

I'm refining my response to calling this a minimalist trailer, much like those posters that make their rounds on the web...  It's minimalist, yet brilliantly bold.

I'll call this

The Best Minimalist Trailer:, by DustFilmsOriginal

Star Trek Into Darkness



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Here are those other videos I mentioned earlier:

Best Music/Scene Selection Editorial Skills

Stargate - Diamond Eyes, by JaapVSWDelta



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Best Editorial Effects, Using Real Actors/Scenes

Thundercats Movie trailer (fan made) , by WormyT



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Best Creative Use of Existing Material for a Fan Made Mashup, by JohnCaterFiles

John Carter



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'The Dead Files' Premieres on March 8th

If you're a fan of  The Dead Files, you might want to mark your calendar for Friday, March 8th, at 10 P.M. ET/PT.  (Or at least queue up your DVR!) That's when the fourth season of this popular series on The Travel Channel premieres.

And yes, detective Steve DiSchiavi and medium Amy Allan are back at it, just like last season.

This fourth season premiere will take place in Egg Harbor City, NJ, where one couple's home seems to be the incarnation of the Amityville Horror house.

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Check out the press release:

From the Jersey Shore to Death Valley, the Appalachians to the Great Lakes, Travel Channel's captivating series "The Dead Files" returns for a new season of unforgettable paranormal investigations. The extraordinary duo – retired homicide detective Steve DiSchiavi and medium Amy Allan – team up once again to investigate claims of frightening, unexplained activity in haunted locations across America to help quell fears and restore peace to their clients. Season four, with thirteen hour-long episodes, premieres Friday, March 8 at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT and features some of the most terrifying, disturbing and high-stakes cases yet.

In each episode, Allan and DiSchiavi travel to a different U.S. town, where they explore each case separately. As a no-nonsense detective, Steve DiSchiavi investigates the facts behind every situation, meeting with witnesses and local experts to piece together the real story. Medium Amy Allan channels the dead to understand what spirit activity lies within the haunted building at hand. In order to preserve the integrity of their discoveries, each investigator's methods and findings are kept hidden from the other until the very end. Only then do they finally come together to reveal the results to the homeowners – ultimately formulating into one shocking and undeniable conclusion.  

"'The Dead Files' is an engrossing program that is incredibly popular with our viewers," said Andy Singer, GM, Travel Channel. "As the audience journeys with Steve and Amy, each location provides a fascinating glimpse at haunted America and the opportunity to experience the country from a whole new perspective."

Season four begins in Egg Harbor City, NJ where one couple's home has turned from a cozy fixer-upper into a living hell. Despite making renovations, "dark feelings" intensified and manifested into unexplained voices, shadow figures and an overwhelming sense of being watched – frightening both the couple and their five-year-old son. As the team attempts to help the family, DiSchiavi discovers the house was previously the site of a suicide and next to a former sanatorium that saw its share of death. When Allan makes contact with the spirits, she discovers something far more dark and frightening.

Additional locations this season include a house in Browns Summit, NC where haunted activity is adversely affecting one family's health; a childhood home in Wabash, IN that has taken on paranormal activity since it was rebuilt after a mysterious fire; the former home to a murderous mobster in Rock Island, IL that's ridden with unexplained shadows and noises; a Watervleit, MI home overcome with aggressive activity that terrorizes its inhabitants; a 19th century mansion in Buchanan, VA with dark secrets; and two haunted hotels – the Occidental Hotel in Buffalo, WY and The Amargosa Hotel & Opera House in Death Valley, CA, both of which are rapidly losing business due to terrified guests.

"The Dead Files" is produced by Painless Entertainment, Inc. for the Travel Channel. For Painless, the executive producer is Jim Casey and the co-executive producers are Ross Kaiman and Rob Rosen.  The executive producer for the Travel Channel is David E. Gerber.

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New Movies At The Box Office This Friday, February 1st, 2013 [Bodies, Bullet...]

So what's up Doc?  Or more precisely, what new movies are playing at your local movie theater this Friday, Feb 1st?  Cutting right to the chase, here's what's new in movie theaters this week:

(I provide [IMDb user ratings], where applicable, to help out with the decision process in case you're on the bubble about a movie or even going to the theater.) First up is

Stand Up Guys

'Stand Up Guys' movie promo poster
Starring  Al Pacino & Christopher Walken, with Alan Arkin, Julianna Margulies in the cast.  The movie is about...

"A pair of aging con men try to get the old gang back together for one last hurrah before one of the guys takes his last assignment -- to kill the other one."

Dude, harsh!

Almost 3k IMDb users have seen the movie and given it a 6.6/10.  That seems at least promising.

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Warm Bodies

'Warm Bodies' promo poster

Starring Nicholas Hoult and Teresa Palmer, and keep your eyes peeled for Dave Franco and John Malkovich, in a movie about

"After R (Hoult) (a highly unusual zombie) saves Julie (Palmer) from an attack, the two form a relationship that sets in motion a sequence of events that might transform the entire lifeless world."

The previews look cute/funny and I'm torn between this and bullet.  Jonathan Levine (50/50, The Wackness) directed.

No IMDb score.

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Bullet to the Head

'Bullet to the Head' movie promo art

Starring Sylvester Stallone, with Jason Momoa, Christian Slater, Sung Kang and Sarah Shahi, this movie...

"After watching their respective partners die, a New Orleans hitman and a Washington D.C. detective form an alliance in order to bring down their common enemy."

Directed by Walter Hill (Prometheus, Alien franchise).

On IMDb, the movie has a good score of 6.9/10 by users.

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The Haunting in Connecticut 2: Ghosts of Georgia

The Haunting in Connecticut 2: Ghosts of Georgia movie promo poster

Cast includes BSG's Katee Sackhoff, Chad Michael Murray and Abigail Spencer; "A young family moves into an historic home in Georgia, only to learn they are not the house's only inhabitants. Soon they find themselves in the presence of a secret rising from underground and threatening to bring down anyone in its path."

It's directed by film editor turned director Tom Elkins.  Hmm.

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OTHER MOVIES that will still be in theaters around my neck of the woods include (Looks like they're keeping Academy Award nominees around...)

    Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters  ;    R, 1 hr 28 min [6.4]

    Movie 43  ;    R, 1 hr 34 min [5.1]

    Parker  ;    R, 1 hr 58 min [6.3]

    Broken City  ;    R, 1 hr 48 min [6.1]

    Mama ;    PG-13, 1 hr 40 min [6.6]

    Gangster Squad ;     R, 1 hr 50 min [7.1]

    A Haunted House ;     R, 1 hr 26 min

    Zero Dark Thirty ;     R, 2 hr 37 min [7.7]

    Django Unchained ;     R, 2 hr 45 min [8.7]

    Les Miserables (2012) ;    PG-13, 2 hr 38 min [8.0]

    The Impossible ;     PG-13, 1 hr 43 min [7.7]

    The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey ;     PG-13, 2 hr 49 min [8.3]

    Life of Pi ;    PG, 2 hr 5 min [8.2]

    Silver Linings Playbook ;     R, 2 hr 2 min  [8.1]

    Lincoln ;    PG-13, 2 hr 29 min [7.9]

    Argo ;     R, 2 hr [8.1]

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HEY, if you're curious, here's a list of the production status of a few movies in the works and coming soon to a theater near you!


Development
·     The Avengers 2
·     Fifty Shades of Grey
·     The Expendables 3
·     Pirates of the Caribbean 5
·     Terminator 5

Pre-production
·     Star Wars: Episode VII
·     X-Men: Days of Future Past
·     Captain America: The Winter Soldier
·     Untitled Transformers Sequel
·     Divergent

Filming
·     Iron Man 3
·     The Amazing Spider-Man 2
·     Sin City: A Dame to Kill For
·     RoboCop
·     Winter's Tale

Post-production
·     Evil Dead
·     The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
·     Star Trek Into Darkness
·     The Fast and the Furious 6
·     Red 2

Completed
·     Man of Steel
·     G.I. Joe: Retaliation
·     The Great Gatsby
·     Oz the Great and Powerful
·     The Coalition

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Tom Welling Cast in Next Acting Gig Since 'Smallville' (It's About Time!)

Tom Welling gets cast in a Tom Hanks movie

Wow, it's been a while, but Tom Welling is finally getting back into the mold of actor!  Since Smallville, he executive produced the moderately successful CW series, Hellcats, but since then, he's been quiet on the job front.

Deadline is reporting exclusively that that Tom Welling has landed a role in the movie Parkland.  He's joining other cast members of Paul Giamatti, Zac Efron, Jacki Weaver, Jackie Earle Haley, Marcia Gay Harden, Colin Hanks and others.  (Jeremy Strong will play Lee Harvey Oswald)

Parkland focuses on the hours that take place after the assassination of JFK, and his subsequent passing at Parkland Hospital. (Synopsis: A recounting of the chaotic events that occurred at Dallas' Parkland Hospital on the day U.S. President John F. Kennedy was assassinated.)  It's being directed by Peter Landesman.  I'd like to be able to tell you about his resume that leads up to this gig, but this seems to be his directorial debut.  He did write and exec produce the 2007 project, Trade.

Parkland is being produced by some heavy hitters in the industry, or at least fan favorites, like Tom Hanks, & Bill Paxton.

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It's been a long time since we've seen Tom Welling in anything and it will be good to see him in something other than a fantasy or horror role to boot.  Keep your eyes peeled.

At this time there's no news on his role, or an exact release date for Parkland,

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

'Iron Man 3' Super Bowl Teaser Promo Art...

Iron Man 3 Super Bowl promo tease photo

Ah, as we all know, there will be some Iron Man 3 action during the Super Bowl with 2 teaser clips.  Supposedly new clips.  On the humorous side, EW was showing a preview clip of the preview clip of the teaser coming out on Sunday.  New images or image angles, but it looked pretty close to the same stuff, different angles that we've seen before.

The above image is the latest promo art for Iron Man 3, coming to theaters on May 3rd, 2013.  But I'm not worried.  Really, I'm not.

if you remember the first movie trailer, Tony (Robert Downey Jr.) is waking up in the snowy field in his trashed suit of armor... and I'm guessing the above movie poster is just him, before the landing.

So I'm not too worried at all.  (I think)

Besides, this time around, he has to catch himself.  There's no Hulk to keep him from going splat!

Here's the teaser for the Super Bowl teaser...



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Here's the first Iron Man 3 movie trailer:



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'The Hunger Games Catching Fire' Set Captured on Google Maps!

Word on the street is that the set for the newest Hunger Games movie, Catching Fire, has been discovered on Google Maps.  With Cornucopia and all.

In this second chapter of the three book, four (?*) movie Hunger Games franchise, contestants are forced into a new arena that takes place around a lake.

And the pic below, seems to reflect that very location.

I'd rather not say much more about the next film, just in case you have not read the books, but it sucks (for the characters) in what takes place, and they're forced into new and difficult situations, both physical and politically.

To see this on the map for yourself, just go to Google and put in "clayton county, the beach park" and you'll be able to check it out.  The street view angle doesn't provide much, and besides, the satellite and street view images are not coordinated in a timely fashion.



The Hunger Games: Catching Fire comes out in theaters in November.

?*:  I'd ask how the heck one gets four movies out of three books, but then again, when Peter Jackson figured out how the bloody h*! to squeeze three hours out of a single Hobbit book, well, I stopped pondering!

'KATIE' Renewed by ABC

If there are any Katie fans in my readership, I'm going to guess you'd like to hear that ABC renewed the talk show for a second season.  Katie is No. 1 talk show for this season, and that makes everyone happy, including Katie Couric happy.

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via press release

Disney-ABC Domestic Television has renewed "Katie" for a second season, it was announced today by Janice Marinelli, president, Disney-ABC Domestic Television.

"'Katie' is the No. 1 new syndicated talk show of the 2012-13 season, and we are thrilled to announce a green light for Season Two," said Marinelli. "Katie is an immensely talented host who has an incomparable ability to connect with her viewers. We also have outstanding station partners and time periods, and look forward to continued success with 'Katie' this year and into Season Two."

"Hosting, producing and launching a show from scratch has been challenging but very rewarding," said Katie Couric. "I'm looking forward to working with our terrific team to build on the success of our first season, and continuing to share compelling stories, explore important topics, and create entertaining television for our audience."

For the 19th straight week since its premiere (through the week of January 14, 2013), "Katie" continues to beat all freshman and sophomore syndicated talkers in Households and Total Viewers. Season to date Katie remains the No. 1 new daytime syndicated talk show among Women 25-54, and out of 18 total talk shows in the syndicated market, freshman "Katie" places among the top-tier across all key measures, including Households (No. 6 – 1.9 rating), Total Viewers (No. 6 – 2.497 million) and Women 25-54 (No. 6 – 1.0 rating). On January 24 in U.S. Metered Market Households, "Katie" delivered its highest household rating (2.6/7) since its debut telecast in September. Featuring the exclusive first on-camera interview with Manti Te'o and his parents, "Katie" surged 30% over its prior 4-week average (2.6/7 vs. 2.0/5) and finished No. 1 in its time period in each of the top 4 markets -- New York, Los Angeles, Chicago and Philadelphia.

Disney-ABC Domestic Television has renewed "Katie" among its existing stations in over 95% of the country for the 2013-14 season, including the ABC Owned station group. The daytime talker also airs on leading stations from broadcast groups including Allbritton Communications, Belo Corporation, Cox Media Group, Gannett Broadcasting, Hearst Television, LIN Broadcasting, Media General, Meredith, Raycom, Scripps Howard Broadcasting, Sinclair and Young Broadcasting, among others.

Katie Couric is an award-winning journalist, best-selling author and popular TV personality. In addition to hosting the nationally syndicated "Katie," Couric is also a member of the ABC News team. "Katie" is executive-produced by Katie Couric and Michael Morrison. Co-executive producers are Kathy Samuels and Michael Bass. The program is distributed by Disney-ABC Domestic Television
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'Iron Man 3' Cameos & Spoiler Toys... Or Are They?

Iron Man 3 Movie News

There's a lot of hoopla and speculation going on about cameos in the upcoming Iron Man 3 movie.  Plus other script/story details that might be getting out of the bag because of some new toys coming out.

But are all these hints really hints, or is the web, as it is sometimes seen doing, just getting out of hand?

If these are anywhere near close to right, then these be MOVIE SPOILERS about to commence.  If not, then never mind.  But we won't know until Iron Man 3 hits theaters on May 3rd, 2013.

Proceed at your own risk dear reader!

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Avengers Cameos in Iron Man 3
It seems that the latest speculations are coming from a 5-part interview with Robert Downey Jr. from EW..  Mind you, we have only seen two parts of this interview so far.

In the bit, there's chatter about if we'll be seeing The Avengers or not in the movie.  Downey says " - everywhere you look now in every Marvel movie there are opportunities where certain new pals of his could be useful. So they're in the atmosphere, so to speak, but I wouldn't expect to see them on the ground in this one."

And suddenly there's a stipulation that we might see fly-by's or something like that.  And all kinds of conjecture.  But if you've seen the first movie trailer, there's suggestions at events from The Avengers there...

When I first saw this quote, I thought the reference "on the ground" just meant "in the movie" or the ground of the project takes place in.  A reference, a cutesy reference, at best.

It's like when Joss Whedon gets coy about things and starts dropping mis-directs in his statements.  ...  Or does he?   (See?)  [EW]

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Guardians in IM3?

Then on Latino Review there's talk of a toy that's come out that marketed under the Iron Man 3 title, that's called the "Deep Space Suit."  And further conjecture is saying that "inside sources" (that can't keep their mouths shut) indicate that Stark, in his space suit, will be making contact with the Guardians of the Galaxy.  Possibly in an end-credit scene.

And we're also seeing that Iron Man is guesting in the Guardians of the Galaxy comic issue, which is helping the rumor news along.

So there's the conjectures as we're seeing them today.

Now whether the toy is a herald of information or not remains to be seen.  How many times have you seen "fantasy" mode toys for franchises?

When Iron Man 2 toys came out, Shellhead had flame throwers, motorcycles and what not.  None of which were in any movie.  This could be one of those.  (Coy statement: Or not.)

And some folks question how it is that toy manufacturers keep "spoiling" movies with early product announcements or releases related to movies.

I call it marketing

These early announcements look like perfect marketing that creates soundbites that websites report on.  (Hmm...  Wait... That means I'm...  Never mind!) 

If for one moment, you can imagine a multi-billion dollar franchise owner is going to allow the rights to a character be given to a toy company without specific restrictions, like say, no publicity before 'x' date, well, you're probably right.  But that 'x' date could be a few months before the movie premieres in movie theaters.

Then again, last year there were toys out that had people hopping through hoops trying to figure out who the aliens were in The Avengers.  But it was marketing, and it was fun.  Conjecture games are always fun.

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That's all I got for ya at the moment on Iron Man 3 movie news.  Later gang!


'Price is Right' and 'Let's Make a Deal' Are Both Renewed, Along With...

In recent weeks, I've had a few emails from folks wondering if The Price is Right with host Drew Carey and/or Let's Make a Deal, hosted by Wayne Brady, have been renewed or not.

It turns out that both shows have been renewed by CBS.

In fact, CBS has renewed their complete daytime line-up of shows, which not only include The Price Is Right and Let's Make a Deal, but also the soap The Bold and the Beautiful, (which has been around for 26 years), The Young and the Restless (looking at 40 years in production), and The Talk.

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Price is Right has been around since 1956 and Let's Make a Deal started entertaining daytime viewers ack in 1963.

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

"Super Bowl Tailgate Takeover" Premiering Wednesday, January 30 on Travel Channel


via press release:
TRAVEL CHANNEL GREENLIGHTS NEW ORIGINAL SERIES,
"TAILGATE TAKEOVER" HOSTED BY ADAM RICHMAN, 
SPOTLIGHTING THE BEST TAILGATING ACROSS THE  U.S.

Fans to Get a Taste of New Series in One-hour Special, "Super Bowl Tailgate Takeover," Premiering Wednesday, January 30 at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT


CHEVY CHASE, MD Travel Channel has greenlit "Tailgate Takeover," a new original series hosted by Adam Richman that explores the best pavement parties ALL around the country.  The 13 half-hour episodes, scheduled to premiere in the summer of 2013, will spotlight sporting events, concerts, festivals, fairs and any other venues folks love to set up a grill and celebrate.  Viewers can get a taste of the new series with a one-hour special featuring the most incredible tailgate experiences leading up to Super Bowl XLVII (that will be played on Sunday, February 3 in New Orleans) in "Super Bowl Tailgate Takeover," premiering on Wednesday, January 30 at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT.  The announcement was made today by Laureen Ong, President, Travel Channel.

"Travel Channel fan-favorite and food expert Adam Richman has crisscrossed the country sampling the most delicious and iconic food our nation has to offer.  Now he's back, to takeover tailgating like never before," said Ong.  "In the new greenlit series, 'Tailgate Takeover,' Adam will lead the network's quest in introducing the latest genre of travel entertainment.  He'll take this national pastime to another dimension as he travels coast-to-coast from one outrageous build after another."

"A trip to the Super Bowl is the fantasy vacation for most of our viewers – where the party begins well before kickoff," added  Andy Singer, General Manager, Travel Channel.  "In the one-hour special, we're showing how some of the best NFL tailgaters party all football season from various games around the league.  Then our new series will provide an even larger look at the unbelievable lengths fans across the country go to celebrate before a big event."

"Super Bowl Tailgate Takeover" (1x60) Produced by Sharp Entertainment with Travel Channel's Brian Leonard as Executive Producer

In the one-hour special, viewers will visit NFL games to see how superfans tailgate in cities like Atlanta, Miami, Houston, Kansas City and more.  After learning from the nation's foremost tailgate experts, Richman puts this knowledge to good use.  Days before the event, Richman, along with his "tailgate takeover" tech and design team, will create two giant and insanely tricked-out tailgates side-by-side in the shadow of the Mercedes-Benz Superdome – each one customized for the fans of the contending Super Bowl teams.  He'll then surprise one passionate and deserving fan from each team, turn over the keys to the tailgate and serve up the ultimate experience for them and their friends to enjoy leading up to kickoff.  Additionally, some NFL players stop by to join in the festivities.

Throughout the special, Richman and his tailgate team will build two of the biggest, most incredible and outrageous tailgate experiences to ever grace a sports-venue parking lot.  Viewers will get a peek at the massive 90" 3D swivel-mounted TV with several other small adjustable TV's flanking it, ensuring that everyone can have the perfect viewing angle.  He's also building one of the biggest grills to ever char a steak and a giant smoker that has to be towed in by a truck!  Beyond the food, there will be an unbelievable assortment of game-day gadgets, fun games, big toys and everything else needed to enjoy the tailgate in style.  Ultimately, Richman is customizing these tailgates for one specific fan of each Super Bowl team, and making sure that this is the "tailgate of their dreams" before The Big Game!

"Tailgate Takeover" (13x30) Produced by Sharp Entertainment with Travel Channel's Brian Leonard as Executive Producer

More information about "Tailgate Takeover" will be released later this year.  The series, which begins production in February, premieres summer 2013.

TRAVEL CHANNEL (http://www.travelchannel.com) is a multiplatform travel lifestyle brand with the core mission of providing inspiring and compelling programming that takes viewers beyond their everyday destinations, making the unfamiliar familiar, whether it's around the world or around the block.  A dual feed network that is also available in HD, Travel Channel is the world's leading travel media brand, and is available in over 94 million U.S. cable homes.  Owned and operated by Scripps Networks Interactive (NYSE: SNI), Travel Channel has offices in Chevy Chase, MD, and New York, NY.  Scripps Networks Interactive (NYSE: SNI) also owns and operates HGTV, DIY Network, Food Network, Cooking Channel and Great American Country.

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Why Are The 'Super Bowl' Ads Costly Hot TV Commodities?

Super Bowl TV ads 

Super Bowl TV Ads

We get the previews online before the game, we see them during the game, and we'll be talking about them after the game.  These ads have developed a life of their own over the years.  But Super Bowl TV commercials are crazy expensive.  But as marketers would see it, it's an investment and they wouldn't pay the monies they do if that investment didn't pay off.

This year, the average cost for THIRTY SECONDS of TV ad time is booking around $3.8M.  (M for million.)  And that does not count what it cost to make the ads.

And that ad-time average is weighted against how the first half of the game is more prime property versus the 2nd half.  So watch the first half for some of the best ads?  Maybe.  But more than likely, it's just advertisers with much DEEPER pockets.

But some folk don't partake.  You won't see General Motors ads because they don't think it merits the cost.  But Audi, Chrysler, Fiat, Hyundai, Kia, Lincoln, Mercedes, Toyota and Volkswagen don't agree with GM.

As I noted in a previous post, movie studios will be advertising during the Super Bowl Those being Disney, Marvel Studios, Paramount and Universal.  And if $7m a minute seems pricey for a movie ad, consider this:  Movies see larger returns for their Super Bowl ads, where numbers suggest that those who advert during the game see double the opening weekend monies for their efforts.

And with the Super Bowl, because of the past and how these ads have been a focus for the game, almost as much as the game, tune-out rates for ads is super low, with only a 0.7% "tuneaway" versus up to 4% for other ad times.  Though I can't imagine that counts for folks who "walk away" or mute their TVs.  I've gotten into the habit of muting because other then CBS, most networks lock out their On Demand FFing options.

Also, this year, some ads will have options where you vote online to tell the folks who play the ads, how the ad should end.  (Coca-Cola and Audi.)

Of course, after the game, we will be sharing the "cute" and "funny" ads online.  We entertain ourselves and our friends.  But the advertisers will also be winning from what they call the long-tail exposure, and the advertiser will see a long living ad platform in this venue.

Over half the ads get exposure for more than a month after the game.  Hell, I just popped up the VW Mini-Vader ad in a post from last year... or was that the year before?

Eh, it's cute.  Who cares, right?  VW cares!

So this is what it's coming down to. Will the game play out and be notable, or will the ads generate more media chat?  (That would not be a good thing for the game itself, but hell, whose counting?)

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'Star Wars' Has The World's Imagination, From VW TV Ads to Flash Mobs!

'Star Wars' Flash Mobs and TV ads


Star Wars has been in our culture from the day it first premiered in the movie theater. It captured our imagination and it only got bigger with each sequel.  Luke, (spoilers:::) his father, his sister and god know what other family members were floating around out there.

For years Star Wars fans and enthusiasts have supported the franchise with a heart-felt belief in it.  Then the prequels came along.  Some liked them, some no so much.  Me, I wasn't going to bite a gift-horse in the ass and accepted this is what we got.

But now, I think I've seen it all.  Below I'm including a fascinating range of videos.  Just two of them, but they're both cool.

One is the cute Super Bowl Mini Darth Vader Ad... Mini Vader keeps trying his hand at using the famous power called 'The Force,' but to no avail.  Or was it?

The other one is a very cool Star Wars flash mob video that just gives me the chills, because it was so subtle and so cool, all at once.  It starts out with just two men, and then there's folks in a balcony.  And as it continues, the band grows as they come out of the woodwork to stun the crowd there.  Just awesome!

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VW Darth Vader:



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Star Wars Flash Mob:



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Monday, January 28, 2013

Upcoming Movie Trailers During the '2013 Super Bowl'

'Iron Man 3' 2013 Super Bowl movie trailers


Ah, the 2013 Super Bowl.  The time when the ads used to be incredible and you would wait with bated breath for each new commercial.  Of late, the commercials have been cute, but not really incredible.  I think the biggest one over the last few years was the Volkswagen Mini-Vader ad.  That was just cute beyond cute.  (See below)

But amongst the ads are the much coveted brain-candy of movie trailers that will premiere during the big game.

So let's take a peek at what's coming up during the game... where 47 commercials will air, costing millions per minute, because they know you'll be watching!

Star Trek Into Darkness marketing team has the movie trailer tied into their app.  This trailer will air during the 2nd quarter.

Fast and the Furious Six with Vin Diesel will have an ad.

Iron Man 3 starring Robert Downey Jr., will have a thirty-second spot and a sixty-second trailer.

Oblivion with Tom Cruise will air.

The Lone Ranger will deliver a ninety-second movie trailer during the first quarter.

Oz, The Great and Powerful will also air.

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And now, the cutest TV ad ever (Or close to it) for the Super Bowl VW Darth Vader Ad, titled "The Force: Volkswagen Commercial":



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Saturday Night Live (SNL) Upcoming Guests, Early Feb

If you're curious about upcoming scheduled guests for Saturday Night Live, the February 2nd episode will have Jeremy Renner and Maroon 5 as the musical guests.  (Original Air Date was mid-November, 2012.)

On February 9th, Justin Bieber is the guest AND also the musical guest!

Enjoy gang!


(NBC Press)

'Star Wars' 3D Re-Releases Put On Hold

Today Lucasfilm has issued a press release stating that they've put on hold the planned re-release of the Star Wars Episodes II and III in 3D.  (There is a god!)

They quote the recent developments with Disney purchasing the company and moving forward with a brand-new Star Wars trilogy as the reason they have put conversion plans on hold, wanting to stay totally focused on the newest, upcoming project, Star Wars: Episode VII, being directed by J.J. Abrams.  And the subsequent next two films.

Any future 3D conversion plans, as they occur, will be announced by the company they said.

Which is great that they're not spreading resources too thin, but I have to wonder how far along they were in the conversion process?

Eh...  we'll see how things go.  I'm sure some day, it will happen.  3D is all the rage and great for the movie distributor's bottom line.

via Lucasfilm

Promos For 'The Walking Dead' Season 3 Mid-Season Return

Norman Reedus as Daryl Dixon in THE WALKING DEAD

Things were getting pretty hot leading up to the mid-season break of The Walking Dead.  The Governor's child, now truly dead, his finding out about the prison, and now the brothers being forced to face off in that ring that the Governor has set up as "entertainment," none of it looks good.

But then again, when has it?  Season 3 returns on February 10th, on AMC.  (Don't forget, the latest showrunner has left the series.)


 

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Thoughts on Marvel's 'The Avengers' Phases, DC's 'Justice League' Movie and More

Chris Hemsworth will be playing THOR in 'THE AVENGERS 2'

The Avengers, Marvel and...

Being a comic genre movie fan, one of the bigger film franchises I look forward to is Marvel's movie projects.  For me, The Avengers culminated a wonderful collective of movies that preceded it, including the first two Iron Man movies.

Now that we've been fully entertained by The Avengers, and that newbie Joss Whedon fans got a taste of how he handles character ensembles, we're pretty much waiting for more Avengers, as in The Avengers 2, which is slated for a May 2015 release.

But between now and then, we're due for a few more single title movies.  Because The Avengers 2 is part of Marvel's Phase plans, right after that, Phase 3 will follow with such movies as the over-hyped Ant-Man movie from Edgar Wright (Scott Pilgrim), and more than likely, a Doctor Strange movie.

But we're in Phase 2 of the process of movies from Marvel, and that will include Iron Man 3 (May 3,2013), Thor: The Dark World (Nov 8, 2013), Captain America: The Winter Soldier (Apr, 2014) and the Guardians of the Galaxy (Aug 2014).

If past track records have anything to say about upcoming projects, keep an eye on characters from these Phase Two movies to see what characters may show up in the second Avengers movie.  We did get Loki from Thor in The Avengers.  Rumors say that The Falcon from Captain America 2 will b in The Avengers 2.  And who knows who else might be there. I'm fully expecting the Guardians to be there.

But if anything, we know from the end-cap scene of The Avengers, that despite the obvious set of villains, we know that Thanos was behind that move to attack Earth.  Having the post-credits scene from The Avengers explained, you know that Thanos was overseeing all the action.

Now, with Joss Whedon hired by Disney/Marvel to oversee the Marvel workshop of titles across the board, will he throw Thanos in the mix this time around, or will Whedon be directing something or someone else into The Avengers sequel?

I know we all have a lot of questions about the upcoming Marvel ensemble movie, but in time, it will all become clear, whether it be by some slight of hand marketing, an untrustworthy movie grip or just plain, outright... wait, Whedon's never outright with info in the early stages of any project he's doing.  Strike that third idea.

So we wait.

But I have one teeny, tiny little question in the back of my mind.

Justice League

Henry Cavill is Clark Kent/Superman in 'MAN OF STEEL'

You see, DC is putting together their Justice League movie.  Because Marvel got the jump on them with a wildly successful process, DC has decided to release their ensemble movie first, then deliver some stand-alone projects after the fact.  (Though there's no word if Man of Steel will feed into the JL project, though many suspect there will be.  Heck, I am suspect that we'll see reference to Superman hauling butt off to Gotham city to save a certain someone from dying while saving his city from an A-bomb!)

Oh, back to the question:  I have to wonder whose getting skull-slapped, "Gibbs style," for not taking Joss Whedon up on his Wonder Woman spec script he offered up a several years back?  I mean, they had first shot at the man and let it slide.

Back then, the only real support Whedon had were his long-time fans from Firefly, Buffy, Angel and Dr. Horrible days.  And that was a small demographic.  Too small to put bank on, at least from DC/Warner Bros's perspective.

When he got hired on to helm The Avengers, the nay-sayers were pretty numerous in those early days.  A billion dollars later from the box-office, I haven't heard too much about the nay-sayers, and DC is trying to court Christopher Nolan and other serious-minded, successful director/producers to lead the Justice League into a similar success pattern.

Hey, I bet J.J. Abrams might be... never mind.  He's probably busy with those two other mega-blockbuster movie franchises.

So yea guys, Warner Bros. missed the boat with Whedon and snagging him up, as Marvel did with their overall creative oversight contract.

As it stands, it seems like the JL movie will have Superman, Batman, Green Lantern, Wonder Woman and the Flash characters, and they'll be facing off against Darkseid.  Additional side characters the could make the roll-call involve Aquaman, Martian Manhunter and Hawkman.  (And with Warner Bros. winning the legal battle to retain all the Superman Character Rights, at least things are starting to look up for them.)

SPOILER FOR TDKR:

And hopeful rumors are flitting around that Joseph Gordon-Levitt, after finding the bat cave in The Dark Knight Rises, will be that Batman.  (Seeing as how C. Nolan ended his trilogy, making a WB reboot a bit of a challenge.)

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But the story and Batman notes are pure internet  conjecture/rumor for the moment.

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Sunday, January 27, 2013

2013 Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards, The List of Winners

The SAG (Screen Actors Guild) awards aired tonight and the organization backed up the telecast with a new release of who won what. 

There were no real surprises and we saw Breaking Bad win yet one more award, going to Bryan Cranston.

via press release:


The complete list of recipients of the 19th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards® follows:

19th ANNUAL SCREEN ACTORS GUILD AWARDS® RECIPIENTS

THEATRICAL MOTION PICTURES

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role

DANIEL DAY-LEWIS / Abraham Lincoln - "LINCOLN” (Touchstone Pictures)

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role
JENNIFER LAWRENCE / Tiffany - “SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK” (The Weinstein Company)

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role
TOMMY LEE JONES / Thaddeus Stevens - “LINCOLN” (Touchstone Pictures)

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role
ANNE HATHAWAY / Fantine - “LES MISÉRABLES” (Universal Pictures)

Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
ARGO (Warner Bros. Pictures)
BEN AFFLECK / Tony Mendez
ALAN ARKIN / Lester Siegel
KERRY BISHÉ / Kathy Stafford
KYLE CHANDLER / Hamilton Jordan
RORY COCHRANE / Lee Schatz
BRYAN CRANSTON / Jack O’Donnell
CHRISTOPHER DENHAM / Mark Lijek
TATE DONOVAN / Bob Anders
CLEA DuVALL / Cora Lijek
VICTOR GARBER / Ken Taylor
JOHN GOODMAN / John Chambers
SCOOT McNAIRY / Joe Stafford
CHRIS MESSINA / Malinov

PRIMETIME TELEVISION

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries
KEVIN COSTNER / “Devil Anse” Hatfield - “HATFIELDS & McCOYS” (History)

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries
JULIANNE MOORE / Sarah Palin - “GAME CHANGE” (HBO)

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series
BRYAN CRANSTON / Walter White - “Breaking Bad” (AMC)

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series
CLAIRE DANES / Carrie Mathison - “Homeland” (Showtime)

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series
ALEC BALDWIN / Jack Donaghy - “30 Rock” (NBC)

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series
TINA FEY / Liz Lemon - “30 Rock” (NBC)

Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series
DOWNTON ABBEY (PBS)
HUGH BONNEVILLE / Robert, Earl of Grantham
ZOE BOYLE / Lavinia Swire
LAURA CARMICHAEL / Lady Edith Crawley
JIM CARTER / Mr. Carson
BRENDAN COYLE / John Bates
MICHELLE DOCKERY / Lady Mary Crawley
JESSICA BROWN FINDLAY / Lady Sybil Crawley
SIOBHAN FINNERAN / O’Brien
JOANNE FROGGATT / Anna
IAIN GLEN / Sir Richard Carlisle
THOMAS HOWES / William
ROB JAMES-COLLIER / Thomas
ALLEN LEECH / Tom Branson
PHYLLIS LOGAN / Mrs. Hughes
ELIZABETH McGOVERN / Cora, Countess of Grantham
SOPHIE McSHERA / Daisy
LESLEY NICOL / Mrs. Patmore
AMY NUTTALL / Ethel
DAVID ROBB / Dr. Clarkson
MAGGIE SMITH / Violet, Dowager Countess of Grantham
DAN STEVENS / Matthew Crawley
PENELOPE WILTON / Isobel Crawley

Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series
Modern Family (ABC)
AUBREY ANDERSON-EMMONS / Lily Tucker-Pritchett
JULIE BOWEN / Claire Dunphy
TY BURRELL / Phil Dunphy
JESSE TYLER FERGUSON / Mitchell Pritchett
NOLAN GOULD / Luke Dunphy
SARAH HYLAND / Haley Dunphy
ED O’NEILL / Jay Pritchett
RICO RODRIGUEZ / Manny Delgado
ERIC STONESTREET / Cameron Tucker
SOFIA VERGARA / Gloria Delgado-Pritchett
ARIEL WINTER / Alex Dunphy

SAG AWARDS HONORS FOR STUNT ENSEMBLES

Outstanding Action Performance by a Stunt Ensemble in a Motion Picture
SKYFALL (Columbia Pictures)

Outstanding Action Performance by a Stunt Ensemble in a Television Series
GAME OF THRONES (HBO)

LIFE ACHIEVEMENT AWARD

Screen Actors Guild 49th Annual Life Achievement Award

DICK VAN DYKE

Travel Channel Programming Highlights for February, 2013

If you're wondering about upcoming episodes of BIZARRE FOODS AMERICA, THE LAYOVER WITH ANTHONY BOURDAIN, HOTEL IMPOSSIBLE, BAGGAGE BATTLES, STREET EATS, FOOD PARADISE, GHOST ADVENTURES and more on The Travel Channel... come on by and check out what episode descriptions I have on tap, from the big press release below!

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TRAVEL CHANNEL FEBRUARY 2013 HIGHLIGHTS

All times ET/PT unless otherwise noted.

All programs are rated TV G unless otherwise noted.

The marking “(wt)” designates a working title and may be subject to change.

 
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ARMED & READY

TV-PG

Premiering Tuesday, February 26 at 10:00PM & 10:30PM (Two Back-to-Back Episodes)

Only a handful of people can train with elite Army Rangers, scale trees with lumberjacks in the Tennessee Smoky Mountains and dive off cliffs in Hawaii.  Even fewer can do these things without legs.  But that’s never stopped Kevin Michael Connolly – an author, photographer and self-proclaimed thrill seeker that was born without legs.  Travel Channel’s new original series “Armed & Ready” follows Connolly as he creates new rigs to travel anywhere, conquer anything and push the limits of the world around him.  With his impressive arm strength, his skateboard, the help of backyard engineers and real scientists – and without a wheelchair or prosthetics – Connolly tackles adventure after adventure.

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Tuesday, February 26   10:00PM   “Legless Lumberjack – Smoky Mountains, Tennessee”

Kevin Michael Connolly is in the Great Smoky Mountains. Not only does he strive to climb a 50-foot tree with lumberjacks, but he’s out to conquer Tennessean activities and sports including zorbing (rolling down a hill in a giant inflatable hamster ball), traversing the daunting Class 4 rapids of the Pigeon Forge River – solo – on a custom cataraft, and tossing razor sharp axes at a target that is 30-feet away.

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Tuesday, February 26   10:30PM   “Death Defying Cliff Dive – Big Island, Hawaii”

Kevin Michael Connolly travels to the Big Island on a mission to attempt an epic 40-foot cliff dive – head first – into the Pacific Ocean. Although he trains with a world-champion cliff diver, he still needs to set aside his fear and actually make the leap himself…using only his arms. Along the way, he skateboards on hardened lava, hits the beach for some surfing, zip-lines 300 feet above the jungle to explore breathtaking waterfalls and shreds the ATV trails on Hawaii’s tallest mountain, Mauna Kea, with his one-of-a-kind motorized mountain board.

 

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BIZARRE FOODS AMERICA

TV-PG

Premiering Monday, February 11 at 9:00PM

He’s back!  Andrew Zimmern, the two-time James Beard Award-winning TV personality, chef, food writer and culinary explorer, continues his quest across the United States exploring the bizarre foods and cultures in his own backyard.  This time, Zimmern’s adventures include sampling baked muskrat in Baltimore, deep-fried piglet testicles in Iowa and fermented fish eggs in Alaska.

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Monday, February 11   9:00PM   “Washington D.C.”

Andrew Zimmern visits Washington, D.C., but instead of government and sightseeing tours, he's exploring the branches of the food scene in the nation's capital! From Salvadoran favorites, to food trucks that feed hordes of hungry federal workers, to taking a trip back into history to taste what our forefathers ate, the district is a melting pot of flavors, both old and new. Whether it's a blackened snakehead sandwich made in a boat on the Potomac, peanut butter paired with foie gras, or Scrapple at a neighborhood grill known for its soul food, Washington, D.C. is a place where historical favorites and new innovations come together to create a variety of unexpected tastes.

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Monday, February 18   9:00PM   “Denver”

Denver may be a modern city, but Andrew Zimmern finds that you can still get a taste of the Wild West in the food! From ancient hunting methods like falconry, to immigrants cooking traditional foods with American twists, to an Adventurous Eater's Club with people open to tasting just about anything, the pioneer spirit is still strong when it comes to eating in the Mile High City. So whether it's deep fried Rocky Mountain oysters in a biker bar, pheasant cooked over an open flame, or ant larvae beignets in a fine restaurant, Denver is a goldmine of flavors from both yesterday and today!

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Monday, February 25   9:00PM   “Iowa”

Andrew Zimmern finds there's a lot more than meat and potatoes on the table in Iowa! The cuisine in this Midwestern state is full of surprises, thanks to a combination of food pioneers and traditionalists trying to preserve the old ways. From a small town farmer trying to create the perfect pig, to a quaint café offering new twists on the daily special, to an immigrant community from Africa bringing the taste of their homeland, Iowa is home to a whole world of unexpected flavors! The menu ranges from heritage pork brains with spring onion kimchi to a stew made with a whole sheep's head.

 

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HOTEL IMPOSSIBLE AFTER ANTHONY

TV-PG

Premiering Monday, February 4 at 10:00PM

Last season on “Hotel Impossible,” Anthony Melchiorri traveled around the country to help struggling, underperforming hotels get back on their feet. Have they taken his advice? Or are they stuck in their old ways?  From impressive room renovations to surprising staffing changes, join Melchiorri for a return to The Dude Rancher Lodge – Billings, MT; La Jolla Cove Suites – La Jolla, CA; The Purple Orchid Resort and Spa – Livermore, CA; Ocean Manor – Fort Lauderdale, FL; The New Yorker – Miami, FL; and The Dream Inn – Daytona Beach, FL.

 

BIZARRE FOODS AMERICA – FAN FAVORITES

TV-PG

Premiering Monday, February 11 at 8:00PM

From moose nose jelly in Alaska, to dogfish fetus in Boston and sheep intestines in Arizona, Andrew Zimmern has crossed the U.S. to find the most bizarre foods in America. Now fans get the chance to pick their favorites. With a list that includes foul smelling tropical fruits, strange raw foods, and surprising animal parts, Zimmern counts down the top 20 fan favorite bizarre foods moments and even admits to some of the foods that weren't his favorites!

 

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THE LAYOVER WITH ANTHONY BOURDAIN

TV-PG-DL

Premiere Episodes Mondays at 9:00PM

Anthony Bourdain is a seasoned traveler who's hit up all corners of the globe many times over. More often than not, while passing through, he has time to kill in some of the world’s biggest hubs. So instead of sitting at the airport hotel, he sets out to explore each city in the short amount of time he has there. Season two of “The Layover with Anthony Bourdain” is a caffeinated, high-test, quick drill, “No Reservations.” The visually-arresting style conveys grit, energy and urgency. Constantly on the move, and only in town for a mere number of hours, Bourdain, and friends he connects with along the way, unleash an unpredictable story about a place, a people and their food.

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Monday, February 4  9:00PM   “Seattle”

Seattle - for a long time now, one of the best and most interesting food scenes in America. Anthony Bourdain visits Melrose Market to sample Pacific Northwest cheeses at Calf & Kid. He meets up with Tom Douglas for oysters at Walrus and the Carpenter. And the crown jewel of his layover? Dinner with chefs Matt Dillon and Renee Erickson at Canlis -- a kitchen with over 60 years of tradition that knows how to do a "proper hunk of bleeding meat."

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HOTEL IMPOSSIBLE

TV-PG

Premiere Episodes Mondays at 10:00PM

Hotel “fixer,” Anthony Melchiorri returns to turn struggling hotels into bustling tourist destinations.  Each episode features a hotel either not living up to its potential, or on the verge of closing.  Melchiorri assesses each property and identifies its biggest problems.  He then meets with the staff, from front desk receptionists to housekeeping to the owners themselves, to determine the key operation issues.  Joining Melchiorri on location are a variety of highly experienced designers including Blanche Garcia, Casey Noble and Alison Victoria, who will help transform key spaces in each hotel.  As in last season, Melchiorri has just days to convince the hotel staff and owners to let go of the reins, formulate a plan, revamp the hotel and re-motivate its staff.  For some hotel owners, this is their last hope.

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Monday, February 11   10:00PM   “The Curve – Palm Springs, CA”

Anthony Melchiorri heads to beautiful Palm Springs, CA, known for its abundant sunshine, relaxing atmosphere and swanky, boutique hotels.  Can Melchiorri transform a 150-room former chain motel into a trendy boutique hotel in just four days for two slick real estate investors who want to be hoteliers? 

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Monday, February 18   10:00PM   “Casa Verde – Puerto Rico”

Anthony Melchiorri travels overseas to the beautiful Rincon, Puerto Rico, the center of the island's surf scene.  Owner William E. Bonbright is overworked and under-qualified to take on all operations at the hotel, and guests primarily complain about the hotel's bar is too noisy at nights.  Can Melchiorri help William take control of the Casa Verde before he financially wipes out?

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EDGE OF AMERICA

TV-PG

Premiere Episodes Tuesdays at 9:00PM

Calf Testicle Festivals in Oklahoma, Lobster Boat Races in Maine, Tall-Bike Jousting in Oregon… Americans will do just about anything to entertain themselves...and arts and entertainment reporter Geoff Edgers wants to know why we do the things we do in the name of fun. “Edge of America” is a thrilling, fast paced show that follows Edgers, as he investigates his way across the country in search of all-American fun.  Journey with Edgers, as he immerses himself in American subcultures and dives head first into the unexpected and bizarre world of entertainment found on the “Edge of America.”

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Tuesday, February 5   9:00PM   “The Edge of Maine”

Geoff Edgers rips through Maine on a rugged outdoor adventure that includes sword fighting on the high seas like a pirate, racing the world’s faster lobster boat, and barely surviving lumberjack competition tests.

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Tuesday, February 12   9:00PM   “The Edge of Florida”

Geoff Edgers dives into Florida on a wet and wild adventure including wrestling alligators, swimming with mermaids, and takes a beating from a team of roller-derby girls at the running of the bulls.

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Tuesday, February 19   9:00PM   “The Edge of Arkansas”

For more information, please contact Stephanie.DePietro@travelchannel.com.

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Tuesday, February 26   9:00PM   “The Edge of Louisiana”

For more information, please contact Stephanie.DePietro@travelchannel.com.

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BAGGAGE BATTLES

TV-PG

Premiere Episodes Wednesdays at 9:00PM

“Baggage Battles” provides a glimpse into the very profitable business of bidding, buying and reselling unclaimed property by following three teams of auction experts who travel to some of the most important auctions, where their bids are based on sight-unseen instincts.  Season two of “Baggage Battles” brings back the savvy auction experts viewers met in the first season:  Laurence and Sally Martin, a married couple who co-own Studio Antiques in El Segundo, California; Mark Meyer, a young entrepreneur in the auctioning business from Long Island, New York; and New York City’s Billy Leroy, owner of the iconic Billy’s Antiques and Props, one of the last eclectic props and antique stores.  These shrewd experts trust their keen eye for detail to find hidden treasures at the top auctions around the world including airport auctions, unclaimed freight and shipping auctions, police and seizure auctions, vehicular auctions and estate auctions.

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Wednesday, February 6   9:00PM   “Eye for an Eye - Toronto”

Billy Leroy, Mark Meyer and married couple Laurence and Sally Martin head to Toronto's largest weekly auction, battling for the over one thousand items sold to a lively nighttime crowd of about 200. 

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Wednesday, February 13   9:00PM   “Shreveport, LA”

Billy Leroy, Mark Meyer and married couple Laurence and Sally Martin head to Louisiana to attend a police auction. Anything found or seized by the Caddo Parish Sheriff's Department is up for grabs, including valuable sports memorabilia, rare musical instruments, and even high-tech spy equipment not normally put up for sale to the public.

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Wednesday, February 20   9:00PM   “Toronto II”

Billy Leroy, Mark Meyer and married couple Laurence and Sally Martin head north of the American border to a non-descript warehouse in Canada, where 403 Auctions sells unclaimed items from airports, misguided freight, consignments, end-of-lines, overstock and surplus items.

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Wednesday, February 27   9:00PM   “Louisiana Farm”

A trove of rare and valuable Americana antiques and collectibles were unearthed deep inside a Shreveport barn after a wealthy Louisiana collector passes away. Billy Leroy, Mark Meyer and married couple Laurence and Sally Martin head south to bid on items from the golden age of radio and turn-of-the-century oddities.

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STREET EATS

TV-G

Premiere Episodes Wednesdays at 10:00PM

Food – it's the number-one reason people like to travel. And the best place to find the most authentic local food scene around the world is right on the streets! There is no better place to rub elbows with the locals and grab a bite that's fast, inexpensive and speaks to the culture. In some countries, street food represents a melting pot of traditions. In others, the street food hasn't changed in generations and harkens back to deep cultural roots. Enjoy cow tongue on the shores of the Mediterranean Sea, stinky tofu in Taipei, water buffalo in New Delhi or the meat of armadillos in Colombia, it's always delicious and fascinating for visitors to learn about the people and their stories. “Street Eats” travels to Latin America, Africa, The Middle East, Asia and Europe to bring the street food experience to American viewers, who may never get the chance to taste it for themselves. We then take a look at the curbside cuisine in our own backyard, in six different U.S. cities and see the new face of street food at home.

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Wednesday, February 6   10:00PM   “Europe”

Street foods are a longstanding tradition in Europe. In Paris, London, Barcelona, Prague and Sweden, tourists and locals can find everything from conventional comfort foods sold curbside to trendy upscale street treats on-the-go

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Wednesday, February 13   10:00PM   “Africa”

Eating street foods in Africa and the Middle East immerses you in the local culture. Hospitality is a hallmark whether you're trying grilled goat organs in Morocco, fiery palm nut soup in Ghana or chili-laced falafel in Jordan.

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Wednesday, February 20   10:00PM   “Asia”

In South Korea, Japan, Taipei, Singapore, Bali and India, Street Eats bring a mix of sweet, savory and spicy flavors, sometimes all in one dish! From crispy pigskin to octopus to grilled buffalo, it's a gastronomic adventure!

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Wednesday, February 27   10:00PM   “USA”

Chorizo omelets, grilled teriyaki, lobster mac n' cheese are just some of the street foods catching on across the country. Food carts, trucks and counters are cooking up everything from international comfort foods to haute cuisine.

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FOOD PARADISE

TV-G

Premiere Episodes Wednesdays at 11:00PM

We're serving up hefty plates of the country's tastiest, most mouth-watering, and decadent meals. We're talking lip-smacking pizza, tasty deli entrees, boatloads of bacon, fresh seafood and finger-licking deep fried dishes – and that's only the beginning.  Fantastic food is more important to many travelers than museums, hotels and souvenirs, and we've compiled all the must-see spots across the country to have a one-of-a-kind dining experience.  So bring your appetite and your stretchy pants as we dive into a healthy portion of “Food Paradise!”

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Wednesday, February 6  11:00PM  “Fried Chicken Paradise”

A bucketful of crispy, finger lickin’, fried chicken goodness, from fiery Memphis hot chicken, to a wild red velvet battered bird in San Francisco, to the original Kentucky Fried classic!

Wednesday, February 13  11:00PM  “Soul Food Paradise”

Serving up down home comfort food that’s good for the belly and the soul, from rib-sticking gravy-smothered oxtails in Houston, to crispy fried catfish in Memphis, to hot spicy Gumbo in New Orleans.

Wednesday, February 20  11:00PM  “Deli Paradise”

Wednesday, February 27  11:00PM  “Deep Fried Paradise 3”

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MYSTERIES AT THE MUSEUM

TV-PG

Premiere Episodes Thursdays at 9:00PM

“Mysteries at the Museum” spans the country, exploring local archives, storefront collections and the hallowed halls of stately institutions, to uncover the objects and artifacts that reveal the nation’s hidden secrets.  Museum explorer and history enthusiast Don Wildman scours a range of museums in search of extraordinary relics at the heart of tales that shock and amaze.  From Springfield, Illinois’ Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum, where a rusted metal chisel was once wielded in a daring plot to steal the remains of the beloved 16th President, to the Connecticut Air and Space Museum, where a replica of a primitive plane may rewrite the history of aviation, these are a few of the sites that celebrate our nation’s distinguished past.  Through gripping interviews, rich archival footage and arresting reenactments, “Mysteries at the Museum” brings to life the amazing artifacts from the center of the nation’s most notorious crimes and scandals, unexplained encounters, bizarre inventions, and the most enthralling events of all time.

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Thursday, February 7  9:00PM  “Cleveland Tumor/Lions of Tsavo/Willamette Meteorite”

First, Don Wildman travels to the Mutter Museum in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to examine a preserved mass of human tissue at the center of an American political scandal.  Then he heads to the Field Museum in Chicago, Illinois, which is home to a massive skull belonging to a beast that terrorized people on the African savannah. Wildman then travels to the Museum of Natural and Cultural History in Eugene, Oregon to look into a replica of a meteorite that was once part a creative and ingenious heist.


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GHOST ADVENTURES

TV-PG

Premiere Episodes Fridays at 9:00PM

The "Ghost Adventures" crew — Zak Bagans, Nick Groff and Aaron Goodwin — is back to investigate the scariest, most notorious, haunted places in the world. The trio interviews eyewitnesses and historians at each location, arming themselves with the stories of the ghosts they later confront during their dusk-to-dawn lockdowns. Then they review and analyze their findings with some of the most-respected experts and specialists in the paranormal field. New locations include the Point Sur Lighthouse in Point Sur, California; the Black Moon Manor in Greenfield, Indiana; the Palmer House Hotel in Sauk Centre, Minnesota; and the Sedamsville Rectory in Cincinnati, Ohio, among others.

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Friday, February 1  9:00PM  “SPECIAL EPISODE: Dungeons & Demons”

Zak Bagans, Nick Groff and Aaron Goodwin explore some of the most haunted locations that lie beneath the earth. Although these places are buried beneath the ground, the restless spirits refuse to be contained. The guys descend deep down to investigate the spirits of an infamous secret society, a city where subterranean human trafficking and torment occurred frequently just below the street-level, and an abandoned asylum where the spirit of an old patient still lingers. These unbelievable “Ghost Adventures” moments take place at the following haunted locations: Hell Fire Caves in West Wycombe, England; Sacramento Tunnels in Sacramento, CA; Pennhurst State School in Spring City, PA; Shanghai Tunnels in Portland, OR; Gettysburg Orphanage in Gettysburg, PA; Hill View Manor in New Castle, PA; and Rolling Hills Asylum in East Bethany, NY.

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Friday, February 8  9:00PM   “SPECIAL EPISODE: Bewitched & Bothered”

Zak Bagans, Nick Groff and Aaron Goodwin showcase the locations where they have experienced their most intense moments when performing spiritual rituals. Through séances, libations, and voodoo practices, the guys open the gates to the spirit world and summon the voices of the past, resulting in a powerful connection to lost souls. When the guys dare an entity to show its face, the spirits prove to be unforgiving. These unbelievable Ghost Adventures moments take place at the following haunted locations: Poveglia Island - Poveglia, Italy; Maysville Slave House - Maysville, KY; Preston Castle - Ione, CA; Moon River Brewery - Savannah, GA; Magnolia Plantation - Natchitoches, LA; Fort Horsted - Kent, England; Central Unit Prison - Sugar Land, TX.

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Friday, February 15  9:00PM  “SPECIAL EPISODE: Obsessions & Possessions”

Zak Bagans, Nick Groff and Aaron Goodwin travel to locations where the spirits develop powerful attachments to the people they've left behind. The guys meet people who are affected by the ghosts of those who passed away too soon, and the spirits have become a part of them. They visit the home of Gary Galka, a paranormal engineer who had a very personal journey into the paranormal, after the heartbreaking loss of his daughter Melissa. The guys also investigate a house where a violent demonic entity possessed a man, and its malevolent energy followed him home. Bagans, Groff and Goodwin hear all these stories, and it motivates them to connect with these spirits in order to bring closure to the living. These unbelievable Ghost Adventures moments take place at the following haunted locations: Ohio State Reformatory - Mansfield, OH; Linda Vista Hospital - Los Angeles, CA; Villisca Ax Murder House - Villisca, IA; Letchworth Village - Haverstraw, NY; The Galka Family - North Granby, CT; Ashmore Estates - Ashmore, IL; Moundsville Penitentiary - Moundsville, WV.

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Friday, February 22  9:00PM   “New Orleans”

Zak Bagans, Nick Groff and Aaron Goodwin explore three locations that help give New Orleans its reputation for being the most haunted city in the US. They investigate the home of New Orleans' most renowned Voodoo Queen, Bloody Mary, The Haunted Mortuary, located in the middle of the historic cemetery district and a former bordello that now operates as May Baily's Pub. With three very haunted locations, it's no surprise this is one of Ghost Adventures most intense lockdowns yet. But it's when the guys visit the Lower 9th Ward and see the devastation left behind by Hurricane Katrina that they have their most profound moment.

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They are a paranormal team like no other, combining their unique, eclectic and often-conflicting skills to solve unexplained paranormal phenomena in haunted locations across America. Our team approaches every case from their two specific areas of expertise: Steve DiSchiavi is a Homicide Detective and Amy Allan is a medium.  Each investigator’s methods and findings remain hidden from the other team member to preserve the integrity of their findings, until the shocking results are revealed to the homeowner in the compelling conclusion of each episode. DiSchiavi and Allan come together, with the homeowner, and all of the team’s findings gel into one undeniable – and often terrifying – conclusion.

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Friday, February 1 10:00PM  “Never Alone - Forester, Michigan”

Steve DiSchiavi and Amy Allan investigate reports of terrifying paranormal encounters at a home in Forester, Michigan. DiSchiavi uncovers two deadly fires that devastated an entire town, while Allan tries to fight off a vicious entity that tries to take over her body. Their client, Chrystal, wants to fulfill her mother’s dream of making her home a bed & breakfast, but she’s too afraid to spend a night in the house.  She hears voices, sees things move, and her own daughter is too frightened to leave her bed.  During their separate investigations, DiSchiavi uncovers the tragic story of a heartbroken woman’s painful suicide and a fire that devastated an entire family, while Allan confronts a threatening manifestation that she fears could potentially harm Chrystal and her family.

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Friday, February 8   10:00PM   “Forgotten - Bloomington, Illinois”

Steve DiSchiavi and Amy Allan investigate reports of horrifying paranormal encounters at a home in Bloomington, Illinois. Their frightened client, Diane, says that she’s seeing strange things, she’s been scratched, and that an entity told her she has only two years to live. Diane is desperate to stop the activity and believes that she and her disabled son’s lives are in danger.  In their separate, spellbinding investigations, DiSchiavi uncovers evidence of a deadly land dispute and hundreds of dead bodies buried on the property, while Allan encounters an eerie entity that crawls into bed with the living to torment them in their sleep.  Finally, the team unites to reveal their shocking findings in an effort to help this terrified family.

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