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Thursday, July 30, 2015


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Whom You Know is thrilled to present a show new to us courtesy of HBO: STRIKE BACK, a military drama.  Perhaps you have heard of it before; this is not their first season and we were fascinated with the non-stop action from the opening scenes in southern Thailand.  For everyone who loved TURN on AMC like we did, you should know this series is about SPIES!  However, Strike Back is based in the current day and the British are now our friends.  Tune in starting TOMORROW, July 31, 2015.

Terrorism, torture, ransom, drug trades and the horrors of the world reality today will grip you as you are jolted out of your seat with the quick script and fantastic acting.  It's nearly inspired Peachy to enroll in a martial arts class (quite a non-Peachy activity) because the scenes are so inspiring, particularly by the women involved who are just as effective as the men if not more so.  Everyone in this is in phenomenal physical shape and the stunts are most impressive, particularly scaling buildings.  It has all the action of the Stanley Cup Playoffs, and we know that we are not the only ones with withdrawl symptoms so channel that desire here.

We've seen episodes 31-34 inclusive, and watched them back to back.  Foreign government corruption, parenting, and relationship challenges are also issues that come to the script forefront as this intelligent original Cinemax series evolves.  You'll feel everything from invigorated to exhausted watching these characters, and the chases in particular are quite well-scripted.

Strike Back is Highly Recommended by Whom You Know!  Make a date with the channel that earned the most Emmy nominations tomorrow night....!

When Michael Stonebridge and Damien Scott of the elite British intelligence undercover unit Section 20 set out to crack a missing-persons case in Bangkok, they quickly realize that what seems to be a simple kidnapping is actually the first step in a massive terrorist plot with global implications. Stonebridge, Scott and the rest of their team soon find themselves crisscrossing Asia and Europe as they battle Japanese Yakuza, Russian Mafia, cyberterrorists, elite mercenaries and other deadly forces. 

From the tropical beaches of Thailand to the towering peaks of the Swiss Alps, STRIKE BACK returns for its ten-episode, fourth and final season FRIDAY, JULY 31 (10:00-11:00 p.m. ET/PT), exclusively on CINEMAX. Philip Winchester (“24: Live Another Day,” “Undrafted,” the upcoming series “The Player”) returns as Michael Stonebridge and Sullivan Stapleton (“300: The Rise of an Empire,” “Gangster Squad,” the upcoming series “Blindspot”) returns as Damien Scott in the high-octane, action-fuelled series. 

Shot on location in Hungary and Thailand, the fourth season of STRIKE BACK features nonstop twists and turns, as Scott (who’s also dealing with a life-changing personal matter) and Stonebridge find themselves in the eye of an escalating international political storm. 

Also returning are Robson Green (“Wire in the Blood,” “Grantchester”), Michelle Lukes (“The Lost Legion,” “Doctors”) and Milauna Jackson (“Aquarius”) as Scott and Stonebridge’s Section 20 colleagues. 

New cast members include Michelle Yeoh (“Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon II”), Dustin Clare (“Spartacus”), Will Yun Lee (“The Wolverine,” HBO’s “True Blood”), James Wilby (“Gosford Park”), Adrian Paul (“Highlander”), Joseph Gatt (HBO’s “Game of Thrones”; CINEMAX’s “Banshee”), Christian Antidormi (“Spartacus: War of the Damned”) and British mixed martial arts champion and UFC fighter Michael Bisping. 

Other new cast members include Michael McElhatton (HBO’s “Game of Thrones”), Max Beesley (“Suits”), Tim McInnerny (“Notting Hill”), Leo Gregory (“Tristan and Isolde”), Mark Griffin (“Doctor Who”), Wolf Kahler (“Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows”), Andrew Pleavin (“300: Rise of an Empire”), Eliza Hope Bennett (“Nanny McPhee”) and Masa Yamaguchi (“The Wolverine”). 

Season four episodes are directed by Michael J. Bassett (“Power,” the upcoming series “The Player” and “Blindspot”), who also serves as co-executive producer; Julian Holmes (“MI-5,” “Law & Order: UK”); and Brendan Maher (“The Passing Bells,” “Dirt Game”); and written by Bassett, Jack Lothian (“Doc Martin,” “Shameless”), James Dormer (“Outcast”), Richard Zajdli (“Tatau,” “EastEnders”), Ed Whitmore (“Silent Witness,” “Waking the Dead”) and Tim Vaughan (“The Last Detective,” “Family”). 

Upcoming episodes: 

Episode #31 

Debut: FRIDAY, JULY 31 (10:00-11:00 p.m. ET/PT) 

Other CINEMAX playdates: July 31 (11:00 p.m., midnight) and Aug. 1 (9:00 p.m., 11:30 p.m.), 2 (5:00 p.m.), 3 (8:00 p.m., 12:15 a.m.) and 5 (9:00 p.m., 11:55 p.m.) 

On the eve of an historic nuclear-weapons summit with a North Korean delegation, Robin Foster (Tim McInnerny), the British Ambassador to Thailand, learns that his daughter Chloe (Eliza Hope Bennett) has been kidnapped by a ruthless Bangkok gang led by expatriate Ray McQueen (Max Beesley). Racing against the clock to locate her, Scott (Sullivan Stapleton), Stonebridge (Philip Winchester) and their Section 20 team – including boss Phillip Locke (Robson Green) and agents Julie Richmond (Michelle Lukes) and Kim Martinez (Milauna Jackson) – track the thugs through the canals and streets of Thailand. When their efforts stall, Foster ends up following his own instincts, despite the chance that things could get worse before they get better. 

Written by Michael J. Bassett, James Dormer & Tim Vaughan; directed by Michael J. Bassett. 

Episode #32 

Debut: FRIDAY, AUG. 7 (10:00-11:00 p.m. ET/PT) 

Other CINEMAX playdates: Aug. 7 (11:00 p.m., midnight), 8 (9:00 p.m., 12:30 a.m.), 9 (5:00 p.m.), 10 (8:00 p.m., 1:00 a.m.) and 12 (9:00 p.m., 11:45 p.m.) 

In the aftermath of the bomb at the British Embassy, Section 20 must find out who Ray McQueen is really working for. They soon discover that they are going up against their deadliest foe ever. 

Written by Michael J. Bassett, James Dormer and Tim Vaughan; directed by Michael J. Bassett. 

Episode #33 

Debut: FRIDAY, AUG. 14 (10:00-11:00 p.m.) 

Other CINEMAX playdates: Aug. 14 (11:00 p.m., midnight), 15 (9:00 p.m., 12:25 a.m.), 16 (5:00 p.m.), 17 (8:00 p.m., 1:05 a.m.) and 19 (9:00 p.m., midnight) 

Section 20 discover that Mei Foster (Michelle Yeoh), the ambassador’s wife, is a North Korean agent (real name Li-Na) who is in business with the Yakuza. As the Yakuza launch attacks on Section 20, the team must figure out what the Japanese gangsters are doing for Mei before it is too late. 

Written by James Dormer; directed by Julian Holmes. 

Episode #34 

Debut: FRIDAY, AUG. 21 (10:00-11:00 p.m.) 

Other CINEMAX playdates: Aug. 21 (11:00 p.m., midnight), 22 (9:00 p.m., 11:45 p.m.), 23 (5:00 p.m.), 24 (8:00 p.m., 12:55 a.m.) and 26 (9:00 p.m., 11:50 p.m.) 

After the team discovers the true nature of Li-Na’s rogue plans, they shift into high gear to stop the deal between the Yakuza and Office 39 from going ahead. But when their mission collides with that of two private military contractors, things get a lot more complicated. 

Written by James Dormer; directed by Julian Holmes. 

CINEMAX’s four seasons of STRIKE BACK are a continuation of the original six-episode series “Strike Back,” which aired on Sky TV in 2010, and are based on the novels by Chris Ryan, the pen name of a real-life former British Special Forces operative. 

TV Guide said that STRIKE BACK “blazed a new trail in hardcore pulp fiction” and hailed it as “still the gold standard for TV action.” said, “Every season ‘Strike Back’ raises the stakes,” and New York’s Daily News observed that season three returned “with a bigger bang than ever.” The Huffington Post called it “well made and damn fun.” 

The show was nominated for an Emmy® (for Main Title Design) and an American Society of Cinematographers Award, and received Best Big Bang Stunts & Effects honors from the Royal Television Society. IGN nominated the series Best TV Action Series two years in a row. 

STRIKE BACK is part of the growing lineup of CINEMAX original series, which this year also features the Emmy® winner “Banshee” and the Peabody Award winner “The Knick.” 

Season three of STRIKE BACK will be available on Blu-ray and DVD Aug. 4. 

STRIKE BACK is a Cinemax Presentation in association with British Sky Broadcasting Limited; a Left Bank Pictures Production; executive producer, Andy Harries; co-executive producers, Michael J. Bassett, James Dormer; co-producer: Bill Shephard; producers, Selwyn Roberts (episodes 31-34), Chris Thompson (episodes 35-40); series producers, Michael Casey, Sharon Hughff.



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U2 and HBO will debut a unique combination of two exclusive world premiere specials this fall, it was announced today by Michael Lombardo, president, HBO Programming. First, to debut Nov. 7, a behind-the-scenes documentary offers unprecedented access to the band and the team that worked with them to conceptualize and create its current iNNOCENCE + eXPERIENCE world tour. The following week, the network will present the tour’s Nov. 14 performance, shot at the newly renovated Bercy Arena in Paris and aired exclusively on HBO that same day. Both the documentary and the concert will be available on HBO GO and HBO NOW simultaneous to the programs’ world premieres on HBO.

“U2 continues to take risks, which has made them one of the most consistently exciting forces in rock’n’roll,” said Lombardo. “The one-two combination of this documentary special, followed by the concert, will provide viewers with the ultimate look at this remarkable band behind the scenes and on the stage.”

The documentary takes a look into the creation of U2’s wildly innovative and widely acclaimed iNNOCENCE + eXPERIENCE world tour, which began May 14 in Vancouver and currently runs through November. The special will detail how a show of this magnitude is conceived, revealing the blood, sweat and imagination that have gone into making iNNOCENCE + eXPERIENCE, the tour that would ultimately “reinvent the arena show,” according to Rolling Stone’s opening-night review.

Interviews in the documentary include all four members of U2 – Bono, The Edge, Adam Clayton and Larry Mullen Jr. – as well as the supporting cast of Willie Williams, who has created tour concepts for the band for more than 30 years, award-winning designer Es Devlin, newly signed on for this tour, production director Jake Berry, audio director Joe O’Herlihy,executive director Gavin Friday, set designer Ric Lipson and others who bring iNNOCENCE + eXPERIENCE to life around U2’s music, night after night.

The special also explores the challenges and setbacks U2 faced in the months before tour rehearsals began in April, including Bono’s serious bicycle accident in New York last fall, and his — and the band’s — hard road getting back into “fighting shape” for their triumphant return with iNNOCENCE + eXPERIENCE. This exclusive documentary chronicles in detail how these same four friends, who started out as a humble punk band from the Northside of Dublin more than 30 years ago, continue to create magic nightly with the most grandiose, yet most intimate, arena tour ever staged.

On Nov. 14, the audience will see for itself the results of all of that hard work when U2 plays the Bercy Arena in Paris on the iNNOCENCE + eXPERIENCE tour, showcasing theinventive set that allows U2 to explore the concepts of iNNOCENCE + eXPERIENCE via a performance that literally moves throughout the venue via multiple stages, a one-of-a-kind interactive floor-to-ceiling arena-length LED screen that has earned its reputation as the fifth member of U2 on this run, and a radical new approach to surround sound that ensures everyone in the audience sees, feels and hears the show with maximum impact from every seat in the house.

And of course, there are the songs: The iNNOCENCE + eXPERIENCE setlists span the band’s entire career, from its 1980 debut album, “Boy,” to its most recent effort, “Songs of Innocence.” The concepts of innocence and experience are explored in vivid musical and visual detail, progressing from songs inspired by the members of U2’s earliest influences and formative life experiences through decades’ worth of indelible anthems from the band that has won more Grammys than any other living rock band.

The documentary will be produced and directed by Davis Guggenheim (the Oscar®-winning “An Inconvenient Truth,” plus “Waiting for Superman,” “It Might Get Loud,” featuring U2’s The Edge, and “From the Sky Down,” the 2011 documentary chronicling the recording and release of U2’s 1991 classic "Achtung Baby") and produced by Shannon Dill, with U2 manager Guy Oseary serving as executive producer.

The concert will be produced by Done And Dusted with executive producers Hamish Hamilton, Simon Pizey, Davis Guggenheim and Guy Oseary. It will be directed by Hamish Hamilton, who has worked with the band since 2001, including such collaborations as “Elevation: Live from Boston,” “U2 Go Home: Live from Slane Castle,” the “Beautiful Day” documentary, and “Vertigo in 2005: Live from Chicago.” The youngest recipient of the BAFTA Special Award, Hamilton has directed and executive produced the London 2012 Olympic and ParaOlympic opening and closing ceremonies, and directed the last six Super Bowl halftime shows, multiple Academy Awards® ceremonies, the “Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show” for more than a decade, President Obama’s inaugural ball, MTV’s VMAs and many more.


Laudable Looks: Matt Murphy, Born to Excel in Johnnie-O! #wearebc

It's not who you know, it's Whom You Know and we were delighted to meet Matt Murphy at MRKT, and believe perhaps he is perhaps the best new hire ever by John O'Donnell since Matt has just graduated from Boston College, following in the footsteps of his Uncle Chris. 

 Johnnie-O is #1 and so is BC.  This is not the first time you've heard that here.
 We thought Johnnie-O excelled before, and this new reinforcement can only mean good things especially since Matt was on the BC golf team.  
We have high hopes for perhaps a fall design in maroon and gold...which would be so much fun to wear during the next Holy War on November 21 this year ( @regis , do we have a bet?  Read the great Regis book at halftime...)


Laudable Looks: Lisa Derr #wearebc

 As you avid readers know, we stop people on the street no matter where we are when they look fabulous, and take their picture if they are amenable to the opportunity.  We love Lisa's skirt-a great shade for summer!  And, after talking to her, we know she also believes in the #evertoexcel philosophy here.  Not only does she know how to dress well, but also Lisa is an EAGLE.  (we did not know her before we saw the skirt...)


Laudable Looks: Harry Keeshan Rocks Johnnie-O

Best in show at MRKT continues to be Johnnie-O!  Johnnie-O is the famous brand by John O'Donnell, phenomenal California Irishman.  Harry Keeshan is a veteran of the look, and come on everyone, if you aren't sporting the West Coast prep hot look all over the world yet, what are we going to DO with you?!  Order below...we LOVE Johnnie-O!



For over 30 years, Stribling and Associates has represented high-end residential real estate, specializing in the sale and rental of townhouses, condos, co-ops, and lofts throughout Manhattan and Brooklyn, and around the globe. Stribling has more than 200 professional brokers who use their respected expertise to provide personalized service to buyers and sellers at all price levels. A separate division, Stribling Private Brokerage, discreetly markets properties over $5 million, and commands a significant market share in this rarified sector of residential real estate. Stribling is the exclusive New York City affiliate of Savills, a leading global real estate advisor with over 200 office in 48 countries. 

Whom You Know Congratulates their new President, Elizabeth Ann Stribling-Kivlan:


HBO has acquired U.S. rights to VERY SEMI-SERIOUS: A PARTIALLY THOROUGH PORTRAIT OF NEW YORKER CARTOONISTS, directed by Leah Wolchok and produced by Davina Pardo. An offbeat meditation on humor, art and the genius of the single panel, the feature-length documentary debuts MONDAY, DEC. 7(9:00-11:00 p.m. ET/PT) exclusively on HBO, following a limited theatrical run (Nov. 20-Dec. 3) in New York at Lincoln Plaza, in San Francisco at the Roxie Theater, and in Los Angeles.

Leah Wolchok's light-hearted yet poignant debut film, which had its world premiere at the 2015 Tribeca Film Festival, offers a window into The New Yorker, the undisputed standard bearer of the single-panel cartoon. Whether they leave readers amused, inspired or even a little baffled, the iconic cartoons have been an instantly recognizable cultural touchstone over the past 90 years.

VERY SEMI-SERIOUS is an unprecedented glimpse into the process behind the cartoons. The film follows cartoon editor Bob Mankoff as he sifts through hundreds of submissions and pitches every week to bring readers a carefully curated selection of insightful and humorous work.

In addition to interviews with New Yorker staffers, including editor David Remnick, VERY SEMI-SERIOUS includes interviews with legends Roz Chast and Mort Gerberg and young hopefuls like graphic novelist Liana Finck as they discuss their cartoons and go through the process of submitting them each week to the magazine. The documentary observes Mankoff as he strives to nurture new talent and represent the magazine’s old guard, while also considering how his industry must evolve to stay relevant.

“We are thrilled VERY-SEMI SERIOUS has found a home at HBO,” says Wolchok. “The New Yorker cartoons bring insightful humor to the magazine weekly, and we hope the HBO audience enjoys meeting and spending some time with their creators.”

Cinetic Media negotiated the deal on behalf of the filmmakers.

VERY SEMI-SERIOUS: A PARTIALLY THOROUGH PORTRAIT OF NEW YORKER CARTOONISTS is directed and produced by Leah Wolchok; produced by Davina Pardo; executive producers, Regina K. Scully, Deborah Shaffer, and Bruce Sinofsky; co-producer, Joanna Sokolowski; cinematographer, Kirsten Johnson; editors, Nels Bangerter and Scott Stevenson.



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Movie Based On An Original Story and Characters By Jim Henson And Jerry Juhl, Executive Produced By Lisa Henson

Just in time for Thanksgiving, Lifetime joins forces with The Jim Henson Company on the Lifetime Original Movie, Jim Henson’s Turkey Hollow, starrring Academy Award® and Golden Globe® Winner Mary Steenburgen (Orange is the New Black, Last Man on Earth), Jay Harrington (Benched, Better Off Ted) and Grammy® and SAG winner Chris "Ludacris" Bridges (Fast and Furious). The live-action family-friendly film is based on original characters and story written in 1968 by creative mastermind Jim Henson and his longtime writing partner, Jerry Juhl (The Muppet Show, Fraggle Rock). Currently in production in Vancouver, Jim Henson’s Turkey Hollow will premiere November 21, at 8pm ET/PT on Lifetime.

“As we all know, Jim Henson was a one-of-a-kind visionary whose works have entertained and sparked the imagination of millions of people across the globe for generations,” said Tanya Lopez, SVP, Original Movies, A+E Networks. “It is a true honor to partner with The Jim Henson Company and be able to continue his legacy with this wonderful project.”

“Turkey Hollow is an unproduced gem from our Company’s archives. I have fond memories from my childhood of my father planning and developing this production. He was delighted by the idea of magical creatures living in the woods and was excited to portray them in a more realistic way than his other well-known puppet characters,” said Lisa Henson, CEO of The Jim Henson Company and daughter of Jim Henson.

The movie follows the story of the Emmerson family, recently divorced father Ron (Harrington) and his kids Tim (Graham Verchere) and Annie (Genevieve Buechner), as they head to the quaint town of Turkey Hollow to spend a rustic Thanksgiving at the farm of Ron’s eccentric Aunt Cly (Steenburgen). Surprised by the lack of internet and technology in Turkey Hollow, Tim and Annie soon find themselves swept up in tracking the “Howling Hoodoo,” an elusive monster that, up until now, Turkey Hollow residents have long dismissed as mere legend. The Thanksgiving holiday threatens to take a bleak turn when a scheming neighbor frames Aunt Cly for turkey theft, but the fractured family teams up with some surprising new friends to save the day. Ludacris appears as an on-screen narrator in the film.

Produced by The Jim Henson Company, Jim Henson’s Turkey Hollow is Executive Produced by Lisa Henson and Halle Stanford (The Jim Henson Company’s EVP of Children’s Entertainment), as well as Michael Taylor of Multiple Media Entertainment. Kirk Thatcher (It’s a Very Merry Muppet Christmas Movie) is directing. Christopher Baldi and Tim Burns wrote the script based on a story by Jim Henson, Jerry Juhl and Kirk Thatcher. The Burbank, CA location of Jim Henson’s Creature Shop designed and fabricated the creatures of Jim Henson's Turkey Hollow.

The Jim Henson Company has remained an established leader in family entertainment for over 50 years and is recognized worldwide as an innovator in puppetry, animatronics and digital animation. Best known as creators of the world famous Muppets, Henson has received over 50 Emmy Awards and nine Grammy Awards. Recent credits include the Emmy®-nominated Sid the Science Kid, Dinosaur Train, and Pajanimals, as well as the CG-animated preschool series Doozers. Features include Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day, as well as The Dark Crystal, Labyrinth, and MirrorMask. Television productions include Fraggle Rock, the sci-fi cult series Farscape, the reality competition, Jim Henson’s Creature Shop Challenge, andHenson Alternative’s No, You Shut Up! currently airing on Fusion.

With additional locations in New York and London, The Jim Henson Company is headquartered in Los Angeles on the historic Charlie Chaplin lot, complete with soundstage and postproduction facilities. The Company is home to Jim Henson’s Creature Shop™, a pre-eminent character- building and visual effects group with international film, television, theme park and advertising clients, as well as Henson Recording Studios, one of the music industry’s top recording facilities known for its world-class blend of state-of-the-art and vintage equipment.

Lifetime is a premier female-focused entertainment destination dedicated to offering the highest quality original programming spanning scripted series, non-fiction series and movies. As a result of the network’s aggressive programming strategy that has doubled the hours of its original programming, in 2014 the network reached its strongest ranking among the key Women 18-49 demo in six years and its youngest median age in 18 years. Lifetime Television®, LMN®, Lifetime Real Women® and Lifetime Digital™ are part of Lifetime Entertainment Services, LLC, a subsidiary of A+E Networks. A+E Networks is a joint venture of the Disney-ABC Television Group and Hearst Corporation.



Established in 1933, Martin's Tavern is one of Washington DC’s most historic family-owned enterprises. For 80 years, Martin’s Tavern has been a renowned fixture in the mid-Atlantic and a must-visit establishment in historic Georgetown. In the late 1890's, William S. Martin traveled from Galway, Ireland to America. Forty years later, he and his son, William G. Martin, the current Billy's grandfather, opened Martin’s Tavern on the corner of Wisconsin Avenue and N Street NW which is run today by our friend, William A. Martin Jr. You can call him Billy! From sitting Presidents and media icons, to city residents and worldly travelers, Martin’s Tavern is a welcoming home to the many who have long embraced its warm atmosphere. Its quintessentially classic American fare has delighted discriminating palates for decades from the Oakwood Atlantic Smoked Salmon to the Filet Mignon to whatever your little heart desires from the convincing menu. Every President from Truman to George W. Bush has happily dined at Martin's Tavern, and you can see the delicious culinary choices preferred by each in our review: Martin's Tavern is Highly Recommended by Whom You Know: 

The President’s favorite booths, The Proposal Booth of Jack and Jackie Kennedy, Mickey Mantle in The Dugout Room, George W. Bush and family at Table 12 are just a few of the iconic stories. Fourth generation owner Billy Martin, Jr. continues the tradition of Washington’s oldest family owned restaurant and Georgetown landmark. 

Warner Bros. Pictures is proud to announce that the animated action adventure “The Iron Giant” will be re-released this fall, remastered and enhanced with two all-new scenes as “The Iron Giant: Signature Edition.” It will be released in theaters for a limited engagement through Fathom Events. “The Iron Giant: Signature Edition” arrives to theaters for a special event screening on Wednesday, September 30 at 7:30PM local time, with an encore event in select markets on Sunday, October 4 at 12:00PM local time.

The ticket on-sale date and theater locations for “The Iron Giant: Signature Edition” will be announced this August online at The event will be presented in select movie theaters around the country through Fathom’s Digital Broadcast Network.

When “The Iron Giant” arrived in theaters, it was hailed as an “instant classic” (Joe Morgenstern, The Wall Street Journal). “Imagine E.T. as a towering metal man, that’s the appeal of this enchanting animated feature” (Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times). And the world soon learned another “giant” had arrived as well: filmmaker Brad Bird, who made his stunning directorial debut with this film and has gone on to win two Oscars, as well as worldwide acclaim for his work on both animated and live-action features.

Winner of nine Annie Awards, “The Iron Giant” is the tale of an unlikely friendship between a rebellious boy named Hogarth (voiced by Eli Marienthal) and a giant robot, voiced by a then little-known actor named Vin Diesel. The voice cast also included Jennifer Aniston and Harry Connick Jr.

The film was produced by Allison Abbate and Des McAnuff from a screen story by Brad Bird and screenplay written by Tim McCanlies. Adapted from poet Ted Hughes’ book, The Iron Man, “The Iron Giant” was first released in the summer of 1999 by Warner Bros. 

Following the re-release of the film in theaters, a high-definition version of “The Iron Giant: Signature Edition” will be available to purchase from digital retailers in the fall of 2015.

About Fathom Events
Fathom Events is owned by a newly formed entity called AC JV, LLC. Fathom is the recognized leader in the alternative entertainment industry, offering a variety of one-of-a-kind entertainment events in movie theaters nationwide that include live, high-definition performances of the Metropolitan Opera, the performing arts, major sporting events, music concerts, comedy series, Broadway shows, original programming featuring entertainment’s biggest stars, socially relevant documentaries with audience Q&A and much more. Additionally, Fathom events take audiences behind-the-scenes and offer unique extras – creating the ultimate entertainment experience for fans of all ages. Co-owned by the three largest movie theater circuits in the United States, AMC Entertainment Inc. (NYSE: AMC), Cinemark Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: CNK) and Regal Entertainment Group (NYSE: RGC), Fathom’s live digital broadcast network (“DBN”) is the largest cinema broadcast network in North America, bringing live events to more than 775 locations in 171 Designated Market Areas® (including all of the top 50). For more information, visit


Andrea Pirlo: Top 5 Defining Moments Our Coverage Sponsored by Vermont Harvest

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The 32,041 fans at Yankee Stadium erupted as the Club's third Designated Player came onto the field in the 56th minute in place of Mehdi Ballouchy. Pirlo was involved in not one, but two of New York City FC's goals in the second half as the Club beat Orlando City SC 5-3.

In correlation with that moment going down in New York City FC lore, we take a look back at the Top 5 Defining Moments of Andrea Pirlo's illustrious and successful domestic and international playing career.
Brescia v Juventus
Serie A
April 2001

Back on loan at his boyhood club Brescia from Inter, Pirlo teamed up with one of his boyhood heroes Roberto Baggio for a half-season spell which prompted AC Milan into signing the youngster.

Still only 22 years old, Pirlo had only just been converted from an attacking midfielder into a deep-lying playmaker by Brescia manager Carlos Mazzone as a result of Baggio occupying the No. 10 role.

It proved to be a natural fit for Pirlo and it was the position he would remain in through a glorious, trophy-laden career for both club and country.

On April 1, 2001, Baggio came up against his former side and one Pirlo would go on to represent with distinction in the future, Juventus.

In the match, Pirlo truly announced himself as a future star with a stunning long range pass which Baggio famously converted to clinch an unlikely 1-1 draw against the title chasers at Stadio delle Alpi.

Italy v France
FIFA World Cup Final
July 2006

Although the match is likely to be remembered more for the abrupt end to Zinedine Zidane’s career, Pirlo was named Man of the Match in Berlin following an outstanding performance in the heart of the Azzurri midfield.

Pirlo was named Man of the Match on three occasions during the competition as Italy went on to lift the most prestigious trophy in the game, earning third place in the official Player of the Tournament award.

He converted his penalty in the shootout against France in the final to put Italy on the brink of a first World Cup win in 24 years.

He reflected lyrically afterwards: “I took a long, intense breath. That breath was mine, but it could have been the manual worker who struggles to make it to the end of the month, the rich businessman who is a bit of a s***, the teacher, the student, the Italian expats who never left our side during the tournament, the well-to-do Milanese signora, the hooker on the street corner. In that moment, I was all of them.

“You won’t believe me, but it was right in that very moment I understood what a great thing it is to be Italian. It’s a truly priceless privilege.”

AC Milan v Liverpool
UEFA Champions League Final
May 2007

In the midfielder’s 2013 autobiography “I Think, Therefore I Play,” Pirlo described AC Milan’s defeat to Liverpool in the 2005 UEFA Champions League Final as the most painful of his career.

The Rossoneri were cruising at halftime, holding a 3-0 advantage, but an unprecedented second-half turnaround from the Merseysiders left Pirlo contemplating giving it all up for good.

"When the torture of the game was finished, we sat like a bunch of half-wits in the dressing room. We couldn't speak, we couldn't move - they'd mentally destroyed us,” he revealed years later. “The damage was already evident even in those early moments, and it only got more stark and serious as the hours went on. Insomnia, rage, depression, a sense of nothingness. We'd invented a new disease with multiple symptoms: Istanbul syndrome.

"I no longer felt like a player, and that was devastating enough. Even worse, I no longer felt like a man."

Two years later, AC Milan were handed a shot at redemption in Athens when they met Liverpool once again in the biggest match in European club soccer.

They would not pass it up. Pirlo’s free-kick deflected off Filippo Inzaghi to give Milan a 1-0 lead on the stroke of halftime which they doubled after the break through the same player.

That was enough to give Pirlo the revenge he craved and a second UEFA Champions League winners’ medal.

Italy v England
UEFA European Championship Quarterfinal
July 2012

Not too much was expected of Italy at Euro 2012 but they went on to surpass all expectations, reaching the final of the competition.

Unfortunately for the Azzurri, they met a Spain side who were simply too good for them in the final but they still had cause to look on their time in the tournament fondly – especially their quarterfinal against England.

Many amateur psychologists postulated after the penalty shootout win that Pirlo’s chipped “Panenka” penalty had been crucial in breaking England’s spirit, causing confidence to ebb away from the Three Lions.

However, it was a decision taking on the fly, according to the man himself.

He remembers: “I made my decision at the last second when I saw Joe Hart doing all sorts on his line. As I began my run-up, I still hadn’t decided what to do. Then he moved and my mind was made up.

“It was impromptu — the only way I could see of pushing my scoring chances close to 100 percent. There was no showboating — that’s not my style. Many so-called experts perceived all manner of meanings in that episode. A secret desire for revenge; something I’d practiced between games. Well, for one thing, we hardly trained towards the end of that tournament — the constant travelling between Poland and Ukraine ate into our time and energy.

“Anyway, can you really plan something so far in advance? If you can, you’re either Totti, a clairvoyant or stupid.”

That settles that, then.

Juventus v Real Madrid
UEFA Champions League Semifinal
May 2015

Real Madrid head coach Carlo Ancelotti identified Pirlo’s presence as the determining factor in the fateful first-leg of their Champions League semifinal against underdogs Juventus a few months ago.

"Pressure on Pirlo made us open our midfield line too much," Ancelotti explained after the game. "It allowed them to find a through ball for (Carlos) Tevez, something that happened a lot in the first half."

The playmaker wreaked havoc again in the second leg with another sumptuous midfield display which proved that, even at the age of 36, Pirlo is still one of the most decisive players in world soccer.

Although they lost the final to Barcelona, the Old Lady gave a good account of themselves and Pirlo was his usual creative self, nearly leading an unlikely fightback after Ivan Rakitic’s early strike.


Josh Saunders Nominated for Major League Soccer Save of the Week for Week 21

New York City FC goalkeeper Josh Saunders has been nominated for Major League Soccer Save of the Week for Week 21.

Saunders was credited with one save in the Club's 5-3 win over Orlando City SC on Sunday, but it was a big one. In the 76th minute, Kaka latched onto the ball near the touch line. He cut back a pass to Servando Carrasco in the middle of the 18-yard box. Carrasco's left-footed shot from close range was palmed away from the lower corner by Saunders for a corner kick.

Saunders, who earned his ninth MLS Save of the Week nomination, is up for the Week 21 accolade along with Jeff Attinella (Real Salt Lake), Steve Clark (Columbus Crew), Tyler Deric (Houston Dynamo) and Brian Rowe (Los Angeles Galaxy).

The MLS veteran currently ranks fourth in the league with 68 saves, behind Steve Clark (72), Stefan Frei (71) and David Bingham (71).

Voting runs until 11:59 p.m. PT on Thursday


David Villa Scores as Major League Soccer All Stars Beat Tottenham 2-1 in 2015 MLS All-Star Game Our Coverage Sponsored by Stribling and Associates

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New York City FC captain David Villa scored in the 23rd minute as the Major League All Stars beat Tottenham Hotspur 2-1 in the 2015 MLS All-Star Game on Wednesday evening at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park in Colorado.

Villa, the first MLS All-Star in New York City FC history, was named to the MLS Starting XI and played the entire first half in the victory.

The 33-year-old, who leads the Club with 12 goals and ranks third in the league, put the MLS All Stars up 2-0 early in the match.

Los Angeles’ Gyasi Zardes latched onto a lovely diagonal ball from the defense and drove down the left side before playing it across the Tottenham 18-yard box to Seattle’s Clint Dempsey. The United States international who started up top with Villa, laid the ball off to his right. MLS All Star captain Kaka (Orlando City SC) ran onto it and crossed the ball low and hard toward the penalty area as Villa opened his body and guided the ball into the top left corner with the inside of his left boot.

Kaka and Villa were instrumental in putting the MLS All Stars up 1-0 just three minutes earlier.

Villa’s corner kick in the 20th minute went into a dangerous area in the middle of the box toward Kaka, but Spurs midfielder Nacer Chadli played it with his arm and was called for a handball.

Kaka stepped to the spot and fired home a powerful kick to the lower left corner for a one-goal advantage.

Harry Kane put the London-based English Premier League side on the board in the 37th minute. Kane, who scored 31 goals in 51 matches in all competitions last season, took advantage of a miscue by the MLS All Stars. Zardes tried playing a ball back to the defensive line, but Sporting Kansas City’s Matt Besler slipped.

Kane gained possession and drove one-on-one at the Galaxy’s Omar Gonzalez before blasting a ball past Nick Rimando (three saves) to make the score 2-1.

The MLS All Stars made wholesale changes in the second half, fielding 11 new players.



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Information on Exclusive Ticket Pre-Sale to Be Released in the Coming Days

A Special Alumni Game Featuring Legends from the Bruins and Canadiens to be Played at Gillette Stadium Dec. 31

When these long-time rivals meet, Boston will become the first Club to host the Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic® for a second time, after defeating the Philadelphia Flyers 2-1 in overtime of the 2010 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic® at Fenway Park. It will mark the first time the Canadiens will play in the Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic®, and just the second time a Canadian-based NHL team will play in the game, following the Toronto Maple Leafs’ appearance in 2014.

“After more than nine decades and more than 900 regular-season or playoff games between these great rivals, the Boston Bruins and Montreal Canadiens will add to the legend of their competition in a unique way,” National Hockey League Commissioner Gary Bettman said. “We couldn’t be happier that our third Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic® between 'Original Six' teams will take place at Gillette Stadium, home of the Super Bowl champion New England Patriots.”

Information on an exclusive ticket pre-sale for Bruins season-ticket holders, Canadiens season-ticket holders and Patriots season-ticket holders will be sent to those groups by each club in the coming days. This opportunity is for a limited number of tickets to the 2016 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic® and will be available on a first-come, first-served basis, while supplies last. Information regarding ticket availability for the general public will be released at a later date.

Additionally it was announced today that legendary players from both the Bruins and Canadiens will participate in a special alumni game at Gillette Stadium on Thursday, Dec. 31, a day prior to the 2016 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic®. Fan-favorites will return to the ice to represent these historic organizations one more time and revive the history this great NHL rivalry.

The special pre-sale package offering is a ticket to the 2016 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic® and a ticket to the Dec. 31 alumni game.

“The Boston Bruins are honored to once again host the Winter Classic,” Delaware North Chairman and Boston Bruins Owner Jeremy Jacobs said. “Gillette Stadium is a magnificent setting for this storied rivalry between the Bruins and Canadiens, and the NHL could not have delivered a better matchup for our fans. We look forward to a great game.”

“The Boston Bruins are one of our oldest rivals and the history between our two clubs is unparalleled,” said Canadiens Owner, President, and CEO, Geoff Molson. “They were our logical opponent for our Centennial game in December 2009, and to make history together once more by returning to hockey’s roots in an outdoor setting is something everyone throughout our organization is greatly anticipating. That the setting for the game will be Gillette Stadium, home to an iconic franchise like the New England Patriots, only adds to what we’re certain will be an incredible and memorable atmosphere for players and fans alike.”

The Bruins and Canadiens have faced off 729 times during the regular season, tied for the most head-to-head meetings by any two teams in NHL history (Chicago-Detroit). Their 177 head-to-head playoff games and 34 postseason series also are the most in League history, while their nine head-to-head Game 7s lead all teams in North American major professional sports (includes MLB, NBA and NHL).

The 2016 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic® will showcase a number of the top players in the NHL.

Four Bruins players remain from the team that faced off against the Flyers at Fenway Park in 2010: captain Zdeno Chara forward David Krejci, goaltender TuukkaRask and forward Patrice Bergeron, who at the 2015 NHL Awards won the Frank J. Selke Trophy as the League’s top defensive forward for the third time in four years. Canadiens goaltender Carey Price was an historic four-time winner at the 2015 NHL Awards, capturing the Hart Memorial Trophy, Ted Lindsay Award, Vezina Trophy and a share of the William M. Jennings Trophy. Price, who became the first goaltender ever to sweep these four awards in the same season, will be joined by teammates P.K. Subban, and Max Pacioretty as well as Lynnfield, Mass.,-native Brian Flynn.

“Showcasing this great rivalry between two Original Six clubs with the Bridgestone Winter Classic® on New Year’s Day, will make for a very memorable game for the players as well as the many sports fans in attendance at Gillette Stadium and those watching on TV,” said Steve Webb, NHLPA Divisional Player Representative.

Gillette Stadium, home of the Super Bowl champion New England Patriots, is New England’s premier sports, entertainment and event venue. Since it opened in 2002, the 68,756-seat stadium has regularly hosted marquee sporting events, including three of the last four AFC Championship games, as well as the largest concert tours in the U.S.

“It is a true honor and privilege to host the 2016 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic®,” New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft said. “Since Gillette Stadium opened in 2002, we have been fortunate to host many special and memorable events. We are thrilled that the NHL and the Bruins wanted to bring a Bruins-Canadiens NHL Winter Classic to our stadium.”

The Bridgestone brand, the Official Tire of the NHL and NHLPA, returns as title sponsor for the seventh consecutive event. In less than a decade, the Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic® has become a major event on the North American sporting calendar, with a tradition of excellence, passion, excitement and fun for those in attendance and watching from home. Five of the six most-watched NHL regular-season games in the U.S. since 1975 are Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic® games. The 2014 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic® remains the largest audience ever for an NHL regular-season game in Canadian broadcast history.

“The 2016 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic® at Gillette Stadium marks the seventh year the Bridgestone brand will serve as title sponsor of this great event, and with each passing year it continues to excite and impress all of us at Bridgestone,” said Phil Pacsi, Vice President of Sports/Events Marketing and Training at Bridgestone Americas. “This game is something every hockey fan looks forward to, and Bridgestone is proud to be involved with this year’s Original Six match up.”

The NHL today also released the official event logo and special team logos for the 2016 Bridgestone Winter Classic®.

NHL Network™ and will provide extensive coverage live from the event leading up to and after the game. NHL Social™ will have exclusive coverage on all social platforms, including the use of the hashtag #WinterClassic.

Additionally, the 2016 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic® will be available live via NBC Sports Live Extra and Rogers NHL GameCentre LIVE.


New Lenovo™ Photo Master 2.0 Makes Pictures One Click Closer to Perfect New software preloaded on select Lenovo™ YOGA™ and ideapad™ laptops makes photos easy to share, edit and manage

New software preloaded on select Lenovo™ YOGA™ and ideapad™ laptops makes photos easy to share, edit and manage

Lenovo™ Photo Master 2.0 improves and simplifies photo editing, storing and sharing for hobbyist photographers.
Use Auto Face Replace to swap and edit faces in group photos.
Get organized with Smart Event Sort to automatically categorize photos into collections. 

Lenovo (HKSE: 992) (ADR: LNVGY) today released Lenovo™ Photo Master 2.0 to improve and simplify the photo editing, storing and sharing experience for hobbyist photographers. The modern photo library is paired with powerful, easy-to-use editing and navigation tools that intuitively ensure “chief memory officers” always put their best picture forward.

The new software ensures treasured memories can be easily edited to perfection by even the most novice photographers – with a user experience so natural and seamless it becomes addictive. Smart new features that improve the overall photo management experience for the amateur photographer include Auto Face Replace, OneKey Beautifier, Smart Event Sort and Just Visiting.

Preloaded on select Lenovo™ YOGA™ and ideapad™ laptops coming out this month1, the upgraded Photo Master 2.0 offers smart new ways to improve, organize and share photos.

Auto Face Replace Fixes Faces
Auto Face Replace technology is a handy consumer photo-editing “recommendation” tool. The technology is capable of fixing facial features in seemingly unusable group photos by creating the best photo from a series of shots. Additionally, it can make a recommendation for users to swap and edit the faces within group photos by replacing them with faces from other photos. The auto-swapping capabilities and other new improvements in Photo Master 2.0 make this version of the photo editing and management software tool a standout for photo enthusiasts and hobbyists who are eager to effortlessly make the most of each shot. 

Instead of tossing out pictures because one person’s eyes were closed or forgot to smile, Photo Master 2.0 leverages facial recognition algorithms to “surgically” replace unwanted facial outcomes with more appealing ones from other photos. The result is a perfect image from every group shot. From wedding events to vacations and family photo sessions, Auto Face Replace ensures that photographic efforts are more likely to produce ideal images.

OneKey Beautifier
In response to the explosion of selfie-sharing and photo-based social networks, Photo Master 2.0 includes several one-click editing options for beautifying people and scenery. With unique and practical features such as Eye Enlarger, Blemish Removal, Skin Toner, and Eye Bag Removal, subjects in photos can receive a digital makeover in just seconds. The end result makes everyone look better, without complicated photo adjustments or knowledge of advanced photo editing techniques.

Tools for Photo Sharing
Effortlessly create a multimedia story from photo archives, including professional-quality photo collages and slideshows, with the help of Smart Event Sorting. It automatically organizes photos into collections and enables the sharer to simply pick a favorite song or audio track and bring a photo series instantly to life. The finished slideshow or photos can be quickly exported or shared via social media seamlessly from within the application.

Key Features
Auto Face Replace helps create the best photo from group shots by swapping faces from other similar photos
Smart Event Sort automatically organizes photos into collections by time, location, holiday or occasion
OneKey Beautifier offers powerful editing tools for people and scenery to give every photo the facelift it needs
Just Visiting automatically reminds users of upcoming personal special occasions through past photo collections
Photo Collage and Slideshow creation tools enable users to seamlessly create multimedia presentations from photos
Social media sharing from within the application saves time and makes it easier to show off photo creations

“Photo sharing is a big part of our daily lives, and finding a picture perfect image is important to both amateur and hobbyist photographers alike,” said Bai Peng, vice president and general manager, Lenovo Notebook Business Unit, PC Group. “With Photo Master 2.0, we’ve upped the ante with photo editing and sharing capabilities that users can use everyday to enhance their photos and cherish their special memories.”

Pricing and Availability1
Photo Master 2.0 is a software that will be preloaded onto all Lenovo™ YOGA™ and ideapad™ laptops (except for the K and E series) starting in July 20151.

A free trial version compatible with Windows 7, Windows 8.1 and Windows 10 will be available for download. Full version starts at US $9.95 later this year.

1Prices do not include tax and are subject to change without notice and is tied to specific terms and conditions. Reseller prices may vary. Price does not include all advertised features. On-shelf dates may vary by geography and products may only be available in selected markets. All offers subject to availability. Lenovo reserves the right to alter product offerings and specifications at any time without notice.

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