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2011 Grammy Nominees Official Album Set for Release January 25th

January 6, 2011 by  
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53rd Annual Grammy Awards CDThe Grammy Awards are around the corner and The Recording Academy announced on Thursday, January 6, 2010 that The Recording Academy and Jive Records to release the 2011 Grammy Nominees album, this is the 17th edition of the best selling which will included artists and songs of 53rd Annual Grammy Awards Nominees.
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“The exceptional mix of recordings contained on this preeminent compilation provides an incredible playlist from some of this year’s remarkable and talented GRAMMY nominees,” said Neil Portnow, President/CEO of The Recording Academy. He continue“With 19 diverse selections, the nominees album offers quality recordings for all music fans. We are proud and excited to, for the first time, collaborate with Jive Records on this project and we look forward to another successful chart-topping GRAMMY album.”

The cd will be available for purchase on January 25 and a portion of the proceeds will benefit MusiCares Foundation and the Grammy Foundation, those are two charities established by The Recording Academy. For more information and where to buy the cd http://www.2011grammycd.com
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Also Ivan Gavin, COO of the RCA/JIVE Label Group said “The 2011 GRAMMY Nominees album showcases some of the year’s best artists and songs from all genres and we’re honored to partner with The Recording Academy to release this compilation of the signature songs from the past year,” He concluded “In addition to offering great music, the collection also gives music fans the opportunity to support MusiCares and the GRAMMY Foundation — two charities that benefit the artistic community.”
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2011 GRAMMY Nominees AlbumTracklist:

1.        CEE LO GREEN “Forget You” Record Of The Year Song Of The Year
2.         B.o.B FEAT. BRUNO MARS “Nothin’ On You” Record Of The Year
3.         KATY PERRY FEAT. SNOOP DOGG “California Gurls” Album Of The Year

4.         LADY GAGA FEAT. BEYONCÉ “Telephone” Album Of The Year
5.         EMINEM FEAT. RIHANNA “Love The Way You Lie” Record Of The Year Album Of The Year Song Of The Year

6.         LADY ANTEBELLUM “Need You Now” Record Of The Year Album Of The Year Song Of The Year

7.          ARCADEFIRE “Ready To Start” Album Of The Year

8.          ADAM LAMBERT “Whataya Want From Me” Best Male Pop Vocal Performance

9.          JOHN MAYER “Half Of My Heart” (with Taylor Swift) Best Male Pop Vocal Performance

10.       MICHAEL BUBLÉ “Haven’t Met You Yet” Best Male Pop Vocal Performance

11.        BRUNO MARS “Just The Way You Are” Best Male Pop Vocal Performance

12.       MICHAEL JACKSON “This Is It” Best Male Pop Vocal Performance

13.       RAY LAMONTAGNE and the PARIAH DOGS “Beg Steal Or Borrow” Song Of The Year

14.      MIRANDA LAMBERT “The House That Built Me” Song Of The Year

15.        SADE “Babyfather” Best Pop Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocals

16.       PARAMORE “The Only Exception” Best Pop Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocals

17.       TRAIN “Hey, Soul Sister” (Live) Best Pop Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocals

18.       MAROON 5 “Misery” Best Pop Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocals

19.       GLEE CAST “Don’t Stop Believin'” (Regionals Version) Best Pop Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocals.
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The 53rd Annual GRAMMY Awards will be held Sunday, Feb. 13 at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles, and will be broadcast live in high-definition TV and 5.1 surround sound on the CBS Television Network from 8 – 11:30 p.m. (ET/PT).
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About The Recording Academy Was established in 1957, The Recording Academy is an organization of musicians, producers, engineers and recording professionals that is dedicated to improving the cultural condition and quality of life for music and its makers. Internationally known for the GRAMMY Awards — the preeminent peer-recognized award for musical excellence and the most credible brand in music — The Recording Academy is responsible for groundbreaking professional development, cultural enrichment, advocacy, education and human services programs. The Academy continues to focus on its mission of recognizing musical excellence, advocating for the well-being of music makers and ensuring music remains an indelible part of our culture. For more information about The Academy, please visit www.grammy.com. For breaking news and exclusive content, join the organization’s social networks as a Twitter follower at www.twitter.com/thegrammys, a Facebook fan at www.facebook.com/thegrammys, and aYouTube channel subscriber at www.youtube.com/thegrammys.

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About Jive Records Jive Records is a record label within the JIVE Label Group.  The label represents a varied group of internationally renowned artists representing all genres of music including Justin Timberlake, R. Kelly, Usher (LaFace), Tool (Volcano), Ciara (LaFace), P!nk (LaFace), Britney Spears, OutKast (LaFace), Kirk Franklin (Verity), The Days Grace, T-Pain, Marvin Sapp (Verity), Jordan Sparks, JLS, Bullet For My Valentine, Buddy Guy, Anthony Hamilton and more. JIVE Label Group is a unit of Sony Music Entertainment. Sources: The Recording Academy Press Room & Hollywood Events Examiner
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AFI Awards 2010 Official Nominations and Jurors Announced

December 13, 2010 by  
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AFI Awards 2010On Sunday, December 12, 2010 The American Film Institute (AFI) announced the official selections of AFI AWARDS 2010, AFI’s almanac that records the year’s most outstanding achievements in film, television, and other forms of the moving image arts.

AFI will honor the creative ensembles for each of the selections at a private luncheon by invitation only sponsored by Hewlett-Packard on Friday, January 14, 2011 at the Four Seasons Hotel in Los Angeles, California. AFI Awards 2010 nominated films are: Blockbuster Subscription Banner - 2 for 1d AFI MOVIES OF THE YEAR

























AFI Awards 2010 Jurors are:


Tom Pollock

Chair, AFI Awards Jury for Motion Pictures

AFI Board of Trustees


Jeanine Basinger

Wesleyan University

Donn Cambern


Diablo Cody


Lee Daniels


Jane Gaines

Columbia University

Bob Gazzale

American Film Institute

Akira Mizuta Lippit

University of Southern California

Leonard Maltin

Leonard Maltin’s Movie Crazy/ENTERTAINMENT TONIGHT

Elvis Mitchell


Claudia Puig

USA Today

Lisa Schwarzbaum

Entertainment Weekly

Michael Wood

Princeton University


Richard Frank

Chair, AFI Jury for Television

AFI Board of Trustees


Steven Bochco


Bob Gazzale

American Film Institute

Marshall Herskovitz

AFI Board of Trustees


Jennifer Love Hewitt


Henry Jenkins

University of Southern California

Anna McCarthy

New York University

Mary McNamara

Los Angeles Times

James Poniewozik

Time Magazine

Matt Roush

TV Guide Magazine

Maureen Ryan


John Shaffner

AFI Board of Trustees

Chairman and CEO, Academy of Television Arts & Sciences

Production Designer

Janet Staiger

University of Texas at Austin

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November 4, 2010 by  
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AFI Fest 2010 November 4 to 11, 2010Additional Tickets Released November 3 for: Los Angeles Times Roundtable with Actors Carey Mulligan, Jesse Eisenberg and Andrew Garfield; Conversations with Halle Berry and Screenwriter Aaron Sorkin; and a 3D Bootcamp, including a Preview of TRON: LEGACY Footage

AFI FEST 2010 presented by Audi announced on Wednesday, November 3, 2010 the full slate of Special Presentations to be offered during the festival, including three new events that have been added to the program: CINEMA’S LEGACY WITH SCREENWRITER AARON SORKIN on November 7; ON ACTING – A CONVERSATION WITH HALLE BERRY on November 9; and a secret screening in Grauman’s Chinese Theatre on November 9 at 9:30 p.m featuring an upcoming major Hollywood release. The title of the secret screening film will be announced on the morning of November 9 but tickets are available online starting November 3, 2010. These events join the previously announced Special Presentations featuring 3D BOOTCAMP, presented by the Sony 3D Technology Center, on November 10, which includes a 20-minute preview of TRON: LEGACY in 3D, and THE LOS ANGELES TIMES YOUNG HOLLYWOOD roundtable with Carey Mulligan (NEVER LET ME GO, AN EDUCATION) and Jesse Eisenberg and Andrew Garfield (THE SOCIAL NETWORK) on November 5. Sign Up With Blockbuster, Get 50% Off First Month.

CINEMA’S LEGACY WITH SCREENWRITER AARON SORKIN Sunday, November 7, 2:00 p.m. at the Egyptian Theatre Presented by the American Film Institute and the Skirball Cultural Center, this ongoing Cinema’s Legacy series invites contemporary filmmakers to screen work they credit with encouraging and shaping their art. For this event, a conversation and Q&A with screenwriter Aaron Sorkin will precede a screening of Alan J. Pakula’s ALL THE PRESIDENT’S MEN (1976). The conversation will be moderated by AFI Distinguished Scholar-in-Residence Jim Hosney. Aaron Sorkin graduated from Syracuse University with a B.F.A. in Theatre in 1983. He made his Broadway playwriting debut at the age of 28 with the military courtroom drama, “A Few Good Men,” for which he received the John Gassner Award as Outstanding New American Playwright. The following year saw his off-Broadway play, “Making Movies,” and in 2007 he returned to Broadway with “The Farnsworth Invention,” directed by Des McAnuff. His film adaptation of A FEW GOOD MEN was nominated for four Academy Awards, including Best Picture. He followed this success with the screenplays for MALICE and THE AMERICAN PRESIDENT. Sorkin produced and wrote the television series SPORTS NIGHT for ABC for two years, and then spent the next four years writing and producing the NBC series THE WEST WING, winning the Emmy Award for Outstanding Drama Series all four years. For his work on THE WEST WING, Mr. Sorkin also twice received the Peabody Award and the Humanitas Prize, and three Television Critics Association Awards. He also won a Golden Globe, a Writers Guild Award and three Producers Guild Awards. In 2006, Sorkin wrote and produced the NBC television series STUDIO 60 ON THE SUNSET STRIP. He also wrote the 2007 film CHARLIE WILSON’S WAR. His latest film, THE SOCIAL NETWORK, is directed by David Fincher and stars Jesse Eisenberg, Andrew Garfield and Justin Timberlake.

ON ACTING – A CONVERSATION WITH HALLE BERRY Tuesday, November 9, 7:00 p.m. at Grauman’s Chinese Theatre Academy Award® winning actress Halle Berry returns to AFI FEST to talk about her extraordinary career and her influences, with film clips from her work shown throughout the event. She will soon be seen in FRANKIE & ALICE, a psychological drama – produced by Berry – based on the true story of Frankie Murdoch, a woman suffering with multiple personality disorder in early 1970s Los Angeles, also starring Stellan Skarsgård. Berry continues to break down barriers with a multitude of critically acclaimed, diverse roles and success at the box office. She won the Academy Award® for Best Actress in 2001’s MONSTER’S BALL, in addition to the SAG Award, National Board of Review and the Berlin Silver Bear Award. Berry also earned an Emmy, Golden Globe, SAG and NAACP Image Award for her performance in HBO’s INTRODUCING DOROTHY DANDRIDGE, which she also produced. She made her feature film debut in Spike Lee’s groundbreaking 1991 film, JUNGLE FEVER, and has gone on to appear in projects as diverse as BULWORTH, opposite Warren Beatty, LOSING ISAIAH, also starring Jessica Lange, the James Bond film DIE ANOTHER DAY, the boxoffice smash X-MEN series, SWORDFISH with John Travolta and Hugh Jackman, and THINGS WE LOST IN THE FIRE, opposite Benicio Del Toro.

LOS ANGELES TIMES ROUNDTABLE – YOUNG HOLLYWOOD WITH CAREY MULLIGAN, JESSE EISENBERG AND ANDREW GARFIELD Friday, November 5, 7:00 p.m. at the Egyptian Theater The Times film writer Amy Kaufman sits down with three of Hollywood’s most acclaimed young talents – Carey Mulligan (NEVER LET ME GO, AN EDUCATION), Jesse Eisenberg & Andrew Garfield (THE SOCIAL NETWORK) – for an intimate, inside look the art of acting, life behind the scenes and the approaching awards season. Buy Movie Tickets Online Now!

3D BOOTCAMP – PRESENTED BY THE SONY 3D TECHNOLOGY CENTER AND FEATURING A PREVIEW OF TRON: LEGACY Wednesday, November 10, 10:00 a.m. at Mann’s Chinese Theatre Buzz Hayes, Senior Vice President of the Sony 3D Technology Center, will present this special seminar on the making of 3D entertainment. The bootcamp will cover the history and foundation of 3D production, including the fundamentals of making good 3D, basic terminology, tools and techniques and 3D “dos and don’ts.” The seminar includes a 20-minute preview of TRON: LEGACY, a 3D high-tech adventure set in a digital world. Walt Disney Pictures will release TRON: LEGACY in Disney Digital 3D and IMAX 3D on December 17, 2010. American Express Giftcards

“SECRET SCREENING” AT AFI FEST Tuesday, November 9, 9:30 p.m. at Grauman’s Chinese Theatre AFI FEST will offer a secret screening of a soon-to-be-released major Hollywood film. The title of the film will be announced on the day of the screening, but free tickets can be reserved now through the AFI FEST box office and website. Free tickets to all AFI FEST events are available at AFI.com/AFIFEST, 1.888.AFI FEST and on-site at the AFI FEST box office at the Hollywood & Highland Center in Hollywood. Additional tickets will be released the day before each event. Rush Lines will begin forming one hour before the scheduled event start times. Becoming a patron of the festival and purchasing a Patron Package or one of the other Festival Passes secures reserved seats and other festival benefits. Those who become an AFI member or purchase an AFI FEST Patron Package or Festival Pass will receive a commemorative poster featuring artwork created by Guest Artistic Director David Lynch exclusively for AFI FEST 2010. Poster quantities are limited. Additional information is available at AFI.com/AFIFEST. AFI FEST 2010 presented by Audi will take place in Hollywood, California at the historic Grauman’s Chinese Theatre, the Mann Chinese 6 theatres, the Egyptian Theatre and the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel from November 4-11, 2010. Wireless from AT&T About the American Film Institute: AFI is America’s promise to preserve the history of the motion picture, to honor the artists and their work, and to educate the next generation of storytellers. As a national, public-supported educational and cultural organization, AFI provides leadership in film, television and digital media and is dedicated to initiatives that engage the past, the present and the future of the moving image arts. AFI preserves the legacy of America’s film heritage through the AFI Catalog of Feature Films, an authoritative record of American films from 1893 to the present, and the AFI Archives, which contains rare footage from across the history of the moving image. AFI honors the artists and their work through a variety of annual programs and special events, including the AFI Life Achievement Award and AFI Awards. For 38 years, the AFI Life Achievement Award has remained the highest honor for a career in film while AFI Awards, the institute’s almanac for the 21st century, honors the most outstanding motion pictures and television programs of the year. AFI’s 100 Years…100 Movies television events and movie reference lists, as well as AFI Night at the Movies, have introduced and reintroduced classic American movies to millions of film lovers. And as the largest nonprofit exhibitor in the United States, AFI offers film enthusiasts a variety of events throughout the year, including AFI Fest presented by Audi, the longest running international film festival in Los Angeles; AFI-Discovery Channel Silverdocs, the largest documentary festival in the US; and year-round programming at the AFI Silver Theatre in the Washington, D.C. area. AFI educates the next generation of storytellers at its world-renowned AFI Conservatory, offering a two-year Master of Fine Arts degree in six filmmaking disciplines: Cinematography, Directing, Editing, Producing, Production Design and Screenwriting. AFI also explores new digital technologies through special workshops. Additional information about AFI is available at AFI.com.

About AFI FEST presented by Audi: Celebrating its 24th year as a program of the American Film Institute, AFI FEST 2010 presented by Audi will take place November 4 through 11 in the heart of Hollywood. Kicking off the awards season each year, AFI FEST offers a crucial avenue of exposure to the entertainment community, while providing appreciative audiences with a festive atmosphere and the very best of world film, right in the center of the film capital of the world. The American Film Market (AFM), November 3-10, 2010, is the market partner of AFI FEST. Together, AFI FEST and AFM provide the only concurrent festival/market event in North America. AFI FEST is the only FIAPF-accredited film festival in the United States. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences recognizes AFI FEST as a qualifying festival for the Short Films category for the annual Academy Awards®. AFI FEST 2010 presented by Audi is sponsored in part by American Airlines the official airline of AFI  American Film Market (AFM) and the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors through the Los Angeles County Arts Commission. Additional sponsors include Baskin-Robbins, Clarisonic, Hollywood & Highland Center, Little Black Dress Wines and Stella Artois. AFI FEST is proud of its new relationship with the American Cinematheque at the Egyptian Theatre and its continued collaboration with the Skirball Cultural Center. Additional information about AFI FEST presented by Audi is available at AFI.com/AFIFEST. Connect with AFI FEST presented by Audi at facebook.com/AFIFEST, twitter.com/AFIFEST and youtube.com/AFIFEST.
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