XFINITY OFFERS TAYLOR SWIFT BEHIND-THE-SCENES TOUR CONTENT AND EXPERIENCES AS PART OF “THE 1989 WORLD TOUR” SPONSORSHIP
Comcast’s XFINITY Brand Becomes Lead Sponsor of All U.S. Tour Dates
Customers Get Access to Behind-The-Scenes Videos, Plus Chances to Win Tickets, Meet & Greets, Backstage Tours, and Tour Merchandise
Comcast today announced that the company’s Xfinity brand will become the lead sponsor of Taylor Swift’s The 1989 World Tour, offering its customers benefits such as access to behind-the-scenes video footage from tour rehearsals as well as the chance to meet the seven-time Grammy winner and win backstage tours, tour merchandise and concert tickets.
Xfinity will become the lead sponsor of all U.S. tour dates on The 1989 World Tour, starting on May 20 in Bossier City, LA and ending on October 31 in Tampa, FL.
“Taylor Swift is a global superstar and her fans have an unrivaled passion for everything she touches,” said Todd Arata, VP, Brand Marketing, Comcast Cable. “And now, Xfinity and Taylor Swift are coming together to bring Taylor fans an experience they can’t get anywhere else.”
As a part of the sponsorship, Xfinity will build an unprecedented Xfinity On Demand experience including videos that give viewers a backstage pass to what goes into preparing for each show of The 1989 World Tour. Customers also will get On-Demand access to a curated collection of movies, TV shows and talk show appearances featuring Taylor as well her music videos.
“Throughout the tour we’ll also surprise fans with ticket giveaways, signed merchandise and more, including a lip sync competition among fans for the chance to meet Taylor herself,” added Arata.
At each U.S. concert venue, Xfinity will host a backstage “vibe room” where select Xfinity customers and concertgoers will have an opportunity to go on backstage tours and attend a meet-and-greet with Taylor. At select tour locations, the brand will also create an “Xfinity Zone,” where concertgoers will have an opportunity to experience the best of Xfinity, including the X1 Entertainment Operating System. Visitors can also have fun with a photo booth that enables fans’ photos to be super-imposed onto backgrounds featuring the singer.
Xfinity is Comcast’s residential service brand and the nation’s largest video and high-speed Internet provider and more information about the Taylor Swift sponsorship can be found at xfinity.com/1989.
Check this out folks…sounds pretty cool!!
COMCAST CUSTOMERS CAN NOW “SHARE” LIVE STREAMS TO THE TV
New Xfinity Share App Lets X1 Users Live Stream Video and Send Photos and Recorded Videos to Each Other in Real Time
Comcast today announced that Xfinity customers on the X1 Entertainment Operating System can now live stream their favorite life moments over the Internet from their smartphone to the television to share with friends and family. Through the company’s new Xfinity Share app, customers can live stream or send photos and recorded videos to their TV, or to the TV of another X1 customer, as well as live stream and share content to mobile phones.
To use Xfinity Share, currently both the sender and receiver must be Xfinity Triple Play customers with X1 DVR capable set-top boxes.
“We’re giving our customers the power to share special moments in their lives as they happen,” said Patti Loyack, Vice President of Communications, Comcast Cable. “Whether a child’s baseball game, a graduation or just a beautiful sunset, Share lets users broadcast whatever they see in real time to the biggest screen in the home. So now a grandmother in San Francisco can watch along on her TV at the exact moment her grandson in Philadelphia blows out his birthday candles.”
To stream to the TV, users just need to follow these simple steps: open the Xfinity Share app, select “Stream Live” and accept the notification that appears on the TV.
The Xfinity Share app is available to download for free from the Apple Store for iOS devices or from Google Play for Android devices. The app leverages WebRTC, an open Internet standard that supports real-time communication over Web browsers. Comcast is one of the first companies to optimize this technology for the TV.
“WebRTC is a powerful technology that we’re bringing to the TV,” said Franklyn Athias, Senior Vice President, Comcast IP Communications Services. “WebRTC and X1 are a natural fit. The most advanced television entertainment operating system and the most flexible real-time communications tool combine to offer a cross-platform, multimedia experience like no other. We’re connecting customers to whom and what they love in more ways than ever.”
Later this year, additional features will be added to Share including the ability to:
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Share content with virtually anyone by sending a URL via email
Send content to up to five people at the same time
Stop, pause and rewind the live stream
Store the live stream in the X1 Photos app
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Any photos or recorded videos sent from Xfinity Share are stored in and accessible via the X1 Photos app. Customers can turn off share notifications in the Photos app as well.
READY TO MAKE EVERY PRINCESS’ FAIRY TALE COME TRUE, 2015 DISNEY ROYAL BALL QUINCEAÑERA DRESS COLLECTION BY ASHDON INC. IS NOW IN STORES
New Line Features 13 Gowns Inspired By Beloved Disney Characters, Including a New Design Channeling the Classic Tale and Live-Action Film “Cinderella”
LOS ANGELES, CA — April 23, 2015 — On the stroke of midnight, the spell will be broken, and everything will be as it was before, but not this time. Ashdon Inc., a leading force in the bridal and formalwear industry, today announced that the 2015 Disney Royal Ball Quinceañera dress collection is now available in-stores nationwide. Featuring thirteen exquisite gowns channeling treasured Disney characters, the highly anticipated line includes a new design inspired by Walt Disney Studios’ live-action film, Cinderella, as well as a new gown for “La Corona de la Princesa.”
“Combining elements of fantasy and magic to deliver a fairy tale experience like no other, the Disney Royal Ball Quinceañera dress collection was created with young Latinas in mind,” said Nick Yeh, CEO of Ashdon Brands. “These stunning Quinceañera gowns are not only perfect for fans of the timeless tale of Cinderella, but also give every Latina the opportunity to celebrate and channel the inspiring and enchanting strong qualities of their favorite Disney characters on their special day.”
Available in a variety of vibrant colors, glorious treatments and creative embellishments, young Latinas celebrating their Quinceañeras can now choose from any of the following Disney Royal Ball Quinceañera gowns, including:
- Cinderella – Inspired by Cinderella’s graceful elegance, this timeless gown brings the magic of the ballroom to life, with embellishments including glamorous draping and delicate beadwork.
- Anna – Featuring contemporary “Rosemaling” (decorative painting), beadwork and graceful symmetry, this gown captures Anna’s warmth and exuberance, while shimmering with a natural and organic elegance.
- Elsa – Inspired by snow and ice, this gown celebrates Elsa’s magical powers with its dramatic palette of icy blues and deep purples that deliver a cool elegance reminiscent of the beauty that sets in eternal winter.
- Ariel – Cascading waves of organza ruffles and oceans of jewels pay tribute to Ariel’s courageous yet free-spirited nature.
- Belle – Versailles-inspired beadwork and sophisticated silhouettes pay tribute to Belle’s elegance, intelligence and beauty.
- Jasmine – A whole new world awaits with this exotic gown’s shimmering beadwork and beautiful silhouette that celebrates Jasmine’s bold and adventurous spirit.
- Mulan – This Chinoiserie-inspired organza ball gowns capture Mulan’s heroic spirit and valiant heart.
- Pocahontas – Inspired by Pocahontas’ courageous heart and love of nature, this gown celebrate the beauty of the earth and sky, with cascading ruffles and elegant draping, adorned with dazzling beadwork.
- Rapunzel – A tribute to Rapunzel’s passion and artistic spirit, the cap-sleeve, organza ball gown features exquisite beading and a skirt inspired by organic, hand-rolled flowers, while the strapless style features a ruffled detachable skirt.
- Sleeping Beauty – As alluring and beautiful as Aurora herself, this dreamy gown features a sweetheart neckline, delicate beadwork and whimsical skirt.
- Snow White – Inspired by the compassionate nature and grace of Snow White, this stunning gown makes a graceful yet dramatic statement.
- Tiana – This enchanting gown captures Tiana’s confident attitude and independent spirit, and is perfect for masquerading across the dance floor in a dazzling New Orleans style.
- Corona de la Princesa – A special edition addition to the Disney Royal Ball Quinceañera Collection, this gown’s ornate details celebrate being the ultimate princess.
The 2015 Disney Royal Ball Quinceañera dress collection is available at specialty and formal wear retailers across the U.S. and Canada. Dresses are available in sizes 0-30 with MSRPs ranging from $530-$999.
Designed and brought to life in collaboration with Disney Consumer Products, the Disney Royal Ball Quinceañera dress collection debuted in 2013 as the first ever line of Quinceañera gowns inspired by the inner qualities, personalities and stories of the Disney Princess characters.
For more information on the 2015 Disney Royal Ball Quinceañera collection and retail outlets, please visit www.QuinceRoyalBall.com.
About Ashdon, Inc.
Housed under the Ashdon brand umbrella are the highly regarded Victor Harper, Cristiano Lucci and Yumi Katsura Couture Collections whose brand is recognized on the same level with the world’s most prestigious fashion trademarks. Best recognized for their glamorous Simone Carvalli and Impression Bridal lines, Ashdon, Inc. is a leading force in the bridal and formal-wear industry. Ashdon’s collections extend with evening gowns, special occasion and bridesmaid dresses, Quinceañeras, mothers of the bride and teen prom lines, such as Xcite, Xtreme and Q by DaVinci. No stranger to the celebrity world stars such as Mariah Carey, Sofia Milos, Michelle Rodriguez, Faith Hill, Selena Gomez, Ashley Greene and The Bachelor’s Tara Durr all have worn gowns from one of their collections on the red carpets and down the aisle. Ashdon Brand’s gowns have been featured in Life & Style, the Teen Choice Awards as well as top-rated shows such as The Vampire Diaries, The Price Is Right, and on Tyra Banks’ America’s Next Top Model. For more information on Ashdon, please visit www.Ashdonbrands.com.
Check this out folks – could come in handy for you or someone you know.
In the wake of the devastating earthquake that shook Katmandu, Nepal this past weekend, Comcast is offering free calls to Nepal from April 25 through May 31.
Below please find the official statement on behalf of Comcast:
By Patti Loyack, Vice President of Broadband Voice
Our hearts go out to all those impacted by the devastating Earthquake in Katmandu, Nepal – the victims, their families and their loved ones. During this extremely difficult time, we want to help our customers unite with their families and friends in the aftermath. Therefore, Comcast will provide free calls to Nepal for our more than 11 million Xfinity Voice residential customers.
This will apply to all calls made to Nepal by customers between April 25 through May 31. Credits and waived fees will be automatic and no action will be required by customers.
We will continue to keep all those impacted by this tragic event in our thoughts and prayers and wish them strength during these trying times.
Link to blogpost: http://corporate.comcast.com/comcast-voices/comcast-offers-free-calls-to-nepal
In 1999, it was The Blair Witch Project. In 2009, it was Paranormal Activity. In 2015, a new film will revolutionize horror. Universal Pictures presents Unfriended.
Directed by Levan Gabriadze and written by Nelson Greaves, Unfriended follows a group of high school teenagers haunted by the spirit of their dead friend on the one-year anniversary of her tragic suicide. The movie is set as one long, terrifying Skype chat in which a group of teens are terrorized by the spirit of their former friend, who committed suicide after an embarrassing video of her was posted online. At first they think it’s a prank, but when the girl starts revealing the friends’ darkest secrets, they realize they are dealing something or someone that wants them dead.
I had the opportunity to interview Greaves about the origins of Unfriended and how the initial story came together.
As the writer, it was a challenge to come up with material that was compelling enough without having to resort to multiple locations. “I approached this as I was writing a play… and the sort of the same logic questions and challenges that come up were going to be things we were going to be tackling,” Greves said. “At the same time, we also see the benefits of the play. You don’t think about anything else. It’s just the characters. It’s just the world. If you can convince people to buy into that then you can have something that’s much more dramatic than throwing chainsaws…”
Each actor was assigned their own room in the house where the movie was shot and spent long days going through the entire script in one take. The technical crew designed a system where the actors could all see and hear each other, as well as hear direction from the directors. The filming process was far from typical. The entire movie was shot on GoPro cameras to make it look like an actual video chat. “I thinking liberating is the best way to describe (the filming process). We are actors that come from improv backgrounds. I’ve worked in TV and film and you’re really not allowed to do that a lot of the time,” Courtney Halverson stated.
Overall, Unfriended is a horror film very of its time. It premiers in theaters April 17.
“We weren’t setting out to tell a digital horror story. We weren’t setting out to tell a story about digital relationships. We set out a story about the way people live now,” Greaves said.
#FantasticFour is out August 7 and I can’t freaking wait!! I watched the others…but…not going to lie…I just didn’t feel them. (lol) I tried…believe me I tried.
“CHANGE IS COMING”…and that’s for sure. (lol) Look below…four new cast commentary videos – producer Simon Kinberg and director Josh Trank discuss their admiration for their lead actors.
…Miles Teller as Mr. Fantastic…Kate Mara as Invisible Woman (WHO I LOVE)…Michael B. Jordan as Human Torch…and Jamie Bell as The Thing.
In the hilarious new comedy sequel, PAUL BLART: MALL COP 2, Kevin James reprises the role of Paul Blart, the security guard is headed to Las Vegas to attend a Security Guard Expo with his teenage daughter Maya (Raini Rodriguez) before she departs for college. While at the convention, he inadvertently discovers a heist – and it’s up to Blart to apprehend the criminals.
Raini Rodriguez shares the Hollywood spotlight with her charming brother Rico Rodriguez (Modern Family). In anticipation of PAUL BLART: MALL COP 2, let’s take a look at some other famous celebrity siblings.
Catch PAUL BLART: MALL COP 2 in theaters nationwide on April 17th!
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RAINI (PAUL BLART MALL COP, AUSTIN & ALLY) AND RICO RODRIGUEZ (MODERN FAMILY)
DAVID (NEVER BEEN KISSED, SCREAM) AND PATRICIA ARQUETTE (MEDIUM, BOYHOOD)
ELLE (SUPER 8, MALEFICENT) AND DAKOTA FANNING (WAR OF THE WORLDS, THE TWILIGHT SAGA)
MAGGIE (THE DARK KNIGHT, WHITE HOUSE DOWN) AND JAKE GYLLENHALL (BROKEBACK MOUNTAIN, SOURCE CODE)
CHRIS (THOR, STAR TREK) AND LIAM HEMSWORTH (THE HUNGER GAMES, THE EXPENDABLES 2)
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Official Website: http://www.sonypictures.com/movies/paulblartmallcop/
Synopsis: In this sequel, in which Kevin James reprises the role of Paul Blart, the security guard is headed to Las Vegas to attend a Security Guard Expo with his teenage daughter Maya (Raini Rodriguez) before she departs for college. While at the convention, he inadvertently discovers a heist – and it’s up to Blart to apprehend the criminals.
Sinopsis: En esta secuela, en la que Kevin James repite el papel de Paul Blart, el guardia de seguridad se dirige a Las Vegas para asistir a la Security Guard Expo con su hija adolescente Maya (Raini Rodríguez) antes de que ella se marche a la universidad. Durante la convención, involuntariamente descubre un atraco, y dependerá de Blart atrapar a los criminales.
Check it out people. Some folks sent me a little info on this new documentary being made called GABE. Here’s the scoop…
The film follows a recent college graduate with muscular dystrophy who discovers overnight that his life expectancy has doubled. The film captures his remarkable path to meaning and purpose, while facing daily challenges that most people in the world couldn’t even fathom. GABE is a testament to human perseverance, and a reminder that despite our differences, we are all connected through our shared humanity.
Now watch the teaser trailer…
Good stuff, huh?! I just wanted to share this with ya’ll.
But wait…there’s more.
Although the film is mostly finished, the filmmaker is using Kickstarter to complete one last scene. You can view the Kickstarter here: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1035258486/253063018?token=447db4fd.
For more…follow below.
XFINITY SWEEPSTAKES OFFERS $20,000 CASH PRIZE, SHOW-THEMED VACATIONS,
TABLETS AND MORE
Game Of Thrones-Inspired Trip To Northern Ireland Among Items Up For Grabs To Celebrate
Return of Xfinity Watchathon Week;
Biggest Week in Television History Starts April 6
Philadelphia, PA – March 18, 2015 – Comcast is offering TV fans across the country the chance to win $20,000, show-themed vacations and more as part of a special sweepstakes that celebrates the return of Xfinity Watchathon Week.
Now through April 12, fans can enter for a chance to win exciting prize packages including:
– A Grand Prize of $20,000
– A First Prize of a Show-Inspired Trip to Either Northern Ireland or Scotland: Two lucky fans will win one of two show-inspired vacations for themselves and a guest where they’ll be immersed in the real-life setting of one of two acclaimed shows, HBO’s Game of Thrones or the STARZ Original series Outlander.
o Northern Ireland: Step back into the land of Westeros with this Game of Thrones-inspired trip to Northern Ireland. The winner and his/her guest will travel round-trip to Belfast, spend five nights at a quiet and peaceful inn, and experience four days touring Northern Ireland. The winner will also be awarded $1,000 in spending money.
o Scotland: Travel back to the 18th century highlands of Scotland in this trip inspired by the STARZ Original series Outlander. The winner and his/her guest will be flown to Edinburg for five nights, including a stay in a magnificent baronial mansion. While there, they’ll be able to explore the world of Outlander’s Claire and Jamie in a classic car with a private driver; and tour Scotland’s most historic sites such as the Edinburgh Castle. They will also pay a visit to the Outlander set, subject to availability, and be given $1,000 in spending money.
– Daily Prizes of Watchathon Essentials: One winner a day (thirty total winners) will win a “Binge Box” filled with items to help get them through Watchathon Week, including a mini tablet, headphones, Watchathon gear, bonus items from HBO and STARZ, and lots of snacks so they have no excuse to ever leave the couch.
Each year during Xfinity Watchathon Week, Comcast hosts the biggest week in TV history by unlocking content from premium, cable and broadcast networks for Xfinity TV customers to enjoy across platforms for free. Watchathon 2015 will take place April 6 through April 12 and the final list of shows will be announced soon. Last year, Xfinity TV customers set records by watching 61 million pieces of On Demand content and nearly 50 million hours of shows over a seven day period.
The Grand and First Prize drawings for the Xfinity Watchathon Sweepstakes will take place on April 15, 2015. The Grand Prize of $20,000, as well as the daily prizes, will be fulfilled within six to eight weeks after the verification process is complete. First Prize trips to Northern Ireland and Scotland must be taken by April 15, 2016.
To enter the sweepstakes, visit www.xfinitysweepstakes.com and register* between now and April 12, 2015.
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In preparation for Watchathon Week, Xfinity TV customers can visit the Watchathon Headquarters site to get ready, learn more, and spread the word with their friends. Join the Watchathon Week conversation on facebook.com/xfinity and on twitter by using #Watchathon and following @XFINITY and @Comcast.
* No purchase or sign-in necessary to enter or win. Must be a legal resident of the 50 U.S. states or District of Columbia (excluding Puerto RIco, all other U.S. territories & possessions) and of legal age of majority (and at least 18) at time of entry to participate. Visit xfinitysweepstakes.com for Official Rules, which govern, and complete details.
About Comcast Cable:
Comcast Cable is the nation’s largest video, high-speed Internet and phone provider to residential customers under the XFINITY brand and also provides these services to businesses. Comcast has invested in technology to build an advanced network that delivers among the fastest broadband speeds, and brings customers personalized video, communications and home management offerings. Comcast Corporation (Nasdaq: CMCSA, CMCSK) is a global media and technology company. Visit http://www.comcastcorporation.com for more information.
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DISNEY STORE CELEBRATES 28th ANNIVERSARY WITH SPECIAL ONE-DAY SAVINGS
During the 28th anniversary celebration, each store will host a special opening ceremony, and the first 28 guests to make a purchase in each Store on Saturday, March 28, will receive a free gift. Guests can also participate in fun, engaging activities throughout the day, as well as dance and sing during the Cast Member JAMboree, taking place the 28th minute of every hour.
Disney Store opened its first store in Glendale, California in1987, and, in doing so, originated the themed retail model. With more than 330 stores worldwide and ecommerce operations in nine countries, Disney Store and DisneyStore.com are two of Disney’s premier retail destinations, delivering a magical and immersive shopping experience for guests of all ages.
Today, more than 200 million people visit Disney Store every year where they find an impressive selection of unique, high quality Disney, Marvel and Star Wars product. Disney Store’s dedicated team of Cast Members, coupled with the award-winning store design, makes every visit memorable.
To find a local Disney Store, guests can visit www.DisneyStore.com/storelocator or call (866) 902-2798. For more information, please visit www.disneyconsumerproducts.com. Guests can also sign up for email alerts at www.DisneyStore.com/Updates, become a fan on Facebook or follow us on Twitter to stay connected to your favorite destination.
WHEN: 28th ANNIVERSARY – Saturday, March 28, 2015
– Special opening ceremony**
– 28 great gifts, one for each of the first 28 guests who make a purchase in each local store**
– 28th minute of every hour, dance and sing during the Cast Member JAMboree
– Additional free activities offered throughout the day
– Special one-day savings online and in-store
– Disney Store locations nationwide and online at DisneyStore.com
*Some exclusions apply. See Store for details.
**Contact your local store for operating hours.
ABOUT DISNEY STORE NORTH AMERICA
The Disney Store retail chain, which debuted in 1987, is owned and operated by Disney in North America, Europe, and Japan. Disney Store is the retail merchandising arm of Disney Consumer Products, the business segment of The Walt Disney Company (NYSE:DIS) and its affiliates that extends the Disney brand to merchandise. Disney Store carries high-quality products, including exclusive product lines that support and promote Disney’s key entertainment initiatives and characters. Disney Store opened its first store in Glendale, California and, in doing so, originated the themed retail business model. There are currently more than 200 Disney Store locations in North America; more than 40 Disney Store locations in Japan; and more than 100 Disney Store locations in Belgium, Denmark, France, Ireland, Italy, Portugal, Spain and the United Kingdom, plus online stores www.DisneyStore.com, www.disneystore.co.uk, www.disneystore.fr, www.disneystore.de, www.disneystore.se, www.disneystore.dk, www.disneystore.it, www.disneystore.es and www.disneystore.co.jp. Each Disney Store location offers a magical shopping experience that can only be delivered by Disney, one of the world’s largest and most successful entertainment companies. For more information, please visit www.disneyconsumerproducts.com/press/us/disneystore or follow us at www.facebook.com/DisneyStore and www.twitter.com/DisneyStore.