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The 2015 South by Southwest (SXSW) film and music festival is scheduled for March 13-22 in Austin, Texas. Began in 1987, the festival and the conference is a celebration of film, music, any many more run by the SXSW, Inc.


This year’s planned festival will feature 145 feature films which is an all-time high for the festival and include the last minute addition of Furious 7, Spy, Get Hard, The Final Girls, Moonwalker, Trainwreck and many more. In documentaries line up includes Steve Jobs: The Man in the Machine, ExMachina and Brand: A Second Coming and appears to be fan favorites too.

In the music category more than 2,000 artists and groups are scheduled to play for free. Some of the scheduled notables include three women ukulele playing group, The Prettiots. The festival provides a venue for young artists to showcase their talent and get the attention of the industry deal makers. Music industry big names attending the festival and performing include John Legend, Spoon, and Snoop Dogg while three time attendee Kanye West will be a keynote speaker. Some television show hosts including Jimmy Kimmel Live are expected to broadcast from the venue. Show appears to be gaining momentum since its debut 28 years ago.

The summer of 2014 brought in two successful movies, Paramount Pictures Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Guardians of the Galaxy.

Teenage Ninja Turtle pocketed more than $120 million in the U.S. and Canada within the first 11 days of screening. This success is mainly due to kids who are at home during the summer. This is why 2014 summer releases were jam packed. Among movies successfully released includes Godzilla which raked in $93 million within the weekend following the opening in May and X-Men: Days of Future Past which came in the following weekend took the helm and earned $90 million. Maleficent followed them the next weekend and grossed more than $68 million. By late July, Transformers: Age of Extinction which opened in late June earned more than $243 million in total ticket sales. All these summer blockbusters are expected to do exceptionally well in other countries.

Summer releases traditionally crowd the season and more and more studios are advancing release dates earlier to avoid other known movie releases basically extending the summer forward. One big problem for movie makers is dwindling numbers of teenagers going to movies. Data indicates that this group dropped by more than 17 percent in year 2013.

New Year is almost upon us. It will bring whole new series of award shows for 2014 starting with People’s Choice Awards scheduled for January 8, 2014 honoring talent in music, film and television. It is the only major award show that decides winners by the general public.

First held in 1947, the Golden Globe Awards recognize achievement in 25 categories in film and television and it is scheduled for January 12, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. The Hollywood Foreign Press Association conducts the awards. Two other award shows that are conducted in January include Critics’ Choice Movie Awards on January 16 and the Screen Actors Guild Awards (SAG Awards) on January 18.

On March 2, 2014, the Academy Awards, also known as Oscars, will be held. Since 1929 when the first Academy Awards were held at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel, this show has been the most important award show in film. The 600 member strong academy selects the winners in 24 categories. From Halle Berry’s win in the Best Actress category in 2002 where the first African-American won the category to many other notables doted the prestigious show. Ellen DeGeneres will host this year’s show which will be telecast on ABC.

Know Your Guests

Looking for a reliable catering company can be a tedious task for those people who have only begun organizing their own parties. Most of the time, professional organizers have a prepared list of companies that can prepare the proper food depending on the occasion. Whether it is office parties, small family gatherings or even large wedding receptions, a caterer can probably provide the necessary food and service for any occasion. One can search online for catering Los Angeles, or catering Orange County, for possible quotations on the matter.

Budget also has to be taken into account, the higher end companies tend to charge much more, but provide a better quality service than those who charge cheap but tend to cut corners. The trick is to find the right balance for your application. Formal events demand a higher quality especially when you’re looking to make an impact on your guests.

There’s also the problem of your guests possible allergies. It’s more than likely that a small percentage of your guests have allergies to seafood or peanuts or a certain kind of meat. Cultural background must also be taken into account, people that come from India regard the cow as a sacred animal and must never be eaten, Muslims on the other hand think that pigs should not be eaten according to their religion.

There are a lot of factors that can come into play when you’re organizing an event, a proper catering company can take into account these possibilities and make sure to prepare accordingly.

Uncovering the box office

Dictionary explain box office as “a place at a theater or other arts establishment where tickets are bought or reserved.” As a result, the term box office is closely associated with the film industry and many use it to indicate how many tickets are sold for a movie or a theater production. So, it is more than a hole in the window or a kiosk inside a theater. Some claim that the practice started in 1786 with a theater production.

Box office, whether it is good or bad can influence the success or failure of a film or a theater production. It indicates the number of people seen the film or the production or the amount of money collected from ticket sales. This is why movie capital Hollywood pays close attention to box office.

Traditionally, weekly box office figures are taken from Friday through Thursday. They are published for domestic meaning U.S. and Canadian and foreign meaning all other countries. Major portion of this include the weekend box office meaning Friday through Sunday collection, a barometer that many uses to gauge the success of a film. Approximately one half of the revenue generated from a film goes to the distributor and the other half going to the movie theater.

Even before the annual Cannes International Film Festival started on May 15, 2013, a jewelry heist in a hotel dominated the headlines. The annual film festival is held in Cannes, France each year usually from May 15 to May 26. This year is no exception. The invitation only film festival held yearly since 1946 except in 1948 and 1950 due to budgetary problems.

This year’s President of the Jury is one of the best American film directors, Steven Spielberg. Ang Lee, Nicole Kidman and other judges are included in the distinguished panel. Instead of holding official screening at a cinema, rumors say that they are watching in the luxury of Spielberg’s yacht which is equipped with an infinity pool and state-of-the-art cinema theater. Most prestigious award is given is known as Palme d’Or (“Golden Palm”) given to the best film and the favorite among the twenty competing for the honor include The Coens’ Inside Llewyn Davis, Ashgar Farhadi’s The Past, Abdellatif Kechiche’s Blue is the Warmest Colour, and Paolo Sorrentino’s La Grande Bellezza. In addition to the Golden Palm award, there are other awards including Grand Price of the Festival, Jury Prize, Best Actor and Actress, and the Best Director.

The final installment of the vampire franchise, “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2” was released on November 16, 2012 by Lionsgate in the U.S. due to its merger with Summit Entertainment.  Based on the Novel, “Breaking Dawn” by Stephanie Meyer, The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2” will close the series.  All three main cast members, Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson and Taylor Lautner, are appearing in the movie.

The plot still revolves around Bella and her family.  She is enjoying her life and new powers after the birth of her daughter, Renesmee.  But they are threatened with a new menace.  Vampire Irina believes Renesmee could challenge the power and existence of Volturi, so she rally Volturi to destroy the potential threat including Bella and Cullens.  They assemble their allies and to launch a crucial, ultimate fight to protect their family.   As the novel, Bella finally says “…then we continued blissfully into this small but perfect piece of our forever.”

The movie had a $340.9 million worldwide opening, which was the eighth largest ever and highest for the Twilight franchise.  It is expected to dominate the Box Office in coming weeks in spite of the showing of “Skyfall”, a bond movie.

One of the biggest complaints that people have with traditional radio is how restrictive it can be to finding new music. When you’re listening to free online radio though, things are completely different. Music on the internet has very few of the same restrictions that other radio platforms have. DJs from around the world can play what they want, when they want, without having to go through all of the official channels to get permission to play a certain song for fear of being fined. Internet radio has opened up a lot of avenues for music discovery. Are you taking advantage of all of them?

When you first venture into the world of internet radio, it may be hard to start finding stations to listen to. Sure, you know what type of music you want to listen to, but do you know where to find it. Many sites have come along in recent years to try and gather a comprehensive list of all of the internet radio stations on the web and make them searchable in one location.

One such company that does this is Online Radio Stations. They’ve taken the concept of free internet radio and magnified it so that you’re not hunting through Google or Yahoo just to try and find something to listen to. You’re able to click on a genre that interests you and get started listening to the radio online in no time at all. You can fly through a number of different stations and musical styles without having to flip through a dial like you would if you were sitting in your car or listening to traditional FM radio in any other way.