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TIM RICE AND ANDREW LLOYD WEBBER – JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR

SPECIAL 50th ANNIVERSARY EDITIONS OUT SEPTEMBER 17, 2021

ALBUM REMASTERED AT ABBEY ROAD

To mark the 50th anniversary of the 1970 concept double album, Jesus Christ Superstar, it has today been announced that a variety of special anniversary edition albums will be released September 17. This landmark release, which includes full cooperation from the creators Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber, features an array of exclusive demos, commentaries, interviews and much more.

In 1970, Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber released Jesus Christ Superstar as a concept double album. It became a massive global best-seller, topping the US Billboard Top LPs chart in both February and May 1971, as well as ranking at number one in the year-end chart. By 1983, the album had sold over 7 million copies worldwide.

However, the journey to international success was far from straightforward. As unknown names in musical theatre, Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber were unable to find a producer willing to stage their ambitious idea for a religious-themed rock opera. Eventually, they persuaded MCA records to let them record the score first. Using a full orchestra, and with the outstanding talents of Ian Gillan, Murray Head, Yvonne Elliman and The Grease Band, they created a masterpiece that revolutionized the form of musical theatre.

Within a year of its chart success, stage productions of “Jesus Christ Superstar” began to appear all over the world, leading to record-breaking runs in the West End, a hit Hollywood film, Tony nominations and Olivier Awards. Its influence and impact have not diminished: in 2018 the NBC live production of the show, starring John Legend and Sara Bareilles, resulted in Emmy Award wins for Rice and Lloyd Webber (thereby making them two of the 16 people in history to have won an Emmy®, a Grammy®, an Oscar® and a Tony®).

Andrew Lloyd Webber said, “A musical about Jesus Christ! Back in 1969 the mere thought had theatre producers falling about with laughter.  But somehow Tim Rice and I persuaded MCA to record a single. It came at a time when fusion was all the rage. The Rolling Stones had recorded with the London Bach Choir. Deep Purple’s Jon Lord composed a symphony for rock band and orchestra. So I was like a kid in a sweet shop when I was able to combine a rock band, a symphony orchestra and a gospel choir in what was the first track to be recorded, simply titled Superstar. Overriding everything was that we were telling our story in sound – and sound alone. We had none of the visual elements of theatres and film to fall back on. A cast-iron musical and dramatic structure was the key. Dialogue had no place on a record, so music and lyrics had to carry everything. In truth, we were writing a musical radio play. Ultimately, this gave us one enormous advantage. Audiences came to know our recordings so well that no future director or producer could add musical passages for scene changes or tamper with the construction. The score had become set in stone.”

Tim Rice stated, “I have nothing but fond memories of the writing and recording of Jesus Christ Superstar. We were incredibly lucky; we had a record company and a management team who were willing to take huge risks. Not just in terms of belief in our idea but also in terms of providing a budget to fulfil our musical vision which brought together a rock band, a full orchestra and not just one but two separate choirs.” He added, “I’m incredibly proud and grateful to have been part of it all, perhaps more now at 76 than I was at 25.”

Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee and three-time Grammy Award-winner Nile Rodgers has commented on the impact of the musical through his career, stating “Jesus Christ Superstar permeated every part of our lives then. It was a cultural explosion, like an earthquake or asteroid crashing…with Tim, he made a genius work in Jesus Christ Superstar, which was as revolutionary to hippies as Miles Davis’ Bitches Brew was to jazz.”

The special anniversary editions are a celebration of the original 1970 concept double album and its continued success spanning 50 years. With the new editions all having been re-mastered at Abbey Road, fans have a great selection to choose from. There is a 10×10” 3-CD Celebration Box Set with exclusive unreleased material, as well as a 100-page hard-back booklet. Inside, fans can dive into interviews between Lloyd Webber and Rice, essays from famous figures including Nile Rodgers and Matt Berry, the 1970 lyric book, memorabilia from Tim Rice’s personal collection and more. Also available are 2CD Digipak set, 2LP gatefold edition which have been half-speed mastered, 2LP gatefold limited edition which comes as a replica of the original 1970-fold-out envelope sleeve. These special anniversary editions are also available in SD/HD versions in deluxe and standard edition.

A tribute to an international phenomenon, these special 50th anniversary editions are the perfect way to celebrate the extraordinary legacy of “Jesus Christ Superstar.”

FORMATS INCLUDE:

3CD CELEBRATION BOX SET (INCLUDING 100-PAGE BOOKLET)

2CD DIGIPAK SET

 2LP GATEFOLD EDITION

 2LP GATEFOLD LIMITED EDITION (REPLICA OF 1970 ORIGINAL)

SD/HD VERSIONS IN DELUXE AND STANDARD EDITION

Preorder albums here.

TRACK LISTINGS

3CD CELEBRATION BOX SET – RIGID SLIPCASE AND 100-PAGE HARDBACK BOOK

Includes unreleased material mixed by Nick Davis. The album was remastered by Miles Showell and Nick Davis at Abbey Road in November 2020. Includes a 100-Page Booklet, with extensive notes by Lois Wilson with new interviews from all the main protagonists and memorabilia from Tim Rice’s personal collection.

CD1

  1. Overture
  2. Heaven On Their Minds
  3. What’s The Buzz – Strange Thing, Mystifying
  4. Everything’s Alright
  5. This Jesus Must Die
  6. Hosanna
  7. Simon Zealotes – Poor Jerusalem
  8. Pilate’s Dream
  9. The Temple
  10. Everything’s Alright
  11. I Don’t Know How To Love Him
  12. Damned For All Time – Blood Money

CD2

  1. The Last Supper
  2. Gethsemane (I Only Want To Say)
  3. The Arrest
  4. Peter’s Denial
  5. Pilate And Christ
  6. King Herod’s Song
  7. Judas’ Death
  8. Trial Before Pilate (Including the 39 Lashes)
  9. Superstar
  10. Crucifixion
  11. John Nineteen: Forty-one

CD3:

  1. Blood Money (guide vocal)*
  2. Herod’s Song (guide vocal)*
  3. I Don’t Know How To Love Him (Tim Rice Commentary)*
  4. This Jesus Must Die (scat vocal 1)*
  5. This Jesus Must Die (scat vocal 2)* Unreleased Instrumental*
  6. I Don’t Know How To Love Him (single edit)
  7. 1970 open-end Interview with the creators Of Jesus Christ Superstar Part One (includes Superstar, Heaven On Their Minds, I Don’t Know How To Love Him)
  8. 1970 open-end Interview with the creators Of Jesus Christ Superstar Part Two (includes Gethsemane, Herod’s Song and Superstar).

2LP GATEFOLD EDITION – HALF SPEED MASTERED AT ABBEY ROAD BY MILES SHOWELL

LP One

Side One

  1. Overture
  2. Heaven On Their Minds
  3. What’s The Buzz – Strange Thing, Mystifying
  4. Everything’s Alright
  5. This Jesus Must Die

Side Two

  1. Hosanna
  2. Simon Zealotes – Poor Jerusalem
  3. Pilate’s Dream
  4. The Temple
  5. Everything’s Alright
  6. I Don’t Know How To Love Him
  7. Damned For All Time – Blood Money

LP Two  

Side One

  1. The Last Supper
  2. Gethsemane (I Only Want To Say)
  3. The Arrest
  4. Peter’s Denial
  5. Pilate And Christ
  6. King Herod’s Song

Side Two

  1. Judas’ Death
  2. Trial Before Pilate (Including the 39 Lashes)
  3. Superstar
  4. Crucifixion
  5. John Nineteen: Forty-one

2LP GATEFOLD LIMITED EDITION

Replica of the 1970 original fold-out envelope sleeve. Half-speed mastered at Abbey Road. EDITION LIMITED TO 3000. 

LP One

Side One

  1. Overture
  2. Heaven On Their Minds
  3. What’s The Buzz – Strange Thing, Mystifying
  4. Everything’s Alright
  5. This Jesus Must Die

Side Two

  1. Hosanna
  2. Simon Zealotes – Poor Jerusalem
  3. Pilate’s Dream
  4. The Temple
  5. Everything’s Alright
  6. I Don’t Know How To Love Him
  7. Damned For All Time – Blood Money

LP Two  

Side One

  1. The Last Supper
  2. Gethsemane (I Only Want To Say)
  3. The Arrest
  4. Peter’s Denial
  5. Pilate And Christ
  6. King Herod’s Song

Side Two

  1. Judas’ Death
  2. Trial Before Pilate (Including the 39 Lashes)
  3. Superstar
  4. Crucifixion
  5. John Nineteen: Forty-one
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Allison Interviews Podcast Features Icons

New Podcast Deep Dives with Cultural Icons

Internationally syndicated entertainment and pop culture print journalist, Allison Kugel, brings her spiritually driven long form celebrity interviews to the podcast space with Allison Interviews.

For fifteen years, journalist Allison Kugel, has conducted more than three hundred long form interviews with celebrities and cultural icons, with a philosophical and spiritual spin, taking her audience on a deep dive alongside their favorite pop culture figures.

The Allison Interviews podcast will launch its first four episodes with:

Mötley Crüe drummer, recording artist, and headline maker, Tommy Lee, discusses everything from past lives and defying gravity to fame in a pre-social media era and flying squirrel suits.

Actress and film producer, Tara Reid, opens up about losing her parents, freezing her eggs, working on DMX’s last film, and forgiving the tabloid media.

Rap music pioneer, RZA, talks about growing up fatherless, the Five Percent Nation, founding Wu-Tang Clan, and working with T.I.

Twenty-three-time Olympic gold medalist Michael Phelps reveals his struggles with mental health, what his kids think of him, and helping to re-shape how athletes are treated, both, pre- and post-Olympics.

I have been immersed in the study of spirituality for more than a decade, learning about the soul, past lives, the spirit world, and why we have all chosen to incarnate on planet earth at this time. This knowledge, coupled with my lifelong passion for telling people’s stories, informs every inch of how I conduct my celebrity interviews. I am excited to take listeners on this new journey with me into the podcast space.

About Allison Kugel

Allison has conducted, published and syndicated long form, in-depth interviews with: Gwen Stefani, Lenny Kravitz, Regina King, Taraji P. Henson, Shania Twain, Michael Buble, Deepak Chopra, Andie MacDowell, Craig T. Nelson, Mel B., RZA, Rick Ross, Nick Cannon, the Kardashians, Kristin Chenoweth, Gayle King, Joel Osteen, Al Sharpton, Lindsey Vonn, Julian Lennon, Rita Moreno, David Guetta, Rob Reiner, Dr. Drew Pinsky, Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson, Paula Abdul, Vivica A. Fox, Kyle Richards and hundreds of others.

Her print interviews have been published and excerpted by: USA TODAY and across Gannett’s USA TODAY network of newspapers, People, MSN, Yahoo!, UK’s Daily Express, HipHopDX, AllHipHop, RadarOnline, Life & Style Weekly, First For Women, Music-News, ET Canada and hundreds of other outlets.

The Allison Interviews podcast is now available across all listening platforms including Apple Podcasts (on your app), Spotify, Anchor, and Google Podcasts. See Allison in the news.

Episodes 1 and 2 are now live for you to preview on the above listening platforms. We welcome you leaving a review on your favorite podcast platform. Allison Kugel is also available for interviews in support of her podcast launch.

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Rob Kenner × Nipsey Hussle

Rob Kenner is one of the most prolific and influential voices in hip hop publishing and a founding editor of Vibe magazine. 

After meeting Nipsey Hussle in the offices of Vibe, Kenner spent the next ten years tracking the life and career of the hip hop mogul, artist, and activist. THE MARATHON DON’T STOP: The Life and Times of Nipsey Hussle by Rob Kenner (Atria Books; Hardcover; March 23, 2021; $27.00; ISBN: 9781982140298) ​is the first in-depth biography of Nipsey Hussle, whose transformative legacy inspired a generation with his motivational lyrics and visionary business savvy—before he was tragically shot down two years ago, on March 31, 2019 in the very neighborhood he was dedicated to building up.

Combining on-the-ground reporting and candid interviews with Hussle’s friends, family, and peers, THE MARATHON DON’T STOP traces the life and work of an extraordinary artist, placing him in historical context and unpacking his complex legacy.

Some details of Hussle’s life that Kenner can discuss in an interview include:

  • Ermias Asghedom, before he was Nipsey Hussle, was a brilliant, soft-spoken, and underestimated young man who loved hip hop with a passion and was determined to build his own successful music label and clothing business—as well as other businesses that would employ many members of his community.
  • His life in the Crenshaw District starting in 1985, placing Hussle in historical context within the evolution of Hip Hop, Los Angeles, and America.
  • Hussle’s genius as a teenager who built his own computers and went on to push the envelope of technology in growing his businesses as well as innovating new revenue models for independent musicians that have since been adopted by the mainstream music industry
  • Hussle’s life-changing trip to Africa to visit his father’s family in Eritrea, as well as his little-known first meeting with Afeni Shakur, long before he called himself the ‘Tupac of My Generation’ or even took the rap name Nipsey Hussle.
  • Hussle’s impact as an activist, and his efforts to re-align L.A. gang culture with the mission of organizations like the Black Panthers…AND MORE.

Rob Kenner is one of the most prolific and influential voices in hip-hop publishing. A founding editor of Vibe, Kenner joined the start-up team of Quincy Jones’ groundbreaking hip hop monthly in 1992. During a nineteen-year run at Vibe he edited and wrote cover and feature stories on iconic cultural figures ranging from Tupac Shakur to Barack Obama as well as writing the acclaimed column Boomshots. Kenner’s writing has appeared in ComplexGeniusMass AppealPigeons & PlanesEgo TripPoetry magazine, The New York Times, and Billboard. He’s also produced and directed documentary shorts on the likes of De La Soul, Nas, and Post Malone. As an editor at Vibe Books, Kenner worked on the New York Times bestseller Tupac Shakur and contributed to The Vibe History of Hip Hop. He went on to co-author VX: 10 Years of Vibe Photography and produced the book Unbelievable, a biography of The Notorious B.I.G. by Cheo Hodari Coker Jr., which was optioned for the motion picture Notorious.

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Twenty Pearls Premiere

COMCAST ANNOUNCES EXCLUSIVE PREMIERE OF
TWENTY PEARLS – A DOCUMENTARY EXAMINING THE STORIED HISTORY OF ALPHA KAPPA ALPHA SORORITY, INCORPORATED – ON ITS NEWLY LAUNCHED BLACK EXPERIENCE ON XFINITY CHANNEL

Comcast NBCUniversal is excited to announce the exclusive premiere of the documentary film “Twenty Pearls: The Story of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated”, arriving Friday, March 26 on its newly launched Black Experience on Xfinity Channel, available on X1, Flex, and on-the-go with the Xfinity Stream app.

From award-winning filmmaker Deborah Riley Draper, produced by Coffee Bluff Pictures, and narrated by Phylicia Rashād, Twenty Pearls closely examines the founding and legacy of the first Black sorority, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated, which is now regarded as one of the most significant and influential Black organizations in historyThe documentary tells a powerful story of sisterhood. In 1908, nine Black women enrolled at Howard University made one decision that would change the course of history. These college students created Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated. For over 113 years, the sorority has influenced many of the most famous watershed moments in history.

Through narration, interviews, and rarely seen archival materials, the audience will see the sorority’s impact on World War II, NASA, Civil Rights, Women’s Rights, and Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) culminating in the historic election of America’s first Black and South Asian woman Vice President. Twenty Pearls features interviews with members of the sorority including Vice President Kamala HarrisMiss Universe Ireland 2019 Fionnghuala O’ReillySmithsonian Secretary Lonnie Bunch III, Anna Eleanor Roosevelt Fierst, great-granddaughter of First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt, International President and CEO of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated Dr. Glenda Glover and many more.

 
Watch the Twenty Pearls trailer hereTrailer
 

“This is an extraordinary time to look back at our past to serve our future,” added filmmaker Deborah Riley Draper. “A future where Black women are centered. Helming this documentary love letter to the founders of Alpha Kappa Alpha, the generations of women that followed in their footsteps, and to all Black women everywhere is an honor. This is an important history for all of us to know and understand.”

“We’re thrilled to work with award-winning filmmaker, Deborah Riley Draper, and Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority to bring this exclusive premiere to the Black Experience on Xfinity channel, furthering our company-wide mission of investing in and showcasing authentic Black stories and culture,” said Keesha Boyd, Executive Director, Multicultural Video & Entertainment, Xfinity Consumer Services. “We launched this channel to help facilitate the discovery of stories like Twenty Pearls while providing a platform for emerging Black content creators.”

“Telling our own story is essential to preserving our history and uplifting the culture,” said Alpha Kappa Alpha International President and CEO Dr. Glenda Glover. “Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated’s remarkable 113-year journey which began on the campus of Howard University is punctuated by stories of history makers, ceiling breakers, public servants, and ordinary women who have changed the course of American history.  Through this beautifully written and narrated odyssey, this film highlights in undeniable ways the vision, courage, tenacity, determination, and power of Black women while putting to bed the age-old questions about the relevance of Historically Black Colleges and Universities and the Divine Nine sororities and fraternities.”

Black Experience on Xfinity is a first-of-its-kind destination of Black entertainment, movies, TV shows, news, and more. It features high-quality content from many of Xfinity’s existing network partners, at no additional cost, while investing millions of dollars in fostering and showcasing emerging Black content creators. The channel is the only one of its kind endorsed by the African American Film Critics Association (AAFCA), the world’s largest group of Black film critics that gives annual awards for excellence in film and television. Available at home on Xfinity X1 and Flex, and on-the-go with the Xfinity Stream app, the Black Experience on Xfinity will entertain, educate and uplift, featuring Black actors, writers, producers and directors. At home, Xfinity subscribers can visit channel 1622 or simply say “Black Experience” into the Voice Remote to instantly enjoy the ultimate in Black storytelling.

Visit Xfinity to learn more about the Black Experience on Xfinity and other Black programming available on X1, Flex, and the Xfinity Stream app. Visit Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated to learn more about Twenty Pearls, which premieres on March 26 on Xfinity and is free for subscribers, and will be available nationwide, on-demand, starting on March 30, 2021.

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CÎROC × COMBS ENTERPRISES EMPOWERED WOMEN

The first cohort of the 2021 Empowered Women honorees, including Iman, Valeisha Butterfield-Jones, and Fadia Kader, are announced in celebration of International Women’s Day.

 

Ciroc and Combs Enterprises are proud to announce the continuation of its Empowered Women platform. Empowered Women, first launched in 2016 by Combs Enterprises women-led executive team, uplifts, spotlights, and honors an eclectic and dynamic group of entrepreneurs, creatives, and businesswomen.

This year, Ciroc and Combs Enterprises partnered with Culture Creators, a cultural connectivity organization that aims to spotlight the contributions of individuals who have shaped the global view of Black culture. To further amplify the initiative, fittingly launched during Women’s History Month, Empowered Women will honor 50 successful women and share the narratives that formed them. Championing discussions around the value of mentorship, allyship, and leadership, Empowered Women highlights the importance of celebrating the current and uplifting the next generation of fearless leaders. Honorees represent five categories including social impact, technology, entertainment, art and style, and business.

Ciroc, Combs Enterprises, and Culture Creators will spotlight the honorees beginning in March and culminating this spring. The series will include custom digital content and exclusive honoree interviews shared via Culture Creators’ platforms, curated vodka cocktails, and an exclusive media partnership with women’s lifestyle publication, Elle Magazine.

It is an honor to continue to build and strengthen the Empowered Women platform alongside Culture Creators and Elle Magazine”, says Ingrid Best, Vice President of Global Marketing, Spirits, Combs Enterprises. “As a Black woman, it is my personal and professional mission to honor those who are breaking boundaries, while also providing a platform for us to continue to do the important work of mentoring and showing up for the next generation. We hope this program encourages young, budding professionals to push boundaries and redefine the status quo in their respective industries.”.

The first round of March 2021 honorees is below, representing the industry leaders paving the way for future generations.

 

Empowered Women Honorees – March:

  • Adrienne Lofton
  • Alencia Johnson
  • Brianna Agyemang
  • Caroline Yim
  • Dawn Dickson
  • Donna Stewart
  • Fadia Kadar
  • Heather Lowery
  • IMAN
  • Jamila Thomas
  • Morgan DeBaun
  • Sarah Jakes Roberts
  • Stephanie L. Young
  • Morgan Dixon
  • Valeshia Butterfield-Jones
  • Vanessa Garrison
  • Yvette Noel Schure

Joi Brown, Founder, and CEO of Culture Creators commented, “I started Culture Creators because I envisioned a platform that gives individuals who push the culture forward and strive for inclusion that flowers while they are still here while continuing to develop the next generation of leaders. Partnering with like-minded visionaries at Ciroc to bring Empowered Women to life marries the spirit of celebration and mentorship.”.

As part of its mission to propel Black culture, Culture Creators has consistently celebrated the accomplishments of key luminaries across a broad spectrum of industries, including entertainment, fashion, finance, technology, business, and more. The Innovators & Leaders Awards Brunch, Culture Creators’ annual signature event, exemplifies this mission and has previously honored Sylvia Rhone, Byron Allen, Marsai Martin, Jemele Hill, Kenya Barris, Charles D. King, and the late Andre Harrell, to name a few. In 2019, Culture Creators launched the first-ever C2 Summit, a platform that targets students of color across all universities and provides interactive educational experiences, employment opportunities, and creates access to leaders across various career paths. Today, Culture Creators further advances its mission with the launch of the Empowered Women platform.

All Good Just A Week Ago

If you’re feeling a little bit lonely as a single person during quarantine, there might be a perfect book for you.

For both men and women, “All Good Just A Week Ago: Funny Dating Stories to Help You Keep Your Head in the Game” is chock-full of funny, relatable dating stories put together from interviews.

With teachable moments and unimaginable scenarios, “All Good Just A Week Ago” helps single people keep their heads in the game.

Erika McCall and Niesha Forbes, two best friends, wanted to put their quarantine time to good use, so they set up 50 interviews to gather data and stories for the book.

These stories prove that relationships can make you laugh and roll your eyes instead of cry, all while showing us that we’re not alone.

In 1950, only 22% of Americans were without a romantic partner. In 2019, 124 million Americans were without a partner.

Though the percentage of people in relationships has gone down, the desire to find love and companionship has not.

McCall said, “It’s the year of 20/20 vision, and it’s time for a dating and love revolution.”

Both authors agreed that the revolution begins with this book. With a goal to understand romantic communication and expectations, “All Good Just A Week Ago” uses stories to heal relationships and foster close, loving, committed relationships in a generation obsesses with “hook up culture.”

McCall and Forbes even get into a few of their own stories. McCall herself is single and wants to clear the way for her future husband to enter her life while Forbes is on her way to her third wedding anniversary and hopes that sharing her experience can help bring about mutual respect, kindness and traditional courtship in relationships.

McCall said her story is every woman’s story while Forbes said, “It is critical to know that once you get to a certain age, things you did in your early twenties, all those toxic behavior patterns where you’re not putting your worth above your desire to be with someone, if you don’t do the work on yourself, you will find yourself in your thirties, forties and even fifties, having not learned the important lessons or found true love.”

Following the laughs in the beginning of the book, readers will reach a call to action that encourages men and women to think critically about how to move forward with healthier relationship dynamics.

For more information about the book or to order it, you can click right here.

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MLB Releases The 2020 World Series

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MLB CELEBRATES THE PINNACLE OF AN UNPRECEDENTED SEASON WITH THE RELEASE OF THE 2020 WORLD SERIES

Hall of Fame Broadcaster Vin Scully Narrates the Official World Series Documentary that Chronicles the First Dodgers Championship Since 1988

In-Depth Interviews with Dodger Superstars including Mookie Betts, World Series MVP Corey Seager, Clayton Kershaw Plus Unparalleled Access to MLBߣs Postseason Bubble Gives Fans Unique Look at 2020’s Historic Championship

Two-Disc Blu-ray + DVD Combo Pack and DVD Available to Purchase & Download on December 8

Like so many events, the COVID-19 pandemic dramatically reshaped how this MLB season looked and felt. After navigating unprecedented challenges, playing a restructured regular season, a new postseason format and the first neutral site World Series in modern history, the historic 2020 season culminated in an unforgettable Fall Classic and with the Los Angeles Dodgers being crowned champions for the first time in since 1988.
Dodgers fans can rejoice and relive all the excitement, drama, and life-changing moments of the 2020 World Series against the American League Champion Tampa Bay Rays, in the official 2020 World Series film from Major League Baseball. The documentary will be available in stores December 8, 2020 on a two-disc Blu-ray+DVD combo pack and DVD from Shout! Factory and Major League Baseball. It will also be available on the same date digitally, to own and rent from all major platforms.

Legendary Dodgers broadcaster Vin Scully lends his signature voice to THE 2020 WORLD SERIES, taking fans on heartfelt journey to the 2020 championship through his unique baseball perspective. As the 1982 recipient of the Ford C. Frick Award, which enshrined him in the broadcasters’ wing of the Baseball Hall of Fame, Scully has covered many of baseball’s most thrilling moments, including Sandy Koufax’s four no-hitters, Hank Aaron’s 715th home run and Kirk Gibson’s dramatic home run in Game One of the 1988 World Series. He has voiced over the narration for seven previous World Series documentaries including in 1959 (Dodgers), 1963 (Dodgers), 1965 (Dodgers), 1979 (Pirates), 1980 (Phillies), 1981 (Dodgers) and 1986 (Mets).

It was 32 years since the Dodgers won a World Series and the seventh in the history of the organization, bringing great joy to their fans and the city of Los Angeles in particular, said Scully. This is their winning story against the Tampa Bay Rays, and it’s an honor for me to recount just how they did it.

With MLB playing in a postseason bubble, media presence and access was limited. Producers of this year’s documentary utilized on-site crews with approved access as well as other feeds available to capture all the pulse-pounding action and emotion of the season. Expertly crafted from hundreds of hours of footage, the official World Series documentary gives fans a front row seat to this extraordinary championship run through highlights from the entire postseason and in-depth interviews and exclusive bonus features including regular season highlights, clinching moments, featurettes and more.

Fans of the Dodgers will also be able to relive their team’s entire Fall Classic from the first pitch to the last out. THE 2020 WORLD SERIES COLLECTOR’s EDITION: LOS ANGELES DODGERS, a grand slam 8-disc set that includes all six complete games of the World Series plus NLDS Game 3 and NLCS Game 7, will be available on February 9, 2021.

MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL PRESENTS THE 2020 WORLD SERIES NARRATED BY VIN SCULLY WRITTEN BY AARON COHENPRODUCED BY MATT ANDERTON & ANDREW BRENNERPRODUCERS NICHOLAS TROTTA, JON OSHEAL & KEVIN CAREY;CO-PRODUCER PAUL SOLGASR. COORDINATING PRODUCER BRUCE CORNBLATTDIRECTED BY JED TUMINARO
2020 WORLD SERIES (BLU-RAY/DVD)

About Shout! Factory

Shout! Factory, LLC is a diversified multi-platform media company devoted to producing, uncovering, preserving, and revitalizing the very best of pop culture. Founders Richard Foos, Bob Emmer and Garson Foos have spent their entire careers sharing their music, television and film favorites with discerning consumers the world over. Shout! Factory’s entertainment offerings serve up feature films, classic and contemporary TV series, animation, live music and comedy specials. In addition, Shout! Factory maintains a vast entertainment distribution network which delivers culturally relevant programming, movie and audio content to all the leading digital service providers in North America and across multiple platforms. Shout! Factory owns and operates Shout! Studios, Scream Factory, Shout! Factory Kids, Mystery Science Theater 3000, and Shout! Factory TV. These riches are the result of a creative acquisition mandate that has established the company as a hotbed of cultural preservation and commercial reinvention. Shout! Factory is based in Los Angeles, California. For more on Shout! Factory, visit shoutfactory.com.

About Major League Baseball

Major League Baseball (MLB) represents the highest level of professional baseball and is the most historic sports league in the United States. MLB creates, produces, and consults on original content inspired by the engaging personalities and compelling storylines at the forefront of today’s game and throughout its robust 150-year history. MLBߣs multi-platform media and licensing projects span film, television and digital distribution, including diverse and pioneering programming that taps an expansive media archive to cover historical and cultural subjects. Credits include the Academy Award nominated Moneyball; U.S. box office hit 42; critically acclaimed documentary American Masters: Ted Williams, and; the FOX series Pitch ߝ adding to renowned content that includes capturing the journeys of some of MLB’s best players on the sports’ biggest stage for the annual World Series documentary. Content is featured on trending and enduring platforms including Netflix, HBO, PBS, Showtime, FOX, ESPN, Smithsonian and more. These ventures complement the continued success of MLB Network and MLB digital platforms to find innovative ways for its fans to enjoy America’s National Pastime and a truly global game.

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‘Snapped’ Commemorates 500th Episode

OXYGEN’S LONGEST-RUNNING ORIGINAL SERIES “SNAPPED” COMMEMORATES ITS 500TH EPISODE ON SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 22, AT 6PM ET/PT

Oxygen, the network for high-quality true crime will premiere the 500th episode of Snapped on November 22 at 6pm ET/PT. With 28 defining seasons and nearly 16 years of production, “Snapped” is the network’s longest-running original series and one of the most successful true-crime shows in history. Since its debut in 2004, “Snapped” has captivated millions of viewers with in-depth investigations, first-hand interviews and a closer look into the lives and motives of women who kill.

The 500th episode of “Snapped” will delve into a riveting homicide that left a small town in Kansas forever shaken. The case follows the harrowing murder of Randy Sheridan who was shot five times while he was jogging less than a mile from his home nearly 30 years ago. New details will come to light about Sheridan’s relationship with his ex, Dana Flynn, who was in a sinful love affair with the local pastor. Sheridan and Flynn happened to be in an ugly custody battle over their 7-year-old daughter at the time of his death. In his first interview about the murder, Flynn’s brother Mikel Dreiling will speak on camera exclusively to “Snapped” and share disturbing revelations about his own involvement in the case and whether he believes his sister’s affair had deadly consequences.

For a sneak peek, please visit: https://www.oxygen.com/snapped/season-28/videos/snappeds-500th-episode-airs-november-22nd

“We always look forward to milestones, but there is something extra special about this one,” said Rod Aissa, EVP, Original Programming, Oxygen Media. “The captivating stories featured in this series have kept true-crime junkies coming back week after week, and before you knew it we were at 500.”

Beginning November 9, Oxygen will launch an epic two-week “Snapped”experience: “Snapped: The Killer Women Event” andair female killer-themed programming leading up to the special. Preceding the monumental episode, Oxygen will air the pilot of “Snapped,” a never-before-seen episode involving a doctor who was found dead on the lacquered floor of his brick mansion, elegant twin sisters with refined Southern accents and millions of dollars at stake.

“We wanted to find a special way to thank our fans for watching all these years,” said Stephen Land, CEO, Jupiter Entertainment. “We figured what better way than to air the pilot episode for the very first time and show them where it all began.”

“Snapped” is one of television’s longest running and successful true-crime franchises on television and has profiled the fascinating cases of women accused of murder for more than 20 seasons. Whether the motivation was revenge against a cheating husband, the promise of a hefty insurance payoff, or putting an end to years of abuse, the reasons are as varied as the women themselves. From socialites to secretaries, female killers share one thing in common: at some point, they all snapped.

“Snapped” is produced by Jupiter Entertainment with Patrick Reardon, Todd Moss, and Dale Fisher serving as executive producers.

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About Oxygen: 

Oxygen is a multiplatform crime destination brand for women. Having announced the full-time shift to true crime programming in 2017, Oxygen remains one of the fastest growing cable entertainment networks with popular unscripted original programming that includes the flagship “Snapped” franchise, “Cold Justice,” “Killer Couples,” “Criminal Confessions,” and breakout hit event series such as “The Disappearance of Natalee Holloway,” “Dahmer on Dahmer: A Killer Speaks,” and “Aaron Hernandez Uncovered.” Available in more than 77 million homes, Oxygen is a network of NBCUniversal Entertainment & Lifestyle Group, a division of NBCUniversal, one of the world’s leading media and entertainment companies in the development, production, and marketing of entertainment, news and information to a global audience. Watch Oxygen anywhere: On Demand, online, or across mobile and connected TVs.

Ellen DeGeneres illustration done by Mina Tocalini of 360 MAGAZINE.

Ellen’s Reputation

By Eamonn Burke

The reputation of Ellen Degeneres and her show, The Ellen Degeneres Show, are unstable after employees of the production alleged there was a “toxic work environment.” This included citations of being fired after medical leave, bullying, racism, and sexual misconduct by producers. While there were rumors of Ellen’s toughness, this is the first time a proper investigation has been done internally. 

Of the report, released in July, Ellen said in a statement: “We all have to be more mindful about the way our words and actions affect others, and I’m glad the issues at our show were brought to my attention.”

This report is not the only scratch on Ellen’s reputation, as it is the culmination of multiple years of rumors. Back in 2018, in an interview response to the Hollywood stories of Ellen not being as cheerful and kind as she appears on television, she called the rumors an “outright lie.” In early 2019, she was criticized again for pardoning Kevin Hart of his previous homophobic comments in an interview with him. A photo of her talking with George Bush in late 2019 drew distaste again, though she defended herself and said that they were friends despite different political beliefs. 

The closer examination of Ellen started with a November interview with Dakota Johnson, in which Johnson awkwardly calls out Ellen for lying about not being invited to her birthday party. It led to a viral Twitter thread including ugly stories about Ellen’s meanness which further damaged her reputation. Lastly before the report was an April scuffle with Ellen’s audience as she insensitively compared quarantine to being in jail while she sat in her mansion. It was also reported that her employees had been told very little about the future of the show. 

Most recently was a Daily Mail article revealing that Ellen may leave the show or be “cancelled” and that employees are terrified of this scenario. “The show feels done” says a source, despite producer Andy Lassner asserting that “No one is going off the air” in a tweet. It is possible that James Corden will replace Ellen on her daytime television slot.

“Sista Chat” with Sydney & Ame

Super siblings Sydney & Ame have burst on the scene with their daily “Sista Chat” on Instagram. Recent interviews include: Godfrey, Tiffany Haddish, Cocoa Brown, Angela E. Gibbs and Ada Luz Pla with more to be announced. There is also an expanded Talk Show in the works.

Sydney, at 15 years old, excels at both academics and extracurriculars including Acting, Singing, Basketball and Swimming. Besides co-hosting “Sista Chat”, her likes include Modeling, Korean Pop (especially BTS – in fact she is even learning to speak Korean), the TV show “Lucifer”, going to Broadway shows, and traveling; she and Ame have been to places like Mauritius, Lake Como, Dubai and Oman!

Ame, in 7th grade, is a sports and music freak. She loves to Swim, run track and play Basketball (a big fan of Steph Curry) & Football (Follows the Dallas Cowboys). She Models, listens to Pop Music (especially Bruno Mars) and is a fantastic singer herself. Ame also really enjoys going to Broadway shows, co-hosting “Sista Chat” and accompanying her sister on amazing adventures to far off lands!

Combined, these exciting young entertainers bring a fresh flavor to your daily supply of quarantine video monotony with “Sista Chat”. Tune in every day for more fire!