Tuesday, September 28, 2010

The Sound of Music Returns to Select Theaters Nationwide to Celebrate 45th Anniversary with Historic Sing-Along Event

NCM Fathom and Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment Bring Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Award-Winning Musical Classic to Nearly 500 Select Movie Theaters for Magical Two-Night Event this October

For the first time since 1973, “The Sound of Music” twirls back into theaters nationwide in stunning high definition to commemorate the beloved musical’s 45th anniversary. This special event will be presented in nearly 500 select movie theaters for a two-night-only engagement on Tuesday, October 19 and Tuesday, October 26 at 6:30 p.m. local time. The Sound of Music Sing-Along Event includes the sing-along version of the fully restored feature with classic songs that have delighted fans for decades, such as “Do-Re-Mi,” “My Favorite Things,” “The Sound of Music,” “Edelweiss,” and “Climb Ev’ry Mountain.”

Presented by NCM Fathom, Rodgers & Hammerstein: An Imagem Company and Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment, in association with Sony Music Entertainment, Trapp Family Lodge, South Pacific Tour and Austrian Tourism, The Sound of Music Sing-Along Event will also include the exclusive “I’ll Sing Once More: The Sound of Music Today” featurette. Audiences will be whisked back to Salzburg for a travelogue where the classic was filmed, and be treated to contemporary and surprising tributes ranging from modern dance and rock band salutes to an all-marionette version.

Tickets to The Sound of Music Sing-Along Event are available at participating box offices and online at www.FathomEvents.com. For a complete list of theater locations and prices, please visit the website (theaters and participants may be subject to change).

"’The Sound of Music’ shines in every medium," says Ted Chapin, president of Rodgers & Hammerstein: An Imagem Company. "The new restoration by the ace team at Fox means that the version audiences see in movie theaters in October will make this classic film look – and sound – brand new. I can't wait to see it back on the big screen again – and again."

Adored by fans the world over, and the winner of five Academy Awards® including Best Picture, The Sound of Music is the most popular movie musical of all time. Directed by Robert Wise, starring the inimitable Julie Andrews and Christopher Plummer, it is that rare and perfect combination of story (based on fact), songs and setting, filmed in the breathtaking Austrian Alps and fairy tale city of Salzburg. With a score by Rodgers & Hammerstein, based on their award-winning Broadway musical, The Sound of Music itself is inspired by the true-life story of Maria von Trapp and the Trapp Family Singers.

“’The Sound of Music’ is a timeless American classic that has been enjoyed by generations but not seen in theaters for over 40 years,” said Dan Diamond, vice president of NCM Fathom. “The hills will come alive once again in movie theaters in this magical sing-along event that will re-unite many of the original cast in this must-see family experience.”

The Sound of Music Sing-Along Event will appear in 498 select U.S. movie theaters, including AMC Entertainment Inc., Celebration! Cinema, Cinemark Holdings, Inc., Clearview Cinemas, Cobb Theatres, Goodrich Quality Theatres, Hollywood Theaters, Kerasotes Showplace Theatres, Malco Theatres, National Amusements, Rave Motion Pictures, R/C Theatres and Regal Entertainment Group movie theaters, as well as Arlington Theatre (Santa Barbara, CA), The Carolina (Asheville, NC), The Beacon Cinema (Pittsfield, MA), The Majestic 10 (Williston, VT) and Penn Cinema (Lititz, PA).

The Sound Of Music 45th Anniversary Edition will be available in 3-Disc Blu-ray and DVD Combo Packs on November 2. For a limited time, The Sound of Music is also available in an individually numbered Limited Collector’s Set packaged in a keepsake box and featuring a 100-page “My Favorite Things” scrapbook, a 45th Anniversary Soundtrack, a reproduction of the original 1965 souvenir program, an exclusive hand-painted “My Favorite Things” music box and more.

For more information, visit www.soundofmusic45thanniversary.com.
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Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Tickets Still Available for JAZZOO 2010

Wildest night of the year includes cocktails, food, music and fun fashions

Tickets are still available for JAZZOO 2010, this Saturday, September 25 from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. at Zoo Atlanta. The event will feature kiosks from more than 30 of Atlanta’s best restaurants, specialty cocktails at full-service open bars, and animal viewing until dusk. Live entertainment will include music from 80s cover band The Breakfast Club; Eddie’s Attic Acoustic Stage; MudCat; Sound Investment; and Andrew Brothers Dueling Pianos.

New for 2010 is the opportunity to view and vote on fashions evoked by Zoo Atlanta animals, created by designers from the world’s most comprehensive art and design university. During spring quarter 2010, students from SCAD’s Introduction to Fashion Classes were instructed to design 3-D garments inspired by animals at the Zoo. The students visited the Zoo where they photographed and observed the animals in their habitat. Using unconventional materials, the garments that will be featured at JAZZOO were designed using a variety of materials: balloons, feathers, rope, coffee filters, paper maché, and aluminum cans. This project is a great example of how SCAD students are able to master design challenges in the most creative and fascinating ways.

JAZZOO is an event where whimsical, animal-inspired attire is the norm, with extra encouragement this year: the wearer of the best “creative cocktail” costume will win a cruise for two. SIXTHMAN has donated a room on THE ROCK BOAT cruise (Carnival Inspiration) hosted by Sister Hazel.

Proceeds of JAZZOO 2010 will support Zoo Atlanta’s access programs that provide admission and field trips to disadvantaged children and schools. All-inclusive tickets are available now on jazzooatlanta.org.
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Family and Youth Groups Heart of Agri-tainment Business for Uncle Shuck's Corn Maze

Puzzle Solving in Maze and Climbing Goats Provide New Autumn Entertainment

Making the shift from corporate America to “cornfield America” was a decision Georgia resident Mike Pinzl made in 2002 to spend more time with his family. As the ninth season commences in Dawson County, Uncle Shuck’s Corn Maze and Pumpkin Patch has grown from 12,000 visitors in that first year to more than 40,000 visitors each fall. A large percent of business in September is attributable to group outings to the maze, such as Boy Scouts of America, church groups and special youth outings such as Foster Family Day.

Pinzl attributes the appeal of this annual fall pilgrimage to his 20-acre complex along the Etowah River to plain old family fun. “We offer a safe, clean and fun environment, and we are pleased to built a strong reputation and brand for the name Uncle Shuck’s,” said Mike Pinzl, known as “Uncle Shuck”, who is an active member of the Dawson County Chamber of Commerce, Dawson County Convention & Visitors Bureau, and the Dahlonega-Lumpkin County Chamber of Commerce. He is also a member of the North American Farmers Direct Marketing Association.

“We support the chambers and do a fundraiser for the Dawson County High School and the Forsyth Explorers with our annual haunted maze. This year my wife Roxanne and I felt we could do something more for families in the community, especially for young people who need a loving place to call home. We added a Foster Family Day in September," Pinzl added.

Families who support foster children in Dawson, Forsyth, Hall, Lumpkin and White counties were invited to a complimentary evening at the maze on Saturday, September 11. There were 85 people who took part in this inaugural event, who were treated to a hayride, maze passes and allowed to feed the goats in the Great Goat Trek area. “My family had a great time. This was our first Corn Maze experience and it was a blast. We loved playing Farm Scene Investigation,” said one of the foster family parents.

Scout weekends attract 2,500 boys and girls over two weekends during the official start of autumn. Boy Scout Weekend will be Sept 25-26 and Girl Scout Weekend follows on Oct 2-3. All children who are part of Scout Weekends, or come in scout uniforms on other days, receive a combo ticket (maze and hay ride), a special Uncle Shuck’s patch, and access to a special demonstration by Smithgall Woods Education Center (11am to 4pm each day). The cost is $11 per scout. A November “Cousin Dozen” special is being promoted with Georgia’s official tourism web site, www.exploregeorgia.org.

The main attraction for all groups is still the 12-acre maze, which has two separate pathways cut through the living cornstalks form the intricate scales and veins of a giant Monarch butterfly. This season, visitors can not only “have fun getting lost”, but special maps provide clues in a “whodunit” game called Farm Scene Investigation. The game card is provided with admission for a new twist in the maze. On the festival grounds a new attraction for 2010 is the Great Goat Trek. A small herd of the nimble farm animals will climb along narrow walkways and a series of five platforms, ranging from three feet to 15 feet above the ground. Visitors can reward the goats by delivering special feed to the highest platform with a hand-held food delivery system. According to Pinzl, goats are natural climbers.

The Pumpkin Patch opens October 1, with gourds and pumpkins priced individually for customers. Also in October is the popular Haunted Maze, a separate one-mile path that opens after dusk as the “Husks of Horror”. The Haunted Maze will operate every Friday and Saturday night (dusk to 10 p.m.) in October, as well as a special Sunday, Oct 10 “Haunt Night”. The Haunted Maze is $12 per person, or $15 as a combo ticket, which is a fundraiser for the Forsyth County Explorers.

Regular admission prices are $9 per person for the maze; maze admission is free for children 3 and under. There are additional activities at the agri-tourism complex, such as a tractor-drawn hay ride along the Etowah River, bonfire area and corn cannon; fees vary (hay ride with marshmallow toasting at the bonfire is $5 per person). A combo ticket for $12 includes admission to the maze, a hay ride and a bonfire pass.There is no admission fee for the Picnic Pavilion, Kiddie CORNer (soybean maze, hay bales) or photo area.

Uncle Shuck’s Corn Maze and Pumpkin Patch is located only 40 minutes from metro Atlanta, just two miles west from the North Georgia Premium Outlet Mall on Georgia Highway 53. For more information, visit www.uncleshucks.com, or follow the progress of the maze on Facebook.
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Friday, September 17, 2010

The Great Miller Lite Chili Cook-off Returns to Stone Mountain Sept 25

100% of the Proceeds Benefit Camp Twin Lakes
All Ages Welcome; Kids 12 and Under Free

The 31st annual Great Miller Lite Chili Cook-Off will once again descend upon picturesque Stone Mountain, Ga. on Saturday, September 25 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. With 100% of the proceeds benefiting Camp Twin Lakes, approximately 300 teams from across the country will provide free chili samples to patrons on a first-come-first-serve basis. The event will also feature six hours of live music, food, drinks, games, contests and more. Fun for the whole family, tickets are $10 for adults; children 12 and under get in for free. Tickets can only be purchased the day of the event on site and will not sell out. For more information visit www.theatlantachilicookoff.com.

September 25, 2010
10 a.m. – 7 p.m.

Stone Mountain Park, GA - Coliseum Meadow
1000 Robert E. Lee Dr, Stone Mountain, GA 30083
http://www.stonemountainpark.com/maps-directions/

Cost: $10 for adults; children 12 and under are free.
Tickets can only be purchased the day of the event on site and will not sell out.

Benefiting: 100% of the Proceeds Benefit Camp Twin Lakes www.camptwinlakes.org
Website: www.theatlantachilicookoff.com
Parking: Each vehicle will be charged $10 for entrance into the park.

Schedule: 10 a.m. Gates open to public

10:30 a.m. - 12 p.m. Iron Mullet 80’s Rock Cover Band www.myspace.com/ironmulletband
12:15 p.m. MetroPCS Master Hole Hitting Contest
12:30-2 p.m. Slow Hand - Eric Clapton Tribute Band www.slowhandband.com
2:15 p.m. MetroPCS Jalapeno Eating Contest
2:30 - 4 p.m. The Alabama Blue Bros. - Blues Brothers Tribute Band www.thealabamabluesbrothers.com
4:15 p.m. MetroPCS Mullet Flop
4:30 - 6:15 p.m. Jumpin Jack Flash - Rolling Stones Tribute Band www.jjflash.biz/
6:30 p.m. 2010 Chili Awards

Sponsors: Miller Lite, Rock 100.5, Aaron’s Sales and Leasing

Thursday, September 2, 2010

"The Exorcist Extended Director's Cut" Returns to Theaters with Never-Before-Seen Footage

Thrilling One-Night Event! NCM Fathom, Warner Home Video and CHUD.com Bring Academy Award®-winning Thriller Back to Select Movie Theaters Nationwide September 30

The scariest movie of all time, The Exorcist Extended Director’s Cut, returns to theaters nationwide for a one-night special event on Thursday, September 30 at 7:00 p.m. local time and again for a second showing at 10:30 p.m. in select theaters. The thrilling special in-theater event, shown in more than 450 select movie theaters nationwide, will feature never-before-seen on-set footage and interviews with Academy Award® winning director William Friedkin, writer William Peter Blatty and actress Linda Blair as well as members of the original cast and crew. Following The Exorcist Extended Director’s Cut, audiences will also be treated to a look behind-the-scenes showing how many of the legendary scenes were shot in this classic and thrilling tale of good vs. evil.

Tickets for The Exorcist Extended Director’s Cut are available at participating box offices and online at www.FathomEvents.com. For a complete list of theater locations and prices, please visit the website (theaters and participants may be subject to change).

Released in 1973, “The Exorcist” caused a cultural earthquake that is still felt today, shocking and enthralling audiences who had never seen anything like it. Many viewers were frightened out of their wits – and literally out of their seats. Some ran out of the theater; others got physically ill or couldn’t sleep for weeks. Now audiences may experience the same visceral emotions again in their local movie theater with this masterpiece of suspense that haunted, intrigued and thrilled the world.

Adapted from the best-selling 1971 novel inspired by an actual exorcism case, “The Exorcist” tells the now-famous story of a young girl’s demonic possession, and her mother’s (Ellen Burstyn) desperate attempts to save her. Blair, in a breakout role, plays the possessed Regan, caught in a gripping fight between good and evil which culminated with an exorcism conducted by two priests. Terrifying audiences and chilling them to the bone, the theological thriller also starred Max von Sydow, Kitty Winn, Lee J. Cobb, Jason Miller and Mercedes McCambridge. “The Exorcist” is still considered one of the most successful feature films of all time, grossing $440 million worldwide and earning 10 Academy Award® nominations (winning Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Sound).

“The cultural impact of this truly frightening thriller cannot be understated and to experience it in movie theaters on giant, 40-foot screens is amazing,” said Dan Diamond, vice president of NCM Fathom. “With the stunning quality of this special event, fans will be on the edge of their seats like never before.”

Presented by NCM Fathom and Warner Home Video, in association with CHUD.com, The Exorcist Extended Director’s Cut will appear in 457 select U.S. movie theaters, including AMC Entertainment Inc., Celebration! Cinema, Cinemark Holdings, Inc., Clearview Cinemas, Cobb Theatres, Kerasotes Showplace Theatres, National Amusements, Rave Motion Pictures and Regal Entertainment Group movie theaters, as well as Arlington Theatre (Santa Barbara, CA), The Carolina (Asheville, NC), The Majestic 10 (Williston, VT) and Penn Cinema (Lititz, PA).

“The Exorcist” will be available from Warner Home Video on Blu-ray in a two-disc, high-definition set featuring both the original theatrical version and Extended Director’s Cut of the film plus three new documentaries on October 5. For more information, visit www.warnerhomevideo.com.
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