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Stars Come Out in Full Force to Support Inaugural ABFF Awards

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BET Networks and the American Black Film Festival joined forces to recognize diversity in Hollywood at a star-studded event at the Beverly Hilton Sunday.

The first ABFF Awards: A Celebration of Hollywood brought many stars out. The show was launched by the American Black Film Festival and BET – in response to the Oscars lack of diversity in this year’s nominations.

The mission of the ABFF Honors is “to celebrate Black culture by recognizing individuals, movies and television shows that have had a significant impact on American entertainment, as well as those who are proponents of championing diversity and inclusion in Hollywood.”

The event, which focuses on individuals, television programs and movies of 2015 that celebrate black culture, honored Diahann Carroll with the Hollywood Legacy Award.

The event was hosted by Mike Epps, and producer Will Packer was honored with the Distinguished ABFF Alumni Award.

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Playboy To Celebrate Its Newly Redesigned Magazine With Exclusive Star-Studded Event In San Francisco During SuperBowl 50

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The logo for Super Bowl 50, which will be played at Levi's Stadium on Feb. 7, 2016.

The logo for Super Bowl 50, which will be played
at Levi’s Stadium on Feb. 7, 2016.

Playboy magazine’s March 2016 issue, the magazine’s first non-nude version, will make its official consumer debut with an exclusive, star-studded party in San Francisco during pro-football’s biggest weekend of the year.

The Playboy Party, always one of the weekend’s most buzzed-about events, will celebrate the future of Playboy and its newly redesigned magazine on Friday, February 5, 2016 in a transformed space within Lot A of AT&T Park.  Celebrities, athletes, and VIP guests will enjoy a DJ set by ALESSO as they mingle with 24 Playboy Playmates in Bunny Costume.  Event sponsors include Dodge and EFFEN® Vodka, with water provided by AQUAhydrate and energy by Red Bull.

Guests will arrive at the party through a time portal tunnel that takes them on a visual journey of the history of Playboy and auto sponsor Dodge.  Once inside, they will be some of the first consumers to receive copies of Playboy‘s March issue (on newsstands Friday, February 12) via an Instagram activated vending machine encouraging them to “post for a peek” of the much-hyped and newly redesigned magazine.

Specialty cocktails and bottle service by EFFEN® Vodka will be available throughout the night, along with a host of surprise elements for guests, courtesy of the brand.  Attendees will also have the chance to sample a menu of unique libations expertly made with EFFEN® Vodka, EFFEN® Black Cherry Vodka and EFFEN® Cucumber Vodka as part of a Molecular Mixology Bar curated by San Francisco cocktail den Benjamin Cooper.  A selection of sweet and savory cuisine from some of the city’s most notable food trucks, including Mozzeria, El Sur, Curveball and Pacific Puffs, will be available to guests throughout the night.

Additionally, an interactive hologram experience, featuring the Dodge 2016 Charger SRT Hellcat and 2016 Challenger SRT Hellcat, will be on display at the high-profile bash.  The powerful Hellcat duo will be part of an installation where guests can walk up to a larger-than-life animated Hellcat as it snarls, prowls, lurks, and growls while standing guard near the actual Dodge Hellcat vehicles.  The Dodge 2015 Viper GTS will also be on display at the event’s red carpet entrance.


Notable attendees at The Playboy Party in years past have included Bradley Cooper, Anna Farris, Kanye West, Gabrielle Union, Aaron Rodgers, Jon Hamm, Maria Menounos, Neil Patrick Harris, Aaron Paul, Jamie Foxx, Tony Romo, Jessica Szohr, Usher, Chris Evans, Jamie Chung, Kellan Lutz, Emmanuelle Chriqui, Shaquille O’Neal, Nelly, David Arquette, Estelle, LMFAO, Rascal Flatts, Kyle Busch, Nick Cannon, Laura Prepon, Alyssa Milano, Jeremy Piven, Evander Holyfield, Chad Jones, and Marshall Faulk.

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Jamie Foxx saves man from burning vehicle

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BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JANUARY 10: Actor Jamie Foxx attends the 73rd Annual Golden Globe Awards held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 10, 2016 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)

BEVERLY HILLS, CA – JANUARY 10: Actor Jamie Foxx attends the 73rd Annual Golden Globe Awards held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 10, 2016 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)


Jamie Foxx to the rescue. No joking matter.

Oscar Winner and Comedian Jamie Foxx rescued a man from a burning vehicle fire Monday night. The A-lister’s rep confirmed to FOX411 that the actor rushed to the rescue after a fiery car crash took place outside his Los Angeles home.

According to TMZ, a car skidded and flipped and ended up outside Foxx’s gate around 8:30 p.m.

The star reportedly called 911 and then raced to the scene to help. TMZ reports Foxx told police he feared the car would explode so he dragged the driver, who had been buckled in his seat, out of the car and moved him 30 feet away from the vehicle.

Firefighters and emergency personnel reportedly arrived to the scene a short while later.

 Foxx’s rep declined to provide a statement from the actor or any further information.
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Academy Award–winning actor Jamie Foxx set to play Little John in ‘Robin Hood: Origins’

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Jamie Foxx has landed a role in “Robin Hood: Origins,” a Lionsgate film that was put into production late last year, Deadline reports.

Foxx’s character is described as “more in the mold of the muscular turns he has put into films like Django Unchained than some wizened mentor.” The character is a war-weary veteran of The Crusades who starts out as distrusting of Robin Hood before warming up to him in what is being called a gritty take on the legendary story. Other cast include Taron Egerton, who plays the title role, and Eve Hewson, who is set to play Maid Marian.

Previous depictions of the film have ranged from comedy to satire, so this one is set to be a very different, more action-packed and dark version of the age-old saga. It will still be set in Sherwood Forest and it’s being directed by Otto Bathurst of Peaky Blinders fame. The most recent Robin Hood film was in 2010 and starred Russell Crowe and Cate Blanchett, topping $320 million worldwide at the box office.

The film is being produced by Leonardo DiCaprio’s company, Appian Way Productions, as well as Safehouse’s Harold and Tory Tunnell and Thunder Road’s Basil Iwanyk.

Academy Award–winning Foxx hasn’t starred in a film since 2014′s Anniedeemed a flop, bringing in $62.2 million worldwide. He’s currently also set to act in a comedy crime heist film called Baby Driver, which is in pre-production, and Sleepless Night, a crime thriller currently in post-production.

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Rogers And Cowan Solidifies Existing Leadership Team With Round Of Executive Announcements

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Rogers & Cowan, a leading public relations and marketing communications agency, has named entertainment industry veterans Alan Nierob and Fran Curtis Co-Presidents of Entertainment Worldwide. In addition, Richard Davis has been named Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer. The naming of Nierob and Curtis as Co-Presidents will mark the first time the company has had an executive in the President role since co-founder Warren Cowan was named President in 1950.

Commented Paul Bloch, Chairman of Rogers & Cowan, “Alan and Fran are essential parts of the Rogers & Cowan family, and have always put forth an unparalleled level of energy and expertise in all areas of our business on behalf of our clients and our company. Coupled with Rich’s operational and financial acumen, we feel that we have an executive leadership team in place which will allow Rogers & Cowan to build on our longstanding position in the industry as the premiere entertainment public relations firm, and continue to provide our clients with innovative, forward thinking ideas and services.”

Having started his career at Rogers & Cowan as an intern, Alan Nierob rose to the position of Executive Vice President representing some of the most renowned actors, producers, directors and athletes in their respective fields. His expertise in the spearheading of awards campaigns has resulted in multiple Academy, Emmy and Golden Globe Awards for his clients and their projects. In addition, Nierob has represented numerous celebrity authored best-selling books, and developed marketing strategies for celebrity supported sponsorships.

As Executive Vice President, Fran Curtis has been instrumental in providing strategic counsel to some of the music industry’s most iconic performers. In addition to her personal representation of talent, Curtis has led worldwide public relations efforts for numerous world tours and album, television and documentary releases. She has also developed and executed impactful public relations campaigns for major brands, often bringing them her expertise in the celebrity and event sector.

As Western region Chief Financial Officer at CMG, Richard Davis over saw the financial affairs for some of its holdings including Rogers & Cowan, Dailey, Weber Shandwick (Western Region), Current, and the Axis Agency. Davis was instrumental in launching The Axis agency, a Multicultural firm; and Current, a Consumer and Lifestyle firm. In his new role as COO, Davis will focus primarily on Rogers & Cowan and Dailey. Prior to joining CMG in 1998, Davis was Budget Manager, Vice President and Controller of BSMG.

About Rogers & Cowan:
Rogers & Cowan is a leading entertainment PR and marketing communications agency connecting brands with the media, consumers and influencers that matter. R&C offers an insider’s “POV” in creating distinctive integrated marketing campaigns that leverage the powerful marketing influences of the entertainment industry to drive strategic positioning, build brand awareness, increase consumer engagement, activate online communities and support product launches. The agency works with a diverse roster of clients ranging from A-list celebrities to content creators to consumer technology companies to construct traditional and social media campaigns that support brand initiatives and resonate with target audiences.

Clients, over the years, of newly named Co-Presidents of Entertainment Worldwide
Alan Nierob and Fran Curtis have included:

Alan Niero clients:
John Boyega
Ali MacGraw

Jeff Daniels
Liam Neeson

Laurence Fishburne
Marie Osmond

Jamie Foxx
Chris Pratt

Richard Gere
Garry Shandling

Mel Gibson
Sullivan Stapleton

Dwight Howard
Taylor Lautner

Caitlyn Jenner
Vince Vaughn

Judith Light
Robert Wagner

Rob Lowe
Denzel Washington


Fran Curtis clients:
The Rolling Stones
Elton John

Andrea Bocelli
Chelsea Handler

Susan Lucci
Sylvia Day


Smashing Pumpkins

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

The Songwriters Hall of Fame

Elton John AIDS Foundation’s annual Enduring Vision Benefit & Oscar Party

AEG Concerts (Katy Perry’s Prismatic World Tour/The Kanye West Yeezus Tour)

Live Nation Concerts and Events (Queen and Adam Lambert/Music Midtown Festival/National Concert Day)
Southwest Airlines/Imagine Dragons Tour

Living Social

MAC Presents
Rocket Entertainment

Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony for Kohl’s


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