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Today, premium chocolatier Lindt USA announces it is partnering with this year’s 73rdAnnual Golden Globe Awards as the Official Chocolate Confectionery. As part of the partnership, Lindt will create premium chocolate moments for Golden Globe attendees and for chocolate lovers at home. During the evening of celebratory events, Lindt will share unrivaled craftsmanship and the world’s finest ingredients through a variety of onsite experiences at the Golden Globes Lounge during the Golden Globe Awards and at The Weinstein Company – Netflix Golden Globes After Party. This award season, Lindt is also a resource for fans at home to get a taste of the excitement with tips and inspiration from bloggers, as well as the highest quality, best tasting chocolate from Lindt to create a golden and memorable experience for any occasion.

Lindt at the Golden Globes
As the Official Chocolate Confection of the Golden Globe Awards, Lindt will deliver the ultimate chocolate experience inside the Golden Globes Lounge on January 10, 2016. Lindt will offer samples of decadent chocolate and delight guests with the Lindt Master Chocolatier. As an expert in all things chocolate, Lindt Master Chocolatier, Dimo Simatos, is considered one of the finest chocolatiers and has an extensive background in pastry, chocolate, and confectionery studies. Simatos will bring this expertise to the Golden Globes Lounge, by offering attendees a first-time look at his newest creation, a chocolate replica of the Golden Globe Award designed, crafted, and sculpted, exclusively for the Golden Globe Awards. The premium chocolate sculpture will be made out of the finest Lindt dark chocolate, finished with edible gold, ultimately standing at two feet tall weighing 25-pounds. During the event, Lindt will:

  • Delight guests with the finest handcrafted European-style pralines, which are the ultimate combination of exquisite Lindt chocolate and delectable fillings
  • Treat seated attendees during the ceremony with a specially designed, limited edition Lindt gift box of premium chocolates presented at each place setting

“Lindt is thrilled to partner with the Golden Globes for the first time and celebrate alongside attendees with the highest quality, best tasting chocolate,” said Thomas Linemayr, president and CEO at Lindt USA. “As a leader in premium chocolate, we are honored to bring the Lindt experience to the best in the entertainment industry, as well as to chocolate lovers at home.”

 

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Lindt at the After Party
In addition to sponsoring the Golden Globe Awards, Lindt will continue the festivities at The Weinstein Company – Netflix Golden Globes After Party. Guests will be treated to chocolate from the sophisticated Lindt EXCELLENCE collection, exceptionally crafted from premium dark chocolate and innovative flavor combinations, as well as iconic, irresistibly smooth melting LINDOR truffles. As the official dessert sponsor of The Weinstein Company – Netflix Golden Globes After Party, attendees will also be able to indulge in custom desserts created with Lindt Chocolate and enjoy gourmet cocktails inspired by the Lindt EXCELLENCE collection.

Celebrating with Lindt at Home
Golden Globe celebrations happen not only in Hollywood, but in homes all across the country. Lindt is offering viewers a taste of the fun with inspiration and delicious premium chocolate from Lindt that can elevate any occasion. Chocolate lovers can visit the Lindt Unwrapped Blog to find Golden Globe party tips, cocktail recipes, and decor ideas created from lifestyle bloggers. They can create memorable Golden Globe Awards moments with party treats such as Peanut Butter Pretzel Caramel Corn created with HELLO Pretzel Bites, and irresistible LINDOR truffles used to play the ultimate Golden Globes BINGO game, as well as can find tablescape and home decor style ideas. Viewers can also join in the conversation by participating in the Lindt Twitter Party on January 10 from 8-9 p.m. ETwith bloggers from Pizzazzerie, Mod Max Glam, and Two Peas & Their Pod during the Golden Globe Awards.

Lindt products are available at retailers nationwide, Lindt Chocolate Shops, and on LindtUSA.com. For more information about Lindt, visit LindtUSA.com, the Lindt Unwrapped Blog, “like” the company’s Facebook page, and follow Lindt on Twitter and Instagram.

About Lindt & Sprungli
With 170 years of history and Swiss tradition, Lindt & Sprungli is a global leader in the premium chocolate category, offering high quality products in more than 120 countries. Lindt & Sprungli operates 12 production facilities in Europe and the United States and employs more than 12,000 worldwide. Lindt USA operates more than 50 retail stores in the U.S. and maintains wide distribution through extensive retail and wholesale channels. For more information on Lindt, visit www.lindt.com.

About The Weinstein Company
The Weinstein Company (TWC) is a multimedia production and distribution company launched in October 2005 by Bob and Harvey Weinstein, the brothers who founded Miramax Films in 1979. TWC also encompasses Dimension Films, the genre label founded in 1993 by Bob Weinstein, which has released such popular franchises as SCREAM, SPY KIDS and SCARY MOVIE. Together TWC and Dimension Films have released a broad range of mainstream, genre and specialty films that have been commercial and critical successes. During Harvey and Bob’s tenure at Miramax and TWC, they have received 331 Oscar nominations and won 79 Academy Awards.

Since 2005, TWC and Dimension Films have released such films as GRINDHOUSE; 1408; I’M NOT THERE; THE GREAT DEBATERS;VICKY CRISTINA BARCELONA; THE READER; THE ROAD; HALLOWEEN; THE PAT TILLMAN STORY; PIRANHA 3D; INGLOURIOUS BASTERDS; A SINGLE MAN; BLUE VALENTINE; THE KING’S SPEECH; THE COMPANY MEN; MIRAL; SCRE4M; SUBMARINE; DIRTY GIRL; APOLLO 18; OUR IDIOT BROTHER; I DON’T KNOW HOW SHE DOES IT; SARAH’S KEY; SPY KIDS: ALL THE TIME IN THE WORLD IN 4D; MY WEEK WITH MARILYN; THE IRON LADY; W.E.; CORIOLANUS; UNDEFEATED; THE ARTIST; BULLY; THE INTOUCHABLES; LAWLESS; KILLING THEM SOFTLY; THE MASTER; SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK; DJANGO UNCHAINED; QUARTET; ESCAPE FROM PLANET EARTH; DARK SKIES; THE SAPPHIRES; SCARY MOVIE 5; KON-TIKI; UNFINISHED SONG; FRUITVALE STATION; LEE DANIELS’ THE BUTLER; THE GRANDMASTER; SALINGER; 12-12-12; PHILOMENA; MANDELA: LONG WALK TO FREEDOM; AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY; VAMPIRE ACADEMY; THE RAILWAY MAN; THE IMMIGRANT; YVES SAINT LAURENT; BEGIN AGAIN; THE GIVER; FRANK MILLER’S SIN CITY: A DAME TO KILL FOR; THE DISAPPEARANCE OF ELEANOR RIGBY; TRACKS; ST. VINCENT; THE IMITATION GAME; PADDINGTON and WOMAN IN GOLD. Upcoming releases include SOUTHPAW, UNDERDOGS and NO ESCAPE.

TWC boasts an active television production division which garnered nine Emmy nominations in 2013 and five in 2014. TWC Television produces the reality powerhouse Project Runway, with its spin-off series Project Runway All Stars and Under The Gunn.  Recent TWC television productions include Mob Wives, Million Dollar Shoppers, Rodeo Girls and Trailer Park: Welcome to Myrtle Manor. Scripted projects currently in production include John Fusco’s Marco Polo. Scripted projects in development include Ten Commandments andDaniel Stashower’s The Hour Of Peril. TWC also developed Nanny Diaries and produced The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency.

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Judith Hill To Perform at Grammy Museum LA February 22nd

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GRAMMY-winning soul singer/songwriter Judith Hill has shared her musical gifts in a variety of ways.

The Los Angeles native has been a background singer for such legends as Stevie Wonder, Ringo Starr, and the late Michael Jackson, serving as the latter’s duet partner on the classic ballad, “I Just Can’t Stop Loving You,” which later became a highlight of Jackson’s posthumously released film This Is It. She also appeared in the Oscar-winning documentary 20 Feet From Stardom, which earned her a GRAMMY for Best Music Film.

Hill subsequently appeared on The Voice, where she began to cement her identity as a solo artist with a series of knockout performances that showcased her ability to put her own unique spin on familiar songs. After seeing an interview with Hill, during which the singer expressed her desire to collaborate with Prince, the GRAMMY-winning artist called Hill personally and said he’d love to work with her.

Prince played on and co-produced (with Hill) Judith’s debut solo album, Back in Time, which showcases Hill’s soulful, powerhouse voice and considerable songwriting prowess, with smart, deeply felt songs about racial injustice and overcoming struggle, nestled comfortably alongside supremely funky party jams that Hill says are a celebration of music, community, and family.

Following her captivating performance at the “Earth in Concert: Protecting the Planet Through Music” benefit in November 2015, the GRAMMY Museum is excited to welcome back Judith Hill to the Clive Davis Theater for a special night of music and conversation.

Hill is set to perform on Feb. 22nd at the Grammy Museum LA, which is located at 800 W OLYMPIC BLVD, LOS ANGELES, CA at 8 p.m.

For more information visit http://www.grammymuseum.org

Source: Grammy Museum

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Jada Pinkett Smith Speaks Out on Twitter regarding the Oscar Diversity Controversy

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Jada Pinkett Smith, wife of Will Smith, is not happy about the omission of diversity in this year’s upcoming 88th Academy Awards.

The Oscar Nominations have been a hot topic since their release on January 14.

Pinkett Smith (whose husband Will Smith could have been nominated for his lead role in Concussion but wasn’t) showed her distaste for this year’s all-white nominations by taking to Twitter to vent. The actress posted a series of tweets regarding the issue.

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In her first post, she stated, “At the Oscars…people of color are always welcomed to give out awards…even entertain” (pt.1)

In another post, she went on to say, “But we are rarely recognized for our artistic accomplishments. Should people of color refrain from participating all together? (pt 2)

Lastly, in the series she wrote, “People can only treat us in the way in which we allow. With much respect in the midst of deep disappointment. J” (pt 3)

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Star Wars: The Force Awakens Original Motion Picture Soundtrack From Oscar®-Winning Composer John Williams Debuts At No. 5 On The Billboard 200 Chart

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The original motion picture soundtrack for the record-breaking Star Wars: The Force Awakens, featuring new score conducted and composed by five-time Academy Award®-winning composer John Williams, has entered the Billboard 200 chart at No. 5, scanning over 100,000 equivalent album units in its first week of release, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The last and only all-score soundtrack to debut in the Top 5 was Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace in 1999.

The album is No. 1 on Billboard’s Soundtrack and Overall Classical Charts; at iTunes, peaked at No. 1 on the Soundtrack chart and No. 3 on the Overall Album chart; and at Amazon, the album is No. 1 on the Soundtrack chart and No. 2 on the Overall Digital Album chart. Additionally, the album has over 10.3M streams on Spotify.

From Lucasfilm and visionary director J.J. Abrams, Star Wars: The Force Awakens has broken numerous box office records, most recently becoming the fastest film to reach $1 billion globally, a feat it accomplished in 12 days with over $540 million domestically and $550 million internationally. It posted the biggest debut in industry history with $248 million domestically and $529 million globally in its first weekend, as well as the biggest second weekend of all time domestically with $149.2 million.

Oscar®-winning composer John Williams’ ubiquitous Star Wars “Main Title” theme has become part of popular culture since it was first heard accompanying Star Wars: A New Hope in 1977. It is no surprise that Williams’ orchestral compositions for Star Wars are among the most beloved and recognizable themes in cinematic history, from the classic “Main Title” theme introduced in Star Wars: A New Hope to the ominous “Imperial March” from Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back to the stirring “Duel of the Fates” from the prequel trilogy.

After creating the scores for all six of the previous Star Wars films, Williams returns to compose and conduct his signature sweeping music for The Force Awakens.

Williams, whose career spans over six decades, has won five Academy Awards® and he has scored some of the most popular and critically acclaimed films of all time, including Jaws, the Indiana Jones franchise, the first three Harry Potter films, E.T. The Extra Terrestrial, Lincoln, Schindler’s List, and countless others.

Enjoy Star Wars on repeat with the new official Star Wars radio on Apple Music Radio now. All Star Wars music on repeat, 24 hours a day: http://smarturl.it/starwarsradio.

Spotify is matching Star Wars fans’ character-inspired playlists based on their music tastes. Users and non-users alike can be matched up with a character playlist by going to http://smarturl.it/SWTFASpotifyMatch.

The soundtrack for Star Wars: The Force Awakens is now available wherever music is sold (http://smarturl.it/swtfa).

For more information on Star Wars: The Force Awakens, please visit http://www.theforceawakens.com.

SOURCE Walt Disney Records

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Diahann Carroll to Receive Hollywood Legacy Award

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Los Angeles, CA – Continuing its tradition of providing platforms showcasing work of people of African heritage and promoting camaraderie among multicultural artists in Hollywood, the American Black Film Festival (ABFF) is proud to announce legendary singer, actress and author Diahann Carroll will be the recipient of the “2016 ABFF Honors Hollywood Legacy Award.” ABFF Honors will be held February 21, 2016, at the Beverly Hilton Hotel, Beverly Hills, CA.

Hosted by Mike Epps, the event will feature a presentation of nine awards, including Film of the Year, Television Show of the Year, Excellence in the Arts, Hot In Hollywood and the Hollywood Legacy Award. Invited guests to this private affair will include artists and other prominent members of the Hollywood community. The evening will begin at 4 p.m. with red carpet arrivals, followed by an elegant and spirited awards dinner and after-party.

The mission of the awards gala is to celebrate Black culture by honoring individuals, movies and television shows that have had a significant impact on American entertainment, as well as the people who are proponents of championing diversity and inclusion in Hollywood.

In paying tribute to Ms. Carroll, ABFF Honors looks to illuminate a distinguished career that has spanned more than sixty years. She has moved effortlessly between the worlds of film, television, music and the stage, earning her the designation Hollywood legend. She is an Oscar nominee, a Tony Award winner, a Golden Globe winner, a four-time Emmy nominee, a Grammy nominee and a best-selling author.

Diahann Carroll made her Broadway debut starring in the Harold Arlen/Truman Capote musical House of Flowers. After seeing her in that production, Richard Rodgers created his own starring vehicle for her, the Broadway musicalNo Strings, for which she won a Tony Award.

Perhaps best known for her groundbreaking lead role as a nurse and single mom in the critically acclaimed television series Julia, which debuted in 1968 and ran for three years, Diahann Carrroll earned her first Emmy nomination. Her extensive television career includes the game-changing role as “Dominique Devereaux” on the internationally popular television series Dynasty, as well as recurring roles on USA’s hit series White Collar, ABC’sGrey’s Anatomy and A Different World.

On the big screen, Ms. Carroll received an Oscar nomination for Best Actress and a Golden Globe award for her starring role opposite James Earl Jones in Claudine. Other notable films include Carmen Jones, Paris Blues, Porgy and Bess, Hurry Sundown, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings and Eve’s Bayou.

“Diahann Carroll is one of the most talented and distinguished artists in American history. We are looking forward to paying tribute to her rich trailblazing legacy,” said Jeff Friday, president & CEO of Film Life, Inc. and ABFF Ventures.

Promising to be a highlight of the Hollywood awards season and Black History Month, ABFF Honors is produced by ABFF Ventures (a partnership between Film Life, Inc., and Black Enterprise), in association with de Passe Jones Entertainment.

2016 ABFF Honors sponsors include: Presenting Sponsor – Cadillac and Gold Sponsor – Prudential.

Screen Shot 2016-01-31 at 3.03.03 PMFor more information about the 2016 ABFF Honors, log on to www.abffhonors.com.    

ABOUT THE ABFF 

Founded in 1997, the American Black Film Festival (ABFF) is an annual event dedicated to showcasing quality film and television content by and about people of African descent. The festival is committed to the belief that Black artists and content creators deserve the same opportunities as their mainstream counterparts. ABFF founder Jeff Friday conceived the festival as a vehicle to promote diversity in the motion picture industry and strengthen the Black filmmaking community through resource sharing, education, artistic collaboration and career development. Today, the ABFF is recognized as the #1 source for new Black talent, both in front of and behind the camera, and is regarded as one of the leading film festivals in the world. The festival is produced by ABFF Ventures (a partnership between Film Life, Inc., and Black Enterprise). Celebrating its 20th year, the 2016 ABFF will be held June 15-19, 2016, in Miami, Florida. For more information about the festival, visi www.ABFF.com.