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Like Hollywood Game Night? Now You Can Own It.

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Hollywood Game NightIn what seemed like sort of a gamble for NBC last summer has paid off for the peacock channel. Hollywood Game Night, now in its’ second season, brings back the classic celebrity game show in a whole new format. Hosted by Jane Lynch, Hollywood Game Night takes place in her imaginary living room complete with a live band. Teams of four sit across from each other on couches. One member of each team is considered a “civilian” (your every-day average Joe) while the other three are made up of Hollywood stars. Each team works together in a variety of short party games, similar to what you can do in your own home.

NBC has just announced that a home version of the Hollywood Game Night has actually begun to hit Walmart store shelves today as well as the NBC online store. Later, distribution of the game will be enlarged to other retailers as well. Cardinal Industries, a leading game developer, has created a card game based on the hit show.

“The Hollywood Game Night Party Game is a great way to bring the fun of the show right into your own home,” said Kerry O’Donnell, director of global licensing, NBCUniversal Television Consumer Products Group. “The pop culture trivia and fast-paced format of the games will provide outrageous fun and lasting memories for our fans. We are really proud to be working with Cardinal on this project as the show continues into its second season.”

The game includes five different card games, dual purpose coasters, a timer, a dry erase score chart and a marker to keep score. Players will learn how well they know pop culture, who can “doo” a song the best and which team can conquer the Celebrity Name Game Challenge.

“’Hollywood Game Night’ is tailor-made for home entertainment,” said Joel Berger, President, Cardinal Industries. “Its unique, teamwork-based format provides the perfect kicker for any party, event or simple family evening at home.”

Meanwhile, Hollywood Game Night, the TV show, will reappear February 27th.

TCM to Hold Tribute to Shirley Temple

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Shirley Temple will be honored on Sunday, March 9, 2014 on TCM.

Shirley Temple will be honored on Sunday, March 9, 2014 on TCM.

Even at the age of 85, Shirley Temple Black still had that unmistakable smile and curly hair that made her famous so many years ago. Sadly, “America’s Little Darling” passed away Monday, February 10 at her home in Woodside, California.

To honor the former child star, Turner Classic Movies (TCM) will hold a mini-marathon of Shirley Temple movies on the network all day on Sunday, March 9. “Shirley Temple was a good friend and an extraordinary human being who, after being the most famous person in the world at age 6 and Hollywood’s pint-sized Queen at age 7, grew up to be such a lovely, civic-minded citizen, wife and mother, as well as the U.S. Ambassador to two countries,” said TCM Host Robert Osborne. “There will never be another one like her.”

TCM’s tribute will begin at 4:30 p.m. with Temple’s classic Heidi followed by seven other favorite films. The complete schedule is as follows:

  • 4:30 p.m. – Heidi (1937)
  • 6:15 p.m. – Stowaway (1936)
  • 8:00 p.m. – Bright Eyes (1934)
  • 9:30 p.m. – The Little Princess (1939)
  • 11:15 p.m. – I’ll Be Seeing You (1944)
  • 12:45 a.m. – The Bachelor and the Bobby Soxer (1947)
  • 2:30 a.m. – A Kiss For Corliss (1949)
  • 4:15 a.m. – That Hagen Girl (1947)

Watch the 2014 Winter Olympics 24 hours a day

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2014 Sochi Winter OlympicsNBC has announced that they are offering an innovative temporary pass to view live streaming content of the Olympic Games (via NBCOlympics.com and NBC Sports, of course) to help create curiosity for “TV Everywhere” adoption.

During the XXII Olympic Winter Games, which are being held in Sochi, Russia from February 6-23, all NBC viewers are being offered a multi-day, yet temporary, pass to access live streaming content. The vast majority of live streaming will only be available to verified cable, satellite or telco customers. However, “Unverified viewers will be given a one-time 30-minute temporary pass the first time live-streaming content is accessed,” states today’s press release. “This will provide ample time for users to gather their credentials to verify, but not miss any Olympic action. Viewers will also be given a subsequent pass for five minutes per day thereafter.”

TV Everywhere is still a fairly new industry term. It is where consumers discontinue traditional pay television subscriptions for TV content that is exclusively programmed through over-the-air television and/or online on-demand services such as Hulu, Netflix, YouTube, and others. Authenticated streaming and video on-demand services allow traditional television providers to directly compete with these disruptive competitors, and add value to existing television subscriptions in an effort to retain subscribers.

 

The Olympic Games is a real example of how “TV Everywhere,” can be used on a daily basis. Verified cable/satellite and telco customers will have access to more than 1,000 hours of live streaming content of the Games which is more than double the hours of the 2010 Vancouver Olympics. At no additional charge, multi-channel customers can verify their video subscriptions at NBCOlympics.com.

It has also been announced that for the first time ever, all of the Winter Games across all of the 15 sports (98 events) will be streamed live. The site will also feature exclusive content, real-time results, medal standings, event highlights and analysis, athlete interviews and profiles, and rewinds of all event coverage.

In order to access the more than 1,000 hours of live Olympic programming this winter at NBCOlympics.com, existing cable, satellite and telco customers should follow these verification procedures:

  1. Go to NBCOlympics.com/LiveExtra
  2. Click the “Verify Now” button
  3. Select your cable, satellite or telco provider
  4. Enter the username and password that corresponds with your account
  5. Upon verification of your subscription to an Olympics-eligible package, you will be signed in throughout the Games on that device.

Customers with multiple devices will need to repeat the procedure on each device.

News Flash: Smoking Kills

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Photo: CVS/Pharmacy

Photo: CVS/Pharmacy

With the age of 50 near the horizon, I look back on my life and take note that not once was I told that smoking was good for me. I remember my father struggling to quit smoking, the slides of black lungs the nurses brought to our school classrooms to show us the dangers of smoking and the “bad kids” who would smoke on outside of the corner grocery store who no doubt sold the gang the cancer sticks. In my lifetime I saw the disappearance of cigarette TV commercials, magazine ads and billboards and the reverse rise of anti-smoking TV commercials, magazine ads and billboards. I’ve seen tobacco companies defend for years on how smoking was not harmful to our health only to become the biggest spenders of anti-smoking advertising. (The new 2014 “TRUTH” anti-smoking campaign is paid through fees charged by the FDA under a 2009 law that gave the agency authority over the tobacco industry.)

David Millar, David McLean and Eric Lawson, all “Marlboro Man” actors, have died due to cigarettes, and in a sense, their employer. Miller died of emphysema in 1987, McLean died of lung cancer in 1995 and just last Thursday, January 30, 2014 Lawson died from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).

In August of 1996, Target department stores made headlines announcing that the chain would no longer sell tobacco products in their stores. Today, CVS/Pharmacy has announced that more than of its 7,600 stores will be doing the same by October 1st of this year. This is a move to be truly praised and if I had a CVS store in my area, I would begin to show my solidary to the chain by not shopping at the other drug stores.

In almost 50 years of my life, I never understood how pharmacies, stores that are meant to be a symbol of health, would sell cigarettes and tobacco products to begin with. Yes, the easy answer is, “for money,” but it seems to me that if just one of them had done so, they could have made a larger statement about how they are “all about health.” Many stores currently sell their products to help those to stop smoking right beside the things that are making them sick in the first place. Having a drug store selling cigarettes is like seeing your doctor on a smoke break. The two just doesn’t make sense. Any child of the ‘70’s knew this then and any child today knows this now.

Yes, we live in America and we all have a right to smoke if we want to blah, blah, blah. While I do not believe that we should outlaw smoking, I don’t believe that a facility that stands for health should offer unhealthy wares. Just because we “can” doesn’t mean that we “should.” I think that businesses that place their profits as a higher priority than moralities are wrong.

I applaud CVS and today’s statement: “The sale of tobacco products is inconsistent with our purpose – helping people on their path to better health. As the delivery of health care evolves with an emphasis on better health outcomes, reducing chronic disease and controlling costs, CVS Caremark is playing an expanded role through our 26,000 pharmacists and nurse practitioners. By removing tobacco products from our retail shelves, we will better serve our patients, clients and health care providers while positioning CVS Caremark for future growth as a health care company. Cigarettes and tobacco products have no place in a setting where health care is delivered. This is the right thing to do.”

Meanwhile, Walgreens, who have been “Innovating For More Than 100 Years At The Corner of Happy & Healthy” are claiming to “continue to evaluate” the selling of cigarettes. No word from Rite Aid who believe in “wellness empowerment.”

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