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31 Facts You Didn't Know About Christmas

19 December 2014 11:41 AM, PST | Entertainment Tonight | See recent Entertainment Tonight news »

Tis the season to be...well informed. We all love Christmas, but how much do any of us actually know about why Christmas is the way it is? Here are 31 facts about Christmas trees, Santa Claus, and Rudolph that you (probably) didn’t know. Smarten up!

1. Christmas supposedly marks the birth of Jesus Christ on December 25. But there is no mention of December 25 in the Bible and most historians actually believe he was born in the spring.

2. December 25 was probably chosen because it coincided with the ancient pagan festival Saturnalia, which celebrated the agricultural god Saturn with partying, gambling, and gift-giving.

3. Many of the popular Christmas traditions today found their roots in Saturnalia: Branches from evergreen trees were used during winter solstice as a reminder of the green plants that would grow in spring when the sun gods grew strong.

4. These evergreen branches became the foundation of our Christmas tree. Germans are thought »

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Entertainment One, Cimorelli Teaming for Movies, TV

9 December 2014 10:53 AM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Entertainment One and recording artists Cimorelli have partnered in a multiyear output deal to create and distribute original content in all filmed entertainment media.

The partnership is aimed at moving the digital success that Cimorelli — six singing sisters from Malibu — have already achieved into traditional media including TV and film.

Cimorelli has attracted over 700 million views and 3 million subscribers on YouTube including musicvideos, vlogs of their day-to-day lives, Diy fashion and make-up tutorials, and “behind-the-scene” featurettes.

Cimorelli’s YouTube channel will remain with the AwesomenessTV network. The sisters are also signed with Universal Music Group and recently co-headlined the North American Digifest tour and the Coca Cola Music Experience concert in Madrid.

Tuesday’s announcement said the new partnership already has a number of scripted and non-scripted projects in development; eOne will produce and handle worldwide distribution.

“With nearly a billion views and an enormous fanbase around the world, the »

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Entertainment One, Cimorelli Teaming for Movies, TV

9 December 2014 10:53 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Entertainment One and recording artists Cimorelli have partnered in a multiyear output deal to create and distribute original content in all filmed entertainment media.

The partnership is aimed at moving the digital success that Cimorelli — six singing sisters from Malibu — have already achieved into traditional media including TV and film.

Cimorelli has attracted over 700 million views and 3 million subscribers on YouTube including musicvideos, vlogs of their day-to-day lives, Diy fashion and make-up tutorials, and “behind-the-scene” featurettes.

Cimorelli’s YouTube channel will remain with the AwesomenessTV network. The sisters are also signed with Universal Music Group and recently co-headlined the North American Digifest tour and the Coca Cola Music Experience concert in Madrid.

Tuesday’s announcement said the new partnership already has a number of scripted and non-scripted projects in development; eOne will produce and handle worldwide distribution.

“With nearly a billion views and an enormous fanbase around the world, the »

- Dave McNary

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Ranking The John Lewis Christmas Adverts

1 December 2014 1:10 AM, PST | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

John Lewis

Over the last few years, the annual Christmas advert from British department store chain John Lewis has become something of an institution. Each release has become a major talking point on social media as the retailer attempts to outdo its previous efforts, with this year’s iteration, Monty The Penguin, garnering more than 2.5 million views across social media and 100,000 shares within the first 12 hours of it airing.

Memorable Christmas adverts are nothing new – it’s a long-standing belief that the Christmas season has “never truly begun” until the Coca Cola advert starts making the rounds, for instance – but John Lewis have certainly found a formula that works, incorporating a heart-warming short story and a beautiful vocal accompaniment into each of their works.

A common criticism of Christmas is that excessive commercialism has long since overridden the ‘true meaning’ of the holiday, but as long as retail remains a »

- Alex Antliff

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Ariana Grande's Brother, Frankie J., Hits AMAs Red Carpet Without a Real Shirt: See His Painted-On Outfit!

23 November 2014 10:54 AM, PST | Us Weekly | See recent Us Weekly news »

No shirt—and he still gets service! Ariana Grande's brother, Frankie J., hit the 2014 American Music Awards in Los Angeles on Sunday, Nov. 23, to co-host the Coca Cola red carpet. But before the petite powerhouse—who took home New Artist of the Year at the 2013 show—even stepped onto the red carpet, Frankie J. arrived—sans shirt! Instead, the Big Brother 16 alum, 31, paired his baby pink pants and bubblegum-tinted platinum hair with a white, short-sleeved button-up that was literally painted on. Adding a little formality, Frankie J. [...] »

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Monster Energy Drinks Alleged To Be Satan’s Swill Video

11 November 2014 1:41 PM, PST | Monsters and Critics | See recent Monsters and Critics news »

There’s a viral video of a woman explaining to a young man that Monster, an energy drink owned by the Coca Cola corporation, is the devil’s drink, literally.Her dissection is over the graphics and verbiage found on the can that looks to her like a Hebrew “6” and has words, non Christian words, like “milf” (mom I’d like to f***) on the labeling.Here she is exposing it as the work of the devil: She claims Monster energy drink blatantly promotes Satan and the occult and cites several examples from the Hebrew language to cryptic symbols on the can and she […] »

- April Neale

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Dhoom: 3 wins the highest grossing foreign film award at Australian International Movie Convention

20 October 2014 4:32 AM, PDT | Bollyspice | See recent Bollyspice news »

The 69th Australian International Movie Convention hosted the annual Box Office Achievement Awards at Jupiter’s Hotel & Casino and awarded the ‘Highest Grossing Foreign Language Film’ to Dhoom: 3, produced by India’s premier Studio Yash Raj Films and distributed in Australia by Mind Blowing Films.

The highest-grossing movies within the previous 12 month period have been recognised through these awards since 1994. In recent years, the movies that have won the Highest Grossing Foreign Language Film category were:

2013 – The Intouchables

2012 – The Women On The 6thFloor

2011 – The Girl Who Played With Fire

2010 – The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo

2009 – Coco Avant Chanel

Dhoom: 3 is in great company indeed.

The Director of Dhoom 3 – Vijay Krishna Acharya thanked the Australian audience and said, “The response and success of the film is extremely gratifying and humbling. I’d like to thank the Australian audience who made this possible. And I shall certainly be filming in »

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The sharks of 'Shark Tank' on season 6: 'We're nasty to each other now'

18 September 2014 5:00 AM, PDT | EW - Inside TV | See recent EW.com - Inside TV news »

Which businesses went bankrupt? What’s Mark Cuban’s biggest weakness? Does Robert Herjavec ever wear those ugly Christmas sweaters he invested in?

Just in time for season six, the sharks of Shark Tank answer our burning questions.

EW: What’s the biggest misconception about Shark Tank?

Robert Herjavec: That it’s not really our own money. I know we’re in Hollywood making a TV show, but I’m writing my own check!

Which product do you use most in real life?

Herjavec: Tipsy Elves, the inappropriate, ugly Christmas sweaters. I wear them all the time. In fact, »

- Melissa Maerz

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20 Hilariously Weird Things People Actually Believed As Kids

23 August 2014 3:25 AM, PDT | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

20th Century Fox

The Internet is teaming with spoilers. Movie plot twists, TV revelations… pretty much everything you might not want to know is lurking on the web ready to be unleashed onto your unsuspecting eyes. Which is why we’re giving you a warning before we land this next one on you.

Santa isn’t real.

It’s true – those dozen or so years you spent believing some ungainly chap sponsored by Coca Cola managed to squeeze his giant gut down your chimney and voluntarily leave you a brand new Super Nintendo were a Lie.

If you wish to stop reading now it’s understandable. It was a hard time for us all when we found out jolly Saint Nick was just our parents in their PJs, a bit tipsy from the Christmas Eve scotch. For those of you ready to embrace the realities of life after years of »

- Nina Cresswell

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The Best Bollywood Commercials Ever Made!

26 July 2014 8:00 PM, PDT | Bollyspice | See recent Bollyspice news »

Bollywood stars are increasingly becoming known not just for the films they star in, but also for the commercials which they appear in. Whether it’s soft drinks or beauty products, we’ve seen many of our favourite stars gracing our television screens to endorse something, in the hope that us consumers will go out and buy them. From Shah Rukh Khan donning a Tag Heur watch to Katrina Kaif flying with Etihad Airways, here are just some of BollySpice’s favourite commercials that have featured some of Bollywood’s major icons! Enjoy!

Deepika Padukone (Axis Bank) – Her recent rise to stardom has undoubtedly resulted in more corporations approaching her for endorsement deals. Check out this cool recently released commercial of Deepika Padukone promoting Axis Bank. We love it as it’s a nice illustration of the fact that fame shouldn’t let your relationship with friends change.

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- Bodrul Chaudhury

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11 Adverts That Failed So Hard They Actually Won

24 June 2014 7:26 AM, PDT | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

The Coca Cola Company

There surely must be a certain amount of insanity involved in being an advertising executive, coming up with dancing meerkats and over-the-top personalities designed with the express purpose of being memorable – but what about those adverts that think they’re coming across one way, only to epically fail when it comes to public reaction?

Far from being easily recallable works of artistic brilliance like the often fond-remembered “Guinness advert with the horses” – a great surrealist piece that sees the crashing waves of a beach and a group of surfers brought to life with the stampede of a group of wild horses.

But to talk about advertising’s greatest achievements is for another time – or perhaps a clip-filled fluff-show created to pacify the masses while we wait on whether or not Bryan Cranston is returning to Breaking Bad or not. Instead it seems that many advertisers get »

- Scott Tailford

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Los Bragas, Neymar Jr. Explore Online Off-Field Soccer Realm

2 June 2014 5:20 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Madrid — Los Bragas, run by actress-producer-turned-director Alice Braga (“Elysium,” “I Am Legend,” “City of God”) and writer-director Felipe Braga (“Trash,” “Latitudes”), is seeking international broadcast TV outlets for “A Vida Fora dos Campos,” an intimate web/TV portrait of Brazilian soccer player Neymar da Silva Santos Jr. which marks Alice Braga’s directorial debut.

As the world girds up for June’s FIFA World Cup soccer tourney, “A Vida” (literally “Off-Field Life”) digital build takes soccer coverage to new levels.

Packing two seasons of six five-to-six minute episodes, first seen as web-segs, “A Vida” is produced by Njr, Neymar Jr.’s own label, and Los Bragas, marking Neymar Jr.’s entry into production. In April, using the content, the partners launched a Neymar Jr. YouTube channel, the first with original content co-produced by a soccer player himself, said Felipe Braga.

On June 11, the eve of the World Cup’s opening »

- John Hopewell

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'Last Week Tonight With John Oliver' review: The Weekly Show

27 April 2014 10:01 PM, PDT | EW.com - PopWatch | See recent EW.com - PopWatch news »

The fear with Last Week Tonight is that it’s The Daily Show except once a week — a staggered timeline that would rob the basic news-punning format of its intrinsic topical punch. John Oliver’s new show has the familiar rhythms of the show that bore him: Description of news item, comical montage of actual news networks covering said news in an increasingly hysterical fashion, follow-up punchline. Oliver has been with The Daily Show since 2006; he’s one of the longest-serving correspondents, behind Stephen Colbert and the eternal Bee/Jones double act. The first episode of his HBO series didn »

- Darren Franich

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Outkast to Headline Bet Experience at L.A. Live

21 April 2014 9:35 AM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Hip-hop duo Outkast is set to headline the Bet Experience at L.A. Live this year at the end of June. Celebrating their 20-year anniversary, and coming off of their reunion at Coachella, group members Andre 3000 and Big Boi will take the Staples Center stage on Sat., June 28, 2014 along with Rick Ross, A$AP Rocky, K. Michele, Ty Dolla $ign, August Alsina and host DJ Khaled. Coca-Cola returns as presenting sponsor of the festival, and likewise Sprite will once-more sponsor the event's celebrity basketball game, slam dunk competition and youth clinics. Additionally, Coca-Cola will host a Latin showcase on Thurs. »

- Tony Maglio

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Jamie Dornan Is Red Hot on a Lunch Date With His Wife—See the Pics!

17 April 2014 11:36 AM, PDT | E! Online | See recent E! Online news »

Jamie Dornan is red hot—literally! The Fifty Shades of Grey stud stepped out for a lunch date with wife Amelia Warner on Thursday in London, England. According to an eyewitness, the two appeared relaxed and happy as they dined together at Portobello Road, where Jamie enjoyed a salad and a Coca Cola. Dornan was dressed casually in a bright red polo, basic jeans, a pair of tennis shoes and shades, looking handsome yet comfortable as he strolled alongside his wife. Meanwhile, Warner was also sporting a low-key look, keeping her post-baby bod covered up in a knee-length white skirt, pretty blue blouse and patterned flats. Prior to their lunch date, the lovebirds spent their morning working out together and »

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Madhuri Dixit and the cast and crew of Gulaab Gang champion The Support My School Campaign

27 February 2014 6:41 AM, PST | Bollyspice | See recent Bollyspice news »

Madhuri Dixit visited Shri Govind Bal Mandir School in Andheri on February 24th with the cast of her upcoming film – Gulaab Gang in support of the Support My School campaign. Also there were producer Anubhav Sinha and director Soumik Sen. The film, which has been making waves with its promos has a strong underlying theme of women empowerment and the role education plays in it. Bringing the cause of girl child education to the forefront, the cast interacted with students on the importance of education for girls to earn a place for themselves within the society.

The visit was part of the Support My School campaign which focuses on revitalizing schools in rural and semi- urban areas with provision of basic facilities such as safe drinking water, separate toilets for boys and girls, libraries and promotion of physical sports. Lack of amenities such as hygienic sanitation has been a major »

- Stacey Yount

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The top 25 underappreciated films of 2009

19 February 2014 5:01 AM, PST | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Odd List Ryan Lambie Simon Brew 20 Feb 2014 - 05:40

The unloved films of 2009 provide the focus in our final list of the 2000s' overlooked greats...

The year 2009 will partly be remembered as the year Avatar dominating the box office, with audiences flocking to see James Cameron's leafy pulp epic in shimmering 3D. Making almost $2.8bn worldwide, Avatar was a true behemoth, besting Cameron's own Titanic as the highest-grossing film of all time (not adjusted for inflation) and hastening a rush of 3D films in the years that followed.

Films such as 2012, Sherlock Holmes and boozy comedy The Hangover were also among the top 10, but as always, some of the most memorable and individual films of the year were far from the most financially successful. So to round off our series of underrated flicks of the 2000s, here's our selection of 2009's overlooked films...

25. A Perfect Getaway

A really good, »

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Is Madison Avenue Leaving America Behind?

7 February 2014 11:39 AM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

ABC’s “Modern Family” is one of the most-loved programs on television. So why are advertisers sparking backlash when they try to adopt its storylines?

Coca-Cola Co. and General Mills have vaguely similar businesses. One makes and distributes sodas, waters, juices and teas, while the other packs grocery-store shelves with cereal, cinnamon rolls and chicken soup. On one thing the two typically agree: Never offend any part of your audience.

And yet, that’s exactly what both have done. How could the owner of the slogan “Have a Coke and a smile” and the owner of the Pillsbury Doughboy do such a thing? With kindness, believe it or not.

General Mills’ Cheerios cereal generated some nasty reaction last Spring when the venerable bowl of oats ran an ad called “Just Checking” featuring an interracial family –a Caucasian mother, an African-American father, and their cute daughter, “Gracie.” Comments on a YouTube »

- Brian Steinberg

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Sochi: Gay Activists Protest in St. Petersburg on Eve of Olympics Opening Ceremony

5 February 2014 8:39 AM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Berlin -- Gay and lesbian activists in St Petersburg were planning to join thousands of people in a worldwide protest to highlight the plight of homosexuals in Russia on the eve of the opening of the Winter Olympics on Friday. In an international action aimed at Olympic sponsors that include McDonalds and Coca Cola, gay and lesbian rights advocacy group All Out called on companies to speak out against the persecution of homosexuals under Russia's controversial laws that ban the "promotion of gay lifestyles to youngsters." Photos: Gay Marriage, or Not, in Global Cinema The group, which has offices in New

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- Nick Holdsworth

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Coca Cola's "America the Beautiful" Super Bowl Ad Angers Commentators

3 February 2014 6:26 PM, PST | TVGuide - Breaking News | See recent TVGuide - Breaking News news »

Coca Cola was probably hoping it's "America the Beautiful" Super Bowl ad, which featured multilingual renditions of the patriotic song, would reunite the country. Instead, it seems, it has divided it.

Conservative pundits like Glenn Beck took to the airwaves Monday to criticize the ad, which Coca Cola said was meant to highlight America's "incredible diversity," according to the New York Daily News.

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- Kate Stanhope

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