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Smart TVs Gain new Movie Streaming App

LG Electronics USA and Movies Anywhere™ announced the arrival of the Movies Anywhere app on LG Smart TVs, led by the critically-acclaimed LG OLED TVs. Movies Anywhere lets users enjoy their favorite purchased or redeemed digital movies combined in one simplified, personal collection. LG is the first TV manufacturer to offer the streaming app, allowing users to bring together more than 7,900 digital movies, including new releases and classic films.

Movies Anywhere is the simplest way for users to bring their favorite digital movies together from across different digital retailer accounts, all in one place. No other service provides this benefit across so many studios, platforms and digital accounts. Additionally, with the recent announcement of the Screen Pass beta, Movies Anywhere has made it easier for users to share their love of movies with other movie fans in a seamless, innovative way.

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New Baseball Short Film Highlights Little League World Series

On what would have been Opening Day weekend, when thousands of fans would have been packing the stands and millions more watching baseball on television, the United States Conference of Mayors in partnership with Major League Baseball, is releasing a short film, The City Behind Us: The Story of the Elmora Troopers. The film highlights the Elmora Troopers’ journey to the 2019 Little League World Series – a goal never before achieved in the city of Elizabeth, New Jersey.

Many of the Elmora Troopers players first participated in USCM’s PLAY BALL program, a joint initiative launched in 2015 with Major League Baseball, which encourages mayors to engage with citizens, families and their respective city departments to organize individual and community “Play Ball” events. More than 350 mayors participated in the program in 2019.

Just yesterday in a letter to fans, MLB Commissioner Robert Manfred said, “While we aren’t on the field today, there will still be plenty of baseball for you to watch.” The City Behind Us will give fans across the country the chance to watch a story that shows how the little league team caught the attention and love of their city, and eventually the whole nation. During the team’s championship run, Major League players such as Anthony Rizzo of the Chicago Cubs adopted the “Jersey Shake” as a post-home run celebration in recognition of the team and ESPN began airing their games during peak ratings hours.

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Bring audiences together with Stay-at-Home Cinema

To help share the experience of film from the comfort of their own homes, TIFF and Bell Media’s Crave announced that today at 7pm EDT audiences across Canada can join TIFF Artistic Director and Co-Head Cameron Bailey in the first of a series of virtual Q&As and screenings. Audiences can tune in to watch Cameron and award-winning actor and star Mandy Patinkin (Crave’s Homeland) for a chat via Instagram Live @tiff_net before being invited to screen TIFF’s 1987 People’s Choice Award winner, The Princess Bride, on Crave.

“TIFF has a longstanding partnership with Bell Media and Crave, so it was a natural progression to work together during this global health crisis,” said Joana Vicente, TIFF Executive Director and Co-Head. “Both organizations value their audiences and want to bring the best of our programming to as many people as we can. We are all looking to connect with each other, and what better way to do this than through cinema.”

“During these challenging times, we continue to look for ways to keep people connected, comforted, and entertained, and the power of film and TV accomplishes just that. It was important for us to work with TIFF on bringing these meaningful films to life,” said Randy Lennox, President, Bell Media. “We’re thrilled to work with our partners at TIFF to enhance the experience of revisiting these cinematic classics, by hearing from the beloved stars and inspiring creators behind these films, as well as media personalities who will consider their enduring impact. Stay tuned for more!”

TIFF’s Stay-at-Home Cinema experience with Rob Reiner’s timeless classic The Princess Bride is the first in a series TIFF and Crave will be rolling out over the next few weeks. Additional movie titles — all available on Crave — along with special guests will be announced each week on TIFF and Crave’s social media channels.

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Actor Vinnie Favale’s Tribute Video To Italy Goes Viral

When the videos of Italian’s singing from their windows went viral last week, Vinnie Favale had a visceral reaction. A first generation American [his parents and two older brothers were born in Italy) Favale was deeply moved by the sight of Italians singing from their hearts in the face of adversity during the nationwide Coronavirus quarantine.

“I was raised on nothing but Italian music during my formative years.” said Favale. “Music was a constant in our lives including helping us through some of the most the most heart breaking loses in our family.”

With plenty of time on his hands, Favale produced a music video made up of some of the most moving images of Italians at their windows and balconies singing to each other. And he couldn’t have picked a better song.

“One of my favorite Italian songs is “L’Italiano (Lasciatemi Cantare)” by Tuto Cutugno which was a big hit in Italy in 1983. I heard this song one day playing on the Italian radio station and fell in love with not only the beautiful melody but also with its sentiment. The singer is not bragging about being Italian, he’s just laying out the day to day rituals of the Italian life and he can’t help but exclaim, ‘hey this is who I am and this is who we are and let me sing my song’.”

So, when Favale saw all of the news clips of Italians singing from their windows, he knew he just had to put these two incredible things together.

“I hope it will give people a small measure of comfort to see how other people are dealing with exactly what we are going through right now. We have a large family in Italy, including six nieces and nephews and hundreds for cousins. So far everyone is safe, and they are just as concerned for us as they are for themselves.

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Dreamworks’ Trolls Partner Up for a Delicious Sweepstakes

Fans of DreamWorks Animation’s global smash Trolls franchise don’t have to wait until next month’s highly anticipated release of the new movie Trolls World Tour to see their favorite characters from the films. Starting today, fans can find their favorite Trolls characters –Poppy, Branch, and friends at a snack aisle near them before the Trolls hit the big screen on April 10, 2020 – through a new rockin’ collaboration between Lay’s® Poppables™ and DreamWorks Animation’s Trolls World Tour. The new limited-edition Lay’s Poppables feature five beloved characters from the upcoming film – serving as this season’s must-have movie snack for Trolls fans to enjoy.

To celebrate the sequel, each limited-edition bag of Lay’s Poppables gives fans a chance to instantly win a pair of tickets to see Trolls World Tour in theaters – with one grand-prize winner receiving their very own “World Tour” of six musical festivals across the county. To enter the sweepstakes for the Musical World Tour and the chance to win a free pair of movie tickets, fans can visit Poppables.com now through May 15, submit the on-pack code from any participating bag of Lay’s Poppables, and learn about more ways to enter for a chance to win.

“Lay’s Poppables’ airy crunch and colorful packaging already perfectly match the vibrant world of the ‘Trolls’ films, so we wanted to bring both worlds together to create a fun experience for our fans,” said Sadira Furlow, vice president of marketing at PepsiCo. “We know how much they love the ‘Trolls’ franchise so we’re excited to transform our look in the snack aisle and offer exclusive prizes to help them immerse themselves in the ‘Trolls’ universe ahead of the premiere.”

Trolls fans can collect their favorite characters across five Lay’s Poppables flavor varieties: Lay’s Poppables Sea Salt featuring Poppy, Lay’s Poppables Sea Salt & Vinegar featuring Branch, Lay’s Poppables Creamy Jalapeño featuring Tiny Diamond, Lay’s Poppables Honey BBQ featuring Barb, and Lay’s Poppables White Cheddar featuring Delta Dawn. The specially-marked bags will be available at retailers nationwide for $3.79. To learn more, fans can visit Poppables.com.

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