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Caleb McLaughlin and Ken Jeong Come Together to Support ACS

The American Cancer Society (ACS), through its National Football League (NFL) Crucial Catch partnership, announced today that one lucky fan will have the opportunity to meet The Masked Singer’s Ken Jeong and watch the Super Bowl LIV with Stranger Things star Caleb McLaughlin during a VIP weekend experience of a lifetime in Miami, the host city of this year’s game. The two stars are coming together to lend their support to the important work that ACS does through its Super Bowl Sweepstakes, where fans can support Crucial Catch’s mission of increasing early-detection and cancer prevention while enjoying an all-expense paid trip to the NFL’s biggest game.

“I am thrilled to be partnering with the NFL and American Cancer Society in the fight against cancer at Super Bowl LIV. This is a cause near and dear to my heart as my wife is a breast cancer survivor herself,” says Jeong. “The NFL and ACS will be able to provide cancer screenings and treatment to so many people in need.”

The ACS and the NFL will offer Crucial Catch Super Bowl Sweepstakes winner and a guest round trip airfare to Miami, lodging, two tickets to Super Bowl LIV sitting alongside McLaughlin, a meet and greet with Jeong, pre-game sideline passes, access to the hottest parties in Miami and other exclusive perks. NFL fans can enter the sweepstakes at CrucialCatch.NFL.com by donating a minimum of $10 to the American Cancer Society.

“There is no discrimination when it comes to cancer. It affects everyone, especially those in the under-privileged communities that can’t afford to get the screenings they need,” said McLaughlin. “For this reason, I am truly happy to be partnering with the NFL and the American Cancer Society for the 2020 Super Bowl. 100% of the funds raised will help benefit the many people who are in desperate need of lifesaving screenings/treatments.”

Since 2009, the NFL and American Cancer Society have partnered in the commitment to the fight against cancer. Crucial Catch helps more people catch cancer early, when it may be easier to treat and focuses on the prevention and early detection of multiple cancers, particularly in high-risk communities.

“We’re so thankful for Ken and Caleb’s commitment to the fight against cancer,” said Sharon Byers, Chief Development, Marketing and Communications Officer, American Cancer Society. “What better way to enjoy the NFL’s biggest game than raising funds for the fight and mingling with some of today’s biggest stars.”

Known for his scene stealing abilities, actor, producer, writer and comedian Ken Jeong has established himself as one of today’s top comedic stars. Since his feature film debut playing the doctor in KNOCKED UP in 2007, Jeong has gone on to star in several memorable roles in a series of successful comedies including his role as an Asian-mobster “Mr. Chow” in the sleeper-hit comedy THE HANGOVER. Recently, Jeong appeared in the Warner Bros. box office sensation CRAZY RICH ASIANS which grossed over $150 million worldwide and earned multiple nominations including Golden Globes, SAG, and People’s Choice. In February 2019, Jeong returned to his stand-up roots for his first-ever hit Netflix comedy special, “Ken Jeong: You Complete Me, Ho”, which earned him a People’s Choice nomination for “The Comedy Act of 2019.” In television, Jeong can currently be seen as a judge on the FOX hit celebrity reality singing competition “The Masked Singer”, now in its second season. Prior to that, Ken starred on ABC’s “Dr. Ken”, which he was the creator, writer, and Executive Producer. Jeong’s career path started off on a different course. He earned his undergraduate degree at Duke University and went on to get his medical degree at the University of North Carolina.

Caleb McLaughlin stars as “Lucas Sinclair” in the Netflix global hit Stranger Things, which was renewed for a fourth season after the streaming giant revealed it was their “most-watched original series ever”. Recently, McLaughlin wrapped production on the film Concrete Cowboy which also stars Idris Elba and Jharrel Jerome. The film follows’ 15-year-old Cole (McLaughlin) who is taken to live with his estranged father (Elba) Harp in North Philadelphia, where he discovers the city’s vibrant urban cowboy subculture, which flourishes despite the surrounding poverty, violence, and encroachment of gentrification. McLaughlin will take the next major step in his burgeoning career with his debut as a recording artist, he plans to release new tracks and music videos in the new year. His music has an ultra-modern vibe with a fusion of R&B, electronic, and pop. He also recently released his own IGTV series, in association with ATTN: entitled Be Your Biggest Fan, based on a social movement he created online in which McLaughlin promotes self-love and self-confidence, while also giving his fans the opportunity to share their own stories and experiences.

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Morgan Freeman to present the “Jeff Bezos Freedom’s Wings Award” Tonight

John Travolta will host the 17th Annual “Living Legends of Aviation Awards” on Thursday, Jan. 16, 2020, at the Beverly Hilton. The event honors those who have made significant contributions to aviation/aerospace.

The evening will be highlighted by Legendary actor Morgan Freeman presenting the “Jeff Bezos Freedom’s Wings Award,” the most prestigious award in the aerospace industry, honoring the advancement of the principles of freedom. This year’s recipient is Capt. James Lovell who is also celebrating his 50th Anniversary of the Apollo 13 mission this year. Lovell is an astronaut with numerous historical firsts in flights, including Gemini 7, Gemini 12, Apollo 8 and Apollo 13.

In addition, to Capt. Lovell, six others will be inducted as Living Legends including Maj. Gen. Patrick Brady, Larry Flynn, Bill Garvey, Craig Hosking, Rod Lewis and Sergei Sikorsky.

Peter Weber, star of “The Bachelor,” currently in its 24th season airing Mondays (8:00-10:00 p.m. EST) on ABC, will also be attending. A commercial airline pilot, Peter grew up in an avid aviation family — his father and brother are both pilots, and his mother, a former flight attendant.

Other awards to be presented include The “Kenn Ricci Lifetime Aviation Entrepreneur Award” to Dr. S. Harry Robertson, and the “Eren Ozmen Entrepreneur of the Year Award” will go to Kenny Dichter. The Legends will also highlight the accomplishments of Elling Halvorson, founder of Papillon Helicopters. The “Elling Halvorson Vertical Flight Hall of Fame Award” will be presented to Mr. Sikorsky. The humanitarian “Wings of Help Award” will be presented to Thomas Schrade.

As is their tradition, the Legends will also pay tribute to Legends who have “Flown West” this past year. They include Southwest Airlines founder Herb Kelleher, founding Legend Barron Hilton, Al Haynes, Captain of United Flight 232, Murray Smith, Editor and Publisher of ProPilot, and Dick Cole, the last Doolittle Raider.

The “Living Legends of Aviation” was founded on December 17, 2003, exactly 100 years after Orville and Wilbur Wright took their first powered flight, with the purpose of celebrating aviation’s second hundred years. The “Living Legends of Aviation” is a remarkable group of 100 accomplished men and women from across the world, individuals of extraordinary accomplishment in aviation and aerospace. The Legends are entrepreneurs, innovators, industry leaders, astronauts, record breakers, pilots who have become celebrities and celebrities who have become pilots.

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Chris Evans, John Krasinski, Rachel Dratch and David Ortiz Star in Super Bowl LIV Commercial

Those looking to be entertained by the Super Bowl commercials this year will be treated to a star-studded, Boston-themed spot from Hyundai. The 60-second comedic ad that will run in the first quarter of the game will feature a cast of well-known Boston celebrities including Chris Evans, John Krasinski, Saturday Night Live alum Rachel Dratch and Boston Red Sox legend David Ortiz. The final ad will make its world premiere during the Super Bowl Greatest Commercials 2020 special on the CBS Television Network on Monday, Jan. 27 from 9-10 p.m. ET/PT, which will also include an exclusive behind-the-scenes segment on the making of the spot.

Chris Evans and John Krasinski headline the cast. Chris Evans is a well-known actor who stars in both commercial and independent films and an upcoming Apple+ show that he produced as well. He is also making his first appearance in a Super Bowl commercial. John Krasinski is an award-winning actor and filmmaker who has written, starred in and directed numerous critically acclaimed TV shows and movies.

Rachel Dratch, a popular comedian and actress, was a widely recognized SNL cast member, along with being a guest star on several popular TV shows. David Ortiz, nicknamed “Big Papi,” is a Boston Red Sox legend who was a three-time World Series champion and a ten-time All-Star.

“Casting is such a critically important part of the ad, and we found four celebrities who worked perfectly together and made our creative concept come to life brilliantly,” said Angela Zepeda, CMO, Hyundai Motor America. “Combine that talent with our director Bryan Buckley and the team at our ad agency INNOCEAN, and we think we have another winner on our hands. We just finished testing the spot and it performed exceptionally well. We can’t wait to release it on CBS’ primetime special and show everyone a little bit of what went into the making of the spot.”

Director Bryan Buckley, also a Massachusetts native, has directed over 60 Super Bowl commercials. Buckley is an esteemed recipient of the Directors Guild of America award, multiple Emmys, and over 50 Cannes Lions, in addition to being named one of the 50 Best Creative Minds in the last 25 years by Creativity Magazine. The spot is produced by his production company, Hungry Man, which has been recognized as the top commercial production company in the world at the Cannes Festival Palme D’or and made the Cannes Top Ten Production Companies list for more than ten consecutive years, the first production company in history to do so.

Barney Goldberg, INNOCEAN USA’s executive creative director explains, “It all starts with a great script, and we went through hundreds to get to this one. Obviously, humor is always a great way to disarm the viewer and grab their attention. This particular idea focuses on the iconic Boston accent. It was important to us to make sure everything was authentic. Shooting in Boston instead of a backlot and casting Boston icons really paid off for us in this spot. We even threw in a few local ‘Easter eggs’ for anyone paying close attention. I think we really captured the feel of the city as well as highlighting a great feature on the new Sonata.”

Hyundai’s Super Bowl commercial will also mark the beginning of the national advertising campaign for the all-new 2020 Sonata. The Sonata is Hyundai’s longest-standing and most successful model, and the all-new version offers a bold, distinctive design and numerous convenient and safety technologies. It is a fully transformed vehicle that showcases a sporty four-door-coupe look and represents Hyundai’s new focus on creating an emotional appeal using proportion, styling and technology.

The latest Sonata is the first model to be based on Hyundai’s new, innovative vehicle platform, which delivers improvements in overall driving performance. The car uses an extensive application of advanced technologies to boost comfort, convenience and active safety, including a new Digital Key —allowing the vehicle to be unlocked, started and driven without a physical key.

Hyundai’s 2020 Super Bowl marketing campaign was developed and is being executed by its agency of record, INNOCEAN USA. The Super Bowl will be played on February 2, 2020 in Miami and will be televised on FOX.

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Worldwide Box Office Results for Weekend of January 12, 2020

Comscore’s Senior Media Analyst Paul Dergarabedian commented, “the box-office is off to a strong start in early 2020, with the second weekend of the year up 12 percent versus the comparable timeframe a year ago. The rise is powered by the expansion of multiple-Oscar® nominee “1917” and a host of strong 2019 holdovers that has driven YTD revenue to an advantage of 8 percent over last year at this point.”

The top 3 worldwide weekend box office estimates, listed in descending order, per data collected as of Sunday, January 12, are below.

1917 – Universal – $56.4 million
Star Wars: The Rise Of Skywalker – Disney – $39.3 million
Jumanji: The Next Level – Sony – $36.6 million
The top 3 domestic weekend box office estimates, listed in descending order, per data collected as of Sunday, January 12, are below.

1917 – Universal – $36.5 million
Star Wars: The Rise Of Skywalker – Disney – $15.1 million
Jumanji: The Next Level – Sony – $14.0 million

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AARP The Mag Celebrates 19th Annual Movies for Grownups Awards in LA

AARP The Magazine’s 19th Annual Movies for Grownups® Awards were held Saturday night at the Beverly Wilshire, Beverly Hills, celebrating 2019’s standout films with unique appeal to moviegoers 50+ and recognizing the inspiring artists who make them.

For nearly two decades, AARP’s Movies for Grownups program has championed movies for grownups, by grownups, by advocating for the 50-plus audience, fighting industry ageism, and encouraging films that resonate with older viewers. Hosted by iconic screen and stage performer Tony Danza, the star-studded awards ceremony included a touching tribute to Career Achievement Award honoree, Annette Bening. Bening spoke about the power of shared purpose, vulnerability and comradarie in filmmaking as Tinseltown’s elite turned out to laud her.

Other highlights of the evening included a special appearance by Diane Ladd, who presented Best Supporting Actress award to daughter Laura Dern for her performance in “Marriage Story,” returning a gesture daughter gave to mom at MFG four years ago. Rock and pop legend Linda Ronstadt earned a prolonged standing ovation for Best Documentary, “Linda Ronstadt: The Sound of My Voice,” presented by her friend of three-plus decades Maria Muldaur. Conan O’Brien hilariously cut down Adam Sandler, as the “desperate” Best Actor awardee descended on the stage before O’Brien could finish talking up Sandler’s performance in “Uncut Gems.” And Finn Wittrock presented the Best Actress award to Renée Zellweger for portraying “Judy” 80 years after Garland starred in “The Wizard of Oz.”

The Awards ceremony will be broadcast by Great Performances for the third consecutive year on Sunday, Jan. 19, 2020, at 6 p.m. ET on PBS (check local listings), and will be available to stream the following day on pbs.org/moviesforgrownups and the PBS Video app.

The complete list of the 19th Annual Movies for Grownups Awards Winners

Career Achievement: Annette Bening
Best Picture/Best Movie for Grownups: The Irishman
Best Actress: Renée Zellweger (Judy)
Best Actor: Adam Sandler (Uncut Gems)
Best Supporting Actress: Laura Dern (Marriage Story)
Best Supporting Actor: Tom Hanks (A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood)
Best Director: Martin Scorsese (The Irishman)
Best Screenwriter: Noah Baumbach (Marriage Story)
Best Ensemble: Knives Out
Best Intergenerational Film: The Farewell
Best Foreign Language Film: Pain & Glory (Spain)
Readers’ Choice: A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood
Best Time Capsule: Harriet
Consumer Cellular is proud to be the presenting sponsor for the Movies for Grownups Awards. Event proceeds benefit AARP Foundation, which works to end senior poverty by helping vulnerable older adults, in Los Angeles and across the country, build economic opportunity and social connectedness.

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