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Kevin Hart Named Creative Director of Hydrow

Hydrow has announced that award-winning stand-up comedian and actor, Kevin Hart, is joining the brand as Creative Director. In his new role, Hart will bring his unique perspective, vision, drive and passion for fitness to Hydrow as the brand continues to rapidly grow in the connected fitness industry.

“Hydrow has successfully kicked in-home fitness up a notch with its incredible experience,” said Kevin Hart. “Far from a boring workout, I’m dripping in sweat within minutes and use more muscles in less time compared to other machines. Hydrow is next level and I’m proud to be a part of a brand that is positioned to revolutionize the connected fitness industry.”

As Creative Director, Hart will use his massive influence, passion for fitness and out of the box thinking to support Hydrow across a variety of platforms, including content, advertising and social media. He will also host a monthly row for Hydrow members where he’ll workout and personally engage with the community. Users will see him on the leaderboard under “HustleHart” and also hear him during these monthly rows. Known for his explosive sense of humor, Hart will provide fun and outrageous commentary throughout the workout.

“Kevin Hart brings a dynamic approach to Hydrow, and we can’t wait to tap into his innovative ideas as we continue to expand our brand,” said Bruce Smith, Founder & CEO of Hydrow. “Rowing has a reputation of being an elitist sport, however, our goal is to shatter that mindset and make it accessible for everyone. We’re looking forward to working alongside Mr. Hart to evolve the perception.”

With instruction from world-class athletes streaming live on the water in cities such as Miami, London, San Francisco and more, Hydrow brings the experience of on-water rowing straight to members’ homes with its patented, Live Outdoor Reality™. In addition to its rowing workouts that engage 86% of the body’s muscles – nearly double the muscles used in cardio and running – Hydrow offers a massive library of classes including yoga, pilates, functional movement and strength training.

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Movies Coming Out This Week – October 14th

2 Hearts – PG13 – Drama, Romance
For two couples the future unfolds in different decades and different places, but a hidden connection will bring them together in a way no one could have predicted. Based on an inspirational true story, 2 Hearts is a romantic journey that celebrates life, love and generosity of spirit, and challenges audiences to believe miracles are possible.
Radha Mitchell, Robin U. Russin, Kari Matchett, Jacob Elordi, Adan Canto, Anthony Konechny, Conrad Hool, Lance Hool

Clouds – PG13 – Drama
Based on an incredible true story, seventeen-year-old Zach Sobiech is a fun-loving high school senior with raw musical talent. But a few weeks into his senior year, just as his dream girl finally reciprocates his crush, Zach’s world gets turned upside down when he finds out his cancer has spread, and he now has only six months to live. With the limited time he has left, he and his best friend and writing partner, Sammy, decide to follow their dreams and finally make an album. Little did they know; the world would soon catch on and they would become a viral phenomenon. With time running out, Zach is confronted with the reality that no matter how he spends his time, he is going to hurt the people he loves the most, including the love of his life Amy. As Zach’s health condition begins to worsen, he is left to make difficult decisions about how to spend his time and more importantly with whom. Ultimately, he discovers the best way to say goodbye is with music, and his hit song CLOUDS is born. With a raw, unfiltered and beautiful look at the heartbreaking duality of life set to uplifting music, Zach’s inspiring story is a testament to what can happen when you start to live as if each day might be your last.
Andrew Lazar, Benjamin Simpson, Steffan Argus, Neve Campbell, Mylène Dinh-Robic, Casey La Scala, Vivien Endicott Douglas, Justin Baldoni

The Trial of the Chicago 7 – R – Drama, Historical
What was intended to be a peaceful protest at the 1968 Democratic National Convention turned into a violent clash with police and the National Guard. The organizers of the protest—including Abbie Hoffman, Jerry Rubin, Tom Hayden and Bobby Seale—were charged with conspiracy to incite a riot and the trial that followed was one of the most notorious in history.
Michael Keaton, Mark Rylance, Jeremy Strong, Steven Spielberg, Marc Platt, Sacha Baron Cohen, Seth Rogen, Frank Langella

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New PSA Starring Naked Celebrities Brings Attention to Naked Ballot Issue in Pennsylvania and 15 Other States

Some of the world’s biggest celebrities are appearing naked in a new ad to bring attention to laws that require voters in 16 states, including the important swing state of Pennsylvania, to insert their mail-in ballot into two separate envelopes in order to be counted. If the ballot is not inserted properly in Pennsylvania and New Jersey, the ballot is considered “naked,” and rejected. This “naked ballot rule” risks the rejection of hundreds of thousands of mail-in votes, which could significantly impact US election results.

Celebrities Tiffany Haddish, Chris Rock, Amy Schumer, Chelsea Handler, Naomi Campbell, Mark Ruffalo, Sarah Silverman and her father Donald, Josh Gad, and Ryan Michelle Bathe and a fully dressed Sacha Baron Cohen as Borat, star in the new PSA that playfully instruct voters on how to properly vote-by-mail, ahead of November’s critical presidential election.

Watch the PSA here.

The ad was created by RepresentUs, the non-partisan anti-corruption and pro-democracy group — but is being released unbranded for the broadest possible public distribution. It has been shared free of charge to hundreds of civic and political organizations across the political spectrum — from the Republican National Committee to the Democratic National Committee; from the R Street Institute to Indivisible — to share with their supporters. As the coronavirus pandemic continues, more Americans than ever before are expected to cast their 2020 election vote by mail. The ad’s goal is to clarify the necessary steps voters who are mailing in their ballots must take to make sure they are accepted by their state’s board of election and counted.

“Naked ballots are the new hanging chads,” said RepresentUs co-founder and CEO Josh Silver. “The fact is that if you use the wrong pen color or don’t assemble your mail-in ballot correctly, your vote may not count. This is not a partisan issue; it affects all people planning to vote by mail. We’re grateful to this committed and talented group for making an eye-catching video so that everyone understands what they need to do to ensure their vote is counted.”

To learn more about naked ballots, please visit: https://www.nakedballots.org/

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“Joe Exotic’s Tiger King park closed forever”

The Greater Wynnewood Exotic Animal Park in Oklahoma, featured in the Netflix docuseries, “Tiger King,” is now closed forever and the last of the animals formerly owned by Joe Exotic, whose real name is Joseph Maldonado-Passage, have been rescued and rehomed to The Wild Animal Sanctuary in Colorado.

Working with Big Cat Rescue and the Garvin County Sheriff’s Office, staff members of The Wild Animal Sanctuary earlier this week moved eleven wolves, three tigers a grizzly bear and a black bear to their 10,000-acre Refuge located in southeast Colorado.

The rescue of these last animals and the closure of the animal park are the end result of a years-long legal battle between Carole Baskin, the president of Big Cat Rescue, Joe Exotic and his former business partner, Jeff Lowe, who assumed control of the park upon Joe Exotic’s imprisonment. Baskin was awarded the park and property by a court order in May.

All of the animals are currently being medically evaluated as well as beginning the process of rehabilitation that will lead to their being released into large-acreage, natural habitats at the Refuge in the coming weeks.

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‘The Power of We: A Sesame Street Special’ Debuts 10/15 To Help Children Stand Up To Racism

Sesame Workshop, the nonprofit educational organization behind Sesame Street, will address racism – and model how children can stand up to it – in “The Power of We: A Sesame Street Special.” Designed as a co-viewing experience for children and families, the special will stream on HBO Max and PBS KIDS starting Thursday, October 15, and debut on PBS stations the same day (check local listings). The special will also re-air throughout October and November on PBS stations and the PBS KIDS 24/7 channel (check local listings).

“Sesame Street has the ability to entertain children while explaining complex issues like no other program and equips families and caregivers with the support they need to have empathetic conversations,” said Kay Wilson Stallings, Executive Vice President of Creative and Production at Sesame Workshop. “We believe that this moment calls for a direct discussion about racism to help children grasp the issues and teach them that they are never too young to be ‘upstanders’ for themselves, one another, and their communities.”

“The Power of We” features Elmo and Abby Cadabby, who are joined by 6-year-old Muppet Gabrielle and her cousin, 8-year-old Tamir, as they learn how to become “upstanders” to unfair treatment based on skin – or fur – color.

Current and former Sesame Street human cast members Alan, Charlie, Chris, and Gordon take part in the special alongside celebrity and musical guests Yara Shahidi, Christopher Jackson, and Andra Day. “The Power of We” includes two new songs: “How Do You Know?” and “Listen, Act, Unite!” the latter written and performed by Jackson and featuring Day.

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