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Dream Theater, Saga, Kansas Members Form ProgRock Supergroup Roswell Six for Music CD

In Entertainment, WriteBrain Media on May 28, 2009 at 7:25 pm

Dream Theater, Saga, Kansas Members Form Supergroup Roswell Six for Music CD Based on Fantasy Novel by Bestselling Author

Kevin J. Anderson and author wife Rebecca Moesta co-write the lyrics and deem this CD their “dream project”

For Immediate Release: Colorado Springs, CO – May 28, 2009 – A fantasy fiction publishing first: It took NY Times and USA Today best-selling author and innovator Kevin J. Anderson to launch the first-of-its-kind music CD with lyrics written by Anderson and his author wife Rebecca Moesta, based on his new novel The Edge of the World from his Terra Incognita series (Orbit Books). Anderson, one of the fiction world’s most popular novelists who just launched the Superman-Batman thriller Enemies and Allies (HarperCollins) two weeks ago, is releasing music CD Terra Incognita: Beyond the Horizon (ProgRock Records) by Roswell Six, which includes performances from world-renowned musicians. Said Anderson, “My work has always been heavily influenced by music, but Terra Incognita truly takes this into new territory.”

The new CD includes music by keyboardist/composer Erik Norlander (Rocket Scientists), James LaBrie (Dream Theater), Michael Sadler (ex-Saga), John Payne (Asia featuring John Payne) and Lana Lane (the “Queen of Symphonic Rock”). Additional artists performing on the CD are members of the groups Kansas, Shadow Gallery, IQ, Ghost Circus, Under the Sun, and Prymary. Together, this creative team has sold more than 45 million copies of their own works worldwide.

Said ProgRock Records Executive Producer Shawn Gordon, “This project checked off about half of the items on my bucket list. Imagine what kind of fantasy world I’m in when I get to work with one of my favorite authors, favorite vocalists, and favorite musicians. Hearing the story come to life is really an amazing experience. There’ll be a lot of new crossover fans from this project.”

The sample tracks on the Roswell Six MySpace page (http://www.myspace.com/roswellsix) have had more than 40,000 plays in two months. Anderson, renowned for his marketing genius, had an ambitious widget created for distribution across the Web, which contains animated cover art, a summary of the book, three sample chapters, a video interview with Anderson and two sample tracks from the CD. (See the widget at www.wordfire.com).

About Kevin J. Anderson:

Kevin J. Anderson is the author of more than one hundred novels, 47 of which have appeared on national or international bestseller lists. He has over 20 million books in print in 30 languages. He has won or been nominated for numerous prestigious awards, including the Nebula Award, Bram Stoker Award, the SFX Reader’s Choice Award, the American Physics Society’s Forum Award, and New York Times Notable Book. By any measure, he is one of the most popular writers currently working in the science fiction genre.

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Stan Bush, Who Wrote “The Touch”, the Transformer Fans Anthem, Now in Guitar Hero

In Uncategorized on May 28, 2009 at 6:32 pm

For Information, Contact:
Kelvin Liu
Publicist
Activision, Inc.
310-255-2213
kelvin.liu@activision.com

ACTIVISION UNLEASHES THE
TRANSFORMERS™: REVENGE OF THE FALLEN GAME AT BOTCON 2009

Santa Monica, CA – May 28, 2009 – Activision Publishing, Inc. (Nasdaq: ATVI) announced today that the Transformers™: Revenge of the Fallen video game will be showcased at BotCon 2009, the official TRANSFORMERS fan convention, which is being held at the Pasadena Convention Center from May 28 – 31. Consumers can visit the Activision booth and be among the first to play the highly anticipated video game, which was developed under license from Hasbro, Inc., and participate in Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen multiplayer challenges for prizing. In addition, consumers will have the chance to jam to the latest downloadable track for Guitar Hero® World Tour, “The Touch” from Stan Bush, which is available now for free from Xbox LIVE® Marketplace for the Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft, PlayStation®Store for the PLAYSTATION®3 computer entertainment system and as a single for Wii™.

“We are thrilled to bring the Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen video game to the thousands of fervent Transformer fans attending BotCon,” said Rob Kostich, head of marketing for licensed properties, Activision Publishing, Inc. “It’s the perfect opportunity for us to give them a chance to experience massive multiplayer battles as their favorite robots before the game launches on June 23.”
In support of the new Guitar Hero® track release, Stan Bush will make an appearance in the Activision booth on Saturday, May 30 from 2:00-3:00pm and Sunday, May 31 from 11:00am-12:00pm PDT to rock out to the new DLC with fans.

“I’m very excited that “The Touch” will be available as Guitar Hero DLC and I really appreciate all of the fan support,” said Stan Bush. “I hope people enjoy playing the single and keep on rockin!”

For more information and to receive exclusive updates on the Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen video game, visit http://www.TransformersGame.com. For more information on BotCon 2009, please visit http://www.BotCon.com.

About HASBRO
Hasbro, Inc. (NYSE:HAS) is a worldwide leader in children’s and family leisure time products and services with a rich portfolio of brands and entertainment properties that provides some of the highest quality and most recognizable play and recreational experiences in the world. As a brand-driven, consumer-focused global company, Hasbro brings to market a range of toys, games and licensed products, from traditional to high-tech and digital, under such powerful brand names as TRANSFORMERS, PLAYSKOOL, TONKA, MILTON BRADLEY, PARKER BROTHERS, CRANIUM and WIZARDS OF THE COAST. Come see how we inspire play through our brands at http://www.hasbro.com. (C) 2009 Hasbro, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

About Activision Publishing, Inc.
Headquartered in Santa Monica, California, Activision Publishing, Inc. is a leading worldwide developer, publisher and distributor of interactive entertainment and leisure products.

Activision maintains operations in the U.S., Canada, the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Sweden, Spain, the Netherlands and Australia. More information about Activision and its products can be found on the company’s website, http://www.activision.com.

Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-looking Statements: Information in this press release that involves Activision Publishing’s expectations, plans, intentions or strategies regarding the future are forward-looking statements that are not facts and involve a number of risks and uncertainties. Activision Publishing generally uses words such as “outlook,” “will,” “could,” “would,” “might,” “remains,” “to be,” “plans,” “believes,” “may,” “expects,” “intends,” “anticipates,” “estimate,” future,” “plan,” “positioned,” “potential,” “project,” “remain,” “scheduled,” “set to,” “subject to,” “upcoming” and similar expressions to help identify forward-looking statements. Factors that could cause Activision Publishing’s actual future results to differ materially from those expressed in the forward-looking statements set forth in this release include, but are not limited to, sales levels of Activision Publishing’s titles, shifts in consumer spending trends, the impact of the current macroeconomic environment, the seasonal and cyclical nature of the interactive game market, Activision Publishing’s ability to predict consumer preferences among competing hardware platforms (including next-generation hardware), declines in software pricing, product returns and price protection, product delays, retail acceptance of Activision Publishing’s products, adoption rate and availability of new hardware and related software, industry competition, rapid changes in technology and industry standards, protection of proprietary rights, litigation against Activision Publishing, maintenance of relationships with key personnel, customers, vendors and third-party developers, domestic and international economic, financial and political conditions and policies, foreign exchange rates, integration of recent acquisitions and the identification of suitable future acquisition opportunities, Activision Blizzard’s success in integrating the operations of Activision Publishing and Vivendi Games in a timely manner, or at all, and the combined company’s ability to realize the anticipated benefits and synergies of the transaction to the extent, or in the timeframe, anticipated, and the other factors identified in Activision Blizzard’s most recent annual report on Form 10-K and any subsequent quarterly reports on Form 10-Q. The forward-looking statements in this release are based upon information available to Activision Publishing and Activision Blizzard as of the date of this release, and neither Activision Publishing nor Activision Blizzard assumes any obligation to update any such forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements believed to be true when made may ultimately prove to be incorrect. These statements are not guarantees of the future performance of Activision Publishing or Activision Blizzard and are subject to risks, uncertainties and other factors, some of which are beyond its control and may cause actual results to differ materially from current expectations.

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HASBRO and its logo, TRANSFORMERS and all related characters are trademarks of Hasbro and are used with permission. © 2009 Hasbro. All Rights Reserved. © 2009 Dreamworks, L.L.C. and Paramount Pictures Corporation. Paramount and the Paramount logo are trademarks of Paramount. TM © 2009 Paramount. All Rights Reserved. Game © 2009 Activision Publishing, Inc. Activision is a registered trademark of Activision Publishing, Inc. All rights reserved.

All other trademarks and trade names are the properties of their respective owners.

Guitar Hero World Tour © 2009 Activision Publishing, Inc. Guitar Hero, Activision and RedOctane are registered trademarks of Activision Publishing, Inc. All rights reserved.

One Tree Hill’s MIA – Kate Voegele Interviewed Tonight on OneTreeHillPodcast.net

In Uncategorized on May 12, 2009 at 2:49 pm

—Media Alert—

What: Kate Voegele, who plays Mia on “One Tree Hill,” can be heard Tuesday evening on Denise Gideon’s One Tree Hill Podcast in a feature called “Artist’s Alley,” which highlights the show’s musical and artistic guests.

When: Tuesday, May 12, 2009 – 7 p.m. EDT
Where: The interview can be heard and downloaded from the following URLS:
http://www.onetreehillpodcast.net
http://www.itunes.com (One Tree Hill Connection)
Denise Gideon Quote: “The fans have been asking to hear from Mia, as played by Kate Voegele, for a long time, and now they will know that I heard them loud and clear.”

Kate Voegele Quote on Her song “Angel” from her new album “A Fine Mess,” being released May 18th:

“I actually think it is great I got to perform Angel on One Tree Hill. It seemed appropriate. I actually wrote it on the One Tree Hill set. We were filming a scene, you know, the library scene from Season Five, and it was such a long day. There would be set shots we each had to do, but then there we had these long breaks; we were there until 5 a.m. So, I was in my trailer for a lot of waiting around and wrote Angel.”

Kate Voegele on Similarities Between Kate and Her One Tree Hill Character Mia:

“I like they wrote a storyline for Mia that kind of mirrored what I was going through putting together my second album. Of course I didn’t have as much trouble writing as Mia did, but I am grateful the One Tree Hill producers included the struggles a singer has to go through to create an album into Mia’s storyline the last half of Season Six.”

Forthcoming One Tree Hill Podcast News: On the May 19th episode at 7 p.m. EDT, Denise Gideon will have an exclusive interview with Moira Kelly, who played Karen Roe for four seasons on One Tree Hill; she is returning for the One Tree Hill finale on May 18th. Denise will also be interviewing musician Michael Grubb from the band Wakey, Wakey.

About The One Tree Hill Podcast:
Denise Gideon began podcasting exclusive interviews with One Tree Hill through Farpoint Media on May 20, 2008. Since that time, she has more than 50 interviews with guests ranging from below the line production crew to top musical guests.

Media Contact:
Denise Dorman/WriteBrain Media
Phone 24/7: 630.845.4694
Email: denise@writebrainmedia.com

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My First Coffee Spit Take for Today

In Uncategorized on May 9, 2009 at 5:48 pm

Do you have that one stand-out friend in your life? The one you phone first thing most mornings to get your day started on a positive note? I do. Mine is Christina Bouvier, who has had a starring role in my life’s cast of kooky characters since the 7th grade. When you’ve known someone for 33 years, you can pretty much say anything to each other. We speak in shorthand. No need for formalities. No self-editing. Just plain old profanity-laden chatter that would send any man of the cloth running for his holy water. When my husband first got to know me, he said, “I never believed that women really talked like ‘Sex and the City,’ until I met you and your friends.” Mind you, our conversations don’t revolve so much around our own sex lives as they do our observations about other people’s sex lives, but no topic is off limits.

When I call, Christina shouts, “Go!” — her signal for me to start speaking staccato style, in an abbreviated download because we’re both always in one helluva hurry.

Christina Bouvier is a woman of few words, but hers pack a wallop. She ever-so-casually drops these bon mots that have me spraying my last gulp of coffee onto my computer screen. Now my laptop runs on Dunkin’, too. Take this morning’s phone conversation:

Her: “What the fuck is up with Stephen Colbert’s ear?”
Me: “Um, I think I read it was frost bite or something.”
Her: “Well, I wish he would stop tilting his head that way and hiding his God damned ear. Just show me the fucking ear already. I cannot even hear what he’s saying because I’m so focused on trying to see his God-damned ear.”

Christina Bouvier’s running commentary on public figures makes Kathy Griffin’s comedy seem like sunshine, rainbows and peppermint kisses. One night I was over there as the news was blaring in the background. It was toward the end of Pope John Paul II’s life, and the news footage showed him sitting on his throne during a church service, seemingly catatonic. Christina Bouvier, a former Catholic, briefly glanced over and said, “He’s just like that dead guy in ‘Weekend at Bernie’s.'” As I said, few words, but they pack a wallop.

One day, under total anonymity, I hope to get Christina Bouvier on a regular morning podcast so the rest of the world can enjoy that first coffee spit take of the day and hear what real women really say about real people. You know, like the not-so-PC conversations Gayle King and Oprah really have when that satellite radio audience isn’t listening.