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True Blood’s Joe Manganiello to DJ at Opening of Pinkberry

Pinkberry, the country’s number one tart frozen yogurt brand, is opening its first store in Santa Clara, CA, and fifth location in the South Bay. To celebrate, Pinkberry is rolling out the pink carpet for the community to taste delicious FREE swirly goodness!

WHO: Celebrity guest DJ Joe Manganiello from the hit HBO series True Blood along with Santa Clara Mayor Patricia Mahan

WHEN: Friday, October 22
4:00p.m. – 7:00p.m

WHERE: Pinkberry
2362 El Camino Real
Santa Clara, CA 95050

Naya Rivera (Santana on Glee) Dishes with Fitness Magazine


She plays Glee’s snarky, scene-stealing cheerleader, Santana, but in real life, actress Naya Rivera reveals to FITNESS magazine that she’s a nerd at heart. Plus, find out her fitness tips and how she keeps her legs crazy toned.

On her Glee alter ego: “In high school I was most like Artie and Rachel. I knew what I wanted, like Rachel, although I wasn’t as obnoxious. But like Artie, I was a nerd, always trying to fit in and get my hair to lie flat.”

Read more of Naya’s tips on health in the Nov/Dec issue of Fitness!

Chat LIVE with NFL Running Back, Shaun Alexander – Win a Signed Football

Chat LIVE with NFL running back Shaun Alexander
Thursday, October 21st, 2010 at 6pm eastern time

Shaun will be discussing his new book The Walk: Clear Direction and Spiritual Power for Your Life and answering YOUR questions.

WIN an autographed football or a signed copy of The Walk!
Help us promote the Shaun Alexander Livestream broadcast and you could win a signed copy of The Walk and an autographed football signed by Shaun! Details

Livestream Broadcast to be held at…
www.Livestream.com/WaterBrookMultnomah

About Shaun
Shaun Alexander was drafted by the Seattle Seahawks after a standout football career at the University of Alabama. A three-time Pro Bowl selection, in 2005 he set an NFL record by scoring twenty-eight touchdowns. In the same season, he set a team record by gaining 1,880 rushing yards and leading his team to the Super Bowl. Today, Shaun travels the country speaking to business and military audiences, at sports camps, and at churches and Christian conferences–appearing in front of thousands of people. He is a gifted communicator and Bible teacher who points listeners toward exceptional achievement by aligning their lives with God’s perfect will.

Download Chapter One of The Walk

Shaun’s Web Site

Follow Shaun on Twitter

RumbaTime Hosts 1st Annual Celebrity Breast Cancer Charity Auction

Watch brand RumbaTime is hosting its 1st Annual Celebrity Breast Cancer Charity Auction, donating 100% of the proceeds to The Breast Cancer Research Foundation. Celebrities including Kourtney Kardashian, Vanessa Hudgens, Rachel Zoe, Lisa Rinna, Laila Ali, Faith Evans, Maria Menounos, Ashlan Gorse and Gretchen Rossi have all lent their signature to help raise money and awareness for breast cancer research.

Each celebrity signed a pink RumbaTime VanDam watch which will be auctioned off online at http://shop.ebay.com/rumbatimellc/m.html. The first auction began on Monday, October 11, 2010 at 5pm (EST) and features the autographed pink VanDams which will be available for bidding for 10 days after post date.

Beginning in August, RumaTime joined forces with The Breast Cancer Research Foundation’s SHOP PINK for Prevention and a Cure Campaign and has donated proceeds of its Original Collection Heart Throb watch generated through online sales (www.RumbaTime.com).

RumbaTime watches are unisex, lightweight and water resistant, perfect from going to the gym to a night out on the town. Starting at only $20, RumbaTime watches make great gifts and are available in a variety of colors including hunter green, red, hot pink, denim, acid green, glow-in-the-dark, orange, purple, baby pink, lilac, yellow, neon blue, black, light blue, white and grey, there’s one to match every style. Celebrity fans include Carolina Herrera, Snoop Dogg, BET’s Terrence J, E! News host Giuliana Rancic, chef Spike Mendelsohn, Paramore’s Hayley Williams and New Found Glory singer Jordan Pundik. RumbaTime watches are available for online purchase at rumbatime.com and shopbop.com and in-stores at Finish Line, PacSun, MetroPark, Lord & Taylor and Sports Authority, in addition to select Waldorf Astoria Hotels and Resorts and other boutiques nationwide. For more information on RumbaTime watches, please visit www.rumbatime.com.

BACKSTREET BOYS COMPETE ON THE MyNetworkTV PREMIERE OF “DON’T FORGET THE LYRICS!”

A special all-new celebrity episode, featuring the Backstreet Boys, kicks off the premiere of “Don’t Forget the Lyrics!” on MyNetworkTV on Tuesday October 5th at 9 pm et/pt. Backstreet Boys’ Howie Dorough, Brian Littrell, AJ McLean and Nick Carter play the game to raise money for UNICEF.

“Don’t Forget the Lyrics!” is the musical game show that tests contestants’ knowledge of song lyrics from different genres, decades and artists. “Don’t Forget the Lyrics!” is the ultimate rock star fantasy taking viewers on a dramatic, heart pounding, rollercoaster ride of music and edge-of-your seat entertainment.

Mark McGrath, a member of the multi-platinum group, Sugar Ray, hosts “Don’t Forget the Lyrics!” where he brings ordinary people center stage for a chance to win a fortune – just by knowing the words to the biggest hit songs ever recorded. “Don’t Forget the Lyrics!” first premiered on July 11, 2007 on FOX and became one of the most popular shows in America, as well as an international phenomenon where contestants around the globe put their winnings on the line as they tried to not forget the lyrics.

In addition to MyNetworkTV, the program is nationally syndicated 5-days-a-week (check your local listings); as well as weeknights at 7 pm et/pt on VH1

This upcoming season the program welcomes celebrity contestants from “American Idol”, the Backstreet Boys, and the NFL; Plus special themed episodes including “Movie Music Week”, “Rock the Troops Week”, and “Rock the Cradle Week” featuring moms-to-be.

PBS Brings Inspector Lewis Season 3 to DVD

The very awesome mystery series, Inspector Lewis (a spin off of the Inspector Morse series), is coming to DVD this fall. This series has wit, charm and great characters and is a must watch for any fan of the mystery genre. Inspector Lewis, Series 3 is set for a DVD release on October 12.

Inspector Robert Lewis (Kevin Whately, Inspector Morse) and his partner, the enigmatic Detective Sergeant James Hathaway (Laurence Fox, A Room with a View, Becoming Jane, Elizabeth: The Golden Age), return to the idyllic Oxford countryside and university in five new thrillers, forcing the pair to revisit the past—and to reconsider the future.

To order a copy of Inspector Lewis 3 or other PBS titles, please call (800) PLAY-PBS or visit shopPBS.org. To purchase DVDs with public performance rights, please visit ShopPBS.org/education.

Weezer Invades YouTube on Sept 14th

(Via Press Release)

LOS ANGELES, CA – September 14, 2010 – For their Red Album in 2008, Weezer invited YouTube stars to be in their video for “Pork and Beans.” The inclusion of such Web celebs as Tay Zonday (“Chocolate Rain”), the Numa Numa Guy, and the melodramatic Chris “Leave Britney Alone” Crocker struck a chord with the viewing public, as well as the media, and ultimately led to the Weezer clip winning a GRAMMY for “Best Shortform Music Video.” Two years later, the band has decided to turn the tables by making themselves available to leading YouTubers for inclusion on their channels. Today, on the release date of Weezer’s new album Hurley (Epitaph, Sept. 14), a de-facto Weezer-ization of YouTube is in effect, as all the participating videos are being featured, in rotation, on the site’s homepage all day.

Weezer, long known for their satirical and quirky world-view, originally chose to embrace the “outsider” talent found on YouTube for “Pork and Beans,” and now they have let it run rampant. To facilitate this free-form taping, they set aside two days in a Los Angeles studio with instructions that read, “We’re up for just about anything that can be filmed in the studio. The finished clip will be yours to release and distribute on Sept. 14, 2010. Acting, performance, interview, make-up, comedy — you let us know what you want to do and how much time you think it might take to film.” It was then up to the YouTubers-whose channels have millions of subscribers and aggregated well over a billion total video views-to write and produce the segments with the band.

The talent/channels that took Weezer up on their offer include:
AutoTune The News: http://www.youtube.com/schmoyoho
Cyr1216: http://www.youtube.com/cyr1216
DaveDays: http://www.youtube.com/davedays
Fred: http://www.youtube.com/fred
Hot For Words: http://www.youtube.com/hotforwords
MagicHugs: http://www.youtube.com/user/magichugs
Mystery Guitar Man: http://www.youtube.com/user/mysteryguitarman
Onision: http://www.youtube.com/onision
Ray William Johnson: http://www.youtube.com/user/RayWilliamJohnson
Real Annoying Orange: http://www.youtube.com/user/realannoyingorange
StSanders aka Kiss Shreds: http://www.youtube.com/StSanders
Tay Zonday: http://www.youtube.com/user/TayZonday
The Key of Awesome: http://www.youtube.com/barelypolitical
UsofAnderson: http://www.youtube.com/usofanderson
KeepTheHeat (Snuggie cameo) http://youtube.com/keeptheheat

In addition to the YouTube invasion and the “Pork and Beans” video, Weezer have a history of idiosyncratic and collaborative works. Their Red Album tour was even unveiled as a “Hootenanny,” where fans were invited to bring their own instruments to play along with the band. They have written songs for a myriad of other performers, as well as crowd-sourced Weezer material from the population at large (via IndabaMusic.com and YouTube). Recently, the band was in heavy rotation in South Africa and around the globe, when Rivers’ pet project, an anthem for the U.S. Men’s National Soccer Team, was embraced by the team after its debut on the band’s “Radio Weezer.”

This winter (November/December), Weezer will launch a multi-city U.S. tour, dubbed by fans as the “Blinkerton Tour.” The band will play two shows in each market-on the first night Weezer will play the Blue Album in its entirety, and the second night they will play Pinkerton in its entirety.

Vme Launches New 24/7 Channel, Vme Kids (for Latino Preschoolers)

(Via press release).

Today Vme strengthens its commitment to Latino families with the launch of a new channel for preschoolers – Vme Kids, America’s first and only 24/7 channel to focus specifically on preschoolers for whom Spanish is the home language.

From the magical gifts of Dibo (the Dragon), to the vivid imagination of Los Disfraces de Dougie (Dougie in Disguise) and the creative introductions of colors, numbers and reading from shows like Los Supernúmeros (Numberjacks), Bruno y los amigos Banana (Bruno & the Banana Bunch) and Cinco Minutos Más (Five Minutes More), Vme Kids offers a vibrant and diverse lineup to capture the attention of our young audience. The Vme Kids schedule will also feature hits including LazyTown, Jim de la Luna, Musti, 7 Pets, Pororo and Connie la Vaquita (Connie the Cow), among others.

Vme Kids launches on AT&T U-verse channel 3058 on September 1, 2010 with additional distributors to be announced. Vme will support each of its distribution partners with significant on-the-ground marketing events such as book tours with Vme’s sister company, Santillana USA and a LazyTown Live! school-based tour. (More news on Vme Kids and events can be found on Vme Ninos page on Facebook, http://www.facebook.com/vmeninos)

Since the successful launch of its broadcast network in 2007, Vme has built the largest library of educational Spanish kids programming in the US, making Vme the recognized network for quality programming for kids. In addition to the launch of Vme Kids, Vme continues to offer the only daily broadcast block of kids programming on its main network.

President and CEO Carmen M. DiRienzo said, “Building on the success of our kids block, Vme is uniquely positioned to offer this new channel for our littlest viewers and their caregivers. In addition to entertainment, the channel is designed to support the clear guidance of educators who emphasize how important it is for kids to learn in their first language…in order to be able to excel in learning other languages.”

In the development of Vme and Vme Kids programming, the network has consulted with leading policy makers, researchers and educators who share a unified concern about helping Hispanic preschool children overcome a widening language and literacy gap. Several research studies show that a strong early grounding in the language of the home – in this case, Spanish – builds fundamental language skills that facilitate and accelerate learning English.

Knowing that Latinos have a high level of co-viewing with their kids, Vme’s content goes beyond kids to offer information that helps parents reinforce the lessons from the screen into hands-on activities that can serve as the foundation for school readiness and success. Plus Vme Kids will offer programs and interstitials that help kids transfer Spanish language skills and vocabulary to English – strengthening their understanding, and even their parents understanding, of both languages.

Nastia Liukin is a Supergirl bringing Super-Fashions to JCPenney

I love strong female characters. It’s no surprise to anyone who knows me. Strong female super heroes? The best.

Girls need great role models. Women who are celebrate for their brains, not just their body. So many women struggle with self-respect and self-image. Finding modern day heroes can be hard. One of those heroes is Nastia Liukin, gold medal winning gymnast. Nastia Liukin is currently unveiling her new clothing line at JCPenny. Partnered with Warner Bros. Consumer Products (WBCP), on behalf of DC Comics, and JCPenney, Supergirl by Nastia offers fashionable clothes for 4 to 12-year-old girls (just in time for back-to-school). The line is available online at jcpenny.com or at your local store.

For those in California, you can meet Nastia at the JCPenney at the Glendale Galleria. Nastia will make a special appearance at this year’s Supergirl Jam set to take place on August 22 in Venice Beach, CA. Or on August 28th in Orlando, Florida at the Florida Mall.

The line will retail from $20 – $38, making it affordable and exciting for girls to style themselves like a Supergirl.The collection will include active fleece, dresses and tunics, knit pants, signature Supergirl tees, dancewear, fashion leggings, shrug tops and more.

Follow Nastia on Twitter: http://twitter.com/NLiukin

I have been hired by Warner Bros WB Word division to raise awareness for the Supergirl by Nastia clothing collection. For information on Supergirl by Nastia – in time for back-to-school season, please visit: http://bit.ly/b9kJy3

Zachary Levi Earns Pole Position in Qualifying for the 2010 Toyota Pro/Celebrity Race


(Photo: Albert L. Ortega)

Zachary Levi posted the fastest time of all celebrities to earn the pole position in the 34th-annual Toyota Pro/Celebrity Race. Levi, the star of the NBC sitcom “Chuck,” narrowly beat actors Adrien Brody and Brian Austin Green in the qualifying race. Levi will lead the pack tomorrow in what has become the world’s longest-running, most successful celebrity racing event. CART Champion Jimmy Vasser finished first among all drivers and won in the Pro category, followed closely by Formula Drift Champion Tanner Foust.

“Zachary put on quite a display this afternoon,” said Les Unger, national motorsports manager with Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A. “The hard work and determination he displayed throughout our training sessions paid off. The commitment and enthusiasm of all the drivers competing in this event demonstrates exactly what the Toyota Pro/Celebrity Race is all about.”

“I did it!” said an exuberant Levi at a news conference after the qualifying session. “This is a great race, with a terrific group of people, that benefits an amazing cause. I can’t describe how pumped I am for tomorrow’s race.”

As pole-position winner in the qualifying session, Levi designated his $15,000 donation in conjunction with the 13th-annual People Pole Award to the charity Operation Smile, which works to transform the lives of children who suffer from cleft lip, cleft palate and other facial deformities.

Furthermore, Toyota will donate $5,000 to Racing for Kids in the name of each celebrity racer and an additional $5,000 to the winning racer’s charity of choice. Racing for Kids is a national nonprofit program benefiting children hospitals in Long Beach and Orange County, Calif. Toyota has donated $1.8 million on behalf of the race and its participants to various children hospitals since 1991.

Saturday’s race starts at 11:50 a.m. PDT.