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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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“Digimon Adventure: Last Evolution Kizuna” Hits Theaters For 20th Anniversary

This spring the DigiDestined returns to the big screen in a final adventure with their Digimon. Toei Animation Inc. and Fathom Events announced today that the new feature film “Digimon Adventure: Last Evolution Kizuna” will screen March 25 as a special one-night-only theatrical event across the United States.

Moviegoers will get to experience a 15-minute pre-show that provides an exclusive fan experience that can only be found in theaters. The pre-show will include interviews with the film’s Director, Tomohisa Taguchi and Chief Animation Director, Seiji Tatsukawa.

Beginning Friday, February 7, tickets for “Digimon Adventure: Last Evolution Kizuna” will be available for purchase at www.FathomEvents.com and participating theater box offices.

Toei Animation and Fathom Events will present “Digimon Adventure: Last Evolution Kizuna” in select U.S. theaters on Wednesday, March 25 at 7:00 p.m. (local time) through Fathom’s Digital Broadcast Network (DBN). For a complete list of theater locations, visit the Fathom Events website (theaters and participants are subject to change).

“Digimon Adventure: Last Evolution Kizuna” takes place five years after the events of “Digimon Adventure tri,” the six-part film series released in 2015. Now on the cusp of adulthood, Tai and his DigiDestined friends discover that with age their bonds with each of their Digimon will ultimately break. How does it end for Tai, Agumon and the others? Fans must watch “Digimon Adventure: Last Evolution Kizuna” to find out the answer.

“We are excited to continue our partnership with Fathom Events and present ‘Digimon Adventure: Last Evolution Kizuna’ to U.S. audiences this spring,” said Masayuki Endo, president and CEO of Toei Animation Inc. “This special 20th anniversary feature film is sure to excite the generation of fans who have grown-up watching this beloved anime series.”

“The Digimon Franchise has been a staple in our anime offerings and will continue to be a large draw for fans across the country,” Fathom Events CEO Ray Nutt said. “This event is going to be a great way to kick off a strong 2020 lineup and give audiences an exclusive inside look that they cannot experience anywhere else.”

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