Saturday, May 23, 2015

NEW Renuzit Pearl Scents Beautiful Air By Design Review and Giveaway

Renuzit Pearl Scents

Refresh your home with Renuzit Pearl Scents.  

Give your home another depth of beauty with the pleasing aromas of Renuzit Pearl Scents.  The new look was designed to accent and highlight your hoe decor as well as provide long-lasting freshness.

Renuzit Pearl Scents are now available in these aromas:

Blue Sky Breeze
Serenity
Sparkling Rain
Tranqui
Seductive Pineapple

Available NOW at your local retailers!

MY TAKE:
I have been using mine for a week now and I have to say my office smells fantastic.  All I had to do was open it up and set it on my desk.  It looks great sitting there and smells fantastic too.  It is not overwhelming at all like some air scents can be.  Love it!

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Tomorrowland is HERE


The wait is finally over and one of the coolest movies of the year, Disney’s TOMORROWLAND, is now playing in theatres everywhere starting tonight!!! The film is rated PG, stars George Clooney, Tim McGraw, Britt Robertson and Hugh Laurie and is perfect for the whole family!

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TOMORROWLAND – Trailer


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TOMORROWLAND is rated PG and is now playing in theatres everywhere!




 FUN FACTS 
• Director/writer Brad Bird is no stranger to the world of Disney and it isn’t just from working on his previous films. When he was 11, Bird developed an interest in animation and over the course of three years he finished a 15-minute animated film that came to the attention of Disney Animation, who offered to assign a mentor—the famous Master Animator Milt Kahl—to the then 14 year old. Bird stayed with a family friend in Los Angeles to take advantage of the once-in-a-lifetime offer. 

• When the concept of “Tomorrowland” was just percolating in writer/producer Damon Lindelof’s mind, Sean Bailey, president of production at Disney told him about a box that had been discovered accidentally in a closet at the studio. The “mystery box” contained all sorts of fascinating models and blueprints, photographs and letters seemingly related to the inception of Tomorrowland and the 1964 World’s Fair. Lindelof imagined that these findings were a guide to a secret story that nobody knew about; a place called Tomorrowland that was not just a theme park but existed somewhere in the real world. This became the jumping-off point for the story of “Tomorrowland” that Lindelof would later develop with director/producer Brad Bird and executive producer Jeff Jensen. 

• In recreating the 1964 World’s Fair for “Tomorrowland,” filmmakers were lucky to find that one of the iconic pieces, the Unisphere, was actually in Flushing Meadows, New York, standing outside of the USTA National Tennis Center. The huge globe’s fountains are still in place as well as the gardens. The filmmakers dispatched a photographer to New York to take photos so that they could use the real images as a composite element in the scenes. 

• For the 1964 World’s Fair, the Walt Disney Company created three rides, the It’s a Small World ride being the one we remember most. Though quaint by today’s standards, back in 1964, Carousel of Progress and Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln were revolutionary in how they used robotics and ride technology to create a thematically rich experience. 


• When it came to creating a city built by visionaries with advanced technologies, filmmakers knew it had to look like one and finding such a place was not an easy task. At first it seemed as though the whole of Tomorrowland would have to be built from scratch, an expensive and time-consuming proposition. But then in a series of wonderful coincidences, Tom Peitzman, the visual effects producer and the film’s co-producer, stumbled upon a car commercial early on in production; the location in the commercial looked so futuristic that he recorded the ad on his phone and brought it to director Brad Bird. The location turned out to be the City of Arts and Sciences in Valencia, Spain, and was designed by Santiago Calatrava whose work was already serving as an inspiration for production designer Scott Chambliss. The discovery also dovetailed with director Brad Bird’s preference for physical locations over virtual sets. 

• For the filmmakers, the bizarre memorabilia emporium, Blast From the Past, was a fun—and nostalgic—set to create. Set decorator Lin MacDonald spent months curating the extensive display of collectibles, consisting of thousands of pieces, both purchased and manufactured by the production, and many originals—some from Brad Bird’s own collection. There are shelves and shelves of comic books and items such as classic sci-fi movie posters, an original Luke Skywalker action figure from the 1970s, and even items from “Space 1999.” The production design team literally built a store and set it in the middle of a sound stage. 

• Designed by illustrator Tim Flattery of “Men in Black” fame, the plasma ray guns used in the comic-book store scene feature interactive light that spills out into the environment, adding to their air of authenticity. The guns were built with a very small but powerful wireless battery pack that fits on the end. Upon the actor hitting the trigger, the gun throws interactive light out the front. When the “plasma” is empty, a red light goes on and, as the gun recharges, the lights turn blue again. 

• One aspect of working with the child actors, Thomas Robinson (Young Frank) and Raffey Cassidy (Athena), was that if you take an eleven-year-old and start them on a movie in the summer and don’t finish the movie until mid-winter, chances are they going to grow, and that includes their teeth. When Raffey arrived in Vancouver ready to start work, she was missing teeth, so she had to get fakes made before the start of principal photography. Then Thomas started losing his teeth one by one. So the kids spent a lot of time getting “flippers” made, which are temporary, removable teeth. 

• Young Raffey Cassidy, who plays Athena, underwent training in swimming, gymnastics, wirework and martial arts, which was the primary focus of her training as her character kicks some serious butt in the movie. 

• The Bridgeway Plaza took six months to build and was about half the size of a football field. The set was so enormous that no sound stage existed that could house it and considerable height was also required for the intended aerial work above the set and for the cranes big enough to hold the lights required to illuminate the set. Adding to the complexity was the fact that the set had to serve different time periods over the course of the script: 1964, when young Frank first visits; 1984, the period in Casey’s pin-induced vision; and 2014, when the remainder of the story takes place. This required six-week intervals between shoots to allow the production design crew time to redress and alter the set for each time period. 

• The Bridgeway Plaza set included a fully functional monorail (called the levitating elevated vehicle). Once the monorail was completely built and the lights and glass were put in, it weighed about 35,000 pounds. That meant that the crew had to figure out how to move the hefty monorail—loaded with principal cast— safely down a track that was elevated 16 feet in the air and stop it at exactly the same position time and again. They came up with hydraulic winches that could be shut down very quickly in an emergency and brakes that they could apply whenever they wanted to bring the monorail to a very specific mark to stop, open the door automatically and have the cast walk out. 

• The film started principal photography on a farm in Pincher Creek, Alberta, where the filmmakers paid a farmer to grow winter wheat that had a particular shade of amber—director Brad Bird’s vision of rural perfection. Then the crew moved to a farm in Enderby, in British Columbia’s Okanagan, to shoot the Walker farm and its cornfields, also grown specifically for the production. 

• In addition to sets in Spain and Canada, locations included the “It’s a small world” ride at Disneyland Park in Anaheim, Calif., a beach in the Bahamas and a second-unit shoot in Paris. In total, the film had over 90 different combinations of sets and locations, and moved ten times. 

• Costume designer Jeffrey Kurland had to dress almost 400 extras in 1964-era attire for the Hall of Invention and Unisphere Plaza World’s Fair scenes. 

• The 1964 jet pack designed for Young Frank (Thomas Robinson) was a feat of engineering and imagination. It has 40 different fasteners on the backpack frame and has mounts for Electrolux vacuum cleaners on the sides. Control cables operate the small shovels on the back. Cables run through the jet pack onto the handles so the actor can control it. The jet pack was fastened to a plate and could be easily removed from the frame so that Thomas did not have to walk around with 20 lbs. of jet pack on his back between takes. 

• For the props department, creating props for the different time periods of the film—1964, 1984 and 2014—was a challenge. There are different influences and materials that affect the manufacture and design of the props for each era, so every prop needed to be carefully researched and analyzed to make sure the technology and materials they planned to use existed in the time period. Then the filmmakers had to try and find the real parts to make things authentic. 

• Filmmakers were thrilled to see a real NASA Maven rocket launch (a probe to Mars) at the Cape Canaveral set location and several of them were able to view the launch from a position closer than the press viewing stage. For the filmmakers, it was a dream-come-true and symbolized the future that the film inspires. 




Mannheim Steamroller Christmas


Mannheim Steamroller Christmas
By Chip Davis

Orpheum Theater
Tuesday and Wednesday, December 22 and 23


Mannheim Steamroller will present the best the holiday has to offer this season. The group will perform live for two performances only at Omaha’s Orpheum Theater on Tuesday and Wednesday, December 22 and 23 at 7:30 p.m.

Tickets go on sale to the general public Friday, July 24 at 10:00 a.m. exclusively throughwww.TicketOmaha.com, by telephone at 402-345-0606 or in person at the box office located at 13th and Douglas streets. Ticket prices range from $38.25 to $78.25.

This year marks the 31st anniversary of the Christmas Tour and release of Mannheim Steamroller Christmas, an album that revolutionized the Holiday Season music category.

Grammy Award® winner Chip Davis will direct and co-produce tour performances with MagicSpace Entertainment. The show features classic Christmas hits from Mannheim Steamroller and dazzling multimedia effects in an intimate setting. The spirit of the season comes alive with the signature sound of Mannheim Steamroller.

In addition to being a holiday tradition for many families, the Mannheim Steamroller Christmas Tour regularly attracts repeat attendance from multi-generational guests and is one of the longest running tours in the music industry. The 2014 performances in Omaha’s Orpheum Theater were sold out.

Mannheim Steamroller has sold more than 40 million albums, 28 million in the Christmas genre. Their holiday albums have become synonymous with Christmas and consistently occupy top spots on Billboard’s Seasonal Charts every year.

With 19 gold, eight multi-platinum and four platinum-certified records, Chip Davis is among an elite group of artists that include U2, Jay-Z, and The Beach Boys with such certifications.

About Chip Davis and Mannheim Steamroller
From his longtime home in Omaha, Neb., Mannheim Steamroller creator Chip Davis makes innovative music inspired by the sounds of another age. This former teacher and jingle writer founded the music industry’s largest independent recording label, American Gramaphone, in 1974 when industry executives said Davis’ innovative 18th century instrumental rock sound would never sell. In addition to a Grammy Award®, Davis is largely credited with establishing the New Age music category that revolutionized the making and marketing of holiday music. His first Christmas album was released in 1984; the album’s success made Christmas records a “must do” for all music artists. With more than 40 million total records sold including 28 million Christmas albums, Mannheim Steamroller founder Chip Davis is the #1-selling Christmas artist of all time.

Davis, one of the most successful entrepreneurs in the music industry, offers a rich array of lifestyle products on www.mannheimsteamroller.com including hot chocolate, food, apparel and novelty items. His latest achievement is creating a cutting edge psychoacoustic technology that is being used in major medical institutions such as Mayo Clinic and is also being studied by NASA for potential use in space.


About MagicSpace Entertainment
Mannheim Steamroller Christmas by Chip Davis is produced by MagicSpace Entertainment. The company is headed by Lee D. Marshall, Joe Marsh, John Ballard, Steve Boulay and Bruce Granath and has been producing and presenting national tours, Broadway shows, concerts and museum exhibits worldwide for over 30 years. Consistently one of the top promoters in North America, MagicSpace Entertainment typically produces and presents more than 250 events in 75 cities per year. They have offices in Park City and Salt Lake City, Utah. www.magicspace.net



Tomorrowland!


With Disney’s TOMORROWLAND (rated PG) arriving in theatres everywhere this Friday, May 22nd, I wanted to send around some fun coloring sheets, mazes, etc. inspired by the new movie!!! 

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TOMORROWLAND – Trailer


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TOMORROWLAND is rated PG and opens in theaters everywhere this Friday, May 22nd!



TOMORROWLAND 
DISNEY
Website and Mobile site: www.Disney.com/Tomorrowland
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Genre:                          Mystery Adventure
Rating:                                      PG
U.S. Release date:                    May 22, 2015
Running time:                130 min.

Cast:                                        George Clooney, Hugh Laurie, Britt Robertson, Raffey Cassidy, Tim McGraw,Kathryn Hahn, Keegan-Michael Key, Thomas Robinson
Director:                       Brad Bird
Producers:                                Damon Lindelof, Brad Bird, Jeffrey Chernov
Executive Producers:     John Walker, Bernard Bellew, Jeff Jensen, Brigham Taylor
Story by:                                   Damon Lindelof & Brad Bird & Jeff Jensen
Screenplay by:                          Damon Lindelof and Brad Bird

STORY SYNOPSIS:

From Disney comes two-time Oscar® winner Brad Bird’s riveting, mystery adventure “Tomorrowland,” starring Academy Award® winner George Clooney. Bound by a shared destiny, former boy-genius Frank (Clooney), jaded by disillusionment, and Casey (Britt Robertson), a bright, optimistic teen bursting with scientific curiosity, embark on a danger-filled mission to unearth the secrets of an enigmatic place somewhere in time and space known only as “Tomorrowland.” What they must do there changes the world—and them—forever.

Featuring a screenplay by “Lost” writer and co-creator Damon Lindelof and Brad Bird, from a story by Lindelof & Bird & Jeff Jensen, “Tomorrowland” promises to take audiences on a thrill ride of nonstop adventures through new dimensions that have only been dreamed of.




Friday, May 15, 2015

Tomorrowland....coming VERY soon!!!


Learn about Disney's TOMORROWLAND in these new featurettes starring George Clooney, Britt Robertson, Producer/Writer Damon Lindelof and Director Brad Bird!

TOMORROWLAND is rated PG and is in theaters May 22nd!

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"What Is Tomorrowland" featurette

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"Citizens Of Tomorrowland" featurette

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Like TOMORROWLAND on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/DisneyTomorrowland

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Visit the official TOMORROWLAND website: www.Disney.com/Tomorrowland

TOMORROWLAND opens in theaters everywhere on May 22nd!




TOMORROWLAND 
DISNEY
Website and Mobile site: www.Disney.com/Tomorrowland
Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/DisneyPictures

Genre:                          Mystery Adventure
Rating:                          PG
U.S. Release date:                    May 22, 2015
Running time:                            130 min.

Cast:                            George Clooney, Hugh Laurie, Britt Robertson, Raffey Cassidy, Tim McGraw, Kathryn Hahn, Keegan-Michael Key, Thomas Robinson
Director:                       Brad Bird
Producers:                    Damon Lindelof, Brad Bird, Jeffrey Chernov
Executive Producers:     John Walker, Bernard Bellew, Jeff Jensen, Brigham Taylor
Story by:                       Damon Lindelof & Brad Bird & Jeff Jensen
Screenplay by:              Damon Lindelof and Brad Bird

STORY SYNOPSIS:

From Disney comes two-time Oscar® winner Brad Bird’s riveting, mystery adventure “Tomorrowland,” starring Academy Award® winner George Clooney. Bound by a shared destiny, former boy-genius Frank (Clooney), jaded by disillusionment, and Casey (Britt Robertson), a bright, optimistic teen bursting with scientific curiosity, embark on a danger-filled mission to unearth the secrets of an enigmatic place somewhere in time and space known only as “Tomorrowland.” What they must do there changes the world—and them—forever.

Featuring a screenplay by “Lost” writer and co-creator Damon Lindelof and Brad Bird, from a story by Lindelof & Bird & Jeff Jensen, “Tomorrowland” promises to take audiences on a thrill ride of nonstop adventures through new dimensions that have only been dreamed of.




Nebraska High School Theatre Awards


NEBRASKA HIGH SCHOOL THEATRE AWARDS ANNOUNCES 2015 WINNERS
Students, Ensembles From 38 Nebraska Schools To Perform At Showcase


 Omaha Performing Arts will present the annual Nebraska High School Theatre Awards Showcase on Thursday, June 11, 2015 at the Holland Performing Arts Center at 7:30 p.m. Modeled after the Tony Awards®, this red carpet event will feature performances nearly 300 students from 38 local high schools, with awards for outstanding productions, top ensembles and performers, and artistic excellence behind-the-scenes. The lead actor and actress selected to participate in the 2015 National High School Musical Theater Awards in New York will be announced at the awards showcase. In its second year, the Nebraska High School Theatre Awards program has expanded to 38 schools, nearly double the participants in its inaugural year. 

Seven high schools will receive awards for Outstanding High School Musical Theatre Production, including: Bellevue West High School (BIG FISH); Gretna High School (SCHOOL HOUSE ROCK LIVE!); Lincoln Southwest High School (WHITE CHRISTMAS); Millard North High School (YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN); Millard West High School (HONK!); Papillion La Vista High School (MISS SAIGON); and V. J. & Angela Skutt Catholic High School (BIG FISH). 

Awards for Outstanding Ensemble Number will be presented to: Bellevue West High School (BIG FISH); Gretna High School (SCHOOL HOUSE ROCK LIVE!); Lincoln Southwest High School (WHITE CHRISTMAS); Lourdes Central Catholic Schools (FIDDLER ON THE ROOF); Millard North High School (YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN); Norris High School (TARZAN); and Papillion La Vista South High School (ONCE UPON A MATTRESS). 

Fourteen leading actors and actresses will be honored for Outstanding Performance in a Leading Role. This year’s award-winning lead actors are: Marcel Daly (Edward Bloom, BIG FISH, Bellevue West High School); Sam Mitchell (Bob Wallace, WHITE CHRISTMAS, Lincoln Southwest High School); Matthew Hakel (Phil Davis, WHITE CHRISTMAS, Lincoln Southwest High School); Chris Kircher (Dr. Frankenstein, YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN, Millard North High School); Daniel Erickson (Chris, MISS SAIGON, Papillion La Vista High School); Scott Strigenz (J. Pierrepont Finch, HOW TO SUCCEED IN BUSINESS WITHOUT REALLY TRYING, Platteview High School); and Matthew Pohlman (Edward Bloom, BIG FISH, V. J. & Angela Skutt Catholic High School). This year’s award-winning lead actress are: Lauren Johnson (Sandra Bloom, BIG FISH, Bellevue West High School); Nora Larson (Cinderella, INTO THE WOODS, Lincoln Southeast High School); Aubrey Jensyn (Judy Haynes, WHITE CHRISTMAS, Lincoln Southwest High School); Olivia Reid (Betty Haynes, WHITE CHRISTMAS, Lincoln Southwest High School); Casey Allen (Cat, HONK!, Millard West High School); Katelyn Hinderer (Ida, HONK!, Millard West High School); and Ally Sargus (Kim, MISS SAIGON, Papillion La Vista High School). 

Winners of Outstanding by an Actor in a Supporting Role are: Nicholas Hall (Amos Calloway, BIG FISH, Bellevue West High School); Dylan Stiles (Pinocchio, SHREK THE MUSICAL, Elkhorn South High School); Chase Calhoun (Monster, YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN, Millard North High School); Zack Rahrs (Inspector Kemp, YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN, Millard North High School); Kyle Cunningham (Uncle Fester, ADDAMS FAMILY, Omaha South High Magnet School); Sam Keyes (Bud Frump, HOW TO SUCCEED IN BUSINESS WITHOUT REALLY TRYING, Platteview High School); and Adam Perry (Prospero, RETURN TO THE FORBIDDEN PLANET, West Point-Beemer High School). 

Winners of Outstanding Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role are: Jessica Butler (Carlotta Guidicelli, PHANTOM OF THE OPERA, Elkhorn High School); Taylor Grandstaff (Mrs. Paroo, THE MUSIC MAN, Fremont High School); Grace Kimnach (Grace, SCHOOL HOUSE ROCK LIVE!, Gretna High School); Frances Munro (Martha Watson, WHITE CHRISTMAS, Lincoln Southwest High School); Payton Parks (Frau Bluecher, YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN, Millard North High School); Taylor Beck (Inga, YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN, Millard North High School); and Kelsey Keres (Mama Euralie, ONCE ON THIS ISLAND, Omaha Burke High School). 

Millard South High School’s Dacota Schwarte will receive the award for Outstanding Achievement in Stage Management. Millard South High School will receive the Backstage Spirit Award. 

Sponsored by William & Harriet Otis and Wells Fargo, the Nebraska High School Theatre Awards is designed to celebrate, support and advocate for high school musical theatre education in Omaha, Nebraska and surrounding communities. 

High schools receiving outstanding production awards will perform selections from their award-winning musicals as a part of the Awards Showcase. Top actors and actresses in leading roles will perform in two interschool medleys, and student representatives from all 38 participating high schools will perform in opening and finale numbers. Awards Showcase performers will have the opportunity to work choreographer, Jeff Shade, who was mentored by Bob Fosse and has danced on Broadway in SWEET CHARITY, CHICAGO (dance captain) and TEDDY & ALICE. 

Tickets for the Nebraska High School Theatre Awards Showcase are $10 general admission. To reserve tickets, contact the Ticket Omaha Box Office at 402.345.0606 or visit TicketOmaha.com. To learn more about the Nebraska High School Theatre Awards visit NebraskaHSTA.org. More information about the National High School Musical Theater Awards is available at NHSMTA.com.

The seventh annual National High School Musical Theater Awards will take place on Monday, June 29, 2015, at the Minskoff Theatre on Broadway. Rehearsals for this one-of-a-kind event will be held Wednesday, June 25, through Tuesday, June 30, 2015, in New York City. For more information, visit NHSMTA.com. For more information about the Nebraska High School Theatre Awards, visit NebraskaHSTA.org or contact J. Dominic Green at NHSTA@omahaperformingarts.org or 402.661.8425.