Hilary Swank & Duracell Shine A Light On Military Families

Duracell Squeeze Me Media Day with Hilary Swank

Hilary Swank, daughter of a retired Air Force Senior Master Sergeant, hugs Mackenzie, 3, daughter of Navy Air Traffic Controller First Class Robert Nilson, at the premiere of Duracell's new "The Teddy Bear." (Photo by Diane Bondareff/Invision for Duracell/AP Images)


In honor of Independence Day, Duracell, in partnership with the United Service Organization (USO) launched a new film that spotlights children of military families. Oscar winning actress Hilary Swank, who’s father is a military vet, participated on a July 2nd event in New York City’s The TimesCenter to support the USO’s “Comfort Crew for Military Kids” program.

Since the war in Afghanistan commenced in 2001, over 2 million American children have had one one of their parents deployed, according to the “Military Children and Families” report by Princeton University/Brookings.

Swank, who received Oscars for her work in Boys Don’t Cry and Million Dollar Baby, was seen last year in the Tommy Lee Jones directed Western The Homesman.

The Duracell “Teddy Bear” film is below:



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COUNTRY’S NEAL McCOY NOW WITH BLASTER RECORDS

Neal McCoy courtesy Blaster Records

Neal McCoy courtesy Blaster Records

Neal McCoy, referred to by fans & musical comrades as ‘The Entertainer’s Entertainer’, is bringing his multi-award winning, multi-platinum career to the roster of Blaster Records, as announced this week by label Chairman Tom Porter.

The consummate performer boasts a career track of three platinum album certifications, beginning with his breakthrough disc No Doubt About It in 1994, which produced back-to back #1 singles with both the title track and Wink.

McCoy has gained Entertainer of the Year honors twice on his way to winning numerous industry and fan voted awards.  His  style and charismatic music helped the Texas native to earn multiple Top 10 singles along with gold certification on the Billboard charts.

One of the industry’s most active touring artists, McCoy is credited with amassing a major fan following and brand loyalty in his 21 year career in the industry.

McCoy’s latest endeavor in the field of entertainment introduced his talents as an author with the release of his first book, A NEW MOUNTAIN TO CLIMB: Heroes I’ve Met And The Mountains They Climb Every Day.

Blaster Records label head Tom Porter stated about making the signing announcement:  p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 16.0px 0.0px; font: 16.0px ‘Times New Roman’} “Anytime you can add a performer of the caliber of Neal McCoy to your label roster, you can’t help but feel an inexplicable and exhilarating advantage in the popular world of country music. Blaster Records is excited and honored to be a part of Neal’s incredible team and we look forward to big things in the future.”

In signing to the growing Blaster roster, McCoy joins break-out brother duo Brother Trouble as a major immediate concentration in the label’s focus in the field of country music.

SUGARLAND’S ‘TONIGHT’ ON ITUNES

Sugarland's "Tonight" music video ©Mercury Records/Universal Music

Sugarland's "Tonight" music video ©Mercury Records/Universal Music

The reigning CMA and ACM Vocal Duo of the Year Jennifer Nettles and Kristian Bush of Sugarland world premiered their smoldering new video for their just released single Tonight on iTunes yesterday.

AOL will begin streaming Tonight on April 21.

“We were inspired in writing this song by the emotional longing we heard in the soundtracks of iconic 80’s movies like the Breakfast Club, Pretty in Pink and Say Anything,” said Sugarland’s Kristian Bush. “The feeling of being so in love that you would trade everything for just one day with that someone.”

Sugarland is currently on their 2011 The Incredible Machine Tour.  Last year’s The Incredible Machine Tour was one of Pollstar’s Top 50 North American Tours of 2010 and has been described as “stunning,” “fantastically fun” and “not one to be missed.”

HAWAII INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL AWAITS YOUR MOVIE

The 31st Annual HAWAII INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

The 31st Annual HAWAII INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

The 31st Annual Hawaii International Film Festival (HIFF), widely regarded as one of the world’s premier international film festivals focusing on new Pacific Rim cinema.

Last year, this audience-driven festival presented over 254 films from 47 countries and attracted over 65,000 movie-lovers who came to experience the sounds and images of excellent filmmaking from around the world.

Legendary film critic Roger Ebert has attended HIFF for many years, noting that it’s “a launching pad for early films by younger directors.”

Variety firmly states that HIFF is one of “50 Unmissable Film Festivals,” Entertainment Weekly claims that it’s a “must attend” event, and Travel & Leisure Magazine flatly declares it to be “one of the ten best film festivals around the world.”

Established in 1981, the Hawaii International Film Festival is dedicated to advancing understanding and cultural exchange among the peoples of Asia, the Pacific, and North America through the global medium of film.


‘REAL HOUSWIVES’ JILL ZARIN STARTS REAL ACTING

Life & Style Weekly

Life & Style Weekly

Reality star Jill Zarin is taking a breather from playing herself: The Real Housewives of New York City star will make her acting debut in an upcoming episode of the USA drama White Collar.

“I’m playing a woman at a cocktail party,” Zarin tells Life & Style exclusively about the episode she tapes on April 14. “I have lines. It’s going to be so exciting. It’s my first acting gig.”

Zarin says she took acting classes in grade school, “but I never pursued it — and never in my wildest dreams did I think I’d be acting one day.

“It’s a dream come true. Obviously, I won’t be waiting for my name to be announced on Emmy day, but I’m flattered to be working with such an amazing cast. And the fact that they’re all so hot doesn’t hurt. Matthew Bomer is yummy!” Zarin says of the actor that plays FBI consultant Neal Caffrey on the drama series.

White Collar‘s third season premieres on June 7.

BRITNEY SPEARS READY FOR MARRIAGE NUMBER THREE?

Britney Spears feature story in Us magazine

Britney Spears feature story in Us magazine

She’s already been married twice, but is Britney Spears ready to become a bride once more for love Jason Trawick?

As she enjoys blockbuster sales and the strongest reviews of her career for seventh studio album Femme Fatale, Spears, 29, tells all in the new Us Weekly (out today) about finding Mr. Right in agent Trawick, 39, her boyfriend of over two years.

“We have such a great time together!” Spears tells Us exclusively. “He makes me laugh, and we are so comfortable being ourselves.”

Marriage plans? “Maybe,” she teases. “Never say never!”

Indeed, a family source tells Us that the blissful pair will likely wed.

Trawick, after all, the source says, “was one of the only people who stuck by her through everything,” including Spears‘ dark 2007 and early 2008 — when she lost custody of her sons Sean, 5, and Jayden, 4, to ex Kevin Federline, and was briefly admitted to a psychiatric hospital.

“[Jason] was someone she felt she could be her true self with. [Marriage] is what they talk about and the direction they’re going in,” the insider says.

Whatever and whenever their nuptial plans, one thing is certain, Spears tells Us: “I’ve never been happier!”

More at usmagazine.com.