To Swag or not to Swag

by Sherri Scheck Merrill Goodie bag, gift bag, party favor. Turn-down gift. To one degree or another, many of us have been fortunate enough to receive one, whether at an event, conference or party. Now, the latest trend in gifting your guests is the “you-never-know-what-your going-to-get” swag bag.

Neil Young’s Pono Player

Neil Young’s three-cornered Pono player picks up $3m in Kickstarter cash (via The Inquirer) CANADIAN SINGER Neil Young has taken his triangular Pono music player onto Kickstarter and smashed through an $800,000 fundraising target. In fact, Young’s Pono snagged the money and more in its first couple of days. Now, with around a month left […]

Craziest Car Stunts in Movies

Top 10: The Craziest Car Stunts in Movies (via Fandango Movie Blog) By: Jacob Hall on March 10, 2014 at 11:46AM Car stunts have been a vital part of blockbuster filmmaking for decades, and each one seems to top the last when it comes to chases, crashes and barrel rolls. Need for Speed, starring Aaron Paul […]

Shannon Ingram to Present at “Aging in America” Conference

Ingram, an author and experienced professional in the field of marketing to Boomers and seniors, is a featured speaker in two of the conference sessions this week.

Aaron Paul Teases Reporter for Not Watching Breaking Bad

Aaron Paul teases reporter for NOT watching Breaking Bad (via ITN) Subscribe to TheShowbiz411! http://bit.ly/1dXOPuV As Need For Speed hits UK cinemas on 12th March, Aaron Paul chats adrenaline, testosterone levels on-set, flirting with his co-star, Dominic Cooper, and his man-crush on former James Bond actor, Pierce…

Ellen’s Oscar Selfie Twitter Phenomenon

Trending: Ellen’s Oscars retweet record, Adele Dazeem and Rachel Canning (via NJ.com) Of all stunts that Ellen DeGeneres pulled at Sunday’s Academy Awards, one that outlasted the excitement of the evening couldn’t have happened without Twitter. By simply urging a few well-dressed Oscar nominees — and others sitting in the front rows…

Backstage at the 2014 Oscars

TIMELAPSE: Backstage at the Oscars (via Reuters TV) Backstage at the 2014 Academy Awards as the winners show off their Oscars in a timelapse by Reuters photographer Mario Anzuoni. (March 2014).

McIlroy Leading PGA Honda Classic

McIlroy clings to Honda Classic clubhouse lead (via AFP) Rory McIlroy held a one-stroke clubhouse lead over Brendon de Jonge during Friday’s second round of the US PGA Honda Classic while top-ranked Tiger Woods struggled to make the cut. McIlroy held his nerve after two early birdies to finish with a flourish…

Oscar Nominee Interviews

The Oscars 2014: Interviews with this year’s nominees (via CBS News) The 86th annual Academy Awards telecast, hosted by Ellen Degeneres, is set this air this Sunday, March 2, on ABC. Stars like Tom Hanks, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Fassbender, Lupita Nyong’o, Christian Bale, Amy Adams, Cate Blanchett, Jared Leto and U2…

Talented Filmmaker-Actor Harold Ramis Has Died

Comedy legend and Ghostbuster Harold Ramis dies (via AFP) Ghostbuster Harold Ramis, an influential comedian who wrote and directed classic films like “Caddy Shack” and “Groundhog Day,” died Monday at the age of 69. Ramis, a longtime resident of Chicago, was surrounded by his family when he died of a rare disease…

Olympics: US Ice Dancers Set World Record

US skating pair break world record, Jamaicans flop (via AFP) US ice dancers Meryl Davis and Charlie White set a new world record in the short dance at the Olympics on Sunday while the gallant Jamaican bobsleigh team came down to earth with a bump. Two-time world champions Davis and White — seeking a first […]

Whistling George…

George Clooney and cast show off whistling skills at The Monuments Men premiere in Berlin (via ITN) Subscribe to TheShowbiz411! http://bit.ly/1dXOPuV George Clooney showed off his whistling skills during a press conference at the Berlin Film Festival. He was asked by a journalist to whistle the theme tune to his new movie The Monuments Men, […]

Canada on Top in Medal Count Today

2014 Winter Olympics medal count: Canada takes top spot (via SB Nation) By Alex Skillin  @AlexSkillin on Feb 10 2014, 1:43p + Canada, the Netherlands and Norway each have seven medals heading into Tuesday. The Netherlands continued to dominate the speed skating competitions on Monday, with three Dutch skaters sweeping…

Beatles Nostalgia Rocks the Weekend

The Beatles on Sullivan: You Say You Want a Revolution? (via Moyers & Company) Just to briefly buzz in on this weekend’s whir of nostalgia around the 50th anniversary of the Beatles’ first appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show. As many have noted, it was less than three months after the Kennedy assassination, bringing across…

Sunday Sochi Update

Sochi Winter Olympics 2014 medal count: Team USA picks up second gold (via SB Nation) By Scott Coleman  @scottcoleman55 on Feb 9 2014, 2:46p 3 The United States is tied for the lead with two gold medals, though they trail Norway in the overall medal count by three. Team USA picked up two more medals […]