PBS Tackles Today’s Social, Economic Issues With A Trip Back In Time In New ‘AmEx’ Episode

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This winter, PBS and Public Media Distribution will take audiences back in time to one of America’s most important eras in another new episode of its hit history-based series American Experience.

American ExperienceThe Gilded Age is currently scheduled to be released Tuesday, Feb. 6.  The story, which will be available on DVD and Digital HD, takes audiences to the transitional period between the end of the 19th century and the start of 20th Century.  It was during this period that America became a leader in the production of food, coal, oil and steel.  That growth also led to one of the nation’s widest income gaps.  That gap also led to discussions on wealth distribution, government control of that distribution and more, including questions of immigration and opportunity — questions which are just as relevant today as they were at that time.

American ExperienceThe Gilded Age runs two hours on one disc.  It will retail for MSRP of $24.99, but can be pre-ordered online now at a reduced price of $19.99 via PBS’ online store.  More information on this and other episodes of American Experience is available online now at:

 

Website: http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/americanexperience

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/AmericanExperiencePBS

Twitter: http://twitter.com/AmExperiencePBS

 

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Shout! Factory, GKids Partner To Release Updated Take Of Classic Brothers Grimm Story

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Shout! Factory’s partnership with GKids is producing yet another home release for both companies this winter.

The Girl Without Hands is currently scheduled to be released Tuesday, Feb. 20 in stores and online.  The movie, based on the classic tale from the Brothers Grimm, will be available on DVD and Blu-ray/DVD combo pack.  It follows a young girl who is being chased by the devil yet is protected by the grace of God.

The story is not one that would be suitable for younger viewers, despite being released via GKids as it deal with the girl’s hands being cut off and being pursued by the devil, but rather for older audiences.  It does have a positive ending, though.

This take on the Grimms’ classic story debuted at the ACID section at the most recent Cannes film festival and was nominated for Best Animated Feature at the Cesar Awards, a French film honors festival.  It won the Jury Prize at the Annecy International Animation Festival, which is a French festival celebrating animated films.  It features the voice talents of Anais Demoustier (ThereseThe Snows of KilimanjaroSweet Evil) and Jeremie Elkaim (Declaration of WarHand in HandMarguerite & Julien).

Along with its main feature, The Girl Without Hands will also feature a handful of bonuses including an interview with director Sebastien Laudenbach and some of his own short films.  It also features a “making of” featurette and a trailer for the movie.

The Girl Without Hands will retail for MSRP of $22.97 on DVD/BD combo pack and $16.97 on DVD, but can be pre-ordered now at a reduced cost of $18.97 (DVD/BD) and $13.97 (DVD) via Shout! Factory’s online store.  More information on this and other titles from Shout! Factory is available online now at:

 

Website: http://www.shoutfactory.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/shoutfactoryofficial

Twitter: http://twitter.com/ShoutFactory

 

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Twitter: http://twitter.com/GKIDSfilms

 

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Western Conference Matchup Headlines ‘NBA Saturday Primetime On ABC Presented By YouTube TV’ Season Premiere

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ESPN’s flagship NBA program makes its annual return this weekend with a new sponsor.

NBA Saturday Primetime on ABC presented by YouTube TV airs Saturday with a double header schedule that kicks off at 3:30 p.m. ET.  Up first on the schedule is a special matinee broadcast on ABC featuring a cross-conference matchup between the Cleveland Cavaliers and Oklahoma City Thunder.  The Cavs sit third in the Eastern Conference, seven games back from the conference leading Boston Celtics while the Thunder sit fifth in the Western Conference, 11.5 games back from the conference leading Golden State Warriors.

Though the Cavs currently sit in the top three in the East, the team has been struggling as of late, having gone 2 – 8 in its last 10 games.  The last four of those games — reaching back to last Monday, Jan. 8 — have all gone to the Cavs’ “L” column.  Cleveland looks to bounce back from that skid tonight as it takes on Orlando at 7 p.m. After that, the team will take a day off to rest up and prepare for Saturday’s game.

Oklahoma City, despite struggling during the season so far, is in the midst of a three-game winning streak, with its most recent win coming Wednesday against conference rival Los Angeles, 114 – 90.  The team will be off tonight and Friday in preparation for Saturday’s game.  It will need all the preparation it can get, as the team has struggled on the road this season, going 9 – 13 on the road versus going 15 – 13 at home.

Considering both teams’ records so far and most recently, Saturday afternoon’s game can go to either team.  Broadcast is scheduled to start at 3:30 p.m. on ABC.

The Warriors and Houston Rockets headline the day’s action at 8:30 p.m. on ABC in a 1-2 matchup in the Western Conference at 8:30 p.m. on ABC.  Houston is five games back from Golden State and has been impressive on the road so far this season, going 21 – 3 so far on the season.  The team comes into Saturday night’s game in the midst of a four-game winning streak while Houston — 5 – 5 in their last 10 games — has been off since falling to the Clippers 113 – 102 Jan. 15.  Houston will be back in action tonight against Minnesota in another Western Conference matchup hoping to rebound from that loss.

Saturday’s double header schedule is only part of the ESPN networks’ NBA schedule this week.  Two more games are on tap for Friday.  Those games are noted below along with Saturday’s schedule.

Thu, Jan 18 3 p.m. The Jump
Rachel Nichols, Tracy McGrady, Paul Pierce
ESPN
Fri, Jan 19 3 p.m. The Jump
Rachel Nichols, Ramona Shelburne, Tracy McGrady
ESPN
  7 p.m. NBA Countdown presented by Mountain Dew
Michelle Beadle, Jalen Rose, Chauncey Billups, Paul Pierce
ESPN
  8 p.m. NBA Friday presented by State Farm: Washington Wizards at Detroit Pistons
Ryan Ruocco, Doris Burke
ESPN
  10:30 p.m. NBA Friday presented by State Farm: New York Knicks at Utah Jazz
Dave Pasch, Jon Barry
ESPN
Sat, Jan 20 3 p.m. NBA Countdown
Michelle Beadle, Jalen Rose, Chauncey Billups, Paul Pierce
ABC
  3:30 p.m. NBA Saturday Primetime presented by YouTube TV: Oklahoma City Thunder at Cleveland Cavaliers
Ryan Ruocco, Hubie Brown
ABC
  8 p.m. NBA Countdown
Michelle Beadle, Jalen Rose, Chauncey Billups, Paul Pierce
ABC
  8:30 p.m. NBA Saturday Primetime presented by YouTube TV: Golden State Warriors at Houston Rockets
Mike Breen, Jeff Van Gundy, Steve Javie, Lisa Salters
ABC

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Website: http://www.espn.com/nba

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/NBAonESPN

Twitter: http://twitter.com/ESPNNBA

 

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Wildcats, Gators Headline This Week’s ESPN Networks College Basketball Broadcast Schedule

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ESPN’s College GameDay Covered by State Farm is headed to Kentucky.

The network’s flaghship college basketball program will air live Saturday from the campus of the University of Kansas.  The broadcast will preceded ESPN’s broadcast of Saturday Primetime presented by AT&T, which is currently set to start at 8:15 p.m. ET.

The Wildcats are scheduled to face the Florida Gators in Saturday’s game. Saturday morning’s CGD broadcast will come live from Rupp Arena beginning at 11 a.m. ET.  An evening edition will lead into the game.

The Wildcats/Gators matchup is not the only game on this week’s schedule across the ESPN networks.  No. 2 Virginia is on the road tonight against Georgia Tech.  That game is scheduled to air at 8 p.m. ET on ACC Network Extra along with a matchup of N.C. State and Wake Forest.  Buffalo and Western Michigan face off Friday night at 7 p.m. on ESPNU.  No. 3 Purdue opens Saturday’s broadcast schedule at noon as the Boilermakers visit Iowa.  That game is set to air on ESPN.

The current men’s college basketball broadcast schedule for this week is noted below.

Thu, Jan 18 7 p.m. Murray State at Belmont
Dave LaMont, Adrian Branch
ESPNU
Old Dominion at Florida International ESPN3
  Binghamton at Stony Brook ESPN3
  Hartford at Maine ESPN3
  UMass Lowell at Albany ESPN3
  Vermont at New Hampshire ESPN3
  North Florida at NJIT ESPN3
  Jacksonville at South Carolina Upstate ESPN3
  Stetson at Kennesaw State ESPN3
  Niagara at Quinnipiac ESPN3
  Marist at Siena ESPN3
  UIC at Youngstown State ESPN3
  IUPUI at Cleveland State ESPN3
  Northern Kentucky at Milwaukee ESPN3
  The Citadel at UNC Greensboro ESPN3
  East Tennessee State at Furman ESPN3
  Mercer at VMI ESPN3
  7:30 p.m. Florida Gulf Coast at Lipscomb ESPN3
  NAIA Basketball
Park at Missouri Baptist
ESPN3
  8 p.m. No. 2 Virginia at Georgia Tech ACC Network Extra
  Wake Forest at NC State ACC Network Extra
  Lake Superior State at Grand Valley State ESPN3
  Wright State at Green Bay ESPN3
  Wofford at Samford ESPN3
  8:15 p.m. Louisiana at UT Arlington ESPN3
  Appalachian State at Troy ESPN3
  9 p.m. Saint Mary’s at No. 13 Gonzaga
Tom Hart, P.J. Carlesimo
ESPN
  USC at Oregon
Dave Pasch, Bill Walton
ESPN2
  UNC Asheville at Winthrop
Matt Schick, Paul Biancardi
ESPNU
  Seattle at New Mexico State ESPN3
  10 p.m. Cal Poly at UC Irvine ESPN3
  11 p.m. Loyola Marymount at BYU
Roxy Bernstein, Caron Butler
ESPNU
Fri, Jan 19 7 p.m. St. Bonaventure at Davidson
Mike Corey, Mark Planksy
ESPN2
  Buffalo at Western Michigan
Jim Barbar, Tim Welsh
ESPNU
  Iona at Monmouth ESPN3
  9 p.m. Canisius at Manhattan
Robert Lee, Julianne Viani
ESPNU
Saturday Showcase Presented by 5-Hour ENERGY (ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU, ESPNEWS)
Sat, Jan 20 Noon No. 3 Purdue at Iowa
Dave Flemming, Dan Dakich
ESPN
  Florida State at Virginia Tech
Mike Couzens, Cory Alexander
ESPN2
  No. 7 Wichita State at Houston
Kevin Brown, John Thompson III
ESPNU
  1 p.m. LSU at Vanderbilt
Mike Morgan, Dane Bradshaw
SEC Network
  Niagara at Fairfield ESPN3
  Northern Kentucky at Green Bay ESPN3
  The Citadel at VMI ESPN3
  2 p.m. No. 4 Oklahoma at Oklahoma State
Jason Benetti, Robbie Hummel
ESPN
  Georgia Tech at UNC
Doug Sherman, Jason Capel
ESPN2
  No. 8 Texas Tech at Iowa State
Lowell Galindo, Lance Blanks
ESPNU
  North Florida at South Carolina Upstate ESPN3
  Illinois State at Indiana State ESPN3
  Northern Illinois at Akron ESPN3
  Ohio at Eastern Michigan ESPN3
  2:15 p.m. Georgia Southern at Georgia State ESPN3
  3:30 p.m. Ole Miss at Arkansas
Richard Cross, Barry Booker
SEC Network
  UIC at Cleveland State ESPN3
  Central Michigan at Bowling Green ESPN3
  Ball State at Miami (Ohio) ESPN3
  4 p.m. Notre Dame at No. 20 Clemson
Bob Wischusen, Dick Vitale
ESPN
  Missouri at Texas A&M
Tom Hart, Sean Farnham
ESPN2
  No. 24 TCU at Kansas State
Mitch Holthus, Reid Gettys
ESPNU
  East Carolina at No. 12 Cincinnati
Will Flemming, Mark Adams
ESPNEWS
  Pittsburgh at No. 5 Duke ACC Network Extra
  Jacksonville at NJIT ESPN3
  Missouri State at Drake ESPN3
  Oakland at Detroit ESPN3
  Western Carolina at East Tennessee State ESPN3
  4:30 p.m. Florida Gulf Coast at Kennesaw State ESPN3
  Abilene Christian at Central Arkansas ESPN3
  Samford at Furman ESPN3
  5 p.m. Texas A&M-Commerce at West Texas A&M ESPN3
  Stetson at Lipscomb ESPN3
  Mercer at UNC Greensboro ESPN3
  5:15 p.m. UL Monroe at UT Arlington ESPN3
  Coastal Carolina at Troy ESPN3
  5:30 p.m. Sam Houston State at Lamar ESPN3
  6 p.m. Baylor at No. 10 Kansas
Rich Hollenberg, Fran Fraschilla
ESPN
  No. 21 Tennessee at South Carolina
Beth Mowins, Jimmy Dykes
ESPN2
  Tulane at SMU
Ted Emrich, Tim Welsh
ESPNEWS
  UCF at USF
Jay Alter, Mark Wise
ESPNU
  Georgia at No. 17 Auburn
Dave Neal, Jon Sundvold
SEC Network
  Utah Valley State at New Mexico State ESPN3
  7 p.m. Cal Poly at  Cal State Northridge ESPN3
  IUPUI at Youngstown State ESPN3
  Wright State at Milwaukee ESPN3
  Chattanooga at Wofford ESPN3
  Kent State at Toledo ESPN3
  7:30 p.m. Incarnate Word at New Orleans ESPN3
  8 p.m. Memphis at Tulsa
Taylor Zarzour, Dino Gaudio
ESPNU
  Denver at Oral Roberts ESPN3
  No. 13 Gonzaga at Santa Clara ESPN3
  Ferris State (MI) at Grand Valley State ESPN3
  Louisiana at Texas State ESPN3
  Evansville at Bradley ESPN3
  8:15 p.m. Saturday Primetime presented by AT&T
Florida at No. 18 Kentucky
Dan Shulman, Jay Bilas, Maria Taylor
ESPN
  8:30 p.m. Mississippi State at Alabama
Kevin Fitzgerald, Sean Harrington
SEC Network
  9 p.m. San Diego at BYU ESPN3
  10 p.m. Boise State at Nevada
Steve Quis, Adrian Branch
ESPNU
  10:15 p.m. UCLA at Oregon
Dave Pasch, Bill Walton
ESPN
Sun, Jan 21 Midnight UC Irvine at UC Santa Barbara
Sam Farber, Richie Schueler
ESPNU
  Noon Boston College at Louisville ACC Network Extra
  1 p.m. Stony Brook at New Hampshire ESPN3
  Vermont at Hartford ESPN3
  Canisius at Iona ESPN3
  2 p.m. UMBC at Albany ESPN3
  UMass Lowell at Binghamton ESPN3
  Siena at Quinnipiac ESPN3
  4 p.m. Loyola-Chicago at Valparaiso
Mitch Holthus, Malcolm Huckaby
ESPNU
  Northern Iowa at Southern Illinois ESPN3
  6 p.m. No. 2 Virginia at Wake Forest
Anish Shroff, Cory Alexander
ESPNU
  7 p.m. No. 25 Miami at NC State ACC Network Extra
  8 p.m. Washington State at Utah
Roxy Bernstein, Corey Williams
ESPNU
Mon, Jan 22 7 p.m. Big Monday presented by Jos. A. Bank
No. 15 UNC at Virginia Tech
Sean McDonough, Jay Bilas, Allison Williams
ESPN
  Big Monday presented by Jos. A. Bank
Iowa State at Texas
Mark Neely, Lance Blacks
ESPNU
  9 p.m. Big Monday presented by Jos. A. Bank
No. 6 West Virginia at No. 24 TCU
Bob Wischusen, Fran Fraschilla, Holly Rowe
ESPN
  Big Monday presented by Jos. A. Bank
Kansas State at Baylor
Matt Schick, Dino Gaudio
ESPNU
Tue, Jan 23 6:30 p.m. Arkansas at Georgia
Roy Philpott, Brooke Weisbrod
SEC Network
  7 p.m. Super Tuesday presented by Boost Mobile
No. 10 Kansas at No. 4 Oklahoma
Jon Sciambi, Tom Crean
ESPN
  Super Tuesday presented by Boost Mobile
Wisconsin at Iowa
Dave Flemming, Dan Dakich, Molly McGrath
ESPN2
  Super Tuesday presented by Boost Mobile
Oklahoma State at No. 8 Texas Tech
Clay Matvick, Tim Welsh
ESPNEWS
  Super Tuesday presented by Boost Mobile
Vanderbilt at No. 21 Tennessee
Kevin Fitzgerald, Sean Harrington
ESPNU
  No. 20 Clemson at No. 2 Virginia ACC Network Extra
  Rider at Fairfield ESPN3
  Toledo at Western Michigan ESPN3
  Eastern Michigan at Buffalo ESPN3
  Ball State at Kent State ESPN3
  Miami (Ohio) at Central Michigan ESPN3
  Ohio at Akron ESPN3
  8 p.m. Missouri State at Bradley ESPN3
  Bowling Green at Northern Illinois ESPN3
  8:30 p.m. Alabama at Ole Miss
Dave Neal, Daymeon Fishback
SEC Network
  9 p.m. Super Tuesday presented by Boost Mobile
Mississippi State at No. 18 Kentucky
Joe Tessitore, Sean Farnham, Laura Rutledge
ESPN
  Super Tuesday presented by Boost Mobile
Texas A&M at LSU
Rich Hollenberg, Debbie Antonelli
ESPNU
  No. 5 Duke at Wake Forest ACC Network Extra
  William Jessup at Grand Canyon University ESPN3

More information on the ESPN networks’ men’s college basketball coverage is available online now along with all of the latest men’s college basketball headlines at:

 

Website: http://www.espn.com/mens-college-basketball

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/ESPNCBB

 

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State of Illusion Re-Issues ‘Blind’ Single; Unveils Single’s New Video

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Independent hard rock act State of Illusion this week released a new take of its song ‘Blind’ alongside a new companion video.

Front man Jacob Porter explained in an interview that he originally crafted the song some 10 years ago and that the new mix takes elements of the song from previous members and adds them to this presentation.

“I wrote ‘Blind’ in the middle of the night roughly 10 years ago, but we still feel life and energy from it every time we play it,” Porter said.  “Those 10 years can definitely be felt on ‘Blind’ because the new mix takes tiny recordings from almost every member we’ve had over the years and subtly inserts them throughout the track. We included it on Aphelion because we knew that it was a song that needed to be heard. Despite originally promoting another song as the single for Aphelion (2014), ‘Blind’ was the song that seemed to connect most with listeners, probably because of the back and forth volley of mellow and hard-hitting elements and personal lyrics written so that they can be applied to the listeners’ unique situations. That’s why we decided to team up with Silent Flight Productions to create a visual to go along with the music. Hopefully, the new version of ‘Blind’, along with the awesome video, will resonate with new listeners on an emotional level and give them a little taste of what State of Illusion is all about.”

Audiences can download Aphelion now via iTunes.  More information on that album is available online now along with all of the band’s latest news and more at:

 

Website: http://www.stateofillusionmusic.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/StateofIllusion

Twitter: http://twitter.com/stateofillusio1

 

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Smithsonian Channel Celebrates Black History Month With New Doc, ‘Black Wings’

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African-Americans have made so many great contributions to America throughout history.  From technology to food to sports and more, African-Americans have done so much for this great nation.  Later this month, Smithsonian Channel will release a new documentary outlining the contributions that African-Americans have made in aviation in the form of Black Wings.

Black Wings will be released Tuesday, January 30 exclusively on DVD, right as African-American History Month prepares to start.  The nearly hour-long program outlines how African-Americans overcame not just gravity but also racist views to accomplish their feats.  From bi-planes to jet planes, from commercial airlines to the military and beyond, those accomplishments were as high as the sky itself.  Audiences can get a sneak peek at the program online now here.

Black Wings will retail for MSRP of $19.99, but can be pre-ordered now at a reduced price of $14.99 via PBS’ online store.  It can also be downloaded digitally via Smithsonian Channel’s website.

More information on this and other Smithsonian Channel programs is available online now at:

 

Website: http://www.smithsonianchannel.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/SmithsonianChannel

Twitter: http://twitter.com/SmithsonianChan

 

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Public Media Distribution Announces ‘Milk Street: Season 1’ Home Release Date

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Christopher Kimball, former host of PBS’ America’s Test Kitchen and Cook’s Country recently made his return to television with his own new television series Christopher Kimball’s Milk Street.  That series’ debut season will make its way home later this month.

Christopher Kimball’s Milk StreetSeason 1 is currently scheduled to be released Jan. 30 on DVD and Feb. 12 on Digital HD.  The series’ debut season will be spread across three discs at a total run time of 390 minutes.  It will retail for MSRP of $34.99, but can be pre-ordered now at a reduced price of $29.99 via PBS’ online store.

Season One of Kimball’s new program features cooking lesson segments taped in-studio, tips and techniques that everyday cooks can use in the kitchen, and product test segments, just as in Kimball’s previous series.  Season One also takes viewers around the globe to learn about various dishes and more.

More information on Christopher Kimball’s Milk Street is available online now along with all of the series’ latest news at:

 

Website: http://www.177milkstreet.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/cpkmilkstreet

Twitter: http://twitter.com/177MilkStreet

 

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