AMC Theaters To Run Oscar Nominated Movie Marathon in Orlando February 22 and March 1, 2014

There are nine movies nominated for a Best Picture Oscar this year, and if you missed any of them, they will be returning to select AMC theaters a two-night Best Picture Showcase marathon on February 22 and March 1.

AMC Theatres logoThe line-up on Saturday, February 22, is Philomena, Dallas Buyer’s Club, The Wolf of Wall Street, and 12 Years a Slave. Admission to this part of the marathon is $30 and AMC Stubs members get a $5 concession credit.

The line-up on Saturday, March 1, is Nebraska, Captain Phillips, Her, American Hustle, and Gravity. Admission to this part of the marathon is $40 and AMC Stubs members get a $5 concession credit.

Save $10 and get a pass to both weekend marathons for only $60, at the box office only. You’ll still get the $5 concession credit each weekend.

In the Orlando area, the Best Picture Showcase will take place at the AMC Downtown Disney 24, and the AMC Altamonte Mall 18.

The 86th Academy Awards air live on ABC, March 2, at 7pm (EST).

Hulu to Air The Hotwives of Orlando Comedy Series

The Hotwives of Orlando

Hulu announced its original programming slate for 2014 at CES in Las Vegas, and among the new series it will be airing is “The Hotwives of Orlando,” a reality show spoof of the various “Real Housewives of” shows.

The press release states, “The inaugural season takes you inside the uber-exclusive and glamorous world of six hot housewives livin’ large in Central Florida’s sexiest city, Orlando. The show follows a cast of ladies as they fight over pretty much everything except for their love of shoes, plastic surgery, and the pursuit of spending all of their husbands’ money.”

The Hotwives of the show are played by several funny ladies, including a now-blonde Casey Wilson (“Happy Endings”), Angela Kinsey (“The Office”), Kristen Schaal (“Flight of the Conchords”), Tymberlee Hill (“Drunk History”), Danielle Schneider (“Upright Citizens Brigade”) and Andrea Savage (“Step Brothers”).

The seven episode show was actually filmed in Los Angeles, but it will be interesting to see how Orlando is referenced in the course of the series.

Here is the official trailer for the show, courtesy of Hulu:

Food Network’s Eat St. Returns to Orlando to Film Local Food Trucks; Fans Invited to Participate

Food Network’s Eat St. show will be returning to Orlando to film a Flavors of Florida episode, and fans are invited to show up and maybe be filmed, as well.

Six Orlando trucks have made the cut for the show, and here is the list and when their segments will be shot:

Bem B?mFriday, January 10 – Bem Bom

Location: Southeast Steel (63 W. Amelia St., Orlando) at noon

Serving up Portuguese food, the menu for the shoot will include Chicken Piri-Piri Prego, “Running Duck” Tacos, Fresh Ground Lamb Burger, and Mango Painted Fish Tacos.

 

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Central Florida’s Alex & Sierra Have Won X-Factor Season 3

Last night (Dec 19), Central Florida contestants Alex Kinsey and Sierra Deaton won the finale of season 3 of the Fox TV competition show “The X-Factor.”

Alex & Sierra The X-FactorThe duo, mentored by Simon Cowell, performed performed “All I Want For Christmas is You” and “Love Me Again” as their final songs.

They are also the only “X-Factor” contestants to hit No. 1 on the iTunes Top 100 chart with their cover versions of A Great Big World’s “Say Something” and Sara Bareilles’ “Gravity”.

Deaton recently graduated from the University of Central Florida, and Kinsey is a senior there.

For their win, Alex & Sierra will receive a $1 million recording contract with Sony Music Entertainment.

Bright House Networks TV App Makes Any Room a TV Room #spon

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Make any room in your house a TV room with Bright House Networks TV for your computer, iPad, iPhone, and most Android devices.

Bright House Networks TV (BHTV) is a free app and website that allows users to view live HD programming anywhere in the house, even where there isn’t a TV.

BHTV can also be used to schedule a recording on your Bright House Networks DVR.

It’s super easy to use BHTV. All you need is a free My Services account from Bright House, which you can get online. If you pay your bill through the website, you already have one.

Then you download the app from either the Apple App store or Google Play for the Android version. Open the app, sign in with your My Services login, and you can be watching live TV in a matter of minutes.

You can also watch via your computer at http://bhtv.brighthouse.com.

There are currently about 250 channels available via BHTV, including broadcast networks like ABC, popular cable channels like AMC and USA, and even premium channels like HBO and Showtime, if you are a subscriber.

BHTV works within the range of your home’s wireless network, so you can now watch TV in any room. I watch BHTV on my Android phone when I’m doing the laundry. I also use it to watch the morning news while I’m getting ready.

If you have any questions about using the app, check out the Bright House BHTV’s FAQ, or contact customer support. You can also follow Bright House support on Twitter.

As a Bright House customer, this app is a free service that I love, and I think you will, too. Give it a try.

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Bright House to Offer Free Starz Preview Weekend November 29 – December 1, 2013

As a Black Friday present, Bright House Networks in Central Florida will be offering a free preview weekend of the Bright House Networkschannel to its subscribers.

To take advantage of this, simply tune in to channel 285.

If it mirrors the main Starz channel, viewers will get to see movies like The Vow, The Call, Zero Dark Thirty, and Oz The Great And Powerful. They’ll also get to see original series like Spartacus: Gods of the Arena (uncut).

You must be a current customer with a digital cable or dvr box to see the Starz preview.

Orlando WESH TV News Anchor Martha Sugalski Gives Birth to Triplets

WESH news anchor Martha Sugalski  and familyCongratulations to news anchor Martha Sugalski and her husband Rob, as they welcomed their triplets into the world Saturday morning (6/22/13).

Sugalski, who helms the desk at Orlando’s WESH 2, checked into the hospital last Monday, during her 33rd week of pregnancy.

She gave birth to two boys and one girl, all of whom are healthy, she tweeted.

You can view photos of Sugalski and her new additions at the WESH website.

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Today Show to Broadcast Live from Universal Orlando on May 23, 2013 #TODAYinOrlando

todayshowgreatamadvenThe Today Show is bringing five of their anchors – Matt, Savannah, Natalie, Al and Willie – to Orlando next week on May 23. They will be using Universal Orlando as their base studio for the morning.

It’s part of their “Great American Adventure” promotion, which finds the team traveling America. They start off in Hawaii on Monday, Yellowstone National Park on Tuesday, Chicago on Wednesday, Orlando on Thursday, and the Jersey Shore on Friday.

If you’d like to be a part of the audience for free, when they shoot outside of Universal’s entrance, RSVP on the Today Show Facebook page.

The live broadcast starts at 7am, so you’ll need to arrive by 6:30am to get in the viewing area.

You can also follow along via social media like Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram, via the hastags #TODAYAdventure and #TODAYinOrlando.

TLC’s What Not To Wear Casting In Orlando For Future Shows

whatnotflyerOn TLC’s hit TV show What Not To Wear, Clinton Kelly and Stacy London offer surprise makeovers to people nominated by family and friends as being a bad dresser.

The show is now accepting nominations for female makeover candidates in the Orlando area. The wonder duo of fashion want to help O-Town look better and need people for the show.

Do you know someone you’d like to nominate? If chosen they could win a complete makeover worth $5,000.

To Nominate someone send the following information to –  wntwcasting@gmail.com

  • Nominee Info: Name, Her Age, Location, Size & Occupation
  • Briefly explain her story and how it relates to her bad wardrobe
  • At least 4 pictures that show her bad clothing—no costumes!
  • Nominator’s info (you!): Name and contact number

Important – all candidates should be women that live in the Orlando area. Keep in mind, the worse this person looks in the photo, the better her chances for being selected.

Two Central Florida Filmmakers In the Running For Doritos 2013 Super Bowl Ad Contest

doritosad-fetchBrothers Vinnie and Joe Taranto, two local filmmakers, are finalists in the annual Doritos Super Bowl commercial contest.

Their entry “Fetch” centers on an adorable dog named Goliath. It has already received over 250,000 views on YouTube. As a finalist, they have won a trip to the Super Bowl, an their ad has a chance to be seen during the game’s broadcast.

Voting is still happening at Doritos’ Facebook page, so if you want to give your support to some local nominees, head on over and vote for “Fetch” to win by January 29.

Live With Kelly and Michael Returns to Magic Kingdom to Film Four Live Shows in February

kellyandmichaelA few years ago, “Live with Regis and Kelly” broadcast from the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World. Now that Kelly Ripa has a new show partner in Michael Strahan, they’re bringing their show back to Walt Disney World.

Live with Kelly and Michael” will air four shows February 18 through 21, 2013, live from Town Square at Magic Kingdom.

If you’d like to be in the audience, you can put your name in the cyber-hat to get free tickets to view one of the shows. Simply visit LIVEKellyandMichael.com and fill out the form.

No word on who the guests will be for the Walt Disney World shows.

“Live With Kelly and Michael” airs at 9am weekdays on WESH-Channel 2 in Orlando.

K92 All-Star Acoustic Jam to Take Place Sept 2 at Hard Rock Live Orlando

If you love country music, then you’ll want to check out this year’s K92 All-Star Acoustic Jam.

Gracing the stage will be Sara Evans, Uncle Kracker, Lonestar, Thompson Square, Chris Cagle, The Farm, Darryl Worley, Summerlin Road, Jill’s Cashbox, Michael Ray, and Jana Kramer.

The event takes place at the Hard Rock Live at Universal CityWalk on September 2. Doors open at 6pm and the show starts at 6:45pm.

Tickets range are $39 for general admission standing and $65 for reserved seating upstairs in the balcony. You can buy onlive via Ticketmaster, or save yourself the $12 service fee and pick tickets up at the Hard Rock Live box office.

This will be the 17th year for this annual radio station event, which benefits the Ronald McDonald House.

The Daily Buzz Morning Show Shakes Up Hosts

If you watch the locally-produced morning show, The Daily Buzz, you may have not recognized the show this week.

More precisely, you may not have recognized the four new hosts.

To kick off The Daily Buzz’s 11th season, on August 6, the show received a new set and four new hosts.

Charles Divins (an actor who spent five years on the soap “Passions”), Lisa Spooner (a morning anchor from Fort Meyers), Lance Smith (former host of CMT’s “Top 20 Countdown”), and Jessica Reyes (a Toyota of Orlando spokesperson) are the new faces gracing The Daily Buzz.

They replace former hosts Andrea Jackson, Andy Campbell, and Mitch English (who left a month earlier).

The show continues to shoot at Full Sail University in Winter Park, but with a new set. Originally, the quartet were seated facing each other at a table, but that has been tweaked per viewer response to the forward facing-the-camera style of delivering the news.

In Orlando, the nationally syndicated show airs from 6am-7am weekday mornings on WRDQ-Channel 27.

The Daily Buzz, Season 11 Hosts: Lance Smith, Lisa Spooner, Charles Divins, and Jessica Reyes

WESH and WKCF TV Stations Not Currently Available from Bright House

If you are a customer of Bright House cable, you may have tried to tune in the Today Show this morning only to realize it wasn’t there. Or more correctly, the entire channel wasn’t there.

That’s because as of 12:01, Bright House stopped carrying the Hearst channels in Orlando. This includes WESH (the local NBC affiliate), WKCF (the local CW affiliate), Me-TV (an oldies station), This (a free movie channel) and Estrella (a Spanish station).

The carriage agreement between the stations and Bright House expired at 11:59pm yesterday, July 9. Unfortunately, the stations, and the cable provider could not reach an agreement, so none of the local Hearst stations are available to Bright House subscribers right now.

Hopefully this will get resolved soon, since the Summer Olympics are due to be aired over WESH, starting July 27. In the meantime, Bright House says they have made arrangements to carry WBRE, the NBC affiliate from Wilke-Barre, PA.

WESH and WKCF are still available for free via a digital antenna. I use this method, but for some reason, I can get WKCF, This and Estrella fine, but can’t get WESH or Me-TV.

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