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09 Dec. 2013

Holiday Entertainment & Goodwill

Battle of the Year_ImageBATTLE OF THE YEAR, available Dec. 10 on Blu-ray 3D, Blu-ray and DVD starring Josh Holloway (Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol, TV’s “Lost”), Laz Alonso (Jumping the Broom, Avatar), Caity Lotz (TV’s “Arrow,” Bring It On: All or Nothing), Josh Peck (Red Dawn, TV’s “Drake & Josh”) and GRAMMY®-winning artist Chris Brown (Best R&B Album, “F.A.M.E.” 2012).  BATTLE OF THE YEAR follows a legendary break-dancing crew’s return to its roots in order to reclaim the world championship after more than a decade of defeat.

Brace yourself as the world’s best B-Boy teams hit the stage in the most intense dance tournament.The Battle of the Year competition is an all out war of mind-blowing dance moves, explosive routines and electrifying displays of skill and imagination. The American team, a group of underdogs, is pitted against the world’s elite as they tear it up in their struggle for the top spot with the help of their coaches, Blake (Holloway) and Franklyn (Peck). Set to pumping beats and an amped soundtrack, the All-Star dream team thrills in this epic dance-off.


All-New Christmas Movies, Music Specials and TV Series MarathonsUP TV Christmas logo

New Films Include Silver Bells (with Bruce Boxleitner, Antonio Fargas) Guess Who’s Coming to Christmas (with Drew Lachey, MacKenzie Porter) and Marry Me For Christmas (with Malinda Williams)

The all-new slate of family-friendly holiday programming launches Monday, November 18 and runs through Tuesday, December 31, 2013.

Highlights include exclusive world premieres and UP Original Movies, including Marry Me For ChristmasGuess Who’s Coming to ChristmasSilver Bells3 Day ChristmasAngel in the HouseChristmas For A DollarThomas Kinkade’s Christmas Miracle, and the UP Original Christmas Special “K-LOVE Music City Christmas Special.” In addition, UP will bring back the popular, family-favorite “My Big Fat Waltons Thanksgiving” marathon followed by the exclusive network presentation of the classic family film that started it all – The Homecoming: A Christmas Story.

UP’s Christmas season program highlights include the following. All times are EDT. See local listings for encore broadcasts at:



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The Screen Actors Guild Foundation provides vital assistance and educational programming to the professionals of SAG-AFTRA while serving the public at large through its signature children’s literacy programs. These award-winning programs include SAG Foundation BookPALS (Performing Artists for Literacy in Schools), through which 2,200 union performers read to over 60,000 children monthly in classrooms nationwide, and Storyline Online, the interactive literacy website that attracts over 2 million views each month. The SAG Foundation is a national non-profit organization, independent of SAG-AFTRA, and relies solely on grants, corporate sponsorships and individual donations to maintain its programs and create new ones. For more information, visit

Nominations for the 20th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards will be unveiled on Wednesday, Dec. 11 at the Pacific Design Center in West Hollywood. The announcement will be telecast live on TNT at 9 a.m. (ET) / 6 a.m. (PT) and webcast live on and Prior to the announcement, this year’s stunt ensemble nominees will be revealed during a live webcast at 8:50 a.m. (ET) / 5:50 a.m. (PT).

Actor® recipients will be announced at the 20th Screen Actors Guild Awards ceremony on Saturday, January 18, 2014, simulcast live from the Los Angeles Shrine Exposition Center on TNT and TBS at 8 p.m. (ET) / 5 p.m. (PT).


Desley Brooks 1Oakland Councilperson Desley Brooks and Sports Agent

Aaron Goodwin

Aaron Goodwin

Aaron Goodwin are looking for 100 young people to join us for an afternoon of joy, laughter, fun, and Holiday Cheer at our 6th Annual Holiday Party.  Each party goer will receive a $50 gift card; there will be plenty of food and activities; visits by special guest; and a great time for all.

Here are the requirements to nominate a child:

1.  The child must be between the ages of 7 and 15.

2.  This offer is limited to children who reside in Oakland and attend an Oakland school.

3.  Although there are no income restrictions, preference will be given to children whose parents are experiencing economic challenges.

4.  If you are a parent, guardian, teacher, friend, mentor, relative, coach or Oakland resident please write a letter explaining why your child nominee should be selected to participate in this experience.  The nominating letters should contain the name, address, phone number and age of the nominee and of a parent or guardian.

5.  All documentation must be received no later than 5:00 pm on December 11, 2013.

Only complete submissions will be reviewed.  You must submit: (1) a letter explaining why the child is special/deserving, (2) proof of residency; and (3) proof of attendance at an Oakland school to:

Hon. Desley Brooks, City Hall, 1 Frank Ogawa Plaza, Oakland, CA 94612,
or fax this information to (510) 986-2650; you may also email the information to:
A total of 100 children will receive a letter or email notifying them of their selection. Children who are selected to participate in the Holiday Party must attend the event (along with a Parent or Guardian) on December 21, 2013, in order to receive a $50 gift card (NO EXCEPTIONS).
No calls please.

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Sandra Varner has had her hands on the pulse of the entertainment industry and lifestyles coverage for decades, staying current, always.


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