Friday, July 20, 2012

NASCAR Announces Groundbreaking Fan Event: NASCAR Contenders Live!

NASCAR Announces Groundbreaking Fan Event:

NASCAR Contenders Live

(SM) Sponsored By Toyota And Sprint

Fans Have Opportunity To Interact With Top-12 Chase For The NASCAR Sprint Cup™ Drivers In Chicago, Enter Sweepstakes To Win 2012 Toyota Camry SE 

  Today, at a press conference outside the House of Blues in Chicago, NASCAR® announced the launch of the inaugural interactive fan event: NASCAR Contenders Live(SM)sponsored by Toyota and Sprint. The event will allow fans to interact directly with the 12 Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup contenders at the House of Blues on Wednesday, Sept.12 at 1:30 p.m.

Present at the announcement of the launch were Joe Gibbs Racing driver of the No. 18 Toyota Camry Kyle Busch; Toyota National Manager of Motorsports and Engagement Marketing Keith Dahl; NASCAR Senior Director of Partnership Marketing Lou Garate; Chicagoland Speedway President Scott Paddock and 2012 Miss Sprint Cup Jaclyn Roney.

NASCAR Contenders Live(SM) sponsored by Toyota and Sprintwill signify the start of the most intense and competitive time of the NASCAR season, the 2012 Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup™. The 12 Chase contenders will interact onstage with NASCAR’s biggest supporters – the fans – and share their strategies and insight on how they plan to win the ultimate prize: the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series™ championship. 

This is an extremely rare opportunity for NASCAR fans as it will be the first time the top-12 Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup™ drivers will be in one room at the same time answering fan questions.

In conjunction with the event launch, the first NASCARContenders Live(SM) sponsored by Toyota and Sprint Sweepstakes kicks off today by giving fans a chance to win an ultimate package that includes a 2012 Toyota Camry SE, two tickets to the first-ever NASCAR Contenders Live(SM) sponsored by Toyota and Sprint fan event, two VIP tickets and two VIP passes to attend the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Chicagoland Speedway on Sunday, Sept. 16, a one-year subscription to SiriusXM Satellite radio and $500 cash.

Fans can visit to enter the “Contenders Live” Sweepstakes until August 30th at 3:00 p.m. ET. Additionally, fans can visit the site to purchase tickets to NASCAR Contenders Live(SM) sponsored by Toyota and Sprint beginning on July 27.

“NASCAR has the most passionate fans in all of sports,” said Norris Scott, NASCAR vice president of partnership marketing and business solutions. “What better way to kick off the Chase than with an event that gives fans exclusive access inside a room with the sports’ top 12 drivers. This also serves as a unique program for Toyota and Sprint who support the sport heavily.”

“Contenders Live on September 12 provides Toyota with an exceptional platform from which to partner with NASCAR, and the visibility to interface with the sport’s enthusiastic fan base,” said Dahl. “Toyota has connected with fans in many different ways since we began competing in NASCAR in 2004, and this event will provide still another opportunity for fans to get a glimpse behind-the-scenes.”

"We always strive to deliver experiences to fans that create memories that will last a lifetime, and this event will do just that,” said Tim Considine, director of sports and entertainment marketing for Sprint. “NASCAR’s most important asset is the fans as they are the most loyal in all of sports. NASCAR Contenders Live will bring fans an incredible opportunity to interact with this season’s top drivers as we kick off the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup in Chicago.”

“We are privileged to kick off the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup in Chicago this September, and NASCAR Contenders Live will provide our fans with unprecedented access to the sport’s best and brightest as they begin their run towards the championship,” said Paddock. “The addition of Contenders Live to an already exhilarating Chase week lineup only adds to the excitement, which culminates on Sunday with the GEICO 400 and the start of the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup.”

For tickets to this weekend’s American Ethanol 225 or the STP 300 on July 21-22 at Chicagoland Speedway, or for tickets to the September 15-16 race weekend, visit or call 1-888-629-RACE (7223). Single-day tickets are available, beginning at $25 in July and $40 in September.


Actress Lydia Cornell Records Psa For Upcoming Eric Marienthal Charity Event!

Actress Lydia Cornell Records Psa For Upcoming Eric Marienthal Charity Event
Award-winning actress, author, teen mentor, talk-show host, comedienne and public speaker, Lydia Cornell grew up in America’s living rooms. An international celebrity best known for her starring role as the daughter of TV legend Ted Knight in the hit ABC series Too Close for Comfort, Cornell was one of the most popular sex symbols of the '80s, playing virginal blonde bombshell cheerleader Sara Rush. The series airs daily on Tribune Broadcasting’s new channel Antenna TV.

This year Cornell has worked with the Red Cross, firefighters, Autism Awareness, and High Hopes, Pat Boone’s charity for traumatic spinal cord injury. She recently hosted a documentary for Safe Passage Home, an organization that gives extreme life makeovers to victims of domestic violence, for viewing on the Oxygen Network. Last fall she housed domestic abuse victims and cared for their children throughout the school year. With the help of the police, Cornell helped rescue a battered woman from a predator.

Cornell has just recorded a PSA for the 14th annual Eric Marienthal and Friends Concert to be held at the Hyatt Regency in Newport Beach this Sunday, July 22nd. The night includes a VIP, pre-concert dinner with Marienthal and the evening's special guest performers, a live and silent auction, and complimentary hors d'oeuvres. Over the last 14 years this event has raised over $500,000 for the many brain-injured adults who attend High Hopes.

Best Actress nominee for AFI and Method Fest, People's Choice Award winner, and star of over 250 TV shows and films and episodes worldwide, Cornell was recently on HBO’s Curb Your Enthusiasm; The Kelsey Grammer Comedy Hour; Variety’s Power of Comedy honoring Russell Brand; and movies with Robert Downey, Jr., Steven Tyler, Jon Bon Jovi, and The Mentalist’s Amanda Rhigetti.

Cornell continues to pursue a path of comedic gold, doing stand-up and writing often pointedly hilarious political barbs on her acclaimed and sometimes controversial blog.
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Antonio Bandaras-AARP Magazine cover November 2012!

AARP Magazine sent us a sneak preview of their upcoming November issue featuring Antonio Bandaras on the cover!


AARP The Magazine- November Cover Star Antonio Banderas
(Griffith’s quotes are below Banderas’)
On the secret to a successful marriage:
“The secret is that we had failures before. And love at the beginning is a rush. It’s big, full of energy, beautiful. But it doesn’t last like that. Melanie and I talked about that a lot.”
“That thing at the beginning disappeared, but it became something better. We discovered the value and warmth of family and what is home—that we can be stronger together.”
“Even in crisis, we have been patient enough to detect that at the end of the tunnel was a light. We have had as many problems as anybody. We’ve never hidden it. We’ve been open about addictions, in the case of Melanie. She has overcome her problems beautifully. I didn’t know she was so strong. It makes me love her even more, because she has been an unbelievable lion fighting, and she got it. The last [relapse] was three years ago, and it just welded us.”
On avoiding high profile infidelity (like that of Anthony Weiner and Arnold Schwarzenegger):
“It’s all about balance in life. We all need water, obviously, but I’m not going to drink the pool. [Laughs.] I think it’s very important that you know exactly where the limits are.”
“It’s a very, very personal issue how you deal with that. [You have to ask yourself ] if you are willing to damage what you have—your kids, your family, your friends. How do you deal in your sexual life with your wife? How rich can you make it in order to not have to look for something outside your marriage? What other things can you do, in your home? What are the things that you may tell her, or are you going to be always lying?”
On his chemistry with Griffith in 1995’s Two Much:
“I saw this sweet, vulnerable soul, funny, also very smart and generous. I saw her with her kids, and she was so beautiful as a mom.”
“It happens sometimes that you connect with your costar. It’s normal. But at the end of the movie, it’s just ‘delete’—you go home and it’s good-bye. But it didn’t happen. We kept calling each other on the phone all day long. And then one day we had to actually confront it. And we did. It was not easy.”
** Melanie Griffith on her husband, Antonio Banderas **
On how they keep their marriage going:
GRIFFITH: “We’re willing to change with each other, let old things die and new things be born. But it’s a constant endeavor.”
On what first attracted her to Banderas:
GRIFFITH: “Everything, really. His way. He’s very funny. The first thing he asked me was my age. I said, ‘That’s the rudest thing anyone has asked me first. ’But there was something about him. Still is. I just love him.”