Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Celebrity Chef Rick Moonen Joins Mercadito in River North for Tacos for Strength this May (Chicago,IL)

JC Whitney Gears Up for a Special Centennial Car Show in LaSalle, May 3rd (LaSalle,Illinois)

"Everything Automotive” company continues its centennial celebration with the 10th Annual JC Whitney Spring Car Show, May 3rd
 JC Whitney today announced that this year’s 10th Annual JC Whitney Car Show will celebrate the company’s centennial with a series of special events. The show will be held at JC Whitney’s corporate headquarters in LaSalle, Illinois on May 3rd.

As one of the traditional first events of the LaSalle area car show season, the JC Whitney Car Show has long attracted hundreds of stand-out cars, including a wide array of originals, restorations, street machines and more. Over 500 cars are expected at the show in May and, with over 30 participant-judged car classes including Original/Restored, Street Machines, Street Rods, Motorcycles, Jeeps, Corvettes and more, this year’s show promises to be the best ever. Trophies will be awarded to the top three vehicles in each class, and a six-foot trophy, with a cash prize, will be presented to the vehicle named ‘Best of Show’.

“We do the show every year because celebrating the car culture is what we’re all about at JC Whitney. We’re proud and humbled by the amazing cars and the number of fans, enthusiasts and spectators who come out to join in the fun,” said JC Whitney President Shane Evangelist. “And while there’s something to celebrate every year, this year is the show you definitely don’t want to miss. This year, we are celebrating our 100th anniversary.”

The Special Centennial events include the unveiling of the original Warshawsky sign (from the State and Archer building) in its permanent installation at JC Whitney headquarters; an appearance by the JC Whitney Centennial Jeep, and birthday cake to celebrate the Centennial Year. Additional events at the show include product installation demonstrations by Powerstop, Lund/AVS and Rancho, special show discounts by Flowmaster, and more. The event runs from 9 am – 4 pm on Sunday, May 3, and is free for participants and attendees. Tours of the headquarters will also be available for media. For details about show registration and car classifications, please visit the JC Whitney Car Show page, here.

The JC Whitney Spring Car Show is just one of many events this year in celebration of JC Whitney’s 100th anniversary.  For more information on the JC Whitney Centennial and the Centennial Jeep, go to, and be sure to join in on the JCW Centennial celebration by following us on Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and Instagram. Use #JCW100 to stay current with show and Centennial happenings.

Sponsors of JC Whitney Centennial include: Bestop, Lund, Flowmaster, Westin, Covercraft, Powerstop, Yukon Gear, Rancho and B&M – equipment.

About JC Whitney

Established in 1915, JC Whitney & Co. is the largest direct marketer of name-brand automotive parts and accessories, providing "everything automotive" with more than 6 million automotive applications from the latest model year back to the 1920s, and over 1.2 million parts for over 25 million different vehicles. Backed by 100 years of  hands-on, expert customer service, JC Whitney offers products for virtually any vehicle — automobiles, trucks, jeeps, modern muscle, motorcycles, and more — through its comprehensive family of general and vehicle-specific catalogs and The company is dedicated to providing customers the parts they need at the most competitive prices, along with the highest levels of customer service, fast and low cost shipping, and convenient returns.


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Monday, April 20, 2015



The Company’s Largest-Ever Promotional Campaign to Send Millions of Moviegoers into Theaters with Celebrity Pro-Social Events, VIP screenings, Television Advertising and a Sweepstakes Giving Away Movie Tickets for a Year, Every Day of the Summer
Campaign Kicks off on May 6 with Personality-Driven Original Video Series, “I Love Movies,” Debuting on Fandango, YouTube, Hulu, Roku and Samsung’s Milk Video Service 

 Fandango, the nation’s leading digital destination for moviegoers with 36 million unique visitors per month, announced today the May 6 launch of “We Love Movies,” the company’s largest-ever promotional campaign, celebrating the joys of moviegoing. The summer-long program will feature celebrity pro-social events, VIP movie screenings, summer festival sponsorships, social media activations and widespread television advertising. Fandango will also be giving away a year’s worth of free movie tickets, every day throughout the summer as part of a “We Love Movies” sweepstakes.
Headlining the campaign is an original video series, “I Love Movies,” airing across Fandango’s digital network, including Fandango Movieclips, the number one movie trailer and content channel on YouTube, and Fandango channels on Hulu, Roku and Samsung’s Milk Video Service. “I Love Movies” features candid interviews with notable cultural influencers outside the film industry including athletes, musicians, television personalities, innovators and others, all sharing meaningful movie memories from films including “The Sound of Music,” “Rocky,” “Finding Nemo,” “The Spy Who Loved Me,” “The Naked Gun,” “Purple Rain,” “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation” and many more.
The show’s first guests will include NBA All-Star Dwight Howard, Grammy Award winner Reba McEntire, skateboarding icon and X Games gold medalist Tony Hawk, five-time heavyweight champion Evander Holyfield, award-winning TV host Larry King, rock legend Slash, TV personality Shaun Robinson, country music artist Darius Rucker and others throughout the summer.
“Summer 2015 is shaping up to be one of biggest and best summer movie seasons ever and our ‘We Love Movies’ campaign will leverage every property and partner platform across our network to ignite consumer excitement around moviegoing and drive theater attendance,” said Paul Yanover, Fandango President. “We’re especially proud of our new show, ‘I Love Movies,’ which will shine a spotlight on favorite movie moments from some of the world’s most interesting people.”
“I Love Movies” will be Fandango’s fifth original video series to launch since the company implemented an aggressive video development and distribution strategy in 2013, offering movie trailers and movie-related content wherever moviegoers are consuming video. It’s also part of the company’s larger goal of delivering a complete moviegoing experience from movie information, trailers and content to showtimes and ticketing to social sharing around movie fandom.
This month, the company celebrates the first anniversary of Fandango Movieclips, the result of Fandango’s successful acquisition of the largest movie trailer and content network on YouTube.  Since Fandango’s acquisition, Movieclips subscribers have increased by 49%, adding 3.2 million to its network of more than 9.8 million subscribers. Video views are also up 71% year-over-year, with an average of 350 million video views per month.  Over the past year, the Fandango Movieclips team has uploaded more than 6,500 movie trailers and original videos to its digital network, including over 200 exclusive trailers.  
Earlier this year, Fandango launched a new channel on Hulu featuring its slate of original video series, and a movie trailer and video content channel on Samsung’s Milk Video service. Fandango’s acclaimed awards show “Frontrunners” also appeared on television for the first time on “Access Hollywood,” and as part of in-flight entertainment programming on American Airlines.

About Fandango
Fandango, the nation's leading moviegoer destination, sells tickets to more than 25,000 screens nationwide. Fandango entertains and informs consumers with reviews, commentary, celebrity interviews and trailers, and offers the ability to quickly select a film, plan where and when to see it, and conveniently buy tickets in advance. For many theaters, fans can print their tickets at home or receive them as a paperless Mobile Ticket on their smartphones. Fandango's top-ranking movie ticketing apps, with 46 million downloads, are available on the iPhone and iPad, Android, and many other platforms.  Fandango is enjoyed by more than 36 million online and mobile visitors each month, according to comScore.  Film fans also find Fandango on Facebook at
 and on Twitter @Fandango.

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Russell Crowe arrives on red carpet for The Water Diviner in Chicago!

  Actor/Director Russell Crowe  and producer Keith Rodger pose on the red carpet for the Chicago premiere of The Water Diviner. Crowe made his  directorial debut for the film. The premiere was at the Showplace Icon Theatre,Chicago,IL.

(Photo copyright © Linda Matlow/PIXINTL)

Academy Award winner Russell Crowe (“Gladiator”) makes his directorial debut on “The Water Diviner,” an epic and inspiring tale of one man’s life-changing journey of discovery.
Crowe also stars in the film as Australian farmer Joshua Connor, who, in 1919, goes in search of his three missing sons, last known to have fought against the Turks in the bloody Battle of Gallipoli.  Arriving in Istanbul, he is thrust into a vastly different world, where he encounters others who have suffered their own losses in the conflict: Ayshe (Olga Kurylenko), a strikingly beautiful but guarded hotelier raising a child alone; her young, spirited son, Orhan (Dylan Georgiades), who finds a friend in Connor; and Major Hasan (Yilmaz Erdoğan), a Turkish officer who fought against Connor’s boys and who may be this father’s only hope.  With seemingly insurmountable obstacles in his path, Connor must travel across the battle-scarred Turkish landscape to find the truth…and his own peace.
Crowe directed “The Water Diviner” from a screenplay by Andrew Knight and Andrew Anastasios, who were also executive producers on the film.  The film was produced by Andrew Mason, Keith Rodger and Troy Lum, with James Packer, Brett Ratner, Kerry Stokes, Tim Worner, Angus Ross and John Collee also serving as executive producers.
The film’s international ensemble cast also includes Olga Kurylenko, Yilmaz Erdogan, Cem Yilmaz, Jai Courtney, Ryan Corr, James Fraser, Ben O’Toole, Jacqueline McKenzie and Isabel Lucas.
“The Water Diviner” recently won three Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts Awards, including Best Picture.  The film also won in the categories of Best Supporting Actor (Erdogan) and Best Costume Design.  It had received five additional nominations, for Best Lead Actor (Crowe), Best Supporting Actress (McKenzie), Best Original Screenplay, Best Production Design and Best Editing.
Ratpac Entertainment and Seven Network Australia present, in association with Megiste Films, DC Tour, EJM Productions and Axphon, a Hopscotch Features and Fear of God Films Production, “The Water Diviner.”  Opening in limited release on April 24, 2015, the film is being distributed in the United States by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company.
“The Water Diviner” opens April 24, 2015.
Rated R for “war violence including some disturbing images.”