Entertainment:

Black Eyed Peas, LMFAO, Katy Perry

Projectors, Large-Screen TVs

Movie Munching Tips

The Family In The Game
Dance Contest

Sofia Vergara, Katherine Heigl Movie

Top Sports Moments Honored

Diversity On Demand

Having Fun While Getting Fit

photo(NAPSI)—If you want to become more active—and have fun at the same time—why not start the party by playing the latest dance and fitness games?

The new releases offer some great options for getting your moves on.

For example, you can dance along to the biggest hits that made The Black Eyed Peas into a global phenomenon in “The Black Eyed Peas Experience.”

The game lets you perform alongside apl.de.ap, Fergie, Taboo and will.i.am with professional choreography designed exclusively for the group. It includes all the record-breaking hits from “The Beginning,” “The E.N.D.,” “Monkey Business” and “Elephunk.”

With the ability to play with up to four friends at once, “The Black Eyed Peas Experience” is the ultimate way to get the party started in your own living room.

If you want to revolutionize your workout routine, try “Your Shape: Fitness Evolved 2012,” sequel to the No. 1 fitness game on Kinect. The game includes over 90 hours of activities and 60 new exercises and workout classes.

Players can follow new workout routines, choose from a selection of classes including dance, yoga and sports training, or play fun games like jump rope and cardio boxing. A new feature called Run the World allows players to virtually run through the streets of New York or London.

When all is said and done, sometimes you want to “Just Dance.” Fortunately, the world’s No. 1 dance brand game is back and the party is better than ever. The new “Just Dance 3” for Kinect and Wii gives a new twist to the already spontaneous and outrageous dance game.

The game features over 40 tracks from multiple genres and popular artists, including “Party Rock Anthem” by LMFAO, “California Gurls” by Katy Perry featuring Snoop Dogg, and “Forget You” by Cee Lo Green.

Not only does the game include everyone’s favorite game modes, like Just Sweat and Dance Mash-ups, but for the first time, you can bust your moves with four players simultaneously.

The brand-new Just Create mode lets players choreograph and record their own dance routines right into the game.

For more information, visit www.ubi.com.

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Big-Screen Upgrade: TV Or Not TV? That Is The Question

(NAPSI)—With prices falling and technology improving, when you’re ready to upgrade to a giant screen for TV, movies and gaming, which is best—a TV or a projector? The short answer is both—because a big-screen TV is best in a bright room for most TV shows, while a projector can provide an engaging home theater experience for watching 3D movies, sports and playing games. Consider the advantages:

A Projector Offers:

• Image Size: In general, a projector can produce a larger image at a lower cost than traditional displays.

• Scalability: Given the room size, you can choose the perfect image size (ranging from 50” up to 300”).

• Portability: The projector’s lightweight, compact design lets you put it away when not in use.

• Space: The projector doesn’t take up a lot of space, so you can use it anywhere and even get a giant screen in a small apartment.

• Decor: It’s small, so the room isn’t dominated by an electronic display.

• Experience: A superlarge screen creates an immersive experience, just like in a theater, particularly with 3D movies and 3D games that practically come to life around you. With a Mitsubishi projector, you can get exclusive 3D eyewear that provides virtually distortion-free 3D performance.

A Huge-Screen TV Offers:

• Ambient Light: TVs create a vivid display, even in rooms with large windows.

• Supersimple Installation: TVs are easy to install and set up; simply place the TV where you want it to be, plug in your source devices and power it up—that’s it.

• Size: The cabinet of one 92” home cinema television is only 24” deep, so it fits through standard doorways.

• Technology: Like the majority of digital cinema projectors used in movie theaters, some huge-screen TVs use DLP technology. It’s like bringing the theater home with you. And a cutting-edge technology called LaserVue is made by Mitsubishi Electric, the only TV that uses laser light for more vivid colors compared to other TVs.

• All in One: The company’s Diamond Series models have a built-in 5.1 sound system for an immersive surround sound experience, plus these high-end models support Bluetooth stereo audio streaming capability, so you can wirelessly stream music from your Bluetooth-enabled music players such as iPod, iPhone, iPad, smartphone or others to your TV.

• WiFi: A StreamTV Internet Media feature means you can stream movies from VUDU and connect to social media sites including Facebook and Twitter on your screen.

Learn More

For more views on large-screen and projector entertainment, visit www.mevsa.com or call (888) 307-0349.

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Movie Munching Tips

(NAPSI)—Who doesn't love the movies? Everyone feels like a kid at the concession counter looking for the perfect treat. With a little simple planning, you can enjoy the action on screen while avoiding the fear of an expanding waistline.

"Whether you crave something chewy, sweet, sour or chocolaty, there's always a better-for-you option," says Registered Dietitian Julie Upton, MS, RD, co-founder of www.AppforHealth.com, a leading resource for nutrition information provided exclusively by nutrition professionals.

• Drink water instead of sugary sodas to avoid extra empty liquid calories.

• Opt for dark chocolate−covered nuts or fruit. Nuts and raisin snacks are nutrient rich and dark chocolate provides antioxidants and health benefits.

• For a "fruitier" chew, consider Welch's Fruit Snacks. They contain real fruit and 100 percent of the recommended daily intake for vitamin C.

• Always check the serving size on the package and share when the package is oversized.

Now, sit back and enjoy the show.

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Get The Whole Family In The Game

(NAPSI)—If you want to let the whole family in on the fun, consider an interactive video game. Several of the latest games encourage everyone to interact and share good times.

Feel like dancing? “Just Dance Kids 2” is now available on Wii, Kinect for Xbox 360 and PlayStation Move. The game features 40 fun and energetic dance routines to kids’ favorite songs, including hits from today’s most popular artists, TV shows and movies.

Or the family can dance to “ABBA You Can Dance.” The game features 26 timeless songs and invites you to unleash your inner dancing queen with one of the world’s biggest music sensations. Dance with up to four players or join in on vocals.

A magical universe. Michel Ancel, celebrated creator of “Rayman” and “Beyond Good & Evil,” returns to his roots to deliver “Rayman Origins”: a 2-D side-scrolling, platforming adventure. The game invites players to join over 100 characters in six unique, enchanting environments. “Rayman Origins” is a platformer at its core, and can be played alone or with up to four players cooperatively offline. “Rayman Origins” is available for Xbox 360, PS3, Wii, PS Vita and PC.

Add a new dimension to TV. Four new interactive video games are based on television’s most popular and beloved game shows.

“Family Feud 2012 Edition” features the familiar and favorite challenges from the hit TV game show. “Hole in the Wall Deluxe Edition” features all the familiar challenges from the hit TV show. “The Price Is Right Decades” video game features popular pricing games that span four decades of the television show. “Who Wants To Be a Millionaire” features the cleverly written trivia questions seen on the TV show.

For more information, visit www.ubi.com.

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How Dance Encourages Creativity In Children

 

by Rae Pica

(NAPSI)—Children need to move: Not just for the sake of their physical selves but also for social, emotional and cognitive development. You can promote your child’s fitness, self-confidence, learning and much more—without specialized knowledge, fancy equipment or money. All you have to do is dance.

Here are four great reasons why you and your child should spend time dancing together:

1. Dancing promotes creativity. Self-expression and divergent thinking (coming up with different possibilities) are major components of creativity, and dancing encourages both. Early childhood is the best period for the development of creativity, and creative problem solving will serve your child for life.

2. Dancing strengthens social and emotional development. How children feel about other people and the way they express their feelings is a big part of social/emotional development. When your child experiences the joy of dancing, he learns about expressing himself and communicating with the world around him.

3. Children are active learners. When a child moves over, under, around, through, beside and near objects and others or takes on high, low, wide and narrow body shapes, she’ll have a greater understanding of these concepts. This is one way that literacy and numeracy are promoted in early childhood.

4. Dancing promotes fitness. Cardiovascular endurance, muscular strength, muscular endurance, flexibility, and body composition—the five health-related fitness factors—are all developed when your child dances.

Ready to get started?

• Make a game out of it. Put on a piece of music, inviting “players” to move in whatever way they want until the music stops (you press the pause button). Everyone freezes into a statue until the music starts again. Every time you play, use a piece of music with a different “feel” to it.

• Enter the Curious George Dance Contest. Visit http://curiousgeorgedancecontest.com for more information.

• Ms. Pica is a children’s physical activity specialist and the author of 18 books for teachers and parents. You can hear her interviews with experts in the fields of education, child development, the neurosciences and more online at BAM! Radio Network.

Note to Editors: CURIOUS GEORGE is a production of Imagine, WGBH, and Universal. Curious George and related characters, created by Margret and H.A. Rey, are copyrighted and trademarked by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company and used under license. Licensed by Universal Studios Licensing LLLP. Television series: ©2012. Universal Studios. All rights reserved. FOR PROMOTIONAL USE ONLY. Proud sponsors of Curious George© on PBS KIDS are Chuck E. Cheese’s®, and Stride Rite Children’s Group, LLC. Additional funding is provided by public television viewers. Curious George©, is seen on PBS KIDS©!

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Show Mom How Much You Love Her With A Fun Night At Home

(NAPSI)—There are lots of gifts you can get the mom in your life for Mother’s Day, but spending time with her is likely the gift she’ll love the most. Hosting a movie night for your mother or wife can be a great way to have a fun, relaxing evening—and you won’t need to make reservations. A bottle of perfume will eventually get used up but you and your loved one can treasure the memory of time spent together for years to come.

How to Plan a Mother’s Day Movie Night

Take time to catch up with Mom: Use movie night as an opportunity to spend some quality time with the mom in your house. Before the movie starts, ask about her favorite films of all time and her favorite actors and actresses. Share your own list of must-see movies and talk about your celebrity crushes. Most importantly, remember to tell her how much she means to you. And get ready for a fun flick.

Prepare movie-watching snacks: Pick out some fun food to enjoy while you kick back on the couch. Order in from a favorite restaurant or prepare her favorite meal. Pop some popcorn and select classic movie theater candy to enjoy while you watch.

Pick out a movie she’s sure to love: A romantic comedy can be a great movie choice for a night at your own home theater. The funny and warm “New Year’s Eve,” available now from Warner Bros. on Blu-ray disc and DVD, is a movie that will make moms smile—and wipe away a tear. Directed by romantic comedy phenomenon Garry Marshall (“Valentine’s Day,” “Pretty Woman”), “New Year’s Eve” explores love in many of its forms, between mother and daughter, friends and family, old flames and fresh starts.

“New Year’s Eve” celebrates love, hope, forgiveness and second chances, with intertwining stories told amidst the pulse and promise of New York City on that most dazzling night of the year. With an all-star cast including Hilary Swank, Katherine Heigl, Sarah Jessica Parker and Josh Duhamel, it’s a movie the mom in your life may want to watch again and again.

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They've Got Game: Top Sports Moments Honored

(NAPSI)—Learning values such as sportsmanship, teamwork and responsibility are key elements of the youth sports experience. The “Top 10 Responsible Sports Moments,” a program developed by Liberty Mutual Insurance and Positive Coaching Alliance (PCA), is celebrating the positive values that sports instill in young people. The campaign, currently in its second year, honors moments that remind us of the power, impact and inherent goodness of sports by compiling a list of the year’s “Top 10 Responsible Sports Moments.”

Jim Thompson, PCA founder and chief executive officer, in addition to the author of eight books on youth sports including “Elevating Your Game,” written for student athletes, knows how important youth sports can be in teaching leadership and responsibility. “Each of the ‘Top 10 Responsible Sports Moments’ should serve as a reminder and inspiration to all involved in youth sports of the opportunities we have to create a positive character-building environment that shape the character of those involved.”

Here are some of last year’s winners:

• St. Mary’s of Lynn (Mass.) ends 100-win streak but congratulates Hingham HS: After St. Mary’s of Lynn lost in the Massachusetts Division 1 girls ice hockey quarterfinals to Hingham High School, ending a 100-game winning streak that spanned four seasons, senior captain Sabrina Iannetti boarded her opponents’ bus, congratulated the team that ended her high school career two games short of perfection, and promised that St. Mary’s would cheer them on through the rest of the state tournament.

• Andover (Minn.) HS runner carries Lakeville South opponent to finish race: Running in a recent cross-country meet for Andover High, Josh Ripley, a junior varsity runner, was making his way through the trail at the AppleJack Invite when he heard a loud scream during the first mile of the two-mile race. Most of the other kids running didn’t pay much attention to Lakeville South runner Mark Paulauskas, who was writhing in pain at the time as they passed by, but Ripley stopped and carried the injured runner a half mile back to coaches and family members.

• Eight-year-old catcher in Maryland helps scared batter take his first swing: Eight-year-old Trevor Yusko, a catcher for a minor league youth baseball team in Frederick, Md., was catching when a player on the other team was scared to step into the batter’s box. Trevor called time out, went over to the boy and gave him a pep talk. The young man then stepped into the batter’s box, swung at the next pitch and fouled it off—a small achievement, but a big step in his growing confidence.

To nominate a 2012 moment that showcases a young person behaving responsibly, visit www.Facebook.com/ResponsibleSports. Nominations close on November 15, 2012. Each winning organization represented by a Top 10 Moment will receive a $1,000 award from Liberty Mutual Insurance.

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Cable, Partners Honor Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, And Transgender Pride Month

(NAPSI)—During May and June, the cable industry is paying tribute to the positive influence of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) community in America by spotlighting compelling, diverse programming.

Through cable’s On Demand service, customers can instantly access a variety of programs to learn about the contributions and struggles of the multifaceted LGBT community. This is part of cable’s Diversity On Demand initiative, promoting the industry’s ongoing support and commitment to multiculturalism.

“Thanks to the cable television industry’s Diversity On Demand initiative, millions of Americans will be able to watch popular stories about lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people that both entertain and spotlight the common ground that we all share,” said GLAAD President Herndon Graddick. “Critics and audiences alike have already applauded many of these titles and now many more LGBT Americans and their families around the country will be able to do the same as part of this year’s Pride celebrations.”

Recognized by Presidential Proclamation, LGBT Pride Month (June) observes the impact that LGBT individuals have had in the world. The cable industry salutes LGBT Month in both May and June with a variety of programming, including:

• Documentaries such as “The Strange History of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” a timely and historical look at the legacy of gays and lesbians in the military.

• Musical comedies including the cult classic film “Hedwig and the Angry Inch,” an American adaptation of the stage musical of the same title about a fictional rock band; and the groundbreaking television series “Glee,” which spawned a rabid group of fans also known as “Gleeks.” The show follows the diverse students who make up McKinley High’s Glee Club.

• Inspirational biographies such as “Milk,” a movie based on the true story of Harvey Milk, who dedicated his life to giving hope to a marginalized and vilified LGBT community.

• Stunning and stark dramas, such as Ang Lee’s film “Brokeback Mountain,” which captures the yearning of a forbidden and secretive relationship between two cowboys.

• Award-winning “dramedies” such as “The Kids Are All Right,” which tells the story of the perfect lesbian family that begins to unravel when it meets the man who made it all possible. And “Unconditional Love,” which explores the value and limitations of unconditional love and the evils of sexism and homophobia.

• Groundbreaking television series such as “Girls,” “Sex and the City” and “The Wire.”

Viewers wanting to further explore Diversity On Demand programming can visit www.facebook.com/DiversityOnDemand to discover the TV shows and movies offered by their cable providers.

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