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Paramount+, the highly anticipated streaming service from ViacomCBS, launched today with an unparalleled content offering that bundles live sports, breaking news, and an expansive collection of exclusive new originals, hit series, marquee franchises and popular movies. Featuring more than 30,000 episodes and countless films from ViacomCBS’ family of world-renowned brands and production studios, including BET, CBS, Comedy Central, MTV, Nickelodeon, Paramount Pictures and the Smithsonian Channel, Paramount+ is home to premium entertainment for the whole family.

“The launch of Paramount+, which builds on ourlegacy of innovation and superior storytelling, is a significant milestone for ViacomCBS that demonstrates our commitment to being a global leader in streaming,” said Tom Ryan, President and Chief Executive Officer, ViacomCBS Streaming. “By combining fresh original content with live and on-demand programming and an established library of titles from world-class entertainment brands, we have created an unrivaled service that offers live sports, breaking news and entertainment for all audiences.”

Premiering today with the launch of the service is a slate of new originals, including The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge on the Run, the first-ever all CGI SpongeBob motion picture event; Kamp Koral: SpongeBob’s Under Years, a prequel series and the first-ever spinoff of SpongeBob SquarePants; MTV Documentary Films 76 Days, the Oscar Shortlisted documentary that looks at life in the earliest days of the COVID-19 crisis in Wuhan, China; For Heaven’s Sake, a docuseries blending comedy and crime for a unique take on uncovering the truth; The Real World Homecoming: New York, a reunion special with the original New York cast in the iconic NYC loft; 60 Minutes+, a new form of the flagship series that reveals the stories behind the news through original reporting and captivating interviews; and Stephen Colbert Presents Tooning out the News, the second season of the animated daily news satire series.

These titles join a growing slate of originals currently on the service exclusively, including The Good Fight, Why Women Kill, The Stand, Star Trek: Lower DecksNo Activity, Coyote and more.

Coming this Spring to Paramount+ is an extensive lineup of live sports including every UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League match, culminating with the UEFA Champions League Final on May 29;coverage of the 2021 NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championship, featuring all of CBS’s games throughout the tournament highlighted by the National Championship game and Final Four with first-round coverage beginning on March 19; and CBS Sports’ coverage of The Masters.

The Paramount+ slate will also continue to expand with 36 exclusive originals coming to the service in 2021, including the following titles that will debut this spring: Rugrats, an all-new series featuring Nick’s iconic babies, back together with the original voice cast and an all-new CG animation style; No Activity, a half-hour police comedy that will transition from live action to animated for season four; and Behind the Music, the groundbreaking and prolific music documentary series returns with several new episodes and the best of the vault remastered. Beginning late spring, the Paramount+ film library will grow to over 2,500 titles including recent hits from Paramount Pictures, such as BumblebeeCrawlDora and the Lost City of GoldGemini ManLike a BossPet SemataryPlaying with FireRocketman and Sonic the Hedgehog, as well as popular movies from MGM, such as Bill & Ted Face the MusicSkyfallThe Addams FamilyChild’s Play and Valley Girl.

The reimagined service, built on the strong foundation of CBS All Access, features live linear programming, plus a deep and growing content portfolio that spans the best in scripted dramas, kids and family, sports, news, documentaries, comedy, music and reality. Starting today, subscribers can stream:

How to Stream

Paramount+ has two pricing tiers available to U.S. subscribers that marry the best of live and on-demand programming. The premium tier, at $9.99, is available now and combines live sports, including NFL games, soccer and more; breaking news through CBSN; CBS’ live linear feed; and commercial free, on-demand entertainment options spanning Paramount+ originals to the full suite of current and library shows and movies with 4K, HDR and Dolby Vision and mobile downloads. In June, Paramount+ will introduce a new ad-supported tier, at $4.99, that offers live NFL games, news and entertainment, but no longer includes local live CBS station programming. A $5.99 ad-supported tier, which includes live CBS programming, is available until June at which point only the $4.99 and $9.99 tiers will be offered to new subscribers.

All Paramount+ subscribers will have access to a seamless user interface, enhanced curation and discovery, cross-platform dynamic play functionality, personalized homepages, content categories and central hubs for ViacomCBS’ brands. Additionally, each subscription option will include parental control capabilities and up to 6 individual profiles.

Consumers can subscribe to Paramount+ online at ParamountPlus.com; via the Paramount+ app for iOS and Android; and across a wide number of platforms, including smart TVs, connected-TV devices, online, mobile, gaming consoles, and leading OTT providers. Paramount+ will also be distributed on major platforms in local markets internationally. The new Paramount+ app will begin rolling out across platforms today. For more details on Paramount+, please visit ParamountPlus.com.

International Rollout

ViacomCBS will bring Paramount+ to international markets with initial debuts in 18 Latin American countries and Canada today; the Nordics on March 25, 2021; and Australia with a rebrand and expansion of 10 All Access later this year.

With production capabilities across five continents, strong distribution agreements and local relationships and expertise around the world, Paramount+ will leverage ViacomCBS’ leading global reach — including the largest global broadcast footprint — to drive streaming growth and international expansion. ViacomCBS Networks International (VCNI) will build on its momentum in prized formats, and as one of the top global producers of Spanish-language content, to bring exclusive series to market for fans of kids and family, scripted dramas, reality and more. Subscription prices will vary by market, but Paramount+ will be available to international audiences at a compelling price point.

Paramount+

Paramount+, a direct-to-consumer digital subscription video on-demand and live streaming service from ViacomCBS, combines live sports, breaking news, and a mountain of entertainment. The premium streaming service features an expansive library of original series, hit shows and popular movies across every genre from world-renowned brands and production studios, including BET, CBS, Comedy Central, MTV, Nickelodeon, Paramount Pictures and the Smithsonian Channel. The service is also the streaming home to unmatched sports programming, including every CBS Sports event, from golf to football to basketball and more, plus exclusive streaming rights for major sports properties, including some of the world’s biggest and most popular soccer leagues. Paramount+ also enables subscribers to stream local CBS stations live across the U.S. in addition to the ability to stream ViacomCBS Streaming’s other live channels: CBSN for 24/7 news, CBS Sports HQ for sports news and analysis, and ET Live for entertainment coverage.

For more information about Paramount+, please visit www.paramountplus.com and follow @ParamountPlus on social platforms.

About ViacomCBS:

ViacomCBS (NASDAQ: VIAC; VIACA) is a leading global media and entertainment company that creates premium content and experiences for audiences worldwide. Driven by iconic consumer brands, its portfolio includes CBS, Showtime Networks, Paramount Pictures, Nickelodeon, MTV, Comedy Central, BET, Paramount+, Pluto TV and Simon & Schuster, among others. The company delivers the largest share of the U.S. television audience and boasts one of the industry’s most important and extensive libraries of TV and film titles. In addition to offering innovative streaming services and digital video products, ViacomCBS provides powerful capabilities in production, distribution and advertising solutions for partners on five continents.

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Air Partner launches Tour Protect for music and entertainment industry

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Air Partner’s Tour Protect offers the advanced safety solutions needed to mitigate risk, safeguard all VIP charter flights and ensure a smooth travel experience at each stop along the tour

Diversified private jet services provider Air Partner has announced the launch of Tour Protect. It’s described as “the first COVID-19 travel protection program for complex world tours.”

As the music and entertainment industries begin to plan to tour again, Tour Protect offers the advanced safety solutions needed for today’s age in travel to mitigate risk, safeguard all VIP charter flights and ensure a smooth travel experience at each stop along the tour.

The Tour Protect add-on charter program delivers a new industry solution to music and entertainment companies. It comes as they begin to plan their tours. The plan provides the most advanced safety measures including, enhanced COVID-19 protocols, evacuation planning, security detail, and 24/7 health and medical support.

Air Partner Tour Protect

Air Partner’s Tour Protect add-on program includes:

  • Enhanced COVID-19 Safety Protocols: Guarantee all aircraft and crew comply with recommended COVID-19 procedures, including deep cleaning of aircraft, advanced crew training, access to ground transportation that has been safely vetted, and access to COVID-19 testing and vaccination validation screenings.
  • Quick-Response Evacuation Planning: Governments trust Air Partner for its evacuation planning services. Tour Protect provides this same protection level to ensure the fastest solution for any evacuation needs related to COVID-19 or other emergencies that may arise.
  • 24/7 Medical Support: In partnership with Northcott Global Solutions, Tour Protect includes 24/7 access to medical support for individuals and groups, along with access to a network of highly trained medical personnel who can deploy on short notice to assist with any needs.
  • Security Screening: Air Partner works closely with airports, airlines, suppliers, and cargo agents globally to ensure that necessary security is in place, offering solutions that meet the requirements set out by international regulations and compliance. This includes advanced security screening through rapid deployment of security teams and equipment and added security for high-profile clients. Credentialing and badge IDs are available for all passengers, including crew, entourage, and additional personnel.

“With so many considerations going into the production of live events, Tour Protect is designed to alleviate clientele of concerns and provide reliable air transportation to take them where they need to be and back on schedule,” said David McCown, President of Air Partner, Americas.

He added, “Air Partner’s global network of resources, and 60 years of experience in the private aviation space, allows our team to manage these tours with the highest degree of care and service. Our ability to swiftly pivot, robust level of security capabilities, and experience coordinating campaign tours during COVID-19, allows our team to be an ideal resource to entertainment and music companies as they take flight again.”

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Evercade VS – A New Home Gaming Console From Blaze Entertainment

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On April 23, 2021, Blaze Entertainment announced their newest console, called Evercade VS.  What is the console?  Well, this console is a home-based 1080p Evercade system with up to four players supported. 

Evercade VS is set for release on November 3, 2021 starting at $99.99 USD.  There are multiple options that will be available for purchase.  These order configurations include:

  • Starter Pack 1 Game (TBA) and 1 Controller

  • Premium Pack: 2 Games (TBA) and 2 Controllers

  • Special Edition color scheme (TBA)

One of the interesting facts about the console is the dual cartridge slot, which allows for more games to be selectable at a given moment.  Evercade VS uses existing Evercade cartridges, which will feature over 280 games by the end of 2021.  Save stages are saved directly to the cartridge, so they can be swapped between consoles. 

The console will feature a brand-new user interface as well as new resolution options, including “Pixel Perfect” option.  There is also built-in Wi-Fi to enable a hassle-free user interface and game updates.  At this time, there are no plans for online gameplay. 

The console comes with a new controller, but non-Evercade controllers and wireless adapters are supported.  Even the handheld Evercade can be used as a controller, but it requires an additional link cable, which is sold separately. 

Let’s talk about the cartridges being “subject to license” for a moment.  According to the press release, “The Namco Museum collections are by contract Handheld exclusives and are available in Europe only. Therefore those two cartridges will not be compatible with the Evercade VS.”  Hopefully this will change because I have routinely said that Namco Museum 2 is the reason to buy the handheld console:

·         Brutally honest opinions on Evercade: https://youtu.be/TY7OVpZiUVI

·         Review of Namco Museum 2: https://youtu.be/L9CCjztYpeg

The Evercade VS is the first consolized version of the existing handheld ecosystem, and the price is reasonable. I am a bit disappointed because the Namco collections are not currently licensed for this console, but that will hopefully change. I like the controllers and design of the console. It reminds me of the Nintendo Entertainment System’s design. Would I buy one for myself; well that remains to be seen.I bought my handheld unit last year and it supports HDMI out.

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Hello Bookmans shoppers and happy spring! Spring is the time for new beginnings, new thrills, fresh starts, and hopefully, less Covid! What do you have planned for these exciting new times? Oh, you haven’t given it much thought… Well, Bookmans is here and delighted to be your indoor entertainment! Let’s start off with something simple and work our way from this blissful spring into what will be a sparkling cool summer. You know, like something light and fluffy right before the delicious hearty entrée. I’ve got it! How about a spring movie night (or five)?

Yes, that’s perfect! We’ll even give you our recommendations! See how easy that was? Bookmans has got you covered.

Here’s a list of our top 5 spring movie night recommendations! 

Heathers, 1989

Up first on our list, we have 1989 classic Heathers. Veronica (Winona Ryder) has three haughty teen schoolmates/best friends, all (ironically?) named Heather. The story follows Veronica and her troubled inner monologue. Her relationship with the Heathers is not quite, how they say, “really very.” In other words, the toxic rich school girl look can be somewhat deadly. Especially when handsome Jason Dean (Christian Slater) comes to town.

This is hands down one of my favorite go-to movies! It’s funny, romantic, and I can live out my rich teen girl fantasy vicariously through the Heathers. What more could you ask for from a spring movie? This title is a solid 10/10.

The next pick on our list is director-driven. It is essential that we include Guillermo del Toro’s Pan’s Labyrinth.

Where do I even start? This story is a chilling fairytale of a little girl in Falangist, Spain in 1944. The girl escapes war as well as her sadistic stepfather into an enchanting fantasy world. This title is rated R, and definitely not for the little ones. If the trailer alone does not captivate you, you’re obviously confused and need to watch it again. Did I mention it’s entirely in Spanish? Even better, you can find it on Netflix (as of April 2021, anyway). Check out this awesome film and thank me later!

Alright, let’s lighten up this list with something for the family. Perhaps with something animated! This is one of my favorite movie genres and I take this category very seriously. The animated title that we recommend is Kubo and the Two Strings. The story takes place in Japan and centers around a young boy named Kubo, who wields a magical shamisen. He ventures off into far and mysterious lands in the hope of collecting enchanted armor. Why? To stop his corrupt grandfather who also happens to be the moon king.

If you’re interested in action/fantasy and traditional Japanese culture, then this is the movie you’ve been longing for. Definitely, a family film and it’s going to be one you simply can not get enough of. And it’s from Laika, the animation house behind Coraline and ParaNorman, so you know it’s going to look incredible too.

To really tie this list together we need something for our more emotional movie lovers. You know, those sobbing feel-good films that we all love. That’s a spring movie thing, right?

I’m thinking we should have an intense Denzel moment. But there are just so many great Denzel movies to choose from! I’ve got it. The best tearjerker we can recommend would have to be John Q. Don’t freak out if you haven’t seen or heard of it. It kind of came and went, but it is definitely worth checking out.

The story follows husband and father John Quincy Archibald, struggling to financially keep his family above water. At the start of the film, John’s son becomes severely ill and is in need of a new heart. Feeling as if he’s failed his son and told that his healthcare provider would not be paying for the LIFESAVING SURGERY his son needs, John makes a life-changing decision to save his son. He takes hostages.

This movie was so intense because it speaks so much truth about our healthcare system, then and now. John’s message comes as a huge reality slap in the face. It brings me to tears every single time. It is also beautifully directed and the actors all knock it out of the park. A good spring season cry fest and an easy 10/10. 

Lastly, how about something you can see in theaters right now?! I recently watched Kong Vs. Godzilla and I am geeking out. Seriously geeking out!godzilla blowing blue fire in kong vs godzilla from spring 2021

I initially thought the movie would be different. By that, I mean, umm… CORNY! No need to lie, my expectations were pretty low. Expectations are not always right. I was honestly blown away. What’s most impressive is the way the story progresses along with the character development. Wonderful cast by the way!

It made me laugh a lot and actually gave me some quick scares too. And this is not to mention the intense battle scenes between these two massive untamable beasts. I’m talking butt-clenching and ridiculously intense. Unpopular opinion, maybe, but I am team Godzilla. Don’t fight me on this! Watch it and let us know what you think. Perfect spring movie in my opinion.

Are you Team Kong or Team Godzilla?

Tell us how you really feel!

Do you agree with our list? Is there a spring film you’d recommend to us? Let us know how you’re feeling. Bookmans is here all spring long with only the best entertainment! 

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