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Tuesday, March 04, 2014

Our You Tube Obession

Bunny

Clearly, BeansTalk is not a 14-year-old girl -- but one lurks within.

To prove this, this is our latest obsession:

Texan Rachel "Bunny" Meyer aka Grav3yardgirl, YouTube sensation.

Check out her videos:

http://www.youtube.com/user/grav3yardgirl

You won't be sorry you did.

We especially like her real-life take on items she buys herself (she identifies if she's gifted anything) and came across her when we were trying to figure out what those spiral curler things were (Curlforms). We've watched numerous videos, much to the alternate amusement and chagrin of our CEO and CFO.

It took BeansTalk all of a minute to grow accustom (and eventually fond) of her OTT antics, loud voice (she has hearing issues, people!), rapid-fire banter and playful (at least it is to us) mugging.

We find her quite fun. We do!

Monday, March 03, 2014

Oscar Winners!

Oscar Winners: 2014
Best Picture: 12 Years a Slave

Best picture 
"12 Years a Slave" -- WINNER 
"American Hustle" 
"Captain Phillips" 
"Dallas Buyers Club" 
"Gravity" 
"Her" 
"Nebraska" 
"Philomena" 
"The Wolf of Wall Street"
Actor in a leading role 
Christian Bale - "American Hustle" 
Bruce Dern - "Nebraska" 
Leonardo DiCaprio - "The Wolf of Wall Street 
Chiwetel Ejiofor - "12 Years a Slave" 
Matthew McConaughey - "Dallas Buyers Club" -- WINNER
Actor in a supporting role 
Barkhad Abdi - "Captain Phillips" 
Bradley Cooper - "American Hustle" 
Michael Fassbender - "12 Years a Slave" 
Jonah Hill - "The Wolf of Wall Street" 
Jared Leto - "Dallas Buyers Club" -- WINNER
Actress in a leading role 
Amy Adams - "American Hustle" 
Cate Blanchett - "Blue Jasmine" -- WINNER 
Sandra Bullock - "Gravity" 
Judi Dench - "Philomena" 
Meryl Streep - "August: Osage County"
12 Years A Slave
Actress in a supporting role 
Sally Hawkins - "Blue Jasmine" 
Jennifer Lawrence - "American Hustle" 
Lupita Nyong'o - "12 Years a Slave" -- WINNER 
Julia Roberts - "August: Osage County" 
June Squibb - "Nebraska"
Gravity

Directing 
Alfonso Cuaron - "Gravity" -- WINNER 
Steve McQueen - "12 Years a Slave" 
Alexander Payne - "Nebraska" 
David O. Russell - "American Hustle" 
Martin Scorsese - "The Wolf of Wall Street"
Writing (adapted screenplay)
"12 Years A Slave" - John Ridley -- WINNER 
"Before Midnight" - Richard Linklater, Julie Delpy and Ethan Hawke 
"Captain Phillips" - Billy Ray 
"Philomena" - Steve Coogan and Jeff Pope 
"The Wolf of Wall Street" - Terence Winter
Writing (original screenplay) 
"American Hustle" - Eric Warren Singer and David O. Russell 
"Blue Jasmine" - Woody Allen 
"Dallas Buyers Club" - Craig Borten and Melisa Wallack 
"Her" - Spike Jonze -- WINNER 
"Nebraska" - Bob Nelson
Animated feature film 
"The Croods" 
"Despicable Me 2" 
"Ernest & Celestine" 
"Frozen" -- WINNER 
"The Wind Rises"
Documentary (feature) 
"The Act of Killing" 
"Cutie and the Boxer" 
"Dirty Wars" 
"The Square" 
"20 Feet From Stardom" -- WINNER
Music (original song) 
"Happy" - "Despicable Me 2" - Pharrell Williams 
"Let it Go" - "Frozen" - Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez -- WINNER 
"Ordinary Love" - "Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom" - U2, lyrics by Paul Hewson, aka Bono 
"The Moon Song" - "Her" - music by Karen O, lyrics by Karen O and Spike Jonze
Music (original score) 
"The Book Thief" - John Williams 
"Gravity" Steven Price -- WINNER 
"Her" - William Butler and Owen Pallett 
"Philomena" - Alexandre Desplat 
"Saving Mr. Banks" - Thomas Newman
Visual effects 
"Gravity" -- WINNER 
"The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug" 
"Iron Man 3" 
"The Lone Ranger" 
"Star Trek Into Darkness"
Cinematography 
"The Grandmaster" 
"Gravity" -- WINNER 
"Inside Llewyn Davis" 
"Nebraska" 
"Prisoners"
Costume design
"12 Years a Slave" 
"American Hustle" 
"The Grandmaster" 
"The Great Gatsby" -- WINNER 
"The Invisible Woman"
Makeup and hairstyling 
"Dallas Buyers Club" -- WINNER 
"Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa" 
"The Lone Ranger"
Film editing 
"12 Years a Slave" 
"American Hustle" 
"Captain Phillips" 
"Dallas Buyers Club" 
"Gravity" -- WINNER
Documentary (short subject) 
"CaveDigger" 
"Facing Fear" 
"Karama Has No Walls" 
"The Lady in Number 6: Music Saved My Life" -- WINNER 
"Prison Terminal: The Last Days of Private Jack Hall"
Foreign language film 
"The Broken Circle Breakdown" - Belgium 
"The Great Beauty" - Italy -- WINNER 
"The Hunt" - Denmark 
"The Missing Picture" - Cambodia 
"Omar" - Palestine
Short film (live action) 
"Aquel No Era Yo (That Wasn't Me)" 
"Avant Que De Tout Perdre (Just before Losing Everything)" 
"Helium" -- WINNER 
"Pitaako Mun Kaikki Hoitaa? (Do I Have to Take Care of Everything?)" 
"The Voorman Problem"
Short film (animated) 
"Feral" 
"Get a Horse!" 
"Mr. Hublot" -- WINNER 
"Possessions" 
"Room on the Broom"
Production design 
"12 Years a Slave" 
"American Hustle" 
"Gravity" 
"The Great Gatsby" -- WINNER 
"Her"
Sound editing 
"All Is Lost" 
"Captain Phillips" 
"Gravity" -- WINNER 
"The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug" 
"Lone Survivor"
Sound mixing 
"Captain Phillips" 
"Gravity" -- WINNER 
"The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug" 
"Inside Llewyn Davis" 
"Lone Survivor"

Friday, February 28, 2014

The Annual Oscar Luncheon

And BeansTalk is There

By Elaine Sanchez Wilson
BeansTalk Contributor

Fashion, food, and philanthropy joined forces to kick off awards season at the 6th annual Valentine Romance Oscar Style Lounge and Party, an all-day fete effortlessly pulled off by the expert hands of PR veteran Doris Bergman. Inside West Hollywood's swanky chic Fig & Olive restaurant, cast and crew from the silver and small screens schmoozed with vendors representing an array of lifestyle products.



Celebrities, such as former Oscar nominee Angela Bassett, William Shatner, Tommy Davidson, and Eva La Rue, strolled through a breezy and sunlit atrium adjacent to the restaurant's main dining room and bar, alongside former Oscar winner Louis Gossett Jr., current nominee Robin Mathews (make-up artist for Dallas Buyers Club), Cheech Marin, Tommy Chong, Lou Ferrigno, Dot Marie Jones, "Office" star Kate Flannery, Nicholas Guest, and Tia Carrere, among others.

The invitation-only event, hosted by Begley & Begley's 100% All Natural Sodas and presented by Whitening Lightening & Nature's Flavors, featured an assortment of women's and men's fashion accessories, body, skin and hair care lines, fine art, decadent desserts, and premiere cocktails. While the gifts were certainly luxurious (a straw hat displayed at Baron Hat's booth would reportedly sell for $10,000), the party also shone a light onto the needs of the less affluent. Guests were encouraged to donate new or gently used articles of clothing and accessories for a Valentine's Day Gift Drive benefiting “Wednesday's Child,” a weekly segment that airs on Fox 11 News, Los Angeles. Anchor Christine Devine was on hand to discuss the program, which aims to unite “harder to place” foster children from Los Angeles County with adoptive families (wednesdayschild.davethomasfoundation.org).

“In Los Angeles County, alone, there are over 30,000 children receiving child welfare services,” said social worker, William Wong. “This event reached far beyond the Hollywood ‘glitz’ and into the heart and soul.”

Also embracing the humanitarian spirit, Hollywood hat-maker Mark Mejia, president and CEO of Baron Hats (http://baronhats.com), discussed his intent to organize a medical mission to the Philippines, where he has worked with Filipino craftsmen. “This is a dying art,” said Patti Gardner, Mejia's personal assistant. “And what's happening is that Mark is trying to save this dying art.” Mejia's custom hats are hand-woven in Ecuador, take anywhere from eight weeks to six months to finish, and retail for around $10,000. They can be seen in The Lone Ranger and Django Unchained, in addition to the billboard poster for FX series Justified.

Occupying a prime spot at the entrance of the suite, designer Timmy Woods, of Timmy Woods Beverly Hills (www.timmywoods.com), showed off handmade bags that double as home furnishing collectibles. Her wearable art creations, which can take upwards of 30 days to complete, are a wonderfully eccentric mix of quirk and kitsch (a pair of cat-eye sunglasses, a black-an-white striped feline, and an Eiffel Tower replica were among the items on display). “They are usually extensions of people's personalities,” Woods said, adding that if all goes as planned, she will be working on a bag for Oscar nominee Sandra Bullock. “It has to feel like it's part of you. They're very psychological.”

At Poof your Pouch (https://www.facebook.com/pages/Poof-your-Pooch/548792331871278), a small crowd oohed and aahed over charming brown-and-white chihuahua Sophie, who was decked out in a pretty floral harness. According to owner Cori Stockman, the one-of-a-kind Poofs are interchangeable, are available in a wide range of flower types and colors, and retail for $40. And over at event sponsor Whitening Lightening (http://www.whiteninglightning.com), president and CEO Jen Gerard talked about why her high-grade whitening gels are a celebrity favorite. “Sensitivity isn't a factor because the gel doesn't strip away the enamel,” she explained.
BeansTalk Contributor and article author Elaine Sanchez Wilson at the event.
Other participating vendors included Ooh La Bra, Silvana K Designs, Handmade Hearts by Hillel, PK’s Chocolates,  Simply Eartha, Dr. Ava Cadell, the “Love Doctor,” Monatelier, Waraire Boswell Executive Men’s Clothiers, Platinum Image Services, MiA Bath & Body, “Serenade” by Virtuoso Violinist, Daniel D, Art By Dano, Slash Salon, SudzzFx, La Curcio Skin Care Collection, My Saint, My Hero, GUESS, Twisted Silver, Perch, Lusciouss by Kendra Bridelle, Gilbert Albert, Honest Tea, Spongelle, Single Dress, Single Underwear, Tequila Azul Imperial, and Veved Ice Vodka.
 
Cheech & Chong with Baron Hats

Married actors Angela Bassett and Courtney B. Vance with Silvana K Designs

Peter Parros ("The Haves & Have Nots") with Dr. Ava Cadell, "The Love Doctor"

Tia Carrere with Handmade Hearts

Comedian Tommy Lee Davidson with Simply Eartha






Thursday, February 27, 2014

TOMS Introduces Sunnies


Beautiful Twilight star Nikki Reed was spotted 24 and 25 February 2014, wearing TOMS Lobamba Black Daisy off-white, deep-pink floral sunglasses from distributor Baumvision.

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Oscar Presenters

Here’s a list of Academy Award presenters: 

Joseph Gordon-Levitt will be one of the presenters at this year's Oscars

  • Amy Adams
  • Kristen Bell
  • Jessica Biel
  • Jim Carrey
  • Glenn Close
  • Bradley Cooper
  • Penélope Cruz
  • Benedict Cumberbatch
  • Viola Davis
  • Daniel Day-Lewis
  • Robert De Niro
  • Zac Efron
  • Sally Field
  • Harrison Ford
  • Jamie Foxx
  • Andrew Garfield
  • Jennifer Garner
  • Whoopi Goldberg
  • Joseph Gordon-Levitt
  • Anne Hathaway
  • Goldie Hawn
  • Chris Hemsworth
  • Kate Hudson
  • Samuel L. Jackson
  • Angelina Jolie
  • Michael B. Jordan
  • Anna Kendrick
  • Jennifer Lawrence
  • Matthew McConaughey
  • Ewan McGregor
  • Bill Murray
  • Kim Novak
  • Tyler Perry
  • Brad Pitt
  • Sidney Poitier
  • Gabourey Sidibe
  • Will Smith
  • Kevin Spacey
  • Jason Sudeikis
  • Channing Tatum
  • Charlize Theron
  • John Travolta
  • Christoph Waltz
  • Kerry Washington
  • Emma Watson
  • Naomi Watts

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Steve Jobs' Treasure

Time Capsule Containing Steve Jobs’ Apple Lisa Mouse
Considered Lost for More Than 10 Years but Uncovered 30 Years Later

Footage of the Capsule, Its Contents and the Excavation Available for Download

A time capsule containing the mouse from Steve Jobs’ first mass-marketed Lisa computer was uncovered in September 2013 on the grounds of the Aspen Music Festival in Aspen, Colo. The finding was made by National Geographic Channel’s Diggers team for the kick-off episode of the second season, airing tonight, Tuesday, Feb. 25, at 10 p.m. ET/PT, one day after what would have been Steve Jobs’ 59th birthday. Diggers airs Tuesdays at 10 p.m. ET/PT.
Footage of the capsule, its contents and the excavation is available here.
Stills are available here.
Steve Jobs' "Lisa" computer.

Buried in 1983 during the now-defunct International Design Conference in Aspen, the tube was intended to be unearthed in 2000, but due to changes in the landscape, its exact location was unknown — until now. Working closely with the Aspen Music Festival and School and Harry Teague, one of the original members of the design team that buried the capsule, the Diggers team was able to narrow down the time capsule’s location using original survey coordinates and good old-fashioned math. The capsule was carefully excavated under the supervision of Diggers archaeologist Michael Durkin, and the contents of the capsule will be cataloged and evaluated before being turned over to the Aspen Historical Society.

Steve Jobs and his daughter, Lisa, the namesake of his computer.

In addition to the Lisa mouse, the contents of the 13-foot-long capsule include a mix of early ’80s relics: an eight-track recording of The Moody Blues, a Sears Roebuck catalog, a June 1983 copy of Vogue Magazine, a Rubik’s Cube and a six-pack of beer. The time capsule was related to the theme of the conference, “The Future Is Not What It Used to Be.” At the conference, before donating the mouse, Jobs addressed the crowd in a speech that many believe predicted some of Apple’s great innovations to come, including the iPad, wireless networking and even the Apple App Store.

In the Diggers series, Tim “Ringy” Saylor and George “KG” Wyant scour the country for lost pieces of American history — from Civil War buckles to family heirloom rings and silver coins. Where there is an empty yard, field or beach approved for metal detecting, the duo see a treasure trove, and will go the distance to uncover “the juice,” as they call it, working in close collaboration with a local archaeologist or historian at every site. It’s not just the raw value of the object that gets them excited; it’s the thrill of the hunt and the possibility that the next artifact they dig up could yield the discovery of a lifetime or, in this case, a significant piece of tech — and pop culture — history!

For more information, visit www.natgeotv.com/diggers and follow us on Twitter at @NGC_PR.

Monday, February 24, 2014

Honorable Indie



Tribeca Film will be releasing Hide Your Smiling Faces theatrically on March 28 (available on demand March 25). Daniel Patrick Carbone’s acclaimed debut was recognized recently with the “Best Film Still Awaiting U.S. Distribution” from the National Society of Film Critics Awards and played to rave reviews when it premiered at the Berlin International Film Festival and the Tribeca Film Festival.

“Daniel Patrick Carbone is a true discovery and a revelation -- a bright, thoughtful filmmaker who’s now one to immediately pay attention to and watch.” – Rodrigo Perez, Indiewire’s The Playlist

"An evocative portrait” – Stephen Holden, New York Times

Tribeca Film today announced it has acquired North American rights to Daniel Patrick Carbone’s acclaimed directorial debut Hide Your Smiling Faces, which was recognized recently with the “Best Film Still Awaiting U.S. Distribution” from the National Society of Film Critics Awards. Written and directed by Carbone, the film played to rave reviews when it premiered at the Berlin International Film Festival and the Tribeca Film Festival, and received the New Directors Award at the Starz Denver Film Festival. The film will be released day-and-date beginning March 25, 2014 on cable/telco and satellite video-on-demand and digital platforms, followed by a theatrical release beginning March 28, 2014.

A dreamlike portrait of adolescence, Hide Your Smiling Faces explores rural American life through the distorted lens of youth. Unfolding over one hot, hazy summer, the film follows two young brothers -- nine-year-old Tommy (Ryan Jones) and 14-year-old Eric (Nathan Varnson) -- as they come to terms with the mysterious death of one of Tommy's friends.

“Rarely do we see as assured a debut as director Daniel Carbone makes in Hide Your Smiling Faces, said Geoff Gilmore, Chief Creative Officer, Tribeca Enterprises. “This marvelous tapestry of adolescent angst, sibling rivalry, and the effects of the mysterious demise of their friend has on two brothers is only part of what makes this solemn but riveting work carry such an emotional impact.”

“My hope is that this film, told from the distinct perspective of its two young protagonists, will compel viewers to reflect on their own adolescence,” said Daniel Carbone. “I am thrilled to be partnering with Tribeca Film, a bold and forward-thinking company of true film lovers, to bring Hide Your Smiling Faces to a wider audience."

The deal was negotiated for Tribeca Film by Nick Savva and Alison Diviney, and George Rush on behalf of the filmmakers.

Editor’s note: A film still can be accessed at the following link: http://tribecafilm.com/press-center/tribeca-film/hysf-still

About Tribeca Film
Tribeca Film is a comprehensive distribution label dedicated to acquiring and releasing independent films across multiple platforms, including theatrical, video-on-demand, digital, home video and television. It is an initiative from Tribeca Enterprises designed to provide new platforms for how film can be experienced, while supporting filmmakers and introducing audiences to films they might not otherwise see. Current and upcoming Tribeca Film releases include the the award-winning The Broken Circle Breakdown, Neil LaBute’s Some Velvet Morning starring Stanley Tucci and Alice Eve, Francesca Gregorini's The Truth About Emanuel, Gia Coppola’s Palo Alto, and David MacKenzie’s Starred Up.

Friday, February 21, 2014

Gorgeous Zooey Deschanel at the 71st Golden Globe Awards







BeansTalk favorite Zooey Deschanel wore platinum jewelry by Neil Lane for the 71st Annual Golden Globe Awards:

-Platinum flower earrings with diamonds, pearl, and citrine
-Platinum bracelet with diamonds and pearl
-Platinum ring with diamonds and pearl.

If you’re not watching it, check out Fox’s “New Girl.” Deschanel is wonderful, even though the series sees to be losing its focus of late. The recent additions of Damon Wayans Jr. and Linda Cardinelli crowd the swift 22 minutes of comedy. 


Thursday, February 20, 2014

BeansTalk favorite Julie Delpy wore this David Meister black strapless gown with teal ruched bodice dress to the 39th Annual Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards.

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Don't Trust Him!



A&E Network has pulled its newest series out of its hat. “Don’t Trust Andrew Mayne,” features the wildly innovative, mischief-loving magician Andrew Mayne, as he sets out to reinvent revenge. His illusions are mind blowing, but what he loves most is helping people get even. From explosions, to disappearing cars and slight-of-hand, Andrew’s charm and wit leaves unsuspecting men and women in disbelief. “Don’t Trust Andrew Mayne” airs Mondays, but you can catch back episodes on On Demand.

Andrew Mayne has worked behind-the-scenes for some of the world’s top magicians, and now it’s his turn to show viewers what he’s got. On his mission to help people teach a lesson to those who've wronged them, he sets his mark for mischief and uses in-your-face street magic and large scale "knock your socks off" illusions with each assignment. With one large illusion and five smaller illusions per episode, Andrew shows us why he is one of the most prolific magic creators of the last decade.

Mayne doles out some revenge and gives wrongdoers a taste of their own medicine. Cars “melt away”, iPhones wind up in a “pickle”  and someone’s precious motorcycle gets shot out of the sky. With more than 400 tricks in his pocket, thousands of YouTube hits, and a dozen science-fiction, fantasy and thriller books under his belt, his fans, coined the ‘Mayniacs,’ have followed him and his unique brand of illusion across five continents.




“Don’t Trust Andrew Mayne” is produced by Joke Productions for A&E. Joke Fincioen and Biagio Messina serve as executive producers for Joke Productions. Andrew Mayne and Mary Jaras also serve as executive producers on the series. Drew Tappon and Brad Holcman serve as executive producers for A&E Television Networks.

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Old Hollywood Glam

Stars Shine in Cavalli

Laura Dern, Rita Wilson, and Jenna Dewan-Tatum chose Roberto Cavalli gowns to the Golden Globes last month.

Seen above and below, Jenna Dewan Tatum (seen above with her husband, actor Channing Tatum)

Laura Dern

One of the luckiest actresses in Hollywood, Rita Wilson (seen here, in Cavalli, with her husband, actor Tom Hanks)

Monday, February 17, 2014

Gamble Paid Off
Kenny Rogers Wins
Photography Award

Kenny Rogers received an honorary master of photography degree from PPA at Imaging USA
on Tuesday, Jan. 14 at the Phoenix Convention Center.  (Photo by Jose Yau)
Three months ago, American icon Kenny Rogers was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame. And now, last week in Phoenix, he picked up another career achievement, but this time it’s in recognition of his other talent and passion—photography.  

Rogers received an honorary master of photography degree from Professional Photographers of America (PPA) at its annual conference, Imaging USA, during the PPA Award & Degree ceremony, last Tuesday night, Jan. 14, at Symphony Hall in Phoenix, where more than 145 award and degree recipients were honored. Prior to the ceremony, he gave an exclusive live Q&A with convention-goers, discussing his life and work.  Rogers also shared photos from his forthcoming photography book,Places I’ve Been, Things I’ve Seen.

Imaging USA is the longest-running photography convention and expo in the nation. Up to 10,000 photographers attended, seeking education, inspiration, networking, exclusive parties and one of the nation’s largest photography trade shows to help boost their business for the year ahead.

"We could see in his work that Mr. Rogers is an accomplished photographer, but when we approached him about the honorary master's degree, we were immediately impressed with his enthusiasm for photography," said PPA president, Ralph Romaguera Sr., M.Photog.Cr., CPP, API, F-ASP. "He's obviously well-known as an entertainer, but he truly is a remarkably talented photographer.”

“You start off doing something because you really love it, and it gives you great pleasure,” Rogers remarked.  “With any luck at all, you get better. It was special to receive the highest honor that my photography has to offer. I felt a little intimidated but very flattered and somehow undeserving.  What a thrill!”

Rogers is nominated for a Grammy Award with Dolly Parton in the Best Country Duo/Group Performance category for their duet, “You Can’t Make Old Friends,” the title track from Rogers’ new critically acclaimed Warner Bros. album.  The 56th Annual Grammy Awards will take place this Sunday, January 26th, from the Staples Center in Los Angeles and will be broadcast on the CBS Television Network from 8-11:30 (ET/PT).

About PPA:
Professional Photographers of America (PPA) is the largest international non-profit association created by professional photographers, for professional photographers. Almost as long-lived as photography itself, PPA has roots that date back to 1869. It assists close to 27,000 members through protection, education and resources for their continued success. See how PPA helps photographers be more at ppa.com.

Friday, February 14, 2014

Deadliest

This Old House presents “This Old House Deadliest Old House?” on 27 February 2014 at 8 p.m. on PBS. The show examines Building a High Tunnel Greenhouse, and Converting Recessed Lights into Pendants in a Kitchen.

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Hot in Cleveland 
Gets Animated


TV Land will produce an animated episode of “Hot in Cleveland.” Animation Studio Titmouse, Inc. will create the art for the episode, which will air during the show’s fifth season.

“Viewers love that we take their favorite sitcom stars and put them in our original sitcoms, so we’re sure they are going to love seeing these characters in an entirely new, animated universe,” said Larry W. Jones, President, TV Land.

The animated episode (appropriately titled “The Animated Episode,”) will see Melanie (Valerie Bertinelli), Joy (Jane Leeves), Victoria (Wendie Malick) and Elka (Betty White) as cartoon characters embarking on an around-the-world adventure. The magic starts at Elka’s apartment, which before now has been a mystery to Melanie, Joy and Victoria…and they soon find out why. From there the women go on a psychedelic romp through pop culture hits, including scenes with homages  to “Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory,” “The Walking Dead” and “Frankenstein.”

“Hot in Cleveland” revolves around three fabulous best friends from LA – Melanie Moretti, Joy Scroggs, and Victoria Chase – who find their lives changed forever when their plane, headed for Paris, makes an emergency landing in Cleveland. When the friends discover that life is better in Cleveland, they decide to stay. Starting over together, they rent a house that happens to come with a very opinioned caretaker, Elka Ostrovsky.

The series has been honored with numerous awards and accolades. The cast has been nominated for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series, and Betty White has received three Screen Actors Guild Award® nominations for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy  Series for her performance as Elka Ostrovsky – an award she won two years in a row for the same role. Since its initial premiere, “Hot in Cleveland” has received a People's Choice Award for Favorite Cable TV Comedy, a Gracie Award for Outstanding Comedy Series and a GLAAD Media Award for Outstanding Individual Episode. The series was also awarded a Creative Arts Emmy® Award for Outstanding Art Direction for a Multi-Camera Series (Michael Andrew Hynes and Maralee Zediker). Additionally, White was also nominated for an Emmy® Award in 2011 for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series for the same role.

“Hot in Cleveland” is executive produced by Emmy® Award-winner Sean Hayes (“Will And Grace”) and Todd Milliner of Hazy Mills Productions and is helmed by Emmy® Award- winning Suzanne Martin (“Frasier,” “Ellen”) serving as executive producer, show runner and writer. Lynda Obst also serves as executive producer, and Larry W. Jones and Keith Cox are executive producers for TV Land. “Hot in Cleveland” is currently seen around the world in 211 countries, and will begin airing in syndication  through CBS Television Distribution in September 2014.