Washington Congressional Delegation Works to Protect Iconic American Horses; Dan Newhouse Stands Alone with Abusers

Rep. Dan Newhouse

Rep. Dan Newhouse

Chattanooga Times Free Press Cartoonist Clay Bennett's Version of the Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration log

Chattanooga Times Free Press Cartoonist Clay Bennett’s Version of the Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration logo

Priscilla Presley and Animal Wellness Action Executive Director Marty Irby Lobbying for the PAST Act on Capitol Hill in January of 2019

Horse soring still runs rampant even though laws have been on the books for decades banning this cruel practice.”

— Rep Kurt Schrader (D-OR-05)

OLYMPIA, WASHINGTON, USA, August 23, 2019 /EINPresswire.com/ — The U.S. House of Representatives recently passed the Prevent All Soring Tactics (PAST) Act, H.R. 693, by a vote of 333 to 96. U.S. Reps. Suzan DelBene, Rick Larsen, Jaime Herrera Beutler, Cathy McMorris Rodgers, Derek Kilmer, Pramila Jayapal, Kim Schrier, Adam Smith, and Denny Heck all voted in support of the measure, while Rep. Dan Newhouse broke from the majority of the Republicans in the House, and the delegation, standing alone with abusers and voting against the PAST Act. Each of the members that voted for the bill were also cosponsors except for McMorris Rodgers.

The PAST Act seeks to strengthen the Horse Protection Act and end the torturous, painful practice of soring Tennessee Walking, Racking, and Spotted Saddle Horses. Soring, the intentional infliction of pain to horses' front limbs by applying caustic chemicals such as mustard oil or kerosene or inserting sharp objects into the horses' hooves to create an exaggerated gait known as the "Big Lick,” has plagued the equine world for six decades. The “Big Lick” animal cruelty will be exhibited for the next 10 days at the Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration in Shelbyville, Tennessee – where dozens of protestors gathered yesterday to speak out against the event.

Both U.S. Senators Maria Cantwell, and Patty Murray are current cosponsors of S. 1007, the Senate companion bill led by U.S. Senator Mike Crapo (R-ID), that mirrors the House passed legislation.

“Horse soring still runs rampant even though laws have been on the books for decades banning this cruel practice,” said Rep. Kurt Schrader (D-OR-05), the lead sponsor of the PAST Act in the House. "We gave folks a chance to self-police, but the abusive behaviors continued. The bill that was passed today will strengthen and improve current regulations by improving USDA enforcement, increasing civil and criminal penalties, and banning incentives to sore horses. This is a historic day and I am grateful for my colleagues who worked tirelessly to get this legislation across the finish line and for our equine athletes who provide us with inspiration and pleasure.”

“I support the humane treatment of all animals and remain committed to ending the cruel practice of soring,” said U.S. Senator Mike Crapo (R-ID), the lead sponsor of the PAST Act in the Senate. “I appreciate the House’s movement on the PAST Act. I will continue to work with my colleagues in the Senate to see that the legislation moves in the Senate and that current animal welfare laws are enforced.”

“We applaud the Members of the Washington delegation for their support of the PAST Act, and thank them for their key role in passing this legislation that will bring an end to six decades of horse abuse,” said Marty Irby, executive director at Animal Wellness Action, and a past president of the Tennessee Walking Horse Breeders’ & Exhibitors’ Association. "It’s disappointing to see Rep. Dan Newhouse side with abusers, but the overwhelming national support of the PAST Act should send a strong message to the Senate that it should saddle up and end this cruelty for good."

“Timing is ripe, and the majority of Americans want to see Congress work to protect these iconic American horses upon whose backs our country was built upon,” said Animal Wellness Advocate Priscilla Presley. “U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell should swiftly schedule a vote on the PAST Act, and execute the will of the American people, and I call on him to do so!”

The PAST Act would ban the use of painful large stacked shoes and ankle chains and would also eliminate the existing system of self-regulation by the industry and toughen penalties for violators of the Horse Protection Act. It’s supported by the American Quarter Horse Association, Animal Wellness Action, the American Horse Council, American Veterinary Medical Association, American Association of Equine Practitioners, United States Equestrian Federation, National Sheriff’s Association, and Washington Veterinary Medical Association.

The PAST Act has been blocked for years by a handful of well-placed lawmakers, but a new House rule triggering consideration of any measure that attracts 290 or more cosponsors brought the issue to the floor. PAST attracted 308 cosponsors, and was led by U.S. Reps. Kurt Schrader (D-OR) and Ted Yoho (R-FL), co-chairs of the Congressional Veterinary Medicine Caucus, along with Reps. Steve Cohen (D-TN), Ron Estes (R-KS), Jan Schakowsky (D-IL), and Chris Collins (R-NY). The Senate companion has garnered 43 cosponsors.

See what Members of Congress from across the nation have to say about the PAST Act by clicking here.

The Animal Wellness Foundation (Foundation) is a Los Angeles-based private charitable organization with a mission of helping animals by making veterinary care available to everyone with a pet, regardless of economic ability. We organize rescue efforts and medical services for dogs and cats in need and help homeless pets find a loving caregiver. We are advocates for getting veterinarians to the front lines of the animal welfare movement; promoting responsible pet ownership; and vaccinating animals against infectious diseases such as distemper. We also support policies that prevent animal cruelty and that alleviate suffering. We believe helping animals helps us all.

Animal Wellness Action (Action) is a Washington, D.C.-based 501(c)(4) organization with a mission of helping animals by promoting legal standards forbidding cruelty. We champion causes that alleviate the suffering of companion animals, farm animals, and wildlife. We advocate for policies to stop dogfighting and cockfighting and other forms of malicious cruelty and to confront factory farming and other systemic forms of animal exploitation. To prevent cruelty, we promote enacting good public policies and we work to enforce those policies. To enact good laws, we must elect good lawmakers, and that’s why we remind voters which candidates care about our issues and which ones don’t. We believe helping animals helps us all.

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Doris Day, Marilyn Monroe Revisited Through the Movie They Shared in ‘Goddess and the Girl Next Door’

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Goddess and the Girl Next Door Hits Bookstores in September 2019

In many ways their roles could easily have been reversed. Monroe colored her hair, had plastic surgery to change her nose and jaw while Day took her own steps to cultivate her wholesome image.”

— John William Law

LOS ANGELES, CA, UNITED STATES, August 23, 2019 /EINPresswire.com/ — One of the first books to look back at the career of Doris Day since her death at the age of 97 arrives in bookstores this September. With Day’s death in May 2019 she leaves behind a legacy in music, television and film. Like another Hollywood star, Marilyn Monroe, Day spent years as a top box office draw for much of the 50s and 60s. While Monroe died in 1962, Day would walk away from Hollywood life and a generation of moviegoers and fans were not even alive when she retired from films 50 years ago.

In fact Doris Day’s film career outlasted Marilyn Monroe by little more than five years. As icons of the silver screen in the 1960s Day and Monroe were flip sides of the same coin as leading ladies of Hollywood’s golden age. While Monroe delivered a movie star goddess that men wanted to sleep with, Day was the girl next door, the star men wanted to marry and take home to mom.

With that juxtaposition comes a new book from writer John William Law that chronicles the stardom of two of Hollywood’s most iconic actresses through one film production shared by both actresses.

Goddess and the Girl Next Door details the last days of Marilyn Monroe and the production of her incomplete film, Something’s Got to Give, and how the film would resurface a year later starring Doris Day under the name Move Over, Darling.

“Many people may not know that after Monroe’s death Twentieth Century Fox took the script to Something’s Got to Give and reworked it as a Doris Day picture,” says Law. “In fact, Day was actually approached to take on the role to replace Monroe after she was fired from the picture in 1962, but she declined.”

For Goddess and the Girl Next Door, Law’s research included analysis of both scripts and other production details for Something’s Got to Give and Move Over, Darling to look at areas where the story was changed to suit the star of the picture. “The scripts are very similar in many ways in terms of story,” says Law. “What’s interesting is some of the sexual innuendo and approach to the leading lady was altered. For instance, Monroe’s nude swim scene is one of the most famous events in the history of Something’s Got to Give, but there was no way Doris Day would have agreed to such a scene for her film, so it was removed for Move Over, Darling.”

Law adds that while both women had very different screen personas there were striking similarities between them. “While just a few years apart in age, Marilyn and Doris were nearly the same height and weight, and had nearly the same measurments,” says Law. “In fact, by 1962 they had even made the same number of pictures. Had Something’s Got to Give been completed it would have been Monroe’s 33rd picture, and Move Over, Darling would be Day’s 33rd film.”

Goddess and the Girl Next Door actually even takes that premise one step further, says Law. “In many ways their roles could easily have been reversed. Monroe colored her hair, had plastic surgery to change her nose and jaw and cultivated a sexy walk and voice to create her persona, while Day took her own steps to cultivate her wholesome image. Under different circumstances one could argue that Day could easily have cultivated the sexy image following Monroe’s path and Monroe could have remained as she was and aimed for a girl next door persona.”

The new book looks back at the lives and careers of both actresses with a focus on the dawn of the 1960s and the career paths of Monroe and Day. The author even details the moments when the two women would cross paths in Hollywood on various occasions.

Published in September 2019 with pre-orders available online, Goddess and the Girl Next Door is packed with photos in a soft-cover 342-page print edition, as well as an ebook version and an enhanced ebook on iBookstore with added content. It is available where books are sold and online at major retailers like Amazon.com, BN.com and Apple iBookstore.

To interview the author, email us at aplombpublishing@sonic.net or vist us at www.aplombpublishing.com.

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trueVRsystems Announces Expansion of New VR Entertainment Centers throughout U.S., Europe & South America

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trueVRsystems virtual reality

The renowned location-based VR solution provider will be expanding its locations with both new and existing partners.

We are well on our way to achieving our goal of establishing a worldwide network of trueVRsystem platforms. As a global leader in the field, we are proud of our turn-key solutions.”

— CEO Philip Lacoste

ZüRICH, SWITZERLAND, August 22, 2019 /EINPresswire.com/ — trueVRsystems is pleased to announce that its international rollout plans are moving fast with new locations soon to be opened in North America, Europe and South America. A premier provider of location-based VR entertainment experiences, the company offers a range of popular full-body immersion virtual reality solutions, complete with motion capture, 4D effects, and physical props.

The expansion includes a new center in Berlin which opened in August and is operated by VR-Nation. VR-Nation intends to add several other locations throughout Germany. In addition, the first center in Spain will be opened in Mallorca by the end of August, with plans to open others on the Baltic Islands, partnered with Virtual Reality Mallorca.

Expansions are also in the works with existing client VREX of Sweden, where a new center in Norrköping will be added to the current location in Stockholm. And the company’s South American client Lucid Dreams will help facilitate expansions to Lima and Bogota, adding to its current location in Santiago de Chile.

trueVRsystems has also created a subsidiary, trueVR-Centers Inc., which will soon open its first location in Los Angeles. The new subsidiary, which was created to focus specifically on U.S. expansion plans, has successfully secured $2 million in funding to open in L.A. along with two other locations, which will be announced at a later date.

“We are well on our way to achieving our goal of establishing a worldwide network of trueVRsystem platforms,” says CEO Philip Lacoste. “As a global leader in the field, we are proud of our turn-key solutions. We are delighted that all our existing partners are moving fast into an expansion phase, while at the same time new partners are working to bring trueVR into different regions around the globe.”

Lacoste adds that this is just a first step of the international rollout and more openings will be announced later this year.

About the Company

A Swiss-based and self-founded startup, trueVRsystems, a brand of RedCube GmbH, is a global leader in the business of location-based virtual reality solutions. Founded in 2015, the company offers the full bandwidth, from entertainment to real estate and training simulations, and specializes in wholly immersive large-scale setups with physical props, full-body tracking and 4D effects. In-house content and custom software are provided as part of trueVRsystems turnkey solutions.

For more information, please visit the website at https://www.truevrsystems.com.

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The Scientology Information Center Presents One of the Greatest Disappearing Acts Ever

The L. Ron Hubbard East Coast Theatre performing the science-fiction story, “The Dangerous Dimension”. Their upcoming performance, “The Professor Was a Thief” will take place on August 24, 2019, starting 6:30pm at the Scientology Information Center.

Attend the Radio Theatre Production of “The Professor Was A Thief” by L. Ron Hubbard

If you like unique entertainment and enjoy the ‘old-time radio show’ flair, you’re in for a treat!”

— Amber Skjelset, manager Scientology Info Center

CLEARWATER, FLORIDA, USA, August 22, 2019 /EINPresswire.com/ — The talented L. Ron Hubbard East Coast Theatre will deliver an old-time radio-style performance of the adrenaline-fueled sci-fi story, The Professor Was a Thief. It will be held at the Scientology Information Center 500 Cleveland Street, downtown Clearwater, on Saturday, August 24th starting at 6:30 pm. There is no cost to attend and light refreshments will be served.

In the story, The Professor Was a Thief, famous landmarks across New York City are disappearing. The Empire State Building has vanished into thin air. Gone, too, are Grant’s Tomb and Grand Central Station. No one seems to have the answers, and hysteria is breaking out across the city. It’s up to a grizzled old newspaper reporter known as “Pop” to get to the bottom of the vanishing buildings, before the entire city disappears, along with his job. The story was first published in the February 1940 issue of Astounding Science Fiction magazine.

While The Professor was a Thief is a fictional story, L. Ron Hubbard was no stranger to the hustle and bustle of New York City. As a matter of fact, between 1934 and 1936, Mr. Hubbard lived in a Greenwich Village basement apartment as a professional writer, just over 10 miles away from the famous landmarks he mentions in the story. Often called by the locals, “The Village,” was an artists' haven and the "Bohemian capital” for many decades.

The L. Ron Hubbard East Coast Theatre is a volunteer group founded in 2011. Their shows combine actors, costumes, lighting and sound effects to bring the exciting pulp-fiction stories written by L. Ron Hubbard to life.

“This is the theatre’s second sci-fi story performance at the Information Center,” said Amber Skjelset, the center’s manager. “If you like unique entertainment and enjoy the ‘old-time radio show’ flair, you’re in for a treat!”

All are welcome but seating is limited. To reserve seats or to learn more about the event, contact Amber Skjelset, Manager of the Scientology Information Center at 727-467-6966 or amber@cos.flag.org.

L. Ron Hubbard:

L. Ron Hubbard was among the most prolific and popular writers of the 20th century. Indeed, between 1934 and 1940, some 140 L. Ron Hubbard tales appeared in the pages of legendary pulp magazines—often as many as three titles an issue and bylined under some fifteen pen names. With 19 New York Times bestsellers and more than 350 million copies of his works in circulation, Mr. Hubbard is among the most acclaimed and widely read authors of our time.

The Scientology Information Center:

The Scientology Information Center, located in the Historic Clearwater Building in downtown Clearwater, opened on July 11, 2015, and currently houses a gallery of audiovisual displays with some 400 videos. The Center is open to all and provides a self-guided tour showing basic Scientology beliefs, Churches around the world, ongoing social programs and the life of L. Ron Hubbard, Scientology's founder. The Center offers tours for the broad public and civic leaders; holds concerts, theatrical performances, and receptions for the community; and opens up the use of its conference room to social, civic and non-profit groups.

For more information on Scientology, visit www.scientology.org or the Scientology Network on DirecTV channel 320, or streaming at www.scientology.tv or apps at appleTV, fireTV, and ROKU.

Amber Skjelset
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World’s Most Customizable OTT Platform heads to IBC: Register with Muvi to get an Exclusive CMS Walkthrough

Meet Muvi at IBC 2019 - OTT platform provider

After a successful stint at Broadcast Asia Singapore, Muvi eyes the IBC turf to promote its Zero Coding streaming platform.

NEW YORK, NEW YORK, USA, August 22, 2019 /EINPresswire.com/ — Muvi, the New York-based online video, and audio streaming platform provider is all set to feature in the world's most influential media and technology convergence, IBC with its acclaimed OTT solution noted for its highly customizable architecture and instant deployability. Muvi will be housed in Hall 14 Booth B-02 at the event taking place at RAI, Amsterdam.

Muvi has time and again manifested that simplicity, personalization, advanced monitoring, compliance, and diversification are the keys to sustainability in the digital space. A portfolio of 500+ happy customers across 40+ countries connote the very fact Muvi believes in – “A product is based on customer’s want.”

Seamless content distribution any time on any device has been Muvi’s forte stemming out of its end-to-end platform that includes everything from hosting to monetization and from billing to analytics for a scalable profitmaking streaming business.

Muvi’s carrier-grade ready-to-deploy streaming suite boasts intelligent media processing, file-based quality control, native app, player, out-of-the-box features such as policy engine, visual designer, AI-powered recommendation engine, etc. to process and deliver enterprise-quality video and audio stream securely across multiple screens and devices.

“1 out of 15 customers of Muvi have migrated from other platforms”, quotes Jyoti Nayak, Head of Marketing, Muvi. He adds “Muvi believes in the power of customization ever since it rolled out its’ end-to-end streaming platform in the market. From an out-of-the-box, end-user facing feature to any third-party platform integration, Muvi’s technology-agnostic platform has provided a sigh of relief to those who had subscribed to other vendors but failed to curate a streaming platform that resonates with the premium audiences. All they need was a customized solution suitable to their respective business and Muvi delivered what they wanted with aplomb.”

For the 5-day long event starting from 13 Sep, Muvi is geared up to provide a detailed walk-through of the CMS to meeting registrants with a sneak peek at its upcoming features. For a detailed business consultation session at the event, Book a Meeting now with Muvi.

Muvi Expert Tips: Make the most of your meeting at IBC by taking a 14-day Free Trial of Muvi today. An already running platform and your own CMS will bring immense clarity to the discussion when we meet at the show. Because by that time you would exactly know what you want for your streaming channel and our team could better suggest. See you in Amsterdam!

About Muvi:

Muvi LLC is a prominent product-based SaaS company based out of New York. The company provides cloud-hosted streaming platform and end-to-end solutions for video/audio content owners, broadcasters, TV networks, and content aggregators to launch their own-branded, multi-screen, multi-format OTT streaming service such as Netflix, Prime Video, Spotify, Deezer, etc. that can offer both Live & On-Demand content and be delivered across Web, Mobile, and TV instantly.

The company has gained international recognition in audio/video streaming space and is trusted by 350+ clients in over 50 countries across territories including North America, Europe, Latin America, Middle-East, Africa, Australia, and Asia.

For more information on Muvi LLC, visit www.muvi.com

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Animated Feature – The Pilgrim's Progress – to Broadcast Online Free of Charge Aug 25 and 26

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The Pilgrim’s Progress

Key poster art for the US version of The Pilgrim's Progress

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Christian Pilgrims Meets Worldly Wiseman

A screen shot of the film The Pilgrim’s Progress –

Computer-Animated Version of the Beloved Story, The Pilgrim's Progress, Continues to Impact Audiences Around the World in their Native Languages.

The story’s timeless themes of the Christian faith – such as hope, persecution, persistence, doubt, hardships – are resonating with audiences in a whole new way.”

— Steve Cleary

MCKINNEY, TX, UNITED STATES, August 22, 2019 /EINPresswire.com/ — Since it’s debut in American theaters over Easter 2019, the computer-animated feature film THE PILGRIM’S PROGRESS has been celebrated by audiences around the world, in a variety of languages. Now, ahead of its home video release, Revelation Media and Cat in the Mill Studios are offering viewers to watch the film free of charge online, through the iDisciple/Christian Cinema platform. This free broadcast will only be available on August 25 and 26. Simply register at https://www.pilgrims.movie/live-event-201908/ to receive a link to screen the film. Over 60,000 people have already registered to screen the film.

Following this online event, the DVD will be available to purchase exclusively through Christian Booksellers for the month of September, and then will be available through most DVD sites and VOD platforms starting on October 1.

This is the story’s feature-length theatrical debut, as well as the first computer-animated telling of the timeless tale. Media-driven families have already experienced firsthand that this centuries-old story can still connect with viewers of all ages.

Upon its debut through Fathom Events, the film ranked as the #1 per-screen average in theaters on opening night – April 18. Also on Easter weekend, the film was aired on the 6th largest television network in Iran, reaching over 5 million homes in their native Farsi.

In the following months, THE PILGRIM’S PROGRESS found to sell-out crowds in Australia, South Africa, and in South Korea. The Korean-language screening of the film sold over 500,000 tickets, with encore showings currently being scheduled.

In the US, the film continues to be shared in private screenings. To date, over 2,000 churches and organizations have created movie events surrounding the film since it’s church marketing release in June.

“Faith-based films have proven to be one of the most effective tools for reaching the world, and have the unique power to break down barriers of age, race, nationality, and language,” shares Executive Producer Steve Cleary. “With a classic, beloved story that is already known throughout the world like THE PILGRIM’S PROGRESS, we have been able to open up conversations about the Christian journey all around the globe in multiple languages. It’s amazing to watch God work, and we know that it’s just getting started.”

As a book, THE PILGRIM’S PROGRESS has been translated into over 200 languages, has never been out of print and has sold over 200 million copies – more copies than any Christian book, next to the Bible. Written in the late 1600s by John Bunyan while in prison for holding religious services, THE PILGRIM’S PROGRESS is often cited as the greatest allegory ever written.

Now, using CGI animation, THE PILGRIM’S PROGRESS is able to be re-voiced in multiple languages, breaking down barriers of illiteracy and cultural misunderstandings. Already the film has been completed in English, Farsi, Korean, Spanish, and is in production in Mandarin, Cantonese, Dutch, French, Russia, Hindi, Tamil, Vietnamese, Urdu, Arabic, and other languages. The producers have a goal of translating the film into the world’s 100 top languages which would make it the most translated animated film of all times.

Steve continues, “The story’s timeless themes of the Christian faith – such as hope, persecution, persistence, doubt, hardships – are resonating with audiences in a whole new way.”

To register to watch the free event, please sign up at https://www.pilgrims.movie/

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Oscar Winner Nicolas Cage has a Hot Young Son You Need to See to Believe

Weston Cage Coppola

Filmmakers claim Weston Cage Coppola is on par with his A-List father, after a breakout leading role and getting snagged by entertainment mogul Chuck Binder

LOS ANGELES, CA, UNITED STATES, August 21, 2019 /EINPresswire.com/ — Since his breakout leading role in D-Day, Weston Cage Coppola is now represented by the entertainment powerhouse, Chuck Binder. Binder has represented several veteran actors; Sharon Stone, Brooke Shields, Benjamin Bratt, John Lovitz, Daryl Hannah, Jamie Lee Curtis and many more.

Weston has been busy this year with multiple projects in post including his leading role in “D-Day” (Directed by Nick Lyon), co-starring his best friend Jesse Kove, and UFC Legends, Chuck Liddell and Randy Couture, “Freak Power Battle For Aspen” (rumored to be a prequel of Fear And Loathing In Las Vegas, Directed by Bobby Kennedy III), Starf*cker (directed by Mark David) and is scheduled to film MR-9 with Mickey Rourke in Africa in September 2019. He is also the first Cage/Coppola to venture from film to television with his appearance in NCIS: Los Angeles alongside LL Cool J. As of 2019, NCIS is second-longest-running scripted prime time TV series airing.

Weston comes from a long line of actors and filmmakers, Actor/Father Nicolas Cage, Actress/Mother Christina Fulton, Uncle Francis Ford Coppola, Aunt Talia Shire, Gia Coppola, Sofia Coppola, Robert Schwartzman, Jason Schwartzman, Anton Coppola, and music composer of the Godfather’s Carmine Coppola. Exploring a martial arts career in his teens, earning 3 black-belts, and then a music career as a young adult he is now officially carrying the film-making torch.

Weston has previously been portrayed in the media as a kind of “bad boy” type, and now he’s taking on leading roles. His emergence into more mainstream film, television and music is indicative of this dramatic change. We think it has something to do with his stunning new bride. Weston married Hila Cage Coppola, his girlfriend of two years in 2018 after he converted to Judaism. The adorable couple work and travel together for productions.

Weston’s performance in the WW2 film D-Day has been met with praise from the filmmakers; “Weston Cage Coppola became James Earl Rudder, his performance was transformative and it was amazing to observe," states Nick Lyon, director of D-Day, "he became a true leader, so charismatic that he could even call older actors “son” convincingly. From voice to posture, to overall presence, he was a different man. It’s very rare that I get to work with an actor who takes a role to the next level. He gives more than what I asked for. He gave me what I wanted. Somehow he channeled the ghost of James Earl Rudder. It was amazing to watch him take the performance to the next level. It’s rare to see an actor become their subject, and Weston possesses this ability.”

Reviews:
“The Asylum has delivered a dramatic, action-packed WWII movie anchored by a strong leading performance from Weston Cage Coppola” -Yolanda Macias, Cinedigm’s Executive Vice-President of Acquisitions.

"I am a big fan of the work Weston Cage Coppola did in this film, the movie sits on his shoulders." -David Rimawi, Co-Founder of The Asylum.

"Weston Cage Coppola has a breakout leading role in D-Day. Surrounded by a top notch cast, he stands out and continues the family dynasty with his performance." -David Latt, Co-founder of The Asylum and producer of D-Day

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LEGO Tournament Mockumentary Coming Soon

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Producers of Brick MADNESS, a comedy feature-film 10 years in the making, have chosen Circus Road Films as their producer's rep and will be distributing soon.

FRESNO, CA, UNITED STATES, August 21, 2019 /EINPresswire.com/ — The producers of Brick MADNESS have chosen Circus Road Films as their Producer’s Representative for domestic distribution. Brick MADNESS is a mockumentary about the competitors of a National Brix Tournament (think LEGO). The filmmakers have been creating the film for the last 9 years. The timing coincides with a recent television deal, “FOX broadcasting has a new LEGO competition show which reflects positively on just how excited the general public is about this concept,” said Jennica Schwartzman, one of the film’s producers. “I’m thrilled to know that all our hard work is going to pay off.”

Brick MADNESS was created with the help of a real-world LEGO convention, Bricks by the Bay in San Jose, California and features well-known Adult Fans Of LEGO (AFOL). The movie also stars an actual Master Builder who currently works as a designer for The LEGO Group in Denmark and is originally from the Fresno, CA area. He has been responsible for the NASA Apollo Saturn V Rocket and several other high-profile sets in the last few years.

Richard Speight Jr. from Supernatural and Band of Brothers fame has a pivotal role in Brick MADNESS as does Jadon Sand, who played the leading live-action hero opposite Will Ferrel and Maya Rudolph in The LEGO Movie franchise.

Brick MADNESS has seen success on the film festival circuit with wins for Best Film, Best Comedy, Best Editing, and Best Supporting Actor at various fests. The movie has also played at five major Brick Conventions around the country. These expos have been gaining popularity over the last decade and can often exceed 25,000 attendees per event. In addition, the trailer has been featured on the largest LEGO blog in the world The Brothers Brick.

The movie itself, conceptualized and brought to life by writer/director Justin McAleece through Blare Films is considered a mockumentary, but the filmmakers say that the approach was not meant to make fun of the characters. Glen Reynolds of Circus Road had this to say about the film, “I am very excited to be representing Brick Madness. Like the great mockumentaries of Christopher Guest, the film delivers deliriously specific detail of its subject, hilarious affection for its characters, unexpected developments, and most of all a genuine sweetness.”

The movie stands to secure a distribution partnership that will get this movie out to the large contingent of LEGO fans which number in the tens of millions nationwide.

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Animal Wellness Applauds U.S. Rep. Peter Welch for Protecting Iconic American Horses

Animal Wellness Action Executive Director Marty Irby with U.S. Rep. Peter Welch in July of 2018

Animal Wellness Action Executive Director Marty Irby with U.S. Rep. Peter Welch in July of 2018

Priscilla Presley, U.S. House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-MD), Holly Gann, and Marty Irby on Capitol Hill Discussing the PAST Act

Devices the PAST Act would outlaw

Devices the PAST Act would outlaw

Soring

Example of soring that enforcement of the Horse Protection Act would prevent

I am deeply grateful for Rep. Peter Welch’s longtime support of the PAST Act, and applaud his vote and key role in securing the passage of this legislation…”

— Marty Irby, executive director at Animal Wellness Action

MONTPELIER, VERMONT, USA, August 21, 2019 /EINPresswire.com/ — The U.S. House of Representatives recently passed the Prevent All Soring Tactics (PAST) Act, H.R. 693, by a vote of 333 to 96. U.S. Rep. Peter Welch, a longtime cosponsor of the measure, voted in support of the bill. Both U.S. Senators Bernie Sanders, and Patrick Leahy are cosponsors of the Senate companion bill on, S. 1007, led by the senior U.S. Senator from Idaho, Mike Crapo, that mirrors the House passed legislation.

The PAST Act seeks to strengthen the Horse Protection Act and end the torturous, painful practice of soring Tennessee Walking, Racking, and Spotted Saddle Horses. Soring, the intentional infliction of pain to horses' front limbs by applying caustic chemicals such as mustard oil or kerosene or inserting sharp objects into the horses' hooves to create an exaggerated gait known as the "Big Lick,” has plagued the equine world for six decades. The "Big Lick" cruelty is exhibited annually at the Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration that began today in Shelbyville, Tennessee.

“This legislation will close loopholes that enable the cruel practice of “soring” horses," said U.S. House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer. "I thank Rep. Schrader for being a champion of animal welfare issues and building on the legacy of my late friend, Senator Tydings. I urge Senator McConnell to take up this bipartisan legislation without delay.”

"I am deeply grateful for Rep. Peter Welch’s longtime support of the PAST Act, and applaud his vote and key role in securing the passage of this legislation to finally end this horrific practice that has marred the show horse world for sixty years,” said Marty Irby, executive director at Animal Wellness Action, and past president of the Tennessee Walking Horse Breeders’ & Exhibitors’ Association. “The overwhelming support for the PAST Act sends a strong signal to the U.S. Senate that it should saddle up and help end this cruelty.

“Timing is ripe, and the majority of Americans want to see Congress work to protect these iconic American horses upon whose backs our country was built upon,” said Animal Wellness Advocate Priscilla Presley. “U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell should swiftly schedule a vote on the PAST Act, and execute the will of the American people, and I call on him to do so!”

The PAST Act would ban the use of painful large stacked shoes and ankle chains and would also eliminate the existing system of self-regulation by the industry and toughen penalties for violators of the Horse Protection Act. It’s supported by the American Quarter Horse Association, Animal Wellness Action, the American Horse Council, American Veterinary Medical Association, American Association of Equine Practitioners, United States Equestrian Federation, National Sheriff’s Association, and Vermont Veterinary Medical Association.

The PAST Act has been blocked for years by a handful of well-placed lawmakers, but a new House rule triggering consideration of any measure that attracts 290 or more cosponsors brought the issue to the floor. PAST attracted 308 cosponsors, and was led by U.S. Reps. Kurt Schrader (D-OR) and Ted Yoho (R-FL), cochairs of the Congressional Veterinary Medicine Caucus, along with Reps. Steve Cohen (D-TN), Ron Estes (R-KS), Jan Schakowsky (D-IL), and Chris Collins (R-NY). The Senate companion has garnered 43 cosponsors.

See what Members of Congress from across the nation have to say about the PAST Act by clicking here.

The Animal Wellness Foundation (Foundation) is a Los Angeles-based private charitable organization with a mission of helping animals by making veterinary care available to everyone with a pet, regardless of economic ability. We organize rescue efforts and medical services for dogs and cats in need and help homeless pets find a loving caregiver. We are advocates for getting veterinarians to the front lines of the animal welfare movement; promoting responsible pet ownership; and vaccinating animals against infectious diseases such as distemper. We also support policies that prevent animal cruelty and that alleviate suffering. We believe helping animals helps us all.

Animal Wellness Action (Action) is a Washington, D.C.-based 501(c)(4) organization with a mission of helping animals by promoting legal standards forbidding cruelty. We champion causes that alleviate the suffering of companion animals, farm animals, and wildlife. We advocate for policies to stop dogfighting and cockfighting and other forms of malicious cruelty and to confront factory farming and other systemic forms of animal exploitation. To prevent cruelty, we promote enacting good public policies and we work to enforce those policies. To enact good laws, we must elect good lawmakers, and that’s why we remind voters which candidates care about our issues and which ones don’t. We believe helping animals helps us all.

Marty Irby
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Former Puerto Rico Education Secretary Removed From Post-Maria Movie About the Puerto Rican Spirit

"Julia Keleher was arrested on July 10, 2019 and has no place in a film about the resilient spirit of the Puerto Rican people," says Director John Pritchard.

WILLIAMSTOWN, MA, USA, August 21, 2019 /EINPresswire.com/ — The Directors of the highly acclaimed 2018 documentary film, ¡OJALA!: Puerto Rico Rebuilds, have just reissued the movie after removing several minutes of Puerto Rico’s former Secretary of Education, Julia Keleher. Keleher was arrested on July 10, 2019 and the Director, John Pritchard, along with Associate Directors, Efraín Blasini and Melissa Rosario, agreed that she has no place in a film about the resilient spirit of the Puerto Rican people. For a limited time you can watch the film for free in Spanish or English at ojalamovie.com.

After Keleher’s arrest, both of the island’s teachers’ unions issued statements that they felt vindicated in their longstanding disagreements with and protests against Keleher and her policies. Keleher’s reforms hurt students, cost jobs, and closed hundreds of schools. Keleher’s arrest is one of the latest in a series of corruption-related scandals, resignations, and cabinet dismissals which has led to the Puerto Rican people successfully removing Ricardo Rosello as governor.

According to a Forbes magazine article on July 17, 2019, “Did Betsy DeVos's School Choice Program Enable Puerto Rico's Corruption Scandal?," Keleher’s 32 counts of fraud, money laundering, etc. had much to do with Trump Education Secretary, Betsy Davos, setting up policies to reduce public school funding in favor of private and charter schools. Keleher “led wide-scale education reform efforts and referred to the island’s education system as a ‘laboratory’ to test the DeVos model, as she pushed to adopt private school vouchers and charter schools while closing hundreds of public schools. While schools were struggling to recover from the hurricane, Kelleher worked to permanently close over 20% of them.”

¡OJALA!: Puerto Rico Rebuilds celebrates the resilient spirit of the Puerto Rican people who have shown the world the strength of peaceful protest in the streets. Viva Puerto Rico!

ABOUT THE MOVIE
Here are some comments about the ¡OJALA! movie:

"I'm a Desert Storm Vet. I was in Puerto Rico during Maria and lived through hell for 6 months without electricity, but as a Vet with 25 years of Service, I adapted. If there's something that I learned during this period was that we as a People must be prepared and try our best to help our families and neighbors because we CANNOT depend on the Government. Great Documentary.”
– Robert Maza, Desert Storm Veteran

"The cinematography was excellent. The extreme devastation from the hurricane was clearly palpable. Demonstration of our people’s response to meeting immediate needs for survival – neighbor-to-neighbor, community-to-community – was a thing of beauty… thank you for your sincere concern and interest in bringing this story to light."
– Carmen Vivian Rivera, Coordinator at ¡Despierta Boricua! Recovering History Project

"Excellent, very well documented, I am a Puerto Rican living in the USA since 1976. I have missed the warmth and loving people of Puerto Rico. I really loved the pictures at the end and it showed how well educated we are. Viva Puerto Rico!"
– Ivette Babuca de Jesus, Tucson, AZ

"Great film John! Thanks for not making it a bleeding heart film (that we need the USA), but a film with puñeta (a punch)… we have hundreds of years of torture and slavery and our drums still summon our resolve to move forward into a new light."
– Angel Franco, NY Times Pulitzer Prize-winning Photographer

"John, this was brilliant. Thank you so much for sending me the link. I watched it twice! Such a huge project, and so beautifully done. My heart went out to everyone in the film. So ashamed of my government for not responding with intelligence and compassion. So impressed by the community support that emerged across the island. Congratulations on covering it all with such a forward-looking message of hope."
– Mary Potter, World Languages Teacher, Dana Hall School

¡OJALA!: Puerto Rico Rebuilds premiered in New York City at the 2018 International Puerto Rican Heritage Film Festival and on the island of Puerto Rico at the Rincón International Film Festival in April 2019. For a limited time you can watch the film for free in Spanish or English at ojalamovie.com.

¡OJALA!: Puerto Rico Rebuilds is produced by the non-profit film company, One Heart – One Spirit, at oneheartmovies.org.

John Pritchard
One Heart – One Spirit Movies
+1 413-203-4444
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