Could The Movie Studio be the Next Heavy Hitter?

Five words or less(NewsUSA) – Gordon Scott Venters thrives on challenges. As CEO of The Movie Studio (TMS) in Hollywood — that’s Florida, not Los Angeles — he’s been in the entertainment industry for more than 20 years. Venters’ resume reads like a who’s who of Hollywood (California), where he was president and CEO of Destination Television, now TMS. While Venters has a soft spot for the West Coast, he is betting that, like California, South Florida will become the premier destination to produce movies. “The energy is completely different here than in LA, and making movies in Florida has some terrific advantages,” said Venters. “The visual landscape is stunning from a cinematic standpoint, there are diversified places to shoot and great visual optics. That’s the value proposition in Florida.” It also doesn’t hurt that the rich and famous work and play in the Sunshine State. As a publicly traded micro-cap company, according to Venters, he knows that, although risky, there are huge growth opportunities for TMS (OTC: MVES). “We want to give our followers, shareholders and supporters the chance to be a part of what we see as one of the newest hot studios providing full services in distribution, creativity and complete production,” Venters said. Currently, TMS has acquired a 60 percent membership interest in the Seven Arts Entertainment film library(SAFELA), giving TMS 14 titles including, “Drunkboat” with John Malkovich and John Goodman, “Night Of The Demons” with Shannon Elizabeth, “Fractured,” “Knife Edge,” “Shooting Gallery” with Freddie Prinze, Jr, “Nine Miles Down,” “Noise,” “The Pool Boys” with Matthew Lilliard, “A Broken Life” with Ving Rhames, “Autopsy,” “Deal” with Burt Reynolds and Shannon Elizabeth, “Boo,” “Back In The Day” with Ving Rhames and Ja Rule, and “Cemetery Gates.” Venters says he plans to bundle these with indie movies that the studio has produced, such as “Exposure” — released on Netflix DVD and Amazon, and in Wal-Mart, Best Buy and Target. Other movies in the pipeline for TMS are “Bad Actress” and “Double Exposure.” The Movie Studio completed principal photography in Colombia, South America, for its film “Bad Actress,” starring Sean Stone, son of the iconic Hollywood director Oliver Stone, and The Movie Studio’s sensational Latina bombshell, Excelina from Colombia. TMS has also completed its reverse stock split (OTC- MVES) finalizing the company’s corporate restructuring while tightening the float and outstanding shares. The Movie Studio Inc. is also involved with music videos, television shows and other intellectual properties. To learn more, visit www.themoviestudio.com.

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Florida Resort Gives the Golf Getaway a Makeover

Five words or less(NewsUSA) – The traditional golf resort is going through a major transformation. While golf is still at the core, the newest properties increasingly offer activities and immersive experiences that appeal to golfers and non-golfers alike — changing the way guests view and book their getaways. Central Florida’s Streamsong Resort is one of the destinations on the forefront of this trend. Set on 16,000 acres, Streamsong emerged on the site of a former phosphate mine. With towering sand dunes and extreme elevation changes, its land is more reminiscent of Scotland than central Florida. In just a few years, its two intersecting golf courses — Streamsong Red and Streamsong Blue — have earned a place on some of the industry’s most prestigious rankings, including GOLF Magazine’s Top 100 Courses You Can Play in the U.S. A third course, Streamsong Black, will open in late 2017. “Today’s golfer wants a broader experience,” said Richard Mogensen, Streamsong’s general manager. “Streamsong is designed with this guest in mind.” Beyond its two golf courses, the resort features many options to enjoy the outdoors or just relax. Home to some of the best bass fishing in the United States, Streamsong offers guided catch-and-release fishing expeditions on its prolific lakes. The picturesque sporting clays course, located 10 minutes from the lodge but still on property, is the perfect spot for beginners to learn and pros to refine their shots with guidance from certified instructors. The grotto-style AcquaPietra Spa, infinity lakeside pool, nature trail and tennis courts provide additional opportunities to unwind and enjoy the setting. Dining options, like the award-winning contemporary Italian restaurant SottoTerra, tempt the palate with fresh, innovative fare in spectacular settings. Streamsong even looks different from the traditional golf resort. Its modern 216-room lodge and intimate 12-room clubhouse have captured architectural accolades for their design, which pays homage to the property’s surroundings. “Golf is absolutely in our DNA, but our eye is also always on delivering that complete experience,” Mogensen said. For more information, visit www.streamsongresort.com or call 1-863-428-1000.

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Modern-Day Party Do’s and Don’ts

(NewsUSA) – It starts when you receive the invitation in the mail — either your computer’s Inbox or the one that your junk mail gets delivered to.That complex social conundrum of being asked to a party.Do you bring wine or beer? Is wine too pretentious? There’s always craft beer, or is that elitist? And what to wear? Is it a casual gathering or a dinner party where at least a sport coat is needed? Is it acceptable to add a plus-one, since you just started dating the potential man or woman of your dreams?While modern-day society may no longer follow the social dictates of Emily Post’s rules of etiquette, there’s nothing like a soiree to throw many of us into an internal tailspin.To help navigate the often frustratingly opaque rules of attending a party, be it cocktail, dinner or a child’s birthday, the following tips can help:* Call to RSVP. The French may not have the corner on manners, but they do know that RSVP means respondez s’il vous plait, or please reply. This is essential for the host to get an accurate headcount and not responding is considered rude and inconsiderate.* Decode the dress code. Is it a formal affair in which tuxes and dresses are appropriate, or a more casual, anything goes party? If you’re unsure, it’s never inappropriate to ask the hostess.* Go dateless. Unless specifically stated, it is considered rude to bring an uninvited guest or to ask if you can bring a plus-one. If you can bring a date, remember to RSVP for them, or conversely, if you accepted for your guest and plans change, let the host know that as well.* Hold your liquor. While you may want to imbibe all the free-flowing alcohol, avoid drinking to excess. Nothing is more disrespectful and uncomfortable than a drunk party guest, particularly at more upscale affairs.* Take what you need to feel comfortable. For some that’s a small bottle of aspirin to ward off a headache, a pair of more comfortable shoes discreetly hidden in the folds of a coat, an embroidered handkerchief rather than bulky tissue, or if you’re a smokeless tobacco user, something other than a spit cup or bottle. Smokeless tobacco accessories, such as the portable spittoon created by Atlanta-based FLASR, will help you avoid the uncomfortable (not to mention sometimes messy) aspects of enjoying your snuff, dip or chew while at a party. The new 4-ounce FLASR pocket-sized spittoon is designed to al-low users to open and shut it with just one hand, making it an ideal solution for users to enjoy smokeless tobacco unobtrusively and discreetly without unwanted attention.For more information, please visit www.flasr.com.

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Don’t Miss a Beat: Tips for Enjoying a Live Concert

Five words or less(NewsUSA) – A concert is more than an evening excursion. This is your chance to go out in the town, mingle with friends, and discover the hottest new up-and-coming artists to add to your everyday playlist. For some, this all seems like added pressure. Too much pressure, maybe. Is it possible to just sit back and enjoy a concert without fudging the details? We think so. Here are a few tips to guarantee the best of the best concert nights: Know the Band It’s every music-lovers dream: showing up to concerts on a whim, anywhere, anytime. Unfortunately, this is a recipe for social blunders. You know, the mistakes that your friends won’t stop reminding you about for weeks. Before you go, Google the artist, especially if they’re new in town. Is this a head-banging rock concert or a sophisticated evening of light jazz? Let the genre help you pick your attire and your attitude. Plus-Ones Preferred Spread the word, and make an event of it. Use this can’t-miss concert as a way to catch up with your pals, get to know the other folks in the office or surprise a special someone. Keep It Classy We know that you love your favorite drink. But keep it classy. No one wants to carry you home, and even fewer people still paid money to hear you singing along with the band. Go Prepared Make sure you have what you need for the evening. In addition to the basics, like your keys, your cell phone and a pair of shoes, you can actually walk in, take along the accessory you use to do what you do. If you dip, consider packing a FLASR, the portable spittoon. This Atlanta-based product fits in your pocket and has a secure-locking mechanism, so you don’t need to worry about embarrassing spills. For more information, please visit www.flasr.com.

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Steampunk Steamrolls Into Living Rooms Nationwide

Five words or less(NewsUSA) – There is a movement afoot that is taking fashion and design to a new level. It’s a retro-futuristic style blending science fiction with a 19th century Victorian era aesthetic, and it’s called Steampunk. This eye-catching look is popping up everywhere: in theaters, movies, music and red-carpet fashion. To understand how this unusual form of expression has steamrolled through the art, fashion and literary worlds, one must look back before looking forward. Steampunk can trace its roots back to the 19th century works of H.G. Wells and Jules Verne as they imagined the future during the Industrial Age, with its brass and wood creations, powered only by steam. Although many science fiction stories written in the 20th century have been set in the Victorian period, the term “steampunk” is believed to be first used in the late 1980s, when author K. W. Jeter used it to describe stories set in the Victorian period written during that time when near-future cyberpunk was the prevailing form of science fiction. Evidence of the continuing popularity of the steampunk look and feel can be traced in feature films, from 1927’s “Metropolis” to this year’s “Mad Max: Fury Road.” The appeal of steampunk is oft-times a love of the Victorian period, while others enjoy steampunk’s unique approach to technology: re-imagining modern capabilities with 19th century machines. Jeannie Mai, host of GSN’s new “Steampunk’d” reality competition TV series explains, “Steampunk is a culture. It’s not just fashion. It’s a lifestyle, like punk rock. Punk rock is music, but it’s also a look and a style.” GSN is hoping to capitalize on the growing trend with the debut of its new series. “Steampunk’d” features 10 contestants in a litany of pressure-filled challenges designed to test their abilities to transform ordinary objects and fashion into steampunk masterpieces. As each project is completed, the contestants (or Makers) will unveil their work for the judges,including leading authority on Steampunk Thomas Willeford. Other judges include writer/director Matt King and Kate “Kato” Lambert, founder of the world’s first steampunk clothing company, Steampunk Couture. Each week, one of the 10 Makers will be eliminated until only one is left standing to take home the $100,000 grand prize. The series debuts on Aug. 19 at 10 p.m. ET/9 pm Central on GSN. For more information, you can visit www.gsntv.com.

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