Academy’s Oscar Week Events Celebrate This Year’s Nominees

LOS ANGELES — In the week leading up to the 89th Oscars®, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will present a series of public programs celebrating this year’s nominees in the Animated Feature Film, Documentary Feature, Documentary Short Subject, Foreign Language Film, Makeup and Hairstyling, and Animated and Live Action Short Film categories.  All events will be held at the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills. The Oscar Week schedule is as follows: OSCAR WEEK: SHORTS Tuesday, February 21, 7 p.m. Hosted by director Tim Miller MillerRead More

PHOTOS: AmericaJR Visits Skydeck Chicago & The Ledge

AmericaJR’s Cory Martin recently visited Skydeck Chicago & The Ledge at Chicago’s Willis Tower (formerly known as the Sears Tower). Offering spectacular views spanning up to four states, Skydeck Chicago is a one-stop Chicago experience full of interactive exhibits and…The Ledge, a glass balcony extending four feet outside the 103rd floor of Willis Tower! Step outside the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere. At 1,353 feet in the air, the Ledge’s glass boxes extend out 4.3 feet from the Skydeck. Discover the best of Chicago with our museum-quality exhibits and theaterRead More

Friday’s New CD/Album Releases for 2/24

Look for these new CDs/albums to hit store shelves on Friday, February 24, 2017: Aaron Watson Vaquero Acceptance Colliding By Design Balto Strangers Brian Owens The Soul of Ferguson Children Of Alice Children Of Alice [Broadcast’s James Cargill, Roj Stevens and Julian House] Clap Your Hands Say Yeah The Tourist Crystal Fairy Crystal Fairy [Buzz Osborne, Dale Crover, Omar Rodriguez-López, & Teri Gender Bender] Dams Of The West Youngish American [Vampire Weekend’s Chris Tomson solo project] David Bowie No Plan [EP] [Physical release] Dirty Projectors Dirty Projectors Froth Outside (briefly)Read More

Top Toy Trends of 2017 Announced at New York Toy Fair

NEW YORK  — From “dual-use” collectibles and adrenaline-pumping active toys, to awe-inspiring robotics and “movie mania” playthings, the top toy trends of 2017 were announced today by the U.S. Toy Industry Association (TIA) at its 114th North American International Toy Fair. “This year’s trending toys reflect the creative force and vitality of the North American toy industry, which is coming off an excellent year of 5% sales growth powered by industry ingenuity,” notes Adrienne Appell, a leading trend expert at TIA. “With more room for innovation and a greater willingness toRead More

PHOTOS: “Here’s Johnny: The Making of the Tonight Show, Starring Johnny Carson” @ Museum of Broadcasting in Chicago

AmericaJR’s Jason Rzucidlo visited the Museum of Broadcasting to check out their exhibit “Here’s Johnny: The Making of the Tonight Show, Starring Johnny Carson.” The show’s host joked that he was “In more bedrooms than any other man in America.” Now The Museum of Broadcast Communications is bringing an exhibit about the 20th Century’s most enduring show as well its iconic host, the late Johnny Carson. It features costumes, stage props, video, cue cards, and production materials to bring visitors behind the scenes into the phenomenal creative collaboration that dominatedRead More

Trivia Tuesday: 5 New Trivia Questions & Answers from “Page-A-Day”

Every Tuesday is a Trivia Tuesday on AmericaJR.com. Find five new trivia questions and answers from the “365 Amazing Trivia Facts for 2017” calendar below. This week’s questions: Charles Fey of San Francisco is commonly credited with inventing the “Liberty Bell” in the late 1800s, the first what? During the early days of radio, what would it have meant if a ship sent out a message “CQD”? What did Chinese linguist Zhou Youguang invent in the 1950s? How much does an average cloud weigh? What is a steeplejack?   ThisRead More

New Owner Looks to be the Big Man on Campus at University of Michigan

ANN ARBOR, Mich. — William Kaufman plans to open a Dickey’s Barbecue Pit location on the University of Michigan campus. The student body of the University of Michigan represents approximately 38 percent of the total population of the city of Ann Arbor. Kaufman’s newly signed development agreement of two Dickey’s locations will be carried out with the first location opening in May 2017 at the Washtenaw Commons Retail Center. Kaufman’s second location will open in the heart of downtown Ann Arbor on the University of Michigan Campus. “We’re excited William Kaufman isRead More

PHOTOS: “Bitter|Sweet: Coffee, Tea & Chocolate” @ Detroit Institute of Arts

AmericaJR’s Gloria Rzucidlo was LIVE at the Detroit Institute of Arts for their new exhibit “Bitter|Sweet: Coffee, Tea & Chocolate.” It is the first exhibition at the Detroit Institute of Arts to engage all five senses. In addition to seeing art, you can touch, hear, smell and even taste coffee- and tea-related beverages. From social revolutions that changed the way we drink our morning blends, to design revolutions that changed the objects that we drink from, step back in time to when gathering over a cup of your favorite hotRead More

Movie Monday: Upcoming Movie Releases for Friday, Feb. 24

Look for these movies to hit the box office on Friday, February 24, 2017: “Get Out” Rated R. 103 minutes. Horror. -Allison Williams, Lakeith Stanfield, Catherine Keener, Danel Kaluuya; Director: Jordan Peele “Collide” Rated PG-13. 99 minutes. Action, Thriller. -Nicholas Hoult, Felicity Jones, Anthony Hopkins, Ben Kingsley; Director: Eran Creevy “Rock Dog” Rated PG. 80 minutes. Animation, Comedy, Family. -Luke Wilson, Eddie Izzard, J.K. Simmons, Lewis Black; Director: Ash Brannon “Bitter Harvest” Rated R. 103 minutes. Drama, Romance, War. -Max Irons, Terence Stamp, Barry Pepper, Samantha Barks; Director: George MendelukRead More

How a 19 Year Old Entrepreneur Founded a “MADE in AMERICA” Company

LOS ANGELES — Izabella didn’t pass kindergarten the first time around, yet has founded a streetwear clothing company in the heart of Los Angeles. “From a young age, I challenged myself to color outside of the lines, both literally and figuratively. Apparently, THAT teacher disapproved,” says Izabella Lafferty, the 19 year old founder of The Rookie Movement™. “I grew up under the influence of entrepreneurial parents who had each built a successful company before the age of 30,” continues Lafferty. The difference is that, in true millennial fashion, The RookieRead More