Monday, January 16, 2012

Kelly Clarkson, Justin Timberlake, Bond girls add sizzle to CES

Every Consumer Electronics Show has its share of celebrity appearances.
Sony always brings out the star power for its annual CES press event. This year’s media event included a performance by Kelly Clarkson of her new single “Mr. Know It All” and actor Will Smith promoting his upcoming movie “Men In Black 3.”
Actor and singer Justin Timberlake represented the relaunched MySpace at the Panasonic press conference.
Other celebrities in attendance included actress Eliza Dushku, singer Justin Bieber, rappers Ludacris and 50 Cent, “American Idol” host Ryan Seacrest, comic Wayne Brady, TV fitness guru Jillian Michaels, actor and rapper LL Cool J, Black Eyed Peas frontman Wil.i.am and “Jersey Shore” reality TV star Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi.
My favorite celebrity event of the week was seeing Clarkson perform live.


But I also enjoyed the launch event for the James Bond movie series on Blu-ray Disc. In honor of the 50th anniversary of MGM’s James Bond franchise, Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment sponsored a directors’ panel at the Panasonic booth.
Directors John Glen (five Bond films including “For Your Eyes Only” and “Octopussy”), Martin Campbell (“GoldenEye” and “Casino Royale”) and Michael Apted (“The World Is Not Enough”) discussed their work on the Bond films.
Also, the two latest Bond Girls, Olga Kurylenko of “Quantum of Solace” and Caterina Murino of “Casino Royale” hosted the event.
MGM and Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment are releasing “Bond 50,” a collectible box-set featuring all 22 James Bond films on Blu-ray Disc for the first time in one complete offering. The collection also marks the debut of nine James Bond films previously unavailable in high-definition Blu-ray.
Amazon.com is currently offering the set for pre-order for $199.99, 33% off the list price of $299.99. No release date has been scheduled.

Photos (top to bottom): Bond girls Olga Kurylenko (left) of “Quantum of Solace” and Caterina Murino of “Casino Royale”; Kelly Clarkson performs an acoustic version of “Mr. Know It All” at the Sony media event; and the “Bond 50” box set of James Bond spy thrillers on Blu-ray Disc. 

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