A few necessities for a great Oscar party:
- Great snacks. If you want to get fancy and create dishes inspired by the movies, well, we can’t stop you.
- Plenty of seating. All your friends aren’t going to fit on that one futon in your living room, dude.
- That you’ve seen at least some of the nominated movies. This one we can help you with.
To help get you ready for the Oscars we’re offering you great deal: For every $20 you spend on movies or TV shows in the PlayStation Store, we’ll give you $5 in SEN wallet cash back*.
So when you buy or rent movies like Captain Phillips, 12 Years a Slave, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug and others you will earn SEN Wallet Cash you can use later on to catch American Hustle, The Wolf of Wall Street and others when they hit PlayStation Store in the coming months.
The best news? There’s no limit to what you can earn. Anytime you spend $20 between now and March 10, 2014 you’ll earn another $5. Vouchers with your total credit will be delivered by March 19th and must be used by March 31st, 2014.
Visit Sony.com/Oscars for more details. Now get back to getting ready for the Academy Awards on March 2nd to see who will win their little statue this year!
*United States and Canada only
While the game itself lacked any real sense of tension as the Seattle Seahawks completely blew out Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos, there were still lots of trailers for movie fans to enjoy during the broadcast. Various studios rolled out extended trailers, first looks and more for some of this year’s biggest, most anticipated releases. We’ve rounded up some of the biggest and best in this special edition of our Trailer Roundup.
Amazing Spider-Man 2: Peter Parker’s secrets from his past are brought to light while villains come out of the woodwork to take him on.
Sunday night, The 56th Annual GRAMMY Awards were held in Los Angeles, an evening that saw some huge winners and unexpected surprises (including critical darling Kendrick Lamar’s shut out.) French electronic duo Daft Punk walked away as the reigning kings of the evening, with Random Access Memories being named Album of the Year and the hit single “Get Lucky,” winning for Record of the Year. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis also did very well, garnering a total of four Grammys, including Best New Artist and three rap awards generated by their breakthrough album, The Heist, and another hit single, “Thrift Shop.”
But as much as the Grammys are about honoring the past year’s greatest in music, it’s also just as much about the show. Last evening’s awards heated up fast with a steamy opening performance by Beyonce and husband Jay Z, and momentum was carried by Taylor Swift, Pink, Paul McCartney, Imagine Dragons + Kendrick Lamar, Sara Bareilles + Carole King and many more.
Oh, and we can’t forget to mention the MVP that was Pharrell Williams’ hat, which by the end of the night had its own Twitter handle.
Check out the winners in the biggest categories and re-live the night through The 56th GRAMMY® Awards Premium Channel featuring these winners and more on the Music Unlimited service.
Jasmine Vaan den Bogaerde, better known by her stage name Birdy, is a young rising star recently nominated for Best British Female Solo Artist alongside artists such as Ellie Goulding and Jessie J.
Birdy’s 2011 folk-infused cover of Bon Iver’s “Skinny Love” launched her music career into the international scene after it was featured on Vampire Diaries and The Ellen DeGeneres Show. The hit single is included on her self-titled debut album alongside other covers such as “The District Sleeps Alone Tonight,” originally performed by the Postal Service.
No stranger to the world of movies, Birdy wrote and performed “Just A Game” for The Hunger Games soundtrack in March 2013, and contributed to “Learn Me Right” by Mumford & Sons, which was featured on the soundtrack for Pixar’s Brave in June 2012.
While performing songs from other artists has attracted a storm of media attention, Birdy has been composing music since the age of seven. At the age of twelve she won Open Mic UK 2008, a talent competition with over 10,000 participants, by performing a self-written song “So Be Free.” Watch out! Her next album Fire Within will contain a mix of original tracks and covers and is planned for a 2014 launch in the United States.
Listen to Birdy on Music Unlimited to see why she has been topping charts worldwide here.
Cloud-Based Digital Music Subscription Service to Power Music Streaming for Leading Concert Discovery Application
Bandsintown and Sony Network Entertainment International today announced a partnership that will deliver fans better music and artist discovery. Through the partnership, the Music Unlimited service will be integrated directly into the Bandsintown application, enabling users of Bandsintown, the world’s largest concert discovery application with nine million application installs, to access millions of streaming songs within posts promoted by Bandsintown artists and shared by fans, email announcements, weekly updates, friend RSVP notifications, and more via Facebook, iOS and Android devices in 19 countries.
“Music Unlimited not only provides ad-free access to the latest hits but also enhances music discovery by elevating every genre, exposing Bandsintown music fans to new artists,” said Michael Aragon, vice president and general manager of global digital video and music services at Sony Network Entertainment International. “Our fast-growing global library of more than 25 million songs will complement Bandsintown’s expansive concert catalog, giving fans immediate access to local concert information and music they love.”
Bandsintown connects fans to their favorite music and delivers real-time notifications alerting them anytime their favorite artist’s tour or announce new shows nearby. Alternatively, Bandsintown users can glance at the entire list of artists playing in their area, select a track and sample new music through Music Unlimited and see a show of an artist they’ve never heard before.
“Bandsintown is all about making it easier for music lovers to not just be the first to find out when artists they love are coming near them, but to help them discover new music,” said Julien Mitelberg, CEO of Bandsintown. “Bandsintown already sends 25 percent of its fan base to concerts they had never heard about before. We want to boost that number even further by improving artist and music discovery right from the core of the application.”
Award season for the film world’s elite is well under way as Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs and actor Chris Hemsworth took to the stage early this morning to announce the anticipated list of nominations for the 86th Academy Awards. Unsurprisingly, both American Hustle and Gravity led the nominations with ten each, including Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Actress. They were followed closely by 12 Years a Slave, with nine total nominations. All three films have already set a good pace for this season by taking home major awards during the last Sunday’s Golden Globes.
This year will definitely be an exciting one as there are many possible history making moments that could align. Such as Jennifer Lawrence (nominated for best supporting actress for her work in American Hustle), who if she goes on to win will make history as the youngest woman ever to have two Academy Awards, and the first actress to win back-to-back Oscars since the legendary Katharine Hepburn in the late 1960s. June Squibb is also nominated for best supporting actress for her work in Nebraska, and if she wins she’ll make Academy Awards history to be the oldest performer to take home Oscar gold.
You can check out the full list of nominees across all categories here and make sure to tune in to The Oscars on Sunday, March 2, 2014, at 7 p.m. ET / 4 p.m. PT on ABC.
86th Oscar Nominations
Last night was a big night in Hollywood as the 71st Golden Globe Awards took over the town. All of Hollywood’s finest came out to celebrate the best in film and television for the past year.
Co-hosts Tina Fey and Amy Poehler returned to host the Globes for their second year, kicking things off with an old fashion stand-up style roast of some of Hollywood’s elite. The pair took jabs at Tom Hanks, Julia Louis-Dreyfuss, Matt Damon, George Clooney and just about everyone else in the room for a laughter filled introduction.
The evening was full of winners both expected and shocking. It was likely a surprise to no one that movies like Dallas Buyer’s Club, Gravity and Wolf of Wall Street took home major awards. But it *was* a bit of a shock when 12 Years a Slave took home Best Motion Picture-Drama. Lots of people were taken aback when Brooklyn Nine-Nine, the Andy Samberg-starring freshman TV show won Best Television Series-Comedy over popular shows like Girls, The Big Bang Theory and others.
Fey ended the show by admitting to the audience that while the show had had its rough spots, “This is the beautiful mess we’d hoped it would be.”
During this week’s CES keynote address by Kazuo Hirai, President and CEO, Sony Corporation, he discussed many great network entertainment innovations coming your way from Sony this year and beyond. One of those in particular, introduced by Andrew House, President and Group CEO of Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. and executive in charge of Sony Network Entertainment, Sony Corporation, we want to highlight here.
Sony Entertainment Network will begin testing a new cloud-based TV service in the US later this year that combines the live TV content people love most about cable with the dynamic experience you have come to expect from digital media services. We’re very excited about this initiative and look forward to unveiling more details in the near future. Be sure to check our blog frequently for updates.
If you missed the keynote or press conference and want to catch all the details you can watch them here. And don’t forget to keep checking out the SonyCES hub for photos and other updates straight from the show all week.
Things are picking up in the Holiday Sale on PlayStation Store. This week you can enjoy films like Man of Steel, games like Lego Marvel Super Heroes and shows like Psych all at great discounted prices. So pick up some of your entertainment titles now until December 31st at discounts of up to 50% off!
See what’s newly discounted this week in the Holiday Sale through 12/23:
Godzilla: Up from the depths, 30 stories high, it’s GODZILLA!
Want more monster filled films? Pacific Rim, Cloverfield, Hellboy II: The Golden Army