Move over Puppy Bowl, here come the kitties

Published: Friday, April 05, 2013 @ 3:57 PM
Updated: Friday, April 05, 2013 @ 3:57 PM

Perhaps someone at the Hallmark Channel noted the proliferation of cat videos on the Internet, or possibly someone just thought felines should have equal time when it comes to faux sporting events.

For whatever reason, the 2014 Superbowl will now have a new foe fighting for eyeballs -- the Kitten Bowl.

The three hour special will air beginning at noon, Eastern Time, February 2, 2014 on the Hallmark Channel.

It will, in the network's words, feature the "world’s most adorable – and adoptable – kittens in the mother lode of cat agility competition."

It goes on to say "the special, which will be presented annually, is supported by the network’s animal welfare partner, American Humane Association, and is just one of many high-profile commitments the company has made to its evergreen Pet Project initiative. With American Humane Association, Hallmark Channel’s in-house production team will scour rescue associations and shelters searching for kitty competitors whose enduring prize will be a loving, forever home."

“Creating another programming event to reinforce Hallmark Channel’s Pet Project, our corporate pet adoption and safety initiative, enhances the profile of the plight of shelter animals in our country while providing fun, family-oriented entertainment to our viewers. We are very proud of our association with American Humane Association and their support of our work in this area,” said Bill Abbott, President & CEO, Crown Media Family Networks, home of Hallmark Channel and Hallmark Movie Channel.

The network added: "The agility competition will consist of a basic obstacle course of hurdles of varying heights, A-frame Alpine Scratchers, tunnels, hoop jumps, and weave poles. Lures, like laser pointers, and toys on a string will be used to get the kittens through the course, but food will not allowed. Cat agility competitions, which are modeled after the equestrian sport of show jumping, normally include rules which state that cats must complete a course in under 270 seconds, completing each obstacle in a prescribed manner. In a typical feline agility contest, a cat would complete between six and fourteen obstacles, with winning cats completing the course in ten seconds or less. In 'Kitten Bowl,' however, the competitors are kittens and any form of cuteness is the key to the game."

Smash hit ‘Mama Mia’ film sequel in works; original cast set to return

Published: Monday, May 22, 2017 @ 1:51 PM

Cast members from the hit film ‘Mama Mia!’ in Athens, Greece, in 2008. From left to right, Dominic Cooper, Colin Firth, Amanda Seyfried, Stellan Skarsgard, Meryl Streep and Pierce Brosnan at a photocall for the movie. A sequel is reportedly in the works with most of the original cast members set to return.
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A sequel to the 2008 box office smash “Mama Mia” is in the works with most of the original cast members, including Meryl Streep, Amanda Seyfried, Colin Firth and Pierce Brosnan, expected to return, according to media reports.

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“Mama Mia: Here We Go Again” is shaping up as both a prequel and a sequel and will be directed by “The Best  Exotic Marigold Hotel” writer Ol Parker, The Hollywood Reporter said, with a release date sometime next year.

The original Universal film was based on the Broadway musical which used songs from the 1970s Swedish pop group ABBA to tell the story of a girl trying to find her real father before her wedding in Greece.

The hit movie grossed a whopping $609 million worldwide, according to THR.

Cincinnati Zoo reopening gorilla enclosure one year after Harambe's death

Published: Monday, May 22, 2017 @ 1:07 PM

CINCINNATI, OH - JUNE 2: Visitors walk past the closed main entrance to the Cincinnati Zoo's Gorilla World exhibit days after a 3-year-old boy fell into the moat and officials were forced to kill Harambe, a 17-year-old Western lowland silverback gorilla June 2, 2016 in Cincinnati, Ohio. The exhibit remained closed as zoo officials worked to upgrade safety features of the exhibit.  (Photo by John Sommers II/Getty Images)
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May 28 marks a year since a child fell into a gorilla enclosure at the Cincinnati Zoo, causing zoo officials to shoot and kill Harambe, one of the apes. 

Soon, fans of Harambe other gorillas will again be able to visit the famous ape’s former enclosure at the zoo’s Gorilla World.

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Gorilla World has been revamped with new safety precautions and is set to reopen to the public in June. A second phase of renovations will be complete and opened in November.

Changes include new landscaping, an energy-efficient stream and waterfall and a resurfaced outdoor habitat.

A new indoor area will also allow guests to see the gorillas year-round.

“We launched a fundraising campaign to expand Gorilla World in 2015 and have come a long way since we broke ground on the project last fall,” zoo director Thane Maynard said in a news release. “We’re on track to complete the new indoor environment this fall and excited to get gorillas outside in a few weeks.

According to Cincinnati.com, fundraising for the project raised $12 million.

Maynard said Gorilla World, which opened in 1978, had been well-maintained over the years, but the zoo’s “involvement in international gorilla conservation and concern for gorilla well-being at our zoo and everywhere influenced (the) decision to expand and revitalize.”

“We wanted to make it better,” Maynard said.

The zoo installed new barriers at the exhibit after a 3-year-old boy fell into the gorilla enclosure. The Cincinnati Zoo is home to at least 10 gorillas. 

Zoo officials say the new barriers include wooden beams and knotted rope netting.

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Brianna Chambers contributed to this report.

Prince George, Princess Charlotte on best behavior at Pippa Middleton wedding

Published: Sunday, May 21, 2017 @ 10:37 AM

Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton, was reportedly a little worried that her children might misbehave at her sister Pippa’s wedding, according to news reports, but it turns out that the royal children were on their best behavior — and they nearly stole the show.

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“She said that they were all really looking forward to her sister’s wedding at the weekend, but she was a bit worried about how her children might behave,” Kate reportedly said during a recent garden party at Buckingham Palace, according to media outlets last week. 

“She said she was hopeful that they would be good, but you never know at that age,” the source said.

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Prince George, 3, and Princess Charlotte, 2, joined a group of other young children in the wedding party as page boy and flower girl, wearing matching outfits for the Saturday wedding at St. Mark’s Church in England. At the ceremony, guests noted that the children were “very” well-behaved for the nuptials. 

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“It was amazing,” one guest noted.

Middleton married financier and hedge fund manager Matthew James, whom she had been dating on-and-off since 2012. The couple got engaged last July.

 

Pippa Middleton ties the knot with James Matthews in 'almost royal' wedding

Published: Sunday, May 21, 2017 @ 6:44 AM

Congratulations are in order for Mr. and Mrs. Matthews.

>> Photos: Wedding of Pippa Middleton and James Matthews

Pippa Middleton said “I do” to fiance and hedge fund manager James Matthews on Saturday during a beautiful wedding ceremony at St. Mark’s Church in Englefield, England, near where she and her sister, Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge, grew up. After the ceremony, the bride and groom made their debut as husband and wife as they left the church.

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“The church bells at St. Marks’s Church began to peal. They are man and wife!” a source told E! News.

Both Prince George and Princess Charlotte served in the wedding party, as did Duchess Kate. Prince William and Prince Harry were also in attendance. Middleton wore a beautiful, custom lace dress, while Matthews donned pinstriped pants, a light blue vest and a long, black blazer.

“The kids looked absolutely gorgeous and really well-behaved,” Leanne Fox told People. “It was lovely to see them. We got to see the little ones coming out."

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Middleton and Matthews started dating in 2012, broke up briefly, and got back together in 2015. Last July, Matthews proposed, and the two were engaged. Now, they’re officially husband and wife.

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