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Devotion Inks Record Deal

Devotion recently annouced that they just signed a multi-album deal with Viva Records, a media giant in the Philippines. Devotion, an Orange County based group, annouced the details of this 3 year/3 album deal.

Recording of their sophomore effort will begin in January 2003 with a estimated release date of March 2003. Viva Enterntainment will also be handling the distribution of the new albums.

Devotion was formed in 1997. Their music has hit many people and many hearts throughout the United States, Philippines, and Asia. There debut albm, "Image of Devotion" (released in Febuary 2000) sold by the millions. These boys John-Paul Riturban, Richmond Andal, Eric Cruz, Rodney Hidalgo, and Ian Pesigan are young upandcomers on the Asian music scene in the ranks of Kai and Innerlude.

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Mini Virtual Factory

Woodcliff Lake, New Jersey, December 9, 2002... Ever wanted to follow the birth of a new MINI without getting a plane ticket or sore feet? Well now you can by viewing MINI's manufacturing process 'up close and personal' at www.miniusa.com . The new section allows you to follow a MINI through production, hear from MINI assembly team members about life at the plant and virtually walk the floor of MINI's Oxford Plant.

MINI has incorporated an all-new section in its website that allows viewers to see in detail what goes on behind the scenes at MINI's manufacturing plant in Oxford, England. The website now includes 12 minutes of video highlighting the production process in 10 segments. Intricate details of manufacturing can be viewed, from the welding of body panels and the secrets of MINI's two-tone painting process, to the drive train "marriage" and final quality inspections.

The site also includes additional video vignettes with Oxford employees and interactive sections where users can lean more about daily life at the facility. The entire section is seamlessly integrated into the website, maintaining MINI's fun personality. Jack Pitney, general manager of MINI USA said, "Customers can now see where and how a MINI is born - it's the next best thing to driving one."

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Cartoon Network to air Gundam

Cypress, CA – Bandai Entertainment announced today the broadcast of Mobile Suit Gundam – Char’s Counterattack theatrical feature on Cartoon Network’s Adult Swim block on December 28, 2002 at 11 pm (ET, PT). The feature-length Char’s Counterattack brings Yoshiyuki Tomino's epic tale of humanity's journey to the stars draws to an epic conclusion exploring issues like honor, revenge and the quest for peace. Spiked with thrilling space battles between massive Mobile Suit Gundam fighting machines piloted by passionate warriors.

Char’s Counterattack takes place in Universal Century 0093, 13 years after the events of the original Mobile Suit Gundam series. A new Neo Zeon army led by the infamous Char Aznable once again threatens the foundations of peace. The ultimate goal of Neo Zeon is to initiate a nuclear winter upon Earth, ushering a new age of mankind in space. Armed with the state of the art Nu Gundam mobile suit, Amuro Ray and the Federation forces are all that stand against Neo Zeon. Torn between vengeance, duty, and love -the final battle between rivals Char Aznable and Amuro Ray is finally at hand.

Adult Swim is Cartoon Network’s successful block of late night animation for adults, featuring the best in comedy and animé programming. Currently, Adult Swim airs Saturday and Sunday evenings. Beginning Sunday, January 12, 2003, Adult Swim will air five nights per week, from 11 p.m.-2 a.m. (ET, PT) Sunday-Thursday.

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iFest: Vancouver

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The weekends here in VanCity are pretty repetitive and boring when all you look forward to is clubbing and getting drunk. Fortunately, the Import Styles Promotions crew held their own clubbing party at the Convention & Exhibition Centre (Canada Place) last weekend in the heart of Vancouver. But this party wasn't just an ordinary party, this was a super duper import and V-Dub car show extravaganza! With over 20,000+ show goers, 250+ import and V-Dub rides, and MORE hot and booty-full "models" this show was bigger than any other car show to hit the western seaboard. Of course the Apartment107 crew was on deck busily stamping GoldenSilk tattoos on girls who claimed they couldn't reach their special ... "area". What that area was, I'll leave up to you.

Brett Zheng and the iFest crew tossed out lots of free t-shirts and license plate frames and almost all the vendors in the complex had something to give away. Hell I even walked away with a pack of condoms and 2 dope mix tapes at one booth. Rowena was kickin’ it at the GoldenSilk booth. She's really much smaller in person than I imagined but holds an IQ much higher than any of us!

For all the folks who made it out to the show, give yourself a pat on the back and give Bret Zheng some big ups because this show was definitely the hottest and most bumpin' show to date to ever hit Vancouver. The Import Styles Promotions crew promised us the biggest and baddest car show, and they delivered.

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Comics: From Books to Multi-Platform Entertainment

In the beginning the tales of super heroes and super heroines remained confined within colorful books that were aimed at children. All of a sudden they began to evolve into something bigger. People never truly thought that these children’s books would ever become what they are now.

They started as comic books from years past but then started to surface as part of Saturday Morning cartoons. Titles such as Spiderman and his Amazing Friends, Superfriends, and Batman and Robin then spread into other creations involving more variety of superheroes. Today some modern day comic based cartoons included the award-winning Batman the Animated Series, Superman, X-Men Evolution, Justice League, Transformers Armada, and the New Masters of the Universe (He-Man)

Then the next step of evolution followed; Movies and merchandise. Who can ever forget the Superman series, the unending Batman movies, and the not so great marvel movies such as the Punisher, Incredible Hulk, Spiderman, and Captain America. They might have been forgotten but now more and more comic characters are getting their name in lights. Who can forget the new Spiderman that became one of the biggest ticket seller of the year and X-Men, and Blade. Still in development are movies such as Daredevil, The Incredible Hulk, X-Men 2, Superman vs. Batman, and Batman Year One. It seems that more and more of these books are flowing into mainstream media.

These heroes are also showing up in Next-Gen games. Recent releases include Superman Apokolpis, Batman, Spiderman, and X-Men. Now more comic characters are in line to become the next great video games like Daredevil, Iron Man, and many others.

Now we see that comics have traveled far. I can’t wait for the upcoming X-Men movie. It should be great, but for those that can’t wait for the movies get a little satisfaction by reading the comics.

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Modifiers Series 5 and 6 Now Available

Escondido, CA - X Concepts® Modifiers series 5 and 6 are just in time for the holiday season. These highly anticipated series carry a MSRP of $14.95 and can be purchased now at specialty shops nationwide and will be available in mass retailers such as Target, Wal-Mart, Toys “R” Us, and Kay Bee Toys in January 2003.

Modifiers continues to capture the interest of automotive aftermarket enthusiasts by introducing new vehicles including: 2002 GMC® Yukon™ Denali, 2001 Ford® Focus™ ZX3, and the 2002 Chevrolet® S-10™. Series 5 and 6 features 24 different officially licensed interchangeable parts from top aftermarket automotive companies—making the modifying experience a 1/43 scale version of real life.

In other news, Modifiers celebrated its new exclusive partnership with Meguiar’s, the world's premier car care products manufacturer, by announcing the winners of the first Meguiar’s/ModifiersTM Modifier of the Year awards at the 2002 Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) Show in Las Vegas last week. Four winners were selected from the hottest domestic and import sport compact cars, tricked-out trucks and SUV's on display at the SEMA Show. Each winner will have their vehicle reproduced as 1/64th scale Modifiers die-cast models to be included in a commemorative collection to be sold in retail stores Spring 2003. Please log on to www.modifierscars.com for further information and to view the winning vehicles.

In addition, Modifiers has launched their first “Best Modified Modifiers” Contest. The contest is open to everyone over the age of 9 who wants to show off their talent and creativity in modifying Modifiers. The contest is designed to find the most and best modified Modifiers within three categories including: Truck, SUV, and Cars. Each winner will receive a $500 cash prize, a Modifiers gift pack valued at $100, and will be posted on both X Concept’s and Modifiers websites. Judging will be handled by Modifiers staff and L.J. Garcia, renowned import car tuner who signed with Modifiers earlier this year. Please log on to www.modifierscars.com for further information.

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Samantha Rae

Bio: I was born and raised in Pittsburgh, PA. I moved to Philadelphia to attend school three years ago. I got into modeling when some co-workers suggested I send my photos to some websites they always viewed while at work. From web-modeling, I got introduced to the import scene and began to work at car shows.

From being on the internet, I've been able to work with lots of great photographers who have either found me or I found them. I'm currently still building my portfolio which I will use once I pursue a career as a print model. When I'm not in school or modeling, I love to drive! I also like to play pool and video games, go out dancing and travel all over the place. I love modeling because it gives me the chance to get out of the everyday rut and do something new and exciting all the time!

For more info check out:www.samantharae.com

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Newtype Doubles Print Run

HOUSTON, TX - With the entire 30,000-unit print run of Newtype USA Issue One shipped to subscribers and stores, and continuing retail demand for the magazine far outstripping aggregate availability, Newtype USA is doubling the print run for Issue Two, to a total of 60,000 copies.

"We've been very pleasantly surprised with the response," said Newtype USA Executive Editor Bruce Haring. "We expected demand to grow steadily through the distribution of the first few issues, as readers realized the quality of the content we were offering. Instead, we've been having to turn away retailers who want to order more, and we've got readers networking on-line to track down the last available copies of Issue One."

National retailers carrying the magazine include Suncoast, Sam Goody, Barnes & Noble, Borders, Media Play, Waldenbooks, Fry's, Tower Records and Gordon & Gotch Canada (Chapters/Coles Books). Independent bookstores, comic stores and specialty shops across North America are also carrying the magazine. Subscriptions are available through http://www.newtype-usa.com; single issues may also be purchased through the same site. Please note that due to subscription processing time, new subscriptions will not begin for four to six weeks.

About Newtype USA:
Newtype USA is the official English-language version of Newtype, Japan's #1 source for information about anime and manga. Newtype USA includes all of the best Japanese content translated plus loads of original U.S. material. Anime, manga, music, game, toy and model reviews, feature articles, director interviews, artist profiles, and regular columns by industry experts, tastemakers and deep-cover insiders. Every issue of Newtype USA also includes free bonus gear: posters, a centerfold spread, postcards, a manga (comic) special and an exclusive DVD insert. For more information, visit http://www.newtype-usa.com.

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M3 for 2003

Woodcliff Lake, New Jersey, November 1, 2002...For enthusiasts of ultimate automotive performance, it's a magic name: BMW M3. Combining the all-around excellence of the BMW 3 Series with the spectacular performance and handling prowess of BMW M, the two M3 models are formidable BMW sports cars that have won - again and again - the accolades and comparison-test victories of the world's motoring critics while providing their buyers with real performance and equally real practicality.

For 2003, the two M3 models continue - the M3 Coupe at $47,195 and the M3 Convertible at $55,195 (destination charge included). Both offer a variety of evolutionary refinements:

  • Rain-sensing windshield wipers and automatic headlight control, formerly optional, are now standard.
  • The optional BMW Onboard Navigation System gets functional improvements and a DVD database.
  • The standard in-dash CD player can now be ordered in combination with the Navigation System; previously the cassette player (still available at no extra cost) was required with the Navigation System.
  • New aluminum interior trim is offered as an option.

    Two further refinements were phased into the Series during model year 2002:

  • 19-inch forged/polished M Double Spoke wheels with lower-profile tires were introduced as an option.
  • Reinforcing braces were added to the front suspension's strut towers.
  • Labeling of the optional Sequential Manual Gearbox (SMG) was revised.

    During the new-generation M3s' second model year, 2002, accolades continued to pour in from the world's critical media:

    "If you want a car that doubles as plaything and workhorse, the M3 has got it all," raved Automobile Magazine in its January '02 issue, declaring the M3 one of its All-Stars.

    Popular Science executive editor Bill Phillips described SMG, "In a year of new paddle-shift SMGs, BMW's is by far the best. And it's the most flexible we've ever seen..."

    "The BMW M3 is about as good as it gets," said AutoWeek in its January 14, '02 issue.

    Motor Trend, in its January '02 Car of the Year story, stated that "In the end, however, it's the BMW M3 that defines the notion of total performance. As we said, M defined the formula and still executes it better than just about anyone else."

    The second model year saw introduction of BMW M's Sequential Manual Gearbox II (SMG II), and that earned its own share of critical acclaim:

    "The most sophisticated transmission available in a production car," concluded Motor Trend in its August '02 issue.

    "On the freeway, SMG provides a luxury you just can't get with a conventional stick shift, and at the track, well, it makes you feel like a race driver," reported Road & Track in September '02.

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    PLU.7 B-boy/B-girl & Emcee Battle

    The long awaited PLU.7 sponsored by Hip-Hop 101 was an event you wished you hadn't missed. Once again this event was packed with over 800 people who came out to support hip-hop culture. Listening to the 8 lyrical emcees battle it out and watching the oh-so creative 16 b-boy/b-girl crews dance to make it to the finals was an eye and ear boggling event. This brought life back to PLU campus with people coming out from all over; from California to Seattle and yes from even Canada.

    While the semis had the most highly anticipated battles of the night. It got crazy, especially between the battles with the Flexible Monkees vs. the Dance Broomz, who were determined to defend their title. Sac & Seattle vs. Battle Reflexes got a little bit heated. However, Sac & Seattle had defeated their challenger. Now for the final battle the Flexible Monkees vs. Sac & Seattle clashed for the PLU.7 title. Both crews were a mixture of Massive Monkees and Flexible Flave (from Sacramento). With incredible skills and combined routines, the final battle became a celebration of Bboying.

    The creativity of the Flexible Monkees had captured the title as the new champs. This was definitely an event you wish you hadn't miss, so if you missed out this time be sure to be on the look out for PLU.8 coming up in May.

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