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C3 Entertainment Licenses The Three Stooges® To Beeline Creative For Geeki Tikis® Mugs

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GLENDALE, CA – September 06, 2017– C3 Entertainment, Inc. announced the addition of Beeline Creative, Inc. for a line of their Geeki Tikis® mugs.

Geeki Tikis® is the only line of drinkware that combines pop culture’s most beloved characters with the unique stylization seen in traditional tiki culture.

The creative, colorful drinkware products will depict The Three Stooges from their most iconic films. Each ceramic The Three Stooges Geeki Tikis® stand approximately 7” tall, is top-shelf dishwasher safe, microwaveable and boast a capacity of up to 18 ounces.

Go to www.GeekiTikis.com to sign up for the Geeki Tikis® newsletter and for product alerts, and follow them at @BeelineCreative. Also, keep an eye on The Three Stooges Facebook page for details about when and where the Larry, Moe and Curly Geeki Tikis® will be available.

“Geeki Tikis® is one of the most original products we have seen in a while. This is something new to offer the fans,” says Ani Khachoian, C3’s Executive Vice President of Licensing, Merchandising, and Distribution. “We are thrilled to have The Three Stooges among Geeki Tikis® lineup of popular licensed brands.”

Other recent Geeki Tikis® licenses include Star Wars, Marvel, Star Trek, Guardians of the Galaxy, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and Rick and Morty.

“Being a life-long fan of The Three Stooges we are thrilled to include the worlds most beloved comedy team into our line of Geeki Tikis®,” says Brandon Giraldez, President and Big Kahuna of Beeline Creative. “We were fortunate to partner with C3 Entertainment back in 2011 and have been waiting for the right product opportunity to come along so we could work together again. Are we excited to share The Three Stooges Geeki Tikis® with fans… Soitenly!”

About C3 Entertainment, Inc:

C3 Entertainment, Inc. is a diversified Entertainment and Media company engaged in motion picture, television, digital and home entertainment production and worldwide distribution, as well as licensing and brand management of world-famous classic brands and personalities. For more information, please visit www.c3entertainment.com.

About Beeline Creative, Inc:

Based in Southern California, Beeline Creative, Inc. is a toymaker with offices in Marina del Rey, CA., Hong Kong and China. Beeline brings an assortment of playful products including Bobblehead Dolls, Action Figures, Plush, Barware, Drinkware and Novelties. Led by veteran toy executive and founder, Brandon Giraldez, Beeline will develop and bring to market proprietary lines and licensed product like those done for Star Wars, Star Trek, MARVEL, Guardians of the Galaxy and DC Comics.

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‘The Three Little Stooges’ Movie Casts Its Young Leads

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8:00 AM PDT 7/20/2017 The Hollywood Reporter by Kimberly Nordyke

The movie from C3 Entertainment, which owns the Three Stooges brand, centers on the trio of beloved characters as 12- and 13-year-olds.

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Courtesy of Three Little Stooges Productions From left: Gordy De StJeor, Liam Dow and Luke Clark

The Three Little Stooges Movie has found its Larry, Moe and Curly.

The comedic family film, from Three Little Stooges Productions in conjunction with C3 Entertainment, which owns the Three Stooges brand, centers on the trio of beloved characters as 12- and 13-year-olds.

Liam Dow has been cast as Little Larry, Gordy De StJeor as Little Moe, and Luke Clark as Little Curly. This is the first leading role in a feature film for all three. Casting Directors Joey Paul Jensen CSA and Niner Parikh (Camp Cook Kids, Soul Surfer, That’s So Raven) conducted a nationwide search to find the trio.

The screenplay for the live-action film was written by Harris Goldberg (Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigolo, The Master of Disguise), with Sean McNamara (Even Stevens, Spare Parts, Soul Surfer) eyed to direct. International sales agent The Exchange has signed on for foreign sales of the film, which is set to go into production in the fall.

In addition, the production team has launched a Reg CF campaign through First Democracy VC’s equity crowdfunding portal, which was formed through a partnership between MicroVentures and Indiegogo. Funds from the campaign, which is set to close later this summer, will be used to fund part of the production.

The Three Stooges have starred in more than 200 film shorts, feature films, TV and stage shows. The new movie follows C3 Entertainment’s 2012 film The Three Stooges Movie, from the Farrelly brothers and starring Sean Hayes, Will Sasso and Chris Diamantopoulos as the Stooges.

Dow, managed by Mark Robert, played Steve in the DreamWorks’ web series OMG! Just Jacque and will appear in the upcoming teen comedy The Perfect Night.

De StJeor has appeared in numerous commercials, music videos, TV and films as a break-dancer, actor and musician. He is repped by The Savage Agency.

Clark plays Kyle in the Jennifer Arnold (Dear White People) comedy movie Fat Camp and is repped by Clear Talent Group.

C3’s Earl Benjamin and Robert Benjamin will executive produce with The Exchange CEO Brian O’Shea.

“Keeping Three Stooges legacy alive for new generations is vital for the franchise,” said Benjamin, CEO of C3. “We are excited to bring The Three Little Stooges to life to entertain kids, families and our global fan base.”

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Moe Howard, Larry Fine and Curly Howard adding it up in The Three Stooges film short “Gents Without Cents” (1944).

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DECADES TV NETWORK CELEBRATES MOE HOWARD’S 120TH BIRTHDAY HONORS THE COMIC LEGACY OF THE THREE STOOGES®

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INCLUDES RARE BROADCAST OF NINE-PART THREE STOOGES DOCUMENTARY HEY MOE! HEY DAD!

June 5, 2017 – Chicago, IL – DECADES Network, the multicast TV network from Weigel Broadcasting Co. and CBS Television Stations, announces a special four-day tribute to the slapstick comic legacy of The Three Stooges. The event is scheduled to air Monday, June 19 through Thursday, June 22, in honor of Moe Howard’s 120th Birthday. To celebrate, DECADES will present the nine-part Three Stooges documentary HEY MOE! HEY DAD!, as well as a collection of The Three Stooges movies.

HEY MOE! HEY DAD! covers the complete history of the greatest comedy team of all time.

The documentary is from C3 Entertainment, Inc., The Three Stooges® brand owner and is produced by Frank Basile’s Fresh Produce Productions. The in-depth program pulls back the comedic curtain and tells the backstory of all the members of The Three Stooges, covering a hundred years from the perspective of narrator Paul Howard, Moe Howard’s son. Besides the rare footage and photos, the docu-series also features interviews with family members, friends and Hollywood celebrities, including Leonard Maltin, Billy West, Pat Cooper, and Whoopi Goldberg.

Moe Howard was born on June 19, 1897. Together with his brothers, Curly and Shemp, stalwart Stooge Larry Fine, Joe Besser, and Curly Joe DeRita, The Three Stooges have entertained generations of fans with their timeless comedy. In a 60-plus year career, Moe never missed one performance.

No tribute to The There Stooges comedy is complete without showcasing their slapstick talents from classic films and shorts. DECADES will present the feature length Stooge antics in The Three Stooges Meet Hercules (1962), The Three Stooges in Orbit (1962), The Three Stooges Go Around the World in a Daze (1963) and Stop! Look! And Laugh! (1960). From the first “Why I oughta,” to the next “Nyuk Nyuk Nyuk” to the final “What’s the big idea?”, DECADES pays tribute to the comedy genius of The Three Stooges. To see a complete program schedule and to find out where you can watch DECADES, please visit http://decades.com

In May of 2015, the DECADES multicast network launched on the digital sub-channels of the CBS Television Stations and other broadcast groups. The network is currently available in 69% of the country. DECADES features a schedule that is different each day, exploring a variety of years, trends, events or themes. Programming includes the original one-hour daily series Through the Decades, hosted by award-winning journalist Bill Kurtis, as well as documentaries, popular TV shows and films chosen to immerse viewers in that day’s DECADES context. Weekday programming also currently includes The Dick Cavett Show, Ripley’s Believe it or Not and Rowan and Martin’s Laugh In, and every weekend features The Decades Binge with continuing episodes of classic television series.

Weigel Broadcasting Co. is a Chicago based business, family owned since 1965. Weigel and its affiliated companies own and operate network and independent television stations in Chicago, Milwaukee and South Bend, Indiana. In addition, Weigel is the leader in the multicast television network space with “MeTV,” Memorable Entertainment Television being the number one rated and distributed network in the space, as well as the “Movies!” Network in cooperation with the Fox Television Stations, “H&I” Heroes & Icons, and “DECADES” Network in partnership with the CBS Television Station Group.

CBS Television Stations consists of 29 owned-and-operated stations, including 16 that are part of the CBS Television Network, eight affiliates of The CW Network, three independent stations and two MyNetworkTV affiliates. Among its stations are WCBS-TV and WLNY-TV (New York), KCBS-TV and KCAL-TV (Los Angeles), WBBM-TV (Chicago), KYW-TV and WPSG-TV (Philadelphia), KTVT-TV and KTXA-TV (Dallas-Ft. Worth), KPIX-TV and KBCW-TV (San Francisco), WBZ-TV and WSBK-TV (Boston), WUPA-TV (Atlanta), WWJ-TV and WKBD-TV (Detroit), KSTW-TV (Seattle), WTOG-TV (Tampa-St. Petersburg), WCCO-TV (Minneapolis), KCNC-TV (Denver), WFOR-TV and WBFS-TV (Miami), KOVR-TV and KMAX-TV (Sacramento), KDKA-TV and WPCW-TV (Pittsburgh), WJZ-TV (Baltimore), as well as WCCO-TV’s satellite stations KCCO-TV (Alexandria, Minn.) and KCCW-TV (Walker, Minn.

C3 Entertainment, Inc. is a diversified Entertainment and Media company engaged in motion picture, television, digital and home entertainment production and worldwide distribution, as well as licensing and brand management of world famous classic brands and personalities. For more information, please visit www.c3entertainment.com.

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PR Contact and For Interview Opportunities Contact:

Andrea DeLesDernier at C3 Entertainment, Inc.

email:  adelesdernier@c3entertainment.com

Phone: 818-956-1337

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Michael Grandinetti Returns for Fourth Season of Hit CW Series MASTERS OF ILLUSION

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Broadway World – TV- bwwtvMay 19, 2017

Illusionist Michael Grandinetti is always up for a challenge. For the past 20 years, Grandinetti has made a name for himself across the country with such stunning feats as levitating in a stadium while surrounded by 70,000 people, causing a 200 piece orchestra to read the minds of an audience and play songs only thought of, and even making a 20ft American Flag appear on the White House Lawn for Easter.

Returning as one of the featured performers on The CW’s hit series MASTERS OF ILLUSION, Grandinetti, who has been named by Entertainment Weekly as “a great magician who can truly communicate with a TV audience” and by Hidden Remote as “a fan favorite”, is aiming to top his past performances in all three seasons with a batch of brand new illusions that combine his signature elements of drama, suspense, and comedy, with music, personality, and audience participation.

Since the show’s premiere in the summer of 2013, Michael has performed some of his favorite illusions on the show’s Hollywood stage, including levitating an unsuspecting audience member under bright lights, shrinking a dancer to the size of a basketball, causing live goldfish to appear from his bare hands, and vanishing from high above the stage and reappearing in the center of the audience. This season will include Michael’s 20th illusion that he has performed on the series (a stunning, never before seen illusion with a 40″ spinning buzz saw).

Currently airing in over 100 countries around the world and hosted by actor Dean Cain (“Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman”), MASTERS OF ILLUSION is a show the entire family can enjoy, with weekly illusions, escapes, comedy magic, sleight of hand, and more, all performed before a live audience. Premiering on June 30 at 8pm, 13 all-new episodes were filmed for the season. A few of the new surprises Michael has in store this year include:

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Illusionist Michael Grandinetti levitating 15 feet over Hollywood Blvd.

Melting Through An Industrial Fan
Michael attempts to pass his body through the spinning metal blades of a 5ft diameter industrial aircraft fan, and hopefully emerge unharmed on the other side.

The Mind Reading Mouse
In this surprising effect, Michael uses a live, white mouse to read the mind of an audience volunteer. This has to be seen to be believed.

Visible Buzz Sawing in Half
Giving one of magic’s classics a modern touch, Michael visibly divides a girl in half with a 40″ spinning buzz saw. Then, without any cover, her halves are separated across the table top, as she continues to smile, laugh and interact with the audience.

The Borrowed Object Challenge
Watch as Michael creates a slow motion close-up illusion, as a borrowed pencil dramatically melts right through the center of a borrowed twenty dollar bill. This effect, which takes place only inches away from the audience, looks like a Hollywood special effect, LIVE.

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Known for his stunning levitation illusions, Michael suspends a dancer in mid-air while the camera films the magic from 360 degrees.

Michael’s career history includes performances on television series and specials (NBC’s The World’s Most Dangerous Magic, CW’s Masters of Illusion, Pop’s Don’t Blink, FOX’s Bones, Entertainment Tonight, Access Hollywood, SportsCenter, The Bold and the Beautiful, The Hollywood Christmas Parade), for NFL halftime and NBA halftime shows in massive stadiums and arenas, with Oscar-winning composer Marvin Hamlisch and symphony orchestras, in theaters, casinos, and arenas around the country and even at The White House. Michael was also the first illusionist ever invited to appear in the National Independence Day Parade in Washington DC, where he levitated a girl high above a float as it moved down Constitution Avenue as 250,000 people lined the streets.

Masters of Illusion is produced by Associated Television International, with executive producers David McKenzie (The 38th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards,” “Marie”), Al Schwartz (The 38th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards,” “The Golden Globe Awards” 2013 & 2014, “The Gulf is Back”), Gay Blackstone (“The World Magic Awards 2007-2009) and David Martin (“Marie”), along with co-executive producers Justin Pierce (“The Rocky Saga: Going the Distance”) and Jim Romanovich (“Inside Story: Ferris Bueller’s Day Off”). Sony Pictures Television will handle the show’s international distribution.

For more information on Michael Grandinetti, please visit www.michaelgrandinetti.com and check out some preview videos below:

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Celebrating the Music and Life of Ritchie Valens

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By Alex Garcia, Sun Contributing Writer | Posted: Wednesday, May 10, 2017

His younger sister, Connie Valens, says even more important is that Valens, a Pacoima native, remains a part of the community where he grew up.

“He left a legacy that, if you’re young and have your dreams and are willing to sacrifice, you can make them come true,” she said over the phone from Iowa, where she moved some years ago. “And family comes first.”

Valens’ family — sisters Connie and Irma Norton, and brothers Bob Morales and Mario Ramirez — will share some of that legacy with the San Fernando Valley community Friday and Saturday, May 12 and 13, as they celebrate “Come On Let’s Go Rock ’n’ Roll Day” to commemorate Valens’ 76th birthday with a series of events.

Last year the Los Angeles City Council proclaimed a day of honor for the iconic Latino rock star and his family, who keep his memory alive through their nonprofit Ritchie Valens Foundation.

They want to annually honor the anniversary of his birth. This year they are doing it through a series of events that will culminate on Saturday with a “sock hop” dance at San Fernando High School, Valen’s alma mater. The money raised would benefit the school’s ASB Music Program.

Success At A Young Age

Ritchie Valens was born on May 13, 1941 and learned to play guitar after getting a few lessons from his uncle and cousins, Connie remembered.

“He heard songs and taught himself to play. He joined the (school) band, somebody saw him and offered him a record deal,” she said.

His career lasted barely eight months but he had several hits, most notably “La Bamba,” an old Mexican folk tune that he turned into a rock & roll classic.

Connie, who was in elementary school at the time, remembers those days fondly.

“We heard his songs on the radio. He would come home excited from the concerts with sacks of pictures, publicity pictures he had to sign,” she said. “My sister and I would sell them at school for a nickel each. We were pretty popular.”

On Feb. 3, 1959 — what many dubbed “The Day the Music Died” — Valens was killed in a plane crash in Iowa. The accident also claimed the lives of fellow musicians Buddy Holly and J.P. “The Big Bopper” Richardson.

The 1987 biographical movie about Valens, titled “La Bamba,” renewed interest in the musician, who was later inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2001.

A Father Figure

While new generations may only know about Valens through his music and the movie, Connie remembers him as the older brother who took care of them.

“He was a father figure,” she said.” Mom was a single mother. The summer before he went on tours, mama went to work and Ritchie was there to take care of us. He made sure we ate, made sure we didn’t get into trouble.”

He was also trying to get his family out of poverty, a message Connie hopes to convey to San Fernando High School students during two special assemblies on Friday, which will feature the Alley Cats, a nationally touring a cappella Doo-Wop group.

“I want to tell them that they can pave their own way. They don’t have to sit around and have someone pave it for them,” Connie said.

“Kids nowadays get lazy. We want them to see that with a little hard work and determination and enthusiasm — tienen que tener ganas. They have to have a will, a desire to step forward.”

“Ritchie had a purpose, to free his family from a life of poverty. Nobody has to live in poverty. You can be poor, but not live in poverty — but you have to want to do it. I want to give them a little nudge in that direction,” she added.

Connie believes it’s an easy message for the San Fernando High School students to grasp, some of whom may share some of the same circumstances that her family endured.

“First of all, Ritchie is a local kid. He was somebody who grew up in the same circumstances that they’re growing up, with a single parent family,” Connie said.

“He could have been their peer. He was taking classes in the same classrooms, he lived there in San Fernando. I hope that’s something motivational, that they can see a little bit of themselves in Ritchie — being Hispanic, coming from broken homes.

“There’s a way out. You need to find what is inside of you and shape it into something for your future. I want it to be personal for them. They, too, can live their dream.”

The Celebration

Apart from the school assemblies, there are other events to acknowledge the second annual Ritchie Valens Day in Los Angeles on Friday. Connie, her brothers and sister will appear at a “meet and greet” to debut “Ritchie Valens Soy Capitan” Cola at the Rocket Fizz Candy and Soda Pop Shop, located at 3524 W. Magnolia Blvd. in Burbank, at 6:30 p.m.

On Saturday evening they return to San Fernando High School for the family-friendly sock hop in the school’s gym.

Everyone is encouraged to wear 1950s attire. The music will be courtesy of John Mueller of Winter Dance Party and Ritchie’s brother Mario Ramirez, whose group The Backyard Blues Band will play Valens’ hits.

Sal Rodriquez, a drummer of the rock group War, will be the guest emcee.

“It’s going to be a lot of fun,” says Connie, herself a San Fernando High graduate.

She said that when they were thinking of a way to honor her brother, they immediately thought of the school.

“What better venue than San Fernando High School? We wanted to involve the entire community and give a little bit back too,” she said.

San Fernando High students will be admitted to the dance free with school ID. Tickets for the sock hop are only available the day of the event, cash only at the door. Adults are $15, while couples pay $25. Kids under 18 are free with parent. For more information, visit www.RitchieValens.com.

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Bare Tree Media Features Three Stooges With Stoogemojis

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May 05, 2017 By License Global

C3 Entertainment and Bare Tree Media have joined forces to create and launch “Stoogemojis,” the official emoji-sticker-photo app for The Three Stooges.

The new app will include a host of Three Stooges-themed messaging stickers that can be sent via iMessage, Facebook, Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp and Twitter. The “Stoogemojis” app also includes an iMessage extension so fans can easily access the stickers.

Find out how to get your Stoogemojis on www.ThreeStooges.com

 

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April 21-13 Preview: JOHN MUELLER’S WINTER DANCE PARTY at South Point Hotel & Casino

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Broadway World Las Vegas: by Debbie Hall Apr. 19, 2017

In 1959, pioneers of rock Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and the Big Bopper were part of the Winter Dance Party tour when their plane crashed in an Iowa cornfield. But the music and their contribution lives on and John Mueller‘s “Winter Dance Party” will pay tribute to the artists, their music and legacy at the South Point Showroom in the South Point Hotel Casino and Spa April 21-23.

Hosted by John Mueller (as Buddy Holly), the tribute show re-creates the iconic legends’ final tour during a high-energy, two-hour live performance. Fans can sing and dance to the trio’s iconic hit songs of the ’50s, including “That’ll Be the Day,” “Donna,” “La Bamba,” “Chantilly Lace” and “Crazy Blues.”

Mueller’s parents were older when he was born and the family listened to the music of 1950s. “My older Brother Loved Buddy Holly and Chuck Berry and it struck a chord with me too,” Mueller told BroadwayWorld.com. “My friends would make fun of me but I kept listening.”

He grew up and followed a career in acting, first in Chicago and then in Los Angeles. While Mueller is also a musician and plays guitar, he was focused on acting. Set up for audition as Buddy Holly for a television show, Mueller brought the trademark Buddy Holly frames and guitar.

“I strummed by guitar and I was cast on the spot,” he explained. “I didn’t realize that I resembled Buddy so much.”

After that television appearance, Mueller was cast in musical “The Buddy Holly Story.” Audience members would comment that while they didn’t care for the play, they loved the music. After touring with the show for a few years, Mueller decided to create “Winter Dance Party” and focus on the music. The show debuted in 1996 and has been touring throughout the years.

The passing of Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and the Big Bopper has affected popular culture. In 1971, Don McLean released “American Pie,” which lamented, “the day the music died” in reference to the plan crash and loss. The song reached No. 1 in 1972 and No. 12 when it was reissued in 1991.

Lou Diamond Phillips starred as Richie Valens in the biopic “La Bamba” released in 1987. An original soundtrack with some of the “Winter Party Songs” was released and the film was nominated for a Golden Globe for Best Motion Picture, Drama in 1988.

“They were all unique performers and this makes it fun for the audience,” Mueller said. A documentary about the show is being produced with an anticipated completion date in 2018. Mueller also works on other projects including original music but mainly focuses on the tour.

John Mueller‘s “Winter Dance Party” will be performed in South Point Showroom in the South Point Hotel Casino and Spa April 21-23. To purchase tickets, click here. For more information about the show and Mueller, visit winterdanceparty.com.

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C3 Entertainment Inc. Bridges Classic Entertainment Such as The Three Stooges with Contemporary Brands

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Three Stooges fans really are wise guys. When the calendar rolls over to any of The Boys’ birthdays, fans call the offices of C3 Entertainment, the brand owner of The Three Stooges, to wish them a happy birthday.C3 2 Info

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Ani Khachoian, executive vice president of licensing, merchandising and distribution, pictured with The Three Stooges® Pillowfighters by Throwboy.

Sometimes they even call to ask if The Boys are still alive. The staff just laughs and enjoys the calls as if they were one of the Stooges’ famous bits. “It’s actually a good sign, especially if it’s a younger person calling because it reinforces their contemporary relevance,” Marketing and Social Media Manager Andrea DeLesDernier says.

The Three Stooges silly slapstick comedy remains just as popular today among longtime fans and all generations. Even after 20 years with the company, Ani Khachoian, executive vice president of licensing, merchandising and distribution, still finds herself surprised by some of the requests she receives. She’s been asked to sign off on everything from clearances for a Three Stooges-themed birthday cake to rap lyrics. “I’ve seen throughout the years younger generations and more women become fans,” Khachoian says.

Maintaining Legacy

C3 Entertainment is the company charged with introducing The Three Stooges’ laughs and nyuks to each new generation. The Three Stooges founded the company as Comedy III Productions Inc. in 1959 to handle their licensing and productions.

Six decades later, C3 continues to evolve. The licensing of Stooges’ materials still makes up the bulk of its business, but in the last five years, the company has added other brands as well as content distribution. “You won’t find a lot of licensing agencies that also do content distribution and productions,” Khachoian says.

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C3’s library of more than a thousand hours of content consists of many Three Stooges titles, which include 156 cartoon episodes, to feature films in many genres, including faith-based, romantic comedies and cult horror movies, military and historical documentaries and educational programs for children. Khachoian says content distribution was a natural evolution for the company with the rise of streaming services such as Hulu and Amazon. But its distribution is not limited to digital; C3 distributes content globally for cable and network broadcasts and home entertainment products. C3 also produces TV specials and feature films for theatrical distribution on a worldwide basis.

Content distribution is only a part of the expansion going on at C3. The Three Stooges have long been intertwined with the company’s lineage, but C3 also represents other brands and personalities that span generations. Some of these brands include pioneering rock ‘n’ rollers Ritchie Valens and J.P. Richardson, famously known as “The Big Bopper.”

C3 is also developing a licensing program for John Mueller’s Winter Dance Party, a traveling tribute show commemorating the 1959 tour of musical legends Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and The Big Bopper that ended tragically when the three musicians and their pilot were killed in a plane crash, widely referred to as “The Day The Music Died.”

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“The Three Little Stooges,” a new family movie coming soon.

The acts may be considered oldies rock, but Khachoian says Valens, The Big Bopper, and Holly are still appreciated by listeners, and their timeless music continues to inspire today’s biggest artists. “[Valens] was the first Latino rock star, so there’s nothing old about that,” she says. Valens especially resonates with a younger cross-cultural audience.

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Cover art by Jon Pinto for The Three Stooges® comic book series from American Mythology.

The company represents modern talent and brands as well. Celebrity Chef Jason Santos, who operates three restaurants in Boston; Magician Michael Grandinetti, a staple on CW’s Masters of Illusion; and world-renowned artist, Marc Lacourciere, better known as Motor Marc, are among C3’s more contemporary personalities. Recent additions to the company’s brand roster include National Day Calendar and the Rainbow Valley Fire Department education series for children.

Brands come to C3 both through existing relationships and C3’s recognition as a top global licensor. “We pick and choose who we want to represent and our brands all have broad and enduring appeal,” Khachoian says.

Serving Clients

The diversity of its brands sets C3 apart from most other licensing companies. Where others might focus on brands in a specific entertainment field, C3 represents brands across a wide spectrum. “It’s fun and challenging because it’s a little bit of everything,” Khachoian says.

The range of its brands enables the company to touch multiple industries, but it also leaves few opportunities for overlap and cross-promotion. Each brand must be handled on its own merits and C3 challenges itself to be creative in finding licensees and other opportunities.

“There isn’t a rock I’ve left unturned,” Khachoian says. “I go everywhere. I reach out to everybody. Licensing is one of those things where the sky is the limit. Whatever you can think of, you can license.” As an example, Motor Marc’s artwork will appear on collectible rifles. Ritchie Valens’ name and likeness appear on Soy Capitan Cola released in the first quarter of 2017. Then there is The Three Stooges evergreen brand. “How many classic comedy brands can you think of that have

Rainbow Valley Fire Department, a 3D animated series for kids.

Rainbow Valley Fire Department, a 3D animated series for kids.

products at market in virtually every category?” Khachoian says.

As popular as The Three Stooges brand is, C3 knows it must produce new Three Stooges content to keep the classic comedy trio relevant to modern audiences.

The company is working on the next new Three Stooges feature film that will reunite Chris Diamantopoulos, Sean Hayes and Will Sasso, who played Moe, Larry and Curly in 2012’s The Three Stooges Movie and is currently scheduled to begin production in 2018.

For younger fans, C3 is working on The Three Little Stooges, a movie featuring 12-year old versions of Larry, Moe and Curly. The film is slated to begin production this year. “Having new productions is vital to help drive demand for our licensing programs,” Khachoian says.

Continuing she says, “We have worked very hard to achieve this marketplace success with The Three Stooges brand and expand the multigenerational fan base for the brand and we are very proud of our accomplishments.”

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Chef Jason Santo’s New Restaurant Buttermilk & Bourbon featured in Boston Magazine

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Celebrity Chef Jason Santos opens his third Boston area restaurant, Buttermilk & Bourbon starring Creole fusion dishes and his lush, neon Voodoo Lounge.

The latest from Jason Santos has upgraded Bourbon Street cocktails, Southern-inspired creative plates, and several sexy spaces to linger.

by: Jacqueline Cain for Boston Magazine 2/17/17 – Photos by Mike Diskin

UPDATE, February 27, 1:30 p.m.: Just in time for Mardi Gras, Buttermilk & Bourbon opens to the public tonight, Eater Boston reports.

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When Jason Santos saw the labyrinthine, subterranean space that was formerly BarLola, he knew it was the future home of the New Orleans-inspired restaurant he’s long wanted to open. With multiple rooms, exposed brick, wrought iron and gold details, and, come spring, an enormous outdoor patio, Buttermilk & Bourbon is on track to open in Back Bay this month.

“I have a bucket list of restaurants. At some point in my life, I would love to open a pizza place. This place, the actual space, screamed Southern to me,” says Santos, the blue-haired chef, and owner of Abby Lane and Back Bay Harry’s. “I love the food, I love Southern hospitality, I love the feel of it, and that’s really what I’m trying to go after.”

Santos (whose mane you may recognize from Hell’s Kitchen and Bar Rescue) has never done a Southern-inspired venture, but New Orleans is his favorite city to visit, he says. Before opening his neighborhood spots, the Boston native cooked with Andy Husbands at Tremont 647, was executive chef at the now-closed Gargoyles in Davis Square and operated the New American Blue Inc. on the waterfront. He’s not pigeonholing Buttermilk & Bourbon as simply Southern—Cajun Guacamole, for example, is on the new menu.

“It’s as fusion as it gets,” Santos says. “I strive to be the best I can be, but at the end of the day, I believe it’s really about having a good time. I wanted this to be whimsical.”

Santos is working with Michael and Erica Diskin of Assembly Design Studio, and the space features a lot of whitewashed brick, graffiti, hanging mirrors, and “wrought iron” bars on the windows, which were actually 3D-printed. Bright neon lights, including a sign for the “Voodoo Lounge,” shine on black tables and distressed wood furniture and live vines and ferns soften the space, too.

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The restaurant has a dining room with a decorative fireplace and red banquettes. Another room has curved ceiling and repurposed church pews for seating at long, hardwood tables. A bar area seats about 30 at window-fronting high tops, a 15-seat bar, and a perimeter drink rail, and the “voodoo lounge” area, which will be used on busy nights for reservations, as well as private parties, has a backlit, 3D mural hand-painted by Mark Grundig. That’s where the tarot card reader will be stationed during the grand opening, Santos says.

The main bar area will have a frozen drink machine churning out the house version of a Hand Grenade, a trademarked potion available only on Bourbon Street. At Buttermilk & Bourbon, it will be upgraded with fresh melon purée. A raw bar will offer Hurricanes on tap, alongside a daily selection of a few oysters-on-the-half-shell and shrimp.

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The main dining experience will be small plates meant for sharing. Some of the opening menu items include deviled egg toast with crab fat butter, Benton’s country ham, and spicy pepper salad; braised short rib boudin with shaved mushroom salad; boiled peanut hummus and crackers with house-made andouille sausage; and aged gouda macaroni and cheese with pork scraps, topped with crushed Red Hot Cheetos. Alongside Southern- or Nashville-style fried chicken, the chef will offer a white barbecue sauce as well as sweet and spicy barbecue syrup, which he describes as having the viscosity of maple syrup with the flavor of a traditional barbecue sauce. He also plans to sell those by the bottle.

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Buttermilk & Bourbon won’t have a full dessert program, but it will have beignets, as well as rotating flavors of house-made soft serve. Santos will use the kitchen’s small smoker to make a smoked cinnamon and bourbon flavor, and some other possibilities include chocolate buttermilk, root beer and date, and peach and smoked pecan come summertime.

“I’m trying not to take myself too seriously here, and everything is thoughtful,” Santos says.

Buttermilk & Bourbon will open for dinner on February 24, and weekend brunch will come in due time. On February 28, it will throw down for its first Mardi Gras party.

Buttermilk & Bourbon website

Address: 160 Commonwealth Ave., Boston, 617-266-1122, Facebook.

Link to article in Boston Magazine: http://www.bostonmagazine.com/restaurants/blog/2017/02/13/buttermilk-bourbon-jason-santos-first-look-photos/