Monday, August 30, 2004

MTV Bling, Great News for Fans of L&O, Emmy Fest

Bling! Bling! MTV Video Music Awards: Miami, FL (August 29, 2004) - Everyone looked like a “rock” star as they cruised the red carpet drenched in diamonds at this year’s MTV Video Music Awards. Head turning trends included the Diamond Right Hand Ring and enormous diamond stud earrings.

Diamond Right Hand Rings rule MTV VMA red carpet:

· Lil’ Kim-26 carat pink Diamond Right Hand Ring by Sol Rafael
· Jessica Simpson- 22 carat Diamond Right Hand Ring by Jacob & Company
· Ashanti- 15 carat Diamond Right Hand Ring by Fred Leighton
· Gwen Stefani- 12 carat Diamond Right Hand Ring by Lorraine Schwartz

Diamond Studs top the charts:

· Beyoncé - 9 carat Diamond Studs by Lorraine Schwartz

· Gwen Stefani-15 carats Diamond Studs by Lorraine Schwartz

Celebrities who wore diamonds:

· Ashanti - Art Deco diamond bracelet valued at $15,000, Diamond Right Hand Ring valued at $25,000, Art Deco diamond necklace and diamond chandelier earrings valued at $22,500 by Fred Leighton.

· Beyoncé - 15 carat diamond studs and 32 carat yellow diamond ring valued at $2 million all by Lorraine Schwartz.

· Missy Elliot - $500,000 of diamond jewelry by Jacob & Company. Diamond turntable pendant with diamond necklace, diamond turntable ring and customized diamond watch with her name by Jacob & Company.

· Nelly - 500 carats and $5 million dollars of diamond jewelry by Chris Aire.

· P. Diddy - $8.3 million dollars of diamonds including an 18 carat diamond ring, 23 carat yellow diamond ring, diamond bracelet and diamond watch by Jacob & Company.

· Remy Martin (“Lean Back” video with Fat Joe) - Diamond necklace with fancy yellow and white hearts totaling 80 carats, valued at $135,000, multi-colored diamond cross and chain totaling 15 carats, valued at $30,000, diamond bracelet totaling 15 carats, valued at $80,000 and diamond chandelier earrings totaling 19 carats, valued at $89,000 all by Sol Rafael.

· Usher - Rose gold diamond watch by Jacob the Jeweler.

· Victoria Gotti - Pear-shaped diamond necklace totaling 95 carats, valued at $395,000, pear-shaped diamond bracelet, totaling 58 carats, valued at $165,000, Asscher-cut diamond right hand ring totaling 25 carats, valued at $500,000 all by Sol Rafael.

· Alicia Keys - Fancy yellow diamond earrings and yellow diamond ring totaling 11 carats valued at $500,000 by Sol Rafael.

· Amy Lee - Diamond stacked necklaces.

· Ashlee Simpson - Three-row stacked diamond bracelets and diamond flower brooch.

· Christina Aguilera - Three-row diamond bracelet and three stacked diamond bracelets.

· Gwen Stefani - 9 carat diamond stud earrings, rose-cut diamond bangle and 12 carat yellow Diamond Right Hand Ring by Lorraine Schwartz.

· Gwyneth Paltrow - Diamond disc earring by Stephen Russell.

· Haylie Duff - Diamond Right Hand Ring by Neil Lane.

· Hilary Duff - Gold and diamond bracelets and Diamond Right Hand Ring by Neil Lane.

· Jennifer Lopez - Diamond chandelier earrings by Stephen Russell, multicolored natural blackened diamond mesh bracelet and two blackened rose-cut diamond cuffs by Lorraine Schwartz.

· Jessica Simpson (Arrivals) - Diamond drop earrings, 22 carat Diamond Right Hand Ring and two diamond bracelets by Jacob & Company.

· Jessica Simpson (Performance) - Diamond drop earrings, eight stacked diamond bracelets, a diamond cuff bracelet and a 22 carat princess-cut diamond ring by Jacob & Company.

· Jo Jo - Pink diamond hoops and pink diamond bangles by Lorraine Schwartz.

· La La (MTV VJ) - Yellow diamond pear-shaped chandelier earrings by Joel Rosenberg.

· Lil’ Kim - 26 carat pink Diamond Right Hand Ring and Asscher-cut chandelier earrings and diamond bracelet by Sol Rafael.

· Paris Hilton - 24 carat diamond bracelet.

· Queen Latifah - Diamond hoops with inner chandeliers valued at $100,000 and diamond rose cut flower cuff valued at $200,000 by Lorraine Schwartz.

· Vanessa Minnillo - Diamond chandelier earrings by Joel Rosenberg.

Emmy Festivities: ENTERTAINMENT TONIGHT, the #1 entertainment newsmagazine in the world, and the world’s most popular magazine, PEOPLE, will join forces for the first time on Sunday, September 19, 2004 to celebrate and honor the 56th Annual Emmy Awards. Hollywood’s industry elite will gather at Mondrian’s famed Asia De Cuba and Skybar on the Sunset Strip for the 8th Annual ENTERTAINMENT TONIGHT EMMY PARTY sponsored by PEOPLE, which is also publishing The Hollywood Daily, an inside look at the television industry’s biggest week.

“We are so incredibly excited that PEOPLE is sponsoring this year’s Emmy party,” commented Linda Bell Blue, executive producer of ENTERTAINMENT TONIGHT and THE INSIDER. “As the number one brand in broadcast entertainment news, it makes perfect sense for us to join forces with the number one brand in print entertainment news to bring together the industry’s finest on television’s biggest night.”

“We’re thrilled to cap off our week of Emmy reporting in the Daily by partnering with ENTERTAINMENT TONIGHT for this fantastic event,” adds PEOPLE managing editor Martha Nelson.

The festivities will commence at 7:30 PM as exclusive invitees dine on a special menu created by Asia De Cuba executive chef, Christian Plotczyk, while watching the Emmy telecast on state-of-the-art [Samsung] plasma screens. Internationally acclaimed DJ, Tony O from the Emmy-nominated “The Ellen DeGeneres Show,” will be spinning throughout the night as ET and PEOPLE welcome more than 1,000 industry insiders comprised of Emmy winners and nominees, television and film stars, network and studio VIP’s, and opinion-makers from the worlds of entertainment, fashion, music and publishing to create a magical media universe as they party the night away by the pool, under the stars, and overlooking the lights of Hollywood.

Other event highlights include:

· Mystery Musical Performance

As with last year’s event – which was anointed ‘Best Party on Emmy Night’ by The Los Angeles Times when The Bangles rocked the house -- this year’s ET/Emmy Party sponsored by PEOPLE will feature a musical performance by one of the industry’s most popular bands.

· Beauty Bar

In addition to great music and fabulous food, ET and PEOPLE's guests will be treated to an exclusive Beauty Bar inside the party. Staffed by top industry make-up artists, this special retreat will provide guests with everything they need to stay looking fresh and fabulous throughout the night. Partiers will also be able to try-out and take-home exciting product samples.

· Couture Leather Gift Bags

Handbag designer, Junior Drake, has created a one-of-a-kind couture leather tote bag exclusively for the party. Currently available at Fred Segal in Los Angeles and the favorite of many celebrity fans such as Beyonce, Tyra Banks and Ali Landry, the exclusive Junior Drake bag will feature the latest beauty, personal and lifestyle products from companies such as Bed Head, Brasilian Roots Jewelry, Diane Von Furstenberg, L’Occitane, Paramount Home Entertainment’s “Frasier,” Pecksniff of London, Revlon, Joico, Sony Music, and Tony and Tina, among many others.

· Exclusive Photos and Video Coverage on ETonline:

Entertainment news junkies will also be able to view exclusive photos and video of star arrivals, clips of ET’s red carpet interviews, and photos from both the Awards and the ET/PEOPLE Emmy party within minutes of them taking place, on ET’s website,

Fans of ENTERTAINMENT TONIGHT can look forward to comprehensive coverage of the 56th Annual Emmy Awards on the following night’s broadcast – consistently one of ET’s highest rated shows of the year. Interviews with Emmy nominees and winners will be featured as ET anchors Mary Hart and Mark Steines take their places front and center on the Red Carpet at the Shrine Auditorium and then later at the evening’s festivities.

Emmy-nominated guests include: Jennifer Aniston, Peter Boyle, Steve Buscemi, Kim Cattrall, Stockard Channing, Larry David, Drea de Matteo, Kristin Davis, Edie Falco, James Gandolfini, Jennifer Garner, Brad Garrett, Kelsey Grammer, Mariska Hargitay, Sean Hayes, Patricia Heaton, Bonnie Hunt, Michael Imperioli, Allison Janney, Jane Kaczmarek, Anthony La Paglia, Matt Le Blanc, Janel Maloney, Cynthia Nixon, Sarah Jessica Parker, David Hyde Pierce, Doris Roberts, James Spader, Tony Shalhoub, Martin Sheen, Kiefer Sutherland, Jeffrey Tambor, and Amber Tamblyn, among many others.

Among the attendees since ET launched its first Emmy Awards party in 1996, are: Oprah, Dr. Phil McGraw, Mike Myers, Rob Lowe, Christian Slater, Kelly and Jack Osbourne, Matthew Perry, Tony Bennett, Ellen DeGeneres, Christine Baranski, Dennis Franz, George Lopez, Molly Sims, Rachel Hunter, Jeri Ryan, Catherine Bell, Paula Abdul, Ryan Seacrest, Simon Cowell, Randy Jackson, the cast of “Frasier,” the “Queer Eye for the Straight Guy” crew, the cast of the original “Survivor,” Arianna Huffington, Ron Livingston, Roma Downey, Jimmy Kimmel, Cheri Oteri, David Alan Grier, Sarah Wynter, and “Bachelor” Bob Guiney, as well as the original members of The Bangles who performed a rocking 50-minute set of their greatest hits.

Need Some LAW & ORDER? LAW & ORDER: SPECIAL VICTIMS UNIT and LAW & ORDER: CRIMINAL INTENT The Complete Current Seasons of All Three Series In This Award Winning Franchise Now Available to Own On DVD In Stores September 14, 2004 Universal City, CA, August 30, 2004 - One of the most successful and longest running drama series on television, LAW & ORDER has been honored with a record 11 consecutive Emmy® nominations for Outstanding Drama Series. Over 17 million viewers* tune in to enjoy the gripping story lines ripped from today's news headlines. Producer Dick Wolf's two additional series, the Emmy® Award nominated LAW & ORDER: SPECIAL VICTIMS UNIT and LAW & ORDER: CRIMINAL INTENT, have met with similarly loyal followings. Now the most recent seasons of all three series in this powerful crime drama brand are available to own on DVD September 14, 2004. Each collection includes exciting bonus features that enhance and extend enjoyment of the show. LAW & ORDER: THE FOURTEENTH YEAR, LAW & ORDER: SPECIAL VICTIMS UNIT − THE FIFTH YEAR and LAW & ORDER: CRIMINAL INTENT − THE THIRD YEAR are each priced at $59.98 SRP. Get $10 back when you buy one of the new DVD sets plus any other complete season of the Law & Order franchise.

Synopses & Bonus Features

With storylines echoing controversial real-life cases, each episode follows a single fascinating crime from the police investigation through its resolution in court. According to the New York Times, LAW & ORDER "has evolved into that rare jewel: a prestigious drama that tells self-contained stories about challenging issues." TV Guide says LAW & ORDER "is still turning out absorbing, sharply written episodes plumbing the moral minefield of modern-day crime and punishment." The star-studded cast features Jerry Orbach, Jesse L. Martin, S. Epatha Merkerson, Sam Waterston, Elisabeth Röhm and Fred Dalton Thompson as the detectives and prosecutors who tackle a different challenging case in each suspenseful episode. Bonus features include profiles of Jesse Martin and Fred Thompson, a set tour with Jerry Orbach and an interview with forensic scientist Park Dietz.

Series creator Dick Wolf followed the success of the original show with Emmy®-nominated LAW & ORDER: SPECIAL VICTIMS UNIT. Heading into its sixth season, this hard-hitting and emotionally charged drama chronicles the life and crime fighting of the New York Police Department's elite SVU. The series follows the investigations of Det. Elliot Stabler (Christopher Meloni), a seasoned, seen-it-all veteran of the unit, and his tough but compassionate partner, Det. Olivia Benson (Emmy nominee Mariska Hargitay), as they try to solve the city's most heinous crimes. Directing their intense efforts is Capt. Donald Cragen (Dann Florek, reprising his Law & Order role), whose tough but supportive approach guides the entire squad - which includes Detectives John Munch (Richard Belzer) and Odafin Tutuola (Ice-T), forensic psychiatrist George Huang (B.D. Wong) and ADA Casey Novak (Diane Neal) - through the dangerous challenges they face every day. Extra features include profiles of Ice-T, B.D. Wong and Dann Florek; plus a montage of the show's most memorable guest appearances.

The latest in the franchise, LAW & ORDER: CRIMINAL INTENT, is Wolf's gritty, psychological and suspenseful crime drama. Follow Major Case Squad Detectives Robert Goren (Vincent D'Onofrio) and Alex Eames (Kathryn Erbe) as they tackle the most challenging criminal cases in New York City. Under the supervision of Captain James Deakins (Jamey Sheridan) and with the assistance of Assistant District Attorney Ron Carver (Courtney B. Vance), Goren and Eames pursue the city's most devious offenders in a cat-and-mouse game filled with treachery and surprising twists. The show offers an additional dimension by exposing major crimes from the criminal's perspective, thus offering an up-close and personal look into the criminal justice system. Bonus materials include profiles of James Sheridan and Courtney Vance, a set tour with executive producer Fred Berner and Erbe, an interview with private eye and show consultant; plus the featurette "Who is Robert Goren?"

Street Date: September 14, 2004
Rating: Not Rated
Suggested Retail Price: $59.98
DVD Selection Number: 25714
Number of Discs: 3
Running Time: 17 Hours and 27 Minutes
Number of Layers: Dual (3 Double-Sided)
Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1 (Full-Screen)
Technical Info: English Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo/Captioned; Spanish Digital 2.0 Stereo/Captioned; French Subtitles

Street Date: September 14, 2004
Rating: Not Rated
Suggested Retail Price: $59.98
DVD Selection Number: 25725
Number of Discs: 4
Running Time: 18 Hours and 1 Minute
Number of Layers: Dual (3 Double-Sided, 1 Single-Sided)
Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1 (Full-Screen)
Technical Info: English Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo/Captioned; Spanish Digital 2.0 Stereo/Captioned; French Subtitles


Street Date: September 14, 2004
Rating: Not Rated
Suggested Retail Price: $59.98
DVD Selection Number: 25719
Number of Discs: 3
Number of Layers: Dual (3 Double-Sided)
Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1 (Full-Screen)
Technical Info: English Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo/Captioned; Spanish Digital 2.0 Stereo/Captioned; French Subtitles

*Based on average viewers of first-run Law & Order episodes during 2003-2004 season.