Short Film Contest Salutes SpongeBob

This week, Nickelodeon began accepting entries for its first SpongeBob SquarePants-inspired short film competition, aptly named “SpongeBob SquareShorts: Original Fan Tributes.”

Filmmakers of all ages are invited to create original, SpongeBob-inspired short films for a chance to win a cash prize and trip for four to a screening event in Hollywood, Calif.   

The call for entries opened May 6, and will run through June 28. Entries can be submitted in two categories (under 18 years of age, and 18 and over) to www.SpongeBobSquareShorts.com.

TV by the Numbers has more details.

Three Customers Win Free VOD Movies

Yesterday we revealed “Parental Guidance” as the April Movie Madness 2013 champion.  But there is more than one winner in this competition. Customers who (a) participated in our survey and (b) correctly predicted both the championship-round movies and the ultimate victor were entered into a random drawing for three prizes.

The grand-prize winner of 24 free Suddenlink VOD movies is Arkansas-customer Steve LaVergne. The two runner-ups — each winning two free VOD movies — are Louisiana-customer Jacqueline Lightfoot and Arizona-customer Thomas Clute.

Congratulations to all of them.

“American Pickers” Will Soon Scout Muskogee

A producer from History Channel’s “American Pickers” will visit Suddenlink-served Muskogee, Okla., in early June, in search of prime “picking” locations for the show’s stars Frank Fritz and Mike Wolfe.

Casting Associate Producer Anthony Rodriguez says they are looking for unique items, such as Civil War antiques, vintage casino gaming machines, vintage motorcycles and scooters, old advertising signs, and antique rodeo gear.

This Muskogee Phoenix article includes a more complete list of  items “American Pickers” is seeking, and instructions for contacting the producers.

And the Winner is …

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“Parental Guidance” has been crowned the champion of April Movie Madness 2013, besting “This is 40” by a mere 5 orders through Suddenlink Video on Demand (VOD) – one of the closest margins of victory in the entire competition. 

We have also drawn names from the participants who correctly predicted the championship pairing of the two movies noted above and chose “Parental Guidance” as the ultimate victor. We’re confirming eligibility now and will announce the winners soon. 

One grand prize winner will receive 24 free Suddenlink VOD movies that can be watched any time between June this year and May next year. Two runner-ups will each win two free VOD movies that can be watched anytime in June or July this year . 

Thanks to everyone who played along.  Follow us here, and on Facebook and Twitter, to learn more about new VOD releases and collections.

Choose Who Gets Player Cams for NBA on TNT

NBA playoff action continues, and fans are invited to vote for the players they want TNT to follow with player cams tonight. 

The New York Knicks host the Indiana Pacers (6 p.m. CT) and the Memphis Grizzlies travel to Oklahoma City to take on the Thunder (8:30 p.m. CT).  After the games, stay tuned for “Inside the NBA.”

TNT is available to all Suddenlink customers who have what is commonly known as Expanded Basic TV service.

Lifetime Special Tonight Features Cher, Mother

Tonight at 8 p.m. (CT), Lifetime premieres the documentary “Dear Mom, Love Cher.” The hour-long special, executive produced by Academy Award winner Cher, reveals the extraordinary life story and perseverance of her mother, Georgia Holt. 

According to USA Today, the special was inspired by a short video Cher created for her mother’s 86th birthday, which includes never-released music Georgia recorded in 1980 with Elvis Presley’s band.

Lifetime is available to virtually all Suddenlink customers who have what is commonly known as Expanded Basic service.

Last Chance to Catch These Two Movies on VOD

The clock is ticking on two Suddenlink Video on Demand (VOD) titles.

The rental window closes tomorrow, May 7, on “Hit and Run.”  Dax Shepard and Kristen Bell lead the action comedy, with an all-star supporting cast that includes Kristin Chenoweth, Bradley Cooper, Jason Bateman and Sean Hayes.

You’ll have until May 17 to catch “Trouble with the Curve.” Clint Eastwood and Amy Adams star in the story of a baseball scout and his daughter taking a final recruiting trip together.

Where Suddenlink VOD is available, check out these and other titles by going to Channel 1. A Suddenlink digital receiver is required to access the VOD menu.

Mayweather – Guerrero Fight on PPV Saturday

 

WBC welterweight champion Floyd Mayweather Jr. will put his perfect 43-0 record on the line tomorrow at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas when he takes on one of his toughest opponents yet, four-division champion Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero (31-1).  The welterweight world championship fight is available live Saturday, May 4, on pay-per-view (PPV) from Suddenlink.

On the same card is the featherweight world championship, featuring defending champ Daniel Ponce de Leon and former super bantamweight kingpin Abner Mares.

ESPN’s fight experts preview all the fights and predict the winners.

This event is available only to residential, non-commercial customers, at a price of $59.99 ($69.99 in high-definition format where available), which excludes taxes, fees, and equipment charges. The event requires a digital set-top box (receiver) and is available only in areas where Suddenlink offers PPV. Other restrictions may apply. Residential orders can be placed using a digital remote or by calling 877-694-9474 for more information.

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Please note that Suddenlink video-on-demand (VOD) and pay-per-view (PPV) are distinct services. Where VOD service is available, Suddenlink customers with digital receivers can find the VOD menu by tuning to Channel 1. In contrast, where PPV service is available, customers should be able to locate the PPV menu through their digital receiver’s interactive channel guide. Alternatively, if customers have trouble locating the PPV menu through the channel guide, they should be able to find it on one of the following channels, depending on where they receive service: 301, 500, 501, 621, 801, 811, 821 or 871.

Who Will Be Crowned Our Movie Madness Champ?

This weekend’s VOD views will help determine which of the two remaining films earns our April Movie Madness championship title.  Will you be tuning in to watch either of the contenders (“This is 40″ and “Parental Guidance”)?

Whether or not you entered your Movie Madness predictions before Monday’s deadline for the chance to win free VOD movies, you can still have fun guessing which title will be crowned the winner next Tuesday by answering our  championship round  poll

Follow Suddenlink on Facebook and Twitter today for “This is 40” and “Parental Guidance” movie trivia.

Critics at Odds Over Two New MTV Series

Two new series debut tonight on MTV.

Half-hour dinner-with-mom-and-talk show, “The Show with Vinny,” starring Vinny Guadagnino of “Jersey Shore” fame, begins at 9 p.m. (CT).  Immediately following is the mocumentary “Zach Stone is Gonna Be Famous,” starring plucked-from-You Tube comedian Bo Burnham.

Boston Herald critic Mark Perigard praises “Zach” and pans “Vinny.” Washington Post critic Hank Stuever takes the opposite view, preferring “Vinny” to “Zach.”

MTV is available to virtually all Suddenlink customers who have what is commonly known as Expanded Basic TV service.