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• Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Finalists Class of 2018: Ray Allen, Maurice Cheeks, Charles “Lefty” Driesell, Hugh Evans, Grant Hill, Jason Kidd, Steve Nash, Rudy Tomjanovich, Chris Webber, Kim Mulkey, Katie Smith, Tina Thompson, Wayland Baptist University. Class of 2018 will be named during the NCAA Men’s Final Four weekend in San Antonio March 31-April 2.

• Serena Williams, who said her first auto purchase was a while Lincoln Navigator SUV she named “Ginger,” has signed to become an official spokesperson for the brand. A social media-based marketing campaign includes videos of Williams talking about and driving the 2018 Navigator, with ongoing videos to follow. “Partnering with a brand like Navigator comes from a genuine place,” she said in the first video. “Let’s just be honest: Serena Williams needs to be in the new Navigator.”

• The Smashing Pumpkins unveil 'Shiny And Oh So Bright' 36-city tour, their first tour in nearly 20 years, with founding members Billy Corgan, Jimmy Chamberlin, James Iha. Produced by Live Nation.

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IMDbPro’s ALL-TIME TOP-GROSSING, LIVE-ACTION SPORTS-THEMED MOVIES*
1. The Blind Side (2009) $255.9M
2. The Karate Kid (2010) $176.6M
3. The Waterboy (1998) $161.5M
4. The Longest Yard (2005) $158.1M
5. Jerry Maguire (1996) $153.9M
6. Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby (2006) $148.2M
7. Rocky IV (1985) $127.8M
8. Rocky III (1982) $125.1M
9. Seabiscuit (2003) $120.2M
10. Blades of Glory (2007) $118.6M
*These are the Top 10 domestic-grossing, live-action movies with sports as a central theme. These numbers have not been adjusted for inflation.

Data provided by Box Office Mojo

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Most-Watched Winter Olympics in U.S. TV History
1. Lillehammer, 1994* 204 million
2. Vancouver, 2010 190 million
3. Salt Lake City, 2002 187 million
T4. Torino, 2006 184 million
T4. Albertville, 1992 184 million
T4. Nagano, 1998 184 million
* Nancy Kerrigan/Tonya Harding incident

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Jan142011

Audi Seeks Advantage With Pre-Super Bowl A8 Spot During NFL Playoffs

Audi's A8 seeks to break away from the pack with a pre-Super Bowl spot.January 14, 2011: Audi, which will be among a parking lot filled with car companies advertising during Super Bowl XLV Sunday, plans to get a jump on the competition with a new 60-second spot for the 2011 Audi A8 flagship sedan during NFL playoff games this weekend.

Audi said that the spot, "Goodnight," was inspired by Goodnight Moon, the 1947 classic children's book by Margaret Wise Brown. The spot is scheduled to break Jan 13, across cable networks, followed by a national network debut on Jan. 15-16, on CBS and Fox during the AFC and NFC divisional games. The spot also will air during Jan. 16 Sunday morning network news programs on ABC, CBS, Fox and NBC. Lead agency is San Francisco-based Venables Bell & Partners.

Super Bowl XLV will mark the fourth consecutive appearance for Audi. The broadcast on Fox on Feb. 6 will also feature ads from automakers including BMW, General Motors, Volkswagen, Mercedes-Benz, Hyundai, Chrysler and Kia, as well as car category companies CarMax, Bridgestone and Cars.com.

"We chose to feature the award-winning 2011 A8 because it represents today's standard of progressive luxury – sophisticated, yet memorable design, the most advanced technology available, and unmatched performance," Scott Keogh, CMO for Audi of America, said in a statement. "Today's luxury consumer exists in a world where status is no longer solely defined by tradition, but increasingly by their entrepreneurial accomplishments. As a result, they are seeking out new and more evolved luxury symbols that make them stand out from the crowd."

In the spot, a camera tracks through an exclusive mansion as a voiceover offers, "Goodnight gluttony. Goodnight expected. Goodnight outdated. Goodnight old luxury." Then as the A8 appears, golding in the sunrise, the voiceover continues, "Good morning innovation. Good morning inspiration." (See full spot here.)

Regarding the use of Goodnight Moon, Keogh said, "Research shows that consumer impressions are based in nostalgia and formed at a very young age. In 'Goodnight' Audi taps into these memories to break through the nostalgia and re-establish what it means to achieve luxury."

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