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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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Let us not seek the Republican answer or the Democratic answer, but the right answer. Let us not seek to fix the blame for the past. Let us accept our own responsibility for the future.
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Let us not seek the Republican answer or the Democratic answer, but the right answer. Let us not seek to fix the blame for the past. Let us accept our own responsibility for the future.
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Let us not seek the Republican answer or the Democratic answer, but the right answer. Let us not seek to fix the blame for the past. Let us accept our own responsibility for the future.
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Mar122017

Capital One ‘Will Survive’ March Madness With Charles, Samuel, Spike, Gloria Gaynor

By Barry Janoff

March 12, 2017: Of all the people traveling to Phoenix to watch the NCAA Men’s Div. I Basketball Final Four and championship game in the University of Phoenix Stadium, Charles Barkley, Samuel L. Jackson and Spike Lee are three of them.

Thanks to NCAA corporate champion partner Capital One, the trio return for their fourth starring roles in a humorous March Madness campaign, which follows them as they prepare for their trip, are en route and then finally arrive, with comedic scenarios along the way.

This year, Capital One has added a guest star: Gloria Gaynor, the singer of "I Will Survive" fame, who makes an appearance in one of the several new spots for the financial firm, "Ringtone," as an airline stewardess who gets to sing her signature song.

The campaign, "This Is March Madness," supports Capital One — an official NCAA partner since 2010 — and its Quicksilver card as the official bank and credit card of the Final Four. The effort, which breaks this week with four TV spots (plus a fifth blooper reel), also is being supported via digital and social media.

Lead agency is DDB, Chicago. The spots were directed by Lee.

Capital One was among the Top Five spenders on TV during March Madness 2016, a $46 million TV buy for 199 spots, according to research and consulting firm Kantar Media, NY.

The Top Five spenders were General Motors ($493 million), followed by AT&T ($80 million), Coca-Cola ($47 million), Capital One and Volkswagen ($39 million).

In addition to the TV spots, Capital One's involvement in March Madness 2017 is multi-platform.

This year, it includes sponsorship of the March Madness Bracket Challenge, title sponsor of the Capital One JamFest — the three-day music festival that also includes the AT&T Block Party and Coca-Cola Music (March 31-April 2) — the Final Four Fan Fest presented by Capital One (in the Phoenix Convention Center) and Capital One Championship Central on-air during Final Four weekend broadcasts on CBS.

The Capital One JamFest will star Aerosmith and Macklemore & Ryan Lewis.

The company is also presenting sponsor for Tourney Town at the Women's Final Four in Dallas.

"I Will Survive" was released in 1978 and reached No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.

In 2016, the Library of Congress deemed Gaynor's original recording of "I Will Survive" to be "culturally, historically, or artistically significant" and selected it for preservation in the National Recording Registry.

Gaynor still performs in concert and is also an author and motivational singer, turning her song into a “We Will Survive” message of encouragement.

Barkley, as usual with Capital One creative, is at the center of good-natured taunting.

In, "Snack Hoodie," Barkley has his hooded sweatshirt on backward so that the hood is near his mouth. Jackson says to him, "You know you put your hoodie on backward." "Did I?" says Barkley. "It’s called a Snack Hoodie (which is filled with chips)."

Lee says to him, "You’ve gone mad." To which Barkley, munching away at the snacks by barely moving his head, says, "There’s a fine line between madness and genus."

"Layers" finds the guys preparing for their trip to Phoenix to watch the Final Four. Jackson and Lee realize that Barkley has not packed a suitcase, instead choosing to wear several outfits in layers. This way, he explains, he is prepared for workouts in sports gear, which he rips off to reveal a tuxedo ("For a night at the opera"), which he rips off to pajamas ("Sleepover with the guys"), which he rips off to reveal a funky outfit from the ‘70s ("Disco party").

He then explains that under it all is a bathing suit for a possible pool party "or nothing, depending on the party."

In "Steaks (On a Plane)," the three are sitting in a plane headed to Phoenix having dinner. Barkley asks Jackson, "Sam, what are we eating?" Jackson replies, "Steak." Barkley then asks, "And where are we eating it?" "On a plane," Jackson replies. Barkley then says, "So we’re eating . . . " To which Jackson begrudgingly replies, "Steaks on a plane" (referring to his 2006 cult movie, Snakes on a Plane).

"How long you been working on that?" Lee asks Barkley. "Oh, ever since the movie came out," Barkley replies.

"Ringtone (I Will Survive)" again sees them on a plane en route the Final Four. Barkley gets a call on his cell phone, which has Gaynor’s "I Will Survive" as its ringtone. Rather than mock him, Jackson and Lee join Barkley in singing the lyrics.

As they get more rambunctious in singing and dancing in their seats, a stewardess approaches, seemingly to shut them down. Instead, Gaynor joins them in belting out her disco anthem.

"Bloopers" shows the guys working on the "Ringtone" spot but with Lee constantly messing up the lyrics, which sends Jackson, Barkley, Gaynor and the other actors on the set into hysterics.

Marketers are expected to top last year’s record TV spend of $1.24 billion during March Madness, which was up from $1.18 billion in 2015, according to Kantar Media.

Editor's Note: Capital One has since release two more spots in the campaign: "Chuck's Town" and "Clapper."

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