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Tupelo’s favorite son, Elvis Presley, and his former bride, Priscilla, are portrayed in an upcoming movie.
From Yahoo, here’s an excerpt about the movie:
On Thursday in Los Angeles, actors Ron Livingston (“Office Space”) and Ashley Greene (“Twilight”) were spotted on the set of their latest film – an indie historical fiction pic titled “The Shangri-La Suite” – all decked out in groovy gear as the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll himself, Elvis Presley, and his former lady love, Priscilla Presley.
Interestingly enough, though, even as the pair of pop culture royals was and is storied enough to be featured as the central figures of any film, they are but supporting characters in “The Shangri-La Hotel,” the script for which was written by Chris Hutton and Eddie O’Keefe, with O’Keefe helming in his directorial debut. Instead, the flick surrounds a pair of troubled mental hospital patients (portrayed by Emily Browning and Luke Grimes) who fall in love and plot to drive cross-country to murder Elvis Presley during his concert appearance in L.A. to fulfill the guy’s lifelong dream.
The Tupelo Convention and Visitors Bureau has been working on a new branding campaign, and a meeting at 4 p.m.today at the CVB office will unveil what it’s all about.
Here’s a big hint from this notice about the meeting: it has something to do with the “Center of Positivity.”
The current branding has been to “put a little Elvis in it,” but CVB executive director Neal McCoy said last year that while it worked well with some elements of the CVB’s branding, it didn’t translate over to everything, like sports and film.
We’ll get all the details later today.
So… Tupelo is the “Center of Positivity.”
What do you think?
The 16th Tupelo Elvis Festival is three months away, and the Downtown Tupelo Main Street Association is putting the call out to get additional sponsors.
At today’s monthly board meeting of DTMSA, it was noted that the festival – to be held June 5-8 – is looking to secure another big sponsor to contribute $50,000 or more. The Tupelo Convention & Visitors Bureau already is the presenting sponsor of the festival with its $50,000 commitment, but festival organizers would like to add another.
Having several smaller sponsors is another option as well to help fill that funding level. Sponsorships are critical in securing the entertainment for the festival.
There are several levels of sponsorship available. Each level includes special amenities including VIP tickets, tents, T-shirts, framed posters:
- Platinum – $50,000 or more
- Gold – $25,000
- Silver – $10,000
- Bronze – $5,000
- Festival Friend – $4,999 and below
For more information about becoming a sponsor, contact Jessica Hollinger at (662) 841-6598 or email@example.com.
Meanwhile, sales for the Festival have gone well in the early going. In January, a limited offer of special ticket pages garnered about 350 purchasers. Individual tickets went on sale Feb. 10 at the BancorpSouth Arena and Ticketmaster, yielding nearly 300 sales.
In a change for this year’s festival, the Elvis Tribute Artist competition has been moved to the BancorpSouth Arena to accommodate more fans. In the past, the event was held at the Lyric Theater.
From the Natchez Trace Parkway:
A new National Park Service (NPS) report for 2012 shows that 5.6 million recreational visitors to the Natchez Trace Parkway spent $125.9 million in the communities surrounding the Park. This spending supported over 1,550 jobs in the local area.
“The Natchez Trace Parkway extends 444-miles through 41 county and municipal jurisdictions in the states of Tennessee, Alabama and Mississippi,” said Parkway Superintendent Mary Risser. “We attract visitors from across the U.S. and around the world. We are delighted to share the story of this place, the experiences it provides, and to use the Park as a way to introduce our visitors to this part of the country and all that it offers. National Park tourism is a significant driver in the national economy – returning $10 for every $1 invested in the Nations Park Service – and it’s a big factor in our local economy as well. We appreciate the partnership and support of our neighbors and are glad to be able to give back by helping to sustain local communities.” Read the rest of this entry »
We told you about the return of the popular Oleput festival in Tupelo earlier this week, and now, it’s official – the festival is back.
Well, sort of.
Here’s what organizers announced moments ago on its Facebook page:
We are happy to announce that NOleput will be held in the streets of Downtown Tupelo on Saturday, April 5, 2014….. This is so exciting and it will be here very soon! The event is free and open to the public. Music starts at 11am showcasing local musicians throughout the day on 2 separate stages.
Crawfish boil, food vendors and beverages will be available for purchase. The event will be held in the the vicinity of Clark Street, South Broadway, and Spring Street (North of the railroad tracks) with the VIP area held at The Historical Silver Moon Club (The Ice House).
Details will continue to follow. GREAT BIG THANKS to Sue Scruggs who came up with the name – NOleput (New Orleans style festival original to Tupelo, Mississippi; Great music, food and fun! – Artwork by Sue will follow soon. This event is made possible by a partnership between the City of Tupelo, Tupelo Sports Council’s All America City Picnic in the Park 4th of July Committee, Charlie Watson and a group of community volunteers.
NOleput will happen the same day as the Color Vibe run will be held downtown.
So why the name change?
We spoke to Oleput founder and president Monty Fletcher, who said while he supports the attempt at bringing it back, it won’t be the same. Fletcher and the original organizers invested thousands of dollars during Oleput’s 10-year run that ended in 1999, and the name was trademarked. Read the rest of this entry »
Just in time for spring break – as of Sunday, prices to get into Walt Disney World in Orlando, Fla., got more expensive. Just last summer, Disney raised prices, with the Magic Kingdom fee going up $6 to $95. Now it costs another four bucks to get in. But hey, at least it’s still under $100 – for now.
Visitors ages 10 and up will pay $99 for one-day tickets to the Magic Kingdom, a $4 increase. Prices for one-day tickets at Epcot, Animal Kingdom and Hollywood Studios also increased $4, from $90 to $94. Many visitors to the Disney parks purchase multi-day passes, which can decrease the daily cost of visiting the parks.
“Our pricing reflects the high quality and breadth of experiences we offer and our ongoing commitment to investing in our parks,” said Kim Prunty, Walt Disney World spokeswoman, via e-mail. “We offer a variety of ticket options that provide a great value, and find that most guests select multi-day tickets that offer additional savings.”
The Walt Disney Co. reported $12.3 billion for the quarter ending Dec. 28, 2013, a 9 percent increase from the same quarter in 2012. Of that $12.3 billion in revenues, $3.6 billion came from its parks and resorts. Parks and resorts revenues saw a 6% increase from the same quarter in 2012.