BET celebrates Barack Obama’s inauguration

BET Networks To Host Inaugural Ball Presented By AT&T At Smithsonian American Art Museum And National Portrait Gallery

Official Sponsors Include AT&T, Marriott, Hennessy V.S., Perennial Sports & Marketing, Southern Company, Wal-Mart And Wells Fargo

Live Performances From Bell Biv Devoe, Doug E. Fresh, Frederic Yonnet, MC Lyte And Featuring Jermaine Dupri And Celebrity DJ’s D-Nice, DJ Kiss, DJ Quick Silva And More Surprises

Hollywood and political figures to attend include Tatyana Ali, Angela Bassett, Hosea Chanchez, Morris Chestnut, Rosario Dawson, Estelle, America Ferrera, Gayle King, Kenya Moore, Q-Tip, Chris Tucker, Kerry Washington, Lynn Whitfield and Wilmer Valderrama

On January 21, 2013 BET Networks will celebrate the inauguration of the 44th President of the United States of America, Barack Obama, with an Inaugural Ball. The black tie affair will include a guest list consisting of celebrities, influencers, policy makers, community leaders, media and politicos and will take place at the Smithsonian American Art Museum and National Portrait Gallery from 9:00 p.m. – 2:00 a.m. ET . In addition to the ball, BET Networks will honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. with special programming on BET and CENTRIC on Mo nday, January 21 at 11 A M ET/ 8 AM PT when BET News airs “From King to President: America Celebrates” the 57th Presidential Inauguration of President Barack Obama.

Hosted by GRAMMY nominated recording artist Wayne Brady , BET Networks’ Inaugural Ball will include 3 areas of entertainment with live performances by Bell Biv Devoe, Doug E. Fresh, Frederic Yonnet, MC Lyte and feature a special DJ set by Jermaine Dupri along with DJ Kiss, DJ D-Nice and DJ Quick Silva. Special guests to include Tatyana Ali, Angela Bassett, Hosea Chanchez, Morris Chestnut, Rosario Dawson, Estelle, America Ferrera, Gayle King, Kenya Moore, Q-Tip, Chris Tucker, Kerry Washington, Lynn Whitfield and Wilmer Valderrama.

The BET Networks Inaugural Gala presented by AT&T is sponsored by Marriott, Hennessy V.S., Perennial Sports & Marketing, Southern Company, Wal-Mart and Wells Fargo.

This event has limited availability and is by invitation only. To request more information, please go to
During and following the LIVE on-air BET News special, “From King to President: America Celebrates,” will continue the conversation with a small group of invited guests who will provide perspectives on the speech beyond political observations. Also, viewers can join the conversation about the special on Twitter by using hashtags: #BETObamaMLK and #Obama4more.

About BET Networks
BET Networks, a subsidiary of Viacom Inc. (NASDAQ: VIA, VIAB), is the nation’s leading provider of quality entertainment, music, news and public affairs television programming for the African-American audience. The primary BET channel reaches more than 90 million households and can be seen in the United States, Canada, the Caribbean, the United Kingdom and sub-Saharan Africa. BET is the dominant African-American consumer brand with a diverse group of business extensions:, a leading Internet destination for Black entertainment, music, culture, and news; CENTRIC, a 24-hour entertainment network targeting the 25- to 54-year-old African-American audience; BET Digital Networks – BET Gospel and BET Hip Hop, attractive alternatives for cutting-edge entertainment tastes; BET Home Entertainment, a collection of BET-branded offerings for the home environment including DVDs and video-on-demand; BET Event Productions, a full-scale event management and production company with festivals and live events spanning the globe; BET Mobile, which provides ringtones, games and video content for wireless devices; and BET International, which operates BET in the United Kingdom and oversees the extension of BET network programming for global distribution.


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K-Swiss, Inc. is being investigated

Law Office of Brodsky & Smith, LLC Announces Investigation of K-Swiss, Inc.

Law office of Brodsky & Smith, LLC announces that it is investigating potential claims against the Board of Directors of K-Swiss, Inc. (“K-Swiss” or the “Company”) (Nasdaq- KSWS) relating to the proposed acquisition by E.Land World Ltd. (“E.Land”).

Under the terms of the transaction, K-Swiss shareholders will receive only $4.75 in cash for each K-Swiss stock they own. The investigation concerns possible breaches of fiduciary duty and other violations of state law by the Board of Directors of K-Swiss for not acting in the Company’s shareholders’ best interests in connection with the sale process to E.Land. The transaction may undervalue the Company and will result in loss for many long term K-Swiss shareholders. For example K-Swiss stock traded at $12.39 as recently as April 27, 2011 and an analyst has set price target for K-Swiss stock at $5.60 per share.

If you own shares of K-Swiss stock and wish to discuss the legal ramifications of the proposed transaction, or have any questions, you may e-mail or call the law office of Brodsky & Smith, LLC who will, without obligation or cost to you, attempt to answer your questions. You may contact Jason L. Brodsky, Esquire or Evan J. Smith, Esquire at Brodsky & Smith, LLC, Two Bala Plaza, Suite 602, Bala Cynwyd, PA 19004, by e-mail at visiting, by calling toll free 877-LEGAL-90.

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Study Examines Gender Disparity in Independent Films

Sundance Institute and Women In Film Los Angeles Study Examines Gender Disparity in Independent Film

Study Finds More Women in Independent Film than Hollywood

Study Conducted by Stacy L. Smith, Ph.D., Katherine Pieper, Ph.D. and Marc Choueiti at
Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism, University of Southern California

Los Angeles, CA — Keri Putnam, Executive Director, Sundance Institute, and Cathy Schulman, President, Women In Film Los Angeles, announced today the results of a first-of-its-kind research study examining gender disparity in American independent film. The study is part of a collaboration between Sundance Institute and Women In Film Los Angeles to support independent female filmmakers. Results were shared at a gathering of film and industry leaders at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah.

The study was commissioned by Sundance Institute and Women In Film Los Angeles and was conducted by Stacy L. Smith, Ph.D., Katherine Pieper, Ph.D. and Marc Choueiti at Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism, University of Southern California.

Putnam said, “The results of this research are encouraging, and we hope they will highlight the barriers and opportunities facing women behind the camera. We look forward to collaborating with Women In Film Los Angeles and other allied organizations to raise awareness and inspire action around this important issue.”

Schulman said of the results, “This data shows us that there is a higher representation of female filmmakers in independent film as compared to Hollywood – but it also highlights the work that is still to be done for women to achieve equal footing in the field.”

The research was conducted with a two-prong approach. First, it quantitatively assessed the gender of 11,197 directors, writers, producers, cinematographers and editors in U.S. movies programmed for the Sundance Film Festival between 2002 and 2012 to identify the prevalence of female filmmakers. Second, researchers documented the qualitative experiences of female filmmakers through interviews with filmmakers and film industry representatives.

Findings include:

Of U.S. films selected for the Sundance Film Festival from 2002-2012, 29.8% of filmmakers (directors, writers, producers, cinematographers and editors) were female.
Across all behind-the-camera positions, females were most likely to be producers. As the prestige of the producing post increased, the percentage of female participation decreased. This trend was observed in both narrative and documentary filmmaking. Fewer than one third of all narrative producers but just over 40% of associate producers were female. In documentaries, 42.5% of producers and 59.5% of associate producers were female.
When compared to films directed by males, those directed by females feature more women filmmakers behind the camera (writers, producers, cinematographers, editors). This is true in both narratives (21% increase) and documentaries (24% increase).
Females were half as likely to be directors of narrative films than documentaries (16.9% vs. 34.5%).
Female directors of Sundance Film Festival films exceed those of the top 100 box office films. 23.9% of directors at the Sundance Film Festival from 2002-2012 were female, compared to 4.4% of directors across the top 100 box office films each year from 2002 to 2012 that were female.
41.5% of the female directors across 1,100 top-grossing movies of the past ten years had been supported by Sundance Institute.
Five major areas were identified as hampering women’s career development in film:
Gendered financial barriers (43.1%)
Male-dominated industry networking (39.2%)
Stereotyping on set (15.7%)
Work and family balance (19.6%)
Exclusionary hiring decisions (13.7%)
Opportunities exist to improve the situation for women in independent film. Individuals mentioned three key ways to change the status quo:
Mentoring and encouragement for early career women (36.7%)
Improving access to finance (26.5%)
Raising awareness of the problem (20.4%)

The first initiative of the Sundance Institute and Women In Film Los Angeles collaboration, which began in January 2012, was to create a Mentorship Program, matching 17 Sundance Institute-supported women directors and producers with leaders in the field. Sundance Institute and Women In Film Los Angeles also convened meetings in New York and Los Angeles this fall with leading organizations working on gender in media. These Allied Organizations will be involved in and lend counsel to the project, and include: AFI; Alliance of Women Directors; Women in Film New York; Athena Film Festival / Women & Hollywood; Chapman University; Chicken & Egg; Film Independent; Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media; IFP; Impact Partners Women’s Fund; Loreen Arbus Foundation; Mayor’s Office of Film, Theatre and Broadcasting, NYC; Paley Center for Media; PGA; Tangerine; UCLA; USC; Women Make Movies; Women Moving Millions; and Women’s Media Center.

The Sundance Institute and Women In Film Los Angeles collaboration is supported by LUNA and JPMorgan Chase Foundation.

Sundance Institute
Sundance Institute is a global nonprofit organization founded by Robert Redford in 1981. Through its artistic development programs for directors, screenwriters, producers, composers and playwrights, the Institute seeks to discover and support independent film and theatre artists from the United States and around the world, and to introduce audiences to their new work. The Institute promotes independent storytelling to inform, inspire, and unite diverse populations around the globe. Internationally recognized for its annual Sundance Film Festival, Sundance Institute has nurtured such projects as Born into Brothels, Trouble the Water, Son of Babylon, Amreeka, An Inconvenient Truth, Spring Awakening, I Am My Own Wife, Light in the Piazza and Angels in America. Join Sundance Institute on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.

Women In Film
Women In Film is a non-profit organization dedicated to helping women achieve their highest potential within the global entertainment, communication and media industries and to preserving the legacy of women within those industries. Founded in 1973, Women In Film and its Women In Film Foundation provide for members an extensive network of contacts, educational programs, scholarships, film finishing funds and grants, access to employment opportunities, mentorships and numerous practical services in support of this mission.

Celine Dion raises funds for Cystic Fibrosis Foundation

Celine Dion, Caesars Entertainment and AEG Live Raise $1 Million with Special Performance Benefitting the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation

Legendary Entertainer Pays Tribute to Cause with Touching Benefit Event

LAS VEGAS, Nevada — The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation is one step closer to finding a cure for cystic fibrosis thanks to a little help from some superstar friends. More than $1 million was raised in support of cystic fibrosis research efforts last night during a special performance “Adding Tomorrows with Celine Dion,” a partnership with international music icon Celine Dion, Caesars Entertainment, AEG Live and the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. Held at Caesars Palace, the evening included a performance of Celine Dion’s glamorous show by Grammy Awards producer Ken Ehrlich and featured a touching tribute to those with cystic fibrosis during her rendition of Billy Joel’s “Lullabye.”

Funds from the benefit concert will support critical research for cystic fibrosis, a fatal genetic disease that causes debilitating lung infections and premature death. As the world’s leading organization fighting cystic fibrosis, the CF Foundation funds more research than any other organization and is fueling tremendous advances toward a cure and improving the lives of those with the disease.

Celine lost her niece Karine to cystic fibrosis in 1993 and has been involved in the fight against this disease as the Celebrity Patron for Cystic Fibrosis Canada since 1982.

“The cystic fibrosis cause holds a very special place in my heart and I’m honored to have been able to team up with the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, my partners at Caesars Entertainment and AEG Live to help raise funds and awareness for this worthy cause,” said Celine. “We’re making dramatic progress in treating this terrible disease, and I truly hope that one day soon, CF will stand for ‘cure found.’”

Prior to Celine’s benefit performance guests who purchased special VIP packages were treated to an exclusive welcome reception and group photo with Celine during her pre-concert sound check, dinner at Old Homestead Steakhouse and admission to a private post-concert reception at Gordon Ramsay Pub & Grill sponsored by Southern Wine & Spirits.

About the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation

The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation is the world’s leader in the search for a cure for cystic fibrosis. The Foundation funds more CF research than any other organization, and nearly every CF drug available today was made possible because of Foundation support. Based in Bethesda, Md., the Foundation also supports and accredits a national care center network that has been recognized by the National Institutes of Health as a model of care for a chronic disease. The CF Foundation is a donor-supported nonprofit organization. For more information, go to


Reigning at the heart of the Las Vegas Strip, Caesars Palace features 3,960 hotel guest rooms and suites, including the brand new Octavius Tower and 181-room Nobu Hotel. The 85-acre resort offers 25 diverse dining options including celebrity chef-branded restaurants by Gordon Ramsay, Bobby Flay and Guy Savoy, the award-winning Bacchanal Buffet, nearly 130,000 square-feet of casino space, a five-acre Garden of the Gods pool oasis and the award-winning Qua Baths & Spa. The Forum Shops at Caesars showcases more than 160 boutiques and restaurants and the 4,300-seat Colosseum spotlights world class entertainers such as Celine Dion, Elton John, Rod Stewart, Shania Twain and Jerry Seinfeld. For more information, please visit or to access media materials and request high-resolution images. Find Caesars Palace on Facebook and follow on Twitter.

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The 3rd Annual AML & Financial Crime Conference

ACAMS Returns to Dubai for the 3rd Annual AML & Financial Crime Conference

- Two-day conference unites global thought-leaders, focuses on AML and financial crime prevention from regional perspectives

This Sunday January 20th the Association of Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialists (ACAMS) will host hundreds of financial crime detection and prevention professionals at the Grosvenor House Hotel for its 3rd Annual AML & Financial Crime Conference in Dubai. The two-day conference will address perennial and emerging issues impacting the region, such as the risks of banking politically exposed persons (PEPs), complying with extraterritorial sanctions regimes, and adopting multi-jurisdictional compliance procedures to spot tax evasion.

“We’re proud to be back in the region with the opportunity to provide an engaging forum where compliance professionals can discuss and share global best practices in the context of the realities of the MENA region,” said John Byrne, CAMS, ACAMS Executive Vice President.

The opening keynote address will be delivered by Mr. Adel Al-Qulish, Executive Secretary at the Middle East-North Africa Financial Action Task Force (MENAFATF). Among his various responsibilities, Mr. Al-Qulish coordinates member countries’ efforts in the fight against money laundering and terrorist financing and oversees the process of mutual evaluation of other countries.

Also presenting at the conference is Dr. Muhammad Baasiri, Third Vice Governor at Banque du Liban and the Chairman of the National Committee for Coordinating AML Policies. Dr. Baasiri played a key role in the creation of MENAFATF, and was awarded the 2008 ACAMS “Professional of the Year” in the MENA region.

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ACAMS is the largest international membership organization dedicated to enhancing the knowledge and skills of AML and financial crime professionals from a wide range of industries with extensive resources designed to develop and sharpen the skills required for superior job performance and career advancement. Its CAMS certification is the most widely recognized AML certification among compliance professionals worldwide. Visit for more information.

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Netflix Original Series, House of Cards London premiere

Netflix Original Series House of Cards, the new political drama staring Kevin Spacey and Executive Produced by David Fincher, premiered in London January 17th, 2013 at the Odeon, West End.
The premiere was attended by cast members Kevin Spacey, Robin Wright and Kate Mara as well as Director David Fincher and writer Beau Willimon.

Netflix in association with The Old Vic, presented the first viewing of this Original Netflix Series, House of Cards.

A thrilling political drama about power and the shadowy world of greed, sex, corruption and politics in modern day D.C. House of Cards is available only on Netflix, from February 1st.

Netflix House of Cards Red Carpet Premiere

Netflix House of Cards Red Carpet Premiere

Netflix House of Cards Red Carpet Premiere

Netflix House of Cards Red Carpet Premiere

BAFTA LA 2013 Awards Season Tea Party Arrivals

The British Academy of Film and Television Arts Los Angeles (BAFTA Los Angeles) celebrated the 2013 Awards Season with their annual BAFTA Los Angeles Awards Season Tea Party on Saturday, January 12, 2013 at The Four Seasons Hotel in Beverly Hills. The BAFTA Los Angeles Awards Season Tea Party is one of the most prestigious events in the annual awards calendar, celebrating and wishing the best of luck to all nominees for the awards season ahead.

As well as honoring the year’s nominees and winners, the Tea Party also included a silent auction to raise funds and awareness for the BAFTA LA Community Outreach and Philanthropic programs including the Heritage Archive and Inner City Cinema programs. Awards Season Nominees along with Leading executives, British celebrities and BAFTA members enjoyed traditionally British tea and scones, and cocktails at the uniquely British Tea Party.

BAFTA Los Angeles Awards Season Tea Party sponsors included Audi, The Four Seasons Los Angeles at Beverly Hills, BBC AMERICA and Champagne Taittinger.

Celebrities in attendance were; Ben Affleck (Argo), Mark Andrews (Brave), Malik Bendjelloul (Searching for Sugar Man), Kathryn Bigelow (Zero Dark Thirty), Steve Bing (Marley), Jacqueline Bisset, Jon Bon Jovi (Stand Up Guys), Helena Bonham Carter (Les Miserables), Betsy Brandt (Breaking Bad), Tim Burton (Frankenweenie), Adelaide Clemens (The Great Gatsby), Bradley Cooper (Silver Linings Playbook), Roman Coppola (Moonrise Kingdom), David Costabile (Lincoln), Marion Cotillard (Rust and Bone), Benedict Cumberbatch (Sherlock), Olivia d’Abo, Mychael Danna (Life of Pi), Jack Davenport (Smash), Daniel Day-Lewis (Lincoln), Alexandre Desplat (Argo), Michelle Dockery (Downton Abbey), Ava DuVernay (Middle of Nowhere), Francesca Eastwood (Miss Golden Globe 2013), Julian Fellowes (Downton Abbey), Jesse Tyler Ferguson (Modern Family), Sally Field (Lincoln), Frances Fisher, Michelle Forbes (The Killing), Johnny Galecki (The Big Bang Theory), Anne Hathaway (Les Miserables), Kara Hayward (Moonrise Kingdom), Claire Holt (The Vampire Diaries), Tom Hooper (Les Miserables), Ken Howard (SAG President), Danny Huston (Magic City), Jason Isaacs, Hugh Jackman (Les Miserables), Toby Jones (The Girl), Kathleen Kennedy (Lincoln), Travis Knight (ParaNorman), Tony Kushner (Lincoln), Jennifer Lawrence (Silver Linings Playbook), Ang Lee (Life of Pi), Nigel Lythgoe, Berenice Marlohe (Skyfall), Callan McAuliffe (The Great Gatsby), Sienna Miller (The Girl), Olivia Munn (The Newsroom), Navid Negahban (Homeland), Stephen Nemeth (The Sessions), Thandie Newton, Catherine O’Hara (Frankenweenie), Lena Olin, David Oyelowo (Lincoln/Middle of Nowhere), Archie Panjabi (The Good Wife), Dev Patel (The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel/The Newsroom), Harold Perrineau (Zero Dark Thirty), Freida Pinto, Lara Pulver (Da Vinci’s Demons), Eddie Redmayne (Les Miserables), Jay Roach (Game Change), David O. Russell (Silver Linings Playbook), Thomas Sadoski (The Newsroom), Katherine Sarafian (Brave), Amanda Seyfried (Les Miserables), Suraj Sharma (Life of Pi), Danny Strong (Game Change), Juno Temple (The Dark Knight Rises), Lorraine Toussaint (Middle of Nowhere), Christ Tucker (Silver Linings Playbook), Nadine Velazquez (Flight), Christoph Waltz (Django Unchained), Jacki Weaver (Silver Linings Playbook), Harvey Weinstein (Weinstein Company), James Wolk (Political Animals), and many more.

Ben Affleck Honored with Cinema for Peace Humanitarian Award

Cinema For Peace 2013 Gala For Humanity Honoring Ben Affleck And The Eastern Congo Initiative

Cinema For Peace 2013 Gala For Humanity Honoring Ben Affleck And The Eastern Congo Initiative

Cinema For Peace 2013 Gala For Humanity Honoring Ben Affleck And The Eastern Congo Initiative

Cinema For Peace 2013 Gala For Humanity Honoring Ben Affleck And The Eastern Congo Initiative

Cinema For Peace 2013 Gala For Humanity Honoring Ben Affleck And The Eastern Congo Initiative



On January 11, 2013 The Cinema for Peace Foundation presented Academy Award-winning actor, filmmaker and founder of the Eastern Congo Initiative, Ben Affleck, with its coveted Cinema for Peace Humanitarian Award at the star-studded 2013 Gala for Humanity at the Beverly Hills Hotel in Beverly Hills, Calif. Affleck was honored for his courageous efforts to raise awareness about the catastrophe in the Democratic Republic of Congo and his stand against the injustices experienced by the Congolese.

Joining Affleck for his accolade at the dinner gala celebration were Thandie Newton, Dax Shepard, Kristin Bell, Alfre Woodard and Cheyenne Jackson along with Cinema for Peace Founder and Gala Co-Chair Jaka Bizilj, HFPA President Dr. Aida Takla-O’Reilly and Gala Chairs Claire and John Cauldwell, Roland Emmerich, Veronica Ferres, Cindy Hensley McCain, Jeff Robinov, Cathy Schulman, Jeff Skoll and Co-Chairs Christian Angermayer, Elmar Biebl, Ted Braun, Rosilyn Heller, Philip Morros, Steve Wozencraft and Oliver Prock, among many more. Musical entertainment was provided by the hit Congolese band Maisha Soul.

Audi Kicks Off Golden Globes Week 2013

Bryan Cranston & Julie Bowen at the Audi pre-Golden Globes party

Bryan Cranston, Eric Stonestreet & Julie Bowen at the Audi pre-Golden Globes party

Kate Bosworth & Connie Britton at the Audi pre-Golden Globes party

Liev Schreiber & Naomi Watts at the Audi pre-Golden Globes party

Naomi Watts & Kate Bosworth at the Audi pre-Golden Globes party

Last night, some of Hollywood’s brightest stars joined Audi in kicking off Golden Globes® week 2013. Audi continued its well-regarded tradition of helping celebrate awards season with its fourth annual Golden Globes® party attended by nominees Naomi Watts, Connie Britton, Bryan Cranston, Eric Stonestreet along with Liev Schreiber, Kate Bosworth, Julie Bowen, Anthony Mackie, Navid Negahban, Chord Overstreet and Katie Cassidy, among others. At the star-studded event, celebrities arrived in stunning Audi vehicles including the A8L, the brand’s luxury flagship sedan

Golden Globe® nominee Connie Britton, clad in a stunning floor length red gown, chatted with Kate Bosworth who wore a black lace dress

Nominee Naomi Watts and partner Liev Schreiber stuck by one another’s side the entire night and were seen catching up with “Movie 43” co-star Kate Bosworth and beau Michael Polish

Nominee Eric Stonestreet held court on the dance floor, showing off his moves to Beyonce’s “Crazy in Love”

Julie Bowen, dressed in a beautiful beaded one-shouldered number, joked that she wished she could wear a Hillary Clinton-inspired pantsuit to next Sunday’s show

Television’s favorite villain, “Homeland’s” Navid Negahban happily chatted with fans of the show who approached him all night long

· “Breaking Bad” co-stars Bryan Cranston and Giancarlo Esposito caught up in the tented outdoor lounge

Lauren Conrad’s ex Jason Wahler engaged to Ashley Slack






Former Hollywood bad boy and Lauren Conrad’s ex Jason Wahler is officially off the market as he’s now engaged to model Ashley Slack.

Wahler posted a photo of his fiancee’s ring on Instagram, with the message “Love you babe!

Wahler, who gained popularity for his bad boy image on MTV’s Laguna Beach and The Hills, popped the question in November of Last year and his girlfriend said yes..

Wahler’s bride-to-be confirmed the news on her Facebook page, telling her followers:

“I said yes!!! I am the happiest girl in the whole wide world and I can not wait to spend the rest of my life with my best friend. — with Jason Wahler.” Later adding, “It’s official! 10-12-13 I will be Mrs. Wahler wooohoooo!!!!!”