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Motivational Speaker TShane Johnson Pitch Video for the legendary Match Game!

Motivational Speaker TShane Johnson was asked to provide a pitch video for the legendary long running game show Match Game.

"We weren't really sure what the producers of Match Game expected so we just decided to have fun with it. I hope they enjoy it as much as we enjoyed putting it together."     
                                                                                          ~ Booyah Productions VP Ray Tharaldson

Match Game premiered on NBC in 1962 and was revived several times over the course of the next few decades. The game featured contestants trying to come up with answers to fill-in-the-blank questions, with the object being to match answers given by celebrity panelists.

The Match Game in its original version ran on NBC's daytime lineup from 1962 until 1969. The show returned with a significantly changed format in 1973 on CBS (also in daytime) and became a major success, with an expanded panel, larger cash payouts, and emphasis on humor.

The series was a production of Mark Goodson/Bill Todman Productions, along with its successor companies, and has been franchised around the world.

In 2013, TV Guide ranked the 1973–79 CBS version of Match Game as No. 4 on its list of the 60 greatest game shows ever.

Match Game returns to primetime! Hosted by Golden Globe and Emmy Award-winning actor Alec Baldwin, the iconic panel game show features four contestants who attempt to match the answers of six celebrities in a weekly game of fill-in the missing blank.

"We are excited to potentioanally spread our mission by being on this game show and have fun at the same time!"    ~ TShane Johnson

We'll keep you posted as things develop, stay tuned!


Hotel magnate, Gary Tharaldson, reveals his two biggest secrets to success

Gary Tharaldson shares tales of his business career during a talk at Minnesota State University Moorhead on Monday, April 16. Dave Olson/The Forum

MOORHEAD—Successful entrepreneur and hotel magnate Gary Tharaldson shared stories from his business career during an event at Minnesota State University Moorhead on Monday, April 16, wowing his audience with tales of how a boy who grew up near Dazey, N.D., on a farm that didn't have running water built a company that was sold to its employees in 1999 for about $1 billion.

About 15 years later, those employees walked away with about $600 million when they sold the company, providing many with a significant retirement fund, according to Tharaldson.

He said creating the employee stock ownership plan that made that possible is one of his proudest accomplishments in a career that is still going strong and is now chronicled in a book titled, "Open Secrets of Success: the Gary Tharaldson Story," which is available on Amazon and was written by Patrick J. McCloskey.

Tharaldson said the book reflects his long-held practice of answering questions anytime people ask him how he has gotten to where he is.

When it comes to building hotels, Tharaldson's formula is simple: he teams only with high-quality brands like Marriott and only builds in areas where demographics almost guarantee success.

To help ensure that, he said he determines who the major competitors are in a community and then builds hotels with about 20 percent fewer rooms, which he says usually results in higher occupancy rates and above-average profit margins, usually around 40 percent.

"I stack the deck for myself," Tharaldson said, adding that success comes in many forms and for him it's not necessarily making lots of money.

"If you're truly doing what you love to do, then you're successful," he said.

Asked what he feels are his three strongest talents, Tharaldson listed attitude and a willingness to learn, as well as adopting a common sense approach to most things.

When he struggled to come up with a third talent, his wife, Connie, supplied the rest:

"He never gives up," she said. "He finds a way to keep going and never, ever, gives up."

Tharaldson told the audience, which was mainly MSUM students, that a major part of what has made his hotels successful is the fact employees were given a stake in whether the business succeeded or not.
"They acted like owners. They took pride in everything they did, knowing someday there would be a payday," Tharaldson said.

'Hate U Give' Actor Dropped From Movie After Racially Charged Remarks

Gabriel Olsen/WireImage Kian Lawley

Kian Lawley's role will be recast in the YA adaptation.

by Mia Galuppo
After a video surfaced online of actor Kian Lawley making racially charged jokes, 20th Century Fox has decided to remove him from the upcoming release The Hate U Give.

“Due to the controversy surrounding his past comments and behavior, Kian Lawley will no longer appear in The Hate U Give.  The studio plans to recast the role of Chris and reshoot scenes as needed," a studio rep said Monday in a statement.

The Hate U Give is based on the young adult novel by Angie Thomas. The story follows Starr, a young woman drawn to activism after she witnesses the police shooting of her unarmed friend. The story is inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement. 

Hunger Games actress Amandla Stenberg leads a cast that also includes Regina Hall, Common, Issa Rae and Anthony Mackie. In the feature, Lawley was cast as Starr's white boyfriend.

"Words have power and can do damage. I own mine and I am sorry. I respect Fox’s decision to recast this role for The Hate U Give as it is an important story, and it would not be appropriate for me to be involved considering the actions of my past," said Lawley in a statement of his own. "I understand the impact and I have grown and learned since then. From now on I plan to use my voice for positive change."

While the film has not yet been given a release date, filming on Hate U Give wrapped in November. Fox's choice to recast Lawley so far into production parallels Sony's decision to replace Kevin Spacey with Christopher Plummer on Ridley Scott's All the Money in the World.

Lawley is best known as a YouTuber, but has tried to make the transition to acting, co-starring on the Fullscreen series H8TERS and appearing in AwesomenessTV features Before I Fall and Shovel Buddies.

Lawley is the latest social media star to land in hot water with creative partners after racial and culturally insensitive remarks were published online.

After Logan Paul posted a video on Dec. 31 that featured images of a suicide victim, YouTube put its original projects on hold with the actor and internet personality, including a sequel to the YouTube Red sci-fi thriller The Thinning. And Disney’s Maker Studios severed ties with YouTube gamer PewDiePie, aka Felix Kjellberg, after he released a series of anti-Semitic posts to his 53 million subscribers.

Justin Timberlake backed out of using Prince hologram at the last minute

Justin Timberlake was “100 percent ready to use the hologram” for his Prince tribute during his Super Bowl halftime show performance on Sunday, sources say — but backed out at the last minute.

“He was 100 percent ready to use the hologram but nixed it due to backlash from social media and Prince fans. That’s why he had that sheet up like in your mama’s backyard,” sniped one insider.

Prince’s longtime pal Sheila E. had tweeted that Timberlake was not going to use a hologram after they spoke on Saturday. “Family, I spoke w/Justin 2nite and he shared heartfelt words of respect for Prince & the Purple fans . . . There is no hologram.”

But in an interview with “Entertainment Tonight,” she also hinted that she had nixed the hologram idea personally. “I just said no. I just felt that it was too soon,” she told ET. “The hologram was weird, and Prince did tell me [to] make sure nobody ever does a hologram [of him] . . . He thought it was very demonic and that’s his spiritual beliefs.”

However, a source close to Timberlake told us the hologram plan was never fixed: “There’s no way Justin would ever disrespect Prince’s legacy. He didn’t change his performance.”
Prince fans were also upset about Timberlake hosting his “Man of the Woods” album listening party at the late icon’s Paisley Park and allowing alcohol to be served, but the source told us he had previously gotten the Prince estate’s blessing.

Timberlake’s rep didn’t comment.

Prince’s estate said in a statement: “Justin Timberlake, the NFL and the City of Minneapolis used the stadium and the city to give a beautiful hometown tribute to Prince. The two pieces of footage that appeared on the screens were licensed from the ‘Purple Rain’ movie and a vintage performance in Syracuse, NY.”