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2008 International CES Draws Celebrity Talent

Celebrity Guests Promote the Latest Consumer Technology Technologies and Trends

Award winning actors, musicians, comedians and sports stars all come together at the 2008 International CES to experience the hottest products and technologies in the consumer electronics industry. The 2008 International CES, the world’s largest technology tradeshow, runs January 7-10 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Monday appearances feature Yoko Ono and Sony recording artists Natasha Bedingfield, wil.i.am from the Black Eyed Peas and Pat Monahan of Train to unveil an all new John Lennon Educational Tour Bus at an invitation only press reception to be held in the Concierge Center from noon-1 p.m. Bedingfield will also perform in the Concierge Center at 4 p.m. that evening.

Indy Car driver and 2005 Indianapolis 500 Rookie of the Year, Danica Patrick, will race into the GoDaddy.com booth on Monday along with wrestling’s very own Candice Michelle. Both women will be at the Las Vegas Convention Center (LVCC), Central Plaza, CP2.

Science Fiction buffs can’t afford to miss XENA, live at noon as part of the CES conference session: Science Fiction’s Influence on Technology. Kevin Costner and his band will be performing that night at CEA’s Wireless Communications Division reception in the LVCC, Gibson tent from 6-7 p.m. followed by Rocco Deluca from 7-8 p.m.

Academy Award winning actor and producer Michael Douglas, best known for his dramatic acting (Fatal Attraction and Wall Street) and his powerful presence as a producer (One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest and Romancing the Stone), will be at XStreamHD’s invitation only press conference on Tuesday, January 8 at 11 a.m. in The Venetian, Casanova 503.

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If you are a fan of the world champion Boston Red Sox – get ready. Big Papi, David Ortiz, will make an appearance at the SHARP booth, LVCC, Central Hall, 11024 from 2-3:30 p.m. on Tuesday. GoDaddy.com will bring in another big name on Tuesday -Olympic gold medalist, Amanda Beard, will visit Central Plaza, CP2.

Tuesday night will wrap up with the much anticipated Monster Cable concert at the Paris Hotel. Mary J. Blige will headline with Sheila E., Prince solo artist, and Joe Jackson, father to Janet and Michael Jackson, expected to be in attendance.

Mad Mike from MTV’s Pimp My Ride will be at Mitek’s booth, LVCC, North Hall, 2401 on Monday, January 7 from 1-2 p.m. and 4-5 p.m., Tuesday and Wednesday from 10-11 a.m., 1-2 p.m. and 4-5 p.m. MTX’s Mixed Martial Arts Team also be with Mitek for all show days from 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. and 2:30-3:30 p.m.

Graham Rahal, the son of U.S. motor racing legend Bobby Rahal, will for the first time get a taste of driving the BMW Sauber F1 Team racing car in the BMW Sauber F1 Team Pit Lane Park. Rahal will be at the LVCC, Gold Lot Exhibits, Gold-1 for all show days.

For more information about the 2008 International CES before, during and after the show, including celebrity appearances and special events, visit http://www.CESweb.org.

Note to Journalists: Detailed press conference information is available in the Press Room section of CESweb.org. Journalists are encouraged to arrive in Las Vegas by Saturday, January 5, 2008 to take advantage of all the CES press conferences and events, including CES Unveiled on January 5 at 4 p.m. in the Marco Polo Ballroom at The Sands / The Venetian.

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About CEA:
The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) is the preeminent trade association promoting growth in the $148 billion U.S. consumer electronics industry. More than 2,200 companies enjoy the benefits of CEA membership, including legislative advocacy, market research, technical training and education, industry promotion and the fostering of business and strategic relationships. CEA also sponsors and manages the International CES – Where Entertainment, Technology and Business Converge. All profits from CES are reinvested into CEA’s industry services. Find CEA online at http://www.CE.org.

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