The Los Angeles Philharmonic Presents “WDCH Dreams” Celebrating the LA Phil’s 100th Anniversary

Los Angeles, CA (September 12, 2018) – The Los Angeles Philharmonic has commissioned award-winning media artist Refik Anadol to create unprecedented, breathtaking, three-dimensional projections onto the steel exterior of Walt Disney Concert Hall to signal the commencement of the LA Phil’s 100-year anniversary celebrations. Free and open to the public, nightly performances are scheduled to occur every half hour, with the first performance at 7:30 p.m., and the last at 11:30 p.m., September 28 to October 6.

The Los Angeles Philharmonic Presents “WDCH Dreams” Celebrating the LA Phil’s 100th Anniversary. Applying custom algorithms to the LA Phil digital archives, media artist Refik Anadol has created WDCH Dreams, stunning visualizations projected onto the building’s exterior for a week and also a season-long immersive exhibition in the Ira Gershwin Gallery.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Los Angeles Philharmonic has commissioned award-winning media artist Refik Anadol to create unprecedented, breathtaking, three-dimensional projections onto the steel exterior of Walt Disney Concert Hall to signal the commencement of the LA Phil’s 100-year anniversary celebrations. Free and open to the public, nightly performances are scheduled to occur every half hour, with the first performance at 7:30 p.m., and the last at 11:30 p.m., September 28 to October 6.

To make Walt Disney Concert Hall “dream,” Anadol utilized a creative, computerized “mind” to mimic how humans dream – by processing memories to form a new combination of images and ideas. To accomplish this, Anadol worked with the Artists and Machine Intelligence program at Google Arts and Culture to apply machine intelligence to the orchestra’s digital archives – nearly 45 terabytes of data – 587,763 image files, 1,880 video files, 1,483 metadata files, and 17,773 audio files (the equivalent of 40,000 hours of audio from 16,471 performances).

The files were parsed into millions of data points that were then categorized by hundreds of attributes, by deep neural networks with the capacity to both remember the totality of the LA Phil’s “memories” and create new connections between them. This “data universe” is Anadol’s material, and machine intelligence is his artistic collaborator. Together, they create something new in image and sound by awakening the metaphorical “consciousness” of Walt Disney Concert Hall. The result is a radical visualization of the organization’s first century and an exploration of synergies between art and technology, and architecture and institutional memory.

To actualize this vision, Anadol is employing 42 large scale projectors, with 50K visual resolution, 8-channel sound, and 1.2M luminance in total. The resulting patterns, or “data sculptures” formed by the machine’s interpretation of the archives will be displayed directly onto the undulating stainless-steel exterior of Walt Disney Concert Hall.

WDCH Dreams’ accompanying soundtrack was created from hand-picked audio from the LA Phil’s archival recordings. Sound designers Parag K. Mital, Robert Thomas, and Kerim Karaoglu augmented these selections by using machine-learning algorithms to find similar performances recorded throughout the LA Phil’s history, creating a unique exploration of historic audio recordings. Viewers can access the soundtrack at the LA Phil’s website (laphil.com/wdchdreams).

Inside Walt Disney Concert Hall, in the Ira Gershwin Gallery, is an immersive and interactive companion installation, offering a unique, one-on-one experience for each gallery visitor. The exhibition presents the entire LA Phil digital archives in a non-linear fashion. The visitor, via a touchscreen interface, can interact with the archives in multiple ways: via a sunburst timeline; through curated moments highlighting milestones in the LA Phil’s 100-year history; and by delving into to the entire data universe that can be uniquely manipulated by each gallery visitor. The space will be re-imagined as a mirrored U-shaped room with two-channel projection. Visuals will be projected onto the mirrored surface giving the visitor a truly immersive, 360-degree experience.

 

The Ira Gershwin Gallery opens to the public on September 28 and will remain open throughout the Centennial season. Visitors can reserve times to access the gallery via The Music Center’s self-guided tour schedule weekdays from 10am – 3pm. Ticket holders to any concert during the Centennial season can access the gallery 90 minutes prior to performances.

As a part of the Centennial celebrations, the LA Phil will make a selection of its archives, and online exhibitions, available on Google Arts & Culture, exploring how WDCH Dreams was made, with behind-the-scenes footage and a short film about the development of the project.

For more information about WDCH Dreams, please visit: http://www.laphil.com/wdchdreams

More about Refik Anadol:
Refik Anadol is known for transforming architectural spaces and façades into giant canvases for live media arts. Born in Turkey, he founded the Istanbul-based design studio Antilop; he also operates a studio in Los Angeles and teaches media arts at UCLA. His renowned site-specific works have been presented at the Digital Arts Biennial Montreal, the Ars Electronica Festival in Austria, and the Outdoor Vision Festival in Santa Fe. He also has contributed unforgettable work in previous LA Phil seasons, including real-time projections for a 2014 performance of Edgard Varèse’s Amériques led by LA Phil Conductor Laureate Esa-Pekka Salonen, and Schumann’s Das Paradies und die Peri, conducted by Gustavo Dudamel and directed by Peter Sellars.
www.refikanadol.com
www.instagram.com/refikanadol

More about the Artists and Machine Intelligence program at Google Arts & Culture:
Artists and Machine Intelligence (AMI) is a program at Google Arts & Culture that brings together artists, philosophers, and machine-learning researchers to realize projects using machine intelligence. Google Arts & Culture is a new, immersive way to experience art, history, culture, and world wonders from over a thousand organizations worldwide. Google Arts & Culture has been created by the Google Cultural Institute, and it is available for free to everyone on the web and on iOS and Android. Read more here.

Editors please note:

WDCH Dreams
Nightly performances
September 28 – October 6, 2018
Every half hour, starting at 7:30pm, with the last performance at 11:30pm
Walt Disney Concert Hall
Free and open to the public

PROGRAM:

Early in the 21st century, machine intelligence advanced beyond the memorization and analysis of data as a basis for prediction. The next phase was creation – data made beautiful. Pairing a computer’s “mind” with a building’s structure transformed both, giving the neural networks of the machine a canvas on which to create and architecture a “consciousness” with which to dream.

Chapter I: Memory
Archival Upload, Remembering the LA Phil’s Past

Chapter II: Consciousness
Radical Visualization, Mapping the Present

Chapter III: Dream
Imagination, Envisioning the Future

Soundtrack accessible starting on September 28, at: laphil.com/wdchdreams

High resolution renderings, for press purposes only, can be found here.

Credit: WDCH Dreams, renderings by Refik Anadol Studio

LA Phil 100:
In its Centennial year (September 2018 through October 2019), the LA Phil is inviting people from Los Angeles and around the world to join them in envisioning a future that music can help create. Major initiatives include presenting the orchestra’s most ambitious artistic season to date, featuring over 50 commissioned works and the LA Phil’s largest roster of artistic collaborations; investing in the future of young people by creating a permanent YOLA center, The Judith and Thomas L. Beckmen YOLA Center @ Inglewood, designed by Frank Gehry; establishing the LA Phil Resident Fellows Program, which will provide musicians representing or serving historically underrepresented populations opportunities for professional advancement; welcoming all of Los Angeles to Celebrate LA!: LA Phil 100 x CicLAvia, a free, massive, street festival featuring performances by hundreds of musicians, dancers and visual artists, stretching from Grand Avenue in front of Walt Disney Concert Hall all the way to the Hollywood Bowl, and concluding with LA Phil 100 at the Bowl, a free concert at the Hollywood Bowl; the “100 for the 100th: Be Our Guest” free ticket initiative, which will invite thousands of new listeners into Walt Disney Concert Hall; and a $500 Million Centennial Campaign to fund the future.

LA Phil:
The Los Angeles Philharmonic Association, under the vibrant leadership of Music & Artistic Director Gustavo Dudamel, presents an inspiring array of music from all genres – orchestral, chamber and Baroque music, organ and celebrity recitals, new music, jazz, world music and pop – at two of L.A.’s iconic venues, Walt Disney Concert Hall (laphil.com) and the Hollywood Bowl (hollywoodbowl.com). The LA Phil’s season at Walt Disney Concert Hall extends from September through May and throughout the summer at the Hollywood Bowl. With the preeminent Los Angeles Philharmonic at the foundation of its offerings, the LA Phil aims to enrich and transform lives through music, with a robust mix of artistic, education and community programs.

WalletHub’s 2018’s Best Places for Oktoberfest Celebrations

By  Adam McCann, Financial Writer

Washington, DC – Americans have much to thank the Germans for: BMW, bratwursts and hard syllables for letting off steam, for instance. Another of the Germans’ most famous contributions to our society is Oktoberfest, a weeks-long festival with beer as one of its centerpieces.

Oktoberfest often lasts from mid-September to the first Sunday in October. It originated in early 19th century Munich. It was only a matter of time before the Oktoberfest madness would find its way to U.S. soil, where nearly 46 millionGerman-Americans make up the largest single ethnic group. A typical Oktoberfest in the U.S. includes many varieties of beer, live music, folk dancing, German fare and elaborate parades. Some American cities have even added their own traditions, like the “Running of the Wieners” race in Cincinnati or “Keg Bowling” in Denver.

To help you prepare for this epic German festival, WalletHub compared the 100 largest U.S. cities based on 24 indicators of Oktoberfest-friendliness. Read on to see if you live in one of them. For more fun and interesting facts about this exciting event, make sure to check out our Oktoberfest Facts – History, Beer, Food and More infographic.

Best Places for Oktoberfest Celebrations

Overall Rank (1 = Best) City Total Score ‘Oktoberfest Traditions’ Rank ‘Costs’ Rank ‘Safety & Accessibility’ Rank
1 New York, NY 61.47 1 86 3
2 Portland, OR 60.81 3 6 52
3 Cincinnati, OH 60.64 2 18 44
4 San Francisco, CA 59.05 4 63 10
5 Chicago, IL 58.10 11 19 12
6 Philadelphia, PA 56.45 10 79 4
7 Denver, CO 55.67 8 17 71
8 Miami, FL 55.48 9 41 51
9 Seattle, WA 55.10 5 84 31
10 Orlando, FL 54.51 7 39 79
11 Pittsburgh, PA 54.35 12 78 9
12 Sacramento, CA 53.53 14 51 29
13 Columbus, OH 53.10 19 13 58
14 Boise, ID 52.87 32 9 16
15 St. Louis, MO 52.82 6 48 90
16 Madison, WI 52.64 20 74 8
17 Milwaukee, WI 52.60 17 11 70
18 Scottsdale, AZ 52.51 23 20 38
19 Lincoln, NE 51.62 29 45 14
20 Tampa, FL 51.35 22 37 48
21 Indianapolis, IN 51.16 24 24 63
22 Las Vegas, NV 51.13 15 71 57
23 Minneapolis, MN 50.94 13 81 36
24 Colorado Springs, CO 50.77 16 36 83
25 Buffalo, NY 49.42 31 65 11
26 Washington, DC 49.36 18 93 20
27 Wichita, KS 49.28 37 7 54
28 Fort Wayne, IN 49.18 36 28 37
29 Charlotte, NC 49.17 34 10 61
30 New Orleans, LA 49.14 28 47 35
31 San Diego, CA 49.13 21 66 50
32 Austin, TX 48.92 26 23 68
33 Tucson, AZ 48.66 38 12 60
34 Chandler, AZ 48.58 42 3 82
35 St. Paul, MN 47.89 25 88 15
36 Omaha, NE 47.88 40 35 41
37 Cleveland, OH 47.67 35 43 56
38 Birmingham, AL 47.39 49 22 40
39 Oklahoma City, OK 46.79 66 4 55
40 Los Angeles, CA 46.78 27 75 43
41 Honolulu, HI 46.74 44 94 5
42 Toledo, OH 46.59 69 26 28
43 Louisville, KY 46.21 33 69 49
44 Anaheim, CA 46.05 30 83 33
45 Winston-Salem, NC 45.64 54 32 42
46 Albuquerque, NM 45.43 65 1 97
47 Henderson, NV 45.20 53 29 64
48 Raleigh, NC 45.17 47 50 47
49 Virginia Beach, VA 44.96 51 77 24
50 Durham, NC 44.71 64 30 32
51 San Antonio, TX 43.47 61 21 73
52 Baltimore, MD 43.40 41 96 17
53 Tulsa, OK 42.95 57 8 95
54 Plano, TX 42.75 67 59 30
55 Boston, MA 42.59 43 100 7
56 Gilbert, AZ 42.22 68 14 76
57 Dallas, TX 42.11 60 25 87
58 Phoenix, AZ 42.06 73 5 75
59 El Paso, TX 42.03 70 61 26
60 Corpus Christi, TX 42.02 82 15 18
61 Kansas City, MO 41.85 46 44 100
62 Houston, TX 41.79 58 38 89
63 Detroit, MI 41.77 63 31 88
64 Oakland, CA 41.70 45 97 23
65 Jacksonville, FL 41.69 56 49 85
66 Anchorage, AK 41.49 50 87 46
67 Atlanta, GA 41.48 39 62 99
68 Glendale, AZ 41.42 48 58 93
69 Hialeah, FL 41.36 99 27 19
70 Long Beach, CA 40.94 62 91 13
71 St. Petersburg, FL 40.81 55 67 86
72 Lexington-Fayette, KY 40.75 59 33 96
73 Fresno, CA 40.07 77 68 25
74 Nashville, TN 39.91 52 76 91
75 Jersey City, NJ 39.89 84 95 1
76 Newark, NJ 39.43 93 90 2
77 Greensboro, NC 39.00 89 34 34
78 Fort Worth, TX 38.81 74 54 78
79 Mesa, AZ 38.29 75 70 80
80 Aurora, CO 37.81 76 42 98
81 Lubbock, TX 37.72 87 53 45
82 San Jose, CA 37.63 72 92 27
83 Santa Ana, CA 37.38 92 72 22
84 Norfolk, VA 37.34 78 56 69
85 Bakersfield, CA 37.29 81 46 84
86 Laredo, TX 37.16 100 2 66
87 Stockton, CA 37.03 83 57 67
88 Reno, NV 36.93 71 73 92
89 Irvine, CA 36.70 90 89 21
90 Irving, TX 36.31 98 40 74
91 Chula Vista, CA 36.27 88 80 39
92 Chesapeake, VA 36.11 91 52 65
93 Arlington, TX 35.68 80 60 81
94 Riverside, CA 34.87 85 85 53
95 North Las Vegas, NV 34.35 94 82 59
96 Fremont, CA 33.99 95 98 6
97 Garland, TX 33.23 96 55 72
98 Baton Rouge, LA 33.20 86 64 94
99 Memphis, TN 33.02 97 16 77
100 San Bernardino, CA 30.92 79 99 62

Ask the Experts

As with any other holiday celebration, heavy Oktoberfest partying can be harmful — and not just to a person’s wallet. For tips on budgeting, safety and hosting a citywide Oktoberfest celebration, we asked a panel of experts to share their thoughts on the following key questions:

  1. What tips do you have for celebrating Oktoberfest on a budget?
  2. In evaluating the best cities for celebrating Oktoberfest, what are the top five indicators?
  3. What are some social and economic considerations for cities looking to host Oktoberfest celebrations?
  4. How can local authorities promote safety and reduce alcohol-related accidents during Oktoberfest?

Methodology

To determine the best cities for Oktoberfest celebrations, WalletHub compared the 100 most populated U.S. cities across three key dimensions: 1) Oktoberfest Traditions, 2) Costs and 3) Safety & Accessibility.

We evaluated those dimensions using 24 relevant metrics, which are listed below with their corresponding weights. Each metric was graded on a 100-point scale, with a score of 100 representing the best conditions for celebrating Oktoberfest. For metrics marked with an asterisk (*), the square root of the population was used to calculate the population size in order to avoid overcompensating for minor differences across cities.

Finally, we determined each city’s weighted average across all metrics to calculate its overall score and used the resulting scores to rank-order our sample.

Oktoberfest Traditions – Total Points: 50

  • Presence of Oktoberfest Festivals: Full Weight (~4.17 Points)
  • Oktoberfest Festivals & Parties per Capita*: Full Weight (~4.17 Points)
  • Time Since the First Oktoberfest Festival: Full Weight (~4.17 Points)
    Note: This metric measures the difference between 2018 and the year when the city’s first Oktoberfest festival was held.
  • Share of German Population: Full Weight (~4.17 Points)
  • Breweries per Capita*: Full Weight (~4.17 Points)
  • Average Open Hours of Breweries: Full Weight (~4.17 Points)
    Note: This metric measures the average of the first 10 most rated breweries’ closing hours.
  • Beer Gardens per Capita*: Full Weight (~4.17 Points)
  • Bar Accessibility: Full Weight (~4.17 Points)
    Note: This metric is based on a grade that combines “bars per capita*” (measures availability) and “bars per square mile” (measures proximity).
  • Beer, Wine & Spirits Shops per Capita*: Full Weight (~4.17 Points)
  • German Restaurants per Capita*: Full Weight (~4.17 Points)
  • Pretzel Shops per Capita*: Full Weight (~4.17 Points)
  • Google Search Traffic for “Oktoberfest”: Full Weight (~4.17 Points)
    Note: Google search volume reflects the frequency of Google searches for the term “Oktoberfest” in each metro area, relative to the national average, according to Google trends.

Costs – Total Points: 25

  • Average Price for Oktoberfest Celebration Ticket: Full Weight (~3.13 Points)
  • Average Beer Price: Triple Weight (~9.38 Points)
    Note: This metric measures both the price of a domestic beer (0.5 liter draught) and the price of a 6-pack Heineken (12 oz. containers), excluding any deposit.
  • Average Sausage Price: Full Weight (~3.13 Points)
    Note: This metric was used as a proxy for average wurst price.
  • Lowest Price for Three-Star Hotel Room: Full Weight (~3.13 Points)
  • Prevalence of Affordable Breweries Rated 4+ Stars: Full Weight (~3.13 Points)
  • Prevalence of Affordable German Restaurants Rated 4+ Stars: Full Weight (~3.13 Points)

Safety & Accessibility – Total Points: 25

  • Crime Rate: Full Weight (~4.55 Points)
  • DUI-Related Fatalities per Capita: Full Weight (~4.55 Points)
    Note: The average between September and October fatalities was used to calculate this metric.
  • Traffic Congestion: Full Weight (~4.55 Points)
  • Walkability (Pedestrian Friendliness): Full Weight (~4.55 Points)
  • Access to Public Transportation: Full Weight (~4.55 Points)
    Note: This metric measures specifically the percentage of commuters who use public transit.
  • Acres of Parkland per 1,000 Residents: Half Weight (~2.27 Points)
    Note: Oktoberfest takes place outside and underneath the cover of large tents. Large public park spaces and fairgrounds allow more room for the celebration.

Sources: Data used to create this ranking were collected from the U.S. Census Bureau, Federal Bureau of Investigation, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Google Analytics, INRIX, Funtober, Eventbrite, Yelp, Numbeo, Council for Community and Economic Research, The Trust for Public Land, Kayak and Walk Score.

Universal Studios Hollywood Unearths All-New R.I.P. Tour at This Year’s “Halloween Horror Nights” Featuring a Private Guided Tour, Gourmet Buffet Dinner, Unlimited Express Line Privileges and Access to an Exclusive “Stranger Things” Lounge

“Halloween Horror Nights” Begins on Friday, September 14 and Continues on Select Nights through Saturday, November 3, 2018

 Click Here to Purchase Tickets

 Universal City, Calif.September 6, 2018 – The all-new R.I.P. Tour is Universal Studios Hollywood’s first-class ticket to terror this “Halloween Horror Nights,” featuring a private guided tour with trolley access, a gourmet buffet dinner, unlimited Universal Express line privileges and exclusive access to a specially-themed “Stranger Things” lounge.

A premium experience that will sell out, the R.I.P. Tour is a must for guests who prefer to scare in style.  This year’s “Halloween Horror Nights” dates are: September 14-16, 20-22, 26-30, October 4-7, 11-14, 18-21, 25-28, 31, and November 1-3, 2018.  Tickets are available for purchase atHollywood.HalloweenHorrorNights.com.

Today, Universal Studios reveals first look images from the “Stranger Things” haunted maze coming to Halloween Horror Nights 2018.

Each R.I.P. Tour accommodates groups of 12, making it ideal for large parties or smaller mix-in groups. Highlights include:

  • Exclusive “Stranger Things” experience featuring themed photo ops, props from the popular Netflix series and scare-actor make-up demonstrations
  • Unlimited line privileges via Universal Express access to all mazes, Terror Tram and available rides
  • Private VIP trolley transportation to backlot mazes and Terror Tram
  • Reserved VIP seating at the Jabbawockeez live show
  • Gourmet buffet dinner, featuring specially-themed “Stranger Things” foods, including appropriately named Upside Down Sliders at exclusive VIP Dining Room
  • Two complimentary drinks
  • Access to the two Lounges, including the “Stranger Things” themed lounge and lounge on the theme park’s lower lot
  • Commemorative R.I.P. Tour credentials
  • Complimentary valet parking

“Halloween Horror Nights” brings together the sickest minds in horror to immerse guests in a living, breathing, three-dimensional world of terror inspired by TV and film’s most compelling horror properties.

This year’s terrifying line-up includes:

  • “Stranger Things” gives fans a chance to brace the Upside Down in this new maze inspired by Netflix’s critically-acclaimed television series
  • “Poltergeist” brings guests into the light based on the iconic supernatural horror film, directed by Tobe Hooper and produced by Steven Spielberg
  • “The First Purge,” based on Universal Picture’s blockbuster thriller, bears witness to the tradition that unleashed the anarchy
  • “Trick ‘r Treat” brings director Michael Dougherty’s cult Halloween classic to life daring guests to live the rules or suffer the consequences
  • “Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers” unmasks Haddonfield’s infamous serial killer based on the fourth installment in the classic slasher series created by John Carpenter
  • “The Horrors of Blumhouse,” makes an encore performance at this year’s event, bringing leading producer of horror Jason Blum’s Truth or Dare and Unfriended blockbusters movies to life in an all new maze
  • “Universal Monsters” is inspired by Universal’s original cinematic Monsters and the studio that invented the horror film and featuring an original score produced and composed by celebrated GRAMMY® Award-winning musician, SLASH, long hailed as one of the 10-best electric guitar-players of all time

  • “The Walking Dead,” Universal Studios Hollywood’s permanent attraction inspired by AMC’s record-breaking television series, adds to the evening’s carnage
  • The Jabbawockeez award-winning hip hop dance crew returns by popular demand with an all-new, high-energy performance created exclusively for “Halloween Horror Nights”
  • The return of serial killer clown, Hollywood Harry takes a stab at the Terror Tram while guests amble about a portion of the world-famous backlot

For exciting updates and exclusive “Halloween Horror Nights” content, visit Hollywood.HalloweenHorrorNights.com, like Halloween Horror Nights – Hollywood onFacebook; follow @HorrorNights #UniversalHHN on InstagramTwitter and Snapchat; and watch the terror come to life on Halloween Horror Nights YouTube.

Experience “Halloween Horror Nights” like a VIP with Universal Studios Hollywood’s new R.I.P. Tour!

Highlights include:

  • Exclusive “Stranger Things” experience featuring themed photo ops, props from the popular Netflix series and scare-actor make-up demonstrations
  • Unlimited line privileges via Universal Express access to all mazes, Terror Tram and available rides
  • Private VIP trolley transportation to backlot mazes and Terror Tram
  • Reserved VIP seating at the Jabbawockeez live show
  • Gourmet buffet dinner, featuring specially-themed “Stranger Things” foods, including appropriately named Upside Down Sliders at exclusive VIP Dining Room
  • Two complimentary drinks
  • Access to the two Lounges, including the “Stranger Things” themed lounge and lounge on the theme park’s lower lot
  • Commemorative R.I.P. Tour credentials
  • Complimentary valet parking

UNIVERSAL STUDIOS REVEALS FIRST LOOK INSIDE THE “STRANGER THINGS” ALL-NEW HAUNTED MAZES DEBUTING AT “HALLOWEEN HORROR NIGHTS” 2018

Today, Universal Studios reveals first look images from the “Stranger Things” haunted maze coming to Halloween Horror Nights 2018.

Netflix’s Sci-Fi Thriller Comes to Life at “Halloween Horror Nights” Events in Hollywood, Orlando and Singapore Beginning in September.

CLICK HERE for a Preview of the Terrifying Upside Down That Awaits

Universal City, Calif. – September 5, 2018 – Universal Studios reveals first look images from the “Stranger Things” haunted mazes coming to “Halloween Horror Nights” 2018.

For the first time ever, Universal Studios Hollywood, Universal Orlando Resort and Universal Studios Singapore are partnering with Netflix to bring “Stranger Things” to life at their “Halloween Horror Nights” events. Each park will feature its very own maze that will give guests the chance to brave the Upside Down and encounter iconic scenes, characters and environments from season one of the critically-acclaimed series. 

Today, Universal Studios reveals first look images from the “Stranger Things” haunted maze coming to Halloween Horror Nights 2018.

 The images showcase some of the eerily-authentic environments guests will encounter at “Halloween Horror Nights” 2018 – including the Byers’ living room adorned with an erratic display of flashing Christmas lights, Hawkins National Laboratory in the Upside Down, Will’s makeshift fort called Castle Byers and more.

Today, Universal Studios reveals first look images from the “Stranger Things” haunted maze coming to Halloween Horror Nights 2018.

 “Halloween Horror Nights” begins Friday, September 14 in Hollywood and Orlando, and on Thursday, September 27 in Singapore. Tickets and vacation packages are on sale now. For more information about “Halloween Horror Nights” at Universal Studios Hollywood, Universal Orlando Resort or Universal Studios Singapore, visit www.HalloweenHorrorNights.com.

Today, Universal Studios reveals first look images from the “Stranger Things” haunted maze coming to Halloween Horror Nights 2018.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Today, Universal Studios reveals first look images from the “Stranger Things” haunted maze coming to Halloween Horror Nights 2018.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Today, Universal Studios reveals first look images from the “Stranger Things” haunted maze coming to Halloween Horror Nights 2018.

 

“Weird Al” Yankovic Honored with Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame

“Weird Al” Yankovic was honored with the 2,643rd star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Monday, August 27,, 2018. The star is dedicated in the category of Recording at 6914 Hollywood Boulevard across the street from the TCL Chinese Theatre. Image/Hollywood Chamber of Commerce

 

 

Hollywood, Calif. – The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce honored “Weird Al” Yankovic  with the 2,643rd star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Monday, August 27th. The star was dedicated in the category of Recording at 6914 Hollywood Boulevard across the street from the TCL Chinese Theatre. On hand to honor the icon of musical satire was Dr. Demento and Thomas Lennon. 

“Weird Al” Yankovic was honored with the 2,643rd star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Monday, August 27,, 2018. The star is dedicated in the category of Recording at 6914 Hollywood Boulevard across the street from the TCL Chinese Theatre. Photos/Hollywood Chamber of Commerce

“Weird Al has single-handedly created an industry of parody! His fans have been waiting for this star for a very long time. We are excited to honor this very funny man on our world-famous Hollywood Walk of Fame,” stated Ana Martinez, Producer of the Walk of Fame ceremonies.

Helping Emcee Leron Gubler, President & CEO of the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce to unveil the star will be Dr. Demento and Thomas Lennon.

The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce which administers the popular star ceremonies encourages people who are unable to attend and fans around the world to watch the event exclusively on www.walkoffame.com.

Few would have guessed that “Weird Al” Yankovic – who as a shy, accordion-playing teenager got his start sending in homemade tapes to the Dr. Demento Radio Show – would go on to become a pop culture icon and the biggest-selling comedy recording artist of all time, with classic song and music video parodies such as“Eat It,” “Like a Surgeon,” “Smells Like Nirvana,” “Amish Paradise,” “White & Nerdy” and “Word Crimes.” Now in his fourth decade as America’s foremost song parodist, he has been the recipient of numerous awards, including four Grammys® (out of fifteen total nominations) and a string of Gold and Platinum albums.

In 2015 and 2016, Weird Al’s Mandatory World Tour encompassed 200 shows throughout the U.S., Canada, Europe and Australia, including two nights at the Hollywood Bowl and a sold-out gig at New York’s Radio City Music Hall. So far this year, Weird Al performed 77 shows as part of his Ridiculously Self-Indulgent, Ill-Advised Vanity Tour, where he and his bandmates of over 35 years played set lists comprised almost entirely of his original non-parody material, and without any of their signature high-octane production (no costumes, props or giant video screens). And in 2019, Weird Al will follow up his most bare-bones tour with his most extravagant tour ever, Strings Attached, where he and his band will be backed every night by a full orchestra.

Weird Al’s 14th studio album, the Grammy® award-winning Mandatory Fun (2014), became the first comedy album in history to debut at No. 1 on the Billboard Top 200 chart, and the first ever to reach the top of the chart since 1963. Yankovic set the U.S. record on Spotify for having the most tracks from one album in the viral top 10 at one time, taking the top four spots. In addition, his single “Word Crimes” debuted in the Billboard Top 40, making Weird Al one of only four artists to have had Top 40 singles in each of the last four decades along with Michael Jackson, Madonna and U2.

Al has remained active as a recording artist. June 2017 saw the release of Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie (Dreamworks), for which Al co-wrote and performed the film’s theme song. In 2017, Al wrote and performed “The North Korea Polka (Please Don’t Nuke Us)” for Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (HBO). That same year, Legacy Recordings released Squeeze Box: The Complete Works of “Weird Al” Yankovic, a remastered 15-disc box set (including a rarities album) plus a 120-page book of archival photos, all housed in a replica of Weird Al’s trademark accordion. Al also recorded cover versions of the Squidbillies theme for Adult Swim and the Ramones’ “Beat on the Brat” for a Dr. Demento compilation album, and he produced remixes of two hit singles for Portugal: The Man (“Feel It Still” and “Live in the Moment”). In March 2018, Al delivered “The Hamilton Polka,” a frantic tour de force mash-up of 14 songs from the Broadway smash, commissioned by Lin-Manuel Miranda and released as part of “Hamildrops” series.

In addition to his cult-hit feature film UHF (1989), his late ‘90s CBS Saturday morning series The Weird Al Show and numerous AL-TV specials he has made for MTV and VH1 over the years, Yankovic has remained a staple of film and television, from appearances on The Simpsons30 Rock, The Goldbergs andHow I Met Your Mother to performing live on the Primetime Emmy Awards and starring in his own concert specials for Disney, VH1 and Comedy Central. In 2015, Yankovic took over as co-host and bandleader for the fifth season of IFC’s Comedy Bang! Bang! Currently, Al can be heard as the voice of the title character in Disney Channel’s animated series Milo Murphy’s Law. His other voice acting work includes appearances on Bojack Horseman, Gravity FallsAdventure Time, My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic, Wander Over Yonder, and the DC animated feature Batman vs. Robin).

Yankovic added “New York Times bestselling author” to his resumé in 2011 with the release of his children’s book, When I Grow Up (HarperCollins), followed two years later by My New Teacher and Me! An animated series based on his children’s books is currently being developed in partnership with the Jim Henson Company. In 2012, Yankovic released Weird Al: The Book (Abrams), an illustrated hardcover on his life and career. The same year, Yankovic became not only MAD Magazine’s cover boy, but the first guest editor in their 63-year history.

In 2017, NECA Toys released the second in its line of retro-clothed Weird Al action figures, and in 2018 Funko released two of its own POP! vinyl figures.

For more information on “Weird Al” Yankovic, please visit weirdal.com.

Hollywood Bowl – Three nights of Fireworks with Harry Connick, Jr., Sept 9, 2018 – 300th Birthday Celebration of New Orleans

Fireworks & Harry Connick, Jr., 300th Birthday Celebration of New Orleans

Fireworks Finale: Harry Connick, Jr., 300th Birthday Celebration of New Orleans – The beloved New Orleans native throws a party worthy of the city’s 300th birthday with three nights of fireworks, Sept. 7 – 9, 2018!

Hollywood, Calif. – The beloved New Orleans native throws a party worthy of the city’s 300th birthday with three nights of fireworks, Sept. 7 – 9, 2018!

Since he began playing piano as a child, Harry Connick Jr has grown into one of the most familiar voices in adult contemporary music.

Summertime fun and fireworks at the Hollywood Bowl.

Hailing from New Orleans, Connick established himself as a musical prodigy at a young age, joining his first jazz band when he was just 10 years old. He made his solo debut in 1988 with the album “20,” and in the decades that followed Connick has earned worldwide acclaim for his smooth jazz vocal style on classic tracks like “It Had to Be You” and “The Way You Look Tonight.”

Since its opening in 1922, the Hollywood Bowl has been the premier destination for live music in Southern California, hosting everyone from Billie Holiday to The Beatles to Yo-Yo Ma under the iconic silhouette of its concentric-arched band shell. For more than 100 years, music and performance have had a central destination in Los Angeles. The Hollywood Bowl is a venue for showcasing artistic greatness and celebrating our global cultural heritage.

Two LA locals just broke the ride record for “Jurassic Park – The Ride” by experiencing it 62 times in 13 hours with a twist! Last Day of Jurassic Park Ride, Sept. 3, 2018

Chelsea and Devin are local LA residents who have made a tradition of coming to Universal Studios Hollywood every year for Chelsea’s birthday to ride “Jurassic Park – The Ride.”

 

 

 

Hollywood Calif. – Two LA locals just broke the ride record for “Jurassic Park – The Ride” by experiencing it 62 times in 13 hours with a twist. SHE didn’t see coming!

Jurassic Park -The Ride Surprise Marriage Proposal

A marriage proposal 65 million years and 62 straight rides in the making. 💍

Posted by Universal Studios Hollywood on Thursday, August 23, 2018

Chelsea and Devin are local LA residents who have made a tradition of coming to Universal Studios Hollywood every year for Chelsea’s birthday to ride “Jurassic Park – The Ride.”When they heard the ride is closing on September 3rd to make way for the new Jurassic World Ride coming in 2019, they were inspired to break the record for most times ridden! Chelsea and Devin rode an official 62 times on Tuesday July 17th, 2018 for 13 hours, with just enough break time for a quick lunch, breaking the previous unofficial record reported by Buzzfeed in 2015, which was held by two best friends who rode it 60 times.

The engagement ring was a custom made misquote amber ring (image attached) inspired by the amber rocks from the Jurassic Park film franchise and Universal Pictures donated an official Barbasol can prop replica for the proposal.

 

Click HERE to watch this this heart-warming surprise proposal

 https://www.facebook.com/UniversalStudiosHollywood/videos/377905439413065/

Steven Spielberg has been confirmed as a special guest for the John Williams – Maestro of the Movies weekend with the LA Phi at the Hollywood Bowl celebrating Star Wars 40th Anniversary

The Hollywood Bowl just announced: Steven Spielberg has been confirmed as a special guest for the John Williams: Maestro of the Movies weekend with the LA Phil #attheBowl! Aug 31–Sept 2, join us for the 40th anniversary celebration of Williams’ Bowl debut: https://bit.ly/2KWBzPm . Photos/Hollywood Bowl
The Hollywood Bowl Just announced: Steven Spielberg has been confirmed as a special guest for the John Williams: Maestro of the Movies weekend. Photo/Hollywood Bowl

Hollywood, Calif. –  The Hollywood Bowl just announced via Twitter: Steven Spielberg has been confirmed as a special guest for the John Williams: Maestro of the Movies weekend with the LA Phil ! Aug 31–Sept 2, join us for the 40th anniversary celebration of Williams’ Bowl debut:

Williams leads the second half of the program, during which Spielberg will introduce selections from their unprecedented 45-year artistic collaboration, which has resulted in some of the most popular and celebrated films in Hollywood history. Among his myriad honors, Spielberg is a three-time Academy Award winner, earning two Oscars for Best Director and Best Picture for “Schindler’s List,” and a third Oscar for Best Director for “Saving Private Ryan.” He is a recipient of the DGA’s Lifetime Achievement Award, the American Film Institute’s Lifetime Achievement Award, the prestigious Irving G. Thalberg Award from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, and a Kennedy Center Honor.

Williams has received five Academy Awards and 51 Oscar nominations, making him the Academy’s most-nominated living person and the second-most nominated person in the history of the Oscars.

Program to be announced.

Tickets for the Hollywood Bowl 2018 summer season are available online at hollywoodbowl.com or via phone at 323 850 2000. Steven Spielberg Confirmed As A Special Guest For The John Williams: Maestro Of The Movies Weekend At The Hollywood Bowl

Universal Studios Hollywood Resurrects Cinematic Icons in All-New “Halloween Horror Nights” Maze Inspired by the Original Universal Monsters

Universal Studios Hollywood Resurrects Cinematic Icons in All-New “Halloween Horror Nights” Maze. The fun begins Sept. 14, 2018.

New “Universal Monsters” Maze Features Original Score by GRAMMY Award Winner and Rock-and-Roll Hall of Fame Guitarist, SLASH

 Click Here for a Sneak Peek of the Undead and Click Here to Purchase Tickets


Universal City, CA, 
 – It’s alive! Inspired by Universal’s original cinematic Monsters and the studio that invented the horror film, Universal Studios Hollywoodunearths an all-new “Halloween Horror Nights” maze based on the original “Universal Monsters”…with a terrifying contemporary twist on these classic horror icons.

The new maze will also feature an original score produced and composed by celebrated GRAMMY® Award-winning musician, SLASH, long hailed as one of the 10 best electric guitar-players of all time.

Halloween Horror Nights” begins on Friday, September 14, 2018.

At its core, “Halloween Horror Nights” is an extension of the horror film legacy originated by Universal Pictures and introduced to audiences in the 1920s…with a staple of classic Universal Monsters that dominated the silver screen, including Dracula, The Phantom of the Opera, Frankenstein’s Monster and The Wolf Man.

“Halloween Horror Nights” continues to pay homage to these creatures of the night in this new maze by reawakening more than a dozen of these iconic classic Monsters. The essence of the maze will underscore each of their unique attributes and reimagine them into terrifying modern day characters.  At a glance, resurrected monsters will include The Wolf Man, The Invisible Man, The Phantom of the Opera, Dracula, Dracula’s Bride, Frankenstein’s Monster, The Bride of Frankenstein and The Mummy, to name a few.

By giving each character a unique, complex composition, SLASH’s original score will add a haunting dimension to the experience and help define each of the characters.

“As a fan of horror movies and of ‘Halloween Horror Nights,’ I jumped at the chance to once again collaborate with Universal Studios Hollywood to produce what might be interpreted as a soundtrack for the maze,” said SLASH.  “Similar to the way music affects a film, I wanted to compose a score for the legions of infamous characters featured in the maze to elicit a greater sense of terror for the guests.  In the end, the goal is to ultimately make the guests feel as if they are playing an integral role in a classic Monster movie.”

“This maze is the ultimate melding of two of history’s greatest icons – classic monsters and the top guitar player of all time,” said John Murdy, Creative Director at Universal Studios Hollywood and Executive Producer of “Halloween Horror Nights.” “SLASH’s intuitive understanding of the characters’ struggles brings enormous depth to the maze to epitomize a living-movie experience for our guests.

“This is the second time we’ve had the great fortune to collaborate with SLASH on a ‘Halloween Horror Nights’ maze,” Murdy continued, “and it is a distinct honor to bring his expertise to the event where guests can enjoy a truly exclusive opportunity.”

“Halloween Horror Nights” at Universal Studios Hollywood brings together the sickest minds in horror to immerse guests in a living, breathing, three-dimensional world of terror. Featuring an all-new slate of unrivaled film production quality mazes, frightful scare zones and a fully re-imagined “Terror Tram” experience uniquely themed to today’s most definitive horror properties, “Halloween Horror Nights” will taunt, terrorize and torment guests with spine-chilling haunted attractions as part of Southern California’s most extreme Halloween experience.

For exciting updates and exclusive “Halloween Horror Nights” content, visit Hollywood.HalloweenHorrorNights.com, like Halloween Horror Nights – Hollywood on Facebook; follow @HorrorNights #UniversalHHN on InstagramTwitter and Snapchat; and watch the terror come to life on Halloween Horror Nights YouTube.

Universal Studios Hollywood is The Entertainment Capital of L.A. and includes a full-day, movie-based theme park and Studio Tour. As a leading global entertainment destination, Universal Studios Hollywood delivers highly themed immersive lands that translate to real-life interpretations of iconic movie and television shows. Recent additions include “The Wizarding World of Harry Potter™” which features a bustling Hogsmeade village and such critically-acclaimed rides as “Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey” and “Flight of the Hippogriff™”.  Other immersive lands include “Despicable Me Minion Mayhem” and “Super Silly Fun Land” as well as “Springfield,” hometown of America’s favorite TV family, located adjacent to the award-winning “The Simpsons Ride™” and the “The Walking Dead” daytime attraction and the all-new DreamWorks Theatre featuring “Kung Fu Panda: The Emperor’s Quest.”  The world-renowned Studio Tour is Universal Studios Hollywood’s signature attraction, inviting guests behind-the-scenes of the world’s biggest and busiest movie and television production studio where they can also experience such authentic thrill rides as “Fast & Furious—Supercharged.”  The adjacent Universal CityWalk entertainment, shopping and dining complex also includes the all-new multi-million dollar, redesigned Universal CityWalk Cinema, featuring deluxe recliner seating in screening room quality theatres, and the “5 Towers” state-of-the-art outdoor concert stage.

 

The final maze in this year’s “Halloween Horror Nights” line-up at Universal Studios Hollywood has officially been announced!

Inspired by Universal’s original cinematic Monsters and the studio that invented the horror film, the “Universal Monsters” maze will bring some of the most iconic horror legacies to life with a contemporary twist…

PLUS! The maze will also feature an original score by GRAMMY® Award-winning musician, SLASH!

Check out the teaser video here: https://youtu.be/BZvARkIl0p8

  • ”Stranger Things,” based on Netflix’s critically-acclaimed television series
  • “Poltergeist,” inspired by the classic 1982 horror film
  • “The First Purge,” based on Universal Picture’s blockbuster thriller
  • “Trick ‘r Treat,” based on the Halloween cult classic directed by Michael Dougherty
  • “The Horrors of Blumhouse: Chapter Two,” inspired by Jason Blum’s horrifying films, Truth or Dare and Unfriended
  • “Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers,” based on the iconic slasher film
  •  “Universal Monsters,” inspired by Universal’s iconic classic Monsters with music by Slash
  •  “The Walking Dead,” Universal Studios Hollywood’s permanent attraction inspired by AMC’s record-breaking television series
  • The Jabbawockeez award-winning hip hop dance crew returns by popular demand with an all-new, high-energy performance created exclusively for “Halloween Horror Nights”
  • “Terror Tram: Hollywood Harry’s Dreadtime Storiez,” featuring the return of serial killer clown, Hollywood Harry

Hollywood Chamber of Commerce honors Simon Cowell with Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Special Guest, Kelly Clarkson pays tribute.

The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce honored Simon Cowell with the 2,642nd star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Wednesday, August 22, 2018. The star will be dedicated in the category of Television at 6801 Hollywood Boulevard in front of the Hollywood & Highland Complex.

Hollywood, Calif. – The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce honored Simon Cowell with the 2,642nd star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Wednesday, August 22, 2018. The star is be dedicated in the category of Television at 6801 Hollywood Boulevard in front of the Hollywood & Highland Complex.

Simon Cowell, Kelly Clarkson, center.

“Simon Cowell has brought a new meaning to talent shows and has made it a mega platform for people to show their talent and tell their tales,” said Ana Martinez, Producer of the Walk of Fame ceremonies. “His honest critical evaluation of talent has won him first place to fans hearts, and a star on our Hollywood Walk of Fame.”

The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce which administers the popular star ceremonies encourages people who are unable to attend and fans around the world to watch the event exclusively on www.walkoffame.com.

Simon Cowell is a record company executive, a television and film producer, and a global entertainment icon. Renowned for his eye for talent and candid opinions, Simon has completely transformed popular culture through his show business enterprise.

Simon was born in October 1959 in London. His first industry job was a mailroom position at EMI Music Publishing. By the 1980s, Simon had become an established A&R executive, soon joining BMG for what would become an enduring business relationship.

In 1995, Cowell honed his love affair with television and music when he persuaded Robson Green and Jerome Flynn, stars of hit British TV drama series “Soldier Soldier,” to record a double A-side single Unchained Melody/White Cliffs of Dover. The record became one of the UK’s biggest selling single of 1995, selling 1.8-million copies and staying at the top of the charts for seven consecutive weeks. With BMG’s support, Cowell then set up his own label S Records, and in 1998 signed unknown Irish quintet Westlife, managed by Louis Walsh. Cowell transformed the group’s fortune and it had international success, selling in excess of 50-million records and securing 14 No. 1 singles in the UK.

In 2004, Syco Entertainment was formed as part of Cowell’s new Sony Music partnership. Syco Entertainment is one of the world’s leading global music, film, and TV production companies and is responsible for some of the most successful global music and TV franchises. Artists signed to Syco Music have included One Direction, Camila Cabello, Little Mix, Louis Tomlinson, PRETTYMUCH, Labrinth, James Arthur, CNCO, Grace Vanderwaal, and many more. Syco’s television assets include two worldwide record-breaking shows: The X Factor and the world’s biggest TV format Got Talent. Both formats have launched more global superstars than any other talent show in history.

Simon first appeared on television as a judge on the UK talent show Pop Idol. He launched American Idol in 2002, where he led the judging panel for eight years and saw such stars as Kelly Clarkson and Carrie Underwood launch their careers.

The X Factor, created by Cowell, premiered in 2004 in the UK on ITV and has since gone on to be a television phenomenon, airing in 178 territories and being locally commissioned in 55 territories. The X Factor has created more international music careers than any other television format, including Fifth Harmony and One Direction. Artists discovered by the show have sold more than 500-million records worldwide, including 250 No. 1s, and 450 Top 10 records.

As well as being a judge on The X Factor, Cowell created the ‘Got Talent’ format and is a  judge on Britain’s Got Talent and America’s Got Talent. The Got Talent format is officially theworld’s most successful TV format of all time, airing in 194territories worldwide and holding the Guinness World Records title for thehighest number of adaptations, having been commissioned in 70 territoriesglobally.

America’s Got Talent is in its 13th season and continues to be the No. 1 summer series year after year. Last season was the most watched season of America’s Got Talent ever with an average of more than 20-million viewers per episode. In 2017, Syco Music was named Music Week’s Record Label of the year and is home to internationally successful artists who have sold more than 380 million records to date. Such artists include Camila Cabello, whose hit single ‘Havana’ went No. 1 in a total of 80 countries, and is the most streamed song by any lead female in history. Syco’s artist roster also includes One Direction, who have sold more than 150-million records worldwide, have headlined four sold-out world tours, selling more than 10-million tickets in total. Additionally, Syco is home to Little Mix, who have sold more than 43-million records worldwide, and have eight platinum selling singles.

Cowell teamed up with Univision Communication to create the television show La Banda. The winning group, named CNCO, is the biggest Latin boyband in the world. CNCO released their first album, “Primera Cita,” which became the No. 1 Latin debut album for all of 2016.

Cowell has consistently been honored for his contributions to entertainment. In 2014, he was awarded MipCom’s Personality of the Year Award. In addition, Cowell has received The Rose d’Or Golden Jubilee Award and BAFTA’s Special Achievement Award in recognition of his outstanding contribution to the entertainment industry. He has also been awarded the International Emmy Founders Award. In total, television shows created by Cowell have received 24 awards including eight National Television Awards and six BAFTAs. In 2015, Cowell was honored with the Music Industry Trusts Award, the British music industry’s most prestigious accolade, in recognition of his contributions to the industry and many charitable causes.

Throughout his career, Cowell has remained a devoted supporter of many charities and causes. Cowell is a patron of Together For Short Lives, The Katie Piper Foundation and the Linda Blair Sacred Heart Foundation, as well as an Ambassador for Great Ormond Street Hospital. Simonis also a supporter of The Association for Children’s Hospices, Against Breast Cancer, The Health Lottery, Save The Children, Comic Relief, Battersea Dogs Home, RSPCA, The K9 Angels, PETA, Hope Sanctuary Barbados, and Help For Heroes.

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