Universal Studios Hollywood Celebrates the Yuletide Arrival of the All-New “Christmas in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter” Bringing a Dazzling Light Projection Spectacular to Hogwarts Castle and Festive Holiday Entertainment and Décor to the Immersive Land

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As night falls on Hogsmeade village, the familiar sounds of Harry Potter music will resonate throughout “The Wizarding World of Harry Potter.” Multiple times an evening, colorful projection mapping will illuminate Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry with “The Magic of Christmas at Hogwarts Castle.”
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From stockings to ornaments, the addition of specialty keepsakes and gift-giving items complement the land’s immersive holiday festivities as the theme park continues to envelope guests in the captivating world of Harry Potter. A wide selection of all-new custom-made Christmas ornaments created especially for “The Wizarding World of Harry Potter” are available this holiday season.
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Hogsmeade village also shines brightly as the quaint town celebrates with festive décor uniquely themed to each of the individual storefronts, along with holiday-themed fare served at Three Broomsticks and the eagerly-awaited seasonal return of hot Butterbeer.

Universal City, Calif – Universal Studios Hollywood celebrated the opening of “Christmas in The Wizarding World of Harry PotterTM,” transforming HogwartsTM castle with a breathtaking animated light projection show, choreographed to a musical arrangement from the Harry Potter movies as The Entertainment Capital of L.A. kicked off the yuletide season.

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The evening program introduced Karen Irwin, President & COO, Universal Studios Hollywood, as she welcomed the land’s new holiday festivities. Following an original a cappella Frog Choir performance of “Christmas at Hogwarts,” Irwin and a group of children—clad in attire representing each of the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry houses—wielded wands and cast a spell that revealed the light projection spectacular:  “The Magic of Christmas at HogwartsTM Castle.” “We are delighted to welcome ‘Christmas in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter’ as a new Universal Studios Hollywood holiday tradition,” said Karen Irwin. “Millions of guests visiting from around the world have already experienced the incredible offerings of this immersive land. This exciting new holiday program further expands the Harry Potter universe by bringing some of the holiday spirit from the films to life for guests to experience for themselves.”

The all-new “Christmas in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter” experience will take place daily from November 24, 2017 through January 7, 2018. Hogsmeade village also shines brightly as the quaint town celebrates with festive décor uniquely themed to each of the individual storefronts, along with holiday-themed fare served at Three Broomsticks and the eagerly-awaited seasonal return of hot Butterbeer. The newly-introduced Holiday Dinner features a sumptuous roast turkey with gravy platter that includes pigs in blankets, a medley of vegetables, braised red cabbage and roasted potatoes served with cranberry sauce, along with Christmas Pudding.

As night falls on Hogsmeade village, the familiar sounds of Harry Potter music will resonate throughout “The Wizarding World of Harry Potter.”  Multiple times an evening, colorful projection mapping will illuminate Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry with “The Magic of Christmas at Hogwarts Castle.” The a cappella Frog Choir, comprised of Hogwarts students and their giant throaty frogs, will also perform original holiday themed songs over the course of the seasonal event.

From stockings to ornaments, the addition of specialty keepsakes and gift-giving items complement the land’s immersive holiday festivities as the theme park continues to envelope guests in the captivating world of Harry Potter. A wide selection of all-new custom-made Christmas ornaments created especially for “The Wizarding World of Harry Potter” are available this holiday season. Collectibles include a variety of decorative Hogwarts castle snow globes, Hogwarts crest and mascot ornaments representing each of the houses, as well as a collection of unique tree toppers and house pennant garland.

Wizard robes and wands and an array of Quidditch game accessories are perfect for gift-giving. Inspired by J.K. Rowling’s compelling stories and characters that were brought to life in the Warner Bros. films, “The Wizarding World of Harry Potter” at Universal Studios Hollywood is a masterful recreation, faithful to the visual landscape of the films, including its iconic focal point, Hogwarts castle.

From its snow-capped roofs and cobblestone streets to the historic British sensibilities that characterize the whimsical look and feel of the land, “The Wizarding World of Harry Potter” transports guests of all ages to the very places they watched on the silver screen. The architecturally stunning land also includes the captivating and highly acclaimed “Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey” thrill ride, now enhanced with 4K-HD and ride film projecting at an astounding rate of 120 frames-per-second for an even more immersive glimpse into Harry Potter’s world, as well as Flight of the Hippogriff™,” Universal Studios Hollywood’s first outdoor family coaster. “The Wizarding World of Harry Potter” resonates with immense detail, inviting guests to revel in J.K. Rowling’s Wizarding World with the opportunity to enjoy authentic food and beverages at multiple locations, including Three Broomsticks and Hog’s Head pub, as well as the Magic Neep and Butterbeer™ carts. A foray through the shops adds to the authenticity of the land with nine retail venues and locations, including Honeydukes™, Ollivanders™, Owl Post™, Zonko’s™ Joke Shop, Wiseacre’s Wizarding Equipment, Dervish and Banges™, Gladrags Wizardwear, Filch’s Emporium™ of Confiscated Goods and the Hogsmeade™ Station.

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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™,Universal Studios Hollywood’s first outdoor rollercoaster.

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 RideTM” and the “The Walking Dead” daytime attraction.  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 studio where they can also experience such authentic and immersive thrill rides as “Fast & Furious—Supercharged.”

The adjacent Universal CityWalk entertainment, shopping and dining complex also includes the all-new multi-million dollar, completely redesigned Universal CityWalk Cinema, featuring deluxe recliner seating in screening room quality theatres, and the “5 Towers” state-of-the-art outdoor concert stage.

About Warner Bros. Entertainment: Warner Bros. Entertainment is a global leader in all forms of entertainment and their related businesses across all current and emerging media and platforms.  A Time Warner Company, the fully integrated, broad-based studio is home to one of the most successful collections of brands in the world and stands at the forefront of every aspect of the entertainment industry from feature film, television and home entertainment production and worldwide distribution to DVD, digital distribution, animation, comic books, video games, product, and brand licensing, international cinemas and broadcasting.

Universal Studios Hollywood Kicks-Off the Season of Giving by Offering a Helping Hand to Six Los Angeles-Based Charities as Part of its 13th Annual “Day of Giving” Community Event on Thursday, November 9

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The meaningful “Day of Giving” event is a yearly Universal Studios Hollywood tradition designed to connect employees with diverse community organizations, many of which are beneficiaries of the Discover A Star Foundation whose mission is to empower individuals and families to lead more productive and fulfilling lives.
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A fun time was had by all who participated in the Day of Giving on Nov. 9, 2017.

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UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif. – In support of its 13th annual “Day of Giving” community outreach program, Universal Studios Hollywood inspires hundreds of employee volunteers to help make a difference to six Los Angeles-based non-profit organizations and nearly 300  underprivileged children on Thursday, November 9, 2017.

The meaningful “Day of Giving” event is a yearly Universal Studios Hollywood tradition designed to connect employees with diverse community organizations, many of which are beneficiaries of the Discover A Star Foundation whose mission is to empower individuals and families to lead more productive and fulfilling lives.

As the events take place throughout the Southland, Universal Studios Hollywood will serve as home base for one of the six locations, hosting Operation School Bell.

Participants will enjoy an afternoon of theme park fun, experiencing “The Wizarding World of Harry Potter™,” “Despicable Me Minion Mayhem” and “Super Silly Fun Land” and venturing aboard the world-famous Studio Tour.

In tandem with festivities at the park, the day-long event will also deploy hundreds of employee volunteers around Los Angeles to help support community-building efforts.

Supported by Universal Studios Hollywood, Discover A Star Foundation is committed to making a significant impact in local underserved communities by providing grants to deserving non-profit organizations. Originally founded in 1995, Discover A Star’s mission is to provide financial assistance to neighboring nonprofit groups.  To date, Discover A Star Foundation has raised over $9 million and provided financial assistance to over 65 non-profit organizations.

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™,Universal Studios Hollywood’s first outdoor rollercoaster.  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.  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 studio where they can also experience such authentic and immersive 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.

Updated Nov. 9, 2017

A fun time was had by all who participated in the Day of Giving on Nov. 9, 2017.

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A fun time was had by all who participated in the Day of Giving on Nov. 9, 2017.

Relive the Terror from the No. 1 Blockbuster Film Happy Death Day Over and Over Again in “The Horrors of Blumhouse” maze at Universal Studios Hollywood’s “Halloween Horror Nights” “The Horrors of Blumhouse” Maze also Features Screams from The Purge and Sinister Films

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Universal City, Calif.  – Universal Pictures and Blumhouse Productions killed it at the box office this weekend with the No. 1 film in the country, Happy Death Day, and now guests can experience deja-vu live when they visit “The Horrors of Blumhouse” maze featuring Happy Death Day at Universal Studios Hollywood’s “Halloween Horror Nights.”

“Halloween Horror Nights” continues on October 19-22, 25-29, 31 and November 2-4, 2017.

Happy Death Day is now playing in theatres nationwide.

Jason Blum, one of today’s most prolific producers of contemporary horror films, brings his signature movies to life in “Halloween Horror Nights’” uniquely distinctive “The Horrors of Blumhouse” maze, which features all-new scares from three twisted thrillers in one bone-chilling maze:  Happy Death DayThe Purge and Sinister.

Click here to watch the cast of Happy Death Day as they experience the maze live.

A separate maze, “Insidious: Beyond the Further,” based on Blumhouse Productions’ hit franchise films, is also featured at the event.

“The Horrors of Blumhouse” welcomes legions of terrified guests to come face-to-face with the most unnerving moments from Happy Death Dayincluding multiple close encounters with the Baby Face Killer, as well as terror in Tree’s dorm room and the film’s dark tunnel of murder. It’s an experience worth living over and over again.

The Purge portion of the maze dares guests to survive the night as they are immersed in the film’s depraved world where all crime is declared legal as part of the government’s annually sanctioned 12-hour Purge. The final nightmare unmasks itself in Sinister, where guests encounter an ancient pagan deity who is determined to trap them in the sordid shadow world of the dead…for all eternity.

“It’s a privilege to collaborate with Jason Blum and his team at Blumhouse Productions to create ‘The Horrors of Blumhouse,’” said John Murdy, Creative Director at Universal Studios Hollywood and Executive Producer of “Halloween Horror Nights.”  “The decisive, inventive way in which he interprets underlying issues plaguing today’s society in his films provides us with a plethora of content to create truly captivating, one-of-a-kind modern horror experiences for our guests.”

Touting more mazes than ever, this year’s Halloween Horror Nights” lineup includes: The Shining, inspired by Stanley Kubrick’s psychological thriller; “American Horror Story: Roanoke,” based on FX’s critically-acclaimed, Emmy and Golden Globe Award-winning television series; “The Horrors of Blumhouse,”featuring iconic and unnerving moments from The Purge franchise, Sinister movies and Happy Death Day,inspired by prolific filmmaker Jason Blum’s blockbuster films; “Insidious: Beyond the Further,” based on Universal Pictures and Sony Picture’s upcoming supernatural thriller Insidious franchise including, Insidious: The Last Key; “Ash vs. Evil Dead,” based on Starz’s comedy horror television series; “SAW: The Games of Jigsaw,” inspired by the SAW film series and the upcoming series installment, JIGSAW; “Titans of Terror,” which unites slasher film villains, Freddy Krueger, Jason Voorhees and Leatherface; and “The Walking Dead” attraction inspired by AMC’s record-breaking television series.

The all-new “Titans of Terror Tram: Hosted by Chucky” ratchets up the scares, transporting guests into a nightmare of carnage on the world-famous studio backlot, pitting guests against Freddy Krueger, Jason Voorhees and Leatherface and the infamous serial killer doll, Chucky. The Jabbawockeez award-winning hip hop dance crew also returns by popular demand.

Tickets are available for purchase at www.HalloweenHorrorNights.com/Hollywood. Advance purchase is recommended as event nights do sell out for all ticket options, including the all-new R.I.P. Tour, the After 2 p.m. Day/Night Combo Ticket, the Frequent Fear Pass and must-have Front-of-Line ticket.  Guests electing to purchase the After 2 p.m. Day/Night Combo Ticket can enjoy the park’s popular daytime attractions such as “The Wizarding World of Harry Potter,” “Despicable Me Minion Mayhem” and “Fast and Furious—Supercharged” on the world-famous Studio Tour by day, then step into the mazes and attractions located throughout the park to experience the terror of “Halloween Horror Nights” for one admission price.

The ever popular Frequent Fear Pass allows fans, who just can’t get enough of “Halloween Horror Nights,” to visit multiple times throughout the run of the event.  The in-demand Front-of-Line ticket to “Halloween Horror Nights” is also available enabling guests to enjoy one-time priority access to all the mazes, attractions, the all-new Terror Tram experience and new Jabbawockeez hip hop dance performance.

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

Blumhouse Productions, founded by Academy Award®-nominated and two-time Emmy and Peabody award-winning producer Jason Blum, is a multi-media company known for pioneering a new model of studio filmmaking: producing high-quality, micro-budget films. In 2017, Blumhouse produced the critically-acclaimed blockbusters Get Out from Jordan Peele and Split from M. Night Shyamalan, which have grossed more than $500 million worldwide off combined budgets of less than $15 million. In addition, Blumhouse is the producer of the highly profitable The PurgeInsidious, Sinister and Paranormal Activity franchises, which together have grossed more than $1.7 billion worldwide. Blumhouse’s films also include the Academy Award®-nominatedWhiplash, as well as The GiftUnfriended and The Visit. In 2017, Blum launched an independent TV studio with investment from ITV Studios. Current projects include Sharp Objects, a mini-series for HBO starring Amy Adams, based on Gillian Flynn’s bestselling novel of the same name, and a mini-series for Showtime based on journalist Gabriel Sherman’s reporting on former FOX News chief Roger Ailes.

About 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™, Universal Studios Hollywood’s first outdoor rollercoaster.  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 RideTM” and the “The Walking Dead” daytime attraction.  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 studio where they can also experience such authentic and immersive thrill rides as “Fast & Furious—Supercharged.” The adjacent Universal CityWalk entertainment, shopping and dining complex also includes the all-new multi-million dollar, completely redesigned Universal CityWalk Cinema, featuring deluxe recliner seating in screening room quality theatres, and the “5 Towers” state-of-the-art outdoor concert stage.

 

Academy Museum of Motion Pictures Academy Updates: LANDMARK $50-MILLION GIFT FROM CHERYL AND HAIM SABAN RON MEYER TO LEAD MUSEUM BOARD OF TRUSTEES

Los Angeles, Calif. - On Wednesday, the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures announced a landmark donation of $50 million from Cheryl and Haim Saban—the largest gift to the Academy Museum Campaign. In recognition of their generosity, the May Company Building will take on a new name: the Saban Building.

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Academy and City of Los Angeles dignitaries at the press event included: John Bailey, President of the Academy Board of Governors; Academy Museum Director Kerry Brougher; philanthropists and Academy Museum supporters Cheryl and Haim Saban; Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti; Museum Board Chair and Vice Chairman of NBCUniversal Ron Meyer; Chairman of the Museum Capital Campaign and Chairman and CEO of The Walt Disney Company Bob Iger; Academy Board of Governor’s Vice President and President of Lucasfilm Kathleen Kennedy; and Academy CEO Dawn Hudson.

 

he Academy Museum of Motion Pictures announced a landmark donation of $50 million from Cheryl and Haim Saban—the largest gift to the Academy Museum Campaign. In recognition of their generosity, the May Company Building will take on a new name: the Saban Building.
The Academy Museum of Motion Pictures announced a landmark donation of $50 million from Cheryl and Haim Saban—the largest gift to the Academy Museum Campaign. In recognition of their generosity, the May Company Building will take on a new name: the Saban Building.

Academy Museum of Motion Pictures

 

The Museum also revealed that entertainment executive Ron Meyer will head its newly established Board of Trustees. As Vice Chairman of NBCUniversal—where he has become the longest-serving studio chief—and co-founder and former President of Creative Artists Agency, Meyer brings unmatched experience and vision to the Board. “It is an honor to be part of such a significant project,” Meyer said, calling the museum “an essential cultural destination for Los Angeles.”

Get a first glimpse at concepts for museum content, which includes a permanent exhibition tracing the evolution of filmmaking. Combining sets, large-scale moving images, costumes, props, sound installations, and dramatic immersive environments, this journey will evoke the power and emotion of film as visitors move through time.

FINAL OUTDOOR THURSDAYS@NEWHALL EVENTS ON TAP FOR OCTOBER in Santa Clarita

Aspiring Singers and Songwriters, take note! Thursdays@Newhall’s Note by Note is seeking musical performers.
Thursdays@Newhall’s Note by Note and more.

Don’t Miss the Final JAM Sessions, Revved Up and SENSES Block Party of 2017

 Santa Clarita, Calif. –  The City of Santa Clarita series  Thursdays@Newhall presented by Galpin Subaru, finishes up its outdoor schedule in October with exciting events happening every week. Thursdays@Newhall is an ongoing opportunity for residents of Santa Clarita to attend free shows and concerts, and relax with friends on Thursday nights in Old Town Newhall.

Swing dancing puts a cap on JAM Sessions for the year on October 5 from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Folks are encouraged to break out their dancing shoes and get ready to boogie as the Pasadena Ballroom Dance Association teaches the crowd swing dance steps that everyone can do. Singles and couples of all ages will then enjoy music from The Big Butter Jazz Band, whose infectious energy lights up the scene with traditional New Orleans jazz. JAM Sessions is hosted in conjunction with the Ford Theatre Foundation, bringing dance and original live performances to the Old Town Newhall Library, located at 24500 Main Street.

Also on October 5, at The MAIN, located at 24266 Main Street, 10 performers will take the stage for 10 minutes each and share their comedy, storytelling, short films and music at the monthly 10 by 10 show from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Performances this month include storytelling by Cait Chock and Stan Sellars; comedy with Dave Child, Lang Parker and the duo of Gabriel Diani and Etta Devine; magic with Glenndalf; music by The New Mexican, Abby Lyons and Burton Zimmer; and short films “Angie and Zahra” and “PHANTASMAGORIC.”

From 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. on October 12, the sounds of ponies will be heard along Main Street. No, not the kind you see at the Cowboy Festival! Instead, Ford Mustangs rumble into Old Town Newhall for the Revved Up car show, presented by State Farm. Residents can enjoy food trucks and adult beverages from Persia Lounge while checking out the beauty of these American-made machines. Car owners interested in submitting an automobile for Revved Up can apply at OldTownNewhall.com/RevvedUp.

At the same time on October 12, local songwriters will perform their original works at Note by Note inside The MAIN, located at 24266 Main Street. Featured performers include modern funk group Prussia and additional performances from Jeff Mann, Olivia Brownlee and Rich Jones.  Performers interested in Note by Note can learn more at OldTownNewhall.com/NotebyNote.

Halloween begins on October 19 from 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. at the SENSES Halloween Hauntpresented by Galpin Subaru. Whether you come dressed in your spooky best or transform yourself into a monster onsite, be sure to participate in the Halloween costume contest for a chance to win ghoulish prizes. If thrills are more your thing, prepare yourself for a frightening experience at the SENSES maze. Relax with a drink in hand from the on-street bar, provided by 8th and Rail, hang out with friends and enjoy the adult-friendly atmosphere. Complete the evening with grub from one of the food trucks or local restaurants.

As a conclusion to Thursdays@Newhall’s October schedule, the ARTree Speaker Series invites a true leader of the arts in Santa Clarita to speak on “The Art of Parenthood: Nurturing Your Creativity While Nurturing a Family,” at The MAIN on October 26 from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Jennifer Fischer wears many hats as Co-Founder of Think Ten Media Group, writer, producer, arts educator and mother. Her work focuses on highlighting shared human experiences. While seven months pregnant and accompanied by a toddler, Fischer produced SMUGGLED, which has been featured across broadcasts such as ABC, Univision and Fusion.

For more information about the City of Santa Clarita’s 2017 Thursdays@Newhall events, visit ThursdaysAtNewhall.com or contact the City’s Arts and Events Office at (661) 250-3787.

Last chance to make a splash at Six Flags Hurricane Harbor in Valencia before it closes for the season on Sunday, Oct. 1.

Six_Flags_Hurricane_Harbor-Valencia-California-c7ebb60d058a4438b588f4aa1107c11b_c-980x700Valencia, Calif. - This weekend is your last chance to make a splash at Six Flags Hurricane Harbor before it closes for the season on Sunday, Oct. 1.

It reopens Memorial Day weekend 2018.

Hurricane Harbor originated at Six Flags Magic Mountain in 1995, making the Valencia amusement park the first multi-gated entertainment complex. It features water rides for all ages, from the thrilling Tornado to the Forgotten Sea Wave Pool as well as kid-friendly splash

Operating hours are 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 30 and Sunday, Oct. 1. Adult tickets are $34.99 online, $42.99 at the gate.

Admission for children under 48 inches is $34.99.

For more information, visit www.sixflags.com/hurricaneharborla.

Betty White to be Honored at The Paley Honors in Hollywood: A Gala Celebrating Women in Television, October 12, 2017

Beverly Hills, Calif. -  Betty White is set to be honored at The Paley Honors in Hollywood: A Gala Celebrating Women in Television in Hollywood on October 12. The gala event is designed to celebrate eight decades of groundbreaking accomplishments of women in television, across genres, and will feature a look back at White’s seven-decades long career.
“I am thrilled to be honored by the Paley Center,” Betty White said in a statement.  “To be acknowledged for working in a business I love for as long as I have is truly a privilege. I’m proud to share this evening with these amazing and talented women.”

They will look back over television history from the antics of Lucille Ball in “I Love Lucy” to Ellen Degeneres’ groundbreaking coming out moment on her sitcom to record-setting achievements from athletes like Billie Jean King and Jackie Joyner-Kersee and global reporting from the likes of Katie Couric, Rachel Maddow, Diane Sawyer and Barbara Walters.

“The Paley Center is so proud to honor this incredible group of women at this once-in-a-lifetime event,” Maureen J. Reidy, The Paley Center for Media’s president and CEO, said in a statement. “No other medium has brought people together the way television has, and this is the perfect time to celebrate the pioneering entertainers, groundbreaking series, and current hit shows that have sparked conversations, educated audiences, and thrilled generations.”

Presenters and participants for the event include Kristin Chenoweth, Nadia Comăneci, Allison Janney, Debra Messing, Rita Moreno, Wanda Sykes and Lynn Whitfield, with additional guests to include Pamela Adlon, Diane Guerrero, Marilu Henner, Linda Lavin, Wendi McLendon-Covey and more.

Proceeds from the evening will benefit the Paley Center’s programming dedicated to women in television, as well as the expansion of the women’s collection in the Paley archive, which with more than 160,000 programs, is the nation’s largest publicly accessible archive of television and radio programming.

All-New “Christmas in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter” and the Heartwarming Return of “Grinchmas” Ring in the Festive Holiday Season at Universal Studios Hollywood Universal CityWalk also Celebrates the Holidays with Special Appearances by Saint Nick and Free Outdoor Concerts – “Grinchmas” on weekends on December 2-3 and 9-10, and daily from December 15 through December 31, 2017

Universal City, California –  It’s the most wonderful time of the year at Universal-Studios-28-The Entertainment Capital of L.A. as Universal Studios Hollywood and Universal CityWalk deck the halls for a wintry calendar of festive holiday experiences and an array of delectable treats that families and friends far and wide can enjoy.

The all-new “Christmas in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter” experience will resonate throughout the immersive land this yuletide season transforming the iconic HogwartsTM castle into a dazzling light projection spectacular, while the quaint town of Hogsmeade village shines brightly with décor uniquely themed to each of the individual storefronts.

The a cappella Frog Choir, comprised of Hogwarts students and their giant throaty frogs, will perform all-new holiday themed songs.

A wide selection of all-new custom-made Christmas ornaments created especially for “The Wizarding World of Harry Potter” will also debut this season. Collectibles include a variety of decorative Hogwarts castle snow globes, Hogwarts crest and mascot ornaments representing each of the houses, as well as a collection of unique tree toppers and house pennant garland.

Newly introduced holiday-themed fare and the eagerly-awaited seasonal return of hot Butterbeer will further complement the overall experience.

“Christmas in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter” will take place daily from November 24, 2017 through January 7, 2018.

The all-new “Christmas in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter” experience invites guests to celebrate this special time of year in J.K. Rowling’s compelling Wizarding World for themselves.

As night falls on Hogsmeade village, “The Magic of Christmas at Hogwarts TM Castle” will illuminate Hogwarts™ School of Witchcraft and Wizardry with colorful imagery and impressive dimensional animations that dance across Hogwarts castle in tandem to a musical arrangement from the Harry Potter movies.

“Christmas in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter” represents the immersive land’s first holiday themed program since opening at Universal Studios Hollywood in 2016.

Grinchmas™” returns to Universal Studios Hollywood with a Who-lebration of fun fit for The Grinch, his faithful dog Max and a roster of Who-ville Whos.  The annual event comes to life with a towering 60 foot tall whimsical “Grinchmas” tree where Martha May Who-vier and the Who Dolls will take center stage performing energetic musical sets to usher in the Christmas season in style.  The Who-liday Singers—a hip boy-band ensemble—will perform nightly a cappella concerts featuring a mix of Christmas favorites and pop rock.

“Grinchmas” will take place weekends on December 2-3 and 9-10, and daily from December 15 through December 31, 2017.

Spirited holiday décor and festive whimsy will permeate throughout the theme park including “Despicable Me Minion Mayhem” and the adjoining “Super Silly Fun Land” as a crew of very merry and mischievous Minions gleefully spread Christmas cheer to visitors of all ages.

A spectacular 40-foot tall Christmas tree will glisten with 200,000 LED icicles choreographed to the lights and sounds of the season in the 5 Towers plaza. Santa Claus will make nightly appearances and offer special photo opportunities at 5 Towers.

The iconic, dancing water fountain situated at the heart of CityWalk will also make a splash this holiday season. This visually dynamic fountain, displaying over 230 individual power jets, will project streams of choreographed water into the air complemented by red and green LED lights and an array of holiday-themed music.

Free concert performances at “5 Towers” and an eclectic ensemble of talented street performers will make CityWalk the ultimate L.A. holiday destination.

The spirit of the season continues with a wintertime transformation of Universal CityWalk, beginning the day after Thanksgiving on Friday, November 24 through Sunday, December 23, 2017.

The holidays at Universal Studios Hollywood is included in the price of theme park admission.  More information is available at www.UniversalStudiosHollywood.com. Like Universal Studios Hollywood on Facebook and follow @UniStudios on Instagram and Twitter.

Admission to Universal CityWalk is free. More information available at www.CityWalkHollywood.com

A similar holiday program will also take place at Universal Orlando Resort.

About Warner Bros. Entertainment: Warner Bros. Entertainment is a global leader in all forms of entertainment and their related businesses across all current and emerging media and platforms.  A Time Warner Company, the fully integrated, broad-based studio is home to one of the most successful collections of brands in the world and stands at the forefront of every aspect of the entertainment industry from feature film, television and home entertainment production and worldwide distribution to DVD, digital distribution, animation, comic books, video games, product, and brand licensing, international cinemas and broadcasting.

About Dr. Seuss:  Theodor “Seuss” Geisel is quite simply the most beloved children’s book author of all time. Winner of the Pulitzer Prize in 1984, an Academy Award, three Emmy Awards, three Grammy Awards, and three Caldecott Honors, Geisel wrote and illustrated 45 books for children. Hundreds of millions of copies have found their way into homes and hearts around the world. While Theodor Geisel died on September 24, 1991, Dr. Seuss lives on, inspiring generations of children of all ages to explore the joys of reading.

About 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™, Universal Studios Hollywood’s first outdoor rollercoaster.  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 RideTM” and the “The Walking Dead” daytime attraction.  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 studio where they can also experience such authentic and immersive 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.

Jazzy Pop Crooner Jack Jones to bring his forever-young classic repertoire to the stage at The Barclay Theatre in Irvin accompanied by world class jazz artists Christian Jacob, Chris Colangelo, Kendall Kay, and Paul Lowden – October 28, 2017

Irvine, Calif - The singers’ singer Jack Jones is set to perform at the Barclay Theatre in Irvine, CA on Saturday, October 28, 2017 at 8:00 PM.  To purchase tickets go to thebarclay.org or call 949.854.4646.  The Barclay Theatre is located at 4242 Campus Drive, Irvine, CA 92612.

Jones‘ illustrious career in the entertainment industry includes two Grammy Awards, an Emmy Award, a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, and his score of hit records.  Though best known as a masterful singer, his countless TV and movie appearances further reinforced Jack Jones as a household name.

Jones continues to sell out performances around the globe in venues ranging from jazz clubs, performing arts centers, and casinos, to the London Palladium.  Jones recorded an astonishing 80 albums and produced dozens of hits including: “The Impossible Dream,” “Lollipops and Roses,” “Call Me Irresponsible,” “The Race is On,” “If You Ever Leave Me,” “I’ve Got a lot of  Living to Do,” “Lady,” and “The Love Boat.”

Beloved by his fans and admired by his peers, Tony Bennett calls him, “one of the great interpreters of the American Songbook, and he’s singing better and better.” Mel Torme dubs him, “the greatest ‘pure’ singer in the world.”  And Paul Williams declares, “he doesn’t just perform a song, he lives it!” The New York Times describes Jones as, “arguably the most technically accomplished male pop singer.”

Jones will be accompanied by a formidable force of world-class jazz musicians including Christian Jacob, Chris Colangelo, Kendall Kay, and Paul Lowden.

For more information on Jack Jones, visit jackjones.org.

 

‘LOVE NEVER DIES THE PHANTOM RETURNS, ‘Andrew Lloyd Webber’s spellbinding sequel to ‘The Phantom of the Opera’ Coming to the Pantages Theatre, April 3 – 22, 2018

Hollywood, Calif. - The Pantages Theatre will be presenting the ultimate love story, LOVE NEVER DIESAndrew Lloyd Webber’s spellbinding sequel to The Phantom of the Opera. The show will run from April 3 to April 22, 2018.  This story of boundless love, full of passion and drama, follows one of the most successful musicals of all time, which has now been seen by more than 130 million people worldwide and is the winner of over 50 international awards.

The new touring production will reflect an extensive re-working of the material by an Australian creative team for the original Australian premiere in 2011. Described by Chris Boyd in The Australian as “The best thing Lloyd Webber has written in the quarter century since The Phantom of the Opera”.

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The Pantages Theatre will be presenting the ultimate love story, LOVE NEVER DIES, Andrew Lloyd Webber’s spellbinding sequel to The Phantom of the Opera. The show will run from April 3 to April 22, 2018. Photo by Brinkhoff/Moegenburg

https://www.hollywoodpantages.com/events/detail/loveneverdies

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