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the Land Celebrates the Highly-Anticipated Return of “The Nighttime Lights at Hogwarts Castle” this Summer Beginning Sunday, June 24 – The Wizarding World of Harry Potter” at Universal Studios Hollywood Continues to Spellbind Guests with Exciting Wand Magic Experiences, Wizarding Apparel and New Menu Options

Universal City, Calif. — From the moment guests enter The Wizarding World of Harry Potter™” at Universal Studios Hollywood, they are transported to Hogsmeade village, which this summer will introduce new wand magic experiences, authentic costume replicas, lunchtime menu items and the popular return of “The Nighttime Lights at Hogwarts Castle.”

With a gentle flick of the wrist and just the right touch, guests can cast spells throughout “The Wizarding World of Harry Potter” at dazzling wand magic locations. This summer’s installation of two additional spells ups the tally to 15 thrilling wand magic experiences to practice. The Incendio fire-making spell will conjure flames of varying size based on skill level, and the Alohomora spell will unlock a series of intricate locks that may reveal the fiery breath of a creature hidden behind a secret door.

Three Broomsticks expands its lunchtime menu with a selection of traditional British fare, including:

Ploughman’s Lunch, featuring an imported selection of ham, salami, country paté, English cheese, homemade pickles and a warm scotch egg served with bread, cranberry chutney and grain mustard

Cheese Toastie with Chicken, featuring grilled English Cheddar cheese with chicken, crispy bacon, mustard and sliced tomato topped with a sunny side egg served with a fresh salad or potato wedges

 Sunday Roast Sandwich served on a freshly baked baguette filled with warm prime rib, caramelized onions, English Cheddar, horseradish sauce and homemade garlic pickles served with fresh salad or potato wedges

Guests can channel their inner wizards at Gladrags Wizardwear with a wide array of apparel inspired by the films. The billowing house robes worn by the students of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry and accompanying house uniforms, including hand-loomed cardigans from Scotland, scarves and ties are available for purchase.  New to Gladrags Wizardwear this season is a high-end replica of Professor Severus Snape’s robe, as well as a replica of Hermonione’s dress worn at the Yule Ball as seen in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, which is now available in adult and children’s sizes.

Other wizard attire includes a replica of the cardigan worn by Neville Longbottom in the Battle of Hogwarts scene in the film series finale. Select attire is available in a variety of sizes from toddler to adult.

Just like the talking mirror in the Harry Potter films, Madam Malkin’s Talking Mirror makes quite a reflective entrance this summer, located in the corridor between Dervish and Banges™ and Gladrags Wizardwear. Speaking with an English accent, the Talking Mirror will entertain guests with a variety of complimentary remarks.

“The Nighttime Lights at Hogwarts Castle” returns for a limited time only, beginning Saturday, June 24.

As night falls on Hogsmeade village, “The Nighttime Lights at Hogwarts Castle” shines brightly with an awe-inspiring spectacle that showcases the four houses of Hogwarts: Gryffindor, Ravenclaw, Hufflepuff and Slytherin, and culminates with awesome beams of lights that fan into the night sky. The colorful state-of-the-art light display and special effects projection is accompanied by a special musical arrangement created by Academy® award-winning composer John Williams based on his original scores composed for the film series. The musical arrangement that emanates in a surround sound environment was conducted by prolific arranger William Ross and recorded by the London Symphony Orchestra in London.

The Nighttime Lights at Hogwarts Castle returns this summer beginning June 24. –  Photo by Margie Anne Clark

            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 fiction and films, including as 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, 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 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 such retail venues as 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.

Additional information on Universal Studios Hollywood is available at www.UniversalStudiosHollywood.com. Join the conversation online using #WizardingWorldHollywood. Like Universal Studios Hollywood on Facebook and follow @UniStudios on Instagram and Twitter.

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.  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.”  Opening June 15, 2018, Universal Studios Hollywood will welcome debut The DreamWorks Theatre featuring “Kung Fu Panda: The Emperor’s Quest.”  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.

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.

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Hollywood Brings Back Holiday Lights to Tinseltown!

Hollywood Brings Back Holiday Lights to Tinseltown!

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Hollywood, Calif. – After an absence of four years, holiday lights return to Hollywood Boulevard for the 2017 holiday season. The famous Boulevard will shine brighter as a result of a joint effort between the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce and the Hollywood Entertainment District (HED).  A lighting ceremony was held to show off the new decorations on Monday, November 20th at 6 p.m. at the corner of Hollywood Boulevard and Highland Avenue, adjacent to the Metro Station.


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View photos of the lighting ceremony

The event was emceed by Leron Gubler, President/CEO of the Hollywood Chamber. Councilmember Mitch O’Farrell, 13th District participated in the event. “Some of Hollywood’s most iconic destinations will sparkle even brighter this holiday season thanks to the Bureau of Street Lighting, the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce, and the Hollywood Entertainment District.  These seasonal lights will be sure to spread some holiday cheer for residents and visitors alike,” stated Councilmember Mitch O’Farrell, 13th District.

The Chamber and HED have been working together on the project since the beginning of July.   A request for proposals was sent out to lighting décor firms, and three companies were interviewed by a joint panel and the firm of St. Nick’s Commercial Design & Décor, based in Long Beach, was selected. 

Under the agreement between the Chamber and HED, the Chamber is making the initial investment in purchasing the decorations and the HED will handle the ongoing maintenance. 

“We are pleased to bring even more glitter to Tinseltown this season with these spectacular new lights,” said Kerry Morrison, executive director of the Hollywood Entertainment District.  “Plus, with the addition of new permanent lighting, residents and visitors to Hollywood Boulevard will get a dose of Hollywood magic all year long.”

The decorations were installed one block either side of the intersections of Hollywood Boulevard with Vine Street and Highland Avenue by Thanksgiving week.

As envisioned, the decorator wrapped 54 palm trees with permanent lighting.  Each tree has two RGB lamps installed under the crown of the tree to light up the palm fronds.  In addition, 27 city light poles have custom-made pole-mounted decorations with a star theme installed along with decorated commercial green garland with LED lights.

The tree lights will be kept up all year, while the decorations will be removed after the New Year. What is especially exciting is that the RGB lamps can be programmed with different colors, which will enable the HED to change the lighting to different colors depending on the holiday.

“We believe the decorations will make an enormous difference along the Boulevard and will help to bring back a festive spirit,” said Chamber President & CEO Leron Gubler.  “We are pleased to have been able to work with the Hollywood Entertainment District to bring back the decorations.”

Hollywood Chamber to Honor Brett Ratner with Walk of Fame Star

Hollywood, Calif. – The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce is proud to announce that director Brett Ratner will be honored with the 2,599th star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Thursday, January 19th at 11:30 a.m. PST.  The star in the category of Motion Pictures will be dedicated at 6801 Hollywood Boulevard in front of the Hollywood & Highland Complex.

Helping Emcee and Hollywood Chamber President/CEO Leron Gubler to unveil the star will be Chairman and CEO of Warner Bros. Studios Kevin Tsujihara, and Walk of Famers Eddie Murphy and a surprise celebrity guest.

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 live exclusively on www.walkoffame.com.

Brett Ratner is one of Hollywood’s most successful filmmakers. His diverse films resonate with audiences worldwide and, as director, his films have grossed over $2-billion at the global box office. Ratner began his career directing music videos before making his feature directorial debut at 26 years old with the action comedy hit Money Talks. He followed with the blockbuster Rush Hour and its successful sequels. Ratner also directed The Family ManRed DragonAfter theSunsetXMen: The Last StandTower Heist and Hercules.

Ratner has also enjoyed critical acclaim and box-office success as a producer. He has served as an executive producer on the Golden Globe and Oscar-winning The Revenant, starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Black Mass, starring Johnny Depp, and War Dogs, starring Jonah Hill; and as a producer on Truth, starring Robert Redford and Cate Blanchett; I Saw the Light, starring Tom Hiddleston and Elizabeth Olsen, Rules Don’t Apply, written, directed and produced by Warren Beatty, and Sony Pictures Classics’ Land of Mine directed by Martin Zandvliet. His other produced films include the smash hit comedy Horrible Bosses and its sequel, and the re-imagined Snow White tale Mirror Mirror.

His additional producing credits include the documentaries Bright Lights: Starring Carrie Fisher and Debbie ReynoldsAuthor: The JT LeRoy StoryCatfish, the Emmy-nominated Woody Allen – A DocumentaryHelmut by JuneI Knew It Was You: Rediscovering John Cazale, Chuck Norris vs. Communism, the Emmy Award and Peabody Award-winning Night Will Fall, and Leonardo DiCaprio’s Before the Flood, released by National Geographic.  He also executive produced and directed the Golden Globe-nominated FOX series Prison Break, and executive produced the television series Rush Hour, based on his hit films.

In 2013, Ratner, along with his business partner James Packer, formed RatPac Entertainment, a film finance production and media company.  RatPac has a first-look deal with Warner Bros., and joined with Dune Capital to co-finance over 75 films, including the award-winning and critically-acclaimed Gravity, The LEGO Movie, and American Sniper.  Recent films include Sully, The Accountant, Suicide Squad, and Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. In partnership with New Regency, RatPac co-financed The Revenant and Birdman. Internationally, RatPac and Warner Bros. have formed a joint venture with Warner Bros., China Media Capital Group and WPP to finance local Chinese content.

Since inception, RatPac Entertainment has co-financed 55 theatrically-released motion pictures exceeding $10 billion in worldwide box office receipts. RatPac’s co-financed films have been nominated for 51 Academy Awards, 20 Golden Globes and 39 BAFTAs and have won 21 Academy Awards, 7 Golden Globes and 17 BAFTAs.

Ratner is a Board of Trustees member of the Simon Wiesenthal Center and Museum of Tolerance.  He currently sits on the boards of Ghetto Film School, Chrysalis, Best Buddies, and the Los Angeles Police Foundation, while serving on the Dean’s Council of the NYU Tisch School of the Arts and on the Board of Directors at Tel Aviv University’s School of Film and Television.

Event will be live-streamed exclusively on www.walkoffame.com

UNIVERSAL PARKS & RESORTS AND NINTENDO WILL BRING THE FUN OF NINTENDO TO LIFE WITH EXPANSIVE, HIGHLY THEMED ENVIRONMENTS AT OSAKA, ORLANDO AND HOLLYWOOD

Shigeru Miyamoto, Senior Managing Director and Creative Fellow of Nintendo, discusses attraction features with Mark Woodbury, President of Universal Creative. © 2016 Universal Studios. All Rights Reserved.
Shigeru Miyamoto, Senior Managing Director and Creative Fellow of Nintendo, discusses attraction features with Mark Woodbury, President of Universal Creative. © 2016 Universal Studios. All Rights Reserved.

Kyoto, Japan and ORLANDO, Florida, Hollywood, Calif. – Imagine the fun of stepping into a larger-than-life Nintendo adventure.  Gigantic Piranha Plants spring to life.  Question blocks, power-ups and more surround you.  And Mario and all his friends are there to pull you into a brand-new world.

You will enter an entire realm filled with iconic Nintendo excitement, gameplay, heroes and villains.   And it is coming to three Universal theme parks around the globe.

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The creative visionaries behind Nintendo’s legendary worlds and characters are working together with the creative teams behind Universal’s blockbuster theme park attractions.  Their goal: to bring the characters, action and adventure of Nintendo video games to life within Universal theme parks.  And to do so in new and innovative ways that capture what makes them so special.  All of the adventure, fun and whimsy you experience through a screen will now be all around you – in breathtakingly authentic ways.

  • Nintendo-themed areas are coming to Universal Studios Japan, Universal Orlando Resort and Universal Studios Hollywood.
  • These will be expansive, immersive and interactive.  They will be highly themed and authentic environments filled with multiple attractions, shops and restaurants.
  • Guests will feel as if they are playing inside their favorite games – this time in real life.
  • There will be something for everyone – regardless of their age or gaming experience level.
  • Planning and creative work on these areas is well underway; they will open separately over the next several years.

The new themed areas come as the result of a global partnership between Universal Parks & Resorts and Nintendo – two icons of the entertainment world.  Universal theme parks create incredibly popular family entertainment experiences for millions of people based on compelling characters, stories and innovative technology.  Nintendo creates remarkable and imaginative games filled with captivating stories and beloved characters.

Each Universal theme park will announce details of its specific Nintendo areas.  The first such announcement will come soon.

About Universal Parks & Resorts
Universal Parks & Resorts, a unit of Comcast NBCUniversal, offers guests around the globe today’s most relevant and popular entertainment experiences. With three-time Academy Award winner Steven Spielberg as creative consultant, its theme parks are known for immersive experiences that feature some of the world’s most thrilling and technologically advanced film- and television-based attractions.

Comcast NBCUniversal wholly owns Universal Studios Hollywood, which includes Universal CityWalk Hollywood. It also owns Universal Orlando Resort, a destination resort with two theme parks (Universal Studios Florida and Universal’s Islands of Adventure), five resort hotels, and Universal CityWalk Orlando. In addition, Comcast NBCUniversal owns a 51 percent majority interest in Universal Studios Japan, in Osaka and has a license agreement with Universal Studios Singapore at Resorts World Sentosa, Singapore.  The company has also announced plans for a theme park in Beijing.

About Nintendo
The worldwide pioneer in the creation of interactive entertainment, Nintendo Co., Ltd., of Kyoto, Japan, manufactures and markets hardware and software for its Wii U™and Wii™home consoles, and Nintendo 3DS™and Nintendo DS™families of portable systems. Since 1983, when it launched the Nintendo Entertainment System™, Nintendo has sold more than 4.4 billion video games and more than 696 million hardware units globally, including the current-generation Wii U, Nintendo 3DS and Nintendo 3DS XL, as well as the Game Boy™, Game Boy Advance, Nintendo DS, Nintendo DSi™and Nintendo DSi XL™, Super NES™, Nintendo 64™, Nintendo GameCube™and Wii systems. It has also created industry icons that have become well-known, household names such as Mario™, Donkey Kong™, Metroid™, Zelda™and Pokémon™.

 

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Hollywood Chamber to Honor Hugh Laurie with Walk of Fame Star

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Hollywood, Calif. – The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce is proud to announce that actor Hugh Laurie will be honored with the 2,593rd star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Tuesday, October 25, 2016 at 11:30 a.m. PDT. The star in the category of Television will be dedicated in front of the Pig ‘N Whistle, 6712 Hollywood Boulevard.

Helping Emcee and Hollywood Chamber President/CEO Leron Gubler to unveil the star will be Stephen Fry. “The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce is thrilled to add Hugh Laurie to our illustrious Walk of Fame. His star is going to be set in a very appropriate location, a British Pub called the Pig N’ Whistle where he joins other British luminaries such as Emma Thompson, Colin Firth, Ridley Scott and Dame Helen Mirren” stated Walk of Fame Producer Ana Martinez.

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 live exclusively on www.walkoffame.com.

Hollywood Chamber to Honor Hugh Laurie with Walk of Fame StarHugh Laurie was born in Oxford, England and attended Eton College and Cambridge University, where he received a degree in Anthropology. This award-winning actor, writer, producer and musician is best known for his scene-stealing roles in television and film.

Laurie next stars as forensic neuro-psychiatrist Eldon Chance in Hulu’s upcoming drama “Chance” premiering on October 19th. He most recently earned his eighth Emmy nomination for his riveting performance on the critically acclaimed AMC miniseries “The Night Manager” which he starred in alongside Tom Hiddleston, Olivia Colman, Tom Hollander and Elizabeth Debicki. Laurie reprised his role as Senator Tom James on the last season of HBO’s Emmy-winning comedy “Veep” opposite Julia Louis Dreyfus.

Laurie previously earned two Golden Globe Awards for his role as Dr. Gregory House on the long-running Fox series “House.”  He starred as the acerbic doctor for eight seasons, earning six Emmy nominations for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series, an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Drama Series as a producer, and two Screen Actors Guild Awards for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series. He has twice been honored by the Television Critics Association with TCA Awards for Individual Achievement in Drama. While it was on the air, “House” received a review score of 9.4 out of 10, making it a Guinness World Record holder for Most Popular TV Show and making Laurie a record holder for Most-Watched Leading Man.

Alongside Stephen Fry, Laurie first broke into television by writing, producing and starring in “The Cellar Tapes,” a revue consisting of a number of sketches and musical numbers which was broadcast on television in 1982. “The Cellar Tapes” propelled the British duo into a number of groundbreaking television shows in the UK such as “A Bit of Fry and Laurie,” which Laurie co-wrote for the BBC with Fry; BBC comedy “Blackadder;” “Jeeves and Wooster,” based on the novels of P.G. Wodehouse which aired on PBS’s “Masterpiece Theatre;” and “Saturday Live,” a comedy music sketch series in which Laurie appeared as himself and a number of various characters. His work on American television includes the television film “Life with Judy Garland: Me and My Shadows” in which Laurie portrayed Vincente Minnelli opposite Judy Davis, and HBO’s “Tracey Takes On…” opposite Tracey Ullman.

Laurie’s film credits include Disney’s “Tomorrowland” with George Clooney which was directed by Brad Bird and written by Damon Lindelof; “Mr. Pip;” “The Oranges” with Oliver Platt and Catherine Kenner; “Street Kings” with Forest Whitaker and Keanu Reeves; “Flight of the Phoenix” with Dennis Quaid; “Peter’s Friends” with Kenneth Branagh; “Sense and Sensibility” with Emma Thompson and Kate Winslet; “Cousin Bette” with Jessica Lange; “The Man in the Iron Mask” with Jeremy Irons and Leonardo DiCaprio; “101 Dalmatians” with Glenn Close and Jeff Daniels; “Stuart Little;” “Stuart Little 2;” and the animated films “Arthur Christmas,” “Hop,” and “Monsters vs. Aliens.”

A talented singer and musician, Laurie has released two albums and performed around the world. After signing a record deal with Warner Bros. Records, Laurie’s celebrated New Orleans blues album “Let Them Talk” was released in the U.S. in 2011. Recorded at sessions in Los Angeles and New Orleans, the musical and vocal collaboration was produced by two-time Grammy Award winner Joe Henry, and became the biggest-selling blues album of the year in the UK. A performance documentary about Laurie’s musical passion, “Hugh Laurie: Let Them Talk – A Celebration of New Orleans Blues” also aired on PBS’s “Great Performances” in 2011. Laurie released his second album, “Didn’t It Rain,” with his band The Copper Bottom Band in April 2013. He also recorded his second PBS special, “Live on the Queen Mary,” which featured an intimate live performance by Laurie and his band filmed aboard the historic Queen Mary in Long Beach. In October 2013, Laurie embarked on a U.S. tour with the Copper Bottom Band.

Laurie is involved with the following charities: Retrak, Warchild, Comic Relief and Red Nose Day (U.S.)

 

Watch as the Hollywood Chamber honors Hugh Laurie exclusively on www.walkoffame.com.

Universal Studio’s Hollywood Halloween Horror Nights features New Terror Tram attraction through Nov. 4, 2016

Hollywood, Calif.-  There’s still time to get in on some frightfully scary fun at Universal Studios Hollywood’s Halloween Horror Nights now through Nov. 4. Prepare for the scariest, most intense Halloween event in Southern California created by the sickest and most twisted minds in horror and the movie studio that invented the horror film genre. This year’s event features 7 all-new terrifying mazes based on the most frightening films and television shows ever – including three twisted installments of American Horror Story presented in one demented experience and the scariest movie of all time – The Exorcist. Michael Myers returns in Halloween – Hell Comes to Haddonfield and is part of an all-star line-up of the greatest slasher villains in horror including Freddy vs. Jason and Leatherface from The Texas Chainsaw Massacre. Horror comes to town for the holidays with Krampus, while The Walking Dead finds a permanent home as an all-new year-round attraction. The thrills continue with a new Terror Tram experience, an all-new Jabbawockeez live show and mega scare zones featuring The Purge awaiting you around every dark corner. This year promises to take you Beyond Your Wildest Screams! http://www.halloweenhorrornights.com/hollywood/2016/overview.phphalloween_7

THE ILLUSIONISTS – Live From Broadway Now through March 13, 2016

Hollywood, Calif. – “The Illusionists” celebrated a red carpet premiere at the Pantages on Feb. 23. There is still time to be amazed and enjoy the mind-blowing spectacular now through March 13.  The jaw-dropping talents of the most incredible illusionists on earth enthralled audiences with hilarious magic tricks, death-defying stunts and acts of breathtaking wonder, THE ILLUSIONISTS – Live From Broadway has dazzled audiences of all ages.

Red carpet guests included William Shatner, Merit Leighton,  Jacob Hopkins, Loretta Devine and Russ Tamblyn.

Having shattered box office records around the world, THE ILLUSIONISTS  made its U.S. debut on Broadway at New York City’s Marquis Theatre in Times Square on November 26, 2014 where it celebrated a highly-successful holiday engagement.

There’s still time to get in on the fun! For more information visit http://hollywoodpantages.com/theillusionists.

William Shatner, Jeff Hobson, Andrew Basso, Kevin James, Yu Ho-Jin, Ben Blaque, James More, Dan Sperry. Adam Trent at the premiere of "The Illusionists." Photos by Chelsea Lauren
William Shatner, Jeff Hobson, Andrew Basso, Kevin James, Yu Ho-Jin, Ben Blaque, James More, Dan Sperry. Adam Trent at the premiere of “The Illusionists.” Photos by Chelsea Lauren

Hollywood Gears Up for Oscar Night 2016

Hollywood Street and Sidewalk Closures Ahead of Oscars 2016

Hollywood, Calif. – The 88th Oscars will be held on Sunday, February 28, 2016, at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, and will be televised live on the ABC Television Network at 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PST. The Oscars, produced by David Hill and Reginald Hudlin, also will be televised live in more than 225 countries and territories worldwide.
To ensure public safety, support security strategies and facilitate the production of this year’s Oscars®, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and the City of Los Angeles have finalized street closure plans around the Dolby Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center in Hollywood.

To accommodate the construction of press risers, fan bleachers and pre-show stages along the Oscars red carpet, Hollywood Boulevard will be closed between Highland Avenue and Orange Drive beginning at 10 p.m. on Sunday, February 21st, and remain closed until 6 a.m. on Tuesday, March 1st.

MTA subway trains will bypass the Hollywood & Highland station after the last regularly scheduled train on Saturday, February 27th, until 6 a.m. Monday, February 29th. Service at the station will resume with the first scheduled train after 6 a.m.

Between Sunday, February 21, and Oscar Sunday, February 28, additional streets and sidewalks will be closed for varying periods.

Details of the closures and maps of affected areas are available from the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce, the Sixth and the Thirteenth District City Council field offices and on the Academy’s website at www.oscars.org/closures.

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DAVID DUCHOVNY HONORED WITH STAR ON THE HOLLYWOOD WALK OF FAME

Hollywood, Calif. – The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce honored actor David Duchovny  with the 2,572nd star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Monday, January 25.  The star in the category of Television was dedicated at 6508 Hollywood Boulevard in front of the FOX Theatre.
Hollywood Chamber to Honor David Duchovny with Walk of Fame Star

Helping Emcee and Hollywood Chamber President/CEO Leron Gubler to unveil the star was “X-Files” creator/director/executive producer Chris Carter and comedian Garry Shandling. “Fans were thrilled that their favorite actor David Duchovny was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

“He is beloved by audiences worldwide for his television and film work,” stated Ana Martinez, Producer of the Walk of Fame ceremonies.

Born and raised in New York City, Duchovny attended Princeton University where he played one season as shooting guard on the school’s basketball team. He received his Master’s Degree in English Literature from Yale and was on the road to earning his Ph.D. when he caught the acting bug.

Subsequently, Duchovny emerged to become one of the most highly acclaimed actors in Hollywood. The star of 20th Century Fox Television’s international monster hit  “The X-Files,” he was nominated for an Emmy for Outstanding Actor in a Drama Series, he was nominated for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series for his highly acclaimed and some say risqué appearances on “The Larry Sanders Show.” In January 1997, he won a Golden Globe Award for Best Actor in a Drama Series. He has been nominated for a total of three Golden Globes, three Screen Actors Guild and a TV Critic’s Award for Best Actor in a Drama Series. The press and the public both agree that Duchovny brings a fierce intellect, a quiet intensity and an acerbic wit to his roles on both the small screen and the silver screen.

Fans were happy to know that thirteen years after the original series run, the next mind-bending chapter of “The X-Files” returned  with a thrilling, six-episode event series from creator/executive producer Chris Carter, with stars Duchovny and Gillian Anderson re-inhabiting their roles as iconic FBI Agents Fox Mulder and Dana Scully.  This marks the momentous return of the Emmy- and Golden Globe Award-winning pop culture phenomenon, which remains one of the longest-running sci-fi series in network television history.

The two-Night Season Premiere aired Sunday, January 24 and Monday, January 25 and the series will air in its Monday 8 PM timeslot.

Since “The X-Files” debuted, millions and millions of self-proclaimed “X-Philes” spent their Sunday nights wide-eyed in anticipation as their hero, the brilliant and sullen FBI agent Fox Mulder, explored cases deemed unbelievable or unsolvable by the Bureau. Duchovny’s remarkable performance on   “The X-Files” earned him the title of “Zeitgeist Icon” by Laura Jacobs in The New Republic, and “the first Internet sex symbol with hair” by Maureen Dowd in The New York Times.

Duchovny added the role of director to his already extensive list of accomplishments when he wrote, directed and starred in three critically acclaimed episodes of “The X-Files,” titled “The Unnatural,” which starred Jessie Martin; and “Hollywood A.D.”, starring Garry Shandling and actress Tea Leoni, and “William”. Other directing credits include the Fox hit series “Bones,” as well as, six episodes of “Californication.”

Duchovny’s passion for renegade films has brought him critical acclaim for his performances in the feature films “Kalifornia,” in which he co-starred opposite Brad Pitt; “The Rapture,” the controversial film directed by Michael Tolkin in which Duchovny starred opposite Mimi Rogers; and “Julia Has Two Lovers,” in which he turned in a much heralded performance as a telephone hustler. Duchovny played Roland “Rollie” Totheroh, Charlie Chaplin’s longtime confidante and cameraman in the Sir Richard Attenborough directed  “Chaplin,” which starred Robert Downey, Jr. in the title role; and starred in the smash hit “Beethoven,” opposite Charles Grodin and Bonnie Hunt. Feature credits include the Dreamworks action-comedy “Evolution,” opposite Julianne Moore and directed by Ivan Reitman, the MGM romantic-comedy “Return To Me,” opposite Minnie Driver, directed by Bonnie Hunt. “The X-Files” movie, and “Playing God,” with Timothy Hutton and Angelina Jolie. David went on to appear in a hilariously funny cameo in Ben Stiller’s film “Zoolander.”

David is still recognized for his role as Dennis/Denise Bryson, the transvestite detective in David Lynch’s breakthrough television series “Twin Peaks.”  Duchovny also spent four seasons as the impassioned narrator of Zalman King’s erotic anthology series Red Shoe Diaries,” which began as a feature length telefilm for Showtime.

In 2002, he starred in the Miramax ensemble comedy “Full Frontal,” for director Steven Soderbergh, co-starring Julia Roberts and George Clooney. David made brief returns to television, first appearing in good friend Bonnie Hunt’s show “Life With Bonnie,” in which he guest starred as over-the-top weatherman Johnny Volcano, for which he was nominated for an Emmy in 2003. Following that, he made a memorable appearance on “Sex And The City,” as an ex-flame of Sarah Jessica Parker’s Carrie Bradshaw character.

He made his feature directorial debut in 2005 with “House Of D” which he also wrote and appeared in. The film, which starred Robin Williams and Anton Yelchin, vividly captured the spirit of youth in all its joy and heartbreak.

Other feature credits include “Trust The Man,” “The TV Set,” “Things We Lost In The Fire,” “The Secret,” “The X-Files: I Want To Believe,” and “The Joneses.”

Duchovny ventured onto the stage starring off Broadway in Neil LaBute’s play “The Break Of Noon” in which he reunited with his “X-Files: I Want To Believe” co-star Amanda Peet.

Next, he worked on the independent features “Goats” opposite Vera Farmiga, Ty Burrell, Graham Phillips and Dakota Johnson; “Phantom” opposite Ed Harris and the independent feature “Louder Than Words” opposite Hope Davis and Timothy Hutton.

His other long-running series “Californication” ended its 7-year run in Summer of 2015 for Showtime. Hank Moody marked another seminal character portrayed by Duchovny that has made it’s its way into our pop culture lexicon, and for whose portrayal he won a Golden Globe Award for Best Actor in a Comedy series.

Duchovny recently released his first studio album for ThinkSay Records which is being distributed by Caroline, and is available for download on iTunes.

His first novel Holy Cow was released by Farrar, Straus and Giroux in February 2015 and hit The New York Times® Best Sellers list. Hisnext book called Bucky Fu##ing Dent will be published on April 5th.

Earlier this year he was seen in the Tomorrow Studios /NBC series “Aquarius,” which he executive produced and in which he stars. The complete series was released on premiere day on NBC.com, the NBC app and VOD.  He is currently shooting the 2nd Season of “Aquarius” for NBC.

Duchovny supports several charities including his recent hosting of “Red Nose Charity Day” to raise money for impoverished children in the U.S.

Story by the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce