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“The Wizarding World of Harry Potter” at Universal Studios Hollywood Elevates “Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey” to 4K-HD with State-of-the-Art Imagery Projecting at Four Times the Frame Rate for an Even More Immersive Experience

The Wizarding World of Harry Potter” at Universal Studios Hollywood Elevates “Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey” to 4K-HD

Universal City, Calif– The spectacularly captivating and highly acclaimed “Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey” thrill ride at Universal Studios Hollywood’s “The Wizarding World of Harry Potter” takes a technological bow with the introduction of enhanced 4K-HD ride film projecting at an astounding rate of 120 frames-per-second and designed to offer guests an even more immersive glimpse into J.K. Rowling’s Wizarding World.

This progressive enhancement replaces the earlier 3D film component of the ride to create a seamless integration between the ride’s elaborate sets and its spellbinding media. The attraction’s storyline remains the same.

Originally projected at 60 frames-per-second, the new ride media now displays at four times the frame rate offering superior clarity and remarkably sharper images than previously shown, with imagery that is stunningly ultra-realistic.

Hailed by press across the globe as a tour-de-force, “Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey” has enjoyed a vast array of critical acclaim, such as:

“The combination of the stunningly detailed queue and the state-of-the-art ride make Forbidden Journey the best dark ride in the world.”

“All roads lead to Hogwarts castle, home to possibly the most immersive, amazing and utterly convincing dark-ride and queue ever invented. The detail at every turn is exquisite.”

An achievement in pioneering theme park ride technology, “Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey” is a multidimensional thrill ride located within Hogwarts castle. It features a groundbreaking robotics ride system, fused with elaborate filmed action sequences and immersive visceral effects designed to take guests on a once-in-a lifetime whirlwind adventure.

Spiraling and pivoting 360-degrees upon an elevated ride track, “Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey” ushers guests on a journey alongside Harry Potter, Hermione Granger and Ron Weasley as they venture through some of the most memorable scenes from the movie, including a Quidditch match where they narrowly escape a dragon attack, as well as close encounters with Dementors and the Whomping Willow.

A spectacular attraction unto itself, the iconic and picturesque Hogwarts castle sits at the heart of “The Wizarding World of Harry Potter” providing access to Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.  Hogwarts castle is a breathtaking reproduction from the movie, housing narrow stone passageways and chambers that invites guests to walk in the famous footsteps of the film’s heroic character where they will encounter many familiar places along the way, including the Mirror of Erised, Professor Sprout’s Herbology class and a selection of baby Mandrakes, Dumbledore’s office, the Defence Against the Dark Arts classroom, the Hall of Talking Portraits, the Fat Lady portrait at the entrance to the Gryffindor Common Room and the Sorting Hat.

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 read about in the stories or watched on the silver screen.

“The Wizarding World of Harry Potter” resonates with immense detail, inviting guests to revel in Harry Potter’s 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 eight retail venues and locations, including Honeydukes™, Ollivanders™, Owl Post™, Zonko’s™ Joke Shop, Wiseacre’s Wizarding Equipment, Dervish and Banges™, Gladrags Wizardwear and Filch’s Emporium™ of Confiscated Goods.

The architecturally stunning land also features Universal Studios Hollywood’s first outdoor family coaster, Flight of the Hippogriff™.

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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.

 

Third Annual ‘Night on Broadway’ comes to Los Angeles on January 28, 2017

 Los Angeles, Calif. –Night On Broadway will take over Downtown Los Angeles for the third year in a row on Saturday, January 28th -
the expansive and increasingly popular festival offers something for all Angelenos and is expected to eclipse last year’s attendance of more than 60,000 people. A mile-long stretch of Broadway between 3rd St. and Olympic Blvd. will be closed off and transformed for the free event, offering music, games and activities for kids and adults, art installations and one-of-a-kind experiences featuring hundreds of acts, including performances on 10 stages in the street and in six of Broadway’s historic theaters.

A long list of performers, acts and exhibits is available at www.NightonBroadway.la

SPONSORS
Night on Broadway is able to provide this special experience to the people of Los Angeles thanks to these generous partnerships: The Los Angeles Neighborhood Initiative (LANI); Coca-Cola, Dasani Water, Monster Energy, WeWork, Angel City Brewery, Pabst Brewing Company, Delta Air Lines, Metro, , Film LA, Augmenteum, Paramount Pictures, Downtown Center BID, Historic Core BID, LA Fashion District, STAR Education; DTLA Bikes, LA County Bicycle Coalition, Festival Pro, Uber, Mural Conservancy of Los
Angeles, Eagle Rock Yacht Club, Craig Lawson & Co., LLC, HNTB, The Well, SBJCT Design, Full-On 360, Think Tank Gallery and Najafi Lighting Design. Media partners include: Los Angeles Times, LA Weekly, LA Downtown News, Happening in DTLA, KCRW, DoLA, Downtown Weekly and Yelp.

TRANSPORTATION / STREET CLOSURES – TRAFFIC ADVISORY
Broadway will be closed from 3rd to 11th, with sections of the closure beginning on Friday afternoon, Jan. 27, 2017. Delays should be expected throughout the Downtown area. Metro is a Night on Broadway partner and the event is a stone’s throw from the Red /Purple Line Pershing Square station at 5th & Hill, and central to all DTLA transit. For more info, visit the Metro Trip Planner or call 323-Go Metro (323-466-3876).

Complimentary bike valet will be provided at 5th Street in the festival area, coordinated by the Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition and Broadway’s DTLA Bikes. Flat-rate parking is available at the City’s Pershing Square Parking Garage and at area Joe’s, City Center, and Paragon Parking lots and garages. Go to www.NightonBroadway.la/transportation for further info.

SANTA CLARITA STUDIOS HIGHLIGHTED IN the City of Santa Clarita’s Economic Development video, Santa Clarita Business Minute.

Santa Clarita, Calif. -  Santa Clarita Studios, an independent full-service studio, is the most recent business to be featured in the City of Santa Clarita’s Economic Development video, Santa Clarita Business Minute.

Santa Clarita’s varied topography, over 20 sound stages, over 10 movie ranches and thousands of film-friendly locations, combined with the City’s location within the “30-Mile Zone,” make it one of the most filmed areas in California. The City of Santa Clarita is committed to creating an environment that allows the film industry to thrive and be successful. The City’s Film Office is dedicated to making filming in Santa Clarita as affordable, convenient and enjoyable as possible for production, while balancing the needs of the community’s residents and businesses.

In the latest edition of the Santa Clarita Business Minute, learn more about Santa Clarita Studios, a local studio offering a comprehensive package of products and services to meet all production needs. Countless productions have based and filmed at Santa Clarita Studios over the years, including Netflix’s soon-to-be-released “Santa Clarita Diet,” airing on February 3 and “Atypical.” In addition, TBS’ “The Guest Book,” Freeform’s “Stitchers” and “Switched at Birth,” ABC’s “Mistresses,” FX’s “Justified,” and “The Riches,” CBS’ “CSI” and “The Unit,” HBO’s “Deadwood,” TNT’s “Franklin & Bash,” and Fox’s “Melrose Place” have all filmed at the studio. Movies like A Wrinkle in Time, Magic Camp, Fast & Furious, Bobby, True Lies and Planet of the Apes have also utilized the studio for filming.

In the video, Santa Clarita Studios executives discuss the City of Santa Clarita’s film-friendly and business-friendly approach to filming in Santa Clarita.

“There are so many things we wouldn’t be able to get done, if it wasn’t for the responsive team in the City, if it wasn’t for how film-friendly Santa Clarita is as a City,” said Richard Deutsch, Vice President of Santa Clarita Studios. “Everyone from the Mayor’s Office, to L.A. County Fire, to the Film Office, to the Economic Development group, they’re all there for us. I think we’re not the only industry that would say that. You really have their support as a business here in Santa Clarita.”

The Santa Clarita Business Minute is a video campaign designed to spotlight successful local companies. Santa Clarita Studios is one of more than 6,000 diverse global, national and regional companies that call Santa Clarita home. The most recent video, as well as others, can be viewed at ThinkSantaClarita.com.

For more information about the Santa Clarita Business Minute and to learn why companies like Santa Clarita Studios choose to do business and expand in Santa Clarita, visit ThinkSantaClarita.com.

 

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

Hamilton is coming to the Pantages Theatre in Hollywood, Aug. 11 – Dec. 30, 2017. Two-Time Tony Award® Nominee JOSHUA HENRY, Broadway’s MICHAEL LUWOYE and Tony Award ® Nominee RORY O’MALLEY to lead National Tour of HAMILTON

Hamilton is coming to the Pantages Theatre in Hollywood.
Hamilton is coming to the Pantages Theatre in Hollywood, Aug. 11 – Dec. 30, 2017.

Hollywood, Calif -Producer Jeffrey Seller is thrilled to announce thattwo-time Tony Award® nominee JOSHUA HENRY, Broadway’s MICHAEL LUWYOYE andTony Award® Nominee RORY O’MALLEY will lead the National Tour of HAMILTON as Aaron Burr, Alexander Hamilton and King George III, respectively. Hamilton will open at the Pantages Theatre in Hollywood on August 11 and run through December 30, 2017.

Mr. Henry, currently performing in the Chicago production, made his Broadway debut in In The Heights, received Tony Award ®nominations for his roles in Violet and The Scottsboro Boys and created the role of “Noble Sissle” in Shuffle Along.  Mr. Luwoye made his Broadway debut in HAMILTON and was nominated for a 2016 Lucille Lortel Award for his work as Jacob in Invisible Thread (Outstanding Lead Actor in a Musical).  And, Mr. O’Malley is currently playing King George III on Broadway and received a Tony Award® nomination for his role as Elder McKinley in The Book of Mormon. 

Other principal roles in HAMILTON on tour will be played by RUBÉN J. CARBAJAL as John Laurens/Phillip Hamilton; JORDAN DONICA as Marquis de Lafayette/Thomas Jefferson; AMBER IMAN as Peggy Schuyler/Maria Reynolds; ISAIAH JOHNSON as George Washington; SOLEA PFEIFFER as Eliza Hamilton; EMMY RAVER-LAMPMAN as Angelica Schuyler and MATHENEE TRECO as Hercules Mulligan/James Madison.

The National Tour also include RYAN ALVARADO, RAYMOND BAYNARD, AMANDA BRAUN, DANIEL CHING, KARLI DINARDO, JEFFERY DUFFY, JENNIFER GELLER, JACOB GUZMAN, JULIA HARRIMAN, AFRA HINES, SABRINA IMAMURA, LAUREN KIAS, YVETTE LU, DESMOND NEWSON, DESMOND NUNN, JOSH ANDRÉS RIVERA, RAVEN THOMAS, RYAN VASQUEZ, KEENAN D. WASHINGTON and ANDREW WOJTAL.

Performances begin March 10, 2017 at the Orpheum Theatre in San Francisco.  The National Tour of HAMILTON will play 21-weeks in San Francisco, followed by a 21-week engagement in Los Angeles.

JoshuaHenry’s Broadway credits include Shuffle Along, Violet (Tony nomination), The Scottsboro Boys (Tony nomination), The Gershwins’ Porgy and BessAmerican IdiotBring It On: The Musical, and In the Heights (Drama Desk Award – Outstanding Ensemble Performance).  City Center Encores!: Cotton Club Parade and The Wiz.  Film:  The Lake (2017), Sex and the City and Winter’s Tale.  Television:  “Army Wives,” and “Kings.”

Michael Luwoye is currently the Alexander Hamilton alternate on Broadway.  Off Broadway: Invisible Thread (Second Stage). Regional: Cardboard Piano (Actors Theatre of Louisville), Marley (Center Stage), Witness Uganda (A.R.T.), Tick, tick … BOOM! (American Theater Group), and The Three Musketeers and Once on This Island (Flat Rock Playhouse).  He received B.A. from The University of Alabama c/o 2013.

Rory O’Malley was last seen on Broadway singing “Turn It Off” as Elder McKinley in The Book of Mormon (Tony and Drama Desk nominations) and in The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. Off-Broadway: Nobody Loves You (Drama Desk nomination) and Little Miss Sunshine. TV: “Partners” alongside Kelsey Grammer and Martin Lawrence, “Nurse Jackie,” “The Good Wife,” “Law & Order: SVU” and “1600 Penn.” Film: Dreamgirls.

With book, music and lyrics by Lin-Manuel Miranda, direction by Thomas Kail, choreography by Andy Blankenbuehler and musical supervision and orchestrations by Alex Lacamoire, HAMILTON is based on Ron Chernow’s biography of Founding Father Alexander Hamilton.  The musical won eleven 2016 Tony Awards ®including Best Musical, Score, Book of a Musical, Direction of a Musical, Choreography and Orchestrations.  Mr. Miranda received the Pulitzer Prize for Drama for HAMILTON.

HAMILTON is the story of America’s Founding Father Alexander Hamilton, an immigrant from the West Indies who became George Washington’s right-hand man during the Revolutionary War and was the new nation’s first Treasury Secretary.  Featuring a score that blends hip-hop, jazz, blues, rap, R&B, and Broadway, HAMILTON is the story of America then, as told by America now.

HAMILTON’s creative team previously collaborated on the 2008 Tony Award ® Winning Best Musical IN THE HEIGHTS.

HAMILTON features scenic design by David Korins, costume design by Paul Tazewell, lighting design by Howell Binkley, sound design by Nevin Steinberg, hair and wig design by Charles G. LaPointe, and casting by Telsey + Company, Bethany Knox, CSA.

The musical is produced by Jeffrey Seller, Sander Jacobs, Jill Furman and The Public Theater.

The HAMILTON Original Broadway Cast Recording – recipient of the 2016 Grammy for Best Musical Theatre Album and a regular on numerous Billboard top 10 lists – is available everywhere nationwide.

HAMILTON: The Revolution, Lin-Manuel Miranda and Jeremy McCarter’s book about the making of the musical, is on sale and has been a selection on The New York Times Best Seller List.

The musical is currently playing in Chicago at The PrivateBank Theatre and on Broadway at the Richard Rodgers Theatre.  A London production will also be mounted this year.

For information on HAMILTON, visit www.HamiltonOnBroadway.com, www.Facebook.com/HamiltonMusical, www.Instagram.com/HamiltonMusical and www.Twitter.com/HamiltonMusical.

Universal CityWalk’s AMC Theatre Receives Multi-Million Dollar Upgrade Creating All-New State-of-the-Art Universal Cinema

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Universal CityWalk’s AMC Theatre Receives Multi-Million Dollar Upgrade Creating All-New State-of-the-Art Universal Cinema Debuting Just in Time for a Slate of Must-See Holiday Movies


$5 Movie General Parking with Theatre Ticket Box Office Rebate

Hollywood, Calif. – Universal City, California, December 13, 2016 – Universal CityWalk unwraps a multi-million dollar renovation of its AMC Theatre to create an all-new state-of-the-art Universal Cinema, debuting just in time for the holidays and offering movie-goers a chance to catch the latest seasonal blockbusters from the comfort of deluxe, recliner seating.

For film buffs, CityWalk has long been the epicenter for fans seeking an environment that matches the excitement of their favorite blockbuster movies. As part of if its bold revitalization, CityWalk now elevates the movie-going experience to new heights as the 18-screen and IMAX AMC Theatre updates with the most technologically advanced sight and sound achievements.  A complete remodel of the split level structure includes the installation of deluxe recliner seats in 18 theatres—the equivalent of those found in Hollywood screening rooms—making every seat, the best seat in the house.

Each redesigned theatre has been fully upgraded with Christie RGB Laser projection, Dolby Atmos immersive surround sound and equipped with Christie Vive speakers for optimal audio performance.  The installation of new, state-of-the art screens, perforated to enable 360 degree audio, complement the overall enhancements.

The recent upgrade to the IMAX theatre features next-generation 4K laser projection and 12-channel sound systems designed to enhance the entire movie-going experience and provide audiences with sharper, brighter, clearer and more vivid digital images than ever.

The Director’s Lounge Cocktail Bar—an all-new dedicated and stylish second level retreat, flanked by the upper level theatres—adds a charismatic new dimension to the space as it blends high-tech elegance with chic sophistication for casual pre- and post- movie-going fun. Beverages served at the Lounge can also be taken into the second level theatres.

Additionally, movie-goers can enjoy $5 Movie General Parking with the purchase of a movie ticket.

The below December holiday film release schedule offers movie-goers a diverse selection of blockbusters to enjoy at the new Universal Cinema, including:

Opening           Film                                                Cast
Dec. 16             Rogue One: A Star Wars Story Felicity Jones, Diego Luna, Mads Mikkelsen
Dec. 16             Collateral Beauty                        Will Smith, Helen Mirren, Edward Norton
Dec. 16             Solace                                          Anthony Hopkins, Jeffrey Dean Morgan,
            Colin Farrell
Dec. 21             Assassin’s Creed                       Michael Fassbender, Marion Cotillard,
        Jeremy Irons
Dec. 21             Passengers                                Chris Pratt, Jennifer Lawrence, Michael Sheen
Dec. 21             Sing                                             Matthew McConaughey, Reese Witherspoon,
         Scarlett Johansson
Dec. 21             Patriots Day                                Mark Wahlberg, J.K. Simmons, John Goodman
Dec. 23             Silence                                        Liam Neeson, Adam Driver, Andrew Garfield
Dec. 23             Why Him?                                  Bryan Cranston, James Franco, Zoey Deutch
Dec. 23             A Monster Calls                        Sigourney Weaver, Felicity Jones, Toby Kebbell
Dec. 25             Live By Night                            Ben Affleck, Sienna Miller, Zoe Saldana
Dec. 25             Fences                                       Denzel Washington, Viola Davis, Stephen Henderson

Since 1993, CityWalk has boosted the city’s rhythm through a foundation built on providing memorable entertainment experiences.  With a series of dramatic enhancements currently underway that includes the introduction of new restaurants, shopping experiences, visually aesthetic design features and the completed state-of-the-art movie theatre renovation, the spotlight shines brightly on CityWalk as it continues to resonate as one of L.A.’s most influential lifestyle centers.

More information on CityWalk is available at www.CityWalkHollywood.com. Regular updates can also be found on CityWalk’s Twitter @CityWalkLAFacebook-Universal CityWalk Hollywoodand on CityWalk’s Instagram @CityWalkLA.

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 TM” 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, as well the all-new “The Walking Dead” daytime attraction.  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”. The world-renowned Studio Tour is Universal Studios Hollywood’s flagship 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 destination also features the Universal CityWalk entertainment, shopping and dining complex, including the Universal CityWalk Cinemas and the “5 Towers” state-of-the-art outdoor concert venue.

Ghost Band, an art installation by “Six”

 

Ghost Band, an art installation by “Six”
Ghost Band, an art installation by “Six”

Santa Clarita, CA – “Ghost Band” is coming to Santa Clarita, showcasing and honoring musicians in memoriam.

The altar uses full size instruments that are painted completely white.  A drum set, bass guitar and amp, microphone and mic stand, guitar and guitar amp, as well as microphone cables and instrument cables complete the band portion of the piece.  The instruments are arranged in a typical band performance type set-up.

The piece is meant to be interactive.  The public are encouraged to write notes or remembrances to a musician that they either knew personally, or respected.  Notes can be placed into an open guitar case as a final step.

ABOUT “SIX”

“Six” is a visual artist, musician, curator, and event producer.  He has spent the past 20+ years developing a variety of events and programs for the Autry National Center, Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History, and the City of Santa Clarita in the Arts & Events Division.  “Six” has been playing drums since he was 9 years old, and currently plays drums and sings back-up vocals for the popular Ventura Rockabilly band Hard Six.  “Six” has curated 70+ art exhibitions over the past 8 years, and was inspired to create his own work as a result of experiencing the art made by others.  “My goal with my art is to help people remember their own pasts.  I develop art that provides a reason to reminisce about your past, and think about the good times, the funny times, the sad times, and the journey.  I also enjoy creating art that is interactive.  I want those that view my work to be inspired to play along!”

WHEN:   Opening Night is Friday, December 9 from 5pm to 10 pm

FREE Wine & Cheese Reception:  Saturday, December 10 from 7 pm to 10 pm.

Daytime Exhibit Hours on December 10:  11 am to 7 pm

WHERE:  The ARTree – Studio 2 – 22508 6th Street, Newhall, CA 91321

Hollywood Chamber to Honor Ryan Reynolds with Walk of Fame Star

Hollywood, Calif. - The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce is proud to announce that actor Ryan Reynolds will be honored with the 2,596th star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Thursday, December 15, 2016 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 guest speakers Anna Faris, Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick.

“Since Ryan Reynolds was selected to be honored with a Walk of Fame star, fans from around the world have always been asking when Ryan Reynolds is getting his star… Well, now is the time and we invite all to enjoy the last ceremony of the year on December 15th!” 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 Ryan Reynolds with Walk of Fame Star
The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce will honor Ryan Reynolds with a star on Hollywood’s Walk of Fame. The event will be live-streamed exclusively on www.walkoffame.com.

Ryan Reynolds is one of Hollywood’s most diverse leading men seamlessly transitioning through varied genres of drama, action and comedy in his rich and ever evolving career.

Reynolds is the star of the 20th Century Fox record breaking film “Deadpool.”. The movie opened in February 2016 and shattered expectations, opening to $152.2-million over the four-day Presidents’ Day weekend making it the biggest R-rated opening of all time and the biggest February opening in box office history. The superhero juggernaut also replaced “The Matrix Reloaded” as the highest-grossing R-rated film in history with more than $750-million globally. Reynolds, who also produced the film, will begin shooting “Deadpool 2” in 2017.

Reynolds recently completed production on two films: “Life” and “The Hitman’s Bodyguard.” In “Life,” he teamed up once again with Reese and Wernick, for the sci-fi thriller which will be released May 26, 2017. In “The Hitman’s Bodyguard” Reynolds stars opposite Samuel L Jackson in the Patrick Hughes film which will be released in August 2017.

Reynolds’ body of work is extremely diverse. In 2015 he starred in a variety of feature roles including “Mississippi Grind,” “Woman In Gold,” “The Voices” and “Selfless.” “Mississippi Grind” directed by Ryan Fleck and Anna Boden premiered at Sundance to rave reviews. In The Weinstein Company’s “Woman In Gold,” Reynolds starred alongside Helen Mirren to tell the story of Maria Altmann (Mirren), a Jewish refugee who is forced to flee Vienna during World War II and her personal mission to reclaim a painting the Nazis stole from her family: the famous Lady In Gold. In Lionsgate’s serial killer comedy “The Voices” by famed French director Marjane Satrapi, Reynolds stars as a troubled, med-addicted factory worker driven to murder by his talking pets, a psychopathic cat called Mr. Whiskers and Bosco, his peace-loving dog. Reynolds also voices both of the animals. He also starred opposite Sir Ben Kingsley in the independent feature “Selfless,” directed by Tarsem Singh.

Reynolds voiced two DreamWorks Animation films in 2013. “Turbo,” in which Reynolds voices a snail named ‘Turbo’ who has dreams of winning the Indy 500. The movie also features the voices of Samuel L. Jackson, Maya Rudolph, Snoop Lion and Michelle Rodriguez. Prior to that, Reynolds had his animated film debut as the voice of ‘Guy’ in DreamWorks Animation’s, “The Croods.” The movie also featured the voices of Nicolas Cage, Emma Stone and Catherine Keener and earned over $508-million worldwide. Reynolds has signed onto the sequel, which is already in development.

His other film credits include: the Universal action thriller, “Safe House” opposite Denzel Washington. The film opened to $40-million domestically in its first weekend and went onto earn $208-million worldwide. The Universal comedy, “The Change Up,” opposite Jason Bateman, the Warner Brothers adaptation of the popular DC Comic, “Green Lantern” and the mystery/thriller “Buried.” In the acclaimed and cinematically challenging film Reynolds is the only actor to appear on camera for the duration of the piece.

In 2009, Reynolds served as Disney’s romantic comedy lead in “The Proposal,” opposite Sandra Bullock. The film opened at No. 1 at the box office and grossed $315-million worldwide. Reynolds was also seen as ‘Deadpool’ in the “X-Men” spin-off, “X-Men Origins: Wolverine.” He starred opposite an all-star cast including Hugh Jackman and the film grossed $365-million worldwide. Additionally that year, [say in 2009] Reynolds starred in “Adventureland” opposite Kristen Stewart which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and was nominated in the “Ensemble Performance” category at the 2009 Gotham Awards.

Some of Reynolds other film credits include: “Paperman;” and the Working Title Films’ “Definitely, Maybe” for Universal Pictures; writer/director John August’s “The Nines,” director Joe Carnahan’s “Smokin’ Aces” for Working Title Films and Universal Pictures and “The Amityville Horror;” a remake of the classic cult film which opened No. 1 at the box office and made $107 worldwide; as well as cult favorites “Waiting” and “Van Wilder.”

DarkFire, Reynolds’ TV production company, recently sold its first two projects, the live action comedy “Guidance” and the animated comedy “And Then There Was Gordon” to 20th Century Fox TV. Reynolds will executive produce alongside Allan Loeb, Jonathon Komack Martin, Tim Dowling and Steven Pearl.

In addition to his numerous leading roles, Reynolds also serves on the board of directors for the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research. In 2007, Reynolds ran the New York City Marathon in honor of his father – who long suffered from ravages of Parkinson’s disease. Reynolds marathon run raised over $100,000 for the Michael J Fox Foundation.

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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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