PROFILES IN HISTORY HOSTS CELEBRITY GUEST, SEAN ASTIN, AT SAN DIEGO COMIC-CON 2014

San Diego, Calif. -    Sean Astin, actor, director, voice artist, and producer best known for his film roles as Samwise Gamgee in the Lord of the Rings trilogy, Mikey Walsh in The Goonies, and the title character of Rudy and currently stars in the new FX drama series The Strain, will be at San Diego Comic-Con on Saturday July 26th, and Sunday, July 27th from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (subject to change) at Hollywood’s leading entertainment auction house, PROFILES IN HISTORY,  booth 1605.

Sean Astin will make a personal appearance at Comic-Con in San Diego, July 26 and July 27, 2014, Booth 1605.
Sean Astin will make a personal appearance at Comic-Con in San Diego, July 26 and July 27, 2014, Booth 

PIH Logo 300Wht PROFILES IN HISTORY HOSTS CELEBRITY GUEST, SEAN ASTIN, AT SAN DIEGO COMIC CON  2014unnamedProfiles in History will be at San Diego Comic-Con from July 24th to the 27th, located at booth 1605.

About Profiles In History:

Founded in 1985 by Joseph Maddalena, Profiles in History is the world’s largest auctioneer & dealer of original Hollywood Memorabilia, historical autographs, letters, documents, vintage signed photographs and manuscripts. www.profilesinhistory.com

Disneyland Resort Marks 59 Years of Fun and Innovation, Looks Ahead to Yearlong Diamond Celebration in 2015

Diamond Celebration Logo Unveiled and Contest Announced for Guests to Share Favorite Memories from Six Decades

Disneyland Resort Announces Diamond Celebration (July 17, 2014) Ñ On July 17, the Disneyland Resort celebrated its 59th anniversary and unveiled the logo for next yearÕs  60th anniversary, a Diamond Celebration that will salute 60 years of magic. The dazzling yearlong celebration will launch in the spring of 2015 at the Anaheim, Calif., resort, which has two theme parks, three hotels and the shopping, dining and entertainment district known as Downtown Disney. (Disney) ©2014 Disney Enterprises, Inc. All Rights Reserved. For editorial news use only.
Disneyland Resort Announces Diamond Celebration (July 17, 2014) Ñ On July 17, the Disneyland Resort celebrated its 59th anniversary and unveiled the logo for next yearÕs 60th anniversary, a Diamond Celebration that will salute 60 years of magic. The dazzling yearlong celebration will launch in the spring of 2015 at the Anaheim, Calif., resort, which has two theme parks, three hotels and the shopping, dining and entertainment district known as Downtown Disney. (Disney)
©2014 Disney Enterprises, Inc. All Rights Reserved. For editorial news use only.

ANAHEIM, Calif.  – When Walt Disney opened Disneyland on July 17, 1955, it had 18 attractions, no Disney hotels and little but orange groves surrounding it. Today, as the Disneyland Resort celebrates its 59th anniversary, the original theme park has expanded to become a world-class family resort destination with two renowned Disney parks, nearly 100 attractions, three hotels and the shopping, dining and entertainment district known as Downtown Disney. And in the spring of 2015, the resort will launch a dazzling yearlong Diamond Celebration that salutes 60 years of magic.

“It’s an incredible time at the Disneyland Resort as we prepare for next year’s Diamond Celebration,” said Michael Colglazier, president, Disneyland Resort.  “We’re excited to honor our rich history, to celebrate the incredible magic that fills our resort today, and to create unforgettable memories with our guests for many years to come.”

As part of today’s festivities, Disney invited the generations of families and friends who have visited the resort to share their favorite memories through photos taken at the Disneyland Resort. Readers of the DisneyParksBlog will vote for the top photos and one lucky guest will have a chance to win a trip to the Disneyland Resort for the start of the 60th anniversary celebration in Spring 2015.* Starting today, guests are invited to submit photos that represent their memories from the Disneyland Decades – 1950s, 60s, 70s, 80s, 90s and 2000 to the present. Using hashtag #Disneyland60Contest, guests may share their photos via Twitter or Instagram by August 27, 2014. For complete rules, go to DisneyParksBlog.com.

Also today, the Diamond Celebration logo was unveiled as part of the annual July 17 anniversary celebration at Disneyland Park. Guests joined 59 Disney characters on Main Street, U.S.A., to hear a recording of Walt Disney’s opening day “welcome” speech and sing “Happy Birthday” in a festive marking of the 59th anniversary.

The popularity of Disneyland through the past 59 years celebrates Walt Disney’s dream of a place where family members of all ages can have fun together in a safe, clean atmosphere that emphasizes imagination and extraordinary guest service. Since 1955, dignitaries, heads of state, celebrities and more than 700 million guests have passed through the gates of a place that Walt imagined as “a source of joy and inspiration to the world.”

Disneyland transformed the amusement industry with an entirely new concept in family entertainment: a “theme park” where rides, shows and characters become part of a total storytelling environment. In the nearly six decades since it opened, the Disneyland Resort has continued to use creativity, technology and innovation to bring stories to life, while fulfilling Walt’s promise that “Disneyland will never be completed … as long as there is imagination left in the world.”

The success of Disneyland Resort also has resulted in immense growth for the city of Anaheim, Calif. The resort’s workforce of 26,000 cast members makes it the largest single-site employer in Orange County. The Disney resort entertainment experience has expanded worldwide and is enjoyed by guests at Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Fla, Tokyo Disney Resort in Japan, Disneyland Paris in France and Hong Kong Disneyland. The Shanghai Disney Resort is set to open in mainland China in 2015.

Additional information about the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration will be shared in the coming months at www.Disneyland.com and www.DisneyParksBlog.com.

 

Hollywood party at Bardot Hollywood celebrates opening of Tony Award winning musical ‘Once’

Hollywood, Calif. –  The Tony Award winning musical ONCE celebrated its L.A. Premiere in true Hollywood Fashion with a beautiful after party at Bardot Hollywood on July 17.  This event was sponsored by FOX Searchlight Pictures and Twentieth Century Fox Home
Entertainment in celebration of Searchlight’s 20th anniversary and the Blu-rayTM release of the 2007 Academy Award® winning film. Charles McNulty with the L.A. Times says “The staging of ONCE preserves the quality that helped set it apart — emotional eloquence in stillness.” “Dani de Waal and Stuart Ward flourish when getting lost in the music.”

Photo by Tom Sorensen / Moovieboy Pictures
Photo by Tom Sorensen / Moovieboy Pictures

 

 ABOUT THE SHOW: Winner of 8 2012 Tony Awards including BEST MUSICAL, ONCE is a truly original Broadway experience. Featuring an impressive ensemble of actor/musicians who play their own instruments onstage, ONCE tells the enchanting tale of a Dublin street musician who’s about to give up on his dream when a beautiful young woman takes a sudden interest in his haunting love songs. As the chemistry between them grows, his music soars to powerful new heights… but their unlikely connection turns out to be deeper and more complex than your everyday romance. Emotionally captivating and theatrically breathtaking, ONCE draws you in from the very first note and never lets go. It’s an unforgettable story about going for your dreams… not living in fear… and the power of music to connect all of us.

 

PERFORMANCE INFORMATION:  Tickets are available at www.HollywoodPantages.com or www.Ticketmaster.com or by calling 1-800-982-2787, as well as at the Hollywood Pantages Box Office (6233 Hollywood Blvd) and all Ticketmaster Outlets.  The performance schedule for ONCE is Tuesday through Friday at 8:00pm, Saturday at 2pm & 8pm, and Sunday at 1pm & 6:30pm.  Recommended for Ages 10 and Up. (Everyone must have a ticket; children under 5 will not be admitted to the theatre) Running Time: 2 hours and 15 minutes including intermission.

Tickets start at $25 in the orchestra.

ONCE, winner of eight Tony Awards is celebrating its Hollywood Pantages Premiere July 15 through August 10, 2014

08293_show_portrait_largeHollywood, Calif. ONCE, winner of eight Tony Awards® including Best Musical and winner of the 2013 GRAMMY® Award for Best Musical Theater Album, is celebrating its Hollywood Pantages Premiere with a limited four-week engagement; July 15 through August 10, 2014Opening Night is Thursday, July 17th at 8pm.

Individual tickets for ONCE are available for purchase at www.HollywoodPantages.com or www.Ticketmaster.com or by phone at 1-800-982-2787.  Tickets may also be purchased in person at the Hollywood Pantages Box Office and all Ticketmaster outlets.  The Hollywood Pantages is located at 6233 Hollywood Boulevard, just east of Vine Street, and the box office opens daily at 10am except for holidays.   ONCE is the celebrated new musical based on the Academy Award-winning film.

The show features the Academy Award-winning music and lyrics of Glen Hansard and Markéta Irglová, a book by award-winning Irish playwright & screenwriter, Enda Walsh (Penelope, Hunger, The New Electric Ballroom), direction by the acclaimed Scottish director of Black Watch, John Tiffany, movement by Steven Hoggett (Black Watch, American Idiot) and music supervision and orchestrations by Martin Lowe (Mamma Mia!).

The set and costume design are by five time Tony Award winner Bob Crowley (The Coast of Utopia, Mary Poppins), lighting design is by Tony winner Natasha Katz (Aida, The Coast of Utopia), and sound design is by Clive Goodwin.   The ONCE tour cast will feature Stuart Ward (Guy), Dani De Waal (Girl), Ray Bokhour (Da), Matt Deangelis (Švec), John Gardner (Eamon), Donna Garner (Baruška), Evan Harrington (Billy), Ryan Link (Emcee), Benjamin Magnuson (Bank Manager), Alex Nee (Andrej), Erica Swindell (Ex-Girlfriend), Kolette Tetlow (Ivanka), Claire Wellin (Réza), Estelle BajouStephen McIntyre, Zander MeisnerTina StaffordTiffany Topol and Matt Wolpe.

ONCE tells the story of an Irish musician and a Czech immigrant drawn together by their shared love of music.  Over the course of one fateful week, their unexpected friendship and collaboration evolves into a powerful but complicated romance, heightened by the raw emotion of the songs they create together.  Brought to the stage by an award-winning team of visionary artists and featuring an ensemble cast of gifted actor/musicians, ONCE is a musical celebration of life and love: thrilling in its originality, daring in its honesty… and unforgettable in every way.

The 2007 Academy Award-winning film, ONCE, was written and directed by John Carney, and starred Glen Hansard and Markéta Irglová, with original music and lyrics by Mr. Hansard and Ms. Irglová.   ONCE is produced by Barbara Broccoli, John N. Hart Jr., Patrick Milling Smith, Frederick Zollo, Brian Carmody, Michael G. Wilson, Orin Wolf, and Executive Producer Robert Cole, in association with New York Theatre Workshop.

The performance schedule for ONCE is Tuesday through Friday at 8pm, Saturday at 2pm & 8pm, and Sunday at 1pm & 6:30pm.  Opening Night is Tuesday, July 15th at 8:00pm.   ONCE is recommended for ages 12 and up.  (Please note that in consideration of audiences, no one under 5 will be admitted to the theatre.)   Individual tickets for ONCE start at $25.  Prices are subject to change without notice.

For more information on ONCE, please visit http://www.oncemusical.com/tour.html.   For tickets or more information about the Los Angeles engagement of ONCE, please visit the official website for Hollywood Pantages Theatre: www.HollywoodPantages.com.