Universal CityWalk Announces the Arrival of Toothsome Chocolate Emporium & Savory Feast Kitchen to Its Array of Diverse Dining Options, Opening in 2021.

Universal City, Calif. – December 3, 2019 – Decadent desserts, artisanal milkshakes and eclectic culinary inspirations are signature creations of Toothsome Chocolate Emporium & Savory Feast Kitchen™, an original concept restaurant, opening at Universal CityWalk in 2021.

            The visually stunning eatery will arrive to Universal CityWalk bringing an extensive menu of brunch, lunch and dinner items, sumptuous milkshakes and desserts and delectable confectionary treats to L.A. residents and guests visiting from around the globe.

Hearty items will feature palate pleasing twists on classic steaks, seafood and pasta entrees to gourmet burgers and sandwiches and all-day brunch.

The arrival of Toothsome Chocolate Emporium & Savory Feast Kitchen marks the ongoing celebration of Universal CityWalk and will be located adjacent to the popular Universal Cinema and joins recent dining establishment additions, including Antojitos Cocina MexicanaVIVO Italian KitchenJimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville and Voodoo Doughnut.

The spotlight continues to shine brightly on Universal CityWalk, one of L.A.’s most influential lifestyle centers, which has boosted the city’s rhythm with a variety of memorable experiences for over 25 years.

More information about Universal CityWalk and Universal Studios Hollywood is available at www.UniversalStudiosHollywood.com. Regular updates can be found on Universal Studios Hollywood’s Twitter @UniStudios, Facebook-Universal Studios Hollywood and Instagram @UniStudios.

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. Attractions 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™”, and the new mega attraction “Jurassic World—The Ride.” 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 DreamWorks Theatre featuring “Kung Fu Panda Adventure.”  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 thrill rides as “Fast & Furious—Supercharged” and “King Kong 360 3D.” 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.

DISNEY’S FROZEN, NORTH AMERICAN TOUR OPENS AT THE PANTAGES THEATRE WEDNESDAY December 4, 2019 – February 2, 2020.

Hollywood, Calif. – FROZEN, the Tony®-nominated Best Musical, will celebrate its North American tour opening at the Pantages Theatre Hollywood; December 4, 2019 through February 2, 2020. 

DISNEY’S FROZEN, NORTH AMERICAN TOUR OPENS AT THE PANTAGES THEATRE WEDNESDAY December 4, 2019 – February 2, 2020. (Hollywood Pantages Theatre)

FROZEN, heralded by The New Yorker as “thrilling” and “genuinely moving,” quickly emerged as the biggest musical hit of last year’s Broadway season, smashing four St. James Theatre house records and placing it in the top 10 best-selling shows every week since opening in March 2018. FROZEN comes to Hollywood, from the producers of The Lion King and Aladdin.

DISNEY’S FROZEN OPENS AT THE PANTAGES THEATRE WEDNESDAY December 4, 2019 – February 2, 2020. (Pantages Theatre Hollywood)

A mysterious secret. A family torn apart. As one sister struggles with being an outsider and harnessing her powers within, the other sets out on a thrilling adventure to bring her family together once again. Both are searching for love, but they’ll learn that to find it they’ll have to look inside themselves first.

DISNEY’S FROZEN OPENS AT THE PANTAGES THEATRE WEDNESDAY December 4, 2019 – February 2, 2020. (Pantages Theatre Hollywood)

FROZEN is melting hearts on Broadway in an all-new production created for the stage by an award-winning team. It features the songs you know and love from the original film plus an expanded score with a dozen new numbers. The creative team at its helm has won a cumulative 16 Tonys and includes Oscar® winner Kristen Anderson-Lopez and EGOT-winning Robert Lopez (music & lyrics), Oscar-winning Jennifer Lee (book), Tony and Olivier Award-winning Michael Grandage (director) and Tony winner Rob Ashford (choreographer).

An unforgettable theatrical experience filled with sensational special effects, stunning sets and costumes, and powerhouse performances, FROZEN is everything you want in a musical: It’s moving. It’s spectacular. And above all, it’s pure Broadway joy.

FROZEN is produced by Disney Theatrical Productions under the direction of Thomas Schumacher.

DISNEY’S FROZEN, NORTH AMERICAN TOUR OPENS AT THE PANTAGES THEATRE WEDNESDAY December 4, 2019 – February 2, 2020. https://www.hollywoodpantages.com/events/detail/frozen

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City of Santa Clarita Public Library to Host 13th Annual Family Literacy Festival, Dec. 7, 2019.

Community Invited to Participate in Free Event Celebrating Literature and the Arts.

The Santa Clarita Public Library is partnering with the SCV Education Foundation and SCV Water to host the 13th annual Family Literacy Festival, themed “Adventure by the Books.” This year’s festival will be held on Saturday, December 7, 2019, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Old Town Newhall Library, located at 24500 Main Street. The free event will celebrate literature, music, dance and crafts!

Santa Clarita Public Library to Host 13th Annual Family Literacy Festival, December 7, 2019.

The day will be filled with fun activities and performances that will inspire artistic expression. Christopher Ramirez, with Freedom Drum Circle, will kick-off the festival at 9:45 a.m., and performances by Mariachi Zapopan and other local musicians will follow. 

Local non-profits, schools, artists and education enthusiasts will host interactive stations, and attendees will have opportunities to win prizes and giveaways! Some of the activities will include storytime with the Mayor at 11:00 a.m., free face painting, bounce houses, costumed character photo opportunities, the Farmers Market and much more.  

No RSVP is required to attend, just show up! Free parking can be found at the Old Town Newhall Parking Garage, located at 2551 9th Street.

Community members are encouraged to join in during this fun-filled event. For more information about the 13th annual Family Literacy Festival and other Santa Clarita Public Library events, please visit SantaClaritaLibrary.com or call (661) 259-0750.

Kick-Off Your Holiday Season with a Paley Members-Only Breakfast for PaleyLand 2019!

THIS SATURDAY, November 30, 2019 11:00 am to noon

Beverly Hills, Calif. – Paley Members will be treated to an exclusive breakfast before the crowds for PaleyLand. Photo ops with Poppy from DreamWorks’ Trolls and Santa or the MenorahPLUS magical instagram moments in a candy cane forest; among presents with the Menorah; and amid a sparkle winter waterfall.
Become a Member to attend and get a free photo.

Meet Santa * Watch Holiday TV ClassicsEnjoy Family Activities * FREE Hot Cocoa
Through January 5Regular Hours: Wednesday to Sundays noon to 5:00 pmFREE Admission 
The Paley Center celebrates the joy of the season with a special family-friendly experience. It’s Holiday Time in PaleyLand features continuous daily screenings of beloved classic holiday TV programs from the Paley Archive. Families can also enjoy special holiday activities like arts and crafts, dreidel games, and FREE hot cocoa!
Paley Members will be treated to an exclusive breakfast before the crowds for PaleyLand. Photo ops with Poppy from DreamWorks’ Trolls and Santa or the MenorahPLUS magical instagram moments in a candy cane forest; among presents with the Menorah; and amid a sparkle winter waterfall.
Meet Santa and Friends!Get a digital souvenir holiday photo with Santa or the Paley Menorah with a PaleyLand frame for $10 (free for Members).Only Paley Members can get a souvenir printout, another benefit of Membership.
Santa Schedule for General PublicSaturday, November 30: Noon – 5 pmSunday, December 1: 11 am – 5 pm

“Grinchmas” and “Christmas in the Wizarding World of Harry Potter™” Kick Off on Thursday, Nov. 28, 2019, Continuing Daily through Sunday, Dec. 29 at Universal Studios Hollywood. As part of the Who-lidays, Universal Studios and Cameo partner to bring free messages from The Grinch!

Universal Studios Hollywood Teams with Cameo to Bring Free, Personalized Video Greetings from The Grinch Just In Time for the “Grinchmas™” Who-lidays! The Grinch can send you a Holiday message with Cameo and Universal Studios!

Online Submissions for Grinchy Greetings are Now Available from November 26 – December 8 through Cameo https://www.cameo.com/TheGrinch

“Grinchmas” and “Christmas in the Wizarding World of Harry Potter™” Kick Off on Thursday, November 28 and Continue Daily through Sunday, December 29 at Universal Studios Hollywood

Universal City, CaliforniaNovember 26, 2019 – Dr. Seuss’s The Grinch brings his irreverence online as part of Universal Studios Hollywood’s collaboration with Cameo, a platform enabling fans to request personalized videos from their favorite pop culture personalities, that takes the Mean One into homes far and wide with free, customized Who-liday “Grinchmas” greetings.

Universal Studios Hollywood Teams with Cameo to Bring Free, Personalized Video Greetings from The Grinch Just In Time for the “Grinchmas™” Who-lidays! (Universal Studios Hollywood) https://www.cameo.com/TheGrinch

Guests are now invited to visit Cameo.com/TheGrinch to take advantage of this exclusive, limited-time opportunity today, November 26 through Sunday, December 8 https://www.cameo.com/TheGrinch The site features easy-to-follow instructions on how to request personalized video messages from The Grinch that will arrive in friends and family’s inboxes just in time for the Who-lidays, complete with the recipient’s name and suggested greeting.

For in-person interactions with The Grinch and his faithful dog Max, guests can experience “Grinchmas™” at Universal Studios Hollywood and see first-hand how the Mean One really isn’t so mean after all.

The whimsical spirit of holiday also brings the seasonal return of “Christmas in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter™” to Universal Studios Hollywood as the theme park transforms into a winter wonderland bringing merriment and cheer to families and friends.

Grinchmas” and “Christmas in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter” are included in the price of theme park admission and begin on Thursday, November 28, running daily through Sunday, December 29, 2019.

A highlight of this year’s “Grinchmas” event is the all-new, state-of-the-art, topsy-turvy “Grinchmas” tree that twists and turns over 55 feet in height.

The custom-made tree is adorned with hundreds of ornaments and thousands of sparkling LED lights and choreographed to music to brighten the merry “Grinchmas” Who-lebration.  Dazzling “Grinchmas” tree lighting ceremonies that take place every evening, accompanied by a snowfall flurry, bring this annual favorite to life, creating a festival of fun fit for The Grinch, his faithful dog Max and a roster of Who-ville Whos.

More information is available at www.UniversalStudiosHollywood.com. Like Universal Studios Hollywood on Facebook and follow @UniStudios on Instagram and Twitter.

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, three Academy Award, two 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. For more information about Dr. Seuss and his works, visit seussville.com.

About Cameo
Cameo is the first service enabling consumers to book personalized video messages from their favorite talent. In just over two years, the company has built a talent portfolio of more than 20,000 VIPs and fulfilled more than 400,000 requests ranging from birthday and good luck messages to prom invitations, marriage proposals, baby gender reveals and beyond. For more information, visit www.cameo.com.

About Universal Studios Hollywood
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. Attractions 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™”, and the new mega attraction “Jurassic World—The Ride.” 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 DreamWorks Theatre featuring “Kung Fu Panda Adventure.”  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 thrill rides as “Fast & Furious—Supercharged” and “King Kong 360 3D.” 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.

Universal Studios Hollywood park visit 2017 / 2018 photos by Margie Anne Clark/Los Angeles Life and Style.

SCV Style! City of Santa Clarita presents Holiday Festivities and More at The MAIN in Downtown Newhall.

Tickets on Sale Now for Shows in December.

Santa Clarita, Calif. – Come celebrate the season this December at The MAIN, located at 24266 Main Street in Old Town Newhall! Tickets are on sale now for a variety of film, theatre, comedy and music shows. Adult beverages will also be available for purchase at select shows, in addition to concessions.

The 10 by 10 Variety Night occurs on the first Thursday of the month and features music, film, storytelling, magic, comedy and more! Ten performers, from a variety of genres, are selected to perform a 10-minute piece of their choosing. Don’t miss Comedian Mary Gallager as she lights up the stage this month. The show is on Thursday, December 5, at 7:00 p.m. and is free to attend.

Comedy Mashup returns to The MAIN on Friday, December 6, at 8:00 p.m. This monthly show is half stand-up comedy and half improv, featuring comedians and improvisers from all over Los Angeles. Performing this month is a cast of up-and-coming comedians, all local and all hilarious. There will also be improv and games from “Your Favorite Cast.” Tickets are $10 presale and $15 on the day of the show. 

The Society Comedy Troupe will bring its hilarious and energetic team improv show to The MAIN on Saturday, December 5, at 8:00 p.m. Similar to the TV show “Whose Line Is It Anyway?” the performers ask for audience participation while creating improvised music, comedy and scenes. Grab your friends for an evening of laughs at this show that’s appropriate for all ages. Tickets are $15.

On December 19, 2019, from 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m., enjoy a free art reception featuring the newest exhibition at The MAIN.

Olive Branch Theatricals is back with its production of “A Cowboy Christmas Carol.” This show is a rip-roarin’ twist on the classic Dickens tale that offers music, dancing and lots of holiday spirit you won’t want to miss. Don your cowboy boots and cowboy hat and mosey on down to The MAIN in historic Old Town Newhall! Shows are on December 13, 14 and 20-22 at 7:30 p.m. and December 15, 21, and 22 at 2:00 p.m. Tickets are $15.

On December 19, 2019, from 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m., enjoy a free art reception featuring the newest exhibition at The MAIN, titled “It’s All in Your Head,” by artist Christopher Flores. “It’s All In Your Head” is a phrase that serves as a reminder that individuals in our contemporary society are often disregarded for the sake of the greater good – a false attempt at utilitarianism. When we belittle the experiences of the individual and tell them, “It’s all in your head,” their complex thoughts and emotions are not acknowledged as important and are instead treated as a self-serving indulgence that retains little value in an increasingly materialistic world. Relax. It’s all in your head. Attendees at this reception will enjoy light refreshments and have a chance to meet the artist.

Our monthly Note by Note live music night is back! Note by Note is a free music event that delights audiences with a variety of genres. Bands, duos and soloists will perform a wide range of styles, including rock, folk, Celtic, Americana, blues, jazz, country, experimental, western and more. This month, check out Wardencliff Jazz Quartet, a group of talented, young musicians. The show is on Thursday, December 26, at 7:00 p.m. and is free to attend.

Learn more about these events and purchase tickets to shows by visiting AtTheMain.org/tickets.

Westfield Valencia Town Center Mall ushers in completion of a $20 million renovation and Holiday Season with ‘Carols of the Community’ festivities.

Santa Clarita, Calif. – Westfield Valencia Town Center celebrated its $20 million renovation and the Holiday Season. Giving thanks, this holiday season and coming together as a community was the theme for the evening.  Performances of local schools featured such songs as “Carol of the Bells” by the towering colorful Christmas tree in JCPenney Court. 

Schools performing included: 

  • Arroyo Seco Junior High School
  • Golden Valley High School
  • Rio Norte Juior High School
  • Hart High School
  • Valencia High School
  • West Ranch High School
  • Rancho Pico Junior High School
  • Saugus High School

The evening kicked off the first Give Thanks Thursday where the mall will be giving back to the Boys & Girls Club of Santa Clarita Valley.  Members of the Boys & Girls Club will be Gift Givers providing acts of kindness to shoppers. 

Shoppers also got a glimpse of the specially decorated Christmas Trees to be auctioned off at the annual Festival of the Trees event, with judging taking place during the mall festivities. Skaters enjoyed the new LA Kings Ice Skating Rink amid the colorful lights on Town Center Drive.

Starbucks treated guests to hot cocoa and coffee as guests enjoyed the sites and sounds of the newly refurbished mall.

By Margie Anne Clark, Los Angeles Life and Style, SCV Style

DreamWorks Animation’s colorful Trolls joins Universal Studios Hollywood’s “Running Universal” 5K, 10K, and Kids’ 1K Race series. Trolls World Tour arrives in theaters April 17, 2020

On Your Mark, Get Set, Go….and Put Your Hair Up! DreamWorks Animation’s Trolls Make a Colorful Splash as the Newest Theme of Universal Studios Hollywood’s Popular “Running Universal” 5K, 10K, and Kids’ 1K Race The Race is On. Guests Can Click here to Register for the “Running Universal” event, featuring DreamWorks’ Trolls, Which Takes Place on Sunday, April 26, 2020

Trolls World Tour arrives in theaters April 17, 2020

Universal City, CA, November 21, 2019 – Universal Studios Hollywood kicks off its newest “Running Universal” race with a hair-raising tribute to DreamWorks Animation’s Trolls franchiseon Sunday, April 26 with a 5K, a Kids’ 1K and a 10K run.

            This spirited run invites guests to get in the groove and find their happy place as they navigate the theme park and portions of the world-famous backlot while being entertained by their favorite characters from the 2016 animated blockbuster and the upcoming sequel, Trolls World Tour (in theaters April 17, 2020), including Poppy (voiced by Anna Kendrick in the films), Branch (voiced by Justin Timberlake) and Guy Diamond, among other DreamWorks Animation characters such as Shrek®, Princess Fiona and Puss in Boots; Po and Tigress, as well as Alex and King Julien.

Registration is now open, but space is limited. Click here for race times, to register and to learn more about the various ticket packages, including, Standard, VIP and Play All Day, which features one-day admission to Universal Studios Hollywood that can be enjoyed up to a week after the event. All packages include complimentary parking and post-race refreshments and beverages.

The energetic event takes fitness and film buffs, runners and walkers alike as well as theme park enthusiasts – of all fitness levels ages 5 years and older – on 5K and 10K runs, while the Kids’ 1K run welcomes those between the ages of 4 and 12 years.

All participants will receive a collectable Trolls drawstring backpack, a “Running Universal” T-shirt and finisher medal. “Running Universal” featuring DreamWorks Animation’s Trolls will conclude at Universal CityWalk with a lively celebration at the 5 Towers Stage where guests can put their hair up to such hits as the Oscar®-nominated song, “Can’t Stop The Feeling!” from the blockbuster Trolls movie.

“Running Universal” featuring DreamWorks Animation’s Trolls continues Universal Studios Hollywood’s popular “Running Universal” series, which launched with the sold-out “Minion Run” in May 2019 and continued with an eagerly anticipated “Jurassic World Run” in November 2019. These unique runs offer participants unprecedented access to sprint their way through Universal Studios Hollywood and parts of Universal Studios’ historic backlot, made famous in more than 8,000 movies and television shows.

Universal Orlando Resort will be hosting its inaugural Running Universal Epic Character Race 5K and 10K weekend on February 1-2, 2020. For more information about “Running Universal” events both in Hollywood and Orlando, visit runninguniversal.com.

About Trolls World Tour

Anna Kendrick and Justin Timberlake return in Trolls World Tour, an all-star sequel to DreamWorks Animation’s 2016 musical hitIn an adventure that will take them well beyond what they’ve known before, Poppy (Kendrick) and Branch (Timberlake) discover that they are but one of six different Trolls tribes scattered over six different lands and devoted to six different kinds of music: Funk, Country, Techno, Classical, Pop and Rock. Their world is about to get a lot bigger and a whole lot louder.

A member of hard-rock royalty, Queen Barb (Rachel Bloom), aided by her father King Thrash (Ozzy Osbourne), wants to destroy all other kinds of music to let rock reign supreme. With the fate of the world at stake, Poppy and Branch, along with their friends — Biggie (James Corden), Chenille (Caroline Hjelt), Satin (Aino Jawo), Cooper (Ron Funches) and Guy Diamond (Kunal Nayyar) — set out to visit all the other lands to unify the Trolls in harmony against Barb, who’s looking to upstage them all.

Cast as members of the different musical tribes is one of the largest, and most acclaimed, groups of musical talent ever assembled for an animated film, including Mary J. Blige, George Clinton, Anderson .Paak, Kelly Clarkson, Flula Borg, J Balvin, Ester Dean, Anthony Ramos, Gustavo Dudamel and Charlyne Yi. Kenan Thompson raps as a newborn Troll named Tiny Diamond.

About Universal Studios Hollywood

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. Attractions 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™”, and the new mega attraction “Jurassic World—The Ride.” 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 DreamWorks Theatre featuring “Kung Fu Panda Adventure.”  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 thrill rides as “Fast & Furious—Supercharged” and “King Kong 360 3D.” 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.

HOLLYWOOD CHAMBER OF COMMERCE HONORS STARS OF “FROZEN 2” KRISTEN BELL AND IDINA MENZEL WITH SPECIAL DOUBLE STAR CEREMONY ON THE HOLLYWOOD WALK OF FAME.

Hollywood, Calif. – The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce honored actresses Kristen Bell and Idina Menzel with a special double-star ceremony with the 2,681st and 2,682nd stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Tuesday, November 19, 2019.

HOLLYWOOD CHAMBER OF COMMERCE HONORS STARS OF “FROZEN 2” KRISTEN BELL AND IDINA MENZEL WITH SPECIAL DOUBLE STAR CEREMONY ON THE HOLLYWOOD WALK OF FAME. FELLOW FROZEN STAR JOSH GAD MAKES INTRODUCTIONS DURING THE CEREMONY. Photo/Disney Blog

The stars were dedicated in the categories of Motion Pictures and Live Theatre/Live Performance respectively at 6225 Hollywood in front of the historic Pantages Theatre.

HOLLYWOOD CHAMBER OF COMMERCE HONORS STARS OF “FROZEN 2” KRISTEN BELL AND IDINA MENZEL WITH SPECIAL DOUBLE STAR CEREMONY ON THE HOLLYWOOD WALK OF FAME.

 “The Hollywood Walk of Fame makes an extra special effort to pair artists who work together or are related with their stars next to each other,” said Ana Martinez, Producer of the Hollywood Walk of Fame. “We are thrilled to place Kristen and Idina, who are the stars of the upcoming Disney film ‘Frozen 2,’ together in front of Hollywood’s most historic theatres.”

KRISTEN BELL

Kristen Bell (Photo/Hollywood Chamber of Commerce)

Kristen Bell was born in Detroit, Michigan.  She found her talent in entertainment at an early age. In 1992, she went to her first audition and won a role in “Raggedy Ann and Andy”. After graduating from Shrine Catholic High School, Bell moved to New York City to attend the prestigious Tisch School of the Arts, where she studied musical theater. In 2001, she left university to play the role of Becky in “Tom Sawyer” on Broadway. In 2002, Bell appeared in the Broadway revival of “The Crucible” with Liam Neeson. She then moved to Los Angeles and appeared in a handful television shows as a special guest. At age 24, she won the title role of seventeen-year-old detective Veronica Mars.  This series remains a cult classic, and Bell received much attention for her award nominated performance.  In 2014, Bell reprised her beloved title role in Warner Bros’ film “Veronica Mars,” which raised $2 million on Kickstarter in less than 11 hours and broke the record at the time for the fastest project to reach $1 million and $2 million.

Bell currently stars in the NBC series “The Good Place,” opposite Ted Danson, which is now airing its fourth and final season.  Additionally, Bell is executive producing and appearing in a second season of “Encore!” that will air on Disney’s streaming platform Disney+ in 2019. Bell recently starred in “A Bad Moms Christmas,” alongside Mila Kunis and Kathryn Hahn. The film is a sequel to 2016’s “Bad Moms,” the first STX film to gross more than $100 million domestically.

            In 2016, Bell appeared as Jeannie Van Der Hooven in Showtime’s “House of Lies” opposite Don Cheadle, which wrapped its fifth and final season. She appeared in a guest-starring arc on NBC’s hit series “Parks & Recreation” and played the lead role in the independent film “The Lifeguard,” which premiered at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival.

            Her other film credits include: “Forgetting Sarah Marshall,” “PANDAS,” “Teen Titans Go! to the Movies,” “Like Father,” “CHIPs,” “How To Be A Latin Lover,” “The Lifeguard,” “The Boss,” “Hit & Run,” “Movie 43,” “Some Girls,” “Writers,”  “Big Miracle,” “You Again,” “Burlesque,” “When in Rome,” “Couples Retreat,” “Pulse,” “Serious Moonlight,” “Spartan” and “Frozen.”  Her television credits include: “Parks & Recreation,” “Unsupervised,” “Deadwood,” “Heroes” and “Party Down.”

            Fans will again hear her voice as Anna in Walt Disney Animation Studios’ highly anticipated “Frozen 2” out November 22nd.    

            Bell is a believer in giving back. She has donated her time to many charities including: This Bar Save Lives, United Nations Women’s Peace and Humanity Fund, No Kid Hungry, Children’s Miracle Network and many others.

Idina Menzel (Photo/Hollywood Chamber of Commerce)

IDINA MENZEL

Idina Menzel was born in New York. She started her career at the age of 15 when she began working as a wedding and bar mitzvah singer. This job carried her throughout her time at the renowned Tisch School of Arts where she earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Drama.  

Idina Menzel is a powerhouse of talent: a singer, an actor in film and TV, a songwriter, a Broadway star and a philanthropist. She rose to fame for her role as ‘Maureen’ in the popular Broadway musical “Rent,” and her career took off when she won a Tony Award for her role as ‘Elphaba, the Wicked Witch of the West,’ in the smash musical, “Wicked.” Her voice can be heard as ‘Elsa’ in Disney’s Oscar® winning “Frozen”, the second highest grossing animated films of all time, with more than $1.2 billion in worldwide box office revenue. The film’s song “Let It Go,” voiced by Menzel, became an instant international phenomenon, winning the Oscar® for Best Original Song – where Menzel performed it at the ceremony – and the Grammy® Award for Best Song Written for Visual Media. The track reached #5 on the Billboard Hot 100, making Menzel the first artist with both a Billboard Top 10 hit and a Tony Award for acting.   She will reprise her leading role as ‘Elsa’ in the highly anticipated release of Disney’s “Frozen 2” out November 22nd and join Adam Sandler in the Safdie Brothers’ A24 film Uncut Gems in theaters this December.

Her other film credits include “Beaches,” “Disney’s Enchanted,“Rent” “Ask the Dust” and many others

A skillful songwriter, Menzel’s prolific recording career includes multiple cast albums and the solo albums: Still I Can’t Be Still, Here, I Stand, idina., and her latest album, Christmas: A Season of Love, which was released October 2019 via Schoolboy Records/Decca Records. The album features Ariana Grande, Billy Porter, Josh Gad and Idina’s husband, Aaron Lohr. Christmas: A Season of Love is the second holiday album from Menzel, following her October 2014 release of Holiday Wishes, which debuted at #1 on Billboard’s Holiday Albums chart and gave Menzel a Top 10 album on the Billboard Top 200 Album Chart. Her third studio LP of original songs, idina. landed in the Top 30 on Billboard’s Top 200 charts upon its release in 2016.Menzel received the Breakthrough Artist of the Year Award at Billboard’s annual Women in Music event in 2014 and performed the National Anthem at Super Bowl XLIX.

 Menzel was previously seen on Broadway in the original production “If/Then”, for which she earned her third Tony nomination.  Menzel also appeared as ‘Sheila’ in the Encores! production of “Hair” and starred in Broadway’s “Aida.”  She premiered the Broadway hit “Wicked” in London’s West End and received the Theatregoers Choice Award for Best Actress in a Musical. She also starred in the musical “See What I Wanna See,” at The Public Theater. Other Off-Broadway credits include the pre-Broadway production of “Rent” and “The Vagina Monologues”.

Philanthropy is also important to Menzel, who co-founded the A BroaderWay Foundation in 2010. The organization is dedicated to offering girls from underserved communities an outlet for self-expression and creativity through arts-centered programs. The emphasis is on building self-esteem, developing leadership qualities and striving for personal and social achievement. In 2014, Menzel was recognized as one of Variety Magazine’s Power of Women honorees for her work with the organization.  

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

          * ARTISTS WHO HAVE STARS NEXT TO EACH OTHER:

Richard Donner and Lauren Shuler Donner are the first married couple to be honored on the same day with double stars on October 16, 2008. Goldie Hawn and Kurt Russell were honored on May 1, 2017. Cyndi Lauper and Harvey Fierstein who worked together on the Broadway hit “Kinky Boots” were also recently honored with double stars as were Felicity Huffman and William H. Macy, Cindy Williams and Penny Marshall of “Happy Days” fame and “Cagney and Lacy” stars Sharon Gless and Tyne Daly. There are other related celebrities who have side by side double stars, but had separate ceremonies. They include: Bob and Dolores Hope, Kevin Bacon and Kyra Sedgwick, Sherry Lansing and William Friedkin, Ozzie and Harriet Nelson, Betty White and Allen Ludden, to name a few.

Dog Haus brand’s first location set to celebrate its ninth anniversary on Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2019 in Pasadena on North Hill Avenue. Burbank on Olive celebrating its 5th Anniversary, Dec. 2, 2019.

Acclaimed craft casual gourmet hot dog, sausage and burger concept to offer a complete Haus Dog meal for only $9 all day long

Pasadena, Calif. – Dog Haus Pasadena, the brand’s first location, and the spot that made them known for their one-of-a-kind gourmet hot dogs, sausages and burgers, will celebrate its ninth anniversary on Wednesday, December 4. 

To commemorate the occasion, Dog Haus Pasadena will be serving guests their choice of seven chef-driven Haus Dog creations, which feature all beef handcrafted dogs and premium toppings, plus their choice of side and draft beer or fountain beverage for only $9—all day long!

Dog Haus in Burbank will celebrate its 5th Anniversary and $5 Specials on December 2 at the 3817 West Olive Ave, Burbank, California 91505 location.

In 2010, longtime friends Hagop Giragossian, Quasim Riaz & André Vener founded Dog Haus. In just 9 years, the Pasadena-based brand has expanded to over 30+ locations across the country and continues to stake it’s claim in the craft casual world. 

Dog Haus, 105 North Hill Avenue, Pasadena, CA 91106, 626.577.4287

DISCLAIMER: Offer valid for one $9 Haus Dog meal per person. No additions or substitutions. Other menu items do not qualify. Promotion valid Wednesday, 12/4/19 for dine in orders at Dog Haus Pasadena; not available for order via the Dog Haus app. Dine-in only. May not be combined with any other offer, including Happy Hour. While supplies last.

About Dog Haus

Dog Haus is a craft casual hot dog concept known for its gourmet hot dogs, sausages, burgers and one Bad Mutha Clucka. Founded by longtime friends Hagop Giragossian, Quasim Riaz and André Vener, the first Dog Haus opened in Pasadena, California in 2010. Dog Haus has garnered critical acclaim for its signature all beef dogs and hand-crafted sausages with no added nitrates, 100% Black Angus beef burgers, and a fried chicken sandwich – all of which are made with hormone- and antibiotic-free meat and served on grilled King’s Hawaiian rolls. With the brand’s mission to sustainably feed everyone who walks through their doors, Dog Haus also offers plant-based burger and sausage proteins. To chase it down, guests can select craft beers from a tap list emphasizing local favorites and finish their meals on a sweet note with premium shakes. As a brand who gives back, Dog Haus established an ongoing partnership with No Kid Hungry to help end childhood hunger. Dog Haus currently has 30+ locations nationwide and 10+ in development. For up to date location and brand information, visit doghaus.com or find us on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram @DogHausDogs. 

Dog Haus Pasadena: https://www.facebook.com/events/477528649786974

Dog Haus Burbank: https://www.facebook.com/events/2478864735713837/



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