Six Ways to Step into the Magic of ‘Beauty and the Beast’ at the Disneyland Resort

ANAHEIM, Calif. —Guests are discovering new ways to celebrate the tale as old as time, “Beauty and the Beast,” at the Disneyland Resort. For a limited time, Fantasyland in Disneyland Park will bring the animated feature to life in new ways, and Hollywood Land in Disney California Adventure Park will offer guests a spectacular sampling of the new, live-action film set to make its premiere in theaters March 17, 2017. Six enchanting experiences now await guests visiting both theme parks.

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  • Red Rose Taverne: For a limited time, the Village Haus Restaurant in Fantasyland transforms into the Red Rose Taverne, a lively French tavern inspired by the tale as old as time. Each room of this quick-service eatery showcases a different chapter of the beloved story with wall paintings, beautiful décor, crimson drapery and intricate stained glass. Guests will enjoy new food items inspired by the film, such as the Enchanted Cauliflower Sandwich, Poutine Flatbread and Lemon Rose Cake.
  • Royal Reception: Conveniently located next to the Red Rose Taverne, guests will find special treasures to take home – such as toys, collectables and clothing – inspired by both the animated feature and the new, live-action film.
  • What a Guy! What a Beauty!: Guests may visit with the haughty Gaston as he preens around the Fantasyland area. The devilishly dashing villain is sure to be admired by friends and foes alike. Belle herself may also be found visiting with aspiring royalty in Fantasyland.
  • Maurice’s Treats: In nearby Fantasy Faire, new dipping sauces paying homage to “Beauty and the Beast” are available at Maurice’s Treats. Guests can order a special sauce to complement existing tasty snacks, including Marinara, Strawberry and of course, the Grey Stuff – it’s delicious!
  • The Royal Theatre Presents “Beauty and the Beast”: Whimsical storytelling characterizes this comical performance of the classic tale presented daily by the thespian duo Mr. Smythe and Mr. Jones. Guests can enjoy daily performances of the show at the Royal Theatre in Fantasy Faire

Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast” Sneak Peek: Through March 26, guests can experience an exclusive sneak peak at the new retelling of the classic tale at Sunset Showcase Theater in Hollywood Land at Disney California Adventure. The live-action adaptation of “Beauty and the Beast” opens in theaters March 17 – more than 25 years after the animated feature debuted.

Pirates of the Caribbean at Disneyland Park: Beloved Attraction Celebrates 50 Years of Swashbuckling Fun and Adventure

ANAHEIM, Calif. (March 13, 2017) – Since its debut at Disneyland Park in California in 1967, Walt Disney’s Pirates of the Caribbean adventure has thrilled hundreds of millions of guests from around the world. An immersive and engaging entertainment experience, it’s steeped in detail and rollicking pirate fun. It debuted as a technological marvel and storytelling masterpiece and, for decades, this award-winning attraction has been considered one of the pinnacles of theme park experiences worldwide.14-No_Escape-331x248-1

The original Pirates of the Caribbean attraction, which inspired a global phenomenon and launched a highly popular film franchise, celebrates its 50th anniversary at Disneyland on March 18, 2017.

Today, guests enjoy Pirates of the Caribbean attractions at five Disney theme parks around the world: Disneyland Park at Disneyland Resort; Magic Kingdom Park at Walt Disney World Resort; Tokyo Disneyland Park at Tokyo Disney Resort; Disneyland Park at Disneyland Paris; and Shanghai Disneyland at Shanghai Disney Resort.

Here are some of the fun facts, trivia and milestones associated with one of Walt Disney’s greatest entertainment achievements.

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  • Pirates of the Caribbean was the last Disneyland attraction personally supervised by Walt Disney. It was designed by WED Enterprises (now called Walt Disney Imagineering).
  • The attraction originally was envisioned as a New Orleans-themed Blue Bayou Mart featuring a Pirate Wax Museum, housed in a 70-foot deep basement. The basement now serves as the grotto section of the attraction.
  • Pirates of the Caribbean was loosely inspired by such Hollywood films as “Captain Blood,”
    “The Sea Hawk” and “The Buccaneer,” plus Disney’s “Treasure Island,” “Kidnapped” and “Swiss Family Robinson.”
  • It cost $15 million to build New Orleans Square, the home for Pirates of the Caribbean. This is equal to the amount the United States paid for the real New Orleans in the Louisiana Purchase of 1803.
  • The attraction façade was partly inspired by the Cabildo building in Jackson Square in New Orleans that served as the seat of the Spanish colonial government in 1799. It is also noted for being the site where the Louisiana Purchase was signed in 1803.
  • Guests ride through the attraction in a 1,838-foot canal.
  • Approximately 120 animated characters (human characters plus nine different types of animated animals) appear in the Audio-Animatronics cast of Pirates of the Caribbean.
  • Several original designers and Imagineers for the Pirates of the Caribbean attraction have since become Disney Legends, an honorary title bestowed on individuals by The Walt Disney Company.
  • Disney Imagineer X Atencio, who wrote the attraction’s memorable tune, “Yo-Ho (A Pirate’s Life for Me),” is the voice of the Jolly Roger skull and crossbones, seen just before guests plunge down the waterfalls.
  • In the lyrics of the song, “Yo Ho (A Pirate’s Life for Me),” the phrase “Yo Ho” is uttered 18 times.
  • Guests ride through the attraction for approximately 15 minutes, on one of the longest rides at Disneyland Resort.
  • Approximately 400 million guests have ridden Pirates of the Caribbean at Disneyland Park since its opening in 1967.
  • In 1997, Pirates of the Caribbean won the Thea Classic Award from the Themed Entertainment Association. The Thea Classic Award is given to an outstanding “compelling place and experience” which has been in operation for a minimum of 20 years.
  • The Blue Bayou restaurant in New Orleans Square allows diners to observe passing boats traveling through a bayou, which is the first scene of the attraction. This table service restaurant continues to be the only dining establishment that looks into a dark ride attraction at Disneyland Resort.
  • The concept of Pirates of the Caribbean has come full circle with the attraction initially inspiring the successful film franchise and then the films (starting with the release of “Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl” in 2003) inspiring exciting additions to the attraction.
  • Both Captain Jack Sparrow and Captain Barbossa from the blockbuster films appear in the attraction and the ghostly image of Davy Jones appears on a waterfall.
  • Guests can spot Captain Jack Sparrow at three different points during their journey.
  • Approximately 400,000 pieces of gold coins and set pieces were added to the attraction during a lengthy refurbishment in 2006 when some of the film characters were added to the story.
  • The Aztec pirate chest used in the film “Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl” appears in the Treasure Room as the last thing guests see in that scene.

HISTORICAL TIMELINE

January 3, 1965 Walt Disney talks about models for the forthcoming Pirates of the Caribbean attraction on an episode of “Walt Disney’s Wonderful World of Color” called “Disneyland 10th Anniversary.”
March 18, 1967 Pirates of the Caribbean attraction has a soft opening for guests of Disneyland.
April 19, 1967 Official Grand Opening ceremony of Pirates of the Caribbean attraction takes place at Disneyland.
December 15, 1973 Pirates of the Caribbean attraction opens at Magic Kingdom Park, Florida.
April 15, 1983 Pirates of the Caribbean attraction opens at Tokyo Disneyland Park.
April 12, 1992 Pirates of the Caribbean attraction opens at Disneyland Paris.
June 28, 2003 Disneyland hosts the premiere of “Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl,” the first in a series of highly popular films inspired by the attraction.
July 9, 2003 “Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl” opens in theaters.
June 24, 2006 Disneyland hosts the premiere of “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest.” Additionally, Pirates of the Caribbean attraction at Disneyland Park re-opens after a lengthy refurbishment in which characters from the popular “Pirates of the Caribbean” films were added into the attraction.
July 7, 2006  “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest” opens in theaters.
Also, “Pirates of the Caribbean” film characters added to the Magic Kingdom Park attraction.
May 19, 2007 Disneyland hosts the premiere of “Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End,” the third film in the series.
May 25, 2007 “Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End” opens in theaters.
Additionally, Disneyland’s Tom Sawyer Island re-opened as Pirate’s Lair on Tom Sawyer Island with the addition of themed elements related to the film franchise.
May 7, 2011 Disneyland hosts the premiere of “Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides,” the fourth film in the series.
May 20, 2011 “Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides” opens in theaters.
June 16, 2016 Pirates of the Caribbean: Battle for the Sunken Treasure attraction and Treasure Cove themed land open at Shanghai Disney Resort.
May 26, 2017 “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales,” the fifth film in the series, opens in theaters.

ENDURING LEGACY

In addition to four Pirates of the Caribbean films, with the fifth – “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales” releasing in May 2017 – the legacy of Pirates of the Caribbean continues to expand across the globe.

Characters from the “Pirates of the Caribbean” film franchise continue to be celebrated throughout Walt Disney Parks and Resorts – in Entertainment shows, interactive experiences, character greetings, themed hotel rooms, and activities and events aboard Disney Cruise Line ships.

In 2016, Treasure Cove opened at Shanghai Disney Resort, marking the first land at any Disney theme park inspired by the adventure and swashbuckling fun of pirates. The anchor of that land is the latest iteration of the classic attraction, known there by the name Pirates of the Caribbean: Battle for the Sunken Treasure. It has won industry awards including Outstanding Achievement – Attraction from the Themed Entertainment Association and a Visual Effects Society Award for Outstanding Visual Effects in a Special Venue Project. Additionally, an original story about Captain Jack Sparrow opened as “Eye of the Storm – Captain Jack’s Stunt Spectacular,” also in Treasure Cove.

After a lengthy refurbishment, Pirates of the Caribbean attraction will re-open at Disneyland Paris in summer 2017 with the inclusion of Captain Jack Sparrow from the film franchise.

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About the Disneyland Resort
The Disneyland Resort features two spectacular theme parks – Disneyland (the original Disney theme park) and Disney California Adventure Park – plus three hotels and the Downtown Disney District, comprising unique dining, entertainment and shopping experiences. The Resort’s hotels are the luxurious, 948-room Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa, which also features 50 two-bedroom equivalent Disney Vacation Club units; the magical, 973-room Disneyland Hotel – both AAA Four Diamond properties – and the 481-room Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel with its “day-at-the-beach” theme. For information on attractions and vacations at the Disneyland Resort, visit Disneyland.com, call (866) 43-DISNEY or contact local travel agents. Located in Anaheim, Calif., the Disneyland Resort opened July 17, 1955. Open daily, year-round.

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Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville Restaurant Kicking Off with a Grand Opening Celebration Performance by Jimmy Buffett and the Coral Reefer Band on Thursday, March 30

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Jimmy Buffett and the Coral Reefer Band will appear at Universal City Walk on Thursday, March 30. Inspired by the famous song, California’s First Margaritaville Restaurant is Now Open, Serving Lunch and Dinner.   (Photo courtesy of Universal Studios Hollywood)

California’s First Margaritaville Restaurant is Now Open, Serving Lunch and Dinner

Universal City Walk, Hollywood, Calif – The countdown is on to 5 O’Clock as Universal CityWalk toasts the arrival of Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville restaurant to the destination—the first-ever in California—with an exclusive performance by singer, songwriter and best-selling author Jimmy Buffett and the Coral Reefer Band on Thursday, March 30.

Fans can enter to win tickets to Buffett’s invite-only performance on the Margaritaville stage at www.citywalkhollywood.com/margaritavillesweeps.

For a preview of Margaritaville, click here

Margaritaville is more than a restaurant, it’s a state of mind as the spirited new venue brings a seaside retreat to Universal CityWalk that continues to resonate as one of L.A.’s most influential lifestyle centers. Margaritaville is now open, serving lunch and dinner.

Margaritaville at Universal CityWalk Hollywood invites guests to escape the everyday as they dine in a casual environment amid palm trees, thatched enclaves, island music and surfboard tables and enjoy hand-crafted cocktails, live music and entertainment and signature dishes such as LandShark Lager Fish & Chips, Jimmy’s Jammin’ Jambalaya ®, Volcano Nachos or a Cheeseburger in Paradise ®. 

The venue’s expansive 5 O’Clock Somewhere Bar located at the center of the restaurant offers a selection of refreshing specialty drinks, including the Who’s to Blame® Margarita or the 5 O’Clock Somewhere boat drink.

For over 20 years, Universal CityWalk has boosted the city’s rhythm through a foundation built on providing memorable entertainment experiences.  With a series of dramatic enhancements currently underway from new restaurants, shopping experiences and visually-aesthetic design features to its multi-million dollar Universal Cinema renovation, the spotlight shines brightly on CityWalk as it continues to invest in an ambitious revitalization and remain best in class.

This significant undertaking coincides with Universal Studios Hollywood’s recent epic transformation in which 75 percent of the world-class theme park was completely reimagined.

Introduced in 1993, CityWalk was constructed in collaboration with visionary architect Jon Jerde as the prototypical one-stop leisure destination that redefined the mall of yesteryear as a vibrant multi-sensory outdoor complex. With grand neon signs and larger-than-life decorative sculptures complimenting the diverse offerings, this whimsical street was reflective of L.A.’s eclectic landscape and distinguishing characteristics.

More information on Universal CityWalk is available at www.CityWalkHollywood.com or at http://www.citywalkhollywood.com/Dine/Casual-Dining/Jimmy-Buffett-s-Margaritaville/. Regular updates can also be found on CityWalk’s Twitter @CityWalkLA, Facebook-Universal CityWalk Hollywood and Instagram @CityWalkLA.

Margaritaville is a global brand inspired by the lyrics and lifestyle of singer, songwriter and author, Jimmy Buffett, whose songs evoke a passion for tropical escape and relaxation. Since launching its first restaurant location in Key West, Fla. in 1987, Margaritaville has become America’s leading lifestyle escapism brand.

Today, Margaritaville features nine destination resorts/hotels across the Southeast United States and Caribbean and eight additional locations in active development; four gaming locations; and more than 60 food and beverage locations including signature concepts such as Margaritaville Restaurant, award-winning JWB Prime Steak and Seafood, 5 o’Clock Somewhere Bar & Grill and LandShark Bar & Grill, among others. More than 15 million travelers every year change their latitude and attitude with a visit to a Margaritaville residential real estate destination, vacation club/vacation home rental, restaurant and full-service AAA Four-Diamond resort.

Consumers can also escape everyday through a collection of Margaritaville lifestyle products including apparel for men and women, footwear, frozen concoction makers, home décor and more. Additionally, the brand’s food, beverage and spirits lines – including Margaritaville tequilas, rums, LandShark Lager and Island Tea – deliver authentic, tropical escapism to fans around the world. Margaritaville, a state of mind since 1977.

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 roller coaster.  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 Cinema, featuring deluxe recliner seating in screening room quality theatres, and the “5 Towers” state-of-the-art outdoor concert stage.

2017 AMGEN TOUR OF CALIFORNIA ROUTE ANNOUNCED: Santa Clarita to Provide Setting for Exciting Stage 4 Finish

Santa Clarita, Calif. - Beginning on May 14, 2017, the 2017 Amgen Tour of California,presented by AEG, brings the drama and excitement of professional cycling to California for the twelfth consecutive year. The Amgen Tour of California is regarded as the most internationally respected and esteemed stage race in the U.S. and one of the largest sporting events in the country. The 2017 race will mark the first year the men’s race has been elevated to UCI WorldTour status, making it the only stage race in North America to receive this prestigious classification.  The seven-day men’s race will visit 12 host cities from Sacramento to Pasadena.

On Wednesday, May 17, 2017, the City of Santa Clarita will host the Stage 4 Finish for the 2017 Amgen Tour of California (Men’s Race). Stage 4 will begin in host city Santa Barbara and travel 100.3 miles to the finish in Santa Clarita.  Santa Clarita is returning for the ninth year, bringing the total number of stages hosted in Santa Clarita to 13.

In addition to the men’s event, top professional female cyclists from around the world will converge in Northern California three days prior to compete in the Amgen Breakaway from Heart DiseaseTM Women’s Race empowered with SRAM (May 11-14). Presented by Visit California, the route announcement includes a visual overview of the 2017 men’s and women’s courses at www.amgentourofcalifornia.com/stages.

With warm breezes coming off the beach across from the start line, it will be just as difficult to leave Santa Barbara as it was in 2015 when the riders took the same route into Santa Clarita. Winding through Montecito and Carpinteria, the riders will be getting their legs ready for two short but steep King of the Mountain (KOM) hill climbs as they approach Lake Casitas. A fast descent down Hwy 150 will take them alongside the lake and into Ojai. Following another KOM up Dennison Grade, the race will return to the picturesque town of Santa Paula, where the base of Balcom Canyon looms just a few miles away.

For many local riders, Balcom Canyon is just too steep and imposing a climb to even attempt. Walking up the top section is the only option for many. This is a unique climb where the riders can easily see the KOM from the start. A popular place to watch the race come by, slowly, crowd estimates have been as high as 5,000 fans in past editions.

Following a “white-knuckle” descent of Grimes Canyon, riders will head through the orange groves near the small town of Piru, and the race will begin its 13-mile eastward push on Hwy 126 toward Santa Clarita. A prevailing tailwind will help keep the race together, and the crowd waiting in Santa Clarita should see another massive field sprint. This stage comes in at more than 100 miles with two sprints, four KOMs and 7,700 feet of climbing.

Santa Clarita is home to some of the state’s most avid cycling communities. Race organizers are predicting an exciting group sprint finish, so residents are encouraged to attend and join in on the excitement.

If you are interested in learning more about the Amgen Tour of California in Santa Clarita, visit SantaClaritaTourOfCA.com. This website will be updated with information about volunteer opportunities, ancillary events surrounding the Amgen Tour of California in Santa Clarita, and community sponsorship opportunities. For more information about the Amgen Tour of California, including sponsorship and VIP experience opportunities, please visit amgentourofcalifornia.com.

 

About the Amgen Tour of California

The Amgen Tour of California is a Tour de France-style cycling road race created and presented by AEG that challenges the world’s top professional cycling teams to compete along a demanding course that traverses hundreds of miles of California’s iconic highways, byways and coastlines each spring. The teams chosen to participate have included Olympic medalists, Tour de France contenders and world champions. Amgen Tour of California is listed on the international professional cycling calendar (2 HC, meaning “beyond category”), awarding important, world-ranking points to the top finishers. More information is available at amgentourofcalifornia.com.

The first-ever U.S. UCI WorldTour course will cover more than 575 miles through 12 host cities May 14-20, including Sacramento, Modesto, San Jose, Pismo Beach, Morro Bay, Santa Barbara, Santa Clarita, Ontario, Mt. Baldy, Big Bear Lake, Mountain High and Pasadena. The Amgen Breakaway from Heart DiseaseTM Women’s Race empowered with SRAM May 11-14 will visit South Lake Tahoe and Elk Grove before concluding in Sacramento as the men’s race gets underway.

About Amgen

Amgen is committed to unlocking the potential of biology for patients suffering from serious illnesses by discovering, developing, manufacturing and delivering innovative human therapeutics. This approach begins by using tools like advanced human genetics to unravel the complexities of disease and understand the fundamentals of human biology.

Amgen focuses on areas of high unmet medical need and leverages its expertise to strive for solutions that improve health outcomes and dramatically improve people’s lives. A biotechnology pioneer since 1980, Amgen has grown to be one of the world’s leading independent biotechnology companies, has reached millions of patients around the world and is developing a pipeline of medicines with breakaway potential.

For more information, visit amgen.com and follow us on twitter.com/amgen.

About AEG

Headquartered in Los Angeles, California, AEG is the world’s leading sports venue and live entertainment company. With offices on five continents, AEG operates in the following business segments: AEG Facilities, which is affiliated with or owns, manages or consults with more than 120 preeminent arenas, stadiums, theaters, clubs and convention centers around the world including The O2 Arena, the Sprint Center and the Mercedes-Benz arenas; AEG Live, which is dedicated to all aspects of live contemporary music performances, including producing and promoting global and regional concert tours, music and special events and world-renowned festivals; AEG Real Estate, which develops world-class venues, as well as major sports and entertainment districts like STAPLES Center and L.A. LIVE; AEG Sports, which is the world’s largest operator of sports franchises and high-profile sporting events; and AEG Global Partnerships, which oversees worldwide sales and servicing of sponsorships including naming rights, premium seating and other strategic partnerships. Through its worldwide network of venues, portfolio of powerful sports and music brands and its integrated entertainment districts, AEG entertains more than 100 million guests annually. More information about AEG can be found at aegworldwide.com.

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

Disneyland Resort Offers Southern California Residents Special 3-day Ticket Prices for a Limited Time – Main Street Electrical Parade, Star Wars Season of the Force, Lunar New Year Celebration and More Await Guests – Disney California Adventure Food & Wine Festival Announces Expansion to Five Weeks: March 10 through April 16

ANAHEIM, Calif. – The Disneyland Resort is kicking off the new year with a special ticket offer for Southern California residents, just in time to enjoy the upcoming Main Street Electrical Parade and thrilling Star Wars experiences at Disneyland Park, plus the Lunar New Year Celebration and the Disney California Adventure Food & Wine Festival at Disney California Adventure Park.

The Southern California Resident ticket offer* provides flexible options for three days of magic and adventure at special prices. For a limited time, guests may select from these purchase options:

  • 3-day ticket with choice of one park per day for $149–less than $50 per day
  • 3-day Park Hopper ticket for $189.

The Southern California Resident tickets include one Magic Morning** early entry to Disneyland Park, which provides an extra hour of play on select days before the park opens to the general public.

At Disneyland
Guests who choose to visit Disneyland will enjoy the iconic nighttime Main Street Electrical Parade, showcasing scenes and characters from some classic Disney animated films on floats covered in thousands of colorful lights. Beginning Jan. 20, the beloved parade returns to Main Street, U.S.A., in Disneyland, where it began. Guests at Disney Parks around the world have experienced the popular parade.

The Disneyland Resort is the place where Star Wars lives during Season of the Force, an exciting lineup of experiences that celebrate the Star Wars film saga. Guests will enjoy the thrills of Hyperspace Mountain, the Star Wars-themed transformation of Space Mountain; the multiple destinations of the Star Tours – The Adventures Continue attraction; and the exciting short film, “Star Wars: Path of the Jedi,” which relives highlights of the Star Wars films. In addition, Star Wars Launch Bay invites guests to encounter that favorite Star Wars pilot Chewbacca, visit a Star Wars-themed cantina and discover authentic replicas of film props, including props from the newest blockbuster in the saga, “Rogue One.” Younglings may learn to conquer their fears in Jedi Training: Trials of the Temple.

Another nighttime highlight at Disneyland is the spectacular “Remember … Dreams Come True” fireworks show. This pyrotechnic tribute to the spirit of Disneyland, narrated by Julie Andrews, includes nods to some favorite attractions, past and present. It returns to Disneyland for the first time in more than two years, beginning with weekend performances Friday, Feb. 3.

At Disney California Adventure
The special magic of the Year of the Rooster comes alive in a bigger-than-ever Lunar New Year Celebration, expanded to 17 days, Jan. 20 through Feb. 5, at Disney California Adventure. Guests will enjoy “Hurry Home,” a new animation, water and special effects feature for Lunar New Year, which precedes the nightly performances of “World of Color” on Paradise Bay. The celebration also includes colorful live performances, fun-filled activities, beautiful décor, Disney characters in their Lunar New Year costumes and special food and merchandise offerings.

Food is always part of the fun at the Disneyland Resort, and the popular Disney California Adventure Food & Wine Festival expands to five weeks this year, with daily events March 10 through April 16. The Festival celebrates the lifestyle and springtime flavors of California with a blend of culinary demonstrations, seminars and a full range of dining and tasting options.

The Lunar New Year and Food & Wine celebrations add to the year-round fun at Disney California Adventure, which features popular attractions such as Radiator Springs Racers, California Screamin’ and Toy Story Midway Mania. And the latest airborne Soarin’ adventure, Soarin’ Around the World, transports guests to the snowy peak of the Matterhorn, along the Great Wall of China, through Monument Valley and over other iconic destinations worldwide.

Southern California residents may experience all of these attractions and entertainment, along with other beloved experiences at Disneyland and Disney California Adventure parks, with the 3-day Southern California Resident tickets. An ideal way to make unforgettable memories, they are available for a limited time.  Southern California residents must purchase tickets from Jan. 9 through May 22, 2017. Tickets expire after May 25, 2017, and blockout dates apply.  They can be purchased at http://Disneyland.com/SoCal, The Disney Stores, Vons and other retail locations, as well as any Disneyland Resort ticket booth.  Guests who purchase tickets online may print their tickets at home. Proof of residency is required for purchase and Theme Park admission.

For restrictions, visit http://Disneyland.com/SoCal. For park hours and entertainment schedules, guests may review the resort’s daily calendar at Disneyland.com.

Hotel Offers
Special hotel offers are available for guests who want to turn their Disneyland Resort visit into a getaway, including a stay in the middle of the magic at any of the three Disneyland Resort hotels. Guests may save up to 25 percent on premium rooms for select nights at Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa or the Disneyland Hotel, and up to 10 percent at Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel for travel from January 8 through April 20, 2017, if booked by March 9.***

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About the Disneyland Resort

The Disneyland Resort features two spectacular theme parks – Disneyland (the original Disney theme park) and Disney California Adventure Park – plus three hotels and the Downtown Disney District, comprising unique dining, entertainment and shopping experiences. The Resort’s hotels are the luxurious, 948-room Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa, which also features 50 two-bedroom equivalent Disney Vacation Club units; the magical, 973-room Disneyland Hotel – both AAA Four Diamond properties – and the 481-room Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel with its “day-at-the-beach” theme. For information on attractions and vacations at the Disneyland Resort, visit Disneyland.com, call (866) 43-DISNEY or contact local travel agents. Located in Anaheim, Calif., the Disneyland Resort opened July 17, 1955. Open daily, year-round.

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* 3-Day Promotional Ticket:

Valid only for Southern California residents within ZIP codes 90000-93599 and Northern Baja California residents within ZIP codes 21000-22999; proof of residency is required for purchase and admission. 3-Day, 1-Park Per Day ticket is valid for admission to either Disneyland® or Disney California Adventure® park each day of validity, but not to both parks on the same day.  3-Day Disneyland® Resort Park Hopper® ticket is valid for admission three (3) days to both Disneyland® and Disney California Adventure® park on the same day. Each day of use constitutes one full day of use. Tickets expire May 25, 2017.  Blockout days of 4/9/17-4/23/17 apply.  May purchase up to 5 tickets per person per day with valid ID.  Tickets may not be sold or transferred for commercial use.  Offer may not be combined with other ticket discounts or promotions. Tickets not valid before 1/9/17.  Subject to capacity, restrictions and change without notice.

**Magic Morning:

Magic Morning admission allows admission to selected attractions at Disneyland® Park before the park opens to the general public on Tuesday, Thursday or Saturday. Each Guest must have valid, eligible theme park admission.  To enhance the Magic Morning experiences, it is strongly recommended that Guests arrive at least one hour and 15 minutes prior to regular park opening.  Magic Morning admission is based on availability and capacity. Applicable theme park, days and times of operation and all other elements including, but not limited to, operation of attractions, entertainment, stores and restaurants and appearances of characters may vary and are subject to change without notice.  Subject to restrictions and cancellation.
 

***Resort Hotel Offer

Savings based on the non-discounted price for the same room at the same hotel for most Sunday through Thursday nights.  Valid for travel between 1/8/17 to 4/20/17. Book from 10/26/16 through 3/9/17, with travel completed by 4/21/17.   Savings on premium rooms are available on Premium, Deluxe and Woods/Garden/Courtyard rooms.  Offer excludes select Concierge rooms and suites, except Paradise, Artisan and Regal suites.  Ask about savings on other hotels and room types.  Not valid on previously booked rooms. Advance reservations required. Subject to availability as the number of rooms allocated for this offer is limited. Excludes applicable fees and taxes. Limit two (2) rooms per reservation and five (5) people maximum per room. Not valid in combination with any other hotel discounts or offers. Subject to restrictions and change without notice.  Separate Theme Park admission is required to enjoy the Parks.

 

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Contemporary Artist set to premier ‘Jigsaw’ Solo Show opening reception Saturday, January 14 from 7-10pm at Launch LA.

-1Los Angeles, Calif.  - Carol Sears will be premiering a long-awaited exhibit of her new body of work this Saturday, January 14 at Launch LA. The series of all new works, entitled Jigsaw, takes a dynamic and bold turn that breaks away from yet works with Sears’ abstract compositional aesthetic established in Linescapes. Jigsaw will have an opening reception Saturday, January 14 from 7-10pm at Launch LA. It will remain on view through February 25. I warmly invite you to attend, but any coverage of the show leading up to the opening and during its run is welcome as well. Carol is available for interview.

Nine new pieces utilize bold jewel tones amongst interlocking abstracted forms set against soft gray backgrounds, giving us a complex focal point for us to untangle and see into while giving us space to breathe and immerse ourselves in the juicy color palette. Each painting emanates a soft nostalgia for midcentury California in their palettes and forms, but reference Sears’ Australian heritage and interest that draws from Aboriginal art and language. The seamless blend of her influences has created a new vein for her work that retains a memory for her previous figurative pieces and abstracted landscapes while standing in their own right as something more.

 

PaleyFest tickets on sale now for upcoming Panels featuring stars from ‘Westworld,’ ‘The Walking Dead,’ ‘The Late Late Show with James Corden, Scandal, Pretty Little Liars and more. PalyFest runs March 17, to March 26 2017.

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Tickets and Passes on Sale For:
3/17 The Walking Dead
3/18 Arrow, The Flash, Supergirl, Legends of Tomorrow crossover panel
3/18 This Is Us
3/19 Grey’s Anatomy
3/21 NCIS: Los Angeles
3/22 The Late Late Show with James Corden
3/23 Orphan Black
3/24 Bob’s Burgers
3/25 Pretty Little Liars
3/25 Westworld
3/26 Scandal
3/26 AHS: Roanoke

Go to paleyfest.org for tickets

 

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