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Cassini’s Grand Finale orbits — the final orbits of its nearly 20-year mission — between the rings and the planet where no spacecraft has ventured before on September 15, 2017.

Pasadena, Calif. , NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, CALtech - After almost 20 years in space, NASA’s Cassini spacecraft begins the final chapter of its remarkable story of exploration: its Grand Finale. In Cassini’s Grand Finale orbits — the final orbits of its nearly 20-year mission — the spacecraft travels in an elliptical path that sends it diving at tens of thousands of miles per hour through the 1,500-mile-wide (2,400-kilometer) space between the rings and the planet where no spacecraft has ventured before.

Color illustration of Cassini diving between Saturn and its innermost ring.
In the still from the short film Cassini’s Grand Finale, the spacecraft is shown diving between Saturn and the planet’s innermost ring on April 7, 2017 Credit NASA/JPL-Caltech
Cassini’s current position image uses real spacecraft trajectories and is updated every five minutes. Distance and velocities are updated in real-time. For a full 3D, immersive experience download NASA’s free Eyes on the Solar System app. Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

Each of these last 22 orbits takes about six and a half days to complete. They begin April 22 and end Sept. 15. When Cassini is nearest to Saturn during each orbit, the spacecraft’s speed ranges between 75,000 and 78,000 miles per hour (121,000 and 126,000 kilometers per hour), depending on the orbit. The Grand Finale orbits are so named because they not only carry Cassini to its end, but because they are truly grand. The spacecraft flies through an unexplored region of the Saturnian system, producing unique images and attempting to solve longtime mysteries, such as the mass of Saturn’s rings and the planet’s rotation rate — the length of a Saturn day. And then during Cassini’s last five orbits, the spacecraft dips down to directly sample Saturn’s upper atmosphere.

Cassini gazes across the icy rings of Saturn toward the icy moon Tethys, whose night side is illuminated by Saturnshine, or sunlight reflected by the planet. › Full image and caption
Cassini gazes across the icy rings of Saturn toward the icy moon Tethys, whose night side is illuminated by Saturnshine, or sunlight reflected by the planet. NASA/JPL-Caltech/Space Science Institute

The summaries posted on this page for each Grand Finale orbit include only a few highlights of the many unparalleled science investigations that Cassini performs during these unprecedented orbits. Also, because Saturn is a gas giant, Cassini can’t be described as being a certain distance from the planet’s “surface.” So, to convey Cassini’s distance from Saturn, each summary also includes the spacecraft’s closest approach to Saturn’s 1-bar level for that orbit. A bar is the atmospheric pressure you experience on Earth at sea level.

A short, animated video describing Cassini’s Grand Finale. Download ›d

The Cassini mission is a cooperative project of NASA, ESA (the European Space Agency) and the Italian Space Agency. The Jet Propulsion Laboratory, a division of the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena, manages the mission for NASA’s Science Mission Directorate, Washington. The Cassini orbiter and its two onboard cameras were designed, developed and assembled at JPL. The imaging operations center is based at the Space Science Institute in Boulder, Colorado. For more information about the Cassini-Huygens mission visit https://saturn.jpl.nasa.gov and http://www.nasa.gov/cassini . The Cassini imaging team homepage is at http://ciclops.org . Cassini’s Grand Finale orbits — the final orbits of its nearly 20-year mission — the spacecraft travels in an elliptical path that sends it diving at tens of thousands of miles per hour through  space between the rings and the planet where no spacecraft has ventured before on September 15, 2017.

Stephen Colbert to Host the 69th Emmy Awards, Airing on CBS, Sunday September 17, 2017

Stephen Colbert to Host the 69th Emmy Awards, Airing on CBS, Sunday September 17, 2017 Photo/Academy of Television Arts and Scieneces
Stephen Colbert to Host the 69th Emmy Awards, Airing on CBS, Sunday September 17, 2017 Photo/Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.

Stephen Colbert to Host the 69th Emmy Awards

Annual Special Will be Broadcast LIVE from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. 

Los Angeles, Calif. - CBS and the Television Academy today announced that Emmy Award winner Stephen Colbert, the multi-talented host of The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, will host the 69th Primetime Emmy Awards, marking his first time as Master of Ceremonies for the event. The Emmy Awards will be broadcast LIVE from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles Sunday, Sept. 17, 2017 (8:00-11:00PM, live ET/5:00-8:00PM live PT) on the CBS Television Network.

“We’re excited to kick off the new season and celebrate the top achievements in television with Stephen Colbert as host of the Primetime Emmys,” said Jack Sussman, Executive Vice President, Specials, Music and Live Events, CBS Entertainment. “Stephen is the ultimate master of ceremonies with award-winning creative talents; and as we’ve seen the past few months, he has a fearless passion for live television. We look forward to honoring television’s best while entertaining audiences with the creative energy and sharp comedy of Stephen Colbert.”

“We are thrilled that Stephen Colbert will be bringing his Emmy-winning comedic talent to hosting this year’s Emmy Awards,” said Television Academy Chairman and CEO Hayma Washington. “He’s a formidable showman and we are delighted to begin working with him and the entire CBS team.”

“This will be the largest audience to witness an Emmys, period,” said Stephen Colbert. “Both in person and around the globe.”

Stephen Colbert is the host, executive producer and writer of The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, which launched in September 2015 on the Network. Previously, he served as host, executive producer and writer of the long-running, multiple Emmy and Peabody Award-winning series The Colbert Report, on Comedy Central. Colbert has written multiple New York Times bestsellers, including I AM AMERICA (And So Can You!) (2007) and AMERICA AGAIN: Re-Becoming The Greatness We Never Weren’t (2012). He also won a Grammy Award in 2010 for his one-hour original musical holiday special, “A Colbert Christmas: The Greatest Gift of All!”

In addition to the upcoming Primetime Emmy Awards, Colbert recently hosted the The 39th Annual Kennedy Center Honors on CBS, and Stephen Colbert’s Live Election Night Democracy’s Series Finale: Who’s Going to Clean Up This Sh*t? on SHOWTIME.

Nominations for the 69th Primetime Emmy Awards will be announced Thursday, July 13 from the Academy’s Wolf Theatre at the Saban Media Center.

CHEAT TWEET: Just in! @StephenAtHome to host the #Emmys LIVE 9/17/17 from Microsoft Theater 8PM ET/5PM PT on #CBS @TelevisionAcad

Six Flags Magic Mountain to operate 365 days a year starting in January 2018

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Six Flags Magic Mountain has announced that they will begin 365-day operation in January 2018.

Santa Clarita, Calif. - Six Flags Entertainment recently announced their plans for Six Flags Magic Mountain, the Southern California flagship theme park, to enter into 365-day operation, starting on January 1, 2018.

“With the best collection of thrills in the world and the Six Flags brand expanding globally, this is the perfect time for one of our flagship properties to make the business transition to a 365-day operating schedule in order to maximize travel industry opportunities. Six Flags will now provide a thrilling vacation option to both international and domestic visitors coming to enjoy Southern California,” said Jim Reid-Anderson, Chairman, President and CEO of Six Flags Entertainment Corporation.

The Valencia theme park originally opened in 1971, and has operated on a limited schedule, with Magic Mountain running year-round on weekends and holidays in the off-season, and daily throughout spring and summer.

The most recent attraction to Magic Mountain was Justice League: Battle for Metropolis, which opened this past July to take guests along with Batman, Superman and friends as they face classic DC villains to save their city.

For more information on Six Flag Magic Mountain and their new operating schedule, or to purchase tickets, visit sixflags.com. Check out our coverage of the opening of Justice League: Battle for Metropolis below:

Acclaimed Filmmaker Eli Roth Makes His Commercial Directorial Debut for Universal Studios’ “Halloween Horror Nights” 2017 Bi-Coastal TV Commercial

Eli Roth Takes Commercial for Nation’s Best Halloween Event to New, Cinematic Level

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Click HERE for an Advanced Preview of the Commercial

and HERE for a Look at the Behind-the-Scenes and Extended Director’s Cut

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Universal City, Calif., Orlando, Florida  –  This year, filmmaker Eli Roth – acclaimed director of blockbuster horror films such as Hostel and Cabin Fever – makes his commercial directorial debut with Universal Studios’ new “Halloween Horror Nights” television spot, entitled “The Mourning After.”

“Halloween Horror Nights” kicks off at Universal Studios Hollywood and Universal Orlando Resort on Friday, September 15.  The commercial begins airing after the Labor Day weekend and can be seen here.  A behind-the-scenes making of and extended Director’s Cut version can be viewed here.

With Roth’s creative direction and filmmaking expertise, the compelling 30-second commercial becomes one of the most cinematic, horror-film-inspired, “Halloween Horror Nights” commercials ever created.  “The Mourning After” spot follows a group of friends as they attend an unusual Halloween costume party and unfolds with a series of suspenseful twists and turns that begs for more.

Viewers will see an array of hidden references woven throughout the spot that pay tribute to the horror films and television-themed mazes guests will encounter at this year’s “Halloween Horror Nights” events.  These include FX’s critically-acclaimed, Emmy and Golden Globe Award-winning television series, “American Horror Story,” Stanley Kubrick’s psychological horror film, The Shining and the upcoming SAW: The Games of Jigsaw movie.

Roth is a long-time fan of “Halloween Horror Nights” and has previously served as a creative consultant for the event, including a Hostel-inspired maze.  He said the commercial gave him the opportunity to combine a love of horror films with how those films are brought to life within “Halloween Horror Nights.”

“I first got involved with ‘Halloween Horror Nights’ as a fan – I felt that I was in a horror movie and I didn’t want it to end,” said Roth. “For this spot, I wanted to pay homage to these brilliant and scary films, and yet put my own spin on it.”

Universal Studios’ “Halloween Horror Nights” is the ultimate Halloween event. For more than 20 years, guests from around the world have visited Halloween Horror Nights in Hollywood and Orlando to become victims inside their own horror film. The streets of each coast’s event are transformed into highly-themed scare zones where menacing “scare-actors” lunge from every darkened corner. Multiple movie-quality haunted houses are erected throughout the event, based on everything from iconic slasher films to hit horror television series to haunting original stories.

For more information and to purchase tickets to “Halloween Horror Nights” at Universal Studios Hollywood and Universal Orlando Resort, visit www.HalloweenHorrorNights.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. Recent additions include “The Wizarding World of Harry Potter™” which features a bustling Hogsmeade village and such critically-acclaimed rides as “Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey” and “Flight of the Hippogriff™,” Universal Studios Hollywood’s first outdoor rollercoaster.  Other immersive lands include “Despicable Me Minion Mayhem” and “Super Silly Fun Land” as well as “Springfield,” hometown of America’s favorite TV family, located adjacent to the award-winning “The Simpsons Ride™” and the “The Walking Dead” daytime attraction.  The world-renowned Studio Tour is Universal Studios Hollywood’s signature attraction, inviting guests behind-the-scenes of the world’s biggest and busiest movie and television 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, redesigned Universal CityWalk Cinema, featuring deluxe recliner seating in screening room quality theatres, and the “5 Towers” state-of-the-art outdoor concert stage.

For exciting updates and exclusive “Halloween Horror Nights” at Universal Studios Hollywood content, visit www.HalloweenHorrorNights.com/Hollywood, like Halloween Horror Nights – Hollywood on Facebook; follow @HorrorNights #UniversalHHN on InstagramTwitter and Snapchat; and watch the terror come to life on Halloween Horror Nights YouTube.

About Universal Orlando Resort 

Universal Orlando Resort is a unique vacation destination that is part of the NBCUniversal Comcast family.  For more than 25 years, Universal Orlando has been creating epic vacations for the entire family – incredible experiences that place guests in the heart of powerful stories and adventures.

Universal Orlando’s theme parks, Universal Studios Florida and Universal’s Islands of Adventure, are home to some of the world’s most exciting and innovative theme park experiences – including The Wizarding World of Harry Potter-Hogsmeade and The Wizarding World of Harry Potter-Diagon Alley. And now open is Universal Orlando’s third park, Universal’s Volcano Bay – an entirely new water theme park experience.  Universal’s on-site resort hotels, Loews Portofino Bay Hotel, the Hard Rock Hotel, Loews Royal Pacific Resort, Universal’s Cabana Bay Beach Resort and Loews Sapphire Falls Resort, feature a total of 5,600 rooms and are destinations unto themselves.  Its entertainment complex, Universal CityWalk, offers dining and entertainment for every member of the family.

Universal Orlando Resort has unveiled more than 20 new guest experiences since 2010 – powerful attractions, incredible dining opportunities and dramatically themed hotels. Now open is Skull Island: Reign of Kong, a groundbreaking attraction in Islands of Adventure, and CityWalk’s newest, unique dining experience, The Toothsome Chocolate Emporium & Savory Feast Kitchen.

Universal Orlando Resort is part of NBCUniversal, a Comcast company.  Follow us on our blogFacebookTwitterInstagram and YouTube.

This year, filmmaker Eli Roth – acclaimed director of blockbuster horror films such as Hostel and Cabin Fever – makes his commercial directorial debut with Universal Studios’ new “Halloween Horror Nights” television spot, entitled “The Mourning After.”

“Halloween Horror Nights” kicks off at Universal Studios Hollywood and Universal Orlando Resort on Friday, September 15.  The commercial begins airing after the Labor Day weekend and can be seen here.  A behind-the-scenes making of and extended Director’s Cut version can be viewed here.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bVQDq6BzBYo

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WokWg_MNb3w

#UniStudios @HorrorNights #UniversalHHN.

 

Griffith Observatory will hold a public viewing for The next partial solar eclipse, visible from Los Angeles, August 21, 2017 in the morning

Upcoming solar eclipses visible from Los Angeles

August 21, 2017

Eclipses

The Observatory holds public viewing events for most lunar and solar eclipses.

The next total lunar eclipse visible from Los Angeles is Sunday, September 27, 2015. The Observatory will hold a viewing event.

The next partial solar eclipse visible from Los Angeles is August 21, 2017 (morning).

https://www.timeanddate.com/live/

Griffith Observatory

Southern California’s gateway to the cosmos! Visitors can look through telescopes, explore exhibits, see live shows in the Samuel Oschin Planetarium, and enjoy spectacular views of Los Angeles and the Hollywood Sign.

Admission to the building and grounds is always FREE.
Tuesday – Friday, 12:00 noon – 10:00 p.m.
Saturday – Sunday, 10:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.

Eclipse starts: 9:05 a.m., PDT
Maximum eclipse: 10:21 a.m., PDT (Moon covers 70% of sun’s diameter, 62% of sun’s area).
Eclipse ends: 11:44 a.m., PDT
This is the first total eclipse visible from the “Lower 48” since that of 26 February 1979. Totality will cross the United States from Oregon to South Carolina.eclipse 2017

http://griffithobservatory.org/sky/skysolareclipsestimes.html

 

‘Hamilton’ in LA: Lin-Manuel Miranda to hold ticket lottery outside Pantages, Fans can line up for the #Ham4Ham ticket lottery starting at 10 a.m. Wednesday August 16.

Hollywood, Calif. - “Hamilton” creator Lin-Manuel Miranda will be hosting a special ticket lottery for the musical outside the Pantages Theatre on Wednesday, which is the show’s official opening night in Los Angeles.

Fans can line up for the #Ham4Ham ticket lottery starting at 10 a.m. Wednesday. Entries will be collected from 12:30 p.m. to 1 p.m. The drawing will be at 1 p.m.

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Hamilton – Official Site – Get Tickets

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 The special lottery was announced on the official “Hamilton” app.


The Wednesday lottery event will feature several live performances outside the theater.

The lottery winners will get tickets for the front two rows for $10 (cash only). Winners must be present to win and must have a photo ID that matches the name drawn.

There was no word on how many winners will be chosen.

Regularly-priced premium seats can cost you more than $1,700 each.

The #Ham4Ham events are a tradition that started outside of the Richard Rodgers Theatre during Broadway previews, according to the “Hamilton” app.

Another lottery for $10 “Hamilton” tickets was announced last week. To participate in that lottery, you have to enter on the “Hamilton” app or the Pantages’ website.

 

#HamilTipsLA

 

Tickets ARE available for all performances:

  • To ensure you are purchasing legitimate tickets, buy ONLY from the official source, Ticketmaster.com.
  • On Ticketmaster.com, you can find primary tickets (blue dots) as well as verified resale tickets (pink dots).
  • Search multiple performances.
  • There is a lottery for $10 tickets for every performance.  Details will be announced soon and will be posted on this page.

Prep for your show:

  • Locate your tickets (mobile or hard tickets).
  • Double check your performance date and time.
  • Sell, transfer, or distribute your tickets.
  • Plan to arrive at least 30 minutes prior to your performance to allow time for security checks, restroom visits, etc.
  • Doors open 1 hour before the performance and concessions and souvenir booths will be open at this time.
  • Late seating is at the discretion of theatre management and the show.  If you are not in your seat when the lights go down you may be subject to a seating hold.
  • Plan your parking.
  • Be sure to check back here before you leave for the theatre for traffic alerts and updates.
  • Go Metro!  Take the RED LINE to Hollywood & Vine.
  • Make a dinner reservation.
  • Do not bring:
    • Outside food or drinks.
    • Large bags (there is no bag check or coat check).
    • Professional cameras.
    • Video equipment.

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The Cast:

ast: Michael Luwoye, Solea Pfeiffer, Joshua Henry, Emmy Raver-Lampman, Isaiah Johnson, Jordan Donica, Mathenee Treco, Ruben J. Carbajal, Amber Inman, Rory O’Malley, Ryan Vasquez
Director: Thomas Kail
Book, music & lyrics: Lin-Manuel Miranda
Set designer: David Korins
Costume designer: Paul Tazewell
Lighting designer: Howell Binkley
Sound designer: Nevin Steinberg
Music supervision and orchestrations: Alex Lacamoire
Music arrangements: Alex Lacamoire and Lin-Manuel Miranda
Music Director: Justin Reeve
Choreographer: Andy Blankenbuehler
Presented by Jeffrey Seller, Sander Jacobs, Jill Furman, The Public Theater

LIONSGATE’S HORROR BLOCKBUSTER FRANCHISE SAW SETS THE ULTIMATE TRAP AT UNIVERSAL STUDIOS’ “HALLOWEEN HORROR NIGHTS” WITH A TWISTED NEW MAZE BASED ON THE ICONIC GAMES OF JIGSAW

“DO YOU WANT TO PLAY A GAME?”

All-New Maze to Feature a First-Look at Lionsgate’s Upcoming Eighth SAW Film, JIGSAW, Debuting at the Nation’s Premier Halloween Events in Hollywood and Orlando

CLICK HERE for a Look at the Terror that AwaitsUniversal Studios Hollywood - Season 2017

UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif., ORLANDO, Fla. – The SAW series – one of the highest grossing horror film franchises of all time – makes its return to “Halloween Horror Nights,” bringing the blockbuster’s most terrifying traps to life in an all-new original maze opening at Universal Studios Hollywood and Universal Orlando Resort, beginning September 15, 2017.

Based on the Lionsgate and Twisted Pictures hit horror film franchise, “SAW: The Games of Jigsaw” will bring to life the scariest game yet. In this all-new maze guests will come face-to-face with the work of master craftsman “Jigsaw” and a collection of his most infamous traps from the SAW film series and upcoming eighth installment JIGSAW.

“We’re thrilled to be partnering again with Universal Studios on an immersive experience that celebrates everything that our SAW fans love,” said Lionsgate Senior Vice President of Global Live and Location Based Entertainment Jenefer Brown. “The maze features the most terrifying traps that made the SAW franchise such a Halloween tradition, including some of the best from our upcoming film JIGSAW. What better way to complement the film’s release this Halloween than taking audiences into the over-the-top action at Halloween Horror Nights.”

SAW is one of the top grossing horror film franchises, and we’re thrilled that the fan-favorite is making its return to ‘Halloween Horror Nights,’” said John Murdy, Creative Director at Universal Studios Hollywood and Executive Producer of “Halloween Horror Nights.” “‘SAW: The Games of Jigsaw’ will encompass the greatest collection of traps featured in all eight SAW movies to bring to life the most twisted SAW maze ever produced, and we can’t wait for our fans to relive moments from the films.”

“We’re excited to bring SAW back to Halloween Horror Nights and to take fans even deeper into the mind of ‘Jigsaw,’” said Charles Gray, Show Director for Creative Development, “Halloween Horror Nights” at Universal Orlando Resort. “Filled with unimaginable horrors from the hit saga and the upcoming film JIGSAW, this maze is truly a trap in itself.”

Created by James Wan and Leigh Whannell, the SAW film series has ratcheted up tension and invention with each successive film, while rattling millions of nerves worldwide.  The eighth film of the powerhouse franchise is scheduled to hit theatres on October 27, 2017 - in its traditional opening weekend slot leading into Halloween. JIGSAW is written by Josh Stolberg & Peter Goldfinger and directed by The Spierig Brothers

Universal Studios’ “Halloween Horror Nights” is the ultimate Halloween event. For more than 20 years, guests from around the world have visited Halloween Horror Nights in Hollywood and Orlando to become victims inside their own horror film. The streets of each coast’s event are transformed into highly-themed scare zones where menacing “scare-actors” lunge from every darkened corner. Multiple movie-quality haunted houses are erected throughout the event, based on everything from iconic slasher films to hit horror television series to haunting original stories.

Additional details about Universal Studios’ “Halloween Horror Nights” will be revealed soon. For more information about Halloween Horror Nights at either Universal Studios Hollywood or Universal Orlando Resort, visit www.HalloweenHorrorNights.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. Recent additions include “The Wizarding World of Harry Potter ™” which features a bustling Hogsmeade village and such critically-acclaimed rides as “Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey” and “Flight of the Hippogriff™,” Universal Studios Hollywood’s first outdoor rollercoaster.  Other immersive lands include “Despicable Me Minion Mayhem” and “Super Silly Fun Land” as well as “Springfield,” hometown of America’s favorite TV family, located adjacent to the award-winning “The Simpsons Ride™.” and the “The Walking Dead” daytime attraction.  The world-renowned Studio Tour is Universal Studios Hollywood’s signature attraction, inviting guests behind-the-scenes of the world’s biggest and busiest movie and television studio where they can also experience such authentic and immersive thrill rides as “Fast & Furious—Supercharged.” The adjacent Universal CityWalk entertainment, shopping and dining complex also includes the all-new multi-million dollar, completely redesigned Universal CityWalk Cinema, featuring deluxe recliner seating in screening room quality theatres, and the “5 Towers” state-of-the-art outdoor concert stage.

Updates on “Halloween Horror Nights” at Universal Studios Hollywood are available online at HalloweenHorrorNights.com/Hollywood and on Facebook at: “Halloween Horror Nights – Hollywood,” Instagram, Snapchat and Twitter at @HorrorNights as Creative Director John Murdy reveals a running chronicle of exclusive information. Watch videos on Halloween Horror Nights YouTube and join the conversation using #UniversalHHN.

About Universal Orlando Resort 
Universal Orlando Resort is a unique vacation destination that is part of the NBCUniversal Comcast family.  For more than 25 years, Universal Orlando has been creating epic vacations for the entire family – incredible experiences that place guests in the heart of powerful stories and adventures.

Universal Orlando’s theme parks, Universal Studios Florida and Universal’s Islands of Adventure, are home to some of the world’s most exciting and innovative theme park experiences – including The Wizarding World of Harry Potter-Hogsmeade and The Wizarding World of Harry Potter-Diagon Alley. And now open is Universal Orlando’s third park, Universal’s Volcano Bay – an entirely new water theme park experience.  Universal’s on-site resort hotels, Loews Portofino Bay Hotel, the Hard Rock Hotel, Loews Royal Pacific Resort, Universal’s Cabana Bay Beach Resort and Loews Sapphire Falls Resort, feature a total of 5,600 rooms and are destinations unto themselves.  Its entertainment complex, Universal CityWalk, offers dining and entertainment for every member of the family.

Universal Orlando Resort has unveiled more than 20 new guest experiences since 2010 – powerful attractions, incredible dining opportunities and dramatically themed hotels. Now open is Skull Island: Reign of Kong, a groundbreaking attraction in Islands of Adventure, and CityWalk’s newest, unique dining experience, The Toothsome Chocolate Emporium & Savory Feast Kitchen.

Universal Orlando Resort is part of NBCUniversal, a Comcast company.  Follow us on our blogFacebookTwitterInstagram and YouTube.

About Lionsgate
The first major new studio in decades, Lionsgate (NYSE: LGF.A, LGF.B) is a global content platform whose films, television series, digital products and linear and over-the-top platforms reach next generation audiences around the world.  In addition to its filmed entertainment leadership, Lionsgate content drives a growing presence in interactive and location-based entertainment, gaming, virtual reality and other new entertainment technologies.  Lionsgate’s content initiatives are backed by a 16,000-title film and television library and delivered through a global licensing infrastructure.  The Lionsgate brand is synonymous with original, daring and ground-breaking content created with special emphasis on the evolving patterns and diverse composition of the Company’s worldwide consumer base.   

RESIDENTS INVITED TO SOLAR ECLIPSE EVENTS AT OLD TOWN NEWHALL LIBRARY

 Santa Clarita, Calif.The Santa Clarita Public Library invites residents to celebrate the upcoming total solar eclipse on Monday, August 21, 2017 with two free events at the Old Town Newhall Library located at 24500 Main Street.

On Friday, August 18, 2017 from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m., children grades kindergarten through six are invited to the Old Town Newhall Library to participate in an educational solar eclipse workshop that will include a pinhole projector craft-making session and cookie decorating.

A free viewing event will also be hosted on Monday, August 21, 2017 from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. at the Old Town Newhall Library Community Room.  Attendees will be able to view the solar eclipse by using pinhole projectors and safety glasses.  The library will also have educational resources and display materials for those interested in learning more about the sun, moon, stars and space.

NASA refers to the eclipse as a “total solar eclipse” because the moon will completely cover the sun and the sun’s tenuous atmosphere will be in view.  On Monday, August 21, 2017, all of North America will be treated to this unique eclipse of the sun which is occurring for the first time in almost 40 years.

For more information on the Library’s solar eclipse events, please call the Santa Clarita Public Library at (661) 259-0750 or visit their website at SantaClaritaLibrary.com.

Universal Studios Hollywood Immerses You into the Magic of the Movies! Still time to get in on Summer-Time fun with Harry Potter Light show, DreamWorks Characters, and More!

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The Nighttime Lights at Hogwarts™ Castle,” featuring a dazzling light projection experience against the backdrop of Hogwarts™ School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Photo by Margie Anne Clark

Story and photos by Margie Anne Clark

“Every time I go to a movie, it’s magic, no matter what the movie’s about.” – Steven Spielberg

Universal Studios – Hollywood –  There’s no business like show business and Universal Studios Hollywood puts you into the magic of movies in such an incredible way! You’ll feel like you’re really flying with Harry Potter and his friends, or taking a ride with the Fast and the Furious team  all in one day! You can shake hands with some of your favorite DreamWorks, Minions and other fun Characters walking around the park. There’s still time to get in on the Summer-time fun with so many things to see and do at a park where guests walk the red carpet and get in on the act on gravity defying rides that take you to worlds beyond the imagination!

DreamWorks Theatre at Universal Studios Hollywood
Shrek’s final show was Aug. 13. He’ll make way for the new DreamWorks Theatre starting with Kung Fu Panda. Photo/Universal Studios Hollywood

Words cannot begin to describe the fun of jumping on a ride with Harry Potter and his friends or seeing your favorite DreamWorks characters and other fun and often furry friends up close and personal! Anything’s possible at Universal Studios Hollywood, just bring your sense of adventure and you’ll be immersed into the lights, cameras and action of each and every show! So get ready for excitement and fun that you’ll never forget!!  We said good-bye this weekend to the Shrek ride, but he’ll make way for even more fun to come so stay tuned! What a fun, action packed and truly magical day on Saturday August 12, 2017 at Universal Studios Hollywood!! Universal-Studios-28-Universal-Studios-27-Universal-Studios-26-Universal-Studios-24-Universal-Studios-9-Universal-Studios-20-Universal-Studios-21-Universal-Studios-22-Universal-Studios-1- Universal-Studios-2- Universal-Studios-3- Universal-Studios-4- Universal-Studios-5- Universal-Studios-6- Universal-Studios-16- Universal-Studios-17- Universal-Studios-18- Universal-Studios-19- Universal-Studios   Universal Studios Hollywood News  It’s an exciting time at Universal Studios Hollywood as the #1 tourist destination in Los Angeles introduces compelling new theme park attractions and noteworthy new Universal CityWalk establishments. Click here to see what’s new. Below highlights what’s on the horizon in 2018 at Universal Studios Hollywood even as the Entertainment Capital of L.A. continues to unveil dynamic new opportunities for the remainder of 2017:

  • With DreamWorks Animation’s recent acquisition, Universal Studios Hollywood will soon roll out the red carpet for a unique, never before seen DreamWorks Theatre attraction. Opening in 2018, this newly designed venue will play host to a variety of action-packed DreamWorks Animation themed attractions beginning with the multi-sensory adventure inspired by the global blockbuster franchise Kung Fu Panda, and created in partnership with Universal Creative and DreamWorks’ Artists. This new technologically advanced attraction will take guests on a legendary journey that fuses captivating storytelling with state-of-the art projection mapping and LED lighting effects for a highly engaging and immersive, unstoppable-awesome experience.

Meet the lovable DreamWorks characters that will join Universal Studios Hollywood beginning in summer 2017 to entertain guests and pose for memorable photos. Newly introduced characters will include:  Kung Fu Panda’s Po and Tigress; Madagascar’s Alex the Lion, The Penguins—Skipper, Rico, Kowalski and Private, and King Julian; Trolls’ Poppy and Branch; Shrek’s Puss ‘n Boots will join existing characters Shrek and Fiona. These many new entertaining characters will join the vast array of Universal Studios Hollywood’s many other diverse walk-about characters. Then night-time fun begins as guests are invited to see “The Wizarding World of Harry PotterTM” in  “The Nighttime Lights at Hogwarts™ Castle,” featuring a dazzling light projection experience against the backdrop of Hogwarts™ School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. As night falls on Hogsmeade village, “The Nighttime Lights at Hogwarts Castle” will shine brightly with an awe-inspiring spectacle that showcases the four houses of Hogwarts: Gryffindor, Ravenclaw, Hufflepuff and Slytherin that culminates with awesome beams of lights that fan into the night sky. The colorful state-of-the-art light display and special effects projection, designed to dance across the stunning Hogwarts castle, will be accompanied by a special musical arrangement created by Academy Award-winning composer John Williams based on his original scores composed for the film series. The musical arrangement that will emanate in a surround sound environment was conducted by prolific arranger William Ross and recorded by the London Symphony Orchestra in London. Inspired by J.K. Rowling’s compelling stories and characters that were brought to life in the Warner Bros. films, “The Wizarding World of Harry Potter” at Universal Studios Hollywood is a masterful recreation, faithful to the visual landscape of the fiction and films, including as its iconic focal point, Hogwarts castle. From its snow-capped roofs and cobblestone streets to the historic British sensibilities that characterize the whimsical look and feel of the land, “The Wizarding World of Harry Potter” transports guests of all ages to the very places they watched on the silver screen. The architecturally stunning land also includes the incredibly captivating and highly acclaimed “Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey” thrill ride, now enhanced with 4K-HD and ride film projecting at an astounding rate of 120 frames-per-second for an even more immersive glimpse into Harry Potter’s world, as well as Flight of the Hippogriff™,” Universal Studios Hollywood’s first outdoor family coaster. “The Wizarding World of Harry Potter” resonates with immense detail, inviting guests to revel in J.K. Rowling’s Wizarding World with the opportunity to enjoy authentic food and beverages at multiple locations, including Three Broomsticks™ and Hog’s Head pub, as well as the Magic Neep and Butterbeer™ carts. A foray through the shops adds to the authenticity of the land with eight retail venues and locations, including Honeydukes™, Ollivanders™, Owl Post™, Zonko’s™ Joke Shop, Wiseacre’s Wizarding Equipment, Dervish and Banges™, Gladrags Wizardwear and Filch’s Emporium™ of Confiscated Goods. More information is available at www.UniversalStudiosHollywood.com. Join the conversation online using #WizardingWorldHollywood. Like Universal Studios Hollywood onFacebook and follow @UniStudios on Instagram and Twitter. Meet the lovable DreamWorks characters that will join Universal Studios Hollywood beginning in summer 2017 to entertain guests and pose for memorable photos. Newly introduced characters will include:  Kung Fu Panda’s Po and Tigress; Madagascar’s Alex the Lion, The Penguins—Skipper, Rico, Kowalski and Private, and King Julian; Trolls’ Poppy and Branch; Shrek’s Puss ‘n Boots will join existing characters Shrek and Fiona. These many new entertaining characters will join the vast array of Universal Studios Hollywood’s many other diverse walk-about characters. Then night-time fun begins as guests are invited to see “The Wizarding World of Harry PotterTM” in  “The Nighttime Lights at Hogwarts™ Castle,” featuring a dazzling light projection experience against the backdrop of Hogwarts™ School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. As night falls on Hogsmeade village, “The Nighttime Lights at Hogwarts Castle” will shine brightly with an awe-inspiring spectacle that showcases the four houses of Hogwarts: Gryffindor, Ravenclaw, Hufflepuff and Slytherin that culminates with awesome beams of lights that fan into the night sky. The colorful state-of-the-art light display and special effects projection, designed to dance across the stunning Hogwarts castle, will be accompanied by a special musical arrangement created by Academy Award-winning composer John Williams based on his original scores composed for the film series. The musical arrangement that will emanate in a surround sound environment was conducted by prolific arranger William Ross and recorded by the London Symphony Orchestra in London. Inspired by J.K. Rowling’s compelling stories and characters that were brought to life in the Warner Bros. films, “The Wizarding World of Harry Potter” at Universal Studios Hollywood is a masterful recreation, faithful to the visual landscape of the fiction and films, including as its iconic focal point, Hogwarts castle. From its snow-capped roofs and cobblestone streets to the historic British sensibilities that characterize the whimsical look and feel of the land, “The Wizarding World of Harry Potter” transports guests of all ages to the very places they watched on the silver screen. The architecturally stunning land also includes the incredibly captivating and highly acclaimed “Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey” thrill ride, now enhanced with 4K-HD and ride film projecting at an astounding rate of 120 frames-per-second for an even more immersive glimpse into Harry Potter’s world, as well as Flight of the Hippogriff™,” Universal Studios Hollywood’s first outdoor family coaster. “The Wizarding World of Harry Potter” resonates with immense detail, inviting guests to revel in J.K. Rowling’s Wizarding World with the opportunity to enjoy authentic food and beverages at multiple locations, including Three Broomsticks™ and Hog’s Head pub, as well as the Magic Neep and Butterbeer™ carts. A foray through the shops adds to the authenticity of the land with eight retail venues and locations, including Honeydukes™, Ollivanders™, Owl Post™, Zonko’s™ Joke Shop, Wiseacre’s Wizarding Equipment, Dervish and Banges™, Gladrags Wizardwear and Filch’s Emporium™ of Confiscated Goods. More information is available at www.UniversalStudiosHollywood.com. Join the conversation online using #WizardingWorldHollywood. Like Universal Studios Hollywood onFacebook and follow @UniStudios on Instagram and Twitter. Universal-Studios-11 Universal-Studios-12- Universal-Studios-13- Universal-Studios-14- Universal-Studios-8-

Lin-Manuel Miranda’s highly anticipated musical ‘Hamilton’ is getting its Hollywood Close-Up at the Pantages Theatre with pre-showings beginning August 11, Red Carpet opening night, Wed, August 16.

Hamilton is coming to Hollywood for it's Los Angeles premiere,  August 11, 2017.
Hamilton is coming to Hollywood for it’s Los Angeles premiere, August 11, 2017. Photos by Joan Marcus
The cast of Hamilton appears on stage at the Pantages Theatre Hollywood. Lucky theatre goers enjoyed opening night festivities on Friday, August 11, 2017.  Photo/Pantages Theatre/ Joan Marcus.
The cast of Hamilton appears on stage at the Pantages Theatre Hollywood. Lucky theatre goers enjoyed opening night festivities on Friday, August 11, 2017. Photo/Pantages Theatre/ Joan Marcus.

Two-Time Tony Award® Nominee JOSHUA HENRY, Broadway’s MICHAEL LUWOYE and Tony Award ® Nominee RORY O’MALLEY to lead National Tour of HAMILTON Hollywood, Calif. - The highly anticipated musical, Hamilton will open at the Pantages Theatre in Hollywood on Friday August 11.

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

Earlier this year, producer Jeffrey Seller announce that two-time Tony Award® nominee JOSHUA HENRY, Broadway’s MICHAEL LUWYOYE and Tony Award® NomineeRORY O’MALLEY will lead the National Tour of HAMILTON as Aaron Burr, Alexander Hamilton and King George III, respectively. Mr. Henry made his Broadway debut in In The Heights, received Tony Award ®nominations for his roles in Violet and The Scottsboro Boys and created the role of “Noble Sissle” in Shuffle Along.  Mr. Luwoye made his Broadway debut in HAMILTON and was nominated for a 2016 Lucille Lortel Award for his work as Jacob in Invisible Thread (Outstanding Lead Actor in a Musical).  And, Mr. O’Malley is currently playing King George III on Broadway and received a Tony Award® nomination for his role as Elder McKinley in The Book of Mormon.  Other principal roles in HAMILTON on tour will be played by RUBÉN J. CARBAJAL as John Laurens/Phillip Hamilton; JORDAN DONICA as Marquis de Lafayette/Thomas Jefferson; AMBER IMAN as Peggy Schuyler/Maria Reynolds; ISAIAH JOHNSON as George Washington; SOLEA PFEIFFER as Eliza Hamilton; EMMY RAVER-LAMPMAN as Angelica Schuyler and MATHENEE TRECO as Hercules Mulligan/James Madison. The National Tour also includes RYAN ALVARADO, RAYMOND BAYNARD, AMANDA BRAUN, DANIEL CHING, KARLI DINARDO, JEFFERY DUFFY, JENNIFER GELLER, JACOB GUZMAN, JULIA HARRIMAN, AFRA HINES, SABRINA IMAMURA, LAUREN KIAS, YVETTE LU, DESMOND NEWSON, DESMOND NUNN, JOSH ANDRÉS RIVERA, RAVEN THOMAS, RYAN VASQUEZ, KEENAN D. WASHINGTON and ANDREW WOJTAL.  

Performances launched on March 10, 2017 at the Orpheum Theatre in San Francisco.  The National Tour of HAMILTON will play 21-weeks in San Francisco. The 21-week engagement in Los Angeles begins Friday.

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

Off Broadway: Invisible Thread (Second Stage). Regional: Cardboard Piano (Actors Theatre of Louisville), Marley (Center Stage), Witness Uganda (A.R.T.), Tick, tick … BOOM! (American Theater Group), and The Three Musketeers and Once on This Island (Flat Rock Playhouse).  He received B.A. from The University of Alabama c/o 2013. Rory O’Malley was last seen on Broadway singing “Turn It Off” as Elder McKinley in The Book of Mormon (Tony and Drama Desk nominations) and in The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. Off-Broadway: Nobody Loves You (Drama Desk nomination) and Little Miss Sunshine. TV: “Partners” alongside Kelsey Grammer and Martin Lawrence, “Nurse Jackie,” “The Good Wife,” “Law & Order: SVU” and “1600 Penn.” Film: Dreamgirls.

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

HAMILTON’s creative team previously collaborated on the 2008 Tony Award ® Winning Best Musical IN THE HEIGHTS. HAMILTON features scenic design by David Korins, costume design by Paul Tazewell, lighting design by Howell Binkley, sound design by Nevin Steinberg, hair and wig design by Charles G. LaPointe, and casting by Telsey + Company, Bethany Knox, CSA. The musical is produced by Jeffrey Seller, Sander Jacobs, Jill Furman and The Public Theater. The HAMILTON Original Broadway Cast Recording – recipient of the 2016 Grammy for Best Musical Theatre Album and a regular on numerous Billboard top 10 lists – is available everywhere nationwide. HAMILTON: The Revolution, Lin-Manuel Miranda and Jeremy McCarter’s book about the making of the musical, is on sale and has been a selection on The New York Times Best Seller List. For ticket information and to purchase visit:

With book, music and lyrics by Lin-Manuel Miranda, direction by Thomas Kail, choreography by Andy Blankenbuehler and musical supervision and orchestrations by Alex Lacamoire, HAMILTON is based on Ron Chernow’s biography of Founding Father Alexander Hamilton.  The musical won eleven 2016 Tony Awards ®including Best Musical, Score, Book of a Musical, Direction of a Musical, Choreography and Orchestrations.  Mr. Miranda received the Pulitzer Prize for Drama for HAMILTON.   HAMILTON is the story of America's Founding Father Alexander Hamilton, an immigrant from the West Indies who became George Washington's right-hand man during the Revolutionary War and was the new nation’s first Treasury Secretary.  Featuring a score that blends hip-hop, jazz, blues, rap, R&B, and Broadway, HAMILTON is the story of America then, as told by America now.
With book, music and lyrics by Lin-Manuel Miranda, direction by Thomas Kail, choreography by Andy Blankenbuehler and musical supervision and orchestrations by Alex Lacamoire, HAMILTON  won eleven 2016 Tony Awards ®including Best Musical, Score, Book of a Musical, Direction of a Musical, Choreography and Orchestrations. Mr. Miranda received the Pulitzer Prize for Drama for HAMILTON.

https://www.hollywoodpantages.com/ For information on HAMILTON, visit www.HamiltonOnBroadway.comwww.Facebook.com/HamiltonMusicalwww.Instagram.com/HamiltonMusical and www.Twitter.com/HamiltonMusical.