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NBC4 Presents The Wishing Tree at Universal CityWalk and Grants Holiday Wishes Live On-Air from December 12-16

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 Hollywood, Calif.  – – Universal CityWalk and NBC4 Southern California announced today the second annual The Wishing Tree, inviting viewers to give by making a wish for someone deserving.1

Beginning Monday, November 21 through Thursday, December 15, viewers are encouraged to submit wishes for friends and family at NBCLA.com/wishingtree.  Guests are also invited to share their wishes in person at Universal CityWalk’s “5 Towers” plaza. 1

Every night from December 12-16, NBC4 will grant the wishes live from Universal CityWalk during the NBC4 News starting at 4 p.m. with Weathercaster Fritz Coleman.  For the next four weeks, viewers are encouraged to make wishes for others who are important in their lives.

Everyone is welcome to join NBC4 and be part of the live wish reveals at the “5 Towers” plaza on Universal CityWalk. Those visiting The Wishing Tree are encouraged to post photos and videos on social media using #NBC4You.  Updates and a schedule of the Holidays at Universal CityWalk can be found at www.CityWalkHollywood.com as well as on CityWalk’s Facebook- Universal CityWalk Hollywood, Twitter and Instagram @CityWalkLA.Viewers can tune in to NBC4’s Today in LA at 4:30 to 7 a.m. and NBC4 News at 11 a.m. and 4 p.m., 5 p.m. and 6 p.m., and follow @NBCLA on social media for daily highlights.

In addition to The Wishing Tree, Universal CityWalk celebrates the spirit of the season, beginning the day after Thanksgiving on Friday, November 25 through Sunday, January 1.  A spectacular 40-foot tall Christmas tree will glisten with 200,000 LED icicles choreographed to the lights and sounds of the season in the 5 Towers plaza.  Santa Claus will make nightly appearances and offer special photo opportunities at “5 Towers.” Admission to Universal CityWalk is free.

About Universal Studios Hollywood:
Universal Studios HollywoodTM is The Entertainment Capital of L.A. and includes a full-day, movie-based theme park and Studio Tour. As a leading global entertainment destination, Universal Studios Hollywood delivers highly themed immersive lands that translate to real-life interpretations of iconic movie and television shows. Recent additions include “The Wizarding World of Harry Potter TM” which features a bustling Hogsmeade village and such critically-acclaimed rides as “Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey” and Flight of the Hippogriff™, Universal Studios Hollywood’s first outdoor rollercoaster, as well the all-new “The Walking Dead” permanent daytime attraction.  Other immersive lands include “Despicable Me Minion Mayhem” and “Super Silly Fun Land” as well as “Springfield,” hometown of America’s favorite TV family, located adjacent to the award-winning “The Simpsons RideTM.”  The world-renowned Studio Tour is Universal Studios Hollywood’s flagship attraction, inviting guests behind-the-scenes of the world’s biggest and busiest movie and television studio where they can also experience such authentic and immersive thrill rides as “Fast & Furious—Supercharged.”  The destination also features the Universal CityWalk entertainment, shopping and dining complex, including the Universal CityWalk Cinemas and the “5 Towers” state-of-the-art outdoor concert venue.

About NBC4 Southern California:
NBC4 Southern California is the West Coast flagship station of the NBCUniversal Owned Television Stations, serving the vast region since 1949.  NBC4 produces more than 40 hours each week of local news and weather, and the station features the largest award-winning investigative unit in Southern California.  NBC4’s news operation has received nearly every industry award bestowed on local news, including numerous Los Angeles Emmy and Golden Mike Awards, two national and two regional Edward R. Murrow Awards, and a Peabody Award.  NBC4 news is delivered across the main broadcast on channel 4, at www.nbcla.com, and through multiple interactive social media platforms 24/7.  The NBC Owned Television Stations, a division of NBCUniversal, also operates COZI TV (www.cozitv.com), a national network that brings viewers some of America’s most beloved and iconic television shows and movies.

Shop for Success, Four day Designer Shopping Celebration Now going on now in Beverly Hills. Proceeds benefit Dress for Success World Wide -West

Beverly HillsMore than 150 women’s and men’s brands and designers, starting at 70% off. Departments include Women’s, Eco, Plus Size, Vintage, Activewear, Shoes, Handbags, Accessories,  helping empower women find jobs and remain employed. Attendees get great designer looks and help transform the lives of thousands of women in Los Angeles.

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Rodeo Drive Holiday Lighting Ceremony Set for Sunday Nov. 20, Hosted by ET’s Mary Hart with performances by Megan Hilty

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The Holiday Lighting Celebration is set for Sunday, Nov. 20 at 5 p.m. in the 200 block of Rodeo Drive.

Beverly Hills, Calif. - ‘Rodeo Drive is using this Holiday season to give back to the community in a big way with a new digital experience and a commitment to giving back to local charities, the Rodeo Drive Committee will ring in the Holiday season this year with an exciting, dynamic Holiday Lighting Celebration.

The Holiday Lighting Celebration is set for Sunday, Nov. 20 at 5 p.m. in the 200 block of Rodeo Drive.
In addition to the annual tree lighting, Rodeo Drive will light up the night with a ceremony hosted by longtime Entertainment Tonight host Mary Hart and a live musical performance from singer Megan Hilty.
The “Taste of the Holidays” will feature tasty treats from various food and drink vendors in the Golden Triangle.
#RODEOGIVESBACK

LIGHT UP MAIN STREET CELEBRATION Set to Kick off the Holiday Season in old town Newhall, Nov. 19, 6-9 p.m.

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LIGHT UP MAIN STREET CELEBRATION Set to Kick off the Holiday Season in old town newhall WITH MERRIMENT, Nov. 19

Newhall, Calif. – The City of Santa Clarita’s annual Light Up Main Street celebration, happening Saturday, November 19 from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., is expected to bring thousands to Old Town Newhall.

Beginning at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, November 19, 2016, a street closure will be in effect on Lyons Avenue between Railroad Avenue and Walnut Street. Beginning at 4:00 p.m., an additional closure will be in effect on Main Street between Lyons Avenue and Market Street for the 2016 Light Up Main Street event. The streets are expected to be reopened at 10:00 p.m. on Saturday, November 19. Detours will be provided for both Lyons Avenue and Railroad Avenue.

On street parking in Old Town Newhall will be available, in addition to the Metrolink Station, Old Town Newhall Library and the parking lot in and around Main Street. A free shuttle will begin at 5:00 p.m. from the Newhall Community Center to the event.

Residents planning to attend the Old Town Newhall Sip N’ Shop on November 19 should utilize Newhall Avenue and Railroad Avenue to access Old Town Newhall. The annual Sip N’ Shop event will take place from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. More information about the event, including participating merchants, can be found on the event’s Facebook page, located at Facebook.com/OldTownSipNShop.

For additional details or questions about the Light Up Main celebration, please contact the City’s Communications office at (661) 255-4939 or visit OldTownNewhall.com.

LA Opera presents Wonderful Town Dec 2,3 and 4 at Dorothy Chandler Pavilion

 

Leonard Bernstein’s Wonderful Town is coming to The Dorothy Chandler Pavilion featuring Tony Award winners Faith Prince (Guys and Dolls) and Nikki M. James (The Book of Mormon) with Mark Kudisch (Finding Neverland) and narrated by Roger Bart (Young Frankenstein and You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown). This semi-staged concert is perfect for the whole family during this holiday season!
Leonard Bernstein’s Wonderful Town is coming to The Dorothy Chandler Pavilion featuring Tony Award winners Faith Prince (Guys and Dolls) and Nikki M. James (The Book of Mormon) with Mark Kudisch (Finding Neverland) and narrated by Roger Bart (Young Frankenstein and You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown). This semi-staged concert is perfect for the whole family during this holiday season!

Los Angeles - Don’t Miss Leonard Bernstein’s Wonderful Town featuring Tony Award winners Faith Prince (Guys and Dolls) and Nikki M. James (The Book of Mormon) with Mark Kudisch (Finding Neverland) and narrated by Roger Bart (Young Frankenstein and You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown). This semi-staged concert is perfect for the whole family during this holiday season! 
Filled with Broadway snap and jazzy sizzle, Bernstein’s score crackles with electricity and energy. This sassy and brassy love letter to the bright lights of the Big Apple tells the tale of two sisters who move to New York, eager to take the big city by storm. Bernstein’s beloved score, combined with brilliant lyrics by Betty Comden and Adolph Green, makes Wonderful Town one of the greatest treasures of Broadway’s Golden Age.

Tickets start at $19. Family 4 Packs available by phone.

3 Easy Ways to Buy 
Call 213.972.8001 
Click www.laopera.com 
In Person at Dorothy Chandler Pavilion Box Office: Mon-Sat,10am-6pm

Universal Studios Hollywood Rings in the Holiday Season with “Grinchmas,” Merry Mischievous Minions and Delicious, All-New Hot Butterbeer

UNIVERSAL STUDIOS HOLLYWOOD — “Grinchmas” — Pictured: Universal Studios Hollywood Rings in the Holiday Season with “Grinchmas,” Merry Mischievous Minions and Delicious, All-New Hot Butterbeer, as Universal CityWalk Decks the Hall with Free Concerts and Special Appearances by Saint Nick — (Photo by: David Sprague/Universal Studios Hollywood)
UNIVERSAL STUDIOS HOLLYWOOD — “Grinchmas” — Pictured: Universal Studios Hollywood Rings in the Holiday Season with “Grinchmas,” Merry Mischievous Minions and Delicious, All-New Hot Butterbeer, as Universal CityWalk Decks the Hall with Free Concerts and Special Appearances by Saint Nick — (Photo by: David Sprague/Universal Studios Hollywood)
Theme Park’s New California Neighbor Pass Adds Christmas Cheer as Perfect Stocking Stuffers

Hollywood, Calif.  – It’s the most wonderful time of the year at The Entertainment Capital of L.A.SM as Universal Studios Hollywood and Universal CityWalk® deck the halls for a wintry calendar of cool holiday activities and scrumptious treats that families and friends far and wide can enjoy.

Universal Studios Hollywood Rings in the Holiday Season with “Grinchmas,” Merry Mischievous Minions and Delicious, All-New Hot Butterbeer, as Universal CityWalk Decks the Hall with Free Concerts and Special Appearances by Saint Nick

A grinchy-green “Grinchmas™” returns to Universal Studios Hollywood with a Who-lebration fit for The Grinch, his faithful dog Max and a roster of Who-ville Whos.  Holiday whimsy also will permeate throughout “Despicable Me Minion Mayhem” and the adjoining “Super Silly Fun Land” as a crew of very merry mischievous Minions spread Christmas cheer to visitors of all ages.

Theme Park’s New California Neighbor Pass Adds Christmas Cheer as Perfect Stocking Stuffers

Delectable hot Butterbeer will complement the menu at Three Broomsticks and Hog’s Head pub when “The Wizarding World of Harry Potter” at Universal Studios Hollywood debuts this newest addition of the favorite beverage to its offerings of scrumptious fare.  Like its traditional and frozen counterparts, hot Butterbeer is reminiscent of butterscotch and shortbread that’s been perfectly fine-tuned as a Hogsmeade holiday treat. Universal Plaza, the elaborate grand piazza at the heart of the theme park, will once again serve as the backdrop for the “Grinchmas” event where the towering 60 foot tall whimsical “Grinchmas” tree will beautifully twist and spiral as the ideal photo opp for guests.  “Grinchmas” runs weekends on December 3-4 and 10-11, and daily from December 16 through January 1, 2017. As part of the fab-Who-lous event, Martha May Who-vier and the Who Dolls will take center stage by the “Grinchmas” tree, performing energetic musical sets to usher in the Christmas season in style.  TheWho-liday Singers – a hip boy-band ensemble – will perform nightly a cappella concerts featuring a mix of Christmas favorites and pop rock. The spirited “Grinchmas” event will also capture guests’ imagination with a variety of inspiring activities designed to create long lasting memories. These include:

  • Who-ville Post Office – Visitors will have a chance to partake in the “Grow Your Heart 3 Sizes” campaign when they share their good deeds on a postcard and mail them to The Grinch. In return, Dr. Seuss Enterprises, L.P. and Random House Children’s Books, the publishers of Dr. Seuss’s How the Grinch Stole Christmas!, will pay it forward by donating a book to a child in need through First Book on behalf of the sender.
  • Trim up the Tree Lot – Guests can design and personalize their own “Grinchmas” ornaments to help decorate the venue’s other “Grinchmas” trees or take them home as a memorable keepsake.
  • Story Time with Cindy-Lou Who – Cindy-Lou Who and her Who friends will gather guests of all ages – tall and small – for an engaging storytelling show of Dr. Seuss’s How the Grinch Stole Christmas.

The spirit of “Grinchmas” also will come to life aboard the world-famous behind-the-scenes Studio Tour with engaging performances by unforgettable Who-ville Whos re-enacting popular scenes and songs from the family favorite at the original film sets from the blockbuster film, Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas. The holidays at Universal Studios Hollywood are included in the price of theme park admission.  More information is available at www.UniversalStudiosHollywood.com. The spirit of the season continues with a wintertime transformation of Universal CityWalk, beginning the day after Thanksgiving on Friday, November 25 through Sunday, January 1, 2017. A spectacular 40-foot tall Christmas tree will glisten with 200,000 LED icicles choreographed to the lights and sounds of the season in the “5 Towers” plaza. Santa Claus will make nightly appearances and offer special photo opportunities at “5 Towers.” The iconic, dancing water fountain situated at the heart of CityWalk also will make a splash this holiday season. This modern and impressive fountain displaying over 230 individual power jets will project streams of choreographed water into the air complemented by red and green LED lights and an array of holiday-themed music. Free concert performances at “5 Towers” and an eclectic ensemble of talented street performers will make CityWalk the ultimate L.A. holiday destination. Admission to Universal CityWalk is free. To learn more about Universal Studios Hollywood and the various Annual Pass options, including the new California Neighbor Pass, please visit www.UniversalStudiosHollywood.com/tickets.  Additional information is available at www.UniversalStudiosHollywood.com. Like Universal Studios Hollywood on Facebook and follow @UniStudios on Instagram and Twitter. About Dr. Seuss: Theodor “Seuss” Geisel is quite simply the most beloved children’s book author of all time. Winner of the Pulitzer Prize in 1984, an Academy Award, three Emmy Awards, three Grammy Awards, and three Caldecott Honors, Geisel wrote and illustrated 45 books for children. Hundreds of millions of copies have found their way into homes and hearts around the world. While Theodor Geisel died on September 24, 1991, Dr. Seuss lives on, inspiring generations of children of all ages to explore the joys of reading. About Illumination Entertainment:  Illumination Entertainment, founded by Chris Meledandri in 2007, is one of the entertainment industry’s leading producers of event animated films. Illumination, which has an exclusive financing and distribution partnership with Universal Pictures, is the creator of the hugely successful Despicable Me franchise, which includes Minions, the second-highest-grossing animated film of all time, as well as Despicable Me 2, an Academy Award® nominee for Best Animated Feature of 2013. In all, Illumination’s films, which also include the 2016 record breaking The Secret Life of Pets, 2011’s Hop and 2012’s Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax, have grossed more than $4 billion in worldwide box-office revenues and feature some of the world’s most renowned talent. Upcoming films include Sing, starring Matthew McConaughey, Reese Witherspoon, Seth MacFarlane, Scarlett Johansson, John C. Reilly, Taron Egerton and Tori Kelly, which arrives in theaters in December 2016; Despicable Me 3, starring Steve Carell, Kristen Wiig and Trey Parker, which is set for June 2017; and a newly-imagined version of Dr. Seuss’ How The Grinch Stole Christmas, starring Benedict Cumberbatch in the title role of The Grinch, which is set for November 2018. In addition, “Despicable Me: Minion Rush” (more than 750 million downloads) has become one of the world’s most popular apps, and Despicable Me: Minion Mayhem attracts huge crowds at Universal Orlando Resort and Universal Studios Hollywood. About Universal Studios HollywoodUniversal Studios HollywoodTM is The Entertainment Capital of L.A. and includes a full-day, movie-based theme park and Studio Tour. As a leading global entertainment destination, Universal Studios Hollywood delivers highly themed immersive lands that translate to real-life interpretations of iconic movie and television shows. Recent additions include “The Wizarding World of Harry Potter TM” which features a bustling Hogsmeade village and such critically-acclaimed rides as “Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey” and Flight of the Hippogriff™, Universal Studios Hollywood’s first outdoor rollercoaster, as well the all-new “The Walking Dead” permanent daytime attraction.  Other immersive lands include “Despicable Me Minion Mayhem” and “Super Silly Fun Land” as well as “Springfield,” hometown of America’s favorite TV family, located adjacent to the award-winning “The Simpsons RideTM.”  The world-renowned Studio Tour is Universal Studios Hollywood’s flagship attraction, inviting guests behind-the-scenes of the world’s biggest and busiest movie and television studio where they can also experience such authentic and immersive thrill rides as “Fast & Furious—Supercharged.”  The destination also features the Universal CityWalk entertainment, shopping and dining complex, including the Universal CityWalk Cinemas and the “5 Towers” state-of-the-art outdoor concert venue.

Opening Night of HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH at the Pantages Theatre in Hollywood was a smashing success!

Elizabeth Banks attends the opening night at the Pantages Theatre in Hollywood.  Photo by Chelsea Lauren
Elizabeth Banks attends the opening night of Hedwig and the Angry Inch at the Pantages Theatre in Hollywood. Photo by Chelsea Lauren

Hollywood, Calif. - The Pink Carpet night of Hedwig and the Angry Inch was a star-studded fulfilled evening at the Pantages Theatre in Hollywood on Nov. 2.

Celebrities and Hollywood luminaries on the red carpet included Jeremy Scott, Taylor Lautner, Demi Moore / Scout Willis / Tallulah Willis (with HEDWIG Costume Designer Arianne Phillips), Elizabeth Banks, John Stamos, Rider Strong, Courtney Love, Zelda Williams, Judy Greer, Mindy Sterling, JR Bourne, Margaret Cho, Gia Coppola,  Beth Hall, Patricia Kelly, Vanessa Lengies, Kate Linder (Birthday yesterday) Kate Linder (Birthday yesterday), Greg Louganis, Riker Lynch, Stephen Trask (HEDWIG Co-Creator), Spencer Liff (HEDWIG Associate Choreographer), Vincent Rodriguez III, Sara Rue, Olesya Rulin, Anna Maria Alberghetti, Mae Whitman, Ross Mathews, Rick Baker, Justin Sayre, Mason Alexander Park (HEDWIG Company).

Fashion critic and entertainment commentator Ross Mathews attends the opening night of Hedwig and the Angry Inch at the Pantages Theatre Hollywood. Photo by Chelsea Lauren
Fashion critic and entertainment commentator Ross Mathews attends the opening night of Hedwig and the Angry Inch at the Pantages Theatre Hollywood. Photo by Chelsea Lauren

Brilliantly innovative, heartbreaking, and wickedly funny,HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH is the landmark musical by John Cameron Mitchell and Stephen Trask that is “groundbreaking and undoubtedly ahead of its time” (Entertainment Weekly). This genre-bending, fourth-wall-smashing musical sensation, with a pulsing score and electrifying performances, tells the story of one of the most unique characters to ever hit the stage.

Rider Strong of Boy Meets World Fame walks the "Pink Carpet" at the Pantages Hollywood at the premier of Hedwig and the Angry Inch. Photo by Chelsea Lauren
Rider Strong of Boy Meets World Fame walks the “Pink Carpet” at the Pantages Hollywood at the premier of Hedwig and the Angry Inch. Photo by Chelsea Lauren
Demi Moore and friends and talent at the Pantages Hollywood opening night of Hedwig and the Angry Inch. Photo by Chelsea Lauren
Demi Moore and friends and talent at the Pantages Hollywood opening night of Hedwig and the Angry Inch. Photo by Chelsea Lauren

Directed by Tony Award® winner Michael Mayer (Spring Awakening, American Idiot) and winner of four 2014 Tony Awards® including Best Musical Revival, HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH played to record-breaking sell-out crowds on Broadway and promises to take Los Angeles by storm with what Time Magazine proclaims is “the most exciting rock score written for the theatre since, oh, ever!”

John Stamos walks the "Pink" Carpet at the premier of Hedwig and the Angry Inch at the Pantages Hollywood. Photo by Chelsea Lauren
John Stamos walks the “Pink” Carpet at the premier of Hedwig and the Angry Inch at the Pantages Hollywood. Photo by Chelsea Lauren

May be inappropriate for children 12 and under. (Hedwig and the Angry Inch is recommended for mature audiences — for strong language and adult themes.) Children under the age of 5 are not permitted in the theatre.

Hedwig and the Angry Inch runs 100 minutes, with no intermission.

*The spectacular LENA HALL will appear in the role of “Hedwig” in the following performances:
Sunday, November 6th at 6:30pm
Sunday, November 13th at 6:30pm
Sunday, November 20th at 6:30pm
Friday, November 25th at 8:00pm.

DARREN CRISS will appear in the role of “Hedwig” on all remaining performances, with LENA HALL reprising her Tony-winning performance as “Yitzhak.”

For more information and tickets visit: http://www.hollywoodpantages.com/showinfo.php?id=69

HARRY’S FRIENDSHIPS TESTAMENT TO HIS APPEAL – HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS: PART 1 OPENS NOV. 18 IN THEATERS EVERYWHERE

By Margie Anne Clark

The first installment of the two-part conclusion to the Harry Potter series finds the bespectacled wizard (Daniel Radcliffe) walking away from his last year at Hogwarts to find and destroy the remaining Horcruxes to end Voldemort’s bid for immortality.
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Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part I will be releasing in the USA on 19th November, 2010. The $250 Million Dollar film will soon be followed by Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part II to be released on 15th July, 2011. Photo/Warner Bros.
But with Harry’s beloved Dumbledore dead and Voldemort’s unscrupulous Death Eaters on the loose, the world is more dangerous than ever. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part I will be releasing in the USA on 19th November, 2010. The $250 Million Dollar film will soon be followed by Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part II to be released on 15th July, 2011.
But what makes this spectacular franchise so unique and enduring? In the mind of this reporter, Harry Potter is the ultimate hero to an entire generation of young muggles who literally grew up with the precocious orphaned wizard.
His amazing powers and struggles against the dark powers of Lord Voldemort have become an adventure the whole world has become engaged in.
What makes Harry Potter so special and such a worldwide phenomena is the way in which J.K. Rowling has brilliantly mixed magic and fantasy with the everyday struggles and angst that youth of today must face.
The story of Harry Potter is modern, yet timeless by means of transforming ordinary circumstances into extraordinary adventures.
In his struggle against good and evil, Harry Potter must face the world – mortal or otherwise – in all of its gritty glory, juxtaposed against the wonders of magic.
All the while facing his destiny, and mortal dangers that come with it – with a little help from his friends. And therein lies the real magic and the heart of Harry’s enduring appeal. The friendships that he forges, no matter what the odds, will always win out. And of course, Daniel Radcliffe’s portrayal the title character is the key to the young wizard’s popularity in the movie version of the Harry Potter series.

The modest British actor is endearing, possessing a young Paul McCartney-esque appeal with the charm and British wit to match. And like the timeless appeal of the Beatles, the character Radcliffe has created in film will no doubt stand the test of time and go on to enthrall generations of young muggles to come.

The Harry Potter films represent movie-making at its finest. The stories are gripping and engaging, and the superb special effects are brilliantly orchestrated to render a story that captivates its audience, even as it leaves us wanting more. Harry Potter is truly a Renaissance man, whose story will live on forever.

Margie Anne Clark is a Los Angeles based writer. She can be reached at margie@losangeleslifeandstyle.com