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Steven Spielberg has been confirmed as a special guest for the John Williams – Maestro of the Movies weekend with the LA Phi at the Hollywood Bowl celebrating Star Wars 40th Anniversary

The Hollywood Bowl just announced: Steven Spielberg has been confirmed as a special guest for the John Williams: Maestro of the Movies weekend with the LA Phil #attheBowl! Aug 31–Sept 2, join us for the 40th anniversary celebration of Williams’ Bowl debut: https://bit.ly/2KWBzPm . Photos/Hollywood Bowl
The Hollywood Bowl Just announced: Steven Spielberg has been confirmed as a special guest for the John Williams: Maestro of the Movies weekend. Photo/Hollywood Bowl

Hollywood, Calif. –  The Hollywood Bowl just announced via Twitter: Steven Spielberg has been confirmed as a special guest for the John Williams: Maestro of the Movies weekend with the LA Phil ! Aug 31–Sept 2, join us for the 40th anniversary celebration of Williams’ Bowl debut:

Williams leads the second half of the program, during which Spielberg will introduce selections from their unprecedented 45-year artistic collaboration, which has resulted in some of the most popular and celebrated films in Hollywood history. Among his myriad honors, Spielberg is a three-time Academy Award winner, earning two Oscars for Best Director and Best Picture for “Schindler’s List,” and a third Oscar for Best Director for “Saving Private Ryan.” He is a recipient of the DGA’s Lifetime Achievement Award, the American Film Institute’s Lifetime Achievement Award, the prestigious Irving G. Thalberg Award from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, and a Kennedy Center Honor.

Williams has received five Academy Awards and 51 Oscar nominations, making him the Academy’s most-nominated living person and the second-most nominated person in the history of the Oscars.

Program to be announced.

Tickets for the Hollywood Bowl 2018 summer season are available online at hollywoodbowl.com or via phone at 323 850 2000. Steven Spielberg Confirmed As A Special Guest For The John Williams: Maestro Of The Movies Weekend At The Hollywood Bowl

Universal Studios Hollywood Resurrects Cinematic Icons in All-New “Halloween Horror Nights” Maze Inspired by the Original Universal Monsters

Universal Studios Hollywood Resurrects Cinematic Icons in All-New “Halloween Horror Nights” Maze. The fun begins Sept. 14, 2018.

New “Universal Monsters” Maze Features Original Score by GRAMMY Award Winner and Rock-and-Roll Hall of Fame Guitarist, SLASH

 Click Here for a Sneak Peek of the Undead and Click Here to Purchase Tickets


Universal City, CA, 
 – It’s alive! Inspired by Universal’s original cinematic Monsters and the studio that invented the horror film, Universal Studios Hollywoodunearths an all-new “Halloween Horror Nights” maze based on the original “Universal Monsters”…with a terrifying contemporary twist on these classic horror icons.

The new maze will also feature an original score produced and composed by celebrated GRAMMY® Award-winning musician, SLASH, long hailed as one of the 10 best electric guitar-players of all time.

Halloween Horror Nights” begins on Friday, September 14, 2018.

At its core, “Halloween Horror Nights” is an extension of the horror film legacy originated by Universal Pictures and introduced to audiences in the 1920s…with a staple of classic Universal Monsters that dominated the silver screen, including Dracula, The Phantom of the Opera, Frankenstein’s Monster and The Wolf Man.

“Halloween Horror Nights” continues to pay homage to these creatures of the night in this new maze by reawakening more than a dozen of these iconic classic Monsters. The essence of the maze will underscore each of their unique attributes and reimagine them into terrifying modern day characters.  At a glance, resurrected monsters will include The Wolf Man, The Invisible Man, The Phantom of the Opera, Dracula, Dracula’s Bride, Frankenstein’s Monster, The Bride of Frankenstein and The Mummy, to name a few.

By giving each character a unique, complex composition, SLASH’s original score will add a haunting dimension to the experience and help define each of the characters.

“As a fan of horror movies and of ‘Halloween Horror Nights,’ I jumped at the chance to once again collaborate with Universal Studios Hollywood to produce what might be interpreted as a soundtrack for the maze,” said SLASH.  “Similar to the way music affects a film, I wanted to compose a score for the legions of infamous characters featured in the maze to elicit a greater sense of terror for the guests.  In the end, the goal is to ultimately make the guests feel as if they are playing an integral role in a classic Monster movie.”

“This maze is the ultimate melding of two of history’s greatest icons – classic monsters and the top guitar player of all time,” said John Murdy, Creative Director at Universal Studios Hollywood and Executive Producer of “Halloween Horror Nights.” “SLASH’s intuitive understanding of the characters’ struggles brings enormous depth to the maze to epitomize a living-movie experience for our guests.

“This is the second time we’ve had the great fortune to collaborate with SLASH on a ‘Halloween Horror Nights’ maze,” Murdy continued, “and it is a distinct honor to bring his expertise to the event where guests can enjoy a truly exclusive opportunity.”

“Halloween Horror Nights” at Universal Studios Hollywood brings together the sickest minds in horror to immerse guests in a living, breathing, three-dimensional world of terror. Featuring an all-new slate of unrivaled film production quality mazes, frightful scare zones and a fully re-imagined “Terror Tram” experience uniquely themed to today’s most definitive horror properties, “Halloween Horror Nights” will taunt, terrorize and torment guests with spine-chilling haunted attractions as part of Southern California’s most extreme Halloween experience.

For exciting updates and exclusive “Halloween Horror Nights” content, visit Hollywood.HalloweenHorrorNights.com, 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.

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™”.  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 and the all-new DreamWorks Theatre featuring “Kung Fu Panda: The Emperor’s Quest.”  The world-renowned Studio Tour is Universal Studios Hollywood’s signature attraction, inviting guests behind-the-scenes of the world’s biggest and busiest movie and television production studio where they can also experience such authentic 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.

 

The final maze in this year’s “Halloween Horror Nights” line-up at Universal Studios Hollywood has officially been announced!

Inspired by Universal’s original cinematic Monsters and the studio that invented the horror film, the “Universal Monsters” maze will bring some of the most iconic horror legacies to life with a contemporary twist…

PLUS! The maze will also feature an original score by GRAMMY® Award-winning musician, SLASH!

Check out the teaser video here: https://youtu.be/BZvARkIl0p8

  • ”Stranger Things,” based on Netflix’s critically-acclaimed television series
  • “Poltergeist,” inspired by the classic 1982 horror film
  • “The First Purge,” based on Universal Picture’s blockbuster thriller
  • “Trick ‘r Treat,” based on the Halloween cult classic directed by Michael Dougherty
  • “The Horrors of Blumhouse: Chapter Two,” inspired by Jason Blum’s horrifying films, Truth or Dare and Unfriended
  • “Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers,” based on the iconic slasher film
  •  “Universal Monsters,” inspired by Universal’s iconic classic Monsters with music by Slash
  •  “The Walking Dead,” Universal Studios Hollywood’s permanent attraction inspired by AMC’s record-breaking television series
  • The Jabbawockeez award-winning hip hop dance crew returns by popular demand with an all-new, high-energy performance created exclusively for “Halloween Horror Nights”
  • “Terror Tram: Hollywood Harry’s Dreadtime Storiez,” featuring the return of serial killer clown, Hollywood Harry

Hollywood Chamber of Commerce honors Simon Cowell with Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Special Guest, Kelly Clarkson pays tribute.

The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce honored Simon Cowell with the 2,642nd star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Wednesday, August 22, 2018. The star will be dedicated in the category of Television at 6801 Hollywood Boulevard in front of the Hollywood & Highland Complex.

Hollywood, Calif. – The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce honored Simon Cowell with the 2,642nd star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Wednesday, August 22, 2018. The star is be dedicated in the category of Television at 6801 Hollywood Boulevard in front of the Hollywood & Highland Complex.

Simon Cowell, Kelly Clarkson, center.

“Simon Cowell has brought a new meaning to talent shows and has made it a mega platform for people to show their talent and tell their tales,” said Ana Martinez, Producer of the Walk of Fame ceremonies. “His honest critical evaluation of talent has won him first place to fans hearts, and a star on our Hollywood Walk of Fame.”

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

Simon Cowell is a record company executive, a television and film producer, and a global entertainment icon. Renowned for his eye for talent and candid opinions, Simon has completely transformed popular culture through his show business enterprise.

Simon was born in October 1959 in London. His first industry job was a mailroom position at EMI Music Publishing. By the 1980s, Simon had become an established A&R executive, soon joining BMG for what would become an enduring business relationship.

In 1995, Cowell honed his love affair with television and music when he persuaded Robson Green and Jerome Flynn, stars of hit British TV drama series “Soldier Soldier,” to record a double A-side single Unchained Melody/White Cliffs of Dover. The record became one of the UK’s biggest selling single of 1995, selling 1.8-million copies and staying at the top of the charts for seven consecutive weeks. With BMG’s support, Cowell then set up his own label S Records, and in 1998 signed unknown Irish quintet Westlife, managed by Louis Walsh. Cowell transformed the group’s fortune and it had international success, selling in excess of 50-million records and securing 14 No. 1 singles in the UK.

In 2004, Syco Entertainment was formed as part of Cowell’s new Sony Music partnership. Syco Entertainment is one of the world’s leading global music, film, and TV production companies and is responsible for some of the most successful global music and TV franchises. Artists signed to Syco Music have included One Direction, Camila Cabello, Little Mix, Louis Tomlinson, PRETTYMUCH, Labrinth, James Arthur, CNCO, Grace Vanderwaal, and many more. Syco’s television assets include two worldwide record-breaking shows: The X Factor and the world’s biggest TV format Got Talent. Both formats have launched more global superstars than any other talent show in history.

Simon first appeared on television as a judge on the UK talent show Pop Idol. He launched American Idol in 2002, where he led the judging panel for eight years and saw such stars as Kelly Clarkson and Carrie Underwood launch their careers.

The X Factor, created by Cowell, premiered in 2004 in the UK on ITV and has since gone on to be a television phenomenon, airing in 178 territories and being locally commissioned in 55 territories. The X Factor has created more international music careers than any other television format, including Fifth Harmony and One Direction. Artists discovered by the show have sold more than 500-million records worldwide, including 250 No. 1s, and 450 Top 10 records.

As well as being a judge on The X Factor, Cowell created the ‘Got Talent’ format and is a  judge on Britain’s Got Talent and America’s Got Talent. The Got Talent format is officially theworld’s most successful TV format of all time, airing in 194territories worldwide and holding the Guinness World Records title for thehighest number of adaptations, having been commissioned in 70 territoriesglobally.

America’s Got Talent is in its 13th season and continues to be the No. 1 summer series year after year. Last season was the most watched season of America’s Got Talent ever with an average of more than 20-million viewers per episode. In 2017, Syco Music was named Music Week’s Record Label of the year and is home to internationally successful artists who have sold more than 380 million records to date. Such artists include Camila Cabello, whose hit single ‘Havana’ went No. 1 in a total of 80 countries, and is the most streamed song by any lead female in history. Syco’s artist roster also includes One Direction, who have sold more than 150-million records worldwide, have headlined four sold-out world tours, selling more than 10-million tickets in total. Additionally, Syco is home to Little Mix, who have sold more than 43-million records worldwide, and have eight platinum selling singles.

Cowell teamed up with Univision Communication to create the television show La Banda. The winning group, named CNCO, is the biggest Latin boyband in the world. CNCO released their first album, “Primera Cita,” which became the No. 1 Latin debut album for all of 2016.

Cowell has consistently been honored for his contributions to entertainment. In 2014, he was awarded MipCom’s Personality of the Year Award. In addition, Cowell has received The Rose d’Or Golden Jubilee Award and BAFTA’s Special Achievement Award in recognition of his outstanding contribution to the entertainment industry. He has also been awarded the International Emmy Founders Award. In total, television shows created by Cowell have received 24 awards including eight National Television Awards and six BAFTAs. In 2015, Cowell was honored with the Music Industry Trusts Award, the British music industry’s most prestigious accolade, in recognition of his contributions to the industry and many charitable causes.

Throughout his career, Cowell has remained a devoted supporter of many charities and causes. Cowell is a patron of Together For Short Lives, The Katie Piper Foundation and the Linda Blair Sacred Heart Foundation, as well as an Ambassador for Great Ormond Street Hospital. Simonis also a supporter of The Association for Children’s Hospices, Against Breast Cancer, The Health Lottery, Save The Children, Comic Relief, Battersea Dogs Home, RSPCA, The K9 Angels, PETA, Hope Sanctuary Barbados, and Help For Heroes.

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BROADWAY IS COMING TO DOLBY THEATRE IN 2020

CIM Group®, owner and operator of the iconic Dolby Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center®, and The Hollywood Pantages Theatre, Los Angeles’ foremost presenter of first-class touring Broadway productions at the prominent location of Hollywood and Vine, today announced an agreement for The Hollywood Pantages Theatre to bring Broadway productions to Dolby Theatre beginning in 2020. Photo/Dolby Theatre
Dolby Theatre will continue to program and host a variety of live television productions, movie premieres, concerts, cultural, civic and arts events including the annual Academy Awards®. Recent programming at Dolby has included several seasons of America’s Got Talent; the American Film Institute’s Lifetime Achievement Award – George Clooney; film premieres for Blank Panther and Solo: A Star Wars Story; showcases for Trevor Noah, Andrea Bocelli, Carol Burnett, and Neal deGrasse Tyson; and The Paley Center for Media’s Paleyfest. Photo/Dolby Theatre

CIM GROUP AND THE HOLLYWOOD PANTAGES THEATRE SIGN AGREEMENT TO BRING BROADWAY PROGRAMMING TO DOLBY THEATRE

Agreement adds to the array of events and entertainment at the Dolby that includes live broadcast, concerts, movie premieres and the annual Academy Awards®

HOLLYWOOD, Calif – August 15, 2018 – CIM Group®, owner and operator of the iconic Dolby Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center®, and The Hollywood Pantages Theatre, Los Angeles’ foremost presenter of first-class touring Broadway productions at the prominent location of Hollywood and Vine, today announced an agreement for The Hollywood Pantages Theatre to bring Broadway productions to Dolby Theatre beginning in 2020. Both theatres hold famed locations on Hollywood Boulevard and provide distinct entertainment options.

The Hollywood Pantages Theatre is a premier venue and an historic gem known for bringing exceptional Broadway productions to Los Angeles. Many of these productions have drawn heightened interest in recent years for long-term engagements in Hollywood, and partnering with Dolby Theatre, a richly appointed and technically sophisticated theatre, allows for these complementary venues to further cement Hollywood as the entertainment capital.

Dolby Theatre will continue to program and host a variety of live television productions, movie premieres, concerts, cultural, civic and arts events including the annual Academy Awards®. Recent programming at Dolby has included several seasons of America’s Got Talent; the American Film Institute’s Lifetime Achievement Award – George Clooney; film premieres for Blank Panther and Solo: A Star Wars Story; showcases for Trevor Noah, Andrea Bocelli, Carol Burnett, and Neal deGrasse Tyson; and The Paley Center for Media’s Paleyfest.

Broadway is creating captivating productions that are enjoying sold-out runs in New York and on tour. This arrangement benefits Los Angeles and the region as audiences will be drawn to an expanded array of acclaimed productions available in Hollywood,” said Shaul Kuba, Co-Founder and Principal of CIM Group. “Dolby Theatre is internationally recognized and with its advanced technology that provides for state-of- the-art sound and projection, television production capabilities and stunning interior, it is a sought-after option for a host of productions. The Hollywood Pantages Theatre bringing Broadway shows to Dolby Theatre complements our program lineup.”

James L. Nederlander, President of the Nederlander Organization said, “My father first began investing in Hollywood in 1977 when he purchased The Pantages Theatre. Since then we have had one goal, which is to bring the best of Broadway to all of Los Angeles. That commitment is strengthened with our agreement to begin presenting shows at Dolby Theatre in 2020. Audiences from all over Los Angeles and beyond will be thrilled to have yet another terrific venue in which to enjoy the Best of Broadway on the West Coast.”

 

About Dolby Theatre

Opened in 2001, the 180,000-square-foot, 3,400-seat Dolby Theatre® with cutting edge technologies sets the stage for entertainment technology as a host of the world’s biggest movie premieres, events, and performances. Dolby Theatre is an ongoing showcase for the latest innovations in Dolby entertainment technology, including Dolby® Atmos™, a breakthrough audio technology that delivers a natural, life-like sensory experience. Dolby Theatre also features Dolby 3D, a state-of-the-art imaging solution that provides audiences with a superior 3D experience. Dolby Theatre is located within the Hollywood & Highland, which consists of over 640,000 square feet of space featuring national, regional and local retail tenants, a variety of restaurants, several of Hollywood’s hottest nightclubs, a six screen state-of-the-art cinema adjacent to the world-famous TCL Chinese Theatre and the 640 room Loews Hollywood

Hotel. www.dolbytheatre.com.

About The Hollywood Pantages Theatre

The Hollywood Pantages is part of The Nederlander Organization, which owns or operates venues on Broadway, Chicago, San Diego, San Jose, Tucson, Durham, Oklahoma City, N. Charleston, and London. The Hollywood Pantages is the foremost presenter of first-class touring productions in Los Angeles, with over 35,000 season ticket holders. Presentations include Hamilton, Disney’s The Lion King, Wicked, The Book of Mormon, and The Phantom of the Opera. www.hollywoodpantages.com.

About CIM Group

CIM is a community-focused real estate and infrastructure owner, operator and lender. Since 1994, CIM has led more than $56 billion of projects in communities across the Americas on behalf of its own account and its partners, co-investors and shareholders. CIM’s broad in-house expertise includes decades of research, acquisition, credit analysis, development, finance, leasing and asset management experience in urban real assets, net-lease assets and other associated credit strategies. Utilizing its disciplined approach and extensive in-house expertise, CIM seeks to maximize value in projects, which ultimately enhances communities. For more information, visit www.cimgroup.com.

SEINFELD LIVE at the Pantages Theatre Hollywood, NOVEMBER 2 & 3, 2018 4TH SHOW ADDED! FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 2 9:30PM

America’s premier comedian, Jerry Seinfeld, returns to the Hollywood Pantages to perform his signature stand-up routine November 2 and 3

Seinfeld has been hailed for his uncanny ability to joke about the little things in life that relate to audiences everywhere. His latest projects include the Emmy nominated web series, Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee, and his Netflix specialJerry Before Seinfeld. Seinfeld continues to perform both nationally and internationally.

America’s premier comedian, Jerry Seinfeld, returns to the Hollywood Pantages to perform his signature stand-up routine November 2 and 3 and 4.

4TH SHOW ADDED!
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 2 @ 9
:30PM
PRESALE ENDS THURSDAY, AUGUST 23 @ 11:59PM

Back by popular demand, Wicked returns to the Pantages Theatre Hollywood, Nov. 28, 2018 – Jan. 27, 2019, Tickets on sale now.

Hollywood, Calif. – Back by popular demand, Wicked , the broadway sensation, looks at what happened in the land of oz…but from a different… world decides to call one “good,” and the other one “wicked.” from the first electrifying note to the… final breathtaking moment, wicked —the untold true story of the witches of oz—transfixes audiences. Tickets are on sale now. For more information , visit https://www.hollywoodpantages.com/seasonpackages

 

MGM’S SUPERNATURAL CULT HORROR FILM POLTERGEIST COMES TO LIFE FOR THE FIRST TIME EVER IN ALL-NEW HAUNTED MAZES AT UNIVERSAL STUDIOS’ HALLOWEEN HORROR NIGHTS

MGM’S SUPERNATURAL CULT HORROR FILM POLTERGEIST COMES TO LIFE FOR THE FIRST TIME EVER IN ALL-NEW HAUNTED MAZES AT UNIVERSAL STUDIOS’ HALLOWEEN HORROR NIGHTS

New Mazes to be Overrun by Malevolent Spirits at the Nation’s Premier Halloween Events

in Hollywood and Orlando, Beginning September 14

 

CLICK HERE to Look Into the Light

 

UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif., ORLANDO, Fla. – They’re Here. Universal Studios Hollywood and Universal Orlando Resort will bring guests “into the light” as part of this year’s Halloween Horror Nights events featuring terrifying new mazes inspired by Metro Goldwyn Mayer Pictures’ (MGM) iconic supernatural horror film, Poltergeist, beginning September 14.

Directed by Tobe Hooper and produced by Steven Spielberg, Poltergeist garnered critical and consumer success when it first premiered in 1982. Characterized as one of the scariest films of all time, this groundbreaking movie paved the way for a new era of supernatural ghost stories that will come to life for the first time ever at Universal Studios’ Halloween Horror Nights. This living representation of the film will take guests into some of its most iconic scenes and encounter memorable characters that spawned their first true nightmares.

The mazes will lure guests to the Freeling family house built atop a cemetery where malicious ghosts threaten the lives within.  From the underground graveyard to ghostly apparitions, guests will come face to face with infamous scenes from the film, including the iconic flickering TV screen, menacing Beast from beyond and pool filled with floating corpses. As guests cross into the ‘light,’ they will find themselves surrounded by a surreal landscape of vanishing walls, floating furniture and a creepy clown with a menacing smile.  In a rush against time, guests will be forced to make it back to the world of the living or forever be trapped…

Universal Studios’ Halloween Horror Nights is the ultimate Halloween event. For more than 25 years, guests from around the world have visited Halloween Horror Nights in Hollywood and Orlando to become victims inside their own horror film. Multiple movie-quality mazes based on iconic horror television shows, films and original stories come to life season after season. And, the streets of each coast’s event are transformed into highly-themed scare zones where menacing scare-actors lunge from every darkened corner.

Additional details about Universal Studios’ Halloween Horror Nights will be revealed soon. All tickets and vacation packages are on sale now. 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™”.  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 and the all-new DreamWorks Theatre featuring “Kung Fu Panda: The Emperor’s Quest.”  The world-renowned Studio Tour is Universal Studios Hollywood’s signature attraction, inviting guests behind-the-scenes of the world’s biggest and busiest movie and television production studio where they can also experience such authentic thrill rides as “Fast & Furious—Supercharged.”  The adjacent Universal CityWalkentertainment, 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.

Updates on “Halloween Horror Nights” at Universal Studios Hollywood are available online at Hollywood.HalloweenHorrorNights.com and on Facebook at: “Halloween Horror Nights – Hollywood,” on Instagram at @HorrorNights 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 three theme parks, Universal Studios Florida, Universal’s Islands of Adventure and Universal’s Volcano Bay, 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. Universal Orlando’s on-site hotels are destinations unto themselves and include Loews Portofino Bay Hotel, the Hard Rock Hotel, Loews Royal Pacific Resort, Loews Sapphire Falls Resort, Universal’s Cabana Bay Beach Resort, and coming this August, Universal’s Aventura Hotel. Its entertainment complex, Universal CityWalk, offers immersive dining and entertainment for every member of the family.

Universal Orlando Resort continues to unveil all-new guest experiences, including powerful attractions, incredible dining options and dramatically-themed hotels. Now open is Fast & Furious – Supercharged, where guests can join the Fast family and step into the blockbuster Fast & Furious films at Universal Studios Florida. And at Universal CityWalk, Voodoo Doughnut is now serving more than 50 types of delightfully weird and sinfully delicious doughnuts.

Tickets Now on Sale for “Halloween Horror Nights” at Universal Studios Hollywood, Including Exclusive R.I.P. Tour Featuring VIP Guide, VIP Trolley Access, Gourmet Buffet Dinner and Unlimited Universal Express Privileges

Tickets Now on Sale beginning today, August 7, 2018 for “Halloween Horror Nights” at Universal Studios Hollywood, Including Exclusive R.I.P. Tour Featuring VIP Guide, VIP Trolley Access, Gourmet Buffet Dinner and Unlimited Universal Express Privileges “Halloween Horror Nights” Begins on Friday, September 14 and Continues on Select Nights through Saturday, November 3, 2018 Universal Studios Hollywood, Universal Orlando Resort and Universal Studios Singapore debut exclusive first look image of new “Stranger Things” Halloween Horror Nights maze designed exclusively by Kyle Lambert, the official illustrator of the mega-hit Netflix original series

“Halloween Horror Nights” Begins on Friday, September 14 and Continues on Select Nights through Saturday, November 3, 2018

Click Here for a Sneak Peek at the Horror that Awaits and Here to Purchase Tickets

Universal City, Calif – Tickets are now on sale for “Halloween Horror Nights” at Universal Studios Hollywood, Southern California’s most extreme and intensely immersive Halloween event. This year’s “Halloween Horror Nights” dates are: September 14-15, 20-22, 27-30, October 4-7, 11-14, 18-21, 25-28, 31, and ovember 1-3, 2018.Tickets can be purchased at Hollywood.HalloweenHorrorNights.com. Advance purchase is recommended as event nights will sell out, including the exclusive R.I.P. Tour, the After 2pm Day/Night Combo Ticket with optional Universal Express™ add-on, choice of Frequent Fear Passes and must-have Universal Express pass. Following are the various tickets options:

  •  All-new R.I.P. Tour                       Groups of up to 12 can scare in style with all-new R.I.P. Tour featuring exclusive experiences with a VIP guide, trolley transportation, valet parking, a gourmet buffet dinner and drinks plus unlimited Universal Express privileges to mazes and attractions.
  •  After 2 p.m. Day/Night Combo     Experience the park’s popular daytime attractions, including “The Wizarding World of Harry Potter™,” “Despicable Me Minion Mayhem,” DreamWorks Theatre Featuring “Kung Fu Panda: The Emperor’s Quest” and “Fast and Furious—Supercharged” on the world-famous Studio Tour by day and remain for the terror that awaits at “Halloween Horror Nights.”
  •  Multi-Night Passes               Choose from an array of Multi-Night Passes.
    Visit Hollywood.HalloweenHorrorNights.com for more details on these pass options:

                                                                Frequent Fear Pass – Visit up to 21 select nights.

                                                                Ultimate Fear Pass – Allows guests to scare every single night of the event.

                                                                2 Nights of Fear Pass – Allows guests to scare for two select nights.

  •  Universal Express™              The in-demand Universal Express pass enables guests to enjoy one-time express access to mazes, attractions, Terror Tram experience and new Jabbawockeez hip hop performance.

“Halloween Horror Nights” brings together the sickest minds in horror to immerse guests in a living, breathing, three-dimensional world of terror inspired by TV and film’s most compelling horror properties.

Following is a partial list of this year’s wicked line-up, with more maze news to be announced soon:

  • “Stranger Things,” based on Netflix’s critically-acclaimed television series
  • “The First Purge,” based on Universal Picture’s blockbuster thriller
  • “Trick ‘r Treat,” based on the Halloween cult classic directed by Michael Dougherty
  •  “The Walking Dead,” Universal Studios Hollywood’s permanent attraction inspired by AMC’s record-breaking television series
  •  The Jabbawockeez award-winning hip hop dance crew returns by popular demand with an all-new, high-energy performance created exclusively for “Halloween Horror Nights”
  •  Terror Tram featuring the return of serial killer clown, Hollywood Harry

In addition to this year’s maze line-up, Hollywood Harry, the notorious serial killer clown that terrorized Universal’s famed backlot, returns as the host of this year’s Terror Tram. In anthological fashion, “Terror Tram: Hollywood Harry’s Dreadtime Storiez” will take unwitting guests on a frightening journey through five demented tales, featuring vicious dog-faced men, inbred cannibals, creepy clowns, sadistic scarecrows and a terrifying torture factory where nightmares come to life.

Unique to Universal Studios Hollywood, the Terror Tram enables “Halloween Horror Nights” guests to walk along an area of the famed movie and television studio, where such sets as the Psycho House and the Bates Motel from Alfred Hitchcock’s classic thriller and Steven Spielberg’s War of the Worlds, are located.

For exciting updates and exclusive “Halloween Horror Nights” content, visit Hollywood.HalloweenHorrorNights.com, 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.

City of Santa Clarita RECEIVES PRESTIGIOUS 23rd Annual “ACHIEVEMENT OF EXCELLENCE IN PROCUREMENT 2018 AEP AWARD”

Santa Clarita, Calif. –  The City of Santa Clarita has been recognized with the prestigious 23rd Annual Achievement of Excellence in Procurement® (AEP) Award in 2018 from the National Procurement Institute, Inc. (NPI). This is the eighth time the City has received this award in recognition of its purchasing policies and practices, and marks the fifth consecutive year Santa Clarita has been recognized.

            The AEP Award is bestowed upon public and non-profit organizations that obtain a high application score based on standardized criteria. The AEP is awarded annually to recognize innovation, professionalism, electronic procurement, productivity and leadership in the procurement function. The City of Santa Clarita’s procurement ethics standards, eProcurement practices and internal procurement automation received high honors and recognition among judges. Several other areas were also accredited, including the City’s creative and successful annual Vendor Outreach program, centralized procurement authority, internal customer and professional development training programs, the use of electronic systems for bids, quotes, online surplus auctions and the City’s employee Procurement Card program.

The City of Santa Clarita is one of only 65 cities in the United States and Canada to receive this esteemed award in 2018. The Achievement of Excellence in Procurement Award® has the distinction of being sponsored by every major procurement association in the nation and recognizes state-of-the-art best practices in public procurement.

Bob Hope USO is now open at LAX (Los Angeles International Airport)

Bob Hope, Hollywood USO is now open at LAX.
US Military(USO) Services

Bob Hope USO at LAX

Los Angeles, Calif. – Since 1941, around the country and around the world, the USO strengthens America’s military service members by keeping them connected to family, home and country, throughout their service to the nation. Bob Hope USO is not a government agency and relies entirely on contributions from patriotic Americans and philanthropic corporations and organizations.

The Bob Hope USO at LAX is open 24/7, to current members of the military and their dependent families with proper military ID. In recognition of a career spent in the military, we also welcome military retirees, who meet our admission requirements, on a space available basis, between 4 a.m. and 10 p.m. This welcoming “safe haven” for troops and their families is located on the ground floor of the historic LAX Theme Building on Center Way. The 7,100 square foot USO center opened in Summer 2018 and is serviced by nearly 300 volunteers.

More than 100,000 troops and their families, visit the Bob Hope USO at LAX annually.

Amenities include a canteen snack bar, dining room, large nap room, family zone with play area and three private family rooms with dedicated restroom, three private connection rooms for calling home, big screen TV lounge and movie theater, gaming lounge, charging stations, secure luggage storage and an outdoor pavilion. The center features also features men’s and women’s restrooms and showers, as well as a tribute to famed comedian and USO entertainer, Bob Hope.

All services are provided without charge to current military personnel and their dependent families with proper ID. There is no on-site parking available, all guests must park in parking structure 1 or 2. Passenger drop-off and pick-up is available on the outside curb near the front entrance.


Bob Hope USO provides USO services, programming and outreach at four airport centers, also including John Wayne Orange County (SNA) Airport, Ontario International (ONT) Airport, and Palm Springs International Airport (PSP), March Air Reserve Base and Military Entrance Processing Station Los Angeles and at dozens of military installations across 51,000 square miles in Southern California from San Luis Obispo to the San Diego County line to over 200,000 members of the military and their families each year.For more information on Bob Hope USO, please visit www.BobHopeUSO.org

https://www.uso.org/stories/2272-bob-hope-uso-re-opens-lax-center-inside-iconic-theme-building

Bob Hope USO at LAX
203 World Way, Suite #200
Los Angeles, CA 90045 

  Phone: 310-645-3716

  Fax: 310-645-0317

E-mail: LAX@BobHopeUSO.org