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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.

More Than 50 Debuts On Display at the 2016 LA Auto Show’s AutoMobility LA, Now through Nov.17

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The LA Auto Show® Unveils more than 50 vehicles during its trade show, AutoMobility LATM, taking place now through November-17, 2016, at the Los Angeles Convention Center.

More Than 50 Debuts Confirmed for 2016 LA Auto Show’s AutoMobility LA Nov. 14-17

20 Global Vehicle Debuts by Leading Automakers and Startups Include 3D-Printed Supercar and Self-Driving Electric Microbus LOS ANGELES, Calif The LA Auto Show® Unveils more than 50 vehicles during its trade show, AutoMobility LATM, taking place now through November-17, 2016, at the Los Angeles Convention Center. While nearly every automaker is slated to unveil products and/or make significant announcements, a few have begun to share their plans for vehicle reveals. Among the more than 20 world debuts will be introductions by Alfa Romeo, Mazda, MINI, Subaru, Volkswagen and a compact SUV from Jeep.  Other reveals confirmed are those from Infiniti, Jaguar Land Rover and smart.  Audi, Mercedes-Benz and Nissan will have multiple reveals, while Porsche has confirmed five debuts. General Motors (GM) will have multiple global and North American debuts, including two reveals from Chevrolet.  Cadillac’s debut lineup will include the Escala concept car, which has only been seen on the Concept Lawn at the 2016 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. In addition to production and concept vehicles in the luxury and performance segments, this year’s unveilings will include a significant showing of SUVs and electric/hybrid options across several makes and models. As the automotive industry continues to transform, AutoMobility LA will also serve as a platform for product unveilings and significant announcements focused on technology, including the global premier of Divergent’s Blade production vehicle.  Built using Divergent 3D’s proprietary platform, the Blade supercar represents the future of automobile manufacturing and will be available to customers in 2017. Elio Motors, the start-up vehicle company bringing a low-cost, highly fuel efficient commuter vehicle to market, is planning on revealing the E1C (its latest E-Series vehicle), its P5 prototype vehicle and its interactive ePlus display at AutoMobility LA.  With fuel efficiency of up to 84 mpg, the aerodynamic, 2-seater (tandem) has a set base price of $7,300 for non-refundable reservations (up to 65,000 total reservations). Olli, the world’s first self-driving cognitive vehicle designed by Local Motors will also be present at this year’s AutoMobility LA.  Olli, an on-demand shuttle with capacity for 12, is currently being used on private roads in the Washington, D.C. area and is the first vehicle to utilize the cloud-based cognitive computing capability of IBM Watson Internet of Things to analyze and learn from high volumes of transportation data. Following AutoMobility LA, all of this year’s debuts will be on display at the 2016 LA Auto Show (open to the public November 18-27). AutoMobility LA is the culmination of a multi-year evolution of the LA Auto Show’s Connected Car Expo and its Press & Trade Days into a trade show designed exclusively for the new automotive industry.  The four-day event will bring together the entire “new mobility ecosystem” comprised of automakers, tech companies, designers, developers, startups, investors, dealers, government officials, analysts, etc. Registration for AutoMobility LA is now open.  All attendees will be able to witness this year’s vehicle debuts and have access to an all-new Technology Pavilion outside the Los Angeles Convention Center. To register for AutoMobility LA, please visit: http://automobilityla.com. For additional information on AutoMobility LA and the LA Auto Show please visit: http://www.automobilityla.com/ and http://laautoshow.com/. About the Los Angeles Auto Show and AutoMobility LA Founded in 1907, the Los Angeles Auto Show (LA Auto Show®) is the first major North American auto show of the season each year.  In 2016, the show’s Press & Trade Days merged with the Connected Car Expo (CCE) to become AutoMobility LATM, the industry’s first trade show converging the technology and automotive industries to launch new products and technologies and to discuss the most pressing issues surrounding the future of transportation and mobility.  AutoMobility LA 2016 will take place at the Los Angeles Convention Center Nov. 14-17, with manufacturer vehicle debuts intermixed.  LA Auto Show will be open to the public Nov. 18-27. AutoMobility LA is where the new auto industry gets business done, unveils groundbreaking new products and makes strategic announcements in front of media from around the globe.  LA Auto Show is endorsed by the Greater L.A. New Car Dealer Association and is operated by ANSA Productions.  To receive the latest show news and information, follow LA Auto Show on Twitter at twitter.com/LAAutoShow or via Facebook at facebook.com/LAAutoShow and sign up for alerts at http://www.laautoshow.com/.  For more information about AutoMobility LA, please visit http://www.automobilityla.com. “AutoMobility LA” is the exclusive trademark of the LA Auto Show. Facebook

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.

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Call 213.972.8001 
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In Person at Dorothy Chandler Pavilion Box Office: Mon-Sat,10am-6pm

Disney Parks and Disney|ABC Television Group Bring Audiences Musical Entertainment in Three Holiday Specials Featuring Star-Studded Performances

Disney kicks off the holidays with three musical specials originating from Walt Disney World Resort in Florida and Disneyland Resort in California. Julianne Hough (“Grease: Live”) and Derek Hough (“Hairspray Live”) are set to host two specials on ABC – “The Wonderful World of Disney: Magical Holiday Celebration” on Thanksgiving night, Thursday, Nov. 24 (8:00–10:00 p.m. EST), and “The Disney Parks’ Magical Christmas Celebration” on Christmas morning, Sunday, Dec. 25 (9:00–11:00 a.m. EST; airtimes vary, check local listings). Photos/Disneyland News
Disney kicks off the holidays with three musical specials originating from Walt Disney World Resort in Florida and Disneyland Resort in California. Julianne Hough (“Grease: Live”) and Derek Hough (“Hairspray Live”) are set to host two specials on ABC – “The Wonderful World of Disney: Magical Holiday Celebration” on Thanksgiving night, Thursday, Nov. 24 (8:00–10:00 p.m. EST), and “The Disney Parks’ Magical Christmas Celebration” on Christmas morning, Sunday, Dec. 25 (9:00–11:00 a.m. EST; airtimes vary, check local listings). Photos/Disneyland News

Anaheim, Calif. –Disney kicks off the holidays with three musical specials originating from Walt Disney World Resort in Florida and Disneyland Resort in California. The shows will be presented on Disney|ABC Television Group platforms, including ABC Television Network, Disney Channel, the ABC and Disney Channel apps and VOD, among other branded digital platforms.  The holiday specials will include performances by some of the world’s most popular recording artists, celebrity hosts, Disney character appearances and heartwarming wish-come-true moments for three lucky families from across the country.

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Julianne Hough (“Grease: Live”) and Derek Hough (“Hairspray Live”) are set to host two specials on ABC – “The Wonderful World of Disney: Magical Holiday Celebration” on Thanksgiving night, Thursday, Nov. 24 (8:00–10:00 p.m. EST), and “The Disney Parks’ Magical Christmas Celebration” on Christmas morning, Sunday, Dec. 25 (9:00–11:00 a.m. EST; airtimes vary, check local listings). Julianne, who will also act as executive producer on the Thanksgiving and Christmas specials, and Derek are longtime “Dancing With the Stars” fan favorites with multiple Emmy Awards and mirror ball trophies between them.

Stars of “Descendants 2,” the highly anticipated sequel to the global smash hit “Descendants,” will host and perform holiday songs in “Disney Parks Presents: A Descendants Magical Holiday Celebration” on Disney Channel on Friday, Nov. 25 (8:00–9:00 p.m. EST). Hollywood Records recording artists Forever In Your Mind and Sofia Carson will also perform holiday songs.

Trisha Yearwood and Garth Brooks join the festivities, performing on all three holiday specials. The multi Grammy, CMA and ACM Award-winning artists will light up the night singing duets from their newly released album, “Christmas Together” (Pearl Records, Inc.), plus solo performances, all from the steps of the Cinderella Castle at Walt Disney World.

Multi Grammy Award-winning artist Kelly Clarkson will also perform on all three holiday specials. From iconic locations across the Walt Disney World Resort, the talented singer, songwriter and author will perform songs from her 2013 Christmas record, “Wrapped in Red,” in addition to one of her most popular hit songs.

On each of the specials, ABC and Disney Channel stars will also grant wishes to families throughout the Disney theme parks, part of Disney’s “Share the Joy” campaign, inspiring families to spread goodwill this holiday season by giving back and volunteering to help others.

“Disney Channel Holiday Hits,” an album featuring holiday songs performed during “Disney Parks Presents: A Descendants Magical Holiday Celebration” will be released from Walt Disney Records on Friday, November 18. The album features four songs: “Jolly to the Core,” a holiday rendition of “Rotten to the Core” from “Descendants” (performed by Dove Cameron, Sofia Carson, Cameron Boyce and Booboo Stewart); “Silent Night” (performed by Sofia Carson); “This Christmas” (performed by China Anne McClain) and “Celebrate,” an original song from Forever In Your Mind.

The holiday specials are being produced by Disney|ABC Television Group and IMG.

The multi-platform programming schedule is:

THANKSGIVING – THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 24

“The Wonderful World of Disney: Magical Holiday Celebration” premieres on the ABC Television Network (8:00–10:00 p.m. EST) and on the ABC app. Join Emmy Award-winners Julianne and Derek Hough as they host the magical two-hour special from the Walt Disney World Resort. They join “Descendants 2” star Sofia Carson to kick off the holiday season in a way only Disney can, showcasing extraordinary music performances, special appearances and some unforgettable Disney magic moments.

Musical performances include:

  • Solo and duet performances by Trisha Yearwood and Garth Brooks from their newly released album, “Christmas Together.”
  • Kelly Clarkson performing “Underneath the Tree” and “”

Additional performances will be announced in the coming weeks.

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 25

“Disney Parks Presents: A Descendants Magical Holiday Celebration” premieres on Disney Channel (8:00–9:00 p.m. EST) and on the Disney Channel app and Disney Channel VOD, beginning at 12:01 a.m. PST. The special will be available on-demand and will be featured in encore presentations on Disney Channel through Tuesday, December 20.

Musical performances include:

  • “Jolly to the Core,” performed by Dove Cameron, Cameron Boyce, Sofia Carson and Booboo Stewart.
  • “Descendants 2” star China Anne McClain performing “This Christmas.”
  • “Silent Night,” performed by Hollywood Records and Republic Records recording artist Sofia Carson.
  • Forever In Your Mind performing “Celebrate.”
  • Trisha Yearwood and Garth Brooks perform a holiday duet from their newly released album, “Christmas Together.”
  • Kelly Clarkson will also be performing a song.

ABC stars and Disney Channel stars Jenna Ortega and Isaak Presley, of “Stuck in the Middle,” and “Bizaardvark” stars Olivia Rodrigo and Madison Hu will join Carson and Boyce in surprising families from around the country, who are dedicated to various philanthropic efforts, with once-in-a-lifetime experiences throughout Walt Disney World Resort.

CHRISTMAS – SUNDAY, DECEMBER 25

“The Disney Parks’ Magical Christmas Celebration” will air on the ABC Television Network (9:00–11:00 a.m. EST; airtimes vary, check listings) and on the ABC and Disney Channel apps. This Christmas, Disney Parks celebrates the joy of the holiday season, as hosts Julianne and Derek Hough take viewers on a magical ride down Main Street and beyond. The Christmas Day celebration will be bigger and brighter than ever before, bringing together the beloved Christmas day parade, magical musical performances, surprise celebrity guests and heart-warming family stories to celebrate the most wonderful time of the year.

Musical performances include:

  • Solo and duet performances by Trisha Yearwood and Garth Brooks from their newly released album, “Christmas Together.”
  • Kelly Clarkson performing “Underneath the Tree.”
  • Sofia Carson performs “Silent Night,” featuring an alternate musical arrangement from her performance on Disney Channel, and also hosts from backstage.
  • “The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting on An Open Fire)” performed by Jordan Fisher, who will also make his Broadway debut in “Hamilton” on November 22.

Additional performances will be announced in the coming weeks.

About the Disney|ABC Television Group

Disney|ABC Television Group is comprised of The Walt Disney Company’s global entertainment and news television properties, owned television stations group, and radio business.  This includes ABC Studios, the ABC Owned Television Stations Group, and the ABC Television Network, which provides entertainment and news programming to viewers via more than 200 affiliated stations across the U.S.  It also includes Disney Channels Worldwide, a portfolio of 116 kid-driven, family-inclusive entertainment channels, including Disney Channel, Disney XD, Disney Junior, Disney Cinemagic, Hungama, and Radio Disney brands, as well as cable network Freeform, which targets Millennials. Disney|ABC Home Entertainment and Television Distribution and Disney Media Distribution round out the portfolio. Disney|ABC Television Group also has equity interests in A+E Networks and Hulu.

About Walt Disney Parks and Resorts

Walt Disney Parks and Resorts are where dreams come true. More than sixty years ago, Walt Disney created a new kind of entertainment families could experience together, immersed in detailed atmospheres and vibrant storytelling. His vision now includes a collection of six of the world’s leading family vacation destinations – Disneyland Resort, Anaheim, Calif.; Walt Disney World Resort, Lake Buena Vista, Fla.; Tokyo Disney Resort, Urayasu, Chiba, Japan; Disneyland Paris, Marne-la-Vallée, France; Hong Kong Disneyland Resort, located on Lantau Island; and Shanghai Disney Resort, Pudong New District, Shanghai, China. In addition, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts includes the world-class Disney Cruise Line; Disney Vacation Club; Aulani, A Disney Resort and Spa; Adventures by Disney, a guided group vacation experience to some of the world’s most popular destinations; and Walt Disney Imagineering, which creates and designs all Disney parks, resorts and attractions.

About IMG

IMG is a global leader in sports, events, media and fashion, operating in more than 30 countries. The company represents and manages some of the world’s greatest sports figures and fashion icons; stages hundreds of live events and branded entertainment experiences annually; and is one of the largest independent producers and distributors of sports media. IMG also specializes in sports training; league development; and marketing, media and licensing for brands, sports organizations and collegiate institutions. In 2014, IMG was acquired by WME, a leading global entertainment agency.

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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

The Science Behind Pixar Exhibition now open at the California Science Center Exhibition Reveals Unique, First-Time Look into the Pixar Process in the West Coast Premiere

Enjoy a unique, first-time look into the Pixar filmmaking process, and explore the science and technology behind some of the most beloved animated films and their characters with the west coast premiere of The Science Behind Pixar Exhibition. This 12,000 sq. ft. interactive exhibition showcases the science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) concepts used by the artists and computer scientists who help bring Pixar’s award-winning films to the big screen.  Photo by Michael Malyszko
Enjoy a unique, first-time look into the Pixar filmmaking process, and explore the science and technology behind some of the most beloved animated films and their characters with the west coast premiere of The Science Behind Pixar Exhibition. This 12,000 sq. ft. interactive exhibition showcases the science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) concepts used by the artists and computer scientists who help bring Pixar’s award-winning films to the big screen. Photo by Michael Malyszko

Los Angeles  – Guests at the California Science Center will be inspired by the science and technology behind some of the most beloved animated films and their characters with the west coast premiere of The Science Behind Pixar Exhibition.  This hands-on 12,000 square foot exhibition showcases the science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) concepts used by the artists and computer scientists who help bring Pixar’s award-winning films to the big screen.

Featuring more than 40 interactive exhibit elements, The Science Behind Pixar Exhibition demonstrates the technology that supports the creativity and artistry of Pixar’s storytellers. The exhibition is broken into eight distinct sections, each focusing on a step of the filmmaking process – Modeling, Rigging, Surfaces, Sets & Camera, Animation, Simulation, Lighting and Rendering – providing guests with a unique view of the production pipeline and concepts used at Pixar every day. Visitors of all ages will engage in and learn about the filmmaking process through hands-on activities inspired by some of Pixar’s most treasured films, from the first-ever computer animated feature film Toy Story, to the Oscar®-winning film Inside Out. They will also have the opportunity to take their photo with human-size recreations of many of their favorite Pixar film characters, including Buzz Lightyear, Dory, Mike and Sulley, Edna Mode and WALL•E.

The Science Behind Pixar Exhibition is a fun, hands-on experience where guests can explore the art and science of animation at Pixar as though they were part of the production team,” said Jeffrey N. Rudolph, President and CEO at the California Science Center. “It’s a great opportunity for them to participate in the step-by-step process where art incorporates science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) to make all the elements of an animated film seem more believable.”

Visitors will be invited to experience different roles within the production pipeline. Exhibit highlights include:

  • Sets & Cameras – Discover how a bugs-eye view was achieved for A Bug’s Life, through camera angles and large-set design within the computer.
  • Modeling – Envision how Toy Story’s digital sculptures are created based on sketches from artists.
  • Lighting – Explore challenges similar to what Pixar artists faced in creating animated water with virtual light in Finding Nemo.
  • Rigging – See how the models are given a virtual skeleton to enable animators to add movement, like the virtual model of Sulley from Monsters, Inc., which has 30,000 posable points.
  • Surfaces – Feel immersed in the techniques behind adding color and texture to every surface of a film by designing “skins” for computer models of characters from Cars.

The Science Behind Pixar Exhibition was developed by the Museum of Science, Boston in collaboration with Pixar Animation Studios, and is part of the Science Museum Exhibit Collaborative (SMEC) – of which the California Science Center is a member.

About Pixar Animation Studios

Pixar Animation Studios, a wholly owned subsidiary of The Walt Disney Company, is an Academy Award®-winning film studio with world-renowned technical, creative and production capabilities in the art of computer animation. Creator of some of the most successful and beloved animated films of all time, including “Toy Story,” “Monsters, Inc.,” “Cars,” “The Incredibles,” “Ratatouille,” “WALL•E,” “Up,” “Toy Story 3,” and “Brave,” the Northern California studio has won 30 Academy Awards and its films have grossed more than $10 billion at the worldwide box office to date. “Finding Dory,” the studio’s latest feature film, is the highest grossing domestic animated movie of all time.

About the California Science Center and Ticket Information

The California Science Center is a dynamic destination where families, adults and children can explore the wonders of science through interactive exhibits, live demonstrations, innovative programs and awe-inspiring films. Its mission is as follows:” We aspire to stimulate curiosity and inspire science learning in everyone by creating fun, memorable experiences, because we value science as an indispensable tool for understanding our world, accessibility and inclusiveness, and enriching people’s lives.”

The California Science Center and IMAX Theater are located in historic Exposition Park just west of the Harbor (110) Freeway at 700 Exposition Park Drive. The Science Center is open daily from 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 pm. Both the Science Center and IMAX Theater are wheelchair accessible. Guests can enter the parking lot on Figueroa Street at 39th/Exposition Park. Parking is $12/car, cash only. For general information, phone (323) SCIENCE or visit www.californiasciencecenter.org for schedule updates.

Tickets for The Science Behind Pixar Exhibition are currently on sale. Guests are encouraged to buy tickets online at www.californiasciencecenter.org to reserve an entry date & time. The Science Behind Pixar Exhibition admission prices are $14.95­­­ for adults 18-59, $11.95 for youth 13 to 17, college students with I.D. & seniors 60+, and $9.95 for children 4 – 12. Member discount rates are $10.95 for adults, $8.95 for youth 13 to 17, college students with I.D. & seniors 60+, and $7.95 for children 4-12. The Science Behind Pixar Exhibition and IMAX combination ticket prices are $21.45 for adults 18-59, $16.70 for youth 13-17, college students with I.D. and seniors 60+, and $13.70 for children 4-12. Member discount rates for combination tickets are $16.70 for adults, $12.95 for youth 13 to 17, college students with I.D. & seniors 60+, and $11.20 for children 4-12. Special rates for schools and other groups of 15+ are available; phone (213) 744-2019 for information. Children under the age of 13 must be accompanied by a responsible adult. Admission to all other Science Center exhibits is free. Parking is $12 per car.

Extra Extra! The highly anticipated Los Angeles return of Disney’s ‘NEWSIES’ Now showing at the Hollywood Pantages AUGUST 30 – SEPTEMBER 4, 2016

Newsies now showing at the Pantages Theatre in Hollywood during the Labor Day weekend. Photo by Deen van Meer
Newsies now showing at the Pantages Theatre in Hollywood during the Labor Day weekend. Photo by Deen van Meer

RETURNS FOR ONE WEEK ONLY AT HOLLYWOOD PANTAGES  AUGUST 30 – SEPTEMBER 4, 2016

Hollywood, Calif. – The highly anticipated Los Angeles return of Disney’s NEWSIES begins performances next week on Tuesday, August 30 at the Hollywood Pantages Theatre for a 1 week engagement through Sunday, September 4.  Disney Theatrical Productions and the Nederlander Organization are announcing that a day-of-performance DIGITAL lottery for a limited number of $20 orchestra seats will be held daily.

All Entries can be submitted online with Broadway Direct at www.HollywoodPantages.com/NewsiesLottery beginning at 8am on the day of the performance. Entries may be submitted until 3 hours prior to the performance time. Winners will be notified via e-mail within minutes of drawing, and will have 60 minutes to pay for the tickets online with a credit card. Tickets can be picked up at the Hollywood Pantages Theatre box office 30 minutes prior to show time. Photo I.D. is required for pick up.

Seat locations and the number of tickets awarded by the lottery are always subject to availability.

NEWSIES, the new American musical, features a Tony® Award-winning score with music by eight-time Academy Award® winner Alan Menken and lyrics by Jack Feldman, a book by four-time Tony® Award winner Harvey Fierstein and is produced by Disney Theatrical Productions, NEWSIES is directed by Tony® nominee Jeff Calhoun and choreographed by Christopher Gattelli, who won a 2012 Tony Award® for his work.  The entire creative team has reunited to bring the break-out smash musical to audiences across North America.

When it opened on March 29, 2012 NEWSIES was intended for a Broadway run of just 101 performances.  The show’s fiercely devoted fans had other ideas, however; they propelled the show to a run of 1005 performances, attendance of more than 1 million and a gross of over $100M.

While on Broadway, NEWSIES set and broke seven Nederlander Theatre house records and became the highest-grossing show from the 2011-12 Broadway season. The show received 23 major theatrical nominations – including eight Tony Award® nods – and won Tony®, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Awards for Score and Choreography.

Set in New York City at the turn of the century, NEWSIES is the rousing tale of Jack Kelly, a charismatic newsboy and leader of a ragged band of teenaged ‘newsies,’ who dreams only of a better life far from the hardship of the streets. But when publishing titans Joseph Pulitzer and William Randolph Hearst raise distribution prices at the newsboys’ expense, Jack finds a cause to fight for and rallies newsies from across the city to strike for what’s right.

NEWSIES is inspired by the real-life ‘Newsboy Strike of 1899,’ when newsboy Kid Blink led a band of orphan and runaway newsies on a two-week-long action against Pulitzer, Hearst and other powerful newspaper publishers.

The stage version introduces seven brand-new songs by the original team of Menken and Feldman, including a song written specifically for the tour called ‘Letter from the Refuge,’ while keeping many of the beloved songs from the film, including ‘Carrying the Banner, ‘Seize the Day,’ ‘King of New York’ and ‘Santa Fe.’

Since the film’s 1992 theatrical release and subsequent DVD release, NEWSIES has grown into a cult phenomenon, and for years had been the single most requested title of all the Disney musical films not yet adapted for the stage.  (The film featured a screenplay by Bob Tzudiker & Noni White (Tarzan, 102 Dalmatians).)

The performance schedule for Disney’s NEWSIES is Tuesday through Friday at 8pm, Saturday at 2pm & 8pm and Sunday at 1pm & 6:30pm. There is an additional matinee at 2pm on Friday, September 9th and there are no performances on Sunday, September 11th. Opening Night is Tuesday, August 30, 2016 at 8pm.

Disney’s NEWSIES is recommended for Ages 6 and Up. All patrons entering the theatre, regardless of age, must have a ticket.

Individual tickets for Disney’s NEWSIES start at $29. Prices are subject to change without notice.

For tickets or more information about the Los Angeles engagement of Disney’s NEWSIES, please visit the official website for Hollywood Pantages Theatre: www.HollywoodPantages.com/Newsies.

Official show site: www.NewsiesTheMusical.com/Tour.

LISTINGS INFORMATION

 Dates:                                     AUGUST 30 – SEPTEMBER 4, 2016

 

Theatre:                                  HOLLYWOOD PANTAGES THEATRE
6233 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028

 

Performance Schedule:        Tuesday – Friday at 8pm

Saturday at 2pm & 8pm

Sunday at 1pm & 6:30pm

 

Opening Night:                      Tuesday, August 30, 2016 at 8pm

 

Individual Tickets:                Individual tickets start at $29

Ticket prices subject to change without notice.

           

Parental Advisory:                 Ages 6 and up

All patrons entering the theatre, regardless of age, must have a ticket.

 

Tickets:                                  Online:             HollywoodPantages.com or Ticketmaster.com

Phone:             1-800-982-2787

In Person:        Hollywood Pantages Box Office (opens daily at 10am)and all Ticketmaster Outlets

Groups:           Groups of 10 or more may purchase at PantagesGroups.com

 

Description:  They delivered the papers, until they made the headlines…Direct from Broadway comes NEWSIES, the smash-hit, crowd-pleasing new musical from Disney. Winner of the 2012 Tony Awards® for Best Score and Best Choreography, NEWSIES has audiences and critics alike calling it “A MUSICAL WORTH SINGING ABOUT!” (The New York Times) Filled with one heart-pounding number after another, it’s a high-energy explosion of song and dance you just don’t want to miss.

FLAGS TO BE FLOWN AT HALF STAFF AT THE RONALD REAGAN PRESIDENTIAL LIBRARY In Honor of Mrs. Reagan’s Passing

 

Remembering Nancy Reagan: In honor of the death of Mrs. Ronald Reagan, President Barack Obama released a proclamation earlier today requesting that the flag of the United States shall be flown at half-staff at the White House and upon all public buildings and grounds, at all military posts and naval stations, and on all naval vessels of the Federal Government in the District of Columbia and throughout the United States and its Territories and possessions until sunset, on the day of interment.
Remembering Nancy Reagan: In honor of the death of Mrs. Ronald Reagan, President Barack Obama released a proclamation earlier today requesting that the flag of the United States shall be flown at half-staff at the White House and upon all public buildings and grounds, at all military posts and naval stations, and on all naval vessels of the Federal Government in the District of Columbia and throughout the United States and its Territories and possessions until sunset, on the day of interment.

Simi Valley Calif. – In honor of the death of Mrs. Ronald Reagan, President Barack Obama released a proclamation earlier today requesting that the flag of the United States shall be flown at half-staff at the White House and upon all public buildings and grounds, at all military posts and naval stations, and on all naval vessels of the Federal Government in the District of Columbia and throughout the United States and its Territories and possessions until sunset, on the day of interment.

As such, the flag at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum will be lowered today at 10:00 a.m. Pacific.

For continuous updated information on the week’s events, please visit the Reagan Library’s web site at www.reaganlibrary.com.

THE REAGAN LIBRARY:

Located in Simi Valley, Calif., the library houses 63 million pages of gubernatorial, presidential and personal papers and over 60,000 gifts and artifacts chronicling the lives of Ronald and Nancy Reagan. It will now also serve as the final resting place of President and Mrs. Reagan.

From the Office of Nancy Reagan, Sunday, March 6, 2016: Nancy Davis Reagan has passed away: STATEMENT BY JOANNE DRAKE, SPOKESPERSON

Office of Nancy Reagan, Sunday, March 6, 2016

First Lady Nancy Reagan in 1983.
First Lady Nancy Reagan in 1983.

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ON THE DEATH OF FORMER FIRST LADY NANCY REAGAN

 

Los Angeles, Calif. – Nancy Davis Reagan, former First Lady of the United States, died this morning at her home in Los Angeles at the age of 94. The cause of death was congestive heart failure.

Mrs. Reagan will be buried at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, California, next to her husband, Ronald Wilson Reagan, who died on June 5, 2004.  Prior to the funeral service, there will be an opportunity for members of the public to pay their respects at the Library.  Details will be announced shortly.

In lieu of flowers, Mrs. Reagan requested that contributions be made to the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Foundation at www.reaganlibrary.com

For continuous information on the week’s events, please visit the Reagan Library’s web site atwww.reaganlibrary.com.

A biography of Nancy Reagan is below.

Office of Nancy Reagan

Nancy Davis Reagan

July 6, 1921 – March 6, 2016

Nancy Davis Reagan was born on July 6, 1921, in New York City. Raised in Chicago, she graduated from Girls’ Latin School and went on to Smith College, Northampton, Mass., where she graduated in 1943.

In her early career, Nancy Davis worked as an actress in stage, film and television productions. In 1949, she signed a seven-year contract with MGM. During this time, she met Ronald Reagan and they were married on March 4, 1952. She made eleven films in all, including three after her marriage. Her last film, at Columbia in 1956, was Hellcats of the Navy, the only film in which she and her husband appeared together.

Shortly after Ronald Reagan became Governor of California in 1967, Mrs. Reagan began visiting wounded Vietnam veterans and became active in projects concerning POWs and servicemen missing in action.  While First Lady of California, she made regular visits to hospitals and homes for the elderly, as well as schools for physically and emotionally handicapped children. During one of these hospital visits in 1967, she observed participants in the Foster Grandparent Program, a program which brings together senior citizens and handicapped children, and she soon became its champion. Later, as First Lady of the United States, Mrs. Reagan continued to help expand the program on a national level and promote private funding in local communities.

Upon becoming First Lady of the United States, Mrs. Reagan’s primary focus was fighting drug and alcohol abuse among youth. To spotlight the problem, she traveled nearly 250,000 miles throughout the United States and abroad in conjunction with her campaign to fight substance abuse. She appeared on television talk shows, taped public service announcements, wrote guest articles, and visited prevention programs and rehabilitation centers to talk with young people and their parents.

After leaving the White House on January 20, 1989, Mrs. Reagan established the Nancy Reagan Foundation to continue her campaign to educate people about the serious dangers of substance abuse. In 1994, the Nancy Reagan Foundation joined forces with the BEST Foundation For A Drug-Free Tomorrow and developed the Nancy Reagan After-school Program, a drug prevention and life-skills program for youth.

For ten years, Mrs. Reagan’s priority was caring for her husband at home as he battled Alzheimer’s Disease. Following his death in 2004, she was devoted to projects related to the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, California, where she served on the board of the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation, and promoted her husband’s legacy of leadership and freedom.

Nancy Davis Reagan was the only daughter of Dr. Loyal Davis and Edith Davis of Chicago and Phoenix.  She is survived by her brother, Dr. Richard Davis, and two children with Ronald Reagan – Patti Davis and Ronald Prescott Reagan, along with numerous nieces and nephews.