Universal Studios Hollywood Rings in 2022 with EVE, Hollywood’s Biggest New Year’s Celebration.

Universal Studios Hollywood Rings in 2022 with EVE,
Hollywood’s Biggest New Year’s Celebration,
Featuring Live Entertainment, Fireworks and Access to Rides and Attractions.

Click Here to Purchase Tickets to EVE, Included with Theme Park Admission,
and Pass Members Can Purchase Tickets 
Here

Universal City, California, December 1, 2021 – Celebrate the new year and ring in 2022 at Universal Studios Hollywood’s festive EVE event, the biggest party in Hollywood, on Friday, December 31 with extended hours until 2:00 a.m.

EVE is included in the price of theme park admission and is a special park-wide celebration that invites guests to spend the day and party by night while enjoying its popular and award-winning rides and attractions. 

What a way to celebrate as guests and partygoers can rejoice in new year festivities with a cast of leading characters, including Max, Snowball, Gidget, Chloe and Duke from Illumination’s all-new, award-winning “The Secret Life of Pets: Off the Leash!” ride or mark the occasion with prehistoric dinosaurs at “Jurassic World—The Ride,” featuring the stunningly realistic Indominus rex.

EVE is also the ideal location to bid farewell to 2021 as the world ushers in 2022 and new beginnings.  Starting at 9:00 p.m., the theme park transitions into party central as multiple entertainment hubs will energize guests with live music and DJs, playing everything from pop, rock and hip-hop to EDM to Latin music. Plus, iconic photo ops around the park will allow guests to capture and share their memories of the special night. The event culminates with a traditional New Year’s Eve countdown and dazzling fireworks display.

A selection of food and beverages, including desserts, champagne, beer, wine and cocktails, as well as 2022 memorabilia will be available for purchase.

While ringing in the New Year, guests can enjoy the return of yuletide favorite, “Christmas in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter,” featuring “The Magic of Christmas at Hogwarts TM Castle” which brings the iconic Hogwarts castle to life through an impressive light projection show. Family traditions continue with “Grinchmas” as guests can share the joyful season with The Grinch, his faithful dog Max and the Who-ville Whos.

Holiday entertainment at Universal Studios Hollywood runs daily now through Sunday, January 9, 2022.

To purchase tickets to Universal Studios Hollywood, which includes Holidays and EVE access, guests can click here.

Pass Members benefit from special offers for the event. To learn more and to purchase tickets, Pass Members can click here.

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About Universal Studios Hollywood
Universal Studios Hollywood 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. Attractions 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™”, the new mega attraction “Jurassic World—The Ride” featuring the spectacularly realistic Indominus rex dinosaur, and the all-new ride “The Secret Life of Pets: Off the Leash!” 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 DreamWorks Theatre featuring “Kung Fu Panda Adventure.”  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 thrill rides as “Fast & Furious—Supercharged” and “King Kong 360 3D.” Universal CityWalk, located adjacent to the theme park, features such popular restaurants as the all-new NBC Sports Grill & Brew, VIVO Italian Kitchen, Antojitos Cocina Mexicana, Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville and Voodoo Doughnut, along with dynamic shopping and entertainment options, including Universal Cinema, featuring deluxe recliner seating in screening room quality theatres.

Per LA County’s Public Health order, all persons ages 12+ must be prepared to show proof of full FDA or WHO approved COVID-19 vaccination (a full 14 days after final dose was administered), or a negative test taken within 72 hours of visit, prior to entry to the theme park. A COVID-19 self-test, sometimes referred to as a “home test”, is not acceptable. Persons ages 18+ must also show photo ID. Verification will take place when required based on theme park attendance. Children under the age of 12 are not required to show proof of vaccination or a negative test result. Regardless of vaccination status, face coverings are required to be worn at all times, both indoors and outdoors, when visiting the theme park. At Universal CityWalk, face coverings are required to be worn indoors. As always, we continue to monitor local conditions and react appropriately. Please note the CDC advises that older adults and people of any age who have serious underlying medical conditions might be at higher risk for severe illness from COVID-19. Guests should evaluate their risk in determining whether to attend. People who show no symptoms can spread COVID-19 if they are infected, any interaction with the general public poses an elevated risk of being exposed to COVID-19, and Universal cannot guarantee that guests will not be exposed during their visit. Before visiting, click here to review the safety guidelines for Universal Studios Hollywood.

Universal Studios Hollywood – New Holiday Food Items Now Available!

Check Out a Selection of New Holiday Food Items. Now Available at Universal Studios Hollywood. Enjoy Holidays at Universal Studios Hollywood, Now Until Sunday, January 9!

Savory Items

Hot Holiday Turkey Sandwich

Holiday Turkey Croissant

Roast Beef Wrap

Max 22” Hot Dog

Turkey Waffle Stack

Turkey Leg Feast

English Holiday Meal

Festival Holiday Drinks

Hot Buttered Rum

Spiked Hot Chocolate

Hot Pear Cider

Frozen Holiday Pear Cider

Mulled Spice Wine

Hot Buttered Rum

White Wine Sangria

Winter Spritzer

Coca-Cola Coffee Float

Holiday Eggnog

Autumn Breeze Cocktail

The Wrong Reindeer Cocktail

Hot Chocolate

Peppermint Hot Chocolate

Gingerbread Hot Chocolate

Champurrado (Cinnamon Hot Chocolate)

Sweet Treats and Snacks

Holiday Vanilla Cake Jar

Chocolate Peppermint Cake Jar

Holiday Pinwheel Cookie

Mini Donuts

Star Cookie

Gingerbread Cupcake

Blue Snowflake Cupcake

Holiday Chocolate Glazed Donut

Cinnamon Roll Donut

Chocolate Peppermint Cereal Treat

Giant Pretzel

**Holiday items are located at various venues and carts throughout Universal Studios Hollywood**

More information is available at www.UniversalStudiosHollywood.com. Like Universal Studios Hollywood on Facebook and follow @UniStudios on Instagram and Twitter.

EXTRAORDINARY SINGER-SONGWRITER DARREN STAKEY DROPS HIS LATEST SINGLE FOR THE HOLIDAYS, “DON’T LIGHT THE LIGHTS (ON THE TREE WITHOUT ME),” ON BLACK FRIDAY.

Hollywood, Calif. – Singer/songwriter and producer Darren Stakey’s fans are eagerly anticipating the arrival of his upcoming Christmas release, a nostalgic song about love and family. Critics are already buzzing about the touching ballad, “Don’t Light the Lights (On the Tree Without Me),” saying it is virtually guaranteed to steal your heart and climb up the charts. It’s a traditional Christmas song with a great pop twist — truly a ballad to stand the test of time.

From sports stadiums to Carnegie Hall, Darren Stakey (sometimes known as “Stay Key”) has flourished as a performer around the globe. His riveting performances and captivating stage presence make Darren Stakey a crowd favorite. Beyond live performances, Darren is an accomplished singer/songwriter and producer, releasing his first Christmas EP, “For the Holidays” by Stay Key in 2013. Now, he’s back with the uplifting original song, “Don’t Light the Lights (On the Tree Without Me),” reminding us all what truly matters during the holidays — spending time with people we love and enjoying the “little” things, like lighting the lights on the tree.

Darren Stakey made his debut with Soltrenz Records / Strictly Rhythm, distributed by Warner Music Group, with a catalog later acquired by BMG. Under the moniker “Stay Key,” a play on (and correct pronunciation of) his surname, Stakey, he later affiliated with Amathus Music, distributed by Sony Music’s The Orchard.

Darren Stakey is the founder and CEO of indie label and production house, Wildwood Productions, LLC. No stranger to the entertainment world, he is also admitted to practice law in New York and California. Darren has been recognized for his volunteer work and Pro Bono efforts. He sits on the Board of the Sound Justice Initiative, a Not-for-Profit organization dedicated to educating incarcerated populations and fostering better individual outcomes. He was named a Pro Bono Attorney of the Year by Touro Law Center in 2019. In 2015, Stakey played the piano and sang for a marathon 111+ consecutive hours to raise money and awareness in the fight against autism. Simply put, Darren Stakey is a philanthropic warrior with an emphasis on helping people and making the world a better place.

Add another star to the Christmas firmament, because “Don’t Light the Lights (On the Tree Without Me)” is sure to become a perennial hit. The song already has 48 radio spots, including JVC stations WRCN-FM/LI, Oldies FM 98.1, Party 105.3, and  

WRIV 1390 AM, TV spots include TLC, HGTV, Bravo and News 12 Long Island. Telling a bittersweet story of hope and longing with a voice as smooth as silk, Darren Stakey’s new song promises to warm up even the frostiest of hearts this holiday season. It strikes just the right tone at a time when we could all use a jolt of joy, and good will. Move over Bing Crosby and Mariah Carey, a new holiday standard has arrived!

“The simple act of decorating a tree can turn strangers into family.” – Darren Stakey

Q & A with Darren Stakey:

1. How has your family inspired your music?

Family and togetherness are what my new holiday release, ‘Don’t Light the Lights (On the Tree Without Me)’ is all about. Music was very much a part of my upbringing, and I would not be where I am today without the love and support of my family, so I consider my family to be a major inspiration.

Q & A with Darren Stakey: 

1. How has your family inspired your music?

Family and togetherness are what my new holiday release, ‘Don’t Light the Lights (On the Tree Without Me)’ is all about. Music was very much a part of my upbringing, and I would not be where I am today without the love and support of my family, so I consider my family to be a major inspiration.

2. What or who inspired your song?

Last Christmas, I was thinking about holiday traditions and the ones I look forward to most every year. It struck me that lighting the lights on the tree may be my favorite Christmas tradition of all. Those lights have a sort of magical power. They can make a house a home. And the simple act of decorating a tree can turn strangers into family. I thought to myself, ‘more than presents under the tree, that’s what Christmas means to me.’ I was struck by the rhyme, and so I hastily scribbled down the lyrics that then became ‘Don’t Light the Lights (On the Tree Without Me).’

3. Talk about your producers you have worked with? 

I have been blessed to work with so many amazing producers and studio musicians throughout the course of my career. It would be unfair to name just a few, since every one of them has helped me grow as an artist.

4. Where do you get your ideas for songwriting? 

Some songs begin with a melody, others a chord progression. Others still, like ‘Don’t Light the Lights (On the Tree Without Me),’ are born from lyrics. Lyrical songs generally start with a catchy hook, which I will develop and expand to determine whether it can be honed into a complete idea with character and substance. I do not believe in forcing art. The journey of creation must itself be organic for the work to come to life. As a result, I have a whole vault of catchy hooks and semi-formed song ideas just waiting to be developed. However, the best songs write themselves. In those instances, I feel I am little more than the vehicle transporting the song into existence.

5. What charities are you aligned with and why? 

Understanding how blessed I have been in life. I believe I have a duty to do good works and to share my blessings with others. One of my favorite charitable organizations is the Sound Justice Initiative, which provides liberal arts education to incarcerated populations in order to help those individuals make better choices and get access to the resources that will facilitate their re-entry into society, thereby reducing recidivism. It is a truly worthy organization, so please consider giving it your support as well.

6. Are there any important projects you will be involved with in the future?

In my role as founder and CEO of Wildwood Productions, LLC, an indie label and production house, I am involved in so many exciting new projects at the moment. We have a whole roster of talented artists debuting next year, and I have been busy working with our staff to develop those talents and determine the best way to promote their art. The future is brimming with promise and the best is definitely yet to come!

7. Who are your biggest influences?

My musical influences run the gamut from The Beatles to KRS-One, and beyond. However, I believe my biggest influences in life are not merely great musicians, though the list does include several artists. Instead, I look to the people that have given something of themselves to the world, and, in so doing, made it a better place. My childhood hero was Abraham Lincoln, and, in many ways, he still is today.

8. What advice would you give to an artist starting out?

The best advice I can give is for new artists to build a catalog. Content is king, and the market is finally remembering how valuable music truly is at this time, so having a catalog of content will enable new artists to gain a foothold in the industry and to capitalize on opportunities when they arise.

9. Talk about your training in singing, music, entertainment, the arts, etc.?

I was fortunate to have many fine teachers and tutors during the course of my development as an artist. I was classically trained as a child, which certainly gave me many tools for success. However, actually succeeding in the music industry has required much more than a musical education. Success requires all around development and substance, which involves training and hard work at a multitude of disciplines. Essentially, one must never stop training and pursuing the quest for knowledge in order to be a success, whether in music or life in general.

10. How do you take care of your voice? 

Like any other instrument, the voice needs regular care and maintenance to perform at optimum levels. There is no substitution for rest. I once sang for a consecutive 111 hours as a fundraiser to fight autism, and I lost my voice for about a week thereafter. It was the only time I can recall not having my instrument, and it made me realize how important it is to have a voice — both literally and metaphorically. Thankfully, the pipes did come back, but not before I learned a valuable lesson.

11. If you could collaborate with another artist, who would it be?

As luck would have it, I already had the privilege of collaborating with one of my favorite artists. The song ‘Seasons’ was a collaboration with the imminently talented, Moises Modesto. Moises and I essentially wrote two different songs to the same chord progression, and then combined them together to create the unique sound of ‘Seasons.’ Our collaboration was so successful that we reunited to create a number of songs, which are yet to be released, so stay tuned!

12. What is on your playlist right now?

My playlist is filled with songs by artists on Wildwood Productions, LLC’s roster. ‘Daylight’ by Paul Mahos & New Life Crisis, ‘Borderline’ by Moises Modesto, ‘Creep’ by Renée Stakey, and ‘High In Love’ by a new bug, to name a few.

13. Are you currently watching someone on TikTok?

There are a lot of great challenges to the moment, like the ‘Daylight’ challenge with Paul Mahos, Sirena, Tess Cameron and Raina Dowler.

14. When did you know you wanted to be a musician?

Music has been an important part of my life for as long as I can remember. I was a cantor at church, and eventually a pianist and organist. I believe spirituality and music are intertwined, so the synergy of the two certainly had an effect on my growth and development as an artist.

15. What artist did you admire as a child?

I have always admired the creative genius of Paul McCartney. Not just his captivating songwriting, melodic bass lines and brilliant harmonies, but also his general approach to life and to being an artist. Even today, he continues to evolve and grow. I aspire to do the same.

16. Talk about the instruments you play and what led you to play them? 

As for instruments, my first and last love is the keyboard. Unfortunately, pianos are not very portable. The guitar, however, is ideal for moonlight serenades in front of a campfire on the beach, and for so many other things as well. Bass and drums were creatures of necessity for me because I like to play all the instruments on my compositions, wherever possible. The woodwinds, particularly the saxophone, are also great fun play.

17. What’s your fashion style?

I suppose my style would be described as classic or vintage. I try to find the look that fits my mood and my general vibe at the time, so it’s ever changing.

18. Is there any major music venue you have not played at and want to?

I have been blessed to have had the opportunity to perform at some of the world’s most illustrious venues, from sports stadiums to Carnegie Hall, so I feel very satisfied from a performative standpoint at this point in my career. Nevertheless, there are so many venues that I would find thrilling, particularly one of the ancient Greek or Roman theaters that are still in operation.

19. Any plans for a major tour?

Mums the word on that one, but time will tell, so be on the lookout.

20. Is there anything you regret in your career?

Forget regret. We all have struggles and make mistakes in life. It is part of being human. The key is to recognize and take responsibility for those mistakes, and to learn and grow from them. Ultimately, I believe you cannot move forward if you are focused on looking back, and I am all about forward momentum.

Darren Stakey:

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Don’t Light the Lights Lyric Video – YouTube (Unlisted)

Release- Holiday Edition of ‘Theatre in a Week’ Returns to The MAIN in Old Town Newhall, December 10 – 12.

Santa Clarita, Calif. – Comedy is coming to town! The MAIN in Old Town Newhall is pleased to announce the return of Barry Agin’s production “Theatre in a Week” from December 10 – 12. Attendees will enjoy six original one-act comedies chronicling the shenanigans of the holiday season. The December 10 and December 11 shows are scheduled for 8:00 p.m., while the December 12 show is at 2:00 p.m. Tickets are $11.00 and may be purchased by visiting AtTheMAIN.org.

Theatre in a Week is jam-packed with mistaken identities, family malfunctions and outrageous hijinks resulting in delightful, madcap merriment and touching moments. This year’s production will also feature the return of musician Eddie Landon and his swinging saxophone between scenes!

Tickets are $11.00 when purchased in advance of the December 10 performance and $13.00 at the door on the day of each show.

For more information about “Theatre in a Week” at The MAIN and upcoming productions for the 2022 season, visit AtTheMAIN.org or contact Jeff Barber at jbarber@santa-clarita.com.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announces the launch of the Academy Digital Preservation Forum (ADPF).

Los Angeles, Calif. – The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announces the launch of the Academy Digital Preservation Forum (ADPF), a global online gathering place dedicated to exploring the latest issues surrounding digital preservation of motion pictures.  An initiative of the Academy’s Science and Technology Council, the forum hosts original content and resources and will serve as an ongoing discussion place for stakeholders and practitioners within the field and those interested in learning more.  Visit the forum at academydigitalpreservationforum.org.

“Preserving motion pictures – whether film or digital – is an imperative from both cultural and commercial perspectives,” said Andy Maltz, Senior Vice President, Science and Technology Council.  “As long as digital motion picture technologies evolve, there will be a need for collaboration between archivists, technologists and filmmakers.  The ADPF provides a foundation for productive communication and problem-solving to ensure future generations can access the movies we enjoy today and those yet to come.”


The ADPF’s mission is to confront challenges facing the digital preservation field, encourage information exchange, and catalyze work towards sustainable solutions.  By inspiring active participation from online community members, including Academy members, filmmakers, studio executives, archivists, operations professionals, technologists and other practitioners, the forum aims to reinforce the importance of digital preservation to modern filmmaking and help shape the future of this work.  Resources include workflows, practices, technical standards, educational materials and critical research on digital preservation.
The forum will bring industry experts together to examine the state of digital motion picture preservation.  This is the next phase of the Council’s work in this area beginning with the publications of The Digital Dilemma in 2007 and The Digital Dilemma 2 in 2012, the Council’s two groundbreaking reports on the long-term preservation of digital motion picture materials.


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“The Polar Express” Steams into The Cube on December 11, 2021.

Inaugural Holiday Ice Skating Show to Interpret Beloved Christmas Story.

Valencia, Calif. – All aboard! Take a magical journey to the north pole and back with a special performance of “The Polar Express” at The Cube – Ice and Entertainment Center. Join friends and family for The Cube’s inaugural holiday ice skating show on Saturday, December 11.

The all-local cast is proud to present its interpretation of this timeless Christmas classic with two shows (12:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m.). “The Polar Express” will include more than a dozen featured skaters, a supporting cast of 66 skaters and special guest skaters who have yet to be announced.

The 90-minute performance will take place on the NHL Rink at The Cube. With the temperature kept at 54 degrees, attendees are encouraged to bring jackets, hats, mittens and blankets.

Three seating areas will be available for each show, giving you the chance to immerse yourself in the action. Seating in on-ice bleachers is $25 per person, table seating on the balcony overlooking the rink is $20 per person and upstairs bleacher seating is $15 per person.

Tickets can be purchased online by visiting TheCubeSantaClarita.com/HolidayShow. “The Polar Express” show at The Cube is being produced by The Cube’s certified ice skating instructors, Kymberly Tompkins and Lina Stroh.

The Cube is the Santa Clarita Valley’s home for ice and entertainment. In addition to public skating sessions each day, The Cube also offers youth and adult hockey leagues, ice skating lessons, hockey and figure skating practice times, birthday party packages, corporate meeting spaces and more.

For more information about programs and opportunities available at The Cube, please visit TheCubeSantaClarita.com or call (661) 257-CUBE.

ACADEMY REVEALS WINNING NICHOLL SCREENWRITERS.

Nicholl Fellows to be featured in conversations with Destin Daniel Cretton,
Phil Lord, Our Lady J, Rawson Marshall Thurber and Olivia Wilde
beginning November 8, 2021.

Los Angeles, Calif. – Five individuals have been selected as winners of the 2021 Academy Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting competition.  The fellows will each receive a $35,000 prize and mentorship from an Academy member throughout their fellowship year.  From November 8 to 12, one fellow per day will be featured on the Academy’s YouTube channel, in content including conversations with filmmakers Destin Daniel Cretton, Phil Lord, Our Lady J, Rawson Marshall Thurber and Olivia Wilde.  View a preview here.

The 2021 winners are (listed alphabetically by author):

Haley Hope Bartels (Los Angeles, CA), “Pumping Black”
After a desperate cyclist takes up a team doctor’s dangerous offer, he seems on course to win the Tour de France.  But as the race progresses and jealous teammates, suspicious authorities, and his own paranoia close in, he must take increasingly dark measures to protect both his secrets and his lead.

Karin delaPeña Collison (West Hollywood, CA), “Coming of Age”
In 1965 Britain, Charlotte, a sheltered, studious schoolgirl, lands on a British Farce tour her mother stage manages, where private tutoring by company members replaces her formal schooling, with surprising success, and she experiences a Lolita-like flirtation in the morally wobbly era of Free Love, which leads both her and her mother to ‘come of age.’

Byron Hamel (Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada), “Shade of the Grapefruit Tree”
When a severely abused white boy befriends his sci-fi obsessed Black landlady, his fantasy of becoming a robot empowers him to recklessly confront his murderous stepdad.

R. J. Daniel Hanna (Los Angeles, CA), “Shelter Animal”
A fiery, female prison trustee working at the county animal shelter finds purpose rehabilitating an abused pit bull, but her attempts to rally employees and the broader community for shelter reform puts her own freedom at risk.

Laura Kosann (New York, NY), “The Ideal Woman”
Set in American suburbia during the Cuban Missile Crisis: A 1960’s ex-actress and housewife finds her house-of-cards world begin to tumble as she continues to be pitted against two identities.

A record number of 8,191 scripts, from 89 countries, were submitted for this year’s competition.  The first and quarterfinal rounds were judged by industry professionals, including graduates of the Academy’s Diverse Reader Training Workshop, a free referral-only program established to train individuals from underrepresented communities to be story analysts.  The semifinal round was judged by Academy members across the spectrum of the motion picture industry.  Ten individual screenwriters were selected as finalists.  Their scripts were then read and judged by the Academy Nicholl Fellowships Committee, who ultimately voted the winners.

The 2021 finalists are (listed alphabetically by author):

Adam Everett, “Aurora”
Takeo Hori, “American Infamy”
Michael Ouzas, “Third Man”
Jesse White, “Stronghold”
Aaron C. Wong, “Garamba”

Fellowships are awarded with the understanding that the recipients will each complete a feature-length screenplay during their fellowship year.  The Academy acquires no rights to the works of Nicholl fellows and does not involve itself commercially in any way with their completed scripts.

The Academy Nicholl Fellowships Committee is chaired by Academy Short Films and Feature Animation Branch governor Jennifer Yuh Nelson.  The members of the committee are John Bailey and Steven Poster (Cinematographers Branch); William Mechanic (Executives Branch); James Plannette and Stephen Ujlaki (Members-at-Large); Julia Chasman, Peter Samuelson and Robert W. Shapiro (Producers Branch); Bobbi Banks (Sound Branch); and Eric Heisserer, Larry Karaszewski, Dan Petrie Jr., Misan Sagay and Dana Stevens (Writers Branch).

The global competition, which aims to identify and encourage talented new screenwriters, has awarded 171 fellowships since it began in 1986.  In 2021, several past Nicholl fellows added to their feature film and television credits:

  • Alfredo Botello co-wrote the story for Universal Pictures’ “F9: The Fast Saga.”
  • Allison and Nicolas Buckmelter’s Nicholl-winning script, “American Refugee,” will make its debut on EPIX and Paramount Home Entertainment on December 10.
  • Destin Daniel Cretton directed and co-wrote, with fellow Andrew Lanham, Marvel Studios’ “Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings.”
  • Anthony Grieco’s Nicholl-winning script, “Best Sellers,” was released by Screen Media and stars Michael Caine and Aubrey Plaza.
  • Matt Harris’s fellowship year script, “The Starling,” was released by Netflix and stars Melissa McCarthy.
  • Geeta Malik wrote and directed “India Sweets and Spices,” which debuted at Tribeca Film Festival.  The film was adapted from her Nicholl-winning script, “Dinner with Friends.”
  • Andrew W. Marlowe and Terri Edda Miller are executive producers and showrunners on season two of CBS’s “The Equalizer,” starring Queen Latifah.
  • Stephanie Shannon was executive story editor and a writer on Apple TV+’s augmented reality experience “For All Mankind: Time Capsule,” which won an Emmy for Outstanding Innovation in Interactive Programming.
  • Rebecca Sonnenshine was the executive producer and writer on an episode of Amazon Prime’s “The Boys” that was nominated for an Emmy for Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series.  She is currently showrunning Netflix’s “Archive 81.”

For more information about the Academy Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting, visit oscars.org/nicholl.

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Academy Museum Announces Film and Public Programming Through January 2022

OVER 100 SCREENINGS AND PROGRAMS SPOTLIGHT THE WORK OF ACADEMY BRANCHES AND FILMMAKING CRAFTS, FILMS FROM THE GOLDEN AGE OF MEXICAN CINEMA, AUSTRIAN EMIGRÉS WHOSHAPED HOLLYWOOD, CONTEMPORARY AFGHAN CINEMA, ACADEMY GOVERNORS AWARDS HONOREES, FAMILY MATINEES, OSCAR®-WINNING AND -NOMINATED FILMS, AND MUCH MORE SPECIAL GUESTS INCLUDE CHLOÉ ZHAO AND TOMMIE SMITH.

Los Angeles, Calif., November 8, 2021The Academy Museum of Motion Pictures announces a robust calendar of more than 100 film screenings and public programs through January 2022 that will take place in the museum’s David Geffen Theater, Ted Mann Theater, and educational spaces.

“We have been thrilled by the overwhelmingly positive response to our inaugural programs. We feel the excitement growing among film lovers to experience the Academy Museum as a new destination to watch films and learn more about their creation and their impact,” said Jacqueline Stewart, Chief Artistic and Programming Officer at the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures. “Today we are excited to share additional details of our programs, highlighting the dynamic range of artists that have shaped cinema.”

“The museum’s programming teams have worked to develop a robust and dynamic schedule of screenings and discussions that inspire our visitors to dive deeper into our exhibitions. While the schedule certainly offers something for everyone, we also encourage visitors to allow themselves to be introduced to new directors and artists, genres and topics,” said Bernardo Rondeau, Senior Director of Film Programs.

NEW ONGOING SERIES AND PROGRAMS

  • The Art and Science of Cinema, featuring Mary Sweeny, Jonas Kaplan, and Chloé Zhao.Join Academy Award-winning director Chloé Zhao in conversation with BAFTA-winning editor Mary Sweeny and neuroscientist Jonas Kaplan as they explore the shared motivations and creative process of artists and scientists. The evening will be a conversation about filmmaking skills, particularly editing, about Zhao’s inventive blend of documentary and narrative forms, about dreams and storytelling, and about the parallel inquiry that filmmakers and neuroscientists undertake into the nature of perception and reality. (November 20)
  • Available Space, which will showcase experimental and independent film and media, including artist retrospectives, historical and contemporary films, expanded cinema performance, special guest events, and restorations from international archives, as well as our own Academy Film Archive.
  • Branch Selects, which will screen 52 titles over the span of 2022 curated by members of the 17 branches of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. The series offers a unique chronology, from silent cinema to contemporary films, that celebrate the achievements of each branch’s craft.

SPECIAL SERIES AND PROGRAMS

  • Vienna in Hollywood: Émigrés and Exiles in the Studio System: This series is presented in conjunction with the symposium Vienna in Hollywood: The Influence and Impact of Austrians on the Hollywood Film Industry, 1920s–2020s . Co-organized by the Academy Museum, the University of Southern California (USC), and the Austrian Consulate General in Los Angeles. From December 10 and 11, this film series explores the impact of Austrian émigrés in the classical era of Hollywood. (December 11 – January 31, 2022)
  • Roberto Gavaldón: The work of Mexican director Roberto Gavaldón spans the cultural divide at the center of Mexican national cinema, embracing both rural sagas of peasant life (the genre made internationally famous by Gavaldón’s contemporary, Emilio Fernández) and urban dramas centered on moneyed professionals (as in the cosmopolitan work of Julio Bracho). This program explores Gavaldón’s, which is only now being rediscovered. (January 6–23, 2022)
  • Governors Awards Honorees: To highlight the work of the 2022 Governors Awards honorees—Danny Glover (Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award), Samuel L. Jackson (Honorary Oscar), Elaine May (Honorary Oscar), and Liv Ullmann (Honorary Oscar)—the Academy Museum is pleased to screen select films that showcase these artists’ talents and their contributions to the art of cinema. (January 12–17, 2022)
  • With Drawn Arms: This standalone screening of the 2020 film With Drawn Arms will feature an introduction by Lyndon Barrois, and a post-screening panel with: Co-Directors Glenn Kaino and Afshin Shahidi, Tommie Smith, Executive Producer Jesse Williams, co-moderated by Jacqueline Stewart and Rhea Combs. (December 4)
  • Animating Realities: Documentary Social Impact Shorts: In a matter of minutes (or seconds), a documentary short film can convey the complexities of a lived reality. In this selection of shorts, each film employs different approaches to storytelling. The screening will be followed by a conversation will take place between Co-Founder & President of BRON Media Corporation Brenda Gilbert, and Academy Award-nominated producers Jinko Gotoh. (December 4)
  • Weekend With… Shahrbanoo Sadat: Weekend With… is a series that offers audiences the chance to dive deep into the work of a filmmaker, actor, or key creative over the course of one weekend. (The three-day series on the award-winning Afghan filmmaker Shahrbanoo Sadat begins on January 29, 2022)

ONGOING SERIES AND PROGRAMS

  • Hayao Miyazaki: In conjunction with the Academy Museum’s landmark exhibition Hayao Miyazaki, the museum presents an ongoing retrospective of the Academy Award-winning filmmaker’s feature work. (Continues through January 1)
  • Satyajit Ray: 1955–1968: The Academy Museum continues its centennial celebration of writer, director, and composer Satyajit Ray (1921–1992). December’s screenings focus on Ray’s prolific and prodigious 1960s output and showcase prints restored by the Academy Film Archive. Part 2 of this series will take place in 2022. (December 2–22)
  • Sound Off: A Celebration of Women Composers: This wide-ranging series began in November and concludes with two documentaries, a sci-fi classic, and a modern coming-of-age story. This series is presented in conjunction with the Academy Museum’s Composer gallery, curated in collaboration with Oscar-winner Hildur Guðnadóttir. (December 3–14)
  • Stories of Cinema: featuring screenings of films highlighted in the museum’s core exhibition, including Chasing Coral (USA, 2017), Fantastic Mr. Fox (USA, 2009), and The Age of Innocence (USA, 1993).
  • Oscar® Sundays: held every Sunday evening in the David Geffen Theater, this series celebrates films that have been honored at the Academy Awards. For the months of December and January, we are exploring films with the theme of homecoming, which will include titles such as It’s A Wonderful Life (USA, 1946), The Awful Truth (USA, 1937), and Rebecca (USA, 1940).
  • Family Matinees: held every Saturday for families of all ages, screenings will include Little Women (USA, 1994), Elf (USA, 2003), and Lassie Come Home (USA, 1943).

Future film programs launching in early 2022 include screenings of the works of guest artists Spike Lee and Pedro Almodóvar.

In addition, education and family programs will be ongoing at the Academy Museum. Programs will take place throughout the museum in exhibition galleries, theaters, and the Shirley Temple Education Studio, and will include, family studio activities, family matinee screenings, and in-gallery tours. ASL interpreted tours for hard of hearing and deaf communities and visual description tours for low vision and blind communities will be offered monthly as well as accommodative Calm Mornings and family film screenings for neurodivergent viewers. A full schedule of family matinees may be accessed here.

You can see the full schedule of the Academy Museum’s film screenings and public and educational programs here.

REGISTRATION AND TICKETING FOR FILM SCREENINGS AND PROGRAMS
Tickets for film screenings and public programs are sold separately and do not require general admission to the museum. All tickets will be available beginning August 5. Tickets will be available only through advance online reservations via the Academy Museum’s website.

Film screening tickets are $10 for adults, $7 for seniors (age 62+), $5 for college students, $5 for children (age 17 and younger), and $8 for Museum Members.

Public and education program tickets range from free with admission to $20 for adults.

Museum Members will receive complimentary general admission for unlimited visits and priority admission. Visitors can learn more about membership benefits, which include a 10% discount in the Academy Museum Store, exclusive members-only advance film screenings, and access to a ticket presale, by visiting the museum’s website.


 


The Academy Museum’s 2021–2022 programming is made possible by the support of our generous partners, including:
The Richard Roth Cinema-Arts Fund to showcase global cinema.
Participant in support of programs that engage diverse audiences in the intersection of art and activism.
Ruderman Family Foundation in support of Academy Museum inclusion initiatives and programming.
Cinecittà in support of an annual programming series of Italian Cinema.
Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, in support of Academy Museum programs focused on science and technology in film and the science and technology of film.
Donors to our fund in support of AAPI programming, including Esther S. M. Chui-Chao, Julia and Ken Gouw, and Dr. Peter Lam Kin Ngok of Media Asia Group Holdings Limited.
The generous support of Televisa Foundation-Univision, which is co-presenting Roberto Galvadón, the first of three film series that celebrates Mexican cinema.
Mexico’s two major film archives, the Cineteca Nacional and the Filmoteca de la UNAM, to whom we are grateful for making the Roberto Galvadón program possible.
Jacob Andreou and Carly Steel in support of Halloween film screenings.

IMAGE CREDITS (left to right): Chloé Zhao, Photo by Jake Sigl; Elf (2003), film still, Courtesy of Warner Bros.; Max Steiner, circa 1932, Courtesy of the Margaret Herrick Library, Core Collection, Biography Files, Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, Photo: Fred Hendrickson;  En la palma de tu mano (1951), film still, courtesy of Televisa

For high-resolution images and an electronic press kit, please visit academymuseum.org/press.

About the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures 
The Academy Museum is the largest institution in the United States devoted to the arts, sciences, and artists of moviemaking. The museum advances the understanding, celebration, and preservation of cinema through inclusive and accessible exhibitions, screenings, programs, initiatives, and collections. Designed by Pritzker Prize-winning architect Renzo Piano, the museum’s campus contains the restored and revitalized historic Saban Building—formerly known as the May Company building (1939)—and a soaring spherical addition. Together, these buildings contain 50,000 square feet of exhibition spaces, two state-of-the-art theaters, Shirley Temple Education Studio, and beautiful public spaces that are free and open to the public. These include: The Walt Disney Company Piazza and the Academy Museum Grand Lobby, which houses the Spielberg Family Gallery, Academy Museum Store, and Fanny’s restaurant and café. The Academy Museum exhibition galleries will be open seven days a week, with hours Sunday through Thursday from 10am to 6pm and Friday and Saturday from 10am to 8pm.

English pop band ABC coming to The Canyon Santa Clarita, Nov. 21, 2021.

Santa Clarita, Calif. – English pop band ABC has enjoyed a glittering career to date. Very definitely one of a number of groups who came along and kick-started the 80s with their own brand of pop for a ‘new decade.’ On its release in May 1982, ABC’s debut album The Lexicon Of Love crashed straight into the UK album charts at number one, showcasing the hit songs “Tears Are Not Enough,” “Poison Arrow,” “The Look Of Love” and “All Of My Heart.” A ground-breaking collection of modern love songs with majestic production from legendary Trevor Horn, it remains a classic to this day.

Other ABC hits include “When Smokey Sings,” “Be Near Me,” “(How To Be A) Millionaire,” “Poison Arrow,” and more.

The last five years have seen ABC complete five successful American Tours, 4 sell-out UK Orchestra Tours, the sell-out Steel City Arena Tour with The Human League and Heaven 17, and a string of Country House Shows in the UK.

November 21, 2021

Doors 6pm. Music 7pm. Headliner 8:00pm.

Opening set by Mardez

$28 / $38 / $48 / $58 + applicable fees

If you purchase a ticket at a table you are required to purchase dinner. You must arrive by 7pm.

Two Drink Minimum For All

Under 18 Must Be Accompanied by a Paying Adult.

See English pop band ABC at The Canyon Agoura Hills on Nov. 18, 2021 with opening set by PIERA.

Universal Studios Hollywood – Mouthwatering Fall Food Items Now Available ahead of the Holidays! Yum!

Hollywood, Calif. – Check Out a Selection of Seasonal Fall Food Items Now Available at Universal Studios Hollywood!

Butternut Squash Soup (Vegan)

Turkey Chowder in a Bread Bowl

Clam Chowder in a Bread Bowl

Turkey Leg w/ Cranberry Glaze

Cheese Tamale with Red & Green Sauce

Chicken Tortilla Soup

Beef Birria Tacos w/ Red Sauce

Baguette Dog

Hot Chocolate Cake in a Jar

Pumpkin Spice Cake in a Jar

Horchata Churro Bites

Pesto Pasta Salad 

More information is available at www.UniversalStudiosHollywood.com. Like Universal Studios Hollywood on Facebook and follow @UniStudios on Instagram and Twitter.

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