The City of Santa Clarita to screen free movies for the community at Central Park Start This Summer featuringEncanto, Guardians of the Galaxy, Shrek, and The Goonies.
Santa Clarita, Calif. – Catch a movie under the stars with your family and friends – all for FREE this summer at Central Park! The City of Santa Clarita presents City Cinemas in the Park, which will take place every two weeks in July and August, offers a new way to watch a movie with family and friends in Santa Clarita.
Grab your blankets and chairs and claim your spot on the grass to enjoy all-time classics and new favorites this summer at Central Park, located at 27150 Bouquet Canyon Road. City Cinemas in the Park will use the same event space as Concerts in the Park, allowing attendees to sit back and relax as they enjoy a picnic dinner or a meal from a food truck on-site.
Each movie will begin at approximately 8:15 p.m. Food trucks will begin selling at 7:00 p.m. The following is the 2022 City Cinemas in the Park schedule:
Fireworks to Light Up the Night Sky on Independence Day.
Valencia, Calif. – The annual Spirit of America Fireworks Spectacular, which headlines Fourth of July celebrations in the City of Santa Clarita, will return to light up the sky on Monday, July 4, at approximately 9:20 p.m. The fireworks show will once again be held at the Westfield Valencia Town Center, with the launch site near the corner of Magic Mountain Parkway and Citrus Street.
Residents should be aware that Citrus Street will be closed beginning at 3:00 a.m. on the morning of July 4. In addition, a portion of the Westfield Valencia Town Center parking lot will be blocked off to the public for the firework fall zone. All other roads in the area will remain open to vehicle traffic and existing “no parking” zones will remain in effect and be enforced by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.
Residents can enjoy the City of Santa Clarita’s “Spirit of America” Fireworks Show to Light of the Skies on the Fourth of July in celebration of Independence Day.
Music Series Features Local Performers at The MAIN.
Live music performed in an intimate setting is an experience unlike any other, especially when the musicians are your friends and neighbors! Residents are invited to purchase tickets for the upcoming “LOCALS ONLY!” show, taking place Friday, July 1, at 7:00 p.m. at The MAIN (24266 Main Street).
“LOCALS ONLY!” is a music series held every other month at The MAIN that features bands from throughout the Santa Clarita Valley. July’s show showcases some of Santa Clarita’s talented Psych Rock bands, featuring powerful guitar chords, heavy drums and – most importantly – volume.
“LOCALS ONLY!” in July features IPSOFAKTO, PLEXE and Midnight Bandit. General admission tickets are $12 each and seating is extremely limited.
To learn more about “LOCALS ONLY!” and the bands performing in July, and to purchase tickets, please visit atthemain.org.
Halloween Horror Nights Unleashes “The Horrors of Blumhouse,”An All-New Haunted House Inspired by Blumhouse’s Freakyand Upcoming Supernatural Thriller The Black Phone,Beginning September 2 at Universal Orlando Resortand September 8 at Universal Studios Hollywood.
All Tickets Now on Sale for Universal Studios Hollywood, Including the Popular Frequent Fear Pass for Guests to Experience the Scares Again and Again, and Select Tickets and Packages Available for Universal Orlando Resort
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Universal City, Calif., Orlando, Fla., (June 23, 2022) – Universal Studios’ Halloween Horror Nights features a double dose of terror inspired by the company regarded as the driving force in horror with “The Horrors of Blumhouse” haunted houses which bring to life Blumhouse’s upcoming supernatural thriller The Black Phone and horror-comedy Freaky.The frightening event begins at Universal Orlando Resort on September 2 and at Universal Studios Hollywood on September 8.
“The Horrors of Blumhouse” will transport guests into an alternate dimension where the scares are real and the stakes are life or death. In The Black Phone, which hits theatres June 24, “The Grabber” is a demented magician best known for his sinister trick of making people disappear – permanently. Guests will find themselves trapped in his “fun” house where the sound of ghostly voices whisper hints on how to escape, but guests must tread carefully to outwit and outrun “The Grabber’s” twisted magic. Freaky will challenge guests to outrun serial killer “The Butcher” who has switched bodies with a high school girl after being cursed by The La Dola Dagger, an ancient Aztec blade. Guests will learn firsthand that looks can be deceiving as they encounter the sweet-looking teen who is actually “The Butcher” – and she is determined to hunt for their next victims.
The countdown to the opening of Halloween Horror Nights on Thursday, September 8, begins as all tickets to Universal Studios Hollywood’s terrifying event are now on sale. Tickets purchased online or at the Universal Studios Hollywood front gate provide guests with early event admission and access to select houses, beginning at 6pm each night of Halloween Horror Nights (subject to change). Universal Studios Hollywood offers a variety of Halloween Horror Nights ticket options, including General Admission, Universal Express, After 2pm Day/Night, the premium R.I.P. Tour and popular passes, Frequent Fear and Ultimate Fear, which allow guests to experience the scares again and again. Click here for more information about each ticket type and for Terms and Conditions.
A variety of tickets and vacation packages are on sale now for Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Orlando Resort, which begins Friday, September 2, and additional ticket products, including Frequent Fear Passes, will be available soon. Guests can now purchase single-night event tickets and a vacation package featuring one-night admission to the event, Universal hotel accommodations and admission to all three Universal Orlando theme parks. Package holders can also take advantage of theme park benefits exclusive to Universal Orlando hotel guests, such as Early Park Admission during the day and access to a dedicated Halloween Horror Nights entry gate at night. Plus, guests can take the scares to the next level by booking event upgrades, including the R.I.P. Tour, Express Pass and the daytime Behind the Screams: Unmasking the Horror Tour.
Both events will run select nights through Monday, October 31, and more details and haunted houses will be revealed soon. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit www.HalloweenHorrorNights.com.
Los Angeles, Calif. – The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences today announced its newly elected 2022–2023 Board of Governors. The governors will take office at the first scheduled board meeting of the new term.
Elected to the Board for the first time:
Marlee Matlin, Actors Branch Richard Hicks, Casting Directors Branch Dion Beebe, Cinematographers Branch Jason Reitman, Directors Branch Chris Hegedus, Documentary Branch Nancy Richardson, Film Editors Branch Megan Colligan, Marketing and Public Relations Branch Jason Blum, Producers Branch Missy Parker, Production Design Branch Marlon West, Short Films and Feature Animation Branch Peter Devlin, Sound Branch Paul Debevec, Visual Effects Branch
Incumbent governors reelected to the Board:
Ruth E. Carter, Costume Designers Branch Donna Gigliotti, Executives Branch Howard Berger, Makeup Artists and Hairstylists Branch Eric Roth, Writers Branch
Returning to the Board after a hiatus:
Charles Fox, Music Branch
They will join returning governors Pam Abdy, Kate Amend, Bonnie Arnold, Lesley Barber, Charles Bernstein, Susanne Bier, Jon Bloom, Gary C. Bourgeois, Rob Bredow, Brooke Breton, Paul Cameron, Eduardo Castro, Bill Corso, Teri E. Dorman, Tom Duffield, Ava DuVernay, Linda Flowers, DeVon Franklin, Rodrigo García, Whoopi Goldberg, Lynette Howell Taylor, Larry Karaszewski, Laura C. Kim, Christina Kounelias, David Linde, Isis Mussenden, Stephen Rivkin, Howard A. Rodman, Terilyn A. Shropshire, Kim Taylor-Coleman, Wynn P. Thomas, Jennifer Todd, Jean Tsien, Mandy Walker, Rita Wilson, Janet Yang and Debra Zane.
As a result of this election, the Board comprises 54% women and 28% belonging to an underrepresented racial or ethnic group.
The Academy’s 17 branches are each represented by three governors, who may serve up to two three-year terms (consecutive or non-consecutive), followed by a two-year hiatus, after which eligibility renews for up to two additional three-year terms, for a lifetime maximum of 12 years. The Board of Governors sets the Academy’s strategic vision, preserves the organization’s financial health, and assures the fulfillment of its mission.
For a complete list of the current 2021-2022 Academy governors, click here.
ABOUT THE ACADEMY The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is a global community of more than 10,000 of the most accomplished artists, filmmakers and executives working in film. In addition to celebrating and recognizing excellence in filmmaking through the Oscars, the Academy supports a wide range of initiatives to promote the art and science of the movies, including public programming, educational outreach and the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures
Universal Studios Hollywood Extends the July 4th Celebrations All Weekend Longfrom July 2-4 Along with Spectacular Fireworks Display and Live Music Performances,All Included in the Price of Park Admission.
Universal City, California – June 21, 2022 – Universal Studios Hollywood celebrates 4th of July by extending its Independence Day festivities throughout the weekend from Saturday, July 2 – Monday, July 4, inclusive of dazzling nightly fireworks displays, live music performances, specially themed décor and more, all included in the price of admission to the theme park.
From the moment guests walk along the iconic red carpet and enter the theme park, they will be immersed in July 4th festivities from themed décor to the sounds of a fife and drum band. Then, beginning nightly at 9:00 p.m., an elaborate fireworks display will splash across the sky, synchronized to a score of Universal-themed music and patriotic favorites from two locations inside of the theme park.
Universal Studios Hollywood continues to provide endless entertainment with one-of-a-kind blockbuster attractions; from the “Jurassic World—The Ride” mega-attraction inspired by the JURASSIC WORLD film series and featuring a stunningly realistic and fully articulating dinosaur, the Indominus rex, to becoming a stray puppy looking to be adopted on Illumination’s award-winning “The Secret Life of Pets: Off the Leash” ride and getting swept up in the excitement as you enroll in Minion training with Gru, Margo, Edith, Agnes and the mischievous Minions on Illumination’s “Despicable Me Minion Mayhem.”
Universal Orlando Resort is also celebrating with special in-park activities on Monday, July 4 including live music, meet and greets with favorite characters, themed performers and an exciting pyrotechnics display.
Los Angeles, Calif. – The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced today that its Board of Governors voted to present Honorary Awards to Euzhan Palcy, Diane Warren and Peter Weir, and the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award to Michael J. Fox. The four Oscar® statuettes will be presented at the Academy’s 13th Governors Awards on Saturday, November 19, 2022, in Los Angeles.
“The Academy’s Board of Governors is honored to recognize four individuals who have made indelible contributions to cinema and the world at large,” said Academy President David Rubin. “Michael J. Fox’s tireless advocacy of research on Parkinson’s disease alongside his boundless optimism exemplifies the impact of one person in changing the future for millions. Euzhan Palcy is a pioneering filmmaker whose groundbreaking significance in international cinema is cemented in film history. Diane Warren’s music and lyrics have magnified the emotional impact of countless motion pictures and inspired generations of musical artists. Peter Weir is a director of consummate skill and artistry whose work reminds us of the power of film to reveal the full range of human experience.”
Fox gained fame playing Alex P. Keaton on the sitcom “Family Ties.” His hit films include “Back to the Future,” “The Secret of My Success,” “Casualties of War,” “Doc Hollywood” and “The American President.” He returned to television in his award-winning lead role on “Spin City,” followed by guest appearances in series including “Rescue Me,” “The Good Wife” and “Curb Your Enthusiasm.” His many awards include five Emmys, four Golden Globes, one Grammy, two Screen Actors Guild awards, a People’s Choice award, and GQ Man of the Year. In 2000, he launched the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research, which is now the leading Parkinson’s organization in the world. He is the author of four New York Times bestselling books: Lucky Man, Always Looking Up, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Future and No Time Like the Future: An Optimist Considers Mortality. Fox is the subject of a documentary from Oscar-winning filmmaker Davis Guggenheim, which is currently in production.
Palcy is a writer, director and producer born in Martinique in the French West Indies. Her first feature film, “Sugar Cane Alley,” won the Silver Lion at the 1983 Venice Film Festival, a first for a Black director. It went on to win a César Award for Best First Work, the first César won by a woman director and by a Black filmmaker. She continued her journey with “A Dry White Season” (1989), a drama made at the height of apartheid, becoming the first Black woman to direct a film for a major Hollywood studio and guiding Marlon Brando to his last Oscar nomination. Her films also include the musical fairytale “Siméon.” Palcy’s work has been an inspiration to filmmakers, contemporary artists and novelists.
Warren is one of the most prolific contemporary songwriters and has written original songs for more than 100 films. She has earned 13 Oscar nominations in the Original Song category, starting in 1987 and within each of the past five decades, for songs including “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now,” “Because You Loved Me,” “How Do I Live,” “I Don’t Want To Miss A Thing,” “Til It Happens To You” and “Stand Up for Something.” She has collaborated with such prominent music artists as Beyoncé, Cher, Celine Dion, Whitney Houston, Jennifer Hudson, Lady Gaga, John Legend, Reba McEntire and Carlos Santana.
A leading figure in the Australian New Wave film movement in the 1970s, Weir emerged as a visionary filmmaker with “Picnic at Hanging Rock” and “The Last Wave.” He earned Oscar nominations for Directing for “Witness,” “Dead Poets Society,” “The Truman Show” and “Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World,” for which he also received a Best Picture nomination, and earned a Writing nomination for “Green Card.” His other notable films include “The Way Back,” “Fearless,” “The Mosquito Coast,” “The Year of Living Dangerously” and “Gallipoli.”
The Honorary Award, an Oscar statuette, is given “to honor extraordinary distinction in lifetime achievement, exceptional contributions to the state of motion picture arts and sciences, or for outstanding service to the Academy.”
The Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award, also an Oscar statuette, is given “to an individual in the motion picture arts and sciences whose humanitarian efforts have brought credit to the industry.”
The 13th Governors Awards is proudly supported by Rolex, the Exclusive Watch of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
ABOUT THE ACADEMY The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is a global community of more than 10,000 of the most accomplished artists, filmmakers and executives working in film. In addition to celebrating and recognizing excellence in filmmaking through the Oscars, the Academy supports a wide range of initiatives to promote the art and science of the movies, including public programming, educational outreach and the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures.
“The Academy’s Board of Governors is honored to recognize four individuals who have made indelible contributions to cinema and the world at large,” said Academy President David Rubin. “Michael J. Fox’s tireless advocacy of research on Parkinson’s disease alongside his boundless optimism exemplifies the impact of one person in changing the future for millions.”
Los Angeles, Calif. , June 21, 2022—The Academy Museum of Motion Pictures today announced the election of three new members to its Board of Trustees effective July 1, 2022:
Dr. Eric Esrailian, a film producer, philanthropist, physician, and entrepreneur who is involved in philanthropic efforts connecting health, human rights, education, and the arts;
Julia S. Gouw, the Chairwoman of Piermont Bank, philanthropist, arts patron, and prominent proponent for advancing AAPI representation in entertainment;
Shira Ruderman, Executive Director of the Ruderman Family Foundation, whose philanthropic efforts have helped to improve the portrayal of disabilities in entertainment and increase the number of roles that cast actors with disabilities, in addition to her philanthropy focused on the American Jewish community.
These three new trustees bring many perspectives around arts, philanthropy, as well as wide-ranging and vital professional experiences to the governing body of the Academy Museum. As the museum ends its first operating fiscal year in excellent shape—more than 570,000 tickets have been sold since the September 30, 2021 opening—these new trustees will help continue the evolution and success of the project.
Ted Sarandos, Board Chair and Co-CEO of Netflix, said, “We are thrilled to welcome these three extraordinary leaders, who have already done so much.. for our community, and the industry at large… As members of our board, they will support and guide the Academy Museum in realizing its ambitious mission of increasing public appreciation for the arts and sciences of moviemaking and exploring the ongoing, multifaceted history of film.”
Academy Museum Director and President and incoming Academy CEO Bill Kramer added, “I join Ted and the entire Academy Museum Board of Trustees in welcoming Eric, Julia, and Shira. We have strong working relationships with all of them, and they have helped us open the Academy Museum in a powerful way. Their strong executive experience, profound philanthropic spirit….will help us tell the rich and varied stories of cinema to Los Angeles and the world.”
The new trustees join current Board members Ted Sarandos, Chair; Miky Lee (Mie Kyung Lee), Vice-Chair; Kimberly Steward, Secretary; Jim Gianopulos, Treasurer; Patricia S. Bellinger, Jason Blum, Arnaud Boetsch, Olivier de Givenchy, Laura Dern, David Dolby, Sidonie Seydoux Dumas, Sid Ganis (Honorary Trustee), Ray Halbritter, Tom Hanks, Dawn Hudson, Bill Kramer, David Linde, Eva Longoria, Alejandro Ramírez Magaña, Ryan Murphy, Dominic Ng, Katherine Oliver, David Rubin, Regina K. Scully, Emma Thomas, Diane von Furstenberg, and Kevin Yeaman.
ABOUT DR. ERIC ESRAILIAN, JULIA S. GOUW, AND SHIRA RUDERMAN Dr. Eric Esrailian is a film producer, philanthropist, physician, and entrepreneur. He is also actively involved in philanthropic efforts and education. Dr. Esrailian has been a significant supporter of Academy Museum educational programs and is part of the leadership of several philanthropic organizations, including the Motion Picture & Television Fund.
He has produced films, including The Promise (2016) by Terry George, starring Oscar Isaac and Christian Bale. He also produced the educational companion documentary Intent to Destroy (2017) with Joe Berlinger, which was nominated for an Outstanding Historical Documentary Emmy. In 2019, Dr. Esrailian and his partners launched SOMM TV—a streaming service with original series, films, and master classes dedicated to wine and food.
Julia S. Gouw is the Chairwoman of Piermont Bank, a digital commercial bank that serves the fintech ecosystem. She is the former President and Chief Operating Officer of East West Bank. She was ranked one of the “25 Most Powerful Women in Banking” five times by American Banker magazine and has twice received the Los Angeles Business Journal’s “Women Making a Difference” award in recognition of her achievements and philanthropic contributions.
She currently serves as a member of the Board of Directors of Pacific Life and VIZIO. Born and raised in Indonesia, Gouw came to the United States in 1978 and earned her BS degree in Accounting from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Shira Ruderman is a senior executive. Born and raised in Israel, she now lives in Boston with her husband Jay and their four children.
Images: (left) Dr. Eric Esrailian, Photo by John Russo; (center) Julia S. Gouw, Photo by Jeff Caroli; (right) Shira Ruderman, Photo courtesy Ruderman Family Foundation
About the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures The Academy Museum is the largest museum 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, the 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 Sidney Poitier Grand Lobby, which houses the Spielberg Family Gallery, Academy Museum Store, and Fanny’s restaurant and café. The Academy Museum exhibition galleries are open seven days a week, with hours Sunday through Thursday from 10am to 6pm and Friday and Saturday from 10am to 8pm.
Construction to Begin June 27 with Closures to Last 12 Weeks
Valencia, Calif. – Starting Monday, June 27, Southern California Gas Company (SoCalGas) crews will begin the installation of a new gas pipeline on the north side of Magic Mountain Parkway from Cheri Fleming Auto Center Drive to Fairways Drive, which will necessitate a roadway closure on McBean Parkway from Creekside Road to Magic Mountain Parkway.
The project is anticipated to last until mid-October and will require the nightly closure of southbound McBean Parkway from Creekside Road to Magic Mountain Parkway.
SoCalGas will work on the pipeline replacement project during the evening hours of 9:30 p.m. to 5:30 a.m. to mitigate impacts on daytime and rush-hour traffic.
Southbound McBean Parkway will be closed nightly from 9:30 p.m. to 5:30 a.m. between Creekside Road and Magic Mountain Parkway. Southbound traffic will be detoured to eastbound Creekside Road and Cheri Fleming Auto Center Drive before connecting with Magic Mountain Parkway.
Drivers are asked to be aware of construction crews and traffic delays and to plan their routes accordingly. Residents are also asked to reduce their speed through the construction zone. The City of Santa Clarita thanks community members in advance for their understanding and support of this project.
All measures will be taken by SoCalGas to complete the project in a safe and timely manner. For questions or concerns, please contact City of Santa Clarita Senior Public Works Inspector Kevin Viser at (661) 286-4028 by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hollywood, Calif. June 17, 2022 —A new group of entertainment professionals in the categories of Motion Pictures, Television, Live Theatre/Live Performance, and Recording have been selected to receive stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame by the Walk of Fame Selection Panel of the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce.
These honorees were chosen from among hundreds of nominations and ratified by the Hollywood Chamber’s Board of Directors on June 15, 2022. Ellen K, Chair of the Walk of Fame Selection Panel and Radio personality, announced the new honorees on www.walkoffame.com.
The new selections were revealed to the world on www.walkoffame.com on Friday, June 17, 2022.“The Walk of Fame Selection Panel is pleased to announce 24 new honorees to the Hollywood Walk of Fame. The Selection Panel, made up of fellow Walk of Famers, hand-picks a group of honorees each year that represent various genres of the entertainment world,” said Chair and Walk of Famer Ellen K, “The panel thoughtfully selected these talented individuals, and we can’t wait to celebrate them as they become part of Hollywood’s history with the unveiling of their star on the world’s most famous walkway!” Ellen K added.
The Hollywood Walk of Fame Class of 2023 are:
In the category of MOTION PICTURES: Ludacris, Bill Pullman, Uma Thurman, Vince Vaughn, John Waters, Juanita Moore (Posthumous), and Paul Walker (Posthumous)
In the category of TELEVISION: Jon Favreau, Mindy Kaling, Martin Lawrence, Ralph Macchio, Garrett Morris, and Ellen Pompeo.
In the category of RECORDING: Marc Anthony, Irving Azoff, Sheila E, Jonas Brothers, Lenny Kravitz, Blake Shelton, Charlie Wilson, and Jenni Rivera (posthumous)
In the category of LIVE THEATRE/LIVE PERFORMANCE: Lang Lang, Melba Moore, and PentatonixThe Hollywood Chamber of Commerce and its Walk of Fame Selection Panel congratulate all the honorees. Dates have not been scheduled for these star ceremonies. Recipients have two years to schedule star ceremonies from the date of selection before they expire.
Upcoming star ceremonies are announced ten days before dedication on the official website www.walkoffame.com.
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