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Los Angeles, CA, June 13, 2024—The Academy Museum of Motion Pictures today announced the election of Olivier de Givenchy as Chair, Dr. Eric Esrailian as Vice Chair, and Patricia Bellinger Balzer as Secretary of its Board of Trustees.   
The Board of Trustees has also re-elected Jim Gianopulos as Treasurer.  
As the governing body of the Academy Museum, the board leads the museum toward a sustainable future by adopting sound, ethical, and legal governance and financial management policies in addition to securing adequate resources to advance the museum’s mission.  
Incoming Academy Museum Director and President Amy Homma said, “We are thrilled to welcome Olivier de Givenchy, Dr. Eric Esrailian, and Patricia Bellinger Balzer to these Board Officer positions. As dedicated trustees serving on various committees and providing invaluable guidance and support, this group has played an active role in the museum’s success.” She continued, “We are also proud to re-elect Jim Gianopulos as Treasurer. He joined the board in 2017 as a founding trustee and has played a significant role in ensuring the museum’s financial stability.”  
Board of Trustees members as of July 1, 2024 include Olivier de Givenchy, Dr. Eric Esrailian, Patricia Bellinger Balzer, Jim Gianopulos, Howard Berger, Arnaud Boetsch, Effie T. Brown (honorary trustee), David Dolby, Tom Duffield, Sidonie Seydoux Dumas, Sid Ganis (honorary trustee), Julia S. Gouw, Ray Halbritter, Tom Hanks, Amy Homma, Travis Knight, Bill Kramer, Miky Lee, Eva Longoria, Ryan Murphy, Katherine L. Oliver, Alejandro Ramírez Magaña, Shira Ruderman, Ted Sarandos, Regina K. Scully, Kimberly Steward, Janet Yang, and Kevin Yeaman. 
About Olivier de Givenchy, Dr. Eric Esrailian, Patricia Bellinger Balzer, and Jim Gianopulos:  

Olivier de Givenchy (Chair) is the CEO of J.P. Morgan Private Bank for the West Region and oversees offices in California, Washington, Arizona, Utah, and Colorado. He also has direct responsibility for the Los Angeles market and is Chairman of The West Coast Market Leadership Team. Previously, de Givenchy was the Chief Executive Officer of J.P. Morgan Private Bank in the United Kingdom and served on the board of J.P. Morgan International Bank. He began his career in financial services in 1985 and, since joining J.P. Morgan in 1993, has served in several leadership roles, including Chairman of J.P. Morgan International Bank, Chairman of the London Management Committee, and the private bank representative for the EMEA CEO Conference. He sits on the J. Paul Getty Museum Director’s Council, is an ambassador of The Blue Marine Foundation, and a founding member of the Blue Marine Yacht Club.

De Givenchy joined the board on June 26, 2020, and has been active on the Campaign and Development Committee and the Programming Committee.

Dr. Eric Esrailian (Vice Chair)  is a physician, film producer, and entrepreneur. He is also actively involved in philanthropic efforts connecting health, human rights, education, and the arts. Esrailian is a professor, Chief of the UCLA Vatche and Tamar Manoukian Division of Digestive Diseases, and Co-Chair of the UCLA Chancellor’s Second Century Council for the whole university—alongside the institution’s major supporters. Esrailian is part of the leadership of several philanthropic organizations, and he is a long-time board member and Vice Chair of the Hammer Museum. He has also produced films with a focus on human rights issues and social impact. In 2017, the university designated Esrailian as a UCLA Optimist among its notable alumni and faculty dedicated to solving the world’s problems. In 2019, Esrailian and his partners co-founded SOMM TV, a streaming service with original series, films, podcasts, and master classes dedicated to wine and food. In 2021, he was also honored by Pope Francis at the Vatican with the Benemerenti Medal for his humanitarian activities around the world. Esrailian joined the board on June 21, 2022, and has served on the Campaign and Development and Governance and Nominations Committees. He has been active in supporting a range of programs and projects at the museum, notably The Promise Workshops, which brings together the empowering and expressive nature of filmmaking with professional skill development to Los Angeles area emerging adults ages 18–23.

Patricia Bellinger Balzer (Secretary)  is a philanthropist and highly experienced global board director. Bellinger Balzer has dedicated her career to empowering individuals and organizations to achieve high performance through enlightened leadership and inclusive cultural competence for over three decades. She is an operating partner at Sandbrook Capital, a private investment firm focused on climate impact. In June of last year, she retired from Harvard University as VP and Chief of Staff to the President, previously served on the faculty at the Harvard Kennedy School (HKS), and as a senior executive at Harvard Business School. Prior to her leadership roles at Harvard, Bellinger Balzer led the global diversity and inclusion transformation at energy conglomerate BP. Under her leadership, BP won the coveted Catalyst Award for the advancement of women and progress in global diversity. Bellinger Balzer currently serves on numerous public, private, and non-profit boards in the US and Europe, including Paris-based aviation/aerospace group Safran, Bath & Body Works, and the Smithsonian Institution National Board, among others. Bellinger Balzer also devotes considerable time to the non-profit sector, with a focus on youth development, human trafficking prevention, and the arts. Bellinger Balzer joined the board on June 26, 2020, and has been a member of the Governance and Nominations Committee and Co-Chair of the Collections and Exhibitions Committee. She gifted the Balzer Collection, the world’s most prominent collection of pre-cinematic objects, featured as part of the museum’s opening exhibition The Path to Cinema: Highlights from the Richard Balzer Collection. 

Jim Gianopulos (Treasurer) served as the Chairman and CEO of Paramount Pictures until 2021, where he oversaw the studio’s film and television operations worldwide, including production, marketing, and distribution. He previously headed 20th Century Fox. He has sat on the Board of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and currently sits on the Boards of the Motion Picture & Television Fund and the X Prize Foundation. He is a member of the Board of Councilors of the University of Southern California School of the Cinematic Arts, where he is an Adjunct Professor. 

Gianopulos joined the board in 2017, as a founding trustee. He was first appointed Treasurer in 2021 and is the Chair of the Finance Committee. ### Image Credits: Photo courtesy of Olivier de Givenchy; Dr. Eric Esrailian, photo courtesy of John Russo; photo courtesy of Patricia Bellinger Balzer; photo courtesy of Jim Gianopulos.

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 and store are open six days a week from 10am to 6pm, and are closed on Tuesdays and Christmas Day. 

Nat King Cole Returns to the Charts With Live at the Blue Note Chicago.

GRAMMY Museum Panel Discussion Celebrating Live at the Blue Note Chicago Confirmed in Los Angeles for July 10.

Meticulously Restored Never-Before-Heard 70-Year-Old Audio Features Historic  Masterfully Curated Live Performances From a 1953 Blue Note Chicago Residency From the Legendary Chicago Jazz Club Owners’ Personal Archives.

Los Angeles, CA – June 13, 2024 – Nat King Cole has earned the #1 album on the Luminate Current Traditional Jazz Album chart with Nat King Cole Live at the Blue Note Chicago. Released May 31 via Iconic Artists Group, the album also landed on several Billboard charts, including #4 Jazz Album, #6 Vinyl Album Sales, #3 Indie Store Album Sales, #20 Current Album Sales, #22 Album Sales. 

This marks multiple times the velvety-voiced entertainer has appeared on the charts in the last six months, nearly 60 years since his passing. Live at the Blue Note, first released on Record Store Day 2024, debuted on Billboard’s Jazz chart, Album Sales, Current Album Sales, and on Luminate’s Traditional Jazz Albums chart. During the holiday season, Nat’s Christmas Song album topped out at #4 on Billboard’s Top 200 Albums chart for week ending December 28. Forbes recently wrote about Nat’s return to the charts; read here.

“Yet again, Nat proves that he’s an unbelievable talent who continues to speak to new generations,” says Jimmy Edwards, President of Iconic Artists Group. “Iconic is so proud to shepherd this release and bring this rare and intimate performance to the world.”

Critical praise for Live at the Blue Note Chicago:

Read the NewCity Chicago featureAn Unforgettable Discovery: The Story Behind the Nat King Cole at the Blue Note Chicago Tapes

“No gimmicks, no effects, no groaning, histrionics or grunting, just perfect songs delivered perfectly. Isn’t this why you fell in love with jazz?” –Jazz Weekly / Ringer Of The Week

“This nearly flawless collection will surprise those who consider Cole a syrupy performer and delight longtime fans who know better.” –The Big Takeover

“For tapes that have gone unheard for 71 years, this album is remarkably listenable time capsule.” –Illinois Entertainer

“…the clarity is something you need to hear to believe; because the original tapes utilized are from only two microphones and are over 70 years old!” –Cryptic Rock

“…the audio has been restored to the point where this could be mistaken for a recent recording.” –Blogcritics

“A sumptuous slice of jazz history.” –The Morning Star UK

On July 10, the GRAMMY Museum in Los Angeles will host a panel discussion celebrating Nat King Cole Live at the Blue Note Chicago with moderator Steve Hochman along with restoration audio engineer and producer James SáezMichael Bearden, who has worked as Music Director for over 500 artists, including Madonna, J Lo, Michael Jackson, and currently Lady Gaga, and producer/multi-instrumentalist/singer-songwriter Dapo Torimiro, who has written songs with Justin Bieber, Frank Ocean, Babyface, and more. Tickets are available here.

The week of August 28, 1953, riding high on the charts, acclaimed pianist and singer Nat King Cole took to the stage at the Blue Note Chicago, Chi-town’s first integrated venue in his beloved Bronzeville neighborhood. Nearly five years had passed since Cole’s last appearance at the club. Upon returning to the city, he graced the stage for these intimate performances at least twice a day for a week. Seventy years later, those historic, never-before-heard performances by Chicago’s adopted son’s week-long residency have been unearthed and meticulously restored for this “time capsule” (Analog Planet). 

The set boasts detailed notes about the restoration process from the original dual mono recordings by audio engineer and producer James Sáez, who spent weeks working on a sequence that followed Cole’s original set lists, including transitions, crowd participations, and introductions during the shows. The packaging also includes: an essay by acclaimed author and music critic Will Friedwald; a replica of the club’s original newsletter promoting Cole’s residency; and numerous rare archival photos of Cole in and around Chicago from the era. 

Recorded by club owner Frank Holzfeind, who fatefully taped shows each night at the nation’s premier jazz venue for his enjoyment, Live at the Blue Note Chicago creates a personal connection, taking the listener back to Cole’s Chicago roots and showcasing a different side of him during a time when jazz was at the forefront of musical exploration and cultural expression. The collection features the unbridled raw energy of his trio—John Collins (guitar), Charlie Harris (bass), Lee Young (drums)—lead by Cole’s fierce piano playing, instantly recognizable velvety voice, and sophisticated charm, intimately performing the timeless Great American Songbook.

Nat King Cole Live at the Blue Note Chicago Tracklisting:

Side 1
1. Frank Holzfeind Introduction :16
2. Little Girl 2:28
3. Unforgettable 3:44
4. It’s Only A Paper Moon 3:30
5. Love Is Here To Stay 3:44
6. Too Marvelous For Words 3:43
7. What Does It Take 2:36
RT- 20:04

Side 2
8. You Stepped Out Of A Dream 2:37
9. Exactly Like You 3:59
10. Sweet Lorraine 4:15
11. Can’t I 3:47
12. Band Introduction :18
13. Calypso Blues 3:20
RT- 18:25

Side 3
1. Frank Holzfeind Introduction 2:25
2. Walkin’ My Baby Back Home 2:07
3. Mona Lisa / Too Young 3:50
4. Blue Gardenia 2:28
5. Straighten Up And Fly Right 3:17
6. Funny (Not Much) 3:37
7. Somewhere Along The Way 2:45
8. Nature Boy 2:19 
RT- 20:51

Side 4
9. Pretend 3:24
10. A Fool Was I 3:50
11. If Love Is Good To Me 3:18
12. I Am In love 2:54
13. This Can’t Be Love 2:41
14. Route 66 3:34
RT- 19:46

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About Nat King Cole

One of the most identifiable and memorable voices of the 20th century, Nat King Cole recorded nearly 40 albums and over 150 singles that reached Billboard’s pop, R&B, and country charts and sold more than 50 million copies. As the first Black man to host a radio show and a national television show, NBC’s “The Nat King Cole Show,” he was a civil rights pioneer. Cole appeared in several films, including  St. Louis Blues and Cat Ballou. He won the Grammy® Award for Best Performance for “Midnight Flyer” and was honored with a Special Achievement Award from the Golden Globes. He was posthumously awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award from NARAS and inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

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Universal Studios Hollywood Invites Guests to Double Their Fun With the Buy A Day, Get A 2nd Day Free Ticket Option.

Universal Studios Hollywood Invites Guests to Double Their Fun With the Buy A Day, Get A 2nd Day Free Ticket Option, Available for Purchase Now Through October 9, 2024

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Universal City, California, June 13, 2024 – Beginning today, Universal Studios Hollywood is offering guests a chance to experience the two of the best days in L.A. with the purchase of a Buy A Day, Get A 2nd Day Free General Admission ticket, available now through October 9, 2024.

With a bevy of original and dynamic immersive lands, thrill rides and attractions, visiting Universal Studios Hollywood is twice as nice when the second visit is free.

The process is turnkey so the fun can start as soon as possible. Guests can purchase the special Buy A Day, Get A 2nd Day Free ticket option online at Universal Studios Hollywood now through October 9, 202,4 and enjoy their second day free for their return on select dates, with all visits completed on or before December 18, 2024.

There are no blockout dates for the first visit as part of this special, limited time offer, which excludes Universal Express and Universal Express Unlimited. Blockout dates apply to the second visit, and restrictions apply.

Families, friends, kids and adults can all share in the adventure by exploring the theme park and its signature world famous Studio Tour, which offers an insightful peek at the inner workings of an authentic movie and television production backlot along with an array of special-effect attractions, such as the reimagined “Earthquake—The Big One,” “King Kong 360-3D,” “Fast & Furious—Supercharged,” as well the Jupiter’s Claim original film sets from the horror epic, Nope.

Now through August 11, 2024, guests will also have a chance to experience the Studio Tour’s 60th anniversary which features reissued Glamor Trams and an array of nostalgic enhancements, including an opportunity to step off the tram and onto a legendary movie set where an original, fully restored 1964 vintage Glamor Tram awaits. The area also provides opportunities for additional memorable photo opportunities and social media posts, including a giant King Kong backdrop and the theme park’s original hanging Jaws shark.

From the moment guests traverse the theme park’s red carpet entry and pass through its  signature arch, they are met with exhilaration and excitement that carries through to its immersive lands, dynamic thrill rides and attractions, including the interactive land SUPER NINTENDO WORLD™, featuring the critically-acclaimed “Mario Kart™: Bowser’s Challenge” ride; “The Wizarding World of Harry Potter™” highly immersive land features Hogsmeade™ village, “Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey™” and “Flight of the Hippogriff™ rides; “Jurassic World—The Ride”; Illumination’s award-winning “The Secret Life of Pets: Off the Leash” and “Despicable Me Minion Mayhem”; Springfield, U.S.A. and “The Simpsons Ride™”; “TRANSFORMERS™: The Ride—3D” and “Revenge of the Mummy—The Ride.”

For more information, visit; like Universal Studios Hollywood on Facebook and follow @UniStudios on Instagram and X (formerly known as Twitter).

Universal Studios Hollywood Celebrates 4th of July With Elaborate Firework Displays, Live Performances and Themed Décor.

Universal Studios Hollywood celebrates the 4th of July with a dazzling fireworks display, live performances, themed décor and more. All festivities are included in the price of theme park admission.

Guests are invited to bring family and friends to celebrate Independence Day at Universal Studios Hollywood to experience the theme park’s slate of award-winning lands, rides, and attractions, then transition to the rhythmic beats of a fife and drum band, festive décor and an exhilarating fireworks display beginning at 9:00 p.m.

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The City of Santa Clarita presents Summer Theater fun at The Main in Down Town Newhall. Witness Love and the Absurd this Summer.

Newhall, Calif. – The City of Santa Clarita’s Main presents summer plays!

ConstellationsJune 27 – 30

CONSTELLATIONS is a spellbinding love story about an unlikely romance between Roland, a beekeeper, and Marianne, a physicist. After a chance encounter at a barbeque brings them together, the possibility of a spark seems unlikely. What happens next defies the limits of our understanding of time and space.

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An Evening of Absurdity
July 12-14, 19-21

An Evening of One Act Plays by master absurdist Eugène Ionesco, with two of his master works: The Bald Soprano and The Lesson.
Part of the Summer Theatre Festival by Santa Clarita Shakespeare.
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Our Dad is in Atlantis
July 26-28

Two Brothers journey to find their father in Atlantis
Presented entirely in Spanish with English subtitles.
(Spanish translation)

Espectáculo en español (Spanish Language Show)
Papa esta en la Atlántida
Dos hermanos viajan para encontrar a su padre en Atlantis
Presentado íntegramente en español con subtítulos en inglés.
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Explore the City’s new website at for information on productions and tickets for upcoming events!

Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Announces the eighth year of Gold Rising, exploring behind-the-camera career focus on cinematography, costume design, film editing, production design, sound or visual effects.

Eighty-Six Students Will Participate in Academy Career Launch Program in Partnership with 18 Film and Entertainment Companies.

LOS ANGELES, CA – The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announces the 2024 Academy Gold Rising talent development program, an eight-week summer educational and networking initiative that helps college seniors, recent graduates and young professionals acquire the knowledge, skills and connections to achieve careers in the film industry.  Through internships with the Academy and partner companies, Gold Rising offers unprecedented industry access, connecting participants with valuable work experiences within film, technology, production and digital media.  Upon completing the program, each Gold Rising participant will be paired with an Academy member for an eight-month mentorship.

“The Academy’s Gold Rising program cultivates the next generation of storytellers and artisans.  We eagerly anticipate guiding this year’s class to demonstrate and instill a deep appreciation of how each discipline and aspect of filmmaking contributes to the collaborative nature of our industry,” said Brooke Breton, Academy governor and member of the Academy Foundation Board of Trustees.

In addition to valuable internships, the Academy Gold Rising program also includes the Gold Rising production track, which is available for students from Los Angeles community colleges, state schools and trade schools who have a specific behind-the-camera career focus on cinematography, costume design, film editing, production design, sound or visual effects.  Students in this track will get hands-on experience shooting on a soundstage and complete a short film project alongside Academy members and film professionals.

This year, 86 students and young professionals and 18 film and entertainment companies will participate in the program.  Gold Rising’s 2024 partners include The Black List, Creative Artists Agency (CAA), DTS – Xperi, The Walt Disney Company, Dolby Laboratories, FotoKem, Fremantle, Group Effort Initiative, Lionsgate, Monkeypaw Productions, Moving Picture Institute, Panavision, Paramount Pictures, Shout! Factory, Sony Pictures Entertainment, United Talent Agency (UTA) and Universal Filmed Entertainment Group.

“The Academy is dedicated to inspiring young artists and creating opportunities for underrepresented communities to engage with the film world.  The Academy Gold Rising program is a core part of this focus as it fosters pathways of access to the film industry to talented individuals from a wide range of backgrounds, experiences and perspectives,” said Kendra Carter, Academy Senior Vice President, Impact and Global Talent Development.  “We’re grateful to our generous partners, donors and Academy members, who enable us to share our commitment to creating opportunities for all voices to be heard and valued.”

The program kicks off tomorrow, June 12, with a two-day orientation that includes tours of the Academy Film Archive, the Academy’s Margaret Herrick Library and the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures as well as Walt Disney Animation Studios and Warner Bros. Discovery Studios.

Over the course of the program, participants will hear from panelists and speakers on such topics as:

Anatomy of a Film – “The Fall Guy” (Pre-Production)

Production & Post-Production – “A Quiet Place: Day One”

Expecting the Unexpected: A Conversation on Documentary Filmmaking

The Magic of Visual Effects and Special Effects

Storytelling as Collective Art & Advocacy

Mind Matters: Accessing Resources for Mental Wellbeing

With the program now in its eighth year, there have been more than 650 past Gold Rising participants.  
Gold Rising is part of Academy Gold, a global talent development and inclusion initiative that provides creative individuals of diverse backgrounds access and resources toward achieving their career pathways in filmmaking.  Academy Gold also includes career launch programs such as the Student Academy Awards and career growth programs such as the Academy Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting and Gold Fellowship for Women.  All past participants and award recipients of these programs become a part of the Gold Network, which provides networking opportunities, access and career advancement services.

Academy Gold Rising is supported by grants from The James Irvine Foundation, JPMorgan Chase, Snap Foundation and Dwight Stuart Youth Fund.  Additional support is provided by Gold tier partner, The Walt Disney Company.

Other funding generously provided by the Los Angeles County Department of Arts and Culture, Leon Silverman, Lisa Kaye and Randy Haberkamp. 

In-kind support is provided by 424 Post, Disney Digital Studio Services, Harbor Picture Company, Panavision, Exceptional Minds, Filmmakers Academy, Los Angeles Film School and New York Film Academy.

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Academy Museum Gala Host Committee is formed by Yahya Abdul-Mateen II,  Amy Adams & Darren Le Gallo, Jon Bernthal, Orlando Bloom, Sterling K. Brown, Ruth E. Carter, Jon M. Chu, Kieran Culkin, Willem Dafoe, Ariana DeBose, Colman Domingo, Winston Duke, Kirsten Dunst & Jesse Plemons, Cynthia Erivo, Emerald Fennell, Sally Field, Nicholas Galitzine, Jennifer Garner, Ariana Grande,  Ludwig Göransson, Regina Hall, Tom Hanks & Rita Wilson, Goldie Hawn & Kurt Russell, Brian Tyree Henry, Cord Jefferson, Dwayne Johnson, Rashida Jones, Regina King, Zoë Kravitz, Jessica Lange, Jude Law, Jennifer Lawrence, Greta Lee, Demi Moore, Niecy Nash-Betts, Josh O’Connor, Ke Huy Quan, Questlove, Da’Vine Joy Randolph, Eddie Redmayne, Saoirse Ronan, Meg Ryan, Celine Song, Denis Villeneuve, Lulu Wang, Jeffrey Wright, Letitia Wright, Steven Yeun and Hans Zimmer.

LOS ANGELES, CA, June 10, 2024—The Academy Museum of Motion Pictures today announced details of its annual fundraising gala, to be held on October 19, 2024. The Academy Museum Gala will celebrate the acclaimed museum’s third anniversary and will honor Academy Award-nominated actor Paul Mescal; Academy Award-winning actress, singer, and dancer Rita Moreno ; and two-time Academy Award-winning and six-time Academy Award-nominated writer and director Quentin Tarantino.

The evening will help raise vital funds to support museum exhibitions, education initiatives, and public programming, including screenings, K– 12 programs, and access initiatives in service of the public and the local community of Los Angeles. Supported by Rolex, the official watch partner and founding supporter of the Academy Museum, the Gala is being co-chaired by Academy Museum Trustee, physician, producer, philanthropist, and entrepreneur Dr. Eric Esrailian; Academy Award-nominated actress, producer, director, and activist Salma Hayek Pinault; Academy Award-winning actress Nicole Kidman; Academy Museum Trustee and actress, director, producer, and activist Eva Longoria; and Academy Museum Founding Supporter, Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award winner, and actor, filmmaker, and studio founder Tyler Perry

“The Academy Museum Gala celebrates the power, global impact, and indelible importance of cinema, and I am thrilled we can gather for a fourth year and honor these three amazing artists—Rita Moreno, Quentin Tarantino, and Paul Mescal—whose groundbreaking achievements, filmmaking influence, and demonstrated versatility will continue to inspire generations of artists and filmmakers,” said incoming Academy Museum Director and President, Amy Homma. “We are profoundly grateful to Rolex for their continued support of the museum and cinema worldwide, our co-chairs Dr. Eric Esrailian, Salma Hayek Pinault, Nicole Kidman, Eva Longoria, and Tyler Perry for hosting this special evening.”

The three awards presented at this year’s Academy Museum Gala reflect the museum’s continued mission to advance the understanding, celebration, and preservation of film and to contextualize and challenge dominant narratives around cinema. The awards presented at this year’s gala include:

  • The Vantage Award, presented to Paul Mescal, honoring an emerging artist or scholar who is helping to contextualize and challenge dominant narratives around cinema.
  • The Icon Award, presented to Rita Moreno, celebrating an artist whose career has had a significant global cultural impact.
  • The Luminary Award, presented to Quentin Tarantino, given to an artist whose singular contributions have expanded the creative possibilities of cinema.

The 2024 Academy Gala Host Committee, also announced today, includes Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Amy Adams & Darren Le Gallo, Jon Bernthal, Orlando Bloom, Sterling K. Brown, Ruth E. Carter, Jon M. Chu, Kieran Culkin, Willem Dafoe, Ariana DeBose, Colman Domingo, Winston Duke, Kirsten Dunst & Jesse Plemons, Cynthia Erivo, Emerald Fennell, Sally Field, Nicholas Galitzine, Jennifer Garner, Ariana Grande, Ludwig Göransson, Regina Hall, Tom Hanks & Rita Wilson, Goldie Hawn & Kurt Russell, Brian Tyree Henry, Cord Jefferson, Dwayne Johnson, Rashida Jones, Regina King, Zoë Kravitz, Jessica Lange, Jude Law, Jennifer Lawrence, Greta Lee, Demi Moore, Niecy Nash-Betts, Josh O’Connor, Ke Huy Quan, Questlove, Da’Vine Joy Randolph, Eddie Redmayne, Saoirse Ronan, Meg Ryan, Celine Song, Denis Villeneuve, Lulu Wang, Jeffrey Wright, Letitia Wright, Steven Yeun and Hans Zimmer.

The 2023 Academy Museum Gala honored Meryl Streep, Michael B. Jordan, Oprah Winfrey, and Sofia Coppola. The 2022 Academy Museum Gala honored Julia Roberts, Miky Lee, Sir Steve McQueen, and Tilda Swinton. The 2021 Academy Museum Opening Gala honored Haile Gerima and Sophia Loren as well as Academy Museum Campaign Leaders Annette Bening, Bob Iger, and Tom Hanks.

Additional details about the gala will be announced in the coming months.


Rita Moreno is a true Hollywood and Broadway legend having been honored and recognized for her critically acclaimed performances during her more than 80 year career. Shehas won all four of the most prestigious awards in show business: an Oscar, a Tony, two Emmys, and a Grammy.Her countless credits span more than eight decades, beginning with her Broadway debut at age 13. In addition, Moreno has starred on London’s West End, appeared in more than 70feature films, countless television shows, and has performed in numerous regional theaters including her one woman show,Life Without Makeup at the Berkeley Repertory Theatre. She continues to tour the country appearing at speaking engagements and lectures. Moreno currently stars in such films as“The Prank”, a comedy-horror film that released in theaters nation wide in March and the Netflix film “Family Switch” which was released on the platform in December 2023.Recently, she has starred in several blockbuster films, “Fast X” and “80 for Brady”;a holiday flick for Lifetime-TV,“Santa’s Bootcamp”;and hosted the 30th Anniversary Special,“Beauty and TheBeast” on ABC-TV. Moreno also co-starred and served as an Executive Producer in Steven Spielberg’s remake of“West Side Story”. Her documentary, “Rita Moreno: Just a Girl WhoDecided to Go For It”, had its world debut at Sundance Film Festival and then released in theaters nationwide.The film also debuted on TV as part of PBS’American Masters series and is now streaming on Netflix. Moreno also appeared in the widely popular reimagining of Norman Lear’s classic TV sitcom, One Day At A Time which aired for 4 seasons.In 2015 Moreno released her first ever all-Spanish language album, Una Vez Más, produced by good friend, Emilio Estefan. She is also aNew York Times best selling author with her first book, Rita Moreno: A Memoir published by Celebra Books.Recipient of the Peabody Career Achievement Award and the Kennedy Center Honor for her lifetime contributions to American culture, she was also honored by her peers as the 50th recipient of the Screen Actors Guild Life Achievement Award. She has also served as Grand Marshall for both the Rose Parade and National Puerto RicanDay Parade.Moreno is the recipient Presidential Medal of Freedom by President George W. Bush, the highest civilian award of the United States, and the National Medal of Arts byPresident Barack Obama, the highest award given to artists and arts patrons.

For many decades, Rolex has maintained close ties with the world of cinema. Its watches have played a role in numerous films, including Oscar® -winning masterpieces. The company promotes excellence, encourages the preservation and transmission of the cinematic arts and celebrates progress by accompanying cinema legends and budding talents: through its Testimonees such as Martin Scorsese, James Cameron and Jia Zhang-ke, its partnership with the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and the Rolex mentoring programme for talented young filmmakers. Rolex has partnered the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences since 2017, serving as Proud Sponsor of the Oscars®, hosting the event’s Greenroom, while also supporting the Governors Awards, recognizing lifetime achievement in film. To assist in the preservation of film history for future generations, Rolex became a Founding Supporter of the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures in Los Angeles. Through its support of the film industry, Rolex champions excellence, the perpetuation of knowledge, the conservation of the art of filmmaking and the rise of new talent.

Images: Paul Mescal, photo by Christian Tierny; Rita Moreno, photo by Mark Hill; Quentin Tarantino, photo by Art Streiber

About the Academy Museum
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 and store are open six days a week from 10am to 6pm and are closed on Tuesdays and Christmas Day.

Cine Gear Expo LA held at Warner Bros Studios in Burbank showcased lights, cameras and plenty of Hollywood action in the world of cinema technology, drawing industry leaders and thousands of creative enthusiasts for an exciting weekend.

By Margie Anne Clark

Burbank, Calif. – It was lights cameras and plenty of Hollywood action at the Cine Gear Expo LA, held at the famed Warner Bros Studios in Burbank as industry leaders and visitors alike gathered over the weekend at the historic film studio with demonstrations that staggered the imagination of possibilities in the realm of film-making and storytelling for television and the big screen.

The Cine Gear LA Expo is the biggest EXPO and featured exhibits, new product and service introductions, complimentary seminars led by industry leaders, master classes, film competition, and awards ceremony. The LA Expo was held June 7 through June 9.

A fitting backdrop for the Cine Gear industry trade-show, visitors enjoyed outdoor booths on Warner Bros Midwest and French Streets, former home to The Music ManBonnie and Clyde, and Gilmore Girls. Simultaneously the Friends and Young Sheldon stages will house indoor booths filled with the latest tech from popular equipment vendors.

Warner’s full-service facility also offers state-of-the-art venues like the Steven J. Ross Theatre to accommodate Cine Gear’s hallmark Film Competition and Screening Series, and Presentations.

This year’s Cine Gear Expo LA at Warner Bros Studios included technology previews, film screenings, educational panels, guild and association presentations, filmmaker talks— to the best mingling in the biz, all under the California skies, as June’s morning overcast made way for LA’s signature sunshine.

Motion Picture Connectivity Co. Bit Part Showcases bitbox Remote Camera Control Radio at Cine Gear Expo LA; Helps Film Techs Remotely Manage Shots, Interference-free.

LOS ANGELES, CA, June 6, 2024 – Helping movie industry technicians deliver better quality footage more efficiently, motion picture connectivity co. Bit Part is showcasing its new remote camera control radio, bitbox, at the Cine Gear Expo in LA (booth #845 @Midwest and French Streets). Bitbox offers interference-free camera control from ultra-long ranges to help cinematographers, DITs, and ACs save valuable time, money and labor throughout the entire production process. 

Whether it’s filming in challenging lighting conditions or shooting from atop a large crane, bitbox’s 915 MHz system can remotely control filters, camera settings, live color grading and more in virtually any environment. Bitbox features patent-pending technology to help camera technicians remotely manage their shots from thousands of feet away with a simple push-button interface and sub-five second boot-up time. Bitbox does all of this without the challenges of spectrum interference, the need for mesh systems, or the need for expensive and complicated DIY solutions. The device is the only solution of its kind that’s custom-designed for the cinema industry and is supported by more than a year of field testing.

“In an industry where precision and speed is everything, remote camera control has historically been a formidable challenge for film tech. professionals,” said Damon Meledones, co-founder of Bit Part. “From spectrum overload to the limitations of closed systems, the hurdles are endless. With its unparalleled ability to penetrate objects, ensure long-range connectivity, and deliver instant boot times, bitbox is an industry game-changer. It empowers film technicians to concentrate on their true passion: the art of filmmaking.”

Bitbox works by leveraging existing networks and operates seamlessly by mimicking the functionality of plugging into a switch for both connected devices, providing a uniform experience at each end of the connection with zero wireless configuration. Film technicians then simply set their camera’s IP to match their existing network setup. Bitbox can be deployed across a wide range of cameras and accessories from brands including Sony, Arri, RED and Vision Research (makers of Phantom). Bitbox units can be reserved now and will be available in the second half of 2024.

“I recently demoed BitBox in single and multiple camera situations and was beyond impressed with the connectivity,” said Mike Nichols, a DIT and bitbox beta tester. “We had a rig flying on a CableCam in an 18K seat arena working flawlessly. Equally impressive was the multicam set up in a smaller, more densely packed venue in terms of radio noise, and it was still reliably solid. I couldn’t be more excited about the upcoming release.”

About Bit Part, LLC

Founded in March 2023 and based in New York, Bit Part is a film production connectivity company serving productions of all sizes and the technicians who work on them. Bit Part is dedicated to helping film technicians produce better quality filmmaking through innovative, user-focused technology. The company’s first product, bitbox, was designed from scratch by cinema professionals with their own carts, builds and workflows in mind. Bit Part is fully committed to following sustainable manufacturing and fair labor practices in all aspects of its production, manufacturing and day-to-day operations.

A Quiet Place Comes to Life as an All-New Halloween Horror Nights Haunted House.

If They Hear You, They Hunt You Paramount Pictures’ Critically Acclaimed Film Series A Quiet Place Comes to Life as an All-New Halloween Horror Nights Haunted House at Universal Studios Hollywood and Universal Orlando Resort Terrifying New Experience to Incorporate American Sign Language for the First Time Ever All Tickets Now on Sale, Including R.I.P. Tour, at Universal Studios Hollywood; Select Tickets for Universal Orlando Resort’s Event are Also Available, Including Tickets for the First-Ever Premium Scream Night.

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Universal City, Calif., Orlando, Fla. (June 6, 2024) – Guests will need to silence their screams when they enter the post-apocalyptic world of Paramount Pictures’ blockbuster movies, A Quiet Place and A Quiet Place Part II, in an all-new chilling haunted house at Universal Studios’ Halloween Horror Nights. The terror of the excruciating silence is set to begin Friday, August 30 at Universal Orlando Resort, and Thursday, September 5 at Universal Studios Hollywood.

Directed by John Krasinski and critically acclaimed for its suspenseful yet mostly silent storytelling, A Quiet Place and A Quiet Place Part II follow the Abbott family as they try to survive the aftermath of sightless creatures with a sharp sense of hearing that draws them to prey on anything that makes the slightest noise.

Mirroring the silence in the films, the haunted houses will embrace unique sound design, special effects and the adept performances of the scareactors to convey the ominous sense of dread depicted in the films. Consequential to the storyline, Halloween Horror Nights will incorporate the use of American Sign Language (ASL) for the first time ever within the “A Quiet Place” haunted houses to capture the authenticity of the films.

Fans will relive the tension that will come to life in the iconic scenes from the first two films, including traveling through the farmhouse that serves as the Abbott family’s shelter and stepping into the root cellar where Evelyn Abbott escapes to give birth as one of the creatures closes in. The snarls of the larger-than-life predators will follow guests at every spine-chilling turn, and guests must remember: if they hear you, they will hunt you.

Horror fans and movie buffs can now plan their visit to Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Studios Hollywood as all tickets are available for purchase. Beginning Thursday, September 5 and running select nights through Sunday, November 3, guests will encounter eight all-new haunted houses, an onslaught of sinister scare zones and the iconic Terror Tram.

A variety of Halloween Horror Nights ticket options are available for purchase to the Universal Studios Hollywood event, including General AdmissionUniversal ExpressAfter 2 P.M. Day/Night, the Early Access Ticket,which provides access to select haunted houses beginning at 5:30 p.m. (subject to change), in advance of the scheduled 7:00 p.m. event opening time, the premium R.I.P. Tour and popular passes, Frequent Fear and Ultimate Fear, which enable guests to experience the scares again and again. Click here to purchase tickets and for Terms and Conditions.

Stay and scream with a Halloween Horror Nights Vacation Package at Universal Studios Hollywood. Sample package includes one daytime General Admission ticket, one General Admission Halloween Horror Nights event ticket and accommodation at a Universal Partner Hotel. Click here for more information about each ticket type and here for vacation packages, plus Terms and Conditions. Universal Studios Hollywood Vacation Packages are sold by Universal Parks & Resorts Vacations, CST 2137135-50.

At Universal Orlando, a chilling new collection of horrifying experiences await guests, including 10 all-new movie-quality haunted houses, five scare zones filled with hundreds of menacing creatures, plus an energetic live show. Select tickets for Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Orlando are available for purchase, including single-night ticketsExpress Passes, the R.I.P Tour, which provides front of the line access to the haunted houses, and the Behind the Screams: Unmasking the Horror Tour that offers a glimpse into how the scares are brought to life via a daytime, lights-on journey through select haunted house. Guests can also stay, scream and save up to $200 (based on a seven-night stay) with a special vacation package that includes one-night admission to the event, admission to all three Universal Orlando theme parks and accommodations at a Universal hotel near the haunts with exclusive benefits, including access to a dedicated Halloween Horror Nights entrance for faster entry into the event, Early Park Admission to the theme parks during the day, and more.

Tickets for Universal Orlando’s Premium Scream Night on Thursday, August 29, are now available. This unprecedented, one-night event will give a limited number of fans the opportunity to experience this year’s haunts before the event officially opens on Friday, August 30, including access to all 10 haunted houses, five scare zones and live entertainment. Premium Scream Night guests will also enjoy shorter wait times and staggered entry by group to the haunted houses, select all-you-care-to-enjoy food and non-alcoholic beverages, a souvenir credential, access to select attractions at Universal Studios Florida and free self-parking after 5 p.m. Only a limited number of tickets are available – click here for additional details.

Fans can get a jump-start on their Halloween Horror Nights gear with an all-new merchandise collection available for purchase now at Universal Orlando Resort and Universal Studios Hollywood, as well as online at New items include a t-shirt and mug inspired by the all-original “A Quiet Place” haunted house.

For those eager to dive more into the scares in store for Halloween Horror Nights, check out the Discover Universal Blog, which today also reveals more about the slate of six original haunted houses at Universal Orlando Resort’s event. New updates will be posted regularly for the events at both Universal Orlando and Universal Studios Hollywood.

Additional details, including new haunted houses coming to both Universal Studios Hollywood and Universal Orlando Resort, will be revealed soon. For more information and to purchase tickets for Universal Studios Hollywood’s event, visit  For more information and to purchase tickets for Universal Orlando’s event, visit