Academy Museum Dedicates Grand Lobby To Film Legend Sir Sidney L. Poitier.

Los Angeles, August 30, 2021 – Bill Kramer, Director and President of the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures, today announced that the new museum, opening in Los Angeles on September 30, is naming its 10,000-square-foot lobby in honor of the legendary actor, film director, producer, and humanitarian Sir Sidney L. Poitier. The naming of the Sidney Poitier Grand Lobby was made possible through a campaign supported by Ambassador Nicole Avant and Co-CEO of Netflix and Chair of the Academy Museum Board of Trustees Ted Sarandos, the Perenchio Foundation, Tyler Perry, and Oprah Winfrey, with major gifts from Patrick and Michele Soon-Shiong, among additional donors.

“It is an incredible honor to name our grand lobby—the nucleus of the Academy Museum—in celebration of Sir Sidney Poitier, whose legacy of humanitarian efforts and groundbreaking artistry continues to inspire us all,” said Bill Kramer. “We are deeply thankful to everyone who supported this campaign, and to Sidney, his wife Joanna Shimkus Poitier, and their entire family for allowing us this great privilege.”

Joanna Shimkus Poitier said, “Sidney’s tremendous impact on the motion picture industry, and on audiences around the world, is inseparable from the story of his longstanding, collegial relationship with the Academy. Sidney has always taken great pride in the Academy’s recognition of his work. To be honored now as the namesake of the Academy Museum’s lobby, the place of access to everything that lies within, is almost like receiving a second Oscar® for lifetime achievement.”

Sir Sidney Poitier made his screen debut in the 1950 film No Way Out, an American film noir which was among the first Hollywood movies to directly address the subject of racism. Poitier went on to become a celebrated actor known for his roles in The Defiant Ones (1958, which earned him his first Oscar nomination), Porgy and Bess (1959), A Raisin in the Sun (1961), A Patch of Blue (1965), In the Heat of the Night (1967), To Sir, with Love (1967) and Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner (1967). He has also directed nine feature films.

Among the many honors and awards for his work, Poitier won an Academy Award® for Best Actor for Lilies of the Field (1963), becoming the first Black winner of a Best Actor Oscar. In 2001 he received an Academy Honorary Award, presented by Denzel Washington, “in recognition of his remarkable accomplishments as an artist and as a human being.” In 1974, Queen Elizabeth II named Poitier an honorary Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire. In 1995 he received a Kennedy Center Honor and in 2009 was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Barack Obama. Poitier’s Best Actor Oscar as well as his acceptance speech are featured in the Academy Museum’s core exhibition, Stories of Cinema.

Designed by Pritzker Prize-winning architect Renzo Piano, the Poitier Lobby occupies the entire first floor of the restored and revitalized landmark Saban Building—formerly known as the May Company building (1939)—from Wilshire Boulevard at the South to the dramatic Walt Disney Company Piazza at the North. With its 24-foot ceilings and open, modern design, the Poitier Lobby serves as the heart for all museum activities. From this central hub, visitors can move to the galleries and theaters, stop for a drink or a meal at Fanny’s, or enjoy shopping at the Academy Museum Store. The Museum’s core exhibition Stories of Cinema, which stretches across three floors of the Saban Building, begins on the ground floor in the Poitier Lobby’s soaring Spielberg Family Gallery, which is always open to the public free of charge. Within the Spielberg Family Gallery visitors can stroll through a rapid immersion into the history of film, as seen through images playing on multiple hanging screens.
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, an education studio, restaurant, retail store, and beautiful public spaces. The museum opens to the public on September 30, 2021.

Fall Favorites Return to the Disneyland Resort from Sept. 3-Oct. 31, 2021, with Halloween Time, Plaza de la Familia and the Separate-ticket Event Oogie Boogie Bash – A Disney Halloween Party.

Anaheim, Calif. – Halloween Time at the Disneyland Resort will bring frightfully fun experiences to guests from Sep. 3 through Oct. 31, 2021, with Halloween magic throughout Disneyland and Disney California Adventure Parks. From transformed Halloween-themed attractions and sightings of favorite Disney characters and villains, to seasonal dŽcor, spectacularly spooky merchandise and delightfully delicious treats, there is family-friendly fun for every ghoul or goblin to enjoy at the Disneyland Resort. (Disneyland Resort)

  • Halloween experiences throughout Disneyland Resort create treasured memories with family-friendly fun, including Haunted Mansion Holiday, Mickey Mouse jack-o-lantern and the all-new Pluto’s Pumpkin Pursuit at Downtown Disney District
  • Tickets go on sale July 13 for Oogie Boogie Bash – A Disney Halloween Party, the after-park hours event offering unique Halloween surprises, trick-or-treating and more on 25 select nights
  • Plaza de la Familia at Disney California Adventure Park celebrates the spirit of Día de los Muertos through Nov. 2, plus decor and entertainment inspired by Disney and Pixar’s ‘Coco’

ANAHEIM, Calif. (July 8, 2021) – Halloween Time at the Disneyland Resort returns with frightfully fun experiences for guests of all ages from Sep. 3  through Oct. 31, 2021, with Halloween magic throughout Disneyland Park and Disney California Adventure Park. From transformed Halloween-themed attractions Haunted Mansion Holiday,  

and Guardians of the Galaxy – Monsters After Dark, to sightings of favorite Disney characters and villains, beloved seasonal décor including the Mickey Mouse jack-o’-lantern and delightfully delicious treats, there is family-friendly fun for every ghoul or goblin to enjoy at the Disneyland Resort. Downtown Disney District gets in the spirit as well, from Sept. 9 through Oct. 31, with delightful décor, seasonal treats and an all-new Halloween-themed pumpkin hunt, Pluto’s Pumpkin Pursuit.

Plaza de la Familia adds to the fun with an immersive, limited-time celebration at Disney California Adventure inspired by the tradition of Dia de los Muertos. Guests will enjoy a spirited extravaganza, including live entertainment, delicious food, interactive experiences and special merchandise.

For family fun after-park hours, Oogie Boogie Bash – A Disney Halloween Party* will be offered as a separate-ticket event at Disney California Adventure park on 25 select nights starting Sept. 9. Tickets will be available for purchase beginning July 13 on

At Oogie Boogie Bash, kids and guests of all ages can trick-or-treat their way through the park in their favorite Halloween costumes and encounter characters both spooky and fantastic. Guests will experience Disney California Adventure in a unique way, with exclusive offerings like immersive treat trails, “Frightfully Fun Parade,” Villains Groveat the Redwood Creek Challenge Trail, “Mickey’s Trick & Treat” show and more.

Retail locations throughout both parks will offer seasonal merchandise. Guests may add to their wicked wardrobes with apparel and accessories, and find novelty items such as pins, plush and decorative items to cast their own Halloween spell at home. For guests looking to add a sweet treat to their day of tricks, food and beverage locations will offer Halloween-themed specialty items.

At Disneyland Park

Guests will encounter favorite Disney characters throughout Disneyland. On Main Street, U.S.A., Mickey and friends show off their Halloween finest with Minnie as a witch, Donald dressed as a pumpkin and the rest of their pals adding to the Halloween family-friendly fun. Other characters found throughout the park include dastardly Disney villains who have come out to cause some mischief.

Guests will find festive seasonal décor and pumpkins galore to add to the Halloween magic. The Main StreetPumpkin Festival transforms Main Street, U.S.A., with whimsical pumpkins displayed in store fronts. Guests of all ages will enjoy taking photographs with the iconic giant Mickey Mouse jack-o’-lantern. As guests journey into the park, they will find pumpkin statues representing Fantasyland, Tomorrowland, Adventureland, Critter Country and Frontierland surrounding the Partners Statue in front of Sleeping Beauty Castle.

Befitting the supernatural season, Haunted Mansion Holiday will feature a merry makeover of the beloved eerie estate. Jack Skellington is behind the mayhem, decorating the mansion with frightfully festive touches inspired by “Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas.”  Dedicated fans of the holiday house will look forward to spotting the annual bespoke gingerbread house on its precarious perch on the ballroom table, making its 20th appearance for this collision of two holidays. Other favorite sights await, including Sally, Zero and other characters from the movie.

And every night from Sept. 3 – Oct. 31, in Walt Disney’s original park, guests will enjoy a dreadfully delightful treat in the form of “Halloween Screams”, a supernatural projection and special effects show. On weekend nights, “Halloween Screams” also will take to the skies and enhance the mischief with fireworks.* Guests will be able to view the spectacular from several different locations throughout the park, including Main Street, U.S.A., Sleeping Beauty Castle and near “it’s a small world.”

In Frontierland, guests may commemorate the celebration of the Day of the Dead with a colorful Día de los Muertos tribute featuring a musical trio of iconic skeleton figurines, brightly colored flowers and other decorative items.  

At Disney California Adventure Park

Oogie Boogie, from “Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas,” will loom over guests at the entrance to Disney California Adventure as he uses his magic to create a forever Halloween for everyone to enjoy. Under his spell, favorite attractions will be transformed for the Halloween season. Guests will mosey on over to Cars Land as Radiator Springs becomes Radiator Screams, where residents decorate their homes with frights and delights for a unique Haul-O-Ween makeover. Lightning McQueen, Mater, Cruz and Red will be ready to greet guests in their “car-stumes” before they race off to go “trunk-or-treating.” Guests can continue the family-friendly fun by taking a spin on popular Cars Land attractions that rev up with Halloween spirit: Mater’s Junkyard Jamboree croons spooky songs to become Mater’s Graveyard JamBOOree, and Luigi’s Rolickin’ Roadsters takes guests on a wicked whirl as it becomes Luigi’s Honkin’ Haul-O-Ween.

The façade of Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: BREAKOUT! will spark a state of total emergency as the attraction is transformed at night into Guardians of the Galaxy – Monsters After Dark, offering an exciting Halloween adventure filled with creepy creatures and thrilling drops. While the Guardians of the Galaxy have successfully escaped The Collector’s Fortress, Groot was accidentally left behind. Guests can successfully complete their rescue mission to save Groot by helping Rocket distract creatures from around the galaxy that have gotten loose. By teaming up with the Guardians, every guest can find their inner hero this Halloween season.

Over on Buena Vista Street, Mickey Mouse and friends will be throwing it back with old-fashioned Halloween costumes. Guests of all ages will enjoy seeing fortune teller Minnie Mouse or taking a photo of Daisy for a be-witch-ing family keepsake. Donald is also looking devilishly handsome and Goofy has a ghostly grin that is ready for any picture.

Seasonal décor will add to the Halloween ambiance on Buena Vista Street. At night, the façade of Carthay Circle Restaurant oozes with Halloween magic as bats swarm, energy pulses from within and projections light up the iconic tower structure with a spellbinding display. Guests can also commemorate the Halloween magic with a photo in front of the 10-foot-tall statue of the Headless Horseman holding his jack-o’-lantern head to the sky.

Plaza de la Familia

Guests will experience the return of Plaza de la Familia in Paradise Gardens from Sept. 3-Nov. 2, 2021. This immersive limited-time celebration honors the spirit of Dia de los Muertos, with entertainment, festive foods, crafts and interactive experiences. Among the activities to enjoy are “A Musical Celebration of Coco,” an entertaining street show honoring Disney and Pixar’s “Coco” and the everlasting bonds of family. Guests at this seasonal festivity also will be treated to Mariachi music at Paradise Gardens Bandstand; The World of Coco, an evocative art exhibit;  a photo opportunity with a hand-animated figure of Miguel from “Coco” as well as the iconic Arbol de la Vida (Tree of Life) photo location and memory wall.

Oogie Boogie Bash – A Disney Halloween Party

On select nights beginning Sept. 9, through October 31, the separate-ticket, after-park hours event Oogie Boogie Bash – A Disney Halloween Party will add to the spooky fun during Halloween Time at the Disneyland Resort. This limited-capacity event features special entertainment, character sightings, food and beverage and more. Kids and guests of all ages may enjoy donning their favorite Halloween costumes while taking in all the spook-tacular sights and trick-or-treating experiences.

Guests attending Oogie Boogie Bash – A Disney Halloween Party also will be able to explore Disney California Adventure, including Avengers Campus, the new land where guests may encounter Doctor Strange, the Guardians of the Galaxy and Earth’s Mightiest Heroes. In fact, most areas inside the theme park will remain open during Oogie Boogie Bash, giving friends and families a chance to enjoy the park’s seasonal attractions and more during the party.

Highlights of Oogie Boogie Bash – A Disney Halloween Party include:

  • Entry to Disney California Adventure Park before the party. The party begins at 6 p.m. PT and guests have the opportunity to play in Disney California Adventure three hours before the party starts.
  • Wonderfully wicked, immersive treat trails appear throughout Disney California Adventure, offering kids and guests of all ages to don costumes and enjoy trick-or-treating – with an assortment of candy provided by Mars Wrigley confectionery products – under the watchful eyes of favorite characters, some familiar – some new!
  • “Frightfully Fun Parade” – The Headless Horseman of Sleepy Hollow leads this spooky showcase, arriving on his ghostly black steed just ahead of the parade and carrying his flickering jack-o’-lantern. A cavalcade of Disney characters and mischievous villains follow, ready to stir up some trouble!
  • Redwood Creek Challenge Trail becomes Villains Grove, a wondrous and ethereal world of imagery inspired by Disney villains. Redwood Creek is completely transformed with lighting, projections, sounds and special effects, creating a dreamlike environment. This experience unfolds in a series of scenes, each creating a hauntingly beautiful space of color, sound, light and shadow, as stories emerge from the darkest night to create an enchanting world.
  • Character sightings feature beloved Disney characters including Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse, Goofy, Pluto and Donald Duck– plus villains, too. Guests may be surprised at who they discover at this Halloween party, ready for photos and waves.
  • Halloween magic also appears on the facade of Carthay Circle Restaurant on Buena Vista Street. Carthay Circle is enchanted throughout the night as bats swarm, green energy pulses from within and spellbinding moments transform the iconic tower structure.
  • Unlimited Disney PhotoPass digital photo downloads from the night are included with admission to Oogie Boogie Bash – A Disney Halloween Party. With the help of Disney Photo Pass photographers located throughout the party, it’s easier than ever to capture spooktacular memories – with the whole family in the photo.

Tickets for Oogie Boogie Bash – A Disney Halloween Party will go on sale beginning Tuesday, July 13, (no earlier than 9 a.m. PT) at Tickets are limited and guests may check out the website for important details and availability for the 25 nights: Thursday, Sept. 9; Saturday, Sept. 11; Sunday, Sept. 12; Tuesday, Sept. 14, Thursday, Sept. 16; Sunday, Sept. 19, Tuesday, Sept. 21; Thursday, Sept. 23; Sunday, Sept. 26; Tuesday, Sept. 28, Thursday, Sept. 30; Sunday, Oct. 3; Tuesday, Oct. 5; Thursday, Oct. 7; Sunday, Oct. 10; Tuesday, Oct. 12; Thursday, Oct. 14; Sunday, Oct. 17; Tuesday, Oct. 19; Thursday, Oct. 21; Sunday, Oct. 24; Tuesday, Oct. 26; Thursday, Oct. 28; Saturday, Oct. 30; and Sunday, Oct. 31, Halloween night. Online and mobile purchases are not available the day of the event.  Parking is not included in the ticket price; however, for added convenience, guests will have the option to purchase a parking voucher in advance when purchasing their event tickets. Visit for important information to know before visiting the Disneyland Resort.**

Guests planning to experience Oogie Boogie Bash and Halloween Time can extend the magic by staying at one of three Disneyland Resort hotel properties, just a short walk away from Disneyland and Disney California Adventure parks and the Downtown Disney District. Guests may find the latest offers and vacation packages online at

For a limited time, California residents can visit the Disneyland Resort theme parks for as low as $83 per person, per day with a special 3-day ticket offer. These 3-day, 1-park per day tickets start at $249 and eligible guests may purchase a park hopper option for an additional $55. The limited-time tickets are available for purchase now, and California residents may redeem their tickets on any three separate days through September 30, 2021, subject to park reservation availability.* These special tickets may be purchased at, through a travel agent, or by calling call (866) 572-7321. Valid admission and park reservation for the same park on same date are required for park entry.***

* Performances are subject to change or cancellation, including due to weather.

**The number of tickets available are limited and valid only for the specific event date and hours. Limit eight (8) tickets per person, per event date. Tickets not required for Guests ages 2 and under. Tickets are non-refundable and may not be resold or transferred for a commercial purpose. Costumes are subject to Disney guidelines and should not be obstructive or offensive; please check special event costume guidelines at for restrictions. Disney PhotoPass is subject to the Disney PhotoPass terms and expiration policy found at  Offer and event elements are subject to restrictions, change or cancellation without notice.

*** Offer valid only for California residents within ZIP codes 90000-96199 and Northern Baja California residents within ZIP codes 21000-22999; proof of eligible residency, including valid government-issued photo ID, is required for purchase and admission. Tickets expire 9/30/2021 and are limited in availability.  Each day of use constitutes one full day of use.  May purchase up to five tickets per eligible person per day with valid ID.  Tickets are nonrefundable, may not be sold or transferred for commercial use and exclude activities/events separately priced.  Offer may not be combined with other ticket discounts or promotions. Ticket may not be upgraded. Offer subject to restrictions, change and cancellation without notice.

About the Disneyland Resort

The Disneyland Resort features two spectacular theme parks – Disneyland (the original Disney theme park) and Disney California Adventure Park – plus three hotels and the Downtown Disney District, comprising unique dining, entertainment and shopping experiences. The Resort’s hotels are the luxurious, 948-room Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa, which also features 50 two-bedroom equivalent Disney Vacation Club units; the magical, 973-room Disneyland Hotel – both AAA Four Diamond properties – and the 481-room Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel with its “day-at-the-beach” theme. For information on attractions and vacations at the Disneyland Resort, visit, call (866) 43-DISNEY or contact local travel agents. Located in Anaheim, Calif., the Disneyland Resort opened July 17, 1955.

New Updates on Upcoming Disney Parks Attraction Based on “The Princess and The Frog” at former Splash Mountain site.

Anaheim, Calif. – Last year, Disney Parks announced that Imagineers are developing an all-new attraction coming to both Walt Disney World Resort and Disneyland Resort inspired by the fan favorite Walt Disney Animation Studios film, “The Princess and the Frog.” With the kick off of World Princess Week today, celebrating the characteristics these Disney heroes inspire in fans all around the world, there are some new details to share! Splash Mountain – at both Disneyland park in California and Magic Kingdom park in Florida – will soon be completely reimagined as “The Princess and the Frog.”

Tiana is an ambitious and resilient woman, who proves that success comes through a connection to her family and community and has learned to never lose sight of what’s really important – giving back to others through great food and inspiring them to achieve their full potential.

As seen in this latest rendering of the attraction, the story will take place after the final kiss as Naveen and Louis join Tiana on her latest adventure, hosting a one-of-a-kind Mardi Gras celebration where everyone is welcome – during which some original music inspired by songs from the film will bring guests into the story. Tiana is leading the way and fans will be able to encounter old friends and make new ones along the way as well.

We recently gathered Kenneth Moton, National Correspondent for ABC News as he joins Stella Chase Reese, Owner of Dooky Chase’s Restaurant and daughter of Leah Chase; Carmen Smith, Creative Executive, Vice President, Inclusive Strategies for Walt Disney Imagineering; Charita Carter, Senior Producer for Walt Disney Imagineering; and Marlon West, VFX Supervisor for Walt Disney Animation Studios at Dooky Chase’s Restaurant in New Orleans — founder Leah Chase was one of the inspirations for Princess Tiana — to talk about Tiana’s impact over the past decade and the creative process behind the upcoming attraction, including the next-level technology Imagineers are employing to bring it to life.

Imagineers often do in-depth research to help inspire their work. In this case, that involved digging deep into the culture of New Orleans to tell a story that’s as authentic to the region as it is to the characters’ stories. From the food, music, art and architecture to the diversity of its people and their traditions, there is much from which to draw inspiration. The team has done virtual research trips through Zoom and this was their first of many in-person research trips to come and get the story right.

Tying to Leah Chase’s love of art, one of the early sources of inspiration has come from Sharika Mahdi — a visual artist, art educator, and alumna of the renowned YAYA (Young Aspirations Young Artists) Arts Center located in New Orleans — who was commissioned to create a series of four original paintings to inspire Imagineers, one of which was revealed today.

To celebrate all of these developments, our love and appreciation for New Orleans, and our commitment to arts education, Disney announced a $50,000 donation to the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts (NOCCA), a regional, pre-professional arts training center that offers students intensive instruction in culinary arts, dance, media arts, classical instrumental music, jazz instrumental music, classical vocal music, drama, musical theatre, theatre design, visual arts and creative writing.

Stay tuned for more updates as work progresses on this exciting new attraction, and discover how Tiana is represented across Disney Parks, Experiences and Products today here.

LA Auto Show Returns With the Most Diverse Range of Brands and Vehicles at Any North American Auto Show in 2021.

One Million Square Feet of Automotive & Lifestyle Experiences,

LOS ANGELES, Calif.  — Leading auto and lifestyle in-person event, the Los Angeles Auto Show (LA Auto Show®), today confirms a strong return to the LA Convention Center in November 2021. One million square feet of indoor and outdoor space will showcase the dynamic and evolving auto industry at its best, as startup and established brands participate to deliver the widest range of vehicles and experiences of any auto show in North America this year.

LA Auto Show will run for a full 12 days with media and industry days, AutoMobility LA, taking place on November 17-18 and doors opening to consumers November 19-28. The LA Auto Show will be welcomed by consumers and businesses alike as it contributes several hundred million dollars to the local economy, stimulates the local job market and is the number one revenue generator for the LA Convention Center.

Held in the world’s car culture capital and reflective of LA’s diverse and progressive audience, the 2021 LA Auto Show will focus on bringing its hundreds of thousands of fans new and concept vehicles to discover all in one place, making it the ultimate destination for enthusiasts and shoppers. Differentiated by its long-standing concentration on the convergence of technology and automotive, the LA Auto Show will continue to bring the latest in EV (electric vehicle) innovation and design to its global stage and the discerning SoCal buyer. This is evidenced by newer automakers such as Fisker, Imperium Motor Company, Karma, Lucid, and Mullen set to participate alongside legacy brands—many of them slated to make world debuts at the show.

“We are proud to be an integral part of LA culture and a must-attend event on the calendar. With California and LA County opening up, we’re committed to delivering a knock-out show to give SoCal an experience to look forward to and a dynamic environment for automakers and lifestyle brands to inform and entertain in,” said Lisa Kaz, owner and CEO of the LA Auto Show. “This year, visitors will have the broadest range of cars, trucks, and SUVs all in one place so they can get their hands on everything from electric to gas vehicles—all while reconnecting with friends and family in a safe and comfortable environment.”

Tickets for 2021 LA Auto Show will be on sale online later this summer; media and industry professionals can register for press days in August.

About the Los Angeles Auto Show (LA Auto Show®)
Founded in 1907, the Los Angeles Auto Show (LA Auto Show®) is the first major North American auto show of the season annually and is widely recognized as one of the most influential shows globally. Reflective of its location, the show celebrates the love affair Angelenos have with their cars and offers a global platform to industry technology and innovation, synonymous with California. The show runs for 12 full days over the Thanksgiving period and is a must-attend destination for many industry influencers, car enthusiasts and families wanting to enjoy a day out over the Holiday season. Held annually at the Los Angeles Convention Center, the LA Auto Show contributes several hundred million dollars to the local economy, stimulates the local job market and is the number one revenue generator for the LA Convention Center. In 2021 media and industry days, AutoMobility LA™, will take place on November 17-18 and will comprise a range of groundbreaking industry announcements and reveals. Doors will open to consumers November 19-28. LA Auto Show is endorsed by the Greater LA New Car Dealer Association and is owned and operated by ANSA Productions. To receive the latest show news and information, follow the LA Auto Show on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram and sign up for alerts at

Grab your tickets NOW for the LA Auto Show’s long-awaited return to the Los Angeles Convention Center!

City of Santa Clarita – 10 by 10″ Variety Night is Back at The MAIN in Old Town Newhall.

The Community-Favorite Variety Show Returns to its Original In-Person Format on September 2!

The City of Santa Clarita is excited to welcome back “10 by 10” Variety Night at The MAIN (24266 Main Street) on Thursday, September 2! The free event begins at 7:00 p.m. Attendees can learn more by visiting

            For the first time since the onset of pandemic closures in March 2020, ten performers will each step onto The MAIN’s stage for a ten-minute act of their choosing. Some of the noteworthy performers featured in the September 2 show include comedian and former “America’s Got Talent” contestant Marty Ross, world-class juggler Ivan Pecel and award-winning storyteller Christine Blackburn.

            Over the past year, “10 by 10” has been hosted in a virtual format on the first Thursday of each month. The City is thrilled to safely have audience members back in person for an evening of entertainment and laughs at the intimate venue.

            Learn more about “10 by 10” Variety Night by following The MAIN on Facebook at For questions about The MAIN and all upcoming events, please contact Arts Supervisor Jeff Barber at

Nat King Cole ‘Stardust’ Available November 1; First-Ever Limited-Edition Photography Book.

Nat King Cole ‘Stardust’ Available November 1; First-Ever Limited-Edition Photography Book on Legendary Entertainer. Features Many Restored Never-Before-Seen or Published Photographs and Rare Images From Capitol Records Photo ArchiveAvailable November 1 From Nailor Wills Publishing.

Los Angeles, Calif. – August 25, 2021 – In honor of his extraordinary legacy as a singer, jazz musician, style icon, and civil rights advocate, and in collaboration with King Cole Partners, LLC, David Wills of Nailor Wills Publishing will release Nat King Cole: Stardust, the first photography book ever published on the legendary entertainer.  Set for a November 1 worldwide release, the book is now available for pre-order here.  

The individually numbered limited edition hardcover book housed in a clamshell case, features over 200 photographs—many never-before-seen or published and digitally restored from their original negatives and transparencies—as well as rare images from the Capitol Records photo archive.  

With an introduction written by Johnny Mathis, a foreword by Cole’s daughters, Casey and Timolin, and contributions from Quincy Jones and Leslie Uggams, among others, the 272-page book also includes never-before-seen letters and telegrams from Presidents Kennedy, Eisenhower and Johnson, Jackie Kennedy and Martin Luther King, Jr provided by the Cole estate.

A limited edition 11×14 photographic print, selected from the Capitol Records photo archive and produced exclusively for this volume, is also included.  Signed to Capitol Records in 1943, Cole released his initial album with The King Cole Trio in 1945, at the dawn of the LP format, and topped Billboard’s inaugural album chart. In his brief 20-year career, he recorded more than 150 singles that reached Billboard’s pop, R&B, and country charts and sold more than 50 million records.

His phenomenal success led to Capitol’s iconic round building on Vine Street in Hollywood to be informally known as “The House That Nat Built.” Not only a musical trailblazer, Cole is also recognized for his contributions to the struggle for civil rights and racial equity. In 1946, Cole broadcast a 15-minute national radio program, “King Cole Trio Time,” the first of its kind to be hosted by an African American musician. In 1956, he became the first African American to host his own national network television show, NBC’s “Nat King Cole Show.” 

Nat King Cole: StardustNailor Wills Publishing 2021

By David Wills Foreword by Casey and Timolin

Cole Introduction by Johnny Mathis

Individually numbered limited edition hardcover / 1,000 copies14 x 17.5 inches in dimension

Retail: $399.00

About Nat King ColeOne of the most identifiable and memorable voices of the 20th century, Nat King Cole recorded nearly 40 albums and over 100 singles that reached Billboard’s pop, R&B, and country charts and sold more than 50 million copies. As the first African American 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 Bluesand 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.

About David Wills / Nailor Wills PublishingAn author, publisher, and photographic preservationist, David Wills has produced and curated a series of photography exhibitions including Warhology and Murder, Models, Madness: Photographs from the Motion Picture Blow-Up. His books include Veruschka (Assouline), Ara Gallant (Damiani); Marilyn Monroe: Metamorphsis (HarperCollins); Audrey: The 60s (HarperCollins); Hollywood in Kodachrome (HarperCollins); Seventies Glamour (HarperColllins); Marilyn: In The Flash (HarperCollins); The Cinematic legacy of Frank Sinatra (St. Martin’s Press); Switched On: Women Who Revolutionzied Style in the ‘60s (Weldon Owen); Vegas Gold (Harper Collins); and SHAG: Palm Springs (Nailor Wills).

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Wes Anderson and Jane Campion to compete for the City of Donostia / San Sebastian Audience Award.

‘The French Dispatch’ and ‘The Power of the Dog’ complete the Perlak selection.

Donostia-San Sebastián Spain – Two new titles join the Perlak section at San Sebastian Festival’s 69th edition: The French Dispatch, Wes Anderson’s latest film, presented at Cannes, and The Power of the Dog, marking the return of filmmaker Jane Campion, to have its premiere shortly at Venice Festival. Both films will compete for the City of Donostia / San Sebastian Audience Award.

The French Dispatch, telling a story set in an outpost of an American newspaper, comes with an ensemble cast including Timothée Chalamet, Adrien Brody, Bill Murray, Tilda Swinton, Frances McDormand and Benicio del Toro. This will be Anderson’s first participation in the Perlak section, although his films Rushmore (2012) and Fantastic Mr. Fox (2009) were included in the Very Funny Things. New American Comedy and Animatopia. The new paths of animation cinema retrospectives, respectively.

The Perlak section will also include The Power of the Dog, shortly to compete for the Golden Lion at Venice Festival. Jane Campion’s new film, taking its inspiration from the homonymous novel by Thomas Savage, follows a confrontation between brothers embodied by Benedict Cumberbatch and Jesse Plemons, accompanied in the cast by Kirsten Dunst and Kodi Smit-McPhee. Among other awards, the moviemaker from New Zealand also won the Special Jury Prize at the Mostra with An Angel at my Table (1990) and the Palme d’Or at Cannes with The Piano (1993), which also carried off three Academy Awards, including Best Original Screenplay.  

Perlak is a selection of the year’s most outstanding features, not yet screened in Spain, and to have received critical acclaim and/or awards at other international festivals. The films compete for the City of Donostia / San Sebastian Audience Award, including two prizes for the distributors of the film in Spain: one for Best Film (50,000 euros) and the other for Best European Film (20,000 euros).   

At the 69th edition, spectators at the Victoria Eugenia Theatre will enjoy the latest proposals from Sean Baker, Emmanuel Carrère, Julia Ducournau, Gastón Duprat and Mariano Cohn, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Louis Garrel, Xavier Giannoli, Ryusuke Hamaguchi (twofold), Todd Haynes, Joachim Lafosse, François Ozon, Céline Sciamma, Paul Verhoeven and Wen Shipei.

THE FRENCH DISPATCHWES ANDERSON (USA)Country(ies) of production: USACast: Bill Murray, Frances McDormand, Timothee Chalamet, Elisabeth Moss, Owen Wilson, Saoirse Ronan, Christopher Waltz, Benicio del Toro, Tilda Swinton, Edward Norton, Lea Seydoux, Willem Dafoe, Liev Schreiber, Adrien Brody, Rupert Friend

The film is a love letter to journalists set in an outpost of an American newspaper in a fictional 20th Century French city and brings to life a collection of stories published in The French Dispatch magazine. The cast includes Benicio Del Toro, Frances McDormand, Jeffrey Wright, Adrien Brody, Timothée Chalamet, Léa Seydoux, Tilda Swinton, Mathieu Amalric, Lyna Khoudri, Stephen Park, Owen Wilson and Bill Murray. 

THE POWER OF THE DOGJANE CAMPION (NEW ZEALAND)Country(ies) of production: New Zealand – AustraliaCast: Benedict Cumberbatch, Kirsten Dunst, Jesse Plemons, Kodi Smit-McPhee

Charismatic rancher Phil Burbank inspires fear and awe in those around him. When his brother brings home a new wife and her son, Phil torments them until he finds himself exposed to the possibility of love.

“The Old Maid & The Thief” and “The Telephone” Presented by Mission Opera, Sept. 10-12, 2021 at The Main in Newhall.

Mission Opera will present two short made-for-TV operas by Gian Carlo Menotti as their season opener on Friday, September 10 through Sunday, September 12 at The MAIN in Newhall. The Old Maid & The Thief will be sung in English with Spanish subtitles and will feature a special guest, Rich Capparela, while El Teléfono (known as “The Telephone”) will be sung as a World Premiere in Spanish with English subtitles.

“The Telephone” premiered 74 years ago in New York City. It was originally a short opener for “The Medium” and both ran on Broadway for a short period in 1947. It revolves around a young GI who has been drafted but wants to propose to his girlfriend before going to service. He is nervous but quickly gets upset when he cannot seem to get her off the phone long enough to pop the question.

“The Old Maid and the Thief” was originally created as a radio opera. It will be staged in chapters of small scenes with narration between as was presented at its premiere in 1939 on NBC Radio with the NBC Symphony Orchestra playing. In this show, we find two women living together, vying for the attention of a man suspected of being an escaped convict. Both women go to absurd lengths to win his heart while keeping gossiping neighbors at bay.

$30.00 / $25 Seniors and Students

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Check out Santa Clarita’s newest multi-use arts center, The MAIN, located in the Old Town Newhall Arts and Entertainment District. This theatre is a home for music, comedy, film, theatre, visual art, classes, workshops and meetings, and serves as the welcome center for visitors to Old Town Newhall.

Every month The MAIN offers an eclectic blend of shows that are both FREE, and affordably priced, that will entertain attendees of all ages. In addition to great shows, The MAIN is also a place to learn and grow through youth acting classes, artist discussions and workshops, and the rotating arts exhibit on the walls of the theatre lobby. For those searching for a venue to host an event, meeting, presentation, or film production, look no further than The MAIN for your rental needs.

There are so many great opportunities awaiting you at The MAIN. Take a stroll down Main Street in Old Town Newhall to experience what The MAIN has to offer.

Marion Cotillard to receive a Donostia Award at San Sebastian Festival’s 69th edition.

The French actress will collect the honorary award on September 17 during the opening ceremony.

Donostia-San Sebastián Spain Marion Cotillard, one of contemporary cinema’s most international French actresses, will receive a Donostia Award at San Sebastian Festival’s 69th edition. She will collect the honorary award on Friday, September 17, during the Festival opening ceremony at the Kursaal Auditorium.

Cotillard, winner of the Oscar, the Golden Globe and the BAFTA for her role as Édith Piaf in La Môme La Vie en Rose (Olivier Dahan, 2007), has shone brightly in European and North American productions, putting equal talent into dramatic, comedy and action roles alongside filmmakers including Michael Mann, Christopher Nolan, Woody Allen, Steven Soderbergh, James Gray, the Dardenne brothers, Arnaud Desplechin, Nicole Garcia, Leos Carax and her partner, the director and actor Guillaume Canet.

Born in Paris into a family of artists, she made her acting debut while still a young child in one of the plays staged by her father, Jean-Claude Cotillard. After participating in TV series, she performed her first part for the cinema in L’histoire du garçon qui voulait qu’on l’embrasse (Philippe Harel, 1994). Her participation in Taxi (Gérard Pirès, 1998) garnered her the first of her six César Award nominations. She would later slip into the skin of Lilly Bertineau in Taxi 2 (2000) and Taxi 3 (2003) −both directed by Gérard Krawczyk– the sequels of the action box-office hit written and produced by Luc Besson.

Cotillard doubled up to play clashing twin sisters in Les jolies choses / Pretty Things (Gilles Paquet-Brenner, 2001), for which she landed yet another Best New Actress César nomination. Her fame in France grew thanks to the romantic comedy, Jeux d’enfants / Love Me if You Dare (Yann Samuell, 2003), after which she made her first Hollywood incursion with the North American Tim Burton, in the ensemble cast of Big Fish (2003). She finally won the César for Best Supporting Actress in the romantic drama set against the background of war Un long dimanche de fiançailles / A Very Long Engagement, Jean-Pierre Jeunet, 2004). That same year she featured in the cast of Innocence (Lucile Hadzihalilovic, 2004), winner of the New Directors Award in San Sebastian. After working in Mary (Abel Ferrara, Perlak, 2005), Sauf le respect que je vous dois / Burn Out (Fabienne Godet, New Directors, 2005) and Fair Play (Lionel Baillu, Kutxa New Directors Award, 2006), the actress embodied the restaurant owner and love interest of Russel Crowe’s character in A Good Year (2006), by Ridley Scott.  

Her acclaimed recreation of the famous singer Édith Piaf represented a before and after in her career on becoming the first French actress to win the Oscar for a performance in the French language. Her role in La Môme / La Vie en Rose (Olivier Dahan, 2007) also earned Cotillard the Golden Globe, the BAFTA and her second César Award, this time as Leading Actress. She received the French Medal of the Order of Arts and Letters shortly afterwards. 

From then on, Marion Cotillard ranked up her appearances in Hollywood productions including Public Enemies (Michael Mann, 2009), in which she played Billie Frechette, girlfriend of the gangster John Dillinger; the musical Nine (Rob Marshall, 2009), in which she once again displayed her skills as a singer and dancer; in the action movies Inception (2010) and The Dark Knight Rises (2012), both directed by Christopher Nolan; the comedies Midnight in Paris (Woody Allen, 2011), the thrillers Contagion (Steven Soderbergh, 2011), Blood Ties (Guillaume Canet, 2013), Allied (Robert Zemeckis, 2016); or the dramas The Immigrant (James Gray, 2013), her first leading role in a North American movie, and Macbeth (Justin Kurzel, 2015).

Meanwhile, the actress has continued to work with important European filmmakers including Jacques Audiard (De rouille et d’os / Rust and Bone, 2012) and the Dardenne brothers (Deux jours, une nuite / Two Days, One Night, 2014), landing her fifth and sixth César nominations respectively. She has also worked under the orders of Xavier Dolan (Juste la fin du monde / It’s Only the End of the World, 2016), Arnaud Desplechin (Les fantômes d’Ismaël / Ismael’s Ghosts, 2017) and Leos Carax, with whom she recently starred in Annette (2021), an unclassifiable musical which opened this year’s official competition at the Festival de Cannes.  

She has worked alongside actors and actresses including Matthew Modine, Forest Whitaker, Christian Bale, Daniel Day-Lewis, Penélope Cruz, Nicole Kidman, Leonardo DiCaprio, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Clive Owen, Joaquin Phoenix, Jeremy Renner, Michael Fassbender, Brad Pitt, Louis Garrel, Léa Seydoux, Mathieu Amalric, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Vincent Cassel, Benoît Magimel, François Cluzet, Adam Driver and Johnny Depp, who will also receive the Donostia Award at San Sebastian Festival’s 69th edition.

A strong supporter of environmental protection, the actress is also the producer of Bigger Than Us, a documentary by Flore Vasseur (who’s also co-producing, along with Denis Carot from Elzévir Films) lending a voice to the youths committed to change. The film will show in San Sebastian as a Donostia Award Special Screening on September 18 at the Victoria Eugenia Theatre. It was previously programmed at the Festival de Cannes alongside other titles intended to raise awareness in the audience on climate change and its effect on the environment. 

Tickets for the ceremony at which Cotillard will receive the award will go on sale on September 12. The Award will be presented during the Festival opening gala (September 17) and will include the screening of Rosa Rosae. La Guerra Civil / Rosa Rosae. A Spanish Civil War Elegy, a short film by Carlos Saura, together with Zhang Yimou’s Yi miao zhong / One Second feature film.

Isla Shares “12 Bars” From ‘The Mediterranean Gardener’ Out August 27, 2021.

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The Mediterranean Gardener Out August 27 on Yep Roc Records

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Los Angeles, Calif. – Isla has unveiled “12 Bars,” the fourth single from the forthcoming debut album, The Mediterranean Gardenerout August 27 on Yep Roc Records; listen here.

Released first as a Bandcamp exclusive, the digital-only The Mediterranean Gardener is acclaimed singer/songwriter Josh Rouse’s new solo project. With gorgeous chilled-out electronica, the nine-track album provides a refreshing musical tonic for these stressful times

Of “12 Bars” Rouse says, “It’s the only song I co-wrote on this record. Daniel Tashian is a friend and collaborator. He had been on a bar crawl the night before and he got something like nine in. We laughed at not being able to roll like we used to and came up with the concept of 12 bar blues referring to the actual nightclubs, not bars of music.”

Recorded mainly at his small studio near his Valencia, Spain home, Rouse created the instrumentally oriented set during the confines of 2020 relying on keyboards and Roland Cloud samples. It’s “a stress-free atmosphere with breezy, improvised electronica,” says Rouse. “I was really just looking for vibes that were soothing. I didn’t want anything that was aggressive.”

From the eerie Eno-like ambient opener of “Buenas Noches Baby” to the Brazilian chords and melodies of the  Jobim-esque “Color De Vida,” the album is an alluring mix of lyric and instrumental tunes that meld together so smoothly that they feel more like a whole piece of music rather than a collection of songs. Realizing the music was far from the guitar-based, storytelling style for which he’s known, Rouse felt it needed its own name and Isla was born.

Rouse was joined on the recording by Tashian, who plays keyboards and Linn drums on “12 Bars”. The album was mixed by longtime producer Brad Jones and mastered by Mike Westbrook. The distinctive album cover was designed by Rouse’s wife, artist/singer Paz Suay, who also provided backing vocals on “12 Bars” and “It’s Not Too Far.”

The Mediterranean Gardener Tracklisting:

1. Buenas Noches Baby

2. It’s Not That Far

3. Color De Vida

4. 12 Bars

5. A Sunny Day

6. For The Love of a Girl

7. Night Moves

8. Until the Sun Comes Out

9. Attention

Pre-order the album here.