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Emmy Rewind: Queen Elizabeth II & BAFTA

In honor of Queen Elizabeth II and her support of the arts and entertainment, revisit this 1992 emmy magazine article celebrating the British Academy of Film and Television Arts.

Los Angeles, Calif. – Queen Elizabeth II has been a familiar presence on television screens the world over. The UK’s longest-serving monarch, who died today, September 8, 2022, at the age of ninety-six, made hundreds of TV appearances over the course of her seventy-year reign — including her annual Christmas speech to the British Empire.

In 2016, she made her mark on American television when the Emmy Award-winning Netflix series The Crown premiered. The dramatic series aims to encompass her reign from young adulthood — when she was crowned at the age of twenty-five — to the present. As the character has aged, she has been portrayed by actresses Claire Foy, then by Olivia Colman — both of whom won Emmys for their work — and next by Imelda Staunton.

While it is unknown whether the royal family watches The Crown (though it is rumored they do), what is known is that the Queen made her love and appreciation of the arts official by bestowing appointments to the Order of the British Empire — including awards given to actors Judi Dench, Maggie Smith, Daniel Day-Lewis and Ian McKellen, to name but a few.
Queen Elizabeth II was also a financial supporter of the arts, and gifted the royalties from the famed British television documentary Royal Family — which aired on BBC 1 and ITV in June of 1969 — to the Society of Film and Television Arts (SFTA) — a forerunner of the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA). The gift enabled the organization to move its offices to the former home of the Royal Society of Painters in Watercolours — a facility that was renovated to include two modern screening theaters, a members’ lounge and bar, a dining space and a conference suite.

The hope for the relationship between BAFTA and the Television Academy, as expressed in emmy magazine contributor Noble Wilson’s 1992 article, was to “establish a facility for visiting members, so that [Television Academy] members visiting London and BAFTA members traveling to Los Angeles could find a home away from home.”

A special relationship indeed.

Just 110 years ago, the Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolours opened its prestigious galleries on London’s Piccadilly. Today the “pictures” there are on film or tape, and the galleries have become the home of the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA). Officially opened by Queen Elizabeth II in 1976, the facility now has two modern screening theaters, a members’ lounge and bar, as well as a very handsome dining and conference suite.

BAFTA is the amalgam of the former British Film Academy and the Guild of Television Producers and Directors. Its 2,200 members work in both the film and television industries, 400 of them as expatriate members in Los Angeles. While the interests of TV and film members have not always coincided, separate academies would find it very difficult to achieve the necessary support and funding; it is also quite evident that the two media are coming ever closer together, both in production and in the arrangements for distribution. Special effects, created electronically on videotape and then transferred to film, are being used by more and more filmmakers; while television programs are made on film, often for showing in movie theaters before airing on TV.

The academy has a royal president, Princess Anne, who takes much interest in its affairs. The vice-president is the celebrated producer-director Sir Richard Attenborough. There’s a council and a board of management, both working under the overall chairmanship of Richard Price, of one of the U.K.’s leading independent production and distribution houses and an old friend of the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (ATAS) [now known as the Television Academy]. Day-to-day administration is in the hands of Tony Byrne, with his staff of forty.

What does BAFTA do? Well, its prime purpose, like that of ATAS, is the promotion of excellence, and many of its strategies in pursuit of that purpose are very similar to those of its American cousin: the giving of awards, training, mounting of special events and tributes, and screenings of its members’ work. Indeed the frequent showing of new feature films is one of the most popular activities.

The televised awards, of course, give BAFTA its highest public profile. The telecast of the production and performance awards from London’s Grosvenor House Hotel usually achieves an audience of more than 10 million (about a 40 rating) and has on occasion pulled in 13 million. BBC Television and one of the ITV companies, London Weekend (LWT), alternate in providing the coverage.

This year it was the turn of LWT, with the well-known talk-show host Michael Aspel, as master of ceremonies. Among the distinguished guests was ATAS executive director James L. Loper, who regularly takes advantage of this event to talk with some of the leading figures in British television. During the evening the PBS documentary series The Civil War, made by Ken Burns’s Florentine Films, was named best foreign program. Highlights also included the presentation of special awards to Audrey Hepburn and Sir John Gielgud.

A separate craft awards ceremony is usually held a week before the production awards in a venue outside London. This year it took place in Bristol, and the awards were given out in the presence of Prince Edward.

The system of nomination and voting for the production and performance awards is lengthy but comprehensive: All full members are invited to nominate programs screened during the preceding twelve months; the ten programs achieving the highest number of nominations, together with another five put forward by the program awards committee, are sent back to the members; members then choose four programs out of the fifteen; finally peer group juries vote for the winners from the four highest- scoring nominations.

The voting procedure for the craft awards is broadly similar.

Inevitably there have been criticisms of the system over the years, but so far no one has come up with anything that is thought to be fairer or more democratic. Edward Mirzoeff, BAFTA’s vice-chairman of television, likes to think that there could be a way of making absolutely sure that excellent programs that just aren’t seen by enough members, or that in the plethora of a year’s programming just get forgotten, can find their way into the final fifteen. Not an easy problem and one that must be only too familiar to award givers the world over.

In collaboration with Shell U.K., BAFTA has mounted a number of varied events and initiatives. There have been several tribute awards to famous British artists such as Julie Andrews, Sean Connery, and Michael Caine; it has produced study guides to promote the use of film in schools and an information packet on careers in film and television; it has supported Screenwriters’ Studio, the U.K.’s only master class for film and TV scriptwriting; it has sponsored a Fulbright fellowship in film and television studies and organized a nationwide rally of famous classic cars in aid of a charity; together with Central Television and the British Council it organized a festival of British film and television in Kiev, Ukraine, in 1990; and last year, at the invitation of the Library of Congress, BAFTA, and Central Television, with the help of many other British companies, mounted a similar festival in Washington, D.C., during the state visit of Queen Elizabeth II. And that’s just some of a long list of activities.

By now you will be wondering where the money comes from. There are a number of sources of funding. Over the last three years Shell U.K. has provided $5.25 million to help fund the special events of the kind mentioned above. It’s not known why the company decided not to maintain its support, or if it is, nobody’s telling. The official line is that the deal was for a maximum of three years. Others have suggested that a change of chairman at Shell or pressure from the parent company, Royal Dutch Shell in the Netherlands, may have been the reason. However BAFTA’s plans for special events in the coming year or two are not going to be spoiled; new corporate backing from a number of sources has been found, and the mood is one of optimism.

Individual full membership costs $166 a year; corporate membership runs $8,750, or $17,500 if you are a “foundation member.” Corporate members can entertain at BAFTA events, get reduced rates for using facilities at the BAFTA center, and thus have access to television and film personalities at the highest executive level. In February a British car manufacturer invited its clients to a champagne supper in the center, followed by the screening of a new film in the 200-seat theater.

What of the future? Chairman Richard Price says he is keen to see the promotion of excellence extended to include more categories of programming. At the moment the awards for production and performance are in the fields of drama, factual programs, light entertainment, comedy, news and remote broadcasts, music, and children’s and arts programs. Price hopes that recognition can be given to such programs as talk shows, sports, and daytime programming. He also feels that the skills and talents of those who make commercials should not be ignored. It’s not immediately clear how these ideas can be realized, but they will certainly have the backing of many people in the industry.

Price has already introduced a new source of funds: a lifetime member ship in BAFTA for a single payment of $1,925. At a stroke that brought in a bonus of $115,000!

And BAFTA recently introduced sep arate awards for programs made for Scottish and Welsh audiences. This year the ceremonies were held in Glasgow, Scotland, and Cardiff, Wales, and according to Price, who attended both events, many of the programs (which are normally not seen outside the respective national borders) were of high quality.

There’s no doubt that the relationship between BAFTA and ATAS is much appreciated: Both Richard Price and director Tony Byrne feel there is real benefit to be had in the mutual exchange of experience and in personal contact. On a practical level it’s hoped to establish a facility for visiting members, so that ATAS members visiting London and BAFTA members traveling to Los Angeles could find a home away from home.

I recently asked Tony Byrne what gave him the most job satisfaction over the last year. He said that despite months of hard-hitting recession, BAFTA has been able to stay on course and even pick up a little speed. An achievement indeed.

This article originally appeared in the May/June 1992 issue of emmy magazine under the title, “Europe Report: A British Salute to Excellence.”

A message from BAFTA regarding Her Majesty The Queen.

8 September 2022

A message regarding Her Majesty The Queen.

We are deeply saddened by the death of Her Majesty The Queen, whose close association with the Academy spanned 50 years. 

Through her various patronages, The Queen was renowned for her support of the UK’s creative industries, having been patron of the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts, the Royal Variety Charity and the Cinema and Television Benevolent Fund.  Over the years, The Queen has visited countless film and television organisations, supporting their efforts by highlighting the work they do.   

In 1972, The Queen and HRH The Duke of Edinburgh generously gave their share of the profits from the documentary film Royal Family to the Society of Film and Television Arts (SFTA, a forerunner of BAFTA) as a donation towards a new headquarters for the Society.  The original idea to have a headquarters was conceived in early 1970 by Richard Cawston, a producer of Royal Family. 

The official opening of BAFTA’s new headquarters at 195 Piccadilly, in March 1976, was conducted by The Queen and attended by past Presidents of the organisation, HRH The Duke of Edinburgh, Earl Mountbatten of Burma, and HRH Princess Anne, who was President at the time.  On the occasion of the official opening, the Society of Film and Television Arts was renamed the British Academy of Film and Television Arts.  Five decades on, 195 Piccadilly remains BAFTA’s iconic London home and is at the heart of the Academy’s charitable activity. 

The Queen played a significant role in one of the most ambitious overseas initiatives the Academy has ever undertaken, when in 1990, the Library of Congress in Washington invited BAFTA to organise a joint Festival of British Film and Television.  The Academy organised a major British cultural programme in 1991 for the first state visit to Washington by The Queen and The Duke since 1976.  The Queen supported numerous events within the festival, including the Great British Picture Show at the Library of Congress, at which over 100 feature films were screened within a week.  The Queen also attended a BAFTA lunch at The Jefferson Building, together with The Duke, which included a presentation of a British Academy Special Award to actress Angela Lansbury by Sir Richard Attenborough. 

In 1996, when the Academy celebrated its 50th anniversary with a special event at 195 Piccadilly, The Queen and The Duke attended this milestone in the organisation’s history and to mark the occasion there were presentations of a Lifetime Achievement Award to cinematographer Freddie Young and the BAFTA Fellowship to Dame Maggie Smith.   

The Queen received her own BAFTA on 4 April 2013, the occasion of a reception for the British film industry hosted by Her Majesty at Windsor Castle.  An honorary British Academy Special Award was presented by Sir Kenneth Branagh in recognition of The Queen’s outstanding patronage of the film and television industries.   

The Queen occupies a unique place in the Academy’s history and will be missed enormously. 

Our thoughts are with our President, HRH The Duke of Cambridge and the Royal Family, to whom we offer our deepest sympathy.

Kevin Price 

Chief Executive Officer (Interim)

Krishnendu Majumdar 


The City of Santa Clarita and The Cube – Ice Entertainment Center presents the inaugural Community Skate Day

Valencia, Calif. – Join the City of Santa Clarita and The Cube for the inaugural Community Skate Day! Residents are invited to join us at The Cube – Ice and Entertainment Center, Powered by FivePoint | Valencia (27745 Smyth Drive) on Sunday, September 11, from 1:30 – 4:30 p.m. during public skate for a family-friendly event! First responders, veterans and up to four of their family members will have admission and skate fees waived. The public will also be able to skate at a reduced rate of $5, which includes admission and rentals.

Attendees will have the opportunity to join free skate lessons, meet the Los Angeles Kings Crew and Bailey, enter to win a raffle for Kings tickets, take holiday family photos on the Zamboni and so much more! All day long, The Grille at The Cube will be serving up Maria’s Deli fan-favorite meals, while the pro-shop will be offering a variety of deals! Also stop by the City Store for all of your City of Santa Clarita merch like hats, shirts, sweatshirts and more. For every purchase, receive a free skate pass. 

For more information about the Community Skate Day, please contact Jessica Terzian at or call The Cube at (661) 257-2823.

Universal Studios Hollywood Serves Up Terrifying Treats and To-Die-For Merchandise When Halloween Horror Nights Kicks Off Thursday, September 8, 2022.

Universal Studios Hollywood Serves Up Terrifying Treats and To-Die-For Merchandise Featuring Haunted Houses: “The Weeknd: After Hours Nightmare,” “Killer Klowns from Outer Space,” “Universal Monsters: Legends Collide” and More When Halloween Horror Nights Kicks Off Thursday, September 8, 2022.

Universal City, Calif. – September 6, 2022 – Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Studios Hollywood is tempting guests with a terrifying menu of horror-inspired cuisine and a selection of exclusive merchandise themed to the 2022 event, which runs select nights Thursday, September 8 through Monday, October 31.

Fans of The Weeknd, who bravely step into his all-new haunted house for an unprecedented experience, can follow the Blinding Lights to the all-new The Weeknd: After Hours Nightmare Bar, a space reminiscent of a late-night club as featured in The Weeknd’s music videos and short films. Guests can enjoy mixed drinks aptly named for the multi award-winning artist’s tracks plus nosh on light bites such as pizza fries.

Inspired by the nearby “Killer Klowns from Outer Space” haunted house, fans can dine at the Killer BBQ From Outer Space. The circus-themed eatery will serve up a variety of savory and sweet items including: BBQ Pulled Chicken Sandwich, Loaded Mac & Cheese, shareable 22” All-Beef Hot Dog, Loaded Nachos, Funnel Fries, Acid Pie and specialty cocktails. Killer Klowns afficionados will also scream in delight for Jojo’s Ice Cream, dishing out tasty treats inspired by the horror-comedy, including the Killer Kone, Ruijing Popkorn Shake and Acid Pie Shake.

In celebration of Los Angeles’ diverse culture, the Plaza de los Muertos is returning to Universal Plaza. Guests can toast the living and the dead with two bar options this year. The Dia de Los Muertos Bar will serve craft cocktails such as Calavera Juice, Sugar Skull Punch and Smoked Margarita in a festive light-up skull mug along with a Michelada option. A new Margarita Bar serves an assortment of libations, including a mixed Spicy Strawberry Vodka Margarita and Muerte Margarita along with a variety of frozen margarita options. The Little Cocina will offer an array of food options such as Beef Birria Tacos with Red Sauce, Cheese Tamale, Esquites, Churro Bites, Chamoy Pineapple Spears and more. Additionally, a light-up Sugar Skull popcorn bucket, which includes free refills, will be available for purchase.

The Halloween Horror Nights terrifying event menu will include vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free items for those with every type of appetite.

Voodoo Doughnut at Universal CityWalk partakes in the terrifying festivities with seasonal specials, including Ghost, Jack-o-Lantern and Tombstone decorated yeast doughnuts and a Halloween Sprinkle cake doughnut.

 Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Studios Hollywood is tempting guests with a terrifying menu of horror-inspired cuisine and a selection of exclusive merchandise themed to the 2022 event, which runs select nights Thursday, September 8 through Monday, October 31.

Halloween Horror Nights guests can elevate their experience with a variety of apparel, souvenirs, drink ware and collectibles featuring their favorite haunted houses as well as items from the artist signature series showcasing the legendary Universal Monsters. In addition, for the first time ever at Universal Studios Hollywood, merchandise based on fan favorite character Lil Boo celebrating “Every Day is Halloween” will debut in stores.

            Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Studios Hollywood begins on Thursday, September 8 and runs select nights through Monday, October 31. Tickets purchased online or at the Universal Studios Hollywood Front Gate provide guests with Early Event Admission to select houses, beginning at 6pm each night of the event (subject to change). Various ticket options are available for purchase, including General Admission, Universal Express, After 2pm Day/Night, R.I.P. Tour and popular passes, Frequent Fear and Ultimate Fear, which allow guests to experience the scares again and again. Click here for more information about each ticket type and for terms and conditions.

The horror also comes to life on the east coast at Universal Orlando Resort with 10 terrifying haunted houses. The event runs select nights now through Monday, October 31.

            For more information and to purchase tickets, visit

Special Halftime Performance from Ozzy Osbourne at the halftime show of the Los Angeles Rams vs Buffalo Bills game on September 8, 2022. 

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee and Grammy-winning singer and songwriter Ozzy Osbourne will rock the Rams House at halftime of the Rams vs Bills game on September 8. Learn more about his performance and all of the other game entertainment, including the pregame unveiling of the Rams Super Bowl Championship banner, on Thursday Night at SoFi Stadium.

Los Angeles, Calif. – Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee and Grammy-winning singer and songwriter Ozzy Osbourne will rock the Rams House at halftime of the NFL Kickoff game hosted by the Super Bowl Champion, LA Rams!

His performance comes on the eve of the release of his new album, “Patient Number 9,” featuring guitarists Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck, and Mike McCready from Pearl Jam, while Chad Smith of the Red Hot Chili Peppers ruled on the drums. It’s heavy, hard-hitting, and historic! Don’t miss this unforgettable halftime performance on 9/8, and relive it by listening to “Patient Number 9” coming out September 9th!*MTY2MjE4NjUzMy4xLjAuMTY2MjE4NjUzMy4wLjAuMA..&_ga=2.84137561.1513945539.1662186534-547240441.1662186534

United States Figure Skating’s 2022  National Solo Dance Final hosted by The Figure Skating Club of Southern California coming to The Cube – Ice and Entertainment Center in Valencia, Sept. 7 – Sept. 10, 2022.

Valencia, Calif. – The City of Santa Clarita invites you to head to The Cube – Ice and Entertainment Center in Valencia and into the ice rink for the United States Figure Skating’s 2022  National Solo Dance Final hosted by The Figure Skating Club of Southern California. The Cube – Ice and Entertainment Center, Powered by FivePoint | Valencia will host the events beginning on Wednesday, September 7, and continuing through Saturday, September 10. All of the events are free to watch and will run between 8:00 a.m. and 10:00 p.m. at The Cube (27745 Smyth Drive).

As the Santa Clarita Valley endures a late-summer heatwave, there’s no better way to beat the heat than by heading to The Cube! Top-ranked skaters from across the country will compete in a variety of events, including pattern dances, shadow dances, rhythm dances and more—all vying for a national championship.

Throughout the dance final, head over to The Grille to grab your favorite snacks, foods and drinks. Additionally, competitors and visitors can check out the pro shop and City Store for a wide-variety of merchandise.

Be sure to follow The Cube on Instagram and Facebook for updates throughout the championship or the Figure Skating Club of Southern California’s website at to watch the competition live, view scores, see the competition program and much more.

For more information, please contact Jessica Terzian at or call The Cube at (661) 257-2823.

JENNIFER FOX RETURNS TO PRODUCE 13TH GOVERNORS AWARDS for the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

Honorary Awards will be presented to Euzhan Palcy, Diane Warren and Peter Weir, and the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award to Michael J. Fox on Saturday, November 19, 2022, at the Fairmont Century Plaza in Los Angeles.

“I could not be more delighted to produce the Academy’s Governors Awards again and look forward to honoring the remarkable achievements of Michael J. Fox, Euzhan Palcy, Diane Warren and Peter Weir.” – Jennifer Fox

Los Angeles, Calif. – Oscar®-nominated producer Jennifer Fox will return to produce the 13th Governors Awards for the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, Academy President Janet Yang announced today.  It is her fourth time producing the event. 

Honorary Awards will be presented to Euzhan Palcy, Diane Warren and Peter Weir, and the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award to Michael J. Fox on Saturday, November 19, 2022, at the Fairmont Century Plaza in Los Angeles.

“We’re thrilled to have Jennifer back at the helm to help us kick off Oscar season with a tribute fitting to these four extraordinary individuals.  Her contribution in past years has only elevated this truly special and joyous event,” said Yang.

“I could not be more delighted to produce the Academy’s Governors Awards again and look forward to honoring the remarkable achievements of Michael J. Fox, Euzhan Palcy, Diane Warren and Peter Weir,” said Fox.

Fox has produced or executive produced some of the most iconic films of the last 15 years, including Tony Gilroy’s directorial debut, “Michael Clayton,” which earned seven Oscar nominations.  She began her film industry career in development and production at Universal Pictures, where she worked on several films, including “Erin Brockovich.”  Fox spent the next six years producing with Steven Soderbergh and George Clooney’s production company, Section Eight, where she worked on such acclaimed titles as “Syriana,” “Good Night, and Good Luck.,” “A Scanner Darkly” and “The Informant!.”  Her other film credits include “Duplicity,” “The Bourne Legacy,” “We Need to Talk about Kevin,” for which she received a BAFTA nomination, “Nightcrawler,” “Roman J. Israel, Esq.,” “Velvet Buzzsaw,” “The Report” and “The Last Duel.”  She is currently working on her next film, “Magazine Dreams.” Fox also produced the Academy’s 10th, 11th and 12th Governors Awards. 

The Honorary Award, an Oscar statuette, is given “to honor extraordinary distinction in lifetime achievement, exceptional contributions to the state of motion picture arts and sciences, or for outstanding service to the Academy.”

The Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award, also an Oscar statuette, is given “to an individual in the motion picture arts and sciences whose humanitarian efforts have brought credit to the industry.”

The 13th Governors Awards is proudly supported by Rolex, the Exclusive Watch of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

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 and James Cameron, its partnership with the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and the Rolex Mentor and Protégé Arts Initiative, with its mentorships for talented young filmmakers. Rolex has partnered with 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.


In 2009 the Board of Governors voted to establish an annual event at which it will present its testimonial awards: the Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award, the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award and the Honorary Award.  Honorees are selected and announced in September and presented their awards at a celebratory dinner event in November. They are also acknowledged at the next Academy Awards ceremony. 

The Governors Awards were established in effort to balance the desire to truly honor worthy individuals and avoid the time limitations that the Oscar telecast imposes on these honors.  By creating a separate event for recognizing these outstanding people in the movie industry, we’re insuring that each honoree will be given his or her full due, without compromise.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is a global community of more than 10,000 of the most accomplished artists, filmmakers and executives working in film. In addition to celebrating and recognizing excellence in filmmaking through the Oscars, the Academy supports a wide range of initiatives to promote the art and science of the movies, including public programming, educational outreach and the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures.


Cinema Foundation welcomes moviegoers to celebrate a day at the movies with discounted admissions to kick-off National Cinema Day, September 3. America’s Day at the Movies! All Tickets, All Movies, All Formats, All Showtimes only $3. Check your local theatres for details.


Los Angeles, Calif. – – Coming to a theater near you, the Cinema Foundation welcomes moviegoers to celebrate a day at the movies with discounted admissions to kick-off National Cinema Day, September 3. The one-day event, held at more than 3,000 participating locations with more than 30,000 screens, will bring together audiences of all ages to enjoy a day at the movies with exclusive previews and special in-theater promotions at a discounted admission of no more than $3. National Cinema Day celebrates a summer of record-breaking moviegoing with movies and a special sneak peek of upcoming titles from A24, Amazon Studios, Disney, Focus Features, Lionsgate, Neon, Paramount, Sony Pictures Classics, Sony, United Artists Releasing, Universal, and Warner Bros., only on September 3.

“After this summer’s record-breaking return to cinemas, we wanted to do something to celebrate moviegoing,” said Cinema Foundation president Jackie Brenneman. “We’re doing it by offering a ‘thank you’ to the moviegoers that made this summer happen, and by offering an extra enticement for those who haven’t made it back yet.”

For more details go to National Cinema Day, and look for more announcements on Twitter at #NationalCinemaDay and your local movie theater’s website. Join millions of other moviegoers and head to a theater near you.

The Cinema Foundation is a donor-supported 501(c)(3) charitable non-profit – is dedicated to promoting the essential cinema exhibition industry by developing future diverse workforces and growing moviegoing communities through research, education and philanthropy. Since March 2022, the Cinema Foundation’s mission is dedicated to shaping the future of the great collective experience of moviegoing and the cinema industry. It works to support and impact the health of the cinema sector both in the short term and for years to come and is continuously expanding its contributions to the magic of moviegoing. The Cinema Foundation builds on NATO’s mission and relationships and expands NATO’s impact in ways that help individual employees and companies as well as the industry as a whole. We are the Foundation of a great industry.

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Artemis I unmanned flight-test set to launch Aug. 29, 2022 from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida weather permitting. Flight to provide commitment to Human deep space exploration with goal to return humans to the Moon, Mars and beyond. (Update, Sept. 3: Artemis I Flight-Test scrubbed and now postponed until further notice)

With Artemis I, NASA sets the stage for human exploration into deep space, where astronauts will build and begin testing the systems near the Moon needed for lunar surface missions and exploration to other destinations farther from Earth, including Mars. With Artemis, NASA will collaborate with industry and international partners to establish long-term exploration for the first time.

Kennedy Space Center, Florida -Artemis I is the first integrated test of NASA’s deep space exploration systems: the Orion spacecraft, Space Launch System (SLS) rocket and the ground systems at the agency’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

The first in a series of increasingly complex missions, Artemis I is an unmanned flight test that will provide a foundation for human deep space exploration and demonstrate our commitment and capability to return humans to the Moon and extend beyond.

  • Launch site: Launch Pad 39B at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida
  • Launch date: Aug. 29, 2022
  • Launch window: 8:33 a.m. EDT to 10:33 a.m.
  • Mission Duration: 42 days, 3 hours, 20 minutes
  • Destination: distant retrograde orbit around the Moon
  • Total mission miles: approximately 1.3 million miles (2.1 million kilometers)
  • Targeted splashdown site: Pacific Ocean, off the coast of San Diego
  • Return speed: Up to 25,000 mph (40,000 kph)
  • Splashdown: Oct. 10, 2022

During this flight, Orion will launch atop the most powerful rocket in the world and fly farther than any spacecraft built for humans has ever flown. Over the course of the mission, it will travel 280,000 miles (450,000 kilometers) from Earth and 40,000 miles (64,000 kilometers) beyond the far side of the Moon. Orion will stay in space longer than any human spacecraft has without docking to a space station and return home faster and hotter than ever before.

This first Artemis mission will demonstrate the performance of both Orion and the SLS rocket and test our capabilities to orbit the Moon and return to Earth. The flight will pave the way for future missions to the lunar vicinity, including landing the first woman and first person of color on the surface of the Moon.

With Artemis I, NASA sets the stage for human exploration into deep space, where astronauts will build and begin testing the systems near the Moon needed for lunar surface missions and exploration to other destinations farther from Earth, including Mars. With Artemis, NASA will collaborate with industry and international partners to establish long-term exploration for the first time.


SLS and Orion will blast off from Launch Pad 39B at NASA’s modernized spaceport at Kennedy. Propelled by a pair of five-segment boosters and four RS-25 engines, the rocket will reach the period of greatest atmospheric force within 90 seconds. The solid rocket boosters will burn through their propellant and separate after approximately two minutes, and the core stage and RS-25s will deplete propellant after approximately eight minutes. After jettisoning the boosters, service module panels, and launch abort system, the core stage engines will shut down and the core stage will separate from the spacecraft, leaving Orion attached to the interim cryogenic propulsion stage (ICPS) that will propel it toward the Moon.

As the spacecraft makes an orbit of Earth and deploys its solar arrays, the ICPS will give Orion the big push it needs to leave Earth’s orbit and travel toward the Moon. This maneuver, known as the trans-lunar injection, precisely targets a point about the Moon that will guide Orion close enough to be captured by the Moon’s gravity.

In Space

Orion will separate from the ICPS approximately two hours after launch. The ICPS will then deploy ten small satellites, known as CubeSats, along the way to study the Moon or head father out to deep space destinations. As Orion continues on its path from Earth orbit to the Moon, it will be propelled by a service module provided by ESA (European Space Agency) that will course-correct as needed along the way. The service module supplies the spacecraft’s main propulsion system and power.

The outbound trip to the Moon will take several days, during which time engineers will evaluate the spacecraft’s systems. Orion will fly about 60 miles (97 kilometers) above the surface of the Moon at its closest approach, and then use the Moon’s gravitational force to propel Orion into a distant retrograde orbit, traveling about 40,000 miles (64,000 kilometers) past the Moon. This distance is 30,000 miles (48,000 kilometers) farther than the previous record set during Apollo 13 and the farthest in space any spacecraft built for humans has flown.

For its return trip to Earth, Orion will get another gravity assist from the Moon as it does a second close flyby, firing engines at precisely the right time to harness the Moon’s gravity and accelerate back toward Earth, setting itself on a trajectory to re-enter our planet’s atmosphere.


The mission will end with a test of Orion’s capability to return safely to Earth. Orion will enter Earth’s atmosphere traveling at about 25,000 mph (40,000 kph). Earth’s atmosphere will slow the spacecraft down to a speed of about 300 mph (480 kph), producing temperatures of approximately 5,000 degrees Fahrenheit (2,800 degrees Celsius) and testing the heat shield’s performance.

Once the spacecraft has passed this extreme heating phase of flight, the forward bay cover that protects its parachutes will be jettisoned. Orion’s two drogue parachutes deploy first, at 25,000 feet (7,600 meters), and within a minute slow Orion to about 100 mph (160 kph) before being released. They are followed by three pilot parachutes that pull out the three main parachutes which will slow Orion’s descent to less than 20 mph (32 kph). The spacecraft will make a precise landing within eyesight of the recovery ship off the coast of San Diego.

Recovery Operations

The Landing and Recovery Team, led by NASA’s Exploration Ground Systems program at Kennedy, will be responsible for safely recovering the capsule after splashdown. The interagency landing and recovery team consists of personnel and assets from the U.S. Department of Defense, including Navy amphibious specialists and Air Force weather specialists, and engineers and technicians from Kennedy, Johnson Space Center in Houston, and Lockheed Martin Space Operations.

Before splashdown, the team will head out to sea in a Navy ship. At the direction of the NASA Recovery Director, Navy divers and other team members in several inflatable boats will be cleared to approach Orion. Divers will then attach a cable to the spacecraft and pull it by winch into a specially designed cradle inside the ship’s well deck. The vessel will transport the spacecraft and other hardware to a pier at U.S. Naval Base San Diego for transport to Kennedy.

Open water personnel will also work to recover Orion’s forward bay cover and three main parachutes. If teams are able to recover the jettisoned cover and parachutes, engineers will inspect the hardware and gather additional performance data.

Times below are based on a potential launch opportunity Aug. 29 at 8:33 a.m. Eastern. The timing of events may change if launch occurs at a time other than the opening of the two-hour launch window. All times Eastern.

Flight Day 1

8:33 a.m.: Liftoff

8:35:12 a.m. – Solid Rocket Booster separation (Mission Elapsed Time 00:02:12)

8:36:13 a.m. – Service module fairing jettison (MET 00:03:13)

8:36:19 a.m. – Launch abort system jettison (MET 00:03:19)

8:41:04 a.m. – Core stage main engine cutoff commanded (MET 00:08:04)

8:41:16 a.m. – Core Stage/ICPS separation (MET 00:08:16)

8:51:10 a.m. – Orion Solar Array Wing Deploy Begins (MET 00:18:20)

  • Approximately 12 minutes in duration(~60 miles)

9:24:22 a.m. – Perigee Raise Maneuver (MET 00:51:22)

  • 22 seconds in duration

10:11:03 a.m. – Trans-lunar injection (MET 01:38:03)

  • 17 minute, 59 second burn

11:39:10 a.m. – Orion/ICPS separation (MET 02:06:10)

11:40:31 a.m. – Upper Stage Separation Burn (MET 02:07:31)

12:03:10 p.m. – ICPS Disposal Burn (MET 03:30:10)

4:29:05 p.m. – Outbound Trajectory Correction-1 burn (MET 07:56:05)

  • First service module burn

Flight Day 2-5 – Outbound transit

Flight day 6-9 – Transit to Distant Retrograde Orbit (DRO) around the Moon

  • Flight Day 6 (9/3): Outbound Powered Fly-by (burn 9:11 p.m.), Lunar Closest Approach (~60 miles)

Flight Day 10-23 – In DRO

  • Flight Day 10 (9/7): DRO Insertion (burn 8:54 a.m.)
  • Flight Day 11 (9/8): Orion passes Apollo 13 Record

Flight Day 24-34 – Exit DRO

  • Flight Day 24 (9/21): DRO Departure (burn 2:52 a.m.)
  • Flight Day 26: (9/23): Max distance from Earth

Flight Day 35-42 – Return transit

  • Flight Day 35 (10/3): Return Flyby (burn 12:06 a.m.), Second Closest Approach (~500 miles)

Flight Day 43 (10/10)- Entry and splashdown (11:53 a.m.)

Disneyland Resort Rings in the Holiday Season with Returning Entertainment and Festive Traditions, Nov. 11, 2022-Jan. 8, 2023.

Disneyland Resort Rings in the Holiday Season with Returning Entertainment and Festive Traditions, Nov. 11, 2022-Jan. 8, 2023  

  • ‘World of Color – Season of Light,’ Disney Festival of Holidays and ‘Disney ¡Viva Navidad!’ return to Disney California Adventure Park
  • Disneyland Park welcomes back beloved traditions: ‘A Christmas Fantasy’ Parade, ‘.. In Holiday Magic’ fireworks spectacular, Haunted Mansion Holiday and ‘it’s a small world’ Holiday
  • Downtown Disney District and Hotels of the Disneyland Resort will feature festive decor, dining and special offerings

ANAHEIM, Calif. – The Happiest Place on Earth will soon be brimming with festive fun and joyful décor, when Holidays at the Disneyland Resort returns Nov. 11, 2022, through Jan. 8, 2023. During this magical time of year, friends and family will make merry memories together with treasured traditions and distinctly Disney experiences, such as seasonal nighttime spectaculars, transformations of favorite attractions, special food and beverages and more.

At Disney California Adventure Park

Returning this year, the nighttime spectacular “World of Color – Season of Light” wraps guests in holiday magic by fusing cherished holiday music with memorable moments from treasured Disney animated films.

Through energetic live entertainment, culinary delights and special traditions, Disney Festival of Holidays at Disney California Adventure will highlight a diverse season of celebrations, including Christmas/Navidad, Diwali, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa and Three Kings Day. Festival marketplaces across the park will serve a hand-crafted menu of delectable foods and beverages. Guests may choose to purchase a Sip and Savor Pass*, which can be shared or used over multiple visits, to taste their way through eight food or non-alcoholic beverage selections from participating marketplaces and dining locations. As part of the festival, guests will also enjoy nightly holiday concerts at the Palisades Stage in Paradise Gardens Park.

The jolly lineup of holiday entertainment continues with “Mickey’s Happy Holidays,” a procession of Disney and Pixar characters dancing and marching along to the upbeat rhythms of the Holiday Toy Drummers. The “Disney ¡Viva Navidad!” street party also returns, featuring Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse donning festive fiesta attire and accompanied by Mexican folklórico dancers and Mariachis, Brazilian samba dancers and percussionists, and giant mojiganga puppets. Guests can encounter Disney characters in holiday attire and, at Paradise Gardens Park, visit with Mirabel from Walt Disney Animation Studios’ “Encanto.” Santa Claus will once again take residence at his rustic home in the Redwood Creek Challenge Trail.

Disney California Adventure will sparkle with holiday décor throughout, highlighted by a 50-foot-tall Christmas tree in Buena Vista Street and automotive embellishment in Cars Land. The yuletide spirit will shift into high gear with two seasonal attraction transformationsLuigi’s Joy to the Whirl and Mater’s Jingle Jamboree.

At Disneyland Park

Guests will once again share in the merriment of holiday entertainment at Disneyland. Anna, Elsa and Olaf from Walt Disney Animation Studios’ “Frozen,” along with Mickey, Minnie, Santa and many other friends will celebrate the season in “A Christmas Fantasy” Parade, a daily musical procession of floats, marching toy soldiers, dancing gingerbread cookies and more. Disney characters will greet guests in their finest holiday attire, with some debuting new outfits!

In the evenings, the festivities continue with the “Believe… in Holiday Magic” fireworks spectacular, which features magical “snowfall” and colorful projections on Main Street, U.S.A., and the façade of “it’s a small world.” Families can also dance along with characters such as Goofy, Pluto, Chip ‘n’ Dale and others during nightly holiday dance parties at the Tomorrowland Terrace.

Two beloved Disneyland attractions return with fan-favorite seasonal transformations. “it’s a small world” Holiday takes guests around the world as dolls and toys representing children enjoy the distinctive holiday traditions of their respective countries. In New Orleans Square, Jack Skellington and his friends cause a collision between Christmas and Halloween to transform the Haunted Mansion into Haunted Mansion Holiday.**

Disneyland will be adorned with festive décor, presenting an array of beautiful locations for holiday photos. As they enter the park, guests will be greeted by the iconic 60-foot-tall Christmas tree. The Plaza Point holiday shop, which offers holiday treasures year-round, will be decorated with garlands, nutcrackers and more. Sleeping Beauty’s Winter Castle will enchant guests from day to night with shimmering icicles and twinkling lights. The Holiday Time at Disneyland Park guided tour will return, offering a hosted experience of select seasonal offerings and reserved viewing for “A Christmas Fantasy” Parade.***

Holiday magic throughout the Disneyland Resort

All three Hotels of the Disneyland Resort will display beautifully themed Christmas trees, feature performances from convivial carolers and visits from Santa Claus. The Disneyland Resort culinary team is also continuing its annual gingerbread house display at Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa.

At Downtown Disney District, guests will discover dazzling décor and photo opportunities, festive musical entertainment and special offerings from shops and restaurants. With a breadth of boutiques to explore, Downtown Disney District will be an ideal destination for guests to find holiday gifts for the whole family.

Guests can make their holiday visits more magical with convenient and time-saving tools in the Disneyland app.**** The Disney Genie and Disney Genie+ services can help guests plan and maximize their day, plus food and beverages from select quick-service dining locations can be ordered ahead of time using mobile order. Guests can also save time at select shops with Merchandise Mobile Checkout.

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. Open daily, year-round.

Check the latest entertainment details and schedules at or the Disneyland mobile app. Entertainment, experiences, and offerings may be modified, limited in availability or unavailable, and are subject to restrictions, and change or cancellation without notice. Theme Park reservations and valid admission for the same Park on the same day are required for Park entry. Park reservations are limited, subject to availability and not guaranteed. Park admission and offerings are not guaranteed.

Visit for important information to know before visiting the Disneyland® Resort.

*A Disney Festival of Holidays Sip and Savor Pass will expire on Jan. 8, 2023, and will not be valid at any other event or at any other time. Passes are nonrefundable, subject to restrictions, and not valid for Theme Park admission. Both valid theme park admission and park reservation required for park entry.

**Haunted Mansion Holiday is inspired by “Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas.”

***Separate fee and tour reservation required.  Additionally, both valid theme park admission and park reservation required for park entry. Maximum of 10 Guests. Cancellation fee and other restrictions may apply. Subject to availability, and change or cancellation without notice.

****Message, data and roaming rates may apply. Availability subject to handset limitations and features may vary by handset or service provider. Coverage and app stores not available everywhere. If you’re under 18, get your parents’ permission first.

Announcing First Presenters for 2022 Creative Arts Emmy Awards.

Los Angeles, Calif. – The 2022 Creative Arts Emmy Awards will take place at the Microsoft Theater. An edited presentation will air Saturday, Sept. 10, at 8:00 PM EDT/PDT on FXX and is available for streaming on Hulu Sept. 11-27. Bob Bain Productions will produce all three shows.

Skylar Astin, W. Kamau Bell, Colman Domingo, Marcia Gay Harden, Jon Huertas, Jane Levy, Ralph Macchio, Niecy Nash, and William Zabka Slated to Present Awards.

The Television Academy and Executive Producer Bob Bain today announced the first group of presenters for the 2022 Creative Arts Emmy Awards, hosted over two consecutive nights on Saturday, Sept. 3, and Sunday, Sept. 4.

The presenters reflect the diverse talent and storytellers throughout the television industry and represent some of the year’s most popular programs across many genres and platforms.

Presenters include:

Monica Aldama and Morgan Simianer (Cheer), Skylar Astin (So Help Me ToddZoey’s Extraordinary Playlist), W. Kamau Bell (We Need To Talk About Cosby), Christine Chiu and Kevin Kreider (Bling Empire), Cat Deeley (So You Think You Can Dance), Colman Domingo (Euphoria; Fear the Walking Dead), Marcia Gay Harden (The Morning Show), Chris Hardwick (Talking Dead@midnight), Jon Huertas (This Is Us), Jane Levy (Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist), Ralph Macchio and William Zabka (Cobra Kai), Simone Missick (All RiseIron Fist), Niecy Nash (The RookieFedsReno 911!) and Randy Rainbow (The Randy Rainbow Show).

The 2022 Creative Arts Emmy Awards will take place at the Microsoft Theater. An edited presentation will air Saturday, Sept. 10, at 8:00 PM EDT/PDT on FXX and is available for streaming on Hulu Sept. 11-27. Bob Bain Productions will produce all three shows.