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Steve Miller Band To Headline Monster CES Concert

The Steve Miller Band will play this year’s Monster Retailer Awards during International CES. The event will be held Wednesday, January 7, 2015, at the Axis Theater Powered by Monster at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino. The concert follows Monster’s awards ceremony, in which retailers are given such honors as the “Most Monsterous Retailer of the Year.”


‘Birdman,’‘Grand Budapest’ Top Critics Choice Awards Nominations

With 13 bids, “Birdman” led nominations for the Critics’ Choice Movie Awards, followed by 11 for “The Grand Budapest Hotel,” a one-two punch for Fox Searchlight. “Boyhood” followed with eight. The noms for Angelina Jolie (“Unbroken”) and Ava DuVernay (“Selma”) mean that two of the six director contenders are women. Among the films earning more attention than in this year’s previous kudos announcements: “Interstellar” (seven); “Guardians of the Galaxy” (five) and “Unbroken” (four).

The voting, by the Broadcast Film Critics Assn., is one of the more reliable Oscar predictors, in terms of winners. The group has matched the eventual Oscar-winning best pic in 12 of the last 15 years. “Gone Girl” and “The Imitation Game” each earned six nominations; aside from “Guardians,” three films earned five apiece: “Into The Woods,” “Selma,” and “The Theory of Everything.” Films with four bids, in addition to “Unbroken,” are “Edge of Tomorrow,” “Inherent Vice,” “St. Vincent” and “Whiplash.”

Among the surprise omissions were Steve Carell and “Foxcatcher” with two nominations. The awards are given out by the Broadcast Film Critics Assn., which the org says consists of nearly 300 reviewers from TV, radio and online. In all, 61 films were cited at least once, in 28 categories. The lengthy roster included mentions for films as diverse as “The Babadook,” “Lucy,” “The Skeleton Twins,” “Top Five” and “22 Jump Street.”

The ceremony will be held Jan. 15 at the Hollywood Palladium, hosted by Michael Strahan and airing live on A&E. The date once again coincides with the Oscar nominations announcement, which means the first televised appearance by some newly anointed contenders. It also means a long day that annually inspires muttering and clenched teeth from awards strategists and journalists.

For a full list of all the nominations visit www.http://www.criticschoice.com/


Save the Date January 19 – February 1, 2015

dineL.A.’s Restaurant Week is back! From Jan. 19 to Feb. 1, enjoy a prix fixe lunch or dinner at more than 300 participating restaurants throughout Los Angeles. Don't miss out on 14 days of culinary heaven, whether you're discovering a new restaurant or returning to an old favorite.

Restaurant Week is one of the most popular dining events of the year, so reservations are strongly recommended.

www.discoverlosangeles.com/dinela-los-angeles-restaurant-week


THE 6TH ANNUAL TASTE AWARDS

The 6th Annual TASTE AWARD winners of selected categories were announced on December 4th, 2014 at a private reception in San Francisco, and along with the remaining award winners receive their honors on January 15th, 2015 at a Red Carpet Hollywood Awards celebration in Hollywood at The Egyptian Theatre. The January 15th Red Carpet awards event features a star-studded lineup of food and fashion TV celebrities, including winners, nominees and presenters. The awards are followed by an after-reception for networking, photography, mingling, interviews and socializing over wine, cocktails, light hors d'oeuvres and artisan chocolate. Portions of the program are filmed for broadcast on local television stations nationally, reaching millions of households. Lifetime Achievement Awards and other Special Awards are also presented to valuable contributors to the industry.

www.thetasteawards.com


2015 SAG AWARDS

Matt McGorry, star of the hit series How to Get Away with Murder and Orange Is the New Black, has been named the social media host for this year's Screen Actors Guild Awards. Through his personal Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram accounts, McGorry will serve as the online face for the awards during the six weeks leading up to the star-studded awards ceremony, which will be simulcast on TNT and TBS Sunday, Jan. 25, at 8 p.m. (ET)/5 p.m. (PT). He will begin posting Wednesday, Dec. 10, the day this year's SAG Awards nominations are announced.

As social media host, McGorry will give viewers access to behind-the-scenes moments, including updates on the production, presenters, showroom, set design, seating chart, rehearsals and all that's happening on the crucial days leading up to the show. He will also be posting from the glamorous red carpet on awards night.

Debbie Reynolds to be Honored with 2014 SAG Life Achievement Award

Debbie Reynolds - actor, singer, dancer, author, champion for the preservation of the artifacts of film history and for the understanding and treatment of mental illness has been named the 51st recipient of SAG-AFTRA's highest honor: the SAG Life Achievement Award for career achievement and humanitarian accomplishment. Given annually to an actor who fosters the "finest ideals of the acting profession," the union's highest accolade will be presented to the Oscar®, Emmy and Tony-nominated Reynolds at the 21st Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards, which will be simulcast live on TNT and TBS on Sunday, Jan. 25, 2015 at 8 p.m. (ET), 7 p.m. (CT), 6 p.m. (MT) and 5 p.m. (PT).

www.sagawards.org


SHONDA RHIMES TO BE INDUCTED INTO NAB BROADCASTING HALL OF FAME

The National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) announced that Shonda Rhimes, creator and executive producer of “Grey’s Anatomy” and “Scandal” will be inducted into the NAB Broadcasting Hall of Fame at the 2015 NAB Show Television Luncheon on Monday, April 13 in Las Vegas.

The hit ABC series "Grey's Anatomy" chronicles the personal and professional lives of surgical residents in Seattle. "Scandal” revolves around the life and work of a professional crisis manager and her complicated relationship with an embattled White House administration. Rhimes also created the “Grey’s Anatomy” spinoff series "Private Practice," which ran on ABC for six seasons, and is the executive producer of the new ABC series “How to Get Away with Murder.”

www.nabshow.com


NASCAR Champion's Week in Las Vegas

The Four-day NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Champion Week concluded Friday, December 5th, 2014 with the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Awards to celebrate first-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion winner Kevin Harvick and other Chase drivers at the Wynn Hotel Las Vegas.

Other events included the NASCAR National Motorsports Press Association Myers Brothers Awards Luncheon, NASCAR After The Lap sponsored by Ford Motor Company, Coca-Cola and Sprint, 2014 NASCAR Motorsports Marketing Forum, Fanfest Presented by Las Vegas Motor Speedway, NASCAR Victory Lap, just to mention a few.

For more information about all the winners go to www.championsweek.nascar.com


The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) announced a series of awards and events for the 2015 International CES, including the new APPNATION IV, Wearable Tech Awards, Hardware Battlefield and Extreme Tech Challenge. Owned and produced by CEA, the 2015 CES, the global gathering place for all who thrive on the business of consumer technology, will run January 6-9, in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Among the more than 20 specialty awards programs and events that will be featured at the 2015 CES, such as the Best of CES Awards, presented by Engadget, Technology and Engineering Emmy Awards, presented by NATAS, and Last Gadget Standing, presented by Living in Digital Times, new highlights include:

-APPNATION IV - This two-day event is focused exclusively on the business of apps and the broader consumer app economy. APPNATION reaches the full long-tail of app developers and publishers from the cool indies all the way up through the largest brands and companies in the world.

-Wearable Tech Awards, presented by Stuff - The Wearable Tech Awards will showcase the 10 most promising wearable tech products of the 2015 CES, as chosen by Stuff's editors, including the best smartwatch, smart eyewear, health and fitness gadgets, VR products and apps to launch this January.

-Hardware Battlefield, presented by TechCrunch - During this premiere startup competition, 16 startups will reveal a brand-new product for the first time to a panel of industry experts and investors while competing for $50,000 and the coveted Metal Man trophy. See the finalists' products in the TechCrunch display at the Sands, Level 2, booth #75468.

-Extreme Tech Challenge - Watch ten of the most innovative startups in the world compete live on stage at CES for the opportunity of a lifetime: to pitch Sir Richard Branson on his private Necker Island. CEA President and CEO Gary Shapiro will lead the all-star judging panel.

The 2015 CES will feature more than 3,500 exhibitors unveiling the latest consumer technology products and services across 20 unique product categories.

A complete list of our awards and events at the 2015 CES is also available at www.ces.org


Film Independent, the nonprofit arts organization that produces the Film Independent Spirit Awards, the Los Angeles Film Festival and Film Independent at LACMA, announced nominations for the 2015 Spirit Awards this morning. Film Independent President Josh Welsh presided over the press conference held at the W Hollywood, with actors Rosario Dawson and Diego Luna presenting the nominations. Nominees for Best Feature included Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance), Boyhood, Love is Strange, Selma and Whiplash. Inherent Vice was selected to receive the Robert Altman Award, which is bestowed upon one film’s director, casting director and ensemble cast. The Altman Award was created in 2008 in honor of legendary director Robert Altman who was known for creating extraordinary ensemble casts.

Film Independent also awarded a Special Distinction Award to Bennett Miller’s Foxcatcher for its uniqueness of vision, honesty of direction and screenwriting, superb acting and achievement on every level of filmmaking. Due to Spirit Awards guidelines, Inherent Vice and Foxcatcher were not eligible for individual nominations.

The Spirit Awards Nominating Committees selected nominees from 341 submissions this year and applied the following guidelines in determining the nominations: uniqueness of vision, original and provocative subject matter, economy of means (with particular attention paid to total production cost and individual compensation) and percentage of financing from independent sources. The Spirit Awards Nominating Committees are comprised of writers, directors, producers, cinematographers, editors, actors, critics, casting directors, film festival programmers and other working film professionals. Over the past 30 years the Film Independent Spirit Awards has made a name for itself as the premiere awards show for the independent film community. Artists who have received industry recognition first at the Spirit Awards include Joel and Ethan Coen, Spike Lee, Oliver Stone, Ashley Judd, Robert Rodriguez, David O. Russell, Edward Burns, Aaron Eckhart, Neil LaBute, Darren Aronofsky, Spike Jonze, Charlie Kaufman, Hilary Swank, Marc Forster, Todd Field, Christopher Nolan, Zach Braff, Amy Adams, Lena Dunham and many more.

The Film Independent Spirit Awards are sponsored by Premier Sponsors Piaget, The Lincoln Motor Company, Bank of America, Heineken and IFC. T-Mobile is the Official Arrivals Show Sponsor and FIJI Water is the Official Water of the 2015 Spirit Awards. WireImage is the Official Photographer of Film Independent.

Winners will be announced at the Spirit Awards on Saturday, February 21, 2015. The awards ceremony will be held as a daytime luncheon in a tent on the beach in Santa Monica. This year the show will broadcast live exclusively on IFC at 2:00 PM PT/ 5:00 PM ET.

Winners of the Spirit Awards Filmmaker Grants will be highlighted during the awards ceremony and announced at the Film Independent Spirit Awards Filmmaker Grants and Nominee Brunch on Saturday, January 10, 2015, at BOA Steakhouse in West Hollywood.


The Fifth Annual CinemaCon, the official convention of the National Association of Theatre Owners (NATO), will return to Caesars Palace in Las Vegas on 20-23, April, 2015. For the fifth consecutive year, CinemaCon will have the support and commitment of The Coca-Cola Company as its official presenting sponsor.

CinemaCon, the largest and most important annual gathering of cinema owners and operators from around the world, will attract upwards of 5,000 motion picture professionals from all facets of the industry from exhibition and distribution, to the equipment and concession areas all on hand to celebrate the moviegoing experience and the cinema industry. From exclusive Hollywood product presentations highlighting a slate of upcoming films, to must-see premiere feature screenings, to the biggest stars, producers and directors, CinemaCon will help jumpstart the excitement and buzz that surrounds the summer season at the box office. In returning to Caesars Palace, CinemaCon is able to offer its delegates a modern and upscale conference facility and a one-of-a-kind moviegoing experience in The Colosseum, the 4,200 seat theatre and crown jewel of Caesars Palace.

CinemaCon is delighted to have both the International Cinema Technology Association (ICTA) and National Association of Concessionaires (NAC) as its trade show partners.

www.cinemacon.com


GALA 2014

Grammy-award winning band Imagine Dragons and The Tyler Robinson Foundation held their first Gala 2014 on Saturday, November 22 at Hard Rock Hotel, Las Vegas. Guests entered a world of fantasy and fun as, together, they celebrated individuals who have made notable contributions to TRF through direct efforts, philanthropic support, or help in raising public awareness.

The event started of with a Silent Auction and Cocktail Reception where guests were able to bid on items such as Traveling Adventures, handbags, watches, sport items, guitars, photographs signed by the band and tickets to their 2015 World Tour, Car Racing Experiences, Restaurants, Shows, and more. Followed by a dinner, a special performance by Imagine Dragons and a Live Auction with bids up for Guitars signed by the band, and an adorable Goldendoodle Puppy, A trip to South Africa, and more.

Honorees included, Omar Al-Joulani, LiveNation; Greg McStravick, SAP America; and Jeff Schwartz, Tribeca Business Management. Steve Young (Forever Young Foundation) and Rachel Smith (MORE Fox 5 LasVegas) served as MCs that evening. Attendance included Ke$ha who auctioned off a pair of designer owned/worn shoes plus a casio watch designed and worn by her. The evening concluded with Desserts and Bubbles.

About TRF:

The Tyler Robinson Foundation begins with the story of Tyler one of many heroes who chose not to let his prognosis dictate his outlook on life. At 16-yearsold, Tyler was diagnosed with Rhabdomyosarcoma, a rare form of cancer.  In the following year leading up to his passing, he was able to touch countless lives.

For more information visit www.trf.org


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Orianthi to Co-Host the 2015 She Rocks Awards

The Women's International Music Network (the WiMN) is thrilled to announce that Orianthi will co-host the 2015 She Rocks Awards. Honoring women who stand out as role models in the music industry, the She Rocks Awards is slated to take place Friday evening, January 23, 2015 in Anaheim, Calif., during the NAMM Show. "The She Rocks Awards does so much for women in music and I'm excited to be a part of it," shares Orianthi. "This event recognizes women who truly rock, and it will be my honor to be there to congratulate them!" A 2013 She Rocks Awards honoree, Orianthi is a platinum-selling solo artist and known the world-over as a masterful guitar player, having performed with artists such as Michael Jackson, Alice Cooper, Carrie Underwood, and more.

Hosting duties will be shared between Orianthi and the WiMN founder Laura B. Whitmore. "Orianthi is such an amazing role model for female musicians all over the world," Whitmore comments. "I can’t think of a better partner for leading the She Rocks Awards!" The She Rocks Awards pays tribute to women who display leadership and stand out within the music industry, and has become a standard at the NAMM Show. Previous award recipients include female industry leaders such as Orianthi, Sheila E, Gaby Moreno, Malina Moye, Dinah Gretsch, Janie L. Hendrix, Mary Peavey, and more. The event brings together industry professionals, music icons, artists, educators, fans and media to celebrate women in music.

The WiMN also recently announced its first honoree for the 2015 award show; Grammy-nomiated saxophonist, singer and songwriter Mindi Abair. One of the most dynamic and accomplished performers in music today, her latest album Wild Heart debuted at #1 on the Billboard Jazz and Contemporary Jazz chart. Abair was a featured saxophonist on the Late Show with David Letterman and American Idol, and has toured with rock legends Aerosmith. Additional award honorees will be announced soon.

The She Rocks Awards was previously held on Friday morning, but for 2015 it is moving to an evening event and will take place from 6:00pm to 8:30pm in the Pacific Ballroom at the Anaheim Hilton Hotel. The event has sold out for the past two years. The She Rocks Awards would like to recognize media sponsors NewBay Media, and their publications Guitar World, Guitar Player, Acoustic Nation, Bass Player, Electronic Musician and Keyboard.

Tickets for the 2015 She Rocks Awards go on sale October 15, 2014. To find out more, please visit http://www.thewimn.com/events/she-rocks-awards/.

For information regarding She Rocks Awards sponsorship opportunities, please contact info@thewimn.com.

Learn more about the WiMN at www.thewimn.com


THE GODFATHER LIVE TOUR

The Godfather LIVE brings Francis Ford Coppola's Masterpiece Film to music venues for the first time with a stop at Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE on Saturday, January 24, 2015. Winner of three Academy Awards and countless other honors, The Godfather remains one of the greatest films in the history of cinema. Nino Rota's iconic score accompanied by the film's traditional Italian folk music and jazz comes to life on stage, performed LIVE by symphony orchestra while the film is simultaneously shown in high definition on the big screen. Tickets on sale Friday, August 1, 2014 at 10:00 AM. Tickets will be available at www.AXS.com, STAPLES Center Box Office or charge by phone at 888-929-7849. This concert is produced by AEG LIVE.

The Godfather, released by Paramount Pictures in 1972 to popular and critical acclaim, tells the story of the Corleones and their rivalry with other New York crime families between 1945 and 1955, as the title character (Marlon Brando) hands over the reins of power to his youngest son (Al Pacino). Also starring James Caan, John Cazale, Robert Duvall and Diane Keaton, the film won three Academy Awards including Best Picture and Best Actor (Marlon Brando) and established Coppola's reputation as one of the exciting new breed of directors who revolutionized Hollywood from the late-1960s onwards. In 2008, an Empire magazine vote saw The Godfather named as the greatest film ever made, a distinction also awarded it by Entertainment Weekly and Metacritic. It came second in Sight & Sound’s 2002 list and Time Out's 2003 readers' poll, and is currently ranked at number two in IMDb’s all-time list.

Composer Nino Rota achieved international acclaim in the 1950s and '60s for his work with Italian directors Federico Fellini and Luchino Visconti, scoring the likes of White Nights, The Leopard, La Dolce Vita and 8 ˝. His music for The Godfather, including its immortal "Love Theme from The Godfather," was ranked at #5 in the American Film Institute's list of the greatest scores ever written. For music lovers, film goers and anyone looking for an exciting and unique concert experience.

For more information visit www.nokiatheatrelalive.com


STEVE MARTIN TO RECEIVE 43RD AFI LIFE ACHIEVEMENT AWARD

Sir Howard Stringer, Chair of the American Film Institute's Board of Trustees, announced today the Board's decision to honor Steve Martin with the 43rd AFI Life Achievement Award, the highest honor for a career in film. The award will be presented to Martin at a gala tribute in Los Angeles, CA on June 4, 2015. The 43rd AFI Life Achievement Award tribute special will return for its third year on TNT when it airs in June 2015, followed by encore presentations on sister network Turner Classic Movies (TCM).

One of the most diversified performers and acclaimed artists of his generation, Steve Martin is an actor, comedian, author, playwright, screenwriter, producer and musician. Recipient of an Emmy, four Grammy Awards, a Kennedy Center Honor and an Honorary Oscar, Martin first rose to prominence as a stand-up comedian and quickly established himself as a leading man with a body of work defined by his unique creative voice. In addition to his beloved film credits and his successful writing career, Martin is also an accomplished musician. Martin recently premiered his new musical BRIGHT STAR, at the Old Globe Theater featuring original music by Martin and songwriter Edie Brickell, inspired by their Grammy Award-winning collaboration "Love Has Come For You."



Rock in Rio heading to Las Vegas in 2015

The long-running music festival Rock in Rio is to make its US debut. Las Vegas will host the inaugural US event in May 2015. Rock in Rio first took place in the Brazilian city in 1985, when nearly 1.4 million people attended. The festival went on to spawn incarnations in Madrid, Lisbon and Buenos Aires and returned to Brazil in 2013. That edition which sold out its 600,000 tickets in four hours featured Beyonce, Justin Timberlake, Bruce Springsteen, Metallica, Iron Maiden, Muse and Alice in Chains.

For Rock in Rio USA, a permanent open-air concert venue christened the "City of Rock" will be custom-built with capacity for around 80,000 people a day. The venue will feature five stages, streetscapes representing Brazil, the US and the UK, a VIP area and amusement park rides.

Tickets for Rock in Rio USA will go on sale to the general public in January 2015 and can currently be reserved on the festival website.

For more information, visit rockinrio.com



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Entertainment Hollywood supports Animal Rights & Welfare


The Save Vanishing Species stamp is now on sale at post offices and online. Proceeds support a range of international wildlife conservation efforts. The stamp, which features an Amur tiger cub, is the result of a 10-year effort begun and led by WWF, in partnership with the US Fish and Wildlife Service, the US Postal Service and other international conservation organizations.

How can a stamp make a difference?

The stamp is important to wildlife because all proceeds raised from the premium will go to the US Fish and Wildlife Service's Multinational Species Conservation Funds, which support efforts to protect wild populations of tigers, rhinos, elephants, great apes and sea turtles.

These efforts include:

work to help combat poaching

habitat protection

disease prevention

education for local communities about the value of conserving wildlife

The stamp, which costs sixty cents, could generate millions of dollars for international wildlife conservation without any additional cost to US taxpayers.

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